Emmeline Turner

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Shivers VII
Shivers VII
Shivers VII by Clive Barker, Bill Pronzini, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Pro Power BI Desktop
Pro Power BI Desktop
Pro Power BI Desktop by Adam Aspin. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learn to Program (Facets of Ruby)
Learn to Program (Facets of Ruby)
Learn to Program (Facets of Ruby) by Chris Pine. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 109 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Rich by Habit: Learn the Success Habits of the Rich with Proven Ways to Change Bad Habits, Create Rich Habits, and Change Your Life (Habits of Successful People)
Rich by Habit: Learn the Success Habits of the Rich with Proven Ways to Change Bad Habits, Create Rich Habits, and Change Your Life (Habits of Successful People)
“Motivation is what get you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
This is an amazing book which could help people in many ways. Basing it from the title, the main aim of this book is to help us be as successful financially like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, but I know this book can help change one's life not only financially but also in a lot of different aspects. Rich by Habit discussed how we can change all the bad habits dragging us down and start making the good habits which will allow us to achieve whatever goals we set, losing weight could be one. I definitely have learned a lot from this book, not only did it gave me knowledge, but it also gave me motivation to let go of the bad habits, known and unknown (before I read this book and realized it was a habit dragging me down), and start changing my life now. Great and helpful book!
The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company (DIATEINO)
The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company (DIATEINO)
This is an incredible resource for how to get a startup up and running. I've been searching for a how-to guide for years and this was the first that gave a complete roadmap (and many, many, many checklists!). It is information heavy, much like a textbook. And it won't handhold you through certain sections, assuming you have an understanding of basic business practices, management, leadership, securing financing, marketing, etc. But it will show you when and how differently you may implement those tools within the startup timeline.

Unfortunately I have to knock it for half a star because of one nagging issue: the publishers did a bad job with the formatting in the book, and that could make it a difficult read -- or at least awkward -- despite the trove of information it contains. It's like someone who designed PowerPoint presentations for a living decided to layout a book that way. So there are a lot of bullets where there could be a different style of callout and the headers for sections aren't consistent. For instance, the author mentions a list of four elements he'll review in more detail. Then each element will have it's own titled paragraph/passage that isn't numbered. But then the next passage after all four has the same style also--wait, is that five elements? Let me go back and check... For an already info heavy book, it makes for awkward reading. Also, I'm not a fan of the switching to semi-bold, san-serif type when mentioning elements solely for digital, but with a black and white book, you can't do something like change the page color.

If v2 of this book was in color, with better and consistent formatting, sidebars for interesting facts, and different page colors to differentiate between, physical, digital, physical/digital, I'd give it SIX STARS!
Elon Musk: L'imprenditore che ha portato il futuro nel presente
Elon Musk: L'imprenditore che ha portato il futuro nel presente
Direi un ottimo libro per chi desidera avere una infarinatura generale sulla vita di Elon Musk, leggendo questo libro mi è venuta voglia di saperne di più, e comunque molto scorrevole e racconta a grandi linee la vita di un uomo che sta cambiando il nostro mondo.
Non e un libro approfondito, ma conoscitivo, che anche io ,che non amo leggere ho finito in un pomeriggio,perché la vita di quest'uomo e appassionante.
Ora sto iniziando a macinare la biografia scritta da Ashlee Vance, molto dettagliata ed appassionante, l'unica approvata da Elon Musk.
Comunque consiglio questo libro per chiunque volesse conoscere a grandi linee quest'uomo che ci porterà nel futuro.
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.
Collectible President Donald Trump Troll Doll - Hair to the Chief
Collectible President Donald Trump Troll Doll - Hair to the Chief
Cute Trump troll...but the hair is overly stiff. Now I know 45 uses a lot of "product" to keep his coif properly positioned, but I like my trolls to have soft, flowing hair...so after some seriously aggressive combing, I did get it more to my liking...now it sort of looks like it's blowing in the wind ;)
From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World
From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World
This informative book shares the roots and history of one of the largest companies in the world and the largest search engine. The type format is (mostly) large font, easy to read and kid friendly. The recommended age range of 10-12 years is perfect as I feel this is more appropriate for middle school than elementary or high school. The book outlines the rise of Google from idea to today and shares many insightful aspects including Google's IPO. I believe we should begin teaching kids more business and practical knowledge so they have a better understanding of how things actually work and how companies are formed rather than the basic economics classes that are usually taught, if taught at all. Even as an adult, I found the book very insightful and a quick easy read into the history of Google. It even has a few samples of the notorious Google interview questions, thankfully with answers.
Bob Marley King Size Cigarette Rolling Papers, 4 Packs
Bob Marley King Size Cigarette Rolling Papers, 4 Packs
Love these papers! They burn nice and even and have that extra length that smokin' like a Marley requires mon! You can get a rolling machine that matches the length of these papers to roll some perfect, tight spliffs! The price is the cherry on the sundae, for like 6 bucks you're rolling paper supply worries will be well taken care of!
Upper Deck Legendary Playmat: Thanos vs The Avengers, Multi
Upper Deck Legendary Playmat: Thanos vs The Avengers, Multi
Very big playmat, very nice upgrade from the base game board and even bigger than the Villains playmat. Has extra blank slots for future expansions or just for overall tracking like certain KO or overrun piles of a certain group for the scheme. We also use on slot for the New Recruits as they didn't label one for them. Overall well worth the investment. Plus love the theme of Thanos fighting the heroes, that's why I choose this one over the Dark Phoenix playmat, but to each their own.
Angry Video Game Nerd
Angry Video Game Nerd
As a big fan of AVGN who has missed out on the previously-released DVDs, I was glad I waited and was able to get this collection on Blu-Ray!

Let me just get some technical stuff out of the way right up front since it is important: While this is a Blu-Ray disc, the content is all in 480i Standard Definition. These are not HD, they're not even standard DVD quality (480p). They're also presented in "Full Screen" (4:3, black bars on the sides). It's not until the very final episode that the video format was switched to widescreen (16:9) and 720p.
The discs are region free according to the boxart. There are individual chapters for each episode and a play all option. There are no subtitles on the disc.
The reason these are on a Blu-Ray disc is that they can hold so much space. Disc 1 has 19 hours of episodes on it! Also keep in mind these were filmed for the web years ago in standard definition, so there is no HD version of a lot of this content.
The set comes on 2 pressed Blu-Ray discs (not BD-R's)

The Blu-Ray itself boots up instantly to the menu.
No waiting through company logos, just right to the menu screen. Awesome.
Options on the main menu are Play-All, Episode Select (8 per screen -- I wish they would have upped this number as you need to scroll through pages and pages to get to the later episodes) and Commentaries.

As of this review, there are 137 episodes of AVGN -- this Blu-Ray contains the first 100. I believe this is the first 6 or so previously-released DVDs combined onto a blu-ray set. There are a few more recent volumes out there and I hope they later get combined into a 2nd Blu-Ray set since the quality is higher. Maybe a new set containing episodes 101-150? I'd love to see it.

CONTENT: If you're looking at this set, you know who the Angry VideoGame Nerd is. This is the same content online, just packed onto a Blu-Ray set and loaded with extras.

CHANGES: Some content has been removed (for legal purposes?) -- games that previously had movie footage (such as AVGN #6: Back to the Future) have the movie footage removed. It's pretty seamless, but the review is more entertaining/flows better with the footage in-place.

VIDEO: As mentioned, episodes 1-99 are in 480i, episode 100 is in 720p. These are typically lower-budget DVD quality, but that's exactly how these were filmed. The video quality (especially on the early episodes) are higher-quality than the same videos on youtube. Game footage if where you notice issues the most -- these appear to be recorded on VHS, transferred to a computer for editing and then produced for the web. I won't mark the set down for these issues as that's how they're filmed and it's the best they've looked. Just don't go in expecting a Blu-Ray looking set.
Some of the extras are also in 720p (disc 2) but the quality seems to be high-compressed for online rather than a disc, so the quality still isn't too great.

Extras:
Disc 1 contains 5 commentaries:
AVGN #24 (Spider-Man), #31 (Bugs Bunnys Birthday Blowout), #87 (Ninja Gaiden), #92 (Game-Glitches) and #100 (R.O.B. the Robot)

Disc 2 is loaded with special features. I've heard there are 7 hours worth and I believe that. The "Special Features" option has 6 pages of extras
Some of these are a little weird like the "Piece of Meat" britney spears music video cover with AVGN cameos ;)
Unfortunately there is no Play-All option on the extras. You can only view 1 extra at a time before it takes you back to the main menu and you need to navigate through the 6 pages of extras to find where you left off.
Hey James! You know what's BS? When a Blu-Ray disc is loaded with a hundred extras and you have to go through the list after each one to find the next one!

Also on disc 2 are a set of outtakes (19 of them, WITH a play-all option) - these run about an hour and 20 minutes total.

OVERALL: If you own the earlier DVD sets, you don't really need this unless you want all of the content on 1 disc. As far as I can tell, this content is all from the first 6 DVDs with no new extras added. Quality is also the same (except for a couple of the 720p pieces). The big benefit here is to get this set as a collection. 1 disc, 19 hours of AVGN.. and then another disc full of extras. Hard to go wrong with that. For that, I give it 5 stars.
The quality is iffy but it's also the best these have ever looked, so I can't blame them for that. It makes sense to load up a Blu-Ray (50GB) with content when a DVD is so limited (4.5 to 9GB).

As a big fan of the series who missed the earlier DVD Releases, I'm glad to have this. I wish they would've gone past episode 100 with this (since those are out on home-video) but I won't fault them for it. 100 episodes is a nice round number.
Antec Affordable Builder-Friendly Mid-Tower Case with 2 X USB 3.0 Ports & Audio in/Out Jacks Black - VSK3000E-U3
Antec Affordable Builder-Friendly Mid-Tower Case with 2 X USB 3.0 Ports & Audio in/Out Jacks Black - VSK3000E-U3
I really wanted to like this case, but I'm quite disappointed. For the price, it is a decent looking case with a more traditional layout (power supply at the top, not overly large). I was not expecting anything high quality at this price point, but it is very flimsy. The side panels and interior are made from very thin metal and it has a lot more flex than I'd like to see. It is nothing like Antec's NSK series, or other more expensive models.

I bought three of these cases, and one arrived with slightly warped drive bay covers - they bulge out a bit. I could look past that, but then the power LED just stopped working on one of the cases as well. I checked the motherboard header, and it was fine - the LED simply burnt out somehow. I opened a case with Antec support to see if I could get a replacement part for the case under warranty. It has been almost two weeks since I opened the case and I have yet to get any response at all. It seems Antec's support has really taken a dive. Many years ago I had a power supply replaced under warranty and I got great support. Really disappointing.

Pros:
- Traditional layout with PSU at the top, which is harder to find these days.
- Inexpensive
- Nice and simple appearance
- Full-ATX size, but still compact dimensions.
- Can accommodate long GPUs with a removable portion of the 3.5" drive bays.

Cons:
- Very flimsy. Made from thin metal.
- Motherboard tray flexes too much when installing components.
- PCI slot covers are the break-away type. If you remove one, you can't put it back in. Only one is the usual screw down type.
- Poor instruction manual (paper and online)
- It is supposed to support a 2.5" drive, but no idea how that is possible without an adapter.
- Quality control problems (bad LED in one case, warped drive bay covers)
- My experience with Antec support has been terrible. No response after two weeks of opening a case.

To be honest, I regret my purchase. There are much better quality, more feature rich cases out there from other manufacturers for only a small amount more than this one costs. Unless there is something specific about the VSK4000E's traditional layout that you need, I would look elsewhere. Based on my poor support experience, this is probably the last Antec product I'll be buying, unfortunately.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Four-Disc Special Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Four-Disc Special Extended Edition)
I have loved both books and movies since I was a small boy. I loved the written word and I loved losing myself in a movie. As I got older, it grew harder and harder to enjoy either, but this movie (and the other two) brought that joy back. What amazed me is how Jackson and Friends (Fran and Phillipa were not given enough credit... if you listen to the commentary, you will find that these two women were instrumental in keeping the movies faithful to the book. Their insight was extraordinary.) mated the two media together in a way that should have satisfied all but the most ardent Tolkien fans. the ones who think it a sin not to incorporate every word into the movies, thereby making them unwatchable. I think that the ghost of Tolkien had to be looking over their shoulders and whispering. What is amazing to me is how many ways it could have failed. The casting was perfect. The cinematography was impeccable. The script, the score, the costumes, the FX, the editing, etc. I cannot praise this movie enough since I think it will be a long time before we see anything like it again. Cate Blanchett's voice opening on the black screen with that beautiful, soulful violin piece can send shivers down my spine. Showing Isildur's fall was more than I could have hoped to see at the beginning (extended cut helps this tremendously). This is a movie that was helped a lot by the extended and added scenes. Many times you may look at the additional scenes from a movie only to find that the editor did the right thing by cutting them out. With FOTR extended, you get a fuller, richer unfolding of a timeless classic. And in the few areas where some things were changed, they worked for me. Giving Arwen's character a more active role as well as replacing Glorfindel's throw away lines was to my mind a stroke of genius. Nearly all of her story is taken from the appendices and so is therefore pretty accurate. And casting Liv Tyler was awesome. She looked like an elf! Another thing that could have ruined the movie was incorporating the languages. But Elvish is beautiful and it was incredible to listen to it spoken. Anyway, if you are not a fan, then my words cannot sway you. If you just watched the movies once and were thinking of them again, I hoped I inspired you to take another, closer look at them.
La stratégie Bancroft (Grand Format) (French Edition)
La stratégie Bancroft (Grand Format) (French Edition)
La plupart des commentaires évoquent :un excellent divertissement aux péripéties invraisemblables,l'action privilégiée par rapport à la psychologie,un reliquat désuet des années 80 ( le livre a été publié en 2006) ...Tout cela aurait pu me convaincre...de ne pas l'acheter.Ayant passé outre j'ai été étonnée ! J'ai découvert un livre supérieurement intelligent,au style étincelant ,doté d'un véritable message philosophique...pour la bonne bouche,des portraits psychologiques pétillants et profonds ajoutent au plaisir de l'esprit.Je ne ne sais qui a vraiment écrit ce livre (qualifié de "posthume") je découvre un changement de qualité(en mieux) par rapport à ceux publiés du vivant de Ludlum mais je puis seulement assurer à l'auteur toute mon admiration.C'est peu ,je voudrais la faire partager.Un écrivain chargé de rédiger un banal thriller a écrit un chef d'oeuvre.Autre titre du même "auteur" et de la même veine : La trahison Tristan.Bonne lecture et je vous envie de les découvrir !
Pluto - Tome 7 (Big Kana) (French Edition)
Pluto - Tome 7 (Big Kana) (French Edition)
Alors qu'on se rapproche de la conclusion de cet étrange projet qu'est "Pluto", avec sa combinaison impossible de complexité thématique (politique, émotionnelle, voire spirituelle) et de fantaisie guerrière (un mariage clairement contre-nature, et n'en est que plus passionnant), on voit logiquement le scénario d'Arasawa se mettre a converger peu à peu vers la science-fiction enfantine de Tezuka : ce tome 7, à la narration parfois épineuse dans son traitement des flashbacks et des souvenirs, nous offre l'habituel mélange de sentimentalisme exacerbé (les enfants, comme toujours, bien sûr...), de thriller horrifique et de scènes de destruction massive, un mélange toujours magnifié par la beauté des idées graphiques d'Arasawa qui viennent se substituer au trait rond et parfait de Tezuka pour conter, au final, peu ou prou la même histoire. Une histoire d'innocence perdue du fait de la brutalité du monde (ambition individuelle, corruption du pouvoir politique, folie exterminatrice... On connaît la chanson), une histoire éternelle d'affrontement entre l'intelligence abstraite et la pureté du coeur. Des clichés - new age, pacifistes, écolos -, certes, mais revisités avec quelle imagination et quelle puissance !
Naruto, Vol. 18: Tsunade's Choice
Naruto, Vol. 18: Tsunade's Choice
Volume 18 begins the Search For Tsunade story arc who is the proposed Fifth Hokage of Konohagakure, or head ninja of the Village Hidden in Leaves. There isn't much to say about it other than it's a great continuation of the series and won't disappoint. What I would like to correct is some things said by the other reviewer, Erin J. Morgart. He is completely wrong about the kunoichi or female ninjas. Every girl character seems to be smarter than their boy counterparts with the exception to Shikamaru, who has an IQ of 200. And yes, some of the females use their intelligence towards medical training, which I would like to ask, how is that a bad thing? Last time I checked a doctor is one of the most respectable professions a person could have. On top of that Kurenai is a genjutsu master and Temari could easily take on most of the guy characters. Sure they have flaws. Like Sakura and Ino's obsession over a boy in the story, but the males have flaws too. Such as Sauske's drive for power and revenge. It's very even on both sides. No charcter is 100% good or 100% bad. Just wanted to point that out.
Abdahn Effendi: Reiseerzählungen und Texte aus dem Spätwerk, Band 81 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Abdahn Effendi: Reiseerzählungen und Texte aus dem Spätwerk, Band 81 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Karl May wollte immer als Dichter, nicht als Schriftsteller anerkannt sein. Im Alter bezeichnete er seine bisher geschriebenen Romane und Reiseerzählungen nur als "Skizzen und Vorübungen" für sein eigentliches Werk.
Abdahn Effendi, Band 81.der gesammelten Werke gibt Einblicke in sein spätes Schaffen. Seine Erzählungen und verschiedenen Texte sind hier geprägt von tiefer Symbolik, ganz anders als seine frühen Werke. Das kann man nicht oberflächlich lesen, das ist Lektüre für den echten Karl May Freund. Das ist für jeden Interessierten und jeden Sammler besonders lesenwert.
Case Closed, Vol. 28
Case Closed, Vol. 28
My twelve year olds LOVE this series! Someone dies or a mystery needs to be solved but it's not too gory or scary. Just the right amount to keep them hooked! We started reading them at the library but couldn't get the latest novel. Amazon to the rescue! It's also a TV series but we always read the books first.
Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever
Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever
This is a wonderful book. At the age of 8yrs old, it was my favorite book and still is. It has always brought back wonderful memories of my mother giving me this book. Sadly i misplaced it and never saw it again. Many years later while shopping I came across the book and bought it for my daughter hoping she would enjoy it as much as I did.... she did, she loved it too and took it to school to share it but somehow it never made it back home...last week, I remembered that wonderful book and searched for it on Amazon....i was so excited when I found it. I ordered it for my 8yr old grandson for Christmas and I know he will love it as much as we have....i am 52 now, my daughter is 29 and my grandson is 8... this is definitely the best book ever.
Der Todesflieger: Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 1) (German Edition)
Der Todesflieger: Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 1) (German Edition)
Als totaler CC Fan, der nahezu alles, was es von ihm gibt, gelesen hat, ist dieses Buch inhaltlich, von der Machart, vom Stil von allem wie in vielen Rezensionen beschrieben einfachste, unlogische Groschenromanlektüre - fast schon zum Schütteln. ABER: Es erinnert an die ersten James Bond Bücher - in den 50/60(70er) Jahren war politische Romane, gerade aus GB/USA einfach noch Macho-Einfach-Dämlich. Also ganz einfach: Für CC Fans, die alles von ihm lesen wollen ein historisch interessantes Buch (wenn auch schlecht), für alle "Normalos": Lasst es, es gibt tausende bessere Bücher!!!
O buraco da agulha (Portuguese Edition)
O buraco da agulha (Portuguese Edition)
Conheci este livro de Ken Follett apenas em 2018, quando a editora Arqueiro publicou a edição comemorativa de 40 anos da obra, e a história me surpreendeu, pela sua dinâmica, reviravoltas e cenas de ação que produzem um verdadeiro filme em nossa imaginação.
Quando o livro foi lançado originalmente em 1978 foi muito bem recebida pela crítica e alavancou a carreira de Ken Follett para o mercado mundial.

O Buraco da Agulha, do original Eye of the Needle, mostra o trabalho de um espião alemão Henry Faber, pessoa de altíssima confiança de Adolf Hitler.
O ano é 1944, e os aliados estão preparados para libertar os territórios ocupados pela Alemanha, desembarcando na Normandia, na histórica data conhecida como o DIA D. Para que os planos dos aliados funcionem seria preciso enganar Hitler, fazendo-o acreditar que o ataque ocorreria em outro lugar, para isso construíram tanques, aviões e um exército de papelão falsos, mas que seriam extremamente convincentes quando os pilotos alemães os fotografassem.
O espião alemão Faber descobre esta farsa, uma informação que pode alterar os rumos da Segunda Guerra Mundial. O espião precisa sair da Inglaterra e voltar para a Alemanha, levando consigo as informações, documentos e provas essenciais para que Hitler descubra a mentira e possa reorganizar suas defesas.
Em meio a disfarces e assassinatos Faber inicia sua jornada, só que ele está sendo perseguido pelo serviço secreto britânico. Uma das características de Faber e que dá nome ao livro, é o punhal que usa, que é bem parecido com a ponta de uma agulha, quando perfura uma vítima. Quando rouba uma embarcação para tentar concretizar sua fuga ele acaba parando em uma ilha isolada na costa escocesa, onde conhece uma mulher, que brilharia na história e modificaria a história da espionagem nos livros para sempre. Lucy é uma mulher casada com um homem amargurado, depois do acidente que o fez perder as pernas. Ela é submissa e infeliz com o casamento e com o isolamento provocado pela ilha. A chegada de Faber é o ponto de ignição para uma série de reviravoltas, romances, tudo com muita ação, mostrando a transformação da mulher vulnerável em uma verdadeira guerreira a altura do poderoso Faber.

Follett é um mestre na arte narrativa, ele consegue ser técnico e popular, construindo personagens humanos e interessantes, com detalhes inesquecíveis, ao mesmo tempo que emenda técnicas de espionagem reais usadas por agentes secretos e espiões de forma verossivel. A variedade de personagens que ele usa na trama é extenso, até lembra Stephen King. A obra brilha pois não tomar lados no conflito apenas nas pessoas.

A obra comemorativa de 40 anos está disponível nas livrarias e lojas virtuais. No papel ela tem 336 páginas, mas que parece menos, tal a rapidez que tenho certeza que as pessoas vão ler, para descobrir o final.

Nota do jornalista: 10
The Guilty (Will Robie Book 4)
The Guilty (Will Robie Book 4)
The Guilty is another tremendous entry in the best-selling thrillermaster’s increasingly impressive resume and the fourth instalment in the David Baldacci's Will Robie and with the added great character Reel.

Robie, a black ops CIA sniper, accidentally shoots a child while assassinating a corrupt foreign leader overseas. When he freezes on his next op, unable to pull the trigger, Robie’s handler pulls him out of the field and gives him an opportunity to get his head right. Meanwhile, Robie’s father has been arrested for murder in the small Gulf Coast town of Cantrell, Mississippi, a place Will left immediately after high school and never looked back.

Now forced to confront his painful past – much of which stems from his strained relationship with his father – Robie's returns to Cantrell in an effort to resolve the wounds of his past and get his professional mojo back. But the Cantrell he returns to is vastly different than the one he’d left. His father, once a second-rate lawyer, is now the county judge and living in a massive mansion with his new wife and child, a shift that drew the elder Robie more than his share of enemies in the town. The man he is accused of killing, a shifty lowlife character named Sherman Clancy, saw his once-dismal financial fortunes skyrocket and then plummet back to earth for mysterious reasons in the years between Will’s departure and Clancy’s murder. A new preacher has also arrived in town, with his three rebellious and savvy daughters seemingly neck-deep in the mystery that entangles Robie’s father.

While most of the characters are well-balanced, the relationship that truly stand out among the most noteworthy is the rapport between Robie and Reel, with the professional and personal trust and respect that the two share for one another – having risked it all for each other several times before – feeling believable and compelling, not to mention being the source of a fair amount of witty banter/humour. The tense dynamic between Robie and his father is palpable as well, and their shifting relationship – and how they both deal with the wounds of the past – To me the highlights being the relationship between Robie and his father very touching moments.

The mystery itself is a massive adventure and journey full of dead ends and surprising turns, with new reveals doled out at regular intervals as the story builds to its shocking conclusion, a spectacular double-twist climax that will leave even the most jaded thriller readers impressed. A thoroughly satisfying thriller but for Baldacci also a strong mystery that I have not quite read from this author, this adds to Robie and how his characters unfolds in this book.

A clear four star for me... A match against his John Puller books, just love both characters.
Die Wächter: Camel Club 1
Die Wächter: Camel Club 1
Mein erstes Buch von Baldacci. Ich habe lange zwischen 3 und vier Sternen geschwankt, mich aber für Ersteres entschieden, da ich mich zu mehr nicht hab hinreißen lassen.

Grob geht es um den Camel Club, bestehend aus vier Mitgliedern: Oliver, Milton, Reuben und Caleb. Alle vier treffen sich wöchentlich, um über aktuelle Vorkommnisse auf Regierungsebene zu diskutieren. Bei einem dieser Treffen werden sie Zeuge des Mordes an einen Mitarbeiter des NIC. Dabei werden sie selbst entdeckt, und da sie befürchten, dass sie von nun an auf der Abschussliste stehen, hängen sie sich selbst an die Auflösung des Falls. Nebenbei gerät auch Alex Ford, Secret-Service-Agent, mitten ins Geschehen, als er an dem Fall ermitteln soll.
Alle Ereignisse die geschehen, von dem Mord bis hin zu kleineren Vorbereitungen in einer kleinen Stadt namens Brennan, zielen auf einen Plan hinaus, der die Welt verändern soll und direkt mit dem Präsidenten zusammenhängt. Am Ende hängt das Schicksal der ganzen Welt vom Erfolg vom Camel Club und Alex Ford ab.

David Baldacci versteht es zu schreiben und weiß es die verschiedenen Handelsstränge sinnvoll miteinander zu verweben. Dies ist schon eine Kunst, da er zwischen vielen Handlungen hin und her springt. Auch sind die Charaktere gut beschrieben und einige schließt man schnell ins Herz.
Doch anders als bei anderen Romanen dieses Formats, hat es über 300 Seiten gedauert, bis ich das Gefühl hatte 'ich muss unbedingt weiterlesen!!'. Und dieses Gefühl hat auch nicht lange gedauert. Den Showdown, obwohl ein ungleicher Kampf zwischen mehreren Einheiten, fand ich ziemlich langweilig und hat nicht zum Lesegenuss beigetragen.
Auch habe ich nicht so ganz den eigentlichen Plan von Hemingway verstanden oder den Einsatz der Nordkoreaner (vielleicht sind Letztere ja Teil des nächsten Romans, ich weiß es nicht). Auch, dass Carter Gray so plötzlich sein Vorhaben in der Mördergrube änderte, konnte ich nicht so ganz nachvollziehen.
Der Konflikt zwischen dem Nahen Osten und den USA wird dagegen hervorragend ausgearbeitet. Das hat mir sehr gefallen.

Alles in allem in erster Linie etwas, der auf Verschwörungstheorien steht.
Poder Absoluto (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Poder Absoluto (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Gostei da história. Muito bem construída e nos remete a pensar sobre tramas políticas, sobre marilyn monroe etc. A história vai ganhando corpo e vc é capaz de sentir a tensão dos próprios personagens.
Envolvente e bem escrito, vc não consegue largar o livro.
Recomendo a quem entende ou não entende de perícia e investigação policial, mas gosta de suspense e ação. Recomendado também para aqueles leitores de ação. Este livro daria um ótimo filme.
Nota máxima só por imaginar isso no cinema. Vale um filme !
Serenity (2019)
Serenity (2019)
SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT

Okay, now that you have been warned, I will explain to you the plot. It's so sad that so few people seem to be able to follow a complicated plot these days-- the old crime thrillers thrived on the audience being able to follow something that is not spelled out for them, but that skill is lost these days. Even after this movie completely spelled out what is going on.

This is what happens in the plot of the movie, in time order:

A young man, John, is happily married with a kid son. Then he goes off to war in Iraq and is killed. His wife remarries a local construction kingpin, who becomes abusive to both the woman and her son. Her son is brilliant and hides away in his room every day programming his computer. He eventually creates a computer game about fishing (in remembrance of a great memory of fishing with his father) and populates the game with artificial intelligences (AI). The program is so good that these AIs become self-aware and think they are real people living in a real world (like the Matrix, or the Truman Show, or The Sixth Sense, the main character doesn't know what the real deal is until the end).

Eventually this kid becomes so disturbed at the violence of his father that he changes the game and inserts AI versions of his mom and his stepdad into the program, and then has the mom try to bribe the real dad (the AI dad in the program) to kill the AI stepdad. The greatly disturbed the operating system of the game, which is also self aware (represented in the program by a dorky guy with a briefcase). It tries to contact the AI version of the dad and convince him not to kill the stepdad, and instead to return to the original mission of catching a fish, and also tries to put road blocks in his way. The AI dad (the main character) forces out of the operating system AI the truth that they are all AI consciousnesses, not in the real world. Although he struggles to accept this, he decides to go ahead and perform the new mission of the son, to kill the stepdad, since the son is his creator. He eventually convinces the operating system to embrace this cause too, since after all they are all just doing the will of their creator.

So they succeed at killing the AI stepdad, and this inspires the kid to go kill his stepdad in the real world. In the end, the kid is in jail but has access to his computer, and he designs an AI version of himself and inserts it into the game, and the movie closes with him embracing his (dead, but now AI) dad. Perhaps they will live happily, or only until someone switches off the computer.

So many fascinating philosophical issues involved. If you realize you are an AI, and the creator is not a good and just creator but a messed up kid, are you duty bound to do the will of your creator? Or is there a higher law that binds you to do the right thing, even above the kid-creator? One of the AIs in the game, the second mate of the ship, argues that they must be faithful to a higher moral call-- but argues this on the basis that there is a creator. But he doesn't know the creator of their world is a messed up kid, not omnipotent. Could it be that he knows somehow in his heart that there is an even higher creator than the kid, a true Creator of the world that contains the kid? After all, the kid lives in the real world and knows about religion. Another question: does the AI dad have free will? Is he responsible for the kid in the real world committing murder? Or did the kid program him to do his will, without a choice? The movie seems to indicate that the kid was waiting to see what his AI-dad would do before making his own decision.

Some reviewers have complained that the opening of the movie is cartoonish--the AI dad is clearly cartoonishly copying the plot of Moby Dick; the AI mom is a caricature of a film noir vamp. But that is because they are the cartoonish creations of a 12-year-old! That's the point-- the whole "world" is a Matrix-like world, the creation of a smart but emotionally crippled child. The really interesting thing to ponder is what if you realized one day you were in that Matrix world.

This type of "what is real?" movie and "would I know the world was a mirage?" has become a genre, including the Matrix, the Sixth Sense, and the Truman Show. One could also put the old movies Gaslight and Walter Mitty (not the recent version) in this category. Serenity, the Matrix, and the Truman Show all ask the question, what if the creator isn't good? In the Matrix and the Truman Show, the main character fights against the creator (who, after all, is not the total Creator but only a sub-creator of a limited world), while in this movie the main character acquiesces to the will of the (deranged) creator of his world. There is an odd meta-nesting: he recognizes that he isn't real, but realizes that there was a real dad who loved his kid before he died, and he takes pity on the kid, trying to parent him by becoming what that real dad could have been-- even though the kid is his creator.

So fascinating. Too bad that so many people couldn't follow it. It will be discussed in philosophy classes for years to come.
Mr. Nervous (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Nervous (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
"Oh, heavens! The house is falling down! Oh, disaster! It's an earthquake! Oh, calamity! It's the end of the world!" What on earth has happened at Mr. Nervous' house? A leaf has fallen down and gently brushed against the window! When a worm wishes him a good morning, Mr. Nervous is convinced he is going to be eaten and jumps up into a tree! Yes, Mr. Nervous absolutely lives up to his name!

Is there any hope for him? Yes! A kind man gives Mr. Nervous some very simple but great advice which when put into practice changes Mr. Nervous' life!
Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses Color Changing Umbrella
Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses Color Changing Umbrella
My son (age 9) is a big Harry Potter fan and when his last HP umbrella broke, I got him this one. He *loves* the fact that it changes color (he wants to bring it out at the slightest raindrops and has "tested" it under the faucet to see the color change). It functions fine as an actual umbrella- keeps the rain off. The opening mechanism is manual, not a push button, but my kid figured out how to open and close it quickly, so it's obviously easy enough for a 9 year old to operate.
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book
I think this is pretty neat, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I paid seven dollars for this (new, hardcover, including shipping) through a third party seller. Had I paid Amazon's price of 25 dollars (never mind the retail of 35), I would have been rather disappointed. I gave this book four stars based on a price around 10 dollars or so. Any more than that, and I would have left three.

Things I like:
- The artwork was nicer than I expected, given the cheesey cover. The characters within look much less cartoonish than you would expect, and I quite liked that.
- It comes with a ministry envelope with three small posters (Undesirable Number One, a death eater warning, and a picture of the cover art) and a mini pop-up howler.
- The information talked about is interesting and not too well known, except to people that have watched most/all of the behind the scenes footage and documentaries.
- Several of the scenes (Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest) are really engaging.

Things I don't like:
- There are only five scenes with pop-ups. (The first is Dumbledore's office, but all it has is the ministry envelope and the howler.)
- The scene for the Triwizard challenge and the graveyard scene are rather plain and unexciting. The dragon in the Triwizard scene looks... strange. The positioning is weird.
- The art is good, but the pop-up quality is only so-so. The castle especially sticks and doesn't open up right. I have to fiddle with it, and even then it still seems a little off.
- The numbers for the legend are really hard to see. I understand that they didn't want them to stand out and be distracting, but I genuinely couldn't even find some of them.

All in all, it was nice to look at, but it's a quick read. I have seen a few other adult (ish) pop-ups that retailed around the same price, and I expected it to be like those, so perhaps that's why I was a little let down. I imagine a young child would destroy this rather quickly, so I don't know that this would be a good gift for really young fans. I would highly recommend checking out the prices of third party sellers through Amazon, to get a more reasonable price. I'll probably prop this open next to my other HP things, probably on the Hogwarts or forest scene.
Beauty and The Beast [Blu-ray 3D + 2D] [Region Free]
Beauty and The Beast [Blu-ray 3D + 2D] [Region Free]
Not Really Spoilers But I Do Mention A Few Scenes From The Movie:

Beauty and the Beast is by far one of my favorite stories. I have watched as many movies as I can find depending on their availability. I have seen the majority even ones that are more adaptations of the story than the actual original. I was very excited to hear that a live adaptation of this movie was being made especially since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney animated movies. I read many negative reviews and I can understand why the movie has so many mixed reviews.

First I want to say that Emma Watson as Belle was by far the WORST choice. She doesn't capture the essence of Belle at all. Throughout the movie she has this dead pan look on her face or her nose is kind of scrunched up as if she is constantly smelling something foul. I'm not a Watson fan but that's not whats prompting me to say this. Even if I were a fan I would still HATE her as Belle. She can't sing period! Auto Tune helped but who wants to hear that in every song?I read that Emma had a lot of suggestions and changes as well as additions to the Belle character. For instance it was her idea to make Belle an inventor. Thus the scene with the horse and barrel laundry. Which to me was a waste of time. She also wanted the costume designers to alter the yellow ball gown dress to make it less extravagant. The end result being a dress that looked like it was purchased at a costume shop for Halloween.

Belle is supposed to be a kind and gentle person but also brave and courageous. Strong willed and intelligent. With radiant beauty inside and out. Emma just doesn't capture that. I can go on and on about how much I hated her as Belle but I will let you see it for yourself. The CGI didn't bother me as much as it did others. Perhaps Beast could have been done with prosthetics instead of full on CGI. There are many great artists that have talent for this kind of thing. Think of the show Face Off. I'm sure someone could have done a superb job on Beast. The enchanted items had to be CGI to really pull it off and I honestly didn't mind that. They did add a few new elements such as back stories for Belle's mother and Beast's parents. Again these were not necessary but at the same time I didn't mind. But all of these extras in story line took up time that should have been used to show Belle and Beast bonding more. That's what draws us into this story. The way that both characters start off on the wrong foot but eventually begin to form a bond. That is what shows us how the love is built between the two.

Now on to The Enchantress. In the original we know that she came to the castle disguised as an ugly old hag and asked the Prince if he would let her seek shelter in the castle until the storm cleared. His answer was no due to his arrogant and shallow ways in thinking beauty and vanity were most important. We all know what happens next so I'm not going to go into detail. Now I disagree with how they did this in the live action movie. Here we have this lavish party going on and out of nowhere this woman just barges into the castle. No knocking, just casually walks on in. How was the Prince supposed to act? It shows disrespect in a way especially with him being a Prince and that being his castle. In her entering the castle in that manner it takes away the empathy we are supposed to feel for her after the Prince rejects her. Of course that had to have ticked him off. So naturally he acted like a jerk when she asked him for shelter. We are supposed to see his rejection of her due primarily to her appearance. I saw a review on YouTube that mentioned this as well.

If your on the fence about watching this movie I would say go into it with an open mind. But don't expect the same enchanting visuals as the animated classic or you might be disappointed. Bottom line is Emma Watson was given too much free range to tweak the character of Belle and compromised the story. Which still baffles me that she was given so much input yet she plain out sucks in this movie. So many other actresses could have done better. Even non A list celebrities. There are many hidden gems that give some truly captivating performances in short films, independent movies and such. I have seen this with my own eyes. It's truly a shame since these people have a gift for acting and just haven't caught a break in the mainstream yet. I guess they thought that putting a well known actress would be more appealing to us. That was a major mistake that backfired big time.
ONEVER Retro Wax Seal Stamps Kit Harry Potter | Hogwarts Magic School Badge | Wax Stick Spoon | Colloction Gift Box Set
ONEVER Retro Wax Seal Stamps Kit Harry Potter | Hogwarts Magic School Badge | Wax Stick Spoon | Colloction Gift Box Set
The box is cardboard and cheap however the actual tools are of very good quality and the hogwarts crest shows up very well in the wax seal, very impressed with this product as harry potter related items are usually quite expensive.

The product comes with three sticks of wax, gold, red and silver which are a good length and will make many wax seals each, you can also buy them separately after the initial three run out. You get two tea lights, the spoon, and the seal which is quite heavy, the seal it prints reads hogwarts at the top, the mascots of each house have no details and are simply outlines, the one part missing which brings the product down to four stars is "Draco dormiens nunqum titillandus" is missing from the bottom banner which is present but just plain, from a distance the seal looks good and you can tell it is the hogwarts crest, however, at closer inspection the lack of detail is really noticeable.

However the price is very good and definitely worth it for any harry potter fan, for sealing letters or simply as a mini activity. The set comes with plenty, just a shame the stamp was not more detailed.
Whisky Galore! [Blu-ray]
Whisky Galore! [Blu-ray]
"Whisky Galore" is Gaelic for "All the water in the world." What happens when men can get "Just nothing but water" - and have a chance at a whole shipload of booze. Funny, beautifully-filmed, on the island of Barra in Scotland. My husband's father's folks are from there, and I hear bits of their speech in his. Actual Barra people fill up the dance scene, and the author of the original book is the captain who runs his ship ashore. Great acting, hilarious plot, wonderful dialog and situations. Hitchcock's favorite actor, Wylie Watson plays the head of the sneaky townspeople in their battle to hide their illegal salvage from the revenue men. You'll watch it over and over again. It hits a new high when even the narrator gets drunk.The happy men making mouth-music demonstrates a traditional form of singing on Barra (BTW, Saint Barr is the patron saint of Barra's cockle-shell grit industry. Just in case you wanted to know).
Magical Mazes
Magical Mazes
My son discovered these maze books in school and I bought him this one for a trip cross-country. He was engrossed for hours and does the mazes with his finger so he can do them again and again. My son is in 1st grade but became fascinated with these maze books in Kindergarden. Great use of their minds, creativity and problem solving. Would recommend!
HERMIONE GRANGER IN HOGWARTS ROBES
HERMIONE GRANGER IN HOGWARTS ROBES
While I don't think it's a bad figure by any means, and it does resemble Emma Watson somewhat, it just doesn't wow me quite as much as the Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter figure does. She's a little too chubby cheeked for the Goblet of Fire age she is supposed to represent. Her hands are a little large. I think they use the same hands for all of the student figures. It's better than the tiny fashion doll hands but still a bit too masculine for these particular female characters. I'm sure this is done as a cost cutting measure.

On the whole though, as all the figures in this series are, the quality and workmanship are excellent. Okay if you read my other reviews, you know I hate the toothpick wands and the stick on house emblems. I think they cheapen an otherwise quality product.

Still even the most basic collection of these figures must include the main three characters.
The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities that Transform Schools
The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities that Transform Schools
Elena Aguilar's first book, the Art of Coaching, fundamentally changed the way I engage with individuals in my life. Though I read it as a novice coach, it is not an exaggeration to say that it had ripple effects in even my most intimate and long-lasting relationships. True to form, her second book, the Art of Coaching teams, is making a noticeable impact on how I interact in teams, both those I lead and those I am a part of. What I have come to love and deeply value from both Elena's books and her workshops (check out her website for a list of offerings!) is the balance she strikes between being philosophical, expansive, and empathetic, while also being deeply practical and solution-oriented. This book is filled with immensely helpful tools - Team Communication Agreements, Indicator's of a Team's Emotional Intelligence, Decision-Making Grids - and even includes, at the opening of the book, a guide for when to use what tool. Most of these resources are available for download from her site after purchase, which is also helpful for bringing them to team meetings. Alongside this, Elena shares stories of her own struggles and triumphs in leading teams seeking to transform schools. Ever conscious of the need to create more equitable conditions for both children and adults, her books is both a challenge and a beacon of hope. It should be required reading for school leaders and all those whose work seeks to create a more just, nimble, and loving world.
50 Bulk Large Tote Bag Mega Pack - 15” x 16” Reusable Shopping Bags (Blue)
50 Bulk Large Tote Bag Mega Pack - 15” x 16” Reusable Shopping Bags (Blue)
These bags were larger than I expected and served the purpose I had for them which was to return school projects (done on paper) to students at the end of the year. Each bag held quite a bit of stuff in it and I don’t think any of them broke.
Later, I wanted to make treat bags for my kids for Halloween and I had a few extra bags so I got them out. I read on a review not to use heat if you wanted to put vinyl on but I figured maybe just less heat. I set my heat press to 240° and that seemed to be the perfect temperature to not melt the bag but also adhere the heat transfer paper. I used printable heat transfer paper by nufun on these and while I am having issues with my printer and getting the right ink settings, the process to put the vinyl on and not melt the bag was a success. So if you are interested, give it a try, just make sure to use a lower heat.
A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)
A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)
Almost everything works.

I have to point first to the prescient direction by Bob Clark.

That’s something of a surprise. Clark made his bones in horror and the Porky’s movies.

But it’s a welcome surprise. Clark and co-writer/narrator Jean Shepherd, working from Shepherd’s books In God We Trust: All Other Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, offer a careful blend of children and adults on the one hand and reality, fantasy and neighborhood myth on the other and the blend is exhilarating.

This is well before my time — I was born in 1955 — but no matter: I connected instantly to this vivid depiction of a young boy’s life.

It wouldn’t work as well as it does without these performers. They’re perfect or so close to perfect that the difference doesn’t matter.

Young Peter Billingsley is at the top of the heap and it would be a mistake to minimize the impact of his guileless charm, spectacles and blue eyes. He’s the movie’s face and his moods quickly become our own moods.

But I did notice this time around that Billingsley doesn’t have to act much here — though he’s splendid when he does, as in his iconic scene with an impatient department-store Santa — and tends to be used in shorter, sometimes static scenes that maximize his impact.

And I can’t go on without mentioning Melinda Dillon, who fairly exudes gentleness, Darren McGavin, who seems to feel his every scene as though he’s living it, and Tedde Moore, who brings a solemn yet vaguely mirthful edge to her performance as Ralphie’s teacher.

I won’t linger over other iconic moments. You’ll find them yourself and love them better for the finding. Suffice to say there are many and that there’s very little about A Christmas Story that doesn’t serve it well. Even the most minor of characters. The house. The school. The scenes downtown (which were filmed in Cleveland). In a broader tableau, the film even captures the relative innocence of middle-class life in post-Great Depression America and that is no small achievement by itself.

Alas, there’s one notable lapse: A portion of the last sequence relies on stereotyping. It’s a cheap laugh and its position at the end gives it an unfortunate power to influence what viewers take away from the film. And the real shame of it is that the creators might have skipped right over the offending lines — the next bit works perfectly — and still succeeded.

But in the bigger picture, it’s an errant moment in what is otherwise a supremely careful and well-made movie. And so, while the scene sticks in my craw every time I see it, I can’t hold it against the movie for long. This is a keeper.
SEPOVEDA Support Pillows 2 Pack, Ultrabounce Pillow with Microfiber Filling for Side/Back/Stomach Sleeper and Neck Pain Suffer, Anti-Dust, Washable(65x50cm,1 pair)
SEPOVEDA Support Pillows 2 Pack, Ultrabounce Pillow with Microfiber Filling for Side/Back/Stomach Sleeper and Neck Pain Suffer, Anti-Dust, Washable(65x50cm,1 pair)
Well tbh honest I was nervous about them being from China even though they were posted within the uk. I don’t mean any offence by it, I live in a shielding household so I’m genuinely wary and careful of anything coming into the house. However they arrived quickly and well packaged. After a spray of disinfectant and being left for a while (just to be extra safe) I finally put them to use and they are soooooo big and fluffy! It’s like sleeping on a couple of sheep that don’t bleat! They are so much better than the pillows I’ve had before and are just as comfy as when I first used them. I suffer from chronic tension headaches that can effect my neck a lot so I was in desperate need of some good pillows. These are exactly that and if you don’t like that big/fluffy you have the option of taking some of the micro fibre stuffing out so it suits you. It’s really good buy and I’m happy to recommend it.
Pajitas de sacador agrio, sabores de frutas arco iris, dulces masticables y amargos, bandeja de 2 oz (24 unidades)
Pajitas de sacador agrio, sabores de frutas arco iris, dulces masticables y amargos, bandeja de 2 oz (24 unidades)
Just get Blue Raspberry. These aren't sour, and the texture tastes like some kind of plastic in comparison to the dedicated single flavors. Those were and likely still are soft and chewy.

This candy isn't a reward to me. I've not made it past one pack as a result, and I'm out $14 that could have gone to the treat of Blue. Even forgot to mention the taste of Rainbow's flavor itself at the start of the review: No... How do I even describe it? It's like that cheap liquorice you had as a kid that was never the same as the original. Flavor's stagnant. Not worth the sugar or calorie intake.
ArtCreativity Pirate Action Figures - Pack of 12 - Legendary Plastic Figures - Fun Pirate Party Favor and Prize - Excellent Gift for Kids Ages 5+
ArtCreativity Pirate Action Figures - Pack of 12 - Legendary Plastic Figures - Fun Pirate Party Favor and Prize - Excellent Gift for Kids Ages 5+
I bought these for my 3 1/2 yr old son for Christmas since he loves pirates. They’re exactly the right size for his little hands, but too big to be swallowed or choked on so I don’t have to worry. Also, I’m happy that the little swords and things do NOT come out of their hands because he would try to swallow those if he was given the chance :)
I bought the 12pk and there were some repeats of the little pirates, but for us it’s not a problem. We also have 3 daughters and they’ll all play together with these and nobody will end up with 2 of the same pirate. Not a big deal. I’d buy them again.

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