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The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen. Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all. And then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission?
On the back of the dragon Wahirangi, Finn the Fox flees the world he has known. As he sets out to find the brother he never knew of, he still holds in his heart the memory of the Hunter. He has denied his love for her, but he cannot deny it forever. In the halls of the Last Believers, Talyn begins to uncover her own mysteries, but her lust for the death of the Caisah is still strong and clouds her vision. She must choose her path, as the Seer of her people or as the assassin of the overlord. Meanwhile, Byre, Talyn's brother, must venture into the fiery world of the Kindred, to rebuild the pact that his ancestors made. He will risk everything he is as he forms a new pact that will change his people forever. Dragons and myths will be reborn, as the Hunter and her Fox face each other once more.
When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena's body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate. When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.
Jakes grandfather, Billy, hears the talk of birds, is eighty-eight years old, and is going to live forever. Even when Billy gets sick, Jake knows that everything will go on as always. But theres one thing Billy wants: to rebuild the sod house where he grew up. Can Jake give him this one special thing?From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about what we do for the ones we love, and how the bonds that hold us together also allow us to let each other go.
Twin witches Cam and Alex have returned to Coventry Island to say a final farewell to their guardian, Karsh. But when the girls visit their ancestral home on the island, they discover many shocking truths about their past.
Sara realizes she might not the only one with amazing paranormal powers.Sara is used to having visions, but she has no idea why she keeps seeing a cute blonde she's dubbed "Mystery Boy"...and then she meets him. Mason isn't all that friendly, yet Sara feels drawn to him, and the two begin spending more and more time together. Sara isn't sure she even likes him, but she can't stop thinking about him. And the strangest things seem to happen whenever the two are together... Meanwhile, Sara begins to suspect that she has developed another power: telekenesis. Lady Azura insists she is mistaken, but the more research Sara does, the surer she is that she--or someone close to her--has the rare and awesome ability to move objects with the mind. The question is, who is it?
"Animals are a gift to the human race--a gift that humans rarely take full advantage of. Only now are we even beginning to understand what a marvelous blessing animals truly are." When Allen Schoen began practicing veterinary medicine twenty-three years ago, his peers scoffed at his assertion that animals have feelings and emotions. Today he is one of America's most celebrated veterinarians, traveling worldwide to treat the domestic animals of scores of clients.
Combining ideas from philosophy, artificial intelligence, and neurobiology, Daniel Dennett leads the reader on a journey of inquiry, exploring such intriguing possibilities as: Can any of us really know what is going on in someone else's mind?
In the boldest expose on the nature of power since Machiavelli, celebrated Jungian therapist James Hillman shows how the artful leader uses each of two dozen kinds of power with finesse and subtlety. Power, we often forget, has many faces, many different expressions. "Empowerment," writes best-selling Jungian analyst James Hillman, "comes from understanding the widest spectrum of possibilities for embracing power. " If food means only meat and potatoes, your body suffers from your ignorance. When your idea of food expands, so does your strength. So it is with power. "James Hillman," says Robert Bly, "is the most lively and original psychologist we have had in America since William James. " In Kinds Of Power, Hillman addresses himself for the first time to a subject of great interest to business people. He gives much needed substance to the subject by showing us a broad experience of power, rooted in the body, the rnind, and the emotions, rather than the customary narrow interpretation that simply equates power with strength. Hillman's "anatomy" of power explores two dozen expressions of power every artful leader must understand and use, including: the language of power, control, influence, resistance, leadership, prestige, authority, exhibitionism, charisma, ambition, reputation, fearsomeness, tyranny, purism, subtle power, growth, and efficiency. From the Hardcover edition.
Create your own innovative applications in computer vision, game design, music, robotics, and other areas by taking full advantage of Kinect's extensive interactive, multi-media platform. With this book, you get a step-by-step walkthrough of the best techniques and tools to come out of the OpenKinect project, the largest and most active Kinect hacking community. Learn dozens of hacks for building interfaces that respond to body movements, gestures, and voice, using open source toolkits such as openFrameworks, the Processing IDE, and OpenKinect driver library. Whether you're an artist, designer, researcher, or hobbyist, this book will give you a running start with Kinect. Set up a development environment in Windows 7, Mac OSX, or Ubuntu Build special effects apps with tools such as Synapse and Cinder Create gestural interfaces to integrate and control digital music components Capture the realistic motions of a 3D model with NI mate, Blender, and Animata Design gesture-based games with the ZigFu SDK Recreate the dimensions of any room in realtime, using RGBDemo Use gestures to navigate robots and control PC interfaces
the science of movement
A richly human novel that tells the story of the Liang family living in New York: Suave Dr. Liang, his wife, most particularly of their four children.
Hoping to erase her unhappy old life, Hazel jumps in her beat-up old car and speeds away. When she pulls up to the Evening and Morning Star Trailer Park, where nothing turns into even more of nothing, she decides it just might be the new life shes looking for. At the centre of this new life is King, a motorcycle-riding, hard-drinking, guitar-playing kind of guy. Hazel loves him to death. He spends his days fixing cars, while Hazel spends hers working at the towns thrift shop. Evenings they spend with Spiney and Sissy, playing cards or drinking at Old Joes. Its a clear kind of life, pure as water in the old quarry. As Hazel settles into the trailer park, she begins to settle into her new life too. She covers the trailers yard with wildflowers. She makes new friends, like Egbert (Egg), who helps her create elaborate tableaux in the thrift-shop window. She may even learn how to cook. But when Kings repeated brushes with the law bring him a spell in jail, things begin, slowly and surely, to unravel. Maybe Hazel hasnt outrun herself after all, maybe year-round Christmas lights and thrift-shop glamour cant outshine honesty, and maybe Hazel cant make her world perfect by willing it so. Fun and sad and true, King feels like a slumber party: just you and your best friend in sleeping bags whispering through the long night. And when you wake up in the morning, youll blink, shake your head, and for a second, just a second, the world will seem like a more magical place.
When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.
This series provides a stimulating introduction to the great classic stories of literature and the best in children's fiction. The books are easy and enjoyable to read, and feature full-page, full-color pictures and photographs. Each title includes interesting information about the authors, and comprehension questions to spark discussion.
An intriguing historical mystery from the Medieval Murderers group of writers.
The King Bird had always escaped the traps set for him. He had defied posses to capture him, knowing he had the advantages of skill and guts. But now, trapped in this room, with men outside ready to kill him and a gun trained on his back, he felt that he had finally come to the end of his trail. This was one ambush he couldn't ride away from. The voice behind the door mocked him. "Good-bye, King. Sorry to be so rough. Ready, boys! Let it go!" The King Bird knew after an instant, when he smelled the odor of smoke and heard the crackling of flames on 'dry wood, that whatever hope there might be, there was none for him in this room. His only chance was to go outside and face those waiting guns....
Havana, New Year's Eve 1957, a terrorist bomb rips through the Tropicana nightclub. King Bongo, a rogue Cuban-American, tortured by a mysterious past and possessed of a mythic musical talent, goes on the hunt for the culprits, and for his sister, Cuba's most exotic showgirl, who disappeared in the explosion. Navigating Havana's maze of Colonial backstreets, red-light districts, swank country clubs, and opulent casinos, Bongo encounters an outrageous cast of characters--American hit men, decadent movie stars, prophetic shoeshine boys, and a beautiful American socialite. At the center of the mystery is a sinister secret police operative with whom Bongo is destined to have a lethal showdown.From the Trade Paperback edition.
When Sally and Nick need to learn about babysitting, the Cat in the Hat takes them to meet an expert: King Cecil the Seahorse! That's because when it comes to having babies, seahorses give birth in a very special way. The mom seahorse puts her eggs into a pouch on the dad, and he carries them there until the babies hatch (in his pouch) and swim out! Perfect for summer reading, nights with the babysitter, Father's Day--any day, really. This Little Golden Book based on an episode of the hit PBS Kids' TV show The Cat in the Hat Know a Lot About That! will keep kids laughing, teach them about a very unique animal, and even inspire conversations about gender roles!
A comprehensive biography. Antonia Fraser tells about the life of King Charles II step-by-step, guides the reader through the ups and downs, the horrible tales of the civil war, the lonely days of a king-in-exile, the restoration and his actual reign.
Fisherman Bible Studyguides have been a trusted name in Bible study for almost thirty years. With outstanding authors, an emphasis on personal growth, and over eighty titles, the Fisherman guides offer a breadth and depth of biblical study not found in any other series. Fisherman are written with a commitment to the unique authority of the Bible in our lives. Nondenominational, nonsectarian, and suitable for new Christians and mature Christians, Fisherman have a broad appeal with a biblical base. King David: Trusting God for a Lifetime, a twelve-week Bible character study, takes an in-depth look at the person referred to in Scripture as "a man after God's own heart," giving insight into how to cope with conflict and depression, how to maintain personal integrity, and how to trust God for a lifetime.
King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly and the Daily Pressby Michael Oriard
This book is a study of "King Football" from the 1920s through the 1950s, a period mostly marked by the enthusiasm of the editors of Sport Story and the Football News, but rarely without the censure of a Reed Harris or James Wechsler. The underlying question is a simple one: what did football mean to the actual millions who followed it, whether casually or passionately, during this period?
King George: What Was His Problem? - Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About The American Revolutionby Steve Sheinkin
KING GEORGE NEVER DID UNDERSTAND AMERICANS. "Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn't one of them. "What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, anecdotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle "naked as they were born") close-up narrative filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals ("If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston" - George Washington), and action, It's the story of the birth of our nation, complete with soldiers, spies, salmon sandwiches, and real facts you can't help but want to tell to everyone you know. King George: What Was His Problem? is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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