Eva Reed

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React Native in Action
React Native in Action
React Native in Action by Nader Dabit. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript: Fundamentals
JavaScript: Fundamentals
JavaScript: Fundamentals by Brennien Coker and Story Ninjas. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript and JScript Bible
Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript and JScript Bible
Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript and JScript Bible by William R. Stanek , James O'Neill, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3)
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3)
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3) by M.K. Eidem. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the m category.
Effective MySQL Replication Techniques in Depth
Effective MySQL Replication Techniques in Depth
Effective MySQL Replication Techniques in Depth by Ronald Bradford and Chris Schneider. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
MongoDB in Action
MongoDB in Action
MongoDB in Action by Kyle Banker. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
MySQL - A Beginner's Guide
MySQL - A Beginner's Guide
MySQL - A Beginner's Guide by Paul Watson. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7 by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 10564 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A tout jamais (Litterature t. 11273) (French Edition)
A tout jamais (Litterature t. 11273) (French Edition)
A tout jamais (Litterature t. 11273) (French Edition) by Nicholas SPARKS and Christine BOUCHAREINE. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 49 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Shuttle (Historical Novel)
The Shuttle (Historical Novel)
The Shuttle (Historical Novel) by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Delta Blues
Delta Blues
Delta Blues by Carolyn Haines , Morgan Freeman, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
La Transaction (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
La Transaction (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
La Transaction (Best-sellers) (French Edition) by John GRISHAM and Patrick BERTHON. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
A Vingança (Portuguese Edition)
A Vingança (Portuguese Edition)
A Vingança (Portuguese Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King, Becky Ann Baker, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 891 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman , Bev Vincent , et al.. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Body
The Body
The Body by Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 345 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Head First Java: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Java: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Java: A Brain-Friendly Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 1188 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Starting Out with Java: Early Objects
Starting Out with Java: Early Objects
Starting Out with Java: Early Objects by Tony Gaddis. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP Security & Cracking Puzzles
PHP Security & Cracking Puzzles
PHP Security & Cracking Puzzles by Maxim Kuznetsov and Igor Simdyanov. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Programmer's Guide to SQL
The Programmer's Guide to SQL
The Programmer's Guide to SQL by Cristian Darie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Sinatra: Up and Running: Ruby for the Web, Simply
Sinatra: Up and Running: Ruby for the Web, Simply
Sinatra: Up and Running: Ruby for the Web, Simply by Alan Harris and Konstantin Haase. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Objective-C For Dummies
Objective-C For Dummies
Objective-C For Dummies by Neal Goldstein. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Express.js: Guide Book on Web framework for Node.js
Express.js: Guide Book on Web framework for Node.js
That's ESPECIALLY true if you are a beginner who wants or needs to know more about Node.js and leveraging it with the Express web-app framework with it. Check out what reviewers said about Rick "L's" other "books". Like those, this one consists of collection of isolated, typo-laden code snippets accompanied by terse and confusing explanations.
Redis Programming by Example
Redis Programming by Example
Der Informationsgehalt ist in etwa auf dem Niveau der Redis-Homepage. Vergleichbare Beispiele lassen sich zudem auch schnell googeln und in diversen Blogs nachlesen.
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns, 10th Anniversary Edition
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns, 10th Anniversary Edition
If you heard about investing (usually a sign we're in a bubble or getting there) and you're thinking of start investing you should start with this book.

It makes a really compelling argument for investing using an index fund and saving time and energy for other things you may enjoy more than researching companies, etc.

Over the long terms:
- Costs compound badly
- Active investors on average fail to produce good results because of the costs of trading and CGT (Capital Gain Taxes) expenses
- By buying an index you reduce the emotional stress and you'd be less likely of panic or get greedy

For some reason I still think the book is missing something in terms of preparing the reader for the frequent and normal up and down of the markets.
How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett: Lessons from the World's Greatest Dealmaker
How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett: Lessons from the World's Greatest Dealmaker
This is a book about the art of closing a large deal. The author has experience in this area. Before the age of 40 he "had headed four corporations, each of which [he] took from annual revenues of less than $15 million to more than $100 million." This book is an instruction manual for the business person that wants to grow their business exponentially.

This is for sales people, for executives, for CEO's, for entrepreneurs, and for innovators; everyone that wants to make their mark in business. That was the best takeaway for me - there are so many pieces of this process that I'll be able to use individually, outside of a specific deal, and I will be a more effective businessman as a result.

There are 18 Chapters or Lessons, that the author learned from tracking Warren Buffet, and I split those up into the steps toward winning a large deal. Those steps were:
1) Choosing your target - don't swing at everything
2) Craft a compelling solution that address the major concerns of Time, Money & Risk.
3) Speak the language of a dealmaker - don't speak like a manager to a CEO.
4) How to get an executive at a target prospect to call you back.
5) Building a team to engage your prospect effectively by predicting and addressing their concerns.
6) How to deal with the problems and people that will stand in your way.
7) How to close the sale AND secure the deal.

I was so impressed by the content of this book that I bought it for all my top customers. The first step in growing your territory is partnering with your clients to grow their business, and I'm confident this will make them stronger.

I identified one of the key takeaways from each of the chapters of the book. In order to fully understand them, it is best to read them in the context of the chapter, but these valuable nuggets are part of the treasure you'll find:

Gold Nugget 1: "Make deals with the kind of people you would like to be in business with."
Gold Nugget 2: "Developing a solution and a message that have an impact on the entire company, not just one department."
Gold Nugget 3: "Never go after the company, Always go after the deal."
Gold Nugget 4: In order for large companies to trust you, they want "safety and credibility."
Gold Nugget 5: "Big people with big problems don't buy little solutions."
Gold Nugget 6: "The big dealmakers want to hear about money, time and risk. These words are part of the language of big deals."
Gold Nugget 7: "What prospects do make deals on is what they can sell [internally] and defend later."
Gold Nugget 8: "Prospects for your next big deal expect you to have a relevant and valuable understanding of their problems so that you can discuss their general context immediately."
Gold Nugget 9: "You eliminate the fear by including on your team the people from your company who are best equipped to give in-depth answers to all the questions that are being raised."
Gold Nugget 10: "If you show any incompetence in your normal day-to-day dealings with your prospects, they will note trust you to be competent in carrying out your solution."
Gold Nugget 11: "Identify your known vulnerabilities."
Gold Nugget 12: "You must think in terms of what your prospects will value, rather than in terms of your product or service."
Gold Nugget 13: "Enrich your deal-making practice sessions further by adding one or more broken plays to the meetings you're practicing."
Gold Nugget 14: "You want to ask questions, but just like a good attorney, you have to know the answers before you ask the questions."
Gold Nugget 15: "As you receive these questions, you want to be helpful, thorough, and responsive. You also want to use this as a reconnaissance period for your own gathering of information."
Gold Nugget 16: "Your ability to make your prospect feel comfortable and unafraid about buying from you is what lands you the deal."
Gold Nugget 17: "The thoroughness of your solution in terms of how they get from here to there will determine whether they are willing to actually take the necessary steps to buy your proposal and move forward now."
Gold Nugget 18: "You now spend at least one-quarter to one-third of your time in research."
Facebook House: Insider Tales of Mark Zuckerberg and His Empire's Tumultuous First Days
Facebook House: Insider Tales of Mark Zuckerberg and His Empire's Tumultuous First Days
It was fun to read the Facebook House. It's like watching a movie and getting to know Mark, Sean and Dustin more, from their work habits, their typical dressing styles, to what they usually love to eat, all these interesting details while these young, determined, soon-to-be famous kids are just starting out. I love how Judy described her first impression about Mark, how she felt Mark's determination and confidence in his future success the very first time she met him. Something we all need to learn from this young but now very successful and rich man.

The book, like the Facebook House has a very interesting vibe in it. Maybe because I'm just fascinated to read about how famous people started out, or just with the way it is written. Simple, light and fun to read, yet very motivating for people who are starting out to be entrepreneurs like me.
When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar, Germany
When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar, Germany
I got this book in October 2010 based on a recommendation from either BullionVault.com or another website devoted to providing a dissenting view to mainstream economics. It was first published in 1975, just four years after the Nixon administration had severed the last tie between gold and the U.S. dollar by closing the international “gold window” and terminating the right of foreign governments to exchange dollars for gold. At that time the prospect of an American hyperinflation seemed far off, even as inflation was rising fast, and those scratchy old silent-film clips of forlorn Germans pushing wheelbarrowfuls of banknotes to the bakery to buy bread were quaint and unreal-looking.

As I type these words the price of gold is US$1,818 per ounce, an increase of 4400% since 1971, and last week Switzerland, long a bastion of monetary probity, gave up on maintaining the value of its franc and pegged it instead to the moribund Euro, joining the other major currencies in a death-spiral of competitive devaluation. For those aware of what hyperinflation is, the possibility of experiencing it for ourselves is becoming ever more plausible and imminent. Adam Fergusson’s book gives a detailed picture of how hyperinflation—the death of a paper currency—played out in a modern industrial economy in the 1920s. It’s not a pretty sight.

I never knew much about the Weimar hyperinflation, but assumed that it had something to do with the payment of war reparations imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles. And while Fergusson’s topic is not really the cause of the hyperinflation, he does eventually come out and say that war reparations probably had nothing to do with it. Instead we see a fledgling republic facing severe social and economic problems, but whose leadership throughout remains stubbornly timid and ignorant. The leaders of both the government and its central bank, as well as newspaper editors and other leaders of opinion, were almost unanimous in asserting that the inflation had nothing to do with the runaway printing of banknotes, which they saw as an effect rather than as a cause of rocketing prices.

Hyperinflation inflicts severe suffering on almost everyone except those able to profit by making bets on the collapse of the currency. The suffering, though, is very unequally distributed, and the injustice of the whole process is one of its most striking features. With a whole generation of children malnourished, women selling their bodies for a pork chop, and retired civil servants dropping dead on the street from hunger and cold, you also have farmers hoarding bumper crops, unwilling to sell for worthless paper money, and industrialists in a frenzy of factory-building to make use of cheap credit. Some of the best parts of the book are extracts from the journals and letters of housewives describing what they see around them. They witness mob violence and exchange their pianos for potatoes.

In other ways though I found the book to be a dry read, and I felt that it was really addressed to people who were already students of this period of German history and had a grasp of the people and events of that time. The author assumes a knowledge of the time and place that in my case was lacking, which made the reading tougher going. I also found that his style lacked fluency, which made things harder as well. A sentence taken at random: “The uncertainties to which these postponements gave rise in large measure accounted for the wild fluctuations of the mark during the year.” Another writer would have put this is a more readable way.

All of that said, this book was for me very readable because of its relevance to the events unfolding around me in the world. The enormous federal budget deficits in the United States are starting to look like the Weimar deficits, and although printing presses are no longer used to create money, dollars are being created by the trillion—a figure that became familiar in Germany in the early 1920s. When I go shopping I’m struck by how much less my money buys than even a year ago, and I fully expect that prices will only accelerate upward from here.

But does that mean we’re headed for actual hyperinflation? According to writers like James Turk of GoldMoney.com and John Williams of ShadowStats.com, yes we are. Williams, a longtime statistician with the U.S. federal government, thinks it will be in the next year or two.

But are our governments as timid or as deep in denial as the Weimar republic? I’ll leave that question with you. Another thing I’ll leave with you is a favorite quote from another writer, Henry Hazlitt, an American journalist on economics and finance. In 1946 he wrote these words:

"Inflation discourages all prudence and thrift. It encourages squandering, gambling, reckless waste of all kinds. It often makes it more profitable to speculate than to produce. It tears apart the whole fabric of stable economic relationships. Its inexcusable injustices drive men toward desperate remedies. It plants the seeds of fascism and communism. It leads men to demand totalitarian controls. It ends invariably in bitter disillusion and collapse."

If you’re looking for a refutation of Hazlitt’s points, you won’t find it in When Money Dies.
In The Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
In The Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
Wow! This book has been a life changing stepping stone! I enjoy Iyanla’s personality shining through in this book. It made it much easier to take in and do the work. Here, is where I truly learned how to love myself. I thought I was loving myself before but that I needed others love more. After this book i realized I never knew what it looked like to love myself and nobody else’s love would ever be enough, nobody else’s love will EVER be the answer! With the knowledge I gained I’m able to love others better and able to help them love themselves a little more too. A MAJOR weight has lifted and life is easier. Life is BETTER! I purchased these as extra copies to give and loan to people.
Henry Ford: A curiosa vida de um dos maiores visionários da história (Portuguese Edition)
Henry Ford: A curiosa vida de um dos maiores visionários da história (Portuguese Edition)
Trata-se de uma resumida biografia deste que foi, sem dúvida alguma, um dos homens mais extraordinários da Administração e na configuração de produção fabril como a conhecemos. A obra apresenta curiosidades da vida de Ford, nas esferas pessoal, profissional, política, social e aborda ainda algumas polêmicas em que o industrial se envolveu. Por ser um livro sucinto, não há muito aprofundamento, mas nem por isso deixa de ser interessante.

De todo modo, este ebook nos dá uma ideia dos motivos que fazem de Ford um personagem tão importante para a história da moderna e quais legados deixara para as gerações que lhe sucederam, transformando-se em um inegável divisor de águas na indústria, e não por acaso, até hoje seus conceitos são estudados em universidades de todo o mundo e aplicados em organizações dos mais variados ramos.
Oprah Winfrey (Women of Achievement)
Oprah Winfrey (Women of Achievement)
Oprah Winfrey (Women of Achievement) by Belinda Friedrich. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Henry Ford for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Henry Ford for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Henry Ford was a major influencer of our nation and through his inventive drive pushed the world into its future. Most kids know of Henry Ford as the inventor of the automobile, but there was so much more to the man than that. As with anyone, he had his opinion regarding social and economic issues of his day and some agreed with him and others did not.
The depth of information Ronald A. Reis gives regarding the man and the inventor is astounding so that children would understand the whole person. He used wonderful photos and organized his information for easy understanding. The activities he includes are great for interaction for the children to really absorb the life and times of Henry Ford. Highly recommended for teaching children about Henry Ford in a fun and fantastic way!
Rock Steady
Rock Steady
I dare anyone to listen to this R&B gem in headphones and refrain from any level of toe-tapping. " The Queen Of Soul" serves notice to any pretenders that she can take command of the groove supplied by any Stax or contemporary session musicians and deliver the goods, first rate. Perfect choice for driving long-distance or rotating house tracks.
Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Che dire di questi disco? Semplicemente favoloso, perché Aretha era favolosa e non ci sarà mai nessuno in grado di eguagliarla. Un disco di Aretha si acquista a scatola chiusa, non delude mai. Consiglio anche "Aretha Franklin sings the great diva classics". Un altro capolavoro. Per non parlare di "A brand new me" con la Royal Philarmonic Orchestra. Sono tutti must per chi ama Aretha. Fidatevi. Io li ho tutti. In vinile, naturalmente. Buon ascolto
The Times They Are a-Changin'
The Times They Are a-Changin'
Back in the summer of '63 or '64, I brought this home from the music department of the department store I worked in part-time, and I felt like a dangerous communist radical race-mixing threat to my country. Quite a heady feeling for a New Jersey boy just discovering who Woody Guthrie was. I loved it. I had seen Bob on the Steve Allen late night television show performing "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll." I was just beginning to side with civil rights protestors against my own Caucasian elite, and this album pushed me quite a bit further in that direction. Now, so many years later, I am still a moderate Democrat with a fondness for folk and protest music, and while I have liked a few of Bob's rock CD's,. especially the early ones, it is his first three recordings and a live bootleg concert record from about 1965 that I want to own. I have paid him little mind the past 30 years. There are some dated songs on here, and several that are not "protest" per se, but Dylan in the early '60's, trying to look, act and sing like Guthrie of the early '40's, was really different, and perceived as a bit threatening even. If you like Bob as a rock and roller, don't skip this, his last full record of folk and protest anthems. He stayed famous because he switched to electric rock, but he got famous with his second record, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" and this one. And his debut, "Bob Dylan" with traditional songs on it, is also fantastic and does not get dated.
Yinleader 150W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Charging Ports, Power Converter with 2 AC Outlets Car Charger, Portable car inverters
Yinleader 150W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Charging Ports, Power Converter with 2 AC Outlets Car Charger, Portable car inverters
First off, THIS ITEM WORKS. It's a reliable workhorse, and I like the connector quality, paint job, and indicator light. The device is a must in these power-hungry mobile smart•device & mesia player era. The cord DC 12V end length is almost too short; but it's no surprise, and keeps its "footprint" small and tangle free.

What's not to love? Solid buy for your vehicle trips.. especially at such a fair price point!
"Thank You" Greeting Gift Stylus Pens For TouchScreen Devices - 2 in 1 Multifunction Pen - Compatible With Tablets, iPads, iPhones 100 Pack
"Thank You" Greeting Gift Stylus Pens For TouchScreen Devices - 2 in 1 Multifunction Pen - Compatible With Tablets, iPads, iPhones 100 Pack
Not only as a full-time busy BSN student but as a busy hospice nurse who uses electronic documentation, these pens are a godsend! I have bought stylus pens from other places in the past, and the pens fell apart easily and often times became quickly useless. These pens not only last through constant use and shoving into bags and pockets.. even my wallet, but they come in in really pretty colors! The little personal message of "Thank You" further expresses sincerity and good manners, and is appreciated by those that I hand the pens out too. I'm VERY happy with this company and their products. I will absolutely shop with them again soon!!
Rubie's Women's Deluxe Shuri Costume, As Shown
Rubie's Women's Deluxe Shuri Costume, As Shown
To start off I'm 120 lbs. and 5'4". I originally got the large, but had to return it both because it was extremely baggy and there was a tear in the arm. So, I decide to take a risk and get the small. It fit so well! I did make some minor adjustments to the costume to make it fit better. I went to Michael's to get a roll of black velcro. Then, using a hot glue gun, I applied the velcro to the inside of the panther fists to make a more secure fit. I also used the velcro on the inside of the tan skirt thingy so that it could fit more naturally around my waist. After I made these adjustments to the costume, it looked great! Although, looking back, I wished I would've DIY'd the arm straps too because they kept sliding down. I wore some black combat boots with it, and lots of people wanted a picture with "Shuri". I gave this 4 stars because I could only look like that badass picture on the front of the package by making adjustments to the costume. But other than that, this is the closest I could get to being Shuri without making everything myself. Also, going to the bathroom in this costume is pretty difficult! I'm lucky that I'm pretty flexible in the arms and could unzip the back/pull the top part of the costume down. Otherwise, I would've definitely needed somebody there to help. Luckily I did not rip the costume, but I felt like it could've if I moved too fast. I paid $36 the first time with the large, and $24 the second time with the small. Knowing what I know now, I think the costume is worth $30 max just because it has all of the accessories, but they do look flimsy and cheap right out of the bag.
Cross Game, Vol. 3 (3)
Cross Game, Vol. 3 (3)
I love the series and I wish H2, Touch, Rough, Katsu, Mix and all of Adachi's works were brought over.
Inuyasha Season 1
Inuyasha Season 1
I can count on 1 hand how many Anime movies and TV series I have ever watched. This genre is not my first choice of entertainment. But, when I find a feature that catches my eye, I just can't stop watching until it is done. Well, I began watching this series after watching all 4 movies at Amazon Prime. I loved it, the storyline, the drama, action, the kindling romance--so cute, and the characters. I don't know much about Japanese fairytales, but this was a great introduction. And I love the samurai dress and the exaggerated swords and sword magic. The writer has a great imagination. She develops the characters slowly but really in-depth for a 1/2 hour show over a period of 1-3 weeks (sometimes more) each instance. As each new character was introduced and progress, with enough mental reflection to catch up to the character even without seeing the previous show. But, truthfully, after watching the movies, I wanted more. So I watched all 4 seasons on Amazon Prime and the final seasons 5-7 on a different streaming channel. The movies and the series was fun and fantastic. I was sad when Nickelodeon ended it's Avatar series--was looking for something similar to watch. Well, the InuYasha series was not only a great choice, it knocked the Avatar series out of the water for me. The only thing is, it gets a bit graphic for younger children. I would only watch it with young pre-teens and up, because of that feature. But it is a great story.
Winco Pizza Bag, 20-Inch by 20-Inch by 5-Inch
Winco Pizza Bag, 20-Inch by 20-Inch by 5-Inch
I ordered this bag because our favorite pizza place is about a 20-30 drive. I admit it was basically an impulse buy because I was thinking if they used a pizza bag for delivery, why shouldn't I get one for pick up? It worked great, no fuss no muss. The only thing that I will mention is that after you get home I would suggest leaving the bag out and "open" overnight because there is (at least for me) a lot of steam inside the bag. Seems to be well made and I admit I have only used it three times no issues at all.
ONE PIECE Vol.91 [Japanese Edition]
ONE PIECE Vol.91 [Japanese Edition]
安定して面白いです。
ワノ国は桃太郎ベースかな。
仲間を集め鬼退治と比較的シンプルな物語になってます。
光月おでんの過去が掘り下げられるのは確定的なので後々、物語に深みが出てくることでしょう。
個人的にワクワクしたのはルフィとゾロ、初期の二人が合流して暴れ回ってるとこですかね。
そしてその二人に振り回される苦労人のロー。
超新星の再登場も楽しみです。

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Slow and Sure The Story of Paul Hoffman the Young Street-Merchant
Slow and Sure The Story of Paul Hoffman the Young Street-Merchant
Paul Hoffman 16yrs his mother and little brother Jimmy 8yrs lived in a modest tenament Mrs Hoffman took in sewing and Paul ran a neck tie stand, Paul's mother made a lot of the ties he sold, his brother Jimmy was gifted at drawing, it was Jimmy's birthday and the family went to see the Barnun's museum, on leaving they were shocked to hear their house was on fire, nearly all the tenants were left homeless, Sam Norton a newsboy Paul knew said they could stay hat his house, most people lost everything but Paul had 150 dollars with a friend and100 dollars in the bank

Mrs Hoffman and Paul went looking for rooms but found none suitable, Paul decided to go and see his friend Mr Preston and ask his advice, Mr Preston had a friend sailing for Europe and he needed a family to look after his house, the family could live in the basement and use the rooms on the upper floor and in return would be rent free, the house was in Madison Avenue, Mr Talbot who's house it was came in the office and agreed to Paul's family taking the rooms, Paul decided he would need 50 dollars of his money because they had lost all their clothes, instead Mr Talbot gave Paul the money

A while later Paul met a boy staring in a restaurant window looking very hungry, the boys name was Julius and Paul brought him a meal, Julius looked about 12 but he was 14, Jack Morgan was his guardian when he wasn't in prison and was a very cruel man, on reaching home that day Julius heard Morgan along with another man Marlowe planning to rob the house Paul was in, the men asked him to find out all he could about Paul, Julius was blacking boots and saw Paul again and because he was kind to him told him about the robbery, later he was told to go to Paul's house and find out where the safe is, he was to be pretending to ask for second hand clothes, now Paul didn't have any spare clothes because of the fire so bought a second hand coat for Julius but Marlowe saw him

Because they thought Julius had told Paul they decided to do the burglary Saturday instead of Monday, Julius tells Paul, that night they lock Julius in and head for the house, gaining entry they look around for the safe, suddenly they are surprised by a number of policemen, Morgan is wounded and captured but Marlowe escapes, his one intention to kill Julius

Does Julius manage to escape from the locked room before Marlowe returns, how do Mr Preston and the owner Mr Talbot take the news of what happened to his house, there is a manhunt can the police catch up with Marlowe before he kills Julius, what is the future for Julius if he should survive, does Jimmy ever get help with his drawings, there is a marriage but who and to who, and what about Paul does he succeed in business and become a success, another story from Horatio Alger, many chapters and its free, well worth a read
The Wrong Number (Fear Street, No. 5)
The Wrong Number (Fear Street, No. 5)
Oh Nostalgia.

Of course I didn't find this book nearly as fascinating as I did when I was a tween, but that probably has a lot to do with the change of times as well as my change in age.

It was quirky getting to read about the joys of life before caller ID. Since this book was first published in 1990 our characters are enthralled by a housephone that actually allows you to program speed dial numbers!

Aside from that and a bit of dated language, I still think the book would be a pretty fun read for a youngin' especially if they're into mysteries.

Truthfully, though, the story fell a bit flat and was completely unlikely without the joy of being paranormal. The Police officers were infuriating and these teen girls (17 or so) read like 12 year olds, which is probably why it still appealed so much to me before I was a full-fledged teen reader.

I'd say that for a series directed at tweens/teens Fear Street is still a contender for a mystery series despite some of its dated content.
First Snow: An Anthology
First Snow: An Anthology
Love Nora Roberts and her stories under , J D Robb. Enjoying the stories in First Snow very much. Thing only thing I did not like was the voice the reader Christina Traister used for Michael. Had a hard time listening to it.

My favorite reader is Susan Ericksen . She did a fantastic job on the J D Robb ,,, In Death, series. The way she brought out each and every character is just great.
J.D. Robb / Nora Roberts Series Order & Checklist: In Death Series, All Series and Stand-Alone Works (Series List Book 8)
J.D. Robb / Nora Roberts Series Order & Checklist: In Death Series, All Series and Stand-Alone Works (Series List Book 8)
JD Robb is my absolute favourite writer. Her In Death series is the absolute best. Love that this story just keeps going - like a TV show series. The characters are so interwoven in each following book that you feel like you know these people. Dallas - best kick ass cop in futuristic NY City. The underdog who made it. I Read everything she writes and never disappointed. When an author can make you laugh out loud - that is the best!
(She is really Nora Robert - but I like her JD Robb series even more than her other books).
Trailing West by Louis L'Amour (2008-08-01)
Trailing West by Louis L'Amour (2008-08-01)
Recently the short stories of Louis L'Amour have been reappearing in single volumes of 4 stories. Such is the case in this volume edited by Jon Tuska. Leisure Westerns has been reprinting these in soft cover with at least 5 volumes now available.

This volume contains 4 short stories from past years and are as follows: Trap of Gold, Keep Travelin', Rider, Dutchman's Flat and The Rider of Lost Creek. Most of these stories first appeared under Louis' pen name of the time, Jim Mayo. These reprints offer the stories as they first appeared in Argosy (8/1951), Thrilling Western (2/1948), Giant Western (Fall, 1948), and West (4/1947).

Though old time readers of Louis L'Amour may have read these short stories before, unless they are older than myself (65), they never read them in the original magazine form in which they appear here.

Good reading for real Louis L'Amour fans.

Semper Fi.
Dragon Ball The Way to The Strongest (Latin Spanish Language) Region A
Dragon Ball The Way to The Strongest (Latin Spanish Language) Region A
Llego en tiempo y forma, muy bien empacada, esta muy bien la remasterización, ya con esta pelicula continuo con mi colección, le pongo 4 estrellas por el detalle que tienen todas estas peliculas de la empreza Zima, el cual es que no viene con el lenguaje original y subtitulos en español
Dragon Ball Super nº 01 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball Super nº 01 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Hay dos facetas claramente diferenciadas que comentar sobre este producto: la primera es la obra en sí, y la segunda es la edición.
En cuanto a la obra, si eres fan de Dragon Ball, es necesario e imprescindible que leas Dragon Ball Super. El manga, con guión de Toriyama y dibujos de Toyotaro está a mi juicio muy por encima del anime (como suele suceder). Me reconozco como un fan de toda la vida de la obra de Akira Toriyama, así que a estas alturas de la vida resulta sorprendente reconocer que el joven Toyotaro tiene un estilo de dibujo y una cinemática narrativa en muchos aspectos superiores a las del propio Toriyama. Aparte de eso, el argumento de la serie es muy bueno, y las sagas y personajes nuevas son altamente adictivas. Este primer tomo narra desde la aparición de Beerus hasta el inicio del torneo entre el 6º y 7º universo.

En cuanto a la edición, tengo que decir que esperaba algo más de Planeta, sobre todo viendo la calidad que tenía la edición de la serie roja de Super. Si bien la traducción es muy buena (como siempre), da la impresión de que lo han publicado con prisa. El papel deja que desear, las cubiertas me han decepcionado (de hecho, el único elemento en color es la sobrecubierta que trae el libro, incluso las portadas son en b/n), y el producto no ofrece ningún valor añadido con respecto a la edición seriada. En comparación con ediciones anteriores, su calidad está reñida con los tomos amarillos de Dragon Ball (que eran bastante lamentables), y a años luz en calidad por ejemplo de la serie blanca de tomos original o de Dragon Ball Ultimate, la de mejor calidad hasta ahora publicada por Planeta.

Está bien que editen estos productos, y los fans reales, que somos muchos, los vamos a seguir comprando. Pero se agradecería un esfuerzo por parte de la editorial por darnos un producto algo más decente.
Astro Boy
Astro Boy
Knowing how badly this movie did at the box office, I was expecting something really horrible. But, it was pretty darn good. It has great animation, art direction, and a story full of ethos. There are definitely some emotional parts that might overwhelm some children. I even got misty at certain moments. Being a father, I'm always looking for things to watch with my son. He's going through an Avenger's phase at the moment. I'm a big old school Marvel fan myself, growing up collecting comic books and trading cards. This movie is way better than some of the animation that have come out recently for Marvel.

The more old school cartoons that came out in 90s were much better dealing with more realistic or darker themes.The recent ones are very superficial. Characters being emotionally flat and under-developed. (I dread watching them with my son, often falling asleep.) It could be criticized that Astro Boy doesn't change much himself, being forever wide-eyed and idealistic, however, the characters around him do change dealing with themes like prejudice, segregation, militarism, and class-warfare. Some of the character arcs are unearned, but in comparison to even some adult films, they do earn it.

And this movie definitely earns a view. Not everyone will like it, but many more will. I recommend watching the first twenty minutes and making a decision for yourself. "Onward and upward..."
Private Paris
Private Paris
PRIVATE is a global security and investigative agency, founded by Jack Morgan, and Jack heads the PRIVATE team. Louis Langlois heads up the Paris office of PRIVATE. In Chapter One, another, but connected story begins, where someone is targeting the most powerful people in Paris, and only Jack Morgan can make it stop.

Midway through Chapter One, Jack, who is in Paris, learns, from a phone call from Sherman Wilkerson, that he is worried about his only grand daughter, Kimberly Kochinsky. He had just gotten off the phone with her, and she had said there were drug dealers hunting for her, trying to kill her, and had begged him to send someone to save her. Wilkerson then asked Jack if he would go. Jack had replied that of course he would.,,And he goes, and does save her.

In THIS novel, which starts in a building in Paris, Epee (The Sword) looked to his north, beyond an Islamic bookstore, toward the office of FEZ couriers, a messenger service. She was right where he remembered her to be from his scouting trip the week before. He reached down, tugged the kaffyeh scarf up over his lower face and began to jog toward his target. His target was a mosque, and his weapons? Two cans of spray paint. The graffiti tag was of his own design, blood read and dripping, blood red and dripping, and said: AB-16. After escaping from the police, who had been waiting, expecting that he would arrive, the sword thought, as he moved on, only 48 to go. And so begins a tale, in Paris, of drug dealing, violence and explosions, and snipers shooting people in the streets from high buildings, all meant to take over the city in the name of AB-16.

Unfortunately, there are many, too many detrimental factors that require much skimming to find content, including, but not limited to, extended descriptions of mundane events and activities that require skimming before content is found. Were it not for these detrimental factors, PRIVATE PARIS would have been an exciting novel to read. With them, it is just O K.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
I chose to get this after seeing author Tom Shippey in a '90s documentary about Tolkien, and after re-reading LOTR for the fifth time. I wanted a book that analysed LOTR as a novel from a literary and linguistic perspective, rather than looking for too many biographical links. Shippey's book provided this, much to my satisfaction and enlightenment.

Three chapters are devoted to LOTR, one to The Hobbit, one to The Silmarillion, and the rest to Tolkien's shorter pieces, critical reception and followers in the Fantasy genre. Shippey was contemporary with Tolkien and followed him to the same or similar positions in academia, and he is evidently a great supporter of Tolkien's against a hostile and snobbish literary establishment. He provides brilliant insights into the 'interlace' structuring of LOTR, the many different registers of voice, both in prose and verse, the mythological and heroic texts which influenced Tolkien's creativity, the various stages for LOTR development and the fleshing out of Tolkien's 'mythology', and above all the author's fascination for names and their etymological roots. Apparently Tolkien wasn't the least bit afraid to challenge the explanations for the origins of words as presented by the OED, for example. He was a very independent and influential scholar, who did vital, pioneering work in his researches into such (then) neglected writings as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and of course, Beowulf.

There are fascinating things to be learned. Shippey uncovers Tolkien's penetrating philological detective work, decoding the names, or misnaming, of places, towns, villages, streets, to reveal the deep historical background concealed within those very geographical and urban labels we take for granted. Any student of language and literature will know this joy, the discovery of clues to life and history hidden within names, tracing the changing of words over time and what lies, archaeologically speaking, beneath the top layer we all take for granted. Shippey draws links between Norse, Germanic, and Finnish language, poetry, legends, and Old English, Anglo-Saxon, and that which was here before the English 'immigrants' settled into the green and pleasant spaces of the Midlands. (Yes. The English are immigrants too. Uncomfortable truth for the Little Englanders, no doubt.)

So, why only 4-stars. I think there is a blatant failure to consider what for convenience we can label the 'Celtic' influence on Tolkien's writing. There is passing reference to his enthusiasm for Welsh language, but little attempt to relate story ideas to Welsh medieval literature, much less anything from Ireland. There are a few references to Finland, the Kalevala, the mysterious power of the Sampo, but he doesn't even namecheck Vainamoinen, and anyone who's read Kalevala and LOTR would connect Tom Bombadil to Vainamoinen. Admittedly one can't rightly expect Shippey to be a scholar of everything, and let's not forget that LOTR is not a work of scholarship per se.

Shippey stresses Tolkien's desire to provide England with a mythology to compensate for what was lost after so many invasions (Romans, Angles, Saxons, Normans, etc). All the same, one can't help feeling that a failure to consider Tolkien in the context of Celtic literature - and I'm not saying there isn't such a study available elsewhere, maybe there is - must surely smack of exclusivity, the kind which scholars of Welsh, Old Irish, and Scots Gaelic could choose to interpret as further proof of Anglo-Saxon (i.e. English) hegemony and disrespect. The obvious linke between Tolkien's tragic hero Turin and the Finnish Kullervo is acknowledged, although not very forecfully, as if the Kalevala could be, to some extent, dismissed as fringe.

I was surprised also that there was no attempt to link Tolkien's mythopoeic endeavours to those of such ambiguous fellows (heroic charlatans of heroic romance) as Macpherson, author of Fingal and the Ossian 'hoax', or Iolo Morganwg (aka Edward Williams) the Welsh scholar-antiquarian who invented as much of Welsh ancient literature as he rediscovered and promoted from obscurity. I don't think anything Tolkien did could ever be convicted of sharp practice, but in some sense the methods and goals were not so dissimilar: to uncover, rediscover, conjecture and when necessary, fabricate on behalf of a lost narrative tradition of ancient 'English' myth and legend.

But putting all that aside, if you have read and re-read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and other heroic texts by Tolkien, and you're ready to learn more about the stages of development, the inspirations, the first thoughts and modifications, and want to know something of how such a mind as Tolkien's came up with all this stuff, and just why, critically speaking, it works so well and is so convincing and enveloping as a reading experience, Tom Shippey is a superb guide and you won't be disappointed.

Prepare to marvel anew. And get ready to want to dive back into Tolkien's Middle Earth with fresh eyes.
Naruto, Vol. 1: Uzumaki Naruto
Naruto, Vol. 1: Uzumaki Naruto
Technical review: The manga looks amazing. I wanted to read it in guided view, but it doesn't line up properly, but the word bubbles are big enough to read in one page view. However if you tilt your tablet sideways for double page view they are a little too small, but this is a must for a couple panels that take up two pages. The guided view not lining up properly is most likely because they just scanned the pages instead of running it through their word scanner which probably doesn't work with pictures. This is bad because guided view doesnt work but great because nohing is messed up like the Game of Thrones digital copy where apparently their word scanner messed up a lot of the book by misspelling a ton of words and names. This book uses a bit of Japanese sounded out words to describe villages and ninja moves and would have most likely gotten butchered.

Story review: ...WOW!!! I fell in love with Naruto all over again. I watched the anime a lot when it first came out but shortly fell out of anime all together. I recently have gotten really into reading DC Comics and though I didnt read manga when I was into anime I figured I would give it a try...thank goodnes I did. A lot more fun than the cartoon, in my opinion, because I don't remember laughing as much and I definitely don't remember crying. Yes! This book brought me to tears and made me immediately want to purchase Vol. 2. An amazing story, a must get.
Naruto, Vol. 5: The Challengers
Naruto, Vol. 5: The Challengers
Even after I have been following Naruto since I was 12 (am now 23) the Zabuza & Haku chapters will always remain one of my favorites. I love these characters. They have a great back story. Particularly as it pertains to their relationship with each other. I also love Haku's jutsu. Even today she is one of the only ninjas in the series to mix wind and water Chakra types to become a ice type. I would love to know even more of her history (particularly her history as a black ops operative because she wears Anbu Hidden Mist mask). Love these chapters. FAST SHIPPING and came in great condition. Ordered together with 1-4.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Vol. 6 (6)
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Vol. 6 (6)
As always I get my Manga in a perfect condition and this Vol was very entertaining to read. I saw Katasuke in action using his Scientific Ninja Tools not to mention Konohamaru and Team 7 fighting Ao and Kashin Koji a brand new villain appears afterwards with Summoning Toads that looks like that of Jiraiya's not to mention a Rasengan! And Boruto's Karma Seal has Awakened. Such an action-packed chapter with new information and new characters being introduced into the story of Boruto its exciting.
Naruto 37 (Japanese Edition)
Naruto 37 (Japanese Edition)
何年か前に友人の家で読んで以来、どっぷりはまっています。

幾つかの酷評もありますが、そんなに評価が悪くなく安心しました。

自分の好きなマンガが評価悪いと、ちょっとヘコむよね…。

第2部に入り、ストーリー展開が急ぎ過ぎといったような意見もあるようですが、

むしろ自分としては、もっと一気に進めてもいいと思いますよ。

ただ、今の「暁」の暗躍を描く展開だけではなく、

五大国の残り三国や、大蛇丸なども所々に絡めてほしかった。

まぁ今後そのうち出てくるでしょうが…。

この37巻で、一番面白かったのは、角都の技の名前ですね。

作者の「岸本」さんもガンダム好きなんですね…。
Le poids du crime
Le poids du crime
A réserver pour les fanas de Carter Brown, dont je suis (j'en possède une centaine)
Die Fünfundvierzig: Historischer Roman (German Edition)
Die Fünfundvierzig: Historischer Roman (German Edition)
Zunächst möchte ich der Ordnung halber darauf hinweisen, daß es sich bei meiner Ausgabe um eine Taschenbuchausgebe aus der Reihe tredition classics handelt.
Diese Ausgabe wimmelt geradezu von Schreib- bzw. Flüchtigkeitsfehlern, es ist kaum zu glauben! Die Kommata wurden ganz offensichtlich nach dem Gießkannenprinzip auf die Seiten verteilt.Sie erscheinen zu Haufe völlig sinnfrei mitten im Satz und zerhacken so Sinn und Verständnis der Lektüre.
Das hat Herr Dumas nun wirklich nicht verdient, und es ist für jeden Leser eine Zumutung! Gibt es denn in diesem Verlag niemanden, der Korrektur liest?
Das Lesevergnügen leidet außerordentlich und deshalb bekommt diese Ausgabe von mir auch nur einen Stern, obwohl der arme Autor ja gar nichts dafür kann.
Montana Dog Soldier (Brotherhood Protectors Book 6)
Montana Dog Soldier (Brotherhood Protectors Book 6)
Montana Dog Soldier is a good story with strong female and male leads. Joe aka Kujo is the male hero along with his German Shepherd Six, they are both retired military but being Delta Force makes him never fully retired. Kujo and Six are the newest members of Brotherhood Protectors.
Molly is an FBI agent out in the Crazy Mountains of Montana to find a terrorist training camp, when she is left for dead, Kujo and Six will save her life. Kujo and Molly have a love hate relationship at first as their trying to figure the other out. Once that trust develops, it's on like Donkey Kong. Kujo is one sexy alpha but he is also sweet and caring. Molly is strong, independent but knows when she is over her head and needs help.
if you read any other books in this series than you will see all previous Brotherhood members such as Hank, Taz, Bear, Duke and my favorite Swede. This is actually the first book of the series where all previous books characters had a little role and I loved it. I like when an author writes a series and includes all her characters in the books. I hate reading a series, only to never read about the previous characters. So I am excited James included the men and their woman in Montana Dog Soldier.
Happy Reading! !
Mutação
Mutação
Muitos livros de Robin Cook se assemelham em suas tramas, mas este é bem diferente. Empolgante do começo ao fim. Sensacional.
A Right to Die (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 40)
A Right to Die (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 40)
Before I had heard of the books, the only places that I had seen the name Nero Wolfe was with a TV show that starred Timothy Hutton and an Old-Time-Radio Show with Sydney Greenstreet (who was a famous actor of the 40s and 50s and opposite Bogart in the Maltese Falcon). It wasn't until a friend of mine mentioned that the author was Rex Stout and like the Saint, Bulldog Drummond, or Philip Marlowe there was a whole series of books and short stories that involved the character. I decided to go and look for the books.
One of the things that attracted me to the Nero Wolfe stories is that unlike some other golden age detective novels, they are supposed to be ageless. That is strip the years out of them and you could have them happen in the late 30s up to the most modern times. However, this one is a little aged. Simply, because the simply sanded references to pre-'68 Civil Rights Groups in the NYC (and northern states) and cordial tone the leadership of these group has among the leaders with others in the community.
That said, the other disappointing thing about this story is that it references another earlier novel by Stout. You don't need to have read it to get the reference. There is some exposition between Wolfe and one of the other main characters to fill you in on the reference, but still that is another minor quibble about a set of stories that according to some you can pick up anyplace and read without having to read previous volumes to understand some "noodle incident" referred to by the characters.
Okay so what is the story about? Well in short it starts out with Wolfe and his main assistance Archie Goodwin trying to help the father of a black man find out the character of a rich socialite white woman and why she would be interested in his college aged and poor son. However, that all turns when the woman ends up dead with a tool the son took from a racist cop during the Freedom Riders summer. There are some fakes and a couple of red herrings, with some details; but in the end we get it all boiled down to a racist mother of another character who had died before the story started and her need for revenge. The clue that Wolfe clicked into was a bit of English language structure that even Goodwin has a problem explaining away near the end. However, when I read it the clue that struck me was the "incident" that cause the dead woman to have left her home in Wisconsin and go to NYC. Stout seemed to do everything short of put lights up around this clue and the immediately dismiss it before tying it up near the end. I am not sure if that is because I have been reading enough of these Golden Age of Detective Novels to catch up or that I am just that good. However, the action is quick paced and the dialogue here is very good. The discussions about the niceties of Northern states racism in government (police and DAs) towards blacks is interesting to me. Since they seem to go along with what my parents told me of growing up in the 50s and 60s in places like Philly and Chicago. With this book being written and published in '64, that is amazing the author was able to recognize this fact of life. Heck, one of the characters in a bit of dialogue towards Wolfe even says that the police in NYC in the 60s are just as racist as the cops in Selma, but they do it subtle and with a smile on their face. The only other spoiler here is that the last half of the book tosses the derogatory "N" word out there from the criminal and from some of the other supporting cast. In the end this book and its characters do remind me of a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes, with the sort of off the wall but very probably explanation of how to get to the crime; a chapter where the criminal monologues the motives in Wolfe's office and with Archie Goodwin being a better version of Watson in his sort of unflappable observational way.
I am going to have to find the rest of these novels, since the writing style is very enjoyable. The book itself was short (at least at my reading speed) and I started it over lunch one day and was finished in just under 4 days of reading at lunch for 40 minutes. Hopefully the rest of the Wolfe books are just as much fun and quick.
The Doorbell Rang (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 41)
The Doorbell Rang (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 41)
Whether this is your first foray into the world of Nero Wolfe or have dined at his table for years, The Doorbell Rang is well worth the reading although to my mind it is not ne plus ultra of the canon.
If you are looking for a literate, funny and densely plotted old-fashioned whodunit, you will find none better than the Nero Wolfe series.The Doorbell Rang is kind of unusual in that it squares off against the FBI as an abusive, vindictive and malicious organization even though Stout mostly avoids plots with a political overtone. While he doesn't let the agency quite off the hook by the conclusion, he doesn't slaughter them either, and that ambiguity won't please everyone.
Though fairly new to the Wolfe series myself, I've been on a Nero Wolfe binge for the last couple of months and have downed at least 25 servings so far. These books are pure comfort food.Tasty, engaging and easy to digest.
Wolfe, if you haven't met him, is a genius detective and recluse, a lovable if misogynistic agoraphobe and an obese, worldly, and deeply educated gourmand. Also a grammar snob and sesquipedalian.
Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's factotum, besides being the reclusive master's fast-dancing contact to the streets, is a talented private detective with a smart lip, fondness for women, and tape-recorder memory. Classic-mystery fans will appreciate that Archie is also a better-rounded and more believable and smarter character than Sam Spade. And by the way it is Hammett's Sam Spade, not Chandler's Philip Marlowe whom Archie most closely resembles. Archie is pure New York, a wiseacre and an adept practitioner of that creative slang common to the inner boroughs in the 1920s and 30s. Think colorful, not coarse. As in "he was sitting on the back of his lap." He doesn't tip a cab driver he "shows the hackie a finif." Wolfe's shirt is "a few acres of canary yellow cotton." Or he'll make an off-beat observation like, "The trouble with mornings is that they come when you're not awake."
Like nearly all Nero Wolfe mysteries, The Doorbell Rang saddles the great detective with a seemingly impossible task, and though he has probably guessed the who in the whodunit early on he won't spell it out ("open the bag on the full crop" as Archie would say) until he can cinch it conclusively, and earn his exorbitant fee, before the always-stumped NYPD homicide branch beat him to the punch.
In this case we are led to believe that FBI agents have murdered a journalist who was hoovering up (ahem) dirt on the agency. Wolfe's wealthy client is simultaneously suffering FBI harassment in an unrelated matter. Wolfe's task is not to prove the FBI agents did the murder but to prove they did not, and then trade that revelation to the Feds in return for a promise they will lay off his client forever.
If I have one plot criticism of this tale it is that there is a red herring introduced early on that is never resolved. I won't spell it out in case you haven't read the book yet, but it's something to do with the client's buried secrets. In most Wolfe mysteries there are no red herrings at all. Naturally the fun is going through all the likely suspects and trying to eliminate them or focus on them, much as Archie does. Leads and hints may peter out, but doesn't throw curve balls the way many writers do, and normally picks up all the marbles before tying a knot on the bag.
Stout's passionate loathing of J. Edgar Hoover at the time this book was written, about 1965, may have sprung from having been falsely accused of Communist leanings by a Republican congressional committee back in the early 50s. But back in 1965 it was not generally known what a dangerous, fanatical bastard Hoover was.
Wolfe's witty obsession with good grammar raises a major beef I have developed with this title and all the others I have consumed in the Bantam Books reissues: Way too many typos and sentence errors. I'm reading the Kindle versions and don't know if the print editions suffer the same textual faults, but these digital versions frequently pull me up short with mangled sentences, missing or redundant punctuation, or a clause from one sentence transposed into another. Or part of a sentence repeated part! of a sentence" twice, and.,redundant missing...see what I mean?

This is especially irksome because Rex Stout, and his editor Marshall Best, whom I knew slightly, were exceptionally careful about grammar and typography.
If you want a demonstration that the listed publisher, Bantam, and its ilk in modern-day publishing just don't give a damn about the language, the reader, or the author whose works they plunder for profit, consider the meagre extra investment it would have taken to hire a competent proof reader for a few hours. We're probably talking about something like $500 and possibly a good deal less. I admit I do not understand how a book that's been in print for 50 years can acquire new typos it wasn't born with, and has escaped through middle age without, but assume it has something to do digitizing text on the cheap and then not bothering to read it through.
Bottom line: A very enjoyable read with an unusual--for Stout--political angle, and a satisfying conclusion that probably wouldn't quite cut it today.
Pellucidar
Pellucidar
One of the marks of a great writer is that he can take an unbelievable situation and make it sound true and accurate and believable. “Pellucidar”is book two of the seven-volume Pellucidar series by Burroughs, which tells the story of the adventures in a hollow-earth world where intelligent reptiles were the dominant species and humans were stuck in stone age civilization. One of the remarkable things Burroughs created in this hollow-world are the fact that, without sunrise or sunset, there is simply an eternal mid-day sun and thus no real conception of time. Although he was not the first one to ever postulate the existence of an inner-earth world, no one either before or since has done it half as well. Above all, this book, like the others in this terrific series, is a wonderful adventure story of fighting and chivalry.

In the first book in the series (“At the Earth’s Core”), Innes and Perry tunneled into this inner-world in a mighty metal prospector, not having any idea that it ever existed. At the end of the first book, Innes returns to the outer crust to gather arms, tools, and books so that he and Perry can advance human civilization in the inner world and take on the Mahar (reptile) empire. This second book of the series details Innes return to the inner world and his adventures there and how with his tools, weapons, and technological know-how brought back from the outer world, he leads a federation of stone age kingdoms in battle against the Mahars, bringing to bear weapons that no one in the inner world could ever have dreamed of.

It is truly a great story and, once you expect the conceit that there is an inner world with an inner sun and intelligent creatures there of many kinds, you will enjoy this book immensely. It is simply a great adventure story and quite enjoyable to read.
Harry Potter Girls Costume Dress Hermione Hogwarts Crest Hooded Cloak Gryffindor
Harry Potter Girls Costume Dress Hermione Hogwarts Crest Hooded Cloak Gryffindor
My daughter literally gasped as I showed her this! She wanted to be Hermione for Halloween and she loves glitter and dresses! She immediately put it on and started twirling! Couldn't ask for anything more!
I love that the cape is removable for washing. The dress seems sturdy, with seams properly sewed. Can't wait for the months after Halloween when she wears it daily!
Harry Potter Slytherin Patch Knit Scarf, OSFM, Green
Harry Potter Slytherin Patch Knit Scarf, OSFM, Green
I ordered this scarf because other reviews said it looks just like the picture and they are right! The colors are perfect and the patch is big and bright. The perfect scarf if you love Harry Potter as much as me! I ordered my friend a Ravenclaw one from the same company because this one is so great! I’m going to a Harry Potter event next weekend and wanted something warm to wear, but I will for sure wear this scarf all the time now. It’s really comfy and pretty warm. So happy with this purchase!
ダングリード - Switch (【初回特典】特製ステッカー、フルカラー取扱説明書 封入 & オリジナルサウンドトラック 同梱)
ダングリード - Switch (【初回特典】特製ステッカー、フルカラー取扱説明書 封入 & オリジナルサウンドトラック 同梱)
最初はもう骨の犬に殺されまくりました…
ジャンプと攻撃が向いてる方に攻撃じゃなくて、ガンジョンみたいにRスティックで向きを決めて攻撃というスタイル&横アクションなので、まぁ操作に手こずった。
基本は最初何も無いけど、潜って村人を助けたら色んな施設が建てられてできることが増えていくローグライク。
操作にさえ慣れてしまえばかなり面白いし、ドット絵も好きなタイプなので楽しめています。
値段も安いし、初回版についてたサントラCDもなかなか良くて、良いゲーム見つけたな~って思います。
The Tin Box Company 684707-DS Harry Potter XL Classic Lunchbox, Blue
The Tin Box Company 684707-DS Harry Potter XL Classic Lunchbox, Blue
The lunchbox arrived nearly a week early and was well-packaged. It is LARGE, as advertised, and looks just like it appears in the ad. It is big enough to hold a cold pack, along with sandwich, fruit and more. I am very pleased with this purchase and would buy again from this enterprise.
Supernatural Slayer Squad: Darkblood Academy, Book Two
Supernatural Slayer Squad: Darkblood Academy, Book Two
I was excited to start reading more about characters I grew to love in the first book.. but the author decided to do a more sad theme in this book. Normally, I would say that made the book more memorable and that the sad parts made the book even greater because it was so heartfelt. And I love being moved by a book. But that is not the case with this book. The devastating part written in the middle of this book to cause angst really did not add to the story. No major plot twist or Discovery. No necessary sacrifice...Nada... in fact I think the book would have been so much better without it. And now...the ending went totally left field... probably to open the door to another love interest at the expense of another. So I’m having mixed feelings if I want to even continue with this series or not. Jury is out for now..
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W, BN647, 80 Plus Titanium Efficiency, Power Supply, ATX, Fully Digital, Modular, virtually inaudible Silent Wings Fan
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W, BN647, 80 Plus Titanium Efficiency, Power Supply, ATX, Fully Digital, Modular, virtually inaudible Silent Wings Fan
Twice the lifespan, a better warranty, a new look, more capabilities, this was just a no-brainer for me, she's beautiful. It also comes with everything you'd need to get started and more you probably won't use, but it's there. I can also say that the Dark Power 12 feels a lot better in the hands than the Dark Power 11. Beautiful packaging too, it came in this nice velvety box. And opening the box is an experience. I'll be sure to buy from be quiet! more often.
62 and Pregnant: With the Promised Seed of Purpose
62 and Pregnant: With the Promised Seed of Purpose
This pamphlet has helped me to stay focused. I now know it’s not about your age or where you are in life or keeping up with someone else, especially copying someone ministry. It’s about the promise seed that The Father has spoken specifically to you and for you. I am pregnant with a promise. I have recommended and recommend this reading to all women who feels like God has forgotten them because of their age or think it’s too late. Not so. The promise seed will come forth. This is definitely a good read for women’s groups or small and large. Age doesn’t have anything to do with it. Thank you Gresha for writing this pamphlet as such a time as this.
Cell Phone Signal Booster Verizon Cell Phone Booster Amplifier Verizon Home Cell Signal Booster Repeater Verizon 4G LTE Signal Booster Band13 700MHz Verizon Booster with Antennas Kit Boost Voice+Data
Cell Phone Signal Booster Verizon Cell Phone Booster Amplifier Verizon Home Cell Signal Booster Repeater Verizon 4G LTE Signal Booster Band13 700MHz Verizon Booster with Antennas Kit Boost Voice+Data
I can not believe how well this works. Specially for the price since it was a lot cheaper then other options. I wish I would have bought one years ago. Super easy to install & worked right away. Went from barely 1 bar to 3-4 instantly. I can actually surf the web, even watch videos with out any buffering on my cell phone now and make a phone call with out my phone sitting in a certain spot. Iv NEVER had service at my house and no internet options besides terrible slow satellite. This was worth every penny and some. I’d happily pay double knowing now how easy and well it works. BUY IT NOW!!!! You won’t be disappointed! Hope it continues to work so great!
12’’ Screen Magnifier for Smartphone – Mobile Phone 3D Magnifier Projector Screen for Movies, Videos, and Gaming – Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier – Compatible with All Smartphones
12’’ Screen Magnifier for Smartphone – Mobile Phone 3D Magnifier Projector Screen for Movies, Videos, and Gaming – Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier – Compatible with All Smartphones
I really don't understand the other reviews that gave this product 1-2 stars. Like, what? Where you expecting it to be monitor screen? Its a magnifier, not a second screen, so of course the image quality would be a bit scuffed.

Now, for an actual review. I got what I expected. The image quality was actually not that bad. The pictures may make it seem a bit blurry, but in irl its a lot more clear.

My only complaints would be the reflection on the peripherals of the magnifying screen, as well as the sticky pad for the stand. Though, the reflection isn't too bad (image quality actually improves in the dark) and I improved the stand by placing pads to keep it from moving (i can still close it too).

You do have to adjust it to get a perfect screen, but so far... I seem to be getting the perfect angle everytime so I have no qualms about that.

All in all, I got what I expected and was happy that I ignored the bad reviews on this product.
The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few
The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few
This review is written by Jim Loving, husband of CKL.

Marjorie Kelly (EVP) and Ted Howard (President, co-founder) are principals in the non-profit The Democracy Collaborative (DC), a “research and development lab for the democratic economy,” founded 20 years ago by Ted and Gar Alperovitz. Since its founding, the DC has made great strides in working with communities around the world to improve the plight of thousands of people within our current economic system, while building principles for its necessary reform (or as Peter Senge has said the “Necessary Revolution.”)

Since then, they have formed and been involved with their associated non profits - Community-wealth dot org, and The Next Systems Project along with Fifty by Fifty – all of which are focused on this work. This book is an excellent follow up to Alperovitz’ 2013 book – “What Then Must We Do – Straight Talk About The Next American Revolution,” which you can read about (including my review) here - https://www.amazon.com/What-Then-Must-We-Revolution/product-reviews/1603585044/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_paging_btm_next_6?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&pageNumber=6

As my headline notes, Capitalism is in Crisis and this fact has been written about and focused on by many recently, including among the biggest winners from our current system. Look at the Washington Post article “Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich,” dated April 20, 2019. The Post article points to many, but includes references to the very popular Harvard Business School MBA class – “Reimagining Capitalism”, taught by Rebecca Henderson, who is releasing her own book of the same name (Reimagining Capitalism In a World On Fire) in 2020 – see rebeccahenderson dot com. (I have communicated with Henderson and I believe she is reading this book).

Kelly and Howard, along with Foreward author Naomi Klein have written about this crisis, its elements and its causes. In broad strokes, this system, the “extractive economy” discussed in this book has produced a system in the U.S., where the three wealthiest men own more wealth than all the wealth controlled by the 50% least wealthy Americans. Since 2009, 95% of income gains in the U.S. have gone to the top 1%. On top of that, the pressure for continuous production and consumption is depleting Earth’s natural resources at more than 1.5 times the planet’s ability to regenerate them and releasing harmful emissions that are warming the planet at a dangerous rate.

I first became aware of the work of the DC and its associated non-profits ten years ago after spending 15 years focused on, and working in the area of environmentalism and sustainability. Once anyone spends any amount of time working in the area of sustainability, one quickly realizes that the underlying causes of issues addressed in those movements is based on our current “extractive” economy – our current system which Alperovitz has referred to as “Corporate Capitalism.” As we used to say in the business world I worked in for 34 years (large multi-national corporation), “what gets measured (and rewarded) gets managed.” Simply stated, we are measuring and rewarding the wrong things and the results speak for themselves.

Alperovitz previous book addresses how neither our current Corporate Capitalism system, of which Margaret Thatcher famously said “There is No Alternative”, nor State Socialism have adequately addressed the needs of worker-citizens. What is needed is a “Pluralist Commonwealth” whose elements will be tested and implemented locally and regionally, and through its successes, will bring pressure on national governments to take note and to implement systemic reforms. What is different now since Alperovitz wrote in 2013 is that Kelly and Howard state on page 87, “Movement into a next economic system can’t wait for the long, slow process of building community wealth. To create space for alternatives to flourish, we must confront huge and immediate issues like climate change. Building a democratic economy may begin at the local level, but it requires tackling large system dynamics as well."

As Kelly and Howard reference in this book, the other thing one realizes when looking through the sustainability lens is that our economic (and social, political) system is in fact a complex system. A leader in this work is the late Donella Meadows and her work is noted and referenced here (“Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.”. They go on to note (p112)

“The (current) system arises from our ‘shared social agreements about the nature of reality,’ (Meadows). We all know today’s economic reality:
Investors are owners and employees are hired hands.
The corporation is an object that can be owned and sold.
Financial wealth is the scarcest commodity and therefore the most precious.
Its growth is ideally limitless.
Fiduciary duty to investors is the most important moral duty in the investing and corporate world.
GDP and balance sheets count everything that counts.
Income to labor is an expense to be reduced.
There’s no such thing as too much profit or too much wealth.
People are poor because it’s their own fault.”

This book is an easy read. It is only 119 pages, with another six pages of additional references and organizations working in this area, and eighteen pages of notes.

The book is broken into an Introduction, 8 chapters, and a conclusion. The first chapter reviews the principles imbedded in a Democratic Economy vs the principles imbedded in the Extractive Economy (see above). Chapters 2-8 go through each principle and discuss how they are being implemented in the world or how they could be implemented. The conclusion offers hope with ideas and thoughts on next steps ahead.

As Alperovitz has noted in his books and public talks, and in this book, we missed major opportunities to reform the system when we had a near-death experience in 2008. He said “We’re in a systemic crisis, and no one is dealing head on with it. We need policies, But the crisis is at the level of the system, the deep tectonic level of institutional designs that keep the status quo functioning, the unquestioned assumptions that make troubling outcomes seem normal. Our work is to help people see, here are the things that we can build now, in the real world, that point toward a different system.”

This book does that. I want to highlight only two of the ideas from their 7 principles which I believe are key to this approach. 1- in Chapter 7, The Principle of Sustainability, they highlight a major big idea from the DC/Next System Project – “Quantitative Easing for the Planet.” With the 2008 crisis, the Central banks, "in an emergency" printed money, known as Quantitative easing (QE) to save banks, insurance companies, and GM.

With our current planetary emergency (Global Climate Change, 6th mass species extinction, Anthropocene), governments could do the same thing - QE for the planet, buying up the major Oil/Gas companies stranding their $100T in assets, leaving them in the ground, while managing and accelerating the move to renewable and newer forms of energy. Current shareholders are whole as they are bought out and the people - the users of energy, now control their own destiny and the destiny of the planet.

In Chapter 6 – The Principle of Democratic Ownership, the authors discuss the importance of Enterprise Design. How an employee owned and public outcome-focused business works first for the public good, with profits a result of a well run business, not the end-all and be-all in corporate design. Kelly has started Fifty by Fifty to enable the major conversion of businesses owned by retiring boomers to convert to employee owned and managed – i.e. selling the businesses to the workers. ESOPs and worker-owned cooperatives have been around for a long time and their record of performance is strong. The measurements are different and therefore their operating and management principles are different than the current quarter-to-quarter shareholder value and top line growth the only numbers that matter approach of nearly every corporation today.

As the book outlines, this is not just an American story, this change is also underway in the United Kingdom. Preston England reached out to Ted because of the success of the “Cleveland Model” and have had great success and notice taken by the Labour party with their own “Preston Model.” This book is a great place to start if you are concerned about our economy and looking for new ideas and approaches to address the systemic issues we all face. I highly recommend it.
Noverlife Shear Holder for Hair Salon, Large Countertop Scissors Organizer Storage Box with Dividers for Barber, Stylist, Pet Groomer, Professional Hairdressing Combs/Clips/Brushes Storage Racks
Noverlife Shear Holder for Hair Salon, Large Countertop Scissors Organizer Storage Box with Dividers for Barber, Stylist, Pet Groomer, Professional Hairdressing Combs/Clips/Brushes Storage Racks
This is the second one I bought and loved them both. First was the double, and the only draw back was over time thinning shears bent the bristles and despite trying to always put them in the same place half of the holder became unusable. This single model seems to have more space between bristles so fingers crossed I do not have this problem again. There is a risk/fear of it falling over so put in a secure corner or shelf.
+24 colors/patterns
+24 colors/patterns
Be aware that this does run a size or two small. But it was perfect for my 8 year old. I was surprised with how well made this sweatshirt is, and she'd wear it daily if she could. Its been washed and dried several times, and it still looks like new. it also arrived earlier than expected.
Scatole di scarpe (Italian Edition)
Scatole di scarpe (Italian Edition)
Più che una semplice storia è la descrizione di emozioni, speranze, delusioni, felicità, tristezza. Vita quotidiana e immaginazione interiore si susseguono in un vortice di immagini che spaziano dall'arte fiamminga all'architettura juvarriana, dalla bellezza semplice dell'India al tramonto dietro la Mole. Tre le protagoniste: Claudia, Lucia e Betta, tre caratteri che sono solo sfaccettature nascoste dentro ogni donna. Se volete fantasticare con commozione e ardore allora compratelo e buona lettura! W le donne!
Concerti
Concerti
Extraordinary performance,highly recommended. I never knew Violin Concerto RV 761 can be so beautiful. The violin playing is absolutely outstanding. All instruments are contemporary to 17th century, during which the composer lived.
Xbox Wireless Controller - Fortnite Special Edition
Xbox Wireless Controller - Fortnite Special Edition
First off, this product is amazing. Microsoft’s controllers are the best around. For people who are having 3.5mm jack issues and worn left sticks, please don’t be complaining in your review. All of these issues are because the user was careless and 1, yanked the headset jack out over and over, and 2, was very hard on the left stick. If you are having these issues then I’m sorry to say but all that is your fault. Our controllers at home have worn left sticks and broken headphone jacks because we were hard on them for 3 years. Here are some tips to help your Xbox one controllers last a long time.

1. Don’t be hard on the analog sticks. Pushing it harder won’t make your character move faster or better.

2. Don’t be careless with your headphone jack.

3. While gaming, have a stuffed animal or something soft beside you that you can throw at the wall if you lose a game. Don’t take your anger out on the poor controller!

Anyway, I hope this helped you and again, the Xbox one controllers are some of the best around.
Tostador Nostalgia hdt600retrored Retro Series Pop-Up Hot Dog, Rojo
Tostador Nostalgia hdt600retrored Retro Series Pop-Up Hot Dog, Rojo
When I saw this product I had to have it. This is the most amazing thing since hot water as far as I am concerned. I got it the day after I ordered it. After reading all the negative reviews I could find here is how I approached using the product.

1) Smokes during first few uses-I turned the knob to 5 and let it perform a burn-in cycle with nothing in it. Instructions say to not operate without at least 1 hotdog and bun. But in my opinion if it can't survive 1 cycle it would need to be returned as POS. Burn-in worked fine and it did smoke like a bingo player at first, then it stopped. Subsequent uses were smoke free with no odor/taste effect on the food.

2) Bun burning along edges-Yes it burned the buns along the edge and was heavier from the top of the toaster down. But after a bit of carbon buildup on the inside it no longer burns the bun and I do cook on number 5. The buns need to be regular sized. I also noticed that most buns, I tried 3 brands, are baked/sliced in such a way that one end is more tapered and I place them into the toaster tapered end up.

3) Hotdog expands in holder and is hard to get out-Yes it does on fat hotdogs. Also over cooking causes the hotdogs to split as I discovered when working out the best cook setting. Skinny ones like Oscar Mayer or Nathans or Hebrew National have no problem. I tried 6 different brands all beef brands including Ball Park and Bar S and some generic brand. The BallPark were the worst case of the bubch but I got them out without too much carnage. Overall they all cooked great at setting of 5. I prefer my hotdogs either hot or cold but not in between.

4) Cheaply made with plastic-It was only $20. However the plastic housing makes it cool to the touch. Key points are it works very well and is easy to clean up.

In conclusion, I think my organs are failing from all the hotdogs I've eaten the last couple of weeks. Everyone who sees the toaster has a big inner child smile moment and has to try it. It works as advertised. It's inexpensive and its color matches my coffee maker.
GOOSH - Juego de luces LED para decoración al aire libre con diseño de renos de Papá Noel (7 pies)
GOOSH - Juego de luces LED para decoración al aire libre con diseño de renos de Papá Noel (7 pies)
 I like the inflatable, but The air intake is not as expected. Sometimes the lack of air makes raindeer legs To bend and it's not getting enough air to keep the Inflatable straight.I need to adjust it manually. But it is looking good. It is not as expected as big, so please read the length and width before buying. But overall it is a good deal To keep in front of the house for the Christmas decoration.
All Or Nothing - Season 3
All Or Nothing - Season 3
Don't get me wrong, I luv this series! The Cardinals season was one filled with great and relatable players and coaches. The Rams season made you feel for the team, even though you couldn't figure out what the hell the coaches were thinking.
And then there were the Cowboys.
The good parts first: The Smith brothers. The offensive line going out to dinner together, the running back coach hosting dinner. Lee getting past his injuries. Morris with his '91 Mazda.
Now the rest of it: The coaches were bad. The head coach who was cocky when they won, yelled at them when they lost, and then yelled at them some more with no better results. He showed no support, no growth, no leadership... it was like he was a bad retail sales manager instead of a head coach. The coach with the stupid humorous videos and hugging which - compared to what coaches were like in other seasons of this show - did nothing do improve the game or the men. And those are really the only coaches that I remember, because they covered VERY LITTLE about the rest of the staff.
And then there was the Jones family. Ugh! Were they trying to make these people the most unrelatable, shallow, fake rich people ever? Half of the season was watching these people pretending to be a normal family, trying to make them likable. They weren't. Jones Sr.'s wife looked like she wanted to be anywhere but watching football, the daughter whose big contribution was to choose the colors the team wore, the son having the very phony dinner with his family, who were obviously having a scripted conversation, the grandchildren - or, at least, the ones playing football - that we were forced to watch play their games in their grandfather's stadium, and Jones himself flying around in his helicopter... and touching the players waaaay too much for comfort. I found the entire lot of them a cold, fake bunch, and felt really bad for any member who wasn't interested in football.
Oh, and the fact that the team based their entire season around Ezekiel Elliott, a man who was suspended for 6 games for domestic abuse charges... and we're supposed to root for him? And then spoiled, rich Jones trying to go against the commissioner because he wasn't getting his way? I had no sympathy for any of them.
And by the way, who was that "small", white, running back with blond hair who made a few touchdowns throughout the season who the show decided not to acknowledge at all? They made a big show of all the other players acting like loud, uneducated, nasty thugs (like the one guy who called a reporter dumb?), but this guy they blew right past all season long.
By the end of the season, I could care less if they won, could care less who was fired, barely saw any of the likable players, and couldn't wait to get on to the next season with the Panthers.

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