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El club de las chicas temerarias

Desde que se graduó, Lauren, la redactora más joven y la única latina del diario «Gazette», tiene dos veces al año una cita ineludible que ni la reunión de trabajo más importante puede posponer. Se trata de una cena en Boston con sus cinco amigas de la universidad: Sara, diseñadora de interiores y ama de casa ejemplar; Usnavys, vicepresidenta ejecutiva de una multinacional que no ha olvidado su ardorosa sangre portorriqueña; Elizabeth, presentadora de televisión y ferviente seguidora de Cristo; Rebecca, creadora de Ella, la revista hispana más popular de los Estados Unidos, y Amber, sempiterna aspirante a grabar un disco de «rock» en español. Al graduarse, en un ataque melodramático muy propio de universitarias, decidieron encontrarse cada seis meses en Boston, hasta el fin de sus vidas. Y de momento no han fallado nunca: se reúnen para una eléctrica sesión de charla y chismorreo, en la que ningún tema puede resistir el arrollador hechizo de su corrosiva conversación, hablan por los codos, cotillean, celebran sus éxitos y se apoyan en los momentos difíciles. Son responsables y divertidas, comprometidas y frívolas, tiernas y viperinas, y juntas forman: ¡El club de las chicas temerarias! Pero esta vez, cuando las seis mujeres se reúnen en El Caballito no sospechan el giro que sus vidas están a punto de sufrir, y su única tabla de salvación, como siempre que las cosas no salen como habían previsto, será la certeza de que, dentro de seis meses, todas ellas volverán a estar allí para contárselo. COMENTARIO AL LIBRO: Es como si lo hubieran escrito seis personajes diferentes que van cambiando a cada capítulo, narrado por cada una de las amigas en primera persona. Ellas son muy diferentes entre sí, lo único que tienen en común es su origen latino y la amistad que las mantiene unidas. Novela divertida y a veces muy dura, habla sobre intolerancia, sobre racismo y lo hace desde un punto de vista muy real con unas notas de humor que engancha muchísimo. A pesar de las situaciones difíciles de los personajes es muy divertida pero se debe leer teniendo en cuenta el contexto sociocultural en el que está escrito, con el español latino y en los Estados Unidos de hace ya algunos años. Es de esperar que en la actualidad se hayan reducido mucho estas situaciones tan injustas que, en esa época, estaban a la orden del día, pero que, por desgracia, todavía no han desaparecido del todo.

Cipreses de Córdoba, Los

Una extraordinaria saga familiar que nos conduce al califato de Córdoba del siglo X, donde el joven Da’ud, educado en el estudio de las ciencias, entra al servicio de Abd al-Rahman III para hallar los componentes de una pócima que anule los efectos mortales de la picadura de víbora. En la corte Da’ud llegará a ser un influyente personaje, cuya labor tendrá una brillante continuación en la labor de su hijo y sus nietos. Un mundo de sabios y artistas, de guerreros fanáticos y príncipes cristianos, en el que incluso cabe el intento de fundar un principado judío independiente que garantice la prosperidad de la comunidad hebrea. La sensibilidad en el tratameiento de los personajes y su escrupulosa documentación son aspectos que explican suficientemente el prolongado éxito del tríptico formado por “Orovida”, “Los cipreses de Córdoba” y “La copista del rey Alfonso”

La casa de las sombras

A finales del otoño de 1380, al avispado fray Athelstan vuelve está con los preparativos de la tradicional representación de un misterio de Navidad. Mientras, durante una enloquecida fiesta en una fonda, se produce el hallazgo de los cadáveres de una familia de prostitutas y se le encarga la investigación a John Cranston que, como no, vuelve a recurrir a la ayuda de Fray Athelstan. Atheltan deberá enfrentarse a una investigación complicada: por una parte, la aparición de nuevos cadáveres, y por otra, el descubrimiento de un enigma del pasado remoto que probablemente esté vinculado, de alguna manera, a estas muertes y, todo eso sin olvidar, claro está, los problemas que siempre le crean sus peculiares feligreses.

Carnaval de Sodoma

En un burdel de la ciudad de La Vega desfilan las historias y fantasías de varios personajes: un poeta erudito; un revolucionario; un ángel expulsado del cielo; Changsán, propietario del Royal Palace, y Lù-shi, su esposa, además de una comparsa de prostitutas de candente sensualidad. El Royal Palace es símbolo de la provocación y toda una paradoja, pues se erige frente a la catedral, desde donde el padre Cándido emprende una cruzada por la santidad y en contra de lo que él denomina Sodoma en miniatura. En su intento por cerrarlo se enfrenta a su más temida pesadilla: la de sucumbir a las tentaciones de la carne ante el influjo de la virginal Princesa de Jade, quien trastorna con su belleza e inocencia hasta a los clientes más duros y exigentes. Con una narrativa sin prejuicio ni censura, Pedro Antonio Valdez traza sendas por donde transitan cómodamente los deseos.

El capitán Alatriste

«No era el hombre más honesto ni el más piadoso, pero era un hombre valiente»… Con estas palabras empieza El capitán Alatriste, la historia de un soldado veterano de los tercios de Flandes que malvive como espadachín a sueldo en el Madrid del siglo XVII. Sus aventuras peligrosas y apasionantes nos sumergen sin aliento en las intrigas de la Corte de una España corrupta y en decadencia, las emboscadas en callejones oscuros entre el brillo de dos aceros, las tabernas donde Francisco de Quevedo compone sonetos entre pendencias y botellas de vino, o los corrales de comedias donde las representaciones de Lope de Vega terminan a cuchilladas. Todo ello de la mano de personajes entrañables o fascinantes: el joven Íñigo Balboa, el implacable inquisidor fray Emilio Bocanegra, el peligroso asesino Gualterio Malatesta, o el diabólico secretario del rey, Luis de Alquézar. Acción, historia y aventura se dan cita como un torbellino en estas páginas inolvidables.

Capital de la gloria

En un Madrid bombardeando y sitiado, cuando toda esperanza parecía imposible, la vida sigue como una corriente profunda que arrastra y convulsiona las conciencias y las obliga a descubrir sus íntimos secretos. Para unos, la guerra civil es la ruptura con el futuro;para otros, la ineludible defensa de la dignidad; para todos, la nostalgia de las emociones, las alegrías, los amores, el placer de vivir.

Asesinato imperial

Roma está gobernada por el Emperador Constantino y su madre Helena. El Emperador intentará sacar provecho de la cada vez más influyente Iglesia Cristiana. Pero su poder se tambalea cuando tres prostitutas de La casa de Afrodita, prostíbulo que él frecuenta, aparecen asesinadas. Los tres cadáveres presentan cruces grabadas en la frente y en cada mejilla. Con el propósito de proteger el futuro de su hijo, Helena contrata los servicios de una espía, Claudia. Claudia es la sobrina del dueño de una taberna y comienza a trabajar como sirvienta en la casa del Emperador. Claudia intentará descubrir quién es el asesino, y al mismo tiempo encontrar al hombre que le cambió la vida a ella y a su hermano.

Zero Hour

When an anonymous e-mail alerts UpLink International’s operatives to suspicious activity on an exclusive island resort, Pete Nimec goes undercover to investigate. What Nimec discovers is a plot to drain oil from the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserves and sell it to outlaw nations. Original.

Write Great Code, Volume 1

If you’ve asked someone the secret to writing efficient, well-written software, the answer that you’ve probably gotten is “learn assembly language programming.” By learning assembly language programming, you learn how the machine really operates and that knowledge will help you write better high-level language code. A dirty little secret assembly language programmers rarely admit to, however, is that what you really need to learn is machine organization, not assembly language programming. Write Great Code Vol I, the first in a series from assembly language expert Randall Hyde, dives right into machine organization without the extra overhead of learning assembly language programming at the same time. And since Write Great Code Vol I concentrates on the machine organization, not assembly language, the reader will learn in greater depth those subjects that are language-independent and of concern to a high level language programmer. Write Great Code Vol I will help programmers make wiser choices with respect to programming statements and data types when writing software, no matter which language they use.
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Wizard’s First Rule

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The masterpiece that started *The New York Times* bestselling epic Sword of Truth**In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them–for reasons Richard can’t imagine and Kahlan dare not say.In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword–to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

Wizard and glass

Roland and his band have narrowly escaped the city of Lud and boarded Blaine, a train that will take them to, of all places, Kansas, where the ghost city of Topeka has been depopulated by a superflu and where, alongside Interstate 70, an emerald palace rises enchantingly. Before Roland and the companions of his ka-tet continue along the Path of the Bean, Roland must tell his companions the tale that defines him both as a man and hero, a long-ago romance of witchery and evil, of the beautiful, unforgettable Susan Delgado, of the Big Coffin Hunters and Reah of the Coos. And when his tale is finished, Roland confronts a man who goes by many names, a man who “darkles and tincts” and who holds perhaps the key to the Dark Tower. EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The end is near. Start at the beginning.** The Dark Tower saga builds to an explosive climax… In November 2003, the fifth Dark Tower book hits stores for the first time-followed by books six and seven. This #1 bestseller heralds the beginning of the end.

While the light lasts

SUMMARY: A Brand New Collection Of Nine Previously Unpublished Stories By The Queen Of Crime Now In Paperback, The Book Of Lost Agatha Christie Stories Written For 1920S Magazines Contains Seven New Stories Which Have Never Been Published Anywhere In The World Since Their Original Appearances, Plus Early Versions Of Two Poirot Stories Which She Later Reworked For Book Publication. The House Of Dreams Is The First Story Agatha Christie Ever Wrote (During The First World War) And Recounts The Effects Of A Macabre Recurring Dream On A Man S Life. The Actress Tells Of A Woman Who Turns The Tables On Her Blackmailer, The Edge Is A Gripping Tale Of Jealousy And Infidelity, The Lonely God Is An Unlikely Love Story About Two Lost Souls Who Meet In The British Museum, And Within A Wall Tells Of A Tragic Love Triangle Between A Portrait Painter, His Wife And His Daughter S Godmother. Christmas Adventure And The Mystery Of The Baghdad Chest See Hercule Poirot Caught Up In Some Unseasonal Mayhem, And In Manx Gold, Commissi Oned From Christie For A Real-Life Treasure Hunt On The Isle Of Man In 1930, Two Young Heroes Race Against Time To Discover Buried Treasure. The Book Concludes With While The Light Lasts, In Which A Rhodesian Tobacco Plantation Is The Setting For An Unexpected Visitor From Beyond The Grave& Also Available From Harpercollinsaudiobooks, Read By Isla Blair

A Visible Darkness

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A Visible Darkness (Max Freeman Series #2) by Jonathon King
With his first novel *The Blue Edge of Midnight*, Jonathon King was praised for his “powerful storytelling” (*San Diego Union-Tribune*), for his “stunning” and “superb” writing (*Pittsburgh Tribune*), and for adding “new dimensions to the modern crime novel” (Michael Connelly). And, in a starred review, *Publishers Weekly* compared King to James Hall, Robert Parker, and James Lee Burke.
Now, in *A Visible Darkness*, King delivers another gripping, unforgettable story. Max Freeman is seeking refuge from the familiar demons of his former life as a Philadelphia police officer, in his secluded shack deep in the Everglades. But his self-imposed isolation is inter-rupted when he receives a desperate call from his best friend, attorney Billy Manchester. There has been a recent string of suspicious deaths-all elderly women, all from a poor neighborhood, and all with sizable and recently sold-off insurance policies-which the police have been unable, or unwilling, to investigate. Billy believes something sinister may be at work, and so, to help his friend, Max must reluctantly pry where he’s not wanted, and act like the cop he’s trying to forget he was.
To discover an unseen killer, Max will confront not only the dangers of a forgotten Florida cityscape, but the unexpected and dark corners of his own past as well. Filled with twists, turns, and a breathtaking evocation of a rarely glimpsed underside of modern America, *A Visible Darkness* confirms Jonathon King’s place at the forefront of a new generation of crime novelists.
Author Biography: Jonathon King is the author of *The Blue Edge of Midnight*, a *Los Angeles Times* bestseller. A journalist for over twenty years, he has covered crime and criminal courts and is now a national award-winning news feature writer for the *South Florida Sun-Sentinel*.

Villa

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Starting with twenty-eight followers, Francisco Pancho Villa rose out of banditry to become a dynamic strategist who mastered the tactical use of a diverse array of weapons, including modern railroads and cavalry, to contest control of Mexico. In his early days as a brigand, the peasantry idolized him because he often gave them the largesse of his raids on the wealthy haciendas. His military career began in 1910 during the Mexican Revolution, and by the time of his defeat at the Battle of Celaya in 1915 he commanded 15,000 horsemen. Villa could be a generous patron to his loyal followers but a terrifying enemy. He believed that those whom he defeated earned the privilege of being executed by his own hand. During the bloodiest months of the Mexican Revolution, he even contended for control of the nation. He could not be intimidated by anyone, including the U.S. Army’s Punitive Expedition led by Gen. John J. Pershing, who was sent to capture Villa after his raids into New Mexico during 1916. He died as he lived, violently, the victim of an assassination squad in 1923. Robert Scheina analyzes this complex man and provides a solid overview of Mexico’s political history against the fabric of social and cultural turmoil.
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Robert Scheina’s expertise in Latin American military history is evident once again in this fascinating, concise biography of Pancho Villa. His well-crafted account places the major role of the complex revolutionary in the context of early-twentieth-century Mexico’s social turmoil and political upheaval. It is an accessible and informative addition to the literature of the period.
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Vagabonding: an uncommon guide to the art of long-term world travel

SUMMARY: Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:• financing your travel time • determining your destination • adjusting to life on the road• working and volunteering overseas • handling travel adversity • re-assimilating back into ordinary lifeNot just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit. Visit the vagabonding community’s hub at www.vagabonding.net.

Under Western Eyes

“It was I who removed de P- this morning.” With these chilling words Victor Haldin shatters the solitary, industrious existence of Razumov, his fellow student at St Petersburg University. Razumov aims to overcome the denial of his noble birth by a brilliant career in the tsarist bureaucracy created by Peter the Great. But in pre-revolutionary Russia Peter’s legacy is autocracy tempered by assassination; and Razumov is soon caught in a tragic web with Haldin’s trustful sister Natalia in spy-haunted Geneva. Their fateful story is told by an elderly Englishman who loves Natalia but plays his part of a ‘dense Westerner’ to the end. The central character, Razumov, is the most dislikable anti-hero in all fiction, so it’s an amazing feat of empathy by which Conrad brings us to care about his fate. Conrad’s genius as a narrator is his ability to place himself and the reader in a realm of detachment, so that every event and every character can be observed from several angles at once. The “unreliable narrator” is child’s play for Conrad. The Russia portrayed in “Under Western Eyes” is a land of cynicism and naivete intertwined – hyper-emotionalism and psychological repression in equal measure – omni-competent surveillance and hopeless myopia – ruthless bureaucracy and utter disorganization – a land in short of oxymoronic self-destruction. This is NOT, however, the Russia of Communism! The novel was written in 1911! This is Russia as it existed under the Tsarist autocracy, and everything about it clamors for revolution. It’s interesting to compare Conrad’s portrayal of the old regime with the nostalgic and idealized version served up by Vladimir Nabokov in his memoir “Speak, Memory.” Nabokov wrote far more beautiful sentences, but Conrad saw deeper. The horror for post-Stalinist readers, in Conrad’s depiction of the pre-revolutionary state-of-things is that we KNOW that change will not change much, that autocratic, arbitrary repression will be replaced by…more of the same. Conrad wrote two novels aground, away from the sea – this one and The Secret Agent. They are among his best. Under Western Eyes is a book to be read slowly and observantly; the effort will be rewarded.
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