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New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic featuring the irresistibly mischievous Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of FoolVenice, a really long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: the rascal-Fool Pocket.This trio of cunning plotters--the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago--have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening with a rare Amontillado sherry and a fetching young noblewoman. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged; the girl is nowhere in sight. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool . . . and the story is only beginning.Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a rousing literary satire, a dramedy mash-up rich with delights, including (but not limited to): foul plots, counterplots, true love, jealousy, murder, betrayal, revenge, codpieces, three mysterious locked boxes, a boatload of gold, a pound of flesh, occasional debauchery, and water (lots of water). Not to mention a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a bunch of other guys whose names end in "o"; a trio of comely wenches--Desdemona, Jessica, Portia; the brilliant Fool; his large sidekick, Drool; Jeff, the pet monkey; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (yes, there's always a bloody ghost).Wickedly witty and outrageously inventive, The Serpent of Venice pays cheeky homage to the Bard and illuminates the absurdity of the human condition as only Christopher Moore can.
The Emersons are given a valuable statue because its owner believes it is cursed. Can Amelia uncover the truth about the statue's origin?
Instructions for making toe-up socks.
In nineteenth-century China, a young girl struggles to protect her family from the threat of bandits, famine, and an ideological conflict between her father and brother.
FIND HIM. Bernadette Kane never believed that her sister committed suicide. And what she heard about her sister's mysterious-and sadistic-lover, Wesley Edwards, made her suspect the worst.With his good looks, private jet, and successful career, he could turn a girl's head. And get away with murder. SEDUCE HIM. Bernadette's plan: use her body to seduce Wesley, use her wits to gain his confidence, and use the evidence she finds to bring him down. First, Bernadette will have to submit to whatever Wesley wants and become a willing pawn in his twisted games. MAKE HIM PAY. But buried inside the millionaire's inner sanctum are secrets that go farther than Bernadette ever imagined. They're plunging #11;her into the same nightmare that trapped her sister. And now the choice between revenge and survival will decide the outcome of Bernadette's final-and most dangerous-game.
Things are hectic at Starbridge with a new telepathic student, an archaeological dig, and a chemical reaction.
The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the "New York Times" bestselling "Witches of East End," returns in "Serpents Kiss," with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic. Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down--from Joannas organized kitchen to Ingrids previously nonexistent love life to Freyas once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner. When Freyas twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiance Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freyas help to prove it. Now Freya doesnt know who to believe or trust. And for the first time in--well, forever, really--Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesnt believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matts police investigation. To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna--but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman shes recently begun dating. As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddies imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most? Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series. Praise for the "Witches of East End" series: "Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches ? a juicy new franchise. "--"Entertainment Weekly" "A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance. "--"People" "A magical and romantic page-turner. "--"Washington Post" " De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip. "--"New York Times" "This tale of powerful women ? mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength. "--Self " I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance. "--MTV. com "Casts a spell. "--"Los Angeles Times" "Fans of the "New York Times" bestselling YA author ("Blue Bloods" series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after "Witches of East End"). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense. " --Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M University Library
The sequel to Dragon's Gold, this is the second tale of Kelvin Knight, in which a Roundears work is never done.
A man walks into a trendy Los Angeles restaurant -- a disgruntled ex-employee with an automatic weapon -- and seconds later, thirteen people are dead and thirty-two more have been wounded. It is a heinous act of mass slaughter that haunts Homicide Detective Peter Decker.But, though eyewitnesses saw only the lone gunman -- who apparently took his own life after his bloody work was done -- evidence suggests more than one weapon was fired. It is a disturbing inconsistency that sends Decker racing headlong into a sordid, labyrinthine world of Southern California money and power, on an investigation that threatens to destroy his reputation and his career.
The inspiration for A&E's Longmire finds himself in the crosshairs in the ninth book of the New York Times bestselling series The success of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series that began with The Cold Dish continues to grow after A&E's hit show Longmire introduced new fans to the Wyoming sheriff. As the Crow Flies marked the series' highest debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in his ninth Western mystery, Longmire stares down his most dangerous foes yet. It's homecoming in Absaroka County, but the football and festivities are interrupted when a homeless boy wanders into town. A Mormon "lost boy," Cord Lynear is searching for his missing mother but clues are scarce. Longmire and his companions, feisty deputy Victoria Moretti and longtime friend Henry Standing Bear, embark on a high plains scavenger hunt in hopes of reuniting mother and son. The trail leads them to an interstate polygamy group that's presiding over a stockpile of weapons and harboring a vicious vendetta. .
All the clues point to Phil Cohen, a friend of the Hardys, when a rare, deadly snake is discovered missing from the Bayport Zoo.
At sixty-three, Maxie McNabb is cruising down the Alaska Highway in her brand-new Winnebago. With her mini-dachshund at her side and the open road ahead, she's never been happier. <P><P>But before her exploration of the Lower Forty-eight gets underway, Maxie needs to figure out who burgled her friend's Colorado home-and why. And the closer Maxie gets to solving the puzzle, the more it becomes chillingly clear that her friend's life isn't the only one on the line.
With this novel Anne Rice creates a new world every bit as mesmeric as her vampire world, and a new hero, Azriel, every bit as seductive and ambivalent as Lestat. Born almost 2,500 years ago to a Jewish family in exile, Azriel's restless spirit can be summoned by whoever holds the key to the casket of his golden bones. Called forth in the present day to witness and avenge a brutal murder on Fifth A venue, he is caught up in a dizzyingly malevolent plot to destabilise the world. As rich, terrifying, sensual and violent as any novel by Anne Rice, Servant of the Bones conjures up over two thousand years of Jewish history and penetrates the mysteries of evil and redemption, life and after-life.
A sweeping drama unveiling a tale of love, hate and sacrifice against = the panorama of an alien yet familiar society.
Explores the stories of African Muslim slaves in the New World. The author argues that although Islam as brought by the Africans did not outlive the last slaves, "what they wrote on the sands of the plantations is a successful story of strength, resilience, courage, pride, and dignity. " She discusses Christian Europeans, African Muslims, the Atlantic slave trade, literacy, revolts, and the Muslim legacy. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR
"Luminous....Each [story] is rich and independent and beautiful and should draw Barrett many new admirers."--Publishers Weekly, starred review Ranging across two centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an Adirondack village, these wonderfully imagined stories and novellas travel the territories of yearning and awakening, of loss and unexpected discovery. A mapper of the highest mountain peaks realizes his true obsession. A young woman afire with scientific curiosity must come to terms with a romantic fantasy. Brothers and sisters, torn apart at an early age, are beset by dreams of reunion. Throughout, Barrett's most characteristic theme--the happenings in that borderland between science and desire--unfolds in the diverse lives of unforgettable human beings. Although each richly layered tale stands independently, readers of Ship Fever (National Book Award winner) and Barrett's extraordinary novel The Voyage of the Narwhal, will discover subtle links both among these new stories and to characters in the earlier works.
A wretched hag who is head of a crackpot religious cult targets Christine's six-year-old son, Joey, as the anti-Christ. Every member of the cult then sets out to destroy the boy and the only person Christine can find to really help her is a private detective. Grace (the cult leader) seems to be able to locate them with her psychic powers no matter what they do or where they go. Lots of violence and a little explicit sex. Excellent supernatural thriller from a master storyteller.
Haunted by phantoms of World War II and the Holocaust, young Cressida lives in terror of George Harding, who, severely disfigured, has returned from the front to recover on his family's African estate. When Harding plucks young Cressida's beautiful mother and family from financial ruin, establishing them in the old servants' quarters, Cressida is swept into a life inexorably bound to his.In her new setting, she is conscripted to enliven Harding's nephew, the hopelessly timid Edgar, to make him "wild and daring." She takes on this task with resentful fury, leading the boy astray and, in the process, learning to manipulate the disparities of power, class, and ambition. All the while, Harding himself is watching her. And waiting.The Servants' Quarters, a complex and sophisticated love story, evokes a vanishing world of privilege with a Pygmalion twist. It is, as Amy Tan said, "Freed's best novel yet."
How can manufacturers of capital goods succeed in service business development? What are the potential network approaches for manufacturing companies planning on extending their service business? Over the last decade, the business environment of capital goods manufacturers has changed dramatically. Few capital goods manufacturers are able to outrun the competition with pure product-related technologies and innovation alone. For this reason they have added services to products as a way of responding to eroding margins and the loss of strategic differentiation through product innovation and technological superiority. Based on over twelve years of research, this book provides academics and business professionals with a thorough overview of the strategies available for value creation through service business development. It features case studies and covers a wide range of topics, including emerging issues such as service business in small and medium-sized companies, business innovation through services and the impact of rapidly growing Asian markets.
Service Design and Delivery provides a comprehensive overview of the increasingly important role played by the service industry. Focusing on the development of different processes employed by service organizations, the book emphasizes management of service in relation to products. It not only explores the complexity of this relationship, but also introduces strategies used in the design and management of service across various sectors, highlighting where tools, techniques and processes applicable to one sector may prove useful in another. The implementation methods introduced in the book also illustrate how and why companies can transform themselves into service organizations. While the book is primarily intended as a text for advanced-level courses in service design and delivery, it also contains theoretical and practical knowledge beneficial to both practitioners in the service sector and those in manufacturing contemplating moving towards service delivery.
Service Design is an eminently practical guide to designing services that work for people. It offers powerful insights, methods, and case studies to help you design, implement, and measure multichannel service experiences with greater impact for customers, businesses, and society.
Scott looks back on his Licorice, a black Labra« as the high point in his life. Paralyzed from the waist down, the twelve-year-old could not go anywhere unless a friend or relative came along to push his wheelchair. Now Licorice pulls Scott's chair to school, to a shopping mall or a movie -anywhere. She turns on lights, too, and opens the refrigerator door. She even punches elevator buttons for him. Licorice is a service dog. She and a growing number of dogs have been specially trained to do all these amazing things and more, so that they can bring independence to people whose movement is limited. This carefully researched book- the first of its kind-tells how Licorice and other service dogs learn to perform their tasks. It describes how Licorice was chosen as a puppy for this work, socialized with a volunteer family, and then returned to the school for the extensive training in her special service. A Service Dog Goes to School is the story of how one loving black Labrador has become the legs and feet, the arms and hands-and the best friend-of a wheelchair-bound boy. ELIZABETH SIMPSON SMITH has contributed to a number of national publications, including Good Housekeeping, American Forests, and National Historic Preservation, and has served as correspondent for several regional magazines. Among her well-received children's books are Five First Ladies; A Guide Dog Goes to School; and A Dolphin Goes to School, which is an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. Her writings have won her North Carolina's Smithwick Cup for historical articles and the Sullivan Award for short fiction. In addition to writing, Ms. Smith operates a communications agency in Charlotte, North Carolina. She and her husband live in Denver, North Carolina. STEVEN PETRUCCIO comes from a family of artists. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and has illustrated Doctor Hilda Makes House Calls, among other titles. He and his artist-wife live in Fishkill, New York.
In 2004, Robert F. Lusch and Stephen L. Vargo published their groundbreaking article on the evolution of marketing theory and practice toward "service-dominant (S-D) logic", describing the shift from a product-centred view of markets to a service-led model. Now, in this keenly anticipated book, the authors present a thorough primer on the principles and applications of S-D logic. They describe a clear alternative to the dominant worldview of the heavily planned, production-oriented, profit-maximizing firm, presenting a coherent, organizing framework based on ten foundational premises. The foundational premises of S-D logic have much wider implications beyond marketing for the future of the firm, transcending different industries and contexts, and will provide readers with a deeper sense of why the exchange of service is the fundamental basis of all social and economic exchange. This accessible book will appeal to students, as well as to researchers and practitioners.
This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself. He could have been vacationing in Greece instead of investigating a murder that the police have long since written off. But he finds the crime--the brutal killing of a suburban churchwarden--fascinating. In fact, he uncovers not one murder but two, for the fatal fall of St. Frideswides vicar from the church tower Morse reckons to be murder as well. And as he digs into the lives and unsanctified lusts of the late vicar's erring flock, the list of the dead grows longer. Not even the oddly appealing woman he finds scrubbing the church floor can compensate Morse for the trouble he's let himself in for. So he has another pint, follows his hunches, and sets out to untangle the deadly business of homicide. . . .
Contains six short stories set in Honor Harrington's universe. Promised Land--Jane Lindskold. With One Stone--Timothy Zahn. A Ship Named Francis--John Ringo & Victor Mitchell. Let's Go to Prague--John Ringo Fanatic-Eric Flint. Service of the Sword--David Weber. WELCOME AGAIN TO THE MANY WORLDS OF HONOR HARRINGTON Lady Dame Honor Harrington isn't alone. Her life touches others-and their lives touch hers-directly, or indirectly, whether as a naval officer, steadholder, or duchess. In this collection, Jane Lindskold gives us the story of a prince on the brink of maturity and an extraordinary young Grayson woman named Judith-a victim of Masadan brutality, who confronts insurmountable odds in a desperate effort to lead her sisters to freedom- or-death among the stars. Timothy Zahn weighs in with a story of the heavy cruiser HMS Fearless; a brilliant young tactical officer on temporarily detached duty; Solarian con men; secret weapons that aren't quite what they seem to be; naval spies, spooks, and dirty tricks; courage and honor; and a surprising glimpse into one of Admiral Sonja Hemphill's most crucial technological innovations. John Ringo offers his unique blend of nonstop action and deliciously skewed humor in two offerings. The Peep planet of Prague and its brutally repressive StateSec regime will never be the same again after the unscheduled, unofficial, and thoroughly catastrophic visit by a pair of Manticoran Marines with a most peculiar taste in their holiday destinations. And then there's the question of what an explosively expanding navy does with the personnel who can't quite cut the mustard. Eric Flint tells us the story of an idealistic young StateSec officer who finds himself in the right place at the right time following the fall of Oscar Saint-Just. Young Victor Cachat could influence the loyalty of an entire sector...if he's only lucky enough to manage to stay alive long enough to try. And finally, David Weber gives us the tale of the first Grayson midshipwoman on her "snotty cruise" at a time when internal tensions threaten the entire future of the Manticoran Alliance and people are about to rediscover the fact that the Peeps are far from the only predators hiding in the stars.
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