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Earth for Inspiration

**From tales of alien invasions and intergalactic war to visions of dystopian tomorrows, an astonishing collection from one of literary science fiction’s all-time greats, Hugo Award winner Clifford D. Simak.**
The twentieth century’s so-called golden age of science fiction produced many great writers—including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein—yet none is greater than Clifford D. Simak, named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. His bold visions of and ingenious speculations about humankind’s future, always enriched with empathy and a deep understanding of human strengths, foibles, and failings, have stood the test of time, remaining powerful, affecting, and relevant.

This sterling collection of fantastic stories by the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–
winning master showcases some of Simak’s finest short fiction, from his earliest published tales to his later masterworks. In the wry and wonderful title story, a science fiction writer of the far future returns to a nearly abandoned Earth in search of inspiration—and finds that the dying planet holds more wonder than he bargained for. The interdimensional invasion Simak imagines in “Hellhounds of the Cosmos” displays a conceptual ingenuity not typically seen in speculative fiction prior to World War II. And other tales in this marvelous compendium offer a wide range of wonders, from the surrender terms dictated by a cute and cuddly alien enemy and a get-rich-quick real-estate scam originating from another galaxy to the truth behind a series of strange disappearances on Jupiter and an explosion of ladybugs in a salesman’s suburban home—an infestation quite possibly not of this Earth.

Whether he’s rocketing us to another galaxy, leading us through the otherworldly shadows of small-town America, or preparing us for a Wild West shootout, every literary outing with Simak is an excursion to remember.

**From tales of alien invasions and intergalactic war to visions of dystopian tomorrows, an astonishing collection from one of literary science fiction’s all-time greats, Hugo Award winner Clifford D. Simak.**
The twentieth century’s so-called golden age of science fiction produced many great writers—including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein—yet none is greater than Clifford D. Simak, named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. His bold visions of and ingenious speculations about humankind’s future, always enriched with empathy and a deep understanding of human strengths, foibles, and failings, have stood the test of time, remaining powerful, affecting, and relevant.

This sterling collection of fantastic stories by the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–
winning master showcases some of Simak’s finest short fiction, from his earliest published tales to his later masterworks. In the wry and wonderful title story, a science fiction writer of the far future returns to a nearly abandoned Earth in search of inspiration—and finds that the dying planet holds more wonder than he bargained for. The interdimensional invasion Simak imagines in “Hellhounds of the Cosmos” displays a conceptual ingenuity not typically seen in speculative fiction prior to World War II. And other tales in this marvelous compendium offer a wide range of wonders, from the surrender terms dictated by a cute and cuddly alien enemy and a get-rich-quick real-estate scam originating from another galaxy to the truth behind a series of strange disappearances on Jupiter and an explosion of ladybugs in a salesman’s suburban home—an infestation quite possibly not of this Earth.

Whether he’s rocketing us to another galaxy, leading us through the otherworldly shadows of small-town America, or preparing us for a Wild West shootout, every literary outing with Simak is an excursion to remember.

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Drop Shot

In the second Myron Bolitar novel from Edgar Award–winner Harlan Coben, a young woman’s tragic death spirals into a shattering drama of menace, secrets, and rage. Suddenly Myron is in over his head—and playing the most dangerous game of all.

**“Engaging . . . hilarious.”— *Los Angeles Times*   *Book Review** *
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Once, Valerie Simpson’s tennis career skyrocketed; now, the headlines belong to a player from the wrong side of the tracks. But when Valerie is shot dead in cold blood and dropped outside the stadium at the U.S. Open, sports agent Myron Bolitar investigates the killing and uncovers a connection between the two players and a six-year-old murder at an exclusive mainline club. As Myron is drawn into the case—along with a dirty U.S. senator, a jealous mother, and the mob—he finds himself caught between a killer and the truth.

**“Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist.”—Dan Brown** **

In the second Myron Bolitar novel from Edgar Award–winner Harlan Coben, a young woman’s tragic death spirals into a shattering drama of menace, secrets, and rage. Suddenly Myron is in over his head—and playing the most dangerous game of all.

**“Engaging . . . hilarious.”— *Los Angeles Times*   *Book Review** *
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Once, Valerie Simpson’s tennis career skyrocketed; now, the headlines belong to a player from the wrong side of the tracks. But when Valerie is shot dead in cold blood and dropped outside the stadium at the U.S. Open, sports agent Myron Bolitar investigates the killing and uncovers a connection between the two players and a six-year-old murder at an exclusive mainline club. As Myron is drawn into the case—along with a dirty U.S. senator, a jealous mother, and the mob—he finds himself caught between a killer and the truth.

**“Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist.”—Dan Brown** **

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Dream Stalker

People are dying. Why doesn’t anyone care? All Emma wanted was to sell her enchanted teas in peace; instead, she’s caught up in the chase for a killer who’s stalking the streets of London. He’s targeting half-bloods, people with limited magical ability. People just like Emma. The police are baffled by the long string of deaths, but they’re not willing to put in the legwork to make an arrest. After all, magic users can take care of themselves, right? Except, those with real power don’t give a damn about half-bloods. So, when Emma wakes from a strange dream that nearly gets her killed in the waking world, she knows she has to deal with it herself. With only her boggart shop-assistant and the two strange men who have offered to help, can she thwart the killer and make the city safe again?

People are dying. Why doesn’t anyone care? All Emma wanted was to sell her enchanted teas in peace; instead, she’s caught up in the chase for a killer who’s stalking the streets of London. He’s targeting half-bloods, people with limited magical ability. People just like Emma. The police are baffled by the long string of deaths, but they’re not willing to put in the legwork to make an arrest. After all, magic users can take care of themselves, right? Except, those with real power don’t give a damn about half-bloods. So, when Emma wakes from a strange dream that nearly gets her killed in the waking world, she knows she has to deal with it herself. With only her boggart shop-assistant and the two strange men who have offered to help, can she thwart the killer and make the city safe again?

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Dream Scape (New Order)

After the destruction of earth Max and his sixteen-year-old sister Scarlett end up in Piorum (after being emerged in cryogenic tanks) a dream-like reality where they don’t age and can’t be harmed. They have been told that they are the last of mankind and that they are only supposed to be woken up when the earth is healed.
Max spends his time going to bars with his friend Hal and chatting up women, whilst Scarlett spends hers taking clothes she doesn’t need from the ‘free’ shops and following Madison, a beautiful blonde girl who she’s obsessed with.
One day this all changes when they wake-up from Piorum and realize that the world is far from healed. After the acid rain kills many Piorom citizens including Madison, Scarlett and Max flee the bunker that the tanks resided in. Soon after it explodes, leaving them stuck in a world with acid rain and howls off unknown creatures.
With little food and water they stumble upon a village of huts and realize that they aren’t the only people left.

After the destruction of earth Max and his sixteen-year-old sister Scarlett end up in Piorum (after being emerged in cryogenic tanks) a dream-like reality where they don’t age and can’t be harmed. They have been told that they are the last of mankind and that they are only supposed to be woken up when the earth is healed.
Max spends his time going to bars with his friend Hal and chatting up women, whilst Scarlett spends hers taking clothes she doesn’t need from the ‘free’ shops and following Madison, a beautiful blonde girl who she’s obsessed with.
One day this all changes when they wake-up from Piorum and realize that the world is far from healed. After the acid rain kills many Piorom citizens including Madison, Scarlett and Max flee the bunker that the tanks resided in. Soon after it explodes, leaving them stuck in a world with acid rain and howls off unknown creatures.
With little food and water they stumble upon a village of huts and realize that they aren’t the only people left.

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Draw People Every Day: Short Lessons in Portrait and Figure Drawing Using Ink and Color

**A lively, colorful figure drawing instruction book that encourages aspiring illustrators to work in ink and watercolor to create quick, confident renderings of diverse, contemporary people.**
While today’s illustrators work primarily in ink and watercolor, figure drawing instruction still tends to emphasize work in pencil. Commercial illustrator Kagan McLeod offers an approach to figure and portrait drawing more in keeping with today’s preferred tools and techniques, one that focuses on cultivating spontaneity, energy, and confidence by providing exercises for brush work in ink and watercolor. By breaking figure and portrait drawing into the three major aspects of line, tone, and color and recommending time limits for each exercise, McLeod encourages working fast and fearless, rather than worrying about getting your figures just right. Filled with numerous illustrative examples of diverse, modern people, *Draw People Every Day* reflects practical, applicable techniques to get you drawing the people you see in the world around you with speed and proficiency. **
### Sinossi
**A lively, colorful figure drawing instruction book that encourages aspiring illustrators to work in ink and watercolor to create quick, confident renderings of diverse, contemporary people.**
While today’s illustrators work primarily in ink and watercolor, figure drawing instruction still tends to emphasize work in pencil. Commercial illustrator Kagan McLeod offers an approach to figure and portrait drawing more in keeping with today’s preferred tools and techniques, one that focuses on cultivating spontaneity, energy, and confidence by providing exercises for brush work in ink and watercolor. By breaking figure and portrait drawing into the three major aspects of line, tone, and color and recommending time limits for each exercise, McLeod encourages working fast and fearless, rather than worrying about getting your figures just right. Filled with numerous illustrative examples of diverse, modern people, *Draw People Every Day* reflects practical, applicable techniques to get you drawing the people you see in the world around you with speed and proficiency.
### L’autore
KAGAN MCLEOD has been a commercial illustrator since 1999. His clients include *GQ, Entertainment Weekly* , The Royal Canadian Mint, *Wall Street Journal* , *Washington Post* , and *Newsweek* , and his work has been honored by *American Illustration* , the Society of Illustrators, and *Communication Arts*. He has created graphic novels for Image and IDW, and exhibits frequently at comic conventions in the United States and Canada. He teaches illustration and drawing courses at Sheridan College in Ontario and hosts a weekly figure drawing workshop at his studio.

**A lively, colorful figure drawing instruction book that encourages aspiring illustrators to work in ink and watercolor to create quick, confident renderings of diverse, contemporary people.**
While today’s illustrators work primarily in ink and watercolor, figure drawing instruction still tends to emphasize work in pencil. Commercial illustrator Kagan McLeod offers an approach to figure and portrait drawing more in keeping with today’s preferred tools and techniques, one that focuses on cultivating spontaneity, energy, and confidence by providing exercises for brush work in ink and watercolor. By breaking figure and portrait drawing into the three major aspects of line, tone, and color and recommending time limits for each exercise, McLeod encourages working fast and fearless, rather than worrying about getting your figures just right. Filled with numerous illustrative examples of diverse, modern people, *Draw People Every Day* reflects practical, applicable techniques to get you drawing the people you see in the world around you with speed and proficiency. **
### Sinossi
**A lively, colorful figure drawing instruction book that encourages aspiring illustrators to work in ink and watercolor to create quick, confident renderings of diverse, contemporary people.**
While today’s illustrators work primarily in ink and watercolor, figure drawing instruction still tends to emphasize work in pencil. Commercial illustrator Kagan McLeod offers an approach to figure and portrait drawing more in keeping with today’s preferred tools and techniques, one that focuses on cultivating spontaneity, energy, and confidence by providing exercises for brush work in ink and watercolor. By breaking figure and portrait drawing into the three major aspects of line, tone, and color and recommending time limits for each exercise, McLeod encourages working fast and fearless, rather than worrying about getting your figures just right. Filled with numerous illustrative examples of diverse, modern people, *Draw People Every Day* reflects practical, applicable techniques to get you drawing the people you see in the world around you with speed and proficiency.
### L’autore
KAGAN MCLEOD has been a commercial illustrator since 1999. His clients include *GQ, Entertainment Weekly* , The Royal Canadian Mint, *Wall Street Journal* , *Washington Post* , and *Newsweek* , and his work has been honored by *American Illustration* , the Society of Illustrators, and *Communication Arts*. He has created graphic novels for Image and IDW, and exhibits frequently at comic conventions in the United States and Canada. He teaches illustration and drawing courses at Sheridan College in Ontario and hosts a weekly figure drawing workshop at his studio.

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Dragon Airways

***Dragon Airways – One way or another, you’re going to fly.*** Emmet is a boy with special needs and unusual talents. His ability to sense magic makes him valuable to both sides of the war. Fleeing those sent to capture him, he and his sister board Dragon Airways, not knowing friend from foe. Some betray him; others risk their lives trying to save him. Never would he have guessed the impact an aging dragon would have on his life or the adventures they would have together. **

***Dragon Airways – One way or another, you’re going to fly.*** Emmet is a boy with special needs and unusual talents. His ability to sense magic makes him valuable to both sides of the war. Fleeing those sent to capture him, he and his sister board Dragon Airways, not knowing friend from foe. Some betray him; others risk their lives trying to save him. Never would he have guessed the impact an aging dragon would have on his life or the adventures they would have together. **

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Dr. Wolf, the Fae Rift Series Book 1- Shockwave

When the divide between the fae world and the human world is torn apart, Aleric Bayne is thrown into the ensuing chaos. Hurt and disoriented, the werewolf finds himself in a hospital emergency room. When other fae creatures begin to show up, Aleric sneaks them into the D wing of the hospital. With no one else able to treat their unusual conditions, Aleric steps into the role of Dr. Wolf. He has one goal in mind, to help the fae and close the Rift. But Dr. Wolf has walls around the memories of his own broken past that threaten to unravel the world he is holding together by a thread.

When the divide between the fae world and the human world is torn apart, Aleric Bayne is thrown into the ensuing chaos. Hurt and disoriented, the werewolf finds himself in a hospital emergency room. When other fae creatures begin to show up, Aleric sneaks them into the D wing of the hospital. With no one else able to treat their unusual conditions, Aleric steps into the role of Dr. Wolf. He has one goal in mind, to help the fae and close the Rift. But Dr. Wolf has walls around the memories of his own broken past that threaten to unravel the world he is holding together by a thread.

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Dominion Apocalypse (New Order)

Dominion was a planet where you had to keep adapting and better yourself in order to survive. Colonists from earth were forced to live underground in a complex of black carbon tunnels, fed by satellite power and draining the planet resources from lakes and rivers. Drones would harvest plant and animal life. The planet’s surface was dangerous and the cony was protected by fighters known as the Militia. The people there built a society based on those principles and in turn created the greatest army known to mankind. Caleb watched helplessly as everything he knew was under threat from galactic alien life.

Dominion was a planet where you had to keep adapting and better yourself in order to survive. Colonists from earth were forced to live underground in a complex of black carbon tunnels, fed by satellite power and draining the planet resources from lakes and rivers. Drones would harvest plant and animal life. The planet’s surface was dangerous and the cony was protected by fighters known as the Militia. The people there built a society based on those principles and in turn created the greatest army known to mankind. Caleb watched helplessly as everything he knew was under threat from galactic alien life.

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Disarming Donner

North Pole City Tales: Book FiveAs a beloved Rein Dear and Christmas elf for Mayor Kringle, Donner prides himself on his flawless reputation, good sense, and wise decisions. Donner never does anything until he’s thought it through properly. He’s certainly not one to get flustered, infuriated, or fall prey to romantic nonsense. At least not until the most unlikely of elves begins chipping away at Donner’s defenses.Calder is a Dockalfar—a dark elf. He’s wicked, untrustworthy, and armed with lethal magic. At least that’s what everyone thinks. It’s easy for them to believe the worst and mistrust him before they’ve even spoken to him, but Calder is out to prove that he’s more than his Dockalfar blood, especially to a certain Rein Dear who has caught his eye. But it will take more than sweet words for Donner to admit what’s in his heart.

North Pole City Tales: Book FiveAs a beloved Rein Dear and Christmas elf for Mayor Kringle, Donner prides himself on his flawless reputation, good sense, and wise decisions. Donner never does anything until he’s thought it through properly. He’s certainly not one to get flustered, infuriated, or fall prey to romantic nonsense. At least not until the most unlikely of elves begins chipping away at Donner’s defenses.Calder is a Dockalfar—a dark elf. He’s wicked, untrustworthy, and armed with lethal magic. At least that’s what everyone thinks. It’s easy for them to believe the worst and mistrust him before they’ve even spoken to him, but Calder is out to prove that he’s more than his Dockalfar blood, especially to a certain Rein Dear who has caught his eye. But it will take more than sweet words for Donner to admit what’s in his heart.

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Digging Up Mother

Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie. It was the cartoons in her *Hustler* magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey, long before he was old enough to know what to do with the actual pornography. It was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him, who introduced him to Richard Pryor at nine years old, and who rescued him from a psychologist when he brought that brand of humor to school. And it was Bonnie who took him along to all of her AA meetings, where Doug undoubtedly found inspiration for his own storytelling.
Bonnie’s own path from bartending to truck driving, massage therapy, elder abuse, stand-up comedy, and acting never stopped her from being Doug’s genuine number one fan. So when her alcoholic, hoarding life finally came to an end many weird adventures later in rural Arizona, it was inevitable that Doug and Bonnie would be together for one last excursion.
*Digging Up Mother* follows Doug’s absurd, chaotic, and often obscene life as it intersects with that of his best friend, biggest fan, and love of his life-his mother. And it all starts with her death-one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever read.

Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie. It was the cartoons in her *Hustler* magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey, long before he was old enough to know what to do with the actual pornography. It was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him, who introduced him to Richard Pryor at nine years old, and who rescued him from a psychologist when he brought that brand of humor to school. And it was Bonnie who took him along to all of her AA meetings, where Doug undoubtedly found inspiration for his own storytelling.
Bonnie’s own path from bartending to truck driving, massage therapy, elder abuse, stand-up comedy, and acting never stopped her from being Doug’s genuine number one fan. So when her alcoholic, hoarding life finally came to an end many weird adventures later in rural Arizona, it was inevitable that Doug and Bonnie would be together for one last excursion.
*Digging Up Mother* follows Doug’s absurd, chaotic, and often obscene life as it intersects with that of his best friend, biggest fan, and love of his life-his mother. And it all starts with her death-one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever read.

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Devil in Spring

**’It is no secret that the RT editors are smitten with Lisa Kleypas’s Ravenel family’** *RT Book Reviews*
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**An eccentric wallflower . . .** Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger. **A cynical rake . . .** After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain. **A perilous plot . . .** After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy – and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven . . . ***This is the third novel in the ** **** Regency romance* Ravenels** ***series by*** ** New York Times *bestselling author Lisa Kleypas – perfect for fans of Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James ** *The Ravenels series:
* Cold-Hearted Rake *
* Marrying Winterborne *
* Devil in Spring *
* Hello Stranger* **Praise for Lisa Kleypas: **’** Intricately and elegantly crafted, intensely romantic **. . . A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author’ *Kirkus Reviews* *’* Kleypas is an amazing writer. In my opinion, she might be ** the most technically skilled historical romance author out there **’ *Smart Bitches, Trashy Books* ‘Insightful characterisation, ** an abundance of super-charged sexual chemistry, a dash of dry humour, and a to-die-for hero, **all of which will have the author’s legions of fans giddy with delight at her triumphant return to historical romance’ *Booklist* ‘[An] addictive, rewarding story . . This ** delightful, compelling story **is the first in Kleypas’s new Victorian series about the Ravenel family’ *Library Journal* ‘Readers are introduced to the unforgettable characters and their original personalities through ** a delightful storyline peppered with sharp repartee and steamy sensuality **’ *RT Book Reviews* (top pick) *’* Reading Kleypas’ long-awaited return to historical is ** akin to walking into the arms of an old friend **’ *Heroes and Heartbreakers* **
### Recensione
A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author. ( *Kirkus* )
The first in a new historical series delivers everything readers have come to expect from RITA Award-winning Kleypas, including insightful characterization, an abundance of super-charged sexual chemistry, a dash of dry humor, and a to-die-for hero, all of which will have the author’s legions of fans giddy with delight at her triumphant return to historical romance. ( *Booklist* )
Kleypas is an amazing writer. In my opinion, she might be the most technically skilled historical romance author out there. ( *Smart Bitches, Trashy Books* )
*Cold-Hearted Rake* brings to mind some of the best elements of her Hathaway, Wallflower, Gambler, and Capital Theatre series novels . . . Reading Kleypas’ long-awaited return to historical is akin to walking into the arms of an old friend. ( *Heroes and Heartbreakers* )
A cadre of three dimensional characters who captivate from the moment you meet them and a multilayered plot that allows the characters to grow will keep fans intrigued by this addictive, rewarding story. ( *Library Journal* )
Readers are introduced to the unforgettable characters and their original personalities through a delightful storyline peppered with sharp repartee and steamy sensuality. ( *RT Book Reviews* )
I simply cannot wait to see where Kleypas goes with the next three books. I also need her to write them faster. SERIOUSLY FASTER. I’d recommend this book for anyone who likes their happily ever afters to involve corsets, their sexual tension to involve witty banter, and their books to end with the promise of more. ( *Romance and Smut* )
Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new. ( *Kirkus* )
### Descrizione del libro
**From beloved *New York Times* bestseller Lisa Kleypas, the third in her Ravenels series.**

**’It is no secret that the RT editors are smitten with Lisa Kleypas’s Ravenel family’** *RT Book Reviews*
* * *
**An eccentric wallflower . . .** Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger. **A cynical rake . . .** After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain. **A perilous plot . . .** After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy – and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven . . . ***This is the third novel in the ** **** Regency romance* Ravenels** ***series by*** ** New York Times *bestselling author Lisa Kleypas – perfect for fans of Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James ** *The Ravenels series:
* Cold-Hearted Rake *
* Marrying Winterborne *
* Devil in Spring *
* Hello Stranger* **Praise for Lisa Kleypas: **’** Intricately and elegantly crafted, intensely romantic **. . . A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author’ *Kirkus Reviews* *’* Kleypas is an amazing writer. In my opinion, she might be ** the most technically skilled historical romance author out there **’ *Smart Bitches, Trashy Books* ‘Insightful characterisation, ** an abundance of super-charged sexual chemistry, a dash of dry humour, and a to-die-for hero, **all of which will have the author’s legions of fans giddy with delight at her triumphant return to historical romance’ *Booklist* ‘[An] addictive, rewarding story . . This ** delightful, compelling story **is the first in Kleypas’s new Victorian series about the Ravenel family’ *Library Journal* ‘Readers are introduced to the unforgettable characters and their original personalities through ** a delightful storyline peppered with sharp repartee and steamy sensuality **’ *RT Book Reviews* (top pick) *’* Reading Kleypas’ long-awaited return to historical is ** akin to walking into the arms of an old friend **’ *Heroes and Heartbreakers* **
### Recensione
A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author. ( *Kirkus* )
The first in a new historical series delivers everything readers have come to expect from RITA Award-winning Kleypas, including insightful characterization, an abundance of super-charged sexual chemistry, a dash of dry humor, and a to-die-for hero, all of which will have the author’s legions of fans giddy with delight at her triumphant return to historical romance. ( *Booklist* )
Kleypas is an amazing writer. In my opinion, she might be the most technically skilled historical romance author out there. ( *Smart Bitches, Trashy Books* )
*Cold-Hearted Rake* brings to mind some of the best elements of her Hathaway, Wallflower, Gambler, and Capital Theatre series novels . . . Reading Kleypas’ long-awaited return to historical is akin to walking into the arms of an old friend. ( *Heroes and Heartbreakers* )
A cadre of three dimensional characters who captivate from the moment you meet them and a multilayered plot that allows the characters to grow will keep fans intrigued by this addictive, rewarding story. ( *Library Journal* )
Readers are introduced to the unforgettable characters and their original personalities through a delightful storyline peppered with sharp repartee and steamy sensuality. ( *RT Book Reviews* )
I simply cannot wait to see where Kleypas goes with the next three books. I also need her to write them faster. SERIOUSLY FASTER. I’d recommend this book for anyone who likes their happily ever afters to involve corsets, their sexual tension to involve witty banter, and their books to end with the promise of more. ( *Romance and Smut* )
Kleypas is a masterful writer, and her latest offering will be welcomed by fans old and new. ( *Kirkus* )
### Descrizione del libro
**From beloved *New York Times* bestseller Lisa Kleypas, the third in her Ravenels series.**

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Designing Interfaces, 3rd Edition

Designing good application interfaces isn’t easy now that companies need to create compelling, seamless user experiences across an exploding number of channels, screens, and contexts. In this updated third edition, you’ll learn how to navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices as design patterns, this best-selling book provides solutions to common design problems.
You’ll learn patterns for mobile apps, web applications, and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice you can apply immediately. Experienced designers can use this guide as an idea sourcebook, and novices will find a road map to the world of interface and interaction design.
* Understand your users before you start designing
* Build your software’s structure so it makes sense to users
* Design components to help users complete tasks on any device
* Learn how to promote wayfinding in your software
* Place elements to guide users to information and functions
* Learn how visual design can make or break product usability
* Display complex data with artful visualizations

Designing good application interfaces isn’t easy now that companies need to create compelling, seamless user experiences across an exploding number of channels, screens, and contexts. In this updated third edition, you’ll learn how to navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices as design patterns, this best-selling book provides solutions to common design problems.
You’ll learn patterns for mobile apps, web applications, and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice you can apply immediately. Experienced designers can use this guide as an idea sourcebook, and novices will find a road map to the world of interface and interaction design.
* Understand your users before you start designing
* Build your software’s structure so it makes sense to users
* Design components to help users complete tasks on any device
* Learn how to promote wayfinding in your software
* Place elements to guide users to information and functions
* Learn how visual design can make or break product usability
* Display complex data with artful visualizations

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Demon Moon

**Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard**
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.
*Demon Moon is the 1st book in the 100,000+ selling urban fantasy series. If you like occult action, spell-crackling suspense, and moments of heart, heroism, and all-out laughter, you’ll love Prof Croft!*
BOOKS IN THE CROFTVERSE
**Prof Croft Series**
Preq 0: Book of Souls
Book 1: Demon Moon
Book 2: Blood Deal
Book 3: Purge City
Book 4: Death Mage
Book 5: Black Luck
Book 6: Power Game
Book 7: Druid Bond
Book 8: Night Rune
**Blue Wolf Series**
Book 1: Blue Curse
Book 2: Blue Shadow
Book 3: Blue Howl
Book 4: Blue Venom
More Coming! **
### Sinossi
**Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard**
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.
*Demon Moon is the 1st book in the 100,000+ selling urban fantasy series. If you like occult action, spell-crackling suspense, and moments of heart, heroism, and all-out laughter, you’ll love Prof Croft!*
BOOKS IN THE CROFTVERSE
**Prof Croft Series**
Preq 0: Book of Souls
Book 1: Demon Moon
Book 2: Blood Deal
Book 3: Purge City
Book 4: Death Mage
Book 5: Black Luck
Book 6: Power Game
Book 7: Druid Bond
Book 8: Night Rune
**Blue Wolf Series**
Book 1: Blue Curse
Book 2: Blue Shadow
Book 3: Blue Howl
Book 4: Blue Venom
More Coming!

**Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard**
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.
*Demon Moon is the 1st book in the 100,000+ selling urban fantasy series. If you like occult action, spell-crackling suspense, and moments of heart, heroism, and all-out laughter, you’ll love Prof Croft!*
BOOKS IN THE CROFTVERSE
**Prof Croft Series**
Preq 0: Book of Souls
Book 1: Demon Moon
Book 2: Blood Deal
Book 3: Purge City
Book 4: Death Mage
Book 5: Black Luck
Book 6: Power Game
Book 7: Druid Bond
Book 8: Night Rune
**Blue Wolf Series**
Book 1: Blue Curse
Book 2: Blue Shadow
Book 3: Blue Howl
Book 4: Blue Venom
More Coming! **
### Sinossi
**Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard**
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.
*Demon Moon is the 1st book in the 100,000+ selling urban fantasy series. If you like occult action, spell-crackling suspense, and moments of heart, heroism, and all-out laughter, you’ll love Prof Croft!*
BOOKS IN THE CROFTVERSE
**Prof Croft Series**
Preq 0: Book of Souls
Book 1: Demon Moon
Book 2: Blood Deal
Book 3: Purge City
Book 4: Death Mage
Book 5: Black Luck
Book 6: Power Game
Book 7: Druid Bond
Book 8: Night Rune
**Blue Wolf Series**
Book 1: Blue Curse
Book 2: Blue Shadow
Book 3: Blue Howl
Book 4: Blue Venom
More Coming!

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Delphi Complete Works of Édouard Manet

The French painter Édouard Manet, often associated with the Impressionists, broke new ground by defying traditional techniques of representation and by choosing contemporary subjects of Parisian life. His ‘Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ and ‘Olympia’ sparked public outcries, while inspiring a new generation of artists to embark on a new focus on modern, urban subjects, winning for Manet a pivotal place in the history of modern art. Delphi’s Masters of Art Series presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing readers to explore the works of great artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents Manet’s complete paintings in beautiful detail, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)
* The complete paintings of Édouard Manet — over 300 paintings, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order
* Includes reproductions of rare works
* Features a special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information
* Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, allowing you to explore Manet’s celebrated works in detail, as featured in traditional art books
* Hundreds of images in colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smart phones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the paintings
* Easily locate the paintings you wish to view
* Includes Manet’s pastels – explore the artist’s varied works
* Features two bonus biographical pieces on the artist – discover Manet’s artistic and personal life
* Scholarly ordering of plates into chronological order

Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting e-Art books
CONTENTS:
The Highlights
THE ABSINTHE DRINKER
MUSIC IN THE TUILERIES GARDEN
LE DÉJEUNER SUR L’HERBE
OLYMPIA
THE FIFER
THE EXECUTION OF THE EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN OF MEXICO
PORTRAIT OF ÉMILE ZOLA
THE BALCONY
THE READING
BERTHE MORISOT
THE RAILWAY
ARGENTEUIL
BOATING
NANA
THE WAITRESS
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH PALETTE
AT PÈRE LATHUILLE’S
PORTRAT OF HENRI ROCHEFORT
A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGÈRE
The Paintings and Pastels
MANET’S PAINTINGS AND PASTELS
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ARTWORKS
The Biographical Pieces
ÉDOUARD MANET: HIS WORK, HIS INFLUENCE by Camille Mauclair
ÉDOUARD MANET by Willard Huntington Wright
Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to buy the whole Art series as a Super Set
**
### Sinossi
The French painter Édouard Manet, often associated with the Impressionists, broke new ground by defying traditional techniques of representation and by choosing contemporary subjects of Parisian life. His ‘Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ and ‘Olympia’ sparked public outcries, while inspiring a new generation of artists to embark on a new focus on modern, urban subjects, winning for Manet a pivotal place in the history of modern art. Delphi’s Masters of Art Series presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing readers to explore the works of great artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents Manet’s complete paintings in beautiful detail, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)
* The complete paintings of Édouard Manet — over 300 paintings, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order
* Includes reproductions of rare works
* Features a special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information
* Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, allowing you to explore Manet’s celebrated works in detail, as featured in traditional art books
* Hundreds of images in colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smart phones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the paintings
* Easily locate the paintings you wish to view
* Includes Manet’s pastels – explore the artist’s varied works
* Features two bonus biographical pieces on the artist – discover Manet’s artistic and personal life
* Scholarly ordering of plates into chronological order

Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting e-Art books
CONTENTS:
The Highlights
THE ABSINTHE DRINKER
MUSIC IN THE TUILERIES GARDEN
LE DÉJEUNER SUR L’HERBE
OLYMPIA
THE FIFER
THE EXECUTION OF THE EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN OF MEXICO
PORTRAIT OF ÉMILE ZOLA
THE BALCONY
THE READING
BERTHE MORISOT
THE RAILWAY
ARGENTEUIL
BOATING
NANA
THE WAITRESS
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH PALETTE
AT PÈRE LATHUILLE’S
PORTRAT OF HENRI ROCHEFORT
A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGÈRE
The Paintings and Pastels
MANET’S PAINTINGS AND PASTELS
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ARTWORKS
The Biographical Pieces
ÉDOUARD MANET: HIS WORK, HIS INFLUENCE by Camille Mauclair
ÉDOUARD MANET by Willard Huntington Wright
Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to buy the whole Art series as a Super Set

The French painter Édouard Manet, often associated with the Impressionists, broke new ground by defying traditional techniques of representation and by choosing contemporary subjects of Parisian life. His ‘Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ and ‘Olympia’ sparked public outcries, while inspiring a new generation of artists to embark on a new focus on modern, urban subjects, winning for Manet a pivotal place in the history of modern art. Delphi’s Masters of Art Series presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing readers to explore the works of great artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents Manet’s complete paintings in beautiful detail, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)
* The complete paintings of Édouard Manet — over 300 paintings, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order
* Includes reproductions of rare works
* Features a special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information
* Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, allowing you to explore Manet’s celebrated works in detail, as featured in traditional art books
* Hundreds of images in colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smart phones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the paintings
* Easily locate the paintings you wish to view
* Includes Manet’s pastels – explore the artist’s varied works
* Features two bonus biographical pieces on the artist – discover Manet’s artistic and personal life
* Scholarly ordering of plates into chronological order

Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting e-Art books
CONTENTS:
The Highlights
THE ABSINTHE DRINKER
MUSIC IN THE TUILERIES GARDEN
LE DÉJEUNER SUR L’HERBE
OLYMPIA
THE FIFER
THE EXECUTION OF THE EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN OF MEXICO
PORTRAIT OF ÉMILE ZOLA
THE BALCONY
THE READING
BERTHE MORISOT
THE RAILWAY
ARGENTEUIL
BOATING
NANA
THE WAITRESS
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH PALETTE
AT PÈRE LATHUILLE’S
PORTRAT OF HENRI ROCHEFORT
A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGÈRE
The Paintings and Pastels
MANET’S PAINTINGS AND PASTELS
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ARTWORKS
The Biographical Pieces
ÉDOUARD MANET: HIS WORK, HIS INFLUENCE by Camille Mauclair
ÉDOUARD MANET by Willard Huntington Wright
Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to buy the whole Art series as a Super Set
**
### Sinossi
The French painter Édouard Manet, often associated with the Impressionists, broke new ground by defying traditional techniques of representation and by choosing contemporary subjects of Parisian life. His ‘Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ and ‘Olympia’ sparked public outcries, while inspiring a new generation of artists to embark on a new focus on modern, urban subjects, winning for Manet a pivotal place in the history of modern art. Delphi’s Masters of Art Series presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing readers to explore the works of great artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents Manet’s complete paintings in beautiful detail, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)
* The complete paintings of Édouard Manet — over 300 paintings, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order
* Includes reproductions of rare works
* Features a special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information
* Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, allowing you to explore Manet’s celebrated works in detail, as featured in traditional art books
* Hundreds of images in colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smart phones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the paintings
* Easily locate the paintings you wish to view
* Includes Manet’s pastels – explore the artist’s varied works
* Features two bonus biographical pieces on the artist – discover Manet’s artistic and personal life
* Scholarly ordering of plates into chronological order

Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting e-Art books
CONTENTS:
The Highlights
THE ABSINTHE DRINKER
MUSIC IN THE TUILERIES GARDEN
LE DÉJEUNER SUR L’HERBE
OLYMPIA
THE FIFER
THE EXECUTION OF THE EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN OF MEXICO
PORTRAIT OF ÉMILE ZOLA
THE BALCONY
THE READING
BERTHE MORISOT
THE RAILWAY
ARGENTEUIL
BOATING
NANA
THE WAITRESS
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH PALETTE
AT PÈRE LATHUILLE’S
PORTRAT OF HENRI ROCHEFORT
A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGÈRE
The Paintings and Pastels
MANET’S PAINTINGS AND PASTELS
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ARTWORKS
The Biographical Pieces
ÉDOUARD MANET: HIS WORK, HIS INFLUENCE by Camille Mauclair
ÉDOUARD MANET by Willard Huntington Wright
Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to buy the whole Art series as a Super Set

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Deep Learning in Python: Master Data Science and Machine Learning with Modern Neural Networks written in Python, Theano, and TensorFlow

## Deep Learning
Deep learning is making waves. At the time of this writing (March 2016), Google’s AlghaGo program just beat 9-dan professional Go player Lee Sedol at the game of Go, a Chinese board game.
Experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence thought we were 10 years away from achieving a victory against a top professional Go player, but progress seems to have accelerated!
While deep learning is a complex subject, it is not any more difficult to learn than any other machine learning algorithm. I wrote this book to introduce you to the basics of neural networks. You will get along fine with undergraduate-level math and programming skill.
All the materials in this book can be downloaded and installed for free. We will use the Python programming language, along with the numerical computing library Numpy. I will also show you in the later chapters how to build a deep network using Theano and TensorFlow, which are libraries built specifically for deep learning and can accelerate computation by taking advantage of the GPU.
Unlike other machine learning algorithms, deep learning is particularly powerful because it automatically learns features. That means you don’t need to spend your time trying to come up with and test “kernels” or “interaction effects” – something only statisticians love to do. Instead, we will let the neural network learn these things for us. Each layer of the neural network learns a different abstraction than the previous layers. For example, in image classification, the first layer might learn different strokes, and in the next layer put the strokes together to learn shapes, and in the next layer put the shapes together to form facial features, and in the next layer have a high level representation of faces.
On top of all this, deep learning is known for winning its fair share Kaggle contests. These are machine learning contests that are open to anyone in the world who are allowed to use any machine learning technique they want. Deep learning is that powerful.
Do you want a gentle introduction to this “dark art”, with practical code examples that you can try right away and apply to your own data? Then this book is for you.
## Who is this book NOT for?
Deep Learning and Neural Networks are usually taught at the upper-year undergraduate level. That should give you some idea of the type of knowledge you need to understand this kind of material.
You absolutely need exposure to calculus to understand deep learning, no matter how simple the instructor makes things. Linear algebra would help. I will assume familiarity with Python (although it is an easy language to pick up). You will need to have some concept of machine learning. If you know about algorithms like logistic regression already, this book is perfect for you. If not, you might want to check out my “prerequisites” book, at: http://amzn.com/B01D7GDRQ2
On the other hand, this book is more like a casual primer than a dry textbook. If you are looking for material on more advanced topics, like LSTMs, convolutional neural networks, or reinforcement learning, I have online courses that teach this material, for example: https://www.udemy.com/deep-learning-convolutional-neural-networks-theano-tensorflow
New libraries like TensorFlow are being updated constantly. This is not an encyclopedia for these libraries (as such a thing would be impossible to keep up to date). In the one (1!!!) month since the book was first published, no less than THREE new wrapper libraries for TensorFlow have been released to make coding deep networks easier. To try and incorporate every little update would not only be impossible, but would continually cause parts of the book to be obsolete. Nobody wants that. This book, rather, includes fundamentals. Understanding these building blocks will make tackling these new libraries and features a piece of cake – that is my goal. **
### Sinossi
## Deep Learning
Deep learning is making waves. At the time of this writing (March 2016), Google’s AlghaGo program just beat 9-dan professional Go player Lee Sedol at the game of Go, a Chinese board game.
Experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence thought we were 10 years away from achieving a victory against a top professional Go player, but progress seems to have accelerated!
While deep learning is a complex subject, it is not any more difficult to learn than any other machine learning algorithm. I wrote this book to introduce you to the basics of neural networks. You will get along fine with undergraduate-level math and programming skill.
All the materials in this book can be downloaded and installed for free. We will use the Python programming language, along with the numerical computing library Numpy. I will also show you in the later chapters how to build a deep network using Theano and TensorFlow, which are libraries built specifically for deep learning and can accelerate computation by taking advantage of the GPU.
Unlike other machine learning algorithms, deep learning is particularly powerful because it automatically learns features. That means you don’t need to spend your time trying to come up with and test “kernels” or “interaction effects” – something only statisticians love to do. Instead, we will let the neural network learn these things for us. Each layer of the neural network learns a different abstraction than the previous layers. For example, in image classification, the first layer might learn different strokes, and in the next layer put the strokes together to learn shapes, and in the next layer put the shapes together to form facial features, and in the next layer have a high level representation of faces.
On top of all this, deep learning is known for winning its fair share Kaggle contests. These are machine learning contests that are open to anyone in the world who are allowed to use any machine learning technique they want. Deep learning is that powerful.
Do you want a gentle introduction to this “dark art”, with practical code examples that you can try right away and apply to your own data? Then this book is for you.
## Who is this book NOT for?
Deep Learning and Neural Networks are usually taught at the upper-year undergraduate level. That should give you some idea of the type of knowledge you need to understand this kind of material.
You absolutely need exposure to calculus to understand deep learning, no matter how simple the instructor makes things. Linear algebra would help. I will assume familiarity with Python (although it is an easy language to pick up). You will need to have some concept of machine learning. If you know about algorithms like logistic regression already, this book is perfect for you. If not, you might want to check out my “prerequisites” book, at: http://amzn.com/B01D7GDRQ2
On the other hand, this book is more like a casual primer than a dry textbook. If you are looking for material on more advanced topics, like LSTMs, convolutional neural networks, or reinforcement learning, I have online courses that teach this material, for example: https://www.udemy.com/deep-learning-convolutional-neural-networks-theano-tensorflow
New libraries like TensorFlow are being updated constantly. This is not an encyclopedia for these libraries (as such a thing would be impossible to keep up to date). In the one (1!!!) month since the book was first published, no less than THREE new wrapper libraries for TensorFlow have been released to make coding deep networks easier. To try and incorporate every little update would not only be impossible, but would continually cause parts of the book to be obsolete. Nobody wants that. This book, rather, includes fundamentals. Understanding these building blocks will make tackling these new libraries and features a piece of cake – that is my goal.

## Deep Learning
Deep learning is making waves. At the time of this writing (March 2016), Google’s AlghaGo program just beat 9-dan professional Go player Lee Sedol at the game of Go, a Chinese board game.
Experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence thought we were 10 years away from achieving a victory against a top professional Go player, but progress seems to have accelerated!
While deep learning is a complex subject, it is not any more difficult to learn than any other machine learning algorithm. I wrote this book to introduce you to the basics of neural networks. You will get along fine with undergraduate-level math and programming skill.
All the materials in this book can be downloaded and installed for free. We will use the Python programming language, along with the numerical computing library Numpy. I will also show you in the later chapters how to build a deep network using Theano and TensorFlow, which are libraries built specifically for deep learning and can accelerate computation by taking advantage of the GPU.
Unlike other machine learning algorithms, deep learning is particularly powerful because it automatically learns features. That means you don’t need to spend your time trying to come up with and test “kernels” or “interaction effects” – something only statisticians love to do. Instead, we will let the neural network learn these things for us. Each layer of the neural network learns a different abstraction than the previous layers. For example, in image classification, the first layer might learn different strokes, and in the next layer put the strokes together to learn shapes, and in the next layer put the shapes together to form facial features, and in the next layer have a high level representation of faces.
On top of all this, deep learning is known for winning its fair share Kaggle contests. These are machine learning contests that are open to anyone in the world who are allowed to use any machine learning technique they want. Deep learning is that powerful.
Do you want a gentle introduction to this “dark art”, with practical code examples that you can try right away and apply to your own data? Then this book is for you.
## Who is this book NOT for?
Deep Learning and Neural Networks are usually taught at the upper-year undergraduate level. That should give you some idea of the type of knowledge you need to understand this kind of material.
You absolutely need exposure to calculus to understand deep learning, no matter how simple the instructor makes things. Linear algebra would help. I will assume familiarity with Python (although it is an easy language to pick up). You will need to have some concept of machine learning. If you know about algorithms like logistic regression already, this book is perfect for you. If not, you might want to check out my “prerequisites” book, at: http://amzn.com/B01D7GDRQ2
On the other hand, this book is more like a casual primer than a dry textbook. If you are looking for material on more advanced topics, like LSTMs, convolutional neural networks, or reinforcement learning, I have online courses that teach this material, for example: https://www.udemy.com/deep-learning-convolutional-neural-networks-theano-tensorflow
New libraries like TensorFlow are being updated constantly. This is not an encyclopedia for these libraries (as such a thing would be impossible to keep up to date). In the one (1!!!) month since the book was first published, no less than THREE new wrapper libraries for TensorFlow have been released to make coding deep networks easier. To try and incorporate every little update would not only be impossible, but would continually cause parts of the book to be obsolete. Nobody wants that. This book, rather, includes fundamentals. Understanding these building blocks will make tackling these new libraries and features a piece of cake – that is my goal. **
### Sinossi
## Deep Learning
Deep learning is making waves. At the time of this writing (March 2016), Google’s AlghaGo program just beat 9-dan professional Go player Lee Sedol at the game of Go, a Chinese board game.
Experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence thought we were 10 years away from achieving a victory against a top professional Go player, but progress seems to have accelerated!
While deep learning is a complex subject, it is not any more difficult to learn than any other machine learning algorithm. I wrote this book to introduce you to the basics of neural networks. You will get along fine with undergraduate-level math and programming skill.
All the materials in this book can be downloaded and installed for free. We will use the Python programming language, along with the numerical computing library Numpy. I will also show you in the later chapters how to build a deep network using Theano and TensorFlow, which are libraries built specifically for deep learning and can accelerate computation by taking advantage of the GPU.
Unlike other machine learning algorithms, deep learning is particularly powerful because it automatically learns features. That means you don’t need to spend your time trying to come up with and test “kernels” or “interaction effects” – something only statisticians love to do. Instead, we will let the neural network learn these things for us. Each layer of the neural network learns a different abstraction than the previous layers. For example, in image classification, the first layer might learn different strokes, and in the next layer put the strokes together to learn shapes, and in the next layer put the shapes together to form facial features, and in the next layer have a high level representation of faces.
On top of all this, deep learning is known for winning its fair share Kaggle contests. These are machine learning contests that are open to anyone in the world who are allowed to use any machine learning technique they want. Deep learning is that powerful.
Do you want a gentle introduction to this “dark art”, with practical code examples that you can try right away and apply to your own data? Then this book is for you.
## Who is this book NOT for?
Deep Learning and Neural Networks are usually taught at the upper-year undergraduate level. That should give you some idea of the type of knowledge you need to understand this kind of material.
You absolutely need exposure to calculus to understand deep learning, no matter how simple the instructor makes things. Linear algebra would help. I will assume familiarity with Python (although it is an easy language to pick up). You will need to have some concept of machine learning. If you know about algorithms like logistic regression already, this book is perfect for you. If not, you might want to check out my “prerequisites” book, at: http://amzn.com/B01D7GDRQ2
On the other hand, this book is more like a casual primer than a dry textbook. If you are looking for material on more advanced topics, like LSTMs, convolutional neural networks, or reinforcement learning, I have online courses that teach this material, for example: https://www.udemy.com/deep-learning-convolutional-neural-networks-theano-tensorflow
New libraries like TensorFlow are being updated constantly. This is not an encyclopedia for these libraries (as such a thing would be impossible to keep up to date). In the one (1!!!) month since the book was first published, no less than THREE new wrapper libraries for TensorFlow have been released to make coding deep networks easier. To try and incorporate every little update would not only be impossible, but would continually cause parts of the book to be obsolete. Nobody wants that. This book, rather, includes fundamentals. Understanding these building blocks will make tackling these new libraries and features a piece of cake – that is my goal.

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Deceiving Lies

The irresistible, blazing-hot sequel to *New York Times* best-selling author Molly McAdams’s *Forgiving Lies*.
Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they’ve had, she’s ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there’s something else waiting – something threatening to tear them apart.
Kash is ready for it all with Rachel, especially if “all” includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. In his line of work, Kash knows how short life can be and doesn’t want to waste another minute of their life together. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him…and it’s the girl he loves who’s caught in the middle.
Trent Cruz’s orders are clear: Take the girl. But there’s something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel’s protector runs out, Trent will turn his back on the only life he’s known – and risk everything if it means getting her out alive.

The irresistible, blazing-hot sequel to *New York Times* best-selling author Molly McAdams’s *Forgiving Lies*.
Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they’ve had, she’s ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there’s something else waiting – something threatening to tear them apart.
Kash is ready for it all with Rachel, especially if “all” includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. In his line of work, Kash knows how short life can be and doesn’t want to waste another minute of their life together. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him…and it’s the girl he loves who’s caught in the middle.
Trent Cruz’s orders are clear: Take the girl. But there’s something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel’s protector runs out, Trent will turn his back on the only life he’s known – and risk everything if it means getting her out alive.

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