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Mastering JavaScript
Mastering JavaScript
Mastering JavaScript by Ved Antani. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 2
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 2
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 2 by CURIOSITY PUBLISHERS. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Chinese Edition)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Chinese Edition)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Chinese Edition) by Rowling.J.K.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Be Bold, Baby: J.K. Rowling
Be Bold, Baby: J.K. Rowling
Be Bold, Baby: J.K. Rowling by Alison Oliver. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Dog-Gone Story
A Dog-Gone Story
A Dog-Gone Story by m l jones. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter și Ordinul Phoenix (vol. 5)
Harry Potter și Ordinul Phoenix (vol. 5)
Harry Potter și Ordinul Phoenix (vol. 5) by J.K. Rowling. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and Sheba Blake. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Learning to Fly
Learning to Fly
Learning to Fly by Spencer Durrant and Morissa Schwartz. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1194 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Software Solutions (9th Edition)
Java Software Solutions (9th Edition)
Java Software Solutions (9th Edition) by John Lewis and William Loftus. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Oracle 11G: SQL
Oracle 11G: SQL
Oracle 11G: SQL by Joan Casteel. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 54 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Angular 2 Cookbook: Discover over 70 recipes that provide the solutions you need to know to face every challenge in Angular 2 head on
Angular 2 Cookbook: Discover over 70 recipes that provide the solutions you need to know to face every challenge in Angular 2 head on
This is a well written recipe book for intermediate and advanced users of Angular 2. It assumes knowledge of javascript and core Angular concepts. I found the topics to be wide ranging, and each recipe is usually 1-5 pages long. The author has a great grasp on the nitty gritty of making complex apps using Angular. I also have a copy of the AngularJS Web Application Development Cookbook by the same author on my bookshelf and like before the author has done a great job with this book.

Writing in the book is intelligent, and the order is well structured. There's nothing unexpected here - it's a book full of practical solutions to hundreds of everyday problems. I think certain sections could do a little better with more of a meta-view of the concepts and ideas new in Angular 2 but overall the author has done an incredible job.

The first chapter, "Strategies for upgrading to Angular 2" is meant to be a guided transition to angular 2, but it likely won't suffice if you're new to angular, and certainly won't prepare you if you're relatively unfamiliar with javascript in general. This book is primarily intended for the everyday Angular developer who wants dive in and start using the new version in projects.

If you are familiar with Angular 2 basics, a cover-to-cover reading of this book will take you to the next level, but most developers will only read the entries that pertain to the problems they face during development.

What I really like about this book is how the author dives in each of the example, elaborating each example code and makes it easy to understand what's going on (book comes with the source code which you can download). If practice makes you stronger, this book should be in your shelf or digital reader.
The Warren Buffett Way, Second Edition
The Warren Buffett Way, Second Edition
An excellent, nuts and bolts discussion of Warren Buffett's investment thesis and strategy. After about a 75 page background on Buffett, Berkshire and the Buffett history and mystique, Hagstrom dives into the investment philosophy. He manages to distill the Buffett approach into ten tenets:

*Is the business understandable?
*Does the business have a consistient operating history?
*Does the business have favorable long term prospects?
*Is management rational in capital allocation?
*Is management candid with shareholders?
*Does management resist the institutional imperative?
*You need to focus on return on equity, not earnings per share.
*Calculate "owner earnings" to get a true reflection of value.
*Look for companies with high profit margins.
*For every dollar retained, make sure the market value increases by at least one dollar.
*Understand what is the value of the business?
*Can the business be purchased at a significant discount to value?

He then analyzes many Berkshire investments looking at these ten tenets. Once you have read the book, you will have a better understanding through Hagstrom's thorough examples of how to apply these tenets to an investment. A good, practical and not too wonkish book.
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce
“Amazon shoppers tend to be loyal lifelong customers.” ~ pg. 22

What will shopping be like in the near future? What is already happening as customers become center stage and companies bow to their wishes? As customer expectations rise to new heights, technology is making customer desires a reality.

If you've read “One Click” and “The Everything Store” or any other book on amazon, this is the next level of knowledge you need. This book will also keep you riveted until the last page. Natalie Berg and Miya Knights are great researchers, writers and know how to make a book exciting page after page.

The authors go deep into the psychology of how amazon “thinks” and “acts” even before customers know what they want. For instance PRIME changed the way amazon shoppers thought about being more loyal. There is also some interesting information about Echo owners and how much more they spend at amazon.

Why are millennials spending differently?
What do people want to spend money on these days?
How is the on-my-terms shopper changing the shopping experience?
What has the greatest influence in buying decisions?

This book answers these questions and more...

Some of the topics discussed throughout the book include: autonomous computing systems, AI shop assistants, 1-click, shopping by voice (Echo), Dash wands, Kiva Systems (robotics), Prime Air, Showrooming, Checkout-free stores, instant gratification, virtual reality experiences, frictionless shopping, experiential spending, Amazon lockers, Treasure Truck, FBA Fulfillment by Amazon, Amazon Go and driver-less trucks.

What I also found intriguing was the detailed information on the Whole Foods acquisition.

The authors of this book are very insightful and make a number of well-thought-out predictions which you may feel are very interesting to consider. They do however seem to emphasize the Amazon Effect a lot, but seem mostly positive about it. Obviously Amazon has changed the game in regards to keeping customers satisfied no matter what business is selling products.

So by reading this book you will learn a lot of interesting facts. You will also gain a much deeper understanding of what customers expect a shopping experience to be like. I'm glad I read this information as it has enlightened me on various things I had heard about but had not researched myself. This book will be interesting to anyone who loves to shop or who has products for purchase. Knowing what people are going to want in the future is the goal of this entertaining book.

~The Rebecca Review
SpaceX and Tesla Motors Engineer Elon Musk (STEM Trailblazer Bios)
SpaceX and Tesla Motors Engineer Elon Musk (STEM Trailblazer Bios)
I ordered this book as a gift and here is the response. There were no reviews at the time and this is the first one.

FYI, the book you ordered me was only about 20 pages long and apparently written for elementary schools. I am not joking. It was published by some sort of lower education publishing house.

I still read it and actually learned a few things about Elon that I did not already know. I always thought he was from Canada, but he actually grew up in South Africa and moved to Canada at 17 to avoid South Africa's compulsory military service for all young adults
Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
This is less a biography of a person (which is what I thought when I picked it up) and more of a biography of the Virgin brand. Branson’s resume speaks for itself—he is one of the richest men alive and thinks about business in very practical ways. This book is a little cliche at times, and I came away with the sense that, while Branson does offer plenty of criticisms, he stops just short of the harsh ones that full disclosure demands. Nonetheless, there are real lessons here, like how to protect the downside, why to always take notes (details matter, and don’t trust your memory), and test ideas in a group (reminiscent of Billion Dollar Lessons). BSB is setup as a series of case studies into each major industry that Virgin expanded into, the challenges it faced, how it handled them, and what it did well and not so well. So, while there is an overarching business philosophy at work, it arises organically out of Branson’s experiences in building businesses, rather than as a series of hard rules that he mechanically applies to make piles of money. That feels real, because if it were so easy as a set of perfunctory rules, everyone would do it. Later chapters cover Branson's adventuring into charitable giving and organization building, and the beginnings of Virgin Galactic. I am not sure how much of the optimism surrounding that endeavor has changed since publication in light of recent events, but the thoughts in the book are interesting regardless.
Jeff Bezos: L'uomo che ha inventato Amazon
Jeff Bezos: L'uomo che ha inventato Amazon
L'ho letto in 2 ore, forse anche meno. Stesura di facile lettura e forse un pò troppp facilotto, le pagine scorrono veloci e non annoia, speravo in qualcosa di più approfondito sulla scalata al successo e la crescita aziendale e sul Bezos imprenditore. Buono per farsi una idea.
The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Live at The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 [Blu-ray]
The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Live at The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 [Blu-ray]
This film edits together songs from Dylan's day and night performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963/64/65. It does not show Dylan's entire performances from each year. It also includes brief clips of and with other acts (especially Joan Baez, whom Dylan was dating at the time), the audience's reactions, etc. The editing and choices of clips (and choice of omissions) help the viewer see first hand how Dylan was perceived and treated by the masses and how his confidence grew and persona and style changed over those 3 years. It makes it much easier for a modern viewer to understand the controversy felt when Dylan included an electric set with a band in 1965.

For this reason, I think it is a valuable film. The footage remains raw and grainy, not remastered, but the image and sound are decent for the time and intended effect. There's a lot of footage I've never seen. For the price I highly recommend this DVD. It's well packaged and includes a short but informative booklet.

Here's a listing of the songs (an * denotes my personal favs) and some personal notes after only 1 viewing.

Songs from 1963:
North Country Blues, With God On Our Side, Talkin' World War 3 Blues, Who Killed Day Moore*, Only a Pawn In Their Game, Blowin' In the Wind*. In 1963, Dylan really seems like a Woody Guthrie imitator, almost "acting" the role at times. The introduction he's given shows how much the folk world expected him to be the "saviour" of folk music, the "spokesman and poet" of his generation, etc. That's a lot of unnecessary weight thrown at a new artist and Dylan later proves he was never in it for others. In 1963, he's loving the attention, power and freedom. It's also funny how his talking songs are so like rapping, and by 1963 this was already a old style used by blues artists! In 1963, Dylan was "one of the people", at one with his audience, interacting with them on and off stage.

Songs from 1964:
Mr. Tambourine Man, It Ain't Me Babe*, With God On Our Side, Chimes of Freedom. Never seen Dylan smile so much as when he's with Baez. Enjoy listening to them harmonize, even if it's improvised and sloppy. Baez has a more powerful voice than I had heard before. Mr Tambourine Man hadn't been recorded yet when he performed it. In 1964, Dylan was rising above his audience, becoming less reachable, and talking to them from his stage. Not sure that he was enjoying the celebrity status and the weight of expectations thrown upon him. You can see how becomes more cynical, partly as a defense mechanism.

Songs from 1965:
All I Really Want to Do, If You Gotta Go Go Now*, Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Maggie's Farm*, Like a Rolling Stone*, Mr Tambourine Man, It's All Over Now Baby Blue*. He's strumming the guitar more now instead of finger picking it, and playing more rhythmically, so that even the acoustic numbers now suggest the feel of a backing band. Also, by using a capo so much, his acoustic songs are usually only based on a few chords, in the folk tradition. His rock type songs have more chords. It's cool to see how much more agile his voice was when he was young. The band plays well, in Dylan's manner of jamming. The crowd has mixed reactions, only about half are booing him during the electric set and the crowd still wants an encore, which he gives acoustically. In 1965, Dylan is a star/celebrity and distanced from the audience. He's in his own world and talks at them but not with them. The look is different, he's got his walls of defense up and he really wants to be accepted in the rock world too. I think he was hoping the fans would follow and he was genuinely hurt and taken off-guard at their reaction. It also shows that he was never thinking about the folkies' expectations in the first place and never out for them. After all the support and love they gave him, he turned out to be their Judas indeed. However, Dylan truly loved folk (along with rock and blues and country) and his music was true, if only to himself --- therefore it is not true that he waved the folk flag of convenience until he was popular enough to gain acceptance into the rock world.

A few other thoughts after watching this:

Surprising how soon after he met the Beatles that they BOTH changed. On the Beatles' next albums (Help!, Beatles For Sale, Rubber Soul) we see acoustic numbers and personal lyrics (especially by Lennon). Dylan's next album is half electric and the songs are more musically complex and have more chords in them.

Dylan clearly had (has) a talent for lyrics and song writing. As a singer and performer, he's clearly outclassed by pretty well everyone else. However, in the folk tradition of "truth" Dylan's raw voice and playing help dress his songs in the apparel of truth, the bearing of personal thought and soul, etc. He's admired by the other artists as well as the fans. Another thing to remember is that, as important and popular as he was personally, his "folk" records never sold as well as those "rock" covers of his songs that became hits. Most people never heard Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man" with all the verses, until after the Byrds condensed version became a hit.

This films helps show how important Joan Baez was in popularizing Dylan. Pete Seeger was most important in popularizing folk music and giving it integrity, but it was the rare folk acts like the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary who were hugely popular and sold a lot of records. In 1963, Joan Baez was the biggest female folk artist and Dylan's initial acceptance to the folk world was largely due to her support, etc. Their dating helped bring media attention and helped both their careers, in the sense of popularizing them beyond the folk market and into the pop realm, as the "royal queen and king" of folk. It's also easy to forget that the Dylan's first album was, in the true folk tradition, all cover songs and that the Dylan we know didn't make his mark until the second album.

It's sad that so few of the folk acts, who were so important and popular at the time, are ignored by contemporary radio. You may hear one or two Peter, Paul and Mary or Kingston Trio songs on the radio but rarely do we hear Joan Baez. The folk movement had plenty of great songs, but most of the artists and songs have become more legendary, more heard about than heard anymore. Except for Dylan, that is!
Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 3 with your Host Bob Dylan
Theme Time Radio Hour: Season 3 with your Host Bob Dylan
While Ace's take on Theme Time Radio Hour provided access to a number of gems, not the least of which was Mary Gauthier's incredible "I Drink" this third two-disc set is far less eclectic with a number of tracks - Elvis' "Little Sister", Bessie Banks "Go Now", The Crickets' original of "I Fought The Law", together with the Fats Domino and Willie Nelson tracks widely available. While there are obscurities like Jerry Lee Lewis' "Lust of the Blood", these are forgettable rather than unheard gems. So, with the apparent decision to call it quits at Volume 3, Ace will move its formidable talents onto other activities - including a planned 2011 CD of unissued Stax tracks from Booker T. and the MGs.
Vol. 1-3-Bootleg Series
Vol. 1-3-Bootleg Series
I remember the excitement when this was released -my relatives in USA phoned and said " we are sending you a Xmas present" .Thankfully this set arrived and has become a treasured possession. Later editions do not have the same physical appeal of this large box set-about the size of an LP.
Musical critics gave good reviews quoting from the booklet that came with the set as if it was their own description--"jangling buttons " etc.
Songs that became Dylan classics are on these discs-too many to list.
IMO, this is the best of the Bootleg Series and is the one I would grab if my house went on fire.
A great set for both Dylan diehards and those exploring " why is Dylan treated like a God?"
Aloe Cadabra Flavored Personal Lube for Oral Sex, Best Organic Edible Lubricant for Men, Women and Couples, Pina Colada, 2.5 Ounce
Aloe Cadabra Flavored Personal Lube for Oral Sex, Best Organic Edible Lubricant for Men, Women and Couples, Pina Colada, 2.5 Ounce
This stuff is hard to talk about but I want to help others out there with issues like mine. I'm a BRCA+ survivor of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Chemotherapy at age 40 put me in peri-menopause, and then having both my ovaries removed at 42 finished the job. Because of my cancer history, I can't take hormone replacement therapy. Before the cancer, I already had problems with pain during intercourse (called "vulvitis" or "vulvodynia" by doctors, treated with a steroid cream with marginal success).

So the deck was stacked against me (and my poor husband) when it came to having comfortable sex. I've used various other lubricants, but Aloe Cadabra (natural/original aloe formulation) is the first one that really WORKS, not just to make sex more comfortable but to make my lady parts feel better every day. I apply a dab of it every day after showering. The aloe gives it a pleasing (but subtle) cool sensation going in. At my first gynecologist visit after I started using it, my doc was kind of shocked. She was like, "whoa, your vulva looks great!" Need I say more? I'd like to give it a star rating of "infinity."
PILOT The Better Ball Point Pen Refillable & Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, 12-Pack (30000)
PILOT The Better Ball Point Pen Refillable & Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, 12-Pack (30000)
For those of your looking for a good fine tip, smooth ballpoint pen, this is a perfect writing tool for you. Normally, I hate medium or bold tip (>0.7mm) since it makes it difficult to write smaller text.

After going through almost the entire box of these pens, I haven't had one incident of skipping or globbing of the ink at the pen tip. Writes well even after been left out in the heat, or after being tossed around in my bag/coat.

The metal pen nib and clip are also essential as well. Due to my job, my pens tended to be handled my colleagues, who drop them fairly often. Most other pens, with plastic nibs break when dropped onto hard surfaces. This makes the pen annoying to write with, since the ink cartridge will flex with pressure. This doesn't happen at all with this pen. The clip is also less subject to breakage
The Amityville Horror (2005)
The Amityville Horror (2005)
Movie 7 of 1979 and 67 overall in my journey through films of my lifetime.

Brolin's performance was, in a word, stoic. That's really not a compliment. He's a bit too cool under pressure and it made me feel like everything would turn out just fine. Not exactly what you want in a horror film. I think a nieve hopeful would have served this movie better. Someone that could make me feel anxious for them provided they were not stupid. Craig T Nelson seemed to pull this off in "Poltergeist, " a movie that owes a great deal of credit to "Amityville Horror." Nelson was strong yet nieve. He was reasonably clueless how in over his head he was. As Brolin's character starts to turn and dement I would have really felt it if he had come from an exuberant, hopeful place. As it was he was just too cool even when he was supposed to be stressed. He had good moments but overall his transformation was not all that radical. This is what Steven King didn't like about "The Shining." He complained that Nicholson started crazy and there was no where to go, no decent. I feel similarly here, the fall isn't juxtaposed well and it made me indifferent about what I could feel was coming. Partially Brolin does not have the skill to pull off the role and I wouldn't cast him for anything myself but it's not all his fault. Some of the issue is how males are expected to behave in 70's culture. I was exposed to it and bucked much of that trend. Basically males were expected to be tough, almost macho. I always hated that and still do to this day. I find it disingenuous. I think it's better than today's male which is just sad but I deviate. Anyway Brolin definitely reflects this ideal in his performance and for me it hurts the movie.

One thing I liked about "The Ring" is that it followed some riggid rules albeit to a fault. At one point in "The Amityville Horror" the local priest is supernaturally assaulted through automotive disfunction. This is a departure from what I think "The Ring" did so well. Without rules the story loses coherence. If the domain of the spirit can exceed the bounds of the house then what stops it from doing anything? Why even haunt? Why isn't everyone having their cars break down and seat belts malfunctioning? With rules these questions don't linger even though they may still be out there in one limited form or another. I think it's ultimately just lazy writing, horror for horror's sake; but the horror is not from ghosts it's from movie producers, it's not from the haunted house (where it should be from) it's from a pitch session or writer's room. Not scary, not even a good story. In short: it's contrived. Now if I were to defend this film I suppose I'd say that there is a spiritual sickness that infects the house's inhabitants. That doesn't explain supernatural events, like the hood of the car flying up, though. Again, these complexities are easily avoided with just some effort.

These critiques not withstanding the movie is undeniably entertaining. I'm not a horror movie buff but the great strength of the 70's, in my opinion, is its horror films. Even the worst of them are entertaining films for the most part ("The Hills Have Eyes" a notable exception). "The Amityville Horror" indeed deserves its place among these films. Its not a brilliant story but it is 70's horror done well enough to watch for fun. The imagery like the collective of flies, while not entirety meaningful, is well done and creepy.

It is possible that there could have been a mysterious element to this in its own time, but, as I've said, the fun of this retrospective is to watch this through my generation's eyes. For me I'd say this is pretty predictable. Also it's very short of the shock and horror that I'm used to seeing. What comes to mind is "Jacob's Ladder" or "Hereditary" where the images are truly terrifying.

An apology: I can't help but think about the person who just loves a good thrill and really enjoys this film and can't stand these dopes that over analyze film. I get that and I've been there. I've seen a lot of movies and along with my personal experiences I'm at a different place in my life as a film buff. I would only ask that you keep in mind that we all watch movies and keep them in our own way. I have nothing but respect and even envy for someone that can just give their mind and emotions a rest to have a good time and escape. I'm not that person. I suppose that could be the definition of "uptight" and I begrudgingly have to wear that monicer I suppose.

Pros
-fits in with 70's horror
-great images
-built a myth around real life events which modern horror is always trying to do when they say "based on true events."

Cons
-not as scary as it could have been
-Brolin is a bore
-needed grounding for consistency
Dr. Doom (curse You)
Dr. Doom (curse You)
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New Star Foodservice 50677 Seamless Aluminum Pizza Screen, Commercial Grade, 12-Inch
New Star Foodservice 50677 Seamless Aluminum Pizza Screen, Commercial Grade, 12-Inch
As a cast iron junkie, the only reason I even considered this is that I'm out of storage space, otherwise I'd still be using the stovetop-broiler method for all my pizzas.

However... since I'm turning out half a dozen pizzas for dinner, I needed a way to decrease the chaos in the kitchen that comes from the 3 minute rotations cast iron calls for.

Enter this ugly little beast. it takes up no space, weighs nothing and allows each pizza to have a dedicated pan from prep until fully cooked. That sounds good... but the key is that the crust these provide is really impressive. They don't provide the high heat char you get with cast-iron and direct heat or a woodfired brick oven at 750', but these provide a much better crust texture than stone, ceramic or thin metal pans in a traditional oven. t

I cannot speak to how well these work for frozen pizzas, but I assume they would help make those crusts more palatable.
Passion, Power & Sin - Book 3 (Book 1 Free): The Victim of a Global Internet Scam Plots Her Revenge
Passion, Power & Sin - Book 3 (Book 1 Free): The Victim of a Global Internet Scam Plots Her Revenge
Review of Mike Wells'

Passion, Pain & Sin
Books 1 & 2 & 3
A Series

Reviewed by R. Murry

A simple act of receiving an E-mail, which most people would consider spam, is the catalyst of these thrilling introductions into this five book series written by Mr. Wells. His main character, Heather, is a resourceful intelligent red head, who has a stressful money problem.

Because of her family's financial turmoil, she opens a second E-mail because the first message came true to her amazement and made her angry she didn't take advantage of its fruition. This is when her adventure into the world of international monetary affairs turns into nerve raking events for her and the reader. However, there are some pleasant moments she encounters.

Mike pulls his readers in and keeps them glued to the page hoping Heather will reach her goals. Each endeavor seems strange at first glance. Heather overcomes obstacles by wit, fate and luck. Mr. Wells writes each event in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, wondering if Heather's world wind will come to an end, solving her problems.

There is a love affair in the background of this nail biting suspense story. It's kept there, because Heather is doing her thing globe hopping to resolve her problem first, keeping her lover in dark of its existence. The affair culminated to her satisfaction.

We all want an underdog story to come to a happy ending. This one may because of the lead character's ability to go with the flow of events and not get bogged down in self-pity. She moves on, knowing she has the strength inside her to handle what is thrown at her even to the doubts of her friend.

Mike Wells has me hooked into finishing this series. If you are not prone to heart attacks, this series should be on your "To read list."

I finished #3 yesterday and I still can't wait for #4 & #5. This Series keeps you wanting for more.
The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense
The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense
The Silent Corner is by far Dean Koontz best offering in many years. He’s not depending on strange occult or phantasmagoric story lines to keep the action moving. Instead he’s crafted Jane Hawk, an FBI operative, who is forced to go rogue when she stumbles upon a plot conjured by a mad scientist. It seems he’s created a method of mind control reminiscent of Manchurian Candidate wickedness.

Jane, with her husband dead at the hands of this evil faction and her son in hiding, must singlehandedly keep one step ahead of her pursuers and the FBI who are tracking down one of their own who’s stepped over the line. She is being chased by the enigmatic “They”. The people who have done all of the bad stuff since the start of time. “They” who live in the closet or the basement. “They” who are willing to go to great lengths of rid the world of anything that is not within the bounds of their conspiracy.

Jane befriends some unseemly characters who help her in the flight across country using her skills as a well-trained FBI agent. She’s forced to stay mostly off the grid using burner phones, a variety of cash bought vehicles, and library internet. No matter how far or fast she runs her pursuers are only a half-step behind. This is a heart pounding chase with good being pursued by evil which is Koontz trademark metaphor and what he does best.

At its heart this is a thriller with a lot of cutting edge technology tossed in to keep this new and smart heroine on her game. Koontz is a master story-teller and I am left wanting more. Quickly, Dean, quickly.
Hanayome wa bochi ni sumu : Yumoa sasupensu.
Hanayome wa bochi ni sumu : Yumoa sasupensu.
赤川次郎の本が好きで
今まで読んでなかったので
こちらを購入してみました。

今まで読んできた中では
あまり面白くない本でした。
The Aquitaine Progression: A Novel
The Aquitaine Progression: A Novel
(Spoiler Alert) I have read maybe 7 of Ludlum's books so far, and this one is my particular favorite, even more satisfying than the Bourne trilogy. The plot unfolds almost exclusively from the point of the protagonist who unknowingly is drawn in to save the world, for most of the novel, single-handedly. Because Ludlum writes the plot in a way that the other characters don't offer much info that's known to the protagonist, thus the reader is in the same position as the protagonist- of not knowing- I found the extent to which this was done very riveting. To add to this thrill is that there are good guys and bad guys in each country referrred to in the book, and you don't know (besides a couple of characters) which is good or bad until they're exposed or it's the end of the book. What's particularly nice is that although the protagonist (Joel Converse) has to act as a professional spy (including killing when necessary), it's (somewhat) on the job training, something he figures out as he goes along, since he's actually an attorney. (He does use his prior Vietnam experience to help him make decisions and act.) The plot and flow is very tight and intricately weaved. There's one unnamed, secondary character who pops up now and then in the story, and suddenly, at the end, you find out who he is, and it puts a lot of little pieces together. Unlike the other Ludlum books I've read where a romantic relationship is already established, it's nice to see how Converse and his ex-wife have a relationship that (re-)develops over time. I love the varying narrative formats that help tell the story; besides the normal storytelling, there are briefs and depositions that create the narration. I have to say that the way Converse develops a plan to finally nail the major villains of the grand scheme to take over the world- via lawyerly tools- is brilliant. (I thought that approach, which is stated outright at the beginning of the novel, might be a boring solution.) And for me, this being 2014 in America, there were some scary parallels of countries of people being okay with the government making their security decisions for them without their consent.

Only a couple very minor points seemed less than believable to me in the book. One is where the ex- Mrs. Converse is able to fluently speak in code over the phone with her husband, having no prior experience in this area, and being simply a professional artist/painter. Her ability, especially under duress, seemed unrealistic given her lack of experience and her background. The other is when she is assigned to be the radio backup/contact for the raid on island at the end. Again, she has no experience in this, a fact which could seriously jeopardize the mission if she made a miscue. I understand Ludlum's motive in keeping her in the story here, but it wasn't really necessary and stretches believability in my mind.
Astro Boy Volume 12
Astro Boy Volume 12
Roboids [January-May 1965] Uran is replaced by a look alike and stuffed into a statue. There is a group called the Roboids who are robots that resemble humans and intend on destroying humanity. Astro is brought in to discuss the threat and Uran reveals herself to be a fake and steals all the evidence of the existence of the Roboids. Turns out the Roboids also hate robots.

Turns out the Roboids were the robots of an alien civilization where all the human's died off. The Roboids continued to evolve and became essentially life forms. They came to Earth for resources

The Eyes of Christ [January 1965] A group of thugs take over a church and the priest warns them that Jesus is watching. They order the priest to put a cloth over the eyes of a Christ statue. The criminals are unaware that there is a Quasimodo type bell ringer who works for the priest. The bell ringer rings the bell to call for a warning so one of the crooks kills the priest and flee. The next day the bell ringer is brought to the police station for questioning. His testimony is confusing so the police go to the church and notice that the eyes of the Christ statue have been damaged.

Later, Astro stops an out of control car with a driver who'd been shot. The dying man asks Astro to take a mysterious suitcase. Astro is also having issue with his school grades.The suitcase contains a robotic arm and a woman shows up claing to be the owner and threatens to shoot Astro if he doesn't hand it over. Astro refuses and punches her to the ground before she flees. Astro's robot father is aghast and decides to take the arm to the authorities but on the way he is found by the woman who blasts him.

Mustachio is still investigating the murder of the priests and asks for doctors performing the autopsy to check under the priests fingernails to see if he put the scratches in the eyes of the Christ status. Mustachio tracks down the gang using a clue from the material under the nails. They are assembling a robot which includes the arm taken from Astro. The robot is a killer who can kill a thousand people a second. Astro bursts in and fights the robots and the criminals are forced to destroy their own killer robot when he goes berserk.It turns out the evidence Mustachio used was the logo of the company that intended to produce the killer robots scratched in the eyes of Jesus.The story closes with a glowing statue of Christ. An interesting ending from a story emanating from a generally secular country.

Youth Gas [February-September 1955] Astro Boy is sent to investigate a huge meteor landing. He finds a man in a fur coat who claims the meteor is his. He asks Astro to dig up the meteor and carry it back to his lab. The scientists extracts gas from the meteor which seems to de-age plants but when Astro says he wants to tell Professor Ochanomizu the man blasts him with a ray but ends up causing a pillar to fall on his own head. He's mortally wounded but manages to revive Astro and warns him that the gas is a terrible danger in the wrong hands. Professor Ochanomizu begins experimenting with the youth gas and turns chickens into eggs and then test it on a Kabuki Grand Master. It's a success. Robots attempt to steal the gas but fail and the criminals decide that can't get the gas while Astro is protecting it. The crook decides to use Astro's 'brother' Cobalt and enrolls him at a rival school. A robotting match is set up between Astro and Cobalt and Ochanomizu fears they'll destroy each other and indeed the ruin each other beyond repair.

The robots attack again but a mysterious stranger in a black suit defeats them and one escapes with a load of gas. The villain controlling the robot desires use by the mysterious stranger shows up and explodes the robot causing the gas to escape and the crook to de-age back to an infant. The mysterious stranger is revealed, happy days.

Broadcasts from Outer Space [December 1965-January 1966] Uran has her first dream but it's a nightmare. Astro Boy is concerned since robots don't dream but later he himself has a dream/hallucination. Turns out robots all over Tokyo are having hallucinations caused by messages being broadcasted from outer space. These television shows are driving the robots crazy and the authorities react by destroying them. An order is put out to shut down all robots and Professor Ochanomizu sends a not to Astro, Cobal and Uran telling them to get away before their turned off. In their escape they get sucked into a giant egg. It's a spaceship for some vegetable looking aliens who are here to collect fees for the television broadcasts that have been picked up on Earth.They start to suck the oxygen away from Earth as Astro and Uran are put to sleep. They start picking up broadcasts again and begin wrecking the ship in their sleep. The aliens cease all broadcasting towards Earth and leave without collecting any fee.
The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume IV
The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume IV
I have the first three volumes of Mickey Spillane's original Mike Hammer novels that Berkley/Penguin group have put out. They're wonderful collections that perfectly did the trick of being upgrades/replacements for my well-read & falling-apart copies of the books. As I am a collector, I have been waiting patiently (but with growing frustration) for the fourth and final volume to come out in order to complete the set (it has been EIGHT YEARS now since Volume III was released). Now, in the year of what would've been Mickey's 100th birthday, they finally come out with Volume IV... AS AN E-BOOK ONLY? What the hell?!
Being an old-fashioned person who actually likes to hold a book in my hands when reading it (I suppose just being a Spillane fan makes me old-fashioned to begin with), I find this infuriating. I look up on my shelf and see the first three volumes, followed in jagged succession by my old copies of the final four novels, desperately waiting to be upgraded. I keep checking back here at Amazon to see if & when Volume IV is getting a proper non-digital release, but for three months now all that's available is the e-book. Titan & Hard Case Crime have been doing a fine job putting out the posthumous Spillane releases that Max Allen Collins has been finishing (which have all been worthy additions to Mickey's oeuvre - great work, Max!). I wish Berkley/Penguin group would treat these volumes of Mickey's classic stories with the same deserving reverence.
For the record, the five-star rating is for the stories themselves contained in this volume. I have not, and will not, buy the non-existent digital "kindle" version of this. NOTE TO PUBLISHER: PLEASE, PLEASE RELEASE THIS IN ACTUAL SOFTCOVER BOOK FORM TO MATCH THE FIRST THREE VOLUMES. I WILL BUY THIS THE SECOND IT IS RELEASED AS AN ACTUAL BOOK. THANKS!
The Christian World of C. S. Lewis
The Christian World of C. S. Lewis
The book's publisher notes that, "This study of his [C.S. Lewis's] writings provides a perceptive and illuminating guide to readers who may be unacquainted with Lewis; a help to those wishing to understand him better; and an evaluation for those who want a survey of his works as a whole. Clyde S. Kilby examines Lewis's Christian works one by one, compares them with each other and with books by other authors, and discovers and elucidates the themes that recur throughout the main body of Lewis's writings." Some of the books discussed include the seven Chronicles of Narnia, the three volume Space Trilogy, Till We Have Faces, The Great Divorce, The Pilgrim's Regress, Surprised by Joy, The Four Loves, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, Miracles, The Screwtape Letters, The Problem of Pain, Mere Christianity, and Reflections on the Psalms.
I found this fine volume to be most enlightening, a helpful companion to understanding the things Lewis wrote about. It is less than 200 pages long, practical, insightful, and definitely worth obtaining whether you are just being introduced to the works of C.S. Lewis or have been reading him for many years.
Die Wahrheit: Roman (German Edition)
Die Wahrheit: Roman (German Edition)
Eine spannende Geschichte um einen zu Unrecht jahrzehntelang einsitzenden Häftling, dessen Befreiung allerhand gute und
böse Geister auf den Plan ruft. Die Umstände, die zu seiner Inhaftierung führen, wirken zum Teil arg konstruiert, wobei ich nicht genug über die Machenschaften bestimmter Organisationen weiß, um ausschließen zu können,
dass sie durchaus der Realität entsprechen könnten.(Deshalb der Punktabzug). Ich bin ein Fan von Baldacci, und seine Erzählkunst zieht mich jedes Mal in ihren Bann. Kurzweilige, spannende Unterhaltung für einen kleinen Preis. Das Ebook ist jeden Cent wert!
Anne Rice: Birth of the Vampire [VHS]
Anne Rice: Birth of the Vampire [VHS]
Visit with Anne Rice as she takes you on a tour of her life. This tour is unlike any other as you find out about the influences which impacted the "Queen of Terror". Told by friends, family members and an assortment of other characters you are led on a bizarre trip through a diminsion of her life which feels real at one moment and a fantasy at the next.
You are led on this tour with a series of reading from her "Interview with a Vampire." As the narrator shares his story you are transported to Anne's New Orleans. Haunted houses, ghosts, a necropolis, bayou, and surreal images thrust themselves at you. Anne's world is rich in imagination and filled with the macarbre in her native city. All of the experiences which happened to her here and later in life informed her work. Tragedy is turned on its side and flows into triumph.
If her books scare you and shake your imagination then her life story as portrayed in this film will do the same. At times you wonder if this woman herself is not a ghost who has come back to regale us mere mortals with her experiences. Surrender yourself to listening to her tale and embrace yourself in another world which is real but not so real. After experiencing Anne in this film you will develop a greater appreciation for her, her work and the genre of horror.
Sugar Daddy Diaries
Sugar Daddy Diaries
If it hadn't been a book expressing raw feelings of someone of the opposite sex then this book would have had nothing for me. It does not get any more detailed, exciting, or raunchier than the sample. In fact it got harder to read, at 20% i wish i could have my money back and after 75% I wish I had given up because here it got the most painful and remained that way. A lot of repetition about what type of champagne she drunk, what clothes she was bought, and lots of hotel and restaurant name dropping. Lots of repetition of self psychoanalysis on sexual morals that turned into indirect preaching. She never learnt any seduction skills, she was beautiful and all she needed to do was turn up. She says she values good conversation but failed to put any in the book. All sex scenes were little more than a kiss, caress, and then we recovered from sex, even when she met the two most beautiful kinkiest wildest richest swinging couple in the world.

She complained alot about her clients but what did she expect. If a nice emotionally and socially challanged guy can only get a girl by paying her ridiculous amounts of money for her company. There's no reason to lay into him because he is not interestering. Getting annoyed that he enjoyed having her by his side and enjoyed looking at her on the holiday he had paid her to attend. She laid into him and embarrassed him in front of everyone because he kept wanting her by his side when he kept returning to the boot repair shop due to his ocd, and it stopped her skiing.
Harry Potter House Crests Argyle Juniors/Womens 4 Pack Knee High Socks
Harry Potter House Crests Argyle Juniors/Womens 4 Pack Knee High Socks
First off, I have to say that I did not expect these to actually go all the way up to my knees. I'm 5'9 and have really huge calf muscles. Most knee socks make it nowhere near my knees. But these knee socks made it about 3 in away, which is more than most. They are super comfortable and soft. I'm a women's size 10 and 1/2 wide and the socks actually made it all the way over my heel which most socks do not. I am so happy with these socks. The crest makes the top of the sock a little bit tighter than it should be. So if you do have really large muscles, it will be stretched and will be tight there. However these are the first socks that I found (for Hogwarts socks) that almost fit. They're getting five stars because of this.
Ritzenhoff & Breker Shanti Doppio Coffee Tableware 18 Pieces, Porcelain, Dishwasher Safe, 17960
Ritzenhoff & Breker Shanti Doppio Coffee Tableware 18 Pieces, Porcelain, Dishwasher Safe, 17960
Die Müslischüssel dieses Designs war bereits schon vorher in meinem Besitz und hat mir immer große Freude bereitet :)
Da ich nun auf der Suche nach einem schönen Kaffeeservice war und hier der Preis einfach unschlagbar ist, habe ich mir nun dieses hübsche Set dazu geholt - und wurde nicht enttäuscht! Optisch wunderschön und macht richtig gute Laune beim Frühstück oder zum Kaffee und Kuchen. Bisher habe ich auch nur Komplimente dafür erhalten!
Versand war super schnell und jedes Teil kam heil an. Ich persönlich finde speziell die Tassenform super-süß und freue mich jedes Mal aufs Neue wenn ich das Set aus dem Schrank hole.
Klare Kaufempfehlung von mir wenn ihr ein hübsches, feminines Kaffeeservice möchtet!
Music From The Films Of Harry Potter
Music From The Films Of Harry Potter
I knew I would love because i own the first five Harry Potter Movies on DVD and I like John Williams and this is wonderful listen to with classical music cds.

the composer who compased hte music for the fourth movie did a great job it's hard to distibguish between what John Williams Composed and what the other person composed.
Funko Harry Potter Harry w/Prophecy (BD) Pop Figure
Funko Harry Potter Harry w/Prophecy (BD) Pop Figure
Great pop and arrive a day earlier than expected, the only complaint I could possible have is that the head is really quite loose, and wobbles a little bit but I am very pleased and it is still a great quality pop vinyl and I would recommend it for any Harry Potter fan
Soleil vert (French Edition)
Soleil vert (French Edition)
Dystopie un peu lourde à lire, dont l'adaptation au cinéma s'est bien éloignée pour en faire autre chose, plus glauque. L'auteur est tombé aux oubliettes...J'ai lu ce roman en diagonale...je n'en ai pas aimé le style ni les personnages, mais il vaut le coup d'être lu quand même pour le comparer à 1984, ou tout au moins les rapprocher. "Soleil vert" a été écrit en 1966( dédicacé aux enfants de l'auteur dans l'espoir qu'ils ne vivent pas ce qu'ils vont lire), mais commence en 1999, et finit au premier de l'an 2000! Il fait une chaleur caniculaire, il y a surpopulation, beaucoup de personnes âgées et presque plus de nourriture pour tous...à part ce "soilent green"...( traduit de façon ridicule par " soleil vert")... autant dire que c'est l'enfer sur terre...un petit goût d'aujourd'hui et de demain qui donne mal au coeur...
OurWarm 130Pcs Balloon Pump Electric Portable Dual Nozzle Air Balloon Blower Pump, Electric Balloon Inflator with 100Pcs Colored Balloons, Balloon Hose Extension, Tying Tools, Balloon Tape Strip, 20 Ballon Flower Clip, Dot Glues, Colored Ribbon for Party Decoration(Rose Red 110V 600W)
OurWarm 130Pcs Balloon Pump Electric Portable Dual Nozzle Air Balloon Blower Pump, Electric Balloon Inflator with 100Pcs Colored Balloons, Balloon Hose Extension, Tying Tools, Balloon Tape Strip, 20 Ballon Flower Clip, Dot Glues, Colored Ribbon for Party Decoration(Rose Red 110V 600W)
Just got this ten minutes ago- I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT ALREADY!! Opened, plugged in and got to testing it out,. I CAN'T WAIT IT FRT STARTED ON MY KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY GARLAND. It will be beautiful AND it'll be a breeze to make it - now that I have this wonderful little pump machine. I just wish u had purchased it years ago. I've been using a hand pump to make my garlands and arched arrangements - what a waste of energy! Also, THE CLIPS!! They are essential in this Garland making process - and they are included with this pump. Live the cord storage and two extra adapter nozzles. This is a great tool for any balloon "set up" job. It's fun to use, small, lightweight, quick, powerful and handy AND CUTE! Let's not ignore how cute it is with its colorful style and little carrying handle. Get one !! You'll love it too, I'm sure.
Minnetonka Men's Twin Gore Sheepskin Slippers
Minnetonka Men's Twin Gore Sheepskin Slippers
I have tried several brands of slippers some costing more than twice as these and they are either too tight (have a EE foot) or they came apart in less than six months. These were close to a perfect fit except for rubbing the fifth toe on the right too much. I had hoped with time they would stretch but have not after nearly three months and almost daily use. They are my house shoes. The softness which you feel the first time you put them on is lost over time. Due to their growing tightness, I often wear them without the backs up - like clogs. This makes them more comfortable but also makes them more likely to slip off when walking or even sitting in a chair with your legs up. They appear to be well made. No defects along the seams to date. They maintain their original color as well. Yet, I am still in search for something better. Yet I do recommend them to individuals without a wide foot. Rate: B
This Works Love Sleep Pillow Spray 50 ml
This Works Love Sleep Pillow Spray 50 ml
If you’ve ever had a sleepless night, then you know how stressful it is. It not only affects you the next day but seems to cause a chain reaction that can go on and on. Most nights are like this as I have fibromyalgia and have to take potent medicines to get any sleep at all.

This pillow spray is a more natural way of getting to sleep. It works on the aromatherapy principle by using natural oils. In this case it’s Ylang Ylang and Patchouli oils. Patchouli is used in traditional Asian medicine and amongst many things, it helps with anxiety, stress and depression. Ylang Ylang oil is good for, amongst many things, relaxation and sexual desire.

The combination should give you a sense of well-being and set the scenario for a better deeper sleep. It’s a simple pump spray that you can use to spray above your pillows and letting the fine mist settle on the pillows. This lets the aroma last longer than simply spraying into the air.

The elephant in the room of course, is the price. Currently, the price is set at £30 for a 50ml bottle. It’s steep but can you put a price on a good night’s sleep? You don’t need to use much, so it should last a long time. Of course, there’s no guarantee it will work for you and it’s up to you if you want to invest in a bottle to find out.

Overall, very expensive but just might be worth it.
Foval Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Privacy Screen Protector (3 Pack), (Bubble Free)(Case Friendly) Anti Spy Tempered Glass with Alignment Tool (6.7")
Foval Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Privacy Screen Protector (3 Pack), (Bubble Free)(Case Friendly) Anti Spy Tempered Glass with Alignment Tool (6.7")
This privacy screen is way better than than the ones I’ve used in the past! I was skeptical at first because I had used privacy screen protectors before and they made my front facing camera take darker pictures or they were too thick and my touch didn’t respond on my phone or they were too dark to see through but this one is the best one I’ve ever got !! It’s very clear from front view but from a side perspective no one can ease drop on your screen !! I love it and I’m gonna buy one for my husband and my sons phone too !!
Pantaya
Pantaya
Pantaya es muy buena opción para las personas que prefieren sus series y peliculas en espanol. El problema es que la diversidad de películas no es amplia. Lo peor de esto es la plataforma como tal. Es comer ver películas digitales aun usando videocasete. Es muy difícil adelantar o atrasar la película. Es imposible evaluar la pelicula como lo permiten otras plataformas. Tendrán que invertir dinero en desarrollarlo. Por ahora es un resuelve pero hay otras opciones.
Screen Magnifier for Mobile Phone, 12'' 3D Cell Phone Magnifier Projector Screen Enlarger HD for Videos, Movies, and Games, Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier, Compatible with Any Smartphones
Screen Magnifier for Mobile Phone, 12'' 3D Cell Phone Magnifier Projector Screen Enlarger HD for Videos, Movies, and Games, Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier, Compatible with Any Smartphones
 When I watch YouTube or some other media on my phone even when I have the quality setting all the way up I still can’t see some of the smaller details.
This screen magnifier really helps show those smaller details without having to pinch and zoom which in some cases isn’t possible.
I like the fact that the screen and the backdrop/holder fold neatly into each other for a slim profile and protective top.
Technically you can just put in your briefcase/laptop bag or similar and take it with you as it really is lightweight.
I personally just use it at home when I’m chillin’
inkxpro 600 ml Dye Ink Refill Set de alta definición para CIS/CISS o cartuchos recargables con tinta T79: Impresoras Stylus Photo 1400, 1410, Artisan 1430
inkxpro 600 ml Dye Ink Refill Set de alta definición para CIS/CISS o cartuchos recargables con tinta T79: Impresoras Stylus Photo 1400, 1410, Artisan 1430
These inks are very good quality. These are dye-based inks as opposed to the pigment-based inks I had been using. There are differences. I print on extremely thin paper (which is not recommended by Epson). Dye-based ink seems to penetrate deeper into the paper than pigment-based. The InkXPro pigment inks are more waterproof and will not smear or bleed, even if moistened, once the print has dried. These dye-based inks seem to always release at least a small amount of ink if dried and them moistened. I’ve tested by moistening, laying a clean sheet of paper over the print and rolling with a brayer. There is never transfer from the pigment ink and always transfer from the dye ink. I have to say that it doesn’t bleed and make the image fuzzy. Perhaps there is dye on the surface of the paper? Now, during printing, I have to carefully adjust the black level as the black in particular seems to wick slightly. However, this is never a problem if you print on Epson recommended papers. The ink is UV resistant, fade proof, water resistant and will print photos that will outlive you.
King Regal Regaliz Inglesa - bolsa 1 kg
King Regal Regaliz Inglesa - bolsa 1 kg
Me ha encantado este producto, pero lo que no entiendo es porque está disponible para comprar el pack de 6 kilos y no "hay" existencias del pack de 1 kilo. El envío super-rápido, llego antes de lo previsto

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