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The Metrognome and Other Stories

Forget what you thought you knew about the universe and enter the fantastic world of master storyteller Alan Dean Foster . . .
OPERATOR ASSISTED CALLS ARE CHARGED AT A HIGHER RATE. Mr. Parkworthy had a score to settle with the telephone company, and he was a man used to getting his own way. But he should have remembered that it is not polite to be rude to a lady . . . especially when the lady is Ma Bell.
THE METROGNOME. Charlie Dimsdale was only a little man in the company that ran New York City’s subways . . . until some odd little denizens of the city’s subterranean tunnels showed him who was really in charge!
THE TESSELATED TETRAHEXAHEDRAL YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS. Country people in America are a fair but mighty independent bunch. So when some government scientists rudely demanded that the Shattucks turn over the UFO that crashed on their Texas ranch, the Shattucks became a bit obstinate. Besides, the shining little spacecraft looked real cute hanging on the barn with the Christmas decorations.
COLLECTIBLE. When young Pearl’s life was collapsing around her, she could always find comfort in her extensive collection of dragon memorabilia — but some youngsters are more fragile than others, and dragons can be deadly.
Plus eleven more stories!
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The Marvel Book

**One Marvel book to guide them all.**
The Marvel Book charts an exhilarating course through the fascinating, dynamic and awe-inspiring Marvel Comics universe.
Packed with vivid comic book imagery, illuminating infographics and incisive, specially curated essays, this book explores the key concepts, characters and events that have defined and shaped Marvel Comics over the past 80 years. Meticulously researched and expertly written, this discerning guide sheds new light on the myriad wonders of the Marvel Comics universe.
So whether you are a devoted Marvel Comics fan or a casual reader keen to find out more, The Marvel Book is an invaluable roadmap to a boundless comics universe that will encourage you to see it anew.
© 2019 MARVEL

The Martian Child

A Novel about a Single Father Adopting a Son
Based on a True Story

“Oh. One more thing: Dennis thinks he’s a Martian . . . .”

Soon-to-be parents are instructed to “expect the unexpected.” Good advice, it turns out. Especially for the anxious or apprehensive parent who is considering adoption.

How can one know about an adopted child?

All David Gerrold knew for certain was that he wanted to be a parent. As a single gay man he thought adoption would be the most direct route to fatherhood. But he soon found out-to both his joy and dismay-that the emotional route to fatherhood was anything but direct. In fact, it was a roller-coaster ride that changed his life forever.

When he first saw the picture of eight-year-old Dennis beaming up at him from the photograph in the adoption book, David knew this was the boy for him.

But these were the facts: Abandoned as an infant by drug-addicted parents. Documented abuse….

The Man Who Folded Himself

This classic work of science fiction is widely considered to be the ultimate time-travel novel. When Daniel Eakins inherits a time machine, he soon realizes that he has enormous power to shape the course of history. He can foil terrorists, prevent assassinations, or just make some fast money at the racetrack. And if he doesn’t like the results of the change, he can simply go back in time and talk himself out of making it! But Dan soon finds that there are limits to his powers and forces beyond his control.

The Malacia Tapestry

In the timeless city of Malacia, a place swathed in magic and on the brink of war, lives a young man named Perian de Chirolo – a free-spirit, a fearless lover – who embarks on a harrowing odyssey with dramatic consequences for himself and all Malacians. This is a gripping tale of wonder, lust and destiny.

The Lovestruck Goddess

**Don’t miss this companion novella to the enthralling Goddess Test series,** **perfect for fans of the Covenant, Starcrossed and Mortal Instruments series, originally published in 2012 as part of *The Goddess Legacy* anthology! **
For millennia, we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimee Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows. ****
Ava, a.k.a. Aphrodite, was the goddess of love, and yet commitment was a totally different deal. Torn between two brothers, will she ever find her own heart and home? ****
This story can be read at any time, but was originally written after *Goddess Interrupted* and before *The Goddess Inheritance*. ****
Don’t miss any of the epic and exhilarating action in the GODDESS TEST series by Aimee Carter!
The following is the complete Goddess Test series of three full-length novels and six companion novellas, in ideal reading order:
***The Goddess Test** *
The Goddess Hunt (Novella) ****
Goddess Interrupted
The Goddess Queen (Novella) ****
The Lovestruck Goddess (Novella) ****
Goddess of the Underworld (Novella) ****
God of Thieves (Novella) ****
God of Darkness(Novella) ****
The Goddess Inheritance
“A fresh take on the Greek myths adds sparkle to this romantic fable.”
\–Cassandra Clare on *The Goddess Test*

The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age

From the author of the *New York Times* bestseller *The Plant Paradox* comes a groundbreaking plan for living a long, healthy, happy life.
From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live forever, until they hit middle age and witness the suffering of their parents and even their peers. So how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age—but enjoy the benefits of youth? This groundbreaking book holds the answer. Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In *The Longevity Paradox* , he maps out a new approach to aging well—one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. Our gut bugs—the bacteria that make up the microbiome—largely determine our health over the years. From diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s to common ailments like arthritis to our weight and the appearance of our skin, these bugs are in the driver’s seat, controlling our quality of life as we age. The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them—and you—thrive. In *The Longevity Paradox* , Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, *The Longevity Paradox* offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital. **
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“In  *The Longevity Paradox* , Dr. Steven Gundry upends many long-held beliefs about aging, debunking common misconceptions and making the provocative yet persuasive argument that the length and quality of our lives is a function of the health of our microbiome. Practical, informative, and hopeful, this book will change the way you think about aging.” (Mark Hyman, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and #1 *New York Times* best-selling author of *Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?* )
“ *The Longevity Paradox*  offers a fresh perspective on an existential question: how can we live a long life and grow old while still enjoying the physical and mental qualities of being young? What Dr. Gundry shows us is not only that it’s possible to thrive as we age, but that the power to do it lies in our own hands (or, more accurately, our guts). It’s an essential read for anybody who’s growing older – which is to say, everybody.” (Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive )
“ *The Longevity Paradox* is a well-written, entertaining tour of your generally friendly neighborhood microbiome that will help you learn to live younger and longer.” ( Dr. Oz)
“We’re often told that future scientific research will provide an elixir that will not only allow us to live longer, but live healthier as well.  But as Dr. Gundry deftly reveals in *The Longevity Paradox,* we have those tools in hand, right now, that can open the door to a longer and healthier life experience.  This highly empowering text leverages leading-edge research and provides a user-friendly interface enhancing and extending our precious existence.” (David Perlmutter, MD, author of *New York Times* bestseller *Grain Brain* and *Brain Maker* )
“In *The Longevity Paradox* , Dr. Steven Gundry translates the complex science of aging into a clear, actionable plan.  If you want to live longer and healthier, this is the best book on the subject.” (Dale Bredesen, MD, *New York Times* bestselling author of *The End of Alzheimer’s* )
“Dr. Gundry has already helped many of the millions of people who are suffering from inflammatory disorders. Now, in  *The Longevity Paradox* , he shows readers how to fend off the inflammation that contributes to disease and decline with age.” (Valter Longo, PhD, Director of the Longevity Institute, USC, and bestselling author of *The Longevity Diet* )
“In his latest, readers will find Dr. Gundry’s  friendly demeanor, sound advice, and compassionate motivational techniques unchanged as he takes a closer look at the aging process and examines a variety of ways to mitigate the damage done to the body across a lifetime. A proactive, manageable, and practical approach to stemming the aging tide.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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From the author of the *New York Times* bestseller *The Plant Paradox* comes a groundbreaking plan for living a long, healthy, happy life.
From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live forever, until they hit middle age and witness the suffering of their parents and even their peers. So how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age—but enjoy the benefits of youth? This groundbreaking book holds the answer. Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In *The Longevity Paradox* , he maps out a new approach to aging well—one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. Our gut bugs—the bacteria that make up the microbiome—largely determine our health over the years. From diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s to common ailments like arthritis to our weight and the appearance of our skin, these bugs are in the driver’s seat, controlling our quality of life as we age. The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them—and you—thrive. In *The Longevity Paradox* , Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, *The Longevity Paradox* offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital.

The Little Book of Colour

**The definitive guide for harnessing the power of colour to improve your happiness, wellbeing and confidence**
Wouldn’t you like to boost your confidence simply by slipping on ‘that’ yellow jumper? Or when you get home after a stressful day, be instantly soothed by the restful green of your walls?
The colours all around us hold an emotional energy. Applied Colour Psychology specialist, Karen Haller, explains the inherent power of colour; for example, looking closely at the colours we love or those we dislike can bring up deeply buried memories and with them powerful feelings.
A revolutionary guide to boosting your wellbeing, *The Little Book of Colour* puts you firmly in the driver’s seat and on the road to changing the colours in your world to revamp your mood and motivation. Illuminating the science, psychology and emotional significance of colour, with key assessments for finding your own true colour compatibility, this book will help you to rediscover meaning in everything you do through the joy of colour.
Get ready to join the colour revolution, and change your life for the better.

The League of Seven

*The League of Seven* is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of *Samurai Shortstop* , Alan Gratz.
In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten—but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management…

The Last Guardian

“David Gemmell tells a tale of very real adventure, the stuff of true epic fantasy.”
–R.A. Salvatore, New York Times Bestselling author

While the Earth quaked, a deadly power burst forth from ancient Atlantis. For the gate of time had been torn open, freeing a cataclysmic evil.

Only the last guardian, Jon Shannow, the legendary pistoleer, could shut the deadly portal. But to accomplish this he would have to find the shining Sword of God, said to be floating among the clouds in the perilous lands beyond the wall, where beasts walked like men and worship a dark goddess. As Shannow embarked on his impossible quest, demons gathered in wait.

And–somewhere–a golden-haired woman was dreaming of blood . . .

From the Paperback edition.

The Lady of the Rivers

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta has always had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she meets his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and sees her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft, before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Married to the Duke of Bedford, English Regent of France, Jacquetta is introduced by him to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the Duke’s squire, Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the Duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen. The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. Not even their courage and loyalty can keep the House of Lancaster on the throne. King Henry VI slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret, his queen, turns to untrustworthy favorites for help; and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty of the House of York. Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter Elizabeth Woodville, a young woman for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York. A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother to the White Queen.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker’s daughter will achieve her father’s greatest ambition.

The King’s Curse

This is the story of deposed royal Margaret Pole, and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England. Margaret Pole spends her young life struggling to free her brother, arrested as a child, from the Tower of London. The Tower – symbol of the Tudor usurpation of her family’s throne – haunts Margaret’s dreams until the day that her brother is executed on the orders of Henry VII. Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, Margaret is buried in marriage to a steady and kind Tudor supporter – Sir Richard Pole, governor of Wales. But Margaret’s quiet, hidden life is changed forever by the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon, as Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple. Margaret’s destiny, as an heiress to the Plantagenets, is not for a life in the shadows. Tragedy throws her into poverty and rebellion against the new royal family, luck restores her to her place at court where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine and watches the dominance of the Spanish queen over her husband, and her fall. As the young king becomes increasingly paranoid of rivals he turns his fearful attention to Margaret and her royal family. Amid the rapid deterioration of the Tudor court, Margaret must choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, Henry VIII, or to her beloved queen and princess. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret has to find her own way and hide her knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors, which is slowly coming true…

The Keepers: Homeward IV

Young Jan is stunned when his father, Cadell, the “zupan” and leader of the region’s villages, is offered the vassal lordship of the local keep. His father is about as far from nobility as anyone could be. For some reason, the nobles of the house of Äntes, the rulers of Jan’s province, have been unable to keep a vassal there for twenty years—as those appointed have fled the place in the night—and the Äntes may have grown desperate enough to throw the position at Jan’s father.
The last place Jan wants to live is a decrepit, dark little fortress above a village of superstitious peasants.  But when his father accepts the position, Jan finds himself swept off to the abandoned keep above the village of Chemestúk. The situation there is darker and more serious than he, his mother, or his father bargained for.
The local peasants won’t go near the keep; something terrible happened up there twenty years ago.  Soon enough, Jan and his mother begin to learn why no vassal has ever remained in that place for more than a moon. And the darkness upon the keep is greater than mere superstition. [Short Story, ~13k words]
**About “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga”…**
No knowledge of the Noble Dead Saga or related works is necessary to read and enjoy these stories. They are written for fantasy enthusiasts in general and not just our established readership. Readers new to this world can step into it through any of these short works.
Tales are organized into “collections” where all stories therein share a theme and/or premise. When one or more link together, subsequent stories will mention “sequel to…” on their covers to guide you. Even so, each is self-contained enough to be your first adventure into this world.
—Barb & J.C. Hendee
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The Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla

The early works of famed inventor Nikola Tesla, and a source of inspiration for generations of innovators.
At the time it was first published in 1893,  *The Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla* was considered the bible of electrical engineering and inspired generations of inventors. This volume, edited by Tesla’s contemporary, Thomas Commerford Martin, includes extensive discussion of Tesla’s early work and inventions and contains more than 300 illustrations that demonstrate the practical application of his ideas. Tesla, who was born in what is now Croatia, is best known for his research into the use of high-frequency alternating currents and wireless transmission. Many of his ideas have found practical application in the modern world, and he continues to be a source of inspiration and fascination to this day. **