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The Silmarillion Illustrated

The popular paperback edition with a cover design by Tolkien himself, to complement the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings paperbacks. Includes a special preface by J.R.R. Tolkien.The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor at the end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings.

The Ships of Durostorum

WANTED: ONE ENGINEER
FOR MANAGERIAL POSITION IN IRUNIUM.
WAGES HIGH. DEATH BENEFITS SUDDEN.
“I am the Contessa Perdita di Montevarchi. Here in Irunium the only law is my will.
“I shall seek out another engineer. But this time he will be a real engineer from a dimension that understands these things, from Slikitter, probably from Earth. He will be treated with respect because his function is valuable to me. Almost inevitably he will terminate as this offal terminated, but that is to be expected of imperfect tools.
“He will not at first see the slaves in the mines and I do not with him treated as a slave. My mines must continue to produce gems for my trace across the Dimensions. An engineer is needed so I shall find one….”

The Saga of the Century Trilogy: The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund

**Three novels in one volume following the artistic and eccentric Aubrey family in the years surrounding the Great War.**
 In *The Fountain Overflows* ,Papa Aubrey’s wife and twin daughters, Mary and Rose, are piano prodigies, his young son, Richard Quin, is a lively boy, and his eldest daughter, Cordelia, is a beautiful and driven young woman with musical aspirations. But the talented and eccentric Aubrey family rarely enjoys a moment of harmony, as its members struggle to overcome the effects of their patriarch’s spendthrift ways. Now they must move so that their father can find stable employment. Despite the daunting odds, the Aubreys hope that art will save them from the cacophony of a life sliding toward poverty. In *The Real Night* , a talented musician and her kin ponder what being young women on their own will entail. Abandoned by their feckless father, Rose and her family must move beyond their comfortable drawing room to discover a world of kind patrons, music teachers, and concert hall acclaim, but also domestic strife, anti-Semitism, and social pressure to marry. Set before World War I, Rebecca West’s intimate, eloquent family portrait brings to life a time when women recognized their own voices and the joys of living off one’s own talents. In *Cousin Rosamund* , Mary and Rose Aubrey have found success as accomplished pianists in the years after the war. But despite their travels and material rewards, they remain apart from society. When their cherished cousin Rosamund surprises them by marrying a man they feel is beneath her, the sisters must reconsider what love means to them and how they can find a sense of spiritual wellbeing on their own, without the guidance of their family.
“Very few writers have managed to be more knowledgeable and profound in their thinking,” said the *Los Angeles Times* about Rebecca West, and the Saga of the Century is a collection of three absorbing novels inspired partly by her own life.
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### Review
“Rebecca West—highly intelligent, highly gifted, vital, original, combative, formidable, and kind—was a great woman.” —Victoria Glendinning
“[Rebecca West is] a powerful and . . . serious writer.” — *Harper’s
* “Very few writers have managed to be more knowledgeable and profound in their thinking.” — *Los Angeles Times*
### About the Author
Dame Rebecca West (1892–1983) is one of the most critically acclaimed and bestselling English novelists, journalists, and literary critics of the twentieth century. In her eleven novels, beginning with *The Return of the Soldier* , she delved into the psychological landscape of her characters and explored topics including feminism, socialism, love, betrayal, and identity. She was lauded for her wit and intellectual acuity, evident in her prolific journalistic work such as her coverage of the Nuremberg trials for the *New Yorker* , published as *A Train of Powder* , and *Black Lamb and Grey Falcon* , her epic study of Yugoslavia and its people. She had a child with H. G. Wells, but married banker Henry Maxwell Andrews later in life and continued writing until she died in London at age ninety.

The Object-Oriented Thought Process

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is the foundation of modern programming languages, including C++, Java, C#, Visual Basic .NET, Ruby, Objective-C, and Swift. Objects also form the basis for many web technologies such as JavaScript, Python, and PHP.
It is of vital importance to learn the fundamental concepts of object orientation before starting to use object-oriented development environments. OOP promotes good design practices, code portability, and reuse–but it requires a shift in thinking to be fully understood. Programmers new to OOP should resist the temptation to jump directly into a particular programming language or a modeling language, and instead first take the time to learn what author Matt Weisfeld calls “the object-oriented thought process.”
Written by a developer for developers who want to improve their understanding of object-oriented technologies, *The Object-Oriented Thought Process* provides a solutions-oriented approach to object-oriented programming. Readers will learn to understand the proper uses of inheritance and composition, the difference between aggregation and association, and the important distinction between interfaces and implementations.
While programming technologies have been changing and evolving over the years, object-oriented concepts remain a constant–no matter what the platform. This revised edition focuses on the OOP technologies that have survived the past 20 years and remain at its core, with new and expanded coverage of design patterns, avoiding dependencies, and the SOLID principles to help make software designs understandable, flexible, and maintainable.   **
### Sinossi
Object-oriented programming (OOP) is the foundation of modern programming languages, including C++, Java, C#, Visual Basic .NET, Ruby, Objective-C, and Swift. Objects also form the basis for many web technologies such as JavaScript, Python, and PHP.
It is of vital importance to learn the fundamental concepts of object orientation before starting to use object-oriented development environments. OOP promotes good design practices, code portability, and reuse–but it requires a shift in thinking to be fully understood. Programmers new to OOP should resist the temptation to jump directly into a particular programming language or a modeling language, and instead first take the time to learn what author Matt Weisfeld calls “the object-oriented thought process.”
Written by a developer for developers who want to improve their understanding of object-oriented technologies, *The Object-Oriented Thought Process* provides a solutions-oriented approach to object-oriented programming. Readers will learn to understand the proper uses of inheritance and composition, the difference between aggregation and association, and the important distinction between interfaces and implementations.
While programming technologies have been changing and evolving over the years, object-oriented concepts remain a constant–no matter what the platform. This revised edition focuses on the OOP technologies that have survived the past 20 years and remain at its core, with new and expanded coverage of design patterns, avoiding dependencies, and the SOLID principles to help make software designs understandable, flexible, and maintainable.  
### L’autore
**Matt Weisfeld** is a college professor, software developer, and author based in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to teaching college full time, he spent 20 years in the information technology industry as a software developer, entrepreneur, and adjunct professor. Weisfeld holds an MS in computer science and an MBA. Besides several editions of *The Object-Oriented Thought Process* , Matt has authored two other software development books and published many articles in magazines and journals, such as informit.com, developer.com, *Dr. Dobb’s Journal* , *The C/C++ Users Journal* , *Software Development Magazine* , *Java Report* , and the international journal *Project Management*.

The New Arabian Nights

New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a collection of short stories.
The collection contains Stevenson’s first published fiction, and a few of the stories are considered by some critics to be his best work, as well as pioneering works in the English short story tradition. New Arabian Nights is divided into two volumes. The first volume contains seven stories originally called Later-day Arabian Nights and published by London Magazine in serial format from June to October 1878. It is composed of two story groups, or cycles: “The Suicide Club” “The Rajah’s Diamond” The second volume is a collection of four unconnected (standalone) stories that were previously published in magazines: “The Pavilion on the Links”, told in 9 mini-chapters “A Lodging for the Night” “The Sire De Malétroits Door” “Providence and the Guitar”
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### Sinossi
New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a collection of short stories.
The collection contains Stevenson’s first published fiction, and a few of the stories are considered by some critics to be his best work, as well as pioneering works in the English short story tradition. New Arabian Nights is divided into two volumes. The first volume contains seven stories originally called Later-day Arabian Nights and published by London Magazine in serial format from June to October 1878. It is composed of two story groups, or cycles: “The Suicide Club” “The Rajah’s Diamond” The second volume is a collection of four unconnected (standalone) stories that were previously published in magazines: “The Pavilion on the Links”, told in 9 mini-chapters “A Lodging for the Night” “The Sire De Malétroits Door” “Providence and the Guitar”
### L’autore
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

The maltese falcon

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

The Know-How of Cartooning

This classic guide by a master animator and cartoonist — and long time Disney artist — is now available for the first time since its original publication in 1946. Author Ken Hultgren instructs by example in a guide that’s suitable for beginners and advanced students alike.
The comprehensive range of instruction covers features and expressions, animals, foreshortening, perspective, lettering, caricature, animation, and various other aspects of cartooning. All subjects include step-by-step guides, several examples, and helpful hints and suggestions. Blank pages allow lots of room for drawing practice. Professional and amateur animators, cartoonists, caricaturists, and artists dealing with characterization will find this timeless manual an excellent and instructive companion.

The Inshore Squadron

*The Inshore Squadron* is the twelfth Richard Bolitho story and chronologically it follows the events covered by *Signal – Close Action!*
In September 1800 Richard Bolitho, a freshly appointed rear-admiral, assumes command of his own squadron – but, as the cruel demands of war spread from Europe to the Baltic, he soon realizes that his experience, gained in the line of battle, has ill-prepared him for the intricate manoeuvring of power politics.
Under his flag the Inshore Squadron has to ride out the bitter hardship of blockade duty and the swift, deadly encounters with the enemy. An old hatred steps from the past to pose a personal threat to him, but at the gates of Copenhagen, where his flag flies admidst the fury of battle, Bolitho must put all private hopes and fears behind him.

The Girls With Games of Blood

*Listen to what I tell you, son, every word is true
The sisters haunt the night, and might fight over you
Nothing can steal your soul and stamp it in the mud
Like being the new play-pretty for the girls with the games of blood . . .

*The old song warns of the beautiful Bolade sisters, Patience and Prudence, whose undying rivalry was said to stretch even beyond the grave. But Count Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski has never heard the song. A suave Continental vampire, staked to death more than sixty years ago, he has risen to stalk the Southern nights of Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1975. Although new to the modern world, he has quickly developed a taste for its hot blood, willing women, and high-speed automobiles.

Yet the seventies are not without their perils, even for so cunning and ruthless a predator. Zginski’s insistent pursuit of a cherry 1973 Mach 1 Ford Mustang soon brings him into conflict with a legendary redneck sheriff with a short temper and a big baseball bat. His dangerous fascination with an enticing undead chanteuse and her equally seductive sister, threatens not only his own ageless existence, but that of the small group of modern-day vampires he has grudgingly taken under his wing. Zginski has already escaped limbo once, but can he free himself from the tangled web of the girls who play games of blood?

Alex Bledsoe, author of *Blood Groove,* returns to he world of the undead with a tale of fast cars and vengeance that never dies. . . .
At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
### From Publishers Weekly
Bledsoe captures Tennessee’s seamy side in this sordid, oppressive sequel to 2009’s Blood Groove. Baron Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski stalks 1970s Memphis after 60 years in limbo. The unrepentantly racist, misogynist vampire sinks his fangs into a new obsession: a 1973 Mach I Mustang he buys from Zeb Crabtree, whose nubile white daughter, Clora, catches the eye of black vampire Leonardo Jones, Zginski’s sidekick. Waitress Fauvette (an anti–Sookie Stackhouse) meets undead singer Patience Bolade at Zginski’s club, the Ringside (an anti-Merlotte’s), and tries to learn Patience’s secret to surviving without drinking blood, while Prudence, Patience’s estranged vampire sibling, hopes for vengeance over a love triangle with a Civil War colonel. Zginski rates as one of the genre’s most repulsive protagonists, and Bledsoe’s polished prose can’t make up for the shock tactics he uses to propel the plot.
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### From Booklist
The sequel to Blood Groove (2010) finds vampire count Rudolfo Zginski, staked in 1915 and resurrected in 1975, in Memphis, Tennesee, with two young vampires he befriended in the first book. There is an old song from that era warning against the Bolade sisters, whose rivalry in love lasted well beyond their deaths. Listen to what I tell you, son, and every word is true / The sisters haunt the night, and they might fight over you; so run the lyrics. The count knows nothing of the song. He’s fallen in love with fast cars, and is in the area to buy a 1973 cherry Mustang. The purchase brings him into conflict with a short-tempered former sheriff who also covets the vehicle. Then Rudolfo becomes fascinated with an undead chanteuse, who turns out to be one of the Bolade sisters. This brings him into their undying feud. Bledsoe has admirably resurrected the Memphis of 35 years ago for this story. The intricate plot is peopled with fully developed characters. Definitely one of the better vampire novels lately. –Frieda Murray

The Flavour Thesaurus: Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook

Unique, beautifully written and ceaselessly imaginative, “The Flavor Thesaurus” is a completely new kind of food book–inspired, as author Niki Segnit explains, by her over-reliance on recipes. “Following the instructions in a recipe is like parroting pre-formed sentences from a phrasebook. Forming an understanding of how flavors work together, on the other hand, is like learning the language: it allows you to express yourself freely, to improvise, to cook a dish the way you want to cook it.”
“The Flavor Thesaurus “is the inquisitive cook’s guide to acquiring that understanding–to learning the language of flavor.
Breaking the vast universe of ingredients down to 99 essential flavors, Segnit suggests classic and less well-known pairings for each, grouping almost 1,000 entries into flavor families like “Green & Grassy,” “Berry & Bush” and “Creamy Fruity.” But “The Flavor Thesaurus” is much more than just a reference book, seasoning the mix of culinary science, culture and expert knowledge with the author’s own insights and opinions, all presented in her witty, engaging and highly readable style. As appealing to the novice cook as to the experienced professional, “The Flavor Thesaurus “will not only immeasurably improve your cooking–it’s the sort of book that might keep you up at night reading.””
Cooking is an art, like writing or painting, and great cooks are artists. And although the ultimate source of creativity remains elusive, all painters have their color wheel, all writers their vocabulary. And now, in the form of this beautiful, entertaining and exhaustively researched book, cooks have their own collection of essential knowledge: “The Flavor Thesaurus.”

The Enterprise Big Data Lake

The data lake is a daring new approach for harnessing the power of big data technology and providing convenient self-service capabilities. But is it right for your company? This book is based on discussions with practitioners and executives from more than a hundred organizations, ranging from data-driven companies such as Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook, to governments and traditional corporate enterprises. You’ll learn what a data lake is, why enterprises need one, and how to build one successfully with the best practices in this book.
Alex Gorelik, CTO and founder of Waterline Data, explains why old systems and processes can no longer support data needs in the enterprise. Then, in a collection of essays about data lake implementation, you’ll examine data lake initiatives, analytic projects, experiences, and best practices from data experts working in various industries.
* Get a succinct introduction to data warehousing, big data, and data science
* Learn various paths enterprises take to build a data lake
* Explore how to build a self-service model and best practices for providing analysts access to the data
* Use different methods for architecting your data lake
* Discover ways to implement a data lake from experts in different industries

The Drawings of Heinrich Kley

This is a new unabridged edition of the two sketchbooks by Heinrich Kley, one of the greatest cartoonists and social satirists of modern times. Kley’s drawings combine savage humor that cuts to the bone with unbelievably brilliant draughtsmanship. Several of these sketches have been reprinted time and again, and probably everyone has seen at least one. But until now the main body of Kley’s work has been almost completely unavailable, and it has been impossible to savor the full richness of his mocking irony.First published in Munich in 1909 and 1910, Kley’s sketches reflected the growing tensions of the twentieth century and the strong undercurrent of disillusionment that Europe was prey to. His frantic, posturing, iconoclastic brainchildren lash mercilessly at bureaucracy, militarism, false Gemütlichkeit, the eccentricities of reformer, the ballast of majesty, and many more facets of a weary civilization. Anyone interested in caustic social satire will find that these vivid, unforgettable cartoons are still among the most enjoyable and pungent examples of this art. Kley’s bizarre hybrid and bestial forms (in the long tradition of European visionary fantasy exemplified by Hieronymus Bosch, the elder Breughel, and Goya) give them far more depth and levels of meaning than other works in the genre.Kley’s imaginative universe and strongly individual style have often been imitated by later artists, but none has captured his acid depths. His nervous line quality and extraordinary technique are still inspirations for artists and cartoonists who want to learn how to draw line figures that practically leap off the page.A new introduction, specially written for this edition, gathers together the available information on Kley’s life and training, the formative elements in the present sketches, and the other facets of his art.

The Dragon’s Voice

This is a fascinating account of ancient culture colliding with modern media. Tucked between Tibet and India in the Himalayas, the kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated and beautiful countries in the world. In *The Dragon’s Voice* , Australian journalist Bunty Avieson provides a glimpse of life beyond the country’s exotic exterior. As a consultant to local newspaper *Bhutan Observer* , she admires the paper’s strong social conscience, but finds her expectations challenged in a country where spirituality and personal happiness are prioritized over work. Avieson also witnesses the tensions that arise as a Buddhist kingdom makes the transition to democracy. The courtship ritual of “night-hunting” and the nation’s first public demonstration become controversial news items, while journalists must overcome traditional social hierarchies to keep politicians accountable. With a unique blend of memoir and reportage, *The Dragon’s Voice* is both a deeply personal story and a vivid portrait of a nation on the cusp of revolutionary change.

The Distance Between Us

After ten years together, Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon are calling it quits and are ready to move on. Thanks to Seattle’s depressed real estate market, though, they’re stuck living as roommates with a hefty mortgage hanging over their heads. In an effort to speed things along, they decide to bring in some extra money by renting out the spare bedroom.
Wilde’s bartender Kieran Frost moves in, and suddenly, the only thing Ethan and Rhett both want more than getting away from each other is getting close to their single, young, hot roommate. Kieran doesn’t mind the attention from both, and he certainly doesn’t mind sharing.
Their combined chemistry ignites something else that Ethan and Rhett had thought was long dead—the mutual attraction that drew them together in the first place.
Except bitter jealousy over Kieran could push them even farther apart…
This 53,000 word novel was previously published and has been lightly revised.
*An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found[here](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34600502-the-distance-between-us).*

The Castle of the Winds

Centuries before the building of the Great Causeway, when the enveloping Ice seemed to be in retreat, the lands of the North and South were on increasingly uneasy terms following their strife-torn foundation. War seemed inevitable. Nevertheless, there was still some trade between them, not least for the matchless creations of the Northern metal-smiths. In one of the smaller Northern towns, a young mastersmith is gaining a reputation as an armourer and weapon-maker, and helped by his two apprentices (one of whom is particularly skilled with the chants and songs essential to the craft), the smith creates what must surely be one of the greatest suits of armour ever made, armour fit for a king. When the armour is stolen by a Southern lord, the smith, accompanied by his apprentices, sets out to recover his life’s work. Travelling southward by land and sea, the three stumble across a plot to stage a coup in the South, directed – unbeknown to the plotters – by the sinister powers of the Ice; a plot which is also a threat to the North, spreading anarchy and lawlessness throughout the borderlands. But the coup is only the beginning of the mastersmith’s troubles . . . **