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A Matter for Men

With the human population ravaged by a series of devastating plagues, the alien Chtorr arrive to begin the final phase of their invasion. Even as many on Earth deny their existence, the giant wormlike carnivores prepare the world for the ultimate violation–the enslavement of humanity for food!

A Dirty Job: A Novel

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They’re even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie’s doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.
It’s a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody’s gotta do it.
### From Publishers Weekly
Moore spends a significant portion of his new novel speculating on the nature of the careful, cautious beta male, so it’s appropriate that Stevens, reading the novel, sounds like one himself, gently picking his way through the blackly comic tangles of the book’s dense plot. Charlie Asher’s life is thrown into chaos when his beloved wife unexpectedly dies, and while trying to recover a sense of balance, he finds himself suddenly surrounded by the dead and dying. Stevens’s voice is professional and assured, letting the jokes take care of themselves rather than pounding them into submission. Most importantly, Stevens’s average-guy voice stands in for Charlie’s own increasingly puzzled demeanor, besieged by a world which makes less and less sense, in which the realm of the dead grows ever larger.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
### From Bookmarks Magazine
It’s certainly original. Even the harshest critic can’t begrudge Christopher Moore his vivid imagination, satirical plots, and humor. Like a good sleight-of-hand artist, Moore builds up a huge reserve of goodwill to pull off his most demanding trick yet: laughing at death. The already-strained boundaries of his previous work ( *Lamb,* an alternate history of Jesus’s life; *Bloodsucking Fiends* , a vampire love story; and *The Stupidest Angel* , concerning the resurrection of Santa Claus) stretch even further to produce this tale that critics praise for its “improbable humor” ( *New York Times* ) and courage in “embracing what we fear” ( *Washington Post* ). *Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.*

A Covenant of Justice

A genetically altered vampiric race known as the Phaestor threaten to overrun the galaxy, but the opposition–an outnumbered band of malcontents–fights savagely to preserve their freedom.
The galaxy is dominated by the Regency, a government of vampires and dragons and other mutated humans. Finn Markham, a mercenary tracker, and his brother, Sawyer, have been hired by the sinister Lady Zillabar and then betrayed by her. Infected with a horrific vampiric blood disease, Finn is near death.
Sawyer and his colleagues of the Alliance for Life must capture Lady Zillabar and defeat the Dragon Lord. After accomplishing that sure-to-be-impossible task, they can use the enigmatic powers of the Time-binders to pull down the Regency and replace it with a more equitable covenant of justice.
Gerrold is able to infuse his electrifying adventures with humor (the dangerously ravenous pfingle eggs come to mind) while keeping the action cascading past the reader at the speed of light. Saving the universe has never been more enjoyable. –Dennis Winters

A Cloud a Day

The stresses of the digital world mean that it’s more important than ever to engage with the natural world. And no matter where you are, looking up at the clouds is good for the soul. The sky is the most dramatic and evocative aspect of nature. Ever-changing and ephemeral, clouds reflect the shifting moods of the atmosphere in limitless compositions and combinations. 
Gavin Pretor-Pinney started the Cloud Appreciation Society in 2005. Since then, he’s been encouraging people to ‘look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and always remember to live life with your head in the clouds.’ Membership to the Society now includes over 47,000 cloudspotters. Together, they capture and share the most remarkable skies, from sublime thunderstorms and perfect sunsets to hilarious clouds that look like things. 
*A Cloud A Day* is a beautifully illustrated book containing 365 skies selected by the Cloud Appreciation Society. There are photographs by sky enthusiasts around the world, satellite images and photographs of clouds in space, as well as skies depicted by great artists over the centuries. The clouds are accompanied by enlightening explanations, fascinating snippets of cloud science, poetry and uplifting quotations. 
The perfect dip-in-and-out book for anyone who wants to de-stress and reconnect with nature,  *A Cloud A Day* will inspire you to open your eyes to the everyday beauty above and to spend a moment each day with your head in the clouds.
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The stresses of the digital world mean that it’s more important than ever to engage with the natural world. And no matter where you are, looking up at the clouds is good for the soul. The sky is the most dramatic and evocative aspect of nature. Ever-changing and ephemeral, clouds reflect the shifting moods of the atmosphere in limitless compositions and combinations. 
Gavin Pretor-Pinney started the Cloud Appreciation Society in 2005. Since then, he’s been encouraging people to ‘look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and always remember to live life with your head in the clouds.’ Membership to the Society now includes over 47,000 cloudspotters. Together, they capture and share the most remarkable skies, from sublime thunderstorms and perfect sunsets to hilarious clouds that look like things. 
*A Cloud A Day* is a beautifully illustrated book containing 365 skies selected by the Cloud Appreciation Society. There are photographs by sky enthusiasts around the world, satellite images and photographs of clouds in space, as well as skies depicted by great artists over the centuries. The clouds are accompanied by enlightening explanations, fascinating snippets of cloud science, poetry and uplifting quotations. 
The perfect dip-in-and-out book for anyone who wants to de-stress and reconnect with nature,  *A Cloud A Day* will inspire you to open your eyes to the everyday beauty above and to spend a moment each day with your head in the clouds.

A Call to Duty

From multiple  *New York Times* best seller David Weber and #1  *New York Times* best seller Timothy Zahn. Book #1 in Manticore Ascendant, a new series set in David Weber’s best-selling Honorverse series. 29 total *New York Times* bestsellers. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Honor Harrington.
Growing up Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life—the two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately.
But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is on the edge of budgetary extinction.
The Star Kingdom is a minor nation among the worlds of the Diaspora, its closest neighbors weeks or months away, with little in the way of resources. With only modest interstellar trade, no foreign contacts to speak of, a plague-ravaged economy to rebuild, and no enemies looming at the hyper limit, there are factions in Parliament who want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources and manpower elsewhere.
But those factions are mistaken. Events are in motion that will prove that the universe is not a safe place. Manticore may not be as isolated as everyone thinks, and Travis Long is about to find that out.
**About *A Call to Duty* :**
“This exciting book marks the first collaboration of two powerhouses . . . fans of both writers should be quite pleased with the result. Like Robert A. Heinlein and Orson Scott Card, Weber and Zahn are telling a story about a teenage character but writing for readers of all ages.”— *Booklist*
“A new series set in the universe of Weber’s popular heroine Honor Harrington gets off to a solid start. . . . Cowriters Zahn and Weber do an excellent job alluding to events known to longtime fans. . . . [T]his astronautical adventure is filled with . . . intrigue and political drama.”— *Publishers Weekly*
“VERDICT: The ‘Honor Harrington’ books . . . get some backstory in this new series set in the early years of the Star Kingdom . . . [which] features the action and military details for which the ‘Honor’ titles have long been known. Fans will want to get in on the ground floor of this series of prequels.”— *Library Journal*
**About the Honor Harrington series:**
“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in this long-awaited Honor Harrington novel…Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.”— *Publishers Weekly*
“. . .everything you could want in a heroine …. Excellent … plenty of action.”— *Science Fiction Age*
“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey
“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”— *Locus*
“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice . . .”— *Publishers Weekly*
**About Timothy Zahn:**
“Zahn keeps the story moving at a breakneck pace, maintaining excitement.”— *Publishers Weekly*
“[Y]ou can count on Timothy Zahn for three things: clean, sparse prose; good pacing; and great action scenes. The first book in the Cobra War series hits all those marks in admirable style and makes for a quick, entertaining sci-fi novel.”— *Blogcritics*
“[ *Conqueror’s Heritage* ] is another finely wrought space adventure . . . [with] social, political and emotional complications, all of which Zahn treats with his usual skill.”— *Booklist*
“Zahn paints every detail [in *Angelmass* ] with gleamy realism . . . scientific dialogue that streams with starship hardware and military trooper talk . . . immensely appealing.”— *Kirkus Review* **

A Call to Arms

From multiple *New York Times* best-selling author David Weber and #1 *New York Times* best-selling author Timothy Zahn. A NEW ENTRY IN A BEST-SELLING SERIES. Book #2 in the Manticore Ascendant series, set in David Weber’s Honorverse. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Honor Harrington.
Lieutenant Travis Long of the Royal Manticoran Navy is the sort of person who likes an orderly universe. One where people follow the rules.
Unfortunately, he lives in the  *real* universe.
The good news is that Travis is one of those rare people who may  *like*  rules but has a talent for thinking outside them when everything starts coming apart. That talent has stood him—and the Star Kingdom—in good stead in the past, and it’s one reason he’s now a “mustang,” an ex-enlisted man who’s been given a commission as a King’s officer. 
The bad news is that two of the best ways of making enemies ever invented are insisting on enforcing the rules . . . and thinking outside them when other people don’t. But the one rule Travis Long absolutely can’t break is the one that says an officer in the Royal Navy does his duty, whatever the consequences.
At the moment, there are powerful forces in the young Star Kingdom of Manticore’s Parliament which don’t think they need him. For that matter, they’re pretty sure they don’t need the Royal Manticoran Navy, either. After all, what does a sleepy little single-system star nation on the outer edge of the explored galaxy need with a  *navy?*
Unhappily for them, the edge of the explored galaxy can be a far more dangerous place than they think it is. They’re about to find out why they need the Navy . . . and how very, very fortunate they are that Travis Long is in it.

**About *A Call to Arms* :**
“The plotting is as solid as ever, with smaller scenes building to an explosive, action-packed crescendo, and the authors strike a nice balance between technical details of space flight and the human cost of war.”— *Publishers Weekly*
**Praise for prequel *A Call to Duty* :**
“This exciting book marks the first collaboration of two powerhouses . . . fans of both writers should be quite pleased with the result. Like Robert A. Heinlein and Orson Scott Card, Weber and Zahn are telling a story about a teenage character but writing for readers of all ages.”— *Booklist*
“A new series set in the universe of Weber’s popular heroine Honor Harrington gets off to a solid start. . . . Cowriters Zahn and Weber do an excellent job alluding to events known to longtime fans. . . . [T]his astronautical adventure is filled with . . . intrigue and political drama.”— *Publishers Weekly*
**About the Honor Harrington series:**
“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in this long-awaited Honor Harrington novel…Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.”— *Publishers Weekly*
“. . .everything you could want in a heroine …. Excellent … plenty of action.”— *Science Fiction Age*
“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey
“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”— *Locus*
“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice . . .”— *Publishers Weekly*
**About Timothy Zahn:**
“Zahn keeps the story moving at a breakneck pace, maintaining excitement.”— *Publishers Weekly*
“[Y]ou can count on Timothy Zahn for three things: clean, sparse prose; good pacing; and great action scenes. The first book in the Cobra War series hits all those marks in admirable style and makes for a quick, entertaining sci-fi novel.” — *Blogcritics*
“[ *Conqueror’s Heritage* ] is another finely wrought space adventure . . . [with] social, political and emotional complications, all of which Zahn treats with his usual skill.”— *Booklist*
“Zahn paints every detail [in *Angelmass* ] with gleamy realism . . . scientific dialogue that streams with starship hardware and military trooper talk . . . immensely appealing.”— *Kirkus Review* **

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Modeling

*A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Modeling* is a project-based, straightforward introduction to computer-aided design (CAD). You’ll learn how to use Autodesk Fusion 360, the world’s most powerful free CAD software, to model gadgets, 3D print your designs, and create realistic images just like an engineering professional—with no experience required!
Hands-on modeling projects and step-by-step instructions throughout the book introduce fundamental 3D modeling concepts. As you work through the projects, you’ll master the basics of parametric modeling and learn how to create your own models, from simple shapes to multipart assemblies. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll learn more advanced modeling concepts like sweeps, lofts, surfaces, and rendering, before pulling it all together to create a robotic arm.
You’ll learn how to:
• Design a moving robotic arm, a door hinge, a teapot, and a 20-sided die
• Create professional technical drawings for manufacturing and patent applications
• Model springs and other complex curves to create realistic designs • Use basic Fusion 360 tools like Extrude, Revolve, and Hole
• Master advanced tools like Coil and Thread
Whether you’re a maker, hobbyist, or artist, *A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Modeling* is certain to show you how to turn your ideas into professional models. Go ahead—dust off that 3D printer and feed it your amazing designs.

A Beautiful Friendship

Stephanie Harrington absolutely hates being confined inside her family’s compound on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, a frontier wilderness world populated by dangerous native animals that could easily tear a human to bits and pieces. Yet Stephanie is a young woman determined to make discoveries—and the biggest discovery of all awaits her: an intelligent alien species.
Treecats are creatures that resemble a cross between a bobcat and a lemur (but with six legs and much more deadly claws). Not only are they fully sentient, they are also telepathic, and able to bond with certain gifted humans such as the genetically-enhanced Stephanie. But Stephanie’s find, and her first-of-its-kind bond with a treecat, brings on a new torrent of danger. An assortment of highly placed enemies with galactic-sized wealth at stake is determined to make sure that the planet of Sphinx remains entirely in human hands—even if this means the extermination of another thinking species.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
**Lexile Score: 1140**

100 Japanese Gardens

*100 Japanese Gardens* is an ambitious attempt to profile the finest gardens in Japan, while also highlighting lesser known, but equally accomplished landscapes in less-visited parts of the country.
A celebration of Japanese landscape design, this book features gardens from Kyoto and Tokyo, as well as from the sub-arctic island of Hokkaido and the semi-tropical islands of Okinawa. Author Stephen Mansfield traveled the length and breadth of Japan on a quest to identify the most impressive gardens in this vast and culturally varied archipelago. His erudition and love of the Japanese garden shines through on every page, making this the perfect primer for travel to Japan or an enjoyable armchair read for gardening enthusiasts.
Mansfield’s insightful descriptions of each garden examine design concepts and principles, space management, compositional elements, and the iconographic and metaphysical role of Shinto and Buddhist influences.
Through his exquisite visuals and engaging stories, we experience Japanese garden designs not merely as landscapes, but as large-scale art installations.

‘til Wrong Feels Right

**The Godfather of Punk and frontman for The Stooges offers insight into his creative world with this collection of lyrics brought to life by full-color photos, never-before-seen notes and memorabilia, short pieces by Iggy, and commentary from other music legends, including Danny Fields and Chris Stein from Blondie.**
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Iggy Pop hasn’t left a mark on music; he’s left it battered and bruised. From fronting the legendary proto-punk band The Stooges to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 to collaborating with an eclectic mix of artists including David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Jarvis Cocker, Death In Vegas, Underworld and Josh Homme, Iggy has proved himself to be one of music’s most iconic, outrageous and enduring music artists. Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the first and eponymous The Stooges record, here for the first time are Iggy’s collected lyrics, with stunning original photographs, illustrations and his and others’ reflections on a genre-defining music career that spans five decades—the ultimate book for every rock and roll fan. **

Yellow Medicine

**Narrato in prima persona, intriso di humour nero e cinismo, Yellow Medicine è già un classico assoluto del noir americano.** Il vicesceriffo Billy Lafitte non è affatto estraneo alla legge: semplicemente preferisce farla rispettare, che adeguarsi a essa. Ma il suo approccio eticamente relativo alla giustizia – fatto di scorciatoie e bustarelle – gli è già costato l’espulsione dalle forze dell’ordine di Gulfport, in Mississippi, oltre al fallimento del suo felice matrimonio con figli.Gli viene offerta una seconda chance nelle desolate pianure ghiacciate del Minnesota, nella contea di Yellow Medicine. Ma per uno come lui quel posto è un vero purgatorio. Perché Billy è un uomo del Sud, tutto temperamento e testosterone. In un universo popolato da perdenti e ubriaconi, medici alcolizzati e guardie del corpo corrotte, Lafitte è considerato da tutti una mina vagante. E quando Drew, la ragazzina bassista di una band psychobilly che gli ha acceso il sangue, gli chiede di rintracciare il suo fidanzato, non se lo fa ripetere due volte…Il ragazzo è già sul libro nero di una gang che sta progettando di fare del Minnesota la nuova raffineria di metanfetamine degli States. E se è vero che ogni indagine ha un prezzo, ficcare il naso in questa costerà a Billy molto caro, trascinandolo in un convulso crescendo di teste mozzate e doppi giochi che metterà alla prova il suo personalissimo codice dell’onore e della lealtà. **
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**Narrato in prima persona, intriso di humour nero e cinismo, Yellow Medicine è già un classico assoluto del noir americano.** Il vicesceriffo Billy Lafitte non è affatto estraneo alla legge: semplicemente preferisce farla rispettare, che adeguarsi a essa. Ma il suo approccio eticamente relativo alla giustizia – fatto di scorciatoie e bustarelle – gli è già costato l’espulsione dalle forze dell’ordine di Gulfport, in Mississippi, oltre al fallimento del suo felice matrimonio con figli.Gli viene offerta una seconda chance nelle desolate pianure ghiacciate del Minnesota, nella contea di Yellow Medicine. Ma per uno come lui quel posto è un vero purgatorio. Perché Billy è un uomo del Sud, tutto temperamento e testosterone. In un universo popolato da perdenti e ubriaconi, medici alcolizzati e guardie del corpo corrotte, Lafitte è considerato da tutti una mina vagante. E quando Drew, la ragazzina bassista di una band psychobilly che gli ha acceso il sangue, gli chiede di rintracciare il suo fidanzato, non se lo fa ripetere due volte…Il ragazzo è già sul libro nero di una gang che sta progettando di fare del Minnesota la nuova raffineria di metanfetamine degli States. E se è vero che ogni indagine ha un prezzo, ficcare il naso in questa costerà a Billy molto caro, trascinandolo in un convulso crescendo di teste mozzate e doppi giochi che metterà alla prova il suo personalissimo codice dell’onore e della lealtà.

Yellow birds

Partiti a diciott’anni. Talmente impreparati, talmente ingenui da credere che insieme ce l’avrebbero fatta. Bartle è devastato dal senso di colpa. Per non avere impedito che Murphy morisse. Per non essere riuscito ad attenuare la brutalità e l’orrore della guerra. Ora che è tornato a casa, vede Murphy ovunque. Insieme alle altre immagini dell’Iraq: i cadaveri che bruciano nell’aria pungente del mattino, i proiettili che si conficcano nella sabbia, le acque del fiume che ha inghiottito il loro sogno. E il tormento per la promessa che non ha saputo mantenere non gli dà pace. “Il miglior romanzo che abbia letto sulla guerra: essenziale, incredibilmente preciso, perfetto. Probabilmente è il libro più triste che io abbia letto negli ultimi anni. Ma triste in modo importante. Dobbiamo essere tristi, profondamente tristi, per quel che abbiamo fatto in Iraq”. (Dave Eggers) **