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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.

Valentine Murder

It’s Valentine’s Day in Tinker’s Cove. And while the cupcakes Lucy Stone is baking for her children will have pink frosting and candy hearts, Lucy’s thoughts aren’t centered on sugary sentiments. She’s barely arrived at her first board meeting of the newly-renovated library when Bitsy Howell, the new librarian, is found dead in the basement, shot only minutes before story hour was to start. The agitated board members assume that Bitsy was killed by an outsider, until Detective Lt. Horowitz arrives on the scene and announces that the killer is among them.
Lucy was already aware that Bitsy’s uppity big city ways rubbed some people in Tinker’s Cove the wrong way. But she has a hunch that motives for the librarian’s violent death run a lot deeper. From Hayden Norcross’s elegant antique shop to Corney Clark’s chic kitchen, Lucy relentlessly snoops into the curious lifestyles and shocking secrets of Tinker’s Cove’s most solid citizens–secrets that will plunge her into a terrifying confrontation with a conniving killer. . .
“Meier includes domestic details that add charm to this lighthearted cozy.” — *Publishers Weekly*

Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Did Newton “unweave the rainbow” by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as Keats contended? Did he, in other words, diminish beauty? Far from it, says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton’s unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology. Mysteries don’t lose their poetry because they are solved: the solution often is more beautiful than the puzzle, uncovering deeper mysteries. With the wit, insight, and spellbinding prose that have made him a best-selling author, Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science, from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality, combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder.
This is the book Richard Dawkins was meant to write: a brilliant assessment of what science is (and isn’t), a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting.

Until You

Asher has a few issues. His older brother amassed a huge gambling debt that landed him in the hospital, his immediate boss at the club where he works is out for revenge, and the owner of the club, wealthy Max Tyler, is after his ass. Literally. Asher is also attracted to Tyler, but the same people who put his brother in the hospital also want Tyler dead. Not only that but they’re blackmailing Asher into helping with their plot. Do as they say or his brother will die. But Tyler is not so easily defeated, by thugs or a reluctant Asher.
Lust at first sight, Tyler always gets what he wants, and he wants Asher even if it kills him.
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of dubious consent and scenes of rape or near rape.

Turkish Gambit

**Erast Fandorin returns in another thrilling Russian crime caper, from the bestselling author of THE WINTER QUEEN**.
The Russo-Turkish war is at a critical juncture, and Erast Fandorin, broken-hearted and disillusioned, has gone to the front in an attempt to forget his sorrows. But Fandorin’s efforts to steer clear of trouble are thwarted when he comes to the aid of Varvara Suvorova – a ‘progressive’ Russian woman trying to make her way to the Russian headquarters to join her fiancé.
Within days, Varvara’s fiancé has been accused of treason, a Turkish victory looms on the horizon, and there are rumours of a Turkish spy hiding within their own camp. Our reluctant gentleman sleuth will need to resurrect all of his dormant powers of detection if he is to unmask the traitor, help the Russians to victory and smooth the path of young love.

Turbulence

The D-day landings — the fate of 2.5 million men, three thousand landing craft and the entire future of Europe depend on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics? Wallace Ryman has devised a system that comprehends all of this — but he is a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to divulge his secrets. Henry Meadows, a young math prodigy from the Met Office, is sent to Scotland to uncover Ryman’s system and apply it to the Normandy landings. But turbulence proves more elusive than anyone could have imagined. When Henry meets Gill, Ryman’s beautiful wife, events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control. From Giles Foden, prizewinning author of The Last King of Scotland, a gripping blend of fact and fiction in a novel about how human beings deal with uncertainty.

Tulipomania

In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn’t help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house.
Historians would come to call it tulipomania. It was the first futures market in history, and like so many of the ones that would follow, it crashed spectacularly, plunging speculators and investors into economic ruin and despair.
This is the history of the tulip, from its origins on the barren, windswept steppes of central Asia to its place of honor in the lush imperial gardens of Constantinople, to its starring moment as the most coveted–and beautiful–commodity in Europe. Historian Mike Dash vividly narrates the story of this amazing flower and the colorful cast of characters–Turkish sultans, Yugoslav soldiers, French botanists, and Dutch tavern keepers–who were centuries apart historically and worlds apart culturally, but who all had one thing in common: tulipomania.
*From the Trade Paperback edition.*

Trial by Ice

“One of the best military Scifi novels I’ve read in a long time.” “Trial by Ice is a thrilling story, which kept me up at nights, finishing “just that one more chapter”.” “This is an excellent book from a promising new writer. The characters are well developed and the action is brisk.” “This book was a great read, it showed the human spirit doing what it does best. Surviving.” In the 22nd Century colonies spread out to the stars, hidden by a secretive industrialist. 80 years later the locations are revealed, one at a time, once a year. Midshipman William Grace, sole survivor of the genocide on the colony Farshore, is shipwrecked and stranded with a handful of surviving marines and soldiers. The good news, they’re alive. The bad news is that they face the frigid climate, betrayal, a harrowing ocean crossing, terror drones, and a mercenary force intent on holding the planet. But simply escaping isn’t enough; they must complete the mission and warn Earth of a coming invasion. The United Colonies are fracturing and this is the opening shots of a galactic civil war. This is a full length 80,000 word novel. The first in the military science fiction series, A Star Too Far.

Toil and Trouble

The Underworld in civil war.
The cause? A witch who can reanimate the dead.
A sexy as sin vampire determined to claim her.
An infuriatingly handsome warlock torn between duty and love.
Who says blonds have more fun?
After defending herself against fairy magic, Jolie Wilkins wakes to find her world turned upside down—the creatures of the Underworld on the precipice of war.
The Underworld is polarized in a battle of witch against witch, creature against creature, led by the villainous Bella, who would be Queen.
While Jolie has one goal in mind, to stake the vampire, Ryder, who nearly killed her, she also must choose between the affections of her warlock employer, Rand, and the mysteriously sexy vampire, Sinjin.
And as if that weren’t enough to ruin a girl’s day, everything Jolie knows will be turned inside out when she’s thrust into the shock of a lifetime.
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Tirzah’s Allure

Tirzah disobeys the rules of her tribe and ventures beyond the boundary into the forbidden zone convinced there has to be a more advanced species on the planet. Traveling mainly as her cat shape, she not only finds civilization, but also the man she believes to be her soul mate. His feline form is a black cat. How will her white furred tribe react to him?
Cain thinks he’s the only cat shifter on Earth until he scents another. To his astonishment, she’s a white cat and she speaks a very strange language. Will nature override social barriers and how can he get her out of his heart and into his arms?

This Side of Paradise

Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920) was an immediate, spectacular success and established his literary reputation. Perhaps the definitive novel of that “Lost Generation,” it tells the story of Amory Blaine, a handsome, wealthy Princeton student who halfheartedly involves himself in literary cults, “liberal” student activities, and a series of empty flirtations with young women. When he finally does fall truly in love, however, the young woman rejects him for another. After serving in France during the war, Blaine returns to embark on a career in advertising. Still young, but already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the young men and women of the ’20s, described by Fitzgerald as “a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.”

Think Python

If you want to learn how to program, working with Python is an excellent way to start. This hands-on guide takes you through the language a step at a time, beginning with basic programming concepts before moving on to functions, recursion, data structures, and object-oriented design. This second edition and its supporting code have been updated for Python 3.
Through exercises in each chapter, you’ll try out programming concepts as you learn them. Think Python is ideal for students at the high school or college level, as well as self-learners, home-schooled students, and professionals who need to learn programming basics. Beginners just getting their feet wet will learn how to start with Python in a browser.
* Start with the basics, including language syntax and semantics
* Get a clear definition of each programming concept
* Learn about values, variables, statements, functions, and data structures in a logical progression
* Discover how to work with files and databases
* Understand objects, methods, and object-oriented programming
* Use debugging techniques to fix syntax, runtime, and semantic errors
* Explore interface design, data structures, and GUI-based programs through case studies

Things fall apart

SUMMARY: THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.

The William Monk Mysteries

Anne Perry’s acclaimed William Monk novels have captivated readers with their rich texture and masterly suspense, leading *The New York Times Book Review* to exclaim, “Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.” Now, the first five books in the spellbinding series are collected in this addictive eBook bundle:
**FACE OF A STRANGER**
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. With his memory erased after a terrible accident, Monk intends on hiding his condition and starting a new life by tackling a grisly murder case in which each new revelation leads him to the answers he seeks—but dreads to find.
**A DANGEROUS MOURNING**
Called upon to investigate the brutal murder of a blue-blooded young widow, Monk is plagued by both his lingering amnesia and an inept supervisor. But when nurse Hester Latterly offers her assistance, together they grope warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the aristocrat’s demise.
**DEFEND AND BETRAY**
After a brilliant military career, General Thaddeus Carlyon meets his death not on the battlefield but at a London dinner party. Although his wife confesses to the murder, Monk and Hester suspect deceit. With the trial only days away, they feverishly work to unravel the dark heart of the mystery.
**Praise for Anne Perry and her William Monk series**
“Perry’s Victorian mysteries are marvels.” **— *The New York Times Book Review***
“There’s no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry.” **— *The Boston Globe***
“[The] reigning monarch of the Victorian mystery.” **— *People***
“Few mystery writers this side of Arthur Conan Doyle can evoke Victorian London with such relish for detail and mood.” **— *San Francisco Chronicle***
“[A] master of crime fiction.” **— *The Baltimore Sun***
“[Among] Perry’s strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist.” **— *The Wall Street Journal***

The White Rose

**The third volume in an epic military fantasy series following a group of hard-bitten mercenaries caught in the middle of a war between The Lady and The White Rose**
She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishes when the Dominator rises from the grave.
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.