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Super Manga Matrix

With its stylistic characters and vivid colors, manga has captured the imagination of millions. However, creating it from nothing can be difficult, no matter how inventive an artist is. But now, following the success of Manga Matrix, which taught readers how to create manga characters, Super Manga Matrix will inspire and guide them to create both manga characters and manga stories!

Never has character making been approached as methodically as in Super Manga Matrix. Using the unique matrix system, the creation of manga can be plotted and cross-sectioned on a matrix diagram. The result is the remarkable creation of new types of heroes, evil creatures, and multi-formed beasts whose forms and costumes can be designed infinitely. Super Manga Matrix explores a myriad of creatures including angels, demons, dragons, monsters, phantoms, spirits, robots, human, beast combinations, and visionary beings.

Regardless of age or skill level, from budding artist to polished professional, anyone with an interest in creating manga will find Super Manga Matrix a valuable resource.

Hiroyoshi Tsukamoto is a veteran artist and educator of fine art and graphic design. He has been actively working in the field for over 30 years. Tsukamoto’s designs and artworks are numerous, including a mural for the pediatrics ward for the Japan National Cancer Center, character illustration and exhibit design for Nagoya Marine Museum, and character, stage, and costume design for the musical Borocchino!. Tsukamoto is also the author of Manga Matrix and the Japanese bestselling titles Manga Bible and CharaDeza Smash!

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Super

In the tradition of Murder on the Orient Express, Jim Lehrer brings together a cast of characters as fascinating as the historic train that will carry them from Chicago to Los Angeles. In its heyday, the Santa Fe railroad’s famous Super Chief was so replete with wealth and celebrity that it became known as “The Train of the Stars.” And so we find it in April of 1956, embarking from the Windy City for its trip across the Plains to the West Coast. 

Climbing aboard is an amazing spectrum of passengers. There’s Darwin Rinehart, a once great Hollywood producer whose most recent movie was a total flop and who now faces bankruptcy and shame. In a dark recess of a train car hides a mysterious, disheveled, sickly man who has not paid for a ticket, smuggled inside by an unscrupulous porter. Millionaire Otto Wheeler arrives in a wheelchair; deathly ill, he knows that this will be his last trip on the great train. Clark Gable causes a stir when he steps aboard, and though he’s ridden these rails for years, indulging in booze and women with equal fervor, those around him sense that this time, something is different. And finally there’s former President Harry Truman, distinguished, congenial, and constantly accompanied, for his protection, by a railroad detective.

    As the Super Chief pulls out of Dearborn Station, the passengers—famous and infamous, anonymous and enigmatic—can’t possibly imagine what lies ahead. For as the train gains speed, a series of deadly events unfolds.

Full of remarkable detail and passion for a lost world of opulence and all its intrigue and delights, Jim Lehrer’s** Super** spins a complex web of suspense. The twists and turns will keep readers turning the pages at top speed to finish one of the most captivating stories of Lehrer’s prolific career.

Sunstorm

EDITORIAL REVIEW: When Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the greatest science fiction writer ever, teams up with award-winning author Stephen Baxter, who shares Clarke’s bold vision of a future where technology and humanism advance hand in hand, the result is bound to be a book of stellar ambition and accomplishment. Such was the case with Time’s Eye. Now, in the highly anticipated sequel, Clarke and Baxter draw their epic to a triumphant conclusion that is as mind-blowing as anything in Clarke’s famous Space Odyssey series.**SUNSTORM**Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth’s history. Why did the Firstborn create Mir? Why was Bisesa taken there and then brought back on the day after her original disappearance?Bisesa’s questions receive a chilling answer when scientists discover an anomaly in the sun’s core–an anomaly that has no natural cause is evidence of alien intervention over two thousand years before. Now plans set in motion millennia ago by inscrutable watchers light-years away are coming to fruition in a sunstorm designed to scour the Earth of all life in a bombardment of deadly radiation.Thus commences a furious race against a ticking solar time bomb. But even now, as apocalypse looms, cooperation is not easy for the peoples and nations of the Earth. Religious and political differences threaten to undermine every effort.And all the while, the Firstborn are watching…

The summer of the Danes

SUMMARY: To tie in with the hardcover release of Peters’ The Benediction of Brother Cadfael, here is the 18th entry in the eminently successful medieval detective series. In the summer of 1144, Brother Cadfael is sent to Wales on church business and is captured by Danes. And when a prisoner is murderer, the clever monk knows he’ll not see Shrewsbury again until the killer is caught.

Summer of Night

It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood—against an arcane abomination who owns the night.…
“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” —*Seattle Post-Intelligencer*
“Impressive…combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” —*The Denver Post*
“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” —*The Philadelphia Inquirer*
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Summer Knight

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the “everyday” world is full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry’s been down and out. He can’t pay his rent. He’s alienating his friends. He can’t recall his last shower. Then when things are at their worst, the Winter Queen of Faerie saunters in with an offer Harry can’t refuse. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Knight, the Summer Queen’s right-hand man, and clear the Winter Queen’s name. It seems simple, but Faerie politics seldom work out that way. Then Harry discovers the fate of the entire world rests on this case. So no pressure…Magic—it can get a guy killed.
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Summability Calculus

This book develops the foundations of ”summability calculus”, which is a comprehensive theory of fractional finite sums. It fills an important gap in the literature by unifying and extending disparate historical results. It also presents new material that has not been published before. Importantly, it shows how the study of fractional finite sums benefits from and contributes to many areas of mathematics, such as divergent series, numerical integration, approximation theory, asymptotic methods, special functions, series acceleration, Fourier analysis, the calculus of finite differences, and information theory. As such, it appeals to a wide audience of mathematicians whose interests include the study of special functions, summability theory, analytic number theory, series and sequences, approximation theory, asymptotic expansions, or numerical methods. Richly illustrated, it features chapter summaries, and includes numerous examples and exercises. The content is mostly developed from scratch using only undergraduate mathematics, such as calculus and linear algebra.

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The Sum of All Men

Prince Gaborn Val Orden is visiting Sylvarresta, whose Crown Princess, Iome, he is expected to marry. Speaking incognito to the people, he finds the matter is not as cut and dried as expected. However, that pales into insignificance when it becomes clear that Raj Ahten, overlord of the Southern Lands, is planning to invade the Northern Realms and add them to his power base. As the war goes on, so the teenage lovers must come to maturity too quickly. And the magical system by which people give their overlords ‘endowments’ comes to be used for horrific ends…
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The Sultan’s Harem Bride

**WANTED: Desert princess to join harem**** **
Sultan Asim of Jazeer has hundreds of women at his beck and call. So why does he want the only one who threatens to reveal his family’s shameful secrets? 
Journalist Jacqui Fletcher jumped at the chance to write a history of the harem—not to become a sultan’s plaything! But it’s hard to remember her assignment when the sultan’s sensuous caresses spark a fire she’s never experienced before… 
Asim is looking for a pliable princess for a marriage of duty. Brave, beautiful Jacqui couldn’t be more wrong for him. So why does holding her feel so right?
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“West’s desert romance of duty versus love stars a haunted but brave heroine and an autocratic but caring hero. The exotic, sumptuous settings exemplify palace life, and the royal co-stars are memorable. The first love scene is a sensual buffet! ~ **4 1/2 stars, Romantic Times**
### From the Author
This is the first book in my Desert Vows Duet (The Sheikh’s Princess Bride comes next) and it’s very special to me. Tariq and Jacqui’s story came to me some years ago but it took a while till the time was right to get it down. It was pure pleasure writing this story, and in the process discovering that there were not one but two linked stories here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I’d love to get your feedback on it, either by a review here or via email. You can contact me via my website annie-west.com

Sull’amore

Questa raccolta inedita di poesie attraversa tutte le sfaccettature dell’amore secondo Charles Bukowski: l’amicizia, la riconoscenza verso il suo editore, l’affetto per la sua unica figlia, la devozione per i maestri; e, ovviamente, il sesso, la passione e il desiderio nei confronti di tutte le donne, dagli incontri di una notte a quelli che gli hanno cambiato la vita. E poi l’amore per i libri, la musica classica, i cavalli, l’alcol… Sono versi che raccontano relazioni reali, quotidiane, senza nascondere il narcisismo, l’egoismo e le miserie che a volte contraddistinguono questo sentimento, ma riscattandolo così da quella patina di retorica che troppo spesso lo circonda. Traboccante di nuda oscenità e sarcasmo abrasivo, ma anche di squarci di saggezza e profonda fragilità, Bukowski conduce il lettore a una nuova *definizione*: «amore non è altro che un faro di notte che fende la nebbia / amore è una chiave di casa tua persa quando sei sbronzo / amore è tutti i gatti spiaccicati dell’universo / amore è una sigaretta col filtro ficcata in bocca e accesa dalla parte sbagliata».
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### Sinossi
Questa raccolta inedita di poesie attraversa tutte le sfaccettature dell’amore secondo Charles Bukowski: l’amicizia, la riconoscenza verso il suo editore, l’affetto per la sua unica figlia, la devozione per i maestri; e, ovviamente, il sesso, la passione e il desiderio nei confronti di tutte le donne, dagli incontri di una notte a quelli che gli hanno cambiato la vita. E poi l’amore per i libri, la musica classica, i cavalli, l’alcol… Sono versi che raccontano relazioni reali, quotidiane, senza nascondere il narcisismo, l’egoismo e le miserie che a volte contraddistinguono questo sentimento, ma riscattandolo così da quella patina di retorica che troppo spesso lo circonda. Traboccante di nuda oscenità e sarcasmo abrasivo, ma anche di squarci di saggezza e profonda fragilità, Bukowski conduce il lettore a una nuova *definizione*: «amore non è altro che un faro di notte che fende la nebbia / amore è una chiave di casa tua persa quando sei sbronzo / amore è tutti i gatti spiaccicati dell’universo / amore è una sigaretta col filtro ficcata in bocca e accesa dalla parte sbagliata».

Sudden Fearful Death

With each new novel, Anne Perry adds striking dimensions to the architecture of her fiction, building with inspired imagination a many-layered world of rich and poor, nobility and degradation. “She lifts the lace curtain from Victorian society, ” Sharyn McCrumb has said, “to reveal its shocking secrets.” Like her last William Monk novel, this one brilliantly evokes England’s nineteenth-century legal justice system and builds to a heart-stopping courtroom drama. In a sunny garden, in a pleasant London suburb, a young woman is brutally raped. In a London hospital, another young woman, a talented nurse who had been one of Florence Nightingale’s angels of mercy in the Crimean War, meets a sudden, fearful death by strangulation. William Monk, no longer a policeman but a private inquiry agent, is engaged to investigate these horrific crimes. The first is readily, if tragically, resolved. The murder of Nurse Prudence Barrymore, however, presents greater difficulties. Even the victim’s mother agrees that a rebellious young woman who flouts the traditional roles of marriage and motherhood to work in a filthy hospital must expect a bad end. In the brutal squalor of a Victorian hospital, death in any shape, even murder, can be no surprise. But Monk’s intuition tells him that Prudence Barrymore’s murder is no random stroke of violence by a madman. Greatly helped by Hester Latterly, a nurse who knew Prudence on the battlefield, Monk assembles the portrait of a remarkable woman. He also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society, and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past. It all leads Monk, and the reader, to a denouement that ranks with Anne Perry’s best, as apacked audience waits breathlessly in the Old Bailey for the outcome of a sensational trial.

Sudden Death

Sudden Death (Andy Carpenter Series #4) by David Rosenfelt
* David Rosenfelt’s previous novel. “Bury the Lead, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 6/04, and was a “Today show Book Club Pick chosen by Janet Evanovich.- “First Degree (Mysterious Press, 5/03) won raves from national publications, including “Entertainment Weekly, and starred reviews from both “Kirkus Reviews and “Publishers Weekly.- The author’s debut novel. “Open and Shut (Mysterious Press, 2002), was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was praised in the “New York Times.- David Rosenfelt’s previous three books were Featured Alternates of The Mystery Guild,” with foreign rights sold in Bulgaria, France, Germany, and Japan.

The Subtle Knife

SUMMARY: Though ostensibly written for children, this heroic and heart-wrenching His Dark Materials trilogy is beloved by readers of all ages. These three novels unlock the door to parallel universes where demons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes—if it isn’t destroyed first. Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands.Lyra and Will tumble separately into the strange tropical otherworld of Citt;gazze, where adults are curiously absent and children run wild. Their journey is plagued with obstacles, some familiar and some horribly new, but it eventually brings them closer to Will’s father and to the Subtle Knife, a deadly, ancient tool that cuts windows between worlds.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

#1 New York Times BestsellerOver 1 million copies soldIn this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

The Submarine

In “The Hunt for Red October”, Tom Clancy displayed his knowledge of military technology. Now he turns his attention to a subject that has inspired much of his work, the submarine. Drawing on recent research, he examines its history and evolution from the earliest days, through World War II and the development of nuclear powered and nuclear-armed vessels, up to recent technological breakthroughs, and considers its role in the modern world. He explains in detail the particular problems involved in underwater warfare – in navigation, communication, weaponry and noise suppression – and reveals the special skills and qualities of the new breed of men who spend their working lives under the sea. Tom Clancy’s best-selling novels include “Red Storm Rising”, “Patriot Games”, “Cardinal of the Kremlin”, “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears”.
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