Author: Carol Gregor
The Kreutzer Sonata
Author: Margriet de Moor
With an "astute sense of musical form and a wonderful sense of passion” (New York Times Book Review), master storyteller Margriet de Moor, one of Europe’s foremost novelists, once again brings us a richly imagined and highly original tale of passion and jealousy. The unnamed narrator, a young musicologist, meets and befriends the famous blind music critic Marius van Vlooten. Their first encounter is on an airplane en route to a master class in Bordeaux, where the narrator introduces Marius to Suzanna, the pretty first violinist of a string quartet there to perform Janácek’s Kreutzer Sonata. From this chance meeting, a passionate love affair soon develops between Marius and Suzanna. They become engaged and marry. A series of subsequent conversations between Marius and the narrator reveals the truth behind Marius’s blindness: when he was a young student, he had fallen madly in love with a girl who spurned him. Despairing, he tried to commit suicide, but succeeded only in blinding himself. Now, ten years later, Marius is prey to another terrible dilemma: he loves Suzanna desperately, but, strongly suspecting she has a lover, becomes insanely jealous. His suspicions and his past draw him?and the reader?into a dramatic and tense Hitchcockian vertigo, where the tragedy plays itself out. This subtly constructed novel evokes powerful emotions through what the characters see and don’t see, but mostly through what they hear the language of music. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
The Mikado Method
Author: Ola Ellnestam, Daniel Brolund
Publisher: Manning Publications
Summary The Mikado Method is a book written by the creators of this process. It describes a pragmatic, straightforward, and empirical method to plan and perform non-trivial technical improvements on an existing software system. The method has simple rules, but the applicability is vast. As you read, you'll practice a step-by-step system for identifying the scope and nature of your technical debt, mapping the key dependencies, and determining the safest way to approach the "Mikado"—your goal. About the Technology The game "pick-up sticks" is a good metaphor for the Mikado Method. You eliminate "technical debt" —the legacy problems embedded in nearly every software system— by following a set of easy-to-implement rules. You carefully extract each intertwined dependency until you expose the central issue, without collapsing the project. About the Book The Mikado Method presents a pragmatic process to plan and perform nontrivial technical improvements on an existing software system. The book helps you practice a step-by-step system for identifying the scope and nature of your technical debt, mapping the key dependencies, and determining a safe way to approach the "Mikado"—your goal. A natural by-product of this process is the Mikado Graph, a roadmap that reflects deep understanding of how your system works. This book builds on agile processes such as refactoring, TDD, and rapid feedback. It requires no special hardware or software and can be practiced by both small and large teams. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. What's Inside Understand your technical debt Surface the dependencies in legacy systems Isolate and resolve core concerns while creating minimal disruption Create a roadmap for your changes About the Authors Ola Ellnestam and Daniel Brolund are developers, coaches, and team leaders. They developed the Mikado Method in response to years of experience resolving technical debt in complex legacy systems. Table of Contents PART 1 THE BASICS OF THE MIKADO METHOD Meet the Mikado Method Hello, Mikado Method! Goals, graphs, and guidelines Organizing your work PART 2 PRINCIPLES AND PATTERNS FOR IMPROVING SOFTWARE Breaking up a monolith Emergent design Common restructuring patterns
Appointed to the head of the wayward Ogre Company when his immortality proves valuable on several occasions, Never Dead Ned finds himself in charge of such fellow monsters as a two-headed ogre, a seductive siren, and a suicidal goblin. Reprint.
Author: Ana Mardoll
Publisher: Acacia Moon Publishing
Experience a darker side of "The Beauty and the Beast" where, in a world of vindictive fairies and scornful magicians, not everyone will live happily ever after. Pulchritude tells the tale of Bella, a beautiful girl caught between her selfish father and an enchanted prince ready to sweep her into a dangerous romance built on deception and betrayal. This debut novel by feminist blogger Ana Mardoll returns a classic fairy tale to its origins as social commentary and in doing so holds a strange mirror to our own world.
Author: Keith Russell Ablow, MD, Keith R. Ablow
A psychological thriller pits tortured forensic psychologist Frank Clevenger against a homeless schizophrenic who confesses to a grisly murder, a killing that becomes only the first in a series of horrifying crimes. Reprint.
Beyond the Pale
Author: Mark Anthony
A strange rift in ordinary reality draws saloon owner Travis Wilder and ER doctor Grace Beckett into the otherworld of Eldh--a land of gods, monsters, and magic that is sorely in need of heroes. From the Paperback edition.
The War on Truth
Author: Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Ahmed's first book on 9/11, The War on Freedom, was acclaimed around the world for its meticulous compilation of facts about the event. Published just a little over half year after the attacks, it was the first book to document the inconsistencies and contradictions in the US government's official version of what happened. This new book, The War on Truth, was originally intended to be an update of that text, but the amount of new material available warranted an entirely new volume. Though this book retains the analysis and information of the earlier title, it doubles the data and adds extensive new material, including an analysis of the 9/11 Commission Report and wider discussion of US policies toward al-Qaeda. For anyone who remains uneasy about the alignment of reported facts and official narrative, Ahmed's new book is an invaluable resource.Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is executive director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development in Brighton. He is the author of many internationally acclaimed research papers and reports on human rights practices and Western foreign policy. His latest book is Behind the War on Terror: Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq.
On the famous Joycean day of June 16th, Kate Fansler attends the annual Bloomsday celebration, kicking off the start to an idyllic and literary summer. But in the company of an exuberant young nephew and two graduate students, there is not much time for peace and quiet. The idyll is further shattered when an unpleasant next-door neighbour is found murdered. Although the murder appears to have no connection to the day’s celebrations, no one can shake the suspicion that James Joyce is somehow linked, not even unliterary police inspector Stratton. Kate is determined to find the solution to this extraordinary murder, even if she finds the culprit in her own home . . . Amanda Cross musters up an ingenious solution to an impossible scenario in this penetrating literary mystery, The James Joyce Murder. ‘No one has a sharper eye than Amanda Cross’ Washington Post Book World
No Word From Winifred
Author: Amanda Cross
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Literature Professor Kate Fansler is asked once again to turn her talents to private investigation when Winifred Ashby – honorary niece of Oxford scholar and novelist Charlotte Stanton – inexplicably disappears from her quiet farmhand life. Using Winifred’s journal and Charlotte’s novels as her only available sources, Kate must follow a convoluted trail through Oxford to Santa Cruz before finally untangling the secrets of Winifred’s past. But Kate's investigation reveals far more than she anticipated as sinister issues of illegitimacy and inheritance arise . . . Amanda Cross captivates us with strong women and astounding adventure in this gripping mystery, No Word From Winifred. ‘Peopled with strong women . . . rich with ideas’ Publishers’ Weekly
Author: Amanda Cross
It's New York City, 1970, and student riots have ravaged the university where Professor Kate Fansler teaches Victorian Literature to mature students. The survival of the University College is in doubt, especially as their President Jeremiah Cudlipp is determined to shut it down. In the midst of balancing dissertation proposals with the politics of academia, Kate is faced with insurmountable odds. But armed with a handful of rebellious colleagues, the poetry of W. H. Auden, and her new fiancé, she is not one to give up. Kate is willing to fight to the death for her college, but only a miracle - or perhaps a murder - can save their beloved institution...
Relates the startling effects of Beethoven's music on the Kennedys' new cow.