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The Encyclopedia of Erotica

What happened to the insolence of the 18th-century libertines or to the carefree excesses of the Belle Époque and its legalized brothels? They have merely been inhibited and buried by the nowadays political correctness and the aggressive one-eyed morality. This book disregards conventional thinking and presents 800 reproductions that illustrate erotic art from Ancient Greece down to the present era in both Europe and Asia: when reproduction is not seen as an end in itself. With no hesitation nor inhibition, the author explains why erotic art is a key factor of societal development.

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The Encounter

When Tobias, Jake, Rachel, Marco, and Cassie were given the ability to morph, they were also given one very important warning: Never stay in a morph for more than two hours. It seemed a small price to pay, since the kids know that humans everywhere are being forced to let slimy, spineless creatures creep into their brains. And the only way the kids can fight back is not to be human. But Tobias stayed in his morph too long. And now he’s a hawk — with a boy’s mind — forever. Tobias knows they can’t give up. That they all made a promise. So now it’s four kids and a hawk against a force that is determined to destroy them. Or die trying . . .

Enchanter’s End Game

SUMMARY: ”洗Come, Belgarion, Child of Light. I await thee in the City of Night . . .’ A confrontation that has been prophesied for thousands of years is racing towards a conclusion. For as Garion comes into his heritage as the Rivan King, Overlord of the West, and takes up the Orb of Aldur to protect the land, Torak awakes and his evil hordes of Murgo soldiers and Grolim priests march in his name. While the princess Ce’Nedra mobilises the forces of the free lands to repel the invaders, Garion heads for his duel with Torak – a duel upon which the fate of the whole world depends…

Enchanted

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIMEAll Rowan Murray wants is some quiet time to herself. Time to work out what she really wants from life. So when a friend offers her a remote but cosy cabin on the wild coast of Oregon, she jumps at the chance of a few months away. But now she’s alone in the woods it’s not quite what she dreamed of. And in fact, she’s not entirely alone. She has a neighbour – the mysterious, temperamental Liam Donovan. There’s something dark and enigmatic about Liam – as elusive and intriguing as the mysterious wolf that’s been lurking about the cottage. Rowan feels drawn to Liam despite herself. But can she accept his extraordinary secret? And more to the point – can she really trust him? Enchanted can be read as an enthralling standalone novel. It is also the final book in The Donovan Legacy, which features cousins Morgana, Sebastian, Anastasia and Liam. The series begins with Captivated and continues with Entranced and Charmed – all now available as eBooks for the first time.Includes a preview of Whiskey Beach, published in April 2013

Emwan (Archaea, #4)

Beyond what is said, and what it done – beyond everything that is known, lurk nightmares beyond imagination, beyond fear.
An incredible discovery exposes the hatching plan of a dire threat, launching Captain Dak Smith and the crew of the Archaea into action on an adventure into the forgotten, the forlorn, and the unforgettable.
Their mission: Survival.

Empty Mansions

When Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Bill Dedman noticed a real estate listing for a grand estate in Connecticut that had sat empty for nearly sixty years, he had no idea that he was stumbling onto one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries–complete with copper barons, Gilded Age opulence, backdoor politics, and a reclusive 104-year-old heiress.

Empty Mansions explores the fascinating life of Huguette Clark, an enigmatic figure who had not been photographed in public since the 1920s. Though she owned three palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, they sat vacant while she lived out her final two decades in a New York City hospital, despite being in excellent health.

Dedman and Huguette’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have had frequent conversations with Huguette, present a fairy tale told in reverse: a daughter born into privilege who in time…

Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830

This epic history compares the empires built by Spain and Britain in the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival in the New World to the end of Spanish colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. J. H. Elliott, one of the most distinguished and versatile historians working today, offers us history on a grand scale, contrasting the worlds built by Britain and by Spain on the ruins of the civilizations they encountered and destroyed in North and South America.
Elliott identifies and explains both the similarities and differences in the two empires’ processes of colonization, the character of their colonial societies, their distinctive styles of imperial government, and the independence movements mounted against them. Based on wide reading in the history of the two great Atlantic civilizations, the book sets the Spanish and British colonial empires in the context of their own times and offers us insights into aspects of this dual history that still influence the Americas.
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The Empire of Ashes

**In the White Drake’s war, the price of freedom is paid in blood and fire . . .**
For hundreds of years, the Ironship Trading Syndicate was fueled by drake blood–and protected by the Blood-blessed, those few who could drink it and wield fearsome powers. But now the very thing that sustained the corporate world threatens to destroy it.
A drake of unimaginable power has risen, and it commands an army of both beasts and men. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge and Ironship captain Corrick Hilemore have been spread to disparate corners of the world, but they are united in their desire to defeat the White Drake and the Spoiled who follow it.
Humanity itself is at stake, but with the aid of ancient knowledge, revolutionary technology and unexpected allies, all hope is not lost. Saving the world will require sacrifice, as Clay, Lizanne and Hilemore will see all they know either consumed by flames or reborn from the ashes.
**Recensie(s)**

The series is action packed, full of intrigue, and just plain fun. Ryan deftly writes something for fans of dragons, steampunk, or gutsy characters (or all three). Readers of epic adventure fantasies like Game of Thrones should check this series out * Booklist * Ryan skillfully navigates multiple narrators to unveil a world steeped in magic and on the brink of destruction. Both the characters and the setting are irresistible right through to the end * Publishers Weekly *
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Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

Emperor Mollusk.

Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth.

Not bad for a guy without a spine.

But what’s a villain to do after he’s done . . . everything. With no new ambitions, he’s happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel alien invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he’d prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course.

Retirement isn’t easy though. If the boredom doesn’t get him, there’s always the Venusians. Or the Saturnites. Or the Mercurials. Or . . . well, you get the idea. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s also the assassins of a legendary death cult and an up-and-coming megalomaniac (as brilliant as he is bodiless) who have marked Emperor for their own nefarious purposes. But Mollusk isn’t about to let the Earth slip out of his own tentacles and into the less capable clutches of another. So it’s time to dust off the old death ray and come out of retirement. Except this time, he’s not out to rule the world. He’s out to save it from the peril of THE SINISTER BRAIN!

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Emozioni Di Corsa

Cosa si prova a correre? Quali sentimenti travolgono il cuore di un maratoneta che arriva primo alle olimpiadi? Che emozioni si vivono a correre 120km di corsa nel deserto?
Giancarlo Noviello, giornalista e runner, ha provato a dare una risposta a tutto ciò. E lo ha fatto intervistando alcuni tra i più noti protagonisti del mondo della corsa: Gelindo Bordin, Salvatore Bettiol, Orlando Pizzolato, Manuela Levorato sono solo alcuni dei più di trenta atleti intervistati, tra maratoneti, ultramaratoneti, triatleti e nordic walker. Il mondo della corsa e delle sue emozioni è esplorato a 360° attraverso gli occhi dei suoi protagonisti, dandone un estratto palpabile e vivo, che immerge il lettore nello splendore (e nella fatica) della corsa e dell’atletica leggera. Mille sfaccettature vengono analizzate, mille vittorie e sconfitte, insomma il vissuto dei runners viene esposto integralmente al lettore, che ne percepisce l’intensità e la profondità. Non solo, alle interviste atletiche è affiancato un interessante approfondimento apportato da alcune interviste a medici, osteopati, nutrizionisti e fisioterapisti che coadiuvano con la loro professionalità le squadre dei runners, permettendo loro di ottenere le migliori prestazioni possibili.
Un libro che senza dubbio resterà nel cuore dei protagonisti, ma anche di chiunque sia appassionato di sport in generale, e di running nello specifico.

Emergence

Emergence by C. J. Cherryh
**The nineteenth book in the beloved Foreigner space opera series begins a new era for human diplomat Bren Cameron, as he navigates the tenuous peace between human refugees and the alien *atevi*.**
Bren Cameron, acting as the representative of the *atevi’*s political leader, Tabini-aiji, as well as translator between humans and *atevi*, has undertaken a mission to the human enclave of Mospheira. Both his presence on the island and his absence from the continent have stirred old enemies to realize new opportunities.

Old hatreds. Old grudges. Old ambitions.

The situation has strengthened the determination of power-seekers on both sides of the strait. Bren knows most of them very well, but not all of them well enough. The space station on which the world increasingly relies is desperate to get more supplies up to orbit and to get a critical oversupply of human refugees down to the world below. Rationing is in force on the station, but the overpopulation problem has to be solved quickly—and Bren’s mission on Mospheira has expanded to include preparation for that landing.

First down will be the three children to whom Tabini’s son has a close connection. But following them will be thousands of humans who have never set foot on a planet, humans descended from colonists and officers who split off from Mospheiran humans two hundred years before in a bitter parting of the ways. There is no way the *atevi*, native to the world, will cede any more land to these new arrivals: they will have to share the island. But certain Mospheirans are willing to use force to prevent these refugees from settling among them.

Bren’s job is as general peacemaker—but old enemies want war. Is Bren’s diplomatic acumen enough to prevent a war that both sides are prepared to wage?

Elysium Fire

Featuring Inspector Dreyfus – one of Alastair Reynolds most popular characters – this is a fast paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge.
One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday . . . and unless the cause can be found – and stopped – within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on . . .
Alastair Reynolds has returned to the world of The Prefect for this stand-alone SF mystery in which no one is safe. The technological implants which connect every citizen to each other have become murder weapons, and no one knows who or what the killer is – or who the next targets will be. But their reach is spreading, and time is not on the Prefects’ side.
**Recensie(s)**

A well-paced, complex story replete with intrigue, invention and an optimism uncommon in contemporary SF * The Guardian * Cerebral but gripping, Elysium Fire is a must for Reynolds fans and a recommended read. * SCIFINOW * Incredible story telling and all plaudits are greatly deserved. * GEEK SYNDICATE * If you’re looking for a cracking sci-fi mystery, pick this one up. * SF AND F REVIEWS * A revelation that satisfies the demands of SF and mystery. * LOCUS * A vivid universe with beautiful settings and engaging, dynamic characters …Fans of sf will definitely want to pick up this title, especially if they also enjoy mysteries or police procedurals. * LIBRARY JOURNAL * Transhumans, talking elephants, inscrutable aliens and good old fashioned spaceship fights all contribute to a breathtaking adventure * THE SUN * Reynolds combines depth in characterization and dazzling hard-science applications to keep the reader turning pages. * BOOKLIST * Having completed the trilogy I now want to return to its beginning and re-read. Alastair Reynolds is one of my very favourite authors, every book is a much-anticipated event, and withPoseidon’s Wake he shows yet again why that is. I loved every single page. * For Winter’s Nights * a well realised sci-fi universe, with plausible character * SF&F Reviews * Possibly the best space opera I’ve read. * SF REVU * Intriguing speculation about human identity and potential. * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * Although a long book, with so much story to fit in there is a brevity to the text which makes it an easy read which can be enjoyed as a standalone even though it satisfactorily revisits and resolves the majority of the threads from the previous novels * Geek Chocolate * Reynolds has not only rise to the challenge, but upped the ante. * SFX * his finest moment yet and a glorious conclusion of the trilogy. A wonderful book and best that British SF has to offer at the moment * Upcoming 4 Me * It’s grand, involving and full of light and wonder. Poseidon’s Wake is one of the best sci-fi novels of the year * Sci-Fi Now * An utterly involving thriller, with a mystery that unfolds under steely control. * DAILY MAIL * A tremendously assured read, a fast-paced page-turner that delivers a well thought out story. * GUARDIAN * a novel that works brilliantly as a space adventure and also reads, touchingly, almost as an atheist’s reflection on why a kind of optimistic agnosticism may be a useful approach to finding contentment * SFX *
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Elven Blight

Katrina baker is a super and she was banished just two weeks ago to a world of gods, magic, and evil races. A place without plumbing, electricity, Facebook, or lattes. A lot had changed in those two weeks, and she’s already saved the world once, or the human part of it anyway. She’s looking forward to the slowdown, so she can properly let her grief out at the bitter truth that her family is long gone, and to learn about her new world and her place in it. Most of all, to marry the man that she fell for so fast.
Unfortunately for her, Arella has another task for Katrina, and it’s another doozy. The Elves are in trouble, big trouble. The worst part? Gerard isn’t invited to the party, and must head back to Southwater, as trouble brews down south in Chilik as well.
Will she be able to find the truth and prevent the destruction of the Elven kingdom by the blight of evil and poisonous magic? Last time she had Gerard to help her find her feet, and despite her need to learn so much more about this world, this time she stands alone…

Eloquent JavaScript

JavaScript is at the heart of almost every modern Web application, whether it’s Google Apps, Twitter, or the newest browser-based game. Though it’s simple for beginners to pick up and play with, JavaScript is not a toy—it’s a flexible and complex language that can be used to build full-scale applications.

Eloquent JavaScript dives into this flourishing language and teaches you to write code that’s beautiful and effective. By immersing you in example code and encouraging experimentation right from the start, the author quickly gives you the tools you need to build your own programs. As you follow along with examples like an artificial life simulation and a version of the classic game Sokoban, you’ll learn to:
–Understand the essential elements of programming: syntax, control, and data
–Use object-oriented and functional programming techniques to organize and clarify your programs
–Script the browser and make basic Web applications
–Work with tools like regular expressions and XMLHttpRequest objects

And since programming is an art that’s best learned by doing, all example code is available online in an interactive sandbox for you to experiment with. With Eloquent JavaScript as your guide, you can tweak, expand, and modify the author’s code, or throw it away and build your own creations from scratch. Before you know it, you’ll be fluent in the language of the Web.

(source: Bol.com)

Eleven on Top

Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum Series #11) by Janet Evanovich
# 1 *New York Times*
# 1 *Wall Street Journal*
# 1 *Los Angeles Times*
# 1 *Entertainment Weekly*
# 1 *Publishers Weekly*
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Time for a change, Stephanie thinks. Time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross.
So Stephanie Plum quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She wants something safe and normal. As it turns out, jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren’t necessarily safe and normal for Stephanie Plum. Trouble follows her, and the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now. Her past has come back to haunt her. She’s stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He’s killed before, and he’ll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. It might not be the job she’ll keep for the rest of her life, but for now it gives her the technical access she needs to find her stalker. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life—her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her bad-ass boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?
Between the adventure and the adversity there’s attitude, and Stephanie Plum’s got plenty in her newest misadventure from Janet Evanovich, *Eleven on Top*.

Eleven Minutes

SUMMARY: Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness — sexual pleasure for its own sake — or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.