Lia Torres

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Three Weeks with My Brother
Three Weeks with My Brother
Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1229 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Litigators
The Litigators
The Litigators by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 5703 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Théodore Boone - La menace (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - La menace (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - La menace (French Edition) by John Grisham and Emmanuel Pailler. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
L'Accusé (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
L'Accusé (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
L'Accusé (Best-sellers) (French Edition) by John Grisham and Patrick BERTHON. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
SQL Short Course (Database Programming)
SQL Short Course (Database Programming)
SQL Short Course (Database Programming) by Chris Fehily. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine
Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine
There are a few inspired pieces in here: The ones about "how the simulation we live in is, in fact, a simulation of a simulation," about electric cars having the right to vote, and Musk finding "a new thing we can breathe" stand out.

Unfortunately, a comparable number of the articles are hopelessly insipid, starting with the annoying, overly long Foreword by "Mark Zuckerberg," and plodding straight into:

* Sending "Other Bulls**t" into space
* Tips for avoiding being jettisoned into space by Musk
* The Cars.com plan to colonize Mars
* Elon's plan to steal the world's greatest monuments
* Colonizing the sun
* Woke/Black Panther (which absurdly casts Musk as a West Coast Progressive, while in real life his favorite president is Ronald Reagan)
* Mutant mole people
* Musk electroshocking his employees (no, not to get them to work harder, just to "prepare them for lightning strikes," which captures the "voice" of Musk referring to himself as "just a regular old guy" who has ideas "circling around the old Musk brain")
* Organ donor match for Musk
* Eternal life

And the one about Gerald the Gorilla. Gawd, that was irretrievably pointless.

In between, you'll find the one-joke "Boring Machine"/"My Junk" expanded into 4x as many words as it needed; a piece on Musk's "death ray"; the "Internet of Pants"; and one on Musk enjoying "normal human activities."

Plus, the interrupting pages of uninspired "Inspirational quotes from Elon Musk," and of "Elon Musk's Latest Invention," the latter of which are all (i) too small to read comfortably even on a monitor, and (ii) not worth one @BoredElonMusk tweet.

Overall, maybe 30% of the book is worth reading.
Mark Zuckerberg: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons to Learn from Mark Zuckerberg: Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg Book, Facebook,Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg Lessons
Mark Zuckerberg: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons to Learn from Mark Zuckerberg: Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg Book, Facebook,Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg Lessons
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook. We know this book via who is Mark Zukerberg, know about Facebook, success lessons from Zukerberg, business lessons from Zukerberg, life’s lessons from Zukerberg. Nice inspiration book.
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game
As a new hunter and huge nerd, I've been on the lookout for really good, soup-to-nuts resources that would help me grow as a hunter. In the midst of that search, I encountered Steven Rinella's podcast and TV show. I've enjoyed them both thoroughly and was excited when I found his books since I was certain I'd enjoy them, too.

If you're a new hunter, these books are a great purchase though - if I'm being honest - they fell just short of what I was truly hoping they'd be.

The positives are many...

At a technical level: The writing is excellent. Topics are covered in depth and with excellent clarity. In the midst of every discussion, great stories and anecdotes are woven such that you feel like you're reading a beautiful cross between a manual/textbook and a hunting memoir. It's an engaging read that I found hard to put down. The book is VERY well organized and the ideas flow into one another in a very sensible way. As the author states, you'll want to read this book from cover-to-cover without skipping things. Concepts and illustrations build on the material that came before it, and there's a lot of information you can apply from one discussion (say hunting something as seemingly foreign to me as an East Coaster like bighorn sheep) to another (like the more recognizable whitetail deer).

Similarly, the last section of the book on butchering is clear, detailed, and beyond helpful... Principles for butchering large animals are presented in general terms where needed so you can apply concepts to whatever animal is in front of you. But specifics are given where appropriate, too.

In addition to the technical aspects of the book, it's absolutely beautiful. The photography, layout, and colors draw you into the book and make it all the more engaging. I'm not usually someone who gets into aesthetics, but this book's got 'em and I'm sure people who enjoy that more than I do will be well-pleased.

Throughout the authors make a beautiful case for conservation of both these beautiful animals and the public lands on which they can survive and be enjoyed by us all.

But, there are a couple of places where I felt the book just fell short of being EVERYTHING I'd hoped. For one thing, there's nothing on identifying sign and tracking... There's reference to rubs, scrapes, trails and the like in the varied sections on different animals. However, I can't think of a place where a photograph of any of them. As a novice woodsman, a big part of locating productive grounds and the animals that inhabit them will include being able to know what to look out for (short of an animal's silhouette slipping through the brush) and how to read the story it's trying to tell you. For example, I found what I thought was a scrape in the woods and, all excited with my newfound woodsman skills, showed it to another hunter. At a glance they said, "That's not a deer scrape. It's from a turkey." I'm sure that I'll make more mistakes like that in the woods until I have more experience - after all, nothing's better - but I think this is a definite gap in the book's content as a 'complete guide'.

I also think a little more practical examples might've been helpful... I'd have appreciated something like an example hunt for one of the more popular animals in the book (say elk, mule deer, or whitetail). Seeing pictures of a map and how the authors dissected it, where they entered, what they found scouting, how they approached the hunt based on that info, etc would've help me put the excellent information in the book in order inside my head.

So, if you're a new hunter, I think this book is a must read... I'm sure there are other, species-specific books that will include more nuggets pertaining to your animal of choice. But, I'm also confident that none of them will do more to make you a well-rounded hunter and put you in a better position to utilize the game you harvest than these books will. AND you'll just have a ton of fun reading it along the way.

(Side note: I have a decent background in firearms use and think that the firearms treatment here is very good - especially for the novice. However, I wonder whether some of the information - like understanding caliber, cartridges, etc - would've been better treated in a separate volume in order to focus more on the hunting-specific aspects of shooting or to leave room for some of the topics I thought were omitted. It's hard to figure out if I'm being biased here, so I just offer this as a note rather than a praise or critique.)
Best Of, Vol. 1
Best Of, Vol. 1
This album cuts right to the heart of the thorny question: "Can you be a true fan of an artist if you are primarily a fan of their greatest hits compilations?" Much as it hurts me to say this, my gut has always told me the answer is "no". Why does it hurt so much to arrive at this answer? First, I absolutely adore Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle Volume I - it has to be one of my top 10 all-time favorite albums. But since I don't love any of CCR's "real" albums, I'm not a true fan of CCR according to my rigid standards for true fandom. It pisses me off to have to admit that. My second reason involves my girlfriend. She is hopelessly devoted to Bob Dylan's imported Best of 1 - I reckon it is her favorite album. And yet, she rarely listens to his other material. I mean, she has several of Dylan's albums, but it is Best of 1 that she returns to time and again. So, according to my standards, she's not a true Dylan fan. Don't get me wrong, she's more than just a casual fan. But a true fan? I fear not. In my opinion and (I suspect) those of several influences from my formative years (Chris S., David F., and Steve M.), a true fan appreciates most of, if not all of, an artist's works. So, I'll keep enjoying my Chronicle and N.G.A. will keep enjoying her Best of 1, but until we develop more complete appreciations of CCR and Dylan, respectively, we simply won't qualify as true fans.
What do I think of Best of 1? That's easy. There are a bunch of amazing songs here and it would be foolish to even consider giving this album less than 5 stars. There's not much I can say about the individual songs that hasn't already been said more eloquently by countless others over the past 30 years. On this one album, you will hear timeless folk music, classic rock, and the roots of "the (alt-country) movement". Heck, Dylan even had a punk attitude long before that genre was born. Simply put, if you don't have any of Dylan's other albums and have at least a passing interest in popular music, this album belongs in your collection.
Shea Moisture Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub, 12 Oz
Shea Moisture Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub, 12 Oz
I have rather dry and what I think is referred to as scaley skin. I'm the sort who needs to moisturize multiple times a day with oils and lotions.

That being said, this product completely renewed my skin. I only use 1-2X Week and I hardly have to lotion my skin in-between.
I have noticeably raidiant and more even skin tones and those deep "crocodile" lines in my legs are almost invisible! If you need something that will feed your dry skin and keep it healthy this is it.. And you can't beat the price!

I've ordered 2 jars more, absolutely love this.

BTW do NOT clean yourself with soap afterwards like a previous person mentioned. That will strip all of the moisturizing oils away AMD completely defeat the purpose!
Rubie's Marvel Avengers: Endgame Deluxe Captain America Costume & Mask
Rubie's Marvel Avengers: Endgame Deluxe Captain America Costume & Mask
Our 4 year old son requested Captain America for halloween. I am very impressed with this costume. It is a bit big, but that was to be expected with the somewhat "universal" toddler sizing. Once he is fully clothed with a sweater and his boots. It should be perfect. Overall very happy, would recommend!
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
"John Wick - Chapter 3 Parabellum" (2019 release; 125 min.) picks up right where John Wick 2 ended: Wick is a marked man, declared "excommunicado" by the High Table, and with a $14 million bounty on his head. As the movie opens, Wick is on his way to the New York Public Library to retrieve a couple of high value items that he hid in a book. At the stroke of 6 pm, the bounty hunt is declared open, and immediately attracts the attention of bounty hunters. An Asian gang is the first to track Wick down... At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: when you have a franchise on your hand following the unexpected mega-success of the first "John Wick", why mess with a winning formula? So not surprisingly director (and former stunt man himself) Chad Stahelski returns to bring us the third installment of the highly stylish, ultra-violent, and meticulously choreographed franchise. More is more, except when it comes to words, where less is more: "What do you need?" someone asks. "Guns, lots of guns" replies Wick, and that just about sums up the movie. Keanu Reeves could play Wick in his sleep probably. He certainly seems to be enjoying himself. Halle Berry's character has a 20-25 min. appearance in the movie, but Berry makes sure that every minutes counts. Anjelica Houston has an even smaller role, conducting ballet practices as danger comes her way (and only reinforcing the point that these fights are just like ballet). Laurence Fishburne makes a token appearance (maybe 5 min. of screen time in total). But none of this really matters. It's all abut John Wick doing what John Wick does best: hunting and fighting.

"John Wick - Chapter 3 Parabellum" opened wide this weekend. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was sold out down to the very last seat, and the audience seemed to love the movie, laughing and hollering at all the right moments. Yes, I said laughing. You cannot take the movie at face value, nor was that the intent. Some of the scenes are so over the top, you can't help but laugh (while bodies are flying left and right). If you are a fan of the earlier John Wick movies, you know EXACTLY what to expect, and that is EXACTLY what the movie delivers. Of course I encourage you to check it out, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.
Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection - Volume 1
Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection - Volume 1
Deadpool by Daniel Way Volume 1 is an impressively sized book for the cost. The stories contained and the interpretation of the character portrayed is in my opinion inferior to what Gary Duggan and Brian Pohsen have currently been doing. To be fair this is the first volume and Way very well may hit his stride further into the series. Steve Dillons art in the Wolverine Origins issues was for some reason offputting to me but the moments it produced between two all time great characters were amazing. Once we get into the regular series with Paco Medina as regular penciller it elevates the stories so much more. The Thunderbolts issues also suffer from sub par artwork but the story is more than good enough to save it. The remaining issues with Wade battling Bullseye are probably the best as a whole. Overall it is an action packed easy read that is well worth the low price.
Mokpi Nonstick Pizza Baking Pan Round Cheesecake Pan Oven Safe Tray Bakeware (2, 7-Inch)
Mokpi Nonstick Pizza Baking Pan Round Cheesecake Pan Oven Safe Tray Bakeware (2, 7-Inch)
Since I didn't want to invest in the price, care and feeding of a nice cast iron pan and still have pan pizza, I decided I'd give this set a try. My partner and I like to top our pizzas differently, so a two pan set is perfect. They came with little fingertip silicon pot holders as well.
We made our respective pizzas and cooked them in a 450 oven on the bottom-most shelf for 18 minutes. They came out browned on the bottom and browned crust on the top edges. I like the bottom of my crust a bit crispy, so I set my pan on a stovetop burner on med high for about 3 minutes while moving the pan around. My pie came out perfectly and my partner was delighted with his extra, extra thick crust which was cooked all the way through.
I like these pans, and see more pan pizza in our future since they made it so easy.
The Long Sleep
The Long Sleep
A bit different from Koontz's later novels but still quite entertaining.
The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot
The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot
In spite of the clever packaging---this small 100+ page novel appears to be an ancient leather-bound journal complete with built in ribbon bookmark--- Jeffrey Archer's "The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot" fails to deliver the punch needed to smack it into the significance realm of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I expected some grand revelation---perhaps Judas and Jesus had concocted the whole betrayal bit; Judas gladly takes the hit and for two millennia is thought to be the ultimate 30 pieces of silver traitor. As I read this little gospel formatted tome, I am thinking, Judas's legendary despicable actions were all part of his Master's ultimate plan, right?

Wrong.

Supposedly, in "The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot" Archer and Moloney collaborate to formulate a tale believable to both Biblical scholars and modern laymen readers. The format definitely bespeaks of their desire to create something that resembles a gospel rendering complete with chapter and verse and the Jesus quotations (most of which are familiar from evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) highlighted in a red italicized font. Nevertheless, the story itself disappoints as it is far too similar to the actual gospels from which it is based to excite any degree of controversy. The supposed mystery of the real Judas simply neglects to properly mystify.

Bottom line? Years ago, I had read Frank Yerby's novel, "Judas, My Brother." Believe me as scandalous as the plotline of this older book seemed to me then, it could far more captivate its audience now than this Archer-Moloney collaboration. Sadly, "The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot" attempts to retell the story of Christ's ministry utilizing a fifth evangelist format that simply doesn't work. Why read this when the original four authors of the New Testament gospels have already told the tale and have told it the best way possible? Not recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
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Bedsure 100% Bamboo Sheets King Size Cooling Sheets Deep Pocket Bed Sheets-Super Soft Hypoallergenic,Breathable - 4 Pieces 1 Fitted Sheet with 16 Inches, 1 Flat Sheet, 2 Pillowcases-Grey
Bedsure 100% Bamboo Sheets King Size Cooling Sheets Deep Pocket Bed Sheets-Super Soft Hypoallergenic,Breathable - 4 Pieces 1 Fitted Sheet with 16 Inches, 1 Flat Sheet, 2 Pillowcases-Grey
These will keep you cool! Funny cause I was looking for a sheet that would cool me down during my night sweats/ flashes and they did but the down side is....they did...all night long which was a bit too cold for me, so I decided that I will use these sheets in the summer and stick to cotton in the winter. But I do love them! They are very soft to the skin. Note they do wrinkle (a lot) and ironing just isn’t in my vocabulary lol so if you have a wrinkle free setting on your dryer, trust me, use it for these sheets, it’s really worth it!
Elevate to Great: How to live your most fit, focused and free lifestyle.
Elevate to Great: How to live your most fit, focused and free lifestyle.
This book is a must read. The stories shared in the book are not only very inspiring but bring valuable life lessons that can be applied to anyone in all stages of their lives. It also inspired me to take action on how to become more focused through my own self-awareness.

There are SO many valuable lessons in each chapter, they are straightforward but very powerful lessons. I love that each chapter comes with “Game Changing Moves” which really sets it apart from other development books. The assignments at the end of each chapter gave me a chance to dig deep into my own story and realizing what to be grateful for, what shaped my own story and what it is in life that I truly want to focus. Brian allowed me to be more aware and connect to my own story through sharing his.

My FAVORITE quote from this book:
“ Freedom comes from having conviction that you’re on the right path, and then taking 100% responsibility and ownership of who you are, what you want, why you want it and how you’re going to get it with zero justification to anybody else but yourself."

Highly recommend, I will be reading it and using it again for inspiration or as an audit of my own game plan.
African Licorice Sticks - 1 Lb - 100% Pure Licorice Sticks by HalalEveryDay
African Licorice Sticks - 1 Lb - 100% Pure Licorice Sticks by HalalEveryDay
This product is Exactly what it is supposed to be. No reason for any unfavorable reviews. I grew up using these and if you did too, then you have found what you are looking for. These are the raw roots. There are always favorites in a batch. The perfect texture, size and shape. However these are not manufactured, they are STICKS. They wont all be the same size or have equal aesthetics. What they will do is provide something healthy to stick in your mouth. The bark is extra texture, a little extra bitter, and can come off in big enough pieces to make your throat scratchy. PRO TIP: whittle it off of the part that will be in or near your mouth. Keep it on the rest because it provides some protection from the environment and whatever might be on your hands. The twigs have a nice meaty center in the middle of the fibers that yields sweetness, tenderness, and all those fabulous therapeutic juices. Those anti microbial juices do two wonderful things that really stand out to me. They keep you teeth plaque free and breath fresh for the entire day, and they keep your chew stick from getting weird in between chews. Usually after a couple chews, if I haven't actually nibbled down the fibers, I take scissors to trim flat down and start over. For larger sticks, when you are whittling down the bark, whittle down a tip as well, that way you can customize your chewing bristles. Oh and BTW, for everybody commenting on how they need to soak them, or they are hard and stale..... duh! it is a dried twig. suck on it till it gets soft, chew till you form bristles, then brush your teeth with it and enjoy being a primate with something natural and healthy, something that is anthropologically appropriate to have hanging out of your mouth. You will be surprised how quickly you inherit the primal enjoyment.... particularly if you have or are trying to quit smoking.

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