June Baker

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PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition)
PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition)
PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition) by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 69 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
A Dog-Gone Story
A Dog-Gone Story
A Dog-Gone Story by m l jones. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Hearts in Atlantis
Hearts in Atlantis
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King, William Hurt, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 755 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Doctor Sleep: A Novel
Doctor Sleep: A Novel
Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King, Will Patton, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 13476 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
20th Century Ghosts
20th Century Ghosts
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill, David LeDoux, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 687 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Blaze by Richard Bachman (2007-06-12)
Blaze by Richard Bachman (2007-06-12)
Blaze by Richard Bachman (2007-06-12) by Richard Bachman. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PYTHON PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: The First Real Guide For Beginners Towards Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence. Learn How To ... With Django! (MACHINE LEARNING WITH PYTHON)
PYTHON PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: The First Real Guide For Beginners Towards Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence. Learn How To ... With Django! (MACHINE LEARNING WITH PYTHON)
PYTHON PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: The First Real Guide For Beginners Towards Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence. Learn How To ... With Django! (MACHINE LEARNING WITH PYTHON) by Oliver R. Simpson. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The 24 Hour PHP Tutorial
The 24 Hour PHP Tutorial
The 24 Hour PHP Tutorial by Jay Docherty. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
A Field Guide To Gurdjieff's Buried Dog
A Field Guide To Gurdjieff's Buried Dog
This book was written for serious followers of Gurdjieff's ideas.

Especially those who've read Henderson's previous book.

Along with Hidden Meanings and Picture-Form Language -- not to mention the Typescripts of Life Is Real -- this is a must-read.

A concise recap:

If you liked Hidden Meanings, then this book will blow you away.
Warren Buffett : 100 consejos para invertir y enriquecerse (Spanish Edition)
Warren Buffett : 100 consejos para invertir y enriquecerse (Spanish Edition)
Este libro es una maravilla para todos los que estén interesados en mejorar sus finanzas y su vida en general, y esto incluye a las personas que de momento inviertan dinero a menor escala. Para mi personalmente, los tres consejos con mayor importancia son: actuar siempre con la mente calmada, invertir en si mismo y compartir con los demás. Se trata de fortalecerse uno mismo, de poder prosperar gracias a eso, y entonces de usar lo acumulado para el mayor bien de [email protected] A mejorar: La letra del back cover y, según mi percepción como nativo alemán, corregir unas faltas de ortografía dentro del libro. No obstante, doy cinco de cinco estrellas. Muchas gracias :)
Warren Buffett: A Biography of the most Intelligent Businessman Ever
Warren Buffett: A Biography of the most Intelligent Businessman Ever
This short booklet is rather article.

The content is a bit chaotic, and poorly researched. There could be much more interesting thing written about Warren Buffet. Instead there are some generalities.

I am afraid that you can find better written and more valuable Warren Buffet's biography on Wiki - for free.

As you can see the author had written a number of articles on various topics - from JFK, Holocaust through Ancient Egypt, and nearly all of those articles are rated 1* due to poor research, grammar and writing. This should answer a question if this booklet is worth buying.

The booklet is worth 1*. The second is because I got it for free - for free I just don't like it (2*), but if I had spend money on this - I would hate it and give it 1*.
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Reading Prepared challenged me to hold myself and my parenting accountable to a new standard of what’s possible versus what’s problematic in education. It’s an optimistic and long term view at how education could change to help our kids thrive as meaningful and engaged adult members of society far beyond graduation.

In Prepared, Tavenner narrates her own journey as student, an educator and founder of Summit Schools to the parent of a high schooler. Using personal anecdotes, robust research and sixteen years of leading Summit, her goal is to deepen the current conversations around education and broaden our definition of success.

Through project based lessons, advocacy, self-awareness and mentoring, Summit students take ownership of their learning, thereby driving curiosity and engagement. Tavenner identifies how important it is to shift the responsibility to the students to understand HOW they learn not just WHAT they learn.

While Prepared provides resources and a blueprint for a new approach to education, its real gift is sharing the long-term focus on helping our students grow and problem solve well into their adult lives.
The First: How to Think About Hate Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Speech, Fake News, Post-Truth, and Donald Trump
The First: How to Think About Hate Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Speech, Fake News, Post-Truth, and Donald Trump
For those who love philosophy this book is fine at dissecting the First Amendment. Even if you're just into politics and especially if you're into law, it's worth reading Fish's first 4 chapters. You are going to get Fish's elaboration of what you probably assumed (along with constitutional scholars and university deans), that you really dare not assume. You will get a very reasonable presentation. It may be hard to hold onto the conclusions he suggests, but that's not his fault, it's the subject. Take notes or buy the book!
When you get to chapter 5, the last substantive chapter, you may encounter information that I found much easier to hold onto, and more importantly, continually invaluable during my typical internet-bound life. Rising to consciousness in the minds of certain scholars in the last 30 years, concurrent with the dominance of the internet as a sales, entertainment and educational medium, has been the concept of Post-Truth, the replacement of the value system used before which assumed truth, and patiently lauded those seeking, following and expounding upon it.
Fish makes it clear that in any population these days in which individuals try to process data linearly, though the internet-supported data (as well as others' analyses of that data) is growing exponentially, is doomed to discover that arriving at "truth" via the fairly recent invention of scientific inquiry, is just not going to "keep up" with internet postings which: detract attention from facts; may present dozens of alternative facts, may be contrived to deliberately distort facts.
We no longer live in a village with only one witch doctor, or only the Washington Post. Fish makes it clear that when you experience the opposite, the flood of input, you will demand some practical solution. And it's not a Mark Zuckerberg (of Facebook) solution, to apply artificial intelligence to sift data and consolidate truth, even in the field of politics.
Zuckerberg stands for transparency. That's fine. But Fish points out that "the combination of transparency and the full flow of information leads not to enlightenment and clean government, but to confusion and paralysis." And later he clearly explain how intentional distortions, or at least loose interpretations, are so tempting and easily added to the flow of information. What is one to do in this Post-Truth age?
Fish writes convincingly on his suggested solution. He introduces the values of "perspective", the power of persuasion, and the ability to spread conviction to a following that may control masses from now on. It's a necessary blow to the advocate of Truth vs Lies, the old way. So be it. Get over it. This is now (and always has been, we realize).
Fish will explain the new way, if you are really after approximating truth and not concealing it for clandestine purpose. But he does make clear that in all this muddle of post-truth, it will remain difficult to tell approximations aimed purposefully at truth from the seeming approximations, which are really pure counter-narratives or chicanery aimed to deceive.
Finally, and the reason I give only 4 stars, author Fish slips. After so much of the book being meticulous about sticking to his self-imposed guidelines on how not to be careless, he carelessly assigns a status to President Donald Trump of "a bad post-truther". Not that he doesn't praise Trump's charisma and skill of persuasion, of bringing others to his point of view. But seemingly Fish's criteria for finding Trump "bad" is to instead trust, "nourish and support" he says, institutions such as "the press, universities, professional associations, documentary films,....." as bastions, or at least base stations of truth. With regard to Truth, Fish calls these institutions "dedicated to its pursuit". Proof? Poof. I don't find it.
So, finally Fish steps in the goo. And he wonders why Trump's followers have conviction that it's Trump, and not the institutions cited above that should be believed? How did Fish lose all sensibility suddenly, 3 pages from the end of the book? He doesn't question "the press, universities, professional associations, documentary films" etc.? How do institutions get his Good Housekeeping stamp of approval?
Follow the money. Look at the credibility ratings of these organizations. Advertising and grant money fund these organizations. It's well known. Has he been in academia so long that he doesn't realize the sandy base these organizations rest upon? It's no stretch at all to see why Trump picked up such a loyal following. He easily took on these very weak institutions (yes, weak under post-truth conditions) that have been squandering their once somewhat better credibility, just to get money in the coffers. Trump has far better credibility than the Institutions, even to this day, in spite of many of the same institutions, funded again by big-Pharma, big-Oil, and the Military Industrial Complex, trying their best to make Trump be appear the one using "bad Post-Truth" persuasion.
Fish should reconsider, and rewrite the last 2 chapters of this book so he can reclaim his credibility. Otherwise, I think he does a masterful job of bringing the average Joe up to speed on how to think in this Post-Truth era.
Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees
Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees
Un gran bel libro di fotografie, di grande impatto visivo e molto evocative.
Un grande inno alla bellezza del cielo stellato ( quello vero, non cancellato dalle troppe luci cittadine) e degli alberi, entrambi più che mai bisognosi di essere preservati dal troppo avanzare della modernità.
Da appassionato di astronomia e amante degli alberi non posso che essere felice che la fotografa lo abbia realizzato.
BUNMO Stretchy Calming Noodle Autism Toys - Glow in The Dark for Sensory Fun
BUNMO Stretchy Calming Noodle Autism Toys - Glow in The Dark for Sensory Fun
I purchased these more for their glow-in-the-dark feature than anything else. My 2 year old toddler would like glow sticks since her older sister is allowed to have them, but she can't resist putting them in her mouth and biting down on them, so they are off limits! Unfortunately, it takes a great deal of effort to get these to glow! You have to expose each piece to concentrated light individually for at least 30 minutes, and even then they barely glow, and don't last for more than an hour before you cannot see them at all in a dark room. They are stretchy and durable though, and my 2 year old thinks they are fun for that reason. I just wish they took on more light.
Uni Posca Paint Marker FULL RANGE Bundle Set , Mitsubishi Poster Colour ALL COLOR Marking Pen Medium Point ( PC-5M ) 29 Colours ( 22 Standard & 7 Natural ) Japan Import
Uni Posca Paint Marker FULL RANGE Bundle Set , Mitsubishi Poster Colour ALL COLOR Marking Pen Medium Point ( PC-5M ) 29 Colours ( 22 Standard & 7 Natural ) Japan Import
I'm a painter (primarily acrylic) and I kept seeing my fellow artists posting pics bragging about Posca pens. I decided to give em a go and well.... They're kinda lack-luster. I've worked with other acrylic paint pens that are a fraction of the cost and just as good. The lighter colors aren't very opaque but I am impressed by the opacity of the darker colors. The color selection is okay. The value for this set, compared to what individual pens retail is good. But, honestly, you're better off doing more research and investing in a different acrylic pen set or just reg acrylic paint.

Also, I've heard a lot of people have issues using these on paper (even heavy-weight watercolor paper). Just prime the paper with a layer of white acrylic/house paint and then use the pens on top of that to prevent pilling.
Wolverine
Wolverine
Collects Wolverine 1-4, Uncanny X-Men 172-173

After enjoying Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men films, I was looking forward to reading his first solo appearance in comics. Wolverine is an enjoyable and memorable story of romance and action that leaves a lasting impression.

The story follows Wolverine's return to Japan to visit his old flame, and what follows is a story that breaks Wolverine down and builds him back up again in a way that will make you unable to resist audibly cheering for him as he fights to regain his honor and discover his own humanity. This comic feels like a perfect blend between old and new styles of the medium: the pencils by the talented (not yet legendary when this was first published) Frank Miller evoke a modern sensibility, while the colors are old-fashioned, but still have a coherent palate. Claremont uses plenty of internal monologue to convey Wolvie's thoughts and feelings as the story progresses, and it works quite well. One can't help but wonder if Frank Miller picked up on this style and later used it to great effect in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One. The art and writing converge to near perfection near the end of the third issue, including what might be one of my favorite pages in all of comics, and perhaps the one page that would define who Wolverine is more than any other. You'll know it when you read it: it's good stuff.

The two issues from Uncanny X-Men are nice to have from a value standpoint, but ultimately unnecessary and less serious than the limited series that precedes it in the trade. They focus on the aftermath of the events in Wolverine on the X-Men and are ultimately forgettable on their own. If you are a fan of the X-Men you may get more mileage out of these. Frank Miller is NOT the artist on these issues, which is unfortunate because his pencils were quite good on Wolverine. Still, you can't complain about added extras when they don't detract from the main event.

Wolverine is a fascinating and exciting read that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in the character. It was an excellent starting point for me personally, having no prior knowledge about Wolvie from comic books, only from the movies. It is a story that you will want to read again after finishing it. It's just that good.

Read it if you like: Hugh Jackman's portrayal, Japanese culture, Good Sequential Art and Storytelling

Don't read it if you dislike: Added bloat in the form of extra issues (although I don't believe that they take away from the actual story, and I'll take all the value I can get)
Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1
Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1
Deadpool Classic 1 starts off with the New Mutants where Deadpool made his initial appearance attempting to kill Cable. The story and artwork are by Rob Liefeld. He has that signature 90s style that I’m a bit ambivalent about.

Next up was the four issue The Circle Chase by Fabian Nicieza and art by Joe Madureira. I really liked Madureira’s style. He featured both some exaggerated figures but sharp lines. The main story is that the mysterious Mr. Tolliver who played a big role in X-Force comics was killed by Cable and everyone wants to find his will. That leads to a bunch of ill will characters to get involved including Black Tom, Juggernaut, and Slayback along with the Hero Weapon X Kane. Another more mixed figure is Pool’s off and on girlfriend Vanessa that also wants to find the will. The series was the first time the authors hinted that Wade Wilson may not be just a mercenary.

Next up is the original run of Deadpool from 1994 that ran four issues with the story by Mark Waid and drawings by Ian Churchill, Lee Weeks and Ken Lashley. They are back to that 90s Marvel style akin to Liefeld. While they don’t have the excessive shoulder pads (still there for a group of soldiers) and bandoliers they do have that horrible habit of having women characters stick up their butts and chests in a ridiculous pose when they first show up. The series focuses upon Black Tom who is suffering from a life threatening disease and his friend Juggernaut trying to hunt down Deadpool who they believe has the cure to Tom’s illness. Theresa aka Siryn also gets involved who was raied by Tom.

Finally things end with Deadpool #1 that started off the current series. This introduces a whole bunch of characters that would be mainstays in the comic for years. There’s Patch that runs the Hellhouse mercenary business. T-Ray who would become Deadpool’s first real nemesis. Blind Al who was Wilson’s roommate/captive, and Zoe from Landau, Luckman and Lake. The story also shows the future progression of the main character. He takes a job to blow up a secret facility in Canada but when he finds out that it might kill off most of the world, he tries to fix the problem he caused.

These early comics show all the features that would get fully developed later on. There’s plenty of actions and explosions. At first, Deadpool talks a little, but by the end they had him rattling on and on. Deadpool also starts off as a coldblooded killer, but he starts developing into a more rounded character quickly. Great introduction to the entire series.
Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta, Elbows, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta, Elbows, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)
I very rarely come on to write a review immediately after receiving a product, but in this case, that's what I'm a-gonna do.

My son, just recently diagnosed celiac, is having a hard time saying goodbye to so many favorite foods (especially being vegetarian...SUCH a challenge!) We tried the gf Bisquick, which turned out a bit grainy (might let the batter rest next time to let the rice flour absorb water, might work).

But I digress. These noodles are AWEsome! My daughter cooked up a pot of them last night, just like regular pasta, according to the package directions (no special treatment other than slightly longer boiling time...and add a few Celifibr vegetarian chicken bouillon cubes to the water, like with all pasta, etc--mmm). I'm not joshing in the SLIGHTEST when I say I like these better than regular pasta! They have a smooth feel in the mouth, and a nice, not-crunchy-at-all bite! And NOT mushy AT ALL (my PET PEEVE with even slightly overcooked wheat pasta).

I can't wait to put these into pasta salad! And I'll bet they wouldn't get soggy in soup, even leftovers in the fridge for a day or two. My daughter always liked to make a big pot and put away the leftovers for easy warm-up lunches and dinners...but the noodles always got soggy by the second day, so she got out of the habit. Bet it'd be just fine with these rice noodles. I think their clever/extra-healthy addition of the extra rice bran is wherein the magic lies.

To paraphrase: WE LOVE THEM!!! I'm SO glad I got the 12-pack! If you're a fan of perfectly-cooked regular pasta, you will NOT be disappointed in these!
Scandaleux héritage (POCHE) (French Edition)
Scandaleux héritage (POCHE) (French Edition)
Un roman dont sexe, argent à gogo et coups tordus sont les ingrédients, écrit par une auteur aux 400 millions d'exemplaires vendus, aujourd'hui décédée, qui connaissait la jet-set comme personne.

Les personnages sont typés à souhait avec leurs addictions et leurs métiers à gros revenus (magnat de l'immobilier, avocat du show bizz...). Ils sonnent pourtant juste dans le monde décrit, dont l'auteur avouait qu'elle se servait de tout ce qu'on lui racontait, mais qui nous paraît un peu irréel. Débauche de billets, diamants, rollex et vêtements de marques, si on ne supporte pas le bling bling, il faut passer son chemin. L'histoire de départ, assez banale autour d'un rendez-vous familial dont on sait d'avance qu'il ne se passera pas bien, est prétexte à présenter les vies des participants, toutes plus compliquées les unes que les autres. Mais pas de panique, avec l'argent, tout s'arrangera...

Ca se laisse lire parce que l'écriture est fluide.
The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot
The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot
In spite of the clever packaging---this small 100+ page novel appears to be an ancient leather-bound journal complete with built in ribbon bookmark--- Jeffrey Archer's "The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot" fails to deliver the punch needed to smack it into the significance realm of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I expected some grand revelation---perhaps Judas and Jesus had concocted the whole betrayal bit; Judas gladly takes the hit and for two millennia is thought to be the ultimate 30 pieces of silver traitor. As I read this little gospel formatted tome, I am thinking, Judas's legendary despicable actions were all part of his Master's ultimate plan, right?

Wrong.

Supposedly, in "The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot" Archer and Moloney collaborate to formulate a tale believable to both Biblical scholars and modern laymen readers. The format definitely bespeaks of their desire to create something that resembles a gospel rendering complete with chapter and verse and the Jesus quotations (most of which are familiar from evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) highlighted in a red italicized font. Nevertheless, the story itself disappoints as it is far too similar to the actual gospels from which it is based to excite any degree of controversy. The supposed mystery of the real Judas simply neglects to properly mystify.

Bottom line? Years ago, I had read Frank Yerby's novel, "Judas, My Brother." Believe me as scandalous as the plotline of this older book seemed to me then, it could far more captivate its audience now than this Archer-Moloney collaboration. Sadly, "The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot" attempts to retell the story of Christ's ministry utilizing a fifth evangelist format that simply doesn't work. Why read this when the original four authors of the New Testament gospels have already told the tale and have told it the best way possible? Not recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
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Black & Blue (BookShots)
Black & Blue (BookShots)
When a beautiful girl is found dead on a river bank, Detective Harriet Blue thinks this is her in to what had been the men's-only investigation of the George River Killer.  This is the biggest investigation in Sydney, and the sex-crimes detective wants in.  It meets all the killer's trade marks. 
     The more she looks into the case with her partner (not their idea), Tox Barnes, the more she realizes that this isn't what it seems.  This is not the George River Killer, but someone trying to kill their past and start fresh.  Between checking out leads and trying to reign in her partner that's worse at doing things by the book than she is, she just might get this case solved. 
            Full disclosure- I read Never Never before this book because I simply was not paying attention.  Thus, my feelings for this introduction for Harriet may be jaded by the growth I saw there.  Here, she seems unnecessarily cruel and combative.  Chapter one finds her beating the daylights out of a man for getting off on a rape charge... we are lead to believe that he was guilty, but the fact remains he was found not guilty.  In chapter two, Harriet explains that she is not a vigilante but sometimes the law fails.... the definition of vigilante is as follows: 2. any person who takes the law into his or her own hands, as by avenging a crime.  HOW IS THIS NOT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN CHAPTER ONE?  If she had money and a penis she'd be Batman.  Between this and our crazy, narcissistic baddie, I had issues finding likeable characters here.  The rest of the force was weak and vindictive,  the chief came off as weak.  My favorite character was Tox, a jack ass of extreme proportion who uses the fact that he was hated to exempt himself from doing his work correctly.  He, at least was interesting! 
        Even though the book was filled with characters I loved to hate, the premise here drew me in.  I loved the plot, as the writing style was seamless.    I also liked the little bit of info about Sam, because you don't get a lot of info on her brother in Never Never.  I understand why the department acted the way it did about Harriet, but I cannot accept the way Tox was treated.  That upset me.  All in all this was a three star book for me simply for Tox and premise. 
        As far as the adult content goes, let's see.  We have violence, language, sexual content (including visiting a porn studio).  I give it a seven.
The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
It has been widely and vehemently put forth that the Inklings, a group comprised mainly of writers (including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams) who met regularly to read their works to each other over the course of more than fifteen years, was simply and solely a social club. Biographers, scholars, and in some cases the Inklings themselves have denied that the members of the group either exerted influence over or were influenced by the others. Glyer, however, presents a convincing argument that it is a gross error to take such statements at face value.

In The Company They Keep, Glyer defines and delineates a number of areas in which the various Inklings did indeed have an impact not only on each other’s personal lives as friends, but also on their professional lives and works as colleagues. Exhaustive evidence is provided to support these claims, demonstrating how these men acted and reacted upon each other as resonators, encouragers, sometime opponents, editors, collaborators, and referents.

Additionally, in the course of proving the influence of the Inklings on one another, Glyer makes a strong case for the importance of community in the life of every writer.

P.S. Don't skip the footnotes - they contain excellent content in themselves!
Die Herren von Greifenklau: Roman, Band 59 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Die Herren von Greifenklau: Roman, Band 59 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Die Herren von Greifenklau hatte ich in meiner Jugendzeit gelesen, also vor ueber 50 Jahren. Ich hatte den Titek in Erinnerung, aber wusste nicht, dass dieses ja der letzte Band von insgesamt 4 Buechern ist. Der Anfang war dementsprechend schwierig, wenn man die vorherigen Baende nicht gelesen hat, den alle Hauptgestalten spielen dort offensichtlich schon wichtige Rollen. Die vielen Grafen und verwobenen Familien sind ein wenig verwirrend, die Auseinanderstzungen mit den Franzosen sehr interessant, denn mit dem beschriebenen Krieg ist ja der Feindschaft mit Deutschland kein Ende gesetzt. Insgesamt gute Unterhaltung.
Pippi Langstrumpf
Pippi Langstrumpf
Ich selbst liebte Pippi und da war es für mich klar, dass auch meine kleine Tochter die freigeistige Pippi Langstrumpf kennenlernen sollte :) Wie oben erwähnt, sind die Illustrationen von Katrin Engelking wunderschön. Der Text wurde gegenüber dem Buch aus dem 70ern nur wenig bis gar nicht verändert. Aber eines fiel mir doch auf:
aus Pippis Papa, ehemals "Negerkönig" wurde nun der "Südseekönig" :) Dagegen lässt sich doch nichts negatives sagen, oder!?! Absolute Kaufempfehlung meinerseits! Jedes Kind sollte mit Astrid Lindgrens Büchern aufwachsen. Aber das ist meine persönliche Meinung...
Los Cazadores de Diamante (Spanish Edition)
Los Cazadores de Diamante (Spanish Edition)
LA NOVELA TRANSCURRE ENTRE LA CIUDAD DEL CABO Y LONDRES Y TRATA DE UNA RICA FAMILIA DEDICADA A LA EXTRACCION Y VENTAS DE DIAMANTES,LOS VANDER BYL ,COMPUESTA POR CUATRO PERSONAJES QUE LE DAN VIDA A LA NOVELA ,EL VIEJO DUEÑO DE LA EMPRESA,BENEDICT,TRACY Y JOHNNY LANCE.-LOS DOS VARONES DESDE PEQUEÑOS TUVIERON DIFERENCIAS DE CARACTER Y COMPORTAMIENTO Y YA MAS ADULTO JOHNNY ES QUE LLEVA A LA EMPRESA AL STATUS ECONOMICO Y BENEDICT DE MALOS SENTIMIENTOS SE DEDICA A PASARLO BIEN Y DIFICULTARLE LA VIDA A JOHNNY.-ES UNA MUY BUENA NOVELA LLENA DE SUSPENSO E INTRIGAS QUE DELEITA AL LECTOR.
A Woman in the House
A Woman in the House
I’m back on the road to Erskine Caldwell country—and oh so happy to be here!

There may be nothing extraordinary about this collection of short stories, other—of course—than the fact that they’re all short stories written by one of the masters of the form.

That said, I’ll single out “Slow Death” (pp. 59 – 67) as a story for all ages, and one that could be as authentic in our present day as it was when Caldwell apparently first published it in 1931. It’s the story of POVERTY, writ large—but also of how two impoverished bums can put humanity, both precious and brutal, on display.

“Wild Flowers,” which follows immediately (pp. 68 – 75), is equally as poignant. But “Wild Flower” demonstrates Caldwell’s powers as a stylist, which is generally not how I think of him. Truth is, I think of him first and foremost as a story-teller. Perhaps the first two paragraphs of the story will help to illustrate my point:

“The mockingbird that had perched on the roof top all night, filling the clear air with its music, had flown away when the sun rose. There was silence as deep and mysterious as the flat sand country that extended mile after mile in every direction. Yesterday’s shadows on the white sand began to reassemble under the trees and around the fence posts, spreading on the ground the lacy foliage of the branches and the fuzzy slabs of the wooden fence.

“The sun rose in leaps and bounds, jerking itself upward as though it were in a great hurry to rise above the tops of the pines so it could shine down upon the flat country from there to the Gulf.”

“After-image” (pp. 83 – 92) is certainly one of the most unusual short stories I’ve ever read. It’s about the dissolution of a marriage—followed by the suicide of the lover who took the husband out of that marriage, and about the first wife’s observation of that suicide. Most unusual—and eminently readable.

“We are looking at you, Agnes”—the title of the short story and the last line of that same story—is one of a kind. A girl leaves home to attend business school in Birmingham, Alabama, takes money from her father to do so, enrolls—instead—in a manicurist’s training course, then ends up in the back room of a cheap barbershop, ostensibly to take care of men’s nails. Instead, the fingers and nails of innumerable men grow accustomed to creeping down the neck of her dress—and the rest is a predictable history, except to her family, who simply won’t acknowledge it.

In this era of the #MeToo Movement, it’s quite interesting to read a story like “Runaway” (pp. 122 – 127) and realize that males—no matter how ugly, rich and white—have no monopoly on monsterhood in this world.

If you think for an instant that a short story titled “Carnival”—the final story in this collection—is going to be a study in raucous hilarity, you don’t know Erskine Caldwell. Only Caldwell can outfit a story with a title like “Carnival” and make it read like the saddest story on earth.

Have I said enough to convince you to read a bit of Caldwell? If not, the fault is entirely mine. Don’t short the author if my review fails to do him justice; you’ll only be shorting yourself.

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
04 April 2019
Siddhartha: A New Translation (Shambhala Classics)
Siddhartha: A New Translation (Shambhala Classics)
I took up Hesse in HS w/ a reading of Steppenwolf. This then lead me to Demian, Narcissus and Goldmund (my fave) and all the rest culminating in Hesse's best work...Das Glasperlenspiegal or The Glass Bead Game. Siddhartha is the the story of Buddha written by a 20th century European white male. This little book will certainly get you started. It started my path fo me...I am now 56 and am currently reading Wings To Freedom by Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath and Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Descrimination. I can't say that I've reached the Cristos yet but I am one with all...for sure.
Faldum
Faldum
A fairy tale from Hesse which is very beautifully written. I have purchased a collection of Hesse's fairy tales which includes this one and six all together. Is this really another journey of self-discovery in disguise? Well, yes, I guess it is. We have to get what we wish for and be transformed thereby, to realize that we were perfect before.
Tarzan Forever : The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Creator of Tarzan
Tarzan Forever : The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Creator of Tarzan
I found Tarzan Forever well written, and often very entertaining and interesting, but very often just plain dead wrong - from badly and broadly misinterpreting texts, such as Lost on Venus (which Taliaferro just didn't get), to many specific mistakes.

Taliaferro regards Lost on Venus an example of Burroughs "climb[ing] on his favorite high horse, eugenics." (page 265) Specifically, Taliaferro refers to Burroughs' creation of Havatoo, a city-state in which eugenics has run amok, concluding that this nightmare city was an ERB utopia. But the depiction of Havatoo is Swiftian - gullible Carson can see only roses at first, but finds after many hair-raising adventures that the Havatoo are as spiritually dead as a race of zombies that occupy a city on the other side of the "River of Death" which separates the two cities. Utopia? Not even close!
And here's an example of a specific error: Taliaferro cites Carson's knowledge of aeronautics as the fact that persuaded the rulers of a kingdom on Venus to spare him. (page 266) But aeronautics came up much later. It was Carson's knowledge of astronomy that saved him. An unimportant detail, maybe, but Taliaferro's book is rife with such errors.
A mistake I found even more annoying - if not downright devious - was Taliaferro's claim that "on the final page" of Apache Devil, Shoz-Dijiji (the Apache Devil of the title) tells his sweetheart, Wichita Billings, "that he is white, nimbly sidestepping the unspeakable eventuality of miscegenation, a well-exercised Burroughs taboo." (page 224) This is as untrue as it is ridiculous! Shoz-Dijiji only tells Wichita he has a secret (i.e., that he is "white") to tell her later. But he never utters his secret to Wichita on the final page - or any other page of Burroughs' novel. In fact, Wichita professes her love for him despite his American Indian heritage. More to the point, as Taliaferro himself notes, Shoz-Dijiji's mother was "one quarter Cherokee." (page 216) Thus, Shoz-Dijiji, one of Burroughs' noblest heroes, not only is mistaken as to his racial heritage, he is also the product of the so-called "Burroughs taboo" against miscegenation! Here, we find a familiar Burroughs theme - individual honor and integrity are what matter, not the color of one's skin.
Those who have aired the tired old claim that Burroughs was a racist, and Taliaferro is solidly in this camp, have simply not been willing to recognize the subtleties of the Burroughs canon (yes, even adventure yarns can be morally ambiguous and complicated). Instead of reading Burroughs' works carefully, with an ear for the era in which they were written, Taliaferro and others skim the books and draw hasty, misinformed conclusions.
Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded)
Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded)
In many ways this book is more like a scrapbook than a conventional reference source. Part of it's charm is that it looks like someone has created a personal scrap book of mementos and collectables from the Harry Potter movies. This makes it a fresh and enjoyable read - there are so many items on every page, it is difficult to know which to read or look at first!

At only 24.2 x 28.6 x 2.5 cm, 160 pages and 1.4kg in weight, this book is really the little brother of the more comprehensive mammoth sized "Harry Potter: Page to Screen" by Bob McCabe. In truth, the two books are totally different - "Film Wizardry" attempts to provide a rush of memories and energy from a well assembled scrapbook format, where as "Page To Screen" is more like an encyclopaedia. You can get through "Film Wizardry" in a few hours, but it is so much fun, it can be re-read again and again.

"Film Wizardry" covers the visual elements of the films tremendously well. In brilliant colour images there are costume sketches and designs, story board sequences, memorable scenes created by the concept artists and maps and diagrams illustrating the complex rooms and corridors of Hogwarts School and the mysterious nooks and crannies of Diagon Alley. Most magical of all are the various movie prop replicas which enable you to grasp and hold some of the magical items from the world of Harry Potter. It is best to leave these as a surprise as there is a lot of excitement in discovering them for the first time!

One or two teasers are a copy of Harry's letter from Hogwarts School and a copy of Libatius Borage's "Advanced Potion-Making" - but it is more fun to discover these yourself!

This is a must-have book for any serious Harry Potter enthusiast, and even someone with a casual interest in the J K Rowling books or the Potter movies would find this lots of fun and highly informative.
Bassetts Sherbet Lemons Sweets Bag (192g x 6)
Bassetts Sherbet Lemons Sweets Bag (192g x 6)
I love lemon candy and stumbled upon these through Amazon. THEY WERE AMAZING! I have continued to purchase these over the last year ensuring I never run out so have been through MANY bags at this point. That being said this last batch I ordered has not been the wonderful lemony candy I am used to. The bag is the same, they physically look the same, they smell the same BUT some taste like Vicks Mentholatum cough drops which to me are absolutely DISGUSTING. Some within the pack taste fine, others taste awful. I roll the dice each time I pop one in my mouth to see if I will need to spit it out. One may be fine then the very next disgusting. They are not expired or damaged so I am perplexed why some taste bad. I thought maybe it was just a defective bag, but this has continued through all six bags. I am so disappointed. Giving 3 stars because until the batch of 6 I loved them.
Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Untold Story
Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Untold Story
It's a poor quality collection of b/w pictures from the internet headed up by a badly written, all over the place essay. Terrible for the price! Don't waste your money. I've returned mine for a refund
George Harrison: Living In The Material World
George Harrison: Living In The Material World
It's unfortunate that George Harrison's passing made people take note of his legacy. Director Martin Scorsese, a student and ace documentarian of rock history, intuitively knew how large the Quiet Beatle's legend loomed. Scorsese cleverly divides the film into two sections. The first part devotes itself to George's role as the acquiescent sideman in the Beatles still acquiring his own voice within the band. Sometime around 1967 Eastern Mysticism would capture George's soul and its impact not only on the band but popular music on the whole is inestimable. Unfortunately egos and ambition within the band would cause its inevitable implosion. Dusting himself off the breakup proved to be a new lease on life for George. Songs that were rejected as not good enough for the Beatles were compiled on the masterful "All Things Must Pass" album. He organized the Concert for Bangladesh which proved to be a case of good intentions stymied by poor management. Later he delved into filmmaking among other successful ventures. The thing that impresses most about Harrison is the friendships he forged and the genuine affection others had for him. By all accounts a good husband and father which probably was a larger accomplishment in his mind than being a Beatle. One quote from the film the stuck with me came from Ringo Starr stating the Beatles were like a square dependent on the strength of its four corners. George's corner was one not to be underestimated.
Elflandea 2 part 1
Elflandea 2 part 1
Loose your self in a world of elven magic and wonder. Great story with real life lessons!
Tiny Love Polar Wonders Magical Night 3-in-1 Projector Mobile, Polar Wonders, One Size
Tiny Love Polar Wonders Magical Night 3-in-1 Projector Mobile, Polar Wonders, One Size
I’m so disappointed because this mobile is very cute, has very beautiful music and is a projection mobile. But, after only 2 months of use, the light broke and after I replaced the batteries, it would not come back on. So I ordered another one- because I don’t want to deal with a return during a pandemic. Well, the other one’s light worked.... like a strobe light and the music was off key. Like it had been in some kind of accident. It’sa good thing my son doesn’t have a seizure disorder because this mobile would have caused seizures in susceptible individuals. Frustrated, want to return that one but don’t feel comfortable going in stores yet. When I stop hearing about grown people having hissy fits about wearing masks for 25 minutes.... then I might feel comfortable again.
Caja de regalo colección Rondnoir
Caja de regalo colección Rondnoir
Forget a Mother-in-law's birthday? Miss your wife's anniversary? What about trying to score some brownie points for the next time you make a mistake?

This is a good option. It isn't too expensive or large, but still big enough that it shows you didn't just run to Wally World to try to smooth things out.

Key things to consider about this purchase:
1. Is the female in your life that you have angered allergic to chocolate or nuts? If so, avoid this and find another way to dig out of that hole you are in.

2. Does the female in your life hate chocolate? See above.

3. Did you get in a fight over how an outfit looks, or anything about her looks? Tread lightly here. You don't want to find out you aren't supportive of a diet or being healthy or another landmine you might step on.

4. Are you still married? If not, this will not fix a problem that large.

Good luck... and do try giving this before you actually do something stupid. Believe it or not people are much happier with chocolate in their mouth (most of the time).
"memory foam pillows"
"memory foam pillows"
After reading the reviews, I bought two of these, one each for my wife and myself.
These are the best pillows I have used so far.
They come vacuum packed, and I followed the instructions to tumble dry on a warm setting for the recommended time. This "fluffs up" the pillow, by expanding the foam inside. You could do the same by shaking manually if you don't have access to a tumble dryer.
My wife and I tried one each for a couple of days. She found that by sleeping on the pillow in its own, it was comfortable for her. Whereas I like two pillows, and I placed this on top of my existing rather thin pillow, but found this too firm.
On the third day I took out some foam (a few handfuls), and got the pillow to my liking.
I am sleeping very well indeed on this pillow. I like the way you can remove and add back the foam pieces as required to get the pillow to suit you.
I am storing the foam that I removed in the zippered bag that the pillow came in at the moment so if I need to add some back it will still be clean and fresh.
I highly recommend these pillows, it looks like my search is over for a comfortable nights sleep!
One thing to be wary of is the zips on the pillow that give you access to the cover and foam. These look fairly fragile so the need to be opened and closed gently and with appropriate care, however they are suited to the application-just take reasonable care.
A very good pillow indeed for a reasonable price, along with good customer care in the way of a follow up email.
Very happy indeed with my purchase.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Factory Unlocked Cell Phone | 128GB of Storage | Long Lasting Battery | Single SIM | GSM or CDMA Compatible | US Version | White
Samsung Galaxy A51 Factory Unlocked Cell Phone | 128GB of Storage | Long Lasting Battery | Single SIM | GSM or CDMA Compatible | US Version | White
So far so good. I didn't like the Bixby thing everyone I touched the side power button. So I went to settings, then advanced features, side key, I turned off the double click just to keep it simple. But the press and hold I set it for the power off menu which im used to. You know the turn off and restart. Anyways I also turned off bixby routines in the advanced features. When clicking on a web address I was directed to samsung internet. I didnt like this because I like Chrome as my default so I went to settings, then apps, then samsung internet, the browser app then clicked chrome. Besides all the extra stuff I had to Uninstall and disable because I like a simple phone I like this so far. The speaker is loud. The pictures are beautiful and its just nice. It has Microsoft office which is nice so I can print out labels for organizing my home. I made sure to get Asirion insurance.
Another thing. I was getting a plain white box under misspelled words. I could not see the suggested words. For this I went into settings on the keyboard while open, then smart typing. Then auto spell checker. It must be on. Now I can see a list.
Kuhbonbon Crema De Regaliz Caramelo 200 g
Kuhbonbon Crema De Regaliz Caramelo 200 g
Sehr weich und nicht zu salzig. Wie das Original lassen die sich kauen wie Toffees was mal auch sehr angenehm ist. Auch das kleben an den Zähnen ist sehr gering. Auch das sie nicht zu salzig sind finde ich gut, Lakritz die man weghaschen kann.
Regaliz Amarelli - Regaliz en polvo - 500 g
Regaliz Amarelli - Regaliz en polvo - 500 g
Ho acquistato questo prodotto per fare il liquore alla liquirizia. In un'altra occasione avevo utilizzato i tronchetti di liquirizia e avevo fatto un lavorone per ridurli in pezzetti più piccoli che si sciogliessero con facilità; poi un'amica mi ha detto che la madre usava la polvere e mi ha consigliato la Amarelli. La confezione da mezzo chilo arriva in un barattolo di plastica trasparente e sigillato; il barattolo è un po' ingombrante: se fosse più alto e meno spesso, servirebbe meno spazio per riporlo con la polvere che non è stata usata. Il liquore è venuto buonissimo: la liquirizia si è sciolta facilmente e il sapore è intenso. Quando ho controllato, sul sito della Amarelli il prezzo del prodotto era più basso, ma bisognava poi aggiungere i costi di spedizione e, quindi, Amazon è risultato più conveniente.
Hinojo Bio Semillas 200g - orgánico, bolsa biodegradable
Hinojo Bio Semillas 200g - orgánico, bolsa biodegradable
J'ai achetée ces graines de fenouils pour les coliques de mon bébé, je galérais avec ses coliques, j'ai tout tentée, ostéopathe, graines de cumin... les coliques partaient pas . Du coup j'ai achetée 2 paquets , je bois 3 tasses par jour. Je fais bouillir 1 litre d'eau et met 2 cuillères à soupe de graine, je laisse bouillir 5 à 10 minutes puis laisse infuser pendant 5 à 10 minutes et hop dans la bouteille. Je bois 3 tasses par jour ( car j'allaite) et javais également donné à bébé à 3 ou 4 reprises mais pas beaucoup ( l'équivalent d'une cuillère à soupe) Résultats: bébé va pluS à la selle et fait beaucoup moins de coliques au bout de quelques jours de prises. J'ai vu une grande différence.
Donc je conseille.
Après au goût à force d'en prendre on trouve ça un peu dégueu mais ça se boit facilement... et pour le bien de bébé on a pas le choix...

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