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C++ Primer (5th Edition)
C++ Primer (5th Edition)
C++ Primer (5th Edition) by Stanley B. Lippman , Josée Lajoie , et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 400 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c++ category.
Murach's C++ Programming
Murach's C++ Programming
Murach's C++ Programming by Joel Murach and Mary Delamater. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c++ category.
MySQL (3rd Edition)
MySQL (3rd Edition)
MySQL (3rd Edition) by Paul DuBois. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
PHP, MYSQL and Apache Server
PHP, MYSQL and Apache Server
PHP, MYSQL and Apache Server by Prof. Shashi Banzal. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter y la cámara secreta (Harry Potter 2)
Harry Potter y la cámara secreta (Harry Potter 2)
Harry Potter y la cámara secreta (Harry Potter 2) by J.K. Rowling, Carlos Ponce, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 755 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Nights in Rodanthe
Nights in Rodanthe
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 828 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Morning Light and the Heavy Wait
Morning Light and the Heavy Wait
Morning Light and the Heavy Wait by Jared Stanger. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Midnight Falls
Midnight Falls
Midnight Falls by John Evans. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #5 (OF 5) Stephen King
DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #5 (OF 5) Stephen King
DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #5 (OF 5) Stephen King by PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH and JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques by Gary B. Shelly , Thomas J. Cashman, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside. by Matthew Python. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PYTHON: PYTHON'S COMPANION, A STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS TO START CODING TODAY! (INCLUDES A 6 PAGE PRINTABLE CHEAT SHEET)(PYTHON FOR BEGINNERS, PYTHON FOR DUMMIES, PYTHON PROGRAMMING)
PYTHON: PYTHON'S COMPANION, A STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS TO START CODING TODAY! (INCLUDES A 6 PAGE PRINTABLE CHEAT SHEET)(PYTHON FOR BEGINNERS, PYTHON FOR DUMMIES, PYTHON PROGRAMMING)
PYTHON: PYTHON'S COMPANION, A STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS TO START CODING TODAY! (INCLUDES A 6 PAGE PRINTABLE CHEAT SHEET)(PYTHON FOR BEGINNERS, PYTHON FOR DUMMIES, PYTHON PROGRAMMING) by JOE THOMPSON. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP: Learn By Coding
PHP: Learn By Coding
PHP: Learn By Coding by Scott Hughes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
NoSQL For Dummies
NoSQL For Dummies
NoSQL For Dummies by Adam Fowler. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Objective-C Fundamentals
Objective-C Fundamentals
Objective-C Fundamentals by Christopher Fairbairn , Collin Ruffenach, et al.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Romance of Gathering Old Songs - typescript
Romance of Gathering Old Songs - typescript
Romance of Gathering Old Songs - typescript by Kate C. Snow. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the TypeScript category.
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
I like both Buffettology and Buffettology II as books I can go back, skim through, and find straightforward ways of examining the worth of stocks. I give it 5 stars as being excellent for steering you to good investments. But don't assume every other method and every investor is as stupid as the book claims: it will lead you to value this book's opinion alone too much.

In Buffettology II, I'm sure many novice investors come away with the idea that EVERY major investor is an idiot and that through Warren-like value-investing methods you will have a tremendous advantage on the rest of the market. They also treat long-understood investing phenomena, like a long-lasting competitive advantage, as if it's only being revealed to the world through this book. For example: "...we'll let you in on one of Warren's best kept secrets. He figured out that some, but not all, companies have what he calls a "durable competitive advantage."" HE figured out? Ben Graham and Phil Fisher were writing books about it while Warren was just getting out of college. Phil Fisher's "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits," published in 1958, goes to great length explaining the situations to look for in which a company has such an advantage.

I'm glad such a thing is discussed in the book while at the same time I'm outraged the authors LIE to me to make the book look more unique and valuable. EVERY chapter includes some kind of thing like that which makes you wonder at the authors' motives.

Why do they need to lie and exaggerate if they're really providing the best way for the average person to evaluate stocks without going through the whole, formal, "asset value, earnings power value, growth value" math calculations required by advanced methods as per Greenwald, et al's "Value Investing"?
Virgin, mon destin (TED.TALENT EDIT) (French Edition)
Virgin, mon destin (TED.TALENT EDIT) (French Edition)
J'avais lu jadis, la première autobiographie de Richard Branson. Le côté égocentrique du garçon ne m'avait pas choqué outre mesure. Sans doute étais-je plus jeune...
Mais pour ce nouvel opus, le roi Richard a mis la barre très haut. C'est bien simple : Richard est génial et dès que ça va mal, c'est parce que le monde des vilains méchants lui en veut !
Et que dire du côté new age complètement mensonger ? Figurez-vous que Sir Richard se vante que ses employés peuvent prendre autant de vacances qu'ils le souhaitent. Sans jamais devoir se justifier. Fantastique, non ? Mais surtout irréaliste.
Désolé mais il faudra trouver un lecteur "vierge" pour que la magie Branson continue à opérer.
Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons
Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons
Ever since I watched my first 'Oprah' show in the 1980's, I have been inspired by this lady. I can't really explain what it is about her except to say that her opinions on life, love, wellbeing etc seem to resonate - make sense, if you will - with me, and I seem to agree with her views on pretty much.

So I was stunned to see this book on Amazon and ordered it immediately, and was right in doing so.

It's full of inspirational quotes from Oprah that I'd long forgotten and was right to be reminded of - things like appreciating what you have rather than what you don't have (and let's face it, we all do that, don't we? Be honest). Whenever I feel a little low of mood, or it's a dull, grey, rainy day (or a combination of the two), I reach for this book and feel really invigorated, motivated and THANKFUL for what I have in Life, though that may be as much as I would like.

A lovely book also to give as a gift - perhaps to someone who is alone in life. They would really thank you for it.

Truly inspiring, delightful and insightful - exactly what I would expect from anything with the 'Oprah' branding.
Classic Album Collection (Ella & Louis / Ella & Louis Again)
Classic Album Collection (Ella & Louis / Ella & Louis Again)
Previously, I bought the "Ella and Louis Together" CD because of the song "Stars Fell on Alabama." It just knocks me out. When I saw this CD that includes a second CD of the duo together again (so appropriate as a title), I had no problem buying it. What a gem! The songs are fantastic, Ella's voice is exquisite, Louis is in tune and with trumpet in hand, the perfect pairing of voice and instrument. I only have superlatives for this 2-disc set and if I had more thumbs, they would all point up. A definite two thumbs up for a marvelous musical romance!
Bob Dylan - Really Easy Piano
Bob Dylan - Really Easy Piano
Four stars for moment. Up date now below
Looks OK but the first song I went to play Lay Lady Lay is in the wrong key being C major the Dylan original version is in B minor I have needed to edit all the written music to the correct key.
The C Major version does not sound right at all.
I am hoping this is the only song scored in the incorrect Key .
Further to the above I have now discovered a Byrds cover was released in C major in playing along with the byrds track in C major the song does sound right , however I wish the score was written in the original Dylan key
Bob Dylan - Made Easy for Guitar
Bob Dylan - Made Easy for Guitar
This book serves the purpose of allowing you to strum some chords while you sing the words to some of Bob Dylan's songs. The chords are loosely related to the chords Dylan might play.
For example, "When the ship comes in", this version just gives a "G" and "C" for the first six measures with 4 strums per measure. Free internet versions of the song add in a few more chords-- at least it is more interesting that way.
"A Hard Rain's gonna Fall"--This version just has you strum the D chord forever. Other versions at least put in a couple D6 and Dsus chords. They arent that hard and add some variety.
Yes, there are hash marks for chord rhythm, but they are a joke. All they show are 4 chords per measure for 4/4, or 3 chord for 3/4 time! That is useless. You only need rhythm marks if you are going to have some variety from your basic strumming.
This book is what it says, Easy versions. The problem is, when you play them they dont sound much like Dylan songs.
I have ordered a different songbook to try again.
What bothers me most about these songbooks, is that they all say the songwriter was the author. This is very misleading. Yes, you would want Cat Stevens or Bob Dylan to be involved with a book that claims he is the author-- because then you would think, even if it were easier, he would make it sound right.
But all it means for most of these songbooks is they gain some rights to do whatever they want arranging these songs. Dylan plays no part whatsoever.
Its deceptive.
Protein2o Protein Infused Water, Flavor Fusion Variety Pack (16.9 Oz, Pack Of 12)
Protein2o Protein Infused Water, Flavor Fusion Variety Pack (16.9 Oz, Pack Of 12)
I had only recently heard of "protein waters" and decided to browse around for an affordable option for breakfast. I had found this product and was really happy with it. I'm not a breakfast eater and am always on the go in the morning. I wanted to start including breakfast in my diet though. This was an option that was satisfying to me. Low calorie and the perfect amount of protein. This isn't too filling which is nice because I don't like being full in the morning as it makes me feel nauseous. Protein2O was a great solution. On the hunger scale it was satisfying. The flavor was not just delicious but was perfect-was not too sweet and not bland like a regular coconut is. An important piece as well is that there are only 5 grams of sugar. I personally, would recommend as a snack or for a good substitute for a small breakfast. I will purchase more in the future and am interested in other flavor options.
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern
In 2011, every DC Comics fan was told of a major event happening in that a massive reboot of the entire DC Universe was going to occur and that it would all be in part to a storyline guided by the character of Barry Allen/The Flash.

With the last major story having been the Blackest Night and the Brightest Day, Flashpoint would be the last actual story of the Post-Crisis DC Universe. All in part to the machinations of the Flash.

Barry Allen finds the world that he had known before has changed from how had remembered. With Barry Allen having been dead for years and then resurrected his memories are muddled. But he is not the only one back from the dead but also his futuristic rival Eobard Thawne/The Reverse-Flash. Barry realizes that his power in tapping the speed force has it so that he cannot change the past, Eobard's power with the negative speed force is different in that change has happened. With Eobard having harmed Barry's own family. This, in turn, causes Barry to try his hardest to change it back. Unfortunately, he wakes up to a world far worse than he could have known.

A world in which he would have saved the life of his family but his friends either fail to become heroes or become villains. As this story goes on for Barry attempting to change back the world to the way it was before it was changed, he races against time as the rest of the world goes on to its eventual destruction.

Eventually, it does return, or should I say reform to what we know as the New 52 DC Universe. Flashpoint becomes an epic read. With a miniseries dedicated to the horrific world that no longer exists. Readers gain incredible insight into just how bad yet at the same time how unique this world was.

Each collection of this miniseries has the change known as the Flashpoint effect occurring for each of its heroes in various ways. Like it was said in the animated movie, “Ripples of distortion radiated out through that point of impact shifting everything just a tiny bit. But enough. Enough for events to happen slightly differently.”

This world of Flashpoint is with Green Lantern. Only it’s not the Green Lantern but also several other characters as well. And in this case, it’s not the Green Lantern of Earth but the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 otherwise known as Abin Sur of Ungara. In the Flashpoint Universe, he still crashes on Earth but he doesn’t die and is heralded as a great hero by the people of Earth. Abin grows fond of his time on Earth and repays them in kind by paying them great concern in their time of crisis. Especially with the horror caused by the Amazons and the Atlanteans, humanity needs him. I found this story great because the art is a massive shout out to the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie. Like Sinestro said in the movie. “You're impertinent, Hal Jordan. You're rash, volatile, opinionated - It seems Abin Sur found another just like himself.” In many ways, he is a lot like Hal and he makes for a great hero. Unfortunately, without his death, not only does Hal Jordan not become a Green Lantern but neither does Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner or John Stewart. Not being an actual Green Lantern, Alan Scott doesn’t appear either nor his daughter Jade. As well as various events that haven’t occurred like Sinestro betraying the Lanterns and discovering the Antimatter Universe that would forge a Corps dedicated to Fear. But the more things change the more they stay the same, Sinestro does betray the Lanterns and there is a great crisis. Blackest Night still happens and does claim many planets over several systems, becoming a war that appears to be on the losing end for the Green Lanterns.

Abin Sur does what he can to serve the people of Earth especially against orders from the Lantern Guardians. His story ends triumphantly, though I wish they would have shown him fight on with his new power in the Flashpoint story’s climax.

The second part of the story deals with the supernatural warriors of S.H.A.D.E. in a reworked origin story in Flashpoint. Not a big fan of this DC story but it does have its moments.

The third part of the story deals with a Green Lantern friend in the Green Arrow, who in the Flashpoint Universe isn’t Oliver Queen but Roy Harper. Roy is Oliver’s bodyguard and top weapons expert. In this universe, Oliver Queen is the playboy billionaire CEO of Queen Industries, the country’s greatest weapons contractor. With most of its weapons confiscated from criminals and duplicated as military-grade technology for the US military. Its Queen Industries master missile, the “Green Arrow” that play a major part in the US government’s aid of the Resistance in their war against the Amazons and the Atlanteans. The story shows just how selfish Oliver is, not the moral conscience that worked to make the lives of the people better. This certainly is key when it comes back to haunt him when the daughter of an Amazon Fury attempts to kill him. It ends with tragedy and I’m surprised how short it was because it was a great story.

The final part of the story ends with Hal Jordan. Not a Green Lantern but even in this universe, Hal Jordan is still a man that can overcome fear. He is the best pilot in the world and his services are required to save the United States of America in the fight against the Amazons and Atlantis. From fighting King Shark to Giganta, Hal Jordan is the man who brings a crucial victory for the forces of good but at a great cost. I love how this story deals with Hal making great friends with some of his enemies like Hector Hammond but also deals with how much he still loves Carol. The ending was really sad.

Green Lantern is a great superhero and even better story, Flashpoint or no Flashpoint. Without the four great humans who wore the ring, there was no Sinestro Corps war or Parallax’s Zero Hour and all those deaths. But no Star Sapphires, Blue Lanterns, and other great adventures. Not a big fan of S.H.A.D.E. Love how this dealt with Green Arrow, interesting that they didn’t bring in Dinah but maybe Oliver’s Flashpoint was that he never ended up on Starfish Island.

A great collection.
Spirit Marvel Avengers Infinity War Gauntlet Hand Bracelet
Spirit Marvel Avengers Infinity War Gauntlet Hand Bracelet
Dainty little bracelet. I purchased it after watching Endgame and deciding I wanted to dress up as Ironman for Halloween, but also wanted something I could possibly wear outside of a costume. It's cheap so I'm not sure how long it'll last, but it's very pretty!!
The Rose of Versailles Volume 1
The Rose of Versailles Volume 1
In 2015, there was exciting news that Ryoko Ikeda’s classic shōjo manga, “Rose of Versailles”, would be translated in English and released to the North American region. The translated manga was originally supposed to be released in 2016, then there were rumors of it be released in 2017 following several more disappointing delays. Fast forward to January 2020, IT IS HERE AND MY EYEBALLS ARE READY!

For those who haven’t watched the anime, a crude synopsis of this fictional historical masterpiece follows “Lady Oscar”, an androgynous palace guard who serves to protect Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. The illustration style is exceptionally gorgeous and feminine, giving the manga a romantic feel. In addition, despite the manga being released in the 1970s, the storyline still feels fresh and is a joy to read. I definitely recommend this to those who have watched the anime and want more background, are into bittersweet historical fiction, romance, and soap opera-eque melodrama that tugs at your heartstrings. Also, interesting note, supposedly “Rose of Versailles” was the first manga to feature elements of “Yuri” that laid down the foundation of that genre…so keep that in mind.

Now to the physical hardcover book itself, I am absolutely in love with the artwork (and of those yet to be released in the following volumes) and the fact that it is not a flimsy paperback. Fortunately, I had no issues regarding shipping, and my book arrived packed securely in pristine condition. Since I am actually reading this book instead of hoarding it as a collector’s item, be advised that white is not the most forgiving color for hardcovers. Every dent from even something as simple as a fingernail from holding the book will show up, and every smudge from your hands that you thought you washed so well will transfer...but that obviously comes with the territory of reading physical books. The book also begins "backwards" as most manga does, and includes some beautiful colored illustrations towards the end to enjoy. Also, IF YOUR BOOK ARRIVES DAMAGED, CONTACT AMAZON. This is an issue regarding the warehouse packers, not the quality of the item itself, and Amazon’s customer service will ship you out a new one. I know it’s really inconvenient, but in my experience, the interaction with customer service regarding damaged items is usually less than 2 minutes to get the issue resolved. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way bashing any other reviewers for this experience, it’s just that my review is on the item itself, not fulfillment. Anyways, here’s to hoping the following volumes don’t get delayed! And that you receive a nicely packaged copy! Happy reading friends.
Paladone The Lord of The Rings Playing Cards Standard Deck with Embossed Tin
Paladone The Lord of The Rings Playing Cards Standard Deck with Embossed Tin
I got caught out thinking all the cards would have pictures but they don't; all have the background map but only Jack, Queen and King are illustrated. And then it's the same three pictures. Disappointed, the illustration and write-up don't make this clear. Ok if you just want a pack of cards, and the tin is nice.
The Real Middle Earth
The Real Middle Earth
Tolkien is renowned for his amazing depth of history in all of his created works, and the many, many unpublished notes and ideas that have been found.
I thought this documentary on the background of Tolkien's life, the places he lived and the obvious or not-so-obvious foundations behind many of his Middle Earth settings, was very intriguing.
It's not an action based documentary by any means. It is a respectful visit to his life and in some instances, views on our real world, and the challenges people should be facing and handling better. Namely, conservation of our limited natural resources and beauty: woods and lakes, fauna and flora both.

I enjoyed this, and would recommend anyone who found Tolkien's published works a joy to read, take some time to watch and appreciate more of this talented man's background.
In A New World; or, Among The Gold Fields Of Australia - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)
In A New World; or, Among The Gold Fields Of Australia - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)
Harry Vane 16yrs and his friend Jack Pendleton 16yrs, both American were sitting in an inn with another friend of theirs Professor Hemmenway, a magycian, Harry was his assistant and Jack was in Australia to seek his fortune, they had all met on a sea voyage where they were shipwrecked and left on a desert island until their eventual rescue, the professor returned to America whilst Jack and Harry decided to try their luck in the New World.

The boys decide to try their luck in the gold mines at Bendigo about a 100 miles away, they were approached by a man who asked to travel with them, Fletcher, they were very suspicous of this mans motives but agreed so it was a relief when another man, Obed, a man they liked joined as well all though Fletcher wasn't happy, while out walking the boys go to the aid of an old man being robbed, he tried to reward them but they refused but agreed to go and see him on their return, his name Henry Woolson, the next day they started their journey

The journey was hard often struggling through mud, when asleep on the first night Obed found Fletcher searching his pockets, although he said he was looking for matches they did not trust him, at an inn Fletcher seems to be friendly with the owner, Larry, Harry heard them that night talking about stealing their money so the next day Obed told Fletcher to leave, the next day they were stopped by six men on horses, Fletcher was among them, they were Bushrangers, they took everything and captured them, Obed was told to leave but they wanted the two boys to join, whilst there was an aguement among the men, resulting in their Captain Stockton being killed the two boys escape, Fletcher wanted to be leader but he was out voted

Eventually the boys came to a shepherds hut where they found a young girl of about 14yrs, Lucy, she gave them something to eat until her father arrived, he was taken with the boys and offered them a 100 sheep each on reaching 21 if they should stay but the boys although grateful wanted to travel on, they still had 25 miles to get to Bendigo, on stopping the first night a stranger demanded food, they gave some but he wanted moreJack and Harry were attacked, luckily Obed was close by and over powered him, meeting a mounted policeman looking for a murderer they found their prisoner was the man, they get £50 reward, a sick man was selling his claim so the three bought it living in a small cabin on the site

Three weeks had passed and they had but 10 dollars but suddenly discover a huge gold nugget which they take to the hut after dark, but they are being watched, they replace the nugget with a rock and this ends up being stolen instead of the nugget, Obed and the boys send the nugget back with the rest of the miners finds by armed guard back to Melbourne, the nugget is worth about 15,000 dollars, they sell their claim and return with the armed guard to Melbourne

Camping one night Obed and the boys are out for a walk when they are captured by Bushrangers, they manage to alert their camp and the Bushrangers are defeated, on return Jack and Harry call on the gentlemen they had saved fro robbery, and are told to call on his nephew on returning to America, you will have to read on to find out what happens next

What happens to Harry and Jack when they meet Woolson's nephew, does Jack get back to sea, does Obed marry his sweetheart, there are 39 chapters in which to find out, one of Horatio Alger's better books and its free, well worth a read
Boris Godunov and Other Works by Alexander Pushkin (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics)
Boris Godunov and Other Works by Alexander Pushkin (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics)
For those of us who enjoy Pushkin but are necessarily restricted to translations, it is a boon to have the dramatic works now conveniently available in one volume.The liveliness of the translation, which was such a feature of Falen's translation of Eugene Onegin, makes these works a delight to read.It is said that the five dramatic works contain some of the author's most famous lines, which generations of Russian students have learnt by heart, but they are rarely performed, and are seriously flawed as stage productions.

Briggs has argued that the received criticism of the dramas-that Boris Godonov,because of its structure, which seems to be no more than a random collection of disjointed scenes, is unstageable;and that the four "Little Tragedies"are among Pushkin's finest works- has got it the wrong way around.He finds unifying elements in Boris Godonov, which he says should commend it to producers. The Little Tragedies, on the other hand,have in his opinion been extravgently praised, and notwithstanding their poetic heights, as dramatic works they are experiments that ended in failure.

Buy this Falen translation and enjoy testing Briggs's literary criticism for yourself.
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.4, In den Schluchten des Balkan
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.4, In den Schluchten des Balkan
Als Reiseerzählung geschrieben und heute zugleich ein historischer Roman. Lebendiger und anschaulicher mit vielen den Ich-Erzahler begleitenden interessanten Charakteren. Wer heute einen guten spannenden historischen Roman in anderen Ländern handelnd sucht, sollte die Romane von Karl May lesen.
All About Sam
All About Sam
This is a great book to choose as a first read allowed chapter book for a young child. My not quite 4 year old son begged me every night to keep reading when I put the book down at the end of a chapter. My 2 year old son will even stop what he is doing to pay attention to some of the funny parts. The book follows the life of Sam from birth to about 4 years old. My older son obviously related to a lot of Sam's experiences. This is the first chapter book I have attempted reading to him that was a success.

There were a few concepts introduced in the book that I didn't necessarily want my sons exposed too, but they were all minor and were all things that would be fine for the age range the book is intended for (thus I didn't take any stars off). Still, if you are reading this to a young child you may want to read it on your own first so you can either skip over parts you don't want your child exposed to, or at least so you can be prepared for a discussion about certain topics if need be. I did not actually skip anything when reading the book to my son, but here are a few of the possibly touchy issues in the book for a young child.

1. Sam's mischievous toddler behavior is regularly described. All of the things he does are things that an older child may find funny and would not be at all influenced to try on their own. My boys are young enough that they just saw some of Sam's behaviors as a good idea of things they may want to try. For example, at age 2 Sam enjoys unrolling the toilet paper. The day after I read that chapter I caught my 2 year old son in the bathroom unrolling the toilet paper, which is something he had never done before hearing the book (I didn't even realize he had been paying attention while I read).

That said, the book also gave me the chance to discuss some big issues with my 4 year old, such as why it is wrong to take candy from a store without paying for it.

2. The book mentions kids pretending to play with bombs and guns, which my boys have very little exposure to at this point in time and I tried to rush over those parts without making it obvious.

3. There was a minor scene where Anastasia (Sam's much older sister) was telling him about the cat she used to have that was hit by a car.

4. The book is a bit dated, Sam likes Popeye, and He-man. I had to spend some time explaining to my son who those characters are.

5. The book talks about Sam using his diaper several times. Both of my boys found those parts hilarious, but I know it is something some parents may not feel comfortable reading allowed to a child.
C. S. Lewis: A Biography
C. S. Lewis: A Biography
I've read three biographies of C.S. Lewis and Wilson's is the best. This is largely because Wilson himself is a "man of letters", as was Lewis. And like Lewis, he's written novels, criticism (both scholarly and journalistic), books about religion, was once a member of the Oxford English Literature faculty, as well as an erstwhile fellow Anglican, though much more liberal than Lewis. .

Since Lewis was a writer, his private life was largely uneventful; he "professed" literature and wrote books primarily.

What's important to understand is that Lewis wrote three kinds of books with varying results.

First, and most importantly in my opinion, he was a literary scholar. His ALLEGORY OF LOVE was the definitive (at least in its time) study of "courtly love" in general and Edmund Spenser's FAERIE QUEENE in particular He also wrote Volume 3 of the Oxford History of English Literature, on 16th literature excluding drama, a remarkable achievement. His PREFACE TO PARADISE LOST was a valuable contribution to the 1940s debate on Milton's place in English lit that was started by T.S. Eliot, the great poet, and F.R. Leavis, the great literary critic. He also wrote several minor works, the outstanding example of which is THE DISCARDED IMAGE, a brief overview of Medieval and Renaissance literature. There's no question that all of Lewis's literary scholarship is first-rate..

Second, he wrote books of Christian apologetics, which are the basis for his latter-day fame. No matter whether you're Christian or not, these books are the weakest part of Lewis' bibliography. He was neither a trained Biblical scholar nor a professional philosopher, and his ignorance and contempt for "modernism" in both these areas make his Christian books totally unreliable. He was a dogmatic Anglican, a literalist reader of the Bible, and apparently dismissed the relevance of philosophy after Aristotle and Plato. The pity is that he was a superb prose writer with a first-rate intellect who could have presented the modern view of Christianity very compellingly. Unfortunately, his great appeal today is to Evangelical Christians, who prefer his authoritarian fundamentalism to critical understanding of the Bible and the Christian tradition.

Third, he wrote fantasy novels and children's books. The fantasy novels are, for the most part, good yarns, but they're marred by didactic elements, Lewis's mistaken attempt to make a story a sort of theological tutorial. The best of them, in my opinion, is OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET, which has the least "theology" and thereby gains in readability. The Narnia novels for children are equally laced with theological elements, but I'd guess most children, who read for pleasure and fun, are happily unaware of them.

Wilson gives a sympathetic account of Lewis's life and works with just enough critical judgment to create a picture of the man that provides all one wants to know about him, excepting, of course, Lewis "fanatics".
Lie Down with Lions
Lie Down with Lions
The book has the usual Ken Follett virtue of being a real page turner. It is, as always with him, plot rather than character driven. The pace is fast with sufficient detail to keep the reader interested. The changes in location from France to the U.S. to Afganistan are well done, as is the final pursuit.
There are two major defects. First, the characters fail to come to life. I don't think real people respond the way the three main characters do. Babies, in my experience, do not travel for that number of days or over such difficult terrain without lots of upset and distress. The love story was straight out of Mills and Boon.
Second is the central issue of the impact of foreign invaders in Afganistan. My recollection is there was one brief discussion about this between Ellis and Kate. The character Ellis is demanded more introspection into what he was doing and its consequences. It would have been useful to have more discussion among the native Afgans, but sadly they appear to dispensable.
If you're looking for a good yarn, this fits the bill. The "Kite Flyer" it isn't, but it doesn't pretend to be.
Deja Voodoo (A Cajun Magic Mystery Book 3)
Deja Voodoo (A Cajun Magic Mystery Book 3)
Title: Déjà Voodoo = Cajun Magic Mystery 3
Author: Elle James
Published: 3-19-16
Publisher: Twisted Page Inc
Pages: 215
Genre: Romance
Sub Genre: Paranormal; Voodoo; Series
ISBN: 978162690498
ASIN: B01A052QRY
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

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Alex is frustrated with her mother's attempts to play matchmaker for her oldest daughter. Why can't she understand her life is full enough as it is. She has her
fitness center, her family to take care of (she has 15 younger brothers and sisters still at living at home with her mother and two off at college), Sport her Golden Retriever to take care of her and good friends and neighbors. All right so one of her friends has just married and moved away from Miste Bayou, but she has her other best friend, Calliope is still here, maybe her love life has fallen into a black hole and she can't seem to get Theo, an I drank too much mistake, but she is happy with her life, right? Feeling a bit lonely she goes to sleep with her devoted Sport curled up next to her bed thinking if only he were a man she would have the perfect male. Awakening the next morning she finds an unknown naked man in her bed, a drop dead gorgeous naked man, but still a stranger. Chasing him from her home. The she realizes Sport is missing and how the man acted and is comes to her that the man was spot. She and Calliope go hunting for Sport and bring him back. Alex knows she cannot get out of dinner with her family she decides to bring Sport along so her mother will thing he is the man in her life and layoff parading prospective son-in-laws in front of her. Unfortunately her mother finally got something right because Ed is just about perfect. Fate must be laughing at her.

Ed is in Bayou Miste undercover to protect a witness with a hit out on her until she can testify. How can he do his job when all he can do is think of is the beautiful Alex, his landlady's daughter and the sister of his co-worker and friend. Why is she running hot and cold? What is between her and that Sport any way? After attempts on his life start he knows that being around Alex is bring danger to her door. If the hit men don't kill him then Ben, her brother just might, but Ed is just about convinced it might be worth it.

I love this series. I was ecstatic when Déjà Voodoo came out so that I could return to Miste Bayou and visit with Joe Thibodeaux, Mo, Alex and her lively family and Calliope. The characters will quickly become friends you want to visit with over and over. The descriptive writing will have you smelling the scents of the Bayou and Mrs. Boyette's
Red Beans and Rice. I hope Calliope's story is soon. I found her a lot smarter than she lets on when it comes to the matters of the heart and life in general. You will laugh and become a little misty eyed with Déjà Voodoo, but you will never want it to end once you start reading. If you have not read any of the other books don't worry all the books in the series can be read as standalones. That doesn't mean you won't be getting the first two to read as soon as possible. A wonderful series I was lucky to find.
The Lady on my Left
The Lady on my Left
Overall, I found this to be a good read, but there are a few elements that may make it not palatable to some readers. Although the relationship between the hero Paul and heroine Alison was often sweet and tender, there was a flawed power and age dynamic between them. Alison was about 20 years younger than Paul, and she was also his ward. I was uncomfortable when it was discovered how Paul "invested" Alison's trust fund. Also, when Paul's "secret" (a secret that had no reasonable need to be kept secret in my opinion) was discovered by Alison, his actions towards Alison in the immediate aftermath would be considered abusive by today's standards.
The author gives an interesting look inside the English 1960s antique market. Despite the flawed hero, I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, and found the ending satisfying.
Mr. Nosey (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 4)
Mr. Nosey (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 4)
Mr Nosey is a classic Mr Man book, loved by me as a kid (a few years ago now!) and loved by my kids, nieces and nephews since. All the Mr Men books have a moral; this one is obviously to not poke your nose into other people's business. The moral is delivered in a fun way and the characters are so great, simply drawn, bright and instantly recognisable, with obvious features that represent their name.....you can't help but love them!

For younger children, each story is just short enough to read to them at bedtime and not too long so it holds their interest. For older children, they can either read them to themselves or you can read them a few each bedtime.

My children are 3 and 7 and both love them.

Buy and enjoy, as a story with your children, or a nostalgic trip down memory lane!
Monsieur Pressé (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Monsieur Pressé (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Difficile d'évaluer des livres qui font partie d'une grande collection aussi connue.
Certaines histoires sont drôles, d'autres un peu moins, mais à 7 ans ma fille les adore alors les commentaires ne vont pas vraiment être très utiles... Ce qui motive l'achat c'est surtout d'essayer de les avoir tous :).
C'est donc un nouveau livre à ajouter à sa collection.
On aime ou on n'aime pas, seuls les enfants peuvent en juger vraiment (les histoires restent très simples et c'est un choix judicieux pour l'histoire du soir, ça dépanne bien lorsque le temps ne permet pas de lire une histoire plus longue).
Black Orchids, A Nero Wolfe Double Mystery,
Black Orchids, A Nero Wolfe Double Mystery,
I got this book for our 28th Wedding Anniversary, the "orchid" anniversary. At one point in our marriage, I read all the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe mysteries to my wife while she was nursing our children, and she enjoyed reading the two stories contained in this book again.

Alas, the particular edition I got was yellowing and falling apart.

But if you can get an intact edition, go for it for the mystery and the humor. You won't be disappointed.
Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Illustrated)
Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Illustrated)
The structure of this book--a series of inter-related short stories-- is different from the other novels in the Tarzan series. Jungle Tales of Tarzan expands upon a period of time first covered in the early chapters of Tarzan of the Apes when the young apeman was entering adolescence and becoming more cognizant of how different he was from the others of his tribe. Many of the stories involve Tarzan's first love, the she-ape Teeka, and Taug, who eventually wins out over Tarzan for her affections. Tarzan's relations with the black tribe living near the apes of Kerchak also figures prominantly in these stories. (A warning to the politically correct: there are strong current of racial prejudice in them.) There are also meditations on theology, where Burroughs' disdain for organized religion is quite evident--and political bureaucracy also takes its lumps. There are humorous stories, too, particularly "Nightmare" and "Tarzan Rescues the Moon." When I first read this book 45 years ago, I don't remember being particularly impressed by it. However, after reading Erling Holtsmark's critical study, Tarzan and Tradition, I saw that it is a prime example of his thesis that Burroughs' early Tarzan stories--along with being first-rate adventure yarns--had strong existential undercurrents. Tarzan (like Burroughs other heroes) is an archetype of the "alienated man"--strangers in very strange lands, whose differences from his peers are manifest and thus can not easily fit in with society around him. He is like neither the apes who have raised him, nor the black tribes who are his first humans contacts. This emphasis on alienation may in no small part explain the appeal of Burroughs' stories to their primary audience, adolescent males who are suddenly becoming painfully aware of how different they are from their fellows--especially members of the opposite sex.
Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32 Fl Oz
Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32 Fl Oz
My mom grew up in Vermont, so I was exposed to real maple syrup from an early age. As a result, I always have to have real maple syrup. I don't normally have a certain kind of maple syrup that I must have, as long as it is real. But, my local grocery store stocked this brand (way to go Ingles!) and I gotta say, it was the best. The perfect flavor, and not overly sweet (which is weird to say, I know, because it is basically liquid sugar to begin with...but it is a really nice flavor)
But then we moved. No more Ingles (which is sad enough in itself) and no more Coombs Family Farms Dark Color, Robust taste syrup. It's Ok, I told myself, we'll just pick up another pure maple syrup brand and move on. But that didn't work. I didn't know it, but this maple syrup was slowly and quietly ruining all other maple syrup for me. So now I am in the position of really being hooked on not just real maple syrup, but this particular brand and this particular grade and flavor. Curse you for being so delicious and the perfect maple syrup flavor.
I am very fortunate to have found that you can purchase this on Amazon at a very reasonable price. Buy it!
The Romance of Commerce
The Romance of Commerce
After reviewing the other available options for this book I chose this one. The print looks like it's copied exactly from a 100+ year old version of the book--which I don't mind--and it seems to include the entire original text. But why couldn't they have included the illustrations? They do include several pages of listed illustrations in the table of contents, but not a picture or photo graces the entire volume. Would have made for a more interesting read overall and allowed the reader appreciation for the way the book originally appeared a century ago. Still though, we live in an age of class warfare, envy and total blindness to the socialistic nightmare we're sliding into and antipathy to the benefits of a free market we take for granted. So, any book, new or old, that defends and points out the benefits of capitalism (free of government meddling) is most welcome. Selfridge invented the idea of shopping for the sake of shopping and he wasn't ashamed of it. Indeed, he left nothing but good things in his wake and probably did more to erase class distinctions in early 20th Century Britain than the socialistic idiots of his age. If there is one version of this book to get, it's probably this one...until they include illustrations
Pyramid HARRY POTTER MUG THERMIQUE WANTED SIRIUS BLACK, Porcelain, Multi Coloured
Pyramid HARRY POTTER MUG THERMIQUE WANTED SIRIUS BLACK, Porcelain, Multi Coloured
Bonjour,

Après avoir reçu mon mug, je l'ai utilisé en le mettant au micro-onde puis au lave-vaisselle. À la suite de cela, certaines lettres de "Have you seen this wizard" ont disparues. Est-ce un défaut de fabrication ? Ou un défaut d'utilisation ? Peut-il passer au micro-onde ou au lave-vaisselle ?

Merci pour votre réponse
Secrets of A Computer Company, Level 2: 500 Words Level (Chinese Breeze Graded Reader Series) - 2nd Ed. (English and Chinese Edition)
Secrets of A Computer Company, Level 2: 500 Words Level (Chinese Breeze Graded Reader Series) - 2nd Ed. (English and Chinese Edition)
Chinese Breeze ist ein tolles Format, um sein Chinesisch zu verbessern. Wir behandeln dieses Buch gerade gemeinsam im Unterricht. Mit den Vokabeln aus HSK3 kommt man sehr gut zurecht. Vokabeln oder Phrasen die neu sind, stehen natürlich dabei.
Ebenfalls die CD mit dem Audiotext ist praktisch. Der Text ist einmal in schnell und langsam vorgelesen worden. Hier kann man zuhören und mitlesen, was zusätzlich das Hörverständnis prägt.
Die Geschichte an sich ist etwas spannend aber beschreibt eine bereits etwas vergangene Zeit in China. Vermutlich anfang der 2000er. Trotzdem ist es sehr interessant sich mit dem Thema Computerwissenschaften und China zu beschäftigen.
Ich empfehle das Buch für Personen, die sich verbessern wollen oder HSK 3-4 Kurse, die eine nette Lektüre zum Lesen haben möchten.
Reweaving the Fabric: How Congregations and Communities Can Come Together to Build Their Neighborhoods
Reweaving the Fabric: How Congregations and Communities Can Come Together to Build Their Neighborhoods
This book tells the story of a small church and a forgotten community's journey from hopelessness to triumph, from defeat to victory; it tells of their journey from the Bottom to the Top. The author was the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Birmingham, Alabama during the time this community revitilization project took place.
This book can be used to explain the strategic planning process to novices, why community involvement is necessary, and why churches must network with other organizations in the public and private sector in order to change communities. The table of content outlines the journey and the appendices provide copies of the documents that the community action group used to transform a six block blighted area into six blocks of brand new homes.
The action group did not stop after the housing redevelopment phase was completed, but used this same technique to address economic development and youth leadership issues. After they were able to REWEAVE THE FABRIC of relationships and bridge the huge gap between the church and the community, a neighborhood once named Sandy Bottom changed its name to Sandy Vista. This book provides the techniques for effecting change in our neighborhoods.
Book Review presented 12/11/99 at the Promotion and Missionary Education Dialogue, Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Game Changers
Game Changers
As a game show aficionado, I didn't learn all that much about game shows or their history, but the trip down memory lane was one that made me smile and reminisce. During this definitive documentary, 'Game Changers', one of the talking heads states that watching a game show makes you feel better. That is certainly true. Every great living game show host (and they are dwindling) is part of this with the exception of Bob Barker. If you want to see Barker I suggest tracking down 'Perfect Bid: The Contestant who knew too Much'. Also involved were several producers, agents, children and relatives, but there were a few glossed over. Bill Cullen, who hosted the most game shows, is barely mentioned. Betty White, who might have the most guest spots ever is only seen, but not heard. She was the first female host on a show called 'Just Men', but it's not mentioned. Also barely talked about were game-show announcers. Johnny Gilbert was seen briefly, but not honoring the great Johnny Olson is a crime. Overall, this is what you expect. It's a positive look on a genre that has slowly eroded but never evaporated. It's briskly paced and will be over before you know it and that's too bad as there was much more to cover. This is like a 1st year class on a subject. We're just scratching the surface. If you like game shows, you'll love 'Game Changers'.
Power Strip - 6-Outlet Surge Protector with 5 USB Ports Fast Charging (4.8A) UL Listed, 6Ft Long Extension Cord Flat Plug Wall Mountable, 1700 Joules for iPhone iPad Home Dorm Office Laptop Computer
Power Strip - 6-Outlet Surge Protector with 5 USB Ports Fast Charging (4.8A) UL Listed, 6Ft Long Extension Cord Flat Plug Wall Mountable, 1700 Joules for iPhone iPad Home Dorm Office Laptop Computer
Dangerous. When I went to install this I plugged it into an outlet I had just installed. Since I had my tester in hand I decided to plug it into the power strip. It indicated that the hot and neutral wires were reversed. But my new outlet was correct. This means that when you switch it off with the built in switch, there is still power to the plugs. An electrocution hazard if you for instance go to service something plugged into it assuming that the switch has turned the power off. Since I had already thrown out the box, and did not want to wait 8 days for a prime replacement, I decided to cut off the plug and wire it directly into my new outlet by reversing the white and black wires. Problem solved. Except, 3 of the six outlets are still reversed! It’s no wonder there is no UL rating. Whoever .wired this did not have a clue. I hope that I have found the extent of the problems and it is not a fire hazard too.

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