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C++ Programming For Beginners: A Simple Start To C++ Programming Written By A Software Engineer (c programming absolute beginners guide, c programming a modern approach) (NEW 2020 UPDATES)
C++ Programming For Beginners: A Simple Start To C++ Programming Written By A Software Engineer (c programming absolute beginners guide, c programming a modern approach) (NEW 2020 UPDATES)
C++ Programming For Beginners: A Simple Start To C++ Programming Written By A Software Engineer (c programming absolute beginners guide, c programming a modern approach) (NEW 2020 UPDATES) by Scott Sanderson and Paul Gram. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Javascript Complete
Javascript Complete
Javascript Complete by Steven Holzner. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL (3rd Edition)
MySQL (3rd Edition)
MySQL (3rd Edition) by Paul DuBois. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Das Urteil: Roman (German Edition)
Das Urteil: Roman (German Edition)
Das Urteil: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel
Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel
Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 322 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Hood (The King Raven Trilogy Book 1)
Hood (The King Raven Trilogy Book 1)
Hood (The King Raven Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen Lawhead. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 283 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection
Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection
Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection by Joe Hill , Jason Ciaramella, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Python Library Reference: Release 3.6.4 - Book 1 of 2
The Python Library Reference: Release 3.6.4 - Book 1 of 2
The Python Library Reference: Release 3.6.4 - Book 1 of 2 by Guido van Rossum and Python Development Team. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Programming with Oracle Database
Python Programming with Oracle Database
Python Programming with Oracle Database by Ray Terrill. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Web development top performance: porta le prestazioni e la velocità del tuo sito al top con i migliori consigli per PHP, CSS, Javascript e Wordpress (Sviluppo web Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Web development top performance: porta le prestazioni e la velocità del tuo sito al top con i migliori consigli per PHP, CSS, Javascript e Wordpress (Sviluppo web Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Web development top performance: porta le prestazioni e la velocità del tuo sito al top con i migliori consigli per PHP, CSS, Javascript e Wordpress (Sviluppo web Vol. 1) (Italian Edition) by Sandro Casponi. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL The Complete Reference, 3rd Edition
SQL The Complete Reference, 3rd Edition
SQL The Complete Reference, 3rd Edition by James R. Groff, Paul N. Weinberg , et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learning ArcGIS Geodatabases
Learning ArcGIS Geodatabases
Learning ArcGIS Geodatabases by Hussein Nasser. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
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
Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets
Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets
I listened to this book basically because I wanted to learn a bit about Soros, Buffett and Volcker, which this book was pretty good for. Certainly not a full biography, but enough to give a good intro. More than that, it was a discussion about how these three pragmatists views compared to the academics views, and basically makes the case that common sense and pragmatism wins the day both when viewed against the dogmas of the liberals or the conservative academics. Its a worthwhile read in that light and I actually found more helpful than Trillion Dollar Meltdown in understanding, at a high level, what was missed by the authorities.
Mark Zuckerberg, Vampire Slayer - Volume 2: The Devil's Deal
Mark Zuckerberg, Vampire Slayer - Volume 2: The Devil's Deal
While the first book was more setting the stage, this one really dives into the action. Ray mixes an intriguing tale which kept me on my toes through the plot twists and turns. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book when it comes out.
11/22/63: A Novel
11/22/63: A Novel
I suppose I could say I'm one of those Stephen King fans considered "old timers". I just love the old horror stories, reading them in my late teens and early twenties. Shivers down my spine spring to mind remembering "IT", "Pet Cemetry", "Needful things" and at later dates "The Green Mile" and "The Stand"... I stopped reading King after his books developed (?) into more psychological stories as opposed to "mere" horror. There was the odd one I liked, but mainly I felt let down a little and stopped reading King altogether, apart from re-reading some of the above mentioned old ones at odd times.

Well, time passes and I've rediscovered SK... albeit sort of reluctantly.

11/22/63 was discussed in various book forums - it was recommended whole-heartedly or half-heartedly or slightly indecisively... but most agreed, the books a worthy read.

I swallowed my old disappointment in the non-horror books of SK and got first the sample and then the book itself, not letting it out of my greedy grasp until I had finished this epic tale - yes, epic in length already, since it's close to 900 pages.

I'll skip retelling or summarizing the story, since this has been done plenty already.

So what's my take on this book? It's a King like I've never read one - and I loved it, I really did, despite missing old-time horror and not only for the fact that some dear old characters make an appearance - remember Derry in 1958?

One fact stands - for me undisputedly - this man knows how to spin the yarn. The characters are as engaging as they have been in the land of ago - whether I like them or not, I picture them, I feel with (or against) them, I follow them wherever Mr. King leads.

Some readers mentioned their disappointment in the middle part - long - boring - too much detail - yes, there's plenty of detail and the middle part takes a good while to read. I liked it though, like the whole book - in the end it all leads up to the finale - each bit a small piece of the puzzle falling into place and leading up to the final decision - did he or didn't he? - or in the context of the story more like will he or will he not...?

If there is anything I disliked about this book, I really have to say, it's most of the part after Nov-22-63... yes, obviously I would have complained if King had left the "rest of the story after the event" untold, and yes I understand why - doesn't make it considerably better for me though.

I was plenty appeased though when the story finally really winds down, and these last chapters made up for "utopia".

I can, without compunctions, recommend this book to old fans and new…
Donald Trump - Advanced Graphics Life Size Cardboard Standup
Donald Trump - Advanced Graphics Life Size Cardboard Standup
 Where do I begin? It's Uncle Joe, man! While this was a gift for someone else, Uncle Joe and I had a field day driving around town and seeing different people. Read for my adventures with Joe:

First, I started off by scaring my family and putting him in different places throughout the house with the lights off. They still love him, because it's Uncle Joe.

Then, the next morning I buckled him in and got him ready for school. I got a few looks, many thumbs up, and a million high fives in the car alone.

Next, I carried him around all day with me. Many people wanted photos. So Joe gave them what they wanted.

After a tiring day with Uncle Joe, he finally made it to his permanent home: my AP History teacher I've had for two years in a row.

Uncle Joe was very happy. Everyone was very happy.

10/10 would buy again.
Donald Trump biography bio book
Donald Trump biography bio book
This book sounded fair positive than most of the left leaning Presidential biographies. The book read like a manuscript and did not have a Library of Congress record matching it. The font or typeset used a square when typing every "Q" and couldn't be cataloged for a library.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
All the songs are great, but only a few of them are hits. And in his usual eccentric fashion, Bob Dylan skipped over some actual hit singles to make room for more obscure items which the casual fan (me, for example) might have missed. The record covers the years from 1973-1994, an era which began with one of Dylan's most beloved albums ("Blood and the Tracks") followed by some very weird stuff.

The hit singles would be "Tangled Up in Blue," "Hurricane," and "Gotta Serve Somebody." Also, this album has the original versions of two tunes which were massive hit singles as cover versions: "Forever Young" (covered by Rod Stewart), and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (covered by Guns N Roses.)

Dylan could easily have found 9 better-known songs to fill put the album, even without going back before 1973 and/or mining the several live albums he put out in the 1970s and 1980s. But could he have found 9 better songs? Probably not--- but possibly. In any case, the 9 songs he did choose are all extremely interesting.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm | Vegan and Reef Friendly (Octinoxate & Oxybenzone Free) Broad Spectrum Natural Lip Care with UVA/UVB Protection | .15 oz
Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm | Vegan and Reef Friendly (Octinoxate & Oxybenzone Free) Broad Spectrum Natural Lip Care with UVA/UVB Protection | .15 oz
Just started using this and this is my favorite lip sunscreen so far. :D I was aware of the slight whitecast before buying it and do not mind it that much. I only wear lip and cheek tint and mascara along with spf. I have not experienced flaking or clumping yet. This does not feel as slippery or greasy as the sun bum coconut lip balm spf 30 (or any of that brown packaging series, which was the biggest con). I definitely will buy again unless I find a very similar formulation that leaves less of a white-cast and around a similar price. The light white-cast is worth the protection from having crusty lips in the future, and you can just put lipstick, gloss, tint, or less of this product anyways :D
Lucky Brand Men's Venice Burnout Notch Neck Tee Shirt
Lucky Brand Men's Venice Burnout Notch Neck Tee Shirt
I passed these up for my BF Oct. birthday based on reviews that seemed more negative, but they seemed so cute, so I ordeI red for Christmas. My BF likes a looser fit ( not clingy around the waist), and the XL fit him perfectly. He is 5' 10" and about 190, kind of a big boned, square guy, and they do not cling to him. We certainly did not notice any weird smell, like some reviewer said, and I don't know how they would possibly pill, like some other reviewer said. I ordered Cowhide, Frost Grey and Olive, and he loves them all, and I do, too. We like the notch neck with the button detail and the fact that they are distressed looking. A perfect choice for him! The fabric is nice and not too thin.
The Least of These: One Man's Remarkable Journey in the Fight Against Child Trafficking
The Least of These: One Man's Remarkable Journey in the Fight Against Child Trafficking
I serve as the Director of Tactical Operations for JOY International and travel around the world with Dr. Jeff which means I know him very well. His book is an absolute must read!! I have read The Least of These, I personally know and work with the author. Dr. Jeff is a man of integrity, character, sacrifice, and driven by God’s love to do whatever is necessary to rescue the least of these which is amplified throughout his book. Am I biased in my review? Absolutely, because Dr. Jeff is my dear friend and brother in Christ—I know his heartbeat for those enslaved, his motives, and his many sacrifices to do whatever is necessary to bring hope and joy to the least of these. There is no other book like The Least of These. As you read you will cry, you will laugh, you will experience a wide range of emotions—you will be challenged to take action. The Least of These is not a book about statistics of those enslaved in the cruel world of sexual exploitation, it’s a book about real people, real pain and suffering, and real hope and joy for those who have been rescued and the on-going mission to rescue the least of these. As you read you will be challenged. In the words of Dr. Jeff “Awareness without action is apathy.”
Ninja Swords of Death
Ninja Swords of Death
(1978 NOT 2017) "classic" martial arts action adventure filmed in Taiwan, English dubbed. AKA Flying Swallow. It is a swordplay classic featuring Tien Peng and Judy Lee (aka Chia Ling). This dubbed version is said to have been cut by 20 minutes, which makes some quick jumps in parts. Tien Peng plays a kindly heroic sword fighter. The beautiful, talented, and acrobatic Judy Lee doesn't show until near the end, which is too bad. She is great. Minus stars for poor film cutting, for not giving equal time to Judy Lee, and for screen display that crops off important detail. Sigh ...
One Piece, Vol. 55 (55)
One Piece, Vol. 55 (55)
Meine ganzen Mangas sind bei meiner Mutter und ich hab immer Bange das die Eselsohren auf dem Transport bekommen! D:
Aber ich hatte ja noch meinen Gutschein und mir deshalb die Bände vom Lieblingsarc- Impeldown gekauft. Wieso auf Englisch? Ist mal was anderes und schadet nicht.
Die Lieferung ging sehr schnell und di Mangas wahren absolut unversehrt. ^^
Under the Sweetwater Rim: A Novel
Under the Sweetwater Rim: A Novel
I read Down the Long Hills and was blown away. The detail and never quit attitude in an unwinnable but believable situation struck me.

In this one though, similar themes but less believable chapters gave me a strong belief that I knew the ending before it happened.

(Mild, Unspecific Spoiler Alert)
I stopped fearing to turn the page. At a point, I knew everything was going to be hunky dory. And when you get that feeling completely, how often are you wrong? Maybe Louis L'amour was fulfilling a common sales requirement. Marvel does it. As did the hacks that finished Game of Thrones. Named characters can only be killed by named characters. Grunts are fodder. And I feel like this book is exactly the same.

Apologies to the ghost of Louis L'amour. Critics are a dime a dozen. It's just my honest take. If anyone reading this happens to know a more gritty/realistic title of his, I would be grateful if you would leave it in the comments. Happy reading!
Woman Walks Ahead
Woman Walks Ahead
Jessica Chastain may be one of the best actresses around at playing strong, assertive women, as she has demonstrated in films from “Zero Dark Thirty” to “Molly’s Game.” And Sam Rockwell is terrific at playing bigots, as he demonstrated in winning an Oscar last year. Put them together in roles that are right in their wheelhouses, and the results should have been electrifying. Unfortunately, “Woman Walks Ahead,” although an earnest look at an actual historical incident, proves to be less than the sum of its parts.

The movie is based on a portion of the life of Caroline Weldon, an Indian-rights activist and artist who painted some well-known portraits of Sitting Bull at his home at the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. The events surrounding the paintings led to the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee, and “Woman Walks Ahead” will give modern-day audiences a better, albeit somewhat inaccurate, understanding of what went on. In the movie, the widowed and rather naïve Weldon (who was actually a divorcee with a son in real life) decides to go to South Dakota to make something of herself. She finds that the Indians are being pressured to sign a treaty giving up much of their reservation land and that the government is cutting their rations to persuade them to sign. An angry Weldon throws her lot in with the Indians and tries to persuade Sitting Bull, who is content to live out his days on his small farm, to side with her.

Chastain is quite good as Weldon, as might be expected, and Michael Greyeyes brings surprising power and dignity to the role of Sitting Bull. He is gradually and somewhat grudgingly drawn into the dispute, but when he finally takes a stand and gives a speech recommending that his fellow tribe members reject the treaty, it is the most powerful scene in the movie.

If director Susanna White had been content to stick with the actual events, “Woman Walks Ahead” could have been a powerful drama. Unfortunately, she apparently didn’t believe in the strength of this material and tacks on an invented and highly clichéd, almost love affair between Weldon and Sitting Bull to juice up the story. In real life, the two had a parting of the ways stemming from their disagreement over the best course of action (Weldon was an Indian rights activist before she went west), and she was already back east when the climactic events in the movie occurred. Here, however, the pair engage in one of those we’re-attracted-to-each-other-but-we-know-there-is-no-future-so-we-do-the-noble-thing affairs, accompanied by longing glances and wistful sighs. This platonic affair never quite rings true.

Another discordant note in “Woman Walks Ahead” is the character of Colonel Grove, played by Rockwell. He is originally introduced as a rabid Indian hater (reminding Weldon that many of the soldiers in the territory lost friends at the Little Big Horn). But he gradually mellows a bit, not so much because his character gains a greater understanding of the Indian point of view, but because the plot demands that he act in a particular way to advance the story.

Since many people are quite unfamiliar with the entire story that led to the massacre at Wounded Knee (not shown in the movie), “Woman Walks Ahead” is an eye-opener in that regard, and the performances of Chastain and Greyeyes are solid, leading to some genuinely emotional moments. But the story of Weldon and Sitting Bull deserved better treatment than it receives here. I still recommend the movie, but it walks behind just a bit too much.
The Avenger
The Avenger
Wallace is a very hit and miss kind of writer, but this is one of his better ones.

A typical Wallace figure, a crazed killer, is running around chopping off people's heads. Another typical Wallace figure, The Noble Hero, is asked by his superiors to investigate things and he soon finds himself on the typical Lonely and Somewhat Spooky Country Manor. There he meets up with Beautiful and Innocent Girl and falls in love, also having to protect her from Crazed Gentry and His Evil Schemes.

So much is par for the course with Wallace -- not bad, but pretty basic. In general plot terms it doesn't hang together as well as, say, the similarly plotted THE RINGER ("the plot is nominally about X but it is in fact about Y"), mainly because the titular villain is nowhere near as sympathetic here as he was in THE RINGER. But it's still as compulsively readable as any of Wallace's better books.

There's a couple of interesting things about THE AVENGER, though, that set it apart. For one thing, Wallace has an early film crew shooting at the Spooky Place, and presents a totally sympathetic look at the then burgeoning industry. (Reading it, I was struck by how quickly that would fade.) Wallace obviously had been on set and knew how early films were created, and all of this detail is still pretty interesting today.

But best of all is a minor character -- the henchman of the Crazed Gentry is a full-on orangutan. Not just a wild ape, though -- he serves drinks, he does a sword dance, he can operate complex machinery, if I remember right he's even clothed. This guy steals every scene he's in and really makes this book shine -- Wallace outdid himself with this creation. I suspect he ended up falling for the big lug himself, as he wrote on, as there is a nice reversal at the end of this that I suspect wasn't in the planning notes as he began.

At this point I've read a fair amount of Wallace -- nowhere near his complete work, but a good representation, anyway. I would put THE AVENGER on the lower rung of the "recommended" Wallaces. It lacks the plot coherence of JACK O'JUDGEMENT or THE RINGER, and is of course nowhere near Wallace's best work, his "Four Just Men" series. I'd put it on a level of something like TERROR KEEP -- quite fun, written with real dash and brio, but a little slapdash and sloppy. But that's Wallace, really, for better and worse.
The Mystery of the Downs (Annotated)
The Mystery of the Downs (Annotated)
Arthur Rees was fond of locating his mysteries in remote seaside villages. Here the setting is the coastal downs surrounding a fishing village. The landscape is full of dangerous roads skirting treacherous cliffs. The scene of the crime is a gloomy old farmhouse, partly ruined by weather, that has been inhabited by generations of eccentrics. One old recluse hid his money somewhere on the property, and it was never found. His grandson, also reclusive, is found murdered in the farmhouse at the onset of the story.

The narration opens with a violent rainstorm that portends the violence to come. Our sympathies are immediately engaged by the agreeable young man caught in the downpour who is destined to find the body of the murdered man.

The Mystery of the Downs, first published in 1918, is very much a product of its times. World War I is just ending, and several characters have been wounded at the front. One of the minor characters is a medium, reflecting the current fascination with Spiritualism.

An important plot element revolves around a mysterious cryptogram. I found the actual working out of the cryptogram rather tedious reading, but people found of complex puzzles may enjoy it. Otherwise, the plot is quite lively and particularly rich in misleading leads and surprising twists and reversals.

Amusing rivalries arise from the plethora of detectives – local police officers, a hot shot from Scotland Yard, and a famous criminologist who just happens to be visiting in the area.

I was delighted with this book – the vintage flavor, the ominous atmosphere, the appealing characters. And this is not a scanned book, but a real book well edited. As always with Resurrected Press editions, there is an excellent, concise Foreword that places the book in historic context and gives background on the authors.
Komyogatsuji [Japanese Edition]
Komyogatsuji [Japanese Edition]
才色兼備な細君のことを「山内一豊の妻」とはよくいわれているが、その由縁はこういうことだったのかと今更ながら感心しました。それにしても司馬さんの歴史モノがすごいのは、これが本当の歴史の事実であったんだろうと錯覚してしまうところでしょう。他の作家の歴史モノで司馬さんの書いた内容と違うものを見ると、みなうそっぽく感じるのは私だけではないはずです。
Edward's Twilight: edward's version of twilight
Edward's Twilight: edward's version of twilight
If the Twilight series has been so popular with readers it’s because they allow them to escape into a purely fantasy world where Vampires are good and beautiful. Though completely impossible, these romantic novels satisfy a deep need as does much art. Veillon’s crudely written book does everything possible to destroy the dream- like “ therapeutic” function of Meyer’s novels. I found it hard to continue reading after the first chapter. I’m not surprised that Veillon published the work himself as probably no editor would accept it!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 3
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 3
This series is so great, I decided I wanted to pick them up in manga form after watching the first half of the new anime. It's really enjoyable to see where the series started. As an aside, check out the final event in this book. Then compare it to how it happens in the anime, and then what subsequently happens in the series. I won't say any more, due to spoilers, but it is really weird to say the least. (Once you know, check out why Araki did it, too!)
Mr. Noisy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Noisy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
What can I say that hasn't already been said? All the Mr Men and Little Misses books are just so much fun! My 3 years old constantly ask to have them read for her and knows several of them by heart. They are funny, interesting, just the right length for bed time reading. PERFECT!
The Mayfair Witches Series 3-Book Bundle: Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos (Lives of Mayfair Witches)
The Mayfair Witches Series 3-Book Bundle: Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos (Lives of Mayfair Witches)
This was convenient for my kindle. Saved small amount of money. All three of these books, when bought hard bound or paper back are huge thick books. Kindle is definitely the way to go. Some typos through out, not enough to drive you nuts, but obviously who ever copied made some mistakes. Ann Rice is always a fun trip. She tends to build the story in the beginning and there can be moments of thinking..."alright, already....get on with it." But once the story gets rolling, it is riveting. Rice doesn't spare the stark grossness of amoral happenstance. Sometimes you're not sure if the story shell shocks, repulses or frightens. Her
larger than life characters roll with the punches, leaving you, the reader to deal with their freaked out experiences. Good reads, all three books. Also, her material is unique. You may end up rehashing old Anne Rice concepts, but she never reuses other writer's imaginary concepts, if anything, other writers tend to steal from her.
Certain Women
Certain Women
Seven stories; seven women. CERTAIN WOMEN is vintage Caldwell, right down to the title.

It would be easy to call most of the men in these stories misogynistic. I rather think, however, that ‘misanthropic’ would be the more appropriate descriptor. Most of them are not only indescribably cruel to women; they’re equally cruel and uncaring towards men – hence, ‘misanthropic,’ to catch the sense of their hostility towards the entire species.

Is this Caldwell’s best work? Far from it. That said, this collection of short stories is eminently readable. Does Caldwell exhibit some special perspective on humanity with these stories? Not really; he merely exhibits his usual talent for illustrating life in the tough lane, when most of the highways he describes are single-lane roads … and where the truckers these women meet head on are all driving big, bad Mack trucks.

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
20 January 2020
James Bond: Nobody Lives Forever: A 007 Novel
James Bond: Nobody Lives Forever: A 007 Novel
The basic plot in Nobody Lives Forever, like Gardner's No Deals Mr Bond, probably gives a more realistic account of the spy world than we are used to in the Bond novels and films. Like License to Kill and From Russia With Love there is an "it could actually happen" feel to it and similarly to the latter, it sees Bond being thrown into a devious game by his enemies to bring about his death as justice for the damage he has inflicted on them, particularly SPECTRE. The idea of Bond having his holiday interrupted by those who hate him the most is fresh and exciting, and there are tense moments as he is hunted across Europe in a game of cat and mouse.

Once again there are allies of 007's who betray and ultimately nearly bring about his death. The turning of Quinn and Nannie were somewhat expected though, in fact Nannie's was inevitable. Where the novel is really let down is it's mid-section, when the two ladies Sukie and Nannie are dragged into Bond's situation as he is hunted down across the continent. In fact, the two of them were not even dragged into it, they appear happy to come along for the ride when Bond explains he needs to use them as hostages or leverage. While Nannie's involvement later turns out to be for different reasons, the idea of the two women being happy to accept this situation is nonsensical. The girls, as ever, are like putty in Bond's hands for the most part, but he does have to work a bit for Sukie's affections.

Generally this mid-part of the book just drags a bit, with the chase becoming slightly monotonous. It is not helped by some cringey dialogue either, like "Nannie knows best" (where did Gardner get the names Sukie and Nannie from??). More intriuging are 007's heavily-concealed gadgets and a nasty, corrupt copper in Salzburg.

Once again, Q (Major Boothroyd) is mentioned but never seen which is a dissapointment. Moneypenny on the other hand is taken hostage along with Bond's housekeeper May. In keeping with Bond's character, women are his weakness but what is so unbelievable is the lack of trauma inflicted on the two of them after being kidnapped by terrorists. They make escaping from their captors with Bond in a burning building seem like a walk in the park and a day or two later are sitting down happy having dinner as though they are just on another holiday.

I also felt the SPECTRE saga was wearing a bit thin by this time and it would have been better to have Bond up against other enemies. However, it keeps up the slightly humorous theme of 007 just always being that fly in their ointment, one man hellbent on bringing the evil organisation to its knees.

An easy-to-read spy thriller not without a few deficiencies.
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Skip Reardon is in prison for murdering his wife, but continuously proclaims his innocence. Kerry McGrath a prosecutor takes her daughter to see a plastic surgeon after being involved in a fender bender. Whilst there she sees a woman come out of the Dr's consulting room resembling Skip Reardon's dead wife. Feeling pretty freaked out Kerry looks at Skip Reardon's case file and it isn't long before Kerry opens a can of worms and there is no turning back.

Lots of possibilities ranging from the husband himself to a Mafia mobster who is being defended by Kerry's ex-husband for tax evasion. Good fast paced novel. Would recommend.
Die Königin der Schatten: Roman (Erika Johansen 1) (German Edition)
Die Königin der Schatten: Roman (Erika Johansen 1) (German Edition)
Durch diverse Buchblogger bin ich auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden. Zwar fließen diese beiden Aspekte nicht in die eigentliche Bewertung des Buchs mit ein, aber mir gefiel besonders die düstere Farbgestaltung des Covers, die unglaublich gut zum Inhalt passt, während der Titel mir ein wenig schleierhaft blieb (zumindest der Teil mit den Schatten' habe ich da was verpasst?). Nicht gefallen haben mir die Schnörkel, die den Titel umranken.

Die Geschichte setzt an dem Morgen von Kelseas Eskortierung nach Neulondon an, wo sie den Thron besteigen soll und sich plötzlich mit Menschen und Problemen konfrontiert sieht, die sie im Cottage, wo sie bei ihren Pflegeeltern Barty und Carlin aufwuchs, nie begegnete. Von da an begleitet der Leser ihren Aufstieg zur Wahrhaften Königin.
Ich mochte Kelsea wirklich gerne, da sie sehr facettenreich ist. Sie ist optisch so gar nicht, wie man sich eine Prinzessin vorstellt ' pummelig und eher unscheinbar ' und genügt auch nicht den höfischen Gepflogenheiten. Sie ist eher burschikos und versucht vor den Männern ihrer Garde und darüber hinaus Stärke und wahren Mut zu beweisen. Mit ihren neunzehn Jahren wirkt sie manchmal etwas unreif, um dann ein anderes Mal mit ihren gelehrten Worten deutlich reifer zu wirken. Das hat mir unglaublich gut gefallen. Vor allem die Idee mit der Belesenheit. Wirklich unbeschreiblich schöne Momente, die uns Erika Johansen mit ihrer Protagonistin da in der Bibliothek beschert hat. Eine winzige Schwachstelle hatte ihr Charakter jedoch ' ihr mageres Selbstwertgefühl. Sie fühlt sich ständig hässlich und vergleicht sich mit den schöneren, schlankeren Zofen oder Adligen, was mich schon ein ums andere Mal gestört hat. Aber sie ist äußerlich eben so BESONDERS untypisch für eine Königin, dass ich es irgendwie auch reizvoll fand. In diesem Punkt schien sie eine leichte Zerrissenheit zu haben, mit der sie nicht als Einzige in dem Buch zu kämpfen hat. Aber von solchen Dingen lebten die Charaktere, die allesamt sehr gut ausgearbeitet und mehr oder weniger sympathisch waren. Kein Mensch hat nur die eine Seite. Sehr gut!

Die Handlung ist sehr bildlich geschildert und gut dosiert mit Details gespickt, wodurch eine Vorstellung von dem Setting des Buchs, den einzelnen Orten und der Menschen nicht schwerfiel. Allgemein war der Schreibstil sehr angenehm. Er war nicht zu simple, aber keinesfalls zu komplex, unglaublich flüssig und anschaulich. Hat mir sehr gut gefallen, wodurch sich die Handlung natürlich ungemein bequem verfolgen ließ und mitreißen konnte. Die Handlung hat mich auch weitestgehend überzeugt und mit seichten so wie action- und spannungsgeladenen Momenten gepunktet. Wobei ein paar mehr Spannungsmomente hie und da sicherlich möglich gewesen wären. Neben Kelsea begleitet der Leser noch den Torwächter Javel, die Rote Königin aus Mortmesne, Pater Tyler sowie den Regenten Thomas Raleigh. Die Übergänge dazwischen sind fließend und greifen ineinander über, was dem Ganzen eine lebhaftere, dynamischere und interessantere Note verleiht hat. Am Ende bleiben zwei wichtige Fragen offen, von der eine bereits im ersten Einleitungszitat angedeutet wird und die andere den mysteriösen Vater der Diebe betrifft, der Fetch, der es irgendwie schafft ein Stückweit Kelseas Herz zu stehlen.

Das Genre: Der Aspekt der Magie nimmt erst zum Ende des Buches deutlich zu, weswegen sich der Großteil für mich eher wie eine Dystopie weniger wie Fantasy gelesen hat, was mich jetzt nicht gestört hat.

Mein absolutes Highlight waren die Einleitungszitate aus den fiktiven Geschichtsbüchern o.ä. aus und/oder über Tearling. Inhaltlich wie sprachlich konnten sie mich überzeugen und auf eine sehr subtile Weise auf das Bevorstehende hinweisen, ohne zu viel vorweg zu nehmen. Clever gemacht!

Eine letzte Kritik bleibt leider nicht aus: Der Weltenentwurf, der mich im Buch leicht zum Schmunzeln gebracht hat, ohne dies zu beabsichtigen. Da waren für mich ein paar Ideen dabei, die meinem Geschmack nach ein wenig besser hätten durchdacht werden können, ohne der Autorin zu nahe treten zu wollen. Sie hat ansonsten nämlich einen so guten Job geleistet, der dadurch leider einen klitzekleinen Zacken aus der Krone gebrochen hat. Die Sache mit der Überfahrt ' hmmm. Das weiße Schiff ' OK?! Die Rohstoffvorkommen, die mir irgendwie lückenhaft vorkamen' Den Bezug zur Gegenwartsliteratur (Hobbit und Harry Potter) fand ich sehr witzig, wenngleich etwas irritierend. Die Rückläufigkeit der Gesellschaft durch den Verlust von Technik und Medizin finde ich plausibel, aber nicht in diesem Maße. Die Menschen verdummen doch nicht so sehr, dass sie sich im epochengetreuen Mittelalter wiederfinden. Analphabetismus und Monarchie in Ordnung, aber dieses ganze klerikale, christliche Kirchengeplänkel war mir doch zu unrealistisch.

FAZIT ist, dass sich das Lesen auf jeden Fall gelohnt hat und ich sowohl die Handlung als auch die Charaktere als sehr glaubwürdig und spannend empfunden habe, sodass ich mich schon jetzt auf die Fortsetzung freue. Ich muss gestehen, dass ich ein 'GoT'-Gefühl beim Lesen entwickelt habe, da mich die Geschichte ein wenig an Daenerys Targaryens Aufstieg erinnerte, was ich nicht genauer erklären kann. Wirklich ein sehr schönes Buch, das die volle Punktzahl um Haaresbreite verfehlt hat, wäre der Weltenentwurf doch ein wenig anders ausgefallen. Auf jeden Fall für Fantasy/Dystopie-Fans eine klare Leseempfehlung!
#3 Coloring Book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: best seller, stress relief, serenity and relaxation, 100pgs
#3 Coloring Book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: best seller, stress relief, serenity and relaxation, 100pgs
Very disappointed in this book. This book appears to be "homemade" and this was not stated in the description. The majority of the pages look as if they have been copied from the internet and then copied on a copier. The outside cover looks great but is misleading. Some of the pages are blurry and other pages cannot be colored because of the shading from the copier. Even though it was less than $5, I will still be returning due to the fact of being mislead. It should be described that it was "homemade" as it stated in the back of the book it was "created" the day i ordered it.
The Shakedown [DVD]
The Shakedown [DVD]
Well done Renown. I have waited for a release of this solid B plus film from 1959 for a very long time, and Renown have not let me down. An excellent print, picture and sound, a cast list (sadly not nearly complete, but the important names are there), a cast that does very well, led by a very nasty Terence Morgan, and the very beautiful Hazel Court in one of her better leading roles. Ably supported by Bill Owen, Gene Anderson, and the eponymous Larry Taylor (where would British "gangster" films have been without him? A sort of male Marianne Stone, if you get my meaning (ie they both appeared in 100's of films)). Harry H corbett is the really bad guy and he tries hard, but, whilst it's sad to say, he was "harold" before the character was invented. The plot involves Morgan coming out of 3 years jail, knowing Corbett has taken over his crim Empire, and how he sets out, with a fine, typical perf from, Donald Pleasence, and Bill Owen as his ex cell mate (Owen is rather good too). Plenty of action tho the violence isn't too explicit, a little bit of sauciness, and Hazel in a bathing costume. I enjoyed all 89', and whilst I just cannot quite give it 5 stars, it has a definite 4 an is highly recomended to fans of Renown and British "B" plus films of the period, and of course, all Hazel Court fans of whom there are.....Enjoy! (Oh and take pleasure in spotting Leila Williams, Angela Douglas, and I swear, Jackie Collins!). That is now all!
Rocelco VSTC 32"-70" Mobile Flat Screen, Monitor, A/V and TV Cart with A/V Component and Webcam Shelves (R VSTC), Black
Rocelco VSTC 32"-70" Mobile Flat Screen, Monitor, A/V and TV Cart with A/V Component and Webcam Shelves (R VSTC), Black
The only thing great about this is the price, and i think considering other products this is a value for money.

That being said, many things in the isntructions are vague, and the laptop table just does not connect to the stand. So, i am using it without the laptop table. I will have to get a new drill bit and thread taps to resize the holes in the laptop table to fit the specified screws.

The instructions to assemble are pretty bad - some of the screws were missing in mine, e.g., the screws labeled "G" just did not exist in the packaging.

oh well - you get what you pay for!
Birkenstock Men's Slingback Sandals, 8 US
Birkenstock Men's Slingback Sandals, 8 US
Bought these in the Dark Brown Smooth Leather which I like a lot - classic and classy looking and attractive coppery coloured buckles. As I already have Arizonas in size 40 Narrow (I wear U.K. 7-7.5 AA or U.S.A. 9-9.5 AA) I expected that these would be fine in the same size - which they are! I am very keen on the comfort of the Arizonas and find the footbed in the Milano to be just the same - so a little breaking in time will be needed. The main appeal was the heel strap which makes the sandal feel more secure when walking about outside, whilst I like to simply be able to slide in and out of the Arizona when I am indoors. Had spotted some Soft Footbed Milanos on the Amazon U.S.A. site and toyed with sending for those but with the full price plus Import taxes, financially they were not good value. My new Milanos were great value, real leather and I am very pleased with them. (Maybe Soft Footbeds will be available in the U.K. next year!)
DigiPas DWL80E Pocket Size Digital Level, Electronic Angle Gauge, Protractor, Angle Finder, Bevel Gauge, 0.1°, 4 inch
DigiPas DWL80E Pocket Size Digital Level, Electronic Angle Gauge, Protractor, Angle Finder, Bevel Gauge, 0.1°, 4 inch
I ummed and arred about buying this one or the pro version but as the pro version was twice the price I concluded in reality for me the accuracy of this standard one would be fine. When I first tried it it was miles out of calibration and when I recalibrated it it was still poor. I then realised when you calibrate the 90 degree angle you put it against a vertical surface rather than standing it on end and it was then OK. I tried it against a bubble Level I have that has an adjustment to to make it accurate and this digital level is on par with that one and probably better. I have also tried it against a digital angle finder and it reads the same. So after my original calibration issues I am pleased with the accuracy and features of this level and would recommend it to a prospective purchaser bearing in mind you might find it is initially out of calibration when first received.
junovo Luxury Fluffy Area Rugs Furry Rug for Bedroom Faux Fur Sheepskin Nursery Rugs Fur Carpet for Kids Room Living Room Home Decor Floor Mat, 4ft x 6ft White
junovo Luxury Fluffy Area Rugs Furry Rug for Bedroom Faux Fur Sheepskin Nursery Rugs Fur Carpet for Kids Room Living Room Home Decor Floor Mat, 4ft x 6ft White
I bought this rug as a reading space to match my turquoise decor, (I ordered the 4 by 2 "light blue" color) after reading numerous reviews on the quality and softness.

The rug came in a vacuum sealed bag, but it was no problem shaking it out and running my hand through it to fluff it up. The rug is really true to the photo, as it is fluffy and super thick with no gaps. It came in a slightly lighter shade than the picture - more of a turquoise than a darker blue. That suited me fine, as I love how the color matches my turquoise decor really well.

The fur part is very thick, soft, and fluffy. The base is made of faux suede but seems pretty heavy and durable. It's not super thick though, but the fur is so thick and fluffy that I barely noticed. It does slide a tiny bit on the hardwood floor, but most of the time it stays put.

Overall, great rug! I was amazed at how fluffy the fur was. And I really like how there are different pastel shades that would look great to match any room. Would definitely recommend! :)
RESPAWN OMEGA-Xi Fortnite Gaming Reclining Ergonomic Chair with Footrest (OMEGA-02)
RESPAWN OMEGA-Xi Fortnite Gaming Reclining Ergonomic Chair with Footrest (OMEGA-02)
Update 6/30:
I am dropping a star from this review for a few reasons.

1) It seems now when I sit in the chair I can hear the knocking noise some have mentioned. This seems to be the sound of the up/down level internally hitting against the gas cylinder, though I am not 100% certain. I tightened (not over) the bolts thinking they were loose but this does not seem to be the issue.
2) The arms to move outward, which I understand and do not seem to have an issue with at the moment. I tried to figure out why they would move even though the bolts are tightened. It seems the actual connector attached to the chair is what moves, as if the connection inside the chair is giving way.
3) I had to replace the gas cylinder right away with a taller one. The maximum height of the chair was about 1-1.5" shorter than I needed for my desk and this seemed to help.

I will contact the manufacturer to see what they can do for me in this instance.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I was skeptical when purchasing this chair because of the mixed reviews. When making my decision, I immediately look at the 1- and 2-star reviews to see what kind of problems people have with a particular product. In this case, the reviews were not convincing enough to warrant me not purchasing this chair (OMEGA model). I figured I would take a gamble and give it a whirl (4 star review as of one day of ownership). I will update this review as I sit more in the chair.

PROS/CONS (detailed review below):

Pros:
- Easy to assemble
- Comfortable at the writing of this review (220lbs)
- Good build quality for the cost
- Looks and feels great
- The leg rest is NOT as bad as people say. I'm not sure what they are expecting! I did have to tighten the bolts a bit (not in instructions) which made it much more stable.

Cons:
- Chair gas cylinder is a bit lower than my old chair (maybe this is standard?)
- The arms do wobble a bit but I believe this is intentional
- The padding on the left arm seems a little looser than the right, almost like it's detaching from under the cover.

EASE OF ASSEMBLY (5 out of 5)
This chair has 5 steps, one being to unfold the wheel base so it's really 4 easy steps. It has limited parts and the directions were easy enough to follow. It's putting the wheels on, attaching the gas cylinder, mounting the chair back, and attaching the arms. That's all. Easy and can do it solo.

COMFORT (4 out of 5)
Is this the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in? No, but for the cost it's actually nice. It won't be equivalent to a $400+ SL chair, but it will work for most people. I am roughly 220lbs and have ample room on both sides of the cushion that I am not pressing against the arms. So far so good. The tilt is a big plus since it allows reclining all the way back in the event that you decide to sleep in the chair, which for many, is possible.

CONSTRUCTION QUALITY (4 out of 5)
All metal with hand-crafted parts laser measured for fit and accuracy? No. But the materials are no worse than you would expect for a chair sub-$200. Plastic wheel base, metal cylinder, and metal base. So far it hasn't creaked or made any loud cracking noises that most other reviews seem to mention, however, this is only my first day. I feel most people either over or under tighten the bolts and that makes the chair do things it's not designed to do.

LOOK AND FEEL (5 out of 5)
The chair looks great, the colors were accurate to the website description and the texturing is nice. The feel of the fabric is a false leather which is not an issue because the textured feel makes this chair seem more expensive than it really is. I almost passed this chair up because of the connection to FORTNITE which is a game a despise, but since orange is my favorite color I decided to forego that and get the chair anyway. There is only a small tag that says FORTNITE on the side, nothing else. I did feel a bit awkward when the delivery guy dropped it on the doorstep in this big box that says FORTNITE! Ah well can't have it all.

OVERALL (4.5 out of 5)
So far I would say this chair is worth it as a sub-$200 gaming/office chair. A lot of gamers feel the need to get the racing chairs they see their favorite streamers sitting in, but don't realize that they get them for free from their sponsors. Also, to my understanding, they are not very comfortable. I think this chair is worth the buy if you're in the market for am inexpensive and nice looking/feeling chair.
IOGEAR GWFRSDU2 MediaShair 2 Wireless Media Hub, Travel Router, SD Card Reader, USB Reader and Power Station with Built in Wi-Fi Network
IOGEAR GWFRSDU2 MediaShair 2 Wireless Media Hub, Travel Router, SD Card Reader, USB Reader and Power Station with Built in Wi-Fi Network
For those who say it won’t work with 128 Gb SD cards, I have not had a problem. I have a 128 Gb in there right now (and it’s a generic one too!). This device bridges the gap between iPad/iPhone and a laptop or desktop. File management was always the issue. Paired with an app like File Browser which can access SMB NAS shares, you’ve essentially got copy paste move of files just like in windows or Mac.
Just a hint however, I thought my device was defective as I could not get it to find the hard drives I tried. I thought it was the cable, or the drive but switched them out then came to the conclusion it must be a defective USB port. But it would give power to the drive and also work with USB sticks. Eventually I found a third party site which stated it only works with FAT or NTFS formatted drives. The ones I tried were exFAT. Problem solved. Now my 2 Tb Seagate backup plus slim works flawlessly. Would have been nice for IO Gear to actually have that stated somewhere. I even called their tech support and was told that it might be the drive needs too much power or it’s defectve. They didn’t even mention what drivers for formatting it supports and you won’t find that info in the user manual either. So for USB drives only FAT or NTFS. And SD cards that I have tried from 64 to 128 Gb work no problem!
HARIBO Regaliz Oro, 1 x 75u
HARIBO Regaliz Oro, 1 x 75u
A pesar de que compro este regaliz, en un par de tiendas cercanas, desde hace tiempo por separado en bolsitas de 5 o 6, me ha dejado la compra un poco triste, ya que parecen un poco de plástico (en cuanto a dente). Los que compro en bolsas están bastante más ricos.
No los volveré a comprar, ni los recomendaría... Las 3 estrellas es porqué amo el regaliz negro y los he comprado porque quería regalar a bastante gente...y además, no son como otros de la misma marca, que venden en las tiendas cerca de mi casa. El sabor no está mal, pero no los volveré a comprar.

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