Mina Johnson

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Snape: A Definitive Reading
Snape: A Definitive Reading
Snape: A Definitive Reading by Lorrie Kim. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 350 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling 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.
Der Papiermagier (Die Magier) (German Edition)
Der Papiermagier (Die Magier) (German Edition)
Der Papiermagier (Die Magier) (German Edition) by Charlie N. Holmberg and Nadja Schuhmacher. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 64 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Classroom Library Grade 4-5: Guinea Dog; Guardian of Gahoole Series; Superfudge; Double Fudge; Babysitters Club; Ramona the Pest; Encyclopedia; Goosebumps; Animal Ark Series
Classroom Library Grade 4-5: Guinea Dog; Guardian of Gahoole Series; Superfudge; Double Fudge; Babysitters Club; Ramona the Pest; Encyclopedia; Goosebumps; Animal Ark Series
Classroom Library Grade 4-5: Guinea Dog; Guardian of Gahoole Series; Superfudge; Double Fudge; Babysitters Club; Ramona the Pest; Encyclopedia; Goosebumps; Animal Ark Series by Quentin Blake, Judy Blume, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Granny Dan: A Novel
Granny Dan: A Novel
Granny Dan: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 215 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Time After Time
Time After Time
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 43 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas by Bryan Mooney. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 602 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Het oordeel (Dutch Edition)
Het oordeel (Dutch Edition)
Het oordeel (Dutch Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Software Solutions (9th Edition)
Java Software Solutions (9th Edition)
Java Software Solutions (9th Edition) by John Lewis and William Loftus. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Java Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Java Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Joseph P. Russell. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Scala for the Impatient
Scala for the Impatient
Scala for the Impatient by Cay S. Horstmann. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside. by Matthew Python. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Kotlin : Smart way to start tech journey: Part-1
Kotlin : Smart way to start tech journey: Part-1
Kotlin : Smart way to start tech journey: Part-1 by Gulab Chand Tejwani, Riya Patel, et al.. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Kotlin programming category.
TypeScript Design Patterns
TypeScript Design Patterns
"Thanks to the efforts of the TypeScript community, almost every popular JavaScript library got its declaration files on a project called DefinitelyTyped. And there has already been a tool called tsd for declaration file management. But soon, people realized the limitation of a single huge repository for everything, as well as the issues tsd cannot solve nicely."

"Compile and run; buy me a cup of coffee it it works. But it probably won't."

This is just a fraction of the nonsensical English that takes place in chapter one. Clearly English is the author's second language, and the mere fact that he can write a book in a language other than his primary language is really quite astonishing. HOWEVER, I don't like to read broken English and what is clear from page 1 is that this book has not been edited by someone whose first language is English. I would expect that from a book that is nearly $30. I really would have liked to have read the subsequent chapters illustrating GoF design patterns implemented with TypeScript. I just couldn't make it out of chapter 1.
Quick Master webpack Sokushu (Japanese Edition)
Quick Master webpack Sokushu (Japanese Edition)
フロント側の作業をしているとよく耳にするwebpack。
良く分からないけどqiitaとかググったページに乗ってるそれっぽいコードをコピペして動かしている貴方。

この本を読めば、なぜwebをpackする必要があるのか分かります。jsやvue.js, reactなとを解説する本は数多あれど、webpackだけに注力している本は凄く稀有ですので、買う価値があります。Kindle Unlimitedに入っているなら無料で読めるので、試し読みしてみて気に入ったら購入しましょう!
Warren Buffett Accounting Book: Reading Financial Statements for Value Investing (Warren Buffett's 3 Favorite Books Book 2)
Warren Buffett Accounting Book: Reading Financial Statements for Value Investing (Warren Buffett's 3 Favorite Books Book 2)
The “Warren Buffett's Three Favorite Books“ series (this being book 2) certainly has provided a great foundation for new investors. If you want to get a good grasp without getting too heavy, submerge yourself and use the tools, links and videos provided every step of the way. If are unfamiliar with certain words just look them up. Before I struggle with Discount Cash Flow, and what exactly is Free Cash Flow. My cohort at University couldn’t explain it but could work out the problems. Now I know and can explain in simple terms. Couple that with actual investing and your investment advisor should be impressed. Mine was. In fact the relationship has evolved to us just discussing the markets and even now it seems I am more in tuned than the advisor. So much so they think I should invest in US markets, I am from Jamaica. Now I am looking to implement generational wealth and go through the actual 3 book’s referenced in the series. I would and have recommended this book to friends.

Note though: I take investing as serious as my 9-5, if not more seriously as I look to build generational wealth for my family.
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
There are basically two teams in this match of ideas, with several participants trying to referee. On one side are the economists by trade, who are very skeptical about non-market criteria in economics. On the other side are the non-economists who believe the art and science of economics needs to be broadened, but are unclear on how this can be accomplished. Notably, I found the most refreshing approach of the many experts participating in the blog offered by perhaps its youngest contributor – the student Kyle Chauvin – who argued how we need to expand the reach of traditional, or profit, capitalism, not only around the world but to the overlooked corners of the developed world as well.

Unfortunately, the two sides never really converge in this debate and I suppose that may be why the conversation disappeared from public discourse (only 7 reviews?). Both sides accept some common premises that need to be challenged in order to break out of the box we find ourselves in on these issues.

These premises derive from the neoclassical school of economic theory that laid the foundation for general equilibrium theory in macroeconomics. Specifically, actors within the economy are classified according to a loose application of factor analysis, so we have workers, entrepreneurs and small business owners, corporate firms and managers, investors, savers, lenders, borrowers, consumers, and political actors. Then we lump these categories into producers, savers, and investors on one side versus consumers, workers, and borrowers on the other. The consensus seems to settle on the idea that some people produce and so policy should empower this production. Then successful producers can be taxed by political actors, and/or encouraged by philanthropy, to redistribute the wealth to non-producers for reasons that range from compassion to demand stimulus.

Capital accumulation and equity ownership in capitalist enterprise is an essential form of participation in the modern global market economy. Concomitant with ownership is the question of control in governance and risk management as the flip side of profit. But instead of focusing on how wealth is created and distributed through these market structures and institutions, we insist on dividing capital from labor and then try to redistribute the outcomes by political calculus, or by corporate largess. This is industrial age capitalism and such a mode of production will never accomplish what we hope to through creative capitalism. (I do agree with Clive Cook that we need a better term—maybe Inclusive Capitalism or the Singularity, to borrow from Ray Kurzweil.)

The problems that corporate social responsibility (CSR) seeks to address are rooted in the skewed distribution of productive resources across society, widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots. But taxing the haves to give to the have-nots is a self-defeating form of compassion. We should try to adhere to the Chinese proverb about teaching a hungry man to fish so that he eats for a lifetime. This can be put most plainly by asking the following question: If corporations work solely to enrich shareholders, then why aren’t we all shareholders? To widen the economic net even more, why aren’t all enterprise stakeholders shareholders?

Equity participation may also be the most viable way to promote “recognition” as a complement to profit maximization, as stakeholders have a broader range of interests, of which immediate profits is only one. This idea also focuses our attention on the real problem of free societies: agency failures and governance. Market economies depend on a multiplicity of agent-principal relationships in economic enterprises and political institutions. The abuse of these relationships is the mark of cronyism that dominates public attitudes toward “undemocratic” capitalism these days. This is not an easy problem to solve, but suffice to say equity ownership, control, and risk management must be as open, transparent, and competitive as possible. This is the only way to confirm that these relationships are accepted as just.

The only sustainable solution to world poverty and the skewed distribution of resources is the creation of a worldwide, self-sufficient, productive middle class. This is as necessary for democratic politics as it is for economics. For the middle class to grow, it needs access to resources, mostly financial capital and technology these days.

We can point to the history of land homesteading that built the American Midwest, and just recently, the idea floated by Michigan’s governor to promote homesteading in Detroit for foreigners. Society’s resources need to be spread far and wide in order to reap the benefits of innovation and adaptation, while maximizing the utilization of these resources. The financial imperative of capital is to maximize return, but the socioeconomic objective seeks to do so by combining capital with labor. This flies a bit in the face of the efficiency argument that some people are better at managing risk and creating wealth, so specialization of function should favor the risk managers on Wall Street. The problem is that we never know where to find the successful entrepreneurs and job creating small businesses of the future, only those of the past. And Wall St. only considers those who manage to squeeze through the narrow access door.

Without angel capital provided by family relations who merely saved and accumulated their personal wealth, many enterprises would never see the light of day. At the early stages, venture capital money is too costly or unavailable. This story is repeated across the economy, yet today’s concentration of capital in venture firms, hedge funds, private equity, buyout firms, major bank holding companies, etc. narrows capital access to those who already have it. The proliferation of ideas must be forced through this bottleneck, to what end? Better that individuals, families, small group networks, etc. are empowered by policy to accumulate their own capital to put at risk in entrepreneurial ventures. After all, sometimes the idea is not so sexy and may be nothing more than a new restaurant idea or a better mousetrap. In a world where the future is unknown, we can’t lock ourselves into narrow investment models built on the past. Likewise, we should not underestimate the ancillary growth Microsoft seeded by enriching its own shareholders.

The key point, which cannot be overemphasized, is that broad capital accumulation achieves double the impact of other policy options. First, it helps finance ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking that will increase labor utilization, spreading the risks and benefits of economic growth. Second, accumulated financial assets, or savings, help mitigate economic risks of unemployment, health, and retirement through self-insurance. This reduces political demands on the state's safety-nets and the tax and redistributive policies on productive effort that hampers economic growth. Essentially, policies that promote broad-based capital accumulation are a win-win for all citizens of a democratic capitalist society.
How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook
How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook
Everyone in the UK has heard about Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. But how many have heard of Noah Kagan, one of the whizzkids who worked with Zuckerberg while the company was still trundling along the runway?

This is a fascinating insider account into Kagan's all-too-brief time at the company in its start-up days and is replete with insights into the student-vibe corporate culture of the web sensation that Facebook became.

It also confirms much of what many of us know or heard of Zuckerberg, the ostensible kid genius... Not everything about him is commendable; to me, Zuckerberg appears ruthless in his dealings with other human beings which, of all his manifold attributes, is a horrible ingredient in his success.

Kagan, for his part, is refreshingly self-deprecating (which is so un-American for an American). And very commendably, he refuses to mope or harbour spite over his dismissal from Facebook. If anything, the experience appears to have focussed his energies on becoming what he now is: one of the top two or three experts within a small pantheon of world-class online marketers.

In fact, it was through reading his blog that I discovered his web marketing genius - and generosity towards his readers; the book and his time with Zuckerberg were later discoveries.

In any case, I can only commend this book as a 5 star experience. I know giving it 4 might have added some balance to all the glowing reviews over on the US Amazon, but I can only be honest about this. 5 stars it is!
Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win
Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win
I'm flying through 'Be More Pirate' at the moment, having heard the author speak on the Reasons to be Cheerful podcast. What a liberating, and engaging, read it has been so far (I'm as far as part 6. Reorganize Yourself.) It's made me realise that a lot of the guilt I have felt about my various acts of rebellion over the years might just show that I'm a little bit pirate. I was told at school that I had a problem with authority, I never bought into that, I have a problem with the abuse of authority, so I always felt that was an unfair label.

Having to recall my first act of rebellion bought to mind something I hadn't thought about for years. At school, a fellow pupil had my basketball whilst I was in a lesson and it was confiscated because they were bouncing it in the halls. I found the teacher who had my ball and something about his complete dismissal of me sparked something inside me. I ended up in an office with the teacher in question, and the deputy head, both shouting at me. I remember a moment of great clarity as the two adults raised their voices at me as I calmly said: "I don't see the need for you shout at me, can we not discuss this like adults?"...admittedly, I was 16 so not technically an adult!

The end result was that, the next day, the teacher in question apologised to me and said it had been a clash of personalities. Although I didn't challenge any rules, or make a change for the better, in this case, it was eye-opening for a teacher to apologise to me as an equal. It's only now, years later, that I recognise the courage it took to stand up to authority as I did, at the time I felt immense guilt over speaking out-of-turn to power. The system reinforced that, as I was chastised by my head of year, regardless of the teacher's apology.

I've left three jobs over the last five years. A couple in finance and one working for a family business run by people interested in profit, and very little else. For various reasons, but all to do with poor management and unfair practices, I've tried to change inefficient practices at all of these organisations, but was met with ignorance, anger or simple apathy. I started to wonder if I wasn't just a troublemaker after all, and should get back in my box and shut up. Fortunately, that isn't something I am capable of doing.

'Be more pirate' has given me an alternative way to interpret my behaviour and experiences. I'm training to become a journalist now, hoping that I can make a positive change and challenge the status quo through my writing. Keep up the good work!
Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business
Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business
I loved this book since it matches my world-view. The inclusion of apt Buddhist quotes at the beginning of each chapter; the importance of practising compassion and empathy in our daily lives and how these attributes can also make a good business strategy for companies; dry humour interspersed through a myriad of personal stories are just some of the reasons to pick up this book. If you are a sceptic of the fundamental premise of the book I would encourage you to browse through the many examples given in the book to see why embracing both compassion and empathy makes sense. The book itself is a product of an introspective, self-aware mind that has abstracted the learnings (both personal and professional) from the rags to riches story of an Indian entrepreneur living in Dubai (the author). The book is deeply personal and hence distinctly authentic. What I found of particular interest was the examples of how interleaving compassion in business practices can yield positive financial results. These theories and strategies are especially well laid out in the "Universally Sustainable Practices" chapter. In summation a thought-provoking book that gives a roadmap to both Individuals and businesses in their journey to make the world a better place while enriching (monetary and otherwise) themselves in the process
The Four Trials of Henry Ford
The Four Trials of Henry Ford
The Four Trials of Henry Ford is a great book, not only because of its fast-paced narrative but because it will appeal to readers with a wide variety of interests. In its essence, it is good story-telling. However, because it is also true, it adds considerably to our understanding of Henry Ford the man as well as to the development of the Ford Motor Company and the beginnings of the auto industry as a whole. This book will be of interest to history buffs, biography readers, auto enthusiasts, attorneys and others who appreciate the drama inherent in the ups and downs of historically significant trials. As an attorney using original source materials such as pleadings, briefs and trial and hearing transcripts, the author provides us with the kind of compelling detail that brings the four trials to life. We feel that we are present in the courtroom. Most importantly, this is an essential book for those who have always had a general sense of Henry Ford as an American icon and hero. Here, the reader may find that Mr. Ford's shocking ignorance and bigotry make him more of a tragic figure than one to be emulated. And in showing how these failings become amplified by the man's increasing wealth and influence, the author provides us with an object lesson that is as relevant as today's headlines.
Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford (First Edition)
Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford (First Edition)
This review relates to the 1990 1st edition...

Dustjacket blurbage: "Henry Ford was once described as a lazy farm boy who would to go any length to avoid work. The vast and varied enterprises he undertook with earnings from his Model T, however, belie this assessment."

This book explores the many, many endeavours undertaken by Ford -- automotive, philanthropic, in the media, his schemes in social engineering, his education projects, his forays into aviation, mines, lumber, the rubber industry. A fascinating topic. When someone with ambition finds himself with a huge fortune and almost unparalleled power, where does he devote his energies and resources?

This is a well-researched and heavily illustrated book. Bibliographic information appears at the end of each chapter. It covers a lot of ground. At 204 pages, this book doesn't devote a huge amount of energy analyzing Ford's interesting, complicated, and controversial political and social views. But is certainly a novel, well-illustrated, and comprehensive piece of work.

Cloth over hardback boards with dustcover; glossy stock, a sewn binding. About 250 black and white illustrations. Index.
The Sweet Sisters of Zion: Delois Barrett Campbell & The Barrett Sisters
The Sweet Sisters of Zion: Delois Barrett Campbell & The Barrett Sisters
This documentary is a must have for anyone that loves and follow Gospel Music. I've always enjoyed the Barrett Sisters style and searched the internet relentlessly for any available CDs or DVDs, Thanks to all that made this DVD possible. This is truly a lovely piece of art. Bivens, Durham, nc
Together Through Life
Together Through Life
The "Deluxe" Together Through Life has the standard album plus a sticker, poster, and two bonus CDs. The sticker and poster are worthless; the former merely shows the album title, and the latter the lame cover photo. One CD is the "Friends and Neighbors" episode of Dylan's popular XM radio show. A typically enjoyable example of the program, it has an astonishing variety of music mixed with Dylan's lively, informative, and often amusing commentary and quotes. It is a good introduction to the show for anyone unfamiliar with it but of little value to those who are. The other CD is also virtually worthless -- an outtake from landmark film No Direction Home lasting only a few minutes. It has an interview with Dylan's little-known first manager, Roy Silver, and a slightly different audio take of "Blowin' in the Wind." The segment has no revelations, and it is easy to see why it was excluded, but hard-cores may find it somewhat interesting. All must decide if this makes the "Deluxe" edition worth purchasing over the standard; in most cases, it certainly does not.

As for the album itself, though not on par with his three prior later career masterpieces, Together Through Life is another worthy Bob Dylan album. Fans should certainly get his major albums first, but anyone interested in him should eventually check it out, while significant differences from his other albums mean it may possibly appeal to those not usually keen on him.

It is immediately clear that Together is far more modest than other recent Dylan albums; it lacks their epic feel and is indeed only about two thirds of their length. One might almost see it as Dylan kicking against his Grand Old Man of Meaningful Songs title. Songs are short and to the point; there is no attempt at epic or panoramic music. More notably, there are few words by Dylan's standard, and what we get is unusually simple and straightforward, stripped of imagery and grand themes. They generally focus on love and lust in familiar terms and are doubtless highly influenced by co-writer and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Those who value Dylan's profundity may be disappointed and perhaps even curse Hunter; it is surely no surprise that the only song written by Dylan alone ("This Dream of You") is easily the best.

All this suggests that Together has little merit, but this is not so, though it is undeniably minor. The concision and punchiness of the words are quite intriguing, if limited, and Dylan's vocals retain their latter-day strength. One would have to look very hard indeed for another singer of his age with such emotional vitality and diversity. "Life Is Hard" has a surprisingly nimble falsetto, but his gifts, as ever, have nothing to do with hitting and holding notes or having range. Instead, his phrasing remains impeccable, and he puts the songs forth with verve and vigor few can even approach; this is particularly important, given the lyrics' unusual nature.

Music is probably the biggest point of contention. Aside from "Life Is Hard," an acoustic take on Dylan's recent Rat Pack balladry fixation, it is essentially split between accordion-dominated Tex Mex and Chicago blues. The former is a great surprise; Dylan has hardly ever used accordion, and never for an extended time, and had dabbled in Tex-Mex only on 1976's Desire. Accordion - courtesy of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, who also plays guitar - is practically the lead instrument on several cuts. This takes some getting used to, as does the musical genre generally, but grew on me significantly, as it likely will on most. The blues entries are far easier for fans of latter-day Dylan to appreciate. If less than revolutionary, they feature some fiery playing from Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and three members of Dylan's crack touring band. A few cuts mix the two styles to interesting, if somewhat jarring, effect.

"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" is a good example. Essentially a take on the classic Otis Rush blues "All Your Love" with accordion instead of harmonica, it is a high energy opener with several notable short guitar solos, blazing trumpet, blaring organ, and powerful drums. It is also a good introduction to the lyrical style, beginning as simply as possible with "Oh well, I love you pretty baby."

"Life Is Hard" will not convince those turned off by Dylan's recent ballads but is excellent for those who like them. With beautiful music and a supremely touching vocal, it is highly affecting despite words that are occasionally too clichéd.

"My Wife's Home Town" is another harmonica-cum-accordion blues update, this time of the classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and even credits Willie Dixon. Well-done if hardly world-shattering, it epitomizes Together's lyrical modesty but at least has some amusing lines. The fiery vocal improves it substantially.

"If You Ever Go to Houston" may be the most accordion-dominated track - probably too much so for many, especially as the riff is very simplistic. A Wild West ballad and Texas ode, it is one of the slightest cuts but still enjoyable.

Further proof that no one does torch songs like Dylan, "Forgetful Heart" mixes things up somewhat with dramatic, Neil Young-esque electric guitar and other musical nuances.

"Jolene" is the most uptempo song, with a killer riff and some short, incendiary guitar solos. It is nice to hear Dylan and company rip it up, though the asinine words will disappoint many.

"This Dream of You" is Together's closest thing to a masterpiece - and it is tantalizingly close. Flat out mariachi, it shows that Dylan can quickly master nearly every genre; whatever one thinks of the accordion elsewhere, here it approaches sublime, while the bittersweet lyrics and mournful croon match it. This is a piece of emotional vitality only Dylan could create and has the album's best lyrics by a considerable margin.

"Shake Shake Mama" may be the most minor cut but is an enjoyable, rollicking blues.

"I Feel a Change Coming On" is probably the second best entry. A weeper with fine lyrics and excellent, highly creative drums, it may be Together's best vocal and is a worthy canon addition.

"It's All Good" is another accordion-laced classic blues send-up, reminiscent of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" among others. The words are very good, some of Dylan's best satire in years, and possibly contain veiled political references. It is a zany, freewheelin', and effective close to an unusual album.

All told, anyone expecting another masterpiece will be disappointed, and Dylan easily has at least a dozen albums that are much better, but this is very respectable, especially considering Dylan's age and how much great music he has already made.
Gods & Generals
Gods & Generals
Doesn't matter if you ever see the movie, this soundtrack will grab you and hold on. It's emotional without ever being "in your face," as some epic orchestrations have been. It haunts you.
Much to my surprise, Bob Dylan's song is both fitting and well-done, and I was never a Dylan fan. The etherial quality of Mary Fahl's performance in "Going Home" simply has to be heard.
The music videos are a wonderful bonus. Overall, though, the orchestral pieces portray the sadness of a nation tearing itself apart, and it's powerful in a way far exceeding the typical epic style music. Mark O'Conner is one of the best fiddle players in America; here, as in The Patriot, he is key to the music's overall beauty.
This one's a keeper.
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!
Coco Reàl, Cream of Coconut, 16.9 FL OZ Squeezable Bottle, Individually Boxed
Coco Reàl, Cream of Coconut, 16.9 FL OZ Squeezable Bottle, Individually Boxed
I liked the idea that this came in a squeeze plastic bottle rather than the Coco Lopez that’s in a can. I thought it would taste the same and easier to use. Unfortunately this one didn’t have much taste and seemed like it was watered down. On a positive note this coconut cream does have an expiration date on them unlike the Coco Lopez. I found that all the coconut creams need to be refrigerated after opening and then kept in it after using. This tends to make it too thick to pour with the Coco Lopez (that states to use it at room temperature) but not with this brand. It’s sort of a toss up as to which one is better but IMO I’d rather use the other cream and pour the contents of the can into a squeeze bottle before refrigerating!
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
Overall, I was pretty impressed with this little system. It certainly has it's limits professionally but could be great for certain situations where you didn't have access to power. Like for instance, playing a grave side ceremony for a member of a motorcycle gang who passed on (yes, I've actually done this gig!). Or a remote, small wedding ceremony where there's no electricity and the bride and groom get married while sitting on their horses (yep, been there, done that!). 😂However, I returned it based on the virtual mixer limitations. First however, I WILL say the degree of eq shaping in the virtual mixer used via smartphone or tablet is PHENOMENAL! But.... and unfortunately, here is where the wheels came of for me as a professional entertainer: The reverbs are barely useable if not over applied. The delay is unacceptable because there is no tap tempo and there is not enough parameter of speed control. AND... there is no adjustment for the number of repeats. Delay ads energy to vocals and can lend a percussive accent to acoustic/electric guitar so is a great asset to a soloist like myself. BUT it generally needs to be applied at the tempo of the song your playing OR at a pretty fast speed to give that Elvis/John Lennon style slapback sound to your vocal. This delay speed (tempo) can't be adjusted to a fast enough repeat for that. Could you add an external effect unit and or mixer with built in effects? Yes, but that would require a power source, extra cables and more setup time which would defeat the purpose of a standalone, self powered unit like this was designed to be. If you don't need or care about having quality effects, this is otherwise a decent little self powered PA. Lots of volume for its size and seems sturdy.
Black Autumn: Surviving the Crash (The Black Autumn Series Book 1)
Black Autumn: Surviving the Crash (The Black Autumn Series Book 1)
TL;DR: Don't waster your money; this is a masturbatory ego jack-off by the authors, for the authors where they more or less brag about their prep and how they'd kill everyone to keep it. If you're looking for practical advice on prepping, I'd suggest the '299 Days' series.

One of the major scenes in the book includes a nuclear detonation near the Port of Los Angeles and the authors must not have done thier research because between the tsunami that would hit the port, the LPG and Ethanol storage that would go off with the force of another nuclear blast, the destruction and subsequent sinking of other ships at port and awaiting offloading of cargo and LPG/Ethanol to the port, and the radiation that would salt the LA basin with radioactive fallout the authors fail to note that the Port is *the* major importer of consumer goods into the US and an attack on that port alone would crush the stock market all on it's own.

The author's Facebook response to my criticism? "Interesting"

#rolleyes

I share the exasperation of other readers in seeing the authors write themselves into the story yet if this is meant to be an allegorical tale about why you should prep and how, it fails miserably and, frankly, comes across in some places as outright bragging about his prep - $15,000 NODS per person, $3000 rifles per person, Level IV body armor per person, etc, etc. not to mention casually dropping $50K to a storage facility for his daughter only to see her fly away from Baltimore and leave it all behind. VERY FEW of us have that level of cash on hand to drop into prepping so, as I said, this book turns into a masturbatory ego stroke by the authors to say 'look what we got and we'll fight you over it'.
4 Pack Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush Semilyn Wheat Straw Toothbrush Eco-Friendly ergonomic Soft Bristles Toothbrush Small Heads Superfine Teeth Comfortable for Sensitive Gums for Kid and Adult (4 Color)
4 Pack Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush Semilyn Wheat Straw Toothbrush Eco-Friendly ergonomic Soft Bristles Toothbrush Small Heads Superfine Teeth Comfortable for Sensitive Gums for Kid and Adult (4 Color)
I have tried a lot of biodegradable toothbrushes and these seem to be a family favorite from my picky husband to our 11-year-old son. At first, I wished that they had these all in one, neutral color (still kind of do) but we’ve come to appreciate that the colors help us differentiate them. Also wish they didn’t have to come wrapped separately in plastic as we have no use for the plastic and end up recycling it. Still great product and price!
Marvel Deadpool Invasion 4 Piece Full Sheet Set, White/Gray/Red
Marvel Deadpool Invasion 4 Piece Full Sheet Set, White/Gray/Red
Good buy😉 the sheets fit my son's queen pillowtop wonderfully! The fitted sheet fit secure, but requires a little tucking under. It is not a fight, like with other fitted sheets, because they are too tight. The deadpool colors pop! They washed well. The material is a thin microfiber. The sheets have a silky feel. No problems at all with this order. The seller messaged me 2xs to ensure satisfaction. I believe if there was an issue this seller would resolve it to your satisfaction! These sheets can be found at Wal-Mart, but they are a couple bucks more expensive. I am happy and would recommend buying!
Happiest Baby On The Block Dvd
Happiest Baby On The Block Dvd
Taking care of a baby for my wife and I was a relative breeze (we have had four). We had all of our kids sleeping through the night by 9 weeks, and even when they were not yet sleeping through the night they still were sleeping in blocks of several hours at a time so that we were only getting up in the middle of the night once or twice a night. Lots of moms used to say that we were just "lucky" to have easy kids, but after a repeating pattern with all four kids, they have all had to admit that we "must be doing something right." People ask us all the time what is our secret. This is it.

We based our baby care plan on two sources:
1. On Becoming Baby Wise
2. The Happiest Baby On The Block

The first one addresses putting your baby on a scheduled feeding and sleeping plan. The second one addresses the best way to keep your baby sleeping once you put him/her down. This video teaches you how to get your baby to calm down and sleep, shows you how swaddling prevents your baby from waking him/herself up by involuntary reflexes which all babies make, and reveals what your baby's crying really means. You know that mom on public transportation who can't get her baby to stop crying? You wish she had watched this video!
The Lord of the Rings Collection (Theatrical Version)
The Lord of the Rings Collection (Theatrical Version)
I’m a late comer to the LOTR movies, so I found this inexpensive little set a great introduction. The movies are quite long enough for me without the extended stuff, which is not included. If you care about those, be aware this set does NOT have them, as it is the theatrical version. It is a very basic set, which is fine for me, and it does have nice detailed menus.

FOTR—Great action movie. It does sometimes sacrifice storytelling for quick action thrills and Moria was a little off my ideas of it from the book. Still, large parts of the movie are pretty spectacular and the fight with the cave troll—lol. The mirror scene just gives me goosebumps and the final scene overlooking Mordor is haunting and always makes me want to dive into the next movie.

TTT—Slow start, but really hits its stride in the second half. Solidly awesome if you like long, loud, fake-medieval war movies. Legolas is pretty amazing in this movie (yes, even the dumb skateboarding moment) and Frodo’s adventures in Ithilien provide a break from the monotony of “MASTER FRODO and Sam drift in real-time,” which is most of their journey. Gollum’s feelings of betrayal by Frodo also provided the only moment when his motives were not simply evil.

ROTK—A little long, but good. Minas Tirith was a fantastic scene even though Denethor’s actions, including his effort to burn himself and Faramir to death, make more sense if you know he went crazy through using a palantir. But it’s still a really interesting plot. Shelob was memorable in the books-- in the movie, she was too LONG and sadly not as scary. But Frodo’s development as he realizes his mistake in trusting Gollum over Sam makes it quite satisfying. And of course, Frodo got his finger bitten off later, in gory, bloody detail. Brr.
The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition) Book By J R R Tolkien Hardcover
The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition) Book By J R R Tolkien Hardcover
Not sure if other buyers mentioned this, but the copy I received had gold glitter all over it. It looks like the page edges (all 1,184 of them) are spackled in tiny particles of gold glitter. It is all over the leather cover and all over my fingers and hands every time I go to open the book.

Seriously, all glitter should be outlawed.

Other than that, it is an excellent version and it looks nice on my bookshelf.
Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Henry David Thoreau for Kids is part of the "For Kids" series published by the Chicago Review Press. I have read many books in this series and on the whole found them to be informative and engaging and beautiful to read. The pictures and the activities make it a perfect way for children to learn about historical events.

Henry David Thoreau for Kids have many of these same qualities. Even though I live in Boston, and know some general facts about Thoreau, this book enabled me to understand his personal and political philosophies and the passions that drove him. From his views on nature and solitude, his call for and active participation in civil disobedience, his relationships to the Emersons and Alcotts and his business and civic involvements were clearly and vividly explained (I see this book being read by 5-8th graders). I especially enjoyed reading about the milieu in Concord and the friendships and communities he was part of, Transcendentalists, etc. I thought the activities were relevant, engaging and fun and gives the material more weight and substance. I did find myself dragging a bit in the middle of the book but overall, if guided by an enthusiastic teacher, I think kids will learn so much about this original thinker and appreciate what he brought to all of us.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Chicago Review Press for giving me the opportunity to review this book for an honest opinion.
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (Classic Seuss)
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (Classic Seuss)
"Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories" gives a new generation of readers some fresh, but classic, Dr. Seuss stories. Charles D. Cohen is to be congratulated for having the tenacity to find these "lost" four Seuss works. He should be lauded for his generosity in sharing the stories with Dr. Seuss fans - old and young.

This volume contains four stories; each one features a familiar character that appeared in other Seuss classics. Once again, the 100% faithful Horton the Elephant meets a less ethical critter - the Kwuggerbug - who imposes on Horton's good nature. Once again, Horton prevails. The imaginative Marco - "To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street - creatively parses words to explain his tardy arrival at school. Marco is definitely a politician in the making. Officer Pat, a less familiar Seuss character, saves the town from disaster - or what he thinks may be a disaster - in a series of hilarious actions. Finally, the Grinch - before he stole Christmas - cleverly markets a piece of green string to the Hoobub.

The stories in "Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories" are all imaginative, absurd enough to delight children and adults, alike, and wonderful to read alone or to someone you love. Each story, whether rhymed or written in prose form, has a moral or lesson to be learned. Dr. Seuss' ability to create words and imbue characters with so much personality they cannot be forgotten shines through every tale. The rhymed stories flow smoothly and are easy to read aloud. Even when Dr. Seuss creates new words so that a rhyme is possible, the words seem to make sense and to be "real" words.

Whether you are adding a new book to your own library or helping a child you love grow their own book collection, "Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories" is one book that must be included. Five stars!
Private Members
Private Members
i took the book on holiday and read it on my first day, its a great chick-lit page turner. the characters become likeable and their each individual stories, which sometimes inter-twine with the other characters are shocking yet believable. by only issue with the book was after reading reviews i thought i was in a for a real sexy beach read, however these parts of the book always began well with plenty of description but then was just cut off and left to your imagination. it was building up to nothing, where i thought it would go into sordid detail! personally i wouldnt class it as a huge sexy read. however, im looking forward to the sequel arriving in the post!
Ashley Bell: A Novel
Ashley Bell: A Novel
The plain and simple truth.....I've read lots and lots of books in the last 12 months. Some quite interesting, but poorly realised, some imaginative and well written, with a few very well conceived, with the writer at the top end of their craft. And then Dean Koontz pulls the rabbit out a of the hat...with this near perfect tale, with a well developed lead character and a story line that will keep you guessing right to the end.

Just imagine you are a bungee jumper, safe on solid ground. Then you do something reckless and throw yourself over the edge, fast leaving that safe ground above you. Your life saving elastic is stretching, stretching and getting tighter all the time. That's how the tention within this masterful story just builds and builds. Like gravity, you have no choice but to follow it down. You are never quite sure if these creations within the story can be true, or simply imagined. When things get really taught you'll struggle to remain calm, you won't be able to help yourself, you'll be rooting for the Bibi, Olaf, Pax, her family and best friend.
At it's peak tention, everything suddenly changes direction, just as as the universal law of gravity, you were never in control of your direction. Just as you see that place of safety that you jumped from right at the start, coming back to greet you, everything changes again! Suddenly you're floating and gravity has briefly been suspended, but you know what's coming and down you plunge yet again....only this time you might not want to trust that bungee elastic.

Perhaps just like me, you've been waiting for another of those real page turner's, a real classic of storytelling, where there's no filler, no wasted breath and everything is to play for. I defy anyone to not be taken aback by the revelations at the conclusion of this. You just have to read this - period.
Sacred Sins
Sacred Sins
Tess is a psychiatrist who cares about her patients and truly wants to help them. When she is unable to help them, she suffers emotionally, in private, but to all outward appearances, she appears detached. She is asked to do a psychological profile on a man who is killing slender, pretty blonde women. He leaves notes absolving them of their sins.
Ben is a detective in charge of the investigation. He has little or no use for psychiatrists because his brother committed suicide while seeing one for delayed stress syndrome. He wants to catch this killer, but doesn't believe that any psychiatrist will make a difference.
Ben and Tess are strongly attracted to one another from the beginning. Both hold back. Tess because she doesn't know whether he dislikes her profession or her. Ben holds back because no woman has ever made him feel an emotional attachment like Tess. It scares him.
Time is running out. Four women have died. The killer has set his sights on Tess as his last and final victim. She fits the profile. Can they figure out who he is in time?
This is a very 'in depth' book. I enjoyed the insight into psychology and police procedure in tracking down a suspect. A very well written book. If you like CSI shows, you will like this.
A Prisoner of Birth: A Novel
A Prisoner of Birth: A Novel
This was another revisit to a book I had read a while ago prompted by an Amazon deal for a Kindle copy for pocket change. Once again I enjoyed revisiting a book I had enjoyed before and surprisingly there were only a few parts that I really remembered.

There are several parts to a pretty complex plot. At the beginning East-Ender Danny Cartwright proposes to his pregnant girlfriend, Beth Wilson and then goes out with Bernie, Beth's brother and Danny's best mate, to a pub to celebrate. There are four drunken men in the pub and one of them makes obscene suggestions to Beth and then picks a fight with Danny and Bernie. The outcome of the brawl is that Danny is stabbed in the leg by the leader of their opponents who then stabs Bernie fatally.

The twist in the tale is that the leader of the pack, who call themselves "the Musketeers", is an eminent and very clever lawyer who concocts a bogus story that Danny killed his best friend. Danny is arrested for murder and in court the Musketeers stick by their story and Danny is given a life sentence.

Archer then brings his own prison experience into play when he describes prison conditions and the developing personal relationship with his cellmates, especially with Nick Moncrieff, an intelligent and cultured heir to a knighthood who looks uncannily similar to Bernie. Nick helps Bernie to with his education and social skills and they become inseparable. This sets the scene for Danny's determination to seek revenge on each of the Musketeers.

It is a very entertaining story as Danny plots his revenge and as uses his new social and business skills to track down each Musketeer and establish a new life. Jeffrey Archer's books can never be called literary fiction but there are few authors of this genre who can beat him as a master storyteller of complex and entertaining plots.
Treasure Mountain (Sacketts Book 13)
Treasure Mountain (Sacketts Book 13)
The Sackett Brothers, William Tell and Orrin finally located their father's grave, and the "GOLD" he had buried was found by Orrin. Now hopefully the brothers will have enough gold to take care of the family, especially their Mother who will be sad that her husband is buried in one and not scattered all over the mountain which happens when they are left unburied.
Tell Sackett seems to be lonely for a woman whom he can settle down with, but that star seems to be out of his reach. He compares his qualities with his other brothers, and he seems to feel they have a better chance because they know how to talk to the opposite sex, whereas he gets tongue tied and says the wrong things. Tell
is a thinker, you know a strategies, who thinks of how can he get out of tight situations. He's deadly with his pistolas, a rifle. He can speak a bit of French, mexican spanish which he compared to the proper spanish spoke in Spain and New Orleans. He seems to clean up well when he goes out to dinner in New Orleans. He isn't ashamed to admit he gets scared. He describes how beautiful the Rocky Mountains and the other mountains he names. He respectful of others, and their beliefs especially the Native Americans. Like his father said, time waits on no one and change is coming and you have to accept it and move on or get left or die. These Sackett Men are men to ride the river with or back you up in in a tight spot..Men and women raised in the hills of Tennessee and Kentucky....who took care of their families and kin....
Asterix: Gladiateur (French Edition)
Asterix: Gladiateur (French Edition)
album de BD broché rigide grand format ancien (1964) présentant la quatrième aventure des célèbres héros de Goscinny et Uderzo; celle ci fait partie des oeuvres les plus anciennes; le dessin des différents personnages est encore imparfait (contrairement aux épisodes ultérieurs, il se cherche encore), les personnages principaux sont là hormis Idéfix et le thème général mène nos héros à Rome et ses "panem et circenses"; les dialogues et l'intrigue sont truculents (qui ne se souvient pas des lions du cirque fuyant les vocalisations du barde?); même si il ne s'agit pas d'une vraie reliure mais plutôt d'un ouvrage broché avec couverture rigide, cette version classique cartonnée est parfaite pour renouveler sa collection qui, il faut bien l'avouer, a du mal à survivre, avec cicatrices et marques d'usure, aux années et multiples mains entre lesquelles elle est passée (et c'est bien normal après tout!)
Mystery In Spiderville
Mystery In Spiderville
By some bizarre twist of fate you've stumbled upon this book and rather than take the plunge and part with your money you needed to know other people's opinions first. That's fine. So let me tell you about a discovery I made - As with most young writers in pursuit of knowledge and entertainment a lot of my spare time is spent skulking around libraries and one particular day, before another mind numbing shift in work, I stumbled across A Mystery In Spiderville... `Never judge a book by its cover' is a piece of advice that 9 times out of 10 is worthless to people in a rush and having looked at the cover and the description on the back ("the décor is by Dali, the plot is a mixture of Breton and Burroughs") felt like I HAD to read this book.

... And I've read it at least six times since. Every time I do I find something new and different and influential. This book has influenced me more than anything I've ever read before and for that I've become permanently indebted to John Hartley Williams - Jesus, even the blurb on the back of a collection of his poetry (Cornerless People) is one of the best things (and best concepts of what story is) I have ever read in my life! Take that for what you will. With Spiderville, you start off slugging away at it and think "What the hell?!" to yourself as it follows no linear plot but I swear, by about page 54 you'll slowly but surely be getting to a point where you can't put the book down - the lyrical prose will make you laugh and smile to yourself.

This book is my secret, my own personal bible. But I pray, if you enjoy this book, to tell all your friends about it. If, as Paul Valery put it, "the true poet is the one who inspires," John Hartley Williams is the best of the best.
John Grisham Runaway Jury - The Brethren (Hardback W Dustjacket)
John Grisham Runaway Jury - The Brethren (Hardback W Dustjacket)
For me to assume to review ANYthing John Grisham writes is stepping beyond the realm of my capability; after all, one simply has to consult The NY Times Best Sellers' lists, and the lists of JOHN GRISHAM'S books there speak for themselves. However, as a layperson, with a layperson's SIMPLE kind of review, Grisham's imagination and ability to write a page turner of those involved with the law (honorable or otherwise), with all the intrigue packed in, can ALWAYS be rightfully assumed to be a winner. His great mind, his fertile imagination, his sense of humor of human nature (especially when it comes to his specialty--the law) and his integrity shine through, continually. His writing is delightful, as, I assume, so is he himself.
Kaito Kid Treasured Edition 01
Kaito Kid Treasured Edition 01
Kaito Kid Treasurde Edition Bd 5.
Ist schon eine Weile her, dass ich die ersten vier Bände gelesen habe. Ich weiß, dass ich damals nicht so recht von den Geschichten überzeugt war, besonders die Geschichte mit der Hexe Akako fand ich sehr seltsam. Aber während meiner Erinnerung nach die ersten vier Bände aus Gosho Aoyamas Frühzeit als Mangaka stammen (was man ihnen definitiv anmerkt), ist dieser 2017 (in Japan ) erschienene Band vom Inhalt her ausgereift. Kein Wunder nach 24 Jahren Detektiv Conan-Erfahrung.

Der Band besteht aus vier farbigen Illustrationen, drei Fällen für Kaito Kid (Phantom Lady, Midnight Crow, Sun Halo), der Neuauflage von Aoyamas zweitem professionellen Beitrag "Lupin - Der Gleichgültige" und 2 Seiten Bonus.
Die Fälle sind gut aufgebaut und so weit glaubwürdig, wie Kaito Kid eben ist (sprich: fantastische Elemente wie Akakakos Anrufung Luzifers und Kaitos Garderobenwechsel innerhalb weniger Sekunden).
Auf Lupin hätte ich verzichten können, die Geschichte ist ausgesprochen wirr. Die zwei Bonusseiten sind ganz nett, wobei es eigentlich nur eine Seite ist, die erste hat kaum Inhalt. Es geht dabei um die Verfilmung der Kaito Kid-Mangas. Kaito stellt fest, dass ihm Akakos Villa sehr bekannt vorkommt. Wenn man das Namensschild am Zaun betrachtet (Kudo), weiß man auch, woher.
SAS 167 Polonium 210 (French Edition)
SAS 167 Polonium 210 (French Edition)
As is commonly acknowledged (at least in the West), Vladimir Putin is the rightful heir to centuries of autocrats and Russian nationalists. His current government is considered by its critics as a model of corruption verging on a kleptocracy. That's bad enough, but Putin seemingly has developed a penchant for military adventures: Crimea, Syria and so on. In other words, Russia now is like Russia then, that is pretty much more of the same old, same old.

Following in the footsteps of Stalin - who dispatched Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río overseas to assassinate his long-time ideological adversary, Leon Trotsky - Putin decided to rub-out various Russian "miscreants"/oligarchs who wisely departed for foreign shores before their heads rolled. Just like Stalin, with Putin the intention seemed to be centered more on revenge and "teaching a lesson", rather than one of removing a tangible threat.

Not content to "liberate" much of the displaced oligarchs' (ill-begotten) gains, Putin deemed it most expeditious to eliminate a few of these potential antagonists and he chose a singularly nefarious updated icepick with which to dispatch them: the Polonium (Po) isotope 210. The fictionalized account of one such attempt is depicted in this installment of the famous Malko Linge "SAS" series by the consummate insider/spy thriller writer, Gerard de Villiers.

"Po" is certainly not the finest spy/adventure novel penned and it's not even the strongest entry in the de Villiers canon. The sex is fast, frequent and it becomes tiresome. Malko seems to be the only mildly intelligent agent working the case. The CIA London Station chief is preternaturally befuddled by even the most obvious and trivial puzzles and requires near constant enlightenment by Linge.

Putin's Po was used to kill the now well-known Russian dissident ex-FSB officer Alexander V. Litvinenko in 2006 and that is the subject of this book. But why him? That's Malko's problem. The plot line in this book is one of the more complex in the SAS series. It begins in Chechnaya with the squashed Islamist-based independence movement and an assassination. That leads to a Russian oligarch with ties to the rebels. Due to Simion Gourevitch's vast fortune and links to separatists, Putin views him as an enemy and directs a grim FSB bureau director Rem Tolkatchev (smoker of bizarrely colored cigarettes and possessor of a singularly affectless character) to assassinate the renegade oligarch, now living in London. There, he indulges in the usual ostentatious totems of wealth including an armored Bentley, a blinged-out Breitling and knockout prostitutes. Malko can match him one-to-one with the Brietling, the Tattinger and the women, if not the money and he does so at every turn.

In any event, Polonium (Po) and it's various isotopes are extremely toxic, with 1 mcg sufficient to kill the average adult or Russian oligarch. In other words, it's supposedly 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide by weight and has a long half-life, too. These and other fascinating Po facts were detailed by de Villiers along with the fact that only a state-actor could generate it. In other words, it wouldn't be as ubiquitous as arsenic or anthrax and it's traceable: that's both a disadvantage (if you're seeking anonymity) and a plus (if you're trying to send a message). The Po had the further didactic advantage that it subjected Litvinenko to a protracted and agonizing death. Aside from the fact that only a very small quantity if needed to dispatch the intended victim, it decays by alpha particle emission. As de Villiers points out, alpha particles are highly toxic, but they are large (a helium nucleus) and cannot penetrate even a sheet of paper. If ingested though, they are extremely deadly. This makes Po safe to transport and easy to deploy...if you have access to food, water or some other source the target will consume or breathe. Once Litvinenko was discovered to have died by that means, his nationality, his ties to dissident oligarchs and the poison itself tie the crime to Putin as was likely the intention all along.

There are several harrowing encounters between Malko and the Russian assassin, Igor Vlassov and lots of tawdry sex with a CIA agent (Gwyneth Robertson) and just about every good-looking woman whom Malko encounters. Actually, de Villiers was not shy about the quality of his writing: he had no pretensions to greatness, stating these books were tantamount to fairy tales for adults. Yet, the precision and accuracy of his revelations of new and startling facts (always subsequently confirmed) made these an enduring source of entertainment for diplomats and spies globally.

For a more current (and non-fictional) accounting of the actual Litvenenko story, I recommend the article in the April 21, 2016 issue of "The New York Review of Books" by Amy Knight. This isn't the best SAS book, but it's not the worst of the several I've read. Vintage may translate this one into English, given the prominence of Putin on the international scene.
Mr. Happy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Happy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
One I remember from my own childhood. Reading this to my son now, it does look a little aged in the illustrations, but the simplicity and honesty of it, along with Hargreaves jolly wit, makes the story still enjoyable to read. With all the harshness of modern life (do our children see it as we do, or will they look back on their childhoods' as innocently as we do ours?) I find myself seeking out only the most positive children's books to share, I guess in the hope that our kids have at least a few years without experiencing great amounts of worry. Mr. Happy fits the bill nicely in this respect and being available on Kindle makes it all the better. Now I can carry the kids' whole library to bed with us at story time!
The League of Frightened Men (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 2)
The League of Frightened Men (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 2)
Nero Wolfe’s clients are twelve men in fear of their lives. Twenty-five years ago they hazed a fellow student at Harvard and caused him to have an accident that left him badly crippled. Now they’re convinced he’s killing them off one by one for revenge. Two of their friends, also involved in the hazing incident, have died suspicious deaths. And all of them have received threatening letters.

Only the crippled Paul Chapin, now a successful and rather edgy author, could have crafted these poetic threats. The twelve clients assure Wolfe that Chapin is so brilliant and devious, he is sure to evade the police. Wolfe with his genius is their only hope of eluding Chapin’s vengeance. Wolfe devises an enormous twelve-part fee for saving their twelve lives.

Wolfe’s investigation moves slowly, for he never lets business interfere with lunch — or the four hours a day he devotes to his orchids. Nonetheless, there’s some excitement — including a new death.

The plot is clever, and the writing a delight. Archie, Wolfe’s assistant, provides most of the fun. His tough-guy narration sparkles with colorful metaphors, witty analogies, caustic observations, and bitter imprecations against Wolfe’s selfish inertia and cryptic utterances. Wolfe and Archie have perfected the art of insulting each other, and this gets pretty humorous.

I am re-reading this series with the greatest pleasure.
Lost in the Jungle: Secrets of an Overworld Survivor, #1
Lost in the Jungle: Secrets of an Overworld Survivor, #1
Great book for young Minecraft fans! There are several other books in this series, and my 5 year old loves to sit and listen to me read them all (he can't read yet, but these are more on a 3rd grade reading level I'd say). I like these books because the storyline is interesting, and almost every chapter ends in suspense, leading the reader to keep going :) There is also nothing too scary, too gory, or too mature in this book for even a preschool child like mine. Highly recommend!

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HYGGEHAUS Wooden Advent Calendar for Christmas 2020, Purple and Silver - Advent Calendar for Girls, Women, Teens, Grandparents, Baby. Refillable Advent for Beauty Product, Makeup, Gifts, Accessories
HYGGEHAUS Wooden Advent Calendar for Christmas 2020, Purple and Silver - Advent Calendar for Girls, Women, Teens, Grandparents, Baby. Refillable Advent for Beauty Product, Makeup, Gifts, Accessories
I ordered two of the purple and two red Wooden Advent Calendars.They were well made and I really liked that they had various sized drawers. I also liked there was a solid back on the "calendar" so the drawers wouldn't fall through. My mom fixed yearly advent calendars for my two sons. They loved them. That was the first thing they would do every morning in December while waiting for Christmas. I gave my two oldest grandchildren, ages 3 and 4, their's on Thanksgiving. They started opening the boxes on December 1. Their moms have been sending me videos of the girls opening the drawers each day. They LOVE them. I'll have to fill all four of the "calendars" next year when their siblings are older!
Lost Fort Ellis: A Frontier History of Bozeman
Lost Fort Ellis: A Frontier History of Bozeman
Living in the Fort Ellis area I was super pumped to find a book that would tell me the events and exercises, the expanse and operations that transpired here in the 1800s. Sorely let down. Am 7/8ths thru the book and other than learning how the number of fort occupants fluctuated over its operational period, I've not yet once encountered any information that would bring to life the past. What I have read repetitively is the interaction between Washington, DC and Fort Ellis, social impact of Fort Ellis and Bozeman, and of the troops inside FE, how many were Irish.

I'd go on record to state this book is exclusively detailing the social exchanges, social backgrounds, and status of both the town of Bozeman and Fort Ellis. If you want to know what happened in and around FE, keep on searching.
QI-EU Wireless Charger, 4 in 1 Qi-Certified Fast Charging Station Compatible Apple Watch Airpods Pro iPhone 12/11/11 Pro/X/XS/XR/Xs Max/8/8 Plus, Wireless Charging Stand Compatible Samsung Galaxy S20
QI-EU Wireless Charger, 4 in 1 Qi-Certified Fast Charging Station Compatible Apple Watch Airpods Pro iPhone 12/11/11 Pro/X/XS/XR/Xs Max/8/8 Plus, Wireless Charging Stand Compatible Samsung Galaxy S20
I only just set this up a minute ago, but I already really enjoy it! I used to have one of the charging stands where you had to weave all your existing charge wires through the stand so I ended up with a completely full surge protector, but this solved my insane wire problems!

It does exact what it's supposed to do -- all my devices are charging, even my iphone 11 pro with the popsocket base still on my 2mm case. I did try charging my phone with my popsocket top attached, and it doesn't work. The light just flickers back and forth between red and blue.

Sure, with a regular charge adapter that comes with your phone is really slow at charging all 4 devices which is to be expected, but I'm sure the QC 3.0 adapter will help (I have yet to get one). Besides, when I'm sitting at my desk and need to charge my phone, I'm usually working and will be for several hours and don't need an instant charge for my phone. We're all sitting at home anyway, so I'm not really in a rush lol. Also, the box comes with a charging cable, so no worries there.

I will say that the only gripe I have (if I HAVE to have one and I'm being picky) is that the black rubber base for where the phone sits to keep it from sliding off of the base isn't the most secure. I do have to adjust my phone a little bit to make sure it doesn't slip off, but it's nothing that I'm actually complaining about. I'm sure if you don't have the popsocket base at the back of your phone, the phone won't slip around. You can also adjust the angle that your phone sits at with the little kickstand at the back of the phone/watch panel, so that helps a lot too! I like that the kickstand is a solid metal piece and there's some magnetism going on with its contact with the charging base that keeps it from collapsing (the ability to collapse this entire stand for travel is another awesome feature!).

Overall, I'm really happy with this charging stand! It does everything it's supposed to do, plus the rose gold is a really cute color that no other 4-in-1 charging stand seller has. The rose gold color doesn't have the issue that the white stand seems to have with the charge light being obnoxiously bright or shining through the base itself. If I were you and considering this charging stand, this is the perfect one! It'll definitely serve me well even if I decide to upgrade my airpods, watch, or phone. Just maybe avoid the white color.
Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Blink Mini Indoor Smart Security Camera, 1080 HD with Motion Detection
Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Blink Mini Indoor Smart Security Camera, 1080 HD with Motion Detection
ORIGINAL REVIEW: July 1, 2019: 3.5/5 stars (more on the rationale behind the 3.5/5 rating at the end of the review)

For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to get upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Money on Purchases” section).

This device - Amazon’s Echo Show 5 (2019 release) is a refresh of the Echo Show line-up at an outstanding price. The Echo Show 5 (henceforth referred to as ES5) is in a new class of its own. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the ES5 does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save money on purchasing the Echo Show and my final recommendations. I honestly don’t know why this device is called Echo Show 5 when this is the third version (generation) of the Echo Show line-up. Some reviewers have suggested that this could allude to the device’s display size.

I have spent the past few days interacting with the ES5, using it, and reading other online reviews about this device to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of information provided in this review.

- The Box (package): The Echo Show 5 (ES5) smart speaker, a quick-start guide, things to try card, 15W wall adapter, and a cable (4.9 foot). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.

- Availability (Color): Charcoal and Sandstone. Option to also purchase this device with either color and a Ring Video Doorbell Pro at a higher price

-Set up: Plug in the device to receive prompts, and then connect to the Internet. Overall, the set-up was self-explanatory.

- Summary of critical aspects that have changed in this version: Echo Show 5 (ES5) vs. Echo Show 2 (ES2). Technically, there is nothing to compare this device to other than the previous Echo Show 2nd generation even though it is not a fair comparison because the previous device is a premium device. Perhaps, Amazon is trying to improve the number of offerings for its Echo Show line-up while decreasing the price and/or the Echo Show 2nd generation didn’t get as many sales (no clue, I am just guessing here). Please note that the Fire Tablets, the Kindles, and the Echo speakers have 3 models each so the above guess is a reasonable one.
--- Release Date: ES5 (2019) vs. ES2 (2018)
--- Display size: ES5 (5.5 inch) vs. ES2 (10.1 inch HD screen)
--- Display resolution: ES5 (960 x 480 resolution) vs. ES2 (1280 x 960 resolution)
--- Speakers: ES5 (one 4W speaker) vs. ES2 (two 10W drivers and a passive radiator with Dolby processing for room-filling sound)
--- Camera: ES5 (1MP) vs. ES2 (5 MP)
--- Camera Controls: ES5 (built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button) vs. ES2 (microphone/camera on/off button)
--- Microphones: ES5 (2 mics) vs. ES5 (4 mics)
--- Built-in Zigbee smart home hub: ES5 (NA) vs. ES2 (present)
--- Dimensions: ES5 [5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)] vs. ES2 [9.7” x 6.9” x 4.2” (246 mm x 174 mm x 107 mm)].
--- Weight: ES5 [14.5 oz (410 grams)] vs. ES2 [62.2 oz. (1765 grams)]
--- Processor: ES5 (MediaTek MT 8163) vs. ES2 (Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor)
--- Adapter and cable: ES5 [Power adapter (15W)/cable (4.9 ft.)] vs. ES2 [Power adapter (30W)/cable (6 ft.)]

- Key things are similar when compared to Echo Show 2nd generation device:
--- Alexa is the same: However, please note that Alexa has several skills and is constantly being updated
--- Basic functionality (i.e. the purpose the Echo Show device and uses) is the same
--- Color options are the same.
--- Warranty and Service options are the same
--- Ports and buttons are the same

- Comparison between the Echo Show 5 (ES5) and Echo Spot (ES)
--- Release Date: ES5 (2019) vs. ES (2018)
--- Display size: ES5 (5.5 inch) vs. ES (2.5 inc)
--- Display resolution: ES5 (960 x 480 resolution) vs. ES (480 x 480 resolution)
--- Camera: ES5 (1MP) vs. ES (VGA)
--- Camera Controls: ES5 (built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button) vs. ES (microphone/camera on/off button).
--- Microphones: ES5 (2 mics) vs. ES (4 mics)
--- Built-in Zigbee smart home hub: ES5 (NA) vs. ES (present).
--- Dimensions: ES5 [5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)] vs. ES [4.1” x 3.8” x 3.6” (104 mm x 97 mm x 91 mm)
--- Weight: ES5 [14.5 oz (410 grams)] vs. ES [14.8 oz. (419 grams)]
--- Adapter and cable: ES5 [Power adapter (15W)/cable (4.9 ft.)] vs. ES [Power adapter (W)/cable (6 ft.)]
--- Color Options: ES5 (Charcoal or Sandstone) vs. ES (Black or White)

- Key things are similar when compared to Echo Show 2nd generation device:
--- Alexa is the same
--- Basic functionality (i.e. the purpose the Echo Show device and uses) is the same
--- Warranty and Service options are the same
--- Ports and buttons are the same

- Technical specs and other details (Echo Show 5):
--- Size: 5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)
--- Weight: 14.5 oz (410 grams)
--- Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty is available for U.S. customers and is sold separately.
--- Wi-Fi connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
--- Ports: 3.5 mm stereo jack, power port, and USB port.
--- Audio: Full range 1.65” built-in speaker. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers.
--- Buttons on device: Two volume controls (Volume Up and Volume Down) and Camera Shutter (On/Off).

- Some limitations (listed in order of concern) to be expected because of this device being sold at a bargain price and is the mid-tier model:
--- There was some lag time in loading videos, some confusion to access things, and the screen doesn’t function similar to a tablet (swiping to access options and apps). Additionally, the software on this device occasionally kept freezing and navigation was a bit of a challenge. For instance, there were multiple times when the video I was watching reset to the beginning (after the video was paused and the home screen came on) and songs stopped mid-way. Consequently, I am docking down 1/2 a star.
---The constant ads on the home screen (try Alexa to do something) can get a bit annoying. I am docking down 1/2 a star for this issue.
--- FreeTime could not be enabled on this device. I tried repeatedly but couldn’t figure out how to make FreeTime work. Enabling Amazon FreeTime in the Alexa app can make any Echo Device kid-friendly. Again, I am docking down another 1/2 a star.
--- The speaker is not as good as compared to the Echo Show 2nd generation
--- No audio cable included
Total stars docked: 1.5

- Some useful features on the Echo Show (not a comprehensive list).
--- “Alexa has 80,000 skills and counting. Skills are like apps and help you do more like play Jeopardy! Just say, ‘Alexa, show me skills.’”
--- Accessibility: “On Echo devices with screens, you can enable Alexa captioning and closed captioning, magnify the screen, toggle color inversion, and choose between color correction options. You can also enable the VoiceView screen reader to use gestures to navigate the screen and hear spoken feedback about the items you select.”
--- Bluetooth: “Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Show 5 or from Echo Show 5 to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.”
--- The “Drop In” feature on Alexa functions as a two-way intercom between any 2 Echo devices (needs to be enabled on receiver device). Additionally, customers can use Announcements as a one-way intercom to other household devices. This can be done by asking Alexa to “Drop In” on Kitchen, Kid’s bedroom, Living Room (depending on how you have named your Echo devices), etc. Family members do not need to accept Drop Ins (announcements) as compared to a hands-free call that needs to be accepted (similar to a traditional phone call, people can reject the call). Basically, the Drop In feature works in your house while the hands-free call feature (calls require that you input the contact name and phone number by letting the Alexa app access this information) is making a physical call to either someone in your home or somewhere else using the Echo device. Calls can be made to the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Calling family members has been amazing. The noise-canceling set-up works really well and conversations are crisp and clear. Messaging option exists for those with the Alexa app, an echo device with a screen, or Skype.
--- Ability to customize clock face, add background photos, entertain, and create morning routines.
--- You can watch videos on WikiHow (unique new addition)
--- There is a new and upgraded wake up alarm system (option to add ambient sunrise lighting feature)
--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk
--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s app store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
--- Ability to check email.
--- Ability to control your smart home devices through voice control (security cameras, light, thermostats, etc.)
--- Ability to watch movie trailers, news, see song lyrics, and album art
--- Ability to listen to radio stations, podcasts, see song lyrics, and audiobooks
--- Ability to create to-do lists, calendars, look at weather, and traffic. Also, you can receive step-by-step directions for cooking
--- Customers can make purchases from their Amazon account

-Some Usage Tips (Amazon’s review space limitations prevent me from putting any more tips):
--- Changing Device Name: Please note that the device name can be changed from something generic to something specific. This is especially helpful if you own multiple Echo devices and was automatically assigned a generic device name (like “Echo Dot”) and has no clue which device is which on the Amazon Alexa app. This can be done by opening the Alexa app -> selecting “devices” -> selecting “All Devices”-> selecting “your respective device” -> then scroll down in your device options and select “Edit Name” -> Then you can change it to whatever you choose. Personally, I have named devices either based on user, model and/or location at home.
--- Devices can be registered using the same methods listed above and getting to the Device specific page. This applies especially if you are gifting the device to another individual or are reselling it.

- Potential best locations for device placement:
--- Bedroom as an alarm clock and ambient device (slowly turns on in the morning), to see to-do lists, weather, news updates, wake up to music, play radio station, potentially seeing nursery (by using Alexa integrated nursery cameras) and also ability to control your smart home devices through voice control (security cameras, light, thermostats, etc.)
--- Kitchen as a device to assist with cooking by providing step-by-step directions, to turn on music, etc.
--- Home Office as a device to quickly check any updates (check the above list from bedroom).

- Saving money on purchasing this device:
--- Occasionally, Amazon also offers discounts for a bundle sale on products (get 2 or 3 items for a substantial discount). So, if you are considering buying the ES5, now is the time to order it. There is a limited time sale - you can get 2 devices for $30 off though I don’t know how long it will last.
--- My recommendation would be to preorder this item now. If you don’t get a chance to do so, then you can purchase this item during a sale event (for instance, Amazon Prime day is in mid-July).
--- The customer can get this item on sale during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price (if you have an older device) and the 25% discount to get this item. However, one thing to keep in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in gift card and 25% discount at any point.

- Conclusion: 3.5/5 stars
To sum up my review, my slight frustration is that this device doesn’t exactly function as a stand-alone tablet nor does it function as a stand-alone speaker device so it can be a bit challenging to use initially. In my opinion, the Echo Show is a device still looking for its niche (i.e., in, many senses everything that the Echo Show 5 does, can be done better using dedicated devices like the Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, or the Echo speakers). However, overall this device works really well in a small room. Updates worth noting in this version are the increased privacy options and lower cost. The bottom line is that if you are looking to get an affordable device that is well rated, has a small profile, is lightweight, and can function as a smart tablet, smart speaker, alarm, smart home devices controller, etc.(though not being good at anything per se plus being a bit challenging to use and have a few minor bugs) then this device is the way to go. I don't think this device deserves 4/5 stars. 4 is too high a score for this device as it has numerous flaws. 3 is too low a rating for this product as I think it is a good concept that requires much refining. However, Amazon doesn't give me the option to give a 3.5/5 or 7/10, but 3.5/5 is my final rating for this product.

Please note that several resources were used in the compilation of this review, but most of this review was based on my personal testing of the product. Additionally, because of the length of the review and some information fitting into multiple categories, I have repeated some key ideas to help customers unfamiliar with the device to get acclimated.

Whenever I make any purchase, I try to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. This means that I am putting my trust in the global community of reviewers to assist me with finding the best choices for my family and self. My reviews are a way of giving back to the community, and I strive to be an ethical reviewer following the golden rule. Consequently, my reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on new information if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always include photos of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!
Description (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Description (Elements of Fiction Writing)
When it comes to reference books, I always keep a folder of notes for each title so I can revisit learning points and give reviews unclouded by weakening memories of the content. Because of this habit, I am able to tell the quantity and quality of the information I have gained from each book. Here is what I found:

PROS:
- insightful!
- explains "show, don't tell" very effectively
- teaches readers to find a balance between rules under "do" and "don't", for example she advises to do both narrative and exposition

CONS:
- the quality of information progressively worsens towards the end of the book
- author often repeats herself; I find no problem with it if some insight is gained but there are moments when they are mere repetitions

If I were to summarise, the authors covers "show, don't tell", the "Scene and Narrative (much like Sequel)", viewpoints, description in dialogue, flash forwards/flashbacks, description in context, simile/metaphors, and the use of the five senses. Unfortunately though, I would rather recommend you another book, "How to Fix Your Novel" by Steve Alcorn. He covers all the topics above more briefly but just as effectively, if not more. Best of all, Steve covers novel aspects beyond description and does not repeat himself needlessly.
TUTU Pajamas Set for Girls Short Sleeve Sleepwears Kids Short Pjs Sets
TUTU Pajamas Set for Girls Short Sleeve Sleepwears Kids Short Pjs Sets
Overall quality seems good, printing is clear and the fabric is smooth and soft.

The only issue is that there was a brown spot on the pants, about the size of a quarter (bit smaller than the body of the sheep on the pants). It acted like an oil based stain - fading somewhat with treatment but not completely - and didn't have any smell or texture to it. The pjs seemed unused and were in original packaging. I can only think it must have happened in the factory.

Kept the set because of all the positives, plus the spot is not very noticeable as it happens to be almost right on top of a sheep's fleece, so it's just a mostly light brown sheep now instead of an obvious stain.
ESR HaloLock Magnetic Wireless Charger, Compatible with Mag-Safe Charger Only for iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Mini/12 Pro Max [Metal Frame with Built-in Magnets] [Slim Fast Charging Pad], Navy Blue
ESR HaloLock Magnetic Wireless Charger, Compatible with Mag-Safe Charger Only for iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Mini/12 Pro Max [Metal Frame with Built-in Magnets] [Slim Fast Charging Pad], Navy Blue
Pros:
- super sleek
- magnetic alignment (iPhone 12 compatible)
- ring light that shows phone is successfully charging
- metal / heavy pad

Cons:
- magnetic feature is NOT magsafe connection. Only used for alignment, not for strong connection

Conclusion:
This charging pad is really cool and the magnetic alignment is great for making sure your phone is properly set for charging. This is perfect for your bedside nightstand. I really enjoy this magnetic wireless charger and use it daily. Recommend this to all that want an easy to use wireless charging pad

Star Rating Legend
5 - Great Product - Exceeded personal expectations, does its job great, looks great, Highly Recommend
4 - Good Product - performs its job well, product ad set proper expectations
3 - Ok product - performs its base functions but has flaws
2 - Bad product, does not perform its base functions well or broke down quickly
1 - Trash - Do NOT buy - Product does not perform even its most basic of functions
La-Z-Boy Bellamy Bonded Leather Executive Office Chair with Memory Foam Cushions, Brown
La-Z-Boy Bellamy Bonded Leather Executive Office Chair with Memory Foam Cushions, Brown
Any chair you buy you first should sit in it to see if if it meets your comfort standards. Obviously this is impossible, so you order the chair, assemble it and then sit in it... This chair was not cheap. I bought it because it is a Lazy Boy brand. Lazy Boy products have always been quality products that stand the test of time. So I ordered this chair assembled it and tested it. I've had it now for two days and sit in it for 6 to 8 hours a day. First impression are:
Quality Chair, leather appears thick, but supple.
Workmanship is good.
The stitching is done well and looks strong.
Assembly was easy and instructions were helpful.
Up and Down Controls work Well
Lock for lean back is functional and tension works good when adjusted.

Observations:
This chair is not a high back chair
The chair can lean back about 30 degrees
It is real wood on the arms and base.
Although bonded leather, this is a higher quality and feel (durable).

Why 4 stars: I'm not 100% sold on the comfort of the chair. After sitting in it for a few hours my back and neck started aching. Also at the edge of the seat it is padded high so it does put some pressure on the back of your legs. All in all, I know furniture needs a break in period as anything new does. So only time will tell. I'm hoping after a few months it will break in.The chair it replaced was bought on Amazon too (not a Lazy Boy). It lasted 5 years and at first was not very comfortable but after a few months it broke in, I got use to it, and it was fine. I'm not sending this chair back. It is a nice looking chair, built well, and functions as it should.

May 31, 2017 UPDATE: Chair is starting to teeter at base when locked. I tried to to see if some bolts became loose but there are no bolts Just a large pin that it rotates on. Something is bending and I am concern it will become worst. Reduce the my rating by one star. But added a star for comfort.

UPDATE: After 2 years the chair is now broken and leans to one side. I weigh 190 lbs. This not acceptable and I would not recommend this chair. Also, after 3 years the bonded leather starts cracking and peeling off. Sad that lazy boy puts their name on this product!
Bassetti regaliz Retro niños Sweets - 75
Bassetti regaliz Retro niños Sweets - 75
I feel like these were tampered with because when I took the lid off it looked like oily fingerprints all over the under box and the protective paper were covered in oily prints. It kinda looked like someone had coated all the contents in engine oil and then repacked them back in the box. I was disgusted and physically sick after eating one and left with a horrible after taste for ages. The box isn't sealed so it's easily accessible to anybody. I have bought these a few times in the past and never had this problem so I know these aren't what they are supposed to be.

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