Blaze Gonzales

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The Blood of a Stone (Monsoon Series Book 1)
The Blood of a Stone (Monsoon Series Book 1)
The Blood of a Stone (Monsoon Series Book 1) by Richard Braine Jr. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Rain
The Rain
The Rain by Virginia Bergin, Avita Jay, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King
Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King
Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King by Hans-Åke Lilja. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Basement
The Basement
The Basement by Chad P. Brown. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 2189 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
UNEARTHLY
UNEARTHLY
UNEARTHLY by Stephen R. King. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Demons and Other Inconveniences
Demons and Other Inconveniences
Demons and Other Inconveniences by Dan Dillard. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java: An Eventful Approach
Java: An Eventful Approach
Java: An Eventful Approach by Kim Bruce, Andrea Danyluk, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Core Java, Vol. 2: Advanced Features, 8th Edition
Core Java, Vol. 2: Advanced Features, 8th Edition
Core Java, Vol. 2: Advanced Features, 8th Edition by Cay S. Horstmann and Gary Cornell. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python: The Practical Beginners Crash Course Guide To Learn Coding And Programming With Python In One Day Step By Step. Data Science, Analysis and Machine Learning Included ( SQL, Java, Linux )
Python: The Practical Beginners Crash Course Guide To Learn Coding And Programming With Python In One Day Step By Step. Data Science, Analysis and Machine Learning Included ( SQL, Java, Linux )
Python: The Practical Beginners Crash Course Guide To Learn Coding And Programming With Python In One Day Step By Step. Data Science, Analysis and Machine Learning Included ( SQL, Java, Linux ) by Steve Tudor. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices by Jamie Allen. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
There are basically two teams in this match of ideas, with several participants trying to referee. On one side are the economists by trade, who are very skeptical about non-market criteria in economics. On the other side are the non-economists who believe the art and science of economics needs to be broadened, but are unclear on how this can be accomplished. Notably, I found the most refreshing approach of the many experts participating in the blog offered by perhaps its youngest contributor – the student Kyle Chauvin – who argued how we need to expand the reach of traditional, or profit, capitalism, not only around the world but to the overlooked corners of the developed world as well.

Unfortunately, the two sides never really converge in this debate and I suppose that may be why the conversation disappeared from public discourse (only 7 reviews?). Both sides accept some common premises that need to be challenged in order to break out of the box we find ourselves in on these issues.

These premises derive from the neoclassical school of economic theory that laid the foundation for general equilibrium theory in macroeconomics. Specifically, actors within the economy are classified according to a loose application of factor analysis, so we have workers, entrepreneurs and small business owners, corporate firms and managers, investors, savers, lenders, borrowers, consumers, and political actors. Then we lump these categories into producers, savers, and investors on one side versus consumers, workers, and borrowers on the other. The consensus seems to settle on the idea that some people produce and so policy should empower this production. Then successful producers can be taxed by political actors, and/or encouraged by philanthropy, to redistribute the wealth to non-producers for reasons that range from compassion to demand stimulus.

Capital accumulation and equity ownership in capitalist enterprise is an essential form of participation in the modern global market economy. Concomitant with ownership is the question of control in governance and risk management as the flip side of profit. But instead of focusing on how wealth is created and distributed through these market structures and institutions, we insist on dividing capital from labor and then try to redistribute the outcomes by political calculus, or by corporate largess. This is industrial age capitalism and such a mode of production will never accomplish what we hope to through creative capitalism. (I do agree with Clive Cook that we need a better term—maybe Inclusive Capitalism or the Singularity, to borrow from Ray Kurzweil.)

The problems that corporate social responsibility (CSR) seeks to address are rooted in the skewed distribution of productive resources across society, widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots. But taxing the haves to give to the have-nots is a self-defeating form of compassion. We should try to adhere to the Chinese proverb about teaching a hungry man to fish so that he eats for a lifetime. This can be put most plainly by asking the following question: If corporations work solely to enrich shareholders, then why aren’t we all shareholders? To widen the economic net even more, why aren’t all enterprise stakeholders shareholders?

Equity participation may also be the most viable way to promote “recognition” as a complement to profit maximization, as stakeholders have a broader range of interests, of which immediate profits is only one. This idea also focuses our attention on the real problem of free societies: agency failures and governance. Market economies depend on a multiplicity of agent-principal relationships in economic enterprises and political institutions. The abuse of these relationships is the mark of cronyism that dominates public attitudes toward “undemocratic” capitalism these days. This is not an easy problem to solve, but suffice to say equity ownership, control, and risk management must be as open, transparent, and competitive as possible. This is the only way to confirm that these relationships are accepted as just.

The only sustainable solution to world poverty and the skewed distribution of resources is the creation of a worldwide, self-sufficient, productive middle class. This is as necessary for democratic politics as it is for economics. For the middle class to grow, it needs access to resources, mostly financial capital and technology these days.

We can point to the history of land homesteading that built the American Midwest, and just recently, the idea floated by Michigan’s governor to promote homesteading in Detroit for foreigners. Society’s resources need to be spread far and wide in order to reap the benefits of innovation and adaptation, while maximizing the utilization of these resources. The financial imperative of capital is to maximize return, but the socioeconomic objective seeks to do so by combining capital with labor. This flies a bit in the face of the efficiency argument that some people are better at managing risk and creating wealth, so specialization of function should favor the risk managers on Wall Street. The problem is that we never know where to find the successful entrepreneurs and job creating small businesses of the future, only those of the past. And Wall St. only considers those who manage to squeeze through the narrow access door.

Without angel capital provided by family relations who merely saved and accumulated their personal wealth, many enterprises would never see the light of day. At the early stages, venture capital money is too costly or unavailable. This story is repeated across the economy, yet today’s concentration of capital in venture firms, hedge funds, private equity, buyout firms, major bank holding companies, etc. narrows capital access to those who already have it. The proliferation of ideas must be forced through this bottleneck, to what end? Better that individuals, families, small group networks, etc. are empowered by policy to accumulate their own capital to put at risk in entrepreneurial ventures. After all, sometimes the idea is not so sexy and may be nothing more than a new restaurant idea or a better mousetrap. In a world where the future is unknown, we can’t lock ourselves into narrow investment models built on the past. Likewise, we should not underestimate the ancillary growth Microsoft seeded by enriching its own shareholders.

The key point, which cannot be overemphasized, is that broad capital accumulation achieves double the impact of other policy options. First, it helps finance ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking that will increase labor utilization, spreading the risks and benefits of economic growth. Second, accumulated financial assets, or savings, help mitigate economic risks of unemployment, health, and retirement through self-insurance. This reduces political demands on the state's safety-nets and the tax and redistributive policies on productive effort that hampers economic growth. Essentially, policies that promote broad-based capital accumulation are a win-win for all citizens of a democratic capitalist society.
TV Guide January 6-12, 1996 (Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey, David Schwimmer, Cybill Shepherd: The Best and The Worst of '95: The Year in Cheers & Jeers; Ten Shows That Clicked, Volume 44, No. 1, Issue #2232)
TV Guide January 6-12, 1996 (Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey, David Schwimmer, Cybill Shepherd: The Best and The Worst of '95: The Year in Cheers & Jeers; Ten Shows That Clicked, Volume 44, No. 1, Issue #2232)
TV Guide January 6-12, 1996 (Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey, David Schwimmer, Cybill Shepherd: The Best and The Worst of '95: The Year in Cheers & Jeers; Ten Shows That Clicked, Volume 44, No. 1, Issue #2232) by TV Guide. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Soft & Beautiful
Soft & Beautiful
It took me back to the old days when I used to sit and listen to all these hits on the radio. I'm happy that I am able to replace this album.
Highway 61 Revisited
Highway 61 Revisited
Highway 61 Revisited is Bob Dylan's profile album. Containing all the sorts of material he wanted to make and all the sounds he envisioned. Dylan takes the opportunity to lash out against others in "Like A Rolling Stone" and lash out against the wild fanfare and press that followed him around in his early years in "Ballad of A Thin Man". This is the obsessive, resentful and fun Bob Dylan that was dwelling deep inside. Al Kooper joins on organ and really defines the mood of the whole album, while Mike Bloomfield joins with some real stoney and radical guitar licks. "From A Buick 6" and the title track get real bluesy and show off some of Dylan's most surreal lyrics while the 11 minute closer "Desolation Row" takes on an intimate portrayal of the world. In Highway 61 Revisited Dylan really sheds his skin and is looking to lose listeners. The music is deviant and tempting, the lyrics are surreal and in your face and the overall tone is one of playful delight, yet, in doing so Dylan has created some of the most captivating songs he would ever make. Fortunately, this album would be followed by his masterpiece "Blonde On Blonde", meanwhile this album will tear out your ears and make you rethink your position in the world. Be sure to checkout "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" , the highlight of the album.
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/The Times They Are A-Changin/Another Side Of Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/The Times They Are A-Changin/Another Side Of Bob Dylan
The reason I give it four stars is, other than being a cheap way to pick up all three albums, this package has little marketing value other than economics. It would have been interesting had they stuck on a few unreleased tidbits from the Columbia vaults on here, rounding them out to about 75-80 minutes apiece.
That doesn't mean I think the music is not good. I tend to think of Dylan's work in trilogies, with this acting as his Folk Trilogy. While the debut is folk, this, with the exception of two tracks off FREEWHEELIN', is entirely Dylan's material.
In this package, we have one of the single most important albums released in the Sixties here: THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN. Its anthems are well known, and it has one of my favorite Dylan compositions ("Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"). I highly recommend THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUMES I-III, with the first disk having some great outtakes to this album. Tracks I think should have been included: "Let Me Die In My Footsteps", "Bear Mountain Picnic", "Lay Down Your Weary Tune", and "House Carpenter". This could have very easily been a double album, and there are a lot of great outtakes to this. The amazing thing, though, is had it been a double album it would still stand as important as it does now.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN', is, to me, the weakest of these three albums. Dylan has two albums that capture such emotional depths it is very hard and intense listening. One is BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, and the other this. Which is better depends on what you want, though for most people BLOOD will be the better listen.. THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' deals with Dylan's cynicism of life, and his plea to get things back in order. It is pure folk, with none of the electric guitars permeating his music as in later albums. (From my own standpoint, although I love folk music, I think Dylan's rock albums are some of the best around. For me, both are richly satisfying, which is something he has over The Beatles. Bubble-gum pop is alright, but not near as good as the real thing. The Beatles' later period is much better than their earlier period, whereas Dylan was more well-rounded). Not to say it's not good, but it pales next to FREEWHEELIN' and ANOTHER SIDE. Has anyone noticed that when Dylan does works in series of threes the second installment is always the weakest? It happens here, it happens with SAVED of the Christian Trilogy, and it also happens with the Double Album trilogy (BLONDE ON BLONDE, SELF PORTRAIT, and TIME OUT OF MIND). Anway, about this record, it has Dylan in ultra-protest mode, with a bunch of angry songs. "Seven Curses" should have been on this record. The title cut is probably one of Dylan's most famous anthems, and "Ballad" is about a farmer shooting his family because of severe economic circumstances. The standout cuts are "Times", "One Too Many Mornings" (which gets an excellent rendition on the ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT), "Only A Pawn", "When the Ship Comes in", "Boots of Spanish Leather", and "Hattie Carroll". The epic song "With God on Our Side" talks about the universal tactic of the political machinery of nations: they sell whatever they are doing militarily as "This is what your God wants," and by doing so justifying their actions. They are appealing to the almost universal belief of God in a cultural system, and taking advantages of syntaxes. Although not always wrong, Dylan is right that a lot of it is damned propaganda to obtain more power for the leaders. It stands as an important album, and it has Dylan at a stage of protest where we never see him again. But, as the Amazon reviewer points out, he sounds just as world weary here as he does on TIME OUT OF MIND, though the latter is a much better record. Its also interesting to compare this to the track "Things Have Changed", the latest word we have heard from Mr. Zimmerman. Dylan's come a very long road.
ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN, to me, is simply an amazing record. This is the album before BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, where he went electric for one side. Just as the title suggests, this shows Dylan moving away from the protest-topical songs and into more introverted lyrics. This process of deconstructing personas Dylan has continued throughout his career. This subject matter, especially that of "Ballad In Plain D", is very far from anything on TIMES THEY ARE. It instead stands as a more personal record. The only cuts not really necessary are "I Shall Be Free #10", which has a few references that should have been taken out ("I sat my monkey on the log in order for him to do the dog he wagged his tail and shook his head he went and did the cat instead he's a weird monkey"). The other throwaway is "Motopsycho Nitemare", but its simply hilarious. This record also stands as the one that introduced me to Bob Dylan, and it is the first Dylan album I listened too all the way through. So it has some sentimental value to me. But I can listen to it now, and simply be amazed at how really good it is.
Like I said, the only motivation to buy this is it's a great way to pick up the albums if you don't already have them. This would stand as a much more important rerelease had it included rare and unreleased stuff at the end of the records, but as it is this item is only of nominal interest to collectors of Dylan. Columbia has done this with a lot of its artists and musicians, and there's another pack of Dylan, featuring NASHVILLE SKYLINE, NEW MORNING, and JOHN WESLEY HARDING.
to collectors The music's first rate, but this package little value to collectors
Java Software Structures: Designing and Using Data Structures (4th Edition)
Java Software Structures: Designing and Using Data Structures (4th Edition)
The book is reasonably well put together and follows an understandable format. I have used the previous book in this series as well for programming I and II.

The course that I am using this book for is not well aligned with what the book contains. I find myself getting basic concepts from the book and having to do research on the web to actually be able to do the homework, quizzes and tests. This is a bit frustrating as the book is expensive and I could have done the course without the book and using the web for all the needed information.

As a side note, the 3rd edition does not seem that much different than the 4th edition. the 3rd edition is cheap.
Bamboo Toothbrush Biodegradable Soft Toothbrushes- Fcysy Natural Bamboo Eco Friendly Toothbrush with Soft BPA-Free Germany Imported Spiral Nylon Bristles, Best Recyclable Travel Wood Toothbrush Set
Bamboo Toothbrush Biodegradable Soft Toothbrushes- Fcysy Natural Bamboo Eco Friendly Toothbrush with Soft BPA-Free Germany Imported Spiral Nylon Bristles, Best Recyclable Travel Wood Toothbrush Set
My friend introduces this bamboo toothbrush to me, and I was doubt at the first time. While since I decided to switch the plastic toothbrush with ecofriendly bamboo toothbrush, so I give it a try. After using this bamboo toothbrush couple times, I decided to switch totally. Not only it has the same effect as the plastic one, but it came with 4 packs in different beautiful color. It’s very beautiful and sweet, and you never have to worry that you can’t tell apart whose toothbrushes. The bristle is super soft, my teeth are very sensitive, and this one not only cleans clearly but very gentle to my gum. The head of the toothbrush is magically neither too small nor too big. They cost just the same as a regular toothbrush, and the box is compostable. Sometimes it always needs us to pay two or three times than the normal one to choose the “green” one. However, for this item, you don’t have to struggle. I'm happy to be able to reduce my plastic use and save the environment at the same time. Totally recommend!!!
Avengers Marvel Black Panther Vibranium Power FX Mask
Avengers Marvel Black Panther Vibranium Power FX Mask
I Recommend This For Any Fan Of The Black Panther. Very Durable Yet The Nose Hinge Inside Of The Mask Is Kinda Irritating And The Straps Are Little Tight And Limited, But With The Right Ingenuity The Mask Is A Great Gift.
Fiery Chef Bamboo Pizza Peel with Foldable Rubber Handle for Easy Storage, 12 x 14 inch Blade, 22.7 inch Overall, Gourmet Luxury Pizza Paddle for Baking Homemade Pizza Bread
Fiery Chef Bamboo Pizza Peel with Foldable Rubber Handle for Easy Storage, 12 x 14 inch Blade, 22.7 inch Overall, Gourmet Luxury Pizza Paddle for Baking Homemade Pizza Bread
Item arrived in good condition. Great quality product & packaging at a great price. The rotating rubber handle is such a great idea, as it folds in for storage purposes. I decided early on that I wanted a foldable pizza peel, and this one fills the bill. The paddle end is big enough to accommodate the frozen pizzas that we typically buy, and the locking knob that fixes the handle in position is secure. When this is not in use (and folded up) we can easily store in at the back of the kitchen counter behind other things where it is out of the way.
We use this with a pizza stone in the oven, and with that combination we get good results. It is also the perfect size for at home use. Would definitely recommend to other pizza lovers!
Thoreau's Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)
Thoreau's Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)
I have always loved quotation books of all kinds, and the best ones most often come from the old masters of literature and philosophy like Aristotle, Rand, Franklin, Jefferson, Sandburg, Edger Allen Poe, and Henry David Thoreau to name just a few.

This Dover volume has more than 450 quotations from Thoreau's writings. Many of them came from his journal and other material. His rebellious nature can be felt in many of his writings. When he saw injustice he commented on it. When he viewed the beauty of nature he often wrote about how much he appreciated the simple life. His search for truth, beauty and the meaning of living a good life can be understood in this small volume of quotations.

A very small sample of the treasured comments in this text are these gems: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." "The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise." " That government is best which governs not at all." 'Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them." "You cannot walk too early in new-fallen snow to get the sense of purity, novelty, and unexploredness."

This 57 page volume is organized into 17 sections which are as follows:

Contemplation and reflection, day and night, education, freedom and individualism, friendship and love, himself, human nature, law and government, literature and writing , money and business, morality and conduct, nature: animals, trees, water, religion, solitude, travel, work and leisure. Some of his views may have been considered radical in his time, but truth always stands the test of time. This book was a pleasure to read.

Anyone who desires to learn the innermost thoughts of a great writer should check out this text.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute).
Cat in the Hat (Hebrew) Chatul Taalul
Cat in the Hat (Hebrew) Chatul Taalul
I've been looking for children's books in Hebrew to help me master the language. Most children's books in Hebrew take a very "literary" form of Hebrew making it very difficult for a non-native speaker, particularly at the advanced beginner level. I found this book and was pretty hesitant, especially since Dr. Seuss is a novelty; how could his works be translated? I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The way it is translated, it makes it sound like it was originally written in Hebrew. The translation is beautiful and it's not too hard to read as a beginner. If you would like a book by a Hebrew author or something that is more authentically Israeli or Jewish, this is not for you. But, it is extremely well done and it can be enjoyed by almost anyone... as long as you know some Hebrew. :)

I also suggest getting לא רעב ולא אוהב (Green eggs and ham) the translator goes so far to conceal the word "ham" -- it is referred to as "it" without ever saying what "it" is. Simply brilliant!
Reflections: (InterMix) (Bannion Family Book 1)
Reflections: (InterMix) (Bannion Family Book 1)
I expected this story to pick up tempo eventually, but after Chapter 11, gave up on that hope. As always, Nora Roberts has detailed character development for her characters -- except Seth, the male lead. Ms Roberts' novels usually switch back and forth, from the heroine's to the hero's point of view. In Reflections, she focuses solely on the female lead--in nearly boring minutiae. When she does venture from Lindsay, she is developing friends such as Monica and Andy, or her dance partner Nick, or prodigy Ruth. Seth is supposedly a quiet man of great depth and feeling, but confirmation of that will not be found in this book. While focusing on stammering, child-like conversations, "Hello" and "Hi", and other characters' love interests, Ms Roberts ignored the opportunity to develop sexual friction between Seth and Lindsay--the sexual friction for which she is so well known and causes the reader to embrace the characters.

After Chapter 11, I purchased the whisper-synch audible, thinking I was reading the story incorrectly. No such luck. The audible narration is irritatingly whiny and makes Lindsay sound like a nervous, babbling, self-conscious high school girl instead of an internationally renown ballerina.

The only good thing I can say about Reflections is that when you read the next Bannion story, many of the characters are already well developed; and you will have a better understanding of Nick in the Stanislaskis books.

Addition: Research shows that this book (Intermix 2013) was originally published in 1983, making it one of Ms Roberts's earliest publications. Her writing has flourished over the years and I will definitely read her other early writings to see how her style has developed.
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 3: Frontier Stories
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 3: Frontier Stories
I have been a real fan of action western stories for more than 30 years and my favorite western writer is Louis L’Amour. I have read a great number of his books over the years but I had not read this particular collection (The collected short stories of Louis L’Amour Volume 3 Frontier stories, 560 pages) and when I saw it on Amazon for a bargain price I purchased it.

This collection has 28 short stories and I really enjoyed reading these action packed stories which were interesting and enjoyable. If you are into western stories you should check out this volume 3 collection. Louis L’Amour is truly the master of writing realistic and page turning western stories.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Training alone in Combatives and Self-Defense)
The Case of the Crimson Kiss: A Perry Mason Novelette, and Other Stories.
The Case of the Crimson Kiss: A Perry Mason Novelette, and Other Stories.
The book consists of several short stories reflecting the range of Erle Stanley Gardner's interests. The feature story is a Perry Mason novella, where he finds himself defending a woman accused of murdering the man the police claim was her lover. She claims she doesn't know him, but she has his key on her keyring, nightgowns, lingerie, and even her toothbrush and toothpaste in his apartment.
Other stories revolve around the workings of a private detective working for a Chinese tong, a tale of a beaten man who comes to the desert, a clever jewel thief, and a private detective sharpshooting a case.
The collection is a good read, reflecting the storytelling skills of Gardner in many different ways.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 25: Piccolo (Dragon Ball (sens français) (25)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 25: Piccolo (Dragon Ball (sens français) (25)) (French Edition)
Le Shōnen manga par excellence, précurseur du genre, rempli d'humour(assez grivoise), beaucoup imité, jamais égalé !!

Culte pour toute une génération, si vous ne connaissaient pas faites vous votre propre avis, foncé et vous ne
saurez surement pas déçus!!

Les aventures du jeune Sangoku sont finies(depuis le tome 13), l'histoire fait place depuis à un Sangoku devenu adulte et
ayant crée une famille. Les combats font rage contre des adversaires toujours plus fort les uns que les autres.
Comme beaucoup je regrette énormément que l'humour des Tomes précédent qui faisait tout le charme de Dragon Ball
disparaissent définitivement à partir du Tome 16.
Malgré cela l'auteur continue(ou essaie pour certains) de nous réjouir avec une histoire prenante et des combats palpitant.

Dans le même genre je peux vous je peux vous conseiller Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, Naruto,Bleach, Fairy Tail, Death Note autres shōnen à succès et plus récemment My Hero Academia.

Bonne lecture à tous
Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
This very simple book tells an entertaining story and is - I know from experience - totally absorbing for very young children (18 months to 3 years, I'd say). I have read it again and again to grandchildren, and though I confess I've got tired of it, they have not! The bear goes into a shop to buy a new hat. Many are tried, none will do. In the end, he leaves quite happy; he does find one that suits. The illustrations are lovely, colourful and expressive, the story is good and (I suppose) there is also an educational side to it, because it all depends on different adjectives (old, new, tall, small, frilly, silly - all the things the different hats are), and it rhymes. Anyway, it's a book that works. Strongly recommended.
Clifford's First Autumn (Clifford 8x8)
Clifford's First Autumn (Clifford 8x8)
My son loves Clifford, we read these stories daily before going to sleep, it's educational at the same time, he began to say full sentences after reading Clifford stories for several times.
Poldark - Box Set - Volumes 1-6
Poldark - Box Set - Volumes 1-6
These are great novels at a great price, for anyone who loves the period Drama Poldark. However, I was not impressed by how the books were packed, they were floating in way too much open space inside the box, if it were not for the fact that the books were bound together with strips of plastic, the books being paperback would have been damaged during shipping, actually I am surprised the books were not damaged inspite of the plastic strips holding the books together
Surrogate Child
Surrogate Child
SURROGATE CHILD unfolds with the suicide death of young Solomon Stern. His grieving parents in an effort to add more meaning to their lives take in a foster child named Jonathan. And lo and behold, seems like this new youngster is uncannily like their dearly departed Solomon.

Joe and Martha Stern, the parents, are annoying from start to finish. He's a typical macho man, unwilling to admit his failure in relationship with his dead son; she's a whiny, overly pushy mother, whose love for Solomon is questionably incestuous. Of course, Jonathan comes in, wins over Solomon's girlfriend, friends and everyone but Joe.

There's hardly any real suspense or chills in this book and Neiderman pads it with redundant speeches, and a ridiculous anticlimactic ending.

I have thoroughly enjoyed some of Neiderman's other books, but this is one I do not recommend.
Chromosome 6
Chromosome 6
I'm still not sure how I got this book (and the other 2-3 from this author) but it was for the most part enjoyable.

It is a bit dated...such as no one having cell phones...but that doesn't deter from the story at all but does make it longer.

The plot has been done (and better) but it was still enjoyable up to the last chapter...where you are left to guess what happened. Definitely not the way I like to end a book.

Would I recommend this book? Only if you don't have any other books to read. I'll read the other books I have from this author but I'm not expecting much other than an okay read.
Darwins Faktor (German Edition)
Darwins Faktor (German Edition)
… eine in sich schlüssige Story. Wenn dann auch noch ein wissenschaftlicher Hintergrund dazukommt, sind für mich viele Faktoren zusammen, die mir Lesespaß bereiten. Auch die unterschiedlichen Handlungsstränge und Personen sind gut miteinander verknüpft. Ja, gut, hier und da meinte ich, etwas wie keine Logiklöcher zu empfinden, sie spielten aber keine Rolle. Den am Ende ergänzten wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund empfand ich als willkommene "Wissenserweiterung". Da es auch noch der erste Roman des Autors war, den ich gelesen habe,
kann ich nur sagen, dass ich mich nach weiteren Werken des Autors umschauen werde.
The Noble Collection Harry Potter - Gryffindor Journal
The Noble Collection Harry Potter - Gryffindor Journal
Really good quality!! I use it for scrapbook journaling, which means I glue in all kinds of things in there making it thick, but the binding is holding up really well. The pages are yellowish but it worked out for me since my journaling style is mostly vintage and a lot of my spreads are Harry Potter themed. There is a back pocket and two ribbon placeholders in red and gold. Also, the pages are surprisingly quite thick. I can write/draw with Pigma Micron pens, other ballpoint and gel pens and Tombow brush markers easily without any ghosting or bleeding through the other side at all. If you’re a Harry Potter fan and love journaling, it’s a must have!!
HARRY POTTER Girls' Gryffindor Nightdress
HARRY POTTER Girls' Gryffindor Nightdress
My daughter is obsessed with all things Harry Potter. She had a Hermione dress that she outgrew but refused to get rid of. Found this, and she was thrilled to have a replacement. Definitely a thinner fabric, probably meant to be pj's. My daughter wears it to school with leggings anyways. Super cute and true to size!
Luna Lovegood Foto Book by Evanna Lynch (2015-09-04)
Luna Lovegood Foto Book by Evanna Lynch (2015-09-04)
This is a piece of crap. There's barely anything here, photo wise, that you can't get from the internet at better resolutions. I am highly doubtful it was written by Evanna Lynch. There's virtually no commentary on any of the photos. Just a stupid blurb at the end which was probably culled from the internet. I want my money back.
Rubie's Costume Co - Harry Potter - Harry Potter Wand
Rubie's Costume Co - Harry Potter - Harry Potter Wand
I bought this Harry Potter wand for my son's Halloween costume. It came packaged in a cardboard backing with plastic around it, like many kids toys do. When I opened the package to show it to my son, the paint on the wand's handle started to break off in big chunks. In his excitement, my son took it from me to get a closer look, and ended up with huge paint ships all over his hands and all over my kitchen floor. Since the product is made in China, I didn't want him handling anything with paint chipping off of it for chemical concerns. I immediately put it back in the packaging in which it arrived and requested a refund from Amazon.

The wand is made of very lightweight, somewhat flimsy plastic. The paint was dry and crackly. I would strongly recommend not purchasing this item, especially for smaller children due to health concerns - though it general, it's just very poor quality!
Tales of Mystery (WORLD'S GREAT CLASSICS)
Tales of Mystery (WORLD'S GREAT CLASSICS)
Tales of Mystery by Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of eight of Poe's classics. These short stories are a must read for everyone. He is the master of horror and terror. I revisited these stories and I highly recommend them.

This collection contains:
THE TELL-TALE HEART
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
THE BLACK CAT
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE
THE PURLOINED LETTER
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
The Daleth Effect
The Daleth Effect
Many Sci-Fi(Speculative-Fic?)in the 50's through the 80's in the US were of a distincly well informed political sensibility. Numerous of these individuals were Europeans and 1st or 2nd generation immigrants from Europe, many of whose families had fled Hitler and the Germans; many that fled the communist Russians and Stalin.
The era in which they began their educations and writing careers in America was one of explosive growth in both Secondary and post secondary education. Here in the US there was a decided tilt then, toward obtaining a liberal eduction. (Liberal education meaning "well rounded",not politically liberal , at all!)A college student was expected to know as much art, history, psychology and sociology as well as math, biology or physics and engineering.
The result was that many of the best American writers in the English language, in the tradition of Joseph Conrad(a polish immigrant),were among the finest, as well as the most well informed, politically astute writers and also were immigrants.
This was long before the writing of science fiction was at all considered a legitimate form of literature. Rather, It was often ridiculed and treated as a resident of the literary ghetto where labored the writers of comic books or pornography. As a result the publishers who would deal with them at all, in the 50's and early 60's, ruthlessly took advantage of them. In the most barbarous manner, which few of today's writers remember, numerous serious Sci-Fi works were edited and cut up. A virtual gang -rape of a literary class too small, too disorganized and too despised by "mainstream writers" to effectively defend itself and it's practitioners.
Phillip Dick, in many cases, sold novels, written in days to meet arbitrary deadlines and had to sell them for a few hundred dollars,just to eat. Like others, never retaining subsidiary rights to their own material.
Nevertheless, these writers were very well informed intellectually and politically as well as being extremely talented.
This Poul Anderson novel, published in the 70's: "The Daleth Effect"(Daleth is the Hebrew letter equivalent of the English "d".) is an example of much of the era's better writing by Sci-Fi authors.
The story begins with an explosion at an advanced physics research lab in Israel. The individual whose work was responsible for the explosion, aware of the what the accidental explosion proved, walks through the giant hole in the lab walls caused by the explosion, coughing and brushing off the debris, but clutching all his papers and relevant data to prtevent them from getting into anyone elses hands.
Returning home, he takes his passport and almost in a sort of creative daze, takes a flight to Denmark where heasks for political asylum as a citizen or former citizen of Denmark.
It turns out that he has have made a revolutionary discovery that could change the balance of power and terror in the world. He does not trust the Israelis or Americans or anyone but the Danes to protect both him, and his research, from becoming the next weapon of mass destruction in the world. His "Daleth effect" weapon is infinitely more powerful than either Thermo-nuclear bombs or any known form of bio weapon.
The rest of this exciting and very well written book, revolves around both the policy of modern Denmark in the 70's as well as of Denmark's refusal to give up it's Jewish population to the Germans in World War II. This is a little known fact among Americans, and Westerners. I knew I was unaware of it back in the 1970's when this was serialized some time before, in a Science Fiction magazine, but long before it was published as a book.
This refusal to give up their Jewish citizens is what saved the Jewish child to later become the man who discovered the "Daleth Effect" , in post-war Israel. He fears that his discovery may now threaten the world if they get their hands on his research of the "Daleth effect", as the politics of Israe have become so conservative and expansionist.
The book covers both political and personal events which occur around this scientist in the succeeding months. The political machinations and plots carried out by the Soviets and the Americans to steal or blackmail others to steal, the secret.
The conclusion is a surprisingly sophisticated one. Nevertheless it should be remembered that Science Fiction writers could say things which mainstream writers did not dare to utter, even when they were drunk.
This is a wonderful, quick read and is highly informative concerning the post WWII history of European Jews, American-Soviet relations and Israeli activities against the Arab world as well as perhaps the only exposure most readers will ever get concerning the true story of incredibly brave and daring response of the ALL the non Jewish Danes to the attempt by the Germans to separate the Jews from the Danish population in the process of carrying out the Final Solution.
This is a very good book and is superior to most of Harry Harrison's far-right, America-uber-alles space operas. "The Daleth Effect" is a well thought out story about the politics, espionage and the waste of co-opting science for the sole purpose of secret military development. It shows the foolishness of expecting that there are scientific secrets, which once discovered, can ever be kept secret again.
I recommend this book highly. It has some little violence, a pinch of sex, lots of betrayal and political machinations galore as well as potential threats to human existence and security. IT hangs together and is a surprisingly well rounded, sophisticated book that can be read for it's space exploration by 11 year old boys as well as anyone interested in scientific espionage during the Cold War.
Guardian Eagle
Guardian Eagle
I enjoyed the first "AKA Simon Lee" a great deal- along with its Christmas short- and this sequel is just as good. I love Simon Lee's gifts of perceptiveness and genius, even if these gifts are tried and found fallible at times. Even more, though, I love the very unusual relationship between him and his ex-CIA father. This book had great action sequences, clever escapes, and a plot that will keep you hooked to the very end. But it's so different from other books in the genre with our protagonists being a teenage boy and his father reconnecting as they decide how best to put part of their past behind them figure out what to do with the future.

I received a copy of this book from the author, and the views and opinions are my own.
Tosnail Decorative Wooden Pencil Holders Desk Organizer - Library Book Design
Tosnail Decorative Wooden Pencil Holders Desk Organizer - Library Book Design
Let me start by saying that I am overall very happy with my purchase. This pen holder is such a cute addition to my desk space and adds a touch of character. However, the product did arrive damaged at the corners, as it had only a single, thin piece of styrofoam-like packaging around it. The edges arrived damaged from all the bumping they did during transit. This is easily hidden as the back of it is against my wall, so I don't mind. But please do keep this in mind when ordering.
Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball | Easy to Grasp Bumps Help Develop Motor Skills | for Ages 6 Months and Up | Colors May Vary
Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball | Easy to Grasp Bumps Help Develop Motor Skills | for Ages 6 Months and Up | Colors May Vary
My baby will be 5 months in a week and she was a preemie. She weighs 14lbs and still wears 0-3 months. She loves this toy since she mastered using both hands. She picks it up with no problem and like all her toys drops it and needs some mommy assistance. She plays with it in her car seat, swing and laying around on her toddler mattress on my living room floor. So for the moms who hesitate or put off this toy because of the many reviews that say it's to big, I say it depends on the kid. If your baby is developing at a normal rate or faster this toy is great from 4 months on because it's bright, has many textures, makes noise and has lots of bumps to help with grabbing it. I added pictures to help show how well she handles it! It being so big I feel help her hold on to it longer and also to pick it back up because she can see it next to her causing her to reach for it.
Power Rangers Legacy ‑ 6.5-Inch Mighty Morphin Red Ranger Legacy Figure
Power Rangers Legacy ‑ 6.5-Inch Mighty Morphin Red Ranger Legacy Figure
I bought all the rangers and had them shipped. The only downfall was that for whatever reason, they delivered the Black Ranger at a later delayed date. Overall I love the boxing it comes in, and they really give my collection a nice touch to it. I recommend this product to any collector. Not so much a child, only because each ranger comes with parts and accessories that would get lost, broken or mishandled.

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