Clara Myers

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DHTML and JavaScript
DHTML and JavaScript
DHTML and JavaScript by Gilorien. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JDBC Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
JDBC Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
JDBC Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Mahmoud Parsian. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter og Dødstalismanene: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter og Dødstalismanene: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter og Dødstalismanene: Harry Potter 7 by J.K. Rowling, Torstein Bugge Høverstad - translator, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Time After Time
Time After Time
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 43 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Domarens brev (Swedish Edition) [Imported]
Domarens brev (Swedish Edition) [Imported]
Domarens brev (Swedish Edition) [Imported] by John Grisham and Sam J. Lundwall. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
J. S. FLETCHER: 17 Novels & 28 Short Stories, Including Detective Mysteries, Adventure Novels, Crime Stories & Historical Works (Illustrated): The Middle ... of a Yorkshire Farmer, Mistress Spitfire…
J. S. FLETCHER: 17 Novels & 28 Short Stories, Including Detective Mysteries, Adventure Novels, Crime Stories & Historical Works (Illustrated): The Middle ... of a Yorkshire Farmer, Mistress Spitfire…
J. S. FLETCHER: 17 Novels & 28 Short Stories, Including Detective Mysteries, Adventure Novels, Crime Stories & Historical Works (Illustrated): The Middle ... of a Yorkshire Farmer, Mistress Spitfire… by J. S. Fletcher , J. Ayton Symington, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Contos Legais
Contos Legais
Contos Legais by John Grisham. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne - foreword, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 690 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 67 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
C++: The Ultimate Guide to Master C Programming and Hacking Guide for Beginners (c plus plus, C++ for beginners, hacking exposed, how to hack) (C ... Coding, CSS, Java, PHP) (Volume 10)
C++: The Ultimate Guide to Master C Programming and Hacking Guide for Beginners (c plus plus, C++ for beginners, hacking exposed, how to hack) (C ... Coding, CSS, Java, PHP) (Volume 10)
C++: The Ultimate Guide to Master C Programming and Hacking Guide for Beginners (c plus plus, C++ for beginners, hacking exposed, how to hack) (C ... Coding, CSS, Java, PHP) (Volume 10) by Robert Hoffman , Matt Benton , et al.. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Concepts: Compatible with Java 5, 6 and 7
Java Concepts: Compatible with Java 5, 6 and 7
Java Concepts: Compatible with Java 5, 6 and 7 by Cay S. Horstmann. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series)
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series)
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series) by Web App Dev Central. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Definitive Guide to GCC
The Definitive Guide to GCC
The Definitive Guide to GCC by William von Hagen. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Developing an Akka Edge
Developing an Akka Edge
Developing an Akka Edge by Thomas Lockney and Raymond Tay. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide
Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide
Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide by Harley Hahn. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Who Was Stan Lee? (Who Was?)
Who Was Stan Lee? (Who Was?)
My son had to do a project for history class where he picks someone famous that has passed away, and writes a book report on the person and "presents" the information while dressed like the person. He is a huge Stan Lee fan so we googled for books. This one is perfect for his age. (My son is in 3rd grade.) The book is an easy read, not too long, but has tons of information on Stan Lee's life. My son really enjoyed reading this and did a great job writing his report. The book is a chapter book but does have some pictures so it's still entertaining for young readers. A+
Is This Love
Is This Love
I had almost forgotten about this Album until I heard a few tracks being played on a Juke Box while visiting Monterrey Mexico a few weeks ago. Back home, I downloaded the whole Album and have been playing a it a lot as I drive to visit customers.
This is the real thing! You cannot get better Reggae than this and some of the tracks are probably the best Reggae ever recorded.
Bob Marley set a standard with his early work that others have got close to but never surpassed!
If you like Reggae, this is a must have!!!
#foreword - 11oz Hashtag White Coffee Mug
#foreword - 11oz Hashtag White Coffee Mug
#foreword - 11oz Hashtag White Coffee Mug by undefined. Rated 89 out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
Rubber Soul
Rubber Soul
Those were the words that George Martin said in The Beatles Anthology documentary...and rightly so! Rubber Soul was a breakaway for the group, both technically and musically.
More cynical, less bubbly lyrics, a la Dylan. "You Won't See Me," "Think For Yourself," "I'm Looking Through You" "Nowhere Man" and "Run For Your Life" are just among the far cries from "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand." Even John gets introspective with "In My Life," a song that he wrote when he was just turning 25...no longer quite so young.
One standout track is "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." Here, George Harrison plays a sitar, the first time ever that an Indian instrument was ever heard on pop or rock album. George started getting into Indian music while they were filming HELP! during the Indian restaurant scene. Later that year, he flew out to L.A. to meet Jim (later Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby from The Byrds. When he told them about this new form of music he discovered, they mentioned Ravi Shankar's music to him...something, and someone, that literally changed the rest of his life.
What's amazing about this album is the amount of time it took to record it to meet the Christmas '65 deadline...just over a month! When 1966 arrived, The Beatles did something they hadn't done since first recording for EMI in 1962...they took a break. For three months, they did no recording, no concerts, no TV or radio appearances. It gave them time enough to record their next masterpiece...REVOLVER!
Shelter from the Storm
Shelter from the Storm
The wonderful thing about music and musical songs (lyric), to me, is that the listener can sometimes find personal meaning within the song (music/lyrics) or not. Which is great. Nevertheless, 'Shelter From The Storm' is a beautiful classic whenever I think of Bob Dylan - the piece took me into great places when I first heard the song and now it takes me back and then forward with a sense of what I know now is a multiple of what I learned back then.
Bob Dylan (Little People, BIG DREAMS (37))
Bob Dylan (Little People, BIG DREAMS (37))
New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Bob Dylan. As anyone who reads my reviews knows, I love this series and gobble up each new book as they are published. Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman. As a child, he loved music above all else. He was not always appreciated for his voice as a child. As he got older he began to compose his own songs under his new name, Bob Dylan. His songs were about real things, events, civil rights and war. He was well received with his new folk music. Many other famous artists recorded his music and it got the audience it deserved. Bob did not mind others singing and recording his songs. His writing was so poetic that he was the first musician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. I love the timelines that appear at the end of each of these books. There are also other resources that can be searched out for further study. This book could be used to teach young children how to write a biography, show that it is important to have a dream and strive to achieve it as well as to introduce one of the greatest authors of our time to a new generation. A good book for a school, class, or public library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read via netgalley. The rating, opinions and ideas stated are my own.
Zebra Pen Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, 1.0mm, Assorted Business Colors, 48-Count
Zebra Pen Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, 1.0mm, Assorted Business Colors, 48-Count
I ordered the Zebra Retractable Pens to use as "Pay It Forward / Sprinkle Kindness" trinket gifts.

The Zebra Pens are stylish, soft grip and appear to be well made and are surely going to be well received.

I wish I'd thought to take a picture of the tips before I removed the protective plastic film over them.

I had never seen this on a pen before, and sure it helps to prevent ink leakage and drying out while in stock.

These pens would be a great favor to use at parties, Halloween Trick or Treats instead of candy, etc.

For the price I paid, I will be buying more of these.
State of the Union
State of the Union
In his third offering of the Scot Harvath saga, Brad Thor finally gets around to placing Harvath in his element: counter-terrorism. In the first offering, "The Lions of Lucerne," the former Navy Seal is featured in his role of Secret Service agent. In "Path of the Assassin," he ties up loose ends from book one and transitions away from Secret Service work and into the field he was so obviously made for. Harvath has to be one of the most highly trained individuals in history, and in "State of the Union," he will need every bit to make it out alive and save millions of innocent lives.

The story really starts in the early 1980's when the Cold War was at its peak. Both the Soviets and Americans had placed sleeper agents with suitcase nukes in position to detonate them in major cities. However, mutually assured destruction (MAD) was keeping both countries at bay. Fast forward 20 years to the present (this book was published in 2004) and we meet General Sergei Stavropol. The General has waited patiently for his plan to come together, and with the completion of the Soviet missile defense system, the concept of mutually assured destruction no longer applies. The first thing Stavropol does is try to eliminate the US sleeper agents with their suitcase nukes. Almost all are killed and Gary Lawlor, formerly of the FBI and currently Scot's boss at the Office of International Investigative Assistance (OIIA), the counter-terrorism branch of the government, has gone missing.

Stavropol, operating from a position of dominance, holds the US president hostage. His ultimatum: either the US retreats from the world stage both financially and militarily and the President announces this during his state of the union address, or his sleeper agents will set off the nearly two dozen suitcase nukes spread around the country in strategic cities. Even one of the nukes could kill millions, and leaving the world stage would be devastating for the US economy. Things look bleak for President Jack Rutledge and Stavropol seems to be holding all of the cards, but Rutledge has an ace in the hole - Scot Harvath. With only one week to work miracles, Harvath sets out to do the improbable. With help from some of the CIA operatives from the previous book, as well as beautiful but deadly Soviet agent Alexandra Ivanova, who's loyalty is in question, Harvath must disable the missile defense system and find the suitcase nukes before it's too late.If one reads enough of these books, the outcome is not in question. The interesting thing is to see how Harvath goes about accomplishing his task. With equal part skill and luck, Harvath doesn't have a moment to spare when we finally reach the climax.

This book is full of action and the scenario is definitely plausible. Just like the James Bond books, Scot Harvath has a tendency to get into tight spots, and also an uncanny ability to get out of them. I enjoyed this book more than the previous two, as counter-terrorism is Harvath's niche. I liked his involvement with Meg Cassidy from the last book, but she barely makes an appearance in this one. I guess Scot's career doesn't leave much room for a personal life. Nevertheless, I rate this 5-stars as the action kept the pages turning for me. I am looking forward to book 4 in the series.
Beowulf and Grendel
Beowulf and Grendel
"Beowulf & Grendel" is frequently commended by lovers of Viking movies, but this is actually quite an average film. The storyline and script are simplistic at points and the acting is sometimes below standard. There are some points that I liked, tho': turning Grendel from a heinous monster into a sort of gigantic Neanderthal with a chip on his shoulder against Hróðgár is ingenuous, while the ascendancy of Wealhþéow over the king is also interesting (particularly in a deleted scene); this is even more clearly marked in Zemeckis's version. The representation of a Danish hall seems all in all quite accurate. (The OE scholar Andy Orchard is thanked at the end of the film but not credited as advisor, so I wonder about his exact role in the film...) If you know the actual story told in the Old English poem, there are some noticeable departures, mainly the presence of an Irish monk and the witch. I like the former but cannot see the necessity of the latter: the monk is surely there to remind us that "Beowulf" as we know it is actually a old heathen myth copied by English monks, who are widely suspected to have modified the original oral stories to make them fit their Christian vision. This is probably there to explain the scene of the Geats returning home, when Thorkel the scop is shown to have been baptized and he draws comparison of Grendel with Cain (this is in the OE poem, btw). Other than that and as far as the development of story goes, on the other hand, the monk is quite superfluous. The presence of the witch allows us to enjoy the pretty Sarah Polley, but her relationship with the troll is a bit ludicrous, as is the final surprise, which I see as an attempt to link the film with the third part of the poem (Beowulf's fight with the dragon, of course not shot for this movie).

Concerning the edition, the DVD is devoid of any subtitles (always a mistake IMHO, and even more here as the thick accent of some actors may prove a bit hard for foreigners), but on the other hand it offers both 2.0 and 5.1 versions. There is an audio commentary by the director and the screenwriter, (short) interviews with some members of the cast, a few deleted scenes, a comparison of the storyboard with the actual film, and some costume sketches. Some excepts of the documentary "Wrath of God" (about 9 minutes; the whole documentary is 72') are also included.
Deadball
Deadball
Wow - this was just plain awful. I get that it was low-budget and can certainly look beyond some of the unintentionally humorous green screen backdrop foibles and obviously (comically?) fake mustaches; however, the poor writing and acting were just too much to ignore. This film was so reminiscent of the camcorder "movies" I would make with my friends in the 1980s - hilarious to us but nearly unwatchable to anyone else.

The story was slow and incoherent. There was a frustrating paucity of baseball action, even when a scene was filmed at an actual ball field. Historical accounts of the ballgames were glossed over. A listing of the participants was all but ignored, beyond those few characters depicted in the movie.

Otherwise, the opening credits portion was well done. The portrayal of Cap Anson was probably the best performance in the film and the writer did not shy away from Anson's controversial views on racism. The synopsis at the end was probably the best part of the movie, mainly because it provided the terminus.
Haunted (Fear Street, No. 7)
Haunted (Fear Street, No. 7)
Melissa is being haunted by ghost who claims she killed him. But surely this is something she would remember, right? First the Fear Street Prowler breaking into houses on Fear Street to steal stuff, and now this? Poor Melissa.

I really loved the premise of this book! I was just as confused as Melissa throughout the whole thing! I could not figure out why Paul, the ghost, was claiming the Melissa killed him when she did not remember. Amnesia, maybe? Nope!

And while researching the dead ghost boy and deaths in Shadyside, Melissa actually finds nothing. No dead teenagers, not a single one. In Shadyside. I was like, “Umm excuse me but this is book 7 in the Fear Street series, there have definitely been deaths!” Especially those of teenagers! Lol. So yeah, this mystery was just bananas! But I liked it!

Oh, one part towards the beginning of the book, Melissa’s car was being controlled by, well, not her. It was very Cataluna Chronicles , which I’ve been dying to read lately! And if you don’t understand that reference, Christine, basically. Lol. It was pretty cool. I also love the movie Christine, but that’s beside the point.

Anyway, overall, I really loved this one! First of all I loved that there was an actual ghost on Fear Street! Second, the mystery surrounding Paul’s death and why he was haunting Melissa... so much YES! The plot twist was insane and I loved it! This is why I love this series!

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“There’s no such thing as ghosts,” Buddy said, shaking his head. “Even on Fear Street.”
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Easter Eggs: Melissa's best friend Della O’Connor is the main character from The Overnight ! Pete Goodwin, Della’s boyfriend is also mentioned (and also from The Overnight). And last, David Metcalfe is mentioned, who is the friend of Cory, the main character from The New Girl .

The Fear Street connection: Melissa lives on Fear Street.

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"Fear Street is by far the most interesting street in Shadyside, she thought."
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That’s one way of putting it. Lol.
The Tall Stranger: A Novel
The Tall Stranger: A Novel
INMO Louise L'Amour is the best Western writer. The Tall Stranger is the third book of his I've read. Its an easy read. Read it in a few hours. This is one of his earlier works.

We see a wagon train heading out to California having problems. Up comes this handsome, charming man in white hat on his horse and tells them there is another route further south. Harper is a lying bad person. He routes the wagon train to a beautiful valley. The bad Harper has deadly gunfighters with him. He plans to use the settlers to start a war with the big valley/ranch owner Bishop so he can take the ranch for himself.

Our hero the tall stranger tells them don't go that way as you will have to fight Indians and a big rancher named Bishop owns the land and there will be trouble. Big Indian fight. and the tall stranger falls in love with a women on the wagon train.

Lots of gunfighting, and a huge fist fight seen. Lots of action. Anyone loving the wild west will like this book.

I won't ruin it for you by saying too much more. Only thing I've noticed so far with the 3 books of Louise L'Amour I've read there seems to be several patterns. Why in each of the books does a horse have to be shot and killed ( 2 good guys' horses and 1 bad guy's horse)? Also all 3 endings are typical and basically the same. I gave Sackett and Silver Canyon 5 stars but this one seems not as strong a character development as the others. The scenery and Western Environment description was fantastic as usual. Can't go wrong reading a Louise L'Amour book so far. The Tall stranger added to our family library. 4 stars.
The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien (2012) Paperback
The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien (2012) Paperback
The Rankin and Bass illustrated Hobbit was my favorite book as a child. My dad started reading it to me because he was tired of reading the same old children's books to me each night. I was fascinate by the story and the illustrations (taken from the animated movie) I gave a copy to my sister and brother in law for Christmas to read to their kids.
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Seeing the excellent movie made from this book (directed by Michael Crichton) reminded me that I'd never read the book, so I sought out a library copy. After reading it, I decided I wanted to own it and was able to find a very satisfactory used copy and read it again.

In the director's commentary on the film DVD, Crichton says that he wanted it to be something between a documentary and just a caper flick. I'm not sure how well he succeeds in that in the film; the set decorators and costume designers did a great job, but this "show, don't tell" approach can do only so much. The book, on the other hand, includes numerous essays on life in Victorian times: about the growth of railroads and the importance of trains and why the train robbery was so shocking, about safes and locks and the security of the times, about the position of women and the difficulty of being an old maid, about "ratting sports," about the activities of Rotten Row, about the Crystal Palace, about Victorian horror of premature burial, and about all manner of crimes and deceptions, with details that are only hinted at in the film.

But this very factual historical background makes it very tempting to believe that the entire story is true--which it is not. Not that it isn't very convincing. As you read the book, you have to firmly remind yourself of this because Crichton confidently quotes verbatim from invented newspaper stories and includes extended excerpts from entirely fictitious books. The best example of this is detailed at http://hnn.us/article/153726 ("A Tale Worthy of Poe: The Myth of George Bateson and his Belfry").

The cultural history is just lagniappe, though. The distinctive characters and meticulously plotted story are what make this book worth rereading. On rereading, I was impressed and pleased again by the design of the book--not just the typography and graphics but the way Crichton has divided the story into discrete parts and chapters almost like acts and scenes. Most of the chapters are quite short, and each is a little jewel that advances just one aspect of the plot.

Having become more knowledgeable about the actual Great Train Robbery of 1855, and having listened to Crichton's director's commentary on the movie DVD, I was even more impressed with this book the second time through. When I first read it, I was impressed with the amount of research Crichton had done and the way he made it read like fiction. The second time I knew that it was almost entirely fiction, so I was equally impressed with his creativity and imagination. As he says on the DVD, "the original episode...was considerably more seedy," and "the real details are sordid and grubby and lacking in drama." Although Crichton did not base his story on the trial transcripts (which he didn't know existed) or on actual newspaper stories (though the book includes several such that he invented), it is clear that he must have done at least some research on the original crime, as the story he tells does match the historical event at some points. But, as he says of the film, "I really like this train robbery a lot better. I'm much more pleased with this version."

Indeed. Crichton has made a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and it is well worth reading. For readers who have enjoyed the book, I do also recommend the film, which is equally excellent in its own way, and I especially recommend listening to the director's commentary, which brings out many fascinating aspects of the story.
The Denali Deception: A Sean Wyatt Archaeological Thriller (Sean Wyatt Adventure Book 12)
The Denali Deception: A Sean Wyatt Archaeological Thriller (Sean Wyatt Adventure Book 12)
I received an advance copy from Ernest Dempsey, for my honest review and I also purchased a copy from amazon.com. Something I do for several of my favorite Indie Authors.

I really liked 'The Denali Deception', although it's way over the top. Have come to realize with Dempsey, that just enjoy his creative mind verse worrying about his books being to unrealistic, predictable, or whether or not could this actually happen.

I liked the tie in with the Civil War, the war had ended President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the Knights of the Golden Circle. Which was a secret society of Confederate supporters, who worked unseen behind the scenes or in plain view to help the efforts of the rebellion.

You have a intertwining storyline, one right out of the headlines or at least the part with Russia/Ukraine conflict and Russia building up it's Military in the Arctic.

Sean Wyatt, Tommy Schultz, Adriana Villa are a formative team, likable and better to have as friends verse an enemy. Now you can add Tommy's girlfriend June to the team, she makes a great addition and I like how Emily Starks has a bigger role in this one.

Dempsey gives you everything you need in a action/adventure genre book, it's my type of book, full of twist and turns, fast paced, tension filled, that builds to an excellent conclusion that's gripping and the nasty characters lose in the end.

I do like that his Sean Wyatt series has turned more and more into a modern day Western Where good always conquers evil, his characters are invincible, they get shot up, but always miraculously recover and the bad guys get killed in lethal ways.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (The Twilight Saga)
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (The Twilight Saga)
In my opinion, this was the best entry in the Twilight series. Set in the weeks before the big fight in Eclipse, it tells the story of newborn vampire Bree Tanner, a former runaway with no place to go. As a vampire she is disgusted by some of the behavior of her peers and does her best to quietly blend in and avoid trouble. For a while she does well at this, thanks to the repelling powers of Freaky Fred, another vampire, dubbed so by his vampire peers who are repulsed by him. However, while out hunting she eventually attracts the attention of Diego, another newborn vampire who has retained some of his human qualities. He likes Bree and the two of them spend a blissful day learning about each other and about their new existence as vampires. Together they learn that sunlight is not dangerous to vampires as they had believed and decide to share this information with their coven leader, Riley. Unfortunately, as they soon find out, this knowledge is dangerous.

Their romance is quick and fleeting and ultimately doomed but it is charming and cute while it lasts. Bree is a fascinating character with layer after layer, like an onion that is slowly peeled back. Diego is also interesting but before we can learn much about him he is gone. And then there is Fred, whose powers of repulsive magnetism served as a shield for both himself and Bree. Unfortunately for Bree, Fred decides to go off on his own, rebelling against Riley who wants to lead them into a fight against the Cullen coven. Fred doesn't trust Riley and asks Bree to accompany him. Sadly, she has been led astray by Riley who has promised to lead her to Diego, an offer she can't refuse. Fred invites both her and Diego to meet up with him the following day and Bree agrees, not realizing that her time on Earth is sadly coming to an end...

This book was wonderful. I am not a huge fan of the Twilight series, having read the series only because a friend of mine begged me to. However, with it's rich story and complex characters, not to mention a great plot, this book is irresistible. Bree Tanner is probably my favorite character in the entire series. Stephenie Meyer claims this was a writing exercise in her folder. I can only hope she decides to write more exercises and share them with the world.

Five Stars.
Little Miss Complete Collection Books Box Set By Roger Hargreaves
Little Miss Complete Collection Books Box Set By Roger Hargreaves
The Little Miss Collection is a compilation of 36 books from the Little Miss series originally written between 1981 and 2014. The collection includes the latest Little Miss, Little Miss Hug. Two of the characters have had name changes from their original - Little Miss Plump and Little Miss Ditzy are now Little Miss Greedy and Little Miss Dotty. The books are short enough to hold the attention of small listeners and are a hit with a young audience.

The collection is housed in a sturdy little cardboard box with illustrations of the characters on the sides. It is a colourful and fun set of images, reflecting the artwork within. The box holds many more of these small books than are in the collection so it is easy to jumble them around.

The stories themselves are fun and fairly easy to read. They tell stories that at times can be related to or come up with phrases that can be repeated. The characters range from the glowingly positive Little Miss Sunshine through the acrobatic Little Miss Somersault to naughty characters like Little Miss Bad. Some of the naughty characters are punished, often by being tricked or through magic.

Unfortunately some of the other characters do not live up to their promise. Little Miss Helpful is incredibly unhelpful. Little Miss Giggle has lost her giggle. It seems at times that Roger Hargreaves simply doesn't like some of the affectations of little girls.

For an adult the series is not always a great read. The use of exclamations marks! At times that seriously do not merit them! Does die off a little through the collection but is tremendously annoying. The repetition of characters from the Mr Men series is also a disappointment. Little Miss Whoops is exactly Mr Bump. Little Miss Christmas and Mr Christmas are unsurprisingly similar. Even the iconic Litlte Miss Sunshine is hard to distinguish from Mr Happy.

For all the flaws and faults of the Little Miss series, it is remarkably popular with its target audience. Those in the 3-5 year old range seem to absolutely adore the adventures of the Little Miss characters. A good little read for little people.
Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Doctor Who Christmas specials have virtually become an institution since 2005. Therefore, it only seems fair that the Dr. Men get their own.

It features the Tenth Doctor, making him the only one of the Dr. Men to receive two stories to date (‘Dr. Tenth’ actually being published after this). It also features Donna Noble (perhaps, not as well graphically represented as some of the other companions and Doctors have been). Both find that their Xmas celebrations within the Tardis are abruptly interrupted as adventure ensues.

Echoing some of the programme’s Christmas episodes (especially the Tenth Doctor’s first adventure, ‘The Christmas Invasion’) the Doctor and Donna face evil snowmen, robot Santas and killer Xmas trees.

It is, perhaps, not quite as entertaining as some of the other Dr. Men books because the centring it around Christmas limits it a bit. It is still an amusing little read and, unlike, the other books in the series, comes in a nice hardback edition.
Barbarian Prize (Black Lace)
Barbarian Prize (Black Lace)
In Britannia, Iceni Princess Sirona and her warrior lover Taranis led the failed revolt against the Romans. The royal barbarian and her mate are taken prisoner and brought to Rome to insure that no more trouble from her people occurs. They are separated and sold into slavery in Pompeii though they vow to find one another somehow.

Taranis is owned by a wealthy female Roman lady, who plans to use the hunk as her sex slave; Sirona is purchased by agents of General Lucius Flavius, but brought to the home of his perverted stepfather who plans to abuse her before his relative returns to claim her. When Flavius comes home he takes Sirona with him; they become lovers though she thinks of Taranis except when Flavius makes love to her. Meanwhile Taranis is sent to fight as a gladiator while Sirona struggles with the erotic desires of the Dionysus cult. Mount Vesuvius is about to provide the final climax for those inside the city.

BARBARIAN PRIZE is an interesting Ancient Roman erotic romance that takes place mostly just before the volcanic eruption. Sirona and Taranis are solid characters who survive tribulations with both having the goal that one day they will be together. It is fascinating that the charm of Flavius is perhaps the first real potential obstacle from their objective. Though some help from unlikely sources seem improbable, fans will agree that Deanna Ashford provides a fine deep look at a hedonistic Rome through the eyes (and bodies) of the two barbarians.

Harriet Klausner
Hot Lead And Cold Feet
Hot Lead And Cold Feet
A western comedy as well as a vehicle for actor, singer, songwriter Jim Dale, who plays three characters in this movie. Fortunately, it's Don Knotts (as Sheriff Denver Kid) and Jack Elam as his arch nemesis, who easily steal the movie from Jim Dale (three characters notwithstanding). Their many thwarted attempts at a showdown are both ludicrous and hilarious and serve as the best running gag in this feature. Too bad their storyline wasn't the main event because the rest of the shenanigans were contrived to say the least, a string of gags and gimmicks that didn't really pay off in the end. While this may have been a stunt man's dream, most of the time there was just utter chaos onscreen in the form of street brawls, an aborted lynching, multiple gunfights, pratfalls galore, and "just another Indian sacrifice." Sadly, this left poor Karen Valentine on the fringe of the action, half the time forgotten, as was Darren McGavin who only appeared occasionally as the villain of the piece. Most of the lazy plot was there primarily to showcase Dale talents as an old geezer (hidden under a ton of shoddy makeup), a "sissy" missionary, and a vicious gunslinger. When he wasn't falling off roofs, getting blown up, or turning instantly drunk on cue, he was given to unconvincing theatrical histrionics. "Don't shush me you British buzzard!"

If this had been Don Knotts' movie, I would have kept it for future viewings. Unfortunately, not enough Don and too much of Jim.
Harry Potter Official Ravenclaw Necktie Blue
Harry Potter Official Ravenclaw Necktie Blue
Great for Harry Potter costumes. Matched with with a skirt and vest and the Ravenclaw robe acquired at Universal Orlando for a stunning Luna Lovegood outfit. Her glasses can be found on Amazon. The skirt, shirt and vest were from (respectively): French Toast (skirt and shirt) and Biadani (vest). All from Amazon.

A great accessory for those who are Ravenclaw fans. (And you should be because Ravenclaw is awesome!)
Under the rain
Under the rain
I like poems that are short, direct and pithy. But full of impact and meaning without a lot of head scratching
and academic pompacity ( that's my word). Poems like those of Ted Kooser, Jim Harrison, Donald Hall, etc
Many of Kay Wehner's poems in this collection have similar impact
Mind Twisters: Games, Puzzles and More! (Dover Children's Activity Books)
Mind Twisters: Games, Puzzles and More! (Dover Children's Activity Books)
Snapes puzzles and mind twisters are fantastic for kids looking for some logic. My son ( 2nd grade) loves math and this book was recommended to me. He loved doing the puzzles in this book. He would sit for long chunks of time to figure out the different puzzles. I would ( and have ) recommend this strongly.
Araminta's Wedding: A Country House Extravaganza (A Mandarin paperback)
Araminta's Wedding: A Country House Extravaganza (A Mandarin paperback)
Jilly Cooper has always been a frivolous writer, but this takes it to the extreme. The original stories about young girls she wrote at least were easy page turners, and the Bonk Busters even more so - light and easy reads that managed to get you sucked into their worlds, goodies, baddies, fun lovers and total S***s. But this pastiche of a story just makes you dislike every character as pointless upper class wastes of space. You don't feel empathy for a sole, only pity for their stupidity and outdated take on life. It seems this is just a vehicle for some over-used Sue Macartney- Snape drawings. Could do better. Much better.
SIMPLE Mobile Refill Card - $25 ReUp Prepaid Airtime Card (Physical Card Shipped)
SIMPLE Mobile Refill Card - $25 ReUp Prepaid Airtime Card (Physical Card Shipped)
You can’t beat a phone service for only 25.00 a month. Data sucks only 3gb, but I’m around WiFi everywhere I go, so it works for me. No dropped calls, no stalling when using apps. I recommend simple mobile. On amazon part, once a person pays you should mail their card out the same day. You can order a 25.00 card and get it via email in about 30 mins or so off Walmart app. Or just go to your local Walmart and buy it. But fir 25.00 monthly service using my Apple phone, it’s great.
Jesus In India
Jesus In India
I very much enjoyed watching this fascinating documentary by Edward T. Martin about Jesus's visit to India. In this 97 minute documentary, the narrator visit many places in India including the state of Kashmir, and speaks to scholars familiar with the history Jesus's visit to India, before and after Jesus's crucifixion. He interviews, Princeton University Professor Elaine Pages, Brother Chidananda of Self Realization Fellowship (disciple of Paramahamsa Yogananda), Sri Shankaracarya of Puri, the spiritual leader of Hindus, Suzanne Olsson, the author of "Jesus in Kashmir - the Lost Tomb," and other scholars from the State of Kashmir who are knowledgeable about the Rauzabal Shrine of Srinagar, which is widely believed to be the burial place of Jesus and his mother Mary is buried not far from here, according many scholars, including German scholar Holger Kersten.

The key witness to the theory is from Russian historian Nicolas Notovitch and his discovery of manuscripts at Himis monastery in Ladakh. Buddhist monks of Tibet recorded the history of Issa (Jesus); the original was in Pali, the language of Buddhists which was then translated into Tibetan. The history was documented 2000 years ago and copies of these documents were found in Himis monastery in Ladakh and it was summarized by Nicolas Notovitch. Later in 1929, Swami Abhedananda of the Ramakrishna Order reviewed and verified the authenticity of the Apocrypha by personally studying them at Himis monastery. Later Russian scholar Nicholas Roerich and Elisabeth Caspari confirmed the existence of these documents during their visits to the Buddhist monastery at Himis. A cardinal of Roman Catholic Church apparently tells Edward Martin that there are about 60 manuscripts with the church and one of them is the copy of the Himis manuscripts.

Canonical Gospels record the history of Jesus until he was 12 and then resume at the age of 30, but the intervening 18 years of his youth is unaccounted for. There is only one reference to Jesus' whereabouts; Luke 2.52 says; "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." This doesn't really say where he increased his wisdom and knowledge to preach the glory of God. According to Himis manuscripts, Saint Issa (Jesus) joined a merchant caravan and arrived in Juggernaut (Puri), India where the Hindu scholars received him with open arms and taught him Sanskrit, the Vedas and the Vedic practices, including healing the sick and performing exorcisms (taught in Hindu scripture Atharva-Veda.) Issa spent considerable amount of time studying the metaphysical thoughts of Buddhism, and later teaching at Juggernaut, Rajagriha, Benares and other holy cities of India. His teachings stressed for equality among all men and worked for the emancipation of the poor and downtrodden. In his later years, he went to preach in the Himalayan country of Nepal, and finally returned to Palestine at the age of 29.

The influence of Hinduism and Buddhism may also be found in the following: Sermon on the Mount is one of the classic examples for preaching the word of God and Jesus having full knowledge of Buddhism and how Buddha gave his first sermon in the Park of Gazelles in Benares, after fasting and meditating for 42 days under a fig tree. Jesus like Buddha underwent mystical test and meditation in the wilderness for 40 days to seek the spiritual power. In Hinduism, especially during Vedic times, great rishis, sages, and saints went to the deep forest for meditation for self-purification of the body, mind and soul. When they emerged from this long and arduous journey into the inner consciousness, they would attain spiritual and healing powers. In one episode, Jesus goes to a high mountain with Peter and his followers. After meditation, he transfigured before their very eyes and his face shine like the Sun (Mark 9:2, 30; Luke 9:30 and Matthew 17; 3-6.). Timothy believed Jesus was God (Timothy 3:16). This is similar to the description of Vishwa-rupa in chapter 11 of Bhagavad-Gita where Lord Krishna appears to Arjuna in the Universal form and shines like Sun.

Many scholars have argue that Jesus survives crucifixion and goes back to Kashmir valley of India for the second time and spend the remaining years of life. Jesus first appears to his disciples at Jerusalem, Galilee and Bethany, and heads towards Damascus when he meets Paul who had been sent by Romans to capture Jesus again, But Jesus sends a message through a disciple to Paul to preach the holy name (Acts 4:6; 9:10-15.) According to the gospel of Phillip, Jesus was saved from crucifixion and nursed by his friends and disciples and remained in hiding for some time. He imparted spiritual knowledge to Peter and James. After spending about 18 months with them he appointed James as his successor and migrated to live in Kashmir, India with his mother Mary, disciple Mary Magdalene, and a close group of followers. The most important information about the arrival of Jesus Christ in the valley of Kashmir and his meeting with the King of Kashmir, Shali-Vahana has been recorded in Bhavisya Purana (Bhavisya Purana 17-32.) I highly recommend this DVD to anyone interested in the life of Jesus Christ.
A Search in Secret India
A Search in Secret India
Paul Brunton is the pen name of Raphael Hurst. He was born in London in 1892.

He served in a tank division during the First World War. Later he was a writer and journalist.

Being a writer, his English is of high standard and a little
difficult for us.

The first 2 chapters of this book is little boring, so I
started reading from 3rd chapter onward where his direct experience with
spiritual people begins.

He voyaged to India in 1930's in search of India's ancient wisdom of Spirituality, Yoga etc.
Paul Brunton was very much interested in Eastern Philosophy and Mysticism.

He traveled and wandered all over India, without proper food and shelter, and interacted with faqueers, saints, Yogis, astrologers, magicians etc. Some of them were frauds, ignorant, but few were genuine.

He was was one surprised by an astrologer with his correct prediction of his life.

He traveled to South India and came to know about Ramana Maharshee and stayed with him for a short time. He had some spiritual experience.

PB was always a septic person and he always wished to have straight or direct spiritual experience without the patience of practicing it.
So he traveled again to different parts of India. Finally he was directed by a Yogi to go to Bombay and meet his destiny.

At Bombay he become severely ill and he thought of leaving India.

At that place, his Inner Voice directs him to the great South Indian Yogi at that time, Ramana Maharishi. Thus once again he meet Ramana Maharishi and he become a disciple of Him. He had many spiritual experiences in the ashram of Ramana Maharishi.

PB wrote this book “ A Search In Secret India” in 1934.
His work has brought some light on Yoga and ancient Spiritual Wisdom into the Western World.

He has written many other books also.

He died in Switzerland in 1981.
Visit “http://www.paulbrunton.org”
The Winner 2020* Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Snore Relief Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Effect - Bamboo Derived Washable Cover - Doctor Designed/CertiPUR Certified
The Winner 2020* Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Snore Relief Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Effect - Bamboo Derived Washable Cover - Doctor Designed/CertiPUR Certified
I have to be honest, I hate memory foam pillows. However, after recent neck injury, a shredded memory foam pillow was suggested as slighty softer than a single memory foam pillow. It took about 5 nights to get it right, too high as had another pillow below, too low without. But after about 4th night i noticed that i hadn't been woken up in night as much with pain. By the 5th night I had best night sleep I have had in months. It's not a cosy snuggle down pillow, and in fact is quite heavy. So if reading or watching tv i use a softer pillow on top of this one. But know if I fall asleep on a softer pillow I will wake up shortly with awful neck pain. Anyone who has been deprived of sleep, for whatever reason, babies, ill health, insomnia...know how it affects your whole life. Not just your life, but everyone around you suffers too. It might not work for everyone, it's certainly not a miracle cure for my pain. However, it does allow me to have a few hours sleep undisturbed by pain, and that to me is priceless. Thank you so much.
Twizzlers - Plumas de regaliz (6 onzas) (paquete de 3)
Twizzlers - Plumas de regaliz (6 onzas) (paquete de 3)
I have been unable to find these at the local grocery stores in our area, and yet I find they are a satisfying, relatively low-calorie treat. I ordered three packs together. They were fresh and very good. The price, however, is quite substantially higher than I was able to purchase them when they were available near me. I will probably purchase them again, but will not spend the money too often.

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