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HTML and JavaScript BASICS
HTML and JavaScript BASICS
HTML and JavaScript BASICS by Karl Barksdale and E. Shane Turner. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
JavaScript Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
JavaScript Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Russ Ferguson and Keith Cirkel. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
TypeScript Deep Dive
TypeScript Deep Dive
TypeScript Deep Dive by Basarat Ali Syed. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PHP With MySQL (Gujarati) (Gujarati Edition)
PHP With MySQL (Gujarati) (Gujarati Edition)
PHP With MySQL (Gujarati) (Gujarati Edition) by Computer World Research Department, Shadow Graphics, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Große Klassiker der englischen Literatur: 40+ Titel in einem Band: Sturmhöhe, Sherlock Holmes, Stolz und Vorurteil, Das Herz der Finsternis, Moby-Dick, ... Robinson Crusoe, Walden... (German Edition)
Große Klassiker der englischen Literatur: 40+ Titel in einem Band: Sturmhöhe, Sherlock Holmes, Stolz und Vorurteil, Das Herz der Finsternis, Moby-Dick, ... Robinson Crusoe, Walden... (German Edition)
Große Klassiker der englischen Literatur: 40+ Titel in einem Band: Sturmhöhe, Sherlock Holmes, Stolz und Vorurteil, Das Herz der Finsternis, Moby-Dick, ... Robinson Crusoe, Walden... (German Edition) by Charles Dickens , Jane Austen, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Rare Book of Cunning Device
A Rare Book of Cunning Device
A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 134 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition)
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition)
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Dark Tower: Treachery
Dark Tower: Treachery
Dark Tower: Treachery by Stephen King , Robin Furth , et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script by Frank Darabont and Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Learning Reactive Programming with Java 8
Learning Reactive Programming with Java 8
Learning Reactive Programming with Java 8 by Nickolay Tsvetinov. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy
PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy
PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy by David Powers. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL: The Complete Reference, 2nd Edition
SQL: The Complete Reference, 2nd Edition
SQL: The Complete Reference, 2nd Edition by James R. Groff and Paul N. Weinberg. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Mac OSX Developer Guide
Mac OSX Developer Guide
Mac OSX Developer Guide by Jesse Feiler. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
The Buffett Essays Symposium: A 20th Anniversary Annotated Transcript
The Buffett Essays Symposium: A 20th Anniversary Annotated Transcript
If you’ve ever watched Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger answering questions at a Berkshire Hathaway AGM, one thing that is striking is the combination of breadth and depth. That is, the breadth in the number of topics covered and the depth of the insight. The George Washington University professor Larry Cunningham early on realized the quality of Warren Buffett’s thinking and two decades ago took Buffett’s letters to shareholders, rearranged the writing after topic and created an instant investment classic. The Essays of Warren Buffett is solidly parked on our list of best investment books ever.

In connection to the launch a two-day convention in New York was hosted by Cunningham. Apart from Buffett and Munger a number of well-known investors like Lou Simpson, Bill Ackman, Robert Hagstrom, Bruce Berkowitz and Paul Hilal had the rare luxury of attending the event. A total of 150 persons attended the two days. The arrangement was that an expert panel per subject would start a discussion and pretty soon Buffett, Munger and others would join the discussion. This book is the edited transcript of this symposium.

The topics of the discussions - and the chapters of the book - were corporate governance, finance and investing, mergers and acquisitions and accounting and taxes. Much of the text covers the panelists discussing their take on a specific line of thought that has been presented by one of the others - and that doesn’t necessarily have to be related to the writings of Buffett. It’s a learned and intelligent discussion, which in the academic tradition wiggles forward through trial and error and testing a thesis of a more or less important topic. Often Buffett and Munger are asking questions and learning rather than taking the lead role.

It’s nevertheless when Buffett and Munger now and then join in that the discussion goes from interesting to sparkling. It’s fascinating to view the difference in language. The panelists use an academic prose littered with specialist expressions and with a deep knowledge of detail. Every other line from Buffett and Munger instead reads like a quotation from Yogi Berra. The words glow. The drastic examples, mundane wording and smart metaphors cant hide the fact that Buffett and Munger often capture the essence of what the other panelists painstakingly are trying to arrive at.

While the expert panelists change depending on subject, Buffett and Munger continue to discuss topic after topic on the same high level. Now and then it shines through that the two are very rational in how they spend their time and therefore haven’t fully studied the finer details of matters they don’t think benefit them. For example when Munger quips that he supports the weak form of market efficiency, he probably rather wants to deliver a good punch line than have an opinion on the usefulness of technical analysis specifically. Buffett and Munger have rejected modern portfolio theory on a common sense basis, what is then the use of wasting time studying the details of the theory?

The Buffett Essays Symposium is a short book and it really doesn’t offer new thinking from Buffett or Munger. It’s a nice set of Buffett trivia with plenty of unique pictures but the reader learns little new. I still think it is remarkable how early Buffett and Munger had come to formulate their worldview and how little it changes over the years. Compared to the panelists they more often take a broader societal view, they look to fairness and justice and distils key principles. Then naturally there is little need for change of viewpoint. What’s right is right. I also think Charlie Munger comes more to his right in these discussions compared to playing the role of the drastic side-kick at Berkshire AGMs. His background as a lawyer shines through when he discusses corporate governance structures etc.

The Essays of Warren Buffett is a need to have. Without having read this book you cannot claim to be an intelligent investor. For anyone but the die-hard Buffetteer this symposium book is a nice to have - wrong, a very nice to have - but still.

This is a review by investingbythebooks.com
How Buffett Does It: 24 Simple Investing Strategies from the World's Greatest Value Investor (Mighty Managers Series)
How Buffett Does It: 24 Simple Investing Strategies from the World's Greatest Value Investor (Mighty Managers Series)
Firs of all: this book will not make you rich. Nor will explain you a secret which will help you become rich.
After all, it was not written by Warren Buffet himself - that should give you additional warning sign.
This book explains some principles Buffet used in his way to the top, it explains differences between him and many others and many other things, but it doesn't bring any magic formula. Some things you will find in are useful, of course and in general it is worth reading, but in general nothing spectacular. It explains Buffet's general philosophy and strategy, but without some key things: how to find "gold share" and how will you know when you find it. Also, my opinion is that it's applicable to USA only, if you are in Europe - take care. Shares available in some smaller countries are not even close to ones you can buy in USA. But can still offer high revenues if you NOT follow some rules in this book.
Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with shares because it gives you some wider perspective and ideas you will not hear from your own broker, but still - use your own head.
Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World
Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World
*A full executive summary of this book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com.

The main argument: In the developed world, the vast majority of us enjoy a standard of living unmatched in the history of humankind—and going hungry is the last thing on our minds. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that poverty and hunger have been eradicated in the developed world entirely (in the United States, for example, 1 in 6 are considered food insecure—including 16 million children). Still, the greatest problems with poverty and hunger continue to exist in the developing world. Indeed, despite substantial improvements over the past 30 years, poverty remains a significant issue, and nearly a billion of the world’s 7 billion people still face chronic hunger (while about twice that number are malnourished in some way)—and millions starve to death every year.

It is not that many well intentioned people and organizations have not spent a great deal of time and money trying to solve the world’s poverty and hunger issues. Indeed, over the past half century the amount of resources that have been poured into these problems is staggering. So, just why do the problems of poverty and hunger stubbornly persist?

Well, at least part of it has to do with the fact that there are several significant obstacles standing in the way—everything from armed conflict, to corrupt governments, to particular cultural practices etc. The humanitarian Howard G. Buffet has been involved in fighting poverty and hunger for upwards of 30 years, and knows these obstacles all too well. However, Buffet insists that there is yet another reason why all of the well-intentioned efforts have fallen short of reaching their ultimate goal. And that is that many of the approaches have proven to be inadequate (if not downright counter-productive).

The fact is that most of the aid flowing to the poorest parts of the world has been (and continues to be) in the form of projects that are meant to help people in the short-term. For example, NGOs commonly enter an area, drop off bags of seed and fertilizer, and then turn around and leave. This approach may help the area for a season or two, but in the end the seed and fertilizer do run out, and the community is right back to square one. Thus the approach acts more as a band-aid, than a self-sustaining solution that addresses the root causes of poverty and hunger.

Thankfully, in Buffet’s 30 years of work as a philanthropist he has learned that there is indeed a better approach, and one that stands a much better chance of rooting out poverty and hunger for good. The more effective approach is much less about aid as development—less about helping people as enabling people to help themselves.

The development approach involves linking subsistence farmers up with the larger economy, and establishing a self-sustaining ecosystem that will allow this connection to be maintained into the future. It involves things like helping to establish agricultural schools and private seed companies; working with farmers to improve farming techniques and yields (and not in a way that assumes that what has worked well in one place—or one’s own backyard—will work everywhere); establishing grain storage systems; physically connecting farmers to markets; and working with governments to establish and maintain the infrastructure (especially roads) needed to make the system work smoothly.

The development approach may be more involved and take longer to get off the ground, but it pays off in the end, as when it is done well, it only has to be done once (Buffet speaks often about NGOs needing to take an approach that ultimately puts themselves out of business).

And helping impoverished farmers join the larger economy is not just a matter of helping them help themselves. The fact is that the world’s population is continuing to grow, while we are running out of good farmland to farm. The UN estimates that in order to feed the world’s projected 9 billion people by 2050, farmers everywhere will need to increase the planet’s food production by 70%. Part of the solution to this problem must involve helping the world’s subsistence farmers to produce a surplus to help everyone.

But the solution doesn’t end there. Farmers everywhere, including in the developed world, will need to increase their yields to meet the growing demand. However—and this is important—farmers will need to increase their yields in a sustainable way. That is, they will need to do so in a way that does not degrade the soil, or threaten the world’s fresh water or woodlands—as too often happens now.

Thankfully, Buffet’s experience as a farmer (which he has been practising even longer than philanthropy) has shown him that here too there is a solution. And a big part of this solution is a very straightforward approach known as no-till farming. No-till farming is an approach that eschews tilling the soil in favor of planting nitrogen-fixing cover crops. The approach not only increases water retention, saves soil, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, it also helps increase yields (and thus it’s a win-win solution). Now it’s just a matter of convincing other farmers of this—which is a big part of Buffet’s project.

This is a fantastic book. Don't let the fact that Buffet is the son of one of the wealthiest men on the planet dissuade you from taking him seriously. The author may have had a head start in life, but he stands on his own two legs, and he has used his privileged position to help him gain perspective (rather than let it make him arrogant and entitled). Anyone interested in the hunger problem (and the best way to approach it) would be well advised to read this book. A full executive summary of the book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com; a podcast discussion of the book will be available soon.
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Reading Prepared challenged me to hold myself and my parenting accountable to a new standard of what’s possible versus what’s problematic in education. It’s an optimistic and long term view at how education could change to help our kids thrive as meaningful and engaged adult members of society far beyond graduation.

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

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

While Prepared provides resources and a blueprint for a new approach to education, its real gift is sharing the long-term focus on helping our students grow and problem solve well into their adult lives.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular English Male Writers: Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, James Corden, Richard Branson, Bear Grylls, ... Andy Serkis, James Bowen (author), etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular English Male Writers: Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, James Corden, Richard Branson, Bear Grylls, ... Andy Serkis, James Bowen (author), etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular English Male Writers: Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, James Corden, Richard Branson, Bear Grylls, ... Andy Serkis, James Bowen (author), etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
When is Victoria Saker Woeste and Stanford University Press going to turn their concern with "hate speech" on some lesser cartoon cut-out than the long-dead Henry Ford? What about the contemporary rhetorical war on goyim, in which Woeste and fellow thought cops invest exactly zero interest and concern? Take for example the Lakewood, New Jersey yeshiva volume, "Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut" ("Jewish Superiority and the Question of Exile"). Quoting from its contents: "The Jew by his source and in his very essence is entirely good. The goy, by his source and in his very essence, is completely evil. This is not simply a matter of religious distinction, but rather of two completely different species." Does anti-goyimite racism qualify as hate speech that must be interdicted?

Let us consider another charming book that has had a considerable influence over the Israeli army, "Torat Hamelech: Dinei Nefashot Bein Yisrael Le'Amim" ("The King's Torah: Laws of Life and Death between Jews and the Nations"). This book contains 230 pages on the halachic perspective on the killing of gentiles. The authors assert that "The prohibition `Thou Shalt Not Murder' applies only `to a Jew who kills a Jew." Torat Hamelech was published by the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva. It has received wide dissemination and the enthusiastic endorsements of prominent rabbis. At the entrance to Moriah, a large Israeli bookstore just yards from the Western Wall, copies of "Torat Hamelech" were displayed with children's books and halachic commentaries. The store manager, who identified himself only as Motti, said the tome has sold "excellently." Other Israeli stores carrying the book include Robinson Books, a well-known, mostly secular bookshop in a hip Tel Aviv shopping district; Pomeranz Bookseller, a major Judaic book emporium near the Ben Yehuda mall in downtown Jerusalem, and Felhendler, a religious store on the main artery of secular Rehovot, home of the Weizmann Institute. Prominent religious figures wrote letters of endorsement that preface the book. This is happening now. It is not a relic of the Great Depression era, like Ford's material.

Here is another quote from "Torat Hamelech": "In any situation in which a non-Jew's presence endangers Jewish lives, the non-Jew may be killed even if he is a righteous Gentile and not at all guilty for the situation that has been created," the authors state. Other books of this tenor include the Lubavitcher-sponsored "Baruch Hagever," which praises the mass murderer who slaughtered 40 Palestinians in Hebron in 1994, and Kahane's "They Must Go," which describes the entire Arab population as "malignant." We could go on, citing, in context (as Woeste does with Ford), quotes from such hallowed texts as the Talmud Bavli, Mishneh Torah, Tanya, and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. Hopefully, what we have furnished herein will suffice.

When will see a book about the "Rabbis' War on Goyim and the Battle Against Hate Speech"? We could not find "Torat Hamelech" or "Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut" in your book decrying hate speech. Why? You seem to be branding a prominent goy (Ford) with the Mark of Cain, while turning a blind eye to the hate speech of Right wing Orthodox rabbis who have signficant influence over the Israeli occupation troops who hold the lives of Palestinians in their hands, at the present time. When will we witness righteous outrage concerning the on-going hate speech associated with the War on Goyim?

[Hoffman is the author of "Judaism Discovered."]
TODAY AND TOMORROW (Newly Annotated and Illustrated): Timeless Wisdom for a Modern Digital Age
TODAY AND TOMORROW (Newly Annotated and Illustrated): Timeless Wisdom for a Modern Digital Age
Such an inspiring book ! Definitely a must read for those in business and on a lean journey, even a 94 years after its first publication. Ford is full of wisdom and practical ideas.

The editing is very disappointing -- it looks like it has been done in 30 minutes. The book is oversized for no reason, there are mis-typed words everywhere, a part of the introduction is repeated at the beginning and at the end of the book, and so on.. I didn't expect such a low quality editing from Paul Akers !
Bai Coconut Flavored Water, Molokai Coconut, Antioxidant Infused Drinks, 18 Fluid Ounce Bottles, 6 Count
Bai Coconut Flavored Water, Molokai Coconut, Antioxidant Infused Drinks, 18 Fluid Ounce Bottles, 6 Count
In the past I have been ordering the Coconut and Coconut Pineapple 12 packs on auto-ship and save and have absolutely loved them. This time I was running low so I ordered 4 additional six packs to hold me over until my auto ship and save ordered arrived. This order turned out to be horrible!!! All 4 boxes appeared to be contaminated with something. A few bottles were okay but the majority of them were so awful we were unable to drink them. They had a chemical taste that is hard to describe. I will not be ordering these again. They don’t even deserve 1 Star. I’m hoping I can get my money back.

Update: I requested a partial refund which was immediately approved. I rate their customer service 5 stars. I really don’t know what happened with this batch but I continue to love Bai Coconut Water. Thank you.
Captain America
Captain America
Thats right. This lame late 70s TV movie has about an hour of boredom and then the guy finally puts on the Captain America costume and fights. Up until that point the film is tedious beyond explanation. Directed by Ron Holcomb who did shows like A-Team, Battlestar Galactica, Fantasy Island, and Quincy. Cap is like a boring Quincy episode until the action starts an hour later, then its like A Team. This is extremely small budget and corny, but not in a good way. Captain America does have a cool motorcycle and a van, but most people did in the 70s. 6'3" Reb Brown fits the role physically, but he can't act and is more like a football player than Captain America. Look out for Steve Forrest from the 70s show SWAT. There is actually a sequel called "Death too soon" which pulled out the acting talents of Connie Selleca (TVs HOTEL! Woopee!) and horror legend Christopher Lee who is awesome, but no stranger to camp/cheese. I can't speak for the sequel because after this first one, I didn't bother. This one is 2 hours long with maybe 20 minutes of Captain America in costume. What? Still, in comparison to the other film version of Captain America from 1991...what a disaster, the 70s version isn't so bad. Still this '79 movie is mostly boring and slow until Captain America appears and even then its like "thats it?".
Wanted Avengers Villains Thanos Doc Ock Goblin Venom Skull Carnage Loki Adult Tee Graphic T-Shirt for Men Tshirt Clothing
Wanted Avengers Villains Thanos Doc Ock Goblin Venom Skull Carnage Loki Adult Tee Graphic T-Shirt for Men Tshirt Clothing
I bought this as a Christmas present for my fiance and he loved it. He wore it once and we washed it as directed on the label. The characters and letters are drastically faded and if that is what happens every time we wash it then after 2 more washes the words and characters may be too faded to discern. I thought I was buying a quality tshirt for my loved one to enjoy and instead he wore it once and is left with a faded shirt that is a disappointment. I expected more out of an official Marvel shirt.
Riekinc Kids Superhero Costumes Zentai Bodysuit Halloween Cosplay Costumes
Riekinc Kids Superhero Costumes Zentai Bodysuit Halloween Cosplay Costumes
OK, i got to admit - this is a pretty great costume. I followed the height ranges in the size options and it fit my son perfectly. The mask is great -- deadpool's black eyes area is actually a nice rubber piece sewn on, and the eyes are a sheer white mesh. Visibility out of the eyes isnt great but you can see where you are walking. Not sure how well visibility would work at night. Costume is just the body suit and mask, there are no accessories (swords, etc.).
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Should be shown in Civics...:0 I know we don't teach that anymore. Absolute a goldmine documentary! I was born in 1955, the BPP already had it's zenith when I was in teens, but the momentum and effects were still strong and a buoy of hope that kept so many on the wave . I am proud of these radicals and lovers of mankind for having the courage to stand up against the oppression that remains even today. The energetic idea formed and remains forever: Power to the People because the key to human progress is us, not the current fake leaders and corporations that cast their unfortunate plans upon the weak and helpless of society, who have now sought to turn free speech into thought crime. The Black Panthers put intentions into action and caused many wonderful changes to take place. Of course there were failures too, but we must learn from our mistakes. Eternal vigilance we need a grassroots movement like BPP today to continue keeping the oppressors on guard, we are not free yet and especially people of color are extremely dis-empowered and like all mis or under represented at the highest levels of govt. Why is this? White supremacy and American Exeptionalism are two diseases we must find a cure for immediately if not sooner. As you are reading this Pres Trump may have already attacked Iran or invaded Venuzuela
J. D. Robb In Death Collection Books 1-5
J. D. Robb In Death Collection Books 1-5
I think this is a great collection. Yes it could be cheaper (collections should be cheaper than individual books and not by just a few cents). I kept reading reviews saying that the collection were abridged versions which pissed me off since there was nothing in the descriptions that stated that. I decided to check before I asked for a refund, so I dug through my bookshelves and found my paper copies. I checked seven chapters of the first book and they were word for word. I spot checked another seven chapters just in case and they to were word for word. I spot checked the other four books and found that they too were word for word. I'm not sure how they figure out the kindle pages for individual ebooks vs e-book collections, but it would appear that this collection is unabridged and it has fewer pages then the individual books combined. I think it's probably because the collection doesn't repeat all the info pages at the end of each book, it just has them once at the end of the collection.
Пиковая дама (Russian Edition)
Пиковая дама (Russian Edition)
The title of this brief review is obviously referred to the technical quality of the ebook. Pushkin's tale does not need reviews anymore and only the milky way could provide a sufficient number of stars to grade it.
This ebook is one of a new (to me, at least) series of ebooks in Russian which are of very good quality, accurate in the print, and free. These ebooks have an interactive index, unlike similar ebooks in other languages, and this makes them very convenient to use. I recommend this ebook and many others in the same series. The wonderful universe of Russian classics is just a few clicks away!
You Can't Kill Stephen King
You Can't Kill Stephen King
Should have known this was going to be a lame movie when they couldn't even get Stephan King to cameo in it. The characters are not very likeable and the deaths are boring, opting to "copy" some of the most obscure deaths in Stephen King's stories. There's a twist ending that's not terrible, but it wasn't enough to save the movie. With a title like that, you know it's supposed to be campy, but it never really gets there; it's just a surprisingly bloodless slasher flick with a dull antagonist and dull characters in a rather dull setting, TBH.
It could have been so much more, even without a supernatural element, like what if the characters go to meet King and accidentally kill him, and it turns out that "Stephen King" is sort of a Dread Pirate Roberts - whenever the author dies, another takes his name and job, so "You Can't Kill Stephan King" - except the characters are witnesses not in on the secret, which is where it gets murdery. Bonus points if their attackers turn out to be various keyboard jockeys and publishers, with the dark humor either coming from their unsurprising ineptitude OR their surprising competence at killing people. SMH
Point is, give this one a miss
Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature (Penguin Classics)
Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature (Penguin Classics)
In "Inspirations; Selections from Classic Literature" Paulo Coelho has compiled selections of the works of a marvelous array of writers including Nelson Mandela, George Orwell, Kahlil Gibran, Mary Shelley, Hans Christian Andersen, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Machiavelli.

Coelho showed brilliance in formatting the selections into the "four different substances, uncreated and imperishable: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire..." The writing selections and their connections to the elements are subtle and inspired. Coehlo provided notes about the connections he makes between the selection and their `substance'.

And, during my reading, I found myself assessing the writings for my own assignment into fire, water, earth, or air. I am framing the world with the concept now, too....news, movies, television shows. The framing and reframing using the elements deepens my appreciation for and understanding of this complex world.

Coelho's opening section was Water associated psychologically and in more esoteric practices with emotions, relationships, creativity, and imagination. One of his selections came from the prologue of Tales from the Thousand and One Nights. Shahrazad uses imaginitive invention to prolong her life spinning an on-going story for the king. I recognized in the story her use of creativity, invention, and emotions, concepts common in metaphors associated with water and with the flowing river of life.

In the Fire section of the Book, Coehlo taps into a breadth of writings stretching from the Rig Veda (ancient Sanskrit hymns) to an excerpt from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Here he focuses upon fire energy as a destroyer, as heat, as passion with or passion towards. In a selection from Kahil Gibran's The Prophet; "...He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast." The language itself generates heat!

There is so much fine writing in the world; writing from today and yesterday, and writing from long ago and far away from me and my experiences. Coelho's selections reminded me of some writings and introduced me to others. I found the book both rich and evocative. So much so that I tapped into the synchronicity of reviewing this book near the year-end holidays, and have bought four copies to give as gifts. (This review was initially written for the Luxury Reading website.)
Planetoid 127
Planetoid 127
So, I came across this author recently as I was searching for scifi type books. It turns out that I like pulp fiction. This particular story reads similar to something from Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series and the like - which is one of the reasons I liked it. It is straightforward and easily to follow in writing style and plot. Nothing too complicated or convoluted about it.

Basically three kids come across one of their professor's secrets - he has discovered a new planet and is communicating with it. This planet is located on the other side of the sun from us - and is orbiting right behind us, so it is invisible at all times. There are some scientific theories thrown in to make the story more plausible, but of course the actual science is not valid nowadays. He may not have meant to include real science anyway..so read it as if it were true to help you accept the plot.

I don't want to spoil the story, but it has some action and a twist relating to inhabitants of the discovered planet. The ending seems abrupt, but sweet - makes you say "aww."

I would have preferred the plot fleshed out a bit more information on the planet, but this was written as a short story. So, you are only given the information needed to move the plot along as quickly as possible.

I think this was a pleasant story that is worth a look. But, it can be downloaded for free from mobi books and a few other places. I am going to go search for other stories by this author and see what I find.
Ode to Kirihito, Part 1
Ode to Kirihito, Part 1
Once i finished part 1 of ode to kirihito I promptly ordered the second part. Its hard for me to describe ode to kirihito but its dark, bizarre and a bit of an emotional roller coaster for the protagonist Kirihito. But I have to say the illustrations kinda have a bit of a lighter tone to it. Its a bit cartoony so this dark tale doesn't feel too bleak. So all in all it works very nicely and I have to say that it really kept me guessing.

I could describe the story but I think its best you just tuck into a good read!

I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in comics or manga but like I said it is a bit bizarre but very much edge on seat read. And there are sex scenes in it but they in my opinion have been done quite tastefully.
Cradle and All
Cradle and All
Well, aside from the ending (which was just odd and felt incredibly rushed), I really liked this book! I'm not a religious person (in fact, I usually avoid ALL religious crap), but I didn't feel like this book was jamming it down my throat.

The story was told at a great pace and the writing was good! I found myself being disappointed whenever I had to put this down and really excited to pick it back up. Which virgin would bear the child of Satan, and which would bear the Savior?

As I said, the ending was a bit out of place and rushed when compared to the rest of the novel, and there was a bizarre 'Prologue' at the end of the book that COMPLETELY confused me. I still have no idea what purpose it served as (at least to me) it had nothing to do with the book. In fact, I thought it was a preview of another James Patterson book (you know how authors will sometimes include a few chapters of another book at the end of one?) but it wasn't. Very strange.

Anyway, overall it was a good story and it kept me coming back...maybe more of a 3 1/2 star book, but I'll round up.
You've Been Warned
You've Been Warned
If you're expecting You've Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan to be a 'typical' Patterson book, you're going to be disappointed.

Sure, there are short chapters and a first person narrative. But, other than that it's not at all what you'd expect.

The story revolves around a young woman in New York City who's got secrets in her past and present, obsessions for her camera and her married boyfriend, serious nightmares and who sees dead people. It's supernatural poppycock for the most part and the "surprise" ending wasn't that much of a surprise.

Fortunately, it was a quick read but I have to say I could very happily have spent my time on something more productive and enjoyable.
The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (First Time Books(R))
The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (First Time Books(R))
I needed to replace the hardcover library book with this order. To my SHOCK, this book is cheaply made! The hardcover was THIN, and the printing was MESSED UP! Significant portions of the illustrations on SEVERAL pages were cut off in the printing process. They apparently zoomed in too much on the pictures before cutting the pages to the correct size (character heads were cut off, trees were cut off, etc.). Even some text/sentences were totally cut off or they came really close (just about flush) to the edge of the page! It is very apparent that Quality Assurance was not involved in the post-print process.

If you have to purchase a replacement book from your local library that has a THICK hardcover, maybe this is what you were looking for:
[...]
Not only is RegentBook the correct booking binding publisher for the book at my local library, but they were a couple of bucks cheaper that Amazon! Switch publishers, Amazon!
War
War
Fascinating read about the early years of ww2 and the pointlessness of war. Some scary thoughts and many set of the pants moments. A great read from a author I grew up thinking as a great dreamer and not a high flying pilot with a third for adventure. .
The Hobbit (BBC Dramatization)
The Hobbit (BBC Dramatization)
We got this CD story because we were going on a massive summer car trip and wanted a different medium of entertainment other than books and crayons. The CD would not play audibly in the portable CD player with ear phones, we tried a ton of music CD's and they all worked just fine, it was only the story CD's we got off of Amazon that would not work (Yes, more than one). Then we put it in the car CD player and it worked fine so we listened to it as a family. BUT! When we got home we tried it on the stereo CD player, the clock radio CD player, and our other car CD player (Toyota)...NONE of these worked. It will play on one CD player, the newer Ford car stereo. That to me is almost as good as nothing. We were really disappointed, again...NOT with the story but with the quality of the product itself. I need to add, because my son (12 years old) was not able to listen to this himself and we listened as a a family we needed to turn it off at a certain point because it was too scary for my 8 yr old daughter. Just to keep in mind. 
Clive Cussler Books in Order: Dirk Pitt series, NUMA Files series, Fargo Adventures, Isaac Bell series, Oregon Files, Sea Hunter, short stories, standalones, ... Clive Cussler Biograp (Series Order Book 5)
Clive Cussler Books in Order: Dirk Pitt series, NUMA Files series, Fargo Adventures, Isaac Bell series, Oregon Files, Sea Hunter, short stories, standalones, ... Clive Cussler Biograp (Series Order Book 5)
I ordered it on my Kindle based on this claim: "This is the most comprehensive Clive Cussler book order and checklist available." It is not comprehensive. It lists these Dirk Pitt books as available on Kindle - but they are NOT available on Kindle per my searches!:
Vixen 03 (1978) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Pacific Vortex! (1983) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Deep Six (1984) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Cyclops (1986) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Treasure (1988) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Dragon (1990) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Sahara (1992) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Inca Gold (1994) Hardcover Paperback Kindle
Last One Home: A Novel
Last One Home: A Novel
Debbie Macomber’s Last One Home is an emotionally gripping novel about family, love, and second chances. Cassie is the main character of the novel, who is a single mother trying to rebuild her life after an abusive marriage. Just as Cassie is working towards achieving her dreams, she’s contacted by her older sister Karen, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Not only does it look like Cassie’s about to reconnect with her estranged sisters, but she also has a second chance at love with the handsome contractor Steve.

This is one of the best Debbie Macomber books I’ve read so far. Macomber does a great job of capturing important lessons about life. In this novel, she delves into the importance of family along with how second chances can help people change their lives.

Cassie is a character you feel for. An argument from when she was a teen made her run off with her boyfriend turned husband, who had a dark side. After finding the strength to leave her abusive ex, she starts a new life with her daughter, which leads her to Steve. As Steve helps Cassie build her dream home, romantic feelings begin to form, but Cassie is hesitant about pursuing a relationship so soon after her marriage ended.

But Cassie’s relationship with Steve isn’t the only that’s blooming. After years of estrangement, Cassie begins to connect with her sisters Karen and Nichole. The three women begin to heal their broken relationship, and it comes just as Karen and Nichole are experiencing their own problems.

Karen and Nichole did come off snooty at times with the way they treated Cassie, then you feel sorry for them when it’s discovered they have their own personal issues. As for Cassie and Steve, their relationship starts out rocky at first with both of them being stubborn. But Steve like Cassie, has experience his own loss in the past, which explains his attitude.

This is a story that will have you feeling sympathy for all the characters, and there are times where you’ll feel teary-eyed. It does leave the hint of a spinoff book focusing on one of the characters, I won’t mention who it is, but I am curious to read what will happen in the follow up story.
Fifty Shades of Grey 2: Gefährliche Liebe
Fifty Shades of Grey 2: Gefährliche Liebe
Jeder, der sich für hocherotische Literatur begeistern kann, Verbal-Pornografie jedoch überhaupt nicht mag, wird an diesen Büchern seinen Gefallen finden.

Meines Wissens gehört diese Novelle nicht zur Weltliteratur. Und wird es sicher auch niemals. Ein Vergleich wird aber erlaubt sein? Unwillkürlich habe ich beim Lesen an D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley" gedacht. Nur daß die Handlung halt, statt in Adelskreisen, im Amerika unserer Tage spielt.

Die Geschichte mag wenig wahrscheinlich sein (ist sie das bei Lawrence?), aber sehr spannend erzählt.

Und, nun ja, wenn beim Lesen die oder der Eine oder Andere Lust bekommen sollte, das eine oder andere auch mal selbst auszuprobieren, würde es mich nicht verwundern. Ich könnte mir vorstellen, daß man dabei richtig Spaß haben kann.
Bullseye: An Original Will Robie / Camel Club Short Story (Kindle Single)
Bullseye: An Original Will Robie / Camel Club Short Story (Kindle Single)
I have only vague recollections of the members of the Camel Club and their exploits, since I read those books years and years ago. I may have even missed one or more of the later books. I will have to go back and refresh my memory. Nevertheless, my lack of knowledge did not hinder my enjoyment of the novella. I suppose if one had no knowledge of who and what the Camel Club are that the novella might have been somewhat confusing especially since the story featured Oliver Stone rather Will Robie, which was actually somewhat disappointing. Robie did little of the mystery solving or arranging the resolution, although his shooting skills were certainly put into play. He was present almost solely in his role as assassin and demonstrated only a little independent involvement in the whole hostage situation at the bank, despite being a hostage and having keen observation and problem solving skills, as we know from the books featuring him. Other than being a shooter, he imostly serves as a foil to Stone's character. All that being said, the book was still an enjoyable excursion with some of Baldacci's more unforgettable characters. (Too bad John Puller did not participate in the story.) The plot was not terribly complex or even elegant and the usual description of places and secondary characters was missing, which made the story less nuanced than Baldacci's longer novels, but the story moved along at quite a clip and kept my interest throughout. It was fun to see Stone and Robie interact. My one true criticism is regarding the discussion in the book of the construction of the bank's physical space. At first, the woman explaining the reason for the irregular shape of the bank said that she learned about it after asking people in the banks once she noticed it. She is asked if one feature reached the top of the building. She thinks about and then surmises that it must. However, in the very next paragraph, she then states that she is sure that it does, because her husband, who is in the construction business, had plans of the building and she saw that it did. This was not a correction of her previous statement on her part, but instead was a completely different version of her thoughts. She goes on to say that she learned everything about the space from the plans and her husband before she worked at the bank, contradicting her prior statement that she learned about the space due to her asking colleagues when she became curious about the space. Obviously, she would not have been curious if she knew about the space before she even worked there. How and why she learned about the space is not remotely important to the plot, but the discrepancy was annoying and disappointing. I expect better of Baldacci. It is a relatively minor peeve that is only made large due to the brevity of the story and the fact that the discontinuity occurred in adjoining paragraphs. Why didn't Baldacci or his editors, proofreaders, or friends and family catch this before publication? Maybe I am missing some subtle point given that I did not follow the construction discussion regarding pop-outs, dead space, and so on very well. Still, I really recommend this novella highly to fans of Baldacci and the Camel Club and Will Robie. I have the new Will Robie book, "The Guilty," and I am looking forward to getting sucked back into Robie's world.
Mary Higgins Clark eBook Sampler
Mary Higgins Clark eBook Sampler
The description states that it includes bonus original pieces and 10 excerpts. Apparently the bonus pieces it is referring to are the note by the author. This was a disappointment. I expected a couple short stories or something. The excerpts are nice but not really necessary for a Mary Higgins Clark fan who reads anything she publishes. For someone unfamiliar with her works or not already a fan, the excerpts would be good to have since the eBook is free. Be prepared to start buying her books once you start reading the excerpts.
Harry Potter, The World Of: 2010 Wall Calendar
Harry Potter, The World Of: 2010 Wall Calendar
This calendar is a great review of the past Harry Potter Movies. There are a variety of pictures that show case the main characters and some interesting scenery from the movies. I LOVE this calendar, it has nice big squares for each day and there are neat designs around the date pages! I recommend this for any Harry Potter fan, new or long time! When the year is over you can cut the pictures out to creat 12 mini Harry Potter posters!
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Nicolas Flamel Wand
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Nicolas Flamel Wand
Consegna perfetta come sempre.
La bacchetta si presenta bene, particolare proprio come Nicolas Flamel, é lunga 37cm se era di 40 sarebbe stata piú "importante", si trova all'interno dlla sua scatola tra due spugne di velluto.
Unico appunto é proprio la scatola, che rispetto le altre precedenti che ho acquistato Non ha sopra la scritta argentata "Fantastic Beasts" e sembra quasi una bacchetta appartenente ad un altra serie anche se ai lati peró ha comunque il nome del proprietario. Nel complesso va bene cosí sono soddisfatto.
Frequently squashed, to untie your code! â˜_â˜_(2 pieces) easy code clips
Frequently squashed, to untie your code! â˜_â˜_(2 pieces) easy code clips
ドライヤーのコードをまとめるために買いました。
サイズはよいのですがバネが弱すぎで、時々コードがバラけます。

それと、開いたときにカナメのところが
束ねたケーブルの1本を噛んでしまいます。
洗濯挟みでさえスライド方式と言うか、カナメのところで噛まない
仕組みのものがあるのに…

あとクリップ内側の青い部分が早々にポロッと取れてしまいました。
接着が弱いみたいです。

結果的にコードクリップとしては非常に使いにくく
洗濯挟みに劣る商品でした。全体的なサイズ・デザインに関しては
悪くないだけに残念です。
Harry Potter Gryffindor Crest Memorabilia Art Print, 30 x 40 cm
Harry Potter Gryffindor Crest Memorabilia Art Print, 30 x 40 cm
I am a HUGE Harry potter fan, so have an ever growing collection on framed memorabilia that is slowly climbing across the walls and taking over the room!

This frame did not disappoint! Well worth the buy for Potter Heads!

Arrived quickly in a good condition with a secure packaging.

Very happy with my Siriusly good poster!
Witty Yeti Hilarious Bad Parking Cards Total Annihilation Edition 50 Pk 5 x 10 Sayings Perfect for Shaming Drivers. Funny Road Rage Revenge, Gag Gift, Prank Insult Set and White Elephant Novelty
Witty Yeti Hilarious Bad Parking Cards Total Annihilation Edition 50 Pk 5 x 10 Sayings Perfect for Shaming Drivers. Funny Road Rage Revenge, Gag Gift, Prank Insult Set and White Elephant Novelty
I have been wanting a set of these cards for a while now and I wasn't disappointed (although I wish there was a broader variety of sayings...hence the 4 stars instead of 5 - but my only complaint). These are absolutely perfect and I use them everywhere I go and see horrible parking jobs. If you park like a jerk, you are awarded with this lovely card, letting you know how I and everyone else feels about it. A lot of my friends and family have purchased these after seeing my set and they're all having fun with them as well. I definitely recommend these cards! So much fun!
Handmade Montessori mbolies 4set Octahedron mbolie Munari Mobile Gobbi Mobile Dancers Mobile Help Shape and Color Recognition(4 Mobiles with Blue Gobbi)
Handmade Montessori mbolies 4set Octahedron mbolie Munari Mobile Gobbi Mobile Dancers Mobile Help Shape and Color Recognition(4 Mobiles with Blue Gobbi)
This mobile fulfills its purpose, which is to provide something for my baby to look at. The shapes are not made of felt as described. Instead, they appear to be some sort of compressed paper board. They are attached to clear, plastic poles by white string, which is tied and glued in place on the board. My mobile arrived unbalanced, but I was able to loosen the glue so that I could slide the string and balance the mobile. The ends of the string were trimmed about 1 inch from the knots, which I thought looked messy --- but I could easily trim the string with scissors. These knots appear to be the only part of this mobile that is "hand made". However, you get what you pay for, and it's not like my baby will remember the quality of this mobile. I'm happy with it, but don't feel that it's nice enough to give to someone as a gift.
Spy (reissue)
Spy (reissue)
It's a shame this album didn't take off like it predecessor, Boy's in the Trees, when it was released in 1979. It wasn't commercial enough I guess, even with a Grammy nominated single (Vengeance) to it's credit. Well, it's the public's loss, because this album is even stronger imp. We're So Close is undoubtedly the saddest song Carly has ever written, and also one of her most beautiful, along with Never Been Gone (a song which really did take on a life of it's own in latter years and is now considered one of her best). Vengeance did chart, and it's easy to see why, it's a catchy and hard rocking Carly (and the video is great too btw). Just Like You Do and especially Love You By Heart are beautiful songs as well! Thank you for this classic, Carly!
Spin Power by Bell+Howell Surge Protector Electric Charging Station 4 Outlets 6 USB Ports with 45" Retractable Cord Built-in Phone Holder As Seen On TV
Spin Power by Bell+Howell Surge Protector Electric Charging Station 4 Outlets 6 USB Ports with 45" Retractable Cord Built-in Phone Holder As Seen On TV
The cord does not extend out AT ALL, only about 2 ft cord came out, no more, it seems to be jammed up inside of it no matter what I do I can’t get the cord to come out so I just tucked the rest of it in there and use it on the kitchen counter Disappointed
New comment: i’ve had it for a while now about three weeks I still can’t get the cord to extend and I’m surprised the company has not responded to a solution. I think they should send me one that works other than that I do like the top of it or I can hold my phone or tablet to watch new Recipe ideas. BUT No matter what I do the cord won’t work it doesn’t come out I wish I did I would buy more of them but I had to buy another brand that had a long cord for desk.
GE Sealants & Adhesives GE5000 Advanced Silicone 2 Window & Door Sealant, 10.1oz, Clear
GE Sealants & Adhesives GE5000 Advanced Silicone 2 Window & Door Sealant, 10.1oz, Clear
When ordering light grey, you're getting tubes with labels/barcodes that indicate grey, but the tube itself is going to be clear color (white cap and tube clearly says "clear"). Re-ordering does not help, you're still getting more of the wrong color, and Amazon makes you package return the tubes individually even if you ordered several in one order (a major hassle).

The clear color silicone works as expected, but seems to be average quality. It doesn't stick to primed wood siding (fascia boards), so I would not recommend this as caulk for any exterior use or where wood expands/contracts. This can be used as a filler when the pieces are stable (don't expand with weather changes) and it doesn't matter that light gets through.
BEAUTRIP Leg Pillow | Ergonomic Side Sleeping Pillows | Memory Foam Knee Pillow with Strap for Side Sleeper | Leg Support Cushion with Removable and Washable Cover
BEAUTRIP Leg Pillow | Ergonomic Side Sleeping Pillows | Memory Foam Knee Pillow with Strap for Side Sleeper | Leg Support Cushion with Removable and Washable Cover
Hi, I purchased a knee pillow but it was faulty and ended up splitting, so I returned it and received a full refund with no problems. Then maybe three weeks later, I unexpectedly received another knee pillow, spare cover, fantastic eye mask and a lovely letter to apologize for the first pillow spitting. I have to say I've never experienced such customer service and aftercare 10/10 thank you so much.
I'm very pleased with the new knee pillow as I suffer from chronic back pain and rheumatoid arthritis and it helps me with both, enabling me to get a good night's sleep, so I highly recommend this product and this company.
Sincerely yours Yvonne.
Saeco 10004768 Kaffeevollautomat, Edelstahl, 2 liters
Saeco 10004768 Kaffeevollautomat, Edelstahl, 2 liters
Cercavo una macchina superautomatica che sostituisse la mia "vecchia" Nespresso De Longhi a capsule per passare al più conveniente caffè in grani e la mia scelta è caduta senza ombra di dubbio sulla Saeco e successivamente nello specifico sulla Lirika.
Vi anticipo che questa macchina NON dà la possibilità di utilizzare la polvere di caffè (macinato), ma solo ed esclusivamente il caffè in grani, quindi se cercate una superautomatica che vi offra tale possibilità, dovrete passare oltre.
Come già detto nella recensione di un altro acquirente, questo modello non è dedicato al mercato Italiano e in tutta onestà non me ne capacito del motivo, vista la qualità dei materiali e l'estetica gradevole e moderna, sia nei colori che nelle forme.
Questa versione si piazza a ridosso delle Superautomatiche professionali, difatti è indirizzata per piccole comunità (B & B) e uffici, quindi se l'acquistate, sapete già di non prendere un "giocattolo".
Il gruppo caffè è sempre il solito e collaudato di Saeco, quindi una garanzia.
Presenta la possibilità di lasciare il rubinetto per l’erogazione dell’acqua calda (o vapore) o di montare il cappuccinatore che pescherà la bevanda direttamente dal contenitore/brick tramite un tubicino che a termine operazione potrete fissare comodamente sul lato del corpo macchina.
L’ho testato sia con latte vaccino che con latte vegetale di mandorle, in entrambi i casi otterrete un’ottima schiuma e quindi un altrettanto ottimo cappuccino.
Il display sul quale vengono visualizzate le scelte è a pittogrammi (icone) e di facile comprensione.

La macchina vi offre svariate possibilità, a mezzo dei tasti scelta apposti sulla parte frontale della stessa, quali:
- l'intensità del caffè (3 livelli di scelta);
- caffè espresso o americano (rispettivamente stretto o lungo);
- Cappuccino;
- Latte macchiato;
- Erogazione acqua calda/vapore tramite beccuccio (e non una lancia/pennarello).
Queste scelte si possono PERSONALIZZARE successivamente, con la semplice pressione prolungata dei vari tasti scelta e sul display verrà visualizzato il messaggio MEMO, al termine della quantità di prodotto da noi desiderato, l'impostazione verrà mantenuta nel tempo.

Personalmente provengo da una tradizione di genitore baristi, e vi dico che grazie alle macine in ceramica, il sapore del caffè non verrà mai alterato da queste ultime, a differenza delle macchine con macine in acciaio. Il Macinacaffè, seppure integrato, vi offre un ventaglio molto molto ampio di regolazioni di macinazione, da più fine a più grossolano, al fine di ottenere la qualità di caffè che più vi aggrada.
Vi consiglio di usare sempre dei grani di caffè di aziende pregiate, la macchina è ottima, ma come tutte non fa miracoli e se la qualità della materia prima è scadente, otterrete un caffè altrettanto scadente.
Il menù interno vi offre inoltre la possibilità di scegliere:
- la gradazione di calore del caffè, da meno a più caldo (personalmente l'ho impostata alla temperatura massima);
- 4 livelli di durezza dell'acqua;
- programma di decalcificazione;
- timer di autospegnimento;
- la luminosità del display;
- attivare/disattivare la presenza di un filtro addolcitore;
- attivare/disattivare l'avviso di cassetto pieno per la posa di caffè.
La manutenzione della stessa è davvero molto intuitiva ed elementare e alcune parti è possibile lavarle in lavastoviglie.
Il serbatoio dell'acqua è piuttosto capiente (2,5lt) e i nonostante i frequenti lavaggi della macchina, non vi ritroverete a dover rabboccare ogni giorno.
I lavaggi automatici che la macchina esegue ad ogni accensione e spegnimento, possono comunque essere bloccati a propria discrezione, io personalmente blocco il primo all'accensione che ritengo inutile, in quanto allo spegnimento esegue già un ciclo di pulizia.
Vi consiglio vivamente di acquistare il filtro addolcitore per garantire una vita più lunga alla Lirika e che vi toglierà il "fastidio" di decalcificarla troppo spesso con prodotti magari eccessivamente aggressivi.

Non si sente affatto la mancanza di un riscaldatazze, in quanto il caffè esce davvero bollente, a differenza delle De Longhi delle quali tutti si lamentano.
In definitiva, posso asserire che questa macchina riesce a erogare ottimi caffè con qualità davvero da Bar, sempre a patto che utilizziate delle buone miscele e cappuccini che nulla hanno da invidiare a quelli che vi presentano al banco. La facilità di utilizzo e di manutenzione, gli accessori quali dolcificatore e l’esperienza Saeco, mi spingono a consigliarne vivamente l’acquisto, sia per quanto appena detto che per tutte le svariate regolazioni e personalizzazioni che la macchina offre.

* * * * Spero che la mia opinione ti sia stata utile* * * *

PS tiratina di orecchie per Amazon, impeccabile come sempre nei tempi di consegna, addirittura 1gg prima, ma avevo chiesto l’occultamento del prodotto in una scatola Amazon e invece mi è arrivata nell’imballo originale nuda e cruda!
MSA3 Air Purifier for Home Large Room and Bedroom with True HEPA Filter, 100% Ozone Free Air Cleaner for Smokers, Pet and Allergies Remove 99.97% Allergens, Dust, Odor, Smoke, Pollen
MSA3 Air Purifier for Home Large Room and Bedroom with True HEPA Filter, 100% Ozone Free Air Cleaner for Smokers, Pet and Allergies Remove 99.97% Allergens, Dust, Odor, Smoke, Pollen
This machine is quiet, sooo quiet, and I like that. The sound it does make (I run it on 2) is soft, background, not even white noise. It doesn't interfere with anything I've got going on, like streaming video, or just sitting and reading. It does clean the air, and does a good job. It's made a big improvement in the air quality in my living room. Worth the price, and one of the better purchases I've made in recent years!

Setup was brilliant, just pop off the front, remove the filter, remove the plastic from the filter, replace it, pop the front back on, plug it in and go. EZPZ. The lights/touch buttons are self-explanatory, the instruction manual clear and concise.

A plus: it seems to help circulate the heat. The clean air comes out the top of the machine, so it acts a bit like a fan. My place has baseboard heaters, and normally all the heat goes out the roof. Not any more! I'm betting it's going to help in the summer, too, circulating cool air.

Another plus: it's not ugly. Not at all. It's very sleek, non-intrusive.
Gerrit Broadway - Rollos de regaliz (24 unidades)
Gerrit Broadway - Rollos de regaliz (24 unidades)
I buy these licorice rolls for my husband. They were his favorite candy as a child and we've looked all over trying to find them in 'penny candy' shops but nothing ever came close to what he remembers. These strawberry licorice rolls are EXACTLY what his tastebuds and memory have been looking for so when Christmas rolls around or his birthday, or any special occasion, I know precisely how to make him smile! Each licorice roll is a trip back to his childhood and he's a happy guy! And I'm a happy wife!
Jarabe de arce Grado A (Very dark, Strong taste) - 1,89 litros (2,5 Kg) - Miel de arce - Sirope de Arce - Original maple syrup
Jarabe de arce Grado A (Very dark, Strong taste) - 1,89 litros (2,5 Kg) - Miel de arce - Sirope de Arce - Original maple syrup
Do you love Maple syrup? Are you fed up with store bought "maple" syrup that tastes like refined sugar? Yes, yes you are, otherwise you wouldn't be looking here. Well it's your lucky day! This one here you are looking at is the real deal, the original, the one, the enlightened, the alpha and omega. It's dark, it's tasty, it's divine! To be honest I'm not sure what you're still doing here reading this review, you should have already bought it and go enjoy your life knowing you made the best decision of your life.

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