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JavaScript for Beginners (Step-by-step)
JavaScript for Beginners (Step-by-step)
JavaScript for Beginners (Step-by-step) by QuanTech Publishing. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Essential Tools for Programmers: The Web Developer’s Toolkit, create your own web apps in the browser, import GitHub, Write your code in modern JavaScript, ... popular among programmers, online IDE
Essential Tools for Programmers: The Web Developer’s Toolkit, create your own web apps in the browser, import GitHub, Write your code in modern JavaScript, ... popular among programmers, online IDE
Essential Tools for Programmers: The Web Developer’s Toolkit, create your own web apps in the browser, import GitHub, Write your code in modern JavaScript, ... popular among programmers, online IDE by Poovaraga Moorthy Arunachalam. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Lo mejor de Oscar Wilde (Spanish Edition)
Lo mejor de Oscar Wilde (Spanish Edition)
Lo mejor de Oscar Wilde (Spanish Edition) by Oscar Wilde. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Das Testament: Roman (German Edition)
Das Testament: Roman (German Edition)
Das Testament: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham and K. Schatzhauser. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
THE GRISHAM HALL JINX
THE GRISHAM HALL JINX
THE GRISHAM HALL JINX by John Brook-Williams. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Pellican Brief
Pellican Brief
Pellican Brief by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone Aktywista
Theodore Boone Aktywista
Theodore Boone Aktywista by Grisham John. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Ultima sentenza
Ultima sentenza
Ultima sentenza by GRISHAM John -. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Shining
Shining
Shining by Stephen King, Julien Chatelet, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 148 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 102 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
You: A Story of Love and Friendship
You: A Story of Love and Friendship
You: A Story of Love and Friendship by Stephen Michael King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Programming Games with Java
Programming Games with Java
Programming Games with Java by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
The Python Library Reference: Release 3.6.4 - Book 1 of 2
The Python Library Reference: Release 3.6.4 - Book 1 of 2
The Python Library Reference: Release 3.6.4 - Book 1 of 2 by Guido van Rossum and Python Development Team. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Programming Php
Programming Php
Programming Php by Kevin Tatroe , Peter Macintyre, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 58 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Pro PHP Refactoring
Pro PHP Refactoring
Pro PHP Refactoring by Francesco Trucchia and Jacopo Romei. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Computer Programming for Beginners: The essential guide on Python with hand-on projects. Coding for beginners. Сonsecutive steps from the basic to the advanced level (Python for Beginners Book 4)
Computer Programming for Beginners: The essential guide on Python with hand-on projects. Coding for beginners. Сonsecutive steps from the basic to the advanced level (Python for Beginners Book 4)
Computer Programming for Beginners: The essential guide on Python with hand-on projects. Coding for beginners. Сonsecutive steps from the basic to the advanced level (Python for Beginners Book 4) by Tim Wired. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices by Jamie Allen. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Programming in Visual Basic.NET 2005
Programming in Visual Basic.NET 2005
Programming in Visual Basic.NET 2005 by Anita C. Millspaugh. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
How to Think Like Benjamin Graham and Invest Like Warren Buffett
How to Think Like Benjamin Graham and Invest Like Warren Buffett
Although the definitive popular book on Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett remains to be written, this excellent work is certainly the state-of-the-art in this area. For those who do not have the time or inclination to read the writings and speeches of these important investment thinkers, you get the key kernels of wisdom in action-oriented doses here. This is the first book I have read that gives the stock investor who wants to outperform the market averages a sense of what is involved in order to have a chance. The examples of how to apply these methods to companies like General Electric, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and internet retailers are very helpful. I thought this book was much more valuable in every way than Buffettology.
Both Graham and Buffett see buying stock as being the same as buying a whole company. The analytical methods involved are similar to those used by companies thinking about making an acquisition, except there is no need to consider what the joint operating benefits of the companies will be. The strength of this approach to stock investing is that if stock values for a company fall too low another company or group of cash-flow-oriented investors will acquire the whole company. In the long run, stocks should not fall too far below their intrinsic value (a Graham concept) as cash flow generators.
The book is organized into three sections. The first looks at whether the stock market is efficient or not. If it is, you cannot beat it. If it is not, you can beat it by investing where it is not efficient. The evidence here summarized estimates that the stock market is at least 20 percent inefficient and becoming more so. I am aware of a number of studies showing other kinds of inefficiency that Professor Cunningham does not cite. My own personal view is that the stock market is not very efficient at all, but is relatively predictable within a band of probability.
A particular strength of this section is in creating a summary of many of the arguments for stock market efficiency and inefficiency. Trust me. Unless you really love reading this kind of research (which I happen to), you will be better off reading the summaries here rather than the originals.
The second section discusses how to outperform the stock market. The best part of this section is an extremely well done parable about a man who wants to sell his apple tree. He is approached by many different types of potential purchasers, and they offer wildly varying prices. You get the interior logic of how each price is arrived at in a way that allows you to see the fundamental weaknesses and strengths of each approach. Nicely done!
The heart of this section emphasizes the familiar Graham and/or Buffett (their philosophies do not coincide, but rather partially overlap) concepts of sticking to what you know well, having a margin of safety, and doing your homework. I particularly liked the detailed description of how to determine where you have a knowledge edge that allows you to potentially have an advantage as a stock investor. The cautions against overestimating what you know are very well done.
The third section looks at the role of company management and boards of directors. It debunks a lot of the popular thinking about the importance of good governance. As Warren Buffett often emphasizes in his annual letters to shareholders, you should invest only with people you "like, trust, and admire." A CEO with a weakness (particularly a lack of integrity) can quickly tank your investment before you can do anything about it. Certainly, I have been sorry a number of times when I have not followed that rule. I certainly subscribe to it now. Every management will make mistakes. Only highly focused and capable ones will notice that they have and work on rectifying the errors rather than trying to explain why there really is no problem.
If you read this book carefully, it will convince you that outperforming the stock market is a pretty hard thing to do unless you have a great deal of knowledge about public companies and unusually good access to company managements. I think describing what needs to be done is the most eloquent argument that I have seen for why the average investor should be in indexed mutual funds for the stock portion of her or his portfolio. I suggest you already read John Bogle's Common Sense on Mutual Funds. I was pleased to see that this book raises an important question of valuation for when to commit to new purchases of indexed funds. People differ on this subject; but while the S&P 500's multiple is as high as sit is now and cash flow growth is so weak, many people may benefit from holding off or buying other indexes instead. Consider the small cap value indexes instead now, for instance.
I suspect that you can learn a lot by comparing your past stock investing with the patterns described here. Are you a great investor? Great investors have "independence of thought, . . . [and] utter and profound common sense . . . ." The challenge here is that "common sense is . . . it is so uncommon." On the other hand, "those who buy stocks outside their circle of competence are gamblers, speculators, or fools." Please wear the shoe that fits you.
The most accurate prediction of future stock market conditions is that they will fluctuate. Currently, the average stock varies by 50 percent in price each year. What method of stock investing will allow you to either ignore or best take advantage of that volatility? Be sure to consider your emotions at least as much as your intellect and available time in making this determination.
Get a great return on your time and on your investments!
The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 7)
The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 7)
If you’ve never read one of this author GREAT STATE books, then you’ll be in for a treat. Like the rest of the books in this series Alaska, California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas, this book is chuck of state trivia, trivia which runs the gamut from just being amazing to being weird or depressing, all of which makes this book quite interesting. But unlike these books, since Hawaii had once been a possession of the US, it had its own language, Hawaiian language words are scattered all through the pages of this book.

The author, Bill O’Neill, in this book has copied the same format he’s successfully used in the rest of the books in this series.

In each of the six chapters this book contains:
1- Hawaii’s History
2- Hawaii’s Pop Culture
3- Hawaii’s Attractions
4- Hawaii’s Inventions, Ideas and More
5- Hawaii’s Biggest Haunts, Supernatural and Other Weird Facts
6- Hawaii’s Sports
Mr. O’Neill begins each chapter by taking an item regarding its topic and gives his readers a brief, yet informative description of about it, this is followed by some random facts, which is then culminated by his giving some questions related to the information which the chapter has just given, naturally the answers are given as well.

While some of the facts in this book answer the question raised the questions the author wrote about in the description for the book; others might answers a question you might have wanted to know about for a long time:

• How did Hawaii get its name?
• Why is it called the Aloha State?
• Why was it once called “The Kingdom of Hawaii”?
• Which sport was invented in Hawaii?
• Which movies have been filmed in the state?
• What legends from the Hawaiian culture haunt the state?
• What’s Hawaii’s most famous unsolved mystery?

All in all, once again this book is a wonderful compendium of informational trivia, from the simplistic to the interesting to the amazing, trivia which should be quite interesting to anyone who reads it. So, in the end, with all things consider, for wanting to share the information he’s gathered with everyone who reads it, I’m happy to give Mr. O’Neill the 5 STARS he’s gotten from this reviewer.
Amazon CEO Letters ( 1997 - 2018 ) : CEO Letters & Biz Reports Book 6
Amazon CEO Letters ( 1997 - 2018 ) : CEO Letters & Biz Reports Book 6
“A huge thank you to each and every customer for allowing us to serve you, to our shareowners for your support, and to Amazonians everywhere for your ingenuity, your passion and your high standards.” ~ Jeff Bezos

Jony Dev has worked at Google, Facebook and Amazon. Now as a Chief Data Scientist he spends his time working for a Tech Start-up and writing interesting books. This is the only book I've read by him and it provides a lot of insight into the mind of Jeff Bezos as he created the largest Internet company in the world.

In this book you get to read over twenty annual letters by Jeff Bezos, which will get you up to speed on amazon history. Basically you will realize how amazon has evolved over time to the beloved site it is now.

What first struck me was how intellectual the letters were and yet they were very witty and lol funny in places. Jeff's charismatic personality definitely comes across well and this makes the letters very enjoyable to read. They can almost stand alone as a form of art without any explanation needed.

In the letters Jeff spends time explaining his point of view on allowing customers to post negative reviews. He discusses Alexa, Amazon Go, Amazon Books, Frustration-free packaging, marketplace, PRIME, quantitative analysis, skills-forward approaches, machine learning techniques, long-term thinking, FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon), Career Choice and Whole Foods. Every major thing amazon has done is spoken of reverently in these letters. It is however interesting that Jeff Bezos changed his mind about physical stores.

My favorite letter was the 2007 letter that talks about the Kindle. Besides PRIME, the Kindle is what has affected my personal life the most. I've downloaded and read thousands of books over the years. It is great to instantly get a book that you can start reading seconds from downloading. Many times the books I've downloaded have been in some way lifesaving as I've had to research health conditions. Reading on the Kindle has really become my most compelling passion. Kindle Unlimited is one of my favorite things ever as I can literally find books on nearly every topic I could wish to read about!

One thing about this book is the fact that each letter past 1997 has the 1997 letter repeated at the start of the new letter. I simply fast forwarded through it each time as reading it before each letter would have taken a lot of time. I was therefore able to finish the book in two days.

There are some things I wondered about in the past, like did amazon give tours of fulfillment centers? The answer is YES! The URL is given for more information. There is also a comment about Amazon Smile and how you can donate to the charity of your choice each time you shop.

This book is part amazon history lesson, part enthusiastic celebration of success. Every business owner and amazon customer should read this collection of letters to fully understand the “customer-obsessed culture” of amazon. Maybe the new tag line should be: “Delighting customers one PRIME shipment at a time!” For instant gratification has become a reality when shopping at amazon.

As someone who has purchased pillowcases from India, a battery operated candle from Malaysia and curtains made in China I can say amazon's commitment to global shopping is inspirational. You really can find anything your heart could wish for all in one place. In fact when I get a catalog in the mail, I just look up the items at amazon. And after an experience of going to four stores in one day with no luck finding a foot cream, I just came home and ordered it from amazon like I should have in the first place. I learn!

So I found this book inspirational and I feel anyone who loves amazon will be intrigued by these letters. In the words of Copywriter Robert Gibson: “The unknown requires relentless optimism.” Jeff Bezos' optimism and drive to please customers has made amazon my favorite website in the world. And I know millions of people agree that it is the best place to shop online. Jeff Bezos is leading us into the future of the Internet. I'm just wondering what fantastic thing will he think up next? :)

~The Rebecca Review

Reviewing this book is not an endorsement of any movies, shows, books or music mentioned in the book. I don't agree with everything amazon sells (who does?) but I'm grateful they have many Christian books going back centuries that I enjoy reading. I believe at amazon you have to make good choices about what you buy just like in any other store.
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.
Richard Branson: The Force Behind Virgin: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Successes of Sir Richard Branson: Billionaire Visionaries Series
Richard Branson: The Force Behind Virgin: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Successes of Sir Richard Branson: Billionaire Visionaries Series
When someone reads a book from Richard Branson, it is apparent that he is not a corporate business kind of guy. He is not boring his readers with cliches, empty slogans, and fashionable terms. He comes across down to earth, practical, funny. This book is trying to give us a brief introduction to the man behind Virgin, but it is a little disjointed; not a real biography, not a profound analysis. Weaved into this sketch are elements like "transformational leadership," "brand value," and "brilliant (corporate) structure." After finishing the book, the man remains a mystery. He may be a "Shark Tank" guy, who looks at a business (with a minimum of 30% yearly internal return), providing capital and the blessing of the Virgin brand to a company that has already shown sufficient survival skills. I also found the following brief description in the book "Business Brilliant" by Lewis Schiff: "...Virgin's simple formula is to steal a small, profitable piece of the market by offering better service at a lower cost and with a sense of style and fun."
The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade
The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade
The Insider is an addictive read, providing compelling insight into newspaper editing and the role tabloids play in politics and public relations. Intriguing enough just to revisit ten years of scoops and scandals, it is most interesting to see how liberally supposed news stories get 'splashed' recklessly over tabloid covers without serious substantiation or attempt at impartiality. It also gives character to the hitherto invisible journalists behind these vitriolic, hectoring papers - often foul-mouthed, hard-drinking egomaniacs it seems - and exposing the hypocrites and sycophants in the world of celebrity. The question you have to ask yourself while reading this is whether Piers Morgan is to be trusted. The world he appears to inhabit is the same slightly dubious reality that the tabloids reflect, and Morgan is a shameless name-dropper who enjoys boasting of his relationships with Diana and Tony Blair. He seems fit to burst with smug satisfaction at doing over his rivals and is quick to point out how clever he is. He likes to think that he was, as editor of a major tabloid, one of the most powerful people in public life and politics, depicting the government as pandering to his whims. I think he overstates the case, and is perhaps a little naive, but this is no less enjoyable a read for that.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular 20Th-century English Writers: Stephen Hawking, Margaret Thatcher, Kray Twins, Boy George, Richard Branson, Angela Lansbury, ... Christopher Hitchens, Jane Hawking, etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular 20Th-century English Writers: Stephen Hawking, Margaret Thatcher, Kray Twins, Boy George, Richard Branson, Angela Lansbury, ... Christopher Hitchens, Jane Hawking, etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular 20Th-century English Writers: Stephen Hawking, Margaret Thatcher, Kray Twins, Boy George, Richard Branson, Angela Lansbury, ... Christopher Hitchens, Jane Hawking, etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of the Billionaire Media Mogul and Philanthropist
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of the Billionaire Media Mogul and Philanthropist
This is the strangest book I've ever purchased...42 pgs
There are no pg #s, no author stated, no prefacing pgs for the publishing info, etc.
It jumps into the story in the 1st sentence. You do get facts, it reads nicely, it covers her life up until 2015 or so.
I read it in 45min. Interesting book to have & have read.
Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car
Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car
Most of us know Henry Ford as an automobile maker. But that wasn't his only accomplishment! Ford also revolutionized farming by finding new uses for soybeans--including a car that was "full of beans". This book is both interesting and educational, with lively, colorful illustrations. Highly recommend!
O's Little Guide to the Big Questions (O’s Little Books/Guides)
O's Little Guide to the Big Questions (O’s Little Books/Guides)
O's Little Guide to the Big Questions is an extremely well-curated collection of empowering non-fiction essays, short stories and quotes that have previously appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine. They cover topics such as life and death, religion and spirituality, loss and love, and finding happiness and fulfillment, in raw and evocative ways.

An eclectic mix of authors have contributed to this stunning book, each with their own unique voice and story to tell, creating a hugely varied collection of stories. Though they all work really well-together, complimenting each other in unexpected ways. Some are thought provoking, others are inspiring and yet others extremely moving in their brazen honesty, especially in those moments where the author shares a personal tragedy.

Yet despite the sheer variety of writers and subjects present within this little tome, each of the contributions felt hugely relatable. It's a testament to the incredible authors for turning their experiences into words that will not only make the reader think, but that also create a beautiful connection. This is especially admirable considering the short length of most of the stories; each word and each sentence carefully selected to leave a powerful impact upon their recipient.

It is impossible to pick a favourite from all of these beautiful contributors as I loved each one for different reasons and there wasn't a single one I did not feel some sort of a connection with. However, there are some sentences throughout that were particularly memorable to me, including:

"You can't discount how hard it'll be to leave your bad marriage or stop writing your bad book, but if you're unhappy, nothing can get better as long as the status quo stays the status quo." – Walk Away by Elissa Schappell

"The art of being helpful is behaving as if everything we do matters – because we never know which things might." – Helpfulness by Gloria Steinem

"Once I stopped wasting energy on things I didn't want to do, I suddenly had head space for all the things I used to say I didn't have time for." – Give Yourself a Happiness Raise by Margarita Bertsos

Even on their own, disconnected from their respective stories, these quotes leave a powerful impact. Needless to say the full essays and shorts they're taken from are even more excellent and will most definitely provide plenty of inspiring food for thought.

The big questions discussed within this book aren't things that feel beyond comprehension for the average person, such as 'What truly happened to the dinosaurs?' or 'How much time do we have left on earth?'. Instead they're far more important questions for you as an individual that force you to think and ask yourself: 'What do I believe in?', 'What is truly important in my life?' and 'What makes me happy?

These are questions that are perhaps difficult – almost impossible – to answer, but this beautiful little book filled with inspiration and wisdom will provide some guidance to empower you and help you on this never-ending journey.
Keep America Great Hat Donald Trump Slogan Cap Adjustable Baseball Hat Trump 2020 Campaign Cap Embroidered USA Hat
Keep America Great Hat Donald Trump Slogan Cap Adjustable Baseball Hat Trump 2020 Campaign Cap Embroidered USA Hat
I bought this hat for my husband after seeming one like it on a customer at the outdoor store. My husband fell in love with it immediately and wanted one. I got my phone out and ordered right on the spot. When it arrived, my husband was thrilled and started wearing everywhere he goes. This has been quite a conversation starter where ever he goes. The quality is superior for the modest price. Quite a find. Thanks Amazon!
Larry Page
Larry Page
Larry Page by Kalyani Mookherji. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
Louis Armstrong Vol IV with Earl Hines
Louis Armstrong Vol IV with Earl Hines
If some curious alien woman from visited earth and asked "what is jazz?" I would have 2 answers. The first was Louis' direct response to that question: "Lady, if you've got to ask, you ain't never gonna know." The second would be to play this.

These sessions from 80 years ago have been on so many favorites lists that I'm afraid people shy away from this music, just because someone told them they are supposed to like it. If you think anything from 1928 is inherently "moldy fig", if you feel this music has been institutionalized to death, think that Armstrong was an Uncle Tom, think that "Dixieland jazz" is music for shallow old fart tourists, or, especially, if you've never heard these tracks, clear your mind, try to take the perspective of a curious visitor from another planet, kick back with whatever flows best through your bloodstream, and ENJOY!

No track is long enough to bore you, and this collection will blow you away once you let it. If you want this for easy listening background music, it can do that, too. The chord changes won't startle your grandmother (unlike lots of my other favorite music) and your parents won't tell you to turn down the volume either.

My favorite tracks include "West End Blues" with a very tricky but logical trumpet intro, "Chicago Breakdown" with a very disciplined band with solo breaks aplenty, "Tight Like That", the half-spoken vocal in "That's When I'll Come Back to You", "Muggles" (which was 1920s slang for marijuana), and especially the duet "Weather
Bird" which has 2 twenty-somethings breaking established roles for their instruments and pushing each other to fantastic heights. These sessions show these musical rule-breakers already mature and having fun realizing what they just invented.

Both Armstrong and Hines had lengthy careers and went on to record performances which showcased their wizardry more than this. (Try to find Hines' "Quintessential" solo piano date, or Louis singing Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has A Master Plan", both from 1970. Your later Armstrong favorites may differ from mine). Both soloists also became self-parodies at times (Hines played "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues" too many times, and Armstrong spent decades taking requests for "When The Saints Go Marching In". I regret to say that we've heard from the likes of Gary Giddins, Ken Burns and Wynton Marsalis how great this stuff is for so long that we might need the prespective of the alien lady to discover or rediscover this.
George Washington Is Cash Money: A No-Bullshit Guide to the United Myths of America
George Washington Is Cash Money: A No-Bullshit Guide to the United Myths of America
I love this look at American history. O'Brien has a very sophisticated sense of irony plus a delicious depth of knowledge. Great U.S. history of economics and the underbelly of how the USA functions. I have recommended it to my high school students even though it has 'language' included. (Ha!As if teens have not heard all of this talk before.) But they enjoy reading it and I am grateful to find a version of US history which engages them on so many levels. O'Brien does not fool around. He knows his stuff and lays it out in the most engaging ways. For my money this is the best version of the US history as viewed in the hit Broadway musical 'Hamilton' this side of 42nd Street! Read it!
Blood On The Tracks
Blood On The Tracks
When I was a kid, I only knew Bob Dylan from his top 40 stuff. "Blowin' in the Wind", "Everybody Must Get Stoned", "Serve Somebody", "Lay, Lady Lay", and I could never figure out what the big deal was. (You think I could at least have appreciated the wide variety). Flash forward to middle age. I rediscover my own love for the guitar, and enter the local open mic circuit. Time after time, when I ask a fellow bard "Whose wonderful, magical song is that?" the answer is, "Oh! That's Dylan." (Actually, the most frequent answer is, "Oh! That's Leadbelly," but that's another review.)

I can't remember what inspired me to make Blood on the Tracks on of my first Dylan choices; maybe because "Shelter from the Storm" was a song I knew I did like from his "popular" catalogue. But these lilting melodies, in many cases quite simple ("You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go"), but always beautifully crafted, and the witty lyricism keep this CD perennially on my changer.

"Blood on the Tracks" was written during a very difficult time, as his marriage was disintegrating (his divorce did not occur till 1977, while BOT was released in late 1974).. Much of the CD focuses on relationship and their endings. "Tangled Up in Blue" starts from the beginning. "Simple Twist of Fate" tells of the emptiness felt after a one-night-stand.

"You're a Big Girl Now" might be the first song to refer to an ended relationship.. The protagonist is saying goodbye to someone, reassuring himself more than her as she boards a plane that she can take care of herself on her own. He's accepted the separation, although there's one plaintive cry in the middle: "I can change, I swear", which resolves: " I can make it through, You can make it too."

Sure, there is anger. ("Idiot Wind"). Sure, there is pain. But the human spirit triumphs in these songs, as well.

My personal favorite is "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go." Once again, the protagonist has accepted his love's decision to leave, and perhaps he also has pulled away some. But he still is able to sing her praises, and to know part of what they had will go with him: "But I'll see you in the sky above, In the tall grass, in the ones I love"

I've heard that Mozart was writing his tender, uplifting aria "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben" (K 336b), after he had just been unceremoniously dumped by the love of his life, Aloysia Weber. Who knows if history will be as kind to Robert Zimmerman as to Wolfgang Mozart, but at least they have these things in common: people have gone around whistling their tunes in the streets during their lifetimes, and they were able to write hopefulness even during a time of pain.

(And trivia fans: the song over which Hootie and the Blowfish were sued after using its lyrics is on this cd.

Ain't Bobby so cool?)
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
This is a critical thinkers book. It gives the reader a basis to use within their own programming style and language of choice.

The code examples are written in Java and are there to show how to refactor code based on the principles and reasoning within the book.
This is not a book that I take as a specific do this or else, more of a guide that explains why you should consider writing code in the way described.

Essentially the lesson is to create code that is small, has a specific purpose and does that one thing.
When functions or methods begin to stray into doing multiple things spin those code pieces off on their own and repeat.

What I get from this book is a mindset or way of thinking about programming. To create code that is cohesive, is small, does not have unnecessary parts. When these principles are broken find a way to refactor or eliminate the additional pieces. It is not just about taking away or keeping code small but adopting a way of thinking about the design of the program and how each piece interacts with the other parts.

The suggested line lengths of functions mentioned and other very specific examples is more where your critical thinking comes into play. I do not program in Java so many of the language specific scenarios do not apply to me. in some languages you just can't have or do some of the things suggested. Though as a general rule of thumb I find the examples helpful and when I mean general rule of thumb I do not mean a specific line count or size but a simplistic do as little as possible to achieve the goal. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

I purchased and received the 16th printing of this book, published February 2016.
There are no weird formatting or printing issues with the book as others have mentioned.

If you have the ability to reason and think critically, being able to adapt examples and suggestions to your own style and language then I highly recommend this book. The contents are NOT common sense and do not come naturally to the uninitiated. The book does take you by the hand in a certain way leading you from the process of just make the program work to thinking about the logic design and function of your programs.

When you are in situations where redesign is not possible the principles learned from this book will help you to refactor when possible and write new code that is better, smaller, tighter. Making you a better more valuable programmer.
Slow Train Coming by Dylan, Bob Original recording remastered edition (2004) Audio CD
Slow Train Coming by Dylan, Bob Original recording remastered edition (2004) Audio CD
There is a lot I would like to write about people reviewing records, Cd's and music in general but that would be USELESS. The point I'm would like to make is: review should be about each particular edition of each particular album or record on a particular medium. People, at least 90% (or most of them) , are buying because they know this particular piece of music or the artist, they've chosen to buy. So for all of you who are writing abut the history or discography and detailed biography of any artist - it is a waste of time, do not brag about your knowledge, who cares?
What I'm interested in is the quality of a particular edition of a particular album or record. How does it sound in comparison to the original. Period.
That said I'll write about this album, one of my very favorite records which I own already in three different formats.
First of all - it is (my copy of course), junk, crap, absolute rip of, this record released by Music on Vinyl (yes, Amazon specifies the label, as "International") it is nicely packaged, but the quality or lack of it is disheartening. The background noise is just awful, there are pops and clicks just like on an old, used record. I hoped for improved sound and what I've go is piece of vinyl junk. My old "overplayed" copy sound much better and "Cleaner" than this. For the same reason I just requested refund for recently released record by ULTRAVOX - Vienna (I was promised a good copy by the seller as a refund - I shall find out.) Same goes for this record, I'll be requesting refund or replacement.
Music on this album should 5 stars, but for the quality of the pressing gets 1, although it should be - 0
I buy a lot of music on Amazon and most of it is Vinyl or SACD, because of the quality of sound, I wish all of the music or at least my favorite album and records would be released on SACD or downloadable hi resolution files, just to avoid this kind of problems.
Yes, Vinyl Rules!!!
Unfortunately there are a lot of people trying to take advantage of music lovers. Just like the "artists" from Music On Vinyl.
Classroom of the Elite (Original Japanese Version)
Classroom of the Elite (Original Japanese Version)
This was a very interesting anime. After watching it I tried to think of a way to sell it to people, but honestly it sounds like it would be dull as dirt when I tried. It doesn’t really sound like much on the surface but it is a very entertaining anime. It also has some thought provoking, mentally engaging scenarios. Unlike other mentally engaging anime like say, Death Note, this was more realistic and believable. Typically anime outsmart themselves when they try to use a problem solver to figure things out, but this one did a really good job of allowing things to play out then explain how the problem was solved and typically it may not be something that just anyone could do but it was believable. It was ridiculous that all the characters were given unrealistic physiques. All the females as first year high school students had “fully(or over) developed” bodies and the males all looked like body builders with 0% body fat, and I’ve seen a lot of athletic people in my life and most professional athletes can’t come close to the appearance these first year high school boys have. Anyway Ayanokouji to me made the show. As a quiet blend into the background guy he sure stands out. I also have a lot in common with Ayanokouji and just have a lot of respect for people who keep emotions in check and stay calm and steady in the face of adversity. One of the more frustrating scenes to me though involved(without any spoilers and character names) a nice character shows anger when they think they are alone but someone sees them lashing out so they threaten to accuse the person of rape if they tell anyone what they saw. I don’t want to explain why it frustrated me cause I would give away some things, but basically I felt like that was just an extreme jump that didn’t fit and it really put that character in a very dark light despite the fact that she doesn’t seem to be that kind of person at least at this time, maybe the coming seasons(hoping) will raise that up again but just seemed way out of place. Overall from a slice of life this was really good and although I can’t really explain what I liked about it, I couldn’t stop watching.
Maxwell 15V 58F Super Capacitor Battery Wind Solar Hybrid Power System Audio Automotive Backup Battery
Maxwell 15V 58F Super Capacitor Battery Wind Solar Hybrid Power System Audio Automotive Backup Battery
While this is an older model super capacitor from Maxwell, it is definitely new and appears to have the rated capacity. I used it to start my Hyundai Accent (which takes a few turns over to start) without the battery -- which is my basic litmus test for these things. I plan to use this in-line with a power inverter but you could just as easily use it in a car audio system. It's not fancy (with no LED voltage readout or fancy mounting hardware) but if you just need a decent cap, this one should do well.
Green Arrow By Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino Deluxe Edition
Green Arrow By Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino Deluxe Edition
I can't believe I put this off for so long! What was I thinking? I greatly enjoyed this deluxe edition and I would even say it's some of the best comics I've ever read! This is certainly going to be remembered many years from now as one of the great character runs in comics and it was brilliant of DC to collect it in a deluxe edition. Sorrentino's art is unique and absolutely wonderful. I would say it's also innovative as I've never seen comic art where sometimes part of the image is black and white. It really helps to accentuate the surrounding color and draw one's eye to the appropriate places. The covers are amazing and have a theme throughout the book, and the splash pages and double page spreads are fantastic! This is definitely required reading if you're a Green Arrow fan! This book deserves more attention than Hawkeye by Fraction and Aja!
As The Years Go Passing By: Live In Germany
As The Years Go Passing By: Live In Germany
A beautiful CD/DVD box set for any Jeff Healey officiardo! Mapping his overseas career, starting in the late eighties with the help of Joe Rockman and Tom Stephens. Jeff rips the stage up in usual fashion, with the bravado that he's associated, think back to when Stevie Ray played at El Mocambo in '83 - passion, adrenaline & tenacity, and unknown artist showing the audience what his stage performance has to offer.
Moving on to the European tour of mid nineties, still with Joe and Tom, this time with the aid of Pat Rush on rhythm/slide guitar/lead guitar, Jeff takes a more rounded performance, still with the same passion, but not having to go out on a limb due to being restricted in a three piece situation. Both musician bounce off each other to get the best out of each other, improvising and thinking out side of the box.
Finishing off now just after the millennium, this time the three piece (Healey, Rockman & Stephen) are helped by the up and coming at the time, now respected in his own right - Phil Sayce. Phil pushed Jeff's button on this performance of the proverbial young lion showing the mature lion what he can do. Jeff lets Phil have as much stage light he needs, and both show the awestruck audience what a true sonic performance can be, if egos where left at the door and stagecraft had a front row seat.
In this box set you get the choice of either hearing all three performances or watching them to see what your ears were missing.
Norman ‘Jeff’ Healey may have moved on, but his musicality is ever present.
The Courageous Captain America (Marvel: Captain America) (Little Golden Book)
The Courageous Captain America (Marvel: Captain America) (Little Golden Book)
This is utterly inappropriate for young readers. Besides being poorly written, it is nothing but a propaganda machine for the armed forces at war and an absolute disgrace to them as well. Its reference to Pearl Harbor, (so relevant to Little Golden Books readership) with headline WAR prominently displayed, followed by tanks, helmeted soldiers and explosions with no context whatsoever suggest nothing less than fascism. The assumption that America is might, ergo it must be right, is a disgrace to country founded on the rule of law.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Theatrical)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Theatrical)
An author writes a book on their own. A comic book may have two authors (artist & story-writer). A film requires enormous up-front finance these days, dozens of people, etc. This may explain why "First in the marvellous new series..." feels natural where a book is concerned, but "sequel" in films screams "The first one made money! Quick!! Let's write another & cash in!!!" Despite the fact that GotG is "based on" Marvel Comics superhero characters, this is exactly how these films feel to me. Longish review shortened - GotG1 is decent, 4*; GotG2 is a duff cash-in, 2*. Average that out - 3*.

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

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

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

Let's put it like this - 1 is worth having, 2 isn't really, 3 is currently shelved. And if it becomes unshelved, I won't be taking any interest, given what 2 was like. I can't remember the prices I saw when I added GotG to my Wishlist, but if the price for this pack is close to the price for 1 alone, then buy the pack; you might as well. If it's not... 1 is worth spending a few quid for; 2 isn't.
Outwitting Tomorrow: Secrets For Living From the Great Pyramid
Outwitting Tomorrow: Secrets For Living From the Great Pyramid
I have always believed the world knew about alien visitation so the existence of Valiant Thor (except for the name) is not a surprise to me. The book, Outwitting Tomorrow, however, is a pleasant product of that belief. These few pages give amazing and soul enlightening views on the reality of why we are really here and how we should live. Although I find the addition of Frank Stranges's own deep religious inspired rhetoric annoying, I remember that he stated he knew Thor only a few months before the aliens departure. Thor had tried for nearly 3 years to get the President, the Pentagon and the rest of the nations to open up to his truths. Of course, they couldn't. Our entire way of thinking would have to change just as the prophet Jesus stated so long ago, "..the world will not change until the hearts of man change..." Although I do believe in a higher, loving intelligence many of the sentences go overboard as if Stranges is quoting his own beliefs. Maybe Thor realized this was the only way to continue his teachings so he let that remain. Whatever the truth, I find this short book very life-changing. I have always believed some of these teachings so it made me happy to see that I may be correct in them. For others, the simplicity of it will be too hard to swallow. The mere thought of laughing at your own weaknesses instead of complaining, in attempting to find some joy in doing something you detest, in allowing others to do what they can do for themselves and in and in turning away hatred and negativity are just simple laws that would make us all finer and happier human beings. His call for an elimination of greed which would discount the necessity for a lot of doctors, lawyers, etc. did not go well with the government at that time (can you imagine today?), and his discussion of the illusion of having a "soul mate" (which does happen but is rare) that wastes our time searching when we could be doing more for ourselves and our fellow man are just a few discussions among many that we have never considered. The need for silence is encouraged. Of course, the description of the pyramid and it's relation to our history is very detailed. Whoever this visitor was I have to believe it was just not the creation of Frank Stranges but a real entity, who came and went, probably very disappointed which makes it seem even more real. If you are angry or disappointed in this world today take a quick read of Outwitting Tomorrow. It might be better than any psychologist or religious teaching you are using today.
John Wick Chapter 2
John Wick Chapter 2
John Wick Chapter 2 delivers much the same feel, tempo and action sequences as the first. It also has much the same idea- John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a lethal assassin who is trying to stay retired only to be pulled back in the game. The movie picks up where the first one left off with a great car and motorcycle chase and an immediate high body count as Wick reclaims his stolen Mustang. This all before the opening credits. The plot is similar to the first one as he's pulled back into the game, this time by Italian mobster Santino D-Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) who demands Wick pay the debt of his blood marker. From here it's mostly Wick and every henchman for hire there is. What made the first John Wick movie enjoyable is it's highly stylized ongoing battles between Wick and the bad guys and here those actions scenes are ramped up and nearly constant. If anything that's the one criticism of this film and that is after a while, all the deaths seem repetitive and more than a little bit ridiculous in his ability to just keep going regardless of sustaining near fatal injuries. There is a sly reunion between Reeves and Laurence Fishburne that has a touch of their work together in the Matrix Trilogy. Also note Reeves did 95% of the fight scenes himself as well as the driving scenes and according to the trivia, he spent three months training for this. I give him credit for dedicating time and energy to throwing himself into the part, and I'm sure emerging with more than a few bumps and bruises as a result. Most actors wouldn't go near this amount of physical action sequences. There is lots of blood with lots of violence but if you liked the first John Wick you should enjoy this return to that world. And the fact that the movie is called Chapter 2 suggests a third chapter won't be far behind.
The Flash: Rebirth
The Flash: Rebirth
Geoff Johns, the same creator behind Green Lantern Rebirth and who rehabilitated Hal Jordan does it again with The Flash Rebirth. Here's what I think makes it so great:

(1) Unlike most comic book resurrections, which are quick and cheap, Johns was very careful with how he treated Barry Allen. Barry stayed dead for much, much longer than other characters typically do (about two decades), and you can tell Johns was not going to bring him back on a whim without a story to tell. In the same way that Johns gave Hal a bit more gravitas in returning to his former self, Barry's return from death is not just simple triumph and fanfare. There's an unease and discomfort with being pulled back to life that is both more interesting and understandable then just a skip and a jump back into the hero life.

(2) Johns' gift for rebooting characters, which continues on to this day, is that he's very deft and providing context, exposition, and background in light and organic ways so that new readers can understand what's going on. Each new story he takes on, including this one, performs a fine dance between retreading old information and introducing new elements which is really hard to pull off well. Johns does it.

(3) Because of 1 and 2 above, I think this a great book for newcomers to learn more about Barry Allen, but also about the Speed Force and the legacy of the Flash on a more general level. It was one of the first full Flash stories I read, and it was a pretty smooth introduction.

All in all this is a great Barry Allen/Flash story and I strongly recommend it to people interested in learning about the character.
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
After having seen The Lord of the Rings film trilogy recently, I finally got the extra time to read the novel (50th anniversary). Let me just say, to anyone who is reluctant about reading The Lord of the Rings for whatever reason, I beg you to reconsider!! I do not want to bore everyone with yet anther review of fantasy's most epic novel, nor do I want to spoil the novel for anyone, so in the most basic way possible I will tell you what the novel is about. The Lord of the Rings is a novel that tells the tale of Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from the Shire who volunteers to take the One Ring of power (which corrupts and destroys whomever comes to possess it), which was forged by the dark lord Sauron, to Mount Doom (where the One Ring was created) and destroy it. That is the basic premise of The Lord of the Rings, but once you begin reading the book, there is so much more to the story than you would ever imagine. The land of Middle Earth is the setting of this tale, and within a few chapters I was fully convinced that Middle Earth was a real place from the past (and I still am to some extent), and that speaks to the creative mind of the author J.R.R. Tolkien.

I also highly recommend that if you choose to buy The Lord of the Rings, that you buy the 50th anniversary edition. Basically all of the errors from the various older editions of The Lord of the Rings have been corrected, there are almost 100 pages of amazing appendices at the back (which give you tons of bonus information, from ancient Middle Earth history, chronology, family trees, languages and more) as well as 7 maps (trust me, these are extremely helpful when you are following the various characters journeys).

The Lord of the Rings is such a hard novel to review. Those who haven't read it may think it is just another fantasy novel not worth the effort (and time, it is a 1000 page novel) to read. While those who have read it know that once you get to the end, you wish there was more to read, and find it hard to explain the magic of The Lord of the Rings to others. I can only hope that something in my review sparks your interest, and that someday you journey to the Shire, Lothlórien, Rivendell and even Mordor. You are at the entrance to the hobbit hole right now, open the door and go inside...
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
Great quality book! I purchased the "paperback" version and what I got was not at all paperback - WHICH IS A GOOD THING! The cover is a quality felt-like (fake) leather of some kind and will do well to keep the book in excellent condition for many years to come; which is perfect for people like who want to keep Tolkien's magnum opus forever.
The New World (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
The New World (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
A 150-minute version was shown to critics for awards season consideration in December 2005. When the film went into wide release in January 2006, Malick had recut it to 135-minutes with new footage and altering some of the voiceovers. When it was released on home video in 2008, a new 172-minute Extended Cut was released featuring even more new footage. All three versions have been included in this set.

Of the three versions that exist in this set, the Extended Cut has the best transfer with the lush greens and earth tones looking the most vibrant and realistic.

Ported over from the DVD is a ten-part, 80-minute making of documentary that takes a detailed look at the various aspects of the film.

There are new interviews with actors Colin Farrell and Q’orianka Kilcher who talk about working with Malick, his unique approach and how it impacted their respective performances. Some really wonderful anecdotes are recounted on this extra.

Also included are teaser and theatrical trailers.

There are new interviews with producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West as they talk about their respective contributions on the film and working with Malick.

Editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein and Mark Yoshikawa talk about the monumental task of shaping Malick’s film from all the footage he shot. It wasn’t easy and the director challenged them to match his drive for authenticity.

Finally, Yohikawa also talks about the differences between each cut and how they structure of the film evolved.
Oh, Say Can You Say?
Oh, Say Can You Say?
I just ordered this book for a 3 year old's birthday. Not as popular as Fox in Socks, but every bit as fun and twisty. At one point, I had the book completely memorized and some of the little ditties became household standard jokes ("Is this fresh fish from Finney's diner?" "Of course! There's none fresher or finer!") One time, my high-strung son was throwing a tantrum outside a restaurant and I started softly saying some of the tongue twisters in the book and he chilled right out.

Another book I fully recommend if you enjoy reading to your kids.
Wicked Wives
Wicked Wives
After absolutely adoring Anna-Lou Weatherley's first book Chelsea Wives I knew I had to get my hands on this one! Anna has a talent for creating complex intriguing tales that have you hooked from the first page. Her stories are full of powerful women and shady men who live in an elite world we couldn't even dream of...

When serial gambler and Playboy Tom Black disappears off the 'Blue Angel' yacht there are several suspects to contend with. Tom Black has a bad habit of making enemies out of people. His womanising ways have never left him - you know what they say about a woman scorned. Has one of these women finally caught up with him?

Ellie Scott is the ultimate story of rags to riches and has spend her whole life trying to bury her past. Loretta Fiorentino is a cold-hearted gold-digger who will claw her way to the top not caring who she hurts in the process. Victoria Mayfield is a successful author who has made her own fortune but has a secret which is threatening to throw her over the edge. All three women and their husbands have there own axe to grind with Tom Black but could any of them have actually done the dirty deed?

I enjoyed having three main characters to devour in this book. At first the women seem unconnected but as the story develops we get to see how their paths cross. Anna-Lou Weatherley created characters that were so complex and dimensional that I did not see the plot twists coming at all! Ellie, Victoria and Loretta have so many layers that made this book such a mysterious and captivating read.

Ellie is the sweet girl with the humble beginnings who has married into this high-class world. She has worked very hard to keep her past a secret but there are no secrets in a world full of gossiping women with no end to the amount of money they can spend.

Victoria has made her own fortune but is fighting her demons the whole way. She may have a successful career and a loving husband but she is finding it more and more difficult to keep up her façade and her mask is starting to slip.

Loretta is just your average money-grabbing, social climbing bitch who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She has played her way to the top and is under no circumstances going to let anyone bring her back down. Loretta was a character I loved to read about. It was interesting to see what motivates her in her scheming ways.

Anna-Lou Weatherley has given us a mysterious and exciting insight into the secret world of the rich and famous. She has presented us with an array of characters to give us just the right amount of excitement, revenge, sex, money, gorgeous men and enough gossip to keep you going for years! This is one of my favourite books of 2013 so far and I cannot wait for further books from Anna-Lou Weatherley.
Charmed: The Donovan Legacy
Charmed: The Donovan Legacy
This was a reread for me and an enjoyable one.

These are the final 2 stories in the Donovan Legacy. A family of witches, each with their own specialty.

In Charmed we have Anastasia story. She is the cousin who is an Empath. She is also a healer because of her strong empathatic feelings. After be turned away by her first love when he found out what she was, Ana has stayed away from men to protect her heart. Then widow Boone Sawyer moves in next door with his young daughter. She fears telling him what she is, then fate steps in. This was my favorite out of all the Donovan stories. It is so good. Emotional and loving.

In Enchanted we have the story of Liam Donovan a witch and a shape shifter. He goes to the woods to be alone to think about an important choice he is going to have to make. Rowan Murray goes to the woods to find herself. They find eachother and she discovers so much more about herself. This story had a lot more "magic" in it. It was fun and the characters wonderful.
The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
Unable to remember which of the two books of short stories were classic, between Alexander Pushkin’s and Nicolai Gogol’s, I began to re-read Gogol and then switched to Pushkin. The switch came after “The Overcoat” evolved into a ghost story, with the victim of an overcoat theft returning from the dead. It was not as intricate, in the end, as Dead Souls, despite so many elements early on of Notes from the Underground. After another story about a sorcerer who personified the evil of a Cossack and a father-in-law, and scenes of shape-shifting and face-offing, I thought that it had to be the Pushkin book that appealed more to my style.
“The Captain’s Daughter” did not delve into the supernatural. Instead it anticipated reds versus whites after the Revolution. This is the story of Pugachov, the begging traveler in the beginning who receives an incidental favor from Pyotr Grinyov, the heir to a military tradition. Grinyov independently acts on his own principle, much to the chagrin of his valet and by extension his father Andrey Grinyov. The charitable narrator is also naïve, but fate leads Pugachov to the head of a rebellion against the czar’s troops. Grinyov is recognized and receives special treatment from Russia’s traditional leaders. The twist is a woman, Grinyov’s fiancée, who is taken prisoner by an bitter Pugachov colleague, which is another unpronounceable Russian name. The most obvious connection is to the French Revolution, with Pugachov going from a sympathetic character to Robespierre. I was able to follow the plot but not the true character of the story, such as its landscape and scope. One sequence on page 55 was a brief glimpse of the story’s poetry: “If my notes ever fall into your hands, remember that the best and most permanent changes are those due to the softening of manners and morals and not to any violent upheavals.”
“The Queen of Spades” is a story about gambling and serves as good research for gambling mores of the early 19th century. Hermann is an obsessive gambler who appears to be plotting illicit love with the granddaughter of The Countess. But he is only using Lizaveta, the recipient of daily letters during his pursuit, to get to The Countess, who is physically grotesque and acidic, has the secret of a three card sequence. I don’t know the game; I don’t think it’s more than a superstitious approach to a game no longer popular. Of course, after the death of The Countess, ostensibly dead from fright but symbolically for the loss of her secret, the three card sequence works, until Hermann is duped from the switch from the ace to the queen, as if the dead Countess is the card itself.
“The Shot” and “Mistress into Maid” are memorable stories as well, although shorter. Pushkin’s stories are the codes and mannerisms of classic Russian literature.
PAULO COELHO-DER WEG DES - MOV [DVD] [2014]
PAULO COELHO-DER WEG DES - MOV [DVD] [2014]
Der Film hat einige interessante Szenen,ist aber insgesamt nichts wirklich Besonderes. Das Magische ist manchmal eher fraglich als magisch. Zum Beispiel: Als die Hauptfigur von einer Person angesprochen wird, ob er in einen Geheimbund afgenommen werden möchte. WARUM um alles in der Welt wird die Hauptfigur eine Weile beobachtet und dann angesprochen. Er ist bis dato durch absolut nichts in seinem gesamten Leben aufgefallen. Und er wird angesprochen?!?
Für Coelho-Fans vielleicht ganz nett. Für jeden unvoreingenommenen Zuschauer überflüssig.
Perry Mason Solves the Case of the Haunted Husband
Perry Mason Solves the Case of the Haunted Husband
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Many years ago, I was an intense fan of the series, and read them all, at least once. Now, after a lot of water over the dam, I'm looking at them again.

Those who are used to really fine mystery writers, such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here off-putting. It can be stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Berger. That, and the ingenious plots, are why I read Perry Mason.

On the whole, the ones written by 1945 are the best. This one was written in 1941, and is an exception to the rule: it's one of the few that I did not especially like. It begins with a young woman, Stephane Clair, hitchhiking. She is picked up by a man who "makes unwanted advances". There is a struggle, the car crashes, killing another driver. The driver of Stephane's car mysteriously vanishes after the crash, no one sees him, and so Stephane is charged with manslaughter. Perry takes the case, and by a complicated chain of evidence, Perry is led to a mysterious man in San Francisco, one L. C. Spinney, and then to a woman from New Orleans who arrives in LA looking for her husband. Perry and Drake take her to a hotel, where various other people shuttle in and out. I won't attempt to summarize all the evidence and reasoning. Eventually the case involves a Hollywood producer, his chauffeur and brother, various uncles, friends, and wives. Two murders occur in that same hotel.

There are some good courtroom scenes, unfortunately not with Hamilton Burger. Lt. Tragg has a strong role, more than usual. Unusually, Perry waxes philosophical at one point. Obviously, this is Erle Stanley Gardner trying to come to grips with life and death.

There are too many scenes tangential to the plot, such as Perry, Drake, Tragg, and Della at dinner together. There are several loopholes and unresolved threads. Too many characters are introduced only to be dropped and never heard from again. In the better stories, there are fewer characters, but the ones who are introduced have some significance, if only to be red herrings. Maybe I missed it, but why was the man driving the car in the opening scenes wearing a tuxedo? This is played up as a big clue for a while but never resolved that I saw. How did he (that driver) leave the scene of the accident so easily?

One symptom of the problems with this book: who is the "haunted husband"? Haunted by what or who?

The very last scene plays out in a hotel room, in that same hotel. The events of the last couple chapters are confusing and poorly presented. Upon reflection and re-reading, they do make sense, however. There is a good plot and a good idea in there stuggling to come out. I actually guessed part of the final explanantion, and the murderer. Fairly early on, there is a small key clue that I noticed. This is pretty usual for Perry Mason stories, which are almost always fair, in that the reader has a chance to deduce a lot of what is going on.

I have to wonder if this book doesn't represent a transition or "mid life crisis" of some sort for Gardner. At this point he had written about 18 of these Perry Mason stories. I can imagine that he was stuggling to find a change, a new direction. Did he have any conception of the enormous success that lay ahead? Certainly he could not have imagined the TV series.

Of all the Mason books, I would put it in the bottom half. Recommended for those wishing to complete their collection of Perry Mason reads.

BTW, the TV episode based on this novel is quite a bit simpler and very good.
Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes
Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes
I own this book along with the orignial Revolting Recipes. While the premise of the book is lots of fun and may encourage kids to get into the kitchen, the recipes themselves are quite disapointing. None that I've made have turned out well. Magic Green Crystal: into the garbage. The Whipple-Scrumptios Fudgemallow Delight was a pain to make and it tasted awful. Many of the recipes have missing or vauge directions, such as Pishlets' "Spoon into the baking pan and spread evenly", but they don't say what size baking pan nor how thin to spread the mixture. Do I use an 8x8 pan? A 10x17 pan? There's also a lot of recipes that I'm just unwilling to try because I'm suspicious of the ingredient combinations, such as Plushnuggets (puff pastry with bananas, maple syrup and OLIVE OIL). Other recipes just seem impractical for their ingredients (amber sugar crystals??) or portions (Bean's Cider: 4 apples, pureed and strained to make 1 mug cider). It's fun to read through though, which is why it does get 3 stars, and may very well entice a reader to go pick up one of Dahl's other books from which the recipes are based.
ENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock
ENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock
Overall I'm pretty happy with the hammock in general. I sent the one I purchased through Amazon back and purchased another from a local retailer.

I actually had the DoubleNest and decided to give the single a try. I ended up purchasing three singles and keeping one double. I had owned four doubles originally considering they seemed to be much more popular. Being 5'9" it turns out the single is the most comfortable due to the additional fabric of the DoubleNest hanging over my head along the edges, etc when trying to sleep (creates much larger side walls resulting in blocked airflow (I live in Florida)) and it being more challenging to find a comfy spot due to not being fully aware at night of my positioning in the hammock (being too far left or right, then you have to work your way across the fabric opposed to the single).

Check out my attached photos. I ran into this on two hammocks so far (both SingleNest). There is a spot were there is some fabric missing vertically. You likely won't notice at first glance, but if you hold the hammock up against a backlight it's pretty obvious. I was reading some reviews of the DoubleNest tearing on people with their first use and I'm guessing this may be part of the culprit. I also noticed fraying along the end points of the nylon on 4-5 hammocks I looked at.

The four star rating is for the spotty quality and inconsistent build quality. I'm happy with product and after market products they offer (e.g. I own solopod, bug net, etc.)
The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
This book is simply put, spectacular. For people who love to read and are literature fanatics, this edition is perfect. This edition is kept in a highly eloquent style with extensive explanatory footnotes. Boccaccio's humor carries through time beautifully. Even now, his sarcasm and dry (often biting) humor is not lost. I also found it humorous to see that people have changed very little over the centuries. It is a bit daunting upon first receiving it, but realize that it is a collection of short stories and thus can be put down for a "break" and easily picked back up again. I highly recommend this for people who strive to enhance their "repertoire" of classic literature. Boccaccio was a genius.
Richard Scarry's Things to Know (The Look and Learn Library)
Richard Scarry's Things to Know (The Look and Learn Library)
It is a nice little book to add to our Richard Scarry collection. It resembles in many ways to The Best (little or Big) Word Books ever. It goes over counting, letters, season, vehicles and a few other things however there isn't a true story that bridges the pages together. Many of the things are labeled which for my earlier reader (who is 3) is great as it reinforces the word with the picture. I specifically bought the book to take with my son on the plane, it is small and easily portable in a toddler backpack. Like many of his books, the art work is very busy and keeps my kiddos busy just looking at the pages which is a definite plus for the plane and airport. The one thing I and my son missed in the story was Goldbug. He's on a few pages, but it would have been a nice touch to hide him throughout the book as he's done in many of the other Look-Look books like Boats and Cars. All in all it is not our favorite Scarry book, but it is a nice little book and would be a good addition to any child's library.
Jede Menge Quatsch-Geschichten: Von Astrid Lindgren, Christine Nöstlinger, Dietl Erhard, Boie Kirsten, Maar Paul. Mit vielen lustigen Spieletipps
Jede Menge Quatsch-Geschichten: Von Astrid Lindgren, Christine Nöstlinger, Dietl Erhard, Boie Kirsten, Maar Paul. Mit vielen lustigen Spieletipps
Das Buch startet mit den Quatschgeschichten. Ich persönlich war schon nach zwei Seiten genervt.
„Der“ Franz sagt „der“ Gabi...
„Die“ Mama sagte...
Immer Artikel vor den Personen. Habe die dann beim vorlesen einfach weggelassen, dann fand ich nur noch die Geschichte langweilig. Aber manche mögen es wohl genau so wie gedruckt. Mein Sohn zum Beispiel und für den ist ja das Buch.
Es ist sehr groß bzw. dick, da hatte ich mich verschätzt. Ich hoffe also nun auf die folgenden Seiten.
Guter Einband, schnell geliefert. Würde das Buch allerdings nicht empfehlen.
Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel
Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel
Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel is the third entry in Debbie Macomber's Rose Harbor series. In this installment, we continue the story of Jo Marie Roberts, the owner of Rose Harbor Inn, and her handyman Mark Taylor. We meet Ellie in this book, who is going to meet Tom at the Inn after months of connecting on Facebook and writing to one another. Also we meet Maggie and Roy Porter, who have come to the Inn to work on their marriage after Roy had an emotional affair and Maggie a one night stand.

I loved this book and this series. Most people think that most of Debbie Macomber's books are predictable but as for me I enjoy her stories and they end up giving me a warm feeling. Sit back with a cup of Tea or coffee and enjoy this wonderful novel.

I know why I've learned to enjoy reading so much over the years and one is Debbie Macomber. It's an enjoyable read, and I know it's one I'll be reading whatever she has coming up next.
スティール・ボール・ラン #11 ジャンプコミックス:黄金長方形をつくれ! (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure #91 Part 7, Steel Ball Run #11)
スティール・ボール・ラン #11 ジャンプコミックス:黄金長方形をつくれ! (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure #91 Part 7, Steel Ball Run #11)
SBRが大好きで巻が進む度にはまっていましたが、この巻だけは、、、なんとも残念でした。 ブラックモア出現からさらに不気味さをまし、ジョジョ特有の世界に深みが増しましたが、SBRの第一巻を飾ったサンドマンが、このような展開になってしまった事だけは、、、どうしても残念に思えました。 準主人公ともなりうるキャラ、一人だけ馬にのらずに走っている特別さ、そしてはじまりからしてどうあっても砂と絡めたスタンドの方がぴったりくるキャラ。なのにエコーキャラーになってしまったのは「?」がぬぐえませんでした。 全体的にはとっても面白いのでまだまだ読みます。
The Lost Continent: Original Title: Beyond Thirty
The Lost Continent: Original Title: Beyond Thirty
In "The Lost Continent" (a.k.a. "Beyond Thirty") Edgar Rice Burroughs provides an interesting combination of adventure and social commentary. The premise behind this novel is that the United States did not get involved in the "Great War" in Europe but instead followed its isolationist tendencies to such an extreme ("The East for the East...The West for the West") that no one from the United States has gone past 30 degrees or 175 degrees latitude for over 160 years. It is now 2137 and a raging storm has thrown the Pan-American aero-submarine "Coldwater" past the 30 degree mark. The damaged vessel under the command of Lt. Jefferson Turck lands in England and German helmet and Felis tigers. In time, the crew will discover what happened to "The Lost Continent" of the Old World. Of course, since this is a ERB novel we know that there will be a damsel in distress for Lt. Turck to save from the great evils that he finds.

One of the main strengths of Burroughs was his ability to create ancient civilizations. "The Lost Continent" is actually atypical for Burroughs who usually plunges his heroes into these strange new worlds a lot quicker than what happens in this novel, so this time around there is much more of a sense of mystery to the proceedings. Still, by the last half of the novel we are definitely on familiar and well-trod ground in terms of a ERB adventure story. Before World War II Burroughs wrote "Beyond the Farthest Star," about a distant planet that had been at war for centuries and where technological advances in warfare threatened to destroy all life, which makes it the other ERB novel to check out if you are interested in looking at another example of his rare attempts at social commentary. I do not think the payoff is worthy of the set up in "The Lost Continent," but it is intriguing to think that the United States completely cutting all ties with Europe was a viable basis for telling a futuristic adventure.
La estrella robada (Spanish Edition)
La estrella robada (Spanish Edition)
Je suis normalement une fan des romans de Mary Higgins Clark, cependant je suis déçue par cette histoire.
Je m'attendais à un récit plus captivant, avec plus de suspens... à la moitié du livre, on connait déjà la fin.
The Californians
The Californians
It's a great show from Hollywood's golden era. Not the best, but definitely worth a watch. One of the negative reviews questioned the "history." Well guess what? It's an old TV show, not a history lecture. Each episode has a beginning, middle, and end with a crisis that needs to be resolved in about 22 minutes. What more do you need?
Jay Franco Harry Potter Spellbound 84" Drapes, Gray
Jay Franco Harry Potter Spellbound 84" Drapes, Gray
We used these curtains for our daughter's HP bedroom makeover. She is 10 and loves these curtains. Subtle, beautiful design. These are a soft, microfiber fabric. They are light filtering, and are not light blocking or blackout curtains. We love them so much we are getting another set to enclose her reading nook area.
WOW! Stuff Collection Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban Video Lenticular Notebook
WOW! Stuff Collection Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban Video Lenticular Notebook
This Wizarding World Lenticular Notebook with a cover of Sirius Black from the Prisoner of Azkaban in a wanted poster has Black's screaming face if you look from one angle, and him turning to the back as you rotate to another angle. The best way to view this I found, was by turning it upwards and downwards instead of side to side. The picture of Black itself is a hard plastic lensed coated square sheet, which is glued into the front of the notebook in a grooved imprint. In the particular notebook I received, the hard plastic picture was not glued in cleanly, so the right edge was sticking out a bit- not very visible, but you can feel the bump if you run your hand over the edge. the book is nice otherwise, with blank pages inside and an elastic glued into the back so that you can pull it around the book to keep it closed up. This is a cool Notebook for hardcore Harry Potter fans, and they did a very good job with the Lenticular picture in front.
A verdade sobre o caso Harry Quebert (Portuguese Edition)
A verdade sobre o caso Harry Quebert (Portuguese Edition)
Descobri a escrita de Joel Dicker ao passear pelo site da Amazon (ao menos para mim, é um prazer imensurável "caçar" novos livros), e grata foi a minha surpresa ao começar a ler "A verdade sobre o caso Harry Quebert’, um suspense de tirar o fôlego que narra a trajetória de Marcus Goldman, que, visando superar um enorme bloqueio criativo, recorre a seu amigo e ex-professor Harry Quebert, um dos escritores mais respeitados dos Estados Unidos.

Às voltas com sua dificuldade em escrever, Marcus é surpreendido pela descoberta do corpo de uma jovem de quinze anos, Nola Kellergan — que desaparecera sem deixar rastros em 1975 —, enterrado no jardim de Harry, junto com o original do romance que o consagrou. Harry admite ter vivenciado um caso com a garota e ter escrito o livro para ela, mas alega inocência no caso do assassinato.

A trama, então, se desenrola em duas épocas distintas: década de 70, com a chegada de Harry Quebert à aconchegante cidade de Aurora; e anos 2000, com a investigação de Marcus Goldman acerca do desaparecimento de Nola.

Não tarda para que o leitor desenvolva afeto pelos diferentes personagens que integram a obra. Por sinal, apesar de todo um zelo com o preparo do cenário que permeia a narrativa, a escrita de Dicker não é cansativa - o Autor opta por capítulos curtos sempre com um pequeno "plot twist" ao término de cada um, o que faz com o que o leitor não sinta vontade de parar de ler.

Enfim, estou muito satisfeito com esse meu primeiro contato com a escrita de Joel Dicker, pois “A verdade sobre o caso Harry Quebert” é um dos melhores livros que tive o prazer de ler.

P.S. Adquirido no site da Amazon Brasil e lido no Kindle PaperWhite.
O desaparecimento de Stephanie Mailer (Portuguese Edition)
O desaparecimento de Stephanie Mailer (Portuguese Edition)
O escritor suíço teve quatro livros lançados no Brasil: Os últimos dias dos nossos pais (2012), A verdade sobre o caso Harry Quebert (2012), O Livro dos Baltimore (2015) e O Desaparecimento de Stephanie Mailer (2018).
Não li o primeiro, mas li os outros dois, gostei e decidi ler o último. Gostei também.
Trata-se de um crime que se pensava estar resolvido, mas após vinte anos novas pistas apontam para um grave erro nas investigações com a acusação de um inocente.
Enquanto lia esse livro, eu ia imaginando as cenas como num seriado, com algumas passagens que lembram aqueles filmes antigos em que um personagem relata algum fato do passado, a imagem começa a ficar toda ondulada e a gente assiste ao que aconteceu. Isso porque cada capítulo é narrado por seus principais personagens alternando o ano de 1994 com o tempo atual do livro, 2014.
A trama se passa numa pequena cidade que atrai turistas para um festival anual de teatro, além de ser um local aprazível com lagos e praias. Exatamente em 1994, quando ocorria a primeira edição do festival de teatro, um crime pavoroso acontece, chocando a população local e, por que não dizer, o estado e o país: o prefeito, sua mulher e seu filho de dez anos são assassinados a tiros dentro da própria casa; e uma moradora da cidade também é encontrada assassinada em frente à casa das vítimas.
Concluídas as investigações, o caso foi resolvido.
Vinte anos depois, um dos investigadores do caso está perto de se aposentar quando é procurado por uma jornalista que garante ter provas de que o verdadeiro assassino está livre. Essa é a Stephanie do título. Alguns dias depois, ela desaparece.
A história é boa, a trama vai se desenvolvendo com as esperadas reviravoltas do gênero e tem uma boa conclusão.
Os personagens revelam seus problemas e com isso vamos ler sobre conflitos familiares, uso de drogas, traições e bullying. Alguns são um pouco caricatos, como o delegado aposentado que decide escrever uma peça teatral ou o crítico decadente. Outros acabam sendo engraçados, ao seu jeito, como o casal de velhinhos que sempre têm um comentário na ponta da língua: ”Bando de imbecis! É tudo uma bosta! ”
Tomando cuidado para não se perder em meio a tantos personagens, o livro é bom e será uma ótima opção para quem gosta de histórias de investigação, principalmente as que resultaram numa injustiça.
“ Era isso o que estava debaixo do nariz dos investigadores desde o início e ninguém enxergara”
Sherlock Holmes Harry Houdini: Beast
Sherlock Holmes Harry Houdini: Beast
Kindle Unlimited, strange one {okay most to all are strange} but this one, can't pinpoint specifics so will have to read it again sometime.

It has been hard for Harry, a famous man, to remain true to his love, Mina, Count Dracula's daughter. It has cost him both emotionally and personally, causing both Mina and the Count to lose faith in him.But now he is challenged by a woman who escaped a world gone wrong to accept her love.If he does not only would this break Mina’s heart if he returned the affection and love, but it would incur the wrath of Count Dracula, the most powerful of all vampires alive.How can Holmes help these Harry, his friend, and a stranger to somehow win through this conflict, while still dealing with the harsh reality that the world is about to be invaded by the Friskmen, a savage and ruthless realm of shape shifters?

See writer's other Sherlock Holmes universe and other books, including Jules Verne, Lord When, Angel Hamilton, fractal collections, Chesterton K, Crossbones, King Arthur, and other assorted collections
Half Life: A Helheim Wolf Pack Tale (Half Blood Series)
Half Life: A Helheim Wolf Pack Tale (Half Blood Series)
Half Life Helhem Wolf Pack book 3 by Lauren Dawes.

What a book I didn't want it to end, This is an 18+ book as it contains graphic scenes and sexually explicit content you have been warned.

I'm always on the look out for new author's to get stuck in to and Lauren Dawes doesn't disappoint her style of writing and her characters are addictive and I find that once I start a book I can't put it down. I'm please that there will be a fourth book in this series.

This third installment took me by surprise I was shocked and saddened buy parts of it you are in for some big changes and lots of new characters to get your teeth into. . I will not give the story away but its now time for war against the vampires and Marcus's pack.

The romance is based on Sabel and a new character called Ivy in this installment.

Sabel best friend Colton has been found dead with some of his internal organs missing this leaves sabel angry and looking for revenge then in comes Ivy who will turn his world upside down.

Ivy hasn't heard from her twin brother Colton in day's she seeks permission from her Alpha to look for him in the Halheim packs territory he declines so Ivy sneaks away and illegally enters the Halheim pack territory only to be caught by Sabel who didn't know Colton had a twin.

Rhett and Indi are still together but with Brax helping with feeding tempers and cracks are starting to show. Brax turns to alcohol and sex with prostitutes to get Indi out of his mind to the disgust of Rhett.
The Noble Collection Harry Potter - Hufflepuff Wax Seal
The Noble Collection Harry Potter - Hufflepuff Wax Seal
Love this hufflepuff seal! I was looking at some other variations of this, but I'm so glad I got this one. Great solid weight, doesn't feel cheap or hollow. Imprints the wax perfectly. The wick in the wax sticks were a little strange to get used to. I usually just melt the wax in a small spoon thing that came with another set I have, then pour the wax where I need it. With these you have to let the fire burn continually on the wick and VERY gently blow out the flame when you have enough melted wax on your envelope or paper. If you blow too hard hot wax goes everywhere. Great product, definitely gonna look into getting the others in the set.
Banana Costume Long Black Witch Wig
Banana Costume Long Black Witch Wig
Great wig for the price! Arrived in excellent condition. Perfect accessory for my daughter's Halloween costume, at a fraction of the price compared to the wigs at the local Halloween store.
LokBuild 3D Print Build Surface, sticky back sheet, quick, clean removal of printed parts, versatile (SINGLE PACK 6" (153x153mm))
LokBuild 3D Print Build Surface, sticky back sheet, quick, clean removal of printed parts, versatile (SINGLE PACK 6" (153x153mm))
Nicht ganz preiswert, aber absolut zu empfehlen. Selbst ohne Druckbettheizung haften kleine Teile bei Geschwindigkeiten von 30-60mm/min gut auf der Oberfläche. Verwende PLA Filament PrimaSelect von Prima Filaments mit 0,4 Nozzle, Layerhöge 0,1mm bei 210°C Nozzle-Temperatur. Kein Ablösen und kein Warping.

Druckobjekt ca. 2 Minuten abkühlen lassen, dann lässt es sich vorsichtig ablösen.

Werde eine größere Platte für meinen Makerbot Replicator 5 nachbestellen. Leider gibt es nur quadratische Abmessungen. Entweder 20x20cm oder 30x30cm und Platte zurechtschneiden.

Jedenfalls ist die Platte ihr Geld wert. Kein rumgefrickle mit BlueTape oder ähnlichem.

Update am 28.12.2017:

Das Druckobjekt lässt sich leichter entfernen, wenn man einen ca. 5mm Rand um das Objekt druckt (natürlich mit dem Objekt verbunden).
Mit einem geeigneten Spachtel (Spatel) kann man alles leicht entfernen, ohne die Oberfläche oder die Mechanik zu beschädigen.

Ich benutze --> https://www.amazon.de/2er-Kosmetikspatel-Zement-Spatel-Gips/dp/B01AJW3NMU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1514493212&sr=8-5&keywords=edelstahl+spatel
Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Station Dock with 2 Type-C Ports  - Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Mini/12, 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11, iPhone Xs Max/XS/XR/X, 8 Plus/8, 2020/2018 iPad Pro (Black)
Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Station Dock with 2 Type-C Ports  - Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Mini/12, 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11, iPhone Xs Max/XS/XR/X, 8 Plus/8, 2020/2018 iPad Pro (Black)
本商品、2499円(2017年8月時点で黒のみ)という安価ながら
USB Cポートが二口を含めた7ポートの充電台。
※残念ながらUSB Cポートは USB PD非対応

6口、10口の充電アダプターは所持しているのですが
充電の際に、ケーブルを含め乱雑な状態になっていたのですが
本商品を利用する事で、充電台上に端末、付属の結束ベルトでUSBケーブルも
ある程度まとめられます。

不満点は以下
・仕切りのアクリル板が動かせない(端末ごとの幅に調整不可)
・電源アダプター、ケーブルが大きい・太い・重い
・USB PD非対応
ですが2499円という価格を考えたら満足しています。
Yannik - Calcetines de lana para mujer, 5 pares, estilo vintage para invierno
Yannik - Calcetines de lana para mujer, 5 pares, estilo vintage para invierno
Just received my Yannk Women's 5 Pair vintage style cotton blend socks yesterday. For the price point, these are good socks. They aren't scratchy like sandpaper, but neither are they softest thing known to humanity. Considering how low priced they are, I was pleased with the quality. They were packaged nicely and arrived rapidly.

Something to note: the cuff is a bit on the thick side, and compared to another set of similar socks by a different brand that was delivered the same day, these are a touch thicker. I bought these to be my "first thing out of bed" sock; I work in a home office and start super early, and some days I don't have time to shower first, but throwing on a pair of simple and warm socks, along with leggings keeps me warm enough until I have a chance to shower. I am not planning to wear these with true shoes, just slide on clogs.

The only real challenge I have is that I wear a women's 9.5, and I have the type of foot where the middle toe is slightly longer than big toe. These socks aren't completely too small, but they are on the small side enough that they feel a bit tight. Not uncomfortably so, but I am definitely aware of them in a way I'm not when I was a sock that is sized as 8-12 or 9-11. It's a shame these are one size only. If you have very sensitive larger feet this might be a deal breaker for you. When I washed and dried the socks they appeared to shrink a ton, enough that I was worried. But they quickly stretch.

One thing to note is that these socks arrive nicely packaged and they have a powerfully strong chemical smell when you unwrap them. I had to wash them 3 times in a row to make a dent in that odor.

I know I might sound lackluster and I don't mean to: did I mention the awesome price point? They are soft enough, warm enough, and the patterns are truly vibrant and cute. I could have done far worse shopping locally.
Vivo V9 4GB / 64GB 6.3-inches Dual SIM Factory Unlocked Gold
Vivo V9 4GB / 64GB 6.3-inches Dual SIM Factory Unlocked Gold
I'm using this for past 1 yr ND I don't have any issues with it. As I use phn for lesser time battery life doesn't matter me. At night tyms the camera quality need to be increased. Front camera is perfect for taking selfies. Hanging up is very rare.vedios taken by the phn will occupy little more memory than the normal Wtsapp or any other Vedios.finger print ND face recognition is good. light weight. Screen display is very good.sound quality good. Doesn't heatup Fastly.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 64GB + 4GB RAM, 6.3" LTE 48MP Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone - International Version (Moonlight White)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 64GB + 4GB RAM, 6.3" LTE 48MP Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone - International Version (Moonlight White)
I was looking for a replacement for a kid's phone, she have a xiaomi mi a2 to play games, take pics and message her friends. I thought this would be a good replacement due to the full screen and a 48mp camera to take pics. But it is not much better, in a odd way I thought it was worst. I compared this phone to my Samsung Note 10 and my daughter's Mi a2, this is what I found. To no surprise the Note 10 takes much better pictures, is faster and just better in every way. I am not taking off any stars due to this since the Note 10 is a much better phone. I am giving this 3 star because it is just a little bit better than the Mi A2. It is a better looking phone, it feels like a high end phone while in hand than the A2, it is faster (not by much), more memory, bigger and better screen, but the most important and the item that made me want to buy this phone in the first place was the camera. The camera was subpar considering Xiaomi is advertising how good this camera is.

Indoor pics - sucks - The A2 took better pics indoor
Night mode - sucks - almost useless - note sure if I am comparing this to the Samsung but its useless
Macro - sucks - A2 took better pics and it doesn't even have this option/feature

The camera was such a disappointment that I reset the phone and printed out a return label. I did not even take this outdoor to test it, since indoor sucked and might of be half the pics she will take I decided it is not even worth continuing to test it.

Good:
Faster than the A2, comparable to mid end phones
Full body screen
Loud speakers - Keyword is loud, not nice sounding
Its very nice to look at
Price
Wide angle camera

Bad:
Camera - indoor, night, macro, front/selfie camera all sucked
Speed - lags a little bit

I did not feel that it was worth upgrading to this phone from the A2 even when the A2 is already a year or two older. Thats how bad I thought it is. Either the A2 is really good or this is really bad. This phone on paper should be been easily much better. Like day and night difference. This is why it gets 3 stars.
VIVO Premium Aluminum Single Monitor Pneumatic Spring Arm, Desk Mount Stand with Extension Pole and USB, Fits 1 Screen up to 32 inches, STAND-V101GTU
VIVO Premium Aluminum Single Monitor Pneumatic Spring Arm, Desk Mount Stand with Extension Pole and USB, Fits 1 Screen up to 32 inches, STAND-V101GTU
tl;dr: Build quality is very good. Architecture/design/engineering is less so. Slightly misaligned expectations based on possible incorrect information on the Store listing (does it hold 33lbs or 17.6lbs?)

Context: I have the ACER XR382CQK Curved Ultrawide Monitor. Without the stand it came with, the monitor weighs about 19 pounds (~8.6kg).

Pros

- build instructions were easy to follow
- The build quality is very good
- The colors / finish are nice. The metal is a soft matte, which compliments my Black Ghost S1 Mini ITX PC nicely.
- It's stable on the desk. I super appreciate that that there is so much area of contact on both sides of the desk. Makes me feel like there is a fair amount of weight distribution in and around the area of contact.
- Once fully tightened, there is an acceptable amount of bounce/shake when my height adjustable desk decelerates to a stop.

Cons

The description says that it holds up to 33 pounds (~15kg) (see pictures of the listing at the time of writing). So, I thought "perfect!, just enough headroom to make setup and maneuvering super easy!". I was wrong. The initial mount of the showed that the pivot tension screw was going to need to be tightened. Initially I just thought "whatever", but as I kept tightening, the harder it became to tighten further.. and the monitor kept drooping. Additionally, the height-adjustment tension screen needs to be tightened *forever* in order to get my Monitor's weight supported. With both of these issues, I was worried that I had a defective monitor mount.

After re-reading the store listing for this monitor arm mount, I found that in the middle of all the description stuff, there was some text that read: "Weight Capacity: 2.2lbs to 17.6" pounds (also screenshotted in my attached images). I was sad, and didn't really want to go through the process of dismounting everything disassembly and returning something of this size and weight. I knew the overall reviews were good before buying, but I decided to fully read the reviews to see if anyone was having issues I was having. I saw a review by Jason Duncan from April 2nd, 2019 say that they also had issues with the pivot joint but got their 49" Samsung Super Ultrawide mounted -- and I know that monitor is heavier than mine, so that gave me some hope to keep tinkering. Maybe my fear could have been mitigated if the instructions maybe said that the tension screw was all the way untightened, and that if I have a monitor that weights more than 8 pounds (this is a guess), I need to tighten the tension screw *a lot*, then maybe it'd be fine? idk.

Lastly, now that I have all the tension screws figured out, there is a little bit of slop in the left-right rotation movement around the VESA mount. I know that there was an attempt to make the arm super easy to attach to a monitor by connecting the VESA mount separately from mounting the arm to the desk, and just having the back of the VESA mount lock into the arm, but on my particular monitor, I was enable to take advantage of that feature due to how my monitor is designed. The bottom of the arm-side of the VESA mount connector was hitting the top of the I/O shield, so I had to attach the top half of the arm to my monitor in one piece and ignore the "quick attach" feature of the VESA bracket to the arm.
Walkers Nonsuch Regaliz toffees, 5,3 oz., cinco bolsas
Walkers Nonsuch Regaliz toffees, 5,3 oz., cinco bolsas
First off, I agree with the many reviewers who say that it's the closest thing to the taste of Callard & Bowser.
However I've always thought of 'toffee' as being chewy, not a hard candy. When I looked up toffee I found "Origin of toffee: later British form of taffy".

So when I made my first purchase (2 bags of Walkers Nonsuch Licorice Toffees) they were much harder than I expected, but I was still able to bit them in half (or bite into one and pull away the other half) and then suck on the piece until it softened in my mouth to a point where it was chewable. Despite the semi-hardness, they were really, really, really good! So good in fact that my Husband who Hates black licorice (even Anise flavor) decided to try one because he said I seemed to be enjoying them so much ... and he really likes them too!
Those 2 bags were gone in 2 days.

I saw a vendor offering 5 bags and purchased them which is the basis for the current review, and I was surprised and quite disappointed to discover that these toffees were in fact rock hard. I tried biting into a piece and pulling the other half off and was sure I'd lose a crown if I continued. I don't know why there was such a difference from one to the other but it's made me think twice about ordering more. I even wrote to the company (Walkers Nonsuch Limited) to ask about proper storage and ways to soften them up, but never received a reply.

I guess I'll have to keep hoping for someone to duplicate C&B's original recipe.
Burt 's Bees barra herbal para máculas, granitos, 0,26 onzas fluidas, paquete de 2.
Burt 's Bees barra herbal para máculas, granitos, 0,26 onzas fluidas, paquete de 2.
I am in my 40's and still deal with breakouts a lot more often than I should have to. I see a dermatologist regularly, have tried just about everything from diet changes to cleansers to Proactiv, to prescriptions. Some would work for a little while and then stop. Proactiv made it worse. I have very sensitive skin and have to be careful what I use and eat. I gave up dairy a long time ago and have to watch my sugar intake. As soon as I started using this, I noticed a difference. I use this twice a day. It does have a strong smell (licorice and other herbal smells), which I acutally like. It also can sting/burn a bit, but for those of us who are looking for something that actually works, it's a good feeling. I waited about two months before posting a review to see if the results were consistent, and they are. I wish I had known about this years ago. Natural usually works best for me anyway. I also use the Republic of Tea's "Get Gorgeous" twice a day which helps with my overall skin clarity.

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