Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two
Author: Ernest Cline
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-11-24
ISBN 10: 1524761354
ISBN 13: 9781524761356
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ready Player Two Book Review:

The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the “ridiculously fun and large-hearted” (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Praise for Ready Player One “Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today “An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.”—CNN “Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”—HuffPost “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly “Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, [and] spectacularly successful.”—Daily Mail (UK) “A geek touchstone.”—Rolling Stone “A geek fantasia, ’80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.”—Austin American-Statesman

Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two
Author: Shira Chess
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-10-01
ISBN 10: 1452954992
ISBN 13: 9781452954998
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ready Player Two Book Review:

Cultural stereotypes to the contrary, approximately half of all video game players are now women. A subculture once dominated by men, video games have become a form of entertainment composed of gender binaries. Supported by games such as Diner Dash, Mystery Case Files, Wii Fit, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood—which are all specifically marketed toward women—the gamer industry is now a major part of imagining what femininity should look like. In Ready Player Two, media critic Shira Chess uses the concept of “Player Two”—the industry idealization of the female gamer—to examine the assumptions implicit in video games designed for women and how they have impacted gaming culture and the larger society. With Player Two, the video game industry has designed specifically for the feminine ideal: she is white, middle class, heterosexual, cis-gendered, and abled. Drawing on categories from time management and caregiving to social networking, consumption, and bodies, Chess examines how games have been engineered to shape normative ideas about women and leisure. Ready Player Two presents important arguments about how gamers and game developers must change their thinking about both women and games to produce better games, better audiences, and better industry practices. Ultimately, this book offers vital prescriptions for how one of our most powerful entertainment industries must evolve its ideas of women.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 030788743X
ISBN 13: 9780307887436
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ready Player One Book Review:

Immersing himself in a mid-21st-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

Armada

Armada
Author: Ernest Cline
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2015-07-16
ISBN 10: 1448184088
ISBN 13: 9781448184088
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Armada Book Review:

PRE-ORDER NOW - READY PLAYER TWO: THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL TO READY PLAYER ONE _______________________ '[A] masterful tale of Earth's desperate struggle against a powerful alien foe.' - Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian _______________________ It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom-if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer. At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy. A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO he's staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada-in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. But what Zack's seeing is all too real. And his skills-as well as those of millions of gamers across the world-are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too... familiar? Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before-one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline's trademark pop-culture savvy. _______________________ Here's what everyone's saying about this epic masterpiece: 'a modern classic' - R.M. Rangeley on Amazon, 5 stars 'A modern masterpiece full of a new style of literary magic' - Spiros Kagadis on Amazon, 5 stars 'Excellent. Even better than Ready Player One.' - David Hay on Amazon, 5 stars 'One of my favourite books of all time. Incredibly well written' - Erin Coppin on Amazon, 5 stars 'Awesome! If you liked Ready Player One, would be very surprised if you don't like this' - T. Llewellyn-Sanders on Amazon, 5 stars 'Absolutely awesome!!! Read in less than 24 hours, hooked on every page' - R. Nicholson on Amazon, 5 stars 'Amazing and a great follow up read to Ready Player One!' - Chris on Amazon, 5 stars 'an incredible story which had me on the edge of my seat the whole time... a joy to read' - Helen Ratcliffe on Amazon, 5 stars 'Cline brings you back to all those amazing, unbelievable things you imagined could happen as a kid and makes them real' - Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Absolutely brilliant! Couldn't put it down, a must read' - Sam Bean on Amazon, 5 stars 'a love letter to old school alien invasion sci-fi... Highly, HIGHLY recommended for all fans of Cline's previous novel, Ready Player One, as well as any classic science fiction fan' - Izzy on Amazon, 5 stars 'Ernest Cline is celebrating this culture in a way that's not just adding another book to the genre, but actually truly celebrating it, the possibilities, wonders and madness of it all' - Heather on Amazon, 5 stars 'majorly, fantastically geeky... Armada just ticked all my boxes' - H. Ross on Amazon, 5 stars This book has been published with two different covers and may be delivered with either cover. Please rest assured that regardless of the cover, the content of the book is the same.

Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two
Author: Ernest Cline
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2020-11-24
ISBN 10: 1473539757
ISBN 13: 9781473539754
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ready Player Two Book Review:

The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the "ridiculously fun and large-hearted" (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Praise for Ready Player One "Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix."-USA Today "An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart."-CNN "Delightful . . . the grown-up's Harry Potter."-HuffPost "As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates."-Entertainment Weekly "Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, [and] spectacularly successful."-Daily Mail (UK) "A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture."-San Francisco Chronicle "A geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once."-Austin American-Statesman

The Relentless Moon

The Relentless Moon
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Publsiher: Tor Books
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-07-14
ISBN 10: 1250236487
ISBN 13: 9781250236487
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Relentless Moon Book Review:

Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula award-winning Lady Astronaut series, following The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon. The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened. Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the Governor of Kansas, is considering a run for President. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Sword of Kaigen: A Theonite War Story

The Sword of Kaigen: A Theonite War Story
Author: M. L. Wang
Publsiher: Independently Published
Total Pages: 650
Release: 2019-02-13
ISBN 10: 9781720193869
ISBN 13: 172019386X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sword of Kaigen: A Theonite War Story Book Review:

Better to die sharp in war than rust through a time of peace. A mother struggling to repress her violent past, A son struggling to grasp his violent future, A father blind to the danger that threatens them all. When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores?High on a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice. For hundreds of years, the fighters of the Kusanagi Peninsula have held the Empire's enemies at bay, earning their frozen spit of land the name 'The Sword of Kaigen.'Born into Kusanagi's legendary Matsuda family, fourteen-year-old Mamoru has always known his purpose: to master his family's fighting techniques and defend his homeland. But when an outsider arrives and pulls back the curtain on Kaigen's alleged age of peace, Mamoru realizes that he might not have much time to become the fighter he was bred to be. Worse, the empire he was bred to defend may stand on a foundation of lies.Misaki told herself that she left the passions of her youth behind when she married into the Matsuda house. Determined to be a good housewife and mother, she hid away her sword, along with everything from her days as a fighter in a faraway country. But with her growing son asking questions about the outside world, the threat of an impending invasion looming across the sea, and her frigid husband grating on her nerves, Misaki finds the fighter in her clawing its way back to the surface.

The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest
Author: Ernest Cline
Publsiher: SCB Distributors
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2014-08-22
ISBN 10: 1938912314
ISBN 13: 9781938912313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Importance of Being Ernest Book Review:

Familiar and resonant, Cline's collection takes readers into a private landscape of science fiction, pop culture, and pornography. Ernest Cline is a geek, novelist, poet, and screenwriter based in Austin, Texas. In addition to winning poetry slams, Cline is known for screenwriting "Fanboys," released in 2009. He also recently sold the film rights to his latest book, "Armada."

Brief Cases

Brief Cases
Author: Jim Butcher
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2018-06-05
ISBN 10: 0451492129
ISBN 13: 9780451492128
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brief Cases Book Review:

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City’s favorite wizard. The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue—and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published “Zoo Day,” Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales. With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry’s funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold. The collection includes: • “Curses,” from Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow • “AAAA Wizardry,” from the Dresden Files RPG • “Even Hand,” from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P. N. Elrod • “B is for Bigfoot,” from Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Republished in Working for Bigfoot. • “I was a Teenage Bigfoot,” from Blood Lite III: Aftertaste, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Republished in Working for Bigfoot. • “Bigfoot on Campus,” from Hex Appeal, edited by P. N. Elrod. Republished in Working for Bigfoot. • “Bombshells,” from Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois • “Jury Duty,” from Unbound, edited by Shawn Speakman • “Cold Case,” from Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes • “Day One,” from Unfettered II, edited by Shawn Speakman • “A Fistful of Warlocks,” from Straight Outta Tombstone, edited by David Boop • “Zoo Day,” a brand-new novella, original to this collection

Player One

Player One
Author: Douglas Coupland
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 0887849687
ISBN 13: 9780887849688
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Player One Book Review:

Story of five people caught inside an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster.

Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary
Author: Andy Weir
Publsiher: Random House Large Print
Total Pages: 794
Release: 2021-05-04
ISBN 10: 9780593395561
ISBN 13: 0593395565
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Project Hail Mary Book Review:

A lone astronaut is on a desperate, last-chance mission to save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian. Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name. Let alone the nature of his assignment, or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but a computer and two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance. Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, The Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian--while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

The Gratitude Diaries

The Gratitude Diaries
Author: Janice Kaplan
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-08-18
ISBN 10: 0698404165
ISBN 13: 9780698404168
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gratitude Diaries Book Review:

In this New York Times bestseller, Janice Kaplan spends a year living gratefully and transforms her marriage, family life, work and health. Her pioneering reseach was praised in People and Vanity Fair and hailed on TV shows including Today, The O’Reilly Factor, and CBS’s The Talk. On New Year’s Eve, journalist and former Parade Editor-in-Chief Janice Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings readers on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have. Relying on both amusing personal experiences and extensive research, Kaplan explores how gratitude can transform every aspect of life including marriage and friendship, money and ambition, and health and fitness. She learns how appreciating your spouse changes the neurons of your brain and why saying thanks helps CEOs succeed. Through extensive interviews with experts and lively conversations with real people including celebrities like Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, and Jerry Seinfeld, Kaplan discovers the role of gratitude in everything from our sense of fulfillment to our children’s happiness. With warmth, humor, and appealing insight, Janice’s journey will empower readers to think positively and start living their own best year ever.

The Art of Ready Player One

The Art of Ready Player One
Author: Gina McIntyre
Publsiher: Insight Editions
Total Pages: 156
Release: 2018-04-17
ISBN 10: 9781683832096
ISBN 13: 1683832094
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Ready Player One Book Review:

Discover the captivating art of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Our dystopian world lies on the brink of chaos and collapse, but the people have found their salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune in the form of a digital Easter egg hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. Wade Watts, an unlikely young hero, decides to join the contest and embarks on a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of action, danger, and mystery. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on author Ernest Cline’s internationally best-selling book, Ready Player One is a hugely imaginative sci-fi adventure set in a rich virtual world. The Art of Ready Player One explores the creation of the incredible design work for this much-anticipated film, showcasing a wealth of concept art, sketches, storyboards, and other stunning visuals. The book also features exclusive interviews and commentary from the creative team, forming the perfect companion to one of the most exciting films of 2018.

Return of the Thief

Return of the Thief
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 0062874489
ISBN 13: 9780062874481
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Return of the Thief Book Review:

The thrilling, twenty-years-in-the-making conclusion to the New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. The epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief can be read in any order. This beloved and award-winning series began with the acclaimed novel The Thief. It and four more stand-alone volumes bring to life a world of epics, myths, and legends, and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Now more powerful and cunning than ever before, Eugenides must navigate a perilous future in this sweeping conclusion. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and Sarah J. Maas. Neither accepted nor beloved, Eugenides is the uneasy linchpin of a truce on the Lesser Peninsula, where he has risen to be high king of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis. As the treacherous Baron Erondites schemes anew and a prophecy appears to foretell the death of the king, the ruthless Mede empire prepares to strike. The New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations, divine intervention, dangerous journeys, battles lost and won, power, passion, and deception. Features a cast list of the characters in the Queen’s Thief novels, as well as two maps—a map of the world of the Queen’s Thief, and a map exclusive to this edition. “The Queen’s Thief books awe and inspire me. They have the feel of a secret, discovered history of real but forgotten lands. The plot-craft is peerless, the revelations stunning, and the characters flawed, cunning, heartbreaking, exceptional. Megan Whalen Turner’s books have a permanent spot on my favorites shelf, with space waiting for more books to come.”—Laini Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone novels and Strange the Dreamer "Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail—you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again."—Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom "Megan Whalen Turner has constructed a clever world filled with suspense and intrigue and characters that will never be forgotten. Once you dive into the world of the Queen's Thief, prepare to have your life stolen from you until you finish them all." —Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times-bestselling author of the Testing trilogy

The Trouble With Peace

The Trouble With Peace
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN 10: 0575095954
ISBN 13: 9780575095953
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Trouble With Peace Book Review:

Second in the AGE OF MADNESS trilogy, THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE is the next instalment of a series which is revolutionising fantasy . . . Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion. Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . . Savine dan Glokta, once Adua's most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way. For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her. Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply. The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever. Praise for A LITTLE HATRED, Book one in THE AGE OF MADNESS 'All told within a complex, fascinating plot that will keep you up long after bed time.' - THE SUN 'Funny and sardonic, violent and compelling.' - GUARDIAN 'A tale of brute force and subtle magic on the cusp of an industrial revolution ... Buckle your seat belts for this one.' - ROBIN HOBB 'Crammed with characters and detail, the intricately woven story never slackens its merciless grip.' - DAILY MAIL 'A LITTLE HATRED is one of Abercrombie's best books yet.' - SFX 'Could scratch an itch for anyone missing Game Of Thrones.' - DEN OF GEEK 'Abercrombie at his gritty best and the opening to a new trilogy that could prove to be a masterpiece of fantasy fiction' - STARBURST 'There is no one that writes this stuff like Abercrombie... nothing to hate here, even a little' - SFF WORLD

Fugitive Telemetry

Fugitive Telemetry
Author: Martha Wells
Publsiher: Tor.com
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2021-04-27
ISBN 10: 1250765382
ISBN 13: 9781250765383
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fugitive Telemetry Book Review:

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back! Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today. No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall. When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?) Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans! Again! A new standalone adventure in the New York Times-bestselling, Hugo and Nebula Award winning series! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Ready Player Fun

Ready Player Fun
Author: A. V. Kern
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 151
Release: 2018-04-19
ISBN 10: 9781980881971
ISBN 13: 1980881979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ready Player Fun Book Review:

In the year 2054, reality is a really dumb place. The only time the young, freedom-loving, 1980s pop culture and sex-obsessed Bowie Jackson really feels alive is when he's huddling in a rusted metal lean-to in rural Wisconsin, jacked into the virtual, hyper-sexualized utopia known as the O-Face. Bowie's devoted his life to unlocking the puzzles of the three magic dildos left by the O-Face's creator as his in-game alter ego Felicia McFly, no matter how stupid and cringey it is to learn about pop culture that's 70 years out of date. But Bowie's the ultimate Mary Stu, so that's not going to stop him! When Bowie joins forces with his friends Sherm the Worm, Ap0ll0, and W33b to solve the creator's puzzles, he attracts the attention of the ultimate buzzkill: the appallingly uptight Roger Dodger and his Cult of Real Reality, who will stop at nothing, no matter how impractical, to end the antics of this group of misfits and take over the O-Face. If Bowie's going to survive, win the contest, and maybe even bang a real girl in the end, he'll have to give it everything he's got--no matter how ridiculous the circumstances or how bad the puns. Disclaimer: This book contains coarse language, a lot of gratuitously stupid and graphic sexual situations, tons of violence, and due to its content should not be read by anyone. You've been warned!

False Value

False Value
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-02-25
ISBN 10: 0756411483
ISBN 13: 9780756411480
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

False Value Book Review:

Now in paperback, the eighth book of the bestselling Rivers of London series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London. Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up—the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological—and just as dangerous.

Ask a Manager

Ask a Manager
Author: Alison Green
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-05-01
ISBN 10: 0399181822
ISBN 13: 9780399181825
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ask a Manager Book Review:

The ideal graduation gift for anyone about to enter the workforce, a witty, practical guide to 200 difficult professional conversations—featuring all-new advice from the creator of the popular website Ask a Manager and New York’s work-advice columnist. There’s a reason Alison Green has been called “the Dear Abby of the work world.” Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don’t know what to say. Thankfully, Green does—and in this incredibly helpful book, she tackles the tough discussions you may need to have during your career. You’ll learn what to say when • coworkers push their work on you—then take credit for it • you accidentally trash-talk someone in an email then hit “reply all” • you’re being micromanaged—or not being managed at all • you catch a colleague in a lie • your boss seems unhappy with your work • your cubemate’s loud speakerphone is making you homicidal • you got drunk at the holiday party Advance praise for Ask a Manager “A must-read for anyone who works . . . [Alison Green’s] advice boils down to the idea that you should be professional (even when others are not) and that communicating in a straightforward manner with candor and kindness will get you far, no matter where you work.”—Booklist (starred review) “I am a huge fan of Alison Green’s Ask a Manager column. This book is even better. It teaches us how to deal with many of the most vexing big and little problems in our workplaces—and to do so with grace, confidence, and a sense of humor.”—Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No Asshole Rule and The Asshole Survival Guide “Clear and concise in its advice and expansive in its scope, Ask a Manager is the book I wish I’d had in my desk drawer when I was starting out (or even, let’s be honest, fifteen years in).”—Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

The Burning Stone

The Burning Stone
Author: Jack Whyte
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2018-09-25
ISBN 10: 0143196960
ISBN 13: 9780143196969
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Burning Stone Book Review:

From the bestselling author of the Dream of Eagles series and The Guardians trilogy comes a tale of revenge, dark secrets, and a mysterious cataclysm that decimated a Roman legion: the story behind the story that began it all. Fleeing the massacre of his entire family save a single uncle, young Roman aristocrat Quintus Varrus arrives in fourth-century London not knowing who is to blame for the murders nor whom he can trust now. He fears for his life, but when he meets a young Irish woman named Lydia Mcuil, their lives quickly become intertwined and her father offers to set the young Roman up as a smith (under an Irish alias) in the town of Colchester while the young lovers get to know each other from a distance. But the assassins haven't forgotten Quintus and a deadly ambush is barely thwarted, bringing the young Roman into friendship with his rescuer, a hardened former military policeman known as Rufus Cato, who has his own score to settle with the powerful man behind the attack. Quintus is introduced to the secrets of an ancient brotherhood that is trying to halt the rot that is destroying their beloved Empire--secrets that may finally reveal the identity of those who murdered his family, and expose the shocking reason why. Set against the backdrop of a world in turmoil, this prequel to The Skystone, first in the Dream of Eagles series, is richly textured, intricately plotted, and filled with action and adventure: a perfect addition to the works of this master storyteller.