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The Broken Eye

**The third book in the Lightbringer series, the blockbuster fantasy epic from international bestseller Brent Weeks**
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who might still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism – he can’t use magic at all.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.
**’Brent Weeks is so good it’s beginning to tick me off’** Peter V. Brett
**’Weeks has a style of immediacy and detail that pulls the reader relentlessly into the story. He doesn’t allow you to look away’** Robin Hobb
**’I was mesmerised from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writers’ work’** Terry Brooks
**’Weeks has truly cemented his place among the great epic fantasy writers of our time’** British Fantasy Society
Books by Brent Weeks
*Night Angel*
The Way of Shadows
Shadow’s Edge
Beyond the Shadows
Perfect Shadow (novella)
*Lightbringer*
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

**The third book in the Lightbringer series, the blockbuster fantasy epic from international bestseller Brent Weeks**
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who might still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism – he can’t use magic at all.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.
**’Brent Weeks is so good it’s beginning to tick me off’** Peter V. Brett
**’Weeks has a style of immediacy and detail that pulls the reader relentlessly into the story. He doesn’t allow you to look away’** Robin Hobb
**’I was mesmerised from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writers’ work’** Terry Brooks
**’Weeks has truly cemented his place among the great epic fantasy writers of our time’** British Fantasy Society
Books by Brent Weeks
*Night Angel*
The Way of Shadows
Shadow’s Edge
Beyond the Shadows
Perfect Shadow (novella)
*Lightbringer*
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

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The Boundless Sea

**A *SUNDAY TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, THE TIMES* AND *BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE* BOOK OF THE YEAR**
**From the award-winning author of *The Great Sea* , a magnificent new global history of the oceans and of humankind’s relationship with the sea**
For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance trade and communication between peoples – for the spread of ideas and religion as well as commerce. This book traces the history of human movement and interaction around and across the world’s greatest bodies of water, charting our relationship with the oceans from the time of the first voyagers. David Abulafia begins with the earliest of seafaring societies – the Polynesians of the Pacific, the possessors of intuitive navigational skills long before the invention of the compass, who by the first century were trading between their far-flung islands. By the seventh century, trading routes stretched from the coasts of Arabia and Africa to southern China and Japan, bringing together the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific and linking half the world through the international spice trade. In the Atlantic, centuries before the little kingdom of Portugal carved out its powerful, seaborne empire, many peoples sought new lands across the sea – the Bretons, the Frisians and, most notably, the Vikings, now known to be the first Europeans to reach North America. As Portuguese supremacy dwindled in the late sixteenth century, the Spanish, the Dutch and then the British each successively ruled the waves.
Following merchants, explorers, pirates, cartographers and travellers in their quests for spices, gold, ivory, slaves, lands for settlement and knowledge of what lay beyond, Abulafia has created an extraordinary narrative of humanity and the oceans. From the earliest forays of peoples in hand-hewn canoes through uncharted waters to the routes now taken daily by supertankers in their thousands, *The Boundless Sea* shows how maritime networks came to form a continuum of interaction and interconnection across the globe: 90 per cent of global trade is still conducted by sea. This is history of the grandest scale and scope, and from a bracingly different perspective – not, as in most global histories, from the land, but from the boundless seas.

**A *SUNDAY TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, THE TIMES* AND *BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE* BOOK OF THE YEAR**
**From the award-winning author of *The Great Sea* , a magnificent new global history of the oceans and of humankind’s relationship with the sea**
For most of human history, the seas and oceans have been the main means of long-distance trade and communication between peoples – for the spread of ideas and religion as well as commerce. This book traces the history of human movement and interaction around and across the world’s greatest bodies of water, charting our relationship with the oceans from the time of the first voyagers. David Abulafia begins with the earliest of seafaring societies – the Polynesians of the Pacific, the possessors of intuitive navigational skills long before the invention of the compass, who by the first century were trading between their far-flung islands. By the seventh century, trading routes stretched from the coasts of Arabia and Africa to southern China and Japan, bringing together the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific and linking half the world through the international spice trade. In the Atlantic, centuries before the little kingdom of Portugal carved out its powerful, seaborne empire, many peoples sought new lands across the sea – the Bretons, the Frisians and, most notably, the Vikings, now known to be the first Europeans to reach North America. As Portuguese supremacy dwindled in the late sixteenth century, the Spanish, the Dutch and then the British each successively ruled the waves.
Following merchants, explorers, pirates, cartographers and travellers in their quests for spices, gold, ivory, slaves, lands for settlement and knowledge of what lay beyond, Abulafia has created an extraordinary narrative of humanity and the oceans. From the earliest forays of peoples in hand-hewn canoes through uncharted waters to the routes now taken daily by supertankers in their thousands, *The Boundless Sea* shows how maritime networks came to form a continuum of interaction and interconnection across the globe: 90 per cent of global trade is still conducted by sea. This is history of the grandest scale and scope, and from a bracingly different perspective – not, as in most global histories, from the land, but from the boundless seas.

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The Body

**THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER – *SUNDAY TIMES* SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019**
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**’A directory of wonders.’ *– The Guardian***
**’Jaw-dropping.’ *– The Times***
**’Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson…an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.’ *– The Sunday Times***
**’ ** **It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book.**** ‘** * **– The Daily Telegraph***
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**‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it.** **The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.’**
Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories *The Body: A Guide for Occupants* is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.
A wonderful successor to *A Short History of Nearly Everything* , this new book is an instant classic. It will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.
**‘** **What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.’ Bill Bryson**

**THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER – *SUNDAY TIMES* SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019**
**_______**
**’A directory of wonders.’ *– The Guardian***
**’Jaw-dropping.’ *– The Times***
**’Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson…an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.’ *– The Sunday Times***
**’ ** **It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book.**** ‘** * **– The Daily Telegraph***
**_______**
**‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it.** **The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.’**
Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories *The Body: A Guide for Occupants* is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.
A wonderful successor to *A Short History of Nearly Everything* , this new book is an instant classic. It will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.
**‘** **What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.’ Bill Bryson**

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The Blinding Knife

**The second book in the Lightbringer series, the blockbuster fantasy epic from international bestseller Brent Weeks**
Gavin Guile is dying.
He’d thought he had five years left – now he’s got less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin’s got problems on every side.
As he loses control, the world’s magic runs wild, threatening to destroy the Seven Satrapies. The old gods are being reborn and their army of colour wights is unstoppable.
The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.
**’Brent Weeks is so good it’s beginning to tick me off’** Peter V. Brett
**’Weeks has a style of immediacy and detail that pulls the reader relentlessly into the story. He doesn’t allow you to look away’** Robin Hobb
**’I was mesmerised from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writers’ work’** Terry Brooks
**’Weeks has truly cemented his place among the great epic fantasy writers of our time’** British Fantasy Society
Books by Brent Weeks
*Night Angel*
The Way of Shadows
Shadow’s Edge
Beyond the Shadows
Perfect Shadow (novella)
*Lightbringer*
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

**The second book in the Lightbringer series, the blockbuster fantasy epic from international bestseller Brent Weeks**
Gavin Guile is dying.
He’d thought he had five years left – now he’s got less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin’s got problems on every side.
As he loses control, the world’s magic runs wild, threatening to destroy the Seven Satrapies. The old gods are being reborn and their army of colour wights is unstoppable.
The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.
**’Brent Weeks is so good it’s beginning to tick me off’** Peter V. Brett
**’Weeks has a style of immediacy and detail that pulls the reader relentlessly into the story. He doesn’t allow you to look away’** Robin Hobb
**’I was mesmerised from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writers’ work’** Terry Brooks
**’Weeks has truly cemented his place among the great epic fantasy writers of our time’** British Fantasy Society
Books by Brent Weeks
*Night Angel*
The Way of Shadows
Shadow’s Edge
Beyond the Shadows
Perfect Shadow (novella)
*Lightbringer*
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White

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The Battle of the Nile

**Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES**
\- Why was the Battle of the Nile so decisive in the French Revolutionary Wars?
\- Why did the French believe they were unassailable?
\- And why did Nelson and the British win?
TRACK the revolutionary roots and dramatic turning points of the British Royal Navy’s glorious victory over the French naval expedition to Egypt. From Napoleon’s rise to prominence to Nelson’s celebrated tactical leadership, discover how this significant battle changed the face of the French Revolutionary Wars.
THE BATTLE THAT CHANGED THE BALANCE OF POWER IN EUROPE
Written by historian, archaeologist, and broadcaster Sam Willis, *Nelson: Battle of the Nile* is a thrilling and accessible account of the naval battle that established Nelson’s fame.

**Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES**
\- Why was the Battle of the Nile so decisive in the French Revolutionary Wars?
\- Why did the French believe they were unassailable?
\- And why did Nelson and the British win?
TRACK the revolutionary roots and dramatic turning points of the British Royal Navy’s glorious victory over the French naval expedition to Egypt. From Napoleon’s rise to prominence to Nelson’s celebrated tactical leadership, discover how this significant battle changed the face of the French Revolutionary Wars.
THE BATTLE THAT CHANGED THE BALANCE OF POWER IN EUROPE
Written by historian, archaeologist, and broadcaster Sam Willis, *Nelson: Battle of the Nile* is a thrilling and accessible account of the naval battle that established Nelson’s fame.

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The Artist in the Machine

**An authority on creativity introduces us to AI-powered computers that are creating art, literature, and music that may well surpass the creations of humans.**
Today’s computers are composing music that sounds “more Bach than Bach,” turning photographs into paintings in the style of Van Gogh’s *Starry Night* , and even writing screenplays. But are computers truly creative—or are they merely tools to be used by musicians, artists, and writers? In this book, Arthur I. Miller takes us on a tour of creativity in the age of machines.
Miller, an authority on creativity, identifies the key factors essential to the creative process, from “the need for introspection” to “the ability to discover the key problem.” He talks to people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, encountering computers that mimic the brain and machines that have defeated champions in chess, *Jeopardy!* , and Go. In the central part of the book, Miller explores the riches of computer-created art, introducing us to artists and computer scientists who have, among much else, unleashed an artificial neural network to create a nightmarish, multi-eyed dog-cat; taught AI to imagine; developed a robot that paints; created algorithms for poetry; and produced the world’s first computer-composed musical, *Beyond the Fence* , staged by Android Lloyd Webber and friends.
But, Miller writes, in order to be truly creative, machines will need to step into the world. He probes the nature of consciousness and speaks to researchers trying to develop emotions and consciousness in computers. Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans—and someday will surpass us. But this is not a dystopian account; Miller celebrates the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature.

**An authority on creativity introduces us to AI-powered computers that are creating art, literature, and music that may well surpass the creations of humans.**
Today’s computers are composing music that sounds “more Bach than Bach,” turning photographs into paintings in the style of Van Gogh’s *Starry Night* , and even writing screenplays. But are computers truly creative—or are they merely tools to be used by musicians, artists, and writers? In this book, Arthur I. Miller takes us on a tour of creativity in the age of machines.
Miller, an authority on creativity, identifies the key factors essential to the creative process, from “the need for introspection” to “the ability to discover the key problem.” He talks to people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, encountering computers that mimic the brain and machines that have defeated champions in chess, *Jeopardy!* , and Go. In the central part of the book, Miller explores the riches of computer-created art, introducing us to artists and computer scientists who have, among much else, unleashed an artificial neural network to create a nightmarish, multi-eyed dog-cat; taught AI to imagine; developed a robot that paints; created algorithms for poetry; and produced the world’s first computer-composed musical, *Beyond the Fence* , staged by Android Lloyd Webber and friends.
But, Miller writes, in order to be truly creative, machines will need to step into the world. He probes the nature of consciousness and speaks to researchers trying to develop emotions and consciousness in computers. Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans—and someday will surpass us. But this is not a dystopian account; Miller celebrates the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature.

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TensorFlow 2.0 Quick Start Guide

**Perform supervised and unsupervised machine learning and learn advanced techniques such as training neural networks.**
#### Key Features
* Train your own models for effective prediction, using high-level Keras API
* Perform supervised and unsupervised machine learning and learn advanced techniques such as training neural networks
* Get acquainted with some new practices introduced in TensorFlow 2.0 Alpha

#### Book Description
TensorFlow is one of the most popular machine learning frameworks in Python. With this book, you will improve your knowledge of some of the latest TensorFlow features and will be able to perform supervised and unsupervised machine learning and also train neural networks.
After giving you an overview of what’s new in TensorFlow 2.0 Alpha, the book moves on to setting up your machine learning environment using the TensorFlow library. You will perform popular supervised machine learning tasks using techniques such as linear regression, logistic regression, and clustering.
You will get familiar with unsupervised learning for autoencoder applications. The book will also show you how to train effective neural networks using straightforward examples in a variety of different domains.
By the end of the book, you will have been exposed to a large variety of machine learning and neural network TensorFlow techniques.
#### What you will learn
* Use tf.Keras for fast prototyping, building, and training deep learning neural network models
* Easily convert your TensorFlow 1.12 applications to TensorFlow 2.0-compatible files
* Use TensorFlow to tackle traditional supervised and unsupervised machine learning applications
* Understand image recognition techniques using TensorFlow
* Perform neural style transfer for image hybridization using a neural network
* Code a recurrent neural network in TensorFlow to perform text-style generation

#### Who this book is for
Data scientists, machine learning developers, and deep learning enthusiasts looking to quickly get started with TensorFlow 2 will find this book useful. Some Python programming experience with version 3.6 or later, along with a familiarity with Jupyter notebooks will be an added advantage. Exposure to machine learning and neural network techniques would also be helpful.

**Perform supervised and unsupervised machine learning and learn advanced techniques such as training neural networks.**
#### Key Features
* Train your own models for effective prediction, using high-level Keras API
* Perform supervised and unsupervised machine learning and learn advanced techniques such as training neural networks
* Get acquainted with some new practices introduced in TensorFlow 2.0 Alpha

#### Book Description
TensorFlow is one of the most popular machine learning frameworks in Python. With this book, you will improve your knowledge of some of the latest TensorFlow features and will be able to perform supervised and unsupervised machine learning and also train neural networks.
After giving you an overview of what’s new in TensorFlow 2.0 Alpha, the book moves on to setting up your machine learning environment using the TensorFlow library. You will perform popular supervised machine learning tasks using techniques such as linear regression, logistic regression, and clustering.
You will get familiar with unsupervised learning for autoencoder applications. The book will also show you how to train effective neural networks using straightforward examples in a variety of different domains.
By the end of the book, you will have been exposed to a large variety of machine learning and neural network TensorFlow techniques.
#### What you will learn
* Use tf.Keras for fast prototyping, building, and training deep learning neural network models
* Easily convert your TensorFlow 1.12 applications to TensorFlow 2.0-compatible files
* Use TensorFlow to tackle traditional supervised and unsupervised machine learning applications
* Understand image recognition techniques using TensorFlow
* Perform neural style transfer for image hybridization using a neural network
* Code a recurrent neural network in TensorFlow to perform text-style generation

#### Who this book is for
Data scientists, machine learning developers, and deep learning enthusiasts looking to quickly get started with TensorFlow 2 will find this book useful. Some Python programming experience with version 3.6 or later, along with a familiarity with Jupyter notebooks will be an added advantage. Exposure to machine learning and neural network techniques would also be helpful.

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Tapestries

Tapestries have been an enigmatic form of artwork for hundreds of years, with the intricate symbolism of their woven narratives still fascinating viewers today. Unicorns and fantastic beasts rub shoulders with well-heeled aristocrats; famous biblical and saintly stories are played out; allegorical figures, gods and goddesses recline in classical landscapes; and the arms and military achievements of wealthy patrons are depicted in sparkling glory. However, far from being an outdated craft, tapestries continue to be woven to this day, both by talented amateurs in their homes and by highly skilled artisans in studios and workshops around the world. In this beautiful illustrated introduction to the history of tapestries, Rosita Sheen reveals the fascinating story of these masterpieces, exploring their conception, manufacture, and symbolism right up to the present day.

Tapestries have been an enigmatic form of artwork for hundreds of years, with the intricate symbolism of their woven narratives still fascinating viewers today. Unicorns and fantastic beasts rub shoulders with well-heeled aristocrats; famous biblical and saintly stories are played out; allegorical figures, gods and goddesses recline in classical landscapes; and the arms and military achievements of wealthy patrons are depicted in sparkling glory. However, far from being an outdated craft, tapestries continue to be woven to this day, both by talented amateurs in their homes and by highly skilled artisans in studios and workshops around the world. In this beautiful illustrated introduction to the history of tapestries, Rosita Sheen reveals the fascinating story of these masterpieces, exploring their conception, manufacture, and symbolism right up to the present day.

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Tales of Space and Time

There was, until a year ago, a little and very grimy-looking shop near Seven Dials, over which, in weather-worn yellow lettering, the name of “C. Cave, Naturalist and Dealer in Antiquities,” was inscribed. The contents of its window were curiously variegated. They comprised some elephant tusks and an imperfect set of chessmen, beads and weapons, a box of eyes, two skulls of tigers and one human, several moth-eaten stuffed monkeys (one holding a lamp), an old-fashioned cabinet, a flyblown ostrich egg or so, some fishing-tackle, and an extraordinarily dirty, empty glass fish-tank. There was also, at the moment the story begins, a mass of crystal, worked into the shape of an egg and brilliantly polished. And at that two people, who stood outside the window, were looking, one of them a tall, thin clergyman, the other a black-bearded young man of dusky complexion and unobtrusive costume. The dusky young man spoke with eager gesticulation, and seemed anxious for his companion to purchase the article. While they were there, Mr. Cave came into his shop, his beard still wagging with the bread and butter of his tea. When he saw these men and the object of their regard, his countenance fell. He glanced guiltily over his shoulder, and softly shut the door. He was a little old man, with pale face and peculiar watery blue eyes; his hair was a dirty grey, and he wore a shabby blue frock coat, an ancient silk hat, and carpet slippers very much down at heel. He remained watching the two men as they talked. The clergyman went deep into his trouser pocket, examined a handful of money, and showed his teeth in an agreeable smile. Mr. Cave seemed still more depressed when they came into the shop. The clergyman, without any ceremony, asked the price of the crystal egg. Mr. Cave glanced nervously towards the door leading into the parlour, and said five pounds. The clergyman protested that the price was high, to his companion as well as to Mr. Cave—it was, indeed, very much more than Mr. Cave had intended to ask, when he had stocked the article—and an attempt at bargaining ensued. Mr. Cave stepped to the shop-door, and held it open. “Five pounds is my price,” he said, as though he wished to save himself the trouble of unprofitable discussion. As he did so, the upper portion of a woman’s face appeared above the blind in the glass upper panel of the door leading into the parlour, and stared curiously at the two customers. “Five pounds is my price,” said Mr. Cave, with a quiver in his voice. The swarthy young man had so far remained a spectator, watching Cave keenly. Now he spoke. “Give him five pounds,” he said. The clergyman glanced at him to see if he were in earnest, and, when he looked at Mr. Cave again, he saw that the latter’s face was white. “It’s a lot of money,” said the clergyman, and, diving into his pocket, began counting his resources. He had little more than thirty shillings, and he appealed to his companion, with whom he seemed to be on terms of considerable intimacy. This gave Mr. Cave an opportunity of collecting his thoughts, and he began to explain in an agitated manner that the crystal was not, as a matter of fact, entirely free for sale. His two customers were naturally surprised at this, and inquired why he had not thought of that before he began to bargain. Mr. Cave became confused, but he stuck to his story, that the crystal was not in the market that afternoon, that a probable purchaser of it had already appeared. The two, treating this as an attempt to raise the price still further, made as if they would leave the shop. But at this point the parlour door opened, and the owner of the dark fringe and the little eyes appeared.

There was, until a year ago, a little and very grimy-looking shop near Seven Dials, over which, in weather-worn yellow lettering, the name of “C. Cave, Naturalist and Dealer in Antiquities,” was inscribed. The contents of its window were curiously variegated. They comprised some elephant tusks and an imperfect set of chessmen, beads and weapons, a box of eyes, two skulls of tigers and one human, several moth-eaten stuffed monkeys (one holding a lamp), an old-fashioned cabinet, a flyblown ostrich egg or so, some fishing-tackle, and an extraordinarily dirty, empty glass fish-tank. There was also, at the moment the story begins, a mass of crystal, worked into the shape of an egg and brilliantly polished. And at that two people, who stood outside the window, were looking, one of them a tall, thin clergyman, the other a black-bearded young man of dusky complexion and unobtrusive costume. The dusky young man spoke with eager gesticulation, and seemed anxious for his companion to purchase the article. While they were there, Mr. Cave came into his shop, his beard still wagging with the bread and butter of his tea. When he saw these men and the object of their regard, his countenance fell. He glanced guiltily over his shoulder, and softly shut the door. He was a little old man, with pale face and peculiar watery blue eyes; his hair was a dirty grey, and he wore a shabby blue frock coat, an ancient silk hat, and carpet slippers very much down at heel. He remained watching the two men as they talked. The clergyman went deep into his trouser pocket, examined a handful of money, and showed his teeth in an agreeable smile. Mr. Cave seemed still more depressed when they came into the shop. The clergyman, without any ceremony, asked the price of the crystal egg. Mr. Cave glanced nervously towards the door leading into the parlour, and said five pounds. The clergyman protested that the price was high, to his companion as well as to Mr. Cave—it was, indeed, very much more than Mr. Cave had intended to ask, when he had stocked the article—and an attempt at bargaining ensued. Mr. Cave stepped to the shop-door, and held it open. “Five pounds is my price,” he said, as though he wished to save himself the trouble of unprofitable discussion. As he did so, the upper portion of a woman’s face appeared above the blind in the glass upper panel of the door leading into the parlour, and stared curiously at the two customers. “Five pounds is my price,” said Mr. Cave, with a quiver in his voice. The swarthy young man had so far remained a spectator, watching Cave keenly. Now he spoke. “Give him five pounds,” he said. The clergyman glanced at him to see if he were in earnest, and, when he looked at Mr. Cave again, he saw that the latter’s face was white. “It’s a lot of money,” said the clergyman, and, diving into his pocket, began counting his resources. He had little more than thirty shillings, and he appealed to his companion, with whom he seemed to be on terms of considerable intimacy. This gave Mr. Cave an opportunity of collecting his thoughts, and he began to explain in an agitated manner that the crystal was not, as a matter of fact, entirely free for sale. His two customers were naturally surprised at this, and inquired why he had not thought of that before he began to bargain. Mr. Cave became confused, but he stuck to his story, that the crystal was not in the market that afternoon, that a probable purchaser of it had already appeared. The two, treating this as an attempt to raise the price still further, made as if they would leave the shop. But at this point the parlour door opened, and the owner of the dark fringe and the little eyes appeared.

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Taken at Dusk: A Shadow Falls Novel

*Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers.  Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.*
Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.
Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, *someone lives and someone dies.* As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.
### Review
Praise for the Shadow Falls series:
“The Shadow Falls series belongs to my favorite YA series. It has everything I wish for in a YA paranormal series. A thrilling tale that moves with a great pace, where layers of secrets are revealed in a way that we are never bored. It continues a gripping story about self-discoveries, finding a place in the world, friendship, and love.  So if you didn’t start this series yet, I can only encourage you to do so.” –Bewitched Bookworms
“TAKEN AT DUSK starts off with action and never loses momentum. C.C. Hunter takes readers on a supernatural thrill ride, full of suspense, drama, laughter and intense emotions from page one all the way through the last page, ending in one of the biggest cliffhangers I’ve read.” –Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“Ms. Hunter handles this series with such deftness, crafting a wonderful tale that speaks to the adolescent in me. I highly recommend this series filled with darkness and light, hope and danger, friendship and romance.” –Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

“ *Taken At Dusk* has even more drama and answers for Kylie.  Jam-packed with action and romance from the very beginning, Hunter’s lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end.  A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance. Vampires, weres and fae, oh my!” – *Romantic Times*
“The evolving, not-always-easy relationships among Kylie and her cabin mates Della and Miranda are rendered as engagingly as Kylie’s angst over dangerous Lucas and appealing Derek. Just enough plot threads are tied up to make a satisfying stand-alone tale while whetting appetites for sequels to come” – *Publishers Weekly*
“ *Born at Midnight* is addicting.  Kylie’s journey of self-discovery and friendship is so full of honesty, it’s impossible not to fall in love with her and Shadow Falls..and with two sexy males vying for her attention, the romance is scorching.  *Born at Midnight* has me begging for more, and I love, love, love it!” – *Verb Vixen*
“There are so many books in the young adult paranormal genre these days that it’s hard to choose a good one. I was so very glad to discover *Born at Midnight*. If you like P.C. and Kristin Cast or Alyson Noel, I am sure you will enjoy *Born at Midnight*!” – *Night Owl Reviews*
“This has everything a YA reader would want…I read it over a week ago and I am still thinking about it. I can’t get it out of my head. I can’t wait to read more. This series is going to be a hit!” – *Awesome Sauce Book Club*
“Seriously loved this book! This is definitely a series you will want to watch out for. C.C. Hunter has created a world of hot paranormals that I didn’t want to leave.” — *Looksie Lovitz Book Blog*
“I absolutely LOVED it. Wow, it blew me away.” –Nina Bangs, author of *Eternal Prey*
“Fun and compulsively readable, with a winning heroine and an intriguing cast of secondary characters” –Jenna Black, author of *Glimmerglass*
### About the Author
**C.C. Hunter** is the author of the young adult fantasy series Shadow Falls, including the books *Born at Midnight* and *Awake at Dawn*. She grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or shooting things–with a camera, not a gun.
C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels.

*Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers.  Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.*
Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.
Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, *someone lives and someone dies.* As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.
### Review
Praise for the Shadow Falls series:
“The Shadow Falls series belongs to my favorite YA series. It has everything I wish for in a YA paranormal series. A thrilling tale that moves with a great pace, where layers of secrets are revealed in a way that we are never bored. It continues a gripping story about self-discoveries, finding a place in the world, friendship, and love.  So if you didn’t start this series yet, I can only encourage you to do so.” –Bewitched Bookworms
“TAKEN AT DUSK starts off with action and never loses momentum. C.C. Hunter takes readers on a supernatural thrill ride, full of suspense, drama, laughter and intense emotions from page one all the way through the last page, ending in one of the biggest cliffhangers I’ve read.” –Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“Ms. Hunter handles this series with such deftness, crafting a wonderful tale that speaks to the adolescent in me. I highly recommend this series filled with darkness and light, hope and danger, friendship and romance.” –Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

“ *Taken At Dusk* has even more drama and answers for Kylie.  Jam-packed with action and romance from the very beginning, Hunter’s lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end.  A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance. Vampires, weres and fae, oh my!” – *Romantic Times*
“The evolving, not-always-easy relationships among Kylie and her cabin mates Della and Miranda are rendered as engagingly as Kylie’s angst over dangerous Lucas and appealing Derek. Just enough plot threads are tied up to make a satisfying stand-alone tale while whetting appetites for sequels to come” – *Publishers Weekly*
“ *Born at Midnight* is addicting.  Kylie’s journey of self-discovery and friendship is so full of honesty, it’s impossible not to fall in love with her and Shadow Falls..and with two sexy males vying for her attention, the romance is scorching.  *Born at Midnight* has me begging for more, and I love, love, love it!” – *Verb Vixen*
“There are so many books in the young adult paranormal genre these days that it’s hard to choose a good one. I was so very glad to discover *Born at Midnight*. If you like P.C. and Kristin Cast or Alyson Noel, I am sure you will enjoy *Born at Midnight*!” – *Night Owl Reviews*
“This has everything a YA reader would want…I read it over a week ago and I am still thinking about it. I can’t get it out of my head. I can’t wait to read more. This series is going to be a hit!” – *Awesome Sauce Book Club*
“Seriously loved this book! This is definitely a series you will want to watch out for. C.C. Hunter has created a world of hot paranormals that I didn’t want to leave.” — *Looksie Lovitz Book Blog*
“I absolutely LOVED it. Wow, it blew me away.” –Nina Bangs, author of *Eternal Prey*
“Fun and compulsively readable, with a winning heroine and an intriguing cast of secondary characters” –Jenna Black, author of *Glimmerglass*
### About the Author
**C.C. Hunter** is the author of the young adult fantasy series Shadow Falls, including the books *Born at Midnight* and *Awake at Dawn*. She grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or shooting things–with a camera, not a gun.
C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels.

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Tableau 2019.x Cookbook

**Perform advanced dashboard, visualization, and analytical techniques with Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, and Tableau Server**
#### Key Features
* Unique problem-solution approach to aid effective business decision-making
* Create interactive dashboards and implement powerful business intelligence solutions
* Includes best practices on using Tableau with modern cloud analytics services

#### Book Description
Tableau has been one of the most popular business intelligence solutions in recent times, thanks to its powerful and interactive data visualization capabilities. Tableau 2019.x Cookbook is full of useful recipes from industry experts, who will help you master Tableau skills and learn each aspect of Tableau’s ecosystem.
This book is enriched with features such as Tableau extracts, Tableau advanced calculations, geospatial analysis, and building dashboards. It will guide you with exciting data manipulation, storytelling, advanced filtering, expert visualization, and forecasting techniques using real-world examples. From basic functionalities of Tableau to complex deployment on Linux, you will cover it all. Moreover, you will learn advanced features of Tableau using R, Python, and various APIs. You will learn how to prepare data for analysis using the latest Tableau Prep. In the concluding chapters, you will learn how Tableau fits the modern world of analytics and works with modern data platforms such as Snowflake and Redshift. In addition, you will learn about the best practices of integrating Tableau with ETL using Matillion ETL.
By the end of the book, you will be ready to tackle business intelligence challenges using Tableau’s features.
#### What you will learn
* Understand the basic and advanced skills of Tableau Desktop
* Implement best practices of visualization, dashboard, and storytelling
* Learn advanced analytics with the use of build in statistics
* Deploy the multi-node server on Linux and Windows
* Use Tableau with big data sources such as Hadoop, Athena, and Spectrum
* Cover Tableau built-in functions for forecasting using R packages
* Combine, shape, and clean data for analysis using Tableau Prep
* Extend Tableau’s functionalities with REST API and R/Python

#### Who this book is for
Tableau 2019.x Cookbook is for data analysts, data engineers, BI developers, and users who are looking for quick solutions to common and not-so-common problems faced while using Tableau products. Put each recipe into practice by bringing the latest offerings of Tableau 2019.x to solve real-world analytics and business intelligence challenges. Some understanding of BI concepts and Tableau is required.

**Perform advanced dashboard, visualization, and analytical techniques with Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, and Tableau Server**
#### Key Features
* Unique problem-solution approach to aid effective business decision-making
* Create interactive dashboards and implement powerful business intelligence solutions
* Includes best practices on using Tableau with modern cloud analytics services

#### Book Description
Tableau has been one of the most popular business intelligence solutions in recent times, thanks to its powerful and interactive data visualization capabilities. Tableau 2019.x Cookbook is full of useful recipes from industry experts, who will help you master Tableau skills and learn each aspect of Tableau’s ecosystem.
This book is enriched with features such as Tableau extracts, Tableau advanced calculations, geospatial analysis, and building dashboards. It will guide you with exciting data manipulation, storytelling, advanced filtering, expert visualization, and forecasting techniques using real-world examples. From basic functionalities of Tableau to complex deployment on Linux, you will cover it all. Moreover, you will learn advanced features of Tableau using R, Python, and various APIs. You will learn how to prepare data for analysis using the latest Tableau Prep. In the concluding chapters, you will learn how Tableau fits the modern world of analytics and works with modern data platforms such as Snowflake and Redshift. In addition, you will learn about the best practices of integrating Tableau with ETL using Matillion ETL.
By the end of the book, you will be ready to tackle business intelligence challenges using Tableau’s features.
#### What you will learn
* Understand the basic and advanced skills of Tableau Desktop
* Implement best practices of visualization, dashboard, and storytelling
* Learn advanced analytics with the use of build in statistics
* Deploy the multi-node server on Linux and Windows
* Use Tableau with big data sources such as Hadoop, Athena, and Spectrum
* Cover Tableau built-in functions for forecasting using R packages
* Combine, shape, and clean data for analysis using Tableau Prep
* Extend Tableau’s functionalities with REST API and R/Python

#### Who this book is for
Tableau 2019.x Cookbook is for data analysts, data engineers, BI developers, and users who are looking for quick solutions to common and not-so-common problems faced while using Tableau products. Put each recipe into practice by bringing the latest offerings of Tableau 2019.x to solve real-world analytics and business intelligence challenges. Some understanding of BI concepts and Tableau is required.

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SwiftUI for Absolute Beginners

Dive into the world of developing for all of Apple platforms with SwiftUI, Apple’s new framework that makes writing applications faster and easier with fewer lines of code. This book teaches the basics of SwiftUI to help you write amazing native applications using XCode.
For developers already familiar with ReactNative, this book reviews the declarative, state-based DSL that manages the UI and updates it automatically will feel just like what they’re used to. You’ll see how SwiftUI reduces the number of lines of code required to achieve the same effects by over 60% and provides a much better experience.
Like the announcement of Swift in 2014, SwiftUI is expected to fundamentally change the way developing programmers approach coding iPhone and iPad applications. This book examines how SwiftUI lowers the entry barrier for developers to write amazing cross-platform applications for iOS and iPadOS as well as WatchOS, Mac OS, and TVOS.
**What You’ll Learn**
* Write code in the new SwiftUI syntax
* Combine views to arrange them for an application
* Add gestures and controls to an application

**Who This Book Is For**
Anyone who wants to learn to develop apps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch using the Swift programming language. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Dive into the world of developing for all of Apple platforms with SwiftUI, Apple’s new framework that makes writing applications faster and easier with fewer lines of code. This book teaches the basics of SwiftUI to help you write amazing native applications using XCode.
For developers already familiar with ReactNative, this book reviews the declarative, state-based DSL that manages the UI and updates it automatically will feel just like what they’re used to. You’ll see how SwiftUI reduces the number of lines of code required to achieve the same effects by over 60% and provides a much better experience.
Like the announcement of Swift in 2014, SwiftUI is expected to fundamentally change the way developing programmers approach coding iPhone and iPad applications. This book examines how SwiftUI lowers the entry barrier for developers to write amazing cross-platform applications for iOS and iPadOS as well as WatchOS, Mac OS, and TVOS.
**What You’ll Learn**
* Write code in the new SwiftUI syntax
* Combine views to arrange them for an application
* Add gestures and controls to an application

**Who This Book Is For**
Anyone who wants to learn to develop apps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch using the Swift programming language. No previous programming experience is necessary.

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Supertoys Trilogy

For the first time ever all three Suptertoys stories are collected in one essential volume.
Featuring one of Brian Aldiss’ most renowned works, ‘Supertoys Last All Summer Long’, which was adapted into the 2001 film ‘A.I.’ directed by Steven Spielberg.
David is just a little boy, a little boy who loves his mother and his teddy bear. David wants to make his mother happy, and tell her he loves her, but can’t quite seem to find the words.
His verbal communication centre is giving him trouble again. He may have to go back to the factory.
With a brand new introduction from Brian Aldiss, ‘The Supertoys Trilogy’ is essential reading for all Science Fiction fans. Also includes ‘Supertoys When Winter Comes’ and ‘Supertoys in Other Seasons’.

For the first time ever all three Suptertoys stories are collected in one essential volume.
Featuring one of Brian Aldiss’ most renowned works, ‘Supertoys Last All Summer Long’, which was adapted into the 2001 film ‘A.I.’ directed by Steven Spielberg.
David is just a little boy, a little boy who loves his mother and his teddy bear. David wants to make his mother happy, and tell her he loves her, but can’t quite seem to find the words.
His verbal communication centre is giving him trouble again. He may have to go back to the factory.
With a brand new introduction from Brian Aldiss, ‘The Supertoys Trilogy’ is essential reading for all Science Fiction fans. Also includes ‘Supertoys When Winter Comes’ and ‘Supertoys in Other Seasons’.

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