Donovan Lee

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JavaScript: 3 Books in 1- The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Learn JavaScript Programming Effectively + Tips and Tricks to learn JavaScript + Strategies(JavaScript Programming, Java, Programming)
JavaScript: 3 Books in 1- The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Learn JavaScript Programming Effectively + Tips and Tricks to learn JavaScript + Strategies(JavaScript Programming, Java, Programming)
JavaScript: 3 Books in 1- The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Learn JavaScript Programming Effectively + Tips and Tricks to learn JavaScript + Strategies(JavaScript Programming, Java, Programming) by Daniel Jones. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JScript? .NET Programming (M&T Books)
JScript? .NET Programming (M&T Books)
JScript? .NET Programming (M&T Books) by Essam Ahmed. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Agile Web Development with Rails 5.1
Agile Web Development with Rails 5.1
Agile Web Development with Rails 5.1 by Sam Ruby, David B. Copeland , et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 13 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.
The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 10173 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Good Guys Love Dogs: A Small Town Romance
Good Guys Love Dogs: A Small Town Romance
Good Guys Love Dogs: A Small Town Romance by Inglath Cooper. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 648 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
l passi dell' amore
l passi dell' amore
l passi dell' amore by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry
Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry
Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry by Marcus Thompson, Caz Harleaux, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 178 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Revival: Roman (German Edition)
Revival: Roman (German Edition)
Revival: Roman (German Edition) by Stephen King and Bernhard Kleinschmidt. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 118 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Object-Oriented Programming and Java
Object-Oriented Programming and Java
Object-Oriented Programming and Java by Danny Poo, Derek Kiong, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Programming: The Complete Guide to Learn Python Step by Step.Learn the Secrets of Machine Learning, Data Science Analysis and Artificial Intelligence.Introduction ... to Deep Learning for Beginners
Python Programming: The Complete Guide to Learn Python Step by Step.Learn the Secrets of Machine Learning, Data Science Analysis and Artificial Intelligence.Introduction ... to Deep Learning for Beginners
Python Programming: The Complete Guide to Learn Python Step by Step.Learn the Secrets of Machine Learning, Data Science Analysis and Artificial Intelligence.Introduction ... to Deep Learning for Beginners by Marc Matthes. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 26 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Linux: The Textbook, Second Edition
Linux: The Textbook, Second Edition
Linux: The Textbook, Second Edition by Syed Mansoor Sarwar and Robert M Koretsky. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Machine Learning: 4 Books in 1: Basic Concepts + Artificial Intelligence + Python Programming + Python Machine Learning. A Comprehensive Guide to Build Intelligent Systems Using Python Libraries
Machine Learning: 4 Books in 1: Basic Concepts + Artificial Intelligence + Python Programming + Python Machine Learning. A Comprehensive Guide to Build Intelligent Systems Using Python Libraries
Machine Learning: 4 Books in 1: Basic Concepts + Artificial Intelligence + Python Programming + Python Machine Learning. A Comprehensive Guide to Build Intelligent Systems Using Python Libraries by Ethem Mining. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Exam Ref 70-767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse
Exam Ref 70-767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse
Exam Ref 70-767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse by Jose Chinchilla and Raj Uchhana. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
eXist
eXist
eXist by Erik Siegel and Adam Retter. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Advanced Programming Using Visual Basic.NET
Advanced Programming Using Visual Basic.NET
Advanced Programming Using Visual Basic.NET by Julia Case Bradley and Anita Millspaugh. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Credit Repair: Special Edition - Two Books: Learn How to Repair and Improve Your Credit Report Quickly Using Federal Laws That Are Designed to Protect You from Collectors, Credit Bureaus and Banks
Credit Repair: Special Edition - Two Books: Learn How to Repair and Improve Your Credit Report Quickly Using Federal Laws That Are Designed to Protect You from Collectors, Credit Bureaus and Banks
I purchased two self help, “credit repair” books and this particular publication was by far the better of the two. The material is easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial on how to do the necessary work to repair bad credit. It provides detailed templates on the letters you MUST write to individual agencies.
Great Jewish Men
Great Jewish Men
A good book to read for relaxation. Many an interesting description of important personalities abound. Some of the great ones like Maimonides, Moses, Chaim Weizmann are discussed. One thing I take issue with is that there is a preponderance of liberal figures over conservative ones. It lists people like Walter Lippmann (a self-hating Jew) and Norman Mailer (a Non-Jewish Jew) who stands for the opposite of Jewish Values while excludes people like Irving Kristol (the intellectual author of the Gingrich and Reagan revolution) or Ayn Rand both of whom are more prominent on the other wing. Other people worth including are Milton Steinberg (a leading philosophical and literary voice), Emanuel Lasker (Chess champion and one of the greatest Jewish minds), Bernard Malamud (a Pulitzer Prize-winning author), Edward Teller (one of the greatest scientific minds of the century), Vladimir Jabotinsky (A great literary voice and important Zionist intellectual. He deserved an actual description rather than brief mention) and David Oistrakh (a leading Soviet Violinist).
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
I love that this story is based on a modern day success/role model. All kids these days know Amazon so would probably be very interested in learning about Jeff Bezos. This adorable book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written with short, easy to read and understand sentences that will capture and hold a young child’s attention. Parents and teachers will appreciate this story because it encourages kids to be curious and observant, to spend time with family and to always read and learn new things! This story promotes important life lessons that our little ones need to be exposed to at a young age. Kudos to the author!
Afterlife Modern Theology | Simulation Theory 40 Questions | Conspiracy Simulations Theories: Steve Jobs, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Z: ... All Include The Beginning (Level Book 3)
Afterlife Modern Theology | Simulation Theory 40 Questions | Conspiracy Simulations Theories: Steve Jobs, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Z: ... All Include The Beginning (Level Book 3)
Afterlife Modern Theology | Simulation Theory 40 Questions | Conspiracy Simulations Theories: Steve Jobs, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Z: ... All Include The Beginning (Level Book 3) by Samiam Esmail. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Global Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership
The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Global Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership
Famous chief executive officers (CEOs) have an aura of invincibility. But scandals and failures have engulfed many infamous CEOs who ultimately lost their powerful jobs. And avoiding risk is no guarantee of top-job security. Many companies want their CEOs to serve as agents of change, not caretakers. How do successful CEOs stay on top? The answer depends on their style of leadership. Today, most chief executives are superb managers or bold entrepreneurs. Others are visionaries or astute diplomats. To find out what motivates CEOs and how they think about leadership, Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave conducted comprehensive interviews with 150 chief executives and compiled their findings in this book. getAbstract recommends their work to anyone who wants to know how CEOs think and act.
Henry Ford: Young Man With Ideas (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Henry Ford: Young Man With Ideas (Childhood of Famous Americans)
It is a good book for 6th to 8th graders, but a little too simplistic for adults. I volunteer at the Plymouth, Michigan Historical Museum and one of the ladies said that her Grandfather Gleason was friends with Henry Ford and the book proves it. I didn't need proof but was interested in the connection, and I am interested in any connection to Plymouth like the 24th Michigan of the Iron Brigade.
The book deals with Henry Ford's youth and youngmanhood before he got famous and wealthy. It is a good description for the young men and women to emulate.
Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, Music Book For Piano And Vocal
Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, Music Book For Piano And Vocal
All but three of the songs have typical dumbed-down piano arrangements with right-hand melody. You’re not going to learn any cool soul riffs here.

I was hoping to find a nice transcription of "Good To Me As I Am To You" (this book has the only known arrangement of it) but was disappointed. See the photo.

CONTENTS:

Ain't nobody gonna turn me around
Ain't no way
Baby, baby, baby
Baby I love you
Don't let me lose this dream
Dr. Feelgood
Good to me as I am to you
I can't see myself leaving you
I knew you were waiting (for me)
I know
I never loved a man (the way I love you)
It's just a matter of time
Feel like makin' love
Freeway of love
My melancholy baby
Night life
Oh me, oh my (I'm a fool for you baby)
Prove it
Rescue me
Rock-a-bye your baby with a Dixie melody
Since you've been gone
Think
Unchain my heart
What a fool believes
What I did for love
Who's zoomin' who
You made me love you
You're a sweet, sweet man

# # #
Let Me In Your Life
Let Me In Your Life
Aretha Franklin's 20th studio album dates from 1974 and contains hit singles 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing' and 'Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)'. Anyone familiar with those two major records will get a pretty fair idea of the sound of the album, with some of the raw, emotive edges knocked off as the production headed in a smoother and more polished direction. A number 1 in the U.S. R&B chart, this is, as is much of Aretha's Atlantic output, a great album with well chosen covers by the likes of Bill Withers Ashford & Simpson, Leon Russell and Bobby Womack, which dominate the album. Just two of the 11 tracks are self-penned, but with Aretha that hardly matters as she makes the tracks her own. Ballads feature more prominently than on earlier Atlantic releases where the raw power of Aretha was to the fore, but here that voice is placed front and centre in the mix showing that delicacy is well within her ability, indicating an understanding of changing music tastes. Strings are very noticeable in the arrangements here in an album that just qualifies as being in The Queen of Soul's classic period, though seemingly striving to satisfy a wider audience with some of those rough edges knocked off.
Before The Flood
Before The Flood
The very first time I listened to this was back when it was first release in 1974. My brother had purchased the cassette tape and I use to borrow it from him. It was my first experience listening to either Dylan or The Band live and was blown away. I thought "How can anyone top this for a live album?" Over the years I had pretty much forgotten about it until I had the opportunity to purchase the double CD last year. With great anticipation I started listening and came away a little underwhelmed. Not that it is a bad set, it isn't. In fact it's quite good. But there are a couple of things that can make this a little disappointing.

1. Regarding The Band's two sets: I also own both Rock of Ages &The Last Waltz. Both are better sets for The Band, with Rock of Ages being the best. On "Before the Flood" some of the songs really sound like the group just weren't on the same page. When you compare both "The Weight" & "The Shape I'm In", two of my favorites, they just do not compare with the versions from Rock of Ages.

2. Dylan also seemed out of place with The Band at first. The first three songs, "Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)", "Lay, Lady, Lay", and "Rainy Day Woman" have a below-average sound to them.

But as we hit song #4, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" the music does start to blend. As we move through CD #1 we're treated to some classic music by both, with a great version of Robbie Robertson's "Stage Fright" to finish off the CD.

CD #2 starts of with Classic acoustic Dylan, as we hear "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", "Just Like a Woman", and "It's All Right, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)." It's here we get a little bogged down by the second Band set. As mentioned previously, "The Shape I'm In" & "The Weight" are not up to other live versions of the songs. But hold on to your hat, Dylan comes back on and we get the best song of the night, "All Along The Watchtower" and it JUST rocks. If I have only one complaint about it, it's too short. I would have loved an extended guitar solo at the end but we get only about 32 bars. Great, just not enough. It's followed by solid versions of "Highway 61 Revisited" & "Like a Rolling Stone." And as an encore we hear "Blowin In The Wind" and it does not disappoint.

Overall, I am happy with this purchase. I still pull it out and listen to it now and then. I would recommend it to any Dylan & Band fans, at least to round out your collections.
Dolemite: The Total Experience
Dolemite: The Total Experience
This box set alone is worth the price because it's the ONLY place you can get Moore's last film "Dolemite Explosion" aka "The Return of Dolemite"! A kick A** film that had it been truly been given its due would now be a classic! You also get the original Dolemite flick! Plus all other Moore's films except for "Monkey Hustle".
Rudy Ray Moore is the Godfather of rap!
One More Night: Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour
One More Night: Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour
Like Dylan himself, Andrew Muir knows how to keep on keepin' on. Muir sets out to chronicle Dylan's Never Ending Tour, which began 25 years ago and shows no sign of ending. There are 17 chapters that offer detailed accounts of Dylan's NET shows on a year by year basis, spanning an insane gamut of concert experiences. There are transcendental moments when Dylan's way with a phrase, or a harmonica riff makes Muir quiver with ecstasy There are abject moments when Dylan seems to lose it completely, barking semi-complete lines into the darkness, and even stumbling off stage in the middle of a song. His band are nothing if not dedicated, maybe deadpan is a better word. The band play on.

There is one chapter covering the years 2005 to 2009, when Muir admits he has lost the plot and is increasingly alienated from the whole NET phenomenon. Some readers will be surprised to learn that Muir is redeemed from his descent into the Slough of Despond (as he calls it) by Dylan's album Christmas In the Heart, which he finds very moving. Muir's book is both a critical narrative of Dylan on stage, and also a self-help manual in which an addict strives to understand the nature of his addiction.

The sheer scale of Dylan's achievements has rendered most critics either speechless or reaching for one of two clichéd responses. Bob is a genius. Or Bob is utterly past it, and should put himself and us out of our misery. There is no mystery why Dylan keeps touring. He has answered this question many times, and one pleasure of Muir's book is that it's a very intelligent filleting of the interviews and press comments that have accompanied Dylan's 25 years on the road. "You hear sometimes about the glamour of the road, but you get over that real fast. There are a lot of times that it's no different from going to work in the morning. Still, you're either a player or you're not a player." (Dylan in The Los Angeles Times, February 1992) You're either a player or you're not a player. Can't get clearer than that.

What Muir brings to Dylan's eternity of touring is a very detailed knowledge of Dylan's work, a generous way of interacting with the people he meets on the road, and a sense of humour. Because Dylan remains enigmatic, a law unto himself, while simultaneously keeping up a relentless tour schedule, Dylan is simultaneously everywhere, and yet also unknowable to his fans. When Muir describes the day he met Dylan in a café in Camden Town, and handed the great man a copy of his fanzine Homer, the slut, it is as if we are there too.

My reservations about this book are the same as my reservations about the NET. It's such a vast undertaking. The road that Dylan set out on in 1988 still stretches ahead. There is a huge amount of material here, and it is not always easy to read. It's a complex narrative with a lot of detail. Sometimes it can be wearying to read why one version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" is even more exquisite and intelligent than the last one. But my verdict is that Andrew Muir has done it. On 1st May 2013, Dylan and his band played NET concert number 2.500 - in the Time Warner Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte, North Carolina. At the end of this year he'll return to the Albert Hall, scene of his notorious 1966 concerts when hard-core folkies booed and The Beatles cheered. It's sometimes hard to believe that one artist can do so much in one lifetime. But I think Andrew Muir has climbed Everest, and written a book which captures the scale, the brilliance and the awfulness of Dylan's life on the road. This is "The Agony and The Ecstasy" of our generation
DEWALT DXAEPI140 Power Inverter 140W Car Converter: 12V DC to 120V AC Power Outlet with Dual 3.1A USB Ports
DEWALT DXAEPI140 Power Inverter 140W Car Converter: 12V DC to 120V AC Power Outlet with Dual 3.1A USB Ports
I utilize many Dewalt tools. I wanted the product so that I could plug my DeWalt battery charger into the AC receptacle. It worked great the 2 times that I used it. After 2 uses, the fuse inside the product blew. The fuse inside the product is a 1/4 x 1-1/4 inch 15 A fuse. I could find no loose wires or any problems as to why this would happen. I thought this would be an easy fix just replace the fuse and problem solved. I was disappointed to learn that the fuse was not the problem. The fuse blew again without any items plugged into the product. The blue light never turned on. I tried different outlets as well as multiple 15 amp fuses without success. I usually take the products apart to determine as to why they quit working but instead of wasting my time doing that I figured that I would just take the time to write a review telling others to not by this product. I wish that the product would have worked longer than the 2 times that I used it or that I could have a refund. I am such a big DeWalt fan. It is very disappointing.
2020 Streaming 1080P 60FPS Webcam with Microphone, Built-in Privacy Cover and Tripod, NexiGo Pro USB HD Computer Web Camera w/Mic Video Cam for Skype Zoom Gaming Conferencing, Mac PC Laptop Desktop
2020 Streaming 1080P 60FPS Webcam with Microphone, Built-in Privacy Cover and Tripod, NexiGo Pro USB HD Computer Web Camera w/Mic Video Cam for Skype Zoom Gaming Conferencing, Mac PC Laptop Desktop
I was so nervous buying this with no reviews, but I'm happy to review that this is fantastic! I had very specific specs I was looking for, I wanted 1080p with 60fps and that alone was hard to come by. Everywhere I looked it was recommended that I buy a Logitech c920 or what not, and that price sky rocketed and/or was out of stock everywhere. I couldn't justify buying something that became 3-4 times more expensive since the pandemic hit. I needed a new webcam for better light and color correction, as well as better frames and higher quality in general for work meetings and possible job interviews. This does the trick and then some!

A huge factor in purchasing this was what I mentioned above, but also a webcam with a built in (or included) privacy cover. The easy open/close shutter is SO amazing - a feature I didn't know I'd love so much. It closes and opens very easily, though you want to slightly hold the webcam with one hand or another finger or two to stabilize it when moving the slider to try avoid moving the webcam angle.

I have a stand alone microphone so I don't utilize the mic, but I did test it. It sounds like any other webcam mic - very sensitive and will pick up a lot of sounds around your area (though without a ton of static!) unless you can manually turn the sensitivity down (in the application you're using). BUT for the most part it's easy to hear even myself talking quietly 2.5 feet away. It'll do in a pinch for sure, but as always (this goes for any webcam) it's usually better practice to have a stand-alone microphone of some kind.

The video recording is nearly seamless, and photos look fantastic for a webcam! The field of view is so much larger than my old webcam, I'm not used to it, haha. I'm not using the tri-pod stand at this time, and while it feels very light and cheaply made in some ways, it seems decently sturdy. It "sits" on top of my monitor SO much better than my old Logitech webcam. I was afraid to put so much money into a webcam, but most webcams that had similar stats (or worse) were actually more expensive, so I'm very happy with this purchase. If you can save and splurge the money for this, I 10/10 would recommend this webcam.

[Out of the photos uploaded, the lower resolution photo (should be first) was taken with my old Logitech 720p webcam. Note the fuzziness, washed out colors, and narrow FOV. I know not all Logitech webcams are like this, and it served me well over the 8 years that I've had it, but DANG this is such an upgrade. The colorful reflection in one of the photos is just my keyboard back light]
Promotional Featurette: Wolverine and the X-Men: A Look Back and Foward
Promotional Featurette: Wolverine and the X-Men: A Look Back and Foward
Worked just fine on my T410 Lenovo laptop. Had to turn on the HD feature, just like the tutorial said, but it was seamless. I could also run background tasks with no disruption to the video. The audio is topnotch as well. I ran it through my 5-ch stereo to check dynamic range and frequency response - all good.
Wild Kratts: Volume 15
Wild Kratts: Volume 15
At our house, we LOVE the Kratt Brothers. Chris and Martin have made the following TV shows for kids:

KRATTS’ CREATURES (1996 50 episodes)
This was the first wildlife show geared specifically towards young children. We have not seen this show, but we were huge fans of the spinoff Zoboomafoo.

ZOBOOMAFOO (1999-2001 65 episodes)
My kids grew up on this show. Why it only ran for two seasons is beyond me. The show features the Kratt brothers along with a talking lemur named Zoboomafoo. I read once that the Kratt Brothers' real purpose in making this show was not so much to expose kids to animal facts but to turn them into lifelong conservationists. It worked. The Kratt Brothers impacted a generation with this show, including my kids.

BE THE CREATURE (3 seasons 30 episodes)
This is the best animal show ever made for children. It is an absolute travesty that only Season 1 (13 episodes) ever made it onto DVD. (Season 2 had 16 episodes. Season 3 had 1 episode.) In each episode, Chris and Martin do an in-depth exploration of one species. While they don’t generally say so, it is clear that they are working with dedicated experts in the field. They actually physically go to where these animals are and spend the entire episode just on this one species. It is incredibly informative. For example, we visit two separate troops of Japanese Macaques. We watch as one troop washes potatoes in the ocean to clean off dirt, culturally learned behavior. We see a second troop enjoy hot baths amidst the snow, behavior picked up from observing humans and then again transmitted culturally. Note that this show pulls no punches and thus is best for older children.

Season 1
1 Brown Dog
2 African Wild Dog
3 African Lion
4 Japanese Macaque
5 Lemur
6 Manatee
7 Coastal Creature
8 Chimpanzee
9 Banded Mongoose
10 Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
11 Great White Shark
12 Gelada Baboon
13 Eastern Gray Kangaroo

WILD KRATTS (2011-2019 5 seasons 138 episodes; more seasons are planned)
Combining animation and live action, the Kratt Brothers have really outdone themselves with this show. Bringing together techniques learned on their other shows, the Kratt Brothers engage young viewers in this fast-paced show, teaching them about animals and how to make a difference. This show aired when my children were no longer young; we loved it and watched it anyway. It is really good, very engaging.
Inni by Sigur Rós
Inni by Sigur Rós
I was truly moved and brought to tears by this. Honestly, there could have maybe been many possibilities that could have worked well to represent a visual experience to this groups other worldly, truly blessed by the multiverse type music, but the way it was cut and effected I found to be amazing and appropriate. Put on headphones, or pump it thorough a bumping system and just let it take you. Loved every moment of this film.
¿Preferirías ser una rana? (Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? Spanish Edition) (Bright & Early Books(R))
¿Preferirías ser una rana? (Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? Spanish Edition) (Bright & Early Books(R))
Este libro no tiene historia sino que va haciéndole preguntas al lector sobre qué preferiría ser dándole a elegir entre dos opciones opuestas. Es un libro para leer con alguien, para hablar, dar opiniones, expresar preferencias y al final conocernos un poco más. En definitiva, un buen libro para trabajar el lenguaje oral con los niñ@s y la capacidad de argumentar mientras explican por qué prefieren uno y no el otro, los dos o ninguno.
Eye of the Fortuneteller (Ghosts of Fear Street 6)
Eye of the Fortuneteller (Ghosts of Fear Street 6)
I remember in elementary school when we had weekly trips to the library, we'd always look at the shelf that held all of R.L. Stine's classics. The Goosebumps series --gosh, they caused a ruckus! We little first graders would all be standing in a lopsided line, waiting for the librarian to check our books out for us, and while the long wait, we'd glance by the "horror" bookshelf. I don't think they were much too popular, so they were located on a bottom shelf; however, at three-and-a-half feet standing, they were right at eye level for us. Perfect.

"You know what the scariest thing ever is?" one boy taunted me. "Reading one of these books. They will haunt you forever."

"So?" I said. The covers looked pretty scary, but being a book freak even then, I found it hard to believe that a book could actually scare you.

"In the dark," he continued. "These books are scary if you read them in the dark."

I was not impressed. First of all, everyone knew that you couldn't read a book in the dark unless it had glow-in-the-dark text. Second of all, the dark never really had adverse affects on me as a child, so to me, reading the book in the dark would have been the same as reading one on the sun.

Nevertheless, the fact that the horror novels could supposedly haunt me forever was not a very appealing idea. I never picked up one of the books, and never had thought about it, until I was given the opportunity to review Eye of the Fortuneteller by R.L. Stine. It isn't Goosebumps, but it comes pretty darn close...

Blurb: Who's afraid of the ghosts of Fear Street?
Not Kelsey Moore. She's lived on Fear Street all her life, and she's not afraid of anything.
Until she meets Madame Valda --a strange old woman who says she can see into the future. She tells Kelsey that only fools are fearless. Kelsey just laughs.
But she isn't laughing when she climbs into bed -- and finds it full of disgusting sand crabs. Or when she goes for a swim --and finds the ocean swarming with giant jellyfish! All of Kelsey's worst fears are coming to life!
Has Madame Valda doomed Kelsey to live in fear forever?

The only plausible way this book can be considered a horror novel takes me back to first grade, when even all the boys were afraid to read R.L. Stine. The only plausible way this book would eternally terrify a person, is if they were six years old.

The plot is simple:

1. Kelsey and her cousin, Drew encounter a creepy gypsy.
2. Kelsey and her cousin, Drew anger the creepy gypsy.
3. Kelsey and her cousin, Drew are cursed by the creepy gypsy; they get lost and chased by a rabid dog.
4. Kelsey has hallucinations about the only things in the world she is afraid of: sand crabs.
5. Kelsey has hallucinations about the only OTHER things in the world she is afraid of: horseflies and jellyfish.

That's really the "scary" elements of the story; but for someone like me who cannot imagine a sand crab being scary, it was hard to associate.
Being a children's novel, it did end happily (Kelsey's curse is lifted by some gypsies who aren't quite as evil as the first one she encountered), but I totally saw it coming. Children's stories never end tragically, but that factor probably also made the story less horrific too.

Eye of the Fortuneteller was a quick, I-should-be-doing-something-productive-but-instead-I-am-entertaining-myself read. I read it in about twenty minutes, as the there are only 105 pages and the font size is about 16.
I enjoyed taking a break from the really dramatic genre that makes you think too much (we're studying Dickens in class right now...ugh), but having already graduated from elementary school, this book wasn't really for me.

Rating: 6 hearts- Would recommend to people.

Thanks for reading!
Stephanie xx
Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay Saga 1-4
Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay Saga 1-4
I've always enjoyed reading Nora Roberts books involving siblings,but this is by far the best series I've ever read. I loved how she took 3 very different men,with very different stories and made them the close knit family that they were. Then throwing in Seth,the hurt little boy who wants nothing more than to know love and his place in the world. I loved most that Cameron,the quick tempered bad ass,Ethan,the quiet,thoughtful waterman,and Philip,the sophisticated businessman are all raising Seth. It starts out as a mere promise,an oath between brothers and then blossoms into a love that can't be broken.

I loved all the books equally. I loved to read how each brother interacted with Seth,he's feelings on living with them...wanting nothing more than to be family to them. It was just a beautiful thing to read. Ms. Roberts also created strong women to go along with these strong men and it was wonderful to watch the relationships take flight.

Finally,the series ended with Seth's novel. To know that he grew up and his brothers were older was great. You got to see the man he became b/c of them and how much his family means to him,the sense of pride they felt @ the person they helped to create. It's a wonderful series. All of the Nora Roberts series are fantastic but if you read only one series,let this be the one.
Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
This is a short and deceptively quick read for two reasons. First, Pushkin never finished the poem so there are several missing stanzas, and a whole missing chapter (chapter 9). Second, Stanley Mitchell, the translator, has chosen to render the poem in tetrameters, i.e. eight beats to the line, which makes the poem gallop along. In his comprehensive introduction the translator explains why Pushkin never finished the poem (ultimately, of course, he was killed in a duel) and why he chose to use tetrameters rather than the more stately and English pentameters.
Notwithstanding the brevity of his finest work, Pushkin is widely regarded as the greatest Russian writer – head and shoulders above Tolstoy (who was not noted for brevity). In the introduction we get an overview of Pushkin’s life, a mixture of exile to far flung regions, an unhappy marriage and close supervision by the head of the secret police. It’s a fascinating life, made more fascinating by Pushkin’s ancestry. His great grandfather on his mother’s side was an African slave who was presented by the Ottoman Sultan to Tsar Peter the Great as a gift. The Tsar brought him up as an officer cadet and he later became a senior army officer and was raised to the aristocracy by Catherine the Great. On his father’s side he was descended from ancient Russian nobility. This was a problem for Pushkin. He was a noble writing poetry and trying to be Byronesque at a time when the reading public were abandoning poetry in favour of those dratted middle class novels. Pushkin tried his hand at prose, but in his heart of hearts he was a poet. Thus, we get Eugene Onegin. This is a novel in the full sense of the term, but it’s written in verse. It has a cast of well-rounded characters, plenty of action (including a duel) and lots of psychological insight. I won’t spoil the plot. Suffice to say, Eugene is an early ancestor of all those superfluous, aimless, nihilistic young Russian blokes who populate nineteenth century Russian novels, and who, a century later, were on the barricades for the October Revolution.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great literature, packaged as only Penguin Classics know how.
Le pèlerin de Compostelle (French Edition)
Le pèlerin de Compostelle (French Edition)
Le pèlerin de Paulo Coelho jouit d'un notoriété certaine. Celui qui a parcouru le Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle ne peut qu'être irrésolu quant à son jugement sur une telle oeuvre. Pourtant aux lèvres d'un grand nombre de pèlerins rencontrés en chemin, et bien que cité de manière exclusivement laudative, je n'ai retrouvé dans ce récit rien de ce qui a fait le plaisir de mon entreprise à l'exception, peut-être, des rares évocations toponymiques. Toutefois, quelques passages sont particulièrement bienvenus en ce qui a trait au rite et à la foi. C'est un livre qui mérite d'être lu, mais pas pour l'image qu'il donne du chemin puisqu'il ne s'agit en aucun cas du récit d'un chemin "ordinaire" et encore moins d'un pèlerinage - d'ailleurs le titre en langue portugaise ne porte pas à une telle confusion.
Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 1: Mysterious Stories, Lost Notes, and Unfinished Manuscripts from One of the World's Most Popular Novelists
Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 1: Mysterious Stories, Lost Notes, and Unfinished Manuscripts from One of the World's Most Popular Novelists
First I have to say that I am, like millions of others, am a huge Louis L’Amour fan. I started reading his books in the late 60’s and have enjoyed every one. The Lost Treasures gave me an insight I have never had of any author let alone such a successful one.

The very clever editing allowed his son, Beau to give us a peak into his life, methods and drive to tell his story’s. I often wonder what it would be like to have a long lunch with an author to discuss his process and creative methods, this book is even better!

As Beau’s outlines in his forward and in his commentary explaining the various vignettes these writings are not complete but allow your imagination to wander down the paths Louis L’Amour started upon – there was not a single item that did not capture my attention so thoroughly that I was disappointed to to have missed all the work that was to come if Louis L’Amour had been with us for a little longer.

Beyond the content I found Louis L’Amour’s work ethic so inspirational, something that his whole family displays in keeping his work alive for us all to enjoy, so thank you Beau and team for a fascinating insight to this truly great American.

I highly recommend this unusual book to you.
Monument Rock: Stories (Kilkenny Book 5)
Monument Rock: Stories (Kilkenny Book 5)
I'm a huge fan of the late Louis L'Amour, one of America's greatest authors and the only author to receive both the Presidential Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal. I've read at least 20 of his novels, dozens and dozens of his short stories, 5 non Western novels and his first book of poems.

In Monument Rock we have 7 great short stories and the novel Monument Rock. We see some of the great characters in his other works like Utah Blane, ultra quick gun, fist fighter Kilkenny, and Ranger Chick Bowdrie and more. Those who have never heard about these characters are in for a real treat. Other know what 'm talking about. Lots of cowboy action, horses, double crossing, outlaws trying to steal ranches, bank robberies, gun fighting, fist fighting, saving beautiful woman and much more.

L'Amour was a master of scenery description and character development.We see the many travels of his characters into the beautiful and dangerous wilderness.

Slowly I'm building our Louis L'Amour collection to add to our family library. So far everything I've read if L'Amour is 5 stars with a few 4 stars. L'Amour wrote "I'd like to be remembered as a great storyteller". He sure was and one of America's greatest authors. Monument Rock rated 5 stars.
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne series Book 5)
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne series Book 5)
This book is not worth reading, that is for sure. I read Bourne Legacy and was disappointed. I was hoping that Bourne Betrayal would be better, but it was actually much worse.
Firstly, there are a TON of errors in this book! I didn't know that people would seriously publish a book without looking it over first. Just to mention one problem with this book: on several occurrences, Bourne starts speaking a language he didn't speak in the original series. I know that he could have learned Russian or whatever in that period of time between Ultimatum and Betrayal but what are the chances of that? Ludlum makes it very clear that Jason does not speak Russian in Ultimatum, and he speaks it fluently in Betrayal.
Secondly, the characters are so boring and unrealistic that it's annoying. Also, it seems that Bourne is constantly wounded. Why Lustbander?? Is this necessary? I very much doubt that. I hate how Jason seemed to be so void of emotions too.
I am almost surprised at myself, because usually I am very open to books, even if they are not very good. But I am very disappointed with this book, and Lusbander for making it such a terrible read.
It also seems that the antagonists are not very strong characters. Carlos, for example, is a very well-developed, evil, spine-chilling dude. What happened with Lustbander's antagonists? They seem to the reader unreal, see-through, and no personality at all. Not like Carlos in any way whatsoever. Lame with a capital L.
Oh ya, and one more thing. The beginning of this book was so bad and poorly written I felt like quitting reading. (FYI: I love to read) I was so angry at how he shaped it, it was just so bad.
I know that this is just personal preference, but I hate how Lustbander always calls Jason just "Bourne". It makes him seem like a machine, not a person. Not once does the author mention him by his first name, which really bugs me.
I am not reading any more of his books, that is for sure. I need to cleanse my mind with some real books, like Ludlums "Prometheus Deception",g great book, by the way.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 24: Le Capitaine Ginue (Dragon Ball (sens français) (24)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 24: Le Capitaine Ginue (Dragon Ball (sens français) (24)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball d'Akira Toriyama fait partie intégrante de ma jeunesse.

J'avais par le passé quelques exemplaires de la première édition Kiosque de Dragon Ball par Glénat en 85 volumes. Je me souviens des superbes couvertures et du papier recyclé assez gris.

Aujourd'hui, cette version Kiosque en 85 volumes n'est plus distribuée il me semble et je me tourne donc vers l'édition simple en 42 tomes toujours éditée par Glénat.
The Man of the Forest Annotated
The Man of the Forest Annotated
This comment is about the story only, not the presentation. I hate to discourage anyone from buying any Zane Grey novel, but "Dorn of the Mountains" is the novel you should buy, not The Man of the Forest. Get the book Zane Grey wrote before the editors got a hold of it. Five Star/Gale/Cengage is doing a wonderful thing by bringing out these Zane Grey masterpieces as he wrote them, so we as Zane Grey fans can "see" the real Zane Grey. It's a battle every writer fights when he writes something and wants to get it published--compromise. Even the great ones faced this, even after they became great. In the Man of the Forest version the lead male character is Milt Dale; in the "new" book he is Milt Dorn. The reason for the change was this novel was first published in 1918 and angry German sentiment was running high because of the 1st World War. Also in this book Zane Grey begins to relate his ideas on ecology and the loss of the natural resources; as well as telling us a story about a "loner" who is uncertain about his own future. Yet, when Helen Rayner appears to be in "real" trouble he leaves his solitariness to defend and befriend her and her little sister who have come west to visit relatives, and to escape a past. There are some good characters and characterizations in this book that lend creedence to the research of location and personage as only Zane Grey could do it. I HIGHLY recommend the Dorn of the Mountain version; it is far superior to the "original", yet it is still worth buying, and deserves five stars if one didn't know about the "new" book.
The Mysterious Rider
The Mysterious Rider
When I was a youth, Zane Grey was one of my favorite authors. But this book left me very unsatisfied - in fact frustrated and slightly angry. His writing style is great, his language and descriptions are fine, his character developments are well done. The story in itself is good, with action, suspense, gunfights and romance.

Yet the characters he portrays are, in my opinion, sadly lacking in some qualities. And I believe that the failures which they exhibit are inconsistent with all their other "good" qualities. The heroine is the worst: Zane tries to portray her as an absolute angel - open, honest, loving, obedient and caring. Yet I see her as overly naive, incredibly foolish, sometimes cowardly, and incompetent in times of need. When the baddie is cruelly belting the partly crippled hero, she stands by without a word, never shouts, never helps, then with the hero possibly dying she still agrees to marry the baddie.

The rancher, the hero and the mysterious rider all keep secrets from one another and the heroine. Without the secret information none of them can make wise decisions, and the information is not so earth-shattering that it could not be revealed. Mostly it is kept from the heroine as she might suffer if she knew. Well, if she's that weak then she is not my heroine. The hero accepts a framed rustling charge rather than "hurt" the rancher or the girl by telling the truth. The rider sacrifices himself (unnecessarily) so the girl and the rancher won't feel sad to know the truth. The rancher, who is loved in all the land for his kindness and generosity, demands that the girl marry the baddie knowing that it will destroy her. He is supposedly wise and clever but cannot accept the truth of his son's character nor the reality of his demands. Too many inconsistencies and too many cracks in the character of the various persons for them to be likable. Only three stars.
Naruto, Vol. 72 (72)
Naruto, Vol. 72 (72)
Naruto came to an end so soon! Kishimoto's work (Naruto) will always be remembered, we'll always remember the journey you've taken your fans through, ARIGATOU!
This volume, to put it simply, is just great- spoiler alert- by infusing the present Naruto along with the future(time skip) was quite cleverly done. Although it did sort of feel rushed ; Kishimoto had a time limit of finishing Naruto. If you're a Naruto fan, you have to get this VOLUME!!!
Der Spion von Ortry: Roman, Band 58 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Der Spion von Ortry: Roman, Band 58 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Nachdem der erste kuenstliche Erdtrabant (Sputnik) unseren Planeten umkreist hatte,ereichte die Diskussion ueber Zeitreisen neue Dimensionen.Seither wird viel Geld,Zeit und Energie aufgewendet um Einblicke in unsere Vergangenheit zu gewinnen.
Ein wenig Verständnis fuer die Vorkommnisse der letzten zwei Jahrhunderte kommt (im kleinem Rahmen )auch durch die Lektuere des vorliegenden Buches auf.
Als Kind habe ich mit Karl May immer Winnetou,Old Shatterhand und all die anderen bekannten Figuren seiner Reiseerzählungen assoziert.Zu meiner Schande gestehe ich,das ich bis dato von seinen Romanen noch nicht einen gelesen hatte.Die Konfrontation mit dieser Seite eines außergewöhnlichen Schriftstellers ist durchschlagend:Ich bin hin und weg.
Herr May besaß die Gabe,unsentimental und unterschwellig satirisch seine Zeit wiederzugeben,ohne jemanden zu beweihräuchern oder zu verletzen.Mit ein paar wenigen Sätzen gelingt es ihm,seine Protagonisten so mit Leben vollzuknallen,das es mir in der Tat passiert ist einen Nachbarn, der mich während der Lektuere des Buches besuchte,als Herrn von Greifenklau zu titulieren.(Wir haben uns noch ein wenig unterhalten,und sind dann morgends gegen vier Uhr zu dem Schluß gekommen,Herrn May unbedingt in die Reihe der Kommunikationsstifter einzureihen.)
In diesem Buch wird gelitten,geliebt,betrogen und gestorben.Nur nicht so brutal wie im richtigen Leben.Herr May versteht es meisterhaft,dem Leser ein gewisses Maß an Fantasie zu unterstellen.
Werte Leser dieser Rezession.Selbstverständlich sind diese Zeilen subjektiv,doch wer einmal fuer ein paar Stunden der agressiven Werbung im Fernsehen oder dem Computermäuschen entgehen möchte,dem sei dieses Buch wärmstens empfohlen.
Flood Tide
Flood Tide
I don't often review books here, I just don't have the time or inclination to do so. I ddid feel somewhat compelled in this instance to make some general observations concerning this and other series. It would seem that a successful series write follows a fairly rigid pattern in every novel. I have read many Dirk Pitts novels in the past in a seemingly different lifetime. This was the first one I've read in a while and I purchased at a low price. I was somewhat surprised to find that nothing has really changed in the Dirk Pitt world in the intervening years. This is both good and bad, depending upon one's expectations. My conclusion at the end of this novel is that I would not buy another in this series unless I could get a $.99 price on one. In short, I expected more, and all that I really got was more of the same. As a younger man, that was enough. Now that I am older and presumably wiser and more erudite, it's not enough, I'd prefer something with more nuance. But YMMV.
Starship Sakira (Delphi in Space Book 1)
Starship Sakira (Delphi in Space Book 1)
I've read the first three. The first (this one) is pretty good, the second is boring, the third has a more suspenseful plot, but is naively utopian in its idealism.

On the bright side, this is a story of alien contact and technological transformation and (later in the series) space flight with resorting to the usual absurdities like FTL. There is an AI, but she is appropriately large, not some little tiny implantable chip. In the second book, there are some liberties taken with entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

However, in the 3rd novel, as if you hadn't guessed, the author states his agenda: "...trying to create a better Earth by developing and sharing technologies in such a way as to equalize income levels across nations." For wide-eyed left-leaners only. More on this below.

The author is capable of writing suspenseful and interesting prose, but often chooses only to write teenage chatter. The second book is full of it. But some in all books.

The author ends each novel with a striking new dilemma. Just a sentence or two. The third book ends with "North Korea has launched a missile." And of course the sequel is not written yet (Nov 2019).

[minor spoilers]

The lead character, a US Citizen, is tested for "altruism" and receives an extremely valuable "gift" from aliens, or an alien. It is not clear it is hers to give. This character then sets himself, his brother and daughter up as sole arbiters of how to utilize this gift, and adopt the 3rd world scenario above. Fine so far, but note that he is effectively a benevolent despot at this point. Then the US Navy comes calling to collect taxes. This is not spelled out in legal detail in the book, but the lead character did not file informational IRS Form 3520, and a penalty of 5% of the value of the gift has accumulated for each month overdue. The Navy calls in about November best I can tell, and the form was due in April. So about 6x5=30% of what I estimate to be at least $1000 trillion in value. (not a misprint) They have managed to make tens of billions in the one year and create companies worth hundreds of billions, maybe close to $10-30 trillion in market value if the companies were publicly traded. At least 10 Apple computers. Yes, this is an alien tech singularity. They have not marketed any of the space flight technology or AI technology or the cool satellites, and only scratched the surface on medical. There are at least 1000 companies as valuable as Apple in that space ship. They just about get fusion working near the end. If the craft is valued at ten cents on the dollar of my estimate, they own $30 trillion in penalties, which is everything they have so far. The Navy is technically correct.

Stories like this in the 1950s and 1960s, in a period of higher altruism than today in my opinion, the technology would have been given to all countries. Tax would be avoided in any case if the proper paperwork were filled out, though Congress might pass a special law. If the technology had already been provided to others, it would be fait accompli and irrevocable, however, and not likely enforceable as recipient countries would doubtless intervene on their benefactor's behalf. This would in fact be the quickest way to prepare the world for the threat of the hostile alien faction (barely mentioned in the book, and not explained). The course chosen by the author is for the social-engineer-dictator who has no education or credentials in world leadership. He also, at the end, is contemplating blatant violation of the Outer Space Treaty, to which New Zealand (of which Cook Islands is a protectorate) is a signatory.
Der Killer: Will Robie 1
Der Killer: Will Robie 1
Wir (damit meine ich die Aficionadas des Genres) haben ja einige Protagonisten vor Augen, Will Robie ist neu und eigenständig. Baldacci hat die Geschichte und den Helden sehr überlegt kühl geplant und konstruiert. Es gibt einen strategisch handelnden Antagonisten, von dem man erst sehr spät erfährt, und für den das ein Spiel mit zu vernachlässigenden Kollateralschäden ist. Robie denkt nicht so. Er ist ein Moralist Kästnerscher Art (Fabian). Er reflektiert, aber nicht blutleer, dass es das Genre sprengt. Das vorausgesetzt, geht einiges an Kritik ins Leere. Die Handlungsentwicklung ist zumindest für mich nicht vorhersehbar gewesen. Ich habe oft innegehalten und mich gefragt, was fängt B. damit an, wie könnte es weitergehen. Einige Male hatte ich den richtigen Riecher, ohne Sicherheit zu haben, es war eine Option, aber B. hat noch einen eigenen Dreh gefunden. Ich empfand es als Stärke, dass B nicht erklärt, sondern erzählt, das ist handlungsgetrieben. Wer Clancy erwartet, sollte Clancy lesen. B. setzt einfach, wie da etwas funktioniert, spielt keine Rolle, es funktioniert. Es ist Logistik, die klappt. Aber auch B. lässt keine losen Enden zurück. Am Ende ist das Bild komplett, alles hängt zusammen. Ich habe schon schwächere Romane von B. gelesen,. Dieser ist gelungen. Die Figuren sind hinreichend tief vorgestellt, tiefer muss es nicht sein. Die Bedrohung ist latent, und erst zum Ende hin gewinnt sie ungeahnte, sich spät konkretisierende Höhen. Was will man mehr.
A Promise is Forever
A Promise is Forever
Love the ending. This story shows men takes good women for granted and can be very selfish only seeking their own happiness.She found the right man in the end.
The Californians
The Californians
It's a great show from Hollywood's golden era. Not the best, but definitely worth a watch. One of the negative reviews questioned the "history." Well guess what? It's an old TV show, not a history lecture. Each episode has a beginning, middle, and end with a crisis that needs to be resolved in about 22 minutes. What more do you need?
Harry Potter Gryffindor School Uniform Knee High Socks, Red, 9-11
Harry Potter Gryffindor School Uniform Knee High Socks, Red, 9-11
Meh, wasn’t a big fan. They were pretty thin material and squeezed my legs - and I don’t have big legs. They were even thinner as they struggled to stretch. Also didn’t like that it came below the knee rather than above the knee. I think some people would find it suitable but I found another one I liked better in maroon and yellow stripes that were thigh highs. This one is red and yellow - which didn’t match my sexy Harry Potter costume in maroon and yellow. So I returned them.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Blu-ray]
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Blu-ray]
One of my wife’s favorite movies - if you don’t have a full atmos sound system you are missing out - great picture and sound make this Disney classic come to life !
Castle In The Window
Castle In The Window
Like the tip of an iceberg, this seemingly easy fiction unexpectedly delves into a subject of consequence. With music and through magic, it gently highlights a form of dyslexia or learning disability - a disease, that if undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and managed poorly, can lead to much suffering with devastating results to a person's life.
It shows us that with research and patience, not everything is always as it seems. Education comes in a myriad of forms, and sometimes what's suitable for the masses may not be suited to an individual.
6.5 Special [Blu-ray]
6.5 Special [Blu-ray]
Good clean print of this rare 50's British rock 'n' roll/pop musical. The movie itself is only so-so, but it's an interesting historical artifact and it's fascinating to see a pre-Carry On Jim Dale when he was a (pretty good) rock 'n' roller, plus such forgotten faces as Scottish boy rocker Jackie Dennis. The disc also includes the 1961 re-edited re-release, Calling All Cats (which I haven't yet watched, so I can't tell you how it differs), plus the trailers for both films - although these are identical but for the titles! Also included is a glossy booklet which tells you all about the film and its musical stars. Well worth getting this one.
Lee's Aide-de-Camp
Lee's Aide-de-Camp
The memoirs of Charles Marshall, Lee's aide. Most editions have footnotes and extensive commentary by Frederick Maurice.

Marshall seems to have been Lee's greatest fan, defending him at all points, claiming to know his mind (even when, as in the instance of Lee's intention to fight a battle during the Gettysburg campaign, other evidence suggests Marshall is mistaken) and fervently exonerating him of all wrong. Little personal reminiscence is here except for concerning Appomattox, although Marshall does vouchsafe the information that the first time he ever heard musket fire was during the battles of the Seven Days and he didn't know at first what he was hearing.

Marshall's memoir is of interest for scholars of Lee and also for those interested in the role of the cavalry during the Gettysburg campaign, because Marshall is one of the major voices to speak up blaming Stuart. I found it interesting to note that Marshall implies the famous confusing order which states "If General Hooker's army remains inactive...but should he not appear to be moving northward" was meant to be worded that way; Marshall goes on to refer to it in the same terms, suggesting there was no error, and also claims that Lee was concerned Hooker might move southward to threaten Richmond. In any case, one may (and probably should) disagree with some of what Marshall has to say but this is an important memoir nonetheless.
Harry Potter Weasley Specials Memorabilia, 30 x 40 cm
Harry Potter Weasley Specials Memorabilia, 30 x 40 cm
I am a HUGE Harry potter fan, so have an ever growing collection on framed memorabilia that is slowly climbing across the walls and taking over the room!

This frame did not disappoint! Well worth the buy for Potter Heads!

Arrived quickly in a good condition with a secure packaging.

Very happy with my Siriusly good poster!
Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology, and Rituals of an Esoteric Order
Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology, and Rituals of an Esoteric Order
The history of Rosicrucianism is a bit of a muddled affair, not least of all due to the fact that we don't really know who wrote the two manifestos (barring the likely candidate of Andreae, who wrote the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz), nor why they were written, nor, indeed, if it was intended as a joke or a subtle social experiment designed to bring about change, propelled by the powerful forces of mystery, secrecy, and intrigue. It is difficult, even in modern times, to separate the myths from the facts, to discern which was the first actual Rosicrucian group from the many that claim its ancient heritage. The Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology, and Rituals of an Esoteric Order, by Christopher McIntosh (author of The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason) is an excellent attempt at this discernment.

The book spans just under 150 pages, which is relatively slim for a scholarly work, but then this is mainly intended as an overview, and is certainly not lacking in depth in those 150 pages. It has thirteen chapters, ranging from an exposition on groups and beliefs that influenced the Rosicrucians, the general esoteric tradition in Germany prior to the birth of Rosicrucianism, the actual release and effect of the manifestos themselves, and then the spread of Rosicrucianism, to its alchemical emphasis, the Golden and Rosy Cross Order, the King of Prussia's membership, the French revival, the Golden Dawn, the Rosicrucian Adept in literature, and modern Rosicrucian movements, most notably AMORC.

McIntosh cites numerous sources, displaying a wealth of knowledge on the subject that cannot easily be dismissed. The bibliography is also fairly extensive (though McIntosh calls it "select"). Much of the translations of texts quoted throughout are his own, and the reasoning for this is explained by Colin Wilson in his foreword, where he explains McIntosh's love of detective work, "especially when it involved reading in French and German". This adds an extra layer to the book, where the various translations can be compared and cross-referenced with others in the fully-translated published texts.

McIntosh presents an overview of Rosicrucianism that is both scholarly and literary. The facts are there, and are well supported, but this is far from a dry academic tome (although parts of it unfortunately sink to that level). It is clearly evident that the author is partial to the subject at hand, and this is best explained in his own words: "When I began it, I was going through a phase of rather dry, scholarly objectivity in my attitude to such subjects and I intended to examine Rosicrucianism simply as a rather curious historical phenomenon without really expecting to find that it contained a teaching of any real depth or coherence. Since then, not only has my attitude changed - I have become much more pro-occult - but I also found ... that Rosicrucianism goes deeper than I had realized, and does contain something valuable and coherent. ... It has taught me that, sooner or later, anyone studying these subjects from an academic point of view has to make the decision whether they are going to take a personal stance for or against. To turn away from this decision and try to remain neutral is, to me, death."

This is not to say that McIntosh has abandoned his scholarly focus, as that is not true, but this is a book to be enjoyed mainly (though not exclusively, as it has a broad appeal) by historically-inclined Rosicrucians, for they will find that McIntosh really identifies with the powerful mythology that Rosicrucianism has invented. It matters little in the end who created it and where, but rather the many people who felt moved and empowered by it, and the rapid spread of its movements and ideals across Europe and America. The historical questions are answered as best as they can be at this time in this book, but never at the expense of the heart of Rosicrucianism itself.

The Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology, and Rituals of an Esoteric Order, by Christopher McIntosh; Weiser Books, 3rd Revised Edition (1997)

Review originally posted at Mishkan ha-Echad
Classic Home and Garden 70 Whiskey Barrel, 15"-"Home, Distressed Oak
Classic Home and Garden 70 Whiskey Barrel, 15"-"Home, Distressed Oak
I love the elegance of the big ceramic pots... I don't love trying to move them. And they are very pricey. I read all the reviews and checked the pots when they arrived. The first batch was in great shape and I was so impressed, I just ordered more. Now I have a lovely edge to my deck that will be easy to take care of. They also nicely fit inside my little grow house portable greenhouses so I can get an earlier start of spring salad veggies.
Replacement Data Sync Charging Power Cord USB Cable Compatible with Wacom Intuos Pro PTH450 PTH650 PTH451 PTH651 PTH851 Intuos5 PTK450 PTK650 PTK850 Intuos4 PTK440 PTK640 PTK840 PTK1240 Bamboo CTE450
Replacement Data Sync Charging Power Cord USB Cable Compatible with Wacom Intuos Pro PTH450 PTH650 PTH451 PTH651 PTH851 Intuos5 PTK450 PTK650 PTK850 Intuos4 PTK440 PTK640 PTK840 PTK1240 Bamboo CTE450
My cord for my Wacom tablet developed a loose connection, so I ordered this replacement. It's actually way better than the cord that came with the tablet! The original cord was made to plug in upside down, which is what I think made it short out. This one plugs in the right way; the cord doesn't get a kink in it at the part that plugs in. So happy I bought it!
3 Packs Indian Nut 36 Seeds for Weight Loss original Nut,Indian seed
3 Packs Indian Nut 36 Seeds for Weight Loss original Nut,Indian seed
The goal is to let portion steep in hot liquid to soften. Smash against cup with back of spoon, watch as milky fat dissolving oils deep out. Drink everything up. Loss of time? Squeeze & pop portion into mouth, wash down with warm water...not perfect but better than skipping. MY SUGGESTION TO BEGIN, see pics, cut seed into 8 portions, 1/8th for 1st 8 days, 1/4’s of seed on 9th day and thereafter, razor works best. Make a normal cup of hot tea, coffee, hot chocolate, what ever hot, toss the piece/broken portions into cup to soften, it floats, a minute or two later, smash with back of spoon, you’ll see the milky oil release...that’s the magic. Trips me out. This seed is like a piece of cold hardened oil that needs heat to melt it. My opinion but you’ll see. You’ll be on the toilet a few times a day the 1st week, it’s all that storage fat and poisons coming out of you. Drink lots of water, take your vitamins and minerals because with the OUT, goes your nutrients too. Feels like your going to the gym with aches where the hardest parts to lose measurements happens. It’s the magic dissolving and busting up hard to lose stuff. Please put back the potassium, minerals and vitamins...replace it big time!!! The virtual gym aches will pass as will the soft, “outage” haha. It will go back to a regular size and amount. If it’s to much, skip a day, see if that helps but do the drink at night and in the am on day 3, there’s no way to not notice a difference. Weird!!!! But works without dieting and works better if you cut out dairy and frying of foods. Eat what ya want but try not to fry it is all, the cravings even begin to fade.
Eat bananas & Yogurt for the stomach PH and muscle aches.
Store in zip lock bag and fridge. Cut only 1 seed at a time, cutting more ahead of time ruins the seeds protection and potency. Never buy bags of this that shows it in pieces, that’s a worm or monster inside of you waiting to get born ugh!
I will buy more as needed from this company only.
Muscle Car Milestones: AutoTraderClassics Muscle Car Milestones
Muscle Car Milestones: AutoTraderClassics Muscle Car Milestones
I think I would've liked this book as an e-book. However, I ordered the paperback. The quality is very low and print does not go to the edge of the page. It has large margins. Also, the printing is not sharp. They start the book on a even page, so everything is one page off. This means all the two-page spreads are wrapped and the page numbers are near the spine instead of the outside of the page where they should be. It's almost annoying to read this book. It is total crap from a quality standpoint. However, the information is pretty good. That's the only reason it gets 2 stars.
Minwax 13613000 Wood Putty, 3.75 Ounce, Mahogany
Minwax 13613000 Wood Putty, 3.75 Ounce, Mahogany
I purchased this putty to patch a small hole, no bigger than 1" in diameter from when I removed the old doorbell.

I couldn't find anything I liked about this product, despite conducting lots of research prior and selecting this one because of the price and positive reviews. I regret my decision.

I'm not an expert at all when it comes applying putty, joint compound, spackle, etc. But, I watched a couple of Youtube videos and it seems pretty straightforward if you have the right tools. I purchased a 4" flex putty knife and followed the instructions on the label. As you can see, after cleaning the surface and drying, I applied the putty with the flex putty knife. I even used a scraper beforehand to wipe out any lingering remnants pieces of wood. As you can see from my pictures, no matter how many times I spread the putty, it would not even a smooth surface. You can see the result in the 2nd picture. After spending 20 minutes or so, I gave up and just left it the way it is knowing that it's not going to get better.

Such a shame because I did so much research before getting this putty. I should have just used wood filler. Wish I can return this, but since it's just a couple of bucks, I'll just have to eat the loss.
Cabales - Sujetador deportivo con correas cruzadas y almohadillas extraíbles para mujer (3 unidades)
Cabales - Sujetador deportivo con correas cruzadas y almohadillas extraíbles para mujer (3 unidades)
These bras are very comfortable. If I remember correctly, they do not run to size. I relied on the reviews of previous consumers to help me find the perfect fit.

First of all, as a large-breasted woman, I enjoy a supportive sports bra. I'm not crazy about the ugliness of sports bras. These sports bras have a sexy back, which adds to the enjoyment of wearing them.

The reason I am only giving three stars is because after three washings and wearings of each bra, one of the bras is already unraveling at the seams. As a person of limited means, this is a huge disappointment. I will now have to sew this bra up and I am not a seamstress.

On the plus side, these bras are so comfortable and supportive. I like that they have slight padding, so that those of us with permanip can have that little extra bit of sheilding that one does not normally get from a sports bra.

The pads are removable from a tiny hole. Although, I do not see why one would want to remove them. They reduce the look of permanip effectively, and if they get a bit scrunched up, it is really easy to fix them without removing them.

Sincerely, I would have given these bras five stars, if not for the defective one that unraveled.
Lámpara de mesa de noche con altavoz Bluetooth cargador inalámbrico LED luz de madera de cerezo modo de sueño Smart Touch Slide & Stepless atenuación WiFi original 3 en 1 mejorada Smart Lamp by iV Industry
Lámpara de mesa de noche con altavoz Bluetooth cargador inalámbrico LED luz de madera de cerezo modo de sueño Smart Touch Slide & Stepless atenuación WiFi original 3 en 1 mejorada Smart Lamp by iV Industry
Kinda bummed about this lamp, I wanted to really like it but it falls short in many ways. first off the build quality is subpar for the price ( the tree is actually crooked on the base) and materials feel like cheap plastic. The speaker part is ok I guess better than a phone speaker but it's no substitute for a dedicated Bluetooth speaker. The wireless charger is very finicky and your phone has to be in the perfect spot otherwise it won't charge. The area to touch, to turn on the lamp is small and undefined. There is also a really big bright led light on it that is really annoying seeing how it's a night stand lamp. Idk about you but I don't like sleeping with bright lights inches from my face.
Blade / Blade 2 / Blade: Trinity (BD)(3FE) [Blu-ray]
Blade / Blade 2 / Blade: Trinity (BD)(3FE) [Blu-ray]
Having these 3 Wesley Snipes Blade movies collected together is a good idea. People forget about Blade being a Marvel comics anti-hero and as a black character he made his debut so far before Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther that it makes sense that he’s forgotten (also because his movies were never for the kids). But let’s correct the notion that BP was the first black superhero on the silver screen. It was Blade. (It probably wasn’t even Blade either for all I know. But it was Blade as far as a Marvel comics character.)

Blade kicked butt. Literally and figuratively. Snipes brought a great action and martial arts dynamic to the Daywalker. The first film was a stand-out from the moment of the frightening blood rave and Blade was a take-no-prisoner warrior. Joined by Kris Kristofferson as his en loco parentis and tech mentor Whistler the two blew the vampires that they came across into the living daylight. ///// Blade II directed by Guillermo del Toro is my favorite of the trilogy and boasts more black leather than all the New Your nightclubs combined. He becomes an uneasy ally with a vampire hit squad to take out some mangly mouthed monstrosities that had evolved to prey on vampires (I don’t know but I believe that these creatures found their way into the FX TV series “The Strain”). The action is frenetic, almost like a closed-in version of “The Magnificent Seven”, and of course there are double-crosses galore but Blade finds his warmer side as he learns to appreciate one of the vampires, the daughter of their clan’s leader. Though there are “whoops! Look at that obvious CGI!” moments in a couple of the more acrobatic scenes del Toro keeps most of his effects practical and that helps keep the action visceral. ///// Finally Blade: Trinity steps in it. Falling prey to its own contrivances it has a vampire clan reviving the original Dracula who is more of a demonic monster than man. It also figures on taking Blade’s mentor, Whistler, out of the picture once and for all but it brings in fresh meat with a small cadre of vampire hunters to team up and help Blade take down the original of the species. Jessica Biel is Whistler’s daughter and is the standout here while Ryan Reynolds supplies his crass inane verbal diarrhea to lighten up the mood. It makes it memorable but overall I think that it doesn’t work. Another surprising thing is that this is the best and cleanest looking Blade entry but that kind of goes against the aesthetic that a Blade film should lean in to.

Blade = 4 stars
Blade II = 5 stars
Blade: Trinity = 2.5 stars

Seeing these 3 movies gives us the promise of what Blade delivered and how it fizzled out so quickly. I don’t know if we’ll ever see him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I kinda hope so) but there’s no real reason to excise these movies from it.
Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier, 300 Sq. Ft, White
Winix HR900, Ultimate Pet 5 Stage True HEPA Filtration Air Purifier, 300 Sq. Ft, White
What caught my attention about this product is that it is specially designed for pet owners. I have five – two dogs and three cats. When we have friends and relatives over who have pet allergies, it requires massive cleaning. So I was interested to see how this will work.

The product promises to capture pet dander, collect pet hair, and absorb odors with its HEPA filter, fine mesh pre-filter, and deodorized carbon filters. It also states that it captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants, pet dander and allergens. So far, I have no reason to disbelieve these claims. The filter is, indeed, doing what’s promised and it’s easy to install and to clean as well.

A few more things about the Winix Air Cleaner: it has a clean, linear design that unobtrusively fits in our family room/kitchen open space and it’s easy to use. Auto mode lets you set one of four speeds – low, medium, high and turbo (we’ve been using medium). The pre-filter is permanent, the carbon filter and true HELPA filter last up to 12 months, and the pet filter is simple to install.

I like that the product comes with a clear instruction book (which is missing from so many products these days) that quickly allowed me to get this product up and going (literally, in minutes) and assured me that I was doing it right.

So far, I like the Winix Air Cleaner a lot. I think it’s a must-have for those of us with multiple pets – and its operation is so quiet you can barely tell it’s there.
Coway Airmega AP-1512HHS (AP-1519P) HEPA Air Purifier, 16.8 x 18.3 x 9.6, Black/Brown
Coway Airmega AP-1512HHS (AP-1519P) HEPA Air Purifier, 16.8 x 18.3 x 9.6, Black/Brown
Let's start with the bad: setup isn't very fun. The IOCare app is buggy and you're going to have to run through it multiple times before you get it working. You're also going to need a 2.4Ghz WiFi network set up in your home (the device doesn't support 5Ghz). But if you have that and some persistence, you can get this working. I believe in you. Just keep trying over and over again. PS. Don't sign into IOCare with Google, instead use your email and create a password.

Now onto the good: this is every bit the air purifier that the AP-1512HH was, the one that was consistently the Wirecutter's top pick. Minus the air ionizer (which was a gimmick anyway) allowing Coway to advertise this model as 100% ozone free. Plus a proper honeycomb activated charcoal filter like Winix has on its 5500-2. This allows for better smell dissipation, and is washable so it does not require replacing. HEPA filters for the HH fit this model, which means filter replacements are just as inexpensive over the long term (a key selling point over the Winix).

Now onto the smart: when it works, it's pretty great. Seriously, I didn't expect the smart features to be any more than a gimmick, but they're actually pretty cool. For starters, you can turn it on or off and change the fan speed using Google Assistant or Alexa. It works surprisingly well and the commands are super simple ("Alexa, change the fan speed to 2"). My favorite smart feature are the alerts: the IOCare app will send you push notifications for poor air quality when the Coway detects a high particulate count. I often get these alerts when I'm cooking on the stovetop downstairs and there's smoke, so it definitely works. I like how the app allows you to view your current indoor air quality and see how it compares to outside (the AQI provided by your local weather station). You can also view your indoor air quality as a graph over time. Lastly, the app will send you notifications when the pre-filter needs to be cleaned or the HEPA filter replaced.

As for the air purifying itself, no complaints, it works great, about as well as the 5500-2 which I also own. It's super quiet on its automatic setting. And its more stylish than the Winix so its less likely stick out among your decor. Sadly, it doesn't have an automatic Sleep Mode when it gets dark like the Winix (a feature I really like), but it does have a button to turn off the light so its not obtrusive in the dark (I keep it in my bedroom and its barely noticeable). You can also set a schedule through the app to automatically turn off the light at night and keep the fan at its lowest speed when you're sleeping. I haven't personally tried this out so I don't know how reliable it is, I just know that its there.

All in all, a worthwhile successor to the HH and worth the extra ~$50 assuming you get it set up correctly.
Pickwick Zoethout, Té de Regaliz, 20 Bolsitas
Pickwick Zoethout, Té de Regaliz, 20 Bolsitas
Ich trinke seit einiger Zeit YOGI TEA und da u. a. auch den Lakritztee. Er ist unglaublich lecker, lakitzig und schön süß. Durch Zufall habe ich dann das Pickwick Angebot gesehen und hab ihn mal mitbestellt, obwohl er viel teurer und mit Versandkosten war (YOGI TEA hab ich Prime gekauft). Der Versand erfolgte schnell und gut verpackt. Hab den Tee dann auch gleich aufgegossen, ziehen lassen und war schon beim ersten Schluck enttäuscht: schmeckte pappig und keinesfalls nach Lakritze... eher nach Kräuter und Verpackung, als hätte ich den Teebeutel samt seiner Umverpackung + dem Anhängeschildchen aufgebrüht. Schade ums Geld! Da ziehe ich meinen YOGI TEA vor, schmeckt um Welten besser.
Animals Figure,54 Piece Mini Jungle Animals Toys Set,ValeforToy Realistic Wild Vinyl Plastic Animal Learning Party Favors Toys For Boys Girls Kids Toddlers Forest Small Animals Playset Cupcake Topper
Animals Figure,54 Piece Mini Jungle Animals Toys Set,ValeforToy Realistic Wild Vinyl Plastic Animal Learning Party Favors Toys For Boys Girls Kids Toddlers Forest Small Animals Playset Cupcake Topper
 Overall this is an OK set for kids to play with and enjoy learning about different animals. I received 32 animals, with two zebras, but I'm not complaining about the duplicate. The tree and grasses are fine as is the 16-piece clip-together fence. (Not a biggie but I count 53 pieces - is the 54th the pvc bag? 4th photo.)

These figures are of average quality but not terrible. The sizing is a bit off for a few of the animals (see 3rd photo, where for example the squirrel is bigger than the hippo, and the stork is taller than the bison) so you shouldn't buy these if you want the animals sized relatively as a set. I'll also mention that some of the colours are imprecise (e.g. bright yellow camel, light pink moose) but that's understandable given the price.

Three or four animals do not stand well even on a flat surface and keep falling over; six or seven fall over when playing with on a rug / carpet. Also, some animals have missing details such as the painted eyes or ears but you can still identify the animals (and I have a permanent marker handy anyway.)

Having said the above, my two year old is thoroughly enjoying playing with these and she's learning new animals including tapir and even I've learnt about the pangolin (after searching online with a description of the animal figure.) From an educational point of view, it's important HOW you play with the set so the child can benefit the most. Some ideas: repeat the name of each animal clearly when playing with it so the child can remember it; compare the animal with where it may be featured in any books you may have or even cartoons/movies; play the noise the animal makes (YT is very helpful) whilst playing with the particular animal so the child can learn the sounds; group the animals to introduce different ideas such as animals from different continents (which I started doing in photo 2 - you can also group them on a world map and encourage the child to place the animals themselves); reaffirm colours by sorting the animals by colour / shade...

I'm fine with the purchase :) And since my daughter is loving these, I've ordered a farm-animals set as well.
Dogmatics in Outline
Dogmatics in Outline
Anyone who ever looks at theology these days cannot help but notice the shadows of certain figures looming large over them. Arguably, fewer of these are more prominent than Karl Barth. His Church Dogmatics is often cited as one of the greatest works of 20th century theology. It is, however, extremely long and, I might add, rather expensive. So in order to attempt to get to grips with Barth's theology, I have had his Dogmatics in Outline on my radar for some time. In this book, which is comprised of transcripts of lectures he gave in Germany, just after the Second World War, he condenses his magnum opus into a little over 140 pages, going through the Apostles' Creed, phrase by phrase.

Before he begins in earnest, though he gives us an outline of his plan, as well as some very useful discussions on the nature of faith. One must not think, though, that because the book is short that it is straightforward. It's very dense, particularly the early chapters. I think I could re-read the first 30 pages over and over again, get something new out of them every time and yet still not fully grasp the breadth of the vision that Barth was expounding.

As he moves on to look at the various bits of the Apostles' Creed, it does become a bit more accessible. Though that may be because I had, by that time, adjusted my reading to suit the cadences present in the text. In many ways, it is particularly hard for me to summarise what Barth's theology is, because what became clear is how much of an influence he has been on the leaders of the churches I have been a part of. That is, I view my own beliefs as being fairly orthodox and there is very little in this book that is vastly different from the teaching I have largely grown up within baptist, pentecostal and other nonconformist churches. It was then merely a very well-articulated series of sermons in the same vein that I have listened to in each of the last 4 decades.

As I was reading through it, I found myself wondering if his theology was the pinnacle of `pre-critical' thinking. Though there are plenty of theologians before him who have had similar views (I think here of the likes of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther & Calvin), Barth was a contemporary of Bultmann, who is one of the others whose shadow across modern theology cannot be ignored. The other figure I thought of was A.W. Tozer. Though the latter was not as theologically astute as Barth, I sensed a similarity in their approach to, and view of, the bible. Interestingly, though, Barth does not go so far as to make any sort of claim to inerrancy, but he does insist on the bible being front and centre of how we understand the christian faith. Though Bultmann is barely alluded to, there is a distinct air of defiance against Bultmann's school of thinking. For my part, though I would lean towards Barth's point of view, I would pay more attention to biblical criticism than is evidenced here.

Barth warns at the outset that this is meant to be a careful look at what the church should be and be for from the perspective of those who are part of the church. It's not a book I would recommend to a non-christian, that's not the target audience. But for anyone wanting to read a book of pretty solid theology, then this is an excellent place to start.

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