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Totally Spies Laugh Till You Drop
Tom Mason
1416900276
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
What does Alex always look for in the evening?Eye shadows.Who is Sam's favorite superhero?Spyder-Man.What cool eye makeup did Clover wear to the WHOOP Halloween party?Mascary.This book is filled to the brim with jokes about everyone's favorite spy trio!


OpenGL Programming Guide: The Official Guide to Learning OpenGL, Version 2
Dave Shreiner
0321335732
July 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
The OpenGL Programming Guide, now in its third edition, is the definitive volume for programmers using this evolving graphics interface standard. Written by members of the OpenGL Architecture Review Board, this book offers understandable tutorials and lessons on getting up to speed and getting the most out of the latest version of OpenGL, version 1.2.

The guide uses code examples in C and is targeted at programmers who have experience in coding yet are new to coding for OpenGL applications. The opening chapters go into descriptive detail of how OpenGL, the software interface for hardware 3-D chipsets, works and what you can expect from it, which turns out to be much more than you might have thought. Color plates are used, for example, to show how OpenGL handles such effects as motion blur and depth-of-field blur, in...



Sidekicks 5
Dan Danko
031615895X
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
DESCRIPTION: The latest in this hilarious series throws still more unbelievable challenges at our hero, Speedy. When Pumpkin Pete accidentally blows up the League of Big Justice and the Sidekick Super Clubhouse, Speedy’s mom volunteers their house to be the temporary headquarters. But just when the superheroes and sidekicks are starting to make themselves at home, along comes The Brotherhood of Rotten Babysitters to ruin the domestic bliss. Will Speedy be able to save the day? Will Spice Girl find hugs and peace? And where in the world is Earlobe Lad?

About the Author
Dan Danko and Tom Mason are former editors and writers for Marvel Comics and the two main brains behind MainBrain Productions in Malibu, California.


Perl Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Tom Christiansen
0596003137
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
When the second edition of Programming Perl was released, the authors omitted two chapters: "Common Tasks with Perl" and "Real Perl Programs." Publisher O'Reilly & Associates soon realized that there would be too many pages in Programming Perl if it put updated recipes in the new edition. Instead, O'Reilly chose to release the many Perl code examples as a separate entity: The Perl Cookbook.

The recipes are well documented and the examples aren't too arcane; even beginners will be able to pick up the lessons taught here. The authors write in relatively easy-to-understand language (for a technical guide). Through this book and its arsenal of recipes, you will learn many new things about Perl to help you through your toughest projects. The next time you're working on a project at 2 a.m., you'll thank yourself for the...



Sidekicks
Dan Danko
0316168440
Sept 2003
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8-Guy Martin, 13, has all the usual middle school worries-homework hassles, popularity problems, and an unrequited passion for the most beautiful girl in school. However, he also has some very unusual complications. As "Speedy," the world's fastest boy, he is part of a secret crew of apprentice superheroes. With its super sponsors from the League of Big Justice, the Sidekick Club helps defend the world against evil. Guy, unfortunately, is assigned to less-than-super Pumpkin Pete ("I have all the powers of a pumpkin!") and his sidekick duties usually involve a lot of clean-up work. But when the super villains of the Brotherhood of Rottenness take out the Big Justice headquarters-and apparently the entire League as well-it is up to the sidekicks to save the day. Comic-book and superhero traditions come...


The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby's-Christie's Auction House Scandal
Christopher Mason
0425202410
May 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran art writer Mason does a good job separating the bad guys from the slightly less bad guys in his lively, anecdote-packed saga about how the world's two leading auction houses, Sotheby's and Christie's, conspired to fix prices on everything from famous paintings to antique furniture. Alfred Taubman, the shopping-mall king who bought Sotheby's in 1983 to keep it from falling into the hands of a couple of carpet salesmen, became the only principal in the case to actually do jail time-apparently due to what some courtroom observers labeled "the worst defense money can buy." It didn't help that Diana "DeDe" Brooks, who started her career as an unpaid intern and whose workaholic habits persuaded Taubman to make her Sotheby's CEO, became one of the government's chief witnesses against Taubman. On the Christie's...


Operation Squish!
Dan Danko
0316168467
Nov 2003
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8--This second book in the series is a funny, clever homage to classic comic-book superheroes and their loyal companions. Thirteen-year-old Guy Martin, aka Speedy, is part of the League of Big Justice and serves as sidekick to Pumpkin Pete (he has all the powers of a pumpkin). Guy and his fellow sidekicks (who include Spelling Beatrice and Boy-in-the-Plastic-Bubble Boy) are happily learning all about being superheroes from their mentors when Dr. Robot, "a four-foot madman bent on squishing everything taller than he was," comes to town with a giant robot. Speedy then valiantly tries to find a way to stop the evil scientist. This is a hilarious spoof on the superhero genre with all of the classic elements exaggerated perfectly--the odd superpowers of the heroes and the sidekicks, the nefarious and...


Mason & Dixon
Thomas Pynchon
0312423209
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
A sprawling, complex, and comic work from one of the country's most celebrated and idiosyncratic authors, Mason & Dixon is Thomas Pynchon's Most Magickal reinvention of the 18th-century novel. It follows the lifelong partnership and adventures of the English surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon (of Mason-Dixon Line fame) as they travel the world mapping and measuring through an uncharted pre-Revolutionary America of Native Americans, white settlers, taverns, and bawdy establishments of ill-repute. Fans of the postmodern master of paranoia will recognize Pynchon's personality in the novel's first phrase: "Snow-Balls have flown their Arcs," a brief echo of the rockets that curve across the skies in the writer's masterpiece Gravity's Rainbow. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition....


Shrek 2: The Movie Storybook
Tom Mason
0439538491
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Join Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey on a journey to the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. There they meet all kinds of strange fairytale folk, including Fiona's parents the King and Queen, a wicked Fairy Godmother, and that fierce ogre-hunter, Puss-in-Boots. It's a hilarious adventure that proves that living happily ever after isn't as easy as the storybooks say.Scholastic's SHREK 2 books are sure to be a hit with kids and ogres of all ages--and you don't have to live in a swamp to get in on the fun!LICENSOR APPROVAL PENDING


Stigma and Social Exclusion in Healthcare
Tom Mason
0415222001
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
(Routledge) Univ. of Glamorgan, UK. Reveals many strategies by which healthcare professionals contribute to increasing stigma and social exclusion. Exposes the hidden processes of prejudice and the dogma of ideology permeating contemporary healthcare. Softcover, hardcover also available.

Book Info
(Routledge) Univ. of Glamorgan, UK. Reveals many strategies by which healthcare professionals contribute to increasing stigma and social exclusion. Exposes the hidden processes of prejudice and the dogma of ideology permeating contemporary healthcare. Softcover, hardcover also available.


The Faiths of Our Fathers: What America's Founders Really Believed
Alf J. Mapp
0742531155
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In The Faiths of Our Fathers, widely acclaimed historian Alf Mapp, Jr. cuts through the historical uncertainty to accurately portray the religious beliefs of 11 of America's founding fathers, including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Visit our website for sample chapters!


Take It to the Max
Tom Mason
0439225655
Nov 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Max leads a double life. O some, he¹s Josh McGrath, college student with a passion for extreme sports. To others, he¹s Max Steel, secret agent. Accidentally infected with nanoprobes, Maxis the first technologically enhanced human. He¹s capable of amazing acts of strength, speed, healing, and disguise. As a super-agent, Max travels the world with a group of agents known as Team Steel. Their aim is to capture the bad guys, of course, but don¹t expect them to do it in any ordinary way! Max still loves extreme sports, and his new abilities let him use his athleticism to the max!


The Official Guide to Battlebots
Tom Mason
0439390001
Apr 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO BATTLEBOTS--based on the Comedy Central show BattleBots in which customized robots built by contestants compete for supremacy in the BattleBox arena--is a handy insider's guide to the most popular BattleBots in each of the four weight classes (light, middle, heavy, superheavy). Fans can easily reference their favorite BattleBot, see its picture, and read a list of interesting facts and information. Over 50 of the most well-known and most winning BattleBots are featured. Facts listed include weapon power, drive power, special features, and more.


50 Hikes in Eastern Pennsylvania: From the Mason-Dixon Line to the Poconos and North Mountain
Tom Thwaites
0881505919
September 2003
Paperback
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Keystone Trails
Tom Thwaites is truly an authority on hiking in Pennsylvania's woods.

Book Description
This new edition of a classic hiking guide to one of the most-visited regions of Pennsylvania includes hikes at North Mountain, Valley Forge, Saint Anthony's Wilderness, the Delaware Water Gap, Gettysburg, and more. Despite its dense population and proximity to eastern urban centers, eastern Pennsylvania offers a wealth of hiking opportunities. North Mountain is still wild and remote; the Poconos still shelter the most secure portion of the state's bear population; and the Appalachian Trail follows South and Blue Mountains on its journey across the state. Saint Anthony's Wilderness, just 20 kilometers north of Harrisburg, is the second largest wild area in the state. And the region also...


Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
Thomas Pynchon
0140283382
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then (as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sinister, insinuatingly sibilant opening sentence), "a screaming comes across the sky," heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. The novel's title, Gravity's Rainbow, refers to the rocket's vapor arc, a cruel dark parody of what God sent Noah to symbolize his promise never to destroy humanity again. History has been a big trick: the plan is to switch from floods to obliterating fire from the sky.

Slothrop's father was an unwitting part of the cosmic doublecross. To provide for the boy's future Harvard education, he took cash from the mad German scientist Laszlo Jamf, who performed Pavlovian experiments on the infant Tyrone. Laszlo...



Forensic Mental Health Care
Tom Mason
0443061408
Jan 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH CARE is concerned with the care of people who exhibit extreme anti-social behaviors such as sexual abuse, violence, murder, fire setting, self-harming behaviors, and substance abuse. In many cases, these behaviors are indicative of severe psychiatric pathology. Nurses and others who work with such people require high degrees of skill and self-awareness. Such nurses are found in special hospitals, regional secure units, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and in community teams. This book addresses the most common anti-social behaviors encountered by professionals in a case-study approach. In doing so, the authors demonstrate theory and research-based elements which underpin education in true-to-life practice situations, an approach which particularly lends itself to psychiatry. The case studies...


One Dead Drag Queen: A Tom and Scott Carpenter Mystery
Mark Richard Zubro
0312209371
July 2000
Hardcover
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From Kirkus Reviews
Gay Chicago superstar pitcher Scott Carpenter, who recently revealed to fans that he loved schoolteacher Tom Mason (Rust On The Razor, 1996, etc.), finishes a bout of serious housecleaning and turns on the television just in time to catch a news bulletin announcing the bombing of the Human Services Clinic, where Tom volunteers. Plucked from the rubble, Tom is hospitalized in a coma while his family stands vigil. His visitors include Myrtle Mae, an aging drag queen; Cubs catcher Morty Hamilton; and a hate letter that appears at Tom's bedside, scaring Scott into beefing up his personal security with a high-powered, albeit homophobic, investigative firm. Scott's other assignment is dodging newshound Brandon Kearn, who wants a tragedy exclusive from him to go along with the emerging conspiracy theories. A late-term...


Behaviour, Crime and Legal Processes
William Ed. McGuire
0471998699
Sept 2000
Paperback
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Review
"I strongly recommend it to practitioners, researches and students alike in psychology, psychiatry, social work, the probation and prison services, law and policing." (Expert Evidence, Vol 15, 2001) "..enjoyable and thought provoking, it is a positive contribution to the debate.." (Criminal Justice, Vol.1, No.2)

Book Description
Areas of professional practice, such as law, psychiatry, and the behavioural and social sciences, overlap at numerous points in terms of underlying concepts and basic research. They also intersect at an everyday level in their work with individuals whose multiple problems simultaneously require attention from legal, mental health, and social services professionals. Behaviour, Crime and Legal Processes explicitly sets out to close the gaps between the...


Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices
Barbara C. Jacoby
0787902918
January 1996
Textbook Hardcover
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Review
?Our communities depAnd on our ability to make the connection between education and democracy. This book can breathe new life into colleges and universities that want to reinforce their public service mission. Jacoby and her colleagues tell us how to do it.? (Dolores E. Cross, president, Chicago State University)

?Rooted in Dewey, building on the work of the National Society for Experiential Education and its predecessors, this comprehensive volume is useful for experienced practitioners and newcomers alike. Academic deans, department heads, and faculty members will profit mightily from its solid combination of conceptual underpinnings and specific institutional examples.? (Arthur W. Chickering, professor, George Mason University)

Book Description
Our communities depend on our...


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