Gregory Howard

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JavaScript and JQuery Made Easy
JavaScript and JQuery Made Easy
JavaScript and JQuery Made Easy by Dr.Liew Voon Kiong. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Natural Language Processing with Python
Natural Language Processing with Python
Natural Language Processing with Python by Steven Bird , Ewan Klein , et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 82 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
As a Man Thinketh
As a Man Thinketh
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, Trevor O'Hare, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 5177 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Skeleton Crew
Skeleton Crew
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, Matthew Broderick, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 566 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple…
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple…
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple… by H. P. Lovecraft. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 2270 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Pro Java 7 NIO.2 (Expert's Voice in Java)
Pro Java 7 NIO.2 (Expert's Voice in Java)
Pro Java 7 NIO.2 (Expert's Voice in Java) by Anghel Leonard. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Pro Java Programming
Pro Java Programming
Pro Java Programming by Brett Spell. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python in easy steps: Makes programming fun
Python in easy steps: Makes programming fun
Python in easy steps: Makes programming fun by Mike McGrath. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 91 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python: Visual QuickStart Guide
Python: Visual QuickStart Guide
Python: Visual QuickStart Guide by To. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes by Chris Newman. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Zend Framework 2 (German Edition)
Zend Framework 2 (German Edition)
Zend Framework 2 (German Edition) by Ralf Eggert , Jan Burkl, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL: Advanced Guide in SQL Programming
SQL: Advanced Guide in SQL Programming
SQL: Advanced Guide in SQL Programming by Paige Jacobs. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
T-SQL IN one day
T-SQL IN one day
T-SQL IN one day by Olivoy. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Dreamweaver 4: Inside Macromedia
Dreamweaver 4: Inside Macromedia
Dreamweaver 4: Inside Macromedia by Julia Pryor Belinski , Charles F. Belinski, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Journal of Field Archaeology Fall 1992 Vol 19 No 3
Journal of Field Archaeology Fall 1992 Vol 19 No 3
Journal of Field Archaeology Fall 1992 Vol 19 No 3 by Various Authors, Creighton Gabel, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Goldrausch im All: Wie Elon Musk, Richard Branson und Jeff Bezos den Weltraum erobern – Silicon Valley, NewSpace und die Zukunft der Menschheit (German Edition)
Goldrausch im All: Wie Elon Musk, Richard Branson und Jeff Bezos den Weltraum erobern – Silicon Valley, NewSpace und die Zukunft der Menschheit (German Edition)
Ich habe das Buch gekauft, weil ich mehr über Elon Musk erfahren wollte, vor allem was er mit SpaceX macht. Das wird in dem Buch auch ganz gut abgedeckt, denn es beschreibt ziemlich klar, was Musk in den vergangenen Jahren erreicht hat, und vor allem, was er im Weltraum noch vorhat. Vor allem wusste ich nicht, dass er auch Satelliten baut. Was mir aber komplett neu war, ist das Jeff Bezos von Amazon fast das gleiche vor hat. Bisher dachte ich, dass er nur so eine Art Touristenrakete baut. Aber er scheint ja genug Geld zu haben, um alles zu bauen, was er will. Schade, dass er nur so wenig Infos herausgibt, aber das passt auch ein bisschen zu Amazon. Spannend ist der Teil über Richard Branson und sein Raum-Flugzeug. Allerdings scheint das nur für reiche Leute zu sein, denn wer kann sich schon ein Ticket für 200.000 Dollar leisten. Ein bisschen speziell ist der zweite Teil des Buchs, wo ist darum geht, aus was für Teilen die neuen Raketen gebaut werden. Am Ende erfährt man, das es offenbar ein neues Rennen ins All gibt, weil Milliarden in die Raumfahrt investiert werden, die aber nicht nur von der NASA kommen. Ziemlich abgefahren ist der Teil, wo das Buch die Firmen beschreibt, die Erze AUF Asteroiden abbauen wollen. Das ist wohl ziemlich utopisch. Insgesamt hat mir das Buch sehr gut gefallen, weil es recht unterhaltsam beschreibt, wie eine ganz neue Branche entsteht. Schade, dass das alles wieder nur in Amerika stattfindet, und nicht hier in Deutschland oder Europa.
The Toyota Way
The Toyota Way
About to embark on a lean, six sigma or any continuous improvement course or indeed just for someone wanting to improve how they work then pick this up first.

Yes it is someone dated in regards its publication date however as a back story to how Toyota was born, how it managed to evolve from a small family business into the leading light of efficient, goal orientated manufacturing en mass then its a really useful book.

For a hardcover copy it's an excellent value book.

There are a number of tips and ideas within it to probably improve most workplaces without the need to pay for a lean course though it is of course no subsistute for a course.

I have marked as four stars simply because some of the information is repeated, however It gave me a new insight into such things as corporate responsibility to the community that all employers now seem to shout about in mission statements that dominate their web pages, employees come first and all employees should be allowed and encouraged to contribute to continuous improvement is actually the foundation that serves lean manufacturing.

Very good read, insight into Toyota and having a hard copy enables you to read digest and pass to a colleague or friend.
MOTIVATING THOUGHTS OF HENRY FORD
MOTIVATING THOUGHTS OF HENRY FORD
MOTIVATING THOUGHTS OF HENRY FORD by HENNRY FORD. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Bob Marley for Ukulele
Bob Marley for Ukulele
I'm pleased with this Bob Marley Ukulele book. If you're a fan of the Daily Ukulele (Jumpin' Jim Beloff), then you're in luck because this Bob Marley songbook follows a similar layout/pattern. You get the full lyrics and chord changes, but you also get the melody "staff" lines.
So if you can read music, you can pick out the melody lines here (I am trying to teach myself that piece, so this is good for that).
Size-wise, the book is about the same dimensions as the Daily Ukulele, but much skinnier. However, this is not in a spiral, which might have been a little better.
Also, the font on this is extremely B I G and spaced out. Most of the songs take up 3-4 pages. This requires page-flipping throughout every song, which is a little annoying. If you had some copier-machine-skills, you could easily condense this book down significantly.
Overall though, it's a great book for Bob Marley / Ukulele fans.
Songs:
Buffalo Soldier
Could You Be Loved
Exodus
Get Up Stand Up
I Know a Place (where we can carry on)
I Shot the Sheriff
Iron Lion Zion
Is This Love
Jamming
Lively Up Yourself
No Woman No Cry
One Love
Redemption Song
Roots, Rock, Reggae
Satisfy My Soul
So Much Trouble in the World
Stir It Up
Sun is Shining
Three Little Birds
Waiting in Vain
Google: The Unofficial Guide
Google: The Unofficial Guide
I made the mistake of buying two of Travis Hunter's books, Google: The Unofficial Guide ($2.99) and The Google Way ($7.99). The first half of The Google Way is basically the first few chapters of the Unofficial Guide. The Google Way has a lot more on Google Docs, but the rest of the text is otherwise pretty much identical with Unofficial Guide. So, if you buy the Google Way, don't buy the Unofficial Guide. If you don't need a lot of information on Google Docs, then get the cheaper book. In a way, though, the author is putting the same book under two titles.
The Best Of Aretha Franklin
The Best Of Aretha Franklin
I bought this cd, along with another of one of Aretha's early Atlantic albums, because l still listen to cds and vinyl albums and didn't want to have to wade through a massive Aretha compilation packed with 'fillers' and later more commercial releases. (If you do also like the later duets and more poppy cover songs, then the double cd 'Respect - The Very Best Of' would be a better option for you.)
The music on this 'Best Of' 12 track single cd is a fine selection of rhythm and blues (original meaning) based soul from the Muscle Shoals era. You can also hear Aretha's gospel influences in the vocals, especially on the slower numbers.
However the down side of this Best Of release is the low sound levels, meaning you have to crank up the volume above your normal system settings to appreciate the dynamism of these recordings.
This is annoying and a major corporation should be able to produce a cd capable of doing better justice to these classic cuts.
I dont know if there are any later reissues of this particular cd compilation which address this issue, but the copy l received sounds fairly dull and lifeless on the settings l would normally use.
Needless to say the music itself is great and in itself would easily merit five stars. If you are considering buying you will probably have heard some if not all the tracks anyway so you are likely to know what to expect.
If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong
If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong
I bought this book after reading the recommendation for ages 4+. I should've noted the grade level recommendation (2nd grade+), as I purchased this book to read to my Kindergarteners. I had to basically "re-write" the book at their level and read the script I had come up with my self. I also skipped the part about Louis shooting off a gun and getting arrested. I just told the children in the class that Louis got into some trouble and had to go stay at a special home for older kids who get into trouble a lot.

I wish, so badly, that there would be a biography series, a decent, or even, excellent! (oh my!), series for younger grades, as in Pre-K/K. It seems that most biographies try to pack so much information into one book and the children honestly become overwhelmed. This book wasn't too bad about the information overload, it was more or less an issue of just being above grade level for my Kindergarteners. So I suppose if I had read this to 3rd graders I would give it 4 stars. I don't know, something left me wanting more. I feel like there would still be a lot of explaining to do for even third and fourth graders.

Anywho... I would love to see more simplistic biographies come out that get to the "meat" of it for younger children who can not tolerate listening to tons of dates and locations. (Which, by the way, this book did not do too much... The most confusing parts for me were the mentioning of the gun issue - what elementary school wants teachers reading about that? Also confusing was how his sister was called Mama... Mama something. I can't remember now. I had to stop and explain to the kids why I thought she may be called that.)

TLDR: Anyways, to some it up, as I'm clearly rambling.. I believe the book is decent to good for older elementary aged children and a bit off target/too difficult for younger elementary. Also, possibly some inappropriate content for elementary schools/school in general, at least for the younger kiddos for sure.
(Vol 1) 3cd Original Album Classics -3cd Slipcase (Empire Burlesque\Down In The Groove\Under The Red Sky)
(Vol 1) 3cd Original Album Classics -3cd Slipcase (Empire Burlesque\Down In The Groove\Under The Red Sky)
いわゆるパッとしない時代のディラン作品3本セット。

ジャケットからして痛い『Empire Burlesque』
カヴァー多めで中途半端の極み『Down In The Groove』
豪華ゲストでドン・ウォズのプロデュースもいい佳作『Under The Red Sky』

テクノロジーについていけてなかったり、
妙な若作りだったり、
MTVを意識した作品だったり、
とにかく中途半端な時代の3作品なので、
1作ずつ買うのは正直もったいない。
だから3本セットのこれで十分事足りる。

紙ケースに、3作品が紙ジャケで入っている。
紙ジャケと言っても、昨今の良くできたリメイクではなく、
輸入盤のチープな作り。
アルバムよりひとまわり小さいシングルサイズ。
当然、輸入盤なので歌詞や解説、対訳などは一切ない。
内袋も、ビニル袋もなく、紙ジャケの中に裸のCDが入っているだけ。
パッケージのこだわらなければ問題なし。

それでもこの値段で、3作品が手に入るのはどう考えてもお得!
冴えない時代のディランとはいえ、腐っても鯛。
きっと気に入る曲が何曲かは入っている。
おススメ!
Piña Coladas
Piña Coladas
This a great story based on a song that I never liked. But don’t let this song steer you away from this really good story about second chances. It’s a quick enjoyable read with a happy ending. Give it a try. I am glad I did.
Things Have Changed
Things Have Changed
The version of Things Have Changed is a so called radio edit, a shortened version. Lord, I didn't think they still did that anymore. But you can get the full version of the song on the "Essential Bob Dylan" compilation. Putting "Hurricane" on here was a dumb idea, it's right off the "Desire" album and doesn't fit in. "To Make You Feel My Love," is a nice live version, but "Song for Woody," is freaking outstanding.

Someday Sony should gather all these live mini CDs they've done and put together a "Never Ending Tour" CD. It would be huge. Anyway I can only give this CD single four stars. It's cuz of that radio edit and Hurricane. There really was no excuse. Bad Sony.
HD 1080P Webcam with Microphone, DEPSTECH USB Webcam with Auto Light Correction for Desktop/Laptop, Streaming Computer Web Camera for Video Conferencing, Teaching, Streaming, and Gaming
HD 1080P Webcam with Microphone, DEPSTECH USB Webcam with Auto Light Correction for Desktop/Laptop, Streaming Computer Web Camera for Video Conferencing, Teaching, Streaming, and Gaming
 It's exactly what I need. My daughter is playing video, we need a camera. I'm not technically proficient at all! It's all right. It's very easy to connect and connect. We like the tripod style, so we can move around and adjust. The sound and video are very good. Due to the current popularity, we also found that it can work seamlessly with scaling and other applications. The most important part I like is that it can be pulled out when not in use. I prefer to know when to use it
Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance
Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance
This book provides a thoughtful and in depth presentation of the problem we are all facing today as parents. If you had any doubt about whether your common sense observation is correct about the fact your kid could have a tech addiction; this book presents indisputable evidence that your gut feeling is correct.

Dr. Kardaras presents an evidenced based case citing scientific study after scientific study to prove the point that we, as a society, are already deep inside the rabbit hole. We have been systemically and purposely deceived by sometimes well intentioned but oftentimes greedy group think corporate heads that placed tech into the hands of our young children.

As a physician, and the father of three boys ages two through 11, I have seen first hand the addiction in my kids. The facts presented by Dr. Kardaras will hit you like a ton of bricks. THIS IS ADDICTION--100%

It is not often that I read a passage in a book that literally stops me in my tracks and rocks me to my core. Again, as an MD, I've read 100's, if not 1000's of medical texts and articles. Don't get me wrong, you do not need any degree other than common sense to get the point of this book. It is all explained very well so that anyone will get it. But when he speaks of Little Johnny sitting in the corner with his iPad, seemingly in intense quiet concentration and focus. So much that one might say, "Look at how focused Little Johnny is, concentrating so hard on his game." But as Dr. Kardaras pointed out and I can concur from other medical research, Little Johnny 's brain is being damaged by the onslaught of hyper-stimulation. Although he looks so focused and concentrating, his ability to focus and concentrate is actually being destroyed by the hyper stimulation to his cerebral cortex.

That was the passage that stopped me cold. How many times have I seen my own kids mesmerized in apparent concentration while their higher order brain centers were being bombarded with sequential rewards and temptations. I literally got sick to my stomach.

The second part of the book presented a treatment plan. I implemented this in my life and successfully broke my kids addiction. I used the not well known "Restrictions" functions on their iPad and iPhone device and restricted everything. I confiscated all tech and sent them into painful withdrawal. 6 months later, I am happy to say my older one doesn't even remember or care if he has his phone or not, their grades have improved and although they think this is a punishment, which I keep telling them it's not; we are a much better off family unit.

This book will change your life if you think you have kids that are addicted to their devices.

Thanks Nick
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy (4K UHD)
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy (4K UHD)
Love this movie. When I saw the 4K version on sale, I didn't hesitate.

Unfortunately, this movie stutters like crazy on my 4k Fire TV. As a test, I rebooted my tv to clear the cache..same issue. I also tested my other movies in 4k (John Wick 3, John Wick 2, Infinity war) and none of them stutter. For good measure, I tried this movie one last time-it's completely unwatchable.
Thanos Ultrasonic Electronic Mouse Mice Rat Squirrel Rodent Pest Repeller Repellent Deterrent
Thanos Ultrasonic Electronic Mouse Mice Rat Squirrel Rodent Pest Repeller Repellent Deterrent
This worked from the first day I plugged it in! At first I was skeptical but I was willing to try just about anything for the mice that felt like the had taken over my kitchen. I live in a rural area where it's a big problem. I have not see one nice or any pellets since the first day I used this. I have it on the floor next to my livingroom and kitchen. It is amazing! There were also some cockroaches and ants in the warm in the warm months. I have seen none of them since I began using this! I still cannot believe how quickly this problem has been solved. I was constantly setting traps for mice and buying ant and roach spray. I wish I would have bought this a lot sooner. I keep mine on all the time. It's very quiet. If my tv is on I cannot hear it at all. There is a really low squeak sound that I sometimes hear when I get right next to it. But I can barely hear it. There are two lights and works really well as a night light. It probably sounds like someone is constantly screaming to the mice and pests. I'm sure the light that you can also switch on that flashes probably drives then insane. lol. One of the best purchases I have ever made on Amazon! You won't regret buying this!
Wolverine Men's Floorhand 6 Inch Waterproof Steel Toe Work Shoe
Wolverine Men's Floorhand 6 Inch Waterproof Steel Toe Work Shoe
I ordered these about a year ago. They seemed amazing, good quality workboots. The only issue I noticed is, most of us have one foot that's a little larger or smaller than the other, for me my left foot is always a little bigger. Oddly, with these, the left fits perfectly and the right is tight. Not in length, but in width, as if one is extra wide and the other isn't. The leather is durable and resistant to everything from welding splatter to acids, salt and mud, the waterproofing works great. The laces have stood up to everything and no fraying to shredding so far. But the heel, while I have always used a shoehorn to make sure I don't break down the backing when putting the shoes on, it is still getting warped and lumpy, and while I do a lot of chores and extracurricular things in them, I don't actually use them for my daily job. The soles are holding up great, no splitting or heavy wear like other pairs. No stitching giving way. The color has held up well, maybe a little lighter as they've quite scratched, but impressive otherwise.

Maybe I got a bad batch (is batch the right word for a pair of footwear?), but I wouldn't buy these again based on this experience. If the quality were consistent, these would last me 3 years I would guess, but the heel is already getting lumpy and uncomfortable, no matter how careful I have been, and that restricts the toes even more on the foot that already feels tight.

Take it for what it's worth, there are a lot of good reviews here. My experience doesn't support this, but maybe you'll have better luck. The left one is great. The right has issues.

UPDATED: So, I managed to keep the right one from breaking down as much, and wanted to post an update. I don't know how long or how much use you should get out of a pair of workboots, but as the majority of my life is officework with off hours and weekends in a workshop or yard, I am sure I don't put them to heavy use. Things are coming apart. The rubber soles have held up amazingly, almost no wear, no cracking, splitting, peeling or any of the other issues I have had with most boots, whether work or hiking boots in the past. If this were the only criteria, they would win, hands down! Inside is another story. Visual wear aside (but they do still look decent), the linings are peeling off and I have worn/hot spots that are causing blisters or pain. The loop at the back you can grab to pull them on which I virtually never use has vanished, I assume torn away. There's a flex in the side that pinches the foot when walking.

So, even the update reflects the original post. Inconsistent. If the quality were consistent all over, this would have been the best pair I'd ever owned. As it stands, I really don't think I'll buy these again.
Wolverine Men's Rancher 10" Square Toe Steel Toe Work Boot
Wolverine Men's Rancher 10" Square Toe Steel Toe Work Boot
It is a little loose in the heel. I will do an updated review after I wear them for some time.
Update #1
These Boots are like my first pair of Wolverine. I use a heel inserts so tighten up the hill a little bit. I get them a half size bigger than I need them to be because my left foot is slightly bigger than my right foot as well as I wear warm socks in the winter time. They are a Christmas gift I have not worn them yet I will use another update after I wear them for a little bit.

Update #2
The boots are broke in. They are a great boot. Even with my heel lifter in; the heels are still a little loose. However, I had a different pair of Wolverines before, and they were great. The only thing I will be looking at with my next pair of boots is that they are water proof.

Enjoy these boots.
The Expanse - Season 4
The Expanse - Season 4
Science fiction, written by smart people, can be extremely relevant, It allows for the discussion of topics not usually explored in popular culture and entertainment.
Based on James S.A Corey 8, soon to be 9 books plus many novellas, the source material is rich and deep.
It is also a period of the future rarely explored by SciFi. Usually we go from present day to FTL and all kinds of magic instead of a familiar Universe with the same rules and the same humans only more Expanded into the Solar System. Plus all the story locations are actual places we just started to explore, like Ceres and Ganymede! Gorgeous Special Effects and impecable production values..and now they are part of Amazon and it's resources. more reason to trust that they will see this story to it culmination ! And if you read the books, then you know you are in for something special !
Cannot wait any longer for Season 4. In my personal, humble opinion, the best SciFi show ever.
Inside Out (Theatrical)
Inside Out (Theatrical)
Inside Out (1-Disc DVD)
When we are born, headquarters is composed of one emotional control button, happiness Joy (yellow) . . . for 33 seconds.
Then Sadness (blue) informs discomfort (hunger, being wet).
Then Disgust (green) broccoli.
Then Anger (red) with volcanic brain eruptions blotting out reason, and breaking a few objects in the process, and throwing a few items down on the floor. Mr Rogers says throwing things down is to experiment with personal control of together and separate.
Won't You Be My Neighbor? Even Mr Rogers becomes angry when he notices people trying to hurt children, but he uses his anger constructively to resolve problems, and find solutions together with other grownups who reassure children "always look for the helpers. There are always people trying to help."
Fear (purple panic) keeps us safe from scary things. Sometimes scary things are not threatening, sometimes they are imaginary, sometimes they are really dangerous (like electrical cords).

When we are small and vulnerable, we know we cannot survive unless there are dependable grownups around who love us (imperfectly) and take care of us, house, feed and diaper us, eventually guide us through school and puberty (middle school yechh) and help us navigate responsibility, making mistakes, learning, apologizing, forgiving and loss.
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts Tavris & Aronson
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo growing up from egocentricity to caring and sacrifice enroute to love by a toy bunny.

Parents are not always perfectly attuned to us. They may have their own problems which absorb them.
The Judge (2014) Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga
talking with a 5 year old about divorce: It happened to my friend Megan, I just never thought it would happen to me.

And what we think we have said is not always what was heard.
Dad thinks: avoided a disaster.
Mom thinks: well that was a disaster.

Riley teaches her parents that she cannot always pretend to be happy when she is not.
Sadness (blue) is an essential part of maturation due to change, loss, adaptation to life's vagaries.
Even Joy (yellow) learns that without Sadness (blue) to point out truth honestly, we cannot truly grow ourselves up.

Being an authentic grown up ourselves is accepting responsibility for not always being happy, and learning to cope with difficult uncomfortable yet real happenings.
Up (Single-Disc Edition) chosen by Assisted Living residents as the before lunch movie for discussion and insights over shared bread.

Losing a hockey goal seems like the end of the world. But the love of the grownups in our lives, and our friends, help us get through tough times. And as we age, getting through tough times gets tougher.
Departures Oscar Best Foreign film English subtitles, abandoned age 6, growing up trying to please an absent parent, losing job, spouse exits, cobbling together a surrogate family of mentor employer and nurturing bath house owner, learning ritual meditation, finally learning forgiveness.

Inside Out is 5* for reminding us that we each have memories (bowling balls) which are sucked away by Forgetters as we age, and some memories that stick in the head forever (chewing gum song) for reasons that escape us.

Sometimes we have to let go of cherished memories (imaginary friends like Bing Bong) in order to grow ourselves up to face more mature tasks beyond ego (making the hockey team, boys) and shaping our personal character (telling mom and dad the truth that we miss Minnesota and we can't be their happy girl all the time because we have our own feelings, separate from theirs, that we feel about things).

Highly recommended for entire families, especially grandparents, to watch with the commentary subtitles on and the audio-commentary by the co-directors, cinematographer, to help us guide our families with wisdom and compassion through tough times.
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
Welcome back to 'Camp Half-Blood' where the young Olypians and Demigods
remain safe to be trained to fulfil their potential and destiny.
Except the tree the 'Gods' gifted to the camp in memory of 'Thallia' who
had sacrificed her own life to save three friends, has been poisoned.
A quest has been given to 'Luke' and 'Clarisse' to recover the long lost
'Golden-Fleece'
'Percy Jackson' son of 'Poseidon' believes a prophecy dictates that the
task should have been his, and that he was the only Olympian that could
complete such a task......his destiny.
Though others had been assigned the task, 'Percy' along withy his newly
found half-brother 'Cyclops' 'Tyson' and friends 'Annabeth' and 'Grover'
take up the challenge to help find the fleece that is believed will cure
the tree and maintain the camps very existence.
However fellow 'Olympian' 'Luke' has changed sides planning to resurrect
the evil 'Cronus'
The journey to the 'Sea of Monsters' (we know as the Bermuda Triangle)
to recover the fleece has begun.....
A film full of dazzling special effects is a family friendly fantasy
adventure.....superb 3-D material.....also great on the 2-D disc with
good quality picture and sound quality.
The additional features on board include...'Tyson motion Comic' learning of
how 'Percy's' half brother came to the camp, and more.....also 'Deconstructing
a demigod'........'Back to Camp Half Blood' ....and 'Its all in the Eye'
Thor (2020-) #6
Thor (2020-) #6
Excellent work by Cates! This is how the power of Thor should be written! Although, this is not how I imagined a being as powerful as Galactus would fall. Rest assured that he will return and I am curious as to how. And does Thor still have the power cosmic? Probably so especially going against those who will bring about his ending. I'm sticking with Cates work to find out.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp
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Scott Lang alias Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) begibt sich gemeinsam mit Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, "Falling Down", "The Game") und dessen Tochter Hope ('The Wasp', Evangeline Lilly, TV-Serie "Lost") auf die Suche nach der im Quantum-Mikrokosmos verloren gegangenen Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer, "Frankie & Johnny", "Tage wie dieser"). Die hierfür benötigte Technologie erregt jedoch auch die Aufmerksamkeit des Gangsters Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins, TV-Serie "Six") und der geheimnisvollen Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen, "Ready Player One", "Tomb Raider"). Ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit beginnt.
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Schloss der erste Teil von "Ant-Man" die zweite Phase des Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ab, so ist dessen Fortsetzung inmitten der dritten platziert und grenzt in der MCU-Zeitleiste an "Avengers: Infinity War" an. Erneut mit von der Partie ist Erfolgsproduzent und Mastermind Kevin Feige, der als einer der Hauptverantwortlichen die bislang 20 veröffentlichten Filme der Marvel-Studios (eine Tochtergesellschaft von Marvel-Entertainment, Bestandteil der Walt Disney Company) mit einem Einspielergebnis rund 18 Milliarden US-Dollar in nur 18 Jahren zur erfolgreichsten Filmreihe aller Zeiten geformt hat.
Die für etwa 160 Millionen US-Dollar in ihrem Segment gerade einmal durchschnittlich hoch budgetierte Superhelden-Produktion ("Guardians of the Galaxy 2" und "Black Panther" verschlangen rund 200 Mio. Dollar, "Age of Ultron" 250 Mio. und "Avengers: Infinity War" sogar 300 Mio.) setzt dabei - wie auch bereits der erste Teil - verstärkt auf Humor und Situationskomik und erinnert in ihrem Dialogwitz ein wenig an "Spider-Man: Homecoming", für dessen Story sich dasselbe Autorenteam verantwortlich zeigte. Einigen Fans dürfte dies gut gefallen, anderen eventuell etwas weniger.
Die gezeigten Action-Sequenzen und Computereffekte sind fulminant und sowohl die Drehorte, als auch die Settings, die auf Produktions-Designer Shepherd Frankel ("Kill the Boss", "Voll Abgezockt") und Art-Director Jay Pelissier ("Black Panther", "Fast & Furious 8") zurückzuführen sind, überzeugen. Die Besetzung der Figuren ist in Ordnung, allerdings bleiben Michael Douglas als 'Dr. Henry Pym' und Evangeline Lilly in ihrer Darstellung der 'Hope van Dyne' unerwartet eindimensional. Aber der eigentliche Star der Reihe ist ja eh Michael Peña als 'Luis'. Dessen rückblickende Erzählungen sind einfach nur zum Schreien komisch. Das mehrköpfige Autoren-Gespann, zu dem übrigens neben den "Community"- und "American Dad"-Schreiberlingen Chris McKenna und Erik Sommers ("The Lego Batman Movie") auch Hauptdarsteller und Multitalent Paul Rudd gehört, hat mit ihm eine kongeniale Figur erschaffen.
Die Synchronisation, der Soundtrack aus der Feder des erfahrenen, kanadischen Komponisten Christophe Beck ("Die Eiskönigen - völlig unverfroren", "Edge of Tomorrow", "R.I.P.D.", "The Watch - Nachbarn der 3. Art") und die Klangeffekte bewegen sich auf hohem Niveau. Regie führte erneut Komödien-Profi Peyton Reed ("Ant-Man", "Der Ja-Sager", "Trennung mit Hindernissen"). Der gelungene Schnitt wurde von Dan Lebental ("Cowboys & Aliens", "Iron Man", "Thor - The Dark Kingdom") und Craig Wood ("Fluch der Karibik", "Guardians of the Galaxy") übernommen. Unter den Machern des Films befand sich in der Funktion des Executive-Producers wie immer auch die kürzlich verstorbene Marvel-Legende Stan Lee. Der Comic-Autor und Zeichner ließ es sich nicht nehmen, auch diesmal wieder seinen witzigen und kultverdächtigen Fünf-Sekunden-Cameoauftritt hinzulegen, leider einen seiner letzten.
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Offenbar wird dem Aussehen von Superhelden viel mehr Aufmerksamkeit zuteil, als man gemeinhin annehmen würde. Wie sonst wäre es zu erklären, dass man für die Produktion von "Ant-Man and the Wasp" sagenhafte sechzehn Hair-Stylisten engagiert hat. Außerdem wurden zusätzlich elf Make-Up-Artists beschäftigt. Aber bei einem High-End-Blockbuster, für den insgesamt weit mehr als zweitausend Mitarbeiter aufgefahren werden, ist das vermutlich kaum verwunderlich. Allein die Abteilung für visuelle Effekte umfasste über 1200 Digitalkünstler, Animatoren und Programmierer.
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Das Management des Multimedia-Riesen Sony dürfte sich heute an jedem einzelnen Tag darüber schwarz ärgern, Ende der 90er-Jahre einen Deal mit Marvel-Comics ausgeschlagen zu haben, der dem kurz zuvor aus 'Columbia Pictures', 'Tri-Star Pictures' und der Film-Sparte der 'Coca-Cola Company' hervorgegangenem Unternehmen 'Sony Pictures Entertainment' für 'nur' 25 Millionen Dollar sämtliche Film-Rechte an allen Figuren des Verlages eingeräumt hätte. Das weltweit agierende Major-Studio sah damals fälschlicherweise keine Perspektiven für Superhelden-Filme, was retrospektiv einen der finanziell wohl folgereichsten Irrtümer der Filmgeschichte repräsentiert.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" spielte an den Kinokassen weit mehr als eine halbe Milliarde Dollar ein (Spitzenreiter: "Avengers: Infinity War" mit über zwei Milliarden Dollar Box-Office) und erntet in erster Linie die Früchte, die das MCU in den letzten Jahren aufgebaut hat. Man merkt, dass das Team hinter der Kamera exzellent eingespielt ist und genau weiß, was es tut. Die Story ist in klassischer 'Save-A-Lost-Person'-Manier zwar etwas dünn geraten, aber das zu Sehende ist trotzdem stimmungsvoll und durchgehend unterhaltsam. Der amüsante Film bietet familiengerechten Humor und ein ansprechendes Tempo, aber in gleichem Atemzug auch etwas wenig Spannung oder Ernsthaftigkeit. Echten 'Thrill' sucht man bei einigen Marvel-Verfilmungen - und eben auch "Ant-Man and the Wasp" - nun mal vergebens. Was man hier gezeigt bekommt, entspricht quietschbuntem und jugendfreiem Popcorn-Kino. Wer sich daran nicht stört und über die eine oder andere Oberflächlichkeit hinwegzusehen bereit ist, kann relativ bedenkenlos zugreifen.
Die Trickaufnahmen sind jedenfalls hervorragend und die meisten Sammler und Gelegenheitskonsumenten dürften sich an den 110 Minuten Kurzweil-Entertainment im 2.39:1-Bildformat erfreuen. Die ausgewiesene Altersfreigabe ab 12 Jahren ist durchaus gerechtfertigt. Hinweis: Interessenten, die das Filmerlebnis gern durch Bonus-Features ergänzen möchten, werden bei der Standard-DVD nicht fündig. Davon einmal abgesehen, sollte man sich unbedingt den kreativ gestalteten Abspann anschauen und nicht zu voreilig abschalten.
Unisex Superhero Spandex Zentai Halloween Cosplay Costumes Adult/Kids 3D Style
Unisex Superhero Spandex Zentai Halloween Cosplay Costumes Adult/Kids 3D Style
Would have gave it 5 stars but the mask was way to small my son couldn't even get it over his head. And when he did. The eyes weren't even in a correct placement. The body suit is fantastic. My son wears a large in clothes so we ordered up to an xl figured that should do. And it fit perfectly. If he was any taller though it wouldn't have. The mask though. Lol now yes my child has a pretty large head lol. But even his little sister who is 6 couldnt ever get it on her head. And when we finally did it was wonky. And she couldn't even so I took off the eye covers to see where her eyes were and they were to far apart and one was hire than the other. So my son can't wear the mask for sure.

If it wasn't for the mask we would have gave it 5 stars.
My Boo
My Boo
Usher and Alicia Keys sound great together. Love to hear them do another duet. Both have beautiful voices. Great buy.
Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 1
Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 1
It is a bit unfortunate that outside Japan the name of manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is often associated with the long-running series "Inuyasha." Don't get me wrong. "Inuyasha" is good; it is just overlong. Rumiko Takahashi's best work is, and will be, "Maison Ikkoku," a romantic comedy with a lot of crazy and adorable characters.

[STORY of VOLUME 1] Yusaku Godai cannot take it anymore. He is a high school graduate preparing for the upcoming university entrance examination, but he is living in the worst apartment, where eccentric residents never stop annoying him. Yusaku decides to leave the place immediately when a new manager of this old, rundown apartment arrives. Her name is Kyoko Otonashi and she is a beautiful, mild-mannered young woman. Yusaku, naturally, changes his mind. But there is one secret that Yusaku doesn't know about her.

Through the following episodes we are introduced to the characters surrounding Yusaku and Kyoko, and most of them are quite unique and some very weird, for example, Mr. Yotsuya, strange "gentleman" who likes on his neighbors more than anything; incredibly officious middle-aged woman Ichinose-san; and ever-drunken bar hostess, scantily clad Akemi-san.

Originally serialized in weekly comic magazine "Big Comic Spirits" from 1980-87, "Maison Ikkoku" is Rumiko Takahashi at her best. The artwork may look old-fashioned for younger readers, but this is a comic some generation in Japan including me grew up with. As the story goes on, these characters, for all (and because of) their flaws, become more and more endearing, and the romantic relation between Yusaku and Kyoko becomes engrossing.

[TRANSLATION] Viz Media edition's translation itself is not bad, but as another reviewer has pointed out, some words are misleading. Yusaku Godai, a high school graduate, is not a college student yet when he first appears, but he is often called "Mr. Flunk-out" ("ronin san" in Japanese original") which may sound strange to some readers. (A "ronin" in fact means someone who graduated from high school, but failed to pass the entrance exam of college.)

Some jokes are changed or removed. The little boy Kentaro's line "You can go!" on p. 54 is a good example. Actually Kentaro says literally, "(Girls) like a big...." and later adds "house." The terribly embarrassed faces of other guests including Yusaku and Kyoko cannot be understood without this sexual nuance.

[TRIVIA] The comic's story is set in somewhere around Tokyo and it is said the station in the comic is based on Higashi-Kurume Station of Seibu Railway, in the city of Higashi-Kurume where Rumiko Takahashi once lived.

The comic series has 15 volumes in all. The characters will grow up as the story continues, until the finale that is moving. Don't miss it.
Bekith 3-Piece Set Non-stick Pizza Pan, Round Premium Bakeware, Black
Bekith 3-Piece Set Non-stick Pizza Pan, Round Premium Bakeware, Black
These work really well for family pizza night each week. They have held up great and have washed them in the dishwasher with no issues. The only problem is The first week I had them I cut the pizza on it and now one of them is rusting which is a bummer so I may have to buy another set just to keep that from rusting too much. Other than that seema to be working as expected.
Gorilla Grip Premium Rolling Pin, Adjustable Dough Roller Solid Beechwood, Removable Thickness Rings to Measure Doughs Professional Home Kitchen Baking Utensil for Pizza Pies, Black Gray White Lt Gray
Gorilla Grip Premium Rolling Pin, Adjustable Dough Roller Solid Beechwood, Removable Thickness Rings to Measure Doughs Professional Home Kitchen Baking Utensil for Pizza Pies, Black Gray White Lt Gray
Used once so far, and it did what it was supposed to. We will see how it holds up to repeat use, but I am optimistic. The rolling surface is uniform, and the weight seems pretty even, so even if you aren't using the spacer disks and are rolling by hand/sight/feel, it hasn't resulted in lopsided thickness (again, so far.)
One Piece: Baroque Works 13-14-15
One Piece: Baroque Works 13-14-15
I, for some reason, never seen the episodes that covered this omnibus when I was a kid and it was airing on TV. So reading this was a good treat, especially with a couple of the characters that show up are either mentioned or reappear in later arcs.

Nami's compass leads the Straw Hat crew to a place called Little Garden, an ironic name when you learn what type of creatures and the two local residents. The crew splits up as they explore and they meet up and fight Baroque Work members and the leader of the organization is reveal (who happens to be one of my favorite One Piece villains).
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
Thot
Thot
This was an okay listen on audible. As far as the audio production value, it was done well. There was not any background noise and the recording volume level was kept an appropriate level. In regards to the story itself, the plot and characters were interesting and the content relevant. However, the timeline was confusing. The buildup to a "showdown" between two of the female characters fizzled when things finally came to an end.
Betrayal: The Betrayal; The Secret; The Burning (Fear Street Saga)
Betrayal: The Betrayal; The Secret; The Burning (Fear Street Saga)
I loved the whole history explained about how it all started to go wrong for all the Fear offsprings. The book covers different centuries from the 17th century all the way to the 19th century. It was nice reading about how the curse started. I definitely recommend this book if you love Fear Street and want to know how the 'Fear Curse' started.
The Book of Counted Sorrows, Dogged Press First Edition
The Book of Counted Sorrows, Dogged Press First Edition
I love Dean R Koontz, I have read his books since I was a teenager, and I had a notebook that I had written down the counted sorrows and then he quit putting them in his books and I grew up and my notebook disappeared the way things do as you get older so I was Thrilled when I came across this!! Loved it!! But unfortunately a former friend stole it. But I loved the poetry sayings of the sorrows and the other things that were also in the book.
Love Between the Covers
Love Between the Covers
So I got to see Love Between the Covers for the first time at the Popular Culture Association's annual conference in Seattle, March of 2016 - and I loved it on sight. I had been waiting for the opportunity to view documentary since I first heard about it's creation, and I avidly followed it's progress when it was making its rounds at the documentary festivals in the time between its release and the PCA conference. I was half in love, I think, before the title screen even rolled.

I had previously seen the documentary "Guilty Pleasures" which had run on PBS, and while enjoyable it had been a little shallow and even a little critical of the romance readers who served as the documentary's focus. So I was excited, hungry even, for something new. Something in depth and up to date - something extraordinary!

Laurie Kahn (who is the absolute nicest person by the way) and her team did a bang-up job on Love Between the Covers. The romance community is widespread and complicated, so it would have been impossible to get everything that needed to be said into one 90 minute documentary. But that being said they got as much in there as they possibly could about our history as a genre and a community; about our diversity of backgrounds (for readers and writers) and our LACK of diversity when it comes to POC or LGBT writers and characters; and about the stigmas we face and the way in which we band together to overcome them.

The minute that LBtC released on digital I snatched up a copy, and I've watched it easily a half-a-dozen times since. What is more I recommend it to everyone. Fellow English students and scholars, friends, family, and my friends from the romance community who haven't seen it yet. And if you haven't watched it yet, trust me now is the time. Whether you're a long time romance reader, or someone who isn't sure they know what a romance really is, or even a romance "hater" who needs an attitude adjustment A.S.A.P., check this documentary out. You won't be sorry.
Nora Roberts Dream Trilogy
Nora Roberts Dream Trilogy
I read this on books on tape! And was one of my first Nora Roberts books that got me hooked. Liked it so much that I got in on CD. I loved it just as much the second time around and will probably listen to it again. Love the way she develps her stories and a trilogy is even better when she's doing it on purpose! Her characters are hard to say goodbye to and so when I know I have another and another of the same people to look forward to, that is a five star-er for me!
Brief Lives: Alexander Pushkin
Brief Lives: Alexander Pushkin
Robert Chandler has published a brief, 100 page, biography of Pushkin. It is a long time since I read anything so entrancing. Chandler manages to say all the most important things. He foregrounds arresting details, provides a sensitive analysis of the extremely complex matter of Pushkin's relationship with the authorities, and he has thoughtful things to say about Pushkin's posthumous life in the Russian consciousness. He brings out more clearly than anyone the extent to which Pushkin's greatness is linked to the delicacy of his give-and-take with the Russian language. This, of course, is something especially difficult to bring out in translation; that it is possible at all is thanks to the delicacy of Chandler's own, almost vers libre translations of passages from Pushkin's lyric poetry, and to the brilliance of Stanley Mitchell's recent translation of "Eugene Onegin", from which Chandler provides substantial quotes. If you have English friends who are curious about why Russians make such a to-do over their Pushkin, here is a book to recommend to them. This book is worthy of the unimitable (and sadly almost unkown in the West in his non-academic quality) Mikhail Gasparov - seriously. It lacks the containing framework of Gasparov's academicism but, in this case, this is a gain rather than a loss. I am at a loss for words.
In the Eye of the Beholder: A Short Story
In the Eye of the Beholder: A Short Story
A story of contrasts and comparisons. Taste and talent.
Two boys rising through the same education stay friends even after one goes into the world of fine art in his Father's business while the other fulfils his potential as a gifted footballer.
Jeffrey Archer allows the reader to follow his gentle story set in Italy and make their own assumptions into the morality and motivations of his two characters. The narrative builds and you anticipate the change in direction, the reveal that will overturn all our impressions on one man. In a clever way the author is challenging our stereotypes as well as our appreciation of art and beauty.
However, it is the baser qualities in humanity that perhaps Archer is alluding to in this account, but then throws the sucker punch and we are reminded of the title.
Can it be equally applied to the qualities seen in, and value of, a piece of art when compared to the heart of romance and love? Do we marry for status, security or sensual attraction?
Die Schokoladenvilla: Roman – Der Bestseller (Die Schokoladen-Saga 1) (German Edition)
Die Schokoladenvilla: Roman – Der Bestseller (Die Schokoladen-Saga 1) (German Edition)
Zuerst einmal ein großes Dankeschön an die Autorin für dieses tolle Werk. Ich habe es heute fertig gelesen und muss es jetzt erst einmal verarbeiten und sacken lassen. Schon vorab, es ist keine Lektüre für einfach so zwischendurch.
Maria Nikolai ist mit "Die Schokoladenvilla" ein sehr tiefgründiger und berührender Roman gelungen! Ich bin total verliebt in die Art und Weise, wie sie sich auszudrücken vermag. Bis vor ein paar Tagen war ich kein Fan von historischen Romanen, aber ich wurde eines Besseren belehrt. Ich glaube, dass wird nicht mein letzter Roman dieser Art gewesen sein.
Jede freie Minute habe ich genutzt um "Die Schokoladenvilla" zu lesen, ach was sage ich, ich habe ihn verschlungen. Ich habe die Geschichte von Judith sehr geliebt und ich freue mich schon riesig auf Nachschub von der Autorin.

Kurz zum Inhalt:

"Das Schicksal zweier Frauen. Das Erbe einer Familie. Die Geschichte einer Leidenschaft.
Stuttgart, 1903: Als Tochter eines Schokoladenfabrikanten führt Judith Rothmann ein privilegiertes Leben im Degerlocher Villenviertel. Doch die perfekte Fassade täuscht. Judiths Leidenschaft gehört der Herstellung von Schokolade, jede freie Minute verbringt sie in der Fabrik und entwickelt Ideen für neue Leckereien. Unbedingt möchte sie einmal das Unternehmen leiten. Doch ihr Vater hat andere Pläne und fädelt eine vorteilhafte Heirat für sie ein – noch dazu mit einem Mann, den sie niemals lieben könnte. Da kreuzt ihr Weg den des charismatischen Victor Rheinberger, der sich in Stuttgart eine neue Existenz aufbauen will ...
Die neue große Familiensaga in hochwertiger, liebevoller Winter-Romance-Ausstattung."

Von mir gibt es auf jeden Fall 5 Sterne und eine Leseempfehlung.
HEREWARD 2 THE DEVIL'S ARMY
HEREWARD 2 THE DEVIL'S ARMY
This second volume on Hereward has some limited improvements when compared to the first one, but suffers from very much the same problems. The topic is anything but original - there are four or five other novels out there on Hereward, his rising and his guerrilla warfare against the Normans.

To make a great piece of historical fiction, I tend to believe that an author needs to combine three ingredients: solid research into the period and historical characters that you are writing about, some original twists and a credible plot, and, perhaps above all, good characterization that makes the characters plausible and makes them come to life. None of these ingredients is particularly strong in this book.

James Wilde has certainly done his historical research, including research on the geography of the Fens to try to capture how the Fen country made up of a mix of forests, lakes, marshes and islands could have looked like before land reclamation. His chronology is accurate, and the historical events he tells do seem to have mostly happened as indicated, including William the Conqueror's terrible Harroying of the North. Some of the features included, such as the scene of cannibalism, are very plausible, at the very least.

However, some of the twists introduced into the plot are simply not historical and are not even plausible. One of these is the sending of a young girl to act as Hereward's "chief of intelligence" at the Court of Winchester and spy on William the Conqueror. To simply imagine that a young (and pretty!) girl could travel on her own from the Fens to Winchester and back requires a huge leap of faith. Also, Sveyn King of Denmark did allow himself to be bought off by William and drop his allies but he never travelled all the way to Winchester and never met William. That the Danish King would take the risk to make such a travel and put himself at risk in such a way is simply incredible.

Then we have a number of problems with the characterization. In some cases it is lacking. In others it is rather excessive and incredible. Although somewhat toned down from the first volume when he appeared as a cross between Conan the Barbarian and Rambo, Hereward's bursts of berserker psychopathic rage and his regular rumblings about killing everyone and saving the English become rather tiresome. I am afraid that neither Hereward nor his Viking nemesis (Redteeth), nor the Norman commanders (Taillebois and de Warennes) really come to life. Also the character of William the Conqueror is a bit of a caricature, and one that is historically incorrect also. William was 38 in 1066 and so just over forty when this volume begins. At the time, he was not yet incredibly fat as the book makes him out to be. This would only be the case some 10 years later. The author also tends to depict William as cruel, which is very probably true, but also gives the impression that this cruelty was wanton and that he relished it, which is very unlikely to have been the case. The destruction of the North, that neither Tostig nor William's captains had been able to subdue was, however horrible, one of these "whatever it takes" measures to end once and for all the rebellions by laying wasting to the countryside and slaughtering the population.

So while I did find this book exciting and will read volume 3, if only because I have a special interest in this period, I found that this one was not much better than - although no worse - that the first episode. Three stars.
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.
Astérix - Astérix en Corse - n°20 (Une Aventvre D'Asterix) (French Edition)
Astérix - Astérix en Corse - n°20 (Une Aventvre D'Asterix) (French Edition)
I added this one to my collection and must say that, while it's fun to read, it doesn't measure up to the best of the creators' work. If you're just getting started, I'd suggest buying one (or more) of the other books in the series that predate Goscinny's death. My own favorites are Asterix et Cleopatre, --chez les Helvetes, --et le Chaudron, and Le Combat des Chefs, although there are several others I like nearly as much. These are politically-incorrect humor at its finest. Who knows how long they will remain available?
The Matarese Countdown: A Novel (Matarese Dynasty Book 2)
The Matarese Countdown: A Novel (Matarese Dynasty Book 2)
What can I say the first book was amazing but then it was set in a time of cold war when spy thrillers had some meat to them. This was set to far forward in time the world is too boring a place now to sequel a great cold war style thriller. Mr Ludlum should of set it nearer to the time then he may of been able to come up with something more gripping. As it is its a mediocre effort a sequel set 20 years to late. Disappointing.
I must say though if you have not read the First book "The Matarese Circle" you must do so.
La estrategia de Bancroft (Umbriel thriller) (Spanish Edition)
La estrategia de Bancroft (Umbriel thriller) (Spanish Edition)
El autor nos tenía acostumbrados a sus lectores a leer obras con mucho cuerpo, sin embargo ésta excede los anteriores, esto es, que sin ser inferior a sus otros temas tratados pudo ser mejor si no hubiese sido tan larga la trama, redundante, enredada a veces, pero siempre interesante. Recomendable para sus seguidores.
Dragon Ball Color Piccolo nº 01/04 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball Color Piccolo nº 01/04 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
No puede faltar la edicion a color si eres gran fan de dragon ball , mola muchisimo mas que las de blanco y negro , aunque no son muy grandes la verdad, pero se leen perfectamente y quedan muy chulos en la estanteria , eso si es edicion japonesa con lo que se lee al contrario que en europa.
The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime
The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime
THE OSAMU TEZUKA STORY is a wondrous, red brick of a book. It is a life-spanning yet intimate biography [in long-form manga] of the man who would become post-WWII Japan’s manga no kami-sama, “God of Manga”, in order to finance his experimental and commercial anime which went on to win film festival prizes globally for more than a decade.

Originally collected and published in 1992, three years after Tezuka’s death, writer/artist Toshio Ban builds his 866 page epic in stages:
Part 1: Osamu to Osamushi (1928 – 1945);
Part 2: Dreams of Manga (1945 - 1959); and
Part 3: Dreams of Anime (1960 – 1989).

The reason the byline on the cover reads “Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions” is the degree of unlimited access Ban had to Tezuka’s family, friends, editors, assistants, and staff. As his narrating avatar, Toshio Ban speaks through one of earliest characters Tezuka ever created: Shunsaku “Mustachio” Ban.

Using Osamu Tezuka’s own words and the words of those who had known him, we can see what skills and strengths Tezuka absorbed within the environment of his loving family which allowed him to survive and be shaped by his cultural environment. As viewed through samples of his life-long artwork, we can see Tezuka form his manga dreams into rising manga reality from the ashes of 1945’s Post-war, Occupied Japan.

It was the cinematic pacing of Tezuka’s manga which allowed me to “read” volumes of HIN NO TORI even without knowing Japanese when I discovered his manga in the mid 1960’s. It wasn’t until 2008 that I could read PHOENIX in English. Throughout those years and beyond, I sought as much of Osamu Tezuka’s work as I could find. One of the main reactions I had while reading THE OSAMU TEZUKA STORY was wishing that more of his work existed in easily obtainable English editions.

[The same yearning for more struck me while reading about his work in animation. Thirteen of Tezuka experimental films can be found on THE ASTONISHING WORK OF TEZUKA OSAMU DVD still available on Amazon. The only one of his feature-length commercial films I could find as a DVD on Amazon is HIN NO TORI 2772 as ANIME STARS: SPACE FIREBIRD 2772.]

Despite its length, THE OSUMA TEZUKA STORY is a compulsive page turner. Frederik L. Schodt’s translation moves smoothly through Toshio Ban’s art which channels the best of Tezuka’s techniques. Following the biography are appendices into which I have yet to delve in fear of desiring too much not yet available in English.

I have room on my bookshelves for more of Tezuka’s translated manga [maybe PAPER FORTRESS and THE CRATER]. If you too young to have soaked up KIMBA or ASTRO BOY from TV you might find how much of Tezuka’s work was inspired by American popular culture fascinating.

THE OSAMU TEZUKA STORY is an inspiring study in curiosity, hope, perseverance, and skill. I recommend it to any long time or new enthusiast for Tezuka’s art and his message of that all life is connected.
The President Is Missing
The President Is Missing
This book is about an attack on the cyberspace infrastructure of the United States - the Internet. Written by James Patterson, an author well-known for his thrillers, and former President Bill Clinton, the story, in a broad brush summary, is about a massive plot to disable the US by deleting all electronic files and sending it into the “Dark Ages,” the code word for rendering the US a crippled, paralyzed, and primitive zone of chaos.

A virus is discovered that will cause this chaos to occur in record time. The story revolves around trying to find the code word that will disable the virus.

The President is missing is not exactly accurate, but it’s what the world believes. The President has actually decamped to a secure, secret place where he amasses a team of experts to try to stop the virus in its tracks. This is a uniquely hands-on President, it seems.

The story is compelling and in our times completely believable, including discovering a traitor inside the White House. However , the President tends to deliver periodic and lengthy polemics about the state of the world, which are thinly veiled attacks on our current administration. I will say this: I’m not a fan at all if the current administration and its policies. However, I think the fictional President’s tirades are unnecessary. They add nothing to the story and in fact detract from it, which is why I give this darn good ride of a story only three stars. You can pretty much tell what part of the story James Patterson wrote and what part Bill Clinton wrote. The distinction is that obvious.

Nevertheless, if one overlooks the political digressions, this is an excellent tale.
The Games (A Private Novel Book 6)
The Games (A Private Novel Book 6)
By the end of this book, my sympathies were with Dr Castro and Favella Justice, rather than the over-indulgent, self-satisfied ‘fat cats’ into whose puckered rectums Jack Morgan insists in inserting himself.

‘Health Warning’ - if you’re an attractive female who considers any relationship with this shallow excuse for a human being, make sure that you have stacks of life insurance because, almost certainly, your folks will need the funds to bury you!

Honestly, Jack Morgan couldn’t investigate his way out of a paper bag. He just lurches from one mistake to the next, others sorting out problems for him. And his Vietnam helicopter crash? It’s decades ago, Jack! Get over yourself!
The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)
The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)
Ever since the son took over authoring these books, they have really gone downhill in quality. The new method of illustrating looks rough and unfinished and the writing is not the same caliber style as when the parents wrote it. With that being said, these new 'Little Lights' books are the first ones I've liked in the series in almost a decade. I am an adult collector of the First Time Book series, which I consider 'Little Lights' a part of, and I bought 3 of the 'Little Lights' books to sample and really have enjoyed them and plan on buying more. I'm looking forward to the Thanksgivng one due to be released soon and hope they continue with the series. I also hope they consider bringing back the Big Chapter books. I think they were better than the First Time Books and they explore the other minor characters more like Too-Tall and Queenie.
Tolkien Classics (The Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers, the Return of the King, the Silmarillion)
Tolkien Classics (The Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers, the Return of the King, the Silmarillion)
I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series first in the early 70's. They are those stay up all night books, can't put it down. Can't get much better than this. I've read and re-read them many times over the years. J.R.R. Tolkien got it right. (fyi- I do not enjoy his son's renditions or Silmarillion) People will always be trying to live up to J.R.R. Tolkien for generations to come.
Naruto: Chapter Book, Vol. 3: The Worst Job (Naruto Chapter Books)
Naruto: Chapter Book, Vol. 3: The Worst Job (Naruto Chapter Books)
Naruto and his friends from the Ninja Academy get their first mission. They have to protect a man named Mr. Tazuna, a famous bridge builder, while they escort him to the village where he’ll be working on his next project. That means Naruto gets to leave the Village Hidden in the Leaves for the first time in his life. But the world outside Konoha is a big and scary place. And Naruto’s about to meet his first real enemy, Zabuza, the Demon of the Mist, who is intent on making sure Naruto’s first job as a bodyguard is a total failure! A MUST READ BOOK CLICK THE LINK. 
Walking With C.S. Lewis
Walking With C.S. Lewis
This series is a very calm and reflective overview of C.S. Lewis' works and what seems to be a unifying message God had for him to deliver through his life and writings. The presentation focuses more on what the host believes Lewis to be saying about God - pointing us to Him; and how this great author brings us to recognize what God would have us to learn about Him through both imagination and reason. While I would love for the videos to be a bit more dynamic, I have really enjoyed the reflective nature of the host's presentation. I have enjoyed how he has woven both Lewis' works of fiction and non-fiction together, going back and forth between the two in making the overall series more engaging. I'm glad that I found this series!
C.S. Lewis Goes to Heaven: A Reader's Guide to The Great Divorce
C.S. Lewis Goes to Heaven: A Reader's Guide to The Great Divorce
Author, David G.Clark,Ph.d,(Notre Dame University), has made C.S.Lewis' book, The Great Divorce, come alive. For those who found TGD a great read, you will find Dr.Clark's detailed commentary on Lewis' book to provide a rich and in depth insight into the motivations and thinking of each of the personalities (bus riders). You will learn not what heaven is like, but rather why the different characters made their choices to return to the "bus" in the "grey town" (ultimately hell) and to give up their opportunities to follow their spiritual guide up and over the mountains to heaven where the Lord God graciously awaits those who choose his way.

If you have not yet read "The Great Divorce," you will find in Clark's book a brief opening summary for each of the charactors, which means you can understand "C.S.Lewis Goes to Heaven" without first reading Lewis' great book.

All this and a lot more. Dr. Clark, is a recognized C.S.Lewis scholar. He gives us new insights into how others have contributed to Lewis' thinking. Take a trip with Dr. Clark, and you will experience a unique journey!
Esfera
Esfera
En este libro nos sumergiremos en el fondo del mar para investigar no solo lo que parece ser un accidente aéreo, sino tambien lo que yace escondido en el fondo de la conciencia humana. Los deseos y frustraciones que guardamos en el inconciente seran sacados a la luz de una forma brillante y sumamente entretenida. Como siempre, Crichton nos sorprende con una historia que, basada en hechos pausibles, se adentra en la ciencia ficción de manera verosimil y amena. Si te gustaron El Parque Jurasico, El Mundo Perdido o la Amenaza de Andromeda, este es un libro que no te podes perder.
RICHARD SCARRY'S STORYBOOK DICTIONARY A GIANT GOLDEN BOOK
RICHARD SCARRY'S STORYBOOK DICTIONARY A GIANT GOLDEN BOOK
We love this book at our house, my kids want me to just start anywhere and read through it. Words are listed like a dictionary, and each entry has the word, the word in different forms (if applicable), and then uses the word in a few sentences. The idea is that kids will learn by hearing the word in context. If the word has alternate meanings, it's used in each different way. Each entry has an illustration using Richard Scarry's Busytown animals, and they are often humorous. This book is a delight for parents and children...neither will be bored reading through the dictionary entries. As a bonus, the front few pages are a "cast list" of Richard Scarry's Busytown animals. It's too bad it's out of print!
Kisses in the Snow: A 2-in-1 Collection
Kisses in the Snow: A 2-in-1 Collection
This anthology holds two sweet Christmas novels. The Christmas Basket is an angsty second-chance romance based on a longtime feud and high-school sweethearts caught in the crossfire. Originally written in 2002, this was my favorite of the two, not because of the angsty misunderstanding between the two leads, but because of the wonderfully ridiculous rivalry between the moms. The crazy battle scene in the toy store was hilarious; and the antics in their eventual resolution made me laugh out loud.

Let It Snow was originally written in 1986 and my least favorite of the two stories. I enjoyed the premise of two people forced to ride together through the snow after their plane is rerouted, reluctantly getting to know each other and finding themselves mutually attracted. It was fast-paced and fun, but it was also forgettable.

I never go wrong reading Debbie Macomber’s stories, and although I wasn’t as enamored of the older story, I still enjoyed the first.
Alaska Skies: An Anthology (Midnight Sons Book 1)
Alaska Skies: An Anthology (Midnight Sons Book 1)
I've always loved Debbie's books and never been disappointed with any, These Alaskan Skies are my favourite reads, I so loved reading about the O'Halloran brothers and their women, sad & hilariously funny, I also love about Scott and Chrissie when their all grown up. Is there a second book as I have only got 1 & 3, can't find it.
All Things Considered: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
All Things Considered: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
A formula second chance read by Debbie Macomber about a young couple who must find their way back to together. Lanni and Judd have lived apart for two years ever since she filed for divorce. Lanni has been a single parent to their 4 year old daughter. Judd, a pipe fitter, has worked all the world. When judge received a letter from his estranged father that before he dies he wishes to see his granddaughter. When Judd sees his wife he realizes that the love he felt for her is still front and center. Lanni also feels the pull but fears Judd will once again abandon her and their daughter.
When the couple arrive in Montana at Judd’s father‘s ranch, they begin to feel a new start might be possible.
Will they be able to overcome the obstacles put in their path? This was a relatively easy read.
Deadly Fall: A Protector Hero Romance (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Book 1928)
Deadly Fall: A Protector Hero Romance (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Book 1928)
Let me begin by stating that I am fan of Elle James' novels, but this is only the second novel I've read in her Devil's Shroud series, set on the Oregon coast, and it brought me back to my high school fixation on the Gothic novels of Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt, complete with the air of mystery surrounding a lost treasure in missing jewels, the possibility of a resident ghost, an oppressive fog, a Gothic mansion, and it all worked for me--I give it 4.5 stars.

As the novel opens, scarred yet handsome Wall Street billionaire Andrew Stratford is searching for his 6-year-old daughter, Leigha, and her dog, Brewer, in the thick fog that regularly descends over Cape Churn, Oregon. Although she's not supposed to leave the house, she's a willful, adventurous and curious little girl who spends far too much time alone with only their housekeeper, Mrs. Purdy, and an imaginary friend she's rather tight-lipped about, for company in Stratford House, the huge, 3-story Gothic mansion high on the cliffs above the Pacific ocean. As the Devil's Shroud fog closes in, Andrew senses a presence just before someone (or something) shoves him off the edge of the cliff, yet he manages to grab onto a tree root and climb his way back up to safety, rather than falling onto the jagged rocks 300 feet below. While at the hospital to have his wounds seen to, he reports the incident to the deputy policeman who, after hearing his tale, suggests that he contact SOS, the Stealth Operations Specialists, who have recently opened their service in Cape Churn, to have them recommend a bodyguard for his daughter. He's expecting a big brawny bodyguard, but that's not who they send him. If you're expecting a faint-hearted damsel in distress, you're in for a surprise.

Enter Dixie (Dix) Reeves, a new hire at SOS, a well-trained Army Ranger who was once captured and tortured by terrorists, and has the PTSD and emotional scars to prove it. She's also a champion MMA fighter, and she doesn't like Stratford's assumption that she's too small and weak to be of service until she has no problem subduing him. While she didn't expect that her first assignment with SOS would be something so common as to be tasked with being a bodyguard to scarred and reclusive Andrew Stratford and his daughter, Leigha, she’s committed to doing her best to keep them safe, and the sparks that fly between Dix and Andrew are a distraction she doesn't need.

What follows is a rock-solid, suspense-filled Gothic romance novel, with quite a bit more sexual tension between the main characters than the novels I read in high school. Leigha is an absolutely charming child, although she too bears emotional scars from the incident that caused Andrew's physical burns and scars, and the explanation for all that is one I won't reveal, but it was hard to miss the similarities between this story and elements of Daphne de Maurier's classic novel, Rebecca, and Charlotte Bronte's brilliant novel, Jane Eyre--two of my all-time favorite reads.

My only complaint with the novel is that Ms. James never gives us a full explanation of exactly what happened while Dix was held captive to make her so wary of a relationship that she calls herself "damaged goods" when Andrew makes his attraction to her known. It was far easier to understand Andrew's physical scars when the explanation for how he got them is revealed.

Aside from the aforementioned minor flaws, this was a very good read, with well-drawn characters, mystery-upon-mystery, and it was hard to put down. The nefarious goings on at Stratford House, ghostly encounters, hidden tunnels, and the multi-layered family history behind them is riveting, the characters are compelling, and although part of a series, it all worked perfectly well as a standalone, and I am happy to recommend it.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this novel.
Clifford's First School Day (Classic Storybook)
Clifford's First School Day (Classic Storybook)
This is a great read about the many adventures in learning kids experience at school. Clifford's participation adds humor and shows how fun school can be!i read it over and over as requested by our tree year old daughter who also loves her pet dog and all books about Clifford!
Clifford Takes A Trip hardback book (Kohl's Cares)
Clifford Takes A Trip hardback book (Kohl's Cares)
We're big Clifford fans in my household (as evidenced by other highly positive book reviews! really!). I had high hopes for this classic Clifford from 1966, but we should have skipped this book. The reality is that I have to teach my 4 and 6 year old boys how to react if they encounter a bear (or mountain lion), which is a real probability even in residential areas around here. Picking up and hugging bear cubs has a good chance of leading to your demise. Yes, Clifford saves Emily's day (and life), but it's just inconvenient to have to remind my boys that this is just a pretend story and don't count on Clifford. Time to move on to a Clifford book we can simply enjoy without the safety reminder from Dad.
El castigo de la Bella Durmiente (Saga de la Bella Durmiente 2) (Spanish Edition)
El castigo de la Bella Durmiente (Saga de la Bella Durmiente 2) (Spanish Edition)
No me ha gustado. Es un libro que pretende ser erótico, pero que no me ha parecido que cumpliese esa expectativa. De hecho no he sabido reconocer la fabulosa pluma de Anne Rice de las Crónicas Vampíricas, la Hora de las Brujas o El Sirviente de los Huesos en este texto. Me ha aburrido y lo he terminado esperando que la cosa remontase a la siguiente página, pero no ha sido así. No puedo recomendarlo.
At The Earth's Core (Pellucidar, Bk. 1)
At The Earth's Core (Pellucidar, Bk. 1)
This is a nice edition of two of my favorite Burroughs tales. The slip cover is a bit worn but the book is in near mint condition which is exactly as described.
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows, Part 1&2 (2pack/DVD) (DVD)
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows, Part 1&2 (2pack/DVD) (DVD)
Not at all what is displayed in the pictures. So far the discs seem to work fine and I like the special features. As displayed, the discs are supposed to come in one package, instead they arrived in two separate cases, with completely different art work. The 2nd part of the movie has 3 discs (1 Blu-ray, 1 DVD, and 1 special features), and the little thing that hold the discs and flips back and forth was already broken when it arrived, and the plastic wrap didn’t seem to be completely sealed. They also each came with vouchers and codes for digital copies movies, which I was initially excited about, but both of the codes are long since EXPIRED (one expired in 2017 and the other in 2013). At this point it doesn’t seem worth it to return or exchange it since the discs are fine but it is TERRIBLE advertisement/subpar packaging and I am VERY ANNOYED about the expired Digital Copy codes. I literally just wanted to replace one damaged disc in my complete set of Harry Potter movies and got stuck with this. Very bad.
Harry Potter: Christmas at Hogwarts: Magical Movie Moments
Harry Potter: Christmas at Hogwarts: Magical Movie Moments
I thought this would be a nice large book, like the illustrated Fantastic Beasts or Harry Potter Film Wizardry. It's not. It's very small and very short. I was hoping for large, beautiful illustrations and images and interesting information about Christmas at Hogwarts. It only stated facts about how Christmas was celebrated in the book, with no behind the scenes info. Maybe a small child would like this, but this is not for a teen/adult fan of HP. There are all these little things attached inside, like stickers and a mock up invitation to the Yule ball, and it feels like an afterthought because the editors realized the book was so uninteresting.
Feed
Feed
I was looking forward to this film since I heard it was a unique portrayal of anorexia, focusing on the way it can manifest as a progressively persuasive voice in your head. It definitely did that. But her relationship with her brother was verging on incestual. The film also had some triggering elements once the eating disorder was in full swing, but nothing with that came close to the weirdness with Liv and her brother. Other than that, the acting was good, but the mainfestation of the ED itself wasn't very realistic (the character somehow had a surplus of energy despite not eating, had impeccable grades, didn't attempt to hide her food habits, and was accepted into a residental unit after only experiencing symptoms for 3 months)
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone [Blu-ray Steelbook]
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone [Blu-ray Steelbook]
Outside the US, the rest of the world knows the first Harry Potter book and film as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." This is the blue ray version of that first film. Actually the only differences in the US and British (Though this disc is probably the Canadian edition since it is region 1) versions is virtually wherever the characters say "sorcerer's stone" in the US version, they say "philosopher's stone" in the British version. Frankly I prefer the British version. This is a one disc blue ray product. The resolution is superb throughout the movie. This disc has the movie and the following special features: Additional Scenes; Capturing the Stone: Casting and Bringing the Novel to Life; Around the World Multilanguage Lips; Ghosts of Hogwarts; Yearbook Character Clips; Lesons in Qudditch and What It Takes To Hatch a Dragon Egg; Theatrical Trailers.
I particularly enjoyed watching this high resolution blue ray disc looking for those items that will be in the Deathly Hallows: the put-outter; Griphook the Goblin; the vaults of Gringotts; the first time the various characters met; the interaction between Dudley and Harry; and, of course, Snap's interactions with Harry.
I highly recommend this blue ray edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Harry Potter 8 – Film DVD Set (Set of 8)
Harry Potter 8 – Film DVD Set (Set of 8)
私は昔からハリポタは大好きで全てのシリーズのDVDは持っています。しかし、前半の4作はBlu-rayではなく、テレビも4Kだし、50型だし、大好きなハリポタを全てBlu-rayで見たい衝動にかられ購入しました。他のレビューで「詩の秘宝」の字幕や音声などがままならいとの事でしたが、部分購入したものと変わりありませんでした。ただ、初期作のものがBlu-rayで特に見易いかと言う点では、よくわかりません。テレビとデッキの製品向上でどれも美しくみえます。でも、このように8作が全てコンパクトに収まっているのでテレビラックに置けて、見たいものがすぐに見れます。8枚セットでこの値段は信じられないくらいのお買い得です。やはり、Blu-rayは綺麗です。私はダブって持っていても、本当にハリポタが大好きだから買ってよかったです。🦉
Unofficial History of Magic: Unofficial Encyclopedia of the Wizarding World - Volume 4
Unofficial History of Magic: Unofficial Encyclopedia of the Wizarding World - Volume 4
Not just Harry Potter history here. This book includes everything from magic's beginnings to Albus Dumbledore. Written in chapter form, it's a fascinating read with historical and fictional references. The detailed index at the back is super helpful so you can find exactly what you're looking for. I loved learning about the notable births in each time period too. It's full of information about magic's history but it's not too overwhelming either. Just enough information to pique a young reader's interest. This is hands down the best history of magic book available. Five stars for sure!
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Goddess Skuld's Oracle - SHVA-EN008 - Super Rare - 1st Edition - Shadows in Valhalla
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Goddess Skuld's Oracle - SHVA-EN008 - Super Rare - 1st Edition - Shadows in Valhalla
These cards were once featured in the original Yugioh anime, but were never made for real life, naturally i thought they never would be, but after all these years they actually exist. My sister who was a big fan of yugioh and the valkyrie cards was very surprised when i remembered she had always wanted these. I'm just so surprised they are so cheap, but i'm not actually complaining!
Officially Licensed NCAA Accelerator Backpack & Lunch Kit Set, Multi Color, 16" x 9.5" x 12"
Officially Licensed NCAA Accelerator Backpack & Lunch Kit Set, Multi Color, 16" x 9.5" x 12"
My son is a huge football fan just like his dad and wanted a Hurricanes backpack this year for school. My kid DESTROYS backpacks. He has been using this one for half the year now and yet it is still in perfect condition- no holes in the bottom or tearing on the straps. Really impressed with how well made this backpack is especially with a rough and tumble kid like mine.
Lumos
Lumos
So my wife and I have been listening to Harry and the Potters for the past 13 years and was seriously skeptical about this album (over 10yrs since their last album), but MAAAN was I wrong. Their Power of Love (2006) was so great musically, lyrically, politically, that I didn’t think they could top it. Lumos (wizard) rocks it out of the park! Not only do you hear how much they've improved their craft, but it expands their genre to new heights. From a funky track like Hermoines Army to a Folksy campfire banjo medley Camping to a a mystical Gwar-Tenacious D-Dragon ride with The Sword, The Cup, & the Dragon, this album seriously ROCKS! Also, and I think one of the greatest things about this album is the overt, inspiring political tones. The Harry Potter series is about taking on, standing up against, a growing authoritarian, pureblood supremacy and this album feels not only fresh in light of current politics, but it also inspires to get in the fight and resist the Dark Lord(s) popping up in our individual and collective lives. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU. I’m sorry I ever doubted.

Thanks for giving us the incantation we needed to the light up the night.

Oh, and buy the Lp. It’s fabulously mixed and produced, quiet, well balanced to the mids and obviously had seriously vinyl professionals cut it.
Tiny Love Polar Wonders Magical Night 3-in-1 Projector Mobile, Polar Wonders, One Size
Tiny Love Polar Wonders Magical Night 3-in-1 Projector Mobile, Polar Wonders, One Size
I’m so disappointed because this mobile is very cute, has very beautiful music and is a projection mobile. But, after only 2 months of use, the light broke and after I replaced the batteries, it would not come back on. So I ordered another one- because I don’t want to deal with a return during a pandemic. Well, the other one’s light worked.... like a strobe light and the music was off key. Like it had been in some kind of accident. It’sa good thing my son doesn’t have a seizure disorder because this mobile would have caused seizures in susceptible individuals. Frustrated, want to return that one but don’t feel comfortable going in stores yet. When I stop hearing about grown people having hissy fits about wearing masks for 25 minutes.... then I might feel comfortable again.
1000 Strangers in My Car: Adventures of a Pastor Turned Uber Driver
1000 Strangers in My Car: Adventures of a Pastor Turned Uber Driver
This book is funny, encouraging, reflective, hopeful and well written. I love how each story left you thinking about humanity and how often we overlook other people and their situations when they have a story to tell. This book left me with the challenge of seeing that each person's life has value even if they were in situations that were difficult. At the end of the day, we have to realize that God does care about every person on this planet, and we may be the instrument He chooses to use to reveal that to the individuals who cross our path. So glad Steve chose to put his experiences in a book.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
If you are worried that the movie held back in any way, don't be. All the references they make are very relevant and very few jokes weren't funny. If you're sensitive in any way, not the movie for you, but neither was the first one. We need more movies like borat!
A Rancher's Bride (The Stones of Heart Falls Book 3)
A Rancher's Bride (The Stones of Heart Falls Book 3)
I love this author and her stories about ranch life. Cowboys have always played a big romantic part in novels and the brothers of Silver Stone ranch fill the role very well. This book is about Luke who hopes to bring in money for the ranch through the horse breeding they offer. Kellie works at the ranch, has for 8 years, and is a big part of the ranch. Although they have been friends all the time she has been there she has always had a crush on Luke. She helps Luke train the horses and when Luke is invited to go to a Gala and meet other breeders Kellie is the perfect choice to go with him. No spoiler alert here from me but will say I like these characters a lot and enjoy catching up with the other members of the Stone family. I know you could read this book as a stand alone but so much better if you have read the previous to books in the series. Recommend this book and author.
Mastering the TI-92: Explorations from Algebra through Calculus
Mastering the TI-92: Explorations from Algebra through Calculus
This book helped me understand the capabilities of the calculater much better than the manual. The examples were easy to follow and pointed out virtually every facet of the calculator. I highly recommend this to someone who wants to learn to use the TI-92 or TI-92+.
Pantaletas estilo tanga de algodón Calvin Klein, modernas para mujer
Pantaletas estilo tanga de algodón Calvin Klein, modernas para mujer
I had bought these for my 17yr old son. He had recently got a few pairs of women's high rise skinny jeans which are very stretchy but too tight for his boxers. I suggested to him since hes wearing girl's skinnies that I might as well buy him panties. So I figured the thong style be a good choice for skin tight jeans and found these. Calvin Klien makes such high quality apparel and it had a thick waistband which he prefers. They fit him great, no visible panty lines. I also purchased him 10 pairs of thongs/cheeksters from VS Pink for only 30 dollars.. That is my only complaint is the price is too high... VS Pink panties offers much better prices and much more fun colors & styles
Wired
Wired
Are used to subscribe to WIRED years ago and I remember it being a really good magazine with lots of technology-based articles. Now I am extremely unsure what it is. I don’t know if the first issue in my subscription is a one off for the magazine or what but there are only like 3 pages that mention technology directly and the rest is extremely political. I’m of the mindset that everyone is entitled to their own political opinions, and I respect that, but when I buy a magazine that is themed on technology I don’t expect 90%+ of it to be about politics and pushing a specific agenda. It is extremely clear which political party the writers of this magazine support. Again, I don’t care about politics but I feel tricked because this magazine now seems to have very little to do with tech...
Dicor 501LSW-1 Self-Leveling Lap Sealant, 4 Pack
Dicor 501LSW-1 Self-Leveling Lap Sealant, 4 Pack
This product was recommended for recaulking/sealing the rubber roof of my RV, as well as we installed 2 MaxxAir ceiling fans, one in an existing hole, plus one in a new hole we cut out. By my 5 star rating, you can tell that I believe it was the right product for the job - time will tell. About the "self-leveling" part. It's not really. I did a "test patch" using both methods: (1) apply with caulking gun and let it level out by itself. (2) apply, and then level it out with a (painter's glove on my hand) finger and a wet sponge to wet my finger for smoothing. Method (1) did not really work well, as the material did level out a bit, but not as much as I would expect, and it still stayed pretty uneven. With Method (2), it worked well. You have to level it out with your finger quickly, as it develops a thin film on the surface almost immediately. Weather for application was sunny, breezy, and mid 70's. I left the sealant tubes out in the sun to heat up a bit, hoping it would help maximize the flow of the material. Another side note: on existing caulk, I thoroughly cleaned out the existing material, then cut out the cracks with a utility knife, then re-caulked all the seals. The RV trailer box/roof is 19 feet long, and I used 3 tubes for re-caulking, and 1 tube for new caulk on the Maxxair power vents. Photo shows bathroom vent that was re-caulked, as well as the new Maxxair Fan replacement for the bathroom.
GESMA Screen Protector Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max, [3 Screen Protectors+2 Camera Protector+1 Tray][Touch Sensitive]Tempered Glass Screen Protector Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7inch(Clear)
GESMA Screen Protector Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max, [3 Screen Protectors+2 Camera Protector+1 Tray][Touch Sensitive]Tempered Glass Screen Protector Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7inch(Clear)
I’ve always bought and installed my iPhone screen protectors since iPhone 4s. This one is by far the easiest to install. All that you need is provided in the package. Wet wipe the screen, dry wipe the screen, use the sticker to pick up any dirt left, put the container thingy on the phone, peel off the screen protector to expose the sticky part and place it within the bounds of the container and voila the screen protector is on with no bubbles. The protector feels very smooth,
Im liking the screen feel more with the protector on them not. I’m very happy with this protector.

Also the camera lense protector is very easy to install, it just snaps in place. I tested my camera and the lidar and they works great with the cover on.

I have two phones, attaching images to show the protector on. The back protector in the pic seems miss aligned, it’s not, it’s just the angle how I took the pic.
iCarez Privacy Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7-Inch Tray Installation (Case Friendly) Easy Apply [ 2-Pack 0.33MM 9H 2.5D] Anti Spy
iCarez Privacy Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7-Inch Tray Installation (Case Friendly) Easy Apply [ 2-Pack 0.33MM 9H 2.5D] Anti Spy
I used this company previously on my XS Max and it was decent so I decided to get it again & I had to write a review to say how easy it was to install. Had concerns at first since the product was new but it met my expectations and I’m very satisfied with this screen protector! Gives good tint from certain angles so no complains on that end. Can’t speak for the thickness of the protector as yet but I will update that when/if that time comes.
VIVO Black Height Adjustable 36 inch Stand up Desk Converter Quick Sit to Stand Tabletop Dual Monitor Riser (DESK-V000V)
VIVO Black Height Adjustable 36 inch Stand up Desk Converter Quick Sit to Stand Tabletop Dual Monitor Riser (DESK-V000V)
When I ordered the VIVO Stand up Desk, I left my expectations in the middle of road. I had not used any desk set up like this in the past nor had I even touched one. I didn't want to spend too much money and be disappointed so I went with VIVO at mid range pricing. The package showed up quickly. Instructions were clear, easily understood and assembly was minimal. If you can not lift much weight, you will need a bit of help. The materials used in the product appear to be of good quality. No issues with the smooth hydraulic lift or brake. No issues with the keyboard tray. I've been using my Stand up Desk for a couple months now and have noticed less shoulder pain, no back pain and the loss of 6 lbs. It is amazing how much better I feel after 26 years at the same company using the same dormant, sit down office space. My only regret is that I did not order it sooner. If you plan on using your desk in the standing position for long periods of time (I use mine for 6-8 hours of my day) you might want to get the support mat for your feet as they might get weary. On a side note, after using my VIVO for a couple weeks I noticed that my dental office uses the Veridesk Standing Work Station. In comparison, their desk broke after 6 months of use and they cannot get the company to assist them with the warranty. I am very satisfied with my desk and fully recommend it to others that want to change their work stations from dormant to dynamic. In fact, one engineer at our company has also started using this same VIVO and 3 other employees are submitting requests for one!
2Pack 1ft Short Charging Cable CABEPOW Close 7 inch Charger Cable/Data Sync 1 Foot Fast USB Charging Cord Compatible withX Case/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s /5s/5(Black)
2Pack 1ft Short Charging Cable CABEPOW Close 7 inch Charger Cable/Data Sync 1 Foot Fast USB Charging Cord Compatible withX Case/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s /5s/5(Black)
These are by far the best IPhone charger cables I have purchased from Amazon! They are 10ft long so it provides plenty of length to move around to various locations and still keep the phone plugged in. These cables are extremely strong and durable and wrapped in an amazing leather like covering which makes them even more sturdy and prevents them from tangling or kinking up while in use. The cables connection into to the charger head with the lightning charger adapter is extremely sturdy yet flexible so it allows it to bend and move around to different angles without damage. Most importantly the charger immediately connects to my phone every time without any delay or alerts saying “accessory not supported” like other chargers have and it charges my IPhone XR faster then any other cable I’ve tried. I would definitely recommend!
Modway EEI-757-BLK Articulate Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair in Black
Modway EEI-757-BLK Articulate Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair in Black
First off, it wasn’t necessarily the chair itself that was the issue - other than missing a couple of necessary parts to assemble the chair, like part of the lift shock assembly, and a couple of small hardware items. It was well packaged and it looked to be exactly what I wanted and needed in a work chair. However...

What really annoyed me was the complete lack of courtesy and the horrendous process to receive these replacement parts that was completely and ineptly communicated by the company and it’s employees. Rule number one - the customer keeps you in business. Do what you can to keep them happy and they will write wonderful reviews if your product and purchase from you again. Uh...nope.

Their telephone customer service rep made it appear that they were actually taking my information down, only to tell me after spelling the entire story out that I had to go to their website and file a claim. Red flag. You have so many calls you have to have a link for claims on your website??

Ok...so...Following her minimal instructions, I started filling out their claim, only to find out they wanted a *full* copy of the receipt (what’s a full copy? How do I find it? What type and size of file is acceptable?). Now, had I been given clear instructions by their CSR it would have totally eliminated my ire, the return of the chair and this review.

Now...on to the instructions on their website: There is no accepted file type, size limitation, nor instructions as to where one can locate this full receipt ANYWHERE on their claim page - no place to click for specifications, nothing. I had to resize my screenshot jpeg 4 times before their site would take the image. And by resize, I mean that I had to take a screenshot of what I thought was my receipt, email it to myself and resize it on another computer and email it back to myself so I could download it on my phone to load on their site. By that time the image was so small and pixelated I could barely read it. Success, it went through. (haha)

I then waited almost 3 days to receive a response that was anything but helpful. There was no claim number to reference, no way to send the required receipt to attach it to the claim I had filed - nothing. Just go here, click this, print the receipt. Since the receipt is a document, *not* an image, I went back to the site and had to refill out the required information and load the document. A PDF- which is pretty much accepted everywhere...small file size, universal document - every site but this one. The average consumer isn’t going to have the knowledge base or expensive programs to turn a PDF into an image and then resize it to be accepted by their site. Not only that - EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.their site rejected an upload I had to re-enter the claim info - all of it.

By this time, my normally placid patient temperament was hanging by a bloody, tattered thread and I was totally and completely done. Because of poor customer service, the chair went back in the box.

Amazon was WONDERFUL in assisting me with the return of the chair, providing a UPS call tag, and super prompt in their refund. Modway could learn a few things from them!

Additionally - Modway has 2 locations with different phone numbers (east and west coasts). It doesn’t matter which one you call because they are both on eastern time. Another “great” way to do business.

Needless to say, no matter how good the deal, or how good the price - I will never ever order anything from Modway again. Ever. Nor will I recommend them to anyone.
Bicycle 3-Track Color Coded Wooden Cribbage Game
Bicycle 3-Track Color Coded Wooden Cribbage Game
I was very surprised at what a nice board this is at this price! I paid $6.92 for it and expected a cheaply made board with a sloppy paint job and mis-aligned peg holes. To the contrary, it is well built of solid wood and painted very nicely, and the holes are perfectly straight and evenly drilled. The pegs are cheap plastic, but they fit the holes perfectly so that you do not have to push them in nor do they wiggle. The pegs are color coordinated with the red, white and blue tracks. The pegs store in a roomy compartment underneath the board, which has a plastic slider to hold them in. Other boards use a metal slider, but frankly I think plastic is better because it will not break the wood apart with repeated sliding in and out.

By comparison, I also bought the "Fat Cat Cribbage Board" here at Amazon for a few dollars more, but found that board to look cheap: had a sloppy paint job & much cheaper looking wood. The Fat Cat has a metal slider on the peg compartment, but the pegs barely fit and it takes 5 minutes of fiddling to get the slider to manage to close with the pegs inside. That metal slider will surely end up breaking the wood in time.

Highly recommended.
Prestige Deluxe Plus Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 10 Litres
Prestige Deluxe Plus Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 10 Litres
Absolutely Superb! A steal at this price.... I cook professionally and this is my girlfriend in The kitchen..... Trusty.... Sturdy and spot on.... Holds the pressure in beautifully and stands Up to rigorous use well.... Don't bang the cooker around.. Treat it with respect and it Will be a great work horse in your kitchen.... Thank you for an Awesome product!
Walkers Nonsuch Liquorice Toffees (150g) Bag
Walkers Nonsuch Liquorice Toffees (150g) Bag
These are the best liquorice toffees in the world, for sure. They have it down. They are scrumptious beyond belief- a liquorice lover's delight! The toffee is just soft enough to be by chewy but not so hard as to hurt the teeth. They are very, very liquoricey. Wish they were made on this side of the pond so I wouldn't have to wait so long for them to arrive.
Yogi Tea Infusión de Hierbas Classic, 17 bolsitas
Yogi Tea Infusión de Hierbas Classic, 17 bolsitas
Incuriosito dalle ottime recensioni ho voluto provare questa marca acquistando il Classic e Felicitá. Trovo ottima la qualitá degli ingredienti, il packaging e il fatto che ogni bustina sia completamente chiusa in modo da non fare perdere la aroma come avviene spesso col thé commerciale. Sia Classic che Felicità non sono thè ma tisane, precisiamolo, intanto. Dopodiché passiamo al gusto. Ecco qui sinceramente mi sarei aspettato qualcosa di più. Dopo aver letto le vostre recensioni pensavo quasi ad un trionfo di sapori al palato..un esplosione..mmm non proprio devo dire. La Classic ha davvero un bellissimo odore di cannella (ne ha il 50%) e come facile immaginare é anche il sapore predominante. Ho avvertito giusto un retrogusto di chiodi di garofano e quella sensazione di piccantino data dallo zenzero(ma davvero lieve quasi impercettibile). Se non lo avessi letto avrei detto: sto bevendo acqua calda e cannella!

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