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A Blink Of The Screen

Author : Terry Pratchett
ISBN : 9781409043997
Genre : Fiction
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In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press,; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas,all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.
Category: Fiction

Smoke Screen

Author : Sandra Brown
ISBN : 9781416563204
Genre : Fiction
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From the #1 New York Times bestsellng author of Seeing Red comes a "scorching...action-filled" (Publishers Weekly) tale of corruption and betrayal, revenge, and reversal. When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a star detective in the Charleston PD, she remembers nothing of how she got there—or how Jay wound up dead. Handsome, hard-partying Jay was one of four heroic city officials who risked their lives five years earlier to lead others to safety from a catastrophic fire. His lifelong friend, Raley Gannon, was later assigned to investigate the blaze. But Raley never finished the inquiry because one calamitous night his career was destroyed by scandal. Now, the newswoman whose biased reporting helped bring about Raley's downfall might be his only chance to vindicate himself and get justice for the fire's victims. But the more Raley and Britt discover about that fateful day, the more perilous the situation becomes, until they're not only chasing the truth but running for their lives.
Category: Fiction

The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

Author : Terry Pratchett
ISBN : 9781407070506
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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IT’S A RAT-EAT-RAT WORLD . . . Every town on Discworld knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice – a streetwise tomcat – leads a band of educated ratty friends (and a stupid kid) on a nice little earner. Piper plus rats equals lots and lots of money. Until they run across someone playing a different tune. Now he and his rats must learn a new concept: evil . . .
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Year S Best Science Fiction Thirtieth Annual Collection

Author : Gardner Dozois
ISBN : 9781250028044
Genre : Fiction
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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre. The multiple Locus Award-winning annual compilation of the year's best science fiction stories
Category: Fiction

The Neurocognition Of Language Production

Author : Albert Costa
ISBN : 9782889190331
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Over the last decades neuroscience has passed beyond mere “phrenology” and “erpology” and has become an important tool for investigating the spatial, temporal and functional brain dynamics underlying human behavior. In this Special Issue we would like to give a broad overview of recent significant contributions that neuroscientific research has provided to one of the most practiced psychomotor skills unique to humans, namely language production. Physiological studies in language production have not been as extensive compared to many other areas of human cognition and have just currently begun to generate important evidence for uncovering the cognitive mechanisms behind our ability to produce fast and efficient speech. Nonetheless, these findings have already demonstrated their scientific value and interest in neuroscientific approaches for studying language production is increasing exponentially. Therefore, we believe that a topic specially dedicated to neurocognitive advances in language production is not just in its place, but even necessary. Rather than focusing on a specific topic, the idea is to cover many of the important aspects involved in producing speech (semantics, word retrieval, syntax, phonology, motor preparation and control) gathered from various paradigms (e.g., object naming, word naming, etc.) and various populations (monolinguals, bilinguals, patients). The goal is to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the general questions being addressed in neuroscientific studies on language production, where the research stands, how these findings are of importance for understanding and constraining cognitive models and which future directions have to be taken. To this end we will invite experts in the field who have made significant contributions in the last several years to confer an important topic of language production, critically discuss neuroscientific findings on this topic, relate it to the actual behavior and cognitive models and, importantly, though novel questions which can be derived from their results and facilitate future research in the field. Hereby we hope this Research Topic will be a source of reference both for experts as novices who wish to explore the various mental operations involved in language production from a neurocognitive point of view.

The Mind Of Man

Author : Dana Warner
ISBN : 9781462095872
Genre : Fiction
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A once talented and acclaimed writer inexplicably suffers a sudden breakdown and can no longer co-exist with his wife and adoring son. Could this have been brought about by a rare personality disorder as diagnosed? Or is the horror of these events the result of a greedy corporation seeking to destroy a family for the sake of money and power? Can a burned out FBI Agent discover the truth? Or will he become the next victim?
Category: Fiction

Take This Book On A Cruise Ship

Author : Ricky Ginsburg
ISBN : 9780595444847
Genre : Fiction
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After you've played your twenty-seventh game of shuffleboard today, and one more lobster dinner is going to force you to grow claw crackers, find a quiet place with a comfortable deck chair. I've heard people say that a cruise ship is exciting and boring, riotous and relaxing, and they'll either never travel any other way again or move to the desert. Nevertheless, everyone seems to agree-the ships are always packed with enough people to make single-file a lifestyle. Here's a book to take with you when you do locate an unpopulated corner of your floating pool deck. Two dozen ways to escape from anxious deckhands laden with fresh towels, single women and men seeking a night, a cruise, or a bankroll, and those wonderful toddlers who think every solid object is a drum. The stories are grouped together in groups of three with some obvious, well maybe not always obvious, connection. Read them slowly, alone or with a friend, if that's your reason for taking the ship in the first place. Take your time, though, don't rush; save a few stories for the lifeboat.
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A Slip Of The Keyboard

Author : Terry Pratchett
ISBN : 9780385538336
Genre : Humor
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A collection of essays and other non fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from his early years to the present day. Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series -- but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself -- man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orangutans and Dignity in Dying. Snuff was the bestselling adult hardcover novel of 2011. A Blink of the Screen, Terry's short fiction collection, was also one of the bestselling hardcovers of 2012.
Category: Humor

Visionary Film

Author : P. Adams Sitney
ISBN : 0199727015
Genre : Art
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Critics hailed previous editions of Visionary Film as the most complete work written on the exciting, often puzzling, and always controversial genre of American avant-garde film. This book has remained the standard text on American avant-garde film since the publication of its first edition in 1974. Now P. Adams Sitney has once again revised and updated this classic work, restoring a chapter on the films of Gregory J. Markopoulos and bringing his discussion of the principal genres and major filmmakers up to the year 2000.
Category: Art

Once Upon A Dream

Author : PhanÐira
ISBN : 9781496988713
Genre : Fiction
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There was once a dream, though it wasn’t mine but I had it all the same, and I still have it. It is neither a religious vision of doom or blessings, nor a political speech on promises or propaganda; for it is only a dream. You and I are here, and hereafter in this dream, you and I shall be called ‘we’, as it would be on planet earth and yes, we are in a dream, a dream-dream, for that is all it is. We or our dreams, at times one cannot tell which is vaguer. The picture of things is not yet clear but we have been made to understand that today is the first of January, in the year F.G. 300. As we must have guessed, the B.C. came and went, so too did the Anno Domini and the new calendar system is already three hundred years old. Yes, we are that far off our present consciousness. The F.G. is an abbreviation for Finem Gratiæ, a lost language’s way of saying ‘the end of grace’. We feel this language isn’t lost because we are still here, dreaming a dream.
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