Katherine Jones

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Snape: A Definitive Reading
Snape: A Definitive Reading
Snape: A Definitive Reading by Lorrie Kim. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 350 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Best Of Me
Best Of Me
Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Foreign Fruit
Foreign Fruit
Foreign Fruit by J. Moyes. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 201 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Nexus Confessions: Volume Two
Nexus Confessions: Volume Two
Nexus Confessions: Volume Two by Various. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
El asociado (Spanish Edition)
El asociado (Spanish Edition)
El asociado (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
American Vampire Vol. 1
American Vampire Vol. 1
American Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder , Stephen King , et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 261 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen Kings N. (German Edition)
Stephen Kings N. (German Edition)
Stephen Kings N. (German Edition) by Stephen King, Marc Guggenheim, et al.. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 495 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V
Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V
Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V by Stephen King, George Guidall, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1574 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Programming, Loose-Leaf Version
Java Programming, Loose-Leaf Version
Java Programming, Loose-Leaf Version by Joyce Farrell. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learning Reactive Programming with Java 8
Learning Reactive Programming with Java 8
Learning Reactive Programming with Java 8 by Nickolay Tsvetinov. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Laravel Application Development Blueprints
Laravel Application Development Blueprints
Laravel Application Development Blueprints by Arda Kılıçdağı and Halil İbrahim Yılmaz. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Raspberry Pi For Kids For Dummies
Raspberry Pi For Kids For Dummies
Raspberry Pi For Kids For Dummies by Richard Wentk. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Php String Handling Handbook
Php String Handling Handbook
Php String Handling Handbook by Matt Wade, Paul Adams, et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Linux Pocket Guide: Essential Commands
Linux Pocket Guide: Essential Commands
Linux Pocket Guide: Essential Commands by Daniel J. Barrett. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 260 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Warren Buffett: Sein Weg an die Spitze (German Edition)
Warren Buffett: Sein Weg an die Spitze (German Edition)
Das Buch hat mir sehr gefallen. Besonders die Aussage über die CEO Vergötterung: Investiere nur in Unternehmen, die ein Dummkopf führen könnte.

Auch die Passage über Ajit Jain fand ich sehr interssant. Bisher war mir nur Charlie Munger bekannt, die rechte Hand von Buffett. Aber wie Buffett sagte: Schwimmen Sie zu Ajit, wenn Sie nur einen retten können.
Mich nimmt Wunder, ob Ajit wirklich der Nachfolger von Buffett werden kann.
Somit kann ich das Buch sehr empfehlen.
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.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Grab an armful of business leadership books from your nearest bookshop and look through them for advice on how to treat staff. I doubt you'll find any of them encouraging business leaders to humiliate their colleagues in public more frequently.

Yet one of the most memorable stories in Brad Stone's account of how Jeff Bezos made such a success of Amazon is just such an encounter with a senior manager. They were giving answers that Bezos did not believe about the speed with which the phones were being answered by the customer service team. So in the middle of a meeting with senior managers, Bezos put a phone on loudspeaker, dialed Amazon's customer service number and started ostentatiously timing how long it took to be answered. He'd been told that calls were being answered in less than a minute, but the meeting had to sit in excruciating silence as the minutes ticked up before finally the phone was answered.

A devastatingly effective way of making a point, true. But how do you combine such a brutish attitude at times with an ability to recruit, retain and motivate the sort of brilliant staff you need, especially when Amazon wasn't paying high wages? The mystery is deepened by the grimly humorous collection of stories of other technology CEOs and their abrasive behaviour that Brad Stone presents in the book.

As with Steve Jobs, reading about Jeff Bezos and all his quirks in dealing with other human beings (not to mention Amazon's huge sums spent on failed takeovers) leaves you wondering for much of the time if you're reading an account of a brilliant success or a tragic failure. Clearly the path Amazon has taken shows he - like Jobs - is the former.

But whilst Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs does answer the question of how Jobs and Apple ended up so successful despite his manner, in the case of Bezos and Amazon, Brad Stone leaves that question only partly answered. Early on in the book Amazon is but one amongst many online book selling startups. Stone explains well why traditional bookselling firms found it difficult to move into the online business, constrained as they were by their heavy investment in offline stores. Why, though, did Amazon triumph from all those different online startups? That Stone doesn't tell us.

The more successful Amazon gets, the better Stone's book does explain its gathering momentum, especially thanks to Bezos's insistence on using Amazon's scale to drive prices as low as possible. There are two types of company, Bezos says. Those that looks to charge as high a price as possible (think Apple) and those that look to charge as low a price as possible (think Amazon). Amazon's low prices may have kept its profits down, but they have hugely boosted its size and, while Apple's high margins have attracted big competitors eating into its market, Amazon's low margins have kept competitors out of the market, leaving more space for it to grow even further.

It's a shame though that the initial crucial breakthrough remains unexplained even by the end of an enjoyable book.
Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography
Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography
Una biografia concisa e interessante. Per chi conosce la storia dei PC negli ultimi 40 anni si legge come un romanzo, perché Steve Jobs è stata una figura centrale di questo settore. Consigliato.
Jeff Bezos: L'uomo che ha inventato Amazon
Jeff Bezos: L'uomo che ha inventato Amazon
L'ho letto in 2 ore, forse anche meno. Stesura di facile lettura e forse un pò troppp facilotto, le pagine scorrono veloci e non annoia, speravo in qualcosa di più approfondito sulla scalata al successo e la crescita aziendale e sul Bezos imprenditore. Buono per farsi una idea.
Masters of Enterprise
Masters of Enterprise
H.W. Brands' Masters of Enterprises devotes each of his 25 brief, but enjoyable chapters to a successful entrepreneur. I particularly like this book because the author recognizes the importance of the individual in building a business dynasty. Tragically, this recognition is very rare from many business historians today who seem more interested in focusing on the post-retirement philanthropic activities of many great industrialists as opposed to the prodigious effort which was required to first accumulate the wealth.

This book contains great chapters on all of the well known productive geniuses of the U.S. Industrial Revolution, including the following: John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford and Cornelius Vanderbilt.

One of the great values from this book is that it contains a satisfying amount of material on several important and often unsung heroes in business history. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Ray Kroc: The man who turned the McDonalds' franchise into the world's most recognizable fast food empire.

* Robert Woodruff: The man who made the Coca-Cola logo the world's most recognizable logo.

* Alfred Sloan: The man who built up General Motors to defeat the Ford Motor Company as the most dominant automobile manufacturer in the United States.

* Sam Walton: The man who turned Walmart into the retail giant that it is today.

* Andy Grove: The man who made Intel.

* Henry Kaiser: A true renaissance industrialist. He built the Hoover dam, the Bonneville Dam, innovated cement manufacturing, reduced the construction time of cargo ships during WWII to five days (when they previously required 30 days!), and even developed Waikiki beach into a resort.

* H. L. Hunt: discoverer and innovator of oil drilling in East Texas. Unfortunately, he also crippled the industry by lobbying for more government regulation.

The main downside of this book is that I think the mix of entrepreneurs covered could have been more interesting. For one, James J. Hill, the great empire builder of the Northwestern Railroads, is conspicuously absent. For example, if it were up to me, I would have added chapters on James J. Hill, E. H. Harriman*, Warren Buffett, Herbert Dow and C.J. Walker** and removed the chapters on Berry Gordy, Oprah Winfrey, Phil Knight, Ted Turner and Liz Claiborne.

If you enjoy books about great individuals in business history, then I also recommend Andrew Bernstein's The Capitalist Manifesto, Burton Folsom's The Myth of the Robber Barons and Burton Folsom's Empire Builders.

* The turnaround genius who converted the struggling Union Pacific Railroad into a transportation empire.

** She is probably the most under appreciated businesswoman in history. She not only is the first black woman to be a self-made millionaire, she is the first woman to do so. She made a fortune in designing and marketing beauty products for black women at the beginning of the 20th century, when the U.S. was unfortunately still plagued with discrimination.
The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip
The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip
What American DOESN'T know Thomas Edison? Even still, Henry Ford was the reason I picked this up (I'm a lifelong car nut). And Harvey Firestone was instrumental in a number of areas. Naturalist John Burroughs was the least known of them to me but he seemed to be one of the key features in those early trips. But what I didn't know was their long-standing connection to one another, their distinctive travels together or the many places where their influential visits are still demonstrating influence.
The book reads like a mini-biography on their individual lives and their mutual connections. The trips seem to serve as a meeting place and bully-pulpit for their enterprises and adventurous spirits. Their travels began as a means to meeting the last of those - adventurers who wanted to see places and experience life out of the ordinary. Their celebrity - after all, these were some of the most widely known and photographed men in the US when they were traveling together - was both a blessing and a bane. It meant it was hard to arrive anywhere incognito. And yet, as their trips continued, they each - in their own way - leveraged that for their own purposes, rightfully so. After all, if a media member is going to interrupt their vacation, the least they can do is help the Vagabond accomplish a larger goal.
Not every trip went according to plan. The early trip to the Florida Everglades for example was a disaster in every way. But for the most part, these trips served each of them as a respite and welcome repose from the push-pull of their working lives and - it seems - some of the happiest days they knew.
Overall, if you're a student of any of these men, this book is a worthy read. A fun, fast read, it's focus on the facts of the trips is a needed component but the impetus for me was understanding WHY they took these trips in the first place was the best component.
Henry Ford: A Story of Entrepreneurship
Henry Ford: A Story of Entrepreneurship
My 4th graders really enjoyed this book, as well as the video that goes along with it. It contains a great deal of interesting info that most people don't know about Ford.
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.
The Triumph of an Idea; the Story of Henry Ford
The Triumph of an Idea; the Story of Henry Ford
Well….if you’re looking for a book that paints a true picture of Henry Ford, then this book – originally written in the 1920s, and published in 1935 – is not it. The book reads more like an advertisement than a biography. Ford, his business practices, and his automobiles are praised Ad nauseam. He is portrayed as a man who never made mistakes; if he made money, he was a brilliant businessman. If he lost money, it was because he was more concerned about doing the right thing than worrying about his bottom line. He is represented as having had a marvelous sense of social justice: a man who instituted high minimum wages for his workers, and provided work for those with disabilities and criminal records. Some of the praise is no-doubt warranted, but it’s hard to say how much because this book is so very-obviously biased. A Google-search on Ford and the minimum wage, (for example) suggests that in raising his wages, Ford was motivated more by minimizing turnover than by any real desire for social reform.

While the Wikipedia article on Henry Ford is far more informative than this book in regards to the man himself, this book is nonetheless a fascinating read. The very nature of the book as an unabashedly-triumphal story of the expansion of industry is itself interesting. In an age when we worry about CO2 emissions and climate change, this book trumpets the expansion of the automobile industry in glowing terms.

That’s not the only interesting history told. Every chapter of the book begins with a chronology of important historical events that took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 1935, these interludes were presumably meant to provide context, and to remind readers of “how far we’ve come”. In the modern day, they serve the same function, though not precisely in the way the author intended! It is wonderful to read about the events and people of those years as seen through the lens of a contemporary. Some of the events discussed are well-known to modern readers – the sinking of the Titanic, for example, or the pioneering flight of Charles Lindberg. But other catastrophes and events of equal or greater proportion that no doubt captured the hearts and minds of the public at the time have been all-but-forgotten. Incidentally, I was reminded (as I always am when I read history like this) how casually lives were lost one hundred years ago, and it made me happy to be living in an age of regulation and oversight.

The bottom line is that you if you want to learn about Henry Ford, you’re better off looking elsewhere. But if the style and substance of a 1930s extended advertisement, mixed with tidbits of history sounds interesting – or at least entertaining – then this short book is worth a few hours.
La nueva fórmula del trabajo: Revelaciones de Google que cambiarán su forma de vivir y liderar (Spanish Edition)
La nueva fórmula del trabajo: Revelaciones de Google que cambiarán su forma de vivir y liderar (Spanish Edition)
Un libro que deberían leer todos aquellos que quieran formar un equipo altamente competitivo y los que no también, la sencillez de las ideas y lo más importante la realización de las propuesta son sin duda el resultado de una empresa que hoy en día se consolida dentro de las mejores para trabajar a nivel internacional "líderazgo y trabajo en equipo" Quede encantado con el Libro, yo que me quedo con esto:

Aquellos de ustedes que perseveren frente al miedo y el fracaso y se mantengan firmes en sus principios, y que se enfrenten a las fuerzas y a las personas que atacan a la organización, moldeará el alma de esta con sus palabras y hechos. Y esas serán las empresas de las que la gente querrá formar parte.
"Laszlo Bock" La nueva Fórmula del trabajo.
The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs
The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs
Hunter Davies is an authority on the Beatles. He's written numerous books, including an authorised biography and he spent a lot of time with them, both on tour and in recording studios. I recently read Philip Norman's excellent bio of Paul and this is an excellent companion read to that biography.

Davies has, over some 50 years, acquired a large number of original bits of ephemera. Scraps the f paper with jottings, squiggles and amendments, showing the development of many memorable songs. In the recording studios, he retrieved ( with permission) bits of ciggie packets, notepaper etc on which early working notes were made. He's also trawled the world for access to other known written records, so this is a truly comprehensive insight. Combined with his personal knowledge of the Beatles, it's an authoritative and informed account.

There are numerous pictures of the scribblings; some not so easy to read on a kindle, but clearer on a tablet. Some of the originals were faded before being reproduced. Davies goes through the Beatles recordings in order, placing each disc in context with some background info. The lyrics and how they sometimes changed make fascinating reading and this is a book I've really enjoyed. A must for any Beatles fan, but also a compelling slice of social and popular music history.
Bob Dylan - The Little Black Songbook: Revised & Expanded Edition
Bob Dylan - The Little Black Songbook: Revised & Expanded Edition
There are unfortunately some glaring omissions in this book, some key Dylan songs are not included, like With God On Our Side, Tombstone Blues, Buckets of Rain, Highway 61 Revisited, It takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry, Highway 51 Blues, Pretty Peggy-O, Baby let me follow you down. Instead, a bunch of throw away outtakes and filler material have been included. The author made a poor selection, and I can't give it more than 2 stars.
A Perfect Getaway
A Perfect Getaway
A thoroughly enjoyable film. Like so many other reviewers here, I found this DVD by following what seems by now to be a very well-trodden line of breadcrumbs from Timothy Olyphant's other work, notably Deadwood. I'm not certain I would like every single scrap of film he has made (as yet I've avoided the science fiction), but from what I have seen so far I am beginning to suspect that Olyphant never turns in a bad performance. (For example, although I'm a female with zero interest in video games, I loved Hitman.) In this case Kiele Sanchez helps matters out with her usual contagious smile and warm charm, while Steve Zahn is marvelous in a role slightly different from his normal ones. Puerto Rico, disguised as Hawaii, is charming as well, making the whole ride gorgeous to behold. Knowing in advance that there was a "twist," I did guess it soon in - mostly because it was so logical - but I didn't feel much conviction because I wasn't certain that such a dramatic turnaround could work. In the end, however, I thought it worked just fine. I must confess, though, that my husband, sitting beside me, was gnashing his teeth with frustration soon into the movie, protesting that the plot made no sense whatever. My own suspicion is that this difference is less about believability than the fact that I have much more tolerance for slicing and dicing in movies than he does (he's fine with guns). I mean, his favorite film is Vertigo. That it's a masterpiece we both agree, but is it really all that "plausible"? On the other hand, when knives come out he and I normally agree that I'll tell him when it's safe to open his eyes again. So perhaps I should add a warning that people who greatly dislike seeing knives come out and "blood" spill in movies should think twice here. Otherwise, though, just have a good time!
Strangler
Strangler
'Strangler' first was published in 1978 by New English Library under the title 'Sonny'. This Bantam Books version (217 pp) was released in the US in January 1979. The cover artist is uncredited.

T. Jeff Williams published one other novel, 1977's 'The Glory Hole', a well-written Vietnam War drama.

'Strangler' is set in San Miguel, California, in the late 70s. The lead character is a twenty year-old named Sonny Sills. Outwardly, Sonny seems like a handsome, well-adjusted young man with a bright future.

But in reality, Sonny is Thoroughly Deranged.........not only does he hear voices, but they tell him to abduct, rape, and strangle teenage girls.

As the hot days of August bake the dusty roads and city streets of San Miguel, Sonny takes up life as a serial killer.......and before long, city residents are consumed with fear.

For detective Dan Eriksen, who is assigned to the case, the murders of young girls are particularly troubling, as Dan knows that his daughter Denice, a cheerleader and an all-American blonde, is exactly the type of girl most favored by the murderer.............

I found 'Strangler' to be readable, at times suspenseful (particularly in its closing pages). The use of a smaller city and its rural environs as the setting, and the at-times poetic descriptions of the farmlands and beachfront landscapes comprising this setting, gives 'Strangler' a sense of place that well recalls the seemingly idyllic California of the 70s.

Author Williams uses the rather unusual device of having his narrative alternate between chapters related by Sonny Sills in the first person, and chapters describing the actions of Dan Eriksen related in the third person. Presumably this allows Williams to impart to the reader a detailed examination of the Mind of a Serial Killer, while also adhering to the more traditional style of the police procedural novel.

Williams doesn't shy from imparting a Splatterpunk sensibility to his descriptions of the murders of the helpless teens, giving the novel an edge of nastiness that keeps it from becoming too formulaic. However, somewhat inevitably, the middle sections of the novel tend to slow, and rely overmuch on cliches involving Dan Ericksen's troubled domestic life and his efforts to participate in the Swinging Seventies lifestyle.

The verdict ? 'Strangler' certainly meets the definition of a California Crazy novel. I can't say it breaks new ground in the 'Serial Killer' suspense novel, but it's competent enough to recommend it to fans of that genre.
Rubie's Men's Marvel: Avengers 4 Deluxe Captain America Costume & Mask Adult Costume
Rubie's Men's Marvel: Avengers 4 Deluxe Captain America Costume & Mask Adult Costume
So, the good first - it worked admirably. The mask was worthless, but that's okay, because I had a separate mask. Otherwise, the costume was a decent fit, albeit a little snug around the chest, and it looked pretty good on me from the front. The foam muscle on the chest was somewhat silly on me if someone was looking at me from the side, and I couldn't see my feet past the chest, but other than that, it was fine, and it would have been good for people with smaller chests and shoulders.

Now for the bad - this costume just falls apart with a quickness. Most of the velcro tore off, and the velcro that didn't got stuck to my undershirt, preventing me from closing the back, or stuck to the costume itself, ripping at the fabric somewhat. Seams popped everywhere on the costume as well, with little resistance to even the slightest force against them. Granted, I didn't expect the costume to last, but I only wanted to wear it four times, and it barely survived that long. For the price, you get what you pay for, I suppose, but it'd be nice if it was a little more durable. My son is only just getting into superheroes, so my use for this costume could have gone past Halloween. Also, like I mentioned, the mask it came with is terrible - uncomfortable and too small for a grown man's head. Would have preferred it came without the mask, honestly. Finally, for all the padding the costume had in the chest, shoulders, arms, and legs, it had absolutely none for the waist and thigh region. That's not necessarily bad or good, but it left nothing to the imagination insofar as modesty is concerned. Thank goodness my shield covered that area while I was taking my son trick-or-treating, otherwise the cops might have been called.

So, if you're looking for a costume that you only wanna wear for a party or two, this is a great pick, though you should go a size up if you're on the more muscular side of things. But if you wanna get some mileage out of it - cosplay, playing with the kids, or just playing by yourself (I don't judge) - you should consider investing into something of higher quality.
Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures The Power Up Squad
Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures The Power Up Squad
I bought this for my superhero obsessed 4 yr old, to add to his mini superhero collection. He loved it, especially the hulk (with a push of a button his hulk smash hand flys off). I was a little disappointed that not all of the characters do something special, with how big their featured hands all I figured they'd all shoot something but they don't. My only complaint is that the arms easily come off, they are one piece that pops into the back. I could easily put it back together, but my 4 yr old can't and that gets annoying cuz he is so rough. I will try to remember to take/upload a picture.
Gods of No Mercy
Gods of No Mercy
Filmed in and around Des Moines, Iowa and using Iowa talent, Thor Moreno’s Gods of No Mercy is a gritty tale of betrayal and vengeance.

It unfolds through the eyes of Sonny, played by M.J. Gazali. Sonny is a brooding cafe owner, drawn into a local crime enterprise when he rescues the daughter of its leader, Buster. Gradually, he finds himself hardened into a cold-blooded assassin, whose only affinity is for Buster’s estranged wife.

Gazali has a captivating screen presence, as he subtly and credibly cycles through emotions ranging from empathy to terror to rage.

Thor Moreno takes the role of Buster, and displays his dry wit through quirky characters played by Billy Blank and Ben Rollins.
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
This product came as advertised, they look to be of good quality as well. Used on my Mazda 3 as custom replacement valve stem caps. Time will tell whether the Deadpool logo on the cap stays on there or ends up falling off, the included valve cap wrench is a nice touch and actually makes a great keychain since it has a metal keyring attached. The follow up email from Bella asking if I was 100 percent satisfied with my purchase was a pleasant surprise, she was very friendly and seemed eager to help if I had any issues. I would definitely recommend this seller to anyone who is interested in getting some cool custom valve caps for their vehicle!
One Piece, Vol. 31 (31)
One Piece, Vol. 31 (31)
The sky is falling. Eneru has set into motion his final plan to destroy Skypiea. While the citizens of the white sea attempt an evacuation, Luffy races up the Giant Jack for one final confrontation with the self-proclaimed god - and to find a Golden Bell that could bring salvation to a country. While all this happens, Wyper watches destruction rain down on his homeland...and remembers.

Yes, we've come to the flashback section of the story arc, and this one takes up most of the volume. With Eiichiro Oda, flashbacks are always a lavish production - you're not a certified member of the Straw Hat crew until your traumatic childhood has been laid bare for all readers to witness. Unfortunately, this is one instance where the use of a flashback falls flat. I'm not convinced the saga of Mont Blanc Noland and the Great Warrior Kalgara was worth 8 chapters of my time, especially at such a pivotal point in the story (remember, this would've been about 2 months worth of serialized publishing during the original Japanese run, or 2 months while readers sat around and waited for Luffy to finish climbing that beanstalk). If this was Wyper's personal flashback and he was about to join the crew, then I might feel differently. But Wyper's not joining the crew and it's not even his story, it's Wyper recalling a great legend passed down from generation to generation. And while there is ultimately a beautiful tale of friendship to be told, you can't help shake the feeling that Oda needed a little more editorial restraint here. If the point of the flashback was to give readers a stronger emotional crux to the arc, then it comes at the very last second and it's too little, too late - all we want now is for Luffy to do his thing. If it's purely a delaying tactic to milk another volume's worth of sales out of Skypiea, then that's cheap. At the very least this flashback might have worked a lot better had it been delivered in bits and pieces throughout the arc instead of at one big chunk at the very end where it throws pacing completely out the window.

If you're reading One Piece volume by volume then you'll probably end up reading this anyway, but with the exception of the last few moments, this is one of the rare instances where the saga gets a little over-indulgent and ends up spinning its wheels, and that's too bad.
Harlequin Presents - September 2020 - Box Set 1 of 2
Harlequin Presents - September 2020 - Box Set 1 of 2
The first book by Maisey Yates was horrible. First of all, stop the first person books and switching perspectives. It’s not fun to read. I actually stopped reading this one and moved on to the next one bc it was so dry. I NEVER do that. Good thing the rest of the books made up for it. That one goes the way of the horrific one a month or two ago about the guy who supposedly killed his wives.
The Neighbor (Short Story) (Kindle Single)
The Neighbor (Short Story) (Kindle Single)
If you’ve ever wondered how good a short story can be, Dean Koontz reminds us in The Neighbor. While it is touted as a prequel of sorts to his novel The City, you need not have read it — I haven’t — to enjoy this mesmerizing and tender short story. Koontz immediately sucks us into the world of gangly 12 year old Malcolm and his beautiful 17 year old sister, Amalia, whom he adores. Their parents are terrible and Malcolm describes their house as being like Poe’s House of Usher just before it sank into the swamp. Music is an escape for them, Malcolm finding the one thing he is graceful at in the Saxophone, while his very talented sister plays the clarinet and wants to be a writer. They also share a love for Big Band music of the 1930s and 1940s, which they play on vinyl records in the garage to avoid parents who hardly speak to one another. If this already seems like a lot to include in a short story, it is little touches like these which separate Koontz from the pack.

At the center of the story is the house next door, once belonging to recently deceased teacher Rupert Clockenwell. Someone is turning on lights at night in the old house, and Malcolm and his sister Amalia decide to pay the new neighbors a visit. Except there are no new neighbors, only sad revelations, and great danger. To reveal more would ruin this touching and enthralling short story I truly loved. In addition to being an amazing read, it reminded me why I so often prefer Koontz to King. Though the novels of both have become bloated as of late, they both excel — when they want to — at the short form. But Koontz’s attitude in regard to the human spirit, and the spiritual in general, sets him apart. Everything I love about Koontz — when he’s at the top of his game — is on display here in this tender and unforgettable short story. Highly recommended.
Island of Glass: Guardians Trilogy, Book 3
Island of Glass: Guardians Trilogy, Book 3
I was extremely (and I do not use the word lightly) disappointed in this entire trilogy. I have read and re-read Nora Roberts books for years and have thoroughly enjoyed most of her previous trilogies. The Dark Witch trilogy made me feel a little "t-witchy" about buying any more of her books, but I am helpless to resist when she comes out with something new. That being said, this was definitely not something new. Hashed and re-hashed and utterly boring. The mermaid annoyed the heck out of me, being winy and vacuous, the seer was just "blah" and the werewolf came across as cold. I believe the only character I quite liked was the time-traveller, but was disappointed that he ended up with airhead. And with the way this group openly talks about their sex lives and mention sex every couple of sentences, I was almost waiting for them to get into a whole partner-swap thing. Does anyone really behave like this? The dialogue was prosaic and not up to Ms Roberts' normal witty level. I adore that she usually gives her characters smart and funny dialogue, making her women and her men clever and interesting. She certainly dumbed this lot down and it gave me shudders. I will not pre-order again before reading reviews. Oh, please bring back the old Nora Roberts, I miss her.
The Collector
The Collector
I read everything Nora Roberts writes, and will likely continue to do so until I keel over. So I basically compare Nora Roberts books to other Nora Roberts books. This is not going to be one of my favorites. It has a really nasty villain, the Hot Asian Girl (HAG) Jai, and another character who is supposed to be even worse( but I found myself feeling a bit sorry for him.) Unfortunately I found the HAG much more interesting than the heroine, Lila. I could never find any consistency in Lila's character. She is a house sitter and does really well living in other peoples homes and caring for their pets. I have known a few house sitters and they never had a website, traveled to Rome or lived in penthouses, but maybe New York is different from other places. Lila also writes YA novels with werewolves (a bow to Kelley Armstrong?) All this should make her fun and fascinating but I found her whiny and unformed. A childhood as an army brat seems to have scarred her or something.
The hero, Ash Archer, is great. He is a highly acclaimed artist who is also rich, comes from a background that should be dysfunctional but isn't, and is definitely an interesting and fun person to have around. One of Ms Roberts' best male heroes. My only quibble is this macho dude paints exclusively fairies, witches, mermaids, gypsy girls dancing by firelight, haunted castles, etc. There was no mention of unicorns but I suspect they are in there somewhere. I really cannot see the New York galleries eating up this kind of art, no matter how well he does it, and yet he is supposed to sell in the high six figures and regularly have his paintings hanging in the finest homes all over the world. From his subject matter I would suspect he is more likely to be the kind of male friend who races into my house to borrow my mascara than someone who burns up the sheets and is a dominant son, brother and lover. My guess is this is the kind of art Nora Roberts thinks her readers would love, but I wish she would check out what is actually selling in the galleries these days. Still I liked Ash a lot and could overlook his Aubrey Beardsley inclination but I could not see why he was so smitten with Lila. She spends a lot of time peering through binoculars into other peoples' windows which seems invasive and creepy but she is compassionate and carries around WD-40 and duct tape.
The book does have a couple of appealing animals, a tea cup poodle and a cat, which made me start thinking about getting another dog. Oh well, on to the next Nora Roberts. I know a great many readers will love this book. I liked it but have liked others more.
Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Book 1)
Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Book 1)
A compelling story of a boy winning against all the odds through an educational system beyond his social level, but never beyond his abilities. And his hard-working, widowed mother, Maisie, is determined to give Harry the best of opportunities. But past encounters with an ex are never far away, and when Harry befriends Giles Barrington, his meddlesome, fraudulent father, Hugo, does his best to deny what happened between Harry’s mother and himself all those years ago.

A slow start, but then the story began to really draw me in and the big question about Harry’s parentage ebbed and flowed beneath the surface until the build to the denouement – where everything falls apart beneath an avalanche of revelations. I wasn’t quite convinced that both Hugo Barrington and Maisie Clifton would have allowed matters between Emma and Harry to get quite as far as they did, not without some sort of intervention. Hugo perhaps, because he was such a cowardly toad but Maisie had a good handle on moral responsibility and lived for her son, so I’m not sure she would have simply stood by. Not only are there some unresolved threads in this book, but the story ends on the most terrific cliffhanger of a plot twist, so if you prefer everything to be tied-up with a ribbon by the last page, you might feel cheated.
The writing itself is concise and to the point and without too much of a descriptive slant, but it’s a clever structure and the likeable characters combined with steadily building tension, kept me turning the pages. There are slightly overlapping timelines shared between the characters but I liked this structure as it allowed for a greater understanding, not only of the character viewpoints and motivations but in the way it brought to light more and more subtle information. This is a heart-warming story, an easy-read of a historical family-saga with a slightly soapy feel. The sort of fiction which doesn’t pretend to be anything else, and I really enjoyed it.
Borden Chantry: A Novel
Borden Chantry: A Novel
...to be average among all the books Louis L'Amour wrote is to be better than 99.999% of all Western novels ever written. If you read a lot, you're probably familiar with LL. If you haven't read anything by LL then you should stop telling people you read a lot, because LL has written so many great books (and not all Westerns by any means), that to never have read a Louis L'Amour book is just...well...a travesty. I read somewhere that John Wayne once said that his favorite movie in which he starred was Hondo by LL.

What more can I say, but maybe, for some quality control, I should say they my favorite Western book that went to the Big Screen was not written by LL, it was written by Larry McMurtry, it is Lonesome Dove. So, while I do love and respect LL, he is not the only "great" Western novelist.
Crossfire Trail: A Novel
Crossfire Trail: A Novel
once more what else can i say about this author,i enjoyed this book, easy to read, The story flows along, the way he sets everything up on the page just leaps out and draws you in,even when not much is happening as far as action is concerned he can still hold your attention. I don't like giving the plot away but if you like westerns then this book or any other Louis L'Amour western tale will not disappoint in my mind. But then I am biased as I read lots of his stories
Ushinawareta-shoujo
Ushinawareta-shoujo
赤川氏のホラー風味のサスペンス小説。通常のユーモア・ミステリの中にも、人間心理のダークな面を忍ばせる赤川氏の持ち味が出た作品。

主人公は妻殺しの嫌疑を掛けられた過去のせいで、雪の山荘に隠遁した作家の伊波。そして、伊波の家に転がり込んで来た記憶を失った謎の少女。伊波の元愛人で現在は警視庁の警部小池の妻の律子。この愛人関係が殺人の容疑になった。事件の発端は、伊波の山荘の近くの別荘で死体も無いのに血痕が滴ると言う怪奇現象。その別荘の元の持ち主、柴田夫妻の娘は五年前に別荘から失踪し、そのショックで夫はノイローゼになり、監禁された自宅の二階から転落死する。一方、柴田夫人は一癖ありそう。そして、探偵役は"雪国のコロンボ"を思わせる村上警部。村上と小池は知己の間柄で共に事件に当たる。

これらの登場人物や事象が、山荘風の喫茶店の描写から始まり、無理なく説明される展開は流石に巧い。会話のテンポの良さも手伝って、読む者を自然と物語に引き込む。謎の少女の存在がなければ軽快なサスペンス小説と言って良い。だが、ここまで読むと、どう見ても謎の少女は柴田夫妻の娘の霊で、犯人は柴田夫人としか考えられない。バリバリのダーク・ホラーである。律子が伊波を訪れるが、それを見計らったように、謎の大男が連続殺人を犯し始める。大男はこの物語の中で一体どんな役割を果たすのか ? 大男の出現を知って柴田夫人も現場に駆けつける...。

最後の畳み込みに迫力があり、事件も合理的に解決されるのだが、大男の役割がご都合主義過ぎて物足りない。最後までホラーで押し通すべきだったのではないか。一応、楽しめる出来なのだが、大男や謎の少女を前面に出した方が更に良くなったと思う。
The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
I usually love Berenstein Bears, but this book is the exception. It was more about how parents give in to children and cause them to have the gimmies than about how the kids should act once they've been told "no." The book provides some opportunities to talk with children about how they should behave by discussing Brother's and Sister's bad examples and why Mommy and Daddy can't and shouldn't give you everything all the time. However, the book seems to be preaching to parents about their behavior more than talking about children's behavior. Also, Brother and Sister pick out beforehand and later get a special treat at the store. This is fine sometimes, but I will not (and cannot afford to) get my kids a treat every single time we go to the store. An ending that solves the problem but does not include prizes would have been a better choice.
The Berenstain Bears, God Made the Seasons (I Can Read! / Berenstain Bears / Living Lights) by Stan and Jan Berenstain w/ Mike Berenstain (2012-08-25)
The Berenstain Bears, God Made the Seasons (I Can Read! / Berenstain Bears / Living Lights) by Stan and Jan Berenstain w/ Mike Berenstain (2012-08-25)
Awesome book! Always glad for more Living Lights Christian message early readers from the Berenstain Bears I Can Read Level 1 readers as they are almost pretty good, but this one is down right wonderful all the way through. Educational and fun touching on each of the four seasons with science and fact making it a year round read. But the rhyme and rhythm of each stanza makes this pure poetry and run to read aloud. This one is definitely a favorite for me and we'll be keeping it handy.

*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
Grey's Anatomy Season 16
Grey's Anatomy Season 16
It is not a scam. Season 16 has not even aired on live TV yet. If you read the details it clearly states the episodes are available the day after they air on ABC. Meaning Episode 1 of Season 16 will show on Prime tomorrow 9/27/19. I purchased this last year and it always comes the day after. The bonus episode available is a look back. It even says it next to the episode. It's worth it if you're a Greys fan and do not have access to ABC in any other way. I'll be watching every Friday 😁
Romantic religion;: A study of Barfield, Lewis, Williams and Tolkien
Romantic religion;: A study of Barfield, Lewis, Williams and Tolkien
After the Enlightenment reduced the universe to meaningless matter in motion, Romanticism endeavored to re-enchant the world. A hundred years after the heydays of Romanticism, as ones born out of time, came the Inklings; modern men with a romantic bent. According to author R. J. Reilly, the four Inklings - Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien - each imputed religious significance to those experiences by which the imagination discerns something real and true about human existence beyond what reason can establish by empirical means. Barfield wove romantic experience into his Anthroposophism while the other three, says Reilly, interpreted romantic experience in the context of their Christianity.

For Barfield, the history of the universe is the story of Absolute Mind becoming conscious of itself through man. We are now on the cusp of man's ultimate evolutionary destiny as he becomes consciously aware of the wholly immanent God within his unconscious mind. Though man becomes the creator of all meaning, not all men are creatively equal. We must look to the Poets, like Coleridge, who open pathways to their unconscious minds and draw out the wisdom of the ages which they swathe in magic combinations of words that convey truth to those with ears to hear and eyes to see. (Page 16.)

Charles Williams attempts the alchemical transformation of erotic love in the smitten man for that special lady into agape love of God with all one's heart, soul and mind, and love of neighbor as one's self. While the affections, especially love, are at the heart of all true religion, Williams never quite succeeds at turning base eros into precious agape. Moreover, once the thrill is gone, Williams admonishes man to carry on with unselfish agape love as a matter of duty, but as Reilly notes, "What can be drearier than to act as if you love your neighbor simply because you know you should?" (187.) Williams's romantic theology promises much but delivers little.

As for Lewis and Tolkien, Reilly reads more into their romanticism than the authors did themselves. For them, the romantic experience was validated by Christianity insofar as its inward desires and longing were to be expected of creatures made in the image of God living in a fallen world. But romantic experiences were merely pointers to something "other and outer," in Lewis's words, and conveyed no spiritual truth or power in themselves. Lewis and Tolkien did not see Romanticism as a way to divine love (as Williams did) or to self-deification (as Barfield).

Lewis and Tolkien largely confined their romanticism to fictional works. Reilly even notes that Lewis might have chosen "to deal romantically with religion in his fiction without it following necessarily that his religion itself is romantic." (138-139.) This indeed seems the case. While Lewis acknowledged that momentary episodes of intense desire triggered by nature, literature, music and other sources led him from atheism to Christianity, he concluded his autobiography Surprised by Joy with this statement: "But what, in conclusion, of Joy? For that, after all, is what the story has mainly been about. To tell you the truth, the subject has lost nearly all interest for me since I became a Christian." Regarding Tolkien, nearly everything Reilly mentions in the relatively short chapter devoted to him is in connection with Tolkien's thoughts on fantasy writing and fairy stories.

Reilly extols Barfield's Anthroposophism throughout the book and considers Tolkien, Lewis and Williams too timid in their belief in a God who is both immanent and transcendent. Reilly is prepared to follow Barfield into that brave new world where even angels fear to tread: "The phrase 'radical immanence' frightens most of us: we do not want to be God." (225.) Reilly says, "None of the other three men, being more orthodox Christians will travel the road of Anthroposophy with Barfield." (213.) Perhaps they avoided that path because they foresaw its end.

There is more in the unconscious mind than what the Romantic Poets perceived. Barfield himself warned of the Surrealists who could usher in "a fantastically hideous world" with their "pictures of a dog with six legs emerging from a vegetable marrow or a woman with a motor-bicycle substituted for her left breast." (65.) For Barfield, this was not mere fancy but true metaphors of the world that man had within his power to make. Insofar as these works are admired, "they are appreciated by those who are themselves willing to make a move towards seeing the world in that way, and, ultimately, therefore, seeing that kind of world." (65.) With man as ultimate creator, we may just as easily end up in a Circus of Horrors or Theatre of the Absurd than in the Vernal Wood appareled in Celestial Light. And even if the Coleridges and Wordsworths were to prevail, we still would have no guarantee of a New Jerusalem. In the words of Friedrich Holderlin: "What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."

Overall, the book provides an excellent presentation of Barfield's Anthroposophism, but with no critique of it, and a good presentation of William's romantic theology, with a decent critique. As for the romanticism of the other two, I much prefer their own works, particularly Lewis's 
Dream 4 Phalaenopsis (1979) ISBN: 4103097272 [Japanese Import]
Dream 4 Phalaenopsis (1979) ISBN: 4103097272 [Japanese Import]
幕末という大変革の時代を生きる人々の、心理、行動、思想、信条を描き、その時代に一緒に生きているかのよう。司馬氏は沢山の資料、文献を精査しその土地を実際に踏査し、常に自分の血肉に取り込んで書かれている。

300年にも亘る徳川幕府の統治は巧妙で精緻な身分制度、鎖国、封建によって保たれ、300年の間に内部で発酵し腐敗し倒れるべくして倒れた。その大変革の時代を医師として己の誇りをかけて生き抜いた魅力的な人々が描かれている。奥御医師として身分制度でいえば旗本の殿様であった松本良順はオランダ人医師ポンぺに出会い、医師とは患者の病を治す存在であり、患者の身分、貧富で差別してはいけないという医師の倫理を学ぶ。彼は被差別者であった非人という存在の解放にも尽力する。その父の佐藤泰然の生き方も凄い。息子が幕府軍に助力することについて「幕府は腐敗して倒れるべくして倒れるが、一旦幕府の禄を食んだお前が幕府に尽くして死すとも否はない」と言う。泰然の後を継いだ佐藤舜海も「怪我人が医者を必要としているだけです。」と幕府軍、官軍どちらの怪我人も治療するために奔走する。

関寛斎という医師の生き方にも感嘆する。貧農の子が苦学の末、阿波蜂須賀藩の藩医になり官軍の野戦病院の院長として活躍し医師として栄華をきわめられるであろう立場にいながら、一つ一つ綺羅を脱ぎ捨てるように家屋敷を売り払って北海道に移住し最期は83才で自殺する。虚飾を嫌いストイックに生き抜いた姿が見える。

そして、司馬氏が一番愛して描いたと思われる伊之助。天才的な記憶力を持つ語学の天才。しかし彼は対人能力はほぼゼロ。江戸の身分制度の中ではとうてい受け入れられない男。今でいうなら発達障害だろうか・・年少時、祖父の過大な期待による二階の勉強部屋への監禁(虐待?)など劣悪な生育環境で彼は周囲との関係を築く事が全く出来ないし、なぜ自分が受け入れられないかも理解できない。彼の翻訳能力がなければ日本の医学の発展はもっと遅れていただろうに。読みながら彼が哀れで仕方なかった。

司馬遼太郎氏の後書きも一読の価値あり。
Best Christmas Book Ever
Best Christmas Book Ever
This is such a great book, I can't believe it is out of print. I bought one for my step-son when he was eight. We read it every Christmas. When he was done with college, and in medical school I had to order him a copy because I would not give mine up. He is now in his 30's and still delights in the book, as do I. No one writes a better children's book than Richard Scarry, and this is one of his best. Perfect for old and young alike.
Grey - Fifty Shades of Grey von Christian selbst erzählt: Band 1 - Fifty Shades of Grey aus Christians Sicht erzählt 1 - Roman (German Edition)
Grey - Fifty Shades of Grey von Christian selbst erzählt: Band 1 - Fifty Shades of Grey aus Christians Sicht erzählt 1 - Roman (German Edition)
Ich finde es immer interessant die Sichtweise des anderen Protagonisten zu lesen. Vorallem da über Christian nicht viel an tageslicht kam. Man denkt sich immer, was hat der für ein Problem, warum rückt er nicht mit der Sprache raus, wie kommt es, dass er über Anna so viel weiß, wie war die erste Begnung überhaupt mit ihr, usw?

Das Buch hat mir einiges offenbart.

Was mir überhaupt nicht gefiel, war der Email-Verkehr mit Anna oder den Vertrag. Den hätte man auslassen können. Da ich diese Seiten, bereits aus dem Hauptbuch kenne. Dennoch gelesen habe und ermündet fand. Sodass ich einige Tage und Wochen, das Buch nicht weitergelesen habe. Bis ich dann hörte, dass eine weiteres Buch aus Christians Sicht erscheinen sollte.

Ich hoffe das zweite Buch wird besser, da ja gar kein großer Email-Verkehr zwischen Anna und Christian stattfand. Und ich absolut wissen muss, wie es mit der Frau (haben den Namen vergessen) weitergeht.

PS: Als diese Rezension verfasst wurde, gab es bereits den zweiten Teil von Christian. Leider habe ich es noch nicht gelesen.
Bleach 62 (Spanish Edition)
Bleach 62 (Spanish Edition)
Muy mal por panini, no venàin todos los capìtulos del manga, tendrè que volverlo a comprar para mi colecciòn personal
Witch's Christmas
Witch's Christmas
I originally saw the illustrations and fell in love with this book. My three year old loves everything Halloween, last Christmas she kept saying I want Halloween. I thought this book will be a perfect and special gift for her.
スティール・ボール・ラン #13 ジャンプコミックス (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7, Steel Ball Run #13)
スティール・ボール・ラン #13 ジャンプコミックス (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7, Steel Ball Run #13)
今巻は大統領から「心臓部」を奪うべく近づいたルーシーの話から始まります。
大統領夫人に上手く取り入ったが、後戻りは出来ない状況に涙しながらも
冷静に行動を進めるルーシー。目の前に立ちはだかるッ!マイク・Oのバブル犬!!
か弱い少女に恐ろしい試練が次々と襲いかかります。絶体絶命の窮地に現れた
「助っ人」はナゾの女・・・ハラハラドキドキの連続です。

後半はジョニィとジャイロの前に「二人の刺客」が現れます。刺客の一人
ウェカピポには悲しく切ない過去があり、その恨みに似た執念はジャイロ・
ツェペリに強く向けられ・・・。次巻二人は激突します。

キャラクター1人1人の個性がとても強く描き出されていて、作品に引き込ま
れずにはいられません。「スティール・ボール・ラン」はまさに傑作です。
読み終わった後は、面白かったというより感動に似た気持ちになります。
つい何度も読み直してしまいました・・・次巻が待ち遠しいッ!
The Magic Bullet
The Magic Bullet
Demi Peterson's young niece Jodi Walker needs a blood transfusion, Terminally ill from cancer, she takes a turn for the worse and her rare blood type O/Rh negative makes finding blood donors not the easiest task. Demi's son Taylor is the perfect match. He doesn't want to be a blood donor, but what family can resist the plight of a dying child? At the very least, doing something will ease their conscience. Taylor's hopeless gesture succeeds beyond their wildest dreams. Something in Taylor's blood causes a complete and immediate remission not only in Jodi but another cancer patient. Could this be the magic bullet, the key to a new effective cure?

For Dr. Allan Parker, cancer is the enemy, an enemy against whom he dedicates every thought. Too many lives have been lost already, too many families affected by this deadly disease while promising research itself is boggled down in rules and regulations and clinical trials. Looking into the faces of cancer's victims and all the suffering, how can he not try each and every means within his power to alleviate the suffering for real people in the here and now. Dr. Allan Parker's good intentions and pioneer spirit have unexpected consequences when the secret gets out. Taylor only has so much blood and cancer takes the lives of people every day, every hour, every minute.

Mobster Frankie Vico survived all his years in crime but now he has a death sentence hanging over his head --- cancer. When he sees the miraculous cure of a patient next to him, how can he not want the same cure for himself and with his past, any means necessary, even kidnapping and murder is par for the course. From an act of generosity to a deadly chase, Taylor and Dr. Parker must work together to save their lives.

Andrew Neiderman's THE MAGIC BULLET gives a chilling look into the ethics of medicine, the often slowed down cog-like bureaucratic safeguards meant to protect patients and the business aspects of research that often delay research as well as promote cures. Against the impersonal side of medicine, Andrew Neiderman juxtaposes a range of characters, all who have a personal stake for good or evil in the magic bullet scenario. Indeed, the promise of an instant cure provides a catalyst to unveil the hidden tensions, hopes, greed and generosity of characters as they make choices. Their character defines itself through those choices. Andrew Neiderman writes a fast-paced medical thriller with just the right amount of character development and questions to keep the pages turning with interest not only in the resolution but also in the characters themselves. Although Andrew Neiderman poses thoughtful issues, the thriller itself presents them with a certain lightness and humor that makes this a fun read from start to finish. A shocking encounter with several twists towards the end step up the pace until the wonderful last line.

Andrew Neiderman's THE MAGIC BULLET is a quick, fast-paced medical suspense that puts together a set of characters into a situation in which medical ethics and self-interest conflict. THE MAGIC BULLET is not only a book for fans of medical suspense but will also appeal to those a bit more squeamish who wish to forgo the details of gore, plagues, and medical mayhem common in the genre and instead choose suspense that ratchets up the intensity level of everyday scenarios and ethical scenarios in the news. Indeed, THE MAGIC BULLET is suspense that maintains the interest through the characters, the intersection of their motives, and an intriguing set of circumstances that bring them all together at cross purposes. Although THE MAGIC BULLET poses ethical questions that add depth to the suspense plot and the subject of cancer is not a light one, THE MAGIC BULLET maintains a perfect balance of suspense and characterization to make it an excellent choice for readers who want to just relax or unwind into a fun exhilarating suspense read page after page.
The Point of Departure: Why One of Britain's Leading Politicians Resigned over Tony Blair's Decision to Go to War in Iraq
The Point of Departure: Why One of Britain's Leading Politicians Resigned over Tony Blair's Decision to Go to War in Iraq
If you lived in England during the last years of Mrs Thatcher (and the poll tax) and the transition to Tony Blair, then you should read this book. I was there when all these changes were taking place and, obviously, one read the stories and gossips. However, having an insider expose, it puts so much in context.

I now see some of those key players then in context. It helps fill in the cracks and refresh the picture during that politically intriguing period in British history; the fall of Margaret Thatcher and the rising of the young Labor Movement.
Duns On Bond: An Omnibus of Journalism on Ian Fleming and James Bond
Duns On Bond: An Omnibus of Journalism on Ian Fleming and James Bond
So glad that Jeremy Duns has been published. A fine read, full of interesting information on an early attempts making a movie version of CASINO ROYALE and publishing a Bond novel after Ian Fleming's death. Any serious follower of 007 James Bond should add this volume to his book shelf. A nice piece of journalism.
James Bond: Casino Royale
James Bond: Casino Royale
This delightful volume was released fifth by Titan Books in their James Bond series.
I mention this because after the Roger Moore introduction there is a non fiction section called "Bond In Books" and it is part 5.
So those intent on collecting the series may wish to start with "The Man With The Golden Gun" volume which was the first released by Titan.
This volume collects the newspaper strips of "Casino Royale", "Live And Let Die" and "Moonraker".
Whilst they are condensed versions of the original books (condensed to remove any graphic detail that could have been read by children) there are good representations of the books.
The artwork is pretty good not forgetting that the strips were originally published in the late 1950's.
You can buy omnibuses of the collection from Titan would collect together 3 of the volumes but they are printed on smaller paper and some of the precise ink work on the strips is lost.
Ian Fleming: The Fantastic 007 Man
Ian Fleming: The Fantastic 007 Man
I've read better bios of Fleming but this one was okay too. There were too many missing facts and the author played it more as a novel than a biography.
Riverside Murder
Riverside Murder
THE RIVERSIDE MURDER (1935) opens w/ the murder of Mr. Norman by an unknown assailant. He's been shot dead in his study. It's time to call Inspector Philip Winton (Basil Sydney). Quick as a flash, he and Sgt. Mac McKay (Alastair Sim) are on the case, questioning witnesses and running down clues. Of course, an ambitious reporter named Claire Haines (Judy Gunn) is interested in getting the scoop. Winton discovers a growing list of suspects, all having to do w/ possible financial gain from the late Mr. Norman. Then, someone else is shot, in the very same study, but the body vanishes! A third is gunned down, through a mail slot! Winton only has until midnight to solve the murders. Can he figure out this mystery, before everyone is dead? This is a very enjoyable crime yarn...
WOW! Stuff Collection Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak Deluxe Version
WOW! Stuff Collection Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak Deluxe Version
Im so very excited about the newest fun thing I’ve gotten to try out. I am a very huge Harry Potter fan. I reread the books often, I have a HP themed tattoo, I go to all the pub crawls and trivia nights, and I just absolutely love all things about the wizarding world. So when I got to try this super awesome WOW! Stuff Collection Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak Deluxe Version I was like ahhhhhh!!!!!

It’s long enough on me and I am 5’4. It is made of sturdy thick material so you know it will last for lots of play time. It comes with an awesome box and a tripod set up for your phone. Since the magic happens on an app, you can easily show your friends all the pictures you take. The app was easy to understand and voila! Invisibility.

I have to honest, I would rock the cloak with or without the invisibility. It’s a nice cloak. It is a perfect gift for all Harry Potter, magic, and wizardry lovers out there!
The Spring Girls: A Modern-Day Retelling of Little Women
The Spring Girls: A Modern-Day Retelling of Little Women
Man kann "The Spring Girls" als eigenständiges Buch lesen, ohne "Little Women" von Louisa May Alcott zu kennen und wird sicher Spaß an dem Buch haben. Wirklich interessant wird es aber, wenn man das Original kennt und vergleichen kann. Für mich war es der Reiz, die vier Schwestern in einem modernen Setting zu erleben, in der Hoffnung, möglichst die Original-Charaktere wiederzuerkennen, die mich zum Kauf bewogen haben.

Todd kürzt Alcotts Original-Fassung inhaltlich deutlich ein, letztlich geht es in den Spring Girls um die vier Schwestern Meg, Jo, Beth und Amy, die - zwischen 12 und 19 Jahren alt - ihren Weg von kleinen Mädchen zu jungen Frauen finden müssen und dabei vornehmlich über die Liebe stolpern. Und es geht um ihre Beziehung zueinander. Viele der kleinen und größeren Geschichten, die den Mädchen in Little Women zustoßen, lässt Todd ganz weg oder deutet sie vage an. Was schade ist, weil es den Mädchen einige ihrer Facetten nimmt, aber, so erklärte die Autorin in einem Interview, das Buch wäre sonst wohl doppelt oder dreifach so lang geworden. Somit müssen die Leser sich mit einem Teenager-Liebesroman anfreunden, in dessen Fokus die vier Schwestern stehen.

Wie gut Todd die Charakterisierung der einzelnen Schwestern gelungen ist, ist sicher diskutierbar, ich halte sie im Großen und Ganzen für gut gelungen. Megs Verhalten mag im ersten Moment irritieren, bedenkt man aber, dass auch in der Gesellschaft in den letzten 150 Jahren Veränderungen stattfanden, ist vieles davon gut nachvollziehbar. Und die Veränderungen regen an, darüber nachzudenken, wie die Mädchen im Original porträtiert wurden, welche Sozialisation sie erfahren haben und was tatsächlich den Kern ihres Charakters ausmacht.

Ein bisschen schade fand ich Todds Entscheidung, im Gegensatz zu Alcott insbesondere gegen Ende des Buchs Handlungsstränge auf sehr erwartbare Art und Weise enden zu lassen. Sonst war ich aber recht zufrieden und würde mich freuen, wenn Todd ihre Andeutung aus einem ihrer Interviews wahr macht und es noch Folgebände geben wird.
Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen
Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen
This book was so repetative. Some of the pieces where very interesting and engaging, sheading light and attention to the experience of being a working artist. However 50% of the articles where just people complaining without much original content, perhaps it was down to editors not looking it as a whole book.
Magic Beyond Words: Jk Rowling Story [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Magic Beyond Words: Jk Rowling Story [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
I am a mad HP fan and have seen this film several times on TV. I really wanted this on DVD but our player wont play region 1 discs which is all that the Canadian version plays on. Then I noticed this one which is made for the European market. Ok so its title is in German BUT you can choose to play the disc in English so problem solved. The film itself is an interpretation of JK Rowlings rise to fame. Its well acted and Poppy Montgomery does a great job playing the lead role....she certainly has the look about her and her interpretation of JK Rowling is as we would have imagined her to be. Whether JK Rowling would agree is another matter as she is such a private person Im not sure how she would feel about this film. The film does contain some scenes of domestic violence so if you want your kids to watch it maybe have a look first to check out if you are happy for them to view this. The film is about 80 mins long and I really enjoyed it. Happy that I can now watch it whenever I want. A real must for anyone who is a potter head.
Spy Dog: Mummy Madness (Spy Dog Series Book 10)
Spy Dog: Mummy Madness (Spy Dog Series Book 10)
I loved this book so much I want to read it again and again and again and again... The way the writer captures you at the very first view words just shows it's a great book. I would probably recommend it to all ages between 5 & 11. Some boys prefer slightly more scarier books than girls but for the tomboys like myself you'll love it.
HARRY POTTER Charms Professor Quirrell Collectible 2" Toy Figure Playsets, Connect & Display to Create Memorable Scenes - 12 Different Figures to Collect!
HARRY POTTER Charms Professor Quirrell Collectible 2" Toy Figure Playsets, Connect & Display to Create Memorable Scenes - 12 Different Figures to Collect!
I got these little playsets on sale at a deep discount. Even at the retail price they seem like a solid deal.

You get the miniature 2 inch Professor Quirrell figure, a mystery accessory and a chest the folds out into a little playset. If you get more of the sets you can connect them together to form one longer playset.

I don't think older fans will appreciate these as they would an action figure, or even a Funko Pop, but it should entertain the younger Harry Potter fans They just have a nice Polly Pocket type of look and feel to them!
Womens Harry Potter Castle 12 Days Of Socks Advent Calendar
Womens Harry Potter Castle 12 Days Of Socks Advent Calendar
I just bought these as a gift (Nov 16, 2019) at Target for $15. They're obviously not as good as a pair of nice Hanes or other name-brand socks, but as gifts for an early teen who just went through all the books and movies, these are a hit.

The socks have large print and colors so they can easily show them off at school, and there are 10 pairs of low-cut socks and 5 pairs of crew style socks.

They all have various print on them from the different Houses.
PANDORA Harry Potter, Gryffindor, Red Cz
PANDORA Harry Potter, Gryffindor, Red Cz
Beautiful, dainty, and delicate. the perfect addition to my pandora bracelet. i purchased all 4 houses to wear along with some sterling silver spacers that are not pandora brand
Filler Paper by Mead, Wide Ruled, 200 Sheets (15200), 3 Pack (MEA15200), White
Filler Paper by Mead, Wide Ruled, 200 Sheets (15200), 3 Pack (MEA15200), White
This MEAD paper is only 15 lb paper. Unfortunately, in the process of searching for some better quality paper, I discovered that the Amazon search engine is not functioning like you think it is, or even like it used to. If you know exactly what you want, and you enter your request multiple different ways in the search field, Amazon may still not show you the product you're looking for, even if they have it in stock. I wanted thicker paper. The one I ended up ordering is 15 lb, and is so thin, it can't handle an 8 yr old's erasing without getting a hole in it. I searched for MEAD 20 lb wide ruled filler paper various ways, with less and more information many, many times, and the result always showed Amazon's own 15 lb paper at the top, and several other companies 15 lb paper, or some 20 lb college ruled paper, which I didn't want. I had no idea MEAD even made a 20 lb wide ruled paper anymore. BUT THEY DO! Only way I was able to find it was to go the MEAD website, find it, and enter the product number in the Amazon search field and, WALA, turns out AMAZON had it the whole time. I had spent at least a half hour trying different searches on the AMAZON website. So though I'm usually AMAZON'S BIGGEST FAN, you gotta love their customer service, my BIGGEST complaint this time is with AMAZON, not MEAD. So, I'm sending back MEAD's 15 lb paper, and thanks to the MEAD.com website, I've reordered what I was looking for all along. Waaaaaaay too much time spent on this endeavor!
Dream, Boo Boo STOCKING WAVE CAP, Wire Eastic Band (Item #045 Black) 3 pack
Dream, Boo Boo STOCKING WAVE CAP, Wire Eastic Band (Item #045 Black) 3 pack
I have purchased single varieties of this Wave cap and things were fine. However, this 3-pack version failed to meet my expectations and I'm dissatisfied with this order.

Somehow the elastic band wore out on these Boo Boo Wave Caps in a very short time span, and not only does this issue makes it difficult for me to put them on, but they also come off easier too. This is very problematic because I depend on these caps to help me in my Wave-building efforts, and sleeping without them on my head can be disastrous!

ALL of them are exhibiting the same problems in this 3-pack deal. I didn't have these problems when I purchased a couple of them as single units several months ago instead of this 3-pack 'deal' .
Gulliver of Mars (Sci-Fi Classic)
Gulliver of Mars (Sci-Fi Classic)
Originally titled ‘Lieutenant Gulliver Jones: His Vacation’ this edition follows the now more common revised title. First published in 1905 interest in this book was not that great, and ultimately the author stopped writing fiction. Although as with this he had written novels he was a journalist and had originally started out with non-fiction books in the travel and nature genres.

Nowadays things have shifted and this is probably the best known book by this author, and indeed we can see here the development of people being whisked from this planet off to other planets, in this case Mars, by way of an enchanted carpet. It is easy to see how this book must have inspired Edgar Rice Burroughs, who gave us ‘A Princess of Mars’ the first Barsoom novel. Indeed you do have to wonder about a touch of plagiarism, although Burroughs’ tale, with his hero John Carter is better written and has more adventure than this particular story.

Our hero here, Gulliver Jones, a lieutenant in the US Navy finds himself on the planet Mars and thus we have a lot of description here with regards to the natives of the planet, the flora and fauna and other details to make a fully realised world, albeit one that is highly fictional. Gulliver is obviously quite fickle as he conveniently forgets about his fiancée when he sees Heru, especially as he has a chance to marry this princess of Mars. We then follow him as he sets out to save her, although he seems more to plod on his adventure and gets easily side tracked, meaning that a rush has to be made in the narrative to get him back on course.

This does make for an interesting and fun read, after all it is always good to see how certain stories have played big influences on genres and sub-genres, but I would think this is more for those who are interested in such like, rather than the general reader.
I Have A Mind To Believe (Advice & How To Book 2)
I Have A Mind To Believe (Advice & How To Book 2)
This book gives us very interesting human mind facts.

This book clearly shows how the mind works and how powerful our mids are.

I recommend this book because it is very interesting and I couldn't put it down!
Icon Heroes JUL188402 Harry Potter: Hermione Granger 1: 9 Scale Polystone Statue, Maroon
Icon Heroes JUL188402 Harry Potter: Hermione Granger 1: 9 Scale Polystone Statue, Maroon
From the shoulders down it is a nice statue... They did a good job on the outfit having nailed many of the small details but the face and hair for me are a little iffy... It is hand painted so it may just be mine but the hair is way too dark and as for the face its just not the most accurate likeness of Emma Watson... Having paid only $12.29 plus tax I am definitely happy with the purchase though... Now had I got it at the original retail of $79.99 though I might not have been as happy... With that being said it is still a nice statue and would be a good addition to any Harry Potter fans collection.
The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
(How can you review a new release, well getting access to it pre-publication helps - just lucky, not a friend of either author).

Brad Feld is one of the most qualified people I know of to write on this subject, from actually walking-the-walking to being passionately involved in many and various ways with entrepreneurs and founders throughout the US and globally he has the perspective and credentials to write this book. I am sure this is true for Ian too, I just have not followed his achievements.

The book is a true analysis, with detailed conclusions but also detailed reference for the reader to look at the data on which the book is built. Indeed this is probably the most cross-referenced book I have read in many years. From chapter notes with links to all kinds of sources (in the Kindle version), to the it's own detailed, linked index - it's an analysts dream. Too much, I don't think so - though much will be lost to the Audible reader (which is how I usually consume books).

This book covers a long history, but is not a simple rework of old material which is updated and added to - it is current perspective on historic observation - if only others were learning from history and re-evaluating as they went!

Who is this book for? It seems everyone in the startup community but especially those trying to actively grow and engage such communities - it's for 'activist' founders (which is many of course), not just founders. Not your typical book about startups - don't bother if you are a wannabe founder looking for more reading to take no action upon.

I've enjoyed Brad's perspectives via his blog for a long time, this book has a very different feel to it - for which I assume we thank Ian. Great research, great context and timely as the global economy tasks another big shift in response to 'new wormal'.
Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook
Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook
I like this well developed book, it's readable and relatively well organized if minimal.

It's good on many of the common issues in starting a community garden. Recommended as a first book.

Strengths : Well organized, focuses on mission and initial funding, positive.
The book starts with the mission statements and developing the organization. The diagram of the reciprocity map of organizations is good at visualizing resources and added the extra star for a five. Also the author covers soil safety and water issues in depth to the appropriate level for a new garden (although how to get these tests for lead and metals is lacking). Most gardens test but bring in soil. Case studies are strong in the book. (Adds a star.)

Things I feel are lacking.
1) Leadership and gardener motivation (understanding motivation in a community garden) could be better. A diagram of motivators and motivation approaches could be better. Working with members that lack motivation is weak in the handbook, and the member types don't map well to leadership theory. Also the type of leadership styles that common in a community garden could be better.
2) Why gardens fail (the ACGA has a lot of research on this topic) and some coverage of traps and pitfalls would be useful.
These include 1) failing to secure and retain land; 2) neighbor relations, 3) underestimating costs, and 4) member motivation and conflicts.

Nitpicks
3) Conflicts and issues could be addressed. There is a gap in dealing with people when things get crazy. Conflict resolution issues are big in community gardens.
4) Safety - Also could cover attractive nuisance laws, and the food safety issues with donations of produce.
5) The utility of developing a model (example) or template plot for gardeners (e.g. raised beds) could be better. I'd define this as a plot design that a new gardener or member should succeed with.
6) Finance - I disagree with mixing personal and organization funds EVER in even small gardens. Also could discuss pitfalls of grant funding (e.g. errors by repurposing grant funds).
7) Budgeting, and money could be better. A "donations wanted" budget should be introduced. In monetary value, (donation of items plus money) new gardens usually cost .50 to $2.00 per square foot to start. Underestimating funding, and donation requirements is a huge issue in new gardens. The amount needed to run a garden is also key information (how much do we need every year to sustain the garden). Getting it in a budget and assigning values helps the non-profit status.
8) Site selection and site management could be better. Knowing the factors for selecting a site are key in long term success.
9) The vegetable information is ok, but there is nothing compelling as to why that's not found better elsewhere. Why is it in this book here? A set of checklists, or something else could better use the space.

I am not a fan of author's traditional view (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer), as I'd assign a Garden Leader (president), Site Manager (instead of a VP who manages the site issues, documents the garden book, and enforcement), and then have the secretary, and treasurer. The author may not be familiar with the NJ Legal Bar created - The New Jersey Community Garden Legal Toolkit - http://www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/shapingnj/documents/work/publications/CommunityGardenToolkit_Final.pdf, it lays out many topics covered here. That toolkit assists this book altogether, in setting up the garden organization and policies. I'd add it to the very resource rich section of the book.

Overall, this is a very good book. It's not everything essential, but very close. An essential item should be how much does a garden cost, pitfalls and leadership. Added one star on the mobilization of resources so the 4 star book is a 5.
Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time (Bicycling Magazine)
Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time (Bicycling Magazine)
...this would be a defining specimen of the genre.

First, potential readers should know the training program presented here is NOT based on scientific principles, but anecdotal experience.
The real world examples cited limit themselves to a handful of protagonists and a very limited number of events.

The basic assumption of Devore is long-proven to be correct: Strength training augments and reinforces cycling performance and helps prevent a host of negative side effects associated with the sport. A facts that is no longer up to much debate.

But herein lies the problem: Popular and wide-spread training literature, such as Joe Friel's "The Cyclist's Training Bible", has incorporated strength training as an essential part of a road cyclist's training season those 20 years and more.
The authors of "Maximum Overload" chose to ignore this fact and claim cycling has, until now, been a "virgin to strength training".
This is plain false and only serves to over-emphasise a pseudo-revolutionary concept that, truth be told, is not revolutionary at all.

The concept itself may well be sound, by the way - I can find nothing particularly outlandish or new about it - but that's it.

On the other hands, the authors demonstrate a sometimes shocking ignorance of basic human physiology - p.e. when they claim that low-intensity endurance efforts are fueled by 95% fat oxidation (totally made up number) - and that fat is a "superior fuel" when compared to carbohydrates, simply ignoring the fact it takes about 30% more oxygen to metabolize.
And don't even get me started on their concept of "The Black Hole".....

This skewed perception once again serves their personal agenda: in this case, to push and grossly overestimate the benefits of a high-fat, paleo-type diet for endurance athletes. Wild claims of becoming a "fat burning machine" while increasing strength, lowering weight and improving endurance performance when "going primal" are simply another fad these days and repeated here without any scientific proof.

Their only "proof", if you can name it so, is the example of pro cyclist David Zabriskie, who in 2013 allegedly experienced a 15% increase in sustainable power output over a four month period while on the Devore program & paleo diet. Sounds too good to be true?
Honestly, this is nothing too spectacular on the pro level of the sport. Pro cyclists peak at considerably higher power outputs than they start their season with. Perfectly normal on that level of the sport.
Also note they freely admit Zabriskie used highly-processed and highly-unnatural nutrition, such as Ucan Superstarch, to keep himself going - how does that fit into being "primal"? Guess you can by now see the elephant in the room.

The fact that basically ALL world-class endurance athletes thrive on a diet rich in high quality carbohydrates is thereby conveniently ignored (for hard facts, not opinion, see p.e. Matt Fitzgerald: "Racing Weight" or "The Endurance Diet").

Summary:

The book states the benefits of strength training and the risks of omitting it in no uncertain terms.
The program appears to be sound, but not revolutionary or even new. So much for the good.
Otherwise, the authors perpetrate a lot of murky, unproven and muddled ideas on human physique and the nature of road cycling that degrades a basically sound concept into a wild pamphlet of mostly unproven opinion and anecdotal evidence.

Lots of facts - some of them the real thing, many "alternative".
Calculated Industries 4095 Pipe Trades Pro Advanced Pipe Layout and Design Math Calculator Tool for Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Sprinklerfitters and Welders | Built-in Pipe Data for 7 Materials
Calculated Industries 4095 Pipe Trades Pro Advanced Pipe Layout and Design Math Calculator Tool for Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Sprinklerfitters and Welders | Built-in Pipe Data for 7 Materials
Love this calculator. I am taking Maths for Plumbing and it makes it so simple to enter and do maths with imperial and metric measurements and at the press of a button I can get answer in factions or decimal (imperial or metric) formats by pressing a button. I see classmates doing pipe calculations and struggling with doing conversions and making errors while I press a couple of buttons and my answer is automatically converted. Once you internalize the maths, trigonometry and geometry functions calculations of center-center pipe-lengths are a breeze for most types of pipe and all types of fitting angles. This tool takes the load of worrying about convention of measurements and let's you focus on the rules of plumbing for each type of material.
I previously used a regular calculator to calculate pipe lengths and made lots of errors doing conversions. Now if I do a manual calculation I can quickly check my answer using this tool.
Will have to review again when I finish the whole course. I am halfway thru.
Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History
Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History
This is such an amazing book! I have bought multiple copies to give as gifts to the female athletes in our lives, and everyone who has received it has raved about how much they like this book. It's truly inspirational for young female athletes to learn about the trailblazers who have come before them and paved the way for them to be able to play sports without prejudice--which many of these women faced in their sport--just for being a woman. The women featured in this book are fierce and they are excellent role models for young girls today. I was one of the first in a generation of Title IX kids, and so much has changed since I played sports as a young child. I think it is important for girls today to understand the sacrifice it took for women to play sports not all that long ago, and appreciate what these women did to make it easier for the generations that followed. It also allows younger girls to dream big, knowing women before them did some pretty amazing things.

My daughter actually got to meet one of the women featured in this book, and she never would have known who she was if she hadn't read the book. My daughter played against an ice hockey team that Manon Rhéaume coaches. Manon was the first and only woman ever to play in the NHL--a pretty amazing feat! After the game, my daughter came up to me and was very excited and started telling me that the "coach from the other team" had played in the NHL. When I asked her who it was and how she knew that, she told me she remembered her from reading about her in this book.

This would be a great read for boys as well, but a must read for girls and younger women.
Manna Pro Omega Egg Maker | Formulated with Vitamins & Minerals | 5 Pounds
Manna Pro Omega Egg Maker | Formulated with Vitamins & Minerals | 5 Pounds
My 8 hens had slowed down their laying for a couple months. This is normal in the wintertime but they slowed down way more than usual. I had a heat lamp on to add both warmth and a little extra “daylight”, gave them extra oyster shell in their food (which already has high protein and oyster shell in it), added some ACV to their water, dusted them and their coop with diatomaceous earth, put a couple fake eggs in their nesting boxes to red and stimulate laying, etc. Nothing seemed to be working. They were fully feathered and healthy.
I ordered this after reading the reviews and I’m so glad i did! A few days after putting this in their food and now I have eggs coming out of my ears! I’ve been using this for about two months now and can’t say enough good things about it. I used the full recommended amount to get them laying, and have since just been sprinkling in their food.
AmazonBasics 5-Port Wall Charger (60W) with 4 USB-A Ports and 1 USB-C Port with 30W Power Delivery - White
AmazonBasics 5-Port Wall Charger (60W) with 4 USB-A Ports and 1 USB-C Port with 30W Power Delivery - White
I bought this so I could charge my iPad Pro and my phone at the same time using the same plug. I also have a stand-alone AmazonBasic 1-port USB-C charger that I love. It’s super fast. Although this one isn’t as fast, it’s still really pretty good. It’s not as fast because it’s charging two things at once so that’s understood. But my phone is older and needs the battery charged sooner so I love having this one too. My initial intention was to leave one in my work bag and the other at home but I like having the option of both of these so I keep them both in my work bag. When I’m at home I don’t need the super fast charging so I can get b8y the. USB to USB-C cable and plug into my older slower chargers. This one is so great and handy that I’m thinking to get one for home.
One more plus—the price. You could spend $10 a more and get an Anker...but why. This one is better and for a little bit more money than one Anker you can get two AmazonBasics—the USB-C only and the 2 port like I have. I love them both.
Mobile Warming Men's Heated Primer Pant, Black
Mobile Warming Men's Heated Primer Pant, Black
The pants warmed up well and the charge lasted as long as I needed it.
I would have given them 5 stars but I bought a shirt from them and it stopped working after 6 months or so. It makes me nervous about the pants.
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review, Third Edition: Fast Facts and Practice Questions - Book and Free App – Highly Rated FNP Exam Review Book
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review, Third Edition: Fast Facts and Practice Questions - Book and Free App – Highly Rated FNP Exam Review Book
UPDATED 5/2018: Using the tips below, I have helped more than 30+ of my colleagues pass this test without issue. I had one friend who failed the first time because she did not (admittedly) follow my advice. However, she passed the second time and said she should have followed my suggestions the first time around. If you fail the first attempt, you have to take 15 cr. of study and wait a certain period before attempting again. if you fail twice within 1 year, you are banned from taking the test again :(

I just took the FNP Certification Exam through AANP and passed using Leik as my primary source and the Barkley Review as a secondary source. Here is my evaluation of each and tips for how to pass the exam!!!!!!

I took the test in Jan 2018. I attended the Barkeley Review Live in-person review course for ~$400+, which included a comprehensive book, access to their review course online to review at your leisure, and a DRT, or digital readiness test in order to test whether or not your would pass the test if you took the certification exam today. Barkeley's materials and review course are VERY general and good for any new practitioner starting out, like me, because it really reviews everything you learned in school. The in-person review course was 2.5 days of 8-6 and one day of 8-2 of non-stop information overload. Looking back, I wouldn't choose to do Barkley again to prepare for the exam. The certification exam was extremely SPECIFIC whereas their material is very GENERAL and lacks testing techniques to help you pass. Barkeley does, however, help you feel prepared to begin a new job as a new practitioner.

I ended up putting away Barkeley's material and gravitating toward Maria Leik’s book and app when I felt like my DRT readiness score was only in the 60's after reviewing the Barkeley cd's, book, and in-person review material for literally 6 months straight for 8 hrs at a time- something had to be missing here. Leik's book is an easy read and extremely COMPREHENSIVE. In her first chapter, she actually explains the format of the test, how many questions to expect, and test taking tips, which are a life-saver during the exam. One tip that saved me was:
Use the MARK key often and liberally so you can re-read the questions you doubt. It Marked 50 questions and thought it was helpful. She also has an excellent chapter on how to effectively take the test- like write down all normal you see and write down things you want to remember during the exam while they give you the intro for 15 mins, etc. I found that helpful for the cardiac stuff, which I struggle with. It seriously helped me alleviate my extreme test anxiety I struggle with and remember vital information that was used repeatedly on the test, which I did not have to recite over and over again.
Note that if you purchase this book on the Kindle App, it does not contain the access code to her phone app, which I think is essential for passing this test, in my opinion; however, if you purchase the physical copy of the book, the code is included. Not a wise choice by the book producer- they told me they hope to rectify that soon when I contacted them. As of now, the app is called "FNP Family Nurse Practitioner Prep 2018" by Springer Publishing and Higher Learning Technologies, Inc. It cost $70, which includes the entire Leik book and 720 AANC and AANP prep questions, which you can customize to your weaknesses. I cannot say enough good things about this app! I really think it is one of the key reasons I passed this test because it is most similar to the testing situation. With the app you can test yourself with each question and mark which questions you do and don’t know and the explanations are clearly laid out and easy to remember. They are the same as the book, but it is more similar to the board exam mode. I don't recommend just purchasing the app alone because the book really should be utilized again and again to read and highlight and return to sections of material you want to refresh your memory of. However, the app is great for refreshing quick knowledge of easily forgettable things like the Rule of 9's.
In order to do well on the test, concentrate on elderly folks, not pediatrics the way Barkeley stresses. Barkeley was also wrong on almost every single thing they said that "everyone gets a question about this or that"- so not true. I did not get a single question they highlighted to remember in their live in-person review course or the audio cds. There was a ton of focus on geriatrics on my test in comparison to kids, which Barkley stresses.
Also do the ANCC practice test online. It is free. At least 1 question was verbatim the same on my examination!

I did not think it was easy by any stretch of the imagination though. There were a ton of medical terminology words that I have never heard of before even though I was a straight A student in my master's program, attended one of the top 5 nursing programs in the country, and have been in school for the past 7 years straight. Do not let that scare you though!!!!!!!! In my school at least, the professors taught us that drugs would be heavily emphasized on the test, I did not think that it was too bad. More commonly used drugs were used. However, what was tricky about the exam was
The test was more specific and gave a ton of distractors in each question. It was like two diagnoses could be EASILY be the right answer made from the description. I often felt like I needed more information in the question!!!! I thought it was tough to parse out. Take each question and read the question once or twice. Then you can usually throw out one answer and you are not certain about the last three- something that helped me was actually making tic marks next to each answer choice of which one was MORE right than the others. Did it sound more like varicella? Does it sound more like Herpes? And so on and so forth. It helped a little, esp. for STD's and dermatology.
However, at the end of the day even after feeling like I had no idea what was happening during the test and that the certification exam was not well excuted because too many questions had too many answer choices that sounded right based on the limited information in the scenario, I did pass. Don't be surprised if you don't get your score immediately in the testing room on your computer. I did not and I totally thought I bombed it. However, it was a computer glitch! Hopefully, some of these words I am passing on to you will help you take your test in confidence and not waste your money!!!!!
Okaysou AirMax8L Air Purifiers with Ultra-Duo Two Filters, Medical Grade H13 HEPA for Home Allergies Pets Hair Smokers Odors, Remove 99.97% Mold Dust Pollen VOCs for Large Room, Bedroom,500 Sq. Ft
Okaysou AirMax8L Air Purifiers with Ultra-Duo Two Filters, Medical Grade H13 HEPA for Home Allergies Pets Hair Smokers Odors, Remove 99.97% Mold Dust Pollen VOCs for Large Room, Bedroom,500 Sq. Ft
I have been using this daily and it has been wonderful. There was a slight plastic odor lingering from the packaging but that went away quickly. I came back to order another one for my dad and it's out of stock :/
hopefully the price stays the same when it's back in stock because I would buy another in a heartbeat.

**Update** this is junk. I'm glad I paid a premium price for a unit that doesn't last longer than 6 months. As for the warranty.. you have to sign up for the warranty separately (as they call it the "warranty application") within the first 30 days of purchase or you don't actually have a warranty. SO, when the unit fails and it will if you actually use it, don't expect anything to be fixed. I also bought one for my dad and wish I'd bought the other purifying unit I bought at the same time as the Okaysou unit that no longer works. I've never knocked this over, dropped it, or knocked it against anything. I used it as directed and to be honest this seems to be a ripoff of the other unit I bought but of MUCH lower quality.

The product runs, but the plastic strip where all of the controls are don't stick to the unit anymore. They pop up every time I try to push it back down after a couple seconds. Now, when I try to turn it on, half of the time the power sensor doesn't work and I have to sit there and press it over and over or hold down the strip to turn it on. I changed the filters when recommended and the purifier never worked the same after the first set.

The fan now makes a noise and squeaks constantly. That started after about 4 months. I had I had to start unplugging it at night because the light lit up the whole room (even though it's on night time mode). I've seem the price drop twice since I bought this and I understand why.
Lakrids No.3 Red Liquorice by Johan Bulow 150g
Lakrids No.3 Red Liquorice by Johan Bulow 150g
Being raised in the U.S. I've never been exposed to licorice made with real licorice root. I've heard of Danish licorice and that produced in other countries and recently learned about Lakrids and their attempt to soften the blow for folks like myself that have never experienced the real thing.

I broke open the bottle as soon as I received it. First impressions - it's pricey for licorice. Have to admit, it is worth it...as an introduction. The flavor as best as I can describe is a mix between strawberry and black licorice at the same time. Not quite as bitter as a Black and Tan beer, but very good and a more complex than standard American Red Vines.

I'm looking forward to ordering other flavors...and enjoying the introduction to work my way up to the real thing.
Yogi Tea 1172 - Infusión de hierbas Felicità, 34 gr
Yogi Tea 1172 - Infusión de hierbas Felicità, 34 gr
Incuriosito dalle ottime recensioni ho voluto provare questa marca acquistando il Classic e Felicitá. Trovo ottima la qualitá degli ingredienti, il packaging e il fatto che ogni bustina sia completamente chiusa in modo da non fare perdere la aroma come avviene spesso col thé commerciale. Sia Classic che Felicità non sono thè ma tisane, precisiamolo, intanto. Dopodiché passiamo al gusto. Ecco qui sinceramente mi sarei aspettato qualcosa di più. Dopo aver letto le vostre recensioni pensavo quasi ad un trionfo di sapori al palato..un esplosione..mmm non proprio devo dire. Felicitá paragonata alla Classic ha circa lo stesso odore all olfatto ma meno pronunciato in quanto la quantità di cannella é il 17% anziché 50% con sentori di finocchio. Degustandola mi é sembrato di bere una Classic con meno cannella e col finocchio al posto dei chiodi di garofano. Rispetto alla Classic questa mi ha dato più una sensazione da camomilla... Il problema, se così vogliamo dire, di queste tisane Yogi Tra é che la cannella copre un pó tutti gli altri sapori...Non mi ha ricordato per niente una giornata estiva come dice la confezione...anzi. In definitiva troppo simile alla Classic..quindi se proprio devo farmi coprire tutto dalla cannella, preferisco andare di Classic.

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