Gunnar Torres

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The Art of SEO
The Art of SEO
The Art of SEO by Eric Enge, Stephan Spencer, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 67 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
WordPress Web Design For Dummies
WordPress Web Design For Dummies
WordPress Web Design For Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Wie ein einziger Tag: Roman (German Edition)
Wie ein einziger Tag: Roman (German Edition)
Wie ein einziger Tag: Roman (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Bettina Runge. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 171 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Die Akte: Roman (German Edition)
Die Akte: Roman (German Edition)
Die Akte: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham and Christel Wiemken. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Endgame
Endgame
Endgame by Chris-Ryan. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 48 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary by Stephen King, Michael C. Hall, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 2054 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Colorado Kid (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Colorado Kid (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Colorado Kid (Imaginaire) (French Edition) by Stephen King and Marie de Prémonville. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 56 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Android How to Program (3rd Edition)
Android How to Program (3rd Edition)
Android How to Program (3rd Edition) by Paul J. Deitel and Harvey Deitel. Rated 2.6 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Breakthrough: How to Harness the Aha! Moments That Spark Success
Breakthrough: How to Harness the Aha! Moments That Spark Success
What I LOVE most about this book is the confirmation that AHA moments are the spark of an idea, a dream, an opportunity that is afforded to anybody and everybody. While it is available to anyone, few of us realize how to cultivate the AHA once it arrives. I absolutely buy into the AHA philosophy. In fact, 18 years ago when I filed bankruptcy due to a difficult relationship I had an AHA moment. I had received a credit card in the mail for $ 200 from Capital One about 2 weeks after filing and I remember jumping up and down and saying "Wait! what if I went on a discovery to uncover all the funding and resources available to entrepreneurs that were not ideal candidates for a bank loan". That was MY aha moment which took me on a 15 year journey to unlock the funds and resources. Today I am living proof that AHA moments count as a published author of Target Funding. Don't let the next AHA moment pass you by - start reading this book.

Kedma Ough, MBA. Author Target Funding. Publisher McGraw-Hill.
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of the Billionaire Media Mogul and Philanthropist
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of the Billionaire Media Mogul and Philanthropist
This is the strangest book I've ever purchased...42 pgs
There are no pg #s, no author stated, no prefacing pgs for the publishing info, etc.
It jumps into the story in the 1st sentence. You do get facts, it reads nicely, it covers her life up until 2015 or so.
I read it in 45min. Interesting book to have & have read.
Core Java, Volume II--Advanced Features (11th Edition) (Core Series)
Core Java, Volume II--Advanced Features (11th Edition) (Core Series)
Refreshing up on somethings I have forgot and also learning new things is why I got the book and it is fantastic, however, the external condition of it isn't as good. The glue holding the pages together is looking a bit rough and the book looked like it wasn't handled with care at the factory, but as of right now the book functions as it should and no pages are ripped/falling out.
DOOGEE S95 Super 2020 Rugged Smartphone Unlocked, 48MP AI Triple Rear Camera Helio P90 Octa-Core 6GB+128GB, 5150mAh+3500mAh Global 4G LTE Cell Phones IP68 Waterproof, 6.3-inch FHD+ NFC Wireless Charge
DOOGEE S95 Super 2020 Rugged Smartphone Unlocked, 48MP AI Triple Rear Camera Helio P90 Octa-Core 6GB+128GB, 5150mAh+3500mAh Global 4G LTE Cell Phones IP68 Waterproof, 6.3-inch FHD+ NFC Wireless Charge
So far it's a beast of a phone. Feels solid in the hand. The added power bank and speaker; fantastic! Works with T-Mobile USA.

Note** it's kinda set up like an iPhone... All the apps are on the home screen. So no separate app menu.

I've noticed Pandora isn't working, but so far that's the only app that hasn't worked
JBL Endurance Dive Black Wireless in-Ear Sport Headphones with MP3 Player
JBL Endurance Dive Black Wireless in-Ear Sport Headphones with MP3 Player
Okay so if you're looking at these for swimming they are HORRIBLE. The touch controls are hyper sensitive WHEN they want to cooperate and are hard to work. I couldn't keep music playing for 1 lap. It either kept switching over to bluetooth or kept messing with the sound track, then if they're wet or your fingers are wet and you the controls do not work. They are fairly soft sound wise. They are quite bulky. If you have small ears or use a swim cap, they do not stay in very well. ALSO if you are using a Mac to add music, it would only let me utilize about 500 mb of the 1 gig space. When you format it, it will not play any music though you can use the full gig but what's the point!? I contacted JBL directly in their website and customer support could not do anything to help. I reformatted it back in a PC and I was able to put 500 mb on it and that was it. Over all they are essentially over priced bluetooth headphones.
Black Panther Little Golden Book (Marvel: Black Panther)
Black Panther Little Golden Book (Marvel: Black Panther)
I was so excited to get this book for my son, he loves Black Panther and always asks to rent the movie. The book arrived about a week ago and we finally sat down to read it tonight. Imagine my shock when I realized that there isn't a single illustration in the book that T'Challa out of the Black Panther suit. All of the other superhero Golden Books introduce the hero and show them in their regular appearance at least once. Captain America introduces him as Steve Rogers who loves America. Iron Man introduces him as Tony Stark who loves to invent. Even Hulk introduces him as the scientist Bruce Banner who got accidentally bombarded with gamma rays. In each of these books you see the hero in his day to day appearance, but all of those heroes look like my son with light skin. It is important for kids to see and understand that people who don't look like they do are good people and can be superheroes. I can't even imagine how disappointing it would be for a little kid of African heritage to open this book and find that you never see in the pictures that Black Panther has dark skin like he does. Otherwise it was a typical Golden Book, fun story, action scenes, but come on we can do better.
Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The Name is Doom
Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The Name is Doom
When I was fourteen years old, it never occurred to me for a minute that there would be a time when Marvel Comics were not a significant part of my life. Quite bluntly, I was obsessed. Things levelled out a little when I discovered films, music, and girls, but I also discovered a wider range of comics. And although I walked away from new purchases in the early 1980s, disappointed and appalled at the quality and direction comics were going in, I rediscovered the Silver Age in the early ’90s, and focussed my attention on those again, albeit with a little less obsessive fanaticism but no less joy… Recently, with my original comics falling apart from decades of love and attention, I’ve been buying Epic Collections during lockdown, as my reviews betray, and I’m finally getting used to the absence of little dots and slipped colour plates…

It’s now fifty years since I originally toured the newsstands of my youth looking for new issues and hunting for back issues and driving the poor old guys who ran the shops to despair as I turned up every few days to twirl their squeaky magazine racks around for what were monthly publications (you never quite knew when a new batch were coming in, or what would be there). Every time I revisit them, I cannot believe how fresh and exciting these stories still are. This volume features just about the last of the classic Lee/Kirby issues of Fantastic Four, opening with the frantic, tense, urgent all-action four-parter with a brainwashed Ben Grimm attacking his friends courtesy of the Mad Thinker (what a great name), and ending with the Doctor Doom four-parter rather transparently inspired by the TV show The Prisoner.

In between lie a run of sci-fi storylines featuring Galactus, the Silver Surfer, and the Negative Zone that blow all other popular culture of the period out of the water. Nothing compares to this; Lee and Kirby set the bar for every attempt to match it or follow it. It is jaw-dropping stuff.

For all the world-threatening danger and deadly suspense, the comics are wonderfully light and joyful in spirit. Lee is clearly having a ball writing Reed and Ben, and Kirby is literally out of this world, a middle-aged man roaming the cosmos and not a mind-expanding narcotic in sight. Even at the most doom-laden moments of menace, there is an inspiring and indefatigable sense of adventure and hope, light at the end of the tunnel. Stan Lee couldn’t have written a depressing or negative comic if he’d been paid double to do it, they were exhilarating. That was the secret of Silver Age Marvel lost today.

No film or TV show could edit like Stan Lee could write in terms of generating and building speedy excitement, and no film or TV budget could match Jack Kirby’s talent and imagination for creating fantastic worlds and mad scientists. No character in any other medium spoke with the fast-flowing urgency, tension, or drama of Stan Lee’s dialogue. Even the best of James Bond, UNCLE, Irwin Allen, Gerry Anderson, or Star Trek could not create characters, worlds, or concepts to rival Lee and Kirby in the mere medium of comics, although they occasionally came close. Perhaps the journey through the human body in the otherwise slow and dull Fantastic Voyage, Marineville in Stingray, the Daleks, the pilot film assault on UNCLE headquarters, the intricacies of Tracy Island in Thunderbirds, the Time Tunnel complex and Flying Sub from Irwin Allen’s studio, and the attack on Blofeld’s volcano hideout in You Only Live Twice are able to reach out and falteringly fingertip-touch the hem of Kirby’s robes as he sat at his drawing board between 1965 and 1968. The covers alone are astonishing—just look at 69, 72, 74, 75 (that red and yellow!), and 77. Then look at the covers from other companies at the same time…

It couldn’t last, of course, nothing does. The boys had peaked, but there were still a few good issues to come after this book’s contents, including the Mole Man’s house, and the Star Trek inspired gangster planet yarn, but after that the series falls prey to Martin Goodman’s misguided single story issues policy that tainted 1970 and most of ’71, leading up to the devastatingly disappointing hundredth issue and Kirby’s departure, all due in the following book. For some bizarre reason, the next volume, which will still be worth getting for the aforementioned last few Lee/Kirby issues when it comes out in 2021, headlines the lame ‘war with Atlantis’ storyline from when Kirby was packing his bags rather than the four-part gangster storyline which was his last hurrah before burn-out, with covers like 91 and 93. Go figure. In the meantime, anyone who wants to discover, or re-discover, Silver Age Marvel, and the glory of the comic-strip medium, starts with the Fantastic Four.

purchased on Amazon.uk
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
Individual ratings for each book below.

A Study in Scarlet, 1-8% (06/08/20) - 2.5 stars.
This probably would have got 3 or 4 stars if not for the whole Mormon section. Like why did I need 5 chapters on Mormon history, etc. in this murder mystery book. Yes, I understand the reasons why but it was boring and honestly unnecessary, and just wHY?! Part 1 of the story was fine and fun and interesting, and part 2 picked up after the ‘escape’ from the mormons but still.
Plus, while I know the main characters from the BBC adaptation and I’m sure I imposed my existing feelings onto them as a result, they were all very one-dimensional characters and I am a very character-driven reader, so that was kind of disappointing.

The Sign of Four, 8-15% (07/08/20) - 1 or 2 stars.
Wow, the racism jumped out in this one. Damn. The first half wasn’t so bad but towards the end in particular it was very uncomfortable to read to be honest. And Sherlock saying women are never to be completely trusted was disappointing. I know these books were written in the late nineteenth century by a British white man but goddamnit I had higher hopes.
Another thing I’ve noticed is the way the murderer’s backstory is revealed has been so long in both stories so far and I don’t find that particularly enjoyable or interesting. I definitely prefer the Sherlock and Watson part of the books to whatever long-winded stories the murderers have.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 15-32% (07/08/20-08/08/20) - 3 stars.
Ok this was the best so far. I kind of found the second half of the first two books a bit boring with the murderer’s entire backstory being told when i really didn’t care that much. That wasn’t such a problem with these short stories so I appreciated that. The characters are still very one-dimensional but it’s also less noticeable in this format as there is so many other things going on.
One thing I have noticed though is that the reveal of the mystery isn’t always something the reader really has a part in, we just get the mystery and then we’re told by Sherlock what it all means.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 32-47% (09/08/20) - 4 stars.
This is my new favourite. I’m not sure what it was exactly that I preferred to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes but I liked most of the stories in this one more. It started strong with Silver Blaze and ended stronger with the introduction (and apparent send off) of Moriarty. There were a couple in the middle that I didn’t enjoy quite as much, I think partly because they were stories recounted to John by Sherlock so it didn’t feel as involved (I’m not sure what word I’m looking for there).
Either way this has easily taken the place of my favourite instalment as of yet, which was unexpected before I started reading as I had only ever heard of A Study in Scarlet and the Hound of The Baskervilles.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, 47-57% (09/08/20) - 4 or 5 stars.
I’m not sure where to start. I really really enjoyed this book. Which was not something I was anticipating after I was so disappointed by both A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. I don’t know if this may be something to do with the fact it’s the fifth Sherlock book I’ve read in a row so I have just become more used to the language and Arthur Conan Doyle’s storytelling but yeah.
This book was intriguing, exciting and just a little bit spooky and I felt fully immersed into the setting of the moors and the lives of the characters, which isn’t something I have particularly felt yet in the rest of the series.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, 57-76% (10/08/20-11/08/20) - 4 stars.
Another fun collection of short stories in the Sherlock Holmes universe. I can officially say I have become well and truly enthralled in these books and I can’t believe I’ve read 6 of them now. I am really happy I persevered through the first couple because I had started regretting setting the challenge of reading these books until I got to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and since then I have been actively enjoying reading them. It has been really interesting reading these stories and being able to recognise the episodes of the BBC adaptation some of them inspired and I am very excited to rewatch that when I have finished the last 3 books. I am also starting to become better at picking up on the clues and have been feeling a bit proud of myself in correctly guessing some of the mysteries.
One thing I will say though; what the hell happened to Mary? When Sherlock reveals himself to Watson 3 years after his supposed death, Watson quickly moves back in to 221B Baker Street with no reference to Mary. It was just a bit confusing that she’s not been mentioned once in any sort of explanation. Am I just to assume she died??

The Valley of Fear, 76-86% (11/08/20) - 2 stars.
The first half of this book was fine. We were following Sherlock and Watson on another mystery in the English countryside, as you might expect and it was a solid 3 stars, it may have risen to a 4 depending on how it all wrapped up. However, I was disappointed to discover that this book did the thing that both A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four did which I did not enjoy and that The Hound of the Baskervilles did not do - which may have been part of why I liked that one so much. The entire second half of this book was set in America 20 years in the past following characters I could not have cared less for, telling us the backstory of the ‘current day’ mystery. I was pretty bored throughout as a result and so my star rating was lowered.

His Last Bow, 86-97% (11/08/20) - 3 stars.
His Last Bow had ups and downs for me. For example, the first story - The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge - was one I did not like, the language was uncomfortable as were some of the attitudes. This was followed by The Adventure of The Red Circle which I did quite enjoy and then by The Adventure of The Cardboard Box which literally started with a copy and pasted section from an earlier short story. I am not kidding. It was exactly the same few pages as a story from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and it confused me greatly until I looked it up and then continued reading to find out it lead into a different mystery.
Also in this instalment I correctly guessed a number of the mysteries - or at least elements of them which again I’m not sure if its cause I’m just smart like that or the stories were becoming kind of predictable. However, I do have to mention The Adventure of The Devil’s Foot which was essentially just Batman Begins but in the early twentieth century and my familiarity with that film may account for my guessing the mystery. I will say though that made it a very fun story to read.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, (12/08/20) - 2 or 3 stars.
I think this may have been my least favourite short story collection. It may be partly my fault in choosing to read all 9 of the books in the series over a single week, but I really couldn’t tell if the stories were getting very repetitive or I was just getting very good at predicting their outcomes. Part of my issue with this book was that a few of the stories were from Sherlock’s perspective alone and did not feature Watson at all - and a lot of what I have really enjoyed about this series is the friendship between the two characters so I just wasn’t as interested when Watson wasn’t there. Sherlock also irritated me a bit in this one with some of his comments in this area saying that Watson moving out of Baker Street - and having his own life - was selfish of him and that rubbed me the wrong way.
Plus there was another story or two in this collection with particularly uncomfortable language so that did not help.

OVERALL - 3 stars.
I am very happy that reading these books was something I set out to do as for the most part I did have quite a fun time. My favourite book was easily The Hound of the Baskervilles and it is one which I will soon be buying physically for my shelves with the intention to re-read in the future.
Enesco Dr. Seuss The Grinch by Jim Shore Sleigh Figurine, 9.13", Multicolor
Enesco Dr. Seuss The Grinch by Jim Shore Sleigh Figurine, 9.13", Multicolor
I've been wanting this one for a while, I keep walking past it in shops but couldn't justify buying it... then lockdown hit and I just thought screw it, I'm buying some Christmas happiness. It's one of my favourite Jim Shores, I collect all the Christmas pieces but this was my first Grinch one. It's very well made, I look forward to the usual yearly stress of wondering where I'm going to put them all. This one might take pride of place on top of the fish tank... hmmm, a nice conundrum during a weird year
The Young Adventurer or Tom's Trip Across the Plains
The Young Adventurer or Tom's Trip Across the Plains
This is the first novel in this trilogy, Mark Nelson with his wife and children Tom 16yrs, Sarah 14yrs, Walter 12yrs and Harry 9yrs were struggling to pay the mortgage on their farm, Squire Hudson owned the mortgage and because he had always been attracted to Mark’s wife had a good reason for hoping the farm would fail, the year is 1850, Tom the oldest boy wants to go and seek his fortune in the gold fields of California but has no money, one day he finds a wallet full of money belonging to the Squire, he makes the Squire a proposition, to loan him two hundred dollars so he could leave, the Squire seeing this as a way of getting the farm adds it on to the mortgage.
On his way to Pittsburg he meets a man called Milton Graham and shares a room with him in a hotel,, Milton tries to rob Tom but fails, he meets a good man called Nicholas Waterbury and shares a cabin with him on the way to Cincinnati, he also meets a young lady called Jennie and her mother, Milton with a friend called Vincent again tries to steal, this time from Mr Waterbury, but fail agai
Arriving in Cincinnati Vincent picks a ladies pocket and tries to blame it on Tom, but fails, Tom is introduced to a new friend Donald Ferguson someone he could rely on on the wagon train with 2000 miles still to go and with the danger of Indians, a man called Fletcher leads the wagon train.
On the journey they see evidence of Indians after coming across scalped men, a horse is lost and Tom and a friend called Scott go looking for it, they come across a party of Indians and have to ride for their lives, Tom’s horse stumbles and he is captured and adopted into the tribe, at the first chance Tom escapes and gets back to the wagon train, on approaching the Sierra Nevada Mountains they reach the end of their journey, to read on you will have to go to The Young Miner the next book in the series, good book and worth a read.
Dragon Ball perfect edition - Tome 05 (Dragon Ball perfect edition (5)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball perfect edition - Tome 05 (Dragon Ball perfect edition (5)) (French Edition)
5 étoiles pour un produit en parfait état et à la hauteur de toutes mes attentes.

Les impressions n'ont rien à voir avec celles des éditions précédentes et les tomes sont de taille plus importante.
Certaines pages sont même en couleur ( du jamais vu dans les éditions précédentes ).
Une traduction plus fidèle vient compléter le tout.
Le prix est plus élevé que pour les tomes des éditions précédentes mais il n'y aura que 34 tomes ( les autres éditions en comptaient 42 ) et donc plus de contenu par tome.
Tout ce qui est écrit ci-dessus justifie amplement, à mes yeux, le surcoût par rapport aux deux premières éditions.

Un manga pour les fans à la recherche de qualité.
The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga
The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga
Dieses amerikanische Buch über Osamu Tezuka(1928-1989)-God Of Manga von Helen McCarthy erschien 2009 in zwei Versionen,mit(erkennbar an dem runden Aufkleber) und ohne DVD. Das über 270 Seiten starke Buch im dicken Pappeinband mit zusätzlicher abwaschbarer Folie und fett aufgeklebtem Astro Boy ist mehr eine hervorragende Biografie über Tezukas Leben und Werk als ein Artbook; in diesem Aspekt ist der Titel etwas irreführend. Denn auch wenn Tezuka je nach Quellenangaben eigenhändig zwischen 140.000 und 170.000 Seiten Manga schuf,so gibt es natürlich nur eine geringe Anzahl Farbarbeiten,auf denen er mit der Intention Seiten schuf,zu zeigen,was er wirklich drauf hatte. Er persönlich hielt sich selbst auch für keinen besonders guten Zeichner,aber das war wohl eher Understatement,denn immerhin war er trotz immensen Outputs niemals ein Seitenschinder,von denen es viele gibt. Das Buch ist immerhin so gut wie komplett in Farbe gehalten,obwohl der Großteil seines Werkes s/w war. Es stellt sein Leben vor und bietet einen ziemlich guten Überblick über sein Werk,natürlich wahrscheinlich nicht gänzlich lückenlos,aber immerhin so gut wie.
Der Knaller der Edition ist jedoch die genau 45 Minuten lange DVD-Dokumentation des Buches,die 1985 oder 1986 entstanden sein muß. Sie zeigt Osamu Tezuka in einem unscheinbaren Appartement,das ihm 5 Tage der Woche lang als Zeichenraum diente,und dessen Betreten so gut wie jedem verboten war. Hier brütete er alleine über seinen Comics,und obwohl er über ein Studio mit 30 Mitarbeitern verfügte,zeichnete und tuschte er jeden Strich seiner Comicseiten komplett selbst. Was die Mitarbeiter dann so zu tun hatten,wird nicht so deutlich,nur,dass es trotzdem noch stressig gewesen sein muß. Tezuka selbst litt unter unsäglichem Stress und ungesunder Lebensweise,die teilweise seinen frühen Tod erklären. In einer Szene muß er nach Frankreich fliegen,obwohl am selben Tag Deadline für sein aktuelles Werk war und ihm noch 20 Seiten fehlten. Diese erstellte er während des Fluges,während des Essens,zwischen offiziellen Terminen,nachts und in den frühen Morgenstunden,wie immer allein. Bezeichnend auch eine andere Szene,in der er beiläufig erwähnte,bis morgen früh noch 32 Seiten fertigstellen zu müssen. Anders läßt sich so ein als übertrieben empfundenes Gesamtwerk(welches ja aber nachweisbar ist) von mindestens 140.000 Seiten auch nicht erklären. Umso besser für mich als Fan,denn trotz etlicher Bücher von Tezuka besitze ich doch höchstens 12.000 Comicseiten von ihm und darf noch etwas weitersammeln.
Carter's Brown/green Monkey Security Blanket With Plush
Carter's Brown/green Monkey Security Blanket With Plush
One of my daughter’s favorite lovey. She was very heartbroken when Toys R Us closed because that’s where we originally got this lovey from. So I was very excited to see it on here and out of a choice of other loveys to choose from she choose this one. She is one very happy sleeper.
Alice in Zombieland
Alice in Zombieland
If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies then you'll enjoy this.

If you've ever read Alice in Wonderland you'll already know how wonderfully strange it all is. So why add Zombies? I feel that quite simply Zombies just make everything better, even this classic tale. Where will the Zombie adaptation franchises end?! Obviously NEVER! As you can't kill the un-dead. A suitably post-modernist twist on a great book. The last chapter feels a little rushed but all the rest of the book is brimming with gory subversions.

If you like this dark and macabre reworking, then I also recommend Jan Svankmajer's stop motion animated film version of Alice. Superbly dark and edgy adaptation that is faithful to the original. As is this book. If the writer wasn't inspired by Svankmajer then I'll eat Corpse Turtle Soup! 
Mentiras de sangre (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
Mentiras de sangre (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
Die New Yorkerin Olivia Morrow erhält von ihrem Arzt und Freund Clay die Nachricht, dass ihr nur noch wenige Tage vergönnt sind.
Obwohl sie auf ein langes und erfülltes Leben zurückblicken kann und durchaus bereit ist, Abschied zu nehmen, nagt ein Geheimnis an ihr, das sie seit vielen Jahren hütet und von dem sie spürt, dass sie es nicht mit ins Grab nehmen darf: ihre geliebte Cousine Catherine ist vor vielen Jahren ihrer Berufung gefolgt und Ordensschwester geworden, - kurz bevor sie von ihrer Schwangerschaft erfuhr.
Ihren neugeborenen Sohn, dessen Vater der charismatische Arzt und Wissenschaftler Alexander Gannon war, gab sie zur Adoption frei.
Olivia verfolgte aus der Entfernung seinen Lebensweg und nach seinem Tod den seiner Tochter, der jungen Kinderärztin Monica Farrell, die inzwischen in New York lebt und nicht ahnt, dass sie die Enkelin Catherines ist, über deren Seligsprechung die katholische Kirche gerade berät und zu der Monica selbst angehört werden soll.
Olivia drängt es, der jungen Ärztin, in der sie eine große Ähnlichkeit mit der Nonne, der man Wunderheilungen zuschreibt, erkennt, die Wahrheit über ihre Herkunft mitzuteilen. Doch bevor es dazu kommt, wird Olivia umgebracht...
Für den Leser wird bald klar, dass jemand aus der reichen, philantropischen Familie Gannon oder aus deren Umkreis um jeden Preis verhindern möchte, dass die Wahrheit ans Licht kommt, denn viel Geld steht auf dem Spiel, zumal Alexander Gannon sein Vermögen seinen direkten Nachkommen vermacht hat, sofern es sie gibt.
Monica, die rechtmäßige Erbin, muss also aus dem Weg geräumt werden....

Mit "Mentiras de sangre" hat Mary Higgins Clark einen weiteren ihrer eleganten und unverwechselbaren Spannungsromane geschrieben, die den Leser sogartig in ihren Bann ziehen!
Wie die meisten ihrer Bücher spielt auch dieses an der Ostküste der Vereinigten Staaten und in der gehobenen Mittelklasse, - ein Milieu, in dem die Schriftstellerin selbst beheimatet ist.
Auch hier lässt sie neben den Protagonisten wieder eine ganze Reihe von Personen auftreten, die sie auf ihre präzise und unnachahmliche Weise charakterisiert, so dass der Leser sehr schnell ein Gefühl für sie bekommt und seine Sympathien ganz im Sinne der Autorin verteilt.

Aber Achtung! Bei Mary Higgins Clark muss man immer auf Überraschungen gefasst sein, auf unerwartete Entwicklungen und nicht vorhersehbare Auflösungen!
Denn anscheinend sympathische Figuren zeigen plötzlich ihr wahres, oftmals verstörendes Gesicht. Und umgekehrt stellen sich zunächst wenig liebenswürdige Charaktere als anständige Personen, gar als Sympathieträger heraus.

Ein weiteres Charakteristikum von Mary Higgins Clarks raffinierten Psychothrillern sind die jeweils spezifischen Themengebiete, die den Rahmen der immer spannenden Handlung bilden und die von der Autorin stets sehr gründlich recherchiert wurden.
Der vorliegende Roman kreist gleich um mehrere Themen.
Da ist zum einen die Welt der Familie Gannon, die durch die von Alexander Gannon gegründete Wohltätigkeitsstiftung vermeintlich Gelder an unterschiedliche Projekte und Institutionen vergibt.
Desweiteren erfährt man Interessantes über den langwierigen Prozess der Seligsprechung, der hier Schwester Catherine gilt; und ein anderes Thema, das Mary Higgins Clark nicht zum ersten Mal aufgreift, ist die Medizin, vertreten durch die Kinderärztin Monica und den engagierten Gehirnchirurgen Ryan Jenner, der sich zu Monica hingezogen fühlt.

Alle diese Handlungsebenen verwebt die Autorin allmählich zu einem komplexen Ganzen, wobei sie es dem Leser nicht leicht macht, denn in den vielen kurzen Kapiteln, aus denen, charakteristisch für Clark, der Roman besteht, wechselt sie ständig die Perspektive, springt von einem Handlungsstrang zum nächsten, lässt den Leser den Charakteren über einen Großteil des Buches hinweg meist einen Schritt voraus sein, - und lässt doch noch so viel ungesagt oder komplett im Dunkeln, dass dieses scheinbare Eingeweihtsein der Spannung keinen Abbruch tut!
Und das macht der großen alten Dame, der Meisterin des gepflegten Thrillers mit Gänsehautelementen so schnell niemand nach!

Besonders hervorgehoben werden soll hier die hervorragende Übersetzung des Originals mit dem Titel "The Shadow of Your Smile", die diesem in nichts nachsteht, wie man das leider nur allzu oft bei Übersetzungen antrifft!
Garrow's Law: Series One [DVD]
Garrow's Law: Series One [DVD]
This Series is an exemplary drama and one which is a must see by all.I must commend the BBC for having the courage to place a most worthy gentleman of note in this Historical manner. This is a time -an era when the people of Europe wish to see an overdue change in their slave like existance.In this period of Revolution- French and our Colonies in America, little is shown as regards the Common Man in the United Kingdom at this most Pre- emptive time and era. Certainly we know of Wellington, the Peninsular Wars and the French Revolution. This series shows just how backward the legal system was in the United Kingdom in fact just how Barbaric our system and our 'Betters' were. Truly until William Garrow fought for the rights of man in the courts and proved that some might just be innocent and not all guilty of the crimes charged against them. How many of you know that a 12 year old could be hung for the theft of bread or similar. The slavery aspects are todays popular Flag however the common man in this his own country of Great Britain was little more than a slave and that transportation or Hanging for trivial offences were the NORM. This series is not only an education it is one of the most entertaining and well acted dramas I have seen, and most certainly will prick your emotions. Garrow fought a hard lonely battle taking public abuse orchestrated by the High Powers wishing for no change, and saw Garrow as a threat -how dare he give the common folk ideas above their station - suggesting they are innocent in court- as though it should matter that one innocent here or there is hanged. ' My the very thought that these people should be defended in court -is nothing short of Treason! -That is why this Drama should be seen - and more made of Garrow. The BBC deserves praise for this TV Series and encouraged to make more of them. A True Classic!
Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series
Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series
I received my book today, and I already read the introduction and the first essay in the book. At first, I had mixed feelings about reading these essays, worrying that they might just be either an unabashed hate session or an equally unabashed collection of adoration, but I was not disappointed-- the essay was clearly written with love and respect for the characters, the book, the author, and so on, but it still produced an essay worthy of reading and provoked an even deeper appreciation of the story through an analytical approach to certain aspects of the books. I enjoyed this very much, and I anticipate reading the rest of the essays. :3 In regard to the condition of the book and how it arrived, I noticed that it did have a bit of damage at the top of the spine where it appeared it had been pinched against something and had been pulled from it a bit forcefully, but otherwise, it arrived in excellent condition, which pleased me. :] I would definitely recommend this book for any hard-core Potter fans who search for an even deeper appreciation for the book. :3
Harry Potter Childrens Girls Hogwarts Raglan T-Shirt
Harry Potter Childrens Girls Hogwarts Raglan T-Shirt
I feel the top is true to size, but the quality is poor. It is brand new but already the grey material looks bobbled and scruffy. There are bits of white thread on the red arms. Won't be sending back as I know my tall 6 yr old girl will still love it and it was bought for our holiday. Supermarket clothing is far better value for money. I wouldn't buy again.
OSI H2U High Performance Window, Door, Siding and Trim Sealant, 10 Ounce Cartridge, White (1256934)
OSI H2U High Performance Window, Door, Siding and Trim Sealant, 10 Ounce Cartridge, White (1256934)
We used this for interior windows that had a moisture problem. After scraping away the bad drywall, pulling off the old cracked caulk, I re-mudded around the windows with joint compound, let that dry, and caulked. This caulk needs to be kept at room temperature (don't store it in your garage or anywhere it will get too cold, too hot). It flows very easily - even a small bead - I'm a female and I find many caulks too hard to squeeze out of the caulk gun easily. There is no odor (was concerned about this as it's rated for exterior use). It did take a full 2-3 days to get to the non-tacky point and I painted over it using water based (latex) semi-gloss - it took the paint well, not peeling away after as with most of the more resilient caulks (silicone). Yes, it's expensive, but I wanted something that would last, not crack, and hold up to moisture, and was paintable - that's a hard combination to find. Am ordering more!

UPDATE: 1 1/2 years later this is holding up far better than any other caulk we've used - around windows that tend to have condensation, outside, everywhere. It doesn't get gunky with bugs like some, it has the elastic properties of silicone but is paintable (and paint stays on). We've used this exclusively in our whole house remodel where applicable. The painters used a cheaper caulk for our crown molding - 2 months later there were gaps. I peeled theirs away, replaced with this, and of course, no gaps. Worth the price. Just buying more... again!

UPDATE: 3 years later. We've been remodeling our home and I've ordered this caulk over and over. Again, it's out-performed every caulk the 'professionals' we've hired used. Used outside on exposed doors, after removing old caulk, it's held up exceptionally well, and paint-over still looks new. Having to re-caulk after the 2nd set of painters, after the crown molding crew, after the kitchen cabinet crew... and this one always works perfectly. Again, easy to use, paintable, no odor. Just give it time to dry.
EcoDecors Tranquility Shower Bench, Natural
EcoDecors Tranquility Shower Bench, Natural
Looking for a shower bench for the boss and stumbled upon this. Sold by company culture but amazzed by how attractive and sturdy this was. Assembly was relatively simple it was to put together although not a huge fan of Allen head screws altho no problem on this one. This is the nicest shower bench I've ever purchased and the boss who is not very forthcoming with complements said it was very nice. I have no reservations about giving this a high recommendation to Amazon shoppers
Cricut Essential Tool Set, Assorted
Cricut Essential Tool Set, Assorted
I just got the Cricut Maker and was contemplating if I should get this set with the paper cutter and so glad I did. I use that and the weeding pick the most. All the tools fits inside my Cricut storage compartment (aside from the paper cutter) and I'm happy with this purchase. The cutter is just so convenient to get a straight and measured cut quickly for paper and vinyl.

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