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The Book of Xen: A Practical Guide for the System Administrator

The Book of Xen: A Practical Guide for the System Administrator by Luke S. Crawford, Chris Takemura
Xen, the open source virtualization tool, is a system administrator’s dream. Xen is a free, high-performance virtual machine monitor that lets you consolidate your hardware and finally put those unused cycles to use—without sacrificing reliability, performance, or scalability.
*The Book of Xen* explains everything you need to know in order to use Xen effectively, including installation, networking, memory management, and virtualized storage. You’ll also learn how to use Xen and standard Linux tools to take snapshot backups, perform QoS operations on network traffic, and limit over-aggressive disk users.
Authors Chris Takemura and Luke S. Crawford show you how to:
–Provide virtual hosting for dozens of users, each with their own individual needs
–Install and manage multiple guests, including various flavors of Linux, NetBSD, Solaris, and Windows
–Choose the right virtual storage options for your needs
–Migrate your systems seamlessly and create new images
–Tune and benchmark your systems to make them as fast as possible
–Troubleshoot Xen’s most common problems like network and memory management
Expert advice is priceless when it comes to running a complicated open source virtualization technology like Xen. You’ll get the advice you need in *The Book of Xen*.

The Book of Spies

For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible’s lost collection of magnificent works, the real-life Library of Gold. Now one of the volumes, *The Book of Spies*, has surfaced, as have its clandestine owners—a cabal of the globe’s most powerful, dangerous men.
When the CIA discovers a connection between the legendary library and a bank account linked to terrorists, they bring in rare-books curator Eva Blake. Soon an attempt is made on Eva’s life—and she is on the run. Determined not only to survive but to uncover the truth, Eva turns to the only person she can trust: Judd Ryder, a former intelligence officer with a troubled past and an agenda of his own.
Racing from London to Rome, Istanbul to Athens, it’s up to Judd and Eva to track down the gold-covered, bejeweled books in the fabulous library—and find a way to stay ahead of the men who will stop at nothing to protect their interests…and are dead-set on keeping their secrets hidden.
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Book of Shadows

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Sokoloff’s solid crime thriller, the discovery in a landfill of the mutilated corpse of Erin Carmody, the 18-year-old daughter of a prominent Boston businessman, presents homicide detective Adam Garrett with a particularly sensitive case. Marks on the body suggest the killer was conducting Satanic rituals. When Adam and his partner, Carl Landauer, question the prime suspect, Jason Moncrief, a college friend of Erin’s, Jason chants the name of the demon Choronzon, then assaults Carl. Despite what appears to be an open-and-shut case, Adam can’t discount the claim that Jason is innocent made by Tanith Cabarrus, an attractive witch who comes to police headquarters to report that she dreamed of other murders—and who believes that supernatural forces are behind the slaughter. As usual, Sokoloff (_The Unseen_) does a good job keeping the reader guessing whether a supernatural agency is really at work. (June)
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Review

“A wonderfully dark thriller with amazing is-it-isn’t-it suspense all the way to the end. Highly recommended.”—Lee Child

Praise for The Unseen

“Sokoloff keeps her story enticingly ambiguous, never clarifying until the climax whether the unfolding weirdness might be the result of the investigators’ psychic sensitivities or the mischievous handiwork of a human villain.”_—Publishers Weekly _

“The suspense starts on page one, tightening the noose on every page with increasing velocity to a stunning, fearsome climax. Ms. Sokoloff has created a chilling, fantastic supernatural thriller that will have you fearing what you can’t see.”—Allison Brennan, New York_ Times _bestselling author of Sudden Death

“A spine-tingling story that has every indication of becoming a horror classic . . . this is a chillingly dark look into the unknown. 4 1/2 stars.”_—RT Book Reviews_

“A masterful blend of fascinating fact and chilling fiction . . . an unsettling and highly entertaining horror/thriller read.”—_BookBitch.com_ 

Book of Lost Threads

Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans
**In the small town of Opportunity, four mismatched people discover the unexpected power of kindness. A perfect tale for fans of *The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.***
Moss has run away from Melbourne to Opportunity on the trail of a man she knows only by name. Her arrival sets in motion events that disturb the long-held secrets of three of the town’s inhabitants: Finn, a brilliant mathematician, who has become a recluse; Lily Pargetter, 83-year-old knitter of tea cozies; and Sandy, the town buffoon, who dreams of a Great Galah. It is only as Moss, Finn, Lily, and Sandy develop unlikely friendships that they find a way to lay their sorrows to rest and knit together the threads that will restore them to life. Tender, funny, and memorable, this is a story about love and loss, parents and children, hope, faith, and the value of simple kindness.

The Book of Disquiet

From Publishers Weekly

When Pessoa died in 1935, a few years short of 50, he left behind a trunk of mostly unpublished writing in a variety of languages; his Lisbon publishers and variously translators are still sifting them. This perpetually unclassifiable and unfinished book of self-reflective fragments was first published in Portuguese in 1982, and it is arguably Pessoa’s masterpiece. Four previous English translations, all published in 1991, were compromised either by abridgement, poor translation or error-laden source texts. While he’s now a Pessoa veteran-having edited and translated Fernando Pessoa & Co.: Selected Poems, the 1999 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation winner-Zenith’s first pass at this book was one of the four misses. He bases this new translation on his own Portuguese edition of 1998, and has done an admirable job in bringing out the force and clarity in Pessoa’s serpentine and sometimes opaque meditations. Pessoa often wrote as various personae (as Pessoa & Co. carefully demonstrated); Disquiet is no exception, being putatively the work of “Bernardo Soares, assistant bookkeeper in the city of Lisbon.” Thus it is impossible to ascribe the book’s anti-humanist logophilia directly to the author: “I weep over nothing that life brings or takes away, but there are pages of prose that have made me cry.” That is just one of many permutations of similar sentiments, but the genius of Pessoa and his personae is that readers are left weighing each and every such sentence for sincerity and truth value.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. The Portuguese author attributed his work to literary alter egos that he called “heteronyms,” each of which had a fully developed identity. When Pessoa died, he left behind a trunk filled with disorderly scraps of unpublished poems and unfinished works, among which was The Book of Disquiet. Published for the first time some fifty years after his death, this unique collection of short, aphoristic paragraphs comprises the “autobiography” of Bernardo Soares, one of Pessoa’s alternate selves. Part intimate diary, part prose poetry, part descriptive narrative, captivatingly translated by Richard Zenith, The Book of Disquiet is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.

Edited and Translated with an Introduction by Richard Zenith

The Book of Basketball

There is only one writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA.* Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, is that writer. And **The Book of Basketball **is that book.
Nowhere in the roundball universe will you find another single volume that covers as much in such depth as this wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining look at the past, present, and future of pro basketball.
From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens–and then closes, once and for all–every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s one-of-a-kind, five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball.
Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters), **The Book of Basketball **offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.
* * More to the point, he’s the only one crazy enough to try to pull it off.
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Boneshaker

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.
**Recensie(s)**

Cherie Priest wove a story so convincing, so evocative, so terrifying that I read this book with the doors locked and a gun on my lap. Boneshaker is a steampunk menagerie of thrills and horror. –Mario Acevedo, bestselling author of Jailbait Zombie This exquisitely imaginative steampunk adventure is a joy to read! My favourite of Cherie’s books. –Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments trilogy Everything you’d want in such a volume and much more…. It’s full of buckle and has swash to spare, and the characters are likable and the prose is fun. This is a hoot from start to finish, pure mad adventure. –Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother Boneshaker is without a doubt Cherie Priest’s breakthrough work: this hollering, stamping, crackling thing is the best fun you’ll have with a book all year. –Warren Ellis, bestselling author of Crooked Little Vein A gorgeously grim world of deadly gasses, mysterious machines, zeppelin pirates, and a relentless plague of zombies. With Boneshaker, Priest is geared up to begin her reign as the Queen of Steampunk. –Mark Henry, Author of Road Trip of the Living Dead A rip-snorting adventure in the best tradition of a penny dreadful. Priest has crafted a novel of exquisite prose and thrilling twists, populated by folk heroes and dastardly villains, zombies and air pirates, incredible machines and a heroine who’ll have you cheering. Boneshaker is the definitive steampunk story, absolutely unique and one hell of a fun read. –Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Nocturne City novels A marvelous book, crammed with readerly pleasures–zombies, pirates, cracking adventures, historical conceits and characters that make you wish you could linger inside it long after turning the final page. Cherie Priest is one of my favorite fantasists. –Kelly Link, acclaimed author of Magic for Beginners If Jules Verne and George Romero got together to rewrite American history it might go something like this. I loved it. I want more. –Mike Mignola, bestselling author of Hellboy If the Wild Wild West had been written by Mark Twain with the assistance of Jules Verne and Bram Stoker, it still couldn’t be as fabulous and fantastical as Boneshaker. Cherie Priest has penned a rousing adventure tale that breathes a roaring soul and thundering heart into the glittering skin of Steampunk. Stylish, taut, and wonderful, it’s a literary ride you must not miss! –Kat Richardson, bestselling author of Greywalker A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details. This book is made of irresistible…. It totally pushed all my buttons. –Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Uglies and Peeps
(source: Bol.com)

Bones of Faerie

SUMMARY: The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.Janni Lee Simner’s first novel for young adults is a dark fairy-tale twist on apocalyptic fiction—as familiar as a nightmare, yet altogether unique.

The Bone Palace

SUMMARY: Death is no stranger in the city of Erisín, but some deaths attract more attention than others.When a prostitute dies carrying a royal signet, Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and agent of the Crown, is called to investigate. Her search leads to desecrated tombs below the palace, and the lightless vaults of the vampiric vrykoloi. But worse things than vampires are plotting in Erisín – a long-dead sorceress is making a bid not only for renewed life but for the throne as well, and Isyllt’s former lover is caught in her schemes. As a sorcerous plague sweeps the city, Isyllt must decide who she’s prepared to betray – the man she still loves, or the royal family she’s sworn to defend.

Bone Fire

SUMMARY: Ishawooa, Wyoming, is far from bucolic nowadays. The sheriff, Crane Carlson, needs no reminder of this but gets one anyway when he finds a kid not yet twenty murdered in a meth lab. His other troubles include a wife who’s going off the rails with bourbon and pot, and his own symptoms of the disease that killed his grandfather. Einar Gilkyson, taking stock at eighty, counts among his dead a lifelong friend, a wife and–far too young–their only child; and his long-absent sister has lately returned home from Chicago after watching her soul mate die. His granddaughter, Griff, has dropped out of college to look after him, though Einar would rather she continue with her studies and her boyfriend, Paul. Completing this extended family are Barnum McEban and his ward, Kenneth, a ten-year-old whose mother–Paul’s sister–is off marketing spiritual enlightenment. What these characters have to contend with on a daily basis is bracing enough, involving car accidents, runaway children, strokes and Lou Gehrig’s disease, not to mention the motorcycle rallies and rodeos that flood the tiny local jail. But as their lives become even more strained, hardship foments exceptional compassion and generosity, and those caught in their own sorrow alleviate the same in others, changing themselves as they do so. In this gripping story, along with harsh truths and difficult consolation come moments of hilarity and surprise and beauty. No one writes more compellingly about the modern West than Mark Spragg, and in “Bone Fire “he is at the very height of his powers.

Bolt

From Publishers Weekly

In his smashing sequel to Break In, Francis shows his old racing colors to advantage. Champion jockey Kit Fielding again proves his mettle when Henri Nanterre, the ruthless business partner of his fiancee’s uncle, tries to convert their road construction company into an armaments enterprise. Nanterre threatens the life of Princess Casilia, his partner’s wife, who also owns many of Kit’s mounts. Nanterre is foiled, but then some of the princess’s horses are found dead, killed, ironically, by captive-bullet bolt guns designed for “humane” deaths. Next come several near-lethal attacks against humans, including Kit’s Danielle, and our Kit must devise a plan to thwart Nanterre for good. Soon Danielle has second thoughts about sharing the dangers of a steeplechaser’s life. Maynard Allardeck, racing steward and hereditary enemy of the Fielding family, reappears and makes Kit’s life even more difficult. The characterization isn’t especially profound, but the plot races along wonderfully well, right up to a jolting twist at the end. BOMC featured alternate; Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and Detective Book Club selections.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kit Fielding will do whatever it takes to stop the killing of racehorses. Not an easy task considering that the woman he adores is leaving him, an international arms dealer is threatening him, and Kit’s nemesis has plans to knock him off the track–and plant him under it.

Body Language: How to Read Others’ Thoughts by Their Gestures

We all know that what people say is often very different from what they think or feel. Now with Body Language, you can learn to read others’ thoughts by their gestures. You can use it to tell if someone is lying. Find out how to make yourself likeable, and how to encourage co-operation from other people. You can use it in countless work situations, including how to interview and negotiate successfully. You can even use it to find a compatible friend or partner. Over half a million people have learned the secrets of body language with Allan Pease, and you can too.
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Blue noon

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up–There is something evil brewing in Bixby, and the teens from the previous Midnighters titles must save the world from the darklings. The monsters have found a way to expand midnight so that all humans will enter the blue time and become prey. Complicating the crisis is Rex’s residual darkling characteristics that leave him with the unsettling notion that other humans are food, Jonathan’s secret desire that the midnight hour could last forever so that he would always be free of the confining flatland gravity, and the fact that no one has yet figured out why the darklings wish to dispose of Jessica Day. Blue Noon has an end of the world premise that will appeal to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. Even though the characters are not completely developed, they all have distinct skills that set them apart from one another. Westerfeld doesn’t rehash all the events of the earlier books. Instead, he subtly includes the information that is needed to follow the story. Since the characters’ schemes never proceed according to plan, the plot maintains an exciting pace. However, it is never fully explained why everything works out the way it does. Despite this minor flaw, this is fun recreational reading._–Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO_
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the darklings will hunt once again

The secret hour when time freezes arrives every night at midnight in Bixby, Oklahoma. It’s a dangerous time, when five teenagers are the only humans awake and dark creatures crawl out of the shadows, but at least the midnight hour is regular and predictable.

Until suddenly, the blue time comes . . . in the middle of the day.

The noise of school stops. Cheerleaders are frozen in midair, teachers brought to a standstill. Everything is the haunted blue color of the midnight hour.

The Midnighters can’t understand what’s happening, but as they scramble for answers, they discover that the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling. Soon the dark creatures will have a chance to feed after centuries of waiting, unless these five teenagers can find a way to stop them.

A desperate race against time, a mind-blowing mystery of paranormal logic, a tale of ancient evil and spine-chilling sacrifice: blue noon is the exhilarating third volume in the Midnighters series by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

Bloodthirsty

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Some vampires are good. Some are evil. Some are faking it to get girls.

Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel called Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to boldly go where no sane guy has gone before-he becomes a vampire, minus the whole blood sucking part.

With his brooding nature and weirdly pale skin, it’s surprisingly easy for Finbar to pretend to be paranormal. But, when he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he discovers that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected.

This hilarious debut novel is for anyone who believes that sometimes even nice guys-without sharp teeth or sparkly skin– can get the girl.

(source: Bol.com)

Bloodline

SUMMARY: It starts off simply enough. Jack is hired by Christy Pickering, whose 18-year-old daughter is dating sinister and shady Jerry Bethlehem, a man twice her age.  Christy neither likes nor trusts Bethlehem and hires Jack to find out if her instincts are correct.  As Jack delves into the man’s past, he finds connections between Bethlehem and the Creighton Institute, a government-funded facility researching a newly discovered and frightening variation on human DNA.  Bethlehem is not who he pretends to be.As the bodies pile up, Jack discovers another horrific piece of the puzzle of his own identity, and why he’s been drafted into a cosmic shadow war.

Bloodfever

EDITORIAL REVIEW: I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic. When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I’ve learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it…. MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious. For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them….