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Angels & Demons

It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of anti-matter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (*Digital Fortress*) for achieving the nearly impossible. *Angels and Demons* is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller–think Katherine Neville’s *The Eight* (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco’s *Foucault’s Pendulum* (but more accessible).
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati–dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and condemning the blind faith of Catholicism–is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out and the society’s ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, anti-matter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared–only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra’s daughter and colleague, embark on a frantic hunt through the streets, churches and catacombs of Rome, following a 400-year-old trail to the lair of the Illuminati, to prevent the incineration of civilisation.
Brown seems as much juggler as author–there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humour from Langdon and a little less bombastic philosophising on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances–readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. “Brain candy” it may be, but it’s tasty. *–Kelly Flynn, Amazon.com*

Angelology

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Set in the secluded world of cloistered abbeys, long-lost secrets and angelic humans, *Angelology* has all the makings of a blockbuster hit, combining elements of *The Da Vinci Code* and Kate Mosse’s *Labyrinth***Sister Evangeline was just a young girl when her father left her at St. Rose Convent under the care of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now a young woman, she has unexpectedly discovered a collection of letters dating back sixty years – letters that bring her deep into a closely guarded secret, to an ancient conflict between the millennium-old Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful Nephilim, the descendants of angels and humans. Rich and mesmerizing, **Angelology** blends biblical lore, mythology and the fall of the Rebel Angels, creating a luminous, riveting tale of one young woman caught in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

Angel-Seeker

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Award-winning author Sharon Shinn returns to the “fascinating world”* of Samaria in a richly romantic tale that begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who craved the attention of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some-and scorn by others.
Elizabeth was born to wealth, but circumstances forced her to live as a servant in her cousin’s household. Determined to change her life, she travels to the town of Cedar Hills, hoping that an angel will take notice of her, and take her as his own.
Rebekah is a daughter of the Jansai tribe, raised to hate the angels. But when she finds an injured angel near her village, she defies her upbringing to care for him.
In time, these two women, whose paths will cross, will both find what they long for, in surprising-and dangerous-ways.
Author Biography: Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, *The Shapechanger’s Wife*, was selected by *Locus* as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

Angel Face

**The inspiration for the film The Face of an Angel, starring Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Brühl**
In November 2007 Meredith Kercher, a fresh-faced honor student, was found dead in her shared apartment in Perugia, Italy. Her body, naked but for a T-shirt, was covered in bruises; her blood-smeared hand was suspended in the air above her face; and she had fatal stab wounds in her neck. The Italian police eventually arrested three people in connection with Meredith’s killing. One was her flat-mate Amanda Knox who, with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, was convicted of murder in 2011. They received jail terms of twenty-six and twenty-five years. After four years in prison, Knox and Sollecito successfully appealed their convictions and were released, only to be reconvicted in January 2014.
Barbie Latza Nadeau covered every step of the investigation, trial, and appeal. She has been relentless in following the byzantine processes of Italian law and has never lost sight of the central question: who killed Meredith Kercher?
(source: Bol.com)

Angel Eyes

Vicky, my annoying sidekick, had gone slightly deranged, my daughter was off with the faeries, literally, and I was frazzled as my insomnia worsened.
But who could turn down a job when the payout was so great? Not this wizard.
The job was easy, some might say too easy, and that made me nervous. For good reason. Something was out there, and it really wanted what I’d taken.
The Hat lives by a Code though, and once he does a job he always delivers. As secret organizations do their best to thwart me, vampires use me as their plaything, and I stress about my life and my future, or lack of, I wonder whether I should call it a day and just go do some gardening.
Who am I kidding? I love this stuff, and I will not back down, even if God himself gets involved. Which he very well might.

The Angel Experiment

In James Patterson’s blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time…like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare–this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb–now her betrayed and greatest enemy–that her purpose is save the world–but can she?
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Android Studio Essentials

**A fast-paced guide to get you up and running with Android application development using Android Studio** About This Book Learn to install and configure Android Studio on your machine to create your own projects Test your apps using the Android emulator and learn how to manage virtual devices Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of Android development through an exemplary coverage of practical examples, functional code, and relevant screenshots Who This Book Is For
This book is intended for developers who are interested in getting acquainted with the concepts of Android Studio in a very short span of time. It is assumed that you are familiar with the OOPS paradigm and Java. It is also recommendable to have prior knowledge of the main characteristics of the Android mobile system.
What You Will Learn Install Android Studio on your system and configure the Android Software Development Kit Create your first project and explore its structure Improve your productivity while programming by getting the best of the code editor Design the user interface using layouts and learn how to handle the various user events Integrate Google Play services into your project efficiently Monitor your app while it’s running and constantly improve its performance In Detail
Android Studio is an IDE that is based on the JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA. It gives developers a unique platform to develop and debug Android apps using various developer tools. It has a wide array of features such as live layout facility, Gradle build support, and template-based wizards, which makes it a preferred choice for developers.
Starting off with the basic installation and configuration of Android Studio, this book aids you in building a new project by helping you to create a custom launcher icon and guiding you to choose your activity. You then gain an insight on the additional tools provided in Android Studio, namely the Software Development Kit (SDK) Manager, Android Virtual Device (AVD) Manager, and Javadoc.
Finally, it helps you to familiarize yourself with the Help section in Android Studio that enables you to search for the help you might require in different scenarios.

Android 5 Programming by Example

**Turn your ideas into elegant and powerful mobile applications using the latest Android Studio for the Android Lollipop platform** About This Book Design and customize GUI using material design to create attractive and intuitive layouts easily Bring your designs to life with Android 5’s powerful and extensive Java libraries, new sensors, and new platforms such as TVs, wearables, and cars An example-based guide to learn and develop applications for Android 5 Who This Book Is For
If you have a great idea for a mobile app, and some familiarity with Java, or a similar procedural programming language, then all you need is this book to turn your idea into a reality.
What You Will Learn Set up an effective development environment to create Android apps from scratch Control the layout structure and design and edit code to control screen events Respond to user interaction using Java and XML with your app Keep your users up to date with Android’s new notification framework Implement Google APIs such as maps and other Google Services Create apps for televisions, cars, and wearables and build home-screen app widgets Add audio and video playback to your apps using the AudioManager and MediaPlayer classes Program the two new Lollipop widgets, CardView and RecyclerView Compile your apps, distribute them on the Google Play store, and build in a variety of ways to monetize them In Detail
Android is a mobile operating system that runs on a staggering number of smart phones and tablets. Android offers developers the ability to build rich and innovative applications written using the Java programming language.
Beginning with detailed instructions on how to install and configure the Android SDK, Studio, and Virtual Device Manager, the book moves on to creating a simple, but working, “Hello World” app that can be run on a real device or emulator.
The book then moves on to layouts and the visual design of Lollipop apps. A new app is begun to demonstrate this and expanded as we move further, and, once material design has been introduced, the book moves on to the Java coding aspect and how to write code that responds to user interactions via callback methods such as touchscreen gesture listeners. No book on Lollipop APIs would be complete without explaining how the new Android TV, Wear, and Auto SDK tools work and how they can be utilized to either create new apps or convert those originally written for other platforms.
The book concludes by demonstrating how to package and deploy your finished app on the Google Play store.

And Then There Were None

“First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder, and one by one they begin to fall prey to an unseen hand. As the only people on the island, unable to leave and unable to call for help, they know that the only possible suspects are among their number. And only the dead are above suspicion.”–BOOK JACKET.

And Another Thing: The World According to Clarkson Volume Two

SUMMARY: Jeremy Clarkson finds the world a perplexing place. So much so, in fact, that he wrote a book about it. But despite the appearance of the bestselling The World According To Clarkson, things don t seem to have changed much. And so Jeremy s having another go. In And Another Thing, our exasperated hero discovers that: bull;He inadvertently dropped a bomb on North Carolina bull;We re all going to explode at the age of 62 bull;Russians look bad in Speedos. But not as bad as Brits bull;No one should have to worry about being Bill Oddie s long lost sister bull;Cooking a Sunday Roast is one thing. Gravy is quite another bull;He should probably be nicer about David BeckhamBut while these things play on his mind, the world remains Jeremy s favourite place to be. On the whole, it s brilliant. It s just the idiots, meddlers and do-gooders who spoil it for the rest of us. Laugh-out-loud funny and as straight-talking as ever, Clarkson bursts their pointless little bubble, while celebrating the special things that we should hold dear.

Ancient Giants

Investigates physical evidence, history, and myths to reveal the lost race of giants that once dominated the world

• Reveals suppressed archaeological and scientific discoveries supporting the existence of a worldwide race of giants

• Examines giant myths and legends from ancient religious texts and literature from around the world

• Includes findings from throughout Europe (Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Russia), the Middle East (Israel, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Iran), Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East (China, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines)

From the Nephilim and Goliath in the Bible to the Titans in Greek mythology and the Fomorians and Frost Giants in Celtic and Nordic lore, almost every culture around the world has spoken of an ancient race of giants. Giant footprints left in the geological bedrock, tens of thousands of years old, have been discovered in India, China, and the war-torn lands of Syria. Giant bones and full skeletons have been found in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Yet despite mounting evidence, mainstream science continues to consign these findings to the fringe.

Examining global myths, historical records, megalithic ruins, and archaeological findings, Xaviant Haze provides compelling evidence for a lost race of giants in Earth’s prehistory. He explores myths that go back thousands of years, including those found in the world’s holiest scriptures, as well as medieval and modern myths, such as Geoffrey of Monmouth’s account of the first kings of Britain and the stories of giant bones unearthed by Allied soldiers during World War II. He investigates historical reports of ancient giants found in Ireland and the British Isles—the remains of which mysteriously disappeared shortly after their discovery. He explores the legends of giants in Russia and goes deep into the Far East, revealing the multitude of fascinating giant legends in China. Haze explains how giants were responsible for the megalithic wonders of Malta and how the early settlers of Australia discovered the remains of giants but these findings were suppressed by the Royal Academies. He also explores the mythic origins of the giants: Were they the hybrid results from genetic experiments of ancient aliens or from the interbreeding of the fallen angels with the daughters of man?

Covering legends and finds from throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East, Haze also presents–in its entirety–The Book of Giants, a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls suppressed due to its overwhelming support for the existence of giants in antiquity.

(source: Bol.com)

Ancient Astronomy: India, Egypt, China, Maya, Inca, Aztec, Greece, Rome, Genesis, Hebrews, Christians, the Neolithic and Paleolithic

Ancient Astronomy of India, Egypt, China, Maya, Inca, Aztec, Greece, Rome, Genesis, Hebrews, Christians, the Neolithic and Paleolithic.
CHAPTERS:
Prologue: Ancient Cosmologies: The Paleolithic and Neolithic Universe
1. Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: The Role of Astronomy In Ancient Cultures
2. Prehistoric Astronomers? Ancient Knowledge Created By Modern Myth
3. The Cosmology of the Paleolithic
4. Neolithic Cosmology: The Equinox and the Spring Full Moon
5. Ancient Greek-Roman Cosmology: Infinite, Eternal, Finite, Cyclic, and Multiple Universes
6. Astronomy and Psyche in the Classical World: Plato, Aristotle, Zeno, Ptolemy
7. “Let There Be Light!” The Genesis of Biblical Cosmology
8. The Cosmic Landscape in the Age of the Pyramids
9. Was There A Ptolemaic Revolution in Ancient Egyptian Astronomy? Souls, Stars & Cosmology
10. Cosmic Capitals and Numinous Precincts in Early China
11. Ancient Cosmologies: Understanding Ancient Skywatchers, Mayas, and their Worldviews
12. Astronomy in Ancient Mesoamerica:
13. Cosmology in the Inca Empire: Huaca Sanctuaries, State-Supported Pilgrimage, and Astronomy
14. Inca Solar Orientations in Southeastern Peru
15. Cosmic Cycles of Hindu Cosmology: Scientific Underpinnings and Implications
16. Visions of the Cosmos: Archaeoastronomy in Ancient India
17. Cosmology and the Death of Gods: New Age Religions, Anti-Christ, and Precession of the Equinox

Anathem

SUMMARY: For ten years Fraa Erasmas, a young avout, has lived in a cloistered sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside world. But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change—and Erasmas will become a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world, as he follows his destiny to the most inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and beyond. Anathem is the latest miraculous invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle—a work of astonishing scope, intelligence, and imagination.

Anansi Boys

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from bestselling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, premiered on Christmas Day 2017 and can be listened to worldwide on iPlayer. ‘Exhilarating and terrifying’ Independent ‘A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story about the impossibility of putting up with your relations – especially if they happen to be Gods’ Susanna Clarke Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared – right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad’s fault.If his rotter of an estranged father hadn’t dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancée, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo – and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

Amore Proibito:

* Una tranquilla solitudine
* Tacco dodici
* Donna
* Enzo
* Marlene
Cinque racconti sensuali che parlano di passioni e tradimenti, di sogni peccaminosi e vizi inconfessabili.
Perché l’eros non ha età, non ha sesso, non ha pudore.
“Finché gli esplode nelle viscere un fuoco che brucia come ghiaccio sulla lingua, le narici dilatate alla ricerca di ossigeno, la faccia ancora premuta sul cuscino, il cuore che non c’è più, batte talmente forte che sembra un unico colpo vibrato prima della morte.”
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An American Weredeer in Michigan

FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE RULES OF SUPERVILLAINY:Life is not easy for the world’s first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion.As if this wasn’t complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she’s investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas–as well as their love for Jane.”Surpasses the first book in all ways.” – The Bookwyrm Speaks”Phipps is the best thing to happen to urban fantasy.” – Booknest.EU