Briar Moore

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2 Books! 1) True Believer 2) The Last Song
2 Books! 1) True Believer 2) The Last Song
2 Books! 1) True Believer 2) The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Vicious Love (Sinners of Saint 1) (German Edition)
Vicious Love (Sinners of Saint 1) (German Edition)
Vicious Love (Sinners of Saint 1) (German Edition) by L. J. Shen and Patricia Woitynek. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Secret Adversary
The Secret Adversary
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, Tara Mackinnon Dow, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1397 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre by Stephen King, William Dufris, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 184 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Minuit 4
Minuit 4
Minuit 4 by Stephen King, Jean-Marie Fonbonne, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
A Python Programming Style Guide
A Python Programming Style Guide
A Python Programming Style Guide by Kenneth A. Lambert. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code
PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code
PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code by Davey Shafik. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
MS Access 2013 SQL Comprehensive
MS Access 2013 SQL Comprehensive
MS Access 2013 SQL Comprehensive by Dr. Pindaro E Demertzoglou. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
What a breath of fresh air this book is.

In an age increasingly characterized by narrow-minded fanatics, here’s someone capable of writing good things and bad things about the same people and organizations.

At a time when more and more writing is either totally in favour of its subject or totally against it, Jill Abramson has provided fair and balanced coverage of four news organizations—the York Times, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and Vice.

This is really four books in one. The reporting is so thorough that each story could stand on its own as a separate volume.
Abramson has done a tonne of interviews—more than 100 at Vice alone—and the result is a detailed look inside each organization with a steady stream of great anecdotes.

Mostly, it’s a great read. The only exception is the description of the technologies Buzzfeed uses to manipulate readers. This is pretty tedious going—it’s about dull people doing dull things, after all—but it’s an important part of the story.
In this 534-page book there are a few sentences that weren’t directly attributed to their sources, but given that the book has 70 pages of source notes, surely those were honest errors of omission.

When Abramson was executive editor of the Times, a glance at the online headlines each morning was a guaranteed adrenaline rush, the stories were that interesting. I’ve never experienced that before or since—in any publication.

As for the the subject of her book—the future of news—my takeaway is there is no secret to the news media’s survival.

While all four media groups are endangered, the New York Times, according to Abramson, is furthest along the road to survival, thanks largely to four million paid subscribers. Abramson credits a gutsy decision by the then publisher. Although the experts said it would never work, the Times began charging for online subscriptions, and the ensuing financial turnaround is now history.

It's ironic that the new media (Buzzfeed and Vice) have embraced the failed business model of old media—heavy reliance on advertising revenue. (Paper newspapers traditionally got the lion's share of their revenue from advertising; subscription revenue was secondary.)

Meanwhile, the Times, got nearly two-thirds of its 2017 revenue from circulation. Ad revenue is now a secondary stream.
While journalism is more than a business, the key to its financial success is no different than in any other business—give customers a product or service they want or need, at a price they’re able and willing to pay.
Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era
Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era
This book is odd. It's well written and the narrative is compelling; enough for me to read it all in one go.

The stories of inadequate ego-driven teachers and students early on in the book are relayed well. The book's exposure of incompetence, back-scratching and favoritism from supposedly upstanding academic leaders is excellent. This is a good reason to read this book, and for excellently depicting an often overlooked part of academic life, this book deserves 4 stars.

The problem is, that's not why I bought the book. I was expecting a book about the "founding of the Facebook era" as the sub-title suggests. This is certainly not a focus. From 335 pages in all, the name "Mark Zuckerberg" first appears on page 287, and any facts relating to Facebook's rise are within only the last 40 pages and are mostly tainted by disdain.

Initially the author developed a system called CriticalMass that allowed students to rate their satisfaction of different academics at Harvard. Textbook Central, a textbook trading site, followed. Another system called FAStWebmail allowed Harvard students to access their official Harvard e-mail accounts over the Web. These were eventually rolled into a system called houseSYSTEM that included some other features like course preselection and calendars.

For a few chapters after explaining how these systems were developed, the focus is on how the administration and some other students considered houseSYSTEM to be insecure and flawed, due to its pseudo-requirement to have users' official Harvard passwords (in order for the webmail function to work) and a lack of proper SSL (HTTPS) security.

In dealing with these concerns the author showed a lack of technical knowledge. He protested that only an MD-5 hash of users' passwords were stored, but if this were the case, how did his system then access the users' official e-mail accounts? The author doesn't provide a proper level of detail to make a judgment as an independent reader, and the way he portrays it may just be poor.

The author also says "Brian Wong is telling people that MD-5 generates 16-byte hashes, when it doesn't! There are 32 characters in all of them! Each ASCII character is one byte!" MD-5 generates a 16 byte hash (128 bits). That a textual hexadecimal representation of that 16 byte hash takes 32 characters does not make it a "32 byte hash."

The author has a habit of "quoting" his mental monologue, nearly all of which is negative in nature, and assuming whoever he's talking to is either an idiot or out to get him. The author's paranoia (warranted or not) permeates the last half of this book enough to make for uneasy reading. He jumps to exaggerated conclusions. Shortly after the initial security concerns, the university decides that Greenspan needs to delete the password hashes he had collected so far and "forward the list of all those whose information you have collected" in order that those students could have their passwords reset. Instead of complying with this reasonable request, the author rants about how the users table has other information like phone numbers in it and asks "What, do they want those, too?" The e-mail he quotes requested a list of people who signed up for his site, not other details. This doesn't stop the author from eventually sending the whole user table anyway!

On the SSL issue, the text implies that a self-signed certificate was used, but the author appears not to understand the identification issues with this (though those who e-mail him appear to). It's a common theme that the author, IMHO, quotes well-thought-out e-mails and refutes them poorly. He argues that a wildcard certificate would be necessary - costing some $1000, though InstantSSL had them for under $500 at the time - not realizing he could use a regular SSL certificate (under $50) for the password transfer (the parts where security really counted), and a wildcard cookie for cross sub-domain authentication beyond that.

On Facebook, he seems to feel that Zuckerberg's developments, though independent, were a rip off of his own even though Zuckerberg is constantly quoted as remaining separate. houseSYSTEM did have a "face book" feature where pictures of students were located along with their names, but this had no social networking aspect. Zuckerberg's did. Nothing the author relays gives me the impression he "founded" the "Facebook" era.

On page 302, I feel that Greenspan relays a tale of attempting to blackmail Facebook. Despite considering Zuckerburg "inarticulate and naive," he suggested that he join Facebook. When told they needed an engineer with 15 years' experience, Greenspan highlighted Facebook's problems with ConnectU (who were suing Facebook for allegedly copying their idea and stealing code) and suggested that he had "grounds to sue both of you" before suggesting that if Facebook would hire him, he'd be on their side and help the lawsuit go away.

The last 20 pages are dire. The author claims that having a full Facebook profile "would have meant I endorsed intellectual property theft" without realizing that information willingly shared is not "thieved."

Lastly, the author appears to rub most people in the book up the wrong way. Other than his closest associates and his family, almost every social interaction seems to result in the author antagonizing someone or being ignored. In many cases, he relies on his father to write e-mails and letters on his behalf (mostly unsuccessfully), rather than fight his own battles. "If Mark can get $2 billion for my ideas, I should at least be able to get a couple million!" sums up what I see as a jealous individual who, as it happens, has written a gripping and interesting book.

As good as this book is, I sense Greenspan isn't the sort of person to get over a slight easily and it saddens me that he appears restricted him from achieving all that someone with his talents could be.
The Candlestick Course
The Candlestick Course
I don't believe Steve Nison can be outdone by any other author when it comes to explaining candlestick charting. I absolutely enjoyed every thing I read and learned in this book. I first learned of candlesticks a few years ago but had no interest in spending a lot of time learning about them . I read Toni Turner's book on short term trading and in it she uses candlesticks and references Steve's books so I've taken the next step and read this book and am currently reading his first book 'Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques'. Both can be considered the gold standard for candlesticks in my opinion. The others who have reviewed this and other of Steve's books have covered what is in each book very completely and in detail so I won't get into the contents. I want to point out the frustrations you will have in making your way through the books. Learning about candlestick charting is by necessity a visual experience, at least for me. I need the pictures to understand the text. In each of the two books I have read there are way too many chart examples that don't appear on the same page or facing page from the text. In some cases you need to thumb through 2,3 or in some examples 4 or more pages to get to the referenced chart. It's totally frustrating to spend 2 or 3 minutes trying to compare the text to a chart to finally find you were 2 pages off from the referenced chart. Also, there are just too many mistakes in the references. You can figure all this out but it takes time and cause a loss of concentration, which is bad for me. The print is large, which is good. The editors could/should have come up with a better format to put the text with the chart examples. That would have made these books very exceptional instead of just great.
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy
This book is about the height and length of two books. It takes two hands to read, but it is worth the effort for any Oprah fan or even a fan of beautiful photography. I can't comment enough about the grandeur and awe-inspiring splendor of the book - it's huge and comforting photos of people we've all come to know and love, the memories garnered up when seeing Oprah at her finest on the stage of the Oprah Show. I have never read a book this stunning.

The book is, of course, about Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and about some of the things that she's tried to teach and have definitely learned throughout her tenure as a talk show host. There are also testimonials as to what Oprah has meant to people and cultures over the past 25 years. For example, there is a statement made by the great Henry Louis Gates Jr. which tells of how he first heard of Oprah and why she is so important in his life personally. He gave the experience of when Oprah visited the PBS stage to have her ancestry researched in "African American Lives." It was a remarkable page of information, and Mr. Gates Jr. stood tall as a beautifully artistic portrait on the next page almost watching you as you read with the proverbial `family' tree behind him.

This book is an experience! A must have for any Oprah fan!!!
Gund Rafferty Gray 14" Bear Plush
Gund Rafferty Gray 14" Bear Plush
I was very excited to order this adorable teddy as my 3 months old's first teddy bear. I was extremely disappointed! I loved the way he is shaped and he was very squishy and soft, but alas I have to return him as that same soft hair falls out in tufts! I don't want my little baby to swallow any fake fur so this unfortunately wasn't as age appropriate as I had thought. Would make a great gift for anyone passed the "everything goes in my mouth" phase of life
Marvel Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Mug - Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Mug - Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War
I’d give this zero stars if I could. The only redeeming factor is that my husband LOVED receiving this as a gift. Durability however has been the issue. I have only ever handwashed this mug and about a month in, the first gem stone fell off. Then, another, then another and another. At the time or purchase, I paid over $30 for this novelty mug and I feel ripped off. He has been so disappointed by the quality and I too. Such a bummer.
Marvel Black Panther Light-Up Costume for Kids Size 7/8 Black
Marvel Black Panther Light-Up Costume for Kids Size 7/8 Black
Previous review stated costume did not light up, thought it might be batteries. New batteries did not work either. Costume is low quality...material very thin, padding (muscles) is not where it should be, lights do not work. Just a junk costume that Disney charged a small fortune for. Very dissatisfied and child very disappointed. 0 stars rating.
Short Program 2 - Mitsuru Adachi masterpiece Short Works (Shonen Sunday Comics) (2005) ISBN: 4091278728 [Japanese Import]
Short Program 2 - Mitsuru Adachi masterpiece Short Works (Shonen Sunday Comics) (2005) ISBN: 4091278728 [Japanese Import]
あだち先生との出会いは、「ナイン」からで、特に「タッチ」の連載中が、ちょうどわたしも高校生でしたので、思い入れは強いデス。
ショートプログラムも1988年の初版を買っており、今も本棚に鎮座しております…。(もちろん2005年の表紙とは違ってます) つい最近MIXを読む機会があり、時代はその時代にシンクロしていても、「あだちワールドの懐の深い描写などは健在だナ。」と実感し、とんと数十年ご無沙汰だった作品たちに会いたくなって、さすがに全ては無理なのでめぼしいものをいくつかアマゾンさんで散策し、中古ですが大人買いしてしまいました。
このショートプログラム2もその中の一つで、改めてあだち先生の短編作の質の高さは定評どうりで、楽しく読まさせてもらいました。表面的なものだけでなく、その中に漂ってくる空気感も感じてもらうと、その良さが何倍にもなるから不思議です。
Inuyasha (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 15 (15)
Inuyasha (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 15 (15)
I got a used library copy, which is fine. The book came in pretty good condition and shipping was fast. I really like this series, though Inuyasha's relationship between Kagome and Kikyo is different from the anime. It's less of a love triangle as it is clear that InuYasha loves Kikyo and InuYasha never says he want both. The only complaint about these books is that Viz leaves the color pages in black and white (it's obvious which are the color pages so it is very noticeable) and yet at end shows a color gallery of covers. It makes no sense to me. As an art student, I would love to see how the pages originally look like, which I why I am even buying the VizBig editions to begin with since the regular volumes are reversed. Viz, if you're even going to have color pages, go all out! These books are already pricey, but I'm willing to pay just a little bit more if I see the pages originally as is.
The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
I loved this book when I read it in our school library. My grandson likes to write and this story about Dr. Seuss as a boy has been an encouragement to him. I have found that children enjoy finding out about the authors of the books that they read and learning that these authors were once ordinary kids just like they are.
The Heart of Devin MacKade (MacKade Brothers Book 3)
The Heart of Devin MacKade (MacKade Brothers Book 3)
The plot line in one line:
Small town sheriff Devin MacKade finally makes a move on the woman he’s loved for 12 years, now she’s divorced from her abusive husband – but Cassie’s imprisoned ex is determined to get revenge.

The good and the bad:
I expected something sensational from the much-lauded Nora Roberts but this – the first of her books I have read – disappointed on many levels.

It put me in mind of one of those cheesy, budget films you get on the Christmas channel every year: wholesome and feel-good, but predictable, unrealistic and the acting is a bit dodgy!

I generally enjoyed Roberts’ writing style but had issues with unrealistic aspects of the story. For example, in this town, male and female friends peck each other goodbye on the lips. (Funnily enough, same-sex friends don’t.) Er yeah right! Yet conveniently Cassie has never done this to her good friend of 12 years – Devin – until now, when he mistakes it for a pass and that kick-starts his revelation of his feelings for her.

Another example of the lack of realism is that Cassie single-handedly runs an inn – including cooking, cleaning, checking guests in and out, and giving tours – all while looking after two young children. And the whole town is policed by two officers – Devin and his colleague. Devin doesn’t trust his colleague though, so whenever any real action happens, one of Devin’s brothers is conveniently knocking about and Devin “deputises” him. Yes – an ordinary member of the public, with no police training and no legal authority, gets to be deputy!

I picked this book because it got good reviews and, from the blurb, didn’t seem to have paranormal or suspense storyline to it like most of Roberts’ novels. But there is a side story about ghosts that added absolutely nothing. The suspense element – about Cassie’s ex avenging his imprisonment – was predictable and actually rushed when it came to crunch time for him to enact his plan.

On the matter of sex scenes, I found them wishy-washy to the point that I sometimes couldn’t tell what was actually going on. I have no issue with an author opting out of graphic descriptions of sex, but it’s got to still be fairly clear what’s going on. If you don’t want to do that, then just brush over sex scenes all together.

My last significant issue was with the “hero” Devin. I thought he was emotionally manipulative of Cassie - really quite unpleasant and not a hero in my eyes. Despite the fact that Cassie was in a physically and mentally abusive relationship for ten years, when Devin finally decides to make a move on her and she is initially reluctant, he throws his toys out the pram and has a tantrum. Rather than sympathising with the fact that a man has been beating and raping Cassie for ten years – and boy, that causes a lot of psychological issues – he has a go at her for the fact his “love” has been unrequited while she’s been married, and that he’s hurting because she won’t just dive into a relationship and marriage with him.

For £6.49, this book is a rip off. No more Roberts for me.

+++++++

Update: I've just read Lauren Dane's book Taking Chase, which is how this book should have been written. I highly recommend it.
Sackett: The Sacketts, Book 8
Sackett: The Sacketts, Book 8
The Sacketts. What can one say about a family not a family the American family the series of books are a must-read in the Louis L'Amour western series one finds their all fun but simple reads they fall into a simple formula they draw you in tell the end and you won't mind his for you of doing it
La scelta di Bourne: Jason Bourne vol. 6 (Serie Jason Bourne) (Italian Edition)
La scelta di Bourne: Jason Bourne vol. 6 (Serie Jason Bourne) (Italian Edition)
Ho riletto la serie di Bourne scritta da Ludlum, poi ho cominciato quella scritta da Van Lustbader: questi ultimi libri appiattiscono la figura di Bourne, puntando essenzialmente sui combattimenti e tralasciando il conflitto interno Webb/Bourne. I personaggi che muoiono in un libro tornano fuori nel successivo vivi e vegeti, e la tensione narrativa creata da Ludlum si trasforma in attesa per vedere che escamotage narrativo verrà usato per far vincere il protagonista
Besa a las Mujeres (Alex Cross, 2) (Spanish Edition)
Besa a las Mujeres (Alex Cross, 2) (Spanish Edition)
Alex Cross es uno de mis personajes favoritos, y lamento y agradezco que este libro haya llegado después de ver la película, ya que si bien Morgan Freeman hace muy bien su trabajo, la adaptación al cine, no fue ni la mitad de lo que este libro brinda.
Altamente recomendable !!!
The Wicked Go To Hell (Pushkin Vertigo)
The Wicked Go To Hell (Pushkin Vertigo)
This is a little gem of a book that was first published in France back in 1956. The author, Frederic Dard, published over 300 thrillers, suspense stories, plays and screenplays. This book was first written by Dard as a play and then released in a film directed by Robert Hossein in 1955. The book is a novelization of the film and has recently been translated to English with publication in the US.

The story involves two prisoners, Frank and Hal, sharing a cell. One of them is a spy and one of them is a police officer who has been told to help the spy escape prison, thereby earning his trust so he can learn more about the spy ring. The reader has no idea who is the spy and who is the police officer. It’s a short book and kept me guessing and I enjoyed it. Nothing in depth here with not much fleshing out of the characters but rather a simple straightforward suspenseful story that kept my interest.

This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.
Delitto metafisico: Prima indagine della serie: Misteri e delitti di Acquanegra (Italian Edition)
Delitto metafisico: Prima indagine della serie: Misteri e delitti di Acquanegra (Italian Edition)
Mi è piaciuto un sacco.
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Una tensione curiosa che ti porta dall’inizio alla fine, con colpi di scena che difficilmente un libro riesce a trasmettere. Ci si dovrebbe fare un film.
Mi ha stupito dall’inizio alla fine, senza mai riuscire a prevedere gli eventi. E anche quando sembrava terminato, non era finito.
Quattro frasi mi hanno catturato per la profondità e la “perfezione” della descrizione:

- Nel suo rifugio, nel suo angolo di mondo. Anzi: nel suo mondo fatto a forma di angolo.
Ci vuole capacità per descrivere un autistico, ma riuscire a farlo così bene in una frase è incredibile

- In quel preciso momento, tutti gli astri del firmamento convergono con tutti i segni zodiacali contemporaneamente. I pianeti si spostano, i meridiani danzano con i paralleli.
Come si dice… mai descrizione più azzeccata di uno “sconvolgimento planetario” fu descritta meglio

- Un cervello maledettamente brillante incastrato in un corpo malato, come un diamante incastonato in un anello di latta
Qui sono scoppiato, ho posato il kindle e ho applaudito!

- Forse fa ancora in tempo a salire su quel treno che dieci anni prima non ha preso
In una frase: il dubbio (FORSE), la speranza (ANCORA IN TEMPO), il desiderio di fuggire da tutto (SALIRE SUL TRENO), il restare giovani dentro (DIECI ANNI PRIMA), e la determinazione (NON HA PRESO)
Help I Am Being Held Prisoner (Hard Case Crime)
Help I Am Being Held Prisoner (Hard Case Crime)
My first Westlake/Hard Case Crime novel and hopefully not my last of either.

It’s mainly a comedy about a practical joker named Harry. (He does have a surname but I can’t reproduce it here. Sorry.) He’s sent to jail when one of his stunts goes too far. For Harry, pulling pranks is so natural that it’s almost instinctive, something he might do when half-asleep. Whilst reading, I wondered occasionally if he was even conscious of the traps he was setting and even if the story itself - narrated by Harry - might end up being some kind of a joke.

With a few strokes of luck - or, debatably, misfortune - he finds himself adopted into a group of convicts with high privilege levels, meaning they have full access to the prison facilities, excluding Security Quarters of course. They’re also some pretty tough hombres through whom Harry, by association alone, is protected. The meat of the story comes from Harry getting swept along with this club’s activities, but I’ll let you discover their exact nature for yourself.

The writing is straight-forward and smooth. I imagine that the experience of producing this book was a fun one for Mr. Westlake. It didn’t really make me laugh out loud but I was smiling and chuckling through most of it. The book is mainly a comedy but it’s also made clear that certain characters pose of real threat to our protagonist.

As I write this, Help I Am Being Held Prisoner has a perfect score on Amazon.co.uk. Something I intend to taint shortly with the publication of this review. For the record, I do feel guilty, but I really don’t think it’s a perfect book. I felt that too much time was spent getting to and then dancing around the climax. As a result, I reached the finale having enjoyed myself but also feeling that the book’s edge had been severely dulled.

This kind of a story, presented with this kind of light prose, would fit perfectly into a body of 200 pages or less. It’s 256 pages long and in those last 50 or so pages, not only did my investment wane but my suspension-of-disbelief faltered also.

Having said that, I’d recommend this book to pretty much anyone, unless a certain word which - again, I can’t reproduce here but which you can learn by sampling the first few sentences - makes you uncomfortable.

(Also, compliments to Paul Mann for the cover art. It’s great but it also made me a little uncomfortable when reading on the train or at a cafe.)
The Essential C. S. Lewis
The Essential C. S. Lewis
I have a confession to make: this is the first time I've ever read C.S. Lewis and enjoyed it. I'm loving this book. So far I've only been reading the essays, but they're making me interested to read everything else. C.S. Lewis has so much practical advice for everyday living but it's wrapped in a package of intellectuality. The book is worth buying for the essays alone.
Anne Rice's Unauthorized French Quarter Tour: That Other Tour Presents (Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches Book 1)
Anne Rice's Unauthorized French Quarter Tour: That Other Tour Presents (Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches Book 1)
I had the impression that this book was written with more attention on speed of completion than on quality; as if the author was simply trying to grind it out. I did enjoy parts of the book as I toured the French Quarter, and it had the references to Anne Rice's novels that I wanted. However, having also taken two tours while we were there, I know the author could have added so much more interesting information. I do not regret buying the book, but only because I had never been to New Orleans and am such a big Anne Rice fan. I would not recommend this book, however, to anyone who hasn't read all of the Vampire and Mayfair Chronicles.
La notte del leopardo: Il ciclo dei Ballantyne (La Gaja scienza Vol. 121) (Italian Edition)
La notte del leopardo: Il ciclo dei Ballantyne (La Gaja scienza Vol. 121) (Italian Edition)
Abituato agli ultimi romanzi di Smith (scritti a due mani), mi sono trovato piacevolmente sorpreso da questo libro che ha ormai passato i trent'anni.
Ho ritrovato l'indubbia capacità di appassionare il lettore con una trama avvincente, ambientata in luoghi verso i quali l'autore nutre un amore profondo e di cui è un conoscitore di prim'ordine.
Una lettura leggera che mi sento vivamente di consigliare come scacciapensieri.
UV Sanitizer Box, UV-C Light Sterilizer for Cell Phone, (iPhone or Android Phone) Mask, Key, Glasses, Beauty Tools, Portable Ultraviolet Sterilizer with USB Cable
UV Sanitizer Box, UV-C Light Sterilizer for Cell Phone, (iPhone or Android Phone) Mask, Key, Glasses, Beauty Tools, Portable Ultraviolet Sterilizer with USB Cable
I’ve used this sterilization machine for 3 days. The whole process took about 3 minutes, same as the waiting time for a cup noddle. Really fast! And three things I really like are the loud voice broadcast, the safety protection, and the huge space it has.

At start, i didn’t expect that loud voice but after I turn out to like it! I usually get too focus on other things like school stuffs I have to do even just for 3 minutes, so I tend to forget that my phone is in the box. Love the voice broadcast to remind me to pick my phone out haha.

And the safety protection is pretty good. ‘Cause the uv light will damage our eyes and they just make it automatically stop if the cover is open, so we can’t really stare at the light. It would be a really nice choice for people who have children too. We all know kids like to observe the world, but this product have protection. No ones’ eyes are going to get injured.

Last the huge space! Fit any size of phone! When looking at the picture, I thought it’s probably gonna just fit one iPhone, but actually, it can fit an android phone and watches, masks, and necklaces and bracelets.

Whoever invented this product, thank you! Feel really safe especially in this covid period. And the price is not too expensive, gives everyone an opportunity to try. Anyway, love this! Hope these crazy virus stuffs can go away as soon as possible and good luck everyone on our daily activities:)))

P.s. the first pic is the outside, the second pic is an android phone inside and my hand on top to give you guys an idea how big the machine would be.
India Pakistan
India Pakistan
This was an OK movie that was ruined by the bad script on last 10 minutes
Anne Klein - Reloj de pulsera para mujer con cristales de Swarovski y malla acentuada
Anne Klein - Reloj de pulsera para mujer con cristales de Swarovski y malla acentuada
The watch is beautiful!!!!! I don't usually purchase small watches as I think they are too girly, however the watch simply caught my attention online and I just had to purchase. It's not very small, the size it just right and the rose gold colour is eye catching, I swear every time I wear this watch I obtain several compliments. I also purchased some other gold bracelets to compliment it and I swear I love showing off my left hand when I wear this. I rated 3 stars however because it makes my skin itch and it also gave me a rash around my wrist. :(
Honeywell HFD360 Bluetooth Smart AirGenius 6 Air Purifier Cleaner/Odor Reducer with Permanent Washable Filters (260 Sq. Feet), Large Room – Optimal for Bedrooms, Black
Honeywell HFD360 Bluetooth Smart AirGenius 6 Air Purifier Cleaner/Odor Reducer with Permanent Washable Filters (260 Sq. Feet), Large Room – Optimal for Bedrooms, Black
This AirGenius 6 has a lot of good points, but the ad for this unit did not mention it had an air ionizer built in as a third air cleaning system. I don't like the smell of electronically ionized air or the feel of it in my lungs and would not have bought this unit if I had known this was included. The lowest fan setting was also too loud for me.

I gave the unit a two star review because two stars means I didn't like it, but the unit might be great for others who don't mind the smell and feel of electronically ionized air in their lungs, and who don't mind very noticeable fan noise on the lowest setting.

A few days later...

I couldn't find another unit I liked as much as this style of air cleaner so I bought the AirGenius 5 for $100 less and removed the electronic ionization. I still have the fan noise at the sleep setting, but I'm much happier now with clean natural air rather than having to deal with electronic stinky air.

Studies show electronic ionizers don't really clean air anyway unless they create enough ozone to hurt you. I really wish the air purifier companies would stop putting these electronic ionizers in their air cleaners. One company I noticed at least gives you a switch so you can turn it off, which is one step in the right direction.

My first night of sleep with the AirGenius 5 (no electronic ionization) was noticeably better than the previous nights with no air cleaner running. My lungs feel so much better with so much less dust going in them during the night. I'm amazed how much difference cleaner air makes. I should have started using an air cleaner many many years ago.

If the AirGenius 6 and 5 had come without the electronic ionization, I would have given them four stars, lacking one only because they still make very noticeable noise running on the lowest fan setting.

I prefer the AirGenius 5 over the 6 only because it does what I need, costs less, and was therefore less of a risk removing the ionization from it, which obviously voided any warranty.

If anyone else wants to remove the ionization from their units, here is how I did it:

1. Remove the filters and unscrew the back. Ten screws total. Two screws on my AirGenius 5 were hex head screws. I didn't have a long nut driver to reach them in the narrow holes so I drilled the heads off with a foot long 3/16 drill bit.

2. Unscrew and pull out both ionization probe assemblies from the plastic housing (the two nails sticking into the outgoing air in front of one of the fan wheels).

3. Cut, crimp, and shrink wrap both wire assemblies to go from 3 wires each to 2 wires. I'll add a diagram.

4. Screw the back cover back on.
Marabou Black Saltlakrits (Salty Licorice) Milk Chocolate Bar 180g (Sweden)
Marabou Black Saltlakrits (Salty Licorice) Milk Chocolate Bar 180g (Sweden)
I discovered these in Stockholm, I just wish the states carried these. When I travel I always eat local and try things I have never eaten, I thought hmmmm, chocolate and licorice, two of my favorite tastes, let’s see... well, I just can’t get enough, maybe it’s a good thing they are so far away!!! I’m tempted to buy the ten pack for gifts, but who do I think I’m kidding, gifts??? They would never make it that far!!! ;-)
Yogi Tea Yogi Tea - Infusión Ayurvédica - Chai Curcuma - 17 Bolsitas 30 g
Yogi Tea Yogi Tea - Infusión Ayurvédica - Chai Curcuma - 17 Bolsitas 30 g
Me llegó enseguida, al día siguiente de comprarlo. En cuanto al sabor esta buenísimo, tanto con agua como con leche, en estos días de mucho frio viene genial para entrar en calor, tengo problemas de contracturas y tension cervical y he notado después de beber 3 tazas que se me ha reducido mucho la inflamacion y el dolor, genial porque no se me quitaba el dolor con nada, debe de ser por el potente efecto antiinflamatorio de la curcuma lo recomiendo

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