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The Native Star

In the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this brilliant first novel fuses history, fantasy, and romance. Prepare to be enchanted by M. K. Hobson’s captivating take on the Wild, Wild West.

The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession—and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves.

Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time—and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine—in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all—the magic of the human heart.

From the Paperback edition.

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Native son

SUMMARY: With an introduction by Arnold Rampersad “The Library of America has insured that most of Wright’s major texts are now available as he wanted them to be read.” –Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny: by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflection of the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America. “This new edition gives us a Native Son in which the key line in the key scene is restored to the great good fortune of American letters. The scene as we now have it is central both to an ongoing conversation among African-American writers and critics and to the consciousness among all American readers of what it means to live in a multi-racial society in which power splits among racial lines.” –Jack Miles, Los Angeles Times

Nathan’s Child

Nathan’s Child by Anne McAllister
When Nathan Wolfe discovers that he’s a father, he decides that marriage is the only way to mend the past.
Carin Campbell had good reasons for keeping Nathan’s child a secret. But now he’s demanding that they marry. Carin knows he’s proposed out of duty, not love. Besides, he isn’t the type to settle down.
That was then, Nathan says. Now he’s determined to prove her wrong….

Nanny McPhee and the big bang

SUMMARY: Nanny McPhee embarks on a brand new adventure in this brilliant, funny and captivating novel based on the new Nanny McPhee film.The Green family is trying to survive the war in their house in the country, but unfortunately they are not out of harm’s way. A wicked uncle is intent on getting his hands on the family fortune and the children miss their father who is away fighting who knows where, and then their horrible cousins arrive! Life is not easy in the Green household . . .Thank heavens for Nanny McPhee!

Nagios: System and Network Monitoring

*Nagios: System and Network Monitoring* shows how to configure and use Nagios, an open source system and network monitoring tool. Nagios makes it possible to continuously monitor network services (SMTP, POP3, HTTP, NNTP, PING, etc.), host resources (processor load, disk and memory usage, running processes, log files, etc.), and environmental factors (such as temperature). When Nagios detects a problem, it communicates the information to the sys admin via email, pager, SMS, or other user-defined method; current status information, historical logs, and reports can also be accessed via a web browser. *Nagios System and Network Monitoring* covers the Nagios core, all standard Nagios plug-ins and selected third-party plug-ins, and shows readers how to write their own plug-ins. The book covers Nagios 2.0 and is backwards compatible with earlier versions.

The Mystic Masseur

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The Mystic Masseur by V. S. Naipaul
In this slyly funny and lavishly inventive novel–his first–V. S. Naipaul traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher and impecunious village masseur who in time becomes a revered mystic, a thriving entrepreneur, and the most beloved politician in Trinidad. To understand a little better, one has to realize that in the 1940s masseurs were the island’s medical practitioners of choice. As one character observes, “I know the sort of doctors they have in Trinidad. They think nothing of killing two, three people before breakfast.”
Ganesh’s ascent is variously aided and impeded by a Dickensian cast of rogues and eccentrics. There’s his skeptical wife, Leela, whose schooling has made her excessively, fond. of; punctuation: marks!; and Leela’s father, Ramlogan, a man of startling mood changes and an ever-ready cutlass. There’s the aunt known as The Great Belcher. There are patients pursued by malign clouds or afflicted with an amorous fascination with bicycles. Witty, tender, filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of Trinidad’s dusty Indian villages, **The Mystic Masseur** is Naipaul at his most expansive and evocative.

Mystery

From Publishers Weekly

In a meaty tribute to mystery sub-genres, Straub ( Ghost Story ) serves up a coming-of-age tale, a country-manor murder mystery and a twisted knot of governmental corruption and cover-up. Ten-year-old Tom Pasmore, a rich resident of the Caribbean island of Mill Walk, is hit by a car and, in a near-death experience, sees visions of himself in the future. During his long recuperation, Tom reads mystery stories brought to him by Lamont von Heilitz, an eccentric neighbor, once a famous detective. Action resumes when Tom, now aged 17 and possessed of sharpened deductive skills, gives the police an anonymous tip to help them solve the murder of a government official’s sister. Tom’s tip backfires, motivating him to join Lamont in trying to solve a murder that took place 20 years earlier in the Wisconsin resort town where Mill Walk’s privileged citizens spend their summers. That layered, complex case reveals a long history of corruption, leads to more murders, to realization of the meaning of Tom’s early visions and his discovery of his true identity. While evocative of place and time (the early ’60s) and peopled with memorable characters, the story tries to fit into too many subgenres to succeed completely at any one. $200,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

“A dark, labyrinthian tale of murder and family relationships. . . . Mesmerizing.” —_Chicago Sun-Times_

“Sensational. . . . A terrific page-turner, superbly plotted, unforgettable characters.” —_Kansas City Star_

“Intriguing, immensely readable. . . . Engages the mind.” —_Washington Post Book World_

“The near perfect mystery. . . . Has everything a classic whodunit should. . . . Full of intricate, engrossing, flesh-and-blood suspects and heroes. . . . Unexpected curves and potholes. . . . The title says it all.” —_Milwaukee Sentinel_

“Murder, mayhem, mystery. . . . A complex and satisfying tale. . . . Compelling characters. . . . A pulse-pounding climax.” —_Cleveland Plain Dealer_

“A tightly woven-tale, crisply rendered, populated with well-drawn characters.” —_San Francisco Chronicle_

“Marvelous. . . . Enormously satisfying. . . . Unashamedly designed to fascinate.” —_Sacramento Bee_

“The best of Peter Straub’s writing.” —_Houston Chronicle_

“The characters are outstanding. . . . They are the story, enshrouded by a nightmare that never lifts. Peter Straub takes bold risks and he succeeds.” —_San Jose Mercury News_

“Enomously entertaining and scary. . . . Rich, complex, dark, and tough to put down.” —_New York Daily News_

The Mysterious Island

These literary masterpieces are made easy and interesting. This series features classic tales retold with color illustrations to introduce literature to struggling readers. Each 64-page hardcover book retains key phrases and quotations from the original classics. What is the mystery about this island Jules Verne wrote about? How are the men stranded on it able to survive? In this early science fiction thriller, the heroes use science and natural resources of the island to create a safe life. However, as the men soon learn, real mysteries- which they can’t explain- are connected to the island!

The Mysterious Benedict Society

As the only four children to pass the series of tests provided, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are asked to go on a secret mission as undercover agents at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and quickly realize they will have to use their collective wit to get their important task complete.
**Recensie(s)**

Great cast of characters, lots of cool puzzles and mysteries. This book reminded me of some of the better children’s books I grew up with, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Phantom Tollbooth. –Rick Riordan Tackles personal concerns: abandonment, family, loyalty, and facing one’s fears. –Booklist, starred review Begins with a bang… resembles the otherwordly experience of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. –Publishers Weekly, starred review Dashes of mild humor and introspection rest on a solid base of suspense, mystery, and well-rounded characters, making this a satisfying dish for readers of varying tastes. –The Bulletin, starred review Fans of Roald Dahl or Blue Balliett will find a familiar blend of kid power, clues, and adventure. –School Library Journal, starred review Do not miss this one. Buy two copies because they will be needed. –VOYA Real flashlight under the bedclothes material… this story flies past, thrilling us as it goes. –Horn Book
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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (Mysterious Benedict Society Series #3) by Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka
Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance embark on a daring new adventure that threatens to force them apart from their families, friends, and even each other. When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, the foursome must unravel clues relating to a nefarious new plot, while their search for answers brings them closer to danger than ever before.
Filled with page-turning action and mind-bending brain teasers, this wildly inventive journey is sure to delight.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

It should have been a celebration party, but now it’s another mind-bending mission for the children of the Mysterious Benedict Society. Join Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance, as they race across the globe by train, bicycle and ship to save their beloved Mr Benedict.
**Recensie(s)**

Praise for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey * .. .this is not just a rip-roaring adventure with plenty of clever twists and hair’s-breadth escapes, but also a warm and satisfying tale about friendship. – School Library Journal (*STARRED review*) Stewart keeps interest high throughout the journey with first-rate brainteasers, interludes of physical danger, and the children’s own complex dynamics… [readers] will find this sequel a worthy successor. – Horn Book Trust, friendship, human nature, pride, and courage underlie the story and add depth… This classic struggle of good versus evil also includes the many layers in between. – VOYA .. .entertainingly quirky… – Kirkus Crafty and involving for readers as they figure out clues alongside the [characters]… every bit as chunky and satisfying as the first, this adventure will delight fans. – The Bulletin
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MySQL Stored Procedure Programming

The implementation of stored procedures in MySQL 5.0 a hugemilestone — one that is expected to lead to widespread enterprise adoption ofthe already extremely popular MySQL database. If you are serious aboutbuilding the web-based database applications of the future, you need toget up to speed quickly on how stored procedures work — and how tobuild them the right way. This book, destined to be the bible of storedprocedure development, is a resource that no real MySQL programmer canafford to do without.

In the decade since MySQL burst on the scene, it has become thedominant open source database, with capabilities and performancerivaling those of commercial RDBMS offerings like Oracle and SQLServer. Along with Linux and PHP, MySQL is at the heart of millions ofapplications. And now, with support for stored procedures, functions,and triggers in MySQL 5.0, MySQL offers the programming power neededfor true enterprise use.

MySQL’s new procedural language has a straightforward syntax, making iteasy to write simple programs. But it’s not so easy to write secure,easily maintained, high-performance, and bug-free programs. Few in theMySQL world have substantial experience yet with stored procedures, butGuy Harrison and Steven Feuerstein have decades of combined expertise.

In MySQL Stored Procedure Programming, they putthat hard-won experience to good use. Packed with code examples and coveringeverything from language basics to application building to advancedtuning and best practices, this highly readable book is the one-stopguide to MySQL development. It consists of four major sections:

* MySQL stored programming fundamentals — tutorial, basicstatements, SQL in stored programs, and error handling

* Building MySQL stored programs — transaction handling,built-in functions, stored functions, and triggers

* MySQL stored programs in applications — using storedprograms with PHP, Java, Perl, Python, and .NET (C# and VB.NET)

* Optimizing MySQL stored programs — security, basic andadvanced SQL tuning, optimizing stored program code, and programmingbest practices

A companion web site contains many thousands of lines of code, that youcan put to use immediately.

Guy Harrison is Chief Architect of Database Solutions at Quest Softwareand a frequent speaker and writer on MySQL topics. Steven Feuerstein isthe author of Oracle PL/SQL Programming, the classic reference for Oracle stored programming for more than ten years. Both have decades of experience as database developers, and between them they have authored a dozen books.

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MySQL High Availability

MySQL High Availability: Tools for Building Robust Data Centers by Charles Bell, Mats Kindahl, Lars Thalmann
Server bottlenecks and failures are a fact of life in any database deployment, but they don’t have to bring everything to a halt. This practical book explains replication, cluster, and monitoring features that can help protect your MySQL system from outages, whether it’s running on hardware, virtual machines, or in the cloud.
Written by engineers who designed many of the tools covered, this book reveals undocumented or hard-to-find aspects of MySQL reliability and high availability—knowledge that’s essential for any organization using this database system. This second edition describes extensive changes to MySQL tools. Versions up to 5.5 are covered, along with several 5.6 features.
* Learn replication fundamentals, including use of the binary log and MySQL Replicant Library
* Handle failing components through redundancy
* Scale out to manage read-load increases, and use data sharding to handle large databases and write-load increases
* Store and replicate data on individual nodes with MySQL Cluster
* Monitor database activity and performance, and major operating system parameters
* Keep track of masters and slaves, and deal with failures and restarts, corruption, and other incidents
* Examine tools including MySQL Enterprise Monitor, MySQL Utilities, and GTIDs

My Uncle Oswald

Meet Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, Roald Dahl’s most disgraceful and extraordinary character . . . Aside from being thoroughly debauched, strikingly attractive and astonishingly wealthy, Uncle Oswald was the greatest bounder, bon vivant and fornicator of all time. In this instalment of his scorchingly frank memoirs he tells of his early career and erotic education at the hands of a number of enthusiastic teachers, of discovering the invigorating properties of the Sudanese Blister Beetle, and of the gorgeous Yasmin Howcomely, his electrifying partner in a most unusual series of thefts . . . ‘Raunchy and cheeky entertainment’ Sunday Express ‘Immense fun’ Daily Telegraph Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl’s Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl’s stories continue to make readers shiver today.
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Deliciously sly * Observer *
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My Name Is Memory

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **From the *New York Times*-bestselling author of *The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants* and *The Last Summer (of You and Me)* comes an imaginative, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime. ** Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short. Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together. A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, *My Name is Memory* proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.

My Deadly Valentine

SUMMARY: Dangerous Admirer by Valerie HansenSomeone’s stalking Rachel Hollister. With suspects at every turn, it’s deputy Jase Morgan’s job to halt the menace shadowing her steps. As the most romantic holiday of the year approaches, can she trust this charming officer with her life…and her heart?Dark Obsession by Lynette EasonHang-up calls, graffiti, break-ins at her shop right before Valentine’s Day… Someone wants to scare Holly Maddox—and it’s working. Her high school sweetheart, Eli Brody, comes to the rescue, but surely the handsome detective doesn’t really plan to stay. There’s nowhere for Holly to turn as danger—and heartbreak—start closing in.