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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: 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 06, 2016
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Horror Anthology 2016 (Moon Books Presents) (Volume 2)
A collection of great horror from some of the highest praised names in horror, and some that soon will be. Stories Included: Jonathan Maberry - Mystic Joe Lansdale - Incident On and Off a Mountain Road Thomas Malafarina - Foreword and The Path D.F. Holland - Gathering of Souls Tim Marquitz - The Err Apparent Jim Goforth - Dead Tree Creepers Michael Thomas-Knight - Dead Song Ken Goldman - Road Kill
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release date: Mar 25, 2007
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The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (The Cave Canem Poetry Prize Ser.)

The South: to render all that it means to an African American takes someone with acutely tuned senses, someone with a patience, a passion even, for the region's history and contradictions. It takes a poet. In this new anthology, the first of its kind, more than one hundred contemporary black poets laugh at and cry about, pray for and curse, flee and return to―the South.

Voices new to the scene appear in The Ringing Ear alongside some of the leading names in American literature today, including Sonia Sanchez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Harryette Mullen, Nikki Giovanni, Kevin Young, Cornelius Eady, and Al Young. The southern worlds opened up by these poets are echoed in how their poems are grouped, under headings like "Music, Food, and Work: Heeding the Lamentation and Roar of Things Made by Hand," or "Religion and Nature: The Lord Looks Out for Babies and Fools," or "Love, Flesh, and Family: The Hush and Holler Portraits."

"Not all of us on these pages have come to or from the South by the same dirt road," says anthology editor Nikky Finney. "We have not chosen our dark olive words from the same patch of earth. Some have come by way of birth and others have followed street musicians and urban corner preachers, dream and myth, to stand before its pine and iron gates."

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release date: Dec 06, 2011
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Star Wars Omnibus: At War with the Empire Volume 2
Following Star Wars: A New Hope, the struggling Rebellion has won their first major victory, giving them inspiration to continue the fight-but the war against the Empire is not even near its conclusion. In this omnibus collection, you''ll find stories of your favorite classic-era characters, along with several new faces of the Rebellion: Luke is recognized as a Jedi General, and also the son of Anakin Skywalker, hero of the Clone Wars; a powerful crime lord leads the Empire, the Rebels, and his own spies in a circle of betrayal; the Rebellion faces a big challenge to bring about a small victory; Luke and Leia encounter an evil from the past when Darth Vader sets a trap for them on a deserted moon-all these stories and more!
release date: Oct 24, 2016
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Sudoku: Its Power Unleashed: Featuring Candidates, Expert Instruction, and Alphabet Puzzles

"This is the best Sudoku guide in print and should give fans plenty of fuel for their addiction.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review). January 2017

Sudoku: Its Power Unleashed, is designed to teach you how to become a skilled Sudoku player in minimal time. Our puzzles include "candidates," which are the numbers that each unsolved cell can still potentially be. (A set of the same puzzles without candidates is included.) Candidates are at the root of unleashing the power of Sudoku.

The book is chock-full of superb Sudoku puzzles. The puzzles are rated at five different skill levels: Beginner, Mild, Medium, Difficult, and Expert. We also include alphabet puzzles and alphabet hybrid puzzles. The completed puzzle will spell a phrase, food, song, movie title, place, person's name, etc. There are even 10 "Brain Playground" puzzles, which allow you to solve an optional word and math puzzle after you have completed the Sudoku puzzle. Brain Playground puzzles are a feast for the intellect, as they involve logic (Sudoku), verbal, (Word Guess), and math skills all on one page.

You'll learn many Sudoku solving techniques, such as Only Candidate, Unique Candidate in an Element, Twins, Triplets, Quads, X-Wings, and Unique Rectangles. You should be able to grasp most of these methods in just a minute or two.

We agree with the Kirkus book review, and we think you will too: “This is the best Sudoku guide in print.” - Kirkus Reviews (star reviewed). See the full Kirkus review below.

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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 tales - thrilling 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 fall-out 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.
release date: Feb 19, 2020
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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: Aug 23, 2011
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The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out
The critically acclaimed series returns in OGN format! Miranda Mercury, the greatest adventurer in this or any other galaxy, is dying, and there's no possible cure. With only one year left to live, Miranda is forced to wage the greatest fight of her life, and secure the heroic legacy that has defined her since she was a young girl. Her morality will be tested, her values shaken, and the partnership that means everything to her will never be the same. For Miranda, victory is once again impossible - but that's never stopped her before! Experience incredible adventure, absolute danger, and meaningful drama, introduced by a foreword from critically acclaimed writer Joe Casey!
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