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The Last Threshold

Author: R. A. Salvatore
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
ISBN: 0786964294
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In the final book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt Do’Urden navigates a winding path littered with secrets and lies. Tangled up in his companion Dahlia’s dark secrets, the ties that once held her close to Drizzt threaten to tear as her bonds to his former foe, Artemis Entreri, continue to grow. Meanwhile, in the caverns of Gauntlgrym, the drow Tiago Baenre enlists the help of Bregan D’aerthe in his quest to destroy Drizzt. While making promises they may not keep, the agents of the elite drow mercenary group hide plans of their own. Determined to stand for what’s right in the Realms once again, Drizzt forges a new road north—toward Icewind Dale. Will his new companions follow? Can he fight the darkness alone? Either way, he knows now where he’s headed—back to the only place that’s ever felt like home. Praise for the Neverwinter Saga: “Absolutely profound.” —Paul Goat Allen, BarnesandNoble.com “Masterfully written, thrillingly unpredictable, and everything a Drizzt Do’Urden fan could hope for. You’ll be hanging on the words till the very end . . . and then begging for more.” — GamesFiends.com “Emotional, respectful of its characters, intelligently written and structured, and finally summons a sense of nostalgic sorrow throughout”–Fantasy Book Review on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I “Full of excitement. Salvatore has mastered the art of showing a beautiful fight scene, and he is at the top of his game in this one. We meet many characters with many different fighting styles, and Salvatore does a great job of distinguishing between them. He manages to take these scenes from so much more than just a fight scene, to an integral part of the story.”—The SFF Hub on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I “A quick read with some very satisfying fight scenes. It’s also deeply layered with emotional atmosphere” —California Literary Review on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I

Niewinter 2

Author: R.A. Salvatore
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 364108122X
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Ein hochdramatisches Fantasy-Epos voller Kämpfe, schwarzer Magie und tödlicher Intrigen Der Dunkelelf Drizzt do’Urden hat dem Blutdurst und der Grausamkeit seines Volkes abgeschworen. Doch durch seine neue Gefährtin, die auf dunkle Art verführerische Elfe Dalia, wird er dazu verleitet, sich gegen das Gesetz zu stellen. Zwar redet Drizzt sich ein, für eine gerechte Sache zu kämpfen. Doch vielleicht ist genau das das Problem. Denn das Kämpfen – und das Vergießen von Blut – bereiten dem Dunkelelf viel zu viel Freude ...

The Last Animal

Author: Abby Geni
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1619022605
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The Last Animal by Abby Geni is that rare literary find — a remarkable series of stories unified around one theme: people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with their modern challenges in love, loss, and family life. These are vibrant, weighty stories that herald the arrival of a young writer of surprising feeling and depth. “Terror Birds” tracks the dissolution of a marriage set against an ostrich farm in the sweltering Arizona desert; “Dharma at the Gate” features the tempest of young love as a teenaged girl must choose between man’s best friend, her damaged boyfriend, and a beckoning future; “Captivity” follows an octopus handler at an aquarium still haunted by the disappearance of her brother years ago; “The Girls of Apache Bryn Mawr” details a Greek chorus of Jewish girls at a summer camp whose favorite counselor goes missing under suspicious circumstances; “In the Spirit Room” centers on a scientist suffering the heartbreaking loss of a parent from Alzheimer’s while living in the natural history museum where they both worked; in “Fire Blight” a father grieving over his wife’s recent miscarriage finds an outlet for comfort in their backyard garden and makes a surprising discovery on how to cherish living things; and in the title story, a retired woman traces the steps of the husband who left her thirty years ago, burning the letters he had sent along the way, while the luminous and exotic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean opens up to receive her. Unflinching, exciting, ambitious and yet heartfelt, The Last Animal will guide readers through a menagerie of settings and landscapes as it underscores the connection among all living things.

Progress In Pattern Recognition Image Analysis Computer Vision And Applications

Author: Isabelle Bloch
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3642166873
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Pattern recognition is a central topic in contemporary computer sciences, with continuously evolving topics, challenges, and methods, including machine learning, content-based image retrieval, and model- and knowledge-based - proaches, just to name a few. The Iberoamerican Congress on Pattern Recog- tion (CIARP) has become established as a high-quality conference, highlighting the recent evolution of the domain. These proceedings include all papers presented during the 15th edition of this conference, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in November 2010. As was the case for previous conferences, CIARP 2010 attracted parti- pants from around the world with the aim of promoting and disseminating - going research on mathematical methods and computing techniques for pattern recognition, computer vision, image analysis, and speech recognition, as well as their applications in such diverse areas as robotics, health, entertainment, space exploration, telecommunications, data mining, document analysis, and natural language processing and recognition, to name only a few of them. Moreover, it provided a forum for scienti?c research, experience exchange, sharing new kno- edge and increasing cooperation between research groups in pattern recognition and related areas. It is important to underline that these conferences have contributed sign- icantly to the growth of national associations for pattern recognition in the Iberoamerican region, all of them as members of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).

The Last Human Spring

Author: L. S. Heatherly
Publisher: L. S. Heatherly
ISBN: 1401068359
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A ground-breaking work on nature and humanity. This book deepens the spirit of Silent Spring, and of Walden into human conservation and healing. It reveals the stunning breakthrough into Nurturome. It breaks open, then completes our view of evolution; it reveals the Second Missing Link. It redefines and redirects the Environmental Movement the nature-human debate. It dispels the issue of nature vs. culture, and other key myths of 'civilization', Modernism, and Postmodernism. It reveals the Origin and Emergence of Alien Being Alienism. It presents the Revelation of Selflifeworld. It reveals the Origins of Egoself that comes to displace whole self and whole mind. Over one hundred-fifty subheadings mark more surprises on the journey! A vast pot-pourri for laymen, professionals, and students! From The Critics Midwest Book Review The Last Human Spring provides a philosophy of the nature-human world and its interactions, from concepts of evolution and astronomical history to reflections on concepts of aliens, human alliances with and struggles over nature, and visions of how humanity interacts with the environment. An intiguing survey of human life and meaning. Journal of Environmental Education - Richard R. Jurin The author, L. S. Heatherly, has done an admirable job of orchestrating a mind-expanding series of short essays ...convincing and thought-provoking ideas ...that show the reader how ...and why[our]separation from nature began ...and continues to exist. In an account similar to Daniel Quinn's Ishmael ideas,...he convincingly debunks many of the great myths that drive our modern human thinking ...and shows how ...only through civilization have [humans] achieved a disconnect [from nature] ...highly readable ...adult readers can [opt to] read in short sections ...suited to a high school or college audience with a good teacher or instructor ...[a] wonderful and uplifting [treatise] of a new spiritual redemption to be used in general environmental education studies [despite] a negative vision of the future ... What People Are Saying It is an amazing book, truly ground-breaking,...I respect and acknowledge [the] vision,...I hope [the] book is widely read. Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Human Rights Leader, Ecoleader, and Poet Laureate of the Environmental Movement Correct - Gary Snyder I commend [the Author] on the diligence of [his] investigation ...engaged in what Thomas Berry calls the 'great work' of restiring harmony between humans and the rest of nature. Author of Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: Practicing Deep Ecology - Bill Devall June 15, 2009: I continue to be amazed at the clarity with which L.S. Heatherly presents what was, for me, incomprehensible human relationships and foibles. I've come to rely upon "The Last Human Spring" as my guide to life. The book exudes enlightenment. The prose is eminently readable and, in the best philosophical manner, the reader is guided along the path while being encouraged to think independently. -EnlightenedRaconteur "THE LAST HUMAN SPRING is an absorbing, enlightening, and fascinating work. The ideas are as important as any I've ever read or studied. This is an amazing philosopher. I dare say that his work may become as important as any by Darwin or B. F. Skinner. This book has had a profound influence on my interpretation of the human condition; and I am committed to getting it into the minds and hands of the world. Bless Heatherly's soul for forming these ideas and publishing them." -- Darrly House, Magalia California, USA -Anonymous

Contemporary Sociological Thinkers And Theories

Author: Sandro Segre
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317160517
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This book offers a comprehensive overview of the major theoretical perspectives in contemporary sociology, covering schools of thought or intellectual movements within the discipline, as well as the work of individual scholars. The author provides not only a rigorous exposition of each theory, but also an examination of the scholarly reception of the approach in question, considering both critical responses and defences in order to reach a balanced evaluation. Chapters cover the following theorists and perspectives: ¢ Alexander ¢ Bourdieu ¢ Ethnomethodology ¢ Exchange Theory ¢ Foucault ¢ Giddens ¢ Goffman ¢ Habermas ¢ Luhmann ¢ Merton ¢ Network and Social Capital Theory ¢ Parsons ¢ Rational Choice Theory ¢ Schutz and Phenomenalism ¢ Structuralism ¢ Symbolic Interactionism An accessible and informative treatment of the central approaches in sociology over the course of the last century, this volume marks a significant contribution to sociological theory and constitutes an essential addition to library collections in the areas of the history of sociology and contemporary social theory.

Die Glaszauberin

Author: Sara Douglass
Publisher: Piper Fantasy
ISBN: 3492984010
Size: 47.24 MB
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»Sara Douglass ist die unangefochtene Meisterin der Mythen und schillernden Fantasien.« Publishers Weekly Über das Land Ashdod breitet sich der Schatten einer gigantischen Pyramide – sie ist das Werk machtgieriger Magier und eine Brücke in die Unendlichkeit. Doch noch ist die Pyramide nicht vollendet. Sklaven arbeiten unter unmenschlichen Bedingungen an dem gewaltigen Bauwerk, unter ihnen die junge Glaskünstlerin Tirzah. Sie verfügt über eine rätselhafte Begabung: Sie kann das Wispern des Glases im Innern der Pyramide hören. Und es verrät ihr ein grausames Geheimnis. Sobald der Bau vollendet ist, wird ein mächtiger Dämon aus der Unendlichkeit erwachen und Ashdod mit Tod und Zerstörung überrollen …

Glaucoma E Book

Author: Tarek M. Shaarawy
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0702055417
Size: 11.51 MB
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As the irreversible effects of glaucoma can lead to blindness, there is high demand for early diagnosis and an ongoing need for practitioners to adopt new and evolving medical and surgical treatment options to improve patient outcomes. Glaucoma, Second Edition is the most comprehensive resource in the field delivering expert guidance for the most timely and effective diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma – aimed at specialists, fellows and general ophthalmologists. More than 300 contributors from six continents provide a truly global perspective and explore new approaches in this user friendly reference which has been updated with enhanced images, more spotlights, new videos, and more. Consult this title on your favorite e-reader, conduct rapid searches, and adjust font sizes for optimal readability. Get all the accuracy, expertise, and dependability you could ask for from leading specialists across six continents, for expert guidance and a fresh understanding of the subject. Develop a thorough, clinically relevant understanding of all aspects of adult and pediatric glaucoma and the latest diagnostic imaging techniques including ultrasound biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography. Broaden your surgical repertoire with the latest surgical techniques - such as trabeculectomy, gonio-surgery, combined surgeries, and implant procedures. Glean all essential, up-to-date, need-to-know information about stem cell research, gene transfer, and implants. Find answers fast thanks to a well-organized, user-friendly full-color layout. Stay at the forefront of your field with 10 brand new chapters on trending topics including: new surgical approaches such as trabectome and canoplasty; glaucoma implications in cataract and ocular surface disease; and, updates in the costs-effectiveness of medical management. Avoid pitfalls and achieve the best outcomes thanks to more than 40 brand new spotlight commentaries from key leaders providing added insight, tips and pearls of wisdom across varying hot topics and advances in the field. Refine and improve your surgical skills by watching over 50 video clips depicting the latest techniques and procedures including: new trabeculectomy methods, needling, implants, valve complications, and more. Prevent and plan for complications in advance by examining over 1,600 illustrations, photos and graphics (1,250 in color) capturing essential diagnostics techniques, imaging methods and surgical approaches. Grasp each procedure and review key steps quickly with chapter summary boxes that provide at-a-glance quick comprehension of the key take away points.

The Last Frontier

Author: Julia Assante, PhD
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608681610
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Knowledge of the afterlife can trigger dazzling transformations in body, mind, and spirit. It unleashes our authentic selves, radically resets our values, and deepens our sense of life purpose. From it we discover that the real nature of the universe is the very essence of benevolence. In this comprehensive work, Julia Assante probes what happens when we die, approaching with scholarly precision historical and religious accounts, near-death experiences, and after-death communication. She then presents convincing evidence of discarnate existence and communication with the dead and offers practical ways to make contact with departed loved ones to heal and overcome guilt, fear, and grief.

Fatigue In Ferroelectric Ceramics And Related Issues

Author: Doru Constantin Lupascu
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540402350
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A major barrier to the introduction of ferroelectric devices into mass markets remains their limited reliability due to fatigue. The underlying physical and chemical mechanisms of this material fatigue phenomenon are extremely complex, and the relevant influences range from single-point defects to macroscopic boundary conditions. This book summarizes the different aspects of fatigue in ferroelectrics. It is primarily concerned with bulk material effects. Mechanical, electrical, and physico-chemical processes are described; reference data are given for different loading regimes and boundary conditions; and various fatigue models are compared. The monograph also demonstrates how the results of acoustic emission and of microscopy studies reveal the microscopic origins of fatigue in ferroelectric devices.