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More Eric Meyer on CSS
More Eric Meyer on CSS
More Eric Meyer on CSS by Eric Meyer. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery, Victoria McGee, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 4496 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Weg der Träume: Roman (German Edition)
Weg der Träume: Roman (German Edition)
Weg der Träume: Roman (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Maja Ueberle-Pfaff. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 61 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Whole Truth (A. Shaw Book 1)
The Whole Truth (A. Shaw Book 1)
The Whole Truth (A. Shaw Book 1) by David Baldacci. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1571 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
MURDER MYSTERY COLLECTION: 40+ Thriller Novels & Detective Tales (Including Uncle Abner Mysteries, Randolph Mason Schemes & Sir Henry Marquis Cases): The ... The Lost Lady, The Wrong Sign & many more
MURDER MYSTERY COLLECTION: 40+ Thriller Novels & Detective Tales (Including Uncle Abner Mysteries, Randolph Mason Schemes & Sir Henry Marquis Cases): The ... The Lost Lady, The Wrong Sign & many more
MURDER MYSTERY COLLECTION: 40+ Thriller Novels & Detective Tales (Including Uncle Abner Mysteries, Randolph Mason Schemes & Sir Henry Marquis Cases): The ... The Lost Lady, The Wrong Sign & many more by Melville Davisson Post. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Calling: A Supernatural Thriller
The Calling: A Supernatural Thriller
The Calling: A Supernatural Thriller by Robert Swartwood. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 156 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
COMPUTER GRAPHICS PROGRAMMING IN OPENGL WITH C++
COMPUTER GRAPHICS PROGRAMMING IN OPENGL WITH C++
COMPUTER GRAPHICS PROGRAMMING IN OPENGL WITH C++ by V. Scott Gordon and John Clevenger. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Swing
Java Swing
Java Swing by Marc Loy , Robert Eckstein , et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Instant PHP Web Scraping
Instant PHP Web Scraping
Instant PHP Web Scraping by Jacob Ward. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming
Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming
Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming by Paul Atkinson and Robert Vieira. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
Wicked Cool Shell Scripts by Dave Taylor. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 52 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
The Warren Buffett Way: 3rd Edition
The Warren Buffett Way: 3rd Edition
I am not finished yet merely half-way into the book but I wanted to review this book; I just could not wait ;-) to tell you all about it. I am taking my time and digesting it all because the meat needs to be chewed, enjoyed and digested thoroughly. I am enjoying each aspect of this book and can't say enough...............I am loving this book.

I have purchased several books pertaining to Buffett and have followed him and his work for a few years. I was interested in him not only because of his investments but his character is to be rewarded; money isn't everything. I have not finished the other books that I have purchased about him but want to be able to absorb this one first before moving forward into the others. Nor have I gotten a chance to delve into the website yet, I can't wait.

This book helps you to see and delve into the ways into which Buffett processes his investments but also shows how his upbringing, mentors and experiences has helped him in his investment endeavors and the investment choices that he makes as seen in Chapter 2: The Education of Warren Buffet. Here it provides an understanding of the industry and having hands on experience does help but in not letting money be your guide is best. Once you understand then you can make better and educated decisions.

Everyone may not be able to have the same types of successes as Buffett has had but to understand the method behind the man says a lot. Robert G. Hagstrom does a good job in breaking down the book. As in Chapter 4: Common Stock Purchases - Nine Case Studies in the tenets that he uses are valuable from Simple and Understandable and Price Point to Candor/Rationality. Stay tuned for a follow-up from me once I finish the book and review the website.

Up unto this point this book is Highly Recommended.
Tao of Charlie Munger: A Compilation of Quotes from Berkshire Hathaway's Vice Chairman on Life, Business, and the Pursuit of Wealth with Commentary by David Clark
Tao of Charlie Munger: A Compilation of Quotes from Berkshire Hathaway's Vice Chairman on Life, Business, and the Pursuit of Wealth with Commentary by David Clark
If you collect quotations from one of the broadest thinkers in business who for decades has delivered witty and wise sayings, you cannot really go wrong. The Tao translates as “the way” or “the path” and what we are served here is the way of Charlie Munger, vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and long business partner to Warren Buffett. Munger’s many sayings have over time gained enough status to be christened as “Mungerisms.”

The reference to Taoism is equally apt when it comes to the format of the book. Just as Lao-tzu, the Taoist collection of saying and proverbs, this is a commented assortment of quotations where David Clark, co-writer of the many Buffettology books does the observing and deciphering of the wise musings of the old master. Buffett obviously has a wonderful way with words but I have always enjoyed Munger’s shorter, sharper and more cynical statements more and Clark has done us all a huge service collecting these quotes. It is a book possible to read in one, albeit long, sitting – but please don’t. Take the time to scribble down how Munger’s thoughts reflect on your investments, business and being. Does this make sense to you? If so, how are you living up to it? What can you change? What can you improve?

The selected quotations are grouped into four parts covering investing, banking and the economy, business and philosophizing on life at large. Sections one and three are delivered with authority and Ben Graham’s saying that investing is the most intelligent when it is most businesslike springs to mind. At the same time the investing of Munger and Berkshire Hathaway is hardly unknown material due to the vast coverage of Buffett’s investing success.

The danger with adding commentary is that it isn’t always better to say something in a lengthier format when it has already been delivered crisp and clear in a short pitchy way. There is a balance to be kept to not over-explain things. Clark is mostly on the right side of the tracks but he delivers rather similar explanations to many of the quotes and is forced to add quite a few “as we have said earlier”.

Further, just as it comes to later commentary of, say old Taoist texts, it is always possible to debate if the interpretation of the original scriptures from one specific scholar is optimal. Occasionally I would have chosen to make alternative reflections. I think the selection of quotes Clark has made is a good one. Perhaps it could have hade been tilted a tad more towards psychology given Munger’s wisdom in the area. There are few real gems missing apart from this favorite on investing “It’s not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid.” – a typical Mungerism in it’s lack of flattery.

The second part of the book is the least interesting - but every time one hears figures about the gross exposure of global derivatives one marvels. The best and most inspiring part is the fourth, on Life, Education and the Pursuit of Happiness. Below are some of our favorites. “Being rational is a moral imperative. You should never be stupider than you need to be”; “Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve” and especially close to our heart “In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads – and how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.” Amen. If you ever find yourself hesitating over a decision, simply ask yourself “What would Charlie Munger do?”

This is a review by investingbythebooks.com
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Another Home Run, This time in the Bear Market. Matt just keeps giving us the Best that he has when it comes to beating the odds in the Stock market. I just hope he never stops providing all this great information. When I first began trading stocks, I was clueless. With Matt's books, I now feel more comfortable and positive on what I am doing when it comes to investing in stocks, Futures or Options. Wherever I am honing my skills in long term or short investments, my portfolio continues to rise. Thanks Matt!

Lorenzo
Art & Science of Value Investing: Invest Like Billionaire Warren Buffett
Art & Science of Value Investing: Invest Like Billionaire Warren Buffett
My review...by Robert W. Johns.

I purchased this on kindle and it arrived on my device without any problem...

This book was fun and informative. I bought this to see how Mr Thompson thinks, as the
are few books available which are actually written by individuals working in Value investment
based money management, running other peoples money as such.

I have been a value investor for five years full time and was looking for something to fill some gaps
and as a reference point. This book simply delivers, the section on discounted cash flows would be
invaluable to someone just starting out in qualitative analysis and understanding future business cash flows.

Scott writes with a relaxed and honest candor, never becoming pretentious or overbearing. It is evident he
has a genuine passion for Value investing and this shows in the highly complementary description he gives
of famous Value investors.

These kind of things are what got me into this industry, the is a considerable amount of kindness, honesty
and integrity found in the famous past, present professional practitioners of this investment approach. No doubt
many other such individuals will be the same in the future. There's a good introduction to Scott's influences and sets
a nice theme for the book.

Sometimes even those with an excellent memory can benefit from reading what they may have forgotten in time and
this book is one of those great reference guides to keep you mind sharp. The author has an MBA and in many countries
it can be difficult to hold a relevant MBA and be a value investor just down to the practicality's of it all. Therefore his line
of thinking has been of a benefit to me.

All in all i definitely picked up a few golden nuggets throughout the text and some insights making the purchase worth while.
Most of the big ideas are well represented here and beginners would do well to read this book before the classics to get
a good framework for how the goal posts have changed with market efficiency.

This reviewer would be happy to see this text in a university coarse. Although
such a coarse would undoubtedly require more material. Value investing cant be taught in a
day but you can get the bug that fast!.

I had heard of Philip L. Carret, but not in detail. There is a section with a transcript on his personality and style. This was
the highlight of the book for me as he had an incredible money management record and i am interesting in learning more.

So i have withheld one star as customary for me. I only give 5 stars to a few people and those people are Ben Graham
, Charlie Munger and of coarse Warren Buffett. My only criticism is that the book contains many quotes. Who actually originally
said some of these things first i believe may have been in some instances lost to the hands of time. I may well be wrong
and this is simply nitpicking.

Robert W. Johns
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
My guess is around 70% of my purchases are made on Amazon: it's a lot of stuff, both for home and for my company. This is the first item (across all categories) that I've written a review for. I'm compelled because this book has changed my life, and I suspect it can change yours — What do you have to lose by reading it?

I thought I’d learned what I needed to know about negotiation. I went to a prestigious business school and took their negotiation class, learning all about Getting Yes, BATNA, and other fancy acronyms. I’d also had to bargain my share in both work and personal life. Yet, I felt like the tools I’d been given were meant for some alternate reality where people are totally dispassionate, rational robots, doing math in their heads to get to logical outcomes. The negotiations I’d been in with were instead with passionate, irrational (including myself) humans, sometimes getting angry or sad, often making decisions that didn’t “make any sense” (to me). I was pretty sure the negotiation outcomes we were getting to were subpar, both for me and for them: a lot of splitting the difference, mostly to make the negotiations — which felt uncomfortable for all parties — stop.

Note, when I mean “negotiation”, I’m speaking pretty broadly: from “negotiating" with my fiancée on who should walk the dog tonight, to negotiating with an employee on why this feature needed to be built urgently, to negotiating with an angry customer who’d called me angry about something, to negotiating with my parents on wedding plans, the list goes on. Each negotiation tougher and more emotional than the next, yet with tools that told me emotions didn’t matter. Huh?

I don’t remember how I came across Never Split the Difference, but man, am I glad I did. The book exposed me to a whole different way of negotiating, questioning the rational toolkit I’d been given in business school and replacing it with a more human set of tools. This set based on psychology and understanding of normal human emotions. It builds on empathy and active listening skills, layers on ways to label emotions and ask open-ended calibrated questions. It includes polite ways to say “no” without offending the other party, and many more. Most importantly it builds a framework that lets you deeply understand what the other party needs, wants, and desires, and work with them to achieve an outcome where you get your goals met — without ever “splitting the difference” again.

And it has worked wonders. Since reading this book, I have:
- Forged a better relationship with my fiancée by actively listening to her before jointly finding solutions
- Negotiated successful resolutions to emotionally charged topics with parents and friends
- Brought angry customers — who felt we had failed them — back from the brink to trusting us again
- Forged a better relationship with my business partners by understanding how they value time, silence, relationships, surprises, etc…
- Gotten discounts on things that I didn’t think could be discounted, just by using my name
- Gotten to the front of the waiting line at busy restaurants
- Said no to bad deals, because no deal is better than a bad one
- the list goes on.

I warn you that this book is the start of a rabbit hole that you might want to keep digging down. I’ve recommended this book to anyone who will listen, personally bought it 29 times as a gift for friends & coworkers alike, taken an online class (taught by the author’s son, a brilliant negotiator in his own right), etc...

Negotiation, in the broadest sense as described above, is something I want to become an expert in, because I now understand that every conversation is a negotiation. This is likely the most useful skill you can learn and apply.

It all started with this book. Are you too busy to read it?
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
I spend my days managing an industrial operation where Lean is the backbone of our shop floor and office processes. As with most lean practitioners, I read a great deal of the current lean literature. As a student of industrial history, I have read hundreds of books relating to the early 20th century manufacturers.

As a result, I was hopeful this book would offer a concise place to see early lean lessons. Most folks have some view of Ford.Those early lean lessons are often more acceptable for use in the US lean training. Over use of Japanese examples and terms can get in the way of learing lean.

I was disappointed in the book. The information presented is valid. It also is aligned with my own experiences and reading. However, the presentation and writing style made this a difficult book to read. The author seemed to want to add in the lessons of Chinese and Japanese thoughs. Those lessons seemed forced and broke up the rhythm of reading the book.

It is more of a personal preference, but the layout and style of the pages did not enhance the reading experience.

There is a great deal of underlying value in the material presented. If you choose to read this book, be prepared for a slog. It is a valid premise--poorly presented.
The Truth about Henry Ford
The Truth about Henry Ford
Poorly Scanned image of a New York library book. Many Scan-o's, the even and odd page headers are included inline with the text.
blinkee 100 USD President Donald Trump Collectible Gold Plated Fake Bank Note
blinkee 100 USD President Donald Trump Collectible Gold Plated Fake Bank Note
The description mentions "gold plated", but the picture does not look anything like the actual item. When I bought the item, I was assuming maybe the gold was on the vertical security strip, but the entire bill is gold plated. So it looks nothing like the picture. I would have given this 1 star due to the misleading picture, but the item is of good quality, if you want a gold plated bill.
I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
This isn't just some factual account of events in Google's history. After all, Doug has been known as "the voice of Google" given his involvement in most of Google's user interactions and communications. Thus the book is written in that particular voice - a narrative that is able to address even the most technical concerns related while still making it approachable to the average user. After all, Doug is a marketing guy at heart and never claimed to be an engineer. Some have found the language to be too simplistic at times, but I found it vibrant and refreshing in tone and thus a pleasure to read even when discussing the more stressful situations Doug had to deal with.

Thus the book flows along two lines. On the one hand, it provides a striking inside look at Google's early history including milestone events such as their first search deal with AOL and the development of AdWords. But at the same time it's really just the tale of a marketing guy trying to redefine the job based on the technically-driven and data-obsessed engineers that were fundamental to growing Google to the company that it is today.

The book has certainly given me a lot to think about in terms of both my own marketing job and Google as a company. While Doug makes sure to tell all sides of the story and not just the warm and fuzzy stuff, he does seem to have a particular slant here - one last message as Google's voice that he has to deliver. If anything, this feels like Doug's last message to us users - an attempt to explain how Google operates at its core and thus presents a different view of the company given the big decisions it makes that get splashed all over the news. Google isn't quite the information monster and privacy villain that many present it to be. But it is moving solely to the beat of its own drum and its own concept of what they feel is in the best interests of the user.

At the same time, it's an amazing exploration of marketing and how the old concepts may not quite work in the increasingly product-aligned world that we live in. Branding goes beyond just thinking of the company as a whole but building images and ideas around individual product lines, especially in a tech world.
2014 Sheet of 16 "Jimi Hendrix" Forever U.S. Postal Stamps
2014 Sheet of 16 "Jimi Hendrix" Forever U.S. Postal Stamps
I am fanatical when It comes too Hendrix, and how I almost missed out on his Limited-Edition Forever Stamps is beyond me. They were printed I believe In March of this year, and I accidentlly found out about them in May. Thank God I was able to purchase them from Amazon! I will have these stamps Forever.
Ran
Ran
This is an excellent film, with an impressive scenario and extraordinary visual aspects. Below, more of my impressions with some SPOILERS.

PRECISION: this is the review of double disc special edition DVD from 2006. I found the technical quality of image and sound satisfying - but as I don't own any other versions, I can not compare it with Blu-ray, etc. Therefore this is just a review of the film itself.

In 1957 Kurosawa surprised and impressed the whole world with "Throne of Blood", an extraordinary adaptation of "Macbeth" transposed to feudal Japan. In 1985, for what was to be his last major film, he recidived, this time with "King Lear". But with the progress of technology this time he was able to produce not only a great tragedy but also a great show!

The story is initially quite similar with that of "King Lear". The main character's name is Lord Hidetora, the head of clan Ichimonji. He is played by the great Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai. Hidetora was born as first son of a samurai lord who owned a little castle. From the age of 17 he fought many wars and he finally conquered a large domain, controlled by three powerful fortresses. But Hidetora is now aged 70 and he is weary of wars - therefore he decides to abdicate in favor if his oldest son, Taro Takatora Ichimonji.

Taro will therefore become the leader of the clan and master of the First Castle. His younger brothers, Jiro Masatora Ichimonji and Saburo Naotora Ichimonji, will support him as masters respectively of Second and Third castles. Hidetora will keep 30 samurai as his escort and the honorific title of Great Lord - he will reside successively with his sons. Hidetora orders his sons to always remain united against all adversities. Two neigboring daimyos, Nobuhiro Fujimaki and Seiji Ayabe, are witnesses of this arrangement.

But the youngest brother, Saburo, as well as one of main retainers, Tango Hirayama, both object and ask Hidetora to reconsider and stay in power. Enraged by the rude language and defiance of his son, the old leader banishes them both. That covers about 15 first minutes and from there the story really begins...

It is hardly a spoiler to say that the story is a horrible tragedy - after all, it is a piece of Shakespeare transposed in the world of the samurai and directed by Kurosawa... But, unlike some "professional" critics, I absolutely don't consider this film as nihilistic! Withour revealing too much, I think that here the main message is the punishment for sins: the greater is the sin, the most terrifying is the punishment. And as we will quickly learn, old Hidetora and his vassals accumulated quite a lot of deadly sins in the last 50 years...

The heavenly retribution against the Ichimonji clan will come mostly through the iron will and determination of an exceptional woman, Lady Kaede, played impressively by Mieko Harada... Indeed, it could be said in this case, "hell hath no fury as a woman wronged..." Many reviewers considered her character as "evil" and that certainly is one way to see the things - but what I saw was first and before anything else a woman hurt and harmed as cruelly as it is possible, who with patience, intelligence and absolute determination will avenge her loved ones by bringing ruin to all her enemies in such a comprehensive way, that they will not only be destroyed in this world but also damned in the next one! And honestly, once I realised all the evil crimes the Ichimonji clan perpetrated in 50 years, her revenge is also a case of justice served! In this point Kurosawa changed very significantly the whole sense of the story, because in the original Shakespeare piece King Lear is mostly an innocent wronged - well, here it is NOT the case...

Two other impressive characters are Hidetora's fool, played by Japanese actor and dancer Peter and Shuri Kurogane, the most capable of Ichinoji clan retainers - a ruthless, brutal and cunning character, but not devoided of at least some human feelings. On the other hand, Saburo, the third son of Hidetora, who as equivalent of Cordelia character is supposedly "the good guy", well, notwithstanding his devotion to his father, I didn't care much for him, considering that by his sheer stupidity he kept making bad things worse...

Another messages of this film are basically the repetition of some well known truths:

- there is no fool as an old fool
- quem Deus vult perdere, dementat prius
- pride is the greatest and WORST of all deadly sins
- anger is a bad advisor
- most men can think only with what they have between legs - not with what they have inside their skulls...
- when you are on the run, RUN! Even if you are Bruce Willis, DON'T come back to your place for your dad's watch - because Vincent Vega will not stay in this toilet forever...
- when travelling through hostile lands with your soldiers, NEVER forget to send a vanguard, even if it is only one guy; it REALLY helps...

The samurai battles in "Ran" are absolutely impressive, even if you should not expect too much realism about tactics - in many scenes there is a lot people running around absolutely nowhere and doing nothing useful. In fact Kurosawa used samurai armies as impressionists used colors and shapes - taken separately and looked upon closely the picture seems to be chaotic. Seen from a certain distance and as a whole, the effect is much, much more interesting.

Bottom line, this is an excellent film, a masterpiece, providing both a matter for reflection and a feast for eyes. I loved it when I saw it in cinema long time ago and it was a delight to re-discover it again. To buy, watch and keep. Enjoy!
Signing Time My Neighborhood Dvd
Signing Time My Neighborhood Dvd
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The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue
The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue
Vorweg: Natürlich kann ich vorliegendes Produkt ausschließlich anhand der Hörproben bewerten, die ich mir in Form dieses Doppel-Meisterwerkes zugelegt habe.
Wirklich LIVE gehört & gesehen habe ich Mr. Dylan (leider) lediglich einmal - und das war 2010 in Linz!
Obwohl der gute Herr Dylan mit seinen rund 70 Jahren bereits einiges an Stimmvorrat- und volumen eingebüßt hatte und den Refrain von "Forever Young" daher mehr krächzte als sang, war es ein unbeschreiblich-einmaliges Erlebnis, das ich um nichts auf der Welt missen möchte. Ja, als mit dem letzterschienenen "Performance" eine neue Live-CD des Maestros angekündigt wurde, machte ich mir gar Hoffnungen auf ein Live-Dokument, das eines seiner Konzerte der vergangenen 2-3 Jahre wiedergibt. Leider sollte letztendlich aber (wieder einmal) nur eine halbherzige Mischmasch-Zusammenstellung etlicher bereits vorab veröffentlichter Livetracks herauskommen...

Nun, was ist also mein bisheriger Live-Liebling der Marke "Dylan"?

Obwohl ich mir zuletzt auch das hoch- und vielgelobte "Royal-Albert-Hall-Konzert" (dessen Aufnahmen größtenteils in Wahrheit aus Manchester stammen) zugelegt habe, muss ich sagen, dass die beiden Live-Alben aus den Mittsiebzigern ("Before The Flood" & eben dieses hier) nach wie vor meine unübertroffenen Lieblinge sind. Wird Mr. Dylan bei "Before The Flood" von einer gut gelaunten "(The) Band" zu Höchstleistungen getrieben, so ist das bei diesem Ausschnitt der ROLLING THUNDER REVUE (auch ganz ohne THE BAND) nicht minder spürbar!
Wirklich jeder einzelne Song sprüht förmlich vor Elan, Witz, Kraft, Ausdauer und Beschwingtheit. Absoluter Höhepunkt ist für mich persönlich die geniale Interpretation des Klassiker "Tangled Up In Blue", die sogar die sehr gelungene Album-Aufnahme (Anm.: "Blood On The Tracks") in den Schatten zu stellen vermag. Aber keine Sorge, das ist keineswegs der einzige Kracher auf diesen beiden Ausnahmescheiben!

Fazit: Meiner Meinung nach ist mit dieser 5. Bootleg-Series-Ausgabe ein vorläufiger Höhepunkt eben dieser Reihe erreicht worden. Lediglich Nr. 7 ("No Direction Home") und Nr. 1-3 (mittlerweile im Sammelpack zum Billigpreis erhältlich!) sind (fast) ebenso gut geworden. Trotzdem möchte ich an dieser Stelle lobend festhalten, dass die Bootleg-Series generell sehr authentisch, professionell und durchdacht veröffentlicht wurden und werden... Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen halbherzig zusammengestellten Bonus-CDs und Raritätenausgaben sind (wohl) die meisten in der Bootleg-Reihe enthaltenen Silberlinge wahre Goldgruben für Dylan-Fans und Interessierte, die man sich - garantiert sorgenfrei - auch dann zulegen kann, wenn man noch nicht allzu viele Studioalben des großen BOB in seinem CD-Schrank stehen hat!

Also: Eine klare Kaufempfehlung meinerseits! Für mich - neben dem 1974 erschienenen "Before The Flood" (mit THE BAND) - das absolute Live-Highlight der mittlerweile sehr üppigen Dylan-Chronologie!!

GROSSE KLASSE!!
Planet Waves
Planet Waves
Early 1974's "Planet Waves" was the bridging album between the folky/country material of the late sixties/early seventies and the acoustic-driven rock poetry that was "Blood On The Tracks". It is also as emotionally complex as that album too, no lightweight country pie on here. It is an album that grows on you with each listen, as I listen to it now, I am thinking that the album is better than I had previously thought. The sound is excellent, by the way, unlike the rather harsh sounding "New Morning".

TRACK LISTING

1. On A Night Like This
2. Going. Going, Gone
3. Tough Mama
4. Hazel
5. Something There Is About You
6. Forever Young
7. Forever Young (fast version)
8. Dirge
9. You Angel You
10. Never Say Goodbye
11. Wedding Song

"On A Night Like This" is an energetic, swirling throwback to the days of 1966, with The Band on top form backing Dylan once again and his delivery enthusiastically upbeat. A beautiful, melodic, deep bass underpins the gorgeous "Going, Going, Gone". This is definitely a precursor to "Blood On The Tracks". It is a dignified, sombre track with a great sound to the backing on it. Robbie Robertson comes up with one hell of a guitar solo to finish the track. "Tough Mama" is a "Basement Tapes"-style bluesy romp, with Garth Hudson's organ blowing and circling around all over the place, like an idiot wind. "Hazel" with her "dirty blonde hair" is a love song from Dylan to another mercurial woman and most entrancing it is too. There are very slight shades of 1983's "Licence To Kill" in there somewhere, just before the "touch of your love" part. Dylan delivers a delicious harmonica too.

"Something There Is About You" has Dylan being nostalgic about the "old Duluth" of his youth. This is harmonica-driven blues rock song that wouldn't have sounded out of place on either "Blood On The Tracks" or, indeed, "Desire". Tracks like this remind one that Dylan hadn't really laid down anything this powerful since "John Wesley Harding" and possibly "Blonde On Blonde". Forget all that country twanging and folk odes, this was proper Dylan.

Talking of proper Dylan. "Forever Young" is next. Uplifting inspiring, heartbreaking. One of my favourite Dylan songs of all time. It never fails to get me all emotional. Superb. I remember seeing Dylan in concert with Mark Knopfler at the Hammersmith Odeon a few years back and Knopfler sang this as the encore, with Dylan sitting regally behind the keyboards. Mark turned to him to deliver the line "may your song always be sung" and the great man, just nodded, like The Queen waving to her subjects. A priceless moment. The faster version of the same song that comes next doesn't do it for me. The slow version is the definitive one, in my opinion. This slightly rockabilly version of it deprives of of its soul, its emotion. It should have stayed on the cutting room floor, maybe replaced by "Nobody 'Cept You".

Only Dylan could title his own song "Dirge". Here he is backed by Robertson, while he plays piano. It is a stark, emotions bared song that, at the time people presumed was about his marriage. Robertson's guitar is sumptuous and while the song is stark and bleak, it is no dirge. Listening to it, you realise "Blood On The Tracks" is on the way. "You Angel You" is a Band-style mid-tempo rocker. "If this is love give me more, more, more" pleads Dylan over another magnificent organ break. "Never Say Goodbye" starts with some searing guitar and is a beguiling, romantic slow burner, once again, it is very Band-like. It is so good to have Dylan back, listening to this. We had missed him. "Wedding Song" is a stark, acoustic guitar and harmonica love song that is in the "Blood On The Tracks" style.

There is no question that this is, by far, Bob Dylan's finest album since "John Wesley Harding". He was now entering a four year halcyon period, the third great one of his career.
The Bootleg Volume 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964 - Concert At Philharmonic Hall
The Bootleg Volume 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964 - Concert At Philharmonic Hall
Ces Bootleg Series sont vraiment un délice pour les dylanophiles de tout poil. Pas que finalement d'ailleurs parce que ce concert de 1964 capte parfaitement le Dylan des débuts, folk donc, de manière idéale genre best of du bonhomme avec un son superbe. C'est donc aussi une excellente approche pour les néophytes puisqu'en deux disques cohérents ils auront une étendue complète des talents du Dylan des débuts. Et c'est qu'il faut l'entendre sur ce live, juste armé de sa guitare et de son harmonica, tout seul sur la scène, à la fois concentré, déterminé et décontracté, très à l'aise, car il se montre sûr de lui, de ses chansons, de sa musique. Il habite chaque morceau avec véhémence, chanteur décidément unique et inclassable mais grandiose finalement à l'arrivée car faisant tourbillonner les mots, charriant un flot d'images ininterrompues, et déversant le tout loin devant. On en reste baba, bouche bée, car avec ce live superbe, on croirait bien revivre ce concert. Où Dylan se plante, se marre, s'accorde, fait plein de pains, mais, voilà, c'est vivant, et c'est bien ce qu'on attend d'un live. Surtout que les versions sont superbes, emportées par un allant irrésistible. Joan Baez vient pousser la chansonnette en fin de set, variété bienvenue vu la nudité du concert, notamment quand elle chante seule accompagnée par Dylan sur "Silver Dagger". Pour les quelques autres morceaux, ce ne sont pas vraiment des duos car Dylan et Baez chantent à l'unisson, ce qui les rend prisonniers d'une interprétation beaucoup moins fluide et flexible. Résultat: cela donne un petit côté boy-scout un peu désobligeant à l'ensemble. Seul petit reproche cela dit d'un concert magnifique. Ah si, quand même, une dernière chose: attention toutefois si vous avez des chats chez vous, certaines fréquences émises par l'harmonica de Dylan pourraient les irriter. Moi j'aime bien mais je ne suis pas chat, alors...
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
I am not a fan of these tribute albums but this one deserves high praise. Instead of semi-famous people murdering the famous Dylan songs here we have some lesser known artists getting stuck in to lesser known songs. The one exception to that rule is Slash's version of Wiggle Wiggle, it is not only an affront to the ears but totally out of character with what is actually a really solid album.

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

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

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

Finally the profits all go to charity too so if you have bothered reading this far you might as well go ahead and order it- there is a moment during the acoustic Every Grain of Sand when the guy takes the trouble to reproduce the noise of a dog barking (from the Bootleg 3 version) with just his keyboard- that is almost worth buying the album for on its own!
Foval Power Inverter 300W DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Charger
Foval Power Inverter 300W DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Charger
I purchased this inverter back in September to use in my car to charge my laptop while on lunch break at work. Yesterday I decided to give it a try. Sadly, it would not charge my laptop at all. I was so disgusted that I didn’t even try to charge my phone with it, which is not what I needed it for in the first place. I can do that with one of several USB ports in my car. The return window closed on 9/4 so I’m just stuck with a $20 brick. Admittedly that part is my fault for not trying it sooner. I will search for a better product even if I have to pay more for it.
Tripp Lite Power Compact Inverter, 1800W, 12VDC, 120V, 5-15R, 4 Outlets for Automobiles, RVs, Trucks, Fleet Vehicles & Emergency Vehicles (PV1800HF)
Tripp Lite Power Compact Inverter, 1800W, 12VDC, 120V, 5-15R, 4 Outlets for Automobiles, RVs, Trucks, Fleet Vehicles & Emergency Vehicles (PV1800HF)
Judging by the price and brand name, I expected a much better product. Unfortunately, I was left sorely disappointed with a lighter wallet. I ordered this unit to run a small blower, a small refrigerator and some small appliance chargers (phones, iPad, etc). It worked great for less than a year. Ran large cable (00-gauge) through my truck and had it done right. After a short while, it suddenly stopped providing power. The LEDs on the side lit up and appeared normal, but no power would be provided at the outlets; the manual only gave options for troubleshooting when the LEDs didn't come on. The wiring in the truck checked out and a separate power supply confirmed the issue was with the inverter.

Contacted the manufacturer and could not resolve the situation. Now I'm out of pocket over $250 and have to find another inverter. For the price, I expected much better. Zero reason an inverter would last under a year. Looking at other reviews, looks like I'm not the only one to experience this malfunction. I recommend trying another brand.
"smartphone samsung"
"smartphone samsung"
We needed a new phone as our prior galaxy was outdated and the battery life was shorter. We ordered this phone (we are using this in the USA) after reading all the reviews and seeing how great it was overall. I was hesitant as we usually get our phone from T-Mobile or the phone brand website itself, but I must say our phone arrived exactly when it said it would and it was easy to set-up from there. Bigger screen than our older phone, so that was a big improvement as the phone is used for some Netflix and video conferencing. All of the apps run fast and picture quality is actually really good. If you are an expert camera person then yes of course photos can be better, but this is a smart phone that I believe has a great camera and does the job. Like I said this phone is a big improvement from what we had before.

I highly recommend.
"air jordans"
"air jordans"
The Jordan 1 will always be a multi fashioned classic style shoe and the original “gym Red” high Jordan 1 looks so good with jeans, gym gear and “lazy wear” as well. These are definitely one of my favorites. These shoes are 100% Authentic and the materials feel amazing! I wear size 12 in all my shoes and these feel just right. Order true to size.
Undefined: A Muslim-American Musical
Undefined: A Muslim-American Musical
This short film musical is great! I was so pumped to see that it is on Prime cause I've been looking for ways to see it again! Totally recommend checking this out.
Wolverine Men's I-90 Waterproof Soft-Toe Romeo Slip-On Construction Boot
Wolverine Men's I-90 Waterproof Soft-Toe Romeo Slip-On Construction Boot
Wow! I’ve had these boots for 6 months now and have worn them practically everyday. I can personally assure you I haven’t been easy on these boots by any means. I’ve used them in the snow, mud, on roofs, used them as literal tools (stomping branches ext.). Most recently a smoldering hot rock from a fire got stuck to the bottom, I didn’t even notice until I was walking and found something stuck to the sole of my boot. I had to peel it off. I wasn’t sure about these boots before buying them, but 6 months later I can truly say I’m impressed. These boots are still holding up with no signs of stopping. The bottom of the sole still has lots of tread and the sole hasn’t came apart from the shoe. Not to mention I’ve had other dudes in the grocery store ask me what kind of boots they are and where I got them. They’re definitely trendy in my area. If you’re looking for an easy boot to skip off and on but still want rugged and long lasting, go for these! I wasn’t disappointed

edit: just did a 7 mile hike in them. No blisters feet hurt a bit but again these shoes are not made for hiking. Impressed
The Amityville Horror (2005)
The Amityville Horror (2005)
Movie 7 of 1979 and 67 overall in my journey through films of my lifetime.

Brolin's performance was, in a word, stoic. That's really not a compliment. He's a bit too cool under pressure and it made me feel like everything would turn out just fine. Not exactly what you want in a horror film. I think a nieve hopeful would have served this movie better. Someone that could make me feel anxious for them provided they were not stupid. Craig T Nelson seemed to pull this off in "Poltergeist, " a movie that owes a great deal of credit to "Amityville Horror." Nelson was strong yet nieve. He was reasonably clueless how in over his head he was. As Brolin's character starts to turn and dement I would have really felt it if he had come from an exuberant, hopeful place. As it was he was just too cool even when he was supposed to be stressed. He had good moments but overall his transformation was not all that radical. This is what Steven King didn't like about "The Shining." He complained that Nicholson started crazy and there was no where to go, no decent. I feel similarly here, the fall isn't juxtaposed well and it made me indifferent about what I could feel was coming. Partially Brolin does not have the skill to pull off the role and I wouldn't cast him for anything myself but it's not all his fault. Some of the issue is how males are expected to behave in 70's culture. I was exposed to it and bucked much of that trend. Basically males were expected to be tough, almost macho. I always hated that and still do to this day. I find it disingenuous. I think it's better than today's male which is just sad but I deviate. Anyway Brolin definitely reflects this ideal in his performance and for me it hurts the movie.

One thing I liked about "The Ring" is that it followed some riggid rules albeit to a fault. At one point in "The Amityville Horror" the local priest is supernaturally assaulted through automotive disfunction. This is a departure from what I think "The Ring" did so well. Without rules the story loses coherence. If the domain of the spirit can exceed the bounds of the house then what stops it from doing anything? Why even haunt? Why isn't everyone having their cars break down and seat belts malfunctioning? With rules these questions don't linger even though they may still be out there in one limited form or another. I think it's ultimately just lazy writing, horror for horror's sake; but the horror is not from ghosts it's from movie producers, it's not from the haunted house (where it should be from) it's from a pitch session or writer's room. Not scary, not even a good story. In short: it's contrived. Now if I were to defend this film I suppose I'd say that there is a spiritual sickness that infects the house's inhabitants. That doesn't explain supernatural events, like the hood of the car flying up, though. Again, these complexities are easily avoided with just some effort.

These critiques not withstanding the movie is undeniably entertaining. I'm not a horror movie buff but the great strength of the 70's, in my opinion, is its horror films. Even the worst of them are entertaining films for the most part ("The Hills Have Eyes" a notable exception). "The Amityville Horror" indeed deserves its place among these films. Its not a brilliant story but it is 70's horror done well enough to watch for fun. The imagery like the collective of flies, while not entirety meaningful, is well done and creepy.

It is possible that there could have been a mysterious element to this in its own time, but, as I've said, the fun of this retrospective is to watch this through my generation's eyes. For me I'd say this is pretty predictable. Also it's very short of the shock and horror that I'm used to seeing. What comes to mind is "Jacob's Ladder" or "Hereditary" where the images are truly terrifying.

An apology: I can't help but think about the person who just loves a good thrill and really enjoys this film and can't stand these dopes that over analyze film. I get that and I've been there. I've seen a lot of movies and along with my personal experiences I'm at a different place in my life as a film buff. I would only ask that you keep in mind that we all watch movies and keep them in our own way. I have nothing but respect and even envy for someone that can just give their mind and emotions a rest to have a good time and escape. I'm not that person. I suppose that could be the definition of "uptight" and I begrudgingly have to wear that monicer I suppose.

Pros
-fits in with 70's horror
-great images
-built a myth around real life events which modern horror is always trying to do when they say "based on true events."

Cons
-not as scary as it could have been
-Brolin is a bore
-needed grounding for consistency
Clip: Lego Marvel's Avengers Video Gameplay
Clip: Lego Marvel's Avengers Video Gameplay
My son loves watching this. I just give him a controller without batteries and he thinks he's playing. It's been a lifesaver to get some things done around the house. We've been watching all the brick show stuff and the guys are all pretty entertaining no bad language or anything that I've seen or heard.
Galactus The Devourer (Galactus The Devourer (1999))
Galactus The Devourer (Galactus The Devourer (1999))
The story starts with the Mole Man stealing a sewage treatment plant from New York City when a space ships crashes warning of the coming of Galactus. Never say Louise Simonson didn’t like big beginnings. In order to save the Earth the Silver Surfer once again becomes his herald. It turns out Galactus has gone mad with hunger which is actually making him sick. That’s shown in his first appearance where he looks aged and weathered. The story centers around whether the Surfer and Earth’s heroes can find a way to cure Galactus of his sickness.

I always enjoy a good Galactus story and Simonson weaves a strong tale. The main problem is the art. It’s split between Jon Muth and John Buscema. I don’t like Muth’s style at all. it looks like sketches instead of finished work. Buscema of course is a Marvel master. The problem is all the art was finished by Bill Sienkiewicz who had a very artistic approach, similar to the Impressionists even. He ruins a lot of panels with his style unfortunately.
Good Citizens, Macaroni Cheese Organic, 6 Ounce
Good Citizens, Macaroni Cheese Organic, 6 Ounce
This Mac & Cheese is almost guilt free because at least it's organic, non-gmo and locally sourced. Originally I found it at Whole Foods and wanted to see if they had more flavors besides the Whole Wheat and was excited to see they did on Amazon. This package uses semolina flour and is really delicious. I love adding peppers & chicken sausage for an easy meal the whole family will eat without complaint.
Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper Chili Macaroni 5.2 oz Box (pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper Chili Macaroni 5.2 oz Box (pack of 6)
Out of maybe 4 different Hamburger Helpers I buy on a regular basis, Beef Pasta remains my family's favorite and although I subscribed to it every six months, I think I'll have to change this to 3 months, since we've been eating it more lately.

I've made this with both ground beef and ground turkey and both turn out great. With a nice, beefy taste to it, this is one of the few dishes my picky daughter will go back to for seconds and thirds. My husband said one night that soon I'd need to make two boxes at once, but I think instead I'll just make side dishes to fill people up.

The current subscription price ($7.45 for 6 boxes) makes the price per box come out to $1.24 each box, which is the same as the cheapest sale price I can get at local stores. Usually the sale puts the boxes at $1.50 to $2.50 each, so it's already a bargain with free shipping.
Dr. Seuss Girls Cat in The Hat Check Meowt Pajama Set
Dr. Seuss Girls Cat in The Hat Check Meowt Pajama Set
I shouldn’t have listened to the reviews saying it runs small. My daughter wears a 4 so I got the 5/6. The pants are marked size 5 and the shirt is marked size 6 which is odd. The shirt is fitted enough she can wear it but the waist on the pants are way too big for her.
Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
My child and I love all the books in this series. They are educational and entertaining. I feel good reading him these books because, you feel like you are teaching your child valuable information that might make their schooling a little easier. He enjoys it because, the absolutely amazing illustrations make it enjoyable to view and the playful wording and scenarios make the book engaging. I'm so glad that someone designed this series. Doing workbooks throughout the summer is pretty tedious after a while; regardless of the quality of the book and when one has newborn twins at home, multiple outings throughout the week are just not practical. So this series of books is a great way to entertain and inform my 4 year old of the world around him without needing to leave the house every day.
One Piece, Vol. 20: Showdown at Alubarna
One Piece, Vol. 20: Showdown at Alubarna
The twentieth volume of the pirate adventure epic One Piece covers Luffy's first battle with the big bad of the arc, Sir Crocodile, and his crew's struggle to cross Alabasta's vast desert, and the moment when the rebel army finally reaches Alabasta's capitol to seize control, ending with Usopp and Chopper completing their fight with Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas.

Artistically, this is one of the sharpest looking volumes, with the added effects of Crocodile's sand powers and the slick design of Mr. 4's baseball bat still standing in my mind.

Unfortunately, I find myself once again disappointed in Viz Media's continued reference to the woefully terrible 4kids dub. In this volume, they continue to call certain Devil Fruits by the 4kids name. Mogu Mogu Fruit[short for Mole-Mole Fruit] identified as the Diggy Diggy Fruit, and the Inu Inu Fruit: Model Dachshund[Dog Dog Fruit] is known as Mutt Mutt Fruit, Dachshund Type.

And there is one point in this volume where Mr. 2 refers to his fighting style as "Crazy Karate", like the 4kids dub. However, all subsequent times he refers to his fighting style is "Oh Come My Way" Karate, so my guess it was just a small homage, not meant to replace the more literal translation.

Fortunately, Crocodile's attacks retain their Italian-based names, and like the previous Alabasta arc volumes, the dialog is quite efficient.

I hope Viz soon abandons the 4kids references, but I don't think they will until the Skypeia arc when 4kids dropped the license.

Still, these quibbles do not detract from an epic volume with a great fight at the end. Like all One Piece media(excluding 4kids) I recommend picking it up.
War and Peace (Dover Thrift Editions)
War and Peace (Dover Thrift Editions)
I absolutely loved this book! The best historical fiction book I've ever read by far, by one of the best authors of all time. I read most books with Kindle, and occasionally will highlight passages. But with this book I found myself highlighting very frequently, and sometimes large sections. And then I would send some of the passages to my friends using my phone. The book was so profound and moving. Not only did I find myself laughing at times, but I found myself crying, which never happened with other books. And not crying because the passage was sad, but because it was so beautiful, or passionate, or full of love. I can go back to passages that I've highlighted and can once again be deeply moved by reading them again.

Natasha is without question my favorite all-time character. She reminds me of Natalie Wood, who I also loved, but of course the early 1800s version of Natalie. And Pierre - parts of what happened with him were so deep and insightful, and I could see some of myself in him.

Regarding Natasha, Tolstoy was able to depict her thoughts, words and emotions with such depth, and some of the scenes with her were so touching. The author puts you right there with her. One particular chapter was really powerful, and I found out afterwards from a friend that this one chapter was adapted into a play that ran in New York.

And on the subject of love, the characters in the book include men and women who were capable of love, looking for love, and finding real love. There were also the amoral characters, and at one point in the book, the author makes it so clear as to why those who can really love are the fortunate ones in this life. Without spoiling what is written in the book, suffice to say that Tolstoy succeeds, by example, in portraying the joy that can be felt by someone truly in love, that can never be experienced by an unfaithful, amoral individual.

I was impressed by the honesty of the book in portraying the various realities of trying to conduct a war, with different divisions supposed to coordinate and meet at a certain point and time, and of course this almost never happens. And showing the politics involved among the general staff and the ambitious underlings trying to get ahead - just superb.

His philosophizing about free will and freedom, and laws associated with this are very impressive. After all, when living in a body, in society, there are unavoidable limitations on free will.

His writing about the wars was truly amazing, but I loved the best the various love stories that arose in the book. If you enjoy love stories, this is the book for you.
Tom Thatcher's Fortune - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)
Tom Thatcher's Fortune - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)
It is not surprising that an author who wrote primarily for a juvenile readership in a bygone age has long since ceased to appeal en masse, but I love Horatio Alger's stories, I am sure a writer who sold up to an estimated 400 million books could still have a decent audience even in 2019, even if we accept that his readers back in the day were far more easily pleased than we are now. I expect nobody really has anything to gain from reprinting hundreds of novels, he doesn't have the philosophical depth of his contemporaries, like Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe (all of whom he outsold back then) but I think pretty much every title is available in e-form, for people with a Kindle, it might be the nice light read you were looking for.
The Haunter (Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #4)
The Haunter (Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #4)
It’s really a good book according to my almost 8 yo. I loved Fear Street as a tween so it brings back memories of enjoy RL Stein books. We are building our RL Stein book collection and love that my child is enjoying chapter books. Be zoomed through this book and we are on to the next book. The themes seem a little spooky and the covers scary IMO but he loves it.
The Key to Midnight
The Key to Midnight
The Key to Midnight is one of those books that came out quite a while ago, but was revised several times. I think I read the most recent version. Although, I don’t think it changed my mind on any of it. Let’s see what I thought.

The Ugly: Okay, there were several points in the book where Dean Koontz just went into a wild tangent of explaining foods, surroundings, and what not. Yes, description is nice and all, but leave a bit to the imagination. All he really did was take away from the main story.

The Bad: Aside from the distractions in descriptions, Mr. Koontz didn’t really build any supporting characters. It was more they were there, but they didn’t matter in the total story. The story was all about Alex and Joanna. Major lack in supporting cast for this book.

The Good: There was a point in the book where you realize there is a major conspiracy going on. As I said above, I believe I read one of the later versions of the book. I do believe that helped in the overall story. How this conspiracy worked in the original version is beyond me. The twist and turns are what helped.

Final Thoughts: I’m glad I read a recent version. I don’t think I would have liked the original version as much. Yes, the distractions hurt quite a bit, but if you tough them out you’ll be okay.
Exit Wounds
Exit Wounds
If there is one thing in the book world that is misunderstood and completely underrated, for me it has to be the short story, or, in this case the short story anthology. I know that some people feel that short stories don't allow them to get to know the characters, that they aren't meaty enough, but for me they are the perfect, bitesize way to get your fix of your favourite author or to find an author who may be completely new to you. They are perfect for a quick shot in your lunch break, on your daily commute or that ten-twenty minute wait you have while you are waiting for your tatties to boil for dinner.

If you are a fan of crime fiction, then Exit Wounds is a perfect way to while away those odd moments of time where you aren't quite sure what to do with yourself. Featuring some absolutely cracking stories from some of the top writers in the business, you are bound to find something there which is right up your street. This book worked perfectly for me and I actually read it over a couple of weeks, a couple of stories a day over lunch breaks and when I got tin from work. A nice way to unwind. With added murder and crime. All good.

Now it is hard to talk about short stories as to say too much would pretty well give away the whole plot and negate the need to buy the book, but I will say that there are some real gems in amongst this collection and enough to keep you hooked, shocked, thrilled and blasting through those pages.

For fans of Val McDermid's Hill and Jordan series you have a nice catch up with the pair in Happy Holidays, a real misnomer for some of the characters and no mistake. And its a very welcome howdy to everyone's favourite Bounty Hunter, Lori Anderson, in Steph Broadribb's Fool You Twice. And I might be biased (I am) but I really enjoyed John Connolly's On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man, and also James Oswald's Dressed to Kill, which featured none other than dear old Inspector McLean and Grumpy Bob Laird. I learned it's probably not a good idea to go to Louise Jensen's for dinner, and not to pick a fight with AK Benedict. She has a very devious mind ... As for Paul Finch's The New Lad - loved it.

A full line up of stories below:
The Bully - Jeffery Deaver
Dead Weight - Fiona Cummins
Like A Glass Jaw - Mark Billingham
On The Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier - John Connolly
The Pitcher - Sarah Hilary
Disciplined - Martyn Waites
The Consumers - Dennis Lehane
Voices Through the Wall - Alex Gray
Wet With Rain - Lee Child
Happy Holidays - Val McDermid
Fool You Twice - Steph Broadribb
Lebensraum - Christopher Fowler
Dancing Towards the Blade - Mark Billingham
Kittens - Dean Koontz
Take My Hand - A.K. Benedict
Dressed to Kill - James Oswald
Booty and the Beast - Joe R. Lansdale
The New Lad - Paul Finch
The Recipe - Louise Jensen

So? What do you think? Look at that list. You want to give this a try now don't you?

Go on. You won't regret it.
River's End
River's End
This is the story of the rippling effect of murder. The psychological and emotional impact a heinous crime can have on the family and also, on the law & enforcement personnel.
In this story a starlet is murdered by her celebrity husband. Leaving behind the main character of this story, a 4 year old child, to deal with the repercussions.
The writing makes it an easy read. And the author excels in giving vivid descriptions. But multiple scenes are repetitive to the point of predictability between the main character and the love interest.
Even though, in the beginning I cared about the romance between the leads. After the idea that the main character is "hard to get" was established, the push and pull between the leads gets tiring. By the end, I was just over them. With no lasting impression of their exchanges.
This is the story of protection, many at times over-protection. Of living a life defined by a tragic history. A good story that could have been better if it weren't lengthy.
Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy Book 2)
Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy Book 2)
~~~ No Spoilers in my reviews ~~~
Note to readers... If you're new to the Guardians Trilogy, I highly recommend reading Stars of Fortune (Book One, the Guardians Trilogy) first. Book One truly sets everything up and improves the pleasure of reading Bay of Sighs. I guarantee that any reader beginning with Book Two will not only wish that they had read the books in order, they will also turn to immediately begin reading Stars of Fortune.

We have another great new original publication by Nora Roberts in the Guardians Trilogy! Bay of Sighs, book two in the aforementioned trilogy, continues where Stars of Fortune (book 1) left off. The guardians are still pursuing the stars - one per book - while the relationships between the six continue to develop. As any Nora Roberts reader recognizes and I believe now expects, 3 women and 3 men featured in a trilogy allows one of the greatest pleasures of Ms. Roberts readers, her incredible talent for the perfect mix of developing romances, focusing heavily on one romantic couple per book, as well as fleshing out the deepening interpersonal relationships between the six.
As the general plot was laid out in book 1, there was more availability in this book for the other characters' details and motivations. Of course there is no shortage of action and suspense either, both written as well as romance by Ms. Roberts.
Seriously, is there anything she isn't able to write excellently???
- I read an average of 5 books per week and there are very few books I ever read twice. I almost always find at minimum 3-5 proofreading errors and I don't recall the last time I caught any errors in new NR publications. I read most genres and have had these reading habits since I was a child. The ratio of books I'd look forward to re-reading versus the number of books in my personal library is minuscule. I have quite a few more Nora Roberts/ JD Robb (NR books actually) that I am able to truly enjoy reading again than any other authors.
The greatest compliments I am personally able to give any author are actually wanting to read the book(s) again as well as missing the characters and "wondering" what they're up to as well as where their paths lead to in the future. I wholeheartedly extend these compliments to Ms. Roberts and thank her for diligently writing with such talent for all of her readers. My only wish is that she would revisit some of her previous series and pen new novels with the characters lives present day. We can only hope that maybe one day she'll do so.
My only complaint (really more of an observation) is that going into any trilogy / series readers generally assume that the events in the second book / next to final edition will all work out and line up as a bridge to connect the final book. However, as part of her own special magic, Ms. Roberts masterfully keeps her readers glued straight through to the final page of Bay of Sighs.
Ms. Roberts, thank you for a fantastic Saturday afternoon with Sasha, Annika, Riley, Bran, Doyle and Sawyer!
I'll be missing them until I finish the trilogy...
The Clifton Chronicles: Volumes 1 & 2
The Clifton Chronicles: Volumes 1 & 2
Great set of books in a beautiful package. Gray for gifting or just to grace your shelves, once you are done reading. I read the 7 books non stop for 3 weeks.
Taggart: A Novel
Taggart: A Novel
Louis, again his prose of the Old West seems to coincide with how the true West seemed to truly be, a rough and ready time of the development of this country! How much, only history itself makes his works of fiction and true description of the lands throughout this country are clearly location that Mr. L'Amour has visited to make his writings so real and understanding of the times! May all who knew him personally, and those who loves to read his stories feel exactly like I feel, blessed to know a true writer of the Old West!! He is truly blessed is all!
Dragonball (Perfect version) Vol. 1 (Dragon Ball (Kanzen ban)) (in Japanese)
Dragonball (Perfect version) Vol. 1 (Dragon Ball (Kanzen ban)) (in Japanese)
名作の復活です!内容については語る必要も無いでしょう。
鳥山明さんの漫画家としての才能は、素晴らしいですね。
ほとんどトーンを使わす、定規もあまり使わない独特の絵は、暖かくサッパリして明るい印象を受けます。
また線自体も大変綺麗で、読みにくいと言った事が全くありませんね。
漫画自体も、18年前に連載開始。7年前には終わってる作品ですが、今でも小学生が読んで楽しめる漫画としては一級品です。
小学生が好きそうな、エッチな感じも有りますし。(笑)
実質、私が今読み返しても、十二分に面白いですしね。
アメリカ・フランス・イギリス・シンガポール等、海外21ケ国で翻訳出版され、アニメーションは36か国で放送。
国内の総売り上げ部数 1億2600万部の記録は、未だに破られる事はありません。
世界中の子供に愛されるのも納得の作品です。
ジャンプでのカラーページ等も忠実に再現されています。この機会にどうぞ。
DRAGON BALL 3 (en Japonais)
DRAGON BALL 3 (en Japonais)
このドラゴンボール3巻は人生で一番最初に購入したコミックスということでとても思い入れ深いものです。亀仙人のもとにやってきた悟空がクリリンとともに修行を行うのですが、本格バトル漫画になって以降は余り描かれない修行シーンですがただ単純に体を鍛えるというものでなくひとつひとつが子供心にも楽しく読めるようなものばかりで天下一武道会に向けた前振りのようなものだというのに本がボロボロになるまで夢中になって読んだものです。大人になってから読み返すと、83ページめで亀仙人の語る、武道を極めるとはどういうことかが存外哲学的で感じ入るものがあります。いいこと言うなあ。以降のパワーインフレについていけなくなったにもかかわらず、亀仙人がいつまでも悟空たちから慕われ続けカメハウスが仲間たちの寄り合いの場になっていたのも彼のそんな人柄故なのかもしれませんね。
The Golden Room
The Golden Room
Just before discovering this book I'd read a nonfiction history of the Everleigh Club. Wallace does a good job here adapting real people and places to construct an engaging and suspenseful story. H.H. Holmes actually built his 'death hotel' and committed his crimes in 1893, ten years before the events of the book. He died in prison in 1896. But his inclusion as a character works well here. It is historical FICTION, after all.
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
Who was J.R.R. Tolkien? This question has been posed by many over the years, which may explain the plethora of books and articles written about him (especially in light of the Lord of the Rings movies some ten years ago).

In 2010, I read Humphrey Carpenter's The Inklings. I've posted my review of that elsewhere on this site. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography is of equal quality to that later work, though the primary focus here is on the creator of Middle Earth.

The following are among the "new" insights I found in this work:
1. Edith Tolkien, though a friend of Joy Davidman, felt jealousy over her husband's devotion to C.S. Lewis (perhaps in part because "Jack" was socially awkward in her presence).
2. Though a perfectionist, J.R.R. Tolkien often experienced difficulty in focusing on a given task (which lead to frequent publication delays).
3. Tolkien disliked the adaptation of the Catholic Mass into the vernacular from Latin.
4. Tolkien's mother knew Latin, French, and German, and he related most closely with her side of the family. He and his brother were homeschooled by their mom at a young age, and Tolkien could even read by the age of four.
5. Tolkien lost both parents before he was a teenager; a local priest, Father Francis Morgan, proved indispensable in filling a great gap in both Tolkien boys' lives.
6. He treasured his friendships with other males from school days, time in the army, and career as an academic.
7. J.R.R. Tolkien did not own a car after World War II. Thus, he had to arrange taxis for himself and his wife.
8. He was grieved by the "different breed of men, less discursive, less sociable in the old way, and certainly less Christian" (239) who replaced his generation of scholars at Oxford.
9. Tolkien's great works all developed in a different manner. The Simarillion was the first major story he began, but also the one he never completed. The Hobbit took the shortest amount of time to complete. The Lord of the Rings series suffered from endless starts and stops until he settled on its contents and publisher.

This book contains simply some of the finest narrative storytelling one can find anywhere. Of particular interest is the section on "Tolkien's typical day" that parallels the "imaginary" Inklings meeting in The Inklings. There is also an insightful account of how C.S. Lewis came to faith in Christ through his friendship with Tolkien.
"Something Has Gone Crack": New Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien in the Great War (41) (Cormarë)
"Something Has Gone Crack": New Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien in the Great War (41) (Cormarë)
Anyone familiar with the biography of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien knows that the Great War (World War I) broke out in 1914 when he and his friends and peers were in their early twenties, that he finished his degree at Oxford before joining the Lancashire Fusiliers in the summer of 1915, and that he was shipped to France in June 1916, just in time to be caught up in the terrible Battle of the Somme. While he was not wounded, he did contract trench fever a few months later, requiring him to be shipped back to England where he spent the remainder of the war in and out of hospitals. Although his actual battlefield service was brief, Tolkien was marked by it for the rest of his life. Some of his earliest writings in what was to become his legendarium were based on things he witnessed and experienced in France, and two of his closest friends were killed. Although Tolkien disliked allegory and was always quick to deny that the wars of Middle-earth were connected to the Great War, it is nevertheless indisputable that what he and his fellow soldiers experienced influenced his "mythology for England." This fine collection of essays, written by some of the ablest Tolkien scholars at work today, examines the Great War, Tolkien's experiences during and after the conflict, and how it affected the development of his tales.

There are fifteen essays divided into four sections in this volume. They examine the war and its effect on Tolkien from a variety of stances: historical, biographical, and literary. As an historian myself, as well as an ardent reader of Tolkien's writings, I found all of these to be fascinating and enlightening. I was interested in efforts to pinpoint the location of Tolkien's wife Edith's famous dance among white blossoms in the spring of 1917, of the effect of combat-related stress on Tolkien and others, of the psychological trauma caused by the loss of his friends Rob Gilson and Geoffrey Bache Smith, and of the evidence of such stress in some of Tolkien's less well known works. There are some fine analyses of Tolkien in comparison with other authors like Arthur Machen and Ernst Junger, as well as some excellent discussions of hospitals and nursing during the war, the relationships between officers and their soldier-servants or batmen, and of class and gender divisions of the period.

"Something Has Gone Crack" (a phrase Tolkien used in one of his wartime letters) will become an essential reference for Tolkien scholars and historians.
Case Closed, Vol. 23
Case Closed, Vol. 23
The product description was very good and trust me it was not. It had a few stickers stuck to the out side one of which was a public library sticker, there was also tape on the spine and when I carefully pealed it of it left a very sticky residue on the out side of the book. I have order a few other books described the same but this the only one I feel did not meet very good. So if you collect them like me be careful.
The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #3: Baby-Sitters' Fright Night (The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mysteries)
The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #3: Baby-Sitters' Fright Night (The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mysteries)
The BSC goes to Salem for a school trip and stay in an inn. Slowly, they uncover a mystery. One that involes thinking, adventure, and other, curious scary things.

I would say this was one of the best BSC Mystery books. I found that when I put this book down I wanted to just pick it back up again and find out what happens! I highly recommend this book to readers who are into mystery and want to be thinking about the book even when you're not reading it. It's hard to explain, but trust me when I tell you that this book is awesome!!!!!

(Reviewed by my 10 year old daughter)
Der Modigliani-Skandal: Roman (German Edition)
Der Modigliani-Skandal: Roman (German Edition)
Ich schreibe diese Rezesion, weil ich von dem Buch sehr entäuscht bin.

Ich habe mitlerweile sehr viele Bücher von Ken Follett gelesen und hatte natürlich eine gewisse Erwartung an das Buch.
Mir war klar, dass es an "Die Nadel" nicht heran kommen würde.
Aber dennoch ist dieses Buch eine Entäuschung.

Es kommt sehr schwer ins Rollen, die Handlung ist langweilig und man quält sich weiter lesen.

Natürlich ist das niemals eine objektive Beurteilung, aber dennoch würde ich von diesem Buch abraten.
Loyalty: Book 2 in the Anarchy series
Loyalty: Book 2 in the Anarchy series
I absolutely loved this book! It was a great follow up to the first and leaves you eagerly wanting to read the third. I love seeing the relationships develop in such a dark world. Fantastically written once again!
Bleach 45 (Shonen Manga) (Spanish Edition)
Bleach 45 (Shonen Manga) (Spanish Edition)
Edición mediocre, buena ortografía, sin páginas a color a pesar que en la versión japonesas las hay, tapas muy blandas, porte de las hojas menor al normal, hay cortes de 1 cm por lado que no aparecen en esta versión, las hojas y su calidad son discutibles, parece papel reciclado. Si no saben inglés es la única versión para ustedes, en caso de que se manejen en otro idioma les recomiendo la versión de viz media, ojo que si van por viz media compren la edición normal por tomos, que la 3-1 trae unas hojas muy delgadas y no vale la pena.
Bleach 02
Bleach 02
Das Manga habe ich meiner Freundin zum Geburtstag geschenkt. Sie hat sich sehr gefreut darüber. Vor allem weil sie sich es gewünscht hat.
Catherine Cookson's the Fifteen Streets
Catherine Cookson's the Fifteen Streets
I really love Catherine Cookson's work and how she describes things so well. I also love that it is a woman's perspective on so many issues such as how women were and sometimes still are treated. Most people love Sean Bean, but he is a bit difficult in this movie. I love how they show the way of life then! I am always looking back and reading about the past. It is nice to see it well-made in these Catherine Cookson stories. Usually the only time I cringe is when they show a man of "importance" who would have know how to ride a horse, but the actor rides like a joke. Otherwise I love these adaptations. Owen Teale's character is wonderful and he plays it so well!!!
Life and Death (Twilight - edizione italiana) (Italian Edition)
Life and Death (Twilight - edizione italiana) (Italian Edition)
La lettura è stata piacevole, però non potevo fare a meno di fare paragoni con Twilight (forse se non l'avessi letto per primo sarebbe stato diverso): all'inizio avevo una gran confusione in testa, non facevo altro che pensare "questo personaggio nel libro originale sarebbe..." poi ho cercato di non pensarci e concentrarmi sulla storia, che comunque è la stessa, ma con Twilight non c'è davvero paragone! La storia d'amore tra Edythe e Beau non è intensa come quella tra Edward e Bella. I dialoghi, che in Twilight ti fanno venire gli occhi a cuoricino qui sono praticamente inesistenti, tanto che alla fine del libro non si capisce come i due protagonisti possano essere già così innamorati. Mi sembra che la scrittrice abbia tralasciato molti particolari e abbia scritto una versione molto più veloce e superficiale, in alcuni punti mi sembrava fosse tutto molto forzato. Il finale poi non mi è piaciuto per niente, tristissimo (non voglio spoilerare). Mi è venuta voglia di rileggere Twilight ed essendo quasi alla fine posso confermare che Edward e Bella sono insostituibili e forse eguagliare la loro storia sarebbe stato difficile. I due libri sembrano scritti da due persone diverse.
The 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers 1-6 Includes: The Medusa Plot by Gordan Korman / A King's Ransom by Jude Watson / The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis / Shatterproof by Roland Smith / Trust No One by Linda Sue Park / Day of Doom by David Baldacci (The 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers)
The 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers 1-6 Includes: The Medusa Plot by Gordan Korman / A King's Ransom by Jude Watson / The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis / Shatterproof by Roland Smith / Trust No One by Linda Sue Park / Day of Doom by David Baldacci (The 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers)
My son who is 14 years old had read the previous set at his school library, and he asked me to get this set because he wanted to keep reading. He wanted ASAP! He loved it! The books came in about 2 weeks earlier than it was suggested. Would recommend to parents to keep their pre-teen/teen engaged in reading. My son would not put the book down, kept reading one after the other. I will order the first set for my daughter who is 9 so that she can keep reading for this summer :-)
A cualquier precio / Saving Faith (Ficción) (Spanish Edition)
A cualquier precio / Saving Faith (Ficción) (Spanish Edition)
Tiene un estilo que atrapa al lector desde las primeras lineas. Lamentablemente la traduccion, tiene muchos modismos o palabras regionales de Espana que si bien en un contexto que se desarrolle en Espana es aceptable, en libros de esta tematica, distrae al lector.
Los tejemanejes de la CIA, la corrupcion en las altas esferas, la rivalidad entre los organismos gubernamental, casi distintivos de todos los gobiernos, mantienen la tension y el interes de principio a fin. Me gusta mucho el estilo de Baldacci, soy una de sus lectoras mas fieles.
Dr. Sixth (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Dr. Sixth (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
After encountering a time distortion Dr. Sixth and Peri set out to investigate and encounter on old enemy.

The Mr. Men version of the Sixth Doctor is excellent and really captures the characteristics of that incarnation of the Time Lord. However, adopting the Sixth Doctor’s predisposition to use overly long words for the sake of it (something Peri continually mocks in this story) might be a bit much for the book’s youngest age groups.

The Rani is a tad bland by comparison and there isn’t a great deal of resemblance to her onscreen counterpart. But the Hargreaves physical representation of Peri really has the essence of her. The portrayal concentrates more on her sarcastic attitude towards the Doctorr rather than her more whiney side. Her little comments upon her Doctor’s frustrating eccentricities are a lot of fun.

The depiction of the Time Continuum is also highly amusing.

I also wonder whether the Blue Planet they visit might be where the blue aliens come from that are seen in the Twelth Doctor’s last series???

Personally, this has been one of my favourites of this highly entertaining crossover series.
Little Miss Dotty (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Little Miss Dotty (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Welcome to Nonsenseland where Little Miss Ditzy lives. Here the worms wear boaters (hats) and bow ties, pigs play tennis and for breakfast Miss Ditzy enjoys a bowl of marmalade with milk and sugar!

Next year's Nonsense Cup is going to go to the person who thinks up the dottiest idea. Spring came, then summer but still Little Miss Ditzy could not think what to do to win the cup. Inspiration finally hit in November. Mr.Nonsense entered a TV set without any screen, Mr. Silly, last year's winner, made a clock that told the correct time if you looked in a mirror BUT Miss Ditzy was the winner having painted nine hundred and ninety nine dots all over the outside of her cottage!

The Mr. Men and Little Miss books are a favorite in this house. Highly recommended!
Dream Deluxe Du-Rag Red - Smooth & Thick, Superior Quality, Stretchable, Wrinkle Free, 100% Polyester
Dream Deluxe Du-Rag Red - Smooth & Thick, Superior Quality, Stretchable, Wrinkle Free, 100% Polyester
I don't know what happened to the Dream line because this rag is crap. I have two TRUE deluxe durags and they are still thick, silky and good quality despite being a bit worn out now. But they are 10 times better than this crap I ordered. As soon as I opened the box and saw the rag I was upset. These rags are thin, dull, and the threading is already loose and coming apart! Plus the tails are super short! If these "new" rags are the upgrades, someone failed terribly.
Octopussy: The Last
Octopussy: The Last
When English author Ian Fleming passed away on August 12, 1964, at the age of 56, he had not yet put the finishing touches on his final James Bond novel, "The Man With the Golden Gun." Oh, sure, he'd gotten a first draft down on paper--working at his Oracabessa, Jamaica winter home called Goldeneye, as usual--but the plethora of convincing detail that had been the hallmark of the previous dozen Bond books was sadly missing from the final product. And so, when the novel was ultimately released some eight months later, the world must have understandably believed that this unfleshed-out caper would be the author's final word regarding 007. Thus, what a surprise it must have been when, in June '66, the posthumous collection "Octopussy" was released. The collection consisted of two short stories--the title piece and "The Living Daylights"; a third story, "The Property of a Lady," was added for the book's paperback incarnation. The three stories serve as mere codas to a famous series; vignette glimpses of some of Bond's lesser cases. Still, all three are of interest, and display what has been called by Kingsley Amis "the Fleming effect" (the overwhelming, realistic detail previously referred to) in great abundance.

In the title story, "Octopussy," which initially appeared serially in the "Daily Express" paper in October '65, Bond himself is largely absent. We see him through the eyes of ex-Secret Service agent Major Dexter Smythe, a 54-year-old widower living in Jamaica, who is killing himself slowly via too much smoke and too much drink. His idyllic lazy life of boozing, playing bridge and snorkeling is interrupted one day by the advent of 007, who has come to give Smythe notice that a 17-year-old double crime that the major had committed at the tail end of WW2 (I don't want to reveal too much; let's just say that the crimes involve murder and Nazi gold) has finally caught up with him. The story has an interesting double flashback structure, and the section in which Smythe reflects on those crimes is a fascinating one. The reader doesn't learn much about Bond in this tale, although Fleming does humanize the agent a bit by having Bond reveal his personal reason for bringing Smythe to justice. And the major's ultimate fate, I might add, is a memorably, doubly grisly one. Much comment has been made over Smythe's resemblance to the author, who of course also lived on the north shore of Jamaica (the island was the setting for not only "Octopussy," but also "Live and Let Die," "Doctor No," "For Your Eyes Only" and "The Man With the Golden Gun"), smoked and drank too much, was fond of snorkeling and bird-watching, and was roughly the same age as the major. Still, the author takes pains to show that Smythe is a pitiful, unsympathetic character, and decidedly quite the bastard. He is hardly a stand-in for the author. "Octopussy," obviously, has zero relation to the 1983 film starring Roger Moore, which instead dealt with a crazy Russian general's attempt to detonate an atomic bomb at a NATO air base. Except for the presence of an actual octopus in both the story and the film, they are wholly dissimilar.

Up next in the collection is "The Living Daylights," which first ran in the "Sunday Times" in February '62. Here, Bond is given a particularly nasty assignment by his superior, M: to kill the sniper who will be attempting to shoot a British agent; an agent who will soon be making a dash across the no-man's-land between East and West Berlin; the zone soon to be known as "Checkpoint Charlie." Thus, Bond, ensconced in a dumpy apartment, waits for three nights for Agent 272 to make his run, a .308 Winchester rifle trained on the darkened windows of the government building across the way. But Fleming pulls the rug out from beneath the reader and Bond himself, when the identity of Bond's sniper target is revealed. This is a fast-moving, suspenseful story, replete with wonderful detail regarding both weapons and Berlin, as well as a neat twist of an ending. We learn a good deal about 007 in this short story; for example, his taste in food (eggs, herring, schnapps, Lowenbrau) and the fact that he greatly dislikes killing (he even expresses a hope that his action at the story's end will get him booted out of the 00 section). Surprisingly, Bond briefly considers going to a whorehouse to kill some time in Berlin (one would have thought that unnecessary for him!), and has a good deal of difficulty falling asleep the night before his mission (in previous books, he'd fallen asleep with a mere shrug, seemingly impervious to worry). A more human Bond is the result, and it is nice to see. In all, a very winning tale, only bits of which survived in the 1987 film "The Living Daylights," mainly in the character of Kara Milovy, the unnamed cellist in Fleming's story.

The "Octopussy" collection concludes with "The Property of a Lady," which first appeared in "The Ivory Hammer" (a publication of Sotheby's auction house), of all places; it was later reprinted in "Playboy" magazine. Here, a known double agent in the British Secret Service, Maria Freudenstein, is about to be paid off by her Russian superiors. An enormously rare Faberge egg has been sent to her, which she is now having auctioned off at Sotheby's. Bond feels that the top Russian agent in London, identity unknown, will be present at the auction, attempting to artificially raise the bidding, and so 007 goes there to try to pick him/her out. Raymond Benson, writing in the invaluable reference book "The James Bond Bedside Companion," tells us that the story has "absolutely no suspense" and that there is "no climax in the narrative," but whether this is true or not, this reader managed to enjoy it. Fleming gives us a wealth of detail regarding the auction process and the egg itself (it's not just a green emerald egg, but "girdled by afixed gold belt enameled opalescent oyster along a reserved path in champleve technique over a moire guillochage with painted Roman numerals in pale sepia enamel...."), and remarkably, incorporates a real-life person into his story. The Faberge expert in the story who helps Bond, a Mr. Kenneth Snowman, was a friend of Fleming's, as it turns out, was the actual chairman of Wartski's (the Faberge dealer that Bond visits), and did indeed write a book entitled "The Art of Carl Faberge"! Is there another Bond novel or story that utilizes a real-life personage in such a manner? Certainly none that I can think of offhand. Those eggs, of course, would also figure in the "Octopussy" film, as did an auction sequence, but in wholly different contexts, of course. In all, the story is a pleasant enough glimpse into a few comparatively humdrum days in the life of James Bond.

Bringing down the curtain on the world's most famous secret agent, Fleming's final collection, slim as it is, yet manages to entertain and impress. And thanks to authors such as Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Benson himself, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver and William Boyd, the literary exploits of Bond continue to this day. It would seem that "Octopussy" was hardly the final word on secret agent 007 after all....
Black Orchids, A Nero Wolfe Double Mystery,
Black Orchids, A Nero Wolfe Double Mystery,
I got this book for our 28th Wedding Anniversary, the "orchid" anniversary. At one point in our marriage, I read all the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe mysteries to my wife while she was nursing our children, and she enjoyed reading the two stories contained in this book again.

Alas, the particular edition I got was yellowing and falling apart.

But if you can get an intact edition, go for it for the mystery and the humor. You won't be disappointed.
Breaking Away: A New Start Romance
Breaking Away: A New Start Romance
(Caution – spoilers in here!) After the most horrific day at work imaginable, there’s only one way to unwind and that’s with a bottle of Prosecco and a Penny Jordan romance – and this is Jordan at her very, very best.

In this one, 35 year old Harriet, who has spent her entire life pandering to the whims of her feckless sister, and looking after said feckless sister’s twins, suddenly finds herself free to pursue her own life when the sister ups sticks with the twins and decamps to America. Harriet, revelling in her new freedom, purchases a house in the Scottish borders and sets about living her new life as a children’s novelist. However, this is a Mills and Boon, so poor old Harriet is not destined to enjoy her new life for long. There is a wonderful passage in the book when Harriet is driving to her new abode and considering the brightness of her future before her:

“Yes, she was free for the first time since her parents’ death. Free to write... to daydream... to enjoy the countryside... to do all those things she had wanted to do for so long... to...

Her thoughts sheered off abruptly, and she braked instinctively, feeling her small VW protest as it squealed to a halt, only just missing the man who had so unexpectedly emerged from the trees shadowing the road and who was even now bearing down on her.” (p. 15)

This is the point of the protagonists’ first meeting and it’s an unusual one as “Rigg” (the hero) emerges out of the darkness wearing only his pants. It’s a fabulous scene but what really makes it interesting is the way that Jordan phrases it above – whilst contemplating all the things she is going to do with her newfound freedom, Harriet finds that what she is “missing” in her life, is “the man”. Obviously, this is not a feminist text; and yet, strangely this novel is all about women’s choices. Rigg, we find, is as romantically inclined as Harriet. After being disappointed in love himself, he wakes up one day to find himself “nearly forty” and unmarried. Unusually for a Mills and Boon, we get to see his thoughts for a small space, as he daydreams about Harriet, applauding her choices and way of life.

The front cover of the original 1990 edition of this text does nothing for the novel – Harriet (who bears an uncanny resemblance to a horse) appears to be fighting off a smugly grinning Rigg. I can only think that the cover illustrator read the back (which makes reference to Harriet’s initial fears that Rigg is a rapist – a perfectly natural conclusion being as he emerges from the darkness in only his undercrackers) and the section at the very beginning of the book (where Harriet acknowledges that she is not a traditionally attractive woman) and used that as a basis for his picture.

The love scenes are not too detailed (it’s a better book for it) and how they arise is worthy of note – after a dinner dance, Rigg tells Harriet that “they need to talk”, and asks if he can call around after he has dropped his niece home (“only to talk”). Well, when Rigg eventually polls up (at three in the morning!) Harriet is already in her dressing gown and talking is the last thing on Rigg’s mind. Harriet, who has never experienced love before, is then flung into anxiety and doubt about what has happened between them and whether Rigg will telephone her like he has promised. When he fails to do this, Harriet experiences a very teenage angsty episode (we’ve all done it) when she wonders why he hasn’t rung her and comes to the conclusion that he is no longer interested now he’s had what he wants from her. (Something very similar happened to me once with a dentist from Manchester. I reached the same conclusion as Harriet.) However, it transpires that Rigg couldn’t ring her because he’d had a blow to the head and been in hospital. Poor old romantic Rigg wakes up believing that Harriet will be waiting anxiously by his bedside. Meanwhile, poor old anxious Harriet believes that Rigg has done the dirty on her, seducing her and leaving her flat afterwards. Thank goodness for Rigg’s niece clearing up the misunderstanding by page 183. (For all I know, a similar thing could have happened to the dentist, but I just didn’t have an obliging extraneous character to help me out there. Without that external assistance, I guess, I’ll never know).

There’s a lot going on in this one – the more mature protagonists definitely add another facet to the story. The fact that Harriet is a writer and focuses upon the creative process as a writer (revealing a little about Jordan’s own creative process simultaneously)
is another point of interest. Also, the intended audience of this book seems quite clear in this one – not just through the advertising in the text (I was using the original 1990 version) but also in the escapism that is being offered here for all those women readers who, like Harriet, never have the time or freedom to have the luxury of just pleasing themselves. Definitely recommend this text as one of Jordan’s best.
The Bare Bum Gang and the Holy Grail
The Bare Bum Gang and the Holy Grail
Bought the whole series for Dad to read to 7 & 10 year olds at bedtime.
They absolutely adored them all as did Dad!
Lots of toilet/poo/vomit type humour that young boys find gut bustingly funny.
When they had finished them all the 7 year old was heartbroken that the story was over and cried and cried.
I wrote to the author via the publisher to tell him and he kindly wrote back to my sons!
Recommend these especially for little lads.
Paladone Harry Potter Cauldron Coffee Mug, Coffee Cup with Hogwarts Crest
Paladone Harry Potter Cauldron Coffee Mug, Coffee Cup with Hogwarts Crest
Love this but it chips and breaks very easily. First one I got for a present was washing and dropped it.. in the sink and handle broke off. Bought it again because I loved it and how much coffee it held and even though I hand wash it and don’t put it in the dishwasher I already have two chips somehow.. if I’m not dropping it, it shouldn’t be this breakable.
LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley 10217 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley 10217 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
This is a truly gorgeous set. I purchased this for my husband for his first Father's Day, and we have had so much fun putting it together. The set is a bit expensive, but it is essentially three buildings in one, plus a few small stands (cauldron stand, an owl stand, and a hat stand). The details in this set are incredible; Potter fans will be excited to see how much care was put into the design. For example, there are small copies of the Quibbler, the Daily Prophet, and the Marauder's Map for the characters to carry, and there's a wanted poster of Sirius Black for the side of Ollivander's. It's actually a great value for the number of items that are included, and it's challenging enough to take a couple of days to build.

First, there's Ollivander's Wand Shop. This is a two-story building in green, tan, blue, and black. The window design is incredibly well done. Inside, you've got some wand shelves, a desk for Ollivander, a ladder to get to the second floor, and a few other surprises. Both the inside and outside are well detailed.

Second is Borgin and Burke's, a set in gray, black, and green. Despite the fact that this building is actually in Knockturn Alley and not Diagon Alley, I'm really glad it was included in the set. The building contains a number of surprises, not the least of which is an actual vanishing cabinet and a Floo entrance that spins. The attention to detail is remarkable. That being said, I would have liked to have seen a few more "dark objects" to scatter about the store--maybe a hand display or the silver and opal necklace, for instance.

Third is my personal favorite piece, Gringott's. It's a beautiful white and gold building. It includes a desk and a vault, as well as numerous little touches that make it seem like a bank. It also folds, which is pretty neat.

Minifigures include Harry, Ron (in a cute little sweater), Hermione, Fred and George Weasley, Mr. Ollivander, two Goblins, Hagrid, Lucius Malfoy, and Fenrir Greyback.

Overall, I think Lego outdid itself with this set.
Harry Potter Wand with Illuminating Tip (Replica)
Harry Potter Wand with Illuminating Tip (Replica)
Mi aspettavo una riproduzione fedele in una importante confezione in legno, visto il prezzo di 50 euro! Invece è in plastica di scarsa qualità con tanto di marchio di fabbrica stampato sopra. La confezione è di cartone. Niente da dire sul venditore, è proprio il prodotto che secondo me non vale nulla.
Funko Pop! Movies: Harry Potter - Padma Patil (Yule)
Funko Pop! Movies: Harry Potter - Padma Patil (Yule)
Pop reçu en avance par rapport à la date prévu , cette pop fait partie des dernière de la série de l'année 2019.
Ce sont les personnages de la saga d'Harry Potter et la coupe de feu, lors du bal.
La pop est conforme en tout point à ceux du film avec leur tenue pour le bal, les finitions sont très belle.
Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
Lorelei of the Red Mist is the second volume of Brackett's short fiction published by Haffner Press. Other reviewers have listed the contents and other volumes, so I need not go through that again.

If you look around the internets (and there are a lot of them) I have no doubt you can find online html versions of all of the contents of this book, all for free too! If you are a struggling student, then that is probably the best way for you to read Brackett. But remember those stories you loved, and look forward to one day buying a collection like this. This volume is more than just the text of a bunch of stories. To want this book, you have to not only be a lover of golden age sci-fi, but also a lover of books - not just a reader, a booklover. Luckily, there is a fair degree of overlap in those categories.

This is a study 500-page hardcover, with a beautiful dustjacket and interior cover art. The text is clean and clear. Its perfect for sitting in a armchair reading for pure pleasure.

You might note I have not touched on the actual contents of the book per se, apart from telling you can read them free if you really want. It's a bunch of short fiction, including a novella or two, and the titular story was finished with Ray Bradbury, who was a young protege of Brackett at the time (mind you, Brackett was still young too!). Although on reading it, I am not sure there was a character called Lorelei, and I can't recall red mist playing any particular part in that story too.

The tales are beautifully written, stories of brooding heroes and anti-heroes, in the swirling 1940's mix of today what is called science fiction, horror, fantasy and space opera. The world these characters inhabits is vividly drawn - from dirty slums to magnificent panoramas of landscape, be it the dry seabed of Mars or Jupiter hanging full in the sky. Brackett's facility as a screenwriter is on show here, giving a cinematic vision to the written word.

If I had to pick one story in this book as the best - and it's a struggle, as there are a lot of contenders - I would pick "The dancing girl on Ganymede". Its impossible to believe that if it was written today it would not be viewed as simply derivative of Blade Runner, and yet it was written 20 plus years before "Do androids dream of electric sheep", the novel on which Blade Runner was based. It has plot twists, conflict, real depth, and breathtaking imagery - all in 30 or so pages.

There is an endnote from Brackett about the craft of writing - and deliberately or not, it is androgynous: there is nothing to hint Brackett was female, and I don't know if that was widely known at the time or not.

This is a solar system reflecting the romance of exploration and adventure: from the low-canals of Jekkara on Mars to the steaming swamps of Venus, the pirate-infested Belt and the mysterious moons of Jupiter, there is a sense of wonder here. Now, reading these stories seven decades after they were written, there is also an overwhelming sadness that none of this turned out: Mars and Venus are uninhabited, and there are no dancing girls on Ganymede. But reading these tales, for just a little while, you can believe that there just might be.

Mea Culpa
EDIT: I will leave the original review intact, but I shudder now to read my offhand "Lorelei" quip as callow and uninformed. However, I maintain the "red mist" was not so significant in the story so as to acquire titular status.

The "Lorelei" reference in the title is not to a proper name, but comes from myth, and has a meaning similar to "siren". What I find interesting is that I regard myself as reasonably well-read - at least in regard to that kind to thing - and had never heard the term, and yet author and publisher both thought it was both appropriate and had attractive power to the readers of a pulp magazine of the day. Perhaps those Planet Stories readers had more literary knowledge than they are currently given credit for.
JAN & JUL GRO-with-Me Adjustable Toddler Sun-Hat with UV Protection for Baby and Kids, Cotton
JAN & JUL GRO-with-Me Adjustable Toddler Sun-Hat with UV Protection for Baby and Kids, Cotton
Judging by the positive reviews for this product I must have received the wrong item. I ordered the woodland design which in the pictures shows colored silhouettes of forest animals like bears and deer and wolves. As you can see from the pictures I posted, that is not the design of the hat I received. I don’t even see that design of the hat I got among the options for the product. Plus it has some writing in bad English that says “Safart animats all good friends”. Also it does not have two toggle adjustments like the description but only one chin strap with Velcro that is not really adjustable.

This one is going back and I will try again, maybe I’ll receive what I actually ordered.

I reordered the item and actually received the right hat. It is just like the description and it has 2 toggle adjustments. I like that it also has a small buckle on the chin strap so if the kid starts pulling on the hat (like mine does) the strap will release without my toddler being able to strangle himself. Also the fabric is light and feels very comfortable.
Trend Lab Galaxy, Stars, Moon, Planet Musical Crib Mobile, Baby Mobile, Nursery
Trend Lab Galaxy, Stars, Moon, Planet Musical Crib Mobile, Baby Mobile, Nursery
Perfect mobile that holds our baby’s attention every time we turn it on! Love the size of it and the fact that the ornaments hanging off of it are fabric so in the event that one falls off it won’t hurt your baby! Only down side is the number of tags on it when you purchase it.. I literally had to cut 2 off of each and every ornament... and they aren’t small tags either.
Baby Crib Mobile, Woodland Baby Mobile, Crib Mobile for Boys and Girls Nursery Decor
Baby Crib Mobile, Woodland Baby Mobile, Crib Mobile for Boys and Girls Nursery Decor
Be careful! Can be a choking hazard. My 8 month old wanted to touch the mobile. I allowed her to do so as it brought a smile to her face. I failed to notice when she touched it that the small tip of a bird’s tail feather came off and fell into her crib. It was small enough to be easily overlooked, but large enough that she could have choked. I’m glad I happened to notice it later in the day before she laid in her crib. The felt birds have tails that easily come apart. Do not let your little one touch the mobile and always check each piece. The tips of the tail feathers are not glued and are merely slid in slots. Please watch out! It is a beautiful mobile and I like it but I don’t recommend allowing your child to touch.
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite 64GB, 4GB RAM, 5000 mAh Battery, 6.5' HD+ LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Blue)
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite 64GB, 4GB RAM, 5000 mAh Battery, 6.5' HD+ LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Blue)
 The selfie camera for a new Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite that I purchased is not working. I am very sad. When I click the icon to change from main camera to selfie camera, it does not change to the selfie camera. It remains on the main camera and shows the reverse of the object (that the camera is on) in black and white. (See video)
Plus, the pin for SIM/SD tray that came with the new Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite is too short; it did not open the tray. I had to source an alternate to open said SIM/SD tray. (In picture: the pin for SIM/SD tray that came with the new Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite is on the right; the alternate is on the left.)
Toysmith Get Outside GO! Pro-Ball Set, Pack of 3 (5-inch soccer ball,6.5-inch football and 5-inch basketball)
Toysmith Get Outside GO! Pro-Ball Set, Pack of 3 (5-inch soccer ball,6.5-inch football and 5-inch basketball)
 Buyer Beware. I ordered these for my grandson whom is nearly 3 years old and just beginning to become interested in sports. These balls are miniature in size which is convenient for toddlers but the are made of a soft plastic material similar to the standard colored balls sold in huge bins in most grocery / big box stores. The balls do not keep their shape. The basketball was left outside with the basketball net and warped from the CA sun in less than a day and would no longer bounce. The football also warped and lost its shape within the first week of purchase. I have thrown the balls away and would not recommend them. Spaulding makes a nice small basketball made of the standard material used by the pros, I would suggest purchasing this ball if you want to have something to practice with. These balls would be better served as inside only toys.
Outset Media Mindtrap Left Brain Rght Brain
Outset Media Mindtrap Left Brain Rght Brain
The card quality was high and the quotes were funny and relevant, but the questions were frustratingly easy, and many of them included unnecessary hints that were hard to ignore, which further lowered the challenge level. The hints sometimed included the very words from the answers, sometimes in quotation marks. The hints should have at least been typed in a smaller font and lower on the card, not just a couple of millimeters after the last word of the question. Definitely appropriate for younger kids, maybe 10-11 years old.
Selections from Carly Simon - Anthology
Selections from Carly Simon - Anthology
Had the Anticipation book when it first came out and used the book until it fell apart. Lots of great memories for 9ld fans, and great material new to her poetic songs. Only wish I would have looked for a physical book instead of the kindle. I need larger print and the ability to turn the page. Still a great book to add to your collection.
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Previous Model)
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Previous Model)
I bought this MacBook as I needed a well built (long lasting), fast, compact laptop that can handle day to day tasks in addition to creative work down the road (I am trying to get into Photography and Video Editing). This laptop checked everything off my list.

In addition, I wanted a laptop that can seamlessly sync with my phone (iPhone 11 Pro). I love that I can answer calls, respond to texts, and read emails between all of my devices automatically without having to really set anything up or picking up my phone. The screen is also one of the best to look at in my opinion.

I briefly had the 2019 entry level model of the MacBook Pro 13 with 2 ports but I quickly returned it as the 2 ports where quite limiting, I wasn't satisfied with the performance, and the butterfly keyboard was not my favorite and gave me anxiety. I am glad I waited a bit longer for this refresh before going for the higher end model as I am actually saving money as I did not have to purchase upgrades to get the 16 gigs of ram I wanted and I also get twice the storage as well which means I don't have to buy an external SSD, until I am much closer to starting creative work.

So far I am very impressed with the MacBook Pro and it is so far my favorite laptop to date solely because it works so well with other gadgets I have. The only thing I could nitpick is it still feels expensive for the specs but you get what you pay for, this is a sturdy/premium feeling laptop and blows away any of the laptops I have purchased in the past that feel cheap. If I run into any issues I will update my review but I can't wait to dive in further.
Simicore Charging Station (Original U.S. Design Patent) - Stylish Multiple Device Charger, with 7 Mini Cables for Apple and Android (Space Gray)
Simicore Charging Station (Original U.S. Design Patent) - Stylish Multiple Device Charger, with 7 Mini Cables for Apple and Android (Space Gray)
I bought this in April 2018 and it has worked well other than a couple of the cables stopped working. This wasn't an issue since we only charge 1-2 devices at a time, 3-4 days a week and the unit acts more as a device holder. Last night I went to plug in my kindle and found that there were only 2 cables plugged into the charging station, with 1 being used by an ipad that had completed its charging and the other 4 being empty. When I plugged the kindle in using the available cable I found it wouldn't work and figuring it was another failed cable, tried to pull it out. When I couldn't easily remove the cable, I looked closer and that it looked disfigured. What I found is in the attached picture, which shows that something must have shorted between the charging station and the cable.

This is discouraging not only because the short life of this product, but because the failure being so extreme. I didn't see the failure happen, but it was hot enough to leave a scorch mark on the surface it was located on so I am thankful it wasn't flammable and that there were no papers around.

For reference, I have never had a device, appliance, etc. fail in any manner than made me concerned about a fire hazard, which makes me more concerned about this unit.
Moonglow
Moonglow
The new Avantasia album is an entertaining release with some solid songs but it unfortunately ends up being one of the weakest albums in the project's discography. While there is plenty of variety covering symphonic rock, pop rock, power metal, heavy metal, AOR and ballads, the songwriting is not as captivating as it was in the past.

The instrumental portion of the album is handled as usual by Tobias Sammet on bass and lead vocals, Sascha Paeth (ex-Heaven's Gate) on guitars, Felix Bohnke (Edguy) on drums and Michael Rodenberg responsible for the orchestrations. The list of guest vocalists includes Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Jorn Lande (ex-Ark, ex-Masterplan), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Bob Catley (Magnum), Candice Night (Blackmore's Night), Mille Petrozza (Kreator) and Eric Martin (Mr. Big).

“Book of Shallows” is the heaviest song on offer and one of the best ones as well. It is fast paced and includes some powerful and heavy guitar riffs, a catchy chorus and nice vocal transitions between Hansi Kürsch, Ronnie Atkins, Jorn Lande and Mille Petrozza.

“Alchemy” probably contains the best chorus on the album and is another highlight. It is an atmospheric mid tempo melodic metal song with a darker atmosphere and some welcome heavier riffs. Geoff Tate blends well with Tobias Sammet and offers some nice vocal work that harkens back to Queensryche.

“Requiem for a Dream” is a fast power metal song with a soaring chorus and a major highlight. This is the only song to feature Michael Kiske on vocals and as usual he provides a stunning performance showing off his power and upper range. Although it is a signature Avantasia song it just works great and provides a twist with its atmospheric church chant intro and the inclusion of a bass solo.

“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” is not perfect but generally works well and is another standout song. It is one of the longest tracks and the only to feature that many singers sharing vocals. The song includes some irritating modern keyboards and its chorus is similar to the Avantasia song Another Angel Down, but it is bombastic, catchy and features one of the best guitar solos on the album. In addition, guest vocalists Atkins, Lande, Martin, Catley and Tate do an admirable job and make the track a little more memorable.

Moonglow’s biggest flaw is the absence of catchy choruses on several tracks and the feeling of déjà vu in several song passages. The epic “The Raven Child” is the perfect example as it includes a Blind Guardian inspired intro, Iron Maiden and Savatage influences, an ending section that is identical to the Avantasia song The Scarecrow and a rather unmemorable chorus. Despite some great vocal work by Jorn Lande the whole thing ends up sounding unoriginal, boring and long. Another drawback is the general absence of guitar solos in the album. The last negative aspect of Moonglow is the fact that Tobias Sammet sings on all songs and doesn’t leave much room for the guest vocalists to fully unveil their talents.

Moonglow is definitely weaker when compared to the previous album Ghostlights. It is not a bad album as it is inspired, bombastic and offers some memorable moments, but it is not great either. It will probably sound good and interesting for someone not familiar with Avantasia, but for older fans it has unfortunately little to offer.
Sports Illustrated Kids
Sports Illustrated Kids
My athletic 12 year old daughter has been getting this for about a year and looks forward to it every month. She's the fantasy football, NBA loving, lives for sports type of girl. This is perfect for her keeping up with athletes. I have our last issue in my lap and I'll outline what's in it so you can get a general idea about content. I want to point out the best feature about Sports Illustrated Kids first. HARDLY ANY ADS! I counted this month and there are 6 ads (one on the inner cover, back cover and then a couple in the magazine). Here's what our issue looks like this month:

-55 pages. No inappropriate content, no skimpy outfits, no bad words. Just sports particularly what tween/teens find interesting.
-Freeze Frame with MLB player sliding into home and another with shot of another MLB hitter after the hit with ball mid air (each 2 pages)
-1 page of perforated cards with players of all sports (even golf, hockey and WMBA)
-Few page interview and info on a NFL player (Andrew Luck)
-It's all in the family: Family associations and then birthdays
-Page of MLB timeline
-Page of a bio on a bowler and then "Sports kids of the month"
-"Jobs in sports": Visiting with the scoreboard operator for Fenway park, 2 pages
-"Having a ball": Talks about a duo who created a camp for special needs children to learn volley ball skills.
-Squad Goals: 4 pages of hockey. Talks about different country's teams as well
-"Get your head in the game": Training the mind through athletics.
-"Beyond bold": Talks about Justin Lin who directed Star Trek Beyond and his association with basketball.
-17 pages of football articles and stats and awards. Great spread on "building a cornerback" and fantasy football guide
-Crossword puzzle, mad lib, comparing 2 photos and matching a player up with his stats.
-"What's the call" talking about different unusual ref situations
-Kids art gallery and "comic cards" funny faces on players cards.
-Comic strip

This is literally everything I want my daughter reading. I don't want her worrying about boys, hair, makeup, losing weight, ect. This is great for sports loving kids ages 9-99 (my husband reads every one of these). There are some longer articles, but plenty of pictures and short things here and there. This is well rounded and catchy. I have subscribed for other kids in my daughters group of friends on as birthday gifts and they love it as well. It's the perfect gift that gives all year!
[5 Pack] UniqueMe Screen Protector Compatible With iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 [Not for iPhone 12 Pro], 3 Pack Clear Tempered glass and 2 pack Camera Lens Protector, [Installation Frame][Precise Cutout]
[5 Pack] UniqueMe Screen Protector Compatible With iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 [Not for iPhone 12 Pro], 3 Pack Clear Tempered glass and 2 pack Camera Lens Protector, [Installation Frame][Precise Cutout]
Terrible. This was supposed to be for my iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the screen protector that I received covered my front camera. Every photo that I took out a really bad glare. The same exact thing happened for the back, three camera cover. I ripped both off and had to pay for a new one from a different company. Maybe you should actually send what you advertise.
Probeetle Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Crystal-Clear Phone Case with Kickstand and Car Mount Holder iPhone 12 Pro Max Case with Anti-Fall Corner for iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G (6.7") 2020 Phone(Black)
Probeetle Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Crystal-Clear Phone Case with Kickstand and Car Mount Holder iPhone 12 Pro Max Case with Anti-Fall Corner for iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G (6.7") 2020 Phone(Black)
This is the perfect case for my new iPhone 12 Pro Max. Snug fit, nice grip and touch in hand, all cut-outs are precise and allows easy access. The black color makes for a great color combination with my gold phone. The black and gold looks expensive and matches well any outfit, causal or business. The hook is great when holding your phone to have an extra layer of security and drop prevention. It’s also good for using as a kickstand when viewing content on your phone. While the magnet is strong enough to hold your phone without falling. This phone case has everything I need to enjoy my new iPhone 12 Pro Max and a great point. You won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend getting this case before they are all sold out.
CBS Full Episodes and Live TV
CBS Full Episodes and Live TV
Unless you have cable/fios/huge bandwidth internet this app is useless. If I'm home where I have this why would I need the app? You would think a company is big as CBS would have their act together. Even without the commercials buffering constantly, as soon as you click the app it goes straight to the show whether you want to watch it or not. Can't use more than one device. I hate whoever designed this.
Viva Naturals #1 Best Selling Certified Organic Cacao Powder from Superior Criollo Beans, 1 LB Bag
Viva Naturals #1 Best Selling Certified Organic Cacao Powder from Superior Criollo Beans, 1 LB Bag
First off, I do not like giving reviews on ANYTHING unless I really like a product. So with that said, here is my personal opinion on this Cacao powder from Viva Labs. Back in October of 2015, I got back into weight training. I was looking for ways to really boost my nutrition and was concerned about trying to get enough fiber, protein, antioxidants, etc from foods that would really be enjoyable to eat so I would be more apt to stay with my new diet. Now, I had began making protein shakes before finding this Cacao but after a while I wanted to add a little variety as far as a different taste, then I came across this product. I had seen it had some great reviews but thought it was nothing more than hype. The price was very affordable so I figured, what the heck. I'll give it a shot. It arrived within several days and I honestly was NOT excited in the least to start using it as I figured "this might be hard to stomach, I hope I don't have to throw it out". So that day I was getting ready to go do my weight routine and I always make a shake to sip on in between my sets. So I made my shake, threw in 2 tablespoons of this Cacao, blended it up and then went out to the garage where my Olympic weight set is and started warming up. I finally got started with my routine and was just about through with my sets from the first exercise and decided to take a sip. Upon taking my first drink I was pleasantly surprised with the taste right from the start! The taste made kicking my own ass with weights totally worth it! I honestly wanted to drink more but decided to sip it slow. When I finally was finished with my routine I had made sure so save at least half of it. So I came inside and sat down and savoured the rest of it while I relaxed and damn! that was the way to finish off a weight routine let me tell you! So thank you Viva Labs for a really amazingly tasty Cacao product! You have made me a believer!
I most definitely will be buying more! Now for those of you who take protein shakes that want to see what I mean about flavour, here is the way I make my shake: 2 cups of NON dairy coco milk, (this can be sweetened or unsweetened but the reason for non dairy as some of you may already know is so the antioxidants can be absorbed in the body whereby if you use dairy the antioxidants will not), 1 scoop of Vanilla muscle milk, 3 tablespoons of hemp protein, 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed, 2 tablespoons of Viva Labs Cacao powder. Blend thoroughly then throw in 3 or 4 ice cubes and reblend for about 30 seconds and BAM!! 40+ grams of protein, 24 grams of fiber with an awesome taste to boot!
So there ya go. Hope you all enjoy that and thank you again Viva Labs!
BLU VIVO XI+ - 6.2” Full HD+ Display Smartphone, 128GB+6GB RAM, AI Dual Cameras -Silver
BLU VIVO XI+ - 6.2” Full HD+ Display Smartphone, 128GB+6GB RAM, AI Dual Cameras -Silver
OVERVIEW/POSITIVES:
I was really on the fence about this purchase. It was pushing both my general budget for a new phone as well as the price I felt comfortable buying from BLU. I've had one BLU phone in the past and it was okay. Not great, but basically good. It was the Life One X (this was a few years back) and I think it was probably about $100 cheaper than this phone. However, I ended up pulling the trigger because of the sheer number of features this phone has over others in the same price range, and after about a week of having it, I'm glad I did.

The build quality is pretty good, but the back was immediately covered in fingerprints. I was not going to use the included case but honestly it protects the back from fingerprints and it's really slim so I've put it on and I think it will stay on. It's got a very solid feel to it and more weight than the Moto G5 Plus it replaced. The screen to body ratio is great too. It looks sleek and fancier than its price tag. I've had multiple people mention how similar it looks to the new iPhone, which I get is probably very intentional on BLU's part, but hey, I don't mind people thinking I've got a way more expensive phone than I actually have.

The processor/memory combo is beating the pants off my old Moto G5 Plus. It does everything significantly and noticeably faster. Haven't done a ton of gaming, but the games I do play load and play faster and smoother.

I noticed that without the case, the fingerprint reader is so subtly outlined on the back that I was often not placing my finger properly on it to be read correctly. This has mostly cleared up with the added outline provided by the case. I'm kind of loving the face unlock, and it works really well no matter what the light level is, and even works whether I have my glasses on or not.

Qi charging is great (and not impeded by the slim included case), and I love being able to just rest my phone on a charger at work, and grab it when I walk away from my desk without having to repeatedly use the USB port. To me, it extends the overall life of the phone, because on my old phone, the port was starting to get a little finicky (sometimes I had to fiddle with it to get it to charge properly), and I feel like it's just a common point of failure on most devices with a USB port that gets used a lot.

NEGATIVES:
Please note that none of these negatives are dealbreakers in my book, and none of them warranted me dropping my overall rating of the phone. I think the internal parts/components in the phone are not necessarily as good as they would be in a more mainstream name brand, which I guessed before I bought it, but gambled on anyway. I've had some Bluetooth pairing issues, but they've mostly cleared up over the last few days. I've also noticed that my WearOS watch has had more connectivity issues (a small handful) with this phone than my Motorola (almost none over 1+ year with the watch), and the overall range of the Bluetooth connection doesn't seem to be quite as good either (but it's not so bad that I'd call it out as being bad). The cellular antenna seems to be not as good as the one in my old phone and also in my wife's iPhone 6 Plus. I consistently have one or more fewer bars at home than I did previously. I also don't really understand why they ditched the headphones jack other than to just look more premium? The phone's not remotely IP rated or anything like that, so why not just leave the jack in place? That being said, the included dongle is functional and as long as you have a Qi charger, you can charge and use wired headphones at once. Last negative is probably that even though it's got 2 reasonable cameras on the back and higher megapixels than the Moto G5 Plus, the photos I've taken so far range from a little better than my old phone to a little worse. It's honestly not even much of a negative, as like I said, some of the photos do come out better, and the depth functionality is a nice addition.

CONCLUSION:
If I waited a few more months to get a new phone, I may not have ended up going with this one, because other phones from more respected brands and around the same feature set are starting to get nice price drops (the Nokia 7.1 dropped $50 off its price a day after I ordered this phone, which almost made me cancel my order). If some of the mid-range Chinese phones had better US band support, I may have gotten one of those instead (Poco F1 was a serious contender for half a second until I realized how poor the US band support is). But with every other option I looked at leading up to my purchase, I was compromising at least 2 features on this phone that I was looking forward to. Every one of them was missing something, whether it's USB C, Qi charging, expandable storage, dual cameras, 128GB storage, 6GB RAM, etc. and in the end, I decided this was the most complete package I could find for the price I wanted to pay right now.
Wakefit Auriga Sheesham Bed (King Size Bed), Solid Wood Double Bed
Wakefit Auriga Sheesham Bed (King Size Bed), Solid Wood Double Bed
Defective wood/cracked pieces, possible repaired/rejected product. Poor fitting of bolts due to bad alignment again probably nuts/holes are not of adequate quality as it keeps on slipping while tightening. Very difficult to explain though I would suggest not to buy. They are not going to return it and replacement process is quite frustrating. You are asked to keep sending them picutures which you can't really take it from your mobile camera. Really worst ever product.
Dickies Men's Heavyweight Crew Neck Short Sleeve Tee
Dickies Men's Heavyweight Crew Neck Short Sleeve Tee
I want to start our by saying that I am, in general, happy with both the quality of the product and the timeliness of the delivery.

I used to buy Champion tee shirts ;with featured a decent weight fabric and a generous cut. A few years back Champion was bought out by Fruit of the Loom and the fabric got lighter, and the cut got skimpy--now resembling the Fruit of the Loom tee shirts.

I then switched to Dickies (regular weight) which I can buy at Walmart. It featured an even heavier fabric and an even more generous cut than the Champion tees of old. I am happy with the Dickies standard weight tees. But Walmart carries them in on black, white and gray only. I wanted colors.

I ordered the Dickies heavy weight. When it arrived I tossed it in the laundry along with a brand new Dickies standard weight. When they were laundered I handled both and they did not feel much different. I examined the construction and they appear to be the same quality (excellent). The heavy weight was made in Nicaragua, and the standard weight was produced in the Honduras. But both seem of similar assembly quality.

I decided to weigh them on my kitchen scale: Stardard weight (XL) 9.25 ounces; Heavy weight (XL) 9.75 ounces a difference of 1/2 ounce (5.26%). Hardly a heavy weight.

So if you are not interested in colors, I recommend the standard weight; if you want the colors go with the heavy weight.

If you want a true heavy weight tee I only know of Duluth Trading whose tees are of a true heavy weight fabric and the cut is generous but the product is expensive. I find the Dickies to be a much better value. For tall men, the Dickies are available in a "tall" too.

A good product, but not really a heavy weight.
Evoo Gaming 15.6” Laptop, FHD, 120Hz, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, THX Spatial Audio, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, RGB Backlit Keyboard, HD Camera, Windows 10 Home, Black (EG-LP7-BK)
Evoo Gaming 15.6” Laptop, FHD, 120Hz, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, THX Spatial Audio, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, RGB Backlit Keyboard, HD Camera, Windows 10 Home, Black (EG-LP7-BK)
PROS: Refresh rate is 120hz on the AMD variant. High speed RAM (3200 mghz - dual channel). High value graphics and cpu (rtx 2060 and r7 4800h). 512 GB storage. RGB lighting for keyboard. Good track pad. Laptop design feels quality. Not a gamer asthetic, more normal laptop looking. Runs games well, and doesn't get too loud. Main ports are on the back. 3 display options.

CONS: Had a few issues with installing drivers, both the radeon and nvidia drivers had to be installed manually. Some of the ports are stiff. Color accuracy is less than desirable. Can get loud under a heavy load. Storage and other upgrades require warranty seals to be broken.

Overall summary, incredible performance for the price at the cost of getting an obscure brand laptop. Other manufacturers will have you paying $1500 for the same specs.
Pflegeset für Siemens Kaffeevollautomat Dichtungen, Fett, Reinigungsbürste - für EQ-Reihe
Pflegeset für Siemens Kaffeevollautomat Dichtungen, Fett, Reinigungsbürste - für EQ-Reihe
Meine EQ9 wollte eines Morgens nicht mehr so, wie gewohnt. Die Brühgruppe hatte sich irgendwie verhakt im Gehäuse und war fast nicht mehr zu entnehmen. Die Sache mit der Schmierung hatte ich etwas verdrängt...es lief ja immer alles. Auf diversen Foren kam dann die logische Erklärung, es fehlte an Fett und einer neuer O-Ring durfte es auch mal sein.

Das Set beinhaltet alles, was man braucht. Nach der Reinigung ordentlich Fett auf die Spindel und von Hand manuell gedreht, fertig war die kleine Wartung. Seitdem keine Blockierungen mehr, nebenbei stellte ich fest, dass der Trester nun auch wieder kompakten Pucks gleicht, statt eines Kuhfladens.

Super gemacht die Anleitungen im Videoformat auf der Homepage des Anbieters. Beim Set liegt leider keine Anleitung bei. QR-Code auf kleinem Beipackzettel wäre super 👍🏻
Big and Tall Office Chair 400lbs Cheap Desk Chair Mesh Computer Chair with Lumbar Support Wide Seat Adjust Arms Rolling Swivel High Back Task Executive Ergonomic Chair for Women Men,Black
Big and Tall Office Chair 400lbs Cheap Desk Chair Mesh Computer Chair with Lumbar Support Wide Seat Adjust Arms Rolling Swivel High Back Task Executive Ergonomic Chair for Women Men,Black
Version française en bas.

I have been looking for a cheap chair that was 400lb or more forever. My previous chair couldn't handle my weight anymore and the hydrolic system holding the chair up would just go straight to the floor either in seconds or instantly and I was fighting with it every second minutes. And then, I stumbled upon this one for sale for 188$CAD (excl. taxes) from a seller in Ontario.

The box it came in was half-opened - probably the reason why it was so cheap but i got no complains - but the content was brand new. My chair came with all the tools neessary but no instructions. So, I stumbled my way into assembling it alone. So, if you buy this and get no instructions like I did, start from the top and go toward the buttom. Please don't try to join the bottom and the top like I did, it's a pain in the butt alone. In other words, drop the hydrolic system, with the seat assembled over it, directly into the base for minimal effort.

Comfort-wise, I don't have anything to say. Yet. Because it has been only 2 days since I got it at the moment of writing this review. Hopefully the 400lb rating support is not a fluke and will hold my 350lb ass for years to come. And, at first look, it's very sturdy. It's comfortable, it goes high enough for me, the lambar support is great out of the box.

So, if you happen to be able to grab a deal on this chair, don't hesitate. But for 600$CAD? I don't know. There might be better quality chairs for 600$ especially if you are into leather (I am not).

P.S I don't know the MSRP for this chair. I left this review and this chair was now (minimum) 571$CAD+tax+shipping.

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J'ai cherché pour une chaise d'ordi cheap qui supporte 400lb et plus très longtemps. Ma chaise précecédente ne pouvait plus supporter mon poid et le système hydrolique qui tenait ma chaise levée se baissait automatiquement en quelques secondes ou instantanémenet en m'assisant dessus et je me battais avec constamment. Et puis, j'ai découvert cette chaise en spécial pour 188$CAD (taxes excl.) d'un vendeur en Ontario.

La boîte est venue à moitié ouverte - probablement la raison pourquoi elle était "cheap" mais je me plains pas - mais le contenu était neuf. Ma chaise est venue avec tous les outils nécessaires mais aucune instructions. Donc, je l'ai monté un peu par essaie-erreur, tout seul. Donc, si vous achetez ceci et que vous n'avez pas eu d'instructions comme moi, commencer par monter le dessus et descendez vers le bas. Svp n'essayez pas de joindre le bas et le haut ensemble comme j'ai fait. C dull en tbk. En d'autres mots, mettez le système hydrolique avec le sigèle assemblé au-dessus directement dans la base pour un effort minimal.

Au niveau du confort, j'ai rien à dire. À date. Parce que ça fait juste 2 jours que je l'ai au moment que j'écrit ces lignes. J'espère que la cote de 400lb n'est pas une blague et que ça va tenir mon gros cul de 350lb pour les prochaines années. En tk, à première vue, c'est très solide! C'est confortable, le siège monte assez haut à mon good, le support lambaire était parfait d'emblée.

Donc, si vous tombez sur cette chaise en spécial, n'hésitez pas. Pour 600$CAD? Je ne sais pas. Il pourrait avoir des chaises de meilleure qualité pour ce prix là et spécialement si vous aimez le cuir (je n'aime pas).

P.S Je ne sais pas le prix conseillé pour cette chaise. J'ai laissé ce review et cette chaise était maintenant (minimum) 571$CAD+taxe+manutention.
Cisco RV160W VPN Router with 4 Wireless Ports plus Wireless-AC VPN Firewall, Limited Lifetime Protection (RV160W-A-K9-NA)
Cisco RV160W VPN Router with 4 Wireless Ports plus Wireless-AC VPN Firewall, Limited Lifetime Protection (RV160W-A-K9-NA)
This is a stable running router, but the user interface stinks (and I am being nice), the features are geared towards an external server user management, and the operating range of this unit is pathetic. Adding to the woes, the on-unit certificate to router is "expired" and cannot be fixed by anything I can find or that I have tried, you cannot use the Cisco router management app, and online support is limited to the manual. So if you actually want a useful router, don't buy this half baked product. It is unbelievable that Cisco discontinued their other routers and list this as the replacement. Maybe they should purchase Linksys back from Belkin and regain knowledge on what customers actually need plus they can learn again how to write router management software.

To be fair, I used this router for a few months now and I am able to use it after learning the quirks. But the sad part is that I need more access points because this unit itself has VERY weak signal strength compared to just about any wifi router out there. Also, I had to learn quickly that the lease time must be no more than 480min or clients get locked out until either the router is rebooted or the lease is forcibly reset. Oh, and I haven't been able to get the remote management feature to work on this thing so clients must manually reboot the router unless I am on-site to correct the issue. Yet another reason to not get this router.

Update:
I am removing this router from my network and going back to using an ASUS Router. I had replaced an ASUS because the WiFi transmitter started to overheat after a few years of trouble free operations. I thought I would give Cisco a shot because of their reputations. BIG mistake. At least with ASUS I have powerful signal strength AND I have the option of using ASUS or Merlin firmware of which both are far more user friendly, more easily configured, and have far more integrated user management features than what is in this Cisco unit.
New Buffalo Classic Rice Cooker (10 cups)
New Buffalo Classic Rice Cooker (10 cups)
I bought this product to replace my 10 cup Tiger rice cooker,.
This Buffalo 10 cup rice cooker has an inner stainless pot, and this is why I selected it.
The rice cooking is good.
The downside of the product is that it has too much water condensation in the lid, so every time a lid is opened, a lot of water is dripping back to the cooked rice and the side of the inner pot. This water problem can be seen when opening the lid while the cooker in warm mode. Tiger rice cooker never has this problem.

Follow the Buffalo 10 cup instructions, I empty water from the water collection in the lid after cooking rice ; however, this won’t help at all, the water condensation does not escape much from the lid water collection.

In summary:
Pro: stainless steel inner pot, no worry about the worn out of Teflon that is used in other product.
Cons: keeping too much water condensation in the lid.
Prestige Svachh Clip-on Mini Hard Anodized 3 Litre Pressure Cooker, black
Prestige Svachh Clip-on Mini Hard Anodized 3 Litre Pressure Cooker, black
Very disappointed with this product. I have been using prestige for a long time. I was very happy when they introduced this product. But unfortunately my happiness was only there till used this product.
Ii have 2 cookers with clip on model. First one is steel. Instead of whistle water started pouring from lid. I thought I had used too much of water. So bought a smaller one. It gave me the
same problem.
Will never recommend this product to anyone. Very disappointing and what a waste of money.
Either Prestige should either call back this clip range and fix or discontinue it.

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