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1. Brother Termite
2. Dosage Calculations for Nurses
3. Flanders
4. The Talented Mr. Ripley: A Screenplay
5. Cradle of Splendor
6. Anthony Wayne: American General
7. Helping Adolescents at Risk: Prevention
8. Insights (The Mcgraw-Hill Literature
9. The Wonder of Elephants (Animal
10. Conscience of the Beagle
11. Happy Policeman
12. Eating Memories
13. Delmar's Pharmacy Technician Certification
14. Nitrogen Excretion, Volume 20
15. Cold Allies
16. God's Fires
17. Pharmacology Quick Reference For
18. Ethnocultural Perspectives on
19. Writers From Florida: Zora Neale
20. Biography - Anthony, Patricia

1. Brother Termite
by Patricia Anthony
Paperback: 272 Pages (1995-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The post of White House chief of staff is filled by an alien who attempts to manipulate the government to prepare Earth for the invasion of his insect-like race, in this acclaimed speculative political thriller. Reprint. K. LJ. PW. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brother Termite
I like the book. I read it twice. Bought the book in 1993. I highly recommend the book. It combines the best of several genres.

4-0 out of 5 stars I must be a masochist
Though I know by now that the endings of her books are gonna leave me dissatisfied, I still read them.

I read them because between the front cover and the ending there is always astonishingly good storytelling. This book was no exception. An alien invasion story told from the side of the aliens. It took me awhile to figure out that was what she was doing and then suddenly, just like that, it changed the entire way I was reading the book.

That angle made me think about what was happening more keenly than I was doing so up to that moment and actually made me go back and start again. Simply amazing writing. Again though, that ambiguous ending...

Still, I recommend it. You can still find her books here for pennies. At that price, don't be afraid to check her out. You may enjoy them tremendously.

5-0 out of 5 stars Obvious but still insightful social/political commentary.
More of a political and cultural allegorical tale then a straight shooting Sci-fi novel. The book is not exactly about secretive plots and puppet regimes. It's in there, but it is more about the tale of an insider having a change of heart. A "yes alien" growing a conscious and challenging the caste systems and destiny of his race. Reverse Stockholm Syndrome....an Oskar Schindler kind of moment.

It is certainly above average and for the price WELL worth a look.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful effort from a great slipstream author.
In this surprising and polished work about politics and ethics, Patricia Anthony has written a book that deserves to be much more widely known and read than it appears to be. If you like smart fiction which plays with genre rules (rather than within them) then I suggest that you hurry and find a copy of Brother Termite.

Brother Termite is a story about Reen, an overworked alien bureaucrat in the White House who has to contend with seemingly every problem in the world-- hidden agendas from practially everybody, unreliable friends and lovers, and the annoying ghost of John F. Kennedy. The aliens and humans are caught in a mesh of competing personalities and ethical priorities-- a knotty problemwhich seems like it could lead to a failure of diplomacy...

Anthony has done a very clever thing and written a book which functions very well within both the Thriller and Science Fiction genres without ever actually losing its critical distance from either. It is a rare book that can be satisfying on stock levels (political whodunnit, alien anthropology) while still remaining a cool parody of the books that it is based on and the culture it comes from.

Do not read Anthony looking for your typical space opera. Her books are strongly character-based and ultimately more interested in human issues than xenobiology or battles. If you like the work of Mary Doria Russell, Bruce Sterling, or Philip K. Dick then you are probably on the right page for Anthony.

(I am sad to note, by the way, that her work seems to be out of print at the time of writing this review. I would stress that it is well worth the extra time and trouble to find copies while they are still available.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A tour de force of writing
I read "God's Fire" and "Cold Allies" and enjoyed the author's quirky but brilliant style, especially the way aliens are so epehemeral, on the edge, non-human. In this book, a work that includes humor, mystery and science fiction, she ruminates on politics, culture, the future. The further one delves, the more one understands and admires the hero,(Reen-ja) and his travails.

The only word to describe character development (Ms. Anthony's forte) is awesome. The President journeys from pitiful rambling politician to tragic hero. Marian carefully plots the dangerous path that brings betrayal and heartbreak. Reen succumbs to that most human of emotions, love, though he cannot change his nature. A cosmic tragedy awaits the only two sentient races in the Galaxy - humans the termites. These humanoid aliens evolved from insects and as such are hive creatures with allegiance to their Brothers and Cousins. Their life is set at birth (an aside to much like the still-strong Indian caste system). Both termites and humans are losing the ability to reproduce. In the termites case, the vast majority are now born mindless workers.

The termites have undertaken to fuse two races into one that will stand the test of time. Experiments begin and children are born. We encounter murder, kidnapping, torture, investigations and surprises. The humor is always present - some of it slapstick but always with an edge. In fact the entire story has a shadowy nervousness as if one were waiting for the other shoe to drop. The commentary on rituals, customs,what it means to be human, are insightful and thought-provoking.

The incredible ending with Reen's final thoughts was not only tragic but triumphant, a classic case of martyrdom for our fellow man or in this case, fellow termite. The reader feels a deep sadness mixed with a sudden understanding as we grasp not only his shock but acceptance. The scene of his traitorous brother, attempting desperately to stop the sacrifice, remains with the reader long after the book was closed. ... Read more

2. Dosage Calculations for Nurses
by June L. Olsen, Anthony Patrick Giangrasso, Dolores M. Shrimpton, Patricia M. Dillon, Sheila Cunningham
Paperback: 293 Pages (2010-05-10)
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This comprehensive and easy-to-use guide for dosage calculations and drug administration is an excellent reference guide for nursing and healthcare professionals. Critical thinking case studies, practice tests, and exercises prepare students for real calculations so they can confidently calculate safe and accurate dosage levels

With a workbook style, comprehensive coverage and over 1,000 problems and answers, `Dosage Calculations for Nurses' allows the student to work at their own pace in the areas where they feel need the most support. ... Read more

3. Flanders
by Patricia Anthony
Paperback: 368 Pages (2000-04-01)
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Asin: 0425172937
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Flanders is the breakout novel by Patricia Anthony, whose award-winning science fiction has transcended the genre through the sheer power of her storytelling. Flanders is Anthony's first true mainstream novel, a powerful evocation of the First World War--and the passage between life and death that reveals itself to one young soldier...

The New York Times Notable Book that "ranks close to All Quiet on the Western Front in its impact." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"A haunting, sometimes almost hallucinatory yet surprising war novel."-- Booklist (starred review)

"One seriously fine talent...determined to break the bounds of speculative fiction."-- New York Daily News

"A harrowing and beautiful novel, demonstrating--again--that Patricia Anthony is one of our great writers. Worthy of comparison to All Quiet on the Western Front."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Anthony's subtle and innovative storytelling reaches a new plane in her latest novel, a foray into magical realism that contrasts the waking hell of war with the fragile peace of eternity."-- Library Journal

"Travis Lee...[is] an engaging character...and I would have read his story straight through, if my tears had let me."-- San Diego Union-Tribune

"Profoundly spiritual....Nothing before has prepared readers for the visceral thrust of Flanders. A harrowing triumph."-- Kirkus ReviewsAmazon.com Review
Patricia Anthony's previous novels, from her 1993 debut, Cold Allies, untilrecently were all SF with a disturbing grasp of alienness anddislocation. Now Flanders brings us close to another kind ofalien--Travis Lee Stanhope, farm boy, scholar, and a U.S. volunteeramong the strangely accented British soldiers of the Great War. Hetells his story in eloquent, pungent letters to a brother at home,moving from the beauty of spring in 1916 France to the dank hell ofthe trenches: mud, rats, lice, gas, foulness, death. Stanhope ishighly rated as a sniper but for a while drinks excessively to blurthe horror. His kindly captain is another poetry-quoting misfit,despised by other officers for his Jewishness. One fellow soldier fitsin all too well, being so fond of killing that he doesn't stop atGermans; and his murders have terrible repercussions for both Stanhopeand the captain. Touches of fantasy or magic realism are supplied byvisions of a good and tranquil place, a graveyard where Death is alovely girl in calico and where one after another of Stanhope'sslaughtered comrades and enemies walk through his dreams, peaceful atlast. An extraordinary war novel, hauntingly sad but with glints ofhope and humor too. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
Really different war book. I read that other reviews and it is hard to put Flanders in any kind of category, which is a good thing. Yes there are war story elements, mystical elements, and relationship elements all going on at varying points of the book, but none ever were really dominant to the story. The best compliment I can give it is I thought about what I had read days afterwards which for a book is always a good thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Haunting World War 1 Novel
Travis Lee Stanhope is a misfit that doesnt fit in at school or home. So he volunteers to join the British army at the onset of WW1. Travis quickly shows a talent for sharp shooting that moves him to the front lines. It's not long before the constant battle and terrible conditions begin to wear on Travis. When he sleeps he begins to dream of a peaceful grave yard where a girl wearing a calico dress walks among the graves. Even more frightening to Travis is that he begins to see the people he has shot and his dead squad mates in the graveyard and they even occasionaly talk to him. To deal with all this Travis begins to drink heavily which lands him in all sorts of trouble and gets him paired up with the disturbed Leblanc.Leblanc is the companies most decorated solider but he has some very dark demons that he cannot control and Travis finds himself in the unwelcome role of keeper to a man he does not understand and has no way of controlling. This is the beginning of Travis's long journey to understand his self, his puropose, and what lies beyond the darkness of the grave yard he seems to be the unwilling caretaker of.
This is a different book I will say that. There aren't many supernatural war stories and proably even less are set in war world one. The author does a good job of protraying the main characters gradual decline from college kid on a summer lark to a severly depressed, shell shocked no -mans land survior to a man that has come to a grim acceptance of his past and his presnt. This definetly is not a Hollywood take on World War 1. People die and often it is not in heroic circumstances. One minute Travis is talking to someone, the next they were a little to slow to dive into the trench or little to slow to put there gas mask on and then there not there anymore and it turns out the ones that get shot or blown up are the lucky ones. What I'm getting at is that if you don't like violence or the aftermath of it, this book proably isn't for you, the author doesn't shy away from the horrors of the world war 1 trenches. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is looking for a different kind of historical fiction book. I would also recommend this to any one who likes stories such as Odd Thomas.

4-0 out of 5 stars A war story and a ghost story
Flanders is a war story and a ghost story set in the battlefields of France during the first world war. Its main character, Private Travis Lee Stanhope, sees dead people, much like the precocious kid from "The Sixth Sense". Stanhope is also the best sharpshooter in his company, and has an awkward fondness for his captain, who shares with Stanhope a love of poetry.

Stanhope has a number of conflicts to work through during the course of the story. Besides his struggle to understand why he sees the ghosts of his fallen comrades, he must deal with another private in his company who is responsible for a number of horrendous acts. Stanhope directly witnesses one such act, but does nothing to try to stop it. Stanhope must deal with this and understand whether it makes him any less of a human being.

What I really liked about this book is the depth that Anthony gives all her characters. None of them are drawn strictly black and white. Even the most evil of characters have complex motivations and can sometimes exhibit a gentle side.

The ending disappointed me slightly, since it was fairly predictable. Hence 4 stars, and not 5. Besides that, this book is wonderful. Strongly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shattering
I have been a fan of Patricia Anthony since I read Cold Allies.With each novel her talent to entrall and entrance has grown.Flanders takes place during the Great War, but its story has never been more timely.The horrors of war and those who join in war under some misguided notion of duty or adventure speaks to me of our current world and the misbettogen ideas of the nobility of war.The images are terrifying and the characters are alive - even those who are dead. Travis Lee and Captain Miller continue to haunt me.I agree that marketing the novel under the genre of science fiction was a serious error and narrowed its potential audience.I can only hope that it comes back into print and marketed as a mainstream novel.Ms. Anthony deserves a wider readership.This is truly one of the finest novels I've read in a very long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding
I had never read a Patricia Anthony novel prior to reading Flanders.Not being a fan of sci-fi I am pleased that I was not put off the author by reading one of her earlier books.Flanders is a truly unique novel.Set in the Great War it's about a young Texan who volunteers to fight in Europe. Anthony's ability to portray the beauty this young man saw in the trenches and surrounding areas in such a terrifying time of horror is suberb.The entire book is written as the Texan writes letters home to his little brother.The strangeness of war, the English and personal circumstances are done beautifully.As is her detailed character of Pvt. Stanhope. She has written one of the best war novels ever - a masterpiece for anyone interested in humanity, WW1, the redeeming power of nature and the brotherhood that exists in time of horror - one that transcends onto a psiritual level too.This is a must read and worthy belonging to a collection of great books on WW1 ... Read more

4. The Talented Mr. Ripley: A Screenplay
by Anthony Minghella, Patricia Highsmith
Paperback: 144 Pages (2000-01-12)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Script But a Departure from the Novel
The screenplay and movie of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" are, in their own rights, excellent and quite effective, but they are a decided departure from Patricia Highsmith's novel. We all know that the motion picture is an entirely different medium from the world of the novel, but some of the changes the screenwriter Anthony Minghella made are questionable.
The novel deals so much with Ripley's inner existence (it's told entirely from his perspective) that it calls for the adaptor to externalize and use devices which will bring out what is going on in Tom Ripley's warped mind; otherwise we'd have a movie of too many voice-overs. Some of the alterations used, I think, would not appeal to Highsmith. The motion picture is an art unto itself which must externalize and make visual what is going on in the psyche.
A good line in the movie from Tom is "it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody."
Marge in the novel does not confront Ripley with Dickey's murder as she did in the movie, and Dickie never said he was going to marry her. In the book Tom's gayness is not as open as it is in the movie, but it is certainly there. In the novel Ripley commits "only" two murders, whereas in the movie he commits three.
The movie makes Freddie Miles much more of a presence than he is in the novel. Freddie is seen as a foil to Tom and is more opposed to him. He has Tom figured out, whereas in the book they don't see very much of each other. Meredith, a major character in the movie, and Peter Smith Kingsley do not appear in the novel. In one sense, because of the importance of all these other characters, Tom gets subordinated. Dickie is an amateur painter in the novel; in the flick he plays the sax. In the novel toward the end Ripley is almost always alone. He's hemmed in by people in the film.
In the movie Dickie is a much more sexually active heterosexual. In the book there is no Silvana who finds herself with child.
Dickie says that one of Ripley's gestures is spooky. If only he knew how spooky Ripley would become. Tom Ripley at times is like Uriah Heep, slavish, picking up things after his idol. Tom tells Dickie right off the bat, supposedly in jest, that he's a forger, a liar, an impersonator.
In the movie there is more of a tone of a gay relationship although one-sided on Tom's part.
A great movie script in its own right but a quite divergent adaptation of a brilliant introspective novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the film(if you own it). However, this book
would be interesting only to people, who study scripts seriously, who love Minghella's art, and who love the film itself.This particular script was not meant to stand on its own, unlike some scripts from other great films.It was only meant to be Minghella's subjective and brief overview of whathe is going to create for the screen. Ibought it because I was curious tocompare written word with what I have seen on the film. This book haslyrics of "Lullaby for Cain" and full cast list, though, which isa nice touch...

4-0 out of 5 stars the talented mr ripley
Thebook was better than the movie. I think the movie was too soapy. The ending was not conclusive

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
After seeing this film I was quick to jump to the conclusion that the screenplay would be just as good. I am pleased to report that I was correct!

As a read, Ripley is captivating and diabolical. The wordsfinely link together the voices and faces that I loved in the film. AnthonyMinghella has such a remarkable gift! First English Patient, now Ripley!

All I really have to say about this screenplay is that it ishoney--rich, sweet, and easy to swallow. You'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars There seems to be some confusion
Some people seem to be under the impression that this is a novel that has been adapted from the film, which it is not.This is Anthony Minghella's SCREENPLAY for his film which he adapted from the novel, and it isexcellent.As a filmmaker I enjoy reading the screenplays for films that Ilike and anyone who enjoys reading screenplays will love this because it isa wonderful adaptation that proves the key to a great film is a greatscript. ... Read more

5. Cradle of Splendor
by Patricia Anthony
Paperback: 304 Pages (1997-03-01)
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A freak accident during Brazil's first manned space launch goes from disastrous to baffling when the ship, expected to plummet back to earth, seemingly shoots into orbit without any propulsion. Reprint. AB. PW. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not one of Anthony's best books
I have to be honest here--this is the one novel by Anthony that I just couldn't finish. I had absolutely no interest in the plot, characters or narrative voice used. Don't get me wrong, there are things to admire about the book but admiration doesn't mean it's a great novel or even a good one.

There are enough recaps of the plot here so I won't go there. Let's just say this is the least appealing of her well written books. Someone commented that it had moronic plotting. I don't think that's the case, it's just not a compelling or interesting story. Everybody stumbles. We sometimes race along at such a pace that we don't pay attention to the cracks in the sidewalk or the uneven pavement. Here Anthony fell in love with the concept of creating a novel around her beloved Brazil. Unfortunately, the concept is much better than the execution.

5-0 out of 5 stars Provocative SF
Patricia Anthony has written this novel with obviously extensive understanding of politics, gender relations, the UFO subculture and the craft of writing. It is a tragic, sad tale, filled with absurd moments and startling beauty. Her characters are vivid and surprisingly believable in their eccentricities and obsessions. Her canvas is wide and it contains a full spectrum of people whose lives (and deaths) are woven into an intricate and subtle mosaic of mystery and tragedy.

The novel is provocative science fiction, compact and quite as readable as her previous books. It is a bit eccentric, as perhaps expected, and eminently comparable to a Phil Dick novel. But you wouldn't mistake hers for his. As he was, she is. An original.

1-0 out of 5 stars Muddled, uninspired and offensive...
One day I have to figure out how to give a book no stars 'cause I feel horrible about giving "Cradle of Splendor" a star since it deserves none. This may be the worst book I have ever read (and I've read a lot of books). Let's just get it out in the open: this is a bad book. Bad writing, moronic storyline, and annoying characters. Bad enough I had to put up with cliched writing and a asinine plot but I couldn't understand half of it! I'm still not exactly sure of what happened. Some kind of alien/sex-thing..not that it matters. And let me just say that this book is very offensive to Brazilians. Throughout the book she describes Brazilians as lazy, dirty, incompetent, violent and stupid. She describes Brazilian society in the worst way possible and at the end thanks a Brazilian family for hosting her. I wonder what they would think of the beautiful way she depicted their country...don't buy this book. Please.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilling
Reading this book was like going to dinner at friend's house and smelling something wonderful in the kitchen.Yet when the meal was served it was something totally different and unappetizing.It starts out with an interesting idea but then spends the rest of the book hinting around it while venturing off in some pseudo-spy story with unwarranted and disturbing sexual overtones.One is left with a lot of unanswered questions about the activities behind what the author wrote.Her notions on international relations was simplistic, at best.Very disappointing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Anthony gets it right
Patricia Anthony's oblique style of storytelling is usually an ill fit with her broad-stroke plots, which is why her novels Brother Termite and Happy Policeman missed the mark and are worth reading only for Anthony's stylism. In Cradle of Splendor, however (as with Cold Allies before it), Anthony finds a plot sufficiently multifaceted and enigmatic to match her style. It is hard to explain the plot, not only because so much of it is a surprise but also because so much of it is left to speculation. Given how little of the story is spelled out, it is surprising how well Anthony's writing holds the reader's attention. I cannot call Cradle of Splendor a failure because it leaves us with so many questions, possibilities, and levels upon which it can be taken. I am sure that was Anthony's intent, and I found it a welcome and interesting challenge. Her ambiguity would make Cradle of Splendor an excellent novel for book-club discussion -- and her writing makes it a good read. ... Read more

6. Anthony Wayne: American General (Revolutionary War Leaders)
by Patricia Grabowski
 Paperback: 80 Pages (2001-12)
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7. Helping Adolescents at Risk: Prevention of Multiple Problem Behaviors
by Anthony Biglan Phd, Patricia A. Brennan MDPhD, Sharon L. Foster, Harold D. Holder PhD
Paperback: 318 Pages (2005-08-01)
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Written by leading authorities, this comprehensive volume reviews current knowledge about multiple problem behaviors in adolescence, focusing on "what works" in prevention and treatment. Cutting-edge research is presented on the epidemiology, development, and social costs of four youth problems that frequently co-occur: serious antisocial behavior, drug and alcohol misuse, tobacco smoking, and risky sexual behavior. A framework for reducing these behaviors is outlined, drawing on both clinical and public health perspectives, and empirically supported prevention and treatment programs are identified. Also addressed are ways to promote the development, dissemination, and effective implementation of research-based intervention practices.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Helping Adolescents at Risk: Prevention of Multiple Problem Behaviors
Straight forward information. I bought to use with a Drug Prevention class for social science.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for policy makers
This book is really important for students of prevention or policy makers who want to make a difference. ... Read more

8. Insights (The Mcgraw-Hill Literature Series)
 Hardcover: 786 Pages (1984-06)
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An anthology of poems, short stories, plays, and novels arranged by themes and by genre for ninth-grade readers. ... Read more

9. The Wonder of Elephants (Animal Wonders)
by Patricia Lantier-Sampon, Anthony D. Fredericks
 Library Binding: 48 Pages (2001-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Elephant Info
Clear-writing, details, many interesting elephant facts. For example, "Although elephants are very large, they are able to run short distances as fast as a galloping house."Book design is varied and appealing yet non-cluttered and clean looking.There are excellent photos and some illustrations.There is a glossary and an index. Karen Woodworth-Roman, Children's Science Book Review

4-0 out of 5 stars Elephants DO have good memories
Elephant tails can be 5 feet long, African elephants can be 13 feet high and Asian elephants can weigh 12,000 pounds.These are just a few of the many fascinating facts children will learn by reading this book.Children may know that elephants do have good memories, but they might not have known that elephants walk on tiptoes, flap their big ears to keep cool, and that their trunks can reach higher than a giraffe.Wonderful photographs accompany the interesting text. ... Read more

10. Conscience of the Beagle
by Patricia Anthony
 Hardcover: 201 Pages (1993-11-01)
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Earth's toughest cop has his hands full investigating terrorist attacks on the planet Tennyson. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!! This is it!!
I have now read all of Patricia Anthony's novels, griping about the way she apparently can't seem to close a book. I don't know the chronological order of printing but this just happens to be the one I read last. And apparently I saved the best for last. Finally, an earth-shattering climax!

This book contains everything that makes her other novels such compelling material. Interesting, unique characters. Pathos, unique writing style, compelling plot. Everything. This one also has the kind of ending I've been waiting for. Unexpected, leave my mouth hanging to the floor shocking.

Based on her other books I can understand why her books sell for a penny everywhere. My complaint about the endings is a valid one, I think, and may be a huge contributing factor to their lack of popularity.

Still it's a shame that she hasn't written anymore. This book proves that she can do it, and do it big.

2-0 out of 5 stars AwkwardWriting Style Undermines Delivery
Conscience of the Beagle (1993) by Patricia Anthony - 201 pages - rating: 6/10

Four top notch investigators are dispatched from earth to a peaceful colonial world to capture the terrorists responsible for a series of deadly attacks.

The ideas are fresh and the feel is unique. The characters are well developed and the action moves along at a good pace.

The author does have a problem however with sentence/paragraph structure and as a result the prose comes off as jerky and confusing. This problem continues through out the entire book and almost totally ruins what would otherwise have been a compelling story.

An excellent ending and the best sex scene ever in a science fiction novel save Conscience of the Beagle from a dismal 4/10 rating.

Claus Kellermann
2006 Aug 5

5-0 out of 5 stars Great and humane book.
Take a pinch of hard-boiled detective fiction and mix it in with some science fiction and throw in a dash of political thriller for good measure. If what you came up with was more than the combination of its parts, then you may be as good a writer as Patricia Anthony.

Describing the plot of this book does not do it justice. Like Dick, Anthony uses science fiction tropes and plot points to engage in a meditation on the nature of being human.

One of the best books, from one of speculative fiction's (or any kind of fiction, actually) unsung writers.

Find a copy if you can and give it a read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rich character driven novel
Patricia Anthony is science fiction's best kept secret. It's really rather sad because she's probably one of the best contemporary novelist and short story writers around. Her novel Brother Termite managed to subvert a genre that had become little better than cliche. In the process she also managed to satirize politics, our view of aliens and our obssessive/compulsive media.

Essentially, isn't quite what he seems and neither is this richly plotted mystery sf novel. I'm not going to recap the plot here as it's been done quite well in the amazon.com review but suffice to say that Anthony, like Phil Dick, takes science fiction (and other genre)conventions and likes to turn them inside out/upside down. Then she procedes to wrap a characters around the skeleton of the plot and finally top it off by wrapping her novels (and short stories)in a narrative skin that keeps your attention regardless of the length of the story.

I'd also recommend Anthony's Flaunders. It redefines the literary war novel. A pity she hasn't written anything new in some time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Strongly protagonist-centric scifi suspense
This book came highly recommended to me from an extremely literate friend. It was my first experience with a Patricia Anthony book, but I'm fairly well read in science fiction overall.

If you're looking for some good ol' comfy sci-fi reading with a couple big plot twists to spice up the read, this book is a great place to start - at 240 pages, it's a quick read. Also, like all (well, most) good science fiction, this story rightly focuses on the unfolding human drama (in the context of new technologies) and one of the main devices used to keep you on the edge of your seat is the strongly protagonist-centric view of the world. A tangled weave of interplanetary political intrigue, religion, sexuality, and J. Edgar Hoover style police state paranoia add a lot of texture to the story.

- Holloway's (the protagonist) inner tragedy, while overly analytical, rang true from a basic emotional standpoint.
- Anthony's rendition of an emotionally unbalanced man's view of love and sex shows an refreshingly perspicacious view.

- The book tries to accomplish an awful lot in 240 pages. The reader gets just a brush with the texture alluded to above. For example, the Beagle, an artifically created personality construct, could have been developed more. Compare cf. the constructs in "Nature's End" by Strieber and Kunetka.
- For me, this book was uncomfortably similar to "Caves of Steel" by Asimov. Earth in political turmoil with an advanced off-Earth human colony? A sci-fi detective story? A government dictated artificial economic stratification of society with overpopulation of Earth? Constructs vs. robots?

Takeaway: it keeps you in suspense, it's got some very interesting plot twists, you won't be sorry you read it, but it won't change your life either (rather, it didn't change mine). ... Read more

11. Happy Policeman
by Patricia Anthony
Paperback: 288 Pages (1996-04-01)
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In a small Texas town sealed off from the rest of the world by aliens--ostensibly to protect it from the effects of a nuclear bomb--a portly Mary Kay representative is murdered, and the police chief must find the killer. Reprint. PW. LJ. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Again!
She's done it to me again. Kept me hooked throughout the book and then... weird ending.

Just like "God's Fires", "Cold Allies", "Brother Termite," which I actually finished after this one, and now The "Happy Policeman."

This book reads like an episode of The "Outer Limits" on steroids. It's usually my cup of tea when it comes to science fiction. And for most of the book, it is! The thing is that when I read this type of story I expect a payback for all my time expended!

Sigh... Oh well. At least she's a fantastic writer. Do I recommend the book? Yes, but with the reservation I've mentioned. Perhaps I just don't get it and it's possible you will.

2-0 out of 5 stars More appropriately, Mr. Happy Policeman
The cover makes you think it's a good book.
I could have sworn a man wrote this phallically oriented dreck.The thing I remember the most about this story is the Doctor Who reference and that embarassingly bad section about the "greptusian(whatever the heck those aliens were called) handshake," a term the author invented to describe oral intercourse.Ick.

4-0 out of 5 stars Once again, the science fiction is a minor aspect
As in her latest work, "God's Fires" (a highly-recommended book about the Inquisition and aliens), the science fiction aspects recede into the background.Patricia Anthony's focus has always been with relationships and the human experience - some might say dilemma. She highlights these two elements by using aliens as background noise...they are not so different from us after all OR they are so different we can only relate to one another.

Post-nuclear Texas, a small town has been cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible shield erected by aliens who live among them.The incongruous element was that life went on as normal without a lot of consternation.It is a typical town with an evangelistic preacher, love affairs, law breakers and a tired, guilty Chief of Police.A murder has occurred at the start of the book and the search for the killer forms the germ of the plot.

Yet...and this is the reason for the four stars, when all is said and done, there is more said than done. (WARNING -SPOILER) One could almost sense that the entire six years of the barrier was surreal.What is even more perplexing is that everything that occurred in the town actually happened only in another setting. Instead of hanging a condemned man, we discover he has hung himself in his prison cell in the "real world".No one understands, least of all the people involved, and when they emerge they discover that the world has carried on as before.

So, is it a commentary over taking life for granted, over what is possible in the universe of reality, on the meaning of reality itself.Your guess is as good as mine.But read the story for the richness of the characters (the moment when he finds out about his wife and deputy is a classic) and the effectiveness of the dialogue.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent and intelligent read
This is a good book to read in bed for entertainment on the surface, but it's also an excellent commentary on human xenophobic nature.It's been a while since I read it, so I really can't offer more, but it is a quite multi-layered book that I recommend to both the casual and deep reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars her most underrated book
Patricia Anthony is underrated in general, but this is her most overlooked book. Too bad, because it's THAT GOOD. Although the premise is a simple twist on an old ghost town of sorts, it is sci-fi/specu-fic at its best. ... Read more

12. Eating Memories
by Patricia Anthony
Paperback: 384 Pages (1998-09-01)
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Here is the essential Patricia Anthony.Eating Memories spans a decade of stirring short fiction from the award-winning author--a collection that cements Anthony's reputation as a writer who takes the term "speculative fiction" to an entirely different level. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories, great imagination
This collection of short stories is worth reading for several reasons:First, Mrs Anthony covers a wide range of topics with these stories - it's not the same theme repeated over and over again. You are thrown from a boy who remembers the future to a pilot captured by aliens to a ghost story to a virus infection on Mars to your neighbor, the alien, to a city-kid "imprisoned" in a redneck town with Torku to.... do you get the picture? And every time, it's fresh. Creative. The ideas are new. Second, this is not SF where problems are solved with science. No "beam me up, Scotty.", sorry. Most of these stories explore the human condition, human behaviour, human reasoning.Third, P. Anthony has a way with characters and with language - both seem very alive, and she does it with very little words.Fourth, the stories get you (or at least me) thinking. They're not very happy stories, so if you need happy endings, then this book is not for you. But the stories grip you, and they stay with you after you read them. I couldn't stop reading. It was one of these books I finish in a few hours. After reading it, I got Cradle of Splendor, one of her novels, which I didn't really like much. I'll try again with Brother Termite, but what I really wish for is more short stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Nibble of Eating Memories
This omnibus of some of Pat Anthony's shorts clearly shows her having aversatile imagination.At times she borders on being witty, but seems toforget how to carry the ascerbic wit through to a satisfying conclusion. And like many of today's modern female authors, he seems unable to resistbashing men in some of her short stories, something which is patentlyadolescent, hence why Pat lost one star from my overall rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
As I write this, I am only part way through this book, but the stories areremarkable.Patricia Anthony is astounding.I can't wait to readeverything else she has written. ... Read more

13. Delmar's Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review
by Patricia K. Anthony
Paperback: 336 Pages (2003-12-16)
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Ideal for review courses and for individual study, this book is a must-have tool for anyone preparing to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Concise reviews of the critical topics outlined by the Pharmacy Certification Training Board, along with review tests at the end of each chapter, assess your current knowledge and identify areas that need further study. In addition to end-of-chapter practice questions, two cumulative tests at the end of the book provide practice for taking the full-length exam. If additional math practice is what you need, you’ll find 14 chapters that focus specifically on math and include additional math questions. This new edition includes greatly expanded information on pharmacology, pharmaceutical agents, the effect of drugs on specific body systems and conditions, and drug interactions. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pharmacy Tech Exam Review
I noticed many errors in the math calculation review answers. Drove me nuts!! Otherwise very good study book.

1-0 out of 5 stars NO NO NO NO!!!!
Don't bother.This book is horrible.There are so many errors in it, and it is very frustrating.The exam questions don't match what the book says, and I had to buy other material.Don't watse your time and money.This is not a good buy in any way!

1-0 out of 5 stars A lot of errors!
This book has *a lot* of errors. Thomson-Delmar has a really bad reputation not only for lack of proofreading books they publish, but for being slow to revise books that are found by customers to have a lot of errors. They seem to have little regard for their customers. They just want to sell books. They don't care if customers are left confused by poor quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great cramming tool
It's a useful book but it does have some errors. I didn't study for the test until the night before and had never worked in a pharmacy but I easily passed the test.

The PTCB test is broken down into 3 sections:

1. Assisting the Pharmacist in serving patients
2. Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control System
3. Administration and Management of Pharmacy Practice

Don't get bogged down into learning about Pharmacology I didn't have time so I mostly skimmed through those chapters and spent most of my time on the other sections. Pharmacology was part of the 1st section (Assisting the Pharmacist in serving patients) and I did surprising well on it and I lost most of my points in the 2nd section (Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control System). This book doesn't spend much time on the 2nd section so you'll probably have to learn that stuff from another source, but if you're out of time like I was, this book should give you enough info to pass the test.

Make sure you know Chapter 7-9 (math, conversions, and percentages/ratios) especially table 8-1 (common conversion factors). They're a big part of the test and if you can easily do these conversions then it will save you lots of time and it'll help you pass the test. Also google 'Gallon Guy' as it helps memorize some of the conversion factors.

4-0 out of 5 stars Please Help!!
So i bought this book used cause it was a cheaper price.. It has been really helpful to me, but i just finished it and all i have left is the practice exam at the end. But it seems the person before me tore out the answer sheet. So now i have no answers to the questions so i can't score it.. Could someone who has the book still be helpful enough as to email me the answers. It would be greatly appreciated and help me out alot. My email address is austin_L16@hotmail.com

Thank you so much........ ... Read more

14. Nitrogen Excretion, Volume 20 (Fish Physiology)
Hardcover: 358 Pages (2001-09-10)
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This book provides a comprehensive collection of timely reviews of our current understanding of the fundamental principles of nitrogen metabolism and excretion in fish.Emphasis is placed on critical assessment of how new studies impact these topics, and the articles reflect the diversity of current research approaches.

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15. Cold Allies
by Patricia Anthony
Mass Market Paperback: 298 Pages (1994-04-01)
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As the Arab national army advances through Spain and the Ukraine, and the United States struggles with severe climate problems, a European soldier fighting in the Pyrenees has a close encounter with an alien intelligence. Reprint. AB. K. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
Well, afte reading "God's Fires" and saying in my review that I probably wouldn't be reading her other books... I went ahead and ordered them all anyway. That first book I read was just too good to ignore the rest of the work by this author, even though the ending frustrated me.

The first I finished was "Cold Allies" and it is a fantastic book. The storyline kept me turning the pages until I finished it in one sitting and the ending... though not quite as frustrating as "God's Fires" still left me unsatisfied.

It seems that Ms Anthony just can't come up with an ending that makes sense, that brings closure to her stories of Human and Alien intercourse. (Not the sexual kind.) The humans in the story had closure in some sense with everything except the aliens, just like in "God's Fires" and just like "The Happy Policeman" which I also just finished reading.

This is so frustrating because this lady can really hold your attention. Her writing is clear and, in places, poetic. I just wish she could close a science fiction book properly.

Oh well. I still have "Brother Termite", "Conscience of the Beagle" and "Eating Memories" to read. Let's see how it goes.

5-0 out of 5 stars More truth than fiction
This author is definitely basing this more on truth than fiction. Writing it as fiction allows one to not have to defend what is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed tale
If you are looking for a story about strange happenings on the battlefied and a critique on war and our culture, this is a good place to start. If you want cogent military drama, probable future projections or realistic politics, then walk on by. It's the future and (naturally) the world is in ruins by man's wicked ways. The Arabs have invaded Europe because - as one officer put it, "They are hungry." Yeah, right. Not to conquer the infidel or force Islam but for a nice plate of pasta.

Let's get the bad parts out of the way. Weaponary is dated - apparently in the future missles and airplanes are banned. All actions seems to be on the ground. The invasion of Eastern Europe is susiciously similar to the earlier invasion by the Turks under Saladin. A virtual fighting machine is introduced but it is vague, more description than real. Secondly, politics are wacko - Libyans, Moroccans, Egyptians and Algerians who have been bickering for centuries suddenly unite. And while Europe will probably be Muslim within a century it will be due to the loss of will, not an invasion.

Good parts: The ephemeral nature of the aliens, the "Virtual" world in which the captured humans lived, the way the personal problems were introduced, the ending.

4-0 out of 5 stars Catapulted to the forefront of World War III predictions
For a long time, Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising" was considered by and large to be the best mass-market speculative fiction about World War III.Then in 1994, Eric Harry wrote his magnificent "Arc Light," which I went on CNN.com to call the best Cold War novel ever, about accidental war between the U. S. and Russia.What these two authors had in common, though, was not necessarily Russo-phobia.Rather, they were limited to envisioning World War III between the U. S. and another nuclear power capable of destroying the world.

It did not occur to them that the U. S. and Europe might fight World War III against a bunch of little countries united by religion, language, and simple, implacable revulsion towards the modern world.It occured instead to Patricia Anthony.And to think that when I first read this book (before the first paperback edition had been printed), I telephoned Ms. Anthony to chide her for making U. S. tanks too easy to kill in her book.

Even if the factor unifying the Arabs in her book is food insecurity (as a result of global warming making their already arid homelands more or less uninhabitable), she did come up with what wound up being the most accurate prediction of World War III.And by saying that, of course, I do stick my neck out a ways.All right, I admit that AS OF THIS WRITING, we aren't fighting all the Arab countries.The key words in that statement are capitalized.

And I also admit that aliens may never have visited here, or even if they have, may think our predicament so hopeless or our problem-solving abilities so pathetic that they would consider us not worth the effort of saving.Having the good ol' world restored by Mr. Blue for the price of two permanently abducted service members is just a bit intellectually dishonest, and the scene where SACEUR is taken in by a human "psychic" is ludicrous.For her part, Anthony attempts to restore the Victorian consensus that God (wearing the guise of a mysterious alien probe/organism) is clearly interested in human progress.Her thinking about how technology would transform war, however, is visionary even if not capable of being fully realized in a scant eight years.Never fear - the war will last longer than that, though perhaps not quite long enough for everybody's croplands to dry up on their own.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Convinving Look Into The Future
What I like most about Anthony's futuristic (ie. take place at some time in the future) novels is how natural they play. Cold Allies, Cradle Of Splendour and Conscience of the Beagle have a view of the future that is very convincing and this makes the backdrop of each of the stories more interesting and palatable. This in contrast to say.... Dan Simmon's Hyperion where people owned houses that had each room in a different galaxy all joined together by some cosmic work hole. Yeah... interesting.... but the operative word in SF would be Fiction.

In Cold Allies, climatic change has lead to North Africa and the Middle East to completely dry up and all the Islamic countries have banded together and invaded Europe so as to avoid starving to death. The United States is a willing if slightly ineffecvtive ally to the Europeans, having had its economy and population devastated by the same climatic changes which have also put much of the USA under water.

The story revolves around the involvement (or lack of) in this war of a mysterious alien presence. The presence manifests itself as a blue globe and it invariably shows up at the sites of major battles in the European theatre.

The blue globe seems to have a strange attraction to a remotely controlled battle robot (think Mech-Warrior) whose satellite connected controller is so psychically connected to the robot that his persona appears to be felt by the globe through the inanimate workings of the machine.

The story line is part future history, part war drama and part alien mystery. The future history is interesting, the war drama is compelling with rich, complex characters, and the alien mystery is ultimately, well.... mysterious. Chris Carter, producer of the XFiles once said that what made episodes of that show frightening was that they never showed too much detail of the "monster". It was always shrouded in darkness. Anthony treats her aliens in a similar way, never anthropomorphizing them. This is achieved perfectly in her book God's Fires and it possibly a little overdone in Cold Allies, but I enjoyed it a lot none the less. ... Read more

16. God's Fires
by Patricia Anthony
Mass Market Paperback: 374 Pages (1998-07-01)
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In Portugal, during the Inquisition, a ship falls to Earth. Could the creatures inside be angels...or devils sent to tempt?Amazon.com Review
God has fallen to the Earth. Angels are sleeping withwomen. There is an immaculate conception, and lights are seen in theheavens. Heady stuff for the small village of Quintas, located inPortugal about the time of the Inquisition. While the pragmatic FatherPessoa struggles to keep the strange goings-on hidden from the eyes ofthe inquistors, the simple King Alfonso has decided that the strickenalien ship is God Himself. And God has let Alfonso in on a secret: theEarth orbits the sun. Unfortunately, the inquisitor-general is on hisway to straighten things out. There will be no easy answers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Only because it left me feeling empty.
At the heart, this is NOT a novel about aliens landing in Portugal. This is about the Inquisition and how it cruelly affected people's lives. The aliens are an afterthought, not well developed or thought out at all.

Don't get me wrong, though. This woman can write! If I had picked up the book expecting only a story about the Inquisition I would have loved it, even though it was sad. The human characters are all well developed and the story rips your heart out, but... I was looking to see what aliens landing into the middle of the 16th century would make of us. Nothing, as it turns out.

If you decide to read this, I suggest you forget about the science fiction angle and take it for what it is. A fine historical novel.

If all her other novels are like this then I've decided I'm not going to read them. I was looking for a sci-fi novel and didn't get it. Left me feeling empty.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Strange Read
The author writes beautifully, and the story itself is interesting and full of compelling characters.It is, however, at it's heart a novel about aliens landing in Portugal.

5-0 out of 5 stars A tour de force of writing, imagination and research
This is the first book by Patricia Anthony I have ever read and it will not be the last.What is so atypical about this story is/are the many genres covered - history, mystery, science fiction, religion - and each and every one superb. The novel is a virtual time machine (reminiscent of Carr's "The Alienist" in that respect).To step into such a "foreign" time and place - Portugal, the Inquisition, the pre-Industrail Middle Ages, the budding of science and the Renaissance and the resistance by the Catholic Church - do "Become" a reporter of those times is a task that few will undertake and still fewer accomplish well.

The aliens remain at a distant, known through vague and illusive visitations and in the end, are in the end as mysterious as they were when first mentioned.The Jesuit hero, the man who assists the inquisition despite his own sins and inner thoughts, is as real as any character I have ever encountered.His lover is an altogether different person but incredibly attractive in her own right.

The portrayal of a society mired in mysticism, ruled by an Iron Fist of religious zealotry, is intimate and just - even fair. The lives of people below the surface, beyond the public utterances of loyalty and fealty and devotion, is what attracts one to the many varied characters. The young Father Bernardobecomes a foil for all that is right and wrong with the Church of that age.

The parallel story of the retarded King Alfonso and his brother Pedro meshes beautifully with the tale of aliens and unrelenting persecution by the Inquisition. In a brilliant move, the living machine of the aliens (the "acorn") imbues this retarded prince with advanced scientific ideas that he feels compelled to share. The ending finds one breathless with anticipation and dread, hopeful yet at the same time resigned to the inexorable chain of events that must happen.There is no intervention - either military, divine or alien. Things play out to a horrible but strangely satisfying conclusion. This is an incredibly vivid work, soaring and shocking and in the end, meditative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful work by Patricia Anthony
After reading "Flanders" by Patricia Anthony, and loving it, I decided to read another of her books, and "God's Fires" was the one I found at the bookstore. The decision to purchase it is one that Iwill not regret, for it is a wonderful, and well-written, work of fiction.The year is 1662, and a feeble-minded but good-natured teenager reigns inPortugal, but the Inquisition actually rules. In a remote village strangesights appear, and an "acorn" crashes to earth, leaving two live,and one dead, "creatures". But what exactly are these beings, andwhat about the other signs and wonders appearing in the area? The HolyOffice of the Church will get to the bottom of the mystery, or people willburn.This book shows the fine line between faith and fanaticism, courageand foolishness, and love and lust. The language is all that I had expectedfrom the author of "Flanders", and the pure emotion of this bookpractically leaps off of the page at you. The Church, and certainclergymen, do not fare well in their portrayal, but then, the Church hasmuch to apologise for concerning the Inquisition. As I said when I reviewed"Flanders", read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A close encounter of serious and science fiction
A "star" falls from the sky near Quintas in Portugal during the days of the Inquisition and the town is shaken by rumours of miracles and an outbreak of blatant heresy---all of which we folk of the 20th centurymight instead leap to interpret in terms of a clash between modern scienceand our own popular UFO mythology, although of course our theologians andpoliticians would also find plenty to say. Likewise, Quintas becomes thefocus of an urgent Holy Office investigation conducted by an incompatible,bickering team of harassed priests and secular lawyers whose views rangefrom the skeptical to the credulous, the politically expedient to themystical.Thementally retarded, adolescent King Afonso sets up camp nearthe fallen "acorn", convinced by telepathic dialogue with thedamaged space-vessel's failing computer that God is granting him personalrevelations about the nature of the universe.While the confused youngking shocks the assembled clergy with his Galilean heresies, including aquaint though accurate (according to current astronomical tenets)description of the formation of the solar system, his brother Pedro mountsan efficient political coup and wrests the regency from Count CasteloMelhor.And two silent, passive, enigmatic aliens docilely allowthemselves to be imprisoned, gazing upon their captors with huge,unfathomable black eyes.Imps, demons, angels, pygmies from Africa orBorneo, strange New World animals "catapulted" into Portugal bythe Spanish foe in a fiendish plot to sow civil disorder?

Anthony'sruthless and provocative account of the imaginary happening provides alucid demonstration of how the unprecedented and the mysterious can only beanalyzed and (mis)understood in terms of the prevailing beliefs of thetime---its religious and philosophical convictions, the state of itsscientific knowledge, its political prejudices, its popular myths andsuperstitions.

But this is also a novel of great humanity, with a cast ofwell-drawn, sympathetic, and lifelike characters whose interplay is bothtragic and exalting: the soul-searching Jesuit Manoel Pessoa, a rationalistwithout faith, who hopes at first to defuse the dangerous situation with acursory proforma inquiry sparing the Quintans dire consequences; his loverBerenice, a herbalist of Jewish origin, who cures the town's sick and isshunned as a witch; the kindly old Franciscan Soares, who believes in theangels; the selfish and gluttonous Inquisitor-General Gomes, who overridesthe tribunal with his authority to light the pyres; the tense mysticBernardo; the enchantingly quixotic King Afonso."God's Fires"is a story of passion and doomed lives written with insight, biting humour,and bitterness---a far larger book than its disguising science-fictioncomponent would immediately suggest. ... Read more

17. Pharmacology Quick Reference For Healthcare Providers
by Ph.D. Patricia K. Anthony
Paperback: 220 Pages (2004-12)
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This well-designed reference book is useful for both quick study and for on-the-job reference. Unique to this book is a pedagogical section which details the mechanism of action of the major drug classes, presented by system, including the various therapeutic effects, uses, as well as drug and food contraindications and adverse effects expected.

The book is a "must-have" for health care providers – for the pharmacy technician, information presented can allow simple verification of the information presented on a prescription; determine if the drug and dosage prescribed for the patient are appropriate, and check for major drug-drug interactions. For medication administration technicians and nursing staff, the book would be a useful reference for double checking patient medications before administration, and it would be useful to the physician’s assistant, EMT, medical assistant, and other health care providers, as well.

The book is organized into three sections, for easy reference: I. The initial section details the various drug classes and their uses. I. A second section which presents drug monographs, including brand and generic names, classification, availability, commonly prescribed dosages, storage, preparation, side effects and drug interactions for over 300 commonly prescribed drugs - including intravenous drugs and combination drugs.III. A third section that provides a quick reference to convert from brand to generic drug names, allowing easy location of the appropriate information.

The introductory section of the book is devoted to concise explanations of the major drug classes, organized by system. Instructional information includes a description of the prototypical drugs within each class; the general mechanism of action, and therapeutic uses (and what makes them useful in a particular condition), as well as a concise explanation of the physiological basis for understanding the adverse effects, drug interactions and medical contraindications to the drug.

Included at the end of the book is a comprehensive brand name to generic index facilitates easy location of the appropriate drug monograph, and the instructional material that pertains to the drug. In this way, the student or practitioner can easily find the generic name of a drug in question, then rapidly locate information on proper dosage, storage conditions, interactions, method of preparation and administration, etc.; and, if desired, follow up with a concise description of why the drug is used, its mechanism of action and adverse effects. ... Read more

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Feeling pharmacologically challenged? This is the book for you. Small enough to fit in a lab coat pocket or in a corner on your desk, this book covers a lot. Overall, this text does a great job of educating the reader in the basics of pharmacology and how to spot dosage errors, improper usage of a drug, and how to spot potential conflicts in the various medications that a patient might be taking. It is written in an understandable style, and would be very useful both for healthcare providersand students of healthcare related disciplines.
All of the major drug classes are discussed in the first half of the book, with clear, no-nonsense explanations that help the reader understand the effects of a drug or drug class on the body - exactly how and why a particular drug works and how its actions affect the various physiological systems. I especially liked the emphasis on drug mechanisms of action and how the actions of one drug can affect those of another, and the potential consequences of combination therapy (drug-drug interactions).
The drug monographs presented are more or less limited to the most frequently prescribed drugs (and their combination forms), which is extremely useful, as the discussions in the monographs are expanded to include drug interactions that could occur with many other, perhaps lesser used drugs (and over the counter drugs) that might be administered. A few key intravenous drugs and some in-patient therapies are included in the text, as well, as well as drug combinations. Discussions include the proper handling of the various drugs and dosage forms (storage, dilution etc.) and also the appearance of the various drugs in relation to dosage strength (the shape and colors of the various tablets as relates to dosage strength), which could help avoid medication errors and over/ underdosage.
Still in doubt? You can find excerpts of the text on www.medicaltraining.info and see if it is for you. ... Read more

18. Ethnocultural Perspectives on Disaster and Trauma: Foundations, Issues, and Applications (International and Cultural Psychology)
Hardcover: 410 Pages (2007-11-07)
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Crises do not occur in cultural vacuums, but help often does. Good intentions are not enough. Lack of cultural understanding, sensitivity, and competencies can hamper and even harm the professional response to disasters. To help and heal, one must know and understand the cultural background of disaster victims. Ethnocultural Perspectives on Disaster and Trauma offers readers substantive knowledge in these three vital areas of disaster response.

In this pioneering volume, experts on individual and collective trauma experience, posttraumatic stress and related syndromes, and emergency and crisis intervention – share knowledge and insights on the cultural context of working with ethnic and racial minority communities during disasters. In each chapter, emotional, psychological, and social needs as well as communal strengths and coping skills that arise in disasters are documented for major minority groups in the United States including specific chapters on African Americans, Native Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Indians, Chinese Americans, Caribbean Americans, Latin Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Vietnamese Americans. Each chapter features information on: Demographics, major historical events, and core values of each population; Important cultural insights, including communication styles, culture-specific disorders, and valid assessment instruments; Therapeutic and healing traditions versus conventional medicine and therapy; Perspectives specific to the population’s experience with disaster and trauma; Authors’ recommendations for improving services to the population; Practical appendices for readers new to the field.

This unique volume is a cultural competency compendium that will increase to the effectiveness of all who respond to disasters. It will also be of interest and value to scholars, policy makers, and health professionals working in the areas of disaster management, crisis intervention, and trauma. Ethnocultural Perspectives on Disaster and Trauma points readers to what the editors call the path “beyond simple assistance to healing and the restoration of hope and meaning.”

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19. Writers From Florida: Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, Piers Anthony, Patricia Cornwell, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Jim Morrison
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Chapters: Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, Piers Anthony, Patricia Cornwell, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Jim Morrison, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Charles Willeford, John Hersey, Michael Connelly, Shelby Foote, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Alfred Webre, Robert Olen Butler, John D. Macdonald, Philip Wylie, James Weldon Johnson, Elmore Leonard, Joe Haldeman, Charles H. Baker, Jr., Elaine Viets, James Grippando, Lillian Smith, Cem Kaner, Lois Duncan, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Kendra Todd, David Fairchild, Randy Wayne White, John Wallace, Joy Williams, Donald J. Sobol, Greg Dean Schmitz, David Kirby, Wally Amos, Enid Shomer, Lee Hoffman, Chris Kuzneski, Kirk Munroe, Wayne Besen, Tina Wainscott, Kathleen Parker, Janny Wurts, Harry Crews, Frank G. Slaughter, Susan Mitchell, Michael Solomon, Jeffrey Shaara, Theodore Pratt, Les Brown, Lester Goran, Tarell Alvin Mccraney, Edward Bloor, Tim Dorsey, Clint Johnson, S. L. Viehl, Richard Foerster, Frank Giampietro, Linda Crockett, James Reese, David Mccheyne Newell, Judith Moore, John Willis Menard, Wes Demott, Charlie Carlson, Patricia Lieb, Robert Graysmith, Kristin Harmel, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Kyle Minor, Harry Whittington, Nancy Yi Fan, Patrick D. Smith, Tony Simmons, James Brock, Thomas Sanchez, Jo Jo Harder, Charles Martin, Robert Tacoma, Tom Corcoran, Rebecca Greer, Aaron Louis Tordini, William Tester, Mark Derr, Michelle Kaufman. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 409. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Marjory Stoneman Douglas (April 7, 1890 May 14, 1998) was an American journalist, writer, feminist, and environmentalist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development. Moving to Miami as a young woman to work for The Miami Herald, Douglas became a freelance writer, producing over...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=287938 ... Read more

20. Biography - Anthony, Patricia (1947-): An article from: Contemporary Authors Online
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