Finn Gutierrez

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Agile Web Development with Rails 6
Agile Web Development with Rails 6
Agile Web Development with Rails 6 by Sam Ruby, David B. Copeland, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition
Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition
Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition by Shelley Powers. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL Question Bank
MySQL Question Bank
MySQL Question Bank by Mohit Kukreja. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
A Child's History of England
A Child's History of England
A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens and Sheba Blake. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Die Meistermagier (Die Magier 3) (German Edition)
Die Meistermagier (Die Magier 3) (German Edition)
Die Meistermagier (Die Magier 3) (German Edition) by Charlie N. Holmberg and Nadja Schuhmacher. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Rowling J.K. (Rouling Dzh.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Garri Potter i kubok ognya/Rowling J.K. (Rowling has J..) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry Potter and cup of fire
Rowling J.K. (Rouling Dzh.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Garri Potter i kubok ognya/Rowling J.K. (Rowling has J..) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry Potter and cup of fire
Rowling J.K. (Rouling Dzh.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Garri Potter i kubok ognya/Rowling J.K. (Rowling has J..) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry Potter and cup of fire by n/a. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance
The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance
The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance by Beth Reekles. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 121 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The King of Torts, The Last Juror
The King of Torts, The Last Juror
The King of Torts, The Last Juror by Dennis Boutsikaris, Terrence Mann, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
All The Worlds A Stage
All The Worlds A Stage
All The Worlds A Stage by Akunin Boris. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Long Walk
The Long Walk
The Long Walk by Stephen King, Kir. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 2031 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
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Es by Stephen King, David Nathan, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 500 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (Core Series)
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (Core Series)
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (Core Series) by Cay S. Horstmann. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
XML Parsing with PHP: a php[architect] guide
XML Parsing with PHP: a php[architect] guide
XML Parsing with PHP: a php[architect] guide by John M Stokes, Kevin Hamilton Bruce, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
concrete5 for Developers
concrete5 for Developers
concrete5 for Developers by Sufyan bin Uzayr. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
WordPress Multisite Administration
WordPress Multisite Administration
WordPress Multisite Administration by Tyler L. Longren. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Oracle 12c: SQL
Oracle 12c: SQL
Oracle 12c: SQL by Joan Casteel. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 56 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Model-Based Methodologies for Pervasive and Embedded Software: 8th International Workshop, MOMPES 2012, Essen, Germany, September 4, 2012, Revised Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (7706))
Model-Based Methodologies for Pervasive and Embedded Software: 8th International Workshop, MOMPES 2012, Essen, Germany, September 4, 2012, Revised Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (7706))
Model-Based Methodologies for Pervasive and Embedded Software: 8th International Workshop, MOMPES 2012, Essen, Germany, September 4, 2012, Revised Papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (7706)) by Ricardo J. Machado, Rita Suzana Maciel, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Power Habits: 50 Habits to Model from the Rich and Famous to Become Successful Immediately
Power Habits: 50 Habits to Model from the Rich and Famous to Become Successful Immediately
“The worst thing is living without a passion. Think of life where you wake up daily full of motivation and energized by what is ahead of you. Does this in any way reflect your life right now?”

We all desire power and success, however many of us lack the ability to do more than dream. There are secrets to attain and Primo has given us the ultimate guide to those secrets. With 50 power habits this is more than a simple charged-up motivational speech. There is real useful information within these pages. I enjoyed reading about how some of the greats have achieved success with their own personal self-challenges and rules. Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Jay Z and Bill Gates to name a few. My favorite was Mark Zuckerberg’s annual challenge to improve himself that has nothing to do with his career. And this is just some of an extensive list of rich and famous that includes all walks of life, which keep their selves challenged and motivated to do more in their lives. I found the book to be very well written, the habits were not overwhelming or difficult, but very doable and allowed for one to create their own inspiration to success. Take your dream of success and power to reality and become, the more you long to be.
The Malta Exchange: A Novel (Cotton Malone Book 14)
The Malta Exchange: A Novel (Cotton Malone Book 14)
I love Steve Berry’s books, his clever plots, and his well-painted characters, but this one left me flat, for four reasons: one general and three specific.

In general, as a Catholic, I am used to authors such as Berry who dislike Catholicism, Christianity in general, and religion as a whole. Nothing new in our ultra-secular, materialist culture and it sells well. Criticism is good and necessary and often humorous. Few can argue that either faith in general or the Church in particular cannot benefit from it. But what I read was not criticism or poking fun but disdain. It is gratuitous, unnecessary, and in my opinion harms the story’s appeal.

Specifically, three things consistently cause the book to ring hollow throughout, taking the energy out of the book. One, all the clerics in the story are monsters. Not one or two multifaceted characters who have chosen evil in certain actions, but all grotesque caricatures. One monster cleric is believable, but all clerics being monsters makes the bad guys ridiculous and unbelievable. Silly rather than scary. That hurts the story. At least one lowly good guy priest should have been included to make it more believable. Or a priest who does evil things believing that they are good or believing that they are necessary for a greater good. Ends justifying the means, etc. Grey is a lot more interesting and believable than everything being black or white.

Second, not a single cleric or person related to the Church displays the most basic faith. Even if one believes that the Church and the Catholic faith are wholly invalid, the fact remains that priests, bishops, and archbishops do have faith. Some to be sure are cold, calculating, power hungry, and criminal, but they retain a basic faith, even if they choose evil. Even if they all lost their faith over time, they would at least speak with the language of faith, instead of the language of murderous bureaucrats as in the book.

Third, finally (spoiler alert), the plot revolves around a lost 4th century blueprint document that instructs bishops on bogus doctrines to create the Church and control the masses. Again, even if one believes that the Church, its doctrines, and religion in general are wholly invalid, it is completely unbelievable that the Church or the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem - a 906 year old Catholic lay religious order whose motto is to defend the faith and serve their Lords the poor and sick - would keep a copy of such a document. I was expecting something more clever than a piece of paper that says ‘the Church is bogus’.
Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
This book collects a couple hundred quotes from Elon Musk from his early PayPal days to the present. It included a lot of quotes I've never heard before, which is surprising. Elon fans know that he tends to get asked the same questions all the time and that he has a lot of "stock answers" for questions regarding entrepreneurship, sustainable energy, space travel, etc., so it was nice to see a curated collection. I read this book in one sitting, but it's also good to flip through.
Stevenson Entertainment Group Talking 12" Donald J. Trump The Apprentice Collectible
Stevenson Entertainment Group Talking 12" Donald J. Trump The Apprentice Collectible
This was a huge hit, so I ordered two more (while they're available). The sound is very clear and loud enough to be heard. The quality is good. The head doesn't look as small 'in real life' as it does in the photos. He has brown hair, not blond, but hey, it's The Donald, so who can complain? Very funny statements. This is old and as another reviewer pointed out, the batteries were worn out in the second ones I ordered. However, it's easy to take out the old batteries (don't remove the coat or shirt, just unbutton things) with the directions provided on a white slip of paper inside the box. All three were new, not used as some individuals commented. I got Energizer LR44 1.5V batteries (same as in the doll) on Amazon Prime - a 20-pack is only $7.30, much lower than in the store. Type in LR44 and you get lots of choices. I also got the Kim Jung Un mask, which was also a big hit at the Memorial Day bash, but the Donald rules!
Live 1961-2000
Live 1961-2000
So, there are a few great things on here: Grand Coulee Dam (Dylan at the very crest--just listen to the singing on the line "She comes OFF the Canadian Rockies, where the crystal waters glide..."), Somebody Touched Me (in Dylan's current touring, what makes the music really great is the fantastic bluegrass/country style of the backup musicians), Handsome Molly (a very pretty, though a bit innocuous, bit of very early Dylan). Wade in the Water is also, I suppose, very good, though I find his grisled old bluesman voice from the pre-Freewheelin' days pretty affected. The rest is the typical hit and miss of Dylan concerts, with emphasis on "miss": Dylan's sound is generally an intimate one, even when he's doing rock (She's Your Lover Now, Tangled Up In Blue) and, in my opinion, it does not lend itself to the necessarily ham-fisted approach of big-scale concerts. Still, there are concerts where the sheer might of his performance (and the vitality of the then-new songs) triumphed, as heard in the Bootleg 4 "Live '66" album. Also, a live performance which is essentially a studio set-up (MTV Unplugged) can yield good results. But these concerts have already been released, as have some decidedly mediocre and poor Dylan performances (Budokon, the Dead). Why, if Sony was going to do a live album, couldn't they have dug into the vaults just a little deeper? A lot of great stuff is floating around on bootlegs--bootlegs so widespread and well-known that they're catalogued in books--why not reward our shelling out so much cash with a few of these...
More Things In Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley (Watervalley Books Book 1)
More Things In Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley (Watervalley Books Book 1)
Jeff High’s More Things in Heaven and Earth is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Really. And I read a bunch of books. This is the book you should give to your mother and your best friend at Christmas. After you read it yourself, of course.

The novel starts with this sentence: “In medical jargon it’s called a Code Blue.” The new doctor in Watervalley, Tennessee, faces a life or death situation in a clinic with inadequate supplies. Jeff High gives you action that has consequences and hooks you right from the get-go. The outcome is somewhat unexpected, and only after turning the last page do you realize how beautifully that first chapter sets up the rest of the book.

The next chapter backs up to show us the doctor’s arrival in this small town, a scene which is laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, I howled so loud, my husband wanted to know what on earth I was reading. Though an oral recap was never going to do it justice, I described the scene—and he laughed out loud, too. And kept chuckling the more he visualized the scene.

Luke Bradford, summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt, never wanted to be a small town doctor. Instead, he feels he was cut out to be a researcher. The man destined to discover a cure for mankind’s most serious ailments. But with a pile of student loans to pay off, Luke accepts Watervalley’s offer to be the town’s only doctor. This inner conflict between what he thinks he wants and what he gets weaves its way through the entire novel.

Beyond the humor, the novel captures the joy and richness of living where your family has sunk roots deep into the soil. As I read this novel, I fell in love with Watervalley and its citizens.

There’s Connie Thompson, housekeeper with attitude and heart the size of a barn. John Harris, the brilliant, cynical recluse grieving after his wife’s death. Will Fox, the clever boy who lives next door with secrets no child should have to bear alone. Christine Chambers, the substitute teacher, admirable not only because she is beautiful and smart but also because she is not the least bit desperate to attach herself to a man.

And how could anyone not love the hard-working clinic staffers who battle to save lives during a flu outbreak? And of course, you gotta love the doctor who won’t quit until he figures out why the people in his care are becoming ill. By giving of himself, in ways both great and small, Luke becomes part of the fabric of Sweetwater.

The title, of course, comes from Shakespeare. Hamlet discusses a ghost’s visitation with Horatio, who can’t accept the vision with his rational mind. Hamlet cautions, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” As Luke follows in his father’s footsteps, he expands his own views of the world. He realizes life can exist outside the big city, that real life is happening to people right in front of him in a small town in Tennessee.

It’s not all pretty. Alcoholics, unwed mothers, grudges, illness, computer fraud, blame and shame are just as much a part of life in Watervalley as honest auto mechanics, church bells, and food delivered to your door in time of need.

The novel leaves us pondering the nature of a higher order governing our lives, bringing us in contact with the people who can help us grow and heal our wounds.
The Expanse - Season 2
The Expanse - Season 2
The Expanse was developed for SyFy Network, which once seemed to have a bright future [its financial heyday having been the Battlestar Galactica series, a decade ago] but then fell on some lean years, with no projects really catching fire.

It got a second wind [in part via an infusion of cash from Comcast, which I guess was hoping to get into the content-development business] and decided to swing for the bleachers with another multi-year "space opera".

One strength of this series is that it is rooted in a series of well-written novels.  That means the underlying story is going to be rich, complex and multi-layered.

A second strength is: well, almost everything!  None of the actors look familiar to me but the acting here is pretty uniformly good.
The environments are spectacular.  Excellent computer graphics are complemented by immense set-building for backgrounds.  Much of this was filmed in Toronto, and used the largest film lot in the area.  It's amazing how realistic most of this looks.  It really seems like you are watching people suited up in outer space, or on board spaceships, or other off-world locations.

This story is set 200 years in the future.  At first that doesn't sound like that much, but consider how much our world has changed between 1817 and 2017.  Now extrapolate that amount of change or more, an additional 200 years and suddenly the universe this story is in does not seem
far-fetched.

Another strength is the "science" part of the science-fiction here. Things are pretty realistic.  There are no "warp drives" for faster-than-light travel, so humanity has not yet gone beyond our own solar system--but we have colonized the Moon, Mars, and larger asteroids out in the asteroid belt.  There are no "teleporters".  Laser blasts don't streak by slower than bullets, a la Star Wars. Nor can you hear sounds through space.  You get the
idea.  Realistic.

So as humanity spread out and technology evolved, the universe 200 years in the future looks in some ways rather like our world today, just on a bigger scale. The earth and the moon have a unified government under the United Nations.  Mars, originally a research and scientific project of the United Nations, later demanded its independence.  Rather like the U.S. breaking away from Great Britain, as generations were born and lived their whole lives on Mars they came to feel that a distant government was not adequately representing their own interests.  And then there's that asteroid belt and the third main faction, the "belters".  Earth, more depleted and over populated than ever, has a population of around 20 billion. Mars, with almost no atmosphere and quite cold temperatures, needs a lot of resources to grow.  Both now depend on the asteroid belt for a steady stream
of necessary raw materials.

As new generations are born and live their whole lives out in "the belt", they never develop a skeletal or muscular structure strong enough to live on earth. They do not yet have autonomy; they're all working for corporations based on Earth, Moon and Mars. But they certainly have a movement toward autonomy, the biggest obstacle being the immensely spread-out nature of the asteroid belt.  Dozens of "gangs" and variants of belter patois have developed.  The whole title of this series, "The Expanse", refers to the immensity of space in our outer solar system, compared to the
regions occupied by Earth, Moon and Mars.

The story begins with the explicit observation that a tenuous balance of power exists, virtually on a knife's edge--perhaps reminiscent of Europe 200 years ago on the eve of The Great War.  Any incident could set Earth and Mars at war with each other, or a revolt of the Belters for independence, or both. And as in Emerald City or Game of Thrones, one more element is thrown into this multifactional mix, which could become the trigger for widespread disaster.  Interestingly the one thing seemingly absent from this future setting, and one can legitimately ask "why?" is artificial intelligence.  Nope, no visible androids or intelligent robots.  Instead the unexpected appears to be the discovery of a very different form of life,
--probably having originated outside the solar system...

It's always easy to find something to criticize.  Some complain that certain characters seem too "stereotyped" and not sufficiently nuanced.  Frankly, I did not find this to be a problem myself.  Sure, you can recognize certain regulars like "jaded cop", "true believer", "reckless youth" or "selfish bastard".  But these figures have become somewhat stereotyped because we can see them often enough in the real world. 

Networks for unclear reasons are much more close mouthed about their budgets than are movie studios.  This series probably cost roughly $3.5 million per episode to produce. Initial interest was strong, then live viewership began dropping--however the online viewing has held up well.  This
series had an impressive favorable rating of 8.2 in Season One and won a "Saturn" award for best new sci-fi series.  SyFy apparently has contracted now with Netflix to continue this series.  There is no definite announcement, but I really hope a third and fourth season are forthcoming.  I saw the whole thing on Amazon Prime [same as with Humans] and for me, this was the most interesting American TV series I've seen in quite a long time now. For anyone who ever enjoyed a season of sci-fi on TV, I urge you to give this a try.  Without sufficient audience, every series dies.  It has to work financially to survive. I am hoping to watch a third season!

Just one caution: perhaps due to the rich story and future setting, it takes several episodes to really get a good feel for what's going on and to get hooked into it.  Don't watch just the first episode and give up, because "it's too confusing."  Other aspects to that: in part, this is suspense.  The audience wasn't supposed to understand everything going on initially. The characters themselves don't always understand what's happening either--almost like REAL LIFE!  Third: some complain that there's no English sub-titling, when belters are speaking in their own patois with each other.  Ever been in a FOREIGN COUNTRY?  Yeah--once again, kinda like real life!  Don't worry--you really do not have to understand every word
to get the gist of the communication.  Much of communication is visual anyhow.  I give this...uh...an A- which is a pretty high mark.  No, it's not necessarily deeply philosophical.  But it's believable, it's well-acted, it's sometimes genuinely moving, sometimes highly suspenseful, sometimes a bit sexy, sometimes violent, sometimes funny, and it just has some kind of mixture of fun and serious that can be really hard to blend and make
it work.  This does so.  Oh-and I never was all that impressed with Battlestar Galactica anyhow.  Personally, I think this is already a better series than that ever was.
One Piece, Vol. 72 (72)
One Piece, Vol. 72 (72)
One Piece is my favorite manga/anime of all. It's always had a great balance of comedy & action... and it can also bring tears to your eyes in occasions.
The story & the characters have grown as the story has progressed.
Plus, the little covers for the chapters many times give you insight into what other characters have been up to in the mean time, and that has always been great!
Stimmen der Angst.
Stimmen der Angst.
Der Malermeister Dusty erlebt einen seltsamen Tag: Seine Frau
Martie bekommt die Wahnvorstellung, sie sei fähig, ihren Mann
umzubringen und entfernt alle potentiell gefährlichen Gegenstände
aus ihrem Haus. Eddie, ein Angestellter, versucht sich vom Dach
eines Kunden zu stürzen, angeblich habe es ihm ein Todesengel
befohlen. Susan, Marties Freundin, ist aufgrund einer Agoraphobie
bereits seit vielen Monaten in Behandlung. Daß System hinter der
Sache steckt, wird Dusty klar, als er seinen Tagesablauf
minutengenau rekonstruiert und dabei auf Lücken in seiner
Erinnerung stößt.

Ähnlich wie in seinem Roman "Schwarzer Mond" erzeugt Koontz mit
Erinnerungslücken und Phobien der Protagonisten eine spannende
Atmosphäre des Geheimnisvollen. Für das erste Drittel des Romanes
5 Sterne. Für meinen Geschmack wird aber der Hintergrund der
Geschichte viel zu früh aufgelöst, die Spannung nimmt nach der
Hälfte etwas ab, da nur noch das Katz-und-Maus-Spiel zwischen
den Opfern und dem Drahtzieher der Verschwörund betrieben wird.
Weiterer Puntabzug dafür, daß das Ehepaar und ihre Freunde viel
zu perfekt beschrieben werden, sie kommen nichts als
Durchschnittsmenschen herüber, ihre einzigen Fehler sind die
künstlich erzeugten Ängste. "Nur" 4 Sterne soll nicht darüber
hinwegtäuchen, daß man es hier immer noch mit einem packenden
Thriller zu tun hat.
The Reef
The Reef
I downloaded this book because I am an avid scuba diver and found it on a list of scuba diving fiction. I'm not a romance novel reader -- ever -- but I figured I'd give it a try due to the subject matter. The book is very entertaining and even though the author didn't delve too deeply (pun intended) into the meticulous detail of correct diving terminology, she got it mostly right. Right enough not to be a total turn-off to actual divers. She just simplified it down so that any non-diver would get what she was talking about. For instance, she always said "hitch on his tanks" and nobody every in the book did any kind of a safety stop. Never any mention of depth or talk about the equipment in general. Hitch on the tanks was about as technical as it got. Meanwhile, it was a satisfying story line set in a fantastic tropical locale. It moved along nicely and kept my attention the whole way. I read this on Kindle and listened to it on Audible (going back and forth with Whispersync). The narrator of the Audible version did a good job with the voices and I enjoyed it. A bad narrator can really kill the story and this one did well, even with the southern accents which she didn't beat to death. Overall, I felt it was time well spent and I might even give Nora Roberts another try. If this were a book in a series, as many of her novels are, I'd definitely already be onto the second installment. This is the epitome of a "beach read." If you are hankering after a vicarious fix on your scuba diving habit, you might be a little disappointed. On the other hand, who doesn't like to dream of stumbling onto a spanish treasure ship which has miraculously gone undiscovered in shallow water off St. Kitts? Enjoy!
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
Archer's first novel shows his penchant for the 'revenge crime', and the white-collar settings of the business and society worlds.
The story is fairly straightforward, with some dry patches that keep the book from ranking among Archer's later classics(having recently read 'A Prisoner of Birth', it's interesting to see how Archer learned to create more nuanced characters.)
The 'gang' in this story aren't fleshed out a great deal,compared to protagonists in some of Archer's other works, but eventually, they start to grow on the reader...particularly James, although some of Jean-Pierre's unexpectedly funny lines are also memorable. The touches of humor enhance the story without detracting from it too much...with the possible exception of a few scenes at Oxford! Of course, Harvey is mostly played for laughs, after Archer establishes him with an autobiographical opening that drags on just a bit too long. However, it succeeds in showing that Harvey is a better actor and con man than he is an actual businessman(which accounts for his un-bussinesslike behavior and reactions in some scenes, as other reviewers have complained about),Archer does a good job of peeling away Harvey's reputation for shrewdness, and illustrates the ultimate futility of such convoluted schemes.
While the plot doesn't quite race along from start to finish, it's a pleasnt ride. A few well-placed topical references(topical at the time of publication, at least), and the occasional cameo by such historical luminaries as Harold McMillan, Billie Jean King, and Linda Lovelace(Archer should have had the three of them walk into a pub!), and the obligatory 'Archer twist',add up to a fairly good start for the future Lord Archer's second career!
Pitircik Bilinmeyen Oykuleri 2
Pitircik Bilinmeyen Oykuleri 2
Pitircik Bilinmeyen Oykuleri 2 by Rene Goscinny. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "René Goscinny" category.
The Knife Slipped (Cool and Lam)
The Knife Slipped (Cool and Lam)
The Knife Slipped is a terrific piece of pulp detective fiction. Erle Stanley Gardner is best known as the creator attorney Perry Mason, whose exploits filled eighty novels and graced radio and television for decades. Gardner is not as well known for the other series he authored, the Cool and Lam mysteries. There are thirty novels in this series, published between 1939 and 1970 (with The Knife Slipped, having been written in 1939 as the second novel in the series, but never having made it into publication at the time).

Bertha Cool and Donald Lam are a mismatched pair of odd couple detectives and the series is quite fun to read. Cool is featured as a cheapskate, cynical, hard-talking, heavyset woman. The best description of her ever is found early in the The Knife Slipped: “Bertha didn’t waddle when she walked. She didn’t stride. She was big, and she jiggled, but she was hard as nails, physically and mentally. She flowed across the office with the rippling effortless progress of a cylinder of jelly sliding off a tilted plate.” What a description! Lam is her counterpoint. He is a slightly built, smaller gentleman, who is always getting beaten in fights with hoods, but he is clever, intuitively seems to figure things out, and has a certain charm with women. As noted in the Afterword to this novel, Cool is a bit more clever and thoughtful in this novel. In other novels in the series, Cool is more than a bit dense and Lam is credited with all the cleverness. Here, she seems, at times, to be like a mother hen, taking Lam under her wing and showing him the ropes: “someone has to tell you the facts of life, if you’re going to be worth a damn in this business. I may as well be the one.”

The Knife Slipped was one of those lost novels, never published in Gardner’s lifetime, discovered and finally published by Hard Case Crime. It is a joy to read to anyone who dives into stacks of old-fashioned pulp novels. It is written with a great sense of humor, such as the description of Cool: “As for money itself, she hung onto it like a barnacle caressing the side of a battleship.” The book is filled with nefarious figures, mysterious blonde bombshells, and innocent country girls who suddenly find themselves in the cold, hard city. There are bodies thrown about and murder weapons tossed about as well as frame-ups and corruption and malfeasance. But, what really makes this novel work me is the narrative voice used for Donald Lam and the pulpy descriptions. The client is described here as a “hatchet-faced battle ax with high cheekbones, big, black eyes with dark pouches underneath, a mouth which was a straight gash across her face, a nose like the prow of a battleship.” And the blonde bombshell, “Her voice was the kind that made ripples run up and down a man’s backbone. It was one of those seductive voices that came as a cooing caress to the masculine eardrum.”

For those used to more modern-era detective fiction, the novel might appear a bit dated. It was, after all, written some seventy-six years ago in a very different world. But for those of us who can never get enough of pulp detective fiction, this is just what the doctor ordered.
The Greek Poropulos
The Greek Poropulos
The Greek Poropulos by Edgar Wallace. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Edgar Wallace" category.
The Northing Tramp
The Northing Tramp
I have just re-read The Northing Tramp for the umpteenth time, and to me it has lost none of the thrill, fun, sympathy for the hobo life-style and the associated hardships. As the title hints it is about a tramp, but a complication arises in this story of youthful rebellion, being on the run from unscrupulous characters, hiding out among the tramps, and the most satisfactory resolution where everything comes out right just as it's supposed to. Read and enjoy!
Dragon Ball Color Cell nº 06/06 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball Color Cell nº 06/06 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
El manga es de sobra conocido, un guión y un dibujo excelentes, esta vez a color, muy bien aplicado y con una edición impresa excelente. Como contra, el precio es demasiado alto teniendo en cuenta que los tomos de manga habitualmente están entre los 7-8€, aunque si eres coleccionista de Dragon Ball no te importará pagar los 12 y pico de esta edición.
Berenstain bears' Big Book of Science and Naature
Berenstain bears' Big Book of Science and Naature
Berenstain bears' Big Book of Science and Naature by Stan & Jan Berenstain. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Stan and Jan Berenstain" category.
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)
You can't go wrong with the Berenstain Bears. I only wish I would have paid a couple extra bucks more for the paperback as the kindle version is formatted poorly and the pics are terribly small. This is the first children's book I have purchased for the Kindle Fire and I have no idea is this is standard, but my expectations were higher (even formatting text so one sentence doesn't end up on a blank white page by itself would have been helpful). Wait the two extra days for Prime and pay the two extra dollars... it will be worth it to own this in your collection.
Sixty Years in Colorado: Reminiscences and Reflections of a Pioneer of 1860 (1922)
Sixty Years in Colorado: Reminiscences and Reflections of a Pioneer of 1860 (1922)
A pleasure to read the attitude of integrity of men of that era , the service to country and community,, something that is scarce in today's era of digital mistrust. The character of this read reminds me much of my late grandfather who was born in1996 .
From pre civil war in the US to post world war I, from near wilderness to burgeoning cosmopolitan.
What will we see as the new century comes about? Hopefully integrity and common sense will rule.
Naruto: Naruto's Story--Family Day (Naruto Novels)
Naruto: Naruto's Story--Family Day (Naruto Novels)
Naruto Shinden é a novel mais diferente de todas. Enquanto as novels geralmente são uma estória linear, com começo, meio e fim, Naruto Shinden é uma novel dividida em contos. Cada conto possui personagens em destaque, sendo que o primeiro é entre Naruto e Himawari (tendo Boruto no finalzinho), o segundo é Hinata, Hanabi e Hiashi, o terceiro é Choji e Chocho, e o quarto é Sasuke e Sarada. Todos os contos são focados no feriado que Naruto decretou em Konoha: o Dia de Pais e Filhos.

Agradeço demais a Amazon por estar vendendo as novels da Vizmedia (editora americana) aqui, facilitando assim a compra de produtos importados. A Vizmedia é muito mais fiel a tradução do japonês do que a Panini aqui no Brasil, e por esse motivo, meus mangás de Boruto também compro da mesma editora e não da Panini. Para quem sabe inglês, recomendo demais a leitura das novels de Naruto, elas complementam e muito a obra e os fios soltos.

Sobre o livro, como sempre, a Vizmedia é muito caprichosa no acabamento e na qualidade das folhas.
Electronic Life
Electronic Life
This is an older book but I really enjoyed reading about some things from the past, such as Dot Matrix Printers, CPM language, Word Processing devices, ROM and RAM. It still has salient advice such as, don't buy a computer just based on raw power. If all you do is use Word, the Internet and Email, you don't need a brand new machine. Just check out how fast the programs open. If it is quick enough, then that's the computer you need. In todays world, that would mean get a used computer that has programs like Office preloaded and avoid the need for an "Office Subscription" that you never stop paying for. I would add on any used computer, get at least 4 gigs of RAM and MOST IMPORTANT a SOLID STATE Hard Drive. The Hard drive failing is the biggest reason you need a new computer. Now if you want lot's of movies and pictures, you need to make sure you have enough Solid State Hard Disc space for that in your purchasing calculation. Most used computers have enough for most people's needs. The BOOK is highly recommended and still relevant for the Novice. It makes you more comfortable with saying that you are not the cause of all error messages or crashes. That is almost always the programmers fault. So for people interested in where we were and some of where Michael Crichton thought we would be in the future, this is an excellent read. He also points out a very important basic concept - back up your data.
Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard. Gift Edition
Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard. Gift Edition
Purchased for my 7 year old for Christmas. A timeless, fantastically funny book which captures a child's imagination and delights as a bedtime read. Pippi is a wonderful strong female character, despite her mischievousness a definite strong role model for young girls.
L’impossible amour de Katie Mulholland (POCHE) (French Edition)
L’impossible amour de Katie Mulholland (POCHE) (French Edition)
J'ai adoré ce livre. On peu l'assimiler à du ZOLA mais à l'anglaise. Autre pays autres mœurs mais beaucoup de similitudes car à cette époque les conditions de vie étaient difficiles pour qui ne naissait pas avec" une cuillère en argent dans la bouche"
Des personnages très attachants principalement Katie dont le destin va être torturé, compliqué. Se retrouvant toujours confrontée à la famille Rosier.
Je l'ai lu rapidement, car une fois rentré dans l’histoire difficile de lâcher . bonne lecture réaliste.
Die Biss-Saga : Vier Alben zu den Bestsellern von Stephenie Meyer
Die Biss-Saga : Vier Alben zu den Bestsellern von Stephenie Meyer
habe es beim selben anbieter 2 mal bestellt und bin über die maße glücklich über dieses fundstück! habe mich sehr gewundert, dass hierüber noch keine rezensionen geschrieben wurden und das finde ich sehr schade, also mache ich das jetzt :-) die metalldose sieht unglaublich schön aus und ist spitzenqualität! der preis ist wie ich finde mehr als angemessen und die darin enthaltenen notizbücher sehen klasse aus. die seiten sind teilweise mit forksbilder bedruckt und es befinden sich lauter zitate aus stolz und vorurteil, die sturmhöhe und der twilightsaga darin <3 <3 <3 diese box ist eines meiner absoluten highlights in meiner twilight-sammlung!! danke für die schnelle lieferung, immer wieder gerne :-)
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (4K UHD)
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (4K UHD)
This movie many of the moments Twilight fans have been waiting for and although the wedding and the honey moon did have some similarity to the book there was also less nostaligia to it. It has great acting and it follows the basic plot of the book. However this movie is supposed to be from Jacob's perspective like in the book and this isn't the case. Jacob does appear more frequently here and his character development becomes a but more obvious here but there is a rush to it. There are scenes that deserved more development and more thoughts, more words. This movie was less nostalgic than I expected but overall it did follow the plot of the book. It was a good movie but it would had been nice to had felt more emotions with it as I did with the book.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 5 (5)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 5 (5)
First, to be absolutely clear Stardust Crusaders is PART 3 of Hirohiko Araki's amazing manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. There are two parts before this: Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency (in that order) but they haven't been available in English until very recently. A hardbound series is being released which has covered Phantom Blood and is starting Battle Tendency in the volume to be released tomorrow. You can either find the first two parts elsewhere or you can watch the anime series which is faithful to those parts storywise (and is a great watch to boot). There is also an anime adaptation of Stardust Crusaders but I highly recommend the manga because of its clever use of the medium with inventive panelling and amusing design. JoJo is a unique story filled with brutal fights, over the top poses, razor-sharp masculine humor and some of the most interesting characters you'll meet.
Angélique 01. Die junge Marquise
Angélique 01. Die junge Marquise
Nun ist sie also endlich wieder erhältlich - die berühmte Angélique-Reihe von Anne Golon, wenn auch leider nur häppchenweise.
Ein großes Plus ist sicherlich, dass diese Version um Szenen vervollständigt ist, die in der Urspungsversion ausgespart wurden. Die Neuübersetzung kommt meiner Meinung nach dem Text leider nicht so sehr zugute wie die originale Übersetzung. Die alte Fassung erscheint sprachlich gewandter und zeitgemäßer.
Auch irritierend ist die Verwendung von Absätzen im Textfluß, die Szenen scheinbar wahllos unterteilen. Der Text wirkt generell etwas gestreckt, um diesen ersten Buchteil zu füllen, der sonst maximal die Hälfte des ersten Buches ausmachte.
Fazit: Wer den wahren Angélique-Spirit möchte, ist mit einer Second-Hand-Ausgabe der Ursprungsversion besser beraten. Zur Ergänzung ist die neue Auflage sicherlich interessant. Daher leider nur drei Sterne für diese überarbeitete Ausgabe.
The House of the Bears (Dr. Palfrey)
The House of the Bears (Dr. Palfrey)
I was a great John Creasey fan when younger but this was not as good as I remembered. Also it needs re-editing as there are duplicated pages and missed pages on the kindle version. I realise that this was written first but I have also read alot of Colin Forbes "Tweed" series and the style and feel are almost identical.
Even with this criticism I still enjoyed it.
Cinereplicas Harry Potter - Advent Calendar 2020 - Official License
Cinereplicas Harry Potter - Advent Calendar 2020 - Official License
Franchement j'adore. Il y en a pour tous les goûts. Mais je pense qu' il y a quand même un petit défaut de fabrication car j'ai regardé une vidéo youtube et le 15 il n y avait rien et je n ai également rien eu le 15. Peut-être que c est juste par "chance".
Points positifs ça fait 2 cadeaux pour une autre case!!!

En tout cas je ne peux que recommander 👍
Chocolate Frogs [VHS]
Chocolate Frogs [VHS]
Chocolate Frogs [VHS] by undefined. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with 98 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "chocolate frog" category.
Google Pixelbook (i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB)
Google Pixelbook (i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB)
Really nice hardware but numerous software issues make it hard to recommend at the moment. I think in a year or so Chrome OS is going to mature to a more capable desktop OS with Linux apps, Android apps, progressive web apps, and traditional web apps all coexisting, but for now it's hard to recommend unless you are sticking to just web apps.

Android apps are hard to use because of scaling issues, poor implementation of tablet sized layouts and pause states, and some pretty significant instability (even in Google's own apps). The scaling issues also extend to Chrome windows - layouts are less broken than in Android apps but if you aren't running at 2x (slightly too big) or 1x (way too small) you get some scaling artifacts that can be pretty distracting. Less screen bezel so you didn't need to scale down from 2x would be one fix for this. At the default scaling a lot of websites are designed for a display just a little wider than the Pixelbook screen.

Bluetooth is pretty buggy. It's like going back to the Bluetooth stack from Android 3 years ago, devices never connecting and disconnecting during use is common. Don' t get this if you rely on Bluetooth. This also affects the Smart Lock and tethering features, they are pretty unreliable. The only other way to login is your main Google account password, so if you use a generated password, it's pretty inconvenient to login if smart lock isn't working.

I gave the dev channel a try to see if it improved any of the Bluetooth issues and try out Linux apps. Bluetooth has the same issues in the latest builds. Linux apps work but many need GPU acceleration and this is still upcoming (this looks like it's actively being worked on).

Nice stuff about the hardware, the keyboard is great, it's a very well built machine, feels great to type on and use the trackpad. In tablet mode it's a bit awkward due to the weight and the keys on the back, but it is usable. If you want a laptop first and just occasional tablet use, I think it's pretty good. If you are looking for a tablet mainly, other devices will serve you better.

If you're reading this six months or a year from now, the software will likely have improved and then I'd really recommend it. But for now, it's very alpha/beta quality depending on your use case.
Harry Potter Ravenclaw Plaid Sigil Pencil Pen Organizer Zipper Pouch Case
Harry Potter Ravenclaw Plaid Sigil Pencil Pen Organizer Zipper Pouch Case
Very disappointed. Super thin and flimsy. Maybe I didn’t read the description right but this is made out of a really thin canvas material probably no thicker than your average sheet. The zipper is so flimsy it wouldn’t even open and gets stuck halfway and is sewed on so misaligned. The “Ravenclaw” name on the pouch is blurry and you can barely make out the writing. Will be returning for sure.
Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Installed this booster two, to three, different ways and different elevations. Still haven’t seen an improvement in service the way we thought. It works better throughout the morning hours but horribly as the day goes on. Yes this does meet our RF Frequency band criteria (12 and 13). Do any kind of web browsing or data streaming? Forget it. Calls are good during the am hours only. On the verge of sending this back ASAP.
Wireless Charger Stand 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station for Apple Watch SE/6/5/4/3/2 Airpods 2/ Pro Premium Qi-Certified Fast Cordless Charger for iPhone 12/11/Xs/X Max/XR/X/8/8Plus/Samsung S9/Note9
Wireless Charger Stand 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station for Apple Watch SE/6/5/4/3/2 Airpods 2/ Pro Premium Qi-Certified Fast Cordless Charger for iPhone 12/11/Xs/X Max/XR/X/8/8Plus/Samsung S9/Note9
Loving this charger so far! Everything charges as long as you have a strong enough adapter. Don't have problems where I place anything - previous chargers the phone had to be on there "just right" in order for it to charge and on a round base it was hard to tell where that spot was. With this, it's not a guessing game. It is so small and compact that it takes up a LOT less space on my nightstand than my other three-in one - it literally the width of the phone and I love that when space is a premium.
As others have mentioned, the LED lights are super bright and in a dark room at night it is too much especially when all three are charging. Nothing a strip of electrical tape won't fix and it doesn't detract from the sleek look of the charging base at all. Can't even tell I did anything. And since I never worry if something is on the charger right, I don't need the lights anyway.
I have tried several other three-in-ones and this is by far my fav! I will be buying one for my son, one for my desk at work, one for my desk at home...they really are awesome. While I haven't had to travel since I got it, I know it would be super easy to unplug and throw in a suitcase - wish I had it at the beginning of March when we went on vaca! We are an Apple family and we had about eleven apple chargers in our suitcases. These would have been so much easier.
Controlador para PS4 controlador inalámbrico para Playstation 4 – OUBANG PS4 mando a distancia con cable de carga, buena opción en PS4 Game Joystick regalo para Navidad, Brithday (Ruby)
Controlador para PS4 controlador inalámbrico para Playstation 4 – OUBANG PS4 mando a distancia con cable de carga, buena opción en PS4 Game Joystick regalo para Navidad, Brithday (Ruby)
After searching for a little while on Amazon for a replacement controller I found this Oubang controller. I really enjoy the color layout and not only that a pot of tie dyed joystick covers for my right and left joysticks. For the price I feel like it’s jusg as high of a quality of the more expensive controllers. The only issue I found is the battery life is a little less than a standard controller but it’s not enough of a difference to not buy the controller. Once again I am fully satisfied with this product and recommend it for all gamers alike.
Camecho Android Double Din Car Stereo 10.1'' HD 2.5D Touch Screen GPS Navigation Radio Bluetooth FM Player Support Android/iOS Phone Mirror Link with WiFi/AUX/Dual USB/Backup Camera Input (10.1 inch)
Camecho Android Double Din Car Stereo 10.1'' HD 2.5D Touch Screen GPS Navigation Radio Bluetooth FM Player Support Android/iOS Phone Mirror Link with WiFi/AUX/Dual USB/Backup Camera Input (10.1 inch)
The instructions were pretty useless but luckily they included a wiring diagram which really is all you need and if you've ever installed any type of radio before it's the same deal with this one probably only took me 15 minutes to install after wiring the harness up. Screen quality seems to be pretty good however I have only watched YouTube on it. The unit is fairly responsive and has a capacitive touch screen it's super shallow as well and kind of sticks out similar to a flat screen tv on a wall mount. Leaves tons of room behind the unit for wiring harnesses and accessories. One complaint I have is that the screen mirror diddnt work on my galaxy s10 but that's quite alright by me considering the machine has android on it. The wifi file transfer was flawless and seeing as it is an android device I'm sure I could figure out a way to mirror my phone if I really wanted too but there's no need. Sounds noticeably better than my stock radio out of my lexus es330. I will post pictures when I can but so far I am very happy and at the price you cant beat this as its as good as units 3 times its price
MAISON ARTS High Back Office Chair Desk Chair, Adjustable Ergonomic Massage Swivel Task Chair Computer Chair with Rocking Function and Flip-up Arms, Black
MAISON ARTS High Back Office Chair Desk Chair, Adjustable Ergonomic Massage Swivel Task Chair Computer Chair with Rocking Function and Flip-up Arms, Black
Vary nice chair with extra built-in massager powered by usb. Installation was straight forward only taking roughly 10 minutes. The accessories are nicely provided in a separate bag with well described instruction making assembling the chair effortlessly.

Right before writing this review, I have this chair for over week, and there is nothing bad to say about it. The cushion is comfortable, and thanks to the big size of this chair, my back is well supported and rarely feel tired even after whole day’s work at home. Because of the pandemic, over 80% of my time was spent on the chair. So I did enjoy a lot of time with this chair.

Overall, I think this is an excellent deal specially with current coupon for a high back office chair.
Massage Gun Deep Tissue, Muscle Percussion Back Neck Head Handheld Hammer Massager for Athletes, Pain Relief, 30 Speed Level, LED Touch Screen, Long Battery Life with 6 Heads
Massage Gun Deep Tissue, Muscle Percussion Back Neck Head Handheld Hammer Massager for Athletes, Pain Relief, 30 Speed Level, LED Touch Screen, Long Battery Life with 6 Heads
I am pretty much active every day of the week either running or playing tennis. I have been having knots in my calf and thighs and have been feeling the urge to get a massage for weeks but have never gotten the time to get one. I've been using this massage gun for a couple of weeks now and my legs/feet feel fresh before every run. This is much better and easier to use than a foam roller. I used this almost every day for my legs, feet, back, and palms and it is pretty relaxing.

Built wise this is sturdy, well-built, and doesn't give out cheap China made product feel. The price is fair and I'm not sure what the $200 products offer that this one doesn't. It comes with 5 attachments but I mostly use the foam ball.

I haven't used it for long periods of time at once, but I think the battery would easily last for 1hr+ session. honestly, you will not need it for more than that.

All in all this product is a great bang for the buck and if you need daily massages, I'd definitely suggest this
Panda regaliz masticable, 7 oz
Panda regaliz masticable, 7 oz
I hate licorice, that being said, these are amazing! It reminds me of when, as kids, we would go hiking and we would find this plant that tasted like licorice and you could suck on it and enjoy it without the weird flavor that the jelly bean has for instance. And these are super fresh and clean tasting. 10/10 would buy again

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