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The Piranhas

By Roberto Saviano
  • ISBN Code: : 0374717532
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
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In Gomorrah, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year, Roberto Saviano revealed a true, devastating portrait of Naples, Italy under the rule of the Camorra, a crime organization more powerful and violent than the Mafia. In The Piranhas, the international bestselling author returns to his home city with a novel of gang warfare and a young man’s dark desire to rise to the top of Naples’s underworld. Nicolas Fiorillo is a brilliant and ambitious fifteen-year-old from the slums of Naples, eager to make his mark and to acquire power and the money that comes with it. With nine friends, he sets out to create a new paranza, or gang. Together they roam the streets on their motorscooters, learning how to break into the network of small-time hoodlums that controls drug-dealing and petty crime in the city. They learn to cheat and to steal, to shoot semiautomatic pistols and AK-47s. Slowly they begin to wrest control of the neighborhoods from enemy gangs while making alliances with failing old bosses. Nicolas’s strategic brilliance is prodigious, and his cohorts’ rapid rise and envelopment in the ensuing maelstrom of violence and death is riveting and impossible to turn away from. In The Piranhas, Roberto Saviano imagines the lurid glamour of Nicolas’s story with all the vividness and insight that made Gomorrah a worldwide sensation. “With the openhearted rashness that belongs to every true writer, Saviano returns to tell the story of the fierce and grieving heart of Naples.” —Elena Ferrante

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From the scream of Psycho to the psycho of Scream, The Horror Movie Survival Guide is your essential source for information on the creatures and monsters that darken your daydreams and stalk your nightmares. Separated into five identifiable categories—aliens, beasts, creations, psychopaths, and the supernatural—each horrific entity is presented with a full description, an overview of unnatural habits, and tips on how to destroy it. This definitive handbook also includes a directory of horror films (So you know where to find your favorite monsters!), thirty photographs of the baddest of the bad, and a list ranking the worst creatures to grace the silver screen by their number of kills. So the next time you’re confronted by the supernatural, the extraterrestrial, or the unclassifiable, look in here for all the facts—and run like hell.

The Basics of Aquarium and Tropical Fish Care

By Dennis Wildberger
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  • Publisher : DocWild Publishing Company
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 114
  • Category : Pets
  • Members : 259
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Aquariums have become a hot item. The world has become polluted, so many people are starting to appreciate the beauty of nature. This means that more people are attempting to bring nature and its natural beauty into their homes. Aquariums and fish care processes today make it easy, because technology has combined technical, electrical, and natural resources to pool aquariums together. This includes switches, controls, etc., and these features enable aquarium users to do less and have more. These new changes have also brought on the need to research information to help aquarists learn how to maintain fish tanks and learn fish care. With this in mind, we have compiled all information needed and related to fish care and aquariums. In this book, you will learn the types of fish, aquariums, care, filters, and more.

The Triangular Universe

By LilyAnne Rice
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781465318169
  • Total of Pages : 257
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 777
  • Pdf File: the-triangular-universe.pdf

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On a dark cold night, when wind whips the trees A hero will fall, and lose in the fight Danger will then close in Darkness will seem to prevail and win And when all hope is lost When the hero fought and paid the cost Twelve full moons from tonight, on the planet from which they came Two will ride as one and win the fight One side will fall and the other lives It is up to the two to see what side gives. This prophecy swirls over the heads of Violet, Skye, Vicky, and Marilyn in The Triangular Universe, tangling them in its various possible meanings. As they travel through the lands of NarSchophia, Orpha, and Zarph, meeting exotic creatures they never dreamed existed, they know it is looming ever closer: the battle of which the prophecy speaks, and inevitably, the loss of a life. Triumph is around the corner, but for which side?

High on Rebellion

By Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1504034988
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 540
  • Pdf File: high-on-rebellion.pdf

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The definitive oral history—with a foreword by Lou Reed—of the center of New York’s 1960s and ’70s underground culture. From its opening in December 1965 on Park Avenue South, Max’s Kansas City, a hybrid restaurant, bar, nightclub, and art gallery, was the boisterous meeting spot for famous—or soon-to-be-famous—figures in New York’s underground art, music, literary, film, and fashion scenes. Max’s regulars included Andy Warhol (and his superstars such as Viva, Ultra Violet, Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga, Holly Woodlawn, and Candy Darling), Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Jane Fonda, and dozens more. A hotbed of drugs, sex, and creative collaboration, Max’s was the place to see and be seen among the city’s cultural elite for nearly two decades. With reminiscences from the likes of Alice Cooper, Bebe Buell, Betsey Johnson, Leee Black Childers, Holly Woodlawn, and John Chamberlain, along with Max’s owner Mickey Ruskin and several waitresses and bartenders, this vivid oral history evokes an unforgettable place where a spontaneous striptease, a brawl over the meaning of art, and an early performance by the Velvet Underground were all possibilities on any given night. High on Rebellion dazzles with rare photos and other Max’s memorabilia, and firsthand accounts of legendary nights, chance encounters, romances sparked and extinguished, and stars being born.

Optimal State Estimation

By Dan Simon
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0470045337
  • Total of Pages : 552
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 229
  • Pdf File: optimal-state-estimation.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A bottom-up approach that enables readers to master and apply the latest techniques in state estimation This book offers the best mathematical approaches to estimating the state of a general system. The author presents state estimation theory clearly and rigorously, providing the right amount of advanced material, recent research results, and references to enable the reader to apply state estimation techniques confidently across a variety of fields in science and engineering. While there are other textbooks that treat state estimation, this one offers special features and a unique perspective and pedagogical approach that speed learning: * Straightforward, bottom-up approach begins with basic concepts and then builds step by step to more advanced topics for a clear understanding of state estimation * Simple examples and problems that require only paper and pen to solve lead to an intuitive understanding of how theory works in practice * MATLAB(r)-based source code that corresponds to examples in the book, available on the author's Web site, enables readers to recreate results and experiment with other simulation setups and parameters Armed with a solid foundation in the basics, readers are presented with a careful treatment of advanced topics, including unscented filtering, high order nonlinear filtering, particle filtering, constrained state estimation, reduced order filtering, robust Kalman filtering, and mixed Kalman/H? filtering. Problems at the end of each chapter include both written exercises and computer exercises. Written exercises focus on improving the reader's understanding of theory and key concepts, whereas computer exercises help readers apply theory to problems similar to ones they are likely to encounter in industry. With its expert blend of theory and practice, coupled with its presentation of recent research results, Optimal State Estimation is strongly recommended for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in optimal control and state estimation theory. It also serves as a reference for engineers and science professionals across a wide array of industries.

Jungle Fishing Misadventures 1974-2012

By Stephen Orndorf
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 147973425X
  • Total of Pages : 212
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 333
  • Pdf File: jungle-fishing-misadventures-1974-2012.pdf

Book Short Summary:

For close to 40 years, Steve Orndorf and his brother, Dave, have traveled to the jungles of South America in the pursuit of adventure and trophy fish. While the fishing hasn t always been productive, there s been no shortage of adventures. Journeying through seven countries, they ve encountered logistical nightmares, hostile Indians, and a host of intimidating creatures piranhas, electric eels, poison dart frogs, vampire bats, caimans, freshwater rays, snakes, bullet ants, and more. The richly biodiverse Amazon and Orinoco River basins have served as backdrops for most of these trips. Here, a brief walk in the jungle can expose one to an astonishing array of different species, more perhaps than would be revealed in a month of walking in most parts of North America. For the Orndorf brothers, sportsfishing has opened the door to exploring this magnificent region, truly one of our planet s last remaining frontiers

The Ape in the Corner Office

By Richard Conniff
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  • Publisher : Currency
  • Book Code : 0307336484
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 148
  • Pdf File: the-ape-in-the-corner-office.pdf

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Tired of swimming with the sharks? Fed up with that big ape down the hall? Real animals can teach us better ways to thrive in the workplace jungle. You’re ambitious and want to get ahead, but what’s the best way to do it? Become the biggest, baddest predator? The proverbial 800-pound gorilla? Or does nature teach you to be more subtle and sophisticated? Richard Conniff, the acclaimed author of The Natural History of the Rich, has survived savage beasts in the workplace jungle, where he hooted and preened in the corner office as a publishing executive. He’s also spent time studying how animals operate in the real jungles of the Amazon and the African bush. What he shows in The Ape in the Corner Office is that nature built you to be nice. Doing favors, grooming coworkers with kind words, building coalitions—these tools for getting ahead come straight from the jungle. The stereotypical Darwinian hard-charger supposedly thinks only about accumulating resources. But highly effective apes know it’s often smarter to give them away. That doesn’t mean it’s a peaceable kingdom out there, however. Conniff shows that you can become more effective by understanding how other species negotiate the tricky balance between conflict and cooperation. Conniff quotes one biologist on a chimpanzee’s obsession with rank: “His attempts to maintain and achieve alpha status are cunning, persistent, energetic, and time-consuming. They affect whom he travels with, whom he grooms, where he glances, how often he scratches, where he goes, what times he gets up in the morning.” Sound familiar? It’s the same behavior you can find written up in any issue of BusinessWeek or The Wall Street Journal. The Ape in the Corner Office connects with the day-to-day of the workplace because it helps explain what people are really concerned about: How come he got the wing chair with the gold trim? How can I survive as that big ape’s subordinate without becoming a spineless yes-man? Why does being a lone wolf mean being a loser? And, yes, why is it that jerks seem to prosper—at least in the short run? Also available as a Random House AudioBook and an eBook

Bad Mermaids Make Waves

By Sibéal Pounder
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1681197944
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 926
  • Pdf File: bad-mermaids-make-waves.pdf

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A trio of smart and stylish mermaids are about to make a splash in this hilarious start to a new middle-grade series that's The Little Mermaid meets My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish. Mermaids Beattie, Mimi, and Zelda's summer on land with temporary legs is going swimmingly-until they receive a strange message ordering them to return home at once. The beloved queen of the Hidden Lagoon has been fishnapped, and some seriously bad mermaids have taken over instead! Now, the girls are the only ones who can stop them. If they're going to save the day, they'll need a clam car, some piranha-print nail polish, and possibly a talking seahorse named Steve. Can they do it? Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous shell fashions, and three fin-tastic protagonists to root for, Bad Mermaids Make Waves is a hysterical new middle-grade adventure that will have readers begging for the sea-quel.

Ace Hits Rock Bottom

By Barbara Beasley Murphy,Judie Wolkoff
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  • Publisher : Sunstone Press
  • Book Code : 0865344086
  • Total of Pages : 209
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 241
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Teenage movie actor Horace "Ace" Hobart and his New York gang, the Purple Falcons, get involved in live theatre and an arson plot when they take summer jobs at a home for retired actors.

Savage Kiss

By Roberto Saviano
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  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Book Code : 0374717540
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 532
  • Pdf File: savage-kiss.pdf

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Roberto Saviano returns to the streets of Naples and the boy bosses who run them in Savage Kiss, the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Piranhas, the bestselling novel and major motion picture Nicolas Fiorillo and his gang of children—his paranza—control the squares of Forcella after their rapid rise to power. But it isn't easy being at the top. Now that the Piranhas have power in the city, Nicolas must undermine the old families of the Camorra and remain united among themselves. Every paranzino has his own vendettas and dreams to pursue—dreams that might go beyond the laws of the gang. A new war may be about to break out in this city of cutthroat bargaining, ruthless betrayal, and brutal revenge. Saviano continues the story of the disillusioned boys of Forcella, the paranzini ready to give and receive kisses that leave a taste of blood. Saviano’s Gomorrah was a worldwide sensation, and The Piranhas, called “raw and shocking” by The New York Times Book Review, captured readers with its tale of raw criminal ambition, told with “openhearted rashness” (Elena Ferrante). Savage Kiss, which again draws on the skills of translator Antony Shugaar, is the latest thrilling installment from the brilliant Italian novelist.

Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite

By Roger Daltrey
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  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Book Code : 1250296048
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 150
  • Pdf File: thanks-a-lot-mr-kibblewhite.pdf

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The frontman of one of the greatest bands of all time tells the story of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar, and his wild journey as the voice of The Who. “It’s taken me three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” says Roger Daltrey, the powerhouse vocalist of The Who. The result of this introspection is a remarkable memoir, instantly captivating, funny and frank, chock-full of well-earned wisdom and one-of-a-kind anecdotes from a raucous life that spans a tumultuous time of change in Britain and America. Born during the air bombing of London in 1944, Daltrey fought his way (literally) through school and poverty and began to assemble the band that would become The Who while working at a sheet metal factory in 1961. In Daltrey’s voice, the familiar stories—how they got into smashing up their kit, the infighting, Keith Moon’s antics—take on a new, intimate life. Also here is the creative journey through the unforgettable hits including My Generation, Substitute, Pinball Wizard, and the great albums, Who’s Next, Tommy, and Quadrophenia. Amidst all the music and mayhem, the drugs, the premature deaths, the ruined hotel rooms, Roger is our perfect narrator, remaining sober (relatively) and observant and determined to make The Who bigger and bigger. Not only his personal story, this is the definitive biography of The Who.