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High stakes

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Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace. — _Boston Herald_

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With a glass of champagne in one hand and binoculars in the other, the world of racing could seem a very cosy and civilized hobby. Especially when your horse has just sprinted past the winning post. But the pleasure of a day at Sandown is spoiled for Steven Scott when he sacks the trainer of his horses, a man he once thought of as a friend. For although on the surface Jody Leeds is a bright young workaholic, Scott suspects he’s a crook. Racing may have its rewards but, as Scott finds out to his own cost, not all of them are innocent…or legal.

Review

Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace. — _Boston Herald_

Product Description

With a glass of champagne in one hand and binoculars in the other, the world of racing could seem a very cosy and civilized hobby. Especially when your horse has just sprinted past the winning post. But the pleasure of a day at Sandown is spoiled for Steven Scott when he sacks the trainer of his horses, a man he once thought of as a friend. For although on the surface Jody Leeds is a bright young workaholic, Scott suspects he’s a crook. Racing may have its rewards but, as Scott finds out to his own cost, not all of them are innocent…or legal.

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High Performance Web Sites

High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers by Steve Souders
Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Search and the Yahoo! Front Page, were able to benefit from these surprisingly simple performance guidelines.
The rules in *High Performance Web Sites* explain how you can optimize the performance of the Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and images that you’ve already built into your site — adjustments that are critical for any rich web application. Other sources of information pay a lot of attention to tuning web servers, databases, and hardware, but the bulk of display time is taken up on the browser side and by the communication between server and browser. *High Performance Web Sites* covers every aspect of that process.
Each performance rule is supported by specific examples, and code snippets are available on the book’s companion web site. The rules include how to:
* Make Fewer HTTP Requests
* Use a Content Delivery Network
* Add an Expires Header
* Gzip Components
* Put Stylesheets at the Top
* Put Scripts at the Bottom
* Avoid CSS Expressions
* Make JavaScript and CSS External
* Reduce DNS Lookups
* Minify JavaScript
* Avoid Redirects
* Remove Duplicates Scripts
* Configure ETags
* Make Ajax Cacheable
If you’re building pages for high traffic destinations and want to optimize the experience of users visiting your site, this book is indispensable.
“If everyone would implement just 20% of Steve’s guidelines, the Web would be adramatically better place. Between this book and Steve’s YSlow extension, there’s reallyno excuse for having a sluggish web site anymore.”
-Joe Hewitt, Developer of Firebug debugger and Mozilla’s DOM Inspector
“Steve Souders has done a fantastic job of distilling a massive, semi-arcane art down to a set of concise, actionable, pragmatic engineering steps that will change the world of web performance.”
-Eric Lawrence, Developer of the Fiddler Web Debugger, Microsoft Corporation

High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers by Steve Souders
Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Search and the Yahoo! Front Page, were able to benefit from these surprisingly simple performance guidelines.
The rules in *High Performance Web Sites* explain how you can optimize the performance of the Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and images that you’ve already built into your site — adjustments that are critical for any rich web application. Other sources of information pay a lot of attention to tuning web servers, databases, and hardware, but the bulk of display time is taken up on the browser side and by the communication between server and browser. *High Performance Web Sites* covers every aspect of that process.
Each performance rule is supported by specific examples, and code snippets are available on the book’s companion web site. The rules include how to:
* Make Fewer HTTP Requests
* Use a Content Delivery Network
* Add an Expires Header
* Gzip Components
* Put Stylesheets at the Top
* Put Scripts at the Bottom
* Avoid CSS Expressions
* Make JavaScript and CSS External
* Reduce DNS Lookups
* Minify JavaScript
* Avoid Redirects
* Remove Duplicates Scripts
* Configure ETags
* Make Ajax Cacheable
If you’re building pages for high traffic destinations and want to optimize the experience of users visiting your site, this book is indispensable.
“If everyone would implement just 20% of Steve’s guidelines, the Web would be adramatically better place. Between this book and Steve’s YSlow extension, there’s reallyno excuse for having a sluggish web site anymore.”
-Joe Hewitt, Developer of Firebug debugger and Mozilla’s DOM Inspector
“Steve Souders has done a fantastic job of distilling a massive, semi-arcane art down to a set of concise, actionable, pragmatic engineering steps that will change the world of web performance.”
-Eric Lawrence, Developer of the Fiddler Web Debugger, Microsoft Corporation

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High on Arrival

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Not long before her fiftieth birthday, Mackenzie Phillips walked into Los Angeles International Airport. She was on her way to a reunion for *One Day at a Time*, the hugely popular 70s sitcom on which she once starred as the lovable rebel Julie Cooper. Within minutes of entering the security checkpoint, Mackenzie was in handcuffs, arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin. Born into rock and roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with her father’s friends at eleven, Mackenzie grew up in an all-access kingdom of hippie freedom and heroin cool. It was a kingdom over which her father, the legendary John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, presided, often in absentia, as a spellbinding, visionary phantom. When Mackenzie was a teenager, Hollywood and the world took notice of the charming, talented, precocious child actor after her star-making turn in *American Graffiti*. As a young woman she joinedthe nonstop party in the hedonistic pleasure dome her father created for himself and his fellow revelers, and a rapt TV audience watched as Julie Cooper wasted away before their eyes. By the time Mackenzie discovered how deep and dark her father’s trip was going, it was too late. And as an adult, she has paid dearly for a lifetime of excess, working tirelessly to reconcile a wonderful, terrible past in which she succumbed to the power of addiction and the pull of her magnetic father. As her astounding, outrageous, and often tender life story unfolds, the actor-musician-mother shares her lifelong battle with personal demons and near-fatal addictions. She overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles again and again and journeys toward redemption and peace. By exposing the shadows and secrets of the past to the light of day, the star who turned up *High on Arrival* has finally come back down to earth — to stay.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Not long before her fiftieth birthday, Mackenzie Phillips walked into Los Angeles International Airport. She was on her way to a reunion for *One Day at a Time*, the hugely popular 70s sitcom on which she once starred as the lovable rebel Julie Cooper. Within minutes of entering the security checkpoint, Mackenzie was in handcuffs, arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin. Born into rock and roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with her father’s friends at eleven, Mackenzie grew up in an all-access kingdom of hippie freedom and heroin cool. It was a kingdom over which her father, the legendary John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, presided, often in absentia, as a spellbinding, visionary phantom. When Mackenzie was a teenager, Hollywood and the world took notice of the charming, talented, precocious child actor after her star-making turn in *American Graffiti*. As a young woman she joinedthe nonstop party in the hedonistic pleasure dome her father created for himself and his fellow revelers, and a rapt TV audience watched as Julie Cooper wasted away before their eyes. By the time Mackenzie discovered how deep and dark her father’s trip was going, it was too late. And as an adult, she has paid dearly for a lifetime of excess, working tirelessly to reconcile a wonderful, terrible past in which she succumbed to the power of addiction and the pull of her magnetic father. As her astounding, outrageous, and often tender life story unfolds, the actor-musician-mother shares her lifelong battle with personal demons and near-fatal addictions. She overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles again and again and journeys toward redemption and peace. By exposing the shadows and secrets of the past to the light of day, the star who turned up *High on Arrival* has finally come back down to earth — to stay.

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The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The *New York Times* bestselling author continues his post- apocalyptic series chronicling a modern world without technology. ** With *The Sword of the Lady*, Rudi Mackenzie’s destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival…

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The *New York Times* bestselling author continues his post- apocalyptic series chronicling a modern world without technology. ** With *The Sword of the Lady*, Rudi Mackenzie’s destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival…

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Hideous kinky

SUMMARY: A remarkable debut novel from one of England’s finest young writers, Hideous Kinky follows two little English girls as they struggle to establish some semblance of normal life on a journey with their mum through Europe and North Africa in the mid-1960s.Once in Marrakech, Mum immerses herself in Sufism and her quest for personal fulfillment, while the daughters rebel — one by attempting to recreate her English life, the other by, turning her hopes for a father on a most unlikely candidate. Seen through the youngest girl’s eyes, events take on increasingly alarming dimensions, making Hideous Kinky as suspenseful as it is endearing.

SUMMARY: A remarkable debut novel from one of England’s finest young writers, Hideous Kinky follows two little English girls as they struggle to establish some semblance of normal life on a journey with their mum through Europe and North Africa in the mid-1960s.Once in Marrakech, Mum immerses herself in Sufism and her quest for personal fulfillment, while the daughters rebel — one by attempting to recreate her English life, the other by, turning her hopes for a father on a most unlikely candidate. Seen through the youngest girl’s eyes, events take on increasingly alarming dimensions, making Hideous Kinky as suspenseful as it is endearing.

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Hex and the City

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Hex and the City (Nightside Series #4) by Simon R. Green
John Taylor is the name. I work the Nightside. Only in that dark heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where human and inhuman can feed their darkest desires, do I feel at home. Probably because I was born there.

What I do is find things—people, objects—and in this case, the truth about the origins of the Nightside.

That’s what Lady Luck has hired me to investigate. But the more I dig, the more I discover, not about the Nightside but about the great question in my life: exactly who—and what—was my long-vanished mother.

Paying jobs are one thing. Personal quests are another. And I’ve been warned that uncovering the facts about dear old mum could be a very bad thing, not just for the Nightside but for all of existence.

Still I can’t stop…I’m John Taylor. Finding things is who I am. It’s what I do. Whatever the consequences…

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Hex and the City (Nightside Series #4) by Simon R. Green
John Taylor is the name. I work the Nightside. Only in that dark heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where human and inhuman can feed their darkest desires, do I feel at home. Probably because I was born there.

What I do is find things—people, objects—and in this case, the truth about the origins of the Nightside.

That’s what Lady Luck has hired me to investigate. But the more I dig, the more I discover, not about the Nightside but about the great question in my life: exactly who—and what—was my long-vanished mother.

Paying jobs are one thing. Personal quests are another. And I’ve been warned that uncovering the facts about dear old mum could be a very bad thing, not just for the Nightside but for all of existence.

Still I can’t stop…I’m John Taylor. Finding things is who I am. It’s what I do. Whatever the consequences…

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Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

SUMMARY: Michael Korda’s Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale, a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile – including his sun-burnished blonde looks and flowing white robes – made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia”. However, unlike other biographers, Korda does not seek to burnish or destroy the legend; rather he aims to demystify and reveal the real man – T.E. Lawrence – as he truly was.An Oxford Scholar and archaeologist, one of the five illegitimate sons of a British aristocrat who ran away with his daughters’ governess, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as an intelligence officer in 1916, vanished into the desert in 1917, and re-emerged as the greatest and most colourful figure of WW1. A foreigner, he united and led the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks and eventually capture Damascus. Yet as he illuminates Lawrence’s achievements, Korda digs further to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature: a born leader utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain, thirst, fatigue and danger who remained shy, modest, and retiring; a scholar and an aesthete who was also a bold and cold-blooded warrior. As Korda shows, Lawrence was not only a man of his times, but a visionary whose achievements – as a farsighted diplomat, brilliant military strategist, the first media celebrity, and acclaimed writer – transcended them.Korda analyses Lawrence’s vision for the modern Middle East, plans that, if they had been carried through, might have prevented the hatred and bloodshed that have become ubiquitous in the region. Ultimately, as this magisterial work demonstrates, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times, the arch-heroic type whose life was at once a triumph and a sacrifice, and whose capacity to astonish remains undimmed.

SUMMARY: Michael Korda’s Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale, a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile – including his sun-burnished blonde looks and flowing white robes – made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia”. However, unlike other biographers, Korda does not seek to burnish or destroy the legend; rather he aims to demystify and reveal the real man – T.E. Lawrence – as he truly was.An Oxford Scholar and archaeologist, one of the five illegitimate sons of a British aristocrat who ran away with his daughters’ governess, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as an intelligence officer in 1916, vanished into the desert in 1917, and re-emerged as the greatest and most colourful figure of WW1. A foreigner, he united and led the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks and eventually capture Damascus. Yet as he illuminates Lawrence’s achievements, Korda digs further to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature: a born leader utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain, thirst, fatigue and danger who remained shy, modest, and retiring; a scholar and an aesthete who was also a bold and cold-blooded warrior. As Korda shows, Lawrence was not only a man of his times, but a visionary whose achievements – as a farsighted diplomat, brilliant military strategist, the first media celebrity, and acclaimed writer – transcended them.Korda analyses Lawrence’s vision for the modern Middle East, plans that, if they had been carried through, might have prevented the hatred and bloodshed that have become ubiquitous in the region. Ultimately, as this magisterial work demonstrates, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times, the arch-heroic type whose life was at once a triumph and a sacrifice, and whose capacity to astonish remains undimmed.

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Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

From Publishers Weekly

This new volume of autobiographical writings (never before translated into English) by Calvino, whose short stories and novels gave him international acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important Italian fiction writers, is a welcome addition to his extensive works as well as to The Road to San Giovanni, a posthumous collection of autobiographical essays published more than a decade ago. This volume includes a series of articles and interviews that builds on the understanding of Calvino’s life after World War II when he returned to Italy from the Communist resistance in the Alps, a period when Calvino felt a “moment of uncertainty” and a “perplexity about” his vocation as a writer before producing his first novel, The Cloven Viscount. The articles also feature Calvino’s views on some of his most popular novels: “In the United States… the book of mine that became a hit was the one that you would have said was the furthest from American reading habits: Invisible Cities.” But it is Calvino’s lifelong fascination with America that makes this collection remarkable: more than half the book is given to an “American Diary 1959-1960,” written during Calvino’s two years traveling in the U.S., as he explores New York’s thriving Greenwich Village and Actors Studio; a “violent, tough” Chicago; San Francisco’s “squalid and filthy” beatnik scene; and Montgomery, Ala., where Calvino (who died in 1985) finds himself “in the middle” of “crucial days of struggle” of the Civil Rights movement. His diary reveals an obsession with what he later says most interests him as a writer: “daily life as the constant nourishment for writing.”
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Posthumous writings from Calvino.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly

This new volume of autobiographical writings (never before translated into English) by Calvino, whose short stories and novels gave him international acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important Italian fiction writers, is a welcome addition to his extensive works as well as to The Road to San Giovanni, a posthumous collection of autobiographical essays published more than a decade ago. This volume includes a series of articles and interviews that builds on the understanding of Calvino’s life after World War II when he returned to Italy from the Communist resistance in the Alps, a period when Calvino felt a “moment of uncertainty” and a “perplexity about” his vocation as a writer before producing his first novel, The Cloven Viscount. The articles also feature Calvino’s views on some of his most popular novels: “In the United States… the book of mine that became a hit was the one that you would have said was the furthest from American reading habits: Invisible Cities.” But it is Calvino’s lifelong fascination with America that makes this collection remarkable: more than half the book is given to an “American Diary 1959-1960,” written during Calvino’s two years traveling in the U.S., as he explores New York’s thriving Greenwich Village and Actors Studio; a “violent, tough” Chicago; San Francisco’s “squalid and filthy” beatnik scene; and Montgomery, Ala., where Calvino (who died in 1985) finds himself “in the middle” of “crucial days of struggle” of the Civil Rights movement. His diary reveals an obsession with what he later says most interests him as a writer: “daily life as the constant nourishment for writing.”
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Posthumous writings from Calvino.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Only registered users can download this free product.

Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

From Publishers Weekly

This new volume of autobiographical writings (never before translated into English) by Calvino, whose short stories and novels gave him international acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important Italian fiction writers, is a welcome addition to his extensive works as well as to The Road to San Giovanni, a posthumous collection of autobiographical essays published more than a decade ago. This volume includes a series of articles and interviews that builds on the understanding of Calvino’s life after World War II when he returned to Italy from the Communist resistance in the Alps, a period when Calvino felt a “moment of uncertainty” and a “perplexity about” his vocation as a writer before producing his first novel, The Cloven Viscount. The articles also feature Calvino’s views on some of his most popular novels: “In the United States… the book of mine that became a hit was the one that you would have said was the furthest from American reading habits: Invisible Cities.” But it is Calvino’s lifelong fascination with America that makes this collection remarkable: more than half the book is given to an “American Diary 1959-1960,” written during Calvino’s two years traveling in the U.S., as he explores New York’s thriving Greenwich Village and Actors Studio; a “violent, tough” Chicago; San Francisco’s “squalid and filthy” beatnik scene; and Montgomery, Ala., where Calvino (who died in 1985) finds himself “in the middle” of “crucial days of struggle” of the Civil Rights movement. His diary reveals an obsession with what he later says most interests him as a writer: “daily life as the constant nourishment for writing.”
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Posthumous writings from Calvino.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly

This new volume of autobiographical writings (never before translated into English) by Calvino, whose short stories and novels gave him international acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important Italian fiction writers, is a welcome addition to his extensive works as well as to The Road to San Giovanni, a posthumous collection of autobiographical essays published more than a decade ago. This volume includes a series of articles and interviews that builds on the understanding of Calvino’s life after World War II when he returned to Italy from the Communist resistance in the Alps, a period when Calvino felt a “moment of uncertainty” and a “perplexity about” his vocation as a writer before producing his first novel, The Cloven Viscount. The articles also feature Calvino’s views on some of his most popular novels: “In the United States… the book of mine that became a hit was the one that you would have said was the furthest from American reading habits: Invisible Cities.” But it is Calvino’s lifelong fascination with America that makes this collection remarkable: more than half the book is given to an “American Diary 1959-1960,” written during Calvino’s two years traveling in the U.S., as he explores New York’s thriving Greenwich Village and Actors Studio; a “violent, tough” Chicago; San Francisco’s “squalid and filthy” beatnik scene; and Montgomery, Ala., where Calvino (who died in 1985) finds himself “in the middle” of “crucial days of struggle” of the Civil Rights movement. His diary reveals an obsession with what he later says most interests him as a writer: “daily life as the constant nourishment for writing.”
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Posthumous writings from Calvino.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Heritage and Exile

The people of Darkover are descendants of Terran colonists who over centuries had lost their science, turning instead to the curious technology of the matrix stones and laran, or psi, powers. During the lawless Ages of Chaos and the time of the Hundred Kingdoms, these powers were used to drive weapons that could kill from afarweapons so terrible that they almost destroyed Darkover until they were banned by the Compact. Set during the Second Age, after the Terran Empire reestablished contact, these books chronicle the pivotal events in the turbulent relationship between Terra and its semi-alien offspring. Nominated for a Hugo Award, and described as Bradley’s best [Darkover] novel by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur tells the complex and compelling story of the early life of Regis Hastur, Darkover’s greatest monarch. It also spins the tale of those who sought to control the deadly Sharra Matrix and tells how Lew Alton met and lost his greatest love, Marjorie Scott. Here is the showdown between those Darkovan lords who would bargain away their world for the glories of Terran science and those who would preserve the matrix powers that are at once the prize and the burden of Darkover. In Sharra’s Exile, the most dangerous magical implement on all of Darkoverthe legendary Shara matrixmoves to the center of the story. Embodied as a chained woman wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining magical weapon of the Ages of Chaos. The matrix had been exiled offworld to one of the planets of the Terran Empire, in the custody of one who had suffered gravely from its use: Comyn Lord Lew Alton. But when he was called back to Darkover, he had no choice but to bring it with him. Once back, the stone’s flaming image spread far and wide, setting in motion events that would forever change the seven Domains and the future of Darkover.

The people of Darkover are descendants of Terran colonists who over centuries had lost their science, turning instead to the curious technology of the matrix stones and laran, or psi, powers. During the lawless Ages of Chaos and the time of the Hundred Kingdoms, these powers were used to drive weapons that could kill from afarweapons so terrible that they almost destroyed Darkover until they were banned by the Compact. Set during the Second Age, after the Terran Empire reestablished contact, these books chronicle the pivotal events in the turbulent relationship between Terra and its semi-alien offspring. Nominated for a Hugo Award, and described as Bradley’s best [Darkover] novel by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur tells the complex and compelling story of the early life of Regis Hastur, Darkover’s greatest monarch. It also spins the tale of those who sought to control the deadly Sharra Matrix and tells how Lew Alton met and lost his greatest love, Marjorie Scott. Here is the showdown between those Darkovan lords who would bargain away their world for the glories of Terran science and those who would preserve the matrix powers that are at once the prize and the burden of Darkover. In Sharra’s Exile, the most dangerous magical implement on all of Darkoverthe legendary Shara matrixmoves to the center of the story. Embodied as a chained woman wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining magical weapon of the Ages of Chaos. The matrix had been exiled offworld to one of the planets of the Terran Empire, in the custody of one who had suffered gravely from its use: Comyn Lord Lew Alton. But when he was called back to Darkover, he had no choice but to bring it with him. Once back, the stone’s flaming image spread far and wide, setting in motion events that would forever change the seven Domains and the future of Darkover.

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The Heretic Queen

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
**In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.**
The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names.
A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’ s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.
Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one.
While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, *The Heretic Queen* is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
**In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.**
The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names.
A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’ s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.
Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one.
While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.
Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, *The Heretic Queen* is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.

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Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me

SUMMARY: A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career. Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment–respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms–he’s a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby’s World, he’s starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he’s also hosted his own daytime talk show–he’s one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly–until now.Eleven years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he has tried to integrate them into his act. “If I’m making myself laugh,” he writes, “then I’m distracted from all the other things going on in my head that are, at times, torturous.” And he speaks frankly and honestly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life–as a son, husband, and father of three.Fans who’ve been dying to know “the deal” behind Mandel’s remarkable rise through the show-business ranks will be rewarded with many never-before-told anecdotes, each one generously leavened with Mandel’s trademark humor. There are tales from every phase of his colorful career–from his early days as a teenage carpet salesman and aspiring stand-up comic to his stint opening for Diana Ross, his six years on St. Elsewhere, and beyond. As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me is the story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places. It’s sure to please Howie Mandel’s legion of fans–and provide hope to the millions who strive to succeed in spite of OCD and ADHD.

SUMMARY: A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career. Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment–respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms–he’s a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby’s World, he’s starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he’s also hosted his own daytime talk show–he’s one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly–until now.Eleven years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he has tried to integrate them into his act. “If I’m making myself laugh,” he writes, “then I’m distracted from all the other things going on in my head that are, at times, torturous.” And he speaks frankly and honestly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life–as a son, husband, and father of three.Fans who’ve been dying to know “the deal” behind Mandel’s remarkable rise through the show-business ranks will be rewarded with many never-before-told anecdotes, each one generously leavened with Mandel’s trademark humor. There are tales from every phase of his colorful career–from his early days as a teenage carpet salesman and aspiring stand-up comic to his stint opening for Diana Ross, his six years on St. Elsewhere, and beyond. As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me is the story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places. It’s sure to please Howie Mandel’s legion of fans–and provide hope to the millions who strive to succeed in spite of OCD and ADHD.

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Here Comes Trouble

**Get Lucky**
A child of Vegas, Brett Hennessey knows about luck–especially the bad kind. But when this poker superstar hops on his Harley to outrun Lady Misfortune and ends up at a pretty B&B run by an even prettier proprietor, he can’t help thinking he’s stumbled onto a winning streak. . .
Sure, Kirby Farrell’s new B&B ski lodge opened to the warmest winter in Vermont memory, but fate brought her a bad boy on a hot bike and settled him into her best room. She’s still broke, but the view across the breakfast table has definitely improved. . .
Only now Brett’s past has finally caught up to him. He has two choices: run again–and lose the best hand fortune’s dealt him yet. Or stay and risk everything for something he never thought would come his way. . .
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**Get Lucky**
A child of Vegas, Brett Hennessey knows about luck–especially the bad kind. But when this poker superstar hops on his Harley to outrun Lady Misfortune and ends up at a pretty B&B run by an even prettier proprietor, he can’t help thinking he’s stumbled onto a winning streak. . .
Sure, Kirby Farrell’s new B&B ski lodge opened to the warmest winter in Vermont memory, but fate brought her a bad boy on a hot bike and settled him into her best room. She’s still broke, but the view across the breakfast table has definitely improved. . .
Only now Brett’s past has finally caught up to him. He has two choices: run again–and lose the best hand fortune’s dealt him yet. Or stay and risk everything for something he never thought would come his way. . .
### L’autore
Donna Kauffman is the **USA Today** bestselling author of chick lit, paranormal romance, and sexy romance. Beverly Brandt writes chick lit and women’s** fiction, as well as romantic adventure under a psuedonym. Alesia Holliday is the author of **American Idle** and **Nice Girls Finish First**, and she writes young adult novels under a pseudonym. Erin McCarthy is the **USA Today** bestselling author of **Bad Boys Online**, **Smart Mouth**, and **A Date With the Other Side**.**
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**Get Lucky**
A child of Vegas, Brett Hennessey knows about luck–especially the bad kind. But when this poker superstar hops on his Harley to outrun Lady Misfortune and ends up at a pretty B&B run by an even prettier proprietor, he can’t help thinking he’s stumbled onto a winning streak. . .
Sure, Kirby Farrell’s new B&B ski lodge opened to the warmest winter in Vermont memory, but fate brought her a bad boy on a hot bike and settled him into her best room. She’s still broke, but the view across the breakfast table has definitely improved. . .
Only now Brett’s past has finally caught up to him. He has two choices: run again–and lose the best hand fortune’s dealt him yet. Or stay and risk everything for something he never thought would come his way. . .
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### Sinossi
**Get Lucky**
A child of Vegas, Brett Hennessey knows about luck–especially the bad kind. But when this poker superstar hops on his Harley to outrun Lady Misfortune and ends up at a pretty B&B run by an even prettier proprietor, he can’t help thinking he’s stumbled onto a winning streak. . .
Sure, Kirby Farrell’s new B&B ski lodge opened to the warmest winter in Vermont memory, but fate brought her a bad boy on a hot bike and settled him into her best room. She’s still broke, but the view across the breakfast table has definitely improved. . .
Only now Brett’s past has finally caught up to him. He has two choices: run again–and lose the best hand fortune’s dealt him yet. Or stay and risk everything for something he never thought would come his way. . .
### L’autore
Donna Kauffman is the **USA Today** bestselling author of chick lit, paranormal romance, and sexy romance. Beverly Brandt writes chick lit and women’s** fiction, as well as romantic adventure under a psuedonym. Alesia Holliday is the author of **American Idle** and **Nice Girls Finish First**, and she writes young adult novels under a pseudonym. Erin McCarthy is the **USA Today** bestselling author of **Bad Boys Online**, **Smart Mouth**, and **A Date With the Other Side**.**
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Henry IV, Part II

The third part of Shakespeare’s impressive ‘Henriad,’ this play follows “Richard II” and “Henry IV, Part 1,” and precedes “Henry V.” In this portion of the tetralogy of history plays, Prince Hal is once again out of favor with his father the king, who is in his last months of life. Falstaff, the comical criminal, is further rejected by Prince Hal, who believes he must disassociate himself with the London underworld before becoming king. This is certainly a more somber play, for Henry IV dies, and Falstaff reflects on his own approaching death. A credible play worthy of the Shakespeare’s early writings, “Henry IV, Part 2” is a work of conflict, reconciliation, and musings on life and death that attest to the universal nature of the Bard of Avon’s canon.
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### Recensione
enjoys the same high standards of design and production as its predecessors. The text pages clearly differentiate text, collation, and notes; the documentation is full but inconspicuous; and it has been well proof-read … Dr Weis provides an economical but illuminating discussion of Shakespeare’s sources … The annotations throughout are lucid and economical, responsive to both levels of plot. … Rene Weis’s edition can be recommended as a thoughtful and sensitive response to the play, which ranks alongside the outstanding 1966 New Arden edition by R A Humphreys. (*Brian Vickers, ROES, vol 50 no 200 (1999)*)
### Sinossi
The third part of Shakespeare’s impressive ‘Henriad,’ this play follows “Richard II” and “Henry IV, Part 1,” and precedes “Henry V.” In this portion of the tetralogy of history plays, Prince Hal is once again out of favor with his father the king, who is in his last months of life. Falstaff, the comical criminal, is further rejected by Prince Hal, who believes he must disassociate himself with the London underworld before becoming king. This is certainly a more somber play, for Henry IV dies, and Falstaff reflects on his own approaching death. A credible play worthy of the Shakespeare’s early writings, “Henry IV, Part 2” is a work of conflict, reconciliation, and musings on life and death that attest to the universal nature of the Bard of Avon’s canon.

The third part of Shakespeare’s impressive ‘Henriad,’ this play follows “Richard II” and “Henry IV, Part 1,” and precedes “Henry V.” In this portion of the tetralogy of history plays, Prince Hal is once again out of favor with his father the king, who is in his last months of life. Falstaff, the comical criminal, is further rejected by Prince Hal, who believes he must disassociate himself with the London underworld before becoming king. This is certainly a more somber play, for Henry IV dies, and Falstaff reflects on his own approaching death. A credible play worthy of the Shakespeare’s early writings, “Henry IV, Part 2” is a work of conflict, reconciliation, and musings on life and death that attest to the universal nature of the Bard of Avon’s canon.
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### Recensione
enjoys the same high standards of design and production as its predecessors. The text pages clearly differentiate text, collation, and notes; the documentation is full but inconspicuous; and it has been well proof-read … Dr Weis provides an economical but illuminating discussion of Shakespeare’s sources … The annotations throughout are lucid and economical, responsive to both levels of plot. … Rene Weis’s edition can be recommended as a thoughtful and sensitive response to the play, which ranks alongside the outstanding 1966 New Arden edition by R A Humphreys. (*Brian Vickers, ROES, vol 50 no 200 (1999)*)
### Sinossi
The third part of Shakespeare’s impressive ‘Henriad,’ this play follows “Richard II” and “Henry IV, Part 1,” and precedes “Henry V.” In this portion of the tetralogy of history plays, Prince Hal is once again out of favor with his father the king, who is in his last months of life. Falstaff, the comical criminal, is further rejected by Prince Hal, who believes he must disassociate himself with the London underworld before becoming king. This is certainly a more somber play, for Henry IV dies, and Falstaff reflects on his own approaching death. A credible play worthy of the Shakespeare’s early writings, “Henry IV, Part 2” is a work of conflict, reconciliation, and musings on life and death that attest to the universal nature of the Bard of Avon’s canon.

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Henry IV, Part 1

One of the most popular of all Shakespeare’s history plays, *Henry IV, Part I* re-creates actual events from early-15th-century English history as King Henry deals a rebellion inside with his kingdom led by Harry Percy (“Hotspur”) and other notables. Besides this mutinous action, the king must also contend with the dissolute ways of his son, Prince Hal, who spends much of his time in the company of the witty, rotund, tavern-haunting Sir John Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s immortal comic characters. During the rebellion against his father, however, Hal acquits himself honorably in battle, portending the eventual transformation in later plays of the wild prince into a great warrior-king.
These various themes are woven together here in a superb blend of brilliantly staged scenes depicting the king’s attempts to pacify the rebels and maintain his power, the plotting of Percy and other insurgents, grim action on the battlefield, and the low comedy of Falstaff and his comrades — all brought to life in some of Shakespeare’s finest blank verse and raciest prose.
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One of the most popular of all Shakespeare’s history plays, *Henry IV, Part I* re-creates actual events from early-15th-century English history as King Henry deals a rebellion inside with his kingdom led by Harry Percy (“Hotspur”) and other notables. Besides this mutinous action, the king must also contend with the dissolute ways of his son, Prince Hal, who spends much of his time in the company of the witty, rotund, tavern-haunting Sir John Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s immortal comic characters. During the rebellion against his father, however, Hal acquits himself honorably in battle, portending the eventual transformation in later plays of the wild prince into a great warrior-king.
These various themes are woven together here in a superb blend of brilliantly staged scenes depicting the king’s attempts to pacify the rebels and maintain his power, the plotting of Percy and other insurgents, grim action on the battlefield, and the low comedy of Falstaff and his comrades — all brought to life in some of Shakespeare’s finest blank verse and raciest prose.
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Hello America

Sinossi

A terrifying vision of the future from one of our most renowned writers – J G Ballard, author of ‘Empire of the Sun’ and ‘Crash’.

Following the energy crisis of the late twentieth-century America has been abandoned. Now, a century later, a small group of European explorers returns to the deserted continent. But America is unrecognisable – the Bering Strait has been dammed and the whole continent has become a desert, populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture.

The expedition sets off from Manhattan on a cross-continent journey, through Holiday Inns and abandoned theme parks, to uncover a shocking new power in the heart of Las Vegas.

Sinossi

A terrifying vision of the future from one of our most renowned writers – J G Ballard, author of ‘Empire of the Sun’ and ‘Crash’.

Following the energy crisis of the late twentieth-century America has been abandoned. Now, a century later, a small group of European explorers returns to the deserted continent. But America is unrecognisable – the Bering Strait has been dammed and the whole continent has become a desert, populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture.

The expedition sets off from Manhattan on a cross-continent journey, through Holiday Inns and abandoned theme parks, to uncover a shocking new power in the heart of Las Vegas.

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