Lylah Flores

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 10100 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Harry Potter Collection: Years 1-6
The Harry Potter Collection: Years 1-6
The Harry Potter Collection: Years 1-6 by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 405 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates Book 2)
Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates Book 2)
Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates Book 2) by Lisa Scottoline. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 255 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Insomnia (Spanish Edition)
Insomnia (Spanish Edition)
Insomnia (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Shivers VIII
Shivers VIII
Shivers VIII by Richard Chizmar , Stephen King, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Modelling Foundations and Applications: 10th European Conference, ECMFA 2014, Held as Part of STAF 2014, York, UK, July 21-25, 2014. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8569))
Modelling Foundations and Applications: 10th European Conference, ECMFA 2014, Held as Part of STAF 2014, York, UK, July 21-25, 2014. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8569))
Modelling Foundations and Applications: 10th European Conference, ECMFA 2014, Held as Part of STAF 2014, York, UK, July 21-25, 2014. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8569)) by Jordi Cabot and Julia Rubin. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Warren Buffett Wealth: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World's Greatest Investor
Warren Buffett Wealth: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World's Greatest Investor
Design of book:

Chapters headings and sections headings are structured to be captivating and clear, making it easy to convey the purposes and meanings of the principles.

Content:

The initial chapters of the book build on some of Buffett's stories and are intended to persuade the reader into following Buffett's principles of investing. You will unfold more of Buffett ways as you read, but most of the essential tips are already mentioned in the first half of the book. The later chapters merely serve as unnecessary elaborations. Principles and examples are also recycled at the later chapters giving readers a feeling that they were reading the book again, before they finished reading.

Buffett debunks the Efficient Market Theory (EMT) by emphasizing on knowing the stocks you buy, buying at a discount and his track records. He also believes that knowledge of basic finances and accounting (GAAP) are necessary to value businesses. However, it will be hard to replicate his success given the difficulties of finding under-valued firms and attaining his wealth of experiences in interpreting annual reports.

For who:

More for first-time readers of Buffett's principles and books, though the author suggests that readers of other Buffett books would find it beneficial as well. Like most books, its persuasive content might not be relevant for readers who are already believers of his principles.

This is also not a `get-rich at once' book. Further readings like The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis (both written by Benjamin Graham) are necessary for savvy investing. Discipline, morals and experiences are also vital when following his principles.

Readers should also have the mature mindset to determine the usefulness of some principles, which might be out-dated in today's context. In fact, the reason behind the popularity of Buffett and his principles are due to his simple and conservative approach towards investing, something which simple people are attracted to at the start.
The Real Warren Buffett: Managing Capital, Leading People (Bookbytes Executive Summary)
The Real Warren Buffett: Managing Capital, Leading People (Bookbytes Executive Summary)
I first read this book in 2003 and re-read it again in December 2010.

O'Loughlin's "The Real Warren Buffett: Managing capital, leading people" focuses on both Buffett's skill as an investor and his role as a business leader. Most people are perhaps more familiar with the first yet curiously we are likely to learn more from the second. Why, well because Buffett was "hard-wired" with the kind of logical mathematical brain that favoured him in investing whereas he had to learn to become a good leader.

This book is a great help in addressing how Buffett became a sucessful business leader. It talks about the "explosion" in Buffett's cognition after 20 years being a successful stock picker which came in part from his exposure to Charlie Munger, his subsequent business partner. Just as Benjamin Graham influenced his early approach to investing, Charlie Munger was an equally important influence on his later approach to investing and business leadership.

O'Loughlin highlights how Buffett first began to address the issue of the "institutional imperative" in organisations and then realised it applied to him as well. What is the institutional imperative? It refers to the tendency of organisations to resist any change to its current direction. Buffett liked to quote Churchill who said "you shape your houses and then your houses shape you" and Lord Keynes who said "The difficulty lies not in the new ideas but in escaping from the old ones". In Buffett's case this meant escaping the old ways of valuing businesses that he learned from Ben Graham and learning new ways he was exploring himself urged on by Munger.

In Buffett's case his imperative was to stay focused on stock picking or "renting stocks" as O'Loughlin refers to it, whereas Munger was encouraging him to look at value creation and at those businesses that had enduring franchises (the great businesses as Munger called them). Such businesses had a future whereas for most of Buffett's short-term stock picks, their best days were behind them.

Once he started to acquire these "great franchises" he was faced with a new problem, 'How to motivate their managers to stay running the business long after most had any financial need to do so'? Buffett's answer to this question is the main reason he is as successful as a business leader. How did do it?

His challenge was to get the new managers to continue to think like owners. He did this by guaranteeing their autonomy, but trusting them and by giving them a reputation to live up to. He encouraged them to "run their companies as if these are the sole asset of their families and will remain so for the next century" (Buffett, Letter to Shareholders, 1999).

Ralph Schey noted, "The greatest strength he has - giving you a lot of freedom to run the business the way you want. And that way, you can't pass the responsibility back to him" (ex CEO Scott Fetzer). Bill Child noted, "He has a way of motivating you. He trusts you so much that you just want to perform" (R.C. Willey Home Furnishings). On retiring after 20 years working with Berkshire, Ben Rosner commented to Buffett (paraphrase)"I know why it worked" he said "you forgot you bought the business and I forgot I sold it". In 2000 Buffett said, "in our last 36 years Berkshire has never had a manager of a significant subsidiary voluntarily leave to join another business".

In re-reading the book now, I am struck by the emphasis that O'Loughlin places on "development" which is of course central to my own research on Buffett. I am also reminded that just because a book is eight years old, and there have been many other books on Buffett since (most of which I have read), doesn't reduce this book's many useful insights.
Jeff Bezos. Lezioni di business: Le tattiche e i metodi di business del creatore di Amazon (Italian Edition)
Jeff Bezos. Lezioni di business: Le tattiche e i metodi di business del creatore di Amazon (Italian Edition)
Sicuramente non sono un grande lettore ma questo è stato il libro, se così si può definire, meno interessante che abbia mai letto.
Per farsi un'idea molto più ampia basta leggere articoli online che riguardano bezos, amazon, altre aziende e prodotti a lui correlati ... e alcuni articoli sono linkati nell'ebook e fanno da riempitivo.
Presenta qualche refuso.

Da leggere se non si ha veramente niente da fare ...

Niente da dire sul costo.
Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil
Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil
Das Buch ist die Beschreibung der bisherigen Entwicklungsgeschichte der elektrisch angetriebenen Autos aus der Sicht der Firmen, die es gewagt haben gegen die grossen Autohersteller anzutreten. Da der Autor selbst für Tesla gearbeitet hat, nimmt die Geschichte von Tesla einen grossen Raum ein. Aber auch die Geschichte von anderen Herstellern werden beschrieben. Das Buch ist zwar erst vor knapp zwei Jahren erschienen, trotzdem gibt es einige der beschriebenen Firmen nicht mehr. Das zeigt, wie schnell sich das Rad der Elektromobilität zurzeit dreht.

Interessant sind auch die Teile im Buch zu lesen, die die Entwicklung der Batterietechnologie beschreibt und den Wettlauf darum, wer zuerst Batterien für Autos in grosser Stückzahl herstellen kann.

Das Buch widmet sich nicht der Technologie von Elektro-Fahrzeug, sondern vielmehr die Innovation und die entstehende Industrie hinter den Elektro-Fahrzeugen. So kann man das Buch auch eher für Leser empfehlen, die einen Blick hinter die Kulissen werfen möchten.

Leider ist das Buch phasenweise langatmig beschrieben. Gespräche zwischen dem Autor und Befragten werden fast wörtlich wiedergegeben. Dass die Hersteller von Elektro-Fahrzeugen hauptsächlich im Silicon Valley angesiedelt sind und sich eher als Tech-Unternahmen sehen, ist vielleicht noch interessant zu erzählen. Aber dann schweift mir der Autor doch an einigen Stellen zu weit vom Thema ab.
Exodus [LP]
Exodus [LP]
Last time i listened to this album it was on cassette tape, the sound wasn't how i remembered with the dub loops overwhelming the music at times voice so maybe a problem with the remastering, but still a great album.
ΤΗΕ ҒΙԼԼΜΟRΕ ΕΑSΤ СΟΝСΕRΤS 1969/1970 - SΟΝԌS ҒΟR ԌRΟΟVΥ CΗΙԼⱰRΕΝ (5-CD BΟΧSΕΤ). EU Import
ΤΗΕ ҒΙԼԼΜΟRΕ ΕΑSΤ СΟΝСΕRΤS 1969/1970 - SΟΝԌS ҒΟR ԌRΟΟVΥ CΗΙԼⱰRΕΝ (5-CD BΟΧSΕΤ). EU Import
Hendrix rose to prominence while I was in high school, and died not long after I graduated. He has been one of those special and unique artists who have remained important and to whom people have listened long after his passing. It is unfortunate that these complete sets were not available until now in their complete form. This music is great. Live performances revealed a dimension of his playing not available in the studio. Buy this for yourself and enjoy. Give it to others as a gift. I find it incredible that Amazon is selling it new for $120. I bought it as a preorder for under $50. Merry Christmas!
Aretha
Aretha
At the close of the Seventies, Aretha Franklin jumped ship at Atlantic Records, where her white-hot star had slowly and sadly burned out, and joined Arista. This self titled album was her debut for Clive Davis' now famous label, and was the begining of her rise from the ashes during the 1980's. It's not a BAD album - certainly not as bad as the cover photo would lead you to believe. Aretha looks like a Cosby Mom, not the Queen of Soul, with her tidy hair and her middle-aged clothing. But that is superficial. What's inportant is the music inside. The covers are at times inspired ( "What A Fool Believes" is given the Aretha stamp of approval ) and at times rather obvious ( "I Can't Turn You Loose" is embarressing and sterile, a desperate stab at making yet another Otis Redding song an Aretha clssic, a la "Respect" ). There are a few originals, but they are mostly forgetable. She would go on to loftier heights ( "Who's Zoomin' Who?" was less than five years away ) and in retrospect this is a rather humble begining. One thing I cannot believe is that this out of print and forgotten album is being offered for sale as a USED CD for almost one hundred dollars! There are either some money hungry people out there, or some foolish die-hard Aretha fans who missed this the first time around. I'll sell you mine for what I paid for it.
Vol. V: Louis In New York
Vol. V: Louis In New York
Here are the sides Satchmo recorded in the late nineteen-twenties. Some of these tracks on this disc are presented in several versions. For example, you'll hear "Ain't Misbehavin'" featuring Armstrong on cornet but with somebody else singing and, a few songs later you'll hear another take with Armstrong's vocal. Of course, he still takes the cornet solo. The difference in the vocals highlights how many light-years ahead of most singers Armstrong was.
The sound quality is much to my liking, although I know jazz enthusiasts who find it lacking. I think it sounds incredibly present. Of course, this particular collection has been on CD for about thirteen years now (which means it came out in 1990) and I wouldn't be surprised if, in all that time, Sony may have done something to the sound. In fact, I've had three copies in the last ten years, because I lost my first copy and for a while I was convinced the later pressings were a bit muffled. It seems to me it came out when Columbia was still called Columbia and now the word "Sony" is all over it. Would Sony altar the sound without saying so? I hope not.
Anyway, nobody double-tracked in the twenties and these, then, are live-in-the-studio takes of some songs which are still standards, featuring one of the most recognizable voices in the history of recorded music. That the man with the voice was also the biggest pioneer of the jazz solo shows what a dynamo he was.
Fats Waller's "What Did I Do To Be So Black and Blue" is sung with heartbreaking dignity and the cornet at the close of the song will stay with you.
The trombone and the bass throughout this collection make you think you're in a small cafe. The singing lets you know you're in good company. The cornet comes at you from the world stage.
Legal Rights of School Leaders, Teachers, and Students
Legal Rights of School Leaders, Teachers, and Students
This text is a must have for administrators and teachers who are seeking clarity in legal literacy. One of my favorite features of the text is that is bolds the most important points regarding the law for a specific law or court case. The authors make a point to bring in relevant and recent cases to serve as examples to enhance understanding. As a teacher who was not required to have a formal law class in undergrad, my former self would praise the ease of read of this book and also the relevance of its contents. This book is helpful to the novice teacher all the way up to the experienced superintendent of schools, and is a great conversation starter and resource for whole group instruction for faculty to learn education law! I highly recommend!
Zoteki Avengers Series 1 - 4” Captain Marvel Collectible - Inspired by ‘Infinity’ - Collect Them All: Fan Favorite Characters Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Thanos, Mystery Chase Variant
Zoteki Avengers Series 1 - 4” Captain Marvel Collectible - Inspired by ‘Infinity’ - Collect Them All: Fan Favorite Characters Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Thanos, Mystery Chase Variant
This is a nice little figure! It looks exactly like it does in the picture - a great representation of Iron Man in a dynamic pose. The materials aren't super high end but the look is very nice, and the size makes it easy to display several of these without taking up a ton of room. It's perfect for either play or display; comic book lovers young or old. Very happy!
Infinity Gauntlet Glove Light Up Stones Gem Thanos Gauntlet Removable Glove
Infinity Gauntlet Glove Light Up Stones Gem Thanos Gauntlet Removable Glove
Like it looks like the picture but one of the Jewels are not all the colored. I do like how it was packed nicely. Also I like that the jewels came in a little plastic container and with extra batteries. The key chain is nice too. I bought it for my 7 years old son he loves it. I more thing br careful with the stones if you don't but them in right the stones will fall off.
Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry
Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry
I bought this for my girlfriend to watch before the season starts and before the big game. Although this video is outdated it is still just as good as it was the day HBO made it. Every year we watch this video before the big game and it never fails to hype me up for the game. I would recommend any U of M fan buy this. It goes back through the history of the rivalry and a lot of footage from games in years past. There are some great interviews with Bo and Woody. The only thing I would improve would be that I wish HBO would update this to include the start of the Harbaugh era. The video was filed right at the beginning of the Rich Rod nightmare. It's still worth it to watch and it will definitely get any U of M hyped and yelling GO BLUE!
Truly Michigan
Truly Michigan
Fantastic Eagle Eye view of our great harbors. Interesting facts of each Harbor presented throughout movie. Great job Randy and Tina and Crew!

JR
Rambo: Last Blood
Rambo: Last Blood
1.) Rambo Last Blood 2019: Well after a long ten plus year hiatus Sly is back for we think the last time in one of his iconic roles as Sergeant John Rambo retired US Army Green Beret and Vietnam Veteran who still at his advanced age is kicking some bad guy ass in major way.

Again my review is not only of one as a franchise and action-adventure military fan, but also one whose take adds into the original character written by author David Morrell in the years following the real life horrors of the Vietnam War. The original book was an action thriller, and expose piece about the horrific mistreatment of our Marines, Soldiers, and Airmen after they came home from the brutality of the Vietnam conflict. The book was about Post Tramatic Stress, and a Soldier who was dishonored by corrupt nasty police officers in a town, only to become a vicious predator killing machine against each of those officers. The character was not really about a muscle superhero, but over the years Sly has turned the franchise into a American pop culture icon.

We are in the modern USA and Sgt John Rambo is a retired Arizona horseman who helped raise a beautiful Spanish-Mexican teenage girl who grows into a great young adult. The beauty is kidnapped by a vicious ugly drug cartel, and only John Rambo can save her. The action is of course bloody and unbelievably intense, a well earned rated R film if there ever was one. Sly sets up trap after trap, and each dumb villain falls into these death ordeals number by number until Rambo can stalk the last guy who is the drug kingpin leader.

In many ways Rambo is wish forfillment, a fictional character whose fantasy Americans love to see because Rambo has a set of laws, and methods all of his own world where he provides us the justice that many times in real life people are denied. There are a set of rules both scientific, and legal all people on this Earth have to follow, but not the Rambo character. This is an all out shoot them up, and stab them up battle feast that is the movie we should have gotten 10 plus years ago but did not.

On that level the movie does work, however the logic stream, and of course the screen writing plot development does not fully follow the character and what abilities he has. I felt the writers did not pay attention to whom the fictional John Rambo is.

For instance when Rambo goes looking for the kidnapped lady, he falls right for the crook's trap. If a character can outsmart and out muscle both the Vietcong, and all of the Russian KGB than of course he would not have fallen into the situation these loser drug gang dudes put him into. No this character is a lot smarter, and the writers should have known better. Sure having a plot where Rambo takes on modern criminals does work out okay, but not only is Rambo an enemy of all that is vile in the world, he is also a Patriotic figure who symbolizes the taking on of our real life enemies such as what the character did during the Cold War with his one man Army against Soviet Russia. I would have written a story where Rambo fights Isis or the Taliban, but either way the movie works out okay despite its very sad tone. Another area I was disappointed in was not one time is there a flashback to the Colonel Trautman character, the one man who was a link in helping the rest of the world understand who John Rambo was. A major figure of the story who should have been referenced from past movie scenes in his memory. We also have really no continuity between this last Rambo and all the others minus this tribute credit scene, so us fans are left wondering how Rambo ended up as this man who digs tunnel traps underneath his ranch property, or how the young girl ends up in his life. B - & thumbs very mildly up for "Rambo Last Blood".
A Plea for Captain John Brown
A Plea for Captain John Brown
Love this little pamphlet type book. Gives the info I need about John Brown without being boring or too thick. Well written. Interesting. Thin read, thick content.
Great Day for Up (Bright & Early Books(R))
Great Day for Up (Bright & Early Books(R))
Livro em inglês do Dr. Seuss. Neste no caso, desenhado pelo autor-ilustrador Quentin Blake.

Formato entre um A4 e um A5. Capa dura.

O dia está amanhecendo e há uma comoção para que todos acordem, tudo muito vibrante, cores e sons, tudo acontecendo. E no final a gente descobre que o personagem principal quer continuar a dormir, que tudo caminhou para este desfecho lento. Descendente. Criativo!
One Piece - Vol.30
One Piece - Vol.30
One Piece foi, é e ainda será um dos melhores mangás desses tempos, portanto vale muito a pena a leitura de cada saga, cada volume e cada página.
When the Ghost Dog Howls (Goosebumps HorrorLand #13)
When the Ghost Dog Howls (Goosebumps HorrorLand #13)
four stars because it took too long to get to the ghost dog, I could picture him sat in Andy's driveway waiting for him! If Marnie were my cousin I would have cut off contact with her ages ago, she's quite annoying really. You'll know how when you read the book. I got a bit fed up with Andy's dreams which didn't really need 3 or 4 chapters all to do with that, other than that, another good one
Hondo (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Hondo (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Hondo was a great reread. I’ve read the story before, back in the 80’s or 90’s. I used to read a lot of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey. This year I’ve been buying audiobooks so I can listen to their stories while I’m driving.

The story is told third person past tense from multiple points of view, Hondo Lane, Mrs. Angie Lowe, Lt. Creyton C. Davis, Major Sherry, El Lowe, Sergeant Young, and even the dog’s, Sam’s, point of view. The only criticism I can think of is the way they fistfight in the story. If you’ve seen an old western you’ll know what I’m talking about. The good guy always drags the bad guy to his feet before punching him again. In the real world most people would stomp the crap out of anybody after knocking them down so they couldn’t get back up.

About half of the time I read everything from nonfiction to westerns. The other half of the time I read sci-fi and fantasy, when I’m not watching sci-fi and fantasy series.

Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Taylor Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Jack Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Galbadon, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.

Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
The Trail to Crazy Man: L'Amour's Original Version
The Trail to Crazy Man: L'Amour's Original Version
A WORD FROM LOUIS L’AMOUR

“Almost forty years ago, when my fiction was being published exclusively in ‘pulp’ western magazines, I wrote several novel-length stories, which my editors called ‘magazine novels.’ In creating them, I became so involved with my characters that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared became collector’s items. Pleased as I was about how I brought the characters and their adventures to life in the pages of the magazines, I still wanted the reader to know more about my people and why they did what they did. So, over the years, I revised and expanded these magazine works into fuller-length novels that I published in paperback under other titles.

“These particular early magazine versions of my books have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity among many of my readers, so much so of late, that I’m now pleased to collect three of them in book form for the first time.
Sackett - The Louis L'amour Collection
Sackett - The Louis L'amour Collection
Years ago I read many of Louis Lamour's Western books.INMO he was one of the best Western writers. His characters are fantastically described as well as the scenery and the entire western environment.

Sackett was one of his better books. The book is action packed and fast reading. I read it in 1/2 day. I'll just tell a little of the story to get your interest.

William Tell Sackett was a 6ft 4in, mountain man, ex union solder and trail cowboy. In this book we meet his brothers and his mom. The brothers have made a great life for themselves, their wives and taking good care of their mom. Tell believes he is just a cowboy, good with a rifle and six gun and living off the land but has not done anything great. Later he finds a rich gold mother lode and a sick feverish young woman named Ange near the gold mine. Her Grandpa had died taking her prospecting to find the mine.

Tell makes friends with an older man named Cap and together they plan a town near their goldmine claim. Other man try to steal the mine and take the town and Tell must fight with his guns.

Here is a man that only wanted peace and maybe a small ranch and to find a good woman. However he must fight again and again. Later in a saloon he has a gunfight with a big mean man named Bigalow and .... ( read for yourself)

Tell saves the life of a man with a broken leg in a savage, brutal winter storm in the mountains ( a man who wants to kill him and Angie).What a story! Tell what a man!

I wont ruin the great ending. This book is recommended for anyone loving the wild west and to start reading the Sackett series. Louise Lamour my best western author. Bought and read this book again for our family library. 5 stars.
Astérix - Le combat des chefs - n°7 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
Astérix - Le combat des chefs - n°7 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
Cette BD fera encore pour longtemps la joie de ses lecteurs même les plus modernes: ASTERIX traverse les époques !
Humour, tendresse, baffes, rigolades et gouailles à tout va, même vieux, on relit tout cela avec bonheur en se rappelant notre tendre enfance.
A transmettre impérativement à ses enfants et petits-enfants (voir plus) pour qu'ils sachent ce qu'est une VRAIE BD !

Les 20 premiers n° sont les meilleurs, les titres cultes sont là.
Après c'est selon, la qualité n'est pas toujours au rdv de tous les albums mais bon, ça passe pour un collectionneur.
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (Perry Mason Series Book 9)
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (Perry Mason Series Book 9)
Perry Mason takes this case purely because he loves a mystery. Is his client an imposter? Is the bishop with a suspicious stutter who first approaches Mason on the case no bishop at all? Is the lovely heiress of the rich man a faker? And who shot the rich man? And where is his body?

With so many tantalizing questions up in the air, Mason can’t resist getting involved, even without a fee. Before he knows it, his client is arrested for murder and his own reputation and freedom are threatened.

As always there’s a gripping court scene which proves what a deep strategist Mason is. And the plot is richly seeded with crisp dialog, shocking discoveries, and exciting action scenes.

This is an excellent Perry Mason novel, first published in 1936.
Great Horse Stories
Great Horse Stories
You can never go wrong with a DOVER product. Dover attempts to publish quality products and wholesome material. You can trust the name. I have not read the book as of yet for it is a Christmas gift for my 10 year old. BUT if it says is is a classic you can believe them.
Some Women Won't Wait
Some Women Won't Wait
The fifteenth entry in the Donald Lam/Bertha Cool series begins in the firm's offices in L.A., but quickly moves to a cruise ship and, ultimately, to the Hawaiian Islands. A client whom Bertha described as a "fragile little pipsqueak," appears in the office. Lam guesses the man to be about forty-five, but he appears very infirm. He also appears to be loaded with dough, however, and in Bertha's mind, that's all that counts.

The man, whose name is Bicknell, is concerned about a young woman names Miriam Woodford. Miriam, or Mira, was formerly married to Bicknell's partner Ezra Woodford. Woodford was sixty-nine, and Mira, who's an absolute knockout, was twenty-seven. Ezra was able to enjoy six months of wedded bliss before he died suddenly, leaving a fortune to his young widow.

Bicknell, who seems unduly solicitous of the widow, believes that she may be being blackmailed. Mira is about to sail for Hawaii, and Bicknell wants Bertha to sail on the ship with her and protect her. Bertha is dead-set against the idea and wants Donald to go instead. Bicknell insists that he wants a woman on the job and in the end, both Donald and Bertha make the trip.

Inevitably, of course, one thing leads to several others. Donald manages to work his way into Mira's circle while on board the ship and will maintain the relationship once in the islands. Before long, someone will be dead and Donald and Bertha will be in the soup up to their necks. As always, it will take some pretty clever thinking and some very fancy footwork on Donald's part it they're going to get out of the mess.

Whenever I read a book in a series like this where the protagonist suddenly leaves his or her familiar surroundings and goes off to someplace exotic, I assume that the author is looking for a way to write off a great vacation as a research expense. Whatever the case, this is a very entertaining novel and it's fun to see Cool and Lam out of their element. A good, quick read.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book. Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book. Roald Dahl
I like pop-up books and have amassed quite a few (even know the names off by heart of some of the best artists), having a kid gives me the excuse I needed to buy them! This is a beautiful book with lovely pop-ups and pull outs and one my son is not allowed to look at alone (sorry kid). This is the kind of book you really don't want trashed, this is the kind of book you want to pass on down the family. It is lovely and pretty and a joy to read.
Naruto, Vol. 51: Sasuke vs. Danzo!
Naruto, Vol. 51: Sasuke vs. Danzo!
Here are the chapters included in Volume 51:

474 A Hokage's Decision...!!
475 Madera's True Worth!!
476 Sasuke vs. Danzo...!!
477 Do Not Speak of Itachi!!
478 Sasuke's Susano'o!!
479 The Izanagi
480 Sacrifice
481 The Death of Danzo!!
482 Just One More Time...
483 Master and Student Reunited!!

After months of waiting for the newest Naruto manga, it's finally here!

In the last volume (50), Sai had just returned to tell Naruto, Kakashi, and Yamato THE TRUTH behind Sakura's recent visit--and what she had been unable to say: that Naruto's old comrades were planning to "off" Sasuke, themselves. Sasuke had simply become too much of a liability, and his actions were starting to have repercussions on the relationship between Konoha (their home village, called The Village Hidden in the Leaves in the Naruto anime), and the rest of the ninja world. It's a situation that will soon come to war, if left unchecked.

As Naruto mulls over this news in silence, Gara, Tamari, and Kankuro show up with news of their own. They explain what happened at the Hokage summit--and who has been named Hokage of Konoha.

Meanwhile, in another place, Madara Uchiha facilitates the battle between Sasuke and Danzo. Madara knows the depth of Sasuke's hate for Danzo because of what the man did to Sasuke's brother, and Madara is eager to test Sasuke's abilities. During this battle, Danzo reveals an extremely powerful secret weapon--a forbidden jutsu that we've never glimpsed, before now--and boy, is it a doozie! But it takes a terrible toll on its user. So as the battle between Sasuke and Danzo rages on, we're left wondering if Danzo will be able to overcome Sasuke before his jutsu takes its final toll. And as we see Sasuke sacrifice one who is loyal and committed to him, we must wonder if Sasuke has gone too far down the path of vengeance to ever come home.

As we reach the end of volume 51, we see first-hand how far Sasuke has truly fallen. Kakashi and Sasuke face off, each ready to kill the other. And as Sasuke stands with a wild look in his eyes and hate in his heart, Kakashi realizes that this scene is much like that of the Third Hokage standing against his own student, Orochimaru--in a battle that left both student and teacher destroyed.

I've been reading along, expecting to learn that Sasuke's fall toward evil was only a front--and that he actually had a much nobler plan beneath it all. But at this point, it appears that Sasuke really IS as evil as his actions seem to indicate. But Masashi Kishimoto has a special skill with plot reversals, so there's still hope. Not to mention, it would be a huge disappointment for Sasuke's fate to be revealed in black and white--once and for all, with no hope of salvation. This is not the path of greater conflict--and conflict is what creates interesting story. So...I'm biding my time until volume 52 comes out in September, and hoping for "the best".

Volume 51 is hard-hitting and full of action. It definitely does not disappoint!
Growing Marijuana Indoors: A Foolproof Guide
Growing Marijuana Indoors: A Foolproof Guide
With the changes in the law here in Alaska, I
may want to grow my own pain medicine. The
book was innformative, well written, and leads
me to believe I could start my own plantation.
Lots of information for a few bucks. I would like
to see his other books in Kindle editions. We
will have to wait and see what is legal one the
election is certified and the law is on the books.
Angels at the Table: A Christmas Novel (Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy)
Angels at the Table: A Christmas Novel (Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy)
I like that they introduced the new intern angel. By trying to be helpful, he goofs and starts the timeline for two likeable characters too early for their relationship to be successful. Unfortunately, I got hung up on the way the author set up the initial encounter between the leads. Hero is spending New Year celebration with his recently brokenhearted sister in an effort to cheer her up. He becomes separated from her and then texts her that he will find his own way home after he makes a drink date with an attractive stranger. So what happened to the brokenhearted sister ? The author again tries to tell us how brokenhearted sister is again later in the book. If she was so brokenhearted that he took her out to cheer her up, why did he dump her when he had a better option? The hero was damaged at that point for me. His snotty review of his botched meal continued his negative portrayal. If your meal is that bad but your brokenhearted sister's is that good, maybe you should check wth the kitchen to see what was the problem. Of course, something that simple would not have moved the story along. This book was like watching the day time soaps and getting frustrated with the characters mistakes and misconceptions. As angry as heroine was for most of the book, her finally forgiving him didn't feel geniune. I have to think a guy that can get that snarky isn't worth the effort. Finally, the angels keystone cops performance was amusing but really a bit of overkill at times. Angels fans may love it regardless, just not up to her usual offerings.
The Life of Ian Fleming
The Life of Ian Fleming
As good a read throughout on the personality of
a second son. That is only one early aspect to it.
However James Bond as the future character
shines off the pages. Pearson knew Fleming well
and brought much to life in this biography on him
and readers of James Bond books should find an
entertaining insight to his creator. Only my view,
and I found it a terrific read.
Never Send Flowers: James Bond Series 13
Never Send Flowers: James Bond Series 13
I didn’t really enjoy reading Never Send Flowers and I was happy that it was a short 244 pages long.

The plot and characters were disappointing after John Gardner showed us what he is capable of in the excellent "The Man from Barbarossa" and "Death is Forever". I also made the mistake of reading the blurb on the back of the book and for the second time with this series the publisher let slip one of the major plot points.

Never Send Flowers reads like a detective book rather than a spy thriller – Bond is on the trail of a serial killer who has committed a string of high-profile assassinations as well as the murder of an MI5 asset on vacation in Switzerland. It is the murder of this ‘sister’ that brings MI6 onto the scene.

As he travels from European location to European location our plucky hero as usual meets a couple of disappointingly sexually clichéd women, at least one insane villain (who has his own castle and an unexplained supply of explosives) and ends the story going mano a mano with the villain in EuroDisney of all places.

The lowest point of the experience for me was reading about Bond’s uncharacteristic enjoyment of the theme park which is obviously a reflection of the author’s views and follows a clumsy low-ebbing section of exposition disguised as an interrogation scene – something I have come to strongly dislike about Gardner’s writing. Amongst other traits (alcoholism, misogyny, racism) James Bond is an unabashed snob (a reflection of Ian Flemings mores no doubt) and I find it incredulous to think that such a man would enjoy Mickey Mouse or riding on a Star Wars themed ride. Ridiculous.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Student Witch or Wizard Costume Hat for Boys and Girls
Harry Potter Hogwarts Student Witch or Wizard Costume Hat for Boys and Girls
Made a great gift for my younger sister as she is a big Harry Potter fan. It seems like a one size fits all as it fit my sisters head and my 2 year old niece as well. Very well made item, stitching was well done. The hat holds its form perfectly and can be formed to make other funny shapes. Definitely made a great funny gift.
Bioworld Gryffindor Sweater Harry Potter Sweater Hogwarts Sweater Gryffindor Apparel
Bioworld Gryffindor Sweater Harry Potter Sweater Hogwarts Sweater Gryffindor Apparel
Very pleased with this sweater purchased for my Harry Potter loving granddaughter! I believe this sweater runs small, as I had read from other reviews. I ordered a medium for my almost 12y.o., quickly maturing granddaughter....it fits her comfortably loose, but not sloppy. I especially appreciate the craftsmanship of the pattern consistently aligned at the seams. Good find!
The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection
The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection
Brilliant for any Harry Potter fan and music lover alike. It's like a 'Best Of' from the Soundtracks and a fantastic compilation on 2 CD's of all the best music scores from the Harry Potter films. All my favourites are here and I'll probably wear it out, listening to it on repeat.

I've read the books and watched the films many times and I love that whichever piece of music comes on I can picture the scene in my head. I love this and I'd recommend it as a must have for any and all Hogwart's fans.

As an added bonus if you buy any music cd from Amazon you get the mp3 music files free so I have the cd for the car and the mp3 files are sent automatically to my kindle so I can listen to it when I'm out and about too. Just superb!
Harry Potter Milk Chocolate Frog with Collectible Wizard Trading Card 4 Packs
Harry Potter Milk Chocolate Frog with Collectible Wizard Trading Card 4 Packs
For a movie/book theme type of item, the chocolate is actually really good! The cards are fun and "move" from two scenes. I purchased 4 for a small Harry Potter party with my niece and nephew. I spent a lot on them, but like I said it wasn't cheap chocolate.
Surprisingly, each card was different. They were characters we knew and one we didn't which didn't stop my 9 year-old nephew from liking his card. I cannot compare it to other harry potter chocolate frogs, but I can say that I am happy with what I got.
Nemesis: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole series Book 4)
Nemesis: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole series Book 4)
Jo Nesbo is a thoughtful and descriptive writer in the tradition of Mankell, Ian Rankin, Stephen Booth and other authors of complex and dark police procedurals that are as much about people and place as crime and punishment. There is violence and cruelty but also humanity and humor in his stories, whose complex plots are driven by deeply drawn characters--particularly the unfortunately named lead investigator, Harry Hole. Hole is of the familiar alcoholic, cynical, anti-authoritarian yet extremely insightful mold, a man who manages to do much damage to himself and many others on his disjointed journey to the inevitable successful outcome. He sees things that everyone else misses, makes connections that elude his colleagues and drives doggedly forward when all others are content to let things lie. Hole's problems with alcohol make Rankin's Rebus look like a casual weekend imbiber. Others have described the plot; let me just say that it is intricate enough to allow the reader to blissfully give up any attempt at getting ahead of it. Sit back and enjoy the ride through Oslo's cold and secretly murderous streets.
PS: Nesbo's books have been translated and released here in a baffling sequence. I gave up trying to figure out the correct order in which to read them. So I have bounced around in time a bit; my advice: don't worry about it.
Wisdom of the Fox (Baen Fantasy)
Wisdom of the Fox (Baen Fantasy)
Gerin The Fox is one of the thin line of border barons, holding back the Trokmoi from across the river as they continue to invade. Generations before, the Elabon army had marched north, conquered these lands, sent the Trokmoi reeling in fear--but now the empire is weak and inward-looking and the Trokmoi have a new wizard who claims to have rediscovered ancient knowledge and has the skills to make his claim convincing. Gerin knows the answer is to convince a powerful mage to come north from Elabon and help--but even a fox can have problems convincing the mages of anything. His life only gets more complicated when the daughter of one of his oldest allies decides she doesn't like the husband her father has picked for her and decides to run away from the marriage--with Gerin.

Author Harry Turtledove combines bronze-age military technology (bronze weapons, chariots), late Roman-Empire invasion, and magic in some intriguing world-building. The real power of this story comes from the character of Gerin himself. Unlike those around him, Gerin questions himself and plans for the future--sometimes at the risk of losing the present. Secondary characters are mostly one-dimensional, but occasionally show deeper development.

WISDOM OF THE FOX is a compilation of two previously published novels, WERENIGHT and PRINCE OF THE NORTH, and reflects an earlier stage of Turtledove's writing. The story-telling is taut, however, and Turtledove delivers plenty of battle, enjoyable scheming, and romance. (Spoiler alert: some readers (including this one) will be disappointed at the way romance plays between the two novels that make up the collection. I suspect Turtledove was thinking about the Arthur/Lancelot/Gueneviere legend when he wrote this and used three separate women to play the Gueneviere part).

If you enjoy sword and sorcery-type adventure and you'd like something a bit more thoughtful than the smash and run style, WISDOM OF THE FOX may be just what you're looking for.
The Magic Fire: The Story of Camp Cornplanter
The Magic Fire: The Story of Camp Cornplanter
This book is more than the story of the camp itself. It is a slice of history going back to the days of Chief Cornplanter, as well as the period the camp was operating as a place for special needs campers. I worked at the camp during the last years that it was designated for "Retarded" children, before the days of politically correct euphemisms, and before programs to better integrate many of the kids into local communities diminished the number of campers who spent weeks there. This is also explained in the book, without judgement of which ways were better, but also with the impacts it had on camps such as Camp Cornplanter.

Anyone who has ever worked at a camp as a summer job, anyone who has worked with special needs children, and anyone who attended summer camp as a camper should read this book. The book is also a must read in how such children are treated in society and how that treatment has changed over the years.
Elemental
Elemental
Christopher Smith and Jeff Holzschuh's fifth and most ambitious album! Conceptually based on the four elemental forces this album both rocks and gives the listener the opportunity to listen to the songs in development.
BambooMN - Bamboo Chopsticks Japanese Chopsticks Set Knobby 9" - 6 Sets
BambooMN - Bamboo Chopsticks Japanese Chopsticks Set Knobby 9" - 6 Sets
I am a ceramic artist, I sell my work online and at local shows - I always include chopsticks with my sushi sets & Asian style bowls. Since my pottery is colorful and unique, I always look for chopsticks that will compliment and are of good quality. These are perfect! I will continue to order them, super good quality and look really nice with my beautiful work. They're also approved by my 20 year old daughter who cooks and eats LOTS of Asian food so is a chopstick collector and she snagged up a pair of these the moment I unwrapped them! They are holding up well with constant use and washing in the dishwasher.
+33 colors/patterns
+33 colors/patterns
I was excited to finally purchase these backpacks for my soon-to-be 9 year old twins for their birthday this August. I had done some pretty extensive research on them since the end of last year because I noticed a lot of kids at their school were using them and they seemed really efficient and durable, especially for up-er graders. I was going to order the backpacks from J World's official website, but they offered minimal discounts, so the backpacks listed were too expensive for me to purchase two at once. I checked here at Amazon and found several within a reasonable price range, so first I ordered a blue J World Sundance Rolling backpack for my son, but noticed they didn't have the same style in pink for my daughter. I conducted another search via Amazon and found one for her that was just a couple of dollars more, but the order was going to be fulfilled by a different seller. My son's backpack was shipped first and when I received it, I opened up the box and removed the plastic wrapping and inspected the backpack. It was exactly how I expected it to be. Everything matched up with the pictures I viewed on Amazon and the J World official website. I was very pleased with the craftsmanship, vibrant fabric, concave wheels, stitched logos and the pull handle. Everything checkout great! When my daughter's backpack arrived a few days later, I noticed right away that the box it was shipped in didn't have any Amazon logos on it; and when I opened the box, the backpack was not in protective plastic (it looked like it was just thrown in the box). When I pulled the backpack out of the box I noticed some very immediate differences in the craftsmanship compared to my son's backpack: 1) the wheels were totally different- instead of being a chrome-like concave wheel, it had 5-star spoke design 2) The pull handle was stamped with a horizontal black "JW New York" logo instead of a white vertical "J World New York" and the handle had a hard grip instead of softer rubber grip; it would also get stuck trying to push it completely down 3) the fabric look cheap and faded- there was actually a "chalky" fade mark on the front and the pattern didn't match up 4) The info/price tag was a different color- it was blue instead of purple 5) the zippers on the front were busting open in the middle and had crooked stitching 6) instead of the stitched rainbow logo on the front, there was a black "J World" button 7) the hooks for the shoulder straps were attached to a loop instead of being clasped in the molding of the backpack. There were a few more discrepancies, but those were the most noticeable. Looking back at the pictures of the backpack on Amazon, some were of the actual backpack I received mixed with a few of the authentic backpack's pics- so maybe the merchant was aware that these were fake. I noticed the backpack is manufactured in China and unfortunately, their imports are known for having counterfeit items slipping into our marketplace from time to time. Some merchants knowingly sell these items hoping that the consumer won't notice the difference and others have been just as surprised to find out they have sold consumers these counterfeit items because they may look very similar to the true thing. I always do my best to research specs, study pictures on websites or thoroughly check out the actual product before I purchase it for a lower price online especially when it considered a high-end item like this. These backpacks aren't cheap (in quality or price)! And for good reason, because they are made very well, so to read other reviews about how the pull handles didn't work or broke after 4 months of use or how the zippers came apart after several weeks, etc.; that's a red flag that the item received was indeed a fake! I've seen these backpacks a lot at my kids' school and they are usually durable enough that most kids have used them from 4th grade through at least 6th grade and they function just fine- that's why I'm buying them for my twins. Long story short, I returned the pink "fake" backpack to the seller at Amazon and ordered from another website who sold authentic J World backpacks for a great discounted price. I recently, received that backpack and it looks exactly the way I expected it to and just like my son's backpack. I look forward to having my kids enjoy them for at least the next couple of years without any issues. I hope this review is helpful to anyone reading this. It's not J World... their backpack line is top-notch. The fakes being produced in China are giving them a bad name. Thus, my reason for giving the one star to this particular seller on Amazon, but authentic J World backpacks get 5 stars from me any day! Buying anything online can be tricky and I still love using Amazon as my go-to online marketplace, you just have to be careful and take the time to research before you buy so that you can develop a keen eye for spotting fakes like these.
VTech Soothing Songbirds Travel Mobile, White
VTech Soothing Songbirds Travel Mobile, White
Have been using it on our play pen for naps so far and really like it, lots of songs, love all the customizable modes! The clamp will work on a standard crib, playpen and he a separate attachment for car seat that I have not used yet. You can turn of the sound, lights or rotation or have any combo going or stopped. My 3 month old takes a bit fair bit of interest mostly in the sounds, the mobile is a little slow for his interest, but he naps with it on anyways. Also makes a great kitten toy. LoL.
Runner Up
Runner Up
(UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF ORIGINAL REVIEW)

This multi-purpose pizza pan/ baking tray is a manageable size, has a good non-stick coating, and is great at conducting heat. If anything, it is almost too good at conducting, because I found that I had to reduce my cooking times for thin or delicate items, otherwise they burned, as compared to the same items cooking on a regular baking pan or cookie sheet.

In the photos, you can see a simple (and ugly) potato galette I made, consisting of thinly sliced potatoes, leeks/ green onions. (it's a mini 9 inch version that I made in a big hurry, so my apologies for the asymmetry and unphotogenic nature!). This pizza pan was so good at conducting heat that the bottom layer of potato slices practically burned in about 2/3 of the normal cooking time. Good thing I checked, or I'd have been left with a pile of potato chips!

The pan is so slick that you do have to worry about your food sliding off as you remove it from the oven. If you move too quickly, you will absolutely hurl your food off the pan like a frisbee. The lip around the edge is so small as to be nonexistent. You should think of this as a completely flat, rimless platter. I did have to use it as a serving plate, and it seemed to hold up to the use of cutting utensils fine. Long term use of pizza cutters, etc might start to degrade the coating though.

The only drawback is that it does become slightly floppier when hot. When it is room temperature, it is a completely rigid circle. But when it comes out of the oven, you can feel it flexing and bending. That's not a huge problem or anything, but be prepared otherwise it will be even more likely that you'll hurl your food off the tray when it comes out of the oven.
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UPDATE: May 2019

I wanted to make a point of coming back to this review after a month, because my suspicions about the durability issue
were confirmed. After a month of consistent use, the non-stick coating has numerous scratches. The surface still releases hot foods okay ( such as pizza crusts, chicken wings, etc) but you can plainly see that it does not handle cutting utensils well. For the record, it's not as if I was actually doing a lot of cutting and scraping---I was forced to use it as a serving tray on only 2 occasions, but that was apparently enough to mar the surface.

Also, if anyone cares, where the "lip" rolls beneath the underside of the tray has started to develop the beginnings of rust spots. This was after being in the dishwasher a few times, but certainly not sitting in water or steam any longer than necessary.

On the other hand, it was an $8 purchase, so I suppose it's not surprising that the surface would become easily scratched or rusted
The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
The book examines the friendships and rivalries between four pairs of 19th and 20th century artists (in the following non-chronological order): Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. My review is perhaps too long, but, concentrating as it does exclusively on the relationship between these artists, it deals with only one part of this superb book, which brings the artists’ personalities vividly before us, is full of other incidents in their lives and has perceptive things to say about the climate in which they worked.

Freud and Bacon met for the first time in 1945, when Freud was 22 and Bacon 35. They took to each other immediately. They were both wild, led rackety lives and were socially undisciplined, Freud’s paintings were at that time very precise, controlled and result of the closest scrutiny; Bacon’s the very opposite: impulsive and daring; and Freud was fascinated by it (and by Bacon’s extrovert personality). Bacon, for his part, admired Freud’s draftsmanship, though probably indifferent to his friend’s work. They made portraits of each other. Freud’s portraits of his sitters often took weeks; Bacon’s distorted portraits were mostly dashed off in an intense spurt from memory or from photographs. Bacon was, at that time, much better known and very much better off than Freud, who became financially dependent on him until his own marriage in 1953 to his second wife, Lady Caroline Blackwood of the Guinness family. The relationship between Freud and Bacon began to fray as Freud observed Bacon’s masochistic infatuation with and dependence on one of his lovers, the violent Peter Lacy; Bacon resented one of Freud’s intervention in 1952, and made more negative comments on Freud’s style. Their close friendship came to an end (though they still socialized on and off for the next twenty years or so and they even worked on each other’s portraits. And Bacon’s work contributed to the changes in Freud’s later style, when Freud abandoned precise linear draftsmanship for an equally intensely observed but now powerful impasto and for the three-dimensionality of heavy bodies. There is now a ruthlessness about his depiction of flesh which some critics have called “cruel”, which is also a charge made against Bacon. Freud now became really successful and prosperous, and perhaps Bacon’s resentment of this brought about their final falling out in the early 1970s. Smee has written four books on Freud, which may account for this chapter to be the best and least speculative of the four. It is superb in its analysis of the personalities and works of both men.

Manet and Degas, both in their late twenties with Degas the younger by about three years, first met in 1861. Manet was had a relaxed and sociable personality, Degas an austere, puritanical and somewhat tortured one. Manet seemed happily married; Degas, though moved by female beauty, was a natural bachelor. Manet was already a fluent painter of “real life” subjects (as distinct from the allegorical, historical or mythological subjects that were favoured by the establishment of the Salon), whereas Degas was struggling to find a path between Ingres and Delacroix, the revered senior artists representing Neo-Classicism and Romanticism respectively. Manet persuaded him to abandon this for painting “real life”. The two men became close friends, but Degas was anxious to be his own man and not merely an acolyte of Manet’s. Smee argues that the difference that appeared between the two men was that Manet was interested in external appearances and paid little attention to expressing characters through faces (true, I think of Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, but surely not of Olympia? And Smee himself writes about Manet’s interest in the face of Berthe Morisot with whom he was for a while bewitched), whereas Degas looked for an inner truth in the people he painted and that this would best be captured if he caught them unawares. Degas was good at conveying tensions in a marriage. In 1869, during the period when Manet was known to be pursuing Berthe Morisot, he painted a picture of Manet and his wife Suzanne. He showed Manet on a sofa listening to Suzanne playing the piano, and painting conveyed a distance between them (partly caused also by the fact that Manet was not very interested in music). Degas presented the picture to the couple; but when he next visited them, Manet had cut a piece off the painting, which upset Degas very much. Smee sees this episode as very important; but the two men did not break off their friendship, though “its intensity was missing”.

When Matisse and Picasso, his junior by twelve years, first met in 1906, Matisse was an established painter and Picasso was a rising star. Matisse was well disposed to Picasso as a fellow flag-bearer for modern art and encouraged him, but Picasso was determined not to be Matisse’s follower, and it was long before the two men were equals, with Picasso the bolder innovator and seeing himself as a rival to Matisse. Art historians agree that that this rivalry did exist, though Smee has, I think, too many phrases like “Picasso must have felt”, for which there is no evidence. The “breach” between them was over Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (1907 – that is only year after their first meeting), but Matisse was not one for personal grudges, and, as in the case of Manet and Degas, the two men kept up friendly relations; and much of the antagonism was between their respective followers. When Picasso embraced cubism, Matisse even painted some pictures with something of cubism about them.

De Kooning’s early art work showed that he was a very fine draftsman, though this bothered him, and he was looking for an escape from this particular talent. He moved away from representational to abstract art, but the latter was still linear and disciplined. Pollok, on the other hand, was initially unhappy about how poor his own draftsmanship was, and for this and other reasons he took to bouts of binge drinking during which he was occasionally violent. He then attached himself to Thomas Hart Benton who saw talent in him and helped him to improve his skills in representational art; but this did not satisfy him either. He experimented with surrealism; then was influenced by Roberto Matta, who got him to draw with blindfolds. In 1942, encouraged by a Jungian analyst, he began to doodle; some of this now went into his paintings; Peggy Guggenheim took him up, and he suddenly became famous among aficionados of modern art. The great 180 square feet mural he painted for her in 1943 a single night were, if you like, a gigantic but wonderfully rhythmic doodle. From there he moved on in 1947 to his famous drip-paintings of canvases he laid on the floor: to these apparently chance marks also he imparted a rhythm. Pollock had first met De Kooning in 1941. Fame had so far eluded De Kooning. He now began to admire the freedom in Pollock’s work (rather as Freud had admired Bacon’s) and he began to cut loose in his own paintings. The works he showed in 1948 were fluid and thickly-painted abstracts, though they lacked the rhythm of Pollock’s. As these began to attract attention, Pollock became aggressively jealous of De Kooning. Even so, they established a gruff and sometimes literally sparring friendship. They were now regarded (and regarded each other) as the two great masters of modern American painting. Just as in the case of Matisse and Picasso, it was not they but their followers (notably two leading art critics who hated each other) who sided with one and denigrated the other. In 1950, De Kooning abandoned abstract art and embarked on his famous set of “Woman” paintings. He was embarking upon something new and vigorous and much acclaimed at the very moment when Pollock’s work was becoming mechanical, critics were turning against him, and his behaviour became more intolerable than it had ever been. But De Kooning would not have achieved the fierce freedom of these new works if he had not initially been liberated by Pollock’s influence. When Pollock saw these figurative paintings, he shouted drunkenly to De Kooning that he had “betrayed” abstract art. There was of course no betrayal involved, any more than there had been when the paths of Freud and Bacon or of Manet and Degas or of Matisse and Picasso had diverged; and I don’t think “betrayal” merits its place in the subtitle of this book. The last few pages of this chapter show how, after Pollock’s death in a car crash in 1956, De Kooning’s behaviour and alcoholism became increasingly as unhappy and as alcoholic as that of his late friend. At the time of Pollock’s death, De Kooning was considered the greater artist; but that, too, would change during the remaining 41 years of De Kooning’s life.

Sadly, the book has only 18 illustrations. Thank goodness for Google Images!
ESR Clear Glitter Case Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max [Wireless Charging Ready] [Slim & Clear] Shimmer Series
ESR Clear Glitter Case Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max [Wireless Charging Ready] [Slim & Clear] Shimmer Series
This is a nice case, I feel like it has a lot of support for my phone. It’s the soft plastic that can bend, which is exactly what I wanted.
My pop socket sticks nicely to it.
I only wish that it was a little more clear, there’s a dotted inside to grip the phone I guess that kind of hides the color of my phone. But it is still beautiful.
There is a little bit of a lip on the front of the phone from the case but I suppose that just adds extra protection.
Evoo Gaming 15.6” Laptop, FHD, 120Hz, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, THX Spatial Audio, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, RGB Backlit Keyboard, HD Camera, Windows 10 Home, Black (EG-LP7-BK)
Evoo Gaming 15.6” Laptop, FHD, 120Hz, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, THX Spatial Audio, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, RGB Backlit Keyboard, HD Camera, Windows 10 Home, Black (EG-LP7-BK)
PROS: Refresh rate is 120hz on the AMD variant. High speed RAM (3200 mghz - dual channel). High value graphics and cpu (rtx 2060 and r7 4800h). 512 GB storage. RGB lighting for keyboard. Good track pad. Laptop design feels quality. Not a gamer asthetic, more normal laptop looking. Runs games well, and doesn't get too loud. Main ports are on the back. 3 display options.

CONS: Had a few issues with installing drivers, both the radeon and nvidia drivers had to be installed manually. Some of the ports are stiff. Color accuracy is less than desirable. Can get loud under a heavy load. Storage and other upgrades require warranty seals to be broken.

Overall summary, incredible performance for the price at the cost of getting an obscure brand laptop. Other manufacturers will have you paying $1500 for the same specs.

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