Jayson Peterson

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Ajax for Dummies
Ajax for Dummies
Ajax for Dummies by Steve Holzner PhD. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Expert MySQL
Expert MySQL
Expert MySQL by Charles Bell. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Silkworm
The Silkworm
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, Robert Glenister, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 8620 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates Book 2)
Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates Book 2)
Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates Book 2) by Lisa Scottoline. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 255 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Full Throttle: Stories
Full Throttle: Stories
Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 416 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Building Python Programs
Building Python Programs
Building Python Programs by Stuart Reges , Marty Stepp, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Oracle PL / SQL For Dummies
Oracle PL / SQL For Dummies
Oracle PL / SQL For Dummies by Michael Rosenblum and Paul Dorsey. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
A First Course in Statistical Programming with R
A First Course in Statistical Programming with R
A First Course in Statistical Programming with R by W. John Braun and Duncan J. Murdoch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R 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Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings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.
Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You Achieve Your Financial and Life Goals
Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You Achieve Your Financial and Life Goals
I've read 9 of Larry Swedroe's 12 books, and every one was filled with valuable information from front to back. His latest, "Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett", is no exception. Larry shares conclusive evidence that backs up Warren Buffett's own recommendation that "by periodically investing in an index fund the know-nothing investor can actually outperform most investment professionals". While it's not impossible for actively managed funds to outperform passively managed index funds, Larry demonstrates that it is unwise to try your luck with actively managed. Larry also covers the importance of a well-rounded financial plan that takes into account your willingness, need, and ability to take an appropriate level of risk for your unique situation. He then takes the reader through various investment portfolio building blocks, as well as portfolio maintenance techniques and tips on working with financial advisors. Toward the end of the book he wraps it all together with his 30 rules of prudent investing, all concisely written and absolutely correct.

Larry Swedroe is a very knowledgeable finance expert, he's tremendously gifted with the written word, and he is a champion of individual investors everywhere. His writing distills key takeaways from the last 60 years of finance research into easily understandable prose. My recommendation: pick up a copy of this easy-to-read book and follow its guidelines for decades to come. You'll be glad you did.
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett
I’ve read most of the biographies of Warren Buffett, but I consider this to be the definitive biography. There are several reasons. This book has been developed over a period of many years (around 25, at this point) and is the result of dedicated research and writing. The author has access to Mr. Buffett that most writers do not, and you can see this in the various letters and documents that Buffett has provided for publication. Each year, Buffett personally selects a group of books to be sold at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha and every year this book is chosen. This kind of endorsement by Buffett is probably the only reason you really need to pick up a copy.

At the 2016 meeting, one book was selected for “super highlighting” by creation of a giant version of the book cover for display. This is that book. Although I think I keep up with everything going on with Buffett, I am always amazed when I read the updated version and discover new facts. This latest version contains a nice recap of the premiere of the HBO Documentary Becoming Warren Buffett. The insight provided by Mr. Kilpatrick is available because he was there. You probably don’t get invited to a premiere like that without being fairly well-connected. It is this connection you can take advantage of by reading (and re-reading) this book.

There is great humor, insight and information in this book. You'll learn about an incredible personality and be truly entertained in the process. My bookshelf has several books on Warren Buffett, but Mr. Kilpatrick's is my favorite.
Facebook: The Inside Story
Facebook: The Inside Story
For someone who claims to know as much as he does about Facebook, Levy only manages to capture half of the true narrative at best, in what could be described as nearly 600 pages of anger towards a company and a person.

Levy cannot write for more than a few pages without hurling insults at Facebook, Zuck, or any of its many employees. Seriously - open up and read any few pages at random to see for yourself. There's nothing objective about this writing; a smear campaign, at best.

Don't just take my word for it - read Aaron Greenspan's one-star review of this book, where he calls out Levy for his factuallly inaccurate retelling of Aaron's story from their interview together in 2018 (Greenspan is a former college friend of Zuck's, who makes a number of appearances in the earlier chapters of the book.) Why would Levy intentionally misrepresent the facts if he was not biased in his feelings and sentiments towards Zuck, Facebook, or any of its employees?

This is so dishonest I don't know how Levy views himelf as a person with integrity. I highly reccomend never buying this fiction.
Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition
Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition
I'm not really the best person to review this book. You may dismiss it entirely.

In the early 1970's I used to watch the USA launch rockets into space. So exciting! I grew up reading science fiction: Asimov, Heinlein, etc. I remember seeing a cut out diagram of the space shuttle for the first time. So amazing to live during that time for me. International Space Station, super sonic jets, moon landings. The future seemed to be in space, it sure was in my imagination. Space stations, moon bases, permanent habitats on Mars. The space shuttle was just the beginning and I dreamed big.

Then, the shuttle exploded. A fluke, right?

Fast forward to 2017. The space shuttles are retired. The ISS is the size of a double wide trailer and about as interesting. The USA can't even get an astronaut there without getting the Russians to allow a trip on their fleet of rockets that aren't any different from the one's in 1970. The super sonic jets have been retired and no one has landed anything on the moon in the last couple of decades except China and their lander performed its mission of making it there and then going to sleep forever.... What happened? We all have cell phones and the Internet and so what. We know all about "famous" people" in entertainment news and the world looks more and more like "Brave New World" everyday. In the 1970's we dreamed of Mars and beyond, now we are consumed with consuming. So depressing.

I only knew about Mr. Musk or SpaceX or Tesla in a vague way. But my 15 year old became enamored with Tesla's electric cars and who am I to argue? I got her this book. I always read everything I get for her so we can discuss it (but mostly she just nods her head...) but I've finished this book and I don't think she started....

I have a man crush on Elon Musk.

The book's writing is solid, but kind of plainly told. Maybe the author didn't want to oversell the drama, so that's OK.

But this story of Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla is something taken directly out of an Asimov book. If I wrote this book as fiction 15 years ago, no one would buy it. How will it all really end? Will Elon Musk pull the Earth out of its funk and restart the future? Hokey, I know, but that is his goal. He is doing things that very smart people have said for 20 years are not possible. I now see that the dreams we had have always been possible, we just stopped dreaming and did other things.

In 20 years, someone will write the next and pretty much final chapter of this story. Now that, COULD be an even more interesting book.....

Having said all that, I gave the book a 5 star rating, not because the writing is perfect or the story told completely, but just because the story and Elon Musk are amazing and the stuff of my dreams.
Perdiendo la virginidad : cómo he sobrevivido, me he divertido y he ganado dinero haciendo negocios a mi manera
Perdiendo la virginidad : cómo he sobrevivido, me he divertido y he ganado dinero haciendo negocios a mi manera
Si quitamos de en medio las aventuras megalómanas de Branson, que a mi parecer, no son mas que publicidad, este tipo es muy interesante. Me par de mas humilde cuando habla de la evolución de los negocios a cuando relata los acontecimientos. En cualquier caso, no se espera una imparcialidad en una autobiografía. El libro me ha gustado... De hecho me ha aportado una gran visión de lo que consideró un modelo empresarial único, que marca el futuro claro de los negocios responsables.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine, December, 2007/January 2008
National Geographic Adventure Magazine, December, 2007/January 2008
National Geographic Adventure Magazine, December, 2007/January 2008 by National Geographic Adventure magazine-December 2007/January 2008 issue-Richard Branson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Oprah Winfrey's New Age Christianity Part 1: The Emperor's New Clothes
Oprah Winfrey's New Age Christianity Part 1: The Emperor's New Clothes
After reading Mr. Smith's book I am reminded of how we need a master-The true living Holy God! We are but dirty dishrags. it is solely because of the blood of Jesus that we can and are redeemed. Our eyes must be completely opened to receive and live out the real meaning of God's truth! Thank you Mr. Smith for your bravery and love of Christ and sincere concern to warn and exhort all who will listen and all who will share this powerful tool in their ministry as true and pure followers of Christ! God Bless you!
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown by Glenn Good, David Wisniewski, Karen and O'Kray. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
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THIS IS NOT THE SAME OLD STUFF IVE LISTENED TO OVER AND OVER. IHOPE THEY DO ANOTHER LIKE
THIS IT SOUNDS LIKE ORIGINAL WRITING. IVE NEVER HEARD THESE SONGS DONE BEFORE
WHY THE HECK THEY PUT OUT ALL THOSE OTHER ALBUMS WITH COVER TUNES
ON THEM ILL NEVER KNOW, THESE GUYS KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF WITH THIS GREAT ALBUM, BROVO!!!!!!!
I CHANGED THEIR NAME TO THE GREAT THREE!!~!
Conversaciones Con Pedro Almodovar (Spanish Edition)
Conversaciones Con Pedro Almodovar (Spanish Edition)
Cuando salió a la venta este libro, el precio rondaba los 50 Euros. Yo me he echo con él ahora que el precio a descendido a tan sólo 10 Euros. Por ese precio y si eres fan de Almodóvar no te va a decepcionar en absoluto. Muchísimas fotográfias a color (muchas de ellas a toda páginas) y repaso de todas sus películas a través de entrevistas a Pedro (algunas de ellas publicadas con anterioridad). El libro es de formato Din-A4 y encuadernado en tapa dura. Por 10 Euros es imposible pedir más y quedar más satisfecho!!.
The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings
The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings
This is a most welcome album. Finally, mono digital recordings of Bob Dylan's early songs! And an excellent selection of songs too; covering every phase of his output up through the album JOHN WESLEY HARDING. Almost every song here is a better digital recording than you will get anywhere else (except of course the full mono albums themselves). One of the rare exceptions, actually, is also one of the bigger disappointments. This mono version of "Like A Rolling Stone" does not compare well with the version on the, now out of print, DCC release of HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED, which was remastered, in stereo, in the early 1990s by Steve Hoffman. That stereo version of "Like A Rolling Stone" crackles with power. It is clear, crisp, and overwhelming. This mono version is more average; not bad, just average. I did not actually expect this to be the case, so have now listened to both versions, back to back, twice at home and twice in my car. Steve Hoffman's stereo version wins, and it is not even close.

Okay, so that's the bad news. The good news is that every other song here is better in mono. In the case of "Mr. Tambourine Man" this is particularly true. It has never been better! The mono version makes the stereo version sound primitive. The recording is smooth and steady, with Dylan's singing warm and clear. Bravo!

Every Dylan fan will want this disc -- unless they are buying the entire mono box set.

P.S. I do not have a copy of the 2003 remastering of "Like A Rolling Stone." Thus cannot compare to this mono.
Java: The Complete Reference
Java: The Complete Reference
The book covers most of Java SE8, taking the time to introduce the language itself to newcomers. Actually, a third of the book serves that purpose, which is a bit unbalanced for a reference. While this may be welcome to the reader who is still learning Java, it prevents the coverage of advanced topics that would have been appreciated by many programmers expecting the book to be somewhat more faithful to its title.

Complete it is certainly not, ClassLoader and SecurityManager are in the "Here be dragons" category, even though they would have come in handy for anyone wondering how to implement plug-ins, not an uncommon feature in today's applications. Not even a mention of Nashorn, one of the key SE8 additions. Not much either on how to profile applications, unit-test and deploy them. And so on... not a huge disappointment, but still not up to standards set by books like "C# in a Nutshell" or "Python Essential Reference".

What most readers will probably miss is an algorithmic complexity evaluation of the Java collections. Stating that the TreeSet class "access and retrieval time are quite fast" just won't cut it. Is this O(1), O(n)? An educated guess would hopefully tell the reader O(log(n)) and help them deciding which class to choose... except the reader shouldn't have to guess while holding a "Complete Reference", especially when it's endorsed by Oracle (who should have some insight on the complexity of their libraries).

118 pages are devoted to the old Awt classes (plus some more on Applets), for anyone who still cares, 84 pages to the Swing evolution, and 92 to JavaFX but no mention of FXML unfortunately, so it's still pretty much last-century-oriented. The author could conveniently dismiss the legacy classes in favour of a more modern approach of designing user interfaces.

I also have the feeling that the evolution of this book is coming in layers that are not so keen to mix: while there are - fortunately! - adequate references to the latest improvements here and there in older chapters, the overall code style has not been revised with the evolution of the language. Lambdas and the related Stream API are contained in their respective sections (which are surprisingly far from each other), but not used anywhere else, for example. And while these features are not the most polished and suffer from regrettable shortcomings, they still deserve to be emphasized a little further to show developers how they could be relieved with a little extra semantic sugar.

In that chapter, I was also a bit sad to see in the Stream API section how stream sources were painstakingly created with a series of "myList.Add(<value>)" followed by a conversion, instead of a more elegant and now more idiomatic "Stream.of()" or "Array.asList()".

Most helpful though, are detailed coverage of the threads, concurrency utilities and I/O classes. But since those were already present in earlier revisions of the book, I'm not sure anyone who already owns them wouldn't be better off with a more detailed "Java 8 Lambdas" or "Functional Programming in Java", and maybe another decent reference on JavaFX (that I yet have to find).

In conclusion, this book isn't a reference but an interesting and definitely worthy introduction to Java, provided the reader skips some older, less relevant sections, then complete their learning with other books with a more modern style approach on GUI and functional programming, and possibly on performance considerations, since those topics are not the strong point of this "Complete Reference".
RALENO 1080P Webcam, Dual Built-in Microphones, Full HD Video Camera for Computers PC Laptop Desktop, USB Plug and Play, Conference Video Calling, Streaming
RALENO 1080P Webcam, Dual Built-in Microphones, Full HD Video Camera for Computers PC Laptop Desktop, USB Plug and Play, Conference Video Calling, Streaming
The first thing I checked was the audio. I know, why? Audio is 50% of this package and most webcams have poor audio. A review I watched on Youtube that convinced me to take a chance on this camera compared not only the video quality of four budget webcams but also the audio quality. I was so impressed with the audio quality, I purchased it right after the video stopped. The audio is amazingly clear, devoid of background noise, and provides a good mix of treble and bass. Honestly, it sounds like I'm right next to the webcam with sound proofing panels on each side of and behind me. I'm sitting about an arm's length away , exactly 3' 2". I'm speaking at a normal volume and the playback is perfect. I'm testing this using the Zoom audio settings "Test Mic" button and the following options set to auto: Suppress persistent background noise & Suppress intermittent background noise. Turning both options off yields more background noise from my computer fan which is directly behind my monitor (small desk space), but it's reasonable for where my computer is located (HP Z800 with about 6 fans inside, so quiet noisy). Echo cancellation was set ON for both tests as this and "aggressive" are the only two options.

The video is better than I expected given the price. It's clearly 1080p. Some graininess, which might be low light related. Overall, I was impressed with the image quality. I was able to adjust the brightness down a bit in Windows Camera app but no other settings were presented to me such as tint, color changing, etc. The color looks good and accurate.

The field of view is 85%. This means you will appear smaller in the frame but you will see more of what behind you. At arm's length, I appeared wire a bit smaller than my fellow Zoom participants. So keep this in mind if that sort of thing bothers you.

If this were a $200-$300 Logitech webcam, I would expect amazing audio, video, color, and total control over everything, but that's why I got this one, because I just needed a basic camera with good audio and decent video that didn't break my budget. Overall this is a decent camera for the price. Others have mentioned bad audio and/or video. I'm wondering if they just had bad luck or I had good luck. Luckily this one, for me, has free returns so the purchase risk was very low.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run – 80 Piece Construction Set with 15 Glow in the Dark Glass Marbles, Mesh Storage Bag & Marble Pouch, Great Creative Stem Toy for Girls & Boys
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run – 80 Piece Construction Set with 15 Glow in the Dark Glass Marbles, Mesh Storage Bag & Marble Pouch, Great Creative Stem Toy for Girls & Boys
I purchased the medium sized set. The box arrived and had been re-taped. Inside, none of the pieces were in plastic or a bag, just loose in the box, including some of the marbles. The pieces are all scratched and look like they've been used before.
Because this is for a 3 and 5 y.o., I ended up putting it together. I'm shocked at how flimsy it is. Some of the pieces don't fit tight and this makes for a very unstable and the 5 y.o. who understoon what to build became frustrated at how quick it would fall down. Because I watch my grandchildren all week, we like to have toys they can enjoy for hours and had hoped this would be one.
Our children had one of these and since my daughter was 4 but this set frustrates adults because of how easy it falls down.
The only positive is the pieces are see through and the glow in the dark marbles are fun for them to watch. The flimsy black light doesn't help much so we just keep the marbles under a lamp where they can get bright enough to shine.
The book that comes with it has no instructions on building any thing so it is all up to you.
We'll be looking for another brand.
Paper Mate Profile RT Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Bold Point, 1.4mm, Black Ink, 2 Packs of 3 Pens
Paper Mate Profile RT Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Bold Point, 1.4mm, Black Ink, 2 Packs of 3 Pens
I do love this type of pen. I've used them before and that's why I decided to order them since I couldn't get out to buy any. But out of six pens only two retract properly. The others kind of get stuck around the opening. I switched the cartridges around and it just seems that the openings on the end are a bit too small. They're still usable, just need to push the plunger down hard and then press the tip down on the paper hard to lock it in place or retract it.

The pens do still work and I love the way they write. Just wish the mechanism worked correctly. Other than that great pens.
X-men: First Class
X-men: First Class
20th Century Fox finished its first run of three X-Men movies in 2006 with X-Men: The Last Stand. In 2011 they began a new series which would start back in the 1960s and cover each decade after that as the group progressed. That would start with X-Men First Class set in the 1960s and directed by Matthew Vaughn. The story harkens back to the original concept Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had for when they created the X-men which was equal rights for African Americans. The mutants were blacks and the regular humans were whites. The mutants were always fighting to be accepted and not seen as different and a threat.

There would be a new cast featuring James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven aka Mystique, Nichols Hoult as Hank McCoy the Beast, Ross Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Lucas Till as Alex Summers aka Havok, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Zoe Kravits as Angel, and Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy aka Banshee. The bad guys would be the Hellfire Club with Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, and Alex Gonzalez as Riptide.

The movie begins by introducing some of the main characters and themes they will touch on. A young Erik Lehnsherr is in a German concentration camp during World War II where he is experimented upon by Sebastian Shaw. It then flashes to the present where Erik is intent upon using his mutant powers to get revenge upon those that ran the camp with Shaw at the top of the list. Charles Xavier and Raven meet at his house when they were children. Then it flashes to when Xavier is in college writing about mutation. Then Moira MacTaggert is in Las Vegas working for the CIA where she discovers the Hellfire Club led by Shaw that also includes Emma Frost, Riptide and Azazel. They are manipulating the U.S. and Soviet governments for some scheme. That encounter leads MacTaggert to Xavier’s work on mutants. The stage is then set. Working initially under the CIA Xavier and MacTaggert form their own group of mutants, that would become the X-Men, to counter Shaw and the Hellfire Club. They would recruit Magneto, Mystique, Beast, Havok, Darwin, Angel and Banshee. There’s a hilarious scene where they approach Wolverine as well who tells them to screw off.

Given that the movie is based in the 1960s it also gives homage to the original message that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby tried to convey with the X-Men. That was the struggle of African Americans for civil rights. Mutants were black people searching for acceptance and power and split between two paths to achieve that. There was Xavier who was Martin Luther King talking about co-existence between blacks and whites, mutants and humans in the comic, and then there was Magneto who was Malcolm X talking about using any means necessary to ensure the protection of mutants/blacks. You see that message playing out early on in the film when Xavier is flirting with a girl in a bar and says “mutant and proud” followed by Raven saying the same thing in the next scene and talking about whether she would be accepted. That phrase is a take off of the 60s slogan “I’m black and I’m proud" made famous by a James Brown song of the same title. Then there’s a scene where Erik tells Mystique that if he looked like her he wouldn’t change a thing, which was meant to instill pride in mutation, similar to how blacks used to say black is beautiful. Later on, Xavier and Erik are playing chess on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. talking about the future of mutants, whether they should work with the government or not. That’s where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech about his vision for race relations in America. Shaw actually takes up the argument made by Magneto in the comics at first, but then at the end Magneto articulates them himself. The split between Xavier and Erik is symbolic of the split between King and Malcolm X

There are also some new Marvel homages and Easter Eggs. One of the agents at the CIA is named Stryker, who is the father of William Stryker who was prominent in the X2 and X-Men Days of Future Past movies. Raven goes through a series of transformations trying to seduce Magneto and that includes transforming into Rebecca Romijn who played Mystique in the first three X-Men movies. Some aspects of the uniforms the X-Men wear such as the target on Havok, the wings on Banshee, and the red suit of Magneto at the end are based upon the unis seen in the comics. Some things that didn’t work were Azazel who looked exactly like Nightcrawler with the same power, but with red skin.

Overall, this was a good reboot of the X-Men. Last Stand had some memorable moments but had such a bad ending that it was a real disservice to the franchise. First Class gave it a fresh new look that would play out well across the following films as well. The characters were strong and engaging. Technology allowed for much better fight scenes especially the really big ones such as when Erik attacks Shaw on a yacht or the final confrontation where two huge fleets one Soviet and one American stand off during the Cuban Missile Crisis and then turn their guns on the mutants. My one major complaint is that Darwin dies in the film. Having the black character be the first to pass away is a Hollywood cliche which unfortunately this movie perpetuated.
Marvel Deadpool 12-inch Deadpool Figure
Marvel Deadpool 12-inch Deadpool Figure
Our family loves these bigger action figures that most ages can play with. Deadpool might not exactly be toddler appropriate but my husband and I talk about the movie and this gives our daughter away to be included and somewhat know what we are talking about without watching the movie. Now if only they will make a matching Little Golden Book to go with it. Very well made and detailed. Love it!
The Model
The Model
The reference to the "dangerous obsession" smacks of hype to try to give the movie an erotic edge a la Fatal Attraction or Obsessed (w/ Idris Elba). However, this is really about the issues a young girl, clearly lacking in maturity, creates for herself when she dives into the world of modeling.
Thankfully this movie does not have the contrived glitz and glamour a Hollywood production would infuse to hammer home the "temptations" a young model might face. This movie has more of an indie feel to it.
Emma leaves home to try to become a professional model. She quickly catches the eye of Shane, a top professional photographer played with real gravitas by Ed Skrein. Were this a Hollywood production Shane's character would almost certainly have been written as lacking any real depth and would be unmasked later as a shallow, manipulative stereotype. However, his character is actually pretty solid. Not perfect, but hardly a villain as Emma lied and told Shane she didn't have a boyfriend back home. Emma is clearly no shrinking violet despite the seemingly insecure demeanor. She does not take long to forget her boyfriend back home and fall into a relationship with Shane. The fact that it helps her modeling career just fuels the fantasy her new life is becoming, so much so she resents Frederik for showing up and bringing a dose of reality to her new life. Her resentment is not enough to keep her from sleeping with Frederik as soon as she arrives. So now Frederik doesn't know about Shane and vice versa. After Frederik's bitter departure Emma accompanies Shane to weekend gathering at a large villa. This is where Emma's lack of maturity shows. When Shane doesn't return to their room she goes out and ends up having sex in an indoor pool with a man claiming to be an executive with Chanel (her dream being to do Paris fashion week for Chanel of course). At this point it's becoming unclear if this is acting over Shane, who she assumes has cheated, or using sex to advance her career or possibly both.
The confrontation the next morning with Shane would seem to indicate it was more of a tantrum. While Shane is apologizing for hanging with the guys all night and falling asleep, his guilt is not the same as hers. He didn't cheat on her. Emma proceeds to confess to what she did and a very hurt Shane punches out the guy and leaves Emma then and there.
Emma goes into a deep depression, but there is nothing sinister about it. There is nothing unprecedented about a teenage girl being in a funk over losing a boyfriend. She claims to be pregnant and that she's 16 instead of 18. Shane is really shook by these revelations. It works though and for a brief moment she is back with Shane. This doesn't last as Emma confessed to Zofia, her roommate, that she wasn't pregnant but said it to get Shane back. No surprise Zofia lets Shane know and they're done for good this time. Another model tells Emma that Zofia and Shane are now together and that sends Emma over the edge. Earlier in the movie Zofia made a comment in passing about what she'd give to get the opportunity Emma had to do a magazine layout. This is yet another instance where Hollywood would have been heavy-handed in painting Zofia as jealous of Emma's life, professionally and personally.
Speaking of professionally and personally, Emma's world is backsliding horribly on both fronts. The crash comes when Emma is assaulted by her landlord. Had this been a Hollywood production I don't know if it would have been handled with the same cold realism. Emma dresses, vomits and then stabs her attacker before tracking down a police officer. We later learn the landlord has been arrested. Emma's ordeal has softened Frederik's attitude, though whether it will mean a reconciliation remains to be seen.
The movie ends with Emma getting a call from her agency with an offer for a big job.
This is the crossroads and nearly every Hollywood version of this story would insist on the "happy ending" with Emma and Frederik reconciled and Emma turning down the shiny new life she always wanted, but gosh-darn she's learned it won't make her truly happy. Thankfully this movie doesn't deliver a contrived ending. We're left wondering what Emma's choice is and the way it ended it seems Emma herself isn't sure either.
Blade 3: Trinity
Blade 3: Trinity
I went into this movie feeling slightly wary because of all the negative things I've heard about it from other people and they do have reason to hate it. The action isn't bad but feels a little boring compared to the previous movies. The characters of Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) and Danica Talos (Parker Posey) really annoyed me. Hannibal King is supposed to be a Nightstalker but he proves useless in his fight scenes and spends most of the movie being injured or captured. His dialogue was also pretty stupid, one perfect example being 'I'm sorry, I've had too much sugar today'. Meanwhile Danica Talos is just an overgrown brat who has tantrums when things don't go her way and has a stupid fashion sense, that includes her hair styles, particularly the one she wears in the third act. In fact all of Talos' minions annoyed me. One of my favorite things about the Blade franchise is that the vampires are actually scary but Trinity's vampires are far from it, especially the vampire dogs, which is really disappointing. The treatment of Dracula is also a let down. When I first saw him in human form, I felt a little disappointed. The choice to use the daddy of all vampires was a great one but calling him 'Drake' is stupid. I didn't feel like he posed much of a threat. He came across like a white, full vampire version of Blade. Blade is a great character but there's no need to have two of him in the same movie. David S. Goyer wrote all three of the Blade films but I don't understand where he's gone wrong with Trinity as he did a great job with the previous two movies. I hated the decision to kill of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) very early on in the movie. It would have been interesting to see him interact with his daughter Abigail (Jessica Biel) who was actually a great character, far more badass than King. She is actually capable of taking down vampires on her own, as proved in the train station sequence, but she isn't completely cold hearted at the same time. Wesley Snipes continues to prove he was well cast as Blade but his performance reflected the off screen feud he had with the movie which is sad. Blade's attitude in this film is basically just 'i don't give a shit anymore, as long as i get to kill vampires' which is a shame. Overall, I agree that Trinity is definitely the worst of the Blade trilogy but while it does have a lot of faults, it's not as bad as most people make it out to be.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Master and Man (Modern Library Classics)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Master and Man (Modern Library Classics)
The marvel of Tolstoy is his instinctive grasp of the desperate choices humans face in life.

He has an uncanny skill in both portraying our ability to love and hate, as well as our motivations and fears. When reading his stories, I often feel myself completely succumbing to his world, as if I’ve known the characters my whole life. The deep emotional and intellectual resonance of his works stay with me long after I close the pages.

Such a work is The Death of Ivan Ilych, a short story published in 1886.

In it, the reader can see the roots of the moral questions that Tolstoy himself will wrestle with his whole life. The primary question being: what is a good life?

For Ivan Ilych, he had answered this question by leading a life that was, “the most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible”. A dutiful Russian bureaucrat, his navigated life by relying on the good sense of society to decide what was proper. His chief pleasure came from a sense of his own power over inferiors, and secondary pleasures from playing bridge and indulging in bourgeoisie tastes at home.

Yet throughout this innocent ascendance in social position, there were cracks that betrayed a denial of the truth underneath the life of “legality, correctitude, and propriety”. The truth at last manifested itself in the form of physical and psychological pain, plaguing him endlessly and making life more miserable than death. Faced with this curse and sensing death’s close presence, Ivan Ilych began to wonder, “What if my whole life had been wrong?”.

Ilych looked backed at his life, and realized suddenly, “all that for which he had lived- and saw clearly that it was not real at all, but a terrible and huge deception which had hidden both life and death. This consciousness intensified his physical suffering tenfold.”

The book ends without answering the question of what is the right life, and the only clue the reader is left with is the fresh and sunny image of Gerásim, a peasant in Ilych’s household. Gerásim alone sympathized with his master’s pain. Yet, his simple nature was unperturbed by the thought of death, and presumably his close relationship with nature allowed him to view it as a natural cycle.

In Gerásim’s character, one can see Tolstoy’s admiration for the life-affirming powers of the countryside, which is echoed in Anna Karenina and other works.

Tolstoy peeled back the layers of ordinary life to remonstrate against its lack of meaning, but because he was just as human as his characters, he could not show the path to a correct life. He leaves us with the image of Ivan Ilych screaming during his last days in anguish, encapsulating a hidden existential malaise that Tolstoy would struggle with his whole life.

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The Servants of Twilight
The Servants of Twilight
As a Dean Koontz fan I read many of his books. This one I only discovered it this year(2013) even though it was one of his earlier ones. I just had to have it!
It's an average size read as far as Koontz books go, but entertaining and thought-provoking to the end. It was actually released under one of Koontz' then many aliases "Leigh Nichols", and re-released in 2011 under his real name and an afterword from him.

THE STORY
This novel is a good social experiment as to the possibilities of "what might happen" in a situation like this.
A mother and her young son about to go home after a shopping run are confronted by an elderly woman in the parking lot. Seemingly innocent at first, it becomes clear that this older "crone" is crazy. She believes the boy is the heralded Antichrist, and in no uncertain terms tells Christine, Joey's mother that he must die to prevent hell on earth for 1000 years. Crazy old crone.
...or is she? Christine goes home with her son and it becomes apparent that this crone will not let them go this easily.

Christine gets no help from the police when things escalate out of control from events that unfold, she seeks help from Charlie, a PI of repute (and a possible love interest, perhaps?). The roots run deep as the reader finds out just how far The Servant's of Twilight are really willing to go for their (Christian?) faith.

MY THOUGHTS
It's a chilling insight into the world of religious zealots and how they can become all-powerful to their followers. It delves into the heart of humanity and questions the very actions one believes to be the right ones. This is taken not from only the "good-guys" perspective, but also the antagonists. You can really see why they are doing this and feel a certain amount of pity for "Mother Grace", but not enough to lose sight of who you're really cheering for in this book.

The characters are well-rounded, not too many like in his failed "77 Shadow St" (my opinion only) and each adds to the story in their own way. Koontz even has us believing at times, "Who is really right?" and I think that's one of the charms with this book. Although the storyline is at times a little predictable, it always keeps nagging at the back of your mind, "Who is really on the right team?"

The book had me from the first few pages and from there it became a rollercoaster ride to its gripping conclusion. I recommend picking up a copy and checking it out. It shows Koontz' writing style from yore ago, which I much prefer to his recent books. Yes, there's a Golden Retriever in the book. He almost ALWAYS sneaks one into his novels somewhere! I gave this 4½ stars.
Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction
Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction
What makes this book so beautiful is that word "Complete". In one handy reference you can enjoy all of Pushkin's prose. Mr. Debreczeny's translation of Pushkin's work is hearty. I believe it's nearly as close as we can come to feeling the work outside of really knowing Russian.
That would be amazing for me: to know Russian and read Pushkin in the language that he raised high in the face of the patrician encroachment of French that had relegated Russian to servant status. Each language must have a unique and valuable propriety in it's innermost meanings, and in reading this work (plus knowing something of Russian culture), I believe you can feel that unique Russian "thing" even through this translation.
You have about fifteen pieces plus Pushkin's own pre-work/research and some fragments. Mr. Debreczeny has arranged them such that you walk through the development of Pushkin as a prose writer. Early on, he did have quite a disdain for prose in comparison to poetry. To paraphrase Debreczeny, Pushkin's first serious writing treated prose as a necessary evil, writing with technical correctness but approaching parody of itself with strict adherence to the concept of prose as a sterile, low medium for expression.
I the later works, you will see the layering of complex themes and characters into prose that for me felt like driving a standard shift with power-assisted steering -- You get just enough resistance to feel the road and keep you engaged and thinking. Also, you just plain enjoy the ride.
Mr. Debreczeny is an excellent guide in his commentary and in his translation.
Great Russian Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
Great Russian Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
This is a nice, cheap collection of Russian stories by a wide range of authors from the 19th and early 20th century, including some very nice tales by authors who are less famous (Garshin, Andreyev, Kuprin), in addition to gems by the well-known masters (Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov.) I would especially recommend "The Queen of Spades", a Pushkin ghost story that was turned into the great opera "Pique Dame" by Tchaikovsky, but one I've seldom seen anthologized.

One problem: I found no information in the book about who translated the stories. There are some pretty bad translations in the public domain, especially by Constance Garnett, which were written long ago (under madly intense deadlines in Garnett's case) with stiff, Victorian dialogue and known to contain inaccuracies. So one should not get this book unless one needs a copy -- any copy -- of the stories in the list, many of which can be obtained for free from Project Gutenberg (Gutenberg.org), where the translator is at least usually listed (again, avoid translations by Garnett, and stick with Maude if possible.) And if money is no object up to $10-$15, then one should seek out more modern translations, which tend to be not only more readable, but also more accurate.

Still, any differences in various translations will be slight, so this is a pretty good buy as a small gift for a casual fan of Russian Literature.
Dr. Slump, Vol. 6
Dr. Slump, Vol. 6
...hatte seinerzeit nur die ersten 3 Bände. Jetzt wird nachgeholt. Sowohl Humor als auch Zeichenstil von Akira Toryiama haben es mir einfach angetan. Man mag es oder eben nicht. Ich liebe es!!! XD
The BFG (Colour Edition)
The BFG (Colour Edition)
Ive loved these books for my whole life so when i had a kid I bought all of them in this big colour format. They really nice, nice text layout, full colour on ever page...pretty much exactly what you'd want.

This one though.

For some reason they have decided to stick that big red star with an advert for the movie right on the front colour.

Its not a sticker, that's there forever.

Im sure some advertising plonker at Walt Disney studios has suggested it to some management plonker at Puffin books and the management plonker has seen the word "synergy!" appear in bright shiny lights in his mind and taken the cash and done it.

It ruins this cover, it ruins the series of books to have one have an advert for a related product permanently on one of them.
Bedsure 100% Bamboo Sheets King Size Cooling Sheets Deep Pocket Bed Sheets-Super Soft Hypoallergenic,Breathable - 4 Pieces 1 Fitted Sheet with 16 Inches, 1 Flat Sheet, 2 Pillowcases-Grey
Bedsure 100% Bamboo Sheets King Size Cooling Sheets Deep Pocket Bed Sheets-Super Soft Hypoallergenic,Breathable - 4 Pieces 1 Fitted Sheet with 16 Inches, 1 Flat Sheet, 2 Pillowcases-Grey
These will keep you cool! Funny cause I was looking for a sheet that would cool me down during my night sweats/ flashes and they did but the down side is....they did...all night long which was a bit too cold for me, so I decided that I will use these sheets in the summer and stick to cotton in the winter. But I do love them! They are very soft to the skin. Note they do wrinkle (a lot) and ironing just isn’t in my vocabulary lol so if you have a wrinkle free setting on your dryer, trust me, use it for these sheets, it’s really worth it!
The Fan Club
The Fan Club
I remember reading naughty parts of this fairly "dirty" book as a pre-pubescent kid. My mom had it on her book shelf. I mainly ordered it for nostalgic reasons to revisit some of the passages that intrigued me before I really knew anything about sex. Reading the story as an adult is a different experience. It's a relentless rape story, a male fantasy that grows tiresome and uncomfortable fairly quickly. All of the characters are fairly one-dimensional-- the cast of "fan club" rapists as well as the movie star victim. I thought this 1970s story might have a new interpretation in reading it now, with how super stars' privacy is constantly being invaded by ever-present cameras (not just by paid paparazzi but by random citizens as well) and social media, stolen nude selfies, etc. But it doesn't really.
Naruto, Vol. 50: Water Prison Death Match
Naruto, Vol. 50: Water Prison Death Match
The 50th volume of Naruto, the long running manga of a ninja's determination to rise to the top with the powers of determination, friendship, and trust, has reached a turning point. While Naruto still does not return to fighting in this volume, the focus is on the Kages (ninja leaders of the five nations), Sasuke (rogue ninja in cahoots with a masked leader of a rogue ninja organization), and the hunt for the 8-tailed biju and its jinchuriki host, with a little sprinkling of our favorite female ninja, Sakura Haruno! While I will just do as usual and list out the titles of the chapters, I will not spoil any of the plot elements except for stating that the next arc starts off in high fashion and looks to be phenomenal, Naruto even seems to be getting in the action and will take things into his own hands. The July issue (Vol 51) can not come soon enough

The chapters were first seen in Shonen Jump issues 88-91
464: The Power of Darkness
465: The Summit Hall Attacked
466: The Great Battle in the Sealed Room
467: Declaration of War
468: Eight Tails and Nine Tails
469: Sakura's Confession
470: Killer Bee vs Kisame
471: Eight Tails, Version 2
472: Water Prison Death Match
473: Bro

The action was intense in the volume with numerous characters finally launching attacks, such as the kage of the village hidden in the rain, the Lady Mizukage and her bodyguard Chojuro, and others. We also were able to see Kiba and others again who have been missing for a large part of the mange since the beginning of the attack on the Hidden Leaf village in the previous arc. All in all, the revelations of the ultimate plan, Sakura's confrontation of Naruto, and the interaction of Gaara and the other kage, lead volume 50 to be one of the best ones yet. I enjoyed it and imagine that fans will enjoy it too. The only negative thing about the volume was the multi month long wait for it and now the multi month long wait for the next volume, but it is oh so worth it. I also believe that the translators did a great job of translating Killer Bee's rhymes as well.

So definitely, all Naruto fans should read this and add it to their collection.
Naruto - Tome 31 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Naruto - Tome 31 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
C'est le choix de mon petit fils, pas le mien, qui aurais choisi qque chose de plus traditionnel, d'européen sans doute; mais miracle, mon petit fils dévore cette série, alors pas de chichis, disons bravo et réjouissons nous !
Canyon Creek Striped Woven Baja Jacket Coat Hoodie
Canyon Creek Striped Woven Baja Jacket Coat Hoodie
Great colors! Warmer than expected. The length is good for a parka, the sleeves were a little long but stay rolled under very nicely. Ordered an XX-Large, but it is more like a women’s 1X plus size. Wanted it a little bigger to handle layers, but is fine with one long-sleeve shirt underneath. It is also 60% cotton, so it may shrink in a warm washing. I will wash it in cold and hang dry to minimize any shrinking, hopefully.

Update: The threads in the yarn used to weave this parka break a lot. It is not coming undone, but there are tiny loose threads and balls showing up everywhere. I have not even washed it yet. My first parka I ever got was from right across the border in Tijuana in a street market, and it did not do this!!! This is my second parka.
92 Pacific Boulevard (A Cedar Cove Novel Book 9)
92 Pacific Boulevard (A Cedar Cove Novel Book 9)
These are not the kind of books I normally read, but they are strangely addictive. They are comforting and easy to read, although sometimes I have to stop because I feel as though I've overdosed on sugar. Having said that, I have read the whole series of 12, since stumbling across the 'Cedar Cove' series on TV at an unearthly hour - sadly they only ran 2 seasons on TV in the UK. And the TV version, although letting the characters keep their names, has completely changed most of the story lines, even down to one person marrying somebody completely different from whom she married in the book series, and others meeting their end in a different way or even turning up alive and well and living with another woman! But that's TV for you.

The thing that bugs me about this particular book is that it feels as if there is a huge chunk missing. Debbie Macomber is usually
meticulous in briefly reprising characters' stories so that anybody picking up a book out of sequence has some idea where a character fits in, but here we have a whole plotline which seems to have occurred 'off-stage' when nobody was looking, and the characters (Mack and Mary Jo) just fall into the story fully formed, leaving you thinking hey, wait a minute, when did that happen and why didn't we hear about it? It's a shame because these are engaging characters, whose present/future story arc occupies quite a large part of this particular book, yet their backstory is completely missing, apart from a brief mention which leaves you wanting to know the details of how they came to be where they are.
Musashi (A Graphic Novel)
Musashi (A Graphic Novel)
As a lifetime student of numerous martial arts (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kenjutsu, Kendo, Wakizashi-Jutsu, Tanto-Jutsu etc.) I have read numerous versions of “The book of five rings” by Miyamoto Musashi as well as many articles and books on Japan’s most famous “Sword Saint.”

This is the first graphic novel version of Miyamoto Musashi (by Sean Michael Wilson illustrated by Michiru Morikawa) I have ever read on this famous figure in Japanese history. This wonderful book is organized into nine chapters and the story of Musashi is told through his adopted son Miyamoto Iori. The story begins with the completion of a monument to Miyamoto Musashi designed by Yonemura-Sensei. Yonemura-Sensei desires to know more about Musashi and his son, Miyamoto Iori is happy to answer all questions concerning his father.

The nine chapters relate the various stages in the life of Musashi, including his most famous battles. Even though I had read much about Musashi in other books and articles I still learned a lot of other information on Musashi reading this graphic novel version. Musashi was not only an undefeated swordsman, fighting sixty duels, but was also an accomplished and respected poet, garden designer, and Zen master.

Besides his most famous work, “The Book of Five Rings” which is still read today by all serious martial artists, he also wrote “The twenty-one maxims of the way of walking alone.” These maxims are considered the basic philosophical principles he has followed and they are included at the end of chapter nine.

If you are into the martial arts this is a book that should be in your personal library, along with his “The Book of Five Rings.” A beautifully fully illustrated book.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
New Moon: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (The Twilight Saga, 3)
New Moon: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (The Twilight Saga, 3)
Continuing with my journey to revisit the Twilight saga story again in graphic novel form, New Moon Part 1 gave me a lonely, fragile, yet funny version of Bella.

The illustrations were great, but lacked the climatic effect that the two Twilight volumes did. Most of the graphics were black and white with the exception of two or three short scenes. This volume lacked to capture the tone as effectively as I have come to expect. After Bella discovers Edward has left, I wanted to see her state of mind reflected more in the artwork, but this aspect of the story was glossed over. For something that impacted me so heavily in the novel and film versions, I was left feeling let down. The black and white drawn in grey shades, when I’d have liked it to be represented more visually desperate than a white-wash treatment.

With that said, I still liked the darkness – the more sinister aspects of the storyline: the wolves, Laurent, Victoria. While the movies only hinted at this, in the novel it was meant to make you feel uncomfortable, or in the least, shiver. The artwork here captures the impact more in the tone of the novel, and I enjoyed getting more tension for Bella than I had from the film franchise.

Though, my favourite pages from this volume would have to be the end pages, which I feel really captured the soul of the first half of New Moon – desolate, haunting and dark.

So while I appreciated the artwork, the story felt flat. Admittedly there was a lot of detail in there that I did not expect, but there was something about it that failed to punch in its weight class. Possibly because some of my expectations went unmet.

Really looking forward to Volume 2 later this year. And upon searching the internet, it doesn’t appear Young Kim is continuing with the series. Sad. I’d really like to see where her illustrations could have taken the saga.
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Collection (5-Disc Blu-ray + Digital Copies)
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Collection (5-Disc Blu-ray + Digital Copies)
If you're a big fan of the Twilight Saga, then you're going to love this set. If you don't yet own the movies on blu-ray, then this is probably the set you'll want to purchase. If you do already own them, then you need to decide if an upgrade is worth it. I'm not sure if it is, but below is a breakdown of exactly what's in this set (the most important of which is 2 hours of new Bonus Features) so you can decide for yourself.

The packaging is double-sided, with Edward/Bella on the front and Jacob on the back. The blu-ray discs come housed inside an exclusive photo-album case (with the discs inserted into the pages rather than in normal blu-ray cases). Unfortunately, while this type of book-style packaging is nice to look at, it has been known to scratch the discs - you'll want to be very careful removing the discs for viewing.

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This is a 10-Disc Blu-Ray set. Here is a breakdown of the discs:

1: TWILIGHT - Movie
2: TWILIGHT - Special Features
3: NEW MOON - Movie
4: NEW MOON - Special Features
5: ECLIPSE - Movie + Special Features
6: BREAKING DAWN PT. 1 - Movie (Theatrical Cut & Extended Edition)
7: BREAKING DAWN PT. 1 - Special Features
8: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 - Movie
9: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 - Special Features
10: TWILIGHT FOREVER - Exclusive Bonus Disc

*Also includes an Ultraviolet digital copy of each of the 5 movies.

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COMPLETE LIST OF SPECIAL FEATURES

NEW FEATURES (EXCLUSIVE TO THIS BOX SET)
- Cast retrospective with new interviews
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Character - Showcases unreleased behind-the-scenes moments on set
- Twilight FAN-omenon - An exploration of the epic phenomenon
- Twilight Forever: Edward's Saga
- Twilight Forever: Jacob's Saga

TWILIGHT
- The Adventure Begins: The Journey from Page to Screen 7-Part Documentary
- Extended and Deleted Scenes with Director's Introduction
- Audio commentary with director Catherine Hardwicke and actors Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart
- Music videos from Muse, Paramore and Linkin Park
- The Comic-Con Phenomenon
- Cast interviews with Stewart, Pattinson, Cam Gigandet, Edi Gathegi and Rachelle Lefevre
- Premiere Red Carpet Footage with Cast Interviews
- A Conversation with Stephenie Meyer
- Becoming Edward
- Becoming Bella
- Music: The Heartbeat of Twilight
- Vampire Kiss Montage
- Bella's Lullaby Remix
- Edward's Piano Concert

NEW MOON
- 6-Part Documentary
- Audio commentary with director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- The Beat Goes On: The Music of The Twilight Saga: New Moon
- Team Edward vs. Team Jacob: The Ultimate Love Triangle
- Introducing the Wolf Pack
- Becoming Jacob
- Edward Goes to Italy
- Jump To Edward & Jump To Jacob features
- Frame by Frame: Storyboards to Screen
- Music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mutemath
- Behind-the-scenes Rehearsal with Muse
- Fandimonium featurette
- Exclusive Webcast Event footage
- Premiere Red Carpet Footage with Cast Interviews
- Extended Cast Interviews with Pattinson, Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Chris Weitz, the Cullen Family, the Wolf Pack and the Volturi

ECLIPSE
- The Making Of (6-Part Documentary)
- Audio commentary with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
- Audio commentary with Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Music Videos from Muse and Metric
- Jump To Edward & Jump To Jacob features
- Photo Gallery

BREAKING DAWN PART 1
- Love, Death, Birth: Filming Breaking Dawn - Part 1, a 6-Part Documentary
- Jacob's Destiny featurette
- Bella and Edward's Personal Wedding Video
- Jump To Edward & Jump To Jacob features
- Music Videos from Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, The Belle Brigade and Iron & Wine
- Audio commentary with director Bill Condon

BREAKING DAWN PART 2
- Forever: Filming Breaking Dawn - Part 2, 7-Part Making Of documentary
- Two Movies at Once featurette
- Audio commentary with director Bill Condon
- Music Video from Green Day
- Tingles & Chills: Special Vampire Powers
- Carlisle's Contacts: The New Vampires
- Judge, Jury & Executioner: Aro & the Volturi
- Being Charlie Swan
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 at Comic Con
- Stars on the Black Carpet
Jojo's - Golden Wind T05 (Jojo's - Golden Wind (5)) (French Edition)
Jojo's - Golden Wind T05 (Jojo's - Golden Wind (5)) (French Edition)
Que l'on soit bien d'accord, Jojo's est un manga absolument super. Je viens de recevoir les volumes 4, 5 et 6 de Golden Wind et ma déception vient du fait qu'il y avait un énorme coup de cutter sur la jaquette. Messieurs Dames d'Amazon, lorsque vous recevez des livres, évitez d'ouvrir vos paquets avec des cutters. Il faut vraiment être…… pour faire ça. Merci
The Bittermeads Mystery
The Bittermeads Mystery
Ernest Robertson Punshon wrote a number of stories in his lifetime both under his own name as well as a pseudonym, this one being first published in 1922. I should stress that although it has the word mystery in the title to be honest this is a crime thriller.

There is a mystery element at the beginning of this book and as we get further into the tale we are more or less told the answers to this mystery, although I would say that anyone who can’t work it out before they are halfway through this must be pretty dim. Here then we start off with a certain Robert ‘Bobby’ Dunn getting off a train at Ramsdon station one evening. We know he has come with a purpose – but what is it?

Soon embroiled in a fight, and then catching a burglar what kind of person is Bobby? Full of atmosphere we see that our main character although seemingly sinister is not the only such character in this book. And thus, a game of cat and mouse is played out in an attempt to prevent certain people from being murdered.

There is an element of danger and intrigue here, as well as suspense and although obviously dated nowadays this is very much in keeping with the style of the period. If you are expecting something like Bobby Owen then you will be surprised, as the police only make an appearance near the end, when they are formally brought in.

In all then this makes for an entertaining old-style thriller that is a quick read, and fast paced.
L'Ombre de Ton Sourire (Collections Litterature) (French Edition)
L'Ombre de Ton Sourire (Collections Litterature) (French Edition)
Je connaissais Mary Higgins Clark de réputation mais sans jamais avoir lu aucun de ses livres.
"L'Ombre de ton sourire" est donc ma première lecture de cette auteure. J'ai beaucoup apprécié ce livre qui n'est pas un livre qui accroche au point de ne pas pouvoir le lâcher mais dont on a envie de connaître l'histoire jusqu'au bout, en la lisant à l'aise.
C'est un thriller "doux", bien narré, une lecture détente et agréable.
USAOPOLY Hogwarts Battle - The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion Card Game
USAOPOLY Hogwarts Battle - The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion Card Game
Part of our favorite family game! Adding Luna to the mix was a nice change, plus new creatures and encounters. Watch out, there's a few misprints.
I was confused the first time we played so I contacted the company and these are the changes. I just whited out over the titles and corrected it.

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

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

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

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

The remaining cards are correct.

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

Encounter cards:
Peskipiksi Pesternomi! (1)
Students out of bed (1)
Third Floor corridor (1)
Beautiful Little Star
Beautiful Little Star
Wonderfully illustrated and a great story to remind children that they are special, author Sylva Nnaekpe's BEAUTIFUL LITTLE STAR is sure to be a kid favorite selection. Though we see the world through Ivry's eyes and voice, she reminds us that no matter what your color or where you're from there are gifts in you that the world needs. Love that it shows we are unique and that is in itself our power, giving us the confidence to go out into the world and own our space.

From beginning to end the book highlights the gift of life. May we all treat it as precious, never forgetting our worth and that of others.
Apple MFi Certified 128GB Photo-Stick-for-iPhone-Storage iPhone-Memory iPhone USB for Photos iPhone USB Flash Drive Memory for iPad External iPhone Storage iPhone Thumb Drive for iPad Photo Stick
Apple MFi Certified 128GB Photo-Stick-for-iPhone-Storage iPhone-Memory iPhone USB for Photos iPhone USB Flash Drive Memory for iPad External iPhone Storage iPhone Thumb Drive for iPad Photo Stick
I am very pleased with this purchase. I kept getting notices from Apple that my iPhone was out of storage. Plugged this baby in, downloaded the JD Drive and within an hour I had all my photos and videos copied from my phone to this photo stick. Took a little longer than I thought but that could have been my fault. Then I took the photo stick and plugged it into my PC and ‘Voila’, within minutes all my photos and videos were copied to the PC. No difference in photo or video quality on all three devices. I then went back and deleted the photos and videos from my phone I did not need immediate access too. Now I have plenty of room on my phone for new pics and videos.
A Passage To India
A Passage To India
First off a few words about the DVD I purchased: Picture and sound quality are very nice, and English (as well as numerous foreign language) subtitles are available. Also dubbed audio versions in French and Spanish. By way of extras there is only a trailer. The run time of the film on the DVD is 2 hours 37 mins (which is 157 mins and not the 197 mins advertised in the product description - which latter is likely an error since the original release of the film was ever only 164 mins).

The story of the two British ladies travelling to India during the waning days of the Raj in probably not to everybody's taste with the prejudices and instances of racism involved. Even more problematic is the accusation of alleged rape by the young Englishwoman against her Indian guide. Thankfully, the outcome of the ensuing trial and Victor Banerjee's big scene at this point in the film are so beautifully played out and captured by the camera, that this is what is most remembered after watching the film. At least, that's what I remembered most some thirty years after first seeing this film in the cinema. Having bought the DVD and revisited the film for the first time this many years later, I must say that I struggled with parts of the story.

Technically, the film is excellent. Another example of David Lean's talent and craftsmanship as a director. Also, the acting is first class all round. I loved Peggy Ashcroft, admired Judy Davis for her flawless performance as a character I thoroughly disliked on this second watching, will never cease to admire Alec Guinness, simply adored Victor Banerjee and was delighted to see the young Nigel Havers. Also worth mentioning is the Maurice Jarre score which is rather nice. Not quite up there with the ones for Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago though.

Good film with beautiful cinematography and stunnning Indian locations , but one that will make you think and possibly (hopefully) make you feel uncomfortable at times. Not light entertainment.
Power Rangers Super Steel Ninja Ultra Battle Gear, Master Blade
Power Rangers Super Steel Ninja Ultra Battle Gear, Master Blade
My 5 year old was soooooo excited for this! He earned it as a reward for sleeping in his own bed for two weeks. In less than 24 hours the handle broke off. He is devastated. It’s just a poor designEd toy. The sword is so long and so heavy and the handle is so small and thin. As he was swinging it around pretending to battle it snapped right off and left the wires hanging.
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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.
Slow Cooker Crock Pot, Triple Slow Cooker Buffet Server 3 Pot Food Warmer, 3-Section 1.5-Quart Oval Slow Cooker Buffet Food Warmer Adjustable Temp Lid Rests Stainless Steel,Total 4.5 QT
Slow Cooker Crock Pot, Triple Slow Cooker Buffet Server 3 Pot Food Warmer, 3-Section 1.5-Quart Oval Slow Cooker Buffet Food Warmer Adjustable Temp Lid Rests Stainless Steel,Total 4.5 QT
Found no difference between "warm" and "Low", both two were to hot for warming and after 30 minutes had to turn off so as to not overcook. Stayed warm for awhile like that. Spoons make a nice touch and it is easy to clean...but for a dollar or so, would have been extremely helpful if the company had added a red light to show that it is on. Even one red light would have been useful. Wanted it primarily for warming. I use a "real" crock pot for cooking as these crocks are too small. Be sure you follow the directions about the first time and then there is no smell the second time.
Coway Airmega 400 Smart Air Purifier with 1,560 sq. ft. Coverage
Coway Airmega 400 Smart Air Purifier with 1,560 sq. ft. Coverage
UPDATE MAY 2020: the unit began making a squealing sound from the fan that got progressively worse. I contacted Coway's warranty department but they wouldn't repair/replace as the unit was listed as "used", which was news to me, and the warranty applies to the original purchaser. I was the original purchaser! The unit came in Coway box, wrapped, sealed, etc... disappointed in my $500+ squeal machine. BE AWARE!
UPDATE: 1st month in and going strong. I cleaned the pre-filter per the schedule, and also the air sensor with a cotton swab. Note that when cleaning the pre filter, I used the handheld attachment on the vacuum, it's wise to vacuum from the direction of the air flow, e.g. the "outside" of the filter, so as not to force the particles through the fine mesh via the suction. I hope this helps!
My wife suffers from severe allergies (pets, pollen, you name it). We had tried high efficiency filters in the central air, humidifiers, regular vacuuming, to no avail. She was on a daily regiment of Allegra and/or Zyrtec, and a full night's rest was hard to come by.
The Airmega 400 has completely changed her quality of life. We've had it for 4 days and there's no looking back!

Room size: if you've done any research, you already know that the size of the room(s) determine the size of air purifier due to its ability to turn over the air in the space. The unit is rated at 2 air changes per hour at 1560sf, a very solid rating, If you have exceptionally tall ceilings, take that into account too. We intentionally have it in the bedroom to filter that area and the adjacent living space, about 500sf or so. It's handling that area very well. (We're now going to buy another unit for downstairs.)

Size: It is a large-ish unit so check the dimensions for your intended location. For reference, think of it as the size of an end table. It intakes air from two sides and blows air out of the top, so it needs free space on each side and you obviously can't put anything on top of it.

Noise: in sleep mode, it's unnoticeable. We have a fan in the room which completely masks the fan sound as it switches from sleep to low. It gets progressively louder as it cranks up, but in our experience it has only turned on high when we've vacuumed or stirred up the elements. In the medium range, it's not much louder than the air coming through the vents of the AC system...not enough to draw our attention. The high setting is loud and the unit will move serious air but again it's only triggered for a few minutes at a time.

Smart Mode: I have so far been impressed with its ability to sense changes in the air and turn up/down automatically. It works exactly as advertised. The LED indicator is helpful to see the air quality in the room.

Sleep Mode: while the LED air quality indicator is nifty, it's too bright for the bedroom and we turn it off at bedtime. Again, the whisper quiet night setting is great.

Cleaning: I haven't had to clean the unit but it seems straightforward to open the side air intake vents and access the filters. I did note that the filters fit squarely and securely in the unit with no gaps. The tolerances are well engineered.

I didn't see the value in the app enabled "S" versions. I saved a few bucks and went without.

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