Dante Moore

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React Native in Action
React Native in Action
React Native in Action by Nader Dabit. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Up and Running
Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Up and Running
Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Up and Running by Bruce A. Tate and Curt Hibbs. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
MySQL for Beginners
MySQL for Beginners
MySQL for Beginners by Ganofins. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
La scelta
La scelta
La scelta by SPARKS Nicholas -. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Premier regard
Premier regard
Premier regard by NICHOLAS SPARKS. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Rainmaker (Penguin Readers, Level 3)
The Rainmaker (Penguin Readers, Level 3)
The Rainmaker (Penguin Readers, Level 3) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
L'Allée du sycomore
L'Allée du sycomore
L'Allée du sycomore by John Grisham, Stéphane Ronchewski, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Tommy Knockers Hardcover
The Tommy Knockers Hardcover
The Tommy Knockers Hardcover by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked by Aaron Burch. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Get Programming: Learn to code with Python
Get Programming: Learn to code with Python
Get Programming: Learn to code with Python by Ana Bell. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
C#: This book Includes: The Ultimate Beginner’s And Intermediate’s Guide To Learn C# Programming In One Day Step-By-Step (#2020 Updated Version | Effective Computer Programming Languages)
C#: This book Includes: The Ultimate Beginner’s And Intermediate’s Guide To Learn C# Programming In One Day Step-By-Step (#2020 Updated Version | Effective Computer Programming Languages)
C#: This book Includes: The Ultimate Beginner’s And Intermediate’s Guide To Learn C# Programming In One Day Step-By-Step (#2020 Updated Version | Effective Computer Programming Languages) by Steve Tudor. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The Teradata Database : Introduction and SQL
The Teradata Database : Introduction and SQL
The Teradata Database : Introduction and SQL by Brian R Marshall. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Professional Access 2013 Programming
Professional Access 2013 Programming
Professional Access 2013 Programming by Teresa Hennig , Ben Clothier , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
The gain in net of Berkshire Hathaway, the company led by Warren Buffet, worth during 2006 was $16.9 billion, which increased the per-share value of 18.4%. Over the last 42 years value has grown from $19 to $70,281, a rate of 21.4% compounded annually. Consider that $16.9 billion is a record for a one-year gain in net worth - more than has ever been booked by any American business, leaving aside boosts that have occurred because of mergers. Of course, Berkshire did not outperform S&P500 constantly. In 1967, 1975, 1980, 1999, 2003, 2004 the S&P gave better performance, and in 2001 Berkshire even was at a loss of 6.2%.

This book, "Buffett: The making of an American capitalist" covers very deeply the values that led Warren Buffet during his life from his early childhood. The book is not only a biography per se, but a good manual on investing, that uncovers most aspects, with the detailed explanations and samples, of investing.

This book also covers very well personal traits of Warren Buffett, his attitudes toward parents, sister, friends, parents, children and wife. For example, Warren bought a farm and rented it to his son Howie on standard commercial terms. The farm was a joyful refuge to Howie, but he couldn't get Warren to share the experience with him. "I can't get him to come out and see how the crops are going", Howie said plaintively. Warren went only twice in six years. He would laugh off Howies's invitations, saying, "Send me a rent check, and make sure it's big enough". Though he had been thoughtful enough to buy the farm, he couldn't give Howie the fatherly recognition that he craved in other than financial terms.

In his investment strategy, Warren uses the concept that he calls "Intrinsic value" of a company. According to Warren Buffet, intrinsic value is an all-important concept that offers the only logical approach to evaluating the relative attractiveness of investments and businesses. Intrinsic value can be defined simply: It is the discounted value of the cash that can be taken out of a business during its remaining life.

Here is what Kenneth L. Fisher wrote about Buffet's investment strategy: a quality standing out about Mr. Buffett is his ability to morph. If you read his materials from the 1960s, he said very different things than in the 1970s and early-1980s. Early on he was buying dirt-cheap stocks by simple statistical standards and typically smaller stocks--which would today be referred to as smallcap value (although that term didn't exist until the late 1980s). Later he bought what he called "franchises." Then he entered a period of buying great managements of big companies and being a long-term holder--otherwise thought of as big-cap growth today--that many ascribed to the influence of my father coupled with Charlie Munger. When Mr. Buffett was buying Coke and Gillette, you couldn't quite reconcile those activities with the kinds of things he owned two decades earlier. Then, amazingly, seven years ago, at just the right time, he was buying smaller things dirt cheap again just as value came back into play as the twenty-first century began. I have other comments about Mr. Buffett throughout this book but I'd like you to see, while he never lost the core of what he was doing or what he was looking for, he tactically morphed steadily over the decades. Trying to freeze his tactics from any decade and replicate them in the next few would never have led you to his actual actions.

In addition to this book, I also recommend the letters to shareholders written by Warren Buffet, which can be taken from the website of Berkshire Hathaway. If you take an audio record of this title, it will not be as good as the textbook. The audio is more biographical and pays less attention to the investment education of the listener.
Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets
Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets
I listened to this book basically because I wanted to learn a bit about Soros, Buffett and Volcker, which this book was pretty good for. Certainly not a full biography, but enough to give a good intro. More than that, it was a discussion about how these three pragmatists views compared to the academics views, and basically makes the case that common sense and pragmatism wins the day both when viewed against the dogmas of the liberals or the conservative academics. Its a worthwhile read in that light and I actually found more helpful than Trillion Dollar Meltdown in understanding, at a high level, what was missed by the authorities.
Elon Musk: El empresario que anticipa el futuro (Spanish Edition)
Elon Musk: El empresario que anticipa el futuro (Spanish Edition)
Sabía que este libro no me defraudaría ya que normalmente hay dos tipos de biografías, las que el autor y el protagonista ni se conocen, y esta, como la de Walter Isaacson a Steve Jobs, en la cual el protagonista revisa pero no modifica nada de lo escrito y aporta sus historias junto al resto de entrevistas/testimonios.
La vida de Elon es brutal, impresionante, veloz, un "todo al 15 rojo" pero dejando poco al azar,...una pasada vamos.
Esta biografía podrá ampliarse dentro de 10 años, y seguirá siendo todavía más impresionante.
Un libro que por supuesto lo lees y piensas que ¿Cómo puede existir gente así en el mismo mundo el que yo vivo?

Ultra-recomendable! :D
The Fashion Conspiracy: A Remarkable Journey Through the Empires of Fashion
The Fashion Conspiracy: A Remarkable Journey Through the Empires of Fashion
Witty, entertaining, interesting interviews with famous fashion designers and anecdotes from their lives. Its style reminded me of a well-written article in The Times. As the subtitle suggests, the focus of the book is on premium brands, and there are a lot of "old money" vs "new money" comparisons. The clientele of these brands receives almost as much attention as the designers themselves (priceless quote: "They're the best-dressed children in New York, though one of them, who is only two, has already refused to wear smocking" - one of the women about her grandchildren). This book is probably more of a study in anthropology than in fashion, but there is a lot of fashion in it too.

I wonder what Nicolas Coleridge, godfather to Cara Delevingne, would say about the modern state of the fashion industry - fashion blogs, social media and e-commerce. Maybe he could write a book about that. I'd buy it.
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Disrupting Business, Industries, and Our Lives
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Disrupting Business, Industries, and Our Lives
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler have done it again. In The Future Is Faster Than You Think, the third installment of their “Exponential Mindset Trilogy”, they’ve built upon the concepts presented in their previous books Abundance and Bold to describe how technology can open up new possibilities and change the world. This book is a must-read for entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders in any industry who are looking for a playbook on how to prepare for the seismic changes ahead and protect their organizations from becoming disrupted by the technological forces that are coming at an ever-increasing rate.

In the first part, they examine the forces of acceleration and describe how converging technologies are creating an environment of unprecedented change. In part two, they provide a wealth of material covering multiple industries, showing how these technologies will impact our daily lives over the next ten years. In the final section, they expand their time-horizon to the next one hundred years and describe the environmental, economic and existential risks that threaten the progress made to date.

A highly-engaging, mind-blowing, can’t-put-it-down read. The practical take-aways from this book are invaluable. Essential reading for anyone interested in technology, disruption and and innovative thinking. Add this to your reading list now
Elon Musk: Life Story and Life Lesson of Future, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship (Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance, Tesla, Entrepreneurship, SpaceX,Bill Gates, Mark Cuban)
Elon Musk: Life Story and Life Lesson of Future, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship (Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance, Tesla, Entrepreneurship, SpaceX,Bill Gates, Mark Cuban)
Don't buy this book. Wait till someone with a better command of English writes one.

This book reads like someone from one of the lesser known Indian technical colleges decided he could write a book. The language is full of grammatical and spelling mistakes and inappropriately flowery descriptions, bordering on fawning. The author spends paragraphs describing what can only be conjecture as to Musk's beliefs, plans, and rationale. I had hoped to learn more about Musk, but I threw down the book in exasperation at 42% read.
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of the Billionaire Media Mogul and Philanthropist
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of the Billionaire Media Mogul and Philanthropist
This is the strangest book I've ever purchased...42 pgs
There are no pg #s, no author stated, no prefacing pgs for the publishing info, etc.
It jumps into the story in the 1st sentence. You do get facts, it reads nicely, it covers her life up until 2015 or so.
I read it in 45min. Interesting book to have & have read.
Japanese Singles Collection (Blu-Spec CD2)
Japanese Singles Collection (Blu-Spec CD2)
過去のディランの総集編的な二枚組CD。
これまでのディランの印象的な曲が網羅されており、なかにはなかなか聴けない曲も。発売当時のジャケット写真も懐かしい。
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
I am not a fan of these tribute albums but this one deserves high praise. Instead of semi-famous people murdering the famous Dylan songs here we have some lesser known artists getting stuck in to lesser known songs. The one exception to that rule is Slash's version of Wiggle Wiggle, it is not only an affront to the ears but totally out of character with what is actually a really solid album.

The highlights for me are Brownsville Girl (reprise), Series of Dreams and the acoustic version of Every Grain of Sand; all are affectionate homages to the original songs and they all sound great to my ears. They are obviously not as good as the originals and I do get the urge to listen to Dylan's versions when i play this cd...but that that is not a bad thing, i have never heard anyone other than Dylan do these songs so it is useful to have a different take on them.

As you can see from the selection of songs this cd is really aimed at the Dylan connoisseur, half the songs have never had an official release so the little in joke line-changes that are occasionally inserted will pass over your head if you have not heard the song.

Having said that the versions are of such a high quality and have such a nice modern sound that this could be a good starting point for anyone who is not familiar with Dylan's 80s stuff.

Finally the profits all go to charity too so if you have bothered reading this far you might as well go ahead and order it- there is a moment during the acoustic Every Grain of Sand when the guy takes the trouble to reproduce the noise of a dog barking (from the Bootleg 3 version) with just his keyboard- that is almost worth buying the album for on its own!
Xgody A90 Mobile Phones,Android 9.0 Unlocked Cell Phone, Dual Sim-Free Smartphone with 6.53 inch HD(19:9) Waterdrop Screen,5MP + 16GB ROM(Blue)
Xgody A90 Mobile Phones,Android 9.0 Unlocked Cell Phone, Dual Sim-Free Smartphone with 6.53 inch HD(19:9) Waterdrop Screen,5MP + 16GB ROM(Blue)
I absolutely love the phone...
Until I took it to get service with Boost Mobile (after I was told it was compatible by the seller, I have a email) turns out... It's not. So I go to MetroPCS-Tmobile & it is compatible with them. So I switched. I had total 3g (no lte ) for less than one hour before it(the phone) decided to reject/fry/refuse to except the SIM card put in by the Metro PCS worker has activated & inserted herself. We even made a test call in at work before I left the store. 10 minutes down the road, it refused to work. I shut it off and shut it back on. Nothing. I went the entire next day through work, to go back to the MetroPCS store only to be told(after 2hrs of failed attempts w/different SIM cards & whatnots) that ice been sold a phone with either a defective sim(2 in this case) slots &/ or a defective phone. I will be returning it & leaving said seller a bad review.
Across From You
Across From You
4 Stars

Across From You is a hilarious romantic comedy by Amabel Daniels. It has humour, misadventures, funny banter and antics, a sprinkle of drama, and a lot of fun.
Ms. Daniels is on my ‘must read author’s list’. So, when I saw this book, I didn’t hesitate, grabbed myself a copy and dove right in. Compared to her other books that I’ve read, this one seemed a little slower to get going, but then the pace picked up a few chapters in and the story took off from there and flowed much better. From that moment on, I was along for the ride, laughing out loud at what was happening. I really enjoyed getting to know these wonderful characters, as Ms. Daniels creates interesting and well-developed individuals that are so easy to like.
Lexi Regan swore off men after getting dumped via social media and having the post go viral. She doesn’t like being in that kind of spotlight and is determined to take a break from the dating scene. When her best friend Carly wants to drag her out to an art class, Lexi really couldn’t be bothered, but goes anyway just to shut her up. Then she discovers that it’s a ‘life drawing’ class with a live model. She wasn’t expecting that, let along the hunky model who walks in and takes a pose. She can feel his eyes on her constantly and sees the smirk that he tries to hide. That just confirms it that men are all blockheads!
Just when she thinks the worst may be behind her, she finds on the weekend after her art class, that Mr. Hunky Model is also part of the bridal party in her cousins wedding. And what happens next makes for quite a hilarious romp.
An entertaining and light-hearted read.

Thank you, Ms. Daniels!
Classic Goosebumps Collection: Books 1-4
Classic Goosebumps Collection: Books 1-4
I've never been into scary stories, but I wanted to vet these before letting my small nephew have access to them. They're great! There's no preaching at the kids about what kind of people they should be, There's no phony guarantee of "living happily ever after". They're scary enough for youngsters who like a few chills, but not horror stories to send hem into nightmares..
Night Shield: A Night Tales Novel
Night Shield: A Night Tales Novel
This book was the latest installment of the "night tale" series featuring the same characters. This story revolves around Police Commissioner Boyd Fletcher's daughter, Ally, and Jonah Blackhawk. Jonah was a former troubled youth changed by Boyd who took him under his wing. Because of his past life, his relationship with Boyd, and his belief that he will never be good enough for Ally, Jonah determines to stay away from her. But when Ally, a detective, seeks to break up a home invasion/robbery ring, Jonah allows her to work undercover at his club and a love/hate relationship develops. Jonah is tough, yet a sweetheart to his friends; Ally is dedicated, but slow to trust. It was fun to touch base with the other "night tale" characters and see how the years have treated them. A good, solid read from one of the best authors around.
Veronika decide morir by Paulo Coelho (2000-07-05)
Veronika decide morir by Paulo Coelho (2000-07-05)
I still really like Paulo Coelho's book. I work as a therapist and this is a good resource for some of the clients. It is considered a novel of rekindling hope, and redemption, and I really like it. My clients report liking it too, especially the twist in the plot.
Astro Boy, Vol. 14
Astro Boy, Vol. 14
The White-Hot Being [January to March 1961] Astro and Cobalt are curious about a new robot being created by Professor Ochanomizu called Bron-X. Bron-X is being created at the behest of a wealthy gentleman named Mr. Gaston but when Cobalt foolishly activates Bron-X the two discover that he’s much more powerful than expected. Ochanomizu explains that Bron-X was actually created based on discovered alien blueprints. Human built robots are bound by the laws of robotics to serve human’s but the alien robot has no such restriction. Seeing a potential disaster, Astro steals Bron-X’s head so he cannot be completed and hides it in a remote village where the residents use the head for illumination.

This is an interesting story with a few surprising twists. The ending is classic Tezuka strangeness with Astro fighting Bron-X. If he wins Astro gets to give the head back to the villagers so they continue to use the light. There MUST be a better light source Astro could have offered than the incredibly dangerous head of Bron-X but such is the strange routes the mind of Osamu Tezuka travels.

Uran [Aug to Sept 1960] I take it this is the first appearance of Astro’s “Little Sister” Uran. It’s interesting that Astro’s siblings (who are simply robots with his same specs) were created as immature children. Both Cobalt and Uran act naïve, meanwhile Astro’s robot “parents” mention that they were created as adults. When Astro, Cobalt and Uran are at a robot fighting tournament Uran decides to jump into the ring and clobbers a robot with her 100,000 HP strength. Later, for reasons that are hard to explain, she is compelled to continue fighting in the tournament. She finds herself torn between school and robot fighting so a scientists offers to give her the ability to split in two. Uran goes ahead with the surgery behind Astro’s back and is able to give the impression that she’s resting in bed as her second half is fighting on the robot tournament. All in all a pretty good story and a nice introduction for Uran.

Demon Bees [March to June 1963] When a woman’s son is forced into service under the Ultra Genghis Khan Empire she sends her robot to find help and he searches out Astro. Astro refuses to come since he has a test at school the next day so the robot simply demolishes his school. He does, however, give enough cash to build a new, better school. Astro agrees to help and finds a very militaristic society beneath the Gobi desert. He’s captured and the emperor of Ultra Genghis Khan tells him his plan is to conquer the world using artificial poisonous bees. He’s taking children and making them identical looking and then his bees sting them to create obedient slaves. The story has an interesting and unexpected ending and overall was fairly good.

Fortress of the Centaurs [May to July 1958] A new boy named Kuritaro arrives at Astro’s school and seems to be capable of eating anything and will in fact eat pretty much anything offered to him. He’s also able to leap a freakish distance. Later, Professor Ochanomizu spots a strange glowing horse and the story takes a bizarre turn where people try to capture the odd horse. Unlike a normal horse this one has arms to go with its four legs, carries an amnesia inducing gas gun and talks. Turns out the horse is a friend of Kuritaro whom he refers to as Acorn. The horse, named Nuu, is an alien from the constellation Pegasus who taught Acorn to eat raw vegetables giving him strength far beyond normal humans.

Nuu begins to teach other boys at Kuritaro’s school the secrets of raw vegetables but when word of Nuu’s location gets out scores of criminals and other people try to capture the alien. It’s a classic ending showing the tragedy wrought by the greed and violence of man against an alien race who just wants to help children.

Gernica [New Year’s Edition of Shonen] A very short story of a scientist who inadvertently creates giant killer slugs and Astro’s amusing if a bit obvious solution to the problem.
Roald Dahl Collection 15 Fantastic Stories Box Set Including Boy, The BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl Collection 15 Fantastic Stories Box Set Including Boy, The BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
So much for the price! Quality hardbacks that my developing reader loves.. my son is 8 and slightly behind due to some learning issues and I wanted books for him that would make him giggle a bit and enjoy learning, as I have him read for a while every day. These just crack him up and the set is so sturdy it will last. Also, there are a couple books that are slightly easier reads than others, so if you have a developing reader they can kindof progress. We started with the magic finger :)
All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis, 1922-1927
All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis, 1922-1927
C.S. Lewis's diary for the years 1922-1927 is a treasure trove for researchers. Want to know how "Jack" met Nevill Coghill? Check Walter Hooper's index and find the two Oxford undergrads having tea with their tutor in Old English. When did the ambitious young poet begin writing "Dymer," his strange narrative poem? The diary tell us. But the well-edited volume also makes enjoyable reading, especially for those interested in Lewis's young life. Used for research or for company while you eat, it is a pleasant purchase. I had used the paperback edition for years. Now I have "All My Road Before Me" on my Kindle, a digital "vade mecum."
Madame Prudente (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Madame Prudente (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Nous avons lancé cette collection pour ma fille qui termine son CP. C'est petits livres n'ont plus leur preuves à faire. Les couvertures sont jolies et le texte court et intéressant. Je les trouves très adaptés pour les enfants qui ont plutôt bien avancé dans l'apprentissage de la lecture.
Through The Looking Glass: By Lewis Carroll : Illustrated
Through The Looking Glass: By Lewis Carroll : Illustrated
I think this version of Alice in Wonderland, was written to read to young children. No caterpillars smoking opium, the red Queen was just a little bossy.
***SPECIAL NOTE***
In the Immersion Reading in the Kindle Book store. The Try Immersion Reading in a Classic for 99¢. The professional reading is now $2.99, I wrote to Amazon customer service and they credited my account $3.00. If you want to download professional narration in one of those classics, call or write Amazon Customer Service and complain. I really enjoy Whispersync, and so many books have such ridiculous prices 1. For a digital book in the public domain 2. The increasingly some of the prices are becoming outrageous, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut for example costs about $11.65. We all need to make Amazon aware that they are going to price themselves out of existence. Especially Prime members.
You Only Live Twice (James Bond (Original Series))
You Only Live Twice (James Bond (Original Series))
Contains plot spoilers.

First published in 1964, this is the twelfth print outing (eleventh full length novel) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. It was the last of the Bond series published in Fleming's life time.

Following the calamitous events at the end of `On Her Majesty's Secret Service', Bond is a wreck. He is drinking too much, he is gambling and losing too much, and even worse he is making mistakes on assignments that are putting lives at risk. M is on the verge of firing him from the service, but is persuaded by an eminent psychologist to give Bond one last chance, with an assignment so tough that it might shake Bond up and bring the old, dedicated and dangerous agent back to life. M sends him on a seemingly impossible mission to Japan, not to kill or investigate anything, but to schmooze the chief of Japanese intelligence into letting the British have access to a solid gold intelligence source they have in Russia. Bond is indeed shaken up and the assignment proves to be a tough one as he uses all his wits and judgement to get Tiger Tanaka on side. He gains the trust of the Japanese intelligence man, who agrees to hand over the intelligence, but at a price. He needs a deniable operative to perform an assassination, and it seems as though Bond fits the bill. One murder by Bond and the British can have all the access it wants. So Bond undergoes a transformation into a Japanese coal miner and is sent off to slay the mysterious Dr. Shatterhand in his garden of death. But it turns out that as well as the opportunity to fulfil his mission, Bond also has the opportunity for a personal revenge.

The book falls into three main sections, Bond's breakdown and the early stages of his mission in which he schmoozes Tanaka, a journey across Japan in which Tanaka immerses Bond in Japanese culture, and finally the mission itself in which Bond is on his own in an alien landscape. The first section is a well written and interesting study of a man taken to the brink and slowly pulling himself back from it. It holds the interest, and Fleming's usual excellent prose is used to good effect. The second section of the book however is a different story. Fleming often worked in a detailed description of something crucial to the plot (for example, guano farming in Dr. No, gold smuggling in Goldfinger, Heraldry in OHMSS) and made it utterly adsorbing. Here he attempts to sum up Japanese culture, and though mildly interesting to see it from the point of view of a middle aged man in the early 1960s, this whole section of the book is a real struggle for me to get through. It could have been trimmed to half, even a quarter of the length and the book would have still made sense and been a lot better for it. It is in the final third of the book, where Bond actually starts on his mission and realises who he up against that things really take off. Fleming uses all his descriptive powers to great effect to describe the garden of death in all it's alien horror, and the final showdown between Bond and his would be nemesis is an absolute cracker.

The book has a strong theme of character development and rebirth in it. Bond is transformed from a drunken gambler back to a man of action, then into an instrument of vengeance and finally into a normal human being living a contented life. Blofeld is shown as moving from a disciplined authoritarian evil genius into a raving lunatic (though no less of an evil genius), no longer in control of himself. Fleming also takes time to explore the state of the nation, with the exchanges between Tiger and Bond revealing how Fleming saw the position of the UK on the world stage at the time. There is also an interesting interlude at the end which leaves us on a bit of a cliff hanger, and gives us an opportunity to read Bond's obituary from M in the papers. That s a neat touch, and a great ending to what had been an only intermittently good book.

I wanted to like the book a lot more than I did, mainly because of the slow middle section. The opening, and the action packed finale are excellent, as is the philosophical depth that Fleming manages to bring to the piece. But that long tedious slog as Bond is trained to be Japanese just mars the whole thing. Three stars for the book.

The unabridged reading by Martin Jarvis is excellent. He manages a range of voices and accents with ease, and never slips into patronising or absurdity with his Japanese accents, as would be so easy to do. Over the course of seven and a half hours his excellent reading, with just the right pitch, intonation and pace, keeps the listener hooked, even through the sections of the book that are heavy going. So for the audio book I have to give it four stars, with Jarvis's excellent narration responsible for the extra star.
The Rubber Band (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 3)
The Rubber Band (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 3)
Clara Fox is at the center of two mysteries: 1) one of her employers accuses her of stealing $30,000 of company monies and 2) she asks Wolfe to help find an associate of her deceased father and recover monies promised when he was a member of the Rubber Band.

The Rubber Band was a group of 6 men who, 40 years previously, helped an Englishman escape the law in Silver City, NV in return for possible rewards if he inherited a part of his family's wealth in the future. Time has passed. Clara has found two survivors of the band and the daughter of another. Together, the four have located the Englishman who is now a peer and extremely wealthy. They ask Wolfe to help them prevail upon the Englishman to fulfill his promise.

Before long, two men are murdered and the lives of two women, including Clara, are threatened. The two cases appear related and people are not what they seem.

This is an early Nero Wolfe, but it has all the classic ingredients. Wolfe stays in his office/home and directs Archie, his assistant, and a group of hourly wage PI's. He never misses a meal or his two daily sessions with his prize-winning orchids in the greenhouse on the roof. The police and district attorney come to his office to threaten and cajole. But Wolfe sits and thinks and solves the cases.

This is a great mystery (as are all Nero Wolfe mysteries). It is well constructed--events are carefully interwoven and characters are unique. It relies on interrogation, deduction, and intellectual prowess not DNA, forensic evidence and violence. You can follow along and see if you can find the killer.
Harry Potter Fawkes Collector Plush
Harry Potter Fawkes Collector Plush
This is a quality stuffed animal that any HP fan would love. He's just the right size to nestle into bed pillows.. His little stuffed feet & claws are not sufficient to keep him upright for very long, and they do not bend. His tail & head feathers are painted felt, and his little eyes are semi-closed, as though he were ready to share a magical tear. His beak is stuffed leather. Basically, he is soft all over & snuggly. HIs wings are folded back & tacked down in back; they do not lift out. He is bright red & gold with lots of details that HP fans will appreciate. He comes with an official WB hang tag. I've ordered other HP stuffed animals from The Noble Collection , and they've all been delightful. We love him!
Regalo de Navidad Negro Venta Viernes Cyber Venta Lunes Ofertas Lindo Luz de Noche para Niños Bebé Led Nursery Dormitorio Lámpara Led Mesita de Dormir Mood Luz de Noche Dinosaurio Unicornio Oso Juguete Regalo para Niños Bebé
Regalo de Navidad Negro Venta Viernes Cyber Venta Lunes Ofertas Lindo Luz de Noche para Niños Bebé Led Nursery Dormitorio Lámpara Led Mesita de Dormir Mood Luz de Noche Dinosaurio Unicornio Oso Juguete Regalo para Niños Bebé
Update: we’ve had this moon night light for about a month now. We’ve had to replace the batteries a couple of times because our little girl loves to go to sleep with this every night with it in bed with her. Again, it’s got some brutal reviews about it not working but that has not been my experience. It’s been very reliable and sometimes stays on all night. I can still solidly recommend this to anyone looking for cute nightlight that can actually go to bed with your kiddo. Great product.

Original review: There are a lot of mixed reviews for this little night light, some great and some downright angry.

First, let’s remember this isn’t a crazy expensive item.

Having said that, my little one LOVES this thing. It’s lightweight and durable enough to allow her to take this to bed with her. I have to sneak in after awhile and turn it off to preserve the batteries and function as long as possible. The batteries can be replaced.

I do wish there was an auto off feature, but then again this is a $10 nightlight. Honestly if she gets a couple to a few weeks worth of use from it as a nightlight this thing served it’s purpose. It gets played with while it’s off too, so I’m sure my little one will get far more than $10 enjoyment out of it.

Overall, for a $10 impulse buy I’d say this little guy is a win. I would definitely recommend and most likely replace once this one wears out.
The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities
The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities
The aims of the book are admirable and essential, given the plight of the arts and humanities in higher education. However, the stories offered as potential models for an engaged arts or humanities initiative are so situationally-dependent as to be of limited value for practitioners. For instance, the public art initiative in Colombia was successful precisely because of the lack of any other kind of option, including government action. True, art complemented and even took over some of the functions ordinarily attributed to government, but that was only because of the crippling of that government's influence after decades of violence. How would a similar project be able to boast a similar impact in a country like the United States?
FRIGIDAIRE ESC3105-SS Triple Slow Cooker Buffet Server, Stainless
FRIGIDAIRE ESC3105-SS Triple Slow Cooker Buffet Server, Stainless
Purchased 3 of these as gifts. Good size pots at 2.5qt rather than 1.5. Easy to clean. The only draw back at first is the eye burning odor that emits. I recommend turning on in the garage or outside for a few hours to let it all burn off prior to use. Over great tri cooker and price.
Swad Gluten Free, Wheat Free Multi-Grain Chappati Flour - 4 Lbs., 1.816 Kg
Swad Gluten Free, Wheat Free Multi-Grain Chappati Flour - 4 Lbs., 1.816 Kg
I mix this flour with two other gluten free flours and it tastes just like a gluten roti/parantha. Absolutely delicious. I’m so happy the Celiacs in our family, including myself, are able to eat food that tastes just the same as the gluten version! This flour alone will be grainy but when mixed the taste and texture resembles that of a gluten version. We always have a big bag of this flour in our pantry.
Walkers Liquorice Nonsuch Toffee - Caja de 12 x 5.29 oz
Walkers Liquorice Nonsuch Toffee - Caja de 12 x 5.29 oz
I use to love C&B toffees when I was younger. The licorice was my favorite by far, but they had other tasty flavors as well. These were a little expensive, but they were worth it.

Then they all disappeared. Years and years went by. I forgot about them. One day, I happened to be browsing on Amazon, and I saw these candies. Another fan of the old C&B said these were just like them. I gave them a try, and I was delighted. It's like they're using the exact same recipe. A bit expensive, but it's a treat that I can afford in my dotage.

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