• True Crime


The True Story of a Serial Killer's Reign of Terror from Europe to South Asia
Author: Thomas Thompson
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504043278
Category: True Crime
Page: 568
View: 9584
New York Times Bestseller: The nightmare odyssey of a charismatic serial killer and a trail of terror stretching halfway around the world. There was no pattern to the murders, no common thread other than the fact that the victims were all vacationers, robbed of their possessions and slain in seemingly random crimes. Authorities across three continents and a dozen nations had no idea they were all looking for same man: Charles Sobhraj, aka “The Serpent.” A handsome Frenchman of Vietnamese and Indian origin, Sobhraj targeted backpackers on the “hippie trail” between Europe and South Asia. A master of deception, he used his powerful intellect and considerable sex appeal to lure naïve travelers into a life of crime. When they threatened to turn on him, Sobhraj murdered his acolytes in cold blood. Between late 1975 and early 1976, a dozen corpses were found everywhere from the boulevards of Paris to the slopes of the Himalayas to the back alleys of Bangkok and Hong Kong. Some police experts believe the true number of Sobhraj’s victims may be more than twice that amount. Serpentine is the “grotesque, baffling, and hypnotic” true story of one of the most bizarre killing sprees in modern history (San Francisco Chronicle). Edgar Award–winning author Thomas Thompson’s mesmerizing portrait of a notorious sociopath and his helpless prey “unravels like fiction, but afterwards haunts the reader like the document it is” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland).

    • Fiction


Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698146654
Category: Fiction
Page: 496
View: 4139
Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there's a monster that even she doesn't know how to fight... A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties... In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes. When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse--her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There's a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that's rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret--if she survives at all, that is...

    • Photography


Author: Mark Laita
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9781419706301
Category: Photography
Page: 200
View: 4650
Photographer Mark Laita unveils a pantheon of spectacular snakes in this electrifying collection. Inciting both allure and alarm, shining pastel pythons and vibrant green vipers slither across the pages. An illuminating essay by William T. Vollmann accompanies the images, delving into the associations with snakes that haunt our collective imagination. From the iridescent blue Malaysian coral snake to the candy-cane-striped albino Honduran milk snake, the aptly named beautiful pit viper, and the gleaming black mamba, the world’s most dangerous and gorgeous snakes are pictured in Serpentine, showing off their fascinating colors and textures—as well as the sensual forms their movement creates. Through Laita’s lens, there is nothing they can do, no position they can take, that fails to be anything but mesmerizing.

    • Young Adult Fiction


Author: Cindy Pon
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
ISBN: 1942664591
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 303
View: 5355
Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this sweeping fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

    • Nature


The Evolution and Ecology of a Model System
Author: Susan Harrison,Nishanta Rajakaruna
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520948459
Category: Nature
Page: 464
View: 6057
Serpentine soils have long fascinated biologists for the specialized floras they support and the challenges they pose to plant survival and growth. This volume focuses on what scientists have learned about major questions in earth history, evolution, ecology, conservation, and restoration from the study of serpentine areas, especially in California. Results from molecular studies offer insight into evolutionary patterns, while new ecological research examines both species and communities. Serpentine highlights research whose breadth provides context and fresh insights into the evolution and ecology of stressful environments.

    • Fiction

Murder on the Serpentine

A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
Author: Anne Perry
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0425284999
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 525
In the history of Anne Perry’s bestselling Victorian mystery series, the stakes have never been greater than now—as a mission for queen and country places the future of the British Empire squarely in Thomas Pitt’s hands. It is not the custom for the commander of Special Branch to receive a royal summons—so Thomas Pitt knows it must be for a matter of the gravest importance. The body of Sir John Halberd, the Queen’s confidant, has been found in the shallow water of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, bearing the evidence of a fatal blow to the head. At Her Majesty’s request, Sir John had been surreptitiously investigating Alan Kendrick, a horse-racing enthusiast who seems to have had an undue amount of influence on her son, the Prince of Wales. Now Commander Pitt must navigate the corridors of power with the utmost discretion and stealth, for it seems certain that Sir John’s killer is a member of the upper classes. Aided by his wife, Charlotte, and her social contacts, Pitt seeks out the hidden motives behind the polite façade of those to the manner born—and uncovers a threat to the throne that could topple the monarchy. With Murder on the Serpentine, Thomas Pitt nears a crossroads in his brilliant career—one that promises new challenges, both professional and personal, still to be met. But first, he and Charlotte must conquer the twists and turns of suspense master Anne Perry’s most cunningly crafted plot yet—to achieve their finest hour, or suffer their darkest. Praise for Murder on the Serpentine “For nearly four decades Anne Perry’s riveting detective novels have played out against the backdrop of the Victorian era. Fans of British royalty will delight in Murder on the Serpentine, which spotlights the woman this British author reminds us was ‘queen and empress of a quarter of the earth’ during her 63-year reign. . . . Perry writes meticulously laid-out police procedurals, and Pitt’s methodical investigation sets the novel’s early, steady pace.”—The Washington Post “The mystery may follow familiar lines, but even newcomers are likely to be charmed by scenes that deepen Pitt’s family relationships. This entry’s main strength lies in the quiet, emotionally intelligent interactions among its characters.”—Publishers Weekly “[Anne] Perry returns with another engrossing read brimming with superb period details and complex characters.”—RT Book Reviews “Marvelous . . . Perry delivers once again by simply doing what she does better than anyone else—capturing the flavor, spirit and political temperature of Victorian-era London.”—Bookreporter

    • Sculpture, English

Henry Moore at the Serpentine

Catalogue of the 80th Birthday Exhibition of Recent Carvings and Bronzes, Serpentine Gallery and Kensington Gardens 1 July-8 October 1978
Author: Henry Moore,Serpentine Gallery
Publisher: Conran Octopus
Category: Sculpture, English
Page: 60
View: 5616

    • Juvenile Fiction

LEGO Ninjago #3: Rise of the Serpentine

Author: Greg Farshtey
Publisher: Papercutz
ISBN: 1597075167
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 64
View: 3853
Invasion of the Snakes! How do you defeat a foe who can take control of your mind? That's the latest, and perhaps greatest, challenge that confronts Cole, Zane, Jay, and Kai, the Masters of Spinjitzu! They better figure that out fast because one of them does indeed fall under the spell of the Hypnobrai! How will his fellow ninja react? The shocking answers to these questions await you in "Rise of the Serpentine," by Greg Farshtey and Paul Lee!

    • Fiction


Author: Christopher Middleton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781848615861
Category: Fiction
Page: 120
View: 8140
Serpentine was first published in by Oasis Books, London, in 1985. It received little distribution and minimal notice at the time, somewhat to the author's distress, and the publisher's regret. It has never reappeared complete, although selections have appeared in subsequent compilations.

    • American poetry

Wild Roses of Cape Ann

And Other Poems
Author: Lucy Larcom
Publisher: N.A
Category: American poetry
Page: 272
View: 4644

    • Fiction

Serpentine Fire

Author: Jon Binkowski; Stephen DeWoody
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491732725
Category: Fiction
Page: 410
View: 7738
A devastating, globe-shaking earthquake hits California; but terrible as it is, it only sets the stage for the real disaster to come. Because at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, a fissure opens and releases a life-form that has been locked away for countless millennia. When the quake strikes: Marine biologist Charles Jacobs is lucky to survive as his beloved Monterey Aquarium collapses. In Oakland, NOAA scientist Felix Goodwin suddenly finds himself tapped by his Washington boss, millionaire industrialist Garrison Drummond, to head up Emergency Operations. And environmentalist Natalie DiBella, homeward bound on an airliner that narrowly avoids crashing, dreads that her family may not have been so lucky. Months later, when Charles is brought to a top secret government facility to examine a huge, strange creature, it is like nothing the eminent scientist has ever seen before. As impossible as it seems, it is a sea serpent—and it is not alone. Soon the oceans are swarming with them, in all shapes and sizes, but all with the same eerie jade eyes. Charles comes to realize that they are the ultimate invasive species; Natalie thinks they are a beautiful force of nature—and the Machiavellian Drummond believes they have the potential for almost limitless power.

    • Science

Serpentine Geoecology of Western North America

Geology, Soils, and Vegetation
Author: Earl B. Alexander
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 019516508X
Category: Science
Page: 512
View: 8473
This book is about geology, soils, and plant communities in serpentine landscapes of western North America. Aspects of the interaction of geology and soils reveal a fascinating symbiosis relating the structure, composition, and distribution of plant communities. The plants that survive are a unique group. There are some entire genera or even families of plants that are common throughout California that are poorly represented on serpentine, while other genera are more diverse on serpentine than on other soils. Serpentine rocks have dramatic effects on the vegetation that grows on them. Many common plants cannot grow on serpentine soils, leaving distinctive suites of plants to occupy serpentine habitats. The floristic diversity associated with serpentine soils formed above ultramafic rocks is surprising considering that these soils are toxic to many plants. Serpentine barrens of California often look like moonscapes but here we find numerous species of plants of low biomass that produce a richness of species rarely found in the world.

    • True Crime

Blood and Money

The Classic True Story of Murder, Passion, and Power
Author: Thomas Thompson
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 150404326X
Category: True Crime
Page: 450
View: 9513
Edgar Award Winner: The “gripping” true story of a beautiful Texas socialite, her ambitious husband, and a string of mysterious deaths (Los Angeles Times). Joan Robinson Hill was a world-class equestrian, a glamorous member of Houston high society, and the wife of Dr. John Hill, a handsome and successful plastic surgeon. Her father, Ash Robinson, was a charismatic oil tycoon obsessed with making his daughter’s every dream come true. Rich, attractive, and reckless, Joan was one of the most celebrated women in a town infatuated with money, power, and fame. Then one morning in 1969, she fell mysteriously ill. The sordid events that followed comprise “what may be the most compelling and complex case in crime annals” (Ann Rule, bestselling author of The Stranger Beside Me). From the elegant mansions of River Oaks, one of America’s most exclusive neighborhoods, to a seedy underworld of prostitution and murder-for-hire, New York Times–bestselling author Thomas Thompson tracks down every bizarre motive and enigmatic clue to weave a fascinating tale of lust and vengeance. Full of colorful characters, shocking twists, and deadly secrets, Blood and Money is “an absolute spellbinder” and true crime masterpiece (Newsweek).

    • Blacks

Arthur Jafa: a Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions

Author: Arthur Jaffa
Publisher: Walther Konig Verlag
ISBN: 9783960981589
Category: Blacks
Page: 848
View: 3249
Across three decades, Jafa has developed a dynamic, multidisciplinary practice ranging from films and installations to lecture-performances and happenings that tackle, challenge and question prevailing cultural assumptions about identity and race. Jafa's work is driven by a recurrent question: how might one identify and develop a specifically Black visual aesthetics equal to the 'power, beauty and alienation' of Black music in US culture?0The publication builds upon Jafa?s image-based practice through the cutting and juxtaposing of visual sequences across its pages. A rich compendium of texts, both fiction and nonfiction, selected by Jafa, give an expanded picture of the many different inspirations and sources that lie behind his work.0With texts by John Akomfrah, Jean Baudrillard, Judith Butler, Tina Campt, Ernest Hardy, Dave Hickey, Arthur Jafa, Fred Moten, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Yana Peel.00Exhibition: Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (08.06.-10.09.2017) / Julia Stroschek Collection, Berlin, Germany (11.02.-18.11.2018).

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Serpentine Socks

E-Pattern from Socks from the Toe Up
Author: Wendy D. Johnson
Publisher: Potter Craft
ISBN: 030798544X
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 10
View: 9369
The "snakes" on these socks aren't poisonous, and they wouldn't dream of hurting you. They are actually very obedient and fall into place nicely as you knit. Use a light-colored yarn to highlight the textured pattern. Suggested materials include 1/fine yarn and 2 size 2 US (2.75mm) circular needles (or one long circular needle). Fits sizes small (7 1/2"), medium (8"), and large (8 1/2").

    • Art

Some went mad, some ran away

Author: Damien Hirst,Richard Shone,Serpentine Gallery
Publisher: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 47
View: 2946

    • Architecture

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005

Author: N.A
Publisher: Trolley Limited
Category: Architecture
Page: 141
View: 6810
Five years ago, the Serpentine Gallery invited the world's leading innovative architects to create a pavilion, even an elegance or a folly, that represented the ethos of their work. This book looks at some of creations that resulted from the gallery's challenge.

    • Art

Piero Manzoni

Author: Piero Manzoni,Germano Celant,Jon Thompson,Anna Costantini,Serpentine Gallery
Publisher: Charta
ISBN: 9788881581412
Category: Art
Page: 319
View: 7852
Published on the occasion of the Piero Manzoni exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, this volume documents the artist's entire career and contains many images previously unpublished.