Ys

The Art Book

Author: Udon Entertainment,Nihon Falcom

Publisher: Udon Entertainment Corporation

ISBN: 9781927925010

Category: Art

Page: 280

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Celebrating over 25 years of Ys, the flagship series of Japanese RPG publisher Nihon Falcom! Ys: The Art Book collects the fantastic artwork of more than a dozen titles in the Ys franchise, from the original game all the way up to the brand-new Ys: Memories of Celceta. Includes pinups, character designs, rare concept art, and more!

The Art of the Last of Us

Author: Naughty Dog Studios

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 161655164X

Category: Art

Page: 175

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Shows the evolution of the art of the video game "The Last of Us," including concept art and commentary from the creators.

The Legend of Heroes

The Illustrations

Author: Nihon Falcom

Publisher: Udon Entertainment Corporation

ISBN: 9781926778914

Category: Art

Page: 272

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With a dozen games released over the past 20 years, The Legend of Heroes is a mainstay of Japanese RPGs from pioneering game developer Nihon Falcom. Now, the wonderful illustrations from the newest games in this legendary series are collected in this prestigious volume. Included in this collection are pin-ups, story artwork, and rough concepts from The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Blue, Trails of Zero, and all three Trails in the Sky chapters.

The Rise and Fall of Capitalism

Author: Y. S. Brenner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Brenner s book is an interesting statement of the institutionalist/instrumentalist view that scientific separatism is intellectually untenable and practically destructive. J.R. Stanfield, Review of Social Economy . . . a brilliant and wide-ranging historical and cultural study of Euro-American capitalism. Co-operative Economic News Service Around his theory of growth, he skilfully weaves a whole series of explanations of social, political, religious and intellectual changes , W. Dugger, Southern Economic Journal This engaging and intelligent book argues that the unbridled impact of deregulated market forces will lead to social polarization and ultimately to the destruction of capitalist society as we know it today. After providing a lucid and accessible overview of the development of capitalism, Professor Brenner explains how human greed was confined within legal boundaries and shows how ingenuity rather than brute force ultimately became the source of wealth. He explores the interaction between ideas, behaviour and economic change and points out comparisons between scientific ideas and the phases of economic development. He warns that, by an inner logic, deregulated capitalism must necessarily lead to increased inequality and to the waning of those elements in bourgeois culture which are necessary for the proper functioning of a technologically advanced industrial economy. Written in a lively and non-technical style, the book will appeal not only to economists but also to other social scientists and historians concerned with the history and development of modern capitalist society.

The Sky

The Art of Final Fantasy

Author: Yoshitaka Amano

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

ISBN: 9781616550196

Category: Art

Page: 275

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Previously available only as a part of the now sold-out The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set or still-available The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition, Dark Horse is pleased to offer the stunning visions of designer Yoshitaka Amano as individual volumes. The Sky Book Two contains Amano's sketches and paintings for Final Fantasy IV (1991), V (1992) and VI (1994), depicting characters such as Cecil Harvey, Rydia, Bartz Klauser, Lenna Charlotte Tycoon, Faris Scherwiz, Terra Branford, Locke Cole, Sabin Rene Figaro, Shadow, Setzer Gabbiani, Celes Chere, and, of course, Mog (among many others!). Bonuses include Amano's art for the 1994 Final Fantasy Grand Finale CD, the 1994 Pinball Mandala series, and advertisement lithographs of the 1999 Final Fantasy Collection exclusive watch. The truly impressive Book Two of The Sky is almost twice the size of the other books in the series, yet value priced! Don't miss your chance to return to the strange and beautiful realms of Yoshitaka Amano with The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Book Two! Series Overview: Previously available only as a part of the now sold-out The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set or still-available The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition, Dark Horse is pleased to offer the stunning visions of designer Yoshitaka Amano as three individual volumes.

The Legend of Heroes

The Characters

Author: Nihon Falcom

Publisher: Udon Entertainment Corporation

ISBN: 9781926778907

Category: Art

Page: 272

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With a dozen games released over the past 20 years, The Legend of Heroes is a mainstay of Japanese RPGs from pioneering game developer Nihon Falcom. Now, the gorgeous character art from the newest games in this legendary series is collected in this prestigious volume. Included in this collection are rough sketches, character artwork, expression charts, and more from The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Blue, Trails of Zero, and all three Trails in the Sky chapters.

The Art of the Witcher

Gwent Gallery Collection

Author: C. D. Projekt CD Projekt Red

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 1506702457

Category: ART

Page: 216

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With cards that feature fantastic art that only adds to the strategic thrill of crushing one's opponent, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game a spin-off game from the all-conquering Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (Projekt Red, 2015) will offer a singular gaming experience. Now, Dark Horse is proud to present each card's gorgeous artwork in a stunning hardbound volume.

Without You, There Is No Us

Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite

Author: Suki Kim

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307720675

Category: History

Page: 304

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A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime. Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged. Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."

The Agency 1: A Spy in the House

Author: Y. S. Lee

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763651826

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and, at age seventeen, she infiltrates a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.

I Was Told to Come Alone

My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

Author: Souad Mekhennet

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 162779896X

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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“I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification, and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel. . . .” For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other. In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in France, Belgium, and her native Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Mekhennet’s background has given her unique access to some of the world’s most wanted men, who generally refuse to speak to Western journalists. She is not afraid to face personal danger to reach out to individuals in the inner circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and their affiliates; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. Souad Mekhennet is an ideal guide to introduce us to the human beings behind the ominous headlines, as she shares her transformative journey with us. Hers is a story you will not soon forget.

The King in Yellow

Author: Robert William Chambers

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: N.A

Category: Horror tales

Page: 316

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A milestone of American supernatural fiction, The King in Yellow created a sensation upon its 1895 publication. Since then, it has markedly influenced writers in the genre, most famously, H. P. Lovecraft. Author Robert W. Chambers has been hailed as a writer of remarkable imaginative powers and the historic link between Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King.

The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art

Author: Ingrid Rowland,Noah Charney

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393248399

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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In the tradition of The Swerve and How to Live, this vivid biography reveals how a Renaissance scholar reshaped the visual world. Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was a man of many talents—a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar—but he is best known for Lives of the Artists, the classic account that singlehandedly invented the genre of artistic biography and established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. Before Vasari’s extraordinary book, art was considered a technical skill rather than an intellectual pursuit, and artists were mere decorators and craftsmen. It was through Vasari’s visionary writings that artists like Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as great masters of life as well as art, their creative genius celebrated as a divine gift. Their enduring reputations testify to Vasari’s profound yet unspoken influence on western culture. An advisor to kings and pontiffs—and a confidant to Titian, Donatello, and more—Vasari enjoyed an exhilarating career amid the thrilling culture of Renaissance Italy. In The Collector of Lives, Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney offer a lively and inviting introduction to this pivotal figure in art history, and immerse readers in the world of the Medici of Florence and the popes of Rome. A narrative of intrigue, scandal, and colorful artistic rivalry, this vivid biography shows the great works of western art taking shape under Vasari’s keen eye—and reveals how one Renaissance scholar completely redefined how we look at art.

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin

Author: Lawrence Weschler,Robert Irwin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520045958

Category: Art

Page: 212

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Traces the life and career of the California artist, who currently works with pure light and the subtle modulation of empty space

Dahut

Author: Poul Anderson,Karen Anderson

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497694353

Category: Fiction

Page: 373

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In book three of the King of Ys series, Gratillonius’s reign faces a deadly new threat from across the sea For sixteen years Gratillonius has been the king of Ys, a position he has used to bring the once-teetering city-state back to stability as the Roman Empire continues to collapse around it. Rome would prefer a more malleable leader in Gratillonius’s place and makes no secret of it. As pressure from Roman leadership increases, Gratillonius must also contend with Niall maqq Echach, the leader of Northern Ireland who holds the Ysan king responsible for the death of his son. Compounding these complications is the ever-present threat of retribution by the Ysan gods, should the kingdom’s leadership make a misstep. But perhaps the greatest danger of all is unfolding from within Gratillonius’s own household, where, following the death of one of his nine wives, the gods have named an unsettling replacement: Dahut, Gratillonius’s own daughter. As treachery mounts from within and without, Gratillonius must hold to his principles in defiance of the gods while still protecting Ys from the destruction closing in on all sides. Dahut is the third book in Poul and Karen Anderson’s King of Ys series, which concludes with The Dog and the Wolf.

Atelier

Artworks of Arland

Author: Gust,Mel Kishida

Publisher: Udon Entertainment Corporation

ISBN: 9781926778631

Category: Art

Page: 256

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The Atelier series has become a favorite of many Japanese RPG enthusiasts with its unique mix of alchemy and action set in a vibrant and magical fantasy world. Atelier: Artworks of Arland collects the wonderful artwork behind the Arland trilogy - Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, and Atelier Meruru. Included are the spectacular character designs of Mel Kishida, plus promotional art, pin-ups, rough sketches, character profiles, and more.

The End of Mr. Y

Author: Scarlett Thomas

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547539232

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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A cursed book. A missing professor. Some nefarious men in gray suits. And a dreamworld called the Troposphere? Ariel Manto has a fascination with nineteenth-century scientists—especially Thomas Lumas and The End of Mr. Y, a book no one alive has read. When she mysteriously uncovers a copy at a used bookstore, Ariel is launched into an adventure of science and faith, consciousness and death, space and time, and everything in between. Seeking answers, Ariel follows in Mr. Y’s footsteps: She swallows a tincture, stares into a black dot, and is transported into the Troposphere—a wonderland where she can travel through time and space using the thoughts of others. There she begins to understand all the mysteries surrounding the book, herself, and the universe. Or is it all just a hallucination? With The End of Mr. Y, Scarlett Thomas brings us another fast-paced mix of popular culture, love, mystery, and irresistible philosophical adventure.

Salt to the Sea

A Novel

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399160302

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 391

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"As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull"--

Pulp Art Book

Author: Joni Harbeck,Neil Krug

Publisher: Nazraeli Press

ISBN: 9781590053089

Category: Photography

Page: 70

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“Neil Krug's stylized photos of his girlfriend [now wife], the model Joni Harbeck, were taken with Polaroid film years past its sell-by date. They have the kind of grainy, sun-scorched feel of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. And ever since the couple began posting the photos on Flickr early this year, they've drawn a blaze of attention.” - The New York Times. Pulp - the multi-media collaboration between photographer Neil Krug and supermodel Joni Harbeck - has become a virtual sensation online, and is now the subject of the artists' first monograph. 'Pulp Art Book: Volume One' is an LP-sized hardcover book, split into several vignettes ranging from a spaghetti western theme to a Bonnie and Clyde revival and to the struggles of a 1950s housewife. These series tell the story of each character, and will be expanded in subsequent volumes. The inspiration for the pulp theme comes from the artists' collective appreciation of societal life and the artistic expressions of the 1960s and 70s. Old LP jackets, Giallo posters, vintage book covers, and B-movie cinema themes have defined their taste for this project. Initially they set out to capture something simple and sexy; as the shoots progressed, however, natural story lines emerged. The resulting work captures the smell of those decades and expresses them in a fresh way.

Saints for All Occasions

A novel

Author: J. Courtney Sullivan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307959589

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017 "This year’s best book about family." —Ron Charles, The Washington Post A sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best-selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart. Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she's shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn't sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, quietly preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora's favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago. A graceful, supremely moving novel from one of our most beloved writers, Saints for All Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.