Maliyah Sanders

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Learning TypeScript
Learning TypeScript
"Learning TypeScript" contains ten chapters describing in detail the modern state of ECMAScript and two common implementations of ECMAScript (JavaScript and TypeScript). The book not only introduces the reader to TypeScript 1.5+, but also looks at where the ECMAScript specification is going with ES6 and ES7. It uses TypeScript implementation details to help demonstrate where ECMAScript is headed.

Chapters 1, 3, and 4 are heavily TypeScript-specific and are the introductory chapters on the language. For the most part the remainder of the book covers syntax, concepts, and ideas that largely apply to JavaScript as well as TypeScript. This includes chapters on testing, working with the JavaScript runtime, and improving runtime performance.

The chapter on object-oriented programming contains concepts familiar to developers used to using class-based object-oriented languages such as Java and C#, but is likely to provide some key insights for those who are primarily comfortable with JavaScript's prototype-based object-oriented approach.

The code listings in the PDF version of "Learning TypeScript" that Packt Publishing provided for me to review are black text on white background with no color syntax and no line numbers. Most graphics, illustrations, and screen snapshots in the PDF version are in color.

Because "Learning TypeScript" contains both TypeScript-specific details and JavaScript-general details (TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript), the book is largely standalone, meaning that a person with only minimal JavaScript exposure is likely able to learn TypeScript from using this book. Even a person interested only in JavaScript (and not in TypeScript) would find the several JavaScript-general topics interesting because they are on current and near-future JavaScript features.
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett
I’ve read most of the biographies of Warren Buffett, but I consider this to be the definitive biography. There are several reasons. This book has been developed over a period of many years (around 25, at this point) and is the result of dedicated research and writing. The author has access to Mr. Buffett that most writers do not, and you can see this in the various letters and documents that Buffett has provided for publication. Each year, Buffett personally selects a group of books to be sold at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha and every year this book is chosen. This kind of endorsement by Buffett is probably the only reason you really need to pick up a copy.

At the 2016 meeting, one book was selected for “super highlighting” by creation of a giant version of the book cover for display. This is that book. Although I think I keep up with everything going on with Buffett, I am always amazed when I read the updated version and discover new facts. This latest version contains a nice recap of the premiere of the HBO Documentary Becoming Warren Buffett. The insight provided by Mr. Kilpatrick is available because he was there. You probably don’t get invited to a premiere like that without being fairly well-connected. It is this connection you can take advantage of by reading (and re-reading) this book.

There is great humor, insight and information in this book. You'll learn about an incredible personality and be truly entertained in the process. My bookshelf has several books on Warren Buffett, but Mr. Kilpatrick's is my favorite.
The Coyotes of Carthage: A Novel
The Coyotes of Carthage: A Novel
This novel explores the underbelly of American politics and how “opposition research” and “political operatives” are used for public policy decisions as well as political campaigns.

A mining company wants to purchase a thousand acres of pristine public land in South Carolina to mine it for gold, and they have hired a Washington DC political operative group to persuade the public to allow them to purchase it. The main character, Dre Ross, is the DC firm’s point person.

Dre has issues, including being black in a mostly white world, a sick brother, recent rejection by a girlfriend, an increasing dependence on alcohol, and the fact that he’s a reformed felon. At the book’s beginning, the moral ambiguity of Dre’s job is the least of his issues.

The corporate greed of the mining company is painted in the starkest terms. In real life, the choices typically aren’t nearly so clear. For instance, instead of gold, what if lithium needs to be mined for electric car batteries or rare earth elements are needed for a wide variety of industrial, defense, and consumer applications? Or a company wants to construct windmills to produce green power, but nearby property owners don’t want their view of the sea impaired? By making the choice so clear, the book allows the reader to focus on Dre rather than the public policy issue.

The author writes good clean crisp descriptive sentences. It suggests he can write on a variety of topics.

I haven’t read a fiction book in this genre but have read several similar memoirs, including Confessions of an Economic Hitman, by John Perkins and We’re with Nobody, by Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian.

The author obviously knows how political operatives practice their craft, but he doesn’t let the book get bogged down in those details. He stays clearly focused on the character development of Dre and how he evolves throughout the book.

In the latter parts of the book the plot begins to get chaotic, reflecting the increasing chaos within the mind of the main character.

The ending (not to be a spoiler) could not be more symbolic. And it clearly emphasizes the most important things going on in the book.

I liked the book a lot and would recommend it to anyone.
Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship)
Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship)
If you are on a spiritual path and meditation is of interest to you, drop every other book on meditation and read this one. While there are many modern good writers about the topic of meditation, few offer glimpses into states of bliss that are attainable. Yogananda tells us that bliss is achievable by everybody through techniques of concentration. The subjects were rare accounts of Hindu saints met personally by Yogananda. His description of his spiritual journeys, those of his master, his master's master and other Hindu spiritual prodigies will make you see life in a completely different manner. Even though you may not have had these spiritual experiences, to have a thorough account of their lives, their teachings, and their ecstatic experiences, is profound and are rare accounts seldom heard of. There is wisdom in every page. West meets East. Happiness is an inside job; it cannot be found externally. Here is Yogananda's summary of the Bengali "Joy-Permeated Mother": "Casting aside every inferior attachment, Ananda Moyi Ma offers her sole allegiance to the Lord. Not by the hair-splitting distinctions of scholars but by the sure logic of faith, the child-like saint has solved the only problem in human life--establishment of unity with God". Never have my eyes feasted on such beautiful prose about difficult to understand, rare experiences. I feel forever changed by the experience of reading this book, and I consider myself well-read. This book has become my new bible and will guide me forward in life. When Steve Jobs died, he had one book on his ipad, and this was it. George Harrison says without this book he wouldn't want to live. Now I know why.
Shop Theory, Revised Edition (267 pages)
Shop Theory, Revised Edition (267 pages)
This is a great source for the "foundations" of machine work. From measuring instruments to hand tools to heavy machines, it covers the basics, definitions, proper uses, design features etc. Whether just starting machining as a hobby, or a more experienced user looking for explanations for why operations are done a certain way, this is a good, but not exhaustive resource. From a visual standpoint, it was produced on a manual typeset, so some letters are offset slightly, or darker/lighter than others. It is not annoying at all, but a testimony to its era, and I find it interesting.
We Have All The Time In The World
We Have All The Time In The World
OK, so there are no Hot Five/Hot Seven recordings here; nearly all of these tracks are from the mid-50's. Only Jeeper's Creepers predates WW2, and there's not as much trumpeting as one would hope from the greatest musician of the 20th Century. Hardly a complete overview of a genius whose career spanned five decades.
But Satchmo wasn't just a game changing jazz musician, he was also the greatest pop star this side of MJ and Elvis, and this compilation captures that side of his genius better than any other I've heard. All the crowd pleasers are here, from When the Saints to Hello Dolly. It's so overplayed that it can be easy to miss how startling What a Wonderful World is, but listen closely to Pops' voice and remember that he was pushing 70 when he sang it. We Have All the Time in the World was his last great recording, and though his voice's timber has weakened, his personality still shines through to deliver a touching and believable love song.
Louis Armstrong's voice was easy to impersonate but impossible to replicate. I personally rank him as second only to Sinatra among male jazz singers, and if that sounds like hyperbole then this is the perfect compilation for you. You'll need more Louis, of course (Ken Burns Jazz and the Best of Hot Five recommended), but for an introduction to the amiable musical titan of the 20th Century you won't do better than this budget CD.
Lust For Life [2 LP]
Lust For Life [2 LP]
Confezione bellissima da collezionare e da tenere con cura per quanto è bella, si presenta proprio come si vede nelle foto che ho allegato alla mia recensione.

La qualità di incisione dell'audio è veramente alta, si sentono sfumature che, almeno noi, non siamo riusciti a percepire con l'ascolto del cd. Si è trattato di un regalo natalizio molto gradito in accoppiata con Born to Die, sempre in vinile.

Consiglio l'ascolto con un buon impianto audio, non wireless Bluetooth, ma cablato. Non ve ne pentirete assolutamente se deciderete di acquistare il vinile, per occasioni speciali (ma non solo naturalmente) ne vale davvero la pena di scegliere questo formato. Inoltre Amazon salva automaticamente al momento dell'acquisto una copia dell'intero album in formato mp3 direttamente sulla propria libreria musicale di Amazon Music. Non bisogna fare un ulteriore abbonamento a pagamento, basta accedere con il proprio account e si è liberi di ascoltare tutti i brani da qualsiasi dispositivo Android o iOS scaricando gratuitamente l'applicazione stessa di Amazon Music.

L'album non necessita di ulteriori mie descrizioni o di commenti sui brani, vi auguro soltanto un buon ascolto.
Spero di essere stato utile e comunque ti ringrazio in ogni caso per avermi letto.
"louis armstrong"
"louis armstrong"
Even if you are very young, you have probably heard at least one song by Louis Armstrong, probably "What a Wonderful World." Also, if you are not that into early jazz, you might not be interested in collecting individual original jazz recordings. For such people, this is the perfect Louis Armstrong collection. The album contains 23 songs - maybe not his best from a jazz purist's point of view, but certainly many of his best "popular" recordings (I would have liked to see "C'est si bon" and one or two others as well, but I'll just have to search for them elsewhere). I highly recommend this album to anyone who has ever heard even one Louis Armstrong song and liked it. Oh, and while you're at it, you might like reading a little bit about his life. That a grandson of slaves, born in abject poverty in 1901 New Orleans, could put so much happiness and soul into so many uplifting songs is inspiring. What a wonderful world indeed. Thanks, Louis.
Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook
Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook
The originals from which the Triplicate issue got its inspirations. I share Mr. Dylan's affection for the songs of the pre-rock n roll generation, and probably sing them about as well as he does now. It is interesting to hear them in earlier versions versus Dylan's more limited arrangements and instrumentation. The face of Bob Dylan on the cover is possibly a selling ploy, or might be a drawback as it does not hint at the wide range of artists actually included on the album. The rating is primarily for affection for the musical generation and its value as a contrast and compare stimulus against the Triplicate album by Dylan.
Curious George Goes Green
Curious George Goes Green
It automatically plays on its own and is over an hour long which is very important. When my two year old daughter who sleeps by herself in her room in a toddler bed wakes up in the middle of the night as long as this is playing with a low or no sound she will watch a little and fall right back to sleep. If you have an energy star tv then you do not need a night light going this! I think this one is great as it teaches kids about recycling, planting and such things. She really loves it. And for 5 bucks it is money well spent! I plan to buy a few of the other ones too in the future. We have netflix and stuff which she watches Curious George on but having the dvd is good back up for when the internet, power or such goes out. Also great if you have a portable dvd player in your vehicle which we do.

I highly recommend this product.
Great length of time,
automatically starts,
teaches good things,
child approved.
Cultural Criminology: An Invitation
Cultural Criminology: An Invitation
If you are involved with the criminal justice system at any level, whether you are a student or a seasoned professional, I seriously recommend this book as a great addition to your resource library!
Hand Held Metal Detector,V-Resourcing Portable High Sensitivity Metal Detector for Security Inspection
Hand Held Metal Detector,V-Resourcing Portable High Sensitivity Metal Detector for Security Inspection
I got this metal detector for a silly reason. My son likes to smuggle his phone or other items out of the house when he is grounded and knows he should not be. Once we are out of the house and I discover the item, then I have to hold onto it until we arrive back home. This little device scans him quickly and either beeps or vibrates if his phone is in his pocket. I am not sure what serious uses this could have, but it makes leaving the house more fun. Where he used to grunt and complain when I told him I would search his pockets, he now looks forward to the leaving part. I should also mention my son is disabled, so finding a fun way to do mediocre things is a big deal for him. His hearing aides are nearly invisible, so unless I physically take them out myself, I can not tell if he is wearing them. That is no longer the case. I swipe and either hear a beep or feel a vibration. So now leaving the house, this tool provides a way to check off the list all of the usual everyday things we handle without thinking about- yet are a huge deal to a special needs child.
Thor
Thor
The first of Thor trilogy introduces us not only to The God of Thunder but the actor who takes this role and makes it his own. Chris Hemsworth is fantastic as the egotistical, arrogant and upstart son of Odin. He is a hero to be praised, leading the armies of Asgard to victory. His accolades are many and he struts as only the hero and victor of a much beloved people can. But his arrogance is his undoing as he argues with Odin, wanting and demanding something be done about the Frost Giants, their eternal enemies, There is an uneasy peace and Thor wants to take them down. He is the God of Thunder but Odin is the King and he show his displeasure at his rebelious son's arrogance by removing his most prized possession, Mjolner, the hammer, stripping him of his powers and vanquishing him to Earth.
There he meets Jane Porter who while impressed by him manages to put him in his place. Meanwhile Loki, his brother is attemptig to mitigate the damage but he too is learning that there is more to him than he has been told. Confronting Odin he realizes the fragilty of his father, as the King Collapses. Lokie now is a position to take the throne, his anger at the circumstances of his birth at the forefront. He is intentent of making sure Thor never returns home. The final battle is one that takes us to the next installment of the Trilogy and also sends Loki on the path to the next Marvel movie, The Avengers. Tom Hiddleston is fantastic as Loki making it just as much his character as Hemsworth made Thor his. The effects are fantastic and Idris Elba is also great in his role as Hemdal. The first in a fantastic line of Marvel movies to come
LEGO Marvel Black Panther
LEGO Marvel Black Panther
What an absolutely great little film! The adults and the kiddos in the room enjoyed this mini movie very much! Just what we needed while waiting for the next film in the main series to premiere.
Marvel Minimates Fan Choice Exclusive 4Pack Heralds of Galactus Galactus, Nova, Morg Terrax
Marvel Minimates Fan Choice Exclusive 4Pack Heralds of Galactus Galactus, Nova, Morg Terrax
This was a Christmas gift for my son in law. He was realy surprised as it was something he wanted for his collection. He's a 40 year old who hasn't grown up in all ways. But if that is what he wants it makes it easier for me. He is very picky and this was right up his alley. That being said, I can't give a rating on fun, educational value or how durable. He will probably leave it in the box and never open it. It arrived in time and was packaged great with no damage to the box which is very important to the collector.
Inuyasha Ani-manga 23
Inuyasha Ani-manga 23
What can I say, It's Inuyasha. I've collected all so far. I really like the color versions better, but it follows the anime so it won't have an ending either.
The Ninth Day
The Ninth Day
Auf den ersten Blick wirkt die Geschichte des Henri Kremer unwirklich. Doch genau diese Irritation ist der Moment, der den Film 'Der neunte Tag' ausmacht. Der luxemburgische Priester Henri Kremer wird aus dem Priesterblock des Konzentrationslagers Dachau beurlaubt. Dies geschieht mit einem Auftrag, den die regierenden Nationalsozialisten mit auf den Weg geben. Henri Kremer soll den Bischof von Luxemburg auf den Kurs der Nationalsozialisten einschwören. Der luxemburgische Würdenträger steht dem NS-Regime mehr als kritisch gegenüber.
Der luxemburgische Bischof hat einen ausgesprochenen Sinn für die Symbolik, wenn er jeden Mittag das Glockenläuten der Domkirche als Zeichen des Protestes gegen die Diktatur intoniert. Den Sinn für die Symbolik pflegt aber auch der Film 'Der neunte Tag' bis zur letzten Minute. Es ist ein Film, der unter die Haut geht. In der Person des Henri Kremer, der ganz großartig von Ulrich Matthes gespielt wird, wird die Ambivalenz sichtbar, die den damaligen Menschen innegewohnt haben muß. Jene Ambivalenz zwischen der Bereitschaft zum Widerstand und der Offenheit, sich doch auf die Nationalsozialisten einzulassen, um die eigene Haut zu retten.
Es ist aber auch die Interaktion zwischen dem Individuum, dem persönlichen sozialen System und dem politischen System. So wechseln die Bilder im Film 'Der neunte Tag' entsprechend. So erlebt der Zuschauer ihn auf seinen Spaziergängen zum örtlichen Nazi-Statthalter sehr nachdenklich. In der Nacht brechen in seinen Träumen dann die Emotionen durch und der Zuschauer bekommt einen Eindruck davon, wie kontrolliert der Einzelne sich in einer Diktatur bewegen muß und das Seelenleben dann doch durchbricht. Es wird erlebbar, was in den Familien passiert sein muß, wenn man die Opposition zu den Nationalsozialisten geübt hat. Und der Film 'Der neunte Tag' macht klar, daß das politische System das Alltagsleben durchdrungen hat, wenn ein luxemburgischer Bischof sein Dasein zwischen der Anpassung der Gläubigen, der Kollaboration von Mitbrüdern im priesterlichen Amt und gelebtem Widerstand behaupten muß.
Was dem Film 'Der neunte Tag' fehlt, ist der Blick auf das gewöhnliche Gottesvolk in den Zeiten der nationalsozialistischen Herrschaft. Es fehlt an den Bildern, in denen Henri Kremer sich am Altare des Herrn und inmitten der Gläubigen erlebt. Wenn der Film solche Bilder gezeigt hätte, wäre die Kraft des Films noch ausdrücklicher gewesen. So beeindruckt nicht nur die Endszene, wenn Henri Kremer ins Konzentrationslager zurückgekehrt ist, eine Mettwurst in Scheiben schneidet und sie den Mitbrüdern anbietet. Man hätte dem 'Neunten Tag' auch gewünscht, dass der Alltag im Priesterblock lebendiger dargestellt worden wäre.
Der Film 'Der neunte Tag' hinterläßt seine Spuren durch die dargestellte Banalität und Einfachheit. Er beeindruckt durch die menschliche Darstellung seiner Akteure. Und er überzeugt dadurch, dass die Rolle der katholischen Kirche im Nationalsozialismus nicht mit einer moralischen Brille angeschaut wird.
ONE PIECE Vol.95 [Japanese Edition]
ONE PIECE Vol.95 [Japanese Edition]
いやーこれはひどい。まるでテレビ中継のマラソンを見ているようでした。
惰性で購入し続けておりましたがもう限界ですね。
いつからなんでしょうかこんなひどくなったのは。続きが全く気にならない。
私が大人になったからか?いやちがうと思います。同出版のHxHは今でも面白い。
途中で読むのを辞め、原因を考えて見ることにしました。こっちの方が楽しかったです。

【劣化の原因】
①出版社・同社株主
売上影響を懸念しての作品の延命化でストーリーが「薄く」「長く」なった。
わかりやすいのが後半にかけて意味わからんゴミのような非生産的キャラクターがやたら多く登場している。
これは「長く」するための先手の素材ですかね。あからさますぎて滑稽です。

②構成・絵の質が低下した
作品規模拡大により無駄なアシスタントが増えたのか、過去同作品と比べ明らかに無駄な背景がやたら目立つようになった。「ごちゃごちゃしている」どのレビューでも指摘されてますが、その通りです。作者の管理外のところまできているのではないでしょうか。質より量を選択するようになってしまった結果、このザマです。

③ストーリー構成の陳腐化・マンネリ化
・大きな権力に対しての弱者サイドの革命・クーデター、反抗。
その実行の為の陳腐な後付け理由。まさかの主人公達到来のタイミングが「運命の時」!!
敵の本拠地での新規武装・修行という間に合わせシナリオにも程があるやっつけ構成。

・ストーリーが単調になってくると、ここぞのタイミングで赤髪・白ひげ・ロジャー他「偉人ネタ」をいれ、海軍のサクラが騒ぎ出す(笑)もはやここまでの流れが固定なんですが、出しすぎて逆効果ですね。おかげでロジャーや赤髪の価値は下がる一方です。読者が興味をもっているネタというのは先方も理解しているようですが、残念。最近の映画でも偉人ネタにからませるようにしていて滑稽です。さしずめ名探偵コナンでいうところの「黒の組織」という位置付けでしょうか。

④主人公が好きになれない(これは私個人の好みによりますが)
・服装が子供のまま。そろそろロジャーと同じような服装にして船長らしい佇まいでいてほしいですね
・いまのところ誰ひとり「ころして」いない。ころさなきゃいけないというのはそもそもズレておりますが
命を懸けるというリアリティが損なわれている。第1巻で赤髪が言っていた事、ラッキー・ルゥが山賊の頭を銃でぶち抜いたシーン。あれでいいんです。海賊なんですから。まあ後から再登場させるという方針なら仕方ないと思いますが。

まあよかった事はロジャー含む上位賞金首額ネタが出た事でそろそろ終盤にさしかかってるという事がわかった事です。
作者も救われると思います。
The White Warrior
The White Warrior
I've been waiting in anticipation for Steve Reeeves to finally come out on DVD, so it's nice to see his movies slowly but surely being released. This review is about the Platinum Disc Corporation version of The White Warrior, which was sent to me instead of the VCI version (...or by mistake). As I've mentioned in other Steve Reeves reviews, watching Italian movies can take a little getting used to, mainly due to the editing practices, in addition to dubbing the sound in after the movie had been completed; but this should not deter you from getting and watching some of these old classics. This was a Steve Reeves movie that I had actually never seen, and the plot line looked pretty good; so I was looking forward to receiving it. Unfortunatley, as much as I REALLY wanted to like this disc, I have a hard time recommending this version of it. The story is good, though there are a few slow spots in the movie, the acting is decent, and it's great to see Steve in this role; but it's quite obvious that the film stock used wasn't up to par. The decision to take an obviously widescreen movie and try to squish it to a TV format was bad enough; but it appears that no real effort was made to frame some scenes, resulting in times where you see only half the character's face, or some characters aren't even in the picture. Additionally, it looks like the picture was zoomed in or blown up to fit the TV, which resuilts in loss of clarity and washed out colors. At some times there are also discolorations, scratches and specks in the movie, along with minor sound problems; but this can be somewhat expected for a movie that's almost 45 years old and probably didn't have the best of archival care. If this is the only version you can get your hands on, then I'd say to give it a try; but I'm hoping that Amazon.com can get me the widescreen VCI version, and that it's of at least slightly better quality. Though I may sound repetetive in my Steve Reeves reviews, stuff like this needs to be said until it doesn't need to be said anymore: Some day I'm hoping to see a higher grade edition, with the film digitally restored, decent liner notes, and maybe a few extras.
The Night Window: Jane Hawk, Book 5
The Night Window: Jane Hawk, Book 5
You know you've been Koontz-ized when you turn the last page in a book and give a regretful sigh that it's over. I wanted more of Jane's story. But, I won't be greedy. The ride had to end sometime. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Koontz's final book in the Jane Hawk series. From book one to book four I was in Jane's corner, hoping she'd finally get to the bottom of the Techno Arcadian mystery and send the head of the organization to hell. I'm not going to mince words. These were some horrible people: killing innocents solely because they were a threat to what they believed to be a 'perfect' society? More like slavery! Okay, focusing. Those of you who've read the previous four books know that when Jane was an FBI agent, she had a colleague in the agency who was a tech genius: Vikram Rangnekar. Vikram taught Jane some of his computer skills which helped her dig up info on the techno Arcadians. In this book, Vikram becomes a key player. Mr. Koontz seems to have jumped from action concerning Jane and Vikram attempting to bring down the Arcadians; then over to two particularly vicious agents of the Arcadians Charlie Weatherwax and Mustafa al-Yamini who are pursuing Jane and Vikram; my favorite characters in the story, Bernie Riggowitz and Cornell Jasperson who're keeping Jane's son, Travis safe (I wanted to jump in the story and throttle a certain weasel who threatened Travis); and the leader of the techno Arcadians, Wainwright Warwick Hollister who's in the midst of terrorizing a talented young filmmaker, Thomas Buckle, whom Hollister has put on the Hamlet List. Mr Koontz gives us lots of action, comedy, and pathos. And horror. There were some cringe-worthy moments when I would've shut my eyes if I were watching this as a film. That ending, though. I imagined the ending in a whole different way. However, it was satisfying. You can rest now, Mr. Koontz. Until you come up with another heart-stopping series. I can't wait!
For Now, Forever: MacGregors: The MacGregors
For Now, Forever: MacGregors: The MacGregors
I enjoyed this very much. It was a little strange as I'd started the MaCGregors with Serena/ Caine and Alan and Grant. By that point, I'd totally fallen for the charming , ruthless, gooey inside Daniel . The MacGregors brides an groom s were next.. Then " The winning hand with Mac.
All of this led me to love the family . yes, there are similarities in style between generations but each still a uniques story with well developed characters.
Daniel and Anna mya not be quite as flushed out with the characters but it was fun to read about their origins and see how they came about to be who they are. They are interspersed throughout the other books - which is a joy. I pull this whole series out very couple years and go through it again - because it's funny and makes me laugh.
Night Shift: A Night Tales Novel
Night Shift: A Night Tales Novel
Love Nora Roberts, as a general rule, but I just couldn't get into this one. It really came across as being dated, and while normally such a thing is not necessarily a deal breaker for me, it completely ruined this book. The female lead is obnoxiously obstinate in her lame attempts at being an independent, self-sufficient woman (e.g. almost any TV Show or movie from the 80s). I wanted to slap her so many times in the first quarter of the book that I had to just stop reading. For me, reading fiction is all about escapism and enjoyment. This book, unfortunately, just wasn't enjoyable.

I probably won't attempt to read any of the other books in this series unless they're available on the cheap since this one was such a dud.
Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse (The World's Classics)
Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse (The World's Classics)
James Falen's translation of this Russian classic is the best I have been able to find. Other translations by other Americans are nowhere near Falen's accuracy; on the other hand, Nabokov's rendition of the epic poem omits the most important part of Pushkin's masterpiece -- the iambic pentameter familiar to all Russians. James Falen combines the accuracy and the poetry to produce the best translation of Eugene Onegin available to an American reader.
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy (Jason Bourne series Book 12)
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy (Jason Bourne series Book 12)
A terrible read. A convoluted story line that is impossible to keep track of. Jason is wearing a disguise, this other guy is wearing a disguise so and so is kidnapped forcing Jason to do the kidnappers bidding, how normal is that Jason being the guy getting ordered around. We keep flashing back and forth to the kidnapped victim and her daughter and the author loves spending time on that plot line. This is a terrible book and unless you speak Farsi and can pronounce all the unusual names to help keep the story straight you are doomed. I keep backing up ten or so pages to sort out the story as I try to get back into the book and it's killing me.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 19: Végéta (Dragon Ball (sens français) (19)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 19: Végéta (Dragon Ball (sens français) (19)) (French Edition)
Le Shōnen manga par excellence, précurseur du genre, rempli d'humour(assez grivoise), beaucoup imité, jamais égalé !!

Culte pour toute une génération, si vous ne connaissaient pas faites vous votre propre avis, foncé et vous ne
saurez surement pas déçus!!

Une fois les aventures du jeune Sangoku finies, l'histoire fait place à un Sangoku devenu adulte et
ayant crée une famille.
Comme beaucoup je regrette énormément que l'humour des Tomes précédent qui faisait tout le charme de Dragon Ball
disparaissent définitivement à partir du Tome 16.
Malgré cela l'auteur continue(ou essaie pour certains) de nous réjouir avec une histoire prenante et des combats palpitant.

Dans le même genre je peux vous je peux vous conseiller Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, Naruto,Bleach, Fairy Tail, Death Note autres shōnen à succès et plus récemment My Hero Academia.

Bonne lecture à tous
Astro Boy, Vol. 2
Astro Boy, Vol. 2
Volume 2 immediately reminds me that Dark Horse's Astro Boy collection is far from complete by very briefly bringing Uran and Cobalt (an Astro Boy look alike) into the story despite never introducing them in any way. In the first story Astro Boy becomes embroiled in a plot to ruin the first robot president; president Rag (as in Rag Doll). Rag's primary desire as president is to see humans and robots in a more cooperative position which doesn't sit well with many humans who prefer their robots working as servants. The main threat against Rag's presidency is Deadcross, a costumed villain intent on destroying him. The robots are clearly surrogates for any oppressed group although oppressed groups don't generally manage to secure highest position in the land. This is a classic example of Osamu Tezuka using robots and science fiction to tell a tale of morality that's relevant in any era.

Dealing with the topic of sentient robots is one of Tezuka's common stories. In the second story a robotic (but very human looking) magician named Kino is framed for the theft of priceless paintings. In response the police want to change the robot rules and force all robots to have their intellects dumbed down to prevent robots like Kino from committing crimes. This would include Astro Boy. The general population of robots are not surprisingly unhappy with the proposed change and begin marching in the streets. Lowering the intellect of free robots is perhaps not such a bad idea since they are flat out superior physically to humans and have repeatedly shown themselves to be dangerous. On the other hand the dangerous robots are generally created by villains who simply don't adhere to the robot rules while creating lethal robots. In this case Kino's duplicate was created by a magician named Noh Unoh who gave the robot limited intelligence to make him easily controlled.

As in volume 1 Osamu Tezuka breaks in to complain about his stories being censored in the United States for excessive violence and brings up the very good point that this is the same country that was involved in multiple wars in southeast Asia where real people were being killed. At the same time Tezuka can be very playful as when he does some fourth wall breaking. In the Kino story the police attempt to hide the valuable paintings from Kino's double by folding back the comic panel and hiding them behind it. Tezuka is frequently a mix of serious and silly.

In my review of volume one I compared this collection to the recent Fantagraphics release of Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse. The Fantagraphics books are gorgeous hardcover editions fit for display. They are complete and given their page count and dimensions add up to 26254 sq inches of high quality pages for $21.89. Dark Horse gives around 6702 sq inches of cheap quality paper in this paperback collection that includes huge gaps in the stories. Currently the volumes are selling for between 8 and 10 dollars per. This is pretty much a done on the cheap collection although I won't deny that the translating seems to be well done. At this point Dark Horse is the only show in town so if you don't want to pay the asking price for this collection you don't get to read Tezuka's stories. Maybe some day a publisher will decide to give Tezuka and Astro Boy the star treatment they deserve but until then people will have to settle for this overpriced collection.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1 (1)
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1 (1)
Taking an early Astro Boy story by the great Osamu Tezuka, writer-artist Naoki Urasawa reimagines it in a way that echoes Alan Moore's reinvention of Marvelman/Miracleman back in the 1980's.

The premise is the same as the original -a near-future world where humanity is assisted by robots that look like robots and also robots which are indistinguishable from human beings: Gesicht, our detective hero hunting what may or may not be a killer robot, is one of the latter. Stylistically, Urasawa draws in a distinctively low-key realistic manner as opposed to the wild cartoonish manner of Tezuka's original. Neither is Urasawa the writer in any hurry to rush his story, rather it is told sedately, lingering over character, drawing out and focussing in on emotional details which resonate with the reader and it isn't until the end of this first volume that we, and our somber hero Gesicht, finally meet the protagonist of the original story.

This is an extremely impressive opening to this series and if succeeding volumes match it then I'll certainly be around until the end.

I would also recommend this, because of its clear, accessible and unfussy style, as an excellent start for anyone who hasn't tried manga before, though it isn't suitable for, and neither is it aimed at, children.
The Berenstain Bears Books: He Bear, She Bear;the a Book; the B Book ; the Berenstain's B Book, the Bears' Christmas, Bears on Wheels; the Spooky Old Tree; Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone (Children Book Sets: Dr. Seuss Collection)
The Berenstain Bears Books: He Bear, She Bear;the a Book; the B Book ; the Berenstain's B Book, the Bears' Christmas, Bears on Wheels; the Spooky Old Tree; Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone (Children Book Sets: Dr. Seuss Collection)
The Berenstain Bears Books: He Bear, She Bear;the a Book; the B Book ; the Berenstain's B Book, the Bears' Christmas, Bears on Wheels; the Spooky Old Tree; Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone (Children Book Sets: Dr. Seuss Collection) by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Stan and Jan Berenstain" category.
Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother
Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother
Thoroughly enjoyed reading Love From Boy: Roald Dahl’s Letters to His Mother edited by Donald Sturrock.

The very personal and intimate letters Roald Dahl wrote to his Mother, Sofie Magdalene, over four decades beginning in 1925 when Roald, age eight, was sent to St. Peter’s School, Somerset, England. He later described the school as being “rather like a private lunatic asylum!”

The letters follow Roald’s life including education, military career, diplomatic service, marriages and transition into a distinguished writer all of which was supported and encouraged by his adoring Mother.

In 1967, when Sofie Magdalene she knew she was dying, Roald was in Oxford having a serious operation on his spine and was unable to write. Sofie had a telephone installed beside his bed allowing one last conversation before her death the next day.

When Roald recovered and went home, he was given this vast collection of letters which Sofie Magdalene had secretly kept and bound neatly in bundles with green tape!

A candid, and reciprocal, love story of an only son’s love for his Mother.
Cuentos en verso para niños perversos (Spanish Edition)
Cuentos en verso para niños perversos (Spanish Edition)
Una gran sorpresa. Cuando se lo vas a contar a tu hijo, la primera reacción es: "noo, cenicienta no, papá" pero le convences y empiezas a leerlo, en seguida cambian de opinión.
Coge el cuento "original" y lo cambia para hacerlo distinto, más perverso, más maligno, más divertido.
Advertencia: es un poco Gore, y no siempre acaban bien las historias, pero todos sabemos que eso les encanta a los niños.
Peanuts Girls' Toddler Holiday Sleepwear Coat Set
Peanuts Girls' Toddler Holiday Sleepwear Coat Set
You see how the collar is red and the hems are gathered with a little white lace? NOPE! No gathering. No lace. No red collar. My daughter was very disappointed and felt like she was wearing boys clothes 😦
Dawn: Diary One (California Diaries Book 1)
Dawn: Diary One (California Diaries Book 1)
I don't feel like writing reviews for every single California Diaries book, so I'll just write some stuff here at the first one:
1. Ann M. Martin is TRYING to write a decent young adult book and I give credit for that. Those Baby-Sitters Club books are horrible -- perfect girls with perfect familes in a perfect town leading perfect lives. The California Diaries are better. At least good enough to keep me reading.
2. Dawn should not have been so shocked to see drinking and smoking at that party. Living in urban California, she ought to know that high-schoolers drink and smoke. I am 14, I have been drunk before, I have smoked, I have even used recreational drugs. And I live in rural Ohio.
3. It would help if she actually mentioned sex. Yes, thirteen-year-old girls have sex! I am 14 and still a virgin, but if my boyfriend and I had so chosen we could be lovers now. We decided to wait. But I bet Sunny has lost her virginity by now, with all those boyfriends. And probably Ducky too -- many sixteen-year-old boys have had sex. And what about Amalia, hasn't she ever made out on James's couch?
4. More swear words would help too. Occasionally Ms. Martin writes "hell", but that's the extent of it. Most teenagers swear, and swear frequently.
There. That's all I have to say. At least she's trying, aye?
The Tale of Two Bad Mice
The Tale of Two Bad Mice
This one is just TOO funny, with a morality tale about greed, thievery, losing one's temper, and repentance for one's sins as a bonus.

I have lived in many places where there were mice aplenty, and we co-habit-ed quite cordially for the most part. Ditto for the spiders, ants, and the occasional little lizards or baby snakes. The true persona-non-grata are the roaches and centipedes. I live in Japan, so there are a few others.

Anyway, a true gem of a story, with all of Miss Potter's other works, read over and over again to as many as will hear them.
The Golden Gate
The Golden Gate
I first read Alistair Maclean about 45 years ago. His books are some of the best memories of my childhood reading experience. A flood destroyed all my copies of his works so now I'm replacing them on my Kindle.

This book, the Gun's of Navarone, Force 10 From Navarone, and Circus were my favorites as I recall.
The Complete Navarone by Alistair MacLean (2008-09-01)
The Complete Navarone by Alistair MacLean (2008-09-01)
I have a soft spot for Alistair MacLean's Guns of Navarone. It's a great action thriller, it's set in the Aegean which makes for a beautiful and dramatic backdrop, and it is set against the historical 1943 Dodecanese campaign - which saw the British beaten by the Germans in Cos and Leros.

In the novel, the British troops waiting capture or death at the hands of the Germans unless the big coastal defence guns on Navarone can be neutralised are on the fictional island of 'Kheros'. In reality the Germans took both Cos and then Leros and most of the British troops on the latter there ended up as prisoners or killed.

'Navarone' itself is an anglicised version of Navarino, the bay in western Greece which saw the crushing of the Turkish fleet in 1827 by the British and Russians which led to the independence of modern Greece.

MacLean writes taughtly and the tale fairly zips along. It is a lovely little book.

Sadly the other three are not worth the price of admission. By the time MacLean wrote the sequel, Force 10 from Navarone, his muse had deserted him. It's a flabby tale that never really makes much sense.

Sam Llewellyn had a difficult job in picking up another author's characters and making them work in Storm Force from Navarone and Thunderbolt from Navarone.

He plays knowingly with the characters as they appeared in the 1961 film Guns of Navarone. Crtics said a the time that David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn et al were too old to portray allied commandos. In the latter two novels in this compilation, the characters' ages are remarked on several times. He also plays fast and loose - in a funny way - with time. Even though all events in all these books are meant to occur pretty much sequentially, and only take a week or so in each case, we go from autumn 1943 in the first book to late 1944 in the fourth.

The real trouble is, we can see that Llewellyn's heart is just not in this, his two books are tongue in cheek at best. To me they were rather disappointing.

I read all these four on Rhodes - which was where the 1961 movie was filmed. It's a lovely place and worth visiting - and you can hunt down the film locations if you want a different way of passing your time. But I'd only bother with the first and best of the four: The Guns of Navarone
Le Réseau Corneille (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Le Réseau Corneille (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Comme dans tous les livres de Ken Follet, l’aventure commence tout de suite et on est capté par l’histoire sans pouvoir décrocher.
L’héroïne principale - Betty, comme toutes les héroïnes de Ken Follet, est une femme courageuse, énergique, et en avance par apport à son époque.
L’Action est rapide, le danger augmente… bref tout ce qu’on aime.
La fin de ce livre me laisse les mêmes sentiments que d’autres livre de cet auteur : il est déjà dans son prochaine livre et il veut rapidement finir en nous servant le « happy end » à tout prix.

ALERTE SPOILER
D’un coup les Allemands commencent à commettre des erreurs de base, Dieter va tout seul sur le lieu d’atterrissage pour capturer les agents britanniques, il se laisse gentiment neutraliser par Betty, même les 5 minutes entre le déclanchement d’explosif et l’explosion dure très longtemps (avec mes calcules au moins 20 minutes) pour permettre à Betty de sortir du château, de revenir au château, de libérer sa coéquipière, de capturer le bourreau SS et le ligoter sur la table de torture et encore une fois sortir du château…
Bref, ça se fini bien et nous avons gagné la guerre.
Tarzan & Janine (Texas Billionaires Club Book 1)
Tarzan & Janine (Texas Billionaires Club Book 1)
Elle James - Tarzan & Janine (Texas Billionaires Club Series - Book 1)

This new series is truly one of the best Laugh-out-Loud Romantic books I have read. The series is about four (4) College buddies (Tanner Peschke, Jesse Jordan, Rip O'Rourke, and Gage Jenkins) who committed to each other that they would become billionaires by the time they were thirty (30). These Billionaires do not advertise their wealth, not even their families. Now that they have achieved that goal, they agreed to find the right woman and start a family.

The first novel focuses on Tanner Peschke has a soft spot for women. He wants to protect them, give them a car almost free, which includes young to the elderly. He just has a sweet spot for them. Even though he is a billionaire and his father doesn't have this knowledge, he works alone beside him, and the Peschke used car dealership. His father wants to retire and gives Tanner three (3) months to prove he has what it takes to take over the dealership.

Tanner does the commercials for the dealership. After he is responsible for Janine Davis is fired from her current position, Tanner hired her to do the ads with him. You will LOL when the commercials are all based around Jungle Theme, from Monkeys, Python Snakes, and Camels. Janine wore a barely-there jungle outfit while each animal almost took her apart. The audience thought it was all part of the commercial, and they both became local stardom.

Recognition for Janine was great because she had dreams of going to Hollywood and becoming the next hot star. As Tanner and Janine continued, their attraction hotter than ever. Just when they both were going to declare their feelings, Janine gets the call from Hollywood, and she will be leaving.

Will they get their HEA since Tanner must prove, to his father, he can run the dealership. Find out, get your copy today.
Cincuenta sombras más oscuras (Spanish Edition)
Cincuenta sombras más oscuras (Spanish Edition)
He leido esta novela 9 veces. Cada vez le encuentra mas cosas buenas y mas sentimientos. Antes no hacia reviews pero ahora pienso que es un deber. Esta novela es espectacular. Se ve claramente como dos personas se enamoran y por ese amor se hacen cada vez mejores personas. Mucho romance, mucho erotismo, mucha entrega, es muy bello y esta muy bien escrita. Le daria muchas mas de 5 estrellas. Christian y Anastasia son super espectaculares, quede atrapada desde la primera pagina y son como parte de mi vida. Espero este libro en version Christian. La recomiendo infinitamente.
Bleach, Vol. 18
Bleach, Vol. 18
The time has arrived for Rukia’s execution, the Sokyoku has been released and Rukia has been strapped to the scaffold. She awaits her fate with resignation, grateful to those who attempted to rescue her. The halberd assumes its true form as the firebird king, ready to impale Rukia and complete the sentence. Only a deus ex machina can save her now.

And here one is, in the person of Ichigo Kurosaki! And Ichigo is single-handedly holding back the firebird king itself! How can that be? Instead of being grateful, Rukia calls him a fool and asks him why he came back, warning him Byakuya will surely kill him this time. Meanwhile, the spectators below are marveling at what has happened and wondering who in the world was able to do that.

Before the bird can strike a second time, which would surely be fatal to them both, Ukitake arrives, to Kyoraku’s relief, and proceeds to destroy the Sokyoku. At that, Ichigo destroys the scaffold and takes Rukia in hand. Can her rescue possibly be this easy?

Of course not.

Ichigo tosses Rukia down to Renji and tells him to take her to safety, as he turns to confront Byakuya. Sai Fon sends her people after those who are working to rescue Rukia, then finds herself facing a foe of her own—her former captain, Yoruichi! Ukitake and Kyoraku are about to attempt to talk to Sai Fon, but they are called to task by the Head-Captain himself, and have no choice but to face him down together!

This volume of Bleach is certainly not lacking in action. Everybody seems to be fighting against someone! And the lines between the good guys and the bad guys is most definitely blurred, as two captains—the first two captains to graduate from the Soul Reaper Academy—choose to do what they believe to be right, even if it means defying old man Yama.

Ichigo is his usual cocky self. Remember he’s only fifteen, and still believes himself invincible. But besides that, he has strong sense of honor, as well as a strong desire to protect his family and friends from harm. He won’t allow Rukia to give up, no matter what, a very admirable sentiment indeed. I don’t find manga-Rukia nearly as wishy-washy as I did anime-Rukia. Maybe that’s because we are more privy to her inner thoughts in the manga than in the anime.

I was especially thrilled to see so much of Shunsui in this volume, especially as he is so obviously on the side of right. He and Ukitake are such good friends and so very much in sync with one another. It’s very heart-warming. (On the other hand, although I write fanfiction, I have no desire to slash them, although I’m fairly sure that’s been done already. I don’t see either one of them as being gay, and they certainly aren’t written that way. I mean, have you ever watched Shunsui with the women? Seriously?) One thing about the manga that I love is that I sometimes end up having questions answered that bothered me from watching the anime. Such as what’s wrong with Ukitake. He’s always treated as if he’s fragile and might keel over at any moment. But common sense says that if he’s strong enough to become a Soul Reaper, he’s not a wilting flower either. Well, the answer is at the back of this volume, which has bios of both Ukitake and Shunsui. Apparently Ukitake has a lung ailment! That explains much and answers that question.

I like the little vignettes in between chapters involving those left behind in the World of the Living. Kon (in Ichigo’s body) has become involved in a soccer game with Jinta and Ururu and Karin, and notices that Jinta has his Kon body! The result is hilarious and is still ongoing.

I liked the scenes between Yoruichi and Sai Fon. I think you’d have to be pretty blind not to realize that Yoriuchi and Kiskue are a couple. But also, Sai Fon has a huge crush on Yoruichi, which probably contributes to her behavior at times.

With most of the strength of the Sereitei arrayed against them, can Ichigo and his friends pull off this daring rescue? Only time will tell. Looking forward to the next volume!
Bleach, Vol. 54: Goodbye to Our Xcution
Bleach, Vol. 54: Goodbye to Our Xcution
Tite-san has a great way of both telling and delivering a story. His work is incredibly universal and relatable. This arc had a finality that actually mimics Ichigo's in its own way... "I can stop here and be satisfied... or I can keep going."
The Legend of Walks Far Woman: An Untamed Woman in a Savage Land
The Legend of Walks Far Woman: An Untamed Woman in a Savage Land
This is a beautiful film. It tells the story of two years in the life of Walks Far, a woman of the Blackfoot tribe who is forced by circumstance to join a Sioux tribe, following her gradual acceptance into the tribe, her first encounters with European ways, her marriage, the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876 and its bloody aftermath.

If you get the idea in one or two of the early scenes that the film is going to be a little too cosy, don't worry. The film doesn't shy away from the brutality of the times and does not reduce the Native American people to stereotypes of other-worldy saintly beings as several other films of this period did. Here they are portrayed as real people with failings as well as virtues, and does justice to the tragic end to their way of life. It is an engrossing story filmed in stunning landscapes.

The greatest asset for the film is Racquel Welch's performance. From the opening shots of her trudging wearily across a beautiful wilderness her acting is nothing less than superb. She conveys Walks Far's joys and sorrows, her frustrations and triumphs with the confidence of a fine actress.

There is a downside to this disc though, it's an edited version of the original, a couple of minor scenes are replaced with a voiceover. These don't affect the film adversely. But the reduction of the final scene, depicting Walk's Far meeting her great grand-daughter's boyfriend in 1953 is disappointing for anyone who remembers the original version, which ends with Walks Far asserting that she remembers everything of her people's lost way of life. In this version it is reduced to two shots, no dialogue and a voice over. But if you'd never seen the original, it wouldn't look wrong.

That aside this is a brilliant film depicting not only the drastic change in the circumstances of an entire race, but also of a woman determined to not conform to the expectations of either the White race or of her own people, but to take on the world on her own terms.
The Mummy or Ramses the Damned: A Novel
The Mummy or Ramses the Damned: A Novel
This is another favorite that I've purchased for my kindle in my (never-ending, according to my husband) quest to have them available wherever I happen to be.

I first read this book many years ago when I was trying to balance a fairly new marriage, a four year old daughter, a (second) hip and pelvis replacement, and college classes. I probably don't need to say that money was tight. Really tight. My husband, who views reading somewhat like I view golf, bought the book for me because he knew how much I loved Anne Rice. Egypt, kings, queens, immortality, love...I was immediately hooked.

Ramses is, in many ways, unlike any of the other males in Anne Rice's books. He isn't calculating and destructive like Lasher, darkly brooding like Louis, or high maintenance and mecurical like Lestat. Of course having a couple of thousand years on them might be a part of the reason why. He is also, unlike his ghostly and vampiric brothers, a being of the sun. Ramses is contemplative and intelligent with a highly developed sense of justice. Upon being awakened after a self imposed sleep that goes back to the time of Cleopatra, he is bombarded with the future. Automobiles, trains, newspapers, scientific discoveries, telephones, moving pictures and airplanes are just a few of the things he wakes up to. Is he overwhelmed? Disbelieving? Terrified? No. He is amazed, entranced, and above all, powerfully excited. He wants to do and see it all. Immediately!

His guide for this journey is a young woman who has recently lost her father. She's an heiress who is left with a very small circle of people who all want something from her. Most are good people but there is one among the bunch who is rotten to the core. It's a testimony to Anne Rice's writing that I don't dislike Julie. After all, she's smart, kind, generous, beautiful, wealthy, you get the idea. She is also, at her base, loyal, loving, and good hearted. It was impossible for me to dislike her. She is powerfully attracted to Ramses. Who can blame her? Even as a young girl I can definitely remember knowing that Charlton Heston was no match for Yul Brynner.

They journey to Egypt where things begin to go disastrously wrong. Ramses makes an ill thought out decision that will put all of the lives in their circle in immediate and deadly danger. Evidently being immortal doesn't provide an inoculation against boneheaded actions and everyone in the vicinity is going to feel the aftereffects.

These types of stories have fascinated me since I was very young. My first reason for wanting immortality wouldn't be for living forever, it would be so I'd have enough time to listen to all of the stories told by Ramses that would bring history to life. He may have been Ramses the Damned, but I would have braved a curse and gone wherever he led.

It's been many years since I've re-read this book and I wondered how it would stand the test of time. Our daughter is now an adult, I graduated, and my husband is more than ever the love of many life. And the book? I love it even more now than I did then. I've shared a bit of my life for a reason. Those of us who love to read, if we are lucky anyway, find a handful of authors we are willing to follow no matter what. We are there through both missteps and triumphs. We are happy to read a multitude of authors but we inhale those we love. How can I remember what was going on in my life all those years ago? Because Anne Rice is one of those authors for me. A port in a storm I could escape to after baths, dinner and homework were done and I could read for awhile while everyone else slept.

Of course, once again I find that the only thing I truly dislike about Anne Rice's books is that they always come to an end.
IAN FLEMING JAMES BOND BOOKS CHECKLIST IN SERIES ORDER WITH SUMMARIES - UPDATED 2017: SUMMARIES, CHECKLIST AND ORDERING INFORMATION FOR ALL JAMES BOND ... SHORT STORIES (Book List With Summaries 3)
IAN FLEMING JAMES BOND BOOKS CHECKLIST IN SERIES ORDER WITH SUMMARIES - UPDATED 2017: SUMMARIES, CHECKLIST AND ORDERING INFORMATION FOR ALL JAMES BOND ... SHORT STORIES (Book List With Summaries 3)
IAN FLEMING JAMES BOND BOOKS CHECKLIST IN SERIES ORDER WITH SUMMARIES - UPDATED 2017: SUMMARIES, CHECKLIST AND ORDERING INFORMATION FOR ALL JAMES BOND ... SHORT STORIES (Book List With Summaries 3) by Book Maven. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Ian Fleming" category.
Mug Boxed (350ml) - Harry Potter (Gryffindor Crest)
Mug Boxed (350ml) - Harry Potter (Gryffindor Crest)
I bought this as a birthday present for my partner as she is a very big potter fan.

This is well constructed, nice to look at and isn't overly hot to the touch like a lot of fan merchandise.

Would buy another when I inevitably drop this!
Student Workbook for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Quick Student Workbooks
Student Workbook for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Quick Student Workbooks
I bought this expecting it to be a Harry Potter workbook. Your description is not good and misleading. I thought this would have questions for the chapters and what not for the book. No it does not! On every single page in the book it has empty worksheet with a slot for chapter, characters, locations, conflict and problems, events, main idea, possible future events, key terms and vocabulary. That’s is all there is on every page of the book! Big disappointment will not be ordering this type again! How is this specific to Harry Potter?
USAOPOLY Monopoly: Cthulhu Board Game
USAOPOLY Monopoly: Cthulhu Board Game
I absolutely love this version of monopoly. Started out as one of my written out projects, but two things happened. One, I enjoyed a dry run through, as I have mentioned in Star Wars 40th Anniversary Edition, and crucially the price fell to around £24 pounds. So being impulsive I decided to buy the original game. Main downfall, for me, is the squares themselves. Fantastic artwork, and the name of the person or creatures are clearly displayed (unlike in the images on videos etc) The arguments my brother and I had when I had just landed on one the orange squares and I announced that it was Mi-Go (a little monopoly humour, there) Anyway back to the squares - they are smaller than the original monopoly board and others, which just means it's not easy putting 4 houses on a property. My brother and I usually get round this by when we buy our 4th house (or equivalent) we return 3 to the box. If you are a fan of Lovecraft, and of Monopoly then this is a winning combination.
Leviton 5266-C Black-White, 15 Amp, 125 Volt, Industrial Grade, Plug, Straight Blade, Grounding, 1 Pack
Leviton 5266-C Black-White, 15 Amp, 125 Volt, Industrial Grade, Plug, Straight Blade, Grounding, 1 Pack
My plug was shipped with an incorrect green ground screw. The screw was too short to engage the metal clamping bar which retains the wire. I had to run to the hardware store to buy a longer brass screw of the correct length. This took it from a 15 minute project to a 2 hour project. Again, another company where quality control went out the window when it went to you know where. I will say that after obtaining the correct parts, it did make a solid repair connection on a 50 ft, 10 gauge wire extension in which the original plug had the ground connector broken off.
DJI CP.OS.00000022.01 Osmo Mobile 3
DJI CP.OS.00000022.01 Osmo Mobile 3
From an engineer's point of view, this device is a thing of beauty. Everything from the hardware to software really impressed me, the compact form factor and locking mechanism makes it easy to pack and makes it far less prone to damage from bending when inside a backpack. The controls system is smooth and robust, they really tuned this thing to perfection. The buttons feel fine and controls easy to use. The app is a bit limiting because there is a gap between phone can do and what the app allows the phone to do such as video resolution. If you just want a smoother video recording experience without all the bells and whistles, then you can just use the native camera app.

One thing I would change or add is a marker showing the range of motion for all axis, but this can easily be done with a sharpy so it's not a huge deal.

The other thing I would change is the phone grip because it cant accommodate thick phones or rather, thick phone cases. I had to buy a different slimmer case for my phone to fit on this device. Again not a big deal, but it's something that may have been overlooked.

Overall they did a phenomenal job on this 3rd revision in the and kept the price surprisingly low.
LAIKETE 12" 3D Mobile Phone Screen Magnifier with Bluetooth Speakers, Anti-Blue Light Cell Phone Screen Amplifier Enlarger for Movie,Video and Gaming, Compatible All Smartphones
LAIKETE 12" 3D Mobile Phone Screen Magnifier with Bluetooth Speakers, Anti-Blue Light Cell Phone Screen Amplifier Enlarger for Movie,Video and Gaming, Compatible All Smartphones
This is EXACTLY what was needed for my nightly books, - friend at work Recommended this to me- since my eyesight has been declining, and reading at night has become difficult.. the magnification is very vivid and clear.
Sound is just what you would expect for a speaker this size. Just what I needed..
I’ve even found it to be great at keeping the kids entertained watching YouTube videos on my phone while they visit me at work.
It’s lightweight and easy to transport.
I couldn't be happier! It came with everything needed to get started and setting up was a breeze. Took literally seconds to connect to my iPhone X.
Very happy with this purchase, total value!
Bedtime Originals Jungle Fun Musical Baby Crib Mobile
Bedtime Originals Jungle Fun Musical Baby Crib Mobile
This mobile has an amazing effect on my son. Actually, when we first got it, it got him too excited because he loved the rotating animals. Soon he got used to the melody and now it helps him fall asleep.

I even user it for the melody when I'm rocking him to sleep near the crib.

I highly recommend this electronic chime over the wind-up one. It lasts about 20 minutes and really helps him fall asleep. The volume is adjustable too.

Pick up some AmazonBasics AAA batteries and you'll be all set!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FJB1QJI/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_awdo_Q0HtDb3NM0636
Number 30 for 30th Birthday Balloons - Large, 40 Inch, Foil 30 Balloon Numbers Gold | 5 Gold Confetti Balloons, 12 Inch | 30 Ballons for Birthdays | Great for 30 Birthday Balloons Decoration for Her
Number 30 for 30th Birthday Balloons - Large, 40 Inch, Foil 30 Balloon Numbers Gold | 5 Gold Confetti Balloons, 12 Inch | 30 Ballons for Birthdays | Great for 30 Birthday Balloons Decoration for Her
Beware - these are not well made. The valve on the zero balloon was completely glued shut, so by the time we were able to open it enough to put helium in, there was no way to seal it back up enough to hold the air. I ended up having to stop by Party City on the way to the party to buy a second zero balloon, so it cost me more money and didn’t quite match the 3. Also, only 4 of the 5 confetti balloons held the helium, and began sinking within 2 hours. The only balloon that seemed to work well was the 3, however the next morning, that one started to leak as well. It’s possible I received just a bad batch, but it was very disappointing and we have never had issues like this with any balloons in the past.
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink (Set 1) Ink Set, 1.0 oz, Set 1 Colors, 1 Set of 12 Bottles
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink (Set 1) Ink Set, 1.0 oz, Set 1 Colors, 1 Set of 12 Bottles
I ADORE Dr. Ph. Martin's inks.

The colors are true to how they appear in the bottle (once any sediment has been properly shaken up and suspended), truly waterproof, no fading. Do note that this some of these inks are light colors. Again, true to appearance, so they don't darken when written with. White ink on white paper is extremely difficult to read--but white ink on dark paper is a really nice effect!

The ink doesn't run and bleed everywhere, it works with every nib I've tried (quite a range, every modern leonardt, almost every modern speedball, several others), and almost every paper (anything your nib scratches to bits is obviously out of the question). It is a thicker ink than many others you might find--it flows beautifully, smooth without breaks, but you don't want to, say, leave it in a roundhand nib with a reservoir untouched for ten minutes. It is ink. It will dry.

But that just leads me to another plus--it's easy to clean out. Once dry it flakes off nibs at the touch of fingernail, not counting unfortunate grooves. It responds well to nib cleaning solution, abd of course when wet (again, not counting grooves where any ink would get stuck) it wipes right off with paper. I've also found that it come out of my scrap cloth with little effort, but don't go spilling it on your carpet or favorite white shirt and expect it to come out. I just mean that the scrap I use for cleaning isn't darkly or noticeably stained from these.

They also are wonderful in painting, and again waterproof, so you can do things like soaking a drawing in tea to make it appear aged without worrying about losing the drawing.
A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers
A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers
In my life previous to my current one as a professional organizer, I was a women’s studies professor. As I grew my organizing company I worked with intelligent and professional women with ADHD who expressed shame, despair, and regret about the condition of their home (messy), their timeliness (often late), and their lists (usually long, rarely completed). Their anxiety didn’t mirror their male counterparts and I set out to find out why. I stumbled upon Dr. Sari Solden’s seminal work, “Women and Attention Deficit Disorder” (1995) and happily discovered a gendered analysis of ADHD.

And today, more than 20 years later, having just completed Solden’s latest effort (along with co-author, Dr. Michelle Frank), I can’t recommend highly enough, “A Radical Guide to Women with ADHD,” (New Harbinger, 2019).

The “radical” component of this book has everything to do with complete and total self-acceptance of one’s ADHD brain. To get there, Solden and Frank divide the book into 3 sections – Bold, Brave, and Bright – each containing strategies to unpack and un-layer that which can keep a good woman down.

This is a workbook, and a journal with excellent writing prompts. Chapter 2, “Begin Bravely” offers a broad reading of how “fear” undermines quality of life. The authors write, that the link that “binds your challenges to your worth” is far more damaging “than any symptom of inattention could every be.” (18)

The middle section on shining brightly contain exercises for releasing fear, updating dreams, moving into wholeness, and identifying core values. The final 3rd, on living boldly, encourages readers to dump the “qualifiers” (e.g., sorry, just, actually) … words that fly out of our mouths only to have the effect of diminishing or dismissing our thoughts, beliefs, opinions, and standpoints.

Although I am not a woman with ADHD; what I learned in “A Radical Guide to Women with ADHD” will make me a better professional. I work with, and know, A LOT of women with ADHD and I’m excited to tell them about this book.
Patrocinado
Patrocinado
Work great!

Bought these a few months ago for our HP printer. I was worried because of some of the reviews. We just finally had to replace our ink a couple of days ago (again, I was kind of worried that if they didn't work, we are stuck because we are past the return date from Amazon) but both the yellow and cyan inks work great!

Before the return window was up, the manufacturer did contact us through Amazon to be sure that the cartridges worked with our printer. I never replied because we hadn't installed them yet. This makes me think that they want to provide good customer support in case the cartridges aren't working properly. Will definitely purchase these again!
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Update - This company has EXCELLENT customer service! HP did one of their "updates" that made our last set of cartridges unusable. It actually made our entire printer/scanner/copier/fax completely UNUSABLE as long as the cartridges were installed! I had to install our original HP cartridges just to be able to use the scanner (What a JOKE HP!!) I contacted IKONG to see if there was a firmware update I could apply. This was on New Year's Day - they replied within a couple of hours ON A HOLIDAY! They sent new cartridges that arrived in less than a week! We now have a printer that works again! This level of customer service is nearly unheard of anymore - THANK YOU! As for HP - this will be the last HP printer we purchase! The last "update" made my mom's printer unusable as well and she pays $3 a month for the HP Ink program!
Yo Gabba Gabba Season 2
Yo Gabba Gabba Season 2
My toddler loves Yo! He isn't allowed to watch too much TV but we have GROWN to love this show and are okay with him watching it. Although repetitive, I love the music in this show. I hear my son singing along and he has started to dance along as well. We fell in love when we saw the celebrity cameos like Elija Wood and Hector Jimenez teach some silly dance moves and when there were guest bands like MGMT and the Shins. The characters are a little annoying but will grow on you but they have some killer dance moves so it makes it fun to watch. I like that there is not very much contention if any. Other kids shows seem a lot more about conflict but YO is just great lessons taught with music and laughter. They teach kids not to bite or throw things at their friends as well as tolerance for differences and to eat your veggies. My son is really understanding what is taught, when he throws things we just sing the "dont throw things at your friends song" and it TOTALLY WORKS. Overall an awesome show! My mother in law thinks it bizzare but the music coupled with a great message makes this a 5 star show!
Fables Vol. 14: Witches (Fables (Graphic Novels))
Fables Vol. 14: Witches (Fables (Graphic Novels))
Another great collection from this long running series. Dealing with the aftermath of the Dark Man's arrival in respect of the Farm based Fables, and the release of all the evils in the business office, including Baba Yaga.

Once again Willingham's script propels the story and characters along with narry a jolt or boring section to be found. Buckingham's deft pencils are up to his usual incredibly high standards.

A must read for any Fables fan.
Siemens EQ.6 300 TE613501DE Kaffeevollautomat (1500 Watt, Direktwahl durch Sensorfelder, oneTouch Function, hochwertiges Keramik-Mahlwerk) silber/hellgrau
Siemens EQ.6 300 TE613501DE Kaffeevollautomat (1500 Watt, Direktwahl durch Sensorfelder, oneTouch Function, hochwertiges Keramik-Mahlwerk) silber/hellgrau
Muy mala experiencia con el producto y con el servicio de atención al cliente, especialmente teniendo en cuenta que estamos hablando de una cafetera de 1.700€ (de las que la propia compañía denomina “Premium”).

En menos de 6 meses hemos tenido que enviarla a reparar 2 veces. La primera vez que la enviamos a reparar (a los 2 meses de comprarla) Siemens se hizo cargo de la reparación (la cafetera tiene 2 años de garantía) y nos explicó lo que le había fallado y lo que le habían cambiado (es decir, era un defecto de la cafetera). Casualmente, 2 meses después se vuelve a estropear por el mismo motivo y esta vez nos dicen que es por un "uso indebido". Esto no tiene ni pies ni cabeza. Obviamente la cafetera estaba defectuosa desde el primer momento. A partir de ahí Siemens dice que no se hace cargo de la reparación y que por supuesto no nos cambia la cafetera por una nueva.

En definitiva, mucho cuidado con comprar esta cafetera. Por ese precio (y por mucho menos) hay opciones mucho mejores.
Verizon Novatel T1114v LTE Router with Voice and Fax Connection (Latest Version)
Verizon Novatel T1114v LTE Router with Voice and Fax Connection (Latest Version)
Bought from Jetpack Outlet Store, and the device was activated on someone else's account for the first few weeks.

Works okay, was able to get it activated after waiting a few weeks. But when I first received it, the device was activated on another account, and Verizon would not help me because I didn't know any of the account holder's details. On top of that, the account data usage was at 24.99GB for the month, hence the heavy duty throttling was kicking in. This was purchased as a second hot spot to overcome the first one being at the throttling threshold. So even though it was activated, it didn't help me out of the situation I was in at all, even if I wanted to use someone else's data.

After a few weeks, the device must have been removed from the other account because I was finally able to request it to be added to the account without getting any grief about it already being activated.

Also, a technical note about this item, is that it is unusual by comparison to other hotspot devices. It does, indeed, have a SIM card installed. And although it's not 100% non-removable, for all but the most determined person it's non-removable. You have to literally disassemble the device and then I've read that the SIM is swappable and installed within.

However, the rule that seems to apply to all other SIMs does not appear to apply here --- in that, you can reuse a SIM card that was activated previously on another account. YMMV...

Voice service wasn't required to activate this device as a hotspot.

Lastly, there is a backup battery that should be installed in the unit. It provides backup service for the VOICE COMPONENT ONLY. However, without a battery installed, the unit will not power up at all.
Starwest Botanicals Organic Licorice Root Loose Cut and Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag
Starwest Botanicals Organic Licorice Root Loose Cut and Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag
UPDATE 03-2020 (TURKEY SOURCED - 0 STARS): I purchased this same exact product again, but this time from Swanson. This variety's latest sourcing is from TURKEY. I thought the South Africa variety was bad; just wait until the TURKEY variety hits the Amazon inventory. Unfortunately, the quality is REALLY BAD and EVEN WORSE than the previous bad sourcing from SOUTH AFRICA. The root is stale and dark with too much bark and grey fleshy areas. Tastes like bitter dry sticks. NOT SWEET AT ALL And it's also cut much courser compared to the EGYPT variety which was cut flaky and light. I had some of the Egypt variety left from a 4-5 years ago and the taste and smell of the Turkey variety is TERRIBLE in comparison. I made my usual morning tea with 2 tea spoons of this Turkey-sourced garbage which provides NO SWEETNESS in my tea - PURE BITTERNESS. Worsening quality at an ever-increasing price!! I returned the 2 bags I ordered from Swanson and reordered thinking I got some bad bags. Well the replacements are just as NASTY. I paid $12.30 per 1lb bag during Swanson's 40% OFF sale and it's still overpriced by $12.30 plus aggravation. (If interested, Swanson has a 40% OFF sale every few weeks.) I wrote a product review on Starwest's website and it was never published. As a matter of fact, the newest review for this product on their website is from 2016. Apparently Starwest DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING in terms of this product.

I'm desperately looking for a better brand. I add this to my tea daily to help with my adrenal condition. If you know of any, please comment. Thanks so much.

UPDATE 12-2018 (SOUTH AFRICA SOURCED - 1 STAR): I just received a new batch of this product and the quality is now TERRIBLE. It WAS a great product from Egypt as described in my original review. Now this product is sourced from SOUTH AFRICA. The quality, texture and taste is really bad. The texture is huge and inconsistent and the taste is stale and/or flavorless. Even the scent of the product is totally off and smells like petroleum and nothing like the beautiful Egypt-sourced licorice scent. In my original review, I said, "Starwest, please don't change the source of this stuff (Egypt) or change anything. It's perfect". Well, they messed-up.

ORIGINAL REVIEW 10-2015 (EGYPT SOURCED - 5 STARS): I'm very happy with the product. I've been buying the Frontier Licorice root for for the last few years but was never really satisfied with the quality. It always tasted stale and had a dark unusual color. This Starwest brand is more natural in color and tastes amazing, and the grind texture is flaky and airy to the perfect size which would make a perfect tea. And the bags are resealable. The best licorice root I ever tasted... I've tried a lot of brands both online and in Asian stores.. I'm sorry I didn't switch to Starwest sooner. Starwest, please don't change the source of this stuff (Egypt) or change anything. It's perfect.
Gustaf's Dutch Regaliz, bolsas de 5.2 onzas (paquete de 12)
Gustaf's Dutch Regaliz, bolsas de 5.2 onzas (paquete de 12)
Pros - Extremely coin shaped. Delivers on promise to the firm. Also salty as promised. Goes downhill steeply from there in my book.
Cons - low black licorice (root) flavor. Almost zero anise flavor (more on this later). Also one of the ingredients is a modified wheat starch which I can taste about as predominately as the other flavors and dislike. The saltiness does not compliment and enhance the sweetness of the candy (like say salted caremel) the saltiness outweighs the sweet.

With all that said ... taste is subjective. I understand it there are regional varieties of black licorice (spelling and flavoring). North Americans like myself tend to expect more anise and sweetness. This was made in the Netherlands. Maybe this meets the expectations of people and other regions of the world (I hope it does, and I hope they rate it well.) ... but I'm out.
Halva 4 cajas x 1.20 oz de Salmiakki Ruutu – Original – Finnish – Salty Licorice – Salmiak – encías de vino – Pastillas – Lozenges – Drops – Finlandia
Halva 4 cajas x 1.20 oz de Salmiakki Ruutu – Original – Finnish – Salty Licorice – Salmiak – encías de vino – Pastillas – Lozenges – Drops – Finlandia
I've met a few European fellows through online gaming, one of which is a Fin who is always talking about how great his salty licorice is. I decided to give it a try despite not even liking candy licorice all that much. I wasn't a huge fan at first, but the taste has grown on me a little. Also the company itself left such a pleasant tag on the product, as though they were thrilled to have gotten my 9 dollar and 90 cent sale, it meant a lot to me that the company seemed to actually care about what I would consider a fairly minor transaction and the person receiving the product.

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