Khalil Lee

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Murach's HTML5 and CSS3, 4th Edition
Murach's HTML5 and CSS3, 4th Edition
Murach's HTML5 and CSS3, 4th Edition by Anne Boehm and Zak Ruvalcaba. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 100 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Past, Present, and Future of JavaScript
The Past, Present, and Future of JavaScript
The Past, Present, and Future of JavaScript by Axel Rauschmayer. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Learning Object-Oriented Programming
Learning Object-Oriented Programming
Learning Object-Oriented Programming by Gastón C. Hillar. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Web Development with jQuery
Web Development with jQuery
Web Development with jQuery by Richard York. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
À Primeira Vista (Portuguese Edition)
À Primeira Vista (Portuguese Edition)
À Primeira Vista (Portuguese Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Forbidden Fruit (Black Lace)
Forbidden Fruit (Black Lace)
Forbidden Fruit (Black Lace) by Susie Raymond. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands by Stephen King, Frank Muller, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 1374 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
King Stephen (The English Monarchs Series)
King Stephen (The English Monarchs Series)
King Stephen (The English Monarchs Series) by Edmund King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Stand: Hardcases (Stand (Marvel))
The Stand: Hardcases (Stand (Marvel))
The Stand: Hardcases (Stand (Marvel)) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa , Stephen King, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Advanced Programming: The guide to learn pyhton programming. Reference with exercises and samples about dynamical programming, multithreading, ... testing and more (Python Programming)
Python Advanced Programming: The guide to learn pyhton programming. Reference with exercises and samples about dynamical programming, multithreading, ... testing and more (Python Programming)
Python Advanced Programming: The guide to learn pyhton programming. Reference with exercises and samples about dynamical programming, multithreading, ... testing and more (Python Programming) by Marcus Richards. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns
SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns
SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns by Tim Mitchell, Matt Masson, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Exam Ref 70-483 Programming in C#
Exam Ref 70-483 Programming in C#
Exam Ref 70-483 Programming in C# by Rob Miles. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 43 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Hands-On Full Stack Web Development with Angular 6 and Laravel 5: Become fluent in both frontend and backend web development with Docker, Angular and Laravel
Hands-On Full Stack Web Development with Angular 6 and Laravel 5: Become fluent in both frontend and backend web development with Docker, Angular and Laravel
I'm an experienced angular developer and I have been searching for a book that will help me to make the step for the full-stack world. I know NG but docker and PHP were not my sting side till now.
Have read several but this one really did the trick for me. The writer guides you in a friendly and warm language., which makes the reading experience light and fun.
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
I enjoyed this book. Warren Buffett stands for something far greater than himself or the wealth he has generated. He is in what he does rather countercyclical, rather old fashioned, and fabulously good.

These essays introduce us to Buffett's way of thinking and doing business. There's a lot to learn from both aspects. Some of the book is rather technical, but most is straightforward enough, and I found many places where he made me think. I think our world at many levels- individual, corporate, government would be better if we adopted many of Buffett's ideas.

Buffett is an example of thinking from the ultimate to the proximate. He makes decisions for the long term, based on value. He cannot be bothered chasing the ups and downs of the market. It's like trying to stand still on a rolling wave. Prices go up, prices come down, the long investor treats them both the same and focuses way beyond the short term. Buffett is interested in the fundamental value of a business- does it provide worthwhile goods and services? Does it do it well? Is it well led and well managed? Is this likely to continue through time? Can he understand the value that the business offers to its customers and shareholders? If he can then he's likely to invest. In this he's exemplifying the principles of The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think, and revenue before cost. It's not that he doesn't see cost- it's that he puts cost within the context of value, and more especially the context of value over time.

He's scathing about short term speculation, complex financial instruments, short term thinking, responding to mood. His comments about buying cheaply are sharp. Something may well be cheap for a reason- and trying to make it better will likely be a losing struggle. If something is unintelligible it's probably concealing a lie, and an untrustworthy person behind it. If a manager is promising that they will make the numbers, sooner or later they will be tempted up the numbers. We live in a short term appearance world and pathologies such as probophilia (as described in Between Health and Illness: Explorations in and around medicineafflict too many institutions.

Buffett is an example of a man who knows what he is doing, why he is doing it, and what outcome he wants. He's a straightforward, honest guide to the benefits of thinking long term, and to the benefits of thinking about what value is and where it is to be found. He challenges the modern world with its immediacy, its distractions, its fads, its madnesses of crowds. He takes us back to a much slower paced world, and we'd be better if we learned from him. He teaches us to look for true value and the long term.

There's much in this book about good personal and corporate governance, about discernment and about living life well. Readers will learn a lot from Buffett's patterns of thought and action.
How Buffett Does It: 24 Simple Investing Strategies from the World's Greatest Value Investor (Mighty Managers Series)
How Buffett Does It: 24 Simple Investing Strategies from the World's Greatest Value Investor (Mighty Managers Series)
Firs of all: this book will not make you rich. Nor will explain you a secret which will help you become rich.
After all, it was not written by Warren Buffet himself - that should give you additional warning sign.
This book explains some principles Buffet used in his way to the top, it explains differences between him and many others and many other things, but it doesn't bring any magic formula. Some things you will find in are useful, of course and in general it is worth reading, but in general nothing spectacular. It explains Buffet's general philosophy and strategy, but without some key things: how to find "gold share" and how will you know when you find it. Also, my opinion is that it's applicable to USA only, if you are in Europe - take care. Shares available in some smaller countries are not even close to ones you can buy in USA. But can still offer high revenues if you NOT follow some rules in this book.
Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with shares because it gives you some wider perspective and ideas you will not hear from your own broker, but still - use your own head.
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
A lot of people voice their disappointment with this book, because they expect it to be an in-depth, authoritative guide written for professional designers, and it turns out to be something else. Let me tell you a little secret, design people: it's not "the design bible", it's not "the UX bible", it's not anything bible. It's more of a religious pamphlet aimed at laymen who don't normally think about design in their everyday work, to bring them the gospel of good design practices in an extremely condensed form.

Developers love this book, because it's good (duh!) and also because it comes with recommendations from several luminaries in the field, most notably Jeff Atwood, the co-founder of StackOverflow. I'm no exception. It helped shift my focus from making software that does its job well, to making software that helps its users do their jobs well. It explains in very simple terms why you should care about how users experience and interact with the things you make and how to start thinking about making their interactions more satisfying and rewarding. It also walks you through the typical interaction cycle, from the idea of action that user wants to perform, to the interpretation of feedback they receive; it is a tremendous help when you are trying to 'debug' the interactions and figure out the exact reason why users find your design distracting, irritating or counter-intuitive.

There are sections clarifying the terms you might have heard elsewhere but don't know exactly what they mean (A/B testing, root cause analysis, iterative vs. waterfall approach) or how they might help you improve your design. There is a particularly illuminating chapter explaining why fridge controls and stove controls (among many other things) come in so many different and incompatible designs, how companies are trying to solve this problem with standardization and why standards sometimes create more problems than they solve.

What else? It's also short, well-written and entertaining. The jokes are rare, poignant, and usually delivered with a deadpan snark. To give you an example,
"The typewriter was a radical innovation that had a dramatic impact upon office and home writing. It helped provide a role for women in offices as typists and secretaries, which led to the redefinition of the job of secretary to be a dead end rather than the first step toward an executive position".
Nice, huh?

To summarize: buy this book if you want to know more about design in general and/or become a better designer to complement your other skills. Don't buy this book if you expect a huge how-to manual or a cookbook aimed at experienced designers.
John Gary Anderson and his Maverick Motor Company: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Rock Hill Rival
John Gary Anderson and his Maverick Motor Company: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Rock Hill Rival
I purchased the book to find out more about the Anderson Car Company. The book is about 120 pages and about 1/5 of the book actually is about the years in which the company existed, while the remainder is about Rock Hill, South Carolina and its growth. John Gary Anderson was part of this growth and some of his descendants are still prominent in the area. The rise and fall of the company is covered very briefly and there is little mention of the innovations of the company. My understanding is that Anderson introduced the headlight dimmer switch among other conveniences, but it isn't mentioned in the book. The info on the company itself is not encyclopedic, but it's the best yet, as far as I can tell! If you're interested in the York County area after the Civil War to 1930, this is a good book the have.
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown by Glenn Good, David Wisniewski, Karen and O'Kray. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
California Concerts
California Concerts
This superb 4 CD set is a must for every jazz lover.Fifty six tunes recorded in two different live settings: the first 18 tunes were recorded at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,January 30,1951,and the next 41 tunes at the Crescendo Club,Hollywood,January 21,1955.Ol' Satch is in top form in these concerts,and brings you sometimes into some unusual repertoire.
The Pasadena concert will let you listen to an amazing group,composed of Louis,the magnificent Jack Teagarden on trombone and vocals,the somptuous ex-Ellingtonian clarinet player,Barney Bigard,the greatest of all jazz piano players (yes indeed,he's my man),Earl Hines,the implacable drummer,the immense Cozy Cole,the young but talented Arvell Shaw on bass,who died a few months ago,and Velma Middleton on vocals.Here are some very great moments of music: "Back o'town blues",with some impressive trumpet parts and vocals by Louis,and marvelous playing by Bigard and Tea;maybe this version doesn't reach the unsurpassed level of the Town Hall concert,but gee!!! how does it swing!!! "Bugle blues",or "Bugle call rag",a showpiece for Cozy Cole;a beautiful composition by Louis,"Someday" ;Hines' "my Monday date" and "you can depend on me";and good vocal efforts by Miss Middleton on "Big daddy blues" and "Baby it's cold outside";this very big girl could really sing and swing,even if some "critics" think she was unable to.
The next concert,recorded four years later,will let you listen by Satch in a more relaxed setting,a club performance,with Bigard,Shaw,Trummy Young on trombone,Billy Kyle on piano (a Hnies' disciple),and Barrett Deems on drums,and honest drums player,but who surely couldn't revalize with Cozy Cole.Indeed,he does a rather correct job here.Louis swings into some unusual tunes,like "me and brother Bill",a tune he recorded only once,some twenty years before,or "when you're smiling" (even if this tune was one of his hits since the early thirties,he rarely played it),or the Louis Jordan-like "t'ain't what you do",the rare Cole Porter's tune,"don't fence me in",the memories of the old roaring twenties,"struttin' with some barbecue" (meaning something like "walking with a nice girl"), and "big butter and egg man",and the superb "old man Mose",recorded only once at the end of the thirties.
The relaxed mood of this club setting seems to give more freedom to Satch;this fifty five old man ,full of glory ,the n°1 musician of the 20th century feels free to swing like he rarely did on stage at this time.Listen to his background trumpet behind Velma Middleton's vocals on "don't fence me in";(and I still say that this lady CAN SWING,the proof is here).Listen to his incredibly relaxed vocal on the same piece;listen to the gospel medley,"Shadrack/When the saints...",prefiguring the imperial "Goodbook" sessions,here are some very swinging moments.And how difficult it must have been,even fifty years ago,to make a tune like "when the saints" swing!!!
Here is another version of the very great "back o'town blues",a real jewell in the history of jazz;still not the greatest (the Town Hall version),and Teagarden isn't here,but a very great moment of trumpet playing,and a very great moment of singing.Seems to me like Armstrong was the freer of all jazz players,from Joplin to Ayler.I mean,he invented everything between 1923 and 1930,and nobody could go farther than him.No one player,as talented as he was,or is,could surpass Louis or Duke.They did everything before anyone.The two versions of "Old man Mose" are terrific moments of swing: this is surprising that Armstrong played again this tune (he only recorded it once at the end of the thirties).This here is really swing!!!
Now,let's summ up: if you're ready to buy your first record by Armstrong,start with "Louis Armstrong plays W.C.Handy",or the "Hot Five and Hot Sevens",or "Satch play Fats";but if you already own one of these,jump to this one,here are some marvels you won't suspect.This four CD set is a real treasure!!!
A Woman Falling Out of Love
A Woman Falling Out of Love
... uno dei pochissimi, o forse l'unico, prodotto interamente dalla Regina, quello dove ha potuto gestire il prodotto intero! aretha sempre al top, inconsueto, ma interessantissimo, il brano gospel cantato interamente dal figlio. da sentire e da avere, almeno per i fans
Bamboo Toothbrush - Adult - Soft Bristle - BPA Free Nylon Bristles - Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable, Compostable, Vegan by WooBamboo!
Bamboo Toothbrush - Adult - Soft Bristle - BPA Free Nylon Bristles - Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable, Compostable, Vegan by WooBamboo!
This is a great straight-headed flat toothbrush that does not flex or have any angles or gimmicks like so many plastic toothbrushes on the market. I am more cognizant of it being in my mouth because it is wooden, too, so I brush more mindfully. It feels substantial like it really pulls the schmudtz from my mouth. This feels like an old-fashioned toothbrush, before they tried to optimize them. That it is compostable and Earth-friendly is just a bonus to the fact that it feels and cleans so well.
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
This was my absolute favourite bedtime story book when I was little :)

I recently bought it for my daughter, who is far too young to appreciate it (6 months), but I read it to her anyway. It's the story of a boy with a huge imagination, told in the usual rhyming Dr. Seuss style. As it is his very first book, I have to admit the rhyming isn't as good as his subsequent titles. A few pages just don't rhyme at all. But it's still a good story.

It's softcover, so not suitable for young babies who are likely to tear the pages, but such a good price if you want to collect all the Dr. Seuss titles without paying a hefty price tag. I've found most of his other books in this format which makes a nice little set. It's big enough to appreciate the illustrations too.
Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (Everyman's Library Classics Series)
Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (Everyman's Library Classics Series)
I have read most of Tolstoy's major work including his most well known short stories. This is an early work from 1852 to 1856 and it is considered to be semi-autobiographical. It is not up to the standards of his later works, although it is long and detailed and made up of three stories that flow together as one.

Tolstoy was born in 1828 and he was in his twenties when he wrote this early work. He his famous for detailed physical descriptions combined with emotional drama. For example, read that wonderul short story Master and Man that combines those two elements. The present work has the detailed descriptions but lacks the emotional appeal and lacks the great characters that we see in other works, i.e.: a crying youth because he is humiliated is hardly a great emotional experienece.

Tolstoy remains as one of the leading writers of novels. His impressive legacy includes three of four monumental works including War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and the novella The Death of Ivan Ilych. According to his own estimate, he has over 400 works - as he describes in one of his non-fiction works.

Tolstoy's writing can be divided into three phases: the early years up to 1860 to 1861, the mid-career years from approximately 1861 to 1890, and his final years when he turned to non-fiction polemics. His most important fiction was written in the middle period, and it started with the release of The Cossacks in 1863. That story contains emotional elements and descriptions similar to what we read in Anna Karenina. His writings before The Cossacks contains his famous detail but lacks the same level of drama and emotion.

The present work is a good example of his early work pre-1961. Tostoy follows a Gogol like approach to produce a lengthy and detailed account of a young man growing up. The narrative is about a young man living in rural Russia. He goes on to attend university in Moscow and he is the son of a landowner as was Tolstoy himself. The story covers the boy's experiences from around the age of ten to the age of twenty. The character is based on one of Tolstoy's childhood friends and includes other characters based on real people that he knew. The story is a work of fiction. Tolstoy's own father died when he was still young as did his mother who died before his father.

This is a very slow read. It took me a week on and off to get through 314 pages in small font. Readers should not confuse this work with his famous works that came in his mid-career. The prose is excellent, especially the description of the thunderstorm about one third of the way into the book, but the story lacks drama and charm. Considering the author and his complete body of work, this is just 4 stars among the stories by Tolstoy.

As a side note, this is a beautifully bound hardcover book.
Gefürchtet (Jane Hawk 3) (German Edition)
Gefürchtet (Jane Hawk 3) (German Edition)
Vorweg: Ich habe diesen Band noch nicht zu Ende gelesen, muss mich aber im Augenblick wirklich zwingen, weiter zu lesen. Die ersten beiden Teile haben die Messlatte doch recht hoch gelegt und auch der Autor ist eigentlich ein Garant für flüssige, mitreißende Handlung und Wortwitz. Daher möchte man fragen: Lieber Herr Koontz, was ist los mit Ihnen???

Bei diesem Roman geht weder die Handlung maßgeblich voran, noch kommt Spannung auf. Stattdessen immer wieder ganze Absätze mit schwurbeliger Poesieanwandlungen, die nichts mit der Handlung zu tun haben. Auch die eingestreuten asiatischen Begriffe, die dann jeweils im nächsten Satz erklärt werden müssen, sind absolut unnötig. All das, was den Autor in meinen Augen bisher ausgezeichnet hat, geht diesem Roman bisher ab... schade...

... natürlich werde ich den Roman zu Ende lesen und sofern dies angebracht scheint, meine Rezension überarbeiten. Ob ich mir den vierten Teil auch noch antun werde, hängt wirklich von den ausstehenden Seiten dieses Romans ab.

Nachtrag vom 24.09.20:
Nachdem ich den Roman nun bis zum Ende gelesen habe, muss ich meine Rezension ein wenig relativeren und meine Bewertung von einem auf zwei Sterne erhöhen. Alles zuvor geschriebene trifft uneingeschränkt auf das erste Kapitel zu. Scheinbar wurde mit Anfang des zweiten Kapitels irgendein Schalter umgelegt, denn seltsamerweise ändern sich ab diesem Zeitpunkt ganz massiv der Satzbau, die Ausdrucksweise/Wortwahl und auch die Spannungsqualität des Romans. Entweder wurde das erste Kapitel von jemand anders geschrieben oder von einem anderen Übersetzer bearbeitet. Allerdings gibt es auch im weiteren Verlauf immer mal wieder Rückfälle in der verschwirbelt- verschwurbelten-philosphischen Bandwurmsätze, die für den Autor eigentlich vollkommen untypisch sind.

Inhaltlich zieht sich leider weiterhin die Nebenhandlung um das asiatische Geschwisterpaar, welche irgendwie nicht stimmig in den Gesamtkontext passt und auch in keinster Weise maßgeblich für den Fortgang der Geschichte ist, noch weiter durch. Hier entsteht der Eindruck, dass das Volumen resp. die Seitenzahl künstlich aufgebläht werden sollten. Auch die Charakterisierung von Janes Gegenspielern schwankt zwischen "beide sind dilettantische Clowns" über "nur einer ist ein Clown" bis hin zu "jetzt ist der andere ein Clown". Solche Unstimmigkeiten bin ich vom Autor eigentlich nicht gewohnt.

Was mich letztendlich stört ist der "unfertige" Charakter dieses Teils. Natürlich ist mir klar, dass es sich um einen Fortsetzungsroman mit mehreren Teilen handelt. Trotzdem bildeten die ersten beiden Teile in sich geschlossene Einheiten, mit deren Hilfe die Geschichte weiter entwickelt wurde. Dieser Teil wirkt da irgendwie wie ein nicht abgeschlossener Fremdkörper, der mit einem Cliffhänger endet... insgesamt hat man den Eindruck, dass dieser Band weniger dazu dient, die Geschichte voran zu treiben, als vielmehr den Umsatz mit der Reihe zu steigern und die Leserschaft weiter "anzufixen".

Dazu passt allerdings nicht so ganz, dass man nun bis Mitte nächsten Jahres warten muss, bevor der nächste Teil in der deutschen Übersetzung vorliegt. Und dies, obwohl im Original bereits seit Mai 2019 Teil fünf verfügbar ist.

Schade, hier wird eine gute Reihe leider ein wenig kaputt gemacht...
Amor (Libros Singulares Paulo Coelho) (Spanish Edition)
Amor (Libros Singulares Paulo Coelho) (Spanish Edition)
Purtroppo penso che in realtà l'autore proprio sia banale. A parte alcuni libri letti magari per moda gli altri li trovo molto adolescenziali. Di conseguenza questa raccolta di frasi la trovo banale e adolescenziale. Non è il mio autore. Ho fatto il reso perché ho completamente sbagliato il regalo.
Szpieg
Szpieg
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Lamb to the Slaughter and Other Stories (Penguin 60s)
Lamb to the Slaughter and Other Stories (Penguin 60s)
When I first discovered Roald Dahl, it was for his children’s stories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach and so many amazing books, but my personal favorite was The Twits. His children’s books were refreshing because he created a world of where adult villains hate and mistreat children, and there is at least one “good” adult to counteract the villain(s). Unlike most books for children at the time, Roald Dahl’s books contained a lot of black humour and grotesque scenarios, including gruesome violence.

And when I chanced upon his short stories for adults, I had nightmares and sleepless nights. Roald Dahl does not waste a single word and the stories are gripping, shocking and yet proceed in such a rational manner that the reader’s suspension of disbelief is never broken. No amount of predicting the end of the story prepares one for the twist in the tale. Roald Dahl can stand you on your head, twist you in knots, tie up your hands and make you gasp for more.

It is hard to find favorites from Roald Dahl’s short stories, but the ones that kept me sleepless at night were ‘Lamb to Slaughter’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Pig’.

Definitely a must read!

Lamb to Slaughter

Here (Spoiler Alert) a dutiful wife, Mary Maloney, finally snaps when she learns her boorish policeman husband plans to leave her, with only three months to go until the birth of their first child. Mary snaps in the middle of cooking tea and batters her husband to death with a frozen leg of lamb. When her husband’s colleagues turn up to investigate the murder, Mary feigns terrible grief whilst serving up a delicious roast for the officers, ensuring the evidence disappears beneath their noses.

Skin

A tattooist, Drioli takes in a young painter and during a night of drunken celebration allows the painter to tattoo his back. Many years later Drioli stumbles upon an exhibition of his old friend’s work. Unfortunately, the painter has long since died, meaning his work, and the tattoo on Drioli’s back, is now priceless. When a rich hotel owner offers to pay for Drioli to live a life of luxury, on the condition that he will allow people to look at the priceless work on his back, what could go wrong?

Pig

Young Lexington stays in the Blue Ridge Mountains where his eccentric old Aunt Glosspan schools him herself and raises him to be a strict vegetarian. He has a talent for cooking and by the time he is 17, he has invented over 9000 different dishes. When Aunt Glosspan dies, he comes to New York to meet her lawyer and then goes to eat in a restaurant and tastes pork for the first time in his life. The chef tells him though, that he can’t be sure it was pig’s meat. “There’s just a chance,” he says, “that it might have been a piece of human stuff.” Wanting to see how a pig is butchered, Lexington takes off for the packing-house in the Bronx – and starts his journey into the other world.
The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
Rupert Campbell is in the worst 5th grade class imaginable. His teacher, Mrs. Frabbleknacker is as awful as her name. She makes her students dig through garbage for a paper clip, dissect frogs, and perform otherworldly science experiments. None of the students are permitted to speak to one another, even outside of class, and if they do she gives them brutal punishments.

Rupert is lonely and misses his friends, but doesn’t dare cross his teacher. He has an unhealthy fascination with the witches that live in town, but his mother insists he stay away from them.

Rupert’s curiosity gets the better of him and everything changes when he answers an ad for a witch’s apprentice. Instead of a real witch though, Rupert finds Witchling Two, an adolescent who has difficulty casting spells, and is only a few weeks away from her witches bar exam. If she fails, she’ll lose all her magic, the witches will force her to leave town, and Rupert would lose his only friend.

Now Rupert must help Witchling Two pass her exam while avoiding the other witches who don’t approve of their friendship. If they catch him, they’ll bring him to the evil Fairfoul Witch who’d boil his toes, turn him into stone, or worse.



I don’t normally read middle grade, especially not books written for the lower end of the spectrum. I admit the cover caught my eye. In all, I am very impressed.

I almost never laugh at written jokes, but Lauren Magaziner brilliantly weaved them into her piece. Although the humor targets elementary aged children, I found myself chuckling from time to time.

The only difficulty I encountered was accepting that this book was intended for an audience much younger than myself. The magic, town and circumstances make no sense, but that’s to be expected when writing for this age group, and fortunately after the first few chapters I was fully involved in the story.

There’s no objectionable material and this book is safe for all audiences. If you like nonsensical silliness with a dash of magic and the ever-constant threat of bunny attack, yeah, that’s right, bunny attack, then I highly recommend The Only Thing Worse Than Witches.
Nicholas Sparks: The Complete Collection (19 book box set)
Nicholas Sparks: The Complete Collection (19 book box set)
I love that this collection has 19 DIFFERENT Nicholas Sparks books. However, my collection came with 2 copies of Safe Haven and it didn't have The Lucky One added in it. This is frustrating I was really looking forward to having a full collection.
While My Pretty One Sleeps
While My Pretty One Sleeps
Columnist Ethel Lamston is tops in her profession of writing scathing columns on the most successful people in New York City in society and in business. She was about to expose the corruption of the garment industry in the City when she was found murdered. Neeve Kearny, daughter of the former police commissioner, and owner of an exclusive high-end women’s fashion shop in Manhattan had dressed Lamston for years. Her death reminded Kearny of her own mother’s unsolved murder years before. Kearny decides to involve herself in pursuit of the killer, not knowing that she is also on a hit list. Clark has written an interesting, fast paced novel. However, MHC spends way too much time on detailed descriptions of surroundings, people and their clothes. I also felt the ending was a bit amateurish for a seasoned writer.
I give the novel 4 stars.
Desire's Captive
Desire's Captive
Saffron Wykeman lost her mother when she was younger and tried to get her father's attention by acting out. She has finally started to settle down at the age of 20-21 and works for her father's company in the charity side of things. She meets Nico Doranti at a party and she becomes enamored of him. They begin to spend time together and she believes she is falling in love with him. There seems to be a special connection between them. Then he kidnaps her and this is NOT like those heroes kidnapping the heroine because they love them kidnappings either.

SPOILERS: Saffron is severely traumatized in her ordeal. She is kidnapped, smacked around a few times, even by Nico/Dom, there are two attempts at rape by one of the kidnappers, she has a permanent scar because of one of the attempts, she is taken to a drunken surgeon, emotionally abused, and scared to death that she will not survive her ordeal, oh yes and let's not forget that her father NEVER comes through with the ransom.

My problems with the book are that Nico/Dom is ex-military and he uses a civilian for bait, he leaves her alone several times with known murderers, no closure with her father, they couldn't even seal the deal with the criminals without her testimony, Nico/Dom has no gut instincts about anything, in the beginning it is remarked that Saffron and her father's relationship has improved but then at the end it is like that never even happened, Saffron gets absolutely no counseling, and Nico/Dom's and her father's biggest concern was Saffron having fallen in love with Nico apparently they had no problem with everything else, from her first meeting with Nico/Dom everything was planned out - so how can she let alone the reader trust that anything was real?

The following really got me: he had just got her back and after a period of time with no counseling, mind you, he thinks: "she looked enchanting, but privately he thought she looked heartbreakingly fragile and vulnerable, and he wished he knew what brought the shadows to her eyes and the droop to her mouth, but he was too wise and understanding to probe; their new relationship to precious to withstand any rough handling." What did these two think would happen to her?

I guess overall I liked it because the author really tapped into Saffron's emotions. You got the pain and hurt that Saffron felt, the need for revenge, but I can't understand her letting her father off so easily not after all that she endured just so that Nico/Dom could get revenge. I needed that scene with her father. I needed the emotions displayed by her to him and his regret shown to her for all that he put her through. I also needed the blow up scene from dear old dad with Nico/Dom as that man didn't protect his baby girl. I'm left wondering how Nico/Dom explained the attempted rapes and the scar to her father since he was supposed to be protecting her yet continually left her alone with these people. I also needed more from him, Nico/Dom. I needed more remorse for what he put her through. I can't even begin to imagine how he and 30 something year old and her father could fathom that this would be a good idea with an innocent let alone a "rumored to get around girl", it would make more sense if Saffron was an operative and could protect herself with some sort of military training. As it is I don't truly believe it was love between the two lead characters I have to go by what the S.A.S. officer said: One of two ways - either a deep abiding hatred develops in the victim or an intense sense of dependency. This is NOT love.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Wizard Collection Action Figure : Invisibility Cloak Harry
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Wizard Collection Action Figure : Invisibility Cloak Harry
This is the only figure of Harry in his Invisibility Cloak that there is, so boy am I happy with it! He looks exactly as he is photographed here on Amazon in real life, and the effect of his silvery grey image is fantastic. The Cloak rests on his shoulders, and cascades down over his front and back, moulding to his shape in folds that stand out nicely, so that it really does look like ' "water woven into material" ' as J.K Rowling describes it in the first book. You can also take it off and stand him on his own, which is well cool. He looks good standing on top of the cardboard cut-out stand that comes in the package for display purposes, and also comes with a Magic Trick in an envelope and a Casting Stone Medallion. The delivery was quick and as a "Harry Potter" fan and collector, I could not resist making this purchase. Thank you Amazon!
Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
Ich habe ja schon einige Bücher gelesen, die sich mit Harry Potter befassen, doch wenige sind meiner Meinung nach wirklich empfehlenswert. Mit Ausnahmen haben lediglich jene, welche gesammelte Werke von Fans beinhalten, einen für den Fan der Reihe ausreichenden Anspruch. Viele Bücher werden von Autoren veröffentlicht, welche sich mit dem Namen "Harry Potter" einen Vorteil am Markt verschaffen wollen, ohne die Bücher, von denen sie schreiben, so gut zu kennen, wie die, die ihre Bücher lesen möchten. Insbesondere in deutscher Sprache ist diese Art von Büchern eher häufig zu finden.
Eine solche Ausnahme von diesen halbherzigen Veröffentlichungen stellt dieses Buch dar. Man merkt, dass der Autor - übrigens langjähriger Professor für Literatur - die Bücher der Harry Potter Reihe sorgfältig studiert hat und uns hier eine umfassende Zusammenfassung aller sieben Bände liefert, die unterhaltsam UND detailliert ist und stellenweise mit wunderbaren Vergleichen zu weiteren literarischen Werken aufwartet.
Dabei geht James W. Thomas relativ strukturiert vor: In "mundgerechten" Portionen von 3-5 Kapiteln zeigt er dem Leser zunächst einige kleine teils witzige Zusammenhänge, Andeutungen und Wortspiele (MMMs oder "minor miscellanious matters") auf, geht dann über zu wichtigen inhaltlichen Zusammenhängen, zu Vergleichen mit anderer Literatur und schließlich der Deutung der Erzählweise und der (eventuell) gewählten Symboliken J.K. Rowlings.

Man muss nicht Literatur studiert haben, um allen Ausführungen des Autors zu folgen, er schreibt nicht sehr gestochen, wie man es von einem Literaturprofessor erwarten könnte, sondern relativ locker. Dennoch sollte man schon Erfahrung mit dem Lesen englischer Bücher mitbringen (so oder so sollte man die Harry Potter Romane auf englisch gelesen haben) und/oder ein vernünftiges Wörterbuch zur Hand haben (äußerstt praktisch beim Kindle!).

Alles in allem hält der Untertitel, was er verspricht, ein wirklich gutes und gut geschriebenes Buch für den ambitionierten "Re-Reader"!
Echo's of Silence: Half-Blood Princess: Abel's Slayers
Echo's of Silence: Half-Blood Princess: Abel's Slayers
The fifth book of the Half-Blood Princess series continues to be intriguing with a unique look into the paranormal world as the author as new elements to the story.

In this book, the romance portion focuses on another couple in the series. While there is more hot and steamy scenes, the romance stays well written and proportionate to the story.

We left the last book with Sophia and her friends overcoming their biggest enemy. In this story a new enemy is introduced and I found myself just as engaged and absorbed in the plot as I was in the previous books. The author combines the past and present opposition smoothly into the story.

While the story evolves at a little slower pace, I was still captivated with Sophia, her friends and the continuing saga of the Half-Blood Princess.
Moleskine Cahier Journal, Soft Cover, XXL (8.5" x 11") Ruled/Lined, Black, 120 Pages (Set of 3)
Moleskine Cahier Journal, Soft Cover, XXL (8.5" x 11") Ruled/Lined, Black, 120 Pages (Set of 3)
I have bought this set of notebooks twice (both times as a gift) and they are wonderful, the paper is creamy, the binding is sturdy. They are also very affordable in comparison to Moleskine products in general. The cover is easily customizable - I have drawn on it with ink markers and painted on it with watercolor, both worked like a charm.

However, both times the notebooks were delivered with bumped/bent corners and with a scratch on the top notebook in the pack of three (despite the protective foil they come wrapped in). This clearly did NOT happen during shipping, as I ordered them along with other products, so they came in a larger box and it seems unlikely that they would get bent like this during transport. This is not a huge issue, but they didn't look perfect (which is an issue when gifting them!) and when I order a new product, I expect it to be in mint condition. Thus only three stars from my side.
Genius Australian Sheepskin Insole, Extra Thick and Warm Wool Insole, Women Men Replacement Insole
Genius Australian Sheepskin Insole, Extra Thick and Warm Wool Insole, Women Men Replacement Insole
Very happy with everything about this product. I've have these and wore them every day for over a month and still like new. I'm very hard on my insoles and have bought many memory foam inserts that barely last a week before losing their memory. These have just enough cushion for my bad feet and feel great. I have washed them once by hand (because I spilled something on them) and they're still like new. They're very warm and soft. They soles are suede and they don't slip around inside my shoes like many other inserts. They run true to size. They also stay very fresh smelling. I'm so impressed that I'm ordering another pair right now. I fully recommend these. BTW I paid full price for them and have not been paid to say any of this, although I'd love it if they sent me a pair for free. Ha, ha.
SWITZERS
SWITZERS
I have enjoyed Switzer's licorice for many years, I have read the other reviews and I must have gotten a bad batch, it is soft like Switzer's, it's black like Switzer's but that is where comparison ends. This tastes nothing like Switzer's, it cost like it is real Switzer's but something went wrong. I'm just disappointed.
nguan Pronto, Star de polvo de anís molido, 1,59 oz
nguan Pronto, Star de polvo de anís molido, 1,59 oz
I use this spice on ham, adds a little sweetness for flavor. You can purchase it in a star shape or grounds. I have the stars and use them from time to time, but I prefer to use the ground. You can add it to soups, stews, meats, etc. I also use it with some ground up cinnamon sticks for toppings on toast or with bananas – yum! Add it to your collection of spices and try it with various foods!

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