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Other Worldly Ways

From Falchan to Earth to the heavens and places in between, join Devin, Dragon, Conner and others as they travel through this collection of short stories.

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

A dentist lies murdered at his Harley Street practice… The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his outflung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now – in the words of the rhyme – can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?

Neptune’s Brood

The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinct–for the fourth time–due to its fragile nature. Krina Alizond-114 is metahuman, descended from the robots that once served humanity. She’s on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. But her trip is interrupted when pirates capture her ship. Their leader, the enigmatic Count Rudi, suspects that there’s more to Krina’s search than meets the eye. He’s correct: Krina and Ana each possess half of the fabled Atlantis Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable value–capable of bringing down entire civilizations. Krina doesn’t know that Count Rudi suspects her motives, so she accepts his offer to get her to Shin-Tethys in exchange for an introduction to Ana. And what neither of them suspects is that a ruthless body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet once it is whole–and leave no witnesses alive to tell the tale…

Natural Dual-Mage

*Alternate cover edition of ASIN[B07DGLQZBR](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45912966-natural-dual-mage)*
**The seat-gripping conclusion to the #1 bestselling Magical Mayhem trilogy!**
One thing has become perfectly clear: The Mages’ Guild won’t stop coming for me until I am either under their control, or dead.
So rather than wait to be cornered…I’m going to take the fight to them.
But Emery and I can’t do it alone.
We have to assemble enough power in the magical world to rip the Guild off of their high horse. And to do that, we’ll need the shifters as well as the vampires.
Except, shifters and vampires would rather kill each other than work together. And after a surprise run-in with a strangely powerful goblin, my world is slapped sideways.
If I can’t learn the strange new power I totally-didn’t-steal-because-it-wasn’t-my-fault, and can’t get arch nemeses to work together for the common good, the Guild will finally have their prize. Me.
**This epic adventure will leave you breathless!**


Agli inizi del Seicento in Giappone, durante l’età feudale, il giovane Miyamoto Musashi sogna di diventare un samurai. Inizia così un lungo e solitario addestramento per percorrere l’eterna “via del samurai”. Rinuncia a tutti i suoi averi, fisici e sentimentali, per seguire una strada impervia, in continua lotta con le sue debolezze. Dopo numerose peripezie, diventerà il più grande eroe popolare del suo Paese. Yoshikawa seleziona personaggi realmente esistiti per modellarli a suo piacimento, immergendoli in vicende in parte storiche e in parte rivisitate: ne emerge così una trama capace di esprimere perfettamente l’ideale di vita del “ronin” più famoso di tutti i tempi.Un’epopea di avventure appassionanti, che offre uno squarcio sulla Storia e racconta dell’epica eroica che permea ancora oggi la cultura giapponese.

Murder Served Cold

***The theft of a painting takes crime-writer sleuth Donald Langham to a country house full of seething tensions, resentment and dark secrets.***
*November, 1956.* Lord Elsmere, an old friend of Donald Langham’s literary agent, Charles Elder, is in a pickle – his favourite painting, a Gainsborough, has been stolen from under his nose. What’s more, there’s no evidence of a break-in. The family heirloom was recently re-insured for a hefty price, and Elsmere is struggling financially. Could he have staged the theft, or was it taken by one of the guests?
Old Major Rutherford, evasive beauty Rebecca Miles, Dutch war hero Patrick Verlinden, Elsmere’s son Dudley Mariner and his statuesque sculpture fiancee, Esmeralda Bellamy, are all guests at the manor. But who would steal the painting, and why?
Private investigators Langham and Ralph Ryland take on the case and soon uncover seething animosities, jealousy, secrets and deception, before events take a shocking turn…

Murder on the Orient Express

« Le train est aussi dangereux que le paquebot » affirme Hercule Poirot…
Le lendemain, dans une voiture de l’Orient-Express bloqué par les neiges yougoslaves, on découvre le cadavre d’un américain lardé de douze coups de couteau. L’assassin n’a pu venir de l’extérieur : voici donc un huis clos, le plus fameux, peut-être, de toute la littérature policière. Pour mener son enquête, le petit détective belge a le choix entre une princesse russe, une Américaine fantasque, le secrétaire de la victime, un couple de Hongrois distingués, l’inévitable colonel de retour des Indes, les domestiques de tout ce beau monde et le contrôleur du train.

Movies (And Other Things)

**#1 *New York Times* bestselling author Shea Serrano is back, and his new book, *Movies (And Other Things)* , ** combines the fury of a John Wick shootout, the sly brilliance of Regina George holding court at a cafeteria table, and the sheer power of a Denzel monologue, all into one.
*Movies (And Other Things)* is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things).
One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in *McFarland, USA* , and white saviors Native Americans in *Dances with Wolves* , and white saviors Black people in *Black or White* , and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in *Draft Day*?
Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George’s circle of friends if we opened up the *Mean Girls* universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from *The Breakfast Club* is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from *Bring It On* is out…). Another of the chapters, for a third example, creates a special version of the Academy Awards specifically for rom-coms, the most underrated movie genre of all. And another of the chapters, for a final example, is actually a triple chapter that serves as an NBA-style draft of the very best and most memorable moments in gangster movies.
Many, many things happen in *Movies (And Other Things)* , some of which funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the smallest details and pockets of pop culture that only a book by Shea Serrano can provide.**


**A lunar colony faces off with corrupt Earth forces intent on destroying it, from the *New York Times* –bestselling author of *Moonrise*.**
This fast-paced, high-tech adventure is the continuation of the story of Douglas Stavenger, the Kennedy-esque scion of Moonbase’s founding dynasty.
While Moonbase has been flourishing under Stavenger’s management, it’s existence, and even Stavenger’s life, both depend on nanotechnology that has been outlawed on Earth in response to a wave of suspicion, fear, and violence. Soon, United Nations peacekeepers arrive on the moon to enforce the anti-nanotech laws, bringing with them intrepid news reporter Edith Elgin, who soon falls for Stavenger. Meanwhile, his mother has chosen to return to Earth, but upon arrival she is held hostage by the secretary general of the UN who wants Stavenger to surrender his forces—and to be killed.
Slick politicians, beautiful television anchors, and calculating corporate barons provide complex and engaging scenery: imagine Washington in the space age, with nonstop action and cool technology.
“Ranks up there with *Mars* as one of Bova’s very best.” — *St. Petersburg Times*


Anthony Rawson is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Triple Moon series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads Axis Mundi, a fanfic novel by his online friend “SirMarrok.” It isn’t just a great story – it’s exactly what the series needs.
Samir Daoud is thrilled when “Ulfhedinn” wants to meet up after reading Axis Mundi. When Ulfhedinn turns out to be Anthony Rawson himself, Samir is starstruck. When Anthony tells him he wants to add Axis Mundi to the Triple Moon series, Samir is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over – big-time – into real life, Samir is convinced it’s all too good to be true.
The problem is … it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money – everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Samir is left wondering if Anthony really loves him, or just loves his book.
*This 95,000-word novel has been previously published under a different title.*


**“[An] epic novel of lunar conquest”** **from the *New York Times* –bestselling and six-time Hugo Award–winning author of *Mars* ( *Orlando Sentinel* ).**
In the twenty-first century, the world is on the brink of a scientific renaissance, about to birth a future where space has become privatized and the moon transforms into a fertile commercial ground. As former astronaut Paul Stavenger works to turn a handful of abandoned government moon shelters into a full-fledged moonbase, powerful corporate lobbies align against him. Against the neo-Luddites is Masterson Aerospace, a company funding and creating major scientific breakthroughs.
But Masterson is nearly crippled when its CEO commits suicide and his wife, Joanna, backs her lover Paul Stavenger, the former astronaut, over her mentally unbalanced son Greg in the board election that follows her husband’s death. So begins a power struggle that leads to murder and the ultimate conflict over Moonbase.
“Ben Bova is trying to make us grow up . . . There’s certainly enough techie ornamentation, both in theory and in plausible practice, to satisfy the pocket-protector crowd, but there’s also more, and better developed, conflict among characters than many folks would expect.” — *The* *San Diego Union-Tribune*

Moon Vancouver & Victoria: Including Whistler & Vancouver Island

Experience the Life of the City Travel writer and Vancouver transplant Carolyn B. Heller shares her expert perspective on Vancouver, guiding you on a memorable and unique experience. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the lush beauty of British Columbia, explore First Nations art and culture, or sample specialty beer and the freshest seafood, Moon Vancouver has activities for every traveler. With itineraries like “The Sunshine Coast” and “Taste Your Way through Vancouver’s New Craft Breweries,” expertly-crafted maps, gorgeous photos, and Heller’s trustworthy advice, Moon Vancouver provides the tools for planning your perfect trip!Moon Vancouver covers can’t-miss sights and the best destinations including: Vancouver and vicinity Stanley Park Richmond Vancouver Island Victoria Whistler

Mastering Object-Oriented Python

**Gain comprehensive insights into programming practices, and code portability and reuse to build flexible and maintainable apps using object-oriented principles**
#### Key Features
* Extend core OOP techniques to increase integration of classes created with Python
* Explore various Python libraries for handling persistence and object serialization
* Learn alternative approaches for solving programming problems, with different attributes to address your problem domain

#### Book Description
Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a relatively complex discipline to master, and it can be difficult to see how general principles apply to each language’s unique features. With the help of the latest edition of Mastering Objected-Oriented Python, you’ll be shown how to effectively implement OOP in Python, and even explore Python 3.x.
Complete with practical examples, the book guides you through the advanced concepts of OOP in Python, and demonstrates how you can apply them to solve complex problems in OOP. You will learn how to create high-quality Python programs by exploring design alternatives and determining which design offers the best performance. Next, you’ll work through special methods for handling simple object conversions and also learn about hashing and comparison of objects. As you cover later chapters, you’ll discover how essential it is to locate the best algorithms and optimal data structures for developing robust solutions to programming problems with minimal computer processing. Finally, the book will assist you in leveraging various Python features by implementing object-oriented designs in your programs.
By the end of this book, you will have learned a number of alternate approaches with different attributes to confidently solve programming problems in Python.
#### What you will learn
* Explore a variety of different design patterns for the __init__() method
* Learn to use Flask to build a RESTful web service
* Discover SOLID design patterns and principles
* Use the features of Python 3’s abstract base
* Create classes for your own applications
* Design testable code using pytest and fixtures
* Understand how to design context managers that leverage the ‘with’ statement
* Create a new type of collection using standard library and design techniques
* Develop new number types above and beyond the built-in classes of numbers

#### Who this book is for
This book is for developers who want to use Python to create efficient programs. A good understanding of Python programming is required to make the most out of this book. Knowledge of concepts related to object-oriented design patterns will also be useful.

Mastering Django: Core

Delivers absolutely everything you will ever need to know to become a master Django programmerAbout This BookGain a complete understanding of Django—the most popular, Python-based web framework in the worldGain the skills to successfully designing, developing, and deploying your appThis book is packaged with fully described code so you can learn the fundamentals and the advanced topics to get a complete understanding of all of Django’s core functionsWho This Book Is ForThis book assumes you have a basic understanding of the Internet and programming. Experience with Python or Django would be an advantage, but is not necessary. It is ideal for beginner to intermediate programmers looking for a fast, secure, scalable, and maintainable alternative web development platform to those based on PHP, Java, and dotNET.What You Will LearnUse Django to access user-submitted form data, validate it, and work with itGet to know advanced URLconf tips and tricksExtend Django’s template system with custom codeDefine models and use the database API to create, retrieve, update, and delete recordsFully extend and customize the default implementation as per your project’s needsTest and deploy your Django applicationGet to know more about Django’s session, cache Framework, and middlewareIn DetailMastering Django: Core is a completely revised and updated version of the original Django Book, written by Adrian Holovaty and Jacob Kaplan-Moss – the creators of Django.The main goal of this book is to make you a Django expert. By reading this book, you’ll learn the skills needed to develop powerful websites quickly, with code that is clean and easy to maintain.This book is also a programmer’s manual that provides complete coverage of the current Long Term Support (LTS) version of Django. For developers creating applications for commercial and business critical deployments, Mastering Django: Core provides a complete, up-to-date resource for Django 1.8LTS with a stable code-base, security fixes and support out to 2018.Style and approachThis comprehensive step-by-step practical guide offers a thorough understanding of all the web development concepts related to Django. In addition to explaining the features of Django, this book provides real-world experience on how these features fit together to build extraordinary apps.

Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Recipes From the New York Times

Mark Bittman’s *New York Times* column, “The Minimalist,” is one of the most frequently clipped parts of the paper’s Dining section. For Bittman’s millions of fans who regularly pore over their clippings, here is reason to rejoice: A host of Bittman’s wonderfully delicious and easy recipes, 350 in all, are now available in a single paperback.
In sections that cover everything from appetizers, soups, and sauces to meats, vegetables, side dishes, and desserts, *Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Recipes from The New York Times* showcases the elegant and flexible cooking style for which Bittman is famous, as well as his deep appreciation for fresh ingredients prepared with minimal fuss. Readers will find tantalizing recipes from all over, each requiring little more than basic techniques and a handful of ingredients. Cold Tomato Soup with Rosemary, Parmesan Cups with Orzo Risotto, Slow-Cooked Ribs, Pumpkin Panna Cotta—the dishes here are perfect for simple weeknight family meals or stress-free entertaining.
Certain to appeal to anyone—from novices to experienced cooks—who wants to whip up a sophisticated and delicious meal easily, this is a collection to savor, and one destined to become a kitchen classic.

Make Your Own PCBs With EAGLE: From Schematic Designs to Finished Boards

Publisher’s Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Fully updated coverage of PCB design and construction with EAGLE This thoroughly revised, easy-to-follow guide shows, step-by-step, how to create your own professional-quality PCBs using the latest versions of EAGLE. Make Your Own PCBs with EAGLE: From Schematic Designs to Finished Boards, Second Edition, guides you through the process of developing a schematic, transforming it into a PCB layout, and submitting Gerber files to a manufacturing service to fabricate your finished board. Four brand-new chapters contain advanced techniques, tips, and features. Downloadable DIY projects include a sound level meter, Arduino shield, Raspberry Pi expansion board, and more! • Install and configure EAGLE—including EAGLE v7.7.0 • Explore EAGLE’s screens and create schematic and board files • Select the right components and launch your own projects • Create scripts and User Language Programs that automate repetitive tasks • Build your own libraries and parts and modify existing components • Generate Gerber design files to submit for fabrication • Solder through-hole PCBs and SMD boards • Learn how to streamline your design thinking and workflow • Design non-rectangular and custom-shaped boards • Learn advanced techniques and take your boards to the next level