Author: John Scalzi
One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life. Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death, and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge what they see as a wrong. It's a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it's too late...before not even a Dispatcher can save him.
Noise is usually defined as unwanted sound: loud music from a neighbor, the honk of a taxicab, the roar of a supersonic jet. But as Garret Keizer illustrates in this probing examination, noise is as much about what we want as about what we seek to avoid. It has been a byproduct of human striving since ancient times even as it has become a significant cause of disease in our own. At heart, noise provides a key for understanding some of our most pressing issues, from social inequality to climate change. In a journey that leads us from the Tanzanian veldt to the streets of New York, Keizer deftly explores the political ramifications of noise, America's central role in a loud world, and the environmental sustainability of a quieter one. The result is a deeply satisfying bookâ€”one guaranteed to change how we hear the world, and how we measure our own personal volume within it.
"A gripping read that moves at warp speed." - Jack Campbell on The Lazarus War: Artefact For someone who has died and come back as many times as Conrad Harris, the nickname Lazarus is well-deserved. His elite military teams are specialists in death - running suicide missions in simulant bodies to combat the alien race known as the Krell. But now the Krell Empire has wreaked such devastation that military command is desperate for a new strategy. And Harris and his team are being sent on a mission that could finally turn the tide of the war.
This comprehensive book is intended for university students and anyone interested in learning Standard Swahili grammar as spoken in the East African Community of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. On completing this book, the reader will be able to read, write and converse in Swahili with confidence.
Author: Michael Denton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Argues that the universe was configured to give rise to an intelligent species of life forms, namely human beings.
Sherlock Holmes died fighting Professor Moriarty in the Reichenbach Falls. At least, that's what the press claims. However, Holmes is alive and well and taking advantage of his presumed death to travel the globe. Unfortunately, Holmes's plans are thwarted when a plague of vampirism haunts Britain. This book collects Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London Volumes 1 and 2, originally created by French publisher Soleil.
Author: David Gordon Wilson, Jim Papadopoulos, Frank Rowland Whitt
Publisher: MIT Press
A new, updated edition of a popular book on the history, science, and engineering of bicycles. The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses human muscles in a near-optimum way. This new edition of the bible of bicycle builders and bicyclists provides just about everything you could want to know about the history of bicycles, how human beings propel them, what makes them go faster, and what keeps them from going even faster. The scientific and engineering information is of interest not only to designers and builders of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles but also to competitive cyclists, bicycle commuters, and recreational cyclists. The third edition begins with a brief history of bicycles and bicycling that demolishes many widespread myths. This edition includes information on recent experiments and achievements in human-powered transportation, including the "ultimate human- powered vehicle," in which a supine rider in a streamlined enclosure steers by looking at a television screen connected to a small camera in the nose, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. It contains completely new chapters on aerodynamics, unusual human-powered machines for use on land and in water and air, human physiology, and the future of bicycling. This edition also provides updated information on rolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering and stability, power and speed, and materials. It contains many new illustrations.
Charles H. Smith has endeavored in this bibliographic review to include literature bearing on both the biological study of diversity itself, and the socio-natural science of diversity conservation. Two bibliographies are included in this work. Bibliography I lists the approximately 1200 monographs and 4500 shorter articles featured here, whereas Bibliography II provides a selective accounting of "special issues" of serial publications whose main theme is biodiversity studies-related. Entries are enhanced, as applicable, with bibliometric ratings, key words, and brief annotations. Coverage centers on the period 1986 to 1998, but extends to many works published prior to that date that remain relevant to trends occurring during it. There are three indexes, covering general, geographical, and organismal subjects, respectively, and generating in sum over 20,000 referrals to the items in the bibliography. The work also surveys closely related topics from such allied fields as environmental ethics, nature philosophy, environmental law, agricultural ecology, evolutionary biology, biometrics, sustainable development, environmental policy, forestry, genetics, education, climatology, and paleobiology. While Biodiversity Studies: A Bibliographic Review, is highly recommended for scientists, educators and professionals-to-be, it cites a fair amount of material that can be understood by undergraduates or even high school students.
Author: Claude Levi-strauss
Publisher: Basic Books
The â€śstructural method,â€ť first set forth in this epoch-making book, changed the very face of social anthropology. This reissue of a classic will reintroduce readers to LĂ©vi-Straussâ€™s understanding of man and society in terms of individualsâ€”kinship, social organization, religion, mythology, and art.
The Killing Dance
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Hachette UK
'These days my life is a cross between a preternatural soap opera and an action-adventure movie.' The first hit man came after me at home, which should be against the rules. Then there was a second, and a third. Word on the street is that Anita Blake, preternatural expert and vampire killer extraordinaire, is worth half a million dollars. Dead, not alive. So what's a girl to do but turn to the men in her life for help? Which in my case means an alpha werewolf and a master vampire. With professional killers on your trail, it's not a bad idea to have as much protection as possible, human or otherwise. But I'm beginning to wonder if two monsters are better than one...
Around Tonkin and Siam
Author: Henri Philippe Marie OrlĂ©ans (prince d')
In the tradition of The Swerve and How to Live, this vivid biography reveals how a Renaissance scholar reshaped the visual world. Giorgio Vasari (1511â€“1574) was a man of many talentsâ€”a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholarâ€”but he is best known for Lives of the Artists, the classic account that singlehandedly invented the genre of artistic biography and established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. Before Vasariâ€™s extraordinary book, art was considered a technical skill rather than an intellectual pursuit, and artists were mere decorators and craftsmen. It was through Vasariâ€™s visionary writings that artists like Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as great masters of life as well as art, their creative genius celebrated as a divine gift. Their enduring reputations testify to Vasariâ€™s profound yet unspoken influence on western culture. An advisor to kings and pontiffsâ€”and a confidant to Titian, Donatello, and moreâ€”Vasari enjoyed an exhilarating career amid the thrilling culture of Renaissance Italy. In The Collector of Lives, Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney offer a lively and inviting introduction to this pivotal figure in art history, and immerse readers in the world of the Medici of Florence and the popes of Rome. A narrative of intrigue, scandal, and colorful artistic rivalry, this vivid biography shows the great works of western art taking shape under Vasariâ€™s keen eyeâ€”and reveals how one Renaissance scholar completely redefined how we look at art.