How to Read a Novel

Author: John Sutherland
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466859997
Format: PDF, Docs
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"Do we still know how to read a novel?" John Sutherland, Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His disheartened answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Sutherland has not given up hope. With acerbic wit and intellect, he traces the history of what it used to mean to be well-read and tells readers what it still means today. Using this delightful book as a means to an end, he reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is a book about novels: how they work, what they're about, what makes them good or bad, and how to talk about them. At a deeper level, this is a book in which one of the most intimate tête-à-têtes is described—one in which a reader meets a novel. Will a great love affair begin? Will the rendezvous end in disappointment? Who can say? In order for the relationship to take its appropriate course all the details must be clearly acknowledged and understood for their complexities: plot, point of view, character, style, pace, first and last sentences, and even beauty. Still, Sutherland knows a true understanding of fiction is more than a flirtation with text and style—it is a business. Taking his readers on a trip to the bookshop, he helps them judge a book by its cover based on design and color, wondering aloud what genre might be best, even going so far as to analyze one of the latest American bestsellers to further help the buying reader choose the novel that is right for him or her. In a book that is as wry and humorous as it is learned and opinionated, John Sutherland tells you everything you always wanted to know about how to read fiction better than you do now (but, were afraid to ask).

How to Read a Novel

Author: John Sutherland
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781448713363
Format: PDF
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"In a book that is as humorous as it is learned, author Sutherland tells you how to read fiction better than you do now. He reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is about novels: how they work, what they're about, what makes them good or bad, and how to talk about them. At a deeper level, this book describes what happens when a reader meets a novel. Will a great love affair begin? Will the rendezvous end in disappointment? Taking his readers to the bookshop, Sutherland helps them judge a book by its cover, wondering aloud what genre might be best, even going so far as to analyze one of the latest American bestsellers, all to help the reader choose the novel that is right for him or her." -- From publisher description.

Cogeneration

Author: David Flin
Publisher: IET
ISBN: 0863417388
Format: PDF, ePub
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If there are two phrases we have come to know very well, they are 'environmental awareness' and 'credit crunch'. The world is looking for ways to decrease the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere, without incurring major costs in doing so. By increasing efficiencies up to about 90 per cent using well-established and mature technologies, cogeneration represents the best option for short-term reductions in CO2 emission levels. The ability to maximise revenue streams by taking advantage of price fluctuations in the cost of energy supply, and ensuring the ability to supply power regardless of what is happening on the grid, are powerful incentives to use cogeneration. The collapses of the grid networks in North America and Italy in 2003 were a stark reminder of what can happen if there is over-reliance on the grid network. Cogeneration makes sense economically, environmentally and operationally.

Umbraco User s Guide

Author: Nik Wahlberg
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118108093
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The first guide to show you how to power your site using Umbraco. More companies are turning to the power and simplicity of Umbraco’s web content management system to build robust, customized sites. Written by leaders in the Umbraco community, this invaluable guide takes you through every aspect of this open source tool. Code samples using XHTML, CSS, XSLT, and C# are integrated throughout the pages to illustrate key concepts that you can apply. As you work through the chapters, you’ll progress from building a basic Umbraco site to a sophisticated one that meets the needs of your organization. Umbraco User’s Guide: Explains how to install Umbraco and walks you through its XML structure Discusses how to create templates while building your understanding of layouts Offers best practices for developing content, designing types, organizing templates, and using the rich text editor Walks you through XSLT and .NET controls Helps you build sample applications and troubleshoot any issues that arise Covers how to create your own classified ads site by combining document types, templates, styles, macros, and more Nik Wahlberg is the founder of Scandia Consulting, a full-service consultancy specializing in custom web application development. He is a Level 2 Certified Umbraco Professional. Paul Sterling is a member of the Umbraco Core Team and the creator of the Umbraco Store. He is also the founder of the Commerce for Umbraco open source project. Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

The Brain

Author: New Scientist
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1473629314
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play. As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults. Featuring witty essays, enlightening infographics and fascinating 'try this at home' experiments, New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as 'reality' to the brain hacks that can improve memory, The Brain: A User's Guide will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.

Time

Author: Stefan Klein
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141034637
Format: PDF, Docs
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Why are there morning people and night people? How come time flies when you�re having fun and three minutes can sometimes seem an eternity? Would time exist if we didn�t measure it � and why is there never enough of it? Our modern lives are ruled by minutes and hours. We race from one thing to the next, all of us believing on some level that a mysterious cosmic force called �time� is ticking on. And it�s always in short supply. But is the time we live really like that? Could there in fact be another, alternative version, entwined with the official one? Here Stefan Klein explores the hidden dimensions of time, looking at everything from when the present becomes the past to the tribe that see the future backwards, from when sex is best to why the years seem to speed by as we age. And he reveals how we can learn to live in harmony with the secret clock within us, altering our perceptions to transform our lives. To be enjoyed in the morning or the evening (depending on your body clock), this book will make you think the next time you check your watch � and maybe even slow down a little.

The User s Guide to Being Human

Author: Scott Edmund Miller
Publisher: SelectBooks
ISBN: 1590792122
Format: PDF
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"The author examines eight human inner capacities by which people shape their lives. He outlines a step-by-step program to harness this great potential freely available within people to bring out the best in themselves and create the life they dream of leading" --Provided by publisher.

The User s Guide to Spiritual Teachers

Author: Scott Edelstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861716108
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A wise and practical quickstart guide for anyone who wants—or already has—a spiritual teacher. The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers is a necessary book for anyone who has, or wants to have, a spiritual teacher—regardless of faith or tradition. This book addresses concerns that many of us have on the spiritual path, including how to find a spiritual teacher, how to manage expectations about what they can do, and what to do when you realize you’re in a dangerous relationship with one. Spiritual teachers of all traditions will themselves find this book incredibly useful as they reflect on how they benefit their students or may be overstepping their boundaries and actually creating harm. This is your place to look for information, inspiration, sanity, and words of caution.

How to Read a Book

Author: Mortimer J. Adler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439144831
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material. Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text. Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works. Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

The News A User s Manual

Author: Alain De Botton
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307911721
Format: PDF
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The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories—including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal—and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring? In The News: A User’s Manual, de Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) From the Hardcover edition.