In Flatland, the more sides a man has, the more powerful he is. Triangles are laborers and soldiers. Squares and pentagons are middle-class doctors and lawyers. Hexagons are nobility. Women, however, are straight lines, incapable of advancement in a two-dimensional world. Everything in Flatland is clear-cut and orderly, until the day an average citizen—a Square—dreams of a land of three dimensions. If three dimensions are possible, why not four? Or one? Soon, the Square’s provocative imagination and corresponding adventures threaten to turn the whole of Flatland against him.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world.
Human society evolves. Change in technology, language, morality, and society is incremental, inexorable, gradual, and spontaneous. It follows a narrative, going from one stage to the next; it creeps rather than jumps; it has its own spontaneous momentum rather than being driven from outside; it has no goal or end in mind; and it largely happens by trial and error—a version of natural selection. Much of the human world is the result of human action but not of human design: it emerges from the interactions of millions, not from the plans of a few.
What do a werewolf, a missing M.C. Escher artwork and an Astin Martin convertible have in common? They’re no match for Elle Chambers. Elle Chambers is an insurance investigator, and one who solves cases using unconventional means. Supernatural means. Elle is a witch–and a darn good one, too. She’s an enchantress, too, a witch whose powers focus on the manipulation of emotions.
Elle always thought she wasn’t much of a witch, but she’s made the most of her magic enchantress powers as an insurance claims investigator in Edinburgh, Scotland. She builds barriers around her emotions, and takes solace in her interesting cases. She is safe and successful and a little lonely. Until. . .
Elle lands her newest case and meets a man who knows her better than she knows herself. Niall is handsome, wealthy, enigmatic, and also holds the key to everything Elle has been searching for…oh…and he may be trying to kill her.
This quick and easy collection of over 150 bacon recipes features bacon as either a main ingredient or as a flavor enhancer. Whether standard fare for breakfast, a decadent topping for a burger or a crunchy addition to a favorite salad, bacon is at home with any meal. With the latest surge in bacon-love, even desserts benefit from the rich, salty taste of bacon.
You’ll find a wealth of tips, advice and more bacon recipes than you’ve ever thought of in this tribute to one of the favorite and most beloved meats in our culture. Bacon cookbook also features over 20 dessert recipes.
Outwardly, Jamila is a picture of Islamic conservativeness. But the young, beautiful, bohemian has long become an apostate. Using her face veil and hijab to stay undetected, she rescues young women from being sold to ISIS.
But then, she falls in love. Will her cover be blown?
Can her lover, a politically correct, mild-mannered lecturer, transform into a ferocious crusader? It may be the only way to rescue the rescuer against all odds, as she throws caution to the wind.
Daemons: computer programs running independently of human control. They make life simple. They make our networked world possible. And they should not be taken for granted. Neither should the men who design them…
When the obituary of Matthew Sobol, a legendary architect of computer games, is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that unravels our interconnected world. It recruits, corrupts, and kills. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to wrest the world from the grasp of a malevolent, self-replicating virtual enemy before its ultimate, terrifying purpose is realized: to destroy civilization.
Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning debut chiller, Heart-Shaped Box, heralded the arrival of new royalty onto the dark fantasy scene. With Horns, he polishes his well-deserved crown. A twisted, terrifying new novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original triumph for the Ray Bradbury Fellowship recipient whose story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was also honored with a Bram Stoker Award—and whose emotionally powerful and macabre work has been praised by the New York Times as, “wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…a Valentine from hell.”
From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls andParenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead?and keep it together?in New York City.
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates?her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer?are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success.
Chief Detective David Wolf is called to a crime scene next to the Chautauqua River, where a woman resident of Rocky Points has been murdered. The killer has left a well-known signature not seen for years–a severed ear.
For Wolf, the gruesome display is a surprise, but so is the FBI beating the local department to the scene.
Three days earlier a truck is unearthed from south of Durango, Colorado. Within it is DNA evidence linking to killings in southwest Colorado that have stumped the FBI for years. The evidence, and now a new body, has led them north, where it seems the monster known by all as The Van Gogh Killer has chosen Rocky Points as his new venue to display his horrific works.
The Battle of Guadalcanal has long been heralded as a Marine victory. Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy’s sacrifice, James D. Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the men who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships in the narrow, deadly waters of “Ironbottom Sound.” Here, in stunning cinematic detail, are the seven major naval actions that began in August 1942, a time when the war seemed unwinnable and America fought on a shoestring, with the outcome always in doubt. Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America’s hour of need.
“Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. Hang onto your seat because Gregg Hurwitz will take you on a dizzying ride you’ll not soon forget!” -Tess Gerritsen
The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.
But he’s no legend.
This is a story about making mistakes, realizing that dreams change, and love doesn’t always pick you.
When I left Nashville, Tennessee, I knew deep in my heart I wouldn’t be back. I knew I would never be heard on every country music station around the world, and I would never step foot on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Cold hard guilt and responsibilities that I didn’t want forced me on a different path.
Me being responsible for an eighteen-month-old was a horrible idea. Me being a second grade teacher in a catholic school was plain ludicrous. Life sucked, love hurt, and I didn’t know who to pick.
A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment.
In a daring rescue, beautiful and wily secret operative Cora deBeau is reunited with her childhood friend Guy Trevelyan, who wants so much more from her now than friendship …
But Cora’s mission against the French has become personal, and even the fire between her and Guy won’t deter her. When it comes to getting sweet, cruel revenge, nothing will stand in a lady’s way …
Welcome back to Cedar Glen, where cats and dogs may not be what they seem. In fact, you can just about count on meeting things that go bump in the night, even during the day. Home to vampires, weres, and other shifters, all looking for a little fun, a little power, and maybe a life mate. USA Today bestselling paranormal romance author Dakota Cassidy pulls out the stops in What’s New, Pussycat? Book 2 of her paranormal romance series Wolf Mates. This is one you won’t put down until the last page is turned.
Martine Brooks is in a pickle. Derrick Adams is in a jam.
Pickles and jam. Not exactly a hot combo. Unless the “pickle” is a sultry, sassy cat shifter and the “jam” is a gorgeous hunk of wolf.
Liberty! brings to life one of the most important and compelling stories in America’s history: the struggle for independence and the birth of the nation. New York Times bestselling historian Thomas Fleming’s gripping narrative captures the high drama of the revolutionary years and the unyielding courage and political genius of the men and women who imagined a new set of political possibilities for humankind – laying the foundation for the identity and character of the American people in the process. The companion volume to the PBS television series of the same name, Liberty! traces the evolution of the ideals that inspired a generation of Americans to struggle against Britain – then the most powerful country in the world – to establish the free society and democratic system that is so inherently and uniquely American.