Perla Sanders

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The Best of Bob Dylan Chord Songbook
The Best of Bob Dylan Chord Songbook
This is an excellent book in every respect: the chords are appropriate to each song - not something that you always get, all the verses are shown and you can therefore choose to play/sing them all or not. I admit to a tendency to use Byrd's variants at times e.g. Chimes of Freedom, All I Really Want to Do, Mr Tambourine Man. But then it can be fun to actually bash the whole song out as with one of my favourites Positively 4th Street, which needs all the verses to get Bob's full sarcasm and disdain towards the person concerned.

Some songs e.g. All Along The Watchtower have deceptively few chords but need a bit of practice with strumming - something that is not helped with here but is down to personal choice. I say that because Bob himself performs different versions of his own songs form one gig to another, by all accounts.

The capo positions are helpful and so are the slight tuning changes. At first the book, being the size it is does not easily stay open at a page but persevere and keep practising and the book will stay open. The fact that some songs are over more than 2 pages just adds to the incentive to learn the verses!

And you can appreciate again the amazing storytelling and. I heartily recommend this book as a never ending source of enjoyment and insight into Bob's songs. It is also amazing value for money.
Maydahui 12PCS Big Diamond Retractable Ballpoint Pen gem pens Rhinestones Crystal Bling Plated Metal Color Blue Gel Ink Ballpen for Women Kids Girls
Maydahui 12PCS Big Diamond Retractable Ballpoint Pen gem pens Rhinestones Crystal Bling Plated Metal Color Blue Gel Ink Ballpen for Women Kids Girls
The colors are very pretty. They are thicker than I thought they would be, but my grandchildren thought they were special, so it is their vote that counts more. Used for a treasure hunt; these were the treasure! We had to be careful that the girls chose the girlie colors first and left those more neutral for the boys. We have 6 girls and 5 boys.Thankfully one of our boys was a newborn, so he didn't care!
Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Actually, it's more like "Kidnapped", but you get the idea.

Rox and Zam are frustrated young mechanics/tinkerers on an isolated backwater asteroid when a space pirate shows up looking for some repair help. The pirate is rebuffed by Rox's Dad, but after Rox and Zam sneak onto the pirate ship to give it a look-see they end up being kidnapped and forced to serve as on-board mechanics, (that is, the future space version of cabin boys). It turns out that the pirates are O.K. guys, that Rox and Zam are primo mechanics and inventors, and that Rox and Zam are made for the yo-ho-ho pirate life.

Lots of stuff happens and there's drama and double crosses and chases and adventure galore, but you already suspected that. Here's the best part - Rox and Zam are totally ace buddies. They are loyal, independent, resourceful, funny and personable. They both have strengths and weaknesses, and they both pull their weight. They are good-hearted, smart, feisty, and observant. They are uncomplicatedly likeable heroines. They also each have mad mechanical skills.

Forget the wenches; this is about wrenches. And it celebrates all the true blue virtues and can-do skills. I appreciate the need for STEM oriented girl heroes, and I'm happy to see that that is showing up in genres outside of steampunk and steampunk heroines like Agatha Heterodyne, (the Girl Genius). That STEM success can be glamorous and colorful and a source of pride is a great message. That you can have fun, kid around, work under pressure, make friends, stand up for yourself, and still repair a tractor beam is just pure bonus.

The drawing style perfectly complements the action and the characters. (And a neat feature at the end of the book even explains the novel's drawing and production details.) Colors are bright. Pencils are crisp and the inking is detailed and nicely balanced. Panel layout is effective. As I get older I appreciate sharp and readable lettering more and more, and that's not an issue here. The overall effect is a bit cartoony and old school, but since everyone is an alien of some sort realism is not a priority. Expressiveness is, and the characters display a wide range of emotions and attitudes. Considering that Roz has four arms, Zam is basically a lizard, and apparently no one ever has a nose, that's more challenging than you might think.

Bottom line - this is fun, good-humored, ripping, and boiling over with positive and upbeat messages about friendship, girrrrl power, self reliance, and adventure. Best STEM book I've seen in a long time.

(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
NCAA 3-by-5 Foot Flag with Grommets
NCAA 3-by-5 Foot Flag with Grommets
If I could give this zero stars I would. It was very obviously a reproduction image that was enlarged to fill the 3x5 size flag (blurred/fuzzy images, not the right maize color.) Not printed on both sides. The material was very thin. I tried to remedy and return this to the seller, and after about 5 back and forth messages with no result other than telling me it was on its way, and to maybe ask someone at the post office for help I gave up and had to file a claim with Amazon. The seller would not accept a return, and did not offer a refund. Do NOT recommend.
New Gods by Jack Kirby
New Gods by Jack Kirby
Quando deixou a Marvel, no início dos anos 70, e se transferiu para a DC (no que seria uma volta, afinal, porque ele já havia trabalhado na Distinta Concorrência anos antes, desenhando o Arqueiro Verde, os Desafiadores do Desconhecido e dezenas de revistas de terror e ficção-científica), Jack Kirby teve carta branca dos editores para fazer o que lhe desse na telha. E o "The King" não fez por menos: criou todo um Universo, que chamou de Quarto Mundo, onde os Novos Deuses (New Gods) tem destaque incontestável.

Kirby escreveu e desenhou, quase que simultaneamente, "Superman Pal's Jimmy Olsen", "The Forever People", "Mister Miracle", "Demon" e este "New Gods", cujas onze edições estão aqui reunidas, enriquecidas por dois epílogos, todos de autoria de Kirby, publicados anos depois: "Even Gods Must Die!" e "Hunger Dogs".

A explosão de criatividade de Kirby dá à luz personagens e conceitos que fazem parte crucial do Universo DC até hoje, inclusive no Cinema: Darkseid, Orion, Big Barda, Mister Miracle, Steppenwolf, Apokolips, Parademons, Anti-Life Equation, Mother Boxes, Boom Tubes - e por aí vai.

Ao folhear as páginas da caprichada edição, percebe-se que Kirby se sentia em casa naquele momento, muito à vontade para fazer sua imaginação e seu traço inconfundível deixarem para sempre uma marca, perene e personalíssima, no Universo DC.
One Piece, Vol. 67 (67)
One Piece, Vol. 67 (67)
One Piece is my favorite manga/anime of all. It's always had a great balance of comedy & action... and it can also bring tears to your eyes in occasions.
The story & the characters have grown as the story has progressed.
Plus, the little covers for the chapters many times give you insight into what other characters have been up to in the mean time, and that has always been great!
Local Hero: A Selection from Love Comes Along
Local Hero: A Selection from Love Comes Along
Hester was a girl who grew up fast into reality. She fell in love in high school and married her sweetheart who always wanted to be off to the next 'adventure'. After Hester got pregnant and gave birth, her husband found he didn't like being tied down and took off without looking back. Now her son is 10 years old. Hester was raised up in a loving family to believe that marriage was forever.
On her own, she focused on her son, provided for him, and made him her world. She had no use for the male species at all. She would never be dependent on another one again.
Mitch is the neighbor who lives two floors down in the same apartment building. He has seen the gorgeous lady and her son come and go after they moved in two weeks before. When a pizza they ordered accidentally gets delivered to him, he sees it as an opportunity to finally meet her. Hester quickly finds out that discouraging Mitch is nearly impossible. He has a way of getting exactly what he wants. Mitch sees the hurt in her eyes and is determined to break through the wall she has erected because there is definitely something between them in the way of chemistry. As a comic book writer, he and her son, Rad, find immediate camaraderie, but Hester has known men who have tried to use her son to get to her before.
A very heartwarming story about disillusionment, distrust, protectiveness, and a man's determination to get past those barriers and win the heart of the woman he loves.
Mikeneko-homes no Bitsukuri-bako
Mikeneko-homes no Bitsukuri-bako
若い頃、途中までしか読めなかったシリーズだったので、今少しずつでも読みすすめていきたい。
とにかくおもしろいので時間を見つけては夢中になっています。
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien (1-Oct-2009) Paperback
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien (1-Oct-2009) Paperback
Such a great book of Christmas letters Tolkien wrote to his children from “Father Christmas “. They are funny, entertaining and a fun way to enjoy Christmas. His first letter was written 99 years ago to his oldest son....the last one was to his youngest daughter around 1944. Wonderful book!
Return to Promise: A Best Selling Western Holiday Romance (Heart of Texas Book 8)
Return to Promise: A Best Selling Western Holiday Romance (Heart of Texas Book 8)
I really enjoyed this whole series. There were 8 books but I still wanted more. Return to Promise focused on Cal andf Jane and how they dealt with trauma and perceived problems in their marriage. But without all the other families that I had come to know it wouldn't have been nearly as good. Debbie Macomber knows knows how to build relationships and create families. With help from their friends Cal and Jane learned more about themselves and what was important. I recommend the whole series and to start with book 1. It was great to start from the beginning and meet all the people develop and watch Promise Texas grow!
Bleach, Vol. 66 (66)
Bleach, Vol. 66 (66)
Super shōnen manga, je le conseille aux amateurs du genre;

L'histoire de Bleach se déroule dans une version alternative de notre monde où des shinigami, les dieux de la mort, protègent l'espèce humaine et les âmes des morts des hollows, forme bestiale des âmes perdues.

Cette lutte incessante, invisible aux yeux d'une très large majorité d'humains, se fait notamment à l'aide de Zanpakutō, des sabres spirituels liés à leurs maîtres qui peuvent se transformer.

Cette réalité alternative est constituée de plusieurs mondes parallèles parmi lesquels, outre la Terre, se trouvent entre autres la Soul Society, le monde des shinigamis (alias le paradis), le Hueco Mundo, le monde des hollows (les âmes torturées) et l'enfer (là où vont les mauvais esprits qui ont accompli des actes néfastes dans leurs vies).

Dans le même genre je peux vous je peux vous conseiller Dragon Ball, Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tail, Death Note autres shōnen à succès et plus récemment My Hero Academia.

Bonne lecture à tous
Stephenie Meyer: The Unauthorized Biography of the Creator of the Twilight Saga
Stephenie Meyer: The Unauthorized Biography of the Creator of the Twilight Saga
I can pretty much guarantee that nearly everyone on the planet knows who Stephenie Meyer is. With the runaway success of all things TWILIGHT related, everyone from grade schoolers, to teens, to grown, married women with their own children have fallen for all things having to do with Bella and Edward.

Marc Shapiro, author of numerous other biographies and works of non-fiction, has turned his attention to the author of this wildly successful and entertaining series. Please note, this book is not a story about your favorite sparkly vampire; although it discusses TWILIGHT in a broad sense, it does not rehash the story or its characters. Instead, it is a finely written biography of the author herself.

Stephenie Meyer has stated numerous times that the story of TWILIGHT began with a dream. I know we're all wishing that our own dreams would make us multi-millionaires, but I hasten to add that you shouldn't hold out hope for that to happen! The greatest thing about the author, at least to me, is that throughout the craziness since the publication of the first book and the subsequent release of the two movies, Ms. Meyer has managed to keep the same quiet, understated lifestyle that she had before the screaming and fainting began.

For those who relish anything and everything related to this series, you'll want to pick up a copy of this book. Although I enjoyed it, my only issue with it was that everything written by Mr. Shapiro is a matter of public knowledge. You won't find anything new in this biography - most likely because it's unauthorized, and the author never interviewed Ms. Meyer for the book.

Fans, though, will like having all of the information in one easy-to-read and keep format.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
The Three Little Pigs and The Big Red Dog (clifford's Fairy Tails)
The Three Little Pigs and The Big Red Dog (clifford's Fairy Tails)
My daughter loves these Clifford books. And it seems you can only find the fairytale versions at school book fairs. Great book. However, do not care too much for regular paper pages... our other Clifford fairytale book has the waxy pages which are perfect for a toddler or child to flip through pages without ripping them.
Der Killer: Will Robie 1
Der Killer: Will Robie 1
Wir (damit meine ich die Aficionadas des Genres) haben ja einige Protagonisten vor Augen, Will Robie ist neu und eigenständig. Baldacci hat die Geschichte und den Helden sehr überlegt kühl geplant und konstruiert. Es gibt einen strategisch handelnden Antagonisten, von dem man erst sehr spät erfährt, und für den das ein Spiel mit zu vernachlässigenden Kollateralschäden ist. Robie denkt nicht so. Er ist ein Moralist Kästnerscher Art (Fabian). Er reflektiert, aber nicht blutleer, dass es das Genre sprengt. Das vorausgesetzt, geht einiges an Kritik ins Leere. Die Handlungsentwicklung ist zumindest für mich nicht vorhersehbar gewesen. Ich habe oft innegehalten und mich gefragt, was fängt B. damit an, wie könnte es weitergehen. Einige Male hatte ich den richtigen Riecher, ohne Sicherheit zu haben, es war eine Option, aber B. hat noch einen eigenen Dreh gefunden. Ich empfand es als Stärke, dass B nicht erklärt, sondern erzählt, das ist handlungsgetrieben. Wer Clancy erwartet, sollte Clancy lesen. B. setzt einfach, wie da etwas funktioniert, spielt keine Rolle, es funktioniert. Es ist Logistik, die klappt. Aber auch B. lässt keine losen Enden zurück. Am Ende ist das Bild komplett, alles hängt zusammen. Ich habe schon schwächere Romane von B. gelesen,. Dieser ist gelungen. Die Figuren sind hinreichend tief vorgestellt, tiefer muss es nicht sein. Die Bedrohung ist latent, und erst zum Ende hin gewinnt sie ungeahnte, sich spät konkretisierende Höhen. Was will man mehr.
Fuzz [VHS]
Fuzz [VHS]
This is a review of the 2017 Spanish Release 'El Turbulento Distrito 87', US title FUZZ. This is the US print, FUZZ appears on the opening credits. The disc is a mastered release and not a dvd-r, as is common with a lot of these rarities available on Amazon. Disc is region free, so will play anywhere. Original Aspect ratio, 1.85:1 (16.9 enhanced). Runtime just under 91 minutes. Audio options Spanish or English. No subtitles. Print is not bad for an unrestored release. A good clean print was found with good colour saturation. Audio is clear and there is a good balance between dialogue and background track. It's a dual layer disc too - my blu ray player upscales this disc to 1080p, and looks good on my 55" Samsung LED.

The film was purchased to add to my Raquel catalogue. Sadly, she is used very little in this film. Not a challenging role for her either. No bikinis, the cover design is purely a fantasy of the guy that designed it. Raquel is criticised a lot for her acting or lack of, but she could act given the right role and script, Myra Breckenridge being a good case in point. Hannie Caulder is another good performance from her too.

FUZZ itself is an oddball. Lots of joking around and odd humour which varies from subtle to slapstick. There are a couple of storylines running through it. One involves main villain Yul Brynner, the other is a serial rapist on the loose, the reason Raquel's character has been assigned to Precinct 87.

I don't really want to give too much away, so I'll leave the critique there. However, I will need to watch this again, as on initial viewing the film felt a little disjointed and conflicted. Humour, comedy or thriller??? Not sure.

3 stars as it was watchable - I sat through to the final credits. And, it has Raquel in.
Anne Rice's Unauthorized French Quarter Tour: That Other Tour Presents (Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches Book 1)
Anne Rice's Unauthorized French Quarter Tour: That Other Tour Presents (Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches Book 1)
I had the impression that this book was written with more attention on speed of completion than on quality; as if the author was simply trying to grind it out. I did enjoy parts of the book as I toured the French Quarter, and it had the references to Anne Rice's novels that I wanted. However, having also taken two tours while we were there, I know the author could have added so much more interesting information. I do not regret buying the book, but only because I had never been to New Orleans and am such a big Anne Rice fan. I would not recommend this book, however, to anyone who hasn't read all of the Vampire and Mayfair Chronicles.
Newnan
Newnan
I received my copy today and I have not been disappointed. This book is a must have for both residents of Newnan and those who come to see her beautiful homes. This book has a great collection of photographs and will have a permanent spot on my coffee table!
Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality
Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality
Every so often I pick up a book that I wish I read 10 years ago. Feynman's Lectures on Physics and Van Hess's Thermodynamics are among these, as well as Polya's How To Solve It for those more mathematically inclined. These would have certainly saved me from much confusion during my college engineering curriculum, for they focus on teaching the material to the reader, as opposed to masking it in the equations of a textbook. Some lucky folks have the ability to glance at equations and immediately grasp their meaning; for the other 99.99% of us, an intuitive explanation replete with real-world analogies helps to bring the meaning to life.

With a presentation both unique and entertaining, Lewis Carroll Epstein's Thinking Physics has certainly claimed a rightful seat at the roundtable of wonderful didactic books. Every page poses a question that challenges the reader on his view of the physical world, and nearly every answer tears down the fallacies of his intuition. Socrates would have been proud of the format, with each new question expanding on concepts developed in earlier answers. One of the 1-star reviews mentioned a lack of organization. This criticism completely misses the point. It is NOT a textbook, so "obviously" it will lack some of the rigorous development of concepts and precise organization that you would expect in a physics text. It IS a popular physics book with lots of cartoony pictures that a kid in elementary school could both enjoy and understand. At the same time, the insights will help build anyone's physics intuition, regardless of age. I read this book when I was 30. I have since started going through problems in Kleppner and Kolenkow and some other more advanced texts, and I really think this book helped.
Bride of Doom (Fauna Trilogy Book Two)
Bride of Doom (Fauna Trilogy Book Two)
loved this book. brought back many memories of when I read the trilogy many many years ago. well worth the money even though the postage cost more than the book!
Demian: The Story of a Youth
Demian: The Story of a Youth
This book is an enchanting piece of work . Crafted like an autobiography , it's an introduction to a new philosophy of life , just like Ayn Rand,s works - quite original whether one agrees with it totally or not . This book takes us thru the journey of protagonist Sinclair through his childhood to youth ; led by a compelling desire to identify and live by the calling of his true inner self . He questions existing ethos, ideals, way of life , even Gods - and finds as though by destiny the guides who reaffirm his views and lead him to his destiny . Demian is one of the guides who Sinclair feels irresistible attracted to from the time they first met in school , till the end when they both merge into each other and symbolically become one. Author contests several of the strongly held views of early 19th century society in Europe . Religion is a constant theme throughout and it's dealt with rather beautifully . Christianity is not condemned out rightly nor is any other religion or cult . There is unlimited freedom to choose what one wants to be , what one wants to think and do ; only right thing being true to oneself and ones innermost urges. Morals, guilt, sin, sex all those things that caused conflict have been dealt with single minded belief in the fact that one must question the myths , one must follow what his destiny directs him to without a care if it's right or wrong . Aithor suggests that collective unconscious - all the knowledge that exists in this world is within each one of us . The whole world that we see outside , with it's beauty and ugliness is inside us . The world , mankind , all the living creatures are in constant state of evolution and change and evolution is the only constant . Human beings in their ignorance live in happy pasts and want to preserve the status quo at any cost . They are afraid of change , afraid of looking inwards and finding their true calling . That's because each one of us has a unique destiny to fulfill and if one was to choose that he has to do it alone . That goes against the feeling of security the society and community provides , which lures men to give up their destinies and join the herd . There are a few , those who feel compelled to find the purpose of life . These people do not resist new ideas , change but just submit themselves to the destiny and become the instruments of fate . These are the people through which change is carried forwards , like baby in the wombs of fertile mother . Author has used a lot of symbolism throughout the story . Damien , the lifelong guide of protagonist is ageless , constant and self assured - just like the eternal truth . Young boy Sinclair feels torn between the two world one of which is the all good family and another dark world where all the evils like theft, alcohol , murder , sex took place . He constantly flits back and forth into these symbolic worlds, trying to find his anchoring . At every tough turn when life seems to come crashing down he finds a person , a dream , a symbol that opens a new vista in front of him and leads him . Hero also swings between the extremes of love - desire for flesh vs pure spiritual love . He fall in love with an image that combines his mother and his guide Demian ; man and woman ; good and evil . And then quite symbolically that image turns out to be that of Demian.s mother. No love is forbidden if that's what is one,s innermost feeling dictates . Keeping with the mores of 19th century society everything is made symbolical but it's evident that author delves into bisexuality , incest and Oedipal complex. So why is the book named Demian ? Who is he ? Demian is the inner voice of every man . The inner voice that finds us at every difficult step and guides us to our unique destiny . Sinclair found Demian and they merged into each other symbolically as well - when Sinclaire went inside himself and looked into the dark mirror of his soul and Saw the image of Demian .

The setting of this book precedes world war 1 . As the war starts people submit themselves to their destiny and fight . Author has a very interesting view about war itself . War is symbolised as an instrument of change , something predestined and essential . The recurring symbol of bird hatching from egg and destroying the egg in the process is used to convey the message that for something new to be born the old must be destroyed .

Early 19 century Europe was home to many new ideologies like those of Tolstoy and Neitszke . Herman Hesse had his own and it is quite appealing .
Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe
Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe
Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe is a limited edition book of interest to Nero Wolfe/ Rex Stout fans.

It contains the first book printing of Bitter End, which also has some interesting illustrations of Archie and Inspector Cramer.

Next is a fairly long and in depth interview with Rex Stout, which is mostly on Nero Wolfe, but does have the great author talking about a multitude of issues. This interview was the last published. Fascinating, Rex Stout is very outspoken here.

Finally we have a short by Archie Goodwin, entitled "Why Nero Wolfe Likes Orchids". At the end piece there is a list of the stories.

Less than 2000 were printed and even the softbound usually run well over $100, but if you watch here carefully, you can luck out and grab one quite a bit cheaper.

A perfect gift for a big Nero Wolfe fan.
One Direction: This Is Us
One Direction: This Is Us
Ok, so first of all I'm not a 15 year old obsessed with this guys. I'm 19 and I thought they were just a boy band of Justin Bieber but I was wrong. I'm 19 and these guys are just "normal guys with an abnormal job" that's what they are. I received this product and my roommate was the one to received so when I opened it they were all laughing because we're all in college and stuff and come on I order a 1D movie... the thing is I've been wanting to see it since it came out but I didn't have the time or the money so I decided to order it. My roommates actually wanted to watch it with me. It's a great movie. It is not a concert.
I just love it. It's totally worth this price thou, I've seen it for $30. So this price is really good.
ハリー・ポッターと炎のゴブレット: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ハリー・ポッタ (Harry Potter) (Japanese Edition)
ハリー・ポッターと炎のゴブレット: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ハリー・ポッタ (Harry Potter) (Japanese Edition)
Ich lerne jetzt seit etwa 6 Jahren Japanisch und versuche so langsam Kinderbücher zu lesen. Harry Potter bietet sich als nächstes absolut an, da man die Story ja schon kennt und eventuell noch die deutsche Version daneben legen kann. Die Sprache ist einfach mit vielen lockeren Dialogen. Und die Vokabeln aus der Magierwelt wiederholen sich oft genug. Bei den meisten Kanjis stehen beim ersten Auftauchen noch die Furigana daneben.
Hogwarts Crest Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 14 Count White Aida, 10.3" x 12.2", 20 Colors
Hogwarts Crest Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 14 Count White Aida, 10.3" x 12.2", 20 Colors
If you've never cross-stitched before, I'd avoid this product. The directions are easy to follow, but it's not for novices. It's best for those with experience as the fabric has NO PRINTING on it and requires you to follow their instructions to create.

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

There is no hoop. The fabric is not printed, so there's no easy guide to follow. The packaging is very flimsy paper bag - had to store the contents in a separate plastic bag to keep it all together. If it weren't for the convenience of having everything in one set, it's much cheaper to buy this pattern on Etsy and get the materials separate - less than $10 with ease. There are much better, much cheaper cross-stitch kits that come with everything and then some. This was not worth the price, but will be used.
LEGO Harry Potter Series - Dobby - 71022
LEGO Harry Potter Series - Dobby - 71022
Instead of guessing which mystery LEGO pack contains your favorite character, this product takes the guessing out of it. I was able to gift my friend her favorite character for a little more money. It came in those mystery LEGO packs but it was the one we expected.
The Man From Beyond (Silent)
The Man From Beyond (Silent)
Most people are familiar with the name Harry Houdini, and immediately think of him as one of the greatest magicians or escape artists, perhaps in the way he was portrayed in the 1953 movie starring Tony Curtis. But most people might be surprised to learn that he was also involved in films in the 1920s, acting in 6 films and also having a try at directing, producing and writing. "The Man From Beyond" is the film he wrote himself and starred in, and the theme fits perfectly to the subject he was also famed for, namely spirituality and the quest to find the answers as to whether there is life after death. In "The Man From Beyond", as the title implies, Houdini plays a man frozen in time for 100 years in the Arctic until a couple of survivors from a 1922 expedition find him inside a block of ice, free him and revive him back to life. The only thing he remembers, however, is his love for Felice and his last memories of her before he was frozen in suspended animation, as it were. The plot is very busy and fast-moving, and in just 60 minutes Houdini finds a modern-day Felice whom he believes is a reincarnation of his lost love, then finds himself in a strait-jacket in a padded cell (from which he easily escapes, of course) helps solve the mystery of Felice's missing father and catches the criminal who is really responsible. In some short but good action scenes Houdini demonstrates some of his physical strength and skills, and they are somewhat reminiscent of early Douglas Fairbanks Sr's films, but may still be disappointing to anyone expecting to see a legendary magician/escape artist in action. Also slightly disappointing are other aspects of the film, such as picture quality on this DVD being a little poor and too light at times, and the flow of the film in general being a bit jerky at times (due to a few missing frames here and there), but the piano accompaniment is very good, and the story itself not too bad either, although one has to pay close attention to keep up with it. No doubt "The Man From Beyond" was popular in its time due to the fame of its star, (and perhaps also the short appearance of actress Nita Naldi, famed for her roles as a vamp or a woman of questionable reputation, which she plays in this film too) and maybe Houdini found immortality after all, since his name is still remembered many decades later today, and here is a chance to see the man himself in his own film!
Peter Pan (Lib)(CD)
Peter Pan (Lib)(CD)
Here we have three tales by James Matthew Barrie, the last of which Peter and Wendy is the most read, as this is the one we usually just refer to as Peter Pan. Before this we have The Little White Bird and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. If you read the Little White Bird though, then there is no reason to read Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, as this story is just the pieces regarding Peter Pan from the first novel, indeed the second book was originally put out by the publishers due to the success of the play Peter Pan, before the author wrote the actual novel of his play.

The first book here then is not really a children’s book as such and was meant for adults as a fantasy tale where we meet an aged bachelor and his interest and involvement with a young couple and their child. Indeed reading this these days does at times raise the issue of paedophilia, although of course that was not the intention at the time. As we read this the narrator along with following this family and their boy tells us of certain legendary incidents in Kensington Gardens, and how fairies inhabit the area. Along with some chapters about a certain boy known as Peter Pan, who never grows up this was first published serially.

The second book is as I have already mentioned just those chapters from the previous book that feature Peter, and then of course we have the most famous book, one that we all read as children ourselves, and is still a mainstay of children’s bookshelves. This is not only the most famous tale here, but is the best written, with lots of action and adventure as Wendy and her brothers are whisked off to Neverland by Peter Pan and Tinker Bell the fairy. With a host of colourful characters, of course we have the nasty Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile. Getting into a number of scrapes so we see what happens when the Darling children return home, with others in tow, and what happens with Peter and Wendy over the years.

Personally I would think that if you just have the best known tale here then you probably will not want to read the others, but if you do decide to get this book do not expect the first two tales to be as good as or written in quite the same way as the latter.
Emma Watson (A Robbie Reader) (Robbie Readers: Biographies)
Emma Watson (A Robbie Reader) (Robbie Readers: Biographies)
What a waste! Worth ZERO stars but that wouldn't average in ...
The hardback cover and backing hide how many pages this title doesn't have. I was happy I saved $8 by purchasing through Amazon instead of the local bookstore where it was not stocked. It covers Emma's life at 15 to now which isn't that much, hence the page count (32) is almost the same as her age. Nothing of value here, sorry but I don't want others to fall for the waste of time, $$ and expectation that we received.
Summary: 32 pages, 15 pages of content, the rest of the pages are pictures and captions. We found more on the internet. Shame on us, but hopefully you read our review and don't fall prey to this work not worthy of your purchase.
The Last Ship - Season 3 [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]
The Last Ship - Season 3 [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]
This review pertains to Season 3 ONLY. I am not even sure where to start....season 3 was quite the departure from the show we grew to love over the first 2 seasons. First, what was the point in killing off so many of the regular cast? I understand that sometimes actors want to leave the show, but there are better ways to write off a character than just killing them all. Dr. Scott was a huge part of the show, killing her off and then replacing the love interest she had with Chandler with a new female lead- out of nowhere- was just cheap. Although I will admit I grew to like Sasha by the end of the season (more so because she was seriously one kick ass female), I still don't really see how she fits and definitely don't like that we didn't get to see any chemistry develop between the two of them before the big kiss in the finale. That part of the story line could have been more fleshed out.
As for Tex...well that was just pointless. There was NO reason to kill off his character- he was a fan favorite and the way he died was poorly written, like an afterthought because they needed to add just a tad bit more drama. Honestly, none of the regulars should have been killed off in such a cheap way. The writers really sacrificed quality to get a little bit more drama and I think it backfired.

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

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

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

Overall, of course people are going to watch- they are already hooked on the show from seasons 1 and 2. You do get to see your favorite characters again, even if the plots they are engaged in are predictable and poorly written in many cases. I will watch seasons 4 and 5 as well. I sincerely hope the writers took the time to read some of the reviews and possibly stepped up their game. Don't get lazy because it is an "established brand" and you already have a fan base. It's not fair to those of us who have supported the show since day one!
Coopsion Thickening Fine Rivet Stainless Steel and Silica Gel Pedicure Foot File and Scrubber - Double-Side Grinding(Green)
Coopsion Thickening Fine Rivet Stainless Steel and Silica Gel Pedicure Foot File and Scrubber - Double-Side Grinding(Green)
The foot file is awesome. The handle is easy to grip and does not slip when it gets wet. There are two patterns - one a bit rougher than the other. I started with the rougher one. Once I was almost done with my shower, I gently started rubbing the dead skin off my heel. I have terrible hard dried skin there. To my surprise the skin came off easy, I didn't need to put all my force to do it like with some others I used before. It was also rather gentle too, it scrubbed but didn't scrub raw, you know. The skin on the file was easily washed away by water from the shower hose. Then I turned the file to the other side that was less rough and it kind of smoothed any rugged edgy skin, made my heel smooth. I mean I will never have it as I used to when I was a kid but I really liked the result. The skin was smooth, not snagging on anything and, well, tingly like I got my heels massaged. The file is sturdy and well made, and the best part is that unlike regular file that has a wooden surface coated in black substance that is rough, this one has stainless steel surface that will never crack. I love using it. Totally recommend it.
Accidental Adventures: Alaska
Accidental Adventures: Alaska
If you live in Alaska and have spent any length of time in the great outdoors, you understand how easy it is for things to go awry in the backcountry. Alaska is, by any account, a high-risk environment filled with near misses and close encounters. Whether you pursue the outdoors or not, this riveting book will take you to places of mortal peril and by book’s end, you’ll be glad you stayed home. Fasten your seatbelt as this talented writer takes you deftly through the experiences of people who looked death in the face and lived to tell about it.

If life itself is an endurance test, why seek out danger? Maybe we’ll never know why people climb perilous mountains, ride hundreds of miles on fat bikes across inhospitable places (on winter’s icy trails, mind you) or pack-raft cold, fast, wild rivers completely alone. A yearning to be tested, perhaps. Because we’re fascinated with danger and seek to push our limits, to discover what we’re capable of, perhaps. Some aren’t looking to be tested, per se. Some simply venture out and tragedy strikes in spite of thorough preparations. We humans are imperfect and make mistakes, as in The Trail Less Traveled where two hikers get separated and irretrievably lost. Or mother nature forces our hand, as in Rugged Island where two men are forced to abandon ship and jump into the black water of 14-foot seas. Scary stuff. What I found especially interesting was how this author told us where these adventurers are today, months and often years after their harrowing experiences. And every single one goes back to climbing mountains, navigating seas, skiing, flying, hiking. None of them turned away from life, but turned toward it again, facing their danger and learning from it.

In Alaska, true wilderness is just outside your back door. Go there and play, but be pretty damned prepared. If you haven’t a hankering for high-risk activities, enjoy Accidental Adventures as an armchair adventurer. Discover how people endure, pray for rescue, save other’s lives. It’s all in this great book, one spellbinding true story at a time. Monica Devine, author of Water Mask, a memoir.
MOMAX USB C to Lightning Cable Nylon Braided MFI Certified 1ft Charging Syncing Cord Compatible with iPhone 11 Pro MAX Xs XS MAX XR X 8 8 Plus 7 7 Plus MacBook (1FT)
MOMAX USB C to Lightning Cable Nylon Braided MFI Certified 1ft Charging Syncing Cord Compatible with iPhone 11 Pro MAX Xs XS MAX XR X 8 8 Plus 7 7 Plus MacBook (1FT)
Purchased this item to complement my CRAVE Plus Pro ($99 @ Amazon.com) 20,000mAh portable charging unit and it’s the perfect length to allow charging outside of my Hermitshell Universal hard case ($15.99 @ Amazon.com) during mobile charging sessions. The Crave Plus Pro has fast charging capabilities and this MFI certified cable ensures the highest/fastest possible charging speeds are reliably and consistently enabled.

With its high quality male USB-C port on one end and male lightning port on the other, this braided nylon charging/data cable is well worth it’s relatively higher asking price of $19.99 (@ Amazon.com). This product is MFI Certified to guarantee compatibility with genuine Apple products and also prevents error messages (which is typically a tell-tale sign of a poorly manufactured product). That being said, this fast change/data cord will reliably charge or transfer data between your Apple device(s).

If you’re looking for a high quality replacement of your 18 watt (fast charge) USB-C to lightning cable, look no further. Just be mindful that this cable is significantly shorter than the one that was supplied with your Apple device, but it exceeds Apple’s factory specifications by a mile.

If you travel a lot and need a hefty USB-C to lightning charging cable to withstand frequent coiling/uncoiling and/or plugging/unplugging, you’ve just found it. Add it to your cart and checkout now!

*My photo displays a demonstration of a complete mobile charging station with all related accessories combined in a universal hard case. You’re more than welcome to replicate this idea, catered toward your personal needs. A portable power unit is very helpful if you travel a lot and don’t always have access to a power outlet. Setup your own portable power kit today!
Hikity 2 Din Car Stereo 7'' HD Touch Screen MP5 Player Bluetooth FM Radio Support Phone Mirroring Link with AUX/Dual USB/SD/DVR Input + Backup Camera & Steering Wheel Control (No Android, No GPS)
Hikity 2 Din Car Stereo 7'' HD Touch Screen MP5 Player Bluetooth FM Radio Support Phone Mirroring Link with AUX/Dual USB/SD/DVR Input + Backup Camera & Steering Wheel Control (No Android, No GPS)
What I like the most about this product is the the performance in spite of the price. I haven't done everything with it that it boasts to be capable of, but for normal usage between the radio, bluetooth, sound and overall ease of operation it has performed exceptionally well. I have yet to install the back-up camera. And as a person of limited means, I love that its at an affordable price so that I may enjoy the benefits of a double din!

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