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Il sogno di Merlino. Le cronache di Camelot: 4

Una barca che vaga alla deriva di fronte alle coste della Cornovaglia. A bordo, stanchi e affamati, un uomo e un neonato: Merlino Britannico e il piccolo Artù di Pendragon. E’ il drammatico inizio del romanzo dedicato all’infanzia del leggendario “alto re” di tutta la Britannia, futuro guardiano della mitica Excalibur. Accompagnato da Merlino, Artù attraverserà la turbolenta Britannia del V secolo. Ma il vero protagonista di questa versione del famoso ciclo arturiano è proprio Merlino, che farà sogni premonitori, si innamorerà, contrarrà la lebbra e combatterà ogni sorta di nemici, da quelli esterni alla Colonia di Camulod a quelli, ben più pericolosi, che credeva suoi alleati.

Zero Day

An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the USA, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction.
At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who quit in disgust after witnessing the gross errors that led up to 9/11, thinks otherwise. Jeff fears a more serious attack targeting the United States computer infrastructure is already under way. And as other menacing computer malfunctions pop up around the world, some with deadly results, he realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to prevent an international catastrophe.
Written by a global authority on cyber-security, *Zero Day* presents a chilling ‘what if’ scenario that, in a world completely reliant on technology, is more than possible today… it’s a cataclysmic disaster just waiting to happen.
‘Mark came to Microsoft in 2006 to help advance the state of the art of Windows, now in his latest compelling creation he is raising awareness of the all too real threat of cyber-terrorism.’ Bill Gates
‘CyberTerrorism. Get used to that word and understand it because you’re going to see more of it in the newspapers and hear it on the news in the not too distant future. Mark Russinovich is a CyberSecurity expert who has turned his considerable knowledge into a very scary and too plausible novel. *Zero Day* is not science fiction; it is science fact, and it is a clear warning of Doomsday.’ Nelson DeMille
‘While what Mark wrote is fiction, the risks that he writes about eerily mirror many situations that we see today.’ Howard A. Schmidt, White House Cyber Security Coordinator
‘An up-to-the-moment ticking-clock thriller, *Zero Day* imagines the next 9/11 in a frightening but all too believable way. An expert in the field, Mark Russinovich writes about cyberterrorism with a mix of technical authority and dramatic verve. I was riveted.’ William Landay, author of *The Strangler*
‘When someone with Mark Russinovich’s technical chops writes a tale about tech gone awry, leaders in the public and private sector should take notes.’ Daniel Suarez, author of *Daemon*
‘Nothing if not topical… a full share of conspiracies, betrayals, violence and against-the-clock maneuvers.’ *Kirkus Reviews*

Younger Skin in 28 Days

Younger Skin in 28 Days reveals how to swap skin-ageing foods for similar, everyday foods from your local supermarket to create beautiful skin in a matter of weeks. Backed with hundreds of scientific references, its a sound diet program designed to prevent nutritional deficiencies and support total body health and wellbeing. It also includes a three-day alkalising cleanse, a fourteen-day menu plan with handy menus and shopping lists, and 80 delicious recipes. Karen Fischer is a nutritionist and a member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS). She has a Bachelor of Health Science Degree (BHSc) from the University of New England and a nutrition diploma (Dip. Nut.). In 2008, Karens bestselling book The Healthy Skin Diet won Best Health, Nutrition or Specific Diet Book at the prestigious Australian Food Media Awards. She is also the author of Exisle Publishings bestselling The Eczema Diet. Karen is frequently a guest nutritionist on Australian television and has written health articles for Australian, New Zealand and UK publications. This is her fifth book.

Whispering Nickel Idols

Garrett’s having a pretty good morning until, five minutes in, he finds a strange child named Penny Dreadful poking around his apartment. Before he can figure out who the mysterious urchin really is, he’s hired to investigate how an old crime boss ended up in a coma—leaving his beautiful, criminally insane daughter to run the family business.   The boss’s daughter has some lascivious designs on Garrett—and some deadly ones, too. But she’s not the only one dreaming up ways to finish off the endangered private eye—who now has to figure out why everyone is suddenly after him…

What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

In *What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire* , critically acclaimed journalist Daniel Bergne disseminates the latest scientific research and paints an unprecedented portrait of female lust: the triggers, the fantasies, the mind-body connection (and disconnection), the reasons behind the loss of libido, and, most revelatory, that this loss is not inevitable.

Bergner asks: Are women actually the less monogamous gender? Do women really crave intimacy and emotional connection? Are women more disposed to sex with strangers and multiple pairings than either science or society have ever let on? And is “the fairer sex” actually more sexually aggressive and anarchic than men?

While debunking the myths popularized by evolutionary psychology, Bergner also looks at the future of female sexuality. Pharmaceutical companies are pouring billions of dollars to develop a “Viagra” for women. But will it ever be released? Or are we not yet ready for a world in which women can become aroused at the simple popping of a pill?

Insightful and illuminating, *What Do Women Want?* is a deeper exploration of Daniel Bergner’s provocative *New York Times Magazine* cover story; it will spark dynamic debates and discussions for years to come.
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“An indispensable map for a journey that most of us take without one. Brilliant, funny and brimming with insight… an important book that every parent should read, and then read again. Jennifer Senior is surely one of the best writers–and wisest moms–on the planet.” (Daniel Gilbert, #1 *New York Times* bestselling author of *Stumbling on Happiness* )

“Daniel Bergner has written a keenly intelligent book about a subject that often exceeds our intelligence: What Do Women Want?” (Gay Talese)

“At last, we have a new perspective on the wilds of female desire, in rousing tableaux, as women, men, sexologists, bonobos, erotic gurus, and many others provide frank, vivid answers to the question that has haunted [us] for far too long: What do women want? The answer will fascinate all.” (Diane Ackerman, author of *A Natural History of Love* )

“Accessible and informative prose . . . this page-turning book will have readers questioning some of their most ingrained beliefs about women, men, society, and sex.” (Publishers Weekly)

“It’s everything you wanted to know about sex but didn’t know to ask. Daniel Bergner upends long-standing myths about women and sex—everything from nature of attraction and pursuit to prevalence of taboo fantasies to monogamy itself.” (New York Post)

“ *What Do Women Want?* adds both steam and explosives into the national conversation-or preoccupation-with what it means to be a woman today.” (Vogue)

“Bergner lays out the history of this brainwashing and then debunks it in his entertaining new book, What do Women Want?. He recaps ingenious studies that have plumbed our desires, including those we deny or hide from ourselves.” (Elle)
### From the Back Cover
When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women’s arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.
This bold and captivating journey into the world of female desire explores answers to such thought-provoking questions as: Are women perhaps the less monogamous sex? What effect do intimacy and emotional connection really have on lust? What is the role of narcissism—the desire to be desired—in female sexuality? Are political gains for women (“No means no”) detrimental in the bedroom? And is the hunt for a “female Viagra” anything but a search for the cure for monogamy?
Bergner goes behind the scenes of some of the most groundbreaking experiments on sexuality today and confronts us with controversial, sometimes uncomfortable findings. Incendiary, profoundly insightful, and brilliantly illuminating, *What Do Women Want?* will change the conversation about women and sex, and is sure to spark dynamic discussion for years to come.

Web Performance in Action: Building Faster Web Pages

**Summary**
*Web Performance in Action* is your companion guide to making websites faster. You’ll learn techniques that speed the delivery of your site’s assets to the user, increase rendering speed, decrease the overall footprint of your site, as well as how to build a workflow that automates common optimization techniques.
Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.
**About the Technology**
Nifty features, hip design, and clever marketing are great, but your website will flop if visitors think it’s slow. Network conditions can be unpredictable, and with today’s sites being bigger than ever, you need to set yourself apart from the competition by focusing on speed. Achieving a high level of performance is a combination of front-end architecture choices, best practices, and some clever sleight-of-hand. This book will demystify all these topics for you.
**About the Book**
*Web Performance in Action* is your guide to making fast websites. Packed with “Aha!” moments and critical details, this book teaches you how to create performant websites the right way. You’ll master optimal rendering techniques, tips for decreasing your site’s footprint, and technologies like HTTP/2 that take your website’s speed from merely adequate to seriously fast. Along the way, you’ll learn how to create an automated workflow to accomplish common optimization tasks and speed up development in the process.
**What’s Inside**
Foolproof performance-boosting techniques
Optimizing images and fonts
HTTP/2 and how it affects your optimization workflow
**About the Reader**
This book assumes that you’re familiar with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Many examples make use of Git and Node.js.
**About the Author**
**Jeremy Wagner** is a professional front-end web developer with over ten years of experience. Foreword by Ethan Marcotte.
**Table of Contents**
Understanding web performance
Using assessment tools
Optimizing CSS
Understanding critical CSS
Making images responsive
Going further with images
Faster fonts
Keeping JavaScript lean and fast
Boosting performance with service workers
Fine-tuning asset delivery
Looking to the future with HTTP/2
Automating optimization with gulp

We Are Doomed

To his fellow conservatives, John Derbyshire makes a plea: Don’t be seduced by this nonsense about “the politics of hope.” Skepticism, pessimism, and suspicion of happy talk are the true characteristics of an authentically conservative temperament. And from Hobbes and Burke through Lord Salisbury and Calvin Coolidge, up to Pat Buchanan and Mark Steyn in our own time, these beliefs have kept the human race from blindly chasing its utopian dreams right off a cliff.
Recently, though, various comforting yet fundamentally idiotic notions of political correctness and wishful thinking have taken root beyond the “Kumbaya”-singing, we’re-all-one crowd. These ideas have now infected conservatives, the very people who really should know better. The Republican Party has been derailed by legions of fools and poseurs wearing smiley-face masks.
Think rescuing the economy by condemning our descendents to lives of spirit-crushing debt. Think nation-building abroad while we slowly disintegrate at home. Think education and No Child Left Behind. . . . But don’t think about it too much, because if you do, you’ll quickly come to the logical conclusion: We are doomed.
Need more convincing? Dwell on the cheerful promises of the diversity cult and the undeniable reality of the oncoming demographic disaster. Contemplate the feminization of everything, or take a good look at what passes for art these days. Witness the rise of culturism and the death of religion. Bow down before your new master, the federal apparatchik. Finally, ask yourself: How certain am I that the United States of America will survive, in any recognizable form, until, say, 2022?
A scathing, mordantly funny romp through today’s dismal and dismaler political and cultural scene, *We Are Doomed* provides a long-overdue dose of reality, revealing just how the GOP has been led astray in recent years–and showing that had conservatives held on to their fittingly pessimistic outlook, America’s future would be far brighter.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to embrace the Audacity of Hopelessness. *
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*From the Hardcover edition.*

Watchers of Time

In his latest novel, bestselling author Charles Todd brings his classic mystery series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in a postwar world. Now a Scotland Yard investigator, Rutledge is called upon to probe a small-town murder — and discovers that it may be connected to one of the greatest disasters of all time….Watchers of TimeIn Osterley, a marshy Norfolk backwater, a man lies dying on a rainy autumn night. While natural causes will surely claim Herbert Baker’s life in a matter of hours, his last request baffles his family and friends. Baker, a devout Anglican, inexplicably demands to see the town’s Catholic priest for a last confession. The old man dies without knowing that the very priest who gave him comfort will follow him to the grave just a few weeks later — the victim of an appalling murder.The local police are convinced the evidence points to an interrupted robbery, and have named a suspect, Matthew Walsh. But the dead priest’s bishop insists that Scotland Yard oversee the investigation. A simple task for Rutledge, a man not yet well enough to return to full duty. The Inspector draws on years of experience and a war-honed intuition as he finds himself uncovering secrets that the local authorities would prefer not to see explored. Surely, they reason, it is better to charge an outsider — Matthew Walsh — with murder than to learn that someone in this tightly knit community would commit such a horrendous crime. And yet there are those, Rutledge soon discovers, who held grudges against the priest that had little to do with God or the Church. No one in Osterley is aware that Rutledge hears voices — or, rather, one haunting voice: that of a soldier he was forced to execute during the War. It is with the voice of Hamish MacLeod, by turns second-guessing and taunting him, that Rutledge begins a journey toward the devastating truth that will unlock the secrets of Osterley and pare away its layers of deception. And in piecing together a different story, Rutledge encounters a chain of events that stretches from these brooding marshes to one of the greatest sea disasters in history — the sinking of the Titanic. Who is the mysterious woman who may have boarded that ship … and who is the secretive woman who survived it? Rutledge comes to believe that he alone can stop a killer from striking again. Deftly capturing the anguish of a man haunted by his tragic past, Watchers of Time delves beneath a cast of unforgettable characters to examine a mystery even greater than murder: the mystery of what is right and what is wrong after the world has committed the sin of war.From the Hardcover edition.

Warlords of Gaikon

Ritual Death
Blade arrives in the Empire of Gaikon–a feudal society–a land much like Japan ruled by the Tokugawa Shoguns. In search of clothing, he appropriates a dark-blue robe not knowing that blue is a color reserved for the ruling class. He is rewarded by a fight to the death. He wins. Having proven himself to be worthy of the *dabuno* , or warrior class, he becomes an ally of an important and wealthy lord.
The *Hongshu* , who rules in the name of the Emperor, engages Blade’s lord in a human chess game with the “pieces” fighting to the death. Blade is victorious, but he seeks further vengeance after the death of his lord. Blade’s final strategy is successful and by law and custom he is given the supreme honor for his valor–permission to commit ceremonial suicide!

Vernon God Little

*If* Huckleberry Finn *were set on the Mexican-American border and written by the creators of* South Park *, it might read something like this.* ” — San Francisco Chronicle
When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff’s office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday’s underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.
*Vernon God Little* is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism, and the American media.

Venus

The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system. The ground is hot enough to melt aluminum. The air pressure is so high it has crushed spacecraft landers as though they were tin cans. The sky is perpetually covered with clouds of sulfuric acid. The atmosphere is a choking mixture of carbon dioxide and poisonous gases.
This is where Van Humphries must go. Or die trying.
His older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus, years before, and his father had always hated Van for surviving when his brother died. Now his father is offering a ten billion dollar prize to the first person to land on Venus and return his oldest son’s remains.
To everyone’s surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything–our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.

Veiled Threats

****You are cordially invited. . . . Don’t miss amateur detective Carnegie Kincaid, expert in all things matrimony and murder, in the Hallmark original movie* Wedding Planner Mystery*  on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!**
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A WEDDING TO DIE FOR . . .
When love is in the air, Carnegie Kincaid is not far behind. A wedding planner who works out of her Seattle houseboat, Carnegie makes magic—usually—with fractious families, brimming brides, and cantankerous caterers to give loving couples the wedding they’ve always wanted. So why is her dream job turning into a perfect nightmare?
It started when Carnegie agreed to plan the wedding of one of Seattle’s most prominent families—who happen to be going through a high-stakes, headline-grabbing legal war. Before she can get her bride-to-be into just the right dress, a murder and a kidnapping plunge Carnegie into a mystery of extortion and violence.
With a shadowy figure stalking her, a rich lawyer wooing her, and an annoying reporter pursuing her, Carnegie is putting all wedding plans on hold. In an explosion of sheer terror, she must hunt down a killer—till death do her part.