Isaiah Campbell

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Modular Programming with JavaScript
Modular Programming with JavaScript
Modular Programming with JavaScript by Sasan Seydnejad. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS and Documents
CSS and Documents
CSS and Documents by Eric A. Meyer. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 86 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start by Amazon Web Services. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Head First SQL
Head First SQL
Head First SQL by Lynn Beighley. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 163 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Sql in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))
Sql in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))
Sql in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) by Kevin Kline, Brand Hunt , et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
点点星光灿烂
点点星光灿烂
点点星光灿烂 by 郭艳红. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter 2000-2001 Student Planner
Harry Potter 2000-2001 Student Planner
Harry Potter 2000-2001 Student Planner by J.K. Rowling. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist's Discovery Case
Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist's Discovery Case
Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist's Discovery Case by Donald Lemke and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 180 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Tyndale KJV Life Recovery Bible (Softcover): Addiction Bible Tied to 12 Steps of Recovery for Help with Drugs, Alcohol and Personal Struggles – Easy to Follow King James Version Life Recovery Guide
Tyndale KJV Life Recovery Bible (Softcover): Addiction Bible Tied to 12 Steps of Recovery for Help with Drugs, Alcohol and Personal Struggles – Easy to Follow King James Version Life Recovery Guide
Tyndale KJV Life Recovery Bible (Softcover): Addiction Bible Tied to 12 Steps of Recovery for Help with Drugs, Alcohol and Personal Struggles – Easy to Follow King James Version Life Recovery Guide by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 52 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Machine Learning
Python Machine Learning
Python Machine Learning by Wei-Ming Lee. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Data Analysis
Python Data Analysis
Python Data Analysis by Ivan Idris. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition by John VanDyk. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Server Execution Plans: Third Edition
SQL Server Execution Plans: Third Edition
SQL Server Execution Plans: Third Edition by Grant Fritchey. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools
Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools
Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools by Alfred V. Aho , Monica S. Lam , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 150 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
I just finished reading this book cover to cover, and will probably read it again in a few weeks time. I found it to be quite simply the best and most complete resource on value investing I have ever seen, read or heard of in my life. Graham and Dodd not only teach us how to invest and why, but convey with beautiful eloquence their reasoning and frame of mind. They teach us that investing is as much about constitution and temperament as it is about logic and numbers, and are able to impart that wisdom and experience to us in those few hundred pages (ok, many hundred pages).

For those of you reading this who are new to investing, Benjamin Graham and David Dodd quite literally wrote the book on value investing, and this is it. I would point out though that it was written for the purpose of being a source of information and tools rather than a way of introducing and inspiring its readers to the philosophy of value investing. So if you are new to investing or to the concepts of value investing, I would really recommend reading Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" first; it's a comparatively easy to read introduction to the concepts covered in greater detail in this book.

While I have not read the original 1930's edition, I have heard that this version is more complete in that it irons out some of the kinks in the investment strategy that Graham developed following his near bankruptcy during the great depression.

A word on the relevance of this book in today's market: Much of the book centers about examples from preferred stocks of utilities and railroads, investment vehicles which are far less prevalent today than they were in the early 20th century. However, these are just examples, and the pitfalls and opportunities which arise in the stock market are as prevalent today as they were in the days this book was written. I am of the opinion that those who criticize this work on the basis that it is outdated, really did not understand what Graham was trying to do; to convey a new way of thinking about stocks, and to understand them based on the company that they represent. It doesn't matter whether you are purchasing a pre-depression era railroad preferred or the hybrid floating rate bond of a modern technology company, the examples exist to illustrate how to look past all that and to understand what the purchase of that security really means. If, after reading this book, you find yourself unable to transfer the examples to the modern world, then quite frankly you've read it wrong.

If, however, you are concerned about the relevance and are after more specific guidance on modern applications (as well as trimming of the "less" relevant sections), take a look at the 6th edition of this book, which contains detailed chapter summaries and introductions by modern money people.

Finally, the reason for the 4 stars: The digitization of this book is not fantastic, and given the price this is not really acceptable. I found several errors which I have reported (and will hopefully have been fixed by now), but my real gripe is with the tables and figures, which are simply scanned. This is usually fine, but many of the footnotes are so small as to be illegible, and the overall feel is somewhat like a sketchbook; with cutouts glued to the pages where the tables were in the real book. I had hoped that Amazon would instead have digitally transcribed the tables and inserted them, or at least given them a transparent background, rather than the sepia tone that can't be changed on the tables. If this is ever corrected I'll change my review to 5 stars and remove this paragraph.

I can't possibly express my gratitude for what those two did when they decided to put Graham's experience onto paper in the form of this book, and I think I will forever be grateful for their efforts. This book has taught me invaluable lessons not only in investing but also in prudence and the value of sobriety in the face of euphoria and gloom, lessons which apply to many other facets of life.
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
The modern American home is a veritable wonderland of technical innovations: clean water on demand, central heating and air conditioning, wireless Internet and telephony, flat screen electronics, and inexpensive lighting, to name just a few. “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World” by popular science writer Steven Johnson describes, at a high level, how that wonderland came together over the centuries.

It is important to note that “How We Got to Now” does not explore six discrete technical innovations. Rather, Johnson provides a basic synopsis of events across a half-dozen areas, such as sanitation, lighting, and food preservation. Early on, he introduces a fascinating concept: the hummingbird effect. Put simply, an innovation, or cluster of innovations, in one field that ends up triggering major changes in a different domain altogether. He coins the term from the sexual reproduction strategies of plants (e.g. flowers supplemented pollen with even more energy-rich nectar to attract insects) that ended up shaping the design of a hummingbird’s wings (i.e. evolving an extremely unusual form of flight mechanics enabling them to hover). The best example, in my opinion, is how the Gutenberg press generated a demand for eyeglasses that led to a broader experimentation with glass lens that led to the microscope and the subsequent discovery of microscopic cells. Or how the advent of air-conditioning had a “long zoom” impact on American politics. Or how the development of sonar to listen to sound waves bouncing off icebergs led, a few generations later, to ultrasound and the abortion of tens of millions of female fetuses in China and India.

The content of each chapter is relatively superficial but peppered with fascinating personal anecdotes about the discovery of important insights or commercialization of technical innovations. Here are some of my favorites.

In the early 1900s, Clarence Birdseye was living in the frozen land of Labrador, Canada. He discovered that trout caught while ice fishing, which froze solid almost instantly in the minus 20-degree temperature of the Canadian winter, retained their flavor when later defrosted. Thus, the value of “flash freezing” was discovered and today we still enjoy “Birdseye” frozen peas for dinner.

In 1908, New Jersey doctor John Leal surreptitiously added chlorine to the public water reservoirs for Jersey City. His patent- and licensing-free discovery of a simple way to provide clean drinking water may be one of the greatest public health contributions in history. A recent study found that chlorinated water reduced the total mortality in the average American city from diseases like dysentery and cholera by 43% and reduced infant mortality by as much as 74%.

In the 1850s, Aaron Dennison, “the Lunatic of Boston,” mass-produced an inexpensive ($3.50) pocket watch, branded the “Wm. Ellery,” that was “the must-have consumer gadget of the late nineteenth century,” according to Johnson. Richard Sears, a Minnesota railroad agent, found that he could turn a nice profit selling the watches to other station agents. He partnered with Chicago businessman Alvah Roebuck to produce a mail-order catalog showcasing a range of watch designs, and Sears. Roebuck was born – and so was another example of the hummingbird effect.

A major theme of the book is that Johnson is deeply suspicious of the “great man theory” and “eureka moment” of invention. Consider the case of electric light. People had been tinkering with incandescent light for more than half-a-century before Thomas Edison’s breakthrough at Menlo Park in 1879. More than ten different inventors had earlier hit upon the same basic formula of a carbon filament suspended in a vacuum. “There was no lightbulb moment in the story of the lightbulb,” Johnson writes. Instead, the lightbulb, like most other technical innovations, was the result of a “slow hunch” that took years, sometimes decades, to germinate and mature. In Johnson’s estimation, “Edison invented the lightbulb the way Steve Jobs invented the MP3 player.” He made it reliable, easy to use, and widely available. If anything, Johnson says, Edison should be remembered for his contribution to the process of innovation, his efforts to collect a cross-disciplinary team to conduct a wide range of related research and development. The “invention” of Edison’s lightbulb was thus mostly about sweating the details and what Johnson calls “a bricolage of small improvements.” He acknowledges that Edison was a “true genius” and “a towering figure in nineteenth century innovation,” but that he should most be revered for his ability to build creative teams: “assembling diverse skills in a work environment that valued experimentation and accepted failure, incentivizing the group with financial rewards that were aligned with the overall success of the organization, and building on ideas that originated elsewhere.”

“How We Got to Now” is a fun, light read. Each chapter is colorfully illustrated and chopped up into several parts, each highlighting a part of the innovation chain that leads to the modern day. A week on your nightstand is probably all that it will take to enjoy this book.
The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
A lot of time (half or two thirds of the book) was spent setting up the founding process, and everyone involved in it. This was solid and read like a good founding story, getting to know the different characters involved, their desires and goals, etc, and setting up for an impending confrontation (is it the competing release of the HTC Vive, is it the launch day issues of the Oculus Rift, is it the blow back on lack of hand tracking on initial release that was teased earlier in the book?).

In the end, little to no time was spent discussing the actual launch of the Rift CV1, the drama around the competing "room scale" Vive, and the people who waited months after the official launch to receive their headset. Instead the book sympathetically covers the rise and fall of the creator of r/The_Donald and how Luckey became involved with Nimble America and the ensuing drama that ultimately ended his time with Oculus.

This is not to say that drama isn't worth covering, but I question whether Luckey's personal issues are relevant to a book ostensibly about the history of the modern VR movement (even with its point of view rooted in the creation and acquisition of Oculus by Facebook).

In the end the book was about Palmer Luckey to the exclusion of important moments in the history of Oculus and the modern day VR resurgence. This was not the book I thought I was purchasing with the title "The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality". Not one star, because I truly enjoyed the first half of the book.
Simulation Theory | Does Heaven on Earth Exist ? New Thought | Afterlife | Modern Theology: Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Westworld Sim
Simulation Theory | Does Heaven on Earth Exist ? New Thought | Afterlife | Modern Theology: Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Westworld Sim
Simulation Theory | Does Heaven on Earth Exist ? New Thought | Afterlife | Modern Theology: Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Westworld Sim by MR. ROBOT. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
In The Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
In The Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
Wow! This book has been a life changing stepping stone! I enjoy Iyanla’s personality shining through in this book. It made it much easier to take in and do the work. Here, is where I truly learned how to love myself. I thought I was loving myself before but that I needed others love more. After this book i realized I never knew what it looked like to love myself and nobody else’s love would ever be enough, nobody else’s love will EVER be the answer! With the knowledge I gained I’m able to love others better and able to help them love themselves a little more too. A MAJOR weight has lifted and life is easier. Life is BETTER! I purchased these as extra copies to give and loan to people.
Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography
Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography
First the pros: It's a beautiful and informative book that I would recommend to anyone interested in 35mm photography. It is full of very informative articles relating to the history of the Leica instrument, and its uses in photojournalism; industrial photography; fashion photography; art photography...etc.etc. highlighting many of the photographers who used the Leica as their axe (tool). The book is loaded with wonderful photos covering the various genres.
The cons (and these are minor complaints given the scope of this wonderful book ) The book is obviously Germany biased in it's coverage of photographers. Though it does highlight photographers from all over the world, some of my favorites are missing: Where are photos of Mary Ellen Mark, Jerome Liebling...etc, etc?
Though some thousand photos are shown, many are in contact sheet form, or tear sheets with contact size positives pasted on; or pictures of open photo books showing a photo spread. In other words, thumbnail size. I have the urge to click the thumbnail to see a full size photo. Many photos were not printed from the original elements, but photographed from books. I'm sure this was necessary, as many of the original elements are probably gone with the wind. Sepia tone was over used in the book, IMO. There are beautiful full size photo spreads to be sure, but the thumbnails beg a fuller look.
One section, showing photos of the assembly of a Leica, is printed on 3/4 size paper, like a booklet sewn into the book. Why not full size pages? (And yes, the book is sewn! Thankfully!)
The contrast on some of the photos shown is questionable. In Alexander Rodchenko's "Girl With Leica" (a very famous photo) the contrast is so high you can't really see the Leica. I've seen a better copy of that one. The color photos don't come through as well as they could have on a different paper. But generally I think the reproductions are good. (Better than "good" would have required a more expensive paper, resulting in a more expensive book... but the reproductions are good.)
Nuff said. This is an excellent book which no doubt took eons to compile. The articles are excellent. The photography is great and provides a sweeping look at the 20th century. I think you won't be disappointed (at least in any major way). I was impressed.
Being a Leica photographer myself (and a Nikon photographer, I must say) this book is a must for my shelf. Make room for it.
Wolverine Men's Potomac W04349 Work Boot
Wolverine Men's Potomac W04349 Work Boot
Shoe is a little bit roomy, as im sure its designed that way for when thick (work or winter) socks are worn. Other than that, they feel real nice in the smaller of my two shoe size. I just have to wear thick socks since I like a real good fit, but what happens when its warm while I'm working? Since they are a bit too big (even after going down a size) I try to draw the laces in, and by the looks of the metal eyelets and the smooth nylon laces, you would think it would be one smooth motion, but it does bind a bit. In the end, I just have to tug a bit to get a tight lacing.
The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda in Comic Books
The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda in Comic Books
I just ordered this tonight because I am a big fan of Darwoski's work. I can't be objective: a chapter I did for his "Ages of The Avengers" book I expanded into my own 2018 book on the Black Panther, "Marvel's Black Panther: A Comicbook Biography, From Stan Lee to Ta-Nehisi Coates." So I know well the quality of both his conceptions of superhero scholarship and his contributors. Along with Travis Langley and Alex Simmons' "Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms," another member of a pop-cult academic anthology series, this important and substantial contribution to American socio-historical and comicbook culture studies goes to the top of my book reading list!
Alien Fighters Galactus and Silver Surfer in Cosmic Orb
Alien Fighters Galactus and Silver Surfer in Cosmic Orb
Do you really want to spend 200$ on a Galactus figure? Of course not, so this is a great alternative. Galactus here has pretty good articulation, the "skirt" he has comes off for more leg movement. This figure is a decent size, at about 8" or so. Taller then most Marvel Universe figures and a little taller than Marvel Legends. Easier to maintain, very durable, great for kids, includes a throwaway but still cool Surfer ball, what more could you want?
Usher: Live From London
Usher: Live From London
I was entertained from the moment the show started and disappointed when it ended.
I love User - I think he's a great entertainer and his music can always make me dance.
The show gave me great close ups of the dancing and the artist himself. It also made me aware of some of his songs that I'd never heard before....and I've now downloaded them.
I'm so pleased I found this gem and I plan to watch it again.
Brief Lives: Leo Tolstoy
Brief Lives: Leo Tolstoy
First, Hesperus Press must be praised for doing something well that so many others have done a rather hit-and-miss job of, which is publishing short pieces that actually make for good reading. Oxford University Press has its Very Short Introductions. Many of these are little more than the condensed, but still stale political prejudices of their respective authors. One would have difficulty in recommending them as a series. Encounter has a similar series they are calling Broadsides, which are always very polemical (one is on secondary education written by a university professor who has never taught in secondary education), and Yale has their Why X Matters series, which seem to subject the subjects to the overwhemingly diverse ideological atmosphere that particular univeristy is renowned for. The point being, Hesperus Press with its Brief Lives series has managed to be recommendable as a series unlike its weightier and presumably wealthier competitors.

Second, Anthony Briggs is incredible. I am as impressed with him as I've been with any academic writer in quite a long time. I've read both his short biography of Tolstoy and the more recent one on Dostoevsky. Both do an outstanding job while remaining remarkably concise. I have read two other biographies on Tolstoy - the one by A.N. Wilson and the other by Henri Troyat. I very much enjoyed Troyat's writing - even in translation his writing remains compelling. Briggs manages to demonstrate great respect for Tolstoy without cutting him any breaks - no hagiography here. Imagine, an academic who has not written his conclusions first, who has no ulterior motives or agendas that require him to affectively fit all the pieces of another's life together. An academic, in short, who is intellectually honest. C'est impossible, non? Briggs provides his readers with more than this though. What his readers are exposed to is a very humane and insightful compassion. After reading over a thousand pages of Wilson and Troyat, Briggs managed to bring me to conclusions that felt more like epiphanies in 111 pages. My hat is off to Briggs and whoever is editing material at Hesperus.

Third, Amazon will not allow me to post a review of the Dostoevsky biography because it has not been officially released in the US, but I bought my copy via Amazon.co.uk in order to have it more quickly. It is as good as Briggs' work on Tolstoy with one possible exception. Briggs seems better able to focus on Tolstoy's life while working in details from his novels whereas with Dostoevsky, it seems to be just the opposite: he weaves in details of Dostoevsky's life into discussions about the novels. This is intended as more of an observation than a critique. The Dostoevsky biography really comes off more like a tour guide for the person about to depart on his maiden voyage. Briggs takes you through and suggests the books to read and the order in which to read them, and his advice comes off as remarkably solid. If after reading Briggs and Dostoevsky's novels, you find yourself craving more biographical information, I would recommend Troyat's Firebrand and Frank's single-volume biography of Dostoevsky.

Five stars then to both Hesperus and Briggs, and highly recommended to interested Amazon customers. Finally, if Professor Briggs should happen to be reading this, why not a Brief Lives of Turgenev?
False Impression
False Impression
Can you believe it? I didn't know of this book until I saw it listed in the author's books, when I picked up 'The Best Kept Secret'. This and Gospel of Judas. The book starts with the backdrop of 9/11 but moves on to the world of art- giving a glimpse of the esoteric language of paintings. It has the signs of Lord Jeffrey Archer's work, with good twists, and the triumph of natural justice. Besides the protagonist Anna-who comes across credibly as a true professional, I loved Nakamura the Japanese connoisseur's character very much, he comes very close to a rich Japanese (one of the world's top thirty richest men) whom I had the occasion to interact with a few years ago. He was more fond of his art possessions than his sprawling business empire. But then, all crazy billionaire art lovers could be expected to be similar, no? However, the icing on the cake was the listing of the top-grossing paintings. Super nuggets of knowledge to impress folks at parties, ahem! Amidst it all a humble realisation that my trips to art museums in Amsterdam were a wasted opportunity. Have to go there again!

However, every book of JA's gets compared with his first bestsellers, which can be unfair to the younger siblings. Maybe it is just that I have read most of his books, particularly Kane and Abel, Prodigal Daughter, NPMNPL, etc., when I was in the teens, or that I am now used to his style and can foresee the twists, the 'Wow!' seems to be missing in the later reads. But then, it could even be my own senility and an atrophying of the excitement and surprise emotions in me. With that qualification, benchmarking with K & A which I'd give a straight 5, this one will be a 4 star.
Naruto: Chapter Book, Vol. 3: The Worst Job (Naruto Chapter Books)
Naruto: Chapter Book, Vol. 3: The Worst Job (Naruto Chapter Books)
Naruto and his friends from the Ninja Academy get their first mission. They have to protect a man named Mr. Tazuna, a famous bridge builder, while they escort him to the village where he’ll be working on his next project. That means Naruto gets to leave the Village Hidden in the Leaves for the first time in his life. But the world outside Konoha is a big and scary place. And Naruto’s about to meet his first real enemy, Zabuza, the Demon of the Mist, who is intent on making sure Naruto’s first job as a bodyguard is a total failure! A MUST READ BOOK CLICK THE LINK. 
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 10: Includes Vols. 28, 29 & 30 (10)
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 10: Includes Vols. 28, 29 & 30 (10)
This is one of my favorite anime/manga series and I was so happy to find a 3-in-1 set. The price when I purchased it was less than half of buying each volume separately. The print was perfect, no duplicate or out of order pages. I definitely recommend this route for collecting the manga. It's a great story for children or adults.
Cyclops by Cussler, Clive Published by Simon & Schuster 1st (first) edition (1986) Hardcover
Cyclops by Cussler, Clive Published by Simon & Schuster 1st (first) edition (1986) Hardcover
This is a very enjoyable action adventure. The novel is somewhat lengthy, but the chapters tend to be short with numerous breaks in scenes that makes the novel easy to read during breaks at work, etc... At the same time there are numerous points in this fine novel that are true "page turner" moments and I did not want to put the novel down. There are numerous characters and at times I had a little bit of trouble keeping some of the story straight. However, mostly the novel is an easy read.

Clive Cussler is a very good author with an amazing imagination. All of his novels thus far are modern action novels. In my opinion the stories may be somewhat of a "male read". I have been reading Clive Cussler novels in the order of publication. Each novel stands on its own. At the same time there are numerous repeating characters and references to other, previous stories that makes me glad that I am reading the novels in order. As one example, there is a villain in this novel who previously appeared in "Night Probe". Having read Night Probe, it was fun to encounter this character again.

In summary, I completely enjoyed this novel. I intend to continue to read Clive Cussler novels in the order in which they were published. Clive Cussler has become one of my favorite modern action authors. Thank You...
Children on Troublemaker Street by Astrid Lindgren (June 19,1970)
Children on Troublemaker Street by Astrid Lindgren (June 19,1970)
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新・水滸伝 (第3巻) (六興版吉川英治代表作品)
新・水滸伝 (第3巻) (六興版吉川英治代表作品)
本巻のハイライトは独龍岡の戦いですが、その前に江州の物語。戴宗のはからいで酒食に不自由しない流刑中の宋江は、酔って壁に即興詩を大書。これが叛詩とみなされることに。国事犯ということで東京開封府送りにし途中で救う..という手をしか思いつかない戴宗は、はからずも江州の蔡九から宰相蔡京への使いの役をチャンスとして都に急行。途中で偶然にも梁山泊の近くを通ります。これがちょっとおかしい。江州から開封府に急ぐとすれば、梁山泊のあたりまで迂回するわけがありません。ともあれ、智多星呉用の策も裏目に出たあとは、梁山泊軍が江州に遠征して大騒乱。大量の物資財物とともに江州一円の江漢たちが梁山泊に入塞という結果に。

江州が一段落したあと、まず公孫勝が「里帰り」を許されます。それから宋江、それから李逵も、それぞれ故郷へ向かい、それぞれ一騒動あります。黒旋風の暴れっぷりはいつものことですが、宋江が九天玄女に会うくだりは、英雄好漢の叛乱物語として楽しみたい読者には、やや違和感が。

さて、独龍岡は梁山泊にとって目の前のタンコブ的な位置にあり、両者が戦うのは時間の問題。この決戦に至るまでの物語の筋道が二つ用意されています。一つは薊州の首切り役人である楊雄の妻が若い坊主と密通し、この姦夫姦婦を成敗した楊雄らが梁山泊に落ちのびるという展開。密通場面はエロチックな雰囲気が濃厚。この道中の途中にあったのが独龍岡。偶然にも戦いの火をつけてしまいます。

もう一つは、登州での虎狩りから話が始まって、無実の罪で捕らえられた猟師兄弟を親戚縁者と酒屋の客が救い出し、旧知の好漢を頼って梁山泊に落ちのびるという筋。こちらは異色な登場人物が含まれていたりして、殺生にも悲哀はまるでなし。

上記の二つの流れがうまくからまって、苦戦と策略の独龍岡戦が繰り広げられます。読み応えのある部分です。詳しくは本書をお読みください。

このあたりから、話の連鎖が長くなってきます。ぶつ切りではなく、ちゃんと続いている感じ。ウン'城の捕りかた雷横が公用の旅の帰路、梁山泊へ立ち寄る。'ウン城に戻った雷横がふとしたことから殺人を犯し捕縛。同輩であり親友の朱同が雷横を逃がし滄州へ流刑。朱同を引き入れようとする呉用や雷横らの策。柴進の叔父の邸(高唐州)での一騒動。方術合戦への布石。という糸が次巻への気を持たせます。
Gypsy Lover
Gypsy Lover
I read this novel years ago when I was a teeneager so I wanted to revisit the story again and found it just as enjoyable as I did the first time. I got my book in a few days after purchasing it and it was in good condition.
Texas: A Novel Volume 1
Texas: A Novel Volume 1
Michener brings Texas history alive. A very good read. I shared the confusion of previous reviewers and bought both volume 1 and volume 2. Volume 1 contains the entire book, whereas volume 2 contains only the second half. Amazon should make this clear in its description of the book!
Legally His: An Anthology
Legally His: An Anthology
I have just finished reading this book and I disagree with the title of Mistress. She is an ex-wife not a mistress. She doesn't sleep with her husband until nearly the end. The book itself was really a chore for me to get through although I usually love to read any Penny Jordan books of which I have several. This story though is so impractical and unnerving that for the characters to do the obvious to solve their main problem, which is Sean not believing the child Kate gave birth to is his is the part that I call unnerving. It would be so easy to do a DNA test, but then there wouldn't have been a story to tell would there? It took 177 pages for the sad, sad story to reveal itself and only 3 pages for the couple to explain their reasons for not telling each other what should have been obvious. There is an epilogue though, setting everything right as there usually is but truth be told it was a nerve-racking read for me. I wish it could have been better. Penny Jordan usually is.
SARLA Halo Hair Extension Beach Blonde Curly Short Synthetic Hairpiece 14 Inch 3.7 Oz Hidden Wire Headband for Women Heat Resistant Fiber No Clip(M04&613#)
SARLA Halo Hair Extension Beach Blonde Curly Short Synthetic Hairpiece 14 Inch 3.7 Oz Hidden Wire Headband for Women Heat Resistant Fiber No Clip(M04&613#)
Buy them. Seriously. When I purchased these I mentally prepared myself for disappointment with a "well, I'm only out $10" attitude but I am SO impressed. I bought one in a 14" and one in a 16" with intentions of cutting lots of layers in the 14" so that it would blend the difference between my blunt shoulder length hair and 16" underneath and it turned out marvelous! They are much thicker than other "cheapies" I've purchased and they're soft and the color matches perfectly. The halo design is sooo much easier and comfortable than clip-ins and had I known these existed, I wouldn't have spent $200 on clip-ins in the past. I have straightened and curled them and they took it really well as long as I used high heat and held the curl until it cooled. My ONLY dislike is that the metal fastener that holds the weft on to the string is a little bulkier than I would like (my hair is pretty fine by the temples) but with a little teasing/hairspray and strategic placement it's fine. If I were an die hard extension wearer & styler you may want to go with real human hair extensions, but if you're just an occasional wearer like I am, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Department 56 Harry Potter Village The Burrow Lit Building, 9.06 Inch, Multicolor
Department 56 Harry Potter Village The Burrow Lit Building, 9.06 Inch, Multicolor
My spouse wanted this set for Christmas and tbh the quality is very disappointing. It seems they are painted by hard in a hurry, there are spots where paint bleeds over into surrounding areas (brick bleeding into window trim, curtains bleeding into window trim). I feel that the roofing should be thick enough it doesn’t allow light to pass through which this ENTIRE resin set is like this. I feel for the money they should try to put effort into quality products. Perhaps not being cheap and cast it thick and do like the ceramics, laser cut holes... or be cheap and cast it thin and put a couple layer of paint or use a thicker paint on those areas light should not show through...walls and roofing. I mean these building are almost $100, if not more, and I shouldn’t have to try and figure this out, especially from a reputable company like this.
Not to mention the thing is small, pulled it out of the box and my husband, the train enthusiast, was being quietly disappointed. Meanwhile I, the purchaser am like “Seriously? That’s tiny!” He said “oh good it’s not just me. I was gonna be quiet and be thankful but I agree”. And it’s DEF not comparable by size - like aren’t these character supposed to “Live” in these things? The figures are giants compared to these doors, and the outside deck on the Weasley house!?! I can barely fit A pen inside, much less Fred or George’s head...you know the actual residents of the house!!! Come on Dept 56 stop using the theme to make money and make a QUALITY product like the ceramic lines!!! 2 stars because it fun from a distance and during the daytime without lights on and for me trying to figure out how to make it appealing at night time....
LEGO Minifigures Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts Building Kit (1 minifigure, 8 Pieces)
LEGO Minifigures Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts Building Kit (1 minifigure, 8 Pieces)
I'd buy these up all day as we love Harry Potter and Lego, but unfortunately, Amazon limits each account to a max of 3 bags. Kind of stinks when you have two kiddos and you get two Newt's and one Harry to share (first-world problems, I know). I tried to place multiple orders after our initial order of three and kept getting turned away. Luckily Target.com had these in stock so we bought a bunch from there.
Conquest Journals Harry Potter Chibi Vinyl Stickers, Set of 50, Indoor and Outdoor Use, Waterproof and UV Resistant, Great for All Your Gadgets, Potterfy All The Things
Conquest Journals Harry Potter Chibi Vinyl Stickers, Set of 50, Indoor and Outdoor Use, Waterproof and UV Resistant, Great for All Your Gadgets, Potterfy All The Things
I absolutely love the stickers and I think you should make more with different characters and more of characters such as the Weasley twins and Molly and Arthur and Cedric and Fleur, and Viktor, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Moaning Myrtle, Blaise, Pansy, Kingsley, Dudley, Petunia, Uncle Vernon, Mad Moody, the dragon and goblins, Flitwick, Madame Pomfrey, Tom Riddle, Gilderoy Lockhart, Unbridged, Cornelius Fudge, and Filch and his cat and the basilisk and Colin, and Seamus, Slughorn, Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy,
Kangaroo Wizard Tie & Glasses Costume Accessory Set Black
Kangaroo Wizard Tie & Glasses Costume Accessory Set Black
Bought this for my 5 year old Halloween costume. The glasses are great. They fit him and are of good enough quality they will last beyond the one night they will be used. Lenses are clear plastic and you can see well through them.

The tie.... I am 6ft 200 lbs and the tie fits me. I don't normally find ties that fit but this one actually has enough length for me. I have no idea how I am going to make this work for a kids costume. Quality is what you would expect for the price and it wouldn't be anything I would wear to anything special. Not their fault as I guess it doesn't say "kids" but the size surprised me.
Allures & Illusions Great Party Wizard Glasses (8 Pack), Black
Allures & Illusions Great Party Wizard Glasses (8 Pack), Black
My 3.5 year old daughter is OBSESSED with Harry Potter and wants a themed party for her 4th this year. So, after scouring wonderful Amazon I came across these babies!! I got them as favors for her friends but she has permanently claimed a pair for herself and has been wearing them since I got them in the mail! They are so cute on her little face because they are slightly exaggerated and a bit large for someone so little, but she doesn't seem to mind, as she wears them EVERYWHERE we go and constantly gets compliments! (Especially when paired with the cloak I made and worn to Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter!) The lenses seem like they could pop out easily but hers haven't yet. I am going to have to order more soon because she keeps adding friends to her guest list :D I would give these 10 stars if I could!
Tellpet Red Number 60 Balloon, 40 Inch
Tellpet Red Number 60 Balloon, 40 Inch
These balloons are beautiful once inflated but made of very thin material. The "8" had a small hole near the inflating slit. I was able to patch it up, for it to last a few hours for the Quarentine Zoom "Party". By the end, the "8" looked like an "S".
+24 colors/patterns
+24 colors/patterns
Be aware that this does run a size or two small. But it was perfect for my 8 year old. I was surprised with how well made this sweatshirt is, and she'd wear it daily if she could. Its been washed and dried several times, and it still looks like new. it also arrived earlier than expected.
Más vendido
Más vendido
Very disappointed and giving 1 star. I ordered a size 12 pack of 20 panties for my daughter and was sent a size 4 pack of 20 panties. I thought everything was alright because I hat purchased a size 12 pack of 20 panties in solids, creams, dots, and stripes and they arrived fine. Thus when my oldest daughter open the shipping box for my younger daughter and told me that they had put them in the laundry, I thought nothing of it. However after doing the laundry today, I discovered that they were all size 4 panties sent. Now I have to wait for them to dry and put them in an envelope with the refund slip and shipping label and then take it to a UPS drop off site in order to get a refund, and I have to do all this by October 8, 2020 or I don't get a refund. Just make sure you check the size upon arrival to ensue that:s what you ordered.

It's a crying shame though the panties look cute, the cotton feels nice, and the cut of the leg ration and bottom are great for a child who wears size 4. I hope that I get my refund even though I don't have the original packaging for them.

UPDATE 9/25/2020: My 7 year old daughter has decided to keep the panties to give to some little girl in need. So I had to cancel my request for a refund. Well I'm happy some one will get to use these after all, since they are such a good quality item. I had up grade my stars from 1 to 3, for the quality of the item was excellent just the wrong size.
AcousticSheep SleepPhones Wireless | Bluetooth Headphones for Sleep, Travel, and More | The Original and Most Comfortable Headphones for Sleeping | Midnight Black - Fleece Fabric (Size M)
AcousticSheep SleepPhones Wireless | Bluetooth Headphones for Sleep, Travel, and More | The Original and Most Comfortable Headphones for Sleeping | Midnight Black - Fleece Fabric (Size M)
I feel obligated to post a review for these given I nearly was swayed from buying them due to some reviews. Let's preface this quickly: I absolutely love these things and as far as I'm concerned they were worth the money even though they were a bit of a steep expense.

Firstly, I saw people complaining about how the battery is difficult to access. I'm a bit confused by this. Only someone from an infomercial would struggle to extract the battery from these unless you really managed to jam it clear up into the band where it, frankly, should not be. The pack is right at the velcro opening. It is easy to insert and remove. It also charges quickly and is extraordinarily easy to pair with your bluetooth headset. If you plug your phone into say your car sound system, when you remove it your SleepPhones will immediately reconnect if they are still on.

Secondly, the battery life. I turn these on in the morning before I leave for work and leave them on through my eight hour work day, so they are on and running for about nine hours. I've yet have the battery die on me in that time. I imagine the volume you have them at judges how long your battery will last, my volume is typically at half. I saw many people saying these will only last six hours but that is definitely not the case if you keep the volume at a moderate level.

Thirdly, sound quality. So much better than I expected. Before I purchased these I wore a set of Philips Fidelo on ears at my job which have outstanding sound and was pleasantly surprised by these SleepPhones; despite the speakers being so small the sound is excellent and clear. I saw complaints about them not being loud enough but I have never needed to have them at maximum volume... they do in fact get quite loud.

I use these both to sleep and to my job where we are not supposed to be wearing headphones at all. I work in a very noisy backroom and am one of the three people out of 30+ that actually has to use some amount of concentration to get my job done. If you need some comfy, undercover headphones, I highly recommend these. I have been wearing on ear headphones for years that make my helix and conch piercings hurt from the constant pressure, if you have lots of ear piercings and are looking for a comfy headset, I highly recommend these! And of course, they are surprisingly nice to sleep in. If you listen to ASMR videos these will change the way you enjoy ASMR videos forever. I travel internationally often and I imagine these will be excellent on an intl flight, much more comfortable than on ear headphones or earbuds for 12 hours. The one and only downside to these is that they do move around if you are moving around, but they are easy to adjust regardless. Like I said before, 100$ is a fairly steep price but depending on what you need/want these for, they are worth the price. Thanks AcousticSheep!

UPDATE: I've owned these for coming up on two years now, I use them 4~5 days a week for up to 9hrs a day. The battery life has not decreased. The wires are perfectly fine. The sound quality has not diminished. You can remove the entire battery pack and headphones and toss the band in the wash with your laundry. The only thing that would make this product better would be some non-slip silicone. Even without that, I'm more than happy with this purchase and I'd happily buy again.
VIVO Black Ultra-Slim Single Top Height Adjustable 31 inch Standing Desk Converter, Compact Sit Stand Desktop Riser for Monitor or Laptop, DESK-V000I
VIVO Black Ultra-Slim Single Top Height Adjustable 31 inch Standing Desk Converter, Compact Sit Stand Desktop Riser for Monitor or Laptop, DESK-V000I
The instructions that come with this aren't clear enough regarding how to adjust it. The video isn't much help either. It's hard to explain (perhaps that's why the manufacturer doesn't explain it in full), so I apologize for not doing so to make it easier for anyone seeking answers. It's a challenge to go from lowest point to any height between totally collapsed and fully extended. Be sure to put your weight on it, or it will spring up and bite you in the face (the springs are *powerful*) as you adjust it. It doesn't lie flush with the desktop, so when you're sitting, your keyboard will be higher than it was without the riser. Leave the hex key in the lock if, like me, you're not 7 feet tall need the height between and plan to switch from sitting to standing several times a day. All said, I do think it will be worth the hassle, as I've been working from home for 6 months with no return to office in sight, and my back misses the more expensive, higher-quality (employer paid for) sit-stand converter at the office. A plus: it comes fully assembled. All said, I think it will be worth the $90 price tag, considering these things can cost much more (as in, you can put a down payment on a car for the price). Good luck!

Update: You’ll need something, such as a block of wood (or cut a piece off the foam packaging; I can’t believe anyone still uses unrecyclable foam), to wedge under the desk to keep it from collapsing. There’s a stopper to keep you from pulling it up too high, but nothing to keep it from falling.

Update: I’ve added a photo to clarify my previous update. The stopper outlined in red prevents you from pulling the desk up too high once you’ve found your desired height, but there needs to be as stopper to the left of that, to prevent it from dropping down (see red circle and arrow). Like I said in my previous update, you’ll need to wedge something under it to keep it from falling [or only have a light laptop on it; I have (employer supplied equipment) a large laptop and a 27” external monitor (elevated to the ergonomically correct height with a large book, which I have to remove when I sit) as well as keyboard and mouse].
Mirchi Fashion Women's Sequins Work Wedding Indian Saree Unstitched Blouse Piece
Mirchi Fashion Women's Sequins Work Wedding Indian Saree Unstitched Blouse Piece
I cannot say how much I loved this! Not only was it comfortable but so insanely beautiful!!!! I was told all day and night how beautiful it was! I not only was able to be with my beautiful sister and brother in law for their wedding but also was able to join in on a beautiful culture that I was so lovingly accepted into with open arms, and in style with my gorgeous Sari! I will be back for several more colors! I can’t tell you how long I sat there on the struggle bus trying to pick a color. You have so many different varieties! I will forever send people to this store! Oh also thank you for being true to your descriptions!
Russell Athletic Men's Cotton Performance Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Russell Athletic Men's Cotton Performance Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Years ago I had a small epiphany: I realized that every time I went into the t-shirt drawer to grab a shirt, I was always (almost subconsciously) hoping that my favorite couple of shirts was in there, and I would be a bit disappointed when I had to grab another one. So I decided that going forward my wardrobe would contain ONLY my favorite types of shirt.

The main problem with that is the fact that the overwhelming majority of t-shirts (regardless of how much you pay) are total crap. They are thin and flimsy, the fit isn’t good, and they aren’t as comfortable as they should be.

So, ever since then I’ve tried to find the best possible t-shirts and this is one of them. The other is the Hanes “Beefy-T” but those are super thick 100% cotton and not ideal for all situations.

These Russel shirts are the BEST blended shirts in the world (meaning they are made with a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers). They fit EXCELLENT. They are just lose enough to be comfortable but not so loose that they look sloppy. That means that you can wear the shirt out (if you want) and not just wear them to bum around the house. The fabric is very durable even after years of use and the colors don’t fade. The synthetic fibers keep you cool and the cotton feels great agains your skin.

I highly recommend these shirts.

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