Emery Anderson

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Cracking the Code
Cracking the Code
Cracking the Code by Peter Eric Hendrickson. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 116 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Language of SQL (Learning)
The Language of SQL (Learning)
The Language of SQL (Learning) by Larry Rockoff. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell, Victoria McGee, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1250 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Hit Sensations Presents Harry Potter Collectible Series #2
Hit Sensations Presents Harry Potter Collectible Series #2
Hit Sensations Presents Harry Potter Collectible Series #2 by J.K. Hit Sensations; Rowling and Color Photographs. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Meet J.K. Rowling (About the Author)
Meet J.K. Rowling (About the Author)
Meet J.K. Rowling (About the Author) by S. Ward. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Lucky One
The Lucky One
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2119 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Be My Reason
Be My Reason
Be My Reason by Samantha Christy. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 362 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Things We Never Said: A Hart's Boardwalk Novel
Things We Never Said: A Hart's Boardwalk Novel
Things We Never Said: A Hart's Boardwalk Novel by Samantha Young, Amy Melissa Bentley, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The House: A Novel
The House: A Novel
The House: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 348 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Uma Vida ao Teu Lado (Portuguese Edition)
Uma Vida ao Teu Lado (Portuguese Edition)
Uma Vida ao Teu Lado (Portuguese Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Miranda
Miranda
Miranda by Grace Livingston Hill. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 103 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Texas Ranger (Rory Yates Book 1)
Texas Ranger (Rory Yates Book 1)
Texas Ranger (Rory Yates Book 1) by James Patterson. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 1208 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
La Giuria (Italian Edition)
La Giuria (Italian Edition)
La Giuria (Italian Edition) by GRISHAM John -. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Killing House
The Killing House
The Killing House by Chris Mooney. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 198 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Lucifer Code (Thomas Lourds Book 2)
The Lucifer Code (Thomas Lourds Book 2)
The Lucifer Code (Thomas Lourds Book 2) by Charles Brokaw. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 138 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King, Edward Herrmann, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 494 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
A World of Java Programming
A World of Java Programming
A World of Java Programming by Shaun W Flynn and Marissa L Walther. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Arduino: Getting Started With Arduino: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (Arduino 101, Arduino sketches, Complete beginners guide, Programming, Raspberry Pi 2, xml, c++, Ruby, html, php, Robots)
Arduino: Getting Started With Arduino: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (Arduino 101, Arduino sketches, Complete beginners guide, Programming, Raspberry Pi 2, xml, c++, Ruby, html, php, Robots)
Arduino: Getting Started With Arduino: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (Arduino 101, Arduino sketches, Complete beginners guide, Programming, Raspberry Pi 2, xml, c++, Ruby, html, php, Robots) by Steve Gold. Rated 2.6 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Acquirer's Multiple: How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market
The Acquirer's Multiple: How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market
relatively short book, but over simplified at times - you should “zig” when the crowd “zags” typical contrarian emphasis (you can’t beat the market if you buy the same things, you need to buy different things, but still be right). Good review of Buffett’s Dempster Diving days where he was doing cigar butt investing, buying graham style investments and squeezing/liquidating them. Then he talks about the magic formulae (see readings about Joel Greenblatt) beating the market. Then he talks about the aquirer’s multiple which beats the magic formulae - similar idea with magic formula, except special emphasis on low debt and high cash holdings of the company. He really emphasizes reversion to the mean in terms of stock price and leading businesses profits declining overtime due to competition. He has an antigrowth stance generally speaking - states that only warren buffett is able to find business with protective moats that protects its profits.

I appreciate content about activist investing - although this is very difficult for a low net worth individual investor to do (buying a significant percentage of a business in oder to influence management to unlock value and run a better business). I would give this book a B to B+ (I tend to have high standards now that I’ve read so many investment books - but I must admit, I probably don’t follow Carl Ichan as much as I should for coattail activist investing).

He argues that returns are better if you buy fair companies at wonderful prices vs wonderful companies at fair prices. Which I may or may not agree with - I think it depends - it's kind of like the argument of where is the best value? that can be found in growth stocks or "cheap stocks" with cheap stocks you're hoping that it's cheaper than it's liquidating value, assuming that you are able to take over and liquidate the company or hope someone else does the work for you and is successful. sometimes companies are cheap for good reason - i've had my fair share of those. I just can't sleep soundly and ignore news using the liquidating strategy. If i had all the time and little more money, i think activist investing would be good for really advanced people - people who actually manage money for a living.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms
Nothing new in this latest addition to the "self-help" and "leadership" genre of books. Good marketing and a nicely done clean cover caught my attention as one that is an avid reader - particularly of books focused on self-development. However, this one left me disappointed even after two reads. I also take issue with several of the strategies, but for the sake of brevity will focus on the "brules" and "blissipline" concepts. The author encourages readers to question rules; which on the surface is good, but the presumption being made is that all of the readers operate from the same level of morality and wisdom, which would give them the good judgment to pick and choose what works (at least for them). Simply, some societal conventions and mores serve a valid, meaningful and timeless purpose. Living within the "law" to make it simple is often the best path to freedom and not everyone has the ability or maturity to alter and redefine what is best for themselves or how they may interface with society on the whole. The concept of "blissipline" is another one that I have difficulty with as reality dictates that sometimes, despite the best efforts and intentions, life is just plain sour. There is struggle as a fundamental basis of life and usually, this results in goodness. Pursuing happiness and "learning" to find the (greater) good in everything, despite its value assignment as positive, negative or neutral is not only the mark of a mature human being, but is both important to the health of the individual and society as a whole. The notion of living one's "bliss" as a way of life can easily slip into the realm of the self-centered and insular. Where true "happiness" is enduring despite outcomes, "bliss" tends to be temporary (i.e., tied to a specific experience like the birth of a healthy child or getting a new job) and is not practical to attain, let alone maintain for most people once the luster rubs away. Nothing exciting - just a mix of new age humanist philosophies aimed at "millenials" and eastern traditions. The endless name dropping through the book is also tiresome and diminishes the authors credibility.
The Courage Map: 13 Principles for Living Boldly
The Courage Map: 13 Principles for Living Boldly
The Courage Map: 13 Principles for Living Boldly by Franziska Iseli. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Elon Musk: Productivity, Vision, Innovation
Elon Musk: Productivity, Vision, Innovation
Elon Musk: Productivity, Vision, Innovation by Peter Jordan. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Summary, Analysis & Review of Brad Stone's The Everything Store by Instaread
Summary, Analysis & Review of Brad Stone's The Everything Store by Instaread
This is the story of Amazon from bookstore to everything store.

Key players discussed include:
Jeff Bezos, of course
Brad Stone, the author
David Shaw, founder of D. E. Shaw & Co, where Bezos first launch his career
Shel Kaphan, Amazon's first employee
Joy Covey, Amazon's first CFO
Rick Dalzell, CIO, then VP at Amazon from 1997 - 2007
Joseph Galli, Bezos's right hand man from the late 1990s until 2000
Ravi Suria, Lehman Brothers analyst who sent Amazon's stock into a tailspin in 2000
Lee Scott, Wal-Mark CEO from 2000-2009 who made an early bit on Amazon
James Sinegal, former CEO and founder of Costco
Jeff Wilke SVP of consumer business at Amazon
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, which Amazon purchased

Key Takeaways include:
1- Amazon's corporate culture reflects its founders values. By focusing on long-term growth rather than fast returns, it succeeded where most others failed.
2- Amazon was born out of Bezos's work at D. E. Shaw and Co. Some of the earlies employees came from there.
3- Amazon chose Washington state as a way to avoid sales tax for its customers. When the "Amazon tax" was implemented, purchases in affected states dropped an average of 8 percent.
4- Amazon beat the odds to succeed, particularly when the dot-com bubble burst.
5- In the 1990s Amazon engaged in costly, high profile acquisitions, that were often unsuccessful. They switched track to building from within.
6- Amazon is driven to offer fast delivery and low prices to its customers. Prime was launched to lose money and gain loyalty for example.
7- Amazon intended to be the store where traditional rules didn't apply. Their system of customer reviews, positive and negative, is an example of this.
8- Amazon's Web Services (AWS) provides the technological backbone to companies as huge as Netflix and also serves NASA and the CIA. This has help speed new companies to market, drive economic growth, and serves as a profit center for Amazon. Cloud computing is often thought of as online storage, but that's not correct, it's instantly scalable resources hosted by a provider, like AWS, and that instant scalability is what's so valuable to businesses here.
9- Amazon developed the Kindle to protect its core business, books. It made enemies in the publishing industry, even while driving off book sales and down publisher expenses.

This is a great overview of the rise and continued success of a brilliant company.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book.
The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne: Conversations on Love, Beliefs, Morality, Grief and Everything in Between
The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne: Conversations on Love, Beliefs, Morality, Grief and Everything in Between
I enjoyed getting an insight in the people interviewed, their views on life and their beliefs and understanding of their religion. Also I was very interested to find out what and how they viewed God and what the life ever after held for them. Some people whom I did not have a fondness of, I changed my view completely of them on reading it - as Gay himself used to say "A thumping great read".
Old-Fashioned Valentine Postcards: 24 Full-Color Ready-to-Mail Cards from the Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Old-Fashioned Valentine Postcards: 24 Full-Color Ready-to-Mail Cards from the Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
天使、子供たち、ハート、お花・・・豪華なビクトリアンの世界が好きな方にはとてもお勧めです。1908年から1917年当時に実際に作られたポストカード24枚のリプロダクションです。天使(cherub)のカード16枚、子供のカード5枚、お花のみのデザイン3枚、その他1枚といった感じです(重複カウントあり)。
買う前は、表紙の絵はかわいいけれど中身はどうだろうとドキドキでしたが、届いて中を見た途端、これは正解だと思いました。アンティークのポストカードは、エンボスや色のあせ具合に味があるので、リプロダクションは本来あまり好きではないのですが、こちらの本のカードはそういうものを差し引いても、絵柄を見るだけでも楽しいコレクションだと思います。実際に使用するのはもちろん、このようなものがお好きな方へのプレゼントにしても、喜ばれると思います。
Chant Down Babylon
Chant Down Babylon
A lot people begin their review of this album by saying, "I've been listening to Bob Marley for a long time, and this album sucks...." Blah, Blah, Blah. I've been listening to Bob Marley for a long time too. And anyone who has a drop of sense in their heads and a splash of open-mindedness will embrace this album. Sure its not Bob Marley pure and spiritual. But its a tribute, and its done well. It employs musicians from different genres who probably have been influenced by the Great One. Saying this album sucks because Aerosmith rocks out to Bob Marley is like saying a Christian cannot read the Koran. Come on people, open up your minds. Do I hear fiiiiive stars????
Live At Monterey
Live At Monterey
Within this DVD is the historic (1967) Monterey Pop Festival performance by James (Jimi) Hendrix. Jimi was a poor Seattle, WA kid who escaped a hard life by joining the Army. He was not a particularly good soldier, but he was proud to have been in service with other fine young men.

Jimi honed his chops on the Chitlin' Circuit. He was not an especially good touring back-up musician. His playing and showmanship upstaged his employers. In their view, not cool. Later, Little Richard would boast, "He was a star, when I had him." But no one could keep him.

Chas Chandler, bassist for The Animals, would pluck him from NYC obscurity and tote him to England. In Londontown, Chas would recruit "Bob Dylan's Grandmother" to play bass and a four-handed jazz/rock, British R&B drummer to be Hendrix's rhythm section Experience.

In 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience headlined the Monterey Pop Festival (CA). The audience thought the Seattle-native was an English Power Popster. Boy, were they wrong on all counts! This DVD documents a career-defining concert debut. Plus, it ushers in a new way to mark time. From this event forward, every musical happening was AH (after Hendrix). Before Monterey, the musical universe was BH (before Hendrix).

Jimi would have a very short three years to establish himself and execute his professional career before an untimely death would consign anything else associated with him to his legacy. If you were not at the beginning of this man's extraordinary public life, then this DVD gives you a good indication of the phenomenon being brought forth fully formed.

N.B., Best experienced on a large format screen with a kick-ass audio system.
Down In The Groove
Down In The Groove
After two eighties-production, synthesiser-drenched albums in "Empire Burlesque" and "Knocked Out Loaded", Dylan tried to get back to a more bluesy, rootsy sound with some of the material on this almost universally-panned failure of an album in 1988.

TRACK LISTING

1. Let's Stick Together
2. When Did You Leave Heaven
3. Sally Sue Brown
4. Death Is Not The End
5. Had A Dream About You, Baby
6. Ugliest Girl In The World
7. Silvio
8. Ninety Miles An Hour (Down A Dead End Street)
9. Shenandoah
10. Rank Strangers To Me

So, is it time for a reassessment? The first track "Lets Stick Together", previously done by Canned Heat and Bryan Ferry certainly rocks a fair bit, in an upbeat, guitar-driven, chunky riff blues style. I like it and it is certainly a relief after some of the keyboard-dominated, backing vocal-drowned songs from the last two albums. This is, at least, a down 'n' dirty blues. Bryan Ferry used a similar riff on his version of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on his "Dylanesque" album. "When Did You Leave Heaven"? is a laid-back devotional song that would not have been out of place on "Shot Of Love". "Sally Sue Brown" is a blues cover dealt with in a rousing, enthusiastic fashion. "Death Is Not the End" is the first Dylan original on the album. It begins with a lovely, evocative harmonica and has a fetching, quiet tender as Dylan tells us, sonorously, that "death is not the end". It has a nice sound to it, and a certain laid-back beauty. There are all sorts of assorted musicians on this album, almost too many to mention, but it does ensure that the music is of a high quality throughout.

"Had A Dream About You Baby" is an organ-driven rocking blues that, had it appeared on "Blonde On Blonde" would have been hailed as a work of genius. To me, it is not too dissimilar to some of the upbeat bluesy numbers from that 1965-66 period. "Ugliest Girl In The World" is another fast tempo number with clearly throwaway, tongue-in-cheek lyric. I really haven't got a problem with this album. It is the superior product to the previous two. I think most people seem to accept that the shuffling, rhythmic, gospelly fun of "Silvio" is a good track that begs more than one listen, for sure. Dylan sounds confident and enthusiastic on the track and the backing vocals add their own vitality to it.

It seemed to be de rigeur to slate pretty much every second Dylan release as being an "embarrassment" and praise every other one as being "a return to form". This is a myopic view in my opinion. "Ninety Miles An Hour (Down A Dead End Street)" is a soulful piece of gospel. Sure, it's not "Tangled Up In Blue" but what the heck, I like it anyway. Similarly, if Dylan wants to record "Shenandoah" in a folky, gospel style, so what? Again, I actually really like it. Springsteen gets away with it, why not Dylan? I think it's great. The closing track of this short album, "Rank Strangers To Me" has Dylan at his bleakest. It is a slow-tempo, haunting ballad of the sort that the afore-mentioned Springsteen would do over the next few years too. It is a bit of a hidden gem, with a sumptuous bass line.

Many have cited this as a nadir in Dylan's career. I would beg to disagree a little, I do not mind the album as much as they seem to. It is certainly nowhere near as bad as "Dylan" and, personally, I much prefer it to the strange "New Morning". Whenever I listen to it, I am always pleasantly surprised.
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Okay, okay, okay, everyone knows in real life this circumstance spells instant break up! But, you'd like to think it would work out like this. Great song from a great era in music! Good xfer and nice to also have it in the cloud.
Rubie's Women's Marvel Black Panther Wakanda Dora Milaje Costume
Rubie's Women's Marvel Black Panther Wakanda Dora Milaje Costume
This costume is pretty cool. It fit weird so I had to alter it, but I'm 5'6 105. The attached boot covers didn't work out and were like six inches too short so if you're tall or average height... you'll have to alter. I just cut inside at the base of the leggings to separate them and then wore black leggings cuffed to keep the costume leggings in place. I also made the neck slimmer and added another Velcro closure in the back. The arms were A little short but i left those as is. The hips are narrow but the belt is wide, so I shortened the belt. All in all, it came out pretty legit and was a hit at the Halloween party. My son is being Black Panther this year and was thrilled to see mom dressing up to match. 😊

PS: It's super comfortable, like you'll want to wear it all the time lol.

Wakanda Forever!
Trend Lab Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You'll Go! Unisex 5Piece Crib Bedding Set
Trend Lab Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You'll Go! Unisex 5Piece Crib Bedding Set
We are in love with this nursery set and for the price compared to a lot of other sets you get more for your money. A lot of the Dr. Seuss sets seem to only be 3 pieces and are the same price or more than this set which is a 5 piece set and the set includes all items you will use either practically or for decoration. It's the best gender neutral Dr. Seuss set I could find because it really could be used for either gender and doesn't give people an indication of what you're having if you know but want to keep it a surprise. Some of the other gender neutral sets seem to lean more toward boy or girl and people then tend to make comments that can be hurtful.
One Piece: Baroque Works 13-14-15
One Piece: Baroque Works 13-14-15
I, for some reason, never seen the episodes that covered this omnibus when I was a kid and it was airing on TV. So reading this was a good treat, especially with a couple of the characters that show up are either mentioned or reappear in later arcs.

Nami's compass leads the Straw Hat crew to a place called Little Garden, an ironic name when you learn what type of creatures and the two local residents. The crew splits up as they explore and they meet up and fight Baroque Work members and the leader of the organization is reveal (who happens to be one of my favorite One Piece villains).
In Odd We Trust (Graphic Novel) (Odd Thomas Graphic Novels)
In Odd We Trust (Graphic Novel) (Odd Thomas Graphic Novels)
Dean Koontz's dozens of books are well-written, interesting, and have the literary qualities that others fail to master. Odd Apocalypse, published this year, was his fifth humorous novel focusing on the rather strange but very likable Odd Thomas, who may have obtained his name Odd when his mother misspelled the intended Todd. But it is descriptive because Odd is incredibly wise, respectful, and unusual; he uses the title "sir" and "ma'am" even to people who are intent on killing him in the most horrendous manner. His name is also descriptive because, unlike other people, he sees dead men and women, such as Elvis Presley and President Lyndon Johnson. The dead can gesture to Odd and frequently do so, but although some come to him seeking his help in obtaining justice, they are unable to speak. Odd works as a fry cook at the local dinner in Pico Mundo, California, and is well-known and appreciated because of his delicious pancakes. Odd's girl friend, Stormy, packs a pistol and isn't afraid to use it.

Koontz has also written three graphic novels about Odd Thomas. This is the first of the three and was published in 2008. He wrote this novel with Queenie Chan, who did the illustrations. The plot focuses upon a stalker who committed a murder. Odd is nineteen years old and the sheriff, who knows about Odd's unusual ability, asks him to help find the stalker.

The drawing are good, but Dean Koontz has been so masterful is describing Odd Thomas' activities, his thoughts and the humorous ways that he thinks, without ever describing him, that I felt a small disappointment in seeing him pictured in this novel. Interestingly, it is possible that Dean Koontz himself, who discusses the portrayal of Odd at the end of this book, never really visualized Odd, and while he liked the portrayal and thought that it is the best that one can come up with, it fell somewhat short. The story is good, but because it is a graphic novel instead of a full book, it lacks Koontz's clever humor. Nevertheless, I think adults will like this book, and it is an excellent way to introduce young people to the enjoyment of reading about Odd Thomas.
House of Odd (Graphic Novel) (Odd Thomas Graphic Novels)
House of Odd (Graphic Novel) (Odd Thomas Graphic Novels)
This is the third volume of Dean Koontz graphic novels. See my reviews of the prior two in which I discuss Dean Koontz books generally, as well as Odd Thomas and these graphic novels. This is the first time that Landry Q. Walker worked with Dean Koontz on the series. It is a much better story and has more humor than the prior two volumes.

Odd Thomas' friend asks him to help a movie producer who bought a house that seems to be haunted. However she feels that Odd and his pistol-packing girl friend Stoney Llewellen are just amateurs and unable to help her, even though, as we know, Odd has the ability to see the dead. She hires a team of three ghost-busters, three fakes, who perform nonsensical acts that add to the story's humor. Both adults and youngsters will enjoy this book and, hopefully, be inspired to read Koontz's full novels.
The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense (Kindle Single)
The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense (Kindle Single)
Not going to proofread this, so bear with me....
This is my second read of The Moonlit Mind, by Dean Koontz. Without question, Mr. Koontz' s novels are my favorite...despite reading every genre of fiction and non-fiction as well. I have owned 77 Shadow Street since it was published, but had taken a break from the suspense/horror/paranormal/Sci-Fi genre to read simpler, less-intense novels (i.e. romance...all versions, biographies and memoirs).
Finally ready to enter Mr. Koontz' s world again and read 77 S. S., I chose to reread this Novella...The Moonlit Mind...a precursor to 77 S.S.
The Moonlit Mind is Dean Koontz at his finest. From sentence one I was jerked into the suspension and often terror of Crispins world. Nothing written or portrayed on "the big screen" scares me or causes that adrenaline rush of fear, horror and suspense anymore. Yet despite having previously read this Novella, I was immediately aware of my heart rate increasing and a knot forming in the pit of my stomach. YES, I was THRILLED. As with all his novels, this Novella was a suspense ride from beginning to end. It has Koontz' s signature animal with above average...perhaps paranormal...intelligence. Every scene was not spoon fed to the reader, but rather painted with words so descriptive and well written that you are aware you are seeing exactly what Mr. Koontz wants you to see, not something your own mind creates for lack of good writing.
ONE of the things I love most about this and all Koontz' s novels is that he uses little to no foul language (not that I'm opposed) and still creates a tremendous amount of suspense. In addition, unlike authors such as Stephen King, he isn't constantly pushing his political agenda, nor does he show a complete disdain for Christians the way King does. Additionally, while Koontz characters are not perfect, they have a definite goodness about them, making his stories a true battle between good and evil. And the imagination of Mr. Koontz...just WOW!
I would recommend this Novella to anyone above the age of twelve who likes a truly imaginative, yet relatively clean, story... and to those who are willing to ignore the rest of the world for hours at a time as this story and his others are so very difficult to put down.
If he keeps writing them, I'll keep reading them!!! THANK YOU DEAN KOONTZ!
SIDE NOTE: At the age of 12, I forced my eldest son to read "Sieze the Night" and "Fear Nothing", causing him to become a lifelong fan of Koontz as well. In fact, as I loaned my two shopping bags
full of Koontz books out to friends, my son purchased his own set of STN and FN!
Shelter in Place
Shelter in Place
As a die-hard NR fan, this one definitely left me feeling a bit flat... NR's a go-to for the romance genre, only the romance in this one didn't even raise its head until 50% into the book, which is when the two main characters MET FOR THE FIRST TIME (apart from him catching a glimpse of her a few years ago - no interaction though). Then, 15% later, they were in love and that was that - it seemed as if the two 'romantic leads' had a couple of conversations, slept together and then BAM - he loves her (along with pretty much everyone else, apparently).

The first half of the book read like a diary of events, from the viewpoints of a few different characters, of what'd happened years before - as well-written as ever, but it added nothing to the story itself. The entire first half of the book could've been condensed into the first 10% or so and it would've been a big improvement... we might even have had an actual romance then??!

But the absolute worst thing about this book (slight SPOILER ALERT here) is the way in which the threat by the baddie was handled by the law enforcement characters. Here we had an already-identified serial killer, systematically going about killing a group of people whose names/addresses were known to the police/FBI, but then virtually nothing was done to warn/protect them?! And the media wasn't the least bit interested in the murder of a bunch of folk who'd survived something horrific from only a few years before?? The main characters themselves were of the 'oh well, I'm sure I'll be able to handle it when the very successful serial killer comes after me, as I already know they will' approach to the whole situation. It was all too ridiculous for words.

I think NR has switched publishers in the last couple of years? Has she also changed her proofing/editing team?? If so, I'd strongly recommend she reverts to the team who brought us actual romance from this previously great author...
Radigan and North to the Rails (2-Book Bundle)
Radigan and North to the Rails (2-Book Bundle)
RADIGAN + NORTH TO THE RAILS Louis L'Amour Kindle 2 Book Bundle

RADIGAN 1958

Angelina Foley drives a herd of 3000 head of cattle up from Texas and presents Tom Radigan with a Spanish grant and claims ownership of his land, with an outfit of hardcase gunfighters, and winter coming on, she is unwilling to take no for an answer and is willing to go to any extreem to occupy his spread even if it means killing Radigan. But Tom Radigan is not the kind to give up without a fight even if he has to stand alone against Foley's hardcases.

NORTH TO THE RAILS 1971

Tom Chantry came from the East to buy cattle. He came to get his steers to the railroad, not to kill. He was a peaceable man, and when French Williams and the local outlaws mistook him for a victim, he tried to walk away, but found that in doing so he was branded a coward and was shunned even by the crew that he had employed to drive his cattle. Although written several years earlier this novel became the sequel to 'BORDEN CHANTRY' 1977 which tells the story of Tom's father.

I have always been a great fan of western novels since I started reading them as a boy in the early fifties and over the years have amassed a large collection of over 2000 mainly paperback copies some of which I am now replacing with Kindle Editions as moving from a large house to a centre city apartment means a reduction of several hundred feet of shelving. This re-organisation has also given me the chance to revisit books that I have not read for a while.

Louis L'Amour is in my opinion not only one of the most prolific but undisputedly the best writer of western fiction of the latter half of the 20th. Century and his work always hits the target for me; they are well written, they have excellent storylines, well filled out characters and above all are very 'readable'; the sort of book that stays on your bookshelf and will get revisited over and over through the years. I have probably read and re-read my favourites at least six or eight times during the past 60 years or so.

Two excellent stories and a bargain as a double Kindle pack.

The Kindle Edition: Professionally formatted e-book. 5/5
Bandai Hobby HG MS Option Set 7 "IBO: 2nd Season" Building Kit (1/144 Scale)
Bandai Hobby HG MS Option Set 7 "IBO: 2nd Season" Building Kit (1/144 Scale)
I've bought several different weapons packs through the last couple of years, and this has been one of the cooler ones IRL. The guns look pretty nice once built and a pretty well detailed. The only thing that's not grey plastic is the barrel of the one gun everything else needs to be painted, which is all generally quick and easy except for the two gun with the white central sections, making their can be a bit on the advanced side, but they do look much better painted.
Pass the Gravy by A.A. Fair (aka Erle Stanley Gardner) (1959-06-04)
Pass the Gravy by A.A. Fair (aka Erle Stanley Gardner) (1959-06-04)
This entry in the Donald Lam/Bertha Cool series opens when a fifteen-year-old girl comes into the office hoping that the firm will find her missing Uncle Amos. Uncle Amos occasionally goes off on a bender. When he does, he mails his car keys to the girl's mother and when the bender is over, he hitchhikes home, usually catching a ride with a brother Elk. The girl is worried because this time Uncle Amos has been gone for an unusually long time. The girl and her mother depend on Amos for support and her mother needs an operation and things are generally grim.

Adding to the mystery is the fact that Amos is a couple of weeks short of his thirty-fifth birthday, at which time he will inherit a boatload of money unless he has been convicted of a serious crime. In that event, the fortune will be divided among a number of charities.

Despite this terribly sad tale, Bertha kicks the kid out of the office because there's no money in it for the firm. Instead, she sends Donald out to meet with a fairly wealthy woman whose husband has disappeared. The woman is offering the firm a substantial bonus if they can find the husband.

Before meeting the wealthy wife, Donald interviews the poor young girl and her mother and promises to try to find the missing Uncle Amos. He also gives them some money from the firm's expense account to tide them over until Amos reappears. He then talks to the very sexy woman whose husband is missing and who is quick to put the moves on Donald.

Donald discovers that the missing husband and the missing Uncle Amos both sent postcards from the same rural service station just before they disappeared. This "coincidence" is, of course. too much to be believed, and it propels Donald into another very entertaining investigation. As is common in these books, the twists and turns will leave virtually any reader reeling, but it's a fun ride, and this is one of the better books in the series.
Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas
Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas
Amazon Review, Between Shanghai and Hong Kong, The Politics of Chinese Cinemas
By Poshek Fu

Poshek Fu writes that, born in an island off Hong Kong, he often attended films in Cantonese locally and his parents regularly took the family to see Cantonese, Mandarin and even Hollywood films in the Central District. This early exposure expanded his knowledge of languages and began a lifelong fascination with Chinese cinema in all its facets. The author pursued his interest in what he describes as unexpected places such as flea markets, finding primary source material in the form of old film magazines and reviews, and also in the 1930s and 1940s Shanghai film programs which gave a précis in several languages of the motion picture being shown. Professor Fu further researched Chinese film history, using his many connections in academia and also in the media and field of film criticism.
Thus the author is both an academic at the University of Illinois taking an interest in the subject as a focus for his career, and is also an individual with a life-long passion for Chinese motion pictures backed by eclectic research. As such, Poshek Fu is uniquely qualified to write Between Shanghai and Hong Kong, The Politics of Chinese Cinemas.
He begins with a fascinating account of cinema in semi-occupied Shanghai: how it survived and even boomed. There were the frantic trips to Hong Kong (for supplies and the loan of studios, and even to sell the Nationalist contact there a few films) and Chongqing to try to explain their actions to the Nationalists. Here, the sheer terror of the tight-rope the film makers, notably Zhang Shankun, walked comes through clearly. On the one hand they were making a living and keeping up the morale of their compatriots through entertainment, and on the other they were potentially being murdered as traitors during or after the war because of the necessary accommodations with Japanese suppliers and film distributors.
The text continues by revealing the real story behind the development of Hong Kong cinema since its inception jointly with the cinema of Shanghai around 1909, through the action of an American entrepreneur, Benjamin Brodsky. After sound came in, Hong Kong became the leader in Cantonese films and their distribution, drawing talent away from Shanghai, in particular after the Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 1937. The Shanghai refugees tended to despise Hong Kong as not up to their standards in culture. However, by then Hong Kong had developed its own distinctive culture in print and other media. After the fall to the Japanese in 1941, the Hong Kong film makers asserted themselves either by fleeing or by refusing to co-operate with their conquerors, leading to the collapse of motion pictures there.
Differently from Hong Kong film makers, in occupied Shanghai Zhang Shankun continued to produce films via his terrifying balancing act, but by the end of the war he had been arrested by both the Japanese and Nationalist military police and was fortunate to escape with his life. When the usual post-war witch hunt for traitors developed with Zhang as a prominent target, he left Shanghai for Hong Kong. There, having helped in various major initiatives, until his death he remained true to his roots in a revived Xinhua studio catering to the Taiwanese market. Unlike many others, Zhang was not seduced by the rewards of turning to Beijing.
Through this excellent and well written book, in a whole new way, Poshek Fu has opened up a little-known period in Chinese cinema and in particular the Shanghai film scene of the semi-occupation and occupation by the Japanese spanning 1937–1945. He has included new archival and previously undiscovered film materials. Combining his skills both as a historian and as an expert in film, this author has clarified the way in which Chinese films of that era and beyond reflected the political and personal struggles of the Chinese people in times of turmoil. In writing this book, professor Fu has successfully challenged the previous received wisdom on this complex period in Chinese cinema.
Reviewer: Margaret Blair, author, Gudao, Lone Islet, The War Years in Shanghai and Shanghai Scarlet
Sangokushi
Sangokushi
劉備は史上最高の軍容と領地を手に入れたが、桃園の契りを結んだ関羽が呉に討ち取られ、さらに張飛までが、味方に寝首をかかれるという悲劇が・・・
関羽の仇をうつため孔明を連れずに呉をうちに出向いた玄徳は大敗の上に病に没する。
蜀の国にとっては斜陽の道の始まりですが、これを境に主役は完全に孔明となり、孔明を取り巻く歴史の無常を感じながら一気に読みすすんでしまいます。
Riverside Murder
Riverside Murder
THE RIVERSIDE MURDER (1935) opens w/ the murder of Mr. Norman by an unknown assailant. He's been shot dead in his study. It's time to call Inspector Philip Winton (Basil Sydney). Quick as a flash, he and Sgt. Mac McKay (Alastair Sim) are on the case, questioning witnesses and running down clues. Of course, an ambitious reporter named Claire Haines (Judy Gunn) is interested in getting the scoop. Winton discovers a growing list of suspects, all having to do w/ possible financial gain from the late Mr. Norman. Then, someone else is shot, in the very same study, but the body vanishes! A third is gunned down, through a mail slot! Winton only has until midnight to solve the murders. Can he figure out this mystery, before everyone is dead? This is a very enjoyable crime yarn...
Tarzan The Greystoke Legacy Under Siege (The Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs Book 4)
Tarzan The Greystoke Legacy Under Siege (The Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs Book 4)
The Tarzan legacy continues!

First of all, this isn’t your father’s Tarzan. Although based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the family continues past the characters in the Tarzan series. Once you understand that, you can fully enjoy this book.

In this book, the fourth generation of the Greystoke family faces the perils of the vast jungle. Tarzan’s great-grandson, Jon Greystoke, is following a different path from that of his forebears.

As a child of seven he had a terrifying experience with a lion. I not for his father, Jackie and his grandfather, Korak, he would have died. And indeed if not for Tarzan himself, they might have all died or at least suffered serious injury.

This prompts Jon’s mother to state that Jon would never come to Africa again. After her death in a car crash, Jon did return a few times, but he never wanted any part of the jungle. He preferred to work with the family business, The Greystoke Trust, with holding worldwide. Jackie had been running the show with frequent trips home to Africa, until the car wreck put him in a wheelchair.

Then everything goes to hell in a hand basket. Jon is returning to Africa on family business, when his plane is shot down. The Greystoke compound is overran and nigh destroyed by mercenaries. Back in England, Jackie Greystoke is drawn into court with alleged business practices that are tantamount to treason against the Crown!

Now, Jon is lost in the Jungle along with his grandmother, Merriam, Tarzan and Jane are missing, and Jackie is in prison. An old enemy has reared his ugly head after all these years, and it will take all of the Greystoke family to put their enemy down for good.

It’s different from most Tarzan stories, but it does grow on you. I give the book four stars…

Quoth the Raven…
You Belong To Me
You Belong To Me
Mary Higgins Clark writes a well-crafted novel that succeeds in luring the reader in and keeping them turning those pages. In "You Belong to Me" her highly lucrative formula of alternating chapters focusing on the varying third person perspectives works extremely well to keep the reader from guessing the identity of the murderer until Clark sees fit to reveal it at the very end of her story.

The plot revolves around likeable call-in radio psychologist Susan Chandler who inadvertantly triggers a spree of seemingly unlinked killings when she decides to center a few of her broadcasts on the subject of disappearing women, in particular Regina Clausen, a leading financial analyst who disappeared 4 years earlier without a trace while on a cruise in the Far East. As readers, we get a glimpse into the mind of the murderer as he himself listens to the show and strategizes to keep his overall plan a secret by eliminating people who simply get in his way. We are privy to police investigations, and the ruminations of private eyes and eye witnesses. We walk for a while in the shoes of intended victims and share their horror as the murderer moves along his amoral course without regrets. We uncover facts about Dr Susan, immediately understanding that she is undergoing some personal problems of her own regarding her parent's divorce and her father's subsequent marriage to someone she dislikes; her mother's ensueing depression and her sister's angry betrayals. Most entertaining is guessing which of the three men linked to Dr. Susan personally is our deranged serial killer and what motivation has provoked such a terrible vengenance.

Clark doesn't disappoint, she keeps you interested until the last page. As in her other novels, none of the characters are really developed---there are so many of them---it would be difficult to analyze each of them thoroughly and stay within the 300+ page parameter of the popular novel. Nevertheless, the momentum of the story allows you to overlook the lack of indepth characterization. Indeed the story itself is the strongest character as is the backdrop of New York and its world of traffic, crowds and taxi rides.

Recommended to all lovers of suspense who like a contained story where all loose ends are tied at the climax and denouement in a lovely logical bow.
iPhone 7 Plus Case 8 Plus Case,Case Cover for iPhone 7P/8P (Harry-Potter-2)
iPhone 7 Plus Case 8 Plus Case,Case Cover for iPhone 7P/8P (Harry-Potter-2)
Cute case and has served its purpose but it did arrive damaged. Not sure if it left damaged, or was damaged in transit. We did not have time during the return period to reach out and now its passed so my daughter has just lived with it but would have been nice if it arrived in one full piece. I will say though that even with the crack it has protected her phone, and while using the case the crack has not gotten any worse.
Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
Even as I sit down to type these words I know I am wasting my time. The people who need to read this book will not read it, and even if they did, they would refuse to believe it. They are so blinded by their sycophantic adoration of Secretary Clinton that they cannot accept as real any fact which serves to contradict their assumption of her divinity. I do not understand this depth of willful ignorance. All my life I have been a truth seeker and a fact checker. I know exactly how screwed up my own internal landscape is, and I even know how it got that way. Therefore, when I form an opinion on the real world I force myself to go and seek alternatives, to verify every fact, and to always seek the greater context those facts live within. Context is everything.

“Crisis of Character” by Gary J. Byrne is an exceptional book. It is one man’s version of reality and it never pretends to be anything else. The constant search of the writer is in his seeking to define the moral context of everything he experiences. He does not expect perfection. He does expect accountability.

The “Introduction” opens with some background describing how and why he decided to write this book. In the first chapter he immediately jumps to a telling event that happened on a typical day of his tenure as a Secret Service Uniformed Division (SSUD) officer trusted with the last line of defense of the First Family and the White House itself. The chapter goes deeper into his background, chronicling how his father’s influence and his childhood travels formed his internalized value system. There are multiple anecdotes from his time as an enlisted member of the Air Force Security Police (AFSP). These stories are both personally revealing and very solid examples of the many diverse situations the AFSP finds itself in. This is a real-life account of one man’s service as an elite member of an elite fighting group.

Chapter 3 begins the main portion of the book. This is the story of his career with the SSUD which opens with his powerful memories of beginning his career protecting President G. H. W. Bush and the Bush family during the tenure of our 41st President. Life under the Clintons begins in Chapter 5 and carries on for about the next third of the book. One of the most interesting aspects of this story for me was how hard he worked to protect both the reputation of the Clintons and the security of the White House. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that during this period of time his attitude was much different than it is now. Events surrounding Monica Lewinsky, the ill-fated relief mission to Somalia, and the dramatic shift in priorities between the Bush administration and the Clinton administration challenged his assumptions about American life, American politics, and the values he learned from his father. It was only after he grew trapped between his own internalized moral code, the requirements of his job, and the complete lack of a moral code displayed by the Clintons that he finally sought to be transferred out of the White House. A good man driven to despair by the morally bankrupt couple chosen to lead the free world.

Chapter 14 begins his retelling of the fallout from the Ken Starr investigation into the activities of Bill and Hillary Clinton. This portion of the book struggles very hard to come to grips with how the Clintons managed to manipulate the media, the legal system, their inner cadre of loyalists, and the American people, into believing they were something other than criminals who failed in their responsibility to live up to the expectations of the American people. There is a great deal of information here about how the Clintons managed time and time again to avoid the consequences of their own corrupt and perverse behaviors. I found this portion of his story both genuinely heartbreaking and deeply infuriating. For the past three years my faith in our political process has been fighting to stay alive. Sadly, Gary Byrne’s retelling of the Clinton impeachment proceedings has destroyed any small spark of faith I had remaining in our system. Clearly we have become a failed state. All that is left is for the right crisis to push us into a brutal, bloody, implosive collapse.

Chapter 16 begins the next phase in his life. Now he is working as an instructor, teaching advanced tactical training to federal agents from multiple law enforcement agencies as well as state and county agencies who contract with James J. Rowley Training Center (JJRTC). There are a couple of small anecdotes about his life as both an instructor and an in-rotation SSUD officer who still must from time to time serve protection details. Then 9/11 happens and his world turns upside down once again. As the SSUD is reorganized from top to bottom and political will surpasses policing as their core structure, he moves into the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) hoping that here he will have the tools and opportunities to genuinely help people and make a real difference in the world. Unfortunately, just before he makes the jump, the FAMS also falls victim to post 9/11 reorganization and even here, politics surpasses mission as the core foundation for policy creation and implementation. Nonetheless, the greater salary and the occasional victory are enough to keep him going until he retires.

The book closes with one last dire warning about the consequences of putting the Clintons back into the White House. His firsthand experience with the Clintons multiple and massive failures both within federal administrations and under Hillary Clinton’s service as Senator and Secretary of State have given Gary J. Byrne a unique and deeply moving perspective on how political power functions in the United States of America. Honestly, there is a great deal to be learned by reading, “Crisis of Character”. There are lessons here that are relevant to Hillary Clinton’s unsuitability for the role of President, and there are lessons here for each of us individually in understanding the consequences that result from making decisions based on pure emotion, on poor comprehension of the situation we find ourselves in, and on trusting others to do our thinking for us.

A powerful book that needs to be read by everyone who supports Hillary Clinton, but won’t be, because none of them want to see beyond the false front she has convinced them is real. It’s not just that Hillary Clinton is a con artist and a criminal. The greater context of this book is the horrifying results that occur when we ourselves refuse to face the real world consequences of our own ignorance.
Harry Potter Girls Gryffindor Racerback Pajama Short Set
Harry Potter Girls Gryffindor Racerback Pajama Short Set
When I pulled these out of the packaging, I literally thought I had been scammed. The shorts were so small, they're closer to a 3 or 4. They're also made of a super thick fleece material, which makes no sense given they are SHORTS, and not meant to be warm pajamas. The shirt is made of super thin, crappy polyester and makes no sense to go with the fleecy shorts. Returning ASAP.

Save your money and time, and just move on.
Google Pixelbook (i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB)
Google Pixelbook (i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB)
Really nice hardware but numerous software issues make it hard to recommend at the moment. I think in a year or so Chrome OS is going to mature to a more capable desktop OS with Linux apps, Android apps, progressive web apps, and traditional web apps all coexisting, but for now it's hard to recommend unless you are sticking to just web apps.

Android apps are hard to use because of scaling issues, poor implementation of tablet sized layouts and pause states, and some pretty significant instability (even in Google's own apps). The scaling issues also extend to Chrome windows - layouts are less broken than in Android apps but if you aren't running at 2x (slightly too big) or 1x (way too small) you get some scaling artifacts that can be pretty distracting. Less screen bezel so you didn't need to scale down from 2x would be one fix for this. At the default scaling a lot of websites are designed for a display just a little wider than the Pixelbook screen.

Bluetooth is pretty buggy. It's like going back to the Bluetooth stack from Android 3 years ago, devices never connecting and disconnecting during use is common. Don' t get this if you rely on Bluetooth. This also affects the Smart Lock and tethering features, they are pretty unreliable. The only other way to login is your main Google account password, so if you use a generated password, it's pretty inconvenient to login if smart lock isn't working.

I gave the dev channel a try to see if it improved any of the Bluetooth issues and try out Linux apps. Bluetooth has the same issues in the latest builds. Linux apps work but many need GPU acceleration and this is still upcoming (this looks like it's actively being worked on).

Nice stuff about the hardware, the keyboard is great, it's a very well built machine, feels great to type on and use the trackpad. In tablet mode it's a bit awkward due to the weight and the keys on the back, but it is usable. If you want a laptop first and just occasional tablet use, I think it's pretty good. If you are looking for a tablet mainly, other devices will serve you better.

If you're reading this six months or a year from now, the software will likely have improved and then I'd really recommend it. But for now, it's very alpha/beta quality depending on your use case.
Mint Mobile Starter Kit | Verify Compatibility with Our Talk, Text & Data Plans (3-in-1 GSM SIM Card)
Mint Mobile Starter Kit | Verify Compatibility with Our Talk, Text & Data Plans (3-in-1 GSM SIM Card)
So far one star only, hope to be able to update this soon. When I went to activate it said I could not activate the sim card. I called customer service and spent some time talking to someone who would not listen to me and did not seem to understand anything. I finally asked to talk to someone else. They seemed much better and said the problem was because I purchased it from Amazon. She would have to escalate the problem and someone would call me back. 8 hours later no call back yet.

I really hope this service works good. I have seen some reasonable reviews. Unfortunately, no luck yet!

************** UPDATE ************

I was finally able to get the SIM to work in my phone. I am giving it 4 stars for the service NOT their customer support. I found their level 1 support very poor. When I escalated the problem and was passed on to level 2 it was much better. I had to manually set up the APN information.

The service itself works reasonably well especially when you consider the price. I had Verizon before and found that network gave my better LTE data in some fringe areas. I find the service acceptable and love the significant savings.

One other note, I am using the SIM card with the MOTO G5 Plus and am able to get Wifi calling to work. You have to go to Mint Sim online, not the app on your phone, to activate the service. It took a while for this to take effect but now works fine.
LinkBand Compatible with Xbox One/One X/One S Controller Charger, Dual Slot Charging Station with 2 Rechargeable Battery Pack
LinkBand Compatible with Xbox One/One X/One S Controller Charger, Dual Slot Charging Station with 2 Rechargeable Battery Pack
Short version- 3.5 stars, short battery life 2-3hours,works as intended,quick charge

I give it 3.5 stars cause yeah it works for what its intended ive been using them for a month now i like the extra unnecessary socket it has to charge with a cable on the battery itself butttt............the battery does charge quick but thats because it has a short battery life like when i game heavily it dies within 2-3 hours if i was sharing both batteries i wouldn't be able to play with a dead battery and the other occupied one,now in my perspective ive had other chargable batteries that last for wayy longer but i guess it serves its purpose also its was a bit cheaper price than others i saw, so 3 stars and short battery life,works as intended
Guirnalda de luces solares de alambre de cobre para exteriores, impermeable, luces de decoración de Navidad para patio, jardín, casa, vacaciones, fiesta, interior, boda, Moderno
Guirnalda de luces solares de alambre de cobre para exteriores, impermeable, luces de decoración de Navidad para patio, jardín, casa, vacaciones, fiesta, interior, boda, Moderno
Edited: Once the seller saw my initial review and heard that I was having issues, they immediately contacted me and offered a refund or another set of lights. I opted to try the lights again because I really did love the way they looked. I had the new set within a couple of days and they have been working great! I'm very thankful for the wonderful customer service they offered. I would order again simply knowing the fact that if a product did turn out to be faulty, they would make it right!

I bought these lights to wrap around a wooden star hanging on an outside wall (under an awning). I liked that the lights wrapped easily and the cord was long enough to easily move the solar panel into the sunlight. The solar panel was placed in an area that gets 10 hours of sun each day. The lights worked great at first, but after about a week, they wouldn’t turn on at all. I pulled the star down and put it in a spot where it would get full sun all day long. Still nothing... I’ve changed modes, turned them on and off several times but nothing has helped. Disappointing because they were so cute while they lasted.
Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A - Portátil de 13 pulgadas Core i5, 4 GB de RAM, 128 GB SSD (renovado)
Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A - Portátil de 13 pulgadas Core i5, 4 GB de RAM, 128 GB SSD (renovado)
Arrived with many distracting scratches or something in the middle of the display. Little black marks that won't come off. 90 day warranty says they won't accept returns for "cosmetics" so I figured we would just have to deal with it. I spent about 7 or 8 hours transferring all of my gf's nursing school stuff from the PC to the MacBook. Today, we discovered that we can't sign in to iCloud, iMessage or FaceTime (even with a valid Apple ID). After several hours of trying troubleshooting from the internet, we caved in and called Apple support.

After about a half hour on the phone with them, they found that whomever "refurbished" this macbook formatted the SSD incorrectly. I had to completely erase the SSD in order to reformat it to the correct format. I lost all of that time spent transferring yesterday.....but it gets worse. After having erased the drive, reformatting it and trying to "restore" it to an older OS so I could properly upgrade it, it bricked. I now have a $700 paperweight that I can't return.
BUG-A-SALT 3.0, Yellow
BUG-A-SALT 3.0, Yellow
It is a little pricey but no more than a nice dinner and unlike the dinner, you will enjoy it for a longer time. Makes killing flies a sport. I have shot them out of the air! Of coarse they like to navigate your windows and if you are good enough with a rolled up newspaper you will finally get him but now you have a smear on the window to clean up! Great for around the grill. The flies seem to communicate somehow because every time I decide to reduce the neighborhood fly population and head out back with my gun, they disappear! Even tried baiting them with a segment of a peanut butter sandwich and the little cowards were afraid to show their face!

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