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Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook - Third Edition

by Enrico Valenza

This book is aimed at those familiar with the basics of Blender, looking to delve into the depths of the Cycles rendering engine to create an array of breath-taking materials and textures.

Raspberry Pi Mechatronics Projects HOTSHOT

by Srihari Yamanoor Sai Yamanoor

This book is targeted towards beginners and intermediate designers of mechatronic systems and embedded system design. Some familiarity with the Raspberry Pi and Python programming is preferred but not required.

In the Dark

by Jen Colly

Demons have returned, a vengeful enemy waiting to strike. Soren and Faith must find a way to survive the evil and darkness. Faith's spur of the moment vacation, meant to free her and boost her spirits, has left her lost on the streets of Paris. And apparently, Paris is populated with something more than just humans. Vampires, suave, seductive and oh so sexy, and one such warrior vampire has set his sights on her. When Soren hears Faith's terrified screams, he rushes in and saves her life without considering the consequences. Two problems: one, she's a human and clearly aware of his vampire qualities, and two, the men who attacked her were not men at all, but demons. Their target, his beloved underground city of Balinese. He can never let Faith go home again, but can she learn to love his people...love him?59,631 Words

When We Were Orphans

by Kazuo Ishiguro

England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him; the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in Old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Now, as the world lurches towards total war, Banks realises the time has come for him to return to the city of his childhood and at last solve the mystery - that only by his doing so will civilisation be saved from the approaching catastrophe. Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, When We Were Orphans is a story of memory, intrigue and the need to return; of a childhood vision of the world surviving deep into adulthood, indelibly shaping and distorting a person's life. If you enjoyed When We Were Orphans, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.

Going Broke

by Trista Russell

Sarai has never realised just how far beyond her means she is living. Loaded boyfriend Damian picks up the check for her Beyonce lifestyle - until his string of infidelities becomes too apparent and she is forced to kick him out. With bills due, cable disconnected and a nursing home threatening to evict her father, Sarai can do little more than hope for a miracle. So when a sweet-talking stranger propositions her to do the unthinkable, Sarai feels she has no choice but to plunge into a world where the line that separates love from financial gain is blurred beyond recognition.

Inside The Priory of Sion

by Robert Howells

The Priory of Sion was thrust into the limelight in Dan Brown's worldwide bestseller 'The Da Vinci Code'. This is an insider's guide to this mysterious organisation.

The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (Nancy Drew Mysteries #32 Revised)

by Carolyn Keene

Nancy meets Helene and Henri Fontaine, refugees from Centorvia who run a dancing school in River Heights. Strange circumstances have brought the brother and sister to the United States. When they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives, Nancy offers her help, but she encounters nothing but puzzles. Are the Fontaines involved with the Centrovian underground? Have they been threatened by their own countrymen? When the Fontaines disappear, Nancy and her friends pursue the trail, even though danger lurks around every corner.

The Clue of the Forgotten Murder

by Erle Stanley Gardner

[from the back cover] "An Erle Stanley Gardner Special When a very respectable man, a candidate for councilman on a reform ticket' in fact, is picked up drunk as a hoot-owl and involved with a girl hitch-hiker, there are apt to be headlines. The Blade printed them in large, black type. That led to a libel suit and a secret investigation by a Blade reporter. At least it was supposed to be secret. But apparently the wrong person or persons unknown got wind of it, because the reporter soon became a corpse lying in a vacant lot. Sidney Griff, the criminologist, teamed with the Blade's publisher to track down missing girls, phony checks, and finally a long forgotten murder. The publisher threw his weight around with muscular abandon. Griff played human checkers with suspects, forcing them to move and reveal themselves. Between them, they wound up the case with a blast of gunfire and a shocking discovery."

The Age Of Ra

by James Lovegrove

The Ancient Egyptian gods have defeated all the other pantheons and claimed dominion over the earth, dividing it into warring factions. Lt. David Westwynter, a British soldier, stumbles into Freegypt, the only place to have remained independent of the gods' influence. There, he encounters the followers of a humanist leader known as the Lightbringer, who has vowed to rid mankind of the shackles of divine oppression. As the world heads towards an apocalyptic battle, there is far more to this freedom fighter than it seems.

Tales of the Great White

by Jocelyn Heaney

[From the back cover:] You're floating on a raft close to shore, your arms and legs dangling in the cool waters of the north Pacific. Suddenly you feel something brush against your foot. Huh? You sit bolt upright and draw in your limbs as your eyes scan the calm water. Then you see it--a dark, menacing shadow, ten feet away, turning and gliding slowly toward you. It can't be! A black dorsal fin slices the surface. No way! Then the water explodes as the huge, powerful jaws come into view. ... Shark! Experience the fury of this perfect predator in Tales of the Great White, a collection of six heart-stopping short stories featuring nature's ambassador of terror, the great white shark. Running the gamut from thrilling to supernatural to all-out horror, Tales of the Great White will make a land-lover of even the bravest sailor! And remember: There's danger out there, lurking beneath the waves, waiting for the right moment to strike. Perhaps it's waiting for you.

Claiming Noah

by Amanda Ortlepp

A taut, emotional thriller about biology, ownership and love. Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaining embryo anonymously. Diana and Liam are on a waiting list to receive an embryo. Sooner than expected, they are thrilled to discover one is available. After a difficult pregnancy, Catriona gives birth to Sebastian. But severe postnatal depression affects her badly, and quickly turns into deadly psychosis. For her protection and her baby's, she's admitted into psychiatric care. When she comes home, she again struggles to bond with her baby, but gradually life finds its own rhythm. Meanwhile, Diana has given birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah. But when he is two months old Noah is abducted ... and Diana and Liam's nightmare begins. Where is Noah?esult. Where is Noah?This gripping, emotional thriller binds together the stories of Catriona and Diana and will leave you on the edge of your seat. What if your child belonged to someone else?

Hit For Six: Kaboom Kid #4

by David Warner

Davey Warner bets school bully Mo Clouter that he can hit six sixes in the Sandhills Sluggers' upcoming battle against their club rivals. But after a disastrous school excursion to the local lawn bowls club, Davey is in trouble again, then forgets to hand in his assignment. His Year Six teacher, Mr Mudge, bans Davey from playing cricket until it's done. Can Davey get his assignment done, hit six sixes in the match and help the Sluggers seize top spot on the ladder?

Sexual Enjoyment in British Romanticism

by David Sigler

Debates about gender in the British Romantic period often invoked the idea of sexual enjoyment: there was a broad cultural concern about jouissance, the all-engulfing pleasure pertaining to sexual gratification. On one hand, these debates made possible the modern psychological concept of the unconscious - since desire was seen as an uncontrollable force, the unconscious became the repository of disavowed enjoyment and the reason for sexual difference. On the other hand, the tighter regulation of sexual enjoyment made possible a vast expansion of the limits of imaginable sexuality. In Sexual Enjoyment and British Romanticism, David Sigler shows how literary writers could resist narrowing gender categories by imagining unregulated enjoyment. As some of the era's most prominent thinkers - including Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, Joanna Southcott, Charlotte Dacre, Jane Austen, and Percy Bysshe Shelley - struggled to understand sexual enjoyment, they were able to devise new pleasures in a time of narrowing sexual possibilities. Placing Romantic-era literature in conversation with Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, Sexual Enjoyment in British Romanticism reveals the fictive structure of modern sexuality, makes visible the diversity of sexual identities from the period, and offers a new understanding of gender in British Romanticism.

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede

by Liam O'Donnell Mike Deas

When Gravelmuck Elementary's cleaning slimes escape and destroy the schoolyard with their acidic ooze, all claws and tails point to Mr. Snag, the school's caretaker, as the culprit. Determined to clear Mr. Snag's name, Tank and Fizz dive into the case, only to discover that the goop under Rockfall Mountain runs deep. The detective duo must outwit their eight-legged principal and survive an ancient war between high-tech janitors and spell-slinging wizards. Can Tank and Fizz find the real monsters behind the slime stampede in time to clear Mr. Snag's name? The Case of the Slime Stampede is the first book in the Tank & Fizz mystery series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain. Stay tuned for book two, Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots, coming Spring 2016.

Her Boss by Day...

by Joss Wood

Book 1 in Sydney's Most Eligible...These guys are sexy, successful and the talk of Sydney!His accountant by day...After a devastating breakup, Willa Moore-Fisher is determined to prove herself. With an honors degree, she's certainly got the talent. So when international fitness tycoon Rob Hanson needs a new accountant Willa can't believe her luck. There's just one problem: she already knows her new boss...intimately!His mistress by night!Brooding bachelor Rob doesn't do long-term--watching his stepfather destroy his family sealed that fate. Willa might have a head for numbers, but she has a body made for sin. Soon Rob finds himself wondering if he should make his new temp a more permanent fixture in his life!

Vanilla

by Megan Hart

It's an acquired taste...he just has to acquire it Elise knows what she wants in the bedroom, and she makes sure she gets it. Her thirst for domination has long been quenched by a stable of men only too happy to bow down before her. But sexual satisfaction isn't the same as love, and she's been burned in the past by giving her heart too freely. Niall is handsome, smart, successful and sweet-sweet as vanilla. When they meet, their romantic connection is electric, even though he's way on the opposite end of the kink spectrum. Despite how she fights it, Elise falls for him-but how can a relationship work when both lovers want to be on top? "Hart wields her pen like a scalpel...in this soul-searching, emotionally sensitive story. Strong characterization and smooth, yet forceful, writing captures your attention and holds you hostage." -RT Book Reviews on The Space Between Us

Rich Bitch

by Nicole Lapin

Talking about money sucks; but so does being broke. Do your eyes glaze over just thinking about the mumbo-jumbo of finance? Do you break out into hives at the thought of money? Well, sister, you are not alone. In RICH BITCH, money expert and financial journalist Nicole Lapin lays out a 12-Step Plan in which she shares her experiences, mistakes and all, of getting her own finances in order. No lecturing, just help from a friend. And even though money is typically an off-limits conversation, nothing is off-limits here. Lapin rethinks every piece of financial wisdom you've ever heard and puts her own fresh, modern, sassy spin on it. Sure, there are some hard-and-fast rules about finance, but when it comes to your money, the only person who can spend it is you. Should you invest in a 401(k)? Maybe not. Should you splurge on that morning latte? Likely yes. Instead of nickel-and-diming yourself, Nicole's advice focuses on investing in yourself so you don't have to stress over the little things. But in order to do that, you have to be able to speak the language of money. After all, money is a language like anything else, and the sooner you can join the conversation, the sooner you can live the life you want, RICH BITCH rehabs whatever bad habits you might have and provides a plan you can not only sustain, but thrive with. It's time to go after the rich life you deserve, and confident enough to call yourself a RICH BITCH. out there who want control over their lives, debts, and careers."--Wendy Williams, host of The Wendy Williams Show"RICH BITCH is the manual for a new generation of women who want both job stability and financial peace of mind."--Stacy London, host of TLC's "What Not to Wear""Nicole does a fabulous job educating people about money while always keeping it fun and entertaining."--Alexis Maybank, co-Founder of Gilt Groupe"Lapin's unfiltered, energetic advice speaks to anyone taking aim at their own career destiny."--Mike Perlis, CEO of Forbes"RICH BITCH is essential reading for 21st century women wanting to rise to the top of the economic ladder. Everything that you need to know is in here, all of it said with the wit and confidence we've come to expect from Nicole."--Rebecca Taylor, designer"If you're a woman and you like money, you need to read this book. Immediately. You can't afford to miss this one, ladies!"--Allie Webb, CEO/founder of Drybar"Nicole delivers expert financial advice straight up, no chaser, in a tone that's as lively as it is likable."--Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, founders of Warby Parker"Nicole brings to life in a highly readable way the real pitfalls and solutions of financial life in a more complex world."--Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin' Brands"Whether you want to take over the world or just balance your check book, Nicole gives you the tools to save, spend, and succeed."--Randi Zuckerberg, Technology Expert"I wish I had Nicole's book when I was starting my business. She makes business and finance feel accessible but does it in a sassy, humorous way. It's a must have for any budding entrepreneur."--Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Gold Medalist, founder of Tsu.ya"Having the life you want isn't just about managing your career brilliantly. It's about getting control of your finances--starting RIGHT NOW. Nicole's sassy, smart, and super-easy-to-digest book will help you do exactly that."--Kate White, Former Editor-in-Chief for Cosmopolitan"What I love about Nicole's is that you don't need a dictionary to understand her advice. It's crystal clear, straight up and spot on."--Alyssa Milano, actress and founder of Touch by Alyssa Milano"RICH BITCH gives a brash tutorial for women looking to take their share in today's bleak economic climate. Ever astute, Lapin leads the way brilliantly!"--Karen Finerman, Host of CNBC "Fast Money""Nicole is the money expert with sensible advice to help you be the CEO of your own life."--Fred DeLuca, Founder and CEO of Subway"You don't need Google search to understand Nicole's advice. It's crystal clear, straightforward, shameless and spot on. She writes it the way she...

After the Silence

by Rula Sinara

Does following her passion mean losing her way? Marine Ben Corallis is an expert at facing death, but nothing comes close to the terror that grounds him when his wife is killed in a car accident the day he returns from duty. He's left to raise an infant, a toddler and a ten-year-old girl who hasn't uttered a word since her mother's death. It's hard not to care for the widowed marine with three young children. Yet he's still grieving, too burdened with guilt to fall in love again. And Hope Alwanga's future as a doctor awaits her on the other side of the world, in Nairobi. If two such opposites can't agree on a common country, how can they ever create a safe place to call home?

Lincoln on Law, Leadership, and Life

by Jonathan White

Wisdom and stories from one of America's most unique legal mindsAbraham Lincoln's success as a politician was rooted in experience in the courtroom. Despite a presidency plagued with moral and legal crises, this self-taught prairie lawyer deftly led the nation by relying on the core principles he honed in his early career: honestly, self-discipline, and a powerful sense of social responsibility. Aspiring and practicing lawyers alike often looked to Lincoln for guidance--and his hard-won wisdom is as relevant today as ever.Drawn from his correspondence with aspiring attorneys as well as observations from friends and colleagues, Lincoln on Law, Leadership, and Life is an insightful collection of Lincoln's timeless quotes, quips, and stories."This should be required reading in every law school in America."--Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court, and founding chair of The Lincoln Forum.

Curiosity

by Alberto Manguel

Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question "Why?" has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language inform us? What defines our identity? What is our responsibility to the world? In Alberto Manguel's most personal book to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the reading that has mapped his way. Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask "Why?" Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.

Languages of the Night

by Barry Mccrea

This book argues that the sudden decline of old rural vernaculars - such as French patois, Italian dialects, and the Irish language - caused these languages to become the objects of powerful longings and projections that were formative of modernist writing. Seán Ó Ríordáin in Ireland and Pier Paolo Pasolini in Italy reshaped minor languages to use as private idioms of poetry; the revivalist conception of Irish as a lost, perfect language deeply affected the work of James Joyce; the disappearing dialects of northern France seemed to Marcel Proust to offer an escape from time itself. Drawing on a broad range of linguistic and cultural examples to present a major reevaluation of the origins and meaning of European literary modernism, Barry McCrea shows how the vanishing languages of the European countryside influenced metropolitan literary culture in fundamental ways.

France 1940

by Philip Nord

In this revisionist account of France's crushing defeat in 1940, a world authority on French history argues that the nation's downfall has long been misunderstood. Philip Nord assesses France's diplomatic and military preparations for war with Germany, its conduct of the war once the fighting began, and the political consequences of defeat on the battlefield. He also tracks attitudes among French leaders once defeat seemed a likelihood, identifying who among them took advantage of the nation's misfortunes to sabotage democratic institutions and plot an authoritarian way forward. Nord finds that the longstanding view that France's collapse was due to military unpreparedeness and a decadent national character is unsupported by fact. Instead, he reveals that the Third Republic was no worse prepared and its military failings no less dramatic than those of the United States and other Allies in the early years of the war. What was unique in France was the betrayal by military and political elites who abandoned the Republic and supported the reprehensible Vichy takeover. Why then have historians and politicians ever since interpreted the defeat as a judgment on the nation as a whole? Why has the focus been on the failings of the Third Republic and not on elite betrayal? The author examines these questions in a fascinating conclusion.

The Heroic Slave

by Frederick Douglass Robert S. Levine John R. Mckivigan Professor John Stauffer

First published nearly a decade prior to the Civil War, The Heroic Slave is the only fictional work by abolitionist, orator, author, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave. It is inspired by the true story of Madison Washington, who, along with eighteen others, took control of the slave ship Creole in November 1841 and sailed it to Nassau in the British colony of the Bahamas, where they could live free. This new critical edition, ideal for classroom use, includes the full text of Douglass's fictional recounting of the most successful slave revolt in American history, as well as an interpretive introduction; excerpts from Douglass's correspondence, speeches, and editorials; short selections by other writers on the Creole rebellion; and recent criticism on the novella.

The Rise of Thomas Cromwell

by Michael Everett

How much does the Thomas Cromwell of popular novels and television series resemble the real Cromwell? This meticulous study of Cromwell's early political career expands and revises what has been understood concerning the life and talents of Henry VIII's chief minister. Michael Everett provides a new and enlightening account of Cromwell's rise to power, his influence on the king, his role in the Reformation, and his impact on the future of the nation. Controversially, Everett depicts Cromwell not as the fervent evangelical, Machiavellian politician, or the revolutionary administrator that earlier historians have perceived. Instead he reveals Cromwell as a highly capable and efficient servant of the Crown, rising to power not by masterminding Henry VIII's split with Rome but rather by dint of exceptional skills as an administrator.

Browned Off and Bloody-Minded

by Alan Allport

More than three-and-a-half million men served in the British Army during the Second World War, the vast majority of them civilians who had never expected to become soldiers and had little idea what military life, with all its strange rituals, discomforts, and dangers, was going to be like. Alan Allport's rich and luminous social history examines the experience of the greatest and most terrible war in history from the perspective of these ordinary, extraordinary men, who were plucked from their peacetime families and workplaces and sent to fight for King and Country. Allport chronicles the huge diversity of their wartime trajectories, tracing how soldiers responded to and were shaped by their years with the British Army, and how that army, however reluctantly, had to accommodate itself to them. Touching on issues of class, sex, crime, trauma, and national identity, through a colorful multitude of fresh individual perspectives, the book provides an enlightening, deeply moving perspective on how a generation of very modern-minded young men responded to the challenges of a brutal and disorienting conflict.

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