The Steampunk Bible

The Steampunk Bible

The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer, S J Chambers
Abrams Image | 2011 | ISBN: 0810989581 | PDF | 91.15MB

Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes.

Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.

1000 Steampunk Creations

The Big Book of Packaging

The Big Book of Packaging

The Big Book of Packaging by Will Burke, Lisa Baer, James Pietruszynski
Harper Design | 2011 | ISBN: 0062009893 | EPUB | 88.84MB

Intended as a comprehensive resource for designers, creative professionals, marketers, and retailers, The Big Book of Packaging contains 384 pages of the most innovative packaging designs from around the world. With over 500 featured designs and profiles of twelve of the world's leading designers, the book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in the future of packaging and design.

In light of the recent lift in environmental consciousness, this volume of the Big Book Series will devote one third of its content to the increasingly important subject of green packaging-showing designers and retailers how to package their products creatively, responsibly, and at low cost, factors that will be reflected in the books own packaging/binding as well.

The Big Book of Packaging will appeal to designers, students, marketers, retailers, and aesthetes alike, providing a thorough look at what goes into building an effective package and how to think "outside the box."



Klimt by Jane Rogoyska, Patrick Bade
Parkstone Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1844845907 | PDF | 42.41MB

Gustav Klimt first made himself known by the decorations he executed (with his brother and their art school companion F. Matsch), for numerous theatres and above all (on his own this time) for the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, where he completed, in a coolly photographic style, the work begun by Makart. At the age of thirty he moved into his own studio and turned to easel painting. At thirty-five he was one of the founders of the Vienna Secession; he withdrew eight years later, dismayed by the increasingly strong trend towards naturalism.

Celebrate People's History

Celebrate People's History

Celebrate People's History: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution by Rebecca Solnit, Josh MacPhee
The Feminist Press at CUNY | 2010 | ISBN: 1558616772 | EPUB | 24.21MB

One hundred posters designed by over eighty artists celebrate important acts of resistance—events and individuals working toward racial justice, women's rights, queer liberation, labor struggles, and innovative activism. CPH is a creative tour through history from some of the most socially engaged artists working today. Artists include Christy Road, Nicole Schulman, Swoon, Eric Drooker, Garage Collective, and more.



Bauhaus by Michael Siebenbrodt, Lutz Schoebe
Parkstone Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1859956262 | PDF | 30.63MB

The Bauhaus movement is one of the most significant and consequential cultural emergences of the twentieth century. Walter Gropius founded this institute of design in 1919 in Weimar and it was effective in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin. The teachings of the Bauhaus in design are still observed in today's architecture and design schools but also in general art classes. The products of the Bauhaus, such as Marcel Breuer's well-known steel pipe furniture, became inexpensive classic design standards. The Bauhaus buildings have made architectural history and now belong to the UNESCO world heritage. This book features an overview of the history of the Bauhaus, served by a rich image documentation, and sheds light on its evolution and connection with other movements, and renders the Bauhaus traceable and understandable to the reader.

The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno

The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno

The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno: The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia by Bill Bonanno, Gary B Abromovitz
William Morrow | 2011 | ISBN: 006199202X | EPUB | 80.24MB

Born into a powerful mob family, Salvatore “Bill” Bonanno was privy to a private world that existed just outside the law for decades in America—a world ruled by the tenets of loyalty, secrecy, brotherhood, and survival at any cost: the Mafia.

The son of Joe Bonanno—the Godfather-like head of one of the original five New york Crime Families—Bill Bonanno came of age in the Golden Age of the Mafia. In this fascinating final testament he ushers readers into that cloistered world, from its origins in medieval Sicilian and Italian history to its rise, tumultuous peak, and precipitous fall in America. Told from the inside—and complete with rare unpublished photographs of candid moments, major players, rituals, and ceremonies—The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno is the ultimate insider’s final word on one of the most secretive and misunderstood phenomena of our time.

The Joy of Hate [Audiobook]

The Joy of Hate [Audiobook]

The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage [Audiobook] by Greg Gutfeld
2012 | MP3@96 kbps | 7 hrs 11 mins | 295.86MB

From the irreverent star of Fox News's Red Eye and The Five, hilarious observations on the manufactured outrage of an oversensitive, wussified culture.

Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense.

The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people. With countless examples grabbed from the headlines, Gutfeld provides readers with the enormous tally of what pisses us all off. For example:

● The double standard: You can make fun of Christians, but God forbid Muslims. It's okay to call a woman any name imaginable, as long as she's a Republican. And no problem if you're a bigot, as long as you're politically correct about it.

● The demonizing of the Tea Party and romanticizing of the Occupy Wall Streeters.

● The media who are always offended (see MSNBC lineup)

● How critics of Obamacare or illegal immigration are somehow immediately labeled racists.

● The endless debate over the Ground Zero Mosque (which Gutfeld planned to open a Muslim gay bar next to).

● As well as pretentious music criticism, slow-moving ceiling fans, and snotty restaurant hostesses.

Funny and sarcastic to the point of being mean (but in a nice way), The Joy of Hate points out the true jerks in this society and tells them all off.

The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual [Audiobook]

The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual [Audiobook]

The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual - The Biggest Bank Failure in American History [Audiobook] by Kirsten Grind
Blackstone Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1470825643 | MP3@64 kbps | 14 hrs 18 mins | 391.06MB

During the most dizzying days of the financial crisis, Washington Mutual, a bank with hundreds of billions of dollars in its coffers, suffered a crippling bank run. The story of its final, brutal collapse in the autumn of 2008, and its controversial sale to JPMorgan Chase, is an astonishing account of how one bank lost itself to greed and mismanagement and how the entire financial industry -- and even the entire country -- lost its way as well.

Kirsten Grind's The Lost Bank is a magisterial and gripping account of these events, tracing the cultural shifts, the cockamamie financial engineering, and the hubris and avarice that made this incredible story possible. The men and women who become the central players in this tragedy -- the regulators and the bankers, the home buyers and the lenders, the number crunchers and the shareholders -- are heroes and villains, perpetrators and victims, often switching roles with one another as the drama unfolds.

Reporting for the Puget Sound Business Journal, Grind covered the story from the beginning. It was a story set far from the epicenters of finance and media, happening largely in places such as the suburban homes of central California and the office buildings of Seattle, but the clarity and depth of Grind's work earned her many awards, including being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Gerald Loeb Award. She takes readers into boardrooms and bedrooms, revealing the power struggles that pitted regulators at the Office of Thrift Supervision and the FDIC against one another and the predatory negotiations of investment bankers and lawyers who enriched themselves during the bank's rise and then devoured the decimated bank in its final days.

Written as compellingly as the finest fiction, The Lost Bank makes it clear that the collapse of Washington Mutual was not just the largest bank failure in American history. It is a story of talismanic qualities, reflecting the incredible rise and the precipitous collapse of not only an institution but of trust, fortunes, and the marketplaces for risk across the world.

The Thief [Audiobook]

The Thief [Audiobook]

The Thief [Audiobook] by Fuminori Nakamura
AudioGO | 2012 | ISBN: 1609989813 | MP3@48 kbps | 4 hrs 01 min | 83.11MB

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly that sometimes he doesn't even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him; nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections....

But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job he can't refuse. It's an easy job: tie up an old rich man and steal the contents of a safe. No one gets hurt.

Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery. And now the Thief is caught in a tangle even he might not be able to escape.

The Riptide Ultra-Glide [Audiobook]

The Riptide Ultra-Glide [Audiobook]

The Riptide Ultra-Glide [Audiobook] by Tim Dorsey
Harper Audio | 2013 | ASIN: B00B03PFP6 | MP3@48 kbps | 9 hrs 21 mins | 194.11MB

Welcome to Paradise!

Freshly laid-off Wisconsinites Patrick and Barbara McDougall are going to sunny Florida for a modest romantic vacation. But the motel they picked isn't quite a pastel paradise, and they have to be midwesterners and make the best of a bad situation. Except bad goes to worse, and a string of misfortunes renders them unable to leave the state.

Meanwhile, the next Mexican-American War is being fought, this time in Fort Lauderdale, between the Kentucky mafia and the Oxy cartel over control of the lucrative pain clinic market. Latinos are turning up dead, hillbillies are wandering the beach trampling sand castles, and cops continue arresting doctors wriggling out of office windows.

But it's never really a party until Serge and Coleman arrive. Cruising down U.S. 1, Captain Florida and his perpetually altered sidekick are on a mission to film the best reality show ever!

Back at their motel, the McDougalls are peeking out the curtains. They've become very popular, especially with Serge, who believes he's found the perfect stars for the pilot of his new TV series.

Are the McDougalls safer with Serge or should they take their chances on the mean streets?

Will Coleman get tired of signing autographs?

Can pelicans be used as murder weapons?

Is time running out for our heroes?

And, finally, the question still on everyone's lips: What's up with Florida? Stay tuned for all the answers in...The Riptide Ultra-Glide!

The Uninvited Guests [Audiobook]

The Uninvited Guests [Audiobook]

The Uninvited Guests [Audiobook] by Sadie Jones
Random House Audiobooks | 2012 | ASIN: B007NCKRSI | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 03 mins | 248.88MB

One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor - and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief. The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors are not invited to taste.

But nothing, it seems, will go to plan. As the passengers wearily search for rest, the house undergoes a strange transformation. One of their number (who is most definitely not a gentleman) makes it his business to join the birthday revels. Evening turns to stormy night, and a most unpleasant game threatens to blow respectability to smithereens: Smudge Torrington, the wayward youngest daughter of the house, decides that this is the perfect moment for her Great Undertaking.

The Uninvited Guests is the bewitching new novel from number-one best seller Sadie Jones. The prizewinning author of The Outcast triumphs in this frightening yet delicious drama of dark surprises - where social codes are uprooted and desire daringly trumps propriety - and all is alight with Edwardian wit and opulence.

Fromelles [Audiobook]

Fromelles [Audiobook]

Fromelles [Audiobook] by Patrick Lindsay
Sound Recording | 2008 | ISBN: 1742120547 | MP3@96 kbps | 6 hrs 23 mins | 375.05MB

Many diggers suvived Gallipoli only to lose their lives in an ill-conceived battle near the tiny French village of Fromelles. They were outnumbered two to one by an entrenched German force. In the blackest night in Australian histroy - 19 JUly 1916 - the Diggers suffered 5533 casualties, with almost 2000 killed. Against all odds, hundresd of our soldiers broke through enemy lines, never to return/ Their fate has been unknown for close to a century. They simply disappeared into the mists of history until now.

Fromelles is Australia's worst military disaster, yet it barely rates a mention in our history books and the name is absent from our war memorials. Was there a cover up? What happened to the missing Diggers? Why has it taken so long for action?

Best selling author Patrick Lindsay takes us behind the scenes, following the remarkable investigative work of a band of amateur historians in search of the final resting place of the missing Diggers of Fromelles. He introduces us to some of our greatest - yet unknown - heroes and crosses paths of characters that include one of the German defenders at Fromelles, Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler.

Passionately told, this enthralling mix of detective story and war history takes us to the killing fields of the Great War and back to Australia to find the key to one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of World War One.