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Caine’s Mutiny

A new entry in the critically acclaimed Caine Riordan science fiction series by three-time Nebula nominee Charles E. Gannon! Science fiction on a grand scale. Prequels Raising Caine, Trial by Fire and Fire with Fire were all Nebula Award finalists. Charles E. Gannon is also the winner of the Compton Crook Award.Caine Riordan, fresh from serving as envoy to the aliens known as the Slaasriithi, has been given yet another daunting task: apprehend raiders that are terrorizing a distant planet.As difficulties mount, Caine becomes aware that the mission his superiors sent him to perform may not be the one they actually hope he will achieve. Which means Caine may be forced to choose between honoring a promise to friends or following orders—a choice that could ultimately put him in front of a board of inquiry. Or a firing squad.At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).About Raising Caine: “Raising Caine unveils a lot of thought-provoking ideas but ultimately this is a space opera adventure. There are space battles, daring emergency landings, desperate quests, hand-to-hand combat, and double-and-triple crosses. It’s an engrossing read. You owe it to yourself to read the two previous books in order. Then enjoy Raising Caine. It’s an intergalactic thrill-ride.”—Fantasy and Science Ficton Book and Audiobook Reviews”This is science-fiction adventure on a grand scale.”—Kirkus”Gannon’s harrowing . . . military space opera (following Trial by Fire) builds well on his established setting . . . Gannon’s signature attention to developing realistic alien worlds makes this installment satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly“. . . an incredibly active book . . . as our protagonists are confronted by the beautiful, terrible, and sometimes lethal variety of the universe and its inhabitants. . . . a whole mess of fun . . . that manages to be scientifically accurate while refraining from excessive wonkiness. Those who value meticulous world-building . . . will certainly have their needs met.”—BN Sci-Fi and Fantasy BlogAbout Nebula-nominated second entry, Trial by Fire:“I seriously enjoyed Trial by Fire. This one’s a tidal wave—can’t put it down. An excellent book.” —Jack McDevitt on the prequel”Gannon’s whiz-bang second Tales of the Terran Republic interstellar adventure delivers on the promise of the first (Fire with Fire) . . . The charm of Caine’s harrowing adventure lies in Gannon’s attention to detail, which keeps the layers of political intrigue and military action from getting too dense. The dozens of key characters, multiple theaters of operations, and various alien cultures all receive the appropriate amount of attention. The satisfying resolution is enhanced by the promise of more excitement to come in this fascinating far-future universe.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review” . . . definitely one to appeal to the adventure fans. Riordan is a smart hero, up against enormous obstacles and surrounded by enemies. Author Gannon does a good job of managing action and tension to keep the story moving, and the details of the worlds Riordan visits are interesting in their own right..”—Analog ” . . . offers the type of hard science-fiction those familiar with the John Campbell era of Analog Science Fiction will remember. Gannon throws his readers into an action-packed adventure. A sequel to Fire With Fire, it is a nonstop tale filled with military science-fiction action.” —Daily News of Galveston CountyAbout Compton Crook Award-winner for best first novel,Fire with Fire:“Chuck Gannon is one of those marvelous finds—someone as comfortable with characters as he is with technology, and equally adept at providing those characters with problems to solve. Imaginative, fun, and not afraid to step on the occasional toe or gore the occasional sacred cow, his stories do not disappoint.”—David Weber “If we meet strong aliens out there, will we suffer the fate of the Aztecs and Incas, or find the agility to survive? Gannon fizzes with ideas about the dangerous politics of first contact.”—David Brin”The plot is intriguing and then some. Well-developed and self-consistent; intelligent readers are going to like it.”—Jerry Pournelle”[T]he intersecting plot threads, action and well-conceived science kept those pages turning.”—SF CrowsnestAbout Starfire series hit, Extremis, coauthored by Charles E. Gannon:“Vivid . . . Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . . ”—Publishers Weekly”It’s a grand, fun series of battles and campaigns, worthy of anything Dale Brown or Larry Bond ever wrote.” —AnalogAbout Charles E. Gannon:”Chuck Gannon writes the kind of science fiction we all grew up on: rousing, mind-expanding, pulse-pounding sagas of spaceships and aliens. He’s a terrific writer, and we’re lucky to have him.”—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula award winning author of Quantum Night and Flashforward”[A] strong [writer of] . . . military SF . . . [much] action going on in his work, with a lot of physics behind it. There is a real sense of the urgency of war and the sacrifices it demands.” —Locus

Cain His Brother

SUMMARY: “A TRIUMPH . . . A model of the richness and subtleties of relationships, characters, and story construction.” –Chicago Sun-Times In his family life, Angus Stonefield had been gentle and loving; in business, a man of probity; and in his relationship with his twin brother, Caleb, a virtual saint. Now Angus is missing, and it appears more than possible that Caleb–a creature long since abandoned to depravity–has murdered him. Hired to find the missing man, William Monk puts himself into his shoes, searching for clues to Angus’s fate and his vicious brother’s whereabouts. Slowly, Monk inches toward the truth–and also, unwittingly, toward the destruction of his good name and livelihood. . . . “MASTERFUL . . . DARKLY CHILLING . . . Perry eloquently delivers to her readers the flavor of Victorian England. . . . Readers will be kept entertained and guessing–right up to the final pages.” –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT FIGURED OUT, THINK AGAIN! No one can capture and bring to life the drama, excitement, and feel of Victorian England like Perry.” –Mostly Murder A Main Selection of the Mystery Guild

Cabal

A fabulous journey through the mind of the master of dark imaginative fiction, Clive Barker. The nightmare had begun…. Boone knew that there was no place on this earth for him now; no happiness here, not even with Lori. He would let Hell claim him, let Death take him there. But Death itself seemed to shrink from Boone. No wonder, if he had indeed been the monster who had shattered, violated and shredded so many others’ lives. And Decker had shown him the proof – the hellish photographs where the last victims were forever stilled, splayed in the last obscene moment of their torture. Boone’s only refuge now was Midian – that awful, legendary place in which gathered the half-dead, the Nightbreed…

(source: Bol.com)

C#: A Beginner’s Guide

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#### Essential Skills–Made Easy!
*C#: A Beginner’s Guide* offers a step-by-step approach to learning object-oriented programming with C# and the .NET Framework while preparing you for data driven-development. More than 150 easy-to-follow examples are included. The book covers Visual Studio for developmentand debugging, collections and advanced C# structures,LINQ and traditional database development, as well as file, XML, and JSON handling. By the end of the book, you’ll have the foundation you need to begin developing advanced data-driven applications in any C#-based platform.
**Designed for Easy Learning**
* **Key Skills & Concepts**–Chapter-opening lists of specific skills covered in the chapter
* **Try This**–Hands-on exercises that show you how to apply your skills
* **Notes**–Extra information related to the topic being covered
* **Tips**–Helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things
* **Cautions**–Errors and pitfalls to avoid
* **Self Test**–End-of-chapter quizzes to reinforce your skills
* **Example code** with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated
Ready-to-use code at www.mhprofessional.com
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C# 7.0 Pocket Reference: Instant Help for C# 7.0 Programmers

When you need answers for programming with C# 7.0, this tightly focused reference tells you exactly what you need to know—without long introductions or bloated examples. Easy-to-browse and ideal as a quick reference, this guide will help experienced C#, Java, and C++ programmers get up to speed with the latest version of the C# language.
All programs and code snippets in this book are available as interactive samples in LINQPad. You can edit these samples and instantly see the results without needing to set up projects in Visual Studio. Written by the authors of *C# 7.0 in a Nutshell*, this pocket reference covers C# 7.0 without skimping on detail, including:
* All of C#’s fundamentals
* Features new to C# 7.0, including tuples, pattern matching, and deconstructors
* Advanced topics: operator overloading, type constraints, iterators, nullable types, operator lifting, lambda expressions, and closures
* LINQ: sequences, lazy execution, standard query operators, and query expressions
* Unsafe code and pointers, custom attributes, preprocessor directives, and XML documentation
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By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness

SUMMARY: From Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life. Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings . . . and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts. Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life’s biggest questions.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs

An old woman in a nursing home speaks of a child buried behind the fireplace…
When Tommy and Tuppence visited an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they thought nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada was a very difficult old lady.
But when Mrs Lockett mentioned a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs Lancaster talked about ‘something behind the fireplace’, Tommy and Tuppence found themselves caught up in an unexpected adventure involving possible black magic…
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By Invitation Only

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where *By Invitation Onl*y begins at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. While the mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, who dabbles in the world of public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary carrara marble pedestal, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons.
Soon *By Invitation Only* zooms to Chicago, where the unraveling accelerates. Nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane is the antithesis of the bright lights and super-sophisticated guests attending her son Fred’s second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn’t be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias’ dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Frederick, aka Fred, they will not stand in her way—although Susan does hope her friends won’t think her daughter is marrying more than a few degrees beneath her socially. At the same time, Diane worries that her son will be lost to her forever.
*By Invitation Only* is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers.
Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?
*By Invitation Only* is classic Dorothea Benton Frank—a mesmerizing Lowcountry Tale that roars with spirit, humor, and truth, and forces us to reconsider our notions of what it means to be a Have or a Have Not.

Buzz Off

When beekeeper Story Fischer is on the case, you can run – but you can’t hive . . . It’s September – National Honey Month – in Moraine, Wisconsin, and things are looking up for Story Fischer. Her messy divorce is final, the honey from her beekeeping business has been harvested, and the market she owns is thriving. Life seems pretty sweet . . . until Manny, her mentor in the honey business, is found stung to death in his apiary. Story is still trying to explain to the panicked locals that her honeybees had nothing to do with Manny’s death, when another body is found floating in the Oconomowoc River. This time the evidence points to Story’s ex. Sure, he’s a womanizer and a buzzkill – but a murderer? Desperate to save her bees and her business (and, okay, her ex), it’s up to Story to find a way out of a very sticky situation. ‘A stellar debut . . . Once readers get a taste of the Queen Bee Mysteries, they will be swarming for more.’ Cleo Coyle, national bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries’You won’t want to put it down.’ Julie Hyzy, award-winning author of Eggsecutive Ordersand Grace Under Pressure’Action, adventure, a touch of romance, and a cast of delightful characters.’ Lorna Barrett, New York Timesbestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries

Buy Jupiter and Other Stories

Întemeietorii (1975) (titlu original Buy Jupiter and Other Stories) este o culegere de povestiri a scriitorului american Isaac Asimov.
Continut:
* Sala de biliard darwiniană (Darwinian Pool Room)
* Ziua vânătorilor (Day of the Hunters)
* Ban C. Uls-Lab (Shah Guido G.)
* Button, Button (Button, Button)
* Degetul maimuței (The Monkey’s Finger)
* Everest (Everest)
* Pauza (The Pause)
* Să nu (Let’s Not)
* Fiecare este un explorator (Each an Explorer)
* Nimic! (Blank!)
* Ce-i pasă unei albine? (Does a Bee Care?)
* Smintiții (Silly Asses)
* La bună vedere, Jupiter! (Buy Jupiter)
* O statuie pentru tata (A Statue for Father)
* Pleacă, pleacă, ploaie rea! (Rain, Rain, Go Away)
* Întemeietorii (Founding Father)
* Exil pe Iad (Exile to Hell)
* Elementul-cheie (Key Item)
* Studiul cuvenit (The Proper Study)
* 2430 A.D. (2430 A.D.)
* Bunul cel mai de preț (The Greatest Asset)
* Bățul de chibrit (Take a Match)
* Tiotimolina către stele (Thiotimoline to the Stars)
* Poezie imaterială (Light Verse)

Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas

All across the country, butterflies are becoming as popular as birds and wildflowers, especially among people seeking to enjoy the rich natural resources that Texas possesses. John and Gloria Tveten have been studying butterflies in Southeast Texas for thirty-five years, and here they offer their considerable knowledge to everyone who shares their passion for butterflies.
In this easy-to-use field guide, the Tvetens describe and illustrate more than 100 species of butterflies that live in Southeast Texas and can often be found across the state. Striking color photographs of living butterflies and caterpillars (a unique addition) show the key marks and characteristics necessary for field identification. The Tvetens’ enjoyable and authoritative text describes each species’ life history, habits, flight patterns, and characteristic markings.
An account of the different butterfly families, from swallowtails to longwings to skippers, precedes the descriptions of the species within each family. The Tvetens also include an interesting discussion of butterfly biology, a complete checklist of area butterflies, an index of butterfly-attracting plants, and pointers to other butterfly resources.
This field guide is the first to focus exclusively on Southeast Texas butterflies. It will be the essential reference for everyone seeking a reliable way to identify these butterflies, from field observers to apartment dwellers who wonder what is fluttering around the pot plants on the balcony.
(source: Bol.com)

Butcher’s Crossing

«Bastava un solo sguardo, o quasi, per contemplare tutta Butcher’s Crossing. Un gruppo di sei baracche di legno era tagliato in due da una stradina sterrata e poco oltre, su entrambi i lati, c’erano alcune tende sparse». Ecco lo sperduto villaggio del Kansas dove, in una torrida giornata del 1873, giunge Will Andrews, ventenne bostoniano affamato di terre selvagge. L’America sta cambiando, la ferrovia in breve scalzerà la tensione verso l’ignoto che aveva permeato il continente, lasciando solo il mito della frontiera. Eppure, il giorno in cui Will sente sotto i piedi la sua terra promessa, esiste ancora la caccia al bisonte, un’esperienza portentosa, cruenta e fondante, archetipo della cultura americana.
È questo che il ragazzo vuole: dimenticare le strade trafficate ed eleganti di Boston e rinascere in una terra che lo accolga come parte integrante della natura. Ma in questi luoghi lontani dalla costa orientale e dalla metropoli gli uomini sono legnosi, stremati dall’attesa di un riscatto mai ottenuto e negli occhi custodiscono tutta l’esperienza del mondo. La caccia, l’atroce massacro di cui Will si rende complice, è un momento in cui si addensano simbologie, dove il rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura diventa grandiosa rappresentazione, ma soprattutto è un viaggio drammaticamente diverso da ciò che il ragazzo si aspettava, da quel che immaginava di scoprire su se stesso e sul suo paese.
Rito iniziatico, memoriale della fine di un’epoca, Butcher’s Crossing è una riflessione sul rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura, il racconto di una rivoluzione personale e collettiva che si produce sullo sfondo di un paesaggio quasi mistico.
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«Bastava un solo sguardo, o quasi, per contemplare tutta Butcher’s Crossing. Un gruppo di sei baracche di legno era tagliato in due da una stradina sterrata e poco oltre, su entrambi i lati, c’erano alcune tende sparse». Ecco lo sperduto villaggio del Kansas dove, in una torrida giornata del 1873, giunge Will Andrews, ventenne bostoniano affamato di terre selvagge. L’America sta cambiando, la ferrovia in breve scalzerà la tensione verso l’ignoto che aveva permeato il continente, lasciando solo il mito della frontiera. Eppure, il giorno in cui Will sente sotto i piedi la sua terra promessa, esiste ancora la caccia al bisonte, un’esperienza portentosa, cruenta e fondante, archetipo della cultura americana.
È questo che il ragazzo vuole: dimenticare le strade trafficate ed eleganti di Boston e rinascere in una terra che lo accolga come parte integrante della natura. Ma in questi luoghi lontani dalla costa orientale e dalla metropoli gli uomini sono legnosi, stremati dall’attesa di un riscatto mai ottenuto e negli occhi custodiscono tutta l’esperienza del mondo. La caccia, l’atroce massacro di cui Will si rende complice, è un momento in cui si addensano simbologie, dove il rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura diventa grandiosa rappresentazione, ma soprattutto è un viaggio drammaticamente diverso da ciò che il ragazzo si aspettava, da quel che immaginava di scoprire su se stesso e sul suo paese.
Rito iniziatico, memoriale della fine di un’epoca, Butcher’s Crossing è una riflessione sul rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura, il racconto di una rivoluzione personale e collettiva che si produce sullo sfondo di un paesaggio quasi mistico.

The Business Blockchain

The definitive pioneering blueprint covering the what, why and how of the blockchain.

Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software applications.

The Business Blockchain charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before. William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance. In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions. First, the blockchain has polymorphic characteristics; its application will result in a multiplicity of effects. Second, we shouldn’t ask ourselves what problems the blockchain solves, because that gives us a narrow view on its potential. Rather, we should imagine new opportunities, and tackle even more ambitious problems that cross organizational, regulatory and mental boundaries.

Drawing on 34 years of technology industry experience as an executive, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, startup mentor, author, blogger, educator, thought leader and investor, William Mougayar describes a future that is influenced by fundamental shifts brought by blockchain technology as the catalyst for change. William Mougayar has been described as the most sophisticated blockchain business thinker. He is a blockchain industry insider whose work has already shaped and influenced the understanding of blockchain for people around the world, via his generous blogging and rigorous research insights. He is a direct participant in the crypto-technology market, working alongside startups, entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, innovators, creators, enterprise executives and practitioners; in addition to being an investor, advisor, and board member in some of the leading organizations in this space, such as the Ethereum Foundation, OpenBazaar and Coin Center.

Just as the Internet created new possibilities that we didn’t foresee in its early years, the blockchain will give rise to new business models and ideas that may still be invisible. Following an engaging Foreword by Vitalik Buterin, this book is organized along these 7 chapters:
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What is the Blockchain?
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How Blockchain Trust Infiltrates
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Obstacles, Challenges & Mental Blocks
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Blockchain in Financial Services
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Lighthouse Industries & New Intermediaries
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Implementing Blockchain Technology
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Decentralization as the Way Forward

The Business Blockchain is an invitation for technologists to better understand the business potential of the blockchain, and for business minded people to grasp the many facets of blockchain technology. This book teaches you how to think about the blockchain.

**Recensie(s)**

If you are thinking about your blockchain strategy, especially from the enterprise side, this is an important book that will allow you to understand the blockchain at a level you may have not enjoyed before. It is definitely a book to learn from. (International Business Times, April 2016)
(source: Bol.com)

Bury the Lead

Bury the Lead (Andy Carpenter Series #3) by David Rosenfelt
Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf.He’s Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt’s first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award, now in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim…of the most fatal kind. His streak of murder case acquittals made him a regular on cable talk shows. His recent $22 million inheritance bought him a dog rescue operation named the Tara Foundation after his own beloved golden retriever. Yet after turning down cases left and right, Andy Carpenter thinks he’s facing a midlife crisis. When a friend, a newspaper owner, calls in a favor and asks him to protect his star reporter, Andy is less than thrilled. His new client is Daniel Cummings, a journalist who is being used as a mouthpiece by a brutal serial killer. Things only get worse when Daniel is discovered near the body of the murderer’s latest victim. And after Andy himself starts collecting anonymous death threats, he hears the news every defense lawyer dreads…and moves to within a dangerous keystroke of becoming tomorrow’s obituary.

Burnt Offerings

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novel ‘You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters.’ That’s what I’ve always said. That’s what I’ve always believed. But now I’m the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. I’m Anita Blake, the woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I’ve become part of the problem. So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampire-owned businesses all over town – an arsonist who seems to want to destroy more than just property. It’s the monsters who are in danger now. And it’s up to the Executioner to save them from the inferno.
(source: Bol.com)

Burning Bright

The crew of Persephone only has 300 days to find help for the planet of Uraniel. They return to Queen’s Hat Station with hopes of recruiting more people for their ship, or finding any leads about the super-powered aliens threatening the galaxy.
But Elaka Nota is waiting for them on Queen’s Hat, and the conflict sets the crew of Persephone on a path that will change their friendship forever.