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The Ultimate Javascript Manual 2019
The Ultimate Javascript Manual 2019
The Ultimate Javascript Manual 2019 by Various. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3)
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3)
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3) by M.K. Eidem. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the m category.
By Nicholas Sparks: Safe Haven (Large Print)
By Nicholas Sparks: Safe Haven (Large Print)
By Nicholas Sparks: Safe Haven (Large Print) by -Grand Central Publishing-. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Theodore Boone. Afera
Theodore Boone. Afera
Theodore Boone. Afera by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Eighth Edition
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Eighth Edition
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Eighth Edition by Herbert Schildt. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 40 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Programming for Arduino
Python Programming for Arduino
Python Programming for Arduino by Pratik Desai. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Oracle SQL Scripting: SQL
Oracle SQL Scripting: SQL
Oracle SQL Scripting: SQL by Bhavesh Tailor. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Julia: High Performance Programming
Julia: High Performance Programming
Julia: High Performance Programming by Ivo Balbaert , Avik Sengupta, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Warren Buffett : 100 conseils pour investir et devenir riche (French Edition)
Warren Buffett : 100 conseils pour investir et devenir riche (French Edition)
Les conseils de Warren Buffett distillés dans ce livre sont comme des lumières dans le monde quelque peu obscur de la finance. Avant d'investir des fortunes sur les marchés il est des plus rentable d'investir quelques euros dans ce guide qui dicte certaines des erreurs qu'il ne faut pas commettre, les règles de bon sens qui permettent de tirer son épingle du jeu très risqué des placements financiers. Et ces conseils sont également utiles pour tout décideur économique qui doit investir, faire un pari sur l'avenir, être un visionnaire, comprendre ce qui fait la solidité et la force d'une entreprise.

Bien sûr on n'apprend pas à nager en lisant des livres de natation mais on apprend quand même mieux en compagnie d'un grand maître, on a ainsi plus de chances d'éviter la noyade !
Même si le difficile est de mettre en pratique ces conseils, par exemple avoir la patience d'investir réellement à long terme sans céder à la tentation de prendre ses bénéfices en vendant ou sans céder à la peur lors d'une petite baisse du cours, (bien qu'il faille à mon avis savoir limiter ses perte et vendre si la baisse est vraiment trop forte pour éviter de tout perdre).

A la fin du livre, on voit ce à quoi Warren Buffet considère ce qu'est la réussite d'une vie, non pas au nombre de milliards qui ont été amassés et qui ne vous suivront pas dans votre cercueil mais "au nombre de personne qui vous aime vraiment", même si quand ont fait un gros chèque on a tendance à vous trouver paré de toutes sortes de vertus...
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Poor Charlie's Almanac has been on my reading list for the last couple of years. It took me a six-month sabbatical (and then some) to get through it. This is a testament to the information, lessons, references and stories from Charlie Munger. Fundamentally, this book is an encyclopedia of information on what it takes to be successful and to achieve greatness in what it is you want to do in life; all from a very successful and extremely well read (and connected) 90-ish year old billionaire!

Let's be clear, this is not a book that you can quickly skim through, but rather a book you spend quality time with every day; for a good couple of months. This way you're giving yourself the best change of retaining all of Charlie's tidbits of wisdom. One of the great things about this book is the plethora of quotes from successful entrepreneurs, historians, philosophers alike whose ideas and writings have survived the test of time.

Suffice to say, this is one of those books I'm going to re-read, reference and quote for the rest of my life. Well worth a purchase!

Three Key Takeaways from the book:
1. Charlie knows no wise people who didn't read all the time. It is more than just reading though, one has to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people do not identify ideas, and if they do, they do not know what to do with them
2. Diversification in investing is something that Charlie doesn't believe in. His recommendation is to choose three good company stocks and invest accordingly. Interesting approach given most financial advisors typically recommend the opposite
3. Self-pity is always counter-productive, It's the wrong way to think. And when you avoid it you get a great advantage over everybody else or almost everybody else, because self-pity is a standard response. And you can train yourself out of it
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by Steve Sheinkin is at the top of many nonfiction awards lists for 2014. Consider purchasing both the print and audiobook versions.

A finalist for YALSA’s 2015 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the book traces the little-known story of 50 African American sailors convicted of mutiny by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Refusing to follow orders to load dangerous explosives onto ships, their story became a rallying cry for those who felt the military’s segregation policies were discriminatory.

Sheinkin brings the story alive through his compelling, well-researched narrative. Woven throughout the story are primary resource materials including historical photos, interviews, and court records. The print and ebook versions contain extensive references and notes that support the narrative.

Middle and high school students often skim works of nonfiction and miss the impact of the narrative. Consider sharing the audiobook version of this story with youth. Dominic Hoffman is a superb storyteller who masterfully switches among a wide range of voices to keep listeners actively engaged in the story.

Many students and teachers who thought they knew about the Civil Rights Movement will be amazed by this gripping, little-known piece of history.

To learn more about the author, go to http://stevesheinkin.com/.

To see a slideshow on historical photos from the book, go to http://us.macmillan.com/theportchicago50/SteveSheinkin.

Watch a short documentary that explores the Great Port Chicago Explosion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaIphGJt5NU.
Travel as a Political Act
Travel as a Political Act
[copy/pasta from my blog -- no links allowed :(]

Rick Steves is perhaps the most famous American giving advice on traveling abroad. I have never used his guidebooks (thinking that they were perhaps too generic for my “advanced” backpacking skills), but I just bought one for Italy.

This book (subtitle: “How to leave your baggage behind”) is not a guide for tourists but a guide for understanding other countries and cultures. What I especially enjoyed was how Steves clearly explains foreign ideas in terms familiar to Americans. I would have loved to have this book as a response to the many people who have asked why I travel and what I’ve learned.

This book very easy to read, so it’s also a good one to take on vacation. (These data are a few years old but they show that 40 percent of Americans took zero vacation years in the prior year while only 12 percent vacationed outside the US.)

But let’s get to some interesting parts of the book:

“Travel as a political act” refers to the ways in which we might import new ideas and perspectives from abroad back to the US:
We can learn more about our own country by observing other countries—and by challenging ourselves (and our neighbors) to be broad-minded when it comes to international issues. Holding our country to a high standard and searching for ways to better live up to its lofty ideals is not “America-bashing.” It’s good citizenship (loc 74).

Travel is also good for YOU. Travel has changed what I eat, how I commute, what I read, and so on. My revelation is not unique. In the 14th century, Ibn Battuta wrote that “traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” For Steves, “travel has taught me the fun in having my cultural furniture rearranged and my ethnocentric self-assuredness walloped. It has humbled me, enriched my life, and tuned me in to a rapidly changing world” (loc 64).

Steves and I agree that travel helps us understand our own countries better, and we both lament the FUD that our house-bound neighbors espouse. For him, the lesson was to protest war and push for cannabis legalization. My lesson was to accept that Dutch culture was better for me in some ways. Sadly, most people are too afraid to travel or question the status quo:

As the news becomes more sensationalized [Congress repeals the FCC’s Fairness Doctorine in 1987], the viewer becomes more fearful. And eventually, all that fear metastasizes into the political realm. In the long run, the transformation of news from information to entertainment—making us feel that we’re less safe—threatens the fabric of our democracy…and, ironically, actually makes our country less safe (loc 385).

I agree with Steves that we could bring far more security to ourselves (and the world) by spending money on aid instead of bombs, but corporate war mongers mean that the United States American taxpayers spend $600 billion on the military and 15-times less ($40 billion) on all international affairs. I am sure that the “war on terror” would disappear if we shifted 7 percent of the military budget to doubling the international budget.

Steves captures the tradeoffs for living in “socialist” Europe (loc 1093):
European housing, cars, gadgets, and other “stuff” are modest compared to what an American with a similar job might own. It’s a matter of priorities. Just as Europeans willingly pay higher taxes for a higher standard of service, they choose less pay (and less stuff) in exchange for more time off. Imagine this in your own life: Would you make do with a smaller car if you knew you didn’t have to pay health insurance premiums? Would you be willing to give up the luxury of a cutting-edge TV and live in a smaller house if you could cut back to 35 hours per workweek and get a few extra weeks of paid vacation? Would you settle for a 10 percent pay cut if you knew you’d never get an email or phone call from the office outside of work hours? For most Americans, I imagine that the European idea of spending more time on vacation and with their family, instead of putting in hours of overtime, is appealing.

Steves captures the essence of economic migration, immigrant culture and the refugee crisis in three excellent passages:
If you’re wealthy enough to hire an immigrant to clean your house, you do it—you get a clean house, and the immigrant earns a wage. If you don’t want to trade away your personal freedom to care for an aging parent, you hire someone else to care for them…and it’s generally an immigrant. That’s just the honest reality of capitalism. (loc 1406).

99 percent of Americans descend from immigrants, whereas much of Europe has been largely homogenous for millennia. In some European countries, large-scale immigration is a fairly recent phenomenon. This makes many Europeans particularly vigilant about ensuring that Europe’s homegrown culture continues to thrive. I share their concern, and yet, it’s easy to fall into contradictions: If diversity is a tenet of EU beliefs, what’s wrong with immigrants wanting to preserve their home cultures? Is it hypocritical to celebrate the preservation of the Catalan language, but expect Algerians to learn Dutch? (loc 1425)

I think the real refugee crisis is the human cost of a failed state. The refugees coming to Europe today are a direct result of poorly drawn borders by European colonial powers a century ago. If Europeans (or Americans) complain about the hardship of housing those refugees, they should ponder the hardship brought about by their ancestors’ greedy colonial policies a century ago (loc 1440).

Steves is also perceptive on (un)sustainable choices and lifestyles:
In America, we have freezers in our garages so we can buy in bulk to save money and avoid needless trips to the supermarket. In contrast, Europeans have small refrigerators. It’s not necessarily because they don’t have room or money for a big refrigerator. They’d actually rather go to the market in the morning. The market visit is a chance to be out, get the freshest food, connect with people, and stay in touch (loc 1511).

The bottom 40 percent of humanity lives on roughly 5 percent of the planet’s resources. The top 20 percent lives on over 75 percent. The greatest concentration of wealth among economic elites in the history of the human race is happening at the same time our world is becoming a global village. Meanwhile, even in the countries that benefit (such as the United States), the spoils go mostly to the already wealthy—padding profits for shareholders even as working-class American jobs are exported south of our borders, leaving many citizens of the rich world underemployed and disillusioned (loc 1859).

Any society needs to subscribe to a social contract—basically, what you agree to give up in order to live together peacefully. Densely populated Europe generally embraces Rousseau’s social contract: In order to get along well, everyone will contribute a little more than their share and give up a little more than their share. Then, together, we’ll all be fine. The Danes—who take this mindset to the extreme—are particularly conscientious about not exploiting loopholes. They are keenly aware of the so-called “free rider problem”: If I had to identify one major character flaw of Americans, it might be our inability to appreciate the free rider problem. Many Americans practically consider it their birthright to make money they didn’t really earn, enjoy the fruits of our society while cheating on their taxes, drive a gas-guzzler just because they can afford it, take up two parking spots so no one will bump their precious car, and generally jigger the system if they can get away with it. We often seem to consider actions like these acceptable…without considering the fact that if everyone did it, our society as a whole would suffer (loc 2258).

A perfect example of Danish “social trust” is the image of babies sleeping in carriages outside a restaurant while the parents eat inside. You might say, “But no one is watching!” A Dane will say, “Everyone is watching” (loc 2310).

What about drugs, prisons, terror and the Holy Lands??

When it comes to soft drugs, policies in much of Europe are also more creative and pragmatic than America’s… Much of the US seems afraid to grapple with this problem openly and innovatively. Rather than acting as a deterrent, the US criminalization of marijuana drains precious resources, clogs our legal system, and distracts law enforcement attention from more pressing safety concerns (loc 2909).

While America is still building more prisons, the Dutch are closing theirs. My Dutch friends needle me with the fact that the US has the world’s highest incarceration rate—nearly 10 times the Dutch rate—at an annual cost of $60 billion (loc 3037).

Yes, there are evil people in Iran. Yes, the rhetoric and policies of Iran’s leaders can be objectionable. But there is so much more to Iran than the negative image drummed into us by our media and our government. I left Iran impressed more by what we have in common than by our differences. Most Iranians, like most Americans, simply want a good life and a safe homeland for their loved ones. Just like my country, Iran has one dominant ethnic group and religion that’s struggling with issues of diversity and change—liberal versus conservative, modern versus traditional, secular versus religious (loc 3707).

Religions around the world seem to always be stoking turmoil—even though the teachings of those religions say “love your neighbor,” and all of them have the “do unto others…” Golden Rule. I’ve decided that fundamentalism is the crux of the problem…For a person of faith to travel without letting the experience stir what’s inside them is a lost opportunity. Of course, many people actually go on religious trips—pilgrims on pilgrimages. While I’ve never done exactly that, every time I’m at a pilgrimage site, I endeavor to keep a positive attitude about the devotion that surrounds me. It’s easy to be cynical about the reverence given to relics I don’t understand, the determination many have to believe in what seem like silly miracles, or the needless pain someone suffers in the name of their faith—whether by climbing a mountain in bare feet or a long staircase on their knees (loc 3898 and 4097).

The conditions in Balata [a Palestinian refugee camp] are dismaying, particularly when you think that people have been living this way here for decades. But Israelis point out that Israel has taken in many Jewish refugees and assimilated them into their prosperous society. Meanwhile, they claim that Palestine—and the Arab world—has intentionally kept the West Bank refugee camps in squalor in order to stir public opinion against Israel (4379).

And… finally… coming home:

On returning from a major trip, you sense that your friends and co-workers have stayed the same, but you’re…different. It’s enlightening and unsettling at the same time (loc 4513).

Mark Twain wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” These wise words can be a rallying cry for all travelers once comfortably back home. When courageous leaders in our community combat small-mindedness and ignorance—whether it’s pastors contending with homophobia in their congregations, employers striving to make a workplace color-blind, or teachers standing up for intellectual and creative freedoms—travelers can stand with them in solidarity (loc 4548).

My one-handed conclusion is that all Americans should read this book. Travelers will recognize echoes of prior thoughts while the sedentary will (I hope) understand the common humanity that binds us all.
Richard Branson (Titans of Business)
Richard Branson (Titans of Business)
Richard Branson (Titans of Business) by Dennis Fertig. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Henry Ford - The Inspirational Life Story Of Henry Ford: From Automobiles To Philosophy (Inspirational Life Stories By Gregory Watson Book 5)
Henry Ford - The Inspirational Life Story Of Henry Ford: From Automobiles To Philosophy (Inspirational Life Stories By Gregory Watson Book 5)
“Henry believes that there are really no accidents in life. All of your experiences can be used to learn something new.” In such a simple concise book we learn all about Henry Ford not only what we may have already known from the history books but the unknown. We learn of his early life, marriage, career and his business failures and successes. We learn of his great contributions how Ford dealt with labor turnovers and labor unions. How the pacifist and the innovator ruled his company as a dictator. We also learn what Ford can teach us that still works today.

Excellently written Watson has thoroughly researched giving us the man behind the genius. Not wasting words on fluff we learn just the facts that make for an outstanding read. Not only for school age children to learn about a great person from history but for business students to learn of successes and failures as well as principles of the history of business plans. With so much to be learned of the life of Henry Ford this is a great addition to any library.
The Complete Works of George Washington: Military Journals, Rules of Civility, Writings on French and Indian War, Presidential Work, Inaugural Addresses, Messages to Congress, Letters & Biography
The Complete Works of George Washington: Military Journals, Rules of Civility, Writings on French and Indian War, Presidential Work, Inaugural Addresses, Messages to Congress, Letters & Biography
Literally every collected writing, speech, letter and everything we have penned by George Washington.

There are alot of so called "historians" with degrees in the subject mind you who write false things about who he was, he belifes, and other such things that would benefit greatly from reading through this and studying it.

I highly recommend the book George Washington's Sacred Fire by Peter Lillback as well.
Krakatoa, East of Java
Krakatoa, East of Java
BOTTOM LINE: Harmless, family-friendly big budget disaster film with just enough danger & devastation sprinkled throughout to hopefully keep you from nodding off during the soapy operatic stretches in-between. A strapping young Maximilian Schell and a grizzled self-loathing turn by Brian Keith make this one worth watching. The rest of the cast & the damsels in distress... not so much. Fine practical F/X footage from that sadly bygone era when detailed miniatures & optical slights of hand were the rule of the day. Not great, not bad. I give this volcanic variant of The Poseidon Adventure a modest but honest 3 STARS.

THOUGHTS: If you've ever seen any of the myriad of star-studded disaster films that flooded theaters in the 1970's, then you'll have this potboiler plotted from start-to-finish before the opening credits are over with. Lots of melodramatic shenanigans pad out the film until we finally get to the big whoopteedo at the climax, wherein the infamous volcano on the South Seas island of Krakatoa blows its fiery top. The meager C-level roster of stars gives it their best shot, but whether you'll care one way or the other will depend on how big a fan you are of any of the cast, and/or the genre in general. This one's inoffensive enough, and at least it's no where near as hammy as, say, METEOR or AVALANCHE. But then again, these flicks are all pretty interchangeable. It's figuring who's gonna get it (and how) that makes 'em fun to watch.

THE BLU-RAY: A respectable though minimalist effort from Kino-Lorber. The transfer is mostly clean, with a smattering of dirt & debris, primarily confined to the opening title sequence. Little in the way of crush, artifacting, pixelation, edge enhancement or other video tomfoolery, and thankfully no overuse of DNR! The film's audio portion is clear and the soundmix is level. Nothing in the way of extras, save a handful of theatrical trailers for other similarly-themed titles in the KL library. The movie's busy but gorgeous poster art (courtesy of the legendary Frank McCarthy) is nicely reproduced as a splashy background for the disc's main menu screen.
Let's Do...Organic Heavy Coconut Cream, 13.5 Ounce Can, White
Let's Do...Organic Heavy Coconut Cream, 13.5 Ounce Can, White
Did you say "KETO"? What is this HEAVY stuff mean? So, you're on this new adventure with being fat adapted, which means that instead of your body & brain wanting sugar/carbs that turn into glucose/glycogen...you burn both sugars AND fats. So, how can this help? Well, read on...

As YOU can see in the photo...this heavy coconut cream is thick! Much thicker than the Thai coconut used only for soups...yummy there. I just pulled this out of the refrigerator and it is like loose jello before it has fully hardened. You can see the indentation still on the surface from my spoons scoop.

And in the photo you see my Saturday morning HEAVEN. There is the metal coffee drip filter which I used with a doubled coffee filter which had been rinsed with ordinary tap water to remove paper flavors...so, you see a 3 day cold brewed French Roast fine grind coffee slider that has NO BITTERNESS & IT IS NATURALLY SWEET TOO. 2 TABLE of Heavy Coconut Cream...and today stronger Vietnamese rather than Madagascar cinnamon sitting right on top of my coffee. Then, my home grown limes which I tested with a MICROPLANE wonder. This zest adds a subtle brightness to my cup of Joe! Peruvian organic cacao sits on the left glass jar...none today. On the right are salt from Maldon in the UK and a Japanese seaweed salt in which each grain seems to be "handmade" from the inland seas...magical.

But I digress!

The coconut flavor is spectacular!

In case you didn't get it, it's simply out of this world!

Does it taste like raw coconut? Well, actually it tastes like heavy cow's cream which sat in a mound of fresh coconut pulp overnight. If someone didn't tell you there's no dairy and that there is coconut...YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY MISS IT COMPLETELY. Again, just a slight hint of coconut.

As YOU stir it...it gently evenly mixes with my cold coffee.

Recall, this keto friendly coffee has NO BITTERNESS because I brewed it without the heat which pulls out the acidic oils that are bitter! So, my coffee is deeeeee icious! Want some? I know you do.

The kiss of zested lime sits on the top of my cup as if it was a floral note...like sipping coffee on the front porch of a bungalow on the island of Bora Bora after a gentle rain left birds chirping on the still damp leaves...sipping coffee, watching the sun rise, feet up on a railing...letting the mind wander over the best Heavy Coconut Cream with lime zest, Vietnamese cinnamon and cold-brewed coffee. Heaven! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 3GB RAM + 64GB, 48MP Quad Camera Hotshot, 5020mah Battery, 6.53 ”FHD +, LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Midnight Grey)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 3GB RAM + 64GB, 48MP Quad Camera Hotshot, 5020mah Battery, 6.53 ”FHD +, LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Midnight Grey)
Pro: good price , has fingerprint sensor and face recognition. Long lasting battery, smooth animation no freezing or lagging
Con: requires to have a MI Account and a Google one, but for the price it is not a big deal.
Pictures a good, no blurrines, plus has a wide view angle camera, the front camera is very small and nice placed in the corner of the screen , picture is sharp and very good for a 200$ phone . Five stars from me .
LaBoos Best Nature Manual Color bamboo Toothbrush, New Extra Soft Compact Bristle Toothbrush,Best Biodegradable Toothbrush For Gingivitis And Sensitive teeth. (4 PCS)
LaBoos Best Nature Manual Color bamboo Toothbrush, New Extra Soft Compact Bristle Toothbrush,Best Biodegradable Toothbrush For Gingivitis And Sensitive teeth. (4 PCS)
I was looking for a super-soft toothbrush with a bamboo handle. All of the bamboo toothbrushes I tried before this had much harder bristles. I have very sensitive gums so I hoped this would be as soft as the other reviewers said it was - and it is. They are painted at the bottom which is a nice touch to keep the water that drips down from being absorbed up the handle through the bamboo, keeping it more sanitary. The bamboo itself is also quite smooth - no splinters as some others mentioned (are they chewing the brush handle first? I don't know, but mine perfectly smooth and pleasant to brush with). I will certainly buy these again in lieu of non-recyclable plastic brushes that will never biodegrade.
Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures Captain America's Victory Launcher
Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures Captain America's Victory Launcher
Pretty hard for my 5 year old to get the motorcycle to click into the vehicle. Even hard for me. It could be much better in that aspect, as it was the entire reason I bought it.
He will loves the motorcycle and eventually resorted to playing with that, alone.
The arms that detach from captain America so easily is also an issue and doesn’t make any sense. The last few toys we have bought of this brand were great and sturdy. I hated that this one was not the same.
The Hive (Series 2)
The Hive (Series 2)
this is a great show to wind down to before bedtime and watch a few episodes. We love how each show is only 7 minutes long and keeps my 3 year old twins interest. The storyline is educational, teaches manners and other life lessons in a fun way. Hopefully there will be a season 3 to watch once we get through season 2!
The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories
The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories
Yukiko Motoya and Asa Yoneda have produced an intriguing English translation of Motoya's collection of award-winning short stories.
Nearly all the included works comment incisively - and to various extents, allegorically - on the often-frustrating experiences of Japanese women.
Yoneda has skillfully navigated a course between the Scylla of English speakers' presumed unfamiliarity with common Japanese idioms and cultural background, and the Charybdis of overly verbose translation, to give us a concise prose that renders Motoya's complex characters in broad strokes without bogging down in the minutiea of specific Japanese terms.
There are a few points where I feel Motoya has glossed over too much: "tempura" is not so unfamiliar a term to English speakers that it need be changed to "fritters", for instance. A few other choices make little sense unless the reader is also familiar enough with Japanese to guess at the original phrase. But overall this reads like an effortless English-language work rather than a painstakingly translated volume; a terrific achievement in its own right.
Readers who are familiar with Japanese folklore, manga, or anime will probably find some of the themes to be mundane - there is much reminiscent of Rumiko Takahashi in the more fantastic stories, like The Dogs or An Exotic Marriage. But Motoya's unique vision is still worth experiencing, and Yoneda's translation provides a clear and beautiful lense.
RIN-NE, Vol. 20 (20)
RIN-NE, Vol. 20 (20)
~3/5
Disclosure: I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series.

Since I haven’t read any of the previous volumes in this series, I had no idea what to expect. I was surprised to find that it’s very episodic, with not much of a large plot line, so easy to just jump into.

There’s a gang of characters here, and they’re all competing, with underlying unrequited (and possibly requited) romances mixed in. Sakura and Rinne are working together to solve some spirit mysteries, one for a dog and another for a demon plant, then working in a team to collect charms on a tour group.

It was surprisingly entertaining, actually, and I enjoyed reading this volume. The relationships were pretty easy to figure out, and I liked that. The artwork is rather average, though. But it’s still made me intrigued to maybe catch up on one of her series being released.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
Pizza (A Frank Asch Bear Book)
Pizza (A Frank Asch Bear Book)
I read many Frank Asch books to my son, who is now 34! I now read them to my grandson, he LOVES them! So when I found “Pizza”. I had to get for him. Frank Asch books are all great! My grandson ask for them all the time!
Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings
I own both the BBC and Mind's Eye LotR dramatizations, and I am a life-long fan of the LotR novels. In that sense, I have a broad ability to review this production. The first thing any buyer MUST know is that this production was conducted in 1979 on a literal shoe-string budget using volunteer local voice talent and equipment. Bernard Mayes was the president of NPR at the time, and masterminded the production as a labor of pure love in a market that had not had seen radio dramatizations for many years. In this sense, you have to be willing to cut the production a lot of slack considering the difficult circumstances of the origins.

I will discuss the weaknesses first...

The Mind's Eye production (MEP) is lacking in quality and polish. The voice acting is definitely of a low caliber. Some of the principle actors are poor actors. In particular, the two main characters Frodo (Arrington) and Sam (Louise Bliss). Louise Bliss in particular is a terrible choise. I refuse to play along with the cast notes that call her "Lou" Bliss. This is Louise Bliss - the same woman who played Smurfette in the cartoons and you can tell. Some of the performances are painful to listen to in the same way that the kid in Phantom Menace was painful to watch. Others performers are more capable, such as Bernard Mayes himself who humbly gave himself the role of Gandalf. But none of the acting in the MEP comes across as 'good acting'.

Similarly, the production values of the MEP are poor. The music is a set of 'stock' music that has been used in many cheap, cheesy children's audio productions. The sound effects and other background noises are also noticably substandard. Sometimes they are comically bad and sound like laser beams when Gandalf performs magic. But in most cases the effects are simply basic and forgettable such as when they are clearly using silverware clattering together to make sword sounds. The overall production values of the MEP ranges from somewhat below average (at best), to poor, to the absolutely cringe-worthily laughable.

Where the MEP does shine though is in the scripting. This is beyond any doubt the most complete of all the adaptations. They include the bulk of the dialog, and quite often the narrator includes many of the lengthy descriptions that Tolkien wrote. They included the Tom Bombabil & Barrow Downs chapters, which most productions ignore. This is not to say that they do not abbreviate or condense at times. However, for the most part the MEP sticks to Tolkien's text more faithfully than most. If you are looking for a version of LoTR that is particularly detailed, then this is your best option.

That pretty much sums it all up. Low quality performances and production values combined with a high level of detail and faithfulness to the text. I would say this production is suitable for children, but not as much for adults. Poor acting and bad production values will jar your experience. Overall, a less satisfying experience than the BBC production - but longer.
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (LOA #182) (Library of America)
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (LOA #182) (Library of America)
This book is very inspiring. The men and women featured in "American Earth" were clearly ahead of their time. Reading of - what was for most of them - their life's work is a lesson that any adversity can be overcome with vision, patience, hard work and an ability to communicate. I understand that my belief in the "cathedral of nature" is not just my own, but many others and I learn from them reading this book. The author does a fine job of introducing these essays as well. Of John Muir he writes; "But his lone treks across the granite vastness of the Sierra had doubtless left him with joy enough for a lifetime." What a fine turn of a phrase! It describes how I often feel when I am in the wilderness, on those supreme,fine days when I know I can die happy. I expect to read and consult this "bible" often. Well Done!
A Twist in the Tale
A Twist in the Tale
To set this review in context, I generally prefer novels to short stories and I'm not keen on Jeffery Archer as a person or for his politics. I've recently discovered his talent as an author and enjoyed the Clifton Chronicles series. I have to admit he's an astonishing and gifted storyteller, with a knack for pulling the reader into the heart of the plot. I know he won an award for his short stories and bought this to try them.

They're brilliant. It's not easy to write a gripping short, but each of these tales is tight, with a highly plausible scenario that turns out to be something quite different at the end, hence the punning twist in the tale. These are bite sized shorts; well written and good to devour over a coffee or lunch. I whizzed through them and was disappointed when I clicked the last page. Each one took my by surprise and each had me totally immersed within a few pages. A great mixed selection.
Honour Among Thieves
Honour Among Thieves
Arrived quickly. Book described as very good condition- it was not, more like acceptable. Disappointing especially as paid top price compared to other sellers for this quality so expected it to be the best of others.
The Lion Hunter and the Lady
The Lion Hunter and the Lady
My only complaint was that this story was not listed in my sources as a short story. Otherwise, it was a typical western with the quality and point of view you expect from Louis L'Amour. If you like his books, it's worth a read or listen:)
Lucky Luke 54 - Die Daltons und der Psycho-Doc
Lucky Luke 54 - Die Daltons und der Psycho-Doc
Diese Story ist intelligent und urkomisch! Ein Psychotherapeut möchte die Daltons heilen und sie zum Guten bekehren, indem er mit ihnen in ihre Kindheit zurück geht. Eine liebevolle Satire auf die Psychotherapie, aber besonders ein tolles Abenteuer rund um Lucky Luke und die Daltons, wirklich lesenswert!
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason (CeCe Caruso Mysteries Book 1)
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason (CeCe Caruso Mysteries Book 1)
Cece Caruso, vintage clothing fashionista and lover of classic mysteries, should be in her element facing the looming deadline to turn in her sixth manuscript -- a biography of Erle Stanley Gardner, lawyer, author, and mostly famously, the creator of Perry Mason. But her subject eludes her, and in search of inspiration to bring the object of her latest tome to life, she seeks inspiration from the "hard case" letters in his archives -- the incarcerated seeking his help. One case catches her eye -- Joe Albucco, convicted of killing his wife Jean on the night of their first anniversary. He claims he's innocent, and according to notations in Gardner's files, he remembered the inmate's name, but never followed through. If she can solve the case, the Gardner-related anecdote could be an inspired finish to her book. But unearthing the truth behind the decades-old murder case uncovers a web of conspiracy that threatens to make Cece's first investigative effort her last.

This book is total Ruth catnip: a vintage clothing and mystery loving sleuth? I am so in. The first installment of the Cece Caruso mysteries is an appealing mix of chick lit sensibilities sprinkled with classic mystery trivia, this time focusing on the classic pulp era that birthed Perry Mason. It's clear that Kandel loves her subject matter, as she peppers the narrative with facts and trivia from Erle Stanley Gardner's life and career. I loved the brief historical overview, as while I'm familiar with Perry Mason thanks to cable television re-runs, I knew next to nothing about the creator of the classic sleuth.

Cece possesses a likeable voice, and I really liked the focus on a more mature heroine (she's thirty-nine) with an appreciation for classic mysteries that rivals my own. While her running commentary is often slyly humorous, its occasional lack of focus left me skim-reading rather than wholly focused and absorbed by the prose. However, much is forgiven thanks to Cece's passion for vintage fashion and her affinity for classic novels and film...hers is a unique and fascinating career, one that is at once both wish fulfillment and the perfect vehicle around which to craft a quirky set of light mysteries.

I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason is a fun and diverting, if unevenly paced mystery offering. I really enjoyed the general mystery -- I love stories that involve decades of dark family secrets, ha! -- and the series concept has a lot of potential. I just wish more care had been taken with the pacing and plotting of the investigation. There is a lot of set up regarding the crime's history, exploring potential perpetrators and their motives, while the ultimate resolution takes all of two or three pages. But if, like me, you are looking for a frothy, mindlessly entertaining diversion, this cozy chick lit flavored mystery may be the perfect solution. I'm not in a rush to continue following Cece's adventures, but I enjoyed this offering enough to add book two to my Amazon wishlist...and as it has a Nancy Drew theme, at some point I expect I won't be able to resist it!
The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
Rupert Campbell is in the worst 5th grade class imaginable. His teacher, Mrs. Frabbleknacker is as awful as her name. She makes her students dig through garbage for a paper clip, dissect frogs, and perform otherworldly science experiments. None of the students are permitted to speak to one another, even outside of class, and if they do she gives them brutal punishments.

Rupert is lonely and misses his friends, but doesn’t dare cross his teacher. He has an unhealthy fascination with the witches that live in town, but his mother insists he stay away from them.

Rupert’s curiosity gets the better of him and everything changes when he answers an ad for a witch’s apprentice. Instead of a real witch though, Rupert finds Witchling Two, an adolescent who has difficulty casting spells, and is only a few weeks away from her witches bar exam. If she fails, she’ll lose all her magic, the witches will force her to leave town, and Rupert would lose his only friend.

Now Rupert must help Witchling Two pass her exam while avoiding the other witches who don’t approve of their friendship. If they catch him, they’ll bring him to the evil Fairfoul Witch who’d boil his toes, turn him into stone, or worse.



I don’t normally read middle grade, especially not books written for the lower end of the spectrum. I admit the cover caught my eye. In all, I am very impressed.

I almost never laugh at written jokes, but Lauren Magaziner brilliantly weaved them into her piece. Although the humor targets elementary aged children, I found myself chuckling from time to time.

The only difficulty I encountered was accepting that this book was intended for an audience much younger than myself. The magic, town and circumstances make no sense, but that’s to be expected when writing for this age group, and fortunately after the first few chapters I was fully involved in the story.

There’s no objectionable material and this book is safe for all audiences. If you like nonsensical silliness with a dash of magic and the ever-constant threat of bunny attack, yeah, that’s right, bunny attack, then I highly recommend The Only Thing Worse Than Witches.
Heritage of the Desert
Heritage of the Desert
Zane Grey is prolific. He has the ability to put you there with his vivid descriptions. I have not been to the north rim of the Grand Canyon until I read this book. The characters, mainly Mormons, who save the life of a young lunger. The family also has a half Navajo woman they raised. a worthless son who goes against his family and and assortment of rustlers with a couple of these guys who still have some morals. It is the usual story of greed. There is a wild stallion, a part wolf dog and a droopy eared burro who contribute to the story.. The Navajos are portrayed in a positive way and good since I have enjoyed interacting with them in the past. Overall it is a good read.
Zane Grey Theater: Season 2
Zane Grey Theater: Season 2
Almost five years after VCI released the complete first season of Zane Grey Theater on DVD, Timeless Media has stepped up to offer fans the second season of this great western anthology series hosted by Dick Powell. And what a season it is! The 28 episodes feature Hollywood legends like Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan, Howard Keel and Hedy Lamarr, as well as future television stars like Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, James Drury, and DeForest Kelley.

As originally aired, the season also included the pilot for the popular television series "The Rifleman", here presented as "The Sharpshooter" (episode 2.21). Due to legal complications, this episode will NOT be included on the four-disc set. That's disappointing ... but there are still enough treasures here to qualify as five-star, "must-see" viewing.

Thank you, Timeless Media! Here's hoping you won't make us wait another 5 years before you release Zane Grey Theater, Season Three!

EPISODES INCLUDED:

2.01 - "The Deserters" - Margaret Hayes, Tom Pittman, Joe De Santis

2.02 - "Blood in the Dust" - Claudette Colbert, Jeff Morrow, Barry Atwater, Denver Pyle

2.03 - "A Gun is For Killing" - Edmund O'Brien, Marsha Hunt, Robert Vaughn

2.04 - "Proud Woman" - Hedy Lamarr, Paul Richards, Roy Roberts

2.05 - "Ride a Lonely Trail" - Walter Brennan, Val Dufour, John Zaremba

2.06 - "The Promise" - Tommy Sands, Gary Merrill, Whitney Blake, Carl Benton Reid

2.07 - "Episode in Darkness" - Dewey Martin, Anne Bancroft, Phil Pine

2.08 - "The Open Cell" - Dick Powell, Marshall Thompson, Steve Terrell

2.09 - "A Man to Look Up To" - Lew Ayres, Diane Brewster, Will Wright

2.10 - "The Bitter Land" - Peggy Wood, Dan O'Herlihy, Marian Seldes, Richard Beymer

2.11 - "Gift From a Gunman" - Howard Keel, John Dehner, Jean Willes, Michael Landon

2.12 - "A Gun for My Bride" - Jane Greer, Eddie Albert, Onslow Stevens

2.13 - "Man Unforgiving" - Joseph Cotten, Claude Akins, Johnny Crawford, Dan Blocker

2.14 - "Trial by Fear" - Robert Ryan, Harold J. Stone, Ed Platt, David Janssen

2.15 - "The Freighter" - Barbara Stanwyck, Robert H. Harris, John Archer, James Bell

2.16 - "This Man Must Die" - Dan Duryea, Carole Mathews, Karl Swenson

2.17 - "Wire" - Lloyd Bridges, June Vincent, Edward Binns, James Drury

2.18 - "License to Kill" - MacDonald Carey, John Ericson, Jacques Aubuchon

2.19 - "Sundown at Bitter Creek" - Dick Powell, Cathy O'Donnell, Nick Adams, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Breck, Tex Ritter

2.20 - "The Stranger" - Mark Stevens, Dan Barton, Denver Pyle

2.21 - "The Sharpshooter" - Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Leif Erickson, Dennis Hopper, Sidney Blackmer, R. G. Armstrong (NOT INCLUDED)

2.22 - "Man of Fear" - Dewey Martin, Julie Adams, Arthur Franz

2.23 - "The Doctor Keeps a Promise" - Cameron Mitchell, Carolyn Kearney, Peter Breck

2.24 - "Three Days to Death" - Michael Rennie, Chris Alcaide, Earle Hodgins

2.25 - "Shadow of a Dead Man" - Barry Sullivan, Carl Benton Reid, Whitney Blake, DeForest Kelley

2.26 - "Debt of Gratitude" - Steve Cochran, James Whitmore, Walter Sande

2.27 - "A Handful of Ashes" - Thomas Mitchell, June Lockhart, Gene Evans, Dabbs Greer

2.28 - "Threat of Violence" - Cesar Romero, Lyle Bettger, Chris Alcaide

2.29 - "Utopia, Wyoming" - Gary Merrill, Joanne Gilbert, Pernell Roberts
Naruto, Vol. 23: Predicament
Naruto, Vol. 23: Predicament
Perfect condition, I usually get small nicks on the spine or a small bend in the cover (those drive me crazy) but this book came to me shiny, unharmed. A true hot of the press condition.
5 stars.

If you believe it!
Naruto! Naruto!
Believe it! Believe it!
Here I am with my Ninja Clan!
Ninja Clan, here we stand!
Naruto, I'm on my way,
Naruto, I'll be okay!
Getting ready to fight on set!
Come on best friends by my side!
Sasuke, is really cool!
Sakura, the beautiful! f you believe it!
Naruto! Naruto!
Believe it! Believe it!
Here I am with my Ninja Clan!
Ninja Clan, here we stand!
Naruto, I'm on my way,
Naruto, I'll be okay!
Getting ready to fight on set!
Come on best friends by my side!
Sasuke, is really cool!
Sakura, the beautiful!
Runway Zero-Eight
Runway Zero-Eight
I have been a fan of Arthur Hailey since reading HOTEL back in the 1960s, now having almost all his work in hardcover editions. While at Goodwill, my favorite low price bookstore, I came upon a hardcover copy of RUNWAY ZERO-EIGHT for only a minor amount of money, how could I lose.

Turns out this is one of the better books I've had the pleasure to read in quite awhile. It is a story of suspense it is true, but it is more so a story of people and their ability to work together during a crisis of massive proportion. Even after 50 years this book is one that not only offers truisms but also offers great reading enjoyment.

Reading this book, which can be done in a few hours time, will prompt me to now turn to AIRPORT for another reading. Though Mr. Hailey is gone from us he has left us many enjoyable books to re-read and enjoy.

One caution: I would not start reading this book unless I had the time to read it in one sitting, it is that type of book that one will not want to put down. As stated, an average reader can read through this one in only a few hour's time. But the enjoyment will last much longer.

Semper Fi.
Grave Descend: An Early Thriller
Grave Descend: An Early Thriller
John Lange's Grave Descend (2006 / 1970) is an ephemeral affair, grounded in the overly masculine international intrigue of its era. Set in gorgeous Jamaica, Mr. Lange (Michael Crichton) sets up a marginally-complex action thriller that shows all the hallmarks of the chart-topping author that he would day become.

James McGregor is a close-mouthed manly man with a military background and a talent for diving. He's hired by a mysterious businessman with obviously dodgy motives to do some salvage work on the Grave Descend, the book's titular yacht. The problem is, as McGregor quickly discovers, the yacht's not yet sunk.

Smelling a rat, McGregor recruits a few local friends to cover his back. The money's good, even if the job stinks, and there are a host of attractive women involved (one is French, one is a femme fatale and one is a lunatic with a pet ocelot). McGregor figures that as long as he goes in with his eyes open everything will be ok.

The book dissolves into double- and triple-crosses with everyone seemingly on everyone else's side. There's a horde of Nazi gold (the McGuffin du jour of the late 60s and early 70s), a bit of murder and lot of manly-manliness going about. Given the thick fug of testosterone that permeates the novel, it is a surprise that McGregor doesn't require his oxygen tank at all times.

Mr. Crichton, bless his memory and Jurassic Park, has always been a bit of a hack. As his later career showed, he became deft at picking a contemporary "hot topic" issue, packing it with chase scenes and spinning it into a yarn bestseller. In Zero Cool (despite the self-sabotaging framing device and thin lead character), he at least punctuates the set-piece action sequences with with some refreshingly cheeky dialogue and a sense of good ol' fashioned fun. Grave Descend veers to the other extreme - a super-serious, self-consciously meaningful work that's too clumsily ambitious to be an airport-sold action thriller. The closest comparison would be a Travis McGee mystery, except John D. MacDonald created a character to work with, and not a stuffed-scarecrow of hyper-masculinity. As McGregor bounces from one fatal peril to another, his ultimate insignificance becomes all too apparent - the reader just doesn't care what happens to him.
Bleach SOULs. Official Character Book
Bleach SOULs. Official Character Book
PROS:
1 - LOTS OF PAGES. (320?)
2 - Very informative.; Character profiles includes a drawing, Birthdate, Bloodtype, Height, Weight, Techniques, Zanpakutos(Shikai, Bankai) and Ichigo's classmates etc.
3 - Has free stickers and a mini poster.
4 - One-shot bleach story.
5 - Definition of words used on the anime/manga.
6 - 12 Pages of colored illustrations.
7 - I love how the cover looks! It's shiny xD
8 - Must I say? GREAT DRAWING. I think everyone knows that, though. ;)
9 - There's an interview section with Tite Kubo and Masakazu Morita.
10 - Title Translation. Like the English and the Japanese titles(may it be chapters, episodes, volumes) are shown.
11 - Story Time line.
12 - Character index(with pictures).
13 - Karakura town map(it was fun to know where some of the characters lived) :D

and much more.. but those we're the ones that stand out to me.

CONS:
1 - I personally didn't like the overview of the beggining episodes very much. I would much prefer a raw bio of the "WHOLE, or at least 320" characters(EG: One character per page).
2 - Paperback. I was aware that it was paperback but I wish it was hard cover instead. The front cover of my bleach book became un-glued to the right corners of the first page but it's still attached. It just looks rather messed up that way.. Or maybe there's a hard cover. idk lol.
3 - Smaller than I thought it would be. The Japanese version of the book is of a size of a magazine. They should've kept it that way(I wouldn't mind a tad bit higher price).
4 - I wish there we're more stickers(37 stickers; VERY and I mean VERY small! only a few that are reasonable in size) and bigger poster(i think the size is about is or less than 12 inches in width and is or less than 8 inches in height). Btw, the poster is of Renji and Ichigo fighting. Looks good, great if bigger lulz. Well, the book's pretty small(slightly bigger than a manga, as shown on the image), so I don't blame them.

Please note that I am in NO WAY saying that the book is bad.. All are MY honest opinion. Information above are not meant to be insults but constructive critisms.
All in all, It's informative. There was just a few things that wasn't a nescessity. Also, great price and GREAT PACKAGING!

This is the first time I've ordered something off of Amazon.com and I LOVE how my item was packed. It's AWESOME. and my item came in the next day i bought it!(Even though I chose the $3.99[arrives in 3-5 days] shipping). Or was it 2 days? No matter! It was hella FAST.
Toda la verdad (Spanish Edition)
Toda la verdad (Spanish Edition)
Es una historia que asusta un poco...porque pudiera ser real. La historia,no asi el protagonista que creo lo llevo hasta el limite,quizas a veces un poco exagerado diria yo,pero es ficcion y Shaw es el heroe. Aunque a veces me dieron deseos de saltarme algun parrafo de explicaciones,considero que son necesarias, un poco para abrir los ojos y que no creamos todo lo que vemos y oimos en los medios. No es el que mas me ha gustado de Baldacci ,pero bien escrito como todos los suyos,tambien con esa traduccion al mas puro espanol que choca,porque no transcurre en Espana.Debian traducir con un espanol neutral,en otros paises no hablan su jerga y resulta chocante.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Anne Rice Writing as A.N. Roquelaure
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Anne Rice Writing as A.N. Roquelaure
This is a bawdy take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty—and, in particular, the aftermath of her rescue and awakening. There are many such adult-targeted books based on children’s fairy tales, but the reader should be particularly aware of the nature of this story because it’s fairly hard-core. Since one may associate the fairy tale with lighthearted stories, many readers won’t be ready for the wide-ranging sexual and sadistic activity that goes on in this book. If you’re a hard-core sado-masochist, you may object that this isn’t so intense in subject matter. That’s probably true for you, but for the run-of-the-mill reader, it’s pretty wild stuff. In essence, Sleeping Beauty enters into a finite period of sexual slavery (technically more sexual indentured servitude) in repayment for her rescue.

Part of the reason that there may be misunderstandings of what this book is, is how it’s been marketed. There was a cover blurb on the version I read that says “If you liked 50 Shades, you’ll love the sleeping beauty trilogy.” This statement is clearly meant to capitalize on the success of those books. While I haven’t read any of the “Fifty Shades” books, I doubt that the claim is true. This book is somewhere between “Fifty Shades” and the works of the Marquis de Sade. While E.L. James’ books work on a one-on-one dynamic that forms an S&M tinged romance, Roquelaure / Rice’s book is about sexual servitude of individuals who are essentially stabled in a more harem-like situation. While they are both books that revolve around the psychology of dominance and submission, the dynamic of the two is quite different. From what I’ve heard about James’s works, Rice’s book is probably better written and it may even be a bit more psychologically sophisticated. However, if you’re expecting that “mommy porn” dynamic in which a man who is extraordinary in every way (billionaire / 6-pack having / philanthropist / speaks ten languages fluently / and has a doctorate in quantum rocket dynamics) takes a mediocre woman merely because she completely submits to him, you’ll probably be disappointed.

Because people’s ideas of what’s hard-core varies, I’ll touch on that. There is a huge amount of bondage and physical punishment. There’s no gore, no breaking of skin, nor any permanent damage /disfigurement. There’s no horror aspect to the book. As far as sexual acts are concerned, they are both heterosexual and homosexual in nature. There are a finite number of options, and I think they’re pretty much all touched on at some point. There’s no bestiality, scat, nor pedophilia—so if those are your limits, you’re safe.

This book was clearly outlined and written with the intention of being a trilogy or multi-part work. That is to say, the story arc is not particularly satisfying as a stand-alone book. This may, in part, also be because of the lack of importance of story to hardcore erotic works, but I suspect that the author / publisher had a thick tome and needed some place to chop it into standard length books to maximize revenue. I probably won’t read the other books, in part because this trend toward putting out books that don’t stand alone as stories cheeses me off a bit. As you might expect, the ending feels abrupt and seems more about leaving the reader dissatisfied (i.e. wanting to read the rest) rather than leaving them satisfied (having seen the character grow and change.)

Instead of making an explicit statement of recommendation, I’ll say that if you read the review and are intrigued, give it a read. If you read the review and are disgusted, avoid it. It’s as simple as that.
Huawei P20 128GB Single-SIM Factory Unlocked 4G/LTE Smartphone (Black),(GSM Only, No CDMA)
Huawei P20 128GB Single-SIM Factory Unlocked 4G/LTE Smartphone (Black),(GSM Only, No CDMA)
Sono rimasto deluso dal telefono
1)nelle caratteristiche c'era scritto che la memoria era espandibile, invece non lo e' e non è possibile inserire nessuna scgedina micro sd, che non coimpensa i 128 giga.
nella confezione c'era l'adattatore per auricolare, purtroppo l'ho perso e a Bologna nessuno ce l'ha, e ora non riesco a usare l'auricolare.
provenivo dal mondo samsung e dopo un mese ho ancora difficoltà ad ambientarmi.
Certamente se sapevo così non avrei cambiatro.
sul venditore sono soddisfatto in quanto mi è arrivato nella data prevista e in scatola originale sigillata
My Name Is Fleming, Ian Fleming
My Name Is Fleming, Ian Fleming
This documentary tells the story of Ian Fleming, real-life spy, ladies’ man and sportsman. He was there at the real birth of MI-5 and the CIA, which gave him the background to tell the story of one of pop culture’s most beloved heroes, James Bond.

From how Fleming created Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for his son to how he fell in love with SCUBA diving, it really tells so much about the man who created Bond.

If you’re a Bond fan, you will already know much of this, such as how the man with a license to kill was named after a bird watching writer. However, if you are just learning about the universe of MI6 and SPECTRE, this is a quick watch that will get you up to speed.
Gertrude
Gertrude
Perhaps the least well-known of Hesse's works, this third work combines beautiful expression with gentle irony, a sense of the typical Romantic restlessness in conflict more obvious than real conflict with traditional German middle class values. It is a story of an aspiring composer's love for the beautiful Gertrude, and his struggle to come to terms with the fatal attractions of the alcoholic singer who marries her, and helps present the composer's first opera. There are scenes of humor, as in his assistance of his mother against the depredations of a distant spinster relative who has come to dominate his mother after the passing of his father, and to whom he refers as "the dragon;" there is pathos in the realization that his closest friend's sister is in (unrequited) love with him; and the constant influence of nature itself, not in the trembling emotional style of the early Romantic writers, but of a more mature Late Romantic German philosophy; and beauty and nobility in his gradual success in music as it contrasts with his hopeless love for the inspiring Gertrude. Beauty and truth, truth and beauty in a novel I have read perhaps a dozen times in my life; not on the epic philosophic scale of The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenpiel), but a charming personal favorite, as gentle as Hesse himself.
Some Buried Caesar (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 6)
Some Buried Caesar (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 6)
“Some Buried Caesar” (1939) was the sixth Nero Wolf mystery novel published by Rex Stout, and it was included in the list of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association at the beginning of this millennium. It is certainly one of my favorites if only because I learned how Archie Goodwin, Nero’s faithful sidekick earned his nickname, ‘Escamillo.’ He and Nero Wolfe were taking a shortcut through a pasture when they encountered a bull---not just any bull, but Hickory Caesar Grindon, a bull worth $45,000 to an eccentric restaurant owner, who was planning to hold a very expensive barbeque.

Nero Wolf fans must be asking themselves, what the heck was our brilliant but corpulent detective doing in the middle of a cow pasture in upstate New York? Everyone knows he never left his Manhattan brownstone except under extreme duress. Let’s just say he was planning to one-up a fellow orchid-grower at a rural county fair when his car blew a tire on a lonely country road.

After their rescue from the bull, Wolfe and Archie enjoy the restaurateur’s hospitality, while their car is being fixed. In doing so, they inadvertently land themselves in the midst of a bitter rural feud, partly involving the $45,000 bull and the restaurateur’s plan to barbecue him. Wolfe offers Archie's services as a guard for the bull that night. When Archie discovers the bull toying with a gored body, his boss must involve himself in what he deduces is a homicide.

This book contains some of the funnier exchanges between Archie and his boss, especially after Archie is incarcerated in the local jail when he refuses to tell the police why his fingerprints were found on a second murder victim’s wallet. Archie’s cellmate tries to interest him in a game of spoon-bean, and Archie respectfully declines. He does end up forming the Crowfield County’s first Prisoner’s Union before he is released on bail.

This mystery earned its spot on the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century list and is a must-read for Nero Wolf fans.
Murder Makes the Wheels Go Round: Emma Lathen (Emma Lathen Mysteries Book 4)
Murder Makes the Wheels Go Round: Emma Lathen (Emma Lathen Mysteries Book 4)
I've always loved Emma Lathen's John Thatcher crime stories and read them over and over. There's something very satisfying about the understated and economical style of writing and Thatcher's sardonic and dispassionate view of the world around him. I was delighted that the series had made it to Kindle, having been reduced to searching for old, second hand copies of the books. I was less pleased with the rather hit-and-miss proof reading of the first few I read. This one however is truly appallingly edited and proof read. The editor seems uncomfortable with men being addressed by their surnames so has swapped these out unnecessarily and in an inconsistent, haphazard sort of fashion for first names. This gives a misleading impression of social intimacy for relative and total strangers who appear within the book and also over uses names to the point of repetitiveness. on the other hand a delicately ironic depiction of ladylike sniping at a tea party is shattered by the bizarre decision to identify the ladies by their surnames only. Words are omitted from sentences or randomly inserted in a way that makes it almost impossible in places to ascertain the meaning. here and there obvious points are belaboured and additional (and tautologous) adjectives are added. The original authors and the story are very badly served by this edition. I feel as if an old friend has been insulted in front of me and much as I'd like to I cannot recommend this edition to anyone. I've only marked as high as three stars because the original story still shines through the butchery.
Hawaii: A Novel
Hawaii: A Novel
This was one of Michener’s first long sagas about a single place. Hawaii is worth the treatment, a crossroads of the Pacific almost impossibly reached by Polynesians, who then lived undisturbed for nearly a millennium until Westerners landed. It then became a crossroads for Chinese, Japanese and other East Asians as well.

MIchener has so much to work with:

— The beautiful and relaxed Polynesian cultures, with their generosity, expansive notions of family, and habitation of a tropical paradise that once allowed them to live easy;
— The American missionaries, New England Congregationalists of deeply Calvinist bent, appalled by the Hawaiians’ paganism and sexual mores, and deeply determined to convert and Westernize them;
— The Chinese, strongly traditional, wily and entrepreneurial, and deeply rooted in their culture; — The Japanese, disciplined and dutiful, deeply rooted in their culture like the other groups, but more nationalistic about their rising homeland.

The story of how these groups collide, and the unique blended culture they form, is a kaleidoscope of wonderfully told events. The harrowing voyage of the first Samoans, losers in a religious war. The equally harrowing voyage of the first missionaries in cramped sailing ships around Cape Horn. Measles that kills off many natives in the early years. An epidemic that rips through the Chinese community, causing authorities to burn it down. Pearl Harbor. The Americans’ successful plot to overthrow Hawaii’s monarchy and annex it into the United States. The deeply conflicted position of Hawaii’s Japanese, whose sons become a legendary battalion fighting in Europe to prove their Americanism, as the U.S. fights the Japanese in the Pacific and interns many Japanese in detention camps. Hawaii’s drive to statehood.

We meet fascinating and unforgettable characters. Bold sailors, daring traders, shrewd peasants, pioneering entrepreneurs, dying lepers, rich landowners, Hawaiian royals, beachboy gigolos, and an American gentry divided between paternalistic caretakers, ruthless business leaders and those grown soft and decadent.

The missionaries’ descendants - mostly white but with some intermarriage with the Hawaiians’ - dominate the islands’ commerce and agriculture. They need the Asians for their labor, the native Hawaiians not being terribly industrious, but wish the former would go home after saving some money. Schools and public office are barred to their children.

The first generations of immigrants aren’t that interested in full equality; they want to work, save money, get by, make their way, maybe send money home, maybe return there themselves. Their children and grandchildren, though, resent being second-class citizens.

Michener’s “Hawaii” has been required reading for a long time for those from or visiting the Hawaiian Islands, a place totally worthy of a saga like this.
Centennial
Centennial
I'm not sure what possessed me to buy a James Michener book. Only that I knew he was a very well-known author, and that perhaps I should get acquainted with his works.

The book was absolutely brilliant, and it turned out to have been a considerably wise choice, both as literature and as a tool to study near-to-being-forgotten history.

It turns out that Michener's idea is quite intelligent: It has been said before that the best way to know what a field looks like is through the observations of a rabbit that hops through it every day. It looks like Michener has taken the inverse of this idea, by making a serious study of the area around Colorado, and then reverse-engineering plausible biographies of people who would have lived at that time to give us a taste of what frontier life was like. (It makes sense that there would be very few actual autobiographies of the pioneers of these times, because: 1. Most people back then could not read; 2. Most of them were explorers. As such, they fell into the category of "doers" and not "talkers.")

The narrative arc covers quite some time, and the characters from earlier points in time overlap in ways with those at later times in such a way as to provide some continuity to the sequential books. (And "books" is the right word, because each of these chapters is a novella in its own right.)

One criticism of Michener's approach is that although some of these characters were actually based on real people, many were fictionalized composites and there is no easy way for us to delineate between the two. "Frank Skimmerhorn," for example, was allegedly based on the real life person John Chivington.

Of course, there is Wikipedia to help as a research guide as I'm reading a book that was published nearing 50 years ago.

Very few people think about the actual nuts and bolts that went into transforming a lightly occupied land into the Republic that we now occupy. But, it did happen. And it's interesting to know exactly *how* it happened.

To wit: on page 185, Michener tells us exactly the spirit in which the writing was to be taken: This is not the "noble savage" of Rousseau (His "noble savage" is returned to several times in the book, both directly and in the way that events of the stories make a mockery of it.) It is more like a description of events as best as they can best be reconstructed.

"Centennial" is very long (and as I read it oscillated between thinking that it was *just* long enough to bear the weight of the events and then thinking that it could have been pared back by 300-400 pages).

In the second chapter alone, Michener devotes 24 pages to giving us a description of the development of geography over the space of 1.7 billion years. You can read the entire chapter, but who can remember any of that? (And better yet, who cares?) If you wanted to give us an idea of how fast the scope of time was, did it really take 24 pages to do it?

"A picture is worth a thousand words," and a series of pictures probably would have saved a few of these fabulously long chapters. I do know that the land of Colorado is breathtaking- - witness the large number of songs written about the beauty of Colorado by John Denver, as well as his taking his stage name from it.

The third chapter is where the book started to pick up significantly. It gave us descriptions of lives that the animals there might have lived, and in that way it had echoes of Jack London's "Call of the Wild." (It is a testament to this authors research that person can look for samples of bison behavior, and find the exact same things that the author portrayed.) Also, keep in mind that his evolutionary biology was before DNA sequencing had even been perfected.

A few historical lessons:

1. Most of the Indians in the New World were actually killed by disease imported from the Old World-->90%. (And some of these characters were absolutely filthy. Living snowed in in a cave for months at a time, and probably without a shower. Many of these characters consummated relationships with the local Indians, but they were so dirty that I'm surprised the Indians didn't die of infection when people like Pasquinel even laid eyes on them.)

That only became clear 405 pages into the book.

2. In some sense, for all its many volumes..... History only has one page. And so, the specific characters in this book are prototypes of things that have happened many times before and will keep happening.

a. Some people cannot find success in their country of birth, and they have nothing to lose by going to find a new land. (Unlanded sons in Portugal were the ones who went and conquered Brazil and fashion the new society there.) Mercenaries, settlers, escapers, hunters, trappers..... and every other imaginable variation of Men of Action. (p. 504 describes men who can "take 2800 fractures longhorns safely across 1300 miles of the West's most bruising country" and "requiring few words.")

b. Lower status men from a higher status group go and find higher status women among a lower status group of people.

c. Trade brings together people who would have no other reason to know of the other's existence. A shape that happen with a minimum of language, and that language is often invented on the spot 2 facilitate a very limited number of transactions.

3. The settlers who came at different times were very different things. The earliest people were smaller in number, and they were adventurers and pioneers. They lived among the Indian people, and even Mary quite a few of them.

It was only later, when gold rushers, The Government and grifters came that the dynamic changed.

4. These Indians were not the "noble savages" of Rousseau (His "noble savage" is returned to several times in the book, both directly and in the way that events of the stories make a mockery of it.) It is more like a description of events as best as they can best be reconstructed.

5. Itinerant people are nothing like a match for a settled city dwellers. And so, the events that led to the resettlement of the Americas have already happened many times before.

In reality, the events that happened at the Sand Creek Massacre (fictionalized as the "Massacre at Rattlesnake Butte") are just variations on a theme that has happened many times throughout history.

--Maori encounter Moriori after a separation of several centuries, and they slaughter them all.

--Bantu-speaking Africans slowly sweep over lands that were held by Khoi-san people ("Bushmen"), and they slaughter them as they go.

And though Michener is quite sympathetic to the Indian side in his portrayal, we really don't need to think that this was a special case and single out the Settlers as demons in the Indians as saint-victims.

The inchoate United States government at that time was not the massive, sprawling Leviathan that we know in modern times. at that time, it could not even delineate what was its own territory, let alone police it.

6. The best way to turn outlaws into citizens and responsible partners is to give them land with a title. The Homestead Act of 1862 (p. 491) did just that.

getting the titles to land sort it out was a significant issue in the earlier years of the republic, and Michener does tell us that in a matter-of-fact way.

7. There is an interesting array of people that existed by accidents of history. Volga Germans. Pennsylvania Dutch. Mennonites and Old Order Amish. English Investors. Scottish factotums. Japanese field hands (!)

8. Disgusting Poachers (pps.589, 966). Overhunting.

9. A discussion of the mechanism of action by which Native Americans were shifted onto reservations.

10. (p.605). Foreign direct investment has had a huge role in building the US economy for at least a century and a half. And a substantial amount has been with the British empire all through that time. (p.1020)

11. The irrigation systems for the West were only set up toward the end of the 19th century--and even then, it was done with private/ venture capital, "You didn't build that" notwithstanding.

12. The bond market has been disciplining corporations for a long time. (p. 686)

13. Mexico has had problems with political stability (mass shootings, etc.--p.821) for at least the last century-- and has, as a result, been the source of cheap labor for the Gringos for just as long (p. 818).

Nor is the diabolical brutality associated with regime change new (p. 826) when there is some type of revolution coming, it's not enough to just shoot the opposition in the back of the head. They have to tie him in the sun so that he can roast to death, and put honey all over his body so that the desert ants can bite him while he is dying from exposure.

The roots of the high illegitimate birth rate among Hispanic people goes back a long way. (p. 808).

14. Weird Acting White People go back a long time. (p. 886). And it's the same game every time: Use some poor or unpopular people (to whom you have no allegiance or doxastic commitment--p. 885 "Never had much use for 'em") as a cudgel against other white people. (In this particular book, it was Mexicans. But, in later years it would be black people. And even in current times, it is Muslims.)

p. 1016:It is an Anglo playing dress up to relive the glories of Indians who fought against the Republic of which he is now a government official(???)

15. By the13th novella-chapter, the characters had become allegorical. The Dishonest Cutthroat Businessmen. (The Wendells). The Academic Who Tests Out His Ridiculous Ideas on Others. (Creevey). The Farming Family That Came to Ruin. (The Grebes.) The Labor Revolutionary Borne of Harsh Conditions. (Tranquilino).

This reviewer already knew that in the acquisition of wealth, a certain amount of charlatanism is inevitable. But, by making actors the people who became the wealthiest.... The message could not have been clearer.

16. "Aztlan" and LaRaza have been with us for a long time. As well as young radical idiot firebrands from the University. (p. 1021) Strange that it's never actually the people who lived through the worst times, but pampered second and third generations who take up the cause of revanchism. Slurs about "biscuits" and "oreos" and "bananas" have been with us for at least the last five decades.

******
This book was published in 1973 (47 years ago; a good 30 years before the virus of political correctness had infected the United States as thoroughly as it has, and before the morphing of Chicano-->Latino-->Hispanic). And in that sense, this is good because it is at least more likely to be honest.

And in that way, the author can be brutally frank when he says that: "Most Mexicans prefer to forget the black infusion altogether, and if the matter does come up, confessed to the arrival of 'a few thousand Negritos.'" (Sorry, but just because people may not be white does not necessarily mean that they are black, nor like black people.)

Mexicans are about 21% of the population of Colorado, in current times.

Another criticism: It might have been nice if we had something like a family tree chart to keep track of all of these complicated into relationships.

1038 pages of prose / 14 chapters works out to 74 pages per chapter. Fabulously long.

Verdict: Strongly recommended. (And especially during these shut-in days of the Coronavirus Hysteria.)
Series in Order: Patricia Cornwell: 2016: Kay Scarpetta in Order
Series in Order: Patricia Cornwell: 2016: Kay Scarpetta in Order
I love this whole series by Patricia Cornwell. I started the series originally about 20 or 25 years ago, and progressed through the 18th book. When it was my turn to select a book for our local book club, I decided to select the first two in the Kay Scarpetta series. Many had read them, like me, many years ago, and found them just as enjoyable the 2nd time around. Now I want to go thru the whole series.....again....
Rubie's Harry Potter Childs Harry Potter Robe - Large (12-14) (884252L)
Rubie's Harry Potter Childs Harry Potter Robe - Large (12-14) (884252L)
Der optisch schön gestaltete Umhang entspricht nicht der Erwachsenengröße "L" wie wir im ersten Moment dachten, sondern natürlich der Kindergröße "Large". Umgerechnet auf die vom Kostüm-Hersteller "Rubie's" angegebene Größentabelle liegt die passende Größe dann etwa zwischen 140 bis 152, sodass die Zauber-Robe Kinder in einem Alter von 8 - 12 Jahren gut passen sollte: je nach körperlicher Konstitution natürlich. Der Zauberumhang ist jedenfalls etwa rund 105 cm lang und die beiden Ärmel haben von der Schulter ab gemessen etwa eine Länge von 50 cm.

Das Gryffindor Abzeichen ist nicht aufgestickt sondern eher drauf gebügelt. Der Stoff der Robe besteht aus 100% Polyester und ist meiner Ansicht nach schon sehr dünn … Da bin ich mal gespannt, wie lange das gut geht … Die Schnalle zum befestigen des Umhangs wurde leider schon beim ersten hantieren etwas beschädigt aber im Notfall bleibt die Robe dann erst mal offen.

In die Waschmaschine sollte der Kapuzenumhang natürlich nicht gegeben werden: falls nötig, dann kommt einzig und alleine Handwäsche in Frage.
Harry Potter House Crest Ravenclaw Juniors T-Shirt
Harry Potter House Crest Ravenclaw Juniors T-Shirt
I like this shirt quite a bit, but it's not really a juniors shirt, it's more like a youth. It runs very small, and it's very straight up and down, designed for someone with no curves at all. It seems like a good quality shirt and I love the color and the graphic, but I wish it was cut better for a woman's body. Based on the recommendations saying this runs very small, I bought an XL, which is sizing up 2-3 sizes from my normal sizes. The XL is too loose in the waist and a bit too long, but it's fitted in the shoulders, chest, and hips, so I'm not sure I could size down. I'm a size small in Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and JCrew, but a medium in more youth oriented brands like Threadless, Bella, American Apparel, etc. It's still very cute and I had no reservations about keeping it, but it's more of an around the house with leggings tshirt.
Wizard Wand Brushes,WeChip 5 PCS Potter Makeup Brush Set
Wizard Wand Brushes,WeChip 5 PCS Potter Makeup Brush Set
I haven't had a chance to use them yet but I am very impressed at the quality of the brush handles. They are definitely a sturdy metal and are rather heavy. Definitely the heaviest brushes I own now. I've rubbed them clean on my face and the bristles are nice and soft. I wish there was more than the five of them for the eyes. They come in a nice little velvet pouch with a draw string.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook: Wizard Training: Full Color Version
The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook: Wizard Training: Full Color Version
Introduction:

Hands down, no questions asked- I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I know a ton about the Harry Potter franchise, and it is by far my favorite book series (and that really is saying a lot because I have read a ton of books!) One of my favorite things about the Harry Potter universe is the Harry Potter Conventions that usually have some kind of trivia contest. I always do pretty well, but the one thing that I stink at is spells. Okay, I know all of the basic spells, but for some reason I can never figure out how some people know just so many. I wanted a way to get better. So, when I received an 25$ Amazon gift card, I went strait to the computer to look for a spell book. As I looked through I found some that seemed pretty good, but there was always a bunch of bombed reviews saying that the product was a "piece of trash" or, "totally worthless". When I found that this book had some relatively good reviews, I thought, "What the heck, I'll just buy it."

Quality:

Okay, so the book came pretty fast if two days is good enough for you (it sure was for me!) I freaked out when the package arrived, and tore into it as fast as my fingers could rip. I was a little bit disappointed that it was only a paperback book. I was also sad to see that the book was self published, which I thought would mean it would have low quality. Man, I was so wrong. When I opened it up it was an amazing sight! The book had incredible illustrations on nearly every page, showing how to cast each spell. Even better, the font made it look as though it was written with a quill- which makes it seem way more like it's an actual spell book. There are even little guides on each spell on how to properly say them.

Length:

You would probably expect a spell book to be like a thousand pages long, but let me warn you, this book is only about two-hundred pages. But, there are about three spells per page, so that's a lot of spells if you think about it. The spells are all listed in alphabetical order, and there are even some spells mentioned in the back of the book that nobody knows the incantation to! That's pretty cool if you ask me. So all in all, my estimation is that there are about six-hundred spells in the book.

Authenticity:

Okay, Michael K. Gonzalez really worked hard to write this book. It includes spells from every single official Harry Potter source out there, including: All the books, the new book, "Harry Potter and the Cured Child" spells, "Fantastic Beast and Were to Find Them" spells, all the spells from the movies, all the spells from the "LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4" video game, every spell from "LEGO Harry Potter years 5-7" video game, every spell from every single other Harry Potter video game in the world (even the hard to find ones,) every spell from some weird Harry Potter trading card game, every spell ever mentioned on Pottermore, and finally every spell from "Quidditch Through the Ages".

Overall:

An amazing book that every Potter fan should have!
LEGO City Rover Testing Drive 60225 Building Kit (202 Pieces)
LEGO City Rover Testing Drive 60225 Building Kit (202 Pieces)
My six year old granddaughter picked this one out. She loves the Legos meant for boys - finds them more interesting and interactive. She loved putting this one together. The instructions were easy to follow and loved all the accessories it came with. Good value for the price.
Dexter-Russell (S134PCP) - 3" Boston-Style Oyster Knife - Sani-Safe Series
Dexter-Russell (S134PCP) - 3" Boston-Style Oyster Knife - Sani-Safe Series
For years I've struggled shelling oysters, while watching my brother do it effortlessly. I've tried several types of oyster knives and none of them improved the process or reduced the accompanying hand damages and puncture wounds. My brother, out of sympathy, recommended the Dexter-Russell product and the problem is now solved. Shuckin' oysters with the Dexter-Russell knives is fast, easy and not near as hazardous.
All of the Dexter-Russell oyster knives are sturdy, reasonably priced and excellent for getting the job done; highly recommended.
Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box (Kindle Card Design)
Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box (Kindle Card Design)
Amazon statesGift Cards are the perfect way to give them exactly what they're hoping for--even if you don't know what it is. Recipients can choose from millions of items storewide. Amazon.com Gift Cards never expire, so they can buy something immediately or wait for that sale of a lifetime. I bought a gift card and my daughter wanted to get the Prime Membership. Unfortunately she CAN NOT USE A GIFT CARD to purchase a membership!!! I feel this is a rip off. When I buy a gift card I expect it to be used on an item the recipient wants and don't feel I should research every item Amazon offers to see if they accept gift cards. Gift cards are PAID FOR therefore why can't you use them the way they are intended. If Amazon can't change their policies I'll NEVER EVER PURCHASE ANOTHER GIFT CARD FROM THEM. Might as well purchase a VISA card that's honored at most locations! Totally disgusted with Amazon!!!
SocketScan S700, 1D Imager Barcode Scanner, Green
SocketScan S700, 1D Imager Barcode Scanner, Green
I cannot find a fix to this online. My scanner got replaced with a new one by the manufacturer but the same problem persists. Scanner remains on. Connection drops. I use my scanner with Lightspeed POS on iPad Pro 12. The issue gets resolved temporarily if i turn the scanner off and back on. I have other scanners I use by Socket Mobile and they work great. I hope someone has a solution to this issue. My Amazon return window has already closed in July, 2019. Help!
Hartz Dura Play Ball Size:Medium Pack of 3
Hartz Dura Play Ball Size:Medium Pack of 3
I was looking to replace a small Dura play ball that we had. The product description from the seller says for small dogs under 20 pounds, but on the packaging itself, it says for medium dogs 20 to 50 pounds. Pictures attached show the old, previous small ball we had, versus with medium sized one, which is too big for my 14 pound Yorkie to grasp in her mouth, however, she can still chase it and bat it around and it’s easy to see in the grass with the bright colors and larger size. Seems durable and she likes the squeaker. The description also did not say bacon flavored and the ones I received are bacon flavored. As far as using for teething, I don’t see that it would be useful, as the rubber is too soft for that.
Introduction to Java Programming and Data Structures, Comprehensive Version
Introduction to Java Programming and Data Structures, Comprehensive Version
I have already had part of this book online since my access to myprogramminglab carried over from another language. I found the material difficult to understand and decided to buy the physical book for this upcoming semester since my myprogramminglab access was about to expire any way. I bought this book brand new assuming it had access to myprogramminglab since there is a myprogramming lab associated with this book. I was WRONG. There is no access to myprogramminglab it only provides an access code for the companion website and the code is only good for 1 year (Companion site cost if you don't have it through your book is $24.00). I paid $156.43 already for this new book and I checked with myprogramminglab it will either cost $96.95 with the eText available in the package or $44.95 without the eText functionality. So save your money people and either get a used one and then pay for myprogramming or just go with a digital version. I used the digital copy all last semester and it worked, however personally I prefer books. Considering how much it's now going to cost to get everything I'll need for just this one class, I wish I'd stayed with the online copy.
The Last Ship - Season 3 [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]
The Last Ship - Season 3 [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]
This review pertains to Season 3 ONLY. I am not even sure where to start....season 3 was quite the departure from the show we grew to love over the first 2 seasons. First, what was the point in killing off so many of the regular cast? I understand that sometimes actors want to leave the show, but there are better ways to write off a character than just killing them all. Dr. Scott was a huge part of the show, killing her off and then replacing the love interest she had with Chandler with a new female lead- out of nowhere- was just cheap. Although I will admit I grew to like Sasha by the end of the season (more so because she was seriously one kick ass female), I still don't really see how she fits and definitely don't like that we didn't get to see any chemistry develop between the two of them before the big kiss in the finale. That part of the story line could have been more fleshed out.
As for Tex...well that was just pointless. There was NO reason to kill off his character- he was a fan favorite and the way he died was poorly written, like an afterthought because they needed to add just a tad bit more drama. Honestly, none of the regulars should have been killed off in such a cheap way. The writers really sacrificed quality to get a little bit more drama and I think it backfired.

Next, I must say that the overarching conspiracy plot was just boring. It is so overdone in so many other shows it seems like each one is just a spiced up copy of all the others. For the serious amounts of money these people are making, they can't come up with anything more original? It was predictable that Shaw was the bad guy, and honestly ridiculous that she would be able to amass that much power, including telling a sitting president what to do and say. The politics in general brought down the quality of the show- don't we all get enough with politics in every other aspect of life? Don't we watch TV to escape reality? Finally, her kidnapping Chandler's family was the worst. So predictable and overdone as a story line. I honestly think I could have written a better ending.

On another note, the whole mental breakdown of Chandler was not cool. Again, we watch TV to escape. The hero needs to be a hero. Nobody wants to see John Wayne crying and getting upset over killing someone that needed killed (even if in reality that is the reaction most people would have.) Too much reality ruins it. You want to feel good that this nasty person got what she deserved because it is TV...it is fantasy...so why not? Chandler was one of my favorite characters, but now, I don't know what to think of him. I have read the spoilers for season 4 and am leery, but hope they turn him around.

I have to give some pros of the season as well in order for it to be a complete review: The military action was very good and kept me interested. I like seeing the different aspects of the ship and how the crew works as a team with all the technology to defeat the enemy. I also liked how it showcased the Navy in a very positive light. The action was good and the level of gore was honestly kept to a minimum given it is a violent show in nature.

Overall, of course people are going to watch- they are already hooked on the show from seasons 1 and 2. You do get to see your favorite characters again, even if the plots they are engaged in are predictable and poorly written in many cases. I will watch seasons 4 and 5 as well. I sincerely hope the writers took the time to read some of the reviews and possibly stepped up their game. Don't get lazy because it is an "established brand" and you already have a fan base. It's not fair to those of us who have supported the show since day one!
Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection Rabe Action Figure
Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection Rabe Action Figure
Really cool figure. It's hard to find anything for the handmaidens of naboo. And while the costume is amazing and the paint is perfect, the face mold/paint is a little garish. Bright red lips where the handmaidens barely wore makeup, and undefined eye sculpt (at least on mine). But don't let that deter you! Like I said it's hard to find anything about the handmaidens, so this is a super cool find!
Go North
Go North
I have to give this couple credit. They went out and got sponsors for the truck, camper, solar, just about everything major except their camera gear. They even got hooked up with International data plans so they could stay connected. They had to be creative to sell their idea. I may be wrong, but it appeared in the early episodes they had major sponsor stuff and they were not spending a lot of their own money. If that is/was the case I think perhaps a bullet now and again saying how well something worked etc., would have been nice. He did make mention of a few sponsors around episode 9 or 10 but it seemed hurried. I drove much of this same route with a Jeep Grand Cherokee pulling a [email protected] 400 but we started in FL and our trip was 3 months. I think he said they started in May. We started in July and had to be in Prudhoe Bay by 14 Aug, so I'm sure our tracks crossed and I keep watching their episodes hoping to see our rig.
They photographed some beautiful scenery going through Canada, but there is so much more to see that is specific to the regions. We still talk about our stops along the Alaska Highway and yes we took tons of photos of mountains etc., but it's the people we met and saw that we remember the most. They stopped at the BEST CINNAMON BUN SHOP IN THE GALAXY, or so the sign said but only photographed the bun. The people there have history, I think the current family is third generation owners. We spent an hour talking to them. Amazing folks. The couple passed through Chicken on the Top of the World Highway, yet didn't show a single photo. Who doesn't stop and take photos of a cafe/gas station/store with huge metal chickens in front? Plus they have gold panning right there. I think they bailed too early on the Haul Road to Prudhoe Bay. Yes, the immediate Bay area is controlled by the oil companies, but you can get an escort to the ocean and there are a few worthy sites there to photograph. Coldfoot has quite a bit of history, and the large main window of the restaurant with all the stickers from former guests is worth a photo. My review is of course a bit bias as I got to experience what they did, first hand, but I feel they left a lot out. I'm sure this trip wasn't perfect and they had issues, but other than him sawing a few trees and the night of the porcupine, where's the unexpected or "darn, we didn't see that coming" moments?
A Car Dealer’s Guide to Google My Business: You never get a second chance to make a good first impression!
A Car Dealer’s Guide to Google My Business: You never get a second chance to make a good first impression!
Finally a guide to the biggest free tool at an Auto Dealer's disposal that's written to not only explain why to take an action but also how to obtain the result. In a vertical that has many quick guides to success that are primarily over-hyped motivation with little substance George Nenni brings his decade spanning career insight to bear in a comprehensive guide to Google My Business. Highly recommend regardless of your level of digital competence.
ASUS TUF VR Ready Gaming Laptop, 15.6" IPS FHD, AMD Ryzen 7-4800H Octa-Core up to 4.20 GHz, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, RGB Backlit KB, RJ-45 Ethernet, Win 10
ASUS TUF VR Ready Gaming Laptop, 15.6" IPS FHD, AMD Ryzen 7-4800H Octa-Core up to 4.20 GHz, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, RGB Backlit KB, RJ-45 Ethernet, Win 10
Pros:
- good for windows PRO multitasking, software development on windows, .NET, etc.
- delivery conditions were perfect.

Cons:
- not for multimedia, streaming or anything with an external audio interface, zoom h6, ntg4+. You will have a thousand problems. Not able to send realtwitch.tv or any streaming application.
- if you have BOSE QC35 you will not be able to use Skype, Slack or Discord or Zoom correctly. You are advised. It's a 2500 $cad machine that doesn't allow you to use your high end audio hardware, and you will end up buying headsets with an external sound card included so they can work in video conference.
- came with windows home, I had to buy windows PRO myself, it was activated immediately without any installation.
- web camera is horrible, you will have to buy a C922. MacBook pro webcam is 100x better even at 720p.
- doesn't have thunderbolt 3, if that matters to you.

Do your research:
- how to connect 2 external monitors?
- programs like adobe premiere are going to render faster on these 8 cores?

Great machine for the office.
Ho i pantaloni strappati. SpongeBob
Ho i pantaloni strappati. SpongeBob
Preso per un bebè ma il libro era arrivato con il fianco scolorito, sembra usato. A parte quello il fianco è dorato con il colore che stacca facilmente, trovo un po' controsenso per un libro cartonato. Non faccio il reso solamente perché costa poco per il disturbo del reso.
MoKo 3 in 1 Wireless Charger Stand, 10W Fast Charging Dock Station Compatible Galaxy Watch 3 41mm/45mm/42mm/46mm/Active 2/1/Buds, iPhone12/11/SE/Apple Watch SE/6/5/4/3/Airpods Pro(with QC3.0 Adapter)
MoKo 3 in 1 Wireless Charger Stand, 10W Fast Charging Dock Station Compatible Galaxy Watch 3 41mm/45mm/42mm/46mm/Active 2/1/Buds, iPhone12/11/SE/Apple Watch SE/6/5/4/3/Airpods Pro(with QC3.0 Adapter)
I am always hesitant about buying products like this. First of all, I don't like spending money - I am very cheap, but this product was well worth the purchase. The description did not specify my exact watch but some reviews said it worked well with it. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9+ phone and a Samsung Galaxy Active2 watch. This charger not only charges both , but it charges them so quickly and serves as a great docking station for my phone while I work. There are no special adapters, it is very simple. There is a charging cable that connects the docking charger to the wall, and everything is wireless from there on. I have a case on my phone that is also a wallet, so it is pretty thick. This charger has no problem charging THROUGH the case so I don't have to remove the case every time. I am extremely happy with this purchase.
BESTEK 8-Outlet 6 Ft Extension Cord Power Strip with USB 15A 1875W Surge Protector with 5V 4.2A 4 USB Charging Port Desktop Charging Station,600Joule,Ultra-Compact Wide Spaced Outlet for Large Adapter
BESTEK 8-Outlet 6 Ft Extension Cord Power Strip with USB 15A 1875W Surge Protector with 5V 4.2A 4 USB Charging Port Desktop Charging Station,600Joule,Ultra-Compact Wide Spaced Outlet for Large Adapter
 Since these get plugged into your power system, it is important to know if they are safe. I took the back off and did a quick engineering assessment. Overall, the quality looks very good. The line, neutral and ground bus bars, which are the copper strips in the photos, are well separated by molded plastic and appear to be beefy enough to carry the rated power for the strip. The incoming power lines to feed the bus bars are welded to the copper. Surge protection is provided by some Metal Oxide Varistors which will "short out" if there is a high voltage surge, preventing the surge from reaching the equipment plugged into the power strip. I did not check the MOV values, but they were wired correctly across the bus bars. Build quality is good, but could be neater. All USB charging ports worked - I checked by plugging in a phone and confirmed the charging icon showed. I also checked one of the four ports at random and the total amperage it provided exceeded the rating - My USB amp/volt meter showed it provided 3.19 amps at 5V! The only major drawback I noted is that the power switch is very sensitive - if you barely touch the rocker switch it while ON, it will momentarily turn off even without 'clicking' to the off position - see the video. This interrupts power to the whole strip! The power switch is recessed, which helps to minimize this from happening, but if these are placed where they might get bumped a bit, such as under a desk, and your foot touches it, you'll lose power. The power switch is also the circuit breaker, there isn't a separate "push to reset" switch. Overall, for the price, it is a good deal.

Pros -
1. Good build quality (but could be better)
2. Surge protection appears adequate
3. Nice length for the power cord
4. USB power (current and voltage regulation) is excellent
5. Beeps when drawing more than 15 amps, and the circuit breaker in the power switch trips at 20 amps

Cons -
1. Sensitive power switch can be accidentally turned off if bumped
Mujer lentejuelas señora Claus Navidad suéter - Cinturón rojo Santa feo Navidad Cardigan Mujer
Mujer lentejuelas señora Claus Navidad suéter - Cinturón rojo Santa feo Navidad Cardigan Mujer
Down a star because of the belt, it is 38” on my XL order. My guess is that they send the same belt no matter what size you order. I am ordering a different belt.
The stitching for the sequins is a little scratchy but let’s be honest, it’s a novelty item. It’s made for looks not comfort.
Arrived pretty wrinkly, I’m not sure how to handle this with a novelty (and likely fragile) garment. I’m hanging it up and hoping for the best.
$60 seems pricey for what you get. Depends on it’s value to you I guess. One would hope for more comfort at this price. I might end up backing the sequin sewing with felt or flannel spots.

Overall, pleased with the arm length and appearance. I have super long arms (6’ arm span) and the sleeve length is fine.
Writing Legal Descriptions
Writing Legal Descriptions
This book is very informative, though a little bit dated. It made me realize what I was doing wrong in writing legal descriptions. It keeps in mind the surveyor's role along with the office person. The questions at the end of each chapter ensure understanding of the material. And it's actually quite readable, despite the dryness of the title! This book is a must for anyone taking their PS test.
Lombard Street : a description of the money market
Lombard Street : a description of the money market
This was written by Walter Bagehot in the early 1870's.He was a writer for The Economist magazine.He starts with the passing of The Peel Act in 1844 through three panics(1847,1857 and 1866);the last being Overend Gurney debacle.Specie is the preferred method of payment in these time while gold is still used mostly in international transactions for mostly bullion sales for change(round metal disks).The Bank of England is on the scene.One of their mandates is to meet the demand for money.The prescriptive relief in these sorts of matters is to lend albeit with higher interest rates.Time deposits do pay interest but paying interest on call money is spotty.Some banks have good reason to support this idea.Reserves on liabilities is a fine art in these times.It sets the standard for expansions or contractions.It varies from country to country in these times.Anywhere from 12% to around 50%.Banking for the most part is noneventful. They are financing trade of some sort. So and so perished in a credit contraction?Somebody's going to be talking about that even if it's testimony in front of a committee.It's interesting because Bagehot gets into many details.Getting appointed director at the Bank of England could be accomplished at an early age.Their experience gained was not outside from the Bank but inside.They weren't just financing trading,they were also managing accounts for the British government.This is essentially from tax collection to tax spending. Could anything from these panics have been foreseen prior to them actually taking place?Possibly.There was one anecdote about Overend Gurney depositing 3,000,000 pounds,over a period of time;and then quickly withdrawing it.It was returned in a matter of days. They were trying to affect a rule made in 1858 that the Bank of England would advance to bill-brokers at certain seasons of the year coinciding with public money deposits.The object was not to get them dependent on the Bank of England and so they could keep their own reserve.Overend's actions had the affect of assailing everybody's credit.
Wychwood - Game Fly wallet Sheepskin
Wychwood - Game Fly wallet Sheepskin
Plastic divider has no use. Cut it out as it was a pain, if anything. Wool is useless in keeping barbless hooks in, yet conversely, holds barbs too securely and will end up with chunks being pulled out with stubborn hooks. Won't completely open up flat. It's breathable as zip doesn't fully close at top, meaning small flies could drop out.
Apple TV
Apple TV
I was really enjoying SEE and The Morning Show. Then I got to episode 3. It tells you to continue watching you have to sign in from an Apple device. I don't own any Apple devices so now I excluded that's not right. It might surprise those at Apple but you are not the be all end all of technology, or all the other brands out in the market would not exist. Not everyone can afford or likes your products. If you are truly trying to compete with Netflix's. Your content should be available to everyone on all platforms, NOT just to those who have Apple devices. UPDATE I called Apple to see why I couldn't sign up for Apple TV Plus. They told me that it's because I don't have their Apple TV box. I'm not going to buy a $200 box just to watch a few TV shows. I will stick with Netflix. Netflix doesn't make you buy expensive equipment to watch their shows.
Oppo F17 (Dynamic Orange, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
Oppo F17 (Dynamic Orange, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
So it's been three days since I'm using this phone and I'm completely in love with it at the price I got.
1. Weight of the Phone is very less when compared to any phone in this segment and this matters a lot to me while carrying or casual music listening or any stuff.
2. Back leather type wrapper is really good and gives a premium feel.
3. UI is also good in terms of usage and mobile handling and compatibility
4. Camera is decent for video calls/ normal phots not that great especially for shotting long-distance objects/ sceneries. But this doesn't matter to me a lot. Come on use a professional camera if you want photography at peaks.
5. Design is excellent and it is the slimmest phone at 7.43mm
6. Build Material quality is good.
7. Sound is good but not that great for melodies or any songs please use earphones/headphones.
8. Display is really good and it's out of my expectation as I'm using Samsung AMOLED previously.
9. Processor is fast for general purpose and played COD and some other games at medium graphics didn't observe any lag.
10. Battery is okay and keeps you charged up for one day (General usage with low- medium gaming)
11. Software is fast and no clutter apps or extra apps.
Overall I would definitely recommend if someone wants a nice phone for general usage which looks classy.
A2Z Shop Fast Type Charger for New Macbook 12 inch Original Charger Adapter Qualcomm QC 3.0 Quick Charge Adaptive Fast Charging, Rapid, Dash, VOOC, AFC Charger with 1 Meter Type-C USB Data Cable(White)
A2Z Shop Fast Type Charger for New Macbook 12 inch Original Charger Adapter Qualcomm QC 3.0 Quick Charge Adaptive Fast Charging, Rapid, Dash, VOOC, AFC Charger with 1 Meter Type-C USB Data Cable(White)
A2Z Shop Fast Type Charger for New Macbook 12 inch Original Charger Adapter Qualcomm QC 3.0 Quick Charge Adaptive Fast Charging, Rapid, Dash, VOOC, AFC Charger with 1 Meter Type-C USB Data Cable(White) by undefined. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Apple Iphone 12 in Electronics category.
ANGVNS Women Long Sleeve Chiffon Blouse V Neck Office Work Blouse for Women Dress Shirts Tops
ANGVNS Women Long Sleeve Chiffon Blouse V Neck Office Work Blouse for Women Dress Shirts Tops
Loved this top due to the following reasons!
✓ I am 5'2" - 120 lbs - US Size 2. This top fits me perfectly. The length is such that this top extends exactly up to my hip. Not even an inch below the hip. So this doesn't give one an awkward look. At the same time, it maintains a cute and classy look!
✓ I paired this top with black formal pants to get a semi formal look. Also, this top can be paired with black/blue/white jeans to get a casual look. That's what I love the most about this top. It goes with most pants that I own ( Color matters! I got the wine red colored top). I don't prefer wearing this top with leggings because the length is too short.
✓ The top is of good quality chiffon Material. Never gave out color during washes. I have washed this top a couple of times till date. It has not shrunk either. The zip and buttons are of good quality too. The zip works fine and the gold color of the zip and buttons hasn't faded at all!! Well, I do iron this top after each wash to make it look crisp.
✓ The wine red top is not transparent. I'm not sure about the other colors.
✓ The product arrived on time and in perfect condition. No damages at all.
So as a conclusion, I loved using this top. I hope you do too. Also, I'll update my review in case my opinions about this top change after using it for a longer time.
Melitta Caffeo Solo & Milk E953-102, Schlanker Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchschaumdüse, Silber
Melitta Caffeo Solo & Milk E953-102, Schlanker Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchschaumdüse, Silber
Pour le prix je m'attendais vraiment à mieux ! Ok on est sur du 1er prix en automatique mais la qualité plastique chinois fait mal, on dirait un jouet kinder surprise !
Alors c'est clair elle bouffe de l'eau, compter les 3/4 du réservoir pour 1 expresso de 30cl entre allumage et éteignage, la totalité du réservoir pour 2 expresso.... Le réglage de la quantité d'eau est mal fait puisque l'on ne sait pas combien d'eau va sortir en fonction du réglage, heureusement le réglage peut se faire en temps réel.
Cependant point positif, elle est effectivement très rapide pour un expresso à la sauvette, compter 1m30. Donc content de ca, le matin, la tête en vrac, café tout rapide sans effort !
Enfin, parlons de la qualité d'extraction, médiocre, même très médiocre, mon ancienne saeco intellia fait mieux mais je l'ai mise au boulot, je regrette qu'elle n'existait plus dans le commerce pour moins cher en plus... Pour ceux qui passe d'une machine à capsule (qui est tout, sauf une machine à café), peut être y trouverez-vous votre compte mais on est TRES loin d'un café de bar, comme je l'ai vu sur d'autres commentaires. Je savais que c'était d'ailleurs impossible pour une machine automatique, de faire aussi bien qu'un vrai barista de comptoir mais au vu des commentaires je m'attendais à un bon résultat, on en est loin... Pour un vrai buveur de café comme moi, ca passe un peu comme une machine automatique d'autoroute, je n'y glisserais jamais mes meilleurs grains de café. Fait donc le taff pour le matin en réglant au plus corsé, ou pour un ptit café de trop en fin de journée, celui qu'on regrette mais qu'on voulait absolument se faire !
Pour le bruit rien à redire, jamais vu une machine automatique autant silencieuse, je ne comprends pas certains commentaires, d'ailleurs on s'en moque du bruit sur ce type de machine, mais la, chapeau, le moulin est rapide et silencieux, on entends à peine la percolation.
Enfin, la buse vapeur est une bonne blague, une vraie honte ! La pression qui en sort ne permettra jamais de chauffer un lait correctement, en fait j'aurais du prendre la solo, parce qu'il est clair que je ne m'en servirais jamais.
ObjectChair ErgoPro Ergonomic Office Chair - Desk Chair with Adjustable Lumbar Support, Breathable Mesh Back and Wheels - Gaming Chair, Computer Chair, Home Office Desk Chairs, Rolling Chair (Blue)
ObjectChair ErgoPro Ergonomic Office Chair - Desk Chair with Adjustable Lumbar Support, Breathable Mesh Back and Wheels - Gaming Chair, Computer Chair, Home Office Desk Chairs, Rolling Chair (Blue)
I don't usually write review, but when i do, the product is fantastic! Seriously, this is the most comfy chair i have had in my gaming and programming life! The seat is ideally soft, armchairs is on the right height. Head holder or head keeper, whatever you call it, with this chair I personally from now on call it a "Head Lullaby", my brain even works faster with this thing )). Very happy with the product and feels like you get way more for this price then just a chair. Dumping my couch ))
Art Nouveau 11 1/4" High Melting Bronze Table Clock
Art Nouveau 11 1/4" High Melting Bronze Table Clock
First off, I do NOT know the seller, this is an honest, real review. I do not give reviews just because I am too lazy. BUT, given I just spent $100 on a clock, I feel it is my duty to do so. This clock is hands down amazing. Heavy, sturdy, looks in real life just as it does on the pictures. I am basically in LOVE with this thing. I am 10 hours in and it keep accurate time. It looks fantastic. I was searching for wall clocks and stumbled upon this, and was intrigued by it. I saved it on my favorites but found myself coming back to it. I am not an artsy fartsy person liked the idea of the Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp in any Tim Burton kinda theme it had going. Well, pay day came, and I said, do it. SO, I did. Got it and love it. Any one who is thinking about it, if you see the pictures, and read the description, and now have read the reviews, if you are thinking about it, just do it!

PS. The shipping was PERFECT! Came in its own box, which the clock was covered in Styrofoam. Then that box was in a box that was surrounded by packing peanuts. A++++++
Piroir HEPA Air Purifier Smoke Car Purifiers for Home Pets Hair-H13 True HEPA Filter for Small Bedroom 4-Stage Filtration -100% Ozone Free, Eliminates Smoke, Dust, Pollen, Pet Dander
Piroir HEPA Air Purifier Smoke Car Purifiers for Home Pets Hair-H13 True HEPA Filter for Small Bedroom 4-Stage Filtration -100% Ozone Free, Eliminates Smoke, Dust, Pollen, Pet Dander
I began to talk about my real experience of using this product, hoping to bring some reference value. Soon after my husband, I and our little children moved into our home, I purchased this purifier. We noticed that sometimes we smell heavy smoke in the bathroom, bedroom and living room. Since we live in a non-smoking community, we feel this is strange. About a month after we moved in, I started to feel sick. At first, I thought it was an allergy. Two weeks later, I don't feel any better. I started to clean the room, thoroughly removing all dust and vacuum cleaners. It turned out to have no effect at all. I guess this may be mold that I can't see? Soon after my husband fell ill, he showed the same symptoms as me. Even my children have the same symptoms. After consulting a lot of information, I decided to buy an air purifier and put it in my home.When I put it in the bedroom immediately, my husband and I can breathe and sleep better. The air in our bedroom feels as light and airy as spring. After we no longer smell the cigarette smell in the bedroom, it will produce cleaner air without the help of this machine. Who knows how long it will take us?My husband and I have a 3-month-old poodle and we are training him to pee on a urine changing pad. When you walk into the house, you can smell his waste, I don't like it! Before my doctor told me to abandon them for asthma, I was using plug-in air fresheners. I decided to do more research, they are also dangerous to pets! I don't want to hurt my little guy, so I have to change to a new air purifier! I also like this color. It matches my room very well,Another thing I like the most is that HEPA filters are not proprietary, so you don't have to buy expensive filters from a purifier company! I have seen two packages on Amazon for less than $20. Generally, it is replaced once every six months. When replacing the filter, hold the bottom of the purifier body with your left hand and hold the top of the purifier body with your right hand and turn it counterclockwise. You will feel a click. Pull it up, take out the filter with your fingers, put the new filter into the bottom of the fuselage, and then screw on the upper fuselage of the purifier. This is too simple to operate.
Fazer Skolekridt – Tiza escolar – Original – Finnish – Licorice – Salmiak – Salmiakki – Torpedo – Dragees – Candies – Sweets – Bolsa – 6.35 oz
Fazer Skolekridt – Tiza escolar – Original – Finnish – Licorice – Salmiak – Salmiakki – Torpedo – Dragees – Candies – Sweets – Bolsa – 6.35 oz
these are licorice sticks with a mild salmiak center and a white mint coating on the outside. i don't normally like mint, and i like my salmiak strong, but the two flavors work very well together so it turns out this is one of the very best salmiak i've ever had. also worth noting is that the seller are very kind and attentive to customer care, so they immediately replaced the one that the post office managed to lose (not the seller's fault). try it and see, if you're into salmiak you'll love it.
Marabou Black Saltlakrits - Barra de chocolate con leche (6.35 oz)
Marabou Black Saltlakrits - Barra de chocolate con leche (6.35 oz)
I discovered these in Stockholm, I just wish the states carried these. When I travel I always eat local and try things I have never eaten, I thought hmmmm, chocolate and licorice, two of my favorite tastes, let’s see... well, I just can’t get enough, maybe it’s a good thing they are so far away!!! I’m tempted to buy the ten pack for gifts, but who do I think I’m kidding, gifts??? They would never make it that far!!! ;-)
Gustaf's tradicional holandés gatos regaliz 5.2 oz bolsa (paquete de 3)
Gustaf's tradicional holandés gatos regaliz 5.2 oz bolsa (paquete de 3)
So, just to throw this out there, this product has ammonium chloride, not sodium chloride (table salt), to give it the salty taste. It tastes like salt, but your sodium levels are not in danger.

That being said, it definitely is an experience to eat. This is a SAVORY candy, not a sweet candy. If you've never had a savory licorice candy before, I recommend starting out with the single salt first, and see how you like that, if at all. If you think amping up the bitterness and astringency is something you may find enjoyable, go for the double salt.

If you're a parent and want to pull a prank on your child by giving them a piece with the (technical) truth that it is candy, you will just make them sad, even if you think it's hilarious. Yes, my father did this. Yes, it's very funny in retrospect. But I also remember this moment as one of the few times he actually gifted me candy, by hand, before the age of 10. So if you're planning on using this product to prank on your own child, be sure to follow that prank immediately with a gift of your child's favorite candy or sugary beverage. Not only will your child grow up with a healthy sense of humor, but their memory of you as a parent in their childhood will be slightly rosier, and thus they will be more willing to fund your retirement home when your savings finally dries up.

Let this candy sit on your tongue. On occasion, dare to apply light pressure on the tablet, by sandwiching it between your molars lightly, but do not crush. Do NOT bite through and cut the tablet into smaller pieces in your mouth, because your saliva will overflow to combat the rush of ammonium chloride. After consuming three of these (in succession, not all at once), the rinsing of all that saliva will make your breath clean and sweet to the point that you'll feel anise all the way up in your sinuses.

I love that there is a three-pack of this. I can keep one bag for myself. Another I'll donate to my team's collective candy table at work (and I will give them ample warning). The last bag I'm adding to the birthday care package that I will send to my father soon.
Zara Regaliz barra natural, 100 unidades
Zara Regaliz barra natural, 100 unidades
Estas barras ya NO SON LAS DE ANTES
En primer lugar son mucho más pequeñas y cuestan lo mismo.
Pero encima su sabor y color ha cambiado: son marrones en lugar de negras y el sabor no es el mismo.
¿Por motivos económicos? O sea ¿de generar más beneficio a costa de hacerlas más pequeñas?
He llamado a la fábrica de Zaragoza para expresar esta queja. No se dan por aludidos. Dicen que es por la sequía de este año...
Tendré que buscar otras opciones.
Me parece muy mal esta subida de precios basada en un cambio de formato y por si fuera poco, no me saben igual.
¿No sería más profesional subir el precio y mantener el formato de este regaliz de toda la vida?
Lo que están haciendo los dueños es dañar el buen nombre de una marca de regaliz que muchos tomamos desde hace años. Creerán que los consumidores somos tontos o apechugamos con todo.
Mask of Shadows
Mask of Shadows
I liked the first chapter. It was tense and atmospheric, and relayed a great lot of information without awkward info dumps. There was a good deal of strong, dark imagery and original ideas. I really liked opening scene with the daring highway robbery, and the first major character turning point when the protagonist murders Grell, the gang leader. I also was impressed by the scary depictions of the Shadows (the monsters). The backstory on the destruction of Nacea was well done too.

But very little else worked for me.

I appreciate it when authors refrain from info dumps. But in this book, too much information was lacking, and it hurt the story's verisimilitude. I couldn't get past the plot holes, and I questioned the premise itself. It just doesn't make sense that a monarch would trust any rando off the street to be her private assassin. What's to stop the rando from turning on the monarch? The "kill or be killed" nature of the assassin auditions was a little unbelievable too... Why bother giving classes to people who will probably be dead in the morning? That just didn't seem workable. I don't believe -- not for one second -- that the Queen of anywhere is going to audition twenty-three random strangers for a position that requires the utmost loyalty and trust. Not without some kind of guarantee of allegiance. The Queen's enemies could just audition, and then betray her in one of a hundred different ways. The concept lacked verisimilitude.

And then there is the protagonist... Sal. Big questions here. This book is written in the FIRST PERSON. That means that the reader is inside the protagonist's head. Everything Sal knows... we know.

I don't have a problem with Sal being non-gender normative. That's actually a refreshing character choice. But the reader can't be left in the dark about Sal's physiology. Not in the first person. Sal's gender has to be explained completely -- or as completely as Sal understands it. If this is a common gender expression in Sal's home country of Nacea, then explain that (and that would be totally fascinating, BTW). Sal's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual expression of gender has to be revealed to the reader... because Sal knows these things and we're inside Sal's head. Instead, this is what the reader gets:

"I always felt like Sal, except it was like watching a river flow past. The river was always the same, but you never glimpsed the same water. I ebbed and flowed, and that was my always." p. 46

That's poetic, and a great spiritual description of gender expression, but it raises more questions than it answers. What does it actually mean? Is it literal -- like some kind of magic that changes Sal's physical anatomy, or is it figurative? On page 79, after another contestant asks, Sal says: "I was both. I was neither. I was everything, but that wasn't exactly a friendly conversation to have between strangers trying to kill each other."

Again, that's interesting, but not enlightening. What specifically does it mean? Look, if Sal's gender expression isn't supposed to be a big deal, and I'm not supposed to question it, then why does the author keep bringing it up? If it's a mystery, and/or none of the reader's concern, then the story should have been written in the Third Person, where the reader is outside the protagonist's head. Then the protagonist can keep secrets from the reader. As it stands, this is a major part of the story, and it just isn't revealed to the reader. In the first person, I need to know what Sal knows, because as I experience the story through Sal's eyes; I am Sal. Whereas in the Third Person, I experience the story as a detached observer. I'm a fly on the wall. I can discover Sal's mystery from clues left by the author, or the mystery can just remain an unsolved enigma.

To sum it up, there just wasn't enough information here for me to buy into the plot, or into Sal's character. Although the imagery and action sequences kept me reading the story.

2.5 stars

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