Brecken Wilson

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A Bend in the Road
A Bend in the Road
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1648 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Wedding, The Onspiracy CLub, Summer Harbor, The Sight of the Stars (Volume 3)
The Wedding, The Onspiracy CLub, Summer Harbor, The Sight of the Stars (Volume 3)
The Wedding, The Onspiracy CLub, Summer Harbor, The Sight of the Stars (Volume 3) by et al. (Contributing Authors) Laura E. Kelly (Global Editor-in-Chief); Paula Marchese and Joseph P. McGrath (Managing Editors); Nicholas Sparks, Jonathan Kellerman, Susan Wilson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
La caja de botones de Gwendy
La caja de botones de Gwendy
La caja de botones de Gwendy by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide
Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide
Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide by Peter Haggar. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Warren Buffett Wealth: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World's Greatest Investor
Warren Buffett Wealth: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World's Greatest Investor
Design of book:

Chapters headings and sections headings are structured to be captivating and clear, making it easy to convey the purposes and meanings of the principles.

Content:

The initial chapters of the book build on some of Buffett's stories and are intended to persuade the reader into following Buffett's principles of investing. You will unfold more of Buffett ways as you read, but most of the essential tips are already mentioned in the first half of the book. The later chapters merely serve as unnecessary elaborations. Principles and examples are also recycled at the later chapters giving readers a feeling that they were reading the book again, before they finished reading.

Buffett debunks the Efficient Market Theory (EMT) by emphasizing on knowing the stocks you buy, buying at a discount and his track records. He also believes that knowledge of basic finances and accounting (GAAP) are necessary to value businesses. However, it will be hard to replicate his success given the difficulties of finding under-valued firms and attaining his wealth of experiences in interpreting annual reports.

For who:

More for first-time readers of Buffett's principles and books, though the author suggests that readers of other Buffett books would find it beneficial as well. Like most books, its persuasive content might not be relevant for readers who are already believers of his principles.

This is also not a `get-rich at once' book. Further readings like The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis (both written by Benjamin Graham) are necessary for savvy investing. Discipline, morals and experiences are also vital when following his principles.

Readers should also have the mature mindset to determine the usefulness of some principles, which might be out-dated in today's context. In fact, the reason behind the popularity of Buffett and his principles are due to his simple and conservative approach towards investing, something which simple people are attracted to at the start.
Mark Zuckerberg: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons to Learn from Mark Zuckerberg: Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg Book, Facebook,Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg Lessons
Mark Zuckerberg: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons to Learn from Mark Zuckerberg: Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg Book, Facebook,Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg Lessons
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook. We know this book via who is Mark Zukerberg, know about Facebook, success lessons from Zukerberg, business lessons from Zukerberg, life’s lessons from Zukerberg. Nice inspiration book.
Steve Jobs: Un libro inspirador para los JÓVENES que no están dispuestos a renunciar a sus sueños (Spanish Edition)
Steve Jobs: Un libro inspirador para los JÓVENES que no están dispuestos a renunciar a sus sueños (Spanish Edition)
Me ha resultado totalmente entretenida y amena, una traducción muy buena, y una narración muy jugosa; tanto que parecía estar leyendo una novela. Parte de culpa la tendrá la vida de Steve Jobs, pero creo que también tiene mucho que ver la forma en que la autora la describe.
Es la primera biografía que leo ya que nunca me ha atraído el género al pensar que será aburrido. Prefiero las novelas, las historias, la fantasía. Desconozco cómo serán otras, pero esta de Steve Jobs ha cambiado mi concepción acerca de las obras biográficas.
No he leído la Biografía oficial de Walter Isaacson, así que no puedo comparar, pero imagino que abordará aún más detalles interesantes ya que tiene casi el doble de contenido.
Lo peor del libro es la traducción del título. Que cambien la portada, bueno, se acepta aunque tampoco entiendo por qué. Pero lo del título es de chiste. Del original "Steve Jobs, The man who thought different" (El hombre que pensaba diferente), haciendo juego de palabras con el slógan de Apple, nos lo traducen como si el libro fuera de autoayuda o no entendiésemos el original.
Otra cosa que no entiendo es que siendo la mitad de extensión que el oficial sea más caro. Yo lo compré con la oferta de kindleFlash, pero a precio normal dudo que mucha gente se decante por este. No sé cómo no ven estas cosas las editoriales.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists)
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists)
The books in this series are all great! If you try to research many of the inventors and scientists in the series based on articles on the internet, you'll find that they are frequently written on a level well above what an elementary school student can understand. This is particularly true of Luis Alvarez. These books are well-written, include fun illustrations, pictures, and cartoons, and are easy to understand for children. I would say they are on a 3rd-5th grade level, and they are about the right length to cover the basics without becoming tiresome for kids. Well done!
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan is one of my modern heroes, and I have read a number of books and articles about him. Daniel Alef's work is one of the best I have read. It flows smoothly from Burt Rutan's early life up to the present, and it captures all the details and highlights without bogging-down on every single aircraft ever designed.

Yet this book isn't just a biography of Burt Rutan. It's also a fantastic business text. In addition to my day job developing and licensing university intellectual property, I'm an entrepreneur after hours. There are numerous examples and tidbits of Burt's business acumen and strategy.

I would love to meet with Burt to talk about science, engineering, design and business, but short of an actual meeting, this book is the next best thing.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub Coco Colada, 18oz, Ultra Hydrating and Exfoliating Scrub for Nourishing Essential Body Care
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub Coco Colada, 18oz, Ultra Hydrating and Exfoliating Scrub for Nourishing Essential Body Care
It's one of those items you try to understand why the price is so low in comparison to others. The scents don't come close to what i expected each one I tried was just unusual scents that didn't blend well. As far as only foot/heel scrub it's acceptable. The texture is unpleasant for a hand wash. Everyone has their own taste so I don't want to leave an unkind review. I even tried the salt scrub instead of the sugar and it felt exactly the same way. Whichever it is the gritty ingredient does not disolve. Bought 4 and decided not to gift them or keep them. Couldn't quite get beyond the texture. It may exfoliate but so will sand. Much better products out there I do not recommend this one, sugar or salt.
G Fuel Bahama Mama Tub (40 Servings) Elite Energy and Endurance Formula 9.8 oz. Inspired by Roman Atwood
G Fuel Bahama Mama Tub (40 Servings) Elite Energy and Endurance Formula 9.8 oz. Inspired by Roman Atwood
I'll start by saying that I deal with shift change a lot and G Fuel has been a game-changer for me. Not only with how much better it makes me feel after a shift change, but my physical performance has never been better at work. Not only that but it's a cost-effective way for me to do so. Because I use this a few times a week I try to mix up my flavors now and then. Not all the flavors are great. As an example Cotton Candy was my 2nd G Fuel Tub I ordered and it almost caused me to never try any other flavors again it was so bad. G Fuel seems to have three distinct characteristics when it comes to flavor,1 the flavor itself, 2 bitterness, 3 vitamin flavor (like the chewable Flintstone kind). This is how they rank for me.

They rank in this order

1. Bahama Mama (good flavor, no bitterness, no vitamin taste)
2. Strawberry Banana (good flavor, no bitterness, no vitamin taste)
3. Rainbow Sherbet (good flavor, very slight bitterness, no vitamin taste)
4. Strawberry Kiwi (good flavor, no bitterness, slight vitamin taste)
5. PewdiePie Lingonberry (good flavor, moderate bitterness, slight vitamin taste, very sour unlike lingonberries )
6. Cotton Candy ( okay flavor, overpowering bitterness, strong vitamin taste)
Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1
Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1
Deadpool Classic 1 starts off with the New Mutants where Deadpool made his initial appearance attempting to kill Cable. The story and artwork are by Rob Liefeld. He has that signature 90s style that I’m a bit ambivalent about.

Next up was the four issue The Circle Chase by Fabian Nicieza and art by Joe Madureira. I really liked Madureira’s style. He featured both some exaggerated figures but sharp lines. The main story is that the mysterious Mr. Tolliver who played a big role in X-Force comics was killed by Cable and everyone wants to find his will. That leads to a bunch of ill will characters to get involved including Black Tom, Juggernaut, and Slayback along with the Hero Weapon X Kane. Another more mixed figure is Pool’s off and on girlfriend Vanessa that also wants to find the will. The series was the first time the authors hinted that Wade Wilson may not be just a mercenary.

Next up is the original run of Deadpool from 1994 that ran four issues with the story by Mark Waid and drawings by Ian Churchill, Lee Weeks and Ken Lashley. They are back to that 90s Marvel style akin to Liefeld. While they don’t have the excessive shoulder pads (still there for a group of soldiers) and bandoliers they do have that horrible habit of having women characters stick up their butts and chests in a ridiculous pose when they first show up. The series focuses upon Black Tom who is suffering from a life threatening disease and his friend Juggernaut trying to hunt down Deadpool who they believe has the cure to Tom’s illness. Theresa aka Siryn also gets involved who was raied by Tom.

Finally things end with Deadpool #1 that started off the current series. This introduces a whole bunch of characters that would be mainstays in the comic for years. There’s Patch that runs the Hellhouse mercenary business. T-Ray who would become Deadpool’s first real nemesis. Blind Al who was Wilson’s roommate/captive, and Zoe from Landau, Luckman and Lake. The story also shows the future progression of the main character. He takes a job to blow up a secret facility in Canada but when he finds out that it might kill off most of the world, he tries to fix the problem he caused.

These early comics show all the features that would get fully developed later on. There’s plenty of actions and explosions. At first, Deadpool talks a little, but by the end they had him rattling on and on. Deadpool also starts off as a coldblooded killer, but he starts developing into a more rounded character quickly. Great introduction to the entire series.
The Children of Hurin
The Children of Hurin
First of all, let me state that I enjoyed this book, and found it far easier to read than the Silmarillion. I struggled with the the Silmarillion, finding it a dense and impersonal series of stories without any real character development, though this of course is only my opinion. Children of Hurin has been extended from the version featured in the Silmarillion, and I found that this makes it both more readable and accessible, and a worthwhile read for those, like me, who found Tolkien's earlier published material on the first and second ages of middle earth rather dry. Dialogue in particular helps this version to create more understandable characters than the earlier version. Although I read this probably three years after the Silmarillion I do feel that my brain was triggered to remember what I'd read previously, making it more understandable.

As for the story, I would have to say that it is by no means perfect. I certainly wouldn't compare it to The Hobbit, or Lord Of The Rings, both of which I love. This is much darker, and more depressing, perhaps too much so, and I felt the end was rather hurried, though that is a minor criticism. If you're a fan of Tolkien's work I would suggest giving it a go, especially if you found previous Tolkien mythology hard to stick with, as this combines these tales of earlier ages of middle earth with an easier novelistic style. Though this has no bearing on the quality of the story I must say I found it rather short, making it pleasant to read, though if I had forked out the £18.99 RRP when it first came out I think I would have felt somewhat short-changed! One final point is to know that the map is folded at the back of the hardback version; I did not discover this until near the end of the book, which was irritating because I found the geography quite hard to comprehend!

Overall a good, tragic novel, quite unlike Tolkien's most well known works, but I'm definitely glad I read it, because it fleshed out the skeleton of the story which was presented in the Silmarillion.
The Crooked Staircase: A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
The Crooked Staircase: A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
While I have enjoyed Dean Koontz books in the past, I am sorry to say that was not the case for “The Crooked Staircase.”

Mr. Koontz has crafted a good story, and there are plenty of thriller elements to it. I realize the author was trying to generate tension by having the chapters rotate from character to character. Sometimes this worked, but the constant flipping felt artificial after a while, and the tension that could have been built became ho-hum as I felt more whipsawed back and forth rather than caught up in the separate storylines. This was especially emphasized when a chapter took less than a minute to read, and the powerful lines that might have worked with longer chapters became lost in the massive pile of chapter endings.

Losing interest may have caused me to have the time to notice other things that bothered me. The description of weapons –using the full catalog name and part of the description, right down to magazine capacity – sounded more like it was copied from the manufacturer. No sense in alerting us to how many bullets the gun can shoot if it never has a bearing on the story. I did think the author did a good job of involving the reader with his characters so that we cared whether or not something bad happened to them.

The bad cop duo of Jergens and Dubose was interesting in the beginning, but the constant banter began to repeat and by the end fell into a pit of banality. I felt that the choice of the ultra-evil villain stretched my usually flexible limits of credibility, and to realize that the entire series is built upon this person was a disappointment for me.

However, what really turned me off was the cliffhanger-like ending. Creating a successful series that goes on and on has been done (the 14-book Wheel of Time series begun by Robert Jordan comes to mind), but there needs to be a semi-conclusion, not a weak ending that leaves me incredulous when I turn the page to find an ad for the next book. I guess I will never find out what happens to Jane Hawk, because my interest died with the book three non-ending. Two stars.
Megan's Mate: A Selection from The Calhoun Women: Suzanna & Megan (The Calhoun Women, Book 5)
Megan's Mate: A Selection from The Calhoun Women: Suzanna & Megan (The Calhoun Women, Book 5)
This is such a great book, that I look forward to going back and reading these stories again like some that I already have, and I am impatient to read the rest of Nora Roberts' stories right now. Hot, Hot, Hot, love scenes, a well written, creative and intriguing story about family plus inventive, vivid characters, all on top of seriously wonderful love and romance. Each story is about one key person, usual in a family, or close group of friends, they are linked through intricate, messy links and it's almost like a movie you get the privilege of witnessing about these people's powerful, emotional, and often times painful journey towards falling in love. Roberts is one of my most favorite author's, and she doesn't disappoint in this series. Her unique style and classy, yet moving love scenes, paint a beautiful picture that leaves a person longing for something similar for themselves. All of that is combined into this fantastic series and make this book a "must-have"!!!! I didn't want to set it down....seriously!! Lol I was nodding off over my book on several different occasions. Worth the price and more to have a Nora Roberts book in your library collection!!!!!!
A Tempestade de Neve (Portuguese Edition)
A Tempestade de Neve (Portuguese Edition)
Nesse tempo em que vivemos, com tão pouco romance , um conto assim enche a nossa alma de alegria. Indico ...um conto para ler no fim da tarde...sentada em um lugar gostoso....relaxante!
The Rizen
The Rizen
If you're a Lovecraft fan, you might enjoy this twisted little tale of an evil research project gone wrong. Sort of like Doom set in the 1950s. It's interesting. The face the villains were the Brits and not the Nazis was sort of a refreshing change, too. I'm not sure why they made the period the 1950s, but it's fine by me.

The protagonist is female, which is usually annoying in my opinion when Hollywood tries to make a female character, to quote Lord Doomcock, "The bestest evaaaar," but this one actually comes off pretty cool. She's no Rey. She's closer to Ripley with amnesia. There's monsters, evil demonic summoning, blood and guts splattered all over, a strange scientist, and a portal that must be closed to save everything.
I liked the peculiar symbolic translation, too. That was a cool touch. It reminded me of Bubbah Hotep.
Shall we Tell the President? Heron Edition
Shall we Tell the President? Heron Edition
This book, whilst being a good read which kept me up later than is reasonable, was not at all what I was expecting. Having recently read The Clifton Chronicles, followed by Kane and Abel then the Prodigal Daughter, I fully expected Shall We Tell the President to be another epic, family type saga. This was, however, more a crime thriller, 'whodunnit' type story - not the genre I would ever knowingly choose. That said, it was a good pager turner even if the story was slightly far fetched in places. We see very little of Florentyna Kane in this, so don't pick it up expecting it to be 'Part 3'!
Louis L'Amour: Four Complete Novels (The Tall Stranger, Kilkenny, Hondo, Showdown at Yellow Butte)
Louis L'Amour: Four Complete Novels (The Tall Stranger, Kilkenny, Hondo, Showdown at Yellow Butte)
This is the 7th book by Louis L'Amour I've read. All are great, see my reviews. INMO he is the best western author. Sadly Louise L'Amour past away in 1988.

This collection of four of his novels is magnificent, complete and unabridged. The Chatham River Press edition in leather is really nice for our family library.

All the novels are fast paced,well written with no boring parts. If you like reading about the wild west, cowboys and Indians, gunfighting, fist fighting, lust for gold, ranching, cattle rustling, finding the pretty girl, etc these books are for you. The first novel was The Tall Stranger... excellent. I already bought this novel separate and reviewed it so read my review.

Next novel is Kilkenny an ultra fast gunman who does not look for trouble and only wants to be left alone. He builds his own ranch in a Whispering Wind canyon...beautiful. There is a big rancher trying to get all the land from all the small ranchers. Uses hired guns and resorts to murder. Of course there is the traditional beautiful girl for our hero Kilkenny. I wont ruin it for you. Just say a 5 star novel.

Hondo is the next novel and Louise L'amour's first and so far his best. Magnificent character development. I can really gain empathy and liked Hondo an Army scout that for a while lived with the Apache. He meets a pretty young mother with a six year old boy named Johnny that have a ranch that is partially runned down surrounded by Indians. The woman's husband is a bum that abandoned them and left them to fend for themselves surrounded by hostile Apache. What a low life! The chief Apache becomes blood brothers with the little boy but there is the evil second in command Indian. Good Hondo to the rescue. I won't ruin it for you. Louis L'Amour uses magnificent character development, desert description and survival skills . Another 5 star novel. My favorite so far.

Next novel Showdown at Yellow Butte was very interesting to me personally. In the beginning of the novel the outlaw Black Jack Ketchum is briefly mentioned and is to be shortly hanged. My wife and I visited Black Jack Ketchum's grave in Clayton NM. His was the last hanging in New Mexico. Black Jack was a big heavy man. The hanging went bad and his head was severed from his body by the rope. True story. Now back to the novel. A group of men are trying to get squatters off of land to make a profit. But the group lies to our hero and says its swamp land an not inhabited. The squatters have homes on the land and fight. Lots of killing and double crossing by the group members. Of course our hero finds a pretty girl. Another 5 star novel.

So far all Louis L'Amour's books have been great. If you like western fiction you will love this book. A great book for our family library. Highest rating 5 stars plus.
The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted
The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted
Mr. Gardner provided an account of numerous very interesting stories. As a former law enforcement officer/detective/crime scene investigator for over 40 years, and a forensic science consultant and educator for the past 20 years, Earl Stanley Gardener was right on the money with is observations of issues in the criminal justice system. This ranges from overzealous, political intrigue, lack of training for law enforcement and forensic scientists, misinterpretation of circumstantial evidence, prison management and lack of funding for penal issues, and general substance abuse. I thought the writing was clean and flowed throughout the book. The cases were well detail and the narrative fit the theme. I particularly liked his view on the very important role of circumstantial evidence. DNA evidence, fingerprint comparison, firearms examinations, and materials analyses are all circumstantial evidence. The interpretation, analysis, and inferences connected to them are extremely important in arriving at conclusions of the theory of a crime, and subsequent prosecution. He insight was refreshing. I thought it amazing the issues he addressed, the stories he told, the actions that were taken are not a lot different than those today. No much has changed, but good people then and now continue to apply themselves to a sense of safety with justice.
One Love Chigusa (6) (Red Circle Minis)
One Love Chigusa (6) (Red Circle Minis)
I found this a gripping story which drew me in quickly and which I finished in one day. It's easy to understand Soji Shimada's success as an author in Japan and the seamless nature of David Warren's translation makes it possible to immerse yourself in the story without difficulty. The story explores the wonders technology may bring us in the future, but also the possible dark side of the blurring of the distinctions between people and machines. Highly recommended!
The Berenstain Bears Think Of Those In Need (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Berenstain Bears First Time Chapter Books)
The Berenstain Bears Think Of Those In Need (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Berenstain Bears First Time Chapter Books)
I'm not a huge fan of these bears but my class are and voted for this story over others. It inspired them to see what they can do for people at our local homeless shelter and to understand why it is important to clear out your stuff and "get rid of it". I could see on some children's faces the realization of what the bell ringing and the Salvation Army collecting money outside stores is all about too.
Our favorite part: they did not just donate the board games to the senior home but stayed and played them too. Awesome idea for a future outreach, we think.
The Sins of Philip Fleming
The Sins of Philip Fleming
It started with a casual encounter that seemed to change his whole life. Everything was turned upside down during this week of blind passion and disorientation. Althought not entirely as Philip Fleming expected and fantasized, the story has a halpy ending.
Naruto, Vol. 15: Naruto's Ninja Handbook
Naruto, Vol. 15: Naruto's Ninja Handbook
This volume of the Naruto manga focuses somewhat on Gaara as he first fights Sasuke before facing Naruto. The volume shows Gaara's decent into the monster inside him in some nice detail as the volume progresses and also gives further insight into his tortured psyche in an extended flashback to his childhood.

The action in this volume is great with Sasuke, Gaara and Naruto all showing some interesting and powerful techniques. This volume also draws some nice parallels between Naruto and Gaara with the latter showing what Naruto could have become given different circumstances. Also, it could be my imagination but the artwork in this volume also appears to have improved slightly. Things are definitely heating up in this series and I am looking forward to the future instalments.
Naruto - Tome 44 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Naruto - Tome 44 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
C'est ça la force de la série Naruto ! Partant d'une histoire relativement simple, cela se complexifie au fur et à mesure et surprend le lecteur sans cesse et donne cette frénésie de lecture. L'auteur arrive à mêler humour, action, drame, romantisme et moult autres ingrédients qui font que l'on n'arrive pas à décrocher. Le seul souci est que l'on se retrouve vite à la fin du manga frustré de ne pas pouvoir enchaîner avec la suite. Les retournements de situations et les "cliffhangers" (pour parler chébran) entretiennent un intérêt qui ne faiblit pas. Naruto parviendra-t-il à accéder au niveau supérieur et ainsi vaincre Pain et ses acolytes ? Le temps va sembler long jusque décembre, date de parution du volume suivant !
The Tale of You: Hopping into Life (Peter Rabbit)
The Tale of You: Hopping into Life (Peter Rabbit)
This book is absolutely adorable. I purchased one for my kids and then two more for my nieces. It’s sweet in a way that won’t make you cry. I love love love this book and the subtle way it teaches you about life. I will buy this book as a baby gift for years to come.
Sacred Stone (The Oregon Files Book 2)
Sacred Stone (The Oregon Files Book 2)
In many ways a very typical Cussler yarn. A thousand years ago Eric the Red finds a meteorite and feeling it has supernatural powers he sets up a hidden shrine that lasts until the 21st century. When archeologists find it the message is intecepted and a famous reclusive billionaire has designs on using it to destroy the Muslim world and sends a crew to steal the stone and kill the explorers. In an unrelated event a radical Muslim group steals a nuclear bomb from Russia and plans a massive terrorist attack. The CIA's problem, the meteorite is radioactive and may contain a deep space virus, that when coupled with the bomb, could destroy civilization as we know it. So, are the two going to rendezvous or are they set on separate attacks. Other governments must be involved in the take down, but they all have separate ideas on how to do it. Will the efforts ever co-ordinate or will the CIA have to go rouge to solve the crisis? Book has a cast of characters at the front so set your kindle to easily access the cast page or you will get lost on who is who. Elton John even makes an appearance in the book.
Sausage Party - Es geht um die Wurst
Sausage Party - Es geht um die Wurst
There is value to be found in taking a comedy seriously. I do not mean that the best comedy is one that will not produce laughter, but rather that a great comedy will often be able to make you think or deeply emote, feeding your head and your heart even as it makes your sides ache. Not every comedy has to be as substantial as Stanley Kubrick's outings in the genre, but a comedy which does the hard work is always a welcome addition - particularly during awards season, in which comedies are so often overlooked in favour of more overtly serious but often inferior films. By these standards, or indeed any standards, Sausage Party is a great comedy. Like National Lampoon's Animal House before it, it takes a subject matter which has potentially interesting political or philosophical connotations, and proceeds to explore it in some of the most delightfully tasteless ways imaginable for a contemporary audience - and all the while you find your sides splitting like one of its bananas. If nothing else, it's further evidence that lowbrow productions can often be as successful as ultra-highbrow outings in making us both think and laugh. Sausage Party is a high-concept film, insofar as it is built around one central idea, but it is not entirely high-concept in its execution. Seth Rogen worked for eight years to make the film, being turned down by numerous studios and first teasing the project in 2010, three years before it was green-lit. Not only that, but this film cost $19m, much lower than the kind of budget which mainstream animation efforts often enjoy. This is wearing the skin of a mainstream film, but underneath it is a labour of love. Even if we don't like the finished product, the fact that a film this spirited and personal was made at all under the present system is something which should be applauded. The film has an interesting central conceit - namely what it would be like if our food had feelings, and how it would react to being eaten. The idea sounds simple - it's the sort of thing that a child could imagine, given the right stimulation - but it is also one of surprising depth. The film's philosophical underpinning is animism, the idea of animals, plants and even inanimate objects having souls - a belief which, some anthropologists claim, is one of the oldest in human civilisation and the underpinning of many early religions. As we shall see, Sausage Party is interested in religion quite a bit - albeit not from the most academic of perspectives. Equally, we can view Sausage Party's conceit as a parody of the Disney-PIXAR approach to character animation. John Lasseter once said that he tried to characterise inanimate or disposable objects in terms of their relationship to their purpose; in his example, a bottle of water would be very happy when full, would get mad at people the more they drank from it, and would cease to feel meaning toward its life once it was empty. This film shares Lasseter's idea of purpose being something external (something given to creatures, rather than something that they invent for themselves), but those giving said purpose are far less benevolent. The film has an interest in the way that religions operate, both in terms of their relationship to other religions and the relationship between gods and their followers. Obviously you're not going to find the deepest examination of religion or theology in here - any film which literally climaxes in a mass orgy hasn't got the deepest of convictions. But it is interesting to find a mainstream comedy (and a stoner comedy at that) wanting to tackle this issue, instead of merely spouting platitudes about it through a haze of illegal chemicals. Ultimately, Sausage Party lines up with the increasingly secular mainstream on this matter, opining (in my view mistakenly) that religion is a misinterpretation of the natural world caused by a lack of knowledge and an unwillingness to question what has traditionally been regarded as true. The belief system it depicts is rooted in the non-moral religion of many pagan cultures, including elements of Ancient Greece, where the gods were capricious, inconsistent, limited in their powers and regularly indifferent to the plight of mortals. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain, this religion has not yet progressed to the point where the source of numinous awe (the sense of dread and reverence we feel towards supernatural beings) has been identified as the giver of the moral law, which we feel compelled to behave and yet fail to uphold. Given the film's set-up and the philosophical problems which animism poses (e.g. how can we justify eating anything if everything on Earth has a soul?), it is hard to see how Rogen and the directors could have arrived at any other conclusion. From a purely intellectual standpoint it's disappointing that they didn't go further, confining themselves to jokes about the results of entrenched religion in culture (the Jewish bagel fighting with the Arab lavash) rather than exploring whether the supernatural could genuinely exist in any form. But if watching this film starts thos conversation for a few more people, rather than simply reaffirming their views, then that should be recognised in some way, however small. Even if you're not interested in Sausage Party's views on religion, there is still a lot to enjoy in the film. The film wears its bad taste like a badge of honour from the outset - if the overtly vaginal design of Kristen Wiig's hot dog bun makes you feel uncomfortable, then there is really no point sticking around for the jokes about Nazi food seeking to "kill the juice", or the parody of war films with spaghetti guts and jam standing in for blood. Some of the character decisions are more subtle than others - the villain being literally a giant douche isn't the biggest creative stretch - but the designs are distinctive, the voice cast are consistently funny and the animation is appealing despite having a deliberately plastic quality. The one flaw with Sausage Party is ultimately that it doesn't quite go far enough, either in its subject matter or its jokes. That's not to say you won't find at least one moment which generates an awkward silence rather than a loud chuckle, but it's ultimately a little too conventional in its protagonists having worked so hard to challenge a lot of the other conventions in the genre. Even when it comes to its darkness and political incorrectness, the film feels the need to keep the characters endearing and appealing, playing to the Disney-PIXAR dynamic of good triumphing over evil even as it subverts much of their styles. It's not up there with the likes of Heathers, Dr. Strangelove or the best of the Ealing comedies, which had the confidence to turn acidic observations about the world onto its main players, making us perversely sympathise with really horrible people. Sausage Party is trying to have its cake and eat it, and its ending is a double cop-out: not only has that kind of fourth wall joke been done to death, but it teases about there being a supernatural side after hammering about the lack of one for the running time. Sausage Party is a hilarious comedy which asks some surprisingly intelligent questions. Even if its answers and execution don't always fire, it pulls off the rare gambit of appealing to a mainstream audience without losing any of its spiky, creative nature, and above all it's consistently funny from its opening to closing gags. If nothing else, it's proof that there is more to Seth Rogen and his counterparts than often meets the eye.
Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus
Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus
The premise of the story was very intriguing when I saw this book available for pre-order. The setting allows for vast creativity into what world Fortin could have developed. Of course, we are limited to the direct interactions held by the MC, Maraina, but it was nice to imagine what other relationships and story lines could exist in this setting. Around 7 or 8 chapters in, my reading experience felt forced when I noticed that the MC's monologues just didn't seem..insightful, introspective, or captive of her own actions and though processes. I kept thinking, "this novel must be targeted towards teenagers," and perhaps being a 25 year old female puts me out of the scope in which I can relate to the MC..or perhaps the author's writing made me feel alienated from a character whom I think I'd normally be able to sympathize with. It definitely felt like a man writing about a young woman, rather than being an immersive narrative of a tragedy-torn girl on the cusp of womanhood. Overall, the novel was a good balance between action, romance, and horror and can still draw the reader to the end. The pace and character backstories were greatly entertaining. It's unfortunate how the MC's internal dialogue gave me so much pause.
Strange News from Another Star
Strange News from Another Star
These stories are, on the whole, simple and beautiful and yet they are equally philosophical and even political. They make you question your own life and the world we live in allowing you to both step outside of yourself and delve deep into your subconscious. Sometimes this makes you confront your own nature and question your own faults. When faced with a wish of our own, would we be selfless or (perhaps forgivably) selfish? In the darkest of times would we have the strength to confront the evil before us? These stories are timeless and relevant and beautifully told. I have read them many times and hope to read them many more.
No Police Like Holmes (McCabe and Cody)
No Police Like Holmes (McCabe and Cody)
I read this for free via Kindle Unlimited and soon as I finished it, bought the second book in the series immediately. I'm hooked. Dan knows his Holmes and displays that knowledge throughout this book.
I suspect that a reader would have to be at least a bit of a Holmes fan to fully enjoy it. The whole thing revolves around a Holmes conference at the local college. They mystery regards stolen Holmes collectibles such as pages from Doyle's "Hound of the Baskervilles" manuscript and a very rare copy of the magazine that printed the first Holmes story, "A Study in Scarlet."
I enjoyed the romance between Jeff and an attractive newspaper reporter, and I thought the main characters fairly well-rounded. I'm looking forward to visiting them again in the second volume. I'm no expert on mystery plotting, but author Bonnie McBride, who did her own series of Holmes pastiches, said he's a master plotter.
I fully expect to read the entire series eventually.
Redhead (Department Z Book 2)
Redhead (Department Z Book 2)
Two English cousins (Grimm and Storm) become minor celebrities through amateur boxing. Due to a fabricated account of statements attributed to the cousins, the leading gangster, known only by the nickname Redhead, declares war. However, these are not Redhead's usual victims....

Trailed back to England, we discover that Redhead is leading an American style crime invasion of England and thus Gordon Craigie and his Department Z are brought into the fray.

Although revised in 1970 by the author, there are still anachronisms to be found and either enjoyed (by me anyway) or overlooked by the reader. Bottom line is a fun ride in the original vein of thrillers such as early Saint and Perry Mason books... (Yes, they started in the 1930's as well....)
Inked and Screened SP_Arch_HogwartsInfo_TW_24_K Wall Art,Speckletone True White,18 x 24 Inch
Inked and Screened SP_Arch_HogwartsInfo_TW_24_K Wall Art,Speckletone True White,18 x 24 Inch
Absolutely love this Harry Potter poster print. It's on thick white paper, and no print flaws of the images. However, taking it out of the tube I was stuck by a staple keeping the poster in the tube. The print fits great in a 18x24 frame I got from Michael's. Its unique and I love it has the history timeline of how Hogwarts started to the last event. I do think it's over priced, but it's a rare piece that I've never seen anywhere else before. Highly recommend for any HP fans out there!
Harry Potter Quidditch Costume Accessory Kit
Harry Potter Quidditch Costume Accessory Kit
Wow. I could not believe how TERRIBLE this was. The best thing about this was the fast shipping, but after it got to my front door it was all down hill from there. Once inside, I opened the amazon box and found that the actual inner packaging had broken open and was spilled out. And the contents was the worst and cheapest material I've seen in years. The dollar store has better quality then this. The gloves were not designed for human fingers/hand! In general, all the fingers were different sizes in width not height (the pinky being the widest) and the thumb location was where the knuckle of the index finger should be. Not to mention the stitching itself was horribly twisted and in many places, and did not even stitch the two pieces of fabric together. The goggles were not even fully painted! They had a gray primer and gold around the lenses on top and both (like the stitching) looked like they had been painted on by a drunk person with the paint-brush held between his toes. They had not even bothered to paint in the black over the gray primer. The "armor" is just a cheap painted paper product with 2 thin (1/4 inch wide) pieces of elastic tacked on the back (which by the way broke within 30 seconds of handling). I have to say this did make me smile, mainly because it was so terrible it was hilarious but also to keep form crying on the complete waste of 20$.

All in all this product prob would not be sold in a dollar store but b/c it was even below their quality standard.

Not recommended.
Funko Pop! Games: Spyro - Spyro,Multicolor,3.75 inches
Funko Pop! Games: Spyro - Spyro,Multicolor,3.75 inches
bought 3 figures, ripto, nasty norc and this, all arrived damaged, would cost me more time and effort to return these, i should simply be sent replacements, no clear way for me to get that done either, don't buy POP figures off Amazon, people packaging these don't understand that the box itself too should be wrapped properly, as its a collectible, beyond shocked at the state in which they arrived, soggy boxes and broken parts
Banpresto Disney Characters Q Posket Petit Cinderella 7cm Figure
Banpresto Disney Characters Q Posket Petit Cinderella 7cm Figure
Je suis déçue de cet achat. La figurine, qui est une vraie Qposket, reçue dans sa boite d'origine est mal fabriquée, la peinture écaillée, la tête avec un gros défaut de fabrication au niveau des cheveux. Je retourne le produit et demande une autre figurine.
Backlash
Backlash
Nascere a Tucson, in Arizona, e crescere a Austin, in Texas, parrebbero due variabili perfette per la biografia di un tipico cantautore country di quei paraggi. Invece, a sorpresa, ci troviamo fra le mani un esplosivo, a dir poco, musicista di colore che, a mio parere, ha rivoluzionato la musica funky, con forti influenze rock, degli ultimi dieci anni, a cominciare, almeno, dallo splendido "Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!", del 2009. Da allora, Black Joe, ha proseguito la sua strada fregandosene altamente delle mode o degli stilemi in cui la musica nera è stata ormai rinchiusa, e ha contaminato un funky figlio degli anni settanta con dosi massicce di garage, portando le sue evidenti influenze, James Brown sopra tutti, ma anche la veemenza di Howlin' Wolf, NON il blues, a frullarsi con una musica potente, viscerale, cattiva, tagliente e, in sintesi, eccitante, che fa sì che non mi sia mai perso un suo disco. "Backlash" è il suo quinto lavoro e prosegue il discorso del precedente, "Electric Slave" del 2013, proponendo un sound rabbioso, appoggiato sugli ottimi Honeybears, due sassofoni, una tromba, una chitarra solista, basso e batteria, nerissimo, psichedelico, che a volte respinge un poco, per il muro sonoro che riesce a creare, ma quando arrivate in fondo, non potrete che ritenervi soddisfatti di fronte a un'opera che non fa prigionieri e che vista nel suo complesso, è decisamente poderosa, riuscita. Lewis non è uno facile, è uno da prendere con le pinze, vi potrebbe respingere, ma lui e la sua band girano a mille, tanto che, a mio parere, potrebbero dare moltissimo sulla lunga distanza, in brani più jammati, visto che l'alchimia è notevole. "Backlash", è vero, non aggiunge niente al suo catalogo, ma un pezzo come "Maroon", oltre cinque splendidi minuti di "cosmic funky" che spazia anche nel jazz, potrebbe dare nuove prospettive. Black Joe Lewis è il musicista nero più sottovalutato d'America, e io non mi spiego il perché. Let's funky!
Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual: Its Doctrine and Ritual (1910)
Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual: Its Doctrine and Ritual (1910)
Welcome to the mind blowing world of Eliphas Levi’s writings. Transcendental Magic is a foundational volume on occult science, Kabbalah, ritual magic and absolute understanding of the universe through studying the numbers, letters, words and symbols which are said to have divine power able to be channeled according to an accomplished magician’s will. The idea behind the title is that, beyond religious microcosms like Christianity or Judaism, there is an underlying, or transcendental power that governs all things and ideas. It is not inherently good or bad, but exists in the form of will and consciousness and can be utilized in various ways by those who have been ‘initiated’ in the ways of magic. Levi discusses many famous and also lesser known occult phenomena, such as pentagrams, Baphomet, the Star of Solomon, alchemy and ancient orders of scientists and all-knowing magi.

l will start off by saying that l do not fully grasp everything discussed in this book. lt is a very long, difficult book to read and covers many hard to understand ideas, wrapped up inside even more complicated concepts. Personally l would recommend having a dictionary and an encyclopedia handy when reading this book. That’s not meant to be funny; unless you’re already extremely well-read and educated, you will most likely have frequent difficulty understanding Levi’s meanings and the cumbersome wording he utilizes.

Transcendental Magic is basically 2 books combined into a single volume: the first being Doctrine, and the second Ritual. The Doctrine half establishes the ideas themselves, such as how occult science came to be separate from formal religion, and the difference between high and low magic. What is the Absolute, the Astral Light, the significance of Hebrew letters and numbers, and does Satan exist? Doctrine is definitely the more confusing and perplexing half of the book. Your average reader could quickly lose interest and abandon the book before reaching the midway point. The Ritual half, while still not easy reading, does become more interesting as it delves into actual processes, materials, vestments and settings necessary for initiation and higher understanding through rituals. Levi’s attitude throughout is that the difference between light and black magic is essentially the magician’s intent and spirit behind their actions, as well as the items used to achieve them.

This is not a fun book; it is a serious, in-depth treatise on the occult written in the 19th century. If you do plan on reading it, just prepare yourself for that fact. Put your nose to the grind, keep on reading and eventually some of it will start to sink in. l couldn’t give the book 5 stars, just due to the difficulty of comprehension and how daunting it was to get through the first half. However it is interesting if you stick with it, and the last half redeems it to a good extent. To fully grasp this kind of material will require a ton of extra reading and re-referencing, making notes, cross examining and pondering. I do plan on reading more books by Eliphas Levi and hope to get a better grip on his material that way.
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair Ball - Extra 52cm Balance Ball for Classic Balance Ball Chairs
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair Ball - Extra 52cm Balance Ball for Classic Balance Ball Chairs
After reading the reviews (and the accompanying comments that go with them) I have decided to give this replacement ball 5 stars. As the replies to the comments go, this ball (so they say) will inflate to the correct size. I will attempt to inflate this ball to the correct size. As of right now, the ball is MUCH smaller than the original. I will give the company the benefit of the doubt and rate the ball accordingly after I attempt to make it the same size. I do hope that it is more durable than the ball that it is replacing. I will update this review as needed, just like all my other reviews.
***UPDATE*** Ok, so I lowered my rating to 3 stars because this is definitely NOT a replacement ball for the chair. I bought two chairs, the cat (damn cat) popped one of the balls. I ordered this ball as a replacement and it is clearly a different size no matter how much I try to inflate it. It is just plain NOT the same size as the original. It's smaller. Change the description and I will change my rating back to 5 stars. Why? Because my wife likes the smaller size of the ball...sometimes. So, having said all that, take a look at this:

http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Burst-Stability-Ball-Foot/dp/B00VE4XGUM?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00

That link is for an exercise ball we just bought which is an EXACT replacement for the original chair ball. The only difference is that it is blue. Both balls work with the chair so she uses the accordingly depending on whether she wants to sit a little higher or lower. (The exercise ball was cheaper also.)
How to Build a Brain: A Neural Architecture for Biological Cognition (Oxford Series on Cognitive Models and Architectures)
How to Build a Brain: A Neural Architecture for Biological Cognition (Oxford Series on Cognitive Models and Architectures)
Finally, a book about a technical subject that contains all the necessary math to understand what the author is talking about.

There has been a long, long pause between the late-1980s work on neural networks and AI and some grand "unified theory" to connect the two into some reasonable explanation of how the human mind works. This book may not have *the* answer, but it has *an* answer, which is more than anyone else has proposed to date (apart from a slim line of research that is well and thoroughly cited throughout the book), and it certainly points the way forward. I picked up this book on a whim after seeing it mentioned in a quick citation in Dan Dennett's "From Bacteria to Bach and Back", and I must say that I have not enjoyed catching up on cognitive science research so much since reading Rumelhart and McClelland (apart from the book "Spikes", which is so breathtakingly expensive for such a slim volume that I have not obtained a copy for myself). "How to Build a Brain" is, like Parallel Distributed Processing, divided into two main parts, the first to describe the underlying mechanisms, equations, algorithms, and structures; and the second to describe a series of experiments working their way up from the simple to the surprisingly complex.
A shorter third part gives an overview of similar past efforts and compares them to the work of Eliasmith and his students/colleagues. The book contains pointers to the group's website where many (all?) of the software tools used in this research can be found, downloaded, and played with.
MasterPieces Xplorer Maps Jigsaw Puzzle, Alaska, National Park, 100% Made in USA, 1000 Pieces
MasterPieces Xplorer Maps Jigsaw Puzzle, Alaska, National Park, 100% Made in USA, 1000 Pieces
This was a really fun puzzle for us. Not too easy but not so hard. Perfect challenge and we love the Bay area so it was interesting to piece together.

We were fortunate as we had all the pieces included. Box was shrink wrapped so brand new from Amazon - not a 3rd party seller. We definitely prefer to deal directly with Amazon. We also got it at a fair price from Amazon - it may have been a little more expensive due to the high demand but it was very reasonable and we appreciate that Amazon!

As others mentioned, the picture on the box is way too small if you don't have perfect vision. We really strained our eyes and got a few headaches having to look at this small picture. Would really be nice if the manufacturer included a larger, clear picture poster - i'd even be willing to pay a bit more for the puzzle to have this included. Just ordered a magnifying glass to make it easier on the next one from Xplorer Maps.

It did have quite a few funky pieces but it really helped in the areas with the same color. However, it didn't make the puzzle so easy that it was no challenge at all.

Yes, this is not the exact same quality as a Ravensburger but it's also about half the price! Some of the pieces were a bit tight fit but overall it was a quality puzzle. I suppose it depends on if you are going to frame it after you're finished. We don't do that but break the puzzle back up and send it to our other family members to be entertained. So if you're going to frame it and put it up on the wall...yes, the quality of the picture is not a Ravensburger.

All in all - we thought this was one of the best puzzles for our level. Very entertaining! We just ordered the Montana Xplorer Maps as we saw it sold from Amazon for about $17 with free Prime shipping! Noice!
OKSTNO Universal Motorcycle Indicator 10mm 8mm Rear View Side Mirrors Integrated LED Turn Signals Fit for Street Bikes Cruiser Scooters
OKSTNO Universal Motorcycle Indicator 10mm 8mm Rear View Side Mirrors Integrated LED Turn Signals Fit for Street Bikes Cruiser Scooters
I loved the lights in the mirror itself, though I have yet to use them due to the cheaply machined adapter bolts they supply with the mirror.
I installed the mirror on my scooter and as soon as I tightened the adapter it stripped out and the mirror spun around freely.
The mirror itself seems sturdy and not flimsy. I tested the lights off the bike, they are bright and look really nice, the 3 blue/white lights on the mirror side form a small triangle in the upper outside corner that is bright and can be seen from vehicles behind you.
I will have to have new bolts machined here locally at a cost out of my pocket.
I gave a 1-star rating due to the fact that the hardware is garbage, cheap, machining quality is non-existent and therefore the mirrors are not usable.
If they offer a solution I will update.

***UPDATE: Seller is sending new adapters seller is great to work with, they are trying to remedy the situation.
***UPDATE*** 9/28/2018 ***Seller has shipped new hardware. I can not complain about customer service, they stand behind the product and will work with you to resolve any issues.
Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug 2.6ft x 6ft Faux Fleece Fluffy Area Rugs Carpet for Living Room Bedroom Sofa (2.6ft x 6ft, Pink)
Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug 2.6ft x 6ft Faux Fleece Fluffy Area Rugs Carpet for Living Room Bedroom Sofa (2.6ft x 6ft, Pink)
Even before releasing the vacuum-bagged (crushed) product from its packaging it was obvious this was going to be a disappointment. There's no pile to it and the synthetic fur just lies flat even after attempts to fluff. You can compress the fur and its fabric backing between thumb and forefinger to about 1/8" if you're wondering about thickness. This thing is a joke and just went in the trash. There's no way this is as good as all the reviews.
YourFacePillow - Anti Wrinkle | Anti Aging | Wrinkle Prevention | Acne Treatment | Natural Beauty | Back & Side Sleeping Pillow
YourFacePillow - Anti Wrinkle | Anti Aging | Wrinkle Prevention | Acne Treatment | Natural Beauty | Back & Side Sleeping Pillow
I've recently started to get some creases down either side of my top upper lip over the last two years or so which are getting deeper, and over a period of time the corner of my bottom lips have started to droop slightly which I knew the cause was due to me being a side sleeper and having my face crushed into the pillow . I've tried out a few different pillows and as a last resort even ended up trying to make one myself, but all to no avail. I gave up in the end and over time I have mainly tended to lay on my side trying to keep my head quite flat to the pillow because any attempt to try to sleep on my back isn't comfortable and I always seem to wake up during the night and revert back to side sleeping, so it is a constant battle. But I did find the side lines on my face on them particular nights were not as bad as the nights I slept on my side. I have got to the last few months dreading going to bed because I knew these creases were all self inflicted and going to worsen over time, so I finally decided to see if I could purchase a miracle pillow to solve my problems!

I saw this one advertised and read every single review, good and bad, and it seemed like exactly what I was searching for. I am a very fussy and pernickety person and usually end up sending something back after eventually finding some gripe. However, when it arrived I could see immediately that it was going to be ideal for me and that the bottom half of the pillow would allow my cheek not to be crushed and the problem area to be off the pillow, even if I tended to slip back onto my side again. I had however ordered the wrong pillow size and so contacted the seller regarding a possible exchange. They were most helpful and it seemed that nothing was too much trouble for them and they promptly sent me the other pillow which arrived more or less the next day. I have now used it for the last three nights and have been laid on my back and side and because of it's special design it is allowing the bottom half of my face to be up in the air, which has now improved so greatly that it is no longer troubles me. Every morning I have been checking the lines and am definitely seeing a vast improvement and can see that over time they will eventually fade altogether. I am no longer going to bed dreading the next morning, fearing to stay away from the mirror, hoping the lines have at least faded after a few hours. Also one side of the laughter lines on my eyes have always appeared to look more lined than the other side, which is probably due to sleeping more on a particular side, so this is now another added bonus for which the pillow is helping me overcome. I usually think that these type of products are simply gimmicks and so tend to stay well clear, but I can genuinely say that this pillow is a real godsend to me and I couldn't be more grateful to the talented people who designed it. Many thanks from an highly delighted customer.
VIVO Dual LED LCD Monitor Free-Standing Desk Stand for 2 Screens up to 27 inches, Heavy-Duty Fully Adjustable Arms with Max VESA 100x100mm STAND-V002F
VIVO Dual LED LCD Monitor Free-Standing Desk Stand for 2 Screens up to 27 inches, Heavy-Duty Fully Adjustable Arms with Max VESA 100x100mm STAND-V002F
My needs for this monitor stand are a little different than most people. Most people will have 2 monitors that are the same size and usually the same brand -- meaning they'll be the same height and weight on both sides.

But I wanted something that was flexible, strong and solid allowing me to put a 24 in TV on one side and a 20 inch VGA monitor on the other. This stand works very well. I also wanted to be able to switch out the 20 inch monitor and put my 15 inch laptop in its place or maybe my 7 inch tablet. My monitors weigh 9 pounds for the 24 inch and 11 pounds for the 20 inch. The laptop is about 5 pounds. The monitor stand out of the box is perfect. The stand if supporting like sized monitors is very stable. For what I'm doing I screwed it down because I want to be able switch out monitor and laptop without asking for help. I love it because it was easy to put together and meets my rather unusual needs.

The pictures of the back plates show the thumb tightening screws working for the monitor but not for the TV -- I had to get creative e and used some nuts to act as spacers -- the thumb screws were too long.

The design is well thought out. You have full range of motion, cord management and even a place to put allen wrenches needed for adjusting positions.

I'd give it 6 stars if I could. I buy a lot on Amazon and this is the best designed product I've purchased for a long time.
Fazer Salmiakki Mix - Original - Finnish - Salty Licorice - Salmiak - Wine Gums - Candies - Sweets - Bag 6.35 oz
Fazer Salmiakki Mix - Original - Finnish - Salty Licorice - Salmiak - Wine Gums - Candies - Sweets - Bag 6.35 oz
I thought having a mix of the salmiak would be great, as maybe I could tell what I liked or disliked. However, when they arrived I was disappointed because the flavor was just not what I was looking for.

Call me an american or whatever, but I believe that licorice should have at least 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 sugar or sweetener, or at least a natural licorice sweet taste, but these had none. They were very bitter and very salty. Not an ounce of sugar in them, it made these feel less like candy and more like medicine. of course, I still ate the whole bag, but I definitely wasn't as pleased.

I would rate them not as harsh as Piratos or Rheila Pastels, less than the insides of the tyrkisk peber too. They were though, much more harsh than katje's Salizge herring (my favorite - its very sweet and has a perfectly strong taste).

So overall, I would rate them 3/5. You do get a good amount of licorice for your money, though.
Los Llanos Tempranillo Vino Tinto - Bag in Box de 3000 ml
Los Llanos Tempranillo Vino Tinto - Bag in Box de 3000 ml
Un vino de mesa de Castilla La Mancha y envasado por unas conocidas bodegas de la Región de Murcia.
✅ El vino es seco, tiene cuerpo acorde al precio pagado, y cumple para acompañar carnes y platos de pasta.
✅ No necesita refrigeración como otros vino baratos.
✅ El porcentaje de alcohol es alto (13%) pero su grifo le da una buena aireación.
✅ Equivale a 4 botellas, la caja es cómoda de transportar y protege al vino al abrirlo.
Pegas:
❌ No cabe bien en la nevera, pues la caja es muy alta
❌ El precio está bien (menos de 2€ por botella), pero no es un regalo ya que el mismo vino y Crianza está a 2,10€ en el Carrefour.
❌ No ofrece mayores detalles en en la caja. No indica el varietal de uva. Se supone que es tempranillo por la descripción de Amazon...
Funcorn Toys Ocean Sea Animal, 52 Pack Assorted Mini Vinyl Plastic Animal Toy Set, Realistic Under The Sea Life Figure Bath Toy for Child Educational Party Cake Cupcake Topper,Octopus Shark Otter
Funcorn Toys Ocean Sea Animal, 52 Pack Assorted Mini Vinyl Plastic Animal Toy Set, Realistic Under The Sea Life Figure Bath Toy for Child Educational Party Cake Cupcake Topper,Octopus Shark Otter
 *Totally Independent review-no reimbursements or comp. Also, **”hippocampus” in the description sounds like they’re including brain parts, lol! This actually means sea horse — I think they need to hire a better translator. PLEASE let me know if you find this helpful, I spend way too much time on reviews trying to help other parents, my hubby says it’s a problem 😂.

I bought these because our usual go-to animals didn’t arrive (thanks again, USPS, for ruining my kid’s party) but I’m glad we found these. They’re not what I wanted but they ended up working. Here’s what I liked (and please bear in mind the blue piranha in video is NOT part of the set).

✅ Colors are fairly vibrant, paint is even relatively accurate, rare for the “cheap” animals.

✅ Good variety. Not what was pictured entirely, but good enough.

✅ Impressively detailed for such a small item.

✅ Kids fought over who got to play with them, so that’s a sign they’re interesting! 😄

✅ Not HARD plastic like dollar-store fish. They’re just bendy enough!

My favorite part is that when they’re all lost, it’s not going to cost me an arm and a leg to get another set.

What I didn’t like:

❌ Didn’t receive advertised number.

❌ Only got 3 of the ones we were hoping for! Ah well, can’t will them all.

❌ Kids should not be left alone with them. Choking hazard is real with this one!! (Maybe that’s not a “con” but needs to be noted - they are not all 2”, some are 1/2”.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to keep the kiddos occupied, educate them on ocean animals, practice difficult pronunciation, or use them as decor or rewards, I’d recommend this set as long as your expectations aren’t too high.

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