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Asylum
Patrick McGrath
0679781382
March 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
The New Yorker review praised Patrick McGrath's "ornate, deadpan style . . . distinguished by its unusual seriousness, its lack of camp," and described Asylum as a "layered, implicating book, whose terrors and malignities aren't quite the ones we expect, and are a matter of mood and viewpoint as well as of plot." McGrath's fourth novel (his other three are also highly recommended) features a subtly deceptive narrator whose confident, musical voice seduces you--a voice that mirrors, in its meter, emotions ranging from lyrically obsessed, to meticulously fond, to cautious and stiff with horror. And the imagery is unforgettable: the grim architecture of the asylum; a ravaged human head with empty eye sockets; a drowning in a pool on a barren heath. --This text refers to an out of print or...


Ghost Town: Tales of Manhattan Then and Now
Patrick McGrath
1582343128
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Beneath Manhattan's ever-changing skyline, familial betrayal and guilt remain hauntingly constant in these three juicy novellas, the latest in Bloomsbury's Writer in the City series. In "The Year of the Gibbet," set in the burned-out, British-occupied city of 1777, a boy inadvertently exposes his mother as a spy for General Washington; after she is hanged, her ghost returns to torment him. "Julius" moves ahead to the Civil War era to tell the Jamesian saga of a weak-minded art student who goes insane when his wealthy businessman father breaks up his love affair with a lowborn artists' model. "Ground Zero" is the tale of a man who begins a relationship with a prostitute who keeps seeing the specter of her lover, a man killed in the attack on the World Trade Center. It's told from the viewpoint of the man's jealous...


Martha Peake
Patrick McGrath
0375701311
May 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
"It is a black art, the writing of a history, is it not?" So begins Martha Peake, a gripping narrative that takes the reader back to London and America during the revolutionary epoch of the 1770s. Patrick McGrath's sixth work of fiction begins several decades later, when young Ambrose Tree is summoned to visit his dying Uncle William at Drogo Hall. Assuming that he is about to inherit his uncle's estate, he rushes across Lambeth Marsh to the great manor house. Instead, though, he's promptly drawn into his uncle's extraordinary story of Harry Peake and his headstrong young daughter, Martha.

Harry, "to whom Nature in her folly gave the soul of a smuggler, and the tongue of a poet," was a Cornish smuggler, horrifically mutilated in a fire that killed his wife and dispersed his children. Only Martha stood by him. As the...



Toad Pocket Reference for Oracle
Patrick McGrath
0596009712
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Toad is an enormously popular interactive environment tool for Oracle development and administration. It allows developers to build, test, debug, and format their code via an easy-to-use graphical user interface, available in both freeware and commercial versions. Toad makes developers far more productive; using Toad, you'll find that program changes that once took hours can now be completed in minutes. Toad allows developers to browse their database tables, procedures, and object types; use code templates; and show errors. It also simplifies database administration by providing a way for DBAs to graphically browse and change database characteristics. Updated for Toad Versions 8.0 and 8.5, this pocket book is packed with quick-reference material: Toad feature and menu summaries, shortcut keys, suggested changes to...


Accessing Awareness and Developing Knowledge
Patrick McGrath
053434495X
Jan 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This experiential learning manual will help students develop an appreciation of the influence of one's cultural heritage and gain a greater understanding of the values, beliefs, and behaviors of people of different cultures. Nine topics relevant to the text, Counseling and Development in a Multicultural Society, by John A. Axelson, or that can stand alone, and 61 experiential cultural activities are included in the contents of the student manual.


Editing Digital Video: The Complete Creative and Technical Guide
Robert M. Goodman
0071406352
September 2002
Paperback
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The Cut, October 2002
will be re-read ... amazed ... how much ... covered in a single book ... how valuable the information was ... I recommend this book.

Review
Creative Cow : By Paul Werner
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts|Riverfront

I have read many system specific books that cover editing techniques for a particular program, Avid, Final Cut, Premiere, etc. Editing Digital Video by Robert M. Goodman and Patrick McGrath has a different goal. It aims to teach editing as a general tool and gives tips for all applications. I like this approach from the get go. The authors do an excellent job of clearly explaining both the technical and aesthetic role of the editor. They include many tips like editing with the right hand on the mouse and the left on the keyboard. They...



The Witching Hour
Anne Rice
0345384466
March 1993
Mass Market Paperback
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Amazon.com
In this engrossing and hypnotic tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being.

Amazon.com Author Profile
Read about the author. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The Way to Responsible Government
Patrick J. McGrath
0595125085
Sept 2000
Paperback
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Book Description

Americans have the best constitutional principles: limited government, the rule of law, and the God-given rights of men and women. Yet what attitudes do the American people hold toward their government today? Chaos, confusion, contempt and choler. The reason Americans feel that way, contends author Patrick J. McGrath, is that our “divided” structure of government means no one is responsible for the errors that do come along. McGrath says it’s time to consider the nearly-heretical idea that our structure of government is fundamentally flawed. There is a better way, McGrath contends, one that already works in many other countries – the Cabinet or Responsible form of Government. After illustrating the problem and the way to a solution, McGrath presents his proposal for a new Constitution...



Spider
Patrick McGrath
0679736301
June 1991
Paperback
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Book Review
I cut into my potato, and dead in the middle of the halved potato there was a . . . thick, slow discharge I recognized as blood.

A wry, mesmerizing tale of madness in a London suffused with the smells of jellied eels, leaking gas, outdoor lavatories and furry feet. Spider obsesses about wetness and fire and sexuality, about "this business of the thought patterns" and "the dead eyes" of his father and a woman named Hilda. Somewhere inside Spider's internal web of illusions lurks the truth about his mother's death.

From Publishers Weekly
In this "closely observed study of madness, memory and storytelling" the delusional Dennis Clegg, aka Spider, returns to his London neighborhood after 20 years in a mental hospital and insists that his father, not he, murdered his mother. "An...



Toad Pocket Reference for Oracle
Jim McDaniel
0596003374
June 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Tool for Oracle Application Developers (TOAD) is a popular graphical user interface for the Oracle database that allows programmers to build, test, debug, an format their code within an interactive development environment. With the easy-to-use TOAD interface, changes that once took hours can be done in just minutes. TOAD allows developers to browse their database tables, procedures and object types, use code templates, and shows errors. It also simplifies database administration by providing a way for DBAs to graphically browse and change database characteristics.

The only book in print for the current version of TOAD (7.4), the TOAD Pocket Reference for Oracle , provides Oracle developers and DBAs with quick reference to TOAD?s main features, shortcut keys, recommended changes to options, and...



Port Mungo
Patrick McGrath
1400075483
June 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The psychologically suspenseful story of Jack Rathbone, a "latter-day Gauguin" who flees his native England to pursue a career as a painter as well as a volatile relationship with artist Vera Savage, is narrated by his sister, Gin, whose obvious devotion skews her perspective. McGrath's sixth novel unfolds in a series of flashbacks, from Jack's childhood in England to Greenwich Village in the 1950s and, eventually, to the Honduran town of Port Mungo, where Jack develops a style he calls "tropicalism" or, more sinisterly, "malarial." The birth of daughter Peg threatens the marriage, and her mysterious death, at 16, dooms it; Jack moves in with his sister in New York. Ostensibly, the search for the truth behind Peg's death propels the narrative, but the mix of flashbacks and present action is confusing, and Gin's...


Martha Peake
Patrick McGrath
0670891282
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Writers on Writing, Volume 2: More Collected Essays from The New York Times
Produced by The New York Times
064165572X

Hardcover
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Port Mungo
Patrick McGrath
1400041651
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The psychologically suspenseful story of Jack Rathbone, a "latter-day Gauguin" who flees his native England to pursue a career as a painter as well as a volatile relationship with artist Vera Savage, is narrated by his sister, Gin, whose obvious devotion skews her perspective. McGrath's sixth novel unfolds in a series of flashbacks, from Jack's childhood in England to Greenwich Village in the 1950s and, eventually, to the Honduran town of Port Mungo, where Jack develops a style he calls "tropicalism" or, more sinisterly, "malarial." The birth of daughter Peg threatens the marriage, and her mysterious death, at 16, dooms it; Jack moves in with his sister in New York. Ostensibly, the search for the truth behind Peg's death propels the narrative, but the mix of flashbacks and present action is confusing, and Gin's...


Asylum
Patrick McGrath
0792733347
October 2004
Compact Disc
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Book Review
The New Yorker review praised Patrick McGrath's "ornate, deadpan style . . . distinguished by its unusual seriousness, its lack of camp," and described Asylum as a "layered, implicating book, whose terrors and malignities aren't quite the ones we expect, and are a matter of mood and viewpoint as well as of plot." McGrath's fourth novel (his other three are also highly recommended) features a subtly deceptive narrator whose confident, musical voice seduces you--a voice that mirrors, in its meter, emotions ranging from lyrically obsessed, to meticulously fond, to cautious and stiff with horror. And the imagery is unforgettable: the grim architecture of the asylum; a ravaged human head with empty eye sockets; a drowning in a pool on a barren heath. --This text refers to an out of print or...


Dr. Haggard's Disease
Patrick McGrath
0679752617
July 1994
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
An aging doctor retires to a gothic manor to indulge in morphine and mournful reveries about a failed love affair. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
McGrath, one of the foremost practitioners of the "new gothic," has written a stormy tale of obsession. Set in Britain on the eve of World War II, it involves Edward Haggard, a young doctor in a London hospital, who falls for Fanny Ratcliff, the wife of an older physician. The attraction is mutual, and they begin a brief, passionate affair. After a calamitous run-in with the husband, Haggard leaves London, buying a crumbling seaside mansion and the practice of a retiring doctor. His feelings for the now-deceased Fanny grow to unbearable intensity several years later after a visit by her son,...

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