Norah Scott

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JavaScript by Example (2nd Edition)
JavaScript by Example (2nd Edition)
JavaScript by Example (2nd Edition) by Ellie Quigley. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series)
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series)
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series) by Code Well Academy. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PHP and MySQL by Example
PHP and MySQL by Example
PHP and MySQL by Example by Ellie Quigley and Marko Gargenta. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Head First JavaScript Code Magnets Kit
Head First JavaScript Code Magnets Kit
Head First JavaScript Code Magnets Kit by Inc O'Reilly Media. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Immortal Heights
The Immortal Heights
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas, Philip Battley, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 56 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2 by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 9412 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
La boda [The Wedding]
La boda [The Wedding]
La boda [The Wedding] by Nicholas Sparks, Miguel Martínez-Lage - translator, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Dear John
Dear John
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1478 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Selected Editions (Volume 246)
Selected Editions (Volume 246)
Selected Editions (Volume 246) by Jeffery Deaver , Barbara Delinsky, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Anklage: Roman (German Edition)
Anklage: Roman (German Edition)
Anklage: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham , Kristiana Dorn-Ruhl, et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 73 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
What the Wind Knows
What the Wind Knows
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon , Saskia Maarleveld, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 6009 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
C for Java Programmers
C for Java Programmers
C for Java Programmers by Tomasz Muldner. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Modern Software Development Using Java
Modern Software Development Using Java
Modern Software Development Using Java by Paul T. Tymann and G.Michael Schneider. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Introduction to Programming Using Python
Introduction to Programming Using Python
Introduction to Programming Using Python by Y. Daniel Liang. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 40 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Data Analysis
Python Data Analysis
Python Data Analysis by Ivan Idris. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP Game Programming
PHP Game Programming
PHP Game Programming by Matt Rutledge. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Zend Framework (Expert's Voice in PHP)
Zend Framework (Expert's Voice in PHP)
Zend Framework (Expert's Voice in PHP) by Zend Technologies. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Getting Started with Laravel 4
Getting Started with Laravel 4
Getting Started with Laravel 4 by Raphaël Saunier. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Pro Objective-C
Pro Objective-C
Pro Objective-C by Keith Lee. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Learning Swift - Second Edition
Learning Swift - Second Edition
Learning Swift - Second Edition by Andrew J Wagner. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Core Data by Tutorials: iOS 12 and Swift 4.2 Edition
Core Data by Tutorials: iOS 12 and Swift 4.2 Edition
Core Data by Tutorials: iOS 12 and Swift 4.2 Edition by Raywenderlich.com Team, Aaron Douglas, et al.. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Introduction to Programming Languages
Introduction to Programming Languages
Introduction to Programming Languages by Arvind Kumar Bansal. Rated 1.9 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Famous Someday: A Robert E. Howard Biograph TriplePunchPack!
Famous Someday: A Robert E. Howard Biograph TriplePunchPack!
Most of the material in this book has been rescued from the pages of a Robert E. Howard fanzine called The Cimmerian, published between 2004 and 2008.

The heyday of my Howardmania was in the mid-seventies, so the fanzines I read were The Howard Review, REH: Lone Star Fictioneer, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, Fantasy Crossroads and a few late issues of Amra. By the time The Cimmerian began, that mania was long gone and had moved on to who-knows-what.

FAMOUS SOMEDAY is proof I missed something good. The bulk of this collection consists of interviews conducted by Leo Grin and Don Herron on field trips from their annual pilgrimage to Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas.

The title comes from a quote attributed to REH’s father, Dr. Isaac Howard: “Robert’ll be famous someday.” Well, the guy was right.

The interviews are with Bob Baker, Marie Baker Andrews and Norris Chambers, all of whom knew Dr. Howard - and to a lesser extent REH himself - back in the day. By the time these interviews were conducted in 2004 and 2005, the memories of most Howard acquaintances had been picked clean, but Grin and Herron scored a coup in speaking to Marie - who had never been interviewed before - and ferreted out cool new details from the others.

As a traveling doctor, Robert's father had a big and very public personality, and was well known by his neighbors. Mrs. Howard, by contrast, was a homebody, not so friendly, and often ill, while Robert E. was quiet, standoffish and considered strange. So it's not surprising that most of these reminiscences focus on Dr. Howard, and merely nibble around the edges of Robert and his mother.

Those nibbles, however, are enough to make this a rewarding little volume. We learn stuff that adds to our understanding of Howard's personality and character, as well as his writing life. Tempting as it is, I'm not going to tell you what they are. If you're as interested in the subject as I am, you'll want to read them for yourself.

Also included is the saga of how Don and Leo encountered some forty books that had once been owned by Dr. Howard, and may have had their own influences on REH. The doctor was apparently a compulsive doodler, making his mark on the endpapers and odd pages of many of those books, and his doodles are presented here in full color, along with detailed descriptions of the books and their contents. The books also lead Don Herron to posit what appears to be an original theory regarding a mental disorder that may help explain both REH's prolificacy and emotional problems.

And as a ebook bonus, we're treated to the story of how the original typescript of one of my all-time favorite books, A GENT FROM BEAR CREEK, was discovered by friend of Don's in a bag in the pantry of her home in San Francisco. An extremely weird tale, indeed.
The Secret Guide To Making Money With Investments: Learn What To Invest In & Have Your Money Work For You (invest like a guru, stocks to riches, stocks to buy in 2020, broths news) (2020 UPDATE)
The Secret Guide To Making Money With Investments: Learn What To Invest In & Have Your Money Work For You (invest like a guru, stocks to riches, stocks to buy in 2020, broths news) (2020 UPDATE)
I cannot believe I wasted almost 3 minutes scan over this. This doesn't tell you anything beside buying ETF and promo his other books.

There is nothing wrong with buying ETF, but that is not how you out perform the market. Buying ETF is speculation. If you want to invest, you have to do with cashflow, AKA buying someone that give you cash, like dividend. Yes, 3 to 5% dividend seen little, but if you have it compound and also a gain of 3 to 5% of capital gain over the long run will out perform speculation in general. Unless you happened to bought Google and Apple from a decade ago
Visionaries: Top 10 Billionaire's Greatest Secrets to Success. (Steve Jobs,Richard Branson,Jeff Bezo,The Walton Family,Mark Zuckerberg,Bill Gates,Elon Musk,Warren Buffet,Michael Bloomberg)
Visionaries: Top 10 Billionaire's Greatest Secrets to Success. (Steve Jobs,Richard Branson,Jeff Bezo,The Walton Family,Mark Zuckerberg,Bill Gates,Elon Musk,Warren Buffet,Michael Bloomberg)
Learning what make these people successful and how they continue to maintain that success left me awed. These 10 billionaires not only climbed to the top of their industries but also became some of the richest people in the world. I feel so inspired on how this book covers about how these people earned the money that they have right now. Some ideas I’ve learned that through determination, grit, and a bit of luck anyone can overcome their circumstances and achieve extraordinary success.
Savage Spear of the Unicorn: Stories by Delicious Tacos
Savage Spear of the Unicorn: Stories by Delicious Tacos
Just here because they banned me from Twitter.

I want you to know that I've stolen your pandemic Tinder opener about repopulating the earth and am absolutely cleaning up with it. Hint that I've been to prison. Replaced my entire profile with photos of birds. I hadn't had a date in 9 months and suddenly every woman within 50 miles of me is beating down my door, wanting to know What Is The Deal With All Those Birds.

Whoever shows up is going in my bed. Lightly used college sophomore. 4'10 Chinese stripper with an imaginary modeling career. Stacked 35 year old MILF with kids in high school. No condoms. I'm 34 years old and work part time for minimum wage. You think I'm worried about child support? You can't get blood from a stone. Here's your check for $21.80. See you next month.

When they ask me what I do for fun, I tell them that my favorite author just put out a book. I had been saying it was Finally Some Good News, but now I'm telling them it's this one. Hopefully you make a few bucks. Least I could do.

Five Stars.
10 Lessons in Leadership: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk
10 Lessons in Leadership: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk
Read this book. Then go back and start applying the insights that resonate to your own life and projects. Many of these fly in the face of " common knowledge" - so much so that a few of them took my breath away and opened doors of understanding that transformed my approach to innovation, creativity and business. Enjoy!
Play Visions Donald Trump Squash & Toss Political Head - Create All Kinds Of Facial Expressions By Squeezing Her Head! - Throw It With Your Friends Or Keep It On Your Desk As Funny Office Decor
Play Visions Donald Trump Squash & Toss Political Head - Create All Kinds Of Facial Expressions By Squeezing Her Head! - Throw It With Your Friends Or Keep It On Your Desk As Funny Office Decor
It is okay. I have made some people laugh, but its primarily a carved, painted piece of foam. I was hoping for a little more squish, but I guess that is fine for what it cost. I am slightly disappointed at the paint damage on it, and it isn't Donald's characteristic orange. It is a sort of funny gift for someone who dislikes Trump, but other than that a little "Sad!"
Donald Trump 45th President Colorized $2 Bill
Donald Trump 45th President Colorized $2 Bill
Very nice. Sad to see one of US greatest Presidents get all this madness he faces. If we make it out of this before we're all homeless eating zoo animals, he will ranked one of the USA's greatest.
Both Sides of the Sky
Both Sides of the Sky
I've done a detailed song-by-song review of the album below, but I'd like to break this album down in a much more concise read for those that just want a quick overview of what's being sold here. I'll be using "numbers" to make it easier to read...

3: Three songs are not Hendrix songs at all, with no vocals by Jimi - $20 Fine, Georgia Blues, and Woodstock. This version of Georgia Blues has already been released and is a Lonnie Youngblood song. $20 Fine and Woodstock are Stephen Stills songs with Jimi only contributing bass guitar on Woodstock!

3: Three instrumentals with no vocals from Jimi - Jungle, Sweet Angel, and Cherokee Mist. Jungle was already released in a full 9 minute version, but here we get a 3 minute version.

That's right, we're at half of the songs on the album without Jimi singing a single note.

Of the remaining 7 songs?

3: The three singles - Lover Man, Hear My Train A Comin' and Mannish Boy have all been previously released in superior versions. Lover Man & Hear My Train' A Comin' were both released as even more complete studio versions on the album they released just a few years back, Valleys Of Neptune. Hear My Train A Comin' has appeared as a studio version on ALL 3 of latest studio albums they've released. Lover Man has appeared on 3 out of the 4 "studio albums," they've released. Mannish Boy appeared in a superior version on the Blues album they have not only released, but re-released and which is currently in print. Additionally, that version also contains parts of this version on Both Sides Of The Sky. The Mannish Boy version on Both Sides Of The Sky has a much more lifeless guide vocal. The Blues version has much more heart & soul in the performance as a whole, although Jimi fumbles a few words here and there.

2: Things I Used To Do & Send My Love To Linda - These songs have been chopped up, badly. Things I Used To Do was released in a complete version on the Lifelines boxed set. The Both Sides Of The Sky version chops the song nearly in half, deleting 2 minutes and 30 seconds of the performance. Send My Love To Linda is a composite that has Eddie Kramer combing a solo demo version of the song with numerous chopped up takes of a later instrumental performance, which to many is not very flattering. I'm not against combining takes to complete a song, but wish this one had been done a bit better - It is still listenable. Even better, why not release both in complete form, with the studio instrumental coming after the solo demo? Then we get both visions, as Jimi saw them in a "Send My Love To Linda Suite [Part 1 & Part 2]" type of arrangement.

2: Power Of Soul & Stepping Stone - Stepping Stone is an excellent alternate version of an already definitively released studio song, but has no place on a "new studio album." Power Of Soul is great to have, but this exact version was already released by Experience Hendrix just a couple of years ago. Experience Hendrix seems confused. On one hand they want to give us the complete version of Power Of Soul and Cherokee Mist, with Power Of Soul already being released - But on the other hand, they want to give us a chopped up and truncated version of Things I Used To Do, which has already been released in a complete version. It makes no sense.

This is not a "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Studio Album," as advertised by Experience Hendrix, it's an album of rehearsals, other people's songs, demo's, and sub-par and inferior versions of songs they've already released. This album is strictly for the Experience Hendrix completists, and not at all an accurate representation of a Jimi Hendrix Studio album at all. And for the completists, we have to deal with much of the material being chopped up.

For the casual listener, listening to this album may come as a shock when half the songs have no vocals by Jimi, with 3 of the songs having other people singing on them all together. With most of the remaining material either being songs that have been released and re-released so many times, or chopped up, not much is left to wow the casual Jimi listener. If you like digging into the deep boxed sets to listen to rougher cuts, jams, and songs Jimi appeared on as a side player, this might appeal to you.

If you're looking for a new Jimi Hendrix studio album, this is not what you're looking for. Grab "Are You Experienced?", "Axis: Bold As Love," "Electric Ladyland," "Band Of Gypsys" or even "First Rays Of The New Rising Sun." Based on how much chopping and editing they are now doing to the songs, I would also recommend the oft shunned "Blues" album over this Both Sides Of The Sky album, as it flows much better and has the superior version of Mannish Boy.

If you're unsure, stream it and make your mind up after having a listen for yourself.

My song-by-song review:

1) Mannish Boy - This song was formerly released on the Jimi Hendrix "Blues" album, with what seems to be part of this take being used in that version. The Both Sides Of The Sky take includes what is merely a guide/reference vocal by Jimi, and doesn't have the flare/fire you'd expect from Jimi in the vocal department. Being that this was the lead off single for this new album, I gave it about 40 listens before making any kind of judgement - I must say, it just doesn't have the flare that a real Jimi studio track would have. It sounds every bit the rehearsal track that it is, and it's really a shame they released this as a single to represent a "new studio album." The only thing that can be said about the song is that it is a "complete take." Vastly inferior to the Blues album version, which is actively pressed in a deluxe version by Experience Hendrix with a bonus DVD for about the same price as this album.

2) Lover Man - The third single released from the new album, which again, I repeated dozens of times. This song suffers from simply being a rehearsal track, rather than a studio track, as did the first single "Mannish Boy." As a result, we get a less then stellar guide vocal performance. Jimi's guitar work on this song shines, but we have two studio versions already released, in superior versions, including it being released just a couple of years ago on the last studio album Experience Hendrix released, Valleys of Neptune, and a full minute longer on that previous release. It was again released on the album South Saturn Delta in a version that is more than double as long, and that album was released 20 years ago and is still actively pressed at retail.

3) Hear My Train A Comin’ - The second single released off the new album and Jimi's guitar work sears (in places). As is the case with many of the versions of this song released by Experience Hendrix, this one wanders a bit in places, but that doesn't detract from the incredible guitar performance at all. Warts and all, every note plays well here. However, this is the most released song in Jimi's catalog. Experience Hendrix has released this song over a dozen times, including tons of "studio versions," and also including it three times in a row now - on all 3 of the last "studio albums," they've released!

4) Stepping Stone - Jimi mixed, approved, and released this song as the last single of his lifetime before his untimely passing. Here we get an alternate version of the song. A more realized studio version was released on the First Rays Of The New Rising Sun album that Experience Hendrix released. I can't pinpoint it, but something seems slightly off in parts of the song, like maybe the instrumental wasn't mixed properly with the vocals in a couple places.

5) $20 Fine - A Stephen Still song - that's right. A Stephen Stills song on a Jimi Hendrix "studio album." Don't ask me to explain that. Jimi plays guitar on the song, which lacks any real solo work from him and relegates him to mostly providing rhythm for the song. I like Stephen Stills, but this is not one of his better songs, or takes of songs rather. None of the musicians taking part in this song are really in their element, and finally hearing this jam confirms the statements by those involved that it was a party atmosphere with loose jams taking place.

6) Power Of Soul - Most confusingly, Experience Hendrix has released modern, re-mixed and clipped versions of this song numerous times over the years. They also released this exact version as a bonus track on a single from the last new "studio album." Glad to have this version of the song officially in digital quality.

7) Jungle - This is a phenomenal instrumental by Jimi. However, this is a MUCH shorter alternate version than we already had, which Experience Hendrix released 18 years ago on the Jimi Hendrix album Morning Symphony Ideas. And when I say "much shorter," I mean that in the truest sense, because the Both Sides Of The Sky version is merely a third of the version they already released, coming in at 5 minutes and 30 seconds shorter.

8) Things I Used to Do - This song was released on the boxed set Lifelines in the complete version. This version has been chopped nearly in half, missing almost 3 minutes of the version previously released. It's an excellent song featuring Johnny Winter, but it's disappointing to release it in such a truncated version, which was unnecessary. Especially considering they chose to include the full, unedited version of Power Of Soul.

9) Georgia Blues - This exact song was released 15 years ago on the Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues Jimi Hendrix album. This is also not a Jimi Hendrix song, but a Lonnie Youngblood song, who sings vocals on the song. A great song with some great play between Jimi on guitar and Youngblood on sax, but a Lonnie Youngblood song that's already been released on a new Jimi Hendrix studio album?

10) Sweet Angel - An alternate instrumental version of Jimi's excellent song, which has been released on numerous albums still in print. A great take, but merely an alternate instrumental.

11) Woodstock - Another Stephen Stills song, written by Joni Mitchell. Jimi doesn't sing, or play any guitar on this song. He plays bass guitar. Again, can't explain this showing up on a Jimi Hendrix "studio album."

12) Send My Love To Linda - This is one of the songs I was looking forward to the most as Jimi wrote it's name on the hand written tracklists he left behind for the album he was working on. It is a composite of a solo Jimi demo and several different instrumental band takes of the song, with the song starting with Jimi's solo demo version and then transitioning into the full-band instrumental version to create a complete take of the song. Definitely listenable, but the edits are identifiable. Additionally, while Experience Hendrix has admitted that this song is a composite, they have chosen to only list the recording dates of one of the sessions, essentially trying to scrub the fact that it is actually a composite from the production credits.

13) Cherokee Mist - An alternate version of this instrumental was released on the still pressed The Jimi Hendrix Experience boxed set 18 years ago. However, this is a different and unique version, which sounds amazing, as does the boxed set version.

In Conclusion...

This album does not at all hold up to the Experience Hendrix promise and marketing of a "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Studio Album," which they have advertised it as, overzelously - even plastering it right on the front of the CD on a big, official, Experience Hendrix sticker (photos attached). It is not a cohesive album. There is some great music on this album, but as an "album of 13 new studio recordings," or the "last in a trilogy" of albums of "unreleased studio material?" Absolutely not. Just as the previous two albums in this "trilogy," suffered from overzealous, inaccurate, and just down right dishonest marketing - so does this album. In fact, it's the worst offender by far. Experience Hendrix cannot will this mish-mash of other people's songs, demo's, songs already released, and chopped up songs with flashy marketing, into some phenomenal "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Album." This disc would find a perfect home as a disc in a boxed set of rarities, or as a release on Dagger Records, the very label Experience Hendrix setup for releases just like this, and even further, which some of these songs were already released on! Experience Hendrix wants to release, re-release, remix and re-release again, re-re-re-release, put out 33 versions of songs on albums of "new studio recordings." Not fair to the established fans, and certainly not fair to those just discovering Jimi for the first time. Should a person be introduced to Jimi's music through this album that has no vocals from him on half the songs? Absolutely not, but with it being advertised as an album of new Jimi Hendrix studio material, no one knows this isn't what Experience Hendrix is advertising it to be.

I haven't even addressed the fact that the cover-art of Jimi looks more like Andre Benjamin, who played him in an unauthorized biography, and not Jimi Hendrix. The original photographer of the image used for the cover did a digitized art piece for the album, which Experience Hendrix then gave to another artist to change further, who clearly (and mistakenly) used a photo of Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000 from the group Outkast) as the reference image for his final edits. This mistake stems from Andrew Benjamin playing Jimi in a recent biopic. Finding the original image and the photographers original edits aren't too difficult online and will shock you.

If you're a completist, you'll probably buy this album as I have, but many of the songs have been chopped up. However, as a completist, you likely have access to most of those songs already anyway.

I find myself listening to these songs on the album, while mostly skipping the rest:

Hear My Train A Comin'
Stepping Stone
Jungle
Cherokee Mist
I'm also listening to Georgia Blues, but have been listening to this song in this exact same version on the Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues album for years.

My rating is based on the unacceptable presentation of this as a "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Studio Album." If properly placed in a rarities box set or released on the very Dagger sub-label that Experience Hendrix setup for releases like this, my rating would be much higher.

It is not fair to present this material as an album of "new studio recordings," to a potential new Jimi Hendrix fan. I will buy the release as I always do, to support Experience Hendrix in their release of new Jimi material, but I will also review the release accurately to let the uninitiated know what it is that they are getting for their dollar.

As always, stream the album and make up your mind on a buy or not, as we all have a different ear for music and unique listening preferences. You are also free to listen to the other repeated versions of these songs I mention in my review to make your own determinations on the validity of their inclusion.

Chris Elliott
24 Stemless Plastic Champagne Flutes - 9 Oz Plastic Champagne Glasses | Clear Plastic Unbreakable Toasting Glasses |Shatterproof | Disposable | Reusable Perfect For Wedding Or Party
24 Stemless Plastic Champagne Flutes - 9 Oz Plastic Champagne Glasses | Clear Plastic Unbreakable Toasting Glasses |Shatterproof | Disposable | Reusable Perfect For Wedding Or Party
I had previously ordered flutes for a baby shower and now needed more for a bridal shower. I mistakenly ordered these, thinking they were the same as the ones I had gotten before. The picture was the same. I should have checked closer. They were not the same!! They were much thinner, less sturdy and no where near as nice as the ones I had gotten before. Upon doing a double check in my previous orders, I noted that the ones I wanted were by Munfix. These flutes are by Prestee. Lesson learned... carefully read the description! These are being returned.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run – 80 Piece Construction Set with 15 Glow in the Dark Glass Marbles, Mesh Storage Bag & Marble Pouch, Great Creative Stem Toy for Girls & Boys
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run – 80 Piece Construction Set with 15 Glow in the Dark Glass Marbles, Mesh Storage Bag & Marble Pouch, Great Creative Stem Toy for Girls & Boys
I purchased the medium sized set. The box arrived and had been re-taped. Inside, none of the pieces were in plastic or a bag, just loose in the box, including some of the marbles. The pieces are all scratched and look like they've been used before.
Because this is for a 3 and 5 y.o., I ended up putting it together. I'm shocked at how flimsy it is. Some of the pieces don't fit tight and this makes for a very unstable and the 5 y.o. who understoon what to build became frustrated at how quick it would fall down. Because I watch my grandchildren all week, we like to have toys they can enjoy for hours and had hoped this would be one.
Our children had one of these and since my daughter was 4 but this set frustrates adults because of how easy it falls down.
The only positive is the pieces are see through and the glow in the dark marbles are fun for them to watch. The flimsy black light doesn't help much so we just keep the marbles under a lamp where they can get bright enough to shine.
The book that comes with it has no instructions on building any thing so it is all up to you.
We'll be looking for another brand.
28.58 Carat Natural Red Ruby and Diamond (F-G Color, VS1-VS2 Clarity) 14K Yellow Gold Luxury Tennis Bracelet for Women Exclusively Handcrafted in USA
28.58 Carat Natural Red Ruby and Diamond (F-G Color, VS1-VS2 Clarity) 14K Yellow Gold Luxury Tennis Bracelet for Women Exclusively Handcrafted in USA
This was a birthday and Christmas gift from my husband and meant to start a set in my daughters birth stone that I will one day pass to her. To say that I was scared to buy jewelry from Amazon was an understatement. My husband thought I was crazy but nothing I saw in stores or online compared to the way this looked so I took a chance. I WAS THRILLED WHEN I TOOK IT TO A GEMOLOGIST AT A JEWELRY STORE AND IT APPRAISED AT 3 times what I paid for it! Major win!! I will definitely be buying the rest of the set from these folks. SIMPLY GORGEOUS ladies and gentlemen! Thank you Fashion Strada!!!
Marvel Boys' Avengers T-Shirt
Marvel Boys' Avengers T-Shirt
A great t shirt,I bought it for my Grandson and he loves it a treat for his holiday.The sizing is spot on.Lovely bright colours and very nice material.I appreciated the fact that the delivery was quick.All my comments are positive.I would definitely recommend this t shirt,a very happy customer and would not hesitate buying from this seller in the future.
ESEN KJ Opener - Infinite War Thanos Gloves Fist Opener
ESEN KJ Opener - Infinite War Thanos Gloves Fist Opener
Very poor painting skills, colors overlap and paint is chipped. Really takes away from an awesome bottle opener. Love the idea & size. Hate the careless painting outcome. I mean how do you ship an item out to a customer looking like that? I would be embarrassed to do so myself. It almost feels as if the seller does not care about the product. Details matter, they do please do better for the sake of your customers.
NCAA Michigan Wolverines Mouse Pads, 8", Blue
NCAA Michigan Wolverines Mouse Pads, 8", Blue
Don't buy this unless you like really thin mousepads with the logo wayy off center.

The mousepad I received has the logo off-center considerably. The top of the logo is just ~27mm from the top of the pad while the bottom is 47mm from the bottom of the pad - totally inconsistent with the image. Also, this mousepad is only about 3mm thick. Most other mousepads I've had are about 5mm thick.
Wild Kratts Season 4
Wild Kratts Season 4
My kids are wild about this series. The Kratt brothers have an excellent way of delivering engaging and informative programs. The programs are done in a cartoon format with a live intro and wrap up by Martin and Chris. The program focuses on the "creature powers", that is the special abilities, of the one or two types of animals being highlighted and how they are used in the wild. The series uses a few villains to generate conflict - the chef who wants to cook the animal (but never succeeds), the evil woman who wants to convert to jewelry/clothing, and the evil genius who wants to use them to power his machines. The crew of the Tortuga protect the animals and foil the plans using the "creature powers" against the villains. While the shows follow a standard template, they are engaging and fun to watch with your kids. This is some of the best programming for kids on TV.
Curly Sue
Curly Sue
I have loved this film since my childhood and I have been trying to get my hands on a copy for a long time now. I was hesitant to buy one of these copies as it didn't specify the Region number and I was worried it wouldn't play on my dvd player as most copies I have come across are US Region only. Anyway it arrived and played perfectly much to my delight!
I'm not going to go into specifics about the film as I am guessing that anyone buying it has already seen it and knows the story. I was slightly nervous that having not seen it in years that it might not live up to expectation as so often happens when you revisit childhood favourites but I needn't have worried, it has really stood the test of time! A really lovely film and delighted to have it in my collection.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
For me this film was hindered somewhat by keeping the dialogue inoffensively within the constraints of a “12” rated film (if that was the director's intention), and whilst it is not a “children's/family” film per se it is not a film with realistic and (potentially) offensive language – it is in a neither one nor the other sort of situation. The film centres around “Ricky”. Where he has come from and what he has been through are not realistically portrayed in the film (those constraints again), but this is a drama comedy and so one has to accept perhaps a little poetic license.

Having said that, it is the naive innocence of “Ricky” played by Julian Dennison who is in the care of “Hec” played by Sam Neill that leads to some of the comedy in the film.

There is though, a lot going for this film, it has a great cast lead by Sam Neill, the acting from all the cast is good, great use of the New Zealand Bush as the backdrop for the film with some great cinematography in what can't have been the easiest situations to photograph, it has a good if somewhat unrealistic story, there are some very funny moments and there is some good music. There's also a number of cinematic references made within the film.

I found “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” to be an enjoyable enough film but it is not one that I would go out of my way to watch again too quickly.

It is perhaps worth mentioning that some might find certain scenes upsetting where animals are hunted. No doubt not a single animal was hurt in the making of the film – but if you are at all upset by such things then maybe you should not watch it.

A light-hearted comedy adventure-drama, and a good feel-good-factor film.

There are plenty of extra features on the DVD which are worth a look at.

On the DVD (ASIN: B01MXLL1JG) you get:

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (1 hour 37 minutes)
Chapter Selection
Special Features:
Director's Commentary
Featurette (3 minutes)
Bloopers (2 minutes)
Interviews (20 minutes)
Behind the Scenes (30 minutes)
Complete Hardcover 7 book set of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas Series (Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Hours,Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd and Saint Odd)
Complete Hardcover 7 book set of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas Series (Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Hours,Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd and Saint Odd)
I picked these up after watching the movie, I'd been pushed to read them by a friend but I'm not a huge Koontz fan. Seeing the film (Yelchin - Loved watching that kid- Terrible Tragedy) gave me the nudge.
The first three...yeah three, I loved, couldn't put them down. I loved Odd, his process and relationships. The books had great pace, by the fourth I found it hard to pick them up. Granted, the first three I read in like two days so maybe I was Odded out? The last book was hard to finish, once it was in my hands I enjoyed it but once it was down, I'd skirt walking by it as not to feel bad for not picking up.
I would recommend them, though maybe, take your time. I was glad to finish them, glad because it ended and I genuinely enjoyed Odd.
The Gypsies: And Other Narrative Poems
The Gypsies: And Other Narrative Poems
I know nothing of Russian or Pushkin. I bought this book as I wanted to get a taste of Pushkin and I felt it needed to be poetry versus prose, as poetry was Pushkin's main oeuvre. This book contains 5 story poems by Pushkin. All of the poems maintain dramatic interest and are surprisingly economical in language & length. By reading this, I now have a taste of why Pushkin is as revered as he is. The book has peaked my interest in reading more Pushkin.

The stories are: The Gypsies (which the opera Carmen was based on), The Bridegroom (a macabre folk tale), Count Nulin (which I found very good), The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Champions (re-telling of Snow White turning the dwarves into brothers), and The Tale of the Golden Cockerel (which Rimsky-Korsakov used for his opera and is a political allegory that the Tsar did not take kindly to).

I found the poetic translations to English effective and enjoyable. There are helpful notes in the back explaining various translation decisions & noting some of the special aspects of the Russian poems that are not translatable to English. All the poems maintain a meter & rhyme scheme (though not slavishly following Pushkin's meter). More importantly, the poems are beautiful.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a taste of Pushkin's poetry. It is one of a few books that focus on works other than Eugene Onegin. I find it odd that so little of Pushkin is translated into English poetry. It is a loss for us as Pushkin is one of the great poets & deserves to be widely read (similar to Goethe, Dante, & so on).
The Clifton Chronicles, Books 1-4: Only Time Will Tell; The Sins of the Father; Best Kept Secret; Be Careful What You Wish For
The Clifton Chronicles, Books 1-4: Only Time Will Tell; The Sins of the Father; Best Kept Secret; Be Careful What You Wish For
A saga começa muito bem, o primeiro livro te prende na história e os personagens são cativantes, você realmente quer que tudo dê certo para eles. Porém os altos e baixos são tantos que fica difícil se empolgar com todos eles. E a trama ficou cada vez mais inacreditável. Estou terminando de ler Cometh the Hour e pretendo ler o último livro porque, no fim das contas, você ainda está torcendo pelos mocinhos. O que mais me incomoda nesta série é que o leitor fica com a impressão que o autor está pensando na trama enquanto escreve, já encontrei algumas inconsistências de um livro para o outro e conforme a história se desenrola parece que o autor tira explicações "da cartola", sem introduzi-las com calma na trama.
Unmasked
Unmasked
O.k. You are probably wondering why I gave the book four stars and then the title is to leave the last story out. Well, the reason was that the last story was totally inapporpriate for a collection of love stories. It was dark and disturbing and I don't care to read something like that again.
The first two stories were pure magic. I found the references to "Taming of the Shrew" very funny mostly because I loved that movie. The first story with the private eye and his daughter is all about misunderstandings and how they can blow things right out of proportion. It was so nice to see two happy endings. The stories just flowed and made me feel like I was right in New Orleans at the ball. Oh just once I want to be able to dress up in a fancy gown. This was the next best thing. Best of all, was that the stories were short and were easy to finish in a couple of hours without taxing your brain.
The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga
The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga
Dieses amerikanische Buch über Osamu Tezuka(1928-1989)-God Of Manga von Helen McCarthy erschien 2009 in zwei Versionen,mit(erkennbar an dem runden Aufkleber) und ohne DVD. Das über 270 Seiten starke Buch im dicken Pappeinband mit zusätzlicher abwaschbarer Folie und fett aufgeklebtem Astro Boy ist mehr eine hervorragende Biografie über Tezukas Leben und Werk als ein Artbook; in diesem Aspekt ist der Titel etwas irreführend. Denn auch wenn Tezuka je nach Quellenangaben eigenhändig zwischen 140.000 und 170.000 Seiten Manga schuf,so gibt es natürlich nur eine geringe Anzahl Farbarbeiten,auf denen er mit der Intention Seiten schuf,zu zeigen,was er wirklich drauf hatte. Er persönlich hielt sich selbst auch für keinen besonders guten Zeichner,aber das war wohl eher Understatement,denn immerhin war er trotz immensen Outputs niemals ein Seitenschinder,von denen es viele gibt. Das Buch ist immerhin so gut wie komplett in Farbe gehalten,obwohl der Großteil seines Werkes s/w war. Es stellt sein Leben vor und bietet einen ziemlich guten Überblick über sein Werk,natürlich wahrscheinlich nicht gänzlich lückenlos,aber immerhin so gut wie.
Der Knaller der Edition ist jedoch die genau 45 Minuten lange DVD-Dokumentation des Buches,die 1985 oder 1986 entstanden sein muß. Sie zeigt Osamu Tezuka in einem unscheinbaren Appartement,das ihm 5 Tage der Woche lang als Zeichenraum diente,und dessen Betreten so gut wie jedem verboten war. Hier brütete er alleine über seinen Comics,und obwohl er über ein Studio mit 30 Mitarbeitern verfügte,zeichnete und tuschte er jeden Strich seiner Comicseiten komplett selbst. Was die Mitarbeiter dann so zu tun hatten,wird nicht so deutlich,nur,dass es trotzdem noch stressig gewesen sein muß. Tezuka selbst litt unter unsäglichem Stress und ungesunder Lebensweise,die teilweise seinen frühen Tod erklären. In einer Szene muß er nach Frankreich fliegen,obwohl am selben Tag Deadline für sein aktuelles Werk war und ihm noch 20 Seiten fehlten. Diese erstellte er während des Fluges,während des Essens,zwischen offiziellen Terminen,nachts und in den frühen Morgenstunden,wie immer allein. Bezeichnend auch eine andere Szene,in der er beiläufig erwähnte,bis morgen früh noch 32 Seiten fertigstellen zu müssen. Anders läßt sich so ein als übertrieben empfundenes Gesamtwerk(welches ja aber nachweisbar ist) von mindestens 140.000 Seiten auch nicht erklären. Umso besser für mich als Fan,denn trotz etlicher Bücher von Tezuka besitze ich doch höchstens 12.000 Comicseiten von ihm und darf noch etwas weitersammeln.
The Two
The Two
I first read this book approximately twenty-five years ago, when it was first published. I remember that I had very much enjoyed the glimpse that it offered into the fascinating lives of nineteenth century conjoined twins, Chang and Eng, the original "Siamese Twins". Having recently read the novel, "Chang and Eng", by Darin Strauss, my interest in these twins was piqued, and I decided to re-read this book.

Time has not diminished the capacity of this biography to captivate and hold the interest of the reader. Truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. The authors provide the reader with a well-researched look at the interesting and unusual lives led by conjoined twins, Chang and Eng. Born in Siam, which is now known as Thailand, on a houseboat on the Mekong River in 1811, Chang and Eng were conjoined at the chest by a band of fleshy cartilage. It was this small band of flesh that would bind them in life, making the two as one.

Being forced to be together by their conjoinment, even in those most intimate of moments, did not prevent Chang and Eng from living full lives. Leaving Siam as eighteen year old adolescents, Chang and Eng were to travel to America under the care and guidance of a Captain Coffin, who saw the commercial possibilities inherent in Chang and Eng's conjoinment and fully intended to exploit them. In America, people clamored to view Chang and Eng, as they were considered curiosities. They would also travel abroad to Europe, where they were to cause a sensation. Chang and Eng were the international celebrities of their day.

When they reached majority, Chang and Eng disassociated themselves from Captain Coffin and his business partners and became their own men. They took charge of their own destinies and later became American citizens, adopted the surname of Bunker, married two sisters, Adelaide and Sarah Yates, collectively had twenty-one children, and settled down in North Carolina, where they became slave-owning, gentleman farmers. Still, they did not wholly give up touring and exhibiting themselves for profit. In later, leaner years, they would do so with some of their children in tow as part of the exhibit.

As they grew older, their togetherness seemed to cast a pall over their lives, as Chang was a more phlegmatic sort of personality, while Eng was much more contemplative in nature. Moreover, Chang took to heavy drinking, and though Eng abhorred it, there was little he could do about it. He was forced, therefore, to suffer the consequential effects and indignities of Chang's drinking. These personal differences would cause them both to mull over the possibility of separation. There was, however, little medical support for such, except in the event of life or death, as surgical procedures were still quite primitive in those days.

Chang and Eng would die in their early sixties. Chang died first, while Eng, who was otherwise healthy, would die within hours, possibly from fright and shock at being tethered to the lifeless body of his brother. As they were together in life, so were they together in death. They left behind two grieving widows, a multitude of children and grandchildren, and an unending, world-wide interest in their lives. Never before and never since, has a set of conjoined twins so captured the imagination of the general public more than Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins.

This is a very well-written, well-researched biographical treatment of the lives of Chang and Eng. Their lives were, indeed, fascinating, and those who enjoy biographies will find much to like about this book. It is also an intriguing look at nineteenth century life in the context of the lives of Chang and Eng. The book also has sixteen pages of wonderful black and white photographs and illustrations, which will add to the reader's enjoyment of this book.
Carter's Girl's Cathy 2 (Toddler/Little Kid)
Carter's Girl's Cathy 2 (Toddler/Little Kid)
I tried to order these boots in a 9.5 toddler and they came as a size 8. Then when I push return and try to order them again I select 9.5 as the size and when it loads to my cart again the car it says size 8?! I need to return this wrong size but I don’t know how to order the right size since it seems like there is a glitch on the product side
Carter's Kids' Jay2 Dress Shoe
Carter's Kids' Jay2 Dress Shoe
My five year old wore these for a wedding. He first told me they looked like clown shoes, however, after wearing them for one afternoon, refused to wear any other shoes for a week solid.
Murder Is My Business
Murder Is My Business
I first read this about 15 years ago when I was just starting to write mysteries myself and had to have it. Nifty collection with the theme of killers-for-hire.

----Jeff Baker
Biss zum ersten Sonnenstrahl (Bella und Edward): Das kurze zweite Leben der Bree Tanner (German Edition)
Biss zum ersten Sonnenstrahl (Bella und Edward): Das kurze zweite Leben der Bree Tanner (German Edition)
Die 15jährige Bree Tanner ist ein ganz normales Mädchen, bis sie vor ihrem Vater flieht und auf der Straße landet. Eines Nachts trifft sie auf den Jungvampir Riley, der ihr Nahrung anbietet. Doch dies ist eine Falle und sie wird in einen Vampir verwandelt.

Sie wird von Riley zu einer Gruppe von Jungvampiren gebracht und versteckt sich hinter dem Einzelgänger Fred, der das Talent besitzt, sich und andere unsichtbar zu machen. Bei einer Jagd lernt sie Diego kennen, ein Vampir aus der gleichen Gruppe und zusammen gründen sie ihren geheimen Ninjaclub, um herauszufinden, was es mit Vampiren wirklich auf sich hat. Doch dann bereitet Riley die Vampire auf einem Kampf vor. Sie sollen die Gelbäugigen (die Cullens) vernichten und Bella zu Victoria bringen...

Mir hat "Bis(s) zum ersten Sonnenstrahl" gut gefallen. Ich mochte die Art und Weise, wie Stephenie Meyer die Jungvampire beschrieben hat. Der Durst und die Zweifel hat sie sehr gut rübergebracht und man bekommt einen Einblick, wie es Jungvampiren nach ihrer Verwandlung wirklich geht und das Bellas Verhalten nach ihrer Verwandlung nur eine Ausnahme war. Wenn man ehrlich ist, war Bellas Verwandlung doch eh nur ein großer Witz..

Vor allem das Ende hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Auch wenn man bereits vorher wusste, wie es endet, ist es der Autorin gelungen, eine gewisse Spannung aufzubauen. Gut fand ich auch, dass Bree's letzte Gedanken mit Fred und Diego zu tun hatten, denn so kann man noch auf eine Sichtweise aus dem Leben von Diego oder Fred hoffen.

Mich würde es z.B. interessieren, wie es Diego bei Victoria erging oder auch, wie Fred mit seinem neuen Leben und seiner Gabe klarkommt.

Ein wirklich gutes Buch für zwischendurch, bei dem Edward und Bella mal nicht eine Hauptrolle spielen. Bitte mehr davon.
Beauty's Punishment
Beauty's Punishment
The general wisdom is that middle books of trilogies tend to be the worst. Perhaps this is because the writer has already wowed the reader with an introduction to the story concept and the climax of the story is still some way away, leaving the reader in a bit of a lull which also just happens to include lots of details they're going to have to know in order for the conclusion to make any sense.

However, Beauty's Punishment is a pretty good middle book! It has a few reservations but the author gets away with them.

Beauty's arrival in the Village marks a big change from her time at the Palace: it's rougher, tougher and more everyday (in a very S&M kind of a way). Beauty finds a lot more depth of love for slavehood in herself and it is this gradual realisation that forms the stock of this book.

We also see more characters introduced into the story as Tristan begins to narrate to us.

The main problem, I feel, with Anne Rice's writing is that she gives the male characters (in this book at least, and the first in the trilogy) a flowery style of prose - just as she does with the female characters. I'm in two minds about how bad a problem this is: half of the point of the Sleeping Beauty trilogy is to read the *very* pretty prose. Perhaps there's wiggle room for her to have delved into the more primal observations of her male characters, but in this book they still feel a bit, well, flowery.

I'm half-way through Beauty's Release now and the problem appears to have been cleared up. The main male character in Release is more primal, dirtier and really doesn't mince his words! What can I say, I love him already.

It's also nice to get a break from Beauty in Beauty's Punishment, lovely girl though she is. Tristan offers a bit of a contrast, although perhaps not quite enough. Like I said, his own point of view is quite rosy.

The Village sounds like a fabulous place, although I was expecting to see a bit more roughness in the daily lives of the slaves. As it happens, both our main protagonists in this book of the trilogy fall into the possession of rather well-to-do Masters, so we don't generally see the full extent of how base the Village can get.

I like the twist at the end of this book and have been very much enjoying its continuation in Beauty's Release so far.
WILBUR SMITH ASSEGAI
WILBUR SMITH ASSEGAI
Delivered as forecast. This is well up to Wilbur Smith's high standard of story-telling with a mix of high adventure and human stories. No-one can possibly be better researched than he is and this makes his fiction seem more like faction!!!
Hermann Hesse - sein erstes Paradies
Hermann Hesse - sein erstes Paradies
Ein wirklich toller Film!

Als Hesse-Fan hatte ich ihn ein bißchen auf Verdacht gekauft, weil die Beschreibung hier ja nicht so ausführlich ist.
Und ich habe es kein bißchen bereut!

Der Film vermittelt äußerst eindrucksvoll Einblicke in Hesses Leben und insbesondere seine Gefühlswelt in seinen Jahren am Bodensee, in denen einige seiner Hauptwerke entstanden sind.
Hermann Hesse findet, frisch verheiratet mit seiner ersten Frau Maria Bernoulli, eine Heimat auf einem paradiesischen Fleckchen Erde in Gaienhofen am Bodensee, wo sich das junge Paar ein Haus von einem Schweizer Architekten bauen läßt. Aber schon bald wird ihm das Familienleben mit Mia und seinen drei in diesen Jahren geborenen Söhnen zu eng, es zieht ihn, ähnlich wie einige seiner Protagonisten in seinen Romanen, hinaus in die Welt, nach Indien und Indonesien, weg aus der Enge seines Familienlebens (man denke nur an Peter Camenzind oder den Steppenwolf Harry Haller).
Der Film schafft es, in eindrucksvollen Bildern und Zitaten den Betrachter gleichsam hypnotisch in Hesses Welt zu versetzen. Sehr bereichernd ist das Original-Bildmaterial, das viele bislang unveröffentlichte Bilder von Hesse enthält.
Und nicht zuletzt bietet der Film auch eine Fülle an Informationen - profunde Hesse-Kenner wie Volker Michels und Rüdiger Dahlke geben tiefe Einblicke in Hesses Herkunft und seine Entwicklung im fraglichen Zeitraum. Und wo ist sein Enkel Simon Hesse schon einmal leibhaftig zu sehen, der sich an seinen berühmten Großvater erinnert?
Eva Eberwein, die heutige Eigentümerin des Hesse-Hauses in Gaienhofen, die mit viel Herzblut das heruntergekommene Anwesen originalgetreu restaurieren ließ, vermittelt die Lust auf einen Besuch am Bodensee, um den Geist Hesses in unsere Zeit zu holen, ... ich habe mir vorgestellt, unter dem uralten Birnbaum, unter dem schon Hesse saß, vielleicht Narziß und Goldmund zu lesen, und einzutauchen in seine Welt.

Fazit: für jeden Hesse-Fan ein Muß, wer noch nicht zur Fangemeinde gehört, könnte durch diesen Film einer werden!
So Close and No Closer
So Close and No Closer
3.5 stars. This is a better offering from Penny Jordan. Rue married young only to discover Julian was an abusive husband and he managed to waste all her quite substantial inheritance in the short time they were married.

Now her old home is owned by Neil Saxton, who wants to complete the estate by purchasing the small corner she managed to salvage from the wreckage. She is slowly building up a dried flower business, learning to be independent and she needs the cottage and outbuildings for her flowers.

Neil is one of those heroes who is enigmatic and alternates between passionate interest and being cold and demanding. Rue has no interest in men and the death of Julian came as a relief rather than a grief. But Neil is stirring her up nicely. There is a bit of a mystery plot to add conflict but overall it's all about the blow hot blow cold relationship of the two. The ending was satisfactory.
Living Proof
Living Proof
You never know when a chronic illness will hit you or someone you love. And it is devistating when you realize that many doctors MAY not have any answers, nor care about how to help YOU, the patient, deal with the disease for the rest of your life. “Just take one of the drugs. It doesn’t matter. They’re all the same.” YES, he really told me that when I asked him HOW the drugs worked & which one would probably work best for me. I FIRED HIM!

Doctors MAY only “know” what drug companies MAY tell them about how to encourage patients to take their company’s current new, HOPEFUL drug at a drug company sponsored 3 day convention a high-end resort. And after a few hours of drug lectures & then the docs are wooed during golf, tennis, dinners, drinks, shows, etc.

Drug salesmen MAY remind the doctors also on their weekly visits to the doctors’ offices leaden with donuts, pizzas or sports tickets about their company’s MS drugs. When was the last time you were in a doctor’s office & you didn’t see a drug company rep bearing gifts??

You, the patient, MAY have more questions about what causes the disease. You, the patient, MAY want to know what you can do to help improve your own health. You, the patient, MAY want to know if a cure is near. You, the patient, MAY want to know where all that money that people donate to MS societies goes. Why aren’t they closer to a cure? And then, you, the patient, MAY eventually be dismissed (fired) as a patient if you dare to ask too many questions because the doctor doesn’t know, care or “DOESN’T have the time to answer your questions. I only have 10 minutes.” (this actually happened to me). I FIRED HIM!!

“Societies” MAY MAIL you carefully crafted letters & postcards; glossy magazines designed by high-end marketing companies; MS Walk donor-gathering & participation invitations; HIGH-END, EXPENSIVE invitations (addressed by a calligrapher) to the society’s social dinners & galas. They are always thinking up new ways to ask for more, more, more donations.

Then, if YOU, the patient, kindly provide FREE information about your research on your own website, the MS society’s highly paid lawyers MIGHT threaten to sue you if you don’t cease and desist putting your MS logo on your website because it looks too much like theirs.

Then, add to all those expenses, highly paid executives & employees and high rent. Why would these people want to stop the never ending money train by finding a cure?

WOW, I think I MAY have found a few ways how the MS societies SPEND our donations. I don’t think I want to spend MY money like this anymore.

Think about who you give your money to: doctors or societies (or yourself for better food, exercise or supplements). Think about your health. Find a doctor or practitioner (who MAY NOT be a neurologist) who will help you make health decisions for YOUR body and YOUR peace of mind.

This MS stuff is scary. If a doctor can’t be kind or educational, GET RID OF THEM. FIRE THEM! Be your own advocate. Do your own research. Find websites where other MS patients are looking for info or sharing info. Think about what makes sense & feels right to you. And, then do it!

Thanks Matt, for your very informative & emotional movie & for reminding me that I STILL DO HAVE POWER in this situation. All the best to you & your family.
On Deception (On Series)
On Deception (On Series)
This review is based on a Library Thing Early Reviewers' copy from Hesperus Press of On Deception (2009) by Harry Houdini.

This is not a book on how to perform escapes or how to do magic tricks. It is an exposé of fakery with a good bit of autobiographical information thrown in for good measure. The book was first published in 1906 by a self-aggrandizing, 33-year-old Houdini, "Handcuff King" and "Prison Breaker." Humble he was not, as this book will clearly reveal.

The unmaskings begin with exposés of the methods of thieves -- overcoat thieves, Venetian blind thieves, church thieves, wedding thieves, van thieves, satchel thieves, and diamond thieves -- tricksters of the worst sort. The book concludes with exposés of the methods of circus entertainers whose sensational performances endanger life and limb -- fire-eaters, sword-swallowers, and snake-handlers -- people to whom Houdini ascribes the less than flattering title of "Miracle-Mongers."

In between his exposés of the worst and best deceivers among us, Houdini debunks the work of frauds of all sorts: divine healers, counterfeit doctors, spirit mediums, clairvoyants, astrologers, confidence men, fortune tellers, East Indian fakirs, magnetic healers, and Voodoo doctors.

Occupying the space normally given to a book's preface is a short chapter entitled "Houdini on Houdini." In the spirit of exposing deception, I must point out that Houdini's statements about his birth date and birthplace are illusory. He wrote, "I am an American by birth, born in Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.A., on 6th April 1873." Au contraire. In a biographical note appended to the last chapter of the book, we learn that "Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz in Budapest, Hungary in 1874." That would make him 32 years old when he wrote this book, not 33, and an immigrant, not a natural-born citizen of the U.S.A.

Despite the fact that Houdini did not write this book to tell his readers how to become escapologists, he nevertheless reveals some of his own deceptions in this exposé. For instance, his secret to prison breaking and handcuff escaping calls for the concealment of master keys, skeleton keys, and lock picking implements. It's as simple as that. Escaping from straitjackets is another story. Physical strength, dexterity, and persistence are the requirements. No deception is needed.

If you want to know what Houdini was about, this book will clue you in. He began his career in show business as a circus performer and ended his career as a debunker of spiritualist frauds. Along the way, he became the highest paid and most legendary Vaudeville performer in history.
Other Echoes
Other Echoes
Memories, stories, and even whole novels are constructed of many layers, or pieces. There are the parts that are fiction, the parts that are based on fact, and the parts that are true, even if they never actually happened. All these parts fit together to present a bigger picture. In her novel, OTHER ECHOES, author Adèle Geras compares all the different parts of her story to pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Individually they are the setting of Borneo, a picnic on the beach, a cruel game of "Cowboys and Indians" beneath the tropical sun, a strange doll and an even stranger man. Together they reveal a larger picture about the British colonial experience following World War II.

OTHER ECHOES is told from the point-of-view of 17-year-old Flora, convalescing in the sanatorium of her English boarding school. Flora recalls her childhood in Borneo, where she and her parents moved after WWII. There she gets caught up in the limited social sphere of the other British colonial children. Tormented by their bullying, she sets out to prove her bravery by doing the one thing they fear. She visits the abandoned house on the hill.

Further pieces of the puzzle reveal the reason for the house's abandonment and the terrible experiences of many of the island's other British colonials when they were imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. These are not Flora's experiences, but she is the same age as many of the children on the island who were born in the camp, and the community is haunted by this shared and secret past.

OTHER ECHOES is about a long vanished time, and yet it doesn't fall completely into the category of historical fiction. Most of the action dwells within the experiences of people who are still living. The world has changed enough in fifty years to make many parts of Flora's world seem quaint or alien. Some examples include the pervasiveness of hats and dresses, or the realization that sunscreen was not widely available until the late 1970s. Other parts jolt us into the uncomfortable realization that some things are not quite as safe in the past as we might like them to be. A passage in which Flora speaks of the two household servants who live with her family in Borneo is particularly uncomfortable:

"We called them Amah and Cook. I was nearly ten, and I called two adults older even than my parents by the name that went with the work they did. I am ashamed now. I want to call them, wherever they are, and shout out: 'I'm sorry. I meant no disrespect.' It is only now that I realize that not calling people by their proper names is the beginning, and by the end one group of people can say of another: you are not like us, you are inferior to us, you are not human beings at all."

Adèle Geras does not make a direct correlation between the ways in which the British colonials treat their household "help," the bullying of the children, or the horrors of the internment camp. And yet all the pieces of the puzzle are present in OTHER ECHOES waiting to be assembled both by Flora and the reader. Like many of Adèle Geras's previous books, OTHER ECHOES has nuance, insight and complexity. I am grateful that this book (originally published in 1982) is back in print so I could have a chance to read it.

--- Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood
elope Harry Potter House Heathered Pom Beanie
elope Harry Potter House Heathered Pom Beanie
The color is great, especially the pom-pom, but I would have liked for the hat to be a little closer weave. I think my granddaughter will like it, but I am unsure if it will last very long. it seems like it will get loose and sloppy soon.
Platform 9 and 3/4 King's Cross Station, Curtains Door, Red Brick Wall Party Backdrop, Secret Passage to The Magic School, Platform Party Supplies Halloween Decoration 78.7"x 49.2" Inch
Platform 9 and 3/4 King's Cross Station, Curtains Door, Red Brick Wall Party Backdrop, Secret Passage to The Magic School, Platform Party Supplies Halloween Decoration 78.7"x 49.2" Inch
The 9 3/4 sign was missing from packaging. After the kids walked through the opening several times, the edges of the plastic started fraying a little bit. The size was adequate for an ordinary sized doorway opening. We ended up just throwing up a DIY piece of paper with the 93/4 written on it in pen at the last minute (we didn’t open the package and start decorating until just before the party) because it was almost meaningless for the kids to go around looking for platform 93/4 without a label.
Gryffindor Crest Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 14 Count White Aida, 8.6 x 11.2", 18 Colors
Gryffindor Crest Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 14 Count White Aida, 8.6 x 11.2", 18 Colors
If you've never cross-stitched before, I'd avoid this product. The directions are easy to follow, but it's not for novices. It's best for those with experience as the fabric has NO PRINTING on it and requires you to follow their instructions to create.

For what you pay, the items that you receive are okay. The fabric is fine. There's enough floss in good colors. The needle is fine (though it should be packaged separately). There are directions.

There is no hoop. The fabric is not printed, so there's no easy guide to follow. The packaging is very flimsy paper bag - had to store the contents in a separate plastic bag to keep it all together. If it weren't for the convenience of having everything in one set, it's much cheaper to buy this pattern on Etsy and get the materials separate - less than $10 with ease. There are much better, much cheaper cross-stitch kits that come with everything and then some. This was not worth the price, but will be used.
[Upgraded Metallic Balloons KIT] HiParty 60pcs Metallic Party Balloons, 3D Premium Thick Chrome Latex Birthday Balloons with accessories for Wedding Christmas and almost Party Decorations (6 Colors)
[Upgraded Metallic Balloons KIT] HiParty 60pcs Metallic Party Balloons, 3D Premium Thick Chrome Latex Birthday Balloons with accessories for Wedding Christmas and almost Party Decorations (6 Colors)
I inflated 28 of these balloons before a New Years Eve party (plus one that was defective with a hole in it). Actually, I slightly overinflated these balloons. During the first 24 hours, a few popped, mostly ones placed directly below a heater vent. After that, only one more has popped and one mostly deflated. It is now February 9 and the remaining 21 still look the same as they did 40 days ago. They may last until next NYE.

The somewhat metallic look is very nice and they are beautiful balloons, but the durability is beyond belief.

UPDATE: It is now March 6th and all of the 21 balloons still look the same. They may have possibly lost a tiny bit of air, but I can't really tell for sure. They very well may last until next New Year.

FURTHER UPDATE: It is now April 11 and I can tell that the balloons have lost some air, but someone seeing them for the first time would think that they look very good. A friend suggested that I should have taken them to Costco tire center and filled them with nitrogen; they might last all year.

FINAL UPDATE: It is now October 2 and half of the balloons are still half inflated. Since I over inflated originally, they are still a decent size and look quite good. If you didn't know how large they were originally, you would be impressed. I'm assuming that some may still look good for their second New Year. I'm impressed.
40 Inch Jumbo Blue Number 3 Balloon Giant Balloons Prom Balloons Helium Foil Mylar Huge Number Balloons for Birthday Party Decorations/Wedding/Anniversary
40 Inch Jumbo Blue Number 3 Balloon Giant Balloons Prom Balloons Helium Foil Mylar Huge Number Balloons for Birthday Party Decorations/Wedding/Anniversary
I loved the color. I ordered these balloons because my son turned 13!!!! Was very excited until I opened the package. The number 1 had a hole as you can see. We put tape on it thinking it would hold up until the next day. It did not. We decided to go put some more air in just to get the day by and it popped. See first pic. We ended up having to purchase another number 1 last minute.
Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV
Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV
I've lived in St. Louis for most of the 80s and 90s. To me and many others, the voices of Jack Buck and Mike Shannon were synonymous with summer. I was there when Joe Buck started his career. I was one of those complaining that Joe only got the job because of his father. But as Joe writes in his book, name recognition will only get you so far. You still have to deliver.

I've been impressed with Joe's ability to handle major sporting events with such ease. His behind the scenes take on how he has gotten to this level is an entertaining read. I especially enjoyed his humor. I laughed out loud throughout this book.

One particular pregame skit, which wasn't in the book but has stayed with me nonetheless, involved Joe and his football partner Troy Aikman. Troy and Joe are getting ready to go on air. A group of people attends to Troy: fixing his hair, brushing his suit coat, applying makeup. Joe is shown standing all alone. "Can I get a bottle of water," Joe asks someone offscreen. A water bottle comes flying into the shot and hits Joe in the chest. It's that kind of self-deprecating humor that permeates this book. Here are just a few examples: Joe talks about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with his daughter and how he wasn't the outdoors type. "If you see me going for a hike, I am probably looking for my golf ball." In the same section, he talks about how the trip to Africa will keep him away from his future wife for two weeks. "A two-week trip does not sound long, I think we've had commercial breaks during the Super Bowl that lasted that long." Joe also knows how to tell a funny story. He talks about interviewing a couple of Seattle defensive players before the Superbowl with Denver. Joe said he had a sense that things were not going to go Denver's way. At one point one of the players said, "We don't care what Peyton Manning does at the line of scrimmage. He can say 'Omaha' five hundred times. We're not moving." I can hear Peyton yelling "Omaha" right now in that lopsided loss.

Joe also gives some insight into what it's like to be a sports announcer in today's politically correct climate. He describes how his fear of backlash on social media had affected his on-air performance, always careful not to make a comment that might stir up a controversy.

If you have watched any major sporting event over the last fifteen-plus years, you have listened to Joe Buck. He is one of the best at what he does. I do think, however, that the US Open should be left to the golf analysts who cover the game week in and week out.
BedStory Pillows of 2, Sleeping Pillows with Polyester Fiber Filling for Side/Back/Stomach Sleepers, Bamboo Charcoal Luxurious Pillows for Pain Relief, Anti-Dust Washable Standard Pillows (48x74CM)
BedStory Pillows of 2, Sleeping Pillows with Polyester Fiber Filling for Side/Back/Stomach Sleepers, Bamboo Charcoal Luxurious Pillows for Pain Relief, Anti-Dust Washable Standard Pillows (48x74CM)
They come in a vacuum packed bag- clean and compact. Once I cut opened the plastic bags, the pillows immediately bounced into shape and the potential size.
Absolutely over the moon with these pillows! The material is really soft and lightweight- feels like I’m sleeping on a cloud.
They are nice and breathable which is what I wanted as I’ve started to put on the heating in the house so I tend to feel quite hot in the middle of the night- didn’t want my pillow to smell of sweat etc. So far, I like the bounce of the pillow and they are the right height and firm for my liking.
I just wonder what wash cycle is best when washing them in the washing machine and how they will turn out after a wash.
SYGAV Android 10 Car Radio Stereo for Subaru Forester WRX XV Crosstrek Impreza with Carplay GPS Navigation HD 1280x720 Touch Screen Head Unit
SYGAV Android 10 Car Radio Stereo for Subaru Forester WRX XV Crosstrek Impreza with Carplay GPS Navigation HD 1280x720 Touch Screen Head Unit
Vehicle
2017 Forester 2.5i no nav no Harmon Kardon

I can't believe I waited this long to upgrade. Install was super easy, everything I needed was included. I had a little trouble getting the back up camera to work but I emailed them and they got right back to me. they wanted me to take a photo of my install and I wasn't in a rush to pull my dash apart again but planned to tackle it in the morning. While I slept THEY actually emailed ME a photo of the connection required and that's all it took. Programing the SWC (steering wheel controls) is easy but you do need to go into the settings and be sure to save.
Not sure what wattage this thing is putting out but it seems to be at least 25% Louder than factory head unit and less distortion at the top.
Install was quick but you do have to remove your vents and ac/heat console which was super easy.
Fitment in my Foz was trickier the 1st time as I was afraid I would push too hard somewhere and break something. The second time took care to make sure I routed all the cables and then put the bottom in first then I had to sort of bend the top piece down into its slots. This is where I was afraid to break it but I gave'r the ole install shoulder shove and its snug AF now!
If you're on the fence like I was, I highly recommend you indulge yourself!

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