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Otro verano contigo

El mismo pueblo de todos los veranos, los mismos protagonistas, a los que se suma en esta entrega el singular Omar… Y el mismo humor, tan agudo, descarrado e irreverente como en los dos volúmenes anteriores de esta serie publicada por el diario El País.
Otro verano contigo es el deseado reencuentro con Elvira Lindo, que nos está descubriendo una nueva forma de narrar lo cotidiano, lo en apariencia intrascendente, y que con su personalísimo estilo sabe como nadie ironizar acerca de las vanidades de nuestra sociedad.

Noche Sangrienta

Mientras Krynn se ve envuelto en la Guerra de los Espíritus, un cruel golpe de estado en el imperio de los minotauros eleva al poder al general Hotak. Sus leales destruyen la honrosa tradición de su pueblo y planean la expansión de un imperio renacido. Pero Hotak no ha podido acabar con todos sus enemigos. En una miserable colonia de esclavos, un miembro del anterior clan dirigente que ha sobrevivido se levanta para organizar la rebelión. Las Guerras de los Minotauros están a punto de comenzar.

El Gallardo Español

El gallardo español fue escrita en la última etapa de la vida de Cervantes y se inspira en un episodio de su vida: en 1581 fue enviado a Orán en misión de espionaje y el hecho resulta peculiar si se tiene en cuenta que apenas un año antes había recuperado su libertad tras permanecer cinco años apresado en Argel. El gallardo español relata las proezas de un soldado español llamado don Fernando de Saavedra, que abadona a los suyos y combate junto a los moros bajo una identidad falsa. Pese a las peticiones de su amada, Fernando permanece en el ejército enemigo y llega hasta la puertas de la ciudad asediada…

La estrella del diablo

Es un verano excepcionalmente caluroso en Oslo. El cuerpo de una joven aparece en el suelo de su apartamento, en medio de un charco de sangre. Tiene amputado un dedo de la mano izquierda, y bajo un párpado le han colocado un pequeño diamante rojo con la forma de una estrella de cinco puntas: el emblema del diablo. Cinco días después, un hombre denuncia la desaparición de su esposa. Otro dedo cercenado aparece en escena: lleva un anillo con un diamante rojo engarzado, tallado como una estrella de cinco puntas. A los cinco días aparece el tercer cadáver… y se repite el ritual. Harry Hole es un policía poco convencional. El alcohol y una situación personal muy complicada le han hecho tocar fondo. Los demonios reales y los imaginarios se mezclan en la mente Hole, que se tiene que enfrentar a un criminal sanguinario y a un enemigo implacable dentro del departamento.

El nuevo desorden mundial

¿Fuerza o derecho? ¿Hiperpotencia o mundo «multipolar»? Detrás de los debates surgidos de la Guerra de Irak y de sus consecuencias se oculta la permanente preocupación por el nuevo desorden mundial. Frente a la confianza muchas veces arrogante de la doctrina «neofundamentalista» norteamericana, pocos intelectuales europeos han sabido o han querido ir más allá de un silencio incómodo sin caer en reacciones emotivas. Tzvetan Todorov, hombre de las dos Europas que ha vivido también en Estados Unidos, desarrolla en este libro breve y esencial un análisis lúcido y profundamente coherente, enraizado en su conocimiento de la historia de nuestras ideas y nuestra cultura. Todorov continúa su reflexión con una serie de propuestas, inesperadas en ocasiones, para el establecimiento de una «potencia tranquila» europea. La Europa maltratada, la Europa dividida, la «vieja Europa» quizá, pero… ¿y si esta Europa, con la riqueza de su diversidad y la fuerza de su memoria, emergiera por fin en el momento decisivo?

Una cuestión de sangre

Un antiguo miembro de las Fuerzas Especiales del Ejército irrumpe, en un acto de locura, en un colegio privado del norte de Edimburgo, mata a dos alumnos de diecisiete años y acto seguido se suicida. Tal Como dice el inspector Rebus «no hay misterio» salvo el móvil. Interrogante que le conduce al corazón de una pequeña localidad conmocionada por la tragedia. Rebus, que también ha servido en el Ejército, descubre que una investigación militar del caso entorpece la suya. Al excomando no le faltaban amigos ni enemigos. Rebus tiene que hacer también frente a sus propios apuros. Un malhechor que acosa a su colega Siobhan Clarke, aparece muerto en su casa tras un incendio cuando el mismo Rebus acaba de salir del hospital con las manos totalmente quemadas

Del coscorrón a la seda

DE «LAS ALEGRES ERRATAS»: «El humor en el periodismo no está sólo en el contenido de los artículos o comentarios a él consagrados, sino en la involuntariedad del patinazo en lo solemne. Así, nadie que escriba de humor o con humor ha podido superar el impacto social de aquel periódico navarro que en su primera página, y a tres columnas, anunciaba: “A pesar de la crisis vocacional el señor obispo ordeñó ayer a sesenta nuevos sacerdotes”. Y eso, a pesar de la crisis vocacional, crisis que de acuerdo con la noticia, no termino de entender». DE «LOS SENOS EN LA POESÍA ESPAÑOLA»: «El desnudo de una mujer se resume en los senos. Y el deseo, y la vida, la maternidad, el otoño y la pesadumbre. “Senos dormidos bajo el sudario infame/permíteme, Señor que aún los sueñe/permíteme, Señor que aún los ame”. Recuerda Ramón Gómez de la Serna que lo más esfíngico de la esfinge no es su sonrisa, ni sus ojos, ni su frente, sino sus senos, en los que el secreto de la materia está cuajado como en ninguna otra forma». DE «DE BEETHOVEN A ANTONIO ORDÓÑEZ»: «La música del toreo no es la callada, sino la trepidante, armónica, triste y melodiosa de los genios. Ordóñez, en tristeza de olvido, en película antigua, es la Séptima Sinfonía toreada. Después, los sombreros al aire, los ramos de romero, las flores perdidas, los besos de las mujeres bañados en lágrimas, la emoción de los hombres que lloran sin vergüenza. Porque en el toreo, como en la música, como en la pintura, como en la poesía, el secreto es sólo uno. Rozar el cielo cuando Dios lo permite». DE «EL HUMOR EN LA ALTA POLÍTICA»: «En los siglos de la cultura satírica, eran los poetas los encargados de resumir en octosílabos o endecasílabos, preferentemente, las cuitas de los poderosos. De aquel comentario de Isabel II de España referido a su esposo, don Francisco de Asís de Borbón, de “es bastante más mujer que yo”, nacieron dos epigramas que ridiculizaron para siempre al rey consorte: “Paquito Natillas/es de pasta flora,/y orina en cuclillas/como las señoras”. O: “Y don Francisco de Asís,/sacando su minga muerta,/al amparo de una puerta/lloriquea y hace pis”».

The Wedding

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**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The stunning follow-up to The Notebook- a story of an ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to win back the love of his life..**

After thirty years, Wilson Lewis is forced to face a painful truth: the romance has gone out of his marriage. His wife, Jane, has fallen out of love with him, and it is entirely his fault. Despite the shining example of his in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, and their fifty-year love affair, Wilson himself is a man unable to express his true feelings. He has spent too little time at home and too much at the office, leaving the responsibility of raising their children to Jane. Now his daughter is about to marry, and his wife is thinking about leaving him. But if Wilson is sure of anything, it is this: His love for Jane has only grown over the years, and he will do everything he can to save their marriage. With the memories of Noah and Allie’s inspiring life together as his guide, he vows to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him…all over again.

In this powerfully moving tale of love lost, rediscovered, and renewed, Nicholas Sparks once again brings readers his unique insight into the only emotion that ultimately really matters.

**Recensie(s)**

Learn a touching lesson in romance DAILY MIRROR Sparks tells his tale competently,without sinking too deeply into the mire of sentiment; a gasp-inducing twist comes at the very end. Satisfied female readers will close the covers with a sigh and a wish that a little of the earnest Wilson might rub off PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Moving DAILY TELEGRAPH Sparks writes with a depth of feeling and a tenderness rarely seen in male authors, and at times he brought tears of both joy and sadness to my eyes… achingly poignant. PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH
(source: Bol.com)

The Warrior Elite: The Forging of Seal Class 228

From

There is a pod of good books on the SEALs, but this one is unique. Couch, a Vietnam-era SEAL and retired naval reserve captain, was given the most complete access possible to the demanding BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) course and has recorded his observations, those of one who has been there and done a good deal of that. His account of Hell Week, the culmination of a formidable three-phase course intended to produce men who are physically, psychologically, and technically the best in the world at what they do, may leave the average reader short of breath. Few Hollywood stereotypes are on view; in their stead are a man who passed BUD/S at age 39, a superb swimmer who was disqualified for sinus problems, and a trainee at the low end of the fitness scale who subsequently won the Congressional Medal of Honor. Also on view is much serious thought by serious thinkers on the making of warriors at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Roland Green
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Review

The Warrior Elite is the first book that captures how the SEAL spirit is tempered. It reveals all the grit, sweat, mud, and blood of BUID/S training — real-time, down and dirty. This is a must-read if you want to know what becoming a virtual warrior is all about.” — Governor Jesse Ventura, BUD/S Class 58

“A wonderful, thought-provoking book by Dick Couch and a quick study of human personalities; his conclusions are optimistic and uplifting.” — Vice Admiral James Stockdale (USN. Ret.) Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“The Warrior Elite offers superb insight into the making of a Navy SEAL. Dick Couch takes the reader through the incredible challenges of basic training and into the minds of these unique warriors who comprise our nation’s highly selective fighting force. Having served extensively with Dick in combat as junior officers in Vietnam, I now understand the “how’s and why’s” of his profession and the SEALs’ commitment to mission. The Warrior Elite captures the essence of a Navy SEAL — the indomitable will to win and steadfast commitment to team.” — Robert J. Natter, Admiral, U.S. Navy, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

“An authentic voice that spells out what it takes to become a SEAL–the sheer grit to overcome all obstacles. America is lucky that it continues to attract such men as these to serve.” — Theodore Roosevelt IV, Class 36

From the Hardcover edition.Review

The Time Machine and the Invisible Man

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *The Time Machine and The Invisible Man*, by **H. G. Wells**, is part of the **Barnes & Noble Classics* *series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of *Barnes & Noble Classics*: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. *Barnes & Noble Classics *pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works.** *The Time Machine*, **H. G. Wells**’s first novel, is a tale of Darwinian evolution taken to its extreme. Its hero, a young scientist, travels 800,000 years into the future and discovers a dying earth populated by two strange humanoid species: the brutal Morlocks and the gentle but nearly helpless Eloi.*The Invisible Man* mixes chilling terror, suspense, and acute psychological understanding into a tale of an equally adventurous scientist who discovers the formula for invisibility—a secret that drives him mad.Immensely popular during his lifetime, H. G. Wells, along with Jules Verne, is credited with inventing science fiction. This new volume offers two of Wells’s best-loved and most critically acclaimed “scientific romances.” In each, the author grounds his fantastical imagination in scientific fact and conjecture while lacing his narrative with vibrant action, not merely to tell a “ripping yarn,” but to offer a biting critique on the world around him. “The strength of Mr. Wells,” wrote Arnold Bennett, “lies in the fact that he is not only a scientist, but a most talented student of character, especially quaint character. He will not only ingeniously describe for you a scientific miracle, but he will set down that miracle in the midst of a country village, sketching with excellent humour the inn-landlady, the blacksmith, the chemist’s apprentice, the doctor, and all the other persons whom the miracle affects.” **Alfred Mac Adam**** teaches literature at Barnard College-Columbia University. He is a translator and art critic.

The Soul Catcher

SUMMARY: In a secluded cabin in rural Massachusetts, six young men stage a deadly standoff with FBI and ATF agents. When dust from the flying bullets finally settles, three agents are wounded, one fatally, and five suspects are dead. In a wooded area near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., the body of a senator’s daughter is discovered. Dead by strangulation, the young woman is left artfully posed, her clothes folded neatly beside her. For FBI Special Agent Maggie O’Dell, there is nothing routine about being called in to work these two cases. As an expert criminal profiler, Maggie provides psychological insight on cases that involve suspected serial killers. She can’t understand, then, why her boss, Assistant Director Cunningham, has assigned her to these two seemingly unrelated crimes. But as Maggie and her partner, Special Agent R.J. Tully, delve deeper into the two cases, they learn that there is a connection between the crimes: Reverend Joseph Everett. The charismatic leader of a high-profile religious sect, Everett has cultivated a devoted following that is growing in numbers daily. The young men holed up in the cabin were members of Everett’s church, and the murder of the young woman took place following a religious rally Everett held in the capital. The key to unraveling the significance of these two crimes is Everett himself. But he is untouchable, living on a heavily guarded compound the police are unable to penetrate. Maggie realizes, however, that she may have found a way to get to Everett: by using her own mother, a member of his church. Is Everett a psychotic madman who uses his position of power to perform heinous crimes? Or is he merely a scapegoat for a killer more cunning, more disciplined than he? Maggie realizes too late that there is more going on here than the FBI ever imagined . . . and her own mother may be about to pay the price.

The metamorphosis and other stories

SUMMARY: The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, by Franz Kafka, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Franz Kafka is now one of the world’s most widely read and discussed authors. His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man’s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka’s masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature. Bringing together some of Kafka’s finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author’s artistry. “The Judgment,” which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and “The Stoker,” which became the first chapter of his novel Amerika, are here included. These two, along with “The Metamorphosis,” form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as “The Sons,” and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family. Also included are “In the Penal Colony,” a story of a torture machine and its operators and victims, and “A Hunger Artist,” about the absurdity of an artist trying to communicate with a misunderstanding public. Kafka’s lucid, succinct writing chronicles the labyrinthine complexities, the futility-laden horror, and the stifling oppressiveness that permeate his vision of modern life. Jason Baker is a writer of short stories living in Brooklyn, New York.

The metamorphosis and other stories

SUMMARY: The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, by Franz Kafka, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Franz Kafka is now one of the world’s most widely read and discussed authors. His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man’s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka’s masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature. Bringing together some of Kafka’s finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author’s artistry. “The Judgment,” which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and “The Stoker,” which became the first chapter of his novel Amerika, are here included. These two, along with “The Metamorphosis,” form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as “The Sons,” and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family. Also included are “In the Penal Colony,” a story of a torture machine and its operators and victims, and “A Hunger Artist,” about the absurdity of an artist trying to communicate with a misunderstanding public. Kafka’s lucid, succinct writing chronicles the labyrinthine complexities, the futility-laden horror, and the stifling oppressiveness that permeate his vision of modern life. Jason Baker is a writer of short stories living in Brooklyn, New York.

The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

SUMMARY: A fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller “Longitude.” “The Illustrated Longitude” recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship’s location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem. To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of 20,000– truly a king’s ransom– was offered by Britain’s Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment– from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton– had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison’s trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story. “The Illustrated Longitude” brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel’s celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of “Longitude,” redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes– from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison’s remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrewes’s elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel’s memorable tale. Dava Sobel is the author of the best-sellers “Longitude” and “Galileo’s Daughter,” and the editor and translator of “Letters to Father.” She lives in East Hampton, New York. William J. H. Andrewes is a museum consultant specializing in the history of scientific instruments and time measurement. He is the editor of “The Quest for Longitude” and lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Praise for “The Illustrated Longitude” “Two respected tellers of the longitude tale have teamed up! Sobel ‘s compelling prose is coupled with colorful and detailed illustrations provided by Andrewes. This edition responds to entreaties by readers who loved Sobel’s “Longitude” but who wanted pictures to go with it.”– “Mercator’s World” “Enormous care has been devoted to the illustrations and captions. Readers will finish this book considerably more educated about geography and navigation.”– “USA Today” “This new illustrated edition of Sobel’s 1995 study of Harrison’s remarkable instrument strikingly illuminates this largely unknown but crucial discovery.”– “Dallas Morning News” Praise for “Longitude” “As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science …. A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and– not the least– plain old human ambition and greed.”– “Philadelphia Inquirer” “Intricate and elegant …. No novelist could improve on the elements of Dava Sobel’s “Longitude.””– “Newsweek” “Anyone with an interest in history or things maritime should consider “Longitude.” This fascinating volume brings alive the eighteenth century.”– “USA Today” “Nearly perfect prose and a magnificent story, an extraordinary book.”– “Washington Post Book World”

The Hostage

SUMMARY: When an undercover operation monitoring the Real IRA goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence turns to the one man who can get their agent out: Stratton, an SBS operative with a lethal reputation. It’s a dangerous race against time—if the Real IRA get to the Republic before Stratton gets to the Real IRA, his colleague is as good as dead. But the battle in the Northern Ireland borders is just the beginning. For there can only be one way the Real IRA knew about the British agent—someone inside MI5 is tipping them off.

The Decameron

SUMMARY: Translated with an Introduction and Notes by G. H. McWilliam