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An Island Called Moreau

A castaway government official is stranded on an island of man-made monsters in this bold reimagining of the H. G. Wells science fiction classic War is hell, and the conflict tearing the world apart may be humankind’s last. Set adrift on a makeshift raft in the middle of the South Pacific, the sole survivor of a sabotaged space-shuttle flight, undersecretary of state Calvert Roberts is certain his life is coming to an end. But fate intervenes, depositing him dehydrated and half starved on the beach of an uncharted island with a giant M etched into a cliff wall. At first it appears to be paradise, but Eden has a dark side: Here, Dr. Mortimer Dart is playing God. A genius geneticist who is certifiably mad, he is called Master by the unspeakable creations of his predecessor—monstrous creatures, neither human nor animal but some nightmarish hybrid. Yet as horrible as the stranded government official finds these abominations, it is the truth behind Dart’s experiments that chill Roberts’s blood—for it will open wide a window onto an inescapable future of emptiness, ashes, and death.   One of twentieth-century science fiction’s brightest luminaries, Grand Master Brian W. Aldiss pays homage to one of the genre’s most beloved progenitors, the great H. G. Wells, author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and other science fiction classics. An Island Called Moreau is a gripping near-future tale of inhuman experimentation, dystopia, morality, war, and mad science that honors and ingeniously updates Wells’s brilliant, dark masterwork, The Island of Doctor Moreau.

An Introduction to High Reliability Soldering and Circuit Board Repair

“An Introduction to High Reliability Soldering and Circuit Board Repair” introduces the novice technician to soldering and board repair. Little or no prior knowledge of electronics is required to make effective use of this book. The book is written as a 1st semester course in electronics. Basic tools are used as much as possible. The text briefly explains the fundamental elements of electronics; voltage, current, and resistance. Wires, splicing techniques, types of solders and fluxes, jumper wire, and tools are covered. The installation and removal of through-hole and surface mount components along with industry standards are presented. The learner is also presented with various techniques to repair single and double-sided printed circuit boards.

American Tabloid

«Erano sbirri corrotti e artisti del ricatto. Erano intercettatori, soldati di fortuna e cabarettisti froci. Se solo un istante delle loro esistenze avesse imboccato un percorso diverso, la storia americana come noi la conosciamo non sarebbe esistita.» J. Edgar Hoover, capo dell’FBI. Jimmy Hoffa, presidente del sindacato dei trasporti. Howard Hughes, editore miliardario. Robert Kennedy, senatore. John F. Kennedy, senatore e poi presidente degli Stati Uniti. Tra il 1958 e il 1963 questi erano gli uomini che tenevano in pugno l’America. Ma erano anche i protagonisti di una guerra sporca e segreta, affidata a spie corrotte e trafficanti di droga, a killer e prostitute. Mai così amaro, mai così violento, James Ellroy racconta, nuda e cruda, la storia di un’America senza eroi. Un’America che ha perso anche il ricordo dell’onore e dell’innocenza. **
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«Erano sbirri corrotti e artisti del ricatto. Erano intercettatori, soldati di fortuna e cabarettisti froci. Se solo un istante delle loro esistenze avesse imboccato un percorso diverso, la storia americana come noi la conosciamo non sarebbe esistita.» J. Edgar Hoover, capo dell’FBI. Jimmy Hoffa, presidente del sindacato dei trasporti. Howard Hughes, editore miliardario. Robert Kennedy, senatore. John F. Kennedy, senatore e poi presidente degli Stati Uniti. Tra il 1958 e il 1963 questi erano gli uomini che tenevano in pugno l’America. Ma erano anche i protagonisti di una guerra sporca e segreta, affidata a spie corrotte e trafficanti di droga, a killer e prostitute. Mai così amaro, mai così violento, James Ellroy racconta, nuda e cruda, la storia di un’America senza eroi. Un’America che ha perso anche il ricordo dell’onore e dell’innocenza.

Alternate Gerrolds: An Assortment of Fictitious Lives

Everyday themes as diverse as exploration, the fight against evil, laboratory experiments, and self-improvement are presented in this new anthology of short stories from David Gerrold. 
Largely consisting of stories featuring an alternative history, and often written for Mike Resnick’s Alternative series, the stories range from funny to horrifying and lighthearted to profound. In “Franz Kafka, Superhero!” Kafka employs his unusual metamorphosis to fight evil throughout the world and take on even Sigmund Freud. Two characters who hope to better themselves experience “The Seminar from Hell,” while “The Firebringers” features Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Stewart as soldiers charged with dropping the first atom bomb. Taking an archaeological turn, a team of anthropologists struggles with understanding the artifacts of a mysterious alien race in “Digging in Gehenna.” With wit and imagination, these pieces provide a rare and intriguing addition to any Gerrold collection.
### Review
“”David Gerrold proves that he can do all the things that made us love Heinlein’s storytelling — and often better.” –Orson Scott Card

### About the Author
**David Gerrold**  is the author of the Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated  *The Man Who Folded Himself* , the Star Wolf, Dingillian, and Chtorr series, and  *When Harlie Was One*. He also wrote “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode of  *Star Trek* , voted the most popular  *Star Trek*  episode of all time. He lives in Northridge, California.
**Mike Resnick**  is the author of more than 40 science fiction novels, 12 collections, 150 short stories, and two screenplays, and he has won four Hugo Awards and the Nebula Award. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

All the Birds in the Sky

Entertainment Weekly’s 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best NovelFinalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best NovelPaste’s 50 Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far) List“The book is full of quirkiness and playful detail…but there’s an overwhelming depth and poignancy to its virtuoso ending.” —NPR From the former editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning Nebula Award-winning and Hugo-shortlisted novel about the end of the world—and the beginning of our futureAn ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other. As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in a world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

The tough and brassy Agatha Raisin is not a woman to sit at home wringing her hands. Soon she is off to north Cyprus to track down her ex-fiance. Instead of enjoying the honeymoon they once planned, however, they witness the murder of an obnoxious tourist in a disco, and James is as sullen as usual. Two sets of terrible tourists – one set posh and rude, the other nouveau riche and vulgar – surround the unhappy couple, arousing Agatha’s suspicions. And, much to James’s chagrin, she won’t rest until she finds the killer. Unfortunately, it also seems the killer won’t rest until Agatha is out of the picture. Agatha is forced to track down the murderer, try to rekindle her romance with James, and fend off a suave baronet, all while coping with the fact that it’s always bathing suit season in north Cyprus.

Afterlife: An Evernight Novel

Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas . . .
Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.
Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help . . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.
A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges *after* life?
### Review
“Once I picked up ‘Evernight’ I couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait for Claudia Gray’s next book!” L. J. Smith, best-selling author of ‘The Vampire Diaries’
### About the Author
Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the *New York Times* bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents’ copy of *Mysteries of the Unexplained* is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable, such as the *Titanic* and werewolves.

Advanced Python Programming

**Create distributed applications with clever design patterns to solve complex problems**
#### Key Features
* Set up and run distributed algorithms on a cluster using Dask and PySpark
* Master skills to accurately implement concurrency in your code
* Gain practical experience of Python design patterns with real-world examples

#### Book Description
This Learning Path shows you how to leverage the power of both native and third-party Python libraries for building robust and responsive applications. You will learn about profilers and reactive programming, concurrency and parallelism, as well as tools for making your apps quick and efficient. You will discover how to write code for parallel architectures using TensorFlow and Theano, and use a cluster of computers for large-scale computations using technologies such as Dask and PySpark. With the knowledge of how Python design patterns work, you will be able to clone objects, secure interfaces, dynamically choose algorithms, and accomplish much more in high performance computing.
By the end of this Learning Path, you will have the skills and confidence to build engaging models that quickly offer efficient solutions to your problems.
This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products:
* Python High Performance – Second Edition by Gabriele Lanaro
* Mastering Concurrency in Python by Quan Nguyen
* Mastering Python Design Patterns by Sakis Kasampalis

#### What you will learn
* Use NumPy and pandas to import and manipulate datasets
* Achieve native performance with Cython and Numba
* Write asynchronous code using asyncio and RxPy
* Design highly scalable programs with application scaffolding
* Explore abstract methods to maintain data consistency
* Clone objects using the prototype pattern
* Use the adapter pattern to make incompatible interfaces compatible
* Employ the strategy pattern to dynamically choose an algorithm

#### Who this book is for
This Learning Path is specially designed for Python developers who want to build high-performance applications and learn about single core and multi-core programming, distributed concurrency, and Python design patterns. Some experience with Python programming language will help you get the most out of this Learning Path.

Advanced Applied Deep Learning

Develop and optimize deep learning models with advanced architectures. This book teaches you the intricate details and subtleties of the algorithms that are at the core of convolutional neural networks. In *Advanced Applied Deep Learning* , you will study advanced topics on CNN and object detection using Keras and TensorFlow.
Along the way, you will look at the fundamental operations in CNN, such as convolution and pooling, and then look at more advanced architectures such as inception networks, resnets, and many more. While the book discusses theoretical topics, you will discover how to work efficiently with Keras with many tricks and tips, including how to customize logging in Keras with custom callback classes, what is eager execution, and how to use it in your models.
Finally, you will study how object detection works, and build a complete implementation of the YOLO (you only look once) algorithm in Keras and TensorFlow. By the end of the book you will have implemented various models in Keras and learned many advanced tricks that will bring your skills to the next level.
**What You Will Learn**
* See how convolutional neural networks and object detection work
* Save weights and models on disk
* Pause training and restart it at a later stage
* Use hardware acceleration (GPUs) in your code
* Work with the Dataset TensorFlow abstraction and use pre-trained models and transfer learning
* Remove and add layers to pre-trained networks to adapt them to your specific project
* Apply pre-trained models such as Alexnet and VGG16 to new datasets

**Who This Book Is For**
Scientists and researchers with intermediate-to-advanced Python and machine learning know-how. Additionally, intermediate knowledge of Keras and TensorFlow is expected.

Adrien English Mysteries Omnibus

This omnibus contains all five Adrien English mysteries:

Fatal Shadows….3
Dangerous Thing….141
The Hell You Say….301
Death of a Pirate King….521
The Dark Tide….720

Abode

The yearning for a life of pared-down purity has built to a roar, and Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter—the husband-and-wife owners of General Store, one of California’s most talked-about shops—are at the forefront. In  *Abode: Thoughtful Living with Less* , these tastemakers make a graceful case for living better no matter your budget or abilities, guiding you to create a space this is simple and true. Their time-tested methods create interiors that maximize openness, strip a building back to its bones, and amplify natural light, evoking unpretentious tranquility. The blueprint for their signature aesthetic is all here: the embrace of elemental materials, curation of handcrafted objects, and collection of furnishings from eras when craftsmanship was king. This edit of Mitnik-Miller and St. Peter’s greatest collaborations will take you through their breathtaking rooms, masterpieces of warm minimalism. *Abode* is a glimpse into the couple’s process and a guide to manifesting your own beautiful interiors.