Judith Rivera

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JavaScript Grammar
JavaScript Grammar
JavaScript Grammar by Greg Sidelnikov. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript Programmer's Reference
JavaScript Programmer's Reference
JavaScript Programmer's Reference by Alexei White. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row by John Grisham, Michael Beck, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 22255 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
La confesión (Spanish Edition)
La confesión (Spanish Edition)
La confesión (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Pet Semetary
Pet Semetary
Pet Semetary by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple…
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple…
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple… by H. P. Lovecraft. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 2270 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Night Visions 5
Night Visions 5
Night Visions 5 by Stephen King , Dan Simmons , et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The King in Yellow [annotated]
The King in Yellow [annotated]
The King in Yellow [annotated] by Robert W. Chambers. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 303 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Concepts: Late Objects, 3rd Edition
Java Concepts: Late Objects, 3rd Edition
Java Concepts: Late Objects, 3rd Edition by Cay S. Horstmann. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learn Java Programming - By GoLearningBus
Learn Java Programming - By GoLearningBus
Learn Java Programming - By GoLearningBus by WAGmob. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Modular Programming with Python
Modular Programming with Python
Modular Programming with Python by Erik Westra. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Learning SQL: A Step-by-Step Guide Using Access
Learning SQL: A Step-by-Step Guide Using Access
Learning SQL: A Step-by-Step Guide Using Access by Sikha Bagui and Richard Earp. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
I like both Buffettology and Buffettology II as books I can go back, skim through, and find straightforward ways of examining the worth of stocks. I give it 5 stars as being excellent for steering you to good investments. But don't assume every other method and every investor is as stupid as the book claims: it will lead you to value this book's opinion alone too much.

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

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

Why do they need to lie and exaggerate if they're really providing the best way for the average person to evaluate stocks without going through the whole, formal, "asset value, earnings power value, growth value" math calculations required by advanced methods as per Greenwald, et al's "Value Investing"?
Simply Electrifying: The Technology That Transformed the World, from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk
Simply Electrifying: The Technology That Transformed the World, from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk
According to the forward, Craig R. Roach spent ten years on this book, and it is easy to see why. It is about as comprehensive a look at the way electricity has been integrated into modern society as you will ever read. In the end, the book was not exactly what I was expecting, but it was, with some exceptions, worth the read.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* The book is well written. Roach writes in an easy-to-read style, and mostly keeps the topic moving along without getting bogged down in endless detail. The writing is lively, avoids the long paragraphs and arcane vocabulary of the “serious academic”, and communicates its points reasonably well.

* I will admit that the electric industry in the US is not one of my strong points, but there was a lot of information in the book that I had never come across before, and is relevant to our current and increasing reliance on electric power generation and distribution. For example, Roach points out how electric power generation is a business that relies on large economies-of-scale, and it is impossible to electrify large portions of a country without a large market. But there is always a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem- who buys appliances until the electric lines are in? And who would run electric lines to a house without appliances?

* Much of the book concentrates on the government stimulation and regulation of the electric power industry, and its close cousin, the telecommunications industry. Electric utilities are “natural monopolies”, at least in their traditional form---meaning it simply doesn’t make economic sense to have more than one covering any given area. Roach examines how this fact affected the early growth of the utilities, and how the early monopolies were controlled and in many cases, morphed into modern utilities.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* While the regulation side of the electric business was interesting, the discussion tended to get a bit long-winded and overblown. I’ll admit that as an engineer, my interests are more drawn to the technical side of the business, but the book seems to overly concentrate on the regulatory and financial aspects. As an example, the Tennessee Valley Authority was responsible for some incredible engineering and technical accomplishments, but most of the discussion of this organization involved legislative and rate-related items.

* Especially as the book progressed, the technical details became less and less defined and explained. One small example, in the discussion of nuclear power, the author mentions the “ceiling” on the economies-of-scale of nuclear power plants. Nuclear power certainly has its issues, but as a large fixed-cost technology, I had never heard of such ceilings, and it would have been nice to have the author explain his thoughts.

=== Summary ===

The book is much more about the electric power industry than it is about electricity. There is some content in the beginning of the book on the contributions of Ben Franklin and other scientists, but 80% of the book is about how electric utilities are regulated, controlled, stimulated and influenced. There is plenty of interesting information on how utilities formed in the US, and how their financial structure worked to allow them to put large investments in place. If you are interested in that, you will enjoy the book.

=== Disclaimer ===

I was able to read an advance copy through the courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.
Memos from the Chairman
Memos from the Chairman
Warren Buffet doesn't write many book introductions, which is the first sign you're reading something uncommonly great.

I cannot believe that I've never heard of this book. I read this in one sitting which is testament to it's brevity and content.

Alan C. Greenberg was CEO of Bear Stearns from 1978 to 1993. Over this time the firm grew c.10x employees and substantially outperformed rivals in terms of return on equity. This book collects the memos he sent to staff over that time.

Greenberg is funny (he has two imaginary management gurus from whom he quotes regularly), lacks the ego of most CEO book writers and is refreshingly anti management pseudo-science. One of my favourite paragraphs follows:

“We have lost 90% of our competitors over the last 20 years. Most of those managements were precocious; they were using those catchy techniques years ago. 35% used TQM 25% used CI 20% used BPR 10% used OTAODI. The remaining 10% did not use any sophisticated management tools, they were just extra special stupid. The [committee] suggested that we stick to common sense (CS) because catchy titles will never supplant “CS.” If you disagree, you are working at the wrong place.”

There's a lot of books that will tell you about the importance of repetition in leadership communication, but I can't think of one that so effectively shows the principle at work.

Should be required reading in any management training program.
Fons & Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford: 24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking (Landauer) Full-Size Patterns; Projects for Red & White, Susan McCord, Log Cabin, Patchwork & More
Fons & Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford: 24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking (Landauer) Full-Size Patterns; Projects for Red & White, Susan McCord, Log Cabin, Patchwork & More
Having been a member of The Henry Ford for many years, I eagerly awaited this book. I was not disappointed. The photography was lovely, and the quilts chosen were beautiful, especially the section on Susan McCord's amazing quilts. I was lucky enough to see these quilts up close and although the majesty of her masterpieces is not as obvious in these photos, they do give one a great idea of how wonderful these quilts are. Many great chapters in this book including a textile timeline. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in quilt history or any fan of The Henry Ford.
The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings Volume 3
The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings Volume 3
These are classic recordings and centrally important to jazz history. The quality is fine considering the price and that one is hearing music from the 1920's, though you should be aware of the existence of the Columbia and well regarded JSP recordings of this same material.

The music is soulful and full of life. Contemporary jazz is sometimes technically brilliant but icy cold. This is true at both ends of the spectrum, whether one is listening to the avant-garde or more traditionally flavored jazz. Not all contemporary jazz is that way, but there is certainly enough that is lacking in deep emotion. That's not a problem here. Louis Armstrong exuded a sense of warmth, of fun, of humanity. At the same time he was inventing, or recording for the first time, many of classic moves that would form the repertoire of what we call contemporary jazz.

There really is no need for me to spill more ink praising these classic sides; they have been discussed in depth elsewhere. I only wanted to say that the quality of the recordings is reasonable. These sides sound fine and the quality is good enough for most ears, though you should compare with the other releases of this material.
Undefended Love
Undefended Love
The material in this book is very good. Reading it underscored my awareness of my own personal behavior well. It also taught me many new things. It does so in a good conversational style without becoming over-the-top verbose or too chatty. I find that many books about self-help go into extensive, lengthy, and arduous detail of the story underlining the one line sentence at the end of the chapter which they are attempting to convey to you. This book does not do that.

It goes into more detail than I would prefer and that I felt would be necessary to get the jist of things, but it doesn't do so by such a wide margin as to feel unuseful.

My partner and I also took the author's course of the same title. Know that if and when you go to that course, you will not be working together with your partner. It is not a "couples course". It's a course on personal self exploration using a step-by-step procedure to open your eyes to how you personally invite the difficulties you complain about into your own life. I would recommend it, though I had to wait a couple of years for it to be offered. There was also a waiting list.

The author has incredible insight and awareness. This was clearly evidenced in the course, which I took in 2016, many years after she wrote this book. The book has all of the seeds of this awareness, though IMO not quite the depth of spiritual understanding and intuition which she exhibits today. By the way, by "the author" I mean Jett Psaris. I have not met Marlena Lyons.

So if you're looking to expand your own personal self awareness, and are not afraid to look within for the cause of the difficulties in your life, then this book can help you. I have read many books on self-help and personal awareness, and this is one of the top 15-20% of those.
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
I am very pleased with the decisions and care that Sony has made in putting together this Basement Tapes Complete collection. Too often record companies aim these releases to the lowest common denominator and not the avid fan or completist. Admittedly Dylan has more completist fans than most artists.

First off the packaging. The box measures 8 1/2" x 8 1/4" x 1 1/2" and acts as a slipcase for 2 books. The first contains the 6 cd's, along with 3 essays. The most interesting essay to me was 9 pages by Clinton Heylin detailing the stories of tracking down the various reels and recordings that make up this set. Since he was allowed to play in the big boys' clubhouse Heylin is on his best behavior, not that there would be much to complain about here. His piece is thorough and entertaining. The other book contains photographs by Elliott Landy, the definitive photographer of Dylan and The Band in this era, along with various pictures of tape reels, 45 RPM sleeves, magazine covers and the like. This book is a beautiful companion to this set.

As for the music (all 6 hours and 35 minutes) - we are told that this represents absolutely all existing, listenable songs from these sessions. I was skeptical of that at first. How would we know if they were telling the truth? Suppose there were some fragments or lesser quality recordings that they held back just because the quality was low and they didn't want to release more than 6 discs? Well, I believe them now because a few of these songs are pretty bad in recording quality. Which they cop to when they list disc 6 as a bonus disc "of historic importance but very poor sonic quality". I don't think disc 6 will get much in the way of repeated plays from me, but there a few songs on there that are loose and hilarious despite the poor recordings. I think we can safely say that, because of the warts and all nature of this release, that we now have everything.

For those of us who already have the, up until now, definitive cd bootlegs (like A Tree With Roots) does this sound better? I think so, but not always dramatically. I have a 1 CD bootleg called Mixin' Up The Medicine, supposedly made from the so called Safety Tape, and that sounds wonderful to me. I'm not sure if the official set does better than that. You have to remember that recording quality runs the gamut here from barely listenable to full sounding and nearly perfect.

There are 30 new songs here that even the most avid of collectors don't have. Unfortunately 11 of them appear on the poor sounding 6th disc. There are some good songs on that disc but I was put off a bit by the recording quality. These 30 songs are certainly worth getting excited about if you are a Dylan completist. I wouldn't say that there are any new Dylan classics here but there is much to be enjoyed. I particularly like Ain't No More Cane, Wild Wolf and a gorgeous version of One Too Many Mornings with the first part sung by Richard Manuel.

If you are debating with yourself whether to spring for the expensive complete set or the inexpensive 2 cd set you should probably just get the 2 cd set. You already know whether you need this or not (I knew there was no way I could pass on this). If you only have the official Basement Tapes released in 1975 there is much treasure in the 2 cd Raw release and you won't have to wade through the dross. You would still get amazing songs like Sign On The Cross, I Shall Be Released, Get Your Rocks Off, and the perfect I'm Not There, in addition to classics like This Wheel's On Fire and Tears of Rage.

But there is something very cool about owning the whole thing and having this beautiful package sitting on your shelf. And settling in for some completely genuine music made in a relaxed setting by a few very talented artists with nothing at all to prove.
Lovesick: Victoria's Secret Exclusive CD
Lovesick: Victoria's Secret Exclusive CD
Nine selections from the 50 plus years recording history of Bob Dylan. With the 1960's Bob represented by: "She Belongs To Me" "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" "To Ramona" "Boots Of Spanish Leather" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue." With the first five tracks you are the witness to some golden age Bob. In the early 1960's the man only needed his acoustic guitar and harmonica with some instrumental backing to send out his message. "Lovesick" from "Time Out Of Mind" is here as a remixed version and also from that 1997 album is "Make You Feel My Love" and they are a tease from one of Bob's recent classic records. "Things Have Changed" and "Sugar Baby" are the last two tracks on this disc. The voice found on the last four selections is that of a man that has traveled down many roads over all the years but it's easy to get used to cos' this is DYLAN!

I play this one in the car and it has been there for a few months now. A mighty fine (and short) CD this one is.
FIVE STARS!!!
Rugged Phone CUBOT Kingkong(2020), Unlocked Smartphone, Android 10, 4400mAh Battery, IP68 Waterproof, Shockproof, 5 Inch Display, Dual Sim, Face-ID, Black
Rugged Phone CUBOT Kingkong(2020), Unlocked Smartphone, Android 10, 4400mAh Battery, IP68 Waterproof, Shockproof, 5 Inch Display, Dual Sim, Face-ID, Black
 The main reason I bought this was durability! This phone is built like a talk. It's also rated at IPX 68, which means it can be submerged in water to about 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. This is great for shooting HD video underwater in the pool.

This is a budget phone, so the specs aren't fantastic, but you are getting 4 gigs of ram, 64 gigs of internal memory, along with a very snappy octa-core processor. Fortunately it's running a slimmed down version of the latest android OS, so the software runs smooth and seamless.

For $200, you're also getting an extremely tough chassis. Probably the only phone I've ever owned I won't be buying a case for. Go ahead and test it. drop in the ground when you get it. This thing can take it! In fact there are plenty of videos out there showing how tough these phones really are.

The camera is what you would expect at this price-point, meaning they aren't top notch, but the test shots I took came out quite nice as long as there is good lighting. So outside shots should turn out pretty well. Another thing worth mentioning is the battery. At 6000mAh this phone is literally going to last you all day of heavy usage without any issues.

I never intended to use this as my daily driver, but I wanted something that I could stick my sim card into that would still get 4g speeds, take decent photos and be able to take out camping, hiking, kayaking, whatever, and know if you drop it on a rock, it's not going to get destroyed. So far I really like this phone.
Dive Travel - Shipwrecks of the Upper Great Lakes of Michigan
Dive Travel - Shipwrecks of the Upper Great Lakes of Michigan
Wow - I had know idea we had so many shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. It was really cool to learn about the ships, and history behind the wrecks. I love this Dive Travel series, and have watched many of them. For some reason, this is one of my favorite. It's just awesome to see that we have such fascinating dive sites here in the continental US. It makes me want to go diving in Michigan. I didn't even know there was diving in Michigan! That's the great thing about this series. You really learn a lot.
The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds
The book, as always, was more detailed and interesting, but for creating it for the eyes to see, this was pretty good. The story and acting were good. The production felt a tad dated. I'd kind of like to see it remade with more modern directing, but then they'd probably spoil it with lurid sex scenes, bad language and such. I know it's the story of a priest, but they'd figure a way to dirty it up. Though there's romance and absolutely a sexual attraction between the main characters, it's handled with dignity and grace. Doubt that today they would leave that alone. So I say keep the movie as is and overlook the slightly dated feel and just enjoy the story and journey of the ambitious priest and his life-long love.

The priest from the very first meeting is attracted fondly to a dark-eyed little girl. They remeet many years later as she is on the brink of adulthood and a lovely beauty. She is magnetically drawn to him. He tries to resist her affection in favor of his ambitions to climb the ecclesiastical ladder to grab the brass ring of Pope one day. Through it all, he suffers watching her get married, pregnant, divorced and agonizing over her love for him (and he for her). There are stolen kisses and affections along the way that cause guilt for him and hope for her, and are noticed by those around them. But alas, though we wait anxiously for the moment all ambition and caution is cast aside and they rush into each other's arms to vow their love to each other, it is never fated to be. It's frustrating and yet a sad and beautiful story of true love that never connects.
QあんどA 2 [Q and A 2]
QあんどA 2 [Q and A 2]
ぬぅ、もどかしいです。なんであだち充大先生がこんなコテコテな幽霊、透明人間のネタで月刊誌に連載しているんだ?もっと、スポーツとラブコメ、パントマイムのような無声映画のような笑いがあるのがあだち充ではないのか・・・いや、勿論あだち充作品はコテコテなのが良いんだけど、ネタがコテコテって・・・いや、あだち作品は結構ぽっくり人が死ぬから、その続きを書いたらどうなるか試して見ている感じなんだろうか・・・クロスゲーム連載終了したからそろそろこっちに力が入って来てほしい。とうとう力が入らなかったらまた新連載を・・・あれ?それでも今後に期待。
Lock & Lock Pizza Slice Container, Tray and Saver, 2 Pack
Lock & Lock Pizza Slice Container, Tray and Saver, 2 Pack
I bought just one to test this out and see if the reviews stating these didn't fit pizza were true and I'm happy to say they are wrong and here's why. Pizza comes in different sizes. That simple. The pizza size I regularly order is 16" and these fit that perfectly. Now, Pizza places MIGHT call 16" a large or maybe a medium... hard to say. I've seen pizza places make HUGE PIZZA's (20" etc) and clearly that won't fit!!! But for people who get 16" pizzas or smaller it's gonna fit it perfectly and I ordered two more.
Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson
Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson
I actually had the fortune to meet Jeff Cramer in person, actually having no idea that he had written on the very subject I intended to interview him about. After nearly an hour of laborious picking about philosophical notions of friendship, he modestly informed me that he had just written a book on the subject, which I bought immediately.

Even though I'm doing my own intensive Thoreau research (having written on the phenomenology of friendship), I am enthralled by the book. Cramer does not stand in the way of Thoreau or Emerson. The vast majority of the book is primary source, but he has managed to compile loads of texts in an accessible-for-all text about the friendship of two greats in such a way that you will both see them as great and as average. Cramer also includes the main bodies of texts from both Thoreau and Emerson on the subject of friendship, so that you can really get at the entirety of their friendships and ideas about friendship.

I would mention specific sections, hailing Cramer's ability to elicit physical outrage, tear stains on the pages, and staying awake at night to think, but Cramer's entire notion is that one ought to just be able to go to the source, find what you need there, and stay out of the way. He helps us see the two American giants in the ordinary, and for that feat alone he deserves applause.
The Pride of Jared MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 2
The Pride of Jared MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 2
This is #2 in Nora Roberts' quadrilogy about the romantic lives of the 4 MacKade Brothers which I am reading as an interlude from my normal diet of heavy thrillers. In my review of #1 featuring Rafe MacKade I reflected on Nora Roberts' successful but somewhat repetitive plot formula of immediate physical attraction between the main characters but only a slow realisation that the attraction is more than physical.

With Rafe safely married off to Regan and a fully accepted member of the MacKade clan, Roberts turns her attention to Jared, the brother who became the town lawyer. The "strong beautiful female" in the formula this time is Savannah Morningstar - "She was tall - a curvy five-ten ... filling out a drab yellow T-shirt and ripped jeans to the absolute limit of the law. Her leg were endless." Sounds a good start to the formula.

Savannah is not your normal Roberts' female lead. She has part American Indian heritage and a difficult history because she left home at sixteen to become a single mother to Bryan. Savannah has battled for years for her independence and is unwilling to give it up - of course until Jared comes along - but then this seems impossible with a child of her own to bring up.

Did I enjoy revisiting the Nora Roberts' formula again? Yes and No - it wasn't as good as #1 in the series. As usual it had the sparkle of an author at the top of her game and was a little different because of Savannah's background. What remains in my memory is the strength of the MacKade family ties and how they pull together and accept the brothers partners and wives into the family. The next book in the series about Devin, the local Sheriff, may be a bit predictable as we already know from the first book that he has eyes for Cassie Dolan, whose husband is in prison for wife abuse.

Will I read the other books in this series? Probably because I am still intrigued to see how the formula pans out and because reading this book did give me the interlude I needed.
Chick Bowdrie Boxed Set (Louis L'Amour)
Chick Bowdrie Boxed Set (Louis L'Amour)
This boxed set brings together three of the best Chick Bowdrie stories:
South of Deadwood - Chick is sent to retrieve a captured leader of a deadly gang. Deadwood is way outside of Texas, and Chick must bring him back cross country. The only problem is that the rest of the gang is still at large and gunning for Chick. Louis L'Amour does an introduction on the town of Deadwood.
A Trail West - A gang has kidnapped the daughter of a Texas judge to keep him from sentencing one of their own in prison. Chick is sent to retrieve her. Or die trying! This one ends up in Arizona. Louis L'Amour does and introduction on women of the west (which was very interesting) (BTW-this one is out of print now and can only be obtained with this set).
Where Buzzards Fly - Chick is sent to investigate a big robbery that has happened in west Texas only to find that the robbers have been murdered (all fourteen of them) and the loot has vanished without a trace. Chick must trail them with his mind and his wile. Louis L'Amour does an introduction on gunfighters (some of which he had actually met).
All three dramatizations are well cast. The special effects are excellent. The audio is crisp and clear and easily understood in the noisy environment of a car. Well worth the purchase price. Run time: 180 minutes.
Le poids du crime
Le poids du crime
A réserver pour les fanas de Carter Brown, dont je suis (j'en possède une centaine)
The Timeless Writings of C.s. Lewis, the Pilgrim's Progress; Christian Reflections; and God in the D
The Timeless Writings of C.s. Lewis, the Pilgrim's Progress; Christian Reflections; and God in the D
"The Pilgrim's Regress" comes with the illustrations by Michael Hague, and the "afterward" to the third edition (which is a preface in the paperbacks I have seen). It does not have the brief explanatory guides which come at the beginning of each chapter of those paperbacks. (Some would say that we are better off without them, at least for the first reading.)

"Christian Reflections" is a relatively early collection of papers by Lewis, and it includes the helpful preface by Walter Hooper. It should be good for those who have not yet read many of his papers. I like it as well as any collection I have seen.

"God in the Dock" brings together a selection of essays and other short pieces by Lewis, again with an introduction by Hooper. These are not all as carefully considered as those in Christian Reflections.

There is a great deal of material in this volume --good material to be sure-- but the sheer quantity means that the pages are full, and the typeface is not as large as I would have liked in my old age.
Um Haaresbreite: Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 5) (German Edition)
Um Haaresbreite: Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 5) (German Edition)
Hi, das Buch ist die ältere Ausgabe. Gelesen habe ich es noch nicht. Die Seiten sind vergilbt, im Buchrücken sind Knicke vom lesen, leichte Beschädigungen an den Kanten und auf dem Cover. Auf dem Cover ist ein Zug abgebildet, der eine Brücke runter stürzt. Ein paar Knicke in den Seiten. Aber ich finde das Cover trotzdem gut und es regt an zum lesen. Ich lese gerne Clive Cussler und wem Dirk Pitt gefällt, dem kann ich Kurt Austen empfehlen, sie arbeiten beide bei der Numa.
The Secret Chamber
The Secret Chamber
Patrick Woodhead has, apparently, been a professional explorer for the last eight years, so one imagines his exotic locations are excellently researched.

Not quite. `The Secret Chamber' opens with a man running, arms outstretched, through the Zairean jungle. Well, good luck with that in real life. Maybe he has machetes for arms. He then stops to rest at an acacia tree. Another superhuman feat, he must have covered a lot of ground to get all the way from the jungle to the savanna so quickly.

I could have stopped reading there but I decided to give it a few more pages at least... a sad disappointment. After introducing us to `Bear', the female lead, who Woodhead can't help describing in lascivious, pawing detail, the next scene takes us to the `mining outpost' of Bloemfontein, supposedly in the remote Kalahari Desert. Which is odd, because in reality, Bloemfontein, a fairly well-watered city of nearly 400,000, is actually the judicial capital of South Africa.

One can't help wondering if the `unclimbed mountains' and `unchartered tributaries' [sic] that Woodhead's frontispiece claims he has conquered were not just the result of some mediocre map reading.

Nevertheless, a complete ignorance of geography is not necessarily a bad thing in an author, in fact, many authors have toyed with alternate realities with great dramatic effect. So on I ploughed.

But then, what do we find here?

After a blanket disparagement of the looks of Bloemfontein's womenfolk, Patrick Woodhead introduces another character as a `fat Boer bastard'. Yes, that's what you read: `fat Boer bastard'. Perhaps, in his mind, he believed he had some dramatic justification for this (no, it wasn't in quote marks in the book), but, er, I was actually under the impression that there were laws against this kind of bigotry.

And there's more to come... when we meet the aforementioned gentleman, an utter caricature, his voice is thick with an `Afrikaner' accent. An Afrikaans accent perhaps?

And a moment later, my final point of contact with this appalling novel: `Her job was to contain the site, not win a petty argument with a halfwit Boer.' Extraordinary. Utterly extraordinary.

Particularly as the `Boer's' main character flaw seemed to be the way he treats the lead woman merely as a sex object... yet after all, Woodhead's own treatment of her is equally grubby, whether he's writing inside or outside of quote marks.

Apparently Mr Woodhead now runs a safari company called White Desert, showing people around Antarctica. One can only hope he's not piloting the plane - and that he treats his guests better than his characters.
Doble juego [Code to Zero]
Doble juego [Code to Zero]
Nunca había leído nada de Ken Follet y me lamento de haber comprado este libro dejándome llevar por los comentarios
Es un relato que me resultó absolútamente inverosímil, con ese estilo de escritura elemental que bien se denomina como "best sellers" porque tiene como principal objetivo lograr un alto nivel de ventas.
Solo tolerable para leer en la playa, alternando la lectura con la observación de bellas niñas.
Fue el primero y el último libro de este autor que leeré en mi vida
Patricia Cornwell FIVE SCARPETTA NOVELS
Patricia Cornwell FIVE SCARPETTA NOVELS
I love this series and thoroughly enjoy rereading the books because every time I appreciate something new. This is one of the first series that I really enjoyed reading how the characters have evolved and have grown. Even if I do not like the direction of a character, I cannot wait to read the next book. Putting these novels in a group for the kindle is awesome. I value the opportunity to affordably re-create my "book" library into my Kindle library while of course adding the new books in the series as the are released.
Poldark: Season 5
Poldark: Season 5
Warning: Spoilers!
The acting and cinematography was beautifully done, as it was in all previous series. However this final installment was a letdown. The story line was disjointed in some episodes, in which characters would say or do something that made you think something would go further with it, but that particular twist was just sort of forgotten and not carried through. For example, Ross wanting to buy another mine, and secure a loan for it....then nothing further about that mine. Then there was the fact that so much of the first handful of episodes focused on Ross's wrongfully imprisoned friend that this story line just dragged on and on and hence got very old and tiresome very quickly, it was episode after episode of basically his friend getting inebriated and mouthing off to everyone. It was very slow and my family and I were losing interest. But in stark contrast, the last few episodes felt and looked like the writers were in a hurry to wrap everything up, the story then jumped about and didn't make much sense. It really was the worst installment of the entire Poldark series, and unfortunate as it is the last one. Based on their amazing work in the first four installments, they could have done better with this one.
Harry Potter Gryffindor Juniors Red T-shirt
Harry Potter Gryffindor Juniors Red T-shirt
I purchased 2, one small one extra large. The extra large fit like a small so I gave that to my 11 year old. The small was a joke even for my tiny kid so I wrapped it up and gifted it to a random little girl at Harry Potter world in Universal studios, made the best out of a bad situation. Unfortunately the trip was a surprise so I couldn't take it out of packaging and try it on prior to leaving. Didn't get my dream of dorky matching shirts fulfilled but the look on the little girls face was priceless.
elope Harry Potter Heathered Knit Scarf
elope Harry Potter Heathered Knit Scarf
I purchased this scarf for some Slytherin engagement pictures and this scarf definitely exceeded my expectations. I actually already have a Slytherin scarf that I bought years back. You can tell it's a prop from a store like Hot Topic. But THIS one, has the actual look and feel of what I imagine they wore at Hogwarts. It's thicker and has the more muted colors you see in the movies as opposed to the bright colors you see in trendy stores. It also isn't gaudy with the Slytherin patch. In the movies, the focus is on the house colors. You don't need a giant snake for people to understand. So it's a smaller more authentic looking leather patch at the very bottom for effect.

I loved how the pictures turned out. I bought it for my fiancé, but he already knows I'm going to take it and wear it in the winter. :)
Unique Harry Potter Novelty Glasses
Unique Harry Potter Novelty Glasses
I went to Specsavers and had an eye test before Christmas and they tried to sell me a pair of super duper designer glasses and lo and behold if I gave them the best part of £200 they'd give me another pair FREE! Suffice to say I duly nipped into my local Poundstretcher 5 minutes walk away and got myself a lovely looking pair of glasses for £1.29. Oh, and another two pair just in case, totalling less than £5. I digress. These Harry Potter glasses are perfect for occasions when I'd like to wear glasses but don't need them for close-up work like reading. Instead I use the Harry Potter ones for entertaining my Children or driving, which attracts some much-needed ATTENTION. Laters.
6-Outlet Swivel Space Saving 2 USB Port Surge Protector Wall Tap, Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Compatible, 2100 Joules, 2.1 AMP Charge, White Finish,7791301
6-Outlet Swivel Space Saving 2 USB Port Surge Protector Wall Tap, Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Compatible, 2100 Joules, 2.1 AMP Charge, White Finish,7791301
I bought this item mainly for the USB ports. However, like other Globe products, it suffers from one major flaw - the top prongs are plastic that are too short and not thick enough to actually "grab" the connectors inside the outlet causing it to fall out due to the weight of the cords. It is obvious that, had they made the top prongs the metal prongs, the weight of the cords would not pull the tap out of the outlet. An even better solution would be to make both sets of prongs metal. (I would pay more for such a design.) After repeatedly pushing the tap back into the outlet, I finally pulled the outlet out of the box, flipped it 180° and replaced it. Now the metal prongs are at the top as they should be;but, of course, the USB ports are on the bottom and the labels are upside down. CAUTION: If you do this, be sure to flip off the breaker to the outlet. I purchased an earlier Globe outlet with same flaw. Perhaps someday they will actually read the reviews and modify their design. If not for this flaw, I would certainly give this a 5 star rating. And, if not for my fix, I would only give it one. Perhaps the 2 star rating will get their attention.
A Tale Of Manhattan: Return Of The Sacred Scroll (Devin Reed Fantasy/Adventure Series Book 1)
A Tale Of Manhattan: Return Of The Sacred Scroll (Devin Reed Fantasy/Adventure Series Book 1)
This book in not just for children I am over 65 and loved it. As I read this book I found myself in this adventure. I lived in Manhattan
2 blocks from Central Park in the 70's and I would take my young son there to play and we rented a boat at the lake. As I read this book I felt I was part of this adventure with Devin. The Author must have spent time there also. His description brought memories of my time spent there. Anyone who loves the history of our Country will love this book. Things should have worked out better for our Native American Brothers and Sisters. Too bad this is fiction.
Looking forward to Devin's next Adventure.
Egyptian Magic (Illustrated Edition)
Egyptian Magic (Illustrated Edition)
Was not really impressed. Honestly, at times the book seemed offensive. Yes, there are things to learn from the book, but I found myself distracted by the forms of names he used for some of the Egyptian gods, which are no longer in use. Also, some of the thinly veiled jabs he takes at the Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs. On one page he refers to their beliefs as "gross and childish superstition". He seems to express distainful surprise that the "educated folk of ancient Egypt" believed they had the ability to influence nature and the Gods. On another page he says, I quote, "...beliefs and superstitions of the most degraded character flourished with rank luxuriance..." and he later says that those people who dealt with such were regarded as associates of the Devil. But ancient Egyptians didn't have the same Christian views that he does in regards to magic, and what he considered black magic would have been acceptable to them. And the closest thing they had to a devil was Apep. But he didn't utilize the name Apep, he specifically says the Devil and demonology, sorcery and witchcraft.

Now he does, mention white magic, which he seems okay with, if dismissive of. Another quote, "A matter for surprise is that they seem to see nothing incongruous in such a mixture of magic and religion..." I could go on, but I don't want to belabor the point.

Get the book, but read it with a grain of salt. Especially if you identify as Kemetic or Tameran.
Harry Potter Hermione Granger Deluxe Girls Costume, Black & Red, Kids Size Large (10-12)
Harry Potter Hermione Granger Deluxe Girls Costume, Black & Red, Kids Size Large (10-12)
The costume did not have a bottom hem and was unfinished. The bottom edge was ragged and uneven. You can see the cut marks and one side is longer than the other. Since it is a fleece material, the cloak can still be worn (no time to get it replaced by halloween) but typically i would have returned.

If the hem had been done, I would rate a star higher due to the fact my daughter loves the soft, lightweight material. The closure will need replaced but that would be a minor fix compared to the hem.
The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
If one is seeking, as I was, to learn about the impact of the Trujillo dictatorship or U.S. policies of the time on the people of the Dominican Republic, this is not the book for it. Instead, the author’s focus is almost entirely on Franklin Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy and how that policy was coopted by Trujillo for his own personal ends.

One can trace an emotional arc over the course of the book. In the first four chapters (of eight), the author addresses his subject with a fair degree of objectivity. Chapter Four, on ‘Dictatorship and Diplomacy in the Public Eye’, is the best in the book. Among other things, in this chapter the author describes how Trujillo’s “mimicry of U.S. diplomatic and political projects” helped him gain friends in high U.S. places. The author’s research and description of how 20th century nationalist leaders used mimicry to gain an advantage over former colonizers is particularly useful. He circles back to this theme at the end of Chapter Six in one of the more effective passages in the book’s second half.

In between, though, in Chapter Five the author deals with the ‘Haitian Massacre of 1937’. With this discussion he stirs himself into a bitter mood from which he never recovers. This might not be a problem except that most of the rest of the book deals with the responses by Roosevelt and his successors, as manifested in Latin America, to the threats to the United States from the Nazi and Soviet regimes. The author doesn’t seem to take those threats seriously, and this in turn undermines his argument for a better, if undefined, alternative approach to policymaking.

Finally, the author does a disservice by misstating the U.S. Constitution’s formula on the setting of U.S. foreign policy. To cite but one example, he writes that “the State Department’s constitutional authority over U.S. foreign policy does not always give it the power to shape the gravitational forces at work in every set of bilateral relations.” The Constitution assigns no such authority to the State Department. Instead, it grants the President power and responsibility to set both foreign and defense policy, and the challenge for the President of balancing competing or incompatible interests in the foreign policy and defense realms is a permanent condition. Rather than wish away this reality, the author would have done his readers a better service by providing a sense of what he would have advised a President to do in light of the different opportunities and threats that the United States was facing during the years of the Good Neighbor Policy and the early Cold War.
Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School
Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School
I was recommended this book at a conference, but I can't honestly say why. It's full of truisms and conventional wisdom.

It's very heavily footnoted, but the footnotes consist largely of anecdotes loosely related to the point the authors are trying to make rather than further information or research citations. A striking number of the footnotes are to other works by the same author. Citing yourself in the footnotes as proof of your arguments? Hmm.

The first third of the book is dull ax-grinding, the middle chapters are platitudes, and the last couple chapters are weak cheerleading.
Charger for Nintendo Switch, YCCTEAM Switch Charger AC Adapter 15V/2.6A Fast Charging Replacement for Nintendo Switch/Switch Lite with 5FT Type C Cable, Support TV Mode and Dock
Charger for Nintendo Switch, YCCTEAM Switch Charger AC Adapter 15V/2.6A Fast Charging Replacement for Nintendo Switch/Switch Lite with 5FT Type C Cable, Support TV Mode and Dock
The USB-C charger works great for my Nintendo switch. I can even use it for TV play with the doc (most USB-C chargers don't support that). However, this only supports the Nintendo switch requirements of 5V st 3 Amps, and 15V at 2.6 Amps, but does not support the 9V charging, hence the 4 stars. It would have been nice if this charger was made universal for all devices that take USB-C charging, but unfortunately it doesn't support that. However, it works great with my Nintendo switch.
Celestial Silk - Funda de almohada de seda 100% para un cabello de lujo, seda de morera de 25 Momme, seda Charmeuse en ambos lados, envuelto para regalo
Celestial Silk - Funda de almohada de seda 100% para un cabello de lujo, seda de morera de 25 Momme, seda Charmeuse en ambos lados, envuelto para regalo
I understand a lot of people don’t think this is real silk because the texture changes after the first wash. However, there is a proper way to take care of it that restores its initial super soft and silky texture.

1) Wash it inside out and zip it part way so it can’t flip in the wash. The silky side should only brush against itself in the wash. This is on top of following the manufacturer’s directions of cold water delicate cycle and delicate detergent.

2) Hang to dry. I don’t care if you dryer has an air dry setting. Just hang it. It’ll be dry in like 2 hours on a cold day with no sunlight and in half an hour on a warm day with plenty of sun.

3) Iron it inside out. This is the most important step, this is was makes it soft again. Use the silk or low setting on your iron. Don’t steam it, the heat is too high and will cause damage over time.

The key with maintenance is to be gentle. If you throw it in with your regular wash, use the wrong detergent, and put it in the dryer it’ll have holes in it within a year.

I’ve have mine for three years and it’s made a noticeable difference in my skin and hair. My skin is dry and sensitive and with this pillowcase I don’t wake up with dry patches around my chin and mouth anymore. My hair is less frizzy and greasy too and doesn’t break as easily as before. This is definitely worth the money but you do need to take the time to properly take care of it once a week.
Warmies Microwavable French Lavender Scented Plush Jr Sheep
Warmies Microwavable French Lavender Scented Plush Jr Sheep
I love this product. My daughter takes it everywhere, which is why there are only three stars for durability. The problem I’ve run into is that it is pretty hard to clean. It would be nice if you could remove the other cover and actually wash it (it’s filled with rice so you cannot get it wet). Otherwise it’s such a cute and comforting toy and I’ll just keep replacing them when they get seriously dirty.
BERLMAN Ergonomic High Back mesh Office Chair with Adjustable Armrest Lumbar Support Headrest Swivel Task Desk Chair Computer Chair
BERLMAN Ergonomic High Back mesh Office Chair with Adjustable Armrest Lumbar Support Headrest Swivel Task Desk Chair Computer Chair
I have been wfh for the last 6 months and my main spot has been my dining room table. Uncomfortable as all get out. I do have a small desk in my bedroom but the chair I bought was even less comfortable than the dining room table. I finally broke down and began looking for a chair when I caught sight of myself in the window reflection and my posture reminded me of Gollum hunting for a fish. I had a list of requirements. I wanted something that didn't look like hell, wasn't uber bulky, adjustable height, tall enough for a head rest and had arms that flipped up so I could get it under my tiny desk in my tiny room when not in use. This is more money than I wanted to spend, but my posture was horrendous and my carpal tunnel was off the chain painful. I am 5ft 7in and I'm a size 16. I fit very comfortably in this chair. The back is the perfect height. The armrests are the perfect height. It fits under my tiny desk with the arms flipped up and the chair completely lowered. It has checked all of my boxes and my 21year old son had it put together in 20 minutes. This chair is very supportive, doesn't creak and my aches and pains are gone. I'm sitting up straight and I've banished Gollum. Do yourself a favor and buy a footrest as well and you are good to work from home during whatever disaster comes our way next.

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