Jermaine Perez

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JavaScript Essentials (Smashing eBook Series 13)
JavaScript Essentials (Smashing eBook Series 13)
JavaScript Essentials (Smashing eBook Series 13) by Smashing Magazine. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Learn to Program with JavaScript 2014 Edition
Learn to Program with JavaScript 2014 Edition
Learn to Program with JavaScript 2014 Edition by John Smiley. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Só por uma noite (Portuguese Edition)
Só por uma noite (Portuguese Edition)
Só por uma noite (Portuguese Edition) by Monique Sperandio and Mônica Sperandio. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Sorcerer of Lemuria
Sorcerer of Lemuria
Sorcerer of Lemuria by PRASANNA KRISHNAN VENKATESA. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Notebook (Novel Learning Series)
The Notebook (Novel Learning Series)
The Notebook (Novel Learning Series) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
8 Novels by Nicholas Sparks
8 Novels by Nicholas Sparks
8 Novels by Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Escolha, A: Deixe Seu Coraao Decidir
Escolha, A: Deixe Seu Coraao Decidir
Escolha, A: Deixe Seu Coraao Decidir by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Die beliebtesten Liebesromane der Weltliteratur (15 Klassiker in einem Buch): Stolz und Vorurteil, Sturmhöhe, Jane Eyre, Die Kameliendame, Die Elenden, ... Liebschaften, Indiana... (German Edition)
Die beliebtesten Liebesromane der Weltliteratur (15 Klassiker in einem Buch): Stolz und Vorurteil, Sturmhöhe, Jane Eyre, Die Kameliendame, Die Elenden, ... Liebschaften, Indiana... (German Edition)
Die beliebtesten Liebesromane der Weltliteratur (15 Klassiker in einem Buch): Stolz und Vorurteil, Sturmhöhe, Jane Eyre, Die Kameliendame, Die Elenden, ... Liebschaften, Indiana... (German Edition) by Jane Austen , Emily Brontë, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
In the Tall Grass (Kindle Single)
In the Tall Grass (Kindle Single)
In the Tall Grass (Kindle Single) by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 1729 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
King Richard III
King Richard III
King Richard III by William Shakespeare. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 212 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Computer Programming: This Book Includes: SQL, Linux, Java, Python, C#, Arduino, C# For Intermediates, Arduino For Intermediates Learn Any Computer Language In One Day Step by Step (#2020 Version)
Computer Programming: This Book Includes: SQL, Linux, Java, Python, C#, Arduino, C# For Intermediates, Arduino For Intermediates Learn Any Computer Language In One Day Step by Step (#2020 Version)
Computer Programming: This Book Includes: SQL, Linux, Java, Python, C#, Arduino, C# For Intermediates, Arduino For Intermediates Learn Any Computer Language In One Day Step by Step (#2020 Version) by Steve Tudor. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP jQuery Cookbook
PHP jQuery Cookbook
PHP jQuery Cookbook by Vijay Joshi. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Expert T-SQL Window Functions in SQL Server
Expert T-SQL Window Functions in SQL Server
Expert T-SQL Window Functions in SQL Server by Kathi Kellenberger and Clayton Groom. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Mastering Akka
Mastering Akka
Mastering Akka by Christian Baxter. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
A Fable (Vintage International)
A Fable (Vintage International)
William Faulkner considers A Fable his masterpiece. It won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1955 (one of only a handful of books to win both in the same year). These accolades, however, have not led to widespread acclaim or longevity for the novel, and for years it was relegated to afterthought status, deemed "minor" Faulkner, and available only as a cheap, hard to read paperback or as a part of an expensive anthology.

As Faulkner is my favorite writer, and as I am, by nature, a completist, I read A Fable (a library copy that was easier to read than the pulp paperback) a few years back, despite the warnings that it was difficult - even impossible -to read, despite the cautions that slogging through it was not worth the effort...and I loved it.

Now that Vintage International has re-released it (along with most of Faulkner's other novels) in a beautiful new paperback edition, I decided to reread it, apprehensive that I might have overestimated the novel's strengths, having been 26 when I first read it - but I had not. If anything, I found the novel even more brilliant and illuminating on second reading.

This is not your typical Faulkner (as another reviewer pointed out) but it is far from "minor" Faulkner. This book is, at times, difficult, but what Faulkner isn't? - and who would even consider reading any Faulkner if they didn't want to be challenged? And, when compared to some of his other masterworks (The Sound and the Fury or Absalom, Absalom! for example) it is actually a quick, surprisingly easy read.

A Fable has much in common with the aforementioned Absalom, Absalom! in that it focuses more on the human condition and the various aspects of human nature than on character-driven narrative. The characters here, as in Absalom, Absalom! are allegorical representations of diverse facets of humanity, playing out, in their myriad interactions, the eternal struggles we have faced for millennia (the endeavoring for peace in uncertain times, the concepts of forgiveness, and bravery, and heroism, and love, the striving to find meaning and redemption in the world). The lack of traditional characterization in no way undermines A Fable's emotional impact, for we can see, as a result, expressions of ourselves - and our world and history - within these characters.

While A Fable essentially tells (allegorically) the story of Christ and his Apostles, culminating in his "crucifixion" and eventual "resurrection" in the French trenches of World War I, it is not really a religious novel; it never gets bogged down in religious theology, never seems heavy-handed, never becomes either preachy or blasphemous. So too with its anti-war themes: it makes its case by focusing on war as a curse of mankind (and a product of our species' ongoing internal conflict), not by politicizing it or proselytizing upon it. As a result, A Fable achieves a universality found only in the best works of literature, speaking to that that is good - and not so good - in all of us.

The rewards of reading this book cannot be overstated: this is vast, inspired, passionate and virtuosic writing. (Consider the following description: "Her face [was] quite empty for the moment but with something incipient and tranquilly promising about it like a clean though not-yet-lighted lamp on the kitchen bureau.") A Fable is Faulkner at his best, and that is really saying something. Hopefully, now that Vintage International has brought it out in an edition worthy of its merits, it will continue to receive, on a larger and larger scale, the attention and commendation that is deserves. For A Fable is not just a Faulkner masterpiece; it is a literary masterpiece, a masterpiece of all time.
Meditations
Meditations
A hard read, though it is only 93 pages (the Meditations themselves, excluding introduction and notes). Do not however, concern yourself with the stylistic choices of the translation, though at times it may be confusing or simply bland. You cannot blame the translator for translating the Meditations, and you cannot blame Marcus for writing his journal his way, without ever believing anyone else would read it, for that does not matter. I have no criticism, simply I point out this book is not a light read.

If you are apt to reading philosophy, profound books that give you insight into the universe and your place in it, I cannot think of any greater book than the Meditations. Marcus Aurelius has been called Plato's philosopher-king, and though I disagree with this, I see the point: he ruled the Roman Empire near its greatest extent with the virtues of fundamental stoicism. He did not want or consent to Plato's Republic, but he put his duties, his loved ones, and his country before his own interests. He rejected luxury and comfort. He wrote to remind himself to lead by example, that he is the master of himself, that emotions cannot puppeteer him, and that pleasures cannot warp his logic and his will to do good. He reminded himself to always be favorable to all that came by him, even those that disagreed with him and spoke ill of him, for he believed they were brought to the earth to work together. He rejected unreasonable condemnation and unhelpful criticism as well as praise and arrogant pride. He looked to correct, not condemn, the ignorant, and stand agreeable and thankful, not prideful and bashful, when corrected. He praised the universe for her inner-workings, borrowing from Plato's idea that all that is natural must in turn be good, if not for the individual, then for the whole, which then must still be good for the individual regardless. His metaphysics are not scientifically sound, the same for Plato, a large influence, but they do tap into the imagination.

He ponders most on death. Death is natural, and all that comes from nature must be good, therefore death is good. He reminds himself to never fear death as he would never fear breathing, or his eyes never fear seeing, or his hands ever fear writing. Death is a product of life, as sight is a product of the eyes, and writing all product of the hands, all natural consequences of being. What is there to fear? Nothing. What is there to be angry about? Nothing. When irritated, whose fault is it? Yours, for allowing exterior happenings you cannot control affect your inner peace.

My favorite part of the entire book is when he ponders on inner peace. Many would seek peace retiring to a calm village, a seaside home, or in the mountains far from the busy cities. Marcus argues he who has not inner peace in himself wherever, will never have inner peace whatever. Surroundings matter not, only your attitude. This is the biggest lesson of the Meditations, the greatest wisdom Marcus has to offer: it is your reaction to life, not life itself, that creates happiness. This was the principle Nelson Mandela stuck to when he was imprisoned. This is the principal that is the core of stoicism.

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."

Pick up this book. It would be unfortunate going through life, pondering how to bring yourself happiness, when the secret to happiness was found 2,000 years ago. You do not have to accept all Marcus says, I do not agree with him on all things. But his wisdom is invaluable.
The Eldest Daughter Effect: How First Born Women - like Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, JK Rowling and Beyoncé - Harness their Strengths
The Eldest Daughter Effect: How First Born Women - like Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, JK Rowling and Beyoncé - Harness their Strengths
Lisette Schuitemaker discusses the characteristics and possible advantages or challenges of being an eldest daughter, and also how the birth order of a child influences their developing view of themselves and the world. READ THIS BOOK to discover some of the qualities that distinguish the first born, which include an extraordinary sense of responsibility, a tendency to take the lead, a fear of making mistakes, being hit hard by criticism and caring for others to the point of exhaustion. First born children sometimes have an innate intelligence and do better at school than their younger siblings and often become accomplished leaders in whatever field they chose to go onto. We also will discover the characteristics of the second child and middle child, and how they also develop qualities which help the family to be more united. Each child offers special advantages for the family unit. Some of the eldest daughters discussed in this book are, Sheryl Sandberg, Lady Gaga, Whoopy Goldberg, and Meryl Streep. A good read for eldest children and parents wishing to know more about the uniqueness of their children, and also for understanding that the family is a unit where everyone finds the space to express themselves.
My Life and Work by Henry Ford: Fintan Books
My Life and Work by Henry Ford: Fintan Books
Few men have ever accomplished as much as Henry Ford did. His autobiography My Life and Work tells his early story in his own words.

Ford has been called many things, brilliant, eccentric, stupid, bigoted, stubborn, and more. The reader may find that he had many parts to make up his whole.

Ford explains why he created a car and then did not change it for many, many years. At the time he wrote My Life and Work, the Model T was still popular.

If you are studying business, you simply must read this book. It will give you a different perspective of how to run a business. Ford’s idea of paying higher wages was radical at the time. Today, it is a simple fact of life. If you want to keep good people, you have to pay them a fair wage.

My Life and Work was written pre-World War II. Many things have changed since then. This gives the reader a peek at what life was like “Between the Wars”.

For what it was meant to be, we give My Life and Work all five stars. Ford wrote this more to be an explanation of who he was than for anything else. We believe he hoped to some way validate himself to the American people.

There are many different versions of My Life and Work available on Kindle. Some are illustrated, some are not. They range in prices.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book via a KDP promotion. Actually, we were sent three different versions of the book over the years. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Trump's Unfinished Business: 10 Prophecies to Save America
Trump's Unfinished Business: 10 Prophecies to Save America
Pastor Steve Cioccolanti amazes me at his insight and broad knowledge he has across a large range of subjects and is always able to bring them in line with Scripture, God’s word & plan of redemption for mankind.
He is offering solutions, problem solving. Too many find fault but don’t offer any solution to the problem. We need to be problem solvers & not just be complainers. He has the courage to step out and offer possible solutions.

The 10 prophecies to save America, which as he mentions would work for any country because they are using a template from God’s word. After reading the first two chapters the other chapters can be read in any order. They stand alone.
I found it quite ingenious that after the first 2 chapters he counts down backwards beginning at the 10th commandment you shall not covet down to the 1st commandment you shall not have any other gods before Me.
I always learn something from PS Steve. On the 10th commandment you shall not covet I never thought about socialism being institutionalized covetousness. But that is what it is. It legalizes theft by government which breaks the 8th commandment you shall not steal. I received many more insights but too many to list here.
Anyway PS Steve breaks down root issues and possible ways to solve them.

Some of the solutions would be extremely hard to implement in this current divided culture, they will require God and a 3rd Great Awakening. But many could be implemented and on others begin the process.
This is awesome information for those in leadership roles; government, businesses, pastors, families. It’s time the Church rise up/awake.

Even the cover is very well thought out with President Trump facing right looking at 4 of the best presidents of the USA: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, & Ronald Reagan.

I noted the one negative 1 star review to date did have a positive admitting the book is well written. My perception about the book wasn’t an arrogance of proclaiming God’s word. It was more using the 10 commandments as a template to find root issues to the problems our world faces.
We each have our own perception and right to our opinions.

I plan to purchase more books to give out to leaders & people of influence.
Best Of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Best Of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Perhaps this is the collaboration of the two greatest singers in the history of Jazz. Louis is the fundamental jazz singer who changed it all once he put down that coronet and began to scat and sing. Louis's inflections and his rhythm, his ability to do what he could do on a trumpet with his voice started real Jazz singing. People forget but Fats Waller's "Ain't MisBehavin" was introduced by Louis in a Broadway show in the 1920s. When he sang and played the tune he would often get three or four encores, and people who had already seen the show several times would pay full price to come in and see that one song!

Norman Grantz of Verve put together these combination recordings on the fly, whoever was in town, no rehearsals, no real arrangement worth much, a set list drawn together on a piece of paper, the artists hustling to make time between gigs, not usually having their regular accompaniests.

Yet, all the Louis Armstrong collaborations are wonderful. None are as brilliant as Louis and Ella for sheer wit and vocal power, for inventions. They are great in regard to rhythm, perhaps that is why Lester Young called Ella Lady time. Listen to them alternating verses, and also listen to the way that Louis's trumpet playing comments on both their vocals.

While this sampler is good, I recommend their album doing songs from Porgy and Bess to anyone who has ears, whether you can hear or not. If you can't hear, you want the CD on hand for the day they find a cure. You deserve something this good to be the first thing you hear!
Nashville Skyline
Nashville Skyline
Nashville Skyline represented a slight shift in both sound and style for Dylan. It was more orchestrated, if you can call the country sound of the day "orchestration". Dylan had appeared in the early episodes of the Johnny Cash Show on TV, and Dylan and Cash formed a friendship. They may have been friends before Dylan's guest spot on the show, I don't know; but Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash were big Dylan fans. In this album, the first cut, "Girl From the North Country", Cash and Dylan do a duet. The harmony was atrocious, but it was fun to listen to, just the same; because you knew that it was two friends doing something fun together "for the record", if you'll pardon the pun. One cut from this album, "Lay Lady Lay", got a lot of radio air time; I think because it represented a slightly different sound from Dylan from what we were accustomed to hearing--not a bad change, just different. Every cut on the album was good; definitely Dylan, with a bit of country flavor added. I had the vinyl LP that I bought the day of the album's release. The remastered version is a CD quality remake of the original album. I enjoyed the LP, which was stolen along with my stereo, and I enjoy the CD just as much.

I ordered the CD through Amazon.com, from an affiliate, blowitoutahere.com, and it was shipped out of Shepherdsville, KY. It was a new, factory packaged CD, and arrived in excellent condition the day before the estimated delivery date. I was pleased with the purchasing process, service, delivery, and condition of the product.

Regarding sales, service, delivery, customer satisfaction, and the product itself, I give it a 5-star rating on all counts.
TechDiamondTools Diamond Polishing Paste Set of 3 Syringes X 5 Grams (L), Polishing Lapping Compound, Sizes 4000 8000 50000 Grit, Mesh - with Light(10%) Concentration of Diamond Powders
TechDiamondTools Diamond Polishing Paste Set of 3 Syringes X 5 Grams (L), Polishing Lapping Compound, Sizes 4000 8000 50000 Grit, Mesh - with Light(10%) Concentration of Diamond Powders
I purchased this to create some denim strips for my knives. I’ve tried leather strips but had mixed results and to be fair I may have been using them improperly but even after man my years of stropping with a green compound I got OK results.

The knives I wanted to strop were some super blue steel (aogami ) knives as well as a Rockstead CHI knife. Rockstead recommends a denim strop on a wood backing which helps prevent rolling the edge and keeping alignment.

The diamond paste came in 5 gram sizes and I used about 2.5-3 grams to cover each strop for the different grit sizes. I used enough to make get 70-90% coverage and spreading as best as I can.

The results were fantastic! I took a blade that had done rough spots while cutting paper , it didn’t need to be sharpened on stones , and used the 4000 grit and moved up wiping any residue to prevent contamination. Came back beautifully sharp and sings when cutting paper again.

The real test was my Rockstead CHI as I could tell it was a few hairs less sharp than normal but in near perfect condition. I used only the 8000 and 50000 grit. Absolutely factory perfect. Since then I’ve been using it on all my knives and they all get a noticeable improvement even if only doing the 50000 grit.

Highly recommended and will be buying more grits.
Wolverine Men's I-90 Waterproof Soft-Toe Romeo Slip-On Construction Boot
Wolverine Men's I-90 Waterproof Soft-Toe Romeo Slip-On Construction Boot
Wow! I’ve had these boots for 6 months now and have worn them practically everyday. I can personally assure you I haven’t been easy on these boots by any means. I’ve used them in the snow, mud, on roofs, used them as literal tools (stomping branches ext.). Most recently a smoldering hot rock from a fire got stuck to the bottom, I didn’t even notice until I was walking and found something stuck to the sole of my boot. I had to peel it off. I wasn’t sure about these boots before buying them, but 6 months later I can truly say I’m impressed. These boots are still holding up with no signs of stopping. The bottom of the sole still has lots of tread and the sole hasn’t came apart from the shoe. Not to mention I’ve had other dudes in the grocery store ask me what kind of boots they are and where I got them. They’re definitely trendy in my area. If you’re looking for an easy boot to skip off and on but still want rugged and long lasting, go for these! I wasn’t disappointed

edit: just did a 7 mile hike in them. No blisters feet hurt a bit but again these shoes are not made for hiking. Impressed
BlenderBottle Marvel Comics Radian Insulated Stainless Steel 26-Ounce Shaker Bottle, Black Panther
BlenderBottle Marvel Comics Radian Insulated Stainless Steel 26-Ounce Shaker Bottle, Black Panther
This cup has been great. Keep cold drinks cold for a very long time. I use it for mainly water, but have tried it with protein and the lid tends to keep the smell of the protein which isn't ideal. This bottle is NOT meant for hot drinks as stated on the label when you get it, so I have never tried it for that.

I love this bottle as it keeps my cold drinks, and I love cold water. Add on the fact that it has my favorite Marvel character on it, and it's awesome. Extremely disappointing that only after 9 months of use, the rim of the cup is now starting to rust. Durability seems to be very bad, especially as this is supposed to be stainless steel. Not sure if I would recommend this bottle. Hydroflask and Yeti are the ones to go to, not BlenderBottle.
Marvel Galactus Mini Bust, SDCC 2013 Exclusive
Marvel Galactus Mini Bust, SDCC 2013 Exclusive
I have all the Galactus statues and busts available so far, and I have to say this one is second only to the giant Galactus bust from Sideshow Collectibles. This thing is amazing, and the extra detail of the Silver Surfer flying around him is a nice addition. The Surfer is a little tricky to put together (some directions would have been nice) but once he's on there he stays. However, the Surfer is incredibly fragile on the clear acrylic trail they used. The slightest hit will break him off so be very careful. Even if you choose not to put him on the display, the Galactus bust itself is the best rendition of him so far with arms. Very highly recommended for comic fans.
Inuyasha Ani-Manga, Vol. 27 (27)
Inuyasha Ani-Manga, Vol. 27 (27)
its unfortunate that they stopped making these after the 30th volume but all of them have been well worth the money. This series is a real classic. Even though its incomplete i highly recommend it.
The Sandlot
The Sandlot
I enjoyed the story of this movie, which I had gotten for the grandkids. Especially the talented boy who took the bullied boy under his wing. In the good ways, it was a chance to remember what it was like to be a part of the neighborhood after-school "gang", but it what ruined by children using foul language. Anybody who grew up in an era where there were still baseball games like these played between neighborhood children, instead of the highly driven kids sports of today; and when it was an era when children were actually safe to play away from their yards in vacant lots, knows children didn't use foul language as portrayed in this movie and the way they do today. Mouths were washed out with soap, and it just wasn't done. I wondered if this film was based on a true story. It's a shame about the language because I won't be sharing what would otherwise be a fun and great kids' story with the grandkids or anybody else's kids.
Beowulf & The Anglo-Saxons
Beowulf & The Anglo-Saxons
"Beowulf" is one of the most famous poems in English literature and one of the oldest known works in the English language. I liked how the narrator began with a reading of the opening lines in Old English, followed by a translation into Modern English. It gives you a feel for the how the original must have sounded, how Germanic Old English was and how much the language has changed over the centuries.

The documentary describes the warrior culture the Anglo-Saxons lived in, which was very similar to their ancestors in northern Germany and southern Denmark. In fact, the hero of the story, Beowulf, journeys from southern Sweden to Denmark to help Hrothgar, king of Denmark, when the monster Grendel terrorizes his hall. Beowulf kills Grendel and Grendel's mother, then goes back to Sweden and dies 50 years later, when he has to battle a dragon and perishes in the fight.

The show interviews experts in medieval and Anglo-Saxon history and culture and explores the world and beliefs that shaped the poem. Beowulf was written when the northern world was transitioning from paganism to Christianity and it shows how Beowulf mixes pagan and Christian elements.

The poem's author was presumably a Christian monk or priest because in that time period they were the only people who could read and write. Was Beowulf an older tale that was composed centuries earlier and later written down, like the Norse sagas? It's not clear. However, this production shows an interesting glimpse into the world of early Anglo-Saxon England.

One thing the show didn't explore was the Scandinavian influence in "Beowulf". The poem was written down between 975 and 1025 A.D., long after the early Anglo-Saxon migration to England. A large number of Danish settlers arrived in the late 7th and early 8th centuries and intermingled with the Anglo-Saxons. Did the Scandinavian settlers and their culture influence the poem? The show never really touches on this, and it would have been an interesting idea to consider.

Overall, if you're a medievalist or a "Lord of the Rings" fan, or just a history buff, you'll love watching it.
Narrative Poems by Alexander Pushkin & Mikhail Lermontov
Narrative Poems by Alexander Pushkin & Mikhail Lermontov
Charles Johnston is very possibly the best translator of Russian Classical poetry. It's really quite amazing, as if Pushkin decided to write in English all of a sudden. I am Russian, and I am absolutely astonished by Sir Johnston's work.
Eleven Minutes: A Novel (P.S.)
Eleven Minutes: A Novel (P.S.)
SYNOPSIS-
This book is a box full full of paradoxes. It begins with "Once upon a time there was a prostitute named Maria..."  It follows the life of a young girl named Maria from her first heartbreak to her discovery of sacred sex;  a perfect blend of true love , spirituality and pleasure of the body.  

Maria's life as she thinks is a series of mistake, her  pure innocence is shattered by bitternesses  in relationships in her childhood.  She seems adventure and denies to be a ordinary country girl from Brazil that she is . She believes  there's much more to life . She grabs her share of fortune and flys to  city of her dreams - Rio de jenerio ! Lured by an foreigner Roger, for money fame and adventure she lands up as a bar dancer in Europe.  

But soon the need for money and prevailing circumstances takes her in to the profession of body trade - Prostitution. She enrolls herself in one of the most top pick up bars of Geneva, Switzerland. Every day there's more clients, she takes it strong, only as a profession and continues . Soon she's the favourite of all . The "Special client's too.  

"I would like to believe that I am in love .with someone I don't know and who didn't figure in my plans at all. All these months of self control , of denying love ,have had  exactly the opposite results. I have let myself be swept away by the first person to treat me a little differently. "

           - From Maria's diary. 

Then enters a handsome painter Ralf Hart and in no time Mr.Hart steels Maria's heart.  They get into a mysterious relationship.  Not of love , not of friendship but of something even more than that.  And then begins her quest for the meaning of love , does that pleasure she wants she gets?  Will Ralf Hart stay with her?  What will be Maria's next mistake ? 

CHARACTERS
Paulo Coelho's books are mostly character driven. His lyricist side is shown by the words of his characters . The lead character or protagonist was weak , meare, clumsy in the beginning and grew up to be a confident , self satisfied woman . Maria who never got into proper relationships and always searched for love learnt to love without expecting a return , and learnt to love without conditions . Most importantly she learned to love herself . Maria's life was taken from a real life Prostitute. 

Apart from Maria there was one notable character . And that is Ralf Hart ! A successful 29 year old handsome painter with whom Maria secretly falls in love. Ralf was portrayed as a twice divorced melancholic man who has lost interest in everything except his passion for painting. 

The growth of the characters was quite appreciable.  The way the characters bloomed and discovered themselves caught me . I felt for the characters. And that's how characters should be.  They should touch your soul and imprint a mark on them.  A mark for the rest of your life

WRITING
I loved the writing style of the book . The chapters are written from a 3rd person's point of view.  But after each chapter there's a note from Maria's diary where she pours her heart out and writes what she feels . Through these little segments the author connects the readers to his characters.  There are quotable words and phrases all around the book . Also as expected we get to see Coelho's lyricist style of writing.  The writing of the book makes it a treat of read and hooks you up untill the last page . 

OVERALL
I liked this book alot.  And it's been a day I haven't started on a new book cause the book touched me so deep that I wanted to treasure the feeling of it . The reason behid me giving it a 4stars and not a complete 5starts is that , there are minor mistakes in the book . Like the confusion of places . If you are someone who is not familiar with different places it will be a little hard for you to grasp things . As there was many location changes in the book we expect to be transported to those exotic location with the words and feel the places (at least that's what I expect from a book) but the author failed in on that aspect. The places were not described vividly and I craved for details . The book is written apparently and focus is made on the development of characters so it lacked that narrative parts . There weren't much of an explanation to anything . And that's the reason I ended up giving it a 4star.

Go ahead read it.. am sure u will like it ..
If my review helped you in any way do mark it helpful.
Also there's a full review on my blog - Indian Bibliophile .
Then A Soldier (John Winter Book 3)
Then A Soldier (John Winter Book 3)
The best political expose of the Anglo-Irish situation I have read in many years. Anglo-Irish writer Smith, gives a very even-handed and informative overview of the politics behind the 'troubles'. Makes one wonder how much of this novel is fiction and how much hard fact.

Would make a powerful movie.
Middle School Treasure Hunters Series Collection 5 Books Set by James Patterson
Middle School Treasure Hunters Series Collection 5 Books Set by James Patterson
Edit to add: my son started reading this and the pages were falling out just by him turning the page. Would not recommend

These are the UK edition if that bothers anyone. I would've bought the US editions had I known. My 7 yr old is an advanced reader and I'm not 100% sold on the material in these books. A ton of gun violence found just flipping through the pages.
Esio Trot
Esio Trot
Bought because of theme chosen during book week at school. The book was in very good condition and the story brilliant, as with all RD's books. Will buy books from seller again.
Rasta Friendship Bracelets Wholesale Lot 10 Mix Rastafari From Peru
Rasta Friendship Bracelets Wholesale Lot 10 Mix Rastafari From Peru
I ordered these specifically for two of the bracelets shown in the picture. When the order arrived i only recieved 2 out of the 5 types of bracelet shown. That was pretty disheartening considering i looked at the reviews and people had posted pictures getting ALL types of bracelets..
The Gospel According to The Da Vinci Code: The Truth Behind the Writings of Dan Brown
The Gospel According to The Da Vinci Code: The Truth Behind the Writings of Dan Brown
Most of the responses to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown deal strictly with facts (or the lack thereof). But what about the big picture? What does the novel communicate and how has it impacted our culture? As Christians, how ought we to respond? The Gospel According to the Da Vinci Code by Kenneth Boa and John Alan Turner seeks to answer these questions.

While the novel is actually fiction, our culture is such that many people treat it as non-fiction. "What Dan Brown says he believes is fundamentally incompatible with historic, orthodox Christianity. However, in a pluralistic society such as ours, millions of people seem to think you can pick and choose your beliefs like toppings on your pizza." (2)

Through their introduction and 12 chapters, Boa and Turner analyze the problems The Da Vinci Code presents in our current culture and how Christians should respond. "So what is the gospel according to Dan Brown? Simply put, `Everything you've ever heard about Jesus is wrong.'" (23) They discuss postmodernism, truth, and history, while pointing out Brown's problems and errors.

The authors ask, "What Would Jesus Do With Dan Brown?" (90) They essentially boil down the proper Christian response to "We've got to stop being foolish. We've got to stop being tacky. And we've got to stop being mean." (118) Though they deal a few of the errors in Brown's novel, they point to Darrell Bock's Breaking the Da Vinci Code for a more thorough critique.

There are a number of great points throughout the book, such as, "Saying that Dan Brown's book is about Christianity is like saying Finding Nemo is about marine biology. We have just as much evidence to suggest Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene as we have that clown fish talk." (25) The authors also get points for using Jack Bauer as an illustration (102-103).

Unfortunately, these good points are counterbalanced by poor ones. In at least one case they esteem a cheesy slogan as good methodology: "people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care." (106) The book doesn't appear to have a logical structure and often switches focus without reason. The authors make some brief points about Gnosticism and "the sacred feminine," but no thorough analysis of those topics is offered.

The Gospel According to the Da Vinci Code has periodic good points to offer, particularly in regards to the status of our culture. In that sense, it succeeds in dealing with the big picture. However, readers would be better off reading a book responding to the historical claims and pagan worldview of The Da Vinci Code.
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z (A Chunky Book(R))
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z (A Chunky Book(R))
 This reminded me a lot of a tongue twister. The book is about 150 words, and it's a really fun book to read. A lot of the cars are made up, like zippermobile and bugdozer and queen car.

There are either one or two cars for each letter, so there are probably about 40-45 different cars in the book, and each letter has a car, even the hard ones like J, Q, X, and Z.

The book is also extremely tiny. This will probably be the smallest book on your bookshelf.

Pros:
+High quality board book
+Nice shape to the book
+Fun story, fun book to read
+Once you memorize the story, you can read it very fast

Cons:
-Very, very small
-Has a lot of made up words
Go Tell it to Mrs. Golightly
Go Tell it to Mrs. Golightly
A small blind girl of nine tossed on a sea of misfortune the loss of her drunkard of a father an absent abused mother goes to live with her grandfather .He is a lonely crotchety old man who doesn't initially welcome his chattering granddaughter but soon she melts his heart and when she goes missing is made to realize how much she means to him. A kidnap is thwarted and ...
Mr. Brave (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Brave (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Our 3-yr old grandson loves these Roger Hargreaves books. They are both simple and imaginative, humorous, and will even hold your interest as the reader. There are definitely concepts in these little books that you would like your children to emulate, and they will "get it," without the books' being preachy.
Confraria do Medo, A
Confraria do Medo, A
Aspecto curioso dessa leitura, agora, é que, tendo escrito em 1935, o texto oferece um atrativo extra. Possibilita ao leitor comparar métodos de investigação da época com os atuais. Nada de escutas telefônicas, exames de DNA ou vídeos e comunicação por celular. Também uma oportunidade para observar as mutações sociais ao passar dos anos.
De resto, o livro traz a marca do autor com seu protagonista de sempre, o impagável Nero Wolfe e seus acólitos. Um enredo pleno de idas e vindas, um suspeito óbvio demais, pistas para todos os lados, até que tudo se inverte e vêm as surpresas que ele guarda para o final. O enredo trata de alguns de ex-alunos de Harvard, onde um grupo de veteranos manda que um calouro suba numa janela. Ele cai, fica com uma perna aleijada para sempre, os colegas não o abandonam. No mais, trate de ler o livro para matar a curiosidade e se deliciar com o texto,
Taken by the Sheikh: An Emotional and Sensual Romance (Arabian Nights Book 5)
Taken by the Sheikh: An Emotional and Sensual Romance (Arabian Nights Book 5)
this wasn't a story. it was a bunch of literary diarrhea. there was too much literal and mental meaningless dialog full of nothing but sexual inuendo. the hero was a jackass who literally kidnapped the dumbass woman by keeping her passport even after he told her he would give it back. he talked to her and treated her like crap and yet...surprise...she fell in love with him anyway. this was a waste of money and several hours of my life i can never recover. thumbs way down!
Harry Potter, Wizard Training Wand - 11 SPELLS To Cast Official Toy Wand with Lights & Sounds – Albus Dumbledore Wand & Lord Voldemort Wand Also Available
Harry Potter, Wizard Training Wand - 11 SPELLS To Cast Official Toy Wand with Lights & Sounds – Albus Dumbledore Wand & Lord Voldemort Wand Also Available
I bought this for my daughters 10th birthday and it has gone down incredibly well today. Lots of whizz bang for my HP mad girl.

We also bought one for my youngest (7) to give her in July for her birthday too. However I think we will probably give her it early. The reason for this is that most of the REALLY fun stuff comes into play when you have 2 or more of the wands. Of the 5 modes, 4 of them are 2 player, with only spell training mode being for 1 player. There's still huge fun to be had but 2 together takes it to another level (as tested by Mum and Dad after a glass of vino).

The training and spell practise modes are fun and great to test the Harry Potter fanatic. Best of the best is the Wizard Tag mode and is SO much fun. Think laser tag with wands. You get 5 lives and can fire at each other. Lots of fun but you can respawn once you've lost all of your live which is great.

The instructions are a little full on but once picked up it's pretty straightforward. Importantly the wand needs to calibrate when you turn it on, and it'll make a noise to tell you it's finished.

Build and finish is good. Plasticy but well finished and comfortable in the hand. Sound from the wand is clear and loud without being excessive. The wand weighs 106g.

All in all, a good choice but 2 really make this toy come alive!
Mattel Harry Potter Albus Dumbledore Doll
Mattel Harry Potter Albus Dumbledore Doll
I bought this product as a Christmas gift. I paid a little more than at Walmart, but they were out of stock and I knew I would just be able to get it and not worry. The only complaint is simply that the beard and hair are made of different materials and I think it would have looked better to be the same. Overall good quality product fir a good price. I think my daughter will love playing with these. I also love that they are same size as a Barbie doll so they can use accessories and doll house they have with them.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Goblet of Fire was always my favorite book. I knew that there would be real technical challenges with the movie, but they were successfully overcome. The Goblet of Fire is a delightful movie. I loved everything about it, including the music. The classical pieces are just gorgeous, and the rock and roll pieces were so much fun. I loved the Quidditch World Cup early in the movie. Very well done. Out of all three challenges, all of which were well done and very exciting, the Black Lake challenge was my favorite. Years ago I purchased the entire series of books for my grandson. I was hooked with Book One, and I immediately ordered each and every new book, as well as the DVD's as soon as they were available. I know so many adults that loved the books and the DVD's every bit as much as the children. For so many of us, J. K. Rowling is a heroine, who taught children to love to read, and enchanted them with the movies.
Command Performance
Command Performance
For all those who have been repeatedly comparing this movie to Die Hard, why not try Under Siege with Steven Seagal? In the latter, we have a cook who outfought the baddies; here we have a drummer who does likewise. After all, Bruce Willis was an active policeman. Furthermore, Command Performance does NOT take place in the 80s nor does it feel like an 80s film. At the very beginning of CP we have a prologue referring to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the fact that all are not happy with the new "capitalist" orientation of the country (that point is only inferred). After an opening scene involving a shooting and suicide of a former high ranking "Soviet" official who is now one of the malcontents, the stage is set for our story. Fast forward a number of years to the present (whatever that is) and we find our hero DL a drummer in a rock band. It is scheduled to serve as a backup accompaniment to singer/dancer Venus. Upon her first encounter with DL, she is quite smitten. He is indifferent (which means that they will both fall passionately in love with each other and wind up in each others' arms by the end of the movie - predictable much?). As our story unfolds, the planned concert takes place in a Moscow Theatre Hall (the movie is actually filmed in Bulgaria) attended by President Petrov and his two daughters (no Putin here). Petrov is a liberal and "capitalist". Shortly after the concert begins (and it IS quite lively - the dancers and the rock group do rock; and so does Petrov's daughters from the vantage point of a private viewing suite). Meanwhile, sneaking into the Hall are the baddies after their leader posing as a chef dispatches two guards with a hunting knife. (Talk about a lack of security or entry checking!) As expected all hell breaks loose shortly afterwards and the body count immediately multiplies dramatically. No further details are necessary. The usual expected action follows as both sides attempt to gain the upper hand. Petrov and his daughters are taken hostage and gradually the reasons for all the hoopla are revealed. Meanwhile, reinforcements show up outside the Hall and a strong willed female major is in charge. She exudes confidence and makes us feel that good will prevail over evil even if everyone perishes in the process.

The action then plays out in general predictability with only the specifics that are relevant for this particular film emphasized. Except for a somewhat leathery face, DL still has his physique and mojo. He will not disappoint. Sylvester S. doesn't look as good. In the end, you get exactly what you expected and hoped (?) for. This was a "Command Performance" worth watching though those wishing not to attend don't have to take the title literally.
GBC ProClick Presentation Back Cover, Prepunched, Black, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 25 per Pack (2514478)
GBC ProClick Presentation Back Cover, Prepunched, Black, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 25 per Pack (2514478)
Have been using the ProClick for all sorts of things...recipe collections, knit and crochet patterns, club financial records, and even a childrens' book that I printed for the author. This is a great system for keeping loose papers organized. I usually print out a colorful cover sheet and encase the booklet in the clear covers with black backs. Very sharp looking, easy to file away. Recommend to anyone who needs to organize their paperwork.
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places [Hardcover] [Oct 17, 2016] Revenson, J.
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places [Hardcover] [Oct 17, 2016] Revenson, J.
I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Personally, I prefer the books but I cannot help but love the movies too. I have had JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places by Jodie Revenson sitting on my bookshelf forever and in a bid to make more room on my bookshelves by reading some of the larger books I started the Movie Magic series.

They are fascinating. I know a lot of work goes into making movies but the effort to make sure every character is perfect and every place meets the expectations of the readers is truly breathtaking.

The books in the series have an element of fun to them with moving parts and what not which is always appreciated.

I loved learning more about the characters and what the actors brought to the creation of who they play, whether it is wand choice or contact lenses. The little titbits of information are like catnip to the true Harry Potter fan.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places by Jodie Revenson
Smiling Wisdom Hermione Granger Magic Wand - Harry Potter Themed - Empowering Greeting Card - From a Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Coach, Friend, Teen, Grad Anytime Gift – 4.5" Antique Silver
Smiling Wisdom Hermione Granger Magic Wand - Harry Potter Themed - Empowering Greeting Card - From a Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Coach, Friend, Teen, Grad Anytime Gift – 4.5" Antique Silver
Perhaps the single most touching, heartwarming item I have purchased online, to date...
As a person who struggles putting words to paper, these cards are poetic, searing, and a mirror to my heart.
Dare I say, it's as though Smiling Wisdom can hear my soul speak....
I ordered 3 of these cards; they come so beautifully packaged - I gasped! - all I did was add a ribbon to present them.
My sincere Thank You to Smiling Wisdom for these beautiful expressions of emotions.
I ordered a total of 3 cards - and each jewelry piece is magnificent - stunning!
I will be back again and again...
My heart (and soul) Thanks You -
Peter Cook: A biography
Peter Cook: A biography
Stephen Fry says Peter Cook was the funniest man ever to draw breath. Recommendation enough to want to know all I can about the extraordinary Peter Cook. Unfortunately, Harry Thompson's celebrity-style biography delivers at least that much and far more. His biography runs to nearly 500 pages and seems to include mention of everyone Peter Cook ever met (as well as many he didn't), repeats criticisms and failings again and again, and saves its analyses for the wrong things - especially the Peter Cook-Dudley Moore years.

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were a team. As such they needed to fit together like two puzzle pieces, complementing and filling in where the other was lacking, or different. This has been the model forever. You can see it Laurel and Hardy, the Smothers Brothers, Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis, Rowan and Martin - but for Cook and Moore, that's not enough. We are treated to endless pages of criticism of Peter Cook for being the dominant character, while Dudley Moore was the submissive. But that's the essence of comic teams. If it weren't so, it would never have worked so well. The problem, if there was one, was that the characters they played onstage were who they really were in life, unlike most other teams, who were just playing roles. But Thompson doesn't see that. In fact, when Dudley began to assert himself, the quality of their work plummeted. He stepped out of his caricature, and the public yawned, which Thompson finally acknowledges on page 273, after dragging us around for a good hundred pages for nothing. (But he's in good company. The post mortems were all over the place.)

What I see in this biography that does not get stated as such is that Peter Cook was a shark. He had to keep moving. He had to keep conquering new media all the time - or wither and die. So he went from class clown to student actor, to sketch writer to playwright to Fringe professional to West End star, to Broadway star, to television star, to film star and even nightclub owner. Not to mention recording artist and Top 40 hit maker. And magazine publisher. And talkshow guest. And he succeeded immediately and easily each time, which made him into an entertainment monster. Peter Cook WAS Carnaby Street/Swinging London in the 60s. His invitation was the most sought after. He surrounded himself with the who's who of western culture, from sports celebrities to the Beatles. His (twice weekly!) parties were legendary. (Frequent guest John Lennon said he wrote Lucy in the Sky for the Cooks' daughter Lucy.) He was the Oscar Wilde of the 20th century, a celebrity wit if ever there was one. He was always ON, and people hung by his words - and his delivery of them.

Simple hubris took over, and Cook failed as host in a tv talk show format he refused to do any prep for. He was after all, a natural. He could do anything, anywhere, any time, and be successful for a while. But it all came crashing down around him, and by his early thirties, he was no longer the center of the attention that made him. The rest - 200 more pages - is a pitiful descent into obscurity. The simple truth is alcohol and drugs and chemicals occupied critical parts of his brain which in earlier years were used for lightning quick tangents and flights of fancy. That he used these compounds to kickstart the mechanism is not so much ironic as typical. They dulled his responses just as they do with everyone else, and the energy quickly faded. His creative output became shorter, more superficial, and less significant. He simply could not compete with his former self, having handicapped himself with drugs.

Instead, he turned down offers left and right, year after year, and complained continuously of being terminally bored. Nothing interested him, starting with life. The shark needed to move up, but was unwilling to actually work for it.
Another problem I had is not so much a fault of the author so much as the age. I decided to watch some of the sketches he described on Youtube. They weren't quite as stated. Thompson loves to dwell on how the comedy team used to crack up at each other's lines, giving the impression of anarchy and chaos onstage. Nothing could be further from the truth. They did think each other immensely funny; you could see it. But it was more like being in on an inside joke than witnessing a calamity. If you want to see a sketch collapse in fits of uncontrollable laughter, watch Carol Burnett's shows that were taped before a live audience. Cook and Moore are models of self control by comparison. Not a huge crime by biographical standards, but it made me wonder how accurate the rest of it was.

Peter Cook could have had it all. What was missing was guidance. He never actually trained for anything. He never actually learned to do anything. Everything he succeeded at came without sweating a drop. And no one was in his corner to point him in the right direction or hold him back when he was making a mistake. That's the tragedy of Peter Cook, and the feeling comes through loud and clear in Thompson's biography. Peter Cook was a loner, and it cost him everything.
Bluetooth Earpiece for Cell Phones, ZEEYU Wireless Bluetooth Headset V5.0 with CVC8.0 Noise Canceling Microphone Hands Free Waterproof for Driving Business Office iPhone Android Samsung
Bluetooth Earpiece for Cell Phones, ZEEYU Wireless Bluetooth Headset V5.0 with CVC8.0 Noise Canceling Microphone Hands Free Waterproof for Driving Business Office iPhone Android Samsung
While this device is supposed to be BT 5 technology, It's hard to find proof. And being made in China, how can we be certain. My comparison is from the Plantronics PLT-M70 that I have used before I got my latest Apple phone. The Plantronics M70 and M55 apparently are not 100% compatible with my Iphone SE 2nd Edition. And no firmware is available for either. On this device however, the main button requires heavy pressing to get it to work. The volume up/down buttons are very small and do not stand out from the edge to be quickly useable. The maximum volume level is too low. I might send it back if I can find a better unit. Those that designed and made it don't have to use it I imagine. I have gotten approval for returning this item. The static sound when I am listening to someone is just ridiculous
Yadvi - The Dignified Princess
Yadvi - The Dignified Princess
Absolutely exhilarating. Watching the rise and fall of Indian royalty in what seems like realtime was completed with such class and dignity. We should all learn from Yadvi and her perseverance while maintaining her dignity. Equally, I love how many Indians from different backgrounds were included in the making of this film: Punjabis, Bengalis, Sikhs, etc. This displays even more the character of Yadvi's father being passed down through generations. Jyoti and Gauri, the two of you have done exceptionally well with this production. Bravo!!
A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers
A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers
In my life previous to my current one as a professional organizer, I was a women’s studies professor. As I grew my organizing company I worked with intelligent and professional women with ADHD who expressed shame, despair, and regret about the condition of their home (messy), their timeliness (often late), and their lists (usually long, rarely completed). Their anxiety didn’t mirror their male counterparts and I set out to find out why. I stumbled upon Dr. Sari Solden’s seminal work, “Women and Attention Deficit Disorder” (1995) and happily discovered a gendered analysis of ADHD.

And today, more than 20 years later, having just completed Solden’s latest effort (along with co-author, Dr. Michelle Frank), I can’t recommend highly enough, “A Radical Guide to Women with ADHD,” (New Harbinger, 2019).

The “radical” component of this book has everything to do with complete and total self-acceptance of one’s ADHD brain. To get there, Solden and Frank divide the book into 3 sections – Bold, Brave, and Bright – each containing strategies to unpack and un-layer that which can keep a good woman down.

This is a workbook, and a journal with excellent writing prompts. Chapter 2, “Begin Bravely” offers a broad reading of how “fear” undermines quality of life. The authors write, that the link that “binds your challenges to your worth” is far more damaging “than any symptom of inattention could every be.” (18)

The middle section on shining brightly contain exercises for releasing fear, updating dreams, moving into wholeness, and identifying core values. The final 3rd, on living boldly, encourages readers to dump the “qualifiers” (e.g., sorry, just, actually) … words that fly out of our mouths only to have the effect of diminishing or dismissing our thoughts, beliefs, opinions, and standpoints.

Although I am not a woman with ADHD; what I learned in “A Radical Guide to Women with ADHD” will make me a better professional. I work with, and know, A LOT of women with ADHD and I’m excited to tell them about this book.
Royal Canin Small Puppy Dry Dog Food
Royal Canin Small Puppy Dry Dog Food
Both my dogs loved Royal Canin, until they changed the recipe!!!
For the past 3 months there are over 70 complaints with Consumer Affairs!!! I wish I knew this before buying it!!
Both dogs won’t touch it, I ordered the puppy one, which this review is based on, and my older dog always tries to eat it, when the puppy smelled it and walked away the older dog who is 3 went over and smelled it and walked away.
My puppy eats everything except this new recipe food!!!
I will never understand why companies have a good thing going and then change it!!!

NO, I do NOT recommend this brand anymore.

I’ve been a faithful customer with my other dog who was 14 and loved it (she recently passed, no relation to food).

I have the adult bag of food on it’s way and now I regret buying it.

72 people in three months and thousands in vet bills took the time to complain to Consumer Affairs. I wish I read it before buying it.

The green bag of Royal Canin was much loved by all three of my dogs. The new blue bag and the new recipe they won’t touch it. It’s heartbreaking to see them dance as I opened the bag and then smell it and walk away hungry while looking at me like I poured toxins into their dish. I’m very upset about this!!!
Ultimate Sticker Book: Disney Pixar Cars: More Than 60 Reusable Full-Color Stickers
Ultimate Sticker Book: Disney Pixar Cars: More Than 60 Reusable Full-Color Stickers
I have to agree with another reviewer regarding this sticker book. I wish I had read the reviews better. For the price of $6.99 there is nothing in this book. I think my step-grandson will like it but I don't. There is nothing to this so-called book. There are a lot of stickers but I was expecting more. I was planning on giving this as part of his Christmas gift but I feel like I will be cheating him if I give him this. It is not much of a gift. I will have to pay attention to other reviewers and pay closer attention to what I am ordering.
Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
"Game Changer" is a summary meta-analysis of the contests between the A.I.-driven AlphaZero process and the full-calculation-driven Stockfish 8 one. The book is focused on showing how AlphaZero's drive for piece mobility, open lines, and disruption of the opponent's castled position - despite AlphaZero's often being down in material - makes a change from how players evaluate options now and in opening repertoire.

Others are better qualified to discuss the accuracy of the analysis. I do want to point out some items.

The book is 415 pages long. A bit over a hundred pages of it goes into the history of computer chess and on how the AlphaZero idea was developed. There is an excellent introduction by Gary Kasparov. The rest of the book is made up of games or portions of games, mostly of AlphaZero vs. Stockfish 8, but also of quite a few games played by human masters that provide parallels to what AlphaZero concocted. The formats, type fonts, and layouts were very attractive.

I am not in the 2000+ rating category. Still, I enjoyed playing out games from the two matches on on-line data bases and watching the YouTube analyses by famous grandmasters. I had some favorite games and hoped to see most or all of them reasonably annotated in this book.

While I enjoy the book as it is, its real purpose is to pluck out the segments of games where AlphaZero does something special. The authors have chapters based on themes, like "Piece mobility: activity" with a set of games and portions of games therein. Complete games can be rather lightly annotated in their openings and endgames but more intensely viewed in the early middle game.

My biggest annoyance is that there are no unique identifiers of games. They all get a title like "AlphaZero Stockfish 8 London 2018", followed by 1. d4 etc.. Thus there is no index of games in the back of the book. The on-line data bases have some ad hoc layout, like a page for 2018 games and a listing like (my invention) "023. W: AlphaZero B: Stockfish 8 Queen's Indian Defense 165 moves [Many games did go over 100 moves.] 1-0". I don't see why the organizers of the event couldn't have come up with an official listing, like Match # - Game # for all these games. If I want to compare an analysis in the book with one from outside material, I have to flip through the book to see if I can find a matching diagram or not.

Nevertheless, the writing is good, the paperback book is well made, and the ideas are the freshest around.
Mortal
Mortal
What a great movie! I love the way this was approached. It's a bit of a darker and more realistic sort of "origin story". But it's not so clear where it's going, which is great. And it isn't in a rush to get to action. Instead, the supernatural parts seemed timely and appropriate and intriguing in the sense that the viewer isn't clear on what the character is capable of. I want to say so much but don't want to give it away. I'm really glad it was done in Norway and in Norwegian for much of it, for the sake of authenticity. It really does feel very authentic and organic for the genre, instead of being campy, cheesy, or cheap.

I hope there is a sequel! I want to learn more about the character. The story does such a great job of keeping us guessing at the true nature of the main character. And just when we think we've worked it out, we're surprised. And I really want to understand his visions and how Yggdrasil (the big tree) plays into everything. I have my guesses of course but I'm so excited to see how the character develops, what he becomes, and how the world and specifically the Norwegian community reacts to him. There are hints at the end that could really play out in a sequel.
Pigeon by Stovekraft 12091 Favourite Aluminium Induction Base Pressure Cooker with Inner Lid, 3 Litres, Silver
Pigeon by Stovekraft 12091 Favourite Aluminium Induction Base Pressure Cooker with Inner Lid, 3 Litres, Silver
So we ordered this because of the Pigeon brand and nothing else.

The cooker looked like it wasnt an A grade product. There were scratches on the body and it didn't feel like a brand new cooker. Not sure how these are getting sold or may be pigeon dosent care about the look and feel of the cooker at this cheap price point.

The cooker is good for cooking for one person only, when we cook for 2 people it's not uncommon to see the contents coming out from whistle.
Venco Licorice Topdrop - Lote de 4 rollos de papel
Venco Licorice Topdrop - Lote de 4 rollos de papel
I bought these because I thought they would taste the same as another product Venco makes, Tikkels, which are just about impossible to find. But these are much tougher in texture and make you worry about your dental fillings.
Kuhbonbon Crema De Regaliz Caramelo 200 g
Kuhbonbon Crema De Regaliz Caramelo 200 g
Sehr weich und nicht zu salzig. Wie das Original lassen die sich kauen wie Toffees was mal auch sehr angenehm ist. Auch das kleben an den Zähnen ist sehr gering. Auch das sie nicht zu salzig sind finde ich gut, Lakritz die man weghaschen kann.

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