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Numbers in the Dark

Numbers in the Dark is a collection of short stories covering the length of Italo Calvino’s extraordinary writing career, from when he was a teenager to shortly before his death. They include witty allegories and wise fables; a town where everything has been forbidden apart from the game of tip-cat; a pitiable tribe watching the flight paths of guided missiles from outside their mud huts; a computer programmer considering the possible sequence of a series of brutal acts; and dialogues with Henry Ford, a Neanderthal and the gloomy, overthrown Montezuma …

Italo Calvino, one of Italy’s finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories. Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in San Remo, Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. His major works include Cosmicomics (1968), Invisible Cities (1972), and If on a winter’s night a traveler (1979). He died in Siena in1985, of a brain hemorrhage.

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Number 9 dream

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Number9Dream** is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, *Ghostwritten*, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, **Number9Dream** is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.*From the Hardcover edition.*

Now Wait for Last Year

Dr. Eric Sweetscent has problems. His planet is enmeshed in an unwinnable war. His wife is lethally addicted to a drug that whips its users helplessly back and forth across time — and is hell-bent on making Eric suffer along with her. And Sweetscent’s newest patient is not only the most important man on the embattled planet Earth but quite possibly the sickest. For Secretary Gino Molinari has turned his mortal illness into an instrument of political policy — and Eric cannot tell if his job is to make the Male better or to keep him poised just this side of death.
Now Wait for Last fear bursts through the envelope between the impossible and the inevitable. Even as ushers us into a future that looks uncannily like the present, it makes the normal seem terrifyingly provisional — and compels anyone who reads it to wonder if he really knows what time it is.
*From the Trade Paperback edition.*

Now for the Disappointing Part

True stories from the world of temporary employment for anyone terrified of being stuck in a job they hate.

When Steven Barker was twelve, his father, in pursuit of the American Dream, moved the family from Canada to Connecticut, having worked his way up from an IBM mailroom to landing a vice president position in a top computer factory. Steven, in contrast, has followed the philosophy of quit everything until you find something you don’t want to quit,” and has spent over fifteen years as a contract employee, a demographic that has come to make up 2 percent of the nation’s work force. Now for the Disappointing Part is the first collection of essays written for the temp workers of the millennial generation-those who, by choice or circumstance, delay or abandon plans for long-term careers for the variety (and anxiety) of contract work.

Funny, insightful, and sometimes shocking, Barker details his life moving from job to job as his contracts expire. He faces abuse as an account manager at Amazon when callers assume he’s in India. He learns about office politics at a nonprofit. And he attends an open call at UPS for holiday help. The chapters explore issues ranging from financial instability to how gender and race play into the workforce to the (often poor) treatment temporary employees receive compared to full-time employees performing the same job. Throughout Barker also reveals his parallel relationships with women, which, like the jobs he works, appear to have predetermined expiration dates.

Now for the Disappointing Part is more than the stories of a man who thinks life is too short to spend forty hours a week doing something you hate. It will resonate with a generation of people who are struggling to find work, stability, and happiness, and are afraid of losing all of them.

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Now & Then

When a simple case turns into a treacherous and politically charged investigation, Spenser faces his most difficult challenge yet-keeping his cool while his beloved Susan Silverman is in danger. Spenser knows something’s amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy’s aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan’s abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job’s a job, after all. Not surprisingly, Spenser catches Jordan with another man, tells Dennis what he’s found out, and considers the case closed. But a couple of days later, all hell breaks loose, and three people are dead. This isn’t just a marital affair gone bad. Spenser is in the middle of hornet’s nest of trouble, and he’s got to get out of it without getting stung. With Hawk watching his back, and gun-for- hire Vinnie Morris providing extra cover, Spenser delves into a complicated and far-reaching operation: Jordan’s former lover, Perry Alderson, is the leader of a group that helps sponsor terrorists. But Perry doesn’t like Spenser poking around his business, so he decides to get to Spenser through Susan. The Boston P.I. will use all his connections both above and below the law to uncover the truth behind Perry’s antigovernment organization. But what Alderson doesn’t realize is that Spenser will stop at absolutely nothing to keep Susan out of harm’s way; nothing will keep him from the woman he loves.

Nova Unchained

Excerpt from **Luke & Nova Vs. The World**
*Dear Diary,
We were one hour away from fulfilling our fifteen-year-old dream. One hour.
But then, they came. They killed. They took a part of my soul prisoner by putting Luke into a coma.
Remember how, every time one of us gets in trouble with The World, the other comes to the rescue?
Well, this time, Luke isn’t going to be there to fend off the bullies and the psychos who think my body is theirs to take. This time, Luke isn’t going to be there to wrap his arms around me while his father – my uncle – beats us bloody. This time, Luke isn’t going to be there… period.
For the first time in my life, I’m going to be alone. I’m going to have to fight against The World all by myself.
But mark my words, dear diary: I’m going to win.
– Nova Vaughn*
I used to be just a Mississippi girl with a dream bigger than the universe. I had no idea about the dangerous creatures that lurk in the darkest corners of the streets, until I come face to face with one.
When my cousin Luke gets poisoned by a demonic vampire and falls into a coma, the Senior Order of Magic gives me a chance to both avenge him, and bring him back. I don’t think twice. I take it.
But I had no idea that I’d have to sell my soul and become something else in order to save Luke.
And when I do, something tells me that it’s going to be too late to save myself.

Notte Oscura

Nella storia della teologia e della spiritualità cristiana san Giovanni della Croce è probabilmente il mistico che più ha indagato e descritto la natura, il dinamismo e gli effetti della prova nella vita dello spirito, prova che ha magistralmente identificato con la metafora della notte.
Alla “notte oscura” viene attribuito il valore centrale che ne fa l’espressione sintetica dell’esperienza mistica: si riferisce, infatti, a tutti i momenti dell’esperienza e quindi anche a quello culminante, quando diventa “notte pacifica, abissale e oscura intelligenza divina”, allorché l’anima si unisce a Dio “trasformata dall’amore”. Ma è notte anche perché è il luogo dove agisce la fede, che procede nell’oscurità, cioè nella non conoscenza dell’obiettivo finale, anche se cammino di progressiva trasformazione, purificazione del soggetto, il quale perde uno dopo l’altro i suoi attaccamenti ai sensi e alle facoltà psichiche (intelletto, immaginazione e desiderio).
La “notte” porta a sviluppare la capacità di contemplazione che, in modo apparentemente molto semplice, è descritta come un “rimanere quieti trascurando qualsiasi opera interiore ed esteriore e tenendo lontana ogni sollecitudine di fare qualche cosa”. In realtà si tratta di un suggerimento molto tecnico, che viene spiegato come un cessare da ogni “meditazione’ di tipo discorsivo (come sarebbe p. es. riflettere su un passo della Scrittura o altri simili esercizi in cui è coinvolto il pensiero) e restare fermi su un oggetto singolo e specifico, che nella fattispecie è la sensazione della presenza di Dio.

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Nothing but Trouble

Chelsea Ross’ acting career has been a total bust. The closest she ever came to stardom was her brilliant performance as “Pretty Dead Girl #1.” But leaving Hollywood to become the personal assistant to a famous hockey player could be her stupidest career move ever.
**More Trouble…**
Injured superstar Mark Bressler’s glory days are over. The bad-boy ex-jock could at least be *civil* to the pint-sized, pink-haired bombshell who the Seattle Chinooks hired to be his P.A. If Chelsea didn’t need the money, she’d be running from the world’s biggest jerk as fast as her feet could carry her.
**Big Trouble!**
Chelsea can deal with Mark’s rotten attitude and dark moods. The problem is those biceps and that red-hot bod! And when the bad boy starts to put the moves on her, Chelsea knows it’s time she banished him to the penalty box…if only she could resist the kind of trouble he has in mind.

Notes on Life and Letters

Collection of autobiographical essays and letters. According to Wikipedia: ”Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924) was a Polish-born English novelist. Many critics regard him as one of the greatest novelists in the English language—a fact that is remarkable, as he did not learn to speak English fluently until he was in his twenties (and always with a strong Polish accent). He became a naturalized British subject in 1886. Conrad is recognized as a master prose stylist. Some of his works have a strain of romanticism, but more importantly he is recognized as an important forerunner of modernist literature. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many writers, including Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, William S. Burroughs, Joseph Heller, V.S. Naipaul, Italo Calvino and J. M. Coetzee.”

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Notes From the Underground

Notes from Underground, also translated as Notes from the Underground or Letters from the Underworld, is an 1864 novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be one of the first existentialist novels. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg.

Notes From the Underground

Notes from the Underground is a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man’s diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky’s What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book is called “Àpropos of the Wet Snow”, and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. Dostoyevsky again confronts the concept of free will and constructs a negative argument to validate free will against determinism in the character Kirillov’s suicide in his novel The Demons. Notes from Underground marks the starting point of Dostoyevsky’s move from psychological and sociological themed novels to novels based on existential and general human experience in crisis. War is described as people’s rebellion against the assumption that everything needs to happen for a purpose, because humans do things without purpose, and this is what determines human history. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche called Dostoevsky “the only psychologist, incidentally, from whom I had anything to learn.”

Notes from a Small Island

“Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it.”After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestsellingauthor of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to returnto the United States. (“I had recently read,” Bryson writes, “that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another,so it was clear that my people needed me.”) But before departing, he set out ona grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.”Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it.”After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestselling author of ,i>The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to return to the United States. (“I had recently read,” Bryson writes, “that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me.”) But before departing, he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.


Most of what we know about Leonardo da Vinci, we know because of his notebooks. Some 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings survive, perhaps one-fifth of what he actually produced. With an artist’s eye and a scientist’s curiosity, he recorded in these pages his observations on the movement of water and the formation of rocks, the nature of flight and optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. He jotted down fables, epigrams, and letters and developed his belief in the sublime unity of nature and man. Through his notebooks we can get an insight into Leonardo’s thoughts, and his approach to work and life. This selection, organized in seven themed sections, offers a fascinating and informative sample of his writings. Fully updated, this new edition includes some 70 line drawings and a Preface by Martin Kemp, one of the world’s leading authorities on Leonardo, who explores the artist’s genius and the contents and legacy of his manuscripts. The book also features new notes and a chronology of Leonardo’s life.
**About the Series: ** For over 100 years **Oxford World’s Classics **has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The notebook: a novel

SUMMARY: Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again… At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle…


Nostromo is een spannende, breed opgezette roman over de gefingeerde Zuid-Amerikaanse republiek Costaguana. De handeling speelt zich af rond de stad Sulaco, waar de verschillen tussen de klassen en rassen groot zijn. De politieke situatie is onzeker, zoals schijnt te horen in Zuid-Amerika: hebzucht en machtswellust worden beurtelings gebotvierd door verschillende individuen en hun kliek.
Tegen die achtergrond plaatst Conrad een aantal sterk uitgewerkte personages, meest westerlingen, ieder met hun eigen belang, op politiek, sociaal, economisch of amoureus gebied. Die smeltkroes van belangen resulteert in een groot moreel drama van dictatuur en geweld, van verlammend materialisme en onverbiddellijk vooruitgangsgeloof.
De splijtzwam ter plaatse is de zilvermijn die vlak bij Sulaco wordt geëxploiteerd door Europeanen. Als de instabiele politieke situatie escaleert en uitloopt op een revolutie, is de zilvermijn een van de eerste doelen van de nieuwe politieke machten. De legers naderen de stad en de conflicten spitsen zich toe.
Een kort bezoek aan Venezuela inspireerde Joseph Conrad tot het creëren van Costaguana, dat misschien de eigenlijke hoofdpersoon van het boek is.
‘Het begon met een beeld dat ik had, een beeld van een schemerland dat de provincie Sulaco zou worden, met zijn hoge, donkere siërra en zijn nevelige campo als stomme getuigen van gebeurtenissen die voorvloeiden uit de
hartstochten van mensen met een onduidelijk besef van goed en kwaad.’ Zo schreef Joseph Conrad 1857-1924) zelf over het ontstaan van zijn meesterwerk Nostromo. Hij leefde twee jaar als een kluizenaar om uit zijn summiere gegevens zijn Zuid-Amerikaanse wereld te scheppen, een gistend, complex universum waar de landschappen, mensen en talen elkaar treffen rond een duistere held, Nostromo.
In weinig of geen andere engelstalige boeken wordt zo overtuigend een heel land, Costaguana, eerst geschapen en vervolgens in vuur en vlam gezet als er slag wordt geleverd om het bezit van macht en een fortuin aan zilver. Ook zijn er weinig boeken waarin personages uit elke laag van de maatschappij zo volledig worden geportretteerd, van de Engelse grootindustrieel Charles Gould tot de knappe Italiaanse zeeman Nostromo, die zich leent voor het verdedigen van de belangen van anderen, maar uiteindelijk ook zelf belangen blijkt te hebben.

Omvangrijke roman van de beroemde Pools-Engelse auteur (1857-1924, vooral bekend geworden door ‘Heart of darkness’, dat werd verfilmd als ‘Apocalypse now’), waarin een fictieve Zuid-Amerikaanse republiek in feite de hoofdrol speelt. Als de revolutie uitbreekt, is de plaatselijke zilvermijn het hoofddoel van de strijders. Deze mijn wordt in hoofdzaak door Europeanen geleid. De diverse personen worden door de situatie beinvloed. Ieder probeert vooral de eigen belangen te behartigen, de een zoekt het in keihard materialisme, de ander denkt de wereld te kunnen verbeteren. De Italiaanse zeeman Nostromo leent zich vooral om de belangen van anderen te behartigen, maar ook hij blijkt niet gespeend van eigenbelang. Een mooi uitgevoerde vertaling van deze roman met een nawoord en noten van de vertaler, plus een uitgebreide woordenlijst. Voor een boek van zo’n 600 blz. wordt van de lezer wel wat tijd gevraagd, maar het blijft een boeiend verhaal. Kleine druk.H. de Jong
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NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence

The need to handle increasingly larger data volumes is one factor driving the adoption of a new class of nonrelational “NoSQL” databases. Advocates of NoSQL databases claim they can be used to build systems that are more performant, scale better, and are easier to program.
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***NoSQL Distilled** *is a concise but thorough introduction to this rapidly emerging technology. Pramod J. Sadalage and Martin Fowler explain how NoSQL databases work and the ways that they may be a superior alternative to a traditional RDBMS. The authors provide a fast-paced guide to the concepts you need to know in order to evaluate whether NoSQL databases are right for your needs and, if so, which technologies you should explore further.
The first part of the book concentrates on core concepts, including schemaless data models, aggregates, new distribution models, the CAP theorem, and map-reduce. In the second part, the authors explore architectural and design issues associated with implementing NoSQL. They also present realistic use cases that demonstrate NoSQL databases at work and feature representative examples using Riak, MongoDB, Cassandra, and Neo4j.
In addition, by drawing on Pramod Sadalage’s pioneering work,***NoSQL Distilled* **shows how to implement evolutionary design with schema migration: an essential technique for applying NoSQL databases. The book concludes by describing how NoSQL is ushering in a new age of Polyglot Persistence, where multiple data-storage worlds coexist, and architects can choose the technology best optimized for each type of data access.