Ophelia Thomas

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Testable JavaScript
Testable JavaScript
Testable JavaScript by Mark Ethan Trostler. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS: CSS Awesomeness Book (Awesomeness Books 2)
CSS: CSS Awesomeness Book (Awesomeness Books 2)
CSS: CSS Awesomeness Book (Awesomeness Books 2) by Gilad E Tsur-Mayer and CSS Awesomeness. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 1
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 1
MONGODB ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET DEMAND: REPORT 1 by CURIOSITY PUBLISHERS. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Hogwarts Classics (Harry Potter)
Hogwarts Classics (Harry Potter)
Hogwarts Classics (Harry Potter) by J.K. Rowling. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 330 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Falling Home
Falling Home
Falling Home by Karen White, Lyssa Browne, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 269 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Kein Ort ohne dich: Roman (German Edition)
Kein Ort ohne dich: Roman (German Edition)
Kein Ort ohne dich: Roman (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Astrid Finke. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 200 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
One Good Deed
One Good Deed
One Good Deed by David Baldacci. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 2117 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
SET OF 10 JOHN GRISHAM HARDCOVER BOOKS: 1] THE CLIENT 2] THE RUNAWAY JURY 3] THE LAST JUROR 4] THE RAINMAKER 5] PLAYING FOR PIZZA 6] THE KING OF TORTS 7] THE FIRM 8] THE CHAMBER 9] THE INNOCENT MAN 10] THE BRETHREN
SET OF 10 JOHN GRISHAM HARDCOVER BOOKS: 1] THE CLIENT 2] THE RUNAWAY JURY 3] THE LAST JUROR 4] THE RAINMAKER 5] PLAYING FOR PIZZA 6] THE KING OF TORTS 7] THE FIRM 8] THE CHAMBER 9] THE INNOCENT MAN 10] THE BRETHREN
SET OF 10 JOHN GRISHAM HARDCOVER BOOKS: 1] THE CLIENT 2] THE RUNAWAY JURY 3] THE LAST JUROR 4] THE RAINMAKER 5] PLAYING FOR PIZZA 6] THE KING OF TORTS 7] THE FIRM 8] THE CHAMBER 9] THE INNOCENT MAN 10] THE BRETHREN by John Grisham. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition)
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition)
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King and Marta I. Gustavino. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
King Richard III
King Richard III
King Richard III by William Shakespeare. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 212 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Core Java for the Impatient
Core Java for the Impatient
Core Java for the Impatient by Cay S. Horstmann. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
RESTful Java Web Services - Second Edition
RESTful Java Web Services - Second Edition
RESTful Java Web Services - Second Edition by Jobinesh Purushothaman. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Linux-based Web Programming PHP Web Development (with CD)
Linux-based Web Programming PHP Web Development (with CD)
Linux-based Web Programming PHP Web Development (with CD) by LIU ZHEN YAN ?WANG YONG ?CHEN LI PING BIAN ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Dreamweaver Mx: Advanced Php Web Development
Dreamweaver Mx: Advanced Php Web Development
Dreamweaver Mx: Advanced Php Web Development by Glasshaus Author Team. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce by Robbert Ravensbergen. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns
SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns
SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns by Tim Mitchell, Matt Masson, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
MS Access 2013 SQL Comprehensive
MS Access 2013 SQL Comprehensive
MS Access 2013 SQL Comprehensive by Dr. Pindaro E Demertzoglou. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
TypeScript 2.x for Angular Developers: Harness the capabilities of TypeScript to build cutting-edge web apps with Angular
TypeScript 2.x for Angular Developers: Harness the capabilities of TypeScript to build cutting-edge web apps with Angular
I have a great deal of Javascript experience and some solid AngularJS skill but wanted to learn Typescript and Angular2. I thought this book did a terrific job from chapters 1-9 at getting me up to speed. Minor errors, mostly due to Angular2 changing. Chapters 10-12 seemed almost like a different author. 10 was okay. There were a few errors but I managed. Even the online resources were missing CSS files for 10.. 11 was even sloppier. Still trying to get that to work. (working with Real Hosted Data)
Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious)
Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious)
This was a really interesting read. Some of this I knew, and a good amount I did not, but it was nice to have all the scattered bits of information that I have picked up along the years formatted into a book like this. The author writes in a very friendly matter-of-fact way. He does fantastic at explaining complex things in layman terms. In each small chapter there is an attempt at one or two jokes, many fall flat :-) but that's okay because I think it's important to throw in a bit of levity with this type of subject matter.

I really enjoyed reading this and it was interesting to hear the author's thought experiments regarding aliens, living on Mars, and even the end of the universe itself.
Decoding Elon Musk: Billionaire Entrepreneur, Investor, and Inventor of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, Hyperloop, Zip2, PayPal
Decoding Elon Musk: Billionaire Entrepreneur, Investor, and Inventor of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, Hyperloop, Zip2, PayPal
A book must be written in a language with which the author has more than a passing knowledge. This one seemed to have had no editing. The subject, Elon Musk, is a fascinating personality/entrepreneur, though he was lost somewhere between the covers of this garbled book. I hesitate to pan an author, as it takes great courage and dedication to offer one's words to the public. Yet this author has failed to communicate whatever he knows about this subject.
The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, from Archimedes to Elon Musk
The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, from Archimedes to Elon Musk
Although this book of interesting facts reads a bit like an encyclopedia I think, in fairness, it would have been challenging to write it in any other way than devoting a chapter to each person. The choice of 18 inventors, artists and entrepreneurs through the ages is daunting and would probably vary greatly depending on one’s own idea of which productive people most influenced our world.
The author includes Archimedes, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Elon Musk (fascinating stuff), Leonardo da Vinci, Georg Phillip Telemann, Richard Francis Burton, Isaac Asimov, Julius Caesar, Justinian the Great, Philip II of Spain, Napoleon Bonaparte, Theodore Roosevelt, Ibn Sina, Thomas Aquinas, Charles Spurgeon. Oh, and one woman, Saint Catherine of Siena.
I was floored on this point, honestly, which cost the book dearly in stars. What about Marie Curie, Ann Tsukamoto, Grace Hopper, to name just a very few. Perhaps even Rosalind Franklin, the British biophysicist who captured the first photographic image of the DNA double helix, giving rise to modern molecular biology (she, unfortunately, died at age 37, before she could receive it, amidst speculation that colleagues Watson and Crick walked off with her Nobel prize, although they retrospectively acknowledged their debt to her)? Not only were these women productive in the extreme; they contributed to humankind in spectacular ways. My rating is thus 2.5 stars.
Elon Musk: Changing The World With Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity
Elon Musk: Changing The World With Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity
It's impossible to read this book. The english is gobbledygook. This is a book that needs Amazon to have a zero stars rating.

Chapter 1 begins - "The Southern African trade book PC and Office Technology released the source code into a movie game Musk had made. Called Blastar, the science-fiction-inspired space game demanded 167 traces of instructions to operate. This was back in the afternoon when ancient computer users were needed to sort out commands to generate their machines do much of anything." Trying to work out what the author should have written tires you out.

The back cover is even worse - "He began a set of enormous dot-com successes, such as Musk was forced out as CEO and thus started his last years where he made a decision to go it alone and educated buddies by investing his luck in rockets and electric automobiles."

I know what the author is trying to say (because I've read better books about Musk and a great deal on the internet) but my head started hurting with the strain of trying to decipher the words. They are english (I can tell that), but they just don't make sense (unless I have early onset dementia at the age of 53 - the book was a birthday present). I presume that english is not the author's first language.

So why does the book get 4 and 5 star reviews? Not many admittedly. The top one on the US version of Amazon says - "The entire book is a page-turner. Book was easy to read and kept my interest to the last page. Awesome explanation of Musk's planning and execution of very difficult ventures. Highly recommended to all those interested in the man or his ambitions."

Well I struggled to want to turn over even the first page. It was definitely not easy to read. It may well be an awesome explanation, but I cannot bear to read on. Cannot be be recommended to anyone.
Aretha Frankin & Gladys Knight Karaoke CD+G Legends #13 15 Song Disc
Aretha Frankin & Gladys Knight Karaoke CD+G Legends #13 15 Song Disc
1. Respect - Aretha Franklin
2. Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like) - Aretha Franklin
3. Think - Aretha Franklin
4. Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
5. Freeway Of Love - Aretha Franklin
6. Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
7. A Deeper Love - Aretha Franklin
8. I Don't Want To Know - Aretha Franklin
9. The Way We Were - Gladys Knight
10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight
11. If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight
12. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight
13. Take Me In Your Arms & Love Me - Gladys Knight
14. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me - Gladys Knight
15. Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight
Java 9 for Programmers (4th Edition) (Deitel Developer Series)
Java 9 for Programmers (4th Edition) (Deitel Developer Series)
Premetto di aver scelto questo libro dopo aver cercato a fondo su internet, dopo aver letto le prime 200 pagine posso affermare che a questo libro non manca nulla. Si parte con delle basi per Java, nel mio caso avevo gia' studiato Java sui tutorial ufficiali, ma in modo grossolano e nonostante sapessi gia' molte cose, e' stato un ottimo ripasso, non noioso. Non solo, nel frattempo ho imparato ulteriori cose, e sono solo ad 1/5 del libro. Il libro scorre fluidamente e ogni dubbio che mi e' sorto leggendo una pagina, poi e' stato colmato leggendo qualche pagina successiva. Lo considero un libro a tutto tondo, lo sto utilizzando per preparare un programmino non molto semplice e questo libro approfondisce molto bene gli argomenti che mi interessano.
Se avete gia' delle basi in altri linguaggi di programmazione come il C ma non avete ancora affrontato la programmazione ad oggetti, il libro cerchera' anche di spiegare a modo i concetti base che ci son dietro.
Java 9 e' uscito il 21 settembre 2017, mentre Java 10 e' uscito il 20 marzo 2018. Il libro cerca di utilizzare le nuove features di Java 8 e Java 9 dove possibile.
Se non ne siete ancora convinti, potete leggerlo su safaribooksonline gratuitamente con la prova gratuita dei 10 giorni.
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machine for Cleaning Eyeglasses, Watches, Rings, Necklaces, Coins, Razors, Dentures, Combs, Tools, Parts, Instruments (CD2800)
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machine for Cleaning Eyeglasses, Watches, Rings, Necklaces, Coins, Razors, Dentures, Combs, Tools, Parts, Instruments (CD2800)
I own several pieces of jewelry, ranging from bracelets to rings, along with a few necklaces for variety. While I swap most pieces out depending upon the occasion, I wear three rings, two bracelets, and one necklace every day. The necklace is a sterling silver dragon holding an orb, a charm that is handmade and was given to me 23 years ago. And yes, during that time span I have worn this necklace nearly constantly, so you can likely imagine the buildup on it (note: I have cleaned it with jeweler’s cloths and gels, but it’s a pain in the posterior).

Construction

As others have mentioned in their reviews, the Magnasonic® Jewelry Cleaner (MJC for short) has a stainless steel tub that holds the cleaning liquid that is not removable. While some may consider this a flaw, the unit is relatively small and it is not that difficult to drain. To be blunt, if this aspect of the design is such a huge inconvenience, you need to stop being lazy and look at the fact that the MJC works well.

This point aside, included with the unit are a plastic basket to hold your jewelry/silverware/nibs & etc., as well as a curved plastic platform that rests inside of the aforementioned basket. As demonstrated in the product images, this “hump” is meant to allow a watch or other piece of curves jewelry to rest properly within the cleaning liquid. This aspect of the design does give me one complaint: I wish that there was a handle or some type of tool that made it easier to remove the basket when you are finished with the cleaning cycle. The basket slides into the stainless steel basin and is a nearly-flush fit, and while the basket doesn’t become “stuck”, it would be nice if I didn’t have to finagle it out of the unit.

Overall the MJC is a compact unit that is easy to store due to the cleaning basket and watch rest fitting inside of the cleaner when it is not in use. The Jewelry Cleaner also has two buttons on the rim of the lid (On and Off, respectively), and a blue light will turn on to let you know when the 3-minute cleaning cycle is finished. The unit’s clear lid is also illuminated while cleaning so that you can watch your watch (hehe) as the MJC works its magic.

But, Does It Work?

Yes! I admit that I was skeptical at first. After all, how could plain water clean my jewelry, glasses, and the various other items that Magnasonic® claims this unit will scrub for you? Especially considering that aside from some very tiny bubbles, there doesn’t seem to be much happening as you watch the cleaning cycle through the plastic viewing lid.

While it doesn’t specify it as being necessary, I used distilled water in the cleaner along with four droplets of Dawn dish soap. I didn’t swish the water around, either, allowing the soap to dissolve into the liquid. The first item to go in was my glasses. After three minutes of buzzing I removed them, rinsed the residual soap off of the lenses, and dried them with a lint-free paper towel. The result? Gunk floating in the water and glasses so clean that you would swear that I just picked them up from the store today!

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The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I confess that a large part of the charm of The Hobbit was Tolkien's own pen and ink or water color illustrations he did for the book. The value of this volume is that it takes us through many of the early drafts, sometimes as many as four full page illustrations, before reaching the final version. This is especially valuable with the many versions of the two key maps Tolkien did for the final printed edition of the book.

Many of the pictures are an antidote to the picture we have been given of key scenes by Peter Jackson's LOTR and The Hobbit films. Perhaps the biggest difference we find is in the depiction of "The Last Homely House", later known as Rivendell. Tolkien did not imagine it as an elaborate art nouveau architecture. Rather, it was not much more that a cozy Swiss style chalet in the foothills of the Misty mountains. The depiction of the woodland elves' abode is also much less imposing than Jackson's rendering.

This means there is much to be gained by reading the novel, with Tolkien's illustrations, before watching what it became in the very creative hands of Jackson and company. For those of you who have seen the companion book on the Art of Lord of the Rings, I must say this is a better book, because there is much more original work from Tolkien from which to draw (to coin a phrase.) If you have not already bought the LOTR volume, get this one first.

The only disappointment with this volume is that while the illustrations for the Trolls done by Tolkien are presented, there is nothing said about them, unlike virtually every other series of illustrations.

The reproductions of all illustrations on large fold out glossy pages is magnificent. Well worth the relatively modest cost for an art book.
Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Cars and Trucks (Richard Scarry's BUSY BUSY Board Books)
Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Cars and Trucks (Richard Scarry's BUSY BUSY Board Books)
I really loved the busy busy construction site and farm so thought this would be a good one to add to the set but I don't like it as much. It has more of a story and mentions character names. I guess that's fine but I was expecting it to be more like the others. The pages aren't as busy and the construction site and farm vehicles are repeated in this book too.
Stories of Life, North & South: Selections from the Best Short Stories of Erskine Caldwell
Stories of Life, North & South: Selections from the Best Short Stories of Erskine Caldwell
Erskine Caldwell’s introductory essay to this collection, “On Getting Established as a Writer of Fiction,” should—in my opinion—be obligatory reading for every aspiring writer, maybe even as early as high school (if high school is not too early to speak of “aspiring writers”). The following passage, on p. xvi, struck me as particularly useful advice: “(w)hen I was asked to explain the meaning of a story or novel, I could only say that it meant what it said to the reader. I had no philosophical truths to dispense, no evangelistic urge to change the course of human destiny. All I wanted to do was simply to describe to the best of my ability the aspirations and despair of the people I wrote about. If there were lessons to be learned therein, they were to be found in these descriptions of life, and each reader was free to place his (or her) interpretation upon them.”

Although the first several stories are very much in the Erskine Caldwell style and tone, “Rachel” is the first one that really grabbed me. One could call it ‘ironic,’ but I feel the story is somehow too tragic to be called merely ‘ironic.’ Better, perhaps, to simply call it ‘Caldwellian’ and let it go at that.

And I have to ask: is there anyone who can describe first love as well as Caldwell does in “Warm River?” I doubt it.

If there’s such a thing as Southern wisdom in knowing just how to deal with fellow human beings and one lone—but stubborn as a mule—donkey, “Meddlesome Jack” is it. You’d have to live it to write about it convincingly, and Caldwell puts a capital “C” in conviction (much to our amusement!).

That said, “The Grass Fire” (immediately following) takes the ‘wise’ right out of ‘wisdom’ and reminds us that foolishness is not an exclusive preserve of the North.

And yet, even a Southern fool can learn by example—as we see in the very next story, “A Woman in the House.”

One of Caldwell’s strong suits as a writer is his ability to take himself entirely out of the story and tell it precisely through the thoughts and speech of his characters. “Horse Thief” demonstrates that ability in spades.

“Country Full of Swedes” is probably as relevant today as it was at the time it was first published. But today, it would be called “Country Full of Mexicans”—and carry the same impact.

“Maud Island” is vintage Caldwell—very much in the tone and subject-matter of GOD’S LITTLE ACRE. And I was delighted to see that it was first published in the Brooklyn Eagle!
It’s a little hard to know what to say about “The Cold Winter.” Does Caldwell establish the ‘character’ of cold as effectively as Jack London did in “To Build a Fire?” Probably not. But his description of the people and of the rooming house in which this little story unfolds is probably as good as we’re ever likely to find. He puts us there, in that room, listening along with the narrator to every sound in the building. And every little sound, in the almost freezing atmosphere Caldwell has created, is freezing to the bone with meaning.

“A Day’s Wooing” is strictly a psychological profile—and shows to perfection the writer’s stuff Caldwell is made of. Interestingly enough, it’s also the only instance in this collection of short stories of typographical errors—two, to be exact. The first is on p. 157: “bach” for “back”; the second is on p. 161: “seed” for “seeds.” It never ceases to amaze me that publications as old as this one (and often older) go through re-prints without benefit of a copy editor with an eagle eye.

“Kneel to the Rising Sun” might well be the best story in the entire collection. If nothing more, it’s Caldwell at his most Caldwellian.

What Jack London accomplishes with the cold in “To Build a Fire,” by the way, Erskine Caldwell accomplishes with the heat in “The Growing Season.” Just four short pages to make you sweat a pile.

“The Negro in the Well” is about as fine an illustration of the human condition—or at least black versus white human conditions—as one can imagine. The plotline couldn’t be simpler; the outcome, more dire.

And “Return to Lavinia” is just as good, even if it concerns the opposite sex—or rather, the sexes in opposition to one another, while the color-lines of the characters coincidentally blur.

“A Small Day” taught me a new word—or perhaps an old one I just didn’t know and had never even seen before: handsel. And Caldwell managed to do it with humor. One-of-a-kind humor. Caldwellian humor.

“Man and Woman” is about a woman of mean and uncharitable spirits giving to a younger couple of no means whatsoever—except for the two legs each is walking upon.

“The Night My Old Man Came Home” is a picture of poverty—without even the hint of a smile.

“Wild Flowers” is pure tragedy. Pure and unadorned.

Caldwell jumps right back up north with “Balm of Gilead”—and jump he does! If Caldwell captures the spirit of the South in his other stories, he does just as well with the spirit of New England in his stories of Maine. The man simply has his finger on the pulse of the people he writes about—and reads their blood pressure to a “T.”

If you want to know what it was once like to be “colored” in the great and bountiful U. S. of A., “The People V. Abe Lathan, Colored” is the story to read. Nothing I’ve ever read says it more clearly—and more dreadfully.

“Big Buck” is a needed break from the violence and injustice of Caldwell’s other stories. It’s the story of a black courtship—not gentle or romantic by any means—but told through the eyes of two much younger black boys as they witness it through the crack of a front door.

“Handy” is the perfect story to end this collection with—neither Southern nor Northern, neither necessarily black nor white, but definitely country. It may not be Caldwell’s best, but it is nevertheless vintage Caldwell.

I can’t sing praises high or loudly enough of Erskine Caldwell’s prose. I can only wonder that he’s such a forgotten author. Did GOD’S LITTLE ACRE and TOBACCO ROAD put him on the map internationally? Yes, they did. But these short stories were the building block to those novels, and they deserve our interest and read.

Whether reader, writer, or both, you owe it to yourself to read Erskine Caldwell. But then, don’t ask yourself how a man this talented could’ve died of a combination of lung cancer and emphysema. He went out puffing. And puffingly, he earned the right to go.

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Brooklyn, NY
20 January 2018
Legado mortal / As Time Goes By (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
Legado mortal / As Time Goes By (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
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Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch (German Edition)
Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch (German Edition)
Das vierte Schuljahr in Hogwarts beginnt nicht wie die anderen: Zunächst besuchen Harry und seine Freunde die Quidditch-Weltmeisterschaft, die jäh von einer Schar dunkler Zauberer unterbrochen wird. Ist tatsächlich Lord Voldemort wieder da, was Harry auch immer wieder in Visionen sieht? Außerdem sind zwei Schulen aus Frankreich und Ungarn in Hogwarts zu Gast, denn in diesem Jahr soll das trimagische Turnier abgehalten werden - von jeder Schule tritt ein Champion zu drei schweren, magischen Prüfungen an. Doch zur Überaschung aller spuckt der Feuerkelch einen vierten Zettel aus: den Namen Harry Potter. Niemand will ihm glauben, daß er seinen Namen gar nicht selbst in den Kelch geworfen hat.

Die erste Prüfung besteht Harry noch alleine, doch dann bekommt er Hilfe von Mad-Eye Moody, dem neuen Lehrer für die Verteidigung gegen die dunkle Künste. Allmählich deutet alles darauf hin, daß irgend jemand Harrys Namen in den Kelch geworfen hat, um ihn in Gefahr zu bringen - und tatsächlich sieht er sich bei der letten Prüfung zum zweiten Mal in seinem Leben Lord Voldemort gegenüber - ohne den Schutz seiner Eltern, aber nicht mehr ganz unerfahren im Zaubern.

Auch dieser Band setzt die Tendenz der ersten Bände fort, länger, düsterer, spannender und gefährlicher zu sein. Daß Harry und seine Freunde keine Kinder mehr sind, sondern mittlerweile Jugendliche, sieht man auch bei ihren tappsigen ersten Schritten, was das andere Geschlecht betrifft, denn in der Mitte des Turniers gibt es einen traditionellen Weihnachtsball. Auch ansonsten hat auch dieser Band alles, was ein gutes Buch braucht: Ausgefeilte Charaktere, Spannung, Spaß, eine komplex durchgeplante Handlung mit vielen Überraschungen, ohne unglaubwürdig zu sein - sofern man dies in Anbetracht einer Zauberschule sagen kann. Und es setzt sich auch die Tendenz fort, daß die Bücher eher für Jugendliche und Erwachsene geeignet sind als für Kinder, zumal es auch zu einem Mord in Harrys Gegenwart kommt.
Girls Glitter Witch Costume Small (4-6)
Girls Glitter Witch Costume Small (4-6)
This arrived yesterday. It's fine and will work but I was a little disappointed. My 8 year old seems to like it and was pleased with how it fit and looked.

Here are my complaints:
*Fabric is SUPER thin and it seems cheaply made. Some of the seams are already coming apart.
*My daughter is 8 and a totally averaged size child (height and weight). We bought the size 8-10 years. This dress is super short. She will definitely need to wear leggings instead of just tights with it.
*The hat does not stand up! I will need to stuff it with tissue paper or some such material to make it stand up at all. Wasn't expecting to have to mess with redesigning the costume in that capacity but I'll be able to make it work, I think.
*I knew this but the costume does not include the broom. While I wasn't expecting the broom to come with it, the picture is a bit misleading.

If it were less expensive, I would have given it 3 stars. But for the price, I expected it to be at least a little better of a fit and quality.

The costume did arrive in a timely manner and I have no complaints about the company selling the item, other than that it was just a bit overpriced in my opinion.
ASURION 2 Year Mobile Accident Protection Plan with Tech Support $175-199.99
ASURION 2 Year Mobile Accident Protection Plan with Tech Support $175-199.99
I contacted Asurion by chat on May 09 to file a claim for a broken screen on a Motorola MogoG model XTI925-6. They accepted the claim and said I would hear from them within two business. days. On May 12, the emailed and said, "We are already coordinating with our back office team in order to complete your claim. Please allow 2 more business days for us to work on your claim and we will get back to you until Tuesday, May 14." Wednesday night, May 15, I still had not heard back and emailed them asking for an update. I gave the names of nearby cities where there might be a repair center within 100 mile radius of my house. They called the next day and said they were going to elevate it to a supervisor who called the next day and said they were "having issues with the model number" and were working with their back office and would call me in two days. On May 20, they emailed back with the same story, "We are still coordinating this claim with our back office team and we will email or call you back for updates and resolution within 2 business days." May 22, I still hadn't heard back so I emailed again and asked if I could have the phone repaired locally and send them the repair bill. Their response is, "We apologize for the delay. We are still coordinating with our back office team to have the model number of your phone w/c is Moto G6 32GB Blk XT1925-6 added on our system to proceed with the claim." I don't know what a back office team is or why it's taking 14 days to enter a phone in their system. All I know is I am STILL WAITING!
Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (Information Policy)
Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (Information Policy)
Design Justice is required reading for all designers. The book explores how design, both the product and practice, reproduces social inequality. But, more importantly, the book also offers a visionary guideline to reorient these practices and rebuild the world.

Costanza-Chock deftly weaves together ideas from fields like Black feminist scholarship and disability activism to show how normative values in design erase certain groups of people (e.g., airport security scanners flagging and subjecting trans and nonbinary travelers to invasive, traumatic body searches). Costanza-Chock also demonstrates how the design industry's movement towards more inclusive and participatory practices often replicates the power dynamics and inequities they were meant to address. For example, disability simulations, where a nondisabled person tries using a wheelchair to develop empathy, encourages solutions that modify the disabled person's body rather than their inaccessible environment. To counteract this, Design Justice offers a framework that centers the marginalized and their communities' existing knowledge and practices.

Despite the breadth of the book's philosophical underpinnings, the writing is approachable and engaging. Costanza-Chock illustrates their arguments with vivid examples, many of which are grounded in their activist background and personal biography. The book is a fantastic mix of theory, practice, and inspiration.
Golden Sheeps Flip Case Compatible for BLU Vivo XL5-6.3" HD Display Smartphone Magnetic Leather Wallet Pouch Cover Case Card Holder with a Viewing Stand (Black)
Golden Sheeps Flip Case Compatible for BLU Vivo XL5-6.3" HD Display Smartphone Magnetic Leather Wallet Pouch Cover Case Card Holder with a Viewing Stand (Black)
The case was good, I would not complain but some people do count on the stand and the stand wasn't so good. So for them I'm giving 4 stars in case they are going to be relying on the stand. The phone is held in the case with an adhesive strip about half the size of the phone, you put the rubbery case on the phone and stick the case on the adhesive, that's where the problem comes in with the stand. If you try using the stand it is flimsy and the adhesive begins to pull, if left there long it may have dropped the phone off. I wasn't going to be using the stand as I have a device that I put the phone case in to hold it. I have to turn this case where the back meets the front then it sits in my stand well, that's why I was reasonably satisfied with the case. Thé color was a nice bright pink, I was impressed with that as that is favorite color and the case felt rather sturdy, the magnets held well, the case and the phone lined up perfectly for the controls on the phone. What I did was reinforced the phone on to the case by laying a strip of two faced tape on the back of the rubbery case and stuck it down on the pink case for better hold, then I had no problems at all, if I was to need another one I wouldn't hesitate to order one.
RJ regaliz Log de la, 1,4 oz
RJ regaliz Log de la, 1,4 oz
These licorice logs are a good example of the soft eating licorice fromDown Under that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Unlike the firm, chewy licorice from Europe, these RJ's logs can be chewed easily (which makes them perfect for people who have trouble chewing firm licorice), and, unlike Twizzler-type licorice, the licorice doesn't stick to or in the teeth. The taste is fairly mild and sweet but with a deep, genuine licorice flavor. These logs are individually wrapped and thus can be carried in a purse or backpack. They make a great between-meals snack. RJ's licorice logs are made without any animal products and thus are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The Big Sky
The Big Sky
The genre of the American Western has had a long history through dime and pulp novels and magazines, radio, television, and film, and novels and stories. Although much of the genre deals in stereotypes, many Westerns are thoughtful and imaginative, including A.B. Guthrie's 1947 novel, "The Big Sky". Guthrie (1901 -- 1991) wrote a series of six novels on the settlement of the Montana territory of which "The Big Sky" is the first chronologically and in the order of writing. It is a many-layered work in its themes and characterizations. The book cuts against many stereotypes of the West; and it cuts as well against current standards and thinking, both those of today and, to a degree, those when the book was written. Today's readers will want to reject the racist language of the book, most of which is in dialogue sections. There is much to be thought about and enjoyed in this book which will challenge and inspire a sympathetic reader.

"The Big Sky" is set between 1830 -- 1843 in Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri, along the Missouri River, and particularly in the early Montana territory. The primary character, Boone Caudill, receives a complex portrayal as both anti-hero and hero. At the age of 17, Boone runs away from his poor farming family and from his abusive father to seek a life of freedom as a trapper in the West. Boone is a violent, unsociable loner and killer. He is portrayed realistically and sharply and in many sections of the book it is difficult to feel sympathy for him. Yet, Boone also is shown as living his own life and pursuing his dreams within his own lights in a manner given to few people.

The other two major characters in the book are also mountain men. Jim Deakins, in his mid-20s, is good-natured and reflective. He becomes Boone's companion early in the story as the two head for the West. Dick Summers, a middle-aged mountain man, serves as mentor to Caudill and Deakins. Summers has had extensive experience in the West but he also has a stake in a more conventional society in his attitude and in his ownership of a small Missouri farm. The book follows the adventures and changing fortunes of Caudill, Deakins, and Summers, as they journey 2000 miles on the Missouri River on a keelboat and as they pursue the wild life of freedom in the Montana territory.

The novel is stunning in its descriptions of the river and of the large lonely places, mountains, wildlife, and seasons of the West. The book is realistic in that the author makes clear the anti-social, to say the least, characters of the individuals who would choose to pursue and who excel in such a life. The characters are violent and mean in many respects and their life is hard, fragmented and lonely. The book offers an extended and on the whole sympathetic portrayal of the Indian tribes and of their battle with the weapons of the white settlers and with their illnesses of smallpox, alcoholism, and venereal disease. The primary Indian character is a beautiful young woman, Teal Eye, with whom Boone falls in love.

With its violence and realism, "The Big Sky" is still strongly romantic. The author is clearly in love with place and has a nostalgia for a wildness which even in the late 1830s was fast disappearing. He also shares a love for his characters and for their quest for freedom which he contrasts with the life of suits and ties in jobs which lack feeling and in lives which lack passion. In many ways, the book is with Boone and his companions while recognizing their large weaknesses. In addition to its elements as a history, the book is a reflection on the nature of certain concepts of freedom and individualism which still retain their power to move people's minds and hearts. To my mind, the book probes these questions more convincingly than some more modern, much praised novels such as Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom". The book also includes a great deal of theological reflection offered by Jim Deakins which fits in well and enhances the context of this story of the old West and of freedom. The predominant tone is of secularism and humanism. "The Big Sky" is a thoughtful book as well as a yarn, a character study, and a history.

Contemporary readers will struggle with the racist language of this book and with its ideas of freedom, individuality and sex which probably will not be entirely their own. It is a virtue in a book to make the reader think and to see different perspectives, whether the perspectives come from the past or from the future. I enjoyed this Western with the grandeur of its portrait of the West and with its portrayals of a rare, flawed and wild way of life. This is a book for reflective readers of American literature and for lovers of the West.

Robin Friedman.

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