Lizbeth Moore

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Learning React
Learning React
Learning React by Kirupa Chinnathambi. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 89 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Docile
Docile
Docile by K.M. Szpara. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the m category.
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 3
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 3
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 3 by CURIOSITY PUBLISHERS. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen: Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen: Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen: Harry Potter 1 by J.K. Rowling, Felix von Manteuffel, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 1311 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H. P. Lovecraft, Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Dale. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 297 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Return
The Return
The Return by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 69 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Other Woman: A Novel
The Other Woman: A Novel
The Other Woman: A Novel by Daniel Silva. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 2412 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Die Begnadigung
Die Begnadigung
Die Begnadigung by Charles Brauer, John Grisham, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Crazy Little Thing (A Bell Harbor Novel)
Crazy Little Thing (A Bell Harbor Novel)
Crazy Little Thing (A Bell Harbor Novel) by Tracy Brogan. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 8835 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
King Stephen (The English Monarchs Series)
King Stephen (The English Monarchs Series)
King Stephen (The English Monarchs Series) by Edmund King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Rabia
Rabia
Rabia by Stephen King. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
CodeIgniter Web Application Blueprints
CodeIgniter Web Application Blueprints
CodeIgniter Web Application Blueprints by Rob Foster. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Server 7: A Beginner's Guide
SQL Server 7: A Beginner's Guide
SQL Server 7: A Beginner's Guide by Dusan Petkovic. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Tender is the Night: A Novel
Tender is the Night: A Novel
Tender is the Night: A Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 262 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the undefined category.
101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
The shelves are full of books that are aimed at helping you learn how to invest like Warren Buffett does. I generally find those books to be a waste of time. If you want to invest like Warren Buffett, why not simply buy Berkshire Hathaway's stock? Well, this book takes the positive side of that perspective. In the process, you can learn much more about how Mr. Buffett has invested for himself and others at Berkshire Hathaway. Where most books about Mr. Buffett's work are overly simple and general, this one captures many fine subtleties. The book's main weakness is that Mr. Miles is not open to seeing the vulnerabilities for the future in Mr. Buffett's approach.
This book had an interesting genesis. It started as posts by Mr. Miles on the Motley Fool bulletin boards. I suspect that we will see more examples of this kind of authorship in the future, and think that it is a good idea. Authors get feedback on-line about their ideas, and can create a market for the book at the same time. Very nicely done!
The book contains literally 101 arguments in favor of buying and holding Berkshire Hathaway stock. I suspect that there was a target number set, because some of the arguments repeat each other. The appendix is very valuable in providing more fundamental perspectives on buying stocks for a new investor.
Space limits me from praising or critiquing each concept, so I will just focus on a few points. In doing this, though, you should realize that there is a lot of very solid and valuable material here.
First, just for the record, let me note that there are CEOs whose stocks have outperformed Mr. Buffett's record in the last 10 years. These are concentrated in the high technology and service business areas. I suspect that there will be more and more of these in years to come. My studies of the most successful CEOs show that these success rates are improving. Where Mr. Buffett was once near the top of the list, he increasingly is falling in the rankings. This is primarily due to his focus on avoiding technology investments. Those have been and will be the driving force of economic growth, and it's tougher to grow fast if you stick to the sidelines. As Mr. Miles points out, this avoidance does have advantages -- your stock is not as volatile on the downside (as we have seen in the last year or so).
Second, you will find it helpful to compare this book to John Bogle's excellent book, Common Sense About Mutual Funds, which makes the case for indexed fund investing. In many ways, Mr. Buffett outdoes the index funds -- by having lower management fees, less stock turnover, and fewer taxes incurred.
Third, Mr. Miles is in denial about that fact that Mr. Buffett is a man in his 70s. You will not be able to invest with Mr. Buffett after he is no longer active as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. While no one knows when that will happen, and no one wishes it to happen, it will happen regardless. Mr. Miles treats this like it could be the best thing that ever happened to the company. I would have liked to have seen more discussion about the downside risk. Avoiding risk and losses, after all, is what Mr. Buffett's approach is all about. I know of no investment vehicle that did as well after its founder retired.
Even if you have no interest in buying Berkshire Hathaway stock, you can learn a lot about good investing from seeing what Mr. Buffett does, as expressed here.
As to buying Berkshire Hathaway, for most people this would be a good move as an alternative to some of the funds they would otherwise put into mutual funds that are actively managed. But I would argue that no one should have more than 10 percent of their financial assets here. A lot of Mr. Buffett's big winners in the past (like Gillette and Coca-Cola) are having real problems. He is also fueling the company's growth with exotic insurance products. The world is full of people who found the market could turn on them in specialized financial services.
If you do want to buy this stock, wait until the current bear market on Wall Street is over. The stock will probably be cheaper then. But feel free to follow and learn about Berkshire Hathaway in the meantime.
A good thing to do is to think about who is going to be the next Warren Buffett and is younger, and invest some there as well. Who are your candidates? I have mine.
Achieve your financial goals, whatever they may be!
Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
I won't regurgitate the contents of this book as they are well-covered in other reviews. It was a good read, though at times I found the 'hip' right-on tone slightly irritating - but that might just have been the transatlantic effect. The book confirmed all of my reservations about social media and added a few more to keep me awake at night.

This subject is now going viral (as it were) and there is plenty other material available, as tecchie types wake up to the dangers of the god they once worshipped - and at whose feet a vast proportion of the world sit in rapt adoration. I've come late to the SM party and I'm not convinced I want to stay. This book certainly wouldn't encourage me

The takeaway from Zuked (for me) is that we don't have to be in thrall, we can live perfectly social and meaningful lives without the ubiquitous device near to hand. For me that's no big deal. I'm tech-light. But I fear for the generations that know no different, and the author paints a grim picture of the addictive and intrusive power of algorithms.

The last chapter in the book offers some real solutions as follows:
Accept on-line platforms for what they are and not what you'd like them to be (ie don't take them too seriously or believe the content)
Use politicians to effect change at the highest levels, and utilise the consensus among voters
Lobby members of Congress (US) or MPs in parliament
Focus on 'surveillance capitalism' when lobbying - eg in relation to healthcare data, and personal data
Educate politicians in how platforms exploit their participants
Do not babysit children with phones or tablets eg UTube Kids has age-inappropriate content
Increase the age at which children can be targeted by internet platforms from 13 to 18
Put pressure on elected representatives to minimize data harvesting, especially from third parties
Give individuals control over their own data - ie treat it as a human right
Tighten up electoral structures so that bad actors can't harm the democratic process
Prohibit micro-targeted advertising in the context of elections
Change the relationship with technology, give up Google, FB and Twitter if they are becoming addictive
Consider Apple products as an alternative - Apple Maps, Microsoft Office apps for Mac, Apple Pay
Apple gives priority to customer privacy
Avoid Amazon Alexa - no privacy guarantees
Challenge the use of educational devices in school and introduce children to natural activities outside, and healthy social interaction

That's a very superficial resume, but it gives a flavour of what the author is trying to achieve.

I had only one beef with this book and perhaps it's not a fair one, as I've noticed a similar bias in other excellent reads. In his analysis of the 2016 US election (and this book is geared completely to a US readership) the author tends to lend too much weight to the interference by Russian agents - as a deciding factor in the election of Trump. I think this is an unfortunate bias, not because I disbelieve that the tampering happened, but because that was not the full story.

My personal opinion of the POTUS is pretty robust (ie not in his favour) but I worry that some intelligent writers are a little too ready to believe that this or any other election result was down to foreign intervention. By implication this makes a mockery of the voting choices of the American electorate. How much they were influenced by technology is hard to say, but there were other forces at play. The same assumption has been made, in a different context about Brexit. I think the author betrays a lack of empathy with voters in these elections who didn't share his political preference. My point is not political, but about the need for veracity, and for tech writers not to make value judgements outside their area of expertise.

For the record I was horrified when Trump was elected, and had a much more nuanced view of our exit from the EU. It's a small point but it caused me to dock one point from what is otherwise a tour de force.
The Zen of Steve Jobs
The Zen of Steve Jobs
Really love this book. One of my favourite books. Love the cartoon and different feel of the book. Real simple and easy to read with a few real learning point that worth reading again and again. Real learning experience for me and eye opener if you have interest in design, meditation, Buddhism, Steve Jobs or just in general are curious about other way of thinking and seeing the world in another perspective. Could really recommend this book if you are open minded to new things and don't want boring fact driven books. This is alternative book I really enjoyed it.
Jeff Bezos: Die Macht hinter der Marke (German Version) (Deutsche Fassung): Einblick und Analyse des Lebens und der Erfolge des reichsten Mannes dieses ... (Billionaire Visionaries 1) (German Edition)
Jeff Bezos: Die Macht hinter der Marke (German Version) (Deutsche Fassung): Einblick und Analyse des Lebens und der Erfolge des reichsten Mannes dieses ... (Billionaire Visionaries 1) (German Edition)
Der Autor versucht sich als Psychologe,versucht Bezos Charakter auseinanderzunehmen,wiederholt ständig alles und bringt keinerlei Fakten,die nicht seit vielen Jahren allgemein bekannt sind.Um das Buch halbwegs zu füllen,läßt er beim Drucken an den Seiten insgesamt je 5 cm unbeschriebenene Ränder.Aber am schlimmsten ist die Übersetzung ins Deutsche.Auf wirklich jeder Seite sind mehrer Sätze die kaum zu verstehen sind,weder grammatikalisch noch im Satzaufbau.In meinem ganzen Leben habe ich so etwas noch nicht in der Hand gehabt.Seit jeder selbst sein Buch verlegen kann wird die Qualität jetzt manchmal unterirdisch,kaum noch zu verstehen.Jedes zehnjährige Kind in Deutschland würde an diesem Text verzweifeln.
The Last Billionaire Henry Ford
The Last Billionaire Henry Ford
I read the original edition years ago, and it gave me a new insight and respect for Henry Ford as a tremendously interesting, even if controversial, American personality. In his own way he was a genius; and as such, had some of the hang ups such people sometimes have. I think you would greatly enjoy and profit from reading this particular book. Some parts are surprising, if not shocking, by today's standards; and many parts will give you a chuckle as you see how he managed to make people love, respect, and work hard for him. And, yes, he did put the world on wheels, and that was a notable feat in itself. I more than a little doubt that any other automobile has ever had such an impact on the entire world as Mr. Ford's little tin "Lizzy" did! The book is a keeper; and I hope you enjoy it. I sure did!
The Real Henry Ford
The Real Henry Ford
The Real Henry Ford by E. G. Pipp. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
The Fourth Beast: Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?
The Fourth Beast: Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, thinking maybe it was crazy or a joke. But I couldn't resist buying it, and I'm glad I did. It's an easy read and Moelhauser lays out his case in a very thoughtful way. He quotes prophesies from the Bible, mostly from the book of Daniel, that apply to Trump in the most amazing and accurate ways. He leaves it to the reader to decide what to make of his research, and, while I'm not sure there is such a thing as the antichrist, if there is, Trump certainly qualifies, given his actions and how he has lived his life. It will be really frightening if he serves another full term.
Universal Affect - Collection of 6 Different - Donald Trump Removable Bumper Stickers - Keep America Great! - Made in The USA - UV Resistant - Bonus Free 2020 Trump Re-Election Bill - Set # 2
Universal Affect - Collection of 6 Different - Donald Trump Removable Bumper Stickers - Keep America Great! - Made in The USA - UV Resistant - Bonus Free 2020 Trump Re-Election Bill - Set # 2
Universal Affect - Collection of 6 Different - Donald Trump Removable Bumper Stickers - Keep America Great! - Made in The USA - UV Resistant - Bonus Free 2020 Trump Re-Election Bill - Set # 2 by undefined. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Donald Trump" category.
Fender Hendrix Voodoo Child Bullet End Nickel 10-38
Fender Hendrix Voodoo Child Bullet End Nickel 10-38
I have been playing guitar for about 40 years, and have been FASCINATED by Hendrix since the first time I heard Purple Haze when I was 9. Yep, I'm 49 years old and that first exposure to Hendrix is what made me decide to start playing guitar. I have studied his technique for years and years, have used much of the same equipment, I have even lost sleep over getting just the right ge transistors in my fuzz units. Did any of this gear get me any closer to sounding like Hendrix??? Of course it helped, but I think Hendrix would have sounded like Hendrix no matter what equipment he used, because the magic was in his fingers.

However, and this is a BIG HOWEVER, there IS something about these strings that somehow DO get you closer to his sound. If I were to guess where the magic was I would say it is in the lighter gushes of the E, A, and D strings. I don't think I would have ever thought to lighten these strings on my own, but man it makes a difference. Think Hey Joe at Monterey and that is the vibe of these strings. Amazing!!! I got the Nickel Plated version instead of the Pure Nickel ones and they really brighten up your tone. Just what my dark sounding Strat needed.
I Contain Multitudes
I Contain Multitudes
The title & general theme comes from poet Walt Whitman’s famous Song of Myself: “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

Atmospherically, a follow-up to Murder Most Foul.

Musically, a spinoff of Dylan’s Sinatra cover albums. Has the same pedal steel from Donny Herron as those recordings. And pretty guitar, with lots of tremolo. Recalls tunes of his like “Soon After Midnight”. Reflective like “Forgetful Heart”. The lyric “madame, get off my knee” echoes a lyric from his song “Things Have Changed”.

Leonard Cohen-like spoken song. The song-poem references the famed romantic poets Blake and Poe. The “skeletons in the walls” refers to Poe’s scary story The Cask of Amontillado.

Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache is a Warren Smith rockabilly song.

As in many of his songs, he plays the characters of a violent outlaw or soldier.
Together Through Life
Together Through Life
The "Deluxe" Together Through Life has the standard album plus a sticker, poster, and two bonus CDs. The sticker and poster are worthless; the former merely shows the album title, and the latter the lame cover photo. One CD is the "Friends and Neighbors" episode of Dylan's popular XM radio show. A typically enjoyable example of the program, it has an astonishing variety of music mixed with Dylan's lively, informative, and often amusing commentary and quotes. It is a good introduction to the show for anyone unfamiliar with it but of little value to those who are. The other CD is also virtually worthless -- an outtake from landmark film No Direction Home lasting only a few minutes. It has an interview with Dylan's little-known first manager, Roy Silver, and a slightly different audio take of "Blowin' in the Wind." The segment has no revelations, and it is easy to see why it was excluded, but hard-cores may find it somewhat interesting. All must decide if this makes the "Deluxe" edition worth purchasing over the standard; in most cases, it certainly does not.

As for the album itself, though not on par with his three prior later career masterpieces, Together Through Life is another worthy Bob Dylan album. Fans should certainly get his major albums first, but anyone interested in him should eventually check it out, while significant differences from his other albums mean it may possibly appeal to those not usually keen on him.

It is immediately clear that Together is far more modest than other recent Dylan albums; it lacks their epic feel and is indeed only about two thirds of their length. One might almost see it as Dylan kicking against his Grand Old Man of Meaningful Songs title. Songs are short and to the point; there is no attempt at epic or panoramic music. More notably, there are few words by Dylan's standard, and what we get is unusually simple and straightforward, stripped of imagery and grand themes. They generally focus on love and lust in familiar terms and are doubtless highly influenced by co-writer and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Those who value Dylan's profundity may be disappointed and perhaps even curse Hunter; it is surely no surprise that the only song written by Dylan alone ("This Dream of You") is easily the best.

All this suggests that Together has little merit, but this is not so, though it is undeniably minor. The concision and punchiness of the words are quite intriguing, if limited, and Dylan's vocals retain their latter-day strength. One would have to look very hard indeed for another singer of his age with such emotional vitality and diversity. "Life Is Hard" has a surprisingly nimble falsetto, but his gifts, as ever, have nothing to do with hitting and holding notes or having range. Instead, his phrasing remains impeccable, and he puts the songs forth with verve and vigor few can even approach; this is particularly important, given the lyrics' unusual nature.

Music is probably the biggest point of contention. Aside from "Life Is Hard," an acoustic take on Dylan's recent Rat Pack balladry fixation, it is essentially split between accordion-dominated Tex Mex and Chicago blues. The former is a great surprise; Dylan has hardly ever used accordion, and never for an extended time, and had dabbled in Tex-Mex only on 1976's Desire. Accordion - courtesy of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, who also plays guitar - is practically the lead instrument on several cuts. This takes some getting used to, as does the musical genre generally, but grew on me significantly, as it likely will on most. The blues entries are far easier for fans of latter-day Dylan to appreciate. If less than revolutionary, they feature some fiery playing from Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and three members of Dylan's crack touring band. A few cuts mix the two styles to interesting, if somewhat jarring, effect.

"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" is a good example. Essentially a take on the classic Otis Rush blues "All Your Love" with accordion instead of harmonica, it is a high energy opener with several notable short guitar solos, blazing trumpet, blaring organ, and powerful drums. It is also a good introduction to the lyrical style, beginning as simply as possible with "Oh well, I love you pretty baby."

"Life Is Hard" will not convince those turned off by Dylan's recent ballads but is excellent for those who like them. With beautiful music and a supremely touching vocal, it is highly affecting despite words that are occasionally too clichéd.

"My Wife's Home Town" is another harmonica-cum-accordion blues update, this time of the classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and even credits Willie Dixon. Well-done if hardly world-shattering, it epitomizes Together's lyrical modesty but at least has some amusing lines. The fiery vocal improves it substantially.

"If You Ever Go to Houston" may be the most accordion-dominated track - probably too much so for many, especially as the riff is very simplistic. A Wild West ballad and Texas ode, it is one of the slightest cuts but still enjoyable.

Further proof that no one does torch songs like Dylan, "Forgetful Heart" mixes things up somewhat with dramatic, Neil Young-esque electric guitar and other musical nuances.

"Jolene" is the most uptempo song, with a killer riff and some short, incendiary guitar solos. It is nice to hear Dylan and company rip it up, though the asinine words will disappoint many.

"This Dream of You" is Together's closest thing to a masterpiece - and it is tantalizingly close. Flat out mariachi, it shows that Dylan can quickly master nearly every genre; whatever one thinks of the accordion elsewhere, here it approaches sublime, while the bittersweet lyrics and mournful croon match it. This is a piece of emotional vitality only Dylan could create and has the album's best lyrics by a considerable margin.

"Shake Shake Mama" may be the most minor cut but is an enjoyable, rollicking blues.

"I Feel a Change Coming On" is probably the second best entry. A weeper with fine lyrics and excellent, highly creative drums, it may be Together's best vocal and is a worthy canon addition.

"It's All Good" is another accordion-laced classic blues send-up, reminiscent of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" among others. The words are very good, some of Dylan's best satire in years, and possibly contain veiled political references. It is a zany, freewheelin', and effective close to an unusual album.

All told, anyone expecting another masterpiece will be disappointed, and Dylan easily has at least a dozen albums that are much better, but this is very respectable, especially considering Dylan's age and how much great music he has already made.
Java Software Structures: Designing and Using Data Structures (4th Edition)
Java Software Structures: Designing and Using Data Structures (4th Edition)
The book is reasonably well put together and follows an understandable format. I have used the previous book in this series as well for programming I and II.

The course that I am using this book for is not well aligned with what the book contains. I find myself getting basic concepts from the book and having to do research on the web to actually be able to do the homework, quizzes and tests. This is a bit frustrating as the book is expensive and I could have done the course without the book and using the web for all the needed information.

As a side note, the 3rd edition does not seem that much different than the 4th edition. the 3rd edition is cheap.
Samsung Galaxy A31-128GB / 4GB - A315G/DSL Unlocked Dual Sim Phone w/Quad Camera 48MP+8MP+5MP+5MP GSM International Version (Prism Crush Black)
Samsung Galaxy A31-128GB / 4GB - A315G/DSL Unlocked Dual Sim Phone w/Quad Camera 48MP+8MP+5MP+5MP GSM International Version (Prism Crush Black)
Original review(I bought this phone mostly for the quad camera but it never works. It says failed to connect to camera no matter what app I use, no matter how many times I reset the settings and they camera app, or how many times I restart my phone.
so now because of the pandemic we can't even get paper menus and we must use our camera to get the menu at restaurants oh, but guess what I can't because my camera doesn't work on a phone that I just purchased brand new. The fingerprint recognition doesn't work and I can never sign into the phone without putting the PIN code in.
I do use my phone for live broadcasting oh, that is my second job, and now because of my phone camera not working I can't do it. It's been more than a week since I've been able to broadcast. This is the most horrible phone I've ever had) So.....the phone works perfectly now. And is a really awesome phone. The problem with everything was that the phone never finished installing the update. Once i was on WI-FI for 4 hours, it installed the update, restarted, and has been working perfectly every since.
It is very fast and take amaxing clead pics.
Wolverine Men's W03226 Durashock Boot
Wolverine Men's W03226 Durashock Boot
The boots are great, they're comfortable and feel very solid. My only complaint is the round laces which will come undone rather easily. You can use a "superknot" to keep them tied however. Good solid boot at a reasonable price.
Unlike Keene and Merrell they run true to size.

Update: So, I put on my boots for the first time about a month ago as it was getting cold here and I noticed that one of the lace holders (the ones near the bottom had popped up. The metal had actually bent and the ring was just floating on the lace. I don't pull my laces especially tight. I then noticed that there's notthing really holding that clip in place...it's kind of folded down over the other section. So, I put the ring back and bent in back in place. It happened again. $120 for about 20 uses just isn't a good value. I've written Wolverine about this issue...and will report back if they do anything.

After a couple of emails and sending a picture to Wolverine they are going to exchange the boots for a new pair. Either the same ones (Which have been discontinued or a comparable pair). It seems that Wolverine has moved away from the type of lace holder that I had a problem with.

It appears the return is going to take a month and shipping is at my cost, but at least they're making an effort.
WOLVERINE Men's Overpass 10" Composite Toe Waterproof Work Boot
WOLVERINE Men's Overpass 10" Composite Toe Waterproof Work Boot
These boots have been my “go to” boots for years, in fact this was my third purchase of this pair and the first 2 were the best boots I have ever had.

That being said - this pair was an exception. The fit and finish was as good as it can get and is what I have come to expect from Wolverine but after a few weeks of wear I noticed something felt off. We live and work a small family farm and my daily life is very demanding on footwear but these boots have always dealt with it until this pair. After 5 weeks of use the soles were disintegrating, so much so that I could see the inside of a boot through the sole of the heel.

I took several pictures immediately and contacted Wolverine even though I was not too hopeful. I received a reply within a couple days simply asking for more pictures of specific areas of the soles, I sent them within an hour of the request. About 3 days later I received an e-mail from Wolverine apologizing for the issue and they sent me a complete refund.

So while this review is on a bad pair of boots - I still consider this a positive review. The way they handled my issue was exactly what I would want any Company to do AND they are truly great boots. I am wearing a new pair as I type this. Customer service can not get better than this.
Thor: The Dark World (With Digital-Exclusive Bonus Features)
Thor: The Dark World (With Digital-Exclusive Bonus Features)
Thor The Dark World soars endlessly in Asgardian light instead of Elvish darkness. Continuing on from the events of 'The Avengers' and acting as a sequel to 'Thor', which is incredibly underrated and overlooked, The Dark World shrouds itself in ancient magic and elusive mysticism. Expertly crafted world building, only to present a contrived, arduous and over-extensive story that struggled to find any footing. Thor's electrifying mighty hammer "meow meow" was not enough to appease a sub-standard plot conforming to the typical "save the world" formula and absent of any character development. Fans of the MCU typically forget about this sequel, and it's not difficult to see why. Jane, in an endless search to find Thor again, coincidentally enters a realm which contains the Aether, a primordial entity withholding dark matter. She inadvertently consumes it, the Dark Elves want it back and Thor must save the Nine Realms again.

Visually, the world of Asgard looked stunning. Clean beautiful shots of towering architecture, fully embracing its fantastical green screens which were hardly noticeable. In fact, the majority of the visual effects were excellently produced (aside from Marvel's eternal weakness, human CGI), particularly the designs of the Dark Elves spaceships as they recklessly invade Asgard. The returning cast all gave consistently good performances. Hemsworth, Portman and Hiddleston retain the original likability that we've all come to adore. Although Russo, Hopkins and Ecclestone were questionably underused. Costumes were fitting, production design detailed and a plethora of other technical aspects being fully functional. That's not The Dark World's problem.

The inherent issue is with the unmemorable story that lacks any evolution for the characters involved. Thor remains the same from the start to the end. Loki is still mischievous without emanating any emotional conflict of vengeance. And Jane, unfortunately, subsides into a convenient plot device just so Thor has a reason to come back to Earth. The relationship between the two never progresses, and feels more forced than ever. And over half of the film is set on Asgard with the narrative progression becoming stagnant. Nothing happens.

Then we come to the antagonist, Malekith. The accursed. Ruler of the Dark Elves, and one of the most powerful. Shame that he was completely wasted in this formulaic story. Seriously, the most underdeveloped pointless waste of a Marvel villain in the entire MCU. Ecclestone, a talented character actor, was pushed aside for Dennings' insufferably unfunny remarks, in an attempt to inject some humour that the original was apparently absent of. It just further cements the unmemorable qualities that The Dark World upholds.

Whilst not necessarily a bad film, I mean it is watchable to an extent, it fails to live up to the quality of previous entries (minus 'Iron Man 2' and 'The Incredible Hulk'...). Leaving the film rotting in the dusty realm of Svartalfheim.
Buckle-Down Men's Kills Deadpool Again Riding Unicorn, Multicolor, Standard Size
Buckle-Down Men's Kills Deadpool Again Riding Unicorn, Multicolor, Standard Size
When someone has an ancient wallet and you notice this gem, when you perfectly know that the person really loves the character on it, and you give it to them... they can't stop appreciating you. This wallet brought on a bunch of joy and a lot of fun words, along with staring at the wallet for good memories. It smells good, it looks good and it comes with a band. At first it will be kinda hard to fit things in, but then it will all go over smoothly. Thanks for making a unique and fun product!!! :D :) :>
Kraft Original Flavor Macaroni and Cheese Meal (7.25 oz Box)
Kraft Original Flavor Macaroni and Cheese Meal (7.25 oz Box)
Who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time
And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose, only time

This is the staple item in it's best form, not some off-brand wannabe kraft mac. I've been eating this for over 2 decades and not a single person telling me this is for children will even pull me away. Tuna Mac and I got through some rough times together, so I'll stand by it as it did for me. Will be buying again!
The Baby-Sitter
The Baby-Sitter
Jenny accepts a baby-sitting job for a six-year-old boy named Donny. Jenny finds out that Donny's house is old and creepy and needs some work when she gets there. WWhen Donny is asleep Jenny gets wierd phones calls that says stuff like "Are you alone? Don't worry copany's coming!" And then a who calls himself Willers comes to the door. And Mr.Hagen,Donny's dad is always so wooried. There's a reason why he's so woried...
A great book with a great ending that's impossable to guss!

--Scott Schaeffer age 10
Nightrunners by Joe R.; Dean Koontz (Introduction) Lansdale (1987-06-02)
Nightrunners by Joe R.; Dean Koontz (Introduction) Lansdale (1987-06-02)
WARNING FOR SLIGHT SPOILERS

It’s Galveston, Texas, in the mid-1980s, and modern-minded, well-heeled couple, Becky and Montgomery Jones, should be living the dream. Professional academics, they both have good quality of life, a steady income, are a well-matched, physically handsome pair and, as lovebirds since their college days, they care for each other deeply. It should be a match made in Heaven, but in actual fact their blissful life has been ruined by a dreadful incident approximately four months prior to this narrative, when their house was broken into while Monty was away, and Becky savagely raped by a former student of hers, Clyde Edson, who wasn’t just a juvenile delinquent but a fledgling serial killer already known locally as the ‘Rapist Ripper’.

Edson was later apprehended and committed suicide while remanded in jail, but of course Becky’s recovery from such an ordeal was never going to rely solely on the hand of justice. The deep psychological wounds have destroyed her pleasant suburban existence. She now lives in fear of the night, endures harrowing nightmares and bizarre premonitions, is completely unable to enjoy sex, and has ambivalent feelings about her husband because of his previous political stance; before this event, Montgomery Jones was a liberal through and through – he believed in tackling the causes of crime rather than cracking down on it, he looked to rehabilitation rather than punishment, he didn’t regard Galveston’s underage hoodlums as thugs and predators so much as disadvantaged kids who need a helping hand rather than a good smack around the head.

All of this has changed now, of course – except that it’s too late.

Even though Monty wasn’t present at the time of the rape and could have done nothing to prevent it, he now regards his former ‘enlightened’ attitude as a kind of moral cowardice, and is inwardly repelled by his previous pretence of intellectual superiority when in reality he suspects that he has always been unnerved by the prospect of taking a tough stand. He particularly agonises about an incident from his childhood, when he was too frightened to intervene as a local bully force-fed his kid-brother a dog turd. What’s even worse from Monty’s point of view is that he suspects Becky thinks this about him too, even if she won’t say it. Just being in his wife’s melancholy presence now unmans him.

It looks as if their relationship, once so strong, has fatally fractured … until late that October, when in a desperate effort to patch things up, Monty takes Becky out to a friend’s cabin, so they can get some peace and quiet. It’s an idyllic, pine-clad location in the East Texas wilderness, and the crisp autumn weather is beautiful. For the first time in a while, the couple begin to relax again in each other’s company, even though there is still much lost ground to make up.

However, this hesitation to resume their former status is actually the least of their problems.

Because unbeknown to the Joneses, several members of Clyde Edson’s gang – all of them complicit in the Rapist Ripper murders – eluded capture, including his psychopathic second-in-command, Brian Blackwood, and their reign of Hell is far from over.

Blackwood still remains in awe of his deceased ex-leader, viewing him as a kind of Nietzchean superman – primarily because he never let human sentiment hamper him when he was out to get whatever he wanted. Despite this, Blackwood has no initial motivation to go back and finish off Becky Jones, their last victim … until, one feverish midnight, when he receives a nightmarish visitation from his former friend, now reduced to the status of demonic ventriloquist dummy seated on the knee of the satanic ‘God of the Razor’, an horrific being who literally wears a coat made from flayed human flesh and shoes made out of guillotined human heads (and who will go on to appear several times more in Lansdale’s work).

Whether this is a genuine supernatural event or simply a figment of Blackwood’s deranged mind is basically irrelevant, as Edson demands a continuation of their previous crime: a full-scale attack on Becky Jones, culminating – after the gang have sexually defiled her for as long as they care to – in the removal of her heart. If anyone gets in the way, like her husband of course, he/they can also be dispatched.

Impressed by this, and by the promise of dominion in a hellish afterlife – and if ever his enthusiasm for this flags, egged on aggressively by Edson’s damned soul, which now seems to possess him – Blackwood gets the gang back together and they go on the prowl in their distinctive black ’66 Chevy, seeking out the Joneses and slaughtering anyone who even threatens to hinder their progress. They are so bent on this mission, and so ruthless with anyone who might have information for them (strewing carnage every which way), that it isn’t long before they learn about the isolated cabin where the injured couple are trying to recuperate …

It probably isn’t going too far to say that The Nightrunners put Texas writer Joe R. Lansdale on the map. This is a very early novel of his, originally written in 1982 as Night of the Goblins, but since then he’s become a literary landmark in his own right in the overlapping fields of horror, crime, Rural Noir, Southern Gothic etc.

It isn’t a particularly long novel, and nor is it likely to educate or edify you if you’re looking for something highbrow. In truth, this is a long way from Lansdale’s best work; he himself has repeatedly reminded folk that it’s an early effort and has voiced surprise that it continues to draw positive reviews. But what I will say is that, even now, three decades after first publication, it’s one headlong thrust of a narrative and a hell of a page-turner.

It’s also brutal and nasty … and I mean excessively so. Okay, there thankfully isn’t much here in the way of torture-porn. But this is visceral violent crime fiction at its most unforgiving.

The antagonists are beyond the pale in terms of amoral, purposeless depravity, and their main targets almost impossibly innocent and genteel. Other tougher, worldlier characters are introduced on the side of right – streetwise cop, Ted Olsen, and gang-members with a conscience, Jimmy and Angela – but from the very beginning you just know that this southern-fried fury ride is only going to end in one final and massive confrontation between the civilisation-softened Joneses and the walking bunch of disenfranchised aberrations which is all that remains of Clyde Edson’s murder gang.

It’s a dark and horrible atmosphere; I’ll make no bones about that. Even early in the book, when it’s mainly about the Joneses trying to restore their equilibrium in a place that seems beyond danger, the reader’s sense of growing dread is palpable – Blackwood and his boys have commenced the hunt for their prey equipped with nothing more than animal cunning and naked bloodlust, but draw steadily nearer to them with the turn of each page.

I don’t want to say too much more, certainly not about the explosive finale, which you obviously won’t need me to tell you is not going to end well for any members of our ensemble cast, either the good or the evil. But suffice to say that it hasn’t been likened to the ultra-violent British movie, Straw Dogs, for nothing.

The message of The Nightrunners isn’t an especially complex one. Lansdale isn’t setting out to explore a moral conundrum here. Quite the opposite, in fact. Montgomery Jones’ earlier self – the guy who tried to rationalise the cause and effect of societal breakdown in modern-day America – is soon jettisoned in favour of the raw, frightened and somewhat more dangerous animal he becomes later in the book; and though there are hints that some of these problems are the result of small-town boredom (kids like Jimmy with nothing to do but hang around pool rooms all day) and failure to compromise by those who are supposedly older and wiser (Angela’s mother kicking her out for having pre-marital sex, and thus driving her daughter into the enclave of the gang), the real corruption here is attributed fairly and squarely to an unknowable supernatural force, the Razor God, and though this may be a metaphor for insanity, it is clearly a power beyond Blackwood’s ability to resist and one for which no-one involved can really carry the blame.

The Nightrunners won’t be to everyone’s taste – but it cuts to the quick. With the best intentions in the world, we probably like to believe that violence is not and can never be the only answer to our problems … but, like it or not, there are always going to be occasions when it’s an option, and perhaps, if we are being pushed hard enough at the time, an option we’ll even find desirable.
El Peregrino de Compostela (Especial Paulo Coelho) (Spanish Edition)
El Peregrino de Compostela (Especial Paulo Coelho) (Spanish Edition)
Recomendado por mi psicoterapeuta, este libro te da herramientas para ayudarte en el camino de descubrirte a ti mismo de nuevo.
En forma de novela, Paulo Coelho nos cuenta su experiencia recorriendo El Camino de Compostela.
Si llegaste hasta este libro y esta reseña, te lo recomiendo bastante. No llegaste a él por coincidencia. :)
The Case of the Empty Tin (Perry Mason Series Book 19)
The Case of the Empty Tin (Perry Mason Series Book 19)
I've read many, many Perry Masons, and this is by the far the most far-fetched and unbelievable. No court scene, but gun-running out of Shanghai, undercover detectives, secret communications, cats shooting suspects, Mason announcing that he's Lt. Tragg's brother, and an incredible range of characters from a typical American family to a highly stereotyped Chinese "first boy." (I should have counted the number of times "inscrutable" was used.) It's hard to keep track of the plot and even harder to stay interested in the characters, but Gardner's lean, fast style enable one to follow along if only to wonder how in the world he will wrap it up. He does wrap it up, but the conclusion doesn't have Gardner's typical psychological satisfaction. Gardner addicts will enjoy or tolerate it, but this one is not good for a first Perry Mason.
The Proud and the Free
The Proud and the Free
A Cherokee Adventure to Infamy and Back., June 15, 2006

Reviewer: Betty Burks (Knoxville, TN)

Recently, I went to Cherokee, North Carolina, to see the new "Trail of Tears." The Indians decided not to give it that evening. Money wasted, motel and meals expense wasted, time wasted: 'nought said. In this book, we have a woman of valor wiht a man of honor. Fiction, right! There are no men of honor anymore. The proud is Temple, part Cherokee, living in

Georgia and forced to walk to Oklahoma along the trial of tears. For eight years, the Cherokee Nation presented one treaty after another, to stay where they were.

The reservation on the Tennessee/North Carolina border and the detention camps are factual. Cherokees had their own constitution and laws, also an

elected government headed by wise women. The Indians revered their older women. There is a bust of one in the Whittle Courtyard for all to see.

But free, only Stuart the honorable was white and free. This is a rehash of the Pocohatus and John Smith story. Being part Cherokee myself, from my father's paternal side, I once wrote an article for a senior online

newsletter about my encounters with actual real Indians. A few months ago, there was a fierce one from out West who demanded a dollar from me as I was alone waiting for the city bus. He appeared so ferocious I felt it was in my best interest to give him a one dollar bill, though I told him where he could get a free meal -- that a dollar wouldn't buy much.

This book traces the Cherokee nation from 1830 to the end of the

journey to Oklahoma in 1840. It might seem like a good romance to those not educated, or have no first-hand experience with the Cherokees. I had a temp job in a factory in Pulaski doing computer work with a group from Oklahoma; people there who did not know me thought I was one of them! Because of the way they were treated by one of the Tennessee Presidents (I like to blame Johnson, but it could have been Jackson -- both named Andrew), many of today's offspring are unbalanced and consider Tennessee as a war ground. The harassers from out West may be free for now, but they have nothing real to be proud about, of, or for. It does no good to let them know I'm part Cherokeee, as "part" doesn't count.

I understand now why my sister absolutely refused to admit to even one

tiny drop of Indian blood. Though, Eileen looked just like an Indian squaw, as did Teresa after she was married and fat. Some segments of today's society can be and are extremely cruel to minorities. Little do they realize that the so-called minorities will take over and call the shots, and they are not educated.

They have nothing to be proud of as they've always had everything given to them, not have to work and succeed on their own. Temple decides to trust her man, honorable "traitor" Stuart, as she let her heart rule her emotions. A foolish decision. Women must be strong and stay strong.
The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization, Consumer Edition)
The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization, Consumer Edition)
I had trouble finding this information before purchasing, so I am providing it.

As far as I can tell, this edition (The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization, Consumer Edition) - black box, 12 CDs) is *almost* the same as the originally-released 13-episode version, which I have on cassette tapes and have listened to often. According to a wiki website, BBC released this first as 26 half-hour episodes, then as 13 hourlong episodes (adding and removing small pieces to make this work). This version is the 13 episode version. In addition it has opening and closing narration for each of the 3 books in LOTR, written by Brian Sibley and spoken by Iam Holm as Frodo (he plays Frodo in the episodes as well) in which Frodo thinks about writing down the story. Also, the episode divisions have been removed - which explains why the 13 episodes now fit on 12 CDs.

Overall I am very happy with this edition of my beloved BBC LOTR. I'm sure I will grow accustomed to the narrative framing - it's not very long or intrusive, and it's good; it's just a change. I will miss the music from the episode divisions, but I won't miss the interruptions to the narrative. I am thrilled to replace my worn-out cassette tapes with more durable CDs of the same performance.
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.23, Auf fremden Pfaden
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.23, Auf fremden Pfaden
Es hat schon seinen Grund, warum soviele Menschen Karl May lieben. Spannender Abentuerroman, der in frühere Zeiten entführt. Zugleich mit Tiefgang, insbesondere die Einstellung zum Leben und den Mitmenschen befreffend. Ein großer Gewinn.
C. S. Lewis's List: The Ten Books That Influenced Him Most
C. S. Lewis's List: The Ten Books That Influenced Him Most
This book is a collection of essays on a list of books that C.S. Lewis listed in a poll solicited by Christian Century magazine in which they posed the following question to cultural leaders in the early 1960s: "What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?" The essays are academic in character, and written by first-rate Lewis scholars in most cases. the chapters on Otto's The Idea of the Holy, Chesterton's The Everlasting Man, and George Herbert's The Temple were particularly fine. Reading the essays made me want to read these books that influenced Lewis.
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
This classic book is free on Kindle. The first Beatrix Potter is Adventures of Peter Rabbit in 1902. This first book swelled into many Rabbit Tales. These books were read to me as a child, I read them as a child and teenager, and I read them to my daughter. I hope they are or will be a staple in your family library.
In this tale, Benjamin Bunny married Flopsy and they had a large family. There was not enough food all the time. When Peter Rabbit had some extra he would share. Sometimes they went across the road to Mr. McGregor 's Rubbish Pile. They had a grand adventure one day in the rubbish pile. Instead of tell You about it I want you to discover it yourself. Have fun.
I found this book on Amazon for free.
Airframe
Airframe
For me this book is why I fell in love with Crichton's writing, as I started with Andromeda Strain and this book follows the same motif. For those of you who don't like jargon, don't like what we in the writing business call "data dumps" and don't like looking at "print outs" in different, lighter fonts, this book is not for you. If you enjoyed Andromeda Strain you'll find this book much like that one.
This is all about the investigation of mythical plane disaster from a mythical airline, in a plane made by a mythical company based at the Burbank Airport. Casey Singleton, a woman pushing forty who is a company VP, was put in charge of media and investigations on this air disaster that killed four and injured over fifty people. The factor everyone blames are the slates, that aren't supposed to come out during cruising flight, but may have or did they? That is the question.
Complicating this is her boss, the local unions who fear job losses and are taking action against the company, plus a twenty-eight year old woman news producer from a network show called Newsline.
The story is told in short vignettes that move from building to building, from Glendale to LAX to New York. Crichton obviously researched the whole investigation process and from that comes our charts, print-outs and data dump.
BUT, this book is not much different in content than the popular movie Sully starring Tom Hanks. That, too, is about an investigation into what happened and people got into it. The movie Miracle Landing about the Hawaiian flight whose cabin top sheered off was also popular with TV goers (I knew some of the Ultrasonic testers who went to Hawaii to check the rest of the fleet out). This book is along those lines. I read it in four days. Crichton's writing style is great, he keeps tension with the guys from the union that you're not supposed to screw with, with her new intern, and with all the other people looking into the incident.
For me (and not for everyone) it's best book I've read in years!
Kalle Blomquist
Kalle Blomquist
Hier handelt es sich um die Gesamtausgabe von "Kalle Blomquist"; also alle Bücher in einem Band. Ein Klassiker der Literaturgeschichte, zumindest im Bereich "Kinderliteratur". Mehr kann man eigentlich nicht sagen: Es wurde sehr schnell geliefert und ist ein klassisches Buch zum Blättern...
Joe and the Gladiator
Joe and the Gladiator
This book was undoubtedly a pleasant read. It was the sort of book that went well with a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of your favourite cake.
It is the sort of read that you would expect from Catherine Cookson she doesn't disappoint
Magister Ludi
Magister Ludi
The Glass Bead Game is divided into four distinct parts. Part 1, the general introduction to the game, is likely to be the least interesting to the general reader and may be skipped without concern that important information to understand the story will be lost. Part 2 is the fictional biography of Jospeph Knecht, the Magister Ludi of the title of the novel. As other reviewers have noted, the entertainment value of this biography is slight. The story starts slowly with Knecht's childhood and education and then moves to the point in the middle of the novel where he is appointed Magister Ludi (teacher of the game). I was interested in the various problems Knecht faced as Magister in the future world called Castalia. Knecht slowly moves toward enlightenment and we watch his steady progress. His journey becomes more interesting as he faces obstacles, not only with the ruling elite of Castalia, but also in himself. Everyone recognizes that Knecht is an extraordinary human being, but he challenges the status quo and has genuine concerns about the future of Castalia that not everyone wants to hear. The end of Knecht's story comes as an abrupt surprise to the reader.

Joseph Knecht's poetry comprises Part 3 of the novel. The poems help us to understand the inner life and world of Knecht and are useful in that regard. The poems are worth reading even if they did not relate directly to the story.

In Part 4, the final section of the book, Hesse gives us three long stories related to the novel. Many readers will find these stories the most entertaining part of the novel. In fact, another review suggests readers begin their reading of the novel with these stories - not a bad idea. The stories are well told and genuinely interesting. I read the poems along with the stories; some poems - Stages - I read several times.

Summary: Many people will not get beyond the general introduction to The Glass Bead Game (Part 1); watching paint dry is how some readers have described it. Joseph Knecht's story (Part 2) will interest those readers who love the work of Hermann Hesse and want to read his final novel, his crowning achievement, as some have called it. I am in this category of readers and read with interest this final novel. The poetry and short stories which complete the novel are genuinely entertaining and similar in style to much of Hesse's other work. If the general reader starts at the end and enjoys the short stories and poetry, skips the general introduction, and then moves quickly through the early life of Joseph Knecht, reading The Glass Bead Game may be an enjoyable experience.
The Final Deduction (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 35)
The Final Deduction (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 35)
Glad for the day a friend recommended I visit the brownstone on West 35th St.

There live Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, his professional assistant, licensed private detective, and entirely entertaining narrator of these archives. The stories are squeaky clean by today's standards, at worst a victim or suspect might have been pretty shady, seedy, or sexy, but that doesn't play to anyone's prurient interests. The game is the thing! For Nero, it's what he does in order to be able to afford what he loves ... his fabulous collection of orchids on the top floor and the sublime culinary creations presented by Fritz Brenner three times daily in the dining room. No work allowed at the table (unless perhaps a suspect is dining with them and Nero begins to deduce during the duck course,) and forget about trying to see him between 9:00 and 11:00 or 4:00 and 6:00. He won't comply; he will be with his plants, blossoms, seedlings, and germination pots.

But Archie will answer the door. It won't hurt if the visitor is shapely and female, but the pair have been known to help the less fabulous and even the less wealthy - Nero's fees are astronomical, as well they might be.

Archie will answer, and Archie will assess. Archie will grab his hat and coat and cover every square inch of Manhattan before you've read the entire series, with help when necessary from Saul, Orrie, and Fred, and every now and again from Lily Rowan ... but you'll need to read up to get to know her. He will malign his boss in every imaginable and endearing way, and Nero's rarely bestowed "Satisfactory" crowning Archie's efforts is better by far than a pat on the back.

In this volume, a lot of deducing goes on (hence the title,) but it is fascinating to see what was there to see all along, if only we had seen it. Of course, we knew all along that certain things might not be as they seemed, or they might need a little extra investigation, a new and different consideration, a supple mind. The characters are lively, some sinister, and several not exactly as they present themselves to be. The fun for us is all in watching Archie and Nero get to know them, working against the evidence, working together in their polar opposite manner, and working against the clock.

Hope you like it. Rex Stout, the author, is famous for having sent his first draft to his publishers, hot off his desk and unedited. Perhaps that's why we do feel like Archie just met us for drinks - he would likely order a glass of milk if it were available - and just told us how things shook down.
For the Brave Wizard
For the Brave Wizard
I was hesitant to buy this because there are so many mixed reviews out there. Now that I have the set and have looked it over, I am satisfied across the board.

When I searched for "Harry Potter Wizard Chess" I got a number of Amazon selling sites. As I understand it, a lot of those sites are for third party sellers who are selling the original version of this Chess set that came out right after the Potter movie debuted. These are "collectibles", and that's always a dicey product to buy through Amazon. Some are new-in-box, some are used, some are misdescribed, some are in poor condition. As I type this there are eight sites - this one, a site for a super high end set, and six sites selling collectibles from a wide variety of sellers, most costing in the well-over-a-hundred-dollars range. I just wanted a fun gift chess set, and this one fit the bill. It is the same as the collectibles, but must be a later run that doesn't count as a "first edition".

Now, for the set. The pieces are detailed and look sharp. You know how some molded figures, especially bigger ones, are a little twisted or misshapened when they hold swords and whatnot? Well, these pieces are "harder" and don't droop or twist. The sizes are impressive. (This set is for three brothers ages 3 to 8, and they are newly into chess and nuts for Potter. This works as a chess set, but it also works as a really neat collection of action figures.) The pieces are molded hard plastic. The bigger ones are a bit top heavy, but not exceptionally tippy. (For what it's worth, the bases are open at the bottom. If you wanted to you could put a weight in the base, (like putty or a quarter coin), and tipping wouldn't be a problem at all.

The board is folded in quarters and unfolds to standard size but is a little cheesy. Separate wood boards generally cost much more than this entire set does, and it would be hard to find a new board much bigger than the one that comes with this set, so I'm not sure what the best option is. If you want an oversize board that gives the pieces lots of room a cheap oversize vinyl board might be the way to go.

As to the rest, the box is fairly durable. The two bags that hold the pieces have drawstrings and hold the pieces comfortably. The set I received was clearly "new in box". No parts or pieces were missing.

Bottom line? The set looks great and the pieces are impressive. It might not be terribly practical for regular chess play, (mostly because of how crowded the board gets), but for an exciting novelty game of chess for kids it really seems to hit the spot. The price struck me as reasonable for the size, detail and quality of the pieces, and as I say you couldn't get this quality "Harry Potter" action play figures any other way. I'm pretty sure the kids are going to go nuts over this, and since you can't play chess with HotWheels it counts as a nice change-up present wise.
A Life in Time and Space - The Biography of David Tennant
A Life in Time and Space - The Biography of David Tennant
I generally don't write negative reviews but be forewarned: without the pictures this would
not be desireable at all. I bought it for nearly 50% off the retail price and I am suggesting
you do the same. I am a big fan of David's but this is a collection of magazine quotes,
gossip items re-told, and contains A LOT of filler material. For instance, when the author
runs out of facts about a project of David's, he will mention a co-star and ramble incessantly
about a non-David-related project of the co-stars. If this had been edited down by 75% and
put out as a soft cover magazine it would be passable. There is a filmography at the end
of the book which lists David's many projects, many of which are not even brought up in the
book. I have learned a lesson on un-authorized biographies~~there is a legitimate reason as
to why they are un-authorized. I wish I could have been upbeat about this offering, but
I was really dissapointed with it. Hopefully David will eventually write his own autobiography
and that will be worth the wait.
LEGO Superheroes 76019 Starblaster Showdown Building Set (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Superheroes 76019 Starblaster Showdown Building Set (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Pretty cool set.
It's got three pretty neat figures; Star Lords great and comes with his helmet or hair and pretty cool guns, and the Sakaaran and Nova Corps officer make me want more of those to build up some opposing armies.

The Sakaaran ship is okay, its a tiny pod, there's not much to say about it. The Nova Corps ship is pretty neat though, the colors/design are cool.

I'd give this 5 stars just for the minifigs themselves.
LIGHTAILING Light Set for (Harry Potter Hogwarts Whomping Willow) Building Blocks Model - Led Light kit Compatible with Lego 75953(NOT Included The Model)
LIGHTAILING Light Set for (Harry Potter Hogwarts Whomping Willow) Building Blocks Model - Led Light kit Compatible with Lego 75953(NOT Included The Model)
Confusing instructions came in the box. Consulted online instructions to see if I could get a better idea of how to work with these very thin wires. Online instructions seemed to show completely different (thicker?) wires and easier installation without having to take the car apart. Bummer, this seemed like a cool idea but lack of good written instructions and cheaper wires make this a bad buy.
Rubie's Wizard Pet Cape with Headpiece and Light-Up Collar
Rubie's Wizard Pet Cape with Headpiece and Light-Up Collar
I'll start by saying that this was a last-minute purchase for ren faire. I needed something cute quickly, and this definitely delivered on that front. That said, the size my 45lb. basset mix needed based on his measurements (XL) was out of stock, so I figured I'd go up to XXL and hem it. The XXL was WAY too long, I had to cut almost a foot off the cape, but it fits well now (first photo from after tailoring, second is the removed fabric). He probably could have used a Large except in the collar (he's a chunky boy). I'm very impressed with the hat, which has elastic to hold it on the ears as well as under the chin. My dog has ear problems so he frequently shakes his head very vigorously, and it's stayed on fine so far. He also doesn't seem as bothered by it compared to most headwear, though he doesn't love it. The light in the collar didn't work upon receipt, but I was able to easily remove it entirely to avoid the bulkiness of the battery pack.

I'll update this again after I see how it holds up at the ren faire !
Understanding Art
Understanding Art
Understanding art meet all my expectations. A wonderful book with interesting, easy to read information. The clear, beautiful photos make studing even more enjoyable. It was worth every penny which was substantial. The book was delivered in great condition a couple of days before the Christmas holiday. What a wonderful present.
"pillow"
"pillow"
Bought these to replace others I had bought from another seller, silent night and they were rubbish and burst within a week.

These are lovely and soft but firm at the same time lol. Good support and feels like sleeping on a cloud.

They seam to be far better quality to the others I bought and hopefully will last longer than they did.

Fast delivery and great price.
They are more expensive than the ones I bought before (not from this seller!) But not by much and still very reasonable, as the old adage says "you get what you pay for".
Cecotec Cumbia Power Matic-ccino 8000 Touch Serie Bianca - Kaffeemaschine, 19 bar Druck, Touchscreen, 1400 W
Cecotec Cumbia Power Matic-ccino 8000 Touch Serie Bianca - Kaffeemaschine, 19 bar Druck, Touchscreen, 1400 W
Die hohe Punktzahl erstmal für die schnelle Lieferung, das Design und den Verbau abgeben werde. Möchte diese Maschine einige Monate testen und mich hier garantiert wieder zu Wort melden werde. Überzeugt hat mich die Maschine, aufgrund des wenigen Schnickschnack. Stylisch, schöne Form, nicht laut, paßt unter die Küchen Hängeschränke, alles leicht zu reinigen ist. Brühgruppe, wie weiteres, mit heißen Wasser gereinigt werden kann. Wassertank ist etwas kleiner, was meine Frau und mich nicht stört. Bis jetzt toppt die Maschine alles, was wir bisher hatten, was etwas heißen soll. Ok, sie kommt aus Spanien und wer der spanischen, wie auch englischen Sprache mächtig ist, hat auch beim Kundenservice keine Probleme. Preis Leistung ist mega. Weiteres folgen wird.

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Nach wie vor, die gesamte Familie begeistert ist. Sie reinigt nach dem Einschalten, auch das Milchsystem des Öfteren angezeigt wird, was jedoch auch übersprungen werden kann. Alles in allem, macht die Maschine was sie soll. Kinderleicht einzustellen. Die Spracheinstellungen sind auch in deutsch, wenn das nichts ist, weiß ich auch nicht. Kaffeemenge, wie auch der Milchschaum, individuell einzustellen. Das Mehlwerk überraschend leise ist, also auch am frühen Morgen , sollte die Familie noch schlafen, niemanden aufwecken wird. Wir nehmen stilles Mineralwasser, so muss die Maschine auch nicht ständig entkalkt werden, was ebenfalls einstellbar ist. Alles kann simpel gereinigt werden. Der Wassertank mit 1 L Fassungsvermögen ist vollkommen ok.

Der Kaffeegeschmack uns jedenfalls mehr als begeistert. Ein runder Geschmack. Grandios. Die Stärke, wie oben erwähnt, eingestellt werden kann.

Der Milchbehälter ist ok. Wir stellen ihn nach Gebrauch, in den Kühlschrank, so wird die Milch nicht schlecht. Den dazugehörigen Schlauch reinigen wir danach sofort unter einem heißen Wasserstrahl.

Nun auch ziemlich schlechte Rezensionen gelesen haben, was uns natürlich leid tut. Unsere Maschine funktioniert einwandfrei und hoffen, es auch so bleibt.

Bestellt haben wir die Farbe: weiß, welche auch geliefert worden ist.

Ein kleiner Eyecatcher ist die grüne Rundumleuchte, vorne am Display der Höhenverstellung. Diese wandert solange, bis das Getränk fertiggestellt ist. Zudem, wird die Tasse grün beleuchtet. Sicherlich kein wichtiges Detail, dennoch nett anzusehen.

Definitiv ein Highlight für jeden Tag.

Eine weitere Ergänzung: und schreiben inzwischen den September 2020.

Die negativen Erfahrungen, bzw ziemlich schlechte Rezessionen nicht verstehen kann. Garantiert keinem das Jammern des höchsten Niveaus unterstellen werde, doch wie perfekt soll ein Vollautomat denn sein?

Etwas Tröpfeln aus dem Auslass, der Thermobecher auch nicht hält was er verspricht, etc.pp.
Es können doch nicht alle, Montagsgeräte sein? Ich würde mir als Verkäufer oder Zwischenhändler echt ziemlich veralbert vorkommen.

Die Meisten, davon stark ausgehe, im Besitz eines Kühlschranks sind? Thermobecher nach Gebrauch rein und fertig ist es. Auslass, regelmäßig reinigen, den Milchschlauch nach Gebrauch ausspülen und auch das schnell erledigt ist.

Die Maschine ist völlig easy zu reinigen. Die Handhabung sehr simpel ist. Sie ist im täglichen Gebrauch und Minimum 4 auch mal 6 Getränke täglich, damit zubereitet werden.

Die Aufschäumdüse habe ich nach deutscher Zeit 16 / 4 Uhr stehen. Perfekt. Das Mahlwerk ist definitiv nicht zu laut. Es wird keiner geweckt, sollte die Familie morgens noch schlafen. Der Piepton/Signal kann ausgestellt werden. Der Wasserbehälter umfasst etwas über einen Liter, was ich hiermit berichtigen möchte.

Die Maschine tut was sie soll. Die Getränke schmecken super, die individuell eingestellt und gespeichert werden können. Jedes Getränk wurde ausprobiert.

Regelmäßige Reinigung, entkalken (Bio auf Zitronenbasis, flüssig) sollte drin sein um sich lange erfreuen zu können.

Meine Kaufempfehlung bleibt bestehen. Unser Gerät ist ständig im Gebrauch und erstmals richtig glücklich sind. Es wäre schade wenn ausgerechnet dieses Gerät nicht mehr hergestellt werden würde. Es toppt nicht nur preislich, sondern der Kaffee tatsächlich auch schmeckt.

Das Gerät selbst mit einem weichen, leicht feuchten Microfasertuch reinigen, abtrocknen, fertig.

Nichts zu meckern habe. Null! Nada!

Wir sind Happy 🥰💪
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Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 4 Litres, Silver
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