Frankenstorm

Author: Ray Garton

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786034084

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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"Remember when paperback originals were cool? Sex, action, suspense? Try FRANKENSTORM. It's old school." —Stephen King A storm of epic proportions is brewing off the coast of northern California. Residents have been warned to prepare for disaster. It's a false hope in the face of what's coming. . . Frankenstorm In a secret government lab, virologist Fara McManus tries to stop an experiment out of control—before more human subjects are infected. But in a blazing hail of bullets, survivalist Ollie Monk launches a paramilitary attack on the lab, releasing the infected into the night. And as the nightmare escalates to a fever pitch, internet blogger Ivan Renner traces the destruction as it claims more victims, beginning with a single mother unknowingly spreading the virus. A father and son, held hostage by a lunatic. A local sheriff, single-handedly fighting madness, murder, and worse. No one will find shelter from this storm. Praise For Ray Garton "Gripping, original, and sly."—Dean Koontz on Live Girls "Garton will scare you."—Fangoria Includes Ray Garton's bonus story "The Guy Down the Street"
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Frankenstorm: Severe Risk

Author: Ray Garton

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786034017

Category: Fiction

Page: 58

View: 477

PREPARE FOR THE STORM In the first terrifying installment of Ray Garton's six-part Frankenstorm, a natural disaster of epic proportions is brewing off the coast of California—and a man-made nightmare is about to be unleashed. . . FRANKENSTORM: On the eve of the biggest storm in west coast history, virologist Fara McManus shows up at work in a secret government lab where microbiologist Dr. Jeremy Corcoran has been working on a new bioweapon, using the homeless as human guinea pigs. Concerned for the subjects, Fara decides to stay. Especially now. Between the raging storm outside and the rage-inducing chemicals in the patients, a million things could go wrong. But the last thing Fara expects to happen is an armed attack on the lab, an explosion of gunfire, and an army of men smashing the barriers. Releasing the infected. Spreading the virus. . .into the world. On a night like this, there is no shelter from the storm. PRAISE FOR RAY GARTON "Scary. . .involving. . .mature and thoughtful." —Stephen King on Dark Channel "Gripping, original, and sly." —Dean Koontz on Live Girls "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators." –F. Paul Wilson "Garton never fails to go for the throat!" –Richard Laymon "Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect." Publishers Weekly "Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you." --Mark Kidwell, Fangoria magazine "Garton does not even know that there is top to go over." --Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column "Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print." --Cemetery Dance magazine 15,000 Words
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Frankenstorm: Survivors

Author: Ray Garton

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786034068

Category: Fiction

Page: 68

View: 8495

There are things worse than death. . . In the sixth and final installment of Ray Garton's Frankenstorm, a devastated California community must fight for their lives—or fall prey to a bio-engineered nightmare far worse than death. . . Frankenstorm They were told to prepare for the worst. The storm of the century, Hurricane Quentin. But nothing could prepare the citizens of Humboldt County for the shocking chain of events that would touch everyone in its path. In a secret government lab, a biological weapon has been injected into homeless test subjects and unleashed upon the world. A band of survivalists have unwittinglyexposed themselves to this man-made infection that turns them into rabid killing machines. In homes across the coast, mothers, fathers, and children struggle to stay alive while a few brave souls—virologist Fara McManus, blogger Ivan Renner, and Sheriff Mitch Kaufman—will risk more than their lives. . .in what could be humanity's last stand. Many will fall prey to the chaos. Because .when terror hits the fan, there is no shelter from the storm. Praise For Ray Garton "Scary. . .involving. . .mature and thoughtful." —Stephen King on Dark Channel "Gripping, original, and sly." —Dean Koontz on Live Girls "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators."—F. Paul Wilson "Garton never fails to go for the throat!" —Richard Laymon "Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect." —Publishers Weekly "Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you." —Mark Kidwell, Fangoria magazine "Garton does not even know that there is top to go over." —Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column "Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print." —Cemetery Dance magazine 18,300 Words
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Frankenstorm: Deranged

Author: Ray Garton

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786034041

Category: Fiction

Page: 68

View: 6409

Women And Children First In the fourth shattering installment of Ray Garton's six-part Frankenstorm, an outbreak of madness, mayhem, and murder has every man, woman and child running for shelter. But home is where the horror is. . . Frankenstorm Andy is more than a little worried when his ex-wife—a former drug addict who has custody of their son—is seen hanging around with her old crowd. But when he learns that her dealer has moved in with them, Andy has no choice but to take action. He finds an unlikely ally in Police Deputy Ram von Pohle—a local bully who tormented Andy in school. Ram swears he wants to make up for those years of abuse. He convinces Andy that the raging storm is the perfect opportunity to break in to his ex-wife's home and save Andy's boy. But when the weather reaches a fever pitch, their simple plan backfires. The night quickly escalates into a bloodbath. Ram explodes with rage, bodies are torn apart by bullets, and Andy and his son find themselves trapped inside a nightmare. . .with a deranged sadist. When the storm hits this close to home, no one is safe. And no one gets out alive. . . Praise For Ray Garton "Scary. . .involving. . .mature and thoughtful." —Stephen King on Dark Channel "Gripping, original, and sly." —Dean Koontz on Live Girls "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators."—F. Paul Wilson "Garton never fails to go for the throat!" —Richard Laymon "Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect." —Publishers Weekly "Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you." —Mark Kidwell, Fangoria magazine "Garton does not even know that there is top to go over." —Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column "Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print." —Cemetery Dance magazine 17,500 Words
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Frankenstorm: Chaos Theory

Author: Ray Garton

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 078603405X

Category: Fiction

Page: 66

View: 5045

Breaking The Laws Of Nature In the fifth explosive installment of Ray Garton's six-part Frankenstorm, an insidious man-made enemy wages war on our biology, humanity, and last shred of sanity. . . Frankenstorm If anyone knows where the bodies are buried in Humboldt County, it's Sheriff Mitch Kaufman, who's seen it all: The meth lab operated by the Traylor family; the arsenal of weapons stockpiled by survivalist nutcase Ollie Monk; even the suspicious activity inside the old mental hospital. But it's not until Hurricane Quentin hits the coast—and all hell breaks loose—that Sheriff Kaufman is able to piece together the puzzle that's plagued his community. Homeless people have been infected with a biological weapon for the government. Rabid subjects have escaped into the storm, spreading violence, madness, and contagion throughout the county. And the only thing that can stop this large-scale disaster is a small-town cop who's just crazy enough to try. . . When everything goes to hell, there's only one place to find peace: In the eye of the storm. Praise For Ray Garton "Scary. . .involving. . .mature and thoughtful." —Stephen King on Dark Channel "Gripping, original, and sly." —Dean Koontz on Live Girls "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators."—F. Paul Wilson "Garton never fails to go for the throat!" —Richard Laymon "Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect." —Publishers Weekly "Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you." —Mark Kidwell, Fangoria magazine "Garton does not even know that there is top to go over." —Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column "Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print." —Cemetery Dance magazine 15,500 Words
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Frankenstorm: Hurricane Quentin

Author: Ray Garton

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786034033

Category: Fiction

Page: 58

View: 696

Terror Hits The Fan In the second shocking installment of Ray Garton's six-part Frankenstorm, a natural disaster sets off a deadly chain reaction of fear, panic, paranoia—and uncontrollable rage—in the ultimate fight for survival. . . Frankenstorm With the storm of the century tearing up the northern California coast, internet blogger and conspiracy expert Ivan Renner has other things on his mind—namely, uncovering the mystery behind an abandoned hospital used as a government lab. Joining him on his investigation is military veteran and survivalist Ollie Monk. While Ivan follows leads about missing homeless people to confirm his theory about secret biological experiments, Ollie follows his gut. With his own trained platoon of armed mercenaries, Ollie is prepared to ambush the laboratory just as the storm hits. But when the fateful moment arrives—and the bullets begin to fly—their surprise attack backfires in ways not even they could prepare for. It unleashes the test subjects. It spreads the virus. It seals their fate. . .forever. This time, there's no fighting back. The conspiracy theories are true. Praise For Ray Garton "Scary. . .involving. . .mature and thoughtful." —Stephen King on Dark Channel "Gripping, original, and sly." —Dean Koontz on Live Girls "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators."—F. Paul Wilson "Garton never fails to go for the throat!" —Richard Laymon "Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect." — Publishers Weekly "Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you." —Mark Kidwell, Fangoria magazine "Garton does not even know that there is top to go over." —Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column "Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print." —Cemetery Dance magazine 16,000 Words
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Lessons from Frankenstorm

Investing for Future Power Disruptions

Author: John Licata

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111877440X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 78

View: 5432

The world has been brought to its knees in recent years due to anincreased amount of hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes whichcollectively have left tens of millions without power and derailedeconomic growth in the process. However, today weather is not theonly threat to massive power loss. It’s time to fight backbefore energy weaknesses and instabilities from disruptive weatherpatterns cause financial chaos around the world throughcyberwarfare. In Lessons from Frankenstorm, you'll learn howto fight back. Overview: A look back at recent events (Fukushima, Indiablackout, Sandy here in the U.S., August 2003 blackout in NortheastU.S., etc.). Set up the case that something needs to be done,especially with warming temperatures (2012 was the hottest year onrecord). What are threats? Focus here is on weather (temperatures,rising tides, global warming, dwindling water supplies which impactcertain energy sources (i.e. fracking, biofuels), terrorism(cyberterror which may create a whole new investing sector in thevery near future). What can governments and utilities do? It could be goodto focus on disaster recovery efforts, crisis management,legislation, planning and strategy AHEAD of next major storm orterrorist threats that could rattle global financial marketplaces.New legislation could lead to new asset allocation by investors,technology companies, utilities and private equity. Legislation(i.e. endorsing modern nuclear power, offshore wind, etc.) may alsocause new alliances, joint ventures as a result. Could Frankenstorm be used a global blueprint for energyinnovation? Here focus on efforts seen in New York and NewJersey emerging from the darkness and ruin left by Superstorm Sandythrough the real next generation energy technologies and themesthat investors may want to focus on for the next decade (i.e.thorium nuclear reactors which China just announced they are movingtoward—should the U.S. follow?). Complacency is not the answer. Doing nothing and simplywaiting for another major power outage that not only challenges ourcredibility as a superpower in a new world economy but could alsocripple global market centers (maybe look at how slow Japan hasreacted to Fukushima while Germany moved way too fast in my view tomove away from nuclear power—something that has causedsurging electricity prices).
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Tag Vier

Thriller

Author: Sarah Lotz

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641177758

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 6326

Drei Tage im Paradies, aber am vierten bricht die Hölle los. Am vierten Tag einer Kreuzfahrt durch den Golf von Mexiko hält das betagte Schiff „Beautiful Dreamer” plötzlich und unerwartet an. Die Maschinen lassen sich nicht wieder starten, es gibt keinen Strom, keinen Funkempfang, und weder Passagiere noch Crew-Mitglieder können Rettung anfordern. Als die Situation sich verschlimmert und das Essen sich dem Ende neigt, beginnt die Besatzung unruhig zu werden. Und dann wird noch die Leiche einer jungen Frau in ihrer Kabine entdeckt, Panik bricht aus. An Bord hält sich ein Mörder auf – aber das ist noch nicht alles: Merkwürdige Dinge geschehen, und bald wünschten alle, es wäre nur ein Mörder, der unter ihnen ist.
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America's Disaster Culture

The Production of Natural Disasters in Literature and Pop Culture

Author: Robert C. Bell,Robert M. Ficociello

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628924624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 5722

Are we inside the era of disasters or are we merely inundated by mediated accounts of events categorized as catastrophic? America's Disaster Culture offers answers to this question and a critical theory surrounding the culture of "natural†? disasters in American consumerism, literature, media, film, and popular culture. In a hyper-mediated global culture, disaster events reach us with great speed and minute detail, and Americans begin forming, interpreting, and historicizing catastrophes simultaneously with fellow citizens and people worldwide. America's Disaster Culture is not policy, management, or relief oriented. It offers an analytical framework for the cultural production and representation of disasters, catastrophes, and apocalypses in American culture. It focuses on filling a need for critical analysis centered upon the omnipresence of real and imagined disasters, epidemics, and apocalypses in American culture. However, it also observes events, such as the Dust Bowl, Hurricane Katrina, and 9/11, that are re-framed and re-historicized as "natural†? disasters by contemporary media and pop culture. Therefore, America's Disaster Culture theorizes the very parameters of classifying any event as a "natural†? disaster, addresses the biases involved in a catastrophic event's public narrative, and analyzes American culture's consumption of a disastrous event. Looking toward the future, what are the hypothetical and actual threats to disaster culture? Or, are we oblivious that we are currently living in a post-apocalyptic landscape?
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New Slow City

Living Simply in the World's Fastest City

Author: William Powers

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608682404

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3574

Burned-out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award-winning memoir Twelve by Twelve. Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro-apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.
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Die Drei

Thriller

Author: Sarah Lotz

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 364114275X

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 7746

Der erste Teil einer großartigen Thrillerserie, die unter die Haut geht. Der Tag, an dem es passiert, geht als „Schwarzer Donnerstag“ in die Geschichte ein. Der Tag, an dem vier Passagierflugzeuge abstürzen, innerhalb weniger Stunden, an vier unterschiedlichen Orten. Es gibt nur vier Überlebende. Drei davon sind Kinder, die fast unverletzt aus den Flugzeugwracks steigen. Die vierte ist Pamela May Donald, die gerade noch so lange lebt, dass sie eine Nachricht auf ihrem Handy hinterlassen kann. Eine Nachricht, die die Welt verändern wird. Eine Nachricht, die eine Warnung ist ...
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A Head Full of Ghosts – Ein Exorzismus

Psychothriller

Author: Paul Tremblay

Publisher: Festa

ISBN: 3865526608

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4747

Ein Meisterwerk des psychologischen Schreckens. A Head Full of Ghosts schildert auf mehreren Zeit- und Personenebenen die Erlebnisse der 14-jährigen Marjorie. Als sie Anzeichen einer Geisteskrankheit zeigt, gipfelt die Hilflosigkeit ihrer Familie und der Ärzte in einem Exorzismus, der als Show live im TV ausgeschlachtet wird. Jahre später gibt Merry, die jüngere Schwester von Marjorie, ein Interview und spricht über die tragischen und unheimlichen Geschehnisse, die seither zur urbanen Legende wurden. Stephen King: 'A Head Full of Ghosts hat mir höllisch Angst gemacht, und so leicht erschreckt man mich nicht.' Stewart O'Nan: 'Verstand verwirrend unheimlich, krank und traurig.'
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Broken Monsters

Author: Lauren Beukes

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644542619

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 2686

Detroit – Symbol für den Tod des American Dream. Zwischen Industrieruinen und Kunstprojekten geschieht Grässliches. Menschen werden ermordet und zu «Kunstwerken» arrangiert: ein Junge mit menschlichem Oberkörper und den Beinen eines Rehs. Eine Keramikkünstlerin als grausige Tonskulptur. Detective Gabriella Versado hat schon vieles gesehen, doch so etwas noch nie. Sie ahnt nicht, dass sie es mit einem Monster zu tun hat – mit jemandem, der von dem brutalen Traum besessen ist, die Welt nach seiner Vision neu zu erschaffen. Und der vor nichts zurückschreckt, um diesen Traum wahr werden zu lassen. «Niemals weniger als absolut fesselnd.» (Val McDermid) «Furchterregend und hypnotisch. Ich konnte es nicht aus der Hand legen – an Ihrer Stelle würde ich es mir sofort besorgen und lesen!» (Stephen King) «Im Ernst: Was für eine brillante Krimi-Phantasmagorie!!!! Dieser umwerfende Roman ist das neue Standardwerk zum urbanen Verfall. Jetzt lesen!» (James Ellroy) «Im allerbesten Sinne verstörend ... Eine Serienkillergeschichte, wie es sie noch nie gegeben hat.» (Kirkus Review) «Ein durchtrieben fieser Thriller, der wie wenige andere den Leser zum Nachdenken bringt.» (Telegraph) «Ein überragender Roman, voll lebendiger Figuren und fesselnder Dialoge.» (Times UK) «Nie voyeuristisch, nie oberflächlich, nie unkompliziert: Beukes zeigt, dass Horror der einzig mögliche Weg sein kann, unsere Realität begreifbar zu machen.» (The Guardian) «Ein ungewöhnlicher und packender Thriller.» (Sunday Express) «Ein grauenerregender Spannungsroman, der die Opfer in den Mittelpunkt stellt.» (Marie Claire) «Wie ein Ermittlerkrimi auf Halluzinogenen – brutal und hoch unterhaltsam.» (Evening Standard) «Beukes ist eine unwiderstehliche Erzählerin, die starke Figuren erschafft.» (Metro)
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YOU - Du wirst mich lieben

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3863965787

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 2373

Es wird dir so leidtun, wenn du erkennst, was ich deinetwegen tun musste. Doch keine Sorge: Ich bereue nichts. Als die angehende Schriftstellerin Guinevere Beck die Buchhandlung betritt, in der Joe Goldberg arbeitet, ist dieser augenblicklich hingerissen von ihr. Beck ist die perfekte Frau: wunderschön, clever und so sexy. Als sie ihren Einkauf mit ihrer Kreditkarte bezahlt, macht Joe das, was jeder normale Mensch in dieser Situation tun würde: Er googelt ihren Namen. Beck hat einen öffentlichen Facebook-Account, und sie twittert ununterbrochen. Kinderleicht findet Joe heraus, dass sie an der Brown University studiert, in der Bank Street wohnt und sich an diesem Abend mit ihren Freundinnen in einer Bar treffen wird - die perfekte Gelegenheit für ihn, sie "zufällig" wiederzusehen und mit ihr ins Gespräch zu kommen! Ohne dass Beck es bemerkt, beginnt Joe, ihr Leben in seine Hand zu nehmen. Stück für Stück zerstört er ihre Welt - und treibt sie dadurch auf direktem Weg in seine offenen Arme. Bald kann Beck gar nicht anders, als sich in den seltsamen, aber irgendwie charismatischen Typen zu verlieben, der wie für sie gemacht scheint. Nicht ahnend, dass Joe systematisch alle Hindernisse aus dem Weg räumt, die sich zwischen ihre Liebe drängen könnten - und er dabei auch nicht vor Mord zurückschreckt. "Gone Girl trifft auf eine böse Version von Girls." Marie Claire "Clever und eiskalt." Elle "Hypnotisch und unheimlich ... Ich habe noch nie etwas Vergleichbares gelesen." Stephen King "Ich bin GEFESSELT, ENTSETZT, ERREGT ... Einer dieser seltenen Fälle, bei denen Plot und Prosa gleichermaßen ausgezeichnet sind." Lena Dunham "Wenn Sie nur einen einzigen Thriller in diesem Jahr lesen, sorgen Sie dafür, dass es dieser hier ist." Daily Mail
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Chroniques d'Altaride n°006 Novembre 2012

Dans les airs

Author: Christophe Calmes,GIOM,Cédric Laborde-Boutet,collectif de création du monde d’Altaride

Publisher: Chroniques d'Altaride

ISBN: N.A

Category: Games

Page: 42

View: 1933

Dans ce sixième numéro, la rédaction vous propose de partir « dans les airs » : des réflexions et aides de jeu autour de l'espace aérien et des possibilités narratives qu'il offre...
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The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

Author: Sid Holt,The American Society of Magazine Editors

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231539517

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

View: 4626

Our annual anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards 2014 includes Max Chafkin's oral history of Apple from Fast Company, Joshua Davis's intimate portrait of tech pioneer John McAfee's personal and public breakdown from Wired; Kyle Dickman's haunting investigation into the preventable death of nineteen firemen battling an Arizona wildfire; and Ariel Levy's emotional account of extreme travel to a remote land—while pregnant—from The New Yorker. Other essays include Wright Thompson's bittersweet profile of Michael Jordan's fifty-something second act (ESPN the Magazine); Jean M. Twenge's revealing look at fertility myths and baby politics (The Atlantic); Janet Reitman's controversial study of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Rolling Stone); Luke Mogelson's harrowing experience accompanying asylum seekers on a potentially deadly sea voyage to Australia (New York Times Magazine); Lisa Miller's poignant report from Newtown, Connecticut, as the town tries to cope with the aftermath of one of the nation's worst mass shootings (New York); Emily Nussbaum's critiques of gender and politics on television (The New Yorker); and Witold Rybczynski's poetic engagement with modern architecture (Architect). The collection concludes with the award-winning poem "Elegies" by Kathleen Ossip (Poetry) and "The Embassy of Cambodia," a short story by Zadie Smith (The New Yorker).
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Word Workout

Building a Muscular Vocabulary in 10 Easy Steps

Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250020891

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

View: 4418

Word Workout is a practical book for building vocabulary—a graduated program featuring thousands of words that begins with those known by most college graduates and ascends to words known only by the most educated, intelligent, and well-read adults. This workout is a comprehensive program, chock-full of information about synonyms, antonyms, and word origins, and replete with advice on proper usage and pronunciation. There are also creative review quizzes at each step of the way to measure your progress and reinforce learning. Unlike other vocabulary books, Word Workout provides a complete learning experience with clear explanations and surefire methods to retain new knowledge. Far more than a cram session for a standardized test, this book is designed as a lifetime vocabulary builder, featuring words used by the top tier of literate Americans, laid out in ten accessible chapters designed for anyone who is looking for some serious verbal exercise. From "avowal" to "proselytize," from "demagogue" to "mendicant," Charles Harrington Elster has carefully picked the words you need to know, and given you an easy, fast, and fail-safe way to learn and remember them.
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Dodging Extinction

Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth

Author: Anthony D. Barnosky

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520959094

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 8346

Paleobiologist Anthony D. Barnosky weaves together evidence from the deep past and the present to alert us to the looming Sixth Mass Extinction and to offer a practical, hopeful plan for avoiding it. Writing from the front lines of extinction research, Barnosky tells the overarching story of geologic and evolutionary history and how it informs the way humans inhabit, exploit, and impact Earth today. He presents compelling evidence that unless we rethink how we generate the power we use to run our global ecosystem, where we get our food, and how we make our money, we will trigger what would be the sixth great extinction on Earth, with dire consequences. Optimistic that we can change this ominous forecast if we act now, Barnosky provides clear-cut strategies to guide the planet away from global catastrophe. In many instances the necessary technology and know-how already exist and are being applied to crucial issues around human-caused climate change, feeding the world’s growing population, and exploiting natural resources. Deeply informed yet accessibly written, Dodging Extinction is nothing short of a guidebook for saving the planet.
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The Journal: Cracked Earth

Author: Deborah Moore

Publisher: Permuted Press

ISBN: 1618683233

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 6937

Allexa Smeth has believed in being prepared ever since she got caught up in a grocery store mob hours before a big snow storm in Detroit. Many years later she’s living a quiet and peaceful life in a remote region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and still preparing. This serves her well when a horrendous natural disaster rocks the entire country and brings all shipping to a halt, leaving many without food and other necessary supplies. In her small town of Moose Creek, Allexa serves as the little needed emergency manager, but is called on when many start to feel the effects of the food and gas shortage and they don’t know where else to turn. The nearby county seat is overwhelmed and leaves Allexa to handle the problems that arise on her own. With the crisis worsening, power plants begin to divert electricity to the major cities, leaving the town a casualty of the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few. With this happening at the beginning of winter, the timing couldn’t be worse. The lack of heat pushes the residents to the limits of endurance; some leave for the city to be taken care of, others stay only to die of exposure, starvation or illness. Still others that have stayed survive by working together, only to be attacked by outsiders wanting what little the town has left. As the winter progresses, more and more issues come up for Allexa to deal with, some of a very personal nature. Her son turns to her for help in caring for his autistic child when his wife goes missing. She then learns to prioritize and she learns she can’t save everyone.
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Electromagnetic Foundations of Solar Radiation Collection

A Technology for Sustainability

Author: Alan J. Sangster

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319085123

Category: Science

Page: 277

View: 5103

This text seeks to illuminate, mainly for the electrical power engineers of the future, the topic of large scale solar flux gathering schemes, which arguably represent the major source of renewable power available. The aim of the content is to impart, from an electromagnetic perspective, a deep and sound understanding of the topic of solar flux collection, ranging from the characteristics of light to the properties of antennas. To do this five chapters are employed to provide a thorough grounding in relevant aspects of electromagnetism and electromagnetic waves including optics, electromagnetic radiation and reception, aperture antennas and array antennas and the quantum electrodynamics aspects of optical absorption, as it relates to photovoltaic techniques. The principles developed in these chapters are then used to underpin and elucidate the main chapters on photovoltaic collectors, concentrated solar power collectors, satellite based collection systems and optical nantennas. To establish the novel and transformative renewable technologies, which civilisation will soon require, in order to achieve sustainability quickly and effectively, the availability of professional engineers and scientists with a thorough and commanding grasp of the fundamental science is an absolutely essential prerequisite. This book provides this for solar power generating systems.
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