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Javascript For Web Designers
Javascript For Web Designers
Javascript For Web Designers by Mat Marquis. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Ferienlesebuch. Geschichten für sonnige Stunden.
Ferienlesebuch. Geschichten für sonnige Stunden.
Ferienlesebuch. Geschichten für sonnige Stunden. by Nicholas Sparks, Tessa de Loo, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller
The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller
The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller by John Grisham , Anne Chesnut, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 5212 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Kingmaker
The Kingmaker
The Kingmaker by Brian Haig. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 170 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Czas zabijania
Czas zabijania
Czas zabijania by Grisham John. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre by Stephen King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Programming Projects
Java Programming Projects
Java Programming Projects by CEP Inc. and Sestak. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Murach's Beginning Java with Eclipse
Murach's Beginning Java with Eclipse
Murach's Beginning Java with Eclipse by Joel Murach and Michael Urban. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Web Programming Step by Step
Web Programming Step by Step
Web Programming Step by Step by Jessica Miller. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
MariaDB Cookbook
MariaDB Cookbook
MariaDB Cookbook by Daniel Bartholomew. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Google Glass Programming in PHP
Google Glass Programming in PHP
Google Glass Programming in PHP by Tony Gaitatzis, Bruno Daoust, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL/400 Developer's Guide (Vol 2)
SQL/400 Developer's Guide (Vol 2)
SQL/400 Developer's Guide (Vol 2) by Mike Cravitz and Paul Conte. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Swift 3 Functional Programming
Swift 3 Functional Programming
Swift 3 Functional Programming by Dr. Fatih Nayebi. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Professional Xcode 3
Professional Xcode 3
Professional Xcode 3 by James Bucanek. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Node.js: Web Application Development: Create your Web Apps With Node.js (Web App Development)
Node.js: Web Application Development: Create your Web Apps With Node.js (Web App Development)
I've been learning NodeJS for a while now and I can honestly say that this book is a fantastic reference for learning Node and is packed with examples, info and good practical explanation. It is a book to have at hand because it has tricks that can be used. It is well worth the investment and I would recommend it to software engineers looking for a book with good examples .
The Software Engineer's Guide to Freelance Consulting: The new book that encompasses finding and maintaining clients as a software developer, tax and legal tips, and everything in between.
The Software Engineer's Guide to Freelance Consulting: The new book that encompasses finding and maintaining clients as a software developer, tax and legal tips, and everything in between.
Offers plenty of useful information for getting into software consulting. Much of the material can likely be extended to many general consulting businesses. Contains a few chapters and sections on legal help and tax advise which should be hugely helpful. The authors are sure to remind the reader that a successful software consultant isn't just a coder, they're also businessmen. Doesn't put down full-time engineers (FTE) and provides pros and cons for being a FTE versus a freelance consultant. Goes beyond the scope of running a successful consulting business and touches on personal development and the possible lifestyle as a freelance consultant.

When my current endeavors are complete and I can start a consulting business, this is likely a book I'll reference.

This book unfortunately only receives 4 stars due to the frequent typos. Many words are missing, some words are typed twice, the highly elusive double space is reoccurring. Apparently chapter 12 was so important that there are two of them. Maybe chapter 11 leveled up since the editing of the book.
Warren Buffett: The World’s Greatest Investor, or Just an Extremely Lucky Guy? (Smart Investor Book 1)
Warren Buffett: The World’s Greatest Investor, or Just an Extremely Lucky Guy? (Smart Investor Book 1)
I would very prescribe it to anybody endeavoring to decode the in many cases beguiling universe of contributing. I observed this book to be the most effectively justifiable breakdown of Warren Buffett's speculation standards. Anybody would have suggested a book on Warren Buffett so am not helping you out by prescribing this. Regardless I keep one of the pages of this book posted in my office since it reminds me once a day of Warren's fundamental venture principles.
Introvert Leaders That Run The World: 16 Reasons Why Introvert People Lead in Business, Politics, Arts, Science & Technology (Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, ... quiet (Motivation, excellence, Success)
Introvert Leaders That Run The World: 16 Reasons Why Introvert People Lead in Business, Politics, Arts, Science & Technology (Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, ... quiet (Motivation, excellence, Success)
Excellent book! This book is a short research into what is it that makes introverts so successful everywhere from business to movies and from music to politics. One of the most common assumptions is that introverts can’t be good leaders, having neither the natural talent nor the desire for leadership. And while it is true that more introverted types might not jump at the chance to lead a team, organization, or movement, circumstances can place them there regardless.
In previous time introverts were treated as personality trait but at present, in the era of ICT introversion is rectified as a mental disorder. Introversion is a great barrier on the way of success in life where the internet made the world smaller and brought the people closer.
Aditya Sawdekar did well writing the book very easy to understand. He focused on the basic reasons behind the introversion such as pre-decision how much engage in social setting, taking calculated risk, extreme personality trait, calmly dealing with adversity, non-offensive and love for being alone etc.
This book is for anyone who wants to find deeper meaning in their lives, excel or transform personalities for betterment of life.
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
I received this book and I believe it's a great medium to encounter President Xi's Thought. However, as an English-only addition without the original Chinese text I feel it is not as helpful as it could be. For instance, Mao's red book has a side by side Chinese and Englis (or German or Spanish) translation. So this would be helpful especially for people who may be using this book academically, to engage with Chinese-speakers, and for Chinese study. So if the publishers could get in touch with me when a bilingual version comes out, that would be outstanding. Thanks.
RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEVE JOBS AND BILL GATES: How to convert your inner energy into tangible products
RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEVE JOBS AND BILL GATES: How to convert your inner energy into tangible products
There are books and there are BOOKS. While some books are good READs, other books meet your NEED and teach you to LEAD. "Raising the Next generation of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates", is one of those books that have these 3 dimensions. You will enjoy the READ. It will meet your NEED, and as well help you LEAD. Devouring this book challenged and revolutionized my MINDSET, gave me the right SKILLSET and has increased my PURSESET thereby setting me up to display Understanding, Mastery and Competence in my field.
What are you waiting for? Grab your copy now and see your Paradigm Shift 3600.
Leading Apple With Steve Jobs: Management Lessons From a Controversial Genius
Leading Apple With Steve Jobs: Management Lessons From a Controversial Genius
"Leading Apple with Steve Jobs" gives us an inside look from a Former VP of Apple within the early stages of the company. At first, this book is not expected to give you the nook and crannies of Steve Jobs autobiography. In addition, some autobiographies written for Steve Jobs may not be the most accurate representation of the events if it was not written under the guidance of Steve Jobs himself. In contrast, the autobiography of Elon Musk was written by Ashlee Vance under the guidance of Elon Musk. Regardless, the autobiography of Elon Musk was a choke full of details that a young reader version was released after that so even a five-year-old was able to read it. Think this book as providing the main highlights of Apple under Steve Jobs supervision in the most accurate representable way. This book goes side by side with the book I read this year "Becoming Facebook" by Michael Hoefflinger, which gives also a more accurate view how Facebook operates contrary to how the press spins original events around.

In the same year Steve Jobs passed away, my last business class assignment was to write a Strategic Analysis of Apple Inc. I knew already a lot of tidbits of Apple History, the Apple computer I used at my elementary school, as well the Apple devices I tried out later in my life. At this time of writing this book review, after six years Steve Jobs passed away, it seems we are not stuck on the same page and we were able to turn to the next page. There is Elon Musk that innovates in the transportation sector and almost all big companies have captured the sweet spot on bringing the best user interface within their services. Amazon and Google are creating the voice interface of the future with Amazon Alexa and Google Home respectively while Samsung is selling phones that are almost the same price of an iPhone. All companies learned their lessons and missed opportunities from Apple, a company that now holds 200 billion dollars as a cash reserve.

Steve Jobs vision of "It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy." never took hold worldwide until the times he passed away. After the 2008 economic crisis showed that there was nothing safe to invest to make money, the startup mentality skyrocketed. We take it for granted today, but nobody realizes still that Apple was one of the most prominent companies at that time that tried to think differently from the rest. In addition, more companies that exist today are more product based as they are run under a subscription model. In the past, the low level of competition made it easy for companies to sell products with high-profit margins (think IBM and Coca-Cola). As the rise of entrepreneurship surged over the years, it was more challenging to thrive in this ecosystem, requiring companies to shift their mindset on being more agile and nimble to new circumstances. Most of the part of this book describes how Steve Jobs was challenged to embrace the culture "Pirates! Not the Navy" under the early days in his Macintosh division and when he came back to Apple as interim CEO twelve years later after he was fired.

The other half part of the book discusses how Steve Jobs was able to bring the right people that could innovate by their own two feet while being committed to the vision of the company. If you look at Steve interviews or Steve presentations of rolling up a new product, it is hard to not give credit of his passion of the products he invented and genuinely loves by doing whatever it takes to convince others that it will make their life easier. The book describes in detail the different ways he was able to persuade different people to join his company by sharing his vision. I have to say, vision is so important, many companies forget it so much these days, it is one of the main reasons people feel lost in direction of what they are doing, leaving the company having a high turn over rate. The book describes also the different tactics Steve tried to find whether employees were committed to the company. If people did not take blame for their mistakes or were not excited after a brief discussion about the vision or did not show their commitment to the company with their actions (i.e. Bringing a Dell computer in an interview), they were immediately disqualified as potential candidates that could contribute to the innovative efforts of the company. Even after being aboard as a member of the team, Steve was very picky and strict on how the end product should be delivered to his staff. He would insult anybody and just by the looks from today's standards, he would have been placed in the hall of shame (In the book Feedback Revolution by Peter McLaughlin, it places Steve Jobs as the "bad" role model on providing feedback to others). Yes, it is true, that Steve Jobs gave feedback in a way that could felt abusive if taken in the wrong context. The truth about Steve is that he really cared about the product so much that it almost looked like his survival depended on it, almost like being an obsession. As Jay Eliot mentions in the book, although he looked strong outside, deep inside he could sob privately from the most of his frustrations. Instead of being Van Gogh where he felt his ideas were ones that would be rejected by the world, Steve wanted them to embrace them to the world while he lived as if his last day was tomorrow. That is the thing about being a Controversial figure: You become a lunatic if what you are obsessed does not add value to our world, but a genius if it adds value to our world. He was controversial for throwing people jumping from a naval ship to a pirate ship, but little did they know at that time that the navy was sinking already and the pirates already found new treasures to explore.

Other than the content of the book, it is very well organized and easy to read. It also tries extensively to compare Apple with other companies at that time, such as IBM and Sony.

In today's world, we have different problems than the ones that we have from the past and they may not all be solved in a Steve Jobs way. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. However, it definitely gives us a template of how to embrace our passion so we can address by our own context the problems that we are facing today.
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
First off, this book is not a textbook. You won't be reading it and doing homework or taking tests or solving equations and checking the back of the book to see if you got them right - thank goodness! This is a book that makes it possible for anyone (well, maybe not ANYONE, but anyone who is interested enough to try) to understand what Calculus is and the basics of how it works and why...

But why would you want to do that? Well, as the author asserts in the beginning of the book, Calculus is the language of God. Perhaps even more interestingly, he says that Calculus is the operating system or computer language that animates EVERYTHING from moment to moment and place to place.

So consider this; if you've EVER thought that maybe we are in a simulation - a virtual reality - then Calculus is the game engine code that our universe uses to draw the world we are playing the game in right now.

If you can imagine God as a computer game coder, and he set out to create a game called "Humanity" or "Life in the Universe As We Know It" - then instead of sitting down with UnReal Engine or Unity or Java or C++, he chose Calculus. Calculus is the language he programmed the Universe with and the more we understand the code, the more we understand the Universe.

That's kind of fascinating if you think about it - AND it is coexists with the Bible just fine. The Bible doesn't tell us the details of how God created the Universe or what he used to create it - The Bible just says he did it. Calculus is the "language" or a way for us to be able to tell what it is going to do next. My son and I have intense conversations about things like this - and this book makes them far more interesting.

I took Calculus in college several decades ago. I was a C student. I also took Differential Equations, and did much better. I felt like Calculus was the tools and D.E. was using the tools to do things. This book explains the tools and it is fascinating. I recommend it for anyone who is even a little curious about how our universe works, or also anyone who appreciates the artistic beauty of the order in our universe. Calculus is fascinating and even exciting if it is explained by the right person, and with Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe, Steven Strogatz is the right person to do it. I highly recommend this book if you are even slightly interested in how the universe and the world around you works.

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The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility
The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility
Back in 1996, Zubrin changed the way people saw space with The Case for Mars and his Mars Direct plan. NASA even based its mission on Mars Direct, and launched an impressive array of probes to Mars and throughout the Solar System. The latter has continued, but NASA reverted to its old ways in manned spaceflight — a new direction every time a new President is elected. A new "plan" guaranteed to go no where.

Since Zubrin's first book there has been a change — the emergence of space companies operating outside the old government-space complex. Private spaceflight has finally arrived and the final frontier Zubrin has advocated for years finally has its door open again. The Moon and Mars are no longer so distant.

Much of the Case for Space will be familiar to readers of Zubrin's other book, Entering Space. In fact, much of this book is simply an updated edition of that book. Part 1 of the book shows how we can conquer space; part 2 gives reasons why we must. There is much he writes here that all Earth citizens should carefully consider.

One reason is for knowledge, which Zubrin predicates on large part around finding life in the universe. Like many, he believes there must be life because there are an uncountable amount of worlds out there. However, this "statistical fallacy" of what "must be" must give way to physics. Physics severely limits where life may exist, even basic life, to say nothing of advanced life. We can eliminate many — if not most of these worlds — from contention. Even these planets found in "habitable zones" aren't as promising as the term portrays. Being in the zone is not nearly enough. There are hundreds of narrow parameters that must be met (see Improbable Planet by Hugh Ross, The Privileged Planet by Guillermo Gonzalez). Should we feel alone and depressed because of this?

No, and in fact, astronomy and spaceflight has answered many of the questions Zubrin poses in Chapter 9 on how it all started and the reasons for how it works the way it does. Instead of being just a "pale blue dot" alone randomly in a universe, it turns out that the universe is exactly as it must be for Earth to be as it is. That is, the universe was designed for us to be here. No other discovery is more impactful and thought provoking, and exploring the cosmos brought us there (see Why the Universe Is the Way It Is and The Creator and the Cosmos, both by Hugh Ross).

Zubrin talks about fine-tuning, then derides design, only to muse on a possible "intelligence...responsible for the propagation and self-perfection" of the universe. He sees it, but won't let himself follow the evidence. Why? Because his naturalistic worldview - a universe driven by chance - says you must ignore the evidence and interpret everything through unguided forces - even if they don't exist. Zubrin admits as much in referring to evolution as being a "success" proving this. It has done no such thing even though the evangelists of naturalism tell us otherwise. Scientists have been lining up to speak of natural selection's failure to produce complexity and diverse life (Undeniable by Douglas Axe, Darwin Devolves by Behe, Foresight by Marcos N. Eberlin, Heretic by Matti Leisola, Origins of Life by Fuz Rana among others). We must continue to explore space for knowledge, but must cut the beliefs that cripple the wonder and discovery right in front us.

And we must explore to protect us (from asteroids), to thrive (fusion and mineral resources), for freedom and to restore the promise of Apollo that was abandoned fifty years ago. The promise of a new time in human history. A time when we become a spacefaring civilization.
WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make a Living, and Change the World
WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make a Living, and Change the World
In WEconomy, purpose is the new currency. Get it right and business health, profitability and value will follow. The book explores the social dimension of finding a problem and solving it as the surest key to success.

In practice, the idea is to embed purpose into every area of the business. The involvement of senior management is critical, as well as, engagement with the entire workforce at some point. Identifying strategic stakeholders is important too. The idea is to arrive at a final articulation in order to fulfill the basic purpose in its entirety.

Impact engineering is a great example. Stakeholders find a cause with merit, build a practical action plan and engage the network frequently and methodically. Team members must listen, learn and develop an approach toward problem solving that is all-encompassing and all-inclusive.

An example of a worthy cause would be reducing infant mortality rates in high risk areas of the world like Africa or Asia. The effort involves reducing premature birth complications with routine medical interventions, the use of prenatal vitamins, optimal dietary protocols and much more. Availability of quality vaccinations and antibiotics (including natural antibiotics) may be helpful too.

Overall, "WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning..." by Craig Kielburger, Holly Branson and Marc Kielburger is a gem of a book on the mechanics of marrying organizational dynamics with technology to solve difficult social challenges worth tackling.
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)
I had not read a book cover to cover in years. I am so glad that More Than Enough was that book. I read it at a time when I was in transition in my career, thinking about the next step, and a little scared for the opportunity before me. Elaine’s story was filled with so many reminders that we are all ready for that new beginning. That a dream realized doesn’t mean an end. And I am so grateful that she shared these nuggets of wisdom with the world.

As someone who once dreamed of going into the magazine industry, this book was an amazing insider look into that world as a woman of color. It was fascinating to read Elaine’s journey, starting from the Bay, to Sac State, to LA, NYC, and beyond. I had read much about Elaine’s ascent to editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, but hearing the backstory and the duality of that public success was fascinating and told in such an honest, vulnerable manner. The arc of the biography was well paced, though reading about her tenure at Teen Vogue certainly felt like a whirlwind at times.

I really wish I caught Elaine in San Francisco while she was touring. But, I hope to catch her at another event, conference, or talk in the future, wherever her career takes her. For any woman, and especially woman of color, navigating relationships, career, life crossroads, or even dreams realized, pick up More Than Enough. It’s a fantastic read!
Oprah, la biografia (Spanish Edition)
Oprah, la biografia (Spanish Edition)
El contenido del libro es estupendo, recomendable totalmente.

Mi queja va en cuanto a la presentación del libro que deja mucho que desear. Parecen libros usados o están en la última esquina del almacén porque venían sucios, esquinas dobladas... cuando supuestamente eran nuevos. Que menos que los plastifiquen o un film de esos que utilizan cuando están sin abrir 🤦🏼‍♀️
O's Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, the Oprah Magazine : Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration
O's Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, the Oprah Magazine : Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration
Let me first state that I am not an Oprah fan. I bought this book as a gift for someone that is a fan, and, before I wrapped it I looked through it. I decided to get one for myself based on the types of articles/stories inside, which came at a time in my life where I needed some insight and inspiration. This is not a book on Oprah - this is a book full of articles, stories and essays from contributors to her magazine. I enjoyed it so much I became a subscriber of O Magazine and have been happy with every issue I've received. Am I now an Oprah fan? Nope. But the woman does know how to align herself with wonderful people who are experts in their field and I learn a lot from every issue. I like everything about this book and highly recommend it for anyone in need of some inspiration in any any area of life.
Henry Ford (History Maker Bios)
Henry Ford (History Maker Bios)
Great book. I am a homeschool Mom and we love going in more depth about the inventors. I absolutely love all of the books by History Makers Bio. We've read many books by History Makers Bio and they are all fantastic. They are short books but each page is packed with so much information.
Happy Socks Women's Beatles LP Collector's Box 6-Pack
Happy Socks Women's Beatles LP Collector's Box 6-Pack
These socks are comfortable, very colorful and they depict different Beatles scenes. I have had so many compliments about these socks! They are my favorite socks ever!, which says a lot coming from a 66 year old woman!
Louis Armstrong Satchmo At Symphony Hall Lp Vinyl Record
Louis Armstrong Satchmo At Symphony Hall Lp Vinyl Record
At the end of the 1940s, the large formations of jazz are scarce. Louis Armstrong as others leave aside his grand Orchestra and with producer Ernie Anderson, he set up a small group that will (re)play in the tradition of New Orleans. "Louis Armstrong and the All stars" will be a great success. Several of their concerts have been recorded which it remained in the annals of jazz. Sunday, November 30, 1947 in the evening at Symphony Hall in Boston the crowd jostling. Louis is surrounded by some 'stars' but without its dimension are accomplished musicians. The Orchestra is composed, in addition to Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), Barney Bigard (1906-1980) for clarinet; his accomplice Jack Teagarden (1905-1984) on trombone; drummer Big Sid Catlett (1910-1951) too soon gone; young bassist Arvell Shaw (1923-2002) and pianist, less known, Dick Carry (1916-1994); also Velma Middleton (1917-1961) for a song. A concert that breath away with covers of music from the 1920s and 1930s; the interpretation of the first song "Mahogamy hall Stomps" sets the tone of the album. Louis does not monopolize the microphone, on the contrary it leaves its partners speak at length. Great moments like the introduction of 2 minutes on "Body and Soul" by Barney Bigard; It is of great beauty and a great moment of clarinet; then Barney changed tempo and follow 1 mn 30 where he inflamed before continuing supported by the entire group. Each piece has its highlights as Jack Teagarden on "Lover". A "Muskrat Ramble" very Louisiana, just like a little later in the 'High Society' concert. A "Tea for two" very dancing. A Sid Catlett impressive pace and humor on "Steak Face" and finally on 'Boff Boff'. Louis solos are a real pleasure. A concert we want to listen barely finished. The sound reproduction is satisfactory for a live recording of that time. The album was digitally remastered in 1996 by Decca.
Go Down Moses (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir & The All Stars]
Go Down Moses (Album Version) [feat. Sy Oliver Choir & The All Stars]
Louis did a lot of gospel. Though the general public did not know him for this. This is one of his best, but if you love Louis it's worth getting the complete compilation. If you love great old gospel music and can tolerate the poor technology of long ago this is a must. This song is hard to find, but it is a classic. If you know old-time gospel you'll recognize it and this version is just about definitive.
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java (2nd Edition)
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java (2nd Edition)
As someone who does not come from a computer science background but works as a software engineer, I've had learning data structures and algorithms on my bucket list for quite some time. Working within the Ruby on Rails and SQL worlds has had me heavily shielded from the ideas and concepts of DS&A. My primary goal was to learn enough to pass the stereotypical Google/Amazon/Microsoft/Yahoo coding exam as well as conduct a similar engineering interview from the opposite end of the table. Since textbooks are my preferred way of learning, I set out in search of the DS&A book that would allow me to reach that goal.

Most guru lists will tell you that "Introduction to Algorithms" aka "CLRS" is the book to buy in this field. I would strongly disagree with this notion unless the reader is already very savvy in DS&A as well as mathematics. From my experience interviewing dozens of engineers over the last few months, a very small percentage of engineers are actually at that level. Similar lists recommend Skiena's book as an alternative to CLRS since it is slightly more accessible. Although I didn't look at Skiena's book as thoroughly as I did CLRS, it didn't seem to be much more beginner friendly. I initially ended up buying the "DS&A Made Easy" book--the reviews were good, the pages available via Amazon preview looked good, the book focused on DS&A from an interview perspective rather than mathematical proofs, and I also liked the author's stated approach (get something working, even if its terribly inefficient...then work on efficiency). Then the book came in the mail. After a week of browsing through the text, I actually threw the book in the trash. The English was bad, the code examples weren't well written, and there was a lot of hand waving where there shouldn't have been.

Then I found LaFore. His writing is extremely clear and never pretentious. The order in which he tackles DS&A topics is much more logical than the other texts I've seen. The Java code in each of the in-chapter exercises works perfectly. The charts and drawings are very helpful. The author knows exactly how far to take the discussion so that the reader is learning a concept thoroughly but not being beaten over the head with it or taken too far down the rabbit hole. I became more comfortable with the Java language itself working through the coding problems in this book than I did using a pure "Learn Java"-type book in the past. I read this book cover to cover over the course of a few months and can't say enough good things about it. No longer are DS&A initimidating to me.

The chapters are as follows:

1 Overview
2 Arrays
3 Simple Sorting
4 Stack and Queues
5 Linked Lists
6 Recursion
7 Advanced Sorting
8 Binary Trees
9 Red-Black Trees
10 2-3-4 Trees
11 Hash Tables
12 Heaps
13 Graphs
14 Weighted Graphs
15 When to Use What

For me, the most difficult subjects by far were recursion and red-black trees. In fact, unlike any of the other topics listed above, coding a red-black tree is beyond the scope of this book.

In summary, this book may be the best technical text I have ever read (and I usually read 3-4 per year). I've read a handful of technical textbooks that were about simpler topics, were more complex reads, and I would still consider them good to great books. In fact, LaFore's DS&A book is so exceptional that I even considered buying his 11 year old C++ book to learn C++, even though learning C++ isn't on my bucket list.

My recommendation list for DS&A related works is as follows:

-If you are a DS&A beginner, choose LaFore's DS&A in Java book (most people fall into this category).

-If you are looking for more formal technical interview prep, buy one of Gayle Laakman's books as a companion piece. Laakman's works typically don't teach you DS&A themselves but prepare you for how you'll typically see them in an interview.

-If you are already very strong in DS&A and are looking for something beyond what you'd see in a typical technical interview, look into CLRS, Skiena, Sedgewick (who LaFore strongly recommends for further reading) or if you're really an expert--(gulp) Donald Knuth.
Starlux Games Glow Battle: A Ninja Game with Glow-in-The-Dark Foam Swords
Starlux Games Glow Battle: A Ninja Game with Glow-in-The-Dark Foam Swords
Ich war auf der Suche nach einer Lasertag Alternative, da mein 12 jähriger Neffe momentan ein absoluter Fan von diesem Spiel ist.

Ich wurde dann auf die Spiele von Starluxgames aufmerksam, welche in den USA durch eine Crowdfunding Kampagne großen Erfolg hatten.

Ich fand die Idee von diesem Outdoor-Spiel gut, da die Kinder heutzutage fast nur noch vor dem Tablet oder der Playstation sitzen und kaum noch, wie wir früher, draußen spielen.

Zuerst hatte ich etwas Bedenken, wegen der Verletzungsgefahr durch die Schwerter, vor allem da das Spiel ja im Dunkeln stattfindet.

Die Sorge war jedoch unbegründet, da die Leuchtschwerter aus einer Art Schaumstoff bestehen und somit völlig ungefährlich sind.

Die Spielregeln sind sehr einfach. Jeder Spieler erhält ein Leuchtschwert und ein leuchtendes Armband. Zusätzlich wird eine sog. „Home Base“ mit den beiliegenden Leuchten festgelegt.

Wird man getroffen, dann muss man in die Home Base und das Armband vom dauerhaften Leuchten, zum schnellen Blinken umstellen. Wird man erneut getroffen, scheidet man aus dem Match aus. 

Da die Batterien bereits integriert sind, kann man sofort nach dem Auspacken loslegen.

Das Spiel ist sehr simpel, doch manchmal sind die einfachsten Dinge wirklich die Besten.

Ich habe das Spiel für meine Nichte (10 Jahre) und meinen Neffen (12 Jahre) bestellt und sie haben sofort die Nachbarskinder zusammengetrommelt und losgelegt. Es können bis zu 10 Spieler teilnehmen. Man kann das Spiel jedoch auch nur zu zweit spielen.

Die Kinder hatten eine Menge Spaß und konnten gar nicht genug davon bekommen. Gerade das Spielen im Dunkeln und die Leuchtschwerter machen den größten Reiz an diesem Battle aus.

Aufgrund der kühlen Temperaturen mussten wir das Spiel unterbrechen, sonst hätten die Kinder noch länger weitergespielt.
Marvel Avengers Little Boys' Hooded Tee with Mask
Marvel Avengers Little Boys' Hooded Tee with Mask
This seemed pretty small for a 3T but it still fit. Also I can’t get my son out of this shirt. The shirt is great! This was probably the best thing I have ever Purchased for my child. It can withstand many washes since I have to wash it everyday because heaven forbid he wear a different shirt. Pray for me. Please keep this in stock because If something in happens to this shirt his life will be over and he will just be forever shirtless because he won’t wear anything else 😫😭😑😂
VNFLY Infinity Gauntlet Keychain Bottle Opener Thanos Glove Keychain Bottle Opener Thanos Beer Bottle Opener Keychain (Bronze)
VNFLY Infinity Gauntlet Keychain Bottle Opener Thanos Glove Keychain Bottle Opener Thanos Beer Bottle Opener Keychain (Bronze)
Would give it one star but gave it two stars, since it is a nice looking item. Received the thanos bottle opener and it is the size of my key fob [pic attached]. Feels very hollow but very cool looking. I only had it for a few hours and looked at the bottle opener and it had a hole [pics attached]. The other pic attached is just gaps from it being made, not really flushed out. I'm thinking about returning this item or perhaps exchange for another. I guess it wont let me exchange but a refund. After looking closely at the design, there are some cracks or it's just the paint.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Plus Bonus Features)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Plus Bonus Features)
An author writes a book on their own. A comic book may have two authors (artist & story-writer). A film requires enormous up-front finance these days, dozens of people, etc. This may explain why "First in the marvellous new series..." feels natural where a book is concerned, but "sequel" in films screams "The first one made money! Quick!! Let's write another & cash in!!!" Despite the fact that GotG is "based on" Marvel Comics superhero characters, this is exactly how these films feel to me. Longish review shortened - GotG1 is decent, 4*; GotG2 is a duff cash-in, 2*. Average that out - 3*.

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

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

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

Let's put it like this - 1 is worth having, 2 isn't really, 3 is currently shelved. And if it becomes unshelved, I won't be taking any interest, given what 2 was like. I can't remember the prices I saw when I added GotG to my Wishlist, but if the price for this pack is close to the price for 1 alone, then buy the pack; you might as well. If it's not... 1 is worth spending a few quid for; 2 isn't.
Buckle-Down Seatbelt Belt Doctor Strange Regular
Buckle-Down Seatbelt Belt Doctor Strange Regular
First off, Buckle-Down makes some of the coolest belts I’ve ever seen. I now own 3 of their Seatbelt Belts, which literally use a seatbelt (like you use in cars) as the belt buckle. These things are amazing, and seem to be indestructible and last forever (I’ve had one of mine for several years).
Since I am a huge comic book/Doctor Strange fan, as soon as I saw this belt I ordered it. It looks even better in person than it does in the pictures, and is now my favorite belt.
ESSENNT Pizza Peel Wood 14 inch Natural Acacia Homemade Baking Bread Cake Peeler Cheese Board Serving Tray
ESSENNT Pizza Peel Wood 14 inch Natural Acacia Homemade Baking Bread Cake Peeler Cheese Board Serving Tray
Wow, this is such a great pizza peel. Our old pizza peel broke right in half, right when we got our new Ooni pizza oven! We were so disappointed. This pizza peel came wrapped in the loveliest gift box and even had a nice free cake cutter inside. The presentation was excellent! The pizza peel was very sturdy and is holding lovely pizzas to launch into our Ooni pizza oven. The size of this peel is perfect for our oven. We also made a cute cheese plate on it for a small graduation party one night recently. The peel is easy to clean and a great addition to the pizza makers kitchen.
Hoosier Hill Farm Big Daddy Mac Mix, 1 Pound
Hoosier Hill Farm Big Daddy Mac Mix, 1 Pound
If I let my mother tell stories, she'd give you an exhaustive list of all of the 'boxes Mac & Cheese's that she went through in my youth to lure me away from the Blue Box. She would tell you that I'd give it a sniff or a single bite before I would refuse it for not being the RIGHT Mac & Cheese.

It's a terrible habit that I've kept into my adulthood. My favorite and most nostalgic Mac & Cheese has been and will always be of the Kraft variety, with its delicious neon orange cheese. Even when they altered their flavor to be healthier for the children, I stuck by it.

Then I found this. I bought it, suspicious of the other reviews that said it was on par or better than Kraft Powdered Magic Cheese. I've heard those comments before, they always lied! When I first opened it, I was hit by the strong cheese scent wafting out of the plastic jug. Delicious, cheddary air.

I picked up a bit between my fingers, expecting it to be chunky - I was surprised that it had the texture and softness of flour. The next test was giving it a small lick to see if it was palatable... The cheddar flavor was amazingly strong. It was delicious. Cheesy mana from heaven.

Next was doing a dry run of their recommended preparation, adding 1/3 cups to 1/4 cups of milk. I'd seen comments that it clumped, and I can confirm it does clump if you use a spoon. However, this is easily fixed by adding the milk first, then adding the cheese and using a round-bottomed bowl and a whisk. It will come out perfectly smooth every time with a whisk.

The practical test came next. I decided that my noodles weren't NEARLY vibrant enough to take on this neon cheese, so I colored my seasoned water and tossed the noodles in to cook. Just some basic egg noodles. They came out a fantastically blinding radioactive-like orange. Once I added the cheese (and the recommended amount of butter), it looked like Chester Cheetah himself had blessed the bowl with his touch.

A garnish of some bacon bits and my gloriously orange masterpiece was complete. Every bite was the kick in the mouth that I remembered as a child. I can honestly say that I've now placed Hoosier over Kraft. This cheese is everything I was promised.
LOTR - Journeys In Middle-Earth
LOTR - Journeys In Middle-Earth
1-5 players, Cooperative, Story-Based Adventure, App Driven

SOLO REVIEW

Overview of Gameplay-

In Journeys in Middle Earth you and up to 4 additional players take part in an exciting romp through the land of Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings lore. To do this you will be moving your character mini around a tiled map that will propagate as you discover new areas. Over the course of this exploration you will be uncovering new situations such as other NPC’s that you can interact with or enemies to battle amongst many other things.

You will need a free install of a digital app to play the game however. In the app as you move around the physical game tiles you will notate where you are going and what you are doing. The app randomizes the physical tiles you place as well as who or what you might encounter on said tiles. The game is played over a series of “adventures” all pertaining to a specific storyline so you will be slowly uncovering the story as you progress.

There are also particular skills pertaining to each of the playable characters and different kinds of weapons and gear that you can find. Also over time your characters will gain experience and level up, gaining them new and more powerful skill cards they can use going forward. The same can be said for the items and weapons as they also level up into more powerful version on themselves by gaining “lore” during the gameplay.

Also you don’t really “lose” an adventure per say. It’s balanced more like if you do poorly, such as not completing your objective or one of your characters dying, then you won’t gain as many benefits at the end of the adventure AND it could make future adventures more challenging. I have not fully completed the storyline so I cannot speak to the VERY endgame, but from what I’ve seen going through 3 adventures and 2 battle maps this have been pretty standard.

Components/Game board –

More great components from Fantasy Flight. The minis are detailed and look good although not quite as intricate when compared to the minis from the newest Fallout board game expansion. This could be the color used though as some colors do make the detail pop much better. The tiles used for the map are super excellent. I am actually vastly more impressed with these than I thought I would be. The artwork on them looks outstanding and they are double-sided with one side containing outdoors areas with some wilderness and some with ruins and other neat looking locals. The other side has a ton of indoors places like caves and great halls of restless castles. Not only do they look good but I have had not a single one warp on me yet which is a feat unto itself for tiled based games. They all lay super flat and fit together perfectly. Also they all have a different shape so as you start filling the table out with these you will design a really intricate adventure map that twists and turns all over the place.

There is however a couple of bigger square sized “battle map” boards as well. These are little zoomed in adventures that take place in between the regular journey adventures. Whereas the journey map is a view of the surrounding lands you are exploring, the battle map is of a particular battle or place. It really shakes up the gameplay and thus far I have been pretty impressed. However these boards DO warp as they are much bigger than the regular tiles but a slight bending gets them back to normal.

Welp Fantasy Flight has finally done it. They have completely done away with standard sized cards in a game in favor of those mini cards they love so much. The thing is with this game in particular I think the mini cards work better than standard sized cards and the reason being, table space. You will usually have a ton of these little beasts scattered around each player mat showing all kinds of things such as readied skills, equipment and items, damage and fear and of course your draw deck for skill checks. I can’t even imagine how much of a table hog this game would be with standard sized cards gobbling up all the real estate.

There are also a fat batch of cardboard tokens used for various things in the game such as terrain and npc’s, etc. These are all good quality and get the job done although I could see the “battle map” scenarios really coming alive if you had some actual terrain to use such as some bushes, walls and campfires.

Box/Storage –

The box is decently large but can still fit in a standard Kallax shelf. It also has the standard Fantasy Flight cardboard insert so you will want to bag everything. This particular insert doesn’t really work at all for this game since most of the components are the oddly shaped board tiles. You WILL have a ton of extra space in this box however if you remove the insert and you will want to find some plastic baggies to separate and store all the different tokens and minis. Not impressed at all with Fantasy Flight’s inserts or storage solutions and in my opinion this is the main thing they as a company needs to work on with their games.

Visual Appeal /Theme–

The game looks incredible and if you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings source material or fantasy material in general, you will probably love this one. I already mentioned how good the artwork on the tiles look and it really fits in with the fantasy theme the game portrays. The artwork on the cards also looks great and I have found myself drawing the weakness cards and just eyeballing the picture painted across them as they are all so different and interesting. It’s a shame the cards are so small as the artwork is really good.

Rulebook –

I know some people do not like the way Fantasy Flight does their rulebooks as of late but I honestly think they are outstanding. With each new game they release it becomes easier and easier for me to get in and learn the game with the “learn to play” booklet. It’s short and sweet and it does what it says, it teaches you the basics quickly so you can jump in and play. The included Rules Reference book has a ton of little details that arise as you play that you can always jump in and find easily with the index in the back of the book. All in all very good rulebooks with very little confusion. One plus to the App is that I believe that it also helps in the learning of the game as well as it takes many bookkeeping aspects of the game and handles them itself.

Table Talk/Fun Factor –

So I have only played the game solo using two characters but I have found myself enthralled by it. Exploring the tiles and there are so many things to interact with really creates a sense of adventure. Each different character has their own strengths and weaknesses and on top of that there are multiple different roles that each character can choose to be. This adds so much to the overall fun and makes you really adapt to every different situation. During my current playthrough I’ve found myself needing a character with high agility numerous times, unfortunately both of the characters I’ve chosen to play as both have low agility. This has really shaped the choices I have made going forward like if I suspect that I am going to have to make an agility check on a particular interaction, I will usually try a different route. I suspect playing with multiple players the table talk would be rather high though as it is a co-op game so you will want to discuss options and what MAY be an optimal path.

Optimal Player Count/Replayability –

This is one that I think would be good at just about any player count. The reason I think this even though I have only played solo, is because I have a substantial amount of play time with Mansions of Madness 2nd edition. That game is a blast with 5 players just as it is a blast solo and after playing a few adventures of Journeys in Middle Earth I can say it is VERY similar to Mansions of Madness. The entire team will get involved in decisions and live or die by those decisions, I can see the same being said for Journeys.

Replayability is very good as well. Even though the base game comes with a particular main storyline that you will go through and this won’t change, the layout of the map tiles and interactions you have with NPC’s, enemies, what items you find and where, will all change every time you load up a new game. This is another thing the App actually does really well, it randomizes almost every situation so you will get a unique experience every time you play. They take this a bit further as well with the characters you choose to play as. Let’s say you choose Aragorn, well his main ability is always the same and his basic tactic cards are the same as well BUT you can choose one of many different roles for him. His default is the Captain role which is very adept at scouting (looking ahead in your skill deck) but you could choose to play him as a musician if you wanted. That would make him better at aiding other allies with bonus inspiration tokens and other things. So you can really tailor your character however you want and not only that but you can level up characters with better skill cards as well as their gear.

Positive Final Thoughts –

I really, really enjoyed this one. I am already a huge fan of Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition so I kinda knew what I was getting into with this game and I expected to like it. I love the way the maps are played out and the way the skill checks work even better than how the dice works in MoM. The variability between playthroughs and the way the items and gear level up over time is really awesome. And personally I enjoy the app implementation and think it works very well here in conjunction with the physical game. I would say those people that refuse to play this just because it has an app are sorely missing out on something great here.
It has kept me interested for many hours and I have even caught myself thinking about wanting to play it while at work.

Negative Final Thoughts –

The overall story hasn’t really grabbed me as tightly as I would have hoped. Even though it’s not “bad”, it’s pretty basic. However I am only 5 scenarios in so it could ramp up later but I would have expected it to grab me already.
The battle map scenarios are kinda hit and miss of the two I’ve played so far. The first one was an actual battle and it boiled down to my characters (both who were not ranged) just standing in one spot taking turns hitting the big baddie until he was dead and vice versa. It was thematic up to that part and then it kinda devolved. However the other one was more of a mystery style detective adventure and that was amazing. I’m excited to see how others will turn out and hopefully there won’t be as many of the fight versions.

One other thing I would say as a negative is sometimes you really don’t know what you need to explore and what you don’t going into adventures. There is an artificial time limit in the form of a Threat meter in the app. Every time you finish a full round the threat rises and if that ever fills up then you lose whatever mission you are trying to complete. So going in you will not ever have enough time to explore EVERYTHING and this creates confusion (at first) on what you really need to do to win. You end up just exploring everything and slowly figuring out what you need to do and hopefully that is before there are too many enemies on the map.

Comparisons --

I mean right off this is a better version of Mansions of Madness 2nd edition. It’s like they took everything that game is made of and improved the overall formula and changed the theme. It almost reminds me of the way Clank! was a great game and then Clank in Space! was released and improved upon it. It feels the same way with this. Mansions is a great game and if you really love the Lovecraft theme then that would be the one to get BUT if theme doesn’t really matter to you then I would go with Journeys in Middle Earth as it feels like Mansions only improved.
Riddle Earth: A Lord Of The Rings Quiz Book
Riddle Earth: A Lord Of The Rings Quiz Book
The quizzes are pretty fun, but it would be nicer to have the answers close to the questions rather than having to flip through the pages to find the answers. The most salient thing that was wrong was the fact that 48 pages through, about the middle, it straight up becomes a new book for 30 pages. It’s title is “101+ Ways to Make Money With Drones” by Dionisio Gonzalez. It’s a different book completely that has nothing to do with Lord of the Rings or Middle Earth in the slightest, and has what it’s title suggests, though seems like an amateur wrote it. It takes up about a third of the entire book, assumedly to pad how big the book looks.
The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings
The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings
Die Tolkien-Begeisterung des Autors

Wer das Buch „Der Herr der Ringe“ öffnet, steigt in eine reale Welt ein. Wie C. S. Lewis sagt, liefert ein Mythos all die Dinge, die wir kennen, mit ihrer reichen inneren Bedeutung. Sie lüftet den „Schleier der Vertrautheit“ Kein Wunder ist „Der Herr der Ringe“ in weltweiten Umfragen zum besten Buch des 20. Jahrhunderts gewählt worden. „Gewöhnliche Leute glauben immer noch an eine wirkliche Moral, an einen realen Unterschied zwischen Gut und Böse; an eine objektive Wahrheit und die Möglichkeit diese zu erkennen; und an die Überlegenheit des Schönen über das Hässliche.“

Die fünf Kennzeichen eines grossen Werkes

Kreeft nennt fünf Charakteristika:
1. Ein guter Handlungsverlauf, eine grosse Tat, ein gutes Werk, etwas das sich zu tun lohnt.
2. Grossartige Charakteren oder zumindest ein genialer Charakter, mit dem/denen sich der Leser identifizieren kann.
3. Ein interessantes Setting, eine anziehende Welt
4. Ein erhebender Stil
5. Eine Weltsicht, die Einsicht in uns selbst, unser Leben und unsere Welt bietet.

Der Aufbau des Buches

Die Literatur spricht, argumentiert und überzeugt durch konkrete Handlungen, während Philosophie dasselbe auf einer abstrakten Ebene tut. Gott hat sich in der Bibel grösstenteils über Erzählungen von Ereignissen offenbart.

Kreefts Buch ist didaktisch aufbereitet. Der Frage folgt jeweils eine kurzgefasste Antwort aus Sicht der (neo-thomistischen) Philosophie. Dann zitiert Kreeft kurze Abschnitte aus Tolkiens Werk (Silmarillion, Hobbits, Herr der Ringe), aus seinen Briefen sowie aus dem Werk von C. S. Lewis.

50 Leitfragen für die menschliche Existenz

Es lohnt sich, die 50 Fragen aufzuführen. Sie können als Wegweiser durch die wesentlichen Fragen unseres Seins dienen.

1. Metaphysik
1.1 Wie gross (umfassend) ist die Realität?
1.2 Ist das Übernatürliche real?
1.3 Sind die Platonischen Ideen real?

2. Philosophische Theologie
2.1 Existiert Gott?
2.2 Ist das Leben Gegenstand göttlicher Vorsehung?
2.3 Ist unser Leben vorbestimmt und wir trotzdem in unseren Handlungen frei?
2.4 Können wir durch Religion Beziehung zu Gott aufnehmen?

3. Engel
3.1 Gibt es Engel?
3.2 Haben wir Schutzengel?
3.3 Gibt es Wesen zwischen Engeln und Menschen wie z. B. Elfen?

4. Kosmologie
4.1 Ist die Natur wirklich schön?
4.2 Haben Dinge Persönlichkeit?
4.3 Gibt es Magie wirklich?

5. Anthropologie
5.1 Ist der Tod gut oder schlecht?
5.2 Ist Romantik aufregender als Sex?
5.3 Warum haben Menschen Identitätskrisen?
5.4 Was wünschen wir uns am tiefsten?

6. Epistemologie
6.1 Ist Erkenntnis immer gut?
6.2 Ist Intuition eine Form der Erkenntnis?
6.3 Ist Glaube (Vertrauen) Weisheit oder Ignoranz?
6.4 Was ist Wahrheit?

7. Geschichtsphilosophie
7.1 Ist Geschichte eine Geschichte (story)?
7.2 Ist die Vergangenheit (Tradition) ein Gefängnis oder eine Erleuchtung?
7.3 Ist Geschichte vorhersagbar?
7.4 Gibt es neben der Evolution auch eine Devolution?
7.5 Ist menschliches Leben eine Tragödie oder eine Komödie?

8. Ästhetik
8.1 Warum haben wir nicht länger Herrlichkeit oder Pracht?
8.2 Ist Schönheit immer gut?

9. Sprachphilosophie
9.1 Wie können Worte lebendig sein?
9.2 Metaphysik der Worte: Können Worte wirkliche Kraft sein?
9.3 Gibt es richtige und falsche Worte?
9.4 Gibt es eine universelle, ursprüngliche und natürliche Sprache?
9.5 Warum ist Musik so kraftvoll?

10. Politische Philosophie
10.1 Ist klein schön?
10.2 Kann Krieg edel (noble) sein?

11. Ethik: Der Kampf zwischen Gut und Böse
11.1 Ist Böses real?
11.2 Wie kraftvoll ist Böses?
11.3 Wie schwach ist Böses?
11.4 Wie funktioniert Böses?

12. Ethik: Die “harten” Tugenden
12.1 Machen Prinzipien oder Tugenden eine gute Handlung aus?
12.2 Warum müssen wir Helden sein?
12.3 Kann jemand ohne Hoffnung leben?
12.4 Ist Autorität unterdrückend und Gehorsam erniedrigend?
12.5 Sind Verheissungen heilig?

13. Ethik: Die “weichen” Tugenden
13.1 Worin besteht die Kraft der Freundschaft
13.2 Ist Demut demütigend?
13.3 Was solltest du weggeben?
13.4 Triumphiert Güte über Gerechtigkeit?
13.5 Ist Wohltätigkeit (charity) eine Verschwendung?

Fazit
Die Gruppierung um 50 philosophische Fragen lässt das Buch als Konkordanz nützen. Es steigt aus einer Vielzahl von Perspektiven in die Welt von Mittelerde ein. Es passiert mit dem Leser, was Kreeft von guter Sekundärliteratur zu Tolkien erwartet: Es erfasst ihn ein Verlangen und die Freude, zur Primärliteratur zurückzugehen.
Thoreau, the poet-naturalist, with Memorial verses
Thoreau, the poet-naturalist, with Memorial verses
This book is a very personal biography of Henry David Thoreau, written by one of his closest friends. Although the book contains many biographical details of Thoreau, it is more a eulogy than a biography. It begins with a chapter on Thoreau's early life, but after this chapter, Channing's commentary is collated more by topic than by chronological order. These topics include: manners, reading, nature, literary themes, philosophy, writings, field sports, characters, and moral. Following the main text are a selection of memorial verses written by Channing.

Channing, author, intimate friend and frequent walking companion of Thoreau, first drafted this work in 1863, shortly after Thoreau's passing. Because he and Thoreau had been friends from young adulthood, Channing was able to provide many anecdotes and details of Thoreau's life. As a result, all subsequent biographers have relied on Channing's text as a source of firsthand information. Channing was also the first person other than Thoreau himself to delve into Thoreau's massive Journal, and he draws heavily on Thoreau's Journal in this volume. When the draft of this biography was sent to a publisher, however, the publisher declared it too short. Channing's response was to insert several chapters of an unpublished work from the 1850s, in which Channing had arranged journal entries from himself, Emerson, and Thoreau into a group of pseudo-conversations. These insertions, while somewhat interesting, reduce the cohesion of the overall text of the volume even more. Nevertheless, the book is quite interesting for the intimate perspective Channing was able to provide of Thoreau, and for the journal entries that he selected to demonstrate Thoreau's characteristic themes.
Young Scrooge
Young Scrooge
My 8 year old has read tons of goosebumps, horror land, fear street and he says "this one is hands down my favorite r.l. stine book so far". "Funny and a little scary".
I love that he wanted to get back to reading the book right away when he got home from school and then tell us all about what he had just read.
The Novels of Nora Roberts, Volume 1 (Nora Roberts Collection)
The Novels of Nora Roberts, Volume 1 (Nora Roberts Collection)
Now this volume of Nora Roberts stories had me hooked to my kindle and not wanting to let ANYTHING get in my way. I didn't want to work or talk to friends and family...I just wanted to immerse myself into the stories. However, RL does intrude and I hated putting the book(s) down for any reason and that darn work...kept me away for hours....sigh...but whenever I got the chance...I put myself into Nora's capable hands.
Yes, these books are dated...however...they are still really fun to read and just enjoy the time spent in Nora Robert's Land.
The Missing Million
The Missing Million
This book looks like my book at fadedpage in Canada and posted to our website but with a handmade cover and our verso page ripped out. This book is FREE from us as fadedpage as all our books are proofed and produced by volunteers. This book here looks like it has been pirated for sale here and really is a disservice to fadedpage volunteers and to Amazon's reputation as a major literary supplier. Viewers need to be aware that it was posted in Canada under Canadian copyright law, not US copyright law. Faded Page does not post books to Amazon. Please consider this worthy author and consider your personal copyright residence situation. Thank You.
Bird in a Cage (Pushkin Vertigo)
Bird in a Cage (Pushkin Vertigo)
Unfortunately Frédéric Dard’s Paris set Noir, despite its brilliantly dark and edgy start, began to drop in interest for me once the unsatisfying ‘how it was done’ was revealed. And of course I’m not going to spoil a prospective reader’s journey! Maybe the reveal will be a ‘gosh, that’s clever’ for someone; for me, it was ‘gosh, that is a writer’s contrivance too far’

Nonetheless, I loved the early part of the book which was originally published in France in 1961, and here is in a translation by David Bellos. The narrator, a melancholic man with, it is clear, secrets which the reader will probably guess quite early on, has returned to his dead mother’s flat. A place he has not been in for quite some time. His mother died a few years ago. It is Christmas. And we are left anxious and uneasy for Albert Harbin right at the start:

“How old does a man have to be not to feel like an orphan when he loses his mother?

When I returned after being away for six years to the small flat where Mother died, it felt like the slip-knot on a rope round my chest was being tightened without pity”

Harbin seems to be without friends. He recalls the woman he loved, and the heartache he still feels without her.

Nevertheless, he does try to throw himself into the Christmas spirit, buying a Christmas tree ornament, the titular Bird in a Cage, and visiting a restaurant which always represented desirability to him, when he was a young boy.

And, at the restaurant, a chance encounter will change everything. A woman, one he finds he is attracted to, is dining there with her little daughter, and the child, engaging him by her prattle, creates an odd connection between Harbin and the woman. But this woman seems as mysterious and ‘something is not quite right here’ to the reader, as Harbin himself does. And the two of them seem to have some kind of suspicion about each other, as well as, possibly, some attraction between them.

Dard toys nicely with the reader, who suspects both of his protagonists, mirroring their suspicions of each other, and wondering exactly what crime will be committed, and who will commit it, all adds to the mounting unease. Harbin is not exactly that fascinating literary trope, the unreliable narrator, but he is secretive, and unpredictable.

The reason I couldn’t whole heartedly surrender, despite the damaged, believable psychology of the central characters (and others) was for two reasons: firstly, I’m always uneasy when children are left alone sleeping in flats whilst protagonists happily go out on their plot-driven business, when none of the characters seem to think twice about this. Perhaps I’m too modern day a reader, as this will inevitably suggest something terrible about to happen to the child (so it seems like a device of its own) and, if that doesn’t happen, we just have a child who might perhaps be only a device in a story. As I think she is here. She has a remarkable ability to sleep through everything where her waking might create problems for the author. And – the admittedly, very clever - solution to the mystery just felt TOO clever for this reader.

Part of the problem for me, is that, as a book, it offered me far too much scope to dissect it as I went along, because once disengaged from the wonderfully atmospheric early stages, my interest remained cerebral, and had no feverishly visceral, emotionally engaged turning the pages quality, just a cooler, ‘I wonder what the trick is’

However – this would make a very wonderful noir movie and I do hope some European film maker does make it (not Hollywood, please) It needs actors who are not too well known, so that they don’t bring the weight of other roles with them, but are nonetheless, crafted, experienced actors. It’s a very filmic book in many ways, and cinematography and music and the speed of a movie would prevent an audience having time to find that ‘twist’ too clever.

3 ½, rounded up
Les bras de la nuit (FREDERIC DARD t. 19) (French Edition)
Les bras de la nuit (FREDERIC DARD t. 19) (French Edition)
Steve Huff , a certes des moeurs légères:il trompe sa femme Doris avec Dorothy,classique ou presque dans les polars,mais c'est mal connaitre F Dard,qui d'un sujet hautement galvaudé en rajoute encore une couche et "rend " l'inspecteur en charge de l'enquête, amoureux de Doris..Au fait est t 'elle coupable ?..là n'est pas vraiment la question avec monsieur Dard! Tout son art réside à transformer l'insipide en lyrique, la bouteille du patron en cru millésimé,ce magicien des mots,m'inspire un immense respect.Chacun de ses romans est une pièce unique ,une" épreuve d'artiste ". Des drames ...où les larmes couvent et coulent, douloureuses parfois,ironiques... .Elles sont pourtant, voluptueuses et pudiques en dépit de son humour cynique.Cette alchimie n'appartient qu'à lui,et c'est tant mieux.Il manie l'art de la dérision et de la déraison avec une dextérité qui défie toutes les lois de la ..gravité.A chacun de ses opus je suis touchée par sa plume impériale et divinement chatoyante
Roald Dahl's 123: Counting Board Book Dahl, Roald and Blake, Quentin
Roald Dahl's 123: Counting Board Book Dahl, Roald and Blake, Quentin
This is a great book for young kids. It's a sturdy book with great illustrations, as always, from Quentin Blake. The book is themed on The Enormous Crocodile and is a good way to introduce counting. Suitable for young children who just want to look at the pictures, and suitable for children learning to count.
The Twenty-Seventh Wife
The Twenty-Seventh Wife
I’ve been a fan of Irving Wallace since I was in high school, more than fifty years ago. In the last year or so, I’ve been re-reading his best-selling novels. But when I was re-shelving books after a move, I came across The Twenty-Seventh Wife, the true story of Anne Eliza Young, who not only married renowned Mormon president Brigham Young—after he had already taken twenty-six wives (or maybe more)—but she, after deciding the marriage and the idea of polygamy were wrong, was counselled to divorce the man. This is the story of how she came to be his wife, how she made the decision to flee the marriage, and the aftermath. The big quandary was “how can you divorce if your marriage is not legal?” Wallace spends the better part of over three hundred pages stringing us along on that question. Although this book doesn’t have the easy story-telling flow of Wallace’s novels, it has a compelling plot and a “turn the page” feel to it. This is a tale most of us do not know, not just the story of Anne Eliza, but that of Mormonism in the late nineteenth century. For those of us who wonder how the idea of polygamy became mainstream in the early church, this book answers that question. For here, we have not only the story of one woman, but we have the history of the church and the times. Wallace did quite a bit of research, and he says in the acknowledgments he made it his goal to not judge. And thus we read accounts often from opposing viewpoints with Wallace weighing in, from his research, on where the truth lies. The Twenty-Seventh Wife is a fascinating account, fit for history buffs, seekers, and those who just want to experience an unusual story.
Dark Wing: "One of the best adventure writers around" - Clive Cussler (Matt Pontowski Book 1)
Dark Wing: "One of the best adventure writers around" - Clive Cussler (Matt Pontowski Book 1)
I am a big fan of Mr. Herman... however this book seemed to be more of a plug for feminizim than anything else. The story made good reference to past characters that we loved, however we could have done without "Ripper". When we get to the section where the Major admits that he let a women in the squad because "Ripper" beat him in arm wrestling, well I am afraid that is where you lost me. She is described a the epitome of womanhood and the book turns her into an absolute Wonder Woman....sorry, I am sure it's just me but I got tired of her as the ULTIMATE woman and now beats men into submission in arm wrestling. I would have enjoyed more flying and facts on the A-10 than the other. If I was the commander I would have dumped my wife in a heartbeat for her as all men fall at her feet. Sorry, like I said I like a good war book.. and really don't enjoy it much when it is watered down this way.
Ben Elton Collection: Gridlock, Chart Throb and Blind Faith
Ben Elton Collection: Gridlock, Chart Throb and Blind Faith
How has it taken me so long to find Ben Elton? I loved the TV series "The Young Ones" which I didn't know was co-written by Elton. He has fantastic insight into human nature and contemporary culture. His wit is dry, sarcastic - down right damning - but laugh out loud funny! His view of the future is very plausible and so unquestionably scary. As with all the great current comedians his humor is in exposing the ludicrousness and hypocrisy of much human behavior. I bought the collection because it was only about $3 more to get 3 books rather than the 1 which had been recommended to me which was "Blind Faith." Once I had read Blind Faith I dove immediately into "Chart Throb" (a hilarious and brutal indictment of reality television) and then immediately on to "Grid Lock." I will read more of Elton's books soon.
Hebridean Altars: The Spirit of an Island Race
Hebridean Altars: The Spirit of an Island Race
I have an original edition of the book published in 1937, but have ordered this latest copy of Hebridean Altars. I first discovered Alistair MacLean's wonderful "little ships of tradition and custom and legend and history" four years ago through the writings of Canon David Adam. Eventually two years ago I found my present copy on a book search website. I can honestly say that Hebridean Altars has renewed my personal faith beyond all expectation. The "little ships of tradition and custom," as he says in his introduction, he has towed into port. And there waiting at the quayside is myself. I open the book on most days and never fail to find spiritual help and inspiration. One or two of the studies I know by heart through constant meditation and prayer.
Angels Everywhere (An Angels Anthology Book 1)
Angels Everywhere (An Angels Anthology Book 1)
Angels Everywhere was GREAT!!! I loved rading how Goodness, Mercy and Shirley were going to help each person who was in their care and how much trouble they could get into trying to help. I could see these little angels giggling after they realized they were in trouble for some of their antics. They really helped the people through a lot of problems. I loved this book as I love all the books I have read that Debbid Macomber has written. She is such a good writer.
Thank You,
Bleach: v. 1 by Tite Kubo (2004)
Bleach: v. 1 by Tite Kubo (2004)
Ichigo "Strawberry" Kurosaki is just your average teenage boy... except that he can see spirits wherever he goes. Ghosts, evil spirits, accident victims, all kinds.

So it's not exactly surprising that he gets involved in wild, dangerous adventures, at the start of the humorous, action-packed "Bleach." Since this is just the first volume, Tite Kubo's art and plotting experience some basic growing pangs, but the stories are fast-paced, amusing and sometimes incredibly poignant. And the spiky-haired Ichigo has the makings of a great manga hero.

One night a strange girl appears in Ichigo's bedroom, and is shocked when he can see her. She explains that she's a Soul Reaper, who helps the dead pass on to the Soul Society (a sort of afterlife... thing), and purifies evil spirits called Hollows.

But when Rukia is injured in a fight with a Hollow, all her powers are transferred to Ichigo -- and with them, the responsibility of killing Hollows all over his town. Ichigo is not enthusiastic about his new role, but he can't pass up the opportunity to help innocent spirits. And he finds out that it isn't easy juggling his new responsibilities with his everyday life -- especially since the powerless Rukia is now attending his school in a fake body, and living in his closet.

Even worse, his extra duties with Hollows are affecting his friends. First pretty, flaky Orihime is stalked by a Hollow she is very familiar with -- someone who was closer to her than anyone else. And Ichigo's enormous, mostly-silent pal Chad is given a "cursed parakeet," and immediately dangerous things start happening to him -- what is the parakeet's "curse," why is a Hollow pursing Chad, and why does his new pet seem to be intelligent?

The first volume of a manga series is usually the bumpiest ride, since the author/artist is busy introducing the characters and the main storyline. So it's not surprising that "Bleach's" first volume has a few bumps in the road, especially in the first couple chapters -- getting Ichigo into the whole Soul Reaper situation, introducing about half of the main cast, and to the whole worldview of this particular series. Things get much more complex later on, but at this point Kubo is just laying out the groundwork.

The artwork is also rather sketchy in the first few chapters -- Ichigo looks almost prepubescent and a bit thuggish in the first chapter, and the action panels look abrupt. Fortunately by the time Orihime's storyline rolls around, Kubo's art has settled into a smoother, more even style -- if still a bit rough around the edges.

Primarily this is an action manga, with lots of monster-slaying with swords (in Ichigo's case, a freakishly huge one) and a complex battle between Ichigo and a grief-maddened Hollow. But Kubo fills these scenes with a sense of pathos, such as Chad's fondness for the little parakeet, or Orihime's fond memories of her older brother, who saved her as a baby from their horrible parents.

Don't worry, there are a lot of comedic moments too -- Rukia's awful drawing skills, Ichigo playing baseball with pepper bombs, and Ichigo's kooky classmates and family. Not to mention Chad's quiet explanations ("Yesterday... I collided with a motorcycle").

This is our first introduction to the various characters, but Ichigo "Strawberry" is a pretty good hero, albeit in the mold of most action-anime heroes -- rough, fight-prone, determinedly lonerish, but very good-hearted. He doesn't want to go out and just be heroic, but he can't pass up a person who needs his help. The smart, prickly Rukia and sweetly flaky Orihime round out the cast, although gentle giant Chad hasn't been explored much yet.

The first volume of Tite Kubo's "Bleach" is a warmup for the bestselling series, but Kubo really hits his stride -- with art and story -- in the second half. Definitely worth getting, if nothing else to acquaint you with the world of the Soul Reapers.
Pride of Lancashire: Music Hall Series, Book 1
Pride of Lancashire: Music Hall Series, Book 1
I really enjoyed this book Anna writes such wonderful stories about people who are quite poor in this era which I think even though we are in the 2020 era it can also be true of some families today which is a shame,I'm always glad they end happily and they got their music hall and both Eli and Joanna got to marry the love of their lives can't wait to read the next book.
Little Miss Fickle (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 24)
Little Miss Fickle (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 24)
Must say I don't quite get why they are so popular, but they are. Quite tiresome stories & not particularly well written. Bought as a present for another child, but read them to my daughter who loved them & wanted to keep them for herself.
And All Because
And All Because
Book in very nice condition. I didn’t mind it looking aged At all as I first read it 40 years ago at least so was in keeping with it being on my bookshelf since then. Lovely
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection - Part One packages the complete and unabridged audiobooks of the first seven James Bond novels in a sturdy cardboard slipcase. Details are as follows.

Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens, running time 5 hours.
Live And Let Die read by Rory Kinnear, running time 6 hours 50 mins.
Moonraker read by Bill Nighy, running time 7 hours 25 mins.
Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis, running time 6 hours 45 mins.
From Russia With Love read by Toby Stephens, running time 8 hours 50 mins.
Dr No read by Hugh Quarshie, running time 7 hours 55 mins.
Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville, running time 8 hours 45 mins.

In addition, each audiobook contains an interview with the reader.

This collection contains many of the strongest James Bond novels, with only Diamonds are Forever being somewhat of a disappointment. Diamonds never really engages, as Bond's enemies - a group of American gangsters - are less than impressive, and Bond spends too much of the story on the periphery.

Diamonds apart, it's quality all the way. Casino Royale introduced 007 to the world, and it's a taut tale of gambling and torture. Moonraker is unique in the Fleming canon as Bond remains on British soil for the whole story, tangling with the mad Hugo Drax and his rocket, the Moonraker. From Russia With Love finds Bond targeted by the Russians, and despite Bond not appearing until the story is well underway, it's one of the strongest in the series.

Live And Let Die, Dr No and Goldfinger are all strong stories as well, so there's plenty to enjoy here.

007 Reloaded boasts quality actors reading each book. As there's no music or sound effects, these readings will succeed or fail on the quality of the stories and reader. Thankfully, the choice of readers is pretty much perfect in each case, and their skillful readings mean that you soon get drawn into the story.

There's no booklet in the boxset, which is a little bit of a shame. It would have been nice to have some background information on the stories.

That apart, this a wonderful collection of the early James Bond novels, at a very decent price.
Watermelon Sugar
Watermelon Sugar
This performance on SNL was my first time hearing Harry as a solo artist & I was hooked. His singing style (yep, pun intended) reminded me of the late Robert Palmer (especially the verses). How great was it to hear Horns on a new single!

I love how listening to Harry's album Fine Line is like listening to a cool 70's radio station (I'm reviewing it here as I chose to buy the singles I liked most...basically all but 3). There is a little something for everyone, and I definitely didn't get bored. Since I play acoustic guitar, this album is so much fun to play along with.
I like all kinds of music and can't be limited to just a few genres, so this song and album are right up my alley.
Bumblebee (4K UHD)
Bumblebee (4K UHD)
Walking into the theater to see BUMBLEBEE, I was mad at myself, mad for getting suckered in again. Every time I thought I was dunzo with this franchise, out comes a snazzy trailer to hook me back in, and I'd go, "Maybe this is the good one."

But, yes, Virginia, this is the good one. I feel that BUMBLEBEE needs to be a box office win if we want more of this sort of quality storytelling in the Transformers franchise, if we want Michael Bay, that awful bogeyman, to keep on keeping his hands off. Thank goodness for new director, Travis Knight, who directed the fantastic animated KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS and who once played center for the L.A. Lakers. Okay, that was probably a different Travis Knight. But BUMBLEBEE is a triumph, and maybe that's not saying much, given that the bar's been set so low. But the difference between it and the other five movies is just simply, um, Bay and Knight. So sorry.

Bay always had a knack for producing visual spectacles. He sucked at storytelling. What Knight does so smartly is he reduces the scope of the narrative to a more intimate level. In BUMBLEBEE, the jeopardy is kept localized to a small Cali town. And want to know something screwy? Knight puts in the time to insert character work. How crazy is that? Hailee Steinfeld does in one movie what Shia LaBeouf was hard pressed to do in three movies, which is make his character engaging enough that viewers become invested. Hailee's character, Charlie, forms a connection with Bumblebee that is more genuine and emotional than any of the relationships built up by the characters in the preceding five installments, and this includes Sam Witwicky.

Hailee plays Charlie Watson who mucks around in the coastal town of Brighton Falls, somewhere near San Fran. It's the year 1987, and Charlie is one of those teens that other teens don't want to hang with. She's surly and odd and keeps to herself. Charlie misses her dad so much. She resents her mom for having moved on with a new beau in her life.

She's having a very rough 18th birthday. She wants a car so bad; she's that desperate to be more independent. She hangs out at this junkyard where her car mechanic skills are appreciated. She's pretty good. She's got a good enough in with the crusty proprietor that, for her birthday, he lets her have that busted-up yellow bug she found rusting away under some tarp. This is how Charlie met Bumblebee.

Is this movie perfect? No, son, it's got flaws. Some cringe-worthy melodrama. A dispensable love interest. Logical disconnects provided by government figures whose decisions don't make sense and are there merely to advance the plot. A John Cena whose one-note acting had me believing he thinks he's still in a Michael Bay movie. John Cena plays a military heavy who, to give him his propers, does end up with the movie's best line.

If you're a fan of the original cartoon, you'd best be geeking out at how this movie keeps faith with the cartoon's visual aesthetic and sound. BUMBLEBEE returns to the characters' classic look. I love it that Bee goes around in his original Volkswagen Beetle form. I like how clean the Autobots and Decepticons look, their skirmishes no longer a confusion of indistinguishable robot body parts. This also renders the action beats easier to track.

So, the action's terrific, no worries. The conflict is generated by Bumblebee's being a fugitive on Earth, charged by Optimus with safeguarding our blue marble until the rest of the Autobots arrive. Not that I gave a what about that. I was more caught up in Charlie and Bee's interplay. A few negligible side stories about other characters are tossed in, but, mostly, there's incredible focus on our two main characters. Yep, no one's trying to be subtle with the IRON GIANT/E.T. parallels, but no one's salty about that because Charlie and Bee's story is executed so well, and we instantly care about their friendship and their safety. The dynamics between them just pop. And if I can add one more parallel, there's an element of John Hughes here, as well. Charlie could pass for a prototypical Hughes teenager, misunderstood and awkward and lonely and desperately seeking to connect. Hailee inhabits this role so naturally.

4.5 out of 5 stars for this one. It goes all in, in capturing the 1980s zeitgeist. It drops so many period-appropriate pop culture references. Prepare for an awesome bombardment of the 1980s soundtrack. Folks wonder if BUMBLETEE ties into the continuity of the first five movies, and, sadly, it's lookin' like yes. But it's still not too late to go the route of the latest HALLOWEEN movie. It's a potent sequel that asks you to ignore all the other HALLOWEEN sequels and to keep only the original as canon. Maybe we can do that here. There has to be a world where Michael Bay never laid hands on this franchise.
Harry Potter 1 und der Stein der Weisen: Gelesen von Rufus Beck
Harry Potter 1 und der Stein der Weisen: Gelesen von Rufus Beck
Purchased in order to aid my progression in the German language.
Delivered in a pretty reasonable time, however, the CD only works via a computer and not in the car. I don't think this was made clear enough on the website, however, it is not a problem.
I would recommend also purchasing a hard copy of the book if learning German in order use two senses, and learn what the words may look like too.
Will certainly be purchasing the next Harry Potter audio books!
Landisun Cosplay Halloween Costume Satin Maroon Toy (Red)
Landisun Cosplay Halloween Costume Satin Maroon Toy (Red)
Given some of the junk I've purchased for Halloween costume accessories over the years, I was pleasantly surprised as to the quality of this tie for the price. The colors were perfect for a Gryffindor and it looked just like the ties from the HP films. My 9yo son wore it 4 separate times over the course of the "Halloween season" and it held up perfectly. I'm so pleased with it (and my son is such a Harry Potter fan) that I'm even considering having him wear it to a wedding we have coming up in a few months. Highly recommended.
Paper House Productions SET-0007 Harry Potter Planner Bundle, Includes Weekly Kit Decorative Stickers
Paper House Productions SET-0007 Harry Potter Planner Bundle, Includes Weekly Kit Decorative Stickers
Do not order these stickers! They are not as advertised! The description says 12 sheets with over 500 stickers... I received 8 sheets for a total of 208 stickers. All the larger sheets were missing, I only received the smaller sheet packs: days of the week, numbers, weather, and travel.

I contacted Amazon and told them my order was incomplete. The agent and I both assumed this was a one-time occurrence. They sent me a replacement order. I got the exact same four packages of stickers, and the larger ones were still missing. Clearly the package as advertised is NOT the product they have in their warehouse. I contacted them again, and they offered to send me another replacement, but I knew there was no point. I just asked them to flag the product in their system as not matching the description. It’s been a week and these stickers are still for sale on the site. Don’t fall for it. 0/5 stars.
HARRY POTTER 36658 Trivial Pursuit Volume 1-White
HARRY POTTER 36658 Trivial Pursuit Volume 1-White
1st this game is based on the movies--not the books. Bummer. 2nd some of the answers are incorrect. My daughter and I are kind of HP nuts so it was disappointing to have incorrect answers and questions from the movies and not the books. Lots of questions still work and it is still fun, but would I buy it again--maybe not.
Louisiana's Oil Heritage
Louisiana's Oil Heritage
I had to purchase this book for a studio class I took in grad school for Architecture and it was FASCINATING! The majority of it is old, historic images but it's also a light, quick read and is a great cover of how the oil industry came to Louisiana. This would be a great gift for those history buffs in your life.
Magic Funhouse Season 1
Magic Funhouse Season 1
I loved the show, every minute of it. Wish that there was more to season one, just have to wait for season 2 to come out!! You do a great job Brandon!!
James May: Oh Cook - Season 1
James May: Oh Cook - Season 1
The Cast:

I went to Food Tribe because of James and stayed for the cast. I'm glad to see Tom here, but I want to see the rest of them like Lucy & Rachel. Obviously I'll still watch anything featuring James May, and I really like Nikki!

The Bad:

I preferred FoodTribe's dead-simple and cheap, yet delicious-looking, foods, but I'm glad he does some simple stuff.

He contradicts himself here by saying he won't use fancy tools, but then he utilizes a super-posh kitchen setup.

Also, I know he's the star, but I'd like him to interact more/be on the same level with Nikki; I'm okay with the cupboard gag now and then, but I want to see more of her.

The Good:

I love May's anecdotes and asides, and watching him fumble his way through cooking is wonderful. Seeing him make mistakes is hilarious!

I love his down-to-earth, friendly back-and-forth with the crew; what makes him so great is being a very approachable intellectual.

Great production quality and the set is nice.

Overall:

Food Tribe has easier, more charming recipes, and James gets to pal around with the cast more. Babish or Alton Brown are more informative about cooking. However, I really liked this and still want to see more of it.
MOMONI 28 Piece Medium Premium Christmas Gift Bags- Classic Variety Kraft Gift Bags Bulk Christmas Bags- Good for Xmas Party Favors, Goody Gift Bags, Holiday Treat Box and Presents
MOMONI 28 Piece Medium Premium Christmas Gift Bags- Classic Variety Kraft Gift Bags Bulk Christmas Bags- Good for Xmas Party Favors, Goody Gift Bags, Holiday Treat Box and Presents
If you're anything like me, you hate wrapping gifts. Look no further for an easy solution - these gift bags come with several different designs, are well-constructed, and fit the majority of gifts you might give someone. (Medium does mean medium though, so if you have larger books, posters, or clothing on hangers, you would need different bags.) I used the majority for this year's gifts, but still have some left over to use next year. Great buy!
Insten Dual Remote Charging Dock Charger Station with 2 Rechargeable 2800mAh Batteries & LED Light Indicator Docking Compatible With NINTENDO Wii / Wii U Game Controller, Black
Insten Dual Remote Charging Dock Charger Station with 2 Rechargeable 2800mAh Batteries & LED Light Indicator Docking Compatible With NINTENDO Wii / Wii U Game Controller, Black
The teeth that hold the remotes is made of very flimsy plastic as is the base. Consequently, one cradle's teeth broke within an hour of plugging them in. The broken section appears to still produce a charge. The remote seems to hold it. Did not come with instructions. Although the directions seem to be pretty straight-forward. The battery pack was easy to install. Easy to connect/ set up. Plug usb in to available port. It is nice to potentially have a rechargeable remote. I used these with my Wii remote Plus without any issues. To charge, you have to pull the wrist band forward, and slide under the bottom of the remote. Then place them in the cradle by approaching it from the back and sliding downward on to the teeth. It is red when you plug in, obviously must need charge. Turns blue when ready to use which it did rapidly. I mean within 15 minutes or less. I read from reviews that you should charge for 12 hours before using your remotes. So, I let them charge the allotted 12 hours. When used to play each remote held a charge for roughly two hours with all the bells and whistles of the Wii Remote Plus turned on. Not bad. I can live with that. Paid $14 for very flimsy plastic and two rechargeable batteries, one usb charging cable, and what is now a broken hobbled base. Lots of negatives that I can live with. Do I wish it were a better quality product? Yes. Would I have paid a bit more to ensure quality and lasting use? Yes.
NACOCO - Suéters para nieve para perros, con forma de muñeco de nieve, suéter para navidad o año nuevo, ropa para mascotas para perros y gatos pequeños
NACOCO - Suéters para nieve para perros, con forma de muñeco de nieve, suéter para navidad o año nuevo, ropa para mascotas para perros y gatos pequeños
Pretty darn good! I will attach pics but I got this for my 85 pound working line Czech German shepherd (Read: Difficult) (xxl) and 10 pound cat (medium) and they fit pretty on point. The xxl can probably fit a dog up to 10 pounds heavier because it stretches well but It’s not easy getting the arms through...It’a a 2 person job. He is the most difficult animal in existence, so perhaps you won’t have such a hard time. The cat was easy and started purring immediately...He is easy like a Sunday morning in general though. He posed with it on for multiple shots and even wore his all day. The colors add perfect flair and arent too thick or stiff. Thankfully this isn’t the first time I’ve gussied up the lil man, who is actually the obedient one anyways. If I had to wash it, It probably wouldn’t last longer than a few washes....But for the price that’s perfectly fine. They will be wearing this for a few photos, although the cat play fought me to get it off. Excuse me, while I reassure the dog barking at the wind.
Forum Novelties Child Santa Beard and Moustache
Forum Novelties Child Santa Beard and Moustache
Used for a stage production for the seven dwarfs. These beards held up for tech, dress and two-weekends of shows and STILL can keep going. Our 10-12 yr olds have each taken care of her/his own but a great deal for the price. I suggest opening them outside, give a light shake. Then smooth to the style you want and hair spray HEAVILY. This will help keep hairs out of mouth and prevent sticking to sweaty faces. I will choose this again when I need beards. Great for the price. If you are looking for a curly beard, this is NOT the one.
Ultra Soft Faux Sheepskin Fur Rug Fluffy Rug for Bedroom Fuzzy Carpet for Living Room Kid's Room Nursery Decor, White 2 x 6 Feet, Ciicool
Ultra Soft Faux Sheepskin Fur Rug Fluffy Rug for Bedroom Fuzzy Carpet for Living Room Kid's Room Nursery Decor, White 2 x 6 Feet, Ciicool
We have hardwoods and I wanted a soft rug to put on my bedside. This one is really perfect. I was hesitant at first because I have had a rug like this that shed so bad, but I have not run into any shedding with this one. I ordered the size 2-4 ft and it’s just right for my narrow path. It’s really soft and luxurious feeling. Definitely nice to step on right out of bed to start my day. I love grey so that’s the color I ordered and it’s really always a great color in our house. I’m really happy with this purchase.
CLIF Caja de cuerda de fruta trenzada de fresa orgánica, 0.07 oz (paquete de 18)
CLIF Caja de cuerda de fruta trenzada de fresa orgánica, 0.07 oz (paquete de 18)
The product is wonderful 5 star but the pricing is STRANGE so 4 stars. I ordered these regularly for a little over $9 for 18, because the local store sold them for $0.89 for 1 fruit rope. Suddenly, the price shot up to nearly $14 for 18 so I have stopped ordering them. All at the same time, the local store discontinued carrying them, likely for the same reasons I stopped ordering them: Bait & switch on the price.
7.1" Long Handmade pear smoking pipe for 9mm filter | pipes (18cm)
7.1" Long Handmade pear smoking pipe for 9mm filter | pipes (18cm)
After reading some other reviews for this pipe. I've bought 20 or so pipes on Amazon. This one is by far the best quality.

I see picks of a guy who burned through the side of the bowl and a guy who said it has a weak stem.... in my experience the craftmanship has been excellent but it is possible that your stem is improperly attached.... but to the guy with the burn hole through his pipe....

How in the hell did you do that? Did you puff on it for 6 hrs straight? Did you light it on fire?

The bowl of this pipe is very thick. Even if it was styrofoam it would take effort to burn though as one reviewer did. That was either intentional or i am truly concerned with his or her smoking technique.

This pipe is unique looking, fits in the hand well and is put together with care.

My only complain is because of its size it is heavy in the jaw. Which is understandable.

Is it a $100 briar that you will find in an estate sale? No. But it is an art piece and rivals some of the artsy pipes i have that I bought for double or triple the price.

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