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Don Quixote

by De Cervantes Saavedra Miguel

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www. million-books. com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. OF THE FIRST SALLY THE INGENIOUS DON QUIXOTE MADE FROM HI8 VILLAGE. As soon as these dispositions were made, he would no longer defer putting his design in execution; being the more strongly excited thereto by the mischief he thought his delay occasioned in the world; such and so many were the grievances he proposed to redress, the wrongs he intended to rectify, the exorbitances to correct, the abuses to reform, and the debts to discharge. And, therefore, without making any one privy to his design, or being seen by any body, one morning before day (which was one of the hottest in the month of July), he armed himself cap-a-pie, mounted Rocinante, adjusted his ill-composed beaver, braced on his target, grasped his lance, and issued forth into the fields at a private door of his back-yard, with the greatest satisfaction and joy, to find with how much ease he had given a beginning to his honourable enterprise. But scarce was he got into the plain, when a terrible thought assaulted him, and such as had well-nigh made him abandon his new undertaking; for it came to his remembrance, that he was not dubbed a knight, and that, according to the laws of chivalry, he neither could nor ought to enter the lists against any knight; and though he had been dubbed, still he must wear white armour, as a new knight, without any device on his shield, until he had acquired one by his prowess. These reflections staggered his resolution; but his frenzy prevailing above any reason whatever, he purposed to get himself knighted by the first person he should meet, in imitation of many others who had done the like, as he had read in the books which had occasioned his madness. As to the white armour, he proposed to scour his own, the first opponunity, in such sort that it should be wh. . .

Lucrezia Borgia

by Sarah Bradford

Take a road trip with the undead . . . in this latest in the argeneau series by New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she'll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can't outrun. Marcus Notte isn't here to play games--especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian's request--no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it. Basha doesn't mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he'll have to catch her first . . .

A Promise to Cherish

by Lavyrle Spencer

New York Times bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer offers a story about falling in love, and finding the courage to follow your dreams... <P> Lee Walker knows it won't be easy to start a new life in a new city. But she is on a mission: to prove to everyone, and to herself, that she can make it here, working in the masculine world of the construction industry. When contracting rival Sam Brown offers her a job, Lee is stunned and a little wary. Sam's motives seem honorable enough, even if he doesn't see her in a strictly professional light. In fact, Sam sees her as the woman she's always hoped to be--smart, capable, warm, funny and sexy. Before she knows it, Lee is falling head over heels for her boss. But part of her is sure that telling Sam about her past would have him backing away, fast. Now she must choose between protecting her bruised and battered heart--or trusting it to a man whose quiet strength just might heal it...

Cam Jansen: The Triceratops Pops Mystery #15

by David A. Adler

The Cam Jansen series is perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books. The first ten books in the series have received updated covers, bringing new life to these perennial bestsellers. Now the series redesign continues with five more books, giving Cam a cool, modern look!

The Soul of a Chef

by Michael Ruhlman

In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating book will satisfy any reader's hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more. Like Ruhlman's The Making of a Chef, this is an instant classic in food writing-one of the fastest growing and most popular subjects today. .

The Poisoner's Handbook

by Deborah Blum

Video From "The Chemist's War" (Slate Magazine), by Deborah Blum Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Deborah Blum follows New York City's first forensic scientists to discover a fascinating Jazz Age story of chemistry and detection, poison and murder. Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. In The Poisoner's Handbook Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Drama unfolds case by case as the heroes of The Poisoner's Handbook--chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler--investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, Barnum and Bailey's Famous Blue Man, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler work with a creativity that rivals that of the most imaginative murderer, creating revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. Yet in the tricky game of toxins, even science can't always be trusted, as proven when one of Gettler's experiments erroneously sets free a suburban housewife later nicknamed "America's Lucretia Borgia" to continue her nefarious work. From the vantage of Norris and Gettler's laboratory in the infamous Bellevue Hospital it becomes clear that killers aren't the only toxic threat to New Yorkers. Modern life has created a kind of poison playground, and danger lurks around every corner. Automobiles choke the city streets with carbon monoxide; potent compounds, such as morphine, can be found on store shelves in products ranging from pesticides to cosmetics. Prohibition incites a chemist's war between bootleggers and government chemists while in Gotham's crowded speakeasies each round of cocktails becomes a game of Russian roulette. Norris and Gettler triumph over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice during a remarkably deadly time. A beguiling concoction that is equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten New York. .

War and Watermelon

by Rich Wallace

It's the summer of 1969. We've just landed on the moon, the Vietnam War is heating up, the Mets are beginning their famous World Series run, and Woodstock is rocking upstate New York. Down in New Jersey, twelve-year-old Brody is mostly concerned with the top ten hits on the radio and how much playing time he'll get on the football team. But when he goes along for the ride to Woodstock with his older brother and sees the mass of humanity there, he starts to wake up to the world around him-a world that could take away the brother he loves.


by Amanda Quick

In the latest sizzling Victorian novel from the compelling world of the mysterious Arcane Society, a paranormal killer pushes an unlikely duo's powers and passions to the limit. Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she's rescued by a man she's met only once before, but won't soon forget. Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters that prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider her an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal, but Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real - and they just might be the key to his investigation.


by Daniel H. Pink

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people-at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does-and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy-the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery-the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose-the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward. Drive is bursting with big ideas-the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live. .

Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar

by Mercedes Lackey

An original short fiction anthology set in Mercedes Lackey's bestselling world of Valdemar-featuring heroic Heralds and their horselike companions-and including an all-new novella by Lackey herself, as well as stories by masters such as Mickey Zucker Reichert, Judith Tarr, Tanya Huff, and others. .

Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar

by Mercedes Lackey

An all-new original short fiction anthology featuring Mercedes Lackey's heroic Heralds and their horselike companions--as penned by such masters of fantasy as Judith Tarr, Michelle West, Fiona Patton, and others.

Otherland 4: Sea of Silver Light

by Tad Williams

Otherland is a realm of the imagination where anythng can happen, a triumph of technology, a virtual world of enormous complexity and possibility. But Otherland is owned and controlled by a secret cartel, The Grail Brotherhood, whose motives remain shrouded in mystery. Otherland is out of control. Fleeing through broken realities, a small band of adventurers struggle to avert the nightmare that Otherland could become. The only hope may lie in an alliance with their enemy. But time is running out - and Otherland's most terrifying secret is yet to be revealed. Look out for more information on this book and others on the Orbit website at www. orbitbooks. co. uk

Otherland 3: Mountain of Black Glass

by Tad Williams

Bestselling author Tad Williams broke new ground in 1996 with his wonderfully imaginative novel OTHERLAND. The place is an incredibly complex and detailed virtual reality, home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares of its users and creators. The conspiracy threatens to sacrifice our Earth for the promise of this far more exclusive place. And, somehow, Otherland is claiming the Earth's most valuable source, its children. Then came OTHERLAND TWO: RIVER OF BLUE FIRE, which firmly established the series as a landmark in imaginative fiction, challenging and thrilling even more readers. Now, in OTHERLAND THREE: MOUNTAIN OF BLACK GLASS, Tad Williams demonstrates ever greater virtuosity, entering ever more deeply into the conspiracy and the rich world of Otherland. Look out for more information on this book and others on the Orbit website at www. orbitbooks. co. uk

Stronghold Rising

by Lisanne Norman

The catlike aliens return--in the sixth exciting novel in Lisanne Norman's best-selling Sholan Alliance series. . . . Delicate negotiations for an alliance are underway with the Primes, a previously unknown faction of the hated Valytegan race. But the Sholans and Humans must avert a full-fledged rebellion--begun in a laboratory engaged in illegal breeding experiments. . . .

The Last Battlemage

by Irene Radford

Though the Great Wars of Disruption have come to an end, Nimbulan, the last Battlemage and the founder of the school for Communal Magic, is desperately seeking to create a permanent protection for the kingdom of Coronnan, a magic border to keep all enemies out. But his relentless search for the key to this magic leads him to a shocking discovery: not only is his long-lost wife still alive, but she and the magical dragons are now in terrible danger!

Me So Pretty! #2

by Flesh Chris P.

Love is in the air . . . and so is a mysterious illness (called Chronic Snickering Syndrome, though it's anything but funny). Now that Freekin has given his heart to Lilly, Pretty is determined to use her monster wiles to steal it away. So she sets out to impress him by searching for the illness source on her own-then quickly realizes that getting Freekin jealous would be so much easier. Lucky for Pretty, finding a new man isn't hard when you're a monster with conjuring skills. But imagine her surprise when her incantations produce a person from the great beyond, with the exact info she's been searching for!

You Smell Dead #1

by Flesh Chris P.

Freekin just wants to fit in and have a normal life. The good news is that he's in love with class beauty queen, Lilly. The bad news? He's dead. Not that Freekin's going to let a little thing like mortality get in his way. As a matter of fact, he's going to gather up his courage and ask Lilly out. Now if he can only stop his ears from falling off whenever she's around (it's the decay talking), then maybe he'll be able to hear when she answers him.

Outlaw Princess of Sherwood

by Nancy Springer

It has been little more than a year since Etty-once Princess Ettarde, promised to the power-hungry Lord Basil-escaped from her father and joined Rowan Hood's band of misfit teens and outlaws-in-the-making. Etty is so happy, she cannot imagine returning to her old life. That is, until her father appears to reclaim her. King Solon is determined to bring Etty back to barter her hand for peace. He will do anything. Even use his wife, Ettarde's mother, as bait. In a cage. In Sherwood Forest. In winter. Etty will not stand for it. Neither will Rowan Hood. An intergenerational battle of wit, will power, and wisdom follows in this third tale of Rowan Hood.

Awakening at Midlife

by Brehony Kathleen A.

Fraught with physical, relational, professional, and psychological changes, midlife can be a challenging time. But according to Jungian-oriented psychotherapist Kathleen Brehony, "tranformation at midlife offers unparalleled opportunities for a rich, meaningful second half of life. " With special sections on recovering childhood dreams, enriching creative expression, learning to appreciate our physical selves, heightening consciousness, and more, this guide is a wake-up call for anyone who wants to reassess one's beliefs and find a path that leads to greater fulfillment, happiness, and passion for life's journey. .

The Book and the Brotherhood

by Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch's twenty-third novel begins at a midsummer ball at Oxford, where a group of men and women - friends since university days - have gathered. Dancing under the stars are the charismatic Gerard Hernshaw, Rose Curtland, who has loved Gerard in silence for years, Duncan Cambus and his restless wife Jean, Jenkin Roderhood, the saintly schoolmaster who is the group's moral centre, Gerard's tormented niece Tamar Hernshaw, and David Crimond, the monomaniacal Marxist genius. Years ago the friends banded together to finance a political and philosophical book to be written by Crimond. On this summer's evening, Crimond's actions touch off a crisis and by the night's end the vindictive ghosts of the past have invaded the present. Passion, hatred, a duel, a murder and a suicide pact all disturb the old world of academic reflection and weekend parties. Partners change, the book is completed, somebody has to die.

Deep Freeze #12

by Diane Muldrow

The Dish girls are psyched about the seventh-grade class trip! It'll be worth taking a weekend off from Dish to go on a super-cool ski trip with all their friends. But when their nemesis, Angie, plays a prank that goes too far, the girls must confront her-once and for all.


by Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin's bestselling novel traces the fortunes of the enigmatic and unconventional hero, Kaspar Utz. Despite the restrictions of Cold War Czechoslovakia, Utz asserts his individuality through his devotion to his precious collection of Meissen porcelain. Although Utz is permitted to leave the country each year, and considers defecting each time, he is not allowed to take his porcelain with him and so he always returns to his Czech home, a prisoner both of the Communist state and of his collection.

Early Poems

by Robert Frost

This volume presents Frost's first three books, masterful and innovative collections that contain some of his best-known poems, including "Mowing," "Mending Wall," "After Apple-Picking," "Home Burial," "The Oven Bird," "Birches," and "The Road Not Taken. " .

Dear Gangster...

by Gangster Of Love

He's the Ann Landers of anomie, the antidote for sniveling sensitivity, a caustic balm for our broken hearts--he's "The Gangster of Love". This collection of his columns features questions from anxious readers--with the Gangster's more or less helpful replies--which are loaded with quirky counsel on sticky problems and endless anecdotes of his misfit friends.

Bitter Gold Hearts (Garrett, P.I. #2)

by Glen Cook

The Stormwarden's children have been kidnapped and Garrett, P. I. is on the case. But caught between the bewitching beauty of a half-elf and the fearsome power of a horde of ogres, Garrett has to think twice before sacrificing all for a fortune in gold-after all, even in this enchanted land, he's only human. .

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