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Enforcer (Shira Calpurnia omnibus)

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A Quiet Flame: A Bernie Gunther Mystery

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Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem

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The Old Wine Shades (Richard Jury Mysteries, book 20)

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Game Programming with Python, Lua, and Ruby

A bit dated with references to games using Lua like Baldur’s Gate, but still highly useful in it’s discussion of what constitutes a scripting language and how scripting languages are used in games (or to create games). Since all three languages are widely used and have active communities, the book sounds like a worthwhile read.

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The Assault on Reason

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The Lost Daughters of China

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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Anecdotes are convincing for a book with the premise of finding “The Element” (which is apparently something like finding your passion or “Do what you love and the money will follow”) only if one is willing to turn a willfully blind eye to the millions who fail for one reason or another despite their best efforts. I think there’s some valid points here, but I always wonder if, for every Mick Fleetwood who found his Element drumming, how many people tried to pursue that same dream and instead wound up having to support a family or make other concessions because they weren’t as lucky. In other words, not to say that you shouldn’t try to find the thing that makes you happy and for which you have talent, but life is rarely that simple.

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The Robin Hood Handbook: The Outlaw in History, Myth and Legend

Far from being an A-to-Z guide to all things Robin Hood, this book is actually somewhat more scholarly and broken into several sections. It includes the stories from which most people know Robin Hood the best, the much older and fragmentary text those stories are based on, an alphabetical guide to places with some maps, and a look at the historical events. It’s nicely illustrated with insets of Howard Pyle’s illustrations and, in keeping with the rest of the book, the earlier illustrations that inspired them, along with engravings and photos of popular portrayals of Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the rest of the Merry Men, and other notables.

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Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products,…

After reading the interview with Mr. McConnell in Beautiful Teams, I’ve had an interest in reading some of his writings about software development processes and the profession of writing software. This book, dealing with the latter, offers insight into ways to advance the profession and it’s practitioners.

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Ring of Fire II (The Ring of Fire series, short stories book 2)

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

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Tags: experiments, history of science, science, scientists

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City of Darkness – Life In Kowloon City

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Tags: densely populated, hong kong, kowloon, urban art photography

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The Beagle (Terra Nova Series)

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The Consolations of Philosophy

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Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman

This tome is a combination of biography, annotated bibliography, and collected essays with other material covering Gaiman’s creative work. Very well done and with fascinating insight into the creative process of this this innovative fantasist.

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Intellectual Capital

As a book that was referenced a number of times in my reading on knowledge communities and technical workers, this book generated quite a bit of buzz in the business community when it came out. So how does it hold up more than a decade later?

Tags: capital, information, intellectual, knowledge management, learning

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Seeing in the Dark: Reflections on Dreams and Dreaming

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The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers, and Seekers

An interesting overview of spiritual practices that the author combines together under the heading of Celtic spirituality. There’s some good references to various stories, folklore, practices and other things that are uniquely Celtic, combined with comparisons to other practices that are similar in spirit across other belief systems. Many of the meditations have a “neo-pagan” feel to them, being the author’s own concoction, though they’re more rooted in ancient practices than some.

Tags: celtic, consciousness, pagan, sacred, shamanism, spirituality

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The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination

This is definitely a more scholarly look at the Tarot, starting with the history of the cards based on what fragmentary evidence there is and examining the various influences and ideas that developed into the modern Tarot of today. With this as a starting point, the author looks at the symbology of the cards and the various elements depicted on them. It’s worth reading for those who are interested in more than learning the meaning of the cards by rote for divinatory purposes, particularly in a non-magical fashion.

Tags: divination, fortune telling, history, robert place, tarot

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The Essential Chogyam Trungpa

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Tags: buddhism, chogyam trungpa, dharma, ego, mediation

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Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum

After reading excerpts from this book along with the author’s blog, I can safely say this book has some excellent practical advice in how to implement Scrum and the steps necessary to move toward an Agile workplace. Definitely an invaluable resource for anyone considering Scrum or actively practicing it already.

Tags: agile, agile project management, project management, scrum, software development

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Moura: The Dangerous Life of the Baroness Budberg

I came across this book looking for some works by H.G. Wells. Her associations with famous people like Wells and Maxim Gorky are but part of a long and adventurous life she lived. Between her work as a spy (variously for Britain and the Soviet Union) and her work as a writer (screenplays, among other things), a biography seemed very much worth reading.

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The Original Boy’s Handy Book

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PHP Object-Oriented Solutions

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Whiskey and Water: A  Novel of the Promethean Age

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The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation

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Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance

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The White Company

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The Outstretched Shadow (The Obsidian Trilogy, book 1)

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Byzantium: The Imperial Centuries AD 610-1070

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Water Touching Stone (Inspector Shan series, book 2)

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Matilda

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Stargazing With Binoculars

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Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals and Scammers in the Internet Age

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The Lincoln Lawyer

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The Blackhearts Omnibus

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The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

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Shadowspell (Faeriewalker series, book 2)

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Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book

A history of comic books starting with the early days of comic creators and publishers like Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz, and many others along with gangsters like Frank Costello and Meyer Lansky.

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Halo: Glasslands

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Introducing HTML5

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Fantasy Art Bible

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JavaScript Web Applications

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HTML5 and CSS3

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Game Coding Complete, Fourth Edition

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The Sisters Grimm: A Very Grimm Guide

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Blue Remembered Earth

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Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance

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The Halls of Stormweather (Sembia: Gateway to the Realms, book 1)

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City of Ravens (Forgotten Realms:  The Cities series, book 1)

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Professional WordPress

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2 Second Lean

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Halo: Glasslands (Kilo-5 series, book 1)

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More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement

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Peace and War The Omnibus Edition

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Sister Mine

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The Summer Prince

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The Bedlam Detective

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The Kingdom of Bones

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Unreal Game Development

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Playing at the World

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Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of the Girl Scouts

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Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring

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Kabuki: The Alchemy

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Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less

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Doctor Who: A History

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Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne

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The Fool’s Tale

Set in Wales in the year is 1198, King Maelgwyn (nicknamed Noble) of Maelienydd has wed the young Englishwoman Isabel Mortimer in hopes of neutralizing her uncle Roger, a powerful baron whose father killed Maelgwyn’s father years previous. But almost from their wedding night, the political marriage of Isabel and Noble is a disaster. Even worse for Isabel is his unfathomable relationship with the fool Gwirion, whose outrageous pranks and lewd public performances humiliate her. But when Noble goes off to fight Roger Mortimer, a siege on the castle by an opportunistic Welsh prince forces Isabel and Gwirion to confront each other, and to acknowledge their true feelings for each other.

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Letters From a Murderer

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Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square

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Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

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The Crooked Letter (Books of the Cataclysm, volume 1)

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Mistress of the Art of Death

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Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War

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The Roar

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Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen)

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Karen Memory

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Medieval Wales

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Press Start to Play

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Hoard of the Dragon Queen

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The Rise of Tiamat

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The Tao of Deception: Unorthodox Warfare in Historic and Modern China

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Soft Apocalypse

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The Maze of Games

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The Maze of Games is a full-length puzzle novel with over 50 puzzles and a deeply engaging story, all woven together in a “solve your own adventure” style which will keep you jumping from page to page.

The main characters are teenagers Colleen and Samuel Quaice, who live in England in the year 1897. During a visit to the Upper Wolverhampton Library, they discover a musty book called The Maze of Games. This summons a mysterious skeletal guardian named the Gatekeeper, who plunges them into a series of dangerous mazes rife with monsters and bizarre puzzles.

Only by solving their way through the mazes will the Quaice children find their way home.

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Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone

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Pierre the Maze Detective has a new case. Mr X has stolen the Maze Stone, which has the power to turn the whole of Opera City into a maze. Can you help Pierre and his friend Carmen find their way through the mazes – and stop Mr X before it’s too late?

This beautifully illustrated book features 15 full-spread illustrations of intricate, magical mazes. Take a trip through a fantastic world of underground cities, hot-air balloons, tree-top towns and haunted houses. Trace your way through each maze, spot the clues and solve the extra mystery challenges along the way.

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Edge of Dark (The Glittering Edge, book 1)

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What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living. And yet, that life thrived? It grew and learned and became far more than you ever expected, and it wanted to return to the sun. What if it didn’t share your moral compass in any way?

The Glittering Edge duology describes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh and blood life meets the near-AI’s that it banished long ago. This is a story of love for the wild and natural life on a colony planet, complex adventure set in powerful space stations, and the desire to live completely whether you are made of flesh and bone or silicon and carbon fiber.

In Edge of Dark, meet ranger Charlie Windar and his adopted wild predator, and explore their home on a planet that has been raped and restored more than once. Meet Nona Hall, child of power and privilege from the greatest station in the system, the Diamond Deep. Meet Nona’s best friend, a young woman named Chrystal who awakens in a robotic body….

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

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We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding–“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today’s divided world.

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Caliban’s War (The Expanse, book 2)

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We are not alone.

On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.

In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun . . .

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Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music

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The Heart of What Was Lost

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At the end of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Ineluki the Storm King, an undead spirit of horrifying, demonic power, came within moments of stopping Time itself and obliterating humankind. He was defeated by a coalition of mortal men and women joined by his own deathless descendants, the Sithi.

In the wake of the Storm King’s fall, Ineluki’s loyal minions, the Norns, dark cousins to the Sithi, choose to flee the lands of men and retreat north to Nakkiga, their ancient citadel within the hollow heart of the mountain called Stormspike. But as the defeated Norns make their way to this last haven, the mortal Rimmersman Duke Isgrimnur leads an army in pursuit, determined to end the Norns’ attacks and defeat their ageless Queen Utuk’ku for all time.

Two southern soldiers, Porto and Endri, joined the mortal army to help achieve this ambitious goal—though as they venture farther and farther into the frozen north, braving the fierce resistance and deadly magics of the retreating Norns, they cannot help but wonder what they are doing so very far from home. Meanwhile, the Norns must now confront the prospect of extinction at the hands of Isgrimnur and his mortal army.

Viyeki, a leader of the Norns’ military engineers, the Order of Builders, desperately seeks a way to help his people reach their mountain—and then stave off the destruction of their race. For the two armies will finally clash in a battle to be remembered as the Siege of Nakkiga; a battle so strange and deadly, so wracked with dark enchantment, that it threatens to destroy not just one side but quite possibly all.

Trapped inside the mountain as the mortals batter at Nakkiga’s gates, Viyeki the Builder will discover disturbing secrets about his own people, mysteries both present and past, represented by the priceless gem known as The Heart of What Was Lost.

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Empress of a Thousand Skies

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Rhee, better known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the last Empress of a powerful dynasty. After her family perished under suspicious circumstances, Rhee grew up in exile while Parliament ruled in her stead. Now, Rhee has finally come of age to claim her throne . . . and to avenge her family. But on the eve of her coronation, Rhee is brutally attacked and barely escapes with her life. Across the galaxy, pilot Alyosha has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the star of a reality holo-vision show. But when Aly is falsely accused of killing Rhee, he goes from celebrity to fugitive in an instant. When their paths collide, Rhee and Aly discover the attack is just one part of a larger plan with devastating consequences for the entire galaxy. With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly must fight to save their own lives and the fate of the universe. In this exhilarating debut perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy, Rhoda Belleza crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

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This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

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There is a craft to uprising—and this craft can change the world

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.

With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.

Nonviolence is usually seen simply as a philosophy or moral code. This Is an Uprising shows how it can instead be deployed as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation. It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, we pass up the chance to truly understand how social transformation happens.

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The Book of Swords

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Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction—and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.

Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters—many of them set in their authors’ best-loved worlds. Join today’s finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.

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Roadside Picnic

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Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a “full empty,” something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he’ll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems.

First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel’s publication in Russia.

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The Calculating Stars (A Lady Astronaut Novel, book 1)

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On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.