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The Sea Wolves

The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own real-life adventures. But there are some parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical–these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.

Clinging to life after he is captured in an attack by savage pirates, Jack is unprepared for what he faces at the hands of the crew and their charismatic, murderous captain, Ghost. For these mariners are not mortal men but hungry beasts chasing gold and death across the North Pacific. Jack’s only hope lies with Sabine–a sad, sultry captive of Ghost’s insatiable hunger. But on these waters, nothing is as it seems, and Sabine may be hiding dangerous secrets of her own.

The second installment in the adventures of the young Jack London is a masterpiece of tension and emotion. Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator Greg Ruth, have crafted a tale for…

The Science of Storytelling

***SUNDAY TIMES* BESTSELLER** **‘If you want to write a novel or a script, read this book’ *Sunday Times ** *‘* *The best book on the craft of storytelling I’ve ever read’ Matt Haig** **‘Rarely has a book engrossed me more, and forced me to question everything I’ve ever read, seen or written. A masterpiece’ Adam Rutherford **** Who would we be without stories? **Stories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions, and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human. There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story – from Joseph Campbell’s well-worn theories about myth and archetype to recent attempts to crack the ‘Bestseller Code’. But few have used a scientific approach. This is curious, for if we are to truly understand storytelling in its grandest sense, we must first come to understand the ultimate storyteller – the human brain. In this scalpel-sharp, thought-provoking book, Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey from the Hebrew scriptures to Mr Men, from Booker Prize-winning literature to box set TV. Applying dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes, he shows how we can use these tools to tell better stories – and make sense of our chaotic modern world.**

The Sapphire: Homeward III

After fleeing from the small port town of Miiska — and the threat of a vampire hunter’s blade—Ratboy finds himself alone in the king’s city of Bela, having left his two companions, Rashed and Teesha behind. Lost and lonely at first, he soon realizes that he has a chance to reinvent himself, to take on a new name and a new identity.  Then… he sees a young woman with bright blue eyes, and he falls in love for the first time.
p>Unfortunately, he can’t quite see that she’s a gold-digging prostitute.  But love is blind.  He’s determined to make her his own, make her immortal, give her anything she wants, and make her happy.  However, keeping her happy soon proves a daunting task, one that will require desperate measures and all his cunning. [Short Story, ~12k 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
**

The Saliva Tree

Brian Aldiss marked the centenary year of H G Wells’ birth with this ingenious novella combining comedy, terror and, intriguingly, late nineteenth-century period charm. In a sleepy East Anglian town we meet Bruce Fox and Gregory Rolles – two young men who have sworn to Think Large in order to distinguish themselves from the masses of Cottersall. When a meteor lands in the pond of a local farm, Gregory seeks the advice of Mr Wells. Nine short stories complete the collection, including the highly autobiographical ‘Girl and Robot With Flowers’, which was taken up as a seminal story demarcating the new SF from the old.

The Rhythms of Life

Popular science at its most exciting: the breaking new world of chronobiology – understanding the rhythm of life in humans and all plants and animals. The entire natural world is full of rhythms. The early bird catches the worm -and migrates to an internal calendar. Dormice hibernate away the winter. Plants open and close their flowers at the same hour each day. Bees search out nectar-rich flowers day after day. There are cicadas that can breed for only two weeks every 17 years. And in humans: why are people who work anti-social shifts more illness prone and die younger? What is jet-lag and can anything help? Why do teenagers refuse to get up in the morning, and are the rest of us really ‘larks’ or ‘owls’? Why are most people born (and die) between 3am-5am? And should patients be given medicines (and operations) at set times of day, because the body reacts so differently in the morning, evening and at night? The answers lie in our biological clocks the mechanisms which give order to all living things. They impose a structure that enables us to change our behaviour in relation to the time of day, month or year. They are reset at sunrise and sunset each day to link astronomical time with an organism’s internal time.

The Reluctant Marquess

Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice. The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her. While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isnt thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton. Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, and shes not at all sure she likes her new husband either, except for his striking appearance, which sends her pulses racing. Lord Robert is a rake and does not deserve her love, but neither does she wish to live alone. Might he be suffering from a sad past?
### Review
“Readers will love the delightful tale of love in an arranged marriage. As troubles buffet the new couple and their love is tested, readers will be rooting for them to make it through.”
—Romantic Times Book Reviews, May 2011
### About the Author
Maggi Andersen fell in love with the Georgian and Regency worlds after reading the books of Georgette Heyer. Victoria Holts Gothic Victorian novels were also great favorites. Maggis free time is spent enjoying her garden and the local wildlife, reading, movies, and the theater. She lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of Australia.

The Reluctant Guardian: Homeward V

After Bieja flees her home in the village of Chemestúk, burned to the ground in a civil war, she soon realizes she has only one place left to go. Her niece, Magiere, owns a little tavern in the port town of Miiska—which is unfortunately a long journey away on the west coast. Bieja has never traveled more than a few leagues from her hut in all of her life.
Undaunted all the same, she sets off through her war-torn homeland with what she could scavenge from the blackened remains of her village. All too soon, she finds herself on unfamiliar paths and facing the risk of both deserters and conscripted soldiers who are as desperate as she is. She has always been independent, but she might not survive this journey alone… until happenstance trips her up with a most unusual guardian.
The problem is, this guardian might be as dangerous as anything else Bieja will have to face.
**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
**

The Python Workshop: A New, Interactive Approach to Learning Python

**Cut through the noise and get real results with a step-by-step approach to learning Python 3.X programming**
#### Key Features
* Ideal for the Python beginner who is getting started for the first time
* A step-by-step Python tutorial with exercises and activities that help build key skills
* Structured to let you progress at your own pace, on your own terms
* Use your physical copy to redeem free access to the online interactive edition

#### Book Description
You already know you want to learn Python, and a smarter way to learn Python 3 is to learn by doing. The Python Workshop focuses on building up your practical skills so that you can work towards building up your machine learning skills as a data scientist, write scripts that help automate your life and save you time, or even create your own games and desktop applications. You’ll learn from real examples that lead to real results. Throughout The Python Workshop, you’ll take an engaging step-by-step approach to understanding Python. You won’t have to sit through any unnecessary theory. If you’re short on time you can jump into a single exercise each day or spend an entire weekend learning about Python scripting. It’s your choice. Learning on your terms, you’ll build up and reinforce key skills in a way that feels rewarding. Every physical copy of The Python Workshop unlocks access to the interactive edition. With videos detailing all exercises and activities, you’ll always have a guided solution. You can also benchmark yourself against assessments, track progress, and receive free content updates. You’ll even earn a secure credential that you can share and verify online upon completion. It’s a premium learning experience that’s included with your printed copy. To redeem, follow the instructions located at the start of your Python book. Fast-paced and direct, The Python Workshop is the ideal companion for Python beginners. You’ll build and iterate on your code like a software developer, learning along the way. This process means that you’ll find that your new skills stick, embedded as best practice. A solid foundation for the years ahead.
#### What you will learn
* Learn how to write clean and concise code with Python 3
* Understand classes and object-oriented programming
* Tackle entry-level data science and create engaging visualizations
* Use Python to create responsive, modern web applications
* Automate essential day-to-day tasks with Python scripts
* Get started with predictive Python machine learning

#### Who this book is for
This book is designed for professionals, students, and hobbyists who want to learn Python and apply it to solve challenging real-world problems. Although this is a beginner’s book, it will help if you already know standard programming topics, such as variables, if-else statements, and functions. Experience with another object-oriented program is beneficial, but not mandatory.
#### Table of Contents
1. Vital Python – Math, Strings, Conditionals, and Loops
2. Python Structures
3. Executing Python – Programs, Algorithms, and Functions
4. Extending Python, Files, Errors, and Graphs
5. Constructing Python – Classes and Methods
6. The Standard Library
7. Becoming Pythonic
8. Software Development
9. Practical Python – Advanced Topics
10. Data Analytics with pandas and NumPy
11. Machine Learning

**
### Sinossi
**Cut through the noise and get real results with a step-by-step approach to learning Python 3.X programming**
#### Key Features
* Ideal for the Python beginner who is getting started for the first time
* A step-by-step Python tutorial with exercises and activities that help build key skills
* Structured to let you progress at your own pace, on your own terms
* Use your physical copy to redeem free access to the online interactive edition

#### Book Description
You already know you want to learn Python, and a smarter way to learn Python 3 is to learn by doing. The Python Workshop focuses on building up your practical skills so that you can work towards building up your machine learning skills as a data scientist, write scripts that help automate your life and save you time, or even create your own games and desktop applications. You’ll learn from real examples that lead to real results. Throughout The Python Workshop, you’ll take an engaging step-by-step approach to understanding Python. You won’t have to sit through any unnecessary theory. If you’re short on time you can jump into a single exercise each day or spend an entire weekend learning about Python scripting. It’s your choice. Learning on your terms, you’ll build up and reinforce key skills in a way that feels rewarding. Every physical copy of The Python Workshop unlocks access to the interactive edition. With videos detailing all exercises and activities, you’ll always have a guided solution. You can also benchmark yourself against assessments, track progress, and receive free content updates. You’ll even earn a secure credential that you can share and verify online upon completion. It’s a premium learning experience that’s included with your printed copy. To redeem, follow the instructions located at the start of your Python book. Fast-paced and direct, The Python Workshop is the ideal companion for Python beginners. You’ll build and iterate on your code like a software developer, learning along the way. This process means that you’ll find that your new skills stick, embedded as best practice. A solid foundation for the years ahead.
#### What you will learn
* Learn how to write clean and concise code with Python 3
* Understand classes and object-oriented programming
* Tackle entry-level data science and create engaging visualizations
* Use Python to create responsive, modern web applications
* Automate essential day-to-day tasks with Python scripts
* Get started with predictive Python machine learning

#### Who this book is for
This book is designed for professionals, students, and hobbyists who want to learn Python and apply it to solve challenging real-world problems. Although this is a beginner’s book, it will help if you already know standard programming topics, such as variables, if-else statements, and functions. Experience with another object-oriented program is beneficial, but not mandatory.
#### Table of Contents
1. Vital Python – Math, Strings, Conditionals, and Loops
2. Python Structures
3. Executing Python – Programs, Algorithms, and Functions
4. Extending Python, Files, Errors, and Graphs
5. Constructing Python – Classes and Methods
6. The Standard Library
7. Becoming Pythonic
8. Software Development
9. Practical Python – Advanced Topics
10. Data Analytics with pandas and NumPy
11. Machine Learning

### L’autore
**Andrew Bird** is the data and analytics manager for Vesparum Capital. He leads the software and data science teams at Vesparum, overseeing full stack web development in Django / React. He is an Australian actuary (FIAA, CERA), who has previously worked with Deloitte Consulting in financial services. Andrew also currently works as a full-stack developer for Draftable Pvt. Ltd. He manages ongoing development of the donation portal for Effective Altruism Australia website, on a voluntary basis. **Dr Lau Cher Han** is a Chief data scientist, and currently the CEO of LEAD, an institution that provides programs on data science, full stack web development, and digital marketing. Well-versed in programming languages: JavaScript, Python, C# and so on he is experienced in web frameworks: MEAN Stack, ASP.NET, Python Django and is multilingual, speaking English, Chinese, Bahasa fluently. His knowledge of Chinese spreads even into its dialects: Hokkien, Teochew, and Cantonese. **Mario Corchero Jiménez** is a senior software developer at Bloomberg. He leads the Python infrastructure team in London, enabling the company to work effectively in Python and building company-wide libraries and tools. His professional experience is mainly in C++ and Python, and he has contributed some patches to multiple Python open source projects. He is a PSF fellow, having received the Q3 2018 PSF Community Award, is vice president of Python España (the Python Spain association), and has served as Chair of PyLondinium, PyConES17, and PyCon Charlas at PyCon 2018. Mario is passionate about the Python community, open source, and inner source. **Graham Lee** is an experienced programmer and writer. He has written books including Professional Cocoa Application Security, Test-Driven iOS Development, APPropriate Behaviour and APPosite Concerns. He is a developer who’s been programming for long enough to want to start telling other people about the mistakes he’s made, in the hope that they’ll avoid repeating them. In his case, this means having worked for about 12 years as a professional. His first programming experience can hardly be called professional at all: as it was in BASIC, on a Dragon 32 microcomputer. **Corey Wade,** M.S. Mathematics, M.F.A. Writing & Consciousness, is an author, educator, and data scientist. He has taught Natural Language Processing in Python as a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Instructor for Hello World, developed Python curricula as a Senior Technical Learning Designer with the Data Team at Pathstream, and developed original statistics and machine learning models in Python that have been published in Towards Data Science and Springboard. Currently, he chairs the Math Department at Berkeley Independent Study and teaches innovative enrichment courses (often including Python!) with One Student, One Class. When not teaching or working in Jupyter Notebooks, he’s chasing waves with his daughter Josephine and wife Jetta in the Bay Area.

The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama.
*Time* magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new and revealing lens on the American presidency, exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

The Plaza

**Journalist Julie Satow’s thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today’s Billionaire Row.**
From the moment in 1907 when New York millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through the Plaza Hotel’s revolving doors to become its first guest, to the afternoon in 2007 when a mysterious Russian oligarch paid a record price for the hotel’s largest penthouse, the eighteen-story white marble edifice at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street has radiated wealth and luxury.
For some, the hotel evokes images of F. Scott Fitzgerald frolicking in the Pulitzer Fountain, or Eloise, the impish young guest who pours water down the mail chute. But the true stories captured in THE PLAZA also include dark, hidden secrets: the cold-blooded murder perpetrated by the construction workers in charge of building the hotel, how Donald J. Trump came to be the only owner to ever bankrupt the Plaza, and the tale of the disgraced Indian tycoon who ran the hotel from a maximum-security prison cell, 7,000 miles away in Delhi.
In this definitive history, award-winning journalist Julie Satow not only pulls back the curtain on Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball and The Beatles’ first stateside visit-she also follows the money trail. THE PLAZA reveals how a handful of rich, dowager widows were the financial lifeline that saved the hotel during the Great Depression, and how, today, foreign money and anonymous shell companies have transformed iconic guest rooms into condominiums that shield ill-gotten gains-hollowing out parts of the hotel as well as the city around it.
THE PLAZA is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy. With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York’s place at the center of the country’s cultural narrative for over a century.

The Night Voice

**The *New York Times* bestselling authors of *First and Last Sorcerer* present the final breathtaking chapter in their epic Noble Dead saga….**
With much relief, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap prepare to hide the last two of the powerful orbs. Once this last great task is completed, Magiere can take Leesil home to a life of peace.
Then, rumors reach them that a horde of undead creatures, slaughtering everything in their wake, are gathering in the far east regions of the Suman desert. This gathering could only be caused by the Ancient Enemy awakening.
With no other choice, Magiere tells Leesil they cannot go home yet. They must go to the desert and seek to learn if the rumors are true… and if so, face an awakening evil: The Night Voice.