The Quest to Save Swindon

  • Filename: the-quest-to-save-swindon.
  • ISBN: 1542566770
  • Release Date: 2017-01-15
  • Number of pages: 116
  • Author: Pungence
  • Publisher:



One of the most beloved YouTube creations sets off on the adventure of a lifetime!The Amazing Frog is one of the funniest and most exciting characters in the entire video game universe, and he's about to have his most incredible adventure of his life! A fun and funny frog who is always up for a challenge, the Amazing Frog knows how to enjoy himself and start trouble. But when frogs start mysteriously disappearing from his home city of Swindon, the Amazing Frog decides to use his remarkable talents to get to the bottom of things. Teaming up with his friend Pig Newton, the Amazing Frog sets off on an epic quest in which he pits his wits and talents against Megalodon, Joke Frog, and other familiar characters from the much-loved Pungence YouTube series. As his adventure unfolds, the Amazing Frog learns that something sinister is behind the spate of frog disappearances, and that the fate of all of Swindon may rest on his froggy shoulders! Will the Amazing Frog's unique talents be enough to win the day? Find out in this exciting adventure for Amazing Frog and Pungence fans of all ages!

Ancell s Quest

  • Filename: ancell-s-quest.
  • ISBN: 9781784628826
  • Release Date: 2015-03-28
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Tony Main
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd



Laughing Jack, the most merciless of pirates, kidnaps unloved children. Ancell, a timid, dreaming hedgehog, learns he is the only one who can rescue them.

The Quest for Character

  • Filename: the-quest-for-character.
  • ISBN: 9780310420514
  • Release Date: 1993-10-01
  • Number of pages: 124
  • Author: Charles R. Swindoll
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



So many voices today tell us that avoiding pain and dodging trouble are the best we can expect from life. Yet God is at work in us. He doesn't call us to a bland vanilla existence but to an exciting quest for the best thing in life -- a heart that reflects the character qualities of Jesus Christ. Let Chuck Swindoll show you the building blocks of character that God wants to develop in you and how these traits can help you achieve lasting fulfillment. The Quest for Character offers forty encouraging meditations on character qualities that can significantly change your life. Each brief devotional ends with helpful suggestions for refining your character and scripture readings to draw you into God's Word.

The Quest

  • Filename: the-quest.
  • ISBN: 9781101563700
  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Number of pages: 832
  • Author: Daniel Yergin
  • Publisher: Penguin



This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future.

Common Sense the Turing Test and the Quest for Real AI

  • Filename: common-sense-the-turing-test-and-the-quest-for-real-ai.
  • ISBN: 9780262338370
  • Release Date: 2017-02-17
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Hector J. Levesque
  • Publisher: MIT Press



What can artificial intelligence teach us about the mind? If AI's underlying concept is that thinking is a computational process, then how can computation illuminate thinking? It's a timely question. AI is all the rage, and the buzziest AI buzz surrounds adaptive machine learning: computer systems that learn intelligent behavior from massive amounts of data. This is what powers a driverless car, for example. In this book, Hector Levesque shifts the conversation to "good old fashioned artificial intelligence," which is based not on heaps of data but on understanding commonsense intelligence. This kind of artificial intelligence is equipped to handle situations that depart from previous patterns -- as we do in real life, when, for example, we encounter a washed-out bridge or when the barista informs us there's no more soy milk. Levesque considers the role of language in learning. He argues that a computer program that passes the famous Turing Test could be a mindless zombie, and he proposes another way to test for intelligence -- the Winograd Schema Test, developed by Levesque and his colleagues. "If our goal is to understand intelligent behavior, we had better understand the difference between making it and faking it," he observes. He identifies a possible mechanism behind common sense and the capacity to call on background knowledge: the ability to represent objects of thought symbolically. As AI migrates more and more into everyday life, we should worry if systems without common sense are making decisions where common sense is needed.

The Greatest

  • Filename: the-greatest.
  • ISBN: 9781473653672
  • Release Date: 2017-02-23
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Matthew Syed
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the 'Sports Journalist of the Year 2016', answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be, as individuals, teams and as organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its illusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.

Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face and the Badness of Badgers

  • Filename: stinkbomb-and-ketchup-face-and-the-badness-of-badgers.
  • ISBN: 9781101996645
  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: John Dougherty
  • Publisher: Penguin



A hilarious send-up of fantasy quest novels, perfect for fans of Adam Gidwitz and Jon Scieszka. Welcome to the kingdom of Great Kerfuffle! Great Kerfuffle is really great. And there's usually a kerfuffle (the clue's in the name really). This particular kerfuffle started the day Stinkbomb's twenty dollar bill went missing. Stinkbomb and his little sister Ketchup-Face know exactly who took it: the badgers. After all, they're called badgers because they do bad things; otherwise they'd just be gers. They bring news of the badgers' treachery to King Toothbrush Weasel (don't get us started on the story behind his name…), who sends them on a quest to rid the land of badgers. What follows is a full on kerfuffle-fest, containing: one deep dark forest, a grocery cart in distress, a song about jam--and, of course, a band of very tricky badgers. Be prepared to laugh your socks off, and maybe your ears, too. From the Hardcover edition.

Endurance

  • Filename: endurance.
  • ISBN: 9781472920249
  • Release Date: 2016-04-21
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Rick Broadbent
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year "A runner must run with dreams in his heart." Emil Zatopek. In the summer of 1952 Emil Zatopek became the king of the running world with an unprecedented distance treble at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. Together with his wife Dana, who won another gold medal in the javelin, they were the embodiment of sporting romance. Born on the same day, they were champions on the same day too. Yet in 1968 this affable but eccentric Czech solider was betrayed by his Communist paymasters and cast out into wilderness. Hidden from world view, monitored by the secret police and forced to live in a caravan in mining country, he became the invisible hero. 'Endurance' is the first biography to document the remarkable rise, fall and rehabilitation of a man voted the 'greatest runner of all time' by 'Runner's World' in 2013. It is also the story of a golden age of sport played out against a backdrop of Cold War politics and paranoia. From the London Olympics of 1948 to Czech concentration camps, this is an uplifting and harrowing story of survival. As Emil rises to global fame, his old coach is locked up and tortured by StB henchmen. Their diverging paths expose the fickleness of popularity and eventually cross again when Zatopek's world is torn asunder. All both men can do is endure. The running world of this era is brought to life by dramatic accounts of Zatopek's great triumphs, manifold records and a rich collection of characters vying to dethrone him. In Britain the sharp-tongued Gordon Pirie falls foul of the media as he becomes obsessed with Zatopek and adopts increasingly-masochistic methods; mild-mannered marathon champion Jim Peters begins a quest that would make "women weep and grown men lose their lunch†?. In France Alain Mimoun crawls from the bloody carnage of his war-time exploits to overcome racial snubs and become known as Zatopek's Shadow; and in the Soviet Union, the tragic figure of Vladimir Kuts is moulded into a brutal running machine at huge cost. Only Zatopek manages to bridge this East-West divide as a savage power struggle is fought in both the Olympic arena and in the corridors of power. Due to extensive access to those involved, including Dana herself, award-winning Times author Rick Broadbent has written a vivid history involving blood and guns and a love that sustained the cruellest twists of fate. From heady nights at White City to the brave resistance during the Prague Spring, this is a book that plants the son of a carpenter at the very centre of a revolution. Whether talking to his rivals on the track or Red Army troops as tanks roll into Prague, Zatopek's humanity shines through and carries all. With traces of 'Chariots of Fire' and Laura Hillenbrand's 'Unbroken', Endurance is both a wonderful love story and a landmark tale of hope and strength in the face of crushing opposition. "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys." Emil Zatopek

The Day That Went Missing

  • Filename: the-day-that-went-missing.
  • ISBN: 9781473524583
  • Release Date: 2017-04-06
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Richard Beard
  • Publisher: Random House



A family story of exceptional power and universal relevance - about loss, about carrying on, and about recovering a brother's life and death. Life changes in an instant. On a family summer holiday in Cornwall in 1978, Nicholas and his brother Richard are jumping in the waves. Suddenly, Nicholas is out of his depth. He isn’t, and then he is. He drowns. Richard and his other brothers don’t attend the funeral, and incredibly the family return immediately to the same cottage – to complete the holiday, to carry on. They soon stop speaking of the catastrophe. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory. Nearly forty years later, Richard Beard is haunted by the missing grief of his childhood but doesn’t know the date of the accident or the name of the beach. So he sets out on a pain-staking investigation to rebuild Nicky’s life, and ultimately to recreate the precise events on the day of the accident. Who was Nicky? Why did the family react as they did? And what actually happened? The Day That Went Missing is a heart-rending story as intensely personal as any tragedy and as universal as loss. It is about how we make sense of what is gone. Most of all, it is an unforgettable act of recovery for a brother.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time

  • Filename: the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time.
  • ISBN: 9781448139859
  • Release Date: 2012-08-02
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Mark Haddon
  • Publisher: Random House



'Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn't mean there isn't an answer to them' This is Christopher's murder mystery story. There are also no lies in this story because Christopher can't tell lies. Christopher does not like strangers or the colours yellow or brown or being touched. On the other hand, he knows all the countries in the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7507. When Christopher decides to find out who killed the neighbour's dog, his mystery story becomes more complicated than he could have ever predicted. BACKSTORY: Meet the author and learn about the background to Christopher's story.

Kraya the Blood Shark

  • Filename: kraya-the-blood-shark.
  • ISBN: 1408318512
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 121
  • Author: Adam Blade
  • Publisher: Orchard Books



Max is about to face the most awesome Robobeast - Kraya the blood shark. He must also confront the evil force that has created these deadly creatures, and uncover dark secrets about his family. Max is pushed to the limits of fear at the climax of his sea quest!

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Kung Fu Cavemen from the Future

  • Filename: the-adventures-of-ook-and-gluk-kung-fu-cavemen-from-the-future.
  • ISBN: 9780545513166
  • Release Date: 2012-12-01
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Dav Pilkey
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.



Tra-la-laaa! The wait is over! Dav Pilkey--ahem--we mean, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the bestselling authors of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER DIAPER BABY, are back with their second graphic novel! Meet Ook and Gluk, the stars of this sensationally silly graphic novel from the creators of Captain Underpants! It's 500,001 BC, and Ook and Gluk's hometown of Caveland, Ohio, is under attack by an evil corporation from the future. When Ook, Gluk, and their little dinosaur pal Lily are pulled through a time portal to 2222, they discover a future world that's even more devastated than their own. Luckily, they find a friend in Master Wong, a martial arts instructor who trains them in the ways of kung fu. Now all they have to do is travel back in time 502,223 years and save the day!

Decoded

  • Filename: decoded.
  • ISBN: 9780241961995
  • Release Date: 2014-03-12
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Mai Jia
  • Publisher: Penguin UK



Decoded tells the story of Rong Jinzhwen, one of the great code-breakers in the world. A semi-autistic mathematical genius, Jinzhen is recruited to the cryptography department of China's secret services, Unit 701, where he is assigned the task of breaking the elusive 'Code Purple'. Jinzhen rises through the ranks to eventually become China's greatest and most celebrated code-breaker; until he makes a mistake. Then begins his descent through the unfathomable darkness of the world of cryptology into madness. Decoded was an immediate success when it was published in 2002 in China and has become an international bestseller. With the pacing of a literary crime thriller, Mai Jia's masterpiece also combines elements of historical fiction and state espionage. Taking place in the shadowy world of Chinese secret security, where Mai Jia worked for decades, it introduces us to a place that is unfamiliar, intriguing and authentic. And with Rong Jinzhen, it introduces us to a character who is deeply flawed and fragile, yet possessing exceptional intelligence. Decoded is an unforgettable and gripping story of genius, brilliance, insanity and human frailty. Mai Jia (the pseudonym of Jiang Benhu) is arguably the most successful writer in China today. His books are constant bestsellers, with total sales over three million copies. He became the highest paid author in China last year with his new book, Wind Talk. He has achieved unprecedented success with film adaptation: all of his novels are made - or are being made - into major films or TV series, the screenplays of which are often written by Mai Jia himself. He is hailed as the forerunner of Chinese espionage fiction, and has created a unique genre that combines spycraft, code-breaking, crime, human drama, historical fiction, and metafiction. He has won almost every major award in China, including the highest literary honor - the Mao Dun Award.

The Queen s Present

  • Filename: the-queen-s-present.
  • ISBN: 9781444925654
  • Release Date: 2016-10-06
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Steve Antony
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



The Queen has raced around London and dashed all over the UK. Now she is setting off around the world in search of the perfect Christmas present - and she's not alone. Father Christmas is here to help! From the North Pole to the Sydney Opera House, via the State of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and more - will the Queen find a gift that is truly special? And who is it for?! A witty and stylish celebration of the Queen and the world's best known landmarks, created by Steve Antony, winner of the Oscar's First Book Prize, nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Praise for The Queen's Hat: 'This is a wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great.' - Sun '... this picture book is hard to beat for its sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings.' - The Times

The Day of the Triffids

  • Filename: the-day-of-the-triffids.
  • ISBN: 9780141912110
  • Release Date: 2008-09-20
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: John Wyndham
  • Publisher: Penguin UK



'One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life' Sunday Times When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop their spread the Triffids, mobile plants with lethal stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control. The Day of the Triffids is perhaps the most famous catastrophe novel of the twentieth century and its startling imagery of desolate streets and lurching, lethal plant life retains its power to haunt today.

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