Chris Patel

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HTML and CSS: An A to Z Guide on HTML and CSS
HTML and CSS: An A to Z Guide on HTML and CSS
HTML and CSS: An A to Z Guide on HTML and CSS by Stuart Smith, Clare Radix, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Design Patterns in Ruby
Design Patterns in Ruby
Design Patterns in Ruby by Russ Olsen. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 59 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
PHP and MySQL Web Development
PHP and MySQL Web Development
PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 112 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Family that Lies
The Family that Lies
The Family that Lies by Lakisha Johnson and LaQuisha Rucker. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 320 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Juntos ao Luar (Portuguese Edition)
Juntos ao Luar (Portuguese Edition)
Juntos ao Luar (Portuguese Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Perfect Passion - Fesselnd: Roman (German Edition)
Perfect Passion - Fesselnd: Roman (German Edition)
Perfect Passion - Fesselnd: Roman (German Edition) by Jessica Clare and Kerstin Fricke. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
UNIX: A History and a Memoir
UNIX: A History and a Memoir
UNIX: A History and a Memoir by Brian Kernighan. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 164 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
sbt in Action: The simple Scala build tool
sbt in Action: The simple Scala build tool
sbt in Action: The simple Scala build tool by Josh Suereth and Matthew Farwell. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Development: Start learning Backbone.js, Node.js and MongoDB
Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Development: Start learning Backbone.js, Node.js and MongoDB
I love this author. I love his work. But this one just does not hold up to the quality of his other great work. This book is terribly organized; Do I go here, start with this tech, or with that one? The issue is that it gives you 3 different options and shows you how to use both for certain things. VERY helpful and awesome... if it were explained from the beginning, and organized as such.
But that is acceptable...
Why this book now has 2 stars from me, is one simple reason. It's dated. In the technology sector, these techs move at the speed of a jet engine. The technology in here is dated, and doesn't even exist anymore. I bought the book thinking that it would help me truly learn to rapidly develop a javascript application. I also figured it would help me learn new modern technology quickly. It didn't live up to that promise. And that would be ok, if it didn't have one fatal flaw: Even the examples in the book state that they no longer work as of its own writing. This book feels like 1 step forward and 3 steps back. It's not the best example of Azat's work by a LONG shot. I wish I could give it more stars. I wish I knew where to go where I could get the information I was looking for.
It's clearly not here.
Please do not purchase unless you are looking for outdated technology that you cannot work with.
Node.js: Web Application Development: Create your Web Apps With Node.js (Web App Development)
Node.js: Web Application Development: Create your Web Apps With Node.js (Web App Development)
I've been learning NodeJS for a while now and I can honestly say that this book is a fantastic reference for learning Node and is packed with examples, info and good practical explanation. It is a book to have at hand because it has tricks that can be used. It is well worth the investment and I would recommend it to software engineers looking for a book with good examples .
Professional Idiot: A Memoir
Professional Idiot: A Memoir
I'm not much of a "reader". I enjoy quick articles in magazines and have the kind of ADD that won't allow me to stick to a story day after day. It usually takes me a month or two to get through a novel and I quickly lose interest.

This book, however, I finished in 2 days. I read it every chance I could. It was such an easy read, it was true and honest but not boasting, and Steve-O is right to the point with his stories with just the right amount of details.

I learned so much about Steve-O that confirmed that this guy is a genuine good guy.

Great book and I would highly recommend this to ANYONE, not just Jackass fans. Kids who have attention problems, kids with a insanely rich dad that is not around all the time, kids with an alcoholic in the family, kids who are constantly moving from place to place, people who can't seem to find others who understand them, people dealing with a dying family member, alcohol and drug addicts could all relate to this book (I could easily go on and on about who could relate to the problems Steve-O was challenged with throughout his whole life).

Steve-O's book has a theme of survival in so many situations, but mainly the message that someone could get out of this is the value of perseverance. Believing in yourself when nobody else does. Never giving up on yourself even though things don't work out the first, second, or tenth time.

Get this book.
Miami Pop Festival
Miami Pop Festival
Out of all the live Jimi cd's this one brings me closer to imagining what it would have been like to see him in person. Every emotion is picked up from the band...a little joking, a little frustration, and a lot of fun jamming. It's true Janie Hendrix continues to churn the cash box with "unreleased" songs...some are hidden little gems, others are for the completist. But who cares..it's Jimi! This show has a lot of unknown history to it, from Michael Lang using this as a launch pad for a bigger event (Woodstock,) to Jimi writing the lyrics to "Rainy Day" for Electric Ladyland because the Sunday show was rained out...not to mention the fact the City of Hallandale Beach actually allowed an event such as this to take place is a mystery all in itself. Keep in mind, in 1968 Miami was a very conservative place and not even close to what it is today. What this show allows the listener to engage in is everything Jimi became famous for...from improvisation, to loose jamming, to locked in the pocket precise playing with Noel and Mitch. Whoever designed the packaging, nailed the Miami theme perfectly. First the cover...blue sky and Jimi wearing a white ruffled shirt and deep red velvet pants...it screams Miami. Then the pictures inside...which to me are worth getting the cd for those alone...never before seen cool candid shots....and finally the music. From the crazy, blurry beginning of Hey Joe...to one of the hottest versions of FIre I've ever heard. Eddie Kramer's experience shines through on the mix...considering this was outside in a wide open area, with no acoustics and a South Florida breeze blowing, the sound is amazing. Bottom line...as whole, this package works and everything fits perfectly together....Miami Pop Festival...Experience it...you won't be disappointed.
A Nod to Bob: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His Sixtieth Birthday
A Nod to Bob: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His Sixtieth Birthday
This tribute features some some strong voices and the obvious affection for the Birthday Boy is moving. However, I doubt that the Dylan fan will return to this tribute more than once or twice when the world- historical originals are at hand.

Often, the ambiguity, irony, tension (sorry to use these words) of the original are unrecognized or sacrificed to a pleasant tunefulness. Cliff Eberhardt's "I Want You" is a prominent exammple, and Lucy Kaplansky's "It Ain't Me, Babe" a notable exception. Rambling Jack Elliot does a magnificent impersonation of himself in a long spoken intro, though his "Don't think Twice..." lacks the tragic sadness of Dylan's renditions (well most of them). A song I had not known, "Clothes Line Saga", is sung with nice mock innocence and even better harmony by Suzzy and Maggie Roche. Norman Blake's Restless farewell is not quite restless enough, but is sung with soul. Spider John Koerrner and Dave Ray invent new lyrics and perform them with spirit and humor.

Awe, don't go by me. Aside from Hendrix's "Watchtower", I just love Dylan too much to listen to anybody else's ideas about his music, even if they are adoring ones. His songs were meant to be mis-sung just exactly the way Dylan mis-sings them, somehow always true to a standard the merely on pitch cannot comprehend or replicate.

Happy Belated Birthday, Bob
Hempz Fresh Coconut & Watermelon Moisturizing Skin Lotion, Natural Hemp Seed Herbal Body Moisturizer with Chamomile & Avocado Extracts, Vitamins  A, C, E & D, 17 oz
Hempz Fresh Coconut & Watermelon Moisturizing Skin Lotion, Natural Hemp Seed Herbal Body Moisturizer with Chamomile & Avocado Extracts, Vitamins  A, C, E & D, 17 oz
I was looking for something nice on Prime Day and saw this lotion on discount! After reading that it has a non greasy finish on the skin, which is what turns me off from moisturizing in general, I figured to try it.

It does smell like a watermelon candy, a bit too sweet for my liking. My nose gets used to it after awhile. But it DOES dry nice and nongreasy, which means a lot to me in a humid climate!

I need this to get into the habit of moisturizing more without feeling like a slicked up seal. The smell is a bit sickly sweet, but the beauty of Hempz is that there's tons of different scents that they offer. I see a bunch at Ulta and I smell them time to time to see if their scent profiles differ. Feels a bit better than Bath and Body Works lotions since their nongreasy finish is a plus for me.

It's been several months and I hadn't been keeping up with moisturizing, and my standard sized bottle is far from empty. I still look forward to trying a different scent. I keep it in my room since the hemp leaf image might bother my conservative family, BUT other than that, it literally smells like any other feminine lotion brand, but dries nicely, so it's a win for me!
General Catholic Devotions
General Catholic Devotions
This book is a classic, containing the traditional prayers prayed by Catholics for at least a couple of centuries (some even longer, and some truly ancient!). There are daily prayers (in a much shorter form, for those who don't use the Breviary), prayers for before and after the Sacrament of Confession, prayers for before, during and following Mass, and even four different litanies. It is all in English-- no Latin-- and in traditional but easily accessible language.

Recommended.
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
This product came as advertised, they look to be of good quality as well. Used on my Mazda 3 as custom replacement valve stem caps. Time will tell whether the Deadpool logo on the cap stays on there or ends up falling off, the included valve cap wrench is a nice touch and actually makes a great keychain since it has a metal keyring attached. The follow up email from Bella asking if I was 100 percent satisfied with my purchase was a pleasant surprise, she was very friendly and seemed eager to help if I had any issues. I would definitely recommend this seller to anyone who is interested in getting some cool custom valve caps for their vehicle!
Lord of the Ring: In Search of Count von Zinzendorf
Lord of the Ring: In Search of Count von Zinzendorf
This is a worthwhile book that fills in a lot of color on an obscure leader of an obscure group of people that may be THE MOST INFLUENTIAL group of nobodies in evangelical history! Phil Anderson puts together an enjoyable and readable account of the Moravian community of Herrnhut and its leader, Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. I had read about Zinzendorf in my church history classes and my denominational polity class (as a precursor to the pietistic movement), but never did I see his connection to important missionaries and mission movements.

Through this book, I was able to see the impact that the Moravians had on John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Carey, William Booth, and also on the current 24-7 prayer movement. Back when Protestants were not doing ANY global missions, there were these Moravians -- going to India, to St. Thomas island, to Central Asia, to colonial America, to Greenland, and many other places. They inspired the work of the Circuit Riders and gave John Wesley the disciple-making tools he needed to start the Methodist movement. And they inspired a young William Carey to challenge the denominational powers that be that global missions was a possibility.

I have passed this book on to many of my friends and, without fail, each one has become inspired by the power of simple people who were the REAL DEAL. For anyone looking to find people in our past who majored in "first things," look no further than the Moravians. And Phil Anderson is a perfect tour guide for all who want to meet them.
Howl
Howl
I gave this movie 5 stars based upon the credibility of the story as far as the genre is concerned as well as the excellent acting, With echoes of Terror Train (from 1980 with Jamie Lee Curtis) and a specific scene from the first Underworld (from 2005 with Kate Beckinsale), we have a group of late night travellers on a British train suddenly brought to a halt and stuck in a desolated area with a dense forest along one side. How will the passengers deal with each other? How will they deal with an outside threat that slowly but surely moves upon them as they remain stranded and imprisoned within the confines of the detained train? What exactly is the threat? Can they withstand it or counter it in some way? As usual, unexpected heroes and villains emerge in a film of this kind. Ed Speelers is outstanding as a young guard who unexpectedly rises to the occasion. He wasn't even supposed to be on this shift originally. Another surprise is a young man played by Sam Gittins who has guts and some helpful technical skills. A couple of the young ladies are no slouches either. But is it enough? The passengers display a considerable amount of defiance and ingenuity once the threat becomes more imminent. However, a greater danger is pure human nature and the selfish need to survive regardless of the cost. Sean Pertwee (most recently the "butler" in the TV show GOTHAM) in what amounts to an almost cameo role plays the part of the train's engineer. A mix of both genders and various ages
comprises the motley crew that must defend itself in this uncompromising battle. There are a couple of glaring "loopholes" that have to do with distances travelled and particular technical issues. Certain situations are also a bit contrived and implausible but this is, after all, a
horror/SciFi movie. On the whole, it will keep you on the edge of your seat or bed. Keep a drink and a bag of popcorn handy.
Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure
Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure
Annamaria is barely an afterthought in this volume. While I thought that was attributable to the interlude nature of the installment, she doesn’t have much of a role in later books either. While her place in those books seems limited to that of a plot device, however, she’s just sort of irrelevant here. Jolie–the girl who helps Odd–is a great new character, and I enjoyed getting to experience part of the narrative from her perspective. Given that narrative change, however, I would have expected her to become an ongoing member of the cast of characters, which she does not. There aren’t as many great side characters as in the first three books, but definitely more than in book four.

Odd Interlude isn’t as beautifully quotable as the first two books in the series, but it pulled me in much quicker than books three and four. (It didn’t tug on my emotions enough to have the teary tidbits from the first two books, but it was still quite good.) The tension and pacing were enjoyable, and the details of the plot had enough complexity and interest to them to drag me along quite readily. The genre change was executed skillfully, such that I didn’t feel wrenched out of the immersion.

While Odd Interlude isn’t the hilarious, whimsical, beautiful thrill ride of the earliest books (Odd Thomas and Forever Odd), it’s absolutely a return to better plotting from Odd Hours. It’s about equal to Brother Odd in plot depth, but better in terms of pacing and tension.
The Long Sleep
The Long Sleep
A bit different from Koontz's later novels but still quite entertaining.
Nightshade: A Night Tales Novel
Nightshade: A Night Tales Novel
I usually love Nora Roberts but Im really disappointed to hate this series, they are really old which I didn’t realise and had downloaded before a 17 hour flight! Only that I’ve already unfortunately paid for these I wouldn’t bother reading, they are so predictable and boring, I genuinely cannot believe that Nora Roberts has written these. Sorry for poor review but not for me.
Yondering - The Louis L'amour Collection
Yondering - The Louis L'amour Collection
I do so love this book. A lot of hack writers have done war stories, adventure stories, and sea stories like these, but in L'Amour's case you know that he has actually been there, actually done that. I've read much of this author's work over the years, but this is probably my favorite of his books.
Here is a working man that has actually travelled to the rough and wild places in these stories (and when they were much rougher and much wilder.) He has done the hard labor and endured the harder conditions. This is refreshing in a period when it seems that all working people are automatically assumed to be ignorant, if not stupid. Louis L'Amour was a working man that not only loved books the whole time he was working, wandering, and fighting, but he went on to become one of the best-selling authors of the 20th century.
It is funny, back when I first read this book, before I had done most of my own "yondering", I read them with a sense of awe, envy, and a grain of salt. Now, when I read them it is with a sense of recognition and validation. Yup, I recognise that situation, I recognise that character. He got it exactly right. Some things really don't change whether you are talking the Wild West, the 1930's, or...now!
This entry refers to the deluxe leatherette hard cover edition for the Louis Lamour Collection Library.
Le Petit Nicolas (Tome 8) - La leçon de code: D'après l'oeuvre de René Goscinny et Jean-Jacques Sempé: D'après l'œuvre de René Goscinny et Jean-Jacques Sempé (French Edition)
Le Petit Nicolas (Tome 8) - La leçon de code: D'après l'oeuvre de René Goscinny et Jean-Jacques Sempé: D'après l'œuvre de René Goscinny et Jean-Jacques Sempé (French Edition)
je l'ai acheté à mon fils de 7 ans. Tout content, il est parti avec son livre et est revenu 20 min plus tard. Il l'avait déjà terminé. Du coup, il veut avoir d'autre numéro. Dommage que les histoires ne soient pas un peu plus longues malgré tout. Si tous les livres sont lus si rapidement, mon porte monnaie ne me remerciera pas ^_^
Dragon Ball Color Cell nº 06/06 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball Color Cell nº 06/06 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
El manga es de sobra conocido, un guión y un dibujo excelentes, esta vez a color, muy bien aplicado y con una edición impresa excelente. Como contra, el precio es demasiado alto teniendo en cuenta que los tomos de manga habitualmente están entre los 7-8€, aunque si eres coleccionista de Dragon Ball no te importará pagar los 12 y pico de esta edición.
Phoenix, Vol. 1: Dawn
Phoenix, Vol. 1: Dawn
This is a very special manga and a piece of literature. First of all, for those who have never read a Tezuka manga, you'd be distracted by the inferiority of the artwork by today's standard. By if you can ignore that, you'll find the storyline is one of the greatest achievements in literary history.

The entire series is shifting between past and future. And the interval between time will become smaller and smaller. For example, the story started from pre-historical Japan, then shift to circa 3000 AD in the future, but the jump between time will become shorter as it goes.

The series is incomplete, due to Tezuka's untimely death, though in other sense, it's completed because I think Tezuka probably knew he probably didn't have time to finish it, so the last published chapter already nailed the point that you can't really miss.

Each episodic story is clearly told, but once you began try to link the point of each story, you'd realize it's actually a collage of pictures with a repeating theme that tries to tell you about this vicious cycle of life. Every story is essentially the same, about how human being overwhelmed by their own greed and do stupid things over and over, disregard the passage of time.

So what's the main conflict? There are some side stories, but all the core stories are united with this Phoenix figure, which essentialy the god figure of the story. The Phoenix is immortal. According to the legend, anyone who drinks her blood, will become immortal as well. That's our conflict. People will do stupid things and kill each other just to become immortal (or become god-like).

Anyways, the original title of the series is called "Hi no Tori", which literally means Bird of Fire in Japanese. The Bird of Fire symbolizes sun in East Asian culture and sun is the source of life. It's highly ironical that the source of life is also the source of death. The translated title "Phoenix" isn't too far off, because there are chapters in the stories that will refer to the immortal bird as the Phoenix when the story is set in China (as that's the Chinese name for such bird).

The story transcends time. One of the chapters is about human cloning (not yet translated into English at the time of this review). Now that's something everyone should read about before one go gaga over this cloning issue that's hotly debated right now. It's about how a Reality TV show ran out of ideas, so he started this new show about clone hunting. Now, I'll let you guys read the story. Keep in mind this story is decades old. That's how ingenius this series is and no wonder Tezuka is called the God of Manga.

Major Spoiler now:

You may at some point feeling lost why Tezuka kept the stories going even though they just repeat itself despite of cosmetic changes (rather similar to life, as I see it). Well, just keep on reading to the end of the last published chapter, things become much clearer (as shift of time become narrower and therefore, more focused). The Phoenix will reveal she is sick and tired of being immortal as she will have to oversee human repeat their stupidity, doing a greedy but pointless quest. If you can see it from this way and draw a parallel to our own existence, you'd be enlightened. It's essentially the same enlightenment Buddha is trying to tell us, but Tezuka was smart enough to make another story that's easier to digest than Buddha's teaching. (btw, Tezuka also have a manga called Buddha, but that's a historical fiction about Buddha's life)

It's a masterpiece no one who is interested in humanity should miss. BTW, EmDee stands for MD. It's an in-joke made by Tezuka, because Tezuka was a medical doctor before he abandoned it to become a manga artist.
La granja (Spanish Edition)
La granja (Spanish Edition)
The item/book that I ordered came in perfect condition! However, I was not impressed with the service of the seller. I was not provided any tracking information and was told that none was available. I also read that the item would be shipped from NJ, but when it was actually shipped it came from the UK. I would have been fine with this if it was presented this way and not in a misleading way as it was on the site. I just ask that this seller make sure that the information provided on the site is the most accurate, and that he/she might consider adding more accurate shipping information as well.
Sauron Defeated (History of Middle-Earth)
Sauron Defeated (History of Middle-Earth)
Christopher Tolkien's amazing collection of his fathers papers know as the "History of Middle Earth" are specialized works whose value and enjoyment depend on how deeply one wishes to dive into the unmatched complexity of the mythic universe that lives behind "The Lord of the Rings". Volumes 6 through 9 deal with the writing of the novel. Somewhat confusingly these are also know as the History of The Lord of the Rings Volumes 1-4. Each volume presents successive drafts along with sketches, notes and corrections. It includes excellent observations and descriptions of the materials and how it was sorted and assembled by Christopher Tolkien. This is a rare detailed examination of the creative process that would well serve future author and critics even those with little interest in Fantasy fiction. Anyone who has struggled through more than a few research papers will also fall in love with the indexes which are as complete and useful as anything I have encountered. Unfortunately, there are two different editions of v 4 of The History of The Lord of the Rings "Sauron Defeated" and "The End of the Third Age" The latter of these is the only first third of "Sauron Defeated". It contains all of material concerning the writing from the Tower of Cirith Ungol through the Epilogue. "Sauron Defeated" adds the first publication of " The Notion Club Papers" written between the composition of The Two Towers and Return of the King. This was the beginning of a sort of Sci-Fi explanation of how the source texts of the "Silmarillion" materials supposedly came into the present. It includes some playful takes on characters recognizable as members of the Inklings. There is also a new version of "The Drowning of Anadune" which serves as an opening of an imagined discussion of Adunaic the (invented) language of Men of the late Second Age. Asking the question , of what use are these unfinished experiments, will determine which of these volumes are best. In order to appreciate most of what is contained in the "History of Middle Earth" it is necessary to understand why all of the languages, poetry, flora, fauna, maps and endless Lays, were essential to the whole creation. Those who are new to all of this would be best served by reading (or re-reading) Humphrey Carpenter's "Tolkien" biography, Thomas Shippey's "The Road to Middle Earth" and (if possible) Verlyn Flieger's "Splintered Light". Fair warning: this can be a doorway to a huge collection of seductive ideas and materials that are the emerging universe of Tolkien Studies. If matched sets are not an issue, the hardcover "Sauron Defeated is a bargain.
Naruto, Vol. 25: Brothers
Naruto, Vol. 25: Brothers
The biggest chunk of this volume is a flashback sequence of Sasuke's relationship with Itatchi. Not much action going on for a boys comics series, but in this case it works incredibly well as we see a more mature series of events into the mindset of Sasuke. With a distant father and older brother and a constant feeling of inferiority we get to see a different side to the aloof and cold ninja.
Kishimoto really does a great job at exploring the past and giving us some context to Sasuke's mysterious motives for betrayal, much better than the TV adaptation in my opinion.
Overall this is more than a worthy addition to the series, its an important and meaningful entry into one of the best action comics available.
Leap Start Vocabulary: Richard Scarry's Things to Know (with Cartridge) (Leap Start)
Leap Start Vocabulary: Richard Scarry's Things to Know (with Cartridge) (Leap Start)
ISBN 1586050028 - LeapFrog's LeapPad is a fantastic tool that really makes learning an enjoyable, fun experience and Richard Scarry's Busy Town characters are an absolutely perfect match. From cover to cover, this book is bright and engaging.

Activities on 24 pages teach Opposites, Seasons, even Manners, and more. The text is kept simple - we are, after all, just learning here - but the illustrations fill the pages with characters children know and love. The cartridge adds to the learning experience with the ability to hear the words on the page, making it simple for a child to learn on their own.

The book, the cartridge and the LeapPad are all needed for this book to fully serve its purpose, which is a minor negative. Still, the interactive aspects far outweigh that. Scarry's characters are so recognizable that it's a lot like learning from friends and kids will like that. The book seems a bit slim at first, but it's so jam-packed with good stuff that it turns out 24 pages is perfect.

- AnnaLovesBooks
Every Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk Book 2)
Every Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk Book 2)
This is the second instalment in Samantha Young's new Hart's Boardwalk series. I very much enjoyed the first book, The One Real Thing, and was eagerly anticipating this story, I wasn't disappointed. If anything, I'd say I enjoyed this a little more than the first.

We got a glimpse of the main characters, Vaughn and Bailey in the first book. I enjoyed their dynamic immediately. They had a hate type banter going on between them that flew off the pages. I had a feeling that it was hiding other emotions underneath however, and was keen to read more. It was great to be in their heads and understand more about them.

Bailey is happy in her own skin and content with her life. She runs her family inn in a small town where everyone knows everyone and has a comfortable, if not particularly exciting life with her long time boyfriend. Things were about to take an unpleasant and unexpected turn and she finds herself facing a fresh start. Enter Vaughn. The super wealthy and pretty arrogant hotelier who Bailey feared initially was going to destroy her home town with over development but now genuinely seems to like the place. Much to Bailey's confusion and suspicion.

They were both fantastic, well developed characters. Actually I think Vaughn is probably one of the most complicated characters I've read about for a long time. This is actually one of my favourite things about Samantha Young's books. She is exceptionally talented at writing very good, three dimensional characters. They are multi faceted and, most importantly, they are believable. They are not always perfect and you can see them evolve as the story unfolds. I loved reading how Bailey and Vaughn's characters grew and enjoyed being part of their journey. especially Vaughn. There were times along the way that I really wanted to give him a shake and tell him to get his act together. But I'll let him off because he was such a great character.

This book has a little of everything. There's funny, snappy banter but also emotional moments. The attraction between Bailey and Vaughn is palpable and leaps off the pages. The plot was also very good and threw in some genuine suspense and a few surprise along the way. I was gripped from the get go and was a little sorry to let this world go when I finished.

This was an excellent addition to what is shaping up to be a seriously addictive series. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and can't wait to read the next book.
Jojo A-Go! Go!
Jojo A-Go! Go!
Beautiful just beautiful book I love everything in here, the illustrations are fantastic although it was missing two books, still it’s in great condition. So It’s fine in my eyes, also price a bit steep but then again they go for higher..anyways lovely book!
Koma.
Koma.
Ich widerspreche mit Nachdruck einem der Vorschreiber, der sagt, der Film wäre nicht ansatzweise so gut. Zum so ziemlich ersten Mal habe ich den Film (genial besetzt mit Michael Douglas, Richard Widmark und Geneviève Bujold) VOR dem Buch gesehen. Bislang war es eher anders herum, aber sei's drum, ist ja kein Nachteil.

Nach dem Lesen des Buches muss ich sagen, dass der Film sogar besser ist als das Buch. Er hält sich im Großen und Ganzen, vor allem aber in wichtigen, relevanten Sequenzen an die Buchvorlage und macht absolut nichts falsch. Dass Filme bestimmte Handlungsstränge raffen, modifizieren und ggf. weglassen, ist nicht neu. Die Qualität eines verfilmten Buches leidet dann nicht, wenn ihr der rote Faden bleibt. Ansonsten wäre ein verfilmtes Buch 3 - 4 Stunden Filmmaterial, mindestens.

Der erste Teil des Buches ist - mit Verlaub - unerträglich langatmig und nimmt erst am Anfang der zweiten Hälfte Fahrt auf, dann aber richtig.
Geht es nur mir so, oder ist es tatsächlich so, dass die Figur der Susan Wheeler im Buch als zuweilen unerträglich empfunden wird? Ein derart aufmüpfiges und in Teilen anstandsloses Wesen hätte der Autor besser verpacken können. Die unbestrittene Intelligenz der Studentin Wheeler verliert sehr oft mit ihrem zuweilen schon peinlichen Emazipationsdrang.
Im Buch ist es ihr bei mir jedenfalls nicht gelungen, Sympathie zu wecken. Allenfalls situationsbedingten Respekt. Wieder ein Punkt für den Film, der das nuancierter und weniger deutlich streift.

Dennoch ist das Buch sehr lesenswert. Vor dem Hintergrund immer neuer Schlagzeilen zum brisanten Thema macht sich eine unbeschreibliche Beklemmung breit. Hier punktet das Buch gegenüber dem Film, da der Autor Mediziner ist und so die Mechanismen großer Kliniken sehr gut beschreiben kann.
Ich kann es daher auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen, es ist spannend und von beängstigender Realität.

Dennoch empfehle ich (und sei es nur für den Vergleich), sich den Film anzuschauen. Ich weiß nicht mehr, wie oft ich den schon angeschaut habe. Gute Filme sehe ich nie nur einmal. Ob ich das Buch noch einmal lese, kann ich nicht sagen.
Schoen ist die Jugend, zwei Erzaehlungen (German Edition)
Schoen ist die Jugend, zwei Erzaehlungen (German Edition)
Ich hatte das Buch als Geschenk bestellt und ein ordentliches leinengebundenes Buch erwartet- einen "Classic Reprint" eben.
Die Qualität war einfach nur enttäuschend: Schief gefalteter Schutzumschlag, schief bedruckter Buchrücken mit Druckfehler (Schon statt Schön), mäßige Papierqualität und schlechte Druckqualität, die feine Strukturen der altdeutschen Schrift unscharf abbildet. Zu allem Übel auf der ersten Seite gleich eine Werbung für "Free Downloads"!?
Ich habe deshalb sogar noch versucht alle Hebel in Bewegung zu setzen, um eine ordentliche antiquarische Version zu bekommen und dieses Buch zurück zu schicken. Hat leider nicht geklappt.
Schade! Für das Geld bekommt man allemal ein viel schöneres antiquarisches Buch!
ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 25 Running Shoes
ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 25 Running Shoes
These gel Kayano 25 are much wider than the 22, 23 & 24’s. However, the support is not there at all. I have bought Kayano since the 15’s. I have not bought after the 21’s except for now since I heard they were almost back to normal with the width. Since the 22 model, they have NOT been the same. These 25’s only and I repeat only have the width right back on track. They’re, in in my opinion, are totally different with support. There is no more arch, they are flat!! I had them on for about 30 minutes walking around leisurely and maybe a jog here or there and my feet were hurting so bad in the heal, forfoot and arch. I am an over pronator and have had no problems with the 15’s up to the 21’s. I cannot wear these anymore. I’ll have to look for another brand. Hopefully I can find something. I really do hope Asics comes back with the older model supports and cushioning. 🙁Asics get with the program and STOP trying to change!!!
Whiskware Stackable Snack Pack, 2 1/3 cups, Harry Potter Glasses
Whiskware Stackable Snack Pack, 2 1/3 cups, Harry Potter Glasses
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and so when I discovered these little snack containers, I needed to have them! I’m definitely a huge Hermione fan so I had to get this set, but I do wish they had more characters. I’d love to see Ron, Fred and George, Luna, and Sirius. As for functionality, easy to use. The lids screw on with ease and I love the little handle. I can just hook it on my clip when on hikes. It’s very convenient. Also, the wide mouth makes it easy to clean.
Fresh Ideas Wool Filled Cotton Comforter Size: King
Fresh Ideas Wool Filled Cotton Comforter Size: King
I wish I had bought this years ago. By far my favorite purchase in years. I am super cheap and have been off and on shopping for a replacement comforter for a while and just couldn’t find any in the stores that was a good quality for a good price. This is worth the money and more. I took a chance based on the reviews and the fact that wool is a great fiber. It breathes!!!! And keeps you warm but not too warm. And it breathes!!!! Not like the down comforters which can get really hot this thing really breathes. Which is super important to me because I have a lot of little dogs that sleep with me and they think they need to sleep right up next to me making things really hot at times. BTW, I was a little concerned about some of the reviews that mentioned a smell. When I opened the box I stuck my head in and inhaled deeply. No smell. I figured if there was a sheep smell the dogs would go nuts. I put it on the floor and they sniffed it and walked away. There was no interest beyond normal so no smell. Totllay happy with this. The worst thing about it is that I never want to get out of bed.
Expedition Alaska
Expedition Alaska
I don't understand all the 5star reviews, unless they are... Anyway, this is fairly well done, technology wise (but frame composition suffered), but it's just procedural, rote, now this, now that, which isn't enough. If they only ever planned to do this many teams in this little time, then totally bad planning; they knew it would never be a complete story. Very poor story telling. Next time, give the kids more time to tell the story! If this was a test of adverse production constraints, then don't put it on Amazon.

I watched this because I have friends who live in Kenai and I know how gorgeous it is, but every shot seemed the same, like it was almost on the same day. Perhaps the weather contributed, but come on. You can tell it's amateur hour. Kudos to the racers, who deserved so much more than this document. Too bad their stories weren't told. I don't need reality show type personal drama, but just a teenie bit of background would have been nice. I didn't care by the end who won and wasn't even sure of the makeup of the teams or anything. So if you aren't a racer and don't know these people, then you are out of luck.
Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus
Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus
This documentary is a classic. It is filmed beautifully and clearly, so that with pleasure we can follow in Mahoney's footsteps, follow his determination to dig deep for the truth, with excitements and disappointments every step of the way. And I appreciate the courtesy Mahoney extended to the many experts he interviewed and consulted – even though he finally concludes he must disagree with all who say there is no evidence for the Israelite Exodus out of Egypt, as described in the Bible.

The evidence for Exodus is a serious matter for all people of faith, as far as I am concerned. For over 70 years now, the mainstream archaeological theories have conspired with all the evidence to show a very thorough *lack* of evidence for the Biblical stories of the Exodus, thus challenging over 3000 years of belief for both Jews and Christians.

But this film has shown me that the Biblical story of Exodus did happen; moreover, it happened exactly as described in the Bible, without the tiniest archaeological detail of evidence being missing or faulty. For if we look for *patterns of evidence*, and put the dates to one side, we discover that every single Biblical detail fits the evidence strongly – strong because the pattern does fit, timewise, only at a different time period; and each piece of evidence is unique, powerful, and unexpected – exactly as the Bible stories themselves convey.

When filmmaker Tim Mahoney discovered that all the mainstream archaeologists said that there was absolutely no evidence for the Exodus ever having taken place as described in the Bible, he could no longer sit comfortably with his Christian faith if it was so strongly rooted in a historical lie. The story of Exodus has, after all, details of such magnitude that it was unthinkable there should be no archaeological record unless Exodus was a complete fabrication. Is it possible that since the earliest times, the Jews, then Jesus, then Christendom, should have fallen for so graphical, so collossal, and so supportive a story if it was only a myth? What was Mahoney going to tell his grandchildren? Unable to let the matter rest, he decided to investigate for himself, armed only with his film-making skills, his innate faith, intelligence and commonsense, and a deep wish to find the truth, wherever that might lead him.

Mahoney's first forays to Egypt seemed to go nowhere. The archaeologists explained that the Exodus took place at the time of Ramesses II (the Late Bronze Age) - and had left no evidence.

He then reasoned that he should put aside any presupposition that we know the exact dates, and he should just look to see if there was evidence at any time of Egyptian history that fitted the pattern of the Bible stories. He figured out there were six parts to the story for which he would hope to find evidence:
* the presence of a Hebrew family of twelve in the Egyptian Delta, one of them serving a very high position under Pharaoh
* a subsequent multiplication of population
* followed by slavery and infanticide of males
* awful things suddenly happening to the Egyptians
* a very sudden departure of all the Hebrews
* Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, starting with Jericho.

Mahoney then created excellent visual aids to chart the progress in his findings, through each of these six stages: a great Wall of Time, marked by pylons every 1000 years, with layers of wall showing the absolute dates, the three principal Egyptian kingdoms, the Biblical date records, and dating from other Near East archaeology eg at Jericho.
The Old Kingdom is when the great Pyramids were built.
The Middle Kingdom is when literature and the arts flourished.
The New Kingdom built massive monuments and a massive empire.
And following each Kingdom were times of weakness and confusion.

Mahoney found unequivocally clear evidence for each of these six parts, exactly in the right time sequence – but it all happened during the Middle Kingdom of Egypt – whereas Ramesses is in the New Kingdom, hundreds of years later. The Ipuwer Papyrus contains graphic Egyptian descriptions of desolation that exactly fits the Israelite description of the plagues as recorded in the Bible. And there is very telling evidence for Joseph and his twelve brothers in Avaris, which lies underneath the later city of Ramesses and is now being excavated.

The destruction of Jericho fits the Middle Kingdom period (= Middle Bronze Age) too, and again the evidence matches the Biblical story detail for detail: a completely fire-damaged city interior, including burnt grain stores that suggest a very short springtime siege; and a single area on the perimeter wall that was not destroyed, that suggests Rahab's house being protected.

In the end it becomes clear that the evidence for Exodus during the Middle Bronze Age actually far exceeds the quantity or quality of the evidence traditionally used to date the Exodus as during the time of Ramesses – but still, mainstream experts put aside each piece of evidence as “coincidence”, without seeming to notice how massive the evidence is when put together. Or rather, some are noticing, but are afraid to speak out, to rock the boat.

Mahoney has done something that takes courage and has left us all a tremendous legacy: he persistently stood up for truth; followed the rocky evidence wherever it would lead; and invites us to do the same, to make no assumptions that any theoretical source, either of biblical or of secular archaeological origin, is correct.

There is a lot more evidence out there that needs similar work and standards to be applied to it. I feel that Mahoney has set a standard the next generation should live up to. This is truly a work of Spiritual Science, the spiritual redemption of Scientific Method that has long been called-for.
OurWarm - Árbol de Navidad preiluminado de 5.9 ft, con bisagras de abeto artificial, con 350 luces LED, 900 puntas de rama, soporte de metal sólido, 55 bayas, conos de 55 pinos, árbol de Navidad para oficina y hogar
OurWarm - Árbol de Navidad preiluminado de 5.9 ft, con bisagras de abeto artificial, con 350 luces LED, 900 puntas de rama, soporte de metal sólido, 55 bayas, conos de 55 pinos, árbol de Navidad para oficina y hogar
I received this tree today and I am very disappointed. It does not look at all like the photo. The branches are very flimsy and when you hang an ornament on them they weight it down. The first thing that was wrong, in the middle section of the tree, half of the string of lights was just balled up in a wad and shoved into the branches. They didn’t even looked like it was attempted to wrap them around the limbs, just shoved in. They didn’t work at first, but my husband being an electrician was able to locate a wire that was not connected to one of the lights. Once he inserted it into the place on the light the all came on. We literally had to take the lights half way off the tree to find the problem and redecorate it. It took 4 hours to get it straightened out. The pine cones and berries, most of them were not even connected to the limbs, just stuffed into the wrappings of greenery around the center pole. When positioning the branches for decorating, the ones that were on the branches just fell off. The person that put together this tree was lazy and had no pride in creating this tree. I wanted a new beautiful tree this year, and I ended up with a tree I had to put so much work into. I cried the entire time and has taken some of the spirit of Christmas away. Every time I look at my new Charlie Brown tree I just want to throw it away.
YARWO Knitting Bag with Small Zipper Pouch, Yarn Tote for Knitting Needles, Skeins of Yarn and Knitting Supplies On The Go, Sheep (Bag Only)
YARWO Knitting Bag with Small Zipper Pouch, Yarn Tote for Knitting Needles, Skeins of Yarn and Knitting Supplies On The Go, Sheep (Bag Only)
This knitting bag has such a cute little lamb pattern on it! It looks adorable. The bag itself is constructed well, but it is clearly meant for lightweight items given that the material feels a little thin. It is floppy with no real internal structure. The handles are sewn on with just one line of stitching, and they are long enough to carry the bag over your shoulder.

The bag is lined with slip pockets. It has one zipper outside pocket that is lined with a plastic-y fabric. The little pouch is lined with the same plastic-y fabric. The outer pocket is a bit smaller than I was expecting. I can just barely fit my KnitPicks plastic case in it. The interior pockets are split and, because the bag has no support, things tend to fall out of them if you aren't careful. As for capacity, I have six balls of Bernat Pop stuffed into mine right now, and that's all it can fit. (And the bag is a bit misshapen now.) I'm working on an afghan (it has used two balls of Pop so far), and it doesn't fit in the bag with the unused balls.

The bag really is very cute, and it does do a good job of organizing things with all the pockets. However, it isn't the best knitting bag I've ever used. It works well for small and medium projects, but I prefer a bag with some structure for larger projects.
Fiber One Soft Baked Cookies, Chocolate Chunk, 6 ct
Fiber One Soft Baked Cookies, Chocolate Chunk, 6 ct
Here's the deal. I used to LOVE these cookies and eating ONE felt indulgent. But that is because they used to measure 3 inches across, if not more. Since 2019, the cookies have shrunk and if you're lucky, you get one that's 2 inches, but sometimes smaller. The price has not been reduced but the amount of cookie you get for your money has. This is really upsetting me because it's not just these cookies. It's EVERY THING I buy. My cat food used to fill the cans, and again, manufacturers are putting less in the can than what I used to pay. I would have given Fiber One a 5-star rating for having a great tasting product that kept me regular except the ONE cookie no longer fills me up and I find myself having to eat 2 or more... there are only 6 in a box, which means I have to spend more to feel full. No. I'm done. I will never buy these again, or ANY products that keep reducing the portion size without reducing the cost.
HIMOX Smart Air Purifier Large Room Medical Grade H13 HEPA Filter Air Quality Sensor Automode Quiet Air Cleaner for Home Bedroom Office Removes 99.97% of Dust Bacteria Viruses Smoke Mold Allergens, 500 sqft, H04 Silver
HIMOX Smart Air Purifier Large Room Medical Grade H13 HEPA Filter Air Quality Sensor Automode Quiet Air Cleaner for Home Bedroom Office Removes 99.97% of Dust Bacteria Viruses Smoke Mold Allergens, 500 sqft, H04 Silver
The Himox Air purifier pros:
- Whisper quiet at lowest fan speed and sleep mode at 20db, good for bedrooms
- medical grade HEPA filter comes standard and one filter comes with the unit
- PM1.0 digital air quality particulate matter count display in front panel. Air quality color code indicator is also on the front panel
- auto fan speed mode that increases speed when the unit detects more dust and pollen in the air, slows fan air speed when the air is clean in order to save power
- air filter change reminder is helpful when it's time to change filter

Cons:
- no remote with unit
- replacement filters do not have carbon filled to 100% capacity, only at 50% capacity at the most. Not efficient at removing odors and smoke. Please refer to the picture in the review to see the carbon content in the filter.
- at the time of review, replacement filters are not found in Amazon or their online website
- no cold catalyst filter to remove formaldehyde
- lack of good reviews from customers so it's too soon to know level of customer service and quality of filter unit

Verdict:
If a quiet air purifier is important because one likes to have a completely quiet bedroom then this is a good unit. It also comes with a medical grade HEPA filter. I would not expect it to remove odors and chemicals from the air as the carbon content is low or below 50% volume. The unit has PM1.0 that shows airborne particulate count so one could see how much pollen and dust is in the house through the season which is useful for people who have allergies. Unit offers great value for the price around $130, also look for periodic coupons.

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