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The Dark Days Club

**Helen must make a choice: Save her reputation, or save the world.**

London, 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation at the royal court of George III. Her life should revolve around gowns, dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s maids disappears, she is drawn into the shadows of Regency London.
There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few able to stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons that has infiltrated all levels of society. Carlston is not a man she should be anywhere near, especially with the taint of scandal that surrounds him. Yet he offers her help and the possibility of finally discovering the truth about the mysterious deaths of her parents.
Soon the two of them are investigating a terrifying conspiracy that threatens to plunge the newly Enlightened world back into darkness. But can Helen trust a man whose own life is built on lies? And does she have the strength to face the dangers of this hidden world and her family’s legacy? **
** Set in the glittering social world of the Regency upper-crust, *the Dark Days Club* is a supernatural adventure that introduces *New York Times* best-selling author Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen Wrexhall—another heroine whom, like Eona, readers can take to their hearts.

The Complete Guide to Drawing Action Manga

**Whether your character is jumping for joy or grappling with an opponent, this book provides all the essential techniques to draw more lifelike action figures in the classic Japanese manga style.**
The comprehensive introduction first shows the reader the physical anatomy of male vs. female figures and gives important tips on proportions, perspective and small but often-overlooked details such as the relative differences between male and female hands, fingers and feet.
**Five subsequent chapters cover over 40 action poses in the following categories:**
* Chapter 1: Action (e.g. running and jumping)
* Chapter 2: Martial Arts (e.g. punching and kicking)
* Chapter 3: Interacting (e.g. judo holds and high fives)
* Chapter 4: Weapons (e.g. swords and knives)
* Chapter 5: Reacting (e.g. dodging a punch or taking a punch)

Each pose and movement is illustrated with a rough sketch outline followed by a highlighted manga drawing containing detailed annotations by the author. After studying the sketches, you practice the drawing techniques at the end of each chapter. Each chapter also provides professional tips on the use of color and shading for greater realism.
Special sections contain information and tips on particular topics of interest, such as how to draw clothes, hair and facial expressions or how to create special effects. At the end of the book, an actual 6-page comic strip gives readers the opportunity to practice what they have learned by filling in the missing elements.

The Complete Alien Omnibus

An omnibus edition of Alan Dean Foster’s Alien science-fiction trilogy. As the spaceship Nostromo glided through the silent reaches of the galaxy, the ships scanners detected a garbled distress call form a remote and long dead planet. But all the technology on board could not protect the ship’s crew from the living nightmare they found there. It was a terror that stalked Ripley, the only survivor of Nostromo, and came to haunt her again and again… Read the horrors of ALIEN and you won’t believe that Ripley returned, with a team of death-dealing Marines, right back into the jaws of a threat too monstrous to contemplate. After the slaughter that was ALIENS, Ripley finds herself on a prison planet worse than anyone’s imagined hell. But the nightmare of ALIEN 3 was only just beginning…

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.