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Influence

*Influence* , the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of *Influence* will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success. Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.

In Dread Silence

(WARNING: Contains violence, strong language and adult content)A mission to a forgotten planet. A disgraced admiral facing an implacable foe. And on the forefront of battle, the dreaded Warp Marines.As the greatest power in the galaxy launches a major offensive into human space, a small expedition ventures into the unknown, searching for a weapon that may turn the tide for the beleaguered United Stars of America. But will digging around the lost ruins of an ancient – and evil – civilization provide the answers the US needs, or bring destruction to the entire galaxy?

The imagineers of war

**The definitive history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon agency that has quietly shaped war and technology for nearly sixty years.**
Founded in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik, the agency’s original mission was to create “the unimagined weapons of the future.” Over the decades, DARPA has been responsible for countless inventions and technologies that extend well beyond military technology. Sharon Weinberger gives us a riveting account of DARPA’s successes and failures, its remarkable innovations, and its wild-eyed schemes. We see how the threat of nuclear Armageddon sparked investment in computer networking, leading to the Internet, as well as to a proposal to power a missile-destroying particle beam by draining the Great Lakes. We learn how DARPA was responsible during the Vietnam War for both Agent Orange and the development of the world’s first armed drones, and how after 9/11 the agency sparked a national controversy over surveillance with its data-mining research. And we see how DARPA’s success with self-driving cars was followed by disappointing contributions to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Weinberger has interviewed more than one hundred former Pentagon officials and scientists involved in DARPA’s projects—many of whom have never spoken publicly about their work with the agency—and pored over countless declassified records from archives around the country, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and exclusive materials provided by sources. *The Imagineers of War* is a compelling and groundbreaking history in which science, technology, and politics collide.
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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions … he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain … by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective. Contents include: an original introduction; I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream; Laugh Track Grail; “Repent, Harlequin!” said the Ticktockman; The Very Last Day of a Good Woman; The Time of the Eye; Paladin of the Lost Hour; The Lingering Scent of Woodsmoke; and A Boy and His Dog (source of the cult motion picture). This recording is the winner of the International Horror Writers Bram Stoker Award for outstanding non-print media.

Huon of the Horn

A tale of that Duke of Bordeaux who came to sorrow at the hands of Charlemagne & yet won the favor of Oberon, the elf king, to his lasting fame & great glory. This is a later addition to the Charlemagne cycle last translated into English by Sir John Bourchier (Lord Berners) as “Boke of Duke Huon de Burdeux” in 1534 & adapted by Andre Norton in 1951. “An unusual tho circumscribed item, this translation of the 1534 English version of the romance of Huon of Bordeaux, included in the cycle of the Charlemagne Saga. With relaxed sentence structure which nevertheless retains some of the archaic flavor of the Lord Berners translation, the several legends of the hero who became a friend of the King of the Fariries & later ruler of Fairyland is told in brief episodes. Actually, in spite of a profusion of serpents, elves & magic props, the incidents don’t have the universal appeal of some of the Arthur legends, for example, or the Roland tales. Huon’s struggles against the Saracens, his meetin

Human

Human is the last tale of The Final Fall of Man. You’re strongly advised to start from Eejit and work your way through, but what do we know? We’ve never read the series starting from here. Maybe it’s fantastic this way. Maybe this is the only way it makes sense. That’s the thing about reading – you never really know, do you?
In this last gripping instalment of the 8-book Final Fall of man series, all the questions are answered and all the mysteries revealed, and then even bigger questions and mysteries turn out to somehow be hiding behind them, but that’s always the way, with questions and mysteries. There are some surprises in store and some heartache too, but if you’ve made it this far I guess you’re pretty tough. And if you really are starting with this book … well, good luck. Wear a helmet. Have fun.
If you’re going to go out on a song, make it a beautiful, beautiful song. And if you can’t do that, well – make it deafening.
Captain First Grade Çrom Skelliglyph cordially invites you to the Final Fall of Man.
Join the crew of the Astro Tramp 400 as she flies out.
One last time.
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### Sinossi
Human is the last tale of The Final Fall of Man. You’re strongly advised to start from Eejit and work your way through, but what do we know? We’ve never read the series starting from here. Maybe it’s fantastic this way. Maybe this is the only way it makes sense. That’s the thing about reading – you never really know, do you?
In this last gripping instalment of the 8-book Final Fall of man series, all the questions are answered and all the mysteries revealed, and then even bigger questions and mysteries turn out to somehow be hiding behind them, but that’s always the way, with questions and mysteries. There are some surprises in store and some heartache too, but if you’ve made it this far I guess you’re pretty tough. And if you really are starting with this book … well, good luck. Wear a helmet. Have fun.
If you’re going to go out on a song, make it a beautiful, beautiful song. And if you can’t do that, well – make it deafening.
Captain First Grade Çrom Skelliglyph cordially invites you to the Final Fall of Man.
Join the crew of the Astro Tramp 400 as she flies out.
One last time.

Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

In 1988, Gen Lamrimpa, a Tibetan monk, led a one-year retreat in the Pacific Northwest, during which a group of Western meditators devoted themselves to the practice of meditative quiescence ( *shamatha* ). This book is a record of the oral teachings he gave to this group at the outset of the retreat. The teachings are brought to life by Gen Lamrimpa’s warmth, humor, and extensive personal experience as a contemplative recluse. An invaluable practical guide for those seeking to develop greater attentional stability and clarity, this work will be of considerable interest to meditators, psychologists, and all others who are concerned with the potentials of the human mind.

How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food

**Great Food Made Simple**
Here’s the breakthrough one-stop cooking reference for today’s generation of cooks! Nationally known cooking authority Mark Bittman shows you how to prepare great food for all occasions using simple techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic kitchen equipment. Just as important, ***How to Cook Everything*** takes a relaxed, straightforward approach to cooking, so you can enjoy yourself in the kitchen and still achieve outstanding results.
Praise for ***How to Cook Everything*** by Mark Bittman:
“In his introduction to ***How to Cook Everything***, Mark Bittman says, ‘Anyone can cook, and most everyone should.’ Now, hopefully everyone will — this work is a rare achievement. Mark is in that pantheon of a few gifted cook/writers who make very, very good food simple and accessible. I read his recipes and my mouth waters. I read his directions and head for the kitchen. Bravo, Mark, for taking us away from take-out and back to the fun of food.”
— Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of the international public radio show “The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper”
“Mark Bittman is the best home cook I know, and ***How to Cook Everything*** is the best basic cookbook I’ve seen.”
— Jean-Georges Vongerichten, award-winning chef/owner of Jean-Georges
“Useful to the novice cook or the professional chef, ***How to Cook Everything*** is a tour de force cookbook by Mark Bittman. Mark lends his considerable knowledge and clear, concise writing style to explanations of techniques and quick, classic recipes. This is a complete, reliable cookbook.”
— Jacques Pepin, chef, cookbook author, and host of his own PBS television series
“Sometimes all the things that a particular person does best come together in a burst of synergy, and the result is truly marvelous. This book is just such an instance. Mark Bittman is not only the best home cook we know, he is also a born teacher, a gifted writer, and a canny kitchen tactician who combines great taste with eminent practicality. Put it all together and you have ***How to Cook Everything***, a cookbook that will inspire American home cooks not only today but for years to come.”
— John Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger, coauthors of *License to Grill*
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The House of Binding Thorns

**The multi-award-winning author of *The House of Shattered Wings* continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war . . .** As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital. House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal – to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear. In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom – and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear . . . As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength – or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will. ‘A superb blend of intrigue, mystery and magic and urban fantasy; it’s brilliantly written; and the story is gripping’ Civilian Reader

A Hopscotch Summer

A colourful Birmingham 1930s saga of a family torn apart . . .
### Book Description
Emma Brown is a happy-go-lucky child, content to work hard at school, and to play hopscotch with her friends on the pavement outside her house in the run-down Nechells area of Birmingham. As long as everything is alright at home with her Ma and Pa, her little sister Joyce and brother Sid, then life is good. But after Em’s mother Cynthia has her baby she just doesn’t seem to be able to cope. Her life-long friend and neighbour Dot helps as much as she can, but she has children of her own, and no man to hand; Cynthia’s husband Bob, too, does his best, but begins to feel that he’s losing the wife he has loved so much; and little Em just can’t find enough hours in the day to do all the washing and cleaning. Soon, it seems, the only thing is for Cynthia to go and stay across the city with her tyrannical older sister. With Cynthia away, life only gets harder for Em. Her best friend Kate ostracizes her, leaving only poor, stinky Molly Fox at her side, and when the Board Man comes to call, wanting to know why she’s not at school, things are really bad. When Bob stays out later and later in the evenings, always the worse for wear, and spending too much time with a local very merry widow, Em decides to travel across Birmingham to fetch her mother home, but the mother she discovers is a far cry from the proud, upright and loving figure she has known so well . . .
### From the Author
‘A Hopscotch Summer’ is the first story in what will be a trilogy. The story concentrates on Emma Brown and her family, and what happens to them while Em is quite young. It is also, overall, however the story of three school friends in Birmingham in the 1930s and how their lives entwine and develop.If I had decided to cram all their stories into one book it would have taken very well developed muscles to hold it up to be read! So I am writing three instead. In the next book, ‘Soldier Girl,’ to be published next year, we follow further the story of Molly Fox, who you will met in this book, though we do not lose sight of Em and her family, or Katie O’Neill, whose story will be told in the third book. So if you don’t find out everything you’d like to know about them in this story, there is plenty more to come. Happy reading.

Hollywood Scandals

***Win a new ereader!***
Gemma Halliday is giving away one ereader a month during Fall 2012!
Details in the back of this book or on her website.

(FORMERLY PUBLISHED UNDER THE TITLE: SCANDAL SHEET.)

“Fans of Janet Evanovich will love this spin off of the High Heels Mysteries!” – Jen. B, avid reader

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gemma Halliday…

Tina Bender is the gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid. She knows everything about everyone who’s anyone. And she’s not afraid to print it. That is, until she receives a threatening note, promising, “If you don’t stop writing about me, you’re dead.” Now her managing editor, Felix Dunn (from the High Heels Mysteries), has her teaming with a built bodyguard, a bubbly blonde, and an alcoholic obituary writer to uncover just which juicy piece of Hollywood gossip is worth killing over.

**RITA AWARD NOMINEE**

REVIEWS:

“This first book in Halliday’s new Hollywood Headlines series is a fun story with intriguing characters and a good mystery. The action is fast paced, the hero is delightful and the heroine is spunky and independent but smart enough to know when she needs help.”
– Romantic Times

“(HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS) is fresh, funny, and has just enough heart to balance the snark.”
– All About Romance

“Gemma Halliday’s witty, entertaining writing style shines through in her new book! I look forward to seeing lots more of Tina as this series continues. A fun read!”
– Fresh Fiction
### About the Author
Gemma Halliday is the author of the High Heels Mysteries, as well as the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries series. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, a National Reader’s Choice award and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is hard at work on several new projects.

The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

When Earth is destroyed to make way for a Hyperspatial express route, Arthur Dent discovers that space is big, as he is taken on a hair-raising tour of the Galaxy and its very strange inhabitants, by his friend Ford Perfect.

His Beloved Criminal

*The clock is ticking, and Tristan has to make the choice of a lifetime – does he play it safe, or give everything he has to love?*
Tristan is devastated when his lover, Nicolas, leaves two days before Thanksgiving and doesn’t come back. He knows that Nicolas is into some shady things, but he doesn’t know whether or not Nicolas meant to leave him, and the worry drives him mad. But just as suddenly as he left, Nicolas is back, and Tristan has a decision to make…
This is a contemporary short story of approximately 5000 words, or 20 book pages.

Hideaway

He was clinically dead after the accident—but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life.

But something has come back with Hatch from the other side. A terrible presence that links his mind to a psychotic’s, so that a force of murderous rage courses through him.
### From Publishers Weekly
After a near-fatal car accident, a Californian must deal with the deranged killer with whom he now shares visions. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections in cloth.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From School Library Journal
YA– Koontz’s latest thriller sits at the intersection of the weird and the ordinary. Once again, he explores a “what if” scenario in a most satisfying fashion. In this case, a near-death survivor accidentally carries a piggy-backing evil spirit through an open door from the afterlife. Hatch Harrison, the typical good-guy hero, is revived by a brilliant team of doctors more than an hour after drowning. Strange visions and half-waking dreams soon convince him that his recovery is not at all normal. His fears are soon magnified when people who have annoyed him are murdered, and he knows that he is somehow responsible. Paralleling the story of Hatch’s recovery is the unfolding revelation of a young man so evil that ordinary people cannot imagine his existence. As he skulks about selecting victims to murder and mutilate, a bizarre bond develops between the two men. Gory incidents tumble one after another as the two men become locked in first a psychic and then a physical battle between good and evil. The violent climax is symbolically set in an abandoned amusement park where at last the true duel identity of the murderer is revealed. Once again, evil is resoundingly defeated, but as any Koontz fan knows, the victory is only temporary.
*-Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA*
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.