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Globalization

**A concise exploration of globalization and its role in the contemporary era**
Driven by technological advancements and global corporations, more and more people are swept up by globalizing processes, creating new winners and losers. *Globalization: The Essentials* explores the flows, structures, processes, and consequences of globalization in the modern economic, political, and cultural landscape. This comprehensive introduction offers balanced coverage of areas such as global economic and cultural flows, environmental sustainability, the impact of technology, and racial, economic, and gender inequality — providing readers with foundational knowledge of globalization.
Extensively revised and updated, this second edition includes expanded coverage of human trafficking and migration, global climate change, fake news and information wars, and transnational social movements with increased emphasis on examples from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia:
* Offers a straightforward approach to the multiple facets of globalization and their positive and negative influences on contemporary society
* Employs unique metaphors and a coherent narrative structure to promote intuitive understanding of abstract concepts
* Introduces cutting-edge research, updated statistics, and real-world examples in areas such as rising global populism, social justice movements, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrencies
* Provides an efficient and flexible pedagogical structure, allowing integration with instructor’s own course material

Emphasizing student comprehension, a wide range of source material is incorporated including empirical research, relevant theories, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular books and monographs. Examples of current research and recent global developments, such as emerging economies and global health concerns, encourage classroom discussion and promote independent study.
*Globalization: The Essentials* — a compact edition of the authors’ full-sized textbook *Globalization: A Basic Text* — provides concise coverage of the central concepts of this dynamic field. Offering a multidisciplinary approach, this textbook is an invaluable primary or supplemental resource for undergraduate study in any social science field, as well as coursework on economics, migration, inequality and stratification, and politics.

**A concise exploration of globalization and its role in the contemporary era**
Driven by technological advancements and global corporations, more and more people are swept up by globalizing processes, creating new winners and losers. *Globalization: The Essentials* explores the flows, structures, processes, and consequences of globalization in the modern economic, political, and cultural landscape. This comprehensive introduction offers balanced coverage of areas such as global economic and cultural flows, environmental sustainability, the impact of technology, and racial, economic, and gender inequality — providing readers with foundational knowledge of globalization.
Extensively revised and updated, this second edition includes expanded coverage of human trafficking and migration, global climate change, fake news and information wars, and transnational social movements with increased emphasis on examples from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia:
* Offers a straightforward approach to the multiple facets of globalization and their positive and negative influences on contemporary society
* Employs unique metaphors and a coherent narrative structure to promote intuitive understanding of abstract concepts
* Introduces cutting-edge research, updated statistics, and real-world examples in areas such as rising global populism, social justice movements, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrencies
* Provides an efficient and flexible pedagogical structure, allowing integration with instructor’s own course material

Emphasizing student comprehension, a wide range of source material is incorporated including empirical research, relevant theories, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular books and monographs. Examples of current research and recent global developments, such as emerging economies and global health concerns, encourage classroom discussion and promote independent study.
*Globalization: The Essentials* — a compact edition of the authors’ full-sized textbook *Globalization: A Basic Text* — provides concise coverage of the central concepts of this dynamic field. Offering a multidisciplinary approach, this textbook is an invaluable primary or supplemental resource for undergraduate study in any social science field, as well as coursework on economics, migration, inequality and stratification, and politics.

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Glacier

As major actors in the unfolding drama of climate change, glaciers feature prominently in Earth’s past and its future. Wherever on the planet we live, glaciers affect each of us directly. They control the atmospheric and ocean circulations that drive the weather; they supply drinking and irrigation water to millions of people; and they protect us from catastrophic sea-level rise. The very existence of glaciers affects our view of the planet and of ourselves, but it is less than two hundred years since we first realized that ice ages come and go and that glaciers once covered much more of the planet’s surface than they do now.
An inspiration to artists and a challenge for engineers, glaciers mean different things to different people. Crossing the boundaries between art, environment, science, nature, and culture, this book considers glaciers from myriad perspectives, revealing their complexity, majesty, and importance—but also their fragility.

As major actors in the unfolding drama of climate change, glaciers feature prominently in Earth’s past and its future. Wherever on the planet we live, glaciers affect each of us directly. They control the atmospheric and ocean circulations that drive the weather; they supply drinking and irrigation water to millions of people; and they protect us from catastrophic sea-level rise. The very existence of glaciers affects our view of the planet and of ourselves, but it is less than two hundred years since we first realized that ice ages come and go and that glaciers once covered much more of the planet’s surface than they do now.
An inspiration to artists and a challenge for engineers, glaciers mean different things to different people. Crossing the boundaries between art, environment, science, nature, and culture, this book considers glaciers from myriad perspectives, revealing their complexity, majesty, and importance—but also their fragility.

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GitHub for Dummies

**Code collaboratively with GitHub**
Once you’ve learned the basics of coding the next step is to start sharing your expertise, learning from other coding pros, or working as a collaborative member of development teams. GitHub is the go-to community for facilitating coding collaboration, and *GitHub For Dummies* is the next step on your journey as a developer.
Written by a GitHub engineer, this book is packed with insight on how GitHub works and how you can use it to become a more effective, efficient, and valuable member of any collaborative programming team.
* Store and share your work online with GitHub
* Collaborate with others on your team or across the international coding community
* Embrace open-source values and processes
* Establish yourself as a valuable member of the GitHub community

From setting up GitHub on your desktop and launching your first project to cloning repositories, finding useful apps on the marketplace, and improving workflow, *GitHub For Dummies* covers the essentials the novice programmer needs to enhance collaboration and teamwork with this industry-standard tool.

**Code collaboratively with GitHub**
Once you’ve learned the basics of coding the next step is to start sharing your expertise, learning from other coding pros, or working as a collaborative member of development teams. GitHub is the go-to community for facilitating coding collaboration, and *GitHub For Dummies* is the next step on your journey as a developer.
Written by a GitHub engineer, this book is packed with insight on how GitHub works and how you can use it to become a more effective, efficient, and valuable member of any collaborative programming team.
* Store and share your work online with GitHub
* Collaborate with others on your team or across the international coding community
* Embrace open-source values and processes
* Establish yourself as a valuable member of the GitHub community

From setting up GitHub on your desktop and launching your first project to cloning repositories, finding useful apps on the marketplace, and improving workflow, *GitHub For Dummies* covers the essentials the novice programmer needs to enhance collaboration and teamwork with this industry-standard tool.

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Ghosts of Memories

**”Hendee has a gift for intricate psychological plots, and her characters are some of the best in current fantasy.”
     —*Booklist***

With her vampire protector Philip Branté and their human companion Wade Sheffield, a former police psychologist, Eleisha Clevon searches the world for isolated vampires — and offers them sanctuary. She wants to provide a home where she can teach them to follow the Four Laws that will protect them and their kind.

But not all vampires want to live by anyone’s rules but their own. Christian Lefevre has been posing a psychic, catering to the upper crust of Seattle society by making contact with their dead loved ones — and leaving his clients faint and weak after each encounter. Now Eleisha must confront the most deadly predator she has ever faced — or lose everything she has fought to protect…

> **Praise for the Vampire Memories Novels**
>
“Gripping.” — *Darque Reviews*

“Enjoyable and creative.” — *Midwest Book Review*

“Dramatic… Part soap opera, part supernatural thriller. — *Publishers Weekly*

**”Hendee has a gift for intricate psychological plots, and her characters are some of the best in current fantasy.”
     —*Booklist***

With her vampire protector Philip Branté and their human companion Wade Sheffield, a former police psychologist, Eleisha Clevon searches the world for isolated vampires — and offers them sanctuary. She wants to provide a home where she can teach them to follow the Four Laws that will protect them and their kind.

But not all vampires want to live by anyone’s rules but their own. Christian Lefevre has been posing a psychic, catering to the upper crust of Seattle society by making contact with their dead loved ones — and leaving his clients faint and weak after each encounter. Now Eleisha must confront the most deadly predator she has ever faced — or lose everything she has fought to protect…

> **Praise for the Vampire Memories Novels**
>
“Gripping.” — *Darque Reviews*

“Enjoyable and creative.” — *Midwest Book Review*

“Dramatic… Part soap opera, part supernatural thriller. — *Publishers Weekly*

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Getting Started With Web Components

**Explore modern Web Component design and integrate them with a variety of web frameworks to build encapsulated reusable UI components for your web apps**
#### Key Features
* Learn Web Components with more than 50 web component examples for both beginners and advanced users
* Create responsive and highly customizable web pages using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
* Extend the potential of Web Components by integrating them with standard web frameworks

#### Book Description
Web Components are a set of APIs that help you build reusable UI modules that can operate in any modern browser using just Vanilla JavaScript. The power of Web Components lies in their ability to build frontend web applications with or without web frameworks.
With this practical guide, you will understand how Web Components can help you build reusable UI components for your modern web apps. The book starts by explaining the fundamentals of Web Components’ design and strategies for using them in your existing frontend web projects. You will also learn how to use JavaScript libraries such as Polymer.js and Stencil.js for building practical components. As you progress, you will build a single-page application using only Web Components to fully realize their potential. This practical guide demonstrates how to work with Shadow DOM and custom elements to build the standard components of a web application. Toward the end of the book, you will learn how to integrate Web Components with standard web frameworks to help you manage large-scale web applications.
By the end of this book, you will have learned about the capabilities of Web Components in building custom elements and have the necessary skills for building a reusable UI for your web applications.
#### What you will learn
* Understand Web Component design, specifications, and life cycle
* Create single-page applications using Web Components
* Enable reusability and customization for your UI components
* Implement Web Components in your web apps using Polymer and Stencil libraries
* Build powerful frontend components from scratch and deploy them on the web
* Design patterns and best practices to integrate Web Components into your existing web application

#### Who this book is for
This book is for developers who have heard about web components, but don’t really know where to start. This book is also for intermediate and advanced developers who know what web components are, but are still afraid to use them in production. This book is also for frontend engineers who are simply looking into web components in order to increase their knowledge and skills.

**Explore modern Web Component design and integrate them with a variety of web frameworks to build encapsulated reusable UI components for your web apps**
#### Key Features
* Learn Web Components with more than 50 web component examples for both beginners and advanced users
* Create responsive and highly customizable web pages using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
* Extend the potential of Web Components by integrating them with standard web frameworks

#### Book Description
Web Components are a set of APIs that help you build reusable UI modules that can operate in any modern browser using just Vanilla JavaScript. The power of Web Components lies in their ability to build frontend web applications with or without web frameworks.
With this practical guide, you will understand how Web Components can help you build reusable UI components for your modern web apps. The book starts by explaining the fundamentals of Web Components’ design and strategies for using them in your existing frontend web projects. You will also learn how to use JavaScript libraries such as Polymer.js and Stencil.js for building practical components. As you progress, you will build a single-page application using only Web Components to fully realize their potential. This practical guide demonstrates how to work with Shadow DOM and custom elements to build the standard components of a web application. Toward the end of the book, you will learn how to integrate Web Components with standard web frameworks to help you manage large-scale web applications.
By the end of this book, you will have learned about the capabilities of Web Components in building custom elements and have the necessary skills for building a reusable UI for your web applications.
#### What you will learn
* Understand Web Component design, specifications, and life cycle
* Create single-page applications using Web Components
* Enable reusability and customization for your UI components
* Implement Web Components in your web apps using Polymer and Stencil libraries
* Build powerful frontend components from scratch and deploy them on the web
* Design patterns and best practices to integrate Web Components into your existing web application

#### Who this book is for
This book is for developers who have heard about web components, but don’t really know where to start. This book is also for intermediate and advanced developers who know what web components are, but are still afraid to use them in production. This book is also for frontend engineers who are simply looking into web components in order to increase their knowledge and skills.

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Gestire Lo Stress for Dummies: Seconda Edizione

Stanchi dello stress? Per cambiare vita, basta poco!
Ecco una guida affidabile per imparare ad affrontare lo stress nel fisico e nella mente.
Che si abbia problemi di cuore, al lavoro, in famiglia o di qualunque altro genere, Gestire lo stress For Dummies aiuterà a identificare i fattori scatenanti dello stress e ad affrontarli nel migliore dei modi.

Stanchi dello stress? Per cambiare vita, basta poco!
Ecco una guida affidabile per imparare ad affrontare lo stress nel fisico e nella mente.
Che si abbia problemi di cuore, al lavoro, in famiglia o di qualunque altro genere, Gestire lo stress For Dummies aiuterà a identificare i fattori scatenanti dello stress e ad affrontarli nel migliore dei modi.

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Gestire La Reputazione Online for Dummies (Hoepli for Dummies)

Gestire la vostra reputazione online è più importante che mai!
Nell’attuale scenario dei social media, la reputazione può essere annientata da un tweet. Quel che occorre è un piano di online reputation management che consenta al vostro brand di resistere a qualsiasi avversità. Ecco esattamente a cosa serve questo libro: creare un sistema di pronto intervento personalizzato che vi aiuti a gestire le conversazioni online, ma ancor più a costruire la vostra reputazione sul Web.
• Più di un piano di intervento – imparate a realizzare un piano che crei opportunità per il vostro brand e ne massimizzi la presenza online
• Gettate le basi – utilizzate Google Analytics, Google Alert e gli altri strumenti di misurazione dei social media per individuare i vostri clienti e intercettare i trend
• Coinvolgete gli esperti – scoprite come far leva sulle competenze dei professionisti delle PR e del vostro gruppo di lavoro
• Imparate ad ascoltare – avvantaggiatevi degli aggregatori di social media, delle notifiche di Google, delle recensioni su Amazon e degli hashtag su Twitter per il monitoraggio
• Entrate nella conversazione – create dei messaggi ottimizzati per mobile e siate sicuri che si adattino allo stile peculiare di ogni social network
• In caso di problemi – sappiate reagire immediatamente con un piano accurato di pronto intervento
• L’opportunità – capite come gestire un problema immediatamente e in modo efficace per costruirvi una buona reputazione.

Gestire la vostra reputazione online è più importante che mai!
Nell’attuale scenario dei social media, la reputazione può essere annientata da un tweet. Quel che occorre è un piano di online reputation management che consenta al vostro brand di resistere a qualsiasi avversità. Ecco esattamente a cosa serve questo libro: creare un sistema di pronto intervento personalizzato che vi aiuti a gestire le conversazioni online, ma ancor più a costruire la vostra reputazione sul Web.
• Più di un piano di intervento – imparate a realizzare un piano che crei opportunità per il vostro brand e ne massimizzi la presenza online
• Gettate le basi – utilizzate Google Analytics, Google Alert e gli altri strumenti di misurazione dei social media per individuare i vostri clienti e intercettare i trend
• Coinvolgete gli esperti – scoprite come far leva sulle competenze dei professionisti delle PR e del vostro gruppo di lavoro
• Imparate ad ascoltare – avvantaggiatevi degli aggregatori di social media, delle notifiche di Google, delle recensioni su Amazon e degli hashtag su Twitter per il monitoraggio
• Entrate nella conversazione – create dei messaggi ottimizzati per mobile e siate sicuri che si adattino allo stile peculiare di ogni social network
• In caso di problemi – sappiate reagire immediatamente con un piano accurato di pronto intervento
• L’opportunità – capite come gestire un problema immediatamente e in modo efficace per costruirvi una buona reputazione.

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Georgia on My Mind and Other Places

**INCLUDES THE NEBULA & HUGO WINNING NOVELETTE** “Sheffield, a physicist, proves to be one of the most imaginative, exciting talents to appear on the SF scene in recent years.”-Publishers Weekly **A collection of some of the finest short stories penned by a master of hard science fiction, this anthology includes Charles Sheffield’s highly acclaimed novelette, Georgia On My Mind. **Georgia On My Mind won both the Hugo and Nebula when originally published in 1993. The accompanying stories were written by the author between 1987 and 1994.

**INCLUDES THE NEBULA & HUGO WINNING NOVELETTE** “Sheffield, a physicist, proves to be one of the most imaginative, exciting talents to appear on the SF scene in recent years.”-Publishers Weekly **A collection of some of the finest short stories penned by a master of hard science fiction, this anthology includes Charles Sheffield’s highly acclaimed novelette, Georgia On My Mind. **Georgia On My Mind won both the Hugo and Nebula when originally published in 1993. The accompanying stories were written by the author between 1987 and 1994.

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Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

A genius, a great mathematician once said, performs magic, does things that nobody else could do. To his scientific colleagues, Richard Feynman was a magician of the highest caliber. Architect of quantum theories, enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project, caustic critic of the space shuttle commission, Nobel Prize winner for work that gave physicists a new way of describing and calculating the interactions of subatomic particles, Richard Feynman left his mark on virtually every area of modern physics. Originality was his obsession. Never content with what he knew or with what others knew, Feynman ceaselessly questioned scientific truths. But there was also another side to him, one which made him a legendary figure among scientists. His curiosity moved well beyond things scientific: he taught himself how to play drums, to give massages, to write Chinese, to crack safes. In Genius, James Gleick, author of the acclaimed best-seller Chaos, shows us a Feynman few have seen. He penetrates beyond the gleeful showman depicted in Feynman’s own memoirs and reveals a darker Feynman: his ambition, his periods of despair and uncertainty, his intense emotional nature. From his childhood on the beaches and backlots of Far Rockaway and his first tinkering with radios and differential equations to the machine shops at MIT and the early theoretical work at Princeton – work that foreshadowed his famous notion of antiparticles traveling backward in time – to the tragic death of his wife while he was working at Los Alamos, Genius shows how one scientist’s vision was formed. As that vision crystallized in work that reinvented quantum mechanics, we see Feynman’s impact on the elite particle-physicscommunity, and how Feynman grew to be at odds with the very community that idolized him. Finally, Gleick explores the nature of genius, our obsession with it and why the very idea may belong to another time. Genius records the life of a scientist who has forever changed science – and changed what it means to know something in this uncertain century.

A genius, a great mathematician once said, performs magic, does things that nobody else could do. To his scientific colleagues, Richard Feynman was a magician of the highest caliber. Architect of quantum theories, enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project, caustic critic of the space shuttle commission, Nobel Prize winner for work that gave physicists a new way of describing and calculating the interactions of subatomic particles, Richard Feynman left his mark on virtually every area of modern physics. Originality was his obsession. Never content with what he knew or with what others knew, Feynman ceaselessly questioned scientific truths. But there was also another side to him, one which made him a legendary figure among scientists. His curiosity moved well beyond things scientific: he taught himself how to play drums, to give massages, to write Chinese, to crack safes. In Genius, James Gleick, author of the acclaimed best-seller Chaos, shows us a Feynman few have seen. He penetrates beyond the gleeful showman depicted in Feynman’s own memoirs and reveals a darker Feynman: his ambition, his periods of despair and uncertainty, his intense emotional nature. From his childhood on the beaches and backlots of Far Rockaway and his first tinkering with radios and differential equations to the machine shops at MIT and the early theoretical work at Princeton – work that foreshadowed his famous notion of antiparticles traveling backward in time – to the tragic death of his wife while he was working at Los Alamos, Genius shows how one scientist’s vision was formed. As that vision crystallized in work that reinvented quantum mechanics, we see Feynman’s impact on the elite particle-physicscommunity, and how Feynman grew to be at odds with the very community that idolized him. Finally, Gleick explores the nature of genius, our obsession with it and why the very idea may belong to another time. Genius records the life of a scientist who has forever changed science – and changed what it means to know something in this uncertain century.

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Genius Squad

Now that the Axis Institute for World Domination has been blown up; the founder, Dr. Phineas Darkkon, has died; and Prosper English (who enrolled Cadel in the first place) is in jail for myriad offenses, Cadel Piggott has round-the-clock surveillance so he’ll be safe until he testifies against Prosper English. But nobody seems to want Cadel. Not Fiona, his social worker; not Saul Greeniaus, the detective assigned to protect him.
When he is approached by the head of Genius Squad–a group formed to investigate GenoME, one of Darkkon’s pet projects–Cadel is dubious Genius Squad can offer him a real home and all the technology his heart desires. But why can’t he bring himself to tell Saul what the group is really up to? And how can Genius Squad protect Cadel once Prosper English breaks out of jail?
### From School Library Journal
Grade 6–9—In *Evil Genius* (Harcourt, 2007), Cadel Piggott used his amazing brain for crime, and lived to regret the results. In this entertaining sequel, he joins a secret group of computer whizzes working on a more constructive, but still dangerous project. While using his hacking skills and forging friendships, he tries to steer clear of his notorious father, who threatens his safety even from prison. The first half of the book focuses on setting up elaborate schemes and establishing characters, and the details slow the plot down a bit. Action really picks up in the last 100 pages or so, though, as Cadel and the people he loves the most are endangered by his father. Readers who relished the complex plotting, sharp characterizations, and technological intrigue of the first book will enjoy this one, which includes a shift in atmosphere that gives this installment a slightly different flavor. Having rejected the destructive philosophy of his tutor/father, Cadel truly wants to do good this time. New relationships and powerful, sometimes conflicting, emotions affect the way he now applies his talents. As a character, he’s less instantly engaging than he was in the first book, but ultimately more interesting. Fans of *Evil Genius* will have the easiest time catching on to the action, but others should be able to keep up. A satisfying ending answers some questions regarding Cadel’s personal situation while setting the stage for a future showdown.— *Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR*
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
### From Booklist
Cut loose from his manipulative guardians in Evil Genius (2007), 15-year-old Cadel now endures the humiliations of social welfare (e.g., a foster mom who says things like “This is sleep time, Cadel. This isn’t computer time”) on top of the stresses of being a protected witness in the Axis Institute investigations. So when Cadel and his math-genius pal, Sonja, are offered spots at a group home “for bright kids,” the friends quickly agree—fully aware that they’re actually joining a group of teen computer hackers recruited to take down a rotten corporation. This sequel is an odd mix. Amid confusing, technical details of cyberespionage, Cadel’s relationships with two kind, concerned grown-ups often are more the stuff of heartwarming middle-grade fiction than YA technological thriller. Also, wheelchair-bound Sonja doesn’t do much beyond inspire Cadel’s compassionate reflections about the challenges of cerebral palsy. The novel lacks the sly tone and psychological depth of its predecessor, but readers craving high-tech escapades will find plenty of them here, along with a revelation-spiked finale that lays the groundwork for the trilogy closer. Grades 7-10. –Jennifer Mattson

Now that the Axis Institute for World Domination has been blown up; the founder, Dr. Phineas Darkkon, has died; and Prosper English (who enrolled Cadel in the first place) is in jail for myriad offenses, Cadel Piggott has round-the-clock surveillance so he’ll be safe until he testifies against Prosper English. But nobody seems to want Cadel. Not Fiona, his social worker; not Saul Greeniaus, the detective assigned to protect him.
When he is approached by the head of Genius Squad–a group formed to investigate GenoME, one of Darkkon’s pet projects–Cadel is dubious Genius Squad can offer him a real home and all the technology his heart desires. But why can’t he bring himself to tell Saul what the group is really up to? And how can Genius Squad protect Cadel once Prosper English breaks out of jail?
### From School Library Journal
Grade 6–9—In *Evil Genius* (Harcourt, 2007), Cadel Piggott used his amazing brain for crime, and lived to regret the results. In this entertaining sequel, he joins a secret group of computer whizzes working on a more constructive, but still dangerous project. While using his hacking skills and forging friendships, he tries to steer clear of his notorious father, who threatens his safety even from prison. The first half of the book focuses on setting up elaborate schemes and establishing characters, and the details slow the plot down a bit. Action really picks up in the last 100 pages or so, though, as Cadel and the people he loves the most are endangered by his father. Readers who relished the complex plotting, sharp characterizations, and technological intrigue of the first book will enjoy this one, which includes a shift in atmosphere that gives this installment a slightly different flavor. Having rejected the destructive philosophy of his tutor/father, Cadel truly wants to do good this time. New relationships and powerful, sometimes conflicting, emotions affect the way he now applies his talents. As a character, he’s less instantly engaging than he was in the first book, but ultimately more interesting. Fans of *Evil Genius* will have the easiest time catching on to the action, but others should be able to keep up. A satisfying ending answers some questions regarding Cadel’s personal situation while setting the stage for a future showdown.— *Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR*
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
### From Booklist
Cut loose from his manipulative guardians in Evil Genius (2007), 15-year-old Cadel now endures the humiliations of social welfare (e.g., a foster mom who says things like “This is sleep time, Cadel. This isn’t computer time”) on top of the stresses of being a protected witness in the Axis Institute investigations. So when Cadel and his math-genius pal, Sonja, are offered spots at a group home “for bright kids,” the friends quickly agree—fully aware that they’re actually joining a group of teen computer hackers recruited to take down a rotten corporation. This sequel is an odd mix. Amid confusing, technical details of cyberespionage, Cadel’s relationships with two kind, concerned grown-ups often are more the stuff of heartwarming middle-grade fiction than YA technological thriller. Also, wheelchair-bound Sonja doesn’t do much beyond inspire Cadel’s compassionate reflections about the challenges of cerebral palsy. The novel lacks the sly tone and psychological depth of its predecessor, but readers craving high-tech escapades will find plenty of them here, along with a revelation-spiked finale that lays the groundwork for the trilogy closer. Grades 7-10. –Jennifer Mattson

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Generative Deep Learning

Generative modeling is one of the hottest topics in AI. It’s now possible to teach a machine to excel at human endeavors such as painting, writing, and composing music. With this practical book, machine-learning engineers and data scientists will discover how to re-create some of the most impressive examples of generative deep learning models, such as variational autoencoders,generative adversarial networks (GANs), encoder-decoder models and world models.
Author David Foster demonstrates the inner workings of each technique, starting with the basics of deep learning before advancing to some of the most cutting-edge algorithms in the field. Through tips and tricks, you’ll understand how to make your models learn more efficiently and become more creative.
* Discover how variational autoencoders can change facial expressions in photos
* Build practical GAN examples from scratch, including CycleGAN for style transfer and MuseGAN for music generation
* Create recurrent generative models for text generation and learn how to improve the models using attention
* Understand how generative models can help agents to accomplish tasks within a reinforcement learning setting
* Explore the architecture of the Transformer (BERT, GPT-2) and image generation models such as ProGAN and StyleGAN

Generative modeling is one of the hottest topics in AI. It’s now possible to teach a machine to excel at human endeavors such as painting, writing, and composing music. With this practical book, machine-learning engineers and data scientists will discover how to re-create some of the most impressive examples of generative deep learning models, such as variational autoencoders,generative adversarial networks (GANs), encoder-decoder models and world models.
Author David Foster demonstrates the inner workings of each technique, starting with the basics of deep learning before advancing to some of the most cutting-edge algorithms in the field. Through tips and tricks, you’ll understand how to make your models learn more efficiently and become more creative.
* Discover how variational autoencoders can change facial expressions in photos
* Build practical GAN examples from scratch, including CycleGAN for style transfer and MuseGAN for music generation
* Create recurrent generative models for text generation and learn how to improve the models using attention
* Understand how generative models can help agents to accomplish tasks within a reinforcement learning setting
* Explore the architecture of the Transformer (BERT, GPT-2) and image generation models such as ProGAN and StyleGAN

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Gangster Doodles

A collectible, four-color illustrated A–Z treasury of gangster rappers, the hip-hop high-life, and notorious pop culture history, told through a series of graphic doodles on 3” x 3” sticky notes.
Four years ago, a Post-it® note changed Marlon Sassy’s life. Using office supplies “borrowed” from his admin job, Sassy began creating colorful sketches of rappers in highlighter, Sharpie, and pen. He made his debut posting his rendition of Snoop on Tumblr under the pseudonym “Gangster Doodles.” Next was Bart Simpson and Biggie, then Yams and Yeezy. Soon, he had amassed a cult following of fans who clamored for his next artistic interpretation. *Gangster Doodles* brings together more than 400 of his most popular illustrations with thirty never-before-seen pieces. An impressive and comprehensive A–Z compendium, it features everyone from Black Jesus to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar to LeBron James, Jean-Michel Basquiat to Young Thug, and Kermit the Frog to Action Bronson. This is the ultimate gift for rap fanatics and pop culture addicts alike. **
### Sinossi
A collectible, four-color illustrated A–Z treasury of gangster rappers, the hip-hop high-life, and notorious pop culture history, told through a series of graphic doodles on 3” x 3” sticky notes.
Four years ago, a Post-it® note changed Marlon Sassy’s life. Using office supplies “borrowed” from his admin job, Sassy began creating colorful sketches of rappers in highlighter, Sharpie, and pen. He made his debut posting his rendition of Snoop on Tumblr under the pseudonym “Gangster Doodles.” Next was Bart Simpson and Biggie, then Yams and Yeezy. Soon, he had amassed a cult following of fans who clamored for his next artistic interpretation. *Gangster Doodles* brings together more than 400 of his most popular illustrations with thirty never-before-seen pieces. An impressive and comprehensive A–Z compendium, it features everyone from Black Jesus to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar to LeBron James, Jean-Michel Basquiat to Young Thug, and Kermit the Frog to Action Bronson. This is the ultimate gift for rap fanatics and pop culture addicts alike.
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A collectible full-color illustrated A–Z treasury of gangster rappers, the hip-hop high life, and notorious pop-culture history, all of which is told through a series of graphic doodles on three-by-three-inch sticky notes Four years ago, a Post-it® note changed Marlon Sassy’s life. Using office supplies “borrowed” from his admin job, Sassy began creating colorful sketches of rappers in highlighter, Sharpie, and pen. He made his debut posting his rendition of Snoop on Tumblr under the pseudonym “Gangster Doodles.” Next was Bart Simpson and Biggie, then Yams and Yeezy. Soon he had amassed a cult following of fans who clamored for his next artistic interpretation. *Gangster Doodles* brings together more than four hundred of his most popular illustrations with forty never-before-seen pieces. An impressive and comprehensive compendium, it features everyone from Black Jesus to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar to LeBron James, Michael Scott to Young Thug, and Pepe the Frog to Action Bronson. This is the ultimate gift for rap fanatics and pop-culture addicts alike.

A collectible, four-color illustrated A–Z treasury of gangster rappers, the hip-hop high-life, and notorious pop culture history, told through a series of graphic doodles on 3” x 3” sticky notes.
Four years ago, a Post-it® note changed Marlon Sassy’s life. Using office supplies “borrowed” from his admin job, Sassy began creating colorful sketches of rappers in highlighter, Sharpie, and pen. He made his debut posting his rendition of Snoop on Tumblr under the pseudonym “Gangster Doodles.” Next was Bart Simpson and Biggie, then Yams and Yeezy. Soon, he had amassed a cult following of fans who clamored for his next artistic interpretation. *Gangster Doodles* brings together more than 400 of his most popular illustrations with thirty never-before-seen pieces. An impressive and comprehensive A–Z compendium, it features everyone from Black Jesus to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar to LeBron James, Jean-Michel Basquiat to Young Thug, and Kermit the Frog to Action Bronson. This is the ultimate gift for rap fanatics and pop culture addicts alike. **
### Sinossi
A collectible, four-color illustrated A–Z treasury of gangster rappers, the hip-hop high-life, and notorious pop culture history, told through a series of graphic doodles on 3” x 3” sticky notes.
Four years ago, a Post-it® note changed Marlon Sassy’s life. Using office supplies “borrowed” from his admin job, Sassy began creating colorful sketches of rappers in highlighter, Sharpie, and pen. He made his debut posting his rendition of Snoop on Tumblr under the pseudonym “Gangster Doodles.” Next was Bart Simpson and Biggie, then Yams and Yeezy. Soon, he had amassed a cult following of fans who clamored for his next artistic interpretation. *Gangster Doodles* brings together more than 400 of his most popular illustrations with thirty never-before-seen pieces. An impressive and comprehensive A–Z compendium, it features everyone from Black Jesus to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar to LeBron James, Jean-Michel Basquiat to Young Thug, and Kermit the Frog to Action Bronson. This is the ultimate gift for rap fanatics and pop culture addicts alike.
### Dalla quarta di copertina
A collectible full-color illustrated A–Z treasury of gangster rappers, the hip-hop high life, and notorious pop-culture history, all of which is told through a series of graphic doodles on three-by-three-inch sticky notes Four years ago, a Post-it® note changed Marlon Sassy’s life. Using office supplies “borrowed” from his admin job, Sassy began creating colorful sketches of rappers in highlighter, Sharpie, and pen. He made his debut posting his rendition of Snoop on Tumblr under the pseudonym “Gangster Doodles.” Next was Bart Simpson and Biggie, then Yams and Yeezy. Soon he had amassed a cult following of fans who clamored for his next artistic interpretation. *Gangster Doodles* brings together more than four hundred of his most popular illustrations with forty never-before-seen pieces. An impressive and comprehensive compendium, it features everyone from Black Jesus to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar to LeBron James, Michael Scott to Young Thug, and Pepe the Frog to Action Bronson. This is the ultimate gift for rap fanatics and pop-culture addicts alike.

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Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained: A Complete Guide to Video Game Animation

What makes the difference between great video game animation and the purely functional, and how does this relatively new medium of non-linear animation creation differ from the more traditional fields of film and television? This book de-mystifies the animation side of game development, explaining every step of the process while providing valuable insights and work philosophies for creating the best game animation for beginners and professionals alike. Taking readers through a complete game production, this book provides a clear understanding of expectations of the game animator at every stage, featuring game animation fundamentals and how they fit within an overall project to offer a holistic approach to the field of game animation. Key Features Accumulated knowledge based on nearly two decades of insightful experience in all areas of video game animation. Establishes the fundamentals of creating great video game animation, and how to achieve them. A step-by-step explanation of every stage of a game production from the animator’s perspective. Readers should come away with an understanding of the expectations of a video game animator.

What makes the difference between great video game animation and the purely functional, and how does this relatively new medium of non-linear animation creation differ from the more traditional fields of film and television? This book de-mystifies the animation side of game development, explaining every step of the process while providing valuable insights and work philosophies for creating the best game animation for beginners and professionals alike. Taking readers through a complete game production, this book provides a clear understanding of expectations of the game animator at every stage, featuring game animation fundamentals and how they fit within an overall project to offer a holistic approach to the field of game animation. Key Features Accumulated knowledge based on nearly two decades of insightful experience in all areas of video game animation. Establishes the fundamentals of creating great video game animation, and how to achieve them. A step-by-step explanation of every stage of a game production from the animator’s perspective. Readers should come away with an understanding of the expectations of a video game animator.

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Galaxies Like Grains of Sand

‘Brian Aldiss seems to have always had a more oceanic sense of time than most science fiction writers, an almost measured vision of what will transpire in the long run, a time-sense which is reflected both in his fiction and in the pace and course of his career.’ Norman Spinrad These nine stories from 1960, early in Brian Aldiss’s long and productive career, were originally conceived as a single entity, and form a chronicle of the next forty million years. They are arranged sequentially, beginning with the near-future and ending, with ‘The Ultimate Millennia’, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of years later. ‘One cannot help being struck by the variety of concepts, the mastery of style, the sureness of the dialogue, the depth of characterization, the fertility of ideas, and the urbanity of the wit … here is a major talent at work.’ Science Fiction Writers

‘Brian Aldiss seems to have always had a more oceanic sense of time than most science fiction writers, an almost measured vision of what will transpire in the long run, a time-sense which is reflected both in his fiction and in the pace and course of his career.’ Norman Spinrad These nine stories from 1960, early in Brian Aldiss’s long and productive career, were originally conceived as a single entity, and form a chronicle of the next forty million years. They are arranged sequentially, beginning with the near-future and ending, with ‘The Ultimate Millennia’, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of years later. ‘One cannot help being struck by the variety of concepts, the mastery of style, the sureness of the dialogue, the depth of characterization, the fertility of ideas, and the urbanity of the wit … here is a major talent at work.’ Science Fiction Writers

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Funny Ha, Ha

## The *Sunday Times* Humour Book of the Year.
**80 of the funniest stories ever written, selected and introduced by Paul Merton.**
From Anton Chekhov to Ali Smith, from P.G. Wodehouse to Nora Ephron, the greatest writers are those who know how to laugh. Here, award-winning comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton brings together his favourite funny stories of all time.
Whether it’s the silly, surreal, slap-stick or satirical that makes you smile, there’s a story here to tickle every funny bone. From prize-winners and literary giants, to stand-up comedians and the rising stars of funny literature, this brilliant anthology is guaranteed to cheer your day.

## The *Sunday Times* Humour Book of the Year.
**80 of the funniest stories ever written, selected and introduced by Paul Merton.**
From Anton Chekhov to Ali Smith, from P.G. Wodehouse to Nora Ephron, the greatest writers are those who know how to laugh. Here, award-winning comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton brings together his favourite funny stories of all time.
Whether it’s the silly, surreal, slap-stick or satirical that makes you smile, there’s a story here to tickle every funny bone. From prize-winners and literary giants, to stand-up comedians and the rising stars of funny literature, this brilliant anthology is guaranteed to cheer your day.

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Foxglove Summer

When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire, police constable and wizard-in-training Peter Grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural is involved. It’s purely routine — Nightingale, Peter’s superior, thinks he’ll be done in less than a day. But Peter’s never been one to walk away from someone in trouble, so when nothing overtly magical turns up he volunteers his services to the local police, who need all the help they can get. But because the universe likes a joke as much as the next sadistic megalomaniac, Peter soon comes to realize that dark secrets underlie the picturesque fields and villages of the countryside and there might just be work for Britain’s most junior wizard after all. Soon Peter’s in a vicious race against time, in a world where the boundaries between reality and fairy have never been less clear….

When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire, police constable and wizard-in-training Peter Grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural is involved. It’s purely routine — Nightingale, Peter’s superior, thinks he’ll be done in less than a day. But Peter’s never been one to walk away from someone in trouble, so when nothing overtly magical turns up he volunteers his services to the local police, who need all the help they can get. But because the universe likes a joke as much as the next sadistic megalomaniac, Peter soon comes to realize that dark secrets underlie the picturesque fields and villages of the countryside and there might just be work for Britain’s most junior wizard after all. Soon Peter’s in a vicious race against time, in a world where the boundaries between reality and fairy have never been less clear….

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