Isabelle Alvarez

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Angular 9: by Example 2020 (Part One Book 1)
Angular 9: by Example 2020 (Part One Book 1)
Angular 9: by Example 2020 (Part One Book 1) by John Kocer. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition) by Николай Прохоренок and Владимир Дронов. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Coding Interview, 1000 Questions & Answers!
Coding Interview, 1000 Questions & Answers!
Coding Interview, 1000 Questions & Answers! by Ray Yao , Ru. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Dragon Kings: The Complete Series
The Dragon Kings: The Complete Series
The Dragon Kings: The Complete Series by Kimberly Loth. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with 657 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Lucky One(Paperback) - 2010 Edition
The Lucky One(Paperback) - 2010 Edition
The Lucky One(Paperback) - 2010 Edition by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Last Juror, CD
The Last Juror, CD
The Last Juror, CD by undefined. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Blood and Smoke
Blood and Smoke
Blood and Smoke by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 84 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Insomnia Publisher: Perfection Learning
Insomnia Publisher: Perfection Learning
Insomnia Publisher: Perfection Learning by Stephen King. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Full Throttle: Stories
Full Throttle: Stories
Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 416 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script by Frank Darabont and Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Pro Java 8 Programming
Pro Java 8 Programming
Pro Java 8 Programming by Terrill Brett Spell. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Magento PHP Developer’s Guide
Magento PHP Developer’s Guide
Magento PHP Developer’s Guide by Allan MacGregor. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Learning Selenium Testing Tools with Python
Learning Selenium Testing Tools with Python
Learning Selenium Testing Tools with Python by Unmesh Gundecha. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett: A High Return Investment Strategy
Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett: A High Return Investment Strategy
There are two kinds of books on investing like Warren Buffett: the good ones and the rip-off ones. This is one of the good ones. The author adds value by reverse engineering Buffett’s trades, and distilling what he’s found into several stock research checklists:

Business Characteristics
Earnings
Debt
Equity
Profit Margin
Capital Investment
Management
Dividend
Assets
Inventory
Share Buybacks
Insiders
Institutional
Inflation
Cyclical Company
Turnaround
Stock Price

Each of these have several questions, such as “What is the average ROA for the last ten years?”. There’s a tutorial on each question, showing what the author thinks Buffett is looking for. In total there are over sixty questions. To show how this analysis works, he then analyses Infosys Ltd, an IT company.

If you find this interesting, read Buffett himself in Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders.

If you want to invest like Buffett, there are at least three ways you can do it:

1. Buy shares in Berkshire Hathaway.
2. Buy the same shares that he does, when he does. Men Faber describes how to do this in Invest With The House: Hacking The Top Hedge Funds.
3. Use his techniques to find companies in which to buy shares. This book explains how to do it, but you might also look at Invest Like Warren Buffett: Powerful Strategies for Building Wealth.

If you have stumbled across this book while looking for something which explains how to invest your money wisely, you might want to look at my favourite book on investing: Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School.
Henry Ford's Own Story
Henry Ford's Own Story
Great story, well-written! It is interesting that Henry Ford's thoughts about people still rings true - what is good for one is good for everyone...The human race as a machine, no one part is less important than any other. Think about that!
Be Afraid -- Be Very Afraid! (Goosebumps Series 2000, No 20)
Be Afraid -- Be Very Afraid! (Goosebumps Series 2000, No 20)
I'm willing to put up with a lot when I revisit Goosebumps - after all, I'm a 21 year old now, and I'm more harsh and cynical than I was as a wide-eyed ten year old who digested these books wholesale. Still, I get a kick out of most Goosebumps books, even if it's just nostalgia, but Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid! is an abomination.

The book's plot (a rehash of Jumanji) isn't bad, but Stine's writing here is beyond obnoxious. Full of ridiculous quotes (I love the ones about "coffee tasting like bitter mud to me!" and "I know this chilling darkness. It's death"), unlikeable, whiny characters and a plot that moves ridiculously fast, it's hard to engage with the story. Then it takes a hard left into middle fantasy land, with our protagonists battling pig-midgets called Jekels and Stelks - living, flesh-eating cornstalks. Okay...

It might have been merely a bad book if it had stopped there, but Stine decides to make it a book-within-a-book, with new characters reading about the adventures - and then getting themselves transferred to medieval times, etc. And to add insult to injury, we end with a revelation that yet ANOTHER group of kids is reading the book, only to be doomed into meeting our wizardly antagonist again, like a never-ending hall of mirrors...

Okay, this book sucks, even by Goosebumps standards. You can do far better.
Stalkers: 19 Original Tales by the Masters of Terror (Unabridged Selections)
Stalkers: 19 Original Tales by the Masters of Terror (Unabridged Selections)
Be aware! This audio edition is a truncated version of the original book -- it contains only eight of the original stories. When it states "Unabridged," that means that the eight stories, less than half the printed book, are "unabridged." Some of the best tales from the print version of STALKERS -- by F. Paul Wilson and Al Sarrantonio, for instance -- are missing. Also, the readings are all over the place in terms of quality, and there are no story reference points printed on the cds themselves -- you have to search through the discs to find the story you want. In short -- this is not STALKERS the way it was originally published.
Whiskey Beach
Whiskey Beach
Nora Roberts has a gift for describing a character, (whether it be person or dog), a setting or a situation. I started my first Nora Roberts with The Obsession and I found it to be intriguing and seat gripping all the way through as I have found with many of her novels, so I was more than a little disappointed with Whiskey Beach! I agree with many readers that Nora often follows a plot outline but the variations are often great enough to be a comforting yet exciting journey. I'm not sure what happened with this one, however. I found myself 'drifting' through most of it, sighing (but not in a good way) and wishing I was near the end! In fact I skimmed through the last few pages as it was just tying up loose ends in a predictable, too perfectly gushy way. I really liked the female lead character, she was interesting...the male however, would have driven me to sleep and the female lead was like his concubine, constantly rubbing his poor distraught shoulders even though she herself had been through some serious issues with not a flicker of interest from him! All that really happened was that they found out that someone was after the families heritage and I have to agree with the enemy that it wasn't rightfully the Landons' dowry, but the male lead was a little too narcissistic to even consider that! Even the dog wasnt described in as interesting a way as Nora's other canine characters (though I'm glad she found a new home). None of the secondary characters were very interesting either, unlike Nora's other novels and I found a flaw where the male leads ex had spent every day over coffee with his nemesis' ex and they had discussed ' men' quite a lot, apparently, yet they seemed to know nothing about each other or who their partners were. I absolutely love and recommend Nora's books to get lost in and be blown away by her descriptive narrative but unfortunately...not this particular one.
Asterix Et Les Normands (Une Aventure d'Astérix) (French Edition)
Asterix Et Les Normands (Une Aventure d'Astérix) (French Edition)
album de BD rigide grand format; cette neuvième aventure des célèbres héros de Goscinny et Uderzo fait partie des oeuvres de la maturité et, étant une des plus connues, et elle a marqué nombre de lecteurs dans leur jeunesse; le dessin des différents personnages est parfait (contrairement au tous premiers épisodes où il se cherche encore), les dialogues et l'intrigue sont truculents (qui ne se souvient pas du char de course de Goudurix ou des Normands apeurés sautant de la falaise?); cette version classique cartonnée est parfaite pour renouveler sa collection qui, il faut bien l'avouer, a du mal à survivre, avec cicatrices et marques d'usure, aux années et multiples mains entre lesquelles elle est passée (et c'est bien normal après tout!)
Lizard
Lizard
Banana Yoshimoto's work has entranced me ever since I picked up her novel "Kitchen" years ago. Her work is melancholy yet beautiful, true to the human condition but with a touch of the fantastic as well. "Lizard" is a small collection of short stories, and each one deals with themes of loss, grief, relationships, and our own foibles and strengths as human beings, with elements of magical realism that grant the stories a strange surreality that nonetheless doesn't detract from the truth that rings in their cores.

This book contains six stories (plus two afterwards by the author, one for the collection itself and one for the English translation released in America), so I'll touch on and review each story separately:

"Newlywed" -- a man encounters a mysterious shapeshifting stranger on a bus, a stranger who seems to know everything about him and his new wife. Definitely one of the weirder stories in this collection, but also a haunting look at how a committed relationship changes a person. This story was originally "published" by being printed on posters on a Japanese railway, a unique way of sharing a story.

"Lizard" -- the titular story is also about a relationship, this time between the narrator and a woman he simply calls Lizard, who has both strange healing powers and a tragic past. Lovely yet melancholy.

"Helix" -- a man and his girlfriend break into a closed cafe for a drink and a chat. Shorter and one of the weakest stories in the collection, though still poignant.

"Dreaming of Kimchee" -- a woman's affair with a married man results in his divorce, their eventual marriage... and her gaining an enemy. This story doesn't try to excuse any of its characters' behavior, but does show that matters are often far more complex than we like to think.

"Blood and Water" -- a young woman tries to find her place in the world after fleeing her family's religious community. A story about the bonds of family and how they can maintain their strength even when separated by time, distance, and personal beliefs.

"A Strange Tale From Down By the River" -- a woman recovering from sex addiction learns some shocking truths about her family's past. No, it's not a tale about sexual abuse -- it's actually a story about how memory can play tricks on us, and how family trauma can have long-lasting reprecussions.

All these stories deftly weave elements of magical realism through stories of very real people dealing with real problems of relationships, family, personal tragedy, grief, and just trying to survive in a complex yet fascinating world. Not all of these stories have a satisfactory ending, but serve more as snapshots and glimpses into the lives of the characters. And the writing, while it has the occasional awkward phrase (probably due to the translation and certain turns of phrase working better in Japanese than in English), is clear and concise, yet also beautiful and imaginative, much like a haiku in prose form.

Banana Yoshimoto is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her works. "Lizard" is a great introduction to her work -- short story collections are, to me, a good way to be introduced to a new writer.
Denial
Denial
The very best book I have read in years, and I read five books a week. I read "Denial", from digital cover to digital cover, in one sitting. I have not yet been to sleep, and it is now 10:00 in the morning. Am I tired? No! I am wide awake! Completely EXHILARATED! Filled with the excitement and joy brought about by genius story-telling, brilliant prose, fascinating characters and the trance-like immersion one feels when wrapped up in and absorbed by a transcendent literary experience! I LOVED my every moment spent with this profoundly entertaining, enlightening, downright creepy, utterly thrilling, and totally involving, genre-defying masterpiece! The story, or stories... the multiple layers of characters, each character fully-drawn and mesmerizing, then made ever more so as their lives began to connect. These are arresting, brilliant characters, some dedicated and persistent, some motivated in the way that only a profound, life-altering love can inspire, and some wonderfully, bizarrely insane, yet no less gripping for it; living lives without the helpful context of reality. Yet, all of these characters, even the most sane, have to deal with life's "Wrench Thrown Into The Works"; DENIAL. Denial proves to be, in all our lives, essential, unavoidable, and both helpful and disfiguring. This book is a gloriously colorful, intoxicating, and wildly enjoyable, puzzle, being put together by characters, most of whom have no idea that anyone else is working on the same puzzle. Then, as the noose (and the story) tightens, they, still without realizing it, are suddenly sitting at the same table, finding places for the pieces of the puzzle that only they have. Ultimately, this entertainingly diverse handful of characters place a sufficient number of pieces to identify the image of the puzzle, THEN enough to realize that the image is actually a MAP. At this realization, each character BURSTS from the table, STILL unaware that others have been solving the same puzzle, and they dash out, through different doors, to follow the MAP, choosing different starting points, but heading in the same direction. Until they finally MEET, physically, ultimately finding tragedy or salvation, or both, with all of these results proving rather magically satisfying. WE feel triumphant, celebratory. And, YET... there remains one final surprise that will change EVERYTHING! That will make us marvel at Mr. James' pure literary audacity. Because there is one final piece of the puzzle. One we'd all missed. It must have dropped to the floor, hidden under a bed or behind a door. This final, staggering piece (a revelation) is kept from us until the VERY. LAST. MOMENT. That's when Mr. James, almost casually, reaches over our shoulders and puts in place. It is mind-blowing and outrageous and absolutely RIGHT. The puzzle WAS an image, and it WAS a MAP, But, it was also, we now see, a work of art. "Denial" is the rarest of artworks; a perfect book. Peter James is a true artist. And, I thank him for sharing with us this most meticulous and instinctive novel. "Denial" is a true treasure. A brave, outrageous, surprising, enlightening, fully satisfying, thrilling and totally believable testament to humanity's foibles. Our never simple failures, our complicated successes, and our necessary-for-survival, yet just as often necessary-for-our-destruction... denials.
Frank G Slaughter: 4 Complete Novels
Frank G Slaughter: 4 Complete Novels
I read these books many years ago and it was wonderful to be able to get hold of them again. Still one of my all-time favourite authors and this collection did not disappoint.
Who Is Harry Nilsson?
Who Is Harry Nilsson?
This documentary, through commentary by his many close friends, coworkers, and business associates, gives an excellent view of Harry Nilsson's life, adventures, loves and failures. He lived one of the fullest lives of any modern man that I'm aware of. Most of us remember his vocals from the theme from Midnight Cowboy, "Everybody's Talkin" (and the story behind that song in the movie score is very interesting), but his body of work was very expansive, and discussed by people who know pop music, and know the contribution he made. He was friends with and respected by all of the Beatles, and especially close to John Lennon and Ringo Starr. The movie has been revised and re-released. This release is probably the most even in praise and criticism of Nilsson of the versions I have seen. Many of the deleted scenes are included in the Bonus Features, all of which are entertaining and enlightening. The one scene that I missed, though, is a promo that Nilsson did for one of his RCA records where Ringo Starr is sitting alone in a basketball stadium and Harry comes in, wearing an RCA ball cap, picks up a basketball and sinks a 40 foot dunk from half-court. Apparently it only took a couple of takes to get that scene, with the dunk. As I said, Harry's life was amazing.
Feel Good Classics Christmas: 100 Songs to Make Your Feel Happy During the Holidays
Feel Good Classics Christmas: 100 Songs to Make Your Feel Happy During the Holidays
Excellent Christmas music at a bargain price! I bought this on a flyer, thinking there wasn't much risk involved, given its price; I was pleasantly surprised to find one hundred classical Christmas songs, like you may have heard when you were growing up. None of the songs sound silly, and there's no modern day bling or spin like so many Christmas songs have these days. People of all ages will enjoy this music.

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