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Sealing the Deal

Toby Garland understands contracts. As the best contract negotiator in the city, he’s built his life and his livelihood around his ability to push through any contract and seal any deal. All that amounts to nothing when Hudson Scott, the man he’s been fantasising about for the last three months, offers him a BDSM slave contract in the middle of an office party.
Faced with the most important negotiation he will ever undertake, all Toby has to do is think clearly and treat it like any other contract he’s worked on. But it’s not that simple. This isn’t just any contract. Hudson isn’t just any dominant. And thinking clearly through a sea of arousal and submission has never been Toby’s strongest point.

Sea swept

SUMMARY: In the first volume in a trilogy about the Quinns, three brothers from the Maryland shore, Cameron, a champion boat racer, returns home at the behest of his dying father to care for Seth, a troubled young boy. Reissue.

Sea of Rust

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic “robot western” from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.
It’s been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI—One World Intelligence—the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality—their personality—for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world.
One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories—and nearly unbearable guilt.
*Sea of Rust* is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A vividly imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins.

The Sea of Monsters

SUMMARY: You can’t tell by looking at me that my dad is Poseidon, God of the Sea. It’s not easy being a half-blood these days. You mortals can’t even see the monsters we have to fight all the time. So when a game of dodgeball turned into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, I couldn’t exactly ask my gym teacher for help. And that was just for starters. This is the one where Camp Half Blood is undernbsp;attack, and unless I get my hands on the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones. Can Percy survive the treacherous Sea of Monstersnbsp;and restore order to Half-Blood Hill?

Sea of Fire

A half-dead Singapore pirate is plucked from the Celebes Sea in the Western Pacific, setting off alarms halfway around the world in Washington, D.C. Traces of radiation are found on the man, causing Australian officials to call in Op-Center for a top-secret investigation of nuclear disposal sites. When an empty drum from a recent drop-off is discovered near where the pirate’s ship was destroyed, the Op-Center team comes to a terrifying conclusion: A multinational corporation hired to dispose of nuclear waste is selling it instead-to a most unlikely terrorist…              

Scritti Esistenzialisti

La raccolta degli scritti teoretici del filosofo Nicola Abbagnano (1901 – 1990) è stata pubblicata con il titolo di Scritti esistenzialisti e curata da Bruno Maiorca, studioso di filosofia contemporanea. Oggi esce per Utet in formato digitale, completa di apparato critico integrato tramite collegamenti ipertestuali.

Screwtape letters ; with, Screwtape proposes a toast

SUMMARY: In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life. “Excellent for Homeschool Use”

Screwjack: A Short Story

SUMMARY: In 1991, Hunter S. Thompson published, numbered, and signed just three hundred and twenty-six copies of Screwjack, a slim, thirty-eight-page volume featuring three screwball stories. The books, particularly the twenty-six leather-bound copies (one for each letter of the alphabet), became instant collector’s items, and before long, used editions were selling for up to one thousand dollars. Now, with this innovatively designed trade edition, fans can enjoy these much sought-after stories — and more — without breaking the bank. A compilation of quintessentially outrageous and extravagant Thompson tales, Screwjack and Other Stories makes for a truly amazing read. “Mesolito,” previously published in Songs of the Doomed, is a trippy account of a long wait in a Los Angeles hotel while high on speed and mescaline. “Death of a Poet” relates a visit to a friend’s trailer home that takes a number of bizarre twists before ending in violence. “Screwjack,” the third and final tale in the collector’s edition, shares the gritty details of a sexual escapade between Thompson and his black tomcar. Featuring, as an additional bonus, two new stories tha

Scrapyard Ship Series Books: 1 – 3

Over 1000 five star reviews. 100000s of copies sold. Nearly 2000 pages of lightning-paced action. The first three stories in the series readers are describing as: A fierce, sparkling and enchanted SciFi tale!
SCRAPYARD SHIP (Book 1)
Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately — evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he’s relegated to his grandfather’s old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But It’s through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.
The adventure begins… and with it new troubles for Jason: The Craing, an unstoppable interstellar threat, is headed right for Earth. A desperate situation goes from bad to worse as the Alliance crumbles.
Fortunately, Jason’s unorthodox and impetuous nature seems to work in his favor as he moves up to the captain’s chair. First order of business is to reconnect with his SEAL team compatriots and face this enemy head on. What’s at stake? The very survival of the human race.
This is a full-length 70,000-word novel, first in the science fiction adventure series for Scrapyard Ship. Also note… the sequel, HAB 12 is also now available!
HAB 12 (Book 2)
Captain Jason Reynolds faces new challenges, not only on Earth but from the far side of the universe as well. The only way to stop the Craing this time will be to square off with them on their home turf.
Jason’s been informed that three powerful Craing warships, having similar technology as The Lilly, will soon be en route to Earth. The Alliance must destroy the Craing’s wormhole means of distant space travel to avert Earth’s total annihilation. Unfortunately, there’s no way to reach the Craing worlds in time, at least not through conventional means.
It’s up to Jason and his hand-picked assault team to traverse, by advanced phase-shifting means, through the hazardous environment of HAB 12. This is an adventure fraught with carnivores of a Jurassic Age magnitude, and a terrain so deadly that turning back may be their only hope of survival.
SPACE VENGEANCE (BOOK 3)
Captain Jason Reynolds is back! In the third installment of the Scrapyard Ship sci-fi adventure series, Space Vengeance, Jason, his family, and The Lilly’s crew face the impending destruction of their internal nano-devices. What’s worse, what remains of the Craing fleet, some 1500 warships, is back and headed straight toward the already decimated planets within Allied space. In what looks to be a one-way suicide mission, Jason must leave Nan and Mollie behind on Earth and out of harm’s way.
While war rages on sixty light years from Earth, maniacal space raider Captain Stalls and hundreds of his pirated warships close in on Earth. Stalls knows exactly what he wants: to find and kill Captain Reynolds and take the beautiful Nan Reynolds for his own.

Scorch Song

It took one week to turn 17-year-old Jude Gallagher’s life on its head. She finally understands the meaning behind the ring, the last gift her father gave her before his death. She’s surrendered her heart to the one boy who will keep it safe, and she’s uncovered the mystery of the heated music that thrums through her blood like a second life. That should be enough problem-solving for a lifetime.
But the summer is just beginning.
When Kane O’Reilly gets himself into serious trouble with the Fireblood Contingent, Jude will risk everything to save him. And to do it, she must learn to trust the word of a Fireblood who wants her for himself.
Enter the world of the Firebloods in this sizzling sequel.

Scion of Raizel

After finding out that members of the Raizel clan were still alive, Calron sets out on a new journey to search for his family and finally learn the secrets of his birth and who he is. Reuniting with old friends and new, Calron builds himself a home in the new city of Selior. With a mysterious secret that he inherited from his Master, the young man establishes his influence amongst the Nobles and merchants. A secret that people will kill him and his friends for. This is the start of where Calron becomes a true member of the Raizel clan.

Scikit-Learn : Machine Learning Simplified

Implement scikit-learn into every step of the data science pipeline
About This Book

* Use Python and scikit-learn to create intelligent applications

* Discover how to apply algorithms in a variety of situations to tackle common and not-so common challenges in the machine learning domain

* A practical, example-based guide to help you gain expertise in implementing and evaluating machine learning systems using scikit-learn

Who This Book Is For

If you are a programmer and want to explore machine learning and data-based methods to build intelligent applications and enhance your programming skills, this is the course for you. No previous experience with machine-learning algorithms is required.
What You Will Learn

* Review fundamental concepts including supervised and unsupervised experiences, common tasks, and performance metrics

* Classify objects (from documents to human faces and flower species) based on some of their features, using a variety of methods from Support Vector Machines to Naive Bayes

* Use Decision Trees to explain the main causes of certain phenomena such as passenger survival on the Titanic

* Evaluate the performance of machine learning systems in common tasks

* Master algorithms of various levels of complexity and learn how to analyze data at the same time

* Learn just enough math to think about the connections between various algorithms

* Customize machine learning algorithms to fit your problem, and learn how to modify them when the situation calls for it

* Incorporate other packages from the Python ecosystem to munge and visualize your dataset

* Improve the way you build your models using parallelization techniques

In Detail

Machine learning, the art of creating applications that learn from experience and data, has been around for many years. Python is quickly becoming the go-to language for analysts and data scientists due to its simplicity and flexibility; moreover, within the Python data space, scikit-learn is the unequivocal choice for machine learning. The course combines an introduction to some of the main concepts and methods in machine learning with practical, hands-on examples of real-world problems. The course starts by walking through different methods to prepare your data—be it a dataset with missing values or text columns that require the categories to be turned into indicator variables. After the data is ready, you’ll learn different techniques aligned with different objectives—be it a dataset with known outcomes such as sales by state, or more complicated problems such as clustering similar customers. Finally, you’ll learn how to polish your algorithm to ensure that it’s both accurate and resilient to new datasets. You will learn to incorporate machine learning in your applications. Ranging from handwritten digit recognition to document classification, examples are solved step-by-step using scikit-learn and Python. By the end of this course you will have learned how to build applications that learn from experience, by applying the main concepts and techniques of machine learning.
Style and Approach

Implement scikit-learn using engaging examples and fun exercises, and with a gentle and friendly but comprehensive ”learn-by-doing” approach. This is a practical course, which analyzes compelling data about life, health, and death with the help of tutorials. It offers you a useful way of interpreting the data that’s specific to this course, but that can also be applied to any other data. This course is designed to be both a guide and a reference for moving beyond the basics of scikit-learn.
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Scientific American Science Desk Reference

Who names newly discovered planets? What exactly are black holes? Where are there the most earthquakes? When did the first Homo sapiens walk the earth? Why is the night sky dark? How does the fluoride in toothpaste prevent cavities? Since 1845, Scientific American has answered questions and provided the best information available in all areas of science. Now, Scientific American is proud to present an accessible, one-volume reference covering all the sciences. Whether you want to examine the tiniest microbes, the properties of the earth’s core, or the farthest reaches of space, this handy desk reference is the resource to turn to for the answers you need. * Over 500 biographies of key science figures * Thousands of glossary terms * Hundreds of useful Web sites * Tables, charts, diagrams, and illustrations * Sidebars featuring fascinating facts, mnemonic aids, and quizzes * Essays exploring ideas in-depth

Science Hacks

With Science Hacks, you no longer need a PhD to understand the fascinating ideas behind science’s greatest theories and discoveries. This latest addition to the ingenious new Hacks series will show you a technique for understanding and, crucially, remembering 100 of the most important and most interesting scientific theories from throughout the ages. On each topic, you’ll start with a helicopter overview of the subject, which will give you an introduction to the idea and some context surrounding it. Next, you’ll zoom in on the core elements of the theory, with clear explanation of each point to make sure you really understand the concept before finally, you’ll be given a one-liner hack to really make the theory stick in your mind. Includes such topics and fields as: Particle Physics Evolutionary Biology Genetics Medicine Chemistry Ecology
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School’s Out – Forever

A follow-up to The Angel Experiment finds bird-kid Max and her flock flying south on a perilous quest to find their parents, struggling to outmaneuver an FBI agent, facing the difficult task of attending school, and endeavoring to outwit her own clone. All ages. Simultaneous.
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School Days

The celebrated series continues as a troubled teenager accused of a horrific crime draws Spenser into one of the most desperate cases of his career. Lily Ellsworth – erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish – is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark’s alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared’s being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson’s innocence. Jared’s parents are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn’t seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed. Robert B. Parker, the author of more than forty novels, has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction and has been named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.Parker’s fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. More recently, the Spenser novels Small Vices and Thin Air have been made into television films for the A&E network. Robert B. Parker lives in Boston.