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A stand-alone Batman book where he confronts child abuse. Publication year: 1995 Format: print Publisher: Warner Books Page count: 196 + David Hechler’s essay on Child Sex Tourism Bruce Wayne is in a charity event for the Gotham Museum. An otherwise dull evening becomes more colorful when a child protective services caseworker Debra Kane confronts […]

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The third and final book in the Gateways to Alissia fantasy series. I got an eARC from the publisher. Thanks! Publication year: 2018 February Format: ebook Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse Page count: 352 on Goodreads A small amount of time has passed since the end of the previous book, the Island Deception. The stage magician […]

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The third and final book in the fantasy Divine Cities trilogy. It’s an excellent series and I strongly recommend starting with the first book, the City of Stairs. Publication year: 2017 Format: print Publisher: Jo Flecther Books Page count: 440 City of Miracles starts with one of the bad guys killing Shara Komayd, the former […]

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The first book in the steampunk/science fiction series Peridot Shift. I got an ARC from the publisher. Publication year: 2018, in March Format: ebook, Kindle Publisher: Parvus Press Page count: 535 on Goodreads Talis is the captain of Wind Saber, a small airship with a total crew of four people. To keep her vessel in […]

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The first book in a new SF series. Publication year: 2017 Format: Audio Running time: 14 and 31 minutes Narrator: Mia Barron Publisher: Saga Press Adda is a hacker/software engineer and Iridian is a former soldier who’s now a mechanical engineer. They’re a couple and have just graduated and found out that jobs are hard […]

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The first book in a modern thriller series about assassin Will Robie. Publication year: 2012 Format: print Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Page count: 423 Will Robie is an assassin working for the US government. And not just any assassin, but the best they have. We see two of his jobs right at the start of […]

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Alcazar / Alcazar – fästet som aldrig föll. IT/ES 1940. PC: Film Bassoli / Ulargui Films. P: Carlo Bassoli, Jr., Renato Bassoli. D: Augusto Genina. SC: Augusto Genina, Alessandro De Stefani – based on a story by Augusto Genina, Alessandro De Stefani ja Pietro Caporilli. Cin: Jan Stallich, Francesco Izzarelli, Vincenzo Seratrice. AD: Gastone Medin. M: Antonio Veretti. ED: Fernando Tropea. Military advisors: lieutenant colonel José Carvajal Arrieta, lieutenant colonel Ricardo Vilalba...

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The first book in the science fiction (romance) series Confluence. Publication year: 2014 Format: ebook, Kindle Publisher: Blue Bedlam Science Fiction Page count: 368 Alan Bergen is an astronaut and a scientist. He’s also one of the few people on Earth who knows that an alien vessel has been in the Greater Asteroid Belt since […]

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A collection of ten British crime stories set during Christmas. Publication year: 2016 Format: print Publisher: Profile Books Page count: 278 These are all cozy crime stories and four of them actually don’t have a murder which was a nice change. They’re almost all historical short stories. ‘The Necklace of Pearls’ by Dorothy L. Sayers: […]

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The first book in the Risen Kingdoms fantasy series. Publication year: 2017 Format: Audio Running time: 18 and 27 minutes Narrator: Erin Bennett Publisher: TOR Jean-Claude is a young, loyal musketeer to the king of l’Empire Céleste, Leon XIV, and the king has commanded Jean-Claude to go and witness the birth of a noble child. […]

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The third and final book in the Eternal Sky epic fantasy series. Publication year: 2014 Format: print Publisher: TOR Page count: 430 Steles of the Sky continues right where Shattered Pillars ended. Al-Sepehr and his assassins seem to be even greater threat than before and our intrepid heroes are really struggling to face him and […]

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I've set this post to go out automatically on Christmas day, so as not to spoil the surprise (in the unlikely event that my nieces actually read this blog). Don't worry, I'm not sat at my computer right now! My nieces were thrilled with the broomsticks I made for them four years ago, and they are still avid Harry Potter fans. They are members of Pottermore, and have been sorted into their houses: Slytherin, and Ravenclaw. The eldest is just starting University, so I thought a Slytherin-themed...

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The second book in the Eternal Sky epic fantasy series. Publication year: 2013 Format: print Publisher: TOR Page count: 333 Bear plays with lots of epic fantasy troupes here. It’s not my favorite Bear book but it could be because I’m not really that interested in epic fantasy anymore. Please read the first book “Range […]

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The first book in an alternate reality series set in modern times. Publication year: 2013 Format: ebook, kindle Publisher: Silver wood books Page count: 319 (at GoodReads) The story starts in the present-day New York but in another reality. Karen Brown is a pretty ordinary young woman with a low-level job at a marketing firm. […]

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You possibly can insert mathematical equations into your documents. A squared symbol is the number "2" in a superscript font. Your iPhone acknowledges some superscript instructions in dictation mode, allowing you to create this image by speaking into your handset. Faucet the "Dictation" microphone on the keyboard. Say the words "superscript two" into your iPhone and select "Performed." Your iPhone should convert the text into a squared symbol. You may want a few tries to get this proper as you...

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Mastering With Waves Piano is an easy instrument to learn. Combine revisions - $25 per track. Sometimes an artist may want one thing concerning the mixture of their tune to be out of the norm for their genre of music and forgot to say it in the Mission Form. For instance, we ship you our mixture of your tune, and all the pieces sounds nice besides that you really want: the lead guitar to be unusually loud in the course of the solo, or possibly you want the bass drum to be weaker in the combine...

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The novelization of the first Underworld movie. Publication year: 2003 Format: print Publisher: Pocket star books Page count: 375 I really enjoyed Selene, the gothic setting, and the world building in the movie Underworld. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for the romance which was the linchpin to the plot. In the novelization the romance is present […]

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The continuation novella to Penric’s Mission. Publication year: 2017 Format: Audio Running time: 3 and 25 minutes Narrator: Grover Gardner Penric, General Adelis Arisaydua and his widowed sister Nikys are on the run from Cedonia’s forces. Penric is a sorcerer in the Bastard’s order and he’s grievously wounded. His demon, Desdemona, is healing him but […]

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The first book in a science fiction series but can be read as a stand-alone. Publication year: 2016 Format: ebook, kindle Publisher: Parvus Press Victoria Marlin is the captain of a privateer starship Condor. She and her crew of vultures (as they call themselves) has the task of capturing alien technology from starships crippled in […]

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A novella in the Diving universe sci-fi series. Set before the series started. Publication year: 2014 Format: Audio Running time: 2 and 21 minutes Narrator: Flora Plumb Tory Sabin is the captain of the anacapa space ship Geneva. She’s extremely capable and she knows the dangers of the anacapa drive personally: when she was young, […]




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The sixth book in the Diving universe sci-fi series. Publication year: 2017 Format: Audio Running time: 4 and 57 minutes Narrators: Jennifer Van Dyck Boss and her crew are exploring the Boneyards, the graveyard of ships which the Fleet left behind years, maybe hundreds of years ago. Many, if not all, of the ships have […]

Antti Alanen: Film Diary -

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo / Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727–1804): La processione del cavallo di Troia / The Greeks Entering Troy / Kreikkalaiset tunkeutuvat Troijaan / Grekerna invaderar Troja III. 1760. Bozzetto. Oil on canvas. 41 x 55 cm. Finnish National Gallery / Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Accession number: inv. no. S–1996–105. Photo: Hannu Aaltonen. Wikimedia Commons. The first two bozzettos of Tiepolo Junior's Troyan Horse series belong to the National Gallery (London). Please click to...

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Lucretius: De rerum natura. In Latin, Copied by Girolamo di Matteo de Tauris for Sixtus IV, Italy, 1483 - http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/vatican.exhibit/exhibit/f-medicine_bio/Medicine_bio.html. Lucretius, De rerum natura // This elegant manuscript of Lucretius's philosophical poem, copied by an Augustinian friar for a pope, is an example of the interest in ancient accounts of nature taken by the Renaissance curia. The work, written in the first century B.C., contains one of the principal accounts...

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The first book in an epic fantasy series. I received an ARC copy of The Hidden Face to review. Publication year: 2017 Format: ebook, kindle Publisher: the Hive Page count: 403 at GoodReads, including an excerpt of a prequel Dayraven is the son of Faustia’s hero Urland who has killed when Dayraven was only six […]

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Estatua de Séneca en Córdoba, su lugar de nacimiento. Bronce de Amadeo Ruiz Olmos, 1965. Bronze de Amadeo Ruiz Olmos (1913-1993) : statue inaugurée en 1965 de Sénèque (philosophe de l'école stoïcienne, dramaturge et homme d'État romain du Ier siècle de l'ère chrétienne) dans sa ville natale, l'actuelle Cordoue en Andalousie. Wikipedia. La enciclopedia libre. Seneca the Younger: 2. De constantia sapientis / On the Firmness of the Wise Person, 55 AD, dialogue addressed to Serenus. De...

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Cesare Maccari: (1840–1919): Cicerone denuncia Catilina, affresco di Cesare Maccari a Palazzo Madama in Roma che raffigura Cicerone mentre pronuncia una delle orazioni contro Catilina. Fresco. Palazzo Madama, Roma. Pubblico dominio. Wikipedia. Please do click to enlarge the image. Cicero: Cato maior de senectute Cato the Elder on Old Age. Written in Rome, the Roman Republic, 44 BC, in Latin. Originally published on papyrus in the scroll format (in tomes / volumines). Cicero: Laelius de...

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The fifth book in the fantasy romance series set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Publication year: 2010 Format: Audio Running time: 11 and 5 minutes Narrators: Gabra Zackman Princess Rosamund has just turned 16 and is the sole heir for her father the king of Eltaria. She also knows about the Tradition, which is the […]

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912): The Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra in 41 BC, 1885, oil on panel, 65.5 × 92 cm (25.8 × 36.2 in), Private collection, source: All Art Painting, public domain, Wikipedia. Plutarkhos: Bioi paralleloi Πλούταρχος: Βίοι παράλληλοι / Plutarch: Parallel Lives / Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans / Plutarch's Lives. Written in Chaeronea / Delphi (Boeotia, Roman Empire), 115 AD, in Ancient Greek. Originally published on papyrus in the scroll...

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Creator: William Rainey (1852-1936).: Epaminondas Defending Pelopidas. Description: Illustration for Plutarch's Lives retold by W H Weston (Jack, 1910). Location: Private Collection. Medium: colour lithograph. © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images. Cornelius Nepos: De viris illustribus : Excellentium imperatorum vitae / De excellentibus ducibus exterarum gentium / Vitae excellentium imperatorum Cornelius Nepos: [Illustrious Men] / Lives of the Eminent Commanders. Written in Rome, the Roman...

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Alcide Segoni (1847–1894): Il ritrovamento del corpo di Catilina / The Discovery of the Body of Catiline after the Battle of Pistoia, 1871. Public domain. Source: Galleria dell'Arte, Firenze. Photo: Wikipedia. Numidia 112–105 B.C. and battles of the Jugurthine war. Vectorized from the original work in the U.S. Military Academy. By Frank Martini. Cartographer, Department of History, United States Military Academy - The Department of History, United States Military Academy. Public Domain...




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