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Chronicles of Eden – Act II

Daniel and Triska have a long road ahead of them in their quest to instill peace in Eden. But with two beautiful monster girls aiding him he’s more sure now than ever that his beliefs are true, that some monsters can indeed fight their inner nature and be allies of mankind. However this is just the beginning, and things will certainly get harder from this point on. From finding new and enchanting monster girls along the way, to crossing paths with those who have a mysterious agenda, and coming face to face with a legendary Darker One itself, Daniel’s quest to bring peace and order to Eden is going to be one wild and dangerous journey.
-This book is intended for mature audiences-
-For those who have previous editions of the Chronicles of Eden series, please make sure you are on the correct book as the Acts have been edited-

Chess With a Dragon

The Galactic InterChange is the greatest discovery in history. Through the InterChange, humanity gains access to the combined knowledge of all the worlds and all the races of the galaxy. For librarians, scientists, doctors, teachers, and anybody interested in the spread of knowledge, it’s a field day. Just find something intriguing on the menu and request a copy—so simple, so exciting!Until the bill arrives.It’s the greatest bill in history, and humanity has no way of paying it off. No way except one—indenture. Being slaves to aliens doesn’t sound like much fun.Yake Singh Brown is the man who has to negotiate the deal for humanity. It’s the toughest assignment he’s ever faced, like playing chess with a dragon—all he has to do is figure out the rules of the game before being eaten.In the tradition of Douglas Adams and Piers Anthony, David Gerrold, the writer who created The Trouble with Tribbles, pits Earth’s most daring diplomat against the scheming—and hungry—races of the rest of the galaxy, with hysterical results.

Čevengur

Leggi un estratto *** Una città dimenticata da Dio nel cuore della steppa, abitata da uomini inselvatichiti dalla miseria. Ma anche in questo luogo è passata la rivoluzione e ha lasciato sogni e sentimenti sulla nuova società da costruire. Il romanzo di Platonov è la cronaca emozionante, ora tragica, ora comica, di questo momento magico, quando gli ultimi del mondo sembrano diventare i protagonisti della Storia. Gli esiti della rifondazione utopica sono paradossali, bislacchi, votati al disastro, che puntualmente arriverà, ma i personaggi restano nella memoria del lettore con tutto il loro carico di umanità. Uno dei più grandi capolavori della letteratura russa del Novecento, scritto nella seconda metà degli anni Venti ma pubblicato in Russia solo nel 1988, in una nuova edizione integrale accuratamente tradotta. *** Frutto di inquietudini moderniste, Cevengur di Andrej Platonov rientra a pieno titolo in quel filone della letteratura russa nel quale la fede incondizionata nelle teorie non godeva di largo credito. A quelle visioni del mondo preconfezionate, sostenute con forza dall’intelligencija radicale, scrittori come Turgenev, Dostoevskij e Tolstoj opposero, con pervicacia al limite dell’ostinazione, autentici capolavori. I più grandi romanzi dell’Ottocento russo sono, come è stato detto, «romanzi di idee nella misura in cui sono romanzi che lottano contro la supremazia delle idee»: si cimentano con la materia della realtà, con le scelte quotidiane del singolo, con l’imprevedibilità della vita e preferiscono instillare dubbi piuttosto che diffondere credo. Se in Cevengur il tessuto polifonico, la costruzione argomentativa, l’esposizione delle teorie coeve con una lucidità che già da sola ne smaschera la disumanità, rinviano ai grandi romanzi di Dostoevskij, come non ascrivere a Tolstoj, il «profeta della carne», l’assillo tutto platonoviano per la caducità del corpo umano e per le passioni carnali? Dalla prefazione di Ornella Discacciati

Cento per cento

“Quel gran figlio di una brava donna. Wiston ed io ci siamo incontrati la prima volta nel ’62, correvamo entrambi per il mondiale. Però adesso vi voglio dire una cosa. Ci sono persone e persone, ognuno di noi nasce con un’aspirazione, qualcosa che iddio o chi per lui ci ficca in mezzo alle scapole già da prima che a tuo padre passi per la testa l’idea di calarsi i pantaloni. Almeno, io la penso così. C’è chi nasce per questo o per quello, ma sono pochi quelli che nascono al cento per cento per una cosa precisa. Tipo i pittori, per dirne una. Quanti pittori vuoi che nascano al mese? Un’infinità. Cioè, ogni mese, in tutto il mondo, nascono una cosa come mille pittori, mettiamo che siano mille, ovvero mille disgraziati che a un certo punto della loro vita si metteranno a imbrattare tele, o a fare quelle cose lì da finocchi. Ma attenti a questa domanda: quanti, di questi pittori, nascono veramente pittori? Forse uno. Forse uno ogni venti anni. Intendo pittore al cento per cento. Del tipo che non ci sono cristi, a quello gliel’hanno piantato nell’anima a martellate, magari non saprà manco allacciarsi le scarpe, ma la tela, oh, signori miei, se quello mette mano a una tela vedrete cantare gli angeli. Tutto questo per dire che io sono nato pugile punto e basta. Non lo so se è una cosa bella o brutta, ma tant’è”.

Cemetery World

Earth: expensive, elite graveyard to the galaxy. Ravaged 10,000 years earlier by war, Earth was reclaimed by its space-dwelling offspring as a planet of landscaping and tombstones. None of them fully human, Fletcher, Cynthia, and Elmer journey through this dead world, discovering human traits and undertaking a quest to rebuild a human world on Earth.

Casa

Glory Boughton ha trentotto anni quando una delusione amorosa la riporta nella natia Gilead per occuparsi del vecchio padre e della consunta casa avita. Il fratello Jack ne ha qualcuno di più allorché, pochi mesi più tardi, bussa alla stessa porta in cerca di un approdo per il suo spirito tormentato. Le braccia del patriarca si aprono ad accogliere il più amato dei suoi otto figli, il più corrotto, il più smarrito. Ma il suo cuore e la sua mente faticano a fare altrettanto. Nella versione robinsoniana di quella che l’autrice definisce la più radicale delle parabole evangeliche – capovolgendo, come fa, le nozioni di merito e ricompensa -, l’accento cade sul momento successivo a quello della festosa accoglienza: il momento del perdono, della piena reintegrazione nella casa del padre, laddove il limite umano si fa più invalicabile. Il terzo romanzo di Marilynne Robinson ci ripropone un mondo familiare: lìimmobile cittadina agraria di Gilead, «fulgida stella del radicalismo» nella sarcastica rivisitazione di Jack; la metà degli anni Cinquanta, con i loro scontri razziali e la loro sedata quiescenza; il venerabile pastore presbiteriano Robert Boughton, ormai troppo stanco, e i suoi due figli più interessanti, la dolente Glory e l’oscuro Jack. Stesso luogo, tempo, personaggi del precedente *Gilead* , dunque (compagno contiguo anziché sequenziale di questo *Casa* ), ma diversa prospettiva a illuminare da un’altra angolazione il più trascendente e insieme il più terreno dei temi: nostos, il ritorno a casa.
«Casa. Quale posto migliore poteva esserci sulla Terra, e perché sembrava a tutti loro un esilio?», si chiede qui la voce narrante. Per Glory, tradita da un fidanzato poi rivelatosi già sposato, peccatrice nel non aver rivelato tale condizione al padre, il ritorno a quella casa malata di tempo equivale a un esilio permanente dalle proprie più liete speranze. Quanto a Jack, poi, l’esilio è duplice. Da sempre pecora nera di un nucleo familiare altrimenti compatto, da sempre inspiegato e inspiegabile devastatore di armonie, Jack vorrebbe tornare al passato che lo inchioda per aprirsi un varco di futuro. Ancora una volta frainteso e misconosciuto, lasciato sulla soglia di un perdono che non riesce ad arrivare, si vede invece opporre un rifiuto nuovo che rinnovella quello antico. Il nostos vive allora nei dialoghi di due fratelli dell’anima oltreché del sangue, nei loro gesti buoni l’uno per l’altro, in una memoria che guarda avanti. E in alto.
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« *Casa* e *Gilead* sono meravigliosi romanzi sulla famiglia, l’amicizia, la vecchiaia. Ma sono anche grandi romanzi sulla razza e la religione nella vita americana. C’è insieme intransigenza e indulgenza [in *Casa* ], amarezza e gioia, fanatismo e serenità. È un’opera sfrenata, eccentrica, radicale che sorge dalla più ampia, la più fertile, tradizione letteraria americana».
**«The New York Times»**

Cari Mora (versione italiana)

DALL’AUTORE DEL BESTSELLER IL SILENZIO DEGLI INNOCENTIVenticinque milioni di dollari in lingotti d’oro appartenuti a Pablo Escobar sono sepolti in una grande e misteriosa villa nella baia di Miami Beach. Il bottino fa gola a molti, gente senza scrupoli che tiene d’occhio la casa. Primo tra tutti Hans-Peter Schneider, un uomo perverso e pericoloso che vive delle fantasie malate di altri uomini ricchi.Cari Mora è una ragazza colombiana di venticinque anni con un passato drammatico, scampata alla violenza del suo paese. È l’unica persona ad aver accettato di fare la custode di quella villa; la sola a non temere le voci inquietanti che circolano su quel luogo. Bella e coraggiosa, è la preda perfetta per Hans-Peter, che nel frattempo ha affittato la villa per cercare di mettere le mani sul tesoro di Escobar. E sulla ragazza.Ma Cari Mora ha doti sorprendenti, un’intelligenza fuori dal comune e innanzitutto è una sopravvissuta.Nessuno scrittore contemporaneo è mai riuscito a evocare nei lettori in modo tanto vivido e terrificante quei mostri annidati nelle crepe sottili che si creano tra il desiderio dell’uomo e la sopravvivenza della donna.Cari Mora, sesto romanzo di Thomas Harris, segna il grande ritorno del maestro americano.

By Heresies Distressed

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In David Weber’s *By Heresies Distressed* , the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun. The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom. Crowned Empress of that empire, Sharleyan has found in Cayleb’s arms the love she never dared hope for in a “marriage of state.” In Cayleb’s cause, his defiance of the ruthless Group of Four who govern mother Church, she has found the task to which she can commit her mind and her courage. It is a cause for which she was born. Yet there are things Sharleyan still does not know. Secrets Cayleb has not been permitted to share, even with her. Secrets like the true story of humanity on Safehold. Like the intricate web of lies, deception, and fabricated “religion” which have chained humanity for almost a thousand years. Like the existence of the genocidal alien Gbaba, waiting to complete mankind’s destruction should humans ever attract their attention once more. Like the existence of a young woman, Nimue Alban, nine hundred years dead, whose heart, mind, and memories live on within the android body of the warrior-monk she knows as Merlin. And so Empress Sharleyan faces the great challenge of her life unaware of all that task truly entails…or of how the secrets the man who loves her cannot share may threaten all they have achieved between them…and her own life. **Safehold Series** 1\. *Off Armageddon Reef* 2\. *By Schism Rent Asunder*
**3\. *By Heresies Distressed** *3.* A Mighty Fortress *4.* How Firm A Foundation *5.* Midst Toil and Tribulation *6.* Like A Mighty Army *7.* Hell’s Foundations Quiver *8.* At the Sign of Triumph*
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Bride of the Slime Monster

‘Poor Roger! He had found so much in the Cineverse and so many friends: Delores (how could he have known when he fell in love with the pouting beauty that she was from another dimension?); Doc, the former town drunk; Zabana, the Jungle Prince; and Big Louie, who’s actually rather short. And who could say how many of them were still alive? Is Delores lost to Roger forever, stranded as he is on Earth without a Captain Crusader Decoder Ring to return him to the Cineverse? Is the Cineverse doomed, with the nefarious, nasty Dr Dread triumphant over the forces of good? Roger is desperate. More so when he discovers his mother’s new boyfriend, the next-door-neighbour, is actually Menge the Merciless, Captain Crusader’s archest foe. And when Roger does escape the evil fiend and finds his way back, he is trapped in the most dangerous of all movie worlds – the musical.. Meanwhile, Delores and the gang escape the clutches of Dr Dread and his sadistic henchperson Big Bertha, only to find themselves in even greater danger – confronted by a creature that carries the putrescent stench of things long dead, a creature intent on making Delores his mate – the Slime Monster…

Bride of the Rat God

**A Hollywood diva. A Chinese curse. A suspense-filled fantasy from the *New York Times* –bestselling author “who can write well in any genre” (Charlaine Harris).**
  It is 1923, and silent film reigns in Hollywood. Of all the starlets, none is more beloved than Chrysanda Flamande, a diva as brilliant as she is difficult to manage. Handling her falls to Norah, widow of Chrysanda’s dead brother. She has always done her job well, but she was never equipped to deal with murder.   When a violent killing shocks Chrysanda’s entourage, and other weird happenings swiftly follow, Norah begins to suspect that some strange power is stalking the star. In Chinatown she receives warning that a curse has been placed on the actress as vengeance for wearing a sacred amulet in one of her films—and this curse could mean death for all who surround her.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Bookworm

Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training but she’s very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer – the most powerful magician of them all – is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn’t have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the Great Library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift doesn’t give her greater power, but it does give her a better understanding of magic, allowing her to accomplish far more than ever before.
  It’s also terribly dangerous. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. The knowledge locked away in the Great Library was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of five hundred years earlier. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations represented by her newfound knowledge, all the while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears, embodied by the sinister Inquisitor Dread.
  But a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Unless she can unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, divine the unfolding plan, and discover the truth about her own origins, there is no hope for those she loves, the Golden City or her entire world.

Blood Before Sunrise

***She needed a bargaining chip and this was it. Raif’s daughter’s life for hers. And he knew damn good and well I was right. Just like he’d assured me the night I’d killed Azriel, this was far from over. His daughter was alive. I knew it. And I was going to find her.* **
For months, Darian and her Shaede guardian, Raif, have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow the Shaede Nation–and kill Darian in the bargain. But now that they’ve finally found the half-crazed Oracle, they are granted a possibility too painful for Raif to imagine and too enticing for Darian to ignore.
Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead, but her mission quickly proves dangerous when her lover, Tyler, is almost killed. And when a brooding and mysterious Fae warrior offers his guidance–at an extraordinary price–Darian finds herself willing to risk everything. As her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession, and she and Tyler grow further apart, Darian finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother and the man whose love she can’t live without….

Blockchain for Dummies

**Find out what Blockchain is, how it works, and what it can do for you** Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, the revolutionary ‘virtual currency’ that’s changing the way people do business. While Bitcoin has enjoyed some well-deserved hype, Blockchain may be Bitcoin’s most vital legacy. *Blockchain For Dummies* is the ideal starting place for business pros looking to gain a better understanding of what Blockchain is, how it can improve the integrity of their data, and how it can work to fundamentally change their business and enhance their data security. *Blockchain For Dummies* covers the essential things you need to know about this exciting technology’s promise of revolutionizing financial transactions, data security, and information integrity. The book covers the technologies behind Blockchain, introduces a variety of existing Blockchain solutions, and even walks you through creating a small but working Blockchain-based application. Blockchain holds the promise to revolutionize a wide variety of businesses. Get in the know about Blockchain now with *Blockchain For Dummies* and be ready to make the changes to business that your colleagues and competitors will later wish they’d done. Discover ten ways Blockchain can change business * Find out how to apply a Blockchain solution * See how to make data more secure * Learn how to work with vendors
Filled with vital information and tips on how this paradigm-changing technology can transform your business for the better, this book will not only show you Blockchain’s full potential, but your own as well! **
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**Find out what Blockchain is, how it works, and what it can do for you** Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, the revolutionary ‘virtual currency’ that’s changing the way people do business. While Bitcoin has enjoyed some well-deserved hype, Blockchain may be Bitcoin’s most vital legacy. *Blockchain For Dummies* is the ideal starting place for business pros looking to gain a better understanding of what Blockchain is, how it can improve the integrity of their data, and how it can work to fundamentally change their business and enhance their data security. *Blockchain For Dummies* covers the essential things you need to know about this exciting technology’s promise of revolutionizing financial transactions, data security, and information integrity. The book covers the technologies behind Blockchain, introduces a variety of existing Blockchain solutions, and even walks you through creating a small but working Blockchain-based application. Blockchain holds the promise to revolutionize a wide variety of businesses. Get in the know about Blockchain now with *Blockchain For Dummies* and be ready to make the changes to business that your colleagues and competitors will later wish they’d done. Discover ten ways Blockchain can change business * Find out how to apply a Blockchain solution * See how to make data more secure * Learn how to work with vendors
Filled with vital information and tips on how this paradigm-changing technology can transform your business for the better, this book will not only show you Blockchain’s full potential, but your own as well!
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* Get a clear picture of what a blockchain can do
* Learn how blockchains rule cryptocurrency
* Discover how current blockchains operate

**Understand how blockchains are changing technology** Blockchain is the techno-magic that enables cryptocurrencies and impacts the worlds of finance, insurance, supply chain management, and others. But you don’t need to be a programmer or financial wizard to understand blockchain; you just need this book! It explains blockchain basics, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies, with real-world examples showing how blockchains function and where they add value. Learn how to interact with a blockchain, tour key blockchains, see how they disrupt huge industries, and much more. **Inside…** * Blockchain defined * Choose the right blockchain * Test blockchain apps * Get to know current blockchain platforms * How blockchain enhances security * The impact of blockchain on industries

Blade Kin

Book Three of the Serpent Catch Series.
Catching the serpents was only the beginning. Before Tull can lead his people to freedom, Tull must first free himself from the beast within.
He must break the fiery chains of Adjonai as he leads an uprising against the powerful Slave Lords, but the ultimate battle for Tull and his allies will come against the Creators, machines with minds of crystal waging a program of total genocide against all life on Anee.
“No one who has read Dave Wolverton doubts that his is a major talent.” –Algis Budrys, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“For me, what lifts this book out of the first rank of quest-adventures and onto another plane entirely is Wolveton’s creation of the Pwi, a people who are as loving and spiritual as Homo sapiens is angry and rational. . . . an extraordinary novel of ideas that coexist quite easily with a powerful story of adventure and character. . . . You won’t soon forget this book.” –The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Black Bottle

“Anthony Huso pushes the conventions of epic fantasy to their limits in this tale that that is not quite horror, not quite fantasy, and much more than both. Reminiscent of the novels of China Mieville and Glen Cook, this should appeal to fans of steampunk and epic fantasy.” – *Library Journal* on *Black Bottle*
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** Tabloids sold in the Duchy of Stonehold claim that the High King, Caliph Howl, has been raised from the dead. His consort, Sena Iilool, both blamed and celebrated for this act, finds that a macabre cult has sprung up around her.
As this news spreads, Stonehold – long considered unimportant – comes to the attention of the emperors in the southern countries. They have learned that the seed of Sena’s immense power lies in an occult book, and they are eager to claim it for their own.
Desperate to protect his people from the southern threat, Caliph is drawn into a summit of the world’s leaders despite the knowledge that it is a trap. As Sena’s bizarre actions threaten to unravel the summit, Caliph watches her slip through his fingers into madness.
But is it really madness? Sena is playing a dangerous game of strategy and deceit as she attempts to outwit a force that has spent millennia preparing for this day. Caliph is the only connection left to her former life, but it’s his blood that Sena needs to see her plans through to their explosive finish.
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