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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
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**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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Bestiario antico. Gli animali-simbolo e il loro significato nell’immaginario dei popoli antichi

Come sentivano gli antichi il problema che oggi interessa sempre più l’avvenire della nostra civiltà, cioè l’ecologia? Gli spettacoli che comportavano la tortura e la morte di animali – dei quali sopravvivono la corrida, i combattimenti di galli e altri esempi sanguinosi – dimostrano una diversa, limitata sensibilità verso gli animali.
La letteratura antica – dalle steli egizie alla Bibbia, da Omero a Esopo, da Plinio a Ovidio – è ricca di riferimenti ad animali sia reali che immaginari. Le caratteristiche degli animali e il rapporto degli antichi con essi sono aspetti trascurati dello studio dei classici ma in questo saggio l’autore raccoglie, in una sorta di dizionario zoologico-letterario, i riferimenti necessari a colmare questa lacuna.
La presenza in un racconto mitologico di un animale piuttosto che un altro e il significato simbolico attribuito dagli antichi alle bestie rappresentano in realtà convenzioni stratificatesi sino a divenire archetipi della mente occidentale. Nell’affascinante studio di Francesco Maspero, tra citazioni a volte umoristiche a volte inquietanti, emerge nitidamente la visione che gli antichi avevano del mondo animale.

Belial: The Gargoyle Chronicles #3

Cinque anni prima il mondo di Elliot O’Donnell è stato distrutto, devastato. Gli hanno portato via tutto ciò che per lui era l’essenza stessa della vita: Iseth.
Dopo tutto questo tempo, il fato ha deciso di dare una seconda opportunità al guerriero dall’animo buono, ma questo farà sì che l’equilibrio mentale di Elliot venga minato, facendo riemergere il Gargoyle spietato che è in lui: Belial.
Il mostro sarà una scheggia impazzita e nemmeno l’affetto dei suoi amici riuscirà a contenerne l’ira perché lui ha un unico obiettivo: riavere la compagna, e tutto ciò che ostacolerà il suo cammino sarà spazzato via.
Ora Belial, primo guardiano del Condottiero della razza Gargoyle, vuole riprendersi Iseth, dea alata dalla pelle d’alabastro e gli occhi d’ametista, ma niente è più come allora, in lei i ricordi passati sono andati perduti. Iseth non esiste più, al suo posto è nata Lianne e per questa nuova creatura, Belial è… nessuno.
Belial è il terzo libro della serie: The Gargoyle Chronicles.
Primo libro: Dariin – pubblicato il 13 ottobre 2018.
Secondo libro: Gavriil – pubblicato il 9 dicembre 2018
Altre opere dell’autrice:
Trilogia paranormal fantasy de “Il DONO”
Vol. 1 Il Male nell’Anima
Vol. 2 Lo Spirito del Guerriero
Vol. 3 I Guardiani delle porte dell’Est
Cape River – Light and Darkness – ROMANZO AUTO-CONCLUSIVO.
GENERE: Paranormal romance

Bedeviled Angel

At the Works Like Magick employment agency in Salem, Massachusetts, matching clients in need with magical temps is a piece of cake, especially when the temp happens to be heaven sent … When Queisha Saint-Denis agreed to be a surrogate mother for a jet-setting — but childless — couple, she never dreamed she’d see a return on her gift. Literally. But now she’s looking at two adorable orphans, who come with a lot of baggage: there’s a battle brewing over who “iherits” them and their huge fortune, plus an unwanted (and alarmingly attractive) guardian, whom she’s sure has been hired by the dueling family members to to keep an eye on her more than the children. Chance Godricson is keeping an eye on Queisha. In fact, he’s her guardian angel. Ever since he gave his life to save hers, Chance has felt an undeniable connection to Queisha. And now that he’s back on Earth, in her house, surrounded by two scene-stealing moppets and a woman he finds irresistible, Chance is about to discover that helping Queisha and still staying angelic is not going to be easy …

Beate e suo figlio

Su un lago vicino a Vienna passano le vacanze Beate e Hugo, suo figlio diciassettenne. Lei ha perso il marito amatissimo, un celebre attore di cui ritrova i tratti in Hugo. Qualcuno la corteggia, ma Beate crede di avere una sicurezza: che il suo unico uomo sarà sempre quell’attore che ha amato, eternamente giovane, capace di indossare tutte le maschere, e forse una maschera egli stesso. Nelle sue braccia, Beate era stata «l’amante di eroi e di ribaldi, di beati e di dannati, di uomini limpidi come specchi o pieni di mistero». Ma un giorno, nella torpida atmosfera lacustre, la ferisce il sospetto che una donna stia insidiando il figlio. Allora si sente quasi impazzire. L’altra donna ha più o meno la sua età, ed è un’attrice. Beate la guarda come se si vedesse in uno specchio e non volesse riconoscersi. Da quel momento tutto comincia a vacillare in lei. Ripensa alla sua vita, e si domanda se il suo amore per il grande attore non era stato tutto un inganno, consumato dalle due parti. Si guarda intorno, nella piccola società dei villeggianti, e si accorge con ammaliato sgomento di desiderare un compagno del figlio. Scopre la notte, una notte più minacciosa di quella che scende sul lago. E verso la notte converge la storia, quando il gioco degli specchi e degli sdoppiamenti infuria sino a diventare intollerabile, e Beate vi si trova imprigionata insieme al suo unico vero amante: suo figlio. Ascoltando questa storia, qualcuno potrebbe dire: «L’avrebbe dovuta raccontare Schnitzler». E Schnitzler la raccontò in questo suo libro del 1913, uno dei suoi più perfetti.

Bartleby e compagnia

Un impiegato metà Pessoa e metà Kafka scrive un diario fatto di note a piè di pagina a commento di un testo fantasma. Con piglio pacato e una raffinata stringatezza stilistica va a caccia di “bartleby”, esseri che ospitano dentro di sé una profonda negazione del mondo e prendono il nome del famoso scrivano di Melville che preferiva non fare e non parlare. I bartleby finiscono per non scrivere nulla pur avendo tutto il talento necessario, oppure, se esordiscono, rinunciano presto alla scrittura. Un libro ironico ma anche incantato dal sortilegio della parola.

Banshee Cries

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In Banshee Cries, ritual murders under a full moon lead Jo Walker to confront a Harbinger of Death. Maybe this “gift” she has is one she shouldn’t ignore — because the next life she has to save might be her own!

Ballo in maschera

**Budapest, inverno del 1960**.
Kristi ha quindici anni e il carattere chiuso di una ragazzina cresciuta all’ombra di una tragedia troppo grande. Sua madre è morta nel darla alla luce sotto i bombardamenti della seconda guerra mondiale, e la sua famiglia è formata dal padre e dalla nonna materna, un microcosmo senza allegria.
Ma oggi è tutto diverso: a scuola c’è una festa di carnevale e Kristi ha ottenuto il permesso di parteciparvi. La nonna le ha cucito un bellissimo abito da zingara e così mascherata Kristi è sicura che troverà il coraggio per portare a compimento il suo piano. Parlerà con la sua professoressa preferita, la giovane Eva Megyesi, che tanto le è stata vicina in questi mesi, aiutandola a trovare quella serenità che le è sempre mancata. Kristi le dirà che ha capito che anche suo padre è stato conquistato dalla sua forza e dalla sua allegria e forse ci sarà una seconda occasione di felicità per tutti… **Dopo Ditelo a Sofia, Magda Szabò dà voce a un nuovo, indimenticabile personaggio femminile** , ritratto con la straordinaria capacità di indagare l’animo umano – e femminile in particolare – che l’ha resa una delle autrici più importanti del Novecento.