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Mobile HTML5: Using the Latest Today
Mobile HTML5: Using the Latest Today
Mobile HTML5: Using the Latest Today by Estelle Weyl. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
And Then You Loved Me
And Then You Loved Me
And Then You Loved Me by Inglath Cooper. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1896 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, The Crimes of Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling 3 Books Collection Set
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, The Crimes of Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling 3 Books Collection Set
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, The Crimes of Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling 3 Books Collection Set by J.K. Rowling, Parts One and Two By J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, et al.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Cada suspiro (Novela) (Spanish Edition)
Cada suspiro (Novela) (Spanish Edition)
Cada suspiro (Novela) (Spanish Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Ana Duque. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
NICHOLAS SPARKS: SERIES READING ORDER & BOOK CHECKLIST: SERIES LIST INCLUDES: THE NOTEBOOK, THE CHOICE, THE LONGEST RIDE, TWO BY TWO & MORE. (Top Romance Authors Reading Order & Checklists Series 10)
NICHOLAS SPARKS: SERIES READING ORDER & BOOK CHECKLIST: SERIES LIST INCLUDES: THE NOTEBOOK, THE CHOICE, THE LONGEST RIDE, TWO BY TWO & MORE. (Top Romance Authors Reading Order & Checklists Series 10)
NICHOLAS SPARKS: SERIES READING ORDER & BOOK CHECKLIST: SERIES LIST INCLUDES: THE NOTEBOOK, THE CHOICE, THE LONGEST RIDE, TWO BY TWO & MORE. (Top Romance Authors Reading Order & Checklists Series 10) by R.J. Michaels. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel
Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel
Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6911 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
NYPD Red 2
NYPD Red 2
NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 3673 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012)
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012)
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012) by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Grande Illusions: Books I & II
Grande Illusions: Books I & II
Grande Illusions: Books I & II by Tom Savini, Stephen King, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The World of IT
The World of IT
The World of IT by Alyse Wax and Andy Muschietti. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 548 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station
Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station
Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station by Stephen King, Peter David, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 58 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Drunken Fireworks
Drunken Fireworks
Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King, Tim Sample, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 172 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight by Stephen King, James Woods, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 335 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP Fast & Easy Web Development, 2nd Edition
PHP Fast & Easy Web Development, 2nd Edition
PHP Fast & Easy Web Development, 2nd Edition by Julie C. Meloni. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns
The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns
Pabrai has written a great book for value investors. Like Pabrai, I have followed Buffett/Munger for decades and attempted to emulate their investing style and philosophy. In this book, he goes through several examples of his investment strategy which includes finding stocks where if you are wrong you don't lose much and if you are right you win big, very big. He tends to make large and infrequent bets. Similar to Buffett he waits for the big fat pitches to come along and then swings for the fences with sizable bets on them.

If you have studied Buffett and Munger you will find a lot of his investment philosophy familiar of course but it is a good refresher and Pabrai communicates these principles well. I found the book an easy read and enjoyable. Other investment books sometimes I have to force myself to push through them but Dhandho was a breeze.

One big thing I learned from Pabrai that I either never picked up or internalized properly was the idea of making big bets. Over the years if I had a high conviction stock I would make an equal size bet on it. I might hold 30 to 50 stocks that make up the bulk of my portfolio. If one got too big I'd pare it down if my conviction on it was lower in order to keep diversification and lower overall risk. In hindsight, this was likely a mistake on my part.

Pabrai introduced me to the "Kelly Formula" which is a betting formula that gives you an idea of how big a bet you might want to make on a particular investment. Using this formula I found I probably should have made bets that were 10% or at times 20-30% of my total portfolio. In reality, most of my original stock investments never exceeded just 2% to 4% of the total portfolio value. As a result, I watched some higher conviction positions become multi-baggers over the years that would have had a higher impact on the portfolio had I simply bought more.

Of course, everyone says "I should have bought more of "xyz" but I look back and know there were some safe stocks I bought to be diversified with low risk and others that I had a higher conviction on that also came without undue risk. I simply did not apply the formula and bet as big as I should have.

I highly recommend this book to any investor and especially value investors. I wish it was written a decade ago or more and that I had found it. I'm sure with the knowledge I have gained from Dhando Investor I would have mostly likely beaten the markets by an even larger percentage.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
I really wanted to like this book.

I'd read Zuboff's Age of the Smart Machine eons ago and became a bit of a fan of her thinking. Hence why when 'Surveillance' came out, I'd wanted it to be something akin to Harari's Sapiens/Homo Deus or even Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow. Alas, I was left a bit wanting by the time I turned its last page.

Getting to the last page is no small feat. This is a beast of a book (I purchased the print version, as I wanted to earmark and highlight passages - without being surveilled!). And yet, while the work is exhaustively researched and footnoted, one is left exhausted in the end.

Yes, important perspectives for our age are raised here, and Zuboff does sound the alarm on the firms creating new value on the digital surplus they create. But it feels like the thesis could have been advanced with half the pages and twice the speed.

Worse, despite its length, there appear to be big idea chunks missing. The role of the courts and the regulator in grasping and remedying excesses - perhaps defining a new regulatory framework for use of digital crumbs we leave - is not fully canvassed. There is lengthy discussion of Senate deliberations in the 1970's around the MK Ultra, depatterning and mind control. Yet there is nothing on what would seem more appropriate - Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress in April 2018. There was a lot of grist for the Zuboff mill here, yet we read nothing. Perhaps the testimony came out after the tome went to press? Doesn't seem so - there is a cite to a piece in the Intercept on April 13, 2018, three days after Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress. That testimony seemed rather on point to Zuboff's work, yet no word (unless I missed it, entirely possible!) commentary from Zuboff. Contractual obligations to get to press? Don't know, but were it the case, this most important event seems warranted to hold things off a week or two.

What follows may be a nit, but given the deep care paid to detail, and the deep implication of the representation, it stands out. On page 514, Zuboff writes:

"[Zuckerberg] envisions a totalizing instrumentarian order - he calls it the new global "church" - that will connect the world's people to "something greater than ourselves".

Great quote, and rather powerful scary stuff, but the problem is the Zuck said no such thing. The cite references Zuckerberg's "Building Global Community" post from February 2017. Unless that quote changed, what it currently states is this:

"Building a global community that works for everyone starts with the millions of smaller communities and intimate social structures we turn to for our personal, emotional and spiritual needs. Whether they're churches, sports teams, unions or other local groups, they all share important roles as social infrastructure for our communities."

Zuckerberg doesn't hold Facebook out as a church, any more than he does holding it out as the Boston Bruins, Teamsters or a knitting club. And unless my CTRL-F fails me, that's the only reference to "church" there is. I'm not here to defend Zuckerberg, but this is certainly a miss on Zuboff in my books (particularly given the attention to detail otherwise shown).

On the whole the issues raised are important. I'd recommend the book to anyone wanting to gain an understanding of a framework for the issues here. I'd certainly recommend it (or a fair summary of it) to lawyers, regulators, legislators and jurists who will run into these issues a la GDPR.

But as to Zuboff's central thesis, that there is an unprecedented paradigm here that will change humanity forever, and how our democratic institutions and rule of law will fail to curb excesses of new business models and technological shifts, I'm unconvinced. Were our legislators equipped with the insight and talent to monitor, assess and rightly adjust use of our 'digital surplus', I'm sure we can get there. At the end of the day, it's about curbing excesses of those who seek to profit from others, and defining rules.

That's not unprecedented - that's a human story old as time.
Who Was Stan Lee? (Who Was?)
Who Was Stan Lee? (Who Was?)
My son had to do a project for history class where he picks someone famous that has passed away, and writes a book report on the person and "presents" the information while dressed like the person. He is a huge Stan Lee fan so we googled for books. This one is perfect for his age. (My son is in 3rd grade.) The book is an easy read, not too long, but has tons of information on Stan Lee's life. My son really enjoyed reading this and did a great job writing his report. The book is a chapter book but does have some pictures so it's still entertaining for young readers. A+
Amazon: Un nuevo modelo de negocio a golpe de clic (Spanish Edition)
Amazon: Un nuevo modelo de negocio a golpe de clic (Spanish Edition)
En esta obra se nos presenta de forma clara y muy concisa los orígenes y la evolución de Amazon así como un análisis de la figura de su fundador, Jeff Bezos, el empresario que creó y afianzó este portal como el principal ecommerce del mundo.

El libro está muy bien elaborado y tiene de una lectura muy entretenida y apta para todos los públicos, siguiendo una estructura de capítulos cortos ordenados cronológicamente según los hechos.

Es un libro muy recomendable para todo aquel que tenga curiosidad sobre la creación y evolución de Amazon o simplemente busque una historia empresarial de gran éxito. Totalmente recomendable.
The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond
The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond
3.5 Stars

This is a sturdy hardcover (with a neat textured cover) almost 200 page book. The color page layouts are nicely done and visually attractive with plenty of high quality historical photographs. There are detailed illustrated diagrams of rockets, space shuttles, the International Space Station, and spacesuits.

There’s a brief overview of the solar system and aviation history before the book covers notable figures (and animals) in the drive to first go into space, then the moon, and in the future Mars (the text dives into assumption and speculation there). It also covers topics of technology, space related jobs, pop culture, and more.

While there are occasional mentions of budgets and the price of a mission and tourist trip, it could have been more informative to include additional price specifics and discussions of the cost factor. This would be one example where the narrative seems to downplay certain angles, thus not always presenting a balanced presentation of the subject material. The message is success rather than an accurate or well-rounded portrayal of the advances and setbacks of the space programs.

There is an index and glossary, which adds to its educational value. Despite a few of the book’s shortcomings, as a homeschooling parent, I still plan to use it in the coming school year with my fourth grader for a unit on space exploration and space history.

Additional analysis on content:

PROS:
While the space program started out a male exclusive program, the book includes pages detailing the women who faced additional obstacles as they paved the way for the program to become more equal opportunity. It was also nice to see attention given to “quiet heroes,” people with behind the scenes jobs that are also critical to the success of the program.

There’s an interesting spread devoted to “space junk,” which details the potential impact of trash and debris left from space missions.

There’s also an informative spread on space age technologies used to improve life on Earth.

CONS:
Space shuttle tragedies (the ’86 Challenger and ’03 Columbia) only get a small sidebar with absolutely no discussion of the incidents and their impacts. It’s clearly downplayed and a glaring omission considering both halted and curbed the program. As someone who sat in elementary school with her classmates ready to watch a teacher instruct from space for the first time only to witness the explosion on live TV, this certainly warranted more book coverage.

In the section “Why Space?” it attributes space exploration to curiosity. This is often a term used in history books to describe exploration (and colonization) on Earth to kids, and in both instances the real drive rarely boils down to simple curiosity. In fact, I cringed every time the word was not only tossed out but given so much weight. While knowledge, education, and scientific discovery are also a part of it, children shouldn’t be misled that there aren’t other material and ideological motivations for the space program and space exploration.

Ironically, later in the book, space discovery (as well as Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin) is compared to “pioneer” Christopher Columbus, reinforcing age old hero myth-making, inaccurately crediting him as the inspiration for ocean travel, once again ignoring the less noble reasons for exploration. (Neil and Yuri should be rolling over in their graves at the analogy painting them in the same boat as Chris.)

Interestingly, while the narrative seems to keep a running score card on the space accomplishments between the US and Soviet Union, there is no mention or discussion of Reagan’s controversial Strategic Defense Initiative or “Star Wars” program.
Virgin Rebel: Richard Branson In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Virgin Rebel: Richard Branson In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Richard Branson is a visionary! He is articulate (albeit dyslexic), caring, compassionate and what I would call a "class human being." He makes sure that his employees are part of the team and encourages playfulness on the job site.
No isn't in his vocabulary and how fabulous it is to know that someone like Richard Branson lives amongst us. What a light!
Higher Is Waiting
Higher Is Waiting
I expected a fun easy read, it was that and much more! My life experiences and the work I do allows for me to know what forgiveness could do to move people forward. I expected to get some insight on how this man writes so much brilliant work, intrigue and educate the people. I didn’t expect to shed so many tears. I did expect to be encouraged so then the tears were wonderful cleansing tools that leaps one soul forward. Thank you Tyler Perry for writing this book. Thank you for giving so much of yourself, letting your light shine. May this book do for hundreds of millions more that we all let our light illuminate this world on this little blue planet that The Creator may be pleased with humanity! Faith, hope, forgiveness, empathy, compassion, worthiness, awareness, belonging...Yeah I’m Encouraged! 



“There’s no magic time machine to reset the clock or reinvent our childhoods, but we can alter the present and future by changing how we think and feel about what’s happened in our past. No matter how difficult or disturbing your memories, they don’t have to crush your soul. You can transcend your experience. You can change your reaction. You can forgive.” Tyler Perry

Higher is Waiting is for everyone, however I do understand not everyone is ready at the same time to do the hard work, but I encourage you to take the small steps and get it done, the benefits are priceless. Mr. Perry uses his life experiences, lots of lessons learned the "hard way," to help others move through difficult times and be inspired to live and amazing life filled with grace and possibilities!


After all the tears during many of the storytelling, at the end of the book Tyler Perry made my heart smile and filled with gratitude! Thank you for writing and sharing your journey from a vulnerable authentic place. God speed! I read all day on 12/16/17 and finished on 12/17/17 1:17am. I couldn’t put it down, besides a brief three hour on the road running errands. This book was a wonderful treat to spend a day being inspired that will benefit people to move forward.
Jimi Hendrix - Experience Hendrix Songbook
Jimi Hendrix - Experience Hendrix Songbook
This book is pretty big; my copy has 367 pages, which is probably down to all the additional bass & drums notation. Perhaps adding drums and bass in was unnecessary but if you play in a band, you've all got access to really good transcriptions of his best songs.

As for the review that says the book is only chord diagrams, I'd love to see the book that customer was looking at because it certainly isn't this one! All the songs have a brief introduction, some describing the theory behind the music or little bits of trivia. There are some chord diagrams just below the introduction on some songs, then it goes into the tab for guitar(s) bass and drums. To say it was only chord diagrams shows either a lack of understanding when it comes to tablature or an extremely brief skim read that landed on the chord diagram pages only. Either way, the books does contain tab, not just chord diagrams.

Overall, the book is in my opinion a really good buy. The book covers 20 songs, all of which a true Hendrix fan would be familiar with. The extra drum/bass tab can be a bit of a hindrance, but with songs as complicated as these you may be best taking it slow and learning them piece by piece anyway. Perhaps making books for each individual instrument would have been a bit easier to follow, but I suppose at the same time it's good value for money if you and a friend/band wanted to learn some Hendrix.
Standard Oil Sessions 1950
Standard Oil Sessions 1950
Diese cd ist für Sammler und jazzfans ein knüller! Es handelt sich um einen echten Fund von bisher unveroeffentlchen Aufnahmen von einem radiocast 1950 aus San Francisco. Wir hören Louis, Jack teagarden und earl hines mit begleitmusikern - aber nicht den all Stars von damals. Die genannten 3 musizieren in bekannt bewährter weise mit bekannten stücken der all Star Periode. Gitarrist Clancy Hayes plaudert zwischen den stücken mit einem Kollegen und sagt die Nummern an, die wir genießen können, und das tun wir. Helfen sie mir dabei! Die Tonqualität ist sehr gut.
"louis armstrong ella fitzgerald"
"louis armstrong ella fitzgerald"
There is no match better than Louis and Ella! This collection is pure magic and joy, perfect for dispelling the dark news of today. Put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to be schooled in joyful jazz!
Shot Of Love
Shot Of Love
"I’m still carrying the gift you gave
It’s a part of me now, it’s been cherished and saved
It’ll be with me unto the grave
And then unto eternity"

of all Bob Dylan albums ”Shot of Love” holds 2nd place behind only one album”Saved” this is not to say that you should think”Shot of Love” is a bad album – may God forbid -. Many things here are similar. The Early 80's seemed for him the perfect era to once and for all open up both his heart and soul for the listener, and attempt to be None Other than his Personal Self. We who have followed through all his stages of soul searching remember songs like ”Knocking On Heavens Door” 1973 ”Sara” 1976 or ”I Believe in You” 1979. Shot of Love like it's predecessor "Saved" sees Dylan openly breaking the ties with "staple food" protest songs, but here he truly finds himself and he is attempting a more whole-hearted, or should I say open-hearted approach - more so than on any of this 60's or 70's albums.

Shot of Love may not be his most iconic LP but content wise it is one of his best. Listen again to the brave heroics of "Propety of Jesus", this is not just a dynamite song, in the content lays an important reflection of a certain aspect of life: - to be brave enough to have faith and at the same time to keep this faith alive no matter what.
Vocally Dylan is at his most hearfelt here, and could we have suspected it to be otherwise? On "Shot of Love" Bob Dylan delievers some of the best songs he ever wrote and the way he delievers them as I said is very heartfelt and true. The main theme of the album has to do with faith and findning new ways of learning something about life. the content is full of experiences of the body and the soul and is about communicating about this with other people. All tracks stand out in a personal way, but if I must choose highlights my three track picks for making a compilation CD from my favourite Dylan Albums I choose ”Property of Jesus” which deserves an extra star for it's pathos and carisma "Watered down Love", for rewarding the listener with a fine display what love really means to humanity. The epic ”Every Grain of Sand” also touches on this subject and transmits a special feeling about the Wonders of Creation and The Creator.
other than that I would like to make an honourable mention of a few more:"Heart of Mine” which on the other hand tells us "You can't do the time - don't do the crime." It is a witty reflection of something quite serious - the negative sides of desire -, and it seems no one can handle composing of songs on these themes with the same calibre and in the same way as Bob Dylan does. All I am saying is listen to the lines cited above from "In the Summer Time" one more time feel the earthbound ethereal feel of the poem an rustic musical texture. This is Dylan in his own comfort zone and he opens up his inner soul to anyone with a will to listen. Nothing other than a masterpiece.
Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work (Zone Books)
Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work (Zone Books)
Dylan’s place in the American “national imaginary” effectively gives way, in Timothy Hampton's insightful and capacious study, to his broader entanglement within “global musical culture” and a more worldly sense of his literary influence, form, genre, tactic, and stylistic fusion. In a dazzling set of readings that are textured and resonant, Hampton links Dylan’s works to literary precursors Rimbaud (“Chimes of Freedom”), Brecht (“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”), Kerouac (“Meet Me in the Morning”), Petrarch (“Tangled Up in Blue”), T. S. Eliot (“Dignity”), F. Scott Fitzgerald (“Summer Days”), Homer (“Blind Willie McTell”), and Dante (“Shelter from the Storm”) most prominently. Even Joseph Conrad and Jack London are given a (less convincing) thematic hearing in the exotic flux that is the 1976 album Desire. Hampton tracks these literary refigurations such that “Blind Willie McTell” remains close not just to the epic but also to the “Statesboro Blues” melody, and “Jokerman” stays close not only to anti-Christ figurations from Yeats but also to Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and reggae chords....
The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings
The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings
This is a most welcome album. Finally, mono digital recordings of Bob Dylan's early songs! And an excellent selection of songs too; covering every phase of his output up through the album JOHN WESLEY HARDING. Almost every song here is a better digital recording than you will get anywhere else (except of course the full mono albums themselves). One of the rare exceptions, actually, is also one of the bigger disappointments. This mono version of "Like A Rolling Stone" does not compare well with the version on the, now out of print, DCC release of HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED, which was remastered, in stereo, in the early 1990s by Steve Hoffman. That stereo version of "Like A Rolling Stone" crackles with power. It is clear, crisp, and overwhelming. This mono version is more average; not bad, just average. I did not actually expect this to be the case, so have now listened to both versions, back to back, twice at home and twice in my car. Steve Hoffman's stereo version wins, and it is not even close.

Okay, so that's the bad news. The good news is that every other song here is better in mono. In the case of "Mr. Tambourine Man" this is particularly true. It has never been better! The mono version makes the stereo version sound primitive. The recording is smooth and steady, with Dylan's singing warm and clear. Bravo!

Every Dylan fan will want this disc -- unless they are buying the entire mono box set.

P.S. I do not have a copy of the 2003 remastering of "Like A Rolling Stone." Thus cannot compare to this mono.
Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker with Easy Pour Jar and XL Ice Reservoir
Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker with Easy Pour Jar and XL Ice Reservoir
We've had a Key West margarita maker for many years and it has operated flawlessly. So when we were looking for a present, we thought this would be the perfect gift. Unfortunately, it is just partially perfect.

The newest version of the Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker (hereafter referred to as "margarita maker") has a few changes from our old one. On the good side, the blender lid now has a flip-up spout so that you don't need to take the lid off to pour a glass of deliciousness. I might be looking for some new lids for the two blender jars we have. Yeah, it is a little thing, but a good thing.

The downside, and why this review is only three stars, is that the new margarita maker jams. Those half-moon shaped pieces of ice from an icemaker are particularly problematic. You'll start a batch, it will shave the ice perfectly, and maybe you want your margarita a little thicker. Hit the "shave ice" switch and instead of satisfyingly loud ice-shaving noises, you just hear a loud "I'm jammed again" hum. So, open the ice reservoir, and poke and prod the ice at the bottom, all the while ignoring the "sharp blade" warning. In the end, I suspect someone got a laceration poking around in the older margarita maker like ours (which NEVER has jammed) and Margaritaville had to redesign the ice shaving mechanism to avoid lawsuits. Of course, now that you have to get your fingers down there in sharp-blade-land, you've increased the chance of cuts, and that doesn't make much sense.

Using smaller ice, like bagged ice from your local market, seems to cut down on the jams, but it does not eliminate them. I guess getting crushed ice from your refrigerator ice maker could also solve the problem.

So, while this margarita maker does make a tasty and well-blended beverage, it only does that when it works properly. Until the jamming issue is solved, only three stars.
Piña Colada Scent Professional Air Freshener Pads - Remove The Worst Smells with These Heavy Duty Pads (60 Pads Per Pack) (Piña Colada Scent)
Piña Colada Scent Professional Air Freshener Pads - Remove The Worst Smells with These Heavy Duty Pads (60 Pads Per Pack) (Piña Colada Scent)
I felt I needed to write my experience with this product to give customers more information to make a decision. I was excited I had found a cinnamon scented auto air freshener that some people gave good reviews. I could not give this a good review. I opened the package and took one out and it smelled somewhat strong. I put in my car with windows up and used the car later on. I could not even smell any cinnamon at all. I only smelled the bad smell I was trying to get rid of. I would not recommend this product at all, it is total waste of money and time. I am returning this item in search of a product that really works.
Nokia 5.3 Fully Unlocked Smartphone with 6.55" HD+ Screen, AI-Powered Quad Camera and Android 10, Charcoal, 2020 (AT&T/T-Mobile/Cricket/Tracfone/Simple Mobile)
Nokia 5.3 Fully Unlocked Smartphone with 6.55" HD+ Screen, AI-Powered Quad Camera and Android 10, Charcoal, 2020 (AT&T/T-Mobile/Cricket/Tracfone/Simple Mobile)
Once I realized that my Moto G5+ was no longer receiving security patches, I knew it was time to move on to a new phone.

I purchased this Nokia 5.3 because of the Android One system. It’s about as clean as Android gets. An update to Android 11 is guaranteed as well as security patches. In fact, Nokia is supposed to be the one cellphone manufacturer who patches their cellphones faster than all other manufacturers. Well, I’ve had the Nokia 5.3 one month and the security patch still shows as March 5, 2020. This takes off TWO STARS from my review. Once Nokia pushes out a patch that will bring this phone up-to-date for security, I’ll give back the two stars.

I don’t use a cellphone for its camera but I’ve played around with it and it seems to work fine and produce decent, natural color images.

As for the cellphone, it’s really very nice. It has voLTE (Voice Over LTE) which helps make calls very clear. For voice, the speaker is loud and clear albeit, listening to music is typically “tinny”. The antenna in the Nokia 5.3 seems a lot stronger than what was in the Moto G5+. Signals are now strong with the Nokia 5.3 where they were actually weak or nearly nonexistent with the Moto G5+.

It’s a hefty cellphone, having good weight and well-balanced weight. The back is a type of plastic that is scratch resistant but my cellphone came with a clear form-fitting case. Gorilla glass makes the screen scratch resistant.

The screen itself isn’t the most brilliant but it’s good enough when you use the cellphone for calls, texting, emails and some Internet surfing. As a cellphone, I cannot complain and I’m quite satisfied with the Nokia 5.3. I only hope they push out the updated security patches soon or my satisfaction might turn into dissatisfaction.
Classic Twist with White Diamond Sterling Silver Ring (1/10cttw, I-J Color, I2-I3 Clarity)
Classic Twist with White Diamond Sterling Silver Ring (1/10cttw, I-J Color, I2-I3 Clarity)
It arrived on time the very next day but without a box or anything, just in a tiny little ziplock inside the envelope. There was no paper or guarantee inside the envelope. It doesn’t have a quality look in the sense that It looks kind of fake. The silver color is very light and bright and looks like a toy ring. The diamonds look like fake. I’m a seven and a half and bought a size 8 and fits well. It’s comfortable.
USAOPOLY Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War Cooperative Dice and Card Game | Marvel Avengers Endgame and Avengers Infinity War Movies | Collectible Thanos Figure Included (DC011-543-001800-03)
USAOPOLY Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War Cooperative Dice and Card Game | Marvel Avengers Endgame and Avengers Infinity War Movies | Collectible Thanos Figure Included (DC011-543-001800-03)
Surprisingly fun and challenging for a movie tie-in game, the USAopoly Thanos Rising basically attempts to recreate the events of the recent Infinity War film by having 2-4 players spar with Thanos himself. Players center the three-pronged game board around a (just okay) miniature of Thanos and then deal out a deck of cards composed of multiple heroes and ten villains (including the four members of the Black Order). Next players assemble the Infinity Gauntlet with the six Infinity Stones and select their starter hero out of the deck (Captain America, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, and Gamora). Finally, the remaining heroes and villains in the deck are shuffled and three cards are placed face up pointing towards each one of the play "zones." Players take turns placing themselves in one of the three zones and then attempting to survive Thanos and his villains before rolling their dice pool to both recruit new heroes from the available pool or kill villains. Thanos always goes first and has two dice that specifically instruct the player as to what he can do (turn to face a new zone, stay in the same zone, activate all available villains, roll to gain points towards seizing an Infinity Stone). Players can increase their starting dice pool (red for physical, green for magic, black for space, and blue for science) to have better chances of hitting villains or saving heroes. Likewise, after Thanos claims an Infinity Stone his stats get boosted or he gets temporary buffs. All in all the game is surprisingly challenging. The game's difficulty can be altered by including fewer or more villains in your deck (seven is the recommended easy mode and the full ten is the harder mode). Also, choosing to put the Black Order characters in the deck aside from the general Outrider foot soldiers seriously increases the challenge. Thanos wins over the players if he manages to kill a total of ten heroes in general (from either the deck pool or from the players' teams), if he kills all the characters on a single player's team (effectively taking that player out of the game), or if he seizes all six Infinity Stones. The game is certainly challenging and a good deal of the game does rely on pure luck of a dice roll, but it is a fun challenge none the less.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past
BOTTOM LINE: Excellent sequel to the equally outstanding reboot of the series in 2011's X-MEN: FIRST CLASS adds more star power (and firepower) this go-round by including several team members from the original trilogy of X-Men films. Yes, purists will likely whine because this movie differs a great deal from the DoFP story arc in the X-MEN comics but you have to remember: this is the movie universe NOT the comics universe. As a casual X-fan, I give this entry 5 STARS.

THOUGHTS: Original cast members get a last (?) romp, and seem to be having a grand time. (The scene between old & young Xavier is a terrific one!) However, the film goes sorta overboard trying to cram too many new mutant characters into the alternate future timeline, leaving you with a "Wait! Who the heck was that?!?" moment every few seconds. The introduction of Quicksilver is lots of fun and he gets perhaps the single greatest scene in the entire film; displaying his hyperspeed powers in an awesome sequence brilliantly set to the classic Jim Croce tune 'Time in a Bottle' that just stuns. As in FIRST CLASS, Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and the rest of the reboot mutants are uniformly excellent. And (finally!) fan favorite badguys, those robotic ruffians, the sinister Sentinels, at last get a chance to strut their cybernetic stuff on the big screen... though many may balk at the huge liberties taken with the design of their 'future' versions. Mostly top notch CGI effects make the mutants' powers and all of the other super-powered tomfoolery look pretty amazing. I was thoroughly engrossed & entertained for 2+ hours and that's what counts, so can I whole-heartedly recommend the film to you. Basically, if you liked X-MEN 2 and FIRST CLASS then you should really enjoy this installment in the popular mutant superhero series.

THE BLU-RAY: As one would expect of a new film in high-def, the Blu-ray presentation of X-MEN: DoFP does not disappoint. Clean, crisp picture with no artifacting, pixelation, edge enhancement or other nonsense to ruin the viewing experience. Audio portion is equally excellent and the soundmix is leveled nicely; no muffled dialogue or sudden explosive music or effects to force you to constantly adjust the volume up & down throughout the film. Lots of cool (but brief) bonus features are included, too. Also note: there's a post-end credits teaser, so watch for that.
Kratts' Creatures Season 2
Kratts' Creatures Season 2
At our house, we LOVE the Kratt Brothers. Chris and Martin have made the following TV shows for kids:

KRATTS’ CREATURES (1996 50 episodes)
This was the first wildlife show geared specifically towards young children. We have not seen this show, but we were huge fans of the spinoff Zoboomafoo.

ZOBOOMAFOO (1999-2001 65 episodes)
My kids grew up on this show. Why it only ran for two seasons is beyond me. The show features the Kratt brothers along with a talking lemur named Zoboomafoo. I read once that the Kratt Brothers' real purpose in making this show was not so much to expose kids to animal facts but to turn them into lifelong conservationists. It worked. The Kratt Brothers impacted a generation with this show, including my kids.

BE THE CREATURE (3 seasons 30 episodes)
This is the best animal show ever made for children. It is an absolute travesty that only Season 1 (13 episodes) ever made it onto DVD. (Season 2 had 16 episodes. Season 3 had 1 episode.) In each episode, Chris and Martin do an in-depth exploration of one species. While they don’t generally say so, it is clear that they are working with dedicated experts in the field. They actually physically go to where these animals are and spend the entire episode just on this one species. It is incredibly informative. For example, we visit two separate troops of Japanese Macaques. We watch as one troop washes potatoes in the ocean to clean off dirt, culturally learned behavior. We see a second troop enjoy hot baths amidst the snow, behavior picked up from observing humans and then again transmitted culturally. Note that this show pulls no punches and thus is best for older children.

Season 1
1 Brown Dog
2 African Wild Dog
3 African Lion
4 Japanese Macaque
5 Lemur
6 Manatee
7 Coastal Creature
8 Chimpanzee
9 Banded Mongoose
10 Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
11 Great White Shark
12 Gelada Baboon
13 Eastern Gray Kangaroo

WILD KRATTS (2011-2019 5 seasons 138 episodes; more seasons are planned)
Combining animation and live action, the Kratt Brothers have really outdone themselves with this show. Bringing together techniques learned on their other shows, the Kratt Brothers engage young viewers in this fast-paced show, teaching them about animals and how to make a difference. This show aired when my children were no longer young; we loved it and watched it anyway. It is really good, very engaging.
Kratts' Creatures Season 5
Kratts' Creatures Season 5
At our house, we LOVE the Kratt Brothers. Chris and Martin have made the following TV shows for kids:

KRATTS’ CREATURES (1996 50 episodes)
This was the first wildlife show geared specifically towards young children. We have not seen this show, but we were huge fans of the spinoff Zoboomafoo.

ZOBOOMAFOO (1999-2001 65 episodes)
My kids grew up on this show. Why it only ran for two seasons is beyond me. The show features the Kratt brothers along with a talking lemur named Zoboomafoo. I read once that the Kratt Brothers' real purpose in making this show was not so much to expose kids to animal facts but to turn them into lifelong conservationists. It worked. The Kratt Brothers impacted a generation with this show, including my kids.

BE THE CREATURE (3 seasons 30 episodes)
This is the best animal show ever made for children. It is an absolute travesty that only Season 1 (13 episodes) ever made it onto DVD. (Season 2 had 16 episodes. Season 3 had 1 episode.) In each episode, Chris and Martin do an in-depth exploration of one species. While they don’t generally say so, it is clear that they are working with dedicated experts in the field. They actually physically go to where these animals are and spend the entire episode just on this one species. It is incredibly informative. For example, we visit two separate troops of Japanese Macaques. We watch as one troop washes potatoes in the ocean to clean off dirt, culturally learned behavior. We see a second troop enjoy hot baths amidst the snow, behavior picked up from observing humans and then again transmitted culturally. Note that this show pulls no punches and thus is best for older children.

Season 1
1 Brown Dog
2 African Wild Dog
3 African Lion
4 Japanese Macaque
5 Lemur
6 Manatee
7 Coastal Creature
8 Chimpanzee
9 Banded Mongoose
10 Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
11 Great White Shark
12 Gelada Baboon
13 Eastern Gray Kangaroo

WILD KRATTS (2011-2019 5 seasons 138 episodes; more seasons are planned)
Combining animation and live action, the Kratt Brothers have really outdone themselves with this show. Bringing together techniques learned on their other shows, the Kratt Brothers engage young viewers in this fast-paced show, teaching them about animals and how to make a difference. This show aired when my children were no longer young; we loved it and watched it anyway. It is really good, very engaging.
Adult Thor Hammer
Adult Thor Hammer
Totally awesome. Yes: it is hard plastic and hollow. And it’s not quite 1:1. But what it lacks in realism it more than makes up for in value and look. Will you look super cool holding it while sipping a latte waiting to cross the street on the way to work? No. Absolutely not and please don’t do that. Now, will you look cool pretending you’re Cap in Endgame when he holds Mjolnir before the big assault? Oh. Yeah. And while sitting in the couch. And even while standing in your balcony trying to draw down lighting. Just do it in pants (trust me). It’s a toy, after all, so it’s all plastic. Can you cosplay with it? Absolutely. I wouldn’t advise hammering anything though.
Marvel Classic MVL Deadpool Legends Goat
Marvel Classic MVL Deadpool Legends Goat
absolutely love the Deadpool. There's only one that holds a candle and that's the Deadpool in the pink & white boxers and pink slippers or the one in the sombrero. From the color I am just so pleased!
Rubie's Women's Marvel Classic Black Panther Costume, Medium
Rubie's Women's Marvel Classic Black Panther Costume, Medium
I ordered this for my teen daughter. The quality of this costume was very poor to say the least. The costume had strings coming from the arms, the collar, the back where you zip it up and the legs. The costume is suppose to zip up in the back, however the zipper was missing. The costume looked as if someone forgot to finish sewing it. HORRIBLE. It was $57 so I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece but I was at least expect something wearable and decent. Very disappointed!
ORGANICO BELLO Organic Pizza Pasta Sauce, 16 OZ
ORGANICO BELLO Organic Pizza Pasta Sauce, 16 OZ
I love this product. My husband is on a low sodium diet and it is hard to find pasta sauce under 300 mg per serving. We bought this to try for both English muffin pizza's using a low sodium muffin and Pasta for myself. It is delicious and works well for pizza for him and pasta for me.
Gorilla Grip Premium Rolling Pin, Adjustable Dough Roller Solid Beechwood, Removable Thickness Rings to Measure Doughs Professional Home Kitchen Baking Utensil for Pizza Pies, Black Gray White Lt Gray
Gorilla Grip Premium Rolling Pin, Adjustable Dough Roller Solid Beechwood, Removable Thickness Rings to Measure Doughs Professional Home Kitchen Baking Utensil for Pizza Pies, Black Gray White Lt Gray
Used once so far, and it did what it was supposed to. We will see how it holds up to repeat use, but I am optimistic. The rolling surface is uniform, and the weight seems pretty even, so even if you aren't using the spacer disks and are rolling by hand/sight/feel, it hasn't resulted in lopsided thickness (again, so far.)
Dreamfields Healthy Pasta Living Elbows, 13.25-Ounce Boxes (Single Pack)
Dreamfields Healthy Pasta Living Elbows, 13.25-Ounce Boxes (Single Pack)
Cardboard or wood. Finding healthy fast carb pasta comes with a big price tag. I don't know why, but like all "health foods" it always costs more, a lot more.
Texture and flavor were no different than standard name brand pasta. That's a big win.
The big downside is that pasta is sold across the U.S. In 1 pound dry boxes from spaghetti to spirals, all 1 pound. I mean regardless of the shape, it's the same thing.
This is only 13.25 oz instead of 16, thats almost 1\4 of a standard box.....

This particular item has a much better price than the other Dreamfields offered on Amazon. Some of the boxes were almost $5 a 13.25 oz box. I get name brand pasta on sale for $.99 a 16 oz box any day at any grocery store.
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
Great quality book! I purchased the "paperback" version and what I got was not at all paperback - WHICH IS A GOOD THING! The cover is a quality felt-like (fake) leather of some kind and will do well to keep the book in excellent condition for many years to come; which is perfect for people like who want to keep Tolkien's magnum opus forever.
The Lure of the Ring: Power, Addiction and Transcendence in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
The Lure of the Ring: Power, Addiction and Transcendence in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
This book is a theoretical idea speculating about who Tom Bombadil is and how Sauron's desire for the ring was like an addiction. I can tell that a lot of research went into this publication and I found it fascinating.
The first point that I found interesting was their comparison of Sauron to a Hungry Ghost in Bhuddism. He is like an emaciated creature who's only desire is possession of the ring but his appetite can never be quenched. I found this to be a good comparison because it really delves into who Sauron is at the core. Tolkien leaves a lot to speculation and I think it is important for Tolkien enthusiasts to dig into the motivations and habits of each character. It gave me a different view of Sauron and sort of makes me pity him.
Creeping past Sauron we entered what I was truly curious about, Tom Bombadil. If you don't know who he is it's probably because he isn't in the Peter Jackson movie. He is a mysterious being in the books, and no one can really define who he is. But this book speculates, and the hypothesis makes a lot of sense. The authors wrote that we can envision Tom Bombadil as the antithesis to Sauron, and I thought that was clever.
They also offer up two different definitions for who Tom Bombadil could be. They state,
"Tom has answered Frodo’s “Who are you?” question in two ways: In terms of identity, Tom’s true name is silence. Simultaneously, in relationship to Frodo – and , indeed , to all others – we shall see that he is called Eldest."
This is a good representation of his character because it is not an easy answer, if that makes sense. Tom Bombadil is complex and one answer would never work. He is the silence you experience when you are just being, and he is the Eldest because he watched Middle Earth become what it is. He takes two forms and only one being corporeal. We can't fathom who he is because he is unfathomable.
My issue with this particular book is that it is extremely repetitive and unnecessarily wordy. It's already a short read but could be quite shorter. Old points are brought up again and again, then sentences are reworded three different ways. Not only was that kind of annoying but it caused me to lose interest. It took me a little over an hour to read and probably could take less if points weren't constantly reiterated.
Thoreau and the American Indians (Princeton Legacy Library)
Thoreau and the American Indians (Princeton Legacy Library)
This is a tiny meditation on Thoreau's thousands of pages what are called his Indian Notebooks- research that he was apparently going to use to greater effect in later writings which were prevented by his death. The full notes as of 2016 runs into the hundreds of pages and are apparently only available on microfilm which you'd have to purchase and print yourself. These notes did inform some of his extant writing but he apparently was planning a larger work based on the research he had done on the American Indian. This book is just a hint of what's available in Thoreau's collections of unpublished manuscripts.
The Death of Ivan Ilych
The Death of Ivan Ilych
Throughout recorded time, humans have wondered about the afterlife and its relationship to this life. Tolstoy takes a spin on that and focuses on the interface between the two. What exactly happens as one approaches death? Few have experienced near-death, but no one has experienced death fully. What is dying like?

Tolstoy provides his answer in this short depiction of a Russian lawyer Ivan Ilych. He lives a normal, even boring, life and suddenly gets sick. His performance at work suffers, and his family gawks at him. He experiences pain and after much contemplation, decides that there is no meaning in death. He is offered last rites. Eventually, he dies saying to himself, “Death is finished… It is no more!”, and the book ends.

Throughout this process, we readers peer into his inner life. We see his uncertainty and curiosity about death. In twenty-first century parlance, he grieves his own death as he comes to accept his mortality. At one point, he thinks, “There is no explanation! Agony, death… What for?” He also reflects on the quality of his life and decides that he lived a good life.

Tolstoy offers readers the opportunity to examine their own experience and to accept, albeit incompletely, their own finitude. He writes in the Christian tradition even though much of this work applies to those outside this faith. He takes no position on the existence of an afterlife, either positively or negatively. Instead, he focuses on what a (good?) death consists of and how human nature reacts when approaching death.

This classical yet modern statement about how humans approach death helps readers detach from their own emotions towards death. By observing Ivan Ilych, we readers observe ourselves and the prejudices we carry towards death on the basis of our own experiences. Thus, Tolstoy offers us a liturgy of sorts. He allows us to play out the drama over and over in this short novella. In so doing, he seeks to allow us to embrace life more fully. That job is accomplished through his strongly asserted words. The rest is up to us.
Risky Business: A Passionate Novel of Suspense
Risky Business: A Passionate Novel of Suspense
Liz was a strong, independent woman who knew what she wanted. After finding herself pregnant by the man she loved, she found out that he had had no intention of making a life with her, especially after his parents threatened to cut off his money for college. He was studying to become a lawyer. He refused to become a father, threatened her, gave her a check and told her to end the pregnancy.
She left the united States and went to Cozumel. She worked in a hotel as a maid, pregnant, until she had saved enough money to start her own dive shop. She expanded to two diving boats, a fishing boat, and a glass-bottom boat. She did all this for her daughter. That was the most important person to her. She stayed away from men.
While her daughter was in Houston with her grandparents during the school year, Liz rented her daughters bedroom out to a man who was murdered. He worked for Liz, His twin brother showed up, shocking Liz. Demanding to know the answers to a lot of questions that she had no answers for.
While searching for these answers, Jonas realized that Liz had unknowingly been drawn into a situation she knew nothing about. It appears his twin brother had been involved in drug smuggling and had stolen some of the money and product. The drug dealers went after Liz demanding to know where it was. Jonas moved in with her to protect her and they worked together with the police to try to find answers.
Jonas realized the more time he spent with Liz and the more he found out about her, the more he was falling in love. Now if he could only convince her...and keep her safe.
Lots of action and suspense. Several twists and turns. A good read.
Dubrovsky (Pushkin's Prose)
Dubrovsky (Pushkin's Prose)
This is a fine novel. It is not outstanding, but it is not bad, either.

Fine, however, is typically not what readers look for in a novel. The fact is that this is a simple adventure story that lacks the narrative greatness of Tolstoy, the impeccable structuring of Turgenev, or the psychological insights of Dostoevsky. What makes this more important, as a novel, is that it is a highly-accessible way to read Pushkin. Why might you want to do that, you might ask? Well, if you are ever planning on reading any of the later Russian greats, you will hear Pushkin's name very often. In some ways, I think it is safe to say that Pushkin's importance to the Russian novel is analogous to Dickens' importance to the English novel.

One thing it is important to note: This novel was never finished. While the novel has somewhat of a climax, those of you wanting a traditional denouement should look elsewhere.
Witch strangeness attractions Tour 2 (strangeness attractions tour) name of the woman (Suzume bus-tour attractions strangeness) (2004) ISBN: 4087747026 [Japanese Import]
Witch strangeness attractions Tour 2 (strangeness attractions tour) name of the woman (Suzume bus-tour attractions strangeness) (2004) ISBN: 4087747026 [Japanese Import]
赤川次郎さんの作品は吸血鬼の女子大生の話しか知りませんでした。
けれど、夏の読書フェアで売り出されていたこのシリーズの一作目を読んでハマりました。
幽霊の話だけど、いい話だったり、教訓を教えてくれるようなものであったり、恋愛とかいろんな要素がつまっていてただ怖い話というものではないんです。
ストーリーの流れもとても分かりやすいので、読んでいて楽しいです。
Dragon Ball perfect edition - Tome 04 (Dragon Ball perfect edition (4)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball perfect edition - Tome 04 (Dragon Ball perfect edition (4)) (French Edition)
Je me suis enfin décidé à me lancer dans la perfect edition de Dragon Ball.
Ce que je peux en dire :
- Les traductions sont (enfin) de très bonne qualité
- La couverture vernie est vraiment parfaite
- Les pages couleurs sont un petit plus par rapport aux pages toutes moches et sombres de la première édition

Je recommande cette collection sans aucun problème.
Pour tout fan :)
Astro Boy Season 1
Astro Boy Season 1
This is an old Japanese cartoon character created around the 1950's and is in the manga series. It involves the creation of an asteroid, who is a machine with human qualities. The graphics in this video is old and lacks the luster of more current cartoons. Still, it had a very good theme and was about twenty minutes long.
My five year old boy found it very entertaining and enjoyable. He watched it twice and would probably stand to watch it again. The ending would lead into more stories in the future. I would recommend this to anyone who is into manga or old Japanese cartoons.
The Seventh Secret
The Seventh Secret
In have to say I was dubious. The reviews and the low quality of the cover art made me think it might be a self published low grade piece. However I was pleasantly surprised. A certain amount of suspension of belief is required and one must remember that this is very light entertainment but the central premise is actually interesting. I initially reacted with disbelief but that was my issue not the premise. Once I thought about it I realised that in many ways it was more credible than that this bunch of fanatics watched the end getting closer every day for several years without making any attempt to plan for the unavoidable end that was hurtling through history towards them. The solution hypothesized is audacious and actually really quite clever and to me credible. But here we come to my relevant issues. The ending seemed very rushed like once the author had concluded the conspiracy there was no more inspiration and he quickly finished. There was so much room for more. Even a sequel could have come and I certainly would have read it. As I have stated upon reflection the basic premise is remarkably viable but the background to what they planned after was weak in the extreme. I found myself questioning not the elaborate escape but the loose and undeveloped plans they had been following since the end of WWII. In short this was good fun but could have been truly brilliant and that is a shame. If I was the author I would do a rewrite and perhaps follow Eva and Klara to South America. Maybe they do not even leave Europe. Perhaps the network the Nazis in Germany and other parts of a Europe dominated by Americans or even including rabid anti communist Americans could be fleshed out. This novel had scope for so much more. I doubt very much Irving Wallace will ever read this but if he does...... realise this stories potential.
La Isla de Las Tres Sirenas (Spanish Edition)
La Isla de Las Tres Sirenas (Spanish Edition)
la novela a pesar de ser escrita en 1963, toca un tema de actualidad en el que se confrontan las visiones del mundo de la cultura occidental con la de una cultura tribal del pacífico del sur.
Nos hace cuestionarnos cuales son los motivadores de nuestra conducta y los tabues impuestos por una sociedad que se dice liberal pero que mantiene una vida secreta de la que no todo mundo quiere y puede hablar.
Irving Wallace es un maestro de la trama psicologica y novelas como "La Segunda dama" o "El Hombre" son realmente fascinantes por el tema del que tratan.
Hay otros autores que intentan hacer lo que Wallace hace con naturalidad, uno de ellos es Dan Brown pero realmente no tiene nada que hacer frente un maestro de la trama como Wallace.
Case Closed, Vol. 48: Death Comes As the Beginning
Case Closed, Vol. 48: Death Comes As the Beginning
since borders is no longer around and B&N is to far i get all my books thru amazon now not digital thou love the series and anime this one is as good as the rest i usually try to solve it be for conan and usually dont
Case Closed, Vol. 35
Case Closed, Vol. 35
Theatrical murders, serial killers and a haunted apartment building all take center stage in "Case Closed Volume 35." This mystery manga series is still chugging away doggedly, but this particular volume has some big road bumps -- especially since one of the mysteries has a painfully anticlimactic, rushed ending.

Rachel's fever dream takes her back to a past case that Jimmy solved in New York -- an actor in a popular stage show was murdered ONSTAGE, and all four of the suspects were his lovers. And even after Jimmy unraveled the truth, Rachel had a shocking encounter with a murderer.

Then Richard is called to deal with an apartment building said to be haunted by the ghost of a girl murdered nearby. Of course, Conan knows that the only one haunting this place is her murderer. And when Mitch wanders off into the woods on a mysterious errand, Conan and his friends go off to find him... only to find that a serial killer is loose in the woods.

Finally, Harley, Conan and their respective love interests get to spend some quality time on a tropical beach, where the boys mostly laze around predicting what bathing suits girls are wearing. But of course, a body turns up soon.

"Case Closed" is a series that mostly runs along on a steady, entertaining stream, with the occasional high or low thrown in. "Case Closed Volume 35" contains one of the lows, sadly -- the whole story about searching for Mitch in the woods has a solid start, a creepy buildup... and an ending that just makes you slap your head and go, "What was all the fuss about?"

Fortunately, the other stories are pretty solid, standard "Case Closed" fare -- clever tricks used by the murderers, deceptions, plenty of motives, and a story that is cut off at a cliffhanger at the end so readers will scrabble for the next book. And some clues are dropped about one of the mysterious figures we've seen in passing, albeit looking a bit different.

We also get to see Jimmy doing his brilliant detective schtick back before he became Conan, and it's kind of nice to see him openly revealing the clues without having to hide behind someone else. And Anita seems to be gradually loosening up and becoming more normal... much to her horror.

"Case Closed Volume 35" has one story that flames out and burns like a lump of pizza cheese on the bottom of the oven, but fortunately the other stories are pretty solid fare. And as usual, it leaves you wanting what's next.
Richard Scarry's The Bunny Book (Little Golden Book)
Richard Scarry's The Bunny Book (Little Golden Book)
We bought this lovely little book for our daughter when she was 1 and (she's now 3.5yrs) it's one of her favourite bedtime books - along with the Colour Kitten book which is also a 'Little Golden Book'. Innocent, gentle and beautifully illustrated. Whether you were brought up with these back in the 70's as I was, or not, these gorgeous little books will no doubt spark nostalgia in all and continue to gain followers for years to come.
Scorpion Trail: A deadly mission to hunt a deadly killer…
Scorpion Trail: A deadly mission to hunt a deadly killer…
There are a number of plots and sub plots in this fine novel exploring several of the seedy wars that have besmirched our planet in the last century. It takes a great deal of skill and imagination to keep so many balls in the air at the same time and Geoffrey Archer shows that he is master of the situation. Our protagonist, Alex, is initially shown to have been a player in the Irish troubles and is now keeping his head down. At the same time there is a smuggling process going on but this is no ordinary commodity that is being traded, but Plutonium. Alex had a lover in Belfast, herself apparently one of the enemy, and they meet up again in strange circumstances. These are centred on the appalling ethnic cleansing that so scarred Bosnia and Croatia. The fall out was horrific as soldiers who served there with the UN will attest. He is persuaded to help in ferrying food and equipment in and gets involved in a scheme to bring a child out to the West to willing foster parents. Archer cleverly weaves into the story various affairs and eventually Alex is confronted with his Irish nightmare. There is a great deal of tension in this story which Archer sustains through several countries and it is almost a relief to the nerves when this all concludes. One caveat. Why do some writers think that to use obscene language adds gravitas and reality to their work? It certainly does not and this fine adventure thriller has no need of such crassness.
Darker - Fifty Shades of Grey. Gefährliche Liebe von Christian selbst erzählt: Band 2 - Fifty Shades of Grey aus Christians Sicht erzählt 2 - Roman (German Edition)
Darker - Fifty Shades of Grey. Gefährliche Liebe von Christian selbst erzählt: Band 2 - Fifty Shades of Grey aus Christians Sicht erzählt 2 - Roman (German Edition)
How do I return this? I want a refund - on a mobile device, the headline is completely in English, and it's not clear until after you've selected "Buy With 1-click" and try to read it that it becomes obvious that the book is completely in German! This is the only version that comes up when you search for the book - unless you want to order the first two as a package, which I did not. On a mobile device the cover like the exact same as the English one and it's impossible to read the German on it. As I said, the headline it's also completely in English and since I've read the description of the book in the past, I didn't read any further but bought it right away, only to be blindsided when I couldn't read a word of it. I want a refund, or to exchange it for the English version.
Bleach, Vol. 23: iMala Suerte!
Bleach, Vol. 23: iMala Suerte!
All is not well with Aizen’s group, when Ulquiorra makes his report, explaining why he did not kill Ichigo and the others. Grimmjow maintains that he is weak, perhaps afraid, while Ulquiorra maintains that perhaps Ichigo will be of use to them in the future.

Back in the World of the Living, Ichigo informs the Soul Reapers that they are not welcome to stay in his tiny room (or his home) and they are responsible for finding their own digs for as long as they are on assignment there. Matsumoto asks Orihime if she can stay with her, Ikkaku and Yumichika strike out on their own, and Renji decides to head to Uruhara’s place. Ichigo explains to Rukia why she can’t stay with him anymore, since his family have seen her, but she manages to circumvent his objection and get herself invited to stay, to his chagrin.

Aware of the presence of the Soul Reapers in Kakura Town, Grimmjow receives the orders he was hoping for—take a few of the other Arrancars and kill anyone with even a hint of spiritual pressure. When Ichigo and Rukia come face to face with their first Arrancar, Ichigo makes the startling discovery that Rukia has her spiritual pressure back! She proceeds to demonstrate what she can do with her unusual white sword.

The Arrancars have split up to pursue individual targets, and Ikkaku finds himself fighting Edarod, a fight which he swears will be to the death, whether his or the other’s. Yumichiki contacts the Soul Society to give them certain instructions, including orders for Ikkaku’s funeral!

In bonus stories, we get glimpses of the characters set prior to this time, and we get our first look at the Society of Female Soul Reapers.

The plot thickens as the Arrancars, aka Aizen’s Dream Team, are thrown into the mix. And they have just begun… I keep wondering what makes Aizen so appealing that people just automatically do what he tells them? And yet they do.

I love the scene with Rukia and Ichigo’s family where she sweet talks them into letting her stay there. I notice that in the manga there is more about Orihime’s feelings for Ichigo then in the anime, at least in my opinion. In fact, she is very jealous of Rukia and how close they seem. I wonder if that will end differently in the manga, since nothing happened in the anime in that regard.

There is an ongoing story between chapters involving Kon, who being Kon, has taken over Hanamoto’s body. I love this characterization of Ichigo: “No matter how strong I get, I can’t protect them (in reference to the spirits he can see). The realization cuts my heart like cold steel.” This is Ichigo all over, and is probably the largest motivating factor for everything he has done or will do, his overwhelming need to protect everyone, especially his friends and family. This is what drives him, what keeps him going… and what ensures he will never give up, never surrender.

Also in the bonus stories is a teaser concerning Renji and Rukia that I hope to see more of. Another great volume of bleach, looking forward to the next one!
Bleach 24: Immanent God Blues - Allgegenwärtiger Götter-Blues
Bleach 24: Immanent God Blues - Allgegenwärtiger Götter-Blues
Der Manga kam unglaublich schnell an. Geplant war am 6.4.19, aber es kam schon am 5.4.19 an.
Die Bilder im Manga sind spannend, heftig und einfach genial!
Ein paar eher erotisch angelehnte Anspielungen aber die sind bei knapp 130 Seiten kaum merkbar.
Ein Must-have für Fans der Manga- und Animeserie "Bleach"
Slinky Jane
Slinky Jane
This is one of the first books I read for Catherine Cookson. I read it about 10 years ago & it still plays in my mind sometimes. That is why I gave it a five star. Not many books are that memorable.
The story basically for me is about how gossip starts & develops, eventually to be believed by the ones who started it. The way Ms. Cookson wove this story is amazing.
I think this is one of Ms. Cookson's best books. Read it & enjoy.
Spotlight: A Close-Up Look at the Artistry and Meaning of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga
Spotlight: A Close-Up Look at the Artistry and Meaning of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga
This book is a must read for students of literature who want to know how to deconstruct a literary text, moving beyond the surface meaning to its moral, allegorical and sublime interpretations. If you thought Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga was meaningless chick lit, think again. John Granger brings out the deep symbolism within the saga, together with a well researched history of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, shedding light on some of the more personal meanings Stephanie Meyer embeds in her story.

This is not for the casual reader, but for those who want to understand more clearly how powerful messages can be communicated through deceptively simple prose. As in the Twilight Saga, John Granger communicates complex ideas in an informal way. Whilst approaching the subject from within the Christian tradition, he does not give away too much of his personal theology, retaining a degree of objectivity and respect in his discussion of Mormon belief and practice.

I would also recommend this book to writers as it provides a very useful breakdown of the way narrative functions to provide meaning and pleasure for the reader. Anyone hoping to emulate Stephanie Meyer's commercial success will find this an invaluable tool for structuring plot and creating characters who resonate with an audience.

A short author biography of John Granger would have been useful to inform the reader of his background and credentials.
Twilight
Twilight
Al film mi ero tanto apasionata che lo visto e revisto un paio di volte, sogniavo leggere anche il libro. Posso dire con tutta la sincerità non sono rimasta delusa. Il libro è pieno di detali , per chi vuole sentire fino in fondo le emozioni e i pensieri dei personaggi consiglierei la lettura del libro.
Sol da Meia-Noite: (Midnight Sun) (Portuguese Edition)
Sol da Meia-Noite: (Midnight Sun) (Portuguese Edition)
Apesar da Amazon ter me sacaneado depois de eu ter feito a compra na pré venda em MAIO, pra agora só prever a entrega do físico pro dia 19 de AGOSTO, fui obrigada a adquirir em e-book.
E NÃO ME ARREPENDI.
Foi perfeito revisitar tudo pelos olhos do Edward, e digo: prefiro essa versão.
A visão que ele tem de si dá uma dó! A loucura que é ouvir todo mundo... menos quem ele quer. O sentimento por Bella, o desejo intenso por ela que beirou o ódio... aaaaaah!
TWILIGHTERS: LARGUEM AS AVALIAÇÕES E CORRAM PRA LER!
Meu amor só cresceu mais.
Falta só titia Steph levar mais 18 anos para escrever as continuações... desde que as escrevesse, não me importaria. Oremos!kkkkk
Mr. Men Go Camping (Mr. Men and Little Miss Everyday)
Mr. Men Go Camping (Mr. Men and Little Miss Everyday)
When I was a child I remember buying Mr Strong with my pocket money and reading it so many times it's still imprinted upon my memory now, 45 years later.

I have grandchildren now and have just introduced them to the magic of the Mr. Men books at just over three years old. Possibly a little young but perfect for bedtime reading.

And I've realised just how magical they are. Of course we have known for decades that the Mr. Men are brilliant books but now revisiting them as a grandparent which allows me the luxury or both time and age to actually enjoy the time I spend with little folks I've come to understand that Roger Hargreaves created something far more clever and engaging than I first realised.

Watching my granddaughter as I read this book to her was wonderful. She got it. And that's because not only are the characters so perfectly designed as to be almost real, the language used and the careful repetition of words engages the child's brain. Kids like a degree of familiarity and these books balance the story with the careful repetition needed to allow children to feel safe and to learn.

So what I've found is that two generations later the Mr. Men still capture a child's imagination and still work wonderfully as books to learn reading from and to use at bedtime for a comforting story.

This is the Kindle version and has of course some bells and whistles such as pop up boxes where the font is larger - probably a good thing for gramps at 50....
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction
I have to admit it. When I ordered Paperbacks from Hell I wasn't really expecting too much. In fact, I thought at first that it was a bit over-priced. I figured it would be a bunch of pretty pictures of book covers with some light captioning but that was about it. I was very, very wrong. The book itself is well put together, inside and out. I would definitely recommend getting the paperback copy. The e-book might be just as pretty but I can't see it having the same lay-out or feel to it. The pages are thick and the pictures reproduced are gorgeous.

The text that goes along with the pictures is funny and informative. If I had to compare it to something then Stephen King's Danse Macabre would be the closest comparison. But while Danse Macabre got bogged down occasionally in dryness Paperbacks from Hell never does. 

With headings like 'Parenting the Homicidal Child' (first make sure you're not dating Satan) and phrases like "Before Anne Rice, vampires killed humans. Now they got in touch with their sensitive sides while muffin-spelunking inside of them." (page 153) this book left me actually laughing out loud. That's no easy trick, I haven't laughed at a book (in a good way) in quite a while.

I sincerely hope that Grady Hendrix follows up his book with a journey through the nineties and on. While some plots may not be quite so creatively insane there are some out there and some cover art that deserves showcasing. I was also very pleased to see some 'forgotten' favorites of mine in there.

If you're looking for a quick, funny overview of the crazy days of the horror industry then I can't recommend this book enough. I wanted to rip through Paperbacks from Hell but also take my time enjoying the crazy, beautiful covers of the '70s and '80s.

Paperbacks from Hell is a funny romp through the craziness that defined two decades and never leaves you bored. The commentary from Grady Hendrix (Horrorstor) will never leave you bored.
Brain (A Medical Thriller)
Brain (A Medical Thriller)
When I downloaded this book to my Kindle, I had not realized that it was written in 1979. I am a great Robin Cook fan and thought I had read all his books. This is one I had missed, so was glad to get a chance to read it because, to me, it was one of his best. The twist in the last 10 percent of the book caught me completely by surprise, and reminded me that at that time in Cook's life he used that technique more than he does now. As a retired computer-using chemical engineer, it was very interesting to have the state of computer technology in 1979 accurately described, and to be reminded of the astounding progress we have made since then - except in the field of artificial intelligence, in which they were ahead, due to some illegal and stomach-turning research that comes to light near the end of the book - involving four young women with strange symptoms being analysed by the central character, a noted young radiologist. If you too missed reading this one, I am pretty sure you will like it. By the way, as typical with Cook, the book is filled with medical terms, and made me glad for my Kindle with built-in dictionary.
Tall Oaks
Tall Oaks
Welcome to Tall Oaks; just another small California town. Except for one thing. A tragedy which sets it apart from the neighbouring town. When three-year-old Harry goes missing from his home, the residents find themselves and the town thrust into the spotlight. But many of whom have secrets they want to remain hidden, none more so than the person who took Harry. But in a town where no-one is entirely honest with one another, how do you narrow down the pool of suspects. And who had reason to take Harry?

Was it his mother Jess, whose grief over the loss of her precious son drives her to many desperate acts. Anything to help her forget what she has lost and numb the pain for one moment. Or is it his father, Michael, the man who walked out on Jess and Harry but who may have his own reason for staying close to his wife.

Or could it be PhotoMax assistant manager, Jerry, who has a secret only his dying mother knows? Perhaps newcomer Jared, a man who has moved from town to town leaving a long line of broken hearts in his wake, and look set to break yet another heart when he begins to fall for local woman, Elena. And just what are Roger and Henrietta, Jess’s aunt and uncle hiding? Do they know more about what happened to Harry than they are letting on?

And as if investigating Harry’s disappearance isn’t enough for local police chief, Jim, he also must deal with the small matter of wannabe gangster, Manny and his best friend Abe, whose attempts at setting up protection racket are scaring certain elements of the business community. Plus, Jim has a few secrets of his own, ones which could threaten his career if they ever came to light.

Only one thing is certain; even if they find Harry, life in Tall Oaks will ever be the same again.

From the very chilling opening chapter, where Jim listens to a recording of Jess describing the night that Harry went missing, ‘Tall Oaks’ by Chris Whitaker sucked me right in. Although the story is focused around a rather tragic tale, in terms of the disappearance of a young boy and the devastating impact on his family, it is also so much more than that. There are so many different elements which are brought together so wonderfully that I honestly didn’t want to put this book down. Dang day job.

Chris Whitaker has done a great job of building the setting of small town America, or small town anywhere to be honest. Tall Oaks is a place where everyone knows everyone else. Where there the police know all about the local townspeople and where the presence of a stranger, such as Jared, will raise suspicions. And yet what is abundantly clear is that while Jared has a secret, one which is slowly revealed to the reader, he is not the only one. For in Tall Oaks, everyone is hiding something and the list of potential suspects is very, very long, keeping me as a reader guessing until the last few tragic chapters.

The characterisations in the novel are perfect, so brilliantly observed and written that you get a clear picture of each of the residents. From Jess’s depression and almost mania at times - her obsession with her ex-husband and her sinking into the arms of any man just to forget - to the sadness of Henrietta, and more poignantly, the emotional depiction of Jared, the confusion and desperation that drives him to take such drastic action at the end, I found myself totally invested in each and every one of their stories. These are characters who moved me, disturbed me, intrigued me and engaged me in equal measure. Superb.

But perhaps one of the greatest revelations in this book, one of the most appealing and delightfully funny characters I have read in a long time, is Manny. Wannabe gangster and generally self-confessed potty mouth, he is a ray of sunshine and wit in is could otherwise have been an emotionally heavy subject, a small respite from the sadness. The scene in which he tries to hit Pizza Hut for protection money is classic, as is the fact that Abe’s mom keeps preventing him from wearing authentic gangster clothing for fear of him overheating in the midday sun. And yet, despite his hare-brained ideas, Manny is also a sensitive young man, more in tune with the emotions of the other residents than perhaps he is given credit for. I absolutely loved this partnership and the balance of their humour against the heartbreak is spot on.

This is not your traditional thriller or mystery; this is less about the direct police investigation into the disappearance, although this does still form a key part of the story. This is about the town; about the people who are most deeply affected by the investigation and the lives of those they touch. It is not fast paced and yet there is still that feeling of urgency as Jess fights to find her answers, and heart-stopping moments as certain characters find themselves in peril. There is some kind of weird real-life crossover going on too, as elements of the story, the search for a missing boy and the person who is believed to have taken him, couldn’t be more topical given recent headlines.

This is exactly the kind of book that I could picture being made into a film. There is a brilliant cast of characters, a heart-breaking story threading throughout, and a superb comedic character to help balance some of the more emotional elements of the story, and believe me there are plenty of those. The chapters are set in short sections, moving between characters, no one person being given greater credence than the next, but the narrative flows well, making this such an easy book to read. And keep reading. I’m only sad that it’s over.
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
A Shakespeare play offered by this publisher in paperback is a keeper. The Introduction and the end-notes themselves are worth the reader’s small expense. The edition is an education in itself. Bravo!
Aquarius Harry Potter Collage 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle,Multi-colored
Aquarius Harry Potter Collage 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle,Multi-colored
With a 1000 pieces this puzzle was a bit more of a challenge for my 9 yr old than we expected so I made it a point to complete it myself. The black areas are the most difficult but I was successful until I reached the lower right corner. i have tried all 8 pieces left, in every direction, position and space available...but no luck. There is a particular piece that sits perfectly on one side and not the other. My husband tired, my daughter tried...we've never met a puzzle we cannot complete. This one is a dud!! Throwing it out unfinished. (sad face). i would return it if I could.
Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer: The Complete First Season (Cowboy Sorcerer Complete Seasons Book 1)
Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer: The Complete First Season (Cowboy Sorcerer Complete Seasons Book 1)
Just to be clear, I did NOT buy this complete omnibus or bundle or whatever it's called. I HAVE, however, read all episodes that are included in this book. This version (with all episodes) is a full-length novel (probably more than that, actually--probably a lot more). If you're not a fan of short stories (technically, these episodes are longer than short stories but whatever), this would be the way to buy this book since you'd get the whole Season 1 all at once. Plus you'd probably save yourself some money, too. LOL

So my favorite part? The magic. I love when authors take "magic" (or whatever) and make it their own--when the world they've built has its own rules and such. Mr. Duke does that and I really enjoy it. Also, I'm pretty sure one of the main characters is on the autism spectrum, too, and I find it refreshing to have characters who have challenges we see in real life, but less in books. Entertaining story--I'm looking forward to the next season of this series.
The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180–395 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World)
The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180–395 (The Routledge History of the Ancient World)
The Roman Empire at Bay covers the time between the reign of Commodus and the fall of Theodosius, the last emperor to control both halves of the Roman Empire. During this timeframe, initially demarcated by Gibbon in his first volume of The Decline and Fall, the Roman world was in a state of devolution. Power was increasingly centralized and the military was progressively unable to handle external threats. Potter views this era as not only a time of change, in which he analyzes many aspects contributing to Rome's "fall," but as a time of continuation. The Mediterranean was so successfully Romanized that even when Rome became an amalgamation of government and religion, everyday life carried on with only minor change.

The system of governance left to Commodus by his father Marcus Aurelius placed an enormous burden on the emperor himself. Of the emperor it was required a strong disposition, one capable of dominating others while effectively navigating the cult of personality that tended to grow around him. Inadequate emperors, like Commodus, let control fall to the lower echelons of government, namely the deeply conservative and unsuited equestrian class. Part of the weakness of the empire was this ad hoc governmental body that had no solidified or clearly delineated responsibilities.

The senatorial class, for instance, slowly lost power over time to the emperor. Inheritable for only three generations, its membership was constantly revolving and came to be divided equally between Italian and provincial control, allowing into power people previously subjected to monarchical rule. While his theatrics and senatorial executions ingratiated him with the people and the army, Commodus's assassination was the result of his failure to recognize the Senate still harbored rule. Of any emperor, it was required that he successfully navigate the three sources of Roman power: the Forum, the camp, and the palace.

Power, however, was heavily concentrated within the army and, upon his assassination, the military simply chose a successor as the Senate, devoid of influence, was unable to procure even a mock trial of appointment. Nevertheless, transitions of power in Rome were always imprecise and men and armies battled for control. Out of the resulting tumult and "chaos at the top" rose Septimius Severus, whose long reign spoke to his ability to negotiate the disparate pillars of power without overextending himself by relying too heavily on any one group. Upon his death, it was said that he told his sons to "get along, make the soldiers rich, and don't give a damn for anyone else."

Severus recognized that true power lied with the army. That Aurelius couldn't subdue the Danubian tribes or Alexander the armies of Ardashir was indicative of qualitative but unrecognized deficits in the fundamental military structure. The military was deeply conservative and virtually unchanged since Augustus. That there was any "grand strategy" of the empire at all was simply the idea that what was Roman should remain Roman, with borders determined by its limited resources. Imperial powers, Potter argues, tend to increase the efficiency of their rivals and then forget about them. Its size, training and composition were set by tradition and finances, not strategy.

Aurelian, the first leader of substance following the third century crisis, undertook a financial reform that effectively ended Rome's "gold standard" in favor of a fiat currency. This was done for somewhat less than pragmatic means, as Aurelian's intent was to demonstrate his power by removing coinage from circulation that contained the images of his rivals. So too, the true purpose of walling Rome was to demonstrate his power through a building project.

The time between Aurelian and Diocletian is "one of the most obscure in the annals of the Roman empire." Diocletian saw Rome for what it had become: a territory too vast to be ruled from one location by one man alone. Under him, Rome itself "ceased to be an imperial residence," as control became increasingly centralized in court bureaucracies and the emperor's cult of personality, the nexus of power now centered exclusively around the emperor himself. He implemented a collegial style of rule that allowed Rome to recover its world position, albeit briefly.

War between men in Diocletian's newly created positions of Augusti and Caesare effectively ended the Tetrarchy. Constantine's resulting sole rule culminated in a reassertion of hereditary monarchy. Believing he was in direct contact with the Christianity deity, he established Christianity as the dominant religion, the most dramatic change of this period and solidified further by the Nicaean council's decision to create a single definition of belief out of many disparate views.

Our ideas and understanding of classical antiquity comes from Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries and Rome, nearly 300 years later. Our perceptions are influenced by the cultures that followed, and in what light they viewed their forebears. Constantine's 31 year rule, further entrenched by his sons, forever changed the succeeding culture. While no man could make the Empire Christian, by allowing it to stand on an equal footing with polytheism the narrative of imperial power would come to be inextricably linked with Christianity.

Rome's ability to remain open to outsiders - be they Christian, provincial, or even removed from the lands of the Empire itself - was its greatest source of strength. Despite changes in political and intellectual norms, economic and cultural life would ultimately continue with only minor changes. The failures of imperial government during the later part of the fourth century would contribute to the decline of the empire's authority in the west, but in this vacuum regional powers were allowed to perpetuate the ideals of Roman society. Over the 200-year timeframe this book encompasses, the empire certainly grew weaker. But old forms were adapted to new realities. Rome was weakened but would not cease to be a power, and it was not about to disappear from the face of the Mediterranean world.
Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley
A wonderful introduction to one of the great artists of the fin de siecle, Aubrey Beardsley. The whole package is superbly produced and presented on good quality paper, and a great variety of pictures that do full justice to his unique talent.
Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards Clawtor Hand Held Wand, Green
Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards Clawtor Hand Held Wand, Green
These are so fun.....BUT I have returned 2 at this point. One for my son and one for my daughter. The first would not turn on period after 48 hrs of charging. We tried several USB adapters and outlets because surely we wouldn't get a brand new toy that has no power right? WRONG! The second was returned after 1 week of play because, again, It will not charge. If this thing took regular batteries it would be excellent. The hassle to keep these things present, charged and working in our house is not worth the fun. It's become my third job behind working full time and being mommy. Just don't do it. Seller is great, product sucks. Yet here I am ordering another one to keep my daughter happy. Don't get sucked into this viscous cycle, unless you have a crush on your USPS guy and enjoy disappointing your children.
Trollz
Trollz
I used to watch this as a kid it's really great
Ravensburger Jubako Strategy Game for Ages 8 & Up - The Art of Bento Amazon Exclusive (26818)
Ravensburger Jubako Strategy Game for Ages 8 & Up - The Art of Bento Amazon Exclusive (26818)
Diesen Blindkauf habe ich nicht bereut. Jubako erfindet das abstrakte Legespiel nicht neu, aber wenn man noch kein anderes Spiel dieser Art (z.B. Einfach Genial) im Schrank hat, dann kann man hier beruhigt zuschlagen. Ein abendfüllendes Spiel ist es sicherlich nicht, aber als wir es als Absacker auf den Tisch gebracht haben, hat es sich als doch etwas fordernder herausgestellt.

Die "Story" des Spiels ist, daß man Lebensmittel in eine Jubako/Bento-Box legen muß. Die Lebensmittel sind je zwei pro Stein wie beim Dominostein abgebildet, und man muß die passenden Lebensmittel zueinanderlegen, um zu punkten.

Einen Stern Abzug gibt es für die etwas zu flach geratenen Spielsteine, die für Grobmotoriker schwer zu handhaben sind. Außerdem verrutschen sie leicht auf der Spielablage.
Salomon Men's X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking
Salomon Men's X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking
I like them, they're nice boots, they fit well and look great. I got them for daily wear and walking around the city when the weather isn't the best. I've worn them on some hot days to try them out and I didn't notice my feet getting excessively hot and sweaty when paired with lightweight wool socks.I haven't worn them in the rain yet but I have splashed through some small puddles. So I can't truly comment on whether the Gore-Tex liner is indeed effective or not. I've only had them for a couple of weeks, so I can't comment on their durability either.

I have flat feet with back and hip problems so having supportive and cushioning footwear is a requirement for me. These boots offer an adequate amount of cushioning and support, but I find myself wanting or needing more. I think I might have had better luck going with one of Salomon's hiker boots like the quest 4d, but Alas I require a wide fit. I'm most likely going to be looking for supportive insoles for them in the near future and hoping for the best. Hopefully someone finds this helpful
Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World
Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World
Avi Jorisch’s book offers a unique contribution to the growing literature on Israeli’s technical prowess and its global impact. Jorisch begins with two chapters that deal with Judaism’s commitment to tikkun olam, the idea of helping to repair the world and also on how from the very beginning the young state of Israel embraced the need to provide technological assistance to many of the newly independent African nations that emerged with the end of European imperialism. While in part this resulted from the self-serving need to build diplomatic relations with these countries to avoid international isolation, there was also a powerful sense that the new Jewish state should be a light upon the world. Between these chapters and a concluding section dealing with his own interest in the subject, are fifteen chapters dealing with how Israelis are changing the world for the better through remarkable technical innovations.
While some of his stories may be familiar to readers, such as Israel’s notable contribution in drip irrigation, others such as the Grain Cocoon invented by Shlomo Navarro, which helps farmers in the developing world stave off the serious loss of grain caused by insects, are less well known. Some of the companies he writes about (and part of the story he tells reveal the unique government/private partnerships in Israel that provides seed money from the government, leading to the formation of private companies) are on the cusp of making it big. Among these are ReWalk, a firm that makes an exoskeleton allowing for paraplegics to enjoy enhanced mobility, which sadly will not benefit its remarkable creator, Amit Goffer, because the ReWalk requires full control of one’s upper body, which Goffer’s own injury left impaired. Part of the appeal of the book is that it provides examples of cooperation between Israel’s often contentious Jewish, Arab and Christian citizens. Alpha Omega, the largest Arab led high-tech company in Israel, an innovator in devices for deep brain stimulation, makes devices that are used around the world in the treatment of epilepsy and other neurological diseases. Eli Beer’s clever transformation of motorcycles into mini-ambulances has led to volunteers from every segment of Israel’s population, including the Druze and Bedouin and ultra-Orthodox, racing to come to those in medical need. Avi Jorisch’s book is a fascinating look at how Israeli technology is changing the world for the better, while also showing that technology can build bridges between communities, perhaps offering a glimmer of hope for a more peaceful future in the Mideast.
Nintendo Switch Lite - Yellow
Nintendo Switch Lite - Yellow
Basically a budget friendly Nintendo Switch that's meant to be more portable. Unlike the iphone 11 and iphone 11 Pro, Galaxy 10e and Galaxy 10, iphone XR and iphone X, etc it doesn't keep all features the same, just downgraded.

In fact like the Nintendo 2DS (compared to 3DS) it actually takes away some features.

If you already own a Nintendo Switch console, you can sync* or transfer from your profile/games/saves using your Nintendo account. Very simple; when you boot up system for first time it'll walk you through it step-by-step

*If you sync or link one account to multiple switch consoles, the non-main one has to verify every few hours to play downloaded games which can be a hassle if you don't have internet connection

Let's go through the list of changes:

1. Size, weight, portability

Overall size in general: The Switch Lite is basically the Original Switch (I'll be referring it to 'Switch' moving forward) but with one of the joy cons detached.

You think this will be more portable, but in practice from my personal experience it's not. If you consider size only
The Switch can detach joycons for better storage. Downside is that you must be aware where you put the screen and joycons and attach them later.

There is a difference if you pocket thing whole thing without detaching i guess

Seeing the smaller size, there may be more hand cramping involved if you have giant adult sized hands

Switch Lite is lighter in weight, but it's not a night-and-day difference. Not going to tell unless you have both side-by-side in each hand.

Bezels are colored which is nice. It's not black like on the Switch, so able to distinguish where the screen ends

2. No detachable joycons

Cannot detach joycons, making the logo snap/click sound clip that game trailers start off/ends with absolutely useless when referring to Switch line of systems in general.

As one singular unit, fused into the system; feels more solid in the hand compared to original

Downside is that it loses some functionality in some games

You are not able to split controllers to let a friend play

Some games that you can't play on Switch Lite out of the box (as of this review) are:
1-2 Switch
Fitness Boxing
Just Dance (Series)
Nintendo Labo (Series)
Nintendo Lano VR
Ring Fit Adventures
Super Mario Party
Surgeon Simulator

There are also other games that's not as convenient to play in handheld only like:
ARMS
Fortnight
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Tennis Aces
Pokemon Let's Go series
Super Mario Odyssey
Splatoon 2
Zelda Breath of the Wild

You can buy joy cons to play on Switch Lite, but that costs additional $70 MSRP. Might as well buy a Switch at that point

If the thumb sticks breaks or if there are drifting issues, you can have it fixed by Nintendo for $80.

3. Cannot be docked to TV, no kick stand

No docking station. If you own the Switch with docking station; the Switch Lite cannot fit in it.

As of right now, there's no official docking station for Switch Lite from Nintendo, and no 3rd party adapters

No kickstand to play on tabletop mode. Seeing the smaller screen you wouldn't want to anyway even when a lot of controllers are sync and people squinting their eyes when huddled around the system

4. Has a D-Pad.

Best feature of the system in my opinion. Better tactile feel when playing. Enhances gameplay especially when playing 2D fighters

D-pad and other buttons (ABXY, shoulder buttons) are more muted when pressed which is great when playing in a public setting

5. No IR, HD Rumble

The IR Motion Camera and HD rumble features have been removed. Games that support these features will not work on Switch lite

6. Better battery??

4-7 hours versus the 3-6 hours of the original launch Nintendo Switch.

If you buy the newer 2019 model of Switch (Retail box with a lot of Red), the battery life is better than the Switch Lite

7. New colors

Comes in Turquoise, Grey and Yellow
There's also a Pokemon Sword and Shield ( Zacian and Zamazenta) Edition edition

8. Smaller screen

5.5 vs 6.2 inch screen

Resolution is the same at 720p, but more compact making it appear sharper with a 267ppi vs 236ppi

Overall, I like the concept of a more portable (?), affordable switch, but I don't like the fact that it exists.

If it's like the 2ds (with no 3d support). Devs (even first party) will eventually take away features in games in the future: motion controls, AR support, HD rumble, docked TV mode, etc to cater to a wider audience.

They should have just made it smaller and kept everything the same

Good buy for those budget friendly, but if you like more options best to go for the upgrade if you can afford it.
VIVO Universal Height Adjustable Ergonomic Computer Monitor and Laptop Riser Tabletop Desk Stand STAND-V000S
VIVO Universal Height Adjustable Ergonomic Computer Monitor and Laptop Riser Tabletop Desk Stand STAND-V000S
Yes there are issues with the screw holes. However, not as bad as others have described. I took a shot and bought 2 to use as a monitor and floppy drive stand for my retro Color Computer 3. Works great. I put the power distribution unit, speakers and monitor on one and the floppy and about 6 cartridges on the other.

How to put together, Ignore the instructions. Put the top on first. These 4 button head screws are easy to install and this also helps make sure you don't have the alignment issues others reported. Then flip it over and you have a nice sturdy "base" to use to mount the bottom. The bottom 3 screws are hard. However, I don't think it is due to any defect. I think the treads are taped and then pole is powder coated and therefore the threads are not clean. Of the 6 screws (3 on each unit) only one was a real issue so I just left it out. And everything seems very stable

I would recommend these so long as you re patient.

Also, I am using these at their shortest height, therefore there is no wobble. Due to the weight of the monitor and such I'm not sure they would hold at a higher setting. But this is plenty of height for my needs.
AmazonBasics USB A Cable with Lightning Connector, Premium Collection, MFi Certified Apple iPhone Charger, 4 Inch, 12 Pack, Grey
AmazonBasics USB A Cable with Lightning Connector, Premium Collection, MFi Certified Apple iPhone Charger, 4 Inch, 12 Pack, Grey
During the very first month the head started separating from the rest of the cable.

Now less than 4 months after purchase it no longer works at all.

I have braided nylon cables that have lasted years. I will never buy an all plastic cable again.

This did not last anywhere close to the 20,000 bends as claimed.

The material connecting the plug the the cable is too stiff and too easily cracks under strain. There was never any chance this was going to last very long.

This is supposedly rated to last 20,000 90 degree angle bends but you only need to bend this a few times at 90 degrees before it starts to crack.

Amazon needs to do better quality control with whoever they are contracting with to have these made.

You can buy basic, advanced, and premium level amazon cables in braided nylon. Basic comes in single or double braided and the others just in double braided.
Whatever level of cable you buy go with the braided nylon ones and not these.
Vivo X50 (Frost Blue, 8GB RAM, 256 GB ROM) + Vivo TWS NEO Earphones (Moonlight White)
Vivo X50 (Frost Blue, 8GB RAM, 256 GB ROM) + Vivo TWS NEO Earphones (Moonlight White)
The phone is ok, only few observations, which was not highlighted in any features list :

A) No slot for external Storage card, only 2 Nano sim card slot
B) The box comes with 3.5 mm jack earphone, but the phone foesnt have any point, thos is highly a manufacturing and packaging glitch. The USB Type C port will have to be used for both charging and ear phone. Had to order separately an earphone with Type C port.
C) Good thing is the box comes with back cover, so no need to purchase separately, only thing required is the screen guard.
Inofia Air Purifier with True HEPA Air Filter, Air Cleaner for Large Room, for Spaces Up to 800 Sq Ft, Perfect for Home/Office with Filter (800sq.ft)
Inofia Air Purifier with True HEPA Air Filter, Air Cleaner for Large Room, for Spaces Up to 800 Sq Ft, Perfect for Home/Office with Filter (800sq.ft)
 +Well put together. The shell is made out of a sturdy plastic which should be able to hold up against typical household abuse (like bumping into it when you vacuum, ect.)

+Pretty easy to move. Sits on four small wheels so you can just slide it around on any flat surface. Moves around easily on my carpet. Also comes with two indents on the side so you can pick it up. It also is surprisingly light in weight for its size, so lifting shouldn't be much of a problem for anyone who isn't a toddler.

+Has a lot of features. Aside from the normal on/off button it comes with a timer (1-12 hr with 1 hr intervals), a sleep mode so it doesn't disturb you at night, a child lock to prevent your kids from changing any of the settings, an auto mode where it automatically sets the fan speed based off of the quality of the surrounding air, and an option to manually set the fan to one of 5 different speeds.

+The fan speed has a lot of range. As I stated above, there are 5 different manual fan settings from 1 being the lowest to 5 being the highest. The lowest setting is very, very quiet, which is great for when you are watching tv or reading. On the other hand the highest setting is quite loud, which is perfect for me at night because I need a constant flow of sound in order to sleep and 5 provides that.

+I find the app to be convenient, although I am not a fan of having to make an account in order to use it. Aside from that, it does come with some perks. It allows you to turn it on or off and adjust any of the settings over your phone, which is convenient for when you are already comfy in bed or on the couch and don't want to get up. You also are able to view the current temperature/humidity/air quality/filter condition via the app as well.

+Works great. I have bad allergies and dust especially gets to me. This air purifier sucks all of that up and keeps me from having to deal with itchy eyes and a runny nose all night.

+My only complaint has to do with the sleep mode. There is a green/blue light on the front of the air purifier that shines when it is turned on. The light is quite bright and is distracting at night when you are trying to sleep. For those of you who like to sleep in the quiet, this is no problem as the sleep mode sets the fan to the lowest setting and turns off the light. However, if you are like me and like to sleep with the fan on high and the light off, you have to pick one or the other. A simple light on/off setting would have been great. I will probably just do a simple fix and put some electrical tape over it.
Zara Regaliz barra natural, 100 unidades
Zara Regaliz barra natural, 100 unidades
Estas barras ya NO SON LAS DE ANTES
En primer lugar son mucho más pequeñas y cuestan lo mismo.
Pero encima su sabor y color ha cambiado: son marrones en lugar de negras y el sabor no es el mismo.
¿Por motivos económicos? O sea ¿de generar más beneficio a costa de hacerlas más pequeñas?
He llamado a la fábrica de Zaragoza para expresar esta queja. No se dan por aludidos. Dicen que es por la sequía de este año...
Tendré que buscar otras opciones.
Me parece muy mal esta subida de precios basada en un cambio de formato y por si fuera poco, no me saben igual.
¿No sería más profesional subir el precio y mantener el formato de este regaliz de toda la vida?
Lo que están haciendo los dueños es dañar el buen nombre de una marca de regaliz que muchos tomamos desde hace años. Creerán que los consumidores somos tontos o apechugamos con todo.
JustIngredients Essential Palitos de Raíz de Regaliz - 1000 gr
JustIngredients Essential Palitos de Raíz de Regaliz - 1000 gr
Bought these to use as a "toothbrush " (to replace plastic ones) and also, the juice is good for gum health. They haven't ACTUALLY replaced my toothbrush (I also have bought bamboo ones which have) but this is a BIG bag of sticks which aid dental hygiene AND they help stop snacking :-D
Núm. 1256: Té de frutas orgánico "Naranja afrutada" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 100 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - manzana, hibisco, rosa mosqueta, regaliz, naranja, remolacha
Núm. 1256: Té de frutas orgánico "Naranja afrutada" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 100 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - manzana, hibisco, rosa mosqueta, regaliz, naranja, remolacha
Ich wollte gesunden Biotee für die Kinder haben. Den habe ich wahrscheinlich bekommen. (da ich kein Labor bin, kann ich über mögliche Schadstoffe natürlich nichts sagen)

ABER er ist dermaßen SCHWACH im Geschmack!

Zum Vergleich: Mit nur 1 einzigen TeeBeutelchen herkömmlichen Bio Früchtetee von einem großen deutschen Discounter zaubert man 0,5 bis 0,75 Liter kräftigen Früchtetee.

Für ein vergleichbar kräftiges Ergebnis braucht man von diesem Tee einen Kaffeepott voll Früchtetee (die Tasse als Messbecher genommen, um die Menge zu verabschaulichen) Das übersteigt die Kapazitäten der meisten Teesiebe. Und wie gesagt, ich rede von einer kleinen Teekanne.

Fazit: Man kann ihn trinken, es schmeckt okay. Nachteil: hoher Verbrauch, schwacher Geschmack.

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