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Of Masques and Martyrs

Led by Peter Octavian, the Shadows continue their battle against the ruthless Hannibal and his vampiric minions, who mean to enslave humanity-and devour all in their path.

Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

**THE PERFECT STOCKING FILLER FOR INQUISITIVE MINDS**
**Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES**
\- Why is it octopuses, and not octopi or octopodes?
\- How did octopuses evolve to be so clever?
\- How can octopuses see and speak with their skin?
EXAMINE these crafty hunters of the seabed – shape-shifting, skin-signalling and using complex tools – their remarkable abilities are still being uncovered.
**BENDY BODIES, BIG BRAINS**
Written by celebrated marine biologist and documentarian Helen Scales, *Octopuses* is an enthralling introduction to these utterly unique creatures, the myths and fiction they have inspired, and what they can tell us about the roots of intelligence.

Nocturna

Per l’orfana Finn Voy “magia” significa due cose ben precise: un pugnale puntato al mento di chiunque si azzardi a incrociare la sua strada, e la capacità di indossare qualunque travestimento con la stessa facilità con la quale una persona comune indossa un mantello. Perché Finn, oltre a essere una ladra abilissima, è anche una mutafaccia, capace cioè di cambiare le proprie fattezze quando lo desidera. Ed è talmente abituata a farlo, per sopravvivere nel mondo violento e spietato in cui vive, da non ricordarsi quasi più quale sia il suo vero volto. Ma tutto sommato a lei va bene così. Quando però viene acciuffata da un potente criminale con il quale è indebitata, è costretta ad accettare una missione impossibile: rubare un tesoro leggendario dal palazzo reale di Castallan. Se non ci riuscirà, perderà per sempre la sua magica capacità di mutare aspetto.
Per il principe Alfehr “magia” significa la possibilità di sfuggire a una vita che non gli appartiene. Dopo la morte del fratello maggiore Dezmin, infatti, il ragazzo è diventato l’erede al trono, anche se è ciò che meno desidera al mondo. Tormentato dal dolore per la sua perdita, Alfie è disposto a tutto per riportare in vita il fratello, anche se questo significa inoltrarsi nel sentiero proibito della magia nera.
Ma la magia può essere anche qualcosa di terribile e spaventoso, come l’antico e terribile potere che Finn e Alfie liberano inavvertitamente e che diventa subito una minaccia per il mondo intero. Con il destino del regno di Castellan nelle loro mani, i due dovranno superare le loro differenze e allearsi per rimediare al loro errore.
Primo capitolo di una nuova e originalissima serie fantasy ambientata in un regno post coloniale dal sapore latino, *Nocturna* è un romanzo dalle tinte scure ricco di azione e colpi di scena con due protagonisti memorabili.

Nightingale

Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was–what her people call a “nightingale.”

But Bron isn’t ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron’s secret may be the most dangerous of all. [](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13458800-nightingale#)

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy

**From *NYT* bestselling author Brent Weeks comes his breakout fantasy trilogy in which a young boy trains under the city’s most legendary and feared assassin Durzo Blint. **
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art – and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is just the beginning. He was raised on the streets and knows an opportunity when he sees one – even when the risks are as high as working for someone like Durzo Blint.
Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and become the perfect killer.
**Devour this blockbuster tale of assassination and magic by *New York Times* bestselling author, Brent Weeks, which has delighted readers all over the world–with over one million copies in print! *****
**
* ** Included in this omnibus edition:**
*The Way of Shadows*
*Shadow’s Edge*
*Beyond the Shadows*
* *For more from Brent Weeks, check out:

**Lightbringer**
*The Black Prism*
*The Blinding Knife*
*The Broken Eye*
*The Blood Mirror
The Burning White
* **

New Americana

*Spirited interior d ecor inspired by a love of old, a quest for authenticity, and the artful blending of old with new. *
Holly Kuhn’s signature style combines patina finishes, leather, classic home furnishings, and personal collections with ease and sophistication. Her style captures the great American spirit in the design of spaces that are hardworking, practical, resourceful, honest, and that convey an appreciation for the simple beauty in everyday life.
**Holly Kuhn** is the founder of Old Glory Style, a home furnishings and antiques retailer with locations in Denver, Colorado, and Round Top, Texas.
**Ryann Ford** is an architecture and interiors photographer based in Austin, Texas.

Neural Networks with Keras Cookbook

**Implement neural network architectures by building them from scratch for multiple real-world applications.**
#### Key Features
* From scratch, build multiple neural network architectures such as CNN, RNN, LSTM in Keras
* Discover tips and tricks for designing a robust neural network to solve real-world problems
* Graduate from understanding the working details of neural networks and master the art of fine-tuning them

#### Book Description
This book will take you from the basics of neural networks to advanced implementations of architectures using a recipe-based approach.
We will learn about how neural networks work and the impact of various hyper parameters on a network’s accuracy along with leveraging neural networks for structured and unstructured data.
Later, we will learn how to classify and detect objects in images. We will also learn to use transfer learning for multiple applications, including a self-driving car using Convolutional Neural Networks.
We will generate images while leveraging GANs and also by performing image encoding. Additionally, we will perform text analysis using word vector based techniques. Later, we will use Recurrent Neural Networks and LSTM to implement chatbot and Machine Translation systems.
Finally, you will learn about transcribing images, audio, and generating captions and also use Deep Q-learning to build an agent that plays Space Invaders game.
By the end of this book, you will have developed the skills to choose and customize multiple neural network architectures for various deep learning problems you might encounter.
#### What you will learn
* Build multiple advanced neural network architectures from scratch
* Explore transfer learning to perform object detection and classification
* Build self-driving car applications using instance and semantic segmentation
* Understand data encoding for image, text and recommender systems
* Implement text analysis using sequence-to-sequence learning
* Leverage a combination of CNN and RNN to perform end-to-end learning
* Build agents to play games using deep Q-learning

#### Who this book is for
This intermediate-level book targets beginners and intermediate-level machine learning practitioners and data scientists who have just started their journey with neural networks. This book is for those who are looking for resources to help them navigate through the various neural network architectures; you’ll build multiple architectures, with concomitant case studies ordered by the complexity of the problem. A basic understanding of Python programming and a familiarity with basic machine learning are all you need to get started with this book.
Downloading the example code for this book You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at http://www.PacktPub.com. If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit http://www.PacktPub.com/support and register to have the files e-mailed directly to you.

Network Science with Python and NetworkX Quick Start Guide

**Manipulate and analyze network data with the power of Python and NetworkX**
#### Key Features
* Understand the terminology and basic concepts of network science
* Leverage the power of Python and NetworkX to represent data as a network
* Apply common techniques for working with network data of varying sizes

#### Book Description
NetworkX is a leading free and open source package used for network science with the Python programming language. NetworkX can track properties of individuals and relationships, find communities, analyze resilience, detect key network locations, and perform a wide range of important tasks. With the recent release of version 2, NetworkX has been updated to be more powerful and easy to use.
If you’re a data scientist, engineer, or computational social scientist, this book will guide you in using the Python programming language to gain insights into real-world networks. Starting with the fundamentals, you’ll be introduced to the core concepts of network science, along with examples that use real-world data and Python code. This book will introduce you to theoretical concepts such as scale-free and small-world networks, centrality measures, and agent-based modeling. You’ll also be able to look for scale-free networks in real data and visualize a network using circular, directed, and shell layouts.
By the end of this book, you’ll be able to choose appropriate network representations, use NetworkX to build and characterize networks, and uncover insights while working with real-world systems.
#### What you will learn
* Use Python and NetworkX to analyze the properties of individuals and relationships
* Encode data in network nodes and edges using NetworkX
* Manipulate, store, and summarize data in network nodes and edges
* Visualize a network using circular, directed and shell layouts
* Find out how simulating behavior on networks can give insights into real-world problems
* Understand the ongoing impact of network science on society, and its ethical considerations

#### Who this book is for
If you are a programmer or data scientist who wants to manipulate and analyze network data in Python, this book is perfect for you. Although prior knowledge of network science is not necessary, some Python programming experience will help you understand the concepts covered in the book easily.
Downloading the example code for this ebook: You can download the example code files for this ebook on GitHub at the following link: . If you require support please email: [email protected]

Netherland

### Amazon.com Review
**Amazon Exclusive: A Q &A with Joseph O’Neill**
**Joseph O’Neill was born in Ireland and raised in Holland. He received a law degree from Cambridge University and worked as a barrister in London. He writes regularly for *The Atlantic Monthly* and is the author of two previous novels, *New York Times* Notable Book. O’Neill received the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his third novel, *Netherland*. He lives with his family in New York City.**
**Question:** President Obama mentioned in a *New York Times Magazine* profile that he’s reading *Netherland*. How do you feel about the President reading your book?
**Joseph O’Neill:** I’m very honored, of course.
**Question:** How is the world of *Netherland* particular to the United States after 9/11?
**Joseph O’Neill:** The story takes place in the aftermath of 9/11. One of the things it does is try to evoke the disorientation and darkness of that time, which we only emerged from with the election of President Obama.
**Question:** What is the importance of the sport of cricket in this book? Do you play?
**Joseph O’Neill:** I love sport and play cricket and golf myself. Sport is a wonderful way to bring together people who would otherwise have no connection to each other.
**Question:** One of your reviewers calls *Netherland* an answer to
**Joseph O’Neill:** Halfway through the book I realized with a slightly sinking feeling that the plot of *Netherland* was eerily reminiscent of the *Gatsby* plot: dreamer drowns, bystander remembers. But there are only about 5 plots in existence, so I didn’t let it bother me too much. Fitzgerald thankfully steered clear of cricket.
**Question:** Many reviewers have commented on the “voice” of this novel. How it is more a novel of voice than of plot? Do you agree with this?
**Joseph O’Neill:** Yes, I would agree with that comment. This is not a novel of eventful twists and turns. It is more like a long-form international cricket match (which can last for 5 days without a winner emerging), about nuance and ambiguity and small slippages of insight. And about language, of course.
(Photo © Lisa Acherman)
### From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Hans van den Broek, the Dutch-born narrator of O’Neill’s dense, intelligent novel, observes of his friend, Chuck Ramkissoon, a self-mythologizing entrepreneur-gangster, that he never quite believed that people would sooner not have their understanding of the world blown up, even by Chuck Ramkissoon. The image of one’s understanding of the world being blown up is poignant—this is Hans’s fate after 9/11. He and wife Rachel abandon their downtown loft, and, soon, Rachel leaves him behind at their temporary residence, the Chelsea Hotel, taking their son, Jake, back to London. Hans, an equities analyst, is at loose ends without Rachel, and in the two years he remains Rachel-less in New York City, he gets swept up by Chuck, a Trinidadian expatriate Hans meets at a cricket match. Chuck’s dream is to build a cricket stadium in Brooklyn; in the meantime, he operates as a factotum for a Russian gangster. The unlikely (and doomed from the novel’s outset) friendship rises and falls in tandem with Hans’s marriage, which falls and then, gradually, rises again. O’Neill (_This Is the Life_) offers an outsider’s view of New York bursting with wisdom, authenticity and a sobering jolt of realism. *(May)*
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