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Html5
Html5 by Inc. BarCharts. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Web Development: Learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MYSQL and WordPress for Beginners: Learn Basics of Web Development by Learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ... for Absolute Beginners (Release Book 1)
Web Development: Learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MYSQL and WordPress for Beginners: Learn Basics of Web Development by Learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ... for Absolute Beginners (Release Book 1)
Web Development: Learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MYSQL and WordPress for Beginners: Learn Basics of Web Development by Learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ... for Absolute Beginners (Release Book 1) by PHPBootcamp DotCom. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
High Availability MySQL Cookbook
High Availability MySQL Cookbook
High Availability MySQL Cookbook by Alex Davies. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1195 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The House Next Door
The House Next Door
The House Next Door by James Patterson. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 475 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
BEYOND JUSTICE
BEYOND JUSTICE
BEYOND JUSTICE by Joshua Graham. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 1310 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Computer Programming: This Book Includes: SQL, Linux, Java, Python, C#, Arduino, C# For Intermediates, Arduino For Intermediates Learn Any Computer Language In One Day Step by Step (#2020 Version)
Computer Programming: This Book Includes: SQL, Linux, Java, Python, C#, Arduino, C# For Intermediates, Arduino For Intermediates Learn Any Computer Language In One Day Step by Step (#2020 Version)
Computer Programming: This Book Includes: SQL, Linux, Java, Python, C#, Arduino, C# For Intermediates, Arduino For Intermediates Learn Any Computer Language In One Day Step by Step (#2020 Version) by Steve Tudor. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2)
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2)
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2) by Eric Marston. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Web Application Development with Yii 2 and PHP
Web Application Development with Yii 2 and PHP
Web Application Development with Yii 2 and PHP by Mark Safronov and Jeffrey Winesett. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Learning Oracle PL/SQL
Learning Oracle PL/SQL
Learning Oracle PL/SQL by Bill Pribyl. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Getting a Clue with SQL
Getting a Clue with SQL
Getting a Clue with SQL by Steve Halladay. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learning Shell Scripting with Zsh
Learning Shell Scripting with Zsh
Learning Shell Scripting with Zsh by Gastón Festari. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Programming in Lua, fourth edition
Programming in Lua, fourth edition
Programming in Lua, fourth edition by Roberto Ierusalimschy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 67 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
ASP.NET Core 3 and React: Hands-On full stack web development using ASP.NET Core, React, and TypeScript 3
ASP.NET Core 3 and React: Hands-On full stack web development using ASP.NET Core, React, and TypeScript 3
I got this book from another place, but anyway want to make a recommendation for it. It is a all-in one book, that will teach you TypeScript, React and asp.net core building a real world application. Topics are introduced in a great sequence, building on top of each other. The example of a Questions and Answers app is great. This is one of the few technical books that you will enjoy reading from cover to cover. Kudos to the author.

This is for beginners, but it will give you an incredible solid foundation, it makes everything easy to learn and follow. Very pleased!! Highly recommended
Savage Spear of the Unicorn: Stories by Delicious Tacos
Savage Spear of the Unicorn: Stories by Delicious Tacos
Just here because they banned me from Twitter.

I want you to know that I've stolen your pandemic Tinder opener about repopulating the earth and am absolutely cleaning up with it. Hint that I've been to prison. Replaced my entire profile with photos of birds. I hadn't had a date in 9 months and suddenly every woman within 50 miles of me is beating down my door, wanting to know What Is The Deal With All Those Birds.

Whoever shows up is going in my bed. Lightly used college sophomore. 4'10 Chinese stripper with an imaginary modeling career. Stacked 35 year old MILF with kids in high school. No condoms. I'm 34 years old and work part time for minimum wage. You think I'm worried about child support? You can't get blood from a stone. Here's your check for $21.80. See you next month.

When they ask me what I do for fun, I tell them that my favorite author just put out a book. I had been saying it was Finally Some Good News, but now I'm telling them it's this one. Hopefully you make a few bucks. Least I could do.

Five Stars.
Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait
Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait
I have been Apple obsessed since my first iPod, and have always been fascinated with Steve Jobs and the company as a whole. I've read several other biographies about Jobs, as well as watched quite a few documentaries, and I feel familiar with Steve Jobs and the legend of Apple. Despite my previous knowledge, I still enjoyed reading this book. Straightforward and easy-to-read, this biography held nuggets of information that I did not know before, while the photographs sprinkled throughout give you a wonderful visual journey into Steve Jobs, the man.

There is no denying his genius when it came to perfection in a product, despite how you might feel about him as a person. He gave all of himself into his company, which is why you still can't hear Apple without thinking of Steve Jobs, despite it been seven years since he passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Though I love learning about Apple's rollercoaster of successes and failures, I was hoping this biography would delve more into his personal life, but it gave more focus on Apple, with Jobs' personal life being more of a side note, though you do find out about his more 'hippy' lifestyle, hot temper, and arrogant attitude.

If you've never read anything about Apple or Steve Jobs, this would be a wonderful biography to start with! The flow and the photographs win you over and the information contained within the pages, including incredibly detailed statistics about various Apple products, is enough to give you a rich backstory into Steve Jobs and Apple. Highly recommend!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Quarto Publishing Group-White Lion Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography
I liked this unauthorised biography of Steve Jobs. I liked the unauthorised biography of Susan Boyle by Alice Montgomery too. I also read Susan Boyle's autobiography, which I enjoyed as well. Somehow these two unauthorised biographies held more allure for me. The Steve Jobs book was an interesting read. I thought at the beginning the author was anti Steve Jobs, but that impression went away as I progressed through the book. I have a lot of sympathy for the late Jobs, and understand that to lead is often not easy. He could see what was required and went for it. I admire the man. You can't please all the people all of the time? Many who worked for him recognised the need for this sometimes aggressive approach, but wouldn't have had it any other way in retrospect. The cover picture was an attractive feature, enticing me to buy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Steve Jobs, or if you're just curious. In my opinion it's worth the read.
Der Allesverkäufer: Jeff Bezos und das Imperium von Amazon
Der Allesverkäufer: Jeff Bezos und das Imperium von Amazon
Eigentlich wollte ich mir ein schmaleres Buch kaufen, ein Buch, das sich direkt mit Amazons Einflußnahme auf den Buchmarkt beschäftigt, schwenkte aber auf diesen Titel um, der von Rezensenten als der bessere empfohlen wurde.
Ist er das? Nun, er ist doppelt so teuer und doppelt so umfangreich, das schon. Unglaublich kenntnis- und detailreich breitet Stone die Entwicklung Amazons und seines Gründers vor uns aus, so daß ich mir nicht selten dachte: "Sooo genau wollte ich es dann auch wieder nicht wissen."
Wie bei solchen Managerbiographien nicht selten, schwankt der Verfasser zwischen Anbetung ("Was für ein intelligenter, tatkräftiger, begabter Machertyp!") und Grusel ("Mit manischer Getriebenheit drückt er mit fiesen Methoden Lieferanten und Verlage an die Wand") hin und her.
Zu meinem Bekanntenkreis gehören Kleinverleger. Deren Verhältnis zu Amazon ist gespalten: Einerseits könnten sie ohne den Online-Riesen ihr Sortiment längst keiner so breiten potentiellen Käufermasse präsentieren wie im traditionellen Buchhandel mit seinem beschränkten Platzangebot (und oft auch Ladeninhabern mit leicht beschränktem Horizont), andererseits ist das Wehklagen groß über willkürliche Maßnahmen Amazons (Auslistungen politisch inkorrekter Bücher, Löschen erotisch freizügiger Titelbilder), über fehlende Kontaktmöglichkeiten, über die Art und Weise, wie Amazon als internationaler Konzern international verschachtelt ist, so daß man ihn kaum greifen kann (darüber klagen nationale Regierungen wie deutsche Kleinverleger) und und und ...
Amazon erscheint als Drohung wie auch als Verlockung. Mir erscheint Amazon-Chef Bezos nach der Lektüre als so was ähnliches wie Discounter-Chefs à la Aldi-Brüder: Amazon ist für die Kunden oft prima, für die Lieferanten oft weniger schön, um es mal milde auszudrücken, die werden geschubst und getreten (ebenso wie die Mitarbeiter), denen drückt man die Preise und Konditionen bis zum Gehtnichtmehr - sie entwickeln eine Haßliebe zu Amazon: Ohne Amazon geht es nicht, aber mit Amazon geht es oft auch nicht ...
Fazit: Aufstieg und Werdegang des "Allesverkäufers" Bezos werden gekonnt und kenntnisreich beschrieben - aber mit ein paar Details weniger wäre die klare Linie vielleicht sichtbarer geworden ...
Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada
Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada
Actually I give almost all dhamma books 5 stars because it's a good thing to promote with ignorance, greed, and hate being so popular these days.

I have also read many nice things about Max Muller in other reading, about what a nearly enlighten being he was, etc.. so I'm grateful for people like him and am cognizant that this was written when NO good translations of anything Buddhist in English existed so I'm sure it was a really great blessing at the time.

However I don't think it holds up that well compared to more modern translations. The language is awkward and as someone who has spent alot of time reading the Nikayas etc I think the vocabulary used by Max was of the time (pre 1900s) did not convey the complex meanings of the Pali -> English as well as thing translated more recently. I think since there, there has been a great deal of effort to find more descriptive words to convey Buddhist terms that were not available to him, terms that even if they were available at the time have since been nuanced by Buddhists that weren't nuanced then..

Holding this truth, it was a great effort and and only praise for Max for doing the real pioneering translations as NOTHING (including good Pali -> English dictionaries) were not available at the time AND English was not his native language. More modern translations have this advantage are a much easier read and convey the meaning that the Buddha was meaning to convey. I kept asking myself - is this Buddhism I'm reading about? It seemed very foreign even though Buddhism is really the center of my life.

A great read for a historical perspective of Buddhisms entry into the west, but you if it's really the meaning of the Dhammapada you want, you should look to a more recent translation. Still I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to Max.. thanks Max! Without you the next steps may have been delayed by decades or longer.
Dangerous Charisma: The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers
Dangerous Charisma: The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers
The title of Jerrold Post, MD and Stephanie Doucette’s book, “Dangerous Charisma:The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers,” intrigued me. Given Dr. Post’s background as a 21 year veteran of the CIA with a specialty in political personal profiling I was expecting for a deep and revealing exploration. Broken into three multiple chaptered sections: I) The Charismatic Leader, II) The Political Psychology of Trump’s Followers, and III) Trump’s Impact; the book is organized well and written in a highly readable fashion. The first section is quite good in establishing: the topic of ‘personal political psychology;’ what charismatic leaders and how they arise developmentally; and how Donald Trump’s family, upbringing and adult life fit within this rubric. Dr. Post raises the classic psychology/psychiatric diagnosis issue of the ‘Goldwater Rule’ - the American Psychiatric Associations prohibition on making diagnosis at a distance of public figures, and makes it clear that despite this rule he feels compelled to use his expertise to comment on our 45th President. My expectations were still quite high. But then the second section fell completely flat. It was chuck full of disturbing facts about the President (and his followers), but with the exception of utilizing the Presidents own books and written word (which few others have done effectively), there is little new information here that hasn’t been covered multiple times in other works. Insights into the President’s psychological profile is not particularly insightful not deep, leaving me wanting much more. Surprisingly the authors don’t even refer to other mental health professionals who have more significantly broken with the Goldwater rule to provide insights about the President (e.g., Dr. Brandy Lee’s “
The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” and Justin Frank’s “Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President”). This is a huge oversight that could have strengthened the authors discussion. Unfortunately both of the books cited here are more insightful than Post and Doucette’s book. The last section of the book is decent, maybe stronger then the section section but not as strong as the first. Moreover, the books conclusions are flat feeling to this reviewer. Overall a decent book, easy engaging read, but not a lot of new stuff, despite the promise of more. 3 of 5 stars.
The Cars That Henry Ford Built (An Automobile Quarterly Magnificent Marque History)
The Cars That Henry Ford Built (An Automobile Quarterly Magnificent Marque History)
I wanted to get this book because it struck my eye while I was looking for rebuilding material to help me fix and fine tune upgrades to this 37 Tudor Slantback project. It is amazing how someone can come from a farming and horse upbringing to working on the industrial power plants of the day....then suddenly become a key figure in creating the society we are today of horseless travellers
Gonna be a great read and nice time piece to keep nearby when kicking up in front of a fire to rest from the travels

Thx for bringing me this read on Ford History
Google Plus Basics
Google Plus Basics
Google Plus Basics by Goran Zinic. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
Larry Page & Sergay Brin [PB,2010]
Larry Page & Sergay Brin [PB,2010]
Larry Page & Sergay Brin [PB,2010] by undefined. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
The Beatles (Abbey Road) Music Poster Print - 36x24
The Beatles (Abbey Road) Music Poster Print - 36x24
It took a long time to arrive, but was well worth the wait. It's a beautiful poster, which we had professionally framed and looks fantastic hanging on the wall of our family room. It isn't exactly as pictured, which doesn't bother me, but the writing is on the upper right hand side of the poster and just says Abbey Road- The Beatles, and not really the official looking Beatles logo pictured here. In case that would bother you, it's something to consider, but it still looks fantastic.
Live in Europe 1966-1967 [VINYL]
Live in Europe 1966-1967 [VINYL]
Disque de montage de morceaux sortie de « fonds de tiroirs » avec une qualité de son assez médiocre
N’ont que peu d’intérêt, dommage!!!
The Story of George Washington: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)
The Story of George Washington: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)
I just knew that George Washington was the first president of the USA but never read about who was he and how he became the president. Also, it was a point that I never came across any book about him. "The story of George Washington" by Lisa Trusiani is a biography book for new readers, written fabulously and all the illustrations are done by John John Bajet. Both of them have done a great job of providing so much information about George Washington for young minds with amazing illustrations in the book.

There is a total of 8 chapters in the book. Starting with the introduction of George Washington, his birth history, family details, and the slavery tradition during that time. He was very hardworking, brave, and participated in wars. I truly loved the fact that he understood the market well and kept changing his business to make money with his wife.

It is very inspirational to read how he fought against all odds and lead people fearlessly. 

Chapter 5 was very inspiring where he worked so hard to make an army of soldiers with proper training and armor. Such a compassionate and brave leader he was on the battlefield. My son enjoyed reading this biography and I too got to know so many facts about George Washington.

This book helps to bust some myths and provides a timeline of events took place with geographical maps. Every chapter has some lovely quotes in big fonts and "jump in the think tank" will leave you in deep thinking. There is a quiz in the last to test your knowledge of what you read in the book. All the illustrations are wonderful.

I recommend everyone to read this book be it you or your kid.

Overall a great book without any doubt. This book was sent to me by the publisher. I am not forced to write any positive reviews. All opinions are mine.
Tom Petty & Bob Dylan Karaoke Disc - Legends Series CDG
Tom Petty & Bob Dylan Karaoke Disc - Legends Series CDG
I am critical about everything in my life; so understand, I have high standards about how I like things to be and I like to keep things the way they use to be, like classic rock.

This Karaoke CD doesn't sound all that good but, it doesn't sound all that bad either. Just don't use it for professional reasons, like auditioning for "America's Got Talent" or live performances at fairgrounds or bars. Use it for personal entertainment, Karaoke bars, in your car driving home from work or practice at home.
Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks
Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks
As a keen longstanding Dylan fan I was really looking forward to reading this. Victor was standing next to Bob during the crucial years of his development from 1962 to 1966, returned to Dylan's employ in the 80s and stayed with him till they fell out at the end of the 1990s.

The book is based around tapes Victor recorded before he died at the start of the 2000s, written by his son.

There are some interesting psychological insights into Dylan, for example his method of songwriting and how he thinks. It is no surprise to learn that being famous has had a bad effect on Bob's manner when dealing with people. This is understandable when one considers the ridiculous and dangerous behaviour in relation to Bob of some fans - some of which is described here.

I get the feeling that a lot has still been left out, to be fair much material went up in smoke when Victor's ex wife's house burnt down. And Victor by his own admission took a lot of drugs in the 60s so his memory may have failed him.

There is an element of revenge involved here too - Victor felt deep resentment from Bob's perceived ill-treatment of a member of his family.

The description of the first meeting between Dylan and the Beatles is spoiled by Victor being pathetically star-struck. There are no insights in this chapter.

The recounting of the tour dates in the eighties and nineties is not really of interest either except to see how Bob can allegedly behave like a spoilt brat at times.

Most annoying for me is the detail about Victor's family life which is surely of slight interest even to fans of the counter culture of the 60s and 70s, nobody who has read elsewhere about West Coast hippie scene will learn anything e.g. Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. And there is information here which discredits Victor as a person, sadly.

As a literary work this book is not very impressive. Only Bob is a 'live' character in this book, everyone else described seems cardboard and unreal.

In all this is a book for hardcore Bob fans who are curious about what he was/is like as a person from the viewpoint of his batman. It is short on corroborative detail and you have to take much of what he says on trust. Be advised, a bitter man and his son wrote this book. Howard Sounes biography is far better value than this.
JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Master the World's Most-Used Programming Language
JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Master the World's Most-Used Programming Language
I first approached JS by buying Eloquent JavaScript and after few chapters I got completely demotivated in continuing studying from that book. Simple concepts were made outrageously complex whereas complex topics didn’t get the treatment they deserved. I then tried few online Udemy courses which were great but can never be as organized as a book.
Then the new edition of Flanagan’s JS guide was released. This book is not an easy bedtime reading. There are tons of concepts to learn there which are often recursive in different chapters, ie you can’t really skip or change the topic sequence of the book.
However I think that the author does a v good job in helping readers understating via precised and short code examples.
So far this is the best book I read on the subject. It is also updated with the latest lexicon of ES6. Remember JavaScript is a living language which get regularly updated and enriched. Books which were good 5yrs ago might not be relevant today any longer. Definitely recommended to whoever is serious in learning the language.
Yellow Green Beret: Stories of an Asian-American Stumbling Around U.S. Army Special Forces
Yellow Green Beret: Stories of an Asian-American Stumbling Around U.S. Army Special Forces
First off I want to thank "Mr. Wong" for his service to our country and for this fantastic book.

It's unfortunate that there have been other SF or SOF guys writing reviews questioning the authenticity of his experience (and experiences) in the short time he served in SF.

I think everyone should keep in mind that our individual perspectives are shaped by who we are, where we come from, and where we've been. The authors unique perspective on his training and operational deployments while in SF was influenced by his Asian-Am background, the culture of the organization he belonged to and the snap shot in time of when he was in training or on specific missions.

Tales of the Ranger school or Q-Course I went to in the 1980's would sound incredulous to those attending today. Likewise the experiences a SF guy from another Group, let alone an operator from another service, will likely be far different than the ones described as seen through the eyes of an officer whose POV came from his work with one very small element in the larger SOF community.

Like the six blind men and the elephant, six different SF guys will describe their experiences six different ways. While the author never claimed to speak for SF (or SOF) at large, his experiences while they may be unique to 1st Group, were both entertaining (my opinion) and factual (from my experience.)

I believe I am in a unique position to review this book and comment on the authors claims due to my own background both as an Asian-American and as a 1st Group SF guy for the last 24 years (and four years in the Ranger Regiment prior). While I don't know "Mr. Wong" personally I have served in the same organization, the same company in Oki (possibly the same teams), attended the same schools, and was on many of the same missions he described (albeit different locations or at different times.)

I only stumbled across the book due to another SF guy finding it on a Amazon search who made fun of the title and asked if I had read it (partially a racial slam, he obviously expected that I read it because I was also an Asian SF guy.)

When he told me the title and explained it was written by a former SF guy from Oki who had gotten out I asked,

"So this guy was an officer?"

"Yup, I think he was the team leader for 13X." (real team number not important)

"And he...only did ..what.. like 3 years in Group?" (Officers traditionally serve only two years on an ODA but some are selected to serve an extra year if they transfer to a specialty team or specialized mission company within the battalion)

"So what you are trying to tell me is some cat wrote three books about being a "Yellow Green Beret" and by my standards he was barely yellow, and barely a Green Beret!"

With low expectations I looked up the book myself on Amazon and despite the cheesy Asian exploitation, chop-socky comic book cover, I made it down here to the reviews section and was reasonably impressed by the overall reception of whatever lies this obvious poser was telling.

So, barring better judgment, I ordered the book planning to tear it apart and give a "real review" from someone who could clearly see through any BS, especially coming from a "1st Group" guy. This ABC "Bai Tou" might be able to fool the uninformed reader but I was going to be the one to call him out...Yellow Green Beret...chigger please.

Imagine then my surprise in finding that this is one of the most enjoyable books on SF that I have read (and I have read pretty much everything.)

This was MY SF, the SF I knew and loved. These are SF stories as they would be told to other SF guys that traditionally start with "No s***, there I was..." It's a refreshing read in a genre chockfull of self-aggrandizing books about the most deadly killer sniper/Seal/contractor/operator/spy/you name it.

As other reviews have mentioned the book is a collection of short stories, in random chronological order, that depict the humorous and insightful experiences of an Asian-American, West Point commissioned, officer during his time in the US Army, with a majority of the focus retelling his adventures while assigned to 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa Japan. While there are stories from his days at West Point or in other schools he attended, the book seems to follow the author's development as an operator as much as tell funny antidotes and war stories.

I found the authors descriptions and views spot on accurate having been to most of the same locations or having worked with many of the same people. The real value of the book is the insight it gives to the "real world" of SF as seen or understood by very few, even within our own community.

By the end of the book I was left with mixed feelings. As much as I loved it I fear that the book is perhaps too honest. Its presentation of SF, (or at least the SF I know) held little back, aired our human nature, and painted no pretty pictures of who we are or what we do. While I loved the "truth" of it, this type of honesty is like letting strangers into your house, not with fear of their opinion, but knowing that they might not see or appreciate the things inside it. After all one man's treasure is another man's trash. While some may see Mr. Wong's "walking the edge" as a negative I see it as a way of thinking that used to be the norm in SF (again only from my own experience and perspective) that is slowly disappearing.

After reading his book I'm sorry Mr. Wong got out, we need more guys like him in SF. He would have probably never been a general (hell he probably would never have made it to battalion command) but he definitely "Got it" and his moving on is in the end our loss.

Needless to say I ordered the second two books and look forward to enjoying them as well.

DOL

Duc
Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger (4K UHD)
Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger (4K UHD)
A young man, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to join the military. Unfortunately, this is during World War II and he is deemed to be 4F. He doesn't want to kill Nazis just thwart bullies. He gets his chance through the efforts of Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci,) who fatten him up a bit through injections and extreme infusions of blue light energy. Now comes the question of how will he use his newfound abilities, for good, for evil, or frivolity?

Most of us already know the story of Capt. America many of watched programs or read the comics. So, we already have a preconception of how this should come about and what he should be doing as a superhero. However, I suggest you set those preconceptions aside and watch the movie for what it is. You will find that it is entertaining, fast-paced yet slows down every once in a while, so that Steve Rogers can look into Peggy Carter’s (Hayley Atwell) eyes and wonder what it would be like if the world was different.

Being a little bit on the cynical side you would almost think that this movie is really an outlet for out of work actors. We see many of our favorites and a few that may become favorites. Tommy Lee Jones looks a little bit like he might've melted in his old age but we still remember him from that fantastic movie "Volcano." Every time I see the bad guy okay the Crimson Skull (Hugo Weaving) I think of "Lord of the Rings." But it's too bad that Stanley Tucci did not get a longer part as he is a very flexible actor. You should really see Stanley in the movie “Undercover Blues.”

I only saw the Blu-ray version so I cannot comment on any peculiarities of the other versions. And watching the credits they explained that this is really just the first movie of the series of movies.
Avengers Marvel Endgame Red Infinity Gauntlet Electronic Fist Roleplay Toy with Lights and Sounds for Kids Ages 5 and Up
Avengers Marvel Endgame Red Infinity Gauntlet Electronic Fist Roleplay Toy with Lights and Sounds for Kids Ages 5 and Up
This glove has made my boy very happy. The only issue I do have with it is, the large the area where the child puts thier hand as there is no real stability leaving it flapping around on their arm. It doesn't have any padding inside either which leaves them open to injury if playing an instese or full on "superhero" game as my boys like to do. It is made from a very thick material making it very durable, which is a bonus as we all now how clumsy little hands can be. Overall I'm happy with the product and my son loves it, as I said the issue is that the opening could be a bit smaller and more supporting to tiny hands.
miccostumes Men's Deluxe Cosplay Suit Costume Halloween
miccostumes Men's Deluxe Cosplay Suit Costume Halloween
The costume fit much better than I expected. Overall I am very happy with it.

Though the straps and accessories can use some work overall I’m not upset. Also If you want a cosplay worthy mask I’d suggest buying a separate one.

The costume is as advertised if not better. There is some funky stitching and delicate zippers but it’s not anything a tailor can’t fix.

I orginally was worried that a Large would be ill fitting. I’m extremely happy I purchased the large. I am around 5,8 and 185 pounds. It fits like a glove but affords mobility. Personally I think it fits better than some of the more expensive 300 dollar costumes I see online.

In conclusion, For the price and quality it is a great buy. If you are up for a project. Get some craft paint to dirty up the fabric, buy a new mask for about $30 and touch up the accessories. Once that’s done this $149 costume can compete with the ones $300 and up.

(Update)

Please note:
In regards to the pictures I uploaded, the mask and a few of the straps are from outside vendors. I also weathered the fabric
Fantastic Four - Logo Fitted T-Shirt (XX-Large/Blue)
Fantastic Four - Logo Fitted T-Shirt (XX-Large/Blue)
I've seen a lot of Fantastic Four shirts over the years, but this is one of the very few I've seen with the original '60s logo on the darker "slate blue" uniform style of shirt. Most others have been the '80s/early '90s version of the logo on darker shirts, so seeing this officially-licensed Marvel shirt (tags and everything) with the retro logo was something I had to have.

The picture of the shirt shows exactly what you're going to get; however, right beneath the logo in small white text there is the copyright/trademark information. It's small, but it's definitely noticeable up close. I understand the legal reasons for this, of course, but it's a bit distracting. Other than that, it's a fine shirt.
What I Believe (illustrated)
What I Believe (illustrated)
Leo Tolstoy confuses himself by being in the midst of very different ideas than what he could understand as a 55 year old writer and intellectual. His descriptions of religions other than Christianity reveal how little he knows of them. He defends again and again his own religion and that one could attain happiness in it. Many of his arguments are self-contradictory and in one place he will give details of what bad consequences can happen if the religious codes are followed and in another he says that the same codes can bring happiness if followed. He shows how a writer and publisher has to contain himself in criticizing the existing religious customs and traditions and not become unpatriotic towards his own country and its culture, including the nation's religious beliefs and practices.
Answered Prayers
Answered Prayers
When this book first came out, I thought " what a boring book!" Then after marriage of 15 1/2 years and calibrating my life with my husband that cancer of my spinal cord and uterus along with early simptoms of it spreading to my brain, and alluded to the fact that my dreams and my hard high honor status in school along with being a member of the National Honor Society, left me with no vocation and some law classes between treatments. My husband was tepid in understanding in the tender needs I needed, missed my golden retreiver( no pet townhouse) , my daddy( dead at 63-3 yrs ago) and needed affirmation about my life. I have read virtually every Steel novel, (note: when married to the late husband John Traina/ predeath of beloved son, Nick, her writing took on a different palpable feel as we know today).
So, one day, I visited my local library and had alighted my eyes on this book. For some reason, I pulled it off the shelf and cursorily began reading it . Its funny how your brain lexicons events and older impressions. To say it was fantastic was an understatement! It's reason was basically the more you identify with the book as a whole, mirroring your life at that time, it's content holds another interpretation and new experience to reading it. Even rereads.
In " Answered Prayers" , Steel pens a wife and husband who after many years fall into a recalcitrant dull routine. However, as the novel progresses, the main protagonist finds a renewal of life beyond being a haus-frau and ends up going back to school to become a lawyer. In her forties!!! From a new found temerity, Liz finds the power to upend her predictable life and causes her once comfortable relationship to a unstable, tense home life without the support of her husband and further, endures resistance and hardship incurred by him making her decision to not live for him, but to reclaim her life she left at the altar.
I practically inhaled this novel. I identified with Liz due to the identical situation and depression one finds doing ferris wheel chores and never ending housework most woman find themselves in daily, haunted by thoughts that say , " I want feel something more engaging in life than to wake up and clean"! Her desire to finding a purpose in life leads her to an old friend she had and throughout the support and strength, He provides the foundation Liz needs to redeem her once banal life.
As far as the rest of the book, I leave that up to you to find out what happens to her marriage, school and goals. If you currently lack the ever needed pat on the back for doing thankless but efficient housework to help keep your home peaceful, and yet feel like Liz, this book is for you! If you struggle with feelings of wanting to matter and hope that your life at your mid-forties is over and will never take a trajectory, pick this novel up and have a good sit with it. Danielle really comforts and affirms the little thibgs as well as the drop of the ball or the feelings ennui of being just a house wife/mother. She will bring balm and hope to your heart as you enjoy this book called " Answered Prayers".
Schwarzer Mond. Roman.
Schwarzer Mond. Roman.
Ein Schriftsteller wandelt im Schlaf und erwacht morgens im Schrank oder versteckt in der Garage. Eine Ärztin bekommt panikartige Fluchtanfälle, wenn sie schwarze Handschuhe sieht. Ein Restaurantbesitzer hat entsetzliche Angst vor der Dunkelheit. Ein Priester verliert seinen Glauben. Ein Räuber verliert plötzlich den Spaß an seiner Arbeit.

Diese und noch mehr Leute haben seit anderthalb Jahren Probleme dieser Art, und alle haben etwas mit dem Mond zu tun. Sie kennen sich untereiander nicht, aber die Suche nach der Ursache führt sie alle in einem Motel mitten in Nevada zusammen, wo einst etwas Unheimliches mit ihnen passiert sein muß. Dabei stoßen sie sowohl auf anonyme Helfer als auch auf unbekannte Gegner, die ihnen Steine in den Weg legen wollen.

Bis kurz vor Schluß weiß der Leser noch nicht, zu welchem Genre dieser Roman zählt - ist es ein Psychothriller mit einer rationalen Erklärung? Ist es ein Science Fiction, haben Außerirdische ihre Hände im Spiel? Oder ist ein Horrorroman und die Erklärung liegt im Übersinnlichen? Es ginge viel verloren, wenn der Leser das vorher wüßte!

Der Leser hat den Hautpersonen so gut wie kein Wissen voraus,
er erlebt mit ihnen in parallelen Handlungsträngen die Suche nach einem dunklen Punkt in ihrer Vergangenheit. Hätte ich eine Top Ten der spannendesten Romane, wäre dieser mit Sicherheit dabei.
Night Tales: Night Shield & Night Moves
Night Tales: Night Shield & Night Moves
In Night Shield, a series romantic suspense, we're short on suspense and short on romance, unless you consider several sensuous scenes a substitute for romantic engagement. However, I enjoyed this book because the hero, Jonah Blackhawk, is an abbreviated, watered-down version of the excellent Roarke in the In Death series penned under the name J.D. Robb. From the gutter/pickpocket childhood to the long black hair, I was reminded of a shadow version of Roarke at every turn, including his ownership of nightclubs and punching out men who disrespect women. There is some witty dialogue, but the attraction between the hero and the heroine is condensed to chemistry as there is no room to develop an actual relationship in this short book. I enjoyed the mini-Night series, but don't expect too much of them. 200+ pages really isn't long enough to develop a plot, a relationship and a host of secondary characters. You can almost feel Roberts straining at the leash of category constraints. Her later books, outside the world of Silhouette and Harlequin, are far superior. But this is a quick and easy read, if not an outstanding one.
Summary of The Alchemist: by Paulo Coelho | Includes Analysis
Summary of The Alchemist: by Paulo Coelho | Includes Analysis
On the surface, The Alchemist isn't that challenging a story. Boy searches for treasure, goes on an adventure, and simple life lessons are learned, sitting right there on the surface, plain as can be. But a lot of fans feel there is something more, something deeper in that modern fable, and for those readers, this is an excellent analysis.

I found it interesting that there is no discussion of the term "alchemy" which originally meant "the skill of Kemet", Kemet being the original name of Egypt, given the story takes place, at least in part, in Egypt. There is, however, a good discussion on transformation, both magical and personal, be it transformation sought or transformation feared, as a driving force, indeed THE driving force, throughout the story.

This book in no way stand as a substitute for the original and it's not meant to. It's more the kind of thing you read after to catch subtle nuances such as the biblical ties to Melchizeder or how Santiago's story follows the structure of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, or how fear is like unto a character in itself. For that, it excels. People looking for a 
Circolo Matarese
Circolo Matarese
Era da tanto che un libro di spionaggio non mi appassionava cosí, tanto che di nuovo mi sento ripiombare nella disperazione pensando a quando potró appassionarmi allo stesso modo. Per quanto si tratti di una lettura leggera, scrivere un libro di spionaggio di questo livello è cosa non facile. Molto più facile dovrebbe essere invece generare la versione elettonica - e qui siamo alle note negative - perché il testo è pieno di errori, cosa davvero inaccettabile per un e-book a pagamento!!! Questo il motivo per cui ho tolto due stelle dal voto che avrei altrimenti dato.
Zane Grey Theater: Season 2
Zane Grey Theater: Season 2
Almost five years after VCI released the complete first season of Zane Grey Theater on DVD, Timeless Media has stepped up to offer fans the second season of this great western anthology series hosted by Dick Powell. And what a season it is! The 28 episodes feature Hollywood legends like Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan, Howard Keel and Hedy Lamarr, as well as future television stars like Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, James Drury, and DeForest Kelley.

As originally aired, the season also included the pilot for the popular television series "The Rifleman", here presented as "The Sharpshooter" (episode 2.21). Due to legal complications, this episode will NOT be included on the four-disc set. That's disappointing ... but there are still enough treasures here to qualify as five-star, "must-see" viewing.

Thank you, Timeless Media! Here's hoping you won't make us wait another 5 years before you release Zane Grey Theater, Season Three!

EPISODES INCLUDED:

2.01 - "The Deserters" - Margaret Hayes, Tom Pittman, Joe De Santis

2.02 - "Blood in the Dust" - Claudette Colbert, Jeff Morrow, Barry Atwater, Denver Pyle

2.03 - "A Gun is For Killing" - Edmund O'Brien, Marsha Hunt, Robert Vaughn

2.04 - "Proud Woman" - Hedy Lamarr, Paul Richards, Roy Roberts

2.05 - "Ride a Lonely Trail" - Walter Brennan, Val Dufour, John Zaremba

2.06 - "The Promise" - Tommy Sands, Gary Merrill, Whitney Blake, Carl Benton Reid

2.07 - "Episode in Darkness" - Dewey Martin, Anne Bancroft, Phil Pine

2.08 - "The Open Cell" - Dick Powell, Marshall Thompson, Steve Terrell

2.09 - "A Man to Look Up To" - Lew Ayres, Diane Brewster, Will Wright

2.10 - "The Bitter Land" - Peggy Wood, Dan O'Herlihy, Marian Seldes, Richard Beymer

2.11 - "Gift From a Gunman" - Howard Keel, John Dehner, Jean Willes, Michael Landon

2.12 - "A Gun for My Bride" - Jane Greer, Eddie Albert, Onslow Stevens

2.13 - "Man Unforgiving" - Joseph Cotten, Claude Akins, Johnny Crawford, Dan Blocker

2.14 - "Trial by Fear" - Robert Ryan, Harold J. Stone, Ed Platt, David Janssen

2.15 - "The Freighter" - Barbara Stanwyck, Robert H. Harris, John Archer, James Bell

2.16 - "This Man Must Die" - Dan Duryea, Carole Mathews, Karl Swenson

2.17 - "Wire" - Lloyd Bridges, June Vincent, Edward Binns, James Drury

2.18 - "License to Kill" - MacDonald Carey, John Ericson, Jacques Aubuchon

2.19 - "Sundown at Bitter Creek" - Dick Powell, Cathy O'Donnell, Nick Adams, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Breck, Tex Ritter

2.20 - "The Stranger" - Mark Stevens, Dan Barton, Denver Pyle

2.21 - "The Sharpshooter" - Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Leif Erickson, Dennis Hopper, Sidney Blackmer, R. G. Armstrong (NOT INCLUDED)

2.22 - "Man of Fear" - Dewey Martin, Julie Adams, Arthur Franz

2.23 - "The Doctor Keeps a Promise" - Cameron Mitchell, Carolyn Kearney, Peter Breck

2.24 - "Three Days to Death" - Michael Rennie, Chris Alcaide, Earle Hodgins

2.25 - "Shadow of a Dead Man" - Barry Sullivan, Carl Benton Reid, Whitney Blake, DeForest Kelley

2.26 - "Debt of Gratitude" - Steve Cochran, James Whitmore, Walter Sande

2.27 - "A Handful of Ashes" - Thomas Mitchell, June Lockhart, Gene Evans, Dabbs Greer

2.28 - "Threat of Violence" - Cesar Romero, Lyle Bettger, Chris Alcaide

2.29 - "Utopia, Wyoming" - Gary Merrill, Joanne Gilbert, Pernell Roberts
The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays
The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays
Finding out at the age of twelve from the back covers of "The Lord of the Rings" that there were medievalists and that Tolkien was one, I vowed to study what he did. While unlike "Tollers" my doctorate did not lead me to a donnish tenure on an ivy-draped quad, I always admired the humanity and grace not only of his famed fiction but his patient letters and insistent essays. Re-reading his collected criticism twenty-five years after it first appeared, its engrossing paths through scholarly debates make occasional detours permissible and often worthwhile. As with Tolkien's "Secondary World" of Middle Earth, as a "sub-creator" not only of probably our greatest modern mythology but as a rigorous (if rambling in his donnish digressions) scholar, you find in "Monsters" much evidence that without his deep understanding of language, that he'd never have been able to convince you of the essential reality of his imagined realms.

This knack, as T.A. Shippey, his successor in his position at Oxford, has argued in "The Road to Middle Earth," depends on "asterisk reality," or what JRRT calls here more delightfully "star-spangled grammar." (237) As his son and editor Christopher explains: "the reference is to enquiry into the forms of words before the earliest records; in those studies the conventional practice is to place an asterisk before hypothetical, deduced forms." (n. 3, 240) This may seem dry to non-academics or those lacking a fascination with philology. But for Tolkien and his audience, the invention of sustainable elements of his myth depended on the languages he concocted-- and vice versa.

In his "A Secret Vice" (1931) Tolkien elaborates-- if a bit unevenly in this essay never published-- how assembling "art-language" relates to crafting mythology: "to give your language an individual flavor, it must have woven into it the threads of an individual mythology, individual while working within the scheme of natural human mythopoeia, as your word-form may be individual while working within the hackneyed limits of human, even European, phonetics. The converse indeed is true, your language construction will 'breed' a mythology." (210-11) This is why Tolkien outlasted so many of his predecessors, peers, and imitators. He knows the deep structures of the language and from the combination of creativity and limitation inherent in how what we speak conveys what we conjure, he built Middle-Earth upon this rich foundation, half-excavated, half-hidden.

This trove, as his best-known essays here on "The Monsters & the Critics" and "On Translating Beowulf" show, depended on perceiving that Old English poem as such, more than merely a word-hoard to be ransacked by historians and professors for linguistic traces of Geats and thanes. It pivots on a balance between what its Christian author could reach back from, into the recently-departed pagan past, and forward into, the fatalistic yet salvific quality of heroism infused by morality. The codes of the Saxons meshed with those of their Catholic evangelists, and Tolkien in these early critiques moved the study of the poem away from archeology into poetics.

He did the same for "Sir Gawain & the Green Knight." He corrects earlier scholars who mined the verse only for traces of earlier legends; he reminds us of its inescapably Christian morality, which (as in Beowulf) moves the reader as its maker towards a value system based on belief in the Sacraments rather than one relying only upon a code of honor or "a game with rules" such as his host expects him to play. The tension between an earthly pursuit and a heavenly mandate enters the drama. In Beowulf, the monsters occupy the center, with youth and old age, victory and defeat, on each end for the hero to face. For Gawain, the confession-- in Tolkien's perceptive reading-- turns the narrative away from pagan-pursuing or Pentagram chasing into a decision to follow a more "real and permanent" world of what's worthwhile rather than the frivolous folly of "an unreal and passing" court.

His "Valedictory Address" gently attacks the "the workings of the B.Litt. sausage-machine" at Oxford precisely fifty years ago. I'm glad he was spared what the academy's been turned into now. My dissertation chair had studied under Tolkien around the time this address was given. Tolkien had the reputation of a nearly incomprehensible lecturer, so I am unsure if his auditors learned his lesson!

Tolkien does offer advice for those of us who made it through later expansions of the slaughterhouse that is the Research University today, Oxford or its lesser factories. Perhaps we may find wry if wise counsel as independent scholars and freeway faculty who labor on with few financial or institutional rewards: "There is no need, therefore, to despise, no need even to feel pity for months or years of life sacrificed in some minimal enquiry: say, the study of some uninspired medieval text and its fumbling dialect; or of some miserable 'modern' poetaster and his life (nasty, dreary, and fortunately short)-- NOT IF the sacrifice is voluntary, and IF it is inspired by a genuine curiosity, spontaneous or personally felt." (226-27) The trouble is, then and so much more now, that so many in academia follow the leader into an 'au courant' theory, some adviser's own project, producing but the tired labor dutifully repeated.

To his credit, Tolkien convinced us in his fiction and warned us in his criticism of how language deserved respect, whether we were schooled in the Lit. or the Lang. His lecture on "English & Welsh," delivered the day after publication of "The Return of the King," also encourages us. Language, as "a natural product of our humanity," is native in a profound sense transcending the first one we learned in our cradle. "Linguistically we all wear ready-made clothes, and our native language comes seldom to expression, save perhaps by pulling at the ready-made until it sits a little easier. But though it may be buried, it is never wholly extinguished, and contact with other languages may stir it deeply." (190) Welsh, for Tolkien, did this along with Gothic, Finnish, Latin and Greek-- among others. He concludes with evoking the sheer pleasure of Welsh. Maybe dormant for many "who today live in Lloegr and speak Saesnag," yet there, as with so much he mixed from real languages into his mythological vision's purview, for us to find enchantment and satisfaction.

More than once, Tolkien offers his vision of how words can capture a deeper meaning. "You may say 'green sun' or 'dead life' and set the imagination leaping." (219) The power of the adjective to transform the noun, the freshness of nouns coupled in vivid pairs: the structure of the Old English line finds its echo eleven-hundred years later in Tolkien's inheritance, his conception of a linguistic design that, as "On Fairy-Stories" delves into-- if after many detours and asides and byways-- deepest, liberates us and even provides glimpses of the "eucatastrophe" of the Gospels, the happy ending of the Resurrection Story that men wish so much to be truly true.
Naruto, Vol. 35: The New Two (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto, Vol. 35: The New Two (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto Volume 35 contains chapters 310 to 319.

Now that Sai has gained a little trust from Naruto and Sakura, he tries to become better friends with them but friendship can be a difficult thing.
We meet 2 more Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu and they manage to catch the two tailed Jinchuriki.
Naruto starts training again!
Plus more fun with Deidara and Tobi!!
C. S. Lewis Bible: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (Bible Nrsv) by (2010-11-11)
C. S. Lewis Bible: New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (Bible Nrsv) by (2010-11-11)
Having read a good deal by C. S. Lewis and about him, and being grateful to him for the role his work played in my own conversion, I am truly saddened to see his fine name associated with one of the most seriously flawed of the modern translations of the Holy Bible. This dear man never lived to see the NRSV published, but I would bet the ranch C.S. Lewis would have been among the first to criticize it for its unprincipled subordination of honest and accurate translation work to the arrogant final editiorial veto of political correctness. Let anyone read the C.S. Lewis we come to know in THE ABOLITION OF MAN or THE DISCARDED IMAGE and then argue he could have approved of the final hatchet job that the NRSV editors ultimately applied. (The NRSV was initiated as an effort of professional scholarlship to update the 1952 Revised Standard Version, a dicey proposition to begin with since "updating" the Word of God cannot usually be justified, at least not on the unprecedented scale it has endured in the last 60 years!)

Shame on greedy publishers and estate managers who once again exploit this great man's deserved fame by linking it posthumously to shoddy projects he almost undoubtedly would never have approved!

POST-SCRIPT: When I wrote a similar review for another hardcover edition of the C.S. Lewis Bible, a reader asked which translation I would say is the most accurate.

Here is my reply to that reader:

Most "branches" of Christianity regard the Bible as a collection of books written down by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Since the vast majority of Bible scholars say that those authors wrote originally in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, the crucial task of the translator is to render the original words as exactly as possible in the target language. This duty is made clear in the Bible itself: in the last chapter of the Book of Revelation, St. John warns that anyone who adds to or takes away from the sacred text will be horribly punished, but despite that warning, many 20th-century Bible translators have done just that! So I think the first principle in selecting a translation is to avoid the ones which are paraphrases and avoid even those which apply a technique called "dynamic equivalence" by which translators impose their notion of what the original author really meant to say to his contemporaries instead of striving for the most accurately literal yet intelligible rendering of the actual text.

Among the English translations widely regarded as being the most literal are: the Douay-Rheims Bible (in the Challoner Revision), the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Revised Standard Version, the New American Standard Bible and the New American Bible. (If you want to avoid Bibles translated from the shorter Greek New Testament text only used in English translations since 1881, the list is even shorter, as you would want to rely only on the first three!)

Let me describe a few approaches that I've really found helpful:

1. purchase either "The Contemporary Parallel New Testament" or "The Catholic Comparative New Testament" (or both!) published by Oxford: you get 8 different translations on facing pages, allowing you to glean many additional insights on a given passage! Similarly, there is "The Parallel Apocrypha," also published by Oxford, which provides you with the Old Testament deuterocanonical/apocryphal books that sadly were left out of most Protestant Bibles. I am not aware of a publication of the ENTIRE Bible in this format, but I can suggest "The Comparative Study Bible" published by Zondervan which gives you the King James Version, the Amplified Version, the New American Standard Bible and the New International Version on facing pages (it's not really a "study Bible");

2. purchase what is actually a real "study Bible," one containing explanations of difficult passages, reference materials and even observations about applying specific parts of God's Word to your own life. I own quite a number of these, and while they inevitably have their particular points of view, they can be very helpful. I think a good one to start with might be the "Life Application Study Bible";

3. get closer to the original sources of the inspired texts! For example, try the "Interlinear Greek-English New Testament" published by Baker. I don't read Greek, but with each and every use I find it still truly moving to be holding in my hands the actual Greek words the Apostles wrote nearly 2000 years ago, with the literal English translation beneath each word of the Greek text. Once I picked up the Greek alphabet, I was able to sound out many of the Greek words, somehow making my reading experience even more special. Looking up some of the theologically significant terms in a good reference work (like the "Key Word Study Bible" edited by Spiros Zodhiates and published by AMG) was also rewarding and afforded me some insight into the difficult choices a translator has to make. I was impressed by how economical and dynamic the original text is, especially when the English equivalent text is read aloud: it was almost like being transported back in time and has often proved to be a powerful experience.

Another approach I have found truly rewarding is using "The Holy Bible in Latin and English: The New Testament and the Psalms" published by the Ex Fontibus Company in 2009 and available on Amazon, and if you have the Kindle E-Reader, the "Kindle Catholic English-Latin Diglot Bible" also sold on Amazon. A number of scholars have made the case that St. Jerome's 4th century translations are more reliable because the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts reaching the 17th century English translators had become "fouly corrupted."

Finally, try a unique approach that brings you very much closer to the Bible that Jesus and the Apostles themselves actually used: get a copy of the Septuagint (including the Apocrypha) in the Greek original side-by-side with the acclaimed English translation by Sir Lancelot Brenton and published by Hendrickson;

4. Pray! Ask for God's help, guidance and insight before you begin to read and when you finish! What a great gift that the Creator of all there is has actually reached down in love to a fallen humanity to guide us while we're here and to show us a path of reconciliation by which we can spend eternity with Him!

So, if forced to reply specifically to the question of which translation I would say is the most accurate, I find it's really a tie between the Douay-Rheims Bible (in the Challoner Revision) and the King James Version (also known as the "Authorised Version"). The two are actually quite close: when Bishop Challoner revised the Douay-Rheims Bible in the mid-18th century, he favored many of the wordings in the King James Bible just so long as they did not violate the original Latin of St. Jerome's 4th century Vulgate. And in their turn, the King James translators acknowledged the high degree of scholarship exercised by their exiled Catholic contemporaries in France and Flanders.

In many ways, these two versions remain unsurpassed. Any student of the history of the English Language (and American history) is aware of the profound influence one or the other has had in shaping our culture, more than any other single book! The timeless and enduring beauty of their "Biblical English" derives directly from their faithful and reverent translations of the original languages, in stark contrast to contemporary Bible translations, which are often dumbed down, overruled by political correctness (like the NRSV) or are simply the products of committees that deploy very questionnable translation techniques based on dubious presuppositions and relying on trendy "scholarship" soon overturned by even newer fads.
Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? (Korean Edition)
Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? (Korean Edition)
Richard Scarry, aside form being a masterful, playful illustrator, has a knack for explaining things in a visual way.
Three examples of favorite stories in this book that you may really like too:

* The ocean liner with all its cabins, cranes, steering, rudder-controls, and storage holds. The whole thing is drawn as a cut-through so we can see all the goings-on inside. The flowers delivered to mom's cabin. The boo-boo cared for in the sick room. The humor everywhere.

* Building a house: The little boy Huckle, when he's missing playmates, watches the empty lot next door turn into a place of excavation machines digging, then waterlines, sewer pipes, walls are built, wires, floors, heating system, roof and 11 different phones installed ... a house is taking shape before his eyes (and ours). After the last painter is done, and paid, a quadruple-decker bus pulls up with a BIG family of playmates for Huckle.

* Another favorite: Forestry: from seeding and saplings to logging, floating logs on the river, carpentry and papermaking... and oh, all those delicious and intricate gears and levers that transfer the power of the water wheel to all the chipping, hauling and sawing machines inside the saw mill! Follow the little arrows, and see which wheel turns which way!

My young curious lego-builder has loved this book since age 3 or 4, and still does.
This book fascinates and charms with it's subtle humor and cleverly drawn explanations of everyday life.
Hawke: A Novel (Alexander Hawke Book 1)
Hawke: A Novel (Alexander Hawke Book 1)
Bought two books in the Hawke series. I read this one and after doing so, know there is no way I will start the second. I was most disappointed in the character of Hawke: he is just not believable: a descendent from pirates, a gazillionaire, member of elite special forces, international paramilitary man, and a member of the aristocracy. Really? How much can you cram into one character? In addition, the dialogue between the character's, especially Hawke's various testosterone-filled buddies, is elementary and stereotypical. Throw in Hawke's miraculous ability to instantaneously recover from PTSD related to the revelation of memories buried for 30 years and a pirate's treasure, and the inability to believe any of the story is tripled. I bought this book for a beach read and look forward on vacation to reading such novels, as an escape. This one, though, lacks any resemblance to reality. Sorry, but it is a dud, which is too bad, because the underlying story about Cuba and a coupe had so much potential.
Texas Skies (Heart of Texas)
Texas Skies (Heart of Texas)
Unfortunately, I picked up the book Promise 1st, & had a hard time figuring out who everyone was. Then I found out there were 6 books before it that I should have read 1st. Great series. I haven't read the last book Return to Promise yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed all 7 books! BTW, Texas Skies has 2 books in it, as does the other "Texas" books.
Driving Force (Declan's Defenders Book 4)
Driving Force (Declan's Defenders Book 4)
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

Wow, this book just opened with a bang. She wakes up in a smelly cell. She can't remember anything but she has been badly beaten. She manages to escape and make her way back to the US by hiding in a cargo ship. The symbol on her wrist gives her a clue as to her identity. She needs to speak with Charlotte (Charlie) Halverson. Yep, this is how the story just grabbed me in and wouldn't let go until I finished.

Charlie gives the woman the name of Jane Doe. Gus is tasked with protecting her (he doesn't trust her and is trying to protect the others by staying close to her.) Jane and Gus grow closer as the danger closes in. Can Gus and the Declan Defenders protect Jane? Who is Jane really? That and more questions seem to arise. Then the Trinity symbol tattooed on Jane's wrist matches the other Trinity symbols that have been appearing throughout the series. Will we finely find out what John Halverson (Charlie's deceased husband) was involved with?

This book was written in my favorite dual POV format. It was wonderful to see inside the characters' mind as they were going through and trying to unravel the tangled mess that they had fallen into. When Jane's identity was finally revealed, we see Jane struggle with the true as to who she really is. Gus also has some really great internal struggle when it happens as well.

This is slightly steamy but nothing in great detail. Still that may offend some so on that note I highly recommend to anyone over the age of 18. If you love romance with mystery and intrigue then this one is for you. I would also suggest to start at the beginning of the series to get a more thoroughly understanding of the plot in the series. This book can be read as a stand-alone but the other are great books as well.
Power of the Sword (The Courtney Series: The Burning Shore Sequence Book 2)
Power of the Sword (The Courtney Series: The Burning Shore Sequence Book 2)
A long read but boy did I savour and cherish every last page. As always Smith has this captivating writing style that resonates his characters thoughts and feelings through you and explains even the most intricate of descriptions simplistically. He is a natural storyteller.

Power of the Sword takes place around 15 years after the events of the Burning Shore- Centaine's son Sasha is now near a grown man and Manfred, her discredited son, is a year younger. The novel takes you through their journey from adolescence to adulthood both experienced through two very diverse roads and shaped by the political views of their background and the burgeoning second world war. It is a story about endurance through a time of depression.

However what marks this book as being it's own from the others is that we now see the Courtney family from a new perspective. Whilst we have always been made to side with this family of wealth and power we can now make our own judgments upon them. Centaine, for instance, was a heroine in the last book, and whilst she still may be, she makes decisions in this book which are remorseless to ensure her and Sasha's survival and prestige. As a result we find ourselves sympathising with Lothar and Manfred De La Rey whose struggles are hot. These latter characters become respected through their humble endeavours. Then, through twists of fate and intricate character development, we observe the reverse. Manfred, although being justified in doing so, is beguiled by the Nazis as Sasha wizens and earns his respect as a British hero championing their cause in South Africa. Nonetheless, it goes without saying that Centaine reaps what she sown from her previous passion as she experiences a new flame.

I couldn't put the book down and the ending was a real page turner. It almost becomes a thriller! In conclusion, credit to Mr Smith for creating these complex and believable characters that will stay with me forever.
Body Count
Body Count
I should give it a 4, but the twist or shocker at the end and Alyssa's excellent performance changed that. She's not only incredibly beautiful, but also talented. The villain got too many chances to kill her, but that just gave her the reason to empty the whole clip into him. What was funny was Ice-T said they had to wait for Justin's phone call. He meant Justin the actor, not Justin the character.
Eagle in the Sky
Eagle in the Sky
I regret to say that whilst I enjoyed this book in places, overall it left me feeling a little disappointed.

This is essentially a love story between a millionaire, playboy fighter pilot and his more 'down to earth' Israeli writer girlfriend. It also feels like it is 3 smaller stories amalgamated into one novel. The initial love story, where they meet, their time together in Israel and then their life in Africa. This African story also has two parts to it!

I found this very predictable and when the author mentions something, you immediately think "such and such will happen in 50 pages" and low and behold, it does! This happened more than once and started to frustrate me, as I like a sense of discovery and sometimes wonder when I read a novel. There were a few moments of surprise, but these kind of felt out of place with the overall story and weren't essential to the final storyline. It is quite hard to quantify what I mean without introducing spoilers into the review.

This is the first Wilbur Smith book I have read and whilst it is perfectly readable and I didn't struggle maintaining my interest until the end, it is most definitely in the mass produced fiction realm, with the slightly grandiose flowery descriptions and unnuanced storytelling this normally entails. This is great to pass time on a flight, but is not one that will move you deeply or leave you profoundly affected. I know this sounds slightly snobbish, but there is nothing wrong with this and I enjoy a 'page turner' as much as the next guy.

This has a decent enough story and if you can overlook the predictability and some slightly over the top phrases, this makes for a perfectly enjoyable read. Good, but not great (3.5 stars)
The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse
The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse
As my first taste of Hesse, this collection more than hit the spot. I've been doing a lot of research and reading about the archetypal nature of fairy tales and this was why I bought the book. You can also see his progression both as a writer and as a human being. There are a few odd translations that made me question what was being said but nothing serious.
Frank G Slaughter: 4 Complete Novels
Frank G Slaughter: 4 Complete Novels
I read these books many years ago and it was wonderful to be able to get hold of them again. Still one of my all-time favourite authors and this collection did not disappoint.
Harry Potter: Film Vault: Volume 12
Harry Potter: Film Vault: Volume 12
Mi favorito de todos
Llegó un poco maltratado de la costilla pero el contenido estupendo, ojalá hubiera llegado impecable pero no fue el caso, venía suelto en la caja sin protección adicional
Precioso libro ojalá cuiden para otros compradores el detalle de enviar responsablemente el producto
Harry Potter 1-5 [Special Edition] [10 DVDs]
Harry Potter 1-5 [Special Edition] [10 DVDs]
Ich habe leider nur die Teile 6 und 7 auf DVD, da ich aber ein echter Fan bin ist es für mich ein muss alle Filme in meiner Sammlung sind auf DVD nach zu kaufen. Da es teurer kommt alle einzeln zu kaufen, dachte ich kauf ich mir die DVD- Box mit allen 5 Filmen und ich muss sagen es lohnt sich.
wer also noch keinen oder nicht alle hat holt euch die DVD- Box es lohnt sich auf alle Fälle
HARRY POTTER Gryffindor Crest Youth T-Shirt
HARRY POTTER Gryffindor Crest Youth T-Shirt
Good quality and sizing is spot on! I was very happy and relieved that the size we ordered was right when it arrived. Ordered a M for my slender 9 year old who wears a size 10 and it's perfect. The color is way off. As other reviewers said- the red IS actually pink. It isn't too bad and my son won't mind but it's not true to Gryffindor colors. We are going to universal and it won't really matter but if you're looking for authenticity keep this isn't it.
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2020, Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2020, Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut
 Nice Hallmark HP interactive ornament. It is sort of big, but not too heavy for my HP tree. The details are better than all of the other HP characters I own. This is definitely a standout one in comparison to the other HP interactive character ornaments. I would say this Hagrid HP ornament was worth the money just off of the strength that the details on it is phenomenal and clean looking, no paint errors. The box looked like it was put through a hot mess in some spots for this to be a brand new product, but I am keeping it. Supposedly it's the last HP interactive ornament Hallmark is making from the HP line, plus I can tell the ornament is brand new. FYI It is well protected in a semi-hard plastic inside the box.
Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1
Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1
Lena Duschannes is a Caster who is living with her Uncle Macon Ravenwood in Gatlin, South Carolina, in the run up to her 16th birthday, the day she will be claimed either Light or Dark.
Ethan Wate is just an normal teenager living in Gatlin with his author dad who has been hiding away in his office since his wife, Ethan's mum, died. They are both looked after by Amma the house keeper who is also a Seer.

At the start of the book we find out that Ethan keeps on having a recurring dream in which there is a girl he has never met. Then Lena starts at the school Ethan attends and he is quickly drawn to her and realises that she is the girl from his dreams. Ethan wants to get to know Lena but Lena doesn't want to make any friends and pushes him away. Over the course of the first few chapters we feel Ethan's pain as he desperately tries to get Lena to trust him, as for him it was love at first sight and he wants Lena to feel the same. Lena however is convinced that on her 16th birthday she will turn to the dark side and tries to block Ethan from her life, along with Macon and Amma's approval as they want to keep the two apart as the two of them are old enemies.

Ethan tries to convince Lena that she can choose what she will become and that it is her choice whether she is turns light or dark and that she is a good person. Two dark casters show up to try to push Lena to the dark side and cause as much trouble as they can. Ridley, a Siren and Lena's cousin who was banished from their home when she was chosen for the dark side and Sarafina, Lena's mum and Macon's Sister, who Lena was told had died years ago after she killed Lena's Father. The two of them will go to any lengths to make sure that Lena will be chosen for the dark side, even if it means interfering in both Lena and Ethan's lives.

Lena is a mixed up young girl who pushes everyone away as she doesn't want anyone to get hurt by her as she is convinced she is going dark. She has a strong personality that shines off the pages but we also get to see a softer side to her and feel her pain. Ethan comes across as a bit of a love sick puppy who would follow Lena to the ends of the earth, but you find yourself rooting for the the two of them and enjoy the feeling that young love has to offer.

Ridley, although a dark caster who can make anyone do anything with the lick of her lollipop, has a witty, fun personality that even though she is causing trouble you can't help liking her. There are a lot of strong characters in the book but they don't over power each other. They all have their own traits and are distinguished from one another with each playing a vital role in the story.

Review

The book is about self discovery for both Lena and Ethan and about learning to face your fears head on and to trust people especially those that love you.

From Chapter One right to the end of the book, it was explosive and kept me gripped and absorbed in the life of Lena and a world where humans and casters live side by side. The story is captivating and immerses the reader into a world where magic is real. The plot takes hold quickly and the story is fast paced. It will take you away from reality and place you in a world where anything can happen.

Although this is deemed more of a YA novel I was fully engrossed in it. The story does something most books aimed at adults don't do. It plays with your imagination and creates a world we know isn't real but can visualise it just as vividly. I was kept on my toes throughout the whole book and the ending, which I didn't see coming, had me downloading book two straight away as I needed to know what happened next.
Ball
Ball
Picked this book up for my nephew who is just about 2 years old. His favourite toys are balls and is often jealous of the dog because it always takes the ball, so this is the perfect book for him. The illustrations are great, and if you've ever owned a ball crazy dog this'll make you laugh. Due to his age, my nephew was very happy that he knew what the word was on each page, as the whole book is just a single word repeated. Because of this I don't recommend this for children learning to read.

In regards to my rating, I did find the book to be on the expensive side (at least what I paid for it), thus only receiving a four star review.
KISEER Assorted Rainbow Color Party Balloons Bulk 100 Pcs 12 Inch Strong Latex Ballons for Birthday Party Wedding Arch Decoration or Kids Toy
KISEER Assorted Rainbow Color Party Balloons Bulk 100 Pcs 12 Inch Strong Latex Ballons for Birthday Party Wedding Arch Decoration or Kids Toy
Balloons were bad quality. Half the balloons came ripped. Some balloons had print on them (monkey faces or other emoji like print). Some balloons had circle burn marks so the balloons were stuck together. It basically looks like they bagged all the defective balloons and sent it to us. Contacted the company and they told me to just return and ask for a refund. Unfortunately, when we opened the bag we needed the balloons that weekend. Don't buy these!!!
Rose Gold Balloon Garland Arch Kit - 152 Pieces Rose Gold Pink White and Gold Confetti Latex Balloons for Baby Shower Wedding Birthday Graduation Anniversary Bachelorette Party Background Decorations
Rose Gold Balloon Garland Arch Kit - 152 Pieces Rose Gold Pink White and Gold Confetti Latex Balloons for Baby Shower Wedding Birthday Graduation Anniversary Bachelorette Party Background Decorations
This had such a wow factor for a baby shower I hosted (pic shows a few additional balloons plus I had left overs to use elsewhere). It was a bit of a labor of love the morning of for my husband to assemble while I was busy preparing food. We were concerned about blowing them up the day before as we wanted them to be really fresh, but no worries in the end it would have been fine. We had helium so we used it for some, and although it’s not required, it did make sure the arch held up longer. I kept it up a couple days it was so pretty and I was curious as to how it would hold up. It started to have a swag like sag effect once the helium started to wear off, but it still looked great and was easy to hang up and manage.
Kobe Bryant: The Inspirational Story of One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time!
Kobe Bryant: The Inspirational Story of One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time!
The book is not well written and has many spelling errors or missing words in a sentence. It is a brief summary of Kobe's life but nothing beyond brief. There was nothing in the book I did not already know and I am not a big Kobe Bryant fan who had studied his life. If you want to study about Kobe Bryant, there are better books with more detail and more research/permission to tell the story. This 104 page book is not worth the purchase.
HP 2020 Newest 17.3 Inch Flagship Laptop Computer (8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U 3.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel HD 620, WiFi, Bluetooth, DVD, Windows 10)
HP 2020 Newest 17.3 Inch Flagship Laptop Computer (8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U 3.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel HD 620, WiFi, Bluetooth, DVD, Windows 10)
I really liked the laptop, seemed to have have everything I wanted, till I turned it on for my 1st video conference, and got a lousy washed out picture. So I contacted hp and they logged in to try and fix , and was told it was a very low quality camera and I should return the laptop to where I purchased it from. If the camera is not important to you its a great Laptop it appears. But in today's environment I needed a good camera for video conferences.
Zenport ZL122 Heavy Duty Onion/Sheep Shear, 6.5-Inch Carbon Steel Blade, 13-Inch Long
Zenport ZL122 Heavy Duty Onion/Sheep Shear, 6.5-Inch Carbon Steel Blade, 13-Inch Long
I selected these sheep sheers to cut and trim grass as a "cleaner" and more reliable alternative to an electric "weed eater." I lost the first pair within 2 weeks (possibly stolen while I was out of town, or possibly in a place so secure I can't remember). So I bought a second pair, and it's just as good as the first.

I like this design because it's simple, so it ought to be quite reliable (as opposed to various grass clippers with springs and extra hinges, etc).

The only possible concern, for the ultra-picky, is that the first pair I ordered had a black handle, and the second a red handle. The color of the handle doesn't mater to me, but if you specifically want a red handle as pictured, you may be disappointed.
Planetary Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories
Planetary Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories
Quite frankly this is one of the best comics in recent years. It deals with an organisation called Planetary - "Three people who walk the world in search of strangeness and Wonders". They are mystery archeologists searching the World's secret history. On it's most basic level it takes the comic book archetypes and twists them on their head. Warren Ellis pays homage to great characters such as Doc Savage, Capt Marvel and the like, but comes to them with a fresh perspective and weaves them seamlessly into a tale of a Conspiracy beyond all others. They are brought to life by the gorgeous art of John Cassady. In this first collection we are introduced to Godzilla like creatures, the ghost of a Hong Kong cop, Strange crafts from other dimensions and of course the Planetary trio. They consist of Elijah Snow (a 100 year old man with gaps in his memory), Jakita Wagner (an attractive super woman always in search of adventure) and The Drummer (a lunatic who talks to machines). They are funded by the mysterious Fourth Man. If you like adventure, intrigue, mysteries, conspiracies, giant monsters and cranky old men then buy this collection which brings some wonder back into the world.
Vidal Golosinas. Fresas Silvestres. Caramelo de goma con sabor y forma de fresa. Colores verde y rojo. Bolsa 1,5 kg
Vidal Golosinas. Fresas Silvestres. Caramelo de goma con sabor y forma de fresa. Colores verde y rojo. Bolsa 1,5 kg
EL PRECIO ES MUY BUENO,PUESTO QUE SI LES COMPRO LAS GOLOSINAS DE FRESA EN EL KIOSKO ,TENGO QUE PAGAR MÁS DEL TRIPLE Y PARA EL EQUIPO DE BALONMANO QUE TENEMOS EN MI PUEBLO,ME SALEN MUCHO MÁS RENTABLES Y ADEMÁS LES GUSTAN A TODOS EN GENERAL,MUY BLANDAS Y SABROSAS,LAS RECOMIENDO Y TAMBIÉN DEJARLAS BIEN CERRADAS PARA QUE SE CONSERVEN EN SU PUNTO,LA ANTERIOR BOLSA ME DURÓ BASTANTE,DOSIFICÁNDOLAS LÓGICAMENTE.
Napoleon K. Caramelos Regaliz - 1000 gr
Napoleon K. Caramelos Regaliz - 1000 gr
Excepto por las regalices "zara" que vendían en las farmacias, es el producto con más sabor de regaliz que he encontrado en el mercado (quizá con el permiso de los extintos chicles "cosmos"). Tiene un punto salado (que según cómo ni se nota) perfecto. Son bolas de caramelo duro, con un corazón de regaliz, que es lo que realmente le da el sabor más bien fuerte. No son exageradamente dulces, cosa que particularmente aprecio mucho.

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