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Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Of course, we all know famous people used to be children, but until reading this new book, I had not read short childhood biographies of people who changed the world, much less understood their common characteristics. The author does a service by writing this book for adults as it is true that there are biographies for children about these people.

The stories about the childhood of these geniuses have some striking and surprising commonalities, as well as interesting facts. All seven people did not have the exact same characteristics, but often four of them shared some trait or experience. Would we read this to try to develop such gifted people? No, as it is partly the time period of history, world events, and family life which combined to help them. Each person’s story is told until they are about age 21, then stops, as we all know the rest. The author’s observations chapter summarizes his thoughts. He provides a diagram of the traits for all of the people while showing which belong to each of the seven people. It does give one pause to think.

As a teacher, in the fall we would get our new class lists, and when we had maybe 15 boys and 7 girls, we would say it was preparation for a coming war. Who knows, but it stopped our possible complaining about how active our classes would be. What I mean is people are born at certain times and that the future doesn’t just happen all at once someday in the far future. A life starts at the beginning.

Yes, the times were important to allowing these people to excel in their chosen fields, as I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. But there was something going on from birth for each person, and the way was paved with a combination of intelligence, environment, family, and access to the technologies of the time. It began with perhaps being born with a large head, educated parents, or the conditions to foster curiosity and interest in learning. None of these people were complainers, and they all showed continued persistence, and had to deal with less than understanding teachers and principals. They all faced obstacles of some kind and, before reading this book, I had no idea how many things they each had to endure. Yes, luck was on their side, but they did not have completely easy lives. Reading this book shows how true it is when people say luck is how hard you work.

This book has implications for schools who may have gifted education courses to perhaps be more flexible about grade levels and have more willingness to try advanced curriculum with students who could possibly be mislabeled as having behavior issues. It was a near miss a few times for several of these people who obviously did make it through life, but not without having to change schools or be taught at home.

One interesting fact in the book is that some of the people were slow to speak, doing so at ages 3 or 4. I did teach several years of gifted education classes, and it was not unusual for a student to leave a challenge class to walk across the hall to the speech teacher. Of course, that doesn’t happen to all bright people, but it was interesting to me that it was one of the characteristics mentioned.

I recommend this book to bright secondary students struggling with the prescribed curriculum, parents dealing with gifted children and the related challenges, and schools looking to be more empathetic to very intellectual children. Often, it is a difficult road for children and families. This author understands.
BCBGeneration Women's Sleeveless Ruffle Dress
BCBGeneration Women's Sleeveless Ruffle Dress
La marca es muy buena definitivamente vale la pena cachar una oferta. He comprado varias vestidos de esta marca y todos han llegado en excelentes condiciones, sin embargo algo importante de comentar es que debido a que las prendas vienen de EU regularmente las tallas son más grandes, en mi caso adquirí XS cuándo en México compro S.
Go Power! GP-SW3000-12 3000-Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter
Go Power! GP-SW3000-12 3000-Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter
I'm new to the Solar Install crowd and I will prove it to you.

I've watched hundreds of youtube videos on the subject, but hard facts are hard to come by. It's difficult to decide who is giving accurate, complete, concise information.

The learning curve is long and cumbersome for me. I guess this is more about the lack of complete information on the products available to newbies like myself so this critique is more about my shortcomings and the Go Power endorsers who fail to give complete install instructions because they are receiving money for endorsing the product, as well as everybody in the industry pushing their products with confusing information.

Kudos to the ones that did do a thorough job.

I'm pretty certain I broke the green remote port on the back trying to figure out how to wire the chassy ground because the set screw is blocked by the remote manual port connection which effected the functioning of the go power remote switch now neither work.

I ordered the remote switch and the unit would only stay on as long as I was pushing the switch. I was then under the impression that the model that supersedes the B model didn’t work on my older GP3000. Talked to some dealers who said they don't even supply the B model switch that Go Power says is needed for this unit because it's no longer manufactured. (It's a 2016 product that no one manufactures anymore,) so you get the R model that supersedes the B model. So I thought it just wasn't compatible.

Talked to Go Power Customer Support, but wasn't sure I had damaged the green port at that time, but I think they knew and just didn't wish to pursue it. I'm pretty certain I broke it. Of course it's probably a simple soldering fix that I'm very capable of doing but getting inside of the unit is difficult and voids the warranty so that will have to wait.

The biggest hurdle was setting up a parallel solar array and the wire gauges and connectors that is needed with the heavier gp 3000 pure sine wave inverter. The system I’m shooting for is 7 amps x 6 panels in parallel = 42 amp current. (Ouch.). That needs at least a 50 amp fuse.

No one except on line suppliers carry the 4/0 wire or terminals for the 12 volt inverter install kit. I needed to purchase wire cutters big enough to cute 3/8 inches of wire and a crimper as well. That wire, by the way, doesn't fit/is too large to go into the inverter fuse block that came with the install kit and had to be trimmed to make it fit into the hole.

This unit is kind of out of date. I recommend going with the pricier IC version, (Inverter/Charger.) I would think It solves a lot of wiring and fusing issues or better yet the non-Charger unit that comes in two flavors: One that is a hard wired to your needs or the one that comes with a 20 amp dual receptacle, (both options are included in my older model.)

Since I dove into this project, I've taken it one step at a time. I ordered and am successfully using the Go Power Portable 120 watt panels that has an extra 10 watts. (Confused?). On the back of the panels it says an extra 10 Watts which comes with a Go Power Pulse Width Charge Controller or PWM.

Since I'm on a budget and still want as much inverter as I can get I ordered a MPPT 60 amp Chinese Charge Controller by One Solar which is a 2000 model that has outdated connections to your computer.

It tracks your usage, and adjusts the charge frequency. (I'm still holding out for an Out Back or Nigh Force.)

Today is the first day I'm totally using the small starter system on the MPPT controller. It's working as expected, totally overcast and this morning and today with light snow and it was reaching 17-20 volts consistently from the PV panels and maintained a minimum of 12.21 volts on our 4 Duracell Deep Cycle 230 Amp Hour Battery Bank, (go with the Trojan T105's if you can find some that haven't spend months on the display case.)

This all while we connected our entertainment system which includes a We Boost, WD USB 2TB usb drive, Sony Blue Ray player, and Sony Sound Bar, and a Hisense 43" Flat Screen Roku connected TV, and Apple TV between one and two hours.

The bottom line is the whole industry seems dedicated to 48 volt systems. That’s where the focus is, probably for a very good reason. Much less gauge wire sizes needed and more support by the industry in solar panel selection.

I’m on day one, a one day old newbie with respect to Solar Installs. Hope this helps. Good Luck

George
XYZ INVT Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3000 watt Power Inverter 48v DC to AC 120vSurge 6000 watt, Automotive Back Up Power Supply Car Inverter
XYZ INVT Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3000 watt Power Inverter 48v DC to AC 120vSurge 6000 watt, Automotive Back Up Power Supply Car Inverter
Certainly the downside of mail order. After sitting the box for 3 weeks, working fine for 2 weeks (carrying resistive loads of up to 700 amps), It failed 1 week past Amazons 30 day return (Oh, that old story) and crickets from the seller and manufacturer. The reviews that refer to this unit as over rated amperage are correct. It was not even putting out 2000 watts when it died.
Update: After the unit died I immediatley emailed the seller and the manufacturer. In all fairness, I did not know it was a holiday in China. Not to mention, it seems the world has come to a screeching halt. After waiting a day, I decided to call the manufacturer. Shirley and Qiana have been very pleasant, helpful and well spoken. We are currently working through the expected Q and A and its clear that I will be taken care of. This is not the place for the review of the seller but I had mentioned that I had heard nothing from the seller in this review. I was really happy with this inverter until it died. I was testing appliances one at a time. A 1.5 hour front loader washing machine load was fine. The inverter stopped working during the 2010 Built in Whirlpool dish washer cycle. Both the clothes washer and the dishwasher draw up to about 1100 watts measured with a real time utility meter. One would think that those would be safe with an inverter nominal rating of 3000/6000 watts. The fine print says inductive loads (electric motors) should be calculated at 2-7 times the rated value. Quick math says 1100 watts should be 2200-7700 watt inverter. The part that bothers me and the one star rating is the fact that the fuses did not blow. There are 8 - 20 amp internal fuses that are not easy to get to but you would think would protect the unit. They dont and they are not small sparks. It sounded like someone was welding. A little scary. My advice, for what its worth, make sure to get something that clearly states "protected". And, dont leave it sitting in the box for too long before you install it.
Update 2: Amazing customer service from China! I have updated from my one star review to five stars because Reliable stands firmly behind their products and customer satifaction. I have purchased the same Reliable brand and yes, larger, 7000 watt. I was completely and happily made whole for my first purchase through its warranty. When it comes to hard wired house solutions you cannot be too careful. I was connecting circuits to a solar sub panel connected to the inverter with 8ga wire through one 20 amp breaker. 120v x 20a = 2400w and testing one appliance at a time. I thought that I was safe with a 3000/6000W inverter. I would love to see a video review of intentionally driving every inverter above its nominal limit to see what it does before i purchased it. That would be comforting, at any time we could 'inadvertently' ask too much of our electrical system.
EDECOA 24V Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3500W DC 24V to AC 110V 120V 4 AC Outlets and 1 Hardwire Terminal with LCD Display and Remote Controller
EDECOA 24V Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3500W DC 24V to AC 110V 120V 4 AC Outlets and 1 Hardwire Terminal with LCD Display and Remote Controller
Upgraded from AIMS 1500w pure sine, NO REGRETS! I was concerned about going with a higher wattage unit because of the high "no load draw" but this unit claimed to be lower than any I've seen in its class, and it was! My 1500w watt AIMS unit drew 0.7a at idle and this unit at more than twice the wattage drew a mere 0.9a. Considering the fans run 90% less under my use case (500w for A/C all day) it consumes even less than the AIMS unit over all. Also, it's much quieter! My AIMS unit would turbo the two small fans on anytime the unit had a draw over 50w or above 20c degrees.... This unit however can hold its own up to 50c no problem, and, it can handle the 500w draw without turning on the fans-provided your ambient temps are under 85F. AND, haha, when they do turn on for heavy loads they are only half as loud as the AIMS unit because the fans are larger allowing them to push more air. Now for some non-performance details, this unit is SPLIT PHASE. I actually stumbled across this by accident. I have been running all my electronics for over a month now with zero problems. That includes an Inverter microwave, induction cooktop, standard compressor air conditioner, inverter compressor refrigerator, miscellaneous power tools, Etc. So it actually produces 60 volts across the black hot wire, and 60 Volt across the white neutral wire totalling 120v. The reason you should know this is incase you run your electrical through a breaker box as in my RV, shutting off an individual breaker only disconnects half the voltage. Your wires will still be alive with 60 volts ac. So be careful! I didn't see any mention of this in the description other than one line that said "reverse polarity". This is not a industry-standard functionality based term I am familiar with other than indicating a problem during the troubleshooting process, however in retrospect I think they may have been trying to indicate the presence of a split phase.
JBL MPS1000 10-Inch 250-Watt Powered Marine Subwoofer
JBL MPS1000 10-Inch 250-Watt Powered Marine Subwoofer
I'm somewhere inbetween. This really is a great little product, to be completely honest. Unfortunately a single one of these leaves a bit to be desired(In all fairness, I am a basshead, though). When the gains are adjusted appropriately, it has a nice little output. Jack them up and she gets loud as can be, but sounds sloppy. I would recommend it if you're not expecting to rattle everyone in the marina. If you want to, buy multiples. Great sounding units with moderate output. Also very convenient with the built in amplifier.
Ulefone Note 8(2020) Unlocked Smartphones, Unlocked 3G Cell Phones 5.5'' 2GB+16GB, Android 10 5MP+2MP Camera, Dual Sim Phone, 2700mAh Battery, Face ID, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, No Sprint& Verizon (Black)
Ulefone Note 8(2020) Unlocked Smartphones, Unlocked 3G Cell Phones 5.5'' 2GB+16GB, Android 10 5MP+2MP Camera, Dual Sim Phone, 2700mAh Battery, Face ID, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, No Sprint& Verizon (Black)
I like this phone. After breaking multiple phones that had cases & gorilla glass, I needed something that was tough. So far, this phone fits the bill. It has accidentally been dropped twice now with no effects. I like how everything appears to be nicely sealed up, all coverings are secure. I like that it can hold a SIM card and a SD card together. The camera works great even in low light. The flash doesn't appear to overcompensate. Front camera isn't too bad either. I like the Android 8.1 version. It's not loaded with bloatware but does include a few unique apps specific to the phone in the 'Toolbox'. This includes compass, bubble level, pic hanging, height meter, magnifier, & plumb Bob. I have not used these features as of yet.
One thing that's a little odd to me is the long screen aspect. It's 16:9. Nothing really bad, I'm just not use to it. Also, I have not used the fingerprint unlock feature so I'm not sure how well it really works.
The downside of this unlocked version is my data connection. I can only get 2G with my T-Mobile service. Apparently the frequency isn't the correct one for my area or something like that. My calls & text messages aren't affected, only the internet data. This is very frustrating for me as I am a high web surfer & use to my previous phone having the 4G connection. I use my WiFi when I'm at home bc it's faster. So do your research & check the frequencies for your carrier if you enjoy 4G. Otherwise, the phone itself is great for my needs but will probably be passed on to my teenage son when he's old enough for a phone. He definitely will need the rugged toughness of this phone.
I will update as I continue to use it.
sakobs Metal Detector, High Accuracy Waterproof Metal Detectors with LCD Display & LED Light, Discrimination & All Metal Mode 8.6 Inch Search Coil for Adults & Kids
sakobs Metal Detector, High Accuracy Waterproof Metal Detectors with LCD Display & LED Light, Discrimination & All Metal Mode 8.6 Inch Search Coil for Adults & Kids
This metal detector is great, light weight, very easy to assemble, easy to carry and use, it’s simple, reliable, sensitive to small item and incredibly accurate.
I took it with my hiking this weekend, a lot of funs for first treasure hunting. Good waterproof performance, no issues to search treasure in creeks.
It’s so exciting when you find something.
It also helped me to successfully located the survey pins on my irregularly shaped parcel of land, the iron property marks.
I am a 6ft tall man and am able to comfortably use this detector. It’s adjustable, so it will be good for kids for sure.
Thanos: Forging of Man
Thanos: Forging of Man
Not since The Never Ending Story have I found a more magical story! Once I started reading it I couldn’t stop until I reached the ending. In fact, I gave myself a book hangover because I read it in one day! The characters are richly developed and the magical creatures that I met along the way only lent to a more enjoyable story for me. One man who has worked and vowed his whole life to protect to sovereign of the kingdom became so much more in this story than just a protector. He has become a trainer in the arts of fighting, a friend and a father to his young charges that he would give his own life for. Not because he has to but out of love. I found myself smiling so many times throughout the story due to some of the many comical scenes along the way and also cringing in others. Thomas Watson’s very imaginative style of writing painted a very vivid picture in my mind as if I was watching a movie. The creatures came to life on the pages for me and I could actually see the griffons, fairies, dragons and all of the others as they played their roles in this magnificent story. This is a story for all ages, especially those who enjoy a wonderful fantasy written by an author who can spin a yarn and have you wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book in this highly entertaining series!
Red Dawn (1984)
Red Dawn (1984)
I first saw this as s kid and taped it. Hadn’t seen this for about 25 years. I saw it on Amazon for a great price and remembered liking it, having it taped. I put it in and my reaction to it as an adult was chilling as it never had been. It felt like a story more possible now than ever. I was more emotionally invested and it seemed like a foretelling, a prediction. I’m VERY glad to have purchased this for my collection. I hope I’m wrong and that NOTHING like this will ever come to pass. Maybe with maturity, cynicism and more knowledge of world politics and the very real dangers in the world beginning with 9/11 to the present it now seems more prescient. A very believable and terrifying film. Seeing the late actors Patrick Swayze, Powers Boothe, and Harry Dean Stanton also gave it an air of melancholy as well. Also, remembering that this was Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s first film together was interesting. This was the first film released rated PG-13. Also, like Keanu Reeves I have never been a Patrick Swayze fan, for his acting OR looks. I just didn’t understand the attraction. Swayze’s final scene in this film is annoyingly bad. It almost ruins the movie for me. He and Keanu were always bad actors, who, because women thought they were so hot, kept getting roles better suited for almost anybody else. Picture and sound on this blu ray release are great and 1/4 of the price of Shout Factory’s release which only added a 15 minute retrospective with no one in the film and reversible cover with the great original poster art (which is the only reason I almost bought their version instead of this one). But, alas, the price difference was too great to justify buying the Shout release. This release is more than sufficient.
Doctor Strange Masterworks Vol. 1 (Strange Tales (1951-1968))
Doctor Strange Masterworks Vol. 1 (Strange Tales (1951-1968))
When I was young - too many years ago - the local newsagent used to sell american superhero comics. The selection on offer was fairly arbitrary but every fortnight I'd buy one to read. Batman, Dr Strange and so on. Then I grew older, moved away and stopped reading comics, but I retained fond memories of them.

Seeing the superheros on sale on Kindle I decided to get a few - Batman and Dr Strange were always my favourites.

After reading some of the recent Batman - all very dark, brooding, dramatic, meaningful etc - I read this Dr Strange masterworks and returned to the joyful innocence of simpler times.

This is Dr Strange as I remember him from my childhood

Dr Strange is an almost comically arrogant 'sorcerer supreme' - who incidentally looks a bit like the late great Vincent Price - and, despite being a 'master of the black arts', Strange is sworn to protect all humans.

This is Dr Strange from day one - from the very first 'character popularity tester' strips, through the Origins, and into the start of the adventures proper. Brightly coloured, simply drawn, innocently enjoyable.

There are also the original 'strange tales' comic covers prefixing the various strips that were in that issue too ............ so, if you needed to be reminded of the wacky heyday of Marvel comics, you get to see classic covers like the Human Torch, menaced by the evil villain 'Paste Pot Pete' (not quite the gravitas of Dr Doom, eh?). If you don't remember them from back in the day, they are perfect introductions to comic book history.

Its all subjective and personal preference, of course, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Checkered Chef Pizza Cutter Sharp Rocker Blade With Cover. Heavy Duty Stainless Steel. Best Way To Cut Pizzas And More. Dishwasher Safe.
Checkered Chef Pizza Cutter Sharp Rocker Blade With Cover. Heavy Duty Stainless Steel. Best Way To Cut Pizzas And More. Dishwasher Safe.
Worth the price. Works as expected. I really like everything about this item with the exception of one thing. The cover that protects the blade when not in use is very difficult for me to put on the blade. I got one of those stupid little cuts that stings for like 2 days trying to put it back on the first time I used it. Easy solution that looks a little tacky I've found for this problem is to break a small chunk off of one side of the cover. You can rest the corner of the blade on the inside of the chunk you broke out and you can easily slide the rest of the blade into the cover from there. I personally like these kind of pizza cutters better than the roller kind but, if you have limited drawer space this might not be your best bet as this takes up a lot of space in the drawer. It would be nice to see a hole on one side of the blade so you could hang this on a hook on the inside of your cupboard door near your oven.
Negocio matrimonial (Spanish Edition)
Negocio matrimonial (Spanish Edition)
Negocio matrimonial (Spanish Edition) by Corín Tellado. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Corín Tellado" category.
Chasing Passion: An Anthology (Stanislaskis)
Chasing Passion: An Anthology (Stanislaskis)
I've been a fan of the Stanislaski clan since 1990, when the first volume appeared. But those old mass market issues are yellowed and cracking with age and re-readings, so I was thrilled when they were just released in a larger, easier-to-read format.

If you haven't met the Stanislaskis yet, you're in for a treat. The warm, loving clan enfolds all newcomers to its Ukrainian heart, and who can resist? This volume contains the 3rd and 4th installments of the family saga, though they can be read as stand-alones. "Falling for Rachel" has that crisp Public Defender giving her Ukrainian best to Nick LeBeck, a troubled teenager, and his fabulously sexy older step-brother, Zack Muldoon, a former sailor who runs a classy bar on the Lower East Side. Wanting what's best for the boy inevitably leads to what's best for these two stormy lovers. "Convincing Alex" has NYC's sexiest detective up against one of Nora Roberts's most wonderfully quirky heroines, a soap opera writer with a knack for trouble.

Once you meet a Stanislaski, you're going to want to meet them all - and you'll be well rewarded for doing so. These books are among Roberts's best, and since she's written almost 200 by now, that's saying a lot!
The Tale of Tsar Saltan [Russian Edition]
The Tale of Tsar Saltan [Russian Edition]
The Tale of Tsar Saltan [Russian Edition] by Alexander Pushkin, Victor Khokhryakov, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Alexander Pushkin" category.
La senda de la gloria (Spanish Edition)
La senda de la gloria (Spanish Edition)
Si quieren ir contemplar el reto del hombre ante los problemas,elevar el espíritu,viajar al Himalaya,no pierdan esta lectura donde además de una excelente prosa viven la emoción de la accion,la superación del ser humano,un amor supremo,además de comprender el pasado el comportamiento Ingles de respeto,tradiciones y contradictorio,en síntesis no se la pierdan.
Kimba, der weisse Löwe, Bd.3
Kimba, der weisse Löwe, Bd.3
Eines vorweg: Man muß deutlich zwischen der TV Serie und dem Manga unterscheiden. Wenn man sich die TV Serie in Comic-Form erhofft, wird man enttäuscht.
Der Manga ist das Original und hat ein völlig anderes Ende als die TV Serie. Ebenso konzentriert sich der Manga auf die Entwicklung des weißen Löwen, ohne weiter auf die Nebencharaktere einzugehen.
In diesem Band endet die Saga mit dem Showdown auf dem mysteriösen Mondberg, der eher das Tor zu einer anderen Welt zu sein scheint, als nur ein Berg in Afrika. In diesem abschließenden Band gewinnen auch die Kinder von Kimba und Rahja an Bedeutung.
Insgesamt sieht man dem Manga schon an, dass er älter ist. Dennoch bietet er gute Unterhaltung, auch wenn sich hier und da bereits Änderungen in der Welt ergeben haben, die einige Pointen oder Seitenhiebe ins Leere laufen läßt.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed
Chances are you've heard of James Bond and George Smiley. You might even have heard of their creators, Ian Fleming and John le Carré. Have you heard of Alistair MacLean, Alan Hall, Francis Clifford, Ted Allbeury, or James Mayo? All of them were part of an explosion in the thriller genre headed by British authors over a twenty odd year period between the 1950s and 1970s. A period which the noted writer and critic Mike Ripley now examines with his book Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (itself a paraphrasing of a Fleming quote in fact) which explores this very British contribution to an ever popular genre.

As Ripley willingly admits, this isn't so much a work of literary criticism so much as a readers guide to the incredible explosion of talent. In a way the book may be the better for it as Ripley takes the reader on a journey that really begins in the inter-war period, tracing the seeds laid down by writers like John Buchan in novels like The Thirty-Nine Steps. Seeds that began to be harvested with the publication of Ian Fleming's first 007 outing Casino Royale in 1953 and really came to the fore in the 1960s with 1962 being perhaps the peak thanks in part to the release of the film version of Fleming's Dr. No and to the release of Len Deighton's seminal spy work The IPCRESS File among other factors. It's a journey that is well worth taking for fans of the genre.

That is largely due to the fact that Ripley isn't content just to hit the well-known stops. Another advantage of his approach to the book being that it is a readers guide is that he isn't just content to mention the Fleming's and le Carré's as important as they are to the genre (and indeed continue to have popularity well into the 21st century). Ripley is just as keen to mention authors whose books have, sometimes unfairly, come to be overlooked. Writers like Francis Clifford and Ted Allbeury, popular in their heyday whose work has been relegated to used bookstores (or as the Brits like to say secondhand bookshops) or online sites where they can go for silly money at times. Ripley also is able to sift through the myths and legends surrounding writers like Jack Higgins aka Harry Patterson and just how many novels he actually wrote before hitting it big with The Eagle Has Landed. The results are informative and engaging the whole way through.

Something else which makes the book of interest, and where perhaps it does delve a bit into literary criticism, is how it traces the evolution of the thriller genre. What started largely as adventure stories in the years before and immediately after the Second World War eventually branched off into different directions. There continued to be straight adventure tales as exemplified by many of works of Alistair MacLean for example. Even spy fiction branched off into sub-genres with spy fantasy (usually featuring a large amount of gadgets and exotic locales) reaching a high point in the 1960s thanks in large to Fleming and 007 with characters like Modesty Blaise while more realistic spy fiction seems to have had a longer shelf life with writers like Deighton and le Carré. Not to mention works where the line between pure adventure and spy fiction were blurred such as MacLean's Ice Station Zebra. Lastly, Ripley notes how much these British writers paved the way for American thriller writers who came to the fore during the 1970s and 1980s ranging from Robert Ludlum to Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy. It is on their shoulders that they built their successes, perhaps without realizing it.

Perhaps the best way of summing up Ripley's work on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is that it's like walking into a massive library for the first time. Reading the pages is like browsing shelf after shelf, only to discover books you never knew existed and were delighted to discover. All the while, Ripley is there as a guide pointing out highlights from writers well known and forgotten that help the tell the story of these very British thrillers.
Fanny McBride
Fanny McBride
I liked Fanny McBride. It's a story that involves everyday people from several decades ago in England. Maybe not very educated people but fun. Tempers flare words are said its fun to have such a book come alive in my head while I read. Catherine Cookson always makes her characters come alive so that you feel you actually know them. Some you want to know some you would not like to.
Catherine Cookson was a very prolific writer and so far I have read only 4 of her novels so there is much reading pleasure ahead.
Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure
Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure
It is quite amazing but 40 years after Lupoff wrote this (1965) sterling account of the novels and stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs (the creator of Tarzan) it is still the indispensable source book on all of the 80 plus works of this master of American fiction. It is absolutely a "must read" for every Burroughs fan! It is not a biography of the man but of the books themselves and filled with a treasure trove of insights and commentary. One may agree of disagree with Lupoff's views, but one must know this book to be knowledgeable about ERB criticism.
Mary Higgins Clark Collection
Mary Higgins Clark Collection
If you have read her books, you will love the movies based on her books. Known as "The Queen of Suspense", Mary Higgins Clark is a "master plotter" who has the ability to slowly draw out the tension whether reading one of her books or watching one of her movies making you think everyone is guilty. Her movies feature strong, independent young women who find themselves in the midst of a problem that they must solve with their own courage and intelligence. These books/movies sometimes make you think "that could have happened to me, or to my daughter," to relate to the situations. I like her books/movies because she chooses not to include explicit sex or violence in her stories.
Harry Potter ja viisasten kivi: Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter ja viisasten kivi: Harry Potter 1
With the adventures of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling singlehandedly saved the publishing industry. It is impossible to overstate the impact these books had on both child and adult readers. The anticipation for the next sequel! The midnight release parties! While you missed all that excitement, you now have the joys of being able to read all the books at once.

Please do read the books; don’t just watch the movies.

PARENTS BEWARE: As Harry Potter ages, the subject matter grows more mature. J.K. Rowling was quite clear that she was not writing for young children. These books grow increasingly more intense. Exercise caution.
Chicks in Chainmail
Chicks in Chainmail
Overall I loved this book. Most of the stories were fantastic, but there were a couple that were disappointing. I'm definitely looking forward to digging up more in this series.

"Lady of Steel by Roger Zelanzy. A short scene of a man pretending to be a warrior women. Other than the role reversal there isn't much here. It's not that it's bad, it's just that it's so short there's no meat there. I expect more from Zelanzy. 3 Stars."

"And Ladies of the Club by Elizabeth Moon. Oh this one was great. Quite funny and flowing well, a story about women warriors conniving to evade a stupid tax and a wizard with a demon computer. Quite well done. 5 stars."

"Exchange Program by Susan Schwartz - not bad, but slightly offputting. Thor and Odin (Wotan) came of as rather whiny little pussies and Hillary Clinton was actually a sympathetic character. Considering what we've found out about her in the last 20 years it's like a DNC wet dream. 4 Stars."

"Goddess For A Day by Harry Turtledove - A wonderful little tale that left me wanting more. Pretending to be a goddess, skirting the bounds of false witness but yet honoring the goddess all the same. I want more of Phye's story. 5 Stars"

"Armor Ella by Holly Lisle - Cinderella retold, with Ella convincing her prince to chase her and accede to all her demands. Quite good and funny. 5 Stars."

"Career Day by Margaret Ball - OMG, that was a great story. I have GOT to get a copy of Mathemagics. Magic = math, and swordplay pays the bills. 5 Stars."

"Armore/Amore by David Vierling - pretty funny. I kept picturing Rapunzel (from Tangled) catching Arnold Schwarzenegger. 4 stars."

"The Stone of War and the Nightengales Egg by Elizabeth Ann Scarsborough - I found it quite interesting if a little sad. A slave trains the emperor's harem in combat by using the Sun Zoo's art against him. It makes me sad to read of slaves, particularly sex slaves, even if they are nominally happy. 4 stars"

"The Growling by Jody Lynn Nye - Oh my. Never let a woman get into a fight during _that_ time of the month. I took me a moment before I recognized the names, but once I did I had a good laugh. 5 stars."

"The New Britomart by Eluki bes Shahar - Didn't really grab me. Don't know if it was the writing or that I just lost interest in reading for a couple of weeks, but this one was a struggle for me to finish. The end was better than the beginning. 2 stars"

"On the Road of Silver - Mark Bourne. Overall not bad, but I had a little trouble getting into the story at the beginning. Very much liked the concept though. 4 stars."

"Bra Melting - Janni Lee Limner. A very short story about warrior women not being satisfied with skimpy armor. Good idea with the divergent views on armor among the two main characters, but not long enough to come to fruition. 2 stars"

"The Old Grind by Laura Frankas - A young giantess leaves home to go A Viking with Rollo Who Walks. During battle she gets mistakenly picked up by Odin and taken to Valhalla. He then returns her to her home. I liked the characters, it was well paced and entertaining. 4 Stars."

"The Way To a Man's Heart by Ester Friesner - appearances can be deceiving. A spoiled and petulant sword maiden storms out of school to go seek her prince, but ends up with unexpected help. Well written and entertaining for a short work. 4 Stars."

"Whoops! by Rachel Springer - a guardian angel tries to impart self confidence on a shrinking violet, which causes some interesting events along the freeway. Very funny. 5 Stars."

"The Guardswoman by Lawrence Watt-Evans - A young, rather naive, but very large and strong woman joins the city guard. Eventually she joins the men on their weekly off night excursion to the red light district and finds herself a man. Told as letters home to her mother, it's quite funny. 5 Stars."

"Teacher's Pet by Josepha Sherman - a cute little story about a female warrior finding a helpful traveler in the woods who's more than he appears. 4 Stars"

"Were-Wench by Jan Stirling - when a warrior woman is cursed and needs help she returns to her old bethrothed friend. Unfortunately in order to break the curse she must voluntarily give herself over to passion, otherwise she'll be whoring it up every full moon. Well done and rather funny, I cared for the two main characters. 5 stars."

"Blood Calls To Blood by Elisabeth Waters - just your ordinary everyday case of elves kidnapping your son and spiriting him off to another realm to be held for ransom. Nothing a cop can't handle. Very entertaining, wouldn't mind seeing it expanded into a novel of it's own. 4 stars"

"Maureen Birnbaum in the MUD by George Alec Effinger - Muffy recounts her experiences in what is essentially an RPG to Bitsy while spending a few hours getting herself ready to head to Mars and her Prince. Wonderfully hilarious. 5 Stars."

The paperback was well formatted with no obvious spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Bioworld Harry Potter Hogwarts House Beanie
Bioworld Harry Potter Hogwarts House Beanie
Perfect for any ravenclaw to own. It's thick and seems to me very well made! I love wearing it on cold days, keeps me nice and comfy cozy! It fits so well too! I can wear it all day without getting a headache from it being too tight, but that might be because I have a very small head compared to most.
Cell Phone Stand, ANDATE Angle Height Adjustable Cell Phone Stand for Desk, Fully Foldable Cell Phone Holder, Tablet Stand, Case Friendly Compatible with All Mobile Phone/iPad/Kindle/Table (Black)
Cell Phone Stand, ANDATE Angle Height Adjustable Cell Phone Stand for Desk, Fully Foldable Cell Phone Holder, Tablet Stand, Case Friendly Compatible with All Mobile Phone/iPad/Kindle/Table (Black)
This stand is very steady and flexible AND it's very portable. The whole thing folds down to about a bigger phone and isn't too heavy. The stand itself is very flexible with angle adjustment at the base and on the stand with height adjustment so you can basically angle it however you like. It holds the phone steady and the material is non-scratch. Overall I have no complaint about it as a phone stand. As a bonus, it even works for my iPad Pro 11 and my Switch. It holds both reasonably well and landscape orientation. With the iPad you need to be a little careful about topping over if you press the top too hard, but if you put some weight on the base it also becomes very sturdy. For such a small device I am surprised it support tablet this well, the only thing is maybe the base could've been a bit more heavy to support big tablets. Overall very recommended and the price is good too.
India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200
India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200
Ancient India evolved in many stages, and in this book the author discusses the very early stages from 7000 B.C. to 1200 A.D that includes the earliest known human settlements in the Northwest frontier. An examination of their society, the development of early Indo-European language and a proto-Vedic culture that grew into modern Hinduism is a fascinating story of human evolution. The book discusses social, political, and religious activities during various periods in India in separate chapters for a more focused discussion. This book also documents very recent discoveries about the origin of ancient Sanskrit, the Vedic Aryans and the beginnings of the earliest writings of the sacred scriptures of Rigveda in the cradles of Indus Valley Civilization. It is fascinating to read some of the proudest moments in the history due to its success in the development of religious, spiritual and metaphysical ideas. There was also a tremendous contribution in the area of business and economics, international trade, arts, sciences, mathematics, astronomy, and literature. In ancient world, most religions, like Vedic Brahmanism were polytheistic with the exception of Buddhism and Jainism.

The first section is devoted to the discussion of the history of Vedic Aryans and evolution of ancient Sanskrit and revelation of Rigveda to sages and rishis. In recent years, multidisciplinary studies in archeology, anthropology, genetics, classical philology and linguistics have shed much light into the origins of Indo-Europeans and the parent Indo-European language from two distinct groups of people; the hunter-gatherers, and the farmers/pastoralists. The author discusses some recent discoveries with regards to the origin of the Vedic Aryans and Rigveda.

A brief summary of this book is as follows: There is a general consensus among archeologists that the mature Harappan period (known as Indus Valley Civilization) lasted from about 2600 B.C. to 1900 B.C. The period 4500 to 3500 B.C is an age of transition; and 3500 to 2600 B.C is regarded as early Harappan period. The Vedic – Hindu culture began around 2000 B.C and spanned for about 1500 years unhindered, but then Buddhist and Jain teachings came to dominate the Indian society. Buddhism offered a serious challenge to the Vedic-Brahmanic culture until Adi Shankara appeared (788 - 820 A.D.) to reform and revive Hinduism from possible extinction. In spite of religious and cultural tensions between various indigenous belief systems that sprang on Indian soil, the classical civilization grew unimpeded. Much of this was as a result of the partnership of Vedic-Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, the dissenters and atheists. In fact there were plenty of atheists in Vedic India. Dissent and atheism helped intellectual progress in a purely academic fashion that helped to strengthen various schools of Indian philosophy.

A decline around 1900 B.C. in the dynamics of Harappan economic system ended the civilization, and after 1700 B.C little remained of this culture. Until recently it was believed that invading Aryans destroyed the Indus culture but scholars now consider a combination of natural and socioeconomic factors led to the decline of Indus cities. This conclusion is based on geological and archeological studies. Rivers shifting the course and severe draught may have resulted in total collapse of the agriculture and affected the livelihood that depended on it.

The earliest hymns of Rig-Veda were written in 1700 B.C and it was orally transmitted with extreme fidelity. The caste system helped in this practice since the upper caste Brahmins passed on it on to their children. It was written down after 500 B.C. The sixth century B.C was a period that was watershed in the history of speculative ideas. By then the Vedic society had become highly stratified and gross inequality pervading its structure. There was a sense of injustice and dissent among ordinary populace. The emergence of Buddhism and Jainism is what was necessary to combat the growing power and authority of the priestly population. Both these religions rooted in renunciation of the worldly pleasures and wealth, was trying to bring justice and social equality among sudras and vaisya population of Vedic caste hierarchy.

With the fall of Mauryan Empire was accompanied by the loss of pan-Indian authority exercised from Pataliputra to Magadha. A number of competing power centers in different regions of India came into existence. The political diffusion in the post Mauryan period and the emergence of monarchies with foreign roots is interesting since historians have a huge scale of available evidence. From Royal inscriptions, the shastras, the secular literature, Buddhist religious and secular texts and the Tamil anthologies, foreign literary sources from China, Syria, Greece, Persia and Egypt gives credence to the political and commercial setting of this period. From about 200 B.C. the transition from proto-historical to historical period is clearly evident. Kushans maintained a powerful dominion over North India until at least up to 250 A.D. and their trans-Asian empire, from Aral Sea to Kashi, Eastern Iran, Afghanistan and North Western part of India, was great expanse of land and the great conduits for India’s international trade.

During the post-Mauryan period, in several kingdoms, Vedic Brahmanism was brought back but with some reforms in its teachings. This led to the beginning of two forms of modern Hinduism in the form of Vaishnavism and Saivism. They centered around three concepts; the supreme deity is either Vishnu or Siva and the salvation is through Lord Vishnu and Siva respectively. This is said to be achieved by the intense devotion (bhakti) of the godhead. The two traditions did not break away from Vedic Brahmanism but rejected some practices such as animal sacrifices and expressed more tolerance to lower castes.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in ancient history, Indus Valley Civilization, the beginnings of Indo-European language and evolution of modern Hinduism. It is fascinating to read about the vast period the author focuses in his discussion with significant details. You will come across some of the proudest moments in the history of India.
The Art of Teaching Art: A Guide for Teaching and Learning the Foundations of Drawing-Based Art
The Art of Teaching Art: A Guide for Teaching and Learning the Foundations of Drawing-Based Art
Having taught classes as a graduate student and now, as a part time lecturer at a state university, I have found this text to be excellent as essential support, a course framework, and a terrific reminder of everything I need to remember in my own artwork, as well as necessary knowledge for my students. Teaching any art course necessitates thorough art knowledge as well as solid pedagogical skills, which most art graduate students and new faculty simply do not have. "The Art of teaching art" provides a strong resource for this unfortunate but common situation. I highly recommend it!
Halva Enkku Laku Licorice Allsorts - Bolsa (8.47 oz), diseño de regaliz finlandés
Halva Enkku Laku Licorice Allsorts - Bolsa (8.47 oz), diseño de regaliz finlandés
I’ve recently discovered that I love black licorice. Who knew? When the order arrived, my children loved how it was shipped from Helsinki, Finland. The bag only lasted thirty minutes once it was opened. My daughters and I loved it. The candies were beautiful to look at, and were soft to chew and sweet. Each little candy had its own unique flavor that ranged from fruity flavors, mint to the traditional black licorice. Such a treat!! We just received our second order. We ordered two bags this time.
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