HUMANITY’S LAST HOPEIt’s been seventeen long years since the Fleet of Fog—a mysterious, unmanned fleet of powerful vessels that appeared out of nowhere—took control of the oceans, barring humanity from traveling between continents or islands. During those years, people the world over have dreamed of a revolt that would let them take back the seas, but there’s been no hope—until now.A weapon powerful enough to damage the Fog’s vessels has finally been invented, and there’s just one way of getting the critical information and prototypes from Japan to America, where the weapon can produced! The submarine I-401, with its humanoid avatar—a “mental model” named Iona, who’s taken the shape of a young girl—was once part of the Fleet of Fog, but has chosen to side with humanity.Now captained by Chihaya Gunzo and his crew, the I-401 is the only ship under human control that can move freely through the seas. But she answers only to her captain, and he answers to no one.
A Mattress Makers Daughter richly illuminates the narrative of two people whose mutual affection shaped their own lives and in some ways their times. According to the Renaissance legend told and retold across the centuries, a woman of questionable reputation bamboozles a middle-aged warrior-prince into marrying her, and the family takes revenge. He is Don Giovanni de Medici, son of the Florentine grand duke; she is Livia Vernazza, daughter of a Genoese artisan. They live in luxury for a while, far from Florence, and have a child. Then, Giovanni dies, the family pounces upon the inheritance, and Livia is forced to return from riches to rags. Documents, including long-lost love letters, reveal another story behind the legend, suppressed by the family and forgotten. Brendan Dooley investigates this largely untold story among the various settings where episodes occurred, including Florence, Genoa, and Venice.In the course of explaining their improbable liaison and its consequences, A Mattress Makers Daughter explores early modern emotions, material culture, heredity, absolutism, and religious tensions at the crux of one of the great transformations in European culture, society, and statecraft. Giovanni and Livia exemplify changing concepts of love and romance, new standards of public and private conduct, and emerging attitudes toward property and legitimacy just as the age of Renaissance humanism gave way to the culture of Counter-Reformation and early modern Europe.
Any collection of famous peoples grave sites is going to be idiosyncratic. Ask 10 people whose graves they would like to visit and you will get 100 different answers. That said, this is the most comprehensive guide to the graves of the famous that you will find outside of Find-a-grave.Mostly that is because -- without photographs of the grave monuments in question -- this book can include a whole lot of people whose ashes have been scattered. It seems a shame not to be able to leave a kitchen knife at the grave of Alfred Hitchcock, but perhaps thats for the best. I would have loved to leave a rose at the grave of John Lennon, but the mosaic in the middle of Strawberry Fields in Central Park will have to do.Included in the book is the grave of Fred Gwynne, best known at Herman Munster on TV. Gwynne is buried in an unmarked grave. Despite the directions to an unmarked plot where the author claims Gwynne is buried, the cemetery itself discourages visitors. It makes me sad that someone who gave such joy to strangers is consigned to the ground without a monument -- and those who might wish to leave thanks at his grave are turned away.Be that as it may, this is an entertaining and comprehensive encyclopedia. Ive gotten hours of fun from it.
A vonzó tanárnőt férje holtan találja a fürdőkádban. A férj az éjszakát tök részegen végigaludta, nem emlékszik semmire. Alibije nincs, minden bizonyíték ellene szól, elítélik. Nem sokkal később mégiscsak feldereng félálmában egy emlék arról az éjszakáról. Másnap levelet ír, telefonál – további sorsa forog kockán. Ám még azon az éjszakán valaki leszúrja. Van Veeteren rendőrfelügyelő kezdettől fogva gyanította, hogy nem ez a szerencsétlen alak a gyilkos, s ő híres arról, hogy megérzései szinte mindig nyomra vezetnek...
In this exciting adventure story for readers of all ages, a mysterious Uncle relates to his young nephew the amazing tale of Danny Green. Danny is an otherwise ordinary eleven year old boy from Brooklyn who discovers a long-lost secret formula that grants him incredible superhuman abilities. To Danny, this is the most awesome thing that has ever happened to anybody. But this ultimate dream-come-true begins to turn into a nightmare, as Danny must contend with well-connected class bullies, hostile media, and the sinister organization that is attempting to seize the formula for its own nefarious purposes. All this, while keeping his identity safe from his annoying and nosy little sister! Will Danny have what it takes to overcome these challenges, as well as a terrorist threat that threatens to flatten Manhattan? Or will the forces arrayed against him prove too much for his inexperience to overcome?Read The Awesome Adventures of Pickle Boy and find out, together with the spellbound nephew. But there is one part of the story that the Uncle cannot tell his young nephew - and is left for the readers to discover on their own!PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY ADDING REVIEWS AND JOINING DISCUSSIONS!And of course, recommend to your friends!
Featuring stunning color illustrations of the energy of human organs and other body parts, this book is perfect for anyone interested in learning about the self-healing properties of the body and the psychic, emotional, and physical elements central to existence. The book provides a deeper understanding of the wider psychological function of each organ, including eyes, hands, hips, knees, shoulders, spine, and teeth, and explains how they act in concert within the body. The illustrations further enhance how to receive the message of each organ on an intuitive level, and a chart of healing crystals corresponding with each organ brings further information on how to interact with the organs energetically.
Race to Pearl Harbor: The Failure of the Second London Naval Conference and the Onset of World War II
This book traces changes in American attitudes toward racial issues that have taken place between the 1940s and the 1980s--a crucial period that encompasses the civil rights revolution, the growth of black militancy and white resistance, and the enactment of affirmative-action legislation.The authors are the first to compare data about black and white attitudes collected by three major survey organizations: Gallup, the National Opinion Research Center, and the Institute for Social Research. They make careful distinctions between attitudes toward principles of racial equality and attitudes toward government action to implement those principles. The wide research base and methodological sophistication of their analysis yield conclusions quite different from those of earlier, more narrowly drawn studies. For example, they find that while there has been a striking increase in support for principles of equality and fairness, support for some kinds of implementation of these ideals lags far behind or has even declined among both blacks and whites. The implementation measures considered range from busing to achieve integration of schools to laws requiring equal opportunity in employment. In addition to reanalyzing survey data, the authors have also performed several innovative experiments on the wording and context of survey questions to help them interpret the data more accurately.
Flotilla is a dystopian story in which a messed-up teen named Jim is thrown into the ocean, literally and figuratively, to become both a survivor and a hero. Jim leaves an addiction rehab center to join his father aboard an experimental colony off the Los Angeles coast raising fish through the process of mariculture (open-sea fish farming). This floating city is also a dangerous ecosystem, filled with strange and dangerous characters. Daily adventures reveal that the colony has become a conduit for drug-dealing, gambling and human trafficking. Fortunes have been created that people will lie, cheat or kill to protect. Jim is forced to accept that second chances can come with strings attached. The tension explodes when a terrorist attack hits nearby Los Angeles. Jim and his sister are safe for the moment aboard the Colony but Rick is drafted and taken ashore. Now the kids are left helpless to deal with angry drug pirates and crooked cops. Will Jim be able save himself and his sister? Is doing the right thing always the right choice? This is a whirlwind adventure over two summers that paints a vivid picture of adventure and hardship. It is also a deeply moving look at the impact of sustainable technology on some hilariously dysfunctional, flawed characters. Readers are finding Flotilla to be a stirring coming-of-age tale that brings together fathers and sons and conquers loss through courage and inner strength.
To all of you out there who believe that Mastretta does not introduce her characters enough, or that the first half of the novel is quite hard, there is a simple explanation for this. The novel is quite regionalized, its written by a Mexican woman whose mother grew up in that environment.Any Mexican that has parents or grandparents who grew up in post-revolutionary Mexico can clearly understand the author and what she’s talking about. It’s actually considered to be a very light-hearted read by most literary experts in the country. There is no particular art to her writing style and the story is a dime a dozen, in Mexico at least.But her colloquial style made her accessible to a wide array of readers, which made her and her novel famous. However, if you’re trying to find literary jewels written by Mexican authors try reading Rosario Castellanos – Family Album, or María Luisa Bombal – The Shrouded Woman. Those books speak to a much more universal audience while still reflecting the particularities of being a Latin-American woman in the 20th century. But if you insist in reading Mastretta, understand this, the novel was not written for an international audience. It was very specifically geared towards showcasing Mexico’s mexicanity of sorts. So if you want to truly understand this book keep in mind that you’ll have to do some background studying first and maybe then you’ll enjoy it for what it is... a nice, simple, Sunday-afternoon read.
Book #4 of my autobiography. If sex and violence sells, this book should make a million. From Sohos Gangsters and Porn Peddlers to Prison in Gay Paris, Mad Fred the Ear Biter, Welsh Wizards, Hells Angels, Passolini, Sir Athol Oakley, and Battles against World Champ George Kidd & Hardman Les Kellett, and Mary Quant. Then, best of all, Lovely Linda.