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In the Beginning…Was the Command Line

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In the Beginning…Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
This is “the Word” — one man’s word, certainly — about the art (and artifice) of the state of our computer-centric existence. And considering that the “one man” is Neal Stephenson, “the hacker Hemingway” (*Newsweek*) — acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, nerd-friendly philosopher, and nationally bestselling author of groundbreaking literary works (*Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon,* etc., etc.) — the word is well worth hearing. Mostly well-reasoned examination and partial rant, Stephenson’s *In the Beginning… was the Command Line* is a thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself.

In the Beginning . . .: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis

In the Beginning: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis. The beginning of time. The origin of life. In our Western civilization, there are two influential accounts of beginnings. One is the biblical account, compiled more than two thousand years ago by Judean writers who based much of their thinking on the Babylonian astronomical lore of the day. The other is the account of modern science, which, in the last century, has slowly built up a coherent picture of how it all began. Both represent the best thinking of their times, and in this line-by-line annotation of the first eleven chapters of Genesis, Isaac Asimov carefully and evenhandedly compares the two accounts, pointing out where they are similar and where they are different. “There is no version of primeval history, preceding the discoveries of modern science, that is as rational and as inspiriting as that of the Book of Genesis,” Asimov says. However, human knowledge does increase, and if the biblical writers “had written those early chapters of Genesis knowing what we know today, we can be certain that they would have written it completely differently.” Isaac Asimov brings to this fascinating subject his wide-ranging knowledge of science and history—and his award-winning ability to explain the complex with accuracy, clarity, and wit.

In Sheltering Talons

Years, lightyears, and enemies… It’s enough to turn a cat grey.
After seven year-turns on Drakon IV, Rada Ni Drako needs a rest from her “vacation.” Facing down angry nobles, wildlife gone amok, blood feuds, and a few other minor upsets have taken their toll, as Rada finally admits. Her heart longs for Joschka and Ter-Tri.
Rada’s enemies have not forgotten her. Both the Traders and some humans on Ter-Tri want Rada for their own purposes. Rada and Joschka must thread their way through ambushes, bureaucracy, a House spat, and the trials and tribulations of ordinary life if the Cat and her Dragon are going to find some peace and quiet.
And then a werewolf appears.
Adventure, battles, weddings, paperwork, and the dreaded curry-loaf await!

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

SUMMARY: What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food,” the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not “real.” These “edible foodlike substances” are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by “nutrients,” and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Michael Pollan’s sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: “Don’t eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food.” Writing “In Defense of Food,” and affirming the joy of eating, Pollan suggests that if we would pay more for better, well-grown food, but buy less of it, we’ll benefit ourselves, our communities, and the environment at large. Taking a clear-eyed look at what science does and does not know about the links between diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about the question of what to eat that is informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the prevailing nutrient-by-nutrientapproach. “In Defense of Food” reminds us that, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, the solutions to the current omnivore’s dilemma can be found all around us. In looking toward traditional diets the world over, as well as the foods our families-and regions-historically enjoyed, we can recover a more balanced, reasonable, and pleasurable approach to food. Michael Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy.

In Cold Blood

Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote’s comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human.
The book that made Capote’s name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative.

‘The American dream turning into the American nightmare … a remarkable book’ Tony Tanner, Spectator
Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and children. Truman Capote’s comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible, yet entirely and frighteningly human.
The book that made Capote’s name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative.
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Answered Prayers
**Recensie(s)**

-The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence. . . . Harrowing.- –The New York Review of Books -A remarkable, tensely exciting, moving, superbly written ‘true account.’- –The New York Times The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence. . . . Harrowing. –The New York Review of Books A remarkable, tensely exciting, moving, superbly written ‘true account.’ –The New York Times The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence. . . . Harrowing. –The New York Review of Books A remarkable, tensely exciting, moving, superbly written ‘true account.’ –The New York Times The best documentary account of an American crime ever writtenThe book chills the blood and exercises the intelligenceharrowing. — The New York Review of Books A remarkable, tensely exciting, moving, superbly written ‘true account.’ — The New York Times
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In Bed with a Highlander

In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks
****Maya Banks, the *New York Times* bestselling author of romance and romantic suspense has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. *In Bed with a Highlander *is the start of a beguiling trilogy featuring three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.**
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Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.
The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

In Absentia

Chance Fortunato may be away at boarding school, but the bad guys haven’t gone anywhere, and they certainly haven’t changed their ways. It falls to Chance’s friends to pick up the slack.In Mage Enough, Lucas is confronted with the consequences of helping Chance during an earlier adventure and must delve into the vampire subculture of New Essex in order to find a missing priest. As he uncovers another, greater threat, he also discovers that he’s capable of far more than he ever thought possible.In Freedom, Shade learns that there is much more to the world behind the Veil than she ever suspected. When Lucas shows up needing her help for a newfound friend, she’s more than willing to assist. But they quickly discover that he’s taken something that the vampires will go to any lengths to get back. In trying to keep those around her safe, she will discover what it truly means to live free, and how far she’ll go to safeguard that right.In Those Who Can, Dr. Corwyn discovers how far the conspiracy Lucas and Shade have uncovered goes, and how much the Conclave doesn’t know. Drafted back into a role he had given up years ago, he must figure out how the Sentinels have changed over the years, and if he can do the job now. As he struggles to find his way in his old/new role, he finds an even bigger conspiracy and the hint of something familiar.
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In a Gilded Cage

In a Gilded Cage (Molly Murphy Series #8) by Rhys Bowen
**Rhys Bowen’s award-winning series combines thrilling historical events with truly beguiling characters—under the most mysterious circumstances…**
***IN A GILDED CAGE***
It’s Easter Sunday 1918, and Irish immigrant Molly Murphy has agreed to march down Fifth Avenue with the sign-wielding suffragettes from Vassar—a civil act of protest that lands her in jail. Molly’s betrothed, Police Captain Daniel Sullivan, manages to spring her from the clink, though his hands are full dealing with Chinese opium gangs. But as soon as she’s free, Molly marches straight into trouble again. Two of the Vassar alumni need Molly’s help as a private investigator. One believes her uncle is cheating her out of an inheritance; the other suspects her husband is cheating with other women. And when one of the clients dies—presumably from influenza, which is sweeping the city—Molly takes to the streets once more. Not to win the right for women to vote, but to reveal the wrongs of some very evil men…
**“Delightful…Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early 20th-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants.”**
**—*Publishers Weekly***

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Includes – ‘A Sherlockiana Primer’ by Christopher Roden; ‘The Horror of the Many Faces’ by Tim Lebbon; ‘The Case of the Bloodless Sock’ by Anne Perry; ‘The Adventure of the Other Detective’ by Bradley H. Sinor; ‘A Scandal in Montreal’ by Edward D. Hoch; ‘The Adventure of the Field Theorems’ by Vonda N. McIntyre; ‘The Adventure of the Death-Fetch’ by Darrell Schweitzer; ‘The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland’ by Mary Robinette Kowal; ‘The Adventure of the Mummy’s Curse’ by H. Paul Jeffers; ‘The Things That Shall Come Upon Them’ by Barbara Roden; ‘Murder to Music’ by Anthony Burgesss; ‘The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor’ by Stephen Baxter; ‘Mrs; Hudson’s Case’ by Laurie R. King; ‘The Singular Habits of Wasps’ by Geoffrey A. Landis; ‘The Affair of the 46th Birthday’ by Amy Myers; ‘The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey’ by Peter Tremayne; ‘The Vale of the White Horse’ by Sharyn McCrumb; ‘The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger’ by Michael Moorcock; ‘The Adventure of the Lost World’ by Dominic Green; ‘The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece’ by Barbara Hambly; ‘Dynamics of a Hanging’ by Tony Pi; ‘Merridew of Abominable Memory’ by Chris Roberson; ‘Commonplaces’ by Naomi Novik; ‘The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil’s Cape’ by Rob Rogers; ‘The Adventure of the Green Skull’ by Mark Valentine; ‘The Human Mystery’ by Tanith Lee; ‘A Study in Emerald’ by Neil Gaiman; ‘You See But You Do Not Observe’ by Robert J. Sawyer.

Imprisoned Match

[Siren Menage Everlasting: Erotic Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, light bondage, HEA] Anna Valdez is leading a double life that will surely land her in jail. Since the age of eighteen, Anna has been on a path of revenge to make those pay who are responsible for her familys death. Unbeknownst to Anna, her best friend has created a profile on a menage dating website in hopes of pushing her into having a life. Both paths lead her to the town of Triple, where Elliott and Mitch Braxton are at odds about meeting their perfect match. Elliott thinks its time that his brother return to the life of the living after ten years in prison. Mitch disagrees—that is, until he meets up with Anna. Trying to keep them at arm’s length proves impossible, especially when they find out shes not exactly who she says she is. Can Elliott and Mitch convince Anna that being imprisoned in their love is a better choice? Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among siblings. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
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Implementing DirectAccess With Windows Server 2016

Learn how to design, plan, implement, and support a secure remote access solution using DirectAccess in Windows Server 2016. Remote Access has been included in the Windows operating system for many years. With each new operating system release, new features and capabilities have been included to allow network engineers and security administrators to provide remote access in a secure and cost-effective manner.
DirectAccess in Windows Server 2016 provides seamless and transparent, always on remote network connectivity for managed Windows devices. DirectAccess is built on commonly deployed Windows platform technologies and is designed to streamline and simplify the remote access experience for end users. In addition, DirectAccess connectivity is bidirectional, allowing administrators to more effectively manage and secure their field-based assets.
*Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016* provides a high-level overview of how DirectAccess works. The vision and evolution of DirectAccess are outlined and business cases and market drivers are explained. DirectAccess is evaluated against traditional VPN and this book describes the Windows platform technologies that underpin this solution. In addition, this book:
* Explains how the technology works and the specific IT pain points that it addresses
* Includes detailed, prescriptive guidance for those tasked with implementing DirectAccess using Windows Server 2016
* Addresses real-world deployment scenarios for small and large organizations
* Contains valuable tips, tricks, and implementation best practices for security and performance< **What you’ll learn** * A high-level understanding of the various remote access technologies included in Windows Server 2016. * Common uses cases for remote access, and how best to deploy them in a secure, stable, reliable, and highly available manner. * Valuable insight in to design best practices and learn how to implement DirectAccess and VPN with Windows Server 2016 according to deployment best practices. **Who This Book Is For** IT administrators, network, and security administrators and engineers, systems management professionals, compliance auditors, and IT executive management (CIO, CISO) are the target audience for this title.

Imperium

Ryszard Kapuscinski’s last book, The Soccer War -a revelation of the contemporary experience of war — prompted John le Carre to call the author ”the conjurer extraordinary of modern reportage.” Now, in Imperium, Kapuscinski gives us a work of equal emotional force and evocative power: a personal, brilliantly detailed exploration of the almost unfathomably complex Soviet empire in our time.

He begins with his own childhood memories of the postwar Soviet occupation of Pinsk, in what was then Poland’s eastern frontier (”something dreadful and incomprehensible…in this world that I enter at seven years of age”), and takes us up to 1967, when, as a journalist just starting out, he traveled across a snow-covered and desolate Siberia, and through the Soviet Union’s seven southern and Central Asian republics, territories whose individual histories, cultures, and religions he found thriving even within the ”stiff, rigorous corset of Soviet power.”

Between 1989 and 1991, Kapuscinski made a series of extended journeys through the disintegrating Soviet empire, and his account of these forms the heart of the book. Bypassing official institutions and itineraries, he traversed the Soviet territory alone, from the border of Poland to the site of the most infamous gulags in far-eastern Siberia (where ”nature pals it up with the executioner”), from above the Arctic Circle to the edge of Afghanistan, visiting dozens of cities and towns and outposts, traveling more than 40,000 miles, venturing into the individual lives of men, women, and children in order to Understand the collapsing but still various larger life of the empire.

Bringing the book to a close is a collection of notes which, Kapuscinski writes, ”arose in the margins of my journeys” — reflections on the state of the ex-USSR and on his experience of having watched its fate unfold ”on the screen of a television set…as well as on the screen of the country’s ordinary, daily reality, which surrounded me during my travels.” It is this ”schizophrenic perception in two different dimensions” that enabled Kapuscinski to discover and illuminate the most telling features of a society in dire turmoil.

Imperium is a remarkable work from one of the most original and sharply perceptive interpreters of our world — galvanizing narrative deeply informed by Kapuscinski’s limitless curiosity and his passion for truth, and suffused with his vivid sense of the overwhelming importance of history as it is lived, and of our constantly shifting places within it.

**Recensie(s)**

‘Kapuscinski’s writing has achieved the status of literature.’ Daily Telegraph -‘The most passionate, engaging and historically profound account of the Soviet empire that I have read.’ Michael Ignatieff -‘Russia was a real threat which hung over the early part of Kapuscinski’s life. It is hardly surprising that he understands Russia better, and writes about the country with greater clarity and beauty, than those who know Russia only as an abstraction.’ Spectator
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Imperium

Imperium (Versione italiana) by Robert Harris
Tra i grandi personaggi dell’antica Roma, nessuno è stato più geniale e controverso di Marco Tullio Cicerone. Eppure ben pochi avrebbero scommesso sul suo futuro quando, all’età di ventisette anni, scelse di lanciarsi nell’infido e violento mondo della politica, deciso a raggiungere con ogni mezzo l’ imperium , il sommo potere statale. A raccontare la sua straordinaria vicenda umana è in queste pagine il fedele Tirone, il segretario particolare sempre al suo fianco nei momenti più radiosi e in quelli più difficili, testimone dei suoi incontri privati e latore dei suoi messaggi segreti. Robert Harris ci consegna un ritratto di Cicerone ben diverso dal personaggio solenne che noi conosciamo. Imperium è un grande romanzo che ci svela i retroscena di una realtà fatta di intrighi e di corruzione, singolarmente affine alla nostra. Un affresco ricchissimo e drammatico che mette a nudo i meccanismi della lotta per il potere e le componenti dell’ambizione politica, una rigorosa ricostruzione storica da leggere come un thriller appassionante.

Imperial Magic

The Great Northern Emperor Returns!
Ewoud Rhonarida needs experience, or so his father insists. Tycho sends his son east, to the trading center of Kehlibar vlee. There, Ewoud must learn to balance deference with duty. When he fails, it costs one man his life and endangers more.
But Ewoud attracts the attention of the Great Northern Emperor. This could be a boon. Or it could signal the undoing of the Galnaar family.
Tycho labored to remain unnoticed. Will his son’s fame be the family’s ruin?
A short novel, 72,000 words.

Imperial Bedrooms

Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, *Less Than Zero,* is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age.
Clay, a successful screenwriter, has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and he’s soon drifting through a long-familiar circle. Blair, his former girlfriend, is married to Trent, an influential manager who’s still a bisexual philanderer, and their Beverly Hills parties attract various levels of fame, fortune and power. Then there’s Clay’s childhood friend Julian, a recovering addict, and their old dealer, Rip, face-lifted beyond recognition and seemingly even more sinister than in his notorious past.
But Clay’s own demons emerge once he meets a gorgeous young actress determined to win a role in his movie. And when his life careens completely out of control, he has no choice but to plumb the darkest recesses of his character and come to terms with his proclivity for betrayal.
A genuine literary event.
*From the Hardcover edition.*

The Imperfectionists

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it—and themselves—afloat.
Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff’s personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family’s quirky newspaper.
As the era of print news gives way to the Internet age and this imperfect crew stumbles toward an uncertain future, the paper’s rich history is revealed, including the surprising truth about its founder’s intentions.
Spirited, moving, and highly original, The Imperfectionists will establish Tom Rachman as one of our most perceptive, assured literary talents.