Mason Miller

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Learning React
Learning React
Learning React by Kirupa Chinnathambi. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 89 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Manuale del linguaggio SQL: Guida alla sintassi del linguaggio SQL, con riferimento ai sistemi Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL e Microsoft SQL Server ... di informatica Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Manuale del linguaggio SQL: Guida alla sintassi del linguaggio SQL, con riferimento ai sistemi Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL e Microsoft SQL Server ... di informatica Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Manuale del linguaggio SQL: Guida alla sintassi del linguaggio SQL, con riferimento ai sistemi Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL e Microsoft SQL Server ... di informatica Vol. 1) (Italian Edition) by Riccardo Cervelli. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Der Glasmagier (Die Magier 2) (German Edition)
Der Glasmagier (Die Magier 2) (German Edition)
Der Glasmagier (Die Magier 2) (German Edition) by Charlie N. Holmberg and Nadja Schuhmacher. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
J.K. Rowling Encyclopedia
J.K. Rowling Encyclopedia
J.K. Rowling Encyclopedia by Connie Ann Kirk. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter: The Character Vault
Harry Potter: The Character Vault
Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 316 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Der Partner: Roman (German Edition)
Der Partner: Roman (German Edition)
Der Partner: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 72 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2)
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2)
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2) by Rachel Dylan. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 139 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
UN NADAL DIFERENT
UN NADAL DIFERENT
UN NADAL DIFERENT by JOHN GRISHAM. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Rose Madder
Rose Madder
Rose Madder by Stephen King, Blair Brown, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 711 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Learning Elixir
Learning Elixir
Learning Elixir by Kenny Ballou. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
iPhone and iPad in Action: Introduction to SDK Development
iPhone and iPad in Action: Introduction to SDK Development
iPhone and iPad in Action: Introduction to SDK Development by Brandon Trebitowski , Christopher Allen , et al.. Rated 2.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
The Typescript
The Typescript
The old plot ploy, the same story but two versions, this time a manuscript is send anonymously to a publisher, supposedly a diary of a former wife the publisher may have murdered in the Middle East...what happens next ? Well plotted, Good descriptions of the Middle East and a good interplay between the thoughts of this mismatched couple. "You're not much help as a wife, are you ?" asks the husband, when she has in fact scored a small triumph...a Kiplingesque interplay between the UK and the Mideast...Then at the end..the story from the third person's point of view. Satifying mystery and many truths about human frailty.
Who Is Bill Gates? (Who Was?)
Who Is Bill Gates? (Who Was?)
I have a budding computer whiz who absolutely loved this book. Is going to do a school project about BG now. Has to dress up...which I'm looking forward to...easiest costume ever! Glasses and a pullover sweater!!! Also read Who Was Steve Jobs and loved that one...for some reason my kid digs Bill more.
Let It Go: Your Guide to a Simpler, More Serene Life
Let It Go: Your Guide to a Simpler, More Serene Life
I absolutely love my special edition "Let It Go" issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. I devoured it the second I laid hands on it and I am loving all of the tips offered inside.

My advice to readers would be to take the quiz found in the front of the magazine (How to use this guide). It helps you navigate the issue and giving you actionable steps to help manage your stress based on your answers.

My responses led me to be known as a "Wise Worrier", couldn't be more fitting. I have already tried several steps including Loving Kindness and Walking Meditation and I am feeling much more relaxed and centered. It's funny because I have tried, and failed, adding meditation to my routine before but I just can't seem to calm my mind while I am sitting still. I had no idea there were alternative methods.

Thank you, O, Mag for helping this stress out mama find some inner peace.

*I received a complimentary advanced copy of this issue courtesy of Oprah Magazine. It was not tied to my giving a review and receiving it did not affect my opinion of the issue or the contents of this review.
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
When is Victoria Saker Woeste and Stanford University Press going to turn their concern with "hate speech" on some lesser cartoon cut-out than the long-dead Henry Ford? What about the contemporary rhetorical war on goyim, in which Woeste and fellow thought cops invest exactly zero interest and concern? Take for example the Lakewood, New Jersey yeshiva volume, "Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut" ("Jewish Superiority and the Question of Exile"). Quoting from its contents: "The Jew by his source and in his very essence is entirely good. The goy, by his source and in his very essence, is completely evil. This is not simply a matter of religious distinction, but rather of two completely different species." Does anti-goyimite racism qualify as hate speech that must be interdicted?

Let us consider another charming book that has had a considerable influence over the Israeli army, "Torat Hamelech: Dinei Nefashot Bein Yisrael Le'Amim" ("The King's Torah: Laws of Life and Death between Jews and the Nations"). This book contains 230 pages on the halachic perspective on the killing of gentiles. The authors assert that "The prohibition `Thou Shalt Not Murder' applies only `to a Jew who kills a Jew." Torat Hamelech was published by the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva. It has received wide dissemination and the enthusiastic endorsements of prominent rabbis. At the entrance to Moriah, a large Israeli bookstore just yards from the Western Wall, copies of "Torat Hamelech" were displayed with children's books and halachic commentaries. The store manager, who identified himself only as Motti, said the tome has sold "excellently." Other Israeli stores carrying the book include Robinson Books, a well-known, mostly secular bookshop in a hip Tel Aviv shopping district; Pomeranz Bookseller, a major Judaic book emporium near the Ben Yehuda mall in downtown Jerusalem, and Felhendler, a religious store on the main artery of secular Rehovot, home of the Weizmann Institute. Prominent religious figures wrote letters of endorsement that preface the book. This is happening now. It is not a relic of the Great Depression era, like Ford's material.

Here is another quote from "Torat Hamelech": "In any situation in which a non-Jew's presence endangers Jewish lives, the non-Jew may be killed even if he is a righteous Gentile and not at all guilty for the situation that has been created," the authors state. Other books of this tenor include the Lubavitcher-sponsored "Baruch Hagever," which praises the mass murderer who slaughtered 40 Palestinians in Hebron in 1994, and Kahane's "They Must Go," which describes the entire Arab population as "malignant." We could go on, citing, in context (as Woeste does with Ford), quotes from such hallowed texts as the Talmud Bavli, Mishneh Torah, Tanya, and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. Hopefully, what we have furnished herein will suffice.

When will see a book about the "Rabbis' War on Goyim and the Battle Against Hate Speech"? We could not find "Torat Hamelech" or "Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut" in your book decrying hate speech. Why? You seem to be branding a prominent goy (Ford) with the Mark of Cain, while turning a blind eye to the hate speech of Right wing Orthodox rabbis who have signficant influence over the Israeli occupation troops who hold the lives of Palestinians in their hands, at the present time. When will we witness righteous outrage concerning the on-going hate speech associated with the War on Goyim?

[Hoffman is the author of "Judaism Discovered."]
Oprah Winfrey (Women of Achievement)
Oprah Winfrey (Women of Achievement)
Oprah Winfrey (Women of Achievement) by Belinda Friedrich. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Not to take away from what I can only imagine is a terrific album, "I Knew You Were Waiting" is a beautiful song. I heard it last year just before Thanksgiving on XM radio, and thought "what a wonderful song." It's a shame it doesn't get much radio play these days because it's very timely. George and Aretha are on top of their game for this late 80s masterpiece.
Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait
Bob Dylan, infuriated by the public’s desire for him to produce works of genius every year or so, supposedly released this album in 1970 as a throwaway work of rubbish, just to spite the ever-expectant public. The perceived wisdom is that it is drivel, much like The Beach Boys’ dreadful “Smiley Smile”. Over the years, however, opinions have softened regarding it. I, personally, have always quite liked it. Taken as an extension of the country style introduced on its predecessor, “Nashville Skyline”, it is not a bad album at all. Indeed, I consider a better album than the previous one. It is longer and its instrumentation more varied and the songs’ diversity is far greater. The music played is excellent and the sound quality superb.

TRACK LISTING

1. All The Tired Horses
2. Alberta #1
3. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
4. Days Of '49
5. Early Mornin' Rain
6. In Search Of Little Sadie
7. Let It Be Me
8. Little Sadie
9. Woogie Boogie
10. Belle Isle
11. Living The Blues
12. Like A Rolling Stone (Live)
13. Copper Kettle
14. Gotta Travel On
15. Blue Moon
16. The Boxer
17. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mghty Quinn)
18. Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go
19. Take A Message To Mary
20. It Hurts Me Too
21. Minstrel Boy
22. She Belongs To Me
23. Wigwam
24. Alberta #2

“All The Tired Horses” with its gospel voices and nothing more, is a bit throwaway, admittedly, but “Alberta” is laid-back and sweetly romantic, very much in a “Nashville Skyline” way, and “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” is a twangy and appealing country lament. “Days of ’49”, strong, insistent and bluesy, is a historical tale delivered in confident fashion by Dylan, as indeed is the next track, Gordon Lightfoot’s delightful “Early Morning Rain”. These don’t sound like an artist producing rubbish for the sake of it, to annoy people. He actually sounds as if he is enjoying playing this sort of material, as indeed he had on “Nashville Skyline”. The intensity in which he attacks the sad tale of “In Search Of Little Sadie” can’t really be questioned, in my book. Dylan’s cover of the ballad “Let It Be Me” may have appalled some, but I have always fund it charming and disarming. “Little Sadie” is a fun slice of country, acoustic boogie, while “Woogie Boogie” is the real thing - some upbeat barroom rocking piano. Damn, I am enjoying listening to this again. In many parts it matches the similarly sprawling and country-style experimentation of “The Basement Tapes”, which is much-lauded by pretty much everyone. Furthermore, everyone loved The Byrds' "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, from 1968, so why not parts of this?

“Belle Isle” is just endearingly lovely. Just take these songs in isolation, if you have to, forget they are Bob Dylan, the composer of “Desolation Row” and so on. Just enjoy them for what they are. “Living The Blues” is, as would imagine, bluesy. The sound on it is superb, bassy and captivating. Dylan’s vocal is sleepily appealing, as are the Elvis-style “a-ha” backing vocals. The band are top notch. None of this album sounds half-baked or throwaway to me. What the heck, if some embittered “musos” disagree with me, or moaned and griped in 1970 - who cares?

“Copper Kettle” could easily have been a track from “New Morning”, to be honest. If it had been, it would have garnered praise. “We an’t paid no whiskey tax since 1792” is a line I have always liked. “Gotta Travel On” has some intoxicating percussion rhythms and some bluesy slide guitar. This is a very “Beggars’ Banquet”-style song. That album was loved by everyone. If Mick Jagger had wrapped his tonsils around this, it would have been loved, so why not this? It’s great.

The quality does admittedly suffer a little as the double album continues on its way. I have not commented on the live tracks, as I feel they were superfluous to the album. “Blue Moon” is veering into Elvis territory and also the sort of thing Dylan unfortunately records nowadays. Dylan’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” doesn’t work as well as their version and Dylan’s lazy-ish vocal here does him no favours. “Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go” is a steel guitar country crooner. “Take A Message To Mary” certainly would not have sounded out of place on “Nashville Skyline”. Again, though, it is perfectly enjoyable, taken for what it is. “It Hurts Me Too” is a relaxing country ballad. “Minstrel Boy” is bluesy and somewhat drunken in deliver. “Wigwam” certainly is a waste of time, a rather discordant brassy instrumental, rather like a New Orleans funeral. “Alberta 2” is a nice, rhythmic and bassy end to the album, raising the quality back up a bit.

By its end, the album does start to lose its appeal a little. A single album would have been far preferable and could have contained quite a few tracks, as they are quite short. It would not have been criticised as much, take out the live tracks and some of these at the end and you have a reasonable album. Go up to “Gotta Travel On” (leaving out the “Tired Horses”), add “Alberta 2”. That’s thirteen shortish tracks of good quality. It was the adding on of too much sprawling filler that did for this album, not the first half of it.
Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf
Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf
Excellent learning resource suitable for intermediate Arabic learners. Only drawback is the author totally relies on transliteration and has ignored the script. Considering the importance of script in learning a language, and Arabic in particular, the author could have at least included in the glossary Arabic form of all the Arabic words used.
Loved and Sent: How Two Words Define Who You Are and Why You Matter
Loved and Sent: How Two Words Define Who You Are and Why You Matter
I am a Christian who typically avoids Christian media. I often find "Christian" books too cheesy, too cutesy, too judgmental, or too political to speak to both my heart and my mind. "Loved and Sent" is none of those things. In "Loved and Sent," Jeff Cloeter weaves explanations of the essentials of Christian belief with personal narratives in a way that is both thoughtful and conversational. "Loved and Sent" has helped give me a way to more clearly articulate what I believe and why I believe it. And although Christians are the most obvious audience for this book, I think "Loved and Sent" would also be a good resource for anyone curious about Christianity--like C.S. Lewis in "Mere Christianity," Cloeter can write about something as intangible as faith intelligently and logically.

The title of the book refers to the idea that the core of the Christian faith is the understanding that we are loved by God, and then sent into the world to share that love with others. Cloeter is very aware of the the changing nature of this world, that we need to think carefully about what it means to be a Christian when our culture is no longer necessarily defined by Christian values. "Loved and Sent" looks beyond culture and urges people to deeply reflect on the enormity of God's love for us as individuals as well the ways in which we are sent, specifically, to others in our own lives.
The Humble Co. Bamboo Toothbrush (5pk) - Wooden, Sustainable, Natural Toothbrushes - Vegan, Eco-Friendly and Biodegradable with BPA Free Bristles. for Zero Waste Oral Care (Soft, Adult)
The Humble Co. Bamboo Toothbrush (5pk) - Wooden, Sustainable, Natural Toothbrushes - Vegan, Eco-Friendly and Biodegradable with BPA Free Bristles. for Zero Waste Oral Care (Soft, Adult)
Voy a dividir esta reseña en distintas temáticas para que sea más útil:

RESUMEN:
Cepillos de muy buena calidad (PERO SUAVES). El envase y los cepillos son reciclables (aunque la caja no lo tengo muy claro pese a ser de cartón plastificado) . La marca tiene un compromiso muy interesante con la sociedad y con el medio ambiente (no es la típica marca china que hace 'greenwashing'). Recomendables, mi puntuación sería un 9/10 (porque me gustaría que la marca tuviese la opción de un 'pack' con cerdas medias).

TEMA CEPILLOS:
Los cepillos vienen en una caja de cartón y envueltos individualmente con papel (ver foto). Como tienen colores distintos, van muy bien para diferenciarlos en casa. En cuanto a dureza, son bastante suaves. Yo había probado otros cepillos de bambú de otra marca (la cual los vendía como dureza media) y eran más duros. Personalmente, creo que si estás acostumbrado a los cepillos duros vas a notar muchísimo el cambio, pero todo es acostumbrarse ¡Yo me he acostumbrado! En cuanto al palo, es de madera muy suave y de los dos que he abierto no he encontrado ninguna astilla ni nada raro. Tiene una superficie que es plana (otros cepillos son más ergonómicos, eso hay que admitirlo) pero eso hace que no se gaste tanto bambú para hacer un cepillo, cosa ideal en el tema de reducir los recursos necesarios.

TEMA ELECCIÓN DE LA MARCA:
Es la segunda marca de cepillos que pruebo y me decidí a comprarlos por el cometido de la marca con el medio ambiente. Por amazon hay muchos vendedores que compran los productos a China y simplemente les ponen un empaquetaje bonito; pero sin solucionar así gran parte del problema (explotación, recursos de agricultura intensiva, químicos en los productos...), suelen hacer "greenwashing". Para asegurarme de que no se trataba de greenwashing, comprové si estava en la tienda online 'earthhero' que comprueba la procedencia y compromiso de las marcas que vende. La marca sí que está a la venta en esa web, así que es fiable! Luego comprové que no se tratase de una imitación ni nada por el estilo, contacté con la marca por correo y me confirmaron que los productos que se vendian por Amazon eran oficiales. Esto me dio una alegría porque aquí tienen unos precios mucho más económicos que en su propia web, y los envios con Prime salen gratis (en la web creo que valen 4€). La última cosa que me parece destacable de la marca es la fundación 'humble smile foundation' que es un proyecto muy interesante y necesario.

TEMA RECICLAJE:
La caja es de cartrón plastificado, cosa que me hace dudar entre si es reciclable o no, creo que ese aspecto deberían mejorarlo. Los envoltorios individuales de los cepillos son de papel fino 100% así que son reciclables.
En el mismo paquete indica que para reciclar bien el cepillo hay que quitarle las cerdas (con alicates o cortando la parte superior del cepillo) las cuales se deben tirar al contenedor del plástico. La parte de bambú se puede tirar al compost (tanto casero como industrial y de recogida) y según aquí indica, se degrada en unos 2 meses.

Dicho esto, aquí acaba mi reseña, espero que te haya sido útil :)
Wolverine: Infinity Watch
Wolverine: Infinity Watch
This series acts as an epilogue to Gerry Duggan's Infinity Saga which started in Guardians of the Galaxy (2017). Infinity Wars (2018) tied-up most of the story threads Duggan set up but there were still a few questions left to answered. There are things I liked about the volume and things I didn't. Duggan mostly toes the line when it comes to his humor but here he crosses over into childish for most of it. I also found his takes on Loki and Wolverine rather flat but they do have a fun chemistry when together. Then there's the fact that this series retcons Wolverine's reappearance in Marvel Legacy (2017) #1 and its connection to the Infinity Stones in a very disappointing way. I did like how the story expands on the Stones' new place in the universe and a new character introduced has a lot of potential. Andy MacDonald's art was nothing special in my opinion, but it does its job. I like his design work. I wanted to give this volume a higher review but honestly I was let down by a lot of the story. This is not the end though. A series of annuals under the banner Infinite Destinies are set to continue the story of the Infinity Stones, of which Duggan will return for one of them. The event was originally slated for a June release but with the COVID-19 pandemic that date will likely be pushed back, so keep an eye out.
3/5
La Mosaïque Parsifal (en 1 volume) (Thrillers) (French Edition)
La Mosaïque Parsifal (en 1 volume) (Thrillers) (French Edition)
Comme d'habitude, nous sommes dans l'univers Ludlum du complot international monté par une bande de fous furieux voulant faire un monde meilleur à leur image, prenant en modèle les principes de la race pure bien connus d'un autre fou furieux tout aussi connu et comme d'habitude, le héros se retrouve souvent seul contre tous. Mais l'histoire est bien ficelée, bien que parfois un peu trop emmêlée dans le dédale de différents groupe luttant ensemble et contre tous à la fois.
Astro Boy Volume 8
Astro Boy Volume 8
When last we left Astro he was drained of energy and hanging in the closet of the evil ring master Hamegg after being sold by his dad/creator into servitude. You might think that this is the worst abuse heaped on Astro Boy in the book but sadly it isn’t. If I were to pick the worst cruelty in the book it would be denying Astro one last visit to his dying mother but being utterly destroyed was a close second. So if Astro Boy was obliterated in volume 7 who is the Astro Boy in this book? For whatever reason Osama Tezuka decided to do a sort of reboot and we are now following Astro Boy from early on thanks to a time travel story. Volume 8 starts off a little bit more promising for Astro as he’s rescued from Hamegg and powered back up in order to help the American’s stop a possible worldwide plague. Of course nothing can ever go totally well and Astro is betrayed by the American’s (who often come out poorly in Tezuka stories) but in the end an alien power threatens global Armageddon unless robots are given full rights. Usually having these rights given at the barrel of a gun doesn’t go down well but the world generally seems thrilled to give those rights. And then Tezuka goes back to torturing poor robots with a devastatingly sad side story about a robot couple trying to take advantage of their reveling new rights.

The book concludes with a story from 1967 called The Faceless Robot. There is so much sadness in the Astro Boy stories but this one really shows the cynicism of Osamu Tezuka. A robot is nearly destroyed in an explosion but when he collects himself he discovers his head has been stolen. In his dismay he begins menacing Japan, ripping the heads off of other robots leaving them in ruins. Astro Boy desperately tries to help the powerful robot but there turns out to be much more to the story than a simple lost head. The ending is just classic Tezuka. American audiences are conditioned to expect happy endings particularly in a comic with such whimsical visuals but such is not the case with Astro Boy and the final image of Astro Boy on one knee weeping is heart wrenching. Volume 8 is actually more upbeat than the dismal volume 7 but Astro’s existence continues to be one tragedy after another. There is one upbeat ending where a fellow who despises robots and is in a position to make their lives miserable has a change of heart and another where a menacing alien is repelled from Earth but anytime it seems like things are improving for robots Tezuka heaps some more misery on them.

Enjoyment of Astro Boy is likely to depend on your expectations. If you’re looking for happy stories of a 100,000 horse power robot you may be disappointed. I assume the treatment of robots is supposed to be an allegory for racism or abuse of minorities in general and that is the general theme of Astro Boy. Racism and abuse (including murder) are tough subjects to tackle in a comic with such Disney inspired visuals but very much like Mickey Mouse himself Astro remains good and positive despite all the evil around him. Mickey, however, was never in a world this dark. I am fully aware that Astro Boy is a completely fictional character but my heart can’t help but go out to him. Hopefully future volumes will see Astro’s condition in life improve. Overall I think this was one of the better Astro Boy volume with clean artwork and generally coherent storylines but these books from Dark Horse are always bare boned with no extras, cheap paper and small size.
The Plot: A Novel
The Plot: A Novel
Rating 4.0 __No graphic sexual content
Stand alone read.

GOOD READ. Intriguing storyline, believable and well developed characters, well researched, exceptionally detailed locations descriptions, still a contemporary topic despite the publishing date, great secondary cast, menacing bad guy(s), and some great twists and turns. HOWEVER, it starts slowly and drags a bit in the beginning, the storyline is somewhat contrived, and the book is very long, so set aside enough time to enjoy the read because none of these issues detract badly from the story.

THE STORY is told from the perspective of five major characters; Matt Brennan, an exiled White House peace negotiator trying to prove himself innocent of treason charges, Jay Thomas Doyle, former international journalist trying to regain his reputation, Hazel Smith, Jay’s former protégé, but now a respected foreign correspondent and mistress of one of Russia’s policy makers, Emmett Earnshaw, ex-US president, trying to prevent the publication of an unflattering review of his presidency, and Medora Hart, exiled victim of a British sex-scandal trying to return home. They all cross paths in Paris, the site of latest disarmament summit between the U.S., China and Russia. Each is in the right place at the right time to discover a piece of an elaborate plot to reshape the power structure of the world. But figuring it out and putting a stop to it requires each of them to face risky and difficult choices.

OVERALL, engaging storyline with wonderfully complex characters and detailed locations that add depth and richness to the book.

You may also enjoy the exciting political/spy thrillers of Brad Thor or Scott Horvath.
Mirage (The Oregon Files Book 9)
Mirage (The Oregon Files Book 9)
Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul have written another great Oregon Files story, and in this one, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Juan Cabrillo and his crew mates of the ship Oregon are tasked with rescuing Yuri Borodin from a remote Russian prison. Originally an adversary of Cabrillo's, the two have become friends over the years. Borodin was put in prison by a corrupt Russian admiral. Now, Cabrillo and his crew must find a way into the prison.

Fatally wounded during the rescue, Borodin utters the words "Aral Sea", "eerie boat", and "Tesla" to Cabrillo. What do these clues mean? Soon, Cabrillo and his crew are off trying to unravel the mystery. Delving deeper, "Tesla" refers to Nikola Tesla. Famous for his numerous inventions and far-out theories, Tesla was a true pioneer in the electronics age. Apparently, Tesla was working on some sort of cloaking device which could possibly conceal an entire ship. Add this fact in to the corrupt Russian admiral who was none too happy with Borodin's escape, and Cabrillo's group is in for their greatest adventure yet. Spanning the globe from Siberia to Uzbekistan, and from the Atlantic to a military confrontation between Japan and China, Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must act quickly before World War III erupts.

I'm a big fan of all of Cussler's series, including the Fargos, Isaac Bell, Kurt Austin, Dirk Pitt, and the Oregon Files. I especially enjoyed reading "Mirage". As always, the story is loaded with great action and adventure, and the characters are well-developed. This story does not disappoint. It was fun reading and trying to figure out what Cabrillo's next move would be. If you're a fan of action/adventure, then be sure to read "Mirage"; you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended.
A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series
A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series
Look out TWILIGHT fans, there's something new to sink your teeth into.

A NEW DAWN is a book full of many authors' essays, all about the TWILIGHT saga. You may think, wow, a book of reviews and essays, that sounds boring. It actually has some great analyses from some great authors. This book talks about many different topics you might or might not have even thought of while reading the series.

One interesting topic is how different the thought of vampires has changed over the years. Our society used to think of vampires as horrible creatures; now they are thought of as normal citizens in our day-to-day life. That is just one subject out of many that is brought up.

Personally, I loved this book. I absolutely adored the TWILIGHT saga, so reading A NEW DAWN was very interesting. I got a great viewpoint from many perspectives and that was the best part. I highly recommend reading it if you want to get a little deeper view on TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, and BREAKING DAWN.

Reviewed by: Lauren - The Class
La hora de las brujas / The Witching Hour (Las Brujas de Mayfair) (Spanish Edition)
La hora de las brujas / The Witching Hour (Las Brujas de Mayfair) (Spanish Edition)
El primer libro de la trilogia "Las Brujas de Mayfair" de Anne Rice. Ya habia empezado a leerlo en el ebook, y como me estaba gustando he decido comprar la trilogia.

El libro a llegado en la fecha prevista, el repartidor me ha llamado para confirmar la dirección y a sido entregado por ASM.

• Punto negativo a sido por el empaquetado: El libro no venia con su plástico y por lo tanto, como se ve en las fotos viene con las esquinas dobladas.
El filo del libro tambien se nota, pero eso te lo encuentras en cualquier libro de libreria.
Lo de las esquinas hubiese preferido que no hubiese pasado.
• Punto positivo para la editorial por esta nueva edición, con unas portadas más adultas.

No le doy 5 estrellas por lo de las esquinas. La entrega de 10.
Not Without My Daughter
Not Without My Daughter
Sally Field gives one of her famous "gutsy woman" performances in this true-life drama. It is a nightmarish, claustrophobic tale which had me gripped from the word go. Although (annoyingly) the entire story is mapped out on the back of the DVD box, I still found myself on the edge of my seat. Field plays Betty an all-American housewife who has married an Iranian doctor called Moody and has a young daughter with him. Her husband is becoming increasingly unhappy living in the USA and persuades Betty, against her better judgement, to take a family holiday to Iran. As soon as the plane touches down the nightmare begins. They are greeted by dozens of hysterical relatives who scrutinise Betty and whisk her little daughter away. When she doesn't cover her whole head with a scarf a car screeches up and soldiers carrying machine guns start screaming at her. No film made by Hollywood is going to portray Iran in a positive light and here Iranian women are portrayed as wailing doormats while the men are wife-beating brutes. Moody goes from loving husband to domestic abuser overnight with no explanation other than he has rediscovered his Muslim self. There is no denying that the portrayal of Iranian people is veering towards racism. Fortunately there are some brave Iranians, prepared to take great risks to help Betty, who break the stereotype. Towards the end of the "holiday" Moody drops a huge bombshell. Betty discovers that, as the wife of an Iranian, she has no rights of her own, she can't even leave the house without her husband's permission. If she attempts to flee Iran with her daughter she could face execution. It seems that she is in an impossible situation. My only gripe about this film was the very sudden ending. After being totally immersed in Betty's nightmare for an hour and a half I would have liked more of a sense of closure.
Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History
Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History
I could not for the life of me figure out what to give my dad for Christmas. He has Alzheimer's and he has his good days and his bad days. But one thing that he can always talk about is cars. He was a mechanic and AAA tow truck driver for over 50 years. I guess there are some things that even an evil disease like Alzheimer's can't defeat. Anyway, when he opened this book, his eyes lit up and he just turned the pages in awe stating, "I remember this one, I always wanted one like this". One up side? Because of his disease, there are days when he opens the book and it is like a brand new experience. ***sniffle***
Bolsas con cordón de Navidad con etiquetas de nombre, 24 unidades de varios tamaños Jumbo/Grande/Mediano/Pequeñas bolsas de embalaje de Navidad para decoraciones de Navidad, cestas de Navidad, regalos de Navidad
Bolsas con cordón de Navidad con etiquetas de nombre, 24 unidades de varios tamaños Jumbo/Grande/Mediano/Pequeñas bolsas de embalaje de Navidad para decoraciones de Navidad, cestas de Navidad, regalos de Navidad
I love Christmas and actually enjoy wrapping gifts, however, there are those times when a wrapping job is either frustrating or there just is not time. I know there are people out there like me who are procrastinators and have last-minute gifts you're picking up on the way to some function or you found out last minute about something and are in a time crunch. Have you tried doing a decent wrapping job in a car? It's not the easiest thing to accomplish. Then there are those other times you have some oddly shaped gift that it's almost impossible to wrap in any sort of semi-attractive manner. These bags come to the rescue! There are four different sizes for various needs. The material is similar to that of a plastic foil gift bag so it's more durable for heavier items. It's shinier than regular wrapping paper, but not in a bad way. You can see in the pictures the variety of sizes and get an idea of the size difference. In one of the pictures, I show how the bottom expands to flatten out so you can actually sit the package on its bottom if the item inside is heavy enough. The gift tags are cardboard with cute Christmas tree punch-outs and the drawstring tops are a nice silvery-white organza ribbon. These are great bags to simplify certain gift-giving and I am looking forward to using them this Christmas!
Living With Christ - US Edition
Living With Christ - US Edition
I subscribe to "Living with Christ" 2 years ago even if I owned a Vatican II Missal because of its portability. I've cherished it ever since. First of all it always has beautiful religious art on the cover and I have saved some of them. Inside you will find an editorial that gives you an idea of the theme of the month's readings are. That is followed by an article on the Gospels. The magazine always has an inspirational piece by a known saint or writer.

To enrich worship, Living with Christ offers a preparation for Sundays that families can meditate on each week. There are also household rituals that bring the celebrations of the liturgical year into our homes.

"Liturgical Link" section contains explanations of the Mass and the "Living our Faith" section is writing that builds on the theme and the elements of our faith. They are usually written by saints/contemplatives.

Also included are morning and evening prayers, articles by priests,religious and other people of faith, and two explorations of the Scriptures which is suitable for individuals or group use.

Finally, it has the Eucharistic Liturgy with all the prayers the priest recites during Mass so readers can follow along, the weekly intercessions, and the daily readings and Gospel for the entire month including feast days and holidays. Sprinkled throughout the issue are quotations from saints that relate to the day's readings.

This magazine is a must for people who want to keep up with the readings of the daily Mass either in church, at home, or at work. I bring my issue on vacation with me. The large print is very easy on the eyes. The plastic cover is an added bonus with built in book marker. Living with Christ also includes an Easter Triduum issue.
Job Description Handbook, The
Job Description Handbook, The
An easy, uncomplicated read providing good input and worksheets for developing job descriptions. Does not cover in very much depth the physical demands and working conditions piece, which I was looking for. I work in an industry that employs a large variety of positions, indoors and outdoors, desk jobs and physically laborious jobs, and in various weather conditions, and we'd like to address physical demands for ADA purposes. This book seems more appropriate for companies whose jobs don't have such a variety of conditions. I did like, however, the simplicity in which it covered the other aspects of job descriptions.
NoTubes Tire Sealant
NoTubes Tire Sealant
Stan’s NoTubes Tire Sealant is awesome, it works well & is easy to use. I remember using tire/tube sealant when I was a kid (1980’s) & it was messy. It dried up & was an all around PIA to clean up, especially when you had to repair a puncture that the sealant didn’t seal. None of these have been my experience w/Stan’s NoTubes sealant.

I decided to go tubeless on my mountain bike, as I was tired of pinch flats. I chose Stan’s after reading/watching a number of reviews & comparisons. Stan’s has been around for years, their stuff works & is priced fairly (all of their products). I also purchased their rim tape to make the change.

My rims were not tubeless ready, so I removed the manufacturer’s rim tape, did 2 layers of Stan’s rim tape, installed valve stems & crossed my fingers. My main concern was that there were valve stem adapters on my rims in order for me to be able to use Presta valves. These adapters have a split in them to allow for compression/expansion when installing into the rim. But after the 2 layers of tape, 3.25oz of sealant (I know that’s a lot, but I wanted to be sure on initial sealing), I pumped up the tire, sealant bubbled out around the stem. I spun & rotated the wheel/tire around & flipped over & over until the sputtering of sealant stopped. The second setup went exactly the same. This stuff really worked!

Every week or so (really when I think about it) I spin the wheels & listen for the sealant. If it seems low (more frequent in hot months), I add about 1oz of sealant. I have not had any issues w/the sealant gumming up the valve core (I use a sealant syringe).

I’m very happy I’ve made the switched to a tubeless setup on my MTB. No more pinch flats! If you’re thinking about it, do it & go w/Stan’s. No need to go w/gimmicks, you’ll just spend more money.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope you found it helpful.
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
I love this film for many reasons. To me, it has all the elements of a great story: comedy, tragedy, a good dose of authentic 'americana' (set in coastal Maine), interesting and 'real' characters, a timeless message, powerful archetypes, 'real' emotion and a great soundtrack. What more can you ask for?

The film centers around an endearing friendship between two young boys. One, without a father, and the other deformed and virtually disowned by his family, yet born with an uncanny awareness of his destiny and life purpose, which the film eventually plays out. The bond that is developed in this story between the two boys is very affecting. Realistic, without getting at all 'sappy'. All the characters in the film are excellent and fit exceedingly well. The Rev. Russell, Simon, Joe Wentworth, Ben Goodrich and the lovely Ashley Judd as Joe's mother are all superbly portrayed, and each are characters one develops a good deal of empahy for during the course of the film. Even the reverend, a shadow of a man, tormented by the spineless choices of his past is portrayed in his humanity as one deserving of mercy and understanding.

The movie is at times hysterically funny too. I mean, really very, very funny! The Christmas Pagaent scene is one of the funniest things I"ve ever seen... maybe because I grew up in that traditional New England atmosphere and have lived through my own version of it!

Jim Carey, playing a serious role, makes two brief appearances in the film (at the beginning and the end) as the adult Joe Wentworth, and he fits great in that role. The acting of Joseph Mazzello as the young Joe is among the best acting jobs I've seen by a young person. He steps into the character perfectly.

Simon Birch is a wonderful film that acknowledges the spiritual essence of people, divine providence, life purpose, consequence of choices, the connections between souls, the sometimes absurdity of life and the mystery of why life unfolds as it does. Be warned: It easily elicits tears. It is both very heavy and light as a feather. Deep as the ocean and yet it doesn't take itself too seriously. Very well done. If I was forced to choose one movie I would not want to live without, it would be this one. Highly recommended.
Simon
Simon
I remember 'Simon' fondly for two reasons. First, it was simply a wonderful comedy with a deeper message. Second, I knew many people in the cast personally. For example, the head of the Church of Television was played by Adolf Green who lived in the same elevator line in the building where I grew up. And this is the same man who co-wrote 'Singin' In The Rain'. Everyone of a certain age remembers Judi Grobart from 'The Electric Company'. Among other characters, she was Jennifer of the Jungle ("OYOYOYOYOYOYO!).

The film itself is about a man named Simon who is doing sensory deprivation research. An exclusive think-tank of the four most brilliant minds in the world invite him to become one of them, but with a sinister motive. They leave him in the tank for a full week and he emerges with a mind regressed to that of "a bacterium". Alan Arkin re[evolving to the human level is one of the funniest sequences ever filmed. While his mind is still maleable, the think-tank members brainwash Simon into believing that he is actually the child of extraterrestrial parents who are machines. After waking up from hypnosis, Simon tearfully declares "I'm a toaster!!". Simon is then used to start a kind of peace movement which gets way out of hand. His wife eventually breaks him out and things get really interesting. There is so much more to this film but I don't want to ruin it for you. The last thing I will say is Austin Pendleton stroking a computer shaped like a gigantic Princess phone with a sexy voice.

It has been a real disappointment to me that this film has yet to be released on DVD. Maybe if we all ask nicely? Or do we have to imitate Simon doing an impression of a jungle cat? Either way, this gem really ought to be transferred. And with as many extras as possible!!!

Pretty please with sugar, whipped cream, ten cherries and a pile of gummi bears!
Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max Rugged Case Ultra Thin Cases Slim Rubber Gel Soft TPU Thick Shield Solid Armor Protective Cover Silicone Phone Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max Case for Man(6.7 inchs)
Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max Rugged Case Ultra Thin Cases Slim Rubber Gel Soft TPU Thick Shield Solid Armor Protective Cover Silicone Phone Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max Case for Man(6.7 inchs)
I just got my iPhone 12 Max, and wanted a case like my old Magpul. This case is a clone of the MagPul case, and has the same texture and feel. Only one issue, which costs them one star, and that’s the volume down button. As you can see in the photo, one of the bump outs, goes right where the volume down button is...kinda blocking the button. Ugh.

I was so used to the feel of the buttons on my Magpul, that this is extremely annoying. This oversight really is sad, as this case would be perfect.
New Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB) - Pacific Blue
New Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB) - Pacific Blue
Had pre booked this iPhone 12 Pro Max. Amazon delivered it promptly within four days of launch. Kudos to thisclightening fast delivery.

Now about device, Since I upgraded from 11, I could notice the difference between A13 and A14 speed. Miraculously faster. Performance wise this indeed is a notch up.

Build quality is significantly improved. This design which Apple brought back from iPhone 5 series is absolutely lovely! These two factors give it a classy and stylish look combined with solid and durable finish.
The phone does feels premium when one holds it. All the more reasons to go ga-ga about this pretty beast!
Phone is indeed pricey but if one can shell these bucks; you should not blink your eye before buying. The upgrade does provide you with enhanced durability, performance and looks!
Mirchi Fashion Women's Sequins Work Wedding Indian Saree Unstitched Blouse Piece
Mirchi Fashion Women's Sequins Work Wedding Indian Saree Unstitched Blouse Piece
I cannot say how much I loved this! Not only was it comfortable but so insanely beautiful!!!! I was told all day and night how beautiful it was! I not only was able to be with my beautiful sister and brother in law for their wedding but also was able to join in on a beautiful culture that I was so lovingly accepted into with open arms, and in style with my gorgeous Sari! I will be back for several more colors! I can’t tell you how long I sat there on the struggle bus trying to pick a color. You have so many different varieties! I will forever send people to this store! Oh also thank you for being true to your descriptions!
Amazon Basics High-Back Executive Swivel Office Desk Chair with Ribbed Puresoft Upholstery - White, Lumbar Support, Modern Style
Amazon Basics High-Back Executive Swivel Office Desk Chair with Ribbed Puresoft Upholstery - White, Lumbar Support, Modern Style
This chair exceeded my expectations. It came in a heavy box so I had to take pieces of it upstairs a few at a time.. That said, it is solid metal and sturdy. I expect it will last for a long time. I got the white colour which is actually slightly off-white, and not a problem. No marks, beautiful finish, soft material. Really amazing quality for this price. Amazing quality for any price, actually. I recommend it.
Refuge
Refuge
"Refuge" is a better than average PA flick with good apocalyptic atmosphere. The main characters are a small family of survivors holed up in an exurban house trying to wait out a genocidal plague that has decimated the population. Due to the gigantic loss of life, both the economy and the infrastructure have collapsed. The family includes 'Birdie', an asthmatic 8-yr-old young girl (who's played by a better actress than child roles usually are) and Kyle, an old artist and family friend who's quite handy with a shotgun. Kyle is actually a more interesting character than the parents are although we don't learn much about him.

About thirty minutes into the movie, the family is joined by Russell , a young man who was injured while fleeing from another group that he used to belong to. During his time with them, that group regressed into murderous bandits who slaughter other survivors for their food and supplies. Although 'Rez', the group's leader, was a close friend of his, Russell was horrified by what Rez & the others were turning into under the stress of post-apocalyptic existence. In the few scenes in which it's shown, Russell's dilemma was realistically portrayed and is probably the best part of the movie.

The movie's main weakness is the bandits' illogical ability to keep finding Russell. No explanation is ever given for how they're able to do this. Another weakness is that we never find out why the family survived this long when so many others didn't. Yet another weakness is the peculiar shortage of firearms among both the survivors and the bandits. If 98-99% of the population of America have died, that means there's a huge number of firearms lying around waiting to be picked up by anyone who wants one... or ten... or twenty. "Refuge" is far from being the only PA film to have blundered over this obvious plothole. The legendary first season of "The Walking Dead" made the same mistake.

Summing up, if you're an intelligent afficionado of the PA genre, "Refuge" is well worth your time. Otoh, if you're looking for a mindless exercise in zombie-slaying, this movie is not for you.

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