Harold Foster

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JavaScript: The Web Warrior Series
JavaScript: The Web Warrior Series
JavaScript: The Web Warrior Series by Sasha Vodnik and Don Gosselin. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Harry Potter og Fangen fra Azkaban: Harry Potter 3
Harry Potter og Fangen fra Azkaban: Harry Potter 3
Harry Potter og Fangen fra Azkaban: Harry Potter 3 by J.K. Rowling, Torstein Bugge Høverstad - translator, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Théodore Boone - Coupable ? (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - Coupable ? (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - Coupable ? (French Edition) by John Grisham and Emmanuel Pailler. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
I Blame Stephen King
I Blame Stephen King
I Blame Stephen King by Jason Finnerty. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 64 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Database Design and SQL for DB2
Database Design and SQL for DB2
Database Design and SQL for DB2 by James Cooper. Rated 2.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Oracle Database 12c For Beginners
Oracle Database 12c For Beginners
Oracle Database 12c For Beginners by Srikanth Pragada. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
China (We Come from)
China (We Come from)
China (We Come from) by Julia Waterlow. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story
How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story
I recently finished reading "How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story." I was so impressed with the book that I am purchasing copies for each of my children and for many of my friends. It was both informative and inspirational. As one who has been involved in higher level management for many years -- I am currently serving as a college president -- the book comes to mind almost daily and reminds me of the importance of integrity and the value of customers (in our case, students). In fact, I am using the portions regarding customer relations as the basis for some training that we are doing in that area. I am blessed to know Mr. Child and Mr. Benedict and this book is the real thing -- it was a quick but inspiring read.
Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture (Postmillennial Pop Book 15)
Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture (Postmillennial Pop Book 15)
It's a little bizarre that a popular (at least according to Amazon sales figures) book about passing along media or commentary has gone over a month without having a review posted. I think it's because this is an ingenious, yet jam-packed book that looks at online participation and the sharing of information from a unique perspective that just plain forces you to think. This is not a quick read.

While there are plenty of social media books out that look at the "new phenomenon" of sharing as an organizational strategy or as platforms of tools as compelling new ways to share, the authors of "Spreadable Media" look more at the material itself that is or isn't being shared. What characteristics of materials make people want to spread them? What's in it for the sharer? When people read, hear or watch something that makes them want to circulate it, what triggers that decision? The authors point out there's nothing really new about this motivation. The passing down of keepsakes, family heirlooms, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, family trees, etc. has gone on for generations. First the photocopier and now social media platforms have just made it easier and almost instantaneous.

The main focus of the book is on the broadcast, mass-media business model of "stickiness" of content vs. the parallel concept of "spreadability." It's becoming increasingly apparent that if media doesn't spread today, it's dead--like a film/song/book/work of art/best practice no one sees/hears/reads/studies/tries. So while there's a loss of control in allowing your audience to manipulate and pass along one's creative effort, there's also an expanded opportunity that it will uncover new audiences and be more widely acclaimed than if you protect it and threaten users for "stealing it." Corporations, institutions, universities and other power structures are starting to recognize that.

Perhaps one reason "Spreadable Media" may be slow to generate reviews is in the sheer breadth of their analysis. My personal reason for reading "Spreadable Media" was to create company communities where members will pass along content to co-workers and customers to expand product knowledge and benefits and ultimately to increase sales. Some of the most insightful information I've read about this topic is indeed covered in this book. The authors portray "lurkers" (the bane of online communities where the vast majority of members who only consume others' information without contributing any of their own) as only learning and biding their time until they too understand the rules and start to participate. In Chapter 5 they even describe what makes materials sharable. This will help me to completely rethink the development of content rather than just to focus on why community members are either engaged or not.

The density issue comes into play, however, as they go through a variety of entertainment, mass-media examples about how and why we are all moving toward spreadability. These examples are interesting to consider but can be difficult to digest. There are probably few readers who have all these perspectives who can follow these various threads. So if the authors have done anything "wrong" in the book it is just the amount of commentary on how much our culture is changing to address ways that we learn across all aspects of our lifestyles. In summary then, "Spreadable Media" is a great book but prepare yourself for some pretty deep but original thinking as Jenkins, Ford and Green argue for the increasingly networked world we're all living in.
2017 President Donald Trump Inaugural Silver EAGLE Commemorative Novelty Coin 38mm. 45th President of the United States of America CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
2017 President Donald Trump Inaugural Silver EAGLE Commemorative Novelty Coin 38mm. 45th President of the United States of America CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Came as described except for the certificate of authenticity card that was shown on the item description page. After seeing the shipping package that it came from China, I'm not surprised. Would have liked for this to have been made in the U.S. As an immigrant who came here legally, waited, took the test, and took an oath to abide by the laws of this union and to protect this union from all threats foreign and domestic, I am appalled by the left leaning media that represents anyone who is not a liberal as being white supremacists. There are law abiding citizens who believe in the rule of law and the vote and who believe that the extreme right are kept in check by the laws and the Constitution, but the extreme left is given maintream voice in the media to advocate the breaking of U.S. laws. Every decade, I see the center moderate voices overdrowned not by the extreme right who are kept in check, but by the extreme left, and the middle class dwindling.
Donald Trump Is a Tremendous President, and CNN Is a Tremendous Piece of Garbage: Deport the Crooked Media and Also Deport Mexican Illegals and Obama and People Who Prefer Fake News to Fox News
Donald Trump Is a Tremendous President, and CNN Is a Tremendous Piece of Garbage: Deport the Crooked Media and Also Deport Mexican Illegals and Obama and People Who Prefer Fake News to Fox News
I kinda like how the author takes the perspective of someone who idolizes Trump. It kind of got repetitive becuse the author would constantly say how "Trump is the best president ever, CNN is fake news, Fox is real news, deport Mexicans, Obama and Hillary bad and crooked, Trump is always right". You get how this book will be by reading the first chapter of the book and everything else afterwards is just repeating itself over and over again.
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.
By Bob Dylan - Chronicles: Volume One (1st Edition) (9.5.2004)
By Bob Dylan - Chronicles: Volume One (1st Edition) (9.5.2004)
Many people mentioned early in his career are familiar to me. Had no idea they had anything to do with Bob. He started out with folk, comedy, old time musicians, and and many guys in the music industry. Being in the right place and meeting and impressing certain persons with his songs, he scored a record contract within 9 months while in New York. At 20 he was playing before crowds and created such a sensation that many thought was the new guru and the stardom eventually wore him down and turned him against the press and most of the public. Many funny and intentionally foolish answers to the interviewers.
Jordan Air Jumpman Team 2
Jordan Air Jumpman Team 2
Overall the sneaker looks great , the box I received them in was completely damaged. Anybody who takes care of their sneakers knows the box is just as important.
10 Pack Natural Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes, BPA-Free Eco-Friendly Soft Bristles Charcoal Toothbrushes, Black/White
10 Pack Natural Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes, BPA-Free Eco-Friendly Soft Bristles Charcoal Toothbrushes, Black/White
Prior to this purchase, I've been using a soft-bristle Colgate brush - which has stayed in good shape for so long that at this point I feel like it might be eternal and I just need to switch already. I figured that switching to something more environmentally-friendly is a good idea, and this was my first pick because the handle seems more comfortable than some other wooden brushes (it's more rounded on the sides). However, since I'm switching to this from a toothbrush that I thought was amazing in every way besides it being made from plastic, my toothbrush expectations are pretty high now. I've read some comments that said it takes some time to get used to a wooden brush and I think it's because wooden brushes are shaped slightly differently (more flat, more rectangular). It might be a bit weird for some people, but also not that big of a deal. However, the wooden part could've been better in this version if it was smoothed out just a tiny bit more. I mean, I don't think I'd get a splinter from using this brush, but there is quite a bit of room for improvement in this regard. The more important aspect are the actual bristles. They're just not as soft as the ones on my old brush. And when you look at them you can see that some weren't even cut like they were supposed to in order to get that soft effect. The bristles themselves might also be a bit thicker. So overall, the brush works, and this pack has a whole 10 of them so it will last me a while, but I hope to find something better next time I'm purchasing brushes.
Usher / Burn
Usher / Burn
Ich benutze dieses Vinyl als Deko, da ich Fan von älteren Medien bin und von Usher natürlich. Zusammen mit einem Ikea Rahmen für Schallplatten ein Hingucker für jeden Besucher!
Dough-Joe Pizza Steel Baking Sheet The Samurai--15" x 15" x 1/4
Dough-Joe Pizza Steel Baking Sheet The Samurai--15" x 15" x 1/4
I needed a stone that wasn't going to crack again and read many articles touting the benefits of steel. The best feature I'd read about was the supreme crust texture and fast cooking using a steel. And because it's steel - no cracking and will last forever.

I originally ordered the 3/8" size. This wasn't even the thickest one. It was so heavy I couldn't pull the oven rack out to slide the pizza onto it. I mean it was HEAVY! Like break your foot heavy. Ideally for the thicker steels the oven rack should be low enough that you don't need to pull it out and can just leave it there.

Not to be deterred I exchanged the 3/8" for the 1/4". The seller, Dough-Joe was awesome for doing this, thanks! I can say the difference in crust browning was so minor between the two thicknesses it was not an issue for me. However it's still a nice choice for pizza enthusiasts that will appreciate that slight difference. I preheat for 45 minutes to 500°. With the 1/4" I was able to pull the oven rack out slightly and slide my pizza onto it without incident. I lightly dust my pizza dough with flour as I hand stretch and shape it. Only when I'm ready to put toppings on, do I place the dough on a lightly floured wood peel. I work fast so it doesn't stick. I keep sauce to a minimum and keep toppings away from edges. Using a peel isn't as tricky if it's floured. I prefer wood as it soaks up moisture but may try a metal one later for comparison. If you make a really large pizza with heavy toppings, it's not a going to be easy to slide it off the peel, and may tear. I use a large metal spatula to coax just the edge of the pizza off the peel at an angle and onto the very back of the baking steel. The dough should stick instantly to the hot steel, which is preferred allowing you to easily slide the peel out from underneath. I find that easier than trying to slide the whole pizza off at once. Whatever works best for you! I'd say getting your pizza onto the baking steel takes some practice. You can use a pizza screen and avoid all those problems but won't get that beautiful color under the pizza crust, but you'll still get a great tasting pizza!

It takes only 6 minutes to get a mottled pattern on the underside of crust by baking directly on your steel. The crust will be crisp yet chewy. Cooked much longer and your pizza will be very crisp, and may dry out. It will also depend on the thickness of your dough. If adding basil or arugula, I toss with olive oil and add to pizza right after removing from oven. Otherwise it dries & shrivels up. I prefer mozzarella, romano and parmesean cheeses. Avoid pre-shredded as it contains anti-caking agents which tend to produce dry, crisp cheese and not melt as smoothly as mozzarella.

The pizza crust baked on this steel rivals a quality pizzeria. I especially love big, airy bubbles. Homemade pizza dough isn't an exact science, so your crust may look different each time, but that's what makes it fun! The underside of the crust always has dark mottled browning, which gives it that wonderful crisp yet chewy texture. Put pizza on a cooling rack after baking so it doesn't get soggy. I can honestly say my best pizzas ever on this steel!

There are different baking variations on pizza blogs. such as putting the steel on the 2nd rack - then turning on the broiler. Or pizza steel on one rack, pizza stone above it to mimic a pizza oven. Be sure you know your ovens limitations. Although I have a "professional home oven", by doing the heat and broil method, it was so hot, it confused my oven thermostat/circuit panel and shut my oven down. I had to have it reset after it cooled. Not the pizza steel fault, just oven limitations. I now just bake on a lower rack at 500° - causes no issues and pizza is consistently delicious, chewy and crisp. If cooking multiple pizzas, let steel heat for 10 minutes in between. Also if your dough has a little hole or paper thin areas, patch it or it will stick if sauce or toppings seep through. Whatever you do, be careful not to drop any toppings/sauce on your oven window - it could crack with the temperature variation. Hence only pull out the rack slightly (if at all) to get your pizza onto the steel.

The steel is seasoned and it's a brown color. I seasoned it again with a thin layer of avocado oil for one hour at 500°. (I'd advise doing outside on a grill as it smoked heavily). After that one season, the surface was black with more slippage and ready to use and no smoking. If toppings or sauce slip-off and begin to burn, let pizza finish cooking. When pizza is removed, use a metal spatula to scrape off any burnt bits. (Much easier to do while steel is hot). If it cools you'll need to remove, wet the cooked on chunks and scrape off with metal spatula/scraper. Wipe a thin layer of oil and that's it. Oily residues are fine, and washing it isn't necessary - you want the nice seasoning a cast-iron pan develops. Raised cooked-on food should always be scraped off as it makes the surface bumpy and sticky. I'd also recommend high-quality silicone oven mitts and a cooling rack. Once you get past the learning curve - you won't go back to a traditional stone! Also watch some YouTube videos for tips on making pizza dough and using a pizza steel.

Happy Baking!
Lord Of The Rings Boxed Set
Lord Of The Rings Boxed Set
I'm a fan of Tolkien and his works and lately have been interested in purchasing copies of really nice anniversary editions. I turns out the one's that I have been looking for have been getting rather old (and have been out of print for a while), the 60th Anniversary hardcover boxed set included. I've looked around on other sites and usually finding these new would run upwards of two to three hundred dollars, so this one coming in at around one hundred (when including shipping) was a good price.

Mine shipped from Poland where apparently proper packaging hasn't been invented yet! The set arrived in a box (a bit too large for it) beat up from the trip, with only a bit of crumpled up paper inside to keep it from sliding around. Upon arrival, the paper was at this point flattened and the set would slide easily in the box. Despite this, the set actually arrived in pretty decent condition. The outer casing had a few minor dents on the edges but the corners were in good shape so I don't think these were caused by the shipping conditions from Poland to the US.

There is a curve/lip to the set cover that exposes a bit of the dust covers on the first book and the readers companion; on the first book it has left a light blank impression on the dust cover but no creasing. On the reader's companion this lip has creased the dust cover, but no black marking is left on it. This is the extend of the flaws on the as received product that is discernable to me. The set was received in the original plastic wrapping with the publisher's sticker on it, though as you might imagine it was a bit worn and coming off in places, which I attribute to the age.

The books themselves were in excellent condition; pages crisp with the new-book smell, sharp and well-defined corners on the hardcover binding... It's just a beautiful work of art. The set cover has served it's purpose by protecting everything inside of it. Since I purchased this set specifically for reading, the flaws that I received it with are perfectly acceptable to me. I have other sets and editions that sit and look pretty on the shelf which are in better condition, hence the 4-star review, but overall, this is a great work of art that I look forward to enjoying for years to come. If you are looking for the hardcover 60th edition new in very good condition (but not mint-condition), especially for reading use, I would recommend this. Your mileage MAY vary on the shipping aspect, however--I just want to mention this caveat so you don't forget.
For the Love of Lilah: The Calhoun Women
For the Love of Lilah: The Calhoun Women
This is such a great book, that I look forward to going back and reading these stories again like some that I already have, and I am impatient to read the rest of Nora Roberts' stories right now. Hot, Hot, Hot, love scenes, a well written, creative and intriguing story about family plus inventive, vivid characters, all on top of seriously wonderful love and romance. Each story is about one key person, usual in a family, or close group of friends, they are linked through intricate, messy links and it's almost like a movie you get the privilege of witnessing about these people's powerful, emotional, and often times painful journey towards falling in love. Roberts is one of my most favorite author's, and she doesn't disappoint in this series. Her unique style and classy, yet moving love scenes, paint a beautiful picture that leaves a person longing for something similar for themselves. All of that is combined into this fantastic series and make this book a "must-have"!!!! I didn't want to set it down....seriously!! Lol I was nodding off over my book on several different occasions. Worth the price and more to have a Nora Roberts book in your library collection!!!!!!
Im Schatten unserer Wünsche: Die Clifton Saga 4 - Roman (Die Clifton-Saga) (German Edition)
Im Schatten unserer Wünsche: Die Clifton Saga 4 - Roman (Die Clifton-Saga) (German Edition)
Der Autor lässt am Ende eines Kapitels viele Fragen offen. Da zwischendurch dann die Erzählform auf eine andere Person wechselt, muss man konzentriert bleiben, um die offenen Fragen nicht aus dem Auge zu verlieren.
Ein sehr spannendes Buch und ich kann es kaum erwarten, den nächsten Teil der Clifton-Saga zu verschlingen. Schwierig ist für mich, die lange Wartezeit dazwischen.
The Tall Stranger: A Novel
The Tall Stranger: A Novel
INMO Louise L'Amour is the best Western writer. The Tall Stranger is the third book of his I've read. Its an easy read. Read it in a few hours. This is one of his earlier works.

We see a wagon train heading out to California having problems. Up comes this handsome, charming man in white hat on his horse and tells them there is another route further south. Harper is a lying bad person. He routes the wagon train to a beautiful valley. The bad Harper has deadly gunfighters with him. He plans to use the settlers to start a war with the big valley/ranch owner Bishop so he can take the ranch for himself.

Our hero the tall stranger tells them don't go that way as you will have to fight Indians and a big rancher named Bishop owns the land and there will be trouble. Big Indian fight. and the tall stranger falls in love with a women on the wagon train.

Lots of gunfighting, and a huge fist fight seen. Lots of action. Anyone loving the wild west will like this book.

I won't ruin it for you by saying too much more. Only thing I've noticed so far with the 3 books of Louise L'Amour I've read there seems to be several patterns. Why in each of the books does a horse have to be shot and killed ( 2 good guys' horses and 1 bad guy's horse)? Also all 3 endings are typical and basically the same. I gave Sackett and Silver Canyon 5 stars but this one seems not as strong a character development as the others. The scenery and Western Environment description was fantastic as usual. Can't go wrong reading a Louise L'Amour book so far. The Tall stranger added to our family library. 4 stars.
Dragon Ball Daizenshu: World Guide
Dragon Ball Daizenshu: World Guide
Once again a fair warning- this book IS in Japanese, so don't expect an easy read. Though this is the smallest of the initial 7 Daizenshyuu, it certainly doesn't contain the least. The book begins with a nice foldout of character design sketches which Toriyama went through before he decided on the final designs for certain characters. Following that is a colorful guide to the many sections of the Dragonball universe, from the Heavens right down to Earth. Next you'll find information on the Dragonballs themselves and the two dragons used to summon them, Porunga and Shenron. After this is a list of "Racial Groups" including Saiyajin, Namekkuseijin, Monsters, and Humans contianing nice background info on the specific groups. Taking up roughly the middle of the book is the "World View", which is maps of the heavens as well as the Dragonball earth each with detailed descriptions of each spot and its significance. For a break in the flow of information, the next section is a colored recreation of the Dr. Slump/Dragonball crossover chapter of the Dragonball manga. Back into the info, the next section is "Grapple" which details the fighting styles used in Dragonball as well as summaries of the Tenkaichi Budoukai. Finishing off the "World Guide" is an illustrated list of all the machines and items used in the Dragonball series. The last few pages are, as always, devoted to an interview with Akira Toriyama himself.
The Beatrix Potter Needlepoint Book
The Beatrix Potter Needlepoint Book
arrived on time in good condition, i lived in cumbria, and moved away so its lovely to be able to make cross stitch pictures that remind me of my time there.the book as wonderful and clear charts to follow, cant wait to get started on my projects. very pleased
Little Miss Bad (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 32)
Little Miss Bad (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 32)
I was very pleased with all the books which I received in the 'Little Miss' range. They arrived very quickly and were in excellent condition. My granddaughter is thrilled to bits with them as she is collecting the whole set!! She has got her friends really interested as well and they are doing 'swopsies'.
Thank you for your professionalism and fast delivery.
Thunderball (James Bond (Original Series))
Thunderball (James Bond (Original Series))
‘Thunderball’ had its origins as a screenplay that Fleming was working on with two other writers so, in a sense, it would seem ready-made for film with Fleming’s book as the novelization of the screenplay. All of this took shortly before the famous film series was launched, with ‘Thunderball’ coming out over a year before the film ‘Dr. No.’ It is a fairly cinematic novel, although there is still much exposition and internal monologue that would need to be excised from any workable screenplay.

Unlike the film series, in which the terrorist organization SPECTRE and its master mind Ernst Stavro Blofeld were introduced from the beginning, ‘Thunderball’ is the first novel of the series that features this organization and its supervillain. The reason for the emergence of SPECTRE is partially because the Soviet organization Smersh was dismantled by Nikita Khrushchev in 1958. What are ex-foreign spies to do to stay in business? Blofeld provides them with a second career, assembling ex-Smersh, Gestapo, Mafiosi and other refugees from foreign intelligence. SPECTRE is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. The mission that will thrust them on the world stage is a blackmail plot involving the hijacking of a jet carrying two nuclear bombs. Ransom letters are sent both to the Prime Minister of Britain and the President of the United States giving them seven days to hand over $300,000,000. Or is that pounds? It’s a large amount (for 1961) regardless of the currency. This, of course, is Terrorism circa early 1960’s, where the terrorists issue warnings with escape clauses (at least on the surface), unlike their 21st century counterpart Al Qaeda.

By coincidence, Bond has already encountered a key player in the SPECTRE plot, whom he made an enemy with a vendetta by reporting him for his connection with the Red Lightning Tong criminal organization. Bond follows his hunches and suspects, rightly, that Emilio Largo, a rich Italian property owner in the Bahamas with a massive luxury yacht, is the agent responsible for executing the plan for removing the bombs from the sunken aircraft and transporting them to a location where they can be detonated. Bond is reunited with his old C.I.A. buddy Felix Leiter and they both make the acquaintance of Largo. Meanwhile, Bond also coincidentally makes the acquaintance of Largo’s mistress, Domino Vitali, who also happens to be the sister of the primary hijacker who was himself murdered by other SPECTRE agents.

Despite the grandiosity of the scenario and the megalomania of the villains, Fleming infuses ‘Thunderball’ with a convincing air of authenticity. The sadism of the villains is more understated than those from ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘Dr. No’ and ‘From Russia With Love’ and the hand to hand combat minimized (or at least confined to underwater battles).The characters are actually relatively believable and their motivations stem naturally from what we know of them. Even though the blackmail plot is far-fetched it holds together better than Goldfinger’s ludicrous Ft. Knox heist. Largo possesses a smooth, oily charm (merely the veneer for malevolent desires) that I can see not tipping off the unsuspecting. In other words, he doesn’t walk around like Dr. No and Goldfinger with a sign on his head stating ‘I’m a world class villain’.

Domino, the obligatory Bond girl (the only one in this novel as opposed to the three or four in most of the films), is also a fully dimensional person (at least within the dimensions of the world of Bond). She is tough and refuses to back down even when tortured. She is not demonstrative in her swooning to Bond’s animal charms and she also saves his life.

Felix Leiter, in some novels simply the C.I.A. sidekick whose presence signifies that Fleming is throwing the Americans a bone, is here in all his sarcastic glory. There is much more dialogue in this novel between him and Bond than in previous novels. His role in the case is almost as essential as Bond’s and he has a wry, cynical outlook that he never hesitates to express. Actually, he reminds me of Donald Hamilton’s American James Bond equivalent, Matt Helm (forget the absurd Dean Martin film depiction). This is probably as close as we will ever get to see what the experience of Bond and Helm working together would be like.

I see this novel as Fleming’s attempt to move James Bond forward in time—new decade, new villains. This is the international espionage of the future, he seemed to be saying, where spying can no longer be viewed as the opposition of nationalities but as the opposition of national world powers with freelance terrorist organizations. In a general sense, his prediction was on the nose even if the details differed significantly.
Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief: Two Holiday Novels
Deck the Halls/The Christmas Thief: Two Holiday Novels
Deck the Halls. California private detective Regan Reilley flies home to New Jersey to spend the holidays with her parents. Regan visits her mother, Nora a patient at the Manhattan Hospital for Special Surgery for a leg she broke tripping over a rug. At her mother's room, Regan also sees her father Luke, a funeral home owner, who quickly races off to attend the Goodloe funeral before going onto a dentist. However, Luke never makes his appointments as Petey the Painter and C.B. Dingle kidnap him for providing terrible financial advice. C.B. demands Nora send them one million dollars for the safe return of her spouse and his driver. Regan searches for her abducted father starting at the dentist's office where she meets local amateur detective Alvirah Meehan, who offers her help.

The Christmas Thief. Con artist Packy Noonan talked people into investing over 100 million in his phony shipping company, but though his confederates escaped Packy went to jail. After serving twelve years he heads to Stowe, Vermont to get the diamonds that are hidden in an eighty foot blue spruce tree belonging to his former employees Lenny and Viddy. He doesn't know the tree is heading to Rockefeller Center. Others head to Stowe like Alviah Meshim and Megan Reilly with a convergence about to occur.

These are reprints of entertaining lighthearted mystery collaborations of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Each entry is fun as stars from the mother daughter authors' solo books team up for the holidays. Although the underlying premises for the action are stretches, no one will care these are enjoyable Christmas suspense thrillers.

Harriet Klausner
Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter - 24 Vinyl Figures (2020)
Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter - 24 Vinyl Figures (2020)
I've really looked forward to these calendars. This year was a disappointment on so many levels.

First, there's the duplicates others talk about. Half, and I mean numerically 12 out of 24, are duplicates from prior years. I know 24 new designs each year is a lot...but it's what we're expecting if you release a new box.

Second, several of them are damaged. Fang has a huge chunk out of his head and damage to his ear. One (of THREE, and a repeat at that) Dumbledore has a large mispaint on his glasses. Cat-Hermione and Draco (again, a duplicate) have huge seams in their heads/hairlines. One of the Harry's has weird either mis-molding, mispainting, or mis-connection on his jaw.

So between those two issues, I only got 9 new, high quality figures...when I paid for 24.

On top of those issues, the product was also delayed. It was originally scheduled for delivery Oct 19 but didn't ship until Oct 22, meaning it reached me almost a month late. Despite ordering from the official Funko store on Amazon which I did specifically to avoid delay or quality issues.

This is hugely disappointing to me and I'm not sure I'll bother buying a box if they do one next year.
Hard Hat Harry: Ship and Boat Adventures
Hard Hat Harry: Ship and Boat Adventures
I'm not happy to see the review from jan 30 2016 by jon on a child's show review. Administrators, please filter and remove so I don't need to explain to my 5 and 7 year olds why it says that!!!!!!
USAOPOLY Hogwarts Battle - The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion Card Game
USAOPOLY Hogwarts Battle - The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion Card Game
Part of our favorite family game! Adding Luna to the mix was a nice change, plus new creatures and encounters. Watch out, there's a few misprints.
I was confused the first time we played so I contacted the company and these are the changes. I just whited out over the titles and corrected it.

Thank you for contacting USAopoly. You are indeed correct; there were a couple of typo's on the cards. Here is the correct list of cards (with typos) that you should have in your game.

(unfortunately, we did not make any replacement/corrected cards)
Harry Potter Expansion Monsters
Game 1
Dark Arts and Encounter cards should be:
Fluffy Creature card
Norbert Creature card
Cornish Pixies Creature card
Troll Creature card
Basilisk Villain-Creature card (although it says: Game 2, It is for Game 1. This is a typo)
Dementor Villain Creature card (although it says: Game 3, it is for Game 1. This is a typo)

Location cards should be:
Location Castle Gates (1 of 3)
Location Hagrid’s Hut (2 of 3)
Location Great Hall (3 of 3)

Ability card: Care of Magical Creatures – Proficiency (although it says: Game 6, this is for Game 1. This is a typo)

The remaining cards are correct.

Dark Arts:
Menacing Growl (2 cards)
Slugulus Fructo! (1 card)
Blast-Ended (1 card)
Raging Troll (2 cards)
Inquisitorial Squad (2 cards)

Encounter cards:
Peskipiksi Pesternomi! (1)
Students out of bed (1)
Third Floor corridor (1)
Harry Potter & Order Phoenix Ravenclaw
Harry Potter & Order Phoenix Ravenclaw
Super fan so collecting these makes sense to me, so same feedback as the rest. Each has something unique but not as much as the first book which I think had more cool pages. This still is very ravenclaw and I love it.
The Sandwich Man [Region 2]
The Sandwich Man [Region 2]
I have a soft spot for Michael Bentine,the fifth Goon. Sometimes he could be a little slow,and not everyone's cup of tea. There are one or two less than exciting moments in this film. Who today would black up and pretend to be Indians? But on the whole this film is fascinating because it shows London fifty years ago,when our capital still had sizable docks,and the cast is wonderful and shows what superb actors we produced back then. The photography and sound recording are excellent due to the first class transfer. and if you fancy a change from the dreary stuff on TV I recommend this lovely film to you.
Funko Pop! Disney: Holiday - Mickey
Funko Pop! Disney: Holiday - Mickey
Funkos are my addiction! Lol I despise Christmas, but it's Mickey, so I had to get one. It is what was expected. It's colorful and stands well on its own. Would be a nice addition to anyone's Funko collection or even a Disney collection (which I also collect).
Great Highland Bagpipe, Full Size, Rosewood, Imitation & Nickle Mounts, Tartan, Learn to play Booklet
Great Highland Bagpipe, Full Size, Rosewood, Imitation & Nickle Mounts, Tartan, Learn to play Booklet
not very well made at all, i had to clean out the practice chanter with a drill bit because it came clogged, the bagpipes and practice chanter were dirty and had scratches and dents like it was used, the chanter and drone reeds are junk and also scratched, i got these as a christmas present and you only have 14 days after shipment date to return them and since they are shipped from outside the country it was pretty much a waste of 200 dollars.
The Secret Self (Nexus)
The Secret Self (Nexus)
If you like Domination, Spanking, and Incest, this book is for you. I did enjoy the details of dressing and the author did a great job in making you see the world through Eve's eyes. There were times I pictured myself as her. I didn't care for all the bondage, domination, and spanking that occured. I think it went over the top being way to submissive. I enjoyed her aunt and kind of wished I had an aunt that would help me dress. In my opinion though, some of the sexual acts between Eve and her aunt were unnecessary. And for someone being completely passable, why did it take to the upper 20's to finally go out in public? For crossdressers/ and transgenderists who don't care for domination/ bondage, you may want to read something else.
Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars Season 1
Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars Season 1
This is a very interesting and well-made documentary featuring some of the biggest names that helped to paint the canvas of the video game industry. Comprehensive and features the very beginning to the 32-bit revolution. Howard Lincoln, Ralph Baer, Steve Jobs, Nolan Bushnell... all with unseen footage and interviews, simply fascinating and captivating. If you are video game fan, you owe it to watch this.
Il Ladro Di Scarpe (Italian Edition)
Il Ladro Di Scarpe (Italian Edition)
I know the quality of paper, clarity of print and general appearance of a book shouldn't sway you, but they do in my case. The paper is smooth, white and quite rigid, and the print is clear, sharp-edged and black (it does however reflect electric light at some angles).

The main story covers 41 pages - equivalent to about 28 full pages of print, with 6 pages of colour illustrations - the rest being gaps at the end of chapters. Then come a couple of pages of illustrated cultural information with colour photos, and finally 17 pages of exercises on the chapters to test your knowledge, complete with answers. The quality of the downloadable audio recording is excellent as regards clarity, and although the speed is perhaps faster than some would like, it is not unreasonably fast and is suitable at this level of learning.

The story itself is intriguing enough to maintain interest and does also have a comment to make about traditional craftsmanship in Italy. There is also a love story element, but nothing major.

My copy is a 2015 first edition. I mention this because a previous story by the same publisher I have from 2011 is a smaller book, with slightly smaller print, no colour and a generally less impressive appearance. I notice many of these stories are being published in new editions and would recommend getting those, although this new story is not labelled as a new edition.
Simple Mobile LG Rebel 4 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone (Locked) - Black - 16GB - Sim Card Included - GSM
Simple Mobile LG Rebel 4 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone (Locked) - Black - 16GB - Sim Card Included - GSM
The phone itself is nice for the price, but it's not new despite what description says. It is sealed like a new phone but I called Simple Mobile and provided the IMEI number of the phone and I was told that this phone has been activated by another number before and it is not a new phone. I can still activate it with my own number and there won't be any issue but obviously I don't want a used phone so I had to return it.
Always provide the IMEI number and make sure that you get a new phone before activating your sim card.
Tata Sampann Moong Chilka, 500g
Tata Sampann Moong Chilka, 500g
Rating - zero star..... I always order Tata pulses but this time during covid i have received very bad quality moong dal chilka..... Its foul smell is coming from it so can't use it. So I had to throw away full pack. Very disappointed :(
24 Mantara 24 Mantra Organic Besan - 2 Lb,, ()
24 Mantara 24 Mantra Organic Besan - 2 Lb,, ()
This is the best besan flour or garbanzo bean flour I have ever tried. It doesn’t have a bitter taste or strong smell and seems to be of a premium quality. It’s priced well also, and I especially am happy to find a great, organic alternative. I’m going to reorder when I need more.
Lakrids by Bülow NO 3 - Licor de confitería danés
Lakrids by Bülow NO 3 - Licor de confitería danés
Extra für diesen Preis Qualität gegönnt.
Verpackung (Plastikdose): Schutzfolie unter Schraubdeckel bereits zu ca. 75 % abgerissen.

Inhalt: Heillos verklebter Klumpen. Alles pappt zusammen.

Geschmack: Banal fruchtig. Kein Lakritz-Geschmack. lol

Ausschußware. Unglaublich. Nepper, Schlepper, Bauernfänger. Richtig sauer.
Amarelli Regaliz - Spezzatina - Trocitos De Regaliz Puro Sin Aromas - 1000 gr
Amarelli Regaliz - Spezzatina - Trocitos De Regaliz Puro Sin Aromas - 1000 gr
La liquirizia arriva in un doppio imballaggio, all'interno di una busta di plastica contenuta nella scatola di cartone, rigorosamente firmata Amarelli (come da inserzione). Io ho poi preferito travasarla in un contenitore di latta per praticità, perché credo sia un po' scomoda da richiudere come confezione, ma eventualmente come incarto è carino anche da regalare. Sulla liquirizia in sé niente da dire, la qualità di Amarelli parla da sé ed il prezzo mi sembra molto conveniente. Al momento dell'acquisto (novembre 2020) la scadenza della confezione che ho ricevuto è giugno 2025, quindi decisamente più che ragionevole anche se se ne fa un consumo molto moderato.

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