Mad Ship

Author: Robin Hobb

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 9780553900262

Category: Fiction

Page: 864

View: 1192

As the ancient tradition of Bingtown’s Old Traders slowly erodes under the cold new order of a corrupt ruler, the Vestrits anxiously await the return of their liveship—a rare magic ship carved from sentient wizardwood, which bonds the ships mystically with those who sail them. And Althea Vestrit waits even more avidly, living only to reclaim the ship as her lost inheritance and captain her on the high seas. But the Vivacia has been seized by the ruthless pirate captain Kennit, who holds Althea’s nephew and his father hostage. Althea and her onetime sea mate Brashen resolve to liberate the liveship—but their plan may prove more dangerous than leaving the Vivacia in Kennit’s ambitious grasp. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robin Hobb's Ship of Destiny. Praise for Robin Hobb and the Liveship Traders Trilogy “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin “A truly extraordinary saga . . . The characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea.”—Booklist “A major work of high fantasy, reading like a cross between Tolkien and Patrick O’Brian . . . one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium.”—Publishers Weekly “Rich, complex . . . [Hobb’s] plotting is complex but tightly controlled, and her descriptive powers match her excellent visual imagination. But her chief virtue is that she delineates character extremely well.”—Interzone

Ship of Destiny

Author: Robin Hobb

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 9780553900279

Category: Fiction

Page: 800

View: 4237

As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city’s inhabitants together against a momentous threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship, the Vivacia, from the ruthless pirate Kennit. Bold though it is, Althea’s scheme may be in vain. For her beloved Vivacia will face the most terrible confrontation of all as the secret of the liveships is revealed. It is a truth so shattering, it may destroy the Vivacia and all who love her, including Althea’s nephew, whose life already hangs in the balance. Praise for Robin Hobb and the Liveship Traders Trilogy “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin “A truly extraordinary saga . . . The characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea.”—Booklist “A major work of high fantasy, reading like a cross between Tolkien and Patrick O’Brian . . . one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium.”—Publishers Weekly “Rich, complex . . . [Hobb’s] plotting is complex but tightly controlled, and her descriptive powers match her excellent visual imagination. But her chief virtue is that she delineates character extremely well.”—Interzone From the Paperback edition.

Ship of Magic

Author: Robin Hobb

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 9780553900255

Category: Fiction

Page: 832

View: 4506

“A truly extraordinary saga . . . The characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea.”—Booklist Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships—rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. Now the fortunes of one of Bingtown’s oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy. For Althea’s young nephew, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard the ship, the Vivacia is a life sentence. But the fate of the ship—and the Vestrits—may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider: the ruthless buccaneer captain Kennit, who plans to seize power over the Pirate Isles by capturing a liveship and bending it to his will. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robin Hobb's Mad Ship. Praise for Robin Hobb and the Liveship Traders Trilogy “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin “A major work of high fantasy, reading like a cross between Tolkien and Patrick O’Brian . . . one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium.”—Publishers Weekly “Rich, complex . . . [Hobb’s] plotting is complex but tightly controlled, and her descriptive powers match her excellent visual imagination. But her chief virtue is that she delineates character extremely well.”—Interzone

Incredible Stories from Space

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos

Author: Nancy Atkinson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1624143172

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 6407

Experience the Amazing Unmanned Journeys to Explore the Universe In Incredible Stories from Space, veteran space journalist Nancy Atkinson shares compelling insights from over 35 NASA scientists and engineers, taking readers behind the scenes of the unmanned missions that are transforming our understanding of the solar system and beyond. Weaving together one-on-one interviews along with the extraordinary sagas of the spacecraft themselves, this book chronicles the struggles and triumphs of nine current space missions and captures the true spirit of exploration and discovery. Full color images throughout reveal scientific discoveries and the stunning, breathtaking views of our universe, sent back to Earth by our robotic emissaries to the cosmos. -Travel along with the first mission to Pluto -Explore Mars alongside the Curiosity Rover -Join the unprecedented hunt for extrasolar planets -Unlock the mysteries of the cosmos with the iconic Hubble Space Telescope -Discover the latest findings in our solar system -See the future of space exploration with a preview of upcoming missions

Chosen by the Dragon

Author: Selena Scott

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781540499882


Page: 128

View: 9408

Sexy dragon shifters, sassy mates, and a new world full of twists and turns Amos- Bodyguard to the Dragon King and from a long line of Protector Dragons who have always guarded the Royals. A trained warrior both in Dragon and human form. Lucy- Intelligent and funny but her life experiences have left her skeptical and wary of new people she meets, Beautiful, short, curvy, with mesmerizing blue eyes she is every man and indeed every Dragon's dream. The morally questionable king of the Dragon Realm is searching for a cure to a disease that affects all the offspring in his bloodline, making each generation physically weaker than the last. Desperate for an heir who will be able to protect the throne, Lucy looks to be the perfect candidate to provide the King's offspring. The Chosen One, lost in a realm of lust, evil, and a power hungry King - she needs to escape. Torn between a loyalty to all he has ever known and a growing desire for Lucy; can Amos find a way through this? Will the consequences for them be too much to risk, and what would it mean for the entire Dragon Realm? This is the first book in "The Dragon Realm" Series but can also be read as a standalone. No cliffhanger. The story contains strong sexy themes/language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18


Author: Kevin Hearne

Publisher: Del Rey Books

ISBN: 0345533623

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6628

After having escaped from vengeful Norse gods in the Arizona desert with the help of the Navajo trickster god Coyote, ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan finds himself facing off against bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

Wolf Vow

Author: Christine DePetrillo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781986742399


Page: 404

View: 9323

Warrior Kole McMannus has been traveling across the country in a time that is not his own, searching for his brother. Since the day a Celtic goddess banished him from his home in Ireland, he's battled wolves, wandered from state to state, and nearly lost all hope of being reunited with his kin. When he lands in Vermont and finds two of his cousins living the good life, however, he picks up new energy to continue his quest. Getting back to his old life with his brother is within his reach... if he still wants to grab it. Singer and fiddler Emma Rhodes has a dream to launch her Celtic rock band, Hendrake, to international fame. She and her three bandmates have been giving their all to this cause, including a trip to Deer Creek Inn in the quiet woods of Vermont to write new material. It will only take one song to make their fantasies a reality. Without distractions maybe they can finally find the tune to take them to the top. Or maybe Emma will find a new distraction. When Kole and Emma meet over breakfast at the inn, he can't get her scent out of his nose and she can't forget the dazzling blue of his eyes. A run in the dark woods could change everything. Making wolf vows is easy. Keeping them is harder. Warrior Wolves Series Wolf Kiss, Book One Wolf Fire, Book Two Wolf Vow, Book Three

The Altar Steps

Author: Compton MacKenzie

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775456617

Category: Fiction

Page: 411

View: 311

Born into a prominent family of stage actors, author Compton MacKenzie was remarkably prolific and tackled a broad range of subjects and genres over the course of his lengthy literary career. The novel The Altar Steps offers an in-depth account of the internal and external struggles facing a young man who wants to follow his father into the ministry, but who is ambivalent about the political intrigue and drama that are rife in the religious world.

The Dionysus Connection

Author: Liz Cowan,Tatiana Villa

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781481006866

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 7791

"An interrupted after-hours pharmacy robbery results in the murder of a pharmacist and his wife. To catch the brutal killer a respected Dallas detective poses as a male stripper at Club Dionysus. The investigation links the destinies of their beautiful daughter, Daniela Lawson--intrepid investigative journalist, who believes she could have saved her parents--and sexy, dark-eyed Dallas special detective, Max Fabiani, who harbors an intense dislike for journalists. The underlying animosity between them can't stop their blazing attraction as Daniela and Max race to catch a killer. Out of control passions reach a flashpoint when Max and Daniela succumb to the desire neither can resist. But the killer is plotting to take Daniela's life and quench their love. A love ignited by their Dionysus Connection."--P. [4] of cover.

Well Played 3.0

Video Games, Value and Meaning

Author: Et Al


ISBN: 1257858459

Category: Education

Page: 346

View: 7329

Following on Well Played 1.0 and 2.0, this book will also be full of in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game. Contributors will analyze sequences in a game in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game can come together to create fulfilling a playing experience unique to this medium. Contributors will again be looking at video games, some that were covered in Well Played 1.0 and 2.0 as well as new ones, in order to provide a variety of perspectives on more great games.

Neutron Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Author: Nikolay Kardjilov,Giulia Festa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319331639

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 349

View: 5698

This book provides an extensive overview of the application of neutron characterization techniques in cultural heritage to a broad audience and will be of interest to both scientists and non-scientists in the field. Archaeologists, paleontologists, restaurateurs and conservators, historians and collectors will be fascinated by the wealth of information that can be obtained using neutron techniques, while material scientists and engineers will find details of the experimental techniques and materials properties that can be determined. Neutrons, due to their weak interactions with materials, provide a penetrating, but non-invasive probe of bulk properties. They allow the characterization of the composition and mechanical properties of materials, helping to answer questions related to the dating, the manufacturing process or the state of degradation of artefacts. They allow detailed interrogation of the internal structures of objects that may be otherwise hidden from view. The first section of the book is dedicated to stories describing spectacular discoveries brought about by the use of neutron techniques in a range of applications. The second section covers the experimental techniques in appropriate detail: basic principles, limitations and fields of application.

The Magic of Ceramics

Author: David W. Richerson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118392302

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 4386

Most people would be surprised at how ceramics are used, from creating cellular phones, radio, television, and lasers to its role in medicine for cancer treatments and restoring hearing. The Magic of Ceramics introduces the nontechnical reader to the many exciting applications of ceramics, describing how ceramic material functions, while teaching key scientific concepts like atomic structure, color, and the electromagnetic spectrum. With many illustrations from corporations on the ways in which ceramics make advanced products possible, the Second Edition also addresses the newest areas in ceramics, such as nanotechnology.

The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy

Author: Minqi Li

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 158367182X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 784

In recent years, China has become a major actor in the global economy, making a remarkable switch from a planned and egalitarian socialism to a simultaneously wide-open and tightly controlled market economy. Against the establishment wisdom, Minqi Li argues in this provocative and startling book that far from strengthening capitalism, China’s full integration into the world capitalist system will, in fact and in the not too distant future, bring about its demise. The author tells us that historically the spread and growth of capitalist economies has required low wages, taxation, and environmental costs, as well as a hegemonic nation to prevent international competition from eroding these requirements. With the decline of the economic power of the United States, its current hegemonic role will deteriorate and the unprecedented growth of China will so erode the foundations of capital accumulation—by pushing wages and environmental costs up, for example—that the entire capitalist system will be shaken to its core. This is essential reading for those who still believe that there is no alternative.

Dating a Dragon

Author: Georgette St. Clair

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533140364


Page: 272

View: 2727

Fire dragon Orion Garrison is rich, eligible, and hot in more ways than one, but that hasn't been enough to find him a true life mate. And even his billions won't keep shifter matchmakers The Mating Game from showing him the door when the he arrogantly demands they find him a woman to bear his dragonlings. Cadence Bergmann has always known the chilling truth - if her ice dragon half starts to show, she'll be married off to someone from her long-estranged clan, even if she can't shift, can't fly, and her icy breath is only good for chilling margaritas. When fire meets ice, things get steamy, despite interfering in-laws, a bitter ex, and a clan rivalry stretching back centuries. But when their future young are threatened, will Cadence be able to keep her cool and access her inner dragoness?

Stone Medicine

A Chinese Medical Guide to Healing with Gems and Minerals

Author: Leslie J. Franks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620555301

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 544

View: 1104

A comprehensive manual for using crystals, gems, and stones to address physical, emotional, and spiritual health conditions • Includes an extensive Materia Medica detailing the healing and spiritual properties of 200 crystals and stones based on Classical Chinese Medicine • Explores the role played by the color of each stone, its Yin and Yang qualities, crystalline structure, chemical composition, and topical and internal applications • Explains how to make stone and crystal elixirs, wear stones as healing jewelry, use them in massage and energy work, and cleanse and recharge them • Based on the oral teachings of Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, a Taoist priest from the ancient lineage of the Jade Purity School (88th generation) masters In addition to herbalism and acupuncture, Chinese Medicine has a rich tradition of using stones as medicine, passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. In this comprehensive guide and extensive Materia Medica, Leslie J. Franks presents the Stone Medicine teachings of Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, an 88th generation Taoist priest from the ancient lineage of the Jade Purity School, which dates to the Han dynasty, 206 BCE. Detailing the therapeutic properties of 200 gems, stones, minerals, and crystals, Franks begins with an extensive look at 15 different forms of quartz, followed by chapters on transformative stones, protective stones, nourishing stones, source energy stones, and alchemical stones. She explains the physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions each stone can treat and how their color, form, hardness, and energetic qualities affect us according to Chinese Medicine. She discusses how to make stone and crystal elixirs for internal and topical use, how to charge quartz with the healing properties of other stones, how to cleanse and recharge a stone after use, and how to combine stones to create healing formulas for individual conditions. She explains different techniques of wearing stones as healing jewelry and how to use them in massage and energy work. She examines the chemistry and sacred geometry of crystal structure, revealing how the minerals contained in the stones affect our physiology by supporting our Jing (Essence); by nourishing Qi (energy), blood, and fluids; and by clearing Wind, Cold, Damp, and Heat conditions that can lead to disease. Including a thorough primer on Traditional Chinese Medicine and backed by modern scientific research, this book explains how stones access our deepest layers, vibrating ever so slowly, to initiate deep lasting change.

The Legend of Oescienne

The Awakening

Author: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Publisher: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

ISBN: 1463794673

Category: Fiction

Page: 650

View: 2549

Growing up is never easy, but for Jahrra, seventeen years has brought its own unique share of hardships. She's made both friends and enemies; has felt both joy and sorrow. Yet she has persevered through it all and has finally learned to know and accept who she is. Unfortunately, her trials and tribulations are only just beginning . . . An inconceivable tragedy and the revelation of a secret kept from her since birth has turned her perfect world on its end. Jahrra isn't the poor Nesnan she thought she was, but human, one promised by Eth�es in a prophecy from long ago. Now, without her guardian, she must accept the help of the one she mistrusts the most as they flee Oescienne before the Tyrant's minions have a chance to close in. With her enemies at her heels and the terrifying truth looming before her, Jahrra will seek shelter with the dragon Raejaaxorix in the faraway city of Lidien, a place of hope and enlightenment. But when the City of Light proves to entertain its own dangers, Jahrra and Jaax find their safety threatened once again. But this time the threat may be coming from those they trust the most . . .

Asia-Pacific Coasts and Their Management

States of Environment

Author: Nobuo Mimura

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402036256

Category: Science

Page: 367

View: 398

The Asia and Pacific region is home to the world’s largest concentration of coral reefs and mangroves. It accommodates two-thirds of the world’s human population and its economic activities have the highest growth rate in the world. This book gives an overview of the state-of-the-art understanding on the drivers, state, and responses to the coastal environmental changes in the Asia and Pacific region. It provides important perspectives on the subject for researchers.

The Science Book

Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465439277

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 3698

The Science Book explores how scientists have sought to explain our world and the universe, and how scientific discoveries have been made. A new title in DK's successful "Big Ideas, Simply Explained" series, this book on science and the history of science looks at topics such as why Copernicus's ideas were contentious, how Galileo worked out his theories on motion and inertia, and what the discovery of DNA meant. The Science Book covers every area of science--astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, math, and physics, and brings the greatest scientific ideas to life with fascinating text, quirky graphics, and pithy quotes.

Sweet Possession

Author: Maya Banks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101479056

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2393

From the USA Today bestselling author of Sweet Temptation, a new novel of opposites attracting-and igniting. There is nothing Connor Malone wants to do less than babysit the outrageous and out-of-control pop star Lyric Jones. But part of him relishes taming the celebratty songstress and showing her what it's like to be possessed-body and soul-by one man. And though Lyric's crazy antics nearly drive Connor to the edge, his quiet intensity penetrates her defenses, leaving them both vulnerable to the secrets that could topple Lyric from the stage.