Pablo Adams

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The Shadow Keeper
The Shadow Keeper
The Shadow Keeper by Abi Elphinstone. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Object-Oriented Programming in Python
Object-Oriented Programming in Python
Object-Oriented Programming in Python by Michael H Goldwasser and David Letscher. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Web Development with Zend Framework 2
Web Development with Zend Framework 2
Web Development with Zend Framework 2 by Michael Romer. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
TypeScript for C# Programmers
TypeScript for C# Programmers
This book is just 80 pages, and printed in large type. It took me 30 minutes to read right through. It is, I suspect, just a reprinted article - and that's a lot of money to pay for the privilege.

The book is reasonably well written, thought it does tend to get side-tracked on a couple of very specific deep technical issues in the middle of a beginners-style explanation. Yes, it is written for someone who understands C#. But there is very little real tutorial, nor any reference look up. As soon as I started writing some code I found myself repeatedly asking: but how do I do [well-known C# idiom] in TypeScript.

I wasn't looking for the definitive reference guide, just something a bit more comprehensive than this.

Overall, not recommended - this adds very little to resources available readily online.
Security Analysis: Sixth Edition: Foreword by Warren Buffett
Security Analysis: Sixth Edition: Foreword by Warren Buffett
I have the same confession as Glenn Greenberg's (the one who wrote the intro to Part V of this book): I never read Security Analysis back in school, although I did read The Intelligent Investor. Many years into my career in investment research, I finally got around to writing about how I regret not picking up the book earlier. I would consider this a must-read, both as a textbook and a practical guide, for serious securities analysis professionals.

My experience with reading this book has been wonderful. Not only did I pick up various specific lessons that would be valuable for my career in the stock market (particularly on behavioral biases, such as the market's tendency to value management quality twice), I also came to appreciate the various aspects about Ben Graham as a person:

1. VISION
The book helps you understand why Ben Graham is considered a 'man of ideas', whose investment philosophies transcend time. Decades after the various editions of this book were published, such ideas as 'speculation focuses primarily on, and attempts to profit from, the unknown future' as well as the classic 'margin of safety' would have served to prevent the dotcom or the subprime mortgage crashes. Moreover, observations such as that the P/E ratio was arbitrarily applied ('sometimes to the past, sometimes to the present, sometimes to the near future') still resonate with current practices in many markets.

2. LOGIC
Ben Graham was mathematically inclined. After all, he did elect to major in math at Columbia. Reflecting this, his writing consisted of many instructive guidelines that are both illuminating and elegantly succinct, like what you would expect of a mathematical equality. This makes it so easy for readers to quote his wisdom. Consider this sentence: 'It may be said, with some approximation to the truth, that investment is grounded on the past whereas speculation looks primarily to the future.' (although this is not a complete statement).

3. CREATIVITY
Ben Graham's intellectual capacity is by no means confined to quantitative analysis. A reflection of his being offered post-graduation employment in English, math and philosophy, Ben Graham eventually went on to co-write a Broadway play, develop a patented Morse-code-based system, and translate a Spanish novel. In his writing, you would find such flair of his creativity as this: 'An indefinite and approximate measure of the intrinsic value may be sufficient. To use a homely simile, it is quite possible to decide by inspection that a woman is old enough to vote without knowing her age.'

4. GENEROSITY
Warren Buffett was impressed by Ben when he used his own stock picks as examples in his class at Columbia, thereby revealing his trade secrets, perhaps to his financial detriment. This tendency to be so generous is reflected in the book: the 'Dean of Wall Street' was so deeply concerned with the well-being of the laymen investor in the stock market that he lashed out on Wall Street as an institution, which he himself was part of. Warren Buffett was lucky to be at the receiving end of Ben's generosity.

Note that this is still essentially a book about the technicality and psychology involved in the job of a security analyst. To obtain a more detailed picture of Ben Graham as a person, I would recommend his own Memoirs book, or The Einstein of Money by Joe Carlen.
JUST FUNKY Bob Marley Face Blanket
JUST FUNKY Bob Marley Face Blanket
I bought this for my daughter to surprise her on her new room in our new house. It is a beautiful print. This is something that would have been greatly valued and endeared by someone in my generation. It looks very authentic and adds that touch to a room. The product nicely displays a popular icon for music as well as 🇯🇲⚽️...and...😉💨🤗😆.
Queen Of Soul
Queen Of Soul
I continue to buy Aretha's greatest hits compilations, I must have about 7 of them now. I already owned the (gorgeous) symphonic album from 2017 but I liked the tracklist of this hits package (60s/70s era only on here) and the sleeve artwork. When it dropped to £6 for black Friday, it had to have it. Her voice never ceases to amaze me. RIP queen of soul
Shelter From A Hard Rain
Shelter From A Hard Rain
I have a lot of affection for this recording, a Colorado Dylan/Rolling Thunder Revue concert in Colorado broadcast on TV in 1976. I recorded it with a hand held mike off the telly, and I still have the tape. You may recall Bob and his band wearing knotted hankies on their heads. Some say the '76 Rolling Thunder was inferior to the tour of the year before. I actually think some of these versions are better than the Live 1975 ones. Also you get a rollicking 'I Pity the Poor Immigrant', simply the best ever version of that song. It's a bit like hearing Dylan backed by an augmented Crazy Horse at times. Ragged glory, indeed! PS What happened to 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'?

Note: There is another CD called 'Live in Colorado, 1976,' which seems to be identical to this.
ISELECTOR 150W Car Power Inverter, DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Ports Charger, Thinner Design with ETL Listed Car Adapter
ISELECTOR 150W Car Power Inverter, DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Ports Charger, Thinner Design with ETL Listed Car Adapter
The inverter itself I believe produces a modified sine wave. It has a nice compact form factor and for the most part works OK. Has a surprisingly hard start, but this is apparently typical for most inverters.

They use self-tapping screws to attach the face plates, which is understandable but kind of gross.

The face plates aren't really designed for... flexibility.

They use the old "molded in standoffs" to hold the fan, which is a guaranteed breakage somewhere down the line. This must be some sort of industry standard.

No additional mounting options or attachment points. Not cool.

The worst part is actually the power cable. The company ("Bestek/Iselector") is cagey about the cable and won't even sell you a spare. And I have no idea where to get that connector, and by the way thanks for not labeling positive/negative.

There is no apparent fuse inside the cable. Whatever is acting as the fuse must be in the main unit itself, which is mildly OK.

A picture of the internals of the cigarette lighter side of the cable is attached. I haven't disassembled many of these, but it seems to me if the spring on the positive pops out of its molded retainer, it might run right into the negative terminal. So you'll have an immediate short. You don't even have to have your inverter connected, and there's no fuse to stop it.

So honestly I'm dropping all the stars due to the power cable and the dodgy company's response to the power cable. Might have been an OK product otherwise; could have used some mounting options.
Fruit of the Loom Boys' Cotton White T Shirt
Fruit of the Loom Boys' Cotton White T Shirt
Read many reviews on this product and settled on 4T. It came and said 4T/5T!!! They were HUGE! Not at all like described or how the seller described for fit/weight.
My son is 2 and quite tall for his age and almost 30 pounds, this was far too large a size to have bought, even though I was accounting for some shrinking in the wash and the fact that his Carter's undershirts in 2T are now crop tops on him. There was no other option besides the combo size of 2T/3T or sizing up to 4T.
Very disappointed and just hoping that I don't have to pay to ship back to seller!
Uniball Vision Elite Roller Ball Pen, Blue Ink, Bold 5 Pens Per Order
Uniball Vision Elite Roller Ball Pen, Blue Ink, Bold 5 Pens Per Order
Great pens...almost too great. The ink is nice and bold, and flows like melted butter. But that's also their downside. They work and look great on some papers, but if you're using them on slicker, heavier stock -- say on a greeting card or to make note on a calendar -- the ink can smear easily unless you give it 5-10 minutes to dry before touching it.

On more porous paper, they're not a problem...
Simply Genius (100 Pack) Eco-Friendly Pens Medium Point Black Ink Click Pens For Journaling Writing Office Supplies Pens Eco Friendly Products
Simply Genius (100 Pack) Eco-Friendly Pens Medium Point Black Ink Click Pens For Journaling Writing Office Supplies Pens Eco Friendly Products
I chose these pens from all the others because they are made of recycled material and, in my office, I wanted pens I wouldn't feel bad about going through at a quick rate. We have patients take a pen to fill out & sign paperwork, then keep for themselves instead of us trying to sanitize and store them.

The surprise? They write so well! It's a shame we're giving them all away since they write so smoothly. On the other hand, I'm happy our patients will have a nice writing pen that maybe caused a little less damage to the planet in its production.
Kate Spade New York Kate Spade Earrings (Black/Diamond)
Kate Spade New York Kate Spade Earrings (Black/Diamond)
I ordered these for my girlfriend with black diamonds, but depending upon the light, these tend to look much more light blue than black.
I only noticed after she put them on that they seemed to look distinctly blue. I'm not colorblind, but maybe I'm crazy.
Other than that, they are good quality and my girlfriend was very excited to receive them.
For dudes, apparently the Kate Spade brand name is a big deal to some women. If you are on the fence, I'd say go for it. The diamonds are big (about the size of the tip of my pinkie finger, maybe a little smaller), the gold plated settings seem to be sturdy, and they got me the 'eyes lit up' reaction I was hoping for.
Babe Ruth Story
Babe Ruth Story
This shares the life of George Herman 'Babe' Ruth from reform school to a minor league player in Baltimore to a pitcher in Boston to being sold to the Yankees where he went out and became the greatest of all time! He even got a 'Space Jam'- like movie.

Mentions his person life of wives and child as well as ailments. He aspired to be a manager but it was felt that he could not take care of himself, much less a team of men, he bounced around at the end. Insightful and sad, RIP.

The extras feature the movie he appeared in 'Headin' Home' and famous clips as well as Roger Maris hitting his 61st home run.
Rubie's Deluxe Queen Arwen Costume
Rubie's Deluxe Queen Arwen Costume
I’m usually a dress size 8, 5 foot 5.5 inches tall, bra size 38 C, 148 lbs and this dress fits pretty well! I will say the lace part of the sleeve is pretty unforgiving and a little itchy, and it’s tight in the breast area so I won’t be able to wear a bra with it. Will not be using the horrible crown. Will be wearing it to the Renaissance festival, so it suits my purpose of being light, comfortable, and affordable without being made out of super plastic-y material. Hems are super disappointing though. You’re definitely only paying for the fabric. Washed it to get factory smell out of it in my old washing machine on Delicate cycle inside a laundry bag and it held up ok, but I wouldn’t wash it more than you need to because I think it did loosen some of the gems even more.
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Dr. Seuss’s stories are simple, and their length is not long. His stories are short, yet their message is strong. They’re also spectacularly unsuited for any Hollywood adaptation, as unsuited as I am for Dr. Seuss rhyming and alliteration. They’ve tried it before with live action, and with Horton at least they’ve finally learned that lesson and left the prosthetics abandoned. To make a Seuss story work as a film you’ve got to stuff it with filler, and there’s plenty of that to be found in this new animated attempt at filming his masterful work. It’s a success as a movie, but it still isn’t quite perfect as a Seuss adaptation.

The fact that the movie is freed from the bounds of human actors and props helps though, and Horton Hears a Who! is nearly as visually creative and fun as the Seuss drawings it’s based on. It’s the story that occasionally misses, since they’re building a 90 minute film out of a book that’s really only a few pages. The core of Seuss’s world is there though. This is still the story of an elephant named Horton who discovers a spec. On the spec is a town called Whoville, and its mayor can hear Horton when he talks. Horton vows to protect the tiny spec and its inhabitants, and finds himself harangued and ostracized by the other animals of his jungle who can’t hear the Whos’ voices and so insist he’s a dangerous kook.

Jim Carrey, who achieved dubious success doing a live action version of The Grinch a few years ago, voices Horton. It’s a strange choice really, I thought the reason we liked Jim was for his facial contortions, not his vocal veracity. But he’s capable as Horton, sort of sappy and silly, which plays into the film’s mostly cartoony vibe. Funny is the name of the game here, and Horton Hears a Who! sometimes pushes the moral center of Seuss’s story to the background in favor of being wacky. At least though, it really is funny. The visual gags are entertaining and Steve Carell, as the voice of The Mayor of Whoville is both touching and hilarious. That balances out a lot of the unnecessary pop culture references, MySpace jokes, and Jim Carrey riffing which in a lesser film, might have sent the whole thing straight to the bottom.

In the end, they hang on to enough of Seuss’s smart, sweet message about the importance of life, tolerance, and standing up for what you believe in to leave the movie something substantive to wrap all that silliness around. Horton Hears a Who is fun and enthusiastic, but also sweet and affecting in all the right moments. If you can forgive it for a momentary lapse in the last thirty seconds which turns the whole thing into a bizarre, rock opera musical number, you’ll find a lot to like in Horton Hears a Who!. Dr. Seuss will always be better in book form, but Hollywood has found a way to turn his work into a movie without falling flat.
Without a Trace: The O'Hurleys
Without a Trace: The O'Hurleys
This is such a great book, that I look forward to going back and reading these stories again like some that I already have, and I am impatient to read the rest of Nora Roberts' stories right now. Hot, Hot, Hot, love scenes, a well written, creative and intriguing story about family plus inventive, vivid characters, all on top of seriously wonderful love and romance. Each story is about one key person, usual in a family, or close group of friends, they are linked through intricate, messy links and it's almost like a movie you get the privilege of witnessing about these people's powerful, emotional, and often times painful journey towards falling in love. Roberts is one of my most favorite author's, and she doesn't disappoint in this series. Her unique style and classy, yet moving love scenes, paint a beautiful picture that leaves a person longing for something similar for themselves. All of that is combined into this fantastic series and make this book a "must-have"!!!! I didn't want to set it down....seriously!! Lol I was nodding off over my book on several different occasions. Worth the price and more to have a Nora Roberts book in your library collection!!!!!!
Scarlet Pendant [In Japanese Language]
Scarlet Pendant [In Japanese Language]
A4サイズの封筒に5冊を無造作に入れての配送。
5冊が重なり擦れて、角がぐしゃぐしゃ折れてるページがある。
中古本でもこんなに酷くないのでは?
ガッカリしました!
Astérix - Astérix et la Transitalique - n°37 (French Edition)
Astérix - Astérix et la Transitalique - n°37 (French Edition)
Enfant, au lieu de dormir ... je lisais en cachette Asterix caché sous ma couette, et j'en garde un super souvenir.

Un peu decu par les premiers essai de la "relève", je trouve que la nouvelle mouture prend peu a peu de la qualitée , et ce numero 37 m'a satisfait !
Au point ou j'ai eu la sensation de retrouver dans ce numero (entre autre, idem pour le Papyrus) ce gout d'enfance, que mes vieux Asterix avaient laissé dans ma mémoire !
C'est pas facile de retrouver des choses capables de se hisser a la hauteur des souvenirs de son enfance ... et bien dans cet album, j'ai retrouvé les blagues, les détails historiques (et oui , il y en a,il suffit d'etre attentif) , le dessin qui replonge dans le monde et ls aventures d'Asterix !

Bien sur ca n'est pas encore parfait, Goscinny n'est plus et Uderzo ne fait plus le Dessin ... pourtant Astérix revit, et a repris ses aventures !
Ces 2 génies ne se sont pas fait en une BD, il suffit aussi de regarder l'évolution des histoires et du dessin au fil des années.
Laissons a Asterix la chance de continuer de vivre en nous !

Si les "nouveaux albums" étaient parfaitement copié collé sur les anciens, on pourrait alors douter du génie et de la personnalité d'Uderzo et Gosciny, les égaler n'est pas si simple .
Ferri et Conrad vont se parfaire ... les nouveaux Asterix n'auront sans doute jamais le MEME gout que ceux de mon enfance, mais ils auront j'espère de plus en plus de ce gout delicieux (que j'ai ressenti) pour les enfants a venir, si en plus il réveille le gout passé qui s'est inscrit en moi comme ce numero l'a fait, c'est super pour moi !!!

J'ai aimé les Pictes, le papyrus de César, et ce dernier numéro ... les nouveaux auteurs apprennent et développent LEUR Asterix, qui je l’espère (et j'y crois de plus en plus) retrouvera ce "rythme" qu'on ressent dans les vieux numéros ... ca va dans le bon sens d'après mon sentiment après cette lecture !
Western Circus (Lucky Luke)
Western Circus (Lucky Luke)
album de BD à couverture cartonnée rigide grand format ancien (1970), cinquème de la série "Lucky Luke" de l'éditeur Dargaud relatant les aventures du célèbre héros créé par Morris, de son non moins célèbre cheval parlant Joly Jumper ainsi que des terribles Dalton et du savoureux chien Rantanplan ....; dans cet épisode signé par Morris et Goscinny, LL tombe en plei désert de l'Ouest sur un directeur de cirque en piteux état mais bien décidé à ce refaire; il participera avec l'aide des habitants de Fort Coyotte, les indiens à la résolution de ce problème... ; pas de Dalton ni de Rantanplan dans cette aventure des débuts mais un Jolly Jumper au top de sa forme concernant ses savoureuses réflexions, et un héros dont le dessin paraît fixé comme définitif avec son vilain mégot; cette BD classique mais néanmoins très amusante ravira tous les lecteurs même les plus âgés; cette réédition classique cartonnée Lucky Productions sera parfaite en neuf ou en seconde main pour compléter ou renouveler une collection qui a bien souffert avec le temps (en occasion, privilégiez les vendeurs bien notés sinon vous risquez de recevoir un exemplaire en mauvais état)
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Robert Ludlum's The Cassandra Compact: A Covert-One Novel
Robert Ludlum's The Cassandra Compact: A Covert-One Novel
I expect a few spelling errors. This novel has more than I can count, sometimes multiple on a single page. In at least five instances, the word "die" is used where "the" should be in place.

I expect to have to suspend disbelief but not suspend all intelligence. This novel contains too many happy coincidences to be remotely possible. These coincidences are used in place of creative writing. The first boook of the series, Hades Factor, was similar but not as bad as this novel.

While I enjoy the story line, the horrible editing job and lack of creativity leave me disappointed. There aren't any real surprises or unexpected plot twists. Everyone wants to help Jon for no reason. "Just trust me" seems to be the phrase to use to garner support from any good hearted citizen. Did Jon grow up with or befriend anyone in his life that failed to become a spy or the penultimate expert in their field? Even the Russians are more happy to help Jon than themselves. Even character names are poorly conceived.

I'm done with Covert One. (FYI, I loved the Borne novels.)

Sorry for the typos here. I'm writing this on my cell phone.
The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest
The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest
Great book for my 3 year old. I remember deeply enjoying it as a kid, and I enjoy it no less as an adult reading to my kids. And it comes with stickers, which just makes it my kid's favorite book now.

Love those Berenstain Bears!
El Silmarillion
El Silmarillion
La compra ha sido estupenda en todos los sentidos, podéis ver las imágenes del producto, y me voy a explicar más detenidamente:
He visto pocos comentarios sobre la edición tapa dura de 19,90€, así que yo os lo comparto aquí bien. En cuanto el pedido, lo encargué con el periodo de prueba de Prime para recogerlo en un Amazon Locker cercano así que tardó nada y sin gastos de envío, lo pedí en una tarde y a la mañana siguiente ya estaba allí. Lo recogí y vino en perfecto estado como se ve en las fotos, metido en un sobre de cartón para resguardarlo. La edición tapa blanda cuesta 10,90€, pero una obra maestra de Tolkien como esta merece la pena dar los 19,90€ que tiene un aspecto genial, con una sobrecubierta con franjas doradas y buena calidad. En las fotos veis el contenido que incluye: la Ainulindalë, el Valaquenta, todos los capítulos de la historia en sí del Quenta Silmarillion, el Akallabêth acerca de Númenor, una parte sobre Los Anillos de Poder y la Tercera Edad, unos esquemas gráficos explicativos de la genealogía y las divisiones de elfos y hombres entre otros que ayudan muchísimo a seguir el hilo del libro ya que eso es bastante lioso, unas notas sobre la pronunciación de las palabras en lenguas de Tolkien, un índice de nombres, un apéndice de palabras Quenya y Sindarin, y un mapa de Beleriand como en las fotos. Merece totalmente la pena comprar la edición tapa dura, y la recomiendo. Ya tenía esta misma edición de tapa dura de El Hobbit y de los 3 de El Señor de los Anillos, con lo cual ya tengo la colección completa. Así que en resumen, muy contento con la compra, de 10.
Detective Conan: The Letter of Challenge
Detective Conan: The Letter of Challenge
Detective Conan as a Live Action Movie! One of four Live Action Detective Conan Movies, this one being the first, am very happy too see Shinichi Kudo in real life, Shun Oguri as Shinichi Kudo is the best actor for this role as High School Detective Shinichi Kudo. Do hope the 2nd Live Action Detective Conan Movie will also be on Amazon Prime Movies.
A Case of Need by Michael Crichton(2003-08-05)
A Case of Need by Michael Crichton(2003-08-05)
Few “unknown” authors have ever made as big a splash as Michael Crichton did with the publication of the best seller “The Andromeda Strain” in 1969. At the time, Crichton was still a Harvard medical student (that year, he received his MD but never practiced). But what many people didn’t know about this “first-time” author was that he had already published several other novels under various pseudonyms. Most of them were action potboilers written to pay Crichton’s medical school bills, but one of them, “A Case of Need,” took full advantage of his medical training. Viewed from a 50-years-later perspective, although the book shows some signs of an author still learning his craft, “A Case of Need” is an interesting time capsule and an entertaining read.

Although many of Crichton’s works, including “The Andromeda Strain,” are well-grounded in actual science, “A Case of Need” is his only book exclusively focused on medicine. The hero is Dr. John Berry, a pathologist at a large Boston hospital. The 17-year-old daughter of a prominent physician has died from complications of a botched abortion, and a colleague and close friend of Berry’s is arrested. Although Berry’s friend is an admitted abortionist (an open secret in the local medical community), he insists that he did not perform this particular abortion. Despite the opposition of the dead girl’s father, Berry investigates, to find out what really happened to her.

In 1968, when Crichton wrote “A Case of Need” (under the pen name of Jeffrey Hudson), abortions were illegal in Massachusetts and most of the rest of the United States. However, most people knew very little about the procedure and, more importantly, the circumstances under which abortions were widely being performed. Crichton explains a good bit of this in the book, which gives readers a good idea of how the medical profession, in fact, looked at abortions in the late 1960s. It’s also clear where Crichton’s sympathies lay, as expressed through his narrator, Berry. Still, “A Case of Need” is not a political diatribe in favor of legalizing abortion. Instead, it’s a medical-based mystery centered on a hot-button issue of the time.

Viewed as a mystery, “A Case of Need” is decent but not exceptional. Berry has to figure out who performed the abortion and the exact medical circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. He’s a good amateur detective (he used to be a cop), although he may be the only physician that I’ve ever come across who can take days at a time off from his job without doing any actual work. Further, he has an uncanny ability to go from one doctor’s or lay witness’s home or office to another and arrive at the precise right time to be immediately admitted for an interview. That helpful but implausible convention makes for a fast-paced book that will keep readers interested. As a mystery writer, though, Crichton is no Agatha Christie, and Berry finally “solves” the case by making deductions he couldn’t possibly have made based solely on the evidence available to him.

As you might expect, Crichton puts a lot of medical information in “A Case of Need.” Some of it is badly dated by now, such as a comment that a hospital hoped to have all its records on microfilm soon. He also includes a lot of footnotes and seven appendices in the book. The result is somewhat of a mixed bag. The notes are intended to either explain specific terminology or offer anecdotes. Often, this terminology is extremely basic (such as a footnote that defines DOA as “dead on arrival”), but other notes are much more helpful for the average reader. Overall, the information and anecdotes that Crichton provides are rather entertaining. However, while the notes explain some complex terminology, “A Case of Need” still has several jargon-filled passages like “the parathyroids seemed to control calcium levels in the blood, and these levels were strictly regulated, much more so than, say, blood sugar or free fatty acid.” When he isn’t making these various anecdotal asides to readers, Berry actually figures out the medical circumstances concerning the victim’s death. As often happens in mysteries, all is not as it first seems. Unfortunately, the author’s explanation for the girl’s death may well be far more interesting for medical professionals than for lay readers who might wind up confused by the terminology instead.

“A Case of Need” won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel in 1969, which makes me wonder if the voters knew Crichton’s real identity (and were familiar with the phenomenal success of “The Andromeda Strain”). It’s certainly not the best mystery novel of any year, and it shows definite signs of the author’s inexperience. Even back then, however, Crichton knew how to tell a good story (this book was later made into a James Coburn movie titled “The Carey Treatment”). Viewed strictly as a mystery, though, I’d give it a marginal recommendation. On the other hand, the historical context and the wealth of medical information provided improve the book considerably, and I’m giving the book a full four-star recommendation as a result. Fans of Michael Crichton or medical thrillers in general definitely don’t need this book, but they will enjoy it.
The secret ways
The secret ways
"The Secret Ways" was a very significant work for Scottish author Alistair MacLean. His fourth novel out of an eventual 29, it was his first to feature a Cold War, espionage-type story, after three successive novels dealing with WW 2 adventure (1955's "H.M.S. Ulysses," 1957's "The Guns of Navarone" and that same year's "South by Java Head"). It was also the first MacLean novel to be given the big-screen treatment; the film version, released in April 1961 and starring Richard Widmark (miscast, I feel), beat "The Guns of Navarone" to the theaters by two months. And, if the host of the Alistair MacLean website is to be believed, it is the author's very best novel, and one that "catches MacLean at peak form." Originally released in the U.K. in 1959 under the title "The Last Frontier," the book was later renamed for its U.S. release. Both titles are ambiguous and unsatisfactory, it seems to me, especially since the novel itself is such a slam-bang thrill ride that features taut suspense, a realistic story, well-drawn characters and some stunning action sequences.

In the book, British secret agent Michael Reynolds is given a well-nigh impossible assignment. He must sneak into Communist Hungary, which at the time is being gripped by the worst winter weather in modern history, and somehow spirit back to freedom the English scientist Harold Jennings, the world's foremost expert on ballistic missiles. Jennings had been coerced to defect after the kidnapping of his wife and son, and is soon due to give a speech damning the West at a scientific convention in Budapest. Reynolds is aided in his mission by several members of the revolutionary underground, including their leader, Jansci; Jansci's daughter Julia, with whom the stolid Reynolds falls in love; the remarkably cool and efficient Polish character known as the Count; Sandor, a gentle but massively muscled ox of a man; and the youthful, whip-wielding Cossack. And Reynolds is going to need all the help he can get on this mission, as the Communists' spies are seemingly everywhere, and one misstep could land him in the hands of the dreaded AVO...the Hungarian secret police, which makes the Nazi Gestapo come off like a bunch of pansies....

"The Secret Ways" boasts at least four scenes that are sure to please fans of action/adventure fare. In the first, Reynolds and Jansci are forced to undergo a peculiar form of torture in an AVO prison, first dosed with actedron, mescaline and a new experimental drug and then placed into a steam room for the duration of their "trip." In another sequence, Reynolds must traverse the top and sides of a barreling locomotive, in a blinding and subfreezing blizzard (!), to effect the rescue of Prof. Jennings. In the third, our band of heroes faces off against the cunning Colonel Hidas and his AVO men on either side of a frozen river. And finally, there is the awesome spectacle of man mountain Sandor in a fight to the death with the even more massive AVO sadist Coco. These well-spaced action sequences alternate with scenes of great suspense (Reynolds infiltrating the Budapest hotel where Jennings is being held, for example) and interesting political discussions, during which Jansci gets to expound wisely on the desirability of peace and understanding in this crazy world. Surprisingly enough, although the Communists and the AVO are clearly the "bad guys" in MacLean's novel, the author takes pains to make us understand that the Russian people themselves are not to blame; as Jansci remarks, they are "likable, cheerful, and gay...there are no friendlier people on earth." The underground leader helps us understand the paranoid Communist leaders' mentality (even anticipating the Cuban missile crisis of two years later), and later gives Jennings, in an oral disquisition that takes up five full pages, a moving argument on the necessity for coexistence. Thus, though written at the height of the Cold War, "The Secret Ways" is refreshingly, almost startlingly modern in its political bent, evincing a forward-thinking mentality on MacLean's part that gives his finely written page-turner a right-on spirit.

Excellent as "The Secret Ways" may be, it yet comes freighted with a number of minor problems. For one thing, many of the characters speak almost too beautifully to admit of realism (Jansci's off-the-cuff political monologue is remarkably well composed and expressed), while some scenes (I am thinking most especially of that harrowing locomotive sequence) can be a tad hard to visualize. Surprisingly, MacLean even manages to bungle a few stated facts during the course of his novel. The AVO was disbanded in Hungary in 1956, yet seems to be fully functional in this book's post-Hungarian Revolution (of 1956). Similarly, the Polish UB (that country's secret police) is referenced as being fully operational, although it too had been, at that point, disbanded; in this case, in 1954. The distance from Budapest to the Polish city of Stettin is said to be 1,000 miles, whereas a casual look at a map reveals that it is only half that. (OK, I just researched this more closely...it is 465 miles.) Finally, to add to this nitpicking, the author makes reference to the famous Red Army commander of WW 2, Konstantin "Rossokovsky"; that should be "Rokossovsky." But these are minor matters that should in no wise interfere with any reader's thrills as he/she gets sucked into the action and adventure of this genuinely exciting piece of work. So is "The Secret Ways" MacLean's best novel, as mentioned up top? Well, this reader has only experienced three others--1961's "The Black Shrike," 1962's "The Satan Bug" and 1963's "Ice Station Zebra"--and based on that small sampling, I would have to say yes, if only marginally. And that simply means that Cold War thrillers don't come much better....
The Tinker's Girl
The Tinker's Girl
Another amazing book by Cookson. I love her dialogue and how she manages to take you into her story through her musical use of words. The story really shows you how not all we think we want is best for us and how the wonders and joys of life can manifest themselves in unexpected places. My only concern is that it seems to be a trend for Cookson for someone in her story to always end up with a cold that almost kills them. I know this happened quite often in the era during which the story takes place, but my goodness! Every story!!Other than that, I was not at all disappointed. <3
Mr. Jelly (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 15)
Mr. Jelly (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 15)
Mr. Jelly is a classic case of an everything-phobic. Even the slightest touch of a leaf makes him tremble in terror. But a tramp teaches him to control his fear, and so he changes - becoming more like a raspberry marshmallow than a jelly.

The book contains a beautiful picture of an autumn forest which I spent hours looking at as a kid.
Little Miss Tiny (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Little Miss Tiny (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
We can't get enough of these books. My daughter wants all of the Mr. And Miss books. These stories are just so fun and the small books are like cards. My daughter loves to stack all the ones she has up and shuffle them to see which one she wants to read next. These Mister and Miss books have been around since I was a kid, so I was thrilled to find out that they are still being sold.
A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court: Penguin Classics (English Library)
A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court: Penguin Classics (English Library)
The unquestionable master Sam Clemens, Mark Twain, wrote this marvelous piece to lampoon monarchy and organized religion. He also intended a large advertisement for science, technology, capitalism, and democracy. Well done. And the touches of Twain's acid-tongued humor make me laugh out loud.

After being hit in the head so hard that it "seemed to spring every joint in my skull and made it overlap its neighbor", Hank Morgan, a citizen of late-19th-century Connecticut, finds himself being chased up a tree by one of King Arthur's Knights. When he accepts that these people are not insane (Somehow the notion that HE might be in a delirium never occurs to him), he decides that, because of his vastly superior education, he'll be running this country within a few years. And he is. Then he decides to overthrow the ancient barbarities and institute true civilization. And he does. For a while.

Mr. Twain uses the notion of time travel the way the best fantasy and science fiction authors use their genres: to compare and contrast today's world. And, being Mark Twain, he does it well.

It's odd how the abused are curiously sheltered, as if their maturing stopped when they began to be abused and they never matured past that. So the cynic can be curiously naive.

This book came to me when I was about 11. I loved it and still remember large sections of it from that glorious pubescent reading. This, my second reading, I have read it a second time now, and I am now five years older than Twain was when it was published. Now I find it delightful and I laugh an adolescent's laugh (Truly little boys never grow up. Our toys just get more expensive) at his merciless tweaking the nose of authority.

But now I find naive the notion that Hank could have become "The Boss" and second in command of England as easily as that. Nor do I think his takeover could have been nearly so complete.

What rings true is how that takeover could come crashing down so completely, so suddenly. Twain believed in reason and education. I think tradition, prejudice, and emotion trump them.

That having been said, I love this book! I recommend it without qualification and I hope to hear rebuttals to my comments.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Christmas Stocking Standard Brown
Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Christmas Stocking Standard Brown
If you are a Harry Potter fan then these stockings would be a great addition to any collection... nope, did not buy these for the kids... I bought several for the Adults in my life who love HP! All were pleased. Made well, color is great and nice size!!!
Aifer Women’s Comfy Casual Pajama Pants Floral Print Stretchy Drawstring Wide Leg Lounge Pants
Aifer Women’s Comfy Casual Pajama Pants Floral Print Stretchy Drawstring Wide Leg Lounge Pants
So I better start out with the fact that I'm a big girl. I wear a size 16 and am 5'9''. I visited the actual website and these pants were expensive. I saw in one of the comments that someone purchased a pair off Amazon. Since I'm an Amazon addict I quickly jumped on to look. I found these right off. I have trouble finding pants long enough so I was still a little hesitant. I ordered an XXL because the color I wanted wasn't available in a 3X. They came in yesterday so I tried them on. I have to admit I haven't taken them off! My daughter commented right away at how beautiful they are. More importantly, they are super comfy! I'd like them just a tad longer but that's only because I prefer my pants that way. Slept in them last night and they were very breathable and didn't ride up like I'm used to. I'm going to check on other colors once I'm done writing this review. I will update if they shrink in length after washing a few times. I definitely recommend these! The only thing missing is pockets but but I think with this material pockets would make it fit funny. Definitely a happy customer!
The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
If one is seeking, as I was, to learn about the impact of the Trujillo dictatorship or U.S. policies of the time on the people of the Dominican Republic, this is not the book for it. Instead, the author’s focus is almost entirely on Franklin Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy and how that policy was coopted by Trujillo for his own personal ends.

One can trace an emotional arc over the course of the book. In the first four chapters (of eight), the author addresses his subject with a fair degree of objectivity. Chapter Four, on ‘Dictatorship and Diplomacy in the Public Eye’, is the best in the book. Among other things, in this chapter the author describes how Trujillo’s “mimicry of U.S. diplomatic and political projects” helped him gain friends in high U.S. places. The author’s research and description of how 20th century nationalist leaders used mimicry to gain an advantage over former colonizers is particularly useful. He circles back to this theme at the end of Chapter Six in one of the more effective passages in the book’s second half.

In between, though, in Chapter Five the author deals with the ‘Haitian Massacre of 1937’. With this discussion he stirs himself into a bitter mood from which he never recovers. This might not be a problem except that most of the rest of the book deals with the responses by Roosevelt and his successors, as manifested in Latin America, to the threats to the United States from the Nazi and Soviet regimes. The author doesn’t seem to take those threats seriously, and this in turn undermines his argument for a better, if undefined, alternative approach to policymaking.

Finally, the author does a disservice by misstating the U.S. Constitution’s formula on the setting of U.S. foreign policy. To cite but one example, he writes that “the State Department’s constitutional authority over U.S. foreign policy does not always give it the power to shape the gravitational forces at work in every set of bilateral relations.” The Constitution assigns no such authority to the State Department. Instead, it grants the President power and responsibility to set both foreign and defense policy, and the challenge for the President of balancing competing or incompatible interests in the foreign policy and defense realms is a permanent condition. Rather than wish away this reality, the author would have done his readers a better service by providing a sense of what he would have advised a President to do in light of the different opportunities and threats that the United States was facing during the years of the Good Neighbor Policy and the early Cold War.
Switch Charger for Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, innoAura Type-C AC Adapter Charger, Support TV Mode and Charging Dock, Supply 15V 2.6A Fast Charging
Switch Charger for Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, innoAura Type-C AC Adapter Charger, Support TV Mode and Charging Dock, Supply 15V 2.6A Fast Charging
This is well-made and able to easily interface with the Nintendo switch or switch light products to give you a spare charger to have in your travel bag. When traveling with your switch, it is a pain to take apart the dock and base station and power and HDMI that you have set up at your normal display. This gives you the option to keep it all the time in your bag so as you grab and go with your switch, you have a power source with it as well.
Simple TV Display (No Sleep Webpage TV)
Simple TV Display (No Sleep Webpage TV)
If you can build a webpage, or already have one- this app will display it without falling asleep. It's a simple one purpose app to do something that more advanced services charge subscriptions for. I have a TV in my house and I can use this to blast our family schedule. I could see restaurants or building lobbies using this as well for menus or directories.

I'm no super technical, so I actually just made a 16:9 image which I uploaded to Imgur. And then I just enter the imgur address into the app, and it displays perfectly.

If you need templates or help building a webpage to display- this won't help you there. You need to already have the webpage to point to.
Adore 14" Standing Rebel The Black Sheep Stuffed Animal Plush Toy
Adore 14" Standing Rebel The Black Sheep Stuffed Animal Plush Toy
Happy with the size, softness and cuteness of this little guy. He was bought as a cosplay prop, and will have a place among my other plushies afterwards. I have to admit that I can't speak to his sturdiness-- he won't be used as a children's toy. He can stand well on his own. I imagine with enough bending, any toy's wire legs would eventually break.
totallee Thin iPhone 12 Pro Max Case, Thinnest Cover Ultra Slim Minimal - for iPhone 12 Pro Max (2020) (Frosted Clear)
totallee Thin iPhone 12 Pro Max Case, Thinnest Cover Ultra Slim Minimal - for iPhone 12 Pro Max (2020) (Frosted Clear)
I have always been disappointed in the past with clear cases, as they claim to be thin and clear, but when you get them they are far from! I took a gamble on this case after searching for reviews and ordered. The shipping date was originally offset by many days , I'm guessing due to volume and back orders, but the case actually arrived very quickly.
Once delivered, the packing was very nice, almost too nice in a way that would possibly make you think "spend less on the presentation and offer a lower price"... The case itself is amazing! Very thin, adds grip to the very slippery iPhone 12, and does not take over the whole the way other cases do! If you're looking for light protection but still want to show off your new iPhone, get this case!
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB) - Space Grey
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB) - Space Grey
I Love the iPhone Pro Max, purchased from Amazon IN, on Oct 14th 2019. This space grey 64 GB base model was delivered to me on Oct 19th. Here are my objective views about this phone:

What I didnt like:
1. Obviously the price tag. At Rs. 1,09099.00 is a major deterrent when it comes to decide on buying a phone.
2. The base model should certainly begin at 128 GB or higher. 64 GB is not gonna be enough when storing 4K videos.
3. Optical zoom in camera is still 2X, where as Android phones already have 5X zooms.

Now about what I love in this phone:

1. The Camera. That is the main reason I upgraded from iPhone X to 11 Pro Max. The Ultrawide lens, the improved telephoto lens, night mode, improved portrait options, all give exceptional results. The snaps taken by this phone could compete with some of the most professional DSLRs. 4K video recording support on front camera is an additional bonus.
2. Battery Life. All the reviews have been right about this. I used to charge my iPhone X every night, whereas for the same amount of usage, now I have to charge the 11 Prod max once in 2 nights.
3. Display. I was already a big fan of the 5.8' OLED display on the iPhone X. At 6.5' , 11 Pro Max offers the best OLED display I have come across smartphones.
4. Face ID is faster. The apps and the interface work smoothly as ever.
5. iOS 13, though still needs fixes, is a wonderful operating system. Dark mode is a welcome change.

Overall, this is a beast. Admire Apple for catching up with its android counterparts on several of the features. The 11 Pro Max is definitely a phone for amateur & professional photographers.
CHUWI HeroBook Pro 14.1 inch Windows 10 Laptop Computer, 8G RAM / 256GB SSD with Intel Gmini Lake N4000 Notebook, Thin and Light
CHUWI HeroBook Pro 14.1 inch Windows 10 Laptop Computer, 8G RAM / 256GB SSD with Intel Gmini Lake N4000 Notebook, Thin and Light
So this is with the laptop here for ~24 hours.

1. it arrived sooner than expected. I ordered it 5/2 and it arrived 5/10 -- so about a week quicker than expected.
2. The laptop was extremely well packaged.
3. As expected, it's quite light (fragile). I haven't weighed to compare, but it's comparable to my older ipad in its case. I wouldn't recommend this for a machine that you're going to be carrying around and opening and working with it in a variety of conditions. Definitely not milspec grade.
4, I selected this laptop with some firm criteria: cost, 8GB, & SSD. When I found this, I ran it past my husband who's stronger technically than I am. He looked over the description, read the reviews, and conditionally approved it. His concerns were that it wasn't that fast of a processor, but as I'm mainly using this for browsing web sites and keeping track of my email, that's not a big issue as not a lot of cpu processing is called for. The fact that it doesn't have a fan is a big plus as its quieter and one less mechanical part that could break. I wish they made one w/a larger screen but the pricing is amazing. And it is a higher-resolution screen.
5. Out of the box, I turned the laptop over to my husband for him to get the initial setup completed. He got it up and running on our house network, installed security sw and handed it back. He commented that it was a pretty good little laptop and especially good at the price. (It's quite convenient when you're married to your IT guy.)
6. So one little (literally) issue has come up. This afternoon when I went to use the laptop, I noticed the battery power had dropped quite a bit. Checked the connection to the cpu and outlet. All good but still running down. Got my husband involved later this afternoon. He went and got some meter and there was a question about if the problem was the power source or the port it plugs into. Much fiddling around. That's when we discovered that we had the power plugged into the headphone jack.

Okay fine. Most cpus have a different-sized jack, probably for that reason. Once we got that sorted out, it went back to charging. With the laptop open and facing you so that you can view the screen, it plugs in on the left. Oh, and the battery icon shows a wee tiny plug next to the battery. I told my husband/IT guy that he lost some cred on this issue.

I may come back and add more comments as I continue to use this laptop. My original reaction is that this is a fairly fragile laptop. I wouldn't recommend it for people who want to haul it around to meetings or buy one for people/kids who want to use it for gaming or while working on the bus or at the beach. On the other hand, it's a darn good cpu for the price.

I am a happyish camper.

So, still
Wooden Hand Masher (Dal/Lassi Ghotni)
Wooden Hand Masher (Dal/Lassi Ghotni)
The packaging was awful. I was not able to tell it was new or used. It had no box and wrapping around it. It had a foul smell after opening it. The masher product was just okay but not the best quality. I gave it 2 stars from being shipped from India.
Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Digital Countdown Slow Cooker, 7 Quart (CPSCVC70LLEC-S)
Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Digital Countdown Slow Cooker, 7 Quart (CPSCVC70LLEC-S)
I got this on sale for $30 at Costco and was happy it was such "a great deal." Unfortunately it gets way too hot on the outside that it burns you and feels unsafe if kids are in the house. I was also disappointed that the size was practically the same as my old 6qt. I wasn't a fan on the extra locking on top, just a pain if you wanted to stir quickly. So, sadly, I'm going to return this and hope to find something safer.
Haribo Starmix Caramelos de Goma - 275 gr
Haribo Starmix Caramelos de Goma - 275 gr
No es un mal producto ni mucho menos, pero al final todo lo que traen saben a lo mismo por lo que aunque están buenas no me han satisfecho del todo. Dicho esto, veo bien la proporción y el precio, además que siendo de haribo es de buena calidad

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