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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: 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 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 25, 2017
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Horizon Volume 2: Remnant
Zhia Malen has delivered the first blow to Earth, to stop them from colonizing her home planet. But back on Valius, one man carries out a secret mission on her behalf, that could stop Earth's invasion before it even begins.

Collects HORIZON #7-12.
release date: Oct 16, 2012
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Voltron Volume 1: The Sixth Pilot
  • Ultimate victory has never been closer for the Voltron Force. King Zarkon's brutal regime has been pushed to the edges of the galaxy, left to wage a series of desperate and losing battles to claim innocent victims while they still can. But Zarkon knows something — a secret about Voltron over a hundred years old that could change everything for the Galaxy Alliance. This isn't the Voltron we all know, but one redefined and re-imagined by those he and his adventures have inspired over the years. This is Generation Voltron!
  • Collecting the first six issues of Dynamite's hit new Voltron series, along with a complete cover gallery with artwork by Alex Ross, Sean Chen, and more.
release date: Jun 01, 2007
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Jess: To and From the Printed Page
Jess: To and From the Printed Page focuses on the artist simply known as "Jess" (1923-2004), and celebrates his lively and lifelong dialogue with poets, poetry and printed matter. Published to accompany the iCI touring exhibition, it features collages made for publication, the books and magazines in which they were reproduced, as well as many previously unreproduced paintings, drawings and assemblages. The book offers a fresh perspective on Jess's work by specifically addressing the interrelation between his art and the California literary culture of which he was a part. It also explores the intimacy of the collaborations and conversations in which he participated over five decades, and points to his effect on younger artists today--through his use of "pop" materials in collage and paint, his early homoerotic themes and his enjoyment of the book format as a compositional vehicle.
release date: Dec 31, 2013
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Voltron Volume 2 (Voltron Tp)
  • 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?
release date: Apr 02, 2013
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Voltron Year One
Voltron: Year One (Book Market Solicit)

Before Arus. Before Voltron. They were Space Explorer Squadron #686.

Soon, they will be known as the legendary Voltron Force---Keith, Lance, Hunk, Sven, and Pidge---five young men entrusted with five powerful robot lions and the responsibility of defending the universe from unimaginable evil. Now, they are one of many Space Explorers under the command of the Galaxy Alliance, tasked with keeping the Earth safe and the skies clear in a universe growing more and more dangerous every day. They're the best central command has to offer, and have never once failed a mission.

Everything changes in a flash, and Commander Sven, already hammered by persistent feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy, finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that reaches to the top of the Galaxy Alliance. All the while he continues to be plagued by nightmares, convinced that he'll make a critical mistake that'll lead to the horrible deaths of his friends. During these critical weeks, we delve fully into the character and motivations of future Blue Lion pilot, Sven, and more specifically, the physical and emotional toll this intense level of responsibility takes on a man who doesn't consider himself worthy of it. When the pressure on him intensifies, he pursues a number of increasingly desperate measures that just might bring these fears to terrible life.
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: 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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