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The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
Few Americans appreciate the extraordinary scope and depth of philanthropy in our country. In 2015, the most recent year for which reliable estimates are available, Americans contributed a total of $373 billion to what is loosely called “charity.” That amounts to 2% of the nation’s GDP of just under $18 trillion that year—a proportion that has remained steady for at least seven decades.

Where does all the money come from?

Although most people imagine that the lion’s share of this money comes from charitable foundations and corporations, the reality is different. Combined, institutional sources accounted for just 21%. Living individual donors kicked in 71%, or nearly $265 billion. 90% of US households contribute on an annual basis; their total contributions average about $1,500 per household. In other words, the six, seven, and eight-figure gifts that are associated with philanthropy in the popular imagination represent only a fraction of the country’s total giving. That slice of the charitable pie is the subject of David Callahan’s heavily researched new book, The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. Callahan goes out of his way to note that contributions by mega-donors “constitute less than a quarter of all annual charitable giving.”

Who are the mega-donors?

Callahan’s focus is a tiny fraction of 1% of the American population, mostly the increasing number of philanthropists among the nation’s more than 500 billionaires. His thesis is straightforward: “we face a future in which private donors—who are accountable to no one—may often wield more influence than elected public officials, who (in theory, at least, anyway) are accountable to all of us. This power shift is one of the biggest stories of our time.” However, Callahan’s study deals only with living individual major donors and, in some cases, the foundations they’ve established as vehicles for their giving. By “major donors,” he refers principally to gifts of eight or nine figures (tens or hundreds of millions of dollars). Callahan perceives a big risk in that the power that accrues to these mega-donors “will further push ordinary Americans to the margins of civic life in an unequal era when so many people already feel shoved aside by elites and the wealthy.” Pointing to the tens of trillions of dollars that will change hands from Baby Boomers to their descendants in the coming years, Callahan writes, “For all the philanthropy we’ve seen in recent years, it’s nothing compared to what lies ahead.”

Many of the men and women Callahan profiles in detail have earned their money in either high-tech or finance. These fields account for most of the new wave of philanthropists that has emerged in the last two decades. And there is no reason to believe that either Silicon Valley or Wall Street will suddenly stop producing prodigious wealth in the years ahead.

The mega-donors profiled by Callahan lack diversity to a surprising degree. Not only are they “almost entirely white,” a disproportionate number of the givers are Jewish, practically no Latino names appeared, and I didn’t encounter a single Chinese or Indian name in the book.

Are mega-donors all “conservative?”

The author cites a few statistics about economic inequality in passing, but The Givers is no left-wing screed against what Theodore Roosevelt termed “malefactors of great wealth.” Callahan’s treatment of the billionaires and multimillionaires whose giving he cites in his book is even-handed. Though I’m sure critics on the Right will object to his thesis, they will discover it’s difficult to find fault with his many detailed descriptions of the mega-donors and their philanthropic practices. He is careful to balance every account of attempts by Right-Wing donors such as the Koch Brothers to sway public policy or change the terms of debate with similar efforts by George Soros and other liberals. However, what Callahan makes clear is that libertarians and so-called conservatives have lavished far more money, and far more effectively, on their pet causes and institutions than have those who oppose them on the Left—and they’ve been doing it for many decades longer. It also becomes clear in The Givers that not all mega-donors can be pigeonholed as either liberal or conservative—in fact, a great many of them straddle the ideological divide, to judge from the pattern of their giving.

Will mega-donors run out of money?

Callahan makes abundantly clear what any large donor would be likely to say: it’s difficult to give away large sums of money. “Take Bill Gates and Warren Buffett,” he notes. Despite the billions of dollars both men have funneled into philanthropic projects, “both have gotten much richer over the past decade. Buffett added $25 billion to his fortune between 2005 and 2015. Gates added even more, pushing his net worth to nearly $80 billion. [It’s closer to $90 billion now.] And these fortunes may rise even further” as their shares in Microsoft and Berkshire-Hathaway continue to rise in value and their other investments yield additional returns. Gates and Buffett are by no means alone: “Larry Ellison added $40 billion to his wealth between 2005 and 2015, Jeff Bezos added $42 billion,” and so forth. In fact, nearly every one of the billionaires Callahan profiles in The Givers has grown richer even while giving away staggering sums of money.

Bill and Melinda Gates have stipulated that their foundation is to give away all its assets in the 20 years following their deaths. But how could anyone possibly distribute with any pretense of judiciousness in just 20 years the estimated minimum of $150 billion the Gates Foundation will then be worth? (That figure includes the Foundation’s $39 billion, Gates’ $87 billion, and the $30 billion pledged by Warren Buffett.) Ask anyone who works in the field of philanthropy: it is not reasonable to expect that any foundation staff, no matter how gifted and efficient, could give away that much money in so short a time. The Foundation now grants just $4 billion annually. Perhaps they’ll decide to buy a small country or two.

Is philanthropy good for America?

Callahan emphasizes the efforts by many ultra-wealthy donors to influence public policy directly through political contributions and to sway public opinion through lavish support of think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute on the Right and the Center for American Progress and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on the Left. Both George Soros and the Koch Brothers are well known to be among these donors, but there are dozens of others who contribute enormous sums in similar ways, some of them well known, others who fly under the radar. Although Callahan scrupulously notes the efforts on both sides of the political divide, he writes that “there’s no denying that wealthy donors are far more likely to align themselves with think tanks that side with corporations and Wall Street in policy fights.” The difference in impact is clear: Heritage, Cato, and AEI dwarf nearly all their liberal counterparts, and they’ve been in business decades longer than the leading progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, which was established only in 2003.

Many of the donors profiled in The Givers have concentrated their contributions in specific areas. In education, many millions of dollars have gone to support charter schools—and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is credited with the adoption of the Common Core, almost single-handedly. In health care, progressive donors played a large role in bringing about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), while their counterparts on the Right are bankrolling the effort to repeal it. Callahan cites numerous examples of donors whose intervention into the realm of public policy has been decisive. And other donors have imposed their views on the curriculum at colleges and universities to which they’ve given large gifts.

Is all this good? Callahan wonders whether it is (as do I). While it’s difficult to dispute that there is value in philanthropic contributions to the public welfare, “philanthropy now acts as a driver of the growing divide in America in who gets heard in the public square—along with who sets the agenda—both nationally and locally. Giving by the wealthy is amplifying their voice at the expense of ordinary citizens, complementing other tools of upper-class dominance.”

What is to be done?

In an Epilogue, Callahan offers several recommendations to fix the flaws in America’s philanthropic environment:

“Given the politicization of nonprofits over the past half century, it’s time to rethink which groups really should qualify for tax-exempt status.” Callahan opts for drawing a sharper distinction between tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and non-tax-exempt 501(c)(4) nonprofits, which would obviously entail reclassifying some that are now exempt from taxes into the latter category. Perhaps those that meddle in politics should be paying taxes.
“Private foundations already pay a 2 percent federal excise tax on their annual investment income that generates more than $500 million a year in revenue. The tax is supposed to cover the costs of IRS oversight of charities,” but it’s been spent elsewhere since the 1990s. The money should be rededicated to serve the purpose it was intended to serve.
Callahan also advocates the establishment of “a new U.S. federal office of charitable affairs” which he foresees as a vehicle “to analyze the benefits of charitable giving as well as the sector’s performance.” (Fat chance with a Republican Congress, no?)
“There is a strong case that foundation boards should, as a norm, include outsiders—as opposed to just being composed of family members or other insiders.” To that I say, Amen.
Callahan observes, as others have been noting since the 1970s, that “[t]oo many charitable dollars go to elite institutions that mainly cater to the affluent; too few go to alleviating poverty or fighting injustice,” all of which is indisputably true. But Callahan doesn’t see any easy way to remedy this situation.
In the final analysis, Callahan sees the lack of government resources as a major source of the danger posed by the continuing growth in the influence of the ultra-wealthy through philanthropy. Donors are supplanting government. “One path forward,” he writes, “is reducing tax breaks for mortgages, health insurance, and retirement savings that mainly benefit the affluent.” In the current political environment, this one is just about as likely to be implemented as that new office of charitable affairs.

David Callahan has performed a valuable service by spotlighting the often-hidden role of a small number of extremely wealthy individuals who are using philanthropy to gain more and more say over the destiny of American society.

About the author

David Callahan founded and edits the online magazine Inside Philanthropy in 2013. He had previously co-founded the liberal New York think tank, Demos. The Givers is his ninth book.
It is amazing the number of reviews for this new Bob Dylan album on Amazon in comparison to what is possibly his most revered release Blood On The Tracks. Most reviewers do appear to award this a 5 star rating and whilst I feel that this is a very welcome return to form, this reviewer feels that a 4 star rating provides a truer reflection of the quality and content (In reality I feel that somewhere between a 4 and 5 star rating would be right). Every album release by his Bobness certainly since Bringing It All Back Home in the mid 1960s through to and including Slow Train Coming in 1978 were by and large superb with only a few momentary lapses in reason (Dylan / Self portrait / The Basement Tapes). Since 1978 I for one have found most Dylan album releases wanting with a few exceptions (Time out Of Mind & Modern Times & Together Through Life were good but not outstanding). This new release (Tempest) would appear to be a very welcome return to the form of old. We see a return to the long 'story book' songs typical of Dylan, and what is more important the melodies resemble those typical of his earlier work with the single exception of the opening song (Duquesne Whistle). It was this opening track which I first heard played on radio several weeks ago and based on this one song I had initially written this album off as another version of Love & Theft / Modern Times & Together Through Life and was prepared to ignore it. A few weeks after this Ralph McClean reviewed the album in depth on his Friday night show on BBC Radio Ulster and what I then heard changed my opinion.

The opening song I can take or leave and I feel that it sits uneasily with the rest of the album's content. In reality it sounds like an out-take for Love & Theft / Modern Times or Together Through Life. Track 2 'Soon After Midnight' makes a subtle change and the album settles into an altogether different mood. From this point on I feel that Bob seldom puts a foot wrong. His vocals which on recent releases have sounded very rough and gravelly, appear to improve in quality as the album progresses. There are times you can hear traces of his late 1980s voice from his Traveling Wilburys era. For me the pick of the tracks presented here are Tin Angel / Scarlet Town / Early Roman Kings. No doubt others will come onto my radar as time passes. Whilst I am slow to proclaim this to be a Dylan classic, I will admit that it has that potential. Only time will tell. If This is a CD I place in my player in years to come then it shall have made classic status at least in my books.
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72 Oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16 Oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660), Gray
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72 Oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16 Oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660), Gray
I bought 1 of these around 4 years It worked then just stopped. flashing Red light worked fine. on a whim about 1 1/2 years ago I purchased another one, Guess what ? same problem. this time i kept the container top/s and cups. threw the motor away. cussed all the way to the trash can. OK stupid me !!! Last month. yes. I did. I got another one. Why??? good ole American advertising. Here we go again .YES !!! IT DID !!!!!!
3 strikes your out. NINJA is cheap. absolute JUNK. TOTAL absolute Waste of money!! I am still using a 5 year old ham beach blender. IT is.was probably made in china. too. But. it is still working. which means it's not JUNK.Here's the rub. amazon wants to only give 80% of the cost. when they shipped the defective non working Cheap poorly constructed inferior product. morale of the story NINJA 340.00 $$$ VS
Individual Consumer 00.00 $$$ For ALL the ninja lovers out there. good for you I have been with amazon for approx 6 years now. out of the money I have spent with them. THIS is the one and only review. I have ever submitted. period. NINJA IS JUNK!!!!!
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.59" Display, 3 AI Cameras, 4000mAh Battery, Dual SIM GSM Factory Unlocked - STK-LX3, US & Global 4G LTE International Model (Emerald Green, 128 GB)
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.59" Display, 3 AI Cameras, 4000mAh Battery, Dual SIM GSM Factory Unlocked - STK-LX3, US & Global 4G LTE International Model (Emerald Green, 128 GB)
Just got the emerald green color delivered. Was easy to setup using phone clone app everything transfered over from old phone in 5-10 min. I was worried at first because I read mixed reviews on what carriers it worked with and not being able to return the phone even if it didn't work with your carrier. I have Wal-Mart My Family Mobile, but it's a 3rd party under T-mobile. I called Amazon customer service and they said that the phone is sold through a 3rd party company so you can actually return it if it doesn't work with your carrier. Long story short it works well. Few bars in less populated areas, but completely fine in city/urban areas. I had an LG stylo and wanted an upgrade. The new stylo was basically same price, but slower, only 32G memory space. I love the design of this one more it has better cameras and battery seems to last a lot longer too. For a mid range phone with 128G memory space around $230 you can't beat it. The volume from the front speaker isn't as loud as I'd like but I generally use headphones anyway. The only difference between this and say the flagship models of Apple or Samsung are better cameras and 400$-$600 more dollars. Can't complain. I would buy your own case that comes with screen protector because the one it comes with isn't too high quality. Also when asked to create a phone ID for Huawei they don't have U.S.A. As a choice so you can just skip it because anyone in US will be using the Android Play Store anyway.
Other than those minot details it's a hell of a phone for a great price!
DEVOPS 2 Pack Men's Thermal Long Sleeve Compression Shirts
DEVOPS 2 Pack Men's Thermal Long Sleeve Compression Shirts
I ordered these for my husband, and they work great! I got him size large (he has a 40” chest) and they are perfect. They have a nice snug fit that works great for layering, but can be worn alone as well.

He has worn them many times for walking in thirty-five degree weather, and they keep him very comfortable without being too hot. They are lightweight, but not flimsy or cheap. There is a thin fleece lining inside that makes them cozy, but they are not heavy or bulky in any way.

I have washed these several times in warm water and dried on medium heat, and they haven’t shrunk or anything. I’m very happy so far with their performance and quality.

I took a chance on ordering these because the price seemed too good to be true. Kudos to Devops! They made a great product for a fantastic price! Highly recommended!!
Bertello Weather Proof Cover by Bertello
Bertello Weather Proof Cover by Bertello
This is a light-weight cover which is secured on the oven via an elastic hem on the bottom. I'm used to more substantial grill covers such as Traeger's own covers for their smokers, fair to say this is flimsy in comparison though I can't say it won't survive several years outdoors. I've ordered a rolling shelf on which I'll permanently place the pizza oven, and I'm considering making my own covering to protect the whole setup which will be outdoors under the sun all year round.
The Gift: Home for Christmas / All I Want for Christmas
The Gift: Home for Christmas / All I Want for Christmas
The First story "Home for Christmas" was a cute Christmas Story. It was a little fast paced and a little predictable. I wished that Jason and Faith didn't jump into sex so fast, but it was a sweet story of love and hope. If Nora had just made it longer,instead of making it fast paced it'd have been better. Over all it's a cute story that i enjoyed.

The Second Story "All I Want for Christmas" is the cutest story. About twin six year old boys, Zack and Zeke, and how this write a letter to Santa asking for a mom, wait not a mom "THE mom". It's a totally cute story, and you totaly fall inlove with The boys as well as with Nell and Mac.

Now, "Gabriel's Angel" was my favorite, and the reason i bought this book. I had previously read it, and i loved it so much i had to have it for myself! i ordered it with the other two novells instead of by itself because i wanted to read the others as well, but lets get to my review. This is about Laura, pregnant and alone, she is running from her baby's father's parents. She finds herself in the hands of Gabriel Bradley, a famous artist, in a cabin by themselves. Stuck in a snow storm for days, she must put her and her baby in his hands. A bit of a scrooge, Gabe is, but he takes them in. Little by little she opens up her story to him, and little by little they fall inlove. What started out as a marriage for money to help Laura keep custody of the baby, ended up with love, hope, and trust.

I HIGHLY recomend this book, if mostly for Gabriel's Angel.!!
Paulo Coelho: Un Peregrino En Busca De Un Sueno
Paulo Coelho: Un Peregrino En Busca De Un Sueno
It was published as New - but it was used and "useless" I could only see the first 20 minutes of the DVD and then scratched to no avail. I lost my money, it was supposed to be a gift to my lover, but ended up in the trash can. Next time someone announce New be careful!
Dragon Ball Complete Box Set: Vols. 1-16 with premium
Dragon Ball Complete Box Set: Vols. 1-16 with premium
The hilarity and beauty of the original comic is a given five-star story. As for the set itself...

The good:
- It really is every hand-sized volume of the comic.
- The included booklet does have some information I didn't know (and I figured it wouldn't)
- The box itself is made for keeping. It's sturdy and light, not just pretty.

The bad:
- The included posters are on the same piece of paper. You can only display one.
- The poster is folded a few times.
- The poster is also really small. It's roughly 16" x 7".
- The censorship isn't exactly welcome or necessary.

The ugly:
- The box is remarkably tight, making it difficult to just slip one of the volumes back in. This presets a risk of bending corners if you're not super, super careful.

All in all, I would say this is a perfect gift set for a younger reader who's managed to hear little-to-no profanity in their lifetime, but not for the die-hard fan whose only barrier is reading Japanese. For those who aren't familiar with Dragon Ball, it's a good, healthy way to pop a few metaphorical cherries, including adolescence and cultural variety. As far as adolescence goes, there's not much to worry about; there are roughly ten instances of a girl's exposed rear (generously), four or five instances of a little boy's exposed front (not detailed at ALL, nor in sexual scenarios; mostly swimming), one instance of a girl's exposed chest (again, not detailed or up close), and probably ten-ish instances of a girl's attributes being examined while covered. Mind you, all of this is packed into a solid 17-18 hours of reading for an adult and probably closer to 24-27 hours for a tween.

Just as a side note, I want to say that Dragon Ball is a wonderful and imaginative classic with elements seldom seen in storytelling these days. The jokes are simple without patronizing, the combat is fun and various and intuitive, and every character always brings something unique to every scenario (comedy, combat, or otherwise).
Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4: Includes vols. 10, 11 & 12 (4)
Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4: Includes vols. 10, 11 & 12 (4)
These VIZBIG editions for Dragon Ball are a wonderful option. They pack three of the regular volumes in one book (except for the last book of each series: book 5 of the VIZBIG edition for Dragon Ball includes 4 volumes while book 9 of the VIZBIG edition for Dragon Ball Z includes only the last 2 volumes) in a larger format (kanzenban, instead of tankoubon) with full-color pages in some chapters (these selected chapters are entirely colored). Also, they're cheaper than trying to buy each tankoubon separately: each tankoubon is roughly $7.95 (Amazon price), whereas each VIZBIG kanzenban is about $12.20. Considering Dragon Ball is 16 volumes (tankoubon) long but only 5 kanzenban long, and Dragon Ball Z is 26 volumes (tankoubon) long but only 9 kanzenban long, well... You do the math.

The only caveat is, obviously, that the VIZBIG books are quite bulky: there could be more risk of damage from shipping and the books will fill a lot of space in your backpack if your planning to take them with you anywhere. Also, they're quite heavy and could make reading unconfortable: I read them while lying down on my bed, so I put a pillow over my belly to support the book while reading, otherwise my wrists would hurt after a while from the weight of the book. I also read them while riding the subway and it was quite difficult (definitely no stand-up reading), but I managed. Even with these nuances, I still think the books deserve 5 stars: the printing and binding (very important for such heavy books) are top-notch.

Some people complain about the translation because apparently it uses too much childish jargon, but I didn't find it annoying at all. Maybe there are better options for sociolinguistic register, but I can't really vouch for that, as my Japanese is not good enough to read the original manga. For the same reason, I can't confirm if the Viz edition really got censored (I went online for a quick check of some fan scanlations, but couldn't tell if there are actually redrawn panels).

Of course, if you're a collector, you might aim for the original tankoubon. Well, that task may prove a bit difficult, as, apparently, Viz is realeasing sort of a new edition of the tankoubon. I haven't confirmed this, but if it's true, soon the 1st edition volumes (the red ones for Dragon Ball -the kanzenban are yellow- and white ones for Dragon Ball Z -the kanzenban are red-) will be rare items soaring through the skies.

In all, I really think this was a very nice investment. I don regret it in the least and I actually recommend it strongly.
Truth or Die
Truth or Die
I usually love Patterson books, but this one was more like a first novel. Each chapter--only 2 or 3 pages--ended hanging with anticipation of what was to come. That became old after a while. The analogies were a bit over the top--example from page 176, "My right foot was like a cinder block on the gas, while my head was like a bobble doll, bouncing all around."

I am only about half way through the book but I no longer feel involved with the protagonist as there is action after action without much plot. I find it difficult to even know what the point of all this action is about. I no longer care and am going to quit reading this book, at page 176. I hate to quit a book so this is unusual. But my time is worth more than finishing this one.

I am surprised Patterson put his name on this book. I see the writer as having potential, but I don't think this book was ready for publication.

Sorry to have to say this, but I think readers can find many more exciting and engaging books to spend their time with than this one.
Naruto, Vol. 4: Hero's Bridge
Naruto, Vol. 4: Hero's Bridge
At first, I was hesitant to get into Naruto. It just seemed like a stupid anime/manga that was trying to be Dragon Ball Z. However, with some prodding from my friends to watch it, I instead bought the manga and checked it out. I was blown away by how fun of a read it was, the great artwork and the great story. The end came too soon for me and I started buying more and more Naruto. Currently, I just finishes Naruto Vol 7 and am about to go out and buy Vol 8.
Volume 4 carries a great story and a heavy choice for Naruto and friends as they come to the realization that ninjas are just tools. Tools for killing. The double team of Haku and Zabuza proves to be quite a match for Team Kakashi and was so enthralling to read. Seeing the Black Ops Dogs in action for the first time was too cool!
If you are looking for a good comic to read. Choose Naruto. It's cheap. It's fun. And it might be one of the best mangas our there. Don't be the only guy or girl out there who hasn't read or watched Naruto. Life will suck.
Angeles y Demonios (Bestseller) (Spanish Edition)
Angeles y Demonios (Bestseller) (Spanish Edition)
Este libro es interesante, pero la lectura del mismo no es fácil, ya que el autor repite demasiado una diversidad de expresiones que se enreda en el mismo texto. Esa repetición de frases, hechos y actitudes, hace que la lectura deje de ser amena.
Richard Scarry's Color Book
Richard Scarry's Color Book
I had this book when I was a kid and saw it in a doctor's office and had to find it for my kids! I was so happy to find it here. My 18 month old loves it and it's great for teaching colours. I like how each page of colour is obvious what colour they're talking about and not ambiguous like a lot of the colour books out there.
LEW WALLACE Premium Collection: Historical Novels, Poetry & Plays (Illustrated): Ben-Hur, The Fair God, The Prince of India, The Wooing of Malkatoon & Commodus
LEW WALLACE Premium Collection: Historical Novels, Poetry & Plays (Illustrated): Ben-Hur, The Fair God, The Prince of India, The Wooing of Malkatoon & Commodus
This is a collection of the works of Lew Wallace one of the least known but most interesting Americans of the 19th Century. Wallace is best known for his novel.Ben Hur, the Tale of the Christ published in 1880. The book became a worldwide best seller and was second only to the Bible for may years. It has been made into a movie at least four times. While Ben Hur is the best known, his other works were also based on historical events. The Fair God retold the story of the conquest of Mexico and Peru by the Conquistadores. Prince of India, was the fall of Constantinople. Aside from the books he wrote, Wallace left his mark on his time. A lieutenant in the Mexican war 1846 -46. A successful Lawyer, a Union Major General in the American Civil War, a major general in the Mexican Army under Juarez, and Ambassador to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire ,,, He was truly a man for all seasons.
All three Karlsson books by Astrid Lindgren are children classics, "cult" books. I can't believe you can only find them in English from used book sellers for $72, $249 and other ridiculous prices.

I wonder if those children books publishers ever look at out-of-print books prices. Don't those prices give you some clue on what is in demand?

I mean, really, guys - you have lots of immigrants from other countries, especially from China, Japan, Russia, Poland, other European countries, who love and miss that book and wish to buy them now for their own kids. Just estimate, how big is this market, please.

I am sure people who were born here would appreciate them too if they were more accessible.

You just can't go wrong with publishing the world's most brilliant, famous children classics. Please reprint three Karlson books. And, maybe, you can get a new, better translation too, because the existing one is rather dull, as people who read it told me.

Karlsson books/character in my opinion are/is the main books/character you recognize Astrid Lidgren by. All others like Pippi longstocking, Ronie, Emil, etc. come after it. While you can find those other books easily in stores and on Amazon, the best one sadly became some kind of rarity.

These books are in the same league with Winni the Pooh, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz. They are must have books.

I really wanted to buy them for my nieces as a gift, but I guess I should do with Moomin-troll series instead - another beautiful children world classics underestimated in USA. I'd better buy them soon, or they might became a rarity with astronomical prices.
Crepúsculo / Twilight (La Saga Crepusculo / The Twilight Saga) (Spanish Edition)
Crepúsculo / Twilight (La Saga Crepusculo / The Twilight Saga) (Spanish Edition)
Mr Men Complete Collection Box Set by Roger Hargreaves
Mr Men Complete Collection Box Set by Roger Hargreaves
Having purchased these when on offer, i was very chuffed with this purchase. Bought for my 5 year old son who is really enjoying his reading, this collection of Mr. Men classics also took me back to my childhood. Unlike some things from my childhood, these havent aged too badly either! Personally i always enjoyed these books when i was younger and have really enjoyed working through them with my son too. Was pleased to see the same nostalgic illustrations and characters i grew up with and was surprised that i actually remembered some of the slightly bonkers writing style used within. I find it quite easy to get a little carried away when reading these to my son and that adds to a wonderful experience. So far his favourite is Mr. Tickle, now he knows whats coming, the entertainment is a little less than the first experience of reading obviously. Mind you, the anticipation factor possibly makes up for this as he is giggling and recoiling well in advance of the inevitable tickly ending!

As they always were, the books are nice and small for small hands, full of those classic colourful illustrations, written in a nice flowing and humorous style. Glossy outer covers and appear to be recycled pages within which is good in today's age. Packaged in a well constructed and sturdy storage/display box too. Plenty of reading entertainment for both you and your little one and if looked after, a great item to pass down. Would definitely recommend these.
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Dumbledore Wand
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Dumbledore Wand
I bought this to accompany a different wand for someone else. (The other wand was Leta's wand and I highly recommend that one.) When I received this, at first glance, I was pleased. However, the more I looked at it, I quickly noticed many little things that generally turned me, overall, unhappy.

Aside from the two metal bits, it's all made from some sort of resin. So it looks just like plastic and doesn't even really resemble wood. The "detail" in the wood grain looks like it was carved out with a box cutter and, therefore, breaks the illusion of wood further. The inside of the wood has that sharp, plastic, feel.

Then moving down to the handle, it looks as though it is supposed to resemble leather, maybe? But it's made of the same resin. There is even a very obvious seem. Then I noticed that the wand has been assembled, and the handle is not flush with the want. In fact, the want is ever so slightly bent, coming out of the handle. It's about a 2mm gap on both sides of the "handle."

So, in summary, if you are just looking for an inexpensive collectible to sit on a shelf and are not worried about minor details, go for it. Maybe as a present for a child. For an adult than enjoys appreciating craftsmanship, skip this one. I will be putting it, high-up, on a shelf and orienting it as to best hide the flaws. I think that will be fine.

I'd like to reiterate that I am not dogging on this brand or their other wands. I am simple discussing this, particular, wand. The Leta LeStrange wand is beautiful and only upon close inspection can you tell that it isn't real wood or metal.
Harry Potter Mens Hogwarts Pajamas
Harry Potter Mens Hogwarts Pajamas
I’m a fairly large person and my PJ’s are usually 3XL and this 2XL fitted pretty well. The top is just a tiny bit tight but that’s my fault however the shorts fit very well and I have a 46-48” waist. I absolutely love the Hogwarts design it’s so aesthetic and simple and to be honest I would wear it as a normal t shirt when I go out. It has an amazing price and you can get it cheaper on the official character.com website. I would totally recommend this as gift to any Potterhead. It’s now my favourite pyjama. The material is good and the stretchiness of the shorts is great. The order came in quickly (2 days) with good packaging.
Office Depot Pencil Pouch with Clear Window, 7in. x 9 3/4in, Assorted Colors, P02-3R-12/SA3
Office Depot Pencil Pouch with Clear Window, 7in. x 9 3/4in, Assorted Colors, P02-3R-12/SA3
This add is very deceiving, I am really disappointed in this product for one when I originally read the reviews it showed 4 I was excited as I’m buying these as extras for my nephews school. As we know it’s hard for many parents and the school supply list are crazy I bought these as it was a great deal only to find out it was Extremly over priced and I would never pay 8.99 for 1 pencil case .
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Something in the Water: A Novel
Something in the Water: A Novel
“Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?”

No, I can’t say I have ever wondered but this opening question in the debut novel by actress (now also author) Catherine Steadman had me hook, line and sinker. It being a book I wouldn’t normally read, I was to say the least intrigued when I saw it was a summer pick by Reese Witherspoon’s book club. It was downloaded onto my Kindle within the next however long it takes to press ‘BUY ME NOW!!” And, I’ll be damned, I throughly enjoyed the twisty path I was lead down within each chapter.

The story of Something in the Water is told by the main character Erin; a documentary film maker, relatable, occasionally dim woman. We are taken through a wild ride through every chapter of this book from digging a grave and unpredictable criminal activity to a luscious honeymoon in Bora Bora.

This fast paced chilly thriller begins with Erin digging a grave, a 3ft x 2ft x 6ft hole to be precise. Which according to Erin is the same weight as of a hatchback car, or even more impressively, an average hippopotamus. Through this exert, Steadman astonished me with her description and in parts I felt like I was either with Erin or I WAS her. The details, the staccato sentences, I was there, I was living what Erin was doing, I could see it in my mind. The next question arrives within the first couple of pages, who is the grave for? Well that guys, you’ll have to find out for yourselves…

Erin narrates the past few months to the audience, taking us on a twisty adventure of secrets, lies, passion and crime, answering but also leaving us asking questions. As an audience, we find ourselves second guessing, maybe re-reading and occasionally in some parts relating with Erin as she grows into her character. The second chapter takes you back to where it began, the anniversary of her and her fiancé, Mark’s anniversary in Norfolk.

A documentary film maker, Erin is currently working on project explaining prisoners lives during and after their sentence. This secondary storyline ties really well into the main plot, introducing us to Alexa, a 42 year old woman imprisoned for assisting in her mother’s suicide; Holli, a young woman in prison for arson (you’ve gotta keep an eye on this one!) And Eddie, the smooth talking mob king pinned down for money laundering.
Whilst Erin is working hard with her documentary, Mark, a banker, has lost his job due to a Brexit related financial crash and it’s left him in a sticky situation with no job prospects, a three week long honeymoon to the exotic island of Bora Bora (Can you fit me in your suitcase please?) and the fast arrival of a wedding… you can kind of understand why Mark is a bit short tempered and irritable.

The wedding has been and gone and they both arrive safe and sound in Bora Bora. It’s all going so well until the trip out on the boat. Thunk thunk thunk thunk… something is in the water… Putting not only Erin and Mark’s moral compasses to the test, but also their marriage. They are thrown into a world filled with $60 million jets, deleting CCTV, mysterious text messages and a duffel bag that keeps reappearing…

Meanwhile, whilst all this is happening, Holli is released from prison and soon falls into the night with her boyfriend, who according to DCI Andy Foster, is associated with Islamic extremists in Syria. Leaving not only a missing person for her documentary but DCI Foster asking questions, which no doubt Erin isn’t exactly jumping for joy over.

Not only could I not put the book down due to the fast paced nature and excellent storyline, I also learnt how to open up a Swiss bank account, how to destroy CCTV and that sometimes life throws you curveballs and you’ve just gotta deal with it. I was left shouting, wincing but also smiling as I followed the life of Erin through the pages of the book.

Although I’m left with a few questions at the end, Steadman threw twists and turns at me that I never saw coming. Through each chapter I was left asking myself if I would do the same thing, would I follow the path that Erin and Mark took for themselves?

This book is definitely one that won’t sit on your bookshelf for very long untouched and once you’ve read one page, you’ll find you can’t put it down. A fantastic debut by Steadman, maybe a book I wouldn’t have normally chosen for myself, however I found it a refreshing read and one that I would recommend to anybody!
Quick Charge 3.0 8-Port USB Fast Charger,100W USB hub Fast Charging Station Compatible with All Phone and ipad,QC 3.0 and PD Fast Charger, 10W Max Fast Wireless Charging,Amazing
Quick Charge 3.0 8-Port USB Fast Charger,100W USB hub Fast Charging Station Compatible with All Phone and ipad,QC 3.0 and PD Fast Charger, 10W Max Fast Wireless Charging,Amazing
Why pay double for a charger who's one claim to fame is wireless charging in addition to USB ports when the wireless charger does not work? But why would anyone expect Chinese junk to work right in the first place? I would have given it 1 star for complete lack of value for the price they are charging, but in fairness they were able to figure out how to get the actual USP ports to pass a charge, so there is that. I reboxed and returned this the same day it arrived. If you are looking for a useful charger that is worth the price, keep looking.

Sad, I actually did have hopes for this on my garage reloading bench man-cave to go on the same shelf as my wireless power tool battery rechargers for recharging lights and other electronic gizmos as well as powering my Kindle Fire for watching YouTube how-tos for projects. Would have been nice to set the phone on top to eliminate one cord and been able to grab-n-go.
Naturise Shea Butter Raw Organic Unrefined Ivory 16 oz (1 LB), Highest Grade African Shea Butter, Great for DIY Skincare Products and Body Butter Moisturizer for Dry Skin, Eczema, and Hair Care
Naturise Shea Butter Raw Organic Unrefined Ivory 16 oz (1 LB), Highest Grade African Shea Butter, Great for DIY Skincare Products and Body Butter Moisturizer for Dry Skin, Eczema, and Hair Care
Superb texture, smells fresh, and absorbs well. Although the jar’s lid arrived crooked, the seal was entact and the butter is fresh. The expiration date gives me 21 months, but I finish a huge jar every three months. I usually order two or more jars at a time and store them in the fridge for freshness. This is my first time trying the butter from this seller, and I am impressed! However, I do wish that there would be a plastic seal outside like other brands of Shea butter I have purchased. Thank you for offering this fine product.
Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio (11451) Full Size Sketch Book, Fashion Coloring for Kids,Brown/A
Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio (11451) Full Size Sketch Book, Fashion Coloring for Kids,Brown/A
My daugher (age 6) was bought something similar for her birthday and spent ages designing outfits and colouring them in. Basically what you have are some faint outlines of models and templates of clothes etc that you use to dress the models and then colour in.

It's ideal to pop in the suitcase for holiday with a pack of pens either for those rainy days or even something to do by the pool in the sunshine.

I have subsequently bought this for my daughter's friends as birthday presents.

I can't remember how much I paid as they were reduced. I think £6.50 is what I paid and for the amount of fun and time my daughter got out of it, would say that it is worth the money.

From an educational point of view I would say that it's good for improving their colouring in ability, but it's more about the fun in my opinion.

With regards to durability its pretty good as long as they are careful when pulling out the templates and putting them back in.

I think the age range for this would be 5 - 11ish.
iCarez HD Anti Glare Matte Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7-Inches [3 Pack] (Case Friendly) Premium No Bubble Easy to Apply with Hinge Installation
iCarez HD Anti Glare Matte Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7-Inches [3 Pack] (Case Friendly) Premium No Bubble Easy to Apply with Hinge Installation
This isn’t the product that best suits my phone usage needs so that’s why I gave it an overall low star rating. It is super thin which personally wasn’t to my liking because I don’t know how it protects against drops/cracks/punctures. It IS NOT that thicker durable material if that’s what you’re wanting. It does provide protection from scratches and gives antiglare quality and that matte feel but my previous purchases for matte screen protectors that are thicker protect against oily fingers and smudges. This one does not. It’s also not as easy to apply. It comes with sticker aligners which I use that helps a lot but again because it is paper thin it makes it tricker to get air pockets out. The size also seems smaller than I expected and not edge to edge protection.
5Pack(3ft 3ft 6ft 6ft 10ft) iPhone Lightning Cable Apple Certified Braided Nylon Fast Charger Cable Compatible iPhone Max XS XR 8 Plus 7 Plus 6s 5s 5c Air iPad Mini iPod (Blue White)
5Pack(3ft 3ft 6ft 6ft 10ft) iPhone Lightning Cable Apple Certified Braided Nylon Fast Charger Cable Compatible iPhone Max XS XR 8 Plus 7 Plus 6s 5s 5c Air iPad Mini iPod (Blue White)
These were delivered to my place Nov. 19, 2019. ONLY 5 months later, the white/ metal part that connects into the device came right off and almost got stuck inside my iPad. Another one takes over an hour to get to 20% when it was at 5%. I was very excited for these chargers when I got them became I thought with their braided wire they would be more rugged. I don't know. Maybe it's worth it to pay $20 for only 5 months of efficient working. I was hoping they'd at least last a year. Maybe thats asking for too much to get l an inexpensive USA product. The price is pretty good for 5 cables! But you get what you pay for, as they say.
Motorola TurboPower 18 QC3.0 Car Charger w/ 3.3ft SKN6473A USB-C Cable for Moto Z, Z2, Z3, Z4, X4, G7, G7 Play, G7 Plus, G7 Power, G6, G6 Plus [NOT for G6 Play] (Retail Box)
Motorola TurboPower 18 QC3.0 Car Charger w/ 3.3ft SKN6473A USB-C Cable for Moto Z, Z2, Z3, Z4, X4, G7, G7 Play, G7 Plus, G7 Power, G6, G6 Plus [NOT for G6 Play] (Retail Box)
I'm very pleased with being able to get the turbo charge in my car. It seemed like the other car chargers could not charge my phone as fast as it was using the charge. Especially when using navigation or something like that. This one charges quickly and fully. Even more so than I expected. Love this thing and I'm very happy with the purchase. Great price for what you get.
Wir haben diese Maschine bei der Konkurrenz im Dez 2018 als Angebot zu einem deutlich besseren Preis gekauft. Die Maschine ist wirklich top, der Kaffee schmeckt sehr gut, das Mahlwerk ist derart leise, dass ich die geringe Geräuschentwicklung erst gar nicht glauben konnte. Seit dem Kauf funktioniert das Gerät absolut fehlerfrei und zufriedenstellend.
Das Einzige was mich nervt, sind die ständig wiederkehrenden Aufforderungen wie z.B. „Auffangschale entleeren“, obwohl diese kurz vorher bereits entleert wurde.
4K HDMI Cable 6.6 ft,Capshi High Speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 Cable,4K, 3D, 2160P, 1080P, Ethernet - 28AWG Braided HDMI Cord - Audio Return(ARC) Compatible UHD TV, Blu-ray, PS4, PS3, PC
4K HDMI Cable 6.6 ft,Capshi High Speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 Cable,4K, 3D, 2160P, 1080P, Ethernet - 28AWG Braided HDMI Cord - Audio Return(ARC) Compatible UHD TV, Blu-ray, PS4, PS3, PC
I got a brand new 4K UltraHD tv and a 4K UltraHD disc player. And I was so excited to get this cable. I am returning it back! Soon as I connected the cable, the tv couldn’t find the player and when I got it to work, the picture quality was terrible. It is not a 4K UltraHD quality at all, I would said it wasn’t 1080 either it was grainy!!! Soon as I plugged my 2010 hdmi monster cable again, the picture look great again. Be aware of cheap quality products! Just because one place a name or logo on it doesn’t meant anything! Wow my 2010 cable works better than this cable I am shocked!
PHICOMM K3C AC 1900 MU-MIMO Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router – Powered by Intel Technology, Silver
PHICOMM K3C AC 1900 MU-MIMO Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router – Powered by Intel Technology, Silver
El paquete llegó en tiempo y forma, inclusive días antes del programado, directo de Amazon USA, tardó un poco en procesarse ya que opté por el envío estándar (pedido el Sábado 2 Marzo - recibido el 7 de Marzo) pero todo excelente en la logística de Amazon/DHL.

La caja del Router venía dentro de una bolsa, sin mayor protección, aunque fuera de eso llegó en muy buenas condiciones, sin roturas o demás, lo único es que las esquinas ligeramente están como apachurradas, pero eso es ciertamente normal en todas las cajas cuando las envías.

Ya dentro de la misma el Router en perfecto estado, venía sellada, por cierto, cuenta con su cable Ethernet y cable de corriente, algo básico pero ciertamente la mayoría de los Routers es lo único que contienen, ah! y sus instructivos.

Al verlo de buenas a primeras podrás notar que si algo resalta es ciertamente su tamaño, bastante "grandecito" vs otros, pero definitivamente se ve de lujo ya instalado y dicho tamaño no es estorboso ni mucho menos, le da un toque robusto y de calidad, el color es plateado y también se ve súper bien, fue el que pedí (ya que hay otros 2 colores).

El instalarlo no conlleva mayor trabajo, es como los demás Routers, bueno, en su mayoría, conectas el cable Ethernet al puerto WAN del mismo y el otro extremo a algún puerto Ethernet de tu módem principal. Al iniciar el navegador Web te mandará un pequeño aviso para que accedas a la página de configuración y pongas todo en orden, la contraseña Wi-Fi, nombre, etc. Ya configurada la parte básica tenemos acceso a un menú bastante bien organizado con la mayoría de ajustes que un usuario promedio ocupa, inclusive alguno que otro de nivel más avanzado podrá manipular ajustes como: Acceso Remoto, Dynamic DNS, Port Forwarding, VPN Server and Client, etc.

Funciona también como extensor de señal Wi-Fi, aunque esa característica no la he probado aún, supongo que también ha de entregar muy buenos resultado en cobertura y demás, después editaré mi reseña con ese dato. Cuenta de igual modo con un puerto USB para compartir archivos o una impresora en Red, desconozco que más funciones pueda hacer con el puerto, pero normalmente es para lo que se usa jeje

Después de todo lo mencionado, paso a la parte de mis primeras impresiones:

Me gustó mucho el diseño, la página de configuración es completa y amigable (hablando de un Router Casa/Oficina), cuenta con puertos Gigabit y Wi-Fi Doble Banda compatible con el estándar AC hasta 1900Mbps - 600Mbps en 2.4GHz y 1300Mbps en 5GHz, en el uso por cable, siendo que mi conexión es súper básica de 10MB (ya sé que dirán, que conexión tan pobre para este pedazo de Router, pero bueno, es lo que llega a mi localidad, al menos son estables jaja) noté una estabilidad muy buena al cargar varías páginas el mismo tiempo, en ninguna ocasión me mostró algún mensaje de "Se perdió la conexión o algo", cosa que a veces pasaba con el módem de Telmex (olvidé mencionar que es la compañía de mi servicio), bueno, en esa parte estoy bastante satisfecho, pero donde se llevó mis admiraciones fue en la cobertura Wi-Fi, es tan buena (considerando que en mi casa tenía 2 repetidores por lo mal que se cortaba el Wi-Fi) que me permitió eliminar los 2 repetidores que usaba, llega hasta la calle la señal 2.4GHz mientras que la 5GHz a la cochera, cuando por experiencia ningún Router que he tenido por si sólo donde los ubico me dan esa cobertura (es por ello que menciono que tal vez como extensor también daría buenos resultados).

Más allá de si es poca la señal en cualquier banda de Wi-Fi se mantiene súper estable, eso me gustó mucho, no sé si esté omitiendo otra cosa, pero puedo decir en términos generales que este Router es fantástico!

Definitivamente lo volvería a comprar ya sea para Router en otra situación o como extensor para este mismo :D

-/Edit 30 Marzo 2019:

Adquirí otra unidad para usarla como repetidor, aunque lo hice sin previamente configurar este primero en dicho modo y ver su desempeño y si era factible adquirir otro para esa función, bueno, me ganó la emoción y lo hice, lo recibí nuevamente en tiempo y forma, ya instalado más familiarizado con las configuraciones lo puse como extensor de señal y trabajó bien durante unos días, pero después comenzó a desconectarse constantemente o marcaba conexión ausente, tuve que reconfigurarlo 2 ocasiones para que volviera a funcionar, aunque mientras trabaja en orden la verdad funciona excelente, como Router también funciona de maravilla, pero como lo menciono, estando como extensor al menos a mí me falla constantemente.

-/Edit 1 Abril 2019:

Bien, no ha pasado ni una semana de mi anterior edit, lo seguiré dejando solamente como referencia, en una de las ocasiones que tuve que configurar nuevamente el repetidor se me ocurrió hacer el vínculo a la red de 5GHz en vez de la de 2.4 como tradicionalmente lo hago en todos los reps que he usado y hasta ahora todo va como la seda, ninguna caída, ni desconexión, todo excelente, no estoy 100% seguro de a qué se deba pero vinculado a 5GHz del router principal va excelente.
Palos de regaliz BIO 100g - 12 palos mínimo
Palos de regaliz BIO 100g - 12 palos mínimo
Es una dolencia aún no catalogada como tal. Resultado de la mala alimentación, malos hábitos, vicios tóxicos, sustancias nocivas en el medio ambiente, o incluso sustancias que vienen con determinados alimentos como el tomate y la berengena. Todos ellos arañan o abren agujeros dentro del entramado celular que forma el intestino por el que se cuelan los alimentos en descomposición y toxinas que deberían salir por otro lado. En cambio nutren el cerebro y otros órganos ocasionando todo tipo de dolencias que constituyen nuestro habitual cuadro de salud a partir de los cuarenta o cincuenta. Dolores de cabeza, depresion, cansancio, hinchazón de estómago, alergias, antojos de alimentos insanos, gases... y un sin fín de padecimientos relacionados con la psique.
Junto con este producto, la papaya, el mago o la piña van curando los agujeros que día a día creamos y los que llevan abiertos años. La raíz de malvavisco, la glutamiana o el N-acetyl D-glucosamina también resuelven esta dolencia manifiesta lentamente a lo largo de los años, por lo que perdemos la consciencia de las consecuencias que sufrimos.
En cuanto a la raíz de regaliz, una vez desmenuzados con un cuchillo y vertidos en un zumo, me obligan a ir al baño a los pocos minutos. El intestino, normalmente hinchado, comienza a bajar. Tres veces he evacuado en un solo día. Los efectos psíquicos no los he notado porque tengo un virus desde principios de agosto que me provoca dolor de cabeza. No dejes de informarte, conocer esta enfermedad puede significar un gran cambio en tu vida. Gracias a Dios por este avance científico y la sabiduría concedida a quienes la descubrieron. Dr, Hernández como ejemplo, que trata a deportistas, habla científicamente de ello. Encontrarás vídeos en Youtube. Por cierto, no compres Ultra Digest, es un producto fraudulento que usa el nombre de este doctor.
12 Pieces Wildlife Animals Action Figure,Realistic Animals Action Model Toy
12 Pieces Wildlife Animals Action Figure,Realistic Animals Action Model Toy
I have bought a lot of these types of sets from this brand but for some reason, most of the ones in this set fall down. My daughters cannot get them to stand up straight. I have tried to manipulate the legs to assist, but it only works for a few seconds. We are very disappointed. We spend hours playing with all of the others and these guys just lay around...nobody wants to play with "sick" animals. Maybe we got a bad batch.

Review edit: After the company saw I was disappointed in my animals that were not standing up they quickly sent me a new batch. These all stand up great and the customer service experience was amazing!
Batman & Robin, Vol. 3: Batman & Robin Must Die (Batman & Robin (Paperback))
Batman & Robin, Vol. 3: Batman & Robin Must Die (Batman & Robin (Paperback))
This is the final instalment of the Batman and Robin trilogy by Grant Morrison, and one that you will want to own if you have been keeping up with this series, and all the other titles that have inter-linked with the whole Return of Batman series. These include;
Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn (Batman & Robin)
Batman vs. Robin (Batman & Robin)
Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die! Deluxe Edition (this volume)

In a separate run;
Batman: Streets of Gotham: Hush Money
Batman: The Streets of Gotham: Leviathan v. 2
Batman: Streets of Gotham 3: The House of Hush due out later in 2011

On it's own;
Batgirl: Batgirl Rising

And then,
Robin: Search for a Hero
Red Robin: Grail
Red Robin: Collision v. 2 (Red Robin 2)

And the most recent titles;
Return of Bruce Wayne
Time and the Batman.

So this book picks up where volume 2, and runs with the revelation at the end of that book with the Joker taking centre stage and claiming to be on the side of Batman and Robin, and wants to help them take on the Black Glove who is trying to manipulate Gotham to his twisted desires. But can Batman and Robin trust the Joker?
The book starts of strongly with the opening pages depicting Dick being shot in the head, and essentially being forced in to a corner - to let the Black Mask take over Gotham, but be cured; or die a death descending into craziness as the clot in his brain bleeds throughout his skull. Yes, it isn't light reading in this volume! But then, when has Grant Morrison ever taken the easy way out?
It is hard to review this book without giving away all the twists and turns, and i think it is important not to give them away, as this book really does tie up a hell of a lot in the return of Batman and Bruce Wayne. There are some really excellently written pieces in this volume. The stand-out for me is when Damian locks himself in with the Joker (shades of Jason Todd, anyone) and will have you reading these pages with genuine nervousness - but you will still read them - they are probably the best part of this graphic novel (for me, anyway!). Alfred has a nice minor role too and gets some good page time.
The book finishes with an exciting glimpse into the future, and it makes sense in the direction that the Batman universe is moving - a logical move. Grant Morrison has definitely dragged Batman into a new era, and i hope that this new direction is the way DC will move forward. There is real potential in what Morrison has set up. I guess it won't be to the taste of everyone, but again that is what Morrison does best - he polarises opinion. No middle of the road opinions are taken from his books. You love them or hate them. The point is, you will HAVE an opinion and getting people to care about the character is what he does best.
There aren't many faults for me in this volume, but a few minor niggles. Firstly, the gunshot to Dicks head is resolved too easily for me - there was definitely more scope to expand on this sub-plot. Secondly, the artwork doesn't really set my world on fire. I can appreciate what it is trying to do; this is definitely the darkest book of the three Batman and Robin books, and it certainly has the most action and storylines crammed into its pages, so i can see why it is so intense, but i am not a huge fan of the style. It is probably just me, and in fairness i couldn't imagine it being done any other way!
These minor points aside, this is a superb read. It is a real page turner - from high action, to high drama, to smiles, to cheers, to cringing, to twists and surprises, this book delivers on every level. It is a one-sitting read, and well worth re-reading.
I can't recommend this book highly enough, and it is an essential book in anyone's collection. I can't wait to see where the Batman universe goes from here.....

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