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Coraline (Neil Gaiman)


Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC | ISBN: 0747562105 | 96 pages | 2002 | DOC | 1.5 mb

Despite being mostly known for his fantastical graphic novels and adult fiction, Neil Gaiman's first book for children is everything that you would expect from such a massive imagination as his. It's special and wonderful and very weird indeed. Described by some as the new Alice in Wonderland, Coraline is actually more bizarre than that, much more frightening and its modest length definitely adds to the book's undiluted potency.

Shortly after moving into an old house with strange tenants above and below, Coraline discovers a big, carved, brown wooden door at the far corner of the drawing room. And it is locked. Curiosity runs riot in Coraline's mind and she unlocks the door to see what lies behind it. Disappointingly, it opens onto a brick wall. Days later, after exploring the rest of the house and garden, Coraline returns to the same mysterious door and opens it again. This time, however, there is a dark hallway in front of her. Stepping inside, the place beyond has an eerie familiarity about it. The carpet and wallpaper are the same as in her flat. The picture hanging on the wall is the same. Almost. Strangest of all, her mum and dad are there too. Only they have buttons for eyes and seem more possessive than normal. It's a twisted version of her world that is familiar, and yet sinister. And matters get even more surreal for Coraline when her "other" parents seem reluctant to let her leave.

Her attempted escape from this nightmare alternative reality sees Coraline experience a chilling series of ever more bizarre encounters. Some are plainly odd, others disturbingly spooky and together they combine to form an immensely readable story. It's like all the best bits of the Goosebumps books condensed into 160 pages. A unique reading experience guaranteed. (Ages 10 and over)John McLay This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


ISBN: 0750677783
Author: Lewin Edwards
Publisher: Newnes
Edition: Bk&CD-Rom edition (December 10, 2004)
Pages: 256 page
Size : 2.7 mb
In this practical reference, popular author Lewin Edwards shows how to develop robust, dependable real-time systems for robotics and other control applications, using open-source tools. It demonstrates efficient and low-cost embedded hardware and software design techniques, based on Linux as the development platform and operating system and the Atmel AVR as the primary microcontroller. The book provides comprehensive examples of sensor, actuator and control applications and circuits, along with source code for a number of projects. It walks the reader through the process of setting up the Linux-based controller, from creating a custom kernel to customizing the BIOS, to implementing graphical control interfaces.

Including detailed design information on:
ESBUS PC-host interface
Host-module communications protocol
A speed-controlled DC motor with tach feedback and thermal cut-off
A stepper motor controller
A two-axis attitude sensor using a MEMS accelerometer
Infrared remote control in Linux using LIRC
Machine vision using Video4Linux

The Accompanying CD-ROM contains a wealth of design materials, including:
Full schematics and source code for the projects described
Ready-made disk images for the miniature Linux distribution uses as the basis for the PC-side software
Distribution archives of source code for all GNU software used, along with application-specific patches where appropriate
A free version of the schematic capture and PCB CAD software used
Atmel AVR Studio

* The first-ever book on using open source technology for robotics design!
* Immensely valuable source code and design tools provided on the CD-ROM
* Covers hot topics such as GPS navigation, 3-D sensing, and machine vision, all using a Linux platform!

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