Eliseo Turner

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Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond
Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond
Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond by Louis Rosenfeld , Peter Morville , et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 55 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Ext JS 4 Web Application Development Cookbook
Ext JS 4 Web Application Development Cookbook
Ext JS 4 Web Application Development Cookbook by Andrew Duncan and Stuart Ashworth. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Rail-Trails Washington and Oregon
Rail-Trails Washington and Oregon
Rail-Trails Washington and Oregon by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start by Amazon Web Services. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
MongoDB in Action
MongoDB in Action
MongoDB in Action by Kyle Banker. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Learn MySQL: Basics of MySQL Language
Learn MySQL: Basics of MySQL Language
Learn MySQL: Basics of MySQL Language by Srinivas Vanamala. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
点点星光灿烂
点点星光灿烂
点点星光灿烂 by 郭艳红. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter Word Search: Find over 1,600 words from J.K Rowling’s magical books and films including Hogwarts, the characters you love, spells, actors and more in this unofficial Puzzle Book
Harry Potter Word Search: Find over 1,600 words from J.K Rowling’s magical books and films including Hogwarts, the characters you love, spells, actors and more in this unofficial Puzzle Book
Harry Potter Word Search: Find over 1,600 words from J.K Rowling’s magical books and films including Hogwarts, the characters you love, spells, actors and more in this unofficial Puzzle Book by Freedom Puzzles and Freedom Word Search. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 176 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Saugus prieglobstis
Saugus prieglobstis
Saugus prieglobstis 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 First Lady
The First Lady
The First Lady by James Patterson. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1341 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
What Happened at the Lake
What Happened at the Lake
What Happened at the Lake by Phil M. Williams. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1129 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
El último jurado (Spanish Edition)
El último jurado (Spanish Edition)
El último jurado (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Green Lake
Green Lake
Green Lake by S.K. Epperson. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 3273 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Dossie Pelicano (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Dossie Pelicano (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Dossie Pelicano (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Desperation
Desperation
Desperation by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 887 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Starting Out with Java: Early Objects
Starting Out with Java: Early Objects
Starting Out with Java: Early Objects by Tony Gaddis. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Laravel 5 Essentials
Laravel 5 Essentials
Laravel 5 Essentials by Martin Bean. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Python 2.1 Bible
Python 2.1 Bible
Python 2.1 Bible by Dave Brueck and Stephen Tanner. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Data Science: How to Work with Data with Python Programming Language. The Ultimate Guide on What you Need to Know to Work with Data Using Python. (Artificial Intelligence Book 6)
Python Data Science: How to Work with Data with Python Programming Language. The Ultimate Guide on What you Need to Know to Work with Data Using Python. (Artificial Intelligence Book 6)
Python Data Science: How to Work with Data with Python Programming Language. The Ultimate Guide on What you Need to Know to Work with Data Using Python. (Artificial Intelligence Book 6) by Oliver Soranson. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python for Experimental Psychologists
Python for Experimental Psychologists
Python for Experimental Psychologists by Edwin S. Dalmaijer. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Oracle SQL Scripting: SQL
Oracle SQL Scripting: SQL
Oracle SQL Scripting: SQL by Bhavesh Tailor. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
R Programming Language: 2020 Edition
R Programming Language: 2020 Edition
R Programming Language: 2020 Edition by R Publishing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
MATLAB Programming for Engineers
MATLAB Programming for Engineers
MATLAB Programming for Engineers by Stephen J. Chapman. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual
iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual
iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual by Craig Hockenberry. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches
Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches
Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 26 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Angular: Grundlagen, fortgeschrittene Techniken und Best Practices mit TypeScript - ab Angular 4, inklusive NativeScript und Redux (iX Edition) (German Edition)
Angular: Grundlagen, fortgeschrittene Techniken und Best Practices mit TypeScript - ab Angular 4, inklusive NativeScript und Redux (iX Edition) (German Edition)
5 Sterne vergebe ich selten. Und ich habe das Buch auch noch nicht durch gearbeitet. Aber was ich im ersten Drittel sehen kann hebt sich so wohltuend von anderen Fachbüchern dieser Art ab dass die 5 Sterne jetzt schon gerechtfertigt sind.
Mein wichtigster Punkt: Angular als Framework setzt auf einer Vielzahl anderer Tools auf. Alle Bücher die ich bisher in die Finger bekommen habe fangen auf dem Tool-Level an ohne die Zusammenhänge zu durchleuchten. Warum auch, schmeisst einfach die Entwicklungsumgebung an und legt los. In diesem Buch wird damit angefangen ein Miniprojekt ohne Einsatz irgendwelcher Zusatztools aufzubauen. Und das schafft so viel mehr Verständnis als einfach die Werkzeuge zu benutzen. Die Erklärungen dazu sind kurz und aufs Wesentliche beschränkt. Meiner Meinung nach schafft dieses Vorgehen die Grundlage für gute Software. Auch wenn sich kaum noch jemand die Zeit nehmen will sich um die Basics zu kümmern, es lohnt sich wenn man wissen will was man tut. Genauso wie man sich neben Angular um intensiv HTML5 kümmern sollte.
Typescript wird in einem Kapitel soweit erläutert dass man das Beispielprojekt leidlich verstehen kann. Aber wer sich auf Angular einlässt muss Typescript richtig lernen, sonst bleibt enorm viel Potential auf der Strecke. Ein reines Einsteigerbuch ohne Grundlagen der Webprogrammierung ist das Buch nicht. Aber das schreiben die Autoren auch im Vorwort.
Der Schreibstil ist ebenfalls gut, kein Schaulaufen von Experten, sondern das Vermitteln von Wissen. Ich empfehle das Buch allen die ingenieurs-mässig denken und eine spannende Technologie besser kennen lernen wollen.
Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs
Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs
Good:

I really like this book. It's presented some very successful companies and linked them into strategies that Steve Jobs has used at Apple. It's filled me with inspiration and helped me to focus on an idea, spurring my imagination.

Not good, not bad:

I think the author has latched on to a very successful businessman in order to sell a book with rehashed ideas on how to be a successful entrepreneur/innovator/visionary.

I've read it all before. That said, I like how this is written. I like the analogies and I like the end of chapter points to practice/remember. Every now and again it will try and steer itself back to something Steve Jobs did - sort of blatant.

It'd be a good book on it's own without the book title but I probably wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't. Gotta love irony.

When all's said and done, I think this has helped me to focus on something I have had in my mind for a number of years.
Disney Devotionals: 100 Daily Devotionals Based on the Walt Disney World Attractions
Disney Devotionals: 100 Daily Devotionals Based on the Walt Disney World Attractions
If you are looking for a devotional book for your family, your search ends with the fantastic book! This is a book that combines a magical and spiritual journey. I have been to Disney World 7 times since my childhood and I thought I knew a lot about the four theme parks until I opened this masterpiece. This book is filled with factual descriptions of every ride and show and the author makes a Biblical connection with the theme of Heaven from beginning to end. I literally could not put the book down because written within these pages is a guide to a personal walk with God along with bringing out the child within that was Walt Disney's dream. Disney World is "The Happiest Place on Earth" and joining the author on this journey makes me look forward to the Happiest Place that Ever Existed.....Heaven!
Inside the Giant machine - An Amazon Story, Second Edition
Inside the Giant machine - An Amazon Story, Second Edition
Amazon sold its first book July of 1995; Bezos selected a name beginning with 'A' to provide early alphabetic listing, the word 'Amazon' was appealing because it conveyed a sense of 'bigness.' Author Kalpanik ended up working there after being laid off as a result of a merger. Getting hired, however, required a two-day-long marathon session lasting 9-10 hours each day and being interviewed by 23 different individuals. He was asked to design systems for real-time inventory information, traffic light control, guaranteed message delivery, credit card authorization, etc. He also wrote a program to find a pair of numbers such that their sum is K, another to find the most frequent character in a list, etc., explained how Jennifer Lopez's curvature could be approximated using a hyperbolic paraboloid, described why his first dot-com failed, explained various programming standards, and solved several brainteasers. Two weeks later, Kalpanik received a job offer! However, its 3-year non-compete requirement and relatively low salary led Kalpanik to decline the opportunity. The offer was sweetened, and Kalpanik was on-board.

Fresh college graduates had to stand out on SAT scores and college grade-point averages - Ivy Leaguers were preferred.

Amazon's performance review process utilized a 'rank and yank' system were the bottom 10% usually were fired. Kalpanik eventually realized that Amazon did not provide a nurturing environment for employees - it was a giant, cold, and calculating number-crunching machine. Most meetings at Amazon resembled stress-inducing oral thesis exams at major universities - ultimately what mattered most was how confidently you answered questions. Preparing for these meetings required long hours, contributing to 60-80 hour work-weeks.

Amazon requires all its managers and supervisors to work in a warehouse as part of its customer connection training. Its Fernley, Nevada sits is the largest. Special tape was placed on creates of inventory belong to other large merchants using Amazon as their fulfillment provider - eg. Target, Toys "R" Us. Item locations were optimized for shipping ease - bar-codes were essential to both identify items and their locations. Shipping carrier performance is measured at every hub, and if a hub makes too many mistakes Amazon stops sending packages there until corrections are implemented. Visual cues on performance come from piling up damaged, duplicated, or inaccurately picked items.

During early days picking and packing cost about 15% of sales, worse yet when Amazon expanded into toys and electronics. When Kalpanik visited in 2003, Amazon centers had halved the cost and cut picking and packing errors in half. Its affiliate program provides commissions ranging from 4 - 15% and has 900,000 members. By 2003, 20% of revenues came from overseas, including $750 million in China to 114 million customers.

Amazon has operating margins of less than 65, vs. eBay with 24% - in 2003 the latter's market capitalization was 3X that of Amazon while absent inventory risk, warehouse building/operating costs. The Amazon Marketplace boosted margins - providing connections between buyers and sellers. To keep third party sellers' customer service standards high, customer reviews were posted, with order cancellations due to lack of inventory, on-time shipments, returns, and claims filed were tracked. By 2003 the marketplace accounted for only one-sixth of revenues but one-third of profits. Amazon's uniform item description ensured customers they were looking at different prices for the same product, while those at eBay had to go through descriptions of every listing with similar sounding titles to be sure they were making apples-to-apples comparisons.

The 'Search Inside the Book' option allowed customers to flip through the first few pages of a book as well as to search within the book. Digitalizing a book involved scanning it one page at a time and then using OCR to create a digital version.

Amazon warehouse conditions became unbearable in the summer - employees began collapsing when internal temperatures went above 100 degrees. Many/most of the workers were temps employed through an agency and workers were afraid to ask for even unpaid time-off because this result in automatic demerit points. (Six points within three months --> dismissal.) Unlike other warehouse, Amazon would not open dock doors on opposite side to allow air circulation. Workers and supervisors who did not meet their targets were fired; in addition, the bottom 10% were in trouble. Workers were assigned hourly fulfillment rates, and as soon as they got used to that pace, the rates were increased.

Kalpanik left.
How Elon musk study ?
How Elon musk study ?
How Elon musk study ? by Nitish Roy. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Elon Musk: Changing The World With Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity
Elon Musk: Changing The World With Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity
It's impossible to read this book. The english is gobbledygook. This is a book that needs Amazon to have a zero stars rating.

Chapter 1 begins - "The Southern African trade book PC and Office Technology released the source code into a movie game Musk had made. Called Blastar, the science-fiction-inspired space game demanded 167 traces of instructions to operate. This was back in the afternoon when ancient computer users were needed to sort out commands to generate their machines do much of anything." Trying to work out what the author should have written tires you out.

The back cover is even worse - "He began a set of enormous dot-com successes, such as Musk was forced out as CEO and thus started his last years where he made a decision to go it alone and educated buddies by investing his luck in rockets and electric automobiles."

I know what the author is trying to say (because I've read better books about Musk and a great deal on the internet) but my head started hurting with the strain of trying to decipher the words. They are english (I can tell that), but they just don't make sense (unless I have early onset dementia at the age of 53 - the book was a birthday present). I presume that english is not the author's first language.

So why does the book get 4 and 5 star reviews? Not many admittedly. The top one on the US version of Amazon says - "The entire book is a page-turner. Book was easy to read and kept my interest to the last page. Awesome explanation of Musk's planning and execution of very difficult ventures. Highly recommended to all those interested in the man or his ambitions."

Well I struggled to want to turn over even the first page. It was definitely not easy to read. It may well be an awesome explanation, but I cannot bear to read on. Cannot be be recommended to anyone.
Automating Humanity
Automating Humanity
First off, this book is a visual masterpiece. Bravo.

That said, this book is going to make a lot of people very, very uncomfortable. Incredibly well researched, the appendices alone have given me more to think about than anything else I've read all year.

What makes this book unique is how simply and clearly it demystifies what is happening to society and what we can do about it. Headline after headline, we see company after company coming into the limelight for their dubious choices, but I had NO idea just how pervasive this denial of self-accountability went. The data has been there, stacking up for years as they carefully collected it and avoided the elephant in the room.

I can only hope the human beings facing these difficult choices really consider Joe's message before the fire rises even higher. I've seen a lot about the specific topics addressed in Automating Humanity but this is the first book I have even heard of, let alone read, that made it all click. We as consumers have a right to be informed and it will be our children who pay the price if something doesn't change.

If you are curious about what's really going on behind the closed boardroom doors in Silicon Valley buckle up and hold on tight, you're in for a ride.
Oprah Winfrey (Ovations)
Oprah Winfrey (Ovations)
Oprah Winfrey (Ovations) by Peg Guilfoyle and Peg Guifoyle. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy
This book is about the height and length of two books. It takes two hands to read, but it is worth the effort for any Oprah fan or even a fan of beautiful photography. I can't comment enough about the grandeur and awe-inspiring splendor of the book - it's huge and comforting photos of people we've all come to know and love, the memories garnered up when seeing Oprah at her finest on the stage of the Oprah Show. I have never read a book this stunning.

The book is, of course, about Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and about some of the things that she's tried to teach and have definitely learned throughout her tenure as a talk show host. There are also testimonials as to what Oprah has meant to people and cultures over the past 25 years. For example, there is a statement made by the great Henry Louis Gates Jr. which tells of how he first heard of Oprah and why she is so important in his life personally. He gave the experience of when Oprah visited the PBS stage to have her ancestry researched in "African American Lives." It was a remarkable page of information, and Mr. Gates Jr. stood tall as a beautifully artistic portrait on the next page almost watching you as you read with the proverbial `family' tree behind him.

This book is an experience! A must have for any Oprah fan!!!
The Four Trials of Henry Ford
The Four Trials of Henry Ford
The Four Trials of Henry Ford is a great book, not only because of its fast-paced narrative but because it will appeal to readers with a wide variety of interests. In its essence, it is good story-telling. However, because it is also true, it adds considerably to our understanding of Henry Ford the man as well as to the development of the Ford Motor Company and the beginnings of the auto industry as a whole. This book will be of interest to history buffs, biography readers, auto enthusiasts, attorneys and others who appreciate the drama inherent in the ups and downs of historically significant trials. As an attorney using original source materials such as pleadings, briefs and trial and hearing transcripts, the author provides us with the kind of compelling detail that brings the four trials to life. We feel that we are present in the courtroom. Most importantly, this is an essential book for those who have always had a general sense of Henry Ford as an American icon and hero. Here, the reader may find that Mr. Ford's shocking ignorance and bigotry make him more of a tragic figure than one to be emulated. And in showing how these failings become amplified by the man's increasing wealth and influence, the author provides us with an object lesson that is as relevant as today's headlines.
Stevenson Entertainment Group Talking 12" Donald J. Trump The Apprentice Collectible
Stevenson Entertainment Group Talking 12" Donald J. Trump The Apprentice Collectible
This was a huge hit, so I ordered two more (while they're available). The sound is very clear and loud enough to be heard. The quality is good. The head doesn't look as small 'in real life' as it does in the photos. He has brown hair, not blond, but hey, it's The Donald, so who can complain? Very funny statements. This is old and as another reviewer pointed out, the batteries were worn out in the second ones I ordered. However, it's easy to take out the old batteries (don't remove the coat or shirt, just unbutton things) with the directions provided on a white slip of paper inside the box. All three were new, not used as some individuals commented. I got Energizer LR44 1.5V batteries (same as in the doll) on Amazon Prime - a 20-pack is only $7.30, much lower than in the store. Type in LR44 and you get lots of choices. I also got the Kim Jung Un mask, which was also a big hit at the Memorial Day bash, but the Donald rules!
Vandor The Beatles Yellow Submarine 18 Ounce Oval Ceramic Mug (73062)
Vandor The Beatles Yellow Submarine 18 Ounce Oval Ceramic Mug (73062)
pues que decir, tanto los beattles, el submarino amariyo y la canción de "All you need is love" son un clásico y con esta taza tienes los 3,

Excelente producto, estoy pensando en pedir otra ya que mi papa vio la taza y le encanto.

Me da mucha pena escuchar que a varias personas le fue mal con el pedido, mi consejo es que pidan la taza con otro producto que le brinde mayor seguridad al envió como puede ser una prenda.

Lo malo: Las paqueterías tratan las cosas sin importar que contienen pues trabaja bajo presión.
Lo bueno: Amazon tiene su garantía de la A a la Z, por lo que siempre te apoyan de una u otra manera.
Data Structures and Abstractions with Java (5th Edition) (What's New in Computer Science)
Data Structures and Abstractions with Java (5th Edition) (What's New in Computer Science)
I'm about half way through this textbook and it's further than I've gotten in any of the other oft recommended data structures textbooks. Which, in my opinion, is a great endorsement of this textbook's style and content.

This book bridges the gap nicely from a second semester Java course into the higher level data structures and algorithms classes. You need to have a firm grasp of Java OOP principles, (things like inheritance, generics, and interfaces) but you don't need to be a master of these topics.

This book also includes a gentle introduction to big-O analysis and sets the stage for thoughtful data structure design and usage with care for security and what seems like robust programming practices. Where other books may include sloppy and/or dangerous style, this author's coding style is one that I'm happy to emulate at least for the remainder of the book.

I will say that this book is not a comprehensive algorithm textbook but as far as nailing down the theory and design of abstract data types and data structures, I feel invigorated by the examples and practice problems in this book. I'm glad my class requires this text and I look forward to furthering my study with the other more revered Algorithms books once I've become a little more mature in my baseline understanding, which this book seems to be solidifying nicely.
Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Fine Point, Black, 3 Count
Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Fine Point, Black, 3 Count
I really like the body of these pens -- not as slippery compared with my favorite gel, the G2, which is too smooth toward the point. The colors are also great -- very bright and dense.
So, why the three stars:
I am a lefty, so I was really looking forward to the quick-drying ink. I didn't find that it dried significantly faster than any other gel I have, and it was certainly quite a bit wetter than my Jetstream pens' inks. I also found that the Inkjoy pens feathered too much when writing on regular 20lb copy paper (the vast majority of what I have to write on for work), and sometimes even bled through to the reverse side in places. One reason I use gels in the first place is to avoid both of these issues.

I bought the .5, but these write more boldly than .7, to be honest. The dried look of the ink is also more reminiscent of a liquid roller ball than a gel, and I prefer a gel.
Avengers Assemble - Kids Captain America Plush Shield
Avengers Assemble - Kids Captain America Plush Shield
I'm a little disappointed with this product. As with all online shopping, I was sure to read the product description in detail before purchase. I knew that it was small and that was perfect for a 2 year old costume! I chose this "plush" shield over other options because i assumed it would actually be plush....and last much longer than the standard plastic costume shield. When I hear the word plush I think soft and stuffed. There is nothing stuffed about the shield. It feels like the same type of material used on a school book cover or those water toys that you can squish the water out of. If this were just marketed as soft and not plush I would have been less disappointed. There is also some sort of, what I presume to be, cardboard on the inside. So......in 5 minutes my son has already bent it all up. I would have spent the same amount of money getting a plastic costume Shield so my overall rating is three stars because I feel like it's not any more expensive to get this one then another one and it serves the same type of purpose it should have just been labeled as soft and not plush
VINLAND SAGA
VINLAND SAGA
(Based off the first 3 episodes) What we have here is an adaptation that enhances an already great series. Music, Visuals, Characters they’re all just a one up to a amazing manga. That’s what I love about the care shown for this anime. WIT studio is definitely looking like they want to take their time with setting up this hero’s journey. And it’s just that, the manga is written like an Epic; having the reader follow Thorfinn’s journey.

The pacing is just right for an historical fiction. If you’ve been around the anime scene for a while, this is NOT paced like the current seasonal anime climate; which has the introduction and world building rushed to get to the action/climax. The planned 24 episodes will probably only cover the first act if this story. If you’re new to the anime world and stay around if you love to be truly immersed in a story. You won’t be disappointed.

If you haven’t read Vinland Saga, you’re missing out on a beautiful story. There are 8 important things to making a Historical Fiction Masterpiece, and Vinland Saga is definitely a masterpiece by hitting all those points and beyond.
Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet
Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet
Awesome!! I have not had this much fun reading a book in quite a while. Posehn & Duggan absolutely crushed this one out of the park! This book is extremely well crafted from top to bottom!! Geart story, Clean & beautiful art and genuinely witty dialogue. I cannot overstate how great of a read this is. At no point is there a lull or decrease in the quality of presentation. The sections which focus on Dracula are just as enjoyable as those with Deadpool & Shiklah. As a bonus, we get to see tons of Deadpool's sidekicks! Ben Franklin, Bob, Thunderbolts, etc etc. Throw in A.I.M., Hydra and M.O.D.A.K. and this book is a non-stop Deadpool-palooza! This one had me laughing out loud several times! Pay special attention for a delightfully jovial "Inferno" reference!! Basically, I would encourage anyone to buy this book flat out.....with ZERO hesitation! Ona final note, the book itself is beautiful! Marvel does a great job with these Deluxe Hardcovers. Highest Possible recommendation!!
Pyranha 001EQSPG 068180 Equine Spray & Wipe Insect Repellent, 1 Gallon
Pyranha 001EQSPG 068180 Equine Spray & Wipe Insect Repellent, 1 Gallon
Love this product! We have bot flies 365 here in Hawaii, or at least it seems like it, and Pyranha is the only stuff that kills them in their tracks. Other fly sprays are great for regular horse bothering type flies, but they usually don't affect the bots. Hate riding a horse that is spending more time trying to get rid of flies on them than paying attention to you. Ordering from here again. Fast shipping and arrives in good condition (not leaking).
Dr. Oetker Profi Pizza Wheel
Dr. Oetker Profi Pizza Wheel
Dieser Pizzaschneider erfüllt seinen Job, indem er Pizza deutlich besser schneidet, als dies mit einem Messer der Fall ist. Bei selbstgemachter Pizza bleibt dann auch der Belag dort, wo er vorher war.

Was könnte besser sein?
Der Pizzaschneider ist nicht sonderlich scharf, dennoch reicht es gut zum Schneiden
Was mich mehr stört, ist die Befestigung des Rades: Dieses wackelt deutlich hin und her und hätte ruhig fester angezogen sein dürfen. Selbst kann man das nachträglich nicht mehr ändern. Wie sich hier die Konkurrenz schlägt, weiß ich leider nicht.

Was mir besonders gefällt:
Der Schneider ist aus rostfreiem, unbeschichtetem Edelstahl gefertigt. Er kann problemlos in die Spülmaschine gesteckt werden, ohne zu rosten.

Insgesamt ein gut verarbeitetes Produkt, das lange halten dürfte. Wer sich nicht am wackeligen Drehrad stört, kann zugreifen.
Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese Variety Pack (6 oz. box, 12 ct.)
Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese Variety Pack (6 oz. box, 12 ct.)
I love these pastas and this is great value! Maybe they’ve improved the packaging and logistics since a couple other reviewers seemed to have quality issues but mine arrived in Hawaii with no crushed boxes and appropriate use by dates. I recommend this pack for anyone who enjoys Annie’s Mac and cheese because it’s a great value and an assortment of their best flavors (in my opinion)!
Barilla Pasta, Veggie Rotini, 12 Ounce
Barilla Pasta, Veggie Rotini, 12 Ounce
I think I enjoy trying to be healthy just as much as the next guy. . . but not so much that I'll eat only Kale salad (which I think is gross) to obtain miraculous health results. Fortunately, this pasta makes no crazy claims other than it is a good way to get more veggies in your diet and will taste great. After eating eat I feel that both of those claims are fairly accurate and I would certainty buy it again. The only complaints I have it that the color honestly looks pretty gross when it's on your plate and without sauce they seemed to be even more bland (if that's possible) than other Barilla-brand noodles that I've tried. Overall they were pretty good though.
Maktub (Litterature Generale) (French Edition)
Maktub (Litterature Generale) (French Edition)
Bonjour. Je vais être bref. Après avoir lu "L'alchimiste" je me sentais comme transporté dans l'amour. Mais surtout par l'Amour. C'est comme cela que j'ai découvert Paulo Coelho. Depuis je poursuis mes lectures demeurant sur le même auteur. Maktub m'a, en l'occurrence, beaucoup apporté en culture, en sagesse, et en amour.
Toutefois je vais faire maintenant le plus important à mes yeux. Je vous remercie Paulo pour l'amour que vous apportez aux gens. Je vous remercie aussi pour l'Amour que vous apportez à Dieu. Que Dieu vous comble de bénédictions et que vos lecteurs vous soient gratifiant. Soyez bénis.
Die Frauen vom Lowenhof - Mathildas Geheimnis (German Edition)
Die Frauen vom Lowenhof - Mathildas Geheimnis (German Edition)
Im 2. Band der Löwenhof-Trilogie, die wir wieder gemeinsam in einer Blogger Leserunde gelesen haben, befinden wir uns diesmal im Jahr 1931.
Sechzehn Jahre sind seit dem Abschluss des ersten Bandes vergangen. Mathilda lebt in Stockholm und träumt von einer Zukunft mit ihrem Freund Paul. Sie möchte die Handelsschule besuchen, heiraten und danach mit Paul eine Möbelwerkstatt eröffnen. Doch ihre Zukunftspläne lösen sich von einem Tag auf den anderen in Schall und Rauch auf. Ihre Mutter, die wir aus dem ersten Band kennen, stirbt und Mathilda ist plötzlich Waise. Bei der Testamentseröffnung erwartet sie eine Überraschung. Auf Wunsch ihrer Mutter wird Gräfin Agneta Lejongård ihr Vormund und nimmt sie mit zum Löwenhof. Mathilda weiß nicht, dass Agneta ihre Tante ist und wundert sich über die Testamentsverfügung ihrer Mutter. Auf dem Löwenhof angekommen wird sie nicht von allen freudig begrüßt. Die Zwillingssöhne von Agneta reagieren sehr unterschiedlich. Während Ingmar Mathilda dabei hilft, sich auf dem Gut wohlzufühlen und ihr das Reiten beibringt, lehnt sie sein Bruder Magnus von Anfang an kategorisch ab. Er geht sogar so weit, dass er sich immer wieder Gemeinheiten ausdenkt, um sie vom Hof vertreiben zu können. Doch so schnell gibt Mathilda nicht auf. Sie schließt die Handelsschule ab und lebt sich auf dem Gut ein. Als der Krieg ausbricht ist sie Agneta eine große Hilfe, denn auch der König ordert seine Zuchtpferde nicht mehr vom Löwenhof, was zu einem großen finanziellen Verlust führt.
Doch an ihrem 21. Geburtstag erhält sie ein Schreiben, das sie vollkommen aus der Bahn wirft. Sie bricht alle Brücken hinter sich ab und geht zurück nach Stockholm, wo sie sich ein neues Leben jenseits des Löwenhofes aufzubaut. Da erreicht sie ein verzweifeltes Schreiben von Agneta....

Das Leben auf dem Gutshof wird genauso bildhaft und lebendig beschrieben wie im ersten Teil. Der Mittelpunkt ist und bleibt der Löwenhof. Das Kriegsgeschehen nimmt keinen zentralen Platz in der Geschichte ein, ist aber präsenter als im ersten Band. Schweden ist weiterhin neutral, wird aber immer mehr in den Krieg hineingezogen, vorallem nachdem das ebenfalls neutrale Norwegen eingenommen wurde. Dabei tauchen auch Themen wie Widerstand und Flüchtlinge auf.
Die fortschreitende Technik und das Rollenbild der Frau sind ebenfalls in der Geschichte verpackt. Bräuche und Traditionen, wie das schwedische Mittsommerfest, werden auch in diesem Buch immer wieder erwähnt.

Die Charaktere sind sehr unterschiedlich, manchmal aber noch immer etwas zu eindimensional. Mathilda ist eine sehr starke Persönlichkeit. Sie lässt ihre eigenen Ziele nicht so schnell aus den Augen, auch wenn es in diesem Band oft knüppeldick für die junge Frau kommt. Manchmal war sie mir aber zu sehr Übermensch. Manche Handlungen fand ich trotz der Schicksalschläge, die sie bereits erlitten hat und sie schneller erwachsen werden ließen, zu übertrieben.
Generell finde ich die Stimmung im zweiten Teil etwas bedrückender. Dazu trägt auch Magnus bei. Ich habe immer darauf gewartet zu erfahren, warum er sich so hinterhältig gegenüber Mathilda verhält, doch die Autorin hat sich nicht dazu geäußert. Ich nehme somit an, dass er einfach einen wirklich miesen Charakter hat und dies sein wahres Wesen widerspiegelt.
Seinen Zwillingsbruder Ingmar mochte ich sehr, auch wenn ich anfangs meine Zweifel hatte, dass er wirklich der Gutmensch ist, als der er sich ausgibt.
Paul ist ein wankelmütiger junger Bursch, der erst durch eigene Schicksalsschlägezu sich selbst findet.
Agneta hingegen verliert in diesem zweiten Teil ihre bewunderswerte Energie und wirkt oft verzweifelt und überfordert, verfällt sogar in Depressionen.

Gefehlt hat mir ein zeitlicher Überblick. Die Zeitsprünge sind oftmals größer und ich hielt beim Lesen doch einige Male inne, weil ich zwar wusste in welcher Jahreszeit man sich gerade befindet, aber nicht mehr genau in welchem Jahr. Gerade bei einer Lektüre, die während der Weltkriege spielt, ist dies für mich wichtig.
Ebenso fand ich es schade, dass eine wichtige Figur aus dem ersten Teil hier nur kurz in der dritten Person erwähnt wird. Hier hatte ich mir doch einen stärkeren Auftritt gewünscht!

Fazit:
Ein rasanter zweiter Teil, der mich genauso packen konnte, wie der Reihenauftakt. Ich habe mich wieder sehr wohl am Löwenhof gefühlt. Die Geschichte liest sich trotz der 700 Seiten zügig, hat aber diesmal eine etwas bedrückendere Stimmung.
The Case of the Beautiful Beggar A Perry Mason Mystery
The Case of the Beautiful Beggar A Perry Mason Mystery
I think this one is one of my favorites, I'm glad I found a hardcover copy, since it's not available in ebook/Audible format. The Perry Mason Series is one of my new favorites, Im so glad I started reading this series, but sadly there is only 84 titles written by Erle Stanley Gardner and 2 written by Thomas Chastain. This book is about a girl who goes on a vacation and comes back to a whole heap of trouble, and only PM can help (with the help of Della & Paul).
Au massacre mondain (Littérature Française (33)) (French Edition)
Au massacre mondain (Littérature Française (33)) (French Edition)
Cela fait 2 fois que vous me livrez un livre poussierueux. Je suis obligée de le gommer tout doucement, de passer un chiffon doux etc. l'autre livre est dela même collection : Les Pelerins de l'Enfer de F Dard.
A part cela , le livre est excellent, parfaitement maitrisé,l'écriture superbe.
Ce livre jamais reedité est à conseiller à tous les lecteurs inconditionnel de F. Dard.
Un bémol, le prix est excessif.
Brooklyn Paradis: Saison 1 (French Edition)
Brooklyn Paradis: Saison 1 (French Edition)
Mon avis :
On parle ici d’une série littéraire de la collection « Pulp »… Rien d’étonnant alors, si j’ai pensé au film de Tarantino, Pulp Fiction, à la lecture de cette première saison de Brooklyn Paradis, puisque ce film devenu culte est un modèle du genre. Et dans la compilation des six épisodes de la série de Chris Simon, le découpage, le style nerveux, les situations, les personnages secondaires, et bien sûr l’humour m’ont irrémédiablement fait penser à ce chef-d’œuvre du cinéma américain. Comme le film, ce livre est vif, coloré, aussi addictif que la cocaïne qui déborde du canapé, aussi déjanté que les gangsters qui courent après la coke, bref, absolument indispensable pour tous ceux qui ne supportent plus leurs antidépressifs, à qui le Clorazépate ne fait plus d’effet ou qui préfère arrêter la tisane de soir. Certes, les écrits de Chris Simon ne sont pas remboursés par l’assurance maladie, mais ils sont garantis avec effets secondaires : déformations spasmodiques du visage allant du sourire au rire, démangeaisons du cortex cérébro-spinal entraînant une excitation de l’imaginatif, bouffées de plaisir.
Alors, si vous avez envie d’une lecture sans prise de tête, d’un texte sacrément bien torché, ne cherchez pas plus loin ! Brooklyn Paradis se lit sans ordonnance et la modération n’est pas nécessaire lors du traitement, mais il est possible de ressentir un manque entre deux saisons. Mais ça, c’est le défaut de toutes les bonnes séries, ça fait toujours râler quand la saison se termine, surtout quand la scène finale ne clôt rien et nous laisse le cul sur le canapé avec une seule question en tête : « et après ? »
Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl
Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl
I hold Roald Dahl personally responsible for my lifelong love affair with books and when I finally held this book in my hands, I was more than a little apprehensive. Did I really want to possibly knock my idol down from his pedestal?

Ultimately, yes.

This tome is a detailed look into the life of a man whose books still enthrall and delight generations of children, even with the creation of the magnificent Harry Potter. Sturrock's writing is remarkably balanced and he doesn't shy away from showing the darker side of Roald Dahl, which, at times, is hard to swallow. I had no idea of the life that Dahl led before he became a children's author. All that I know (pieced together from Boy and Going Solo) is that he was a fighter pilot during WWII and was stationed for some time in Africa. What I did not know is that he was assigned to Washington DC after he was injured during the war. I did not know that the concept of the Gremlins could be applied to him. I did not know that he had been married to Patricia Neal or that he had been friends with FDR or that he had briedly been Hemmingway's assistant to that he had known Ian Fleming. I could on (honestly- there's more) and it's astonishing how little I really knew about the man I have idolised. In spite of the fact that Roald Dahl comes across as a hard and difficult man, there are moments in Sturrock's writing when you truly feel the heart of who he was. His love affair with his 2nd wife Liccy is very touching and the influence that he had on the hearts and minds of his young fans is a beautiful thing.

My one complaint is that in spite of the endless details about his life in Washington and all the people that he knew, in contrast there was very little about his time as the world's most famous children's author. I think the book would have been improved, particularly to those of us who lived and breathed his words as children, if there had been more focus on those times, instead of so much given to his earlier life. Not that those things were not important, because they were. It just felt that the end of the book was rather rushed and not so much time given over to his days as the reigning king of children's literature.

Finishing the book was a bittersweet experience for me, because I came away feeling that if I had known the man, I probably would not have liked him very much, but I continue to be grateful every day for the literature he has given the world.
Kiss Kiss
Kiss Kiss
Dahl at his best is a master of subtle implication, 'show not tell,' allowing the reader to draw inferences that he or she might find macabre, or at least, uncomfortable. My favourite tale, 'The Landlady', is a classic example of this kind of understated horror, when the landlady of the title says," I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away. Will you have another cup of tea?" At this point it has just dawned on the reader precisely what is going on in this story. The other better stories are about how adults punish or play tricks on each other, often for revenge or to change the power balance in a couple's relationship. 'Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat' is a deliciously neat example of this, and the one with 'Heaven' in the title.. Other stories are really morality tales against greed, where greedy individuals get their come-uppance. They can be reminiscent of the original versions of the gorier classic children's fairy tales by Grimm or Anderson, the versions before they got sanitised by a certain American film company. Into this category come 'Parson's Pleasure' - where Dahl takes the reader away just when he or she would want to know the protagonists's reaction - and 'The Champion of the World' . The latter is hilariously farcical at the end. However other stories were less satisfying. 'William and Mary' is just plain bizarre and the idea behind 'Pig' is really not that original. 'Georgy Porgy' made me think of the Robert Aickman story 'Niemandswasser' and Freudian mother-complexes, and my reaction to 'Royal Jelly' was. 'so what?' This book is a real mix.
The Firm
The Firm
The Firm

This was a wonderful book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I am advised that it was John Grisham’s second published book and it has since gone on to become a film starring Tom Cruise. It’s hard to believe that it is over 25 years since it was first published.

A young lawyer, Mitch McDeere, graduates from Law School and is recruited by a law firm in Memphis. The salary and benefits package is first class. Property costs are low and living standards are high. Life is good and after the hardships of student life both he and his wife appear to have a rich and comfortable life in front of them.

However all that glitters is not necessarily gold. After a few months in post McDeere begins to realise that the facade of the firm is not as benevolent or as supportive as he originally thought. Two of his new colleagues die in a boating accident. Why are the FBI keen on him speaking to them and why are the firm so opposed to it? The high life may be wonderful but it appears to bring costs and consequences that had not been originally envisaged.

McDeere starts to unravel the happenings within the firm and comes to realise that his life may be at risk. Talking to the FBI may allow them to prosecute individuals within the firm but if that were to happen the future well-being of McDeere and his wife questionable. Using his legal training and a degree of cunning that draws heavily on his survival instinct McDeere puts together a scheme that puts the firm under scrutiny whilst reducing the risk levels to he and his family. However in so doing the forces of the FBI and the resources of his colleagues are brought to bear upon him.

In a fascinating read that grips you right to the last page Grisham outlines a world that few of us will access. Great riches, real power and total corruption are on view with the underlying message being that the more you have the more you want and any steps to gain that outcome are all worth taking.

Excellent story.
La Isla de Las Tres Sirenas (Spanish Edition)
La Isla de Las Tres Sirenas (Spanish Edition)
la novela a pesar de ser escrita en 1963, toca un tema de actualidad en el que se confrontan las visiones del mundo de la cultura occidental con la de una cultura tribal del pacífico del sur.
Nos hace cuestionarnos cuales son los motivadores de nuestra conducta y los tabues impuestos por una sociedad que se dice liberal pero que mantiene una vida secreta de la que no todo mundo quiere y puede hablar.
Irving Wallace es un maestro de la trama psicologica y novelas como "La Segunda dama" o "El Hombre" son realmente fascinantes por el tema del que tratan.
Hay otros autores que intentan hacer lo que Wallace hace con naturalidad, uno de ellos es Dan Brown pero realmente no tiene nada que hacer frente un maestro de la trama como Wallace.
Gesammelte Werke 89 / Im fernen Westen: Zwei Erzählungen aus dem Wilden Westen
Gesammelte Werke 89 / Im fernen Westen: Zwei Erzählungen aus dem Wilden Westen
"Im fernen Westen" ist der bisher letzte erschienene Band von Karl May`s gesammelten Werken.
Karl May`s größter Wunsch war es immer wieder als Dichter anerkannt zu werden. Bei seinem Alterswerk könnte man vielleicht wohlwollend geneigt sein diesen Wunsch zu entsprechen,aber bei seinen anderen Schriften ist es leider unmöglich in als solchen zu bezeichnen.
Der Band "Im fernen Westen" ist solch ein Beweis. Hier handelt es sich um zwei Erzählungen welche damals in sogenannten "Groschenromanhefte" veröffentlicht wurden. Diese Erzählungen sind allesamt ohne jedlichen literarischen Wert, sie sind bestens nur gute Unterhaltung. Nur der Vervollständigung halber und für den Sammler sind sie von Bedeutung.
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #4
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #4
Zum Comic selber kann ich mich nicht äußern, denn ich kann ihn nur auf meinem Handy öffnen und da sich die Seiten nicht auf eine lesbare Größe hochzoomen lassen. Sehr ärgerlich war aber, dass ich den Comic gar nicht bestellen, sondern mich erstmal nur informieren wollte, worum es sich bei diesem Band 4 eigentlich handelte. Daher habe ich ihn nur angeklickt und schon war das Teil gekauft, ohne eine Rückfrage oder eine sonstige Möglichkeit, diesen Kauf zu stornieren.
The Mister
The Mister
Where do I begin? Perhaps from the beginning? Alright, EL James was my very first read (and I mean i NEVER read books for fun or even when I had to for school). After reading the Fifty Shades Trilogy I was hooked on ROMANCE. So needles to say I AM A HUGE EL JAMES FAN and she got me started on reading romance!

I was so nervous to start reading this because I wasn't sure what to expect. It was NOT anything like I expected or didn't. I keep having to remind myself that this is not part of the fifty shades, it's a whole new..everything...and WHICH IT IS!! You can very much tell this is a EL JAMES book because of the writing, some words and the style. I have nothing to base this off of except as a NEW read, so it was rather shocking to me. This is VERY from the 3rd person narrated and you get both POV's. Younger heroine, age 23, older hero but not by too much. Maxim is a man of many talents, aside form being Earl of Travethick..photographer, DJ and a composer, among other things.

This to me aside from some IRONIC words used to reference fifty shades in the book, is a very MODERN PRIDE & PREJUDICE feel...with a twist. The ending about killed me, that was a rush! While reading you're constantly anxious to what will happen next. It's exhilarating. Edgy. Romantic. Stimulating. It grows on you. Just...beautiful.

I am rating this a 5 PLUS PLUS & HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! It is definitely making the TOP 2019 MUST READ list!

H A P P Y - R E A D I N G!
Shinran (three) (Yoshikawa Eiji history era Novel) (1990) ISBN: 4061965131 [Japanese Import]
Shinran (three) (Yoshikawa Eiji history era Novel) (1990) ISBN: 4061965131 [Japanese Import]
総論として。思想的なことを期待して読んでいたが、あにはからんや、描かれていたのは、弱さもあり、悩める人間親鸞の姿であった。そういう意味では、物足りないさもあったが、親鸞の生きてきた軌跡を追うことから、信仰の原形を改めて感じ取ることが出来た。平家物語を読んだばかりだったので、そのサブストーリーとしても楽しめた。重くなく、からったした印象。最後、平次郎があの唯円とは知らなかった。流された地では、今も浄土真宗が盛んと知り、親鸞の歴史に残した偉大さが思われる。他力とは、何なのか?興味深い。
Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Doctor Who Christmas specials have virtually become an institution since 2005. Therefore, it only seems fair that the Dr. Men get their own.

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

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

It is, perhaps, not quite as entertaining as some of the other Dr. Men books because the centring it around Christmas limits it a bit. It is still an amusing little read and, unlike, the other books in the series, comes in a nice hardback edition.
Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles
Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles
I have always been a big fan of Anne Rice and the Vampire Chronicles. I'm just now getting around to reading the later novels, but I am glad that I finally did! "Prince Lestat" is a bit confusing at times because it is told from the points of view of many different characters including Lestat himself, Marius, Louis, and many other vampires and spirits (there is a handy appendix in the back of the book that briefly goes over each of the characters). All of the older vampires' minds are being invaded by a creature known only as "The Voice." The Voice haunts their thoughts and tries to trick these vampires into doing horrible things such as killing the fledglings. All of the vampires must unite to determine who or what this creature is, why it does these things, what it really wants, and of course how to defeat it.

As I said before, the different points of view can be confusing. In fact, it is downright chaotic at times. However, I honestly think this is fully intentional on Anne Rice's part. I think she wants you to feel the chaos and confusion that the vampires are all feeling. She wants you to feel their pain, anger, guilt, fear, joy, and every other emotion they are experiencing throughout the novel. Rest assured that it all comes together in the end and everything suddenly makes perfect sense. I literally could not put the book down for the last 100 pages or so! I have ordered the next book in the series and cannot wait until the latest one is released later this fall!
Trigger Mortis: With Original Material by Ian Fleming (James Bond Novels (Paperback))
Trigger Mortis: With Original Material by Ian Fleming (James Bond Novels (Paperback))
https://rwh92.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/trigger-mortis/

Thrilling racing around the forbidding Nürburgring racing track, rocket launches at Wallops Island and the tense finale that occurs in the labyrinthine railway network beneath New York City, which all contribute to a bloody brilliant Bond novel. There is of course, the inclusion of inevitably beautiful and tempting women, coupled with another aspect that is trademark Bond material, a diabolical enemy who is intent on causing destruction and loss of life. Trigger Mortis is a fantastic novel by Anthony Horowitz who has combined all those elements with the return of the dastardly organisation SMERSH to create an intoxicating story that would make Ian Fleming proud.

Horowitz has written so faithfully that this could quite easily be a lost Ian Fleming work that has been discovered and released. The writing style is absolutely on point in every chapter, paragraph, sentence and word. He has described everything from a bottle of wine to race car in fascinating detail which is a hallmark of Fleming. Even the outdated, politically incorrect phrases that feature in Fleming’s novels are included here, but they are included and handled in a seemingly less offensive way to conform to modern sensibilities. Though Trigger Mortis is very much in keep with the 1950s Bond books, Horowitz has managed to handle sensitive words to a modern audience deftly while maintaining the attitudes held by many of the time.

The Bond Girls. Bond has 3 Bond Girls to contend with in Trigger Mortis, and all three of them exude traits such as smartness, quick-wittiness and none are taken for fools. Pussy Galore who is introduced at the start after following on from events in Goldfinger which are explained briefly but effectively. Though she only features briefly at the start as Bond’s live-in girlfriend, she is still caught in some terrifying action and departs on her own terms. Number 2 is Logan Fairfax, the highly capable motor car driver that teaches Bond about driving the Maserati that he’ll be driving at the Nürburgring in a few days time. She is competent and sure of herself in her work and personal life and in Logan, Bond has met a woman who can more than hold her own. But the most important Bond girl in Trigger Mortis is Jeopardy Lane, who was a fantastic inclusion as a female interest for Bond who has the remarkable ability to get away from Bond. She is masterfully characterised by Horowitz to prove that she is just as talented, capable and skilled as the British Secret Agent. Bond’s patronising carnal attitude to women that is idiosyncratic of Bond in all of Fleming’s novels is again in full swing, however his ego is given a bit of a hit with Logan and Jeopardy both proving to be headstrong, proficient and smart women that more than prove a match for James. It would be refreshing to see a character like Jeopardy Lane included in the upcoming Bond films as I enjoyed the camaraderie, competitiveness and chemistry between her and Bond.

The villain is the unfeeling Korean Jai Seung Sin, whose interests align with SMERSH who are intent on winning the Space Race while Sin wants revenge on America. Sin and SMERSH combine to ensure that the American’s programme suffers a setback that will set their space programme back decades while also delivering a hammer blow to the American people. Sin’s motives are different to SMERSH’s, but he acts on his with equal ferocity and planning. He reveals to Bond, the heartbreak and psychological torture he endures during the Korean War, which has shaped Sin into the man that will deliver an equally merciless act in revenge for the traumas the American Army caused him and his countrymen. Another key facet of Sin’s character is the devious card game he has manipulated from a Korean deck of cards in order to determine the manner of death that the unfortunate victim is about to suffer, a sure sign of a Bond villain.

The novel flows brilliantly, especially events at the Nürburgring and Sin’s various buildings. Horowitz has perfectly imitated Fleming’s exquisite eye for detail in all manner of things from food and wine, to motoring, weaponry and Space Age technology. Action sequences in the novel exude the perfect balance of tension and excitement which make the novel such a thrilling and compelling read, but he also intersperses it with changes of scenery which provides some relief but also makes the reader hungry for whatever is next.

Bond fans can rejoice as Horowitz has stepped forward as Fleming’s heir to Bond, and we can hope that he continues on from this successful attempt to bring a 1950s Bond to a 21st century audience. A great read, fully deserving the 4 out of 5 stars.
Siddhartha (Dover Thrift Editions)
Siddhartha (Dover Thrift Editions)
I just finished reading Siddhartha, and I can safely say without a shadow of a doubt, that it is now my favourite book. It's simply amazing that this was published in 1922, it is a timeless breath of simplicity and creativity. Herman Hesse was known for writing semi autobiographical novels, and this one is no exception; the character Siddhartha is even recognised for his writing ability at one stage of the novel. Siddhartha is heavily influenced by Hesse's close relationship with the great Swisse psychologist Carl Jung, and it is a treat to experience the archetypal imagery that Hesse manages to bring to life with sheer mastery. The novel reads like an old mythic tale, told with simple descriptive prose, and playful dialogue: the characters even refer to themselves in the third person! While reading Siddhartha, I couldn't help but picture the novel's world as being hand drawn, like the old drawings of the Buddha and the Hindu and Buddhist mythologies of old. The book is divided into three parts, which symbolically follow Siddhartha's birth, death, and rebirth. The Siddhartha in the novel is not related to the Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), but he exists in the same time as him, and the two cross paths in the book. Even though they are unrelated, and the story hasn't much to do with the Buddha, the novel implies that the Buddha exists everywhere and in everyone and is merely a representation of the enlightenment available to anyone, at any moment. Whether it be at the moment of physical death, sickness, wealth, sadness, or simply holding and looking at a rock, one is capable of `waking up' and seeing the inter connectedness of everything.

I won't elaborate any further on the book, I would hate to subtract any of your enjoyment out of reading it yourself, and if you haven't, I urge you to. One important thing to consider before reading it however, (it is a fairly short read - roughly 80 pages) is the translation. The original was written in German, so the translation of the book can make or break it. Some translations are really poor, while others capture the essence of the novel beautifully and gracefully, like a net catches a butterfly before releasing it into the wind. Below is a extract of the book, spanning all (or at least most) of the English translations available to you, to help you choose the right version for you. I've ordered them in order of best to worst, though you might have a different opinion to me.

SIDDHARTHA ENGLISH TRANSLATION COMPARISON:

Dover Thrift, introduction, translation and glossary of Indian terms by Stanley Appelbaum (1998)

Instructed by the samana elder, Siddhartha practiced denial of self; he practiced concentration in accordance with new samana rules. A heron flew over the bamboo forest - and Siddhartha absorbed the heron into his soul; he flew over forest and mountain, he was the heron, he ate fish, he hungered with a heron's hunger, he spoke with a heron's croaking, he died a heron's death. A dead jackal lay on the sandy riverbank, and Siddhartha's soul slipped into the carcass; he was a dead jackal, he lay on the sand, he swelled up, stank, rotted, was torn apart by hyenas, was skinned by vultures, became a skeleton, turned to dust, blew away into the fields. And Siddhartha's soul returned; it had died, it had rotted, it had fallen into dust, it had tasted the dismal intoxication of the cycle of existences; filled with fresh thirst, like a hunter it was awaiting the gap through which it might escape the cycle, where causation would come to an end, where sorrowless eternity began. He mortified his senses, he mortified his power to remember, he stole out of his ego and into a thousand unfamiliar forms of creation; he was an animal, he was a carcass, he was stone, he was wood, he was water, and each time, upon awakening, he found himself again; the sun or the moon was shining; he was himself once again, he was moving through the cycle; he felt thirst, overcame his thirst, felt fresh thirst.

Modern Library, a translation by Susan Bernofsky, foreword by Tom Robbins, translator's preface (2006)

Instructed by the eldest of the Samanas, Siddhartha practiced the eradication of ego, practiced samadhi according to new Samana rules. A heron flew over the bamboo forest--and Siddhartha received the heron into his soul, flew over forests and mountains, was heron, ate fish, felt the pangs of heron hunger, spoke in heron squawks, died heron death. A dead jackal lay on the sandy bank, and Siddhartha's soul slipped into the corpse, was dead jackal, lay on the beach, grew bloated, stank, decayed, was torn apart by hyenas and flayed by vultures, became a skeleton, became dust, blew into the fields. And Siddhartha's soul returned, it had died, had decayed, become dust, it had tasted the bleak euphoria of the cyclical journey, and then, freshly thirsty, it waited crouching like a hunter for the gap in the cycle where escape was possible, where the end of causality began, an eternity free of sorrow. He killed off his senses, he killed off his memory, he slipped from his Self to enter a thousand new shapes, was animal, was cadaver, was stone, was wood, was water, and each time he awakened he found himself once more, the sun would be shining, or else the moon, and he was once more a Self oscillating in the cycle, he felt thirst, overcame the thirst, felt new thirst.

Shambhala Classics, a translation by Sherab Chödzin Kohn, introduction by Paul W. Morris, translator's preface (1998).

Taught by the eldest shramana, Siddhartha practiced self-abnegation, practiced meditative absorption according to the new instructions of the shramanas. A heron flew over the bamboo grove, and Siddhartha became one with the heron in his mind, flew over forest and mountain, became a heron, ate fish, hungered with a heron's hunger, spoke a heron's croaking languages, died a heron's death. There was a dead jackal lying on the sandy bank, and Siddhartha's mind slipped into the carcass, became a dead jackal, lay on the shore, swelled up, stank, rotted, was torn to pieces by hyenas, flayed by vultures, became a skeleton, became dust, blew about in the fields. And Siddhartha's mind returned, dead, rotten, reduced to dust, having tasted the dark drunkenness of the cycle of existence. With a new craving it lay in wait like a hunter for the gap where that cycle could be escaped, where the end of causation could begin, eternity without suffering. He slipped out of his ego into a thousand alien forms, became a beast, carrion, became stone, wood, water--yet each time when he awoke he found himself there again. By sunshine or by moonlight, he was once again ego, was pressed back into the cycle, felt craving, overcame the craving, felt craving anew.

Bantam Books, a translation by Hilda Rosner (1951). This translation is also available in a number of different editions from other publishers.

Instructed by the eldest of the Samanas, Siddhartha practiced self-denial and meditation according to the Samana rules. A heron flew over the bamboo wood and Siddhartha took the heron into his soul, flew over forest and mountains, became a heron, ate fishes, suffered heron hunger, used heron language, died a heron's death. A dead jackal lay on the sandy shore and Siddhartha's soul slipped into its corpse; he became a dead jackal, lay on the shore, swelled, stank, decayed, was dismembered by hyenas, was picked at by vultures, became a skeleton, became dust, mingled with the atmosphere. And Siddhartha's soul returned, died, decayed, turned into dust, experienced the troubled course of the life cycle. He waited with new thirst like a hunter at a chasm where the life cycle ends, where there is an end to causes, where painless eternity begins. He killed his senses, he killed his memory, he slipped out of his Self in a thousand different forms. He was animal, carcass, stone, wood, water, and each time he reawakened. The sun or moon shone, he was again Self, swung into the life cycle, felt thirst, conquered thirst, felt new thirst.

Penguin, a translation by Joachim Neugroschel, introduction by Ralph Freedman, translator's note (2002).

Taught by the eldest of the samanas, Siddhartha practiced unselfing, practiced meditation, according to the samana rules. A heron flew over the bamboo forest--and Siddhartha took the heron into his soul, flew over forests and mountains, was a heron, ate fish, hungered heron hunger, spoke heron croaking, died heron death. A dead jackal lay on the sandy bank, and Siddhartha's soul slipped into the cadaver, was a dead jackal, lay on the shore, swelled, stank, rotted, was shredded by hyenas, was skinned by vultures, became a skeleton, became dust, wafted into the fields. And Siddhartha's soul returned, was dead, was rotted, was dispersed, had tasted the dismal drunkenness of the cycle of life, waited in new thirst like a hunter, waited for the gap through which he could escape the cycle, where the end of causes came, where painless eternity began. He killed his senses, he killed his memory, he slipped from his ego into a thousand different formations. He was animal, was carcass, was rock, was wood, was water, and he always found himself again upon awakening. Sun was shining or moon, he was self again, swinging in the cycle, felt thirst, overcame thirst, felt new thirst.

Barnes & Noble Classics, a translation by Rika Lesser, introduction and notes by Robert A.F. Thurman (2007)

Instructed by the eldest of the shramanas, Siddhartha practiced moving away from the self, practiced meditation, following new rules, the shramanas' rules. A heron flew over the bamboo forest--and Siddhartha took the heron into his soul, flew over the forest and the mountains, was the heron, gobbled fish, hungered as a heron hungers, spoke heron croak, died the death of a heron. A dead jackal lay on the sandy shore, and Siddhartha's soul slid inside its corpse, became the dead jackal, lay on the strand, swelled up, stank, putrefied, was dismembered by the hyenas, skinned by vultures, became bones, dust, blew in open country. And Siddhartha's soul died, decayed, turned to dust, tasted the muddy rush of the cycle, waiting in new thirst like a hunter for the gap where the cycle would be escaped, where the end of causes, where eternity free of suffering would begin. He mortified his senses, he slew his memory, he slid out of his I into a thousand alien shapes, became beast, carrion, stone, wood, water, and found himself every time awakening again, in the light of the sun or the moon, again he was I, whirling around in the round, he felt thirst, conquered thirst, felt thirst anew.
Lover's Touch (Penny Jordan Collector's Editions)
Lover's Touch (Penny Jordan Collector's Editions)
Sometimes I find Penny Jordan's books very repetitive in that the heroine keeps mulling over the same emotions over and over again until it becomes really annoying. However, this tendency is not too overdone in this romance and I liked the added dimension of the jealous secretary which stopped it being too maudling. As with most of the Penny Jordan heroines this one is rather spineless and allows her lack of confidence to turn her into a somewhat ineffectual woman. The story is readable and good for whiling away a few idle moments.
Cry Baby Killer
Cry Baby Killer
Pretty standard 1960s teenage thrill flick...except for the off handed philosophy yammer from the waitress. Thank goodness it is not fraught with psycho-babble regarding the teenage angst. However, that is replaced with misogynistic rants like "his girlfriend made him do it!" Women have those evil powers over weak minded men, I guess. Overall, typical teeny beany nonsense. It was fun to see Jack Nicholson at such a young age. My daughter couldn't believe it was him, having only seen him in films like "As Good as It Gets." We do change as we age (smile).
All We Need of Hell
All We Need of Hell
As a huge Harry Crews fan, I was somewhat disappointed with "All We Need of Hell," which can easily be read in under four hours. Here, we are introduced to the main character, Duffy Deeter, a forty year old husband and father, who can best be described as an incredibly repulsive and self-centered human being. Everything about Duffy is about "bettering" himself, whether it be lifting more weight, running a faster mile, thrashing his opponent in handball or karate, or lasting longer sexually (by thinking of Hitler and concentration camps!).

Duffy is a cheating husband and absent father who basically has no regard for his wife and son, and spends most of his free time with his lover Marvella, a self-destructive cocaine addict, whom he seems to despise. Duffy forms an intense friendship with Jerome "Tump" Walker, after he intentionally kicks Tump in the head while playing handball. Tump, a cocaine addict, is a star pro football player, but seems to have a way to bring disparate people together, and improbably bonds with Duffy's son (and later, Duffy's lover, wife and mother). Running throughout the story is Duffy's dealings with his two-faced law partner, Jert MacPherson, who matches Duffy in repulsiveness.

Usually Crews offers the reader at least one character who tries to stand on higher ground. Perhaps Tump Walker is that person in this book. However, every character is addicted to one thing or another. By the end of the book, Duffy apparently trades his addiction of self-centeredness for whisky and vodka. Is the reader supposed to believe that this is an improvement? I just never accepted that any of the characters actually bettered themselves or really learned anything. Of course, the best Crews novels (e.g. "The Knockout Artist," "A Feast of Snakes," "Body," "The Scar Lover"), have many of the same elements. I just think these books are more compelling and provide a stronger and clearer moral message.
Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Installed this booster two, to three, different ways and different elevations. Still haven’t seen an improvement in service the way we thought. It works better throughout the morning hours but horribly as the day goes on. Yes this does meet our RF Frequency band criteria (12 and 13). Do any kind of web browsing or data streaming? Forget it. Calls are good during the am hours only. On the verge of sending this back ASAP.
HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental - Season 1
HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental - Season 1
I loved it. I'm a big fan of the annual No Laughing Punishment show that Matsumoto features in. I think it enhances it if you try not to laugh alongside them.

The concept alone is interesting. What is humor? What makes people laugh and why? Some of these comedians sit through very funny bits and don't crack a smile but then someone throws an off the cuff comment out and they burst into laughter. Why does that work when the word play or funny set up doesn't? Why is laughter so contagious such that whenever the alarm goes off everyone laughs together?

This show doesn't really answer those questions with anything more than, humor is whatever makes you laugh. There are some bits in this that I thought were dumb and there were some bits that had me rolling (the boxing glove bit really got me)

Japanese comedy is very different from more American styles of comedy so this might not be for everyone, but I think humor is fairly universal so I don't think it should be a big barrier.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am thankful for Amazon for hosting it with subtitles. I hope they put season 2 on as well.
Melissa & Doug Horse Figurines Craft Kit
Melissa & Doug Horse Figurines Craft Kit
Package arrived nicely, and in perfect shape to give as a gift for my 6 year old cousin.
I cut the tape on the bottom, and wanted to examine the paint before giving it as a gift. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t dried up as in some of the reviews. The paint was packaged in a clear wrap and I removed that and opened each cup. The paint is fine :)
I also took a picture with my adult hand for size reference. I did expect them to be slightly larger, but they are still worth the very reasonable price so I will not take off any stars for that. To a 6 year old, it’s probably around the right size.
I will say I did notice the horses had a little scuffing on them but I’m not sure if that came through on the picture. It’s not really a scratch- more of a scuff. I will not take off stars, because that doesn’t really matter either if it’s going to be painted over.
I will say, I’m not sure if I would buy this for older kids (say 11+ in age) just because the horses look slightly cartoony as you can see in the picture.
All in all, I am happy and it will make a great gift, and it was a great price.
Mr. Bossy Devil (Alphalicious Billionaires Boss Book 2)
Mr. Bossy Devil (Alphalicious Billionaires Boss Book 2)
One of the attributes that distinguishes humans from animals is our ability to love in a variety of forms. We can love our friends. We can love our family—our parents and siblings. And then, there is that most special form of love shared—romantic love—that often culminates in a sexual encounter. Raiden Vanstone and Zoe Anderson, step-siblings and friends during their formative childhood and early adolescent years, never questioned that they loved each other. But at 12 and 14, they had not fully explored the nature of their love and if it might morph into romantic.

The young companions were separated when their parents’ years of on-going arguments finally culminated in divorce. But, before the merged family split into two separate families, the two friends/step-siblings professed their deep devotion to each other by tattooing Raiden’s hip and Zoe’s thigh with the other’s initial to seal their commitment.

Now, 16 years later, fate—and a hostile company takeover—has brought the not-quite-friends/siblings back together when Raiden’s tech genius and his tech empire consumes the company for which Zoe works. And the question both seek to understand is whether their undefined childhood/adolescent love still exists and in what format. And for Zoe, the money and power held by her once upon a time best-friend has caused her years of stress as friends and acquaintances have tried to use her to gain access to her former step-sibling. So, while the two are drawn together, they are also repelled like opposing magnets as they try to discover who they are to each other as adults.And when Zoe begins to see the intervention of fate in a series of events preventing their attempts to come together, a relationship seems impossible—nature is sending messages!

Lindsay Hart once more exams and crushes some of society’s misconceptions of how a woman and men should act, look and love and respond to each other in a work setting. Hart lets the readers fully appreciate the challenges faced by both men women seeking honesty and truthfulness in relationships, and desiring to be true to themselves. She offers the perfect comeback to the false patterns which society, and one’s on expectations, impose on the individual.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review ARCS, but I enjoyed the reading experience so much that I bought a copy for my "read-again" titles.
Wireless Charger 4 in 1 Charging Dock for iWatch and Airpods Charging Station Charging Stand for iPhone 11/11Pro/11 Pro Max/X/XS/XR/Xs Max 8/8 Plus
Wireless Charger 4 in 1 Charging Dock for iWatch and Airpods Charging Station Charging Stand for iPhone 11/11Pro/11 Pro Max/X/XS/XR/Xs Max 8/8 Plus
First off, the bad - this feels a little too flimsy for my personal taste. The dial for the multi-port is a bit too easy to turn, and the ports themselves are easily movable (more than likely to accommodate different sized cases). This particular side of the dock doesn't instill confidence that your devices will be safe just hanging out on top of the ports. As far as I can tell, all of the ports work great, and charge things at the rate they're supposed to, but the Lightning port doesn't seem to make as great a connection to my devices to charge, and will sometimes just stop charging - I liken the reason to be this particular unit I received.

Besides the above, this is great overall. I like having all of my devices conveniently in one area, and being able to just drop my phone on the pad to let it charge. For the most part, the symbol lines up to where exactly you'd want the middle of your iPhone to land if you wanted to charge it, and there's enough clearance on both sides to make sure you hit the huge bulls-eye. Fairly thick cases work fine on the pad, too, much to my surprise, however, I personally don't recommend it since it really heats up your phone a lot. The slot for the iWatch and the port for your Airpods work great, and fit in fine, although be warned that you'll have to do some cable management with the iWatch charger.

Pros: has a place for all non-iPad Apple devices; multiple ports to accommodate device model; wireless charging works decently

Cons: ports and dial feel flimsy;

Recommended Use: an easy-to-use visitor station;
The Complete Works of Jane Austen (In One Volume) Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Lady ... Sandition, and the Complete Juvenilia
The Complete Works of Jane Austen (In One Volume) Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Lady ... Sandition, and the Complete Juvenilia
It's Jane! I discovered her when I was in eighth grade when I chose Pride and Prejudice from the Scholastic Book Club choices for the month. Ever since then, I have read and reread all her books. I love her dry humor, her razor wit, her way of seeing the fakery, the pretentiousness, the snobbery in some of the people around her. It's fun to think of this quiet little woman listening to conversations and using what she learned about people to skewer their worst traits by creating detestable characters to demonstrate how low some people can be. Instead of a mean spirited tone, Jane keeps her satire humorous and while we are disliking some of her characters, we can laugh at them, too. Somehow, she lived her life in a society that valued money, titles, and the esteem of others above kindness, generosity, goodness, and love, yet she didn't become like the others. She lived by her values and held to the core of who she was. Her books treat the subjects of good versus evil but never let her readers give up hope that the good people will at least find each other and commiserate about the shallow people around them. Maybe the incandescent romances in her books keep the flame of hope alive?
Memory Foam Pillow 60 x 40 cm – Pillow Memory Foam Made in EU – Ergonomic Pillow, Front Sleeper Pillow, Side Sleeper Pillow – Zippered Organic Bamboo Washable Cover – 5 Years Warranty
Memory Foam Pillow 60 x 40 cm – Pillow Memory Foam Made in EU – Ergonomic Pillow, Front Sleeper Pillow, Side Sleeper Pillow – Zippered Organic Bamboo Washable Cover – 5 Years Warranty
I recently received this pillow, so before I share my opinion, I just want to point that I did not have a chance to use it extensively.

First of all, I previously read that a lot of people encountered an unpleasant smell. I have to disagree with this. Whilst my unit did have a very minor smell (which is common for all memory foam pillows), it was nowhere that severe as some other users picture it.

Secondly, the cover thing. Same as others, I also found it confusing. On the packaging, it clearly says that the cover is made out of bamboo. However, the label inside says that it is 100% polyester, which is confusing, but, by any means, I am no expert at this. The cover is said to be waterproof but I did not have a chance to test this.

As for the pillow itself, I found it very comfortable although a bit too high for my liking. The pillow is somewhere between soft and firm. Once you put your head down, you can feel it slightly sinking in. For me, this does not introduce any discomfort, if anything, it's a new experience. The actual memory foam (the green part) comes with the holes to increase the breathability. Again, I am not an expert, but it seems to work.

Overall, I am happy with the product and will continue to use it. I cannot say that I used to have a lot of memory foam pillows in the past so I am not able to compare it with other brands. Nonetheless, I am satisfied.
WAVLINK 1200Mbps WiFi Router High Power Wireless WiFi Home Gigabit Router Dual Band(5GHz+2.4GHz Smart Internet Router,High Speed WiFi Long Range Coverage for Gaming and Works/2 x 2 MIMO 5dBi Antennas
WAVLINK 1200Mbps WiFi Router High Power Wireless WiFi Home Gigabit Router Dual Band(5GHz+2.4GHz Smart Internet Router,High Speed WiFi Long Range Coverage for Gaming and Works/2 x 2 MIMO 5dBi Antennas
I bought this at a deep discount on Black Friday sale on Amazon. I was leery of a discounted router, but figured I would give it a try. I've had it a week now with no problems. The speed of my internet connection is as good as it was with the cable modem/router I'd used before, and it "feels" a bit better. Web pages more responsive, no buffering in streaming videos on my TV, and no lags on any of my connected devices (by Ethernet or Wi-Fi).

You can customize the names of your Wi-Fi access (both 2.4G and 5G), and resetting the password is easy, too.

It's been up a week now without resetting. Set up was easy. Just be that once everything is hooked up, reset both the router and the modem by turning them off, starting the modem, let it finish connecting, then start the router. The instruction manual isn't too clear on that. A good router at a fair price (even when not on sale).
Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer, Blue
Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer, Blue
If I could, I would Marie Kondo this specific product off Amazon. It 100% does not bring me joy.

This was a Christmas gift for my husband. He has a very busy job at a school and is unable to make it to a microwave to have his lunch, and so being able to plug this baby in at his desk and have his lunch warm up slowly was perfect.

This product worked impeccably for three days. On the fourth day, it warmed up some soup in the morning just fine, but when my husband went to eat his warm lunch that he’d been so looking forward to...it was cold. The whole unit was cold. It had apparently spontaneously stopped working. We tried plugging it in at home, too, and it no longer heats up.

I am hugely disappointed. I usually do my research on products and this had such great reviews! Some people use it every day at work! I wanted my husband to be one of those people! For it to crap out after four days really blows. We tried to contact Crock Pot’s customer service to see if there is anything we can do on our end to fix it (though I’m not sure now, there are no controls on it) or to see if they could offer us another one, but the line automatically disconnected before we could talk to someone. Way to go customer service. So now we are left with a useless product and my husband has to eat cold lunches. He’ll live, but it really is a bummer to spend money on a gift for it just to stop doing what it was promised to do. Don’t buy this. You’ll be disappointed.

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