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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 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: 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 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: May 16, 2017
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Touch the Sky (Free Fall)

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn't have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it's not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it's more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn't make them disappear. Gabriel's internal struggles are serious...dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won't make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don't find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.

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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: 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: 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: Aug 15, 2016
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Charley's Aunt: A Play
Two students at Oxford force their rascally friend and fellow student to pose as an aunt from Brazil. The play was first performed at the Theatre Royal, in February 1892. It broke all historic records for plays of any kind, with an original London run of 1,466 performances.
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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.
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