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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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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.

My Darling Caroline

My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth
“Remarkable…an emotionally enthralling story. Readers will embrace these entertaining characters.”
 —Arnette Lamb
A true classic, **My Darling Caroline **marked the debut of **USA Today **bestselling author Adele Ashworth—and now it’s back to enthrall historical romance fans once again! An enchanting tale of a most unorthodox marriage of convenience, **My Darling Caroline **won the prestigious RWA RITA® Award for Best First Novel, heralding the arrival of the extraordinary talent who Lisa Kleypas proclaimed, “A thrilling new discovery…certain to become one of romance’s most beloved writers.”

My Best Friends Have Hairy Legs

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “My Best Friends have Hairy Legs” is the story of my dog, Trooper, and me overcoming abusive relationships. It is a story about his growth from a fearful puppy into a confident adult dog – and mine – from a psychologically abused wife into a confident woman who can look back at my past with laughter and no regrets. I don’t believe my story is unique. Our stories might differ, the details change, but the emotions and feelings are the same. I wanted to tell our story because we have survived. I wanted to tell it to give hope to others who are struggling to find their way. There is a light out there. There aren’t any bras burnt at the end of this book – or dog collars – but the metaphor is the same. We are happy with who we are.

The Murder Room

**Thrilling, true tales from the Vidocq Society, a team of the world’s finest forensic investigators whose monthly gourmet lunches lead to justice in ice-cold murders **
Three of the greatest detectives in the world–a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor and lothario who speaks to the dead, and an eccentric profiler known as “the living Sherlock Holmes”-were heartsick over the growing tide of unsolved murders. Good friends and sometime rivals William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter decided one day over lunch that something had to be done, and pledged themselves to a grand quest for justice. The three men invited the greatest collection of forensic investigators ever assembled, drawn from five continents, to the Downtown Club in Philadelphia to begin an audacious quest: to bring the coldest killers in the world to an accounting. Named for the first modern detective, the Parisian eugène François Vidocq-the flamboyant Napoleonic real-life sleuth who inspired Sherlock Holmes-the Vidocq Society meets monthly in its secretive chambers to solve a cold murder over a gourmet lunch.
*The Murder Room* draws the reader into a chilling, darkly humorous, awe-inspiring world as the three partners travel far from their Victorian dining room to hunt the ruthless killers of a millionaire’s son, a serial killer who carves off faces, and a child killer enjoying fifty years of freedom and dark fantasy.
Acclaimed bestselling author Michael Capuzzo’s brilliant storytelling brings true crime to life more realistically and vividly than it has ever been portrayed before. It is a world of dazzlingly bright forensic science; true evil as old as the Bible and dark as the pages of Dostoevsky; and a group of flawed, passionate men and women, inspired by their own wounded hearts to make a stand for truth, goodness, and justice in a world gone mad.

Murder on Ice

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Reid Bennett, the newest addition to Murphy’s Harbor, Ontario, has embarked on his second case. During the Ice Festival, there is a sudden blackout and the Queen of the Ice Festival disappears; in fact she’s been kidnapped! Members of a feminist anti-pageant group are suspected, but Reid suspects something fishy. He must expose the organizer of the kidnapping — and try not to get himself killed.

Murder Most Frothy

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Clare Cosi-s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she-ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee-for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer- Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David-s bathroom-a botched attempt on the millionaire-s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone-s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night-and it-s not the java jitters-

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing boasts one of Shakespeare’s most delightful heroines, most dancing wordplay, and the endearing spectacle of intellectual and social self-importance bested by the desire to love and be loved in return. It offers both the dancing wit of the “merry war” between the sexes, and a sobering vision of the costs of that combat for both men and women. Shakespeare dramatizes a social world in all of its vibrant particulars, in which characters are shaped by the relations between social convention and individual choice.
This edition of the play offers in its introduction and commentary an extensive discussion of the materials that informed Shakespeare’s compositional choices, both those conventional sources and other contexts, from cuckold jokes to conduct books, which inform the ideas and identities of this play. Particular attention is devoted to Renaissance understandings of gender identity and social rank, as well as to the social valences of Shakespeare’s stylistic choices. A treatment of staging possibilities offers illustrations drawn from the earliest and recent theatrical practices, and a critical history examines the fate of the play in the changing trends of academic scholarship.

Mrs Dalloway

On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the …

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Mr. X

Amazon.com Review

Peter Straub’s Mr. X is an enthralling, complex tale of a decent young man troubled since childhood by barely understood flashes of precognition and an awareness of a shadowy “other.”

Ned Dunstan returns home to Edgerton, Illinois, a raffish and atmospheric Mississippi River city, as his mother, Star Dunstan, lies dying. Impelled to trace his tangled paternal lineage after Star’s death, Ned finds himself caught up in a web of murder and other heinous crimes, not only in the present but also in a past that his elderly great aunts Nettie, May, and Joy would prefer remained undisturbed. The aunts, whose remarkable gifts include teleportation and telekinesis, frustrate his search for knowledge, partly to protect their own secrets and also to shield Ned from the mysterious and omnipresent force that seems to dodge his every step. He is aided in his efforts to discover the mysteries of his birth by a doppleganger who may or may not be his twin, and also by a lovely young woman, Laurie Hatch. She is the estranged wife of Stewart Hatch, an Edgerton scion whose own history is inexorably linked with Ned’s and with the entire Dunstan family.

The secondary characters, from the elderly aunts to a lawyer named Creech who is the essence of the small-town “fixer,” are deftly drawn. –Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Since the publication of Koko in 1988, Straub has specialized in macabre mysteries dense with the details of small-town life and cast with ordinary people who find that the extraordinary crimes they investigate raise doubts about their own moral integrity. In this bravura new outing, he returns to his horror roots, lacing an ingenious whodunit with an intoxicating shot of the supernatural. From childhood, Ned Dunstan has experienced precognitive visions, a recurring dream of being tethered to a shadow and “the sense that something crucially significant, something without which I could never be whole, was missing.” Summoned home to Edgerton, Ill., by a premonition of his mother’s death on the eve of his 35th birthday, Ned finds himself implicated in a tangle of felonies and murders, all of which point to someone strenuously manipulating events to frame him. Digging into local history, he finds reason to believe that the mysterious father he never knew, or possibly a malignant doppelg?nger, are pulling the strings. Meanwhile, Mr. X, a homicidal misanthrope who reads H.P. Lovecraft’s otherworldly horror fiction as gospel, cuts a swath of supernatural destruction across the country, en route to a showdown with his son, the “shadow-self” whom he must annihilate. Discerning readers will recognize this surprise-filled tale of tortuous family relationships as a modern variation on Lovecraft’s classic shocker “The Dunwich Horror.” But Straub turns his pulp model inside out, transforming its vast cosmic mystery into an ingrown odyssey of self-discovery and a probing study of human nature. His evocative prose, a seamless splice of clipped hard-boiled banter and poetic reflection, contributes to the thick atmosphere of apprehension that makes this one of the most invigorating horror reads of the year. BOMC main selection. (Aug.) FYI: This spring, Subterranean Press published a chapbook, Peter and PTR: Two Discarded Prefaces and an Introduction, that includes framing material that Straub wrote for, and then cut from, Mr. X.
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Mr Nice: an autobiography

Review

A racy yarn with plenty of globe trotting colour. The Independent Frequently hilarious, occasionally sad, and often surreal GQ A man who makes Peter Pan look like a geriatric with sleeping sickness Loaded A folk legend-Howard Marks has huge charisma. He sounds like Richard Burton and looks like a Rolling Stone Daily Mail Marks weaves a fascinating story spiced with brilliant detail, far stronger than fiction FHM Magazine

Product Description

During the mid-’80s Howard Marks had forty-three aliases and eighty-nine phone lines, and he owned twenty-five companies trading throughout the world. Bars, recording studios, offshore banks — all were money-laundering vehicles serving the core business: dope dealing. At the height of his career he was smuggling consignments of up to thirty tons of marijuana and had contact with organizations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA, and the Mafia. Following a worldwide operation by the DEA, he was busted and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison at Terre Haute Penitentiary, Indiana. He was released in April 1995 after serving seven years of his sentence. With pages of photographs, and told with humor, charm, and candor, Mr Nice is his own extraordinary story. Mr Nice has been one of the biggest-selling memoirs in Britain in recent memory, topping both the Sunday Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists. Also translated into eight languages, this edition offers American readers the first-ever opportunity to read this riveting book. “Frequently hilarious, occasionally sad, and often surreal.” — GQ “Only the Welsh could have produced … Howard Marks…. In or out of handcuffs, he is always welcome in my home.” — Robert Sabbag, author of Snowblind “A folk legend … Howard Marks has huge charisma. He sounds like Richard Burton and looks like a Rolling Stone.” — Daily Mail (London) “Marks weaves a fascinating story spiced with brilliant detail, far stronger than fiction.” — FHM

Mr Almost Right

What happens when you meet Mr Right, then find out that someone’s got there first? Do you: a) bury your feelings, convince yourself that nothing can ever happen between the two of you and try to move on? Or b) fail miserably to bury your feelings and repeatedly act like an incompetent fool in front of him? In Lulu’s case, it’s a bit of both. When she meets Charles, a handsome and sophisticated actor, he seems like the perfect catch – until she finds out about the wife and children. But when Lulu and Charles end up away on location together, sparks fly and suddenly everything gets complicated… Lulu tries to confide in Alice, her twin sister and best friend, but she’s too distracted by her new relationship with gorgeous but rage-filled Richard. When will she learn that sexy bad boys do not make good boyfriends? And for Lulu, can love conquer all, or is she just a walk-on part in the oldest story in the book?
(source: Bol.com)

Mountain Sheriff

TROUBLE ALWAYS ACCOMPANIED THE RAINY SEASON Rain and isolation could make folks crazy in these parts. Sheriff Mitch Tanner — the most eligible bachelor in the county — would have his hands full for sure. Bigfoot sightings and sundry strange happenings he could handle…but he wasn’t prepared for murder. With a killer on the loose, he’d have to keep a tight grip on the investigation and a close eye on the mounting list of suspects. Unfortunately, the person causing the most trouble to his male senses was none other than the town’s biggest gossip and the one woman he’d do anything to avoid: Charity Jenkins. Sure enough, she’d whittled away at his confirmed-single status with her annoying questions and all-American-girl good looks and had him thinking about something more permanent. Except a killer had other plans for Charity.

Motherhood Is Murder

SUMMARY: The author of Bundle of Trouble delivers a new Maternal Instincts mystery. Nights out are hard to come by for new mommy Kate Connelly. So when Kate and her husband are invited to a dinner cruise hosted by her new mommy club, Roo & You, they jump at it. But when the president of the club takes a deadly spill, everyone becomes suspect-and Kate’s on deck to solve the mystery.