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Leaping to the Stars

### Amazon.com Review
This satisfying conclusion to David Gerrold’s
This is a young adult novel that older adults will also find appealing. Charles is an engaging and sympathetic adolescent science fiction hero–smart, prickly, wrestling with hard lessons in adult responsibility. Readers new to the series should be patient: backstory is revealed gradually, so as not to interrupt the smooth mix of action and the scientific, philosophical, and religious questions that propel this thoughtful coming-of-age story. *–Roz Genessee*
### From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Heinlein’s trademark blend of space-bound high adventure and serious political philosophy will feel right at home in the third and final book of Gerrold’s series (Jumping Off the Planet; Bouncing Off the Moon) detailing the adventures of 13-year-old Charles “Chigger” Dingillian and his family as they seek a place to call home. On the moon, Charles’s HARLIE unit, an advanced artificial intelligence device packed into the body of a monkey, is coveted by Lunar Authority as well as by the revolutionaries who seek to overthrow it. The only option left for escaping these forces is to sign on as colonists bound for Outbeyond, Earth’s most distant colony, where the only surety is a life of backbreaking labor but also the chance to finally be free. Once the colony ship Cascade has set off, however, nothing goes smoothly. The colonists, particularly Charles’s divorced parents and two brothers, face pressure from Revelationists, a fundamentalist group traveling aboard the Cascade to their own colony on the way to Outbeyond. The Revelationists believe HARLIE is evil and must be destroyed, along with those who possess it and the Dingillians are at the top of the list. If that isn’t enough, Charles has his own growing uncertainty about HARLIE’s motives. Those new to the series will find the opening tough to follow, but through his engaging adolescent narrator, Gerrold gradually provides enough backstory to clarify without slowing down the action. The appeal to YA readers is obvious, but plenty of adults are also sure to enjoy this thoughtful adventure. (Mar. 15)”The Trouble with Tribbles.”
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Le Jihad Butlérien

À partir des notes de son père, Brian Herbert (épaulé par le romancier Kevin Anderson) nous plonge dans la genèse de Dune, 10 000 ans avant les événements de cette grande saga. Batailles apocalyptiques, voyages dans l’espace, complots machiavéliques… le second volet de cette spectaculaire trilogie révèle en prime aux fans tous les secrets des héros de la planète Arrakis.

Last Sword of Power

The soul of Uther Pendragon is chained in hell. The sword of power is lost in swirling chaos. The realm is under threat from barbarian hordes – led by an Undead god from the vaults of pre-history. And a new Dark Age is dawning over Roman Britain. Then comes a man called Revelation, seeking a child born of a demon…Seeking the legendary Lord of the Lance…Seeking the sword to save the realm.
### Review
David Gemmell is several rungs above the good right into the fabulous Anne McCaffrey
### From the Publisher
David Gemmell is so committed to his work that he’s offered to leap naked out of an airplane if it would appeal to readers. We haven’t taken him up on the offer. However, David has also acknowledged that three of his major influences were Louis Lamour, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stan Lee. Tolkien wrote back, Lamour passed away before David had any opportunity to contact him, and Stan Lee lived thousands of miles away from David’s British home. One out of three wasn’t bad, but it could be improved upon.

We were at the San Diego ComicCon, rustling up new readers, and David had just finished a two-hour continuous signing. A friend of mine spotted a familiar face, so I excused myself and darted away, returning a few moments later to say, “David Gemmell, I’d like you to meet Stan Lee.” A tall, ruddy, and normally poised individual, David was struck speechless. Here was the man who, through his Marvel Comics stories, had reinvented the relationship between heroes and villains, forever blurring the barriers between good and evil. Before long the two fantasists were chatting away happily. Stan’s wife, Joan, being British, was especially gracious to the London-born Gemmell. And Stan quickly demanded an autographed copy of LEGEND.

David’s a dynamic storyteller. His lands live and breathe. His heroes are mighty swordsmen, ax-wielders, and post-apocalyptic adventurers. In their prime they were the best in the business, but in David’s tales, they’ve often passed their prime, so all they really want is peace and quiet. But life (and the author) aren’t that kind, and these heroes are forced out of retirement, forced to face bloody hordes of the undead, armies from Hell. Worse, his heroes are generally saddled with young, green heroes. (Nothing drives you crazy more than a cocky kid.) But they overcome, and the cocky kids become heroes, too. This is great reading.
                                                                        –Steve Saffel, Senior Editor

Landscape Sketching in Pen and Ink

Although geared toward professional artists, this accessible approach to landscape sketching will also appeal to amateurs. English artist Donald Maxwell’s entertaining and straightforward attitude begins with the basics: “We will draw a brick. Anybody can draw a brick.”Following introductions to perspective, light and shade, and composition, Maxwell proceeds to demonstrate how to direct a picture’s focus, and he discusses the challenges of ink as a medium. His observations are complemented and enhanced with illustrative examples of boatyards, bridges, churches, and country farms from throughout Great Britain that date from the early twentieth century. A concluding gallery features a bonus collection of twenty-five images by Frank Brangwyn, Joseph Pennell, Otto Fischer, and other contemporary masters of pen-and-ink landscapes. Specially added for this edition is a new Foreword written by Sonja Rozman and Gašper Habjanič, two landscape architects with a passion for drawing.

Landscape Painting

Underpinning all good landscape painting is observation. Starting from this standpoint, this book introduces the artist to painting the natural and man-made landscape. Initially equipped with just a handful of pencils and paper to explore the world outside, it allows confidence to grow alongside an understanding of the art and craft of painting landscape. Written by artist Richard Pikesley, it demonstrates his approach and that of other contributors, who illustrate the diversity of paths that can be taken to achieve a passionate and personal response to the landscape. Richly illustrated with more than 300 color images, this book emphasizes the importance of observation, and advises on how to “learn” the landscape; it teaches the rudiments of drawing, and develops confidence and technical understanding of the subject; it explains color mixing on the palette, and how color works in nature and is affected by sunlight. Also included is a guide to the materials, equipment, and techniques of the landscape painter. Finally, there is advice on presenting, framing, and displaying your work, and how to find exhibition opportunities.

La Guerre Des Machines

Dix millénaires avant les événements relatés dans Dune, l’humanité est soumise à la tyrannie des Machines Intelligentes. Celles-ci ont formé un réseau et leur élément le plus puissant, OMNIUS, s’est emparé du pouvoir. Certains humains ont également choisi de greffer leur cerveau sur des machines, devenant des cyborgs. Ils se sont baptisés eux-mêmes les Titans.

Ce sera le déclencheur de la Guerre des Machines, connue plus tard sous le nom de Jihad Butlérien et qui mènera à l’interdiction absolue de la création de machines à l’image de l’intelligence humaine.

Humains contre machines, c’est le combat qui donnera naissance aux Grandes Familles et aux Ordres comme le Bene Gesserit ou les Mentats.

La Bataille De Corrin

Après le Jihad Bultérien, la paix revient dans la Galaxie. Les Machines ont reculé sur tous les fronts. Omnius semble en déroute. L’un des principaux artisans de cette victoire, Vorian Atréides, peut espérer savourer sur Caladan un loisir mérité.
Mais les Titans survivants n’ont pas dit leur dernier mot.

Les Humains libres devront les affronter dans une dernière bataille où tout peut être gagné : elle aura lieu sur Corrin, dernière forteresse d’Omnius. Les Machines pensantes seront enfin éradiquées ou les humains retomberont sous leur joug…

L’Algoritmo E L’Oracolo

Nell’agosto 2014 lo scienziato Alessandro Vesespignani riceve una chiamata: un’epidemia senza precedenti sta distruggendo la Guinea, presto contagerà il resto del mondo. Il nome del virus è ormai noto a tutti: Ebola. Vespignani e il suo team si collegano a un supercomputer e, grazie ad algoritmi e simulazioni, riescono a prevedere la diffusione del virus con mesi di anticipo.
Predire il futuro è la nostra ossessione sin dall’alba dei tempi. Gli aruspici hanno scrutato per secoli il domani nelle carcasse degli animali, e ancora oggi non riusciamo a fare a meno della divinazione: sapere a che ora sorge il sole o quando ci sarà la prossima eclissi lunare mitiga il nostro senso di spaesamento nell’universo. Cosa accadrebbe se fosse possibile prevedere con largo anticipo non solo fenomeni come quelli meteorologici, ma tutta la nostra vita? Togliamo il se. I nuovi indovini artificiali lo stanno già facendo.
Alessandro Vespignani – uno dei più importanti scienziati della predizione al mondo – con la sua arte mantica non si affida ai segni della natura, bensì a quelli matematici della datificazione. E a fornirgli questi dati siamo proprio noi. Non ci credete? Guardatevi intorno: le nostre tracce sono ovunque. I pagamenti che eseguiamo con il bancomat dicono cosa possiamo permetterci e cosa ci piace, il gps sullo smartphone registra tutti i nostri spostamenti, l’algoritmo di Facebook impara i nostri gusti in fatto di cinema e musica, moda e cibo, fino a sapere che cosa abbiamo intenzione di votare alle prossime elezioni.
Tutti questi dati che seminiamo sono il punto di partenza, il pozzo da cui attingere per simulare e anticipare il futuro. Una sfida che non si esaurisce nella predizione delle attività quotidiane, ma che mira a utilizzarle per profetizzare fenomeni molto più grandi: pandemie, guerre, crolli economici e politici, disastri naturali. L’algoritmo e l’oracolo non racconta come tutto ciò potrà accadere un giorno; racconta come, senza che ce ne accorgiamo, stia già accadendo. **
### Sinossi
Nell’agosto 2014 lo scienziato Alessandro Vesespignani riceve una chiamata: un’epidemia senza precedenti sta distruggendo la Guinea, presto contagerà il resto del mondo. Il nome del virus è ormai noto a tutti: Ebola. Vespignani e il suo team si collegano a un supercomputer e, grazie ad algoritmi e simulazioni, riescono a prevedere la diffusione del virus con mesi di anticipo.
Predire il futuro è la nostra ossessione sin dall’alba dei tempi. Gli aruspici hanno scrutato per secoli il domani nelle carcasse degli animali, e ancora oggi non riusciamo a fare a meno della divinazione: sapere a che ora sorge il sole o quando ci sarà la prossima eclissi lunare mitiga il nostro senso di spaesamento nell’universo. Cosa accadrebbe se fosse possibile prevedere con largo anticipo non solo fenomeni come quelli meteorologici, ma tutta la nostra vita? Togliamo il se. I nuovi indovini artificiali lo stanno già facendo.
Alessandro Vespignani – uno dei più importanti scienziati della predizione al mondo – con la sua arte mantica non si affida ai segni della natura, bensì a quelli matematici della datificazione. E a fornirgli questi dati siamo proprio noi. Non ci credete? Guardatevi intorno: le nostre tracce sono ovunque. I pagamenti che eseguiamo con il bancomat dicono cosa possiamo permetterci e cosa ci piace, il gps sullo smartphone registra tutti i nostri spostamenti, l’algoritmo di Facebook impara i nostri gusti in fatto di cinema e musica, moda e cibo, fino a sapere che cosa abbiamo intenzione di votare alle prossime elezioni.
Tutti questi dati che seminiamo sono il punto di partenza, il pozzo da cui attingere per simulare e anticipare il futuro. Una sfida che non si esaurisce nella predizione delle attività quotidiane, ma che mira a utilizzarle per profetizzare fenomeni molto più grandi: pandemie, guerre, crolli economici e politici, disastri naturali. L’algoritmo e l’oracolo non racconta come tutto ciò potrà accadere un giorno; racconta come, senza che ce ne accorgiamo, stia già accadendo.

Knights of Dark Renown

Once the legendary knights of the Gabala defended the nine duchies. Their hearts were beautiful; their armor was beyond compare. They were greater than princes, more than men.
But they were gone, disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Only one held back — Manannan, whose every instinct told him to stay. Now he was the coward knight, and in torment.
Murder and black magic beset the land. Rumors circulated that the king was enchanted, changed, that his soul was dead . . . and that a reign of terror was about to begin.
Now Manannan realized he would have to face his darkest fears: he had no choice but to ride through that dreaded gate and seek out his vanished companions.
And the secret he would learn there would tear his soul apart . . . .
“A sharp, distinctive medieval fantasy. Dramatic, colorful, taut.” — Locus
### Review
Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality…The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
### From the Inside Flap
Once the legendary knights of the Gabala defended the nine duchies. Their hearts were beautiful; their armor was beyond compare. They were greater than princes, more than men.
But they were gone, disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Only one held back — Manannan, whose every instinct told him to stay. Now he was the coward knight, and in torment.
Murder and black magic beset the land. Rumors circulated that the king was enchanted, changed, that his soul was dead . . . and that a reign of terror was about to begin.
Now Manannan realized he would have to face his darkest fears: he had no choice but to ride through that dreaded gate and seek out his vanished companions.
And the secret he would learn there would tear his soul apart . . . .
“A sharp, distinctive medieval fantasy. Dramatic, colorful, taut.” — Locus

Kingfisher

Kingfishers are a sight to behold. The dash and verve of this cosmopolitan bird has been admired for millennia, appearing in creation myths, imperial regalia and cultural iconography, and they were once valued as highly as gold. Artists used their iridescent feathers in *Tian-tsui* , an iconic style of Chinese fine art, for more than 2,400 years. The magnificent temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia owe their existence in part to the great wealth generated by the live kingfisher trade from the Indochina Peninsula. As a muse, kingfishers have influenced philosophers, playwrights and artists, from the Roman poet Ovid to Carl Jung, Charles Darwin and others, while more recently bio-mimicry engineers have turned to kingfishers for inspiration.
This beautifully illustrated book delves into the origins and diversity of the more than 120 species of kingfishers, from the burly kookaburras to the diminutive birds that daringly pluck spiders off webs, defining their characteristics, their differences, their lifestyles and their cultural significance around the world. **
### Sinossi
Kingfishers are a sight to behold. The dash and verve of this cosmopolitan bird has been admired for millennia, appearing in creation myths, imperial regalia and cultural iconography, and they were once valued as highly as gold. Artists used their iridescent feathers in *Tian-tsui* , an iconic style of Chinese fine art, for more than 2,400 years. The magnificent temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia owe their existence in part to the great wealth generated by the live kingfisher trade from the Indochina Peninsula. As a muse, kingfishers have influenced philosophers, playwrights and artists, from the Roman poet Ovid to Carl Jung, Charles Darwin and others, while more recently bio-mimicry engineers have turned to kingfishers for inspiration.
This beautifully illustrated book delves into the origins and diversity of the more than 120 species of kingfishers, from the burly kookaburras to the diminutive birds that daringly pluck spiders off webs, defining their characteristics, their differences, their lifestyles and their cultural significance around the world.
### L’autore
**Ildiko Szabo** is collections curator of the Cowan Tetrapod Collection at the University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver, Canada. She is coauthor of *British Columbia Pelagic Marine Copepoda: An Identification Manual and Annotated Bibliography*.

Killing Patton

Listeners around the world have thrilled to *Killing Lincoln* , *Killing Kennedy* , and *Killing Jesus* \- riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history. Now, from Bill O’Reilly, anchor of *The O’Reilly Factor* , comes the most epic book of all in this multimillion-selling series: *Killing Patton*.
General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident – and may very well have been an act of assassination. *Killing Patton* will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton’s tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.