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The Better Angels of Our Nature

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**’The most inspiring book I’ve ever read’ Bill Gates, 2017** **’A brilliant, mind-altering book … Everyone should read this astonishing book’* Guardian ** ***’Will change the way you see the world’* Daily Mail*** Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012 Wasn’t the twentieth century the most violent in history? In his extraordinary, epic book Steven Pinker shows us that this is wrong, telling the story of humanity in a completely new and unfamiliar way. From why cities make us safer to how books bring about peace, Pinker weaves together history, philosophy and science to examine why we are less likely to die at another’s hand than ever before, how it happened and what it tells us about our very natures. ‘May prove to be one of the great books of our time … he writes like an angel’ *Economist* ‘Masterly, a supremely important book … For anyone interested in human nature, it is engrossing’ *The New York Times* ‘Marvellous … riveting and myth-destroying’ *New Statesman* ‘A marvellous synthesis of science, history and storytelling, written in Pinker’s distinctively entertaining and clear personal style … I was astonished by the extent to which violence has declined in every shape, form and scale’ *Financial Times* ‘An outstandingly fruitful read, with fascinating nuggets on almost every page’ *Sunday Times* , Books of the Year

Beren and Luthien

***New York Times* Bestseller**
“A good introduction to LOTR fans nervous about taking on *The Silmarillion*, and also gives longtime fans a fascinating look at the Tolkiens’ myth-making process.” – *EntertainmentWeekly.com*
“A beautiful book.”* – San Antonio Express-News*
“With eloquence and diligence and care, the son reconstructs and retraces the father’s journey, pursuing the tale through draft after draft as Tolkien pursued his vision of Middle-earth.” – NPR.org
The epic tale of Beren and Luthien became an essential element in the evolution of *The Silmarillion*, the myths and legends of J.R.R. Tolkien’s First Age of the World. Always key to the story is the fate that shadowed their love: Beren was a mortal man, Luthien an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, imposed on Beren an impossible task before he might wed Luthien: to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, of a Silmaril.
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, *Beren and Luthien* reunites fans of *The Hobbit* and *The Lord of the Rings* with Elves and Men, along with the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Christopher Tolkien tells the story in his father’s own words by giving its original form as well as prose and verse passages from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed.

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself

**Ready to show your photos some love?**

Whether it’s of your sister’s smile, your morning coffee, or your new puppy, photos are a way to connect on Facebook and Instagram, keep a visual diary of our lives, and create momentos for future generations. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts. You’ll learn how to:

• Take the most flattering self-portraits
   • Be your own stylist to turn dull, cluttered photos into pretty lifestyle photography
   • Capture adorable couple portraits
   • Turn everyday moments, hobbies, and rituals into amazing photos
   • Show off your favorite photos by turning them into handmade jewelry, home décor, and gifts

Packed with Elsie and Emma’s happy spirit and unique style, *A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book* will inspire you to capture your days, your friends, and your dreams in beautiful photos!
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Beastchild

The Naoli came to Earth as conquerors, while the last men skulked through the ruins of their civilization. The two races, Human and Naoli, were the most powerful intelligences in the galaxy — and destined to be immediate and perpetual enemies! The adult Hulann met the boy Leo … and each became a traitor to his race. For it was only through treason that the future of each race could be assured!

Beast Master’s Circus

Someone is kidnapping the animals of beast masters’ teams. On planet after planet, telepathically gifted people are being attacked-some of them murdered-by a conspiracy to take their precious animals.
Laris, an orphan who trains exotic alien creatures for an interstellar circus, knows that somehow her employer is connected to the deadly plot. She also knows that those involved will kill her if she talks.
Beast master Hosteen Storm has heard about the plot, but when the circus comes to Arzor, he doesn’t realize his mortal peril. The circus, with its many colorful acts, is danger cloaked in the swirling excitement of the show. Laris loves all animals, and is herself able to communicate with them. When she meets Hosteen and becomes friends with him and his family, she desperately wants to warn him, to save him and his animals. But as the circus nears the end of its stay on Arzor, the deadly plotters prepare to strike at those Laris cares about . . . and at her, if she interferes!

The Bear and the Serpent

**As the south is in turmoil, an old terror emerges in the north . . .** Maniye, child of both Wolf and Tiger clans, has been named Champion of her people. But they’re unsure if she’s an asset – or a threat. To buy time, she joins Prince Tecuman’s warband of outcasts and heads south, to help him gain his crown. She wants to discover her true place in the world, but instead heads into the jaws of a fierce new conflict. Civil war threatens as Tecuman and his twin sister battle for the throne, for only one can rule. Yet whoever triumphs will carry a heavy burden, as a great doom has been foreseen that will fall across their whole world. And soon Maniye finds herself at the heart of a political storm. Danger is also shadowing her old home, where Lord Thunder and his bear clan are attempting to unite the northern tribes. But only extreme peril will end age-old rivalries. An adversary from the most ancient of times is preparing to strike, putting their lands and their very souls in danger. And neither north nor south will be spared the terror to come. *The Bear and the Serpent* is the second book in Adrian Tchaikovsky’s epic fantasy series, Echoes of the Fall, following *The Tiger and the Wolf*. **
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A classically brilliant fantasy writer, a pusher of boundaries, a great storyteller (Paul Cornell)
It’s addictively brilliant! The protagonist is vivid and sympathetic – and I love both the story and the world Adrian has created. It’s meticulously thought out and utterly believable (John Gwynne on *The Tiger and the Wolf* )
Equally deft in the realms of science fiction and fantasy adventure, Adrian Tchaikovsky knows how to take you to a place, no matter the setting . . . Maniye Many Tracks is a fascinating character; layered, strong, torn, constantly developing and hugely empathetic ( *SciFiNow* on *The Tiger and the Wolf* )
Tchaikovsky has woven a richly textured world, brimming with difference and complexity ( *SFReader on The Tiger and the Wolf* )
A ripping fantasy yarn and a well-paced world, created and revealed with care ( *The Book Bag on The Tiger and the Wolf* )
A beautifully fierce fantasy about our need to belong and the importance of our choices, this is a coming of age tale with bite ( *GeekSyndicate on The Tiger and the Wolf* )
### Descrizione del libro
The second book in this gripping fantasy series by Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt series.

Banished

Katrina baker is a super. She has mental abilities such as telekinesis, telepathy, and others. Her parents are supervillains, and she isn’t all that sure she’s cut out for that line of work. Her empathy with others through her power makes it hard to be uncaring, much less mean or evil to people. Problem is, the last thing she wants to do is disappoint mom and dad.
Katrina gets caught up in her mother’s supervillain plot to rid the world of the indestructible hero Omega. That’s when it all goes really wrong, and she finds herself on another world.
Banished.
Will she be able to find her way back home, or even understand this new world of gods and magic, or will she die trying?

Bad Debts

THE AWARD-WINNING DEBUT NOVEL, AND FIRST JACK IRISH THRILLER, FROM THE AUTHOR OF *THE BROKEN SHORE* AND*TRUTH*.
**’Put simply, Temple is a master’ John Harvey**
**’Great locations, hard-nosed dialogue and a twisting plot . . . super entertainment’ *Evening Standard***
Jack Irish doesn’t spook too easy. He’s had guns pointed at him too many times – more often since he started hiring himself out as a debt collector – and he saves his nerves for the racetrack. So when he receives a phone message from an ex-client begging for help, he’s inclined to ignore it. It’s not an acquaintance he’s looking to renew. Some-time lawyer, part-time private eye, he has some old memories – and old friends – he’d do better to forget.
But then the caller turns up dead. And Jack has no choice but to take a trip down memory lane – into dangerous territories. There are some old debts that need chasing . . .
**Loved *Bad Debts*? Then read the second novel in the Jack Irish series, *Black Tide*.**

Aztec

Gary Jennings’s *Aztec* is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America. Told in the words of one of the most robust and memorable characters in modern fiction, Mixtli-Dark Cloud, *Aztec* reveals the very depths of Aztec civilization from the peak and feather-banner splendor of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan to the arrival of Hernán Cortás and his conquistadores, and their destruction of the Aztec empire. The story of Mixtli is the story of the Aztecs themselves—a compelling, epic tale of heroic dignity and a colossal civilization’s rise and fall.
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The Ayn Rand reader

SUMMARY: The Fountainhead, which became one of the most influential and widely read philosophical novels of the twentieth century, made Ayn Rand famous. An impassioned proponent of rational self-interest, individualism, and laissez-faire capitalism, she expressed her unique views in numerous works of fiction and non-fiction that have been brought together for the first time in this one-of-a-kind volume. The Fountainhead, which became one of the most influential and widely read philosophical novels of the twentieth century, made Ayn Rand famous. An impassioned proponent of reason, rational self-interest, individualism, and laissez-faire capitalism, she expressed her unique views in numerous works of fiction and non-fiction that have been brought together for the first time in this one-of-a-kind volume. Containing excerpts from all her novels–including Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, and We The Living–The Ayn Rand Reader is a perfect introduction for those who have never read Rand, and provides teachers with an excellent guide to the basics of her viewpoint.

Assassin

Four years ago, I was just an ordinary teenager living an ordinary life. Until someone hid a secret in my mind without my knowledge. And the people who weren’t supposed to, found out…
Today, I am the best assassin the supernatural world has ever seen.
In a world where people turn into animals at will and others levitate things with their minds, it sucks to not have any magic in your veins. But I didn’t need magic to be a fighter. I didn’t need to float shit on air to learn how to use a dagger. I did the best I could with what I had, and I’m damn good at it, too.
When I finally made it inside the lair of the Red Rebels themselves—supernaturals I fought against every single day—the white lies that knitted my reality for so long began to untie.
My whole world is about to fall apart all over again, and I’m as ready for it as I was the first time…

Ashes of Heaven

Passion and betrayal in mythic Cornwall….  Mark, young king of Cornwall, faces heavy demands from Eire for tribute, and then his beloved sister runs away to Brittany with a hot-headed knight. When, years later, her son Tristan returns unexpectedly to Cornwall, Mark hopes finally to oppose the outrageous Irish demands for tribute. Perhaps a royal marriage with Isolde, crown princess of Eire? But passion leads not to heavenly joy but only to betrayal and deception. If Mark is ever to find true love, it must be where he least expects it.

The Art of the Heist

“A gripping tell-all….A fascinating look inside the mind of an unrepentant criminal.”
—*Washington Post
“One of the most beguiling criminal memoirs ever written….A rare gem of a book.”
—T. J. English, *New York Times* bestselling author of *Havana Nocturne**
America’s most notorious art thief, Boston-based Myles Connor, tells the unapologetic true story of his life of crime in*The Art of the Heist. Co-written with acclaimed author Jenny Siler, Connor’s eye-opening memoirs offer readers a rare, detailed, and intimate look into the mindset of a master criminal—a cat burglar, thief, and con man, veteran of numerous brazen museum heists, who shares the unparalleled “rush” of a life lived on the far side of the law.*

(source: Bol.com)

Armageddon Unleashed

**The desperate battle to reclaim Earth has begun.**
With Gaia 2’s threat looming over Earth, Captain Chase Athanatos embarks on a perilous mission to take down the evil Artificial Intelligence once and for all.
The biggest battle and challenge Chase has ever faced awaits him; one where his strength of character and spirit will be tested at every turn. Can Chase best Gaia 2 on her own turf? Or has the Earth Alliance bitten off more than they can chew?
Meanwhile, Oryn plans to take control of the Furies with some new technology she’s been developing. When the time comes for a Fury trial, she doesn’t hesitate to use her own brother, Miseo, to test its efficiency.
The battle to regain Earth has begun. The stakes have never been higher, as are the dangers and consequences should our heroes fail their daring mission.
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**The desperate battle to reclaim Earth has begun.**
With Gaia 2’s threat looming over Earth, Captain Chase Athanatos embarks on a perilous mission to take down the evil Artificial Intelligence once and for all.
The biggest battle and challenge Chase has ever faced awaits him; one where his strength of character and spirit will be tested at every turn. Can Chase best Gaia 2 on her own turf? Or has the Earth Alliance bitten off more than they can chew?
Meanwhile, Oryn plans to take control of the Furies with some new technology she’s been developing. When the time comes for a Fury trial, she doesn’t hesitate to use her own brother, Miseo, to test its efficiency.
The battle to regain Earth has begun. The stakes have never been higher, as are the dangers and consequences should our heroes fail their daring mission.
*As a matter of principle: this book is DRM free.*

Anti-Man.

Science Fiction. A very nice vintage collector’s item. Number # 63-384. Originally 60 cents. Sam was a miracle being—and a curse to a dangerously overpopulated planet.

Animal Farm

The animals on Mr. Jones’ farm revolt against their human masters and violently expel them. Led by the pigs they decide to run the farm themselves on egalitarian principles. In Course of time the pigs themselves become corrupted by power and a new tyranny is established under their leader Napoleon.
A resounding fable on totalitarianism and power-gone-corrupt, Animal Farm is an allegorical novella that took the publishing world by storm when it was first published and hasn’t stopped doing so ever since. The ultimate satire on fascism, Animal Farm finds relevance even in present-day world. A must-read!
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Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, **George Orwell** , was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Services. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His works spoke out against the social injustice that was prevalent at that time.  His unique political allegory ‘Animal Farm’ was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include ‘Burmese Days’, ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’, ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ and ‘Homage to Catalonia’. **
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True Agony of a Socialist Orwell is obviously angry at the way Socialism has been distorted by Stalin. Using Animal characters as symbols Orwell honestly mocks and criticizes the Russian leadership under Lenin. It is a very easy to read book giving good perspectives on the Socialist Revolution. –Abhishek Kona Aug 22, 2011
Animal Farm is a satirical allegory on the Russian Revolution. Orwell explains it, It is the history of revolution that went wrong. It tells the simple and tragic story of what happens when the oppressed farm rebel to attain freedom from Mr. Jones. It is about their attempt to rule the farm themselves on the basis of equality. The animals had initially aimed to form a utopian society, where each would work according to his capacity, respecting the needs of the others. But, they failed to do so. And, Animal Farm ended up being a dictatorship of the pigs that were the brightest, but did no physical work in reality. The main action of the story stands for The Russian Revolution of 1917 and the early years of the Soviet Union. Animalism is a metaphor for Communism. Manor farm is an allegory of Russia, Mr. Jones is Russian C-Zar, Old Major stands for Karl Marx, and Snowball represents Leo Trotsky. Napolean stands for Stalin, while the dogs are the secret police. The horse, Boxer stands for the working class which works constantly for the greater good while Squealer is the propagandist. The novel is skillfully organized and presents the horrors of communism through simple story-telling. It presents what propaganda and brain washing do to the people living under the dictatorship. How the fickle minded people were swayed easily by the pigs, who managed to reverse the seven commandments and reduce them to Four legs good, two legs better . I would recommend this book to everyone above 14 years of age who has some knowledge about communism or a hint of what happened during the Russian Revolution of 1917. The book is gripping as there is always something happening. It ends with the pigs becoming mush like humans and changing the name of the farm back to the Manor Farm . The ending was sad it shows how power turns comrades into tyrannical dictators. –Diksha Mahajan Aug 14, 2012
George Orwell is probably one of the few authors who has more than one book featuring regularly in the all the favorites of most people. In such a short book, we get to experience the entire range of the human emotions – probably characterized by the animals. But, what this book basically makes us realize is the fact that politics is relevant at all times. –Deep Agrawal Mar 2, 2012
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Volume 8 of *The Complete Works of George Orwell*