Josie Smith

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JavaScript: The Good Parts
JavaScript: The Good Parts
JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 669 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Bases de Datos con MySQL (Spanish Edition)
Bases de Datos con MySQL (Spanish Edition)
Bases de Datos con MySQL (Spanish Edition) by Ángel Arias. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Immortal Heights
The Immortal Heights
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas, Philip Battley, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 56 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Crystal Age
A Crystal Age
A Crystal Age by W.H. Hudson. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The White Cottage Mystery
The White Cottage Mystery
The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 177 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2 by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 9412 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Things We Leave Behind
The Things We Leave Behind
The Things We Leave Behind by Tanya Anne Crosby. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 576 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
All Things Cease to Appear: A novel
All Things Cease to Appear: A novel
All Things Cease to Appear: A novel by Elizabeth Brundage. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 357 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Second Chance: A Novel (Steel, Danielle)
Second Chance: A Novel (Steel, Danielle)
Second Chance: A Novel (Steel, Danielle) by Danielle Steel. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 204 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
La Granja (Punto de Lectura) (Spanish Edition)
La Granja (Punto de Lectura) (Spanish Edition)
La Granja (Punto de Lectura) (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham and Maria Antonia Menini. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Guns (Kindle Single)
Guns (Kindle Single)
Guns (Kindle Single) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 2656 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Full Throttle: Stories
Full Throttle: Stories
Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 416 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower
The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower
The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2427 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Arduino: Mastering Basic Arduino: The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Arduino (Arduino 101, Arduino sketches, Complete beginners guide, Programming, Raspberry Pi 3, xml, c++, Ruby, html, php, Robots)
Arduino: Mastering Basic Arduino: The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Arduino (Arduino 101, Arduino sketches, Complete beginners guide, Programming, Raspberry Pi 3, xml, c++, Ruby, html, php, Robots)
Arduino: Mastering Basic Arduino: The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Arduino (Arduino 101, Arduino sketches, Complete beginners guide, Programming, Raspberry Pi 3, xml, c++, Ruby, html, php, Robots) by Steve Gold. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 42 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide by Arthur Martensson. Rated 1.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
El Tao de Warren Buffett: La sabiduría de un genio (Spanish Edition)
El Tao de Warren Buffett: La sabiduría de un genio (Spanish Edition)
Un libro entretenido. Didáctico y va al grano del asunto. En resumen, este libro está escrito desde el punto de vista de dos personas cercanas a Warren Buffet. El contenido es simple, cuenta anécdotas prácticas de Warren, junto con consejos del mismo que son bastante buenos. En resumen, este libro habla de cómo usar el sentido común, cosa que es la clave en el mundo de la “bolsa”, pero que el 90% de las personas pasan por alto, y por eso quiebran sus cuentas... me ha parecido un buen libro, no es la panacea, pero es bastante interesante, siendo sincero recomiendo su compra.
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.
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
I like both Buffettology and Buffettology II as books I can go back, skim through, and find straightforward ways of examining the worth of stocks. I give it 5 stars as being excellent for steering you to good investments. But don't assume every other method and every investor is as stupid as the book claims: it will lead you to value this book's opinion alone too much.

In Buffettology II, I'm sure many novice investors come away with the idea that EVERY major investor is an idiot and that through Warren-like value-investing methods you will have a tremendous advantage on the rest of the market. They also treat long-understood investing phenomena, like a long-lasting competitive advantage, as if it's only being revealed to the world through this book. For example: "...we'll let you in on one of Warren's best kept secrets. He figured out that some, but not all, companies have what he calls a "durable competitive advantage."" HE figured out? Ben Graham and Phil Fisher were writing books about it while Warren was just getting out of college. Phil Fisher's "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits," published in 1958, goes to great length explaining the situations to look for in which a company has such an advantage.

I'm glad such a thing is discussed in the book while at the same time I'm outraged the authors LIE to me to make the book look more unique and valuable. EVERY chapter includes some kind of thing like that which makes you wonder at the authors' motives.

Why do they need to lie and exaggerate if they're really providing the best way for the average person to evaluate stocks without going through the whole, formal, "asset value, earnings power value, growth value" math calculations required by advanced methods as per Greenwald, et al's "Value Investing"?
The Future of Omni-Channel Retail: Predictions in the Age of Amazon
The Future of Omni-Channel Retail: Predictions in the Age of Amazon
I've been a big fan of Lionel Binnie since first meeting him at the National Shopping Mall leasing convention in Las Vegas, way back in 1989. We were competitors, but he always had good advice and was helpful to me and my career. Then in 2001 he hired me to help roll out products in a big national retail account with airport stores throughout the US and Canada. After that we expanded to National Parks, Sports Stadiums and highway travel plazas. These are the busiest retail locations in the country. Although Lionel's company was focused on shopping malls for many years, he had the foresight to search out better revenue streams at the right moment.
It was a pleasure to work with Lionel for exactly the same reason this book is a must read for those in the industry. Whether speaking with me, or with the VP of Retail for HMS Host in meetings we attended, Lionel was always direct, matter of fact and strictly to the point. I and those we met with always admired that about him and trusted him for his honest, knowledgeable opinion.
This book also offers hope for those of us whom love retail and the customer interactions that follow. He explores categories where brick and mortar stores can still flourish despite the plenteous of online retailing.
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
As a resident of Downtown Las Vegas at the time, I think Aimee Groth's book tells the story pretty accurately. While it's written from her first person perspective, she seems to offer an objective view of the dysfunction that led to so many people losing faith in Tony and the Downtown Project. I know that Tony and Zappos are criticizing the book for "inaccuracies," but if they spent time looking at the deeper issues the book exposes, maybe they would never have suffered the loss of support and negative publicity in the first place? Besides, it's hard to claim the book is inaccurate when you can tell by the lengthy end notes that she really knew what was going on inside and documented every conversation. Overall, really well written and a fun read!
Elon Musk: The Biography Of A Modern Day Renaissance Man (Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX, Elon Musk Biography, Musk book, Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk Autobiography, Elon Musk Lessons)
Elon Musk: The Biography Of A Modern Day Renaissance Man (Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX, Elon Musk Biography, Musk book, Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk Autobiography, Elon Musk Lessons)
What is the difference between Google search results on Elon Musk name and this book? Google search results are free. The material in the book is not directly copied from Wikipedia but is written in a similar reference-style way. The book has no special insight or warmth to make it more special than reading random search results. 1/3 of the book is not about Elon Musk but promotional materials about the author's other books, which includes chapters from other books making this book appear longer than it is.

The best chapter of the book was not written by the author but is the transcript of the Elon Musk commencement address at Cal tech (which, by the way, you can also watch on YouTube for free).

Ali Julia review
Richard Branson Failure and Success: The history of a Billionaire
Richard Branson Failure and Success: The history of a Billionaire
If you're expecting insight, research or even food for thought - then step away from that purchase button now. I didn't look closely before buying,nor did I read the previous review for this "product". For my couple of quid, I purchased something that had a picture of Richard Branson on the front (trying to suggest that this is either written by him, or is an official product in some way.) What it actually is, is little more than a partial rewrite of the Branson Wikipedia entry. When a previous reviewer described this as being "more like a pamphlet", they were being overly generous. The Wikipedia entry takes longer to read. If you're still interested in buying then let me confirm - the 31 kindle pages specified on the product page is a genuine number. After reading this (which took all of twenty minutes) I honestly feel that it was a total waste of my money.

If you're seriously interested in learning more about the man, his life, and his history in business - then I'd suggest reading his autobiography here Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography or here Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepeneur.

If, after reading this review you're still considering buying this - well, caveat emptor. Read the Wikipedia page. Then carry on and buy this if you like. And stand by for a strange sense of deja-vu.
Trump 2020 Hat - Keep America Great 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
Trump 2020 Hat - Keep America Great 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
I read the questions and answers and it said “made in China”. I also ordered a Camp one from Allorry and it had no inside label at all but the questions and answers said it was 100% made in U.S. and the description also said “Made in the United States”. I gave this Red one 3 stars only because it was made in China otherwise it’s nice looking and made well. But I suggest people go look at the ones Allorry has. They have 8 different one and 2 others that come with Trump socks.
Dear Donald Trump
Dear Donald Trump
In today’s’ age, the topic of building a wall is hot on the radar of many adults. It is hard to turn on the television, look at the newspaper, or even hop on social media without running into any mention or reference to the political turmoil that is going.

As the political sides debate the future of the borders of our country, it is only natural that our children and students begin to pick up on bits and pieces of the conversation. Through the hearing of adults and leaders of our country speak, children have begun to emulate and form their opinions on the topic as well.

Dear Mr. President, by Sophie Siers, is a new picture book that highlights a child’s perspective on the topic of building a wall. The little boy is named Sam, and he feels that building a wall may be an answer to his problem as well. Sam is struggling with having to share his bedroom with his older brother.

Through a series of letters to the President of the United States, Sam highlights his beliefs in how a wall can separate himself from the problems that are constantly being caused by his brother.

It is through the love and encouragement of the boys' parents that the siblings slowly find ways to talk out their issues and begin to show more respect towards each other. Eventually, the kindness returns between the brothers and they agree to both make the necessary changes to better live together in peace.

I appreciate how the book, Dear Mr. President, took on a heated and charged issue in our country and wrote a story in a manner that kids can understand.

The book helps kids realize the emotions behind the issue and it gives kids a relatable issue that they all can understand within their lives. I love how both boys grew and changed for the better through the experience.
Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle
Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle
For many of George Washington's biographers, the years between the end of Washington's presidency and his death are glossed over and seen as one of the least interesting times in the life of the great man. Author and former presidential speechwriter Jonathan Horn disagrees. He has devoted an entire volume to the last three years of Washington's life. In his 2020 book Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle, Horn picks up where many books about Washington leave off: the inauguration of John Adams, and more importantly, Washington's exit from the political stage and into what Washington had hoped would be a happy and relaxing retirement.

As Horn points out, when one is as iconic and legendary as George Washington was, retirement was easier said than done. Although the revolution had been over for more than a decade, the times were still precarious. As much as we may think that politics are polarized today, things weren't all that different in the years following Washington's exit from the presidency. Political divisions continued between the Federalists led by Alexander Hamilton and the Republicans (also known in what now seems like schizophrenic terminology as Democrats) led by Thomas Jefferson. John Adams, though technically and ideologically a Federalist, faced disloyalty from his cabinet, and was despised by his both fellow Federalist Hamilton and his former friend Jefferson, as he tried to steer a middle course between those who wanted an alliance with France and those who wanted war with their former ally.

Horn provides wonderful insight into Washington's character: opinionated, but at the same time very reserved. Others were always trying to bring him into disputes and add his gravitas to their side, some like Hamilton more successfully than others. When John Adams decided to beef up the army in the midst of the "quasi-war", he reluctantly concluded that Washington must be its leader, and Horn tells the story of the behind-the-scenes battle to determine who would become the army's second in command (and de facto leader) the experienced Henry Knox, or the ambitious Hamilton. He also offers gives the reader a picture of who the others in Washington's household at Mount Vernon were: the dutiful, wise and likeable former first lady Martha Custis Washington, their grandchildren Eleanor Parke Custis (Nelly) and the unambitious George Washington Parke Custis (Wash), his troubled secretary Tobias Lear, and Eliza Powell, a favourite correspondent of Washington's, who liked to tease him in her letters.

One of the most interesting parts of the book is Horn's account of Washington's sudden and unexpected death, and especially the primitive medical practices that were used to try to "heal" Washington, including bleeding him of about five pints of blood. Even after Washington had passed away, one doctor claimed that a warm bath and an transfusion of lamb's blood might bring Washington back to life.

This is a well researched and well written account of an overlooked period in the life of Washington, followed by an account of how the city that bore his name developed after his passing. Horn has a good style of writing, with vivid descriptions of events, giving the reader a strong sense of the mood of the times and the personalities of the players. He does so thoroughly, but without unnecessary verbiage, managing to give a complete picture of Washington's final years in just 225 pages. Even the hard to please first president would approve of what Horn has accomplished in this work.
AIMS 5000 Watt 24 Volt Power Inverter
AIMS 5000 Watt 24 Volt Power Inverter
I've been using this for about two weeks. I had returned an Energizer 4000 watt that was having trouble. This inverter is proving to be well worth the money. I have ran the washing machine, side by side fridge, 1100 watt microwave, Oster's largest oven, 5 gal. shop vac, drip coffee pot, large screen TV and entertainment center, sodium vapor security lights, ceiling fans with CF bulbs, hair dryer, windows AC unit, and my 220v 1hp sta-rite well pump (converted to 110v). As much as it will run, it won't power my Kuerig coffee pot. The pot won't even turn on with the inverter. I have one 4' florescent that lights dimly with it and one sodium vapor light that won't come on with it. Thats to be expected since there are some things that won't work right with a modified sine wave inverter. My computer is connected to a pure sine wave UPS so the UPS does not like the inverter. I have ran several things at once and my fridge pretty much stays on it as well as one security light and overhead fans. Update: 08-22-2015 Tech support gave me a few suggestions to try concerning the coffee pot not working. That didn't work and they could not explain why it wouldn't work. Since the overhead fans whine and some lights won't work, I've decided to go with the AIMS pure sine wave. After all being said, this inverter is a very good one if you don't mind modified sine wave.
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
Overall, I was pretty impressed with this little system. It certainly has it's limits professionally but could be great for certain situations where you didn't have access to power. Like for instance, playing a grave side ceremony for a member of a motorcycle gang who passed on (yes, I've actually done this gig!). Or a remote, small wedding ceremony where there's no electricity and the bride and groom get married while sitting on their horses (yep, been there, done that!). 😂However, I returned it based on the virtual mixer limitations. First however, I WILL say the degree of eq shaping in the virtual mixer used via smartphone or tablet is PHENOMENAL! But.... and unfortunately, here is where the wheels came of for me as a professional entertainer: The reverbs are barely useable if not over applied. The delay is unacceptable because there is no tap tempo and there is not enough parameter of speed control. AND... there is no adjustment for the number of repeats. Delay ads energy to vocals and can lend a percussive accent to acoustic/electric guitar so is a great asset to a soloist like myself. BUT it generally needs to be applied at the tempo of the song your playing OR at a pretty fast speed to give that Elvis/John Lennon style slapback sound to your vocal. This delay speed (tempo) can't be adjusted to a fast enough repeat for that. Could you add an external effect unit and or mixer with built in effects? Yes, but that would require a power source, extra cables and more setup time which would defeat the purpose of a standalone, self powered unit like this was designed to be. If you don't need or care about having quality effects, this is otherwise a decent little self powered PA. Lots of volume for its size and seems sturdy.
Buckle-Down Men's Kills Deadpool Again Riding Unicorn, Multicolor, Standard Size
Buckle-Down Men's Kills Deadpool Again Riding Unicorn, Multicolor, Standard Size
When someone has an ancient wallet and you notice this gem, when you perfectly know that the person really loves the character on it, and you give it to them... they can't stop appreciating you. This wallet brought on a bunch of joy and a lot of fun words, along with staring at the wallet for good memories. It smells good, it looks good and it comes with a band. At first it will be kinda hard to fit things in, but then it will all go over smoothly. Thanks for making a unique and fun product!!! :D :) :>
There Goes My Baby
There Goes My Baby
This one is yet another keeper in Usher's library. In my opinion, each single has gotten stronger and stronger.

'Papers' was OK I guess, 'Hey Daddy' was good and 'There Goes My Baby' is even better.

The last slow jam I was feeling by Usher was 'Here I Stand'.

This song's tempo is a bit faster than that song, but it's still a slow jam.

Usher did a good job with this song. I love it.

The verses are fun and for once, the chorus is tight without being annoying after hearing it a lot.

4 stars or an 8/10.
Dragon Tears
Dragon Tears
Loved this book! In my journey to read all of Dean Koontz's books this was a surprise. Reading in no particular order I conquered 26 books so far. The characters were interesting in this book. Warning spoiler alert!! Bryan, I found his character be a fascinating sociopath. His scene with the blue eyeballs was so bazaar and insane it took me back a step. The whole scene played vivid pictures in my mind and in color riveted, disgusting and terrorizing me at the same time. Who are you really, Dean Koontz? How do you imagine and write about such perversions? However you do this magic don't stop the madness, please. Bryan's insanity mixed with supernatural powers was one your best characters I think. Don't let the title fool you, readers it a true to the end Koontz book. Thank you Mr. Koontz for another fantastic book.
The Search
The Search
The Search is still my all-time favorite novel by this author. I read it at least once a year. And if you are a dog lover – this is a BOOK I would recommend you to read!!

I should start by mentioning that I always wanted a dog, but unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet. But every time I read this book, my desire of wanting a dog goes through the roof. Just be warned – lol!

Fiona Bristow, dog trainer extraordinaire, who survived a kidnapping years ago, finally lives a peaceful and content life on Orca island north of Seattle. She is a kick ass heroine, busy training dogs and with this I-can-do-it-myself attitude but also has a good head on her shoulders.

Simon, a grumpy, taciturn, and blunt hunk of a wood artist, and new owner of an energetic puppy, is in dire need of help – which Fiona can provide. They meet under not the best circumstances. Simon’s puppy just ate the head rest in his new truck and all he wants is HELP or one of her dogs in exchange for his misbehaving puppy!!!

When Fiona, an independent and strong female collides with Simon, socially stunted and cynical it gets quickly interesting. Even so they are different in disposition it’s surprising how well they compliment each other. And that’s mostly because both respect boundaries, and each other’s way of living. Although neither expected this kind of change in status quo, Fiona is game, whereas Simon is the one that takes a little longer to accept what’s happening.

The relationship between them starts slowly, Jaw the puppy is the glue that brings them together, but their individual personalities is what draws them closer. I love the slow burn, and love how their relationship grows with mutual interest, attraction but also moves along naturally.

The book had a whole cast of interesting secondary characters, human and canine. The search and rescue portion of the book was incredibly detailed and full of fascinating information. It’s one aspect that always stands out in a NR novel – the details and deeply researched topics.

I believe this book would be a perfect and enjoyable read for any dog-lover and owner.
The Key-Lock Man: A Novel
The Key-Lock Man: A Novel
I read constantly, but had never read a Louie L'Amour book (or any Western novel) until I was given Keylock Man by my father-in-law. Tore was a gun-runner for the Finnish Underground in WW II, among other amazing things, so when he gave me this book as a gift, I figured I better at least scan it that night before going to sleep.
Big mistake! The book grabbed me from the first sentence, and I could not go to sleep until I had read it all the way through. It was rivetting.
Now, you have to understand that my first college degree was in English, so I have read ALL of the "classics" and most of the almost classics. And, like most of my fellow students, I generally detested them because most were just plain boring. L'Amour books have a better plot, interesting characters, and are just plain written better. They move you right along so you can't put them down.
Keylock Man is my favorite L'Amour book. Keelock is an honorable, honest man who is must rely on his own toughness, wits, cunning, and skills to stay ahead of a posse who is, for the most part, comprised of good men who do not themselves realize that their task is unjust. He does not want to hurt them, he simply wants to be left alone. Although unjustly persecuted, he shows remarkable restraint, and the posse members begin to waiver as they begin to realize that the Keylock Man is not acting like they think he will. In some ways, the interactions of the posse over the time of the chase remind me of the classic movie "12 Good Men," as the facts they discover force them to confront their own preconceptions.
Now, some people, including me until I had read this book, think that Westerns in general are trash novels, or L'Amour books are not good literature because they are enjoyable to read. But that's what the self-appointed critics said of Mozart, Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville (remember Moby Dick) when they were alive, and all three died penniless. Now they are seen as some of the greatest masters of their craft.
So the question is, do you want to miss out because you're trying to be as big a snob as some self-appointed expert, or do you want to experience a rivetting, entertaining, enjoyable reading experience?
Just be warned--if you're brave enough to buy this book, you'll soon be buying all of L'Amour's books. But you won't regret it.
The Daffodil Mystery
The Daffodil Mystery
This was a $4 book I downloaded on my Kindle. I remembered watching Edgar Wallace movies in Germany back in the 70s where they are very popular. To be honest, I didn't really expect much, but was pleasantly surprised.

The book seems to be set at around the turn of the century in London and Hertfordshire. A young lady working as a chashier for a rich spoilt heir turns down his advances and loses her job over it. The heir is taking the rejection very badly and swears revenge. He tries to frame her for theft but is stopped by his cousin, a sleuth who has returned from an extended sojourn in China. He is accompanied by his trusted Chinese sidekick, and both men are famous in China for hunting down dangerous criminals.. The story really starts when the heir is found murdered in a park, with daffodils on his chest. The young girl disappears and is an immediate suspect. The sleuth is falling in love with her and while chasing the murderer, also tries to exonerate the girl.

The story is fast-paced with some surprising twists, well written and great to read. One note of caution: the book was written in the 1920s and the references to China and the Chinese are interesting, to say the least. To be fair, Edgar Wallace described the English in as stereotypical way as the Chinese, and I would not let this put me off from enjoying a great period piece.

By the way, check out Edgar Wallace's life story on Wikipedia, really worth a read!
The Big Kill (Mike Hammer Book 5)
The Big Kill (Mike Hammer Book 5)
"The Big Kill" is the fifth Mike Hammer novel and in it Spillane returns to a smaller scale story than Hammer's battle against the Communist Party which was featured in "One Lonely Night," the fourth book. Hammer is having a drink on a rundown ginmill when a character with a bundle drops in.

Spillane describes this joint with incredible prose; "The place reeked of stale beer and soggy men with enough cheap perfume thrown in to make you sick. Two drunks with a nickel between them were arguing over what to play on the jukebox until a tomato in a dress that was too tight a year ago pushed the key that started off something noisy and hot. One of the drunks wanted to dance and she gave him a shove. So he danced with the other drunk." Wow! Spillane tells a whole story about a place in just a few sentences and his writing is as hardboiled as it can get.

The bundle turns out to be a one-year old and, after dropping off the bundle, the guy runs outside and is gunned down. Hammer is angry that someone went and left this kid an orphan and took the kid into his custody to be cared for by the retired nurse who lives downstairs. Meanwhile, Hammer tracks down the web of bad guys who contributed to the infant's father being shot down. As in the previous novels, you wonder how Hammer ever makes a living without a paying client, but he's busy being like a superhero fighting for truth and justice, not just earning a buck and not just doing what he's supposed to. "There's plenty who need killing bad and if I'm electing myself to do the job, you shouldn't kick."

This novel features the kind if sudden and devastating action Spillane is famous for: "My hand kept squeezing the trigger until there were only the flat echoes of the blasts that were drowned out by the noise of the Carr's exhaust and the futile gesture as the gun held opened, empty."

It barely features Hammer's new fiancé, Velda, who is sent off on a business trip while Hammer stays in town and beds the luscious babes that he comes across. For instance, "Ellen was beautiful as only a mature woman could be beautiful. She was lustful as only a mature woman could be lustful." He admits he is acting like a heel, but what of it.

With Spillane's incredible writing, you can't go wrong. However, this story is a bit more disjointed than some of the earlier Hammers.

The book repeats a number of themes found in the earlier Hammer novels such as Hammer's ongoing confrontations with the DA who wants to finally put Hammer behind bars, Pat's telling Hammer again that he can't always back Hammer's play, and the many tentacles of evil that Hammer does battle with.
A Family Guide To Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia
A Family Guide To Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia
I'm just getting started with this. This is not something to do as a "quick read"! In order to get the full depth, it must be done very deliberately, & a little at a time in order to digest the amazing beauty that this Guide illuminates of Lewis' Narnia series. I highly recommend reading this "Guide" together with each Narnia book to obtain the awesome riches hidden there.
I never recall reading this incredible series, so my method will to be to read one book (in order), then read & study the accompanying Truth as expounded by Ditchfield. He has a brief, but DEEP study of each book, chapter by chapter. In that way I will work my way through this amazing challenge to learn so much more of the countless gems hidden in God's Word, & as presented in the unique way of CS Lewis, along with the "Study Guide" presented by Chrisin Ditchfield.
A must-have for any serious student of God's Word!
5-B Poppy Lane (A Cedar Cove Novel)
5-B Poppy Lane (A Cedar Cove Novel)
I often read aloud with my husband; it's like watching a Hallmark movie, but we can talk and laugh without missing any of the dialogue.

This book by one of our go-to authors did not disappoint. The Cedar Cove setting was familiar and the story line took an interesting turn with historical significance. The sub-characters kept the story going along and provided a couple bumps along the way to the main character.

The WWII sub-plot was so interesting and left us reflecting on how that and other life stories were left for the telling.
The Forgotten (John Puller Book 2)
The Forgotten (John Puller Book 2)
I am new to David Baldacci's fan club. I've read all of John McDonald's Travis McGee and other books, John Sanford's "Prey" series, James Patterson's Alex Cross books, Tony Hillerman, Navada Barr, Sue Grafton; and, JA Jance's Johanna Brady and JP Beaumont books, etc., and was given Baldacci's The Forgotten.

Wow, from the first page I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Quite a thrill ride, with enough surprises, complexities, character development and overall fulfillment of giving a great story that I can't believe I hadn't picked up on this really good author. Before I even finished The Forgotten, I loaded my Kindle up with most of Baldacci's books in the John Puller series, and the first of two other primary characters. But, I had to begin with Zero Day, the first John Puller character book, which I also finished nearly non-stop, page turning. The Forgotten had several references to a previous assignment or previous work experience in West Virginia, that I had to read Zero Day. Just as good, just as fast, development of numerous characters and enough mystery that it kept me working hard to try and figure out what was the primary issue driving the all the intrigue. I like the current mystery writers that give the reader lots of clues to "help" us solve the crime, but keep us working to near the end. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, that without your brilliant, over-the-top, genius knowledge of chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, medicine, etc., you don't have a chance to solve the crime until Sherlock drops the bomb in you lap.

Baldacci's success had eluded me and what a pleasant surprise that I have found several new worlds that he has created to explore. Thank you, David Baldacci.
The Efficiency Expert
The Efficiency Expert
I gave this four stars, but that was in the context of antique pulp fiction. In terms of literature, I’d probably give it a 2 1/2. I thoroughly enjoyed it, on it’s own terms. One criticism that I have of critics is that they frequently apply standards to works that they criticize which are inappropriate. I think that the artist’s purpose and methods of achieving that purpose ought to be relevant to the critic. For example, “The Lord of the Rings” is a unique and outstanding work of literature. It has since inspired a legion of imitations, all of which are inferior to the original. It is a seminal work of the highest quality. It would be correct to observe that the characterizations in the “Lord of the Rings” are weak. Does that lessen the importance of the work? Not at all. The standard is poorly chosen for that particular trilogy.
What Do You Think of That?: My Autobiography
What Do You Think of That?: My Autobiography
Bored with sports books and biographies? Me too. But this one is very different if you're interested in Ireland. Kieran Donaghy writes with breathtaking honesty about his life--a very imperfect life, an impossible father, and the pressurised world of Irish sport. Through it all, he emerges as fully human, not the sports icon that most books like this purport the author to be. An authentic look at an Irish life and the best sports book I've read in so very long.
One Step from Earth
One Step from Earth
Science fiction is a fertile ground for thematic anthologies, though they usually are organized by an editor with an idea who invites submissions from a collection of authors. In this case, the work is all Harry's and he posits a simple idea. Suppose you could build a matter transmitter? A black-seeming screen that you could step through like a doorway and emerge, without the passage of time, across the room -- or the planet -- or the galaxy. What could you do with such a device? What would aggressive governments do with it? What would be the popular reaction? The long-range consequences? Imagine a future in which an engineer working on a space station orbiting Saturn can commute home to San Diego every night. Imagine interstellar exploration in which you could step through from Earth to a robotic ship that has been traveling at near relativistic velocities for decades, check for habitable planets, then step back to Earth. There are all sorts of possibilities here and Harry makes excellent use of ten of them.

"In the Beginning" is the set-up, how the matter transmitter -- the MT or "transmatter" -- is invented and fails to be kept secret. "One Step from Earth" tells of its use to reach Mars and plant the first colony, which is much easier to manage when you're only a step from home base. "Pressure" is an Astounding-style tale of scientific exploration at the bottom of the Saturnian 20,000-mile-thick atmosphere. "No War, or Battle's Sound" moves us three thousand years or so into a future in which Earth is threaten by invasion via MT, and the style is almost Heinleinian. "Wife to the Lord" is a whimsically tongue-in-cheek yarn of the theological consequences of being the only person on a feudal planet with access to matter transmission. "Waiting Place" considers the use by civilized worlds of one-way matter transmission to rid themselves of criminals and other social undesirables. "The Life Preservers" takes on the problem of nearly instantaneous transmission of plagues and disease mutations between planets of disparate ecologies. "From Fanaticism, or for Reward" explores the use a political assassin might make of instantaneous matter-transmission in making his escape -- at least for awhile. "Heavy Duty" puts a contact specialist on a world that has been cut off for millennia from the rest of civilization, and considers the social price of re-establishing contact. And in the far, far future of "A Tale of the Ending" a man's home -- his very existence -- is incredibly diffuse, with each room or location he moves through being situated on, or beneath, a different world, all connected by Doors. How to you view the universe when every place in it is only a step from every other place? And what does such wide choice of location do to the natural human life-cycle? And how do you go about discovering where, among a near-infinity of worlds, Man started out? (Could we really once have been confined to a single planet -- as unnatural as that seems?)

Happily, Harry Harrison, while best known for his humorous adventures, is a lot deeper than that. All of these stories deal not just with speculative technology but with the effects of technology on people individually and on society collectively. (There are no alien life forms in this particular future, so the human angle is all there is.) Technology changes. People don't, not really. These stories are very well-written examples of the best sort of "what if" writing.
HOT SEAT: The Party Game That's All About You - Family Friendly Card Game for All Ages
HOT SEAT: The Party Game That's All About You - Family Friendly Card Game for All Ages
We played this game two weeks ago with friends. Our group is not the nicest when it comes to games like this, so this was perfect for our group. We made it one full round with seven people. Of course, one person kept racking up the points each turn (gosh Stephen!) so that made it go quick. But we had a blast playing. We've played truth bombs before, so this game's concept wasn't too foreign, but it was still new enough to us. There are enough cards in the box that we could play dozens of games and not repeat a round, unless we happened to get the same card with the same person and everyone decided on the same answers. But I have a feeling that even if that were the case, some inside jokes from previous rounds might come through, while most answers will be new. You can be as mean or as nice to the player in the hot seat as you like, just don't go too harsh (sorry Laurel). Overall it's a great game, the cards are a nice quality, what you would expect from the price. We didn't come across anything inappropriate, so I wouldn't mind playing with a younger teenager (we're all in our 20's) or even an older child, but each game depends on the moods and cleanliness of the players' minds! And we've only played a single round so who knows what cards we'll find! Thanks for the fun game!
Michael Kors Slim Runway - Reloj de tres manos.
Michael Kors Slim Runway - Reloj de tres manos.
So... after buying a really nice and classy/classic 37mm rose gold Timex with white leather band, i realized that what i really wanted in life was a boyfriend-style watch... and not and not just any boyfriend-style watch, but this gorgeous, classic, expensive-looking beauty from MK. I just kept on coming back to it, over and over, and then I price-stalked it only to find that Amazon has the best price by far! And, upon receiving it...

It did not disappoint! Although it was extremely large on me, which I wasn't at all expecting given that my wrists are larger-boned than most (I'm 5'10" and have a bigger frame in general). Still, there's a Michael Kors outlet 10min away, so I brought it there to have three links removed, which they were happy to do for free. They were also kind enough to verify the watch's authenticity upon my request (hey, at this low price point? You just never know... especially on Amazon!). I could have removed a 4th link, but I like it a bit loose... I'm also hoping that wearing it looser will reduce the wear of the rose gold plating. We'll see!

Anyway, ladies (and gentlemen, too!), bottom line is that i highly recommend you snatch up this watch while it's still being sold for under $100!! You will not regret it. And hey, if you have tiny wrists you can always get the mini version! Just buy it and enjoy it, as well as all the compliments!
El Puente Direct Lite Brite Magic visualización (estilo retro) Juguete
El Puente Direct Lite Brite Magic visualización (estilo retro) Juguete
It's fun, and works as advertised. But I am surprised for the bad decision of switching to a square pixel like pattern for the holes. Instead of the honeycomb. You only need to look at templates online to see the difference on how things look like. If you remake a toy. Would you want to give it every opportunity of success. I would readily gift this to our friends kids or buy a second one. Except for that terrible idea of doing away with the hexagon pattern. Hopefully someone reads this and makes a correction. And if you agree please vote this as helpful. I have not found a new version of this toy done "right".

UPDATE

I recently bought the new hexagon pattern version. The hexagon pattern is there. But the side detachable container with childproof cover is gone. There was only a plastic bag. No joke, the kiddos spread the pegs for the new lite bright all over the house. While the new one had few lost over almost 2 years since we bought it. Also the flexible pegs are gone too. I suspect the new ones resemble the 80s version more closely. But they are less bright. Plus the overall make is more flimsy too. The type of peg is not as important. The kick stand is too flimsy. And it is a cool feature to have dinner right. I feel sympathy for the toy designers. This may feel like filming the sequels for Star wars.
Vivo Y11 (Mineral Blue, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
Vivo Y11 (Mineral Blue, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
This is a review as a moderate user.
1. Agate red is stylish......
2. Battery life stands three days with moderate gaming of aproximate 1 hr per day (free fire) on low power mode.
3. Camera is ok for this price range.
4. Dispay is good.
5. Gaming performace is good when playing freefire in smooth and standard settings.
6. There are lots of feature in this phone like low power mode, ultra power saving mode, game mode, one hand mode, etc... Check YouTube videos for the features.
7. Finger print reader and face recognition is fast. I prefer finger print and turn off face recognition for saving battery life.
8. The best thing is, I bought this phone using amazon paylater for zero emi for three months.
HAUEA Air Purifier, A9 Desktop Air Cleaner with 4 Layers True HEPA Filter for Home Allergies Pets Hair Smoke in Bedroom Office, Odor Dust Eliminator with Night Light, Fragrance Sponge, 2/4/8H Timer (Black)
HAUEA Air Purifier, A9 Desktop Air Cleaner with 4 Layers True HEPA Filter for Home Allergies Pets Hair Smoke in Bedroom Office, Odor Dust Eliminator with Night Light, Fragrance Sponge, 2/4/8H Timer (Black)
So let me start off by saying that I didn't have high expectations for this air purifier but wanted to give it a try, because I needed a smaller unit for the bedroom. I have a very large air purifier that is annoyingly loud and doesn't seem to do it's job very well anymore. And since this purifier is so small, I didn't expect much at all. Boy, was I wrong! I was pleasantly surprised when I set it in my daughter's bedroom, where, unfortunately, our dog likes to pee every once in a while and the smell lingers even after cleaning the carpet. So, after I turned it on and then came back an hour later, the smell was gone!!! Her room smelled nice and fresh! I love it! It is quiet and does it's job very well!
It has three speed settings and a timer for 2, 4 or 8 hours. Very easy to use. Oh, and a nice bonus - a place where you can add essential oil to make you room smell even better)

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