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Credit Repair: Special Edition - Two Books: Learn How to Repair and Improve Your Credit Report Quickly Using Federal Laws That Are Designed to Protect You from Collectors, Credit Bureaus and Banks
Credit Repair: Special Edition - Two Books: Learn How to Repair and Improve Your Credit Report Quickly Using Federal Laws That Are Designed to Protect You from Collectors, Credit Bureaus and Banks
I purchased two self help, “credit repair” books and this particular publication was by far the better of the two. The material is easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial on how to do the necessary work to repair bad credit. It provides detailed templates on the letters you MUST write to individual agencies.
What Happens Now?: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You
What Happens Now?: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You
As a reader of many management books, I can honestly say this is a departure from the standard "follow these steps to be a great manager." Instead, this book takes the much less dealt with topic of how to handle the challenge of overcoming stalls after you've already achieved some sort of success in your career.

This approach is valuable because it tackles several key areas that leaders typically face resistance in and offers approaches for dealing with complex skillsets to overcome these challenges (instead of merely applying the technical skills that got you to that position in the first place). Each chapter addresses a specific obstacle that stalls our progress as leaders. The chapters proceed to identify the obstacles, discuss their impacts on you and your coworkers, and recommend practical solutions for moving forward and overcoming them.

I recommend this book to aspiring leaders looking to take the next step in their careers. It's easy to have blind spots, especially as we move up the corporate ladder. This book helps spot yours and overcome them with tactical, easy-to-follow techniques. A great read that can be referenced over and over again in the future.
The War of Art
The War of Art
TLDR: This book is a written equivalent of Shia LeBeouf's "Just Do It" motivational speech - something that tries to be inspiring, but is cut with an undercurrent of crazy and unsupportable conjecture. It will resonate with some people and turn others off. Read on for a more detailed explanation.

The books is, roughly, divided into three sections: Resistance, Combating Resistance, and Beyond Resistance.

The first section was actually really good. It mostly got into what Resistance is - the counterforce to achievement - and the various ways it manifests itself. While not based on any sort of evidence or research, this section lays out an allegorical enemy worthy of an epic struggle.

The second section is mostly about how a professional behaves and how this behavior can overcome Resistance. The summary of this section is: show up, do the work, don't get distracted. This was the most prescriptive section of the book, but I'd say it leaned more towards inspiration than prescription. If someone complains that this book is "just common sense", it is probably this section they are referring to.

Emboldened by a couple solid sections, the author goes completely off the rails in the third. The book becomes very religious, espouses lousy pop psychology, and makes outlandish claims. If I were to sum this section up, I'd say the author puts forth the idea that the artist is a conduit for some sort of divine inspiration or work, made manifest through the benevolent intervention of angels. That might be slightly harsh summary, but not too far off the mark. He literally says "We were put here on earth to act as agents of the Infinite" and "The artist is the servant of that intention, those angels, that Muse." Okay, perhaps he's just being allegorical. Nope. When talking about the fruits of our labor, he says "That is to do the work and give it to Him. Do it as an offering to God."

Putting the religious aspects of section 3 aside, the rest of it is the worst kind of shoot-from-the-hip psychology. He does a deep dive into the Ego - ignoring the conventional definition and redefines it for his own purposes. He tries to draw a distinction between a hierarchical and territorial mode of thinking - unsuccessfully. He makes outlandish claims, like ignoring the authentic self may be the cause of cancer and embracing the self might be its cure. He, literally, says that becoming your authentic self could cure cancer. He goes on to explain how the colloquialisms for inebriation - stoned, smashed, hammered - are all referring to the destruction of the Ego in order to access the Self. There's no etymological basis for his statement. There isn't even any anecdotal evidence to support this. When speaking about the relationship between a mother and her child, he says "She knows it came out of her but not from her, through her but not of her." It's an interesting thought, but biologically incorrect. Lastly, he makes claims that are openly contrary. He says "Union and mutual assistance are the imperatives of life", but a few pages later says it would be incorrect to call friends for reassurance if you were feeling anxious. To me, this section felt like a mess and it ruined the book for me.

In summary, this book does not have any sort of authoritative voice on procrastination, productivity, or personal achievement. It is a snapshot of a specific artist's mental model of the creative struggle. If you are looking for some sort of cogent or practical insights, then you will be disappointed. If you would describe yourself as spiritual and, probably, believe that crystals have curative properties (no judgement), then this book will probably speak to you.
Your Next 5 Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy
Your Next 5 Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy
Your Next 5 Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy by Patrick Bet-David and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century
The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century
Buyer alert: You’ll have dog-earned too many pages and underlined too many salient points to re-gift this compelling study of how newspapers struggle to survive.
Dan Kennedy, one of the country’s leading media critics, combines deftly written history, scores of interviews and expert speculation. The result: a comprehensive look at the financial perils facing quality journalism and the possible ways it can function in the Twitterverse.

The moguls he examines are Washington Post owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Boston Globe owner and billionaire investor John Henry, and Internet entrepreneur and former Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner (no relation to Jared).

Kennedy credits Bezos and Henry with understanding and their papers’ civic and journalistic mission. He criticizes Kushner’s “print first” approach, convinced that newspapers’ future depends on combining print and digital, “and perhaps other sources yet to be discovered.”
His colorful anecdotes about the New York Times, Globe and Post’s past make this sprightly reading, and he buttresses his conclusions with experience.

Kennedy notes, “No newspaper executive has figured out a way to prosper during the 20-year era of the commercial Internet.” Still, it’s heartening to note outstanding work done by smaller papers who live under the financial gun, like the Asbury Park Press’s Renter Hell series on hazardous living conditions in New Jersey’s government-supported housing, and the Indianapolis Star’s groundbreaking two-year investigation into the sexual abuse of gymnasts.

Quality journalism today has never been more needed – or more imperiled. The Return of the Moguls poses important questions and possible solutions to this dilemma- and plenty of fodder for discussion about the press and democracy.
Antoni Tàpies: Works, Writings, Interviews (Essentials Polígrafa)
Antoni Tàpies: Works, Writings, Interviews (Essentials Polígrafa)
An excellent book which I can recommend to any admirer of this Spanish genius....perhaps the greatest living artist ? This is a very carefully considered selection of his work over a sixty year period and most importantly is a detailed record of his thought process through interviews and writings. An inspiration to any artist dealing with surfaces and memories.

Beautifully produced...well worth a place on the bookshelf !
Modern Times
Modern Times
Conoscevo questo lavoro grazie agli ascolti in rete, una versione Dylaniana abbastanza elettrica da piacermi. Devo dire che il prodotto è in una confezione molto elegante, ottima qualità di stampa e suono molto presente. Unico difetto uno dei due dischi è ondulato. Niente che non possa suonare ma non dovrebbe succedere nei vinili di peso elevato.
XTEND Sport BCAA Powder Blue Raspberry Ice | Electrolyte Powder for Recovery & Hydration with Amino Acids | 30 Servings
XTEND Sport BCAA Powder Blue Raspberry Ice | Electrolyte Powder for Recovery & Hydration with Amino Acids | 30 Servings
I bought this after having tried another brand of BCAAs from an amazon lightening deal. I bought this one this time because I live in the desert and the idea of being “hydrating” really appealed to me especially after feeling like the other brand was leaving me dehydrated.
Honestly I can’t seem to even get that far with this product because of the flavor. Admittedly, I have a blue Powerade addiction which I’m trying to curb with these blue flavored amino powders. This is one is blue. Bright blue. Tastes blue. Like really blue. Maybe too blue... even for me. It’s really jazzy and I appreciate the taste but it’s a lot of flavor for me to sip on throughout the day. I’ve tried using less powder (like half a scoop in 40oz of water) and the flavor is still really strong. I’m giving it four stars because I love the idea and I really want to like it but it’s potent stuff. Maybe 2 blues back to back was overkill. I’ll switch to a lemon-lime BCAA supp for a while and give this one another go and update my review then. I really want to like it!
Tulip Dimensional Glow Fabric Paint, 6-Pack
Tulip Dimensional Glow Fabric Paint, 6-Pack
They do not all glow at the same brightness, White, Blue and Green have the brightest glow of the whole package. It comes out smoothly and applies easily, no clumps or sputtering when I used it. The colors dry the same color as they are in the bottles, EXCEPT white. White dries clear without more layers.

I have not used it on actual fabric yet, I used it to personalize my phone cover and make it easier to find in the dark. Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night I can still see it glowing pretty well hours after the lights have been out.

I find it charges best and brightest after 8+ more minutes in sunlight (The longer the better). I find that some light-bulbs, especially florescence and energy saving bulbs do NOT charge it fast or well, though I have not tested this theory at length, it's just something I noticed that seems to hold true in my house at least.

It takes 4 hours to dry! Just in case you don't feel like reading the directions, of course if you are a "Crafty" sort of person you might be expecting this from the get-go, but I did not realize that at first. So if you are planning to use these in a craft with or around children be sure to have an out-of-reach out-of-the-way place for it to dry flat.

It dries a little bit gummy and can be picked off if you really want to try. (On plastic and rubber! Do not know about cloth yet.) I count this as a good thing because it keeps my phone from sliding off surfaces and it's possible to re-do if you make a mistake.

The bottles are not huge. 1.25 fl oz each, so when I use it, I take a less is more strategy. I noticed on the package there is a picture of a black shirt with some nice big designs of a heart, star, etc. But I'm pretty sure that if you did anything that big you would use up a whole bottle per design. I could be wrong as I haven't used it on fabric yet.

Overall, I would say it's a good product that exceeded my expectations, and I would buy it again if I found a need for it.
Will update later if I use on fabric and notice anything worth mentioning.
Glitter Gel Pens, 100 Color Glitter Pen Set, 30% More Ink Neon Glitter Coloring Marker for Adult Coloring Books Bullet Journaling Crafting Doodling Drawing
Glitter Gel Pens, 100 Color Glitter Pen Set, 30% More Ink Neon Glitter Coloring Marker for Adult Coloring Books Bullet Journaling Crafting Doodling Drawing
I am absolutely ga ga in love with this set of 100 glitter gel pens and to be honest I did not expect to be at all.

I’m a bit of a gel pen aficionado who specializes in the glitter variety. I have thousands of gel pens (see included photo of just a few of my favorites in my collection to prove it. The ones that don’t make it to these bags just go in a box because life is too short to waste on bad pens) and have tried pretty much every brand here on Amazon. I have $100 sets down to $7 sets and everything in between. I am telling you all of this so that you may know I have some knowledge of quality.

Throughout my journey I have learned a lot of things, especially what I like and what I don’t like in a pen as well as what works and what doesn’t for me. This set just about covers all of my needs. The things it doesn’t have is refills available for purchase separately (but I am completely fine with that because the set itself is so inexpensive that it costs about the same to purchase a whole new set and I don’t care for matching refills with their matching tubes anyways) and it comes in that awful folding plastic package like all the other sets out there which I can’t stand but is also easily fixable by simply removing the pens and tossing that case! With the exception of the refills and the case, this set has the comfort grips, the tight caps, the fatter ink cartridge (which holds more ink and therefore lasts longer), the most individually unique color variety in the largest selection, super consistent and reliable flow, glides super smooth on the page, has the nice broad 1mm tip, dries decently fast without smearing, has SUPER sparkly ink, and excellent customer service. So basically to shorten it up: I’m in love!!!

Seriously, every one of my sets seems to have the exact same colors and I’ve come to the conclusion that the ink all comes from the same manufacturer and the individual companies just package them differently. With this set though there are colors I have never seen before and they’re absolutely beautiful! I have included a couple photos of some of the more unique colors in this set to illustrate as well as a photo or two of some artwork I have done exclusively using these pens. There is even a pale, peachy pink skin tone one that works beautifully on my mermaids which is what started this whole journey in the first place (I couldn’t find a set that had a good skin tone color.) Also, the sparkle is up there with GelWriter and Gelly Roll’s in the amount of glitter it lays down. Absolutely beautiful!

The other amazing thing about this set is how long the ink lasts, especially with how heavy the flow is! I have had gel pens go from brand new to empty before even finishing a page and here I am nearly done with an entire coloring book and I’m still at well over 2/3 the ink!!! I don’t know how they even accomplished this but they certainly did.

If the saying “you get what you pay for” is true then these pens are the exception for sure. I overlooked this set for so long due to it’s price and I know that sounds stupid but I had purchased cheap sets in the past too many times and didn’t want any more junky pens that barely work. I am so glad I finally tried these though because otherwise I would never have found the perfect gel pen and my personal favorite. Now that I have I will not be purchasing any other sets and will instead just re-order these as needed. I never would have guessed that the cheapest set was the best set I’ve ever had! It just doesn’t get any better than that!
Thor: Ragnarok (With Bonus Content)
Thor: Ragnarok (With Bonus Content)
I took my wife to see this and she is not a comic book fan AT ALL! We are both 60+ seniors and we both enjoyed the movie immensely. I'm grew up on the "Silver Age" of comics, mostly DC with the occasional Spidey, Submariner, Hulk, Iron Man, & THOR.. WOR, Channel 9 in New York used to run a Marvel series back in the late 60's and I loved 'em (You can watch them on YouTube). As a matter of fact this was the show that created the great Spidey theme song that even The Ramones covered. "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can..." is a tune that I still sing to this day. Getting back to the subject at hand - "Thor: Ragnarock". Chris Hemsworth is charming and extremely likeable and that is what makes this movie work so well. It's a special something that even Downey Jr. doesn't have. While RDJ is likeable, his charm seems to be slightly forced. It’s not as comforting as Hemsworth's charm seems to be. I'm a hetero through & through yet I have to admit to having a wee bit of a bro-mance with CH. As a child of the 60's & 70's I prefer Hemsworth's Thor with the long locks. I mean when you think of Thor, you think of the Hammer and the long blonde, Scandanavian locks but he's so handsome he could have a freakin' Mohawk and he would look amazing.
I'm not a huge Mark Ruffalo fan and while he has done a good job with his run of the Hulk character, when he is in the David Banner "mode" (for lack of a better term) is cerrainly the weak link of all the main character. Though it's in the Hulk form where he really shines. The one and only unique Jeff Goldblum is as quirky and charming as always - even whilst playing a villain. As usual Tom Hiddleston's Loki is frustrating. Though, this is not a knock on Hiddleston - on the contrary. I say frustrating only because of his likeability as an person makes you wishing he was always one of thd "good guys". I don't want to add spoilers so that's all that I'll say about Loki. Idris Elba as usual is magnificent as is Cate Blanchett, who is almost unrecognizable as Hela. She's the actor that Streep use to be. Tessa Thompson who I became of aware of in "Creed" where her quiet sensuality almost stole that movie was another bright spot in a movie that had many.
What really pushed this movie to the top 5 of my favorite super hero of all-time - ironically - was the COMEDY! Yes, I said comedy. I went to see this weeks after it had hit the theatres so there was my wife, myself, & two guys in the theatre...an that was if! Well the four of us were belly laughing throughout the entire movie. Even during most of the many action scenes. Laughter is what will always come to mind when I think of "Thor: Ragnarock", knee-slapping laughter.
RIN-NE, Vol. 18 (18)
RIN-NE, Vol. 18 (18)
Rin-ne, has become one of my favourites however the last few volumes including this one (volume eighteen) have been disappointing. The series started with a quirky story, interesting characters and the Rumic World style that we come to love from Rumiko Takahashi. The trouble is that nothing has changed, no development. It still feels as we were in the first volume within that first arc and the series has yet to take off. I hate use the term filler but one shot chapter stories with extremely predictable comedy and outcomes does the story no favours.

Underwhelming is perhaps a better way to describe Rin-ne? Rumiko Takahashi, is one of the best manga artist ever without question but even the art style seems stagnate. The series has added new characters but they quickly become repetitive and the cliche comic relief scenario. The over use of comedy is frustrating and the lack of urgency or danger means no real investment from me the reader is needed. Stories that neither go anywhere or round in circles are simply bland and forgettable.

Rin-ne, may be judged unfairly being compared to the authors pervious work but my opinion is on its own merits. If you want to see dark-fantasy with swords go read Inuyasha, or comedy with martial arts Ranma 1/2. I believe Rin-ne has the potential to be something different it has all the elements to be a great read and story but needs itself to be taken more seriously. I'd like see more character development, perhaps a story/arc that could run a few chapters, less comedy and possibly throw some danger/horror in there!

I'm rooting for Rin-ne, I enjoy the manga/anime and I'm looking forward this series progress and grow into something fantastic.
The Guide to Walden Pond: An Exploration of the History, Nature, Landscape, and Literature of One of America's Most Iconic Places
The Guide to Walden Pond: An Exploration of the History, Nature, Landscape, and Literature of One of America's Most Iconic Places
The subtitle of this lovely and useful volume is a bit of a mouthful, but it does capture the layers of history this guide suggests in a sort of poetic way: showing just the right images. I liked the peeks into rocks and ancient land formation and the man who lived in a house (he tells us Thoreau preferred that word to “cabin”) overlooking a part of the pond, and guessing why he might have chosen that particular place over others. We get glimpses into work of the time, such as railroad building and cutting ice, as well as a guide to plants, trees, and animals of then and now. The book with short informative segments and gorgeous photos made me eager to get back to Concord to walk and look. Though I felt quite satisfied with this paper tour, too, and its suggestion that looking longer will always lead one to more.
Rough and Ready
Rough and Ready
I am only writing this review because my English teacher assigned some project that requires us to find the review of books on amazon for some reason.
The Fire Game (Fear Street, No. 11)
The Fire Game (Fear Street, No. 11)
This book starts off quite stupidly, actually. A group of friends are hanging out in the library when two of the boys start horsing around with some lighters. Diane starts “freaking out” and telling them to knock it off, but the others brush her off, thinking she’s just overreacting. Guys, NO! Diane may have a thing about fire, but the girl is right, you absolute morons! You guys are in a library, for crying out loud! And you’re playing with fire? Ugh! So you can imagine how this ends. One of the boys sets a folder on fire and Andrea quickly throws it in the trash, probably thinking it’ll go out. It doesn’t. The fire alarm goes off, they are pulled out of class, and the firemen come. And that is how the fire game starts. It’s so dumb, honestly.

And actually, this book was full of dumb teenagers doing dumb things. I honestly don’t know why they thought setting fires all over town was such a good idea, because soon things start to get out of control and the kids find themselves in some real danger.

This book was okay and had okay characters. I could not get behind the whole fire game thing, but I think that’s just because I’m a rational adult. Lol. The mystery behind who was behind a fire that killed someone was interesting enough, and I had my suspicions about everyone! But I ended up guessing correctly who the culprit was before the climax even started... it was very obvious to me. The reason why they did what they did was also dumb.

Overall, I enjoyed this book well enough. The characters were dumb but I liked unraveling the mystery of the killer and their past. There were also some pretty funny parts in the book, so that’s a plus.

As for Easter Eggs, a lot of times the Easter Eggs we get in these books are mentions of characters from other books. Like Terry Ryan from Halloween Party was mentioned in this one! But he was pretty much the only character who was mentioned. This time, in this book, we get mentions of events that have happened in the past! I don’t think this happens very often in Fear Street books! This is the kids while exploring on Fear Street:

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“Past the cemetary and through the woods back there,” said Diane. “See how dark it is? A house burned down during a Halloween party last year and nearly killed everyone in it.”
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This is from Halloween Party !

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“And some friends of mine were nearly murdered by a nut with a chain saw at that house on the corner,” said Jill, getting into the spirit of things.
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This is from The Wrong Number !

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“I know a girl whose parents disappeared from here,” added Nick.
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And this I’m pretty sure is referring to Missing ! I liked this part! It was SO cool!

The Fear Street connection: Gabe is new in town and they try to impress him by telling them about Fear Street.

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Gabe: “Can you name one thing that Shadyside has that Central City doesn't?”
“We have a haunted street,” said Max.
“You have a what?”
“Fear Street,” said Jill with a little shiver.
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They then proceed to go there and set a fire because it’s fun or something. (It’s really not.)
Brida (Portuguese Edition)
Brida (Portuguese Edition)
Um livro que se deve guardar para ler e reler várias vezes. Paulo Coelho nos surpreende à cada obra que lemos. Em Brida, os ensinamentos de vida que a personagem principal nos passa é simplesmente "sublime". Um verdadeiro guia para todos que estão em busca de seu verdadeiro EU. Característico de Paulo Coelho, com uma narrativa fácil, o romance que nos empolga ao mesmo tempo que nos ajuda intimamente. Sua técnica poderia ser definida como uma auto-ajuda suave, onde o leitor é levado à raciocinar sobre si mesmo, sobre o mundo que o rodeia, sem que sequer se aperceba disso.
The Gaze of the Gazelle: The story of a generation
The Gaze of the Gazelle: The story of a generation
Heroes still exist. Myths are alive and playing out every day in this world. And we who have the immense privilege of freedom to speak out, read what we choose, travel where we want, wear what we wish, and pursue our dreams... we need to read this book and realise that even now, within 5 years of 2020 BCE, generations of human beings don't have the freedoms we take for granted, and young people are paying with their lives, trying to gain them!

And unless we find the courage that this Iranian author/publisher/doctor has demonstrated - living the heroic myth of his namesake and paying with the loss of the homeland he loves - more generations will live under the shadow of violence, suppression, fear, and death. If that can happen in Iran, it can happen anywhere. Despite superficial differences (the US president of the moment is anything but religious, though seeking the power of a god), the parallels between Iran's fundamentalist regime and current developments in the USA are blatant and chilling.

Beyond the rich Persian legacy of myth, poetry, art, and culture that are familiar to most "westerners," and beyond the news headlines I rarely pay attention to because they seem too far removed from my reality to be believable; I previously knew virtually nothing about the day to day lives of Iranians from the 1960's to the present day. I didn't even know any reason to want to find out. This book changed all that. There, but for the accident of birthplace go I, go any of us! And faced with the choices this young Iranian confronted, would I or any of us who take freedom for granted, have the conscience or courage to put our lives on the line for the ideals of justice and freedom that we are so used to that we hardly even think about them?

Honestly and beautifully written, this memoir of one young man and a whole generation reaches out and grabs the reader by the heart and the mind. Strongly recommended for an unforgettable reading experience, and a powerful antidote to complacency!
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 6, Part 1: Crime Stories
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 6, Part 1: Crime Stories
I waited for long to get back to Louis L'Amour. it was in my school days, 40 years ago that I began tasting westerns. The simple theme, strong characters, even the villains are portrayed as true living humans with ordinary feelings. There are stories where a shot is not fired by acceptable ending. That's the L'Amour's art. He is indeed great. No I have the entire 7 volumes of his short stories. Started collecting all of his short stories and then get back to his novels.
The Jason Bourne Series 3-Book Bundle: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum
The Jason Bourne Series 3-Book Bundle: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum
Sitting outside our home in Medellín, Colombia as I finish this long Robert Ludlum trilogy two thoughts 'just pop into my head'. This description of jocose randomness is the standard family dialect when I ask my wife after a particularly good recipe has made its mark on an evening around the table, 'How did you come up with *that*?

'It just popped into my head.'

So, safely distant from the kitchen, here goes:

First, the next Bourne book and/or movie needs to be set in Colombia. Our own northern Andean city—with its steep valley walls, its exotic potpourri of neighborhoods and its innovative deployment of cable cars and escalators as public transportation to and from the sprawling city sectors that cover both sides of the Valley of Aburrá—makes the perfect setting for, say, the first seven chapters of BOURNE FOUR. Then the action could move on to seaside Cartagena, with its walled jewel of a city left to us by the Spaniards in unintended payment for the gold they stole. From these promising beginnings, we have an abundant portfolio of other eye-catching sites for the location manager to scout. Since Robert Ludlum left us in 2001, this will require that some studied disciple become struck with Ludlum's conspiratorial madness and pick up the later imaginer's pen.

Second, an odd and complex relationship between Ludlum's BOURNE SERIES and the ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE left to us by Colombia's Nobel-prizing-winning Gabriel García-Marquez suggests itself. Stick with me here, I can hear a reader grumbling to or about the sometimes incomprehensible Ludlum, 'I know García-Marquez, and you ain't no García-Marquez.'

'Tis true. But I started with 'odd and complex', so don't get your knickers in a twist just yet. Both writers' set of characters is bafflingly complex, crying out for Cliff Notes at every third turn of the page. Both can become lost in their own way with a pen, though García-Marquez more often resurfaces to stun and amaze when Ludlum has merely wandered into the woods with too few breadcrumbs left behind for clues.

If these are formal *similarities* common to the two long-winded authors, the formal *contrast* is stark: García-Marquez' action takes place chiefly in the mind of his protagonists and in semi-private conversations among the certifiable oddballs who populate his pages. This is by definition a slow journey. His best-known story, after all, requires a hundred years.

Ludlum's Bourne on the other hand is all action. 'We've gotta' move! *Now!*'

Yet both leave this reader frequently confused, generally amused, and—in the end—ready to start the whole dang thing all over again, knowing I'll understand much more the second time, then more the third. And, so I fear, so on. From this reader's end-of-the-book perspective, neither Ludlum nor García-Marquez are going away soon.

Candidly, it'll take me another stroll or two through Bourne's reluctantly dramatic and violent life before I get any kind of respectable grip on the hair-turn-rich plot lines that kept Jason Bourne away from the people he loved most and out chasing the world's second-craftiest assassin for a handful of decades.

Oh, as other reviewers accurately and inevitably remark: those Jason Bourne *movies*? Great flicks, very little to do with the book.

If you want to meet the real-deal Chameleon, you gotta' take up and read.
Private L.A.
Private L.A.
"A REIGN OF TERROR IN THE CITY OF ANGELS.

It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are..."

During the course of running this blog, I've been asked several times why I review entire series. Don't you get bored? I'm asked. Don't your reviews start to sound the same if you review tons of similar books? Yeah, maybe, but I'm a little obsessive. I like reviewing a book upon completion, whether it be a short, cluttered mess or an in-depth look, book blogging is a hobby.

I also like the idea of giving people that are looking for reassurance about a series an entry-by-entry look. The beginning novel to a series might be utterly sensational or complete crap, but that doesn't mean future entries will be. I'm persistent, so I apologise for any monotony in reviews.

What prompts this you ask. Well, I'm an avid fan of Mr Patterson's works, and out of all the authors I've read since I started this blog, his books are likely some of the most reviewed, and that can sometimes lead to fatigue on my part and repeated critique (probably what you'll see in this review).

So that's why. I love this little hobby and my obsessive parts love it too.

Synopsis (This time round, I'll be using the blurb that comes with my edition of the book.)

Jack Morgan is having a bad week.
His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack's clients has just called to report the burnt bodies of four surfers on his beach.

But what seems like a random mugging gone wrong soon reveals something far worse - a killer calling themselves No Prisoners is holding the city to ransom. And there's more bad news: Hollywood's golden couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, have been kidnapped, along with their adopted children.

It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are...

Plot - 4/5 Stars

Private L.A. sees us returning to, well, L.A. Back with series' protagonist Jack Morgan (other books in the series sometimes follow other characters around the world, all connected to Private, Jack's investigative company), we follow his group as another batch of unimaginable cases comes barrelling his way. Yes, that's pretty much the series' formula; in fact, that's pretty much Patterson's formula; but, don't be put off, Private L.A. is a tight thriller with salacious secrets, vicious violence, and heroic happenings.

Recently I'd been having fatigue over the series, so a little break has brought me right back to being in the mood for an easy-going suspense novel that I know will ratchet my heart rate right up. Private L.A. does that, and then some. Sure, there are some ludicrous elements that beggar belief, and some wildly implausible coincidences that push our characters to the right answer, but fun is fun.

The cases themselves are developed well and full of nifty surprises to keep you on your toes. They're interesting and intricate, and the authors (Patterson and Mark Sullivan) show genuine care as to how the stories shape and progress.

The finale offers satisfaction galore while also keeping some minor, but exceptionally riveting, plots hanging, leading to the next time we join Jack and his gang of wonderful misfits.

Pace - 5/5 Stars

Even at near 500 pages, Private L.A. is a smooth, eventful ride. There's your perfect balance between action and exposition; some nice development for a few main players; and sibling rivalry that'll cut to the core.

Characters - 4/5 Stars

Jack Morgan is a solid protagonist, and he's definitely one of my favourites. Intelligent and capable, Private L.A. intensifies his relationship with his twin brother Tommy with a game of cat and mouse that acts as an admirable backdrop to the bigger plots. This sibling battle is one of the highlights of the series, and I am glad the authors have kept it going.

Justine also proves to be interesting. Previous entries have seen her as more of a background character in most ways, an on-again off-again romance for Jack. In this entry, some fantastic development surrounds her, shooting her up the cast list.

The rest of the characters fill out nicely with strong personalities and unique skills, but their development is nonexistent.

Villains have solid motivations for their actions, and those that don't are readily dispatched with a healthy dose of karma. All in all, great stuff.

Writing - 4.5/5 Stars

There are maybe too many instances of deus ex machina, but I can't muster any real frustration to care. They aren't bad examples of it, and they do wonders for moving the plot forward.

As usual, short chapters keep things condensed but colourful, showcasing the authors' ability to use minimal details to create incredible scenes. It's simple.

Overall - 4/5 Stars

Another hit for me.

Roll on the next entry!
Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night
Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night
I had read work by only two of the authors in this anthology and only recognized the names of a few more. The rest were totally unknown to me. I’m glad I took a chance on this book because it was a wonderful introduction to to some superb authors.

There were approximately three or four average stories in this collection but the rest were extremely outstanding,engaging and entertaining. The collection was well edited and the characterization was excellent in almost all of the stories. The stories themselves covered a variety of moods, settings and themes, which kept the anthology from becoming a collection of interchangeable stories. Each author had a unique voice and it was a pleasure to be introduced to such talented writers. Some anthologies are very uneven, with one or two quality works and the rest, are second rate. This is an even collection and is comprised of high quality offerings. Ahhh! So many books, so little time and money!

I cannot recommend this book highly enough; it is great reading. I didn’t find any of the stories to be particularly gory because the authors didn’t focus on graphic violence. As well, graphic sex wasn’t the focus of the various stories. I wouldn’t hesitate to let any teenagers read this anthology.
Roald Dahl's Opposites Dahl, Roald and Blake, Quentin
Roald Dahl's Opposites Dahl, Roald and Blake, Quentin
This book was a bit of a disappointment as I expected more rhyming or story behind the pictures as would befit a Roald Dahl book. Instead it just mentions the dimension of things: Big, small, inside, outside etc. These are necessary for a child to learn, it was just not what I was expecting. The illustrations are stimulating: bright and attractive. The flaps behind which they hide add peek-a-boo fun to it, if your child is still at that age.
La Caída de Gondolin (Spanish Edition)
La Caída de Gondolin (Spanish Edition)
Que hermosura de libro. La historia espectacular y las imágenes y demás preciosas. Es más grande que los demás libros de Tolkien. Aunque es la edición normal de pasta blanda,la pasta es un poco gruesa,tiene letras en relieve que sobresalen de la portada, no quiero imaginar la edición de pasta dura. No se,creo que soy el primero en comprarlo en México 😌 y al primero que le llega 😁. Estoy muy feliz después de haber esperado tantos meses a que estuviera disponible.
Simple Joys by Carter's Toddler and Little Girls' (1-8 yrs) Ella Chelsea Bootie
Simple Joys by Carter's Toddler and Little Girls' (1-8 yrs) Ella Chelsea Bootie
I will not purchase these again. The seam for the shoe unraveled after the first use and the material started fade after the second use, as you can see in the picture. They were cute shoes and my daughter liked them. She’s not hard on her shoes either. I bought a different pair of boots/brand from the shoe store that she has worn several times and have had no issues even close to how these boots fell apart so quickly. So I returned these boots.
Un grito al cielo (Spanish Edition)
Un grito al cielo (Spanish Edition)
En este libro se nos narra las vicisitudes de Tonio Tresci desde niño, patriarca veneciano del siglo XVIII, que acabará siendo una de las mejores voces de la Ópera de la época. La história se desarrolla entre el mundo de la música, el mundo de los "castrati" y los deseos de venganza. El principio es un poco denso pero a medida que transcurre el relato se hace más interesante y fácil de leer. En conjunto, y en mi opinión un buén libro.
Loves Music, Loves To Dance
Loves Music, Loves To Dance
LOVES MUSIC, LOVES to DANCE by Mary Higgins Clark is about murder victims when found are wearing a single very expensive high heel dancing shoe. Erin Kelly and Darcy Scott, best friends from college decide to help Nora Roberts who is doing research for a TV documentary on ad dating. Roberts wants to know what type of people participate in this kind of dating and how successful they are at finding a satisfying love interest. Most who participate are well educated, professional men and women in their late twenties to mid-thirties. It all seemed like innocent fun until Erin disappears after rendezvousing with a man who had placed an ad. Days later her frozen body turns up on a NY pier with one expensive dancing shoe that is a perfect fit. Soon it is discovered that eight women over the last ten years have vanished—all had responded to personal ads and met with people in restaurants and bars. The NYPD received hundreds of leads but nothing positive come from any of them. Darcy and a newly assigned FBI agent believe all the murders are linked. Feeling responsible for Erin’s death, Darcy places her own ad hoping to attract the killer. Ironically the murderer has already decided that Darcy is to be the next victim. The ending is gut-wrenching and exciting.
As usual MHC puts together an exciting and well written mystery. I recommend the book and give it a strong 4-stars.
Mientras mi preciosa duerme (Spanish Edition)
Mientras mi preciosa duerme (Spanish Edition)
Empieza genial.!!! perooo llevo 90 paginas y es tremendamente aburrido y lento
creo dejare de comprar mas libros de la autora ...tres me han gustado ,con este tres devuelvo ..intacto!.gracias
Mug Boxed (350ml) - Harry Potter (Gryffindor Crest)
Mug Boxed (350ml) - Harry Potter (Gryffindor Crest)
I bought this as a birthday present for my partner as she is a very big potter fan.

This is well constructed, nice to look at and isn't overly hot to the touch like a lot of fan merchandise.

Would buy another when I inevitably drop this!
Harry Potter Adult Men's Raglan Shirt and Plaid Pants Pajama Set -Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff
Harry Potter Adult Men's Raglan Shirt and Plaid Pants Pajama Set -Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff
It's a shame the pants don't have pockets but I guess you can DIY them if you really need them. The fabric of the pants like many have mentioned is thin, it's not fleece or anything, so it's more like a spring pajama pants than winter ones. Not a huge problem for me, I got enough winter pajamas, I just wear them around the house while in quarantine. They're LONG though... I'm 5'11 and these drag around the floor. If I want them not to drag I have to pull them above my bellybutton. That's how long these are. The waistband is extremely stretchy too. Can be a pro or con for you.
The shirt I really really like. It's why I bought this to begin with and it did not disappoint. I don't really use it to sleep in, I just added it to my wardrobe. It's fairly long too, but raglan shirts can get away with being extra long anyway.
Control, Variable Speed, Foot Pedal, Plastic, SR, L, 3 Prong - C-FCT-1
Control, Variable Speed, Foot Pedal, Plastic, SR, L, 3 Prong - C-FCT-1
I bought this item as I am just getting started in power carving. I am using a Dremel 300 with Flex-Shaft assembly. You plug the Dremel/rotary tool into the foot pedal and the foot pedal into the wall outlet, set the Dremel/rotary tool on the highest setting and you are all set. This beats having to reach to turn the Dremel off all the time. Works with variable speed Dremel/rotary tool with no problem; however the Dremel/rotary tool must be set at the highest setting. Do not use with the setting set on anything other than the highest setting or it may damage the rotary tool and/or foot pedal. Has rubber "feet" on the bottom to keep from sliding on the floor as well as mounting holes if you wanted to attach it more permanently. Great tool to have when using a rotary tool with a flex-shaft.
Harry Potter Wizarding World Recipes: A Muggle's Complete Cook Book To Recreate A Hogwart Feast and Other Harry Potter Traditional Fare!
Harry Potter Wizarding World Recipes: A Muggle's Complete Cook Book To Recreate A Hogwart Feast and Other Harry Potter Traditional Fare!
These are not actual recipes, merely ideas, and not well written at that. For instance, the "recipe"for Harry's birthday cake includes "yellow cake baked in 8 inch rounds". This is merely a decorating suggestion, not a recipe. The one for chocolate frogs calls only for "dark chocolate" and "chocolate frog molds". If someone can't figure that one out on their own, they shouldn't be anywhere near a kitchen. Even if this book was intended for use by kids, it is worthless! Don't waste your $3!!!
Oh, Susannah Just One More Chapter Pillow Cover - Library Book Lovers Gifts - Bibliophile (1 18x18 inch, Pillowcase) Gifts for Readers Writers Motivational Sign Quotes Birthday Present
Oh, Susannah Just One More Chapter Pillow Cover - Library Book Lovers Gifts - Bibliophile (1 18x18 inch, Pillowcase) Gifts for Readers Writers Motivational Sign Quotes Birthday Present
Top quality as far as softness! Very smooth to the touch and the watercolor effect text is beautiful! The only reason I knocked off a star is because it's fairly thin and that surprised me! I included a picture where you could see the insert pillow tag through the case. I expected a little thicker material at this price point! Overall, great addition to my reading nook!
MightyPrint Harry Potter - Spells and Charms - Wand Patterns - Durable 17” x 24" Wall Art – NOT Made of Paper – Officially Licensed Collectible
MightyPrint Harry Potter - Spells and Charms - Wand Patterns - Durable 17” x 24" Wall Art – NOT Made of Paper – Officially Licensed Collectible
The "reparo" - bottom left on the graphic was not legible - I am not noticing that the picture actually shows it this was, and did not notice that before ordering. I sent the vendor a note about this and never heard back from them - so response not good. The premium print paper is pretty nice and I was able to use a brown colored sharpy, so I made it work.
Famous Five: 9: Five Fall Into Adventure
Famous Five: 9: Five Fall Into Adventure
THE FAMOUS FIVE

THE BEST FOR A FIRST READ!

Enid’s Famous Five books featuring Julian, Dick, George and Anne and Timmy the dog, were the catalyst which encouraged me to start reading more than 50 years ago. Thank you, Enid. The BBC, many public libraries, local authorities and alleged educational experts have been completely wrong about the worth of the Blyton works. I can remember having quite a lot of difficulty obtaining the original books as so many places would not stock them. The stories are great to read for their simplicity and straightforwardness.

When one did find copies of the book they were quite expensive all those years ago but great to own. I loved the letter on the back cover from Enid in some of the editions, and also the physical appearance of the book which I treasured as a youngster with the way the books were produced then which made them somehow much easier to read.

It’s a delight to read the stories again in middle age although recent editing has diminished some of the memories I have of the original editions and words used then (but I am now getting old).

Never mind… these books remain one of my best friends for life: they began my own reading adventure so do read these special adventures for yourselves.
Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages (Magic in History)
Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages (Magic in History)
I was excited upon receiving this book as I expected an exciting review of witchcraft as understood in the Medieval period, unfortunately it was almost purely an analysis of one person's unexciting interpretation of the malleus maleficarum. If you are looking for a more exciting and thorough history I highly recommend Nancy Caciola's Discerning Spirits. This book is also somewhat incomplete as it is roughly 1/3 of Bailey's dissertation chopped into book form explaining much of its overemphasis on a single figure, perhaps when he has published the rest it will be more thorough and therefore enjoyable.
The Encyclopedia Of Magic & Witchcraft: An Illustrated Historical Reference To Spiritual Worlds
The Encyclopedia Of Magic & Witchcraft: An Illustrated Historical Reference To Spiritual Worlds
neatly laid out into chapters of relevance, nicely illustrated with big glossy photos, nothing squeamish or dark, so dont panic ... just a very well informed, neatly put together and concise encyclopaedia. If your looking for spells.. forget it.
If your looking for a clear concise history , explanations, and theories for different forms of magical beliefs etc, then this is your book. At best, it will inform and educate you , at worst... it will make the vicars wife leave her hobnobs and go screaming off over the hills.. before shes even looked at it properly ;)
Show Me (Pride)
Show Me (Pride)
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Fast Charging Station for Multiple Devices, 48W 4-Port USB Charging Dock with PD& QC 3.0 Ports with 3 Short Cables Watch & Airpod Stand Included for Cell Phone, MacBook, Tablet, and Other Electronics
Fast Charging Station for Multiple Devices, 48W 4-Port USB Charging Dock with PD& QC 3.0 Ports with 3 Short Cables Watch & Airpod Stand Included for Cell Phone, MacBook, Tablet, and Other Electronics
Everyone should have a product like this. Before I got this charging station, my wife would complain about all the charging cables I had lying around the house. We have a lot of devices and it was hard to explain all the different types out there (lightning, USB-C, Micro-USB, etc.). Needless to say, she was a little overjoyed to see a product like this that helped keep me and my gadgets organized and out of sight.

The first thing I noticed was that the charging station was a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be. However, since it only has four charging ports it doesn’t really need to be that big. Those four ports include 1 USB-C port (rated at 45W), a USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.4A ports. Keep in mind that if you get this for the USB-C charging, you may need to double check with your device to see what kind of power output you need for it. For example, a Nintendo Switch uses 18W USB-C charging, but some MacBooks use an 87W charger, so this will charge those at half the speed.

As for other features, the station comes with a set of plastic dividers to help keep your products neatly organized while charging. They work, but I wish they were a little taller - I don’t really feel too confident when I charge my iPad with this thing, it feels like it’s going to topple over somethings, even though it hasn’t. It also comes with special dividers to be used with an Apple Watch and a set of AirPods; the Apple Watch one works well enough, but the AirPods one seems pretty useless.

Overall, I love this thing. It’s not perfect, but it works great for our needs. Highly recommended.
Defense Matrix - Alien Invasion
Defense Matrix - Alien Invasion
The game is over all fun to play the towers attack range is kind of silly but over all good game no bugs so fare :) would recommend this to a friend. The graphics could use some work tho but know flaws so fare. If you like tower defence games then this is one that you should defiantly check out.
Y: The Last Man Vol. 3: One Small Step
Y: The Last Man Vol. 3: One Small Step
The Last 2 chapters of this book take it in a very interesting direction and show exactly why this series is something special.The main story of this volume is a decent spy/action (with some very witty Yorick dialogue) finally tying off the thread with Alter, and brings up some simple yet interesting points with the astronauts. However the latter part of this volume finally gives a focused portrait of how the situation is affecting the rest of the world by looking at a travelling theatre company putting on a production about the last surviving man. I love my post apocalyptic fiction but this was the first story to show how entertainment survives, and not just for us on practical survival. I also found that this last chapter did a good job balancing the female politics and showing different reactions.
Amazon Basics Classic Puresoft PU-Padded Mid-Back Office Computer Desk Chair with Armrest - Black
Amazon Basics Classic Puresoft PU-Padded Mid-Back Office Computer Desk Chair with Armrest - Black
After reading all of the reviews I decided to purchase the AmazonBasics office chair. I like the fact that it is light weight to move yet very sturdy to sit in. It does start to feel hard after a few hours of sitting in it. The seat height adjustment is great to have and works well. I lower the seat to put on my shoes and raise it again while sitting at the computer. There were a few comments about the vinyl covering. It looks very nice and feels very soft. I don't know how long the covering will last. All-in-all the AmazonBasics office chair is a good value for the money. Be careful when installing the seat to armrest screws. They will strip on you and/or the threads will pull out the chair stuffing if you miss the hole while turning the screws in.
Maggi Masala 2-Minute Noodles India Snack - 5 Pack
Maggi Masala 2-Minute Noodles India Snack - 5 Pack
Check your local Asian (Indian/Paksitani/Bangladeshi) grocery stores before reverting to online purchase. Price here is exactly double the cost! Taste however is authentic. Its full of flavor. Has some earthy notes as well as a tangy sour note in there. It is NOT spicy at all. Our 4 yr old can handle it who is not keen on spicy food otherwise. It cooks extremely fast & is a good enough meal for 2 kids or 1 adult as is. Watch out for the sodium intake though. We like to mix our maggie with plain other pasta types, veggies & meats to make a larger meal & distribute the sodium out a bit. Package is nicely sealed & ships within promised times. We purchase it here because we live remotely.
Frontier Co-op Licorice Root, Cut & Sifted, Kosher, Non-irradiated | 1 lb. Bulk Bag | Glycyrrhiza species
Frontier Co-op Licorice Root, Cut & Sifted, Kosher, Non-irradiated | 1 lb. Bulk Bag | Glycyrrhiza species
I have become a gin fan, but the craft gins at the liquor stores are kind of pricey, so I decided to try making my own. I found a recipe that uses Juniper berries, licorice root, lemongrass, peppercorns, coriander, cardamom, orange peel and lemon peel. Just add these ingredients to vodka in a jar and let it sit for 24 hours and you have really good gin! My photos show the starting jar with everything added and the second pic is the resulting gin with the solid ingredients filtered out.

What I like about Frontier products is that they try to source from natural and organic sources. This pound bag of licorice root was reasonable in price and gives allows me to make a lot of gin! I also purchased Frontier's juniper berries and lemongrass in the bulk pound packages. They are all great! I already had the other ingredients, so it wasn't long and I was bottling my first gin in an empty bottle I had laying around. Turned out to taste great and I will be looking for other ingredients to make more custom gins, but they will all have juniper berries, licorice root, and lemongrass and then whatever else I want to try. My next batch will have some rosemary from my garden for sure. I like Frontier spices and that is the first brand I look for when searching for ingredients I need for cooking and now making gin.
Damel - Torcidas - Sabor y regaliz - 200 unidades
Damel - Torcidas - Sabor y regaliz - 200 unidades
Están muy bien de precio, salen casi a la mitad que compradas en bolsas pequeñas. Su sabor, para mi gusto, es mejor que el de las de Damel (las compré una vez porque tenían muy buenas críticas y las de fresa sí me gustaron pero las negras no tanto) y me llegaron en perfecto estado, muy tiernas.
Dogmatics in Outline
Dogmatics in Outline
Anyone who ever looks at theology these days cannot help but notice the shadows of certain figures looming large over them. Arguably, fewer of these are more prominent than Karl Barth. His Church Dogmatics is often cited as one of the greatest works of 20th century theology. It is, however, extremely long and, I might add, rather expensive. So in order to attempt to get to grips with Barth's theology, I have had his Dogmatics in Outline on my radar for some time. In this book, which is comprised of transcripts of lectures he gave in Germany, just after the Second World War, he condenses his magnum opus into a little over 140 pages, going through the Apostles' Creed, phrase by phrase.

Before he begins in earnest, though he gives us an outline of his plan, as well as some very useful discussions on the nature of faith. One must not think, though, that because the book is short that it is straightforward. It's very dense, particularly the early chapters. I think I could re-read the first 30 pages over and over again, get something new out of them every time and yet still not fully grasp the breadth of the vision that Barth was expounding.

As he moves on to look at the various bits of the Apostles' Creed, it does become a bit more accessible. Though that may be because I had, by that time, adjusted my reading to suit the cadences present in the text. In many ways, it is particularly hard for me to summarise what Barth's theology is, because what became clear is how much of an influence he has been on the leaders of the churches I have been a part of. That is, I view my own beliefs as being fairly orthodox and there is very little in this book that is vastly different from the teaching I have largely grown up within baptist, pentecostal and other nonconformist churches. It was then merely a very well-articulated series of sermons in the same vein that I have listened to in each of the last 4 decades.

As I was reading through it, I found myself wondering if his theology was the pinnacle of `pre-critical' thinking. Though there are plenty of theologians before him who have had similar views (I think here of the likes of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther & Calvin), Barth was a contemporary of Bultmann, who is one of the others whose shadow across modern theology cannot be ignored. The other figure I thought of was A.W. Tozer. Though the latter was not as theologically astute as Barth, I sensed a similarity in their approach to, and view of, the bible. Interestingly, though, Barth does not go so far as to make any sort of claim to inerrancy, but he does insist on the bible being front and centre of how we understand the christian faith. Though Bultmann is barely alluded to, there is a distinct air of defiance against Bultmann's school of thinking. For my part, though I would lean towards Barth's point of view, I would pay more attention to biblical criticism than is evidenced here.

Barth warns at the outset that this is meant to be a careful look at what the church should be and be for from the perspective of those who are part of the church. It's not a book I would recommend to a non-christian, that's not the target audience. But for anyone wanting to read a book of pretty solid theology, then this is an excellent place to start.

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