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release date: Sep 22, 2014
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Soil Strength and Slope Stability
The definitive guide to the critical issue of slope stability and safety

Soil Strength and Slope Stability, Second Edition presents the latest thinking and techniques in the assessment of natural and man-made slopes, and the factors that cause them to survive or crumble. Using clear, concise language and practical examples, the book explains the practical aspects of geotechnical engineering as applied to slopes and embankments. The new second edition includes a thorough discussion on the use of analysis software, providing the background to understand what the software is doing, along with several methods of manual analysis that allow readers to verify software results. The book also includes a new case study about Hurricane Katrina failures at 17th Street and London Avenue Canal, plus additional case studies that frame the principles and techniques described.

Slope stability is a critical element of geotechnical engineering, involved in virtually every civil engineering project, especially highway development. Soil Strength and Slope Stability fills the gap in industry literature by providing practical information on the subject without including extraneous theory that may distract from the application. This balanced approach provides clear guidance for professionals in the field, while remaining comprehensive enough for use as a graduate-level text. Topics include:

  • Mechanics of soil and limit equilibrium procedures
  • Analyzing slope stability, rapid drawdown, and partial consolidation
  • Safety, reliability, and stability analyses
  • Reinforced slopes, stabilization, and repair

The book also describes examples and causes of slope failure and stability conditions for analysis, and includes an appendix of slope stability charts. Given how vital slope stability is to public safety, a comprehensive resource for analysis and practical action is a valuable tool. Soil Strength and Slope Stability is the definitive guide to the subject, proving useful both in the classroom and in the field.

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release date: Feb 07, 2006
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Star Wars Tales, Vol. 6
The vastness of the Star Wars galaxy hosts an ever-unfolding mythology, filled with character-driven stories of loss and tragedy, of heroism and redemption. Collected here are ten such talesóthrilling adventures that traverse and illuminate every era in the Star Wars mythos. From the life-affirming lessons of the Force to the moral and emotional fallout that comes with giving oneself over to the ways of the Sith, these exhilarating stories will change the way you see that galaxy far, far away...
Stories cover every era in the Star Wars timeline, from tales of the Old Republic to adventures in the New Jedi Order.
release date: Apr 17, 2018
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Noble Vol. 2: Never Events
After months of hiding in South America and running from the ever-watchful eye of the Foresight Corporation, David has begun to fill in the gaps to his missing memories. Armed with a new suit, David continues his search for answers to regain his lost identity.

Meanwhile, Astrid continues her mission to bring David back home. Their reunion and David’s missing memories of her leave her emotionally raw but more determined to bring him back to their family. With aid from an unlikely ally in Lorena Payan, the two combine forces to bring David back while fighting off Doctor DeMarcus Mayes’s newly formed group of enhanced humans.

Collecting the second arc of Catalyst Prime’s Noble series with art by series regular Roger Robinson and Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Black) is collected in this action packed second volume!
release date: Oct 24, 2017
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Noble Vol. 1: God Shots
Astronaut David Powell was one of the team of five astronauts who took on the suicide mission of destroying the Icarus2 asteroid before it could collide with Earth and annihilate all life on the planet. The team succeeded, but as a result of the explosion, David gained the ability of telekinesis, the means of moving matter with one's mind. David also lost his memories. Now back on Earth, David is traveling throughout the world, taking on different identities and jobs, helping people while his powers grow. Fighting to stay alive and out of the reach of the Foresight Corporation and its CEO, Lorena Payan. Hoping to one day remember his life, his name, and the mysterious woman and young boy in his memory flashes. His wife and son. David's wife, Astrid Allen-Powell, has been receiving secret messages from an informant within Foresight, confirming David is alive. Astrid is now on a mission: to get her husband back. To put her family back together. Astrid Allen-Powell is much more than most people realize, and she will use every skill and weapon in her arsenal to get back the man she loves. The first series of the Catalyst Prime superhero universe is collected, with art by series regular Roger Robinson and Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Black).


release date: Dec 29, 2017
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Christian Physicalism?: Philosophical Theological Criticisms
On the heels of the advance since the twentieth-century of wholly physicalist accounts of human persons, the influence of materialist ontology is increasingly evident in Christian theologizing. To date, the contemporary literature has tended to focus on anthropological issues (e.g., whether the traditional soul / body distinction is viable), with occasional articles treating physicalist accounts of such doctrines as the Incarnation and Resurrection of Jesus cropping up, as well. Interestingly, the literature to date, both for and against this influence, is dominated by philosophers. The present volume is a collection of philosophers and theologians who advance several novel criticisms of this growing trend toward physicalism in Christian theology. The present collection definitively shows that Christian physicalism has some significant philosophical and theological problems. No doubt all philosophical anthropologies have their challenges, but the present volume shows that Christian physicalism is most likely not an adequate accounting for essential theological topics within Christian theism. Christians, then, should consider alternative anthropologies.
release date: Jan 24, 2017
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Horizon Volume 1
Zhia Malen thought she’d fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation...by a desperate world called Earth.

The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on our planet means invasion. These are lies. This is retaliation.

Skybound’s newest original series will show you that survival isn’t just a human instinct...

Collects HORIZON #1-6.

release date: Jul 04, 2016
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Fresh Fear: An Anthology of Macabre Horror
FRESH FEAR: An Anthology of Macabre Horror is a collection of horror selected by editor William Cook, from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction. This anthology has 28 stories of horror that deal with the psychological and emotional realm of human fear.

In the introduction, a selection from W.J. Renehan's The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction, we are reminded that, "Horror serves to reconnect us with our primal selves, provides temporary respite from the droning conditions of modern life." In Fresh Fear: An Anthology of Macabre Horror, tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and inner landscapes drenched in blood, penned by some of today's leading proponents of the craft. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling.

Prepare yourself for 28 tales of terror-inducing fiction.

Table of Contents


  Why We Turn to Horror  - W.J. Renehan    
  J. F. Gonzalez - Love Hurts 
  Scathe meic Beorh - God of the Winds       
  Lily Childs - Strange Tastes 
  Lincoln Crisler - Nouri and the Beetles       
  Jack Dann - Camps  
  Robert Dunbar - High Rise  
  Thomas A. Erb - Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted  
  Brandon Ford - Scare Me    
  Carole Gill - Raised 
  Lindsey Beth Goddard - The Tooth Collector        
  Dane Hatchell - The 'takers 
  E. A. Irwin - Justice through Twelve Steps 
  Charlee Jacob - Locked Inside The BuzzwordBox
  K. Trap Jones - Demon Eyed Blind 
  Tim Jones - Protein  
  James Ward Kirk - Block     
  Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen - Just AnotherEx          
  Shane McKenzie - So Much Pain, So Much Death 
  Shaun Meeks - Perfection Through Silence 
  Adam Millard - The Incongruous Mr Marwick       
  Christine Morgan - Nails of the Dead         
  Billie Sue Mosiman - Verboten        
  D.F. Noble - Psych  
  Chantal Noordeloos - The Door      
  W. H. Pugmire - Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes   
  William Todd Rose - The Grave Dancer     
  Anna Taborska - Out of the Light   
  Ramsey Campbell - Welcomeland
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release date: Oct 07, 2017
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Gathering Storm Magazine, Year 1, Issue 5: Collected Tales of the Dark, the Light, and Everything in Between
Gathering Storm Magazine, Year 1, Issue 5, is full of themed short fiction, interactive fiction, poetry, original artwork, and engaging Tidbits that tickle the mind. All of the stories in this issue reflect one of four selected themes by the Founding Editors: It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus Never Take Candy From Strangers The Only Thing to Fear, Is Fear Itself Things That Go Bump In The Night
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release date: Aug 04, 2008
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Urban Walls: A Generation of Collage in Europe and America
Burhan Dogancay with Francois Dufrene, Raymond Hains, Robert Rauschenberg, Mimmo Rotella, Jacques Villegle, Wolf Vostell. Having discovered urban walls as an inspiration when he first came to New York in the early 1960s, it has remained the central motif of Burhan Dogancay's art for nearly fifty years. His art, collage paintings created by bringing together layers of colorful posters, objects, graffiti and other materials collected from cities all over the world, communicates messages about contemporary life while also being studies in texture, shadow, color, and light. Pulling materials from his many travels over his lifetime, a poster from Sartre's play Huis Clos found in Paris in the 1950s, to fragments of graffiti from New York's Soho neighborhood, Dogancay's urban walls express the many moods of that moment in time and are an integral part of a cultural dialogue that occurred both in America and in post- War Europe as conditions arose that gave a new vigor to the art of collage and decollage, or ungluing of paper. Providing an extensive look at the history of collage and its relationship with the art of decollage, this title examines the movement through the work of some of its pivotal participants, artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Mimmo Rotella, Francois Dufrene, Jacques Villegle and with this context is able to frame the work of New York-based, Turkish-born artist, Burhan Dogancay. As art historian Brandon Taylor writes, Dogancay differs [from his contemporaries] somewhat as his art is an anthropological reflection that celebrates the urban surface as an already pictorial structure, the poetry he perceives at the level of the street is that of anonymity organizing itself as art.
release date: Dec 31, 2013
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Voltron Volume 2
  • Can the Voltron Force pilots survive their deadliest challenge yet: the menace of five evil lions, capable of forming an exact copy of Voltron? It's been ten months since the death of the nefarious King Zarkon and the fall of Planet Doom. Now, Prince Lotar — heir to Zarkon's throne and one of the galaxy's most wanted terrorists — has returned with a promise to disarm his forces and make peace. While the Galaxy Alliance welcomes him with diplomacy, Commander Keith Kogane can't shake the feeling that something is wrong... a suspicion proven correct when a near-indestructible Voltron double appears and lays waste to Earth's moon! How will Keith convince his friends that Lotar is responsible, when Planet Doom itself is the evil Voltron's next target?
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