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Free Fire: A Joe Pickett Novel
Free Fire: A Joe Pickett Novel
Free Fire: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 813 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c category.
The Joy of Clojure
The Joy of Clojure
The Joy of Clojure by Michael Fogus and Chris Houser. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Out of the Silent Planet: Ransom Trilogy, Book 1
Out of the Silent Planet: Ransom Trilogy, Book 1
Out of the Silent Planet: Ransom Trilogy, Book 1 by C.S. Lewis, Geoffrey Howard, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 738 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter og Ildbegeret: Harry Potter 4
Harry Potter og Ildbegeret: Harry Potter 4
Harry Potter og Ildbegeret: Harry Potter 4 by J.K. Rowling, Torstein Bugge Høverstad - translator, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Wedding
The Wedding
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2142 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
By Nicholas Sparks: The Choice (Large Print)
By Nicholas Sparks: The Choice (Large Print)
By Nicholas Sparks: The Choice (Large Print) by -Grand Central Publishing-. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Melody Lingers On
The Melody Lingers On
The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1449 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Building Java Programs (3rd Edition)
Building Java Programs (3rd Edition)
Building Java Programs (3rd Edition) by Stuart Reges and Marty Stepp. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 59 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Programming #37:Python Programming In A Day & JavaScript Professional Programming Made Easy (Python Programming, Python Language, Python for beginners, ... Languages, Android, C Programming)
Programming #37:Python Programming In A Day & JavaScript Professional Programming Made Easy (Python Programming, Python Language, Python for beginners, ... Languages, Android, C Programming)
Programming #37:Python Programming In A Day & JavaScript Professional Programming Made Easy (Python Programming, Python Language, Python for beginners, ... Languages, Android, C Programming) by Sam Key. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP Web Services: APIs for the Modern Web
PHP Web Services: APIs for the Modern Web
PHP Web Services: APIs for the Modern Web by Lorna Jane Mitchell. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Zend PHP Certification Study Guide
Zend PHP Certification Study Guide
Zend PHP Certification Study Guide by Zend Technologies. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
CGI Programming with Perl: Creating Dynamic Web Pages
CGI Programming with Perl: Creating Dynamic Web Pages
CGI Programming with Perl: Creating Dynamic Web Pages by Scott Guelich , Shishir Gundavaram , et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 26 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Programming Logic and Design, Comprehensive
Programming Logic and Design, Comprehensive
Programming Logic and Design, Comprehensive by Joyce Farrell. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Swift Programming in easy steps
Swift Programming in easy steps
Swift Programming in easy steps by Darryl Bartlett. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 365
Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 365
Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 365 by Richard Mansfield. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Data Structures & Algorithms In Go
Data Structures & Algorithms In Go
Data Structures & Algorithms In Go by Hemant Jain. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
tmux 2: Productive Mouse-Free Development
tmux 2: Productive Mouse-Free Development
tmux 2: Productive Mouse-Free Development by Brian P. Hogan. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Unix Shell Programming (Kaleidoscope)
Unix Shell Programming (Kaleidoscope)
Unix Shell Programming (Kaleidoscope) by Stephen G. Kochan and Patrick Wood. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 46 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck (2nd Edition): A proven path to money mastery in only 15 minutes a week! (Simple Personal Finance Books) (Smart Money Blueprint)
How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck (2nd Edition): A proven path to money mastery in only 15 minutes a week! (Simple Personal Finance Books) (Smart Money Blueprint)
I would imagine this is a great book for certain kinds of people. The problem is that the information and the tips in this book are geared towards the lowest common denominator. If you have no or next to no previous financial education then this is probably an excellent book for you to start with. If you already understand the basics of budgeting, and what a budget is, then it might not be worth your while to read through this entire book.
There are a few small things I got out of the book, here and there. But ultimately I could tell that I wasn’t the target demographic for this book. I also didn’t like the last chapter where the author kind of broached the idea of “money scripts” but then didn’t mention what a money script was or how it impacts one’s ability to budget and save money. It either shouldn’t have been included or should have been written differently.
If the idea of budgeting is foreign to you, if you’ve never tried it before, if you’ve never taken any accounting or finance classes, this book will probably help you elevate your game a thousand. But if you’ve had even an elementary financial background and are having problems budgeting for reasons other than you go to happy hour every day, then you’ll probably be better off with another book.
This book spends a lot of time essentially saying “be honest and transparent with yourself about where you spend your money and why you do it. Then plan to do better.” It’s a worthwhile message for everyone, but this book isn’t just for anyone.
Cornered in Shallow Water: One Man's Journey from Crippling Fear to Freedom and Faith
Cornered in Shallow Water: One Man's Journey from Crippling Fear to Freedom and Faith
“Faith is unnecessary if you know the outcome before you jump!”, is one of many quotes I will remember from reading this book. The author is vulnerable and real as he relays to his readers the fear that challenges him each day of his journey. His fear seems crippling to him as he faces the unknown realities of life choices he needs to make that will affect those he loves most. Even in the face of undeniable confirmation from God through scripture and wise council, the author finds it extremely difficult to step out of his comfort zone and take that step of faith that leads him into the unknown and mysterious path where God wants to lead. I love how the author expresses to the reader that scripture reveals the truth we need to step out and follow where God leads. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with their own battles of indecision, fear, or really any obstacle in the path where God is waiting with His arms outstretched and ready to receive us. The only thing that held me back from a five star review was wanting to know more of the backstory, however the depth of the story as it develops was enough for me to keep reading with heightened interest to the conclusion.
Jeff Bezos: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
Jeff Bezos: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
This intelligently written book explores Jeff Bezos' life and his early interest in space exploration and computers. I feel this book is more focused on the intricate details of Jeff Bezos' life and amazon's beginnings which make the reading experience enthralling.

The author focuses on key moments that led Jeff Bezos from job to job as he climbed the ladder of success. By the time he realized selling books on the Internet was an extraordinary opportunity, you can see how he got there and brought his dream to life.

What was the first book amazon sold?
What is Amazon Air Prime?
Why do you need reusable rockets for space travel?
What is Jeff Bezos' favorite book?
What companies are probably famous today because Jeff Bezos invested in them?

The author answers these questions and more. I also found the author's wry wit to make the book very funny in places. A lot has happened since that fateful day in July 1995 and each book on Jeff Bezos and amazon presents different perspectives. This is essential reading if you love amazon and want to know more about Jeff Bezos' rise to richest person on the planet. I am really impressed with how this book was written and I feel it is very well researched.

~The Rebecca Review
The New Rules of Divorce: Twelve Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness
The New Rules of Divorce: Twelve Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness
The New Rules of Divorce is what you need if you want to be fully prepared for the future. Divorce is certainly something we don't expect, but you can at least get through it while keeping your sanity. This book breaks down step by step how to get through the divorce process. One of the most important sections is if you actually need a divorce. All too often issues come down to communication. Men and women are from the same planet, but we are constantly barraged with societal norms that almost want strife in a relationship. There's no reason two people living in the same home shouldn't know the other person, but as time goes on, and people change, it's almost like your partner is speaking another language. Sometimes something as simple as putting your ego aside and going to therapy can create the spark you were missing. Or at the least confirm you are done with the relationship, and you are less clouded by emotion. This book has 12 secrets, and they are incredibly insightful. A lot of fear comes from the unknown. Whether you're married, or plan to be, I highly recommend this book. There's no reason to feel alone or not understood.

Divorce can be messy, expensive, and so scary! This book is like a roadmap for everything you could possibly deal with, along with support. Jacqueline Newman is a successful New York lawyer, and while there are a few things that vary by state, the advice here knows no bounds. The tone is no-nonsense, but extremely helpful. Want a lawyer like her? She gives you advice on how to find one as well.
Richard Branson (Titans of Business)
Richard Branson (Titans of Business)
Richard Branson (Titans of Business) by Dennis Fertig. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
George Washington Slept Here
George Washington Slept Here
Slipping on a banana peel or taking a banana cream pie to the face isn't necessarily funny. If it's Charlie Chaplin slipping on a banana peel or Lucille Ball taking the pie to the face it's hilarious. The premise of "George Washington Slept Here" of an urban couple, Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan, purchasing a dilapidated rural colonial farmhouse isn't the most original but put Benny in full apoplexy mode you get movie magic. Benny is simply brilliant here whether he is in a barely contained panic attack or spouting out sarcastic wisecracks. Good supporting turns by Percy "Pa Kettle" Kilbride as a slow talking caretaker who is in a perpetual search for well water and Charles Coburn as the sponging rich uncle. Sheridan looks beautiful. Sole debit is Hattie McDaniel relegated to one of those degrading housekeeper roles. This film demonstrates that great comedy is timeless. For those interested this is a DVD-R issued by Warner Brothers. Picture and sound quality are excellent.
Schumacher PC-3000 3000W Power Inverter
Schumacher PC-3000 3000W Power Inverter
I've tried multiple less than or equal to 1500W products including a motor and a Keurig that cause the inverter to immediately beep and stop putting out voltage. It's like the design is missing an internal capacitor or something to counter the momentary current inrush you get from inductive products you connect to it. Very disappointing.
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern
In 2011, every DC Comics fan was told of a major event happening in that a massive reboot of the entire DC Universe was going to occur and that it would all be in part to a storyline guided by the character of Barry Allen/The Flash.

With the last major story having been the Blackest Night and the Brightest Day, Flashpoint would be the last actual story of the Post-Crisis DC Universe. All in part to the machinations of the Flash.

Barry Allen finds the world that he had known before has changed from how had remembered. With Barry Allen having been dead for years and then resurrected his memories are muddled. But he is not the only one back from the dead but also his futuristic rival Eobard Thawne/The Reverse-Flash. Barry realizes that his power in tapping the speed force has it so that he cannot change the past, Eobard's power with the negative speed force is different in that change has happened. With Eobard having harmed Barry's own family. This, in turn, causes Barry to try his hardest to change it back. Unfortunately, he wakes up to a world far worse than he could have known.

A world in which he would have saved the life of his family but his friends either fail to become heroes or become villains. As this story goes on for Barry attempting to change back the world to the way it was before it was changed, he races against time as the rest of the world goes on to its eventual destruction.

Eventually, it does return, or should I say reform to what we know as the New 52 DC Universe. Flashpoint becomes an epic read. With a miniseries dedicated to the horrific world that no longer exists. Readers gain incredible insight into just how bad yet at the same time how unique this world was.

Each collection of this miniseries has the change known as the Flashpoint effect occurring for each of its heroes in various ways. Like it was said in the animated movie, “Ripples of distortion radiated out through that point of impact shifting everything just a tiny bit. But enough. Enough for events to happen slightly differently.”

This world of Flashpoint is with Green Lantern. Only it’s not the Green Lantern but also several other characters as well. And in this case, it’s not the Green Lantern of Earth but the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 otherwise known as Abin Sur of Ungara. In the Flashpoint Universe, he still crashes on Earth but he doesn’t die and is heralded as a great hero by the people of Earth. Abin grows fond of his time on Earth and repays them in kind by paying them great concern in their time of crisis. Especially with the horror caused by the Amazons and the Atlanteans, humanity needs him. I found this story great because the art is a massive shout out to the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie. Like Sinestro said in the movie. “You're impertinent, Hal Jordan. You're rash, volatile, opinionated - It seems Abin Sur found another just like himself.” In many ways, he is a lot like Hal and he makes for a great hero. Unfortunately, without his death, not only does Hal Jordan not become a Green Lantern but neither does Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner or John Stewart. Not being an actual Green Lantern, Alan Scott doesn’t appear either nor his daughter Jade. As well as various events that haven’t occurred like Sinestro betraying the Lanterns and discovering the Antimatter Universe that would forge a Corps dedicated to Fear. But the more things change the more they stay the same, Sinestro does betray the Lanterns and there is a great crisis. Blackest Night still happens and does claim many planets over several systems, becoming a war that appears to be on the losing end for the Green Lanterns.

Abin Sur does what he can to serve the people of Earth especially against orders from the Lantern Guardians. His story ends triumphantly, though I wish they would have shown him fight on with his new power in the Flashpoint story’s climax.

The second part of the story deals with the supernatural warriors of S.H.A.D.E. in a reworked origin story in Flashpoint. Not a big fan of this DC story but it does have its moments.

The third part of the story deals with a Green Lantern friend in the Green Arrow, who in the Flashpoint Universe isn’t Oliver Queen but Roy Harper. Roy is Oliver’s bodyguard and top weapons expert. In this universe, Oliver Queen is the playboy billionaire CEO of Queen Industries, the country’s greatest weapons contractor. With most of its weapons confiscated from criminals and duplicated as military-grade technology for the US military. Its Queen Industries master missile, the “Green Arrow” that play a major part in the US government’s aid of the Resistance in their war against the Amazons and the Atlanteans. The story shows just how selfish Oliver is, not the moral conscience that worked to make the lives of the people better. This certainly is key when it comes back to haunt him when the daughter of an Amazon Fury attempts to kill him. It ends with tragedy and I’m surprised how short it was because it was a great story.

The final part of the story ends with Hal Jordan. Not a Green Lantern but even in this universe, Hal Jordan is still a man that can overcome fear. He is the best pilot in the world and his services are required to save the United States of America in the fight against the Amazons and Atlantis. From fighting King Shark to Giganta, Hal Jordan is the man who brings a crucial victory for the forces of good but at a great cost. I love how this story deals with Hal making great friends with some of his enemies like Hector Hammond but also deals with how much he still loves Carol. The ending was really sad.

Green Lantern is a great superhero and even better story, Flashpoint or no Flashpoint. Without the four great humans who wore the ring, there was no Sinestro Corps war or Parallax’s Zero Hour and all those deaths. But no Star Sapphires, Blue Lanterns, and other great adventures. Not a big fan of S.H.A.D.E. Love how this dealt with Green Arrow, interesting that they didn’t bring in Dinah but maybe Oliver’s Flashpoint was that he never ended up on Starfish Island.

A great collection.
Avengers Marvel Titan Hero Series Black Panther Action Figure
Avengers Marvel Titan Hero Series Black Panther Action Figure
My 5 year old received this as a birthday gift, and was excited to “battle” with Black Panther and his other Avengers figures. I was a little concerned about its durability as I noticed how hollow the figure seemed to be upon unboxing. My concern turned out to be warranted, as after about 10 minutes of playtime, my son came to me with the news that Black Panther’s left leg had broken off of his body. Sadly, the leg cannot be glued on, as it would not articulate correctly if glued into place. So, if you are looking for something more durable that can stand up to some rough superhero “battling”, you may want to look at some other options.
InuYasha, Vol. 16
InuYasha, Vol. 16
Kikyo must really hate Inuyasha because she gave most of the Shikon Jewel fragments to Narauku, which increased his power to such an extent that he can actually create new demons from his own body. One of his incarnations, Kanna, an eerie white haired young girl has captured Kagome and Sango's souls in her magic mirror, along with some villagers. Meanwhile, Inuyasha and Miroku battle against Kagura, another part of Naraku, that can control winds. On top of all this, a THIRD incarnation of Naraku shows up to kill our heroes!

So far from reading this manga and watching the anime, I haven't really seen any logical rationale for Kikyo's granting Naraku the Shikon shards. I mean, it doesn't make any sense. Is Kikyo thinking that the more evil the shards become, the greater the ritual will be if she or Kagome ever get around to purifying it? Or does she want to kill Naraku at the moment of his triumph if he gains all the shards? Or is she just playing with him, allowing him to be overconfident in his powers? No matter how you slice it, I don't get it. Hopefully, it's not just a contrivance to extend the series. The relationship between Inuyasha, Kikyo, and Kagome is a pretty complex one which gives some much needed gravitas to all the battles going on this volume. I think it was also a cool move by Takahashi to give some of the parts of Naraku individual will, which sometimes can lead to outright rebellion, especially with Kagura. She wants her freedom, even though she is a part of Naraku. Inuyasha is an excellent manga, but after 16 volumes of great stories, saying this has become a bit repetitive.
Annie's Gluten Free Rice Shells & Creamy Real White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese 12 Boxes, 6oz (Pack of 12)
Annie's Gluten Free Rice Shells & Creamy Real White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese 12 Boxes, 6oz (Pack of 12)
We bought a 12 pack of these, and I wasn't impressed the first night we tried a box. It tasted bland; mostly like the pasta. The creamy, cheesiness just wasn't there. We gave them a second try, this time following the directions on the box much more carefully and precisely. To be clear, we had followed the directions before but had not carefully and patiently performed each step. They turned out wonderfully; very creamy and flavorful for something made with vegan cheese. I add the part about 'for something made with vegan cheese', because you shouldn't expect a vegan cheese product to taste like melted Velveeta. In summary, these are great, but you have to be more careful in making them than non-vegan boxed mac and cheese, which you just can't ruin.
Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel
Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel
I am a forever fan of R.L. Stine's books. I found out about the Fear Street series when I was in the 6th grade with the Missing book. From then on I was always reading them, borrowing them from a friend, or ordering them through Troll and Scholastic book clubs. This was waaay back when I was in elementary and high school. Now that I am an adult, I was thrilled when I found out R.L. Stine was releasing Fear Street books again just recently. I had ordered the first one, Party Games, that came out in 2014. My adult self did not really enjoy it because it had felt like it was more for teenagers. But this book! Wow! This book had something for all ages. There was a Goosebumps feeling to it (Goosebumps is R.L. Stine's horror series for elementary and middle graders) and there was a Fear Street feeling to it as well but then there was also a new twist that made it appeal to my adult self. This was the first Fear Street book R.L. Stine wrote that really had gory elements to it. I'm talking about gory as in the 80s horror films "C.H.U.D." and "Day of the Dead." Yes, it's cheesy but also entertaining because it's creepy when you really think about it. I won't spoil the ending but it's predictable, that I can tell you. The reason for the 5 stars is the way this book really made me go wow for transforming a really cuuute character into something out of this world. I know you will have a different opinion about it than I as with other reviewers on here who complained that it was more of a Goosebumps story but eh...everyone has different tastes... From a loyal R.L. Stine fan to another loyal R.L. Stine fan out there: try it out, it's got elements for all ages. To the Christmas 2016 shopper, order it, it's not a waste of your money and time. I don't regret ever ordering it for myself. And I hope it will be for you too!
Secret Star (Stars of Mithra Book 3)
Secret Star (Stars of Mithra Book 3)
This is the final story in the Stars of Mithra trilogy and the writing is up to the high Nora Roberts standard. It is so easy to criticise a writer's work and my thoughts and feelings might easily have been swayed by an unpaid bill or lack of sleep (to paraphrase Ebenezer Scrooge).
However, I found this story slower than the previous two with less action and not as suspenseful. The areas I did not like where structural, the devices used to tell the story. Revealing the enemy's identity did not work for me. I preferred the elusive figure of the first two novels when the reader was given insight into the thoughts and feelings of the villain without knowing his name or status. In the high society that Grace, the main female character, inhabits not knowing which of the people she meets is the villain causes the reader to doubt and question everyone. Revealing his identity at the dénouement would have been far more shocking and suspenseful.
Grace was complex but most of what we know of her is through hearsay. There is one scene which could be described as revealing had we not already known about what she was doing. Seth, the male interest for Grace, is a rigidly controlled cop with preconceived ideas about her. The changes he undergoes to see through the persona she presents were not strong enough. Again, he learns more about her through hearsay than through their own interaction.
In the first two novels Bailey and MC have a great many challenges to deal with alone and with their respective male interests. By contrast, Grace slips easily through the story. Her problems with her family and people's perception of her are not on a par with witnessing murders or being on the run. Having said all that, the novel is still a higher standard than most in this genre and is a most enjoyable read.
The Alchemist / O Alquimista
The Alchemist / O Alquimista
アメリカの俳優、【ウィルスミスさんの愛読書】とのことで読みました。読み易く、深い内容ですが一気に読めます。
読んだ方が気になった箇所、響いた言葉はマーカーを引いて再び読み返すことをお勧めします☜( ˆoˆ )
読み終えた後は心地が良い感動と、情熱の心が出てきますが、数時間数日で忘れてしまいます。(私もその一人…)
この本に書かれていることは、『夢を持ち、運命を信じ続ける人生』のメソッドが詰まっています。
読めば良しではなく、死ぬまで持ち合わせていたい考え方です。スピリチュアルな内容ですが、生きていく上で一番の本質が描かれている様に感じました。そのため、小説ですがマーカーは必須だと思います。

本書で学んだこと
『何かを本当に欲すれば、常に宇宙は、おまえの味方になってくれる』
『人は自分の運命より、羊飼いやパン屋(肩書き等)をどう思われるかの方が、もっと大切になってしまう。』
『僕は宝物を探している冒険家なんだ』

運命を信じて物事が好転して進んでいるとき、一瞬で絶望に落とされることがあります。裏切りや高い壁が現れ、
そのとき人は、どちらか選ばなくてはいけません。
「やっぱり惨めでダメな人間だ」
「私は、夢を追いかける人間だ」
どんなに無謀で困難で無理だという状況でも、常に後者で居続ける強さが必要です。
でもその思いを持ち続けられれば、宇宙は味方してくれる。と教えてくれる本です。

ビジネス書の本質であり、一番大切なことを教えてくれる本でした。子供も大人も読んでも素敵な本です。
Princess Knight, Part 1
Princess Knight, Part 1
Osamu Tezuka is one of the greats of graphic storytelling. Not to have read anything by him is akin to not having read anything by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, Alan Moore, Moebius, Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Will Eisner, Frank Miller, etc. Tezuka makes you see the form in a completely new way just as Akira Kurosawa (film), Hayao Miyazaki (animation) and Haruki Murakami (contemporary fiction) do. He is that important.

Tezuka (1928-1989) was an astonishingly prolific writer/artist. His dying words were, apparently, "I beg you, let me work." He died aged 61, still at the height of his powers, but leaving a vast legacy behind. Although known at the time only as a cult figure to western audiences, he was honoured in Japan where he was accorded the nickname "The God of Manga" for his influence on and contribution to this uniquely Japanese form of graphic storytelling.

His work is enormous in scope ranging from fairly simple children's adventures to his dark adult-orientated work of the 1970's, not forgetting his masterpiece, the playfully philosophical multi-volume series Buddha. But for all the range of work , it is always recognisable as that of the same person. Even in his children's books there is an underlying compassion, open-mindedness, and empathy for humanity and all our foibles. Even his most famous creation, the exhuberant series of adventures about the child-robot Astro Boy (aka Mighty Atom), is a parable about racism. Yet Tezuka never openly preaches, he lays down his work for the reader to take away what they will.

Which brings me, finally, to Princess Knight, an early work originally published in serial form 1953-56 and then revised and republished 1963-66. Vertical, the publisher who has, and still is, re-issuing many of Tezuka's finest works state on the blurb that "Princess Knight mixes themes of gender identity and politics with classic shojo-style illustration to create a charming proto-feminist masterpiece..." Wow! Now while this is actually true, it doesn't make it doesn't exactly make it sound suitable for children. In fact this is an all-ages fantasy , originally aimed at children (particularly girls) but does possess a certain charm for the older reader. Vertical, however, are clearly aiming this at an adult audience.

Accidentally given a boy's heart as well as a girl as a result of the angel Tink (who looks like a young boy) Sapphire has to pretend to be a boy because of the rules of primogeniture in order to stop a nasty person taking the crown. Tink is sent by God to Earth to get the boy's heart but ends up protecting Sapphire. I may as well quote again from the blurb otherwise I'd only be paraphrasing it anyway. "Filled with narrow escapes, treacherous, courtiers, dashing pirates, meddlesome witches, magical transformations and cinema-worthy displays of derring-do..." It could almost be the full-length feminist cartoon that Disney never made, though they did rip off Tezuka's Jungle Emperor when they made The Lion King. Vol.2 is to be published in January and I've already ordered it.

But, when you buy your copy, do share it with a child under ten, or, better yet, buy them their own. It's too good to keep to yourself.
Nextworld Volume 1
Nextworld Volume 1
This book is very enjoyable to read. It is by far the best of Tezuka's sci-fi trilogy (Lost World, Metropolis, Next World). The characters are the same as his other works (Mr. Mustachio, Rock, and the rest).
The story takes place in the future and appears to be a commentary on atomic war. The nations of the world are at war, and radiation from bombs have caused weird mutations on Horseshoe island. Scientists are in disagreement. People get kidnapped. And there is plotting and trechery.
The art style is like Astro Boy, Betty Boop, and Popeye, but it was made back in that era so it would be.
Swimsuit
Swimsuit
On a trip to Maui in 2007, the privilege was all MINE, to stay at the Marriott Hotel on the Island where the "reporter" and investigator in this novel also stays, while beginning to investigate the disappearance of the models. Actually, the hotel is a very nice resort, called the Wailea Marriott Hotel and Spa, so although the novel does not fully portray it as being quite as "nice" as the one where the models are staying, my interpretation was that "their hotel" was actually fictitious. As usual, the "peepers" are the so-called "upper crust" who get their kicks, by watching the unfortunate demise of those less fortunate, the ones who are caught in a precarious position, no matter how beautiful and lovely and young they might be. Well, nobody ever said that having a lot of money actually is consistent with having class. This is an irresistible novel -- one that is very difficult to put down, and a page turner that leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen in the next chapter. It s actually also on my Kindle Reader. The intelligence and cunning that goes into the acts of a madman of this caliber, is what will really keep you awake late at night, trying to figure out how he can live with himself, after what he has done to those beautiful young ladies.
Naruto, Vol. 43: The Man with the Truth
Naruto, Vol. 43: The Man with the Truth
This was by far the most cohesive and extensive Naruto volume out of all 72 books. Primarily because this volume alone can be its own story. Itachi's entire character basis is explained here, the plot twist is as well done as one can be post-character death. I give props to Kishimoto for undertaking this level of writing, as this character (Itachi) and his background were the pinnacle of his work. We find out what the mysterious individual who always had other motives really was aiming to accomplish, all of his actions (whether they be crimes, lies, etc) are explained and for a purpose. Nothing significant is left in the dark. This cannot be said for other characters or volumes. Uchiha fan or not, if you read this book, you will not be disappointed.
The Dark of the Sun
The Dark of the Sun
I saw the movie many moons ago and it was completely over-the-top. Machete attacks, male rape, cynicism, greed and ignorance in prodigious amounts. The movie differs a bit including a former Nazi mercenary as part of the group who continues to wear his Iron Cross after WW2 and in Africa.. That character seems to be a mix of the real soldiers of fortune Siegfried Müller and Rolf Steiner. Apologies, I digress.

The book is also over-the-top. The thriller genre was just maturing so this reads more like a sensational serial. The romantic side story is dross and the fact that some mercenaries have no military background strains credibility. Author Smith's later work is more recommended as is the novel, The Dogs of War, and the film, The Wild Geese. Cry Havoc!
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries Book 8)
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries Book 8)
I've enjoyed Rex Stout's Nero Wolf/Archie Goodwin stories for over 30 years, and I own every book and story Stout wrote on this intrepid duo. (Well, Archie is intrepid. :-) ) And I've read all but one of them. The reason that I haven't read that last book is because when I finish it, there will be no more, and a part of me just doesn't want the series to end.

So, I later bought and enjoyed Robert Goldsborough's seven pastiches, and although some parts didn't feel quite right (like Wolfe's almost fawning on several women characters in the earlier books), on the whole, they could have passed for something Stout had authored. But I thought that with "The Missing Chapter", which was about the murder of an author who continued a dead author's mystery series (and seemed to be a very big wink to the reading audience), that Goldsborough had hung them up, so to speak. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find, 19 years after that book, that Goldsborough had decided to write another Nero Wolfe novel. Below are my impressions of this book "Archie Meets Nero Wolfe", and note that I do not give any spoilers.

The book is well written and fits stylistically as a prelude to Stout's first Wolfe novel, "Fer-de-Lance". By that I mean the idiom and grammar fit to story's time frame (the late 1920's). While avid fans will undoubtedly notice discrepancies from the Wolfe "canon", I believe many of these were rational compromises made by the author to make the story work, and don't really affect the novel. With one minor exception, I enjoyed reading the book and it felt like I was reading something written by Rex Stout. My complaint, and it was an annoyance, not a critical flaw, is that Orrie Cather was portrayed as a big jerk, so much so that you have to wonder why Wolfe would bother using him. Orrie of course has his flaws, but at this stage of the game I think he should have been much more toned down in actions and demeanor.

But overall, I thought this was a very good book and will add it to my Nero Wolfe collection. It's motivated me to re-read all of the novels/stories again, and maybe this time I'll read that last novel, too, as nobody lives forever. In sum, I'm happy to have another Nero Wolf/Archie Goodwin book, and if Mr Goldsborough decides to write another Wolfe novel, I'm going to buy it. Four stars.
Head Case Designs Officially Licensed Harry Potter Gryffindor Aguamenti Deathly Hallows IX Leather Book Wallet Case Cover Compatible with Apple iPhone 7 / iPhone 8 / iPhone SE 2020
Head Case Designs Officially Licensed Harry Potter Gryffindor Aguamenti Deathly Hallows IX Leather Book Wallet Case Cover Compatible with Apple iPhone 7 / iPhone 8 / iPhone SE 2020
An sich eine super Handyhülle! Die Farben sind in echt noch schöner als auf dem Foto und die Hülle passt perfekt für iPhone se2020. Dass es nur 2 kleine und recht enge Kartenschlitze gibt, ist zwar ärgerlich, aber nicht schlimm. Was nicht wirklich ärgert und wofür ich auch die 2 Sterne abgezogen habe, ist die Qualität: nach ca. 2 Wochen nach Erhalt löst sich an zwei Stellen das Gummi und es gibt einen leichten Riss bei dem Ding mit dem Magneten, das Vorder- und Rückseite verbindet und dort ist die Naht auch ausbaufähig. Fazit: Hammer Farben und perfekte Passgenauigkeit treffen auf mangelnde Qualität. Das darf bei einem Preis von 20 Euro einfach nicht sein!
PowerA Moga XP5-X Plus Bluetooth Controller for Mobile And Cloud Gaming On Android And PC, Gamepad, Phone Clip, Gaming Controller - Xbox One
PowerA Moga XP5-X Plus Bluetooth Controller for Mobile And Cloud Gaming On Android And PC, Gamepad, Phone Clip, Gaming Controller - Xbox One
Update: My husband found a SNES emulator for his phone. This controller actually works really well w/that. We realize that this controller doesn't work well with games that are touchscreen capable (newer games), but seems to work well with the old school games for Nintendo, Super Nintendo (SNES), etc. There was a lag w/the Sonic games for Sega, but the Nintendo games seemed to work OK.
Basically if you want this controller for the older (non touchscreen capable) games, then you're good. If you think this will help w/the newer touchscreen games, then you may be disappointed.

I got this for my husband and he couldn't wait to use it... unfortunately he was VERY disappointed with it.
The product details state that it works with Android or Microsoft Windows (10). My husband has a Samsung smart phone, which uses Android. He couldn't get this controller to work completely with any of his games on his phone. Some of the games, the buttons would work, but none of the games would allow him to use the directional toggles. The directional toggles/pads were one of the MAIN reasons for getting this controller!
My husband then tried it on our computer (Microsoft) . It would work to an extent if it was plugged in using one of the included USB cables, but it didn't work (on the very same games) when he tried going cordless and using the supposed Bluetooth feature. Another FAIL.
My husband then went online to look up games that are compatible w/this "MOGA" controller (now mind you, it claims to work w/100's of games). He found that Sonic 1 & 2 (basically the same type of games) were suppose to work, so he gave those a try. He tested it directly on his phone and then he also mirrored it on to our TV and played it remotely (via Bluetooth), both results were the same... POOR. There is a severe delay/lag time with the buttons. In fairness this could be the emulator games, but since we weren't having any luck w/this controller there's a pretty good chance that it's a controller issue. This delay makes the game quite irritating to play and practically impossible to get through the higher/difficult levels. He tried other Sega games, with NO luck.
How is this controller "improving our MOBILE game play," if the only way my husband could sort of get it to work was having it connected to the computer w/a USB cord? The Bluetooth is almost useless on this controller. Also, where are these 100's of games? Maybe it works well if you're playing X-Box games and using the cloud (the controller looks like an X-Box controller) , but don't say that it works on other games when it doesn't or only partially does.
Overpriced Sonic controller!
BESTEK 8-Outlet 6 Ft Extension Cord Power Strip with USB 15A 1875W Surge Protector with 5V 4.2A 4 USB Charging Port Desktop Charging Station,600Joule,Ultra-Compact Wide Spaced Outlet for Large Adapter
BESTEK 8-Outlet 6 Ft Extension Cord Power Strip with USB 15A 1875W Surge Protector with 5V 4.2A 4 USB Charging Port Desktop Charging Station,600Joule,Ultra-Compact Wide Spaced Outlet for Large Adapter
 Since these get plugged into your power system, it is important to know if they are safe. I took the back off and did a quick engineering assessment. Overall, the quality looks very good. The line, neutral and ground bus bars, which are the copper strips in the photos, are well separated by molded plastic and appear to be beefy enough to carry the rated power for the strip. The incoming power lines to feed the bus bars are welded to the copper. Surge protection is provided by some Metal Oxide Varistors which will "short out" if there is a high voltage surge, preventing the surge from reaching the equipment plugged into the power strip. I did not check the MOV values, but they were wired correctly across the bus bars. Build quality is good, but could be neater. All USB charging ports worked - I checked by plugging in a phone and confirmed the charging icon showed. I also checked one of the four ports at random and the total amperage it provided exceeded the rating - My USB amp/volt meter showed it provided 3.19 amps at 5V! The only major drawback I noted is that the power switch is very sensitive - if you barely touch the rocker switch it while ON, it will momentarily turn off even without 'clicking' to the off position - see the video. This interrupts power to the whole strip! The power switch is recessed, which helps to minimize this from happening, but if these are placed where they might get bumped a bit, such as under a desk, and your foot touches it, you'll lose power. The power switch is also the circuit breaker, there isn't a separate "push to reset" switch. Overall, for the price, it is a good deal.

Pros -
1. Good build quality (but could be better)
2. Surge protection appears adequate
3. Nice length for the power cord
4. USB power (current and voltage regulation) is excellent
5. Beeps when drawing more than 15 amps, and the circuit breaker in the power switch trips at 20 amps

Cons -
1. Sensitive power switch can be accidentally turned off if bumped
VIVO Black Freestanding Dual Monitor Stand for up to 27 inch Screens, Ergonomic Monitor Mount with 16 inch Wide Desktop Riser Storage Organizer Base, Fits VESA up to 100x100 (STAND-V102SF)
VIVO Black Freestanding Dual Monitor Stand for up to 27 inch Screens, Ergonomic Monitor Mount with 16 inch Wide Desktop Riser Storage Organizer Base, Fits VESA up to 100x100 (STAND-V102SF)
ATTENTION FOR ASSEMBLY

There is one little design choice that is questionable.

The metal bracket that is on the mounting arm holds on to the arm itself using a plastic piece surrounded by metal. When assembling it, it will feel like it is snug and tight. It is NOT. The monitor will just slide down when you pull the bottom towards you to tilt it up. You need to overtighten the bolt the clamp, but only after the monitor is mounted. Check by carefully pulling the bottom, and then tightening the bolt - repeat until it stops sliding. It's easier to do after the monitor is mounted because without weight, it will already feel tight, and you also don't have a reference of trying to stop the sliding.

Besides that clamp, everything does feel sturdy.

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