Marlee Wood

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Bootstrap 4 – Responsive Web Design
Bootstrap 4 – Responsive Web Design
Bootstrap 4 – Responsive Web Design by Silvio Moreto, Matt Lambert, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Baby Loves Coding! (Baby Loves Science)
Baby Loves Coding! (Baby Loves Science)
Baby Loves Coding! (Baby Loves Science) by Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 151 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Php: The Complete Reference
Php: The Complete Reference
Php: The Complete Reference by Steven Holzner. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
A Study in Scarlet [Classic Tales Edition]
A Study in Scarlet [Classic Tales Edition]
A Study in Scarlet [Classic Tales Edition] by Arthur Conan Doyle and B.J. Harrison. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 828 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu: Harry Potter 4
Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu: Harry Potter 4
Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu: Harry Potter 4 by J.K. Rowling, Bernard Giraudeau, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 385 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Pamietnik (Polish Edition)
Pamietnik (Polish Edition)
Pamietnik (Polish Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Querido John (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Querido John (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Querido John (Em Portugues do Brasil) by NICHOLAS SPARKS. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Lost Symbol: Featuring Robert Langdon
The Lost Symbol: Featuring Robert Langdon
The Lost Symbol: Featuring Robert Langdon by Dan Brown. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 7851 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1161 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Joyland
Joyland
Joyland by Stephen King, Michael Kelly, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 4389 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Edge of Life: A Short Horror Story
The Edge of Life: A Short Horror Story
The Edge of Life: A Short Horror Story by Joe Hart. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 233 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Java Module System
The Java Module System
The Java Module System by Nicolai Parlog. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Advanced Programming: The guide to learn pyhton programming. Reference with exercises and samples about dynamical programming, multithreading, ... testing and more (Python Programming)
Python Advanced Programming: The guide to learn pyhton programming. Reference with exercises and samples about dynamical programming, multithreading, ... testing and more (Python Programming)
Python Advanced Programming: The guide to learn pyhton programming. Reference with exercises and samples about dynamical programming, multithreading, ... testing and more (Python Programming) by Marcus Richards. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python: Penetration Testing for Developers
Python: Penetration Testing for Developers
Python: Penetration Testing for Developers by Christopher Duffy, Mohit, et al.. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The Web Wizard's Guide to PHP
The Web Wizard's Guide to PHP
The Web Wizard's Guide to PHP by David Lash. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition by John VanDyk. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
bash Pocket Reference
bash Pocket Reference
bash Pocket Reference by Arnold Robbins. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 69 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett (Part I)
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett (Part I)
I've purchased Mr. Kilpatrick's updated version of this book over the years, but this is the first time it's been available on Kindle and what a delight! There is a lot of information in this book and having it on Kindle makes it even easier to read. I've read most of the books out there on Warren Buffett and have also read the annual reports going back to 1977. Here's the bottom line: If I could only have one book on Mr. Buffett, this would be it. It's comprehensive, packed with great information and you'll get an occasional bit of both Mr. Buffett's and Mr. Kilpatricks's wit. I enjoy reading books that are a little "fun" and this one is. Enjoy.

This review applies to Parts I, II and III here on Kindle. Make sure you get all three parts.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
This is a life changing book and the best habit forming book. You must really have patience and concentration to read this book and to understand it completely.

"IF THIS REVIEW WAS HELPFUL, PLEASE CLICK ON THE HELPFUL" IT WILL DEFINITELY MOTIVATE ME TO POST MORE REVIEWS.

Author Stephen R Covey explain about how we see the world that is our paradigm.

And how is change in our paradigm can lead to a change in our positive mental attitude(PMA) and human and Public Relationship.

Author gives many stories to explain the concept very clearly.

He tells that we need to live a life of integrity, to contribute & make a difference in the world and raise to the greatness that lies within each one of us.

The Seven Habits are
1.Be Proactive.
2. Begin with the end in mind.
3. ‎Put First Things First.
4. ‎Think win win.
5. ‎First seek to understand, then to be understood.
6. ‎Synergize.
7. ‎Sharpen the saw.

Be Proactive:

It is about taking responsibility and initiatives
I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.

Begin with the end in mind:

It means we need to have a goal for everything. It is a sort of vision. How we wish to see in every aspect of our life like with spouse, family,money,work,friend pleasure, enemy.

Put First Things First:
Author divides our entire time into 4 quadrants.
Important and urgent-Q1
Important and not urgent-Q2
Not important and urgent-Q3
Not important and not urgent-Q4.

Important are goals kept in the Habit 2.

Think win win

Author tells in every situation we need to think about the benefit of our self and others. how can a outcome be useful to all the partiers. It's innovative thinking.

First seek to understand, then to be understood:

Stephen presses on the issue that first we need to understand others their situation, feelings and thoughts then directly telling how we feel or what is our decision directly.

Most important of all the habits. It's most difficult to cultivate.

Synergize:

It means a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The essence of synergy is to value differences- to respect them,to build on strengths & to compensate for weakness.
Synergies everywhere in the nature.

Sharpen the saw.

It deals with the four aspects of life.
Physical, mental, social/emotional, spiritual.
It's about preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have.

It's a quadrant 2 activity.

Thank you.
Investing for Beginners: A Short Read on the Basics of Investing and Dividends (investing 101, Investing for Dummies, Money, Power, Elon Musk, Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur, Banking Book 4)
Investing for Beginners: A Short Read on the Basics of Investing and Dividends (investing 101, Investing for Dummies, Money, Power, Elon Musk, Tony Robbins, Entrepreneur, Banking Book 4)
This is book is good one but I think reading this book in electronic devices is not seems me satisfied as I read the book on my hand. it is better to read book directly than reading the book in the devices.author in this book explains in a very good understanding manner to all the every one who is able to read and understand.language of the book is easy to understand.the only thing I am not satisfied with this is reading it in device.
Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012)
Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012)
If you follow the Dragons Den you will have seen James in action. This book is a short read about his philosophies in life and the rules he follows both in business and his personal life...

A great read each chapter covers a different aspect and has a brief summery of the points raised at the end...

An excellent read, great for anyone wanting to get the most out of life... Basic stuff but positive stuff that we all should know but sometimes forget...
Trump: The Art of the Comeback
Trump: The Art of the Comeback
Donald Trump is one of the most prepared candidates for President that the USA has ever been blessed to have in the running. He is almost a throwback to the Founding Fathers of the nation. He is exactly the kind of successful citizen and freedom loving Patriot that those same Founding Father’s hoped would come to Washington and serve two terms and then return to their private life.

Frankly, this reviewer was stunned at how good a writer and communicator that Trump really is. In fourteen concise chapters Trump tells the story of his battle to come back from a collapsing business and real estate industry. The book provides another telling of Trump’s method of bargaining. His negotiating style is clearly spelled out. Anyone who reads this book will understand what the media claims is rash statements and pie-in-the-sky promises. Combine his negotiating methods of operation with the flare and self-promoting tactics of boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. before he changed his name to Muhammad Ali and converted to Islam.

Everyone was fascinated by Ali’s ridiculous poetry and “I am the Greatest" claims as he danced around the floor waving his arms while taunting his opponents with shouts of “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

It may be hard to imagine Trump as a white Muhammad Ali but their flamboyant styles and purposefully exaggerated claims are identical. Ali illustrates the flashy show business side of Trump’s approach.

“Trump’s Top Ten Comeback Tips” are right on target and a wonderful way to accomplish goals even though they too have to be taken with a grain of salt because they can seem ridiculous if you don’t see how he has applied them throughout his life. Imagine Cassius Clay yelling them as he circles his prey and moves in for the sting.

Contrary to political opponent’s claims, Trump loves women and not just beautiful ones. He knows that they are the stronger sex in every way and doesn’t hesitate to give examples of that in this book. “I began to realize that women are far stronger than men. Their sex drive makes us look like babies. Some women try to portray themselves as being the weaker sex, but don’t believe it for a moment.”

“Part of the problem I’ve had with women has been in having to compare them to my incredible mother, Mary Trump. My mother is smart as hell. I remember once, a long time ago, my sister Maryanne, a highly respected federal judge in New Jersey, told me that my mother is one of the smartest people she ever met. At the time it didn’t make much of an impact on me, but I didn’t really understand why she said it. All I knew was that my mother was a really great homemaker and wife to my father, Fred—a wonderful guy not the easiest person to be married to…. but now I fully understand why Maryanne made that statement, and it is 100 percent true.”

As Trump goes through 14 chapters of learning examples from his difficult times it becomes obvious that he is both super smart and keeps a loyal staff around him to make certain he doesn’t take any rash action without having thought it through. He was very well prepared for every step he made in his businesses. He was almost never caught by surprise and on those rare occasions when he was surprised it was a pleasant surprise like what happened with the bought 40 Wall Street. He bought that very wonderful building in the best NYC location that the owners had so poorly managed that they sold it to Trump for only a million dollars. They also insisted he take responsibility for all the existing construction liens since the sellers couldn’t wait to leave New York.

Trump eventually negotiated with all the contractors and ended up getting several million dollars returned to him. So…he didn’t pay a million dollars for 40 Wall Street he was paid several million dollars just to buy it. He also managed to get the land lease extended from the remaining 63 years to over 200 years. The leaseholders were also happy with the new lease because it resulted in more money for them. The tenants were happy because the leaseholder now allowed banks to finance the individual tenant's improvements. He eventually reaped the benefits of huge tax reductions when a new tax law was passed to aid owners of NYC building wishing to upgrade their properties.

Trump is one of the most successful real estate developers in the world. He has had to work with governments all over the planet and has been successful beyond hope. For political critics to say he isn’t prepared to be President of the US shows that they are not only in denial, but also stupid if they really believe what they are saying. Trump is supremely qualified to be President and voters can be certain he will continue his habit of surrounding himself with the smartest, best talent available.

This book is surprisingly upbeat and much of the reason for that feeling is that it’s obvious that Trump loves America and knows he really can bring back it’s greatness and continue to spread freedom around the world.
Sunday Morning Classics
Sunday Morning Classics
ソウルの女王アレサがアトランティック時代以前に録音した素材のコンピレーションのようだ。ヒット曲があったか否かはよく分からないが、ポップ系の曲も含まれている。
だが彼女の歌唱力は既に出来上がっているし、コロンビアの録音は実に綺麗に残されている。
60年代の全盛期に比べるとスマートな感じのするソウル・ポップスなのだが、あのドロドロでパワフルなアレサよりも、聞き易くて好きになってしまったアルバムである。
歴史に名を残す強大な女王が未だプリンセスだった時代の記録だが、はっきり言って期待以上の感動を与えてくれた秀逸な編集盤である。
アレサのファンだけでなくヴォーカル・ファンにもお勧めできる秀作である。
BCBGMax Azria Women's Josanna Knit Off The Shoulder Dress
BCBGMax Azria Women's Josanna Knit Off The Shoulder Dress
Looooooooove it! fit as expected. I wear S and got S it is fit on point even it right now kinda large on me cuz I lost weight but still fit well and so cute and ELEGANT By the way, u don’t have to show your shoulders as you can adjusted to cover up which I love!
California Costumes Men's George Washington/Thomas Jefferson/Alexander Hamilton/Colonial Costume
California Costumes Men's George Washington/Thomas Jefferson/Alexander Hamilton/Colonial Costume
My son wanted me to make him a Hamilton costume for Halloween with 3 days notice! Nope, not happening, but I found this on Amazon, and the reviews sounded promising. It smelled a little strange when we first opened it, but we hung it up and aired it out, and it worked great! It was comfortable and fit with a little room to spare (he is 5'9" and about 115 pounds - we got a small, even though extra-small was recommended, but he's fine with having it a little looser).

He was so excited to wear it trick-or-treating with his little brother, and again at high school today for "Throw Back Thursday" day!

The fabric isn't too stiff, but still holds it shape. Great details (buttons, etc.) The pants are a simple elastic waisted pant, the coat/shirt frontgoes on in one piece like a shirt, the cravat just connects with velcro like a collar, and the "boots" are just slip on fake fronts that you put on under your own pair of black shoes (he used his marching band shoes - jazz shoes or matte dress shoes would also work.

It was hot and humid on Halloween, but he said the fabric wasn't overly hot.
At Budokan [Live In Japan, February, 1978]
At Budokan [Live In Japan, February, 1978]
I've been a fan of Dylan's since the late 70s, which was great cause not only did I get to go forward listening to his new releases but I got to go back and listen to and love all his early works. I LOVE Dylan's words, delivery, music and signature voice. I first purchased At Budokan when it came out as an LP and loved it...now that the record is worn, I'm buying the CD. I can't say that I always like LIVE recordings...sometimes the songs are changed so much during the live performances that they are barely even similar to the studio recordings. Well, in this instance the changes are refreshing and a pleasure to listen to. This CD is a collection of some of Bob's earlier songs performed live with a couple different instruments (sax and flute ) than found in the original recordings. I personally, like the light soulful changes. Other recordings of Ballad of a Thin Man and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, particularly versions off "Before The Flood", are delivered in a softer tone. The tough guitar riffs of Robbie Robertson are replaced with an almost island swaying flavor, but somehow it still works. Dylan manages to take his classic I Shall Be Released and make it new with a beautiful sax, female back up singers and of course his charismatic delivery of the words.I never ever thought I could love any version but the original studio cut of Simple Twist of Fate, yet this live version is absolutely fantastic...the man tells a story his voice soft sexy and compelling. Another favorite, I Want You, redone so well....just wish it was longer. At Budokan is another of my many favorite CDs- LOVE DYLAN!
VPX Bang Rtd, Black Cherry Vanilla, 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
VPX Bang Rtd, Black Cherry Vanilla, 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
Shipping was ridiculous! I didnt get notified by phone I was notified by the loud bang on my doorstep when my package was literally TOSSED on my porch. One if the cans busted open and was still spraying everywhere when I opened it. If not for the careless delivery man being lazy and tossing the box all cans wouldve survived shipping...

As for the drink.... taste was ok at best, I was hoping it would taste like hansen's cherry vanilla but it doesnt. It's not horrible but not good either. Other flavors are definitely are better. Cherry limeade and purple guava are my favorite so far. I love that they give me normal energy with no yuck stomach and sick feeling. The added electrolytes with zero sugar is what really drew me in. Also coq10 is a big plus for me, I get migraines and coq10 seems to lessen thier frequency. All in all good product, crappy delivery guy!
Bai Coconut Flavored Water, Molokai Coconut, Antioxidant Infused Drinks, 18 Fluid Ounce Bottles, 6 Count
Bai Coconut Flavored Water, Molokai Coconut, Antioxidant Infused Drinks, 18 Fluid Ounce Bottles, 6 Count
In the past I have been ordering the Coconut and Coconut Pineapple 12 packs on auto-ship and save and have absolutely loved them. This time I was running low so I ordered 4 additional six packs to hold me over until my auto ship and save ordered arrived. This order turned out to be horrible!!! All 4 boxes appeared to be contaminated with something. A few bottles were okay but the majority of them were so awful we were unable to drink them. They had a chemical taste that is hard to describe. I will not be ordering these again. They don’t even deserve 1 Star. I’m hoping I can get my money back.

Update: I requested a partial refund which was immediately approved. I rate their customer service 5 stars. I really don’t know what happened with this batch but I continue to love Bai Coconut Water. Thank you.
Dog Man Unleashed: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #2)
Dog Man Unleashed: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #2)
Our five-year old grandson is obsessed with these Dav Pilkey graphic novels. Dog Man Unleashed is the fourth in the series, with book number five, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas being released July 28, 2018. As a former primary school teacher, my students loved Pilkey's earlier published books, Kat Kong and Dogzilla. Pilkey is one gifted grown-up writer that still thinks like a young boy. He writes these "novels" from the perspective of two fifth-grade boys. The only drawback for the younger children is a tiny bit of the language; there is some "potty" humor (very standard in children's humorous literature at this time). When reading the books out loud, we simply omit those parts or replace with more age-appropriate language. This does not take away from the silliness or the children's enjoyment of these novels. I have to five-star endorse any book that causes a five-year old to be excited for bedtime simply so he can find out "what's going to happen next" with Dog Man and Cat Kid!
The Last Roll
The Last Roll
Beautiful book by the master of color, Jeff Jacobson.
The end of Kodachrome represents the end of an era in photography. Jeff Jacobson mines his journey through his last rolls of the film which his work has been intimately involved, and exposes the graceful gems of photographs that make this world a more wonderous place. There is no one more attuned to the poignancy of color and emotional interplay than Jeff Jacobson. There are a few true photographers, and Mr. Jacobson is at the pinnacle. His photographs are a true gift to be gently considered.
Natural Bamboo Toothbrush Travel Case/Holder/Carrier/Container/Kit/Storage Box
Natural Bamboo Toothbrush Travel Case/Holder/Carrier/Container/Kit/Storage Box
I love the concept of this, a bamboo toothbrush holder. However, logic took a back seat in this purchase. Bamboo expands and contracts and is very thin so it only makes sense that this thing split upon immediately receiving it. It’s not thick enough to expand and contract in different environments without compromising the integrity of the piece. Don’t buy this. It’s money down the drain especially if you travel between humid and dry environments.
Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush, Peppermint - 4 Packs of 24 (Total of 96)
Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush, Peppermint - 4 Packs of 24 (Total of 96)
I bought these to help clean food out of my braces or to freshen up when I'm gone for a long time. I think they do an alright job when you aren't able to use a toothbrush, but they aren't perfect. I ordered and tried these shortly before getting braces and really didn't like them. Once I got the braces put on though, I liked them a whole lot more.

Pros:
-The bristles are REALLY stiff. This might be a con for someone with sensitive teeth, but it does help force food out . I really do not recommend rubbing these on your gums though.
-They have a little bit of toothpaste/mouthwash like gel in them to help make your mouth feel fresh
-This brand is much cheaper per unit than others
-You don't need to find a sink

Cons:
-The bristles aren't very long, so they won't get a really good clean and food can stay stuck in random areas.
-You need to bite into the center bubble thing to release the gel. This makes the gel kinda explode on your teeth, and sometimes the outer coating can get stuck in the braces as well
Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor Artisan Edition
Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor Artisan Edition
First let me state that I’m a professional artist, and I adore IDW’s artist editions. They are some of the best collectible books I’ve ever seen. I have been wanting this Thor book for quite a while, but the original hardcover is out of print, and quite expensive, so I opted for this much more affordable softcover. It’s gorgeous, as all artist/artisan books are, but as of my purchase in Aug 2020, there is a printing error, which cuts out two pages in chapter 2, and replaces them with two pages from chapter 3. It’s not the end of the world, but I thought it was worth mentioning, since I haven’t seen any online reviews that said anything about it. Otherwise, the book is a treasure and Walt Simonson’s art is top notch. It would get 5 stars, save for the printing mistake.
Knives Out
Knives Out
Back in the days of black-and-white, mystery films were quite common but as the years went by, they became less and less common with the mystery genre becoming the domain of television. This is a pity, because I like an old-fashioned mystery. Between this movie and Murder on the Orient Express, it's nice to see the genre make a comeback. Director/writer Rian Johnson was definitely trying to evoke an old school mystery film with this homage, and after seeing the trailers, I definitely wanted to see this. I even went to a farther away early access screening because I couldn't wait. I'm pleased to say this definitely met my expectations.

Knives Out is just a really well told movie. For 2 hr., 10 min., this is finely paced and edited. Johnson really knows how to steer the story, especially the beginning and introduction to the facts of the case.

Besides being a mystery, this movie is also a critique of privilege, which I felt Johnson managed to not beat the audience over the head with. The movie also has a good sense of humor.

The suspects consist of the Thrombey family, who from one extent to another all have leeched off of the money and success of patriarch and mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). They are such a delightfully self-entitled but diverse group of larger-than-life dysfunctional people. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get more of them. (Ana de Armas' Marta Cabrera, Harlan's personal nurse, is the actual star of the film.) I especially thought that Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis) is given short shrift.

The cast is excellent all the way through, and I just don't have time to mention everyone. The best performance is by Daniel Craig as Southern gentlemen detective Benoit Blanc. He just kills it as the eccentric and well-spoken detective. I also appreciate that Benoit isn't portrayed as a socially awkward, mircaulous wunderkind as is often the case with detectives these days. Benoit is definitely the smartest guy in the room, but solving the case is real work for him. Again, this is Ana's story. The trailers make Benoit look like the lead. Just don't want you to have false expectations. He is one of the biggest players, make no mistakes.

The movie looks great. The Thrombey estate is delightfully grand and old-fashioned looking and is decorated with a wide assortment of mystery-themed or antiquated bric-a-brac. The outfits all look great as well.

There is only one thing about this movie that bothered me. The score tries for a classic mystery feel to it but tries too hard. A couple times it felt like they were just blasting the music in my face.

Overall, this is just a very entertaining movie and definitely something for mystery fans.
Caught Up
Caught Up
I am not a fan of Usher and don't follow him but this song was made for him and he performed it extremely well. It has a catchy tune and even though its old I still sing it all the time. Go figure.
The Young Explorer
The Young Explorer
Its 1856, Ben 16yrs was living with his uncle joe, Ben's parents had died and his uncle was selling his estate for him, uncle Joe owned a shoemakers and asked Ben to work for him but Ben wanted to try his luck in the Gold fields of California, with the offer of a job in New York he leaves, after arriving for the job interview he was advised by a young boot black that the job was probably a con, Ben was to find it was.
He goes to the steam ship office to book his passage to California wher he meets Ida, a young lady who says she will pay for Ben's trip if he goes as her companion, of course he agrees, Ida is running from a cruel guardian, she would like to find Richard Dewey whom she is in love with, they leave and reach San Francisco, Ida stays but asks Ben to go ahead to the gold fields and find Richard.
Ben meets a man called Jake Bradley who has seen Richard in a camp called Murphys, they set out for the camp and after some adventures arrive at Murphys, at Murphys they are told Richard had gone mining in the hills, during this time thir horses are stolen
Ki Sing, a chinaman arrives in the camp where Richard has stopped, the other miners object to him and Richard ends up fighting to protect him, Ki Sing works for Richard but eventually leaves the camp, Richard leaves soon after, Ben and Jake , still walking meet Ki Sing who directs them to a cabin where they find a sick man, to their surprise the sick man is Richard, Ben tells him Ida is lookin for him, Ben and Jake work his claim while Richard is getting better, Ben and Richard head for Ida whilst Jake remains behind to protect the claim, a worthwhile read
Strange Highways
Strange Highways
I flipped through a lot of Koontz books on shelves in bookstores to find a short story collection. I'm a writer, and I love Koontz's works, but I never found a short story collection by him...until I discovered Strange Highways. Strange Highways is a collection of two novellas, and twelve short stories. Not every short story collection is "perfect." King's Night Shift collection could have done without two stories, but again, short story collections always have "slinkers," but if you like most of the stories, then I'll say it's a pretty good collection.

The first story is the self titled "Strange Highways," which takes up the first hundred and sixty eight pages. The story deals with a failed man named Joe Shannon, who came back to his hometown in order to bury his father. He is haunted by a ghost, and on the same night, Joe has the ability to go back in time to stop a serial killer who will shock you and may not totally be human at all. 5/5--a must read for any Koontz fan

"The Black Pumpkin," is the second story, and one of my person favorite. Tommy warns Frank not to buy that black pumpkin because the pumpkin carver is a very strange man, not to mention he warns Tommy about the evil pumpkin. And that night, Frank gets what he deserves. 5/5--a great and enjoyable read about an evil pumpkin

"Miss Attila the Hun" is a straight up, alien invesion like short story. A lovely school teacher is put to the test when she confronts a mysterious being that wants mankind to go "mad." This is one of those stories where you get something good out of bad. 3/5--worth reading, but could have been a lot better.

"Down in the Darkness" puts a man to the ultimate test when he discovers his new home has a strange celler that only he could enter, and what's waiting down there is nothing more but evil. The man than decides to get rid of a "few people" in this celler. 5/5--a good story about the human condition and the supernatural.

"Ollie's Hands" puts a mute man to the test when he saves a pretty girl from suicide. He has strange powers, mostly from his hands. When the young woman wants more powers from Ollie, she doesn't know there's a price to be paid, even Ollie couldn't control it. 5/5--another great story about human condition and a gift that has prices.

"Snatcher" deals with Billy, a man who gets his money from stealing purses. When he steals a black purse from an old lady, he gets more than he wanted: a gets a mysterious creature that wants to collect him. 5/5--the first time we meet this creatue, it almost reminded me those goblins out of Darkfall.

"Trapped" puts a single mother and her child in a battle with lab created rats. This story is a little creepy, it actually gave me a few chills. 4/5--a good mixture of horror and science fiction, however, it didn't really bring nothing new to the field.

"Bruno" is the weakest story of all. It's about a private eye being a doorway to alternative possiblities, brining a human like bear animal and an alien. 2/5--I wasn't really into it at all.

"We Three" is a mixture of horror and science fiction. It puts three children at risk at the end of the word (which they had caused) with a mystetrious baby in the girl that wants to destroy the remaining humans. 3/5--a good concept, but it could have a little longer.

"Hardsell" puts a police officer on the trail of a serial killer who can actually change into other beings, and our police officer might have the same ability as well. 3/5--the twist was okay, but this story does have some plot holes.

"The Night of the Storm" is a straight up science fiction story about robots ruling the world. When a group was scent to "hunt" in the woods in order to feel more alive again, they are put in situation with their true creators...men. 4/5--I like the concept of robots vs. human, however, it was hard to relate to these characters.

"Twilight of the Dawn" is the last short story in this collection. It's about a man who doesn't believe in God, who doesn't want his young son to fall victim of God. When both the wife and son dies, the man sees something supernatural, questioning his faith. 5/5--a good story about faith and human's beliefs, not to metnion it's the saddest story in this book.

"Chase" is a novella about a Vietnam vet being stalk by a killer after he saved a girl who was on the killer's hitlist. 3/5--it's an okay story, but it could have been a lot better and more a thriller.

Strange Highways is one of those books you must get if you like Koontz's work or if you like speculative fiction.
HEREWARD 2 THE DEVIL'S ARMY
HEREWARD 2 THE DEVIL'S ARMY
This second volume on Hereward has some limited improvements when compared to the first one, but suffers from very much the same problems. The topic is anything but original - there are four or five other novels out there on Hereward, his rising and his guerrilla warfare against the Normans.

To make a great piece of historical fiction, I tend to believe that an author needs to combine three ingredients: solid research into the period and historical characters that you are writing about, some original twists and a credible plot, and, perhaps above all, good characterization that makes the characters plausible and makes them come to life. None of these ingredients is particularly strong in this book.

James Wilde has certainly done his historical research, including research on the geography of the Fens to try to capture how the Fen country made up of a mix of forests, lakes, marshes and islands could have looked like before land reclamation. His chronology is accurate, and the historical events he tells do seem to have mostly happened as indicated, including William the Conqueror's terrible Harroying of the North. Some of the features included, such as the scene of cannibalism, are very plausible, at the very least.

However, some of the twists introduced into the plot are simply not historical and are not even plausible. One of these is the sending of a young girl to act as Hereward's "chief of intelligence" at the Court of Winchester and spy on William the Conqueror. To simply imagine that a young (and pretty!) girl could travel on her own from the Fens to Winchester and back requires a huge leap of faith. Also, Sveyn King of Denmark did allow himself to be bought off by William and drop his allies but he never travelled all the way to Winchester and never met William. That the Danish King would take the risk to make such a travel and put himself at risk in such a way is simply incredible.

Then we have a number of problems with the characterization. In some cases it is lacking. In others it is rather excessive and incredible. Although somewhat toned down from the first volume when he appeared as a cross between Conan the Barbarian and Rambo, Hereward's bursts of berserker psychopathic rage and his regular rumblings about killing everyone and saving the English become rather tiresome. I am afraid that neither Hereward nor his Viking nemesis (Redteeth), nor the Norman commanders (Taillebois and de Warennes) really come to life. Also the character of William the Conqueror is a bit of a caricature, and one that is historically incorrect also. William was 38 in 1066 and so just over forty when this volume begins. At the time, he was not yet incredibly fat as the book makes him out to be. This would only be the case some 10 years later. The author also tends to depict William as cruel, which is very probably true, but also gives the impression that this cruelty was wanton and that he relished it, which is very unlikely to have been the case. The destruction of the North, that neither Tostig nor William's captains had been able to subdue was, however horrible, one of these "whatever it takes" measures to end once and for all the rebellions by laying wasting to the countryside and slaughtering the population.

So while I did find this book exciting and will read volume 3, if only because I have a special interest in this period, I found that this one was not much better than - although no worse - that the first episode. Three stars.
Brionne: A Novel
Brionne: A Novel
I needed an evening of relaxed reading, settling in with an old friend whose story I'd already heard, so I picked up Louis L'Amour's Brionne. L'Amour was a staple when I was growing up, and I still return to him again and again as I go along. Fair Blows the Wind remains my favorite novel by the author because it's such a combination of Old World swordplay, coming of age, and early Americana. But that's beside the point.

In James Brionne, L'Amour creates one of his best fighting men, a man who'd served in the Union Army during the Civil War, a man who had the ear of President Grant - and a man who had lost his wife to tragic circumstances. The first few pages of the book draw the reader in and sets him on a journey to see good triumph over evil.

The book is much as I remember it, written with a lot of introspection and bouncing around from character to character, with less action and tension than I would have liked. L'Amour also instills a romantic lyricism in his word choice, though. James Brionne is an educated man, a thinker, and that shows on the pages.

There's no real tension about where the reader is going to get during the read because the endgame is almost transparent. Still, L'Amour manages to throw a couple curves in there that will leave you unsettled about a few things as you turn the pages.

I wish there had been a little more to the story, and even the ending just seems to coast to a halt rather than escalating. The pieces just fall together without any real stress or narrative tension.

The plot is pretty thin even for a L'Amour novel, but the tale pulled me through again, and even though I knew how the book ended, and would have known anyway because it's so clear, I enjoyed roving through the Old West and stepping through my own past.
Asterix in Spain: Album #14 (Adventures of Asterix)
Asterix in Spain: Album #14 (Adventures of Asterix)
My son - age 9 - can't get enough of these comics.
It is funny and educational, easy to follow and most importantly it keeps him reading, which improves his writing and spelling at school.
Another great author for this age group is P.J. Petty with her series of books Kiki the Kung Fu Kitten. Very funny!!

The House Next Door: Thrillers
The House Next Door: Thrillers
What a disappointment! Three mediocre stories in one book with one title. None of the stories were especially good. Patterson should stick to what he does best and not attempt romance. I didn't even finish the third story. I ordered this book too long ago to return it unfortunately. Advertised as "pulse-pounding." I must have a very different definition of that description...

I think Patterson has gotten to the point now where he's just cranking out stuff for the sake of cranking out stuff. Someone should tell Mr. Patterson that his once loyal fans would rather he slow down and put time and effort into his characters and plot lines like he once did rather than cranking out another book every other week...With all his co-writers, one has to wonder how much of the work is really his anymore anyway.

Don't bother to waste your money on this book.
Berenstain Bears Life With Papa (Comes to Life)
Berenstain Bears Life With Papa (Comes to Life)
I love this book!!!!! It's so cute!!!! I have always thought that Papa Bear is a very funny character in the Berenstain Bear books. In this one, he can't keep things under control. I almost can't believe that they manage the house so well while Mama Bear is gone. Overall, this is a very sweet and funny story. I really do like it. I totally recommend this book for all ages.
Die Herren von Greifenklau: Roman, Band 59 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Die Herren von Greifenklau: Roman, Band 59 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Die Herren von Greifenklau hatte ich in meiner Jugendzeit gelesen, also vor ueber 50 Jahren. Ich hatte den Titek in Erinnerung, aber wusste nicht, dass dieses ja der letzte Band von insgesamt 4 Buechern ist. Der Anfang war dementsprechend schwierig, wenn man die vorherigen Baende nicht gelesen hat, den alle Hauptgestalten spielen dort offensichtlich schon wichtige Rollen. Die vielen Grafen und verwobenen Familien sind ein wenig verwirrend, die Auseinanderstzungen mit den Franzosen sehr interessant, denn mit dem beschriebenen Krieg ist ja der Feindschaft mit Deutschland kein Ende gesetzt. Insgesamt gute Unterhaltung.
Bill and the Mary Ann Shaughnessy
Bill and the Mary Ann Shaughnessy
Now this was a different Catherine Cookson story for me. I have read loads of her older books and love them because of where they are set how believable they are to the times. This is my first Cookson on Kindle! I wasn't sure in the beginning if I'd made the correct choice of reading but I just couldn't put it down. I don't want to spoil the story line for those prospective readers so I won't give the game away. If you like boats, mystery, rivers and a smattering of history - then you will enjoy this book. Not an expensive book on kindle so worth a go if you like me haven't read any of these.
4-Pack (2-Candle, 1-Book, 1-Confection Candy) Velitas para Posadas, Libro Y Colacion
4-Pack (2-Candle, 1-Book, 1-Confection Candy) Velitas para Posadas, Libro Y Colacion
The candies were delicious, the booklet inside had so much! I love it. And the candles were nice. I will be buying this item again during the holidays if it's still available
Los dulces estaban ricos, el librito tenía muchas cosas y me encantó, y las velitas muy lindas y pequeñas. Definitivamente lo volveré a comprar si está disponible para las fiestas de Navidad
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories
Regarding the stories themselves, very good. Great for kids and adults, very imaginative and ahead of their time. Each time I read Alice and Through the Looking Glass I get a different perspective, and catch little nuances I missed before, or couldn't comprehend as a kid. I think the book is aimed at adults as well as kids more than we give it credit for.

About this particular copy of the book; I'm very impressed overall. The binding is solid and well made, it has a built in bookmark ribbon. The edges of the pages are gold painted, it looks rather original/antique. The pink/purple works pretty well, I had my reservations about that at the beginning, but when I saw it it was really good. The book contains an extensive collection of stories, and all the favorite Lewis Carroll classics are there, starting with Alice. Yes, the book does feature the original woodcut illustrations, which is a big plus for me, as well as the rabbit hole falling typesetting correctly.
Weekly reader children's book club presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The magical car
Weekly reader children's book club presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The magical car
When most people think of Ian Fleming, they think of "James Bond." This is the only children's book he ever wrote, and one wishes that he wrote more.

Forget the Dick VanDyke film, which has very little resemblance to the book. (Not that it is a bad film, mind you, taken by itself.)

In the film, Mr. Potts was a widower; in the book, Mrs. P. was very much alive. They pushed the time-frame of the book about 75 years, also, and (aside from using the idea of the rehabilitated racecar that could convert into a boat or an airplane) the plot had very little resemblance to that of the book.

The story is fairly simple, but is well told, rather in the manner of a parent telling a bedtime story. The author is not afraid to use big words, but he explains them. I remember at about age eight (shortly after I heard my teacher read it out loud to us in school) I used the word 'transmogrification' at home; my Mother told me that wasn't a real word, and I said it was, and we looked it up in the dictionary--and there it was! (Mother wasn't a stupid or uneducated woman; she was a college professor.)

The book could be read TO a child as young as four or five, and could be read BY a child of nine or up.
Death of a Doxy (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 42)
Death of a Doxy (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 42)
A Nero Wolfe mystery is always a joy in itself to read, and this one opens closer to the heart than others. Orrie Cather, one of Wolfe's legmen, is all set to marry. Unfortunately for Orrie, he's been two-timing his fiancée. Doubly unfortunate for Orrie, his mistress is found murdered. Wolfe decides to take on the case and prove Orrie's innocence.

What makes this story stand out in the Wolfe canon is that it's one of the few instances where Wolfe encounters a woman who manages to impress him. Not ordinarily known for his appreciation of the fairer sex, Wolfe finds his eyes widened by the arrival of Julie Jacquette: a hip-talking nightclub singer who seems to have more between her ears than just air, and possesses more than enough attitude to stand up to Wolfe. Whereas the murder (and Orrie's situation) make up the meat of the story, the ongoing give and take between Wolfe and Jacquette provide the dessert (she also receives the rare privilege of being invited into Wolfe's sacrosanct orchid room). This added element makes the novel one of Stout's best.
The Golden Spiders (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 22)
The Golden Spiders (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 22)
Rex Stout reached out of my library shelf and captured my heart for the rest of my life. The Golden Spiders was out of print for a long time and I grieved that a Nero Wolfe story with such an intriguing title remained unknown to me. I've now managed to buy or borrow most of the Nero Wolfe stories, all of which I recommend.

Audio books need to fulfill more and perhaps a little different criteria. Unabridged books are the best - no one's messed with the subleties employed by the author or chopped any subsidiary threads to save space.

Once I'm assured that the storyline will hold my interest, the voice of the reader is very very important to me. Michael Pritchard is one of the best and I'm eagerly awaiting the next Nero Wolfe audio book release.

Golden Spiders starts with a streetwise neighbourhood child being admitted by Archie during one of his spats with Mr. Wolfe. The boy has learned something which he expects to turn into cash and wants to employ Mr Wolfe. When bodies begin turning up around New York, only Wolfe sees the connections. It takes lots of work by the whole team to finally find the crucial evidence and bring the baddies out from behind the wall of lies built up by so many. If I go into any more detail I'm likely to spoil the hidden surprises lurking in each plot twist.
Company Coming: Six Decades of Hospitality (Ruth Stout Book 2)
Company Coming: Six Decades of Hospitality (Ruth Stout Book 2)
If you have read Ruth Stouts gardening books, you may find this interesting, however, I did not. I love her, and her gardening books, I have several copies of them. However, I never got out of it, what her gardening books deliver. Her fun nature, her revolutionary ways, proving the pros wrong, etc. This is my FIRST bad review, and it sickens me, because I love Ruth Stout, and all that her writing has given me. However, maybe because I was spoiled by her gardening books, I could not "get into" this book. There are a few good lessons there, but it did not give me the "Perk" her other books always did. Read her gardening books, they will change your life. Literly.
Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set
Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set
I gave away (*cough* burned) all of my Harry Potter books when Sirius Black fell through the veil fifteen years ago, thus ending my childhood. I did a swell job of avoiding the fandom completely, until recently, when I decided it was time to move on with my life, and set out to read the series with the help of a qualified grief counselor. I very nearly purchased them as ebooks, but then I saw this set. It’s just so PRETTY. Really, truly pretty. The box is pretty, the books are pretty, Sirius himself is pretty yet troubled, it’s all very pretty.

Do I recommend the set? Yes.
Do I recommend the books? Well let me ask you this: Is Game of Thrones too bloody for you? If yes, then no. If no, you enjoy the blood, and wish that GRRM kill even more beloved characters, then Harry Potter is probably the universe for you. Enjoy yourself, you sadist!
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)
There is probably no 'one' master text for the Arabian nights but if you're hoping to read the complete stories, the three volume Penguin version is as good as you're going to get.
The translation, by Malcolm Lyons, is modern and close to the Arabic: for example, "your wish is my command" is rendered as "to hear is to obey". Other reviewers have complained that it's pedestrian, but I found it very easy to read, and full of life.
Oddly, certain really famous stories whose origins are in the Arabian Nights are not in the 'master' text in Arabic; for example, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves only exists in a French translation made by Antoine Galland, but is added to the end of this volume. By contrast Sindbad is within the original text, but his story cycle is found in Volume 2 of these stories, if you're looking for that.
Anyway, what is it all about?
What you find are hundreds of overlapping stories, with certain overarching story cycles, that are artificially laid out over 1001 nights. Handsome men are bewitched by women with jutting breasts and faces like the moon, before discovering that in fact they are the long lost cousin of a caliph or whatever; and it's a very dangerous world out there: the number of corpses puts 'Game of Thrones' to shame, because it doesn't take much for your head to be cut off by an angry shaikh.
My favourite story cycles in this volume in were the story of King 'Umar ibn al-Nu'man and his family, and the story of King Shahriman and his sons, neither of which I'd heard before.
The first is set in an uber-conflict between Christian forces, whose heroine is a witch type character Dhat al-Dawahi, endlessly tricking the Muslim heroes to their doom, and Muslim forces, who end up laying siege to the Christian capital in the east, but don't fully win the day. The second is a tale of sexual confusion where men fall in love with women thinking they are men; stepmothers fall in love with stepsons; and there are all manner of twists and tales (and comparisons to be made with Phaedra and Hippolytus and Joseph and Potiphar's wife, from other ancient sources).
This volume probably isn't to be read in one 'go' but equally it's worth doing more than just one or two 'nights' here and there, but sticking it through individual cycles, as otherwise you'll lose track of the characters: which brother has been left for dead on a scrapheap in Baghdad; which sister has been married to a caliph in Damascus, and so on. Luckily, this edition tells you when the cycles end, in a handy index.
Other people have commented on the morals of the stories, but that's much less a theme, I'd argue, than the danger of being tempted by a beautiful woman, whose eyes bewitch you into doing something you later regret; more generously, the stories are full of the overwhelming power of passion, which means people do foolish things.
The characters on one level are mostly Muslims and the Quran is quoted quite often, but that doesn't mean the characters don't drink copious amounts of wine, or lust after and sleep with countless princesses and courtesans. It's incredibly unpredictable: people move from rags to riches and back to rags again, and the hero definitely doesn't always get the girl; sometimes, they just die from pining for their love, who is stranded in a kingdom far away. Some of the time, the humans have been confused by wandering djinns, but on most occasions, they contrive problems of their own.
The whole is enjoyable in a weird and wonderful way, and depicts a far-off world in a far-off time. It's escapism, and a story-teller's delight.
Harry Potter i el pres d'Azkaban (HARRY POTTER LUXE) (Catalan Edition)
Harry Potter i el pres d'Azkaban (HARRY POTTER LUXE) (Catalan Edition)
Una pasada para los forofos de Harry, mi hijo mayor disfruta como un loco de estos libros de Harry, los va alternando en diferentes idiomas y está encantado. Los recomendamos a todos los que tengáis hijos que amen la lectura y amen a Harry porque disfrutarán mucho y mucho, además estos modelos son baratos y abultan poco.
THE LEGO MOVIE 2 Queen Watevra’s ‘So-Not-Evil’ Space Palace 70838 Building Kit (995 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
THE LEGO MOVIE 2 Queen Watevra’s ‘So-Not-Evil’ Space Palace 70838 Building Kit (995 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
A fun build, just challenging enough for my 7 year old (mostly needed help when she swapped left/right or skipped a step). Lots of fun play features. Overall a fun build and pretty final product, but short of what Lego is capable of; I found the Elves series had far more innovative use of pieces, sturdier build, and more robust final product. And a better value -- I guess that one Batman figure added a hefty amount to the final price?
UNO Harry Potter Card Game
UNO Harry Potter Card Game
Love this game! Fun Harry Potter twist to the classic UNO game. The tin container is the best to have, since the cardboard boxes always get destroyed, and it’s great to gift.
The only rule different than regular uno is the “9 3/4” card. The rules say, “The Sorting Hat knows just where to place you - GRYFFINDOR! When you play this card, choose another player and then that player must draw from the pile until they get a GRYFFINDOR card (represented by students in the GRYFFINDOR house, as seen on numbers 1-4 of any color). This card is also a wild card, so the player who played it chooses a color that resumes play. If this card is turned up at the beginning of play, the person to the left of the dealer chooses the color that begins play.”
Grinnell (Images of America)
Grinnell (Images of America)
For anyone with a connection to Grinnell Iowa this is THE book to own. Presented in the photo-driven format of the Arcadia Publishing series, the book weaves together all the essential city history under the themes of the town's founding, the College, farming and industry, schools and churches, community leaders and organizations, neighborhoods, cyclones, parades, and more. The photos do a fine job of telling the story of this mid-prairie town but, even more, it's the introductions and photo captions that paint a compelling picture and--on nearly every page--offer a surprising fact or twist about the town you thought you knew. Grinnell's Billy Robinson breaking the long-distance flight record in 1914 in a plane he built himself? 5000 Spaulding cars made in Grinnell? A Department of "Applied Christianity" at the College in the 1800's? A Nobel-winning RNA researcher? The Tuesday Club ('for a good time generally')! This little book has been fun to pick up for 10 minutes at a time, scan the faces and street scenes from 50 or 100 years ago, and invariably find a few sentences that sound like the beginning of a whole other book. I imagine if you live in or near Grinnell, you'd need to have this on your bookshelf. It would also be great to get a copy before you visit family or friends in Grinnell (I personally look forward to stumping my brother-in-law with certain details about his hometown) or before you send your son or daughter off to Grinnell College.
Two Tales & 8 Tomorrows
Two Tales & 8 Tomorrows
Review of the British Orbit edition, paperback with two towers on purple cover. 1991 edition.

Well crafted short stories. Harrison's earlier work so not AS preachy as his later stuff.

Ranked against my favorite SF classics it's probably more of a 4*... But given some of the dreck I've been reading of late, 5* no problem.
Nova 2 (Vintage Dell, 6668)
Nova 2 (Vintage Dell, 6668)
The usual mixed bag of "cutting edge" science fiction where experimental and witty innovation trumps storytelling. Authors include Robert Silverberg, Philip Jose Farmer, Damon Knight, Poul Anderson and others. Two of the stories are environmentally prophetic: a near-future where a gas mask is needed in order to walk down the street and a near-future where smog blacks out the sun into total darkness. There is one short tale that is a hilarious spoof on the so-called space drama. Silverberg offers an intriguing story of a loving couple beset by the complication of time-jumping (past/future). Dated (early 70s). Entertaining and surreal. Short (181 pages).
A Journey to Other Worlds: Space Adventure Novel
A Journey to Other Worlds: Space Adventure Novel
Bad in novels rather like unhappiness in families comes in many varieties. There is can’t take your eyes away bad. There is so bad it is good. Then there is the bad like when the middle school play gives the solo song to the boy who may have a good voice but it is badly cracked and everyone knows he has to finish no matter how painful to the listener. John Jacob Astor’s A Journey to Other Worlds: Space Adventure Novel is that kind of bad. It has the occasional brief glimpses of capable writing but those moments are mired in long pointless recitations better known as blather.

First the author is that John Jacob Astor- -the IV. Heir to generations of Astor money. Summarized in Wiki as follows: an American businessman, real estate developer, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish–American War, and a prominent member of the Astor family. He added to the Astor millions building the famous New York hotel, The Astoria then joining it with the neighboring hotel owned by a cousin, into the more famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. He was involved in the invention of the steam turbine and funded and fielded a volunteer artillery unit the Astor Battery. Before dying as one of the always named famous casualties of the Titanic he wrote A Journey to Other Worlds: Space Adventure Novel.

This biography struck me as so unlikely that I could not resist locating and reading this Kindle copy of what was also a very early example of Science Fiction (1894). I can only recommend it to anyone with a similarly perverse sense of curiosity.
Jules Verne got a 3-man crew to the moon via a large cannon in 1865, but Astor got his 3 men to Jupiter, and beyond using a push me, pull you form of gravity-based propulsion. This version seems to have something close to light speed. His interplanetary trans time is between the best NASA can do and well below the Warp Speed of Star Trek or Star Wars. Not bad for an imagined year 2000 world driven by electricity. Take that steam punk.

Before the politics of the real 2020 complain about the lack of women in the crew. The love interest was left behind because she had to finish her degree and take her earned spot in a professional world that had leading places for women. Just not any who get much in the way of leading roles, in the book.

As it happens both Jupiter and Saturn support not only land you can walk on, but they have breathable air. Proof of the ability of these planets to support human life is that no one is instantly poisoned by the sample they let into their capsule as proof it is not toxic. Shades of Galaxy Quest. Of course, being manly men of the late 19th century they pretty much shoot anything and everything. Some items are for dinner, as of course meat anywhere is what’s for dinner. Or because they want to find out how it works. Blowing holes into beautiful things is the best science, doncha know.

All of this is quaintly funny or frustrating depending on your POV. The real problem with Journey is a tad more pernicious. Aster, being a man of science and with close ties to people like Nicola Tesla (it was by reading a Tesla Bio I learned of this book), seems to feel the need to prove his Sci Fi was not too fantastic by larding it up with pages of detailed math. Exact numbers are given for distances, rotation times and cruising altitudes. No explanation is ever too detailed or too extended. The science must always be detailed and systematically lectured to the crew and therefore to the reader. No one ever says: “Never mind, just tell me what I need to know”. At least ¼ of the book reads more like a lecture upon whose content you will be quizzed. My guess is that Astor was himself fascinated by these numbers and felt his fiction was not to be believed unless he could prove the science that might make it real. His was not an audience raised on real and imagined space flights.

Astor seemed to feel that a science fiction book also had to support religious values. The trip to Jupiter reads like an interplanetary big game hunt. The trip to Saturn is clearly intended to be a spiritual journey. How do I know? They meet and converse with spirits. Not natives of Saturn, but rather the disembodied spirits, or semi disembodied spirits of deceased humans. Saturn is apparently the physical location of something like purgatory. Here the science lectures give way to a distinctly Christian theology, though never specifically named as such, but not to worry the spirits also have facility with number based mundane facts.

Yes, I finished it. I can almost recommend it. Maybe is can work under the title 2001 a Space Oddity. Were it made into a movie, it could be a great homage to the 1950 Saturday grade B movies or an update from steam punk to electric punk. That is the spirit you will need to finish A Journey to Other Worlds: Space Adventure Novel.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Robe Classic Children's Costume Accessory, Black and Gold, Kids Size Medium (7-8)
Harry Potter Hogwarts Robe Classic Children's Costume Accessory, Black and Gold, Kids Size Medium (7-8)
This costume is absolutely adorable and well made! My 10 year old was so excited when it arrived and said it's the best costume she has ever had. I ordered a 10/12 size and it fits perfectly and is soooo cute! I ordered a white, collared button down top and a yellow tie too. It arrived on time and as expected Thurs. evening even though a hurricane hit my area Wed. night! I am beyond impressed with with this seller, Amazon, and UPS. I would highly recommend this item!
Best of Laura Lee: Ten Best Series
Best of Laura Lee: Ten Best Series
I remember growing up listening to this song on a 45 on my sister's component set. Those were the days .... I love all of Laura Lee's songs. This CD brought back sooooooo many memories.
J. K. Rowling: A Biography
J. K. Rowling: A Biography
This book"let" is horrible. Not what I expected at all. The information is trivial. Do NOT waste your money on this product. The information on the pages could most likely be found in a Wikepedia article. Lame!
Paradise Asia
Paradise Asia
Wow what an incredible place; the architecture, history and the culture that blends into the resorts, and the effort to maintain the natural surrounds is nothing less than astonishing.
Power Rangers Lightning Collection 6" S.P.D. Shadow Ranger Collectible Action Figure
Power Rangers Lightning Collection 6" S.P.D. Shadow Ranger Collectible Action Figure
On paper this figure is amazing. Amazing articulation, show accurate, and detailed all for an affordable price. I was really looking forward to finally owning a detailed SPD Shadow Ranger but was disappointed by the poor quality control. The right hand / sword grip is so loose at the wrist he can't even hold his sword up, merely the weight of the blade is enough to cause it to swing down almost immediately. Paint applications are spotty an even textured in some places.

The sword and morpher fit well into the hand and the unmasked dog-like head is nicely detailed. It's great that they include a next piece as well to help the details of the unmasked look. The additional hands are nice as well and the lightning effect on the sword is one of the better effects of this wave.

The negatives, outside of my quality control issues, are minor. I wish they'd provide more photos or details on what parts are. It took me a minute to figure out that the blue ring is meant to be his neck and that could be explained better. The joints aren't generally the same stiffness and in particular some are unnecessarily stiff (ankles, part of the shoulder, etc). And finally I feel like some of the hand held accessories could use a little more paint. This is generally across the whole line though and are relatively minor compared to the overall accomplishments of the figures.

That all said the quality control issues effectively ruin this toy for me. I've got the rest of the line and they all have varying degrees of quality issues with White Ranger being the best (only two paint application problems) and Shadow Ranger being the worst (loose wrist, multiple paint issues). Based on other reviews and photos it seems others have gotten a lot more lucky than I have though so it may just be my figure(s). Just may be something you need to risk or is better to buy in person where you can monitor things.

This would be a 4.5/5 otherwise.

Pros:
- Cost effective
- Detailed accessories
- Great articulation

Cons:
- Poor quality control for joints and paint applications
- Minor nitpick issues (e.g. more paint for accessories)

Overall it's a great figure on paper that could use a little bit of a refinement to be perfect. Unfortunately the quality control aspects for the entire line let these figures down. Worth checking out but better to buy in person where you have better control over selection.
India: Nature's Wonderland Season 1
India: Nature's Wonderland Season 1
This is not one of those more complex India docs with lots of action but yet a relaxed documentary that I have seen about India and it has few things going for itself. It concentrates on different regions of India and spends few minutes in regard to the wildlife or tradition of that region. In that way it is more relaxed and it allows you to see India like a tourist so it makes it a worthy doc to watch. One thing that becomes so obvious watching this documentary is the toleration of India's people in regard to wildlife. They really care and they really understand that they have to be accommodating unlike the West where they are mostly full of talk and have so much less passion when it comes to other species. What you will see those citizens do for turtles, monkeys, elephants, crane and just single handendly protecting erosion of land is rare in the West. That girl, Freida Pinto has amazing facial features and her eyes are truly out of this world. Bravo.
ALASKA BEAR Natural Silk Pillowcase, Hypoallergenic, 19 Momme, 600 Thread Count 100 Percent Mulberry Silk, Queen Size with Hidden Zipper (1, Ivory White)
ALASKA BEAR Natural Silk Pillowcase, Hypoallergenic, 19 Momme, 600 Thread Count 100 Percent Mulberry Silk, Queen Size with Hidden Zipper (1, Ivory White)
I've been sleeping with this pillowcase for about a month now and really love it. No more waking up with a pillow crease on my face that takes hours to go away! I throw this in the washer with cold water washable and so far, so good. I'm really sensitive to smells & worried that this would have the silk smell to it but mine does not. I'm very happy with it and will buy another soon so that I have a spare. Iwas wondering about buying one for the husband but wondering if his scruff will ruin it. ??

***update one year later**** I do need to replace the pillow case. I wash it on gentle once a week in a garment bag because I want to clean as much oils from my face being on it as possible and hand washing it would not remove as much. I realize that this may wear it down sooner but it beats having acne from the pillow case not getting clean enough. So after a year of using it every day and washing on gentle in a garment bag, the silk has softened and ripped away from the zipper. I Dont blame the manufacturer and will be buying this exact one again. It really works and I no longer wake up with creases lining my face.
DrinkQuizition Trivia Drinking Card Game - Fun & Fresh Games for Adult Parties & Get-Togethers - Answer Common Knowledge & Trivia Questions or Get Drunk - Cool & Hilarious Activity for Adults 21 & Up
DrinkQuizition Trivia Drinking Card Game - Fun & Fresh Games for Adult Parties & Get-Togethers - Answer Common Knowledge & Trivia Questions or Get Drunk - Cool & Hilarious Activity for Adults 21 & Up
Idk why someone would rate this game any less than 5 stars. Clearly they haven’t purchased or played the game because if they had then they would realize 5 stars is the only way to rate this! So much fun! My friends have been coming over every week to play this during quarantine (with masks)! A++++ Game & A++++ seller! Highly recommend!!
Sperry Top-Sider - Botas de lana estampadas Saltwater para mujer
Sperry Top-Sider - Botas de lana estampadas Saltwater para mujer
I wear a size 12...the 11 is a little snug and the 12 is a little too big. I wear thick socks with these boots and that helps.
These boots are super cute and waterproof...that's all that I can say is good about them. I'm 36 years old and I do NOT buy cheap shoes. I don't mess around with shoes. Cheap equals uncomfortable. So for like $90-ish plus shipping I would expect these shoes to be comfortable. THESE ARE THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE SHOES EVER. FREAKING EVER. I wore them all day one day, my feet, back, and legs were killing me by the time I went to bed. The next day I was in so much pain in my feet and legs that I had to take ibuprofen to get thru the day. I would have returned then, but had worn them for a day before I knew they were super uncomfortable. I might try to buy insoles for these shoes. Vert disappointed in these shoes. Expect better from Sperry.
LEGO Harry Potter Calendario de Adviento 75981, juguetes coleccionables de The Hogwarts Yule Ball, Harry Potter y la cáliz de fuego y más, gran regalo de Navidad o cumpleaños calendario nuevo 2020 (335 piezas)
LEGO Harry Potter Calendario de Adviento 75981, juguetes coleccionables de The Hogwarts Yule Ball, Harry Potter y la cáliz de fuego y más, gran regalo de Navidad o cumpleaños calendario nuevo 2020 (335 piezas)
While most people wrote glowing reviews of the 2019 advent calendar, I posted a critical one, emphasizing that it overlapped significantly with the items in the Great Hall set. Given that the 2020 advent calendar overlaps with the Clock Tower/Yule Ball set, you’d think I’d be upset about that—but I’m not. In fact, I’m really excited about the new advent calendar. Here’s why.

If you don’t have the Clock Tower set, this is an inexpensive way to get key highlights from the Yule Ball. But even if you own the Clock Tower, as I do, there are still plenty of reasons to want this advent calendar. First and foremost are the three new figures—I’m thrilled to get Lego versions of the Patil twins, and it is nice to have Cho in her Yule dress. While we are also getting repeats of three figures from the Clock Tower, two of those are so delightful—Hermione in her gown and Ron is his hilarious hand-me down—that I’m glad to have extras. As for the duplicate Harry, I’m switching his head to turn him into Roger Davies-- Fleur’s Yule date. That completes all of the Triwizard contestants in their Yule garb and with their dates.

I’m also pleased with the other parts of the new advent calendar. The wrapped broom and Yule invitation look great. And most of the other pieces don’t feel redundant with the Clock Tower set. Instead, I think they will become useful additions to that set.

Despite my initial misgivings about the 2019 advent calendar, my daughter and I ultimately had a great time opening it. We are now even more excited about the 2020 version.
The Moviegoer: A Novel (FSG Classics)
The Moviegoer: A Novel (FSG Classics)
I just finished reading this great novel for the third time because I wanted to begin the year with an experience of something that I knew was great. The last time I read it was just over 14 years ago as part of the preparation for my first (and to date, only) trip to New Orleans. The impression that I've been left with each time that I have read it is that it is one of those singular novels that presents a first person narrator with a very unique perspective and way of viewing reality. It coats every page of the novel and it is so thorough that the character (or the character's creator) even creates his own lexicon for categorizing and flavoring the world in a similar way as the narrators of Kurt Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle' and Richard Brautigan's 'In Watermelon Sugar'. We see the world through the lens of Binx Bolling's idiosyncratic and distinct perception.

Binx sprinkles his narrative with cinematic references, naturally, and uses the personas of movie stars to interpret the world around him. These analogies are more meaningful when one is familiar with the actors he is referencing. Even when the reader isn't, however, the analogy somehow makes sense or at least can understand why the moment is significant to Binx. One could even assemble the titles of all the movies he sees or cites throughout the novel and conduct a Binx Bolling Moviegoing Festival.

On the surface, not a great deal occurs externally in the novel. It takes place the week of Mardi Gras on the eve of Binx's 30th birthday. Reaching the age of 30 is a pivotal milestone in the life of a man, signifying a new stage of manhood and an age of stock-taking. Binx's Aunt Emily certainly sees it that way and he knows that she would like him to fulfill his deceased father's dream of his son going to medical school. Initially, however, she summons him because she is concerned about her stepdaughter Kate, who was traumatized by the death of her fiancée in a car accident and whose mood swings and reliance on pills are escalating to possibly disastrous proportions. She wants Binx to provide guidance and stability for Kate, especially at this particularly fragile time.

Binx is an odd choice of one to turn to for stability. He is a stockbroker who spends most of his free time going to movies and pursuing romance with each of his successive secretaries. When he is not doing that he is engaged in what he calls the search. According to Binx, "the search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life." Binx wants to be delivered from the mundane qualities of a routinized life, in which he is fully entrenched. He has a regular work schedule. He tunes in faithfully to the radio show "This I Believe" every night. He goes through the motions of middle class existence and yet through all of it he seeks the search not so much for reaching the specific goal or destination as because it is an alternative to not seeking, which he sees as surrendering to despair.

Among Binx's preoccupations along the course of the Search are repetitions and rotations. A repetition Binx defines as "the reenactment of past experience toward the end of isolating the time segment which as lapsed in order that it, the lapsed time, can be savored of itself and without the usual adulteration of events that clog time like peanuts in brittle." For example, he cites an ad in a magazine for Nivea Creme and recalls that he saw the same ad twenty years ago in a magazine on his father's desk. The events of the intervening twenty years were neutralized because Nivea Creme was exactly as it was before.

A rotation is "the experiencing of the new beyond the expectation of the experiencing of the new. For example, taking one's first trip to Taxco would not be a rotation, or no more than a very ordinary rotation; but getting lost on the way and discovering a hidden value would be." As long as Binx experiences these epiphanies he doesn't surrender to what he refers to as the malaise.

Binx pursues his newest secretary and they become amorous on a trip to the beach but she unequivocally establishes boundaries between them, one being a young man who will become her fiancée. Meanwhile, Binx accompanies Kate on her mental rollercoaster and proposes marriage. She dismisses him by emphasizing that she would not want her mental instability to ruin such a union but readdresses the subject later and agrees to the possibility that if he guides her and tells her what to do she will trust his guidance and that will provide a foundation for stability. He impulsively asks her to join him on a business trip to Chicago and she agrees. She has difficulties but Binx manages to guide her through the minefield until his aunt catches up with them and chastises him for taking her with him without informing anyone what had become of her, taking full advantage of the opportunity to deliver her 'what are you going to do with your life' lecture and asking him what he truly believes. Binx cannot answer.

At the novel's conclusion, Binx appears to accommodate both the expectations of society (and Aunt Emily) as well as the compulsions of his Search. We do not know how successful he and Kate will be but at least the collective pursuit of their individual searches may prevent succumbing to the depths of the malaise.

Binx's existential search recalls another fictional searcher, the narrator of Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time.' Marcel searches for lost time and occasionally finds it in the taste of a madeleine. Binx searches not for a holy grail but for the novelty of living. 'The Moviegoer' is similar in its preoccupation with conventional suburban culture to John Cheever's stories of quietly desperate New York businessmen and Richard Yates' tragic 'Revolutionary Road' (finalist for the 1962 National Book Award that 'The Moviegoer' won). Percy contributes the Old South version of this lifestyle and in turn influenced Richard Ford's 'The Sportswriter'.

'The Moviegoer' is, however, in a class by itself. In a sense it is a celebration of the hidden misfit. Binx is perhaps more subversive than most political radicals because he is outwardly a conformist, living a conventional life, observing the rituals of the middle class life and fulfilling society's expectations. Beneath the conservative exterior lurks a strange eccentric moviegoer categorizing the world, undergoing a search as existential as any Kafkaesque or Dostoevskian antihero.
(Renewed) Vivo V15 Pro (Ruby Red, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage) Without Offer
(Renewed) Vivo V15 Pro (Ruby Red, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage) Without Offer
Not renewed, It was a USED phone for around 8 months as I checked with its online warranty which was activated in Aug2019, and this seller is selling it as renewed where AMAZON claims that renewed is what a return of a new product with minimal uses.
both seems providing false statements for renewed product definition, seller and amazon.
I would suggest never go for a renewed mobile.
But at last a Big thanks to both too for providing easy return and refund service !!
Kraft Seeds Premium Quality Khurpi or Khurpa (3 inch)
Kraft Seeds Premium Quality Khurpi or Khurpa (3 inch)
The product is sturdy with rubberised grip.We can use it effortlessly for any gardening job like preparing soil bed, loosening the soil around potted plants etc.Over all its value for money & looks to last for some time.
Spatial Order Dinah Modern Armless Accent Chair with Pillow, Navy
Spatial Order Dinah Modern Armless Accent Chair with Pillow, Navy
Very easy assembly (just attach the back and 2 legs to the seat) and no struggles with drill holes as can happen with component furniture. Also, no tools are needed except for an Allen wrench, which is provided. I bought it for our smallish guest room and it is the perfect size. I echo another reviewer, who said they’re not sure how it will hold up over time. It looks well made, but only time will tell. Also, the seat was not super comfortable at first (kind of hard), but it’s softer now so it just needed to be broken in. And I love the lumbar pillow—a really nice extra that looks and feels good. Overall, I’m very happy with the chair. I think it’s a really good buy for the price and a very nice addition to our guest room.
6 PCS Superhero Adventures Ultimate Super Hero Set 6 inch Superhero Action Figures Hero Suit Cake Topper Children's Toys
6 PCS Superhero Adventures Ultimate Super Hero Set 6 inch Superhero Action Figures Hero Suit Cake Topper Children's Toys
I got this set for my son & he loves them. I received them within a day so that was super nice. They are about 6inches tall, they bend in all sections & it was a pleasant surprise they light up . Unfortunately, one figure got damaged in transit but the seller was quick to response & kept their 100% satisfaction guaranteed which i was thankful for. This set is not super sturdy so i wouldn’t recommend for rough play.

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