Evan Wood

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PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual
PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual
PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual by Brett McLaughlin. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Mastering Linux
Mastering Linux
Mastering Linux by Paul S. Wang. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Na zakrecie
Na zakrecie
Na zakrecie by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24)
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24)
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24) by James Patterson. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2147 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Apt Pupil
Apt Pupil
Apt Pupil by Stephen King. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 199 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Iliad (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Iliad (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Iliad (Dover Thrift Editions) by Homer and Samuel Butler. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2342 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series)
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series)
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series) by Code Well Academy and R.M.Z.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python for Data Science: A Beginners Guide to Learn Data Science Process With Python Programming Language. A Practical Approach to Key Frameworks in Data Science and Machine Learning.
Python for Data Science: A Beginners Guide to Learn Data Science Process With Python Programming Language. A Practical Approach to Key Frameworks in Data Science and Machine Learning.
Python for Data Science: A Beginners Guide to Learn Data Science Process With Python Programming Language. A Practical Approach to Key Frameworks in Data Science and Machine Learning. by Mark J. Branson. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Machine Learning
Python Machine Learning
Python Machine Learning by Wei-Ming Lee. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Expert Python Programming - Second Edition
Expert Python Programming - Second Edition
Expert Python Programming - Second Edition by Michal Jaworski and Tarek Ziade. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Programming in ILE RPG
Programming in ILE RPG
Programming in ILE RPG by Jim Buck and Bryan Meyers. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
A lot of people voice their disappointment with this book, because they expect it to be an in-depth, authoritative guide written for professional designers, and it turns out to be something else. Let me tell you a little secret, design people: it's not "the design bible", it's not "the UX bible", it's not anything bible. It's more of a religious pamphlet aimed at laymen who don't normally think about design in their everyday work, to bring them the gospel of good design practices in an extremely condensed form.

Developers love this book, because it's good (duh!) and also because it comes with recommendations from several luminaries in the field, most notably Jeff Atwood, the co-founder of StackOverflow. I'm no exception. It helped shift my focus from making software that does its job well, to making software that helps its users do their jobs well. It explains in very simple terms why you should care about how users experience and interact with the things you make and how to start thinking about making their interactions more satisfying and rewarding. It also walks you through the typical interaction cycle, from the idea of action that user wants to perform, to the interpretation of feedback they receive; it is a tremendous help when you are trying to 'debug' the interactions and figure out the exact reason why users find your design distracting, irritating or counter-intuitive.

There are sections clarifying the terms you might have heard elsewhere but don't know exactly what they mean (A/B testing, root cause analysis, iterative vs. waterfall approach) or how they might help you improve your design. There is a particularly illuminating chapter explaining why fridge controls and stove controls (among many other things) come in so many different and incompatible designs, how companies are trying to solve this problem with standardization and why standards sometimes create more problems than they solve.

What else? It's also short, well-written and entertaining. The jokes are rare, poignant, and usually delivered with a deadpan snark. To give you an example,
"The typewriter was a radical innovation that had a dramatic impact upon office and home writing. It helped provide a role for women in offices as typists and secretaries, which led to the redefinition of the job of secretary to be a dead end rather than the first step toward an executive position".
Nice, huh?

To summarize: buy this book if you want to know more about design in general and/or become a better designer to complement your other skills. Don't buy this book if you expect a huge how-to manual or a cookbook aimed at experienced designers.
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography
pensavo che fosse un libro non un riassuntino, come anche la "biografia" di Adriano Olivetti - molto delusa
non consiglierei a nessuno di acquistare biografie di questo tipo

il livello è bassissimo, peccato
Henry Ford and the Jews
Henry Ford and the Jews
I've read Henry Ford and the Jews by Albert Lee a few times. Great book. There is another book of the same title but it was not objective. Even Lee's book left me with huge questions. For instance, on p.143, Lee states:

“According to Ford, he became convinced of the international Jewish conspiracy during he Peace Ship experience in the winter of 1915. The episode began when Madame Rosika Schwimmer, a Hungarian Jew, approached Ernest Liebold in Dearborn to gain an audience with the industrialist.”
On p. 144-145:
“Six years after the Peace Ship incident, during Christmas, 1921, Henry Ford told a New York Times reporter in Florence, Alabama:
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“It was the Jews themselves who convinced me of the direct relationship between the international Jew and war. In fact, they went out of their way to convince me.
On the peace ship were two very prominent Jews. We had not been at sea 200 miles before they began telling me of the power of the
Jewish race, of how the controlled the world through their control of gold, and that the Jew and no one but the Jew could end the war. I was reluctant to believe it but they went into detail to convince me of the means by which the Jews controlled the war, how they had the money, how they had cornered all the basic materials, needed to fight the war and all that, and they talked so long and so well that they convinced
me.

They said, and they believed, that the Jews started the war, that they would continue it as long as they wished, and the until the Jews stopped the war it could not be stopped. I was so disgusted I would have liked to turn the ship back.”

What Lee doesn't address or ask is: WAS THIS TRUE? Did a pair of Jews say this to Ford? It should be noted that the peace ship mission failed and was ridiculed by the press before they even sailed! Ford wanted the war to end; that to me, is a noble cause!

The author is also dead wrong on p. 157-158 where he writes:

“World War I was Ford's first major defeat. He was characterized as a fool for his pacifism at a time when the overwhelming sentiment of the American people was to enter the war.”

This is totally inaccurate. Woodrow Wilson campaigned in 1916 to keep us OUT of the conflict in Europe. He won, but four months later we were in it! Wilson also gave us the Federal Reserve Act and the Federal Income tax in 1913. He might be the worst US President. The American people did NOT want to get involved in Europe's affairs in 1917.

On p. 124, the author is speaking about Charles Lindbergh and states that ...he was also certain that the German people believed Jews were “largely responsible for the international collapse and revolution” following World War I.

The question he does not answer is, were the German people correct in believing that? The answer is probably yes!

Lee talks about Father Coughlin on pp. 106-107, stating that Coughlin wrote a number of articles accusing the Jewish banking house of Kuhn, Loeb, and Company of financing the Bolshevik revolution and stating Jews were behind the Communist takeover in Russia.

Again, are these claims true? Can the content of these articles be denied?
Mind Mapping: Improve Memory, Concentration, Communication, Organization, Creativity, and Time Management
Mind Mapping: Improve Memory, Concentration, Communication, Organization, Creativity, and Time Management
`Mind Maps' offers exactly what it promises - it helps you to improve various parts of your brain functioning, for example, memory, concentration, organization and more. As someone that is self-employed, I want to be as efficient and effective in my work as possible, which is why I bought this book.

The book really does start from the beginning, so even if you're a complete beginner and have never tried mind mapping before, you can still get involved easily. Going back to the basics, the book tells the reader exactly what a mind map is and ho w to create and accessorize one. It then goes on to say how such techniques could be useful; in taking notes, lectures and presentations, gathering research and assembling information, collecting thoughts and developing solutions, and much, much more.

I was also surprised to note that there is even a section on writing; fiction and non-fiction with details on structuring paragraphs, getting specific, and so on. This was definitely an added bonus - I hadn't been expecting this information, but I certainly found it useful.

I eagerly absorbed all the information given on planning, making lists and setting goals - all of this is useful in the work that I do. And the better I do the planning, lists and setting goals, the more I'll achieve. I suspect even the information on group mind mapping will be helpful in the future, when I work on my next co-project.

What I liked best was the fact that the book is sympathetic towards different learning met hods, and how different people are. It helped in this respect by providing information on varying types of mind maps - so there's something in there for everyone.

Rounding up with details of mind mapping software and apps, I came out feeling like a veritable expert on mind maps. I just have to put the knowledge into practice now! Overall, I feel this book will definitely help me to become more efficient in my work. The easy to understand instructions and writing style ensure that anyone can read it and learn about mind mapping techniques without feeling intimidated.

So, if you're interested in mind mapping, grab this book and you'll find a method that's right for you.
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
I can agree that far too many books about white men in history are written by white men today. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Brenda Wineapple, Amy Greenberg, among many others, have much to say about American history and past presidents. But I'm not sure what Alexis Coe contributes to the genre, other than pointing out the gender inequality and self-satisfyingly attacking white male Washington biographers for apparently getting it all wrong.

Her smug preface and introduction differ drastically in tone from the fairly straightforward body of the book itself. In a "humorous" way, she self-righteously calls out other Washington biographers - some of the preeminent writers and historians of our time - for their apparent presumptions and for supposedly perpetuating myths, as she deceivingly implies that they have written about Washington's fabled wooden teeth as fact.

And then she goes on to do exactly what she accuses others of doing - perpetuating myths (her "fun fact" that Washington named one of his dogs Cornwallis has been disputed as a 19th-century invention) and making unsupported presumptions (a letter to Washington from a colleague, asking, basically, "So, are you gettin' any?" leads her to conclude that Washington had likely engaged in premarital sex, including, possibly, "nonconsensual sex with an enslaved woman." Is that possible? Well, anything's possible. But likely? Who knows? Certainly not Coe, but it doesn't stop her from dangling it out there as a possibility, with zero evidence it actually occurred.)

Aside from the listicles interspersed throughout, the body of the book is generally a straightforward, Cliff's Notes-style biography, breezily coming in at about 200 pages of text. In longer, more thoughtful and thorough books on Washington, biographers struggle to understand and reconcile his views on slavery and wish that he could have taken a stronger stand against the practice. But Coe generally condemns him by viewing his actions through a 21st-century lens, which is easy to do in hindsight.

Ultimately, I'm not sure who this book is for - teens? Probably not, judging by the double entendre title and the inclusion of a crass, rated-R quote at the beginning of the book. Women? She seems to set it up that way, but there's nothing all that feminist about this book. I guess it's for people who otherwise wouldn't read a historical biography, but have enough of an attention span to get through 200 pages on George Washington, as long as there are listicles along the way to entertain and distract them. It's certainly not for those of us who actually enjoy a "900-page brick of a presidential biography" that she condemns as "Dad books" written by "Thigh Men" (don't ask).
300W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter 4.8A Dual USB Charging Ports Car Charger Adapter
300W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter 4.8A Dual USB Charging Ports Car Charger Adapter
The car inverter worked fantastically. I had it plugged in for 10 hours for my trip while I plugged in my phone, my computer, and a power bank after the other 2 were fully charged. No problems were experienced while running these devices. Towards the end of the trip I checked to see if the inverter was overheating and was pleased to find out that it wasn't hot at all and did a fantastic job of cooling itself. Charging the devices comes at the same rate it would as if it was plugged into a wall socket with no decrease in speed. This power inverter was a life saver on our recent long trip.Our son has a portable PS4 system which we were able to plug into the lighter outlet with the inverter . It made a 7 hour ride great for everyone...no over-heating like other units we have purchased. This is a great machine. I only wish they made it in different colors and a carrying case. I was pleased with the shipping and packaging.
The Last Patriot
The Last Patriot
THE LAST PATRIOT by Brad Thor could be classified as historical fiction. Former Navy SEAL and special ops Secret Service agent to the President, Scot Harvath, left his dangerous 15-year special ops life along with his ex-Navy girlfriend, Tracy Hastings. Tracy is in the process of recovering from serious wounds received from an exploding IED in Afghanistan where she had been an explosive demolition technician. Scot and Tracy are vacationing in Paris. While walking near a sidewalk café discussing their future and their new quiet life they witness a major terrorist attack. Scot, out of habit rushes to rescue an injured Anthony Nichols, a history professor at the University of Virginia who was thought by Harvath to be the subject of the attack. Scot does not want to get involved, he is happy with his new life, but Tracy convinces him of their responsibilities when they discover Nichols might have some sort of connection to the President. They soon learn that Professor Nichols is involved in researching the seventh century version of the Koran where it is thought that the Prophet Mohammed enlightened his disciples with the “lost revelation” a very different version of the Koran than exists today and one that could threaten the Muslim world as it exists today. In discussions with Nichols, Harvath is convinced that he has to find the Don Quixote. He learns that it might be in a rundown Mosque in a very dangerous section of Paris.
In addition to the enjoyment of a well written novel, Brad Thor has provided us with an enlightened history of the Koran through almost 1400 years of Muslim ideology following the poisoning and death of Mohammed in 632 AD. Thor writes that in 1805, President Jefferson sent Army officer William Eaton with a contingent of Marines, Leathnecks, under Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon to attack Tripoli and put an end to Muslim pirating on the high seas—America’s very first military confrontation on foreign soil. Did Thomas Jefferson envision at that time a future threat to our nation from the Muslim world? I wonder.
Through the written word, Brad Thor guides us through a fleeting history of events that bring us to the defense of our nation today. I believe this is Brad Thor’s finest novel. I heartedly recommend, The Last Patriot. I rate the book a strong 5-star success.
12 Strong
12 Strong
It's just totally lame on so many levels... the dialogue is ridiculously sappy and lame, every character is developed into some sort of homegrown hero, reluctantly fightin' the good fight, there is zero military professionalism portrayed, the politics is basically propaganda to galvanize the audience towards the necessity of the war in Afghanistan, the battle scenes are just utterly contrived, and the entire story misses badly on the Green Berets' general purpose and mission, which is to train paramilitary forces and assist with planning, coordination and support...

Here's one example of dumb: in the first battle scene, Hemsworth calls in an airstrike... B-52 dropping guided bombs.
They are out of GPS coverage and he calls in the coordinates off of where an Afghan dude points to a map with his finger... that's fine, I suppose, but guided bombs typically ride a laser designator... and Hemsworth wasn't painting a target... but ok, he calls it in off the map... old-school, still works.
The coordinates are way off so, after the rounds impact in full view of Hemsworth as forward observer, he says that he is going to bring in another mission... but, instead of adjusting fire based off of where the first rounds hit or painting the target with a designator, he declares that he has to get closer to bring it in on target... so he charges down the hill and gets behind a rock and... calls in the fire mission off his stupid map again! I mean, what is the difference between reading the map on the hill versus reading the map 300 meters down the hill?
The move does draw small arms fire, though, so the action heats up, and it puts them danger close to the fire mission so the clock is ticking!
Just lame, lame, lame... turned it off an hour in.
MAD: The Complete Third Season
MAD: The Complete Third Season
This was a near perfect episode. I wasn't repulsed by any of it. The Annoying Adventures of Iron Man was kind of creepy (That's what I hate about the Annoying Orange, the visual style. To quote the Nostalgia Critic: "It's like someone experiencing extreme night terrors after drinking moonshine & watching Terry Gilliam cartoons!"), but funny. The rest of this episode was hilarious. Taking Nemo was great, but my favorite sketch (& the reason I got this one) was Once Upon a Toon. I've just seen the first 2 episodes of Once Upon a Time & it's a great show, so I naturally appreciated it. But what I really liked about it was seeing all the old Cartoon Network characters together again. I used to watch some of those shows during the 90s so it was nostalgic (for the record, I think Johnny Bravo is pretty funny, but now I find Dexter's Laboratory is a mixed bag, Cow & Chicken disgusting but the Powerpuff Girls are still great. I wish they had had a speaking part in this one.), & we got to see a great (& rare) appearance by Samurai Jack. Anything with a reference to him is a must-see or sometimes even a must-buy for me It's sketches like these that make me wish the show was 22 minutes instead of 11. But like I said, this is one of the best Mads ever. I wish Warner Bros. would just release the darn thing on DVD already! This season looks to be the best of them all.
Inuyasha Ani-Manga, Vol. 20 (20)
Inuyasha Ani-Manga, Vol. 20 (20)
Nice size but wish it was bigger. Had a funny smell at first, but is gone now after airring out. Could use a inner zippered pocket.
El Señor de los Anillos I. La Comunidad del Anillo (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
El Señor de los Anillos I. La Comunidad del Anillo (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Buscaba "La comunidad del anillo" en esta edición, porque me parece preciosa para regalo.

Es una edición para leer cómodamente: el libro tiene un tamaño manejable, no pesa en exceso y la letra es grandecilla. Supongo que por eso la llaman "infantil", pero es la novela original, sin ilustraciones. Me parece más cómoda de leer que la edición de tapa dura blanca.

Es de tapa dura, tipo cartoné (no de tapa blanda, como se indica). Como podéis ver en las fotos tiene pequeños defectos en la tapa. Aunque no es lo ideal (en mi caso es para regalar), en una librería me comentaron que la editorial no tenía fecha de reimpresión de este primer libro en esta edición, así que por eso me lo quedo.

En todo caso, recomiendo su compra porque es una edición muy sólida, buena para su lectura, el precio es ligeramente inferior al recomendado y se desconoce cuando/si va a reimprimirse 👍
Lights Out (Fear Street, No. 12)
Lights Out (Fear Street, No. 12)
I’ve been a HUGE R.L. Stine fan ever since I was a kid, so when I found out the ladies at Forever Young Adult were going to revisit the Fear Street series, I decided to get in on the action. Lights Out was always my favourite book in the Fear Street saga so, naturally, it was my go-to pick for the re-read. I tried to remain cognizant of the fact that this book was written for children 20+ years ago, just to keep my expectations in check.

Caution: Spoilers ahead!

Opening Scare: "Dear Chief, Here I am at Camp Nightwing, just as I promised. The other counselors are already here--and the lucky campers are arriving tomorrow. Everything looks cool so far. Don't worry about a thing, Chief. I'll make them pay. Every single one of them. Just as I promised you."

The Crime Scene: Camp Nightwing
"Holly looked at the trees looming at the edge of the campfire. Now that it was dark, the woods no longer appeared to be friendly and inviting, but instead seemed only to be full of dark, menacing shapes."

The Suspects: Just about everyone
Could it be Thea’s crush John? Why is he suddenly acting so cold toward Thea—what’s he hiding? Or is it Geri, Holly’s ex-BFF? She’s spiteful, mean and the bona fide Queen B of Camp Nightwing. We never really learn why her and Holly had a falling out, but is it enough to kill for? And then there’s Geri’s home-girl, Debra. This tough senior counselor is experienced in boating, crafts and making Holly’s life a living hell. Does she have it in for Holly, too? Doubtful since she gets killed. Or could it be the camp’s resident prankster, Kit? He has it BAD for Geri and pretty much goes along with anything she says/does. There’s also mysterious loner dude, Sandy. He seems nice… almost too nice. And then there’s Mick. At first he’s hot for Holly but after some blatant rejection, could he be out for revenge?

The Clichés: Absent Adults
Whereas in most of these books, adults are conveniently absent or in on it, they’re present in the form of Holly’s lovable Uncle Bill and the police. Only they’re too busy to listen to Holly’s concerns. As things escalate, they start to view her warnings as the ravings of a paranoid city girl. Go figure.

Whodunnit: It’s Mick!
Just kidding!
It’s actually Sandy. Sweet, kind Sandy. BOOM. Mick was just a red-herring. As it turns out, Sandy’s little brother died the previous year in a boating accident under the supervision of Debra. As payback for their negligence, Sandy starts sabotaging the camp and bumps off Debra in the process. Revenge is usually the motivating factor in Fear Street. Sandy’s plot to destroy Camp Nightwing doesn’t initially include hurting Holly, however, when her sleuthing gets too close for comfort, he has no choice but to try and eliminate her. Fortunately, Mick arrived in the nick of time to save the day!

Bonus Points: Cliffhangers + Murderous Confessions
I have to give my man, Stine, some serious bonus points for ending just about every chapter on a cliffhanger. THIS is what kept me going now and as child! I also really appreciated the murderer’s letters to “Chief.” In a big twist, you come to learn that Chief is actually Sandy’s dead little brother which really bumps up the psycho factor just a notch.

Closing Line: "He put his arm around her, and they wandered happily up the path to their cabins."

Food for Thought: I always hesitate when it comes to revisiting old favourites because I’m afraid that all appeal they once held will be lost, forever tainting any fond memories I may have had. But, ultimately, I’m glad I read Lights Out because I discovered something---sometimes it’s worth taking a stroll down memory lane. This book took me back to simpler times where reading simple books was enough. I expect a whole lot more out of what I read now, whereas then, all it took was a little mystery and a lot of mayhem to keep me turning the page. To some extent, I feel like a bit of a druggie when it comes to books—I’m always searching for my next big fix. Even when I find one, the euphoria I feel afterward doesn’t last very long. Call me jaded, but it’s a rare thing to find myself satiated en total by a book/book series. As a kid, this was not the case. Almost everything I read I found super enjoyable and I felt contented in that way readers do for a long time. So if revisiting Fear Street has done anything for me, it has reminded me of why I loved reading (and still do) in the first place. Overall, I’d say the book set out to do exactly what it needed to—it’s simple, creepy, effective and fun—everything you expected from R.L. Stine. In this case, a re-visit = a RAGING SUCCESS!
Dean R. Koontz 1: Midnight, Lightning, Darkfall
Dean R. Koontz 1: Midnight, Lightning, Darkfall
I have been a fan of Dean Koontz's work for a few years now and have been slightly disappointed by the past few books I read...Midnight changed it all around, though. Midnight capturedmy attention and kept me up most of the night reading. I loved it and this book alone has made me once again proud to say I'm a fan of Dean Koontz!
Beyond the Great Snow Mountains: Stories
Beyond the Great Snow Mountains: Stories
I had only known Louis L'Amour from his westerns. I had read a few over the years and they were certainly well written, but I wasn't really a fan of Westerns. Until I read 'Beyond The Great Snow Mountains' I had no idea that he had written such a diverse amount of adventure fiction during the heyday of the Pulps Era. I have since purchased and read several more collections of his adventure, crime, boxing, etc. stories published by his son. I have been happy with every one so far and I have no reservations about recommending all the books, Kindle and Print, that have become available.
It's almost a shame that his success at writing Westerns apparently wound up pigeon-holing him and not allowing his abilities at other genre's to be fully realized.
For anybody who has only ever read his Westerns, I would strongly suggest that they give the collections of his earlier short fiction a look. They won't be disappointed.
Under the Sweetwater Rim: A Novel
Under the Sweetwater Rim: A Novel
I read Down the Long Hills and was blown away. The detail and never quit attitude in an unwinnable but believable situation struck me.

In this one though, similar themes but less believable chapters gave me a strong belief that I knew the ending before it happened.

(Mild, Unspecific Spoiler Alert)
I stopped fearing to turn the page. At a point, I knew everything was going to be hunky dory. And when you get that feeling completely, how often are you wrong? Maybe Louis L'amour was fulfilling a common sales requirement. Marvel does it. As did the hacks that finished Game of Thrones. Named characters can only be killed by named characters. Grunts are fodder. And I feel like this book is exactly the same.

Apologies to the ghost of Louis L'amour. Critics are a dime a dozen. It's just my honest take. If anyone reading this happens to know a more gritty/realistic title of his, I would be grateful if you would leave it in the comments. Happy reading!
Turn on the Heat (Hard Case Crime)
Turn on the Heat (Hard Case Crime)
I loved the Cool & Lam novel, THE KNIFE SLIPPED and was delighted to see that Hard Case Crime had struck again in republishing what is reputed to be the best of the 29 novels in the series. Bertha Cool is a stout, diamond-bedecked head of a detective agency that employs Donald Lam, an unfairly-disbarred attorney who lives by his wits rather than by his brawn and is, in general, the outside operative, while Bertha drinks, dines, makes calls, disperses money, dons diamonds and occasionally (but decisively) goes out in the field. The setting is southern California, with some fictional cities and a Los Angeles which feels (appropriately) much smaller than its current incarnation.

TURN ON THE HEAT, whose just-this-side-of-comic urgency title I love, begins as many such cases begin. A dubiously-named “Mr. Smith” hires the agency to find a woman who disappeared over twenty years ago. It looks like an estate case or a divorce case, something relatively small-scale but then it blossoms into something much larger: a world of graft, corruption, murder and things just this side of verifiable evil in a small town called Santa Carlotta. “Mr. Smith” is closer to the heart of the action than we are originally led to believe and we eventually find ourselves looking into the private life of an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist whose life is related to a shifty small town newspaper publisher, his scrappy niece, some B girls at an even more shifty ‘club’, a nasty small-town cop and some tough dames who operate apartments, rooming houses and places just this side of flop houses. The plot is very complex and at points just a little opaque, but the resolution is clear enough and quite satisfying.

The high point of the novel is its stunning dialogue. Elmore Leonard teaches us that we should always ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ and that great dialogue reveals as much in a dozen words as two or three pages of description. Here the dialogue is absolutely stunning, with Donald adjusting his phrasing very deftly with each of the many people with whom he interacts. Dutch Leonard and Bob Parker are smiling down through the clouds and someone is patting Hemingway on the back. ‘Look what you’ve wrought, kid.’

Bottom line: welcome to the wonderful world created by Erle Stanley Gardner back in the day when he was writing as A. A. Fair and selling books in the millions. I can’t say from experience (I’ve only read two) that this is the best of the Cool & Lam books, but it is absolutely superb.
Cradle and All
Cradle and All
Well, aside from the ending (which was just odd and felt incredibly rushed), I really liked this book! I'm not a religious person (in fact, I usually avoid ALL religious crap), but I didn't feel like this book was jamming it down my throat.

The story was told at a great pace and the writing was good! I found myself being disappointed whenever I had to put this down and really excited to pick it back up. Which virgin would bear the child of Satan, and which would bear the Savior?

As I said, the ending was a bit out of place and rushed when compared to the rest of the novel, and there was a bizarre 'Prologue' at the end of the book that COMPLETELY confused me. I still have no idea what purpose it served as (at least to me) it had nothing to do with the book. In fact, I thought it was a preview of another James Patterson book (you know how authors will sometimes include a few chapters of another book at the end of one?) but it wasn't. Very strange.

Anyway, overall it was a good story and it kept me coming back...maybe more of a 3 1/2 star book, but I'll round up.
Toi qui vivais (FREDERIC DARD t. 18) (French Edition)
Toi qui vivais (FREDERIC DARD t. 18) (French Edition)
Une intrigue pas mal ficelée, mais sans vrai suspens. Elle n'est comme souvent que prétexte à une découverte de la psychologie de personnages attachants, bien que minables, ou attachants parce que minables? Dard excelle dans ces descriptions sans complaisance de la médiocrité, avec une tel affection de ses personnages qu'on les adopte bien plus volontiers que beaucoup de héros parfaits.
Who Was J. R. R. Tolkien?
Who Was J. R. R. Tolkien?
Great biography series that all kids will enjoy. My students (4th grade) can't seem to put them down. I've had them in my room for the last few years and they just eat them up. The content is easy to understand and it provides great information on each person/topic along with a timeline in the back. Great for parents and teachers alike.
Naruto Illustration Book
Naruto Illustration Book
I second Naruto Esteban's review that this art book, while offering some great illustrations, falls short as a collection when compared with the earlier volume. I think the 1st volume conveyed more self-conscious effort on Kishimoto's part to do challenging compositions and capture dynamic ideas. It was as if Kishimoto was proclaiming, "this is the world of Naruto, this is what a shinobi is!" Some of his inner struggle and effort show clearly in the comments in the back of the book. Also,the color choices were more diverse between illustrations, keeping the eyes freshly entertained as one turns the page. Kudos to the editting staff.

In the newer volume, Kishimoto seems more sure of himself as an artist but the illustrations are somehow lacking the passion and the fresh drive of the earlier works. Maybe the artwork seems too settled, too sure? The comments for each illustration are much shorter here, which is a shame. Technique-wise, the illustrations are definitely more anime-style both in choice of color and use of clean, simple lines. The thematic organization of illustrations seemed like an afterthought and not very relevant, probably because this art book is geared towards someone who already is very familiar with Naruto. To be fair, there ARE some very nice illustrations, particularly the 2 two-shots of Jiraiya and Naruto, as well as the "the master-pupil bond" illustration depicting the Sandaime, Jiraiya, Yondaime, Kakashi, and Naruto (from Jump 2008, Issue 35).

Bottom line: if you can only buy 1 book, buy the 1st art book, not this one.
If you can afford both and are an ardent Naruto fan, then buy both.
Las aventuras de Pedro conejo (Spanish Edition)
Las aventuras de Pedro conejo (Spanish Edition)
Nunca leí el libro, vi la película y compré el libro para mis hijos. No sé si hay otra versión, pero esto es muy simple, la historia termina sin terminar, no aparece ni siquiera un tercio de lo que tiene en la película. Si alguien puede señalarme a la versión completa en el ebook, te lo agradezco.
Geheimcode Makaze: Ein Dirk-Pitt-Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 18) (German Edition)
Geheimcode Makaze: Ein Dirk-Pitt-Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 18) (German Edition)
Seit "Hebt die Titanic" schickt Clive Cussler in regelmäßigen Abständen seine NUMA-Spezialisten Dirk Pitt und Al Giordino in immer neue Abenteuer. Mittlerweile hat auch Hollywood seine Romane, die zwischen Thriller und Abenteuerroman angesiedelt sind, entdeckt und mit "Sahara" bereits einen ersten Wurf gelandet.

In seinen Romanen sind Pitt und Giordino mittlerweile in die Jahre gekommen, so dass es der Glaubwürdigkeit willen an der Zeit war, eine Verjüngung der Helden anzugehen. Mit Summer und Dirk Pitt, den unverhofft aufgetauchten Kindern von Dirk Pitt senior ist dieser Wechsel nun in seinem neusten Roman "Geheimcode Makaze" vollendst vollzogen.

Aber auch auf der Autorenebene zeichnet sich ein Generationenwechsel ab. Clive Cusslers Sohn Dirk ist nun erstmalig als Co-Autor aufgeführt.

Beide Generationswechsel haben nichts Wesentliches an Unterschieden zu den bisherigen Romanen nach sich gezogen. Wie immer geht es darum, Bösewichte, die auf immer neue Art und Weise die Welt oder den Weltfrieden gefährden, rechtzeitig zu stoppen. Wie immer gehen die Haupt-Protagonisten mit ihrem körperlichen Einsatz an bzw. über ihre Grenzen und handeln sich dabei jede Menge Verletzungen ein (die sie aber locker wegstecken). Wie immer spielen ungewöhnliche Orte (in "Geheimcode Makaze" u.a. eine Militärbasis in Korea und eine mobile Raketenabschußplattform auf hoher See) und spezielle Gerätschaften (hier u.a. ein pfeilschnelles Tauchboot und ein Blimp - eine Art Zeppelin) eine wichtige Rolle. Wie immer verlieren die Helden selbst in der kritischsten Situation nicht ihren teilweise schwarzen Humor. Und wie immer siegt in allerletzter Sekunde das Gute (die NUMA und Amerika) über das Böse (hier ein südkoreanischer Großindustrieller, der mit einem biologischen Angriff auf die USA die Wiedervereinigung Koreas zu nordkoreanischen Bedingungen erzwingen will).

Das klingt nun alles sehr stereotyp und klischeehaft. Das ist es auch! Aber....und das unterscheidet die Cussler-Romane von dem sonstigen Einheitsbrei im Thriller-/Abenteuergenre....macht das Lesen immer wieder Spaß. Es ist überaus unterhaltsam und spannend. Es ist abwechslungsreich und kurzweilig. Es ist zwar in der Gesamthandlung deutlich übertrieben, aber trotz allem jede Sequenz für sich im Bereich des Möglichen - fast so wie die typischen James Bond Handlungen.

Ich freue mich immer sehr auf Neuerscheinungen von Clive (und vielleicht zukünftig Dirk) Cussler. Es steht einem nämlich dann eine sichere Bank anspruchsloser, aber hochspannender Literatur bevor. Da verzeiht man dann auch die teilweise sehr konstruierten und übertriebenen Selbstinszenierungen Cusslers im Stile eines Alfred Hitchcocks nach, der sich auch häufig selbst in seine Filme "eingebaut" hatte.

Summa summarum: ein typischer Cussler mit typischem Handlungsverlauf, aber auch typischer hochkarätiger Spannung und hohem Unterhaltungswert.
Under Suspicion, With Child (The Curse of Raven's Cliff Book 4)
Under Suspicion, With Child (The Curse of Raven's Cliff Book 4)
Jocelyn came home to Raven's Cliff to be with her mom and have her unborn child there. Her mother practices Wicca and is trying to rid the town of the curse. While Jocelyn is practicing Yoga, Andrei Lagios, a police officer, mistakenly thinks she is getting ready to dive off the cliff.
Andrei goes undercover at her mother's inn to protect Jocelyn and investigate the suspects in the case that are staying at the Inn. Jocelyn keeps getting involved on her own and putting herself in danger. Andrei is intent on protecting her and the unborn baby.
There is a lot of suspense and a very strong attraction between these two characters.This is the continuing six book series on Raven's Cliff, and I enjoyed this one a lot.
The Cinder Path
The Cinder Path
(Catherine Cookson, The Cinder Path)
Farmers' life in Northumberland was complete terra incognita for me - and it developed to be very interesting. The fate of two or three families in the decades before and during World War I - with one of the most moving battle-descriptions I ever read - contains half a dozen extremely different characters, who all engage our sympathy though they react of course very differently to the events. The central hero does not seem to be born to manage a farm, but rather to become a professor of literature, - but after coming out of the horrors of the war almost unwounded (having lost quite a number of friends) he decides to go back home and continue what his fore-fathers began. Of course he meets some girls, marries the wrong one, but at last finds what changes his fate to more hopeful prospects.
C.Cookson can write very thrilling dialogues, the background of the farms in Northumberland is well illustrated and the tension between some of the characters keeps the reader's interest up to the end.
To Love is to Live
To Love is to Live
I have owned a (now very fragile) copy of the paperback of this book (along with loads of other Denise Robins books) since my 20s (which is longer ago than I like to mention). I was THRILLED that amazon have issued so many of her books for kindle but in particular this one which is my absolute favourite. I don't know why, just that the characters are so compelling as is their story. A beautiful read.
Edenborn
Edenborn
In Idlewild, the first of this 3-part story, we meet the protagonist, Hal, a teen who battles first the computer host of the Matrix-like virtual school he attends and then one of his fellow students who has become homicidal.

Now, 18 years have passed and we meet a second generation of teens, human and post-human clones. While the 1st genners are working to cure the plague, their children seem content to bicker and fight all the time, spoiled no doubt by being the only children on the planet. The story is told from (too) many points of view, with Penny, an angry teen offering the most input. Half way through the book, Hal gets more involverd. I quickly got tired of the bickering among the teenagers.

We see that in this ideal community, this Eden, a place of material plenty and no threats from outsiders, human nature is the serpent, the source of conflict. Anger and violance, jealousy and revenge exact a terrible toll on the group. Is it possible for humankind to survive itself? We're not sure.

Plot issues: The ability to keep things running after so long is never really addressed. Where does power come from? Utilities? Look, I know it is a work of fiction, but these people are making trans-Atlantic flights in jets and helicopters (?) that have sat idle for two decades. I suppose it could be worse. The record for old-equipment-reuse goes to L. Ron Hubbard who have uneducated humans flying jets that had set idle nearly 1000 years. The book never explains that, or how they keep eating from food stores. Other than Spam and Twinkies, what else lasts that long? I suppose that if you can re-animate a frozen person, you can thaw out some broccoli.

I feel like some reviewers are rating these books high because of their admiration for the late father of the author. But these books must stand by themselves. Like the first of this set, Idlewild, I like the idea but the execution could be better.
Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History (Turner Classic Movies)
Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History (Turner Classic Movies)
For over 25 years I have watched and learned about movies by watching Turner Classic Movies. This book adds to the growing book collection offered for fans. Sloan De Forest gives us a feminist tour of Hollywood history in this short but informative book. It provides a snapshot of a famous movie each of the women featured in the book starred in during their careers. Plenty of pictures add to the pleasure of its perusal. The book is divided into sections: Pre-Code Girls; Reel Roll Models; Big Bad Mamas; Fatal Femmes; Ladies Who Laugh; Women of Mystery; Strong Survivors; Superheroines. We learn more about Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind; Joan Crawford in Mildred Pearce, Myrna Loy as Nora Charles in the Thin Man Series as well as modern stars such as Emma Watson in the Harry Potter Films and Uma Thurman. Charlize Theron and many more. I read this book in six hours and it was a good way to spend a late afternoon and evening. Enjoy and long live TCM!
XXL-Leseprobe: Die Wahrheit über den Fall Harry Quebert (German Edition)
XXL-Leseprobe: Die Wahrheit über den Fall Harry Quebert (German Edition)
Marcus Goldman hat einen Bestseller geschrieben. Er hat einen Vertrag für insgesamt fünf Bücher, der Verleger sitzt ihm im Nacken, doch er hat noch nicht einmal eine Idee für das nächste Buch.

Sein alter Mentor und väterlicher Freund Harry Quebert, läd Marcus zu sich nach New Hamphire ein, um ihm beim Schreiben zu unterstützen.

Eines Tages wird Harry verdächtigt, die fünfzehnjährige Nola getötet zu haben. Marcus beginnt auf eigene Faust zu recherchieren, um Harry aus dem Gefängnis herauszuholen.

Die Beschreibung von Marcus Schriftstellerleben fand ich ganz unterhaltsam.
Die Schilderungen seiner Collegejahre und dem Kennenlernen von Harry haben mich an John Irvings Protagonisten erinnert. Die Sache mit dem Präsidenten fand ich sehr juvenil. Und Marcus Verhalten, sich als den Besten zu inszenieren, hat ihn für mich unsympathisch gemacht.

Der über dreißig Jahre alte Harry und die fünfzehnjährige Nola hatten eine Liebesbeziehung. Mehr erfahre ich in der Leseprobe erstmal nicht.

Das reicht aber auch, um zu entscheiden, dass ich das Buch nicht lesen werde. Trotz der interessanten Schilderungen aus dem Autorenleben.
New York 1999: Roman (German Edition)
New York 1999: Roman (German Edition)
In diesem Buch werden - in den düstersten Farben - die Folgen von Überbevölkerung und Rohstoffknappheit in einer nicht allzufernen Zukunft geschildert. Zugegeben: auch wenn als Datum '1999' angegeben wurde ist es bislang noch nicht so wild. Dürfte aber nach meiner persönlichen Meinung nach noch so kommen. Leider.

Nur ein kleiner Hinweis für diejenigen, die dieses Buch kaufen, weil sie den - übrigens auch hervorragenden - Film '2023 - die Überleben wollen' mit Charlton Heston gesehen haben, der sich auf dieses Buch beruft: der Film hat relativ wenig damit zu tun, wie so oft. Weder werden im Buch Leichen zu Keksen verarbeitet noch ist der Mord eine Auftragsarbeit, um eben darüber Stillschweigen zu sichern. Es ist sehr viel weniger Reiserisch und legt viel mehr Gewicht auf die kleinen Alltagsprobleme der Akteure. Und ist dadurch viel deprimierender, realistischer und vielleicht nicht unbedingt als Einschlaflektüre geeignet.
Large Pochade Box to take 254 x 304mm (10" x 12") Painting boards
Large Pochade Box to take 254 x 304mm (10" x 12") Painting boards
You might notice from the images that the pallet has a thumbhole so that this is partly meant to be a handheld easel. Unfortunately I need 2 hands to paint and usually wish I had a third. Therefore, I attached a tripod mounting bracket, but it's not really designed for that. The tray's bottom wood is too shallow for the depth of the mounting screws so I had to reinforce it with glued on wood inside before attaching the plate.

The pallet surface itself is heavily grained in spots and causes my knife to chatter when scraping and bristles can get kinked when mixing. Every so often I give it a thorough cleaning, light sanding (not into the wood), and apply 1 or 2 coats tung oil. I'm hoping that this will level out the texture over time.

The panel holding solution that doubles as a wet-carry box is not adjustable like most pochade boxes, although some ingenuity can get around that. You also have to be careful not to close the box with your painting facing forward as it runs a high risk of touching paint remaining on the pallet.

The shoulder strap clips offer a convenient place to hang a can of spirits. I moved the small handle strap from the back of the box to the front in order to hold a cleaning rag, although I can't use it to carry the box anymore.

There isn't an elegant solution to deal with dirty brushes. I lay them in the tray oppositely aligned to clean brushes for transport, and I'm considering drilling various sized holes through the floor of the front section of the tray to hold a few vertically while I'm painting.

I bought my box a couple months ago before they raised the price by 50%. At $65, I would have given 4 stars, but at $100 you might want to shop around.
12" Screen Magnifier –3D HD Mobile Phone Magnifier Projector Screen for Movies, Videos, and Gaming–Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier–Supports All Smartphones(Black)
12" Screen Magnifier –3D HD Mobile Phone Magnifier Projector Screen for Movies, Videos, and Gaming–Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier–Supports All Smartphones(Black)
Just bought this, I was a little apprehensive because of some of the negative reviews. But it works just fine and nothing was stuck. It's light weight and my teenage girls like it enough to use in their rooms. They have air pods so they just use that for better sound. I don't see the use of 12'' for viewing but it's definitely bigger than my cell phone. I guess if you have a bigger cell phone the image will be bigger. I just have a 6s and the viewable screen is about 5 inches and this product makes it about about 8-9 inches. I love that you can insert it in and it's easy to transport.
Pastel Rainbow Balloons 100 Pack,12 Inches Assorted Color Balloons Premium Party Balloon Colorful Latex Balloons for Baby Shower Wedding Party Decoration
Pastel Rainbow Balloons 100 Pack,12 Inches Assorted Color Balloons Premium Party Balloon Colorful Latex Balloons for Baby Shower Wedding Party Decoration
I bought these balloons for my daughters first birthday to make a balloon arch! The quality of these balloons are amazing! To be honest when I opened the package I had some doubts about how many were actually in the bag, but there was 100. Out of the 100 balloons, only two of them had holes in them. I wish there would have been a few more of the salmon-coral coloured balloons! Once blown up they held up really well.. There were many toddlers who decided to pull apart the ballon arch at one point of the party to take the balloons to play in our play house area, and make a balloon filled mosh pit.. only one balloon popped. I will add, that I didn't have them fully inflated, so that may be why they held up as well as they did. Honestly for the price they are 100% worth it. Just make sure you wash your hands when your down handling them in the inflating process, they left our hands very dirty. 100/10 recommend!!
Amscan all Paisley, Green, 20" x 20"
Amscan all Paisley, Green, 20" x 20"
I understood later that this was labeled as a party accessory and not an actual bandana, but it still was very sheer, looks very gimmicky, and just doesn’t feel worth it overall. Mine came in a package that was covered in dust/ dirt, and it even the product itself had a smudge on it, which is not very assuring of sanitation in covid times
The Glass is Full and a Half: How to Design Your Breakthrough, Lead with Your Inspiring Vision and Build Your Powerful Legacy
The Glass is Full and a Half: How to Design Your Breakthrough, Lead with Your Inspiring Vision and Build Your Powerful Legacy
I recently finished the early release version and purchase the kindle edition.

Though I initially sought to quickly get to the lessons learned. I had to shift my mind set. The eloquent words and rich experiences forced me to slow down and savor every drop.

You will enjoy this book. People who know Carlos would agree that he really is one of the most interesting persons in the World. This book will elevate your senses, engage your intellect and make you seek more for yourself, your family, community and the World.

Carlos, Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your incredible life.
Walt
Something To Talk About (DVD)
Something To Talk About (DVD)
This is one of my favorite movies overall - probably because of the horses. In my opinion, there are some problems...the child playing the daughter is not an actor but I am assuming she performed on horseback and that covers any other errors. She rode well (again, I assume she did the riding) and looked good in the saddle. I am not a fan of watching Julia Roberts play herself - she just doesn't have any range in her abilities. She's always the same character. But the rest of the cast carried the movie...overall, a fun movie to watch even if I do wish Roberts had not been cast. Quaid was adequate but the same character as in a few of his other movies...Undercover Blues comes to mind. The rest of the cast - great; storyline - good; scenery - fabulous countryside and who doesn't like watching beautiful animals...
A Taste of South Africa
A Taste of South Africa
Such a charming show!! I had no idea how diverse South Africa is in both food and people. And alcohol, apparently. I want this guy's job.
Spooktacular Creations Baby Lovely Lamb Costume Deluxe Infant Set for Halloween Trick or Treat Dress Up
Spooktacular Creations Baby Lovely Lamb Costume Deluxe Infant Set for Halloween Trick or Treat Dress Up
This is an adorable baby costume! The bodice has a velcro closure at the back and snap closure at the crotch with plenty of room to put it on. The head piece was very cute but baby did not want to keep it on and it was a bit big. The head piece has a velcro closure just under the neck but being that it was on the larger size the whole head piece kept falling forward and backward on my baby and she couldn't see. Overall, I would recommend it just wasn't right for us.
New Replace IR Remote RC280 fit for TCL 4K UHD Roku Smart LED TV 28S305 43S405 49S305 49S405 49S325 49S517 32S325 55R617 65C807 55P607 32S305 43S305 50S425 55C807 55S405 55S517 55S403 NETFLIX Hulu Key
New Replace IR Remote RC280 fit for TCL 4K UHD Roku Smart LED TV 28S305 43S405 49S305 49S405 49S325 49S517 32S325 55R617 65C807 55P607 32S305 43S305 50S425 55C807 55S405 55S517 55S403 NETFLIX Hulu Key
This remote was supposed to work with TCL65C807, says so on the title and once the batteries are in, NOTHING happened.

I would forgive the material of this extremely light remote that holds absolutely no substance. The only thing this piece of plastic has is the shell casing. Even the Apple TV remote has so much more substance and weight than this piece of crap. The original remote that came with my TV started having problems about a year and a half in. Now I can't use it without wanting to smash the remote every 10 seconds, if I'm lucky.

Not only did this stupid remote came 3 days late, it also DOESN'T work. I can't stress enough how important it is for a remote to even have a button you can press down instead of a myriad of buttons that give no bounce and do nothing.

The red light inside the remote blinks whenever a button is pressed, so I know it works.

HUGE WASTE A MONEY, RESOURCES, TIME AND ENERGY!
VIVO Corner 17 inch Monitor Riser, Wood & Steel Desktop Height Adjustable Stand, Ergonomic Desk and Tabletop Organizer, Black STAND-V000DC
VIVO Corner 17 inch Monitor Riser, Wood & Steel Desktop Height Adjustable Stand, Ergonomic Desk and Tabletop Organizer, Black STAND-V000DC
I use this to lift my all in one desktop canon printer of my desk. I needed something where I could put papers and folders underneath my printer instead of in front of it which frequently caused issues when someone would print and not realized the output tray way blocked. It feels very sturdy. My only dislikes are that it doesn’t come in more color options and it’s not square to the corner of my desk, but it’s under my printer which is a lot bigger so not a big deal.
2020 Newest Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" HD Touch Screen Laptop, Intel 10th Gen Dual-Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCI-e SSD, Webcam, WiFi 5, Bluetooth, Windows 10 S - Almond
2020 Newest Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" HD Touch Screen Laptop, Intel 10th Gen Dual-Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCI-e SSD, Webcam, WiFi 5, Bluetooth, Windows 10 S - Almond
This laptop is very new but so far I'm happy. Seems very quick, keyboard and track pad are comfortable, easy set up. Quick trip out of S-mode. Delivery was earlier than scheduled. I have had HPs and Toshibas, but this is my first Lenovo and so far I like everything about it.
UPDATE 12/10/2020--Unfortunately the laptop stopped charging the battery within a week of receiving it. I returned it, shipped back at my own considerable expense. I received a refund for the purchase itself but was out over $40 for shipping it back. It appears failure to recharge is something that happens from time to time with Lenovo so it will be my last Lenovo. Probably an infrequent problem, but I can't recommend it.
TWIZZLERS Fresa Twists Regaliz, 32 onzas
TWIZZLERS Fresa Twists Regaliz, 32 onzas
These twizzlers were nice and fresh. Have you ever had stale twizzlers? They are the worst!!! Giving these 5 because they weren't all stuck together and they were fresh. I know I ask a lot from my twizzlers, and these met my standards.
Note D'Espresso - Cápsulas de té verde matcha con menta y regaliz Exclusivamente Compatibles con cafeteras de cápsulas Nescafé* y Dolce Gusto* 16 g (caja de 48 unidades)
Note D'Espresso - Cápsulas de té verde matcha con menta y regaliz Exclusivamente Compatibles con cafeteras de cápsulas Nescafé* y Dolce Gusto* 16 g (caja de 48 unidades)
I am so desperate for some sort of structure whilst "working from home" (by which I probably mean staring at the laptop in the hope that someone will respond to one of my increasingly simple emails) that I now only reward myself with coffee at set times; 7.30 at breakfast, 11 post dog walk and again at 4 (decaff only - need to sleep so I can be up before 7.30 to repeat the whole exercise). This hasn't, however stopped my endless quest for a tasty alternative to the standard issue Dolce gusto pods. These particular ones are my latest foray into the world of independent suppliers and I have to say they are not at all bad. Not great and sadly not quite up to regulation issue but if furloughed pennies are tight they are a fair substitute. They taste of coffee and don't cost the earth. One word of warning though. They take forever to fill a cup. They don't trickle, they drip in a half- hearted fashion with all the enthusiasm of my teenage and school deprived son when asked to clean under his bed. Perhaps this means the hot water swirls around longer in the pod harvesting the flavour or perhaps it's just a cheaper pod. I don't know, answers on a post card, or perhaps an email. You know I'm waiting......

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