Charley Gonzales

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Learning React
Learning React
Learning React by Kirupa Chinnathambi. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 89 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS3 in easy steps
CSS3 in easy steps
CSS3 in easy steps by Mike McGrath. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Nicholas Sparks 2 hardcover books
Nicholas Sparks 2 hardcover books
Nicholas Sparks 2 hardcover books by Nicholas Sparks and N. Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Coleção Nicholas Sparks
Coleção Nicholas Sparks
Coleção Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel
The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel
The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel by Jojo Moyes. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 4369 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
La citación (Spanish Edition)
La citación (Spanish Edition)
La citación (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
A Firma (Em Portugues do Brasil)
A Firma (Em Portugues do Brasil)
A Firma (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Stephen King Goes To Movies
Stephen King Goes To Movies
Stephen King Goes To Movies by Stephen King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 60 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Las tierras baldías (La Torre Oscura III)
Las tierras baldías (La Torre Oscura III)
Las tierras baldías (La Torre Oscura III) by Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 61 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Learn Python Programming: A Beginners Crash Course on Python Language for Getting Started with Machine Learning, Data Science and Data Analytics (Artificial Intelligence, Book 1)
Learn Python Programming: A Beginners Crash Course on Python Language for Getting Started with Machine Learning, Data Science and Data Analytics (Artificial Intelligence, Book 1)
Learn Python Programming: A Beginners Crash Course on Python Language for Getting Started with Machine Learning, Data Science and Data Analytics (Artificial Intelligence, Book 1) by Russel R. Russo, Zachary Zaba, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Php: Learn PHP In A DAY! - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of PHP In No Time (Learn PHP FAST - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning ... of the PHP Programming Language In No Time)
Php: Learn PHP In A DAY! - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of PHP In No Time (Learn PHP FAST - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning ... of the PHP Programming Language In No Time)
Php: Learn PHP In A DAY! - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of PHP In No Time (Learn PHP FAST - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning ... of the PHP Programming Language In No Time) by Acodemy. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Programming For Affiliate Marketers
PHP Programming For Affiliate Marketers
PHP Programming For Affiliate Marketers by John Elder. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
A Visual Introduction to SQL
A Visual Introduction to SQL
A Visual Introduction to SQL by David Chappell and J. Harvey Trimble Jr.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way
Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way
Before I can truly review this book, I need to provide some background. I'm not a Parrothead, although I know Parrotheads. Like many non-followers, I have tagged along with other hardcore Jimmy Buffett fans to several shows over the past decades (Pine Knob, Buckeye Lake, The Palace, etc.) because seeing Jimmy live is, quite simply, a good time with friends. Whether you know the legends or just like the music, the concerts are a fun evening out (or whole day... or weekend). I originally purchased this book for a fan, the type that lives and breaths all things Jimmy. He, after devouring the book, passed it back to me and told me I HAD to read it.

From a non-fan perspective, this book is DEEP. Not deep in the philosophical sense, but deep in the shear amount of details and research that must have gone into the collection of stories and history within its pages. The book starts out with a lovely short chapter on the formation of the band. It reads more like a novel and is beautifully and vividly described. Even though I didn't know all the characters per say, I was able to follow the action. Hard core fans will have no issues following the story of Jimmy's arrival in Key West. The second chapter then jumps back into time to some family history, specifically Grandfather Buffett, the sea captain. While this chapter was a bit more academic and read more like history than novel, it does set the subtle ebb and flow of the book, like waves on the beach, skillfully moving from story telling to history lessons in the Encyclopedia Buffett. The book mostly follows this pattern, jumping from scene to scene, and through various places and times.

As a fan of history, and a good biography, I found the tales and history surrounding Mr. Buffett fascinating and well told. There is so much lore surrounding the legend of Jimmy Buffett, it was really fun to see the origins of the folklore (like any good hero, there is typically some truth to the surrounding myths). Additionally, after reading through all the history I feel quite lazy in comparison. The Buffetts and the extended family of personalities that have come and gone from the Coral Reefer band have (wildly in some cases) accomplished way more than I could ever hope to in my lifetime. The productivity of the collective is amazing, and Jimmy is STILL going, not so much the legend of years past... but still traveling, touring, and transforming into the ultimate master of brand and marketing he is today.

Even though I had to web search for some of the references in the book (note: Parrotheads will likely not have this issue), I still found every chapter well worth the read. This was obviously a labor of love for the author, and I suspect it was a blast to research, collect these tales, and spin the yarns. Peering over at Mr. White's other offering Springsteen: Album by Album , which seems to be quite a different type of book, he does like his musical icons.
The Joy of Work: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller – 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again
The Joy of Work: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller – 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again
There are a lot of business books. A lot.
Most focus on driving success factors such as performance, productivity, efficiency, growth.
Very few focus on whether any of it makes us any happier.
This is that book.
Better than that, it provides plausible, real-world ideas that you can employ in your own workplace to make things more fun. Layer in on top of that the fact that the ideas come bound with a convincing level of evidence behind them and the fact that the whole thing is written in a very accessible style and you find yourself beliveing that you CAN deploy these concepts in your environment.
Daisley does bring the back-up that all of this can lead to additional performance gains and business benefit, but you sense that isn't his primary mission here. The competitive gains are a consequence not the momentum. He actually believes work can be a better place. If you check out his background and his podcast history, it looks like he's pretty well qualified to make this case - he's a successful guy and he's done his homework on this subject, interviewing some of the world's foremost work-psychologists, gurus and researchers.
I can’t say I will be able to implement all of his recommendations (there are plenty), my organisation isn’t ready for all of it (yet), but I have already made use of several elements of his 'New Work Manifesto' and I can vouch for the fact it isn’t just theoretical.
Without question the best business book I’ve picked up in many years.
More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook
More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook
I ordered this book as soon as I heard about it and read it as soon as it arrived. I've worked at a start-up and worked in the Silicon Valley area for most of my life. I had heard of Diaspora and I have a strong interest in large scale web application design.

Unfortunately this book was a great disappointment. Most stories are linear and to the extent that they cover events outside of the main narrative, these digressions support the overall account.

This is not true of More Awesome Than Money. There are digressions on free software, there are digressions on people in the free software movement, there were so many digressions that I can't recall them all. Most of these digressions are not terribly interesting and they go on for pages, interrupting the flow of the story.

I'm not sure why the book is so larded with digression. Did Dwyer feel that he didn't have enough of a story for a full book and he had to fill space with tangential topics? Or did he feel that he could not tell the story of Diaspora without lots of background digressions to provide context? If the latter is the case, he is not a good enough writer to pull this off. The book comes across as disjointed. I found myself skipping over the pages so I could actually learn something about the Diaspora founders and what they were doing.

Although there were many digressions on the history of free software, Dwyer was unable to provide any background on the technical issues Diaspora faced. For example, how did Diaspora handle hosting and scaling? They had a huge waiting list, so perhaps scaling as more users were added was not addressed. Did they consider cloud hosting (e.g., Amazon Web Services)? What where some of the issues they struggled with in designing and building Diaspora? Although I don't expect technical detail, I think that these are things that could have been explained so a general reader could have understood them.

Dwyer does have some interesting sections. The sections on the Kickstarter funding and the later attempts to get venture capital funding (which never materialized) were interesting.

Like many startups, the founders eventually had a fair amount of conflict, which can probably be attributed to the fact that they were young. For example, in Dwyer's account they were not good at communicating with each other, which resulted in people feeling left out of company decision making. But even this got tedious, since it became an account of hurt feelings and petty misunderstandings.

I have Hatching Twitter sitting on my book shelf waiting to be read. I should have read that book and given this one a pass.
The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Global Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership
The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Global Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership
Famous chief executive officers (CEOs) have an aura of invincibility. But scandals and failures have engulfed many infamous CEOs who ultimately lost their powerful jobs. And avoiding risk is no guarantee of top-job security. Many companies want their CEOs to serve as agents of change, not caretakers. How do successful CEOs stay on top? The answer depends on their style of leadership. Today, most chief executives are superb managers or bold entrepreneurs. Others are visionaries or astute diplomats. To find out what motivates CEOs and how they think about leadership, Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave conducted comprehensive interviews with 150 chief executives and compiled their findings in this book. getAbstract recommends their work to anyone who wants to know how CEOs think and act.
Mr Confidential
Mr Confidential
This is a remarkable account of a remarkable life but I wonder how it will all end. Richard Branson should feel lucky that he ever met Chris Hutchins and the same goes for Tom Jones, Elvis Presley and the Beatles. It's an amazing story but I felt very sad for the author when I'd finished it. I hear he's doing a book on Putin next, I hope he's going to survive the Russians.
The Toyota Way
The Toyota Way
About to embark on a lean, six sigma or any continuous improvement course or indeed just for someone wanting to improve how they work then pick this up first.

Yes it is someone dated in regards its publication date however as a back story to how Toyota was born, how it managed to evolve from a small family business into the leading light of efficient, goal orientated manufacturing en mass then its a really useful book.

For a hardcover copy it's an excellent value book.

There are a number of tips and ideas within it to probably improve most workplaces without the need to pay for a lean course though it is of course no subsistute for a course.

I have marked as four stars simply because some of the information is repeated, however It gave me a new insight into such things as corporate responsibility to the community that all employers now seem to shout about in mission statements that dominate their web pages, employees come first and all employees should be allowed and encouraged to contribute to continuous improvement is actually the foundation that serves lean manufacturing.

Very good read, insight into Toyota and having a hard copy enables you to read digest and pass to a colleague or friend.
TeeShirtPalace Donald Trump President Vintage USA Vintage Flag T-Shirt
TeeShirtPalace Donald Trump President Vintage USA Vintage Flag T-Shirt
This seller and product are a joke, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY YOU WILL JUST GET SCAMMED. Bought the shirt and paid a little over $10. I received the shirt and it was a large, but fit more like a small. Skin tight and uncomfortable. Too short, quality was horrendous. My child could have cut out the letters and design better than this joke of a shirt. Since when does the flag have 15 stars? The stars section and the letter P are where the horrible quality stands out mostly. See the pictures provided. Asked for a refund, was approved for only $5 back! Then the seller tries to make ME pay for return shipping!! Would cost more than that to ship it back! Filed a claim through amazon, don’t waste your time or money! Included a picture of the listing and even a grainy screen shot the quality looks better than the actual shirt.
Aretha
Aretha
At the close of the Seventies, Aretha Franklin jumped ship at Atlantic Records, where her white-hot star had slowly and sadly burned out, and joined Arista. This self titled album was her debut for Clive Davis' now famous label, and was the begining of her rise from the ashes during the 1980's. It's not a BAD album - certainly not as bad as the cover photo would lead you to believe. Aretha looks like a Cosby Mom, not the Queen of Soul, with her tidy hair and her middle-aged clothing. But that is superficial. What's inportant is the music inside. The covers are at times inspired ( "What A Fool Believes" is given the Aretha stamp of approval ) and at times rather obvious ( "I Can't Turn You Loose" is embarressing and sterile, a desperate stab at making yet another Otis Redding song an Aretha clssic, a la "Respect" ). There are a few originals, but they are mostly forgetable. She would go on to loftier heights ( "Who's Zoomin' Who?" was less than five years away ) and in retrospect this is a rather humble begining. One thing I cannot believe is that this out of print and forgotten album is being offered for sale as a USED CD for almost one hundred dollars! There are either some money hungry people out there, or some foolish die-hard Aretha fans who missed this the first time around. I'll sell you mine for what I paid for it.
Modern Times
Modern Times
Conoscevo questo lavoro grazie agli ascolti in rete, una versione Dylaniana abbastanza elettrica da piacermi. Devo dire che il prodotto è in una confezione molto elegante, ottima qualità di stampa e suono molto presente. Unico difetto uno dei due dischi è ondulato. Niente che non possa suonare ma non dovrebbe succedere nei vinili di peso elevato.
Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde Vinyl (Mono) 2LP
Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde Vinyl (Mono) 2LP
The record was advertised as mono & collectible. It was stereo and the sides of the cover were split and the face of the cover was torn on both front & back making it very non-"collectible"
Bob Dylan: 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder & The Gospel Years
Bob Dylan: 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder & The Gospel Years
I'm one so I did...

This thing is four hours long and some of it is pretty hard to take.

We see Dylan impersonator Joel Gilbert traipsing about the country apparently also attempting to impersonate a journalist. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.

The use of primitive and amateurish graphic effects during the interviews is unbelievably annoying. A yellow rubber ducky swims across the screen quacking to illuminate Reuben Carter's comment that he took to boxing "like a duck takes to water". When he mentions that boxing was a profession for which he was paid, hundred dollar bills flash before our eyes. As Gilbert asks Carter the deep question "what percentage of boxing is psychology?" the image of Sigmund Freud appears and disappears.

Enough already! And at this point we are only a few minutes into this four hour marathon.

Those true diehards who are able to keep on keeping on are eventually rewarded with some interesting perspectives. Claudia Levy describes theatrical aspects and the staging of the Rolling Thunder concerts. Scarlet Rivera shares in her own words the oft repeated story of Dylan discovering her as she was walking down a Manhattan street with nothing to distinguish her but her violin case and her exotic appearance. Rob Stoner talks about his role maintaining order in the recording studio and on tour...

But it is the interviews from the period of Dylan's conversion to Christianity and its aftermath that are most interesting. Vineyard Christian Fellowship pastor Bill Dwyer describes Dylan as a student in his Bible study class. San Francisco Chronicle writer Joel Selvin characterizes the betrayal felt by many fans blindsided by the Christian content of the 1979 tour. Legendary producer Jerry Wexler speaks to the musical excellence of Slow Train Coming. And back up singer Regina McCrary resonates as she gives glory to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the middle of it all.

Too bad that at the end we must put up with the blather of self proclaimed Dylanologist AJ Weberman. The inclusion of the opinions of Weberman, who made it his business to sift through Dylan's garbage in the Village in the early 70's, adds nothing of value and certainly underscores that this is, in fact, a "totally unauthorized documentary".
Epure Venezia Collection 4 Piece Hurricane Glass Set - Perfect for Drinking Pina Coladas, Cocktails, Full-Bodied Beer, Juice, and Water (Pina Colada (15.5 oz))
Epure Venezia Collection 4 Piece Hurricane Glass Set - Perfect for Drinking Pina Coladas, Cocktails, Full-Bodied Beer, Juice, and Water (Pina Colada (15.5 oz))
I have been looking for hurricane glasses for smoothies and tropical drinks, but most places don’t have them. So when I found these I figured might as well buy them, the price isn’t terrible and the size seems right! When they came in I was so upset because my package looked as though someone had used it as a stepping stool! Thankfully the manufacturer used so much styrofoam to keep the glasses protected that when I opened it all the glasses were intact! I have used these almost every weekend since I purchased them and love the amount of drink you can fit in them and how sturdy they feel!
Isopure Zero Carb Unflavored 25g Protein, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, No Added Colors/Flavors/Sweeteners, GMO Free, 3 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
Isopure Zero Carb Unflavored 25g Protein, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, No Added Colors/Flavors/Sweeteners, GMO Free, 3 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
I went from using hemp protein powder to using this, so clearly, there was a big difference on its impact in my smoothies. Hemp protein powder is very earthy and takes over everything, whereas this one allows me to at least taste the berries. However, "unflavoured" shouldn't make you assume you don't taste it. It will come through unless you use a small amount. My husband says it tastes like typical protein powder whereas I find it gives a very pronounced, slightly-strange dairy flavour to the smoothie. Is it gross? No, but you can certainly taste it. Would I drink it alone with water? No, probably not.
I appreciate the ingredient list being very minimal (that being the whole reason I bought it), and the photo on Amazon is exactly what you get. It comes with a scoop in the packaging. As someone not very experienced with protein powders, I still have some exploring to do, but this is not a bad choice.
Google Pixel 2, 64GB, Clearly White, GSM Unlocked Android Smartphone, 5" OLED Display, Fingerprint, 12.2MP+ 8MP Cameras (Renewed)
Google Pixel 2, 64GB, Clearly White, GSM Unlocked Android Smartphone, 5" OLED Display, Fingerprint, 12.2MP+ 8MP Cameras (Renewed)
Since my 2 year old Nexus 5x finally hit the dreaded bootloop issue and I needed a phone faster than LG would turn around a warranty replacement, I found myself in the market for a new phone.

Being a Project Fi subscriber, this pretty much narrowed down my choices to the Moto 4x or a Pixel 2 phone. I ruled out the 4x because I've had bad experiences when it comes to Android software updates for non-Google Android phones in the past. Unfortunately the Pixel phones are significantly more expensive than the Nexus phones used to be, hence the decision to go refurbished.

I ended up ordering a "Kinda Blue" Pixel 2 (64GB) from Kanga Supply. The phone shipped quickly and arrived on time via UPS. This was critical for me since I needed the replacement phone to arrive before going on a trip. The vendor had sent the phone requiring signature confirmation, which I appreciate. The phone arrived in a generic white box but was very well packaged, with peel-off protection on the screen.

The device I received was in mint condition.

The phone proved to be fully functional and arrived running Oreo 8.0. I did notice a faint clicking noise about twice a second in a test call, which is a known issue with the Pixel 2 phones that was fixed by Google in a software update. The problem went away after I let the phone apply all the pending software updates. -- Also the phone that I received seems to have been a Verizon one, and not a Google one, since the "OEM Unlocking" option under "Developer Options" is greyed out, which would indicate a locked bootloader. -- However the phone is NOT SIM locked and it activated on Project Fi without a hitch. Also for giggles, the box that the phone came in listed the color as "Verizon Blue". -- If you care about an unlocked bootloader you might want to avoid the "Kinda Blue" variant of the Pixel 2, since this color was a Verizon exclusive for a few months, so I guess there's a higher chance of receiving a phone that was initially sold through Verizon/has a locked bootloader.

In terms of accessories, the phone was bundled with a generic USB A charger that was marked "5V, 2.1A" and a USB A to USB C cable. I confirmed that I could charge the phone with the supplied charger and cable, but the charger/cable combo would NOT do rapid charging. --- Again not a big deal for me since the phone was "Charging rapidly" using the old charger and cable I used to use with my Nexus 5x.

Also I did NOT receive any other accessories with the phone, such as the USB C to headphone adapter or any kind of written documentation. But this was mentioned in the listing and I didn't expect anything else.

Summarizing, I am happy with the service I received from Kanga Supply and with the device itself. Would recommend the Pixel 2 as well as Kanga.

EDIT:
What I mistook for small blemishes around the edges of the phone is actually a design feature, as confirmed by closely looking at online images of Pixel 2 phones. Updated review.
Jeff & Aimy Unisex Winter Elmer Fudd Earflap Trapper Hunting Ski Hat Baseball Cap 54-62CM
Jeff & Aimy Unisex Winter Elmer Fudd Earflap Trapper Hunting Ski Hat Baseball Cap 54-62CM
I like the green color and look of it..it looks like a hybrid military cap and the Ushanka Russian hat. I got compliments coz it looks different.
It was too large for me at first so I was planning on returning it. But I discovered that it can be adjusted by pulling some strings inside the hat. It now fits better..
The material attracts lint and dog hair (my real dog's white hair) a lot though.
I have not tried washing it yet so I don't know if it will shrink or still look the same after.
Aiskaer 60 Pcs Premium Diamond Drill Bit Cylindrical Burr Kit Jewelry Beach Sea Glass Shells Gemstones Lapidary.1mm 20pcs.2mm 20pcs.3mm 20pcs
Aiskaer 60 Pcs Premium Diamond Drill Bit Cylindrical Burr Kit Jewelry Beach Sea Glass Shells Gemstones Lapidary.1mm 20pcs.2mm 20pcs.3mm 20pcs
Like everyone else, bought these because of the low price. Did not expect much in the way of durability, so I was not surprised when two of the bits (2mm) were rendered useless after 2 or 3 holes in shale (from a core sample). But then, a third bit is still cutting after 20 holes in shale plus three holes in amethyst! So I put in a 3mm bit and cut three more holes in amethyst- and that bit is still going strong.

I suspect quality control for these is non-existent at this price, but even if I have to chuck 1 in 3, this is still a better buy than the "name brand" products. I've got 60 bits to work thru, but I'll be back for these when I need to reload.

BTW- using a Dremmel knockoff (Craftsman) at ~2000rpm by hand. Haven't snapped a bit yet. I would have given this set 3 or 4 stars, but because of the low price... 5 stars.
Cand Ultra Soft Adult Toothbrush, Bamboo Charcoal Bristle, Pack of 4
Cand Ultra Soft Adult Toothbrush, Bamboo Charcoal Bristle, Pack of 4
I have tried so many “soft” brushes over the years and none were really that soft and I still had bleeding when brushing (gums healthy, so this is just due to how “hard” the brushes are in my difficult to clean areas). With so many conflicting reviews, I decided to purchase 4 of the most recommended “soft” bristle brushes and compare them.

What I bought and have been using for several weeks now:
Oral-B Sensi-Soft Toothbrush Twin Pack, Colors May Vary
Cand Ultra Soft Adult Toothbrush, Bamboo Charcoal Bristle, Pack of 4
Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrush Ultra Soft & Fine Bristles 0.01mm, Pack of 3
GUM 516 Technique Sensitive Care Toothbrush - Full - Ultra Soft (3 Toothbrushes)

Oral-B Sensi-Soft Toothbrush Twin Pack, Colors May Vary
It’s called soft, but was actually quite firm and causes bleeding at the gum line.

Cand Ultra Soft Adult Toothbrush, Bamboo Charcoal Bristle, Pack of 4
This was the softest of all brushes and, of course, caused no bleeding when brushing.

Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrush Ultra Soft & Fine Bristles 0.01mm, Pack of 3
Very soft, so no bleeding when brushing when brushing with these. This brush is just a little firmer than the Cand Ultra Soft, but you’d have to hold both in your hand to tell any difference.

GUM 516 Technique Sensitive Care Toothbrush - Full - Ultra Soft (3 Toothbrushes)
Good overall soft brush. Covers wide area. Bristle tufts arranged at two angles, which I think helps with coverage. Practically no bleeding.

After all of these trials, I decided the best thing for me is to use a combination (I also use an electric toothbrush – Interplak (each tuft of bristles turns opposite to the adjacent tuft, thus cleaning without a lot of pressure on the gums – recommended by my periodontist years ago). I use the GUM 516 for general brushing and follow using either the Cand or Colgate Slim Soft for the gum line areas. The Interplak is just once a day and it seems to be the best program for me.
Dark Phoenix
Dark Phoenix
Let’s break it down! This movie is nowhere near as BAD as paid critics that write movie reviews for a living make it seem. The Rotten Tomatoes score is egregious! To be honest, none of the trailers WOWED me and all the trailers I saw seemed like a disappointment. In addition, weeks before its release, word spread like wild fire that this film is utter garbage. I was just bummed. Despite those less than stellar hypes, I knew I was going to see this movie regardless because I am a huge X-Men fan. Always have been.

I have to disagree with the low RT score, and what the paid critics are saying. I saw it twice already and just came back from the theater a second time, and I was thoroughly entertained. Movies serve as another form to tell stories, but are also forms of entertainment in itself. This film accomplished one of the boxes, which is: To Entertain. It did its job. Job accomplished, as I was thoroughly entertained.

The beginning of the film had a nice flow to it and I was invested, as the team was on a space mission. It gets right into the storyline. No BS. The middle of the film was a tad slow in my opinion, but it kicks into high gear for the final climax that doesn’t fail to deliver. I do wish this film was two parts to really flesh out the storyline, and perhaps to give faithful X-Men fans the true Phoenix saga they deserve. Especially for the diehard fans familiar with the source material. Did I want the Shi’Ar Empire, Star Jammers, and Hellfire Club in this film? Yes, I did! Given we all know films have a 2 hour to 2 and a half hour timeframe, I knew I wasn’t going to get what I wanted. There was no way to jam all that into this film. What I did get, I was pleased with. This is way better than Apocalypse where Bryan Singer just lost his steam. Word is, the climax was reshoot and the climax in this final version delivers. It is action packed. I am going to miss this cast. As a fan, i don't feel we had enough time with them. Don’t want to spoil anything, so pros and cons below.

Pros:
1. Nice performances all around from the cast.
2. Sophie Turner delivers a good performance and gets to shine.
3. The musical score by Hans Zimmer is great! I need a copy immediately. It fits the space element of the plot real well.
4. End climax fight scenes deliver.
5. We finally get to see the X-Men use their powers more so then any other film in the franchise. It is done in a unique, action-packed way.
6. Nice cameo from an unexpected mutant.
7. The film had a nice pace and flow. I was rarely bored.

Cons:
1. I wish the film was 2 parts to stay closer to the source material.
2. Mystique’s make-up and the actress are horrible. Her wig and nose job was very distracting.
3. The X-Men costumes are a letdown. The ones used in Apocalypse looked amazing though.
4. Sad there won’t be a sequel given Disney purchased Fox.
5. Wish some of the characters had more moments and their own individual story arcs, so they could shine more.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project
I think to appreciate 'The Blair Witch Project,' you have to understand the circumstances of how it was marketed. Let me try to recreate what it was like in 1999:

— BEFORE THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT —
At the time of its release, the internet was still new. Not every movie had a website, and not every movie had a *good* website. The Blair Witch Project was very much an independent movie at the time, but they managed to create a website. The website was all they needed—especially with their killer hook: "In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary... A year later their footage was found."

— MARKETING —
If you read that line on their website or saw it on a poster back in 1999, you were immediately hooked. That tag line was printed on their poster which only showed an inverted black and white photo of trees. It was simple. It was effective. Their website showed police photos and reports for missing persons, which helped solidify the premise of the missing students. Your morbid imagination took over, and you thought, "what happened?!" or "is this real?" or "we have to go see this."

If my memory is correct, the filmmakers didn't market the movie or say much about it—until after it was released. There were no late night talk show interviews with the actors because to play this as real as possible, they had to be "dead/missing," and therefore couldn't do interviews. The tagline, the police reports, the missing actors, these elements all sold the found footage as a real deal.

*Before* it was released, people were all talking about it. This was literally the first movie where people debated on the internet on whether it was legit, that this was actually what we now know today as "found footage". It effectively was *the first* "viral" movie. Everyone couldn't wait to see it.

It wasn't until the first showings happened that it was revealed it was a movie, and not real real.

— AN AUDIENCE DIVIDED —
This is the part where the audience is divided, and this is why I write. The ones that loved the movie were the ones that thought this was real. The ones that hated the movie were the ones that were told it's just a movie. The ones that thought this was real let their imagination fill in all the blanks, and it made the film that much scarier.

The ones watching "a movie", not understanding the intent behind it, were bored. They also complained about the shaky footage, even though the film is about amateur filmmakers making a film, and running around with a camera scared for their lives. Of course it's going to be shaky! Cinéma vérité!

— SUMMARY —
If you plan on watching this, your mindset will determine your enjoyment of The Blair Witch Project. If you can imagine yourself as that audience in 1999 that thought this was real, you *will* be creeped and scared the heck out. If you watch this like it's just another found footage movie, you might be disappointed. My suggestion? Watch this alone at night with only a soft light on, pretend someone gave you this mysterious video and told you only the tag line. See what happens then.

As for me, I think I knew it was a movie right before I first saw it, but I placed my mindset into previously thinking it was real, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Recommended.
Deadpool Double Pack [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Deadpool Double Pack [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
I'm not usually one for comic books or superhero stuff, so I was amused to discover in my last order I'd managed to order no less than 3 double packs! The Incredibles and Guardians of the Galaxy were both decent 4* films with rather duff sequels. Deadpool is rather a mickey-take out of the whole superhero thing; what I hadn't realised was that he is actually a regular Marvel comic character as well.

Anyway, you probably know more about all of that than I do, and you've probably a fair idea of what the films are about too. So I shall stick to saying that the original film is excellent, hilarious, and well worth 5*. Pool 2 is a bit slower, not quite so many gags but it, like No.1, has a decent story & makes for a very decent sequel. Ryan Reynolds is excellent as the eponymous hero, and his curiously light, almost feminine voice only makes his characterisation the better. If I were rating 2 alone, I'd probably only give it 4*, but this pack, with both together, is definitely 5* stuff.
Inuyasha, Vol. 6 (VIZBIG Edition)
Inuyasha, Vol. 6 (VIZBIG Edition)
It's better to buy manga as "VizBig" to save room on your bookshelves. I only have few of these for now, but when a bargin presents itself, it's worth getting it. For those Inuyasha otaku, you know this is a must!
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos for Strings: Cello (with Piano Acc.), Book & CD
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos for Strings: Cello (with Piano Acc.), Book & CD
Il prodotto è costituito da:
- un libro a colori contente partiture complete per pianoforte e violoncello.
- un libro contenente solo le parti di violoncello (utile per lo studio in quanto permette di concentrarsi sulle proprie parti in una o due pagine massimo per pezzo).
- CD per effettuare il playalong. Ogni brano è presente in una versione completa di violoncello ed una in cui è assente per consentire di suonare insieme agli altri strumenti. Da notare che all'inizio del CD viene dato il LA in modo da poter accordare i violoncello. L'accordatura è LA 442.
Per chi ama LOTR è sicuramente un buon sistema per incentivare lo studio, lo consiglio però anche a chi non ama il film in quanto la colonna sonora è scritta da compositori di fama internazionale ed alcuni brani sono veramente piacevoli da interpretare al violoncello.
Il gatto e il cappello matto [ The Cat in the Hat Italian edition ]
Il gatto e il cappello matto [ The Cat in the Hat Italian edition ]
Per quanto le mie bimbe di 4 e 6 anni l'abbiano apprezzato e si siano divertite ad ascoltare mentre guardavano le buffissime illustrazioni non me l'hanno richiesto che un paio di volte ancora. Sono insorte un po' tante domande durante la lettura (lo abbiamo letto come favola della buona notte) e il livello di attenzione non era altissimo.
Ad ogni modo è un libro molto breve, pieno di bellissime e buffe illustrazioni che non potete non avere in libreria.
One Piece: East Blue 4-5-6
One Piece: East Blue 4-5-6
One Piece East Blue, Volumes 4-5-6 is another massive volume selling for around $10 on Amazon. Clocking in at almost 600 pages, it covers a number of different stories, starting in the middle of the Usopp/Kuro arc, which features Usopp joining the crew, and ending in the middle of the Baratie arc, which features the master swordsman Hawk-eye Mihawk, who comes from the Grand Line. You learn more about the Grand Line, but 1200 pages into the series, the protagonists still haven't gone there.

One Piece is popcorn entertainment, and it's cheap. It's not my absolute favorite manga out there, but it's one of my five or six favorites. It's funny, and I do find myself laughing out loud at the characters' shenanigans at times, but its main strength is its accessibility. I can't wait to get into the heart of the series, when they're on the Grand Line; from what I've read, it gets better. That being said, it still gets a ****1/2 from me. Very good series.
Velvet Glove (Black Lace)
Velvet Glove (Black Lace)
This book left me feeling like I'd just had a one-night stand. It was mildly enjoyable, if you're ok with casual sex a la the 70's, but afterward it just felt dirty.

Had there been no pretense at romance, I might have liked the book better. However, I had a hard time believing that there were any real feelings going on between Audrey and Patrick, and couldn't for the life of me figure out what Patrick would see in Audrey. Basically, the heroine is an empty-headed nymphomaniac and the hero is cold and aloof. I think some statements about Audrey being warm and intelligent or something like that are made somewhere, but every action she took throughout the book showed nothing but stupidity and weakness.

I mean, she takes off with some old guy she barely knows and lets him chain her up and torture her while totally abandoning her apartment, job and friends without a word to anyone. Real smart. Then when she escapes him - literally - she can't wait to jump back into another slave role with another man she barely knows. At least this one is a little better looking. Audrey comes off as nothing more than an witless sex slave. Patrick seemed cold and distant, and I never felt as though I knew him well enough to care about him. It was also hard to respect him after he supposedly fell in love with helpless, naive, incredibly easy twenty-something Audrey.

As in many of Emma's books, the heroine is unable to be in a room with another human for more than five minutes without seducing him or her. This gets old, and a little gross. She really has no standards at all.

I think the most appealing scenes were between Patrick and a transexual man, but they would have been better if Audrey hadn't been present.

So while there were some steamy moments, in the end I couldn't get past Audrey's weak personality and undiscriminating nymphomania. I much prefer Ms. Holly's historical romances, where the characters are better developed and the romantic aspect more believable.
The Young Outlaw or, A drift in the Streets
The Young Outlaw or, A drift in the Streets
Sam Barker was 12yrs old and left an orphan when his drunken father died, the selectmen of Dudley discussed what to do with him, it was decided he should live with Deacon Hopkins, Sam was to do some kind of work to earn his keep, Sam didn't like being told what to do and at the first opportunity went off into the woods, the Deacon was annoyed he had gone out without asking, there was an attempt to teach Sam the Catechism but this was soon abandoned

During the night Sam decided to help himself to pie from the pantry but it was dark and he knocked over a pile of plates and a chair, Sam said he was sleepwalking, in the morning he was expected to hoe potatoes in a field but it wasn't long before he was distracted and when he got back to the field the Deacon was angry, Sam could not adjust to this way of life, one day he met Ben Barker in the store a boy recently returned from New York, the more he told Sam the more he wanted to go but he had no money, returning from the store he was asked to take a note to the Deacon but to be careful because it contained money, ten dollars, Sam took the money and headed for New York

Sam arrives in New York in Brooklyn, a man Clarence Brown offered Sam a bed for the night and he accepted, while Sam was asleep he took all of Sam's money, sitting on a bench in Central Park he meets a boy known as Tim Brady he offers to let Sam sleep with him in an old wagon, Tim wakes him at six and shows him how to carry bags down by the ferry, Sam manages to make some money, Sam was still with Tim after a month while Tim shows him how to survive on the streets of New York, he also manages to get in at the newsboys lodge, after many months he was still wearing the same clothes he came in which were now far to small

One day a man fell whilst getting off the stage, Sam helped him to his office, he said his name was Dr Felix Graham and said he was a corn doctor, he offered Sam a job giving out leaflets, he managed to get one customer and got a commission, he is offered the job of office boy at three dollars a week and he starts the following day after the doctor gives him some of his sons clothes, one day an irishman with a big corn came to the office, the doctor was not in and Sam was confident he could do it, he made a terrible mess of the mans foot and was only rescued by the doctors arrival, Sam was asked to go to Brooklyn and give a letter to the doctors wife but to be careful as there was money in the envelope, on his way he met a boy Jim Nolan who suggested they keep the money and for Sam to say he lost it

Will Sam give in to the urge to take the money and if so would he or Jim be found out, would they be risking prison, what will happen to Sam, what does his future hold, what of the Deacon does he catch up with Sam, does Sam ever find an honest way to earn money, not one of the better Horatio Alger books but at least its free
The Calhouns: Lilah and Suzanna (Calhoun Women)
The Calhouns: Lilah and Suzanna (Calhoun Women)
Lilah and Suzanna: The Calhoun Women is by Nora Roberts. As usual, she writes a powerful book which is realistic. Her characters come alive and the story is always suspenseful. This is actually two books in one.
The first book is For The Love of Lilah. The Calhoun sisters are fed up with the press and the coverage of the missing emerald necklace. They know the story of Bianca and Christopher but don’t know where she hid the necklace. Already, a thief has been looking for the necklace and Amanda was almost hurt. People have come into the gardens and tried to dig up the treasure. Lilah has picked up a treasure map as she talked at the nature center. What she doesn’t know is that she gave the map to the thief when he came to take a tour and talk to her. A few weeks ago, Lilah knew a storm was brewing and went down to the beach to watch it come in. She just happened to be there when Max Quartermain was nearing shore and almost drowned. She managed to get him to safety and up to the house. He refused to go to the doctor as he felt fine after waking up. He just didn’t remember things that happened recently. He didn’t know that he had taken a summer job to catalogue papers Mr. Caufield said were his family papers. Until he inadvertently overheard Mr. Caufield and the Captain talking about stealing the papers and ultimately the jewels, he had no idea he was in trouble too. When he does remember, he starts helping the family with their papers and hopes to help find the necklace; but only if Lilah and the other sisters are out of harm’s way. He wants to help the police find Mr. Caufield or whoever he is impersonating now.
The second book is Suzanna’s surrender. Max has found out that Bianca’s lover, Christian, had a son and grandson who lived in the cottage he did. His grandson, Holt, is a retired police detective who now lives in the house but he has never heard the legend. He has trouble believing Suzanna about Bianca and Christian’s love when she first confronts him about it. He said he would reconsider if he ever believed it to be true. When he finds Bianca’s portrait among his Grandfather’s paintings and sees that Lilah is the image of her grandmother, he believes and offers his help. Mainly he wants to make sure Suzanna and her children are just fine. After talking to the Calhoun women and their husbands, he sees the danger is real so he hires on as a part time employee at Suzanne’s gardening center. Can he protect her and her children?
Enchanted: The Donovan Legacy
Enchanted: The Donovan Legacy
Rowan Murray is encouraged to take some time off and relax at a friends' cabin. She meets Liam, not knowing that he has magical powers, but being drawn to him nevertheless. The attraction is mutual and strong. Liam knows a secret about Rowan. She has magical powers too, but doesn't know it...yet. Liam must make a decision soon about whether or not to accept his powers, and at the same time help Rowan discover hers. Two very likeable characters, a very strong romance, and a story that will draw you in. Enjoyable.
Song of the West
Song of the West
Sabrina and Samantha are typical twins knowing what the other is going to say and finishing her sentence. They are good and don't mind hard work. Sabrina hates lying around until the doctor gives her the all clear. Sam just wants to go out and explore once Sabrina is able to get up. The romance is the usual but the characters are good.
The MacGregors Collection: Volume 1: Playing the Odds, Tempting Fate, One Man's Art, All the Possibilities, For Now, Forever
The MacGregors Collection: Volume 1: Playing the Odds, Tempting Fate, One Man's Art, All the Possibilities, For Now, Forever
Nora Roberts has created my ultimate favorite romance family, and I defy anyone to not fall in love with Daniel McGregor, the patriarch of the bunch. This is a five book collection, written in the late 1980s/early 1990s, so some tropes must be taken with a grain of salt, but the strength of the characters is simply unforgettable.

The first book I read was actually “book 3” and titled “All the Possibilities”, detailing the romance between Senator Alan McGregor (the firstborn son), a career politician, and Shelby Campbell, a free spirited artist with a dislike for career politicians. Anyone familiar with the historic “McGregor vs Campbell” feuding will also enjoy the interplay, while this book began my own love affair with Daniel McGregor. The witty and deft character development is simply some of the best writing out there.

After reading this book back in 1985 (and discovering it was book 3), I naturally hunted down one and two. “Playing the Odds” focuses on Serena McGregor and her love affair (engineered by her interfering father) with Justin Blade, a man of Comanche heritage. This book touches on racism and the challenges of the hospitality industry, while still being entertaining.

Book 2 in the series is my least favorite - “Tempting Fate” focused on “youngest son” Caine McGregor and Diana Blade, estranged sister of Justin. Both are lawyers, with very different styles, and Diana is given a history of being raised by an emotionally abusive aunt, with a lot of abandonment issues. I found myself wanting to smack some sense into her rather regularly, but must acknowledge my own issues with my family of origin probably are part of the reason I find the book more annoying than enjoyable - Diana annoys me! Get some therapy, woman!

And there is the crux of the situation - these characters are REAL. They had lives before we picked up the book, and their lives continue after we are done.

Book 4 involves periphery character Grant Campbell (sister of Shelby) and one of the Blade cousins. Now the focus is on the difference between a political cartoonist (Grant) and a “real” artist Genvieve Grandieux, scion of both French royalty in New Orleans and a pirate ancestor. The themes of mutual respect, communication and compromise being necessary for a successful relationship seem logical, but were really quite revolutionary for romance books of the time. Additional fun note: I always think Grant is based loosely on famed political cartoonist Gary Trudeau of Doonesbury fame, and this book continues to play with my True Love Daniel McGregor in fun ways. (Note - books 3 and 4 are NOT in the correct release order in this edition.)

Finally, in 1992, Nora decided to give us the story of Daniel and Anna’s courtship. Anna has always been portrayed as the quiet strength of the clan, and it turns out she is even more amazing than the glimpses we’ve had in the previous four books. She has to be strong to both stand up to and match Daniel, because the truth is a character as strong as he is would simply run rough shod over anyone weaker, and a book written about a woman going to medical school in the late 1950s (ish) who is willing to flout “convention” as she searches for her own path, and works to decide if it will include a difficult, but rewarding relationship with Daniel.

These books were originally part of the “Silhouette Special Edition” series, so there are always at least three well written scenes of passion per book, which always leave our heroines stunned by the explosive nature of the sexual joy they experience in the arms of their lovers (who, to be fair, are equally surprised). Secondary characters can and do reappear, but one of the nice things in this series is that there are no “villains” - the relationship issues are about the baggage we all bring from our past, and finding a partner who will support our goals and dreams, even as they change and evolve.

I love this series, and think it holds up decades later. I have reread it every few years for over thirty years now, and the writing is still some of the best.

I still love Daniel McGregor, his wife Anna, and the amazing clan that surrounds them. The good natured love they share keeps them from being toxic, and the family is simply wonderful.

If you’ve never met them before, enjoy! If you have, welcome home! These books are five stars, all the way
Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: The Complete Graphic Novel Series
Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: The Complete Graphic Novel Series
More than what I expected. I thought I was getting a hardcover copy of The Drawing of the Three with some pictures in between chapters but I should have read the description lol. Eventually I wanted to get the comics/graphic novels later on but I’m glad I preordered this.

4 stars because my box came in damaged and the replacement for that was slightly damaged.
Onze minutos (Portuguese Edition)
Onze minutos (Portuguese Edition)
In all honesty, when I first started reading this book I was going to give it 5 stars. The way in which Paulo Coelho is able to create this fable-like way of storytelling that makes you content with each page but also eager to read more. At first, I kept having to remind myself this was a man writing in a woman's voice because the ideals and thought processes were so gender neutral that it allowed you to easily agree and relate to the main character. Quite a few reviewers mention the fact that Maria as a character was too distant and that in real life she would've been more emotional but I liked this feature because it created this space that allowed the reader to focus on each stage of her situation and where she wanted to be (emotionally and literally). Unfortunately, midway through the book I was disappointed in how there was a random mention of BDSM and then this cliché love storybook ending. I do agree with a few reviews on how mentioning BDSM doesn't make your book current or add a certain variety. I do feel it you do decide to mention different lifestyles and tastes you do have to do it justice and not make it sound like 50 shades. Other than that, it was refreshing to read a commentary on Brazilian/Portuguese culture but more society's a critique on society's way of categorizing sex and the mentality that surrounds it. I did enjoy reading this book and I'm happy to know a book like this exists (even if it is a bit cliché).
Taggart: A Novel
Taggart: A Novel
Louis, again his prose of the Old West seems to coincide with how the true West seemed to truly be, a rough and ready time of the development of this country! How much, only history itself makes his works of fiction and true description of the lands throughout this country are clearly location that Mr. L'Amour has visited to make his writings so real and understanding of the times! May all who knew him personally, and those who loves to read his stories feel exactly like I feel, blessed to know a true writer of the Old West!! He is truly blessed is all!
The Four Just Men, and Other Stories : 25 works of Edgar Wallace
The Four Just Men, and Other Stories : 25 works of Edgar Wallace
This is a huge cross section of Edgar Wallace's work. Besides several "Four Just Men" books, there are books from the "Sanders of the River" series about British Africa, science fiction, detective, and even some romance stories. All involve upper class Britons around the turn of the century.
This is one of the best formatted e-books I have seen. Each of the 25 books has a reproduction of its original cover art and date of original publication. The books are indexed, as are chapters within individual books. There are few formatting errors; most noticeable, changing "rn" to "m" so that words like "corner" become "comer". Also, the same symbol is used for both the dash and hyphen - making some sentences confusing.
Highly recommended.
A Lyon's Share: Illinois (The Americana Series Book 13)
A Lyon's Share: Illinois (The Americana Series Book 13)
As a resident of Southern Illinois, I was sad that this story took place in Chicago, which is only a small portion of the state. It took place in an office, with the old story line of the secretary in love with her boss. The twist was the snow storm that forced them together, with predictable results. This book was a pleasant way to pass a few hours without having to think much.
Dragon Ball Box Set (Vol. 1-16)
Dragon Ball Box Set (Vol. 1-16)
This is a review for Dragon Ball Box Set.

Alright, this is a pretty cheap boxset. The original 16 volumes on there own would be aroumd $128 list price, but here you can find this boxset for only $70! The packaging is nice with some beautiful artwork on each side (some from covers of the various books), and has a handle for easy transport. Inside you'll find the first 16 volumes of Dragonball, two posters, a Informational booklet taken from a Monthly Shonen Jump (USA), and a wrap around picture that makes a complete image on the spineart of the books.

This is the most uncensored version there is of Dragonball ever released. For hardcore fans this will be lovely, but parents wanting to buy this for young kids should be wary. There are 2 instances of a female character naked, and multiple instances of a young boy naked throughout the series (although it is treated as a joke and there is nothing inappropriate about it). Another thing is the new VizBig editions of these books, which are 3-in-1, larger, and have color pages. These editions, however, are censored more and have middle fingers, nakedness (except for Goku), and other things removed. However, these books are smaller and easier to hold, and it really depends on what you prefer.

The content is consistently great throughout the book, although the Red Ribbon Army part can drag on at times. If you are a fan of the series, definitely pick this or the VizBigs up!
Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-Earth
Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-Earth
Before Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien fans had this book to help visualize Middle-Earth. The book contains works by several artists of varying quality. Most of them are excellent. John Howe and Alan Lee worked on concept art for the movies, and you can clearly see the roots in their art. Some of their paintings look eerily like scenes from the movies. Other artists provide unique takes. I particularly like the Silmarillion art as there still isn't a Silmarillion movie or cartoon film. Definitely worth flipping through, especially for the Silmarillion.
Finn and Hengest (Old English and English Edition)
Finn and Hengest (Old English and English Edition)
For all of you Middle Earth fans, the appendices in "The Lord of the Rings" were just games. This is the real thing.

Tolkien was a heavyweight scholar before he published a word of fiction. In his admittedly narrow academic circle, he was a famous man before ever there was a Hobbit. This book is based on lectures delivered by Tolkien over a period of years. Tolkien being Tolkien, he never got around to publishing them and he never stayed his hand from making changes. They have been deciphered, collated and edited into coherent form by a younger man, Alan Bliss, no mean feat of scholarship in itself.

The Dark Age was not entirely dark, nor were the Germanic barbarians wholly devoid of culture. Beyond a shadow of doubt, they possessed full-scale epics and many shorter heroic songs and lays. Many were gathered together by Alcuin, the great Anglo-Saxon scholar imported into the court of Charlemagne. When the mighty emperor died, he was succeeded by his son, then known as Louis the Debonaire, but more accurately called Louis the Pious by later generations. When Louis came in, out went his father's mistresses and his secular books. "What has Ingeld [an epic hero mentioned in Beowulf] to do with Christ?" asked Alcuin, now an enthusiastic book burner. [However, see the first comment shown below this review.]

In our time, just one full-scale Germanic epic survives, Beowulf--and that clung to life in only a single copy. A pitifully few fragments of another large-scale poem, Waldhere, the epic of Walter of Aquitaine's conflict with his best friend and direst enemy, Hagen the Niblung, were found in the binding of an old book. Tolkien's book deals with a third epic story, the tale of Hengist, a hero who is caught in a particularly nasty moral dilemma. He had not only survived the death in battle of Hnaef, his prince, a dicey enough thing by the standards of his heroic age, but he had reached a truce with the foreign king who had killed Hnaef. The epic question was "What does a noble warrior do next?" The question was so interesting to the warrior society of Germanic barbarism, that two versions of the tale survive. One is a longish poem-within-a-poem quoted in Beowulf and the other is a tiny fragment of the whole epic, the episode that leads up to death of Prince Hnaef.

The tale was obviously so well known that neither the Beowulf poet nor the unknown skald of the Fragment felt it necessary to explain anything. Tolkien's literary goal was to extract as much sense out of his intractable materials as he could and to attempt reconstruction of the original story.

In addition to that, there is a historic question. Heroic epics are not necessarily tall tales of pure fiction. Hygelac, Beowulf's king, is a quite historical character. A contemporary monkish chronicler in Latin fully agrees with the Anglo-Saxon epic poet that Hygelac died in a disastrous raid on the Frisian Islands fairly close to 520 A.D. Beowulf, Hygelac's henchman and successor, heard of Hengist's dilemma as an old story, something from two or three generation earlier. Now, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle tells us that one Hengest, who led the wave of Anglo-Saxon invaders and died as King of Kent, landed on British soil in 449 A.D. Were Hengist and Hengest the same man? The times seem to coincide, and there is no other Hengist or Hengest on surviving record. Could a warrior named Hengest, likely an Angle, so thoroughly have blotted his copybook by outliving his prince that there was no place left for him in German lands? Was he forced to carve out his own new kingdom in Britain?

Read this book and then return to Middle Earth. Compare Tolkien's warrior princes with the originals on whom they were based. Revisit those appendices to "The Lord of the Rings" and compare the caricature of scholarship with the real thing.

For those who can brave the trip, five stars.
RYŌMA!: The Life of Sakamoto Ryōma: Japanese Swordsman and Visionary, Volume III
RYŌMA!: The Life of Sakamoto Ryōma: Japanese Swordsman and Visionary, Volume III
What brought me to this novel (or series) is the puzzle of the "Bakumatsu", the years from the American arrival in 1853 to the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the time of chaos and confusion which saw Japan's total isolation from the outside world to becoming the ONLY industrializing, modernizing nation in Asia, indeed the only non-Caucasian great power for a century. Shiba tells the tale of these years in a much shorter novel "The Last Shogun". But dense with facts, this tells the story from the perspective of the formal leaders of the government - emperors, shoguns, and daimyo. In fact, these people were less leaders than followers, blown against their will by powerful social and political trends and movements, and their perspective is definitely NOT the place to start.
"Ryoma" on the other hand tells the story of these years from the ground up, from the viewpoint of the popular feelings, movements, and leaders of this time, like Sakamoto Ryoma, Katsu Kaishu, and Saigo Takamori, men who are variously caught up in the tangled web of the events and attitudes of the time, and master them, leading them into the rising current that eventually transforms Japan.
Thus in parts 1 and 2 we observe the personal development of the young, rowdy, picaresque Ryoma, and his transition from an outlaw ronin in the service of the "sonno joi" movement ("restore the emperor, expel the barbarians") to a believer in a Westernized, modern Japan. He is converted by a forward thinking shogunal agent, Katsu Kaishu. Ryoma goes to assassinate Katsu, who recruits him to his enterprise of creating a Japanese navy - but ultimately in the service of a restored Emperor, not the corrupt Shogunate.
Part 3 shows us Ryoma exercising leadership in his own right, leading the nascent Japanese navy, recruiting allies to fulfill his plans for the military overthrow of the Shogunate, chief of whom is Saigo Takamori of Satsuma. One of the most puzzling strands of the story of the Bakumatsu is the relationship of the southern, anti-Tokugawa domains of Satsuma and Chosu. Are they friends or enemies? Choshu is idealistic to the point of fanaticism, while sophisticated, pragmatic Satsuma is open to change and progress. Sometimes they are fighting each other, at other times they are allies, but eventually they come together to form the coalition that defeats the Shogunate, and part 3 tells us how Ryoma enlists Saigo to bring them together, to overthrow the rotten Shogunate, and restore the Emperor. (Choshu comes to dominate the Japanese Army, and Satsuma the Navy, and their different viewpoints and rivalry dominate Japan through WWII.) And now I've begun reading the newly available part 4, to find out exactly how that happens!
One caveat, though. Shiba himself was a believer in Westernization and an admirer of the Meiji period, when Japan, at least apparently, enthusiastically joined the Western world in its optimistic embrace of science, material progress, and Darwinian competition as the key to human development. But what about those, like Hanzo in Shimazaki's 1932 novel "Before the Dawn", who looked to the restoration of the emperor for the true revival of traditional Japanese culture, not its replacement by things Western, and feel betrayed by the new regime? Does Shiba give consideration to this current? Another question that must await my reading of Part 4.
I note other reviewers are strong on "Ryoma's" picaresque and entertaining quality, and that's certainly there. It takes a Chaucerian view of the boisterous Edo world, and is a valuable antidote to the stereotype of Tokugawa society's formality and social rigidity. It's certainly fun, but is worth careful reading and serious thought - which is why I've taken a LONG time over it. It's well worth it.
SAS 3 Opération apocalypse (French Edition)
SAS 3 Opération apocalypse (French Edition)
Très bon livre, très intéressant, rien à redire.
En revanche, j'ai acheté les 7 premiers volumes sur cette édition, et de volume en volume je ne compte pas les erreurs de typographie, de ponctuation, les fautes d'orthographe, etc. Je pense qu'il y en a plus de 200 par volume.
Cela n'empêche pas la lecture, mais pour un livre numérique payé 6 euros, c'est tout simplement inadmissible : aucun livre papier ne serait publié avec tant d'erreurs. Pour le prix, la moindre des choses est de relire avant publication.
C'est une très forte incitation au piratage. Merci aux éditeurs de revoir leur copie.
Richard Scarry's Giant Storybook Treasury: 12 Books in One
Richard Scarry's Giant Storybook Treasury: 12 Books in One
My son received this book for his second birthday. We have been reading it for several years now and he loves it. Unfortunately he was a little rough on it and we had to tape several pages and try to tape the cover back on. Since my son loves this book so much, my husband and I decided to get him a new one. We were able to find one on Amazon in very good condition for a fraction of the cost of a new book. The book contains 12 Richard Scarry stories including Mother Cat's Busy Day, Father Cat's Busy Day, Miss. Honey's School Bus and many more. My son is almost six years old now and still request this book at least once a week. He loves the stories and enjoys picking out which one to read. Highly recommend.
Boots & Buckles (Ugly Stick Saloon Book 9)
Boots & Buckles (Ugly Stick Saloon Book 9)
Boots & Buckles by Myla Jackson is a fantastic contemporary western romance. Ms. Jackson has once again provided readers with a book that is well written and loaded with fabulous characters. Grant and his rodeo partner had a menage affair with Mona and promised to come return. They never returned and all she got was a break-up from Grant over the phone. The rodeo is back in town and so is Grant and his new partner, Sam. Grant, Mona and Sam's story is loaded with drama, humor and melt your e-reader heat. I enjoyed reading Boots & Buckles and look forward to my next book by Myla Jackson. Boots & Buckles is book 9 of the Ugly Stick Saloon Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

I read a print copy of this book.
Spellbinding
Spellbinding
I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about the paranormal in the nocturnal
Books.
Biss zur Mitternachtssonne: Die weltberühmte Liebesgeschichte endlich aus Edwards Sicht
Biss zur Mitternachtssonne: Die weltberühmte Liebesgeschichte endlich aus Edwards Sicht
Da ist sie also, Bellas und Edwards Geschichte aus Edwards Sicht. Darauf habe ich sehnlichst gewartet.

Als ich die ersten Bücher gelesen habe, war ich Mitte 20, also kein Teenager, der sofort dahinschmelzt, bei gutaussehenden, charmanten und geheimnisvollen Vampiren. Dennoch habe ich die Bücher geliebt. Deswegen hatte ich mich über dieses Buch sehr gefreut.

Es tut mir so weh und leid

Edward erzählt und seine Geschichte und er beginnt damit, dass es eine Neue auf der Schule gibt. Zunächst ist er genervt von der schönen Isabella Swan, aber nach und nach spürt er, dass er sich zu ihr hingezogen fühlt. Doch er weiß auch, dass diese Liebe nicht sein darf, schließlich ist er ein Monster.

So viel zu der groben, allen bekannten Handlung, denn Bellas Geschichte sollte man auf jeden kennen, da die Charaktere um Edward herum nicht richtig vorgestellt werden. Sie sind halt da und so ist es eben.

Ich weiß gar nicht, wie ich beginnen soll, aber ich weiß, es wird ein Veriss sondergleichen, und dafür möchte ich mich jetzt schon einmal bei allen Fans entschuldigen, zu denen ich ja eigentlich auch zähle. Deswegen tut es mir nicht weniger weh, was jetzt kommt.

Fangen wir aber erstmal mit dem Positiven an. Die Geschichte, die mich als Fan so gefesselt hat, aus Edwards Sicht zu erleben, war ein Grund für mich, dieses Buch zu kaufen. Und ich wurde in diesem Punkt nicht (vollständig) enttäuscht (mehr dazu später). Eine besondere Stärke dieses Buchs ist es, Edwards wahres Alter glaubhaft darzustellen.

Die Sprache wirkt an der einen oder anderen Stelle (für heutige Verhältnisse) antiquiert. Zitat: „Es wäre besonnener von dir, nicht mit mir befreundet zu sein.“

Nervig schön

Und da hört das Positive leider schon auf. Zu viele Dinge, die mir negativ aufgefallen sind, überlagern den Lesespaß, den ich bei der originalen „Twilight“-Reihe empfunden habe.

Die Autorin hat in diesem Buch einfach zu stark versucht, das Twilight-Fieber wieder zu entfachen. Auf jeder Seite wird mindestens einmal beschrieben, wie „schön“ Bella ist. Eigentlich ja ein Klassiker bei der heutigen Romantasy-Literatur, aber irgendwann wird es einfach nur noch nervig. Ebenso oft wird erwähnt, wie alt Edward ist, und wie Bellas Geruch und ihre ständige Röte (soviel Blut wie sie in den Wangen hat, müsste ihr Herz schon aufgehört haben zu schlagen) seinen Appetit anregt.

Und Apropos „Appetit“: Edward wird nicht müde, zu betonen, dass er ein Monster ist, und das es besser wäre, wenn sie sich nicht ineinander verlieben würden. Er ist innerlich zerrissen und voller Selbstmitleid. Er lebt nicht, ist einfach nur da.

Ich würde ja eine Antidepressiva-Therapie vorschlagen, aber ohne Blutkreislauf …

Überhaupt wirkt Edward in dieser „Alternativgeschichte“ äußerst egoistisch und egozentrisch. Es dreht sich alles nur um ihn, man könnte das Gefühl haben, dass Bella nur eine Schachfigur für ihn ist. Von dem „liebevollen“ und „fürsorglichen“ Vampir ist jedenfalls nicht viel zu spüren.

Und wenn wir schonmal bei den Unterschieden zwischen der Original-Reihe und diesem Buch sind, was ist bitteschön mit den Dialogen passiert? Ich habe extra nochmal die alten Bücher abgestaubt und nachgesehen. Ja, völlig anders. Hier muss allerdings zu Stephenie Meyers Ehrenrettung gesagt werden, dass das die Übersetzer von Carlsen verbockt haben. Schämt Euch!

Zuviel „Bedward“

Da es sich um eine Erweiterung der „Twilight“-Reihe handelt, war mir ja klar, dass Bella einen großen Teil spielen würde. Dass es sich dabei aber eigentlich nur um eine viel zu ausführliche Nacherzählung von „Biss zum Morgengrauen“ handelt, war mir nicht klar. Wie gerne hätte ich etwas mehr über Edward erfahren. Wie ist er zu dem geworden, was er heute ist? Was ist kurz vor dem ersten Treffen mit Bella passiert? Und was ist passiert, als er nach Italien gereist ist, um Bella zu vergessen, und seinem Leben ein Ende zu bereiten? Nichts. Nur Bella und Edward…. Bedward…. ich hätte wirklich lieber im Bett bleiben sollen.

Es geht nur das Gefühlswirrwarr, das hin und her zwischen „Ich liebe sie“, und „ich darf sie nicht lieben“, und dem völlig seltsamen Verhalten von Edward, bei welchem er genau das Gegenteil von dem tut, was er sagt.

Auch neue Informationen suchen Fans vergeblich. Es ist wirklich nur ein „Hier ist die Liebesgeschichte, aber dies mal aus Edwards Perspektive“. Zumindest in diesem Punkt hat die Autorin nicht zu viel versprochen.

Trotzdem ist es für Leser unabdingbar, dass sie den ersten Band der Original-Reihe kennen. Sonst würden einige Dinge überhaupt keinen Sinn ergeben.

Unnötige „Cash Cow“

Was kann man also letztlich über „Biss zur Mitternachtssonne“ sagen?

Nun, zunächst einmal ist dieses Buch wirklich nur was für totale Hardcore-Fans (zu denen ich mich nicht zähle). Wer dem „schönen Vampir“ vollends verfallen ist, und lieber mit Bella getauscht hätte, der soll hier bedenkenlos zugreifen.

Für alle „normalen“ Fans fehlt aber einfach der Charme, und die Rückkehr nach Forks wird durch diverse kleine und große Probleme getrübt, angefangen von Edwards Dauer-Depression, über stupide Wiederholungen bis hin zu den geänderten Dialogen.

Scheinbar versucht Stephenie Meyer hier an frühere Erfolge anzuknüpfen, um das Twilight-Universum noch ein wenig zu melken. Das kann gut gehen („Biss zum ersten Sonnenstrahl – Das kurze zweite Leben der Bree Tanner“), in diesem Fall ist es aber nur ein unnötiger Cash-Cow-Rohrkrepierer.

Denn dass Stephenie Meyer auch außerhalb von „Twilight“ gute Geschichten erzählen kann, hat sie mit „Seelen“ eindrucksvoll bewiesen, ebenfalls ein Buch, dass mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Sie hätte Forks hinter sich lassen sollen, aber das ist nur meine Meinung.

Wäre dieses Buch eine Art „Interview mit einem Vampir“, also Edwards Lebensgeschichte, die an dem Punkt endet, als er auf Bella trifft, wäre ich vollends begeistert. So muss ich aber leider gestehen, dass dieses Buch für mich ein Fehlkauf war, der meinem Fan-Dasein absolut nichts gebracht hat.
JOJOLION Vol.23 [Japanese Edition]
JOJOLION Vol.23 [Japanese Edition]
最新巻が出るたびにあれ?どんな物語だったかな…と毎回思い悩んでしまうジョジョリオン。
自分への忘備録も兼ねて1-22巻までをざっくりと読み返して、流れを振り返ってみました。
(※数字は巻数ではありません)

[01] 康穂、壁の目で記憶をなくした定助を発見。
[02] 定助の水兵帽の持ち主は吉良。
[03] 定助、吉良の住居を調査中にサーファーに襲われる。
[04] 定助、壁の目で吉良の遺体を発見。
[05] 定助、フルーツ家を営む東方家に居候。
[06] 定助、次女・大弥の面倒をみる。
[07] 定助、吉良の母親が入院する病院へ行く道中で家政婦・虹村に襲われる。
[08] 定助は吉良と誰かが融合した存在と告知される。
[09] 定助、次男・常秀とカツアゲを撃退。
[10] 康穂、東方家の孫・つるぎの呪いを聞く。

[11] 東方家、建築家(岩人間)に襲われる。
[12] 定助、長男・常敏とのクワガタ相撲で獲得した車の移動履歴を調査。
[13] 康穂、襲ってきたフルーツ売人の球場職員(岩人間)を撃退。
[14] 定助、旧友・カレラから本名(空条仗世文)を聞く。
[15] 東方家、長女・鳩の彼氏のクリーニング屋(岩人間)から襲われる。
[16] (過去)吉良、母親のために枝を盗むも岩人間に襲われ、果実を食べて仗世文と混ざる。
[17] 母・花都、15年の刑期満了で出所。
[18] 定助、幼少時に命を救われた吉良の母親を治すために枝の捜索を決意。
[19] 定助、ゾンビの群れに襲われる。
[20] 定助、植物鑑定人と会う。

[21] 定助、内科医(岩人間)に襲われる。
[22] 東方家、とっちゃん坊やの産科医(岩人間)から襲われる。
[23] 常敏、枝を獲得。
[24] 定助、枝を強奪した救急車(勘違い)を捜索し病院へ。
[25] 定助、整形外科医(岩人間)を撃退。
[26] 定助、病院の院長を追跡するも迎撃される。
[27] 常敏、枝の横取りを目論むサーファーを殺害。
[28] 定助、わざと重傷を負い病院へ運ばれる救急車に乗せられる。
[29] 康穂、元彼・透龍から院長・明負の写真を見せてもらう。
[30] 新ロカカカ収穫まであと48時間。

難解なスタンド群のせいでストーリーがエンヤ婆の霧のスタンドに包まれたように見えにくくなっていますが、スタンド関連をごっそり削ぎ落としてみると幾分か分かりやすくなりました。

スタンドというのは憧れでもあるわけです。
このスタンドを身につけたい!と読者が抱く妄想。
時を止める、料理をグンバツに美味しくする、重ちーのハーヴェストなどなど。

8部のスタンドで使いたいと強く思わせるスタンドはあったでしょうか?
たまに2択を出すナビ、ネジとナットを操る、人や物が同じに見える、うーん…。
強いて挙げるなら鳩ちゃんの踵を4メートルに伸ばすスタンドかなぁ…。
常敏の温めるスタンドは電子レンジがない時に便利そうですね。
ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 54 ゴールド·エクスペリエンスの逆襲 [JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken] (Vento Aureo, #8)
ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 54 ゴールド·エクスペリエンスの逆襲 [JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken] (Vento Aureo, #8)
アニメのメローネ戦を見て、原作が気になったので購入しました。
カラーで読めるのは嬉しいですね。

内容に問題はないのですが、問題は、Kindle Cloud Readerの方。
初めて購入だったため、現段階(2019/9)拡大機能がないとは知らず……
楽天Koboとか、他サービスなら、同じ内容でも拡大して読めたみたいです。

購入先を失敗しました。
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever was the seventh James Bond film and the last with Sean Connery. He actually announced he was no longer going to do the series after You Only Live Twice, but after the experiment with George Lazenby in the lead didn’t work out in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Connery was convinced to come back and do one more. SPECTRE leader Ernst Blofeld (Charles Gray) returned as the bad guy this time with a plan to put a laser into a satellite and hold the entire world for ransom. The movie gets its name from the fact that Bond initially gets involved in the case chasing smuggled diamonds, which are used for Blofeld’s laser. The movie was a fitting exit for Connery from the franchise because he really looked like he was aging out of the role.

The film has most of the elements associated with Bond movies by this time. There was a classy title track by Shirley Bassey and composed by John Barry. There were two Bond girls, first Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) who was working for the diamond smugglers and then becomes Bond’s companion. Also Plenty O’Toole (Lana Wood) who Bond meets at a casino in Las Vegas. Interestingly there were no real gadgets in this film. The movie was also unique for having two contract killers Wint (Bruce Glover) and Kidd (Putter Smith) who were gay lovers.

As for Connery he wore a hairpiece in all the Bond movies even the first one Dr. No. Here it was really apparent that he had a toupee on. He was also looking much older and this role called for someone with a more youthful look.

Still Diamonds Are Forever was a very good Bond film and was much better than the previous two in the series On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice.
The Glass Bead Game
The Glass Bead Game
The Glass Bead Game is about a future society called Castalia in which the most highly regarded cultural institution, almost a religion, is the game of the title, in which players relate ideas to one another in a sort of cabalistic exercise but encompassing every field of human knowledge (but especially mathematics and music) rather than just scripture. The Game, however, has little connection to real life but operates in a sort of Platonic world of Forms, as the relations between ideas it establishes are generally superficial rather than based on real, essential or fundamental similarities.

The story follows one past (to the narrator) Magister Ludi, or Master of the Game, and tells of his eventual disillusionment as he learns more of history and the outside world. "I regarded it as my mission," as he puts it, "to expand Castalian life and thought"---but ultimately, he resigns his post and leaves Castalia altogether.

His resignation ties the story, which seems a bit disjointed up to that point, together: "But I must also tell you the meaning that the word 'transcend' has had for me since my student years and my 'awakening.' It came to me, I think, while reading a philosopher of the Enlightenment...and ever since then it has been a veritable magic word for me, like 'awakening,' an impetus, a consolation, and a promise. My life, I resolved, ought to be a perpetual transcending, a progression from stage to stage; I wanted it to pass through one area after the next, leaving each behind, as music moves on from theme to theme, from tempo to tempo, playing each out to the end, completing each and leaving it behind, never tiring, never sleeping, forever wakeful, forever in the present."

The Glass Bead Game is a great novel and probably Hesse's masterpiece, certainly better than Demian or Siddhartha, though personally I probably enjoyed Narcissus and Goldmund more. It starts off a bit slowly, but builds and builds and is ultimately fascinating and quite satisfying. Definitely worth a read.

If you enjoyed The Glass Bead Game, you might want to check out James Beckel's Pulitzer-prize nominated horn concerto of the same title, inspired by and loosely based on the novel (all the more appropriate given the important role of music in the story).
Scarpetta's Winter Table
Scarpetta's Winter Table
As a Patricia Cornwell fan, I was dubious about buying a spin-off book and possibly destroying my image of Dr. Scarpetta. However, my curiosity (and stomach) finally overcame my reservations. This book is absolutely wonderful! Dishes are written in a narrative form and are simple to figure out, leaving just enough room for imagination and a personal touch, as recipes ought to be. The story is more in-depth than I would have thought for a book like this, which was a nice surprise. I've never seen a book like this and think PC deserves credit for breaking new ground by introducing a book that gives recipes as well as a story to compliment them. Or should I say, a new story with recipes to compliment it! Basically, it describes a Kay Scarpetta feast made with love for two of her favorite people, in detail and uninterrupted by crime. These feasts are one of my favorite parts of these novels, and this one reads just like the novels, although just a little more in depth (and of course with recipes!) I suspect you need to be a fan to really enjoy this book, but I entertain often and our guests haved raved over every dish we've made from this book (as well as from the other PC recipe book Food To Die For, which I also love dearly). This Winter Table story pairs with its recipes better than a fine wine, and gives the reader not only a recipe but the heart and soul and inspiration to warm your heart as well as your tummy. :)
Hip Hop Harry Mini Episodes
Hip Hop Harry Mini Episodes
Every kid I've shown this to loves it! And the songs are infectious and will have you dancing no matter what :P
Wizarding World 10-Film Collection (Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts)
Wizarding World 10-Film Collection (Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts)
My Harry Potter DVD collection would no longer play and I'd been dying to find the Fantastic Beasts movies as well. Although the price seemed high, I didn't realize that 10 discs alone are for movies then you also get a disc for bonus features FOR EACH MOVIE. Fantastic purchase. Although they do have the "Philosopher's Stone" instead of the "Sorceror's Stone," but there's no difference between the two other than philosopher being said rather than sorceror.
Lysistrata and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Lysistrata and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Love – or at least lust – wins out over war in Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”; everybody knows that. But what stands out about this Penguin Books edition of “Lysistrata” is the way in which “Lysistrata” is brought together with two other, perhaps lesser-known plays from Aristophanes’ canon, all of which are united by the way in which the great Athenian comic dramatist uses comedy to confront the society of his time. Two of these plays -- “Lysistrata” itself and “The Acharnians” -- provide trenchant commentary on the Peloponnesian War in which Athens was then engaged against Sparta; the third, “The Clouds”, is equally successful as a comedy of ideas.

The title of “The Acharnians” (425 B.C.) made me ask, “Who were the Acharnians?” A quick bit of research showed me that Acharnae was a *deme* or district of Athens whose citizens were renowned for military valor; for a U.S. analogy, imagine an American playwright calling a play “The Texans” and thus capitalizing on Texans’ reputation for particular fighting spirit within U.S. culture. The Acharnians of “The Acharnians” are the play’s chorus – a group of old war veterans, the kind of guys who like to sit around and recount their courage of old, while expecting the younger generation to emulate their example. And these old Acharnians are anything but happy with the play’s protagonist, Dikaiopolis. You see, Dikaiopolis (whose name, to me, sounds more fitting for a city than for a person) sees the absurdity of the Peloponnesian War (“The Acharnians” was first performed in the war’s sixth year), and wishes to make what amounts to a separate peace. Working with the guidance of the immortal Amphitheus (whose presence in the play seems to indicate that the Olympian gods would smile upon an Athenian decision to turn away from war), Dikaiopolis successfully breaks with the militaristic policies of post-Periclean Athens, and enjoys the fruits of peace thereby. Aristophanes’ approval of Dikaiopolis’ brave and lonely stand is clear by play’s end, when the militaristic general Lamachus, the play’s chief antagonist, is reduced to begging Dikaiopolis to sell him three thrushes and an eel. Dikaiopolis scornfully replies, “Him? I wouldn’t sell him anything if he gave me his shield! Let him shake his crests at the salt-fish vendors!” (p. 51); and the play’s chorus heartily approves, addressing the Athenian audience directly: “Citizens, see the reward of his wisdom,/How peace wins him many a fine business deal” (p. 51). Clearly, Aristophanes was wishing that the citizens and the government of Athens would see the wisdom of Dikaiopolis’ stepping away from war.

“The Clouds” (423 B.C.) is probably most interesting to modern readers because of its depiction of Socrates. In the Platonic dialogues, Socrates is a gentle, diffident figure, bringing his interlocutors to the truth through patient questioning. The Socrates of “The Clouds”, by contrast, lacks both the humility and the heroism of Plato’s Socrates. In contrast with “Acharnians" protagonist Dikaiopolis, whose anti-war convictions mean that his heart is in the right place, the protagonist of “The Clouds,” the elderly farmer Strepsiades, is a thoroughgoing scoundrel. Debt-ridden because of the extravagant ways of his son Pheidippides, Strepsiades wants to learn the art of rhetoric because he believes that doing so will help him argue his way out of debt; and Socrates assures Strepsiades that “You’ll become a really smooth, smarmy talker – the finest flower in the oratorical garden” (84). The Socrates of “The Clouds” is marked in large part by his impiety toward the Olympian gods – when Zeus, the king of the gods, is invoked, Socrates scornfully replies, “Zeus? Who’s Zeus? What rubbish you talk! There *is* no Zeus!” (p. 88) – and perhaps it is no wonder that in one of Plato’s dialogues, Socrates wonders aloud if Aristophanes’ portrayal of him in “The Clouds” may have led to the Athenian state’s decision to execute him 24 years later. As for the resolution of “The Clouds”, suffice it to say that neither Strepsiades nor Pheidippides benefits from this unethical attempt to use rhetoric as a way to avoid paying one’s bills.

“Lysistrata” (411 B.C.) is certainly the best-known of these plays; “oh, yeah, that Greek play where the women all go on a sex strike.” The very scenario seems replete with comic possibilities; and yet, as with so many of the greatest comedies, “Lysistrata” has a deadly serious subtext. By the time “Lysistrata” was first staged, the Peloponnesian Wars had been going on for nineteen years. Small wonder, then, that the satirical edge of “Lysistrata” seems harsher than that of “The Acharnians,” as the play’s protagonist and title character calls upon all the women of Athens to withhold sex from their husbands until the husbands see fit to make peace. “We’re at home, beautifully made up, and we walk around the house wearing sheer lawn shifts and nothing else…and we keep our distance and refuse to come to them – then they’ll make peace soon enough, you’ll see” (p. 146). As translator and commentator Allan Sommerstein of the University of Nottingham points out, Athenian men in real life would have had other outlets for the release of their sexual energies; but within the fictive world set up by Aristophanes, Lysistrata’s brave scheme works. Seemingly against all odds, the Athenian and Spartan men do make peace, and Lysistrata gets the last word: “And let us for the future all endeavor/Not to repeat our errors, never ever!” (p. 191). Make love, not war. Give peace a chance. With 54 wars currently under way around the world, one wishes that Lysistrata’s vision might somehow come true.

In accordance with the tradition of excellence established by the Penguin Classics series, Sommerstein’s introduction and footnotes do a great deal of good in setting these plays within the context of their times. For any student of classical culture, or of comedy generally, this collection of Aristophanes’ works is essential. Whether you want the high comedy of ideas or the low comedy of sex talk and bodily functions, Aristophanes is the comedian for you.
For Honeydukes’ Fans
For Honeydukes’ Fans
I bought this to try to get my very picky eating Harry Potter fan a reason to try new foods ("but honey, Harry Potter loved eating this food!!"). It has kinda worked! I tried the shepherd pie recipe last night. First of all... DELICIOUS. Highly recommend - we didn't even have left overs because yum!

Second of all, the allure of Harry Potter was successful! For my HP fan, he ate way more than he normally would have - I was impressed. And he's not usually very gungho to eat meat or a vegetable of any kind and yet he ate at least half of what was on his plate. For this child, this is a serious accomplishment. Will be adding that meal and hopefully others into our regular rotation.

The only down side is - my non-HP fan was not in any way sold on this meal. (She used to be my "good eater" but then hit that awesome age where that stopped. Hoping she eats real food again sometime soon!).

For normal people, who just buy the book to have fun recipes they may not otherwise have and to further immerse themselves into the HP world, I think it's a win.

Will update if I find otherwise after trying more recipes.

Last thing to note - it seems heavier on sweet recipes than savory.
H2O: Just Add Water
H2O: Just Add Water
Such a classic, coming of age tv-show coupled with the mystery and magic of mermaids! Every episode possesses a perfect combo of teen drama, romance, and comedy. I have been watching H20: Just Add Water since its debut over a decade ago and I still am unfailingly entertained -- this series truly never gets old!!!
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Vintage Contemporaries)
This book reminds me of a children’s book. I thought it was a children’s book when I first bought it. The cover, the shortness, the size of the type, the title, everything appealed to the child in me.

Until I started reading.

This is definitely not a children’s book and I feel very much that it is aimed at children and children will be enchanted by the cover and the title.

The children’s books that I remember do not reference landing strips and other adult sexual terms, which Amazon will not allow me to post here. And a whole section that I can’t even begin to form into words, involving a girl’s tongue and clock hands.

I read this in almost one sitting, as it’s only 166 pages. And I finished it with a peculiar feeling that I could not begin to understand what I’d just read. It was certainly not what I was expecting. The distinct adult nature of some sections of what I considered a children’s book. The sometimes strange, almost poetic description.

I also think that something was lost in the translation. There was no connection there, when I think there should have been, had I been reading it in the original language it was written. It’s a very odd little book, and I can’t quite put my finger on how I feel about it.

Would I recommend this? Yes. I have already recommended it to my dad, and I would definitely recommend picking it up, if it’s for quite cheap. I wouldn’t recommend paying full price for it, as you will definitely end up disappointed. Buy it used.

I think some people will interpret this book in different ways and for me, that is a good thing. Each person reading will take something different away from it. For me, it made me think about my first love and heartbreak (albeit unrelated). For others, they may read something entirely different.

The reason I am not giving it a higher rating, is because I am not sure my feelings upon finishing it. I’m seeing a lot of high ratings, so obviously those people read something or took away something different from this to me.

But at the same time, I would recommend it. A very strange, weird, little book.
Steptoe and Son [VHS]
Steptoe and Son [VHS]
In the 1970s, British audiences really enjoyed movie length versions of their favourite sitcoms. Hence films were made of "Father Dear Father", "Are You Being Served?", "George & Mildred" etc. This film is certainly worth watching if you were a fan of the TV series but don't expect the same thing. The script just doesn't have the polish the individual episodes have. Thus we have a perfectly acceptable lightweight concoction which provides some good chuckles but not the charm and pathos which we might expect from The Galton and Simpson writing team.
The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age
The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age
This book, with stories all set in the Bronze Age, will appeal to SF readers even though there's precious little SF about it. It is the authors themselves that are well-known to the genre. Co-Editor Harry Turtledove has an entry with an explanation for where the centaurs, fauns, and other mythological creatures went, which is one of the stronger stories in the book. Other big SF names are Gene Wolfe, with a time-traveler who finds himself aboard the Argo instead of the Mayflower; Judith Tarr, whose tale illustrates how a city's fortune can rise or fall based on its weapons rather than its deities; S.M. Stirling, with a short story from his Nantucket universe, where the modern island is transported back to the Bronze age to dominate trade and warfare; and Poul Anderson, closing the collection with another time-traveler who wants to study the Bronze Age but faces instead the rise of the Age of Iron.
Tarr has previously collaborated with Turtledove in their novel "Household Gods." Laura Frankos ("The Sea Mother's Gift," a purely historical tale of the Orkney Islanders) is married to him. Co-editor Noreen Doyle is an historian, and her Egyptian tale, based on an actual inscription, is also straight history.
All the stories are worth reading; there isn't a stinker in the collection. Doyle and Turtledove also included some useful introductory material before each story. This ought to be standard in books like these, where not every reader has a Ph.D. in that era, but in Turtledove's last stint as editor he neglected to give a setting for the stories in _Alternate Generals II_. I was pleased to see these necessary lead-ins when I finished their introduction to the book.
Best stories are Turtledove's "A Horse of Bronze," featuring Meditteranean Sea-faring centaurs who discover humans in the British Isles; "Blood Wolf" by Stirling, which made me want to read the Nantucket novels, and Frankos' "The Sea Mother's Gift," which was the most evocative and had the best sense of character and place. The story that failed did so in an interesting way: Gregory Feeley's "Giliad" seemed like it was the result of a hard disk erasure gone awry. I think what he was trying to do was give the sense of an incompletely erased clay tablet that he uses as a metaphor for his Bronze Age literary stand-in, but this story that takes place right before and after 9/11/01, in Manhattan, never seemed to catch on with me. There is also a confusing segment with a possibly gay couple who is never mentioned again, while the erudite modern family (including an eight-year-old daughter who talks more like a 15 year old) and the Sumerian girl intertwine throughout the story. This tale is thus literary experimentation, and I commend Feeley for the attempt but this needs the love and care of a stronger editor.
Harry Potter Patronus 3D Wood Puzzle & Model Figure Kit (34 Pcs) - Build & Paint Your Own 3-D Book Movie Toy - Holiday Educational Gift for Kids & Adults, No Glue Required, 8+
Harry Potter Patronus 3D Wood Puzzle & Model Figure Kit (34 Pcs) - Build & Paint Your Own 3-D Book Movie Toy - Holiday Educational Gift for Kids & Adults, No Glue Required, 8+
It's really beautiful once it's assembled. I was expecting it to be a bit larger, but that's my fault for not reading the specs. And in retrospect, the price should've been a giveaway for a branded item like this.

My husband seemed to enjoy the ten minutes he spent putting it together. I bought this as like a stocking-stuffer type present for Father's Day, and it accomplished its little job. Might be kind of disappointing to someone as a 'main gift' . Definitely a nice gift for a Harry Potter enthusiast and hobbyist. I'll add a picture once he's finished airbrushing it!
LEGO Speed Champions Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC 75885 Building Kit (203 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
LEGO Speed Champions Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC 75885 Building Kit (203 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Pedi este producto tan pronto me entere que existia porque soy un gran fanatico del WRC.

Para empezar, lo pedi a las 11am y llego el dia siguiente como a las 5pm. Excelente trabajo Amazon.

Eso a un lado, hablo del producto:
Llega en una caja de carton, de tamaño como de las cajas de galletitas de animalitos, pero mas profunda.

La caja se abre por la cara mas grande... como las cajas de galletitas de animalitos, pero son Legos no se confundan. Se levanta la tapa y dentro tenemos 4 bolsas conteniendo las piezas. Estan en bolsas segun su tamaño. Piezas grandes, peques, MUY pequeñas y detalles. Que detalles? Las calcomanias y 2 sets de rines!

Armarlo es MUY divertido, las instrucciones muy claras, lo unico dificil es poner las calcomanias centradas. Toma aproximademente 3 horas armarlo.

Una vez armado el carrito me llama tanto la atencion. Da gusto verlo la neta me da esa emocion de ver carros WRC.

Ademas, el vehiculo se puede hasta cierto punto "personalizar". Como mencione, incluye dos sets de rines y dos frentes diferentes: Uno incluye la barra de luces LED para cuando corren de noche, y el otro no.

Lo recomiendo muchisimo como regalo para alguien fan al WRC.
USB Microphone MAONO AU-902 Cardioid Condenser Podcast Mic with Dual Volume Control, Mute Button, Monitor Headphone Jack, Plug and Play for Vocal, YouTube, Livestream, Recording, Gaming
USB Microphone MAONO AU-902 Cardioid Condenser Podcast Mic with Dual Volume Control, Mute Button, Monitor Headphone Jack, Plug and Play for Vocal, YouTube, Livestream, Recording, Gaming
Immediately after plugging in the USB, this microphone connected to my computer. Super easy. Literally within seconds of the first conference call with this mic I was complimented on my increased sound quality. This mic does pick up a slight ambient buzz, but unless you are trying to produce professional level content this shouldn't be an issue (barely noticeable in a casual setting).

Others have complained of very low mic input, but I haven't had any issues with this at all. With the mic gain set at 50%, I was able to record crystal clear audio from ~1.5 ft away (while speaking at a low conversational volume).

If you are interested at all in starting to do some entry level - yet decent quality - recording (start a podcast, record YouTube videos, cover songs, etc). This is the perfect microphone. It seriously couldn't be easier. If you're kind of picky about audio quality, there are better options available. But for the price I am super impressed with this mic and would definitely buy again
CubicFun Kids Soccer Ball Size 3 Glitter Effect with Pump, Kids Outdoor Toys Toddler Toys Age 2-4, Toddler Girl Toys for 3 Year Old Girls Gifts Toys for 4 Year Old Girls Toys for 5 Year Old Girls Boys
CubicFun Kids Soccer Ball Size 3 Glitter Effect with Pump, Kids Outdoor Toys Toddler Toys Age 2-4, Toddler Girl Toys for 3 Year Old Girls Gifts Toys for 4 Year Old Girls Toys for 5 Year Old Girls Boys
Toller Mädchenfußball! Unsere Kleine hat sich sehr über den Ball gefreut, er ist etwas kleiner als die „üblichen“ Bälle, somit hervorragen geeignet für die noch etwas kleineren Händchen. Die Aufdrucke sowie der Glitzereffekt sind sehr ordentlich und klar, das Glitzern ist sehr schön. Der Ball fühlt sich richtig gut an, obwohl wir ihn zum Anfang erstmal noch nicht so sehr aufgepumpt haben. Die mitgelieferte Pumpe ist aus Plastik, aber recht ordentlich, in ein paar Hüben ist der Ball voll, Achtung die aufschraubbare Spitze der Pumpe ist aus Plastik und muss in das Ventil ordentlich weit reingesteckt werden, sonst klappt es nicht! Das Netz ist ok, ein wenig größer wäre toll gewesen, so hätte vielleicht die restliche Bälle Sammlung dort auch noch Platz gefunden. Alles im allem sind wir aber sehr zufrieden, die Kleine ist glücklich mit ihrem neuen Ball, so soll es sein!
Rituals of the World
Rituals of the World
I think this had the potential to be a great little series; unfortunately it has several shortcomings which might actually be detrimental to its purpose of educating people (or at least giving them a foretaste of anthropological research--and in particular, anthropological research at the very least presented badly, if not conducted badly, too).

At roughly 26 minutes a piece, each episode is too short to really delve into the complexities surrounding the rituals and their participants, especially when it comes to editing: each episode spends 2/3 of the time building up emotional layers, introducing us to cultures and people, and then the last third or so is tied up with the ritual . . . at which point the episode ends. There's virtually no follow-up, except in a few rare cases, but even then it's usually a couple of sentences, a quick exchange,. Then the episode is wrapped up with a couple of glib sentences by the narrator, and we're done. I found this to be thoroughly unsatisfying.

There's also potentially the "problem" that this series was originally produced in French. I say it's a "problem" only because the solution implemented was, largely, to use English-speaking voice actors to speak the translated words of Anne-Sylvie and the participants, which I found incredibly distracting because, frankly, a lot of the voice acting leaves much to be desired. The inflection often doesn't match the speaker's original tone, which can subconsciously create a misunderstanding among viewers who latch onto the tone of the voice actor because they're speaking English (if the viewer's first language is English, anyway). There's also a painful episode where a female voice actor is attempting to "sound like a child" (specifically a boy) that actually made me cringe. Either cast a boy or just have a man read his words without trying to sound like a 12-year-old.

I also have to wonder why Anne-Sylvie isn't doing the voice-over narration herself. In several clips she's seen speaking English fluently.

Finally, there are very mixed messages here, although I think that would make this series ripe for an Intro to Anthropology class (fertile discussion might ensue on how a researcher's biases can seep through). Anne-Sylvie makes a point of saying that "in anthropology, our role is not to judge but to observe"--and yet, at least in the translated narration, her biases clearly show through in several episodes.

For example, in the episode on bull-jumping, she expresses intense personal conflict over the young woman who insists on wanting to be whipped as part of her brother's bull-jumping ceremony, as well as contrasting traditional practices with "the government, who are attempting to protect the integrity of women." By using the word "integrity" as a contrast to the cultural practices of the people, she is very subtly making a judgement.

Such subtle commentary exists also in the episode on arranged marriages in India; the capstone sentence of the episode is something to the effect of "And who knows? Maybe someday they'll actually fall in love." This is also a very subtle form of judgement unbecoming of an anthropologist whose role is simply to observe. (The episode also makes not of the bride as "a modern young woman, with a good education and a good job", as a point of contrasting the practice of arranged marriage, where she'll go to live with her husband and his family, although no mention is ever made of her not being able to find another job or that her hard work won't mean anything once she's married. Again--a very subtle, perhaps subconscious bias, but what comes across as judgement nonetheless.)

Contrast these instances with no such personal commentary on the 12-year-old boy voluntarily being stung by 400 extremely painful ants--and the revelation that he must undergo this ritual 19 additional times. Or no such personal commentary about the bull-jumper--the brother of the young woman who insists on being whipped as a way of culturally securing her brother's aid in the future. That young man could die, if he were to slip and fall and be impaled on a horn.

Her biases also show up in how she talks about race and women. For example, in the first episode set in New Guinea, she mentions that the reason she's able to participate in men's preparations is "because [she's] white, and therefore outside the gender norms." I personally find this difficult to believe. She's white, but still obviously a woman--and coming from her, the assertion that her being white somehow casts her outside the gender norms sounds almost belittling. If this is the case, I wanted to hear it directly from the participants' mouths, because otherwise it sounds like a wild presumption.

She also makes wild presumptions in broad-brushstrokes about rituals and the meanings of cultural taboos. For example, she comments on an Ethiopian woman who is ostracized from society after giving birth; once her child is baptized, she can rejoin society again. Anne-Sylvie says, to paraphrase, that "In many cultures, women are ostracized after childbirth because they're deemed poisonous to men." Is there *any* evidence that that's what's going on in this Ethiopian village? Or does it maybe have more to do with the fact that her baby isn't baptized and so that reflects on the mother as well? (In short, are we dealing with more of a Christian theological belief than anything related to childbirth itself?) Again, stuff like this needs to be heard from the people directly.

She also presumes a Western audience, and unwittingly compares and contrasts Western culture to the cultures featured in the series. Phrases like "To us in the West" or "This is very different from Western practices." This, at least subconsciously, creates a distinction, a contrast, and in the minds of viewers may also introduce heightened bias--underlining the "otherness" of the cultures. The presumption of the Western audience itself doesn't surprise me, but the contrast of Western culture to these societies, while intended to be positive, ultimately detracts from what anthropology is about, and what I think the intent of the series was.

Finally, in the episode set in Myanmar, she makes a point of calling all of the mediums "homosexuals, transvestites or transsexuals"--but the truth of the matter is that, while there was subtle allusion to the featured medium's sexuality (and necessarily so, considering homosexuality is punishable by death in Myanmar), there was no discussion of any of the mediums being transsexual--which is a very different matter from a gay man dressing in women's clothing.

Long and short . . . This series does offer some interesting glimpses into other cultures, but it's so poorly executed that I worry it will do more harm than good. There's very little substance, and what substance is there is often marred in one way or another--either by translations, voice acting, extremely truncated editing, or just bad anthropology. Even National Geographic's "Taboo" does a better job than this.
Power Rangers Super Megaforce - Deluxe Legendary Morpher (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Power Rangers Super Megaforce - Deluxe Legendary Morpher (Discontinued by manufacturer)
So, here I am, 2 years later at the time of the date of this review. (2014-2016)

The Legendary Morpher was, at the time, one of my top Must Haves from Power Rangers: Super Megaforce, and it's toyline as a whole. When I got it, I HAD to have it because this was not in time for the respective anniversary year as the overall franchise. What I loved about it is the functicality of inserting every Ranger key of each team of Power Rangers from the last 20 years (MMPR to Megaforce - at the time). When you and anyone in the fandom bought this, the packaging for it comes with the morpher, a test key and 2 Red Ranger keys comprising of a default Super Megaforce one and a Mighty Morphin one made exclusively from the Morpher release where in which it's legs on the other are vastly different from the Key Pack releases later on. When you insert any Ranger key, here's how it goes.

- When you insert the Test Key, you get default sounds for Ranger Keys from past Legendary teams (i.e: "Time Force", "Lost Galaxy").
- When you insert the Super Megaforce Keys, each Ranger key comes with a Zord phrase (i.e: Blue Ranger's "Super Mega Jet") and respective color call.
- When you insert Keys of Power Rangers from the past (including Megaforce), you get the Team name and the "Go Go Power Rangers" communicator beep tune later heard in most of the Legacy toys for Mighty Morphin like the Legacy Power Morpher (also later for the Legacy 1995 Movie line for it's array of Morphers).
- When we had special Con events PR related or misc., there are special sounds made exclusively for those sets, most notably the PMC 4 pack compraising of the Titanium and Wolf Rangers from Lightspeed Rescue and Jungle Fury respectively. You insert those, you get "POWER MORPHICON" as that special phrase. (P.S.: I never went to that year's Morphicon, I knew this by knowledge).
- The SDCC exclusive MMPR key pack (rare now as of 2016) as it's special sound too. Once after inserting the Pink, Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, and White keys, the Red MMPR key gives out the most powerful secret sound: Gosei bellowing "GO GO POWER RANGERS!" and boy did that shocked in delight?!

I like Gosei's voice on this morpher toy than on the Gosei Morpher itself. It was just that show accurate.

Overall, I glad I got it two years ago. But since SMF is long over and so is the 20th Anniversary, fans are still filled with hatred for the season since it was very very disappointing. The toy, however, was fine for what it was but we know, for sake of Gokaiger purists, the Gokai Moberite toy in Japan was indeed better than our so-called "LEGENDARY" morpher. *sigh*.

2016 UPDATE: I recently 11 months ago moved to an apartment. When I packed all of my general belongings in boxes, including all my things Power Rangers, my Legendary Morpher's sound chip for key inserts is hereby now broken for no reason. It will take me another 2 years to get another one like these so by that time, I'll have the final Ranger Keys that came out this year.
The Only Woman in the Room: Knowledge and Inspiration from 20 Women Real Estate Investors
The Only Woman in the Room: Knowledge and Inspiration from 20 Women Real Estate Investors
What I love about this book is that it shows that there are many different paths to success in real estate. The women highlighted in this book have no qualms sharing their hard moments, their uncertainty, and their fear. What makes them amazing and inspirational are their achievements *despite* their set-backs.

In terms of style, the stories are well-told and succinct. This is an excellent book for anyone in real estate, or who wants to get into real estate. Contractor, flipper, buy-and-hold investor - there's something for everyone!

I think both men and women will enjoy it - and learn from it - but the stories resonated especially deeply with me as a woman. I've read a lot of real estate books, and this one feels different; there's an empathy that comes through on the page, a sensation of community, that I attribute to the female-focus.

You won't regret this purchase.
Hi-Spec 17 Piece Carbon-Steel Hand & Needle File Tool Set. 4 Piece Large Flat, Half-Round, Round & Triangle & 12 Piece Fine Micro Needle Files for DIY Craftwork, Metal & Wood Work
Hi-Spec 17 Piece Carbon-Steel Hand & Needle File Tool Set. 4 Piece Large Flat, Half-Round, Round & Triangle & 12 Piece Fine Micro Needle Files for DIY Craftwork, Metal & Wood Work
 I really needed a few medium grit files to compliment my existing set. Mainly, I needed a medium bastard, and a coarse round. This set had both. Seeing as buying each single file from Nicholson would have cost me 10-20$, this was a better fit.

Overall, this set offers a lot. You get a reinforced nylon case to store the files in so they won't get banged up or broken. Far superior to the cheap vinyl cases that come with most file sets. You get the 4 most commonly used files: bastard, half-round, round, and triangle.

Nearly all of the files are cross cut, except for one side of the large bastard, and one of the needle files. This is great for most work, as it removes a moderate amount of material. The needles are a bit finer.

The overall quality is acceptable. The only issue I found was that the teeth on the half-round needle files was not 100% evenly spaced. This has no effect on the function of the files, and is just cosmetic.

Make sure you maintain your files. Use a wire/nylon brush to clean them when they get loaded up. Only use them in the positive cutting direction (push them in the direction of the handle to the tip).
Reptiles
Reptiles
I Have an Australian Blue Tongue Skink Which is part lizard and snake there the best herp to raise for first timers easy to take care of and smart they are affectionate and always doing something New ! They lol a moist tropical Environment they are from the Outback in Australia where the area in moist and has water features near by as in streams and water falls and rocks and plants that are edible so you want to mimic the same environment in your Bio tank with Water falls heated mats under the special dirt made of moss and mixture of lome and shreds of coco nut it holds the moistre in well you can get all your information from this magazine it's great 👍 for all reptiles thank you !
Tomight Knee Pillow, Leg Pillow for Side Sleepers with Memory Foam, Orthopedic Knee Cushion with Eye Mask and Earplugs, for Sciatica, Spine Alignment, and Pregnancy, Back Hip Joint Pain Relief
Tomight Knee Pillow, Leg Pillow for Side Sleepers with Memory Foam, Orthopedic Knee Cushion with Eye Mask and Earplugs, for Sciatica, Spine Alignment, and Pregnancy, Back Hip Joint Pain Relief
Surprised what good quality this is for the money . Came well packaged with ear plugs and black out sleep mask in a good sturdy box. Would make an ideal gift for someone .
The first night I couldn't sleep with it all night because it felt so high between my knees making my neck ache. But that just shows how poor my position was whilst sleeping. Tend to sleep on my side but my hips rolled over (one leg over the over) Now I use it every night and my neck and lower back pain has gone . Still getting used to it but would recommend giving it a go. It keeps it's shape . The strap is handy to keep it positioned but as I'm a mover I just reposition it and don't use the strap and it works perfectly. Cover has a zip one so can be washed . Really happy with my purchase.
Tech Armor HD Clear Plastic Film Screen Protector (NOT Glass) for Apple New iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7") - Case-Friendly, Scratch Resistant, Haptic Touch Accurate [4-Pack]
Tech Armor HD Clear Plastic Film Screen Protector (NOT Glass) for Apple New iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7") - Case-Friendly, Scratch Resistant, Haptic Touch Accurate [4-Pack]
Applied within minutes, no bubbles, and it did not take away from the image quality of the display. Hate glass screen protectors. Gimmicky. They break too easily. This one works best. Protects display against scratches. -2 stars for two reason. This thing attacks fingerprints and oil from your skin like a magnet. I find myself having to wipe the screen clean to enjoy using the phone. Am considering honestly just taking it off at this point. Another is the cutout shown on the picture is not the same as the product. The picture shows hole cut outs for the FaceID and front facing camera. The actual product comes with that top center section completely cut out.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Glacier White, 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage) - 64MP Quad Camera & Latest 8nm Snapdragon 720G & Alexa Hands-Free | Extra Upto INR 1500 Off on Exchange | Upto 12 Months No Cost EMI
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Glacier White, 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage) - 64MP Quad Camera & Latest 8nm Snapdragon 720G & Alexa Hands-Free | Extra Upto INR 1500 Off on Exchange | Upto 12 Months No Cost EMI
Please don't buy it.

It's not a quality mobile, it just like Redmi Note 4. No special features added in Redmi Note 9 Pro Max which can be differentiate with Note 4. Battery is not so good, it doesn't retain power long time. Other company's mobile are giving some special technology like Samsung M31 (6000 mah battery, Amoled Screen, sony camera lense and so many features) in lesser price. It is not a value for money, not a good product. Why the company has fixed so high price? The answer I would like to know
from company. After purchasing it feel nothing worthy with the set because I am still using Redmi note 4. Just looting with custom in the Covid 19 pandemic situation. No discount isoffered in credit card nor no cost EMI nor Exchange in flash sale. In the name of flash sale seller makes fool to us. This is my personal experience and opinion. If any body hurts, I feel sorry, but I revealed the truth.

You can get far better mobile with this price of ₹18, 500. Its a cheating with the customer because price is high but no quality improvement in comparison with Redmi Note 4. I feel better Redmi note 4 with lesser price than 9 Pro Max.
30 Count Large Crock Pot & Slow Cooker Liners - 22”x12” 3 to 7 Quart Easy Clean Up Plastic Bags for Crockpot, Aluminum Cooking Trays, Pans - Non-Stick & Oven/Microwave Safe - by HomeyGear
30 Count Large Crock Pot & Slow Cooker Liners - 22”x12” 3 to 7 Quart Easy Clean Up Plastic Bags for Crockpot, Aluminum Cooking Trays, Pans - Non-Stick & Oven/Microwave Safe - by HomeyGear
Really good liners espically for the price. They're large but I have two crock pots a regular and a large. Was perfect for making my dip (I just got these bags the other day so I only used once so far) nice thing is that it didn't burn like the brand name one kept the dip (I do keep it on warm during the party so it wasn't on high or low) from burning. My experience with the brand name would burn but this one kept my crockpot clean (yes!) And from burning onto the liner so that puts this high on my book. Perfect size too to wrap the liner over the Crock-Pot so when your guests get the dip out it's not going all over the pot which makes cleaning so much more easier. Came on time too no delays was a day and a half which is fast during the holidays for me (Thanksgiving is coming up)
TWIZZLERS - Caramelo de regaliz, fresa, 7 onzas (paquete de 12)
TWIZZLERS - Caramelo de regaliz, fresa, 7 onzas (paquete de 12)
The Twizzlers were hard to chew. Taste and feel like plastic. I took a chance at using a different vendor for these than I usually do and am disappointed. The Twizzlers themselves are advertised as being a low calorie snack, which it is not. Just 4 pieces gets you 100 calories and over 20 carbs. Bringing the entire package (2.5 servings) to about 250 calories and 56 carbs.

I had hoped for a refund because I just don't like the product. However, these for some reason are
non-returnable.
TE CÚRCUMA DORADA con jengibre y cardamomo BIO 36g - bolsita Infusiones 18 Unidades 36 g
TE CÚRCUMA DORADA con jengibre y cardamomo BIO 36g - bolsita Infusiones 18 Unidades 36 g
Der Tee schmeckt und riecht sehr gut, ich finde es ist ein Traum.
Aber man liest zu Kurkuma:
Verbraucherzentrale:
Das Wichtigste in Kürze:
Curcumin trägt nicht zur normalen Gelenkfunktion bei.
Kurkuma- oder curcuminhaltige Nahrungsergänzungsmittel zählen zu den Lebensmitteln. Für sie sind krankheitsbezogene Aussagen generell verboten.
Sollten Sie Curcumin zur Behandlung von Erkrankungen nehmen wollen, sprechen Sie Produkt, Dosierung und mögliche Nebenwirkungen unbedingt mit dem Arzt ab.
Je nach Empfindlichkeit und Dosierung kann Kurkuma oder Curcumin-Extrakt zu Blähungen, Übelkeit oder Schmerzen im Verdauungstrakt führen.
Schwangere und Stillende sowie Patienten mit Gallensteinen sollten auf Kurkuma-Nahrungsergänzungsmittel verzichten.

Und dann steht da noch eine ganze Menge interssanter Fakten die man erstmal gelesen haben sollte bevor man sich 20 20er Packungen kauft und seine Ernährung auf Kurkuma umstellt....

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