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Do or Die...The assignment was clear: neutralize the dangerous assassin who had targeted the head of the Colby Agency. But how was CIA recruit Tasha North supposed to accomplish it? The assassin was highly skilled, had no fear, no conscience. No name.So she used the one weapon that affected him as no other could-herself. Slowly Tasha began to earn his trust, to find the pieces of humanity left in him after years of abuse. But after they shared so much, could she complete her assignment? Especially when she learned his true identity?
Since the death of his older brother, thirteen-year-old Billy Baggs has had a distant relationship with his father, but life on their farm in northern Minnesota begins to change when he starts to play baseball.
A family in mourning...an ancient bard... and a harp key that brings them together.When fifteen-year-old Jen Morgan flies to Wales to spend Christmas with her family, she's not expecting much from the holiday. A year after her mother's sudden death, her father seems preoccupied by the teaching job that has brought him and Jen's younger siblings to Wales for the year. Her brother, Peter, is alternately hostile and sullen,and her sister, Becky, misses Jen terribly. Then Peter tells Jen he's found a strange artifact, a harp key that shows him pictures from the life of Taliesin, the great bard whose life in sixth-century Wales has been immortalized in legend. At first Jen doesn't believe him, but when the key's existence -- and its strange properties -- become known to the wider world, the Morgans must act together against a threat to the key...and to their family.
Rediscover the art of string quilting String quilts have been around for centuries, but in String Quilt Revival, this time-tested art form is given a new life! Learn how to sew a variety of string quilt blocks by following clear step-by-step instructions, and discover a new type of foundation: no-show mesh stabilizer, which minimizes distortion of the blocks and doesn't need to be removed. It's a no-fuss approach to quilting that's sure to become a favorite. Features: This technique, perfect for beginners and skilled quilters alike, produces beautiful results without the worry of precision piecing. Thirteen unique and beginner-friendly string quilting projects (no precision-piecing!) from pot holders and pillow shams to queen-size quilts, each featuring a different string block in a fresh and fun colorway. Clear, in-depth techniques, from color and pattern selection to two methods of quilt binding, ensure a stunning finished project.
String Theory, first published in 1998, comprises two volumes which provide a comprehensive and pedagogic account of the subject. Volume 2 begins with an introduction to supersymmetric string theories and presents the important advances of recent years. The first three chapters introduce the type I, type II, and heterototic superstring theories and their interactions. The next two chapters present important recent discoveries about strongly coupled strings, beginning with a detailed treatment of D-branes and their dynamics, and covering string duality, M-theory, and black hole entropy. The final chapters are concerned with four-dimensional string theories, showing how some of the simplest string models connect with previous ideas for unifying the Standard Model. They collect many important results on world-sheet and spacetime symmetries. An appendix summarizes the necessary background on fermions and supersymmetry. An essential text and reference for graduate students and researchers interested in superstring theory.
String theory is one of the most active branches of theoretical physics and has the potential to provide a unified description of all known particles and interactions. This book is a systematic introduction to the subject, focused on the detailed description of how string theory is connected to the real world of particle physics. Aimed at graduate students and researchers working in high energy physics, it provides explicit models of physics beyond the Standard Model. No prior knowledge of string theory is required as all necessary material is provided in the introductory chapters. The book provides particle phenomenologists with the information needed to understand string theory model building and describes in detail several alternative approaches to model building, such as heterotic string compactifications, intersecting D-brane models, D-branes at singularities and F-theory.
String theory has played a highly influential role in theoretical physics for nearly three decades and has substantially altered our view of the elementary building principles of the Universe. However, the theory remains empirically unconfirmed, and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. So why do string theorists have such a strong belief in their theory? This book explores this question, offering a novel insight into the nature of theory assessment itself. Dawid approaches the topic from a unique position, having extensive experience in both philosophy and high-energy physics. He argues that string theory is just the most conspicuous example of a number of theories in high-energy physics where non-empirical theory assessment has an important part to play. Aimed at physicists and philosophers of science, the book does not use mathematical formalism and explains most technical terms.
This book is the essential new introduction to modern string theory, by one of the world's authorities on the subject. Concise, clearly presented, and up-to-date, String Theory in a Nutshell brings together the best understood and most important aspects of a theory that has been evolving since the early 1980s. A core model of physics that substitutes one-dimensional extended "strings" for zero-dimensional point-like particles (as in quantum field theory), string theory has been the leading candidate for a theory that would successfully unify all fundamental forces of nature, including gravity.Starting with the basic definitions of the theory, Elias Kiritsis guides readers through classic and modern topics. In particular, he treats perturbative string theory and its Conformal Field Theory (CFT) tools in detail while also developing nonperturbative aspects and exploring the unity of string interactions. He presents recent topics including black holes, their microscopic entropy, and the AdS/CFT correspondence. He also describes matrix model tools for string theory. In all, the book contains nearly five hundred exercises for the graduate-level student, and works as a self-contained and detailed guide to the literature.String Theory in a Nutshell is the staple one-volume reference on the subject not only for students and researchers of theoretical high-energy physics, but also for mathematicians and physicists specializing in theoretical cosmology and QCD.
The two volumes that comprise String Theory provide an up-to-date, comprehensive account of string theory. Volume 1 provides a thorough introduction to the bosonic string, based on the Polyakov path integral and conformal field theory. The first four chapters introduce the central ideas of string theory, the tools of conformal field theory, the Polyakov path integral, and the covariant quantization of the string. The book then treats string interactions: the general formalism, and detailed treatments of the tree level and one loop amplitudes. Toroidal compactification and many important aspects of string physics, such as T-duality and D-branes are also covered, as are higher-order amplitudes, including an analysis of their finiteness and unitarity, and various nonperturbative ideas. The volume closes with an appendix giving a short course on path integral methods, followed by annotated references, and a detailed glossary.
Bead in more places with Stringing Style!We've collected the most gorgeous ideas from Beadwork magazine's special issues and added 10 new projects by the talented Beadwork magazine team: Jean Campbell, Dustin Wedekind, Danielle Fox, Jamie Hogsett, and Paulette Livers.Stringing Style includes:Step-by-step instructions, stringing tips, easy-to-understand illustrations, and stunning photographsA Stringing 101 tutorial that covers crimping, adding jump rings and clasps, and insider design tipsFresh-Picked ProjectsBeginners will love the glimmering River Gauche necklace or the imaginative L.A. Days Combo.More experienced beaders will be captivated by the shimmering Billy Buys Buttons by the Boardwalk bracelet, the delicious Butterscotch Drops necklace, and the sweet Raspberry Swirl necklace.With Stringing Style, you can whip up a necklace or bracelet for every day of the month and beyond! Imagine the possibilities that await you!
Twelve newly-designed and never-before-published bead jewelry designs make their debut in this collection mined from Beadwork magazine's recent special issues on stringing. More than 50 elegant and trendy pieces from dozens of top jewelry designers include long delicate chains, chunky nugget strands, multistrand gemstone necklaces and bracelets, dramatic dangles, and chandelier earrings of every variety. The first tutorial, Stringing 101, introduces the stringing tricks of the trade used to create these pieces, while other lessons cover such methods as crimping and adding jump rings and clasps - all with insider design tips. This workbook's diverse photographs, illustrations, and instructions walk beaders of all skill levels through designs such as Dewdrops in the Grass, Ice Fall, and Tourmaline Tango, allowing them to simply follow the steps or adapt them into original creations of their own.
From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York. When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army. The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help--and then it comes, from an unexpected source.
Strings Attached is the story of a brilliant, but ferocious music teacher who came to be known as Mr K. A Ukrainian immigrant who survived an abusive childhood to become a noted resident and teacher, Mr K used music as a means of escape. The authors, who spent their childhoods in the late 60s and 70s, rehearsing and playing together as young musicians, bring the extraordinary character of Mr K to life - from his days as a forced Nazi labourer; to his home life as a husband to an invalid wife; to his heart-breaking search to find his missing daughter; to the terrifying challenges he hurtled from behind the music stand.
For Teresa Knight, it is a game like no other. A game of bluff and chance whose stakes go far beyond erotic titillation. Where violence and voyeurism collide and sex is about to become the last line of defense. Hired to find out who's blackmailing a prominent black politician who likes her sex on the wild side, Teresa becomes a player in an underground game of strip poker. It's a quest that will tap into her own voracious sexual appetites and introduce her to some wildly uninhibited men and women, al...
She likes the sudden seconds of sheer terror. The neon dreams fit perfectly with the dreams that wake her up at night: about the man she loved and lost, about the constant temptations in her life, and about the odds that inevitably she'll be in the right place at the right time to look naked, human madness in the eye.Welcome to the world of Susan Pulaski, an unconventional and unusually subversive Las Vegas police behaviorist who's already been canned once and has never been needed more. In the Sin City, someone is ritually murdering handpicked victims, each with dirty secrets in their past. The killer's gimmick: Not only does he leave behind parts of the victims' bodies, he also writes obscure mathematical formulas-in their blood. Pulaski doesn't have a clue what the codes mean. But she knows someone who will.Darcy O'Bannon is a twenty-six-year-old whose autistic savant skills are perfect for unraveling such mysteries as how many rivets are in the Eiffel Tower and how many Elvis impersonators there will be in the year 2020. As it turns out, innocent Darcy can also think along the arcane lines of Vegas's most savage serial killer, peering into a numerological mystery that stretches back hundreds of years. With her own life one spark away from going off the rails, her department turned against her, and the lives of those she cares most about in jeopardy, Pulaski hunts for dangerous prey in the shadow of the Strip-with herself as the perfect bait. And the closer she gets, the more terrifying and intriguing the case becomes, for the person she's tracking possesses truly ingenious powers-and a heart full of hate.The incomparable William Bernhardt brings to life America's most fascinating city and the people who police it, while he invites the reader to join one woman's fight to stay sane, stay alive, and keep a killer from making the most shocking score of all.From the Hardcover edition.
From the Book jacket: This beautifully written nonfiction narrative, illustrated with handsome, detailed drawings, tells the story of Zaccariah, a zebra stallion, and his family. It follows Zaccariah from his battle- as a bachelor stallion-to win a readymade family of his own, to his role as leader and defender of this band of three mares and their young. It describes the zebras' lives in the Nairobi National Park-the pattern of their days and nights, their relationship to the land, the changing seasons and the other animals in the park. It chronicles the birth and development of Zaccariah's first colt, Zed, and the loss of his youngest mare, Zinnia, to another stallion, and it dramatizes the zebra's perilous existence as a prey animal, constantly threatened by such predators as lions, wild dogs, even man. Coming full circle, with Zaccariah's original family group grown and changed and young Zed now ready to join a bachelor band of his own, this unusual animal biography is a lyrical, evocative, highly informative portrait of zebras-the keen-eyed, swift-footed, striped wild horses of Africa. BETTY DINNEEN was born and educated in England. She lived for six years in Nairobi, Kenya, and has since moved to her present home in San Francisco. She has written numerous articles and books for young readers based on her experiences in Africa, including TheFamily Howl, Lion Yellow, A Lurk of Leopards and A Tale of Three Leopards. STEFEN BERNATH is a native NewYorker. He studied art at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts. A full- time freelance artist, Mr. Bernath has illustrated numerous children's books (including Betty Dinneen's The Family Howl), and works extensively in advertising.
Satchel O'Rye, devoted son of an impoverished couple in a dying rural town, must weigh in balance the life of his most cherished dog and the freedom of a mysterious rare animal.
Strippers are the experts when it comes to getting naked--especially when the topic is looking your best while wearing the least. Authors Jennifer Axen and Leigh Phillips are "regular" women who interviewed hundreds of strippers to uncover the real-life beauty secrets of baring it all. Their mission: to deliver these sexy trade secrets to women all over the world! The Stripper's Guide to Looking Great Naked reveals how to walk, stand, and move with allure, and incorporate confidence and sex appeal into everyday life--whether crossing the room during the day or slipping out of your clothes for that special someone at night. Here are quick, incredibly useful backstage tips for covering body blemishes, dealing with naked "emergencies," and showcasing any body shape's best features. This daring and fun illustrated guide reveals how any woman can use these racy but simple strategies to feel more confident, no matter what her state of undress, from the beach to the bedroom. In the age of celebrity burlesque, pole-dancing on Oprah, and striptease classes and workouts, The Stripper's Guide to Looking Great Naked finally puts the spotlight where it should be: when it comes to baring it all, it's what you know and how you work it.
I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home-because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace? To sit on a throne that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, I might have to become that which I dread the most.Enemies watch my every move. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his prison cell. But not all the assassination attempts are his. Some Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to become weak enough that she might be toppled from her throne. Enemies unforeseen move against us-enemies who would murder the least among us.The threat will drive us to allow human police into faerie for the first time in our history. I need my allies now more than ever, especially since fate will lead me into the arm of Mistral, Master of Storms, the queen's new captain of her guard. Our passion will reawaken powers long forgotten among the warriors of the sidhe. Pain and pleasure await me-and danger, as well, for some at that court seek only death.I will find new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and I will show all of faerie that violence and sex are as popular among the sidhe as they are among the lesser fey of our court. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will comfort him. The gentlest of my guards will find new strength and break my heart. Passions undreamed of await us-and my enemies gather, for the future of both courts of faerie begins to unravel.From the Hardcover edition.
The first edition of Stroke Syndromes was widely welcomed as a new and authoritative reference in the assessment and diagnosis of stroke. This revised and updated edition remains the definitive guide to patterns and syndromes in stroke. A comprehensive survey of all types of neurological, neurophysiological and other clinical dysfunction due to stroke, the book is organised to make pattern recognition easier. It contains descriptions of clinical problems encountered in stroke patients and their differential diagnosis, and will enable clinicians to differentiate between possible locations on the basis of symptoms and signs. A companion volume Uncommon Causes of Stroke completes this highly authoritative reference work which clinicians in neurology will find essential to the understanding and diagnosis of stroke.
In the 2008 Wimbledon men's final, Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama. Five-time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game. He just needed to cling to his trajectory. So in the last few moments of daylight, Centre Court witnessed a coronation. Only it wasn't a crowning for the Swiss heir apparent but for a swashbuckling Spaniard. Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Nadal prevailed, in five sets, in what was, according to the author, "essentially a four-hour, forty-eight-minute infomercial for everything that is right about tennis--a festival of skill, accuracy, grace, strength, speed, endurance, determination, and sportsmanship." It was also the encapsulation of a fascinating rivalry, hard fought and of historic proportions.In the tradition of John McPhee's classic Levels of the Game, Strokes of Genius deconstructs this defining moment in sport, using that match as the backbone of a provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining look at the science, art, psychology, technology, strategy, and personality that go into a single tennis match.With vivid, intimate detail, Wertheim re-creates this epic battle in a book that is both a study of the mechanics and art of the game and the portrait of a rivalry as dramatic as that of Ali-Frazier, Palmer-Nicklaus, and McEnroe-Borg.
Celebrate the beauty, diversity and expression of drawing with this second collection in the Strokes of Genius series - 140 examples of the finest drawing being done today. Fresh from the studios and sketchpads of 100 artists, these striking creations run the gamut from highly detailed, remarkably realistic images that were months in the making, to contour drawings, journal sketches and gestures captured in mere minutes. Selections feature original approaches to landscapes, portraits and other classic subjects, along with offbeat inspirations like vintage photos and washed-off watercolor paintings. In these pages you'll find: A vast range of mediums and combinations, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink and more An exciting mix of styles and techniques presented in subject-specific chapters: Portraits, Cityscapes, Animals, the Human Figure, Landscapes and Still Life Firsthand perspective on the processes behind the work, offering expert insights on capturing atmosphere, telling a story, finding the right pose, achieving vitality of line, and much more With a special focus on the power of light and shadow, this work has an immediacy that is honest and engaging. Filled with strokes of poetry, precision and passion, this is a memorable collection of art as well as an inspiring survey of techniques that artists use to translate impressions to paper.
"Drawing is the connection between eye, heart and hand."--Linda WesnerDrawing is a fundamental skill for artists in any medium, a wonderfully direct means of expression and the driving inspiration behind this provoking collection. Strokes of Genius 3 celebrates drawing as an art form in its own right, featuring work from 95 of today's brightest artists.In this brilliant collection of drawings, 95 contemporary artists explore the subjects that touch their hearts and discuss how they capture them in their medium of choice. In addition to traditional pencil, charcoal and ink, you'll find a number of scratchboard, colored pencil and mixed-media works. Subject matter ranges from timeworn city architecture to portraits of beloved dogs, including such perennial favorites as landscapes, harbor scenes, flowers, still life, the human figure and more.· 140 world-class drawings, from simple, direct sketches to meticulously layered works of art selected from thousands of submissions· Exciting mix of styles, mediums and techniques, presented in subject-specific chapters: Town & County, Portraits, Pets, Still Life, The Human Figure and Wildlife· Artists' commentary on the concepts and techniques behind each pieceTo further explore the "Fresh Perspectives" theme, each featured artist was asked to finish the phrase, "Drawing is..." Their responses, scattered throughout, add yet another dimension to this book:"Drawing is a moment of poetry." "Drawing is to art what physics is to science.""Drawing is art stripped to its bare bones."Above all, it is the art itself that will cause you to keep this volume handy on the coffee table or bookshelf for when you want to curl up, look at the world through these artists' eyes, and come away with a more vivid sense of what drawing is--or can be--to you. Whether you are an artist in search of fresh inspiration or a connoisseur fascinated by great artwork and the processes behind it, Strokes of Genius 3 promises many pleasurable hours of browsing, appreciation and discovery.
Awe-inspiring works by contemporary masters, along with the secrets behind its creation. Drawing is the most intimate and immediate form of self-expression, fundamental to every artist's ability to communicate with a viewer. The sense of energy and expression that can be captured in mere strokes of charcoal, ink, pastel, marker or any of the other modest mediums proudly represented in this book is astounding. A glowing celebration of the art of drawing,Strokes of Geniusfeatures styles ranging from meticulous realism to imaginative flights of fancy, from lyrical sketches created in minutes to intricately layered renderings that took months to complete. 169 stand-out examples of the finest drawing being done today, selected from hundreds of submissions from around the world. An impressive range of styles, materials and techniques covering a wide array of subjects, including still life, the figure, animals, landscapes, portraits and more. Comments from the artists offer firsthand insight on the creation of each artwork, diverse perspectives on drawing, and fresh ideas and techniques. An incomparable source of inspiration and delight for artists and art lovers,Strokes of Geniuscontains hundreds of combined years of expertise, artistic breakthroughs and, above all, remarkable drawings that leave a lasting impression.
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