New Release Books by Kate Devlin

Kate Devlin is the author of The Brightness of Things (2022), Turned On (2018) and Leading Ladies (2006).

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The Brightness of Things

release date: Sep 22, 2022
The Brightness of Things
We are surrounded by the material culture of the people who lived before us: architecture, artworks and artefacts. But can we be certain that, even when allowing for the ravages of time, what we observe is the same as what the original creators of these items would have seen? Light can''t be captured in the archaeological record, of course, yet lighting conditions can completely alter our perception, leading to dramatic changes in interpretation for archaeologists, art historians and psychologists. The Colourful Past examines the way that our understanding of archaeological sites and objects has often been surprisingly inaccurate, and how the latest image sampling and virtual-reality techniques are providing startling insights in archaeological places, objects and peoples. Focusing on light, colour and perception, the book shows how computer graphics technology is quietly revolutionising archaeology. It outlines the need for perceptual realism in virtual heritage, and explores case studies where the application of perceptual knowledge can enhance archaeological understanding. After an introduction to the subject, The Colourful Past takes a chronological narrative, beginning with stone-age rock art and working through examples from the Classical period into medieval times, before finishing with the present and ideas on the future direction of research. The narrative spans the globe, from European and African rock art and Mayan frescoes to Egyptian temples and medieval religious paintings, to name a few. Why did medieval artists use so much gold leaf? Were palaeolithic artists in prehistoric France making animations on cave walls? What effect does sunshine have on the layout of an Egyptian temple? How can we tell how things would have looked to people in the past? All these questions and many more are answered in Kate Devlin''s brilliant book.

Turned On

release date: Oct 18, 2018
Turned On
''Illuminating, witty and written with a wide open mind'' Sunday Times The idea of the seductive sex robot is the stuff of myth, legend and science fiction. From the myth of Laodamia in Ancient Greece to twenty-first century shows such as Westworld, robots in human form have captured our imagination, our hopes and our fears. But beyond the fantasies there are real and fundamental questions about our relationship with technology as it moves into the realm of robotics. Turned On explores how the emerging and future development of sexual companion robots might affect us and the society in which we live. It explores the social changes arising from emerging technologies, and our relationships with the machines that someday may care for us and about us. Sex robots are here, and here to stay, and more are coming. Computer scientist and sex-robot expert Kate Devlin is our guide as we seek to understand how this technology is developing. From robots in Greek myth and the fantastical automata of the Middle Ages through to the sentient machines of the future that embody the prominent AI debate, she explores the ''modern'' robot versus the robot servants we were promised by twentieth century sci-fi, and delves into the psychological effects of the technology, and issues raised around gender politics, diversity, surveillance and violence. This book answers all the questions you''ve ever had about sex robots, as well as all the ones you haven''t yet thought of.

Leading Ladies

release date: Apr 01, 2006
Leading Ladies
Come Away With Me by Misty Simon Princess Ashlyn is spoiled, vain and rude. She''s also unwed, despite her father''s best efforts. When his latest matchmaking idea goes horribly awry, he''s at the end of his rope and determined to teach the willful Ashlyn a lesson. Ashlyn doesn''t believe the King will follow through with his threat to marry her off to the next man who comes to the castle. But the following morning she hears a balladeer sing the first notes of his song and footsteps pounding up the stairs. The King''s plan may backfire when the balladeer takes on the arrogant princess and all her vanity. Then again, the haughty woman may be helpless in the face of the one man who asks her to simply "Come Away With Me." Seanin and the Sleeping Prince by Kate Devlin Seanin is a dedicated daughter living out her life with her mother and her loom. Life has a rhythm and simplicity that both comforts her and structures her days. But one night the rhythm is shattered when she follows the sound of music, to end up at an abandoned mansion. Beings she thought existed only in fairy tales come to life. Swept into the night with their magic, she ends up coming home with more than she bargained for--a man who can''t speak or hear, cursed by vengeful fairies. Seanin feels responsible for his misfortune and welcomes him into her life since she has no way of returning him to his family. As the seasons turn, she can''t help feeling drawn to him. Can there be love between a lonely woman and the man she saved? Between Seanin and her Sleeping Prince? Elusion by Louise King When the crown of Navarre unexpectedly falls into Genevieve des Plaines'' hands, she finds herself embroiled in a battle of wits with herstep-brother, Gavin. To secure the throne, Gavin needs her as his bride, but Genevieve would rather die than marry the man she suspects of killing her father. Under the cloak of night, she embarks on a perilous mission to her cousin in France--the only person she knows she can count on. En route, disguised as a boy, she is captured by the foreboding Marquis de St. Aignan when she tries to steal food from his campfire. As his army takes her further from the threat of her homeland, Genevieve finds herself falling for this mysterious man and his unusual ways. Countries soon clash as her battle lands on his doorstep, and Genevieve fears their fragile love will not survive... Someday My Prince by Judy Bagshaw The Enchanted Cottage Bed & Breakfast needs some renovating, but BBW proprietor Merrilee Allbright can''t find the funds, no matter how hard she crunches the budget. Then a surprise visit by her eccentric Aunt Cordelia begins a chain of events that will not only solve Merrilee''s problems, but alter her life forever. Noble carpenter Vasili Dobecek--who unexpectedly drops into Merilee''s life--captures her heart and proves that, if the time is right, one day your prince does come.


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