Jayceon Gonzales

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What Is HTML5?
What Is HTML5?
What Is HTML5? by Brett McLaughlin. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 317 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Design Patterns in Ruby
Design Patterns in Ruby
Design Patterns in Ruby by Russ Olsen. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 59 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
Farm Day (Day Series by T. M. Kaht Book 4)
Farm Day (Day Series by T. M. Kaht Book 4)
Farm Day (Day Series by T. M. Kaht Book 4) by Tina Marie Kaht and Hatice Bayramoglu. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the m category.
The Chessmen of Mars: The Barsoom Series 5
The Chessmen of Mars: The Barsoom Series 5
The Chessmen of Mars: The Barsoom Series 5 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur Vincet, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 194 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Shadow Keeper
The Shadow Keeper
The Shadow Keeper by Abi Elphinstone. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Barnaby Rudge
Barnaby Rudge
Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens, George Hagan, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 206 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Sherlock Holmes Blood Stone
Sherlock Holmes Blood Stone
Sherlock Holmes Blood Stone by John Pirillo. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Be My Reason
Be My Reason
Be My Reason by Samantha Christy. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 362 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Ford County: Stories
Ford County: Stories
Ford County: Stories by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 1403 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
THE GREATEST BRITISH DETECTIVES - Boxed Set: 190+ Murder Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Stories (Illustrated Edition): Tales & Cases of Legendary Sleuths ... Max Carrados, Tommy and Tuppence and more
THE GREATEST BRITISH DETECTIVES - Boxed Set: 190+ Murder Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Stories (Illustrated Edition): Tales & Cases of Legendary Sleuths ... Max Carrados, Tommy and Tuppence and more
THE GREATEST BRITISH DETECTIVES - Boxed Set: 190+ Murder Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Stories (Illustrated Edition): Tales & Cases of Legendary Sleuths ... Max Carrados, Tommy and Tuppence and more by Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Wallace, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Over the Edge (An Alex Delaware Novel Book 3)
Over the Edge (An Alex Delaware Novel Book 3)
Over the Edge (An Alex Delaware Novel Book 3) by Jonathan Kellerman. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 308 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight by Stephen King, James Woods, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 335 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King, Frank Muller, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 1574 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
INFESTED
INFESTED
INFESTED by Stephen R. King. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 207 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Shawshank Redemption: Tie-In Edition
The Shawshank Redemption: Tie-In Edition
The Shawshank Redemption: Tie-In Edition by Stephen King. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 206 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift
Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift
Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift by Stephen King, John Glover, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Modern Stephen King Canon: Beyond Horror
The Modern Stephen King Canon: Beyond Horror
The Modern Stephen King Canon: Beyond Horror by Patrick McAleer, Philip L. Simpson , et al.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java 5.0 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook
Java 5.0 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook
Java 5.0 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook by David Flanagan and Brett McLaughlin. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
The Practice of Computing Using Python (3rd Edition)
The Practice of Computing Using Python (3rd Edition)
The Practice of Computing Using Python (3rd Edition) by William F. Punch and Richard Enbody. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Starting Out with Python
Starting Out with Python
Starting Out with Python by Tony Gaddis. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 77 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Data Mining & Statistical Analysis Using SQL
Data Mining & Statistical Analysis Using SQL
Data Mining & Statistical Analysis Using SQL by John N. Lovett, Jr. and John N. Lovett. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learn Objective-C on the Mac: For OS X and iOS
Learn Objective-C on the Mac: For OS X and iOS
Learn Objective-C on the Mac: For OS X and iOS by Scott Knaster, Mark Dalrymple, et al.. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
AWS SDK for Go: Developer Guide
AWS SDK for Go: Developer Guide
AWS SDK for Go: Developer Guide by Amazon Web Services. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
As a long time ee cummings fan, I found this book to be just as wonderful as the rest of his writing, although this one isn't as well known. If you can appreciate his artistic use of words, you will not be disapointed by etcetera.
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Another Home Run, This time in the Bear Market. Matt just keeps giving us the Best that he has when it comes to beating the odds in the Stock market. I just hope he never stops providing all this great information. When I first began trading stocks, I was clueless. With Matt's books, I now feel more comfortable and positive on what I am doing when it comes to investing in stocks, Futures or Options. Wherever I am honing my skills in long term or short investments, my portfolio continues to rise. Thanks Matt!

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STEVE JOBS: A Steve Jobs Biography
STEVE JOBS: A Steve Jobs Biography
Not too much content which didn't take too much time to completely read. Nothing new for those who have read other books about Steve Jobs / Apple.
Elon Musk (Tech Icons)
Elon Musk (Tech Icons)
Elon Musk (Tech Icons) by Sara Green. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
10 Lessons in Leadership: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk
10 Lessons in Leadership: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk
Read this book. Then go back and start applying the insights that resonate to your own life and projects. Many of these fly in the face of " common knowledge" - so much so that a few of them took my breath away and opened doors of understanding that transformed my approach to innovation, creativity and business. Enjoy!
Henry Ford (Inventors)
Henry Ford (Inventors)
Henry Ford (Inventors) by Paul Joseph. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
VictoryStore Yard Signs, Donald Trump 2020 Yard Sign Trump 2020 Can Cooler and Trump 2020 Decal | Yard Sign is Printed 2 Sided on 11 Inch by 14 Inch Waterproof Corrugated Plastic and Includes Stakes
VictoryStore Yard Signs, Donald Trump 2020 Yard Sign Trump 2020 Can Cooler and Trump 2020 Decal | Yard Sign is Printed 2 Sided on 11 Inch by 14 Inch Waterproof Corrugated Plastic and Includes Stakes
Read some reviews, stating the sign did not include stakes, but I did receive mine as mentioned in the item description, so no issues there. For the price, I truly believe its a great deal for all 3 items. I love showing our President that I am one of his loyal supporters and that I also stand behind him for the 2020 election. Trump 2020 🇺🇸
HeroDecks Trump Presidential Playing Cards
HeroDecks Trump Presidential Playing Cards
There are several different decks of Donald Trump cards. At first, I bought a different deck of Trump cards, but that one only had limited photos of Trump himself.
I really like this deck of Trump cards a lot better because nearly every card has a different photo of many different players who participated in the 2016 presidential election, like Ted Cruz and Hillary as the joker, along with some humorous remarks. In fact, I liked this deck of cards so much that I ordered 3 more decks to use as Christmas gifts because I know some family members will really enjoy them. Of course, I am keeping at least one deck for my own collection of Trump memorabilia.
Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Journey
Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Journey
This is not really a book about professional wrestling.

This is a book that is partially set in the world of professional wrestling. The subject of the book is really positive thinking.

It's out of print, and it may be hard to get, but if you are into human potential and the power of change - combining discipline with positive thinking - then this is a VERY good book.

If you know (or if you are) a wrestling fan who needs to hear this message, then this may be the PERFECT book.

Some people think that Dallas Page is a relentless self-promoter, but they're the ones who haven't been listening. He believes that anyone can do anything that they really want to - if they're willing to work hard enough for it. He uses his own life as the example.

It's worth a read.
The Beatles, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Mouse Mat
The Beatles, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Mouse Mat
Allora il materiale e' buono molto resistente poi per i Beatlesiani avere un'oggettino così' simpatico e quasi d'obbligo ,per dirla poi tutta anche i tempi di consegna sono da record per chi ama i Beatles e il Sgt pepper dico una cosa Compratelo !!!!
Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work (Zone Books)
Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work (Zone Books)
Dylan’s place in the American “national imaginary” effectively gives way, in Timothy Hampton's insightful and capacious study, to his broader entanglement within “global musical culture” and a more worldly sense of his literary influence, form, genre, tactic, and stylistic fusion. In a dazzling set of readings that are textured and resonant, Hampton links Dylan’s works to literary precursors Rimbaud (“Chimes of Freedom”), Brecht (“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”), Kerouac (“Meet Me in the Morning”), Petrarch (“Tangled Up in Blue”), T. S. Eliot (“Dignity”), F. Scott Fitzgerald (“Summer Days”), Homer (“Blind Willie McTell”), and Dante (“Shelter from the Storm”) most prominently. Even Joseph Conrad and Jack London are given a (less convincing) thematic hearing in the exotic flux that is the 1976 album Desire. Hampton tracks these literary refigurations such that “Blind Willie McTell” remains close not just to the epic but also to the “Statesboro Blues” melody, and “Jokerman” stays close not only to anti-Christ figurations from Yeats but also to Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and reggae chords....
Dylan & The Dead
Dylan & The Dead
Okay, so Bob Dylan has been backed up by other bands before-The Paul Butterfield Blues Band[Newport '65]; The Hawks/The Band['65-'66 World Tour & The '74 North American Tour]; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers[The True Confessions World Tour'86-'87]. But in the summer of 1987, Bob Dylan did a 7-city stadium tour with The Grateful Dead which made history documented for this 1989 release. Weeks before I had witnessed Dylan with T.P. & The Heartbreakers at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, they also shared a bill with the Dead at RFK Stadium in D.C. before Jerry Garcia went into a diabetic coma which put the Dead out of action for about 4 months touring-wise.
I originally got this on vinyl when first released in '89 to make up for not catching Dylan & The Dead live in concert. My only beef about this live set was that they should have had more material from that tour. Since this is all Dylan originals here, the Dead provide great background to his music instrumentally and vocally. I heard there was a great version of "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" where Garcia supplies pedal-steel guitar, too bad they didn't include that on here. They even did a cover of Paul Simon's "The Boy In The Bubble", that would have been worth hearing, too.
Out of the seven songs featured here we got four of '70s Dylan and just three of '60s Dylan. First of all, we got a pair of sermonettes, "Slow Train" and "Gotta Serve Somebody"[from the 1979 album Slow Train Coming] with the Blonde On Blonde classic "I Want You" sandwiched between the two songs. This follows with "Queen Jane Approximately"[from 1965's Highway 61 Revisited] which sums up the first side from the vinyl point of view. The epic classic from Desire "Joey" kicks off the second part. "All Along The Watchtower" gives Garcia to show his chops but couldn't match the Jimi Hendrix cover from '68. Although this set concludes with "Knocking On Heaven's Door", it slightly shows Dylan at his weakest moment vocally despite the Dead's vocalizing background.
Therefore, you could say this live set is a souvenir of that brief tour for those who were there to witness it and for those that weren't there[myself included]. Regardless, it's a nice live set although there couldn't have been more unlike the Dead who already have tons of live stuff out than any other artist or group for that matter. So if you enjoy both Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead, I recommend this disc for sure.
Bob Dylan - The Little Black Songbook: Revised & Expanded Edition
Bob Dylan - The Little Black Songbook: Revised & Expanded Edition
There are unfortunately some glaring omissions in this book, some key Dylan songs are not included, like With God On Our Side, Tombstone Blues, Buckets of Rain, Highway 61 Revisited, It takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry, Highway 51 Blues, Pretty Peggy-O, Baby let me follow you down. Instead, a bunch of throw away outtakes and filler material have been included. The author made a poor selection, and I can't give it more than 2 stars.
24 Stemless Plastic Champagne Flutes - 9 Oz Plastic Champagne Glasses | Clear Plastic Unbreakable Toasting Glasses |Shatterproof | Disposable | Reusable Perfect For Wedding Or Party
24 Stemless Plastic Champagne Flutes - 9 Oz Plastic Champagne Glasses | Clear Plastic Unbreakable Toasting Glasses |Shatterproof | Disposable | Reusable Perfect For Wedding Or Party
I had previously ordered flutes for a baby shower and now needed more for a bridal shower. I mistakenly ordered these, thinking they were the same as the ones I had gotten before. The picture was the same. I should have checked closer. They were not the same!! They were much thinner, less sturdy and no where near as nice as the ones I had gotten before. Upon doing a double check in my previous orders, I noted that the ones I wanted were by Munfix. These flutes are by Prestee. Lesson learned... carefully read the description! These are being returned.
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.
"t-shirts for men graphic"
"t-shirts for men graphic"
I like the design, but it feels a little small to me. I ordered several other shirts at the same time, in size 4XL or 4XLT, but I ordered this one in 3X, so I understood that it would not be as large as the others I ordered. However, up until this point, I've been getting by in the same 2XL shirts from Target, American Eagle, and Aeropostale that I've been wearing for... way too long, so I was expecting the 3XL to be bigger than the shirts I already owned. What I found is that it's about the same.

On the other hand, the 4XL and 4XLT shirts that I ordered from IZOD, Champion, and Adidas were all much larger than this shirt. Again, I expect they would be _some_ larger, but they were much larger. Considering that I had multiple brands in 4XL/4XLT that were all a bit too large, and a single 3XL that was slightly small, I think the 3XL was probably on the small side instead of all those other 4XL's being on the large side. This is still wearable for me, but there's not as much ease as I generally like in my shirts.
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (4K UHD)
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (4K UHD)
An author writes a book on their own. A comic book may have two authors (artist & story-writer). A film requires enormous up-front finance these days, dozens of people, etc. This may explain why "First in the marvellous new series..." feels natural where a book is concerned, but "sequel" in films screams "The first one made money! Quick!! Let's write another & cash in!!!" Despite the fact that GotG is "based on" Marvel Comics superhero characters, this is exactly how these films feel to me. Longish review shortened - GotG1 is decent, 4*; GotG2 is a duff cash-in, 2*. Average that out - 3*.

I am NOT a comic book fan. I've read the odd one here & there. Watchmen was damn fine & so was the film. But comic books have mostly passed me by, Marvel superhero stuff entirely so. I've happily escaped the money-making franchise mushroom that has appeared over the past decade or so. But GotG looked like fun, and this pack gives me both so...

GotG on film is as shallow as a puddle. If there's any depth to the comic books, it's not shown in either film. Consequently as a non-reader, I'm sure there's back-story & stuff that I'm utterly unaware off. And I can feel it; that things I should know are missing. This is not a good start. For all that, GotG can, I think, be fairly described as an SF action-adventure romp. It's fun but without any depth. Characters are cardboard cut-outs at best, wholly one dimensional if not. It's crash, bang, wallop, knockabout fun with gags & comedy side-kicks. Nothing wrong with that. It's 4*.

I don't know what they thought were doing with GotG2. I don't know whether it's actually based on a genuine GotG story, or whether it was written for the film. But it's duff. The plot is dodgy anyway, but then they load 3 sub-plots onto a script that has a dodgy premise & would struggle to support one sub-plot. The chuckles diminish, the SFX are... only what we've seen before, the crash bang wallop keeps getting interrupted with dull philosophising / moralising, "Why do you hate me / why don't you love me / how can you be like this" shizzle that simply doesn't work in the shallow universe we see. Oh, plus it is ENTIRELY predictable. Meh.

Let's put it like this - 1 is worth having, 2 isn't really, 3 is currently shelved. And if it becomes unshelved, I won't be taking any interest, given what 2 was like. I can't remember the prices I saw when I added GotG to my Wishlist, but if the price for this pack is close to the price for 1 alone, then buy the pack; you might as well. If it's not... 1 is worth spending a few quid for; 2 isn't.
Commercial Chef CHQP12R 12-Inch Pizza Maker, Red
Commercial Chef CHQP12R 12-Inch Pizza Maker, Red
I bought this for my office staff, I thought it would be great to have a pizza maker available for everyone. The first day I brought we opened it and plugged it in and it started to smell and sizzle pop. Being that we were in an office we chose to turn it off and I took it home to try it In a little less risky environment. Well, we tried it popped and smoked and then did nothing. And after unplugging it and then plugging it in again it will get warm to the touch. And as luck would have it it took me until February to actually try it out at home. And guess what. No returns after January 31 — what a piece of CRAP! Very disappointed !
Fox Run Pizza Crisper Pan, Carbon Steel, Non-Stick,Black,14.5 x 14.5 x 0.25 inches
Fox Run Pizza Crisper Pan, Carbon Steel, Non-Stick,Black,14.5 x 14.5 x 0.25 inches
My Oneida pizza stone snapped in two after less than six months of use, during which I seasoned it, treated it like a piece of porcelain, and struggled to keep it clean without using soap. In my search for something more durable and less work, I discovered the reviews for Fox Run were consistently good and the price was right, so I bought it. Add my enthusiastic review to the others! I don't make my own pizza, but for the frozen variety that I eat on occasion, it's a wonder. It cooks evenly all the way through to the center, which I never even achieved with the old pizza stone. Cleanup took about one minute. My stone (whose halves adorn my garden now) had a metal rack with handles, which is the perfect size for the Fox Run pan. If you require such a thing, I suggest searching for used racks at Goodwill that other disgruntled stone owners may have given away.

UPDATE, 3/30/14: Ordered pizza last night from a local chain. A large pizza fits perfectly on the crisper. When reheating a few slices, be aware that at 425 degrees F, this pan distributes heat like gangbusters. Your leftovers will be hot within five minutes--and will taste far better than if you put them in the microwave! I'm afraid I'll be eating pizza a lot more often because of Fox Run...LOVE this pan!
Que Pasa
Que Pasa
Why can't all reformations be this good? IMHO, the band's sequence of albums, from best to worst, is Babe Ruth (the self-titled third album), First Base, Amar Caballero, Stealin' Home, and finally Kid's Stuff, with the quality dropping steeply on those last two records as key members left. I'd say this new release falls just behind First Base in heaviness and complexity -- it's that strong. Featuring a line-up drawn from the first two records, all the expected stylistic elements are in place: Spanish & Western musical motifs, fine production from creative genius Alan Shacklock, the dependably rock-solid Hewitt / Spevock rhythm section, and of course Jenny Hahn's Janis Joplin-style shriek. She's slightly deeper pitched but is otherwise in fine voice (pun intended), and Shacklock's guitar, both his electric and Spanish stuff, is ferocious. Three tracks (4 Dear Life, Sun Moon & Stars, and Break for the Border) are their trademark flamenco/Western rock, while 4 Letter Word and The Blues are jazzy pop, highlighted by strong horns and Dave Punshon's excellent piano work. Killer Smile, with its strong gitano vocals, sounds like the Gipsy Kings, while Doncha Wanna Dance, propelled by Shacklock's massive riff, is the hard-rock highlight, slow-paced but unstoppable. Two other standouts are Mother Tongue and the remake of The Mexican, which should more than satisfy the band's breakdance followers. Recalling A Fistful of Dollars or For a Few Dollars More, both tunes incorporate Ennio Morricone pastiches written by Shacklock. Between them and the title track, you also get a touch of rap and scratching, but even if you don't like hop-hop you won't be repelled by the results here. Babe Ruth were evidently adopted by breakers and B-boys years ago (hence the graffiti-style artwork), and such influences provide a dose of fresh blood. Trust me, in conjunction with the classic Babe Ruth sound, those hip-hop elements work very well, which is my overall take on this superb comeback album.
Rock Star
Rock Star
aucun problème je suis très satisfaite ..le livre est comme il a été décrit, et je me fais un plaisir de le lire
Tales of Belkin (The Art of the Novella)
Tales of Belkin (The Art of the Novella)
Alexander Pushkin is considered one of Russia’s great authors of short stories and Tales of Belkin are considered among his earlier and better-known collections. The only uniting thread to the five stories is as we are told in the somewhat comic introduction supposedly in Pushkin’s own voice is that all of these stories were collected by a third person, the landowner nice guy but mostly bland Belkin. We are to believe that these are all true stories but passed directly or indirectly to the real author/editor Belkin, now deceased. We are to believe these are all true stories but all links to their sources are broken.

Among the more common themes is Russian fiction is a duel. And it is with a duel that the collection begin. Called The Shot, it starts as another view into life among under employed Army officers but ends continues with the more unusual concept of an incomplete duel.

Given Russian weather it is also common to have a short story about or called The Blizzard. Something of a serio-comic romance misadventure.

The Undertaker is not surprising, a Ghost Story. But Pushkin starts with the typical and takes it into hisown direction.

The Station Master is perhaps the most complex of these stories. It begins with a discussion of Russian Civil Service and the lowly role of one of its most junior professions, the station master. Our story teller relates the story of what he experienced as well as heard from one that is worth telling. Thinking again on the collection, Pushkin would have it understood that P is publishing the stories as told to Belkin and in this case involving both first hand and second hand points of origin.

The Squire’s Daughter continues this process of stories told to, and told by the person who heard it from. The plot to this one can be told without an spoiler by noting that in the Russian the Title is The “Noblewoman-Peasant” This is a romantic love story.

Overall, the short collection 108 pages in the always elegant Melville Art of the Novella editions are a pleasant few hours of reading. These are not great tales. None of them are memorable, but given Russian literature’s reputation for heavy, dark and long reads, The Tales of Belkin make for easy reads and a fine introduction to the great Russians.
The Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
The Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
I'm glad I returned to Ivan Bunin, whom I had not read since my early teens. Although some 25 years have passed, I could soon recognize the refined, poetic, and quiet style of this Russian author. This collection of 17 short stories, of assorted subjects and tonalities, includes several very remarkable ones. Among them is the story that gives the book its title, which tells of a nouveau riche's fatal family travel around the Mediteranean. Others are: "The Primer of Love", located in a remote Russian town, about the discovey of a peculiar book in the house of a recently deceased man; "Chang's Dreams", about a retired and alcoholic ship captain and his dog; "Mitya's Love", almost a short novel, a "slit your veins" tale of adolescent love and all the pain it may entail, as well as about the possible fatal consequences that the insecurities of young passion may cause. In the whole book in general, but noticeably in this story, Bunin's capacity for description, especially of a Nature in perpetual change, shines in astonishing and beautiful paragraphs. Sexual anxiety and the abrupt waking-up to carnal passion are constantly present during the narration.

"Night" is, in my opinion, a small masterpiece, actually more a prose poem than a tale, the reflections of an artist as he contemplates the sea from a terrace, on a placid night. It might just be the transcription of Bunin's own thoughts. Finally, "Zoyka and Valeria" is another stroy about juvenile love, with a countryside weekend as landscpae and another sexual initiation as detonator.

Certainly a great storyteller, Bunin has a fine, deceitful style: in spite of the apparent placidity and poetic beauty of the tales, these frequently treat asphyxiating, unnerving situations. Excellent edition of great stories.
Last of the Breed
Last of the Breed
I'm a fan of survival and bushcraft and picked up this book on a recommendation from someone in a bushcraft forum. The story is interesting enough, but I find myself having to suspend disbelief quite a bit. First of all, it's pretty darn lucky and convenient that the protagonist meets up with several useful characters in the depths of the Siberian wilderness who speak English fluently. OK, I guess I can let that slide for the purpose of the story, but I have trouble buying into some of the events that seem a little superhuman to me - namely how does a malnourished, hypothermic, sleep deprived individual carry THREE HUNDRED pounds of bear meat with him, along with a giant bear pelt, his bow and arrow, and pelts that he's been collecting. I guess it's possible if he built a travois, but that would get in the way of his need to be stealthy - and there's no explanation about how he does this. It would also be nice to have some explanation of how he built a fire - I can buy into the idea that a Native American would have these skills, but the first time he's out of the camp, he magically makes fire with no explanation. Fire is not easy to make without certain tools and even skilled bushcrafters are challenged in finding the right materials for say, a bow drill, in unfamiliar territory. One other thing - he traverses icy cold rivers in late fall and the cold seems to have little affect on him - Cold water has a profound effect on the body's ability to function very quickly.
TLDR - interesting read, requires some suspension of disbelief, the good guys always win and the bad guys always lose. Predictable and digestible.
Bowdrie (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): Stories
Bowdrie (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): Stories
Louis L'Amour what a fine writer. A man who actually lived and practiced what he wrote. Every adventure featured Chick Bowdrie, Texas Ranger, who rides the lonely by himself and his mountain bred horse.
Each and every adventure has a lot of action and
Bowdrie checks places where the incidents happen collecting evidence, also he speaks with town's people gathering evidence by the party he's looking for. It's called western style detective work and a bit of forensic science used which would be a long time coming, this is the beginning. Great adventures every one of them a quick read and plots are the same "find the bad men"but that's were the similarities end. A great author who was able to write and incorporate the lives of those brave folks settling the west.
Chick Bowdrie Boxed Set (Louis L'Amour)
Chick Bowdrie Boxed Set (Louis L'Amour)
This boxed set brings together three of the best Chick Bowdrie stories:
South of Deadwood - Chick is sent to retrieve a captured leader of a deadly gang. Deadwood is way outside of Texas, and Chick must bring him back cross country. The only problem is that the rest of the gang is still at large and gunning for Chick. Louis L'Amour does an introduction on the town of Deadwood.
A Trail West - A gang has kidnapped the daughter of a Texas judge to keep him from sentencing one of their own in prison. Chick is sent to retrieve her. Or die trying! This one ends up in Arizona. Louis L'Amour does and introduction on women of the west (which was very interesting) (BTW-this one is out of print now and can only be obtained with this set).
Where Buzzards Fly - Chick is sent to investigate a big robbery that has happened in west Texas only to find that the robbers have been murdered (all fourteen of them) and the loot has vanished without a trace. Chick must trail them with his mind and his wile. Louis L'Amour does an introduction on gunfighters (some of which he had actually met).
All three dramatizations are well cast. The special effects are excellent. The audio is crisp and clear and easily understood in the noisy environment of a car. Well worth the purchase price. Run time: 180 minutes.
Phoenix, Vol. 10: Sun (Part One)
Phoenix, Vol. 10: Sun (Part One)
Great as this book is, it is not worth the cost. I am a Tezuka fan of considerable magnitude, having read everything available in
English, and owning all except Princess Knight. If you have not read it yet, I suggest checking it out from your library first, or even purchasing the Kindle version. Paying over 50 for a book that is certain to come back into circulation (let alone +150) is a foolhardy pursuit.

That said let me tell you that this book is just setting up the major action which follows in volume 11 (Sun p2):
=spoilers=
The story begins in Korea with a young noble attacked and skinned from the neck up. His attackers then replace that skin with that from a freshly killed wolf. After coming to and seeing his reflection, despite his attempts to remove this grizzly mask, he finds that it has actually bonded to him. He then meets an elderly medicine woman/ fortune teller and they decide it is in their best interest to flee the country to Japan. Upon embarking they find an injured solider and pick him up too. All get to Japan only to find that the solider was indeed a general with much influence.

The wolf headed young man (Kuchi'inu) finds that he can communicate with the spirit world due to his unique appearance. After he is given a position and an estate by the greatfull general, the spirit world asks him to champion their cause. The introduction of Buddhism and their pantheon of gods are driving the native spirits from the country. Let's just say that the powers that be want Buddhism to stay and don't take kindly to those who support the old ways. It's convert or die. Sides are taken in preparation for the inevitable conflict.

Kuchi'inu is also plagued with strange dreams of the distant future. In the last 50 or so pages we see this vision of the future flesh out and the two tales begin to resonate with one another.

So this pretty much lays the groundwork for the next book. However, in much the same way as one can watch Serenity without having seen Firefly, you can read part 2 and be mostly satisfied without having read part 1. But just as the aforementioned TV show does for the movie, Sun part 1 rounds out the characters and invests you in the struggle.
14th Deadly Sin (Women's Murder Club)
14th Deadly Sin (Women's Murder Club)
I love this series of books and thankfully they've not gone off the boil as I found the Cross series did. They're still page-turning and highly entertaining. This one is no exception. I greatly enjoyed it although THAT ending comes up on you pretty suddenly (and at only 95%) !! He doesn't usually leave these to end in a TBC fashion as this one is so it was unexpected. However, if you're reading book 14 in the series it's probably pretty much a guarantee you'll also buy book 15. I wait till the prices come down quite significantly, though. Luckily, I don't mind reading them later than others do !!
There were some nice moments featured in this one among the main cast which I liked. A couple of expressions I'd never heard before I liked as well-rain box and jumpety-howdy-do. I did wonder at Lindsay and Joe both making pretty crashing rookie errors in the course of their investigations in this. They both need to shape up a bit !!
The only mistakes I spotted were a couple of missing fullstops which is very impressive. He was a bit hyphen-obsessed in this tale, though. There were a LOT of them. This sentence was possibly the worst example-"....blending in with the row of chunky, putty-colored or gray cinder-block two-and-three-story buildings". Oh, and at one point he needed one in foot well and missed it !!
At one point I was baffled why, in Claire's story she told the others, she got in touch with a Vice detective....she never really explained that and, however many times I read it back, I couldn't understand why she chose Vice. There were a few repetitious passages as well for some reason. Another confusion was an officer's wife having red welts on her neck and arms apropos of nothing I could figure out.
However, all in all, it's certainly another winner for me.
Gambler From Natchez, The
Gambler From Natchez, The
Similar to the 'Mississippi Gambler" I gave high praise for....this is an action movie that has a little something for everyone. A pace that is driven by a good story ( gee, what a novel Idea) and actors that are a joy to watch. Did I say this was filmed in a rich color treatment. It is and that's one more reason to buy and enjoy.
Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth
Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth
The followup to TOLKIEN'S WORLD: IMAGES OF MIDDLE EARTH, REALMS OF TOLKIEN offers more artistic renditions of (primarily) THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The lion's share of illustrations go to the more famous artists (John Howe, Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith), but there's enough odd detours to make this both a mainstream representation of Tolkien's Middle-earth and a delightfully eclectic collection of art. (Cor Blok's in particular are wonderfully odd, and Tolkien himself approved of Blok's paintings). There are 58 paintings total. Like the previous volume, Tolkien's text accompanies each illustration.

What steps this up above the previous collection is where that one only had 9 artists, and Howe, Lee, and Nasmith contributed 30 of the 60 paintings, REALMS OF MIDDLE EARTH have 20 artists. While the three aforementioned still contributed a lot, REALMS is a much more diverse collection than TOLKIEN'S WORLD, making it a more intriguing package overall. I still like Howe the best. He captures the dark and the light very well. Though I don't agree with all the visual interpretations, alternate points of view are what make books such as this so appealing. It's certainly quite a book.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS is the primary focus of this book. 44 of the 58 paintings come from LOTR, including Howe illustrating THE RETURN OF THE SHADOW, Vol VI of HISTORY OF MIDDLE EARTH, and MORGOTH'S RING. There are 12 illustrations depicting THE HOBBIT. There are 2 by Howe illustrating UNFINISHED TALES and MORGOTH'S RING. No other works are represented. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING has 18 paintings (including Howe's illustration from RETURN OF THE SHADOW). THE TWO TOWER has 18 paintings. THE RETURN OF THE KING has 8 paintings.

These are the illustrators, with the list of paintings and from which book they are illustrating. Most have biographical blurbs in the book's back; those that don't are noted.

Nicholas Bayrachny: 3 paintings from The Hobbit. "Gollum." "The Great Goblin." "Beorn."

Cor Blok: 4 paintings, three from LOTR and one from HOBBIT. "The Game of Riddles." The Hobbit.
"Frodo's Vision" The Fellowship of the Ring. "Battle of the Hornburg." "The Mumak of Harad." The Two Towers.

Maura Boldi (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "The Swan-ship of Lorien." The Fellowship of the Ring.

Alessandra Cimatoribus (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "Treebeard." The Two Towers.

Lode Claes: 3 paintings from LOTR. "The Mirror of Galadriel." "The Gates of Moria." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Nazgul." The Return of the King.

Inger Edelfedlt: 2 paintings from LOTR. "Gollum Held Captive by the Elves." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Treebeard." The Two Towers.

Fletcher: 2 paintings from LOTR. "Gandalf's Escape from Orthanc." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Lord of the Nazgul Enters the Gates of Gondor." The Return of the King.

Tony Galuidi: 2 paintings from LOTR. "Balin's Tomb in Moria." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Sam and Shelob." The Two Towers.

Stephen Hickman: 2 paintings from LOTR. "The Black Rider." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Siege of Gondor." The Return of the King. "Siege" is notable because it's the only illustration that takes up two full pages, and is the last painting in the book.

John Howe: 8 paintings, 4 from LOTR, 1 from Unfinished Tales, 1 from The Return of the Shadow, 2 from Hobbit. The "A Hobbit Dwelling." "Smaug." The Hobbit. "Gandalf and the Balrog." "Galadriel." The Fellowship of the Ring.. "Gandalf Approaches the Guarded City." The Return of the King. "Ulmo, The Lord of the Waters." Unfinished Tales. "Ungoliante and Melkor." Morgoth's Ring. The only two paintings in this collection representing Silmarillion legendarium. "Gandalf Comes to Hobbiton." The Return of the Shadow (Volume VI in The History of Middle-earth. Rough drafts of The Lord of the Rings.)

Timothy Ide: 3 paintings from LOTR. "The Prancing Pony." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Theoden's Charge at Helms' Deep." "Treebeard and the Ents." The Two Towers.

Michael Kaluta: 3 paintings from LOTR. "Legolas Draws the Bow of Galadriel." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The First Stroke of Lightning at Helm's Deep." The Two Towers. "Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul." The Return of the King.

Alan Lee: 7 paintings from LOTR. "The Black Riders." "Rivendell." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Taming of Smeagol." "Theoden's Hall." "The Dead Marshes." "Two Orcs." "The Black Gate is Closed." The Two Towers.

Capucine Mazille: 3 paintings from The Hobbit. "Riddles in the Dark." "In the House of Beorn." "The Battle of Five Armies."

Luca Michelucci (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "Gandalf and Pippen." The Two Towers.

Eta Musciad (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "Treebeard, Merry, and Pippen." The Two Towers.

Ted Nasmith: 7 paintings from LOTR. "The Attack of the Wraiths." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Through the Marshes." "Pursuit in Rohan." "No Way Down." The Two Towers. "Across Gorgoroth." "The Nazgul." "Departure at the Grey Havens." The Return of the King.

Carol Emery Phenix: 3 paintings, two from LOTR, one from HOBBIT. . "Bilbo Came At It." The Hobbit. "A Conspiracy Unmasked." "A Pleasant Awakening." The Fellowship of the Ring

Gerd Renshof and Ron Ploeg: 1 from The Hobbit. "Bilbo Flies on Eagle's Wings."

Hopefully this has been an informative review. The only strange omission is the front cover art is not in the book. Overall, more eclectic and odd than its predcessor, helped by the fact that three artists did not contribute half the book this time. If you liked TOLKIEN'S WORLD, REALMS OF TOLKIEN is a logical buy.
THEE BRON Baby Toddler Boy and Girl Unisex Sandals
THEE BRON Baby Toddler Boy and Girl Unisex Sandals
Very cute and flexible shoe. But it is very large! I wish the description included the size measurements in inches like the package does. The 9-12month is 5.5 inches. If I would have known that, I would have ordered the smaller size because I can measure my child’s foot.
RasTa: A Soul's Journey
RasTa: A Soul's Journey
This film is very good in showing the universality of Rastafari and it is beautifully made. Donisha also does a wonderful job of carrying the film through the different locations. The problem is that it does not offer much in terms of information about Rastafari. Throughout the film you can hear repeated, "Rasta is a way of life". What is this way of life about? What are the values and beliefs? There was ample time to cover this. It also was affected by the unintentional self-promotional impulse of Donisha Prendergast, making the movie pivot too much around Bob Marley and her relationship with him. Even at moments when something else was being discussed she kept bringing it back to him. They waited until the final few minutes at the end to actually speak about the early Rastas and Leonard Howell, the main founder, making Howell seem like an afterthought. The last section where Donisha cries for what seems like 3 minutes could be edited out.
Nippon-Connection : [verfilmt als "Die Wiege der Sonne"].
Nippon-Connection : [verfilmt als "Die Wiege der Sonne"].
Interessantes Buch, wenn man es mit ein wenig geschichtlichem Interesse liest.
Das Buch ist vordergründig zwar ein Krimi. Mordfall, zwei Detectives auf Spurensuche, es werden Zeugen befragt und am Ende auch irgendwie der Fall gelöst. Die Kriminalhandlung dient M.Crichton aber nur als Vehikel, um dem Leser etwas anderes nahezubringen: Die Angst der Amerikaner Ende der 80er, Anfang der 90er Jahre, von den Japanern mehr oder weniger friedlich kolonisiert zu werden. Genau danach sah es nämlich zu jener Zeit aus. Die fleißigen, geschäftstüchtigen Japaner hatten schon einige Jahrzehnte Wirtschaftsaufschwung hinter sich und sicherten sich in den USA immer mehr Marktanteile, übernahmen auch im großen Stil Firmen. Mitte der 80er wurde dann gezielt der Yen gegenüber dem Dollar aufgewertet, in der Folge blähte sich eine gigantische Immobilien- und Spekulationsblase auf, wodurch die japanischen Konzerne plötzlich mit märchenhaften Summen an frei verfügbarem Kapital ausgestattet waren und mit frischem Elan in Amerika "einkaufen" gingen. Selbst Leute, die sich nicht für Wirtschaft interessierten, bekamen doch zwangsläufig mit, wie die Japaner in U.S.-Filmstudios und Schallplattenfirmen usw. einstiegen. Das schlug auch auf die Popkultur durch, z.B. war der Schauplatz des ersten "Stirb Langsam"-Filmes ein gigantisches Hochhaus eines japanischen Konzerns in L.A.
Diese Entwicklung wurde von einem Teil der US-Bevölkerung misstrauisch und ängstlich beäugt. M.Crichton zählte dazu. Dieses Buch enthält die Kernaussage: Die Japaner führen einen Wirtschaftskrieg mit unfairen Mitteln gegen uns, und wenn wir uns nicht wehren, dann gehört ihnen bald der ganze Laden. Das muss man nicht mal zwischen den Zeilen lesen, sondern der Ich-Erzähler gerät immer wieder in Situationen, in denen ihm jemand einen Vortrag über diesen und jenen Aspekt der Psyche und des Geschäftsgebarens der Japaner halten kann. Für die Leute, die es nach dem Durchlesen des Krimis immer noch nicht kapiert haben, gibt es noch ein Nachwort vom Autor, in dem er seine Aussage ein weiteres Mal klar darlegt. Zusätzlich eine Menge Literaturhinweise für Leser, die sich noch tiefer in die Materie einarbeiten möchten.
Nun, wir wissen heute, dass dieses Buch letztlich ins Leere lief, da es schlicht zu spät kam. Crichton schrieb das Buch Anfang der 90er. Just zu dieser Zeit platzte die erwähnte Spekulationsblase in Japan und dem Vormarsch der japanischen Großunternehmen in Amerika ging mehr oder weniger die Luft aus. Die japanische Wirtschaft rutschte in eine Deflationsspirale, Banken und Versicherungen gingen in Konkurs (vorher nahezu unvorstellbar) und Mitte der 90er kam dann noch die Asienkrise hinzu, von der Japan immerhin mittelbar betroffen war. Mittlerweile hat sich das Land der aufgehenden Sonne wieder einigermaßen stabilisiert, aber es ist bei weitem nicht mehr das Schreckgespenst, das es Ende der 80er für die Amis gewesen sein muss. Japan ist immer noch da, aber heute treten neue Spieler, hauptsächlich China, in den Vordergrund.

Wie ist das Buch aus heutiger Sicht zu bewerten? Geschmackssache, natürlich. Ich fand den Ausflug in diese wilde Zeit interessant. Was wäre gewesen wenn. Alternativweltgeschichte sozusagen. Was dem Leser nämlich bis ca. zur Mitte des Buches vorenthalten wird: Das Buch spielt nicht zur Zeit seiner Entstehung, sondern irgendwann in der Zukunft. Schon früh drängten sich mir Zweifel daran auf, ob Crichton seine Quellen wirklich exakt studiert hat, z.B. wenn behauptet wird, dass bereits der Großteil der Immobilien in L.A. in japanischer Hand seien, welchen Einfluss die Japaner auf die Polizei und die Politik ausüben und ähnliches. Ich konnte nicht glauben, dass die "Kolonisierung" Anfang der 90er schon so weit fortgeschritten war, und falls doch, hätte das nicht bis in die heutige Zeit stärker nachwirken müssen, trotz Japan-Krise? Naja, irgendwann in der Mitte des Buches wird dann nebenbei angedeutet, dass das Jahr 1991 (Entstehungsjahr des Romans) bereits in etwas entfernterer Vergangenheit liegt. Genaueres erfährt man nicht, aber ich vermute mal, dass Crichton die Handlung aus seiner Sicht ca. 10 oder 15 Jahre in die Zukunft verlegt hat, dabei Entwicklungen seiner Zeit konsequent weitergeführt oder auch übertrieben hat. So entstand dann das Bild eines Landes, in dem fast alle US-Hightechfirmen in japanischer Hand sind und sich japanische Konzerne um die letzten Stücken amerikanischen Baulands und die letzten US-Firmen balgen und wo man als Nicht-Japaner im größten Golfclub von L.A. kaum Chance auf eine Mitgliedschaft hat, weil für freiwerdende Plätze eine lange Warteliste ausliegt, und zwar in Tokyo.
Daher meine Bemerkung, dass man das Buch auch durchaus als Alternativweltgeschichte lesen kann. Ich bin ein Fan dieser Art Literatur. In was für einer Welt würden die Amerikaner heute leben, wenn die japanische Wirtschaftsexpansion ungebremst weitergegangen wäre? Hochinteressanter Stoff, der mich zum Nachdenken gebracht hat.

Trotzdem: Das Buch ist nicht Fisch und nicht Fleisch. Als Krimi gelesen, stören die ständigen langen Exkurse über den Zustand der Japaner und der Amerikaner den Spannungsbogen. Für ein Sachbuch ist es hingegen zu subjektiv - hier wir Amerikaner, dort die rätselhaften Fremden. Einige Handlungsenden bleiben am Ende lose hängen: Was wurde letzlich aus dem aufgewärmten Kindesmissbrauchsvorwurf? Wird nun was aus dem Lieutenant und seiner traumhaft schönen Halbjapanerin?

Aber, sofern man nicht den Fehler macht, das ganze als spannenden Krimi für zwischendurch misszuverstehen, ist das Buch eine Empfehlung wert. Der Punktabzug aus folgenden Gründen:

- Den Hinweis auf die Handlungszeit hätte ich mir an früherer Stelle gewünscht. So war ich bis zur Hälfte des Buches am rumrätseln, wie das alles in mein Bild der späten 80er / frühen 90er passt. Tut es nicht, denn die Handlungszeit ist später angesetzt, aber diese Info gehört an den Anfang der Handlung.

- Die Übersetzung ist teilweise ärgerlich. Es fängt beim Titel an - soll das eine Anspielung auf "French Connection" sein? Die Übersetzerin ist offenbar im süddeutschen Raume beheimatet, Formulierungen wie "Das war ca. Dreiviertel 9" und "Ich bin am Steuer gesessen", "Es pressiert" verraten dies überdeutlich. Nichts gegen die Bayern, aber manchmal hat es mich regelrecht aus der Handlung gerissen. Ein amerikanischer Cop will dem anderen mitteilen, dass sie dringend wo hin fahren müssen, und was sagt er? "Es pressiert." Die ganze Crime-Atmosphäre geht mit einem Schlage flöten. Und das Autotelefon "schnarrt" nur ständig. Ich mag die Bayern, aber alles hat Grenzen.
The Mothers of Lovely Lane (The Lovely Lane Series Book 3)
The Mothers of Lovely Lane (The Lovely Lane Series Book 3)
An absolutely brilliant read. One if the best fictional books I have read in a long time. I was lucky that I read the books one after another, indeed I read all three while on holiday in September (2017).This is the third book in the Lovely Lane Series, the others being The Nurses of Lovely Lane and The Children of Lovely Lane. All three are such wonderful reads and will bring a tear to the eyes if anyone who reads them. Each book tells the story of several people and their stories continue thoughout the books. Things don't always have a happy ever after end and indeed the storys are open to continue. How Nadine Dorries manages to write such brilliant books and also do her duty as an MP I wil never know, but long may she continue to write such great books.
Clifford Collection
Clifford Collection
I remember when Clifford first became a children's favorite book, then years later Clifford was my son's very favorite! Now I've been buying them for my grandchildren. It was exciting to find this collection of books that I read years ago, now purchased for my grandson along with a small, plush Clifford! My grandson has a severe visual impairment so I try to find books for him that are not only exciting but have large, colorfull illustrations that help to tell the story. Clifford books may not be as exciting as pirates to read or listen to but if I remember correctly they usually have a problem that Clifford solves. These stories were written in a time of values that were important to live by and neighbors in need of help only had to ask. The illustrations are outlined in black, so that helps my grandson to focus, I think he'll enjoy this book, I just hope he doesn't want his mom and dad to read start to finish in a single sitting! These books are great for prereaders age 4/5 up to self readers ages 8/9.

This was a great purchase and I highly recommend for old Clifford fans and those who are future Clifford fans. Toss in a stuffed plush Clifford too, you never know when someone might need a cuddle. Norman Bridwell made a lasting contribution to children's literature, I hope future generations get to know and enjoy Clifford the way he has been enjoyed for the last 50 years.
Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Tarzan's Magic Fountain
With a past-his-prime Johnny Weissmuller having moved on to the Jungle Jim franchise - where he can go adventuring in full-bodied safari wardrobe instead of flabbing it up in an unflattering loincloth - RKO had to cast around for a younger, fitter specimen to play Tarzan. 1949's TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN debuted Lex Barker as the mighty ape-man, and it's a good first outing. Conversely, this is where Brenda Joyce bows out as Jane, her fifth time playing the part and her best performance.

Some plot spoilers for this dusty old film.

Who knew the pristine jungles of Africa weren't exempt from litter? Otherwise, how could Tarzan's chimp, Cheetah, have scrounged up first a cigarette case and, then, a journal? Jane marvels at the finds, especially when she learns that the journal belonged to the famous aviatrix Gloria James who, twenty years ago, embarked on a 'round-the-world flight with her co-pilot... and was never seen again.

Tarzan, rugged isolationist, cautions Jane to "Better throw book in river" and, further, that "Some things better left alone." Only, Jane pooh-poohs her mate's advice. She asks him to schlep the journal over to the Nyaga-Ratu trading post and have it mailed to England.

Oh, but there's juicy gossip behind the aviatrix's disappearance. A man named Jessup (Alan Napier) had offered a $5000 reward for finding Gloria James alive. Jessup is currently serving a life sentence, and she's the only one who can clear him of a murder charge.

If only the ape-man had ignored his bump of do-the-right-thing. He doesn't. He hears of Jessup's plight, and off he goes, journeying to the remote and secluded Blue Valley, and it's getting so that you can't toss a rock without hitting another lost civilization.

In this forbidden city, Tarzan is able to coax Gloria James (Evelyn Ankers) - who had obviously survived the plane crash - into leaving for England to save a man's life. Tarzan first takes Gloria to the tree condo to meet Jane, and imagine Jane's disbelief as she eyeballs this celebrated pilot who doesn't at all resemble her proper age! Cue Brenda Joyce's best line ever as Jane: "If you're fifty, I'll eat Cheetah... raw."

Yep, you guessed it... or did the movie title give it away? In the Blue Valley can be found the literal fountain of youth. But one must stay in Blue Valley to benefit from the fountain's magical properties. Gloria James, in departing, forfeits much of her youth. The moment Gloria left with Tarzan, time promptly began to stake its claim on her.

Gloria flies to England, and that should've been that. We don't ever get to see realized onscreen the side story of her clearing an innocent man or her marrying him.

Chalk it up to vanity, then, when Gloria returns to Africa, this time with new husband in tow, as well as two gents (Albert Dekker, Charles Drake) from the Nyaga-Ratu trading post who tag along and who we learn early on seem Up To No Good. Gloria has physically reverted to her proper age. Observe the shocking lines and wrinkles. She now looks every inch of her fifty years. Gloria longs to return to the Blue Valley with her husband, longs for her youth and beauty back. At least, she's a nice lady. Jane promises to have Tarzan guide them.

But Tarzan proves intractable. The secret of Blue Valley must be safeguarded at all cost. It's one of the few times we see Jane fall into a tantrum, and Brenda Joyce is seriously cute when in a pique. She decides to guide the group herself. She sort of knows the way.

RKO's modest budget is a far cry from them lavish MGM productions of past Tarzan lensings. But the scrappy studio does its best with what it's got. I think of it sort of like a poor child playing with its shabby toys and applying huge imagination. A couple of things make this movie shoot high up in my rankings. First, I love the sense of pulp adventure, the escapism. Next, I love forbidden cities, and there's a whiff of Shangri-La in here, as well. Also, Lex Barker infuses fresh energy and a new look to Tarzan. He looks the part, with his defined musculature and easy athleticism and his towering height of 6'4." This is also as involved as Brenda Joyce ever gets as Jane as she has more to do in the narrative. Jane's quarrel with Tarzan is very cute. And I love the pranks Tarzan and Cheetah play on her to "teach her a lesson" as she plays safari guide. And, maybe the best thing? No irritating Boy to gum up the works.

It's vigorously plotted and action-packed, ideal for the Saturday matinée throng back in the day. See Tarzan take on all comers, be they jungle beasties or beasties on two legs like the trading post baddies and certain disgruntled natives from the Blue Valley. And if you're looking for giggles, there's Cheetah the mischievous chimp to accomodate you. She chews bubblegum, partakes of hot pepper, and incites an army of ants. And, at the end, she gets the last laugh. Also providing some levity is a series of cameos by Elmo Lincoln who played the original Tarzan during the silent era of cinema. Here, he plays an eye-patched bully who engages Tarzan in a string of humorous skirmishes.

If I have a nag, it's a tiny one, and it's to do with Barker's wearing slippers instead of going barefoot like a real ape-man should. What's the matter, Lex? Piggy-wiggies too dainty? Or were they just too ugly to look at? Anyway, in the next movie, TARZAN AND THE SLAVE GIRL, he allows his toesies to go nekkid, as is only proper.
Harry Styles: My World
Harry Styles: My World
This "documentary" focused mostly on gossip and failed to capture the real Harry Styles. There are no interviews with Harry and the same footage is used repeatedly. They did get one thing right - he is definitely a rock star in the making. It's just unfortunate they chose to rehash gossip instead of exploring what makes Harry truly shine - from his performances on stage to his vocal abilities to his growing talent as a songwriter. Instead of delving in to the work Harry's done, both musically and philanthropically, they focused on the media's image of him as a heartthrob and gossip about romantic liaisons. They also included interview footage of the other boys that was not about Harry, which is perplexing since this is a show about Harry. One last thing - someone should tell the narrator that Niall's name is Horan not Heron. Mistakes like that only serve undermine the quality of this show even further. I would not recommend. I gave it two stars just because it's Harry.
We Are Wizards
We Are Wizards
This film was so enlightening to watch! There was brilliant, funny, and insightful commentary from every generation. It reminded me of what it felt like when I first watched Neverending Story as a child. As if nothing was impossible and everything involves magic. Maybe it still does.:)
Harold Patter and the Worst Child: A Parody of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harold Patter and the Worst Child: A Parody of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Not appropriate for children. At best, sophomoric humor with elementary school potty language thrown in. Not a parody....just a book with soundalike characters and unimaginative dialogue. My 17 year old received it as a gift, read it and did not find it appealing. I though he would like it since he is a Harry Potter fan and very much into theater. I then read it and was also disappointed. NOT worth purchasing unless you know the author and want to support him.
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban [PB,2001]
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban [PB,2001]
Para los estudiantes de griego moderno, lenguaje ligeramente fácil, después de haber leído el primero y aprender de nuevo otro nombre de los objetos, hechizos y una pronunciación diferente de los personajes, este se lee más rápido. No tan barato pero como se mandó desde EU el envío fue más barato que si hubiera sido desde Europa. Muy satisfecho.
Funko Pop! Harry Potter Gilderoy Lockhart #59 (Blue Suit)
Funko Pop! Harry Potter Gilderoy Lockhart #59 (Blue Suit)
Great pop and a great price for it but the box came bashed and torn and seeing as it was in a box with another pop that arrived completely fine, it didn’t happen in transit. Also no sticker which was very disappointing as it was advertised as having one.
SweatyRocks Women's Vintage Print Halter Neck Crop Top
SweatyRocks Women's Vintage Print Halter Neck Crop Top
This top is adorable. I took off one star because the red pictured is a lot brighter than the almost maroon top I received. Regardless, I'm going to keep it and will probably wear it often. I recently got a tattoo that I want to be able to show off, and this top is just short enough to show a good amount of it. Overall, I'm happy with this.
For reference I'm 5'6" 130lbs 34c 29in waist and I ordered the medium. I thought I ordered the small, but I apparently got the medium. No big deal, the medium fits well it's just not as short as I wanted it to be and doesn't show as much of my tattoo as I wanted. I do think that the small would have still fit seeing as this item is 100% adjustable.
Leave The Job Behind: Easy Ways to Profit In Today’s Digital Economy
Leave The Job Behind: Easy Ways to Profit In Today’s Digital Economy
I work full time in retail, and have been selling digital products online for a few years now. I was curious about this book as I've been thinking about becoming a virtual assistant for authors, since I am also a book blogger. I thought this book would address becoming a virtual assistant, along with other ideas for making a little bit of extra cash in ways I hadn't thought of before.

On that, I was a little disappointed. The author, Harrop, does suggest a broad range of ideas for making money online, but actually left out quite a few things I already do (and have been doing for years) to make extra money online - "to leave the job behind" so to speak - like answering surveys, using rebate / coupon apps, etc. Definitely not "get rich quick" schemes, but the extra income does help.

What Harrop does talk about, she does well, though I was a little disappointed that on each individual topic, she just includes links to other websites instead of telling us the information herself. I don't mind a few links to expand upon the topic, but I feel when an author writes a paragraph or two introducing us to a subject and then leaves links to other writers, it's a co-op and lazy to boot.

I still am rating the book four stars however, because this is a great starting point, especially if you've never thought about trying to make extra income online, and she does mention some great resources that one may not have heard of before.

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I received a book for free in order for my honest opinion. I was not paid for my review.
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Popular Chana Dal, 1 kg
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Popular Chana Dal, 1 kg
1 month back I purchased almost all Vedaka pulses including Kabuli chana and Kala chana from Amazon because of Pulses' competitive selling price and of Amazon's own brand. Very disappointed with the quality of the pulses. for example, after cooking for almost 1.5 hours in the pressure cooker, the kali urad dal was still quite hard to eat, same goes with chana dal and with almost all the pulses including Kabuli chana and Kala Chana. My suggestion for everyone, don't go with this brand. Can't give it less than one star, my bad

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