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PHP and MySQL: Programming with PHP
PHP and MySQL: Programming with PHP
PHP and MySQL: Programming with PHP by Shelly Baptise. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Ogni nostra caduta (Italian Edition)
Ogni nostra caduta (Italian Edition)
Ogni nostra caduta (Italian Edition) by Dennis Lehane. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Best Of Me
Best Of Me
Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
L'ultima canzone
L'ultima canzone
L'ultima canzone by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Girl King
The Girl King
The Girl King by Meg Clothier. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Basement
The Basement
The Basement by Chad P. Brown. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 2189 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Secretary of Dreams (Volume Two)
The Secretary of Dreams (Volume Two)
The Secretary of Dreams (Volume Two) by Stephen King and Glenn Chadbourne. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology by John J. Questore, Stephen King, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java 2 (Quick Study Computer)
Java 2 (Quick Study Computer)
Java 2 (Quick Study Computer) by Inc. BarCharts. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Sams Teach Yourself Transact-SQL in 21 Days
Sams Teach Yourself Transact-SQL in 21 Days
Sams Teach Yourself Transact-SQL in 21 Days by Lowell Mauer. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3! (Sesame Street)
We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3! (Sesame Street)
We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3! (Sesame Street) by Leslie Kimmelman and Marybeth Nelson. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 131 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING 2020: DISCOVER THE NEWEST ONLINE BUSINESS STRATEGIES USING YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, LINKEDIN, ONLINE MARKETING, AND ADVERTISING
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING 2020: DISCOVER THE NEWEST ONLINE BUSINESS STRATEGIES USING YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, LINKEDIN, ONLINE MARKETING, AND ADVERTISING
I truly enjoyed lore from this set. It has inhaled me to strike start a social media foundation for a occupation I deficiency to erect in the prospective as well as focus more on my hypostatic LinkedIn computation. Jason really drove home the matter of social media in now’s digital the. He has convinced someone that once believed that one could win without festive media into a total believer of the power of companionable media supplies. I believe that the adroitness of social media marketing is what the skill of worn Microsoft discharge was some repetition past. What once was discretionary will suit an idiopathic part of supplies and a fatality for any office large or slender. Businesses will have to learn how to market on social media thoroughly to hinder germane and augment.
Elon Musk: The Life, Lessons & Rules For Success
Elon Musk: The Life, Lessons & Rules For Success
Elon Musk is an extraordinary, inovative, inspiring and thought provoking entrepreneur ! This hand book of his success formula had left me thinking deeply about the concepts and possibility of living on Mars. I feel it is important to in-habitat Mars correctly taking in to consideration ethical and sustainability points of view for the planet. Other wise if we disturb the equilibrium of it's eco system then we may end up creating undesirable effects long term just as it is happening on Earth. However it's an exciting period in the history of man kind and Elon's insights and ideas brings this possibility closer to us.

I really admire his work ethics, determination, drive and vision as a business man. It was really reassuring to know that some of his beliefs are what I believe in too, such as a quality product will speak for it self. He doesn't believe in mass marketing and puts his profits in to improving the product and services. "People are always willing to pay a premium price for a compelling product" he says and gives the example of Apple products; this is so true !

I have throughly enjoyed reading his "Life, Lessons & Rules for Success" handbook and learning from his wisdom. I look forward to many more books from him as he expands his consciousness to higher levels.
Famous People: Oprah Winfrey Biography
Famous People: Oprah Winfrey Biography
Famous People: Oprah Winfrey Biography by Harvey. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
For years, I have been reading references to Claude Shannon because of his involvement in so many critical developments in science, communications, Bell Labs, and even the stock market. About his sense of humor or his riding a unicycle through Bell Labs – while juggling (a favorite hobby). And about his groundbreaking, earth-shaking realization that all communication, from voice to music to documents to photos – is all data and could be treated the same way. Without this insight, I could not post this review today. But there was no way to get my fill of Claude Shannon – no biographies or documentaries of an American genius who lived until 2001! A Mind At Play begins to fill this yawning gap (and it seems a documentary is finally in the works as well).

Shannon was a natural. He simply did. Whatever caught his eye. He invented machines all his life, designed them, machined them, theorized their optimization, and cleared the air on numerous topics that concerned them. His great gift to us was his reductionism. He could look at a problem and strip away the redundancies, the tangents, the superfluities – and the noise. Especially the noise. The bare core that was left was now addressable and solvable. With that, he could add back the other factors as needed. It made his solutions elegant. This clarity of vision is dispiritingly rare. That a man of his many other abilities had it has benefitted the world disproportionately.

He was in it for the intellectual challenge. While other scientists won Nobel Prizes, fame, fortune, privilege and rank, Shannon shunned the limelight and kept working (and playing). “Down to Earth” doesn’t begin to describe him. His toy room served him to the end. He hated speeches, and preferred playing the clarinet (or chess) to lecturing. This was in no way a stock-standard scientist. His brilliance was evident to everyone throughout his long life. And he worked with all of the most brilliant.

My favorite story in the book is when his young daughter brought out a package of toothpicks and dropped them all over the wood plank floor. Rather than scold her or instruct her to clean it right up, Shannon observed: ”You know, you could calculate the value of pi from that.” I also liked the index finger he installed in the basement toy room. When his wife wanted him to come upstairs, she pulled the cord in the kitchen and the finger curled upward. This man makes for a fascinating biography.

Among his great discoveries was how to eliminate noise. Noise in the transmission of data corrupts it, making the message incomplete, wrong or unintelligible. Shannon broke down elements to their smallest, and assigned them numeric labels. If you gave (say) a letter a two digit equivalent, you would get a wrong letter if one of the digits was blurred by noise. By giving them longer strings of digits, they could tolerate noise and still be correct at the receiving end. This sort of outside the box thinking revolutionized countless industries.

We owe Claude Shannon a lot, and Soni & Goodman’s book takes a big first step in paying that debt.

David Wineberg
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
Best Seat in the House: My Life in the Jeff Healey Band
Best Seat in the House: My Life in the Jeff Healey Band
Thank you for this book. Jeff was absolutely great playing either rock or jazz/blues. It is undeniable, though that his life journey was not the easy one, neither for him nor for people who surrounded him. He was true entertainer and rare talent who knew “the show must go on” or “gig is gig” and he was giving us great shows no matter what. It is quite sad, though, that it is not Canada – his own motherland discovered and supported his talent, it was USA. OH… Canada. I really want to be wrong, but it seems that when he had a lot of friends who appreciated his talent and who were there for him and who he had a lot of fun with, he has not met a woman who will be right for him. Like Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi or Sharon and Ozzy. There is not a single great song dedicated to particular woman. Like “Lenny” of SRV, or “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond et. cet. I do not know, may be just “Adriana” 1982 when he was 16. Overall book left me feeling somewhat distuned, as if something unfair has happened. As if players of the game called “life” just figured out what it was all about and suddenly it was all over.
Saying that, book is definitely an inspiration. It is a real reminder about what is worth spending your life on and what does not. I think for Jeff choice was always obvious and he has finally found his way to his type of guys: Romeo Nelson, Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Lonnie Johnson and his favourite Louis Armstrong.
Thank you Tom, good health to you.
Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite
All the schools I attended had somebody like Napoleon: nerdy for certain, often weirdly hostile, but pretty nice if you managed to get to know them. If you ever wondered what it'd be like to be that guy (or girl), Napoleon Dynamite will show you. It will also make you wince, laugh, clap, and maybe even dance for happiness.

Napoleon's home life is odd: he and his 32-year-old brother Kip live in the Middle of Nowhere, Idaho, with their grandmother and her llama, Tina. Kip stays home "chatting online with babes all day" while Napoleon starts another grueling school year, teased by jocks and bullies, and bossed around by Grandma. But this time he makes two new friends, glamor shot photographer Deb and Mexican transplant Pedro Sanchez. At last, his life starts to change for the better--even after Grandma gets in an accident and creepy Uncle Rico comes to stay while she recovers.

Most people will either love or hate this movie. The dialogue is stilted (for effect, it seems), the humor is subtle, and Napoleon's actions are often puzzling. As with his real-life counterparts, he can be hard to figure out. Yet he's always true to himself, sometimes with bad results. But more often they're good, and by the end of the movie, you understand what he's all about.

The best part of the storytelling, for me anyway, was how the events of the movie just unfold, without judgment or explanation. The director, in other words, doesn't try to tell us what to think--and that's what makes Napoleon Dynamite refreshingly, wonderfully different from pretty much any other teen movie you've ever seen. The neutral perspective may be what caused many critics, including the late Roger Ebert, to pan the film. I guess that's understandable for people who are more used to codified teen films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, where Ferris's perspective dominates so much that he even tells the audience when to go home.

But if you have even a little weirdo in your personality--and unless you're Summer Wheatley, you do--you might like Napoleon. I sure did. Here's hoping that this style of storytelling will continue to grow in popularity and produce more classic movies.
Vikings Season 2
Vikings Season 2
Ragnar Lothbrok is now Earl of Kattegat and a vassal of King Horik. They combine their forces to wage war on Jarl Borg, who is allied to Ragnar's brother Rollo. After fighting to a standstill, Ragnar proposes they mount a new alliance to invade Northumbria in England and seize land there. Ragnar reluctantly allows Rollo to return to Kattegat and spends the next four years preparing his forces. When the time comes, Ragnar and Horik betray their word and invade England without Borg, but are blown off-course and instead land in Wessex, ruled by the wily and cunning King Ecbert who immediately sees opportunity with these invaders from the sea.

The first season of Vikings was a welcome, straightforward tale of blood, lust, cunning and surprising restraint. Although it would be difficult to call it fully historically accurate, it was far more historically accurate than any other show about the Viking Age and made a good attempt to show the full complexities of the Viking culture and the Anglo-Saxon one they came into contact with. It also channelled some Game of Thrones-style political machinations and some very well-realised action and effects scenes. It was, overall, a winner.

Season 2 is, if anything, better. It opens up the world a little, bringing in the other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia and delves deeply into the psyches of the core cast of characters: Ragnar, Lagertha, Aslaug, Rollo, Floki, Athelstan and the now-grown-up Bjorn, as well as developing some minor characters from Season 1 (Horik and Borg) and introducing a major new player in the form of the canny Ecbert. Actors both established and new do exceptional work, especially English actor Linus Roache, who portrays the ambitious King Ecbert of Wessex with intelligence and off-beat candour. George Blagden also levels up as Athelstan, who's conflict of faith and culture is played to the hilt and done incredibly well.

The show moves between several long-running storylines, mixing up Ragnar's ambitions on the home front (which Donal Logue's brilliantly-played Horik is increasingly wary of) with his desire for conquests in the west but also his deep-seated longing for family, good earth and to live in peace. Ragnar's preference for negotiation before bloodshed marked him out as a different kind of Viking in the first season and that continues in the second, particularly his relationship with Ecbert, the first opponent that Ragnar has met who is as cunning and clever as he is (despite Ecbert's curious obsession with holding every major diplomatic meeting in a communal bath). Elsewhere, Lagertha's attempts to step out of Ragnar's shadow are compromised by her political decision to marry another jarl which backfires when he turns out to be a violent and abusive imbecile. Lagertha, as to be expected, does not take well to this and soon is setting up her own grab for power. This ties in with young Bjorn, who refreshingly doesn't hate his absentee father or deify him, but instead treats him with cautious respect as he tries to figure out who he is.

Vikings therefore has evolved into a curious hybrid of family drama, history lesson, political potboiler and all-out action story. There are several major battles (and lots of smaller skirmishes), some of which are very impressive indeed, but the writers are more interested in this band of characters, some historical, some legendary, some brand-new but all fascinating, flawed and human.

Flaws? Well, watching manly men with swords pledging brotherhood and alliance and knowing they'll be turning on each other in a couple of episodes time risks feeling repetitive, but this does set up some last-minute plot twists that are well-handled. The growing sense of scale can also feel like it trivialises what were once epic and dangerous quests, with Ragnar and his men shooting back and forth over the North Sea like they're taking a brief stroll when it was a major life-threatening voyage in the first season (although that was probably true to the actual historical experience as well). There's also some very oddball historical inconsistencies: Ragnar and his men accidentally land in Wessex without knowing it's there and they don't seem to know about France just across the Channel, despite Ecbert waxing lyrical about Vikings visiting the court of Charlemagne five minutes earlier. But these are fairly minor.

Season 2 of Vikings (****½) is a gripping and enjoyable continuation of the first season and well worth a watch.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
This is yet another great film within the entire "Harry Potter" film franchise. The sixth in the series, "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" boasts, as with all of the other films, non-stop action, special effects, drama and last but certainly not least, magic! It picks up immediately in the Department of Mysteries, within the Ministry of Magic, with all cameras blazing, but Harry is not exactly pleased by this response from the press, given that none of them would believe him after he claimed that he witnessed Voldemort's rebirth in the first place. Albus Dumbledore, however, has other suspicions about Voldemort, and Harry must see fit to follow Dumbledore's lead than he would usually do; whatever you may say about Harry, he does get himself into loads of trouble! The level of creepiness and suspense, balanced by good humour and the trials of romance throughout the entire movie is perfect, and for the first time the whole aspect of becoming a Death Eater is explored extremely well with it showing just how hard and horrible a job it is to be such a hard hearted villain for the latest antagonist in the story, and to do the nasty deeds it entails while under immense pressure. One niggle that I have is with the new addition of Mrs. Malfoy, played by Helen Mcrory; for me she is just too easily outshone in her debut role as a "Harry Potter" character when standing next to the likes of Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, so it's a treat to see Mcrory wield a wand and show more fear of and resistance to Voldemort in "The Deathly Hallows" since Mrs Malfoy is as much a favourite character of mine as her sister Bellatrix. Otherwise, I do think that "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" is still a very engaging film. Along with a marvellous Special Features disc that aside from its usual material also includes a moving and insightful documentary entitled "A Year In The Life Of J.K. Rowling", this is pure wizarding entertainment everywhere!
Die Männer von Hollywood
Die Männer von Hollywood
Interessanter und spanender Roman von Jackie Collins. Glaube das ich alle ihre Romane gelesen habe.
Beim lesen ihrer Romane wir einem bewust wie Trügerisch die Welt von Holliwud ist. Mehr schein als sein.
Waiting for Nick (Stanislaskis Book 1088)
Waiting for Nick (Stanislaskis Book 1088)
Nora Roberts is one of a select few authors who can successfully republish an almost 25 year old manuscript without updating particulars to make it fit today’s ethos and social mores; i.e. the acceptance of smoking in public spaces, the absence of swear words, save the occasional ‘damn’ or ‘hell’ and even some references to fashion and clothing. “Waiting for Nick” was first published in 1997 and its solid storyline has withstood the test of time.

In this 5th book of The Stanislaskis series, dual protagonists Frederica Kimball (Freddie) and Nick LeBeck are the quintessential good girl/reformed bad boy combo.

Freddie came to New York to make her mark in the world as a lyricist, specifically in partnership with Nick who is a successful songwriter looking for someone who can put words to his music. Freddie has to convince him they can have a successful collaboration. They’ve known each other since childhood and always had a brother/sister type relationship. But Freddie has secretly been in love with Nick since she was thirteen. With her Master Plan mentally mapped out, Freddie begins a planned assault to convince Nick to fall in love with her so they can find their HEA together. But taking the first step from a platonic relationship to a romantic one is full of pitfalls and rocky terrain. Can they successfully traverse it and find their way to each other without destroying a rare and beautiful friendship?

In my opinion, Nora Roberts put the ‘R’ in romance and this book has stood the test of time. Yes, the language style is somewhat dated but definitely in keeping with its original publication date (1997). And it’s refreshing to occasionally read a contemporary romance that has outlasted its expected shelf-life. Four stars.
A MacGregor Christmas: A 2-in-1 Collection
A MacGregor Christmas: A 2-in-1 Collection
I found it very hard to follow and I found the print for me was very small! It seems to be a copy of the outlander series!! It seemed to be about the same time frame and I kept comparing it to that series!!
Circus of Fear
Circus of Fear
The Blu-ray is incredibly good looking for films that old. Blue Underground keeps doing such great work in that area and i love watching those older hard-to-find movies when they look probably better than when they originally came out.

As far as the movies go, Circus was a minor revelation. I had seen a Pan&Scan Black&White version before which i did enjoy because of the story and Christopher Lee, but the movie just looked terrible. Here we have a pristine print in wide screen and color. I really like the story itself, if a bit convoluted of course, but it's very entertaining.

As far as Dragons is concerned though, i found myself yawning way too often. I was just bored. It could have been a cool action adventure, all filmed on locations in Hong Kong. Instead, the premise is tortuous, the goofy humor is off-putting, and overall, it's really not that interesting imho.

In the end, i would recommend it just for Circus Of Fear due to its fun story, good performances, and incredible restored quality. It'sa not a great movie, but it's fun, especially if you enjoy British 60's crime thrillers.
Robert Ludlum's™ The Treadstone Resurrection
Robert Ludlum's™ The Treadstone Resurrection
This is a great 100 miles an hour story! There is big action sequences, nods to the classic source material and an easy to follow plot.
Adam Hayes is a great new addition to the Ludlum pantheon of all action anti-hero’s. I wouldn’t say he’s likeable but exactly what you’d expect from a chemically enhanced government assassin! The story as aforementioned is easy to follow, bad guys show up to kill Hayes, he dispatches them in brutal Treadstone operative fashion, Hayes gets his head quickly in the game to trace the threat to his life back to source, roll out the fight to rural USA, with the action ending up in Columbia and Venezuela. As much as all this is enjoyable I found one or two niggles with Joshua Hoods narrative. Such as Hayes being a walking tank...yes I know he’s a treadstone assassin but he walks away from a drone strike on a building he’s in! (A drone strike by the US government on US soil I may add). A helicopter crash that obliterates all other passengers, firing a grenade from a grenade launcher into the living room of the apartment he’s stood mere 6 or 7 feet away from the blast to name but a few! What I’m saying is, a lot of this will require you to suspend belief a little bit, which I’m ok with, but I think Paul Greengrass’s gritty Bourne films with their ultra realism has just spoiled my enjoyment a little here. There is also a few ‘how convenient’ moments as well that aren’t really explained, Hayes handcuffs not actually been fastened properly, trained soldiers not spotting Hayes covered in blood all because he’s carrying a clipboard and must surely work there a couple of those stand out moments. Also another gripe, some of the dialogue is a bit cringe for my tastes! Stuff like, ‘my plan? A bagful of guns’ or ‘time to say goodnight buddy’ BANG! I’m paraphrasing a little there but imagine a Segal or Van Damme one liner in an 80’s B movie. Apart from those few gripes The Treadstone Resurrection was an enjoyable story and I probably will follow the series if Mr Hood puts pen to paper in the Ludlum name again! Just be great to see him reign in the over the top cringey stuff and focus on the nitty gritty espionage side of the story. Fans looking for some brain in the jar breezy action are going to love this though!
Les doigts dans le nez (SAN ANTONIO t. 22) (French Edition)
Les doigts dans le nez (SAN ANTONIO t. 22) (French Edition)
An early San Antonio which gives it interest but also means it is less sophisticated than later works. The plot is perhaps over-complex (shades of Midsomet Murders!) and the sex is disappointing (just compare Au Bal des Rombières ). Indeed he lets two women escape completely. More important is that it is less funny than usual - Berurier barely gets a look in. Nevertheless a good read well worth trying.
Le Bon Gros Géant
Le Bon Gros Géant
Comme tous les Roald Dahl ... on peut y aller sans hésiter: de l'imagination à foison mais aussi une proximité extraordinaire avec le mental des enfants. Les descriptions "au plus près" les conduisent à imaginer, à voir les situations ...Tout cela avec un éventail de vocabulaire formidable! on y trouve tout ce qui fait la richesse du plaisir de lire pour nos enfants ( 5ans et 10 ans) !
Naruto Anime Profiles: Hiden Shippu Emaki
Naruto Anime Profiles: Hiden Shippu Emaki
This is the second "Anime Profiles" volume of the popular series "Naruto" covering episodes 38 through 80 with lots of pictures from the series, original artwork, puzzles, a brand-new pullout, and more.

This'll go great with the also-informative first volume covering the first 37 episodes of the show because of the very colorful artwork and production sketches involved plus a handy episodes guide and lots more covering the numerous details and climactic points within each episode. You'll also see some cool, yet vaguely funny, bits on some episode screencaps by the characters themselves. Not to mention a few words from the people behind the show, too.

I hope you will find this book interesting and informative if you are a fan, or in some cases "otaku", of the series. I really hope the next volume of this cool "Anime Profiles" series will have even more episodes rundowns to spare. Also keep watching Toonami every Saturday night for even more brand new episodes on Cartoon Network, plus the Toonami Jetstream online.

Like I said before, "Believe it !"
Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia
Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia
Dr. Paul F. Ford's "Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition" is a wonderful resource for those who wish to have a comprehensive understanding of C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia". Everything that you come across throughout Narnia is given careful consideration, with reference to the specific page numbers in the books. I would highly recommend, to anyone who has interest in Narnia, to purchase this book.

On the down-side, the actual book that I received, new from Amazon, was of decidedly poor quality. It appears to have about a half-dozen pages, in the second half of the book, that were misprinted. The lower half of these pages were originally blank. In order to rectify this problem, someone decided to physically paste the missing information onto each affected page. I suppose I would rather have the information, than not, but I wasn't exactly pleased with the condition of the book.

Overall, purchasing the book would be a good investment for fans of Narnia. However, be forewarned about the quality of the book, when purchased from Amazon. It may or may not be their fault, but I normally expect a higher-quality of material than what I received from this purchase.
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (Peter Rabbit)
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (Peter Rabbit)
My son thoroughly enjoys this series. "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny" is a particularly good story to read after the child becomes familiar with "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," which sets up this story of Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit's visit to Mr. McGreggor's garden. The story itself is told in the same charming prose, using appropriate words that many of today's readers tend to avoid because they appear "too difficult." The series published by Frederick Warne, in particular, had the vision to size the book perfectly for small hands, allowing even the youngest "readers" to enjoy the story, whether it is read, or whether one studies the many delightful, detailed images that fit the text so well. I highly recommend this book, as well as the rest of the Beatrix Potter series published by Frederick Warne.
Rainy Day Kisses
Rainy Day Kisses
Susannah's career is on the rise and she hopes to make vice-president of her company soon.
Then she gets roped into babysitting her nine month niece Michelle for the weekend. After
the first night, Susannah is convinced that motherhood is not for her. Then she meets her
neighbor Nate Townsend, who helps her with Michelle. Sure, he's handsome, but he doesn't have
a job and she doesn't need a man no matter how much attraction there is between them. Must read.
ジョジョの奇妙な冒険ストーンオーシャン 7 ウルトラセキュリティ懲罰房 [JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Sutōn'ōshan] (Stone Ocean, #7)
ジョジョの奇妙な冒険ストーンオーシャン 7 ウルトラセキュリティ懲罰房 [JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Sutōn'ōshan] (Stone Ocean, #7)
ジョジョ全体を通して評価されたとき、6部は酷評されることが多いです。
私個人としても、アナスイが徐倫を手助けする動機が非常に薄く、納得がいきません。
(アナスイが女性のままならば絡みがあったと考えられるので、仕方ないといえば仕方ないですが)

一方で、ウルトラセキュリティ懲罰房の初戦、ウエストウッド看守との戦いは6部屈指の名勝負だと思います。
無自覚のスタンド使いという、今までにないタイプの敵が、更に別のスタンド能力で強化され戦います。
台詞回しもシチュエーションもワクワクする展開です。

この巻の後における展開が違ってくれば間違いなく名作。
それだけのポテンシャルを期待させる一冊です。
La momia / The Mummy (Ramsés El maldito) (Spanish Edition)
La momia / The Mummy (Ramsés El maldito) (Spanish Edition)
Lo leí hace muchos años en su versión inglesa cuando vivía en Londres porque entonces no había Amazón y no había libros en español que no fuesen clásicos. Tenía una buena impresión pero ahora al leerlo por segunda vez se me desmitificado un poco. Es entretenido .
Go Away To Murder (Inspector Roger West)
Go Away To Murder (Inspector Roger West)
Very interesting novel which shows the attitudes and values of the time it was written, gives Midsummer Murders a run for the money with the body count which is on the high side. These early Inspector West novels also give insights into how life was in Britain, during the war and also pre war depending upon which novel is being read. Not essential but well worth reading in sequence.
I'll Walk Alone: A Novel
I'll Walk Alone: A Novel
Mary Higgins Clark one of my favourite authors.

This book had me totally gripped, right from page one.

Mary Higgins Clark's characters are completely believable. Each chapter is only four or five pages long and typically focus on one character in the book.

In I'll Walk Alone, Alexandra "Zan" Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder.

All of the characters are superb and as expected from the `Queen of Suspense' there are numerous chills, thrills, twists and turns to keep you page turning into the small wee hours.

The author has the ability to create such wondrous delight in reading disturbingly shocking episodes that you are left addicted and begging for more.

`I'll Walk Alone' will not fail to keep you up all night thinking and worrying whether it really could happen ... to you, just like it does in the book. I can't tell you too much, I'll ruin the element of surprise.

A great read which leaves you with that slight apprehensive feeling which her books have a tendency to do.

Certain that this novel will give plenty to think about (without giving the game away ... it involves identity theft, murder and suspense and worryingly it is most certainly possible!
Risen
Risen
Vorneweg: Ich bin eigentlich kein besonders großer Fan von Bibelverfilmungen. Entweder finde ich sie langweilig (weil: Story bekannt und komplett vorhersehbar; zu belehrend, voreingenommen und predigend) oder nervig, weil so viel verändert, verfälscht und auf „cool“ gemacht wird, dass ich aus dem Augenrollen nicht herauskomme. Von „Auferstanden“ habe ich daher auch nicht besonders viel erwartet. Ich hatte den Film zufällig auf Netflix entdeckt, eher gleichgültig gedacht: „Ich kann ja mal reinsehen. Ist schließlich kostenlos.“ und war dann am Ende so begeistert, dass ich mir den Film sofort auf DVD bestellt habe.

Das, was den Film aus anderen Bibelverfilmungen herausstechen lässt, ist die Tatsache, dass die erzählte Geschichte nicht aus der Sicht einer der bekannten biblischen Figuren erzählt wird, sondern aus der Perspektive eines fiktiven Protagonisten und Beobachters. Dadurch wird eine neue und interessante Komponente zu der bekannten Handlung hinzugefügt, ohne die eigentliche Perikope zu sehr zu verändern oder gar zu verfälschen.

Der Film beginnt mit Tod Jesu am Kreuz (also somit im Grunde nach der oft verfilmten und dargestellten Passionserzählung) und thematisiert die Auferstehung und die Problematik des leeren Grabes bis hin zu der Auffahrt Jesu in den Himmel. Die erzählende Hauptfigur ist der kluge, aber nicht vor Brutalitäten zurückschreckende, römische Militärtribun Clavius. Da der römische Stadthalter von Jerusalem, Pontius Pilatus, Angst um den wackeligen Frieden mit den jüdischen Einwohnern – und vor allem den Pharisäern – hat, soll Clavius den verschwundenen Leichnam eines gekreuzigten Nazareners ausfindig machen, damit dessen Anhänger nicht die Lüge verbreiten können, er wäre auferstanden, und eine Rebellion beginnen.

Die Tatsache, dass die Geschichte aus Clavius Sicht erzählt wird, hat viele Vorteile. Neben dem bereits erwähnten Einbringen eines neuen, interessanten Elementes, erlaubt diese neue Sichtweise auch, den Film in Bezug auf das Storytelling auf eine für das heutige Publikum ansprechendere Weise zu sehen. Wäre der Film aus der Sicht z.B. der Jünger erzählt worden, hätte er sehr leicht langweilig werden können, da die Figuren durch die Bibel vorgezeichnet sind und gewisse „moralische Grundsätze“ erfüllen müssen, wenn man sie nicht verändern möchte.

Bei Clavius hingegen ist es egal, ob er zynisch, abgehärtet und manchmal kalt ist. Er kann so dargestellt werden, wie es für die Geschichte und die geplante Charakterisierung sinnvoll ist, ohne dass irgendjemand daran Anstoß nehmen könnte. Er kann skeptisch sein, sich kritisch Gedanken machen und die Dinge hinterfragen. Er muss es sogar. Dadurch wird er zu einer Figur, mit der sich der zeitgenössische Zuschauer identifizieren kann.

Auch erlaubt diese Sichtweise, die Geschichte mit der Vermischung weiterer Genres zu erzählen. Die ersten zwei Drittel des Films sind im Grunde eine interessante Kriminalgeschichte, in der der Römer versucht, zu ergründen, was mit dem Leichnam geschehen sein mag. Der Tatort wird untersucht und mögliche Verdächtige und Zeugen befragt, die kryptische Antworten geben.

Auch handwerklich ist der Film gut gemacht. Die Kulissen und die Ausstattung sind eindrucksvoll und wirken realistisch. Es wird auf damalige kulturelle Details geachtet, die passend zur Geschichte eingearbeitet werden (z.B. das Verbrennen der römischen Toten und die Münze, die in den Mund gesteckt wird). Man kann sich leicht in die damalige Zeit hineinversetzen und sich vorstellen, dass alles tatsächlich so ausgesehen haben mag. Es gibt auch ein paar brutale Szenen und Bilder – zumindest im Zusammenhang mit Clavius Schlacht am Anfang, der Kreuzigung und der Untersuchung der Leichen. Ich persönlich empfinde aber nicht, dass dies effekthascherisch oder übertrieben wirkt, sondern dass das ungeschönte Zeigen dieser Bilder eher zu einem verstärkten Gefühl der Authentizität beiträgt. (Wobei ich zugegebenermaßen durch Serien wie „Hannibal“ und „Game of Thrones“ etwas abgehärtet in diesem Bereich bin.)

Ein weiterer sehr positiver Aspekt, der den Film authentischer wirken lässt und mir sehr gefallen hat, war, dass man für Jesus den historisch richtigen Namen „Yeshua“ verwendet hat, anstelle ihn „Jesus“ zu nennen. Ebenfalls sehr erfreulich war für mich, dass man für den Darsteller von Jesus jemanden genommen hat, der nicht so kaukasisch aussieht, wie es in den meisten Produktionen der Fall ist (im schlimmsten Fall natürlich blondhaarig und blauäugig). Für mich sah er tatsächlich so aus, wie jemand, der damals in Judäa gelebt haben könnte. Wünschenswert wäre es dabei nur gewesen, wenn man dies bei den Jüngern auch ein wenig stärker berücksichtigt hätte, da einige von ihnen (wie z.B. Bartholomäus) doch ein wenig zu europäisch wirken. Doch das ist wirklich Jammern auf hohem Niveau.

Das einzige, das mich an dem Film eigentlich wirklich gestört hat, ist, dass man anscheinend nicht darum herumkam, das alte und falsche Vorurteil aufzugreifen, Maria Magdalena sei eine Prostituierte gewesen. Zwar wird dieses Wort mit ihr im Zusammenhang nicht direkt verwendet, aber sie wird als „Frau von der Straße“ bezeichnet und als Clavius seine Männer fragt, wer sie kennt, meldet sich über die Hälfte von ihnen zögerlich, um zu implizieren, dass sie anscheinend „Kunden“ bei ihr gewesen sind. Das hätte wirklich nicht sein müssen und hat für mich in dem Moment ein wenig die Authentizität zerstört, da die Verbindung von Maria Magdalena – Sünderin – Prostituierte bibelwissenschaftlich längst widerlegt und somit falsch ist.

Was das letzte Drittel des Films angeht, so hat mich die „Wendung“ in dem Plot nicht gestört. Ich kann verstehen, warum manche sich gewünscht hätten, dass man es bis zum Ende hin wie eine Kriminalgeschichte behandelt hätte und die Frage danach, ob der Leichnam nun gestohlen wurde oder ob an den Auferstehungsgerüchten doch etwas dran gewesen sein könnte, offengehalten hätte. Es wäre vermutlich etwas stringenter im Ton gewesen und hätte man sich für diesen Weg entschieden, hätte es sicherlich auch interessant sein können. Dennoch kann ich mich über die gewählte Vorgehensweise nicht beklagen. Ich fand sowohl die Flucht vor den Römern als auch das Begleiten der Jünger sehr interessant. Ja, manche Szenen waren etwas sentimental und der musikalische Einsatz drohte hin und wieder in den Kitsch abzugleiten, aber für mich hat es funktioniert. Ich war durchaus ergriffen von einigen Szenen und hatte eine Gänsehaut.

Der Film hat es dadurch geschafft, mich auf mehreren Ebenen anzusprechen. Die ersten zwei Drittel waren für den Kopf. Man hat die Untersuchungen verfolgt und mit Clavius die Indizien gesammelt, während man immer wieder biblische Einschübe entdecken konnte, die intelligent in die Handlung verwebt wurden, und konnte sich an den gut recherchierten historischen Details erfreuen. Das letzte Drittel war für das Gefühl. Es hat mich glücklich gemacht und konnte die hoffnungsvollen Gefühle der ersten Christen gut vermitteln.

Weil ich wegen der falschen Darstellung von Maria Magdalena einen halben Stern abziehen würde, würde ich dem Film 4,5 Sterne geben. Da das auf Amazon aber leider nicht möglich ist, runde ich es auf 5, weil mich der Film auch bei wiederholtem Ansehen noch genauso begeistern konnte. Ich finde, dieser Film ist mit seinem Fokus auf die Auferstehung Christi und die damit verbundene hoffnungsvolle Botschaft eine großartige Osterfilmalternative (oder -ergänzung) zu den eher bekannten Passionsadaptionen.
LEGO Harry Potter Ultimate Sticker Collection: More Than 1,000 Stickers (Ultimate Sticker Collections)
LEGO Harry Potter Ultimate Sticker Collection: More Than 1,000 Stickers (Ultimate Sticker Collections)
Mes enfants adorent ces cahiers d'autocollants. On y trouve à la fois des pages pour coller les différents autocollants, avec des explications sur chacun d'eux, et aussi des tonnes d'autocollants en plus (plus de la moitié!!) à coller où on veut. Des heures et des heures de jeu et de créations.
Je choisis ces cahiers en anglais parce qu'en français, je les trouve abusivement chers. 10 euros me semble un prix à peu près correct vu la qualité du cahier et la quantité d'autocollants. Ça reste facile à comprendre si vous parlez un peu anglais je trouve. Moi je les traduits au fur et à mesure pour mes enfants.
Kalyss 12" Short Straight Men's Blonde Color Wig Heat Resistant Synthetic Hair Wig (blonde)
Kalyss 12" Short Straight Men's Blonde Color Wig Heat Resistant Synthetic Hair Wig (blonde)
Honestly, I took a gamble on this wig. I wasn't sure it would fit the look I was going for, but I had limited time to get the right 'do for a Halloween party. And, just to be clear, this costume I had planned relied almost entirely on the wig. Luckily, this wig was damn near perfect and for quite a bargain! The one fault would be that I had to adjust every so often because it's probably meant for a man with short hair (I'm a woman with long hair), and my hair kept peeking through now and again. But, still, not too bad if you're using this for a short-term endeavor.

For anyone wondering: I was going as Sally Jessy Raphael. Yes, her. And, yes, this wig. I was able to run my fingers through the wig and mess it up a little to get that poofy 80s flair that Ms. Raphael was known for — I'm taking CLASSIC Sally Jessy, here.

Long story short: if you need a wig to look like Sally Jessy Raphael, this one's a great choice.
Harry Potter 2020 Pocket Planner (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizards)
Harry Potter 2020 Pocket Planner (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizards)
I've bought this planner two years ago (planner is for 2 years plus) and I loved it. It fits in my purse so it's great to carry with and it has extra pages. Perfect design and a great Hogwarts cover. This year's New calender-the layout is still great-but 4th cover is so boreing! Gray with a Gryffindor logo! I almost didn't buy it, in fact I bought another planner but I gave in and bought this one also because it's so useful. I'm a Slytherin and I'd like an inclusive cover! And more color!
H2O: Just Add Water
H2O: Just Add Water
Such a classic, coming of age tv-show coupled with the mystery and magic of mermaids! Every episode possesses a perfect combo of teen drama, romance, and comedy. I have been watching H20: Just Add Water since its debut over a decade ago and I still am unfailingly entertained -- this series truly never gets old!!!
+13
+13
I'd been wanting this sweatshirt for a while now, but put off buying (talked myself out of it). SO glad I finally got it though! (decided to treat myself) Although I was hoping it'd be more of a bright blue, I really do like the heathered blue color (not too dark or bright -- nice overall).

Not only do I love the fit, but it is SOOOOO cozy and warm! I just hope it washes up well (will update once I wash it). I'm 5'4", around 120 lbs, and have broad shoulders, and big chest (36 C), so I decided to get the size Med (which, since it's a Men's cut, that's what fits me well in a Men's size; or rather, how I like the fit of Men's sweatshirts -- just a little roomy).

This fits me exactly how I wanted/hoped! It hits me below the hips, which I wanted since I'll be wearing with leggings, but also, the banded bottom is not tight (like sweatshirts use to be). The sleeves are a little long, but that's fine, as I like the look of them rolled up a bit. Plus, it's not boxy or too slim-fitting. Just right!!

I know I'll be getting my money's worth out of this, as I plan to wear it a lot. The material is so soft and comfy. I really hope it washes up well.

**Update: So, after washing, I noticed it seemed to shrink just a tad. I washed in Cold water, Line dried, then tossed in the dryer for a few minutes to soften (although it didn't really need it) and that's probably when it shrunk (prob. due to the rayon). It still fits well, and if you can stretch it out -- just not as roomy as when I first bought it. My bad. SO only cold water wash and line dry (no need for dryer at all).
Conjure Up A Harry Potter Party "unofficial"
Conjure Up A Harry Potter Party "unofficial"
I was excited to receive this book for my sons Harry Potter themed birthday. I have to agree with the other reviewers, almost all this information is available on line for free.
Snap-E Mouse Trap - 12 Pack
Snap-E Mouse Trap - 12 Pack
I have used many Snap-E mouse traps for several years now. They are NOT BAD, BUT there are several cons:
1) about 40% of the time, they fire with no mouse in the trap and a significant portion of those times, the bait is gone (and I am mindful of the instruction to place only a very small bit of bait [peanut butter] in the very bottom of the cup);
2) they are not humane -- often as not, the the poor mouse is not dead, but has only got a part of himself caught in the trap and has either attempted to chew himself out by chewing up the yellow plastic or has crawled off under my air handling unit (or someplace else where I cannot find him) to die and decompose;
3) although they ARE reusable, it is only for a limited number of times, and then they become worn to the point where the catch will no longer work to hold the bar in armed position;
4) there seem to be knock-offs on the market (some MAY even say "Kness" on them) which do not work very well;
5) whether I've gotten the knock-offs or the genuine article I cannot say, but some batches I've purchased just do not work as well as others -- they don't last as long, the kill rate is noticeably lower, etc. -- the first batch I bought several years ago was far and away the best -- perhaps the manufacturing process has just gotten less careful?
Anyway, having said all that, I am still buying these Kness traps (though I've tried others) inasmuch as they seem better than the others I've tried.
Paisley Cotton Bandana (Teal 22 x 22 IN)
Paisley Cotton Bandana (Teal 22 x 22 IN)
This is a more comfortable lightweight option for me to wear instead of a mask in my state. I like that it doesn't have much stretch and I like that it's not too hot over my face. It's much more comfortable and can easily be adjusted so it doesn't fog up my glasses. Also the colors great too and I'm glad that it matches some of my wardrobe.
Freakishly Effective Leadership for Network Marketers: How to Reduce Frustration, Drive Massive Duplication and Become a Leader Worth Following
Freakishly Effective Leadership for Network Marketers: How to Reduce Frustration, Drive Massive Duplication and Become a Leader Worth Following
Ray knocked it our of the park again! I've been with my company since 2011 and connected with Ray and Jessica shortly after that because I needed help building my organization. Whether it's in their books, courses, or their training group (RankMakers), Ray and Jess always over-deliver and share so many practical lessons that save time and money AND help our team to impact more people.
This book quickly served 2 purposes for me:
#1 - A checklist to verify things our team is already doing well
#2 - A checklist of things we can enhance to serve more people at a bigger level
One of the pictures I've shared in this review contains an important takeaway, which is to "celebrate activity, not rank". Many people are starving for opportunities to shine and celebrating/rewarding activity that inevitably leads to results is a great way to do 2 important things at the same time.
In the other picture in this review, Ray shared some items that need to be done to ensure people can succeed and duplicate inside your organization. I immediately took those points and posted a "poll" inside our private distributor only Facebook group to help us measure how we're doing in those areas.
This book is full of gold nuggets that will allow any reader who wants to build a network marketing team to take advantage of the years of experience and proven leadership and fast-track your results. Hope this helps you get this book today!
What's Next for the Startup Nation?: A Blueprint for Sustainable Innovation (Second Edition)
What's Next for the Startup Nation?: A Blueprint for Sustainable Innovation (Second Edition)
Here in Brazil, I read this short and good book.
This book has these main qualities:
1- This book is concise.
2- This book is easy to understand and organized.
3- About the fact that Israel is a source of start ups, this book tells much. For instance. This book shows that cafés and bars are places where there's importants creations of many companies in Israel. Americans creates their companies in garages, but Israelis many times, creates theirs companies in bars and cafes. This book also shows that in Israel is normal to have a business meeting in bars and cafes.
4- This book is clear. Incubation centers created and ruled by governments, almost ever are a failure. The success of Yozma (Hebrew for "initiative"), is in this book.
5- Page 138 has these sentences: "If the Chinese have a five-year plan, Western countries have ideals and dreams. I may sound like match, but creativity usually favors over dreams. Yet, sustainable growth requires a mixture of both."
6- Page 149 has this sentence: "No other social network offer the same reach nor value as those that are based on ethnicity."
7- Page 172 has these sentences: "Israel is home to R&D centers for the largest companies in the world, including Microsoft, Google, Intel, Motorola and Cisco. Its population produces more scientific papers per capita than any other country in the world."
Some failures of this book:
1- On page 29, there's a claim that on October 1989, former Soviet Union had fallen. In fact, former Soviet Union was over only, in 1991. In a single sentence. Uri Goldberg should read the wikipedia to update this book.
2- On page 41 there's a claim that Canada is ahead of Israel in number of companies on the NASDAQ. Not correct. Only the United States is ahead of Israel in number of companies on the NASDAQ.
3- On page 51 there's many non senses about the world's real situation in terms of food, oil, etc. Being a book (supposelly) writen in 2014, this book tells absurds on this page resembling the false prophecies from the Club of Rome, in 1970 decade.
4- This book talks about the Japanese economic crisis, since late 1980 decade and Japan's economic decline, but fails to show that Japan hadn't the will to lost its racial purity in exchange of economic growth. Israel in late 1980 decade atracted a massive imigration of half-Jews, Jews, Russians, etc. Because Israel accepted foreigners, bringing new ideas; Japan had another culture, seeking above anything for stability, not economic growth.
5- At the end of this book, there's a list of sources, but the sources aren't linked to the text of this book.
I'm in doubt if I give three or four stars for this book, but I'll give four stars for it.
ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Elite Plus Screen Protector - Made for iPhone 12 Pro Max - Case Friendly Screen - Impact & Scratch Protection, clear (200106657)
ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Elite Plus Screen Protector - Made for iPhone 12 Pro Max - Case Friendly Screen - Impact & Scratch Protection, clear (200106657)
I tried twice to install, following direct EXACTLY...both times, I had tiny specks remaining under the Zagg Shield...VERY DISAPPOINTED, as I’ve used Zagg before.
SELLER: I would like a replace, please! UPDATE: Registered my screen protector, their best, (which cost $39.99!!), and contacted Zagg customer service directly for a replacement. “Sure, the cheer voice said...that’ll just be another $7.99 for shipping & handling. Wait, what!? I bought the top-of-the-line type, from the top-of-the-line-maker, cost me $40, has repetitive specks, and now, you want $8 MORE dollars. The best they’d do (after ‘escalation’ was $4. So, in the morning, I am calling Amazon, arranging for a return & credit, and I will buy a Spigen screen protector....NEVER AGAIN A ZAGG, and, even though I told her this, she couldn’t have cared less. Moral: buyer beware...the most expensive is NOT NECESSARILY the best! Thank you.
Organic Delight Moong Dal (Chilka) / Split Green Gram (with Skin), 500g
Organic Delight Moong Dal (Chilka) / Split Green Gram (with Skin), 500g
I ordered this dal because it was recommended to me by one of my friends. Best thing about this dal is that it is completely free from artificial colours and polish. It is easy to cook and tastes delicious. It is nutrient-rich and provide all sort of necessary nutrients to the body. I've also bought other products from organic delight and they're just amazing.

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