Evelyn Rodriguez

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How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett
How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett
Vick is a stock analyst himself with experience as an editor of a market newsletter. His investing experience and his clear writing help in learning about the important factors in Warren Buffett's investment style. The main problem is that there have been some changes in Buffett's style since the book was written. It does remain an excellent source of insight into his way of investing and thinking about investing.

Buffet showed an interest in earning money at a very early age. He did a great deal of experimenting with different investment techniques. Mathematics was of particular interest and very useful in analyzing businesses and possible investments. The magic of compound interest was particularly intriguing and he realized almost immediately that every dollar he didn't spend would compound in the future to a much greater amount. With this in mind he developed an aversion to spending money that could otherwise be invested. He was captivated with the book “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham, and was impressed enough that he decided to study under Graham at the Columbia business school. He and Graham argued different points in class. Buffet wound up working for Graham for a short time, then started his own investment firm.

One technique Buffet uses is to compare all possible investments with long-term bonds especially treasuries. The long term treasuries are considered the safest investments (not accounting for inflation) so if you can get 3% on long term treasury bonds any other investment must have a better return since they will be riskier. He then uses the long term bond rate say 3% as the discount rate. The discount rate is supposed to take into account the volatility of the investments being studied as a proxy for risk. So if an investment is considered much riskier than treasury bonds you select a higher discount rate say 15%. Buffet makes this easier for himself by primarily looking at companies that have long-term growth rates that are rising and vary little. The problem for ordinary investors is that much business and investment expertise goes into selecting the appropriate discount rate to account for growth, volatility and risk. This has proved to be virtually impossible to do consistently even for professional investors.

Buffet is generally looking for a company that is selling well below its’ calculated intrinsic value. Intrinsic value can be defined simply: It is the discounted value of the cash that can be taken out of a business during its remaining life. The intrinsic value is very difficult to calculate precisely since it depends on many factors, but in a very rough way over long periods of time changes in the book value of the co Gladmpany gives you a general idea of changes in its intrinsic value. There can, however, be large discrepancies between the two, and even larger differences with the stock market price. He believes in having a margin of safety by purchasing a company well below its’ intrinsic value when possible. This is most likely during significant market downturns.

There is some correlation between the long term growth of the book value and the return on equity, ROE, of the company and the company stock price. There is also a lot of fluctuation due to stock buybacks, the normal business cycle, and companies playing games with their numbers to look good. Generally increasing earnings, and return on equity, are good for the future stock price. But there are many factors such as buying back the company stock, borrowing more, etc., that could affect the future price of a stock. Buffet is usually looking for big stable companies to buy such as Coca-Cola, Procter& Gamble, Wells Fargo that have a long history of stable, increasing earnings and paying increasing dividends.

The next step is not to lose. This is easier said than done since the price of stocks obviously fluctuate quite a bit. He studies many companies carefully to find those that will do well in the long-term. To minimize the chances of a loss he waits to get the best price he can with the intention of holding forever. Over the years he has shown a preference for purchasing whole companies with the owners staying on to actually run the business itself. His chief function seems to be to allocate the income streams from many companies he is associated with into new and profitable businesses and the expansions of existing businesses. Since you coninue to discuss purchasing stocks, this might be be better at the end or before the next to the last paragraph. )

Several times in his long investing career he announced that he couldn't find any worthwhile stocks to invest as in during 1969, 1987, 2001, and 2008. Other times he announced he was like a kid in the candy store and there were many stocks he wanted to buy in 1974, 1982, 2002 and 2009. He uses many criteria to choose stocks to buy. Apparently when most of his criteria are showing that stocks are not a good buy he considers it may be a good time to think about selling. In other words he does the opposite of the average investor. He sells when everything is looking great and profits abound, he buys when it looks like the end of the financial world. This is quite easy to say, but quite difficult to do in practice.

Many other techniques are used to maximize profit such as arbitrage, especially in takeovers, options -both calls and puts, and the futures market. Buffett uses these techniques to improve his chances of getting exceptional long-term results. All these require some special knowledge and good timing. The stability and financial power of Berkshire have been used to get very good deals on convertible securities that ordinary investors don't have a chance of getting.

Craigslist with this piece of s***Buffett has several suggestions for better investment results. One is to consider a stock as an actual business and research as if you were going to be the owner for the next decade or longer. Another is to realize the business value and the stock price frequently show a large difference. It is best to purchase the stock when its price is depressed, which is most likely when entire market is in free fall. Look at stock fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy. Try to buy a stock when there's a great deal of pessimism in its area and the price is depressed. Sell a stock when there's a great deal of euphoria and the price seems like it will climb forever. Finally always look for a margin of safety, some advantage that will make price fluctuations less severe.
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/The Times They Are A-Changin/Another Side Of Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/The Times They Are A-Changin/Another Side Of Bob Dylan
The reason I give it four stars is, other than being a cheap way to pick up all three albums, this package has little marketing value other than economics. It would have been interesting had they stuck on a few unreleased tidbits from the Columbia vaults on here, rounding them out to about 75-80 minutes apiece.
That doesn't mean I think the music is not good. I tend to think of Dylan's work in trilogies, with this acting as his Folk Trilogy. While the debut is folk, this, with the exception of two tracks off FREEWHEELIN', is entirely Dylan's material.
In this package, we have one of the single most important albums released in the Sixties here: THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN. Its anthems are well known, and it has one of my favorite Dylan compositions ("Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"). I highly recommend THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUMES I-III, with the first disk having some great outtakes to this album. Tracks I think should have been included: "Let Me Die In My Footsteps", "Bear Mountain Picnic", "Lay Down Your Weary Tune", and "House Carpenter". This could have very easily been a double album, and there are a lot of great outtakes to this. The amazing thing, though, is had it been a double album it would still stand as important as it does now.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN', is, to me, the weakest of these three albums. Dylan has two albums that capture such emotional depths it is very hard and intense listening. One is BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, and the other this. Which is better depends on what you want, though for most people BLOOD will be the better listen.. THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' deals with Dylan's cynicism of life, and his plea to get things back in order. It is pure folk, with none of the electric guitars permeating his music as in later albums. (From my own standpoint, although I love folk music, I think Dylan's rock albums are some of the best around. For me, both are richly satisfying, which is something he has over The Beatles. Bubble-gum pop is alright, but not near as good as the real thing. The Beatles' later period is much better than their earlier period, whereas Dylan was more well-rounded). Not to say it's not good, but it pales next to FREEWHEELIN' and ANOTHER SIDE. Has anyone noticed that when Dylan does works in series of threes the second installment is always the weakest? It happens here, it happens with SAVED of the Christian Trilogy, and it also happens with the Double Album trilogy (BLONDE ON BLONDE, SELF PORTRAIT, and TIME OUT OF MIND). Anway, about this record, it has Dylan in ultra-protest mode, with a bunch of angry songs. "Seven Curses" should have been on this record. The title cut is probably one of Dylan's most famous anthems, and "Ballad" is about a farmer shooting his family because of severe economic circumstances. The standout cuts are "Times", "One Too Many Mornings" (which gets an excellent rendition on the ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT), "Only A Pawn", "When the Ship Comes in", "Boots of Spanish Leather", and "Hattie Carroll". The epic song "With God on Our Side" talks about the universal tactic of the political machinery of nations: they sell whatever they are doing militarily as "This is what your God wants," and by doing so justifying their actions. They are appealing to the almost universal belief of God in a cultural system, and taking advantages of syntaxes. Although not always wrong, Dylan is right that a lot of it is damned propaganda to obtain more power for the leaders. It stands as an important album, and it has Dylan at a stage of protest where we never see him again. But, as the Amazon reviewer points out, he sounds just as world weary here as he does on TIME OUT OF MIND, though the latter is a much better record. Its also interesting to compare this to the track "Things Have Changed", the latest word we have heard from Mr. Zimmerman. Dylan's come a very long road.
ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN, to me, is simply an amazing record. This is the album before BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, where he went electric for one side. Just as the title suggests, this shows Dylan moving away from the protest-topical songs and into more introverted lyrics. This process of deconstructing personas Dylan has continued throughout his career. This subject matter, especially that of "Ballad In Plain D", is very far from anything on TIMES THEY ARE. It instead stands as a more personal record. The only cuts not really necessary are "I Shall Be Free #10", which has a few references that should have been taken out ("I sat my monkey on the log in order for him to do the dog he wagged his tail and shook his head he went and did the cat instead he's a weird monkey"). The other throwaway is "Motopsycho Nitemare", but its simply hilarious. This record also stands as the one that introduced me to Bob Dylan, and it is the first Dylan album I listened too all the way through. So it has some sentimental value to me. But I can listen to it now, and simply be amazed at how really good it is.
Like I said, the only motivation to buy this is it's a great way to pick up the albums if you don't already have them. This would stand as a much more important rerelease had it included rare and unreleased stuff at the end of the records, but as it is this item is only of nominal interest to collectors of Dylan. Columbia has done this with a lot of its artists and musicians, and there's another pack of Dylan, featuring NASHVILLE SKYLINE, NEW MORNING, and JOHN WESLEY HARDING.
to collectors The music's first rate, but this package little value to collectors
Sun Bum Piña Colada Cocobalm | Hydrating Lip Balm with Aloe | Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Silicone Free, | 0.15oz Stick (20-48058)
Sun Bum Piña Colada Cocobalm | Hydrating Lip Balm with Aloe | Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Silicone Free, | 0.15oz Stick (20-48058)
Holy Cannoli, this isnt your ordinary chapstick, this is sunshine for your soul that you apply to your lips.

If you enjoy your lips to have the texture of sandpaper and resemble dry mud, then keep on scrolling. The amount of moisture that comes out of this pocket sized tube is mind blowing!

Now let's talk smell. Nothing ruins your day more than having your lips smell like plastic or sickeningly sweet artificial candy, but when you put this on and close your eyes, magic happens. You will literally be transported to a tropical beach. You will feel the sand between your toes, hear the crashing of the waves, the sun will turn your skin that golden color people over pay to get. After being trapped in my home for too long, thank you covid, this is exactly what I needed!

The only downfall is now my husband wants to kiss me all the time because my lips are so soft and sensuous. I had to climb on my roof to hide from him just to type this out, but overall it has been worth it and I am now looking at stock options for the company.

This is everything I ever gished for!
OfficeGoods Gray & Black Gel Pen Set with 12 Premium Shades of Color - Plus a Full Set of Refills = 24. Perfect for Kids, Doodling & Adult Coloring – Glitter, Metallic & Classic
OfficeGoods Gray & Black Gel Pen Set with 12 Premium Shades of Color - Plus a Full Set of Refills = 24. Perfect for Kids, Doodling & Adult Coloring – Glitter, Metallic & Classic
Overall this is a decent set of pens. I’m happy to find a set comprised solely of earth tones but there a couple of things that disappoint me. The description says that it includes reds. I was hoping for a brick red or dark wine color. There are a couple of browns with reddish undertones but not really any red shades. I also wish there was more ink. I have several gel pen sets that have larger diameter ink tubes which allows for quite a bit more ink per pen. This set is really not a good value compared to other sets that offer a larger quantity and more ink per pen for a comparable price. This may or may not meet your needs - it depends on your expectations. If you really want just earth tones, this set is a good choice, but if you are coloring large areas, these definitely won’t last long.

Edited 6/11/20 to add:
I have since purchased the other sets (with the exception of the gray to black tone). Economically, these are still not the best deal for the number of pens and amount of ink, but I love being able to purchase the refills by tone. Also, 5+ stars for customer service!! I received a torn package with one of the sets. The pens were fine, but fell through the large tear in the bottom of the package. I requested a replacement package (sans pens) from OfficeGoods. They promptly mailed one to me, along with a complimentary set of gray to black tone pens. Lesley also took the time to review my past orders, noting I had purchased the other sets and sent a color chart for every set - that was the most thrilling part! I’ll certainly continue to do business with OfficeGoods in the future.
Woman at War
Woman at War
Imbued with nuance, even the pops of red, the music, and the way the musicians follow the protagonist about her ventures imply meaning. Gorgeous scenery. Must be ok with subtitles unless you are Icelandic yourself. It's got a surprising and mostly satisfying end, if a bit uncertain, which of course is why these types of films have such appeal. I would have liked to known more about the "cause" this gal was fighting, but the film was not about the reasons for her personal war - just that she was alone in it, and that it was bigger than her did not stop her. In fact, it was that her cause WAS bigger than one woman that she was inspired to go big and risk everything. And then there's the sister....
A must watch for both genders, liberals, rebels, environmentalist, and general indy-art-flick lovers.
Secret Wishes Marvel Deadpool Women's Costume
Secret Wishes Marvel Deadpool Women's Costume
I ordered this costume anticipating it being a trifle large on me. I typically wear a 00-0 but the smallest size was 0-2. I decided it was worth it anyway.
When my costume arrived, much to my surprise it was tiny! Like me! I quickly put it on and then proceeded to run around the house then my neighbourhood dressed as Deadpool for two hours. A grown woman. On a Wednesday. I loved it so much, I put it back on after work the next day.. and then wore it to various Halloween parties all weekend. It was a roaring success... Or should I say people applauded with maximum effort?

The only thing I found particularly disappointing was the mask. The eye holes were gigantic and did not have the customart black or white. They were simply empty. I had to sew the rest of it myself to be more authentic; however, the stitching and material of the suit was much better than anticipated for the price point. Definitely recommend.
Marvel Deadpool 5 Pack Ankle Socks
Marvel Deadpool 5 Pack Ankle Socks
Love Deadpool and for the price these socks aren’t terrible! They are quite thin (the reviews are correct) but as usual I didn’t read any (because Deadpool). I wouldn’t necessarily buy these specially again but overall I just wear them when I decide to wear my custom shoes
H2 文庫版 コミック 全20巻完結セット (小学館文庫)
H2 文庫版 コミック 全20巻完結セット (小学館文庫)
H2とは意味深長な題名である。
 主人公は国見比呂。親友でライバルになるのが橘英雄。
 これでH2になると思うだろうが、ここにひねりがある。
 比呂には古賀春華という彼女が、英雄には雨宮ひかりという彼女が出てくる。ヒロインもH2なのだ。
 ふたつのカップルを描いた熱血野球漫画かと思えば、それだけではない。
 比呂とひかりは幼馴染で、ふたりとも憎からず思っている。互いが最良の理解者という点で、あだち充作品の世界では結ばれてもおかしくないふたりなのである。
 しかし互いに彼氏彼女がいる関係だ。ひかりの初恋の相手は英雄、比呂の初恋の相手がひかりだ。比呂の初恋が遅すぎたという比呂主観と、比呂にいつの間にか男を感じていたひかり主観が描かれる。
 比呂とひかりは、互いに惹かれあっているのを隠せない。
 H2の2とは、比呂とひかりのそれでもあるのだ。
 クライマックスは、野球漫画と恋愛漫画のそれが完全にシンクロした素晴らしいものだ。
 比呂とひかりに、もう一度チャンスが巡ってくる。
 結果は……お楽しみだ。
 名作『タッチ』とは別の意味で、とてつもなく美しい作品と言えるだろう。
One Piece, Vol. 93 (93)
One Piece, Vol. 93 (93)
Wow so much happens in One Piece volume 93. I know Hunter X Hunter is known as a series with a significant amount involved with each amount volume but my goodness this volume gives those volumes a run for their money. From the background of characters of Wano coming to light, to political intrigue, devil fruits and Straw Hats antics and so much more. It's one of those volumes that you might want to read it slowly or multiple times to digest it all.

As a longtime fan of the series this was very rewarding. It's doing a good job making Orochi a despicable villain. The man truly is a tyrant. He's hard to tell whether he is an idiot or a genius downplaying his intelligence. One thing is for sure do not underestimate his cunning. There's so much setup and intriguing developments that happen. I can't wait to see what the future holds. -MickManga
One Piece, Vol. 60 (60)
One Piece, Vol. 60 (60)
One Piece volume 60 contains chapters 585 to 594.
It is rated T for teen (13+) due to fantasy violence and tobacco usage.
If you are new to One Piece, start from volume 1.

Continuing from the previous volume with the flashbacks from Luffy and Ace's childhood together. I couldn't help but cry. Flashbacks to the character's childhoods in One Piece are always really emotional, not one of the straw hats seem to have had a nice past. It makes me want to support them even more in their future!
In the second part of the volume, we come back to the present and see what is happening now that the war is over. And then, the moment we have all been waiting for. We get to see what the rest of the crew have been up to while Luffy was trying to save his brother! It's great to have a little bit of comedy after all of that! That doesn't last too long though as the news makes it's way around the world.

There is a bonus interview at the end of the volume with Robin's Japanese voice actress, Yuriko Yamaguchi!

As always, the translations and paper quality could be improved but the content makes up for that. 60 volumes in and it doesn't look like it will be slowing down any time soon!
Last Steps: The Late Writings of Leo Tolstoy (Penguin Classics)
Last Steps: The Late Writings of Leo Tolstoy (Penguin Classics)
Last Steps is an excellent collection of short works by Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) compiled by Dr. Jay Parini and other editors. Parini has an excellent introduction to Tolstoy. Parnini has written a fine novel "The Last Station" dealing with the final days of the Russian master; the novel has been turned into a fine film starring Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs. Tolstoy and Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy.
In these final flashes of genius from Tolstoy's pen we see his views on a variety of topics. Tolstoy was excommunicated from the Russian Orthodox Church since he hated church ritual, tradition and superstition. His letter to the Church following his excommunication and advice to the clergy is contained within these pages. Tolstoy believed in Christ as a great teacher who taught humanity to live together in peace and brotherhood. Tolstoy's letter to Gandhi regarding the importance of nonresistance is included in the volume. Tolstoy also was against war and government. While an aristocrat he, nevertheless, championed the cause of the Russian peasant and felt land should be redstributed to them. He was against the use of tobacco and the eating of meat. His description of a visit to a slaughterhouse is vivid and one grieves for the plight of the poor beasts suffering under knout and knife. Tolstoy advocated chastity and kindness to one's fellows.
The longest piece in this book is his analysis of Shakespeare focusing on the play "King Lear." Tolsoty thought Shakespeare was wrong to turn the attention of the audience from topics of morality to secular themes. His opinion while influential is very controversial. His letters to George Bernard Shaw are of interest. He thought Shaw was too facile and entertaining a playwright; drama should be devoted to exploring topics of serious interest to the human soul.
Tolstoy's short story about the life of a simple peasant is included in the book as well as letters he wrote to several of his family members. Tolstoy had 13 children; he admonished his sons to avoid wine, women and song. Letters to them are included. Tolstoy and his wife of 50 years did not get along and he fled his estate dying in a railroad station on November 7, 1910. Pages from the diary he kept in old age reveal him as growing distant from his wife as he disliked her materialism and quarrelsome behavior. He sought refuge in matters of the spirit. His family was often a source of misery to Tolstoy. In his own youth he had been wild frequenting brothels, drinking to excess and carousing far into the night. He forsook this life in his final years becoming a spiritual mentor to followers.
Count Leo Tolstoy is a giant in world literature and his radical Christian vision calling for peace, brotherhood and love are worth listening to and thinking about. He was not only a great author of such classics as "War and Peace"; "Anna Karenina"; "Resurrection" but a great and good Christian soul!
A short but excellent collection well worth your money and time! Spend time with one of the giants and learn his lessons of faith, hope and love!
Heart of Ice: A Gripping Crime Thriller (An Emily Kenyon Thriller Book 2)
Heart of Ice: A Gripping Crime Thriller (An Emily Kenyon Thriller Book 2)
This book has two good storylines, but it is never ending! If the book had just focused on one story it could have been so much better. How many times can your daughter really be put in mortal danger? The death of Mandy Crawford would have been good on its own.

The writing shifts too much between present and past during the BZ serial killings and there are points where you are not really sure which place it is referring to. After all of the pontificating, it FINALLY arrives at a conclusion that was just lackluster.

The only redeeming quality of this book is the romance between Emily and Chris. Too bad there wasn't as much time spent on that as there was on killing animals.
The Best Russian Short Stories
The Best Russian Short Stories
Maxim Gorky has always been one of my favorite writers and he doesn't seem particularly Slavic or Russian in his short stories. In fact, if one changed the names of the characters, they could occur at any part of the globe. With Maxim Gorky, one gets a fresh, new insight into the lower dens of the poor and disenfranchised. That's what makes him so stupendously exhilarating.

In this collected short stories, Maxim Gorky is at his finest. Wonderful reading to anyone who loves world literature.

Try also:

Chekhov's Doctors: A Collection of Chekhov's Medical Tales by Anton Chekhov

The Doctor Stories by William Carlos Williams

A Country Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov
Veronika decide di morire (Italian Edition)
Veronika decide di morire (Italian Edition)
The book is exactly what an advanced learner of Italian needs:
- First, it is not that easy to find on Amazon.com Kindle books in Italian and Amazon.it is not available to anyone outside Italy
- It is a modern text, not some freely available but from 19th century text with dated vocabulary and obsolete sentence structure
- It has general vocabulary, not some specialized one
- The book itself is an easy read and the author is quite known. I actually stumbled upon it after watching the movie with Sarah Gellar based on it.
The Eleventh Commandment
The Eleventh Commandment
I've been an unconditional fan of Jeffrey Archer since I read his very first book! However, somehow i missed this one when it came out years ago. Just recently,( quite by accident) i happened to notice an article on the internet about this particular book, since it was back on the New York Times Best-Sellers List , after so many years. It didn't sound familiar, and I realized I didn't have it! I quick downloaded it on my kindle and was reading it within minutes. From the beginning to the very end, I could NOT put it down! Excellent as always! Jeffrey Archer is a master at putting little twists in the plot when you least expect it. This novel is no exception. I highly recommend this book whether you are an old fan- or just trying Jeffrey Archer for the first time. Either way, you won't be disappointed!
A Treachery of Spies: The Sunday Times Thriller of the Month
A Treachery of Spies: The Sunday Times Thriller of the Month
What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one.

It moves between the present day and various points during the Second World War and the years immediately following it. It opens in the present day with the grim discovery of the corpse of an elderly woman, killed in a car in the parking lot of the main railway station in Orleans. Police Captain Inès Picaut is called to the scene, and immediately recognises the killing as a professional assassination, rather than a random theft-driven crime. Picaut and all her colleagues are also struck by how beautiful the victim had been.

It is not easy to identify the victim, although Picaut and her team eventually establish that she was using the name of Sophie Destaville. This doesn’t advance their investigation very far as Ms Destaville seems to have left no computer footprint, suggesting that it was merely a pseudonym, or perhaps more appropriately a nom de guerre. They do, however, find a business card sewn into the lining of the dead woman’s jacket. Picaut is additionally concerned because the killing has all the hallmarks of a terrorist act: significant enough in France in these sombre days, but more poignant still as a major conference of senior international security service personnel is currently in progress in Orleans itself. The business card leads Picaut’s team to a film company that has been making a documentary about the Maquis, the Resistance Forces that led the fight against the German occupation of France during the War.

Meanwhile, the narrative flits back to the Second World War, focusing on various French members of the Resistance, and on their close contacts among the British intelligence services and the newly created Special Operations Executive. We see them going through commando-style training in the Scottish Highlands and receiving intensive initiation onto the world of cryptology. The chapters set in the war paint a fascinating picture of the grim nature of life for the Resistance, and for the people living in the areas in which they were active. It has seemed all too easy in recent years to talk about rampant collaboration in Vichy France, but this book shows how much more complex the issue was. In many ways this was reminiscent of Simon Mawer’s The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and Sebastian’s Faulks’s Charlotte Gray, although though I think it was even better than either of them.

All the key ingredients of a great novel are here: a gripping plot, a mystery story, and a cast of immensely plausible characters, complete with an enigmatic protagonist in Picaut. As if all that were not enough, Scott writes with great elegance, too

All in all, a very serendipitous selection, and one of the best books I have read all year.
The Strong Shall Live: Stories
The Strong Shall Live: Stories
I used to prefer his novels, but once I tried the short stories I was hooked. This particular collection is very appealing to me for its focus on overcoming obstacles. Sometimes its nice to think that through effort alone we can come off the victor over injustice. Of course, in real life that isn't always the case, but in LL's world it does. That makes for enjoyable reading.
The Case of the Crimson Kiss: A Perry Mason Novelette, and Other Stories.
The Case of the Crimson Kiss: A Perry Mason Novelette, and Other Stories.
The book consists of several short stories reflecting the range of Erle Stanley Gardner's interests. The feature story is a Perry Mason novella, where he finds himself defending a woman accused of murdering the man the police claim was her lover. She claims she doesn't know him, but she has his key on her keyring, nightgowns, lingerie, and even her toothbrush and toothpaste in his apartment.
Other stories revolve around the workings of a private detective working for a Chinese tong, a tale of a beaten man who comes to the desert, a clever jewel thief, and a private detective sharpshooting a case.
The collection is a good read, reflecting the storytelling skills of Gardner in many different ways.
Double Cross (Alex Cross Book 13)
Double Cross (Alex Cross Book 13)
Synopsis

In this, the thirteenth installment for super-cop Alex Cross, he finds himself once again returning to the streets to catch a diabolical duo of killers. Pursuing a genius serial killer who thrives on killing his victims in front of the largest crowds he can muster, Cross has his hands full. Known as the "Audience Killer," he delights in murdering famous people in broad daylight and on live television. He posts streaming video on the Internet, all the while taunting and threatening to make Cross his ultimate victim.

As if this is not enough to keep Cross and his partner Bree Stone busy, former colleague and friend Kyle Craig performs a dramatic prison break and is bent on exacting his revenge on Cross for putting him in maximum security prison for four long years.

Craig and the Audience Killer are destined to team up and make life short and miserable for the retired detective.The action is fast-paced and the suspense is palpable in this high-tech crime thriller.

My Two Cents Worth

After a couple of unremarkable efforts, Patterson is back. Double Cross is probably the best effort in the series of Cross novels.

The plot is complicated and boasts some ingenious twists and turns, but very well developed and engaging. Patterson sets a scorching pace and keeps the reader completely engrossed in the story line. The prose is cohesive and concise and he paints a compelling story.

Cross is still bigger-than-life, but unlike some of the previous books, the action doesn't suffer from lapses in reality. I found it refreshing to be completely consumed in a story for a change.

Double Cross delivered, big-time.
Zane Grey Library, Volume 1 (Annotated)
Zane Grey Library, Volume 1 (Annotated)
This review is for the Kindle version. For a first novel, Betty Zane, has to rank as one of the best ever done by an inexperienced writer. And why it was rejected so many times is still a question many people must ask themselves after reading this book. Guided by a journal left by his ancestors Zane Grey crafted one of the most notalble works about one of the final battles of the American Revolution. Along the way, the reader will encournter many members of the Zane family, Lew Wetzel, and the Girty brothers, all real people; and Betty Zane, the heroine who saves Fort Henry. This book gives you a feeling of what it would have been like to live at that time and in that place. It is only fitting that such a book was the beginning of a literary career unsurpassed in the genre of historical romance. Read this and its two follow up books, The Spirit of the Border, and The Last Trail. Desert Gold: Once you get past the slow and dry prologue, the book takes off like a bullet and never slows down. The hero, Dick Gale, a transplanted Easterner, soon finds himself engaged in the border war between the US and Mexico. Set in contemporary times, at least when it was written, it detailed the troubles along the border at that time--events appearing in the newspapers on a daily basis. Along the way, you will meet one of Zane Grey's greatest Indian heroes, Yaqui, and one of his vilest of villains, the Mexican Rojas. And the fight scene between the two is more than a classic; it's one never to be forgotten, nor repeated by any writer at any time. There is a secret which must be revealed as well, which affects the life of Nell Belding, and her relationship with Dick. For sheer excitement and romance and history, buy this book for yourself and have an enjoyable time getting lost in Zane Grey's West. "Riders of the Purple Sage" would immortalize both the author and the genre of "westerns". From then on every "western" would be compared to this one. The ironic part is: Zane Grey never considered them to be "westerns"; they were romances, romantic adventures, romantic novels. And to be totally accurate, the word, "western" did not exist at the time this book was written; it did not come into use until 1927 at the earliest, so to insist Zane Grey was a "western" writer is suspect, at best. But "Riders of the Purple Sage" has everything a person has come to know and understand that belongs in a story of the west--the taciturn gunfighter; the woman in distress fighting a losing battle; great scenery; fast horses; and evil men. Yet "Riders" is more than that. It has sub-plots upon sub-plots that keep the reader wondering what is going to happen next, and this book "fills the bill". And, what most people don't know or realize today, Zane Grey wrote quite often from a woman's viewpoint, and does so in this book. At the time of Zane Grey's greatest popularity more than half of his readership were women, and he was published in such magazines as, Cosmopolitan, Colliers, and Ladies Home Journal. If you have never read a "western" I whole-heartedly urge you to try this one. The Border Legion has without a doubt the greatest of Zane Grey's villains--the blond beast, Gulden, whose way with women was a rope and a cave, the most vicious and depraved of the border bandits. And as in earlier works by Zane Grey this novel had to undergo many editorial changes demanded by his publisher before they would print it. Things today which seem very tame indeed, but yet his editors felt did not belong in fiction, regardless of how historically accurate Zane Grey was being to actual events upon which this book was based. When Joan Randle decides to follow her 'boyfriend' Jim Cleve after he departs because of a quarrel she finds herself captured by this outlaw gang and held, only to find out Jim has joined them as well. (She had accused Jim of not being man enough to even be bad, so he sets out to prove her wrong.) This book is a fascinating look at what happens to men, I should say, mankind, when driven by their passions and left to revert to the barbaric when the environment is one of dog eat dog i.e. "survival of the fittest" a phrase used by Darwin and popularized by Zane Grey, as he subscribed to some of Darwin's theories, as seen in many of his novels as he expressed his philosophy of life, and concerns for America in his writings. It has been said more students learned of Darwin's theory from reading Zane Grey than they did in the class room. But if one goes beyond any "hidden" agenda and reads this book as a novel of escapism and adventure and romance it is a good read I think you will enjoy.
El Silmarillion. Ilustrado por Ted Nasmith (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
El Silmarillion. Ilustrado por Ted Nasmith (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
El libro se retrasó unos días pero por cosas como estas no importa esperar. La edición es sublime, muy cuidada. Tanto la caja como la portada están forradas en tela y da muy buena sensación al tacto. Las láminas de dibujos yo pensaba que serían por separado pero no, están impresas en una calidad excelente, formando parte del libro. Muy recomendable esta edición porque es un libro atemporal.
Naruto, Vol. 24: Unorthodox
Naruto, Vol. 24: Unorthodox
With the Konoha ninja not doing too well against their Sound Ninja opponents, unexpected reinforcements arrive to continue the fight.

Now this is annoying, this volume of Naruto would have been the absolute best of the series so far if it wasn't for one little thing that really annoyed me, calling sake `private potion' and Drunken Fist `Potion Punch'. I suppose that I should have expected this as a similar thing happened in the anime but it wasn't to this extent. This sort of censorship really annoys me and if it wasn't for this I would have definitely given this volume five stars. Maybe I am being somewhat harsh as other than this the volume is of very high quality with some great fights, some nice plot twists and some good art.
Das Rätsel von Miramare: Roman, Band 78 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Das Rätsel von Miramare: Roman, Band 78 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Es gibt nicht nur Old Shatterhand und Kar bin Nemsi! Karl May hat auch anderes geschrieben. Um das Lebenswerk von Karl May zu kennen, sollten auch die weiteren Bände aus den gesammelten Werken gelesen werden. Diese haben z.T. sehr interessante Details, die vom Verlag bzw. den Autoren der Überarbeitungen hinzugefügt sind. Hierzu zählt auch dieser Band.
Wie immer: etwas für Karl May Fans!
From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis
From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis
I remember reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was in elementary school.  Such a fascinating tale with a world that was bigger than my adolescent imagination.  Who could not fall in love with Narnia and that magical world?  

Over the years I've read excerpts from Mere Christianity and have heard the name C.S. Lewis repeatedly but I never realized that before he was one of the most famous Christians that he was actually a professing atheist.  From Atheism to Christianity is the journey of Clive Staples Lewis and his 15-year journey from materialistic atheism to Christianity

Author Joel D. Heck did a wonderful job of writing Lewis's story.  This book is incredibly well researched and leaves no stone unturned.  Heck did the majority of his research from Lewis's books themselves as well as other sources about the beloved author.  It is fascinating to see the progression as well as the motivation for C.S. Lewis's choices, not only on his spiritual journey, but his life in general.  You see where his inspirations stemmed from, what his focus was on as an adolescent, and each piece of his 15-year journey to Christianity.  You are introduced to the books Lewis was reading during that time as well as authors that helped mold his thinking.

The impact of the death of his mother when he was ten years old was pivotal.  Lewis was raised in a religious home but after her death Lewis was done with religion.  As his story progresses, you begin to see his thinking slowly change and develop over time, eventually evolving to Christianity.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever questioned their faith, who are themselves an atheist, or anyone who would like to read about an incredible man on a wonderful journey of faith.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Case Closed, Vol. 2
Case Closed, Vol. 2
Such a pleasure to read, I see so much more in the manga that I missed in the anime, as well as this although English dubbing of the anime has stopped, the manga lives on and continues to be translated
The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy
The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy
I love the Clive Cussler books for adults and have all in my library. When I saw this book for children I jumped at the chance to initiate my grandchildren to the world of Clive Cussler and help get them more interested in reading rather than watching movies on their I-Pad's. I decided to read with them to get a feel for the book itself and also see and hear what they liked or didn't like about the book. I used my 7 year old, 10 year old and 12 year old grandchildren as subjects for this exercise. First, I found the book to be boring, with much too much detail (a positive for his adult books) that tended to bore all the children. In the end the book was set on a side table before the first chapter was completed, after a month it was sent to the dreaded bottom shelf of the book case never to been seen again.
Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down
Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down
Reviewers should read the entire collection before writing reviews. The reviewer who quit reading after the first story missed some very good writing. As another reviewer noted, the best stories are in the second half of the collection. The collection includes 23 short stories by different authors. As in most collections, you will like some stories more than others. Some of the stories are by newer authors, and it is a good way to sample their writing. Some stories are by authors you will recognize from their earlier writing.

I was pleased to find a short story, "A Calculated Risk," by Sean Chercover. He has previously written about a PI in Chicago. In this story he introduces a new character, Tom Bailey, a man with a past he does not talk about who has reinvented himself as a charter boat operator in the Caribbean. Bailey may take you fishing, or for a price he may deliver you quietly to another location. I hope that we may see more of Bailey, who seems to be a mix of Travis McGee and Jack Reacher.

The stories can be read in any order. "A Calculated Risk" may be a good starting point.
The Runaway Sleigh Ride (English and Swedish Edition)
The Runaway Sleigh Ride (English and Swedish Edition)
The illustrations and content of this book are totally captivating. As only Astrid Lindgren can do, she tells a tale with humor and touches your heart as well. My daughter and I discovered this book in our public library and checked it out often, only to be dismayed when it was "lost". We tried in vain to find a copy, until striking it rich on this website a couple years ago. I felt I had found a treasure, and was so happy to have my "new" out-of-print book in my hands. We still enjoy it every bit as much. As with any well-written story, it appeals to all ages. This book may have you chuckling and crying in one sitting. Don't miss it. By the author of the much-loved Pippi Longstocking books.
Bleach, Vol. 41
Bleach, Vol. 41
Ichigo and Ulquiorra continue their awesome battle and it comes to a conclusion. What happens is pretty cool and gives real interest to Ulquiorra's character.

What happens to Uryuu here really broke my heart and is one of the few times that I nearly cried.

Again my beloved Orihime is given a really sweet part, but then seems to revert to a whiny child, which is so frustrating.

Chad, Renji and Rukia are totally in harmony and it's so much fun!

We also get to see the beginning of the Hitsugaya / Hallibelle fight which is pretty cool.

And the beginning of the Soi-Fong / Barragan fight, which is kind of stupid and even a little boring. Thankfully it does get better though.
Touhou Project : Hakurei Reimu - Matsukura Nemu Ver. - [1/7 Scale PVC] by Kotobukiya Co., Ltd.
Touhou Project : Hakurei Reimu - Matsukura Nemu Ver. - [1/7 Scale PVC] by Kotobukiya Co., Ltd.
よく見れば頭のリボンに白いフリフリが付いてなかったりお祓い儚持ってなかったりとちょっと残念なところもあります(紅魔郷の霊夢のリボンにはフリフリが付いて無い?)
ですが顔の表情がとても良い
永夜抄や神霊廟のタイトル画面の霊夢が丁度こんなツリ目の顔で印象によく残ってたので一目で気に入りました
それにポーズも勢いがあってかっこいい
1/8の霊夢のフィギュアの中でも特に気に入ったので☆5にしたいところですがリボンのフリフリとお祓い儚が無いので☆4にします
CATHERINE COOKSON COLLECTION 10 BOOKS IN SLIPCASE
CATHERINE COOKSON COLLECTION 10 BOOKS IN SLIPCASE
Very pleased to find this selection, bought as a mothers day gift. All books are as new, came in printed cardboard sleeve which has the smallest of a corner rub to one back corner. Excellent value.
Charlie Rose March 1998
Charlie Rose March 1998
Jeremy Irons Interview

Because I only watched one episode, I cannot comment on the entire season. For that particular one, Charlie Rose was fighting a cold, which made his voice difficult to hear. Nevertheless, he is the only journalist intelligent and prepared enough to spend nearly an hour with Jeremy Irons, who doesn't waste any time with giving less than thoughtful answers. Charlie Rose knew the actor's body of work and could quite decently respond to the unprepared questions - global warming, deforestation or the hand over of Hong Kong to China. They also talk about Lolita (1997) with Jeremy Iron's take on the controversial movie. This interview is great for both: the fans of good journalism and admirers of Jeremy Irons, who is quite extraordinary here.
Godplayer (A Medical Thriller)
Godplayer (A Medical Thriller)
No only can he hold the reader he also teaches us about medical procedures we know little about and medication the dangerously casual usage of it by to many out there!
I love all his characters he always mixes enough of medicine with a great plot and really makes you wonder about your next trip to the hospital?
I always come away from his novels a tiny bit smarter about
The risk on any minor operations and going to sleep and maybe not waking up!??
The Californians
The Californians
It's a great show from Hollywood's golden era. Not the best, but definitely worth a watch. One of the negative reviews questioned the "history." Well guess what? It's an old TV show, not a history lecture. Each episode has a beginning, middle, and end with a crisis that needs to be resolved in about 22 minutes. What more do you need?
Little Women Season 1
Little Women Season 1
I have loved Louisa May Alcott’s novel since girlhood and was surprised but excited when I heard BBC would be adapting it again after so long. I don’t think I expected it, but I can honestly say that is the best version of Little Women I’ve seen.

The production is beautiful in its sweet simplicity, the cast is endearing, and the tone of the writing strikes a lovely balance between serious yet hopeful, realistic yet heartwarming. It has all the charm and beauty that makes the novel so loved, yet also doesn’t shy away from the growing pains and losses that the March sisters endure as they go from girls to women. Both the 1949 version with June Allyson and the 1994 one with Winona Ryder were staples of my childhood, but I was ready for another take on this story when I heard BBC was adapting it. I really applaud the writer Heidi Thomas for a lovely screen translation of this story that adhered to Alcott's novel better than either of those previous versions. A three-hour runtime was a definite advantage at the outset and she made the most of it by including many plot points that had been left out of the other adaptations and by more fully developing the characters.

First, I appreciate how in this version, all four sisters are treated with equal worth in the beginning and then the story gradually becomes more about Jo. This mirrors the trajectory of the book very well. Previous adaptations brought Jo to the forefront at the beginning, as that was likely an easy way to deal with time constraints. But the story belongs to all four of them at the beginning, while Jo becomes the clear protagonist by the end. I appreciated the screen time that the other sisters were given in this adaptation.

Next, the order of events is much more accurately captured here, and a few seemingly smaller, yet significant, plot items that were omitted from previous versions were kept in. The Christmas dinner that Mr. Laurence sends over after he hears that they gave their breakfast to the Hummels, Beth's early shyness to go visit Mr. Laurence to play his piano, the snow maiden that Jo and Amy and Laurie build for Beth after her initial illness, and Laurie's conversation with his grandfather after Jo's rejection are all very sweet, beautiful bits that made it into this version and made me very happy. I also appreciated that time was given to the long separation in the middle of Meg and John Brooke's engagement while John fought in the war for a period. Also, the voiceover singing of "Land O' the Leal" during that sequence is positively exquisite.

I also really enjoyed how much more character development was given to Mr. March in this one. We see snippets of his time away at war, and he has many conversations with Jo in the latter half of the running time. I especially loved one scene they have together after Beth's death in which Jo feels paralyzed by grief, and her father tells her she needs to write again. And on that note, the scenes surrounding Beth's death were by far the most poignant interpretation of that storyline I've ever seen. Jo's seaside trip with Beth was kept in this time and I was so glad -- the scene on the beach where Beth confides that she's slipping away is as raw and emotional as it's believable. Annes Elwy's portrayal of Beth's quiet strength and gentle dignity is beautiful.

And now, very importantly, I felt that this version captured Laurie's relationships with Jo and Amy in total respect of the book. Some thoughts on this one:
• Contrary to popular opinion, I have always agreed with Louisa May Alcott's decision to marry Laurie to Amy. However, the creators of the 1994 movie seemed to agree with many fans and perhaps tried to make their feelings known by giving Jo and Laurie a romantic connection for as long as they could get away with it before begrudgingly following the book. Winona Ryder and Christian Bale did indeed have sizzling chemistry at times, so Jo's rejection *could* seem off-kilter and confusing for some fans. What's more, the order of events were changed by making his proposal the reason she goes to New York. Not so in this new version. Maya Hawke and Jonah Hauer-King have a heartfelt but clearly platonic connection from the get-go, and like the novel, it's obvious that Jo has a maturity beyond her years much earlier than Laurie does. From her perspective, he's always been her brother and when he tries to turn it into something else (which he does a few times before he actually proposes), she finds it incredibly awkward and unhelpful. Also like the novel, Jo's New York trip in this version is her attempt to put space between herself and Laurie in hopes that he will realize they're not suited before he does something rash like proposing to her, rather than what she does to get away *after* he proposes
• All of that said, I honestly believe that Alcott intended for Laurie and Amy to be together from the beginning. The seeds are planted when he visits her every day during her extended stay with Aunt March while Beth fights her first illness. This version gives more screen time to those interactions. There's an absolutely wonderful scene that's also in the novel in which Amy writes out her "will" and asks Laurie to approve it. In this moment, they begin to share confidences and fears. Their time together in Europe is also well-handled in this adaptation. After the initial catch-up, Laurie is obviously struck by how sophisticated, thoughtful, and intelligent Amy has become, and later, when they've received news of Beth's death, they have a moving scene together where Laurie makes clear to Amy that he won't leave her to grieve alone. It's understood that they spend a lot of time together after this, so their subsequent marriage is the natural progression.

And finally, I think one of the most noteworthy casting and characterization decisions was in Emily Watson as Marmee and the writing for her. The screen time devoted to her and Emily Watson's performance made me realize how much material related to Marmee has been skipped over in previous adaptations, and it was honestly their loss. This version gives her amazing depth and allows us to see her in a more human and relatable light. She has many more scenes that are directly from the book and that show who she is as a person -- a deeply kind and generous woman who also sometimes feels that she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, because at first she's holding down the homefront while her husband is away at war, and later, she experiences many of the natural pains of motherhood in seeing her children grow up and become independent. Here are a few of the "Marmee scenes" I loved:
• After Amy breaks through the ice, Jo pours out her fears of never being able to govern her tongue or temper to Marmee. Marmee assures Jo that she too has an awful temper and has been working for 40 years to control it.
• Marmee comes into the bedroom where the girls are getting ready for Meg's wedding, and the four of them strike a pose as they giggle excitedly. Marmee is clearly overcome for a moment at how beautiful and grown-up her girls have become.
• As Jo realizes that Laurie has romantic desires towards her, she confides to Marmee that she must get away for a while because she knows Laurie will only ever be a brother to her. Marmee assures Jo that her instincts are correct in this area and says that she's always felt that Jo and Laurie are too much alike to get on as a married couple.
• When Beth tells Marmee that she's sick and knows she won't recover, Marmee makes a quick exit to cry. Jo follows, and Marmee breaks down in Jo's arms. Cue my own waterworks opening up.

I cannot recommend this miniseries enough. It’s a heartfelt, beautiful tribute to Louisa May Alcott’s novel and will be a wonderful adaptation to treasure for younger readers who didn’t grow up watching previous versions. I watched it twice while it was available on PBS’s website and bought it just a few days after it finished airing on TV. I was reminded of everything I love about this story, and to its credit, wanted to pick up the book again when it was finished. Thank you to this marvelous cast and crew for a gorgeous miniseries of this beloved story.
Ata-Boy Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Book Cover 2.5" x 3.5" Magnet for Refrigerators and Lockers
Ata-Boy Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Book Cover 2.5" x 3.5" Magnet for Refrigerators and Lockers
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is one of my all-time favorite books because it finally shows us that there is a wizarding school in America other than Hogwarts, but it took 20 years for Rowling to create one via Pottermore and later first mentioned in Fantastic Beasts. This magnet is something I have been looking for for as long as I can remember, but unable to find it in bookstores wherever with other Harry Potter merchandise as if "Goblet of Fire" is being criminally underrated for the whole story.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (4K Ultra HD) [Blu-ray]
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (4K Ultra HD) [Blu-ray]
Given that a lot of scifi and fantasy media today, and perhaps since the 70s, are designed to contain multiple messages for the viewing audience, it's difficult for me to rate this film highly, even though I really do want to.

Harry Potter himself has a John Lennon look, which leads me to wonder if it was intentional or part of Rowling's imagination at work by drawing on her pas memories. Dumbledore and Rebeus, to me, look both like an homage to the Spirit of Christmas present from Dickens. Again, was that intentional? I want to think not. And Professor Minerva McGonagall reminds me of the stereo typical which, but one with a heart of intellect and gold. That's a plus, but it does, for me at least, call to question how much of these characters were inspired, and how much of them were designed.

Typically big budget projects have a social agenda to them, and to me this one feels like guiding youths towards being skeptical in spite of all of the magic and sorcery that takes place within the movie. It also feels like an attempt to make the readers and movie goers feel special as they see themselves within the characters. Again, is that by Rowling's imagination and intent, or might there be some social psychologist injecting a bit more into Rowling's work?

As a movie I liked it. Even though I saw all of these potential shortcomings, I didn't get all worked about possible Hollywood social media tinkering. I mean if it's there, then what can I do about it? However, at one time Hollywood was more concerned with telling a good story and not layering visual cue for the lay audience member. Whatever. I didn't read the book, have no intention of doing so, but had never seen the first film in the series, so I rented it.

Visually the production values are really out of this world, but the plot tends to get overshadowed by the personal story, and in the end the film that we're left with is a kind of unresolved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory kind of film. That is to say what's going to happen to Harry and friends? Well, perhaps that's the reason the whole franchise was created in the first place.
Harry Potter a l'ecole des sorciers ; Harry Potter et la chambre des secrets ; Harry Potter et le prisonnier d'Azkaban -- coffret 3 volumes by Rowling, J. K. (1999) Paperback
Harry Potter a l'ecole des sorciers ; Harry Potter et la chambre des secrets ; Harry Potter et le prisonnier d'Azkaban -- coffret 3 volumes by Rowling, J. K. (1999) Paperback
The translation of these books is absolutely faithful in style to the original, it loses nothing, and it's a joy to read! Sometimes, when the English doesn't translate well, the translator made up her/his own puns, in a perfectly matching style. (The Sorting Hat is called le Choixpeau in the French books, for example.) I'd say one wonderful use of these books would be to be read by English-speaking students of French of all ages, who are familar with the English version. They will learn a lot quickly and painlessly. :)
レガシーOFリボルテック 紅い眼鏡 プロテクト・ギア 約125mm ABS&PVC製 塗装済み可動フィギュア LR-015
レガシーOFリボルテック 紅い眼鏡 プロテクト・ギア 約125mm ABS&PVC製 塗装済み可動フィギュア LR-015
La figura a nivel de detalle y articulación, totalmente Kaiyodo: muy detallada, preciosa y clavada a la peli, muchas partes móviles para adoptar diversas posturas (lo único que le echo en falta es movimiento en los hombros, pero por la armadura se puede comprender). Las hombreras vienen un poco sueltas para poder mover los brazos con libertad, y trae diversas armas con mucho detalle. Ahora, tengo que darle un par de peros: el primero es que la peana de sujeción que trae es negra (para algunos les puede dar igual, pero yo siempre prefiero las transparentes); otra de las contras es que las manos se incrustan a presión, no con la típica borlita articulada que tienen el resto de partes y son realmente duras de encajar; y la última es que las articulaciones en general, ya no sé si es la figura mía en particular o todas las de este modelo sin así, es que están bastante más duras que las de otras figuras de Kaiyodo.

Quitando estos aspectos, la verdad es que es impresionante y genial.
Duke Cannon"Great American Frontier" Men's Big Brick of Soap Set: Fresh Cut Pine, Leaf & Leather, Campfire
Duke Cannon"Great American Frontier" Men's Big Brick of Soap Set: Fresh Cut Pine, Leaf & Leather, Campfire
I've tried several DC soaps including these. So much potential but, unfortunately, they fall way short. The scents range from very good to outstanding out of the box but they're not the same after the first use and after the second they're barely a memory. Then you're stuck with these giant, unwieldy bricks reminding you every day that you fell for a gimmick. Very cool concept. Great packaging. Wanted so much to like them that I even tried their WWII line hoping it would perform better than the nature line but no dice. Then tried the body wash- scents didn't translate. Done with this company unless they switch to cologne or incense.
Empowered: The Fan ReVOLution That Changed College Football
Empowered: The Fan ReVOLution That Changed College Football
TN fans everywhere will enjoy this book and all college football fans can learn from this book and be on the outlook for similar warning signs in their beloved programs

Section 1 did a nice job of documenting many of the experiences we've also lived through since graduation. Although I found the writing style choppy and disjointed (almost as if it had been copy/pasted from other sources), I enjoyed reliving these shared experiences.

Section 2 presented multiple interviews with relevant stakeholders without edits and in original form. While it took reading a few to become comfortable with this approach, ultimately I found it quite effective. These unfiltered chapters provided a unique look at this situation and set the stage for the final section 3.

Section 3 was well written in a style totally distinct from section 1. The authors built on the foundations of both prior sections to present a very powerful argument regarding our decade of mediocrity. For those of us abit further away (we live in NJ) who weren't able to stay quite as involved but wondered what the heck had been going on in Knoxville this was a helpful read.

I am hopeful the next decade of being a volunteer will be more enjoyable than the last and look forward to continuing to wear the Orange proudly. I graduated from UTK in '83, met my wife there and have been to TN football games in Athens, Baton Rouge, Berkeley, Boston, Charlotte, Fayetteville, LA, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Piscataway, South Bend, Syracuse and Tempe (National Champs) where we celebrated the wins and suffered through the losses. We've run into alumni across the world and drank JD at the Rocky Top bar in Tokyo.
Room 414
Room 414
Je connaissais pas ce groupe ukrainien et je dois dire que c'est une excellente découverte. Le vinyle est très joli et le CD est plus complet avec des morceaux supplémentaires. Mais le gros soucis est l'état dans lequel j'ai reçu cet article. La pochette du vinyle a carrément était pliée dans les coins et c'est irrécupérable. Que dire aussi du vinyle en lui-même qui reçu une rayure !? Je me demande comment d'ailleurs car tout était sous blister...vraiment très déçu par cet état du disque. Heureusement que la musique de ce groupe compense !
Worth Company 27536 Anchormate II Heavy Gauge Steel Anchor Hold Matched Set-Marine, Black Finish
Worth Company 27536 Anchormate II Heavy Gauge Steel Anchor Hold Matched Set-Marine, Black Finish
We actually bought two, one for the front of our 16.5 foot bass boat. I couldn't be happier with this product for raising and lowering heavy anchors. We have 15 pound anchors on each and it works perfect. It was so hard to bring up the anchor with just the rope and I was always afraid I was going to fall out of the boat. With this, I can sit in my chair and just wind that sucker up and it snaps into place. Do not hesitate to buy this product, it's perfect.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Desk Calendar 2003 (Also 2014 and 2025)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Desk Calendar 2003 (Also 2014 and 2025)
Ooooooooo-kay, I've never reviewed a calendar before, so let's see how this goes.
The twelve months portray scenes that are in near chronological order of the movie and starts from Harry and Ron's trip in the flying car. The photos are from key points in the movie, such as the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin Quidditch match, with Harry and Draco facing each other like a Rocky poster. With the exception of June, Harry is in each month. June is Fawkes's honorary month. Key text is included, describing the photo or theme.
There is an object in the foreground, off to the side of each month in keeping with the theme of the picture, be it Hedwig, the Polyjuice Potion, the Sorting Hat, or Ron's cellotaped wand.
By the way, as a bonus treat, inbetween the picture of Fawkes and the June months, there is a special page with eighteen stickers. What stickers? Well, framed portraits of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, the Hogwarts badge, Fawkes's head, Hedwig, the Golden Snitch, three coins (a Galleon, Knut, and Sickle), the respective symbols of each house (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff, along with their respective animals), the brown case containing the quaffle and bludgers, a glass of polyjuice potion, something that looks like a starfish inside a jar, presumably Ron and Harry's luggage, sundry chemicals, and the logo for the movie.
For what this year is turning out to be, Harry and company is one surefire antidote for not evoking a much-needed do-over clause for bad years.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (Telugu)
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (Telugu)
Movie is not bad, it has excellent acting by Chiranjeevi (who is unbelievably agile for 64 year old), good dialogue, top notch photography and spectacular action scenes but was let down by a weak script. However, as the disclaimer at the start of the movie says, it has no historical accuracy. Further, the director took too many liberties in the story line making Narasimha Reddy a larger than life superman rather than a real character. While fast pace is needed, some scenes are so short in this 3 hour movie (like the court trial at the end) that they leave no impact. The movie does very little justice to the ensemble cast of national stars. Still you can watch it - it is better than several commercial potboilers that we get to see every week.
Cuisinart 7 Qt Round Casserole, Covered, Enameled Provencial Blue
Cuisinart 7 Qt Round Casserole, Covered, Enameled Provencial Blue
So, I am new to cooking in a Dutch oven, but I am trying to get into it more (though I do cook with cast iron skillets all the time). I looked at various ones on the internet and settled for this one. This Dutch oven is nice and heavy duty (cast iron always is). The finish is good and attractive. I have used it once so far and it was easy to cook in and to clean afterwards. I really like it, especially for the price. I looked at Le Creuset because it is considered the "top of the line", but I could not justify spending what they were asking when I can basically get a similar product at a much lower price.

Since I just started using it, I will post an update if I see any issues in the future, but I don't foresee that since it looks like a solid product right out of the box. Anyways, wish me luck in my future cooking with my Dutch oven!
LloydPans Kitchenware 8 by 10 inch Detroit Style Pizza Pan USA Made Hard-Anodized
LloydPans Kitchenware 8 by 10 inch Detroit Style Pizza Pan USA Made Hard-Anodized
Excellent quality that produces superior results to all other options, I highly recommend it!

After a few trips to various Detroit style pizza shops, I had to try the style at home myself. I first tried with some smaller 9" round cake pans, and the pizza itself turned out good - but the pizza stuck to the bottom of the "non-stick" pans, and it was quite difficult to get them out with mostly squared off tools. I then moved on to rectangular cake pans that were also "non-stick" but had similar issues with sticking to the bottom and also found that the nearly vertical sides were less than ideal.

Enter LloydPans. I held off from the investment in something that seemingly had a very specific use case, but honestly the results are so phenomenal compared to the alternatives I can't see making this style of pizza any other way. The size is perfect, I get either 6 or 8 slices which is great for my family dinners as well as the common size I like to make for dough balls. The quality of the pan is outstanding - It is very well made and could easily hold up to serious abuse in a commercial kitchen. The real game changer is the non-stick abilities of this pan. You can go ahead and try to burn a pizza in it, but it still won't stick. In addition, the gently sloped sides work to help extract the pizza easier but also form a good angle for the crust to pull away during baking. Overall, I'm very impressed and might even buy a second one to make two pizzas at once when I have friends over.

The recipe I use is from Serious Eats -

300g KA Bread Flour
220g H2o
5g Yeast
9g Salt
Bulk rise for 2hrs
550° for 17mins on middle rack in LloydPan 10x14
Lámpara de mesa de noche con altavoz Bluetooth cargador inalámbrico LED luz de madera de cerezo modo de sueño Smart Touch Slide & Stepless atenuación WiFi original 3 en 1 mejorada Smart Lamp by iV Industry
Lámpara de mesa de noche con altavoz Bluetooth cargador inalámbrico LED luz de madera de cerezo modo de sueño Smart Touch Slide & Stepless atenuación WiFi original 3 en 1 mejorada Smart Lamp by iV Industry
Kinda bummed about this lamp, I wanted to really like it but it falls short in many ways. first off the build quality is subpar for the price ( the tree is actually crooked on the base) and materials feel like cheap plastic. The speaker part is ok I guess better than a phone speaker but it's no substitute for a dedicated Bluetooth speaker. The wireless charger is very finicky and your phone has to be in the perfect spot otherwise it won't charge. The area to touch, to turn on the lamp is small and undefined. There is also a really big bright led light on it that is really annoying seeing how it's a night stand lamp. Idk about you but I don't like sleeping with bright lights inches from my face.
Ekouaer- Conjunto de pijama, suave, de manga corta, con botones, para mujer, ropa para dormir, tallas XS - XXL
Ekouaer- Conjunto de pijama, suave, de manga corta, con botones, para mujer, ropa para dormir, tallas XS - XXL
I bought both the warm and cool weather sets for my wife because I wanted her to get rid of her terrible, old, holey sweatpants and I read a lot of reviews to make sure they would be a smart buy. A lot of them were helpful, like "they run large" which is good to know. But I'm disappointed about something I'd read regularly about and can say that this is just not the case. A number of reviews were saying that the buttons on shirts were too small and that by the time they woke up, the shirt was mostly if not entirely unbutton. THIS WAS NOT THE CASE! I'm very disappointed to report that ALL of those darn buttons stayed clasped and her night shirt has been fastened every morning that we wake up! All I can say is that I was expecting different results; I don't think I'll send back the pajamas (they do look very cute on my wife) but I may have to have a talk with the company about their product being TOO high of quality.
Live Free or Die Hard
Live Free or Die Hard
With the Die Hard movies, you really can't think too hard on them. All aboard the fun train, leave logic at the station.

That said, this installment is more of the same. John McClane punches and shoots bad guys. Shoots off tough guy one liners and threats. Survives things normal humans can't.

All unrealistic, but that's what we are here for. Gunfights, car chases, things blow up. This time, he's dragging around a confused and mostly terrified young hacker as he tries to stop bad guy hackers.

We're just here for the fun and the action, and this movie delivers. It's not as good as the 1st one, sequels so rarely are, but it is one of the better sequels.

To me, the contrast of McClane's unrealistic survival abilities and cool headedness in comparison with the much more realistic reactions of our young hacker, Matt Farrell, played with some humor by Justin Long, is a bit of a wink to the audience. Yes, this is over the top, but you love it anyway.

The main bad guy, Thomas Gabriel, played by Timothy Olyphant, is fun to watch, even if he comes across as a bit of a moustache-twirler. The introduction of McClane's daughter Lucy gives us more McClane, just in a female form now.

Fun, fun, fun. Story isn't a complete trainwreck, touching on the evils of technology. But it doesn't get in the way of what we are here for, and that is to see McClane run his mouth and kick butt.
Just Love Short Sleeve Nightgown Sleep Dress for Women
Just Love Short Sleeve Nightgown Sleep Dress for Women
My expectations weren't high because of the price, but I hoped the sleep shirts would be comfortable and appropriate for a multi-generational household. The prints were as pictured, colorful and "happy" which is one of the things I was shooting for. The shirt has a full fit (for the 3X) and didn't seem to shrink much in the dryer.

The armholes are large enough to not cut into you while sleeping. The neckline is a bit higher than is comfortable for me, requiring me to pull the gown down so it doesn't choke me. The fabric is a thin cotton, not a cotton knit which can be softer. When held to the light, you can see thru the fabric. Even though it's been washed & rinsed with fabric softener, it is NOT soft. The inside is a bit scratchy. Maybe it will soften up with more washes. It wasn't as cool as a brushed cotton or knit, but it will be able to worn more than just the summer season. Overall, the shirt is acceptable, but higher quality fabric would make it much more comfortable and not see through, which would be worth a little more cost to me. Kill keep the two I got because of the colorful print, but won't buy more due to lack of comfort.
Bluetooth 5.0 Earphones with Heart Rate Monitor, 18H Playtime Sports Earbuds for Gym Running w/Mic HD Stereo Sweatproof in-Ear Earbuds, Best Wireless Headphones with Shark Fin Anti-Fall Earmuffs
Bluetooth 5.0 Earphones with Heart Rate Monitor, 18H Playtime Sports Earbuds for Gym Running w/Mic HD Stereo Sweatproof in-Ear Earbuds, Best Wireless Headphones with Shark Fin Anti-Fall Earmuffs
It asks what you like about this product. I like the fact that it stays in my ears. I never had used Wings before, but the fact that my gym requires burpees, and no matter what earbud I put in my ear, I can't seem to keep it in my ear, not the case with these. I always thought wings would be uncomfortable but they definitely are not, you hardly know they're in your ears. I like the fact that you can leave one earbud in in the other out. I also like that it has magnets on the ends of the buds, if you decide to take both of them out of your ear they have magnets to keep them together around your neck. I also like the bar because I can see what I'm pushing for volume up and down most of them are double pres single press single button and I don't know which one I'm trying to press to get the volume to go up and down, but this one is very simple to use because you can see the buttons. Really like these. I'm not a music critic for how much bass people like, I just like music.while I'm working out, and these check all the boxes for.burpees, clean and jerks, and running.
Vivo Y55L (Gold)
Vivo Y55L (Gold)
i got this phone its just amazing nice product good packing nd much more i recommend every body to buy this im satisfied with it tnx amazone
Vidal - Caramelo de Goma con Frutas, 1 kg
Vidal - Caramelo de Goma con Frutas, 1 kg
Quería probar este servicio de ámazon, para ver que tal iba y la verdad muy contento.

La bolsa me costó 4Euros/1kg, cuando en una tienda de chucherías te pueden costar las gominolas en torno a los 8,5-10 euros /kg (obviamente nunca pagamos tanto por que no compramos tanta cantidad).

Para estudiar están estupendas, ya que en época de exámenes se consumen mucho y tener tu propio surtido es un lujo. Por otro lado, si solo son de consumo esporádico no lo recomiendo, debido a que en unas 2-3 semanas se acaban poniendo duras y no tan buenas como el primer día.

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