Margot Stewart

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You Don't Know JS: ES6 & Beyond
You Don't Know JS: ES6 & Beyond
You Don't Know JS: ES6 & Beyond By: Simpson, Kyle There's a story behind this purchase, but it hasn't been written yet. Purchased At: $20.89 View on Amazon
RxJS in Action
RxJS in Action
RxJS in Action by Paul P. Daniels and Luis Atencio. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Head First Ruby: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Ruby: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Ruby: A Brain-Friendly Guide by Jay McGavren. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
MongoDB for VB.NET by Example
MongoDB for VB.NET by Example
MongoDB for VB.NET by Example by Agus Kurniawan. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
PHP and MySQL in easy steps
PHP and MySQL in easy steps
PHP and MySQL in easy steps by Mike McGrath. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 101 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Firstborn Academy: Shadow Trials
Firstborn Academy: Shadow Trials
Firstborn Academy: Shadow Trials by Isla Frost. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 115 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series Book 1)
Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series Book 1)
Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series Book 1) by Heidi McLaughlin. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1744 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Juntos ao Luar (Portuguese)
Juntos ao Luar (Portuguese)
Juntos ao Luar (Portuguese) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Theodore Boone: The Activist
Theodore Boone: The Activist
Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1164 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
El informe pelícano (Spanish Edition)
El informe pelícano (Spanish Edition)
El informe pelícano (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
11-22-63: A Novel
11-22-63: A Novel
11-22-63: A Novel by Stephen King, Craig Wasson, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 102 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Cell: A Novel
Cell: A Novel
Cell: A Novel by Stephen King, Campbell Scott, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1669 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Stephen King Illustrated Companion
The Stephen King Illustrated Companion
The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by Bev Vincent. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
What the Wind Knows
What the Wind Knows
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon , Saskia Maarleveld, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 6009 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Test Driven Development: By Example
Test Driven Development: By Example
Test Driven Development: By Example by Kent Beck. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 163 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Modern Software Development Using Java
Modern Software Development Using Java
Modern Software Development Using Java by Paul T. Tymann and G.Michael Schneider. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
ASP.NET Core 3 and React: Hands-On full stack web development using ASP.NET Core, React, and TypeScript 3
ASP.NET Core 3 and React: Hands-On full stack web development using ASP.NET Core, React, and TypeScript 3
I got this book from another place, but anyway want to make a recommendation for it. It is a all-in one book, that will teach you TypeScript, React and asp.net core building a real world application. Topics are introduced in a great sequence, building on top of each other. The example of a Questions and Answers app is great. This is one of the few technical books that you will enjoy reading from cover to cover. Kudos to the author.

This is for beginners, but it will give you an incredible solid foundation, it makes everything easy to learn and follow. Very pleased!! Highly recommended
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
This is an enhanced reprint of the original, with additional study questions/ discussion and review added at the end of every chapter. I bought the original about 18 years ago and it changed my families destiny for the better. I am glad the reprint came out as it prompted me to reread it and deepen my understanding.
Some people complain that this book does not give a step by step process for change. I would counter that one size shoe does not fit all feet. There are many individual paths to wealth, and Kiyosaki sets the guiding stars to navigate by, but you have to walk your own individual road.

Some key concepts of this book are: 1) Assets put money in your pocket even when you are on vacation. Liabilities take money out of your pocket, therefore your house is a liability [unless you rent out rooms and the garage as one person I know did while rebuilding his asset base].
2) Wealthy people buy assets first, and then let their assets buy their luxuries from the surplus cash flow.
3) Wealthy people continuously increase their assets by reinvesting their surplus cash flow in more assets.
4) There are 3 primary asset classes: Real Estate, Businesses, and Paper assets (stocks bonds notes, etc)
5) Cash Flow is more important than Net Worth. Net Worth is similar to potential energy, to use it you have to spend it, then it is gone. Cash Flow is like power from a hydroelectric dam, constantly replenished.
The rich don't work for money, they work for assets.
The tax laws are fair from the standpoint that the laws that the rich spent billions of dollars to have modified and interpreted apply to everyone who learns how to use them.

A great foundation book for beginning to improve your financial intelligence so that you don't work 4 or more month's of every year for the Tax man, more months for the banks that hold your mortgage and credit cards, and whatever is left making the company you work for wealthy. Good luck on your journey to being Rich, poor, or middle class.
Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
This is by far the best book on investing that I've ever read. And I've read several dozen of them, plus another few dozen trading books. It's very clear, very concise, and makes perfect sense. I re-read it every year. Hallam gives us a complete investment strategy, which works across all phases of the market. You'll need to do a little bit of research at the beginning, but you won't need to make any complicated decisions. It should take a few hours each year to implement.

The summary is:

* Spend only what you need to, in order to have a reasonable life style. Save as much as possible to invest for the future. Eliminate debt before you make new investments.

* Start investing as early as possible, to enjoy the benefit of compound interest.

* Invest in low-cost index funds.

* Split your investments into two segments: bond indexes and stock indexes. Weight the bonds according to your age, so if your are 38 years old, hold 35-40% of your entire portfolio in bonds.

* Over time the bond component will grow/fall at a different rate than the stock component. So when you invest new money, buy more of the under-performing component. For example, if stocks have done really well so your portfolio is now weighted 30% bonds and 70% stocks, buy bonds with the new money. Then every year, rebalance the portfolio, selling enough of the higher performing component to buy more of the worse performing component. Note that most people would do the opposite, and buy more of high performing component.

This strategy forces you to sell high but buy low. That's exactly what you'd do when buying and selling any other product.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If I could, I'd give it ten stars. Buy it, read it, digest it, follow its advice. Ignore almost everything else.

No, I'm not related to the author, I'm totally independent of him.
Feel Free: Essays
Feel Free: Essays
The current cultural landscape is a wasteland littered with superheroes, fast cars, and enough visceral responses to elicit bar-fight-style brawls out in public.

It is refreshing then to read the essays in “Feel Free” as they feel like a cerebral rollercoaster, full of inverted perceptions on our current state of affairs as well as an in-depth look at things people take for granted.

Take for example her essay on Facebook titled “Generation Why.”

Smith compliments Zuckerberg for the achievement of developing one of the largest online communities, but she also points out some negative sides to Facebook. How some people use the social media platform in a solipsistic manner to confirm their own views of the world.

But the essays are not limited to commentary on our social interactions. One focuses on an interview with Jay-Z, and how Smith compares the rap superstar to “Paradise Lost” author John Milton. How both employ the power of boasting to further their artistic forms to reach the apex of their respective forms.

The one section which I could do without is her most lengthy set of essays in the collection, all under the header the Harper’s Columns. This is not to say these pieces are written poorly by any means. They are stylistically quite good, as is to be expected from Smith. No, they just feel out of place in the larger context of the collection.

While the other essays are concerned with social issues, cultural pieces, and experiences strolling through a garden, this small collection feels like a friend talking to you about a book you haven’t read or significant points in a movie you haven’t seen. There are no spoilers per se, just a bit of confusion if you haven’t read the books she is reviewing.

The essays are thoughtful and fun though. Readers will laugh from time-to-time, and they will also stop to ponder art, politics, and everything in between.
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan is one of my modern heroes, and I have read a number of books and articles about him. Daniel Alef's work is one of the best I have read. It flows smoothly from Burt Rutan's early life up to the present, and it captures all the details and highlights without bogging-down on every single aircraft ever designed.

Yet this book isn't just a biography of Burt Rutan. It's also a fantastic business text. In addition to my day job developing and licensing university intellectual property, I'm an entrepreneur after hours. There are numerous examples and tidbits of Burt's business acumen and strategy.

I would love to meet with Burt to talk about science, engineering, design and business, but short of an actual meeting, this book is the next best thing.
Oprah Winfrey: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
Oprah Winfrey: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
An amazing book on the life of Oprah Winfrey, her struggles from her childhood to her rise as the queen of talk shows. I love the author's works and I have read various other books by the same author. Throughout the book you feel like the personalities involved have been thoroughly researched and the presentation is flawless.

I also love how the author includes quotes and lessons that we can learn from the subject. Needless to say, this book exceeded my expectations and made for a good read to personally develop as an individual and learn more about successful individuals around us.
Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show
Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show
Triplo dvd intitolato Rock Icons della serie televisiva Dick Cavett Show.La raccolta degli episodi va dal 1969 al 1974,introdotti dallo stesso Dick Cavett,del quale,sono presenti nuove interviste aggiuntive.Per gli amanti del rock ci sono parecchie cose interessanti,la puntata del 19 Agosto 1969(The day after Woodstock),con la partecipazione dei Jefferson Airplane,di David Crosby e di Graham Nash e con l'aggiunta della grande esclusa (a causa del suo produttore) Joni Mitchell.Tre brani per i Jefferson,con Crosby ai cori in Somebody to love,quattro brani per Joni Mitchell,tra cui una bellissima Chelsea morning e Stills in solitaria nell'esecuzione di 4 + 20,ovviamente corpose le interviste sulle impressioni agli interpreti di Woodstock a 24 ore dalla sua conclusione. C'è il capitolo dedicato a Sly & The Family Stone,il capitolo dedicato alle tre partecipazioni al D.C. Show di Janis Joplin,il capitolo con Stewie Wonder,uno con George Harrison,uno con David Bowie del 1974 e uno con Paul Simon.Durante le puntate si ha l'occasione di vedere anche altri ospiti del talk show di Cavett,tra cui : Gloria Swanson,Debbie Reynolds,l'allora campione di tennis Pancho Gonzales,Raquel Welch,Douglas Fairbanks,Alain Delon,Ravi Shankar e altri.Tra il materiale aggiuntivo come dicevo,nuove interviste a Dick Cavett e la sua visita al Madison Square Garden in occasione della tappa dei Rolling Stones il 25 Luglio 1972.
Immagini e suoni sono certamente stati un po' lavorati,per essere una trasmissione di quell'epoca,sono ambedue abbastanza nitidi,la parte del leone la fa ovviamente l'importanza dei partecipanti nel rendere questo cofanetto un prodotto da avere assolutamente.
Vol. 1-3-Bootleg Series
Vol. 1-3-Bootleg Series
I remember the excitement when this was released -my relatives in USA phoned and said " we are sending you a Xmas present" .Thankfully this set arrived and has become a treasured possession. Later editions do not have the same physical appeal of this large box set-about the size of an LP.
Musical critics gave good reviews quoting from the booklet that came with the set as if it was their own description--"jangling buttons " etc.
Songs that became Dylan classics are on these discs-too many to list.
IMO, this is the best of the Bootleg Series and is the one I would grab if my house went on fire.
A great set for both Dylan diehards and those exploring " why is Dylan treated like a God?"
The Times They Are a Changin
The Times They Are a Changin
The Times They Are a-Changin' è il terzo disco del cantastorie americano Bob Dylan, datato 1964.
Una meraviglia del genere folk acustico, il cantautore accompagnandosi soltanto con chitarra ed armonica a bocca.
Qui nella ristampa full analogue, con riversamento da master tape su doppio vinile 45 giri, della Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. Edizione limitata e numerata.
La registrazione di oltre cinquant'anni fa è stupenda, il riversamento su vinile perfetto, il disco un gioiello assoluto.
Straconsigliato.
Qualità artistica: 9
Qualità tecnica: 9 e 1/2
Jordan Air IV (4) Retro (FIBA) (Kids)
Jordan Air IV (4) Retro (FIBA) (Kids)
Great seller who shipped faster than the estimated delivery date the week before Xmas. Shoes are in perfect/brand new condition. Exactly as advertised. Decent price. Very happy and would order from them again.
Living the Exchange
Living the Exchange
This is a "basics for believers", but with MORE explanation and Scripture. This would be ideal for a "new believers" Sunday School class. It is from a fundamental baptist viewpoint.
Aiskaer 60 Pcs Premium Diamond Drill Bit Cylindrical Burr Kit Jewelry Beach Sea Glass Shells Gemstones Lapidary.1mm 20pcs.2mm 20pcs.3mm 20pcs
Aiskaer 60 Pcs Premium Diamond Drill Bit Cylindrical Burr Kit Jewelry Beach Sea Glass Shells Gemstones Lapidary.1mm 20pcs.2mm 20pcs.3mm 20pcs
Like everyone else, bought these because of the low price. Did not expect much in the way of durability, so I was not surprised when two of the bits (2mm) were rendered useless after 2 or 3 holes in shale (from a core sample). But then, a third bit is still cutting after 20 holes in shale plus three holes in amethyst! So I put in a 3mm bit and cut three more holes in amethyst- and that bit is still going strong.

I suspect quality control for these is non-existent at this price, but even if I have to chuck 1 in 3, this is still a better buy than the "name brand" products. I've got 60 bits to work thru, but I'll be back for these when I need to reload.

BTW- using a Dremmel knockoff (Craftsman) at ~2000rpm by hand. Haven't snapped a bit yet. I would have given this set 3 or 4 stars, but because of the low price... 5 stars.
Kids Gift Guide
Kids Gift Guide
If you’re looking for a holiday gift, a birthday gift, or just a cuddly companion, look no further! The Gund Philbin Teddy Bear is just what you need to put a smile on anyone’s face. This adorable teddy bear is appropriate for consumers of all ages. Buy it for your child, your friend, or even for yourself! The Gund Philbin Teddy Bear is a special breed of teddy bear, unmatched in its hug-ability, durability, and plushness.

Hug-ability:
What’s a stuffed animal without cuddles? Hint: clutter. However, a stuffed animal with cuddles is a friend for all. If you value your stuffed animals for their hugs and cuddles, you need a Gund Philbin Teddy Bear; I’ve never met stuffed animal as huggable as this Teddy Bear. I bought him for my youngest brother (age 5) who adores his new friend; I’m hard pressed to find the two apart! I purchased the smaller size bear for him, and it was the right size for him, but I’d suggest “sizing up” if you aren’t sure which size to buy because he’s slightly smaller than I expected.

Durability:
You may be wondering if such a huggable bear can withstand all the wear and tear. No worries – I’ve put your doubts to the test. Before I gifted the bear, I washed him to give him a little spruce after his journey through the postal carrier. I followed the specific instructions he came with, and after washing him I found he was even softer than when he arrived. I have no doubts this Gund Philbin Teddy Bear will last a long time since he came out his first wash so nicely. You’ve got a long-time friend in this teddy bear.

Plushness:
I attribute the exceptional quality of the Gund Philbin Teddy Bear to its extreme plushness. This bear’s fur is soft like a cloud, and his stuffing is not firm or stiff, giving an extra dimension to the bear’s plushness and making him especially great for those planning to regularly sleep with this stuffed animal. I am 21 and saw plenty of stuffed animals come and go over my childhood, but none as plush as this specific bear. This plush feature is especially important for anyone with sensitive skin (especially young children).

I recommend the Gund Philbin Teddy Bear to all consumers, regardless of age, because there is truly no better stuffed bear out there. The Gund Philbin excels far beyond other stuffed animal friends in its hug-ability, durability, and plushness. You and your loved ones will be happy you chose Gund Philbin!
Thanos vs Thor & Hulk
Thanos vs Thor & Hulk
This guy's reasoning seems relatively sound, until you include other factors. For one, I don't think Thor went up against Thanos one-to-one. I think Thanos and his crew dog-piled on Thor and that's why Thanos beat him. I suspect this because one of his "children" tells the others "Let him have his fun" when Hulk attacks Thanos, implying that before this point, they were all participating in the fight together -- including when they pounded on Thor. As for Hulk, I agree with the popular theory that this was, in fact, Loki either imitating the Hulk, or Loki transforming another Asgardian into the semblance of the Hulk (an ability he has demonstrated already), that Banner wasn't even in this film at all. This would make much more sense.

This short film makes the excellent point that Hulk, the real Hulk, from the comics, can always increase his relative power by increasing his rage. This is, after all, the entire point of his character: rage brings on the Hulk and the more rage he experiences, the more dangerous and powerful he becomes.

At this point, however, I haven't seen Endgame, so I don't know if Loki makes a reappearance in that film. If not, they might even be saving his reappearance for another film. Who knows. It all can become rather muddled, especially when deviating from the original comic book canon, as these film do repeatedly.
Thor: Ragnarok (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Thor: Ragnarok (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Watched the movie a couple of weeks ago and thought the synth sort of tracks were awesome so I bought this. I expected some movie tracks also (you know.. orchestral sort of things), but something fun to listen to (like with the Lord of the Rings movies). Unfortunately this soundtrack album just isn't that fun to listen to. There are even one-minute mini-tracks that seem straight from the movie (not extended or altered for listening.. but I guess that might be a positive to some of us). There's of course the generic Marvel tracks, and a bunch of darker ominous ones. There are certainly a few of the tracks I wanted but not many. And of course no Immigrant song (I guess we're lucky we got that one in the movie even). As far as production quality goes here, the tracks don't have the title information stored on the disc. So my car's graphical CD player won't display any information about what the track is. I guess if you're a movie buff and just collect soundtracks, this might be for you. For us normies, not so much.
elope Thing 1 & Thing 2 Striped Knee Highs
elope Thing 1 & Thing 2 Striped Knee Highs
I am ok with the product quality. However, it clearly states that this costume was to come with bother "thing 1" and "thing 2" patches. It only came with one of them. My daughter wanted to be "thing 1" and now will have to be "thing 2". May not seem like a big deal to some but seriously disappointing. You have one jobe to pack the costume and its contents into and you failed. The fit of the costume is good for what they say the sizes are. It's somewhat thin material so for going out, you might want to consider wearing see sort of under armor.
The Gospel in Tolstoy: Selections from His Short Stories, Spiritual Writings & Novels (The Gospel in Great Writers)
The Gospel in Tolstoy: Selections from His Short Stories, Spiritual Writings & Novels (The Gospel in Great Writers)
The Gospel in Tolstoy offers what I think is one of the best collections of Tolstoy's spiritual writings. This anthology offers -- as none of his many novels, novellas, short stories, plays, or essays could offer on its own -- the Tolstoy's vision of life with Jesus and the great theological themes of betrayal and forgiveness, sacrifice and redemption, death and resurrection.

Drawing from War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Kingdom of God Is Within You, Master and Man, Walk in the Light, and Twenty-Three Tales, Miriam LeBlanc's selections are each prefaced by a contextual note -- something I'm glad to see, since these literary selections are but pieces of that massive literary corpus. But readers will nonetheless find in these pages a rich, accessible sampling. Tolstoy amateurs -- like me -- will be pleased to find some of the writer's deepest, most compelling passages in one volume. I know I was.

Tolstoy himself, in his later life, rejected War and Peace and Anna Karenina, but The Death of Ivan Ilyich remained among some of his own personal favorite writing. It also contains Tolstoy's spiritual vision of Christianity in the face of the modern world's crisis of faith. But it's Resurrection and The Kingdom of God Is Within You that will forever be my own personal favorites of Tolstoy's massive collection. And I was excited to see both included here.

The Gospel in Tolstoy takes us -- much as Plough's other volume, The Gospel in Dostoevsky, does -- on the journey of Christian faith through a literary corpus: Here, from "Finding God" to "Love of Neightbor" and its embrace of "Peace and Nonviolence" and "Forgiveness" to the Kingdom's call to "Living Simply" on that journey of "The Way of the Kingdom".

It was Dostoevesky that rescued me from existentialist literary clutches of Nietzsche. But it was Tolstoy who brought me into the rich relationship religion of life with Jesus Christ. So this book is a real treasure, alongside The Gospel in Dostoevsky. A treasure, I hasten to add, that's not to be missed. Pastors, particularly, would do well to have both books on their shelves, and revisit these works again and again. There's plenty of preaching fodder here.

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I received a free copy of this book from Plough Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.
Los amigos de Kima (Spanish Edition)
Los amigos de Kima (Spanish Edition)
Another good romance from Corin Tellado. Summary of the plot: Kima has finished her studies and returns to Santa Monica, a city in southeast USA, which is very close to the hacienda of the Bancroft family. Carolina Bancroft has loved Kima as her daughter ever since the girl became an orphan. At the hacienda, Kima also reunites with Terry and Alex, the boys she's come to know as her brothers since she was a little girl. But in the time spent abroad, the feelings that unite the three have changed and Kima is forced to follow her heart and choose between the two.
When We Were Lost
When We Were Lost
When I ordered this latest book by Wignall, I did not realize it was aimed at "young adults". It clearly is that, but even as an "older adult" I could appreciate the story and how it was told. Just for the record, I am a fan of Kevin Wignall's books.

Although this is about a bunch of high school kids that survive an airplane crash and then fight for survival in the Amazon rain forest, one can read this book and notice how many of the characters resemble those with whom we went to high school. Some fond memories, some not so fond.

I am not saying that this book is on the same level as Catcher in the Rye, or Lord of the Flies, but it comes closer than most, books aimed at this audience.

If you have a high school aged "young adult" on your Christmas list - this might be a good present.
A Time to Kill (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
It is beyond me how a Film with a cast of so MANY incredible Actors & such a provocative Story Line could render such a terrible Film. ? Clearly it fell with the poor Editing that chopped important & interesting details that would have not only added depth to the story but have it all make sense. The jumping of scenes that made you literally rewind to see if you missed something were frequent. (*the best being one minute handsome lawyer is cozy with brainy & politically connected Intern & the next second his house is on fire. ? Of course they stuck in the obvious tug of Heart Strings moment with the sudden introduction of "his Dog" in the flames. (but we all knew he'd come barking back in a few moments anyway ...oy).

The rush job ending was beyond CORNBALL & absurd. It was SO bad it felt embarrassing. Perhaps it was the contrast of such a violent & disturbing story line being quickly wrapped up in a pretty pink bow like a made for TV movie? Even the ravaged & terrorized Victim now fresh faced in pigtails breaks through the crowd (mob?) & runs up to Now Free Daddy?
Clearly there remained "trouble in River City" to say the least & to suggest the resolve would be the KKK Cop finally being outed & 2 little Girls that meet & play together is asking a bit much. How this Town would survive the racial Molotov cocktails that continued to explode throughout the movie is not really a question worth pondering. Luckily there were good Actors at least making some of the movie feel worthy of time. I doubt any of them would want to put this one on their Resume's. Here was a story that had the potential of being a more modern day To Kill A Mockingbird but the only similarities was it took place in a racially heated Southern Town with a good looking Lawyer defending a black Man. Geez. What a hack job. What a shame.
The People's Almanac #2
The People's Almanac #2
As ordered says a lot these days. We are so often disappointed not only with on-line purchases, but purchases in general. Not so with this seller, the item was here before the date given and was precisely as advertised. I couldn't be more pleased. I am also glad to have all three People's Almanacs once again. They are informative, never dry and a joy for any trivia lover!
The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
“The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” is a old-fashioned radio style drama featuring brand new Mike Hammer stories written by M.J. Elliott in homage to the late great Spillane’s greatest hero. Starring Stacy Keach, who is known for playing Hammer on the television screen, it is a three hour plus production that includes not only spoken lines, but sound effects and music. It is not Spillane’s writing being read, but it is the character and it is well done. Keach speaks the lines just as you know Hammer would have done if he were brought to life. Some of the dialogue is a little bit hokey, but it works and it feels just like an old-style nineteen forties hardboiled story heard over the radio except for a few brief references to cell phones and key cards and the like. Plot-wise, it feels just like Spillane from the long-legged curvy dames to the headless corpses and the like. This volume features two stories, “Oil and Water” and “Dangerous Days.” It's good fun to listen to.
An Unexpected Clue: An Anthology
An Unexpected Clue: An Anthology
Note: 8th and final book of Kenner County Crime Unit series. MY ADVICE, read the first six books in the series and skip these last two (7th & 8th). They are not worth the time.

The book has an interesting plot premise. HOWEVER, the female lead, Ava, is so self-absorbed, irrational, strident, and annoying, the book is difficult and painful to stick with.

THIS STORY follows pregnant Ava Parrish, and her husband, undercover FBI agent, Ben Parrish, who reappears after being MIA for more than two months. What follows is an intense pursuit by thugs trying to get their hands on Ava's religious metal engraved with the account numbers of a missing fortune.

THE AUTHOR, E. James has created a incredibly irritating heroine who overshadows everything. From the beginning, the relationship between Ben and Ava is hindered by his need for secrecy as an undercover FBI agent. Ave is aware of his job when she marries him, so WHY is she whining and complaining about it now? Honestly, the "romance" is difficult to find under all that arguing, deception, lies, defiance, blame, and irrational behavior.

As the LAST book in the KCCU SERIES, this book is a BIG DISAPPONTMENT. The lack of a satisfactory explanation for the series' original crime, the murder of FBI Agent Julie Grainger, is unacceptable. The killer is identified in the previous book, but without an explanation about WHY and WHAT Agent Grainger was doing, why write this book. Series ending is a big DUD.

Books in the Kenner County Crime Unit series are, Secrets in Four Corners, Profile Durango, Snowed in with the Boss, Criminally Handsome, Collecting Evidence, Pulling the Trigger, She's Positive, and An Unexpected Clue. My advice, read the first six books in the series and skip these last two (7th & 8th).

For books with complex characters and good storytelling try N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, L. L. Miller, R. C. Ryan, or L. Wilde (worst endings ever). For good mystery/criminal detective writers you might try J. D. Robb, D. Stabenow, M. Ferris, J. Evanovich, S. W. Albert, J. Miller or B.J Daniels.
Dirty Rich - Verbotene Sehnsucht (New York Office Romance 3) (German Edition)
Dirty Rich - Verbotene Sehnsucht (New York Office Romance 3) (German Edition)
Ich mag die Bücher von Lisa Renee Jones, aber irgendwie geht der Plot in diesem Fall nicht so ganz auf, finde ich. Oder ich versteh ihn nicht. Die Geheimnisse, die Reid vor Carrie verbirgt und vor denen er sich fürchtet, dass sie diese entdeckt, empfind ich nicht wirklich gravierend, dass man eine ganze Beziehung in Frage stellt. Also irgendwas im Plot passt nicht und bleibt schwammig bis zum Schluss. Deswegen nur vier Sterne. Die ersten beiden Bände haben mir besser gefallen.

Aber dennoch ist das Buch lesenswert. Beide haben heißen Sex, dass mag man ja. Die knisternde und erotische Atmosphäre zwischen beiden, lässt einen das Buch schnell und gern lesen.
Little Miss Splendid (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Little Miss Splendid (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
I really enjoy the Mr. and Little Miss books. Any child with collection of these stories should be very lucky. They are fun to read to children and are simple enough for children to read themselves. Highly recommend them.
Smoke and Mirrors (Magic Men Mysteries Book 2)
Smoke and Mirrors (Magic Men Mysteries Book 2)
This is the second book in a mystery series about “The Magic Men,” set in postwar (early 1950s) England and featuring several men, including a stage magician and other theatrical performers as well as a policeman, who became friends while taking part in a government-sponsored attempt to use their tricks to fool the Germans during World War II. I’m a sucker for magicians and magic tricks (real or fake), and I quite enjoyed The Zig-Zag Girl, the first book in the series, so I was looking forward to the sequel.

This book centers on the murder of two children during a dismal winter in Brighton, where Edgar, the policeman, is a detective inspector and Max, the stage magician, is performing in a pantomime (which in Britain means a sort of over-the-top children’s-theater performance, not silent acting a la Marcel Marceau as it does in the United States) based on the fairy tale of Aladdin and his lamp (Max plays the evil wizard). The third member of the troupe, the elderly and tipsy Great Diablo, soon joins the pantomime cast as well.

The mystery is good and the writing is competent throughout. I enjoyed the fact that theatrical aspects, related both to the pantomime and to plays put on by the town children (spearheaded originally by one of the two murder victims), played an important part in the story, as did the dark side of traditional fairy tales (they really were “grim,” not Disney-cute, in their original versions, as the book points out). My only complaint lies in the author’s choice of main character. Her placing of Edgar in this role makes sense in that, as the local detective inspector, he is inevitably at the heart of the murder investigation—but unfortunately, although he is intelligent and conscientious, he’s just not (in my opinion) a very interesting person. I would rather have seen a lot more of Max, or even Diablo, and it would have been nice if they had had something to do with the solving of the mystery, as they did in the first book but didn’t here. I did, however, like Emma, one of Edgar’s two sergeants, and was glad to see her play a prominent part in the proceedings. I expect we will see more of her in future series offerings.
Harry Potter Books House Bracelet Hogwarts School Houses Rubber 5 Pack
Harry Potter Books House Bracelet Hogwarts School Houses Rubber 5 Pack
The individual bracelets are a little thin. It feels like it can break. Also the house names, the lettering is a bit hard to read. The main Hogwarts bracelet with the Deathly Hallows symbol is the best of the lot and if it were a little wider, I'd wear that one and forget the others. Nice product, could be better.
Darkblood Academy: Book Four: Prophecies
Darkblood Academy: Book Four: Prophecies
I am on my third book in this series and fed up with the damsel-in-distress routine that Luna keeps up. If the writing just weren't so darn good, I would have put the first book down and left it alone. Our hero Luna does not belong on any sort of combat team whatsoever. By the third book we are well over a year of training and then experience in actual combat and yet our hero still closes her eyes, freezes up, and screeches when a bad guy comes. To aggravate matters more in this first novel while Luna's current boyfriend is fighting the trolls that are there for her, instead of helping and using her training and her magic, she opts to call her ex-boyfriend Ryder. Additionally by the second book I also noticed that aside from one death it's usually the female fighters that are knocked out or beaten up badly or killed. Essentially it becomes droll and offensive, at least to those of us who have had to fight for our lives at one time or another. Or those of us who work a job where as the woman you have to work three times as hard to get the respect of a man. I like to use the term hero as a unisex description but here Luna is nothing more than the tire device of the heroine who needs a man to save her time after time. I love the Cinderella tale probably more than many people and in fact I love this tale. the writer does such a wonderful job crafting the story and it sucks you in. I would like to know what happens next and if Luna can actually make up her mind instead of toying with the hearts of all the boys in her school and teachers. That's why I said if it weren't for the writer's storytelling talent I would have left this series alone because Luna is even less likable than her sister. Nonetheless I can't put it down so if you like supernatural romances give it a shot but don't expect it to be anything like other supernatural romances or like the feehan series where the female hero is a badass cuz our girl Luna here is a stone-cold wimp. The writing gets a five star rating just on general principle because I'm still reading the books even though the main character isn't the best person. She's so bad I had to knock a star off.
LEGO Technic 4x4 X treme Off Roader 42099 Building Kit (958 Pieces)
LEGO Technic 4x4 X treme Off Roader 42099 Building Kit (958 Pieces)
This is an amazing kit. Total assembly time is about 2-1/2 to 3 hours. LEGO has also released the new Control app with this kit, which uses the mobile device and Bluetooth for a connection. Back to the truck: wow. There are some really neat and new components here, namely the front upper and lower control arms and the integrated wheel ends. The wheel ends are a planetary setup with a 5.5:1 reduction, making a lot more torque than you’d get otherwise.

PERFORMANCE NOTE: The drivetrain in this kit includes two multiplication stages before power is transmitted to the differentials; these are both set up for overdrive: motor > big gear > little gear > big gear > little gear > diff. This gives the kit decent speed but not much torque. IF YOU WANT TO “CRAWL”, flip the gear sets to Motor > little gear > big gear > little gear > big gear > diff. It will move very slowly, but it makes HUGE torque at the wheels. A true crawler at that point. A middle ground is to flip the gear set nearest the differential only. Will go a bit faster and still make decent torque. I feel like LEGO should have pointed this option out in the manual, as it’s fairly easy to execute during the build. If you feel like changing it after full assembly, it can be a bit time consuming.

So much fun playing with this one. Just do it.
Amscan Halloween Cemetery Scene Setters 65'' x 32'' Paper & Plastic Decorating Kit
Amscan Halloween Cemetery Scene Setters 65'' x 32'' Paper & Plastic Decorating Kit
A little tricky to put up, but once there, it's great! Don't try to use tacky whatever to put it up, I tried, it was useless. Use clear packing tape to assemble the two sides before attempting to put it on the wall in one big piece. Once I saw there about 1/4" overlap one side to the other, it was pretty simple to tape the sides together. Use a flat table to match up the curls and lines in the design and then slap a piece of packing tape in that spot and move down the tree. The bats are awesome! There are fold impressions in them to bend into a flying shape which you cant really see in the product photo. There are 3 sizes of bats so you can hang with perspective largest to smallest. I attached my own photo here of the final result I achieved with some additional props I had from my own stash of Halloween goodies. Everyone at my office loves this!
GE Medium Base, Pull Chain, Mount on 3-1/4” or 4” Box, UL Listed, White, 18303 Porcelain Lampholder, 1 Pack
GE Medium Base, Pull Chain, Mount on 3-1/4” or 4” Box, UL Listed, White, 18303 Porcelain Lampholder, 1 Pack
I replaced the original light fixture about two years ago with a fixture form home depot, but it had a different design in how the chain came out of the fixture. That light had the chain being pulled against the porcelain and because of this put to much strain on the chain and it snapped off inside of the switch. Probably would have worked fine if it had been mounted to the ceiling but this is being mounted on the wall. I purchased this because it looked like the original light fixture design. Unfortunately, the slot holes even after removing the break out porcelain tabs still did not align enough with the electrical box screw holes to put in the screws. Luckily I still had the original light fixture from when the house was built in the 50's and could interchange the internal parts (the pull switch that gave out after 60 years) and now have the closet light working again. Hopefully the switch part will last for a few years. One other issue is that the wire connectors are a tight fit for 12 gage wires, probably intended for 14 gage only.
Harry Potter Trading Card Game Two-Player Starter Set
Harry Potter Trading Card Game Two-Player Starter Set
My daughter really likes it. She plays it with her cousins who also like it a lot.

Pros:
- Fun and fairly simple, compared to other card games (like Pokemon, etc). So younger and/or less experienced game players can do it.
- Based on a "dueling" theme so it does not promote violence like other card games where you destroy/kill one another (you can guide your explanation of how to play in order to keep it wholesome)
- Comes with instructions for basic play and advanced play, so it can get more complex as the kids learn and become more advanced
- comes with two complete starter decks (though not a complete 60 card deck)
- nice artwork, fun and engaging for kids

Cons:
- Every starter pack has the same cards from what I can tell, so I wasn't able to get a second pack for other kids that might provide more variety of play - instead you have to buy the separate booster packs to get the other cards and I am not sure how you get the other characters (this starter pack comes with Hermione and Malfoy)
- the booster packs are not as common as they once were, so it is a bit hard to find them at an affordable price unless you buy a whole box of 36
- though the game is not too difficult, the directions are not kid-friendly - they need an adult to help teach them how to play
- our experience is that, with the more simple play, whoever goes first is likely to win - so until you move to the more complex rules and/or get booster packs with more cards to create more variety, the game can get old fast
- MY BIGGEST complaint is that once the cards are unpackaged, you have to be careful not to mix the two decks. It would have been better if the packaging had included some sort of tray that helped keep the two decks separate
USB Microphone with Studio Headphone Set 192KHz/24Bit Zero Latency Monitoring MAONO AU-PM401H Computer Condenser Cardioid Mic with Mute Button for Podcasting, Gaming, YouTube, Streaming
USB Microphone with Studio Headphone Set 192KHz/24Bit Zero Latency Monitoring MAONO AU-PM401H Computer Condenser Cardioid Mic with Mute Button for Podcasting, Gaming, YouTube, Streaming
 I really like this configuration of the package as it has everything that I need.

Microphone stand/arm, shock mount, mic guard, foam, and even a monitoring headset!
As the microphone has the direct monitoring output, hearing and monitoring your voice is really useful.
You can hear the raw sound that has not been processed by your computer. Judging the sound, volume, and the noise level is much easier this way.
I can quickly check, and take it off from the mic to start my recording.

Upon sound checking, the headset doesn't have much of characteristic in the sound. Which is a good thing for monitoring sound. The foam is a bit hard and stiff, keeps other noises out. The cup is on the small side, and barely clears my ears. I think people with larger ears may have problem as a over-the-ear headset.

Not particularly an issue, as this is such a great deal for its price.

The arm and shock mount setup allows the mic to be pushed aside when not being used, and pulled whenever I am starting to record. The actual mic quality is something you can expect from this price point.
The mic is very sensitive. Picks up all sounds around. The manual mute button can be used to stop the input.
I think this would be useful when you are on a conference call or voice chat, but it makes a loud click noise when it is pressed.

Overall, a great set for you to start of recording and even monitor your sound.
James May: Oh Cook - Season 1
James May: Oh Cook - Season 1
The Cast:

I went to Food Tribe because of James and stayed for the cast. I'm glad to see Tom here, but I want to see the rest of them like Lucy & Rachel. Obviously I'll still watch anything featuring James May, and I really like Nikki!

The Bad:

I preferred FoodTribe's dead-simple and cheap, yet delicious-looking, foods, but I'm glad he does some simple stuff.

He contradicts himself here by saying he won't use fancy tools, but then he utilizes a super-posh kitchen setup.

Also, I know he's the star, but I'd like him to interact more/be on the same level with Nikki; I'm okay with the cupboard gag now and then, but I want to see more of her.

The Good:

I love May's anecdotes and asides, and watching him fumble his way through cooking is wonderful. Seeing him make mistakes is hilarious!

I love his down-to-earth, friendly back-and-forth with the crew; what makes him so great is being a very approachable intellectual.

Great production quality and the set is nice.

Overall:

Food Tribe has easier, more charming recipes, and James gets to pal around with the cast more. Babish or Alton Brown are more informative about cooking. However, I really liked this and still want to see more of it.
UGG Men's Scuff Slipper
UGG Men's Scuff Slipper
Not to blow my own trumpet or anything, but I would call myself something of a slipper connoisseur.

I love nothing more than a good pair of slippers and a dressing gown to match. It's the height of luxury for me and the nightly ritual comes in second place to whipping off my bra.

This love of slippers was passed onto me by my mother. She always went for a wedged pair from Marks and Spencers, while I was always for soft and fluffy with a solid bottom.

Don't ever approach me with a pair of those disturbing slipper socks – you may as well be barefoot.

My usual haunt for slippers was always Penneys and I never thought of investing more than €5 for a pair. In hindsight, this wasn't very good for the environment. Within three months, the slippers were no longer fit for purpose.
Under $15
Under $15
These are cute but extremely tiny. I was skeptical because there are no dimensions written in the description. They are all about the size or smaller than a sugar packet. It is also very difficult to get Woody, Jessie and Bullseye to stand on their own.

**UPDATE**
Gave these to my son as a gift today. 2 of them have already broken. These are NOT toys and when broken are choking hazards. They are literally described as durable and state we don’t need to worry about them breaking. Do not let children under the age of 3 play with these.

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