Kelsey Foster

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React Native in Action
React Native in Action
React Native in Action by Nader Dabit. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Beginning PHP 6, Apache, MySQL 6 Web Development
Beginning PHP 6, Apache, MySQL 6 Web Development
Beginning PHP 6, Apache, MySQL 6 Web Development by Timothy Boronczyk, Elizabeth Naramore, et al.. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Chinese Edition)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Chinese Edition)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Chinese Edition) by Rowling.J.K.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition]
Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition]
Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition] by Charles Dickens and B.J. Harrison. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2855 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script by Frank Darabont and Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Java Module System
The Java Module System
The Java Module System by Nicolai Parlog. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Program Arcade Games: With Python and Pygame
Program Arcade Games: With Python and Pygame
Program Arcade Games: With Python and Pygame by Dr. Paul Vincent Craven. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 47 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Oracle 12c: SQL
Oracle 12c: SQL
Oracle 12c: SQL by Joan Casteel. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 56 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
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.
Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Of course, we all know famous people used to be children, but until reading this new book, I had not read short childhood biographies of people who changed the world, much less understood their common characteristics. The author does a service by writing this book for adults as it is true that there are biographies for children about these people.

The stories about the childhood of these geniuses have some striking and surprising commonalities, as well as interesting facts. All seven people did not have the exact same characteristics, but often four of them shared some trait or experience. Would we read this to try to develop such gifted people? No, as it is partly the time period of history, world events, and family life which combined to help them. Each person’s story is told until they are about age 21, then stops, as we all know the rest. The author’s observations chapter summarizes his thoughts. He provides a diagram of the traits for all of the people while showing which belong to each of the seven people. It does give one pause to think.

As a teacher, in the fall we would get our new class lists, and when we had maybe 15 boys and 7 girls, we would say it was preparation for a coming war. Who knows, but it stopped our possible complaining about how active our classes would be. What I mean is people are born at certain times and that the future doesn’t just happen all at once someday in the far future. A life starts at the beginning.

Yes, the times were important to allowing these people to excel in their chosen fields, as I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. But there was something going on from birth for each person, and the way was paved with a combination of intelligence, environment, family, and access to the technologies of the time. It began with perhaps being born with a large head, educated parents, or the conditions to foster curiosity and interest in learning. None of these people were complainers, and they all showed continued persistence, and had to deal with less than understanding teachers and principals. They all faced obstacles of some kind and, before reading this book, I had no idea how many things they each had to endure. Yes, luck was on their side, but they did not have completely easy lives. Reading this book shows how true it is when people say luck is how hard you work.

This book has implications for schools who may have gifted education courses to perhaps be more flexible about grade levels and have more willingness to try advanced curriculum with students who could possibly be mislabeled as having behavior issues. It was a near miss a few times for several of these people who obviously did make it through life, but not without having to change schools or be taught at home.

One interesting fact in the book is that some of the people were slow to speak, doing so at ages 3 or 4. I did teach several years of gifted education classes, and it was not unusual for a student to leave a challenge class to walk across the hall to the speech teacher. Of course, that doesn’t happen to all bright people, but it was interesting to me that it was one of the characteristics mentioned.

I recommend this book to bright secondary students struggling with the prescribed curriculum, parents dealing with gifted children and the related challenges, and schools looking to be more empathetic to very intellectual children. Often, it is a difficult road for children and families. This author understands.
Jeff Bezos. Lezioni di business: Le tattiche e i metodi di business del creatore di Amazon (Italian Edition)
Jeff Bezos. Lezioni di business: Le tattiche e i metodi di business del creatore di Amazon (Italian Edition)
Sicuramente non sono un grande lettore ma questo è stato il libro, se così si può definire, meno interessante che abbia mai letto.
Per farsi un'idea molto più ampia basta leggere articoli online che riguardano bezos, amazon, altre aziende e prodotti a lui correlati ... e alcuni articoli sono linkati nell'ebook e fanno da riempitivo.
Presenta qualche refuso.

Da leggere se non si ha veramente niente da fare ...

Niente da dire sul costo.
White Oleander
White Oleander
“The body is the only reality,” thinks Astrid, as she watches over her friend who is giving birth, to a baby she knows she will have to give up for adoption. “I hurt therefore I am.”

This is a book filled with pain and hurt, real hurt, the kind that makes you ache in your mind as well as your body. It’s not a book you will like very much, but it is a book you won’t be able to stop reading and in the end you’ll be glad you got to read it. You want very much to come upon a phrase that tells you that the protagonist has received some balm, some safety, some calm. This is an intensely realistic book that tells you of a child and her mother. The mother is a poet – and a kind of monster of self absorption. Her mistake is to believe she can get away with murder when her boyfriend throws her out. She will not rest until she has taken revenge. Astrid is a child and she is the one who pays when her mother is taken into custody. Now begins the trial of being a foster child. In one foster home the children are housed apart from their foster parents and consider themselves lucky if they are fed once a day. In another home, Astrid is attacked by neighbourhood dogs and badly scarred. In another she is shot by the jealous mother in whose care she has been left. I’m not going to say much more about the plot because to dwell on it inevitably reduces what can be said about misfortune of this kind.

Astrid’s mother is in prison throughout this book, but she is a presence who cannot be denied. Her notoriety dogs Astrid’s footsteps and poisons her life. As she grows older Astrid learns to acquiesce in what she cannot control. It is a dreadful lesson that does not always stand her in good stead. This is an unrelentingly dark book, as tense and expectant as any thriller, and as beautifully presceient and gorgeously written as a book of found poetry. Fitch never overwrites, she has a fantastic sense of how to work a story to the bone. Her prose is rich and delicate. It is hypnotic, challenging, complex, and moving. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. It takes you by the guts and makes you want to cry, but it is shorn of sentiment and self-pity. Read it.
Henry Ford: Young Man With Ideas (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Henry Ford: Young Man With Ideas (Childhood of Famous Americans)
It is a good book for 6th to 8th graders, but a little too simplistic for adults. I volunteer at the Plymouth, Michigan Historical Museum and one of the ladies said that her Grandfather Gleason was friends with Henry Ford and the book proves it. I didn't need proof but was interested in the connection, and I am interested in any connection to Plymouth like the 24th Michigan of the Iron Brigade.
The book deals with Henry Ford's youth and youngmanhood before he got famous and wealthy. It is a good description for the young men and women to emulate.
Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign
Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign
Aretha Franklin est une des rares artistes de légende à ne pas avoir eu encore l'honneur d'une compilation de raretés et de titres inédits. Avec ce double CD, l'erreur est réparée sauf que le contenu n'est pas à la hauteur de ce que l'on aurait pu imaginer.
A part quelques démos de ses débuts chez Atlantic, quelques reprises biens senties (surtout YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON), et une version longue (mais pas vraiment nouvelle) de ROCK STEADY, le reste est un peu décevant. C'est juste que tout ce qui était bon a été sorti à l'époque et on ne va pas les blamer. Ils ont eu raison.
Il y a une multitude de titres plutôt lents et plutôt ennuyeux et quelques fois des sursauts de R&B arrivent mais pas assez souvent. La "Queen of Soul", sur cet album, pourrait plutôt s'appeler "Queen of Love songs".
Cela n'enlève en rien tout le talent et le bien que je pense de Aretha Franklin mais un tri plus sélectif dans les titres aurait surement permis d'en arriver à une compilation à un seul CD bien plus intéressante.
Reste qu'entendre Aretha dans le studio en train d'enregistrer est fantastique. Il aurait peut-être mieux valu mettre des prises alternatives de titres déja connus (comme ici avec ROCK STEADY) plutôt que de mettre des chansons justement écartées à l'époque.
Cinq étoiles pour le talent d'Aretha et les quelques titres qui ne valent rien qu'à eux l'achat de ce CD mais seulement trois étoiles pour le double CD.
George Washington: Our First Leader (Childhood of Famous Americans)
George Washington: Our First Leader (Childhood of Famous Americans)
My nine year old son loved this book! He could really see himself in George Washington and learned so much from reading about his youth. He even asked if he could keep the book so his kids could read it someday. Exciting details about a truly remarkable young man who would one day become the first president of the United States.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits - Complete: P/V/G Folio
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits - Complete: P/V/G Folio
"Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits: Complete" (year 1997) is an excellent and outstanding book. It contains forty-five Bob Dylan songs all arranged in alphabetical order. The greatest hits of Bob Dylan's musical output from "Blowin' in the Wind" in the year 1962 to "Under The Red Sky" in the year 1990 are represented. All of the lyrics of the songs are here along with the guitar chord patterns, melody lines, and piano parts. I give "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits: Complete" (year 1997) my highest recommendation. I am so happy to own this book, to be able to play Bob Dylan's songs on my B-flat clarinet, and to be able to sing the lyrics.
Positively 12th and K: A Bob Dylan Tribute
Positively 12th and K: A Bob Dylan Tribute
There are plenty of musical tributes to Bob Dylan out there, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one with more talent and energy than this one. Jackie Greene, Sal Valentino and company present a wonderful assortment of Dylan material, both acoustic and electric, and it's all recorded live! Who could ask for more? Especially fine are Jackie Greene's better-even-than-Dylan-himself renditions of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "All Along the Watchtower," Sal Valentino's masterful version of "Isis" and Mick Martin's scorching "Lonesome Day Blues." Add to that Sherman Baker's beautifully rendered "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" and other fine vocals by Lew Fratis and Billy Harper, Jr., the best being Harper's version of "I Shall Be Released," and you've got one little gem of an album.
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
This is a critical thinkers book. It gives the reader a basis to use within their own programming style and language of choice.

The code examples are written in Java and are there to show how to refactor code based on the principles and reasoning within the book.
This is not a book that I take as a specific do this or else, more of a guide that explains why you should consider writing code in the way described.

Essentially the lesson is to create code that is small, has a specific purpose and does that one thing.
When functions or methods begin to stray into doing multiple things spin those code pieces off on their own and repeat.

What I get from this book is a mindset or way of thinking about programming. To create code that is cohesive, is small, does not have unnecessary parts. When these principles are broken find a way to refactor or eliminate the additional pieces. It is not just about taking away or keeping code small but adopting a way of thinking about the design of the program and how each piece interacts with the other parts.

The suggested line lengths of functions mentioned and other very specific examples is more where your critical thinking comes into play. I do not program in Java so many of the language specific scenarios do not apply to me. in some languages you just can't have or do some of the things suggested. Though as a general rule of thumb I find the examples helpful and when I mean general rule of thumb I do not mean a specific line count or size but a simplistic do as little as possible to achieve the goal. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

I purchased and received the 16th printing of this book, published February 2016.
There are no weird formatting or printing issues with the book as others have mentioned.

If you have the ability to reason and think critically, being able to adapt examples and suggestions to your own style and language then I highly recommend this book. The contents are NOT common sense and do not come naturally to the uninitiated. The book does take you by the hand in a certain way leading you from the process of just make the program work to thinking about the logic design and function of your programs.

When you are in situations where redesign is not possible the principles learned from this book will help you to refactor when possible and write new code that is better, smaller, tighter. Making you a better more valuable programmer.
Slow Train Coming by Dylan, Bob Original recording remastered edition (2004) Audio CD
Slow Train Coming by Dylan, Bob Original recording remastered edition (2004) Audio CD
There is a lot I would like to write about people reviewing records, Cd's and music in general but that would be USELESS. The point I'm would like to make is: review should be about each particular edition of each particular album or record on a particular medium. People, at least 90% (or most of them) , are buying because they know this particular piece of music or the artist, they've chosen to buy. So for all of you who are writing abut the history or discography and detailed biography of any artist - it is a waste of time, do not brag about your knowledge, who cares?
What I'm interested in is the quality of a particular edition of a particular album or record. How does it sound in comparison to the original. Period.
That said I'll write about this album, one of my very favorite records which I own already in three different formats.
First of all - it is (my copy of course), junk, crap, absolute rip of, this record released by Music on Vinyl (yes, Amazon specifies the label, as "International") it is nicely packaged, but the quality or lack of it is disheartening. The background noise is just awful, there are pops and clicks just like on an old, used record. I hoped for improved sound and what I've go is piece of vinyl junk. My old "overplayed" copy sound much better and "Cleaner" than this. For the same reason I just requested refund for recently released record by ULTRAVOX - Vienna (I was promised a good copy by the seller as a refund - I shall find out.) Same goes for this record, I'll be requesting refund or replacement.
Music on this album should 5 stars, but for the quality of the pressing gets 1, although it should be - 0
I buy a lot of music on Amazon and most of it is Vinyl or SACD, because of the quality of sound, I wish all of the music or at least my favorite album and records would be released on SACD or downloadable hi resolution files, just to avoid this kind of problems.
Yes, Vinyl Rules!!!
Unfortunately there are a lot of people trying to take advantage of music lovers. Just like the "artists" from Music On Vinyl.
Unicorn Coloring Book: For Kids Ages 4-8 (US Edition) (Silly Bear Coloring Books)
Unicorn Coloring Book: For Kids Ages 4-8 (US Edition) (Silly Bear Coloring Books)
Not the greatest quality, but at the same time it’s still significantly better than other coloring books I’ve bought off Amazon.

The pages are on the thinner side and you can see the image on the following page. However, images are only printed on one side and not both so it’s not a huge deal.

A nice variety of pictures. Some are very detailed and others a little more simplistic. The lines are nice and sharp.

Ultimately, for the price, this was a great buy.

I bought it for my 6 year old niece who will not care about the quality at all and only that there are lots of pretty unicorn pictures to color. She will love it!
Foreign Influence
Foreign Influence
Brad Thor entertwines real life scenarios with his plots. Amazingly insightful, his takes must be considered imminently plausible. Scot Harvath is a super hero who holds these stories lines together. At once entertaining also scarily predictive. I have waited to comment on the series to date. I have more to go and will read them all. I no longer need reviews, any more than Lee Child's Jack Reached series. Brad Thor is on the mark. Every American should read these and refer to, Bridgette Gabriel's page for corroboration. I could not recommend this series more. Read past the character of Scot Harvath and read into this the real crisis facing us. If you are a thinking American, you cannot afford to not read Brad Thor!
Death Wish
Death Wish
Set up is the same as in the Bronson original, but, in Chicago, not NY. The brutality of the family attack is not on screen, which I credit to Eli Roth the director. Bruce Willis plays the part well and he understates it to his credit. When the police have no clue, he decides to do something and gets himself into the lower end of society, from where he comes from as a doctor, only sees it through the Hospital ER. The debate of whether it is right or wrong is a distraction, wasn't necessary in my opinion. Remember, back in the 1970's in NY, crime was out of control and no matter what the politicians boast of safe cities now, watch the news and tell me it's not similar. Bruce's John McClain character only really comes out in the end, again to his credit. He is emotional and is true to his convictions that he is only doing this because no one else can, even though he is starting to spiral into personal chaos. See it, but don't expect a sloppy Bronson remake which by the way was the talk of the town back then.
Black Panther (Original Score)
Black Panther (Original Score)
If Wakanda is a character in the movie, The Black Panther, this score is the soundings of the drives, dreams, and pain of characters. The combination of African instruments and voices are the heart beat and blood flow of the different tribes that make up the country. The western instruments are used to translate the score for non-afrikaners like myself.

It,s impossible to listen to the opening of the song "Wakanda" without feeling inspired and hopeful. The themes used for Killmonger are so tormented, hunted and driven that you can hear the pain of the boy and the man he became. One of my favorite pieces is the "Casino Brawl"'s "yep" (as Ryan Coogler calls it) which is used when the Dora are fighting. I love that mesmerizing chant and wish it were incorporated into a longer work but a focus listen reviews how much it' woven through the movie. I've loved movie scores all my life and am a fan of Elmer Bernstein, John, Barry, Thomas Newman and the never appreciated Gordon Parks Sr and this score stands with them as one of the very best scores ever written. It is more a part of the movie and it's characters that anything I've heard. It's adding that layer you lose when a novel becomes a movie. You just can't know what the characters are going through internally unless there is a narrator or there is a music score like this one. A great score stands on it's own and makes you want to watch the movie again as you listen to it. More than a few times I've found myself listening to this music and stop only to watch the movie. Wonderful music. Wonder full music.
The House Of Usher
The House Of Usher
I must have been in an odd mood that night. Flipping thru channels, this old movie looked interesting, recognizing the style as most likely EA Poe. Obviously having missed most of it, entering @ the part where finance came to claim his crazy lady (plus, I looked at the clock vs. start/end time) I decided to rent it. I love Poe, so dark and scary (drugs will do it to) and this movie seemed to capture the story well, or so it seemed to have from the 10 min. snippet I caught. thought it would be free, it was not. he screenplay dialogue, esp. for Mr. Usher was so awful, so predictable that I began saying his lines with him...Actually, all of the characters' dialogue was quite predictable. Then, I dozed off. Spoiler Alert: When I awoke it was to 'horrific screaming ' as a massive fire was in the process of burning a house to the ground. The fire was turning timber into black sawdust as a completely wooden structure was colorfully disintegrating into the night sky. However, it couldn't have been the Usher's House as there was a long scene in which Mr. U and the fiance, Dudlley Do Right, spoke at length about crazy people and of the beautiful stone of which the house was built, centuries ago, in Jolly Old England. Built of beautiful stone or not, Mr. U. believed with all his heart and insane mind that it was a very evil abode, inhabited by generations of insane ,but functioning, bad very bad hombres, albeit English hombres.. For reasons not given , someone in the Usher Brood decided to pack up and move, mansion and all, to the States whereupon they settled in New England in the CT area. However, the following questions have yet to be answered: 1. How were they able to transport ,by ship , a castle-sized, stone mansion, inhabited by mad ghosts all the way across the pond without sinking the ship ? 2. Whose wooden framed, ceder- shingled, home burnt to the ground ? 3. Why had the wood-framed home become the flaming mass of timber ? 4. And, in so doing, free a whole lot of obviously-tortured souls which filled the night with screaming voices of abject madness ? Evidently, the Ushers had moved their bad selves into an even worse neighborhood. The movie was fun, a bit scary if you have siblings, with predictable dialogue and actions. It's a cult-type, movie, fun at Halloween. Otherwise, don't get your hopes up. The story read aloud is better.
Inuyasha, Vol. 6 (VIZBIG Edition)
Inuyasha, Vol. 6 (VIZBIG Edition)
It's better to buy manga as "VizBig" to save room on your bookshelves. I only have few of these for now, but when a bargin presents itself, it's worth getting it. For those Inuyasha otaku, you know this is a must!
Bandai Hobby #73 ORX-005 GAPLANT, Bandai HGUC Action Figure
Bandai Hobby #73 ORX-005 GAPLANT, Bandai HGUC Action Figure
 What a great kit. Looks great but will need a little touch up paint details. A yellow Gundam marker would be a good idea.

It's got a complicated waist section, that isn't detailed all that well in the assembly instructions but if you've got a few kits under your belt, you should be fine.

It's prickly, difficult to pick up but darn if it doesn't look GOOD! Not the most posable ever. Transformation is almost parts free except for one part.
Asterix Et Les Normands (Une Aventure d'Astérix) (French Edition)
Asterix Et Les Normands (Une Aventure d'Astérix) (French Edition)
album de BD rigide grand format; cette neuvième aventure des célèbres héros de Goscinny et Uderzo fait partie des oeuvres de la maturité et, étant une des plus connues, et elle a marqué nombre de lecteurs dans leur jeunesse; le dessin des différents personnages est parfait (contrairement au tous premiers épisodes où il se cherche encore), les dialogues et l'intrigue sont truculents (qui ne se souvient pas du char de course de Goudurix ou des Normands apeurés sautant de la falaise?); cette version classique cartonnée est parfaite pour renouveler sa collection qui, il faut bien l'avouer, a du mal à survivre, avec cicatrices et marques d'usure, aux années et multiples mains entre lesquelles elle est passée (et c'est bien normal après tout!)
Show Me (Harlequin Presents, No 200)
Show Me (Harlequin Presents, No 200)
******************************SPOILERS************************************
Tanya and rich man Jake have been married for seven years and have
a son together but,they are miles apart and not just emotionally.
Jake has spent most of those years in Africa and Tanya at home-living
with Jake's parents. Jake returns home and the hatred and sparks fly !
I have never seen a married couple with such hatred (more from Jake),
bitterness and vitriol. Jake is a man of rage and Tanya a woman of resentment.
Janet Dailey's writing is wonderful,concise,exciting. It is a story that grabs the
reader from the first page. My surprise in reading this book was the SHOCKER
near the end !!! Even I, did not see that coming :) That is why I give five stars.
Do not pass up this one.***By the by,written in 1976,no explicit love making scenes.
The Road to Omaha: A Novel (The Road to Series Book 2)
The Road to Omaha: A Novel (The Road to Series Book 2)
Robert Ludlum originally wrote this title and the first in the series, Road to Gandolfo under the pen name Michael Shepherd. He simply did not think people would conceive being able to write a humour/thriller.

Both books cover the exploits of General MacKenzie Hawkins a retired Army General who believed the exploited could seek revenge with his help especially where the establishment was concerned.

In the Road to Omaha it is General MacKenzie Hawkins verses the US government and he attempts to assist an Indian tribe.

A great turn the tables on the villains story than makes you wish there had been more books with General MacKenzie Hawkins as the central character.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 23: Recoom et Guldo (Dragon Ball (sens français) (23)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 23: Recoom et Guldo (Dragon Ball (sens français) (23)) (French Edition)
Le Shōnen manga par excellence, précurseur du genre, rempli d'humour(assez grivoise), beaucoup imité, jamais égalé !!

Culte pour toute une génération, si vous ne connaissaient pas faites vous votre propre avis, foncé et vous ne
saurez surement pas déçus!!

Les aventures du jeune Sangoku sont finies(depuis le tome 13), l'histoire fait place depuis à un Sangoku devenu adulte et
ayant crée une famille. Les combats font rage contre des adversaires toujours plus fort les uns que les autres.
Comme beaucoup je regrette énormément que l'humour des Tomes précédent qui faisait tout le charme de Dragon Ball
disparaissent définitivement à partir du Tome 16.
Malgré cela l'auteur continue(ou essaie pour certains) de nous réjouir avec une histoire prenante et des combats palpitant.

Dans le même genre je peux vous je peux vous conseiller Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, Naruto,Bleach, Fairy Tail, Death Note autres shōnen à succès et plus récemment My Hero Academia.

Bonne lecture à tous
The People vs. Alex Cross
The People vs. Alex Cross
It has been quite a few years since I last read a novel featuring Alex Cross and I am sorry to say that something must have happened in the intervening years as I feel this story does not quite live up to my memories of the brilliant early novels in the series. Of course it could be that I have changed and am now more critical than in the past or that I had heightened expectations based on long past experiences ... or it could be that I needed to have read the intervening novels and stories in the series to have got more out of this one.
On the positive side, the courtroom scenes are wonderfully written and are very dramatic. Alex Cross is on trial for murder; shooting dead two followers of an old adversary, Gary Soneji. As the case unfolds the evidence appears stacked against him. This section of the book is a real page turner and one that had me reading late into the night.
The book has a second story-line concerning the disappearance of several young women who subsequently appear in some quite horrific film clips that have been uploaded to the dark web. Alex gets involved in this investigation even though his trial is imminent and he is on suspension from the police service. Again, parts of this story-line are very dramatic and engaging.
There are some aspects of the novel that I felt were either incredulous or a little too coincidental for my liking. For example, Alex’s precocious nine-year old son spotting a critical technical flaw that the police cyber specialists missed – yes, I know it could be possible as he is clearly a gifted child, but rather too convenient for my liking. There are a couple of other examples that I will refrain from mentioning as it would mean revealing more of the plot.
However, overall, I rate this thriller 4 stars based on the truly gripping courtroom scenes, but I expect more ardent fans of James Patterson or the Alex Cross series will no doubt rate it higher!
Womens Murder Club Series 3 Collection Set by James Patterson (Books 13-18)
Womens Murder Club Series 3 Collection Set by James Patterson (Books 13-18)
I was given the first three books in this series by a friend and really enjoyed them, very pleased when I found the rest of the series and decided to get them all, making my way through them and really enjoying them all. They are murder cases in America and a group of young women from different public sector jobs get together and call themselves the murder club who try to solve the cases alongside the police investigation, well worth a read
Scalpel [signed first edition].
Scalpel [signed first edition].
Detective Sergeant Kate Hamilton leads the investigation into a hospital murder, while Detective Inspector Jim McGrath investigate the kidnapping of a baby from the home of multimilliionaire Harry O'Brien. The subplots are neatly woven together in this tight thriller. The villains are stock "Dubs" from central casting, but the hospital murderer is a nasty piece of work and very credible.
The Night Digger (1971)
The Night Digger (1971)
Helping to create this picture are a highly talented collective, let's take a look. A script adapted from Roald Dahl's titular novel, and an Oscar awarded actress Patricia Neal playing a key leading role. This picture is photographed by Alex Thomson, who may well be better known to genre fans as the man behind the lens on such films as: Fear is the Key, Death Line, Excalibur, and Year of the Dragon, Legend, Labyrinth and Alien 3 to name but a distinguishably stylish few. Accompanied by a customarily evocative Bernard Herman score; there is also a cameo by Peter Sallis.

As usual in my over-views I'm going to tell you nothing about what happens in this film, except that it grew slowly upon my consciousness like some enchanted dream, of which Alex Thomson is greatly responsible for. You will witness credible and illuminating performances from all who appear on screen, helping to heighten the experience which culminates in a fine example of 1970's British cinema, which I now consider an occupant of my top 10 favourites. The old cliché applies "They sure don't make 'em like this anymore" and how noticeably sad that is today.

I will inform you this is not a slice of British camp and whimsy; it is a captivating yet wistful slow burner, beautifully transferred by Warner Brothers to this on demand DVD-R, I've seen far worse transfers from some cult DVD outfits, the sound is clear and serviceable mono without any annoying cracks pops or background noise to spoil your enjoyment, whilst a theatrical trailer is also included on the disc. There is no scene selection menu, although there are chapter stops should you wish to cycle through. The front cover artwork being reminiscent of the original cinema poster, which I'd love to track down to go with my lobby card set.

** To the two people who voted the above review as unhelpful, please let me know why it is unhelpful and how I could make it more helpful without giving away the story. Thank you.
High Crimes
High Crimes
If this had been from a true story it would have made 5 star for me. The story of the people shot was awful and I know that kind of thing still happens as we speak. The twists and turns were good. I understand why other reviewers have said it would have been good to have more in the court room but as there are stories away from the courtroom it would have gone on forever. It was an amazing story so perhaps this could have been more than it was? I don't know. There was sadness and romance. I think Judd is a good actress, I've always liked her but I was disappointed to see her playing a similar role that she's played before. A bit like watching 'Double Jeopardy' again. Morgan Freeman - I can never find fault in him. He's brilliant. I hated the end part when her husband ties her up. I didn't get the husband really. For goodness sake, the guy was a soldier. Sometime in his life he would have killed someone. So fair enough, him admitting would have been enough. Why did they have to make him turn into a monster? Caviezel is one of my favourite actors. That was the biggest 'downer' for me in this film. Otherwise, worth a watch all who like action thrillers, and Freeman, Judd and Caviezel.
Naruto, Vol. 67
Naruto, Vol. 67
Working on buying the entire set and this has been the most affordable way to do it. These are the only books our 11 y/o will read without being threatened with torture. I have no idea what all this Naruto stuff is all about, but it's something that has helped him get his daily 1 hour of reading in, and now he will voluntarily ready more, often losing track of time.
The Sea Hunters II
The Sea Hunters II
This is the second of this type of book from Clive cussler who I must admit is a favourite author of mine,despite a lot of predictability ( dirk Pitt series the best)

What it is ,is a more factual book about actual wrecks he has researched and gone looking for.Each story starts with a semi fictional story about how the wreck occurred,the story being fact based but made a lot more interesting in the form it is written.The story,then transcends into how Clive and his teamed research and sometimes find and excavate the wreck,whether it be boat,train etc,at sea or river based and what is left and what is done.

Really interesting and obviously,Clive has an unrivalled passion which comes through.
You don't have to read the book at one go,I tend to read other things,then when waiting for new books to arrive,I will read a couple of wreck stories then come back later.

I think these are probably the best things he's done,but obviously his fictional writing pays for his hobby,which he then uses for more fictional writing...a great way as you always get a lot of truth and history behind the stories
Eye of the Tiger: Memoir of a United States Marine, Third Force Recon Company, Vietnam
Eye of the Tiger: Memoir of a United States Marine, Third Force Recon Company, Vietnam
I just can't forget this book.

Eye of the Tiger: Memoir of a United States Marine, Third Force Recon Company, Vietnam by John Edmund Delezen may be the first Vietnam War memoir I’ve read. At the time of the war I was young and stupid, immigrating to the United States from Canada in 1970. I took on the attitudes of the young men around me, all of them desperate to escape the fate of being sent to Vietnam.

Eddie Delezen somehow became my Facebook friend and we had the occasional exchange that interested me. I never expected his memoir to stir me in the way that it has done. Half way through reading Operation Buffalo I had to set the book down and catch my breath. The work is so well written, I was really there in that stinking jungle crawling on my belly.

Marine Recon, I learn is “sent into … to locate hidden, illusive enemy units…We hone our lethal craft as we learn to live and survive under the thick canopy…always aware, always searching, and always moving with deadly stealth.” And survival among not only the enemy but the cobras and vipers and the occasional tiger. It is the confrontation with the eyes of the tiger that provides the capstone of this book.

There are worse things: heat, hunger, and thirst. “I am unable to quench the constant thirst with the warm, plastic flavored canteen water…The sweat soaks through our clothes and into our packs and ammo pouches. Across the napalm-scarred plantations, the searing sun is relentless: there is no shade, no escape.” And hunger after eight days and a helicopter extraction: “We attack the food like starved wolves: our eyes, filled with fear, adrenaline and hunger, blaze like embers.”

Perhaps Delezen writes for military historians, or those who have had experiences like his. I liked that. I had to look up what a Claymore was and elephant grass. Possibly the only sections of the book I did not read with complete absorption were the introductions into Vietnamese history.

This book has stuck with me from the weeks it’s taken since I finished the book to writing this review: the art of the writing, the lushness of Vietnam, and the transfiguration of an American boy into a soldier fighting for his own survival.
WOW! Stuff Collection The Elder Light Painting Wand Wizarding World Albus Dumbledore Replica Screen Prop Toy
WOW! Stuff Collection The Elder Light Painting Wand Wizarding World Albus Dumbledore Replica Screen Prop Toy
My 6 and 7 year old nephews JUST discovered Harry Potter. I've been a fan for years! I knew I had to get them an HP gift for Christmas. This wand was much more than I expected. The light was bright and the wands felt like great quality. They played so much with the wand I was worried they would break it or the light would die. So far, neither has happened. They haven't given me the opportunity to try the app because they will not let go of the wand so I don't have a review about that LOL but if it's half as great as the wands then...wow.
Harry Potter Slytherin Skirt Child Costume
Harry Potter Slytherin Skirt Child Costume
Don’t waste your money. Super thin and ripped as my daughter was trying it on. We ordered a medium. My daughter is 4’5” and it is so short, she will not be able to wear it.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Mini Sticker Book
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Mini Sticker Book
c'est un très petit livre d'autocollants, d'ailleurs ca surprend lorsqu'on le reçoit mais le contenu n'est pas du tout décevant car il y a si en très bon état 200 mini autocollants je crois qui sont très bien? donc très bon mini stickers book
Harry Potter House Crest Phone Ring Phone Accessories
Harry Potter House Crest Phone Ring Phone Accessories
I was incredibly happy with this product... for a month or two. But then the adhesive holder gave out and the ring would fall off constantly. I would try and reattach it and it would just keep falling off. Durability sucks, but the product is super cute and worked really well. If they used a different adhesive hold this could have been an amazing product.
Rinnai V65EP Tankless Water Heater, Large, V65eP-Propane/6.5 GPM
Rinnai V65EP Tankless Water Heater, Large, V65eP-Propane/6.5 GPM
This is a review of the V53DeN. This is my second Rinnai tankless. The first was for the main house, this second for a master bedroom addition. I've had the first for more than 5 years and it's been wonderful. We didn't need 5.3gpm for a shower and a sink, but I trust Rinnai so I went with them again for the second heater. So far the unit has been great. My complaints have to do with the installation. I could have done it myself, but I hired a professional to help to make sure everything was to code. Neither of us could figure out the electrical from the enclosed instructions. We chased the wires in the diagram enclosed in the heater itself and figured out how to wire it, but no one should have to go through that effort to connect 3 wires. Also, the fitting for the electrical conduit on the bottom of the unit is machine thread not pipe thread. There must be a pipe-to-machine thread adapter that was missing from my unit. I will call Rinnai to find out. Again, the electrical shouldn't be this hard. It wasn't with our first unit. Finally, the box says "Wifi Enabled" but there's nothing in the instructions about how to connect. I don't care because I'm not connecting anyway, but it's just another way Rinnai really flubbed the documentation.
Edit: I finally finished the electrical connections 2 months later, no thanks to Rinnai customer help, who eventually stopped responding to my emails. The connection at the unit looks like 3/4" compression to me. I've attached pics in case they help anyone. It's a tight fit and getting at the cleanouts for yearly descaling is going to be tough. I'd skip this model and look for a different from Rinnai.
Techni Mobili Sit-to-Stand Mobile Medical Laptop Computer Cart, Chocolate
Techni Mobili Sit-to-Stand Mobile Medical Laptop Computer Cart, Chocolate
Pros:
-Higher quality particle/pressed board
-Cam/Lock screws already installed
-Hardware clearly and well labeled
-Extra hardware if needed
-Install guide well written with illustrations
-Easy installation (30-45 mins tops if using a drill. Will take much longer with just a screwdriver which one is included)
-Easy to maneuver and adjust
-Ample storage space

Cons:
-Some screws can be stripped easily. Might be better if you put the drill or screwdriver in hole first. Turn your drill torque on low.
-Table top tilt shelf could be wider as others have suggested to utilize for a mouse or larger laptop
-The table top tilt shelf would be ideal if it fully articulated instead of just up and down. (Example: The shelf can be moved over your lap)
-The cam/lock screws are exposed with no covers (might be an issue for those that need to cosmetic/aesthetic pleased)
-The finish is a wax laminate not actual paint. The laminate can bubble up if left in a humid area too long. (some pieces did this when assembled outside)
-The back could have had an opening for wire management which I remedied with a hole saw by drilling a hole in the cubby hole to house my laptop power supply. (see photos)
-The plastic edge stopper could be thicker/taller to secure laptops that don't have flush/flat bottoms or more angular in design. Has the potential to slide off if tilted too far down. Your laptop will slide right over it and fall to the floor. (see photo)

Other thoughts:
I added a mountable surge protector on the side to help with cord management and make it more mobile.
40 Inch Giant Gold Number 3 Balloon,Foil Helium Digital Balloons for Birthday Anniversary Party Festival Decorations
40 Inch Giant Gold Number 3 Balloon,Foil Helium Digital Balloons for Birthday Anniversary Party Festival Decorations
I was reading some reviews and was nervous to purchase because some said theirs did not inflate, and that has happened to me before. These balloons were great!! They’re pretty big, so of course it took a little while to blow up, but they stayed inflated for at least 15 days and I could have left them up longer but they were getting in my way. I thought they were a little pricey, but once again they lasted for a great amount of time.
Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java
Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java
Mark Allen Weiss's "Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java, 3rd Edition" is a good reading if you're already familiar with Java and a few other programming languages, and want to start learning about data structures in a structured fashion. The text is easy to read and understand, and is accompanied by a good plenty of examples. Even if Java is not your primary language, the author reviews basic Java programming in the first few chapters in a way that you can learn/remember most of the important features of Java.

"Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java, 3rd Edition" is a good reading and I advise it to people who want to learn about data structures. Nevertheless, it could be a better reading. Weiss is also the author of similar book for C++, and it appears that he has simply ported the C++ examples of that book to "Data Structures and Problem Solving Using Java". Therefore, some of the examples don't follow a good coding style or are not compliant with the traditions in Java programming. The author also skips the proofs of some theorems in the interest of space, but it would be a better idea to provide them as an appendix at the end of the book.
G.S 8" DIAMOND DEB NAIL FILE DOUBLE SIDE NAIL CARE PODIATRY STAINLESS STEEL
G.S 8" DIAMOND DEB NAIL FILE DOUBLE SIDE NAIL CARE PODIATRY STAINLESS STEEL
this was shown as a " diamond Deb" file but it is not. there is no " diamond dust" involved. it is a regular file designed for use on feet. it is wider and longer than regular nail file. it might be slightly thicker than a standard nail file and appears to be rigid enough for the job it seems to be reasonably sharp. it seems to be worth the price and if it stays sharp it will be a good value
Cast Alaska
Cast Alaska
Kind of a documentary. More just watching people fish.
1) yeah, the soundtrack has some more punk/rock'ish music. But if that's your major turn-off from this like some of the other reviews, then I suggest you find a new hobby, or just not watch it.
2) one major issue with one of the fisherman in this. He stated that an 18"-20" Rainbow in the lower 48 is a "fish of a lifetime" I hate to say when someone is wrong, but wow, is he WRONG. Lots of places where wild fish top over the 20" mark. 30" like they're going for is a different story, those are few and far between, or non-existent in some areas.
So yeah, just that one guy with the "I'm from Alaska and smell my own farts" mentality is a little annoying. The older gentleman is pretty humble though, I like him.
Level Up: One Up Series, Book 1
Level Up: One Up Series, Book 1
After the disappointment of my second read through of READY PLAYER ONE, this story of a guy who finds himself trapped in a video game world was a more relaxing and humorous breath of fresh air.

Marcus is the down trodden office work we follow as the negatives of his life are laid out before us. Most of it relates to his place of work and the boss who makes things tough for him.

LEVEL UP is a brisk read, not because of page count, but the pace that it whisks along. In a lot of stories this could be annoying, but it works well here giving it the feel of a video game with each chapter (or Level) revolving around the next game type, game level, of boss fight. There is a sense of escalation throughout and the plot rarely pauses or steps back.

The humour is there but not in your face, with Marcus' mate Carlos standing in as comedy side-kick, while most of the chuckles come from references to the various video game styles and nuances the book parodies (and out right mocks!). And unlike READY PLAYER ONE, it doesn't over explain its references because it know's I'll either get it or just carry on.

There are issues (some grammar needs tidying up and a scene involving speed dating felt out of place) but all in all this is an enjoyable and amusing read that doesn't ask much of it's reader other than to have fun.
How to Setup Your Guitar Like a Pro: An Easy Guide for Beginners
How to Setup Your Guitar Like a Pro: An Easy Guide for Beginners
While the book is very straight forward and to the point - which I like - the author seems to have put little thought into the structure/order of the book. For instance, he starts off with telling you to remove all your strings and clean the fret board... but fails to mention that if you have a Floyd Rose that is a terrible idea. He does cover the Floyd Rose a little later, but not really enough attention is given to it IMO.

The strength of the book is also the weakness of the book... it's brief and to the point and therefore easy to read through... but... there is not a lot of information that many people probably need. Another good thing about the book is that there are a lot of good pictures in detail that show what he is talking about.

Overall, I give the book an "okay" rating. It's not fantastic or even great. But it's not bad. I wish he would have been a little more thorough and covered the Floyd Rose a little more, and in the beginning when appropriate.

I'm going to have to order How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great - Second Edition By Dan Erlewine now... to (hopefully) really feel comfortable with this stuff. When I was choosing between the two books to begin with I went with this one because I liked brevity... but now I realize that some things require a little more information!
Nivona NICR CafeRomatica 970 Kaffeevollautomat, Titan
Nivona NICR CafeRomatica 970 Kaffeevollautomat, Titan
Nach einigen Jahren Miele sind wir zu diesem Gerät gewechselt. Und wir sind restlos begeistert. Endlich ein Kaffee crema, der uns schmeckt. Habe bei Miele nur Cappuccino und Latte getrunken. Jetzt schmeckt mir sogar Espresso. Da man Cappuccino auch mit ganz leichtem Kaffee einstellen kann, trinkt nun mein 16jähriger Sohn auch Cappuccino. Der große Wassertank mit Diskobeleuchtung tut sein Übriges.
Milchschlauch kann man in einen Tetrapack stecken oder in den mitgelieferten Milchbehälter. Dieser lässt sich mit seiner glatten Plastikinnenfläche auch super reinigen. Kein Anbacken der Milch. Die Reinigung der Milchleitung mit Reiniger mache ich gleich in diesem Behälter. So ist er gleich mit durchgespült.
Die gepressten Kaffeereste sind schön trocken und in Form, so dass sich der Behälter leicht reinigen lässt. So muss man den Kaffeesatz kaum ausspülen.
Mit den speicherbaren 9 Kaffeegetränken kann man sich seinen persönlichen Kaffee gestalten. Die Bedienung , leicht zu verstehen. Auch finde ich von Vorteil, dass man den Stand des Reinigungssyklus einsehen kann. So steht man nicht ohne Reinigungsmittel da, wenn es soweit ist.
Dieser KVA können wir besten Gewissens weiterempfehlen.
HDMI Cable (4K 60Hz, HDCP 2.2, HDR, 18Gbps) with Braided Cord, 10 Feet
HDMI Cable (4K 60Hz, HDCP 2.2, HDR, 18Gbps) with Braided Cord, 10 Feet
Not sure if the Xbox one S, or HDMI cable is to blame so they'll both be marked down for it. I have a 4K HDR tv that I love very much and I've always enjoyed what it can do. I've had on and off problems with this pair for quite some time now and I'm ready to buy a new cord and console because of it. My Xbox is supposed to be able to tell what kind of cord and tv are connected and set the image accordingly. However with this cord it will set it to 540p definition. That's a very small, very low resolution image that looks terrible on a 65" 4K tv. This is a VERY rare event but it doesn't have any definite way of being fixed no matter how I set the console or tv options. With this cord on a separate 4K tv I get the same effect but it goes away on a standard 1080 tv. A different HDMI cord was not able to get the same results but at the same time it wasn't rated for 4K so I'd say the test results are inconclusive. The other problem is that the sound sometimes just doesn't work. I've checked out every other cable involved from my Xbox, to my tv, to my sound bar. Optical cable checks out, power cables are good, all the other ports are good, the only thing I couldn't pinpoint was if the HDMI cable was the issue or it's port because I didn't have another HDMI handy at the time. All of these problems have been isolated incidents and have actually been very hard to purposely re-create but they're really annoying and I still can't tell if it's the console, the port on the console or the HDMI cable. It could be any of those but so far my money's on the cable. They're cheap enough that I'll just try another but be warned that this might not work so well with the Xbox one S.
Halva Enkku Laku Licorice Allsorts - Bolsa (8.47 oz), diseño de regaliz finlandés
Halva Enkku Laku Licorice Allsorts - Bolsa (8.47 oz), diseño de regaliz finlandés
I’ve recently discovered that I love black licorice. Who knew? When the order arrived, my children loved how it was shipped from Helsinki, Finland. The bag only lasted thirty minutes once it was opened. My daughters and I loved it. The candies were beautiful to look at, and were soft to chew and sweet. Each little candy had its own unique flavor that ranged from fruity flavors, mint to the traditional black licorice. Such a treat!! We just received our second order. We ordered two bags this time.

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