Estrella Walker

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The History of the World According to Facebook, Revised Edition
The History of the World According to Facebook, Revised Edition
I bought this book for my mother for Christmas this year. The book was delivered today and after flipping through it and laughing hysterically I ordered two more; one for each of my sister in laws. If it weren't Christmas I'd buy myself one. I'm not a fan of reading books, but this has very glossy pages and is not really "book like'. The pages look like the Facebook news feed and the posts are HILARIOUS! The only thing I didn't care for was that the outside of the book seemed a little bit dirty looking, almost like it came from a cheap print shop (sturdy, but matte cover) but the inside is in fabulous color with thick pages. And the content is so funny I'd buy it with no cover at all. I'm thinking this is gift of the year material!

I had written three really funny posts in this review, but took them out and suggest everyone just buy the book and read them for yourself!

For the record, I do not get offended easily and I'm curious if the book would be as funny to someone who isn't familiar with Facebook (photos, tagging, likes, interests, relationship status etc). Hope you enjoy the book as much as we do!!
Aretha Now
Aretha Now
Ich besitze zwar bei weitem nicht alle Alben von Aretha Franklin, aber doch einige. Und mein liebstes ist seit jeher das hier vorliegende. Stimmlich auf dem Zenit singt sich Frau Franklin neben dem von ihr mit komponierten Überhit "Think", den man im Gegensatz zum leider völlig totgenudelten Otis Redding Cover " Respect" immer noch gut hören kann, auch durch viele Coverversionen von damals relativ aktuellen Hits. Die Band groovt wie die Hölle, und die "Sweets" stellen sicher dass auch der Backgroundgesang ordentlich Soul hat.

So weit, so bekannt. Kommen wir zum wesentlichen, dem hier vorliegenden Reissue.

Die obige Abbildung ist irreführend. Statt des Logos des Atlantic Labels sind auf Vor,- und Rückseite das Logo der für diese Wiederveröffentlichung verantwortlichen Firma "4 men with beard" zu sehen. Wer also eine 100%ig korrekte Reproduktion des originalen Albums erwerben möchte wird hier nicht glücklich - auch wenn Cover und Backcover ansonsten akkurat reproduziert wurden. Auch das LP Label ziert hier natürlich nicht das originale Atlantic Logo.

Klanglich kann ich lediglich zu der mir vorliegenden CD Ausgabe Vergleiche ziehen. Die, oder sagen wir lieber zumindest meine, CD Version rauscht relativ stark. Hier ist das Rauschen deutlich weniger auffällig. Allerdings habe ich einzelne Tracks des Albums auf anderen CDs auch schon ebenso rauscharm, von rauschfrei kann aber keine Rede sein, gehört wie hier.
Auch sonst ist die Platte klanglich in Ordnung. Dynamik und "Wumms" stimmen. Alle Details der Arrangements kommen zur Geltung.

Die LP bringt 180gramm auf die Waage, auch das Cover macht einen stabilen Eindruck.

Empfehlenswerte Ausgabe eines tollen Albums!
Antoni Tàpies: Works, Writings, Interviews (Essentials Polígrafa)
Antoni Tàpies: Works, Writings, Interviews (Essentials Polígrafa)
An excellent book which I can recommend to any admirer of this Spanish genius....perhaps the greatest living artist ? This is a very carefully considered selection of his work over a sixty year period and most importantly is a detailed record of his thought process through interviews and writings. An inspiration to any artist dealing with surfaces and memories.

Beautifully produced...well worth a place on the bookshelf !
Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
I am certainly "running hot" in terms of documentary selection as it seems like every time I find one which is superlative another comes along and outperforms it. No Direction Home makes one contemplate a great many things. Perhaps the most immediate is the idea that there is nothing in this world that Martin Scorsese cannot do better than his peers. We don't think of the eminent director's name being associated with documentary, but he advances this genre in the same fashion he did short film with his forty-some-minute work, Life Lessons, within New York Stories. Here he accomplishes the impossible as viewers finally are exposed to the man Bob Dylan as opposed to the idol. Unfortunately, the results are fairly jarring. I'm always worshipped Bob but my opinion of him was definitely lowered by this portrait comprised of interviews with the artist and those who knew him "back in the day." On the positive side, we again, just as in Don't Look Back, see firsthand evidence of his genius and how so much of what he did could not have been done by anyone else. His production during this brief moment of time was amazing. As a person though, we find him to be ruthlessly ambitious and opportunistic. Bob Zimmerman was on a mission to make it one way or another and nothing was going to stop him...and nothing did. The most disheartening element in this depiction is the lack of honor he showcased. He appears to have stolen a few hundred records from an old friend, and, even when confronted, refused to give them back. It is implied that he never, even when worth tens of millions, made good on this debt. This is unfortunate but probably reflective of the way in which young Dylan used and discarded others. Relationships seemed to be a means to end and never an end in them self. Joan Baez's observations support this as well. To please her, he merely had to invite her upon stage with him in London, but this was asking too much from a man about to become king. Yet, in the final analysis, he is a king and the person of the artist is always subsidiary to the works produced--at least in the minds of fans like this reviewer who will always love Dylan no matter what he does or says.
Waikoloa Street Tiki Glass - 15 oz. Cocktail Mug for Mai Tai, Punch, Pina Colada, and Tropical bar Drinks. Island-Themed Party Home barware Glasses, (2)
Waikoloa Street Tiki Glass - 15 oz. Cocktail Mug for Mai Tai, Punch, Pina Colada, and Tropical bar Drinks. Island-Themed Party Home barware Glasses, (2)
Husband and I had dinner at a Thai-Vietnamese place called Indochine, and my cocktail came in this exact glass, so obviously tipsy Me went on trusty Amazon to find this magnificent glass so I could have some at home. Here is the recipe for my favorite yummy yummy fruity drink.
1 part Jamaican dark rum
1 part light rum
1 part tripple sec
1 part peach schnapps
1 part pineapple juice
1 part orange juice
Splash grenadine
Add an umbrella and cherry and orange slice for the happiest HAPPY hour of your life
Bob Dylan - Triumvirate (3X DVD SET)
Bob Dylan - Triumvirate (3X DVD SET)
This box set contains two packages;

Package 1. a) Tales From A Golden Age 1941-1966 a DVD. A documentary lasting 1h 25mins and contains no Bob Dylan input.
b) The Classic Interview Vol 1 CD. Containing three interviews given by Bob Dylan in 1965/6.

Package 2. In His Own Words a DVD. Containing 9 short/cut video interviews given by Bob Dylan between 1978 and 2004. The DVD lasts a total of 1hr 39mins. I like this DVD very much and would buy this total package for this disc alone.

I have followed Dylan since the 1960s and feel this box set would do better if it stated clearly what is in the box.

The second dvd is better than three stars..
Fat Shark FSV1816 - Powershark 2 Cell 18650 USB Charger/Power Bank Case
Fat Shark FSV1816 - Powershark 2 Cell 18650 USB Charger/Power Bank Case
Over the past few years I've swapped out all my flashlights and lanterns for LED versions that use 18650 batteries. So this device serves a dual purpose. It rides in my truck and keeps a spare set of flashlight batteries charged. Then it goes on trips to charge my phone. I have not yet attempted to fully charge my phone from a depleted state, but when attached, my Moto g6 says "charging rapidly."

Edit: After a few months use, I'm knocking off a star. On the positive side, I now use it to power a new LabRadar chronograph and it works well for that. But there are two negatives. One of my lights requires button top batteries and they don't fit without serious force, to the point where I'm afraid I'll break the unit. The second negative is that the micro usb port is a sloppy fit, so that I can't recharge batteries while driving because the cord keeps falling out.
LVYUAN 1000W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V to 110V 120V DC to AC 60HZ with Dual USB Ports and Dual AC Outlets for Car/RV Home Solar System
LVYUAN 1000W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V to 110V 120V DC to AC 60HZ with Dual USB Ports and Dual AC Outlets for Car/RV Home Solar System
Nov. 30, 2019. Dont like the fact that there is still power draw when the unit is off, just have to install a 12v 50 amp breaker switch to cut all power off to the unit. But it is 1000 watt power that and a pure sine wave is a plus. This is for a backup power off grid setup and for my RC hobby trailer.

Dec. 12, 2019. An update. I have bought electric blankets to use on inverter but the one I had kept burning the blanket out. I got this 1000watt inverter with sine wave technology and used a new electric blanket on it. Worked flawlessly. So...to sum it up, I'm happy with it.
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
Overall, I was pretty impressed with this little system. It certainly has it's limits professionally but could be great for certain situations where you didn't have access to power. Like for instance, playing a grave side ceremony for a member of a motorcycle gang who passed on (yes, I've actually done this gig!). Or a remote, small wedding ceremony where there's no electricity and the bride and groom get married while sitting on their horses (yep, been there, done that!). 😂However, I returned it based on the virtual mixer limitations. First however, I WILL say the degree of eq shaping in the virtual mixer used via smartphone or tablet is PHENOMENAL! But.... and unfortunately, here is where the wheels came of for me as a professional entertainer: The reverbs are barely useable if not over applied. The delay is unacceptable because there is no tap tempo and there is not enough parameter of speed control. AND... there is no adjustment for the number of repeats. Delay ads energy to vocals and can lend a percussive accent to acoustic/electric guitar so is a great asset to a soloist like myself. BUT it generally needs to be applied at the tempo of the song your playing OR at a pretty fast speed to give that Elvis/John Lennon style slapback sound to your vocal. This delay speed (tempo) can't be adjusted to a fast enough repeat for that. Could you add an external effect unit and or mixer with built in effects? Yes, but that would require a power source, extra cables and more setup time which would defeat the purpose of a standalone, self powered unit like this was designed to be. If you don't need or care about having quality effects, this is otherwise a decent little self powered PA. Lots of volume for its size and seems sturdy.
Rugged Smartphone Unlocked, POPTEL P60 Unlocked Cell Phone 4G Android8.1,6GB/128GB, 5.7inch2K Display, 5000mAh Dual SIM with IP68 Waterproof/Dust Proof/Shockproof GPS Outdoor Smartphone (Black Orange)
Rugged Smartphone Unlocked, POPTEL P60 Unlocked Cell Phone 4G Android8.1,6GB/128GB, 5.7inch2K Display, 5000mAh Dual SIM with IP68 Waterproof/Dust Proof/Shockproof GPS Outdoor Smartphone (Black Orange)
Well, I bought it in August 2019. The phone is amazing and the performance was never disappointing. I had an issue with part of the screen not working right. All in all the seller was willing to send a replacement, there is a 12 month warranty, but, Amazon prevented that. I did return the item and get a full refund from Amazon at Amazon's discretion but, I'd rather have the phone. All in all the seller was willing to do what was necessary but, while Amazon seller support told the seller one thing Amazon customer service said the opposite. Amazon failed both me and the seller. The phone is awesome!
Excursions in World Music, Seventh Edition
Excursions in World Music, Seventh Edition
The web interface would get stuck on a page when i was scrolling through the book. If i wanted to lookup a page that was, say, 150 pages prior to my current page, i'd drag the scroll control to the left. Often it would get stuck on a page with a table.

Also, there was no apparent way to access the MP3s for this book, which were critical for understanding the material.
Tojwi Male Cool Kpop X-Men Wolverine Necklace Vintage Weapon-X Dog Tags Pendant - Fashion Design
Tojwi Male Cool Kpop X-Men Wolverine Necklace Vintage Weapon-X Dog Tags Pendant - Fashion Design
Chain is SUPER SHORT... really? This thing is a piece of junk.
So now I feel like a woman, wearing it tight on my neck. You can't get it over your head like REAL DOG tags... have to unclasp to get it on, and because it's like a choke collar, you have a hard time taking it off.
Also, the advertisement shows Wolverine with the dog collar hanging down below his chest... what are they thinking making it so short? Is this for a 5 year old, or a midget (small person)?
Lastly, there are bubbles all over the tag. This thing is the complete OPPOSITE of quality. Now, I didn't expect much, but by no means does this fit the bill.

If the chain were the right length, I'd honestly give it another 2 stars and call it an average buy for a cheap product, and wouldn't be this disappointed. I overnight-ed this because I needed it for a party, and now thinking of tossing them in the trash.
Thor: God of Thunder Volume 1: The God Butcher (Marvel Now)
Thor: God of Thunder Volume 1: The God Butcher (Marvel Now)
This review is for the 2014 hardcover edition that collects issues 1-11 of Thor: God of Thunder.

First, on the collection itself. This is one of the best hardcover collections I've encountered that wasn't an "Absolute" or "Omnibus" or other special edition intended to focus on art or that included extensive extras. This is an over-sized (relative to the comic book page, and relative to the five-issue hardcovers) collection with glossy pages. As you can clearly see in the image here and elsewhere, the dust cover uses Esad Ribic's cover to issue 3 on the front and #4 on the back, with the covers to issues 1 and 2 on the front and back cover, respectively, of the book itself. All are reproduced beautifully. This edition doesn't call itself a "Deluxe" hardcover or anything like that, but because Marvel's released the shorter-length hardcovers, there was clearly some incentive to make this an especially nice edition for collectors. And so it is. There are some bonus features, including a gallery at the end of variant covers to the first few issues, Esad Ribic's design sketchbook, and pencils for a few pages and pencil/ink comparisons for a few others. This is everything I want in a hardcover collection - it's exactly the right size and format to really read a story from beginning to end, it gives some insight into the artist's process, and it reproduces the original comics (which I own) beautifully. All I could hope for from a better collection would be notes from writer Jason Aaron, perhaps an introduction from someone famously associated with Thor, preferably in the comics industry, maybe even a full script for one of the individual issues. And I'd be willing to pay more for something like that. And to be clear, this is a book worthy of a much more extensive collection that includes all that and more, which I'll say more on now.

Because the story of the God Butcher, and the way it is presented through these eleven issues is one of the great Thor stories. In terms of the story itself, it takes the idea of godhood and considers whether it is good or bad to be a god, and whether or not religion is worthwhile, given all the bad things that happen while the gods attend to their own affairs. It shows Gorr to be a sympathetic character, someone who has suffered greatly through his culture's belief in gods, or so he thinks, and who can see no recourse but to save all the universe from the lie (from his perspective) that faith in gods is to all living things, and how it adversely affects us. But Gorr isn't the hero of the story, and Aaron uses Thor not only as a protagonist, but as three separate protagonist at three points in his life, the young brash god not yet worthy of Mjolnir, the battle-tested Avenger confident and mighty, and the future King of Asgard, Thor of the distant future. This perspective on Thor in multiple aspects gives us a great deal of insight into what a god is and can be, and by the end we may see that there's some room for religion in the world, even if gods like Thor aren't perfect.

Or you might gloss over all that allegory and just think that it's really cool as Thor solves a mystery, fights a bad guy all across time and space (yeah, there's time travel!), and we get to see Volstagg as a thin man and Thor's granddaughters of that distant future. Lots of action, drama, and suspense. It's an awesome good time.

The art, too, is worth your time. If you like the cover, you'll love the book. Esad Ribic's style feels extremely fluid, which serves the action well, but it also allows so much room for your imagination. This is one of the first Thor stories I've read, and I've read decades' worth, that made Asgard and the affairs of gods feel like it was in a land beyond the knowledge of men, like it was something I couldn't quite comprehend with my own eyes. A great deal of the credit for that is undoubtedly also due to colorists Dean White and Ive Svorcina. It always feels like there's something subtle happening in the shadows, there's always something magical emanating from Mjolnir. As much as I've loved Russell Dauterman's work on the new Thor series, I really miss how Ribic made Asgard and Thor feel majestic in a way I hadn't experienced before, even with my favorite Thor artists.

But above all, this is just a beautiful collection, getting the whole story of Gorr in one collection, including the entire vision of writer and artist (with the fill-in issue of Butch Guice and company in issue 6, well done but not as spectacular) in one book, with fantastic extras and a format that reads like no other. I've just acquired the second volume in this series, and I'm looking forward to it, but I know it can't possibly be as fantastic as this given that it doesn't have as cohesive an art, story, and design aesthetic as this volume. This volume has instantly become one of my favorite editions of comic art. Well done, Marvel.
Made In Hollywood Uncut
Made In Hollywood Uncut
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Kraft Easy Mac Paw Patrol Shapes Macaroni and Cheese (4 Microwaveable Cups)
Kraft Easy Mac Paw Patrol Shapes Macaroni and Cheese (4 Microwaveable Cups)
Good buy! Convenient and easy to make for my 2 toddlers. They love this brand and I love that I can pop it in the microwave, no stove involved. It will come out super hot and I never use the amount of recommended water-way too much. So I let it cool before serving for several minutes and eyeball the cooking water. They also love the fun designs of the noodles. Would buy again.
Ski Weekend (Fear Street, No. 10)
Ski Weekend (Fear Street, No. 10)
Red to the rescue! The near-stranger Red was the one who spotted the lodge when Ariel and her friends Doug and Shannon thought they were going to be stranded in the blizzard. It’s too bad the owners are freaking insane!

Overall, Ski Weekend was pretty good. I found that the plot twists weren’t that effective on me because I figured everything out way ahead of time. I mean, it was so glaringly obvious from the start! How did they not see it?! Seriously people... *eye roll*

I mean, the guy, the owner of the place, was just really off and totally creepy. And the kids didn’t put the pieces together! Anyway, I actually had fun reading this, besides its predictable nature. The climax was pretty good and quite action-packed, plus it was very suspenseful! I also loved the setting! I just love snow!

The Fear Street connection: While the book doesn't actually take place on Fear Street, or even Shadyside, all the kids (except Red, maybe) are from Shadyside. And the main character, Ariel, actually lives on Fear Street!
Life is Good!: Lessons in Joyful Living
Life is Good!: Lessons in Joyful Living
ADDED TO REVIEW ON 7/25/07: Today I learned that "our" beloved Trixie had passed away. I am not ashamed to say that I cried. Through Dean Koontz's unique "translations," we all came to know a wonderful and remarkable dog who had a beautiful heart and spirit. And we came to love a dog that most of us had never met.

I am so pleased to know that Trixie's columns will live on. I can only hope that one day she will be featured in one of her father's brilliant stories.

Because the proceeds of Trixie's books have always gone directly to the non-profit organization, Canine Companions for Independence, I promptly sent off a check in her memory. I hope that other readers, who came to love Trixie as I did, will honor her life in a similar manner with a contribution to Canine Companions - her favorite charity.

Rest well faithful dog. You showed us all the very best of intelligence, loyalty, playfulness and love that a dog could offer.
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"Life is Good! lessons in joyful living" is the most perfect book to buy if you enjoy dogs or want to give a gift to a dog lover. I immediately bought another one for my sister who has a golden retriever. Additionally, all the profits go to Canine Companions for Independence - so it is a great cause!

This book is written by Dean Koontz's huggable golden retriever, Trixie. It is about 75 pages and is a medium/large (9"x9") hard-bound book that is FILLED with pictures!

I absolutely LOVED it!!! (See Trixie? I use exclamation points too!) It is HILARIOUS and yet really sweet too. I promise you that you will absolutely be enchanted with this book. And it truly does give one some excellent advice on what is truly important in life.

And Dean Koontz just soared in my opinion. I went out and bought all his books just so Trixie would have more Kibbles! Great job, Trixie. I hope you live forever.
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...
J. D. Robb In Death Collection Books 1-5
J. D. Robb In Death Collection Books 1-5
I think this is a great collection. Yes it could be cheaper (collections should be cheaper than individual books and not by just a few cents). I kept reading reviews saying that the collection were abridged versions which pissed me off since there was nothing in the descriptions that stated that. I decided to check before I asked for a refund, so I dug through my bookshelves and found my paper copies. I checked seven chapters of the first book and they were word for word. I spot checked another seven chapters just in case and they to were word for word. I spot checked the other four books and found that they too were word for word. I'm not sure how they figure out the kindle pages for individual ebooks vs e-book collections, but it would appear that this collection is unabridged and it has fewer pages then the individual books combined. I think it's probably because the collection doesn't repeat all the info pages at the end of each book, it just has them once at the end of the collection.
O Mago: A incrível história de Paulo Coelho (Portuguese Edition)
O Mago: A incrível história de Paulo Coelho (Portuguese Edition)
O que me fez ter vontade de ler a biografia de Paulo Coelho - um autor que li há uns vinte anos, mas que nunca me impressionou muito - foi um comentário elogioso do Nelson Motta, publicado numa nota de jornal. Valeu a dica do jornalista e crítico musical: a história da vida deste fenômeno editorial que é o Paulo Coelho me cativou completamente. O trabalho exaustivo de meses de pesquisa e entrevistas do Fernando Morais é admirável, apesar dele não ter tido o cuidado de verificar a correção/precisão de todas as informações que lhe foram passadas pelos entrevistados e talvez até mesmo pelo próprio Coelho. Mas a trajetória do mau aluno que se transformou em um imortal da Academia Brasileira de Letras e um dos nomes mais conhecidos da literatura mundial, passando pelo submundo de seitas satânicas, abuso de drogas, peripécias sexuais, sucesso nas paradas musicais, prisão na época da ditadura, internato em manicômio e cultos de magia espiritual é pelo menos uma história que merece ser lida pela sua impressionante “maluquez”.
Abels Tochter: Kain und Abel 2 Roman (Kain-Serie) (German Edition)
Abels Tochter: Kain und Abel 2 Roman (Kain-Serie) (German Edition)
Schade, der Roman hinterlässt mich etwas enttäuscht.
Gut die Hälfte war eine Wiederholung des vorherigen Romans und so ging Raum für die eigentliche Geschichte verloren.
Für Neueinsteiger sicher gut gemacht, aber für mich als Leser einer Fortsetzungsgeschichte enttäuschend.
Es wurde Potenzial verschenkt und der für mich interessantere Teil kam zu kurz.
Ich mag die Entwicklung der Protagonisten, die Art der Erzählung, aber ich gehe beim Zuschlagen des Buches mit einem hungrigen Gefühl.
Ich bekam nur eine halbe neue Geschichte, ein Steak ohne Beilagen und Dessert...
Für Neueinsteiger eine klare Empfehlung, für Leser des 1. Teils leider nur ein halbes Buch.
Ich hätte mir mehr Raum für eigentliche Geschichte gewünscht, weniger Wiederholung des bereits Bekannten.

Dennoch kann ich Jeffrey Archer als Autor ruhigen Gewissens empfehlen.
Sein Schreibstil nimmt den Leser auf eine fesselnde Weise mit.
Kane and Abel; The Prodigal Daughter; Not a Penny more, Not a Penny Less
Kane and Abel; The Prodigal Daughter; Not a Penny more, Not a Penny Less
Jeffrey Archcer is a master story teller and this one is another example of a fun and worthwhile read.

From the first page on the reader is hooked with the developing story and all the various characters who play in and out of an amazing tale. Common sense dictates Kane & Abel are going to intersect and once they do the resulting fireworks will be amazing.

I've read numerous Jeffrey Archer books and this is another that certainly does not disappoint. The sequel, "Prodigal Daughter," continues the story but it's the first book that captures the essence of the message and conveys the real focus of this absorbing and most interesting tale.

If you are looking for a "summer read" to enchant your imagination try reading this without the temptation to want to read it ALL in a single sitting. I hated putting it down and even if a few days lapsed between reading it was impossible not to remember where I was and what was happening because the plots burrowed too deeply to forget.

Fabulous entertainment.
Asterix 32. Asterix plaudert aus der Schule (German Edition)
Asterix 32. Asterix plaudert aus der Schule (German Edition)
Es ist wirklich sehr schön und sehr interessant, mit Hilfe dieses Heftes einmal als Leser sozusagen hinter die Kulissen der Erschaffung von Asterix und Obelix blicken zu dürfen. Chronologisch taucht man in die Gedankenwelt von Texter und Zeichner ein und erfährt, warum und wie das Comicheldenleben unserer Freunde gerade so und nicht anders verlaufen ist. Eine interessante Chronik und viele schöne Kurzgeschichten hält der Leser hier in der Hand.
The Case of the Haunted Husband (Perry Mason Series Book 18)
The Case of the Haunted Husband (Perry Mason Series Book 18)
The story is a good story, but I find the writing here terribly distracting... it's like the publisher (author, perhaps) decided to forgo any contractions, and it just doesn't make the dialogue sound normal:

(some random samples):
"I will have to stop by my office to get my hat..."
"I shall talk with my operative first..."
"She is in her room"
"Come on, let us get the manager..."

I've not notice this in any other books, but I find this extremely jarring. It looks as though someone took the normal, casual conversation and changed into formal writing. (I mean, who says "I will have to get a jacket"? - it's "I'll have to get a jacket" or "Let's get the manager".

The book is filled with this kind of stilted writing; I don't know if it is due to the Kindle translation, or if the original script was like this.

Other than that major distraction, this story is a bit different than most of the Perry Mason books: the client is almost invisible in this story (which is a change from most of the books). There is a section toward the end which gives a very philosophic view of life and death (which is also very unusual in these books).
The D. A. Takes a Chance
The D. A. Takes a Chance
I LOVE this book. In fact, I love Erle Stanley Gardner's writing. Of course he is famous for the Perry Mason books, but he also wrote about a DA (the other side of the fence so to speak) in a small town. The town politics, the pressures from the opposition paper, and the like provide great backstory to another sleuthing lawyer. Great read. Get it ... read it ... you can thank me later.
La Vengeance dans la peau (THRILLER t. 10484) (French Edition)
La Vengeance dans la peau (THRILLER t. 10484) (French Edition)
Il y a un nombre incroyable de Jason Bourne qui sont sortis, après le troisième Jason Bourne, c'est un certain Eric Van Lustbader qui a repris le flambeau. Je compte pas moins de 14 volumes sur Wikipédia, et ce n'est pas fini. Celui-ci est le troisième volume, encore écrit par Ludlum. L'histoire de Jason Bourne est passionnante, les films avec Matt Damon se laissent voir aussi.
Dragon Ball nº 06/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball nº 06/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Buena calidad de impresión. Incluye algunas páginas a color y, además, descripción de las diferentes armaduras al final del tomo. Compra recomendada. El detalle del dibujo es impresionante, sobre todo de escenarios y las armaduras
Dragon Ball - Le Dictionnaire (French Edition)
Dragon Ball - Le Dictionnaire (French Edition)
Positives:

Amazing book, explains pretty much everything you saw in the anime/manga, such as power levels (from the very beggining to the end of Freeza arc), objects, timeline of events, races, the DB Universe (afterlife included), you name it. But where this book shines is on the Characters and Attacks sections, enourmous and very detailed. Kuddos for the beautiful artwork here and there from both Akira Toriyama and the Toei/Bird Studio staff.

Negatives:

Well, it's a french book. Unless you speak it or at least understand it on the average levels (like me), this book has no use or whatsoever, unless pure collecting purposes. And of course, you can point out that, for the mentioned colleting purpose, the original Daizenshuu 7 worth a lot more of your heart and money because it's..well...the original. But this french translation is much more easy to find and less expensive than the original.
Also, the japanese alphabetic order can be a pain in the ass until you start to feel confortable with (wich I'm not), and you'll have to allways use the index to find anything here. Not really a negative aspect, just pointing that out.

That being said, if you are anything like me about Dragon Ball, buy it without hesitation. One of the best Dragon Ball related material ever released.
Crush (Pushkin Vertigo Book 11)
Crush (Pushkin Vertigo Book 11)
Set within the novels that the self-same Frédéric Dard called ‘romans de la nuit’, Crush tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl, Louise Lacroix. Louise, desperate to flee a bleak and anodyne life, sees an opportunity to break away from her family and her job in a factory when a young American couple settles in her neighbourhood. Louise, fascinated with their lifestyle, offers to work for them as in-house maid, with the healthy intention of building a better future for herself. But things don’t turn out to be as she was expecting. The tale describes very well the atmosphere in Europe at the time in which it was written and the admiration that existed for all things American. Crush is a short novel, hardly a 160 page novella, that can easily be read in one sitting. The story is told in the first person by the own Louise Lacroix, what certainly is extremely bold an risky on the part of Dard, as the reader will undoubtedly discover at the end. The story can also be framed in the tradition of Georges Simenon ‘romans durs’, a good friend of Dard. As usual in Dard’s ‘romans de la nuit’, Crush is a novel with a great dose of suspense, the gloomy tale of a sickly obsession, a bleak story in the purest sense of the term ‘noir‘. The reader will find it hard to identify with anyone of the characters, none will be sympathetic, and even though one can anticipate a certain tragedy, the final outcome is difficult to foresee. Perhaps herein lies Dard’s great literary mastery. I’m very much looking forward to reading The Executioner Weeps (Le bourreau pleure, 1956), for what I’ve heard, one of Dard’s best works.
The GFG: The Guid Freendly Giant (the BFG in Scots) (Scots Edition)
The GFG: The Guid Freendly Giant (the BFG in Scots) (Scots Edition)
Wan o the best!
Please ignore the reviews about mis-spelling and grammatical errors.
This book is typed in the Scots dialect as it says on the cover.
I'm a Scot. I'm an expat. Ah luved it.
If yer luikin fer a book in the Scots dialect pick this wan up.
Thaur were ainly a few wurds ah struggled ower an they were easy enough tae guess when ta'en in context.
Ah smiled aften, it's translatit weil.
Goan, pick it up an read awa!
LONSOEN Toddler Little Kid Boys Girls Soft Slip On Loafers Dress Flat Shoes
LONSOEN Toddler Little Kid Boys Girls Soft Slip On Loafers Dress Flat Shoes
Ok, I don't even know where to start with this product I loved it so much!!!!!!! First off, next day delivery, whaaaat?!?! Was delivered the very next day, how much more efficient with delivery can you get??? Second off, holy cuteness!!!!! I put them on my 2 year old and I didn't want to take them off, and even better... neither did he!!! Third, they WERE little big but that's probably "mommy error" as with his age it's really difficult to judge size....sooooo, I just bought them in another color the day they came in a size smaller and... they came the next day again!!! Nothing negative I can say AT ALL about this purchase!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
Case Closed, Vol. 56: Season of the Witch
Case Closed, Vol. 56: Season of the Witch
Case Closed volume 56 begins with a whodunit I was immediately attracted to. A famous mystery novelist is going to be featured in a magazine piece, so he, detective Richard Moore, the interviewer, and the photographer spend the night at his house. After we observe him berating his editor over a small, obsessive point, they all retire for the night — but in the morning, the writer is found dead! The attention to detail, the publishing characters, and the classic locked-room structure all appealed to me.

I was also taken with the journalists comparing notes on why they’re still using “old” technology, like a recorder that uses tape instead of operating digitally. Of course, those affectations become part of the plot. There’s a whole bunch of telling, not showing, but the expressive characters drawn by Gosho Aoyama keep the art interesting even as everyone talks through what could have happened. I wish this story could have been longer, going into more detail, although the benefit of keeping it short is that it’s only one of four mysteries in this volume.

The second story starts with Conan, the kids, and the professor off on a camping trip. A flat tire in the middle of nowhere sets the stage for spookiness. A nearby house, all alone in a mountain forest, contains a scary old woman the kids think might be a witch. Then another group of campers, young adults with car trouble, arrive. In the middle of the night during a rainstorm, one of them is found murdered. Typical of the Japanese mysteries I’ve read, the clues and motive involve long memories and family ties.

The third story is of much less interest to me, as it continues the never-ending saga of the men in black, the conspiracy group responsible for adult Jimmy becoming the kid Conan. I gave up on them addressing this problem until the end of the series, so more stringing it out wasn’t compelling. There is a stand-alone mystery inside the setup, though, about trying to find a particular photo in a guy’s apartment.

The final short piece serves as a cautionary tale, about a scam that unfortunately occurs in real life, where an older person is called and told their grandchild is in trouble and needs money transferred immediately. I enjoy reading this series for its consistent level of escapist entertainment, but it’s quite an investment at this point. I’ve had good luck getting books from my local library; often, it doesn’t even matter what order you read them in. (The publisher provided a digital review copy. Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)
Astrid Lindgren: Mit Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten (German Edition)
Astrid Lindgren: Mit Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten (German Edition)
Im Vergleich zu dem bewegten Leben dieser wohl einzigartigen und fantasievollen Frau fehlt es diesem Buch an Spritzigkeit und Humor. Ein oft unrunder Schreibstil der Autorin und beinahe seitenlange Zitate aus Astrid Lindgren's Autobiographie ließen mich das Buch mitunter weglegen. Wo bleibt die eigene Fantasie der Autorin? Auch wird Astrid Lindgren hier - trotz ihrer immensen Schaffenskraft - als brav und fast farblos dargestellt. Es stimmte so gar nicht mit dieser meiner Vorstellung von einer energiegeladenen Frau überein, die unser Leben - und das unserer Kinder - mit so zahlreichen witzigen und frechen Werken bereichert hat. Sicherlich exakte Daten - aber für mich zu monoton.
Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 23: Includes vols. 67, 68 & 69 (23)
Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 23: Includes vols. 67, 68 & 69 (23)
I love Bleach! I used to collect the earlier volumes of the manga, but it got pretty expensive, so I stopped for a while, however; I recently decided to start collecting just the final arc since it is manga-only and to support my favorite series. I also decided to stick to buying the 3-in-1 versions since they are less expensive than buying each volume individually. I really like this arc in particular due to some old familiar faces that we haven't gotten to see in a while being brought back and getting a more in-depth look of the Quincies.
Bleach 72 (Spanish Edition)
Bleach 72 (Spanish Edition)
Bleach 72 (Spanish Edition) by Tite Kubo. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Tite Kubo" category.
Iâ  LL TAKE MANHATTAN
Iâ  LL TAKE MANHATTAN
Iâ  LL TAKE MANHATTAN by JUDITH KRANTZ. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Judith Krantz" category.
Icebreaker
Icebreaker
With his first two novels in the series, Gardner stuck to the standard Bond formula. But with his third novel, Icebreaker, he stayed outside the formula and established all the key elements that would comprise his 007 series: Bond actually involved heavily in intelligence and espionage and a plot with a real-life political or historical background, instead of a big adventure with the fate of the world in the balance and an evil multimillionaire. I don't understand why this bothers so many people. There's dozens of Bond stories following the same routine, formula -the same story with different characters and locations- and Gardner at least tried to do something original and different with the character.

In Icebreaker, Bond is assigned to a team also consisting of American, Israeli, and Russian agents. Their mission in the arctic is to monitor a convoy of stolen high-grade military equipment from a Russian army outpost to a WWII-era bunker serving as the headquarters of the National Socialist Action Army, a well-organized neo-Nazi paramilitary group responsible for a number of terrorist attacks and assassinations. Bond quickly learns that the mission has been compromised. The team has been infiltrated by enemy agents. Additionally, the KGB is using the operation as a scheme to capture and deliver Bond to Moscow.

The story is extremely fast-paced. The action is tense and well-written. It's fun watching Bond put the pieces together and doubt who he can trust. The locations are an original and fresh change of pace for Bond and really enhances the story's atmosphere and suspense, as there is nothing glamorous or ritzy about Bond struggling to survive in the frozen forests of Finland and Russia.

There's a couple minor problems. If the Soviet Union was having problems with their weapons ending up in the hands of a terrorist faction, would they really go to the UK and US for help? And it would seem that a NATO or Russian special ops team would be more suited to carry out a reconnaissance of the enemy base in the middle of the arctic than a team of intelligence agents. But then, this is a Bond story, so I don't expect realism to get in the way of entertainment.

Overall, one of Gardner's best Bond novels and just a really great Cold War adventure for 007.
Harry In Your Pocket
Harry In Your Pocket
There have been plenty of heist movies over the years and plenty of con game movies. But for those interested in a form of theft that’s more of a cross between a robbery and a grift, the choices are far more limited. In fact, you can probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of pickpocket movies that have been made and still have enough left over to lift a wallet. Among the most stylish of these is 1973’s “Harry in Your Pocket,” a film that works better as a primer on the artistry of the wire mob than as a drama or caper movie.

The wire mob is an organized gang of pickpockets and accomplices that rob unsuspecting marks of their pokes (wallets). These are just a few of the terms that viewers will pick up by watching “Harry in Your Pocket.” The Harry in question is played by James Coburn, and he’s such a smooth pro that he’s never been arrested. As the film begins, he arrives in Seattle and teams up with old vet Casey (Walter Pidgeon) to assemble a crew. Although Harry and Casey could seemingly have their pick of pros, Harry soon settles on Ray (Michael Sarrazin), a somewhat clumsy novice, and his girlfriend, Sandy (Trish Van Devere). It’s pretty clear to everyone that the reason the couple is along for the ride is that Harry has the hots for Sandy.

The plot of “Harry in Your Pocket” is relatively basic, and it all revolves around the rivalry between Harry and Ray for Sandy’s attention. However, that triangle is pretty much absent for the film’s middle hour, most of which serves as a tutorial on pickpocketing. Since an entire snatch takes up maybe 30 seconds, the movie features many of them, shown in sequence, and all of which follow the same basic scenario. Ray and Sandy distract the mark momentarily, usually by employing Sandy’s obvious physical charms or by one or both of them “accidentally” bumping into the target. Then Harry, the “cannon,” swoops in and takes the wallet, following which there are a series of handoffs before Casey finally makes off with it. Surprisingly, seeing some 20 or so variations on what is essentially the same theme never becomes boring here. Nor does the lengthy training montage that precedes the thefts, as Ray and Sandy learn their trade. That’s in large part due to Lalo Schifrin’s bouncy score.

“Harry in Your Pocket” was the only feature film directed by Bruce Geller, best known as the creator of the “Mission Impossible” TV series. He uses the same technique here as he did on the show, with lengthy, dialogue-free montages showing the characters in action. That formula worked on the series since the plots of episodes usually involved rather elaborate con games. Here, beyond the thefts, “Harry in Your Pocket” has very little to say. Admittedly, James Coburn and Walter Pidgeon are smooth pros as they deliver their pointers, and Trish Van Devere provides plenty of PG-rated eye candy. However, Michael Sarrazin is rather wooden, with his only significant facial expression a bug-eyed stare that is somewhat creepy. He is just not a compelling leading man here (despite his top billing, Coburn’s role in the film is definitely secondary). Further, Geller (or perhaps his stunt crew) is not skillful enough with the camera to show the actual mechanics of the lifts and handoffs. Instead, most of the grabs are just Coburn walking up next to the mark, followed by another series of close encounters as the wallet is handed off unseen from one member of the crew to another.

To fill up the remainder of the screen time in what would otherwise be about a one-hour feature, director Geller shows viewers plenty of scenery from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest as the characters move from one town to another. Yes, the views are often spectacular, but if I wanted to see the scenery, I would watch a travelogue rather than slow-motion scenes of Michael Sarrazin and Trish Van Devere feeding seagulls.

Although viewers usually get more of a suggestion of how pickpocketing works instead of a view of the actual mechanics, the lift sequences in “Harry in Your Pocket” are breezily entertaining. Further, Coburn and Pidgeon are a lot of fun to watch, as well. And, also, some of the 1973 dialogue in the film is unintentionally amusing when viewed from a 21st-century vantage point. (In one scene, the crew is ecstatically happy about having made over $1400 in a full day of work.) Still, the audience has to put up with lots of scenic but empty filler and lots more of a dull and empty performance by Michael Sarrazin. I’m giving “Harry in Your Pocket” a mild recommendation, but, as a caper film, it’s distinctly petty larceny.
Susan Hill: The Essential Guide (Vintage Living Texts)
Susan Hill: The Essential Guide (Vintage Living Texts)
Vintage Living Textsという、英米の高校~大学生・教師・文学ファン向けの、小説家別ガイドシリーズの一冊。
 本書は、スーザン・ヒルの4作品(I'm the King of the Castle, Strange Meeting, The Woman in Black, A Bit of Singing and Dancing)を扱う。各作品について、読みのポイント、読解に関する問い、コンテクストの解説・役立つ参考文献(非常に充実!)などが示されている。おまけに、著者のひとりによる作者インタビュー(2002年)や、作者の創作ノートの一部など、ほかでは読めないものまで収録! 
 つまり、ただの平易な参考書ではない。作家の創作態度・過程の一端もうかがえる、薄い(全190頁)が信頼でき充実した作家案内だ。英語も平易です。
Lego Harry Potter 2010 Mini Figure - Dumbledore with Wand
Lego Harry Potter 2010 Mini Figure - Dumbledore with Wand
Eleven dollars, plus shipping is a decent price for this minifigure, as it is no longer available in stores.
Dumbledore has two faces- one with glasses, and one without. Though not wearing his usual pink robes,
this figure reminds me of how I imagine him in the books. The chest is very detailed. This is a very good product.
French Toast Girls' Front Pleated Skirt with Tabs
French Toast Girls' Front Pleated Skirt with Tabs
I bought this for my daughter's instrumental concert.

She's 10 and I figured a size 12 was a safe bet...I was wrong.

The fit on this is very weird. It's huge in the waist and super tight on the hips. She was barely able to wrench it over her bottom and hips and was extremely uncomfortable.

It rose up a bit in the back and she ended up wearing shorts under it. Yes...she still wore it since we didn't have time to get anything else, but struggled out of this as soon as school was over.

It's a shame because it's very cute. It's looked nice once she got it on (if she didn't move too much), but it definitely had a ton of fit issues!

Unhappy.
Harry Potter Lunch Box - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff Insulated Dual Compartment Tote Bag (Slytherin)
Harry Potter Lunch Box - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff Insulated Dual Compartment Tote Bag (Slytherin)
I purchased the Ravenclaw and Slytherin bags for me and my fiancé and we love them! I am able to fit two sandwiches, a small bag of peanuts, and two tangerines as snacks into the main pocket and store some sweet treats and napkins in the bottom packet. Keep in mind, this bag is a bit small, so it doesn't hold a lot of food, but enough to get you through the day, and you get to show your House pride too! I use my bag as my lunch bag for work and I get a lot of compliments and start conversations about Houses, which it awesome!
The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
Basic recipes a simple basic cookbook already has. Other than the pictures of Star Wars character toys standing on or next to the food, there is little that is original here. Example: Tuscan Raider Taters is simply mashed potatoes made from boiled potatoes, milk, butter, salt, pepper. The only unique suggestion is that if you want the mashed potatoes to be light brown in color as shown in the photo with the toy figure, you can add 2 T of soy sauce. The recipe goes into laborious detail about how to cut a raw potato into 1 in cubes to boil it (instead of just letting the kids leave the potato whole and avoiding the knife work), and then calls for the kids to drain the boiled potatoes in a colander in the sink. It does give a warning about steam burns but doesn't suggest that this step should be done by an adult. Also, the suggestion about adding 2 T of soy sauce to the pound of potatoes in the recipe to make them brown doesn't include leaving off the teaspoon of salt in the recipe, and only adding more salt "to taste.". The "Burrito" recipe is the same.... same old burritos you might make in your family already. Nothing that makes them uniquely Star Warsian.
Clip: The Coeds
Clip: The Coeds
Surprisingly good production, great timing, writing could use some work, but that comes in time! Fingers crossed for Season 2!
Harry Potter Hogwarts Lanyard with Metal Charm ID Card Holder and Collectible Sticker
Harry Potter Hogwarts Lanyard with Metal Charm ID Card Holder and Collectible Sticker
I ordered these last minute for my daughter’s birthday trip to Universal (her letter arrived and it was time for Hogwarts). Usually at Orlando area Theme Parks I would save a purchase like this for on ground- more expensive I know- but a useful souvenir, so no need for other souvenirs. I decided to get these simply because we hadn’t done Universal yet and I knew we would need lanyards for our tickets (no bands here)- and I wanted to save souvenir money for Hogwarts necessities. Such a great advanced purchase! For the price of one on ground I got 2 that were unique from what everyone else was buying and yet didn’t look like a knock off. We were asked all over where we got our lanyards. Quick tip if you have express passes and multiple park per day passes- fold them or place them so the bar code of one is facing out on one side and the bar code of the other is facing out the other- they will be scannable though the plastic- keeping them safe from water and grime and such. I even had enough room for some cash, my id and a card folded between my passes; so I never took a wallet in the parks. My daughter’s plastic unfortunately was ripped by her wand- but we easily replaced it with a new plastic id sleeve sold at a merch cart.
I will be buying a few more just in case we ever loose one because they are so perfect for a Universal Trip
C-Line Self-Adhesive Add-On Filing Pockets, 8-3/4 x 5-1/8, 10 per Pack (70185)
C-Line Self-Adhesive Add-On Filing Pockets, 8-3/4 x 5-1/8, 10 per Pack (70185)
I have a thing about having a pocket on the inside back of any book I am studying and these pockets work well for me. I place them sideways on the inside back book cover. With the opening toward the spine papers don't fall out. These are clear pockets with the opening on the long side. There is no flap to seal the envelope but it doesn't hold large amounts of papers anyway. It will hold several pages of folded print paper. The adhesive is strong so it's not going to go any were. Very secure.
Lottie & The Temple Cat Quahr
Lottie & The Temple Cat Quahr
Lottie is on a work farm. Her mother died and her father couldn't keep her. She works for her room and board. When she's walking back from the field she sees two cats waiting for her. Cats are only allowed on the farm if they hunt mice and these aren't from that batch. Why would they be waiting for her?

I've read several of Ms. Pak's writings and they are always interesting and unusual. Her mind wanders down little hallways many people would never see. That's what makes her books unique and keeps your attention when you read. I had to read this one because it involved cats and I love them.

Lottie finds herself taken into another world. They take her to a temple and call her a Godling. She's not the only girl who was brought there. She's just one of the last. There are eighty-eight "Godlings". They are taught to dance and become one with the earth and sky. The Goddess must maintain balance.

Quahr is Lottie's temple cat. She's supposed to protect her and get her to class on time. She is willing to answer questions, so Lottie has the advantage of learning how things work at the temple and why. Lottie has more questions, though, and that gets her in trouble.

Ms. Pak's words always flow well and are a treat to read. This story really didn't have much of a beginning and while this story ends, the overall story is not done. Lottie will meet Quahr again. So there will be another novella to read. I bet if you read this one, you'll want to read the next one, too!
Jerry Lee Lewis - I Am What I Am
Jerry Lee Lewis - I Am What I Am
My husband is the fan of JLL. This DVD highlights his life as well as his songs. There was a lot about Jerry's life I didnot
know so I was amazed that he is a self taught pianist. It is a good DVD for Jerry lee Lewis's fans.
Disguise Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe Deluxe Children's Costume Accessory, Black & Red, Kids Size Medium (7-8)
Disguise Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe Deluxe Children's Costume Accessory, Black & Red, Kids Size Medium (7-8)
As far as kids costumes go, you could do a whole lot worse, but they were still a disappointment. I am keeping them (I got a Gryffindor for one kid and a Ravenclaw for another) because pickings are slim, and I have no energy to look for anything better. You should know that every single seam is done as raw barely overlocked edge, which equals unraveling threads galore. I honestly don't understand why.... We have plenty of $30+ everyday garments with perfectly finished seams. Why kids costumes have to be so atrociously made is beyond me. I am debating taking these apart and re-seaming them - with finished seams, these could actually look nice.
Funko Pop! Games: Dungeons & Dragons - Asmodeus, Multicolor
Funko Pop! Games: Dungeons & Dragons - Asmodeus, Multicolor
La confezione è arrivata rotta, strappata sul davanti, come se avessero provato ad aprirla dalla parte sbagliata. Inoltre c'è un'etichetta adesiva sul lato che rovina ulteriormente la scatola. Insomma, pessimo pessimo pessimo. Il pop però é bello.
Back Me Up (Instrumental)
Back Me Up (Instrumental)
Back Me Up (Instrumental) by J.K. Fredriksson & Blooming Late Baiters. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the undefined category.
The Passage
The Passage
Since high school, I've been a diehard Banff Film Festival fanatic. I've driven more than a hundred miles in a beat-up car to make a screening, other times sneaking into consecutive nights of sold-out shows. When I was a teen, my favorite films were the X-treme white-knucklers--the winner in my mind was the film with the closest squirrel-suit buzz or the biggest waterfall drop. As I've matured though, I've gravitated more toward films with depth, beauty, and rich narratives.

This film, The Passage, doesn't just tick those boxes for me, it's almost the exact Platonic ideal of what the perfect outdoor adventure film should be. Every stunning shot, every turn of phrase carefully arranged so that a Big Story about life emerges organically from the milieu of an adventure. This isn't a film about a wild canoe trip up the Inside Passage--it's a meditation on family, aging well, and finding meaning that earns its right to explore those themes by being set in the middle of a wild canoe trip up the Inside Passage.

Too often, 'adventure' is taken to mean 'thrill-seeking', but as C.W. Ceram once wrote (and Sean Carroll quoted), a true adventure is "A mixture of spirit and deed." This film is a perfect reminder of that. The Dappens may not have climbed El Cap sans ropes, but the spirit of love, grace, and soulfulness embodied by two sixty-year-olds returning four decades later to finish a journey alongside their sons makes The Passage every bit the equal to Free Solo as an adventure film.
27 inch Silk Feeling Scarf Square Satin Head Scarf Fashion Neck Scarfs for Women
27 inch Silk Feeling Scarf Square Satin Head Scarf Fashion Neck Scarfs for Women
I purchased the Beige Stripe scarf intending to wear the scarf to work as we transition into fall. I got so many compliments on the scarf that now I wear it all the time. The fabric is silky and colors are true to what is pictured. I've washed multiple times on delicate cycle/ hang dry and the scarf has held up very well. Very pleased with my purchase and plan to buy another in a different color.
Blackbriar
Blackbriar
Originally published in 1972, this story of a young orphan in the care of an older woman who buys an old, isolated country house stands the test of time for readers interested in a setting ripe for evil and mysterious beings. With a cat attracted to a very old wooden doll that Philippa, Danny's guardian, finds revulsive, and an old wooden door carved with names and dates of people from the 1600s--except for one name, that of a woman that a visitor seeks--all in a home that was once a pesthouse, a sanctuary for victims of the Black Plague. Mary Peachy, the only name carved in the door without a date, seems to be known to all, but none will talk about her. Maybe it's her laughter Danny hears each night as he awakes from nightmares with images of years past, with the dreams' characters appearing to be the former residents preventing him from reaching his destination. Nearby are burial mounds that Danny feels beckoned to explore with his new friend, Lark, whom he finds lying in a depression of one of the mounds. A library provides some clues, though the librarian is somewhat creepy, as is the company he keeps. Blackbriar is a good story for those interested in history, suspense and the exploration of frightening dreams and realities.

There are some shortcomings to the story, most obviously the introduction of hints and clues that would normally foreshadow actions that would explain the elements that cry out for some kind of justification. While these elements could possibly reflect the reality of young people with active imaginations looking for non-existent mysteries attached to innocent actions, in this story, the reader can be forgiven for wanting more satisfaction through a more complete conclusion. It is also possible the author could be setting up the readers for a potential sequel, but in thirty years, such a sequel has never appears.

Further, if you like to read aloud with your children, one chapter at a time, this book is written in such a way that would easily fill that role; however, if the younger people have active imaginations and ar susceptible to nightmares, perhaps this would not be ideal for reading as a bedtime story. However, if your family enjoys suspense with a bit of macabre, this is would be a great book for family reading and a review discussion the next day before continuing with the next chapter.
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L, Silver
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L, Silver
This is the best laptop deal you can get, full stop.

Touchescreen? Nope. That feature is stupid in a laptop, in my view. As you use the keyboard, incidental touche s of the screen change focus or move to different screens--touchscreen is a gimmick and sucks.

The screen on this laptop is worth the price by itself. Gorgeous, black is actually black, it rivals my AOC gaming desktop monitor.

The Ryzen chip inside can be overclosked if you feel like it, but it is not needed. It is plenty fast for a laptop.

This is set up to add memory and a hard drive. Do so. I spent an additional $50 to add a 1tb drive and an 8gig memory stick. In so doing, I have the same specs as a $700 consumer laptop.

Gaming? I stream from my desktop, it's perfect. It won't run any modern games at more than low settings (if that) but you don't need to run them onboard if you have a gaming machine. DO NOT BUY THIS TO PLAY GAMES ONBOARD. Stream via Steam, it's perfect.

Buy this for $300, spend an additional $50 or $100 on memory and storage, and sit back and realize that you got a premier laptop for 1/3 the money people are spending on nothing.

Build quality is bomber. Eveything is solid, no rattles, no warps. Others have ripped on the touchpad--can't tell the difference between this and any other laptop touchpad. It isn't loose, responds as usual, no problem.

The screen is GORGEOUS and much better than laptops at twice or three times the price.

I actually like the compressed number pad on the right. If you aren't doing a lot of 10-key stuff, it's what you need.

The keyboard backlight stays on while you're typing, shuts off when you aren't. Perfectly configured.

This boots in about 15 seconds.

It has some heft, but is still very light. Hard to describe, but you can carry this all day in your backpack and not even know it is there. The power brick is about the size of a Toblerone tube. I plan on buying an extra to travel with.

This will work as a consumer laptop as is, like I said, but add some memory and a hard drive and you are CRUSHING.

I can't sing the praises of this enough.

Buy this, add a drive and a memory stick and you get a premier laptop for less than $400. And you get a better screen, too. And anyone can do that, it isn't tough at all. If you can turn a screwdriver, you can update this machine.

Make sure to go in and turn S mode off. First, activate Windows, then go to the store and turn off S mode.

This is much better than what other companies are offering as a budget laptop.
Holmes HEPA Type Tower Air Purifier, HAP424-U
Holmes HEPA Type Tower Air Purifier, HAP424-U
We got this little guy so we can smoke inside our apartment without having the smell or smoke linger. We paired it with the total air filters and boy are we impressed! It works great, not only can you see the smoke get sucked in, there's never any smell on the outflow side. In addition we just got a cute kitty cat and this filter helps keep my partners allergies at bay. The only complaint Id have is it can be quite loud when the filter is nearing its end of life. You can really notice a difference between a new filter and old. Photo included to show what it can collect after 3 months of almost continuous use.
Black Jack Taffy, (Negro Regaliz Sabor), 2 libras
Black Jack Taffy, (Negro Regaliz Sabor), 2 libras
These are not worth the money. Just received and took out one piece of candy...flavor is not good. I love black licorice taffy and was excited to find these on Amazon, but very disappointed with this purchase. If I could return I would, but since I opened and tried a piece guess I am out almost $15.00...

Don't make my mistake.
Venco Boerderij Drop hard Zout/Farm Licorice hard salty, 6.1 oz
Venco Boerderij Drop hard Zout/Farm Licorice hard salty, 6.1 oz
First of all, it needs to be said right off the bat that I like the taste of this version of licorice (Zout). Don't let the name fool you. If you are expecting a "Red Vines" (read American?) black licorice experience, you are going to be sadly disappointed. I use these Zout drops as a penalty food that my teenagers have to eat when I beat them at disc golf (they typically can only keep them in their mouth for 10 seconds before spitting them out). If you know what I am talking about, then I can tell you these little drops are great. No complaints, other than you have to buy them mail order (can't find them at your local Publix or Kroegers)!
Dilbert 2.0: The Dot-Com Bubble, 1998 to 2000
Dilbert 2.0: The Dot-Com Bubble, 1998 to 2000
I think when this was originally published in hardback as one volume, it was pretty expensive (about £50 - it seems too have come down to around £25 now). So splitting it into four Kindle volumes at £6.58 each probably sounds like a bargain. However, I felt pretty miffed when I discovered that the introduction by Scott Adams is exactly the same in both volumes of this I purchased for Kindle (

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