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JavaScript Programmer's Reference
JavaScript Programmer's Reference
JavaScript Programmer's Reference by Alexei White. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Secure Development for Mobile Apps
Secure Development for Mobile Apps
Secure Development for Mobile Apps by J. D. Glaser. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JScript? .NET Programming (M&T Books)
JScript? .NET Programming (M&T Books)
JScript? .NET Programming (M&T Books) by Essam Ahmed. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Bleak House
Bleak House
Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 988 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Best Of Me
Best Of Me
Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Anna Karenina (Everyman's Library)
Anna Karenina (Everyman's Library)
Anna Karenina (Everyman's Library) by Leo Tolstoy , Louise Maude, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 541 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology by John J. Questore, Stephen King, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP Graphics Handbook
PHP Graphics Handbook
PHP Graphics Handbook by Jason E. Sweat, Allan Kent , et al.. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Modeling and Solving Linear Programming with R
Modeling and Solving Linear Programming with R
Modeling and Solving Linear Programming with R by Jose M Sallan, Oriol Lordan, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Office XP: The Complete Reference
Office XP: The Complete Reference
Office XP: The Complete Reference by Julia Kelly and Stephen L. Nelson. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
The Warren Buffett Way: 3rd Edition
The Warren Buffett Way: 3rd Edition
I am not finished yet merely half-way into the book but I wanted to review this book; I just could not wait ;-) to tell you all about it. I am taking my time and digesting it all because the meat needs to be chewed, enjoyed and digested thoroughly. I am enjoying each aspect of this book and can't say enough...............I am loving this book.

I have purchased several books pertaining to Buffett and have followed him and his work for a few years. I was interested in him not only because of his investments but his character is to be rewarded; money isn't everything. I have not finished the other books that I have purchased about him but want to be able to absorb this one first before moving forward into the others. Nor have I gotten a chance to delve into the website yet, I can't wait.

This book helps you to see and delve into the ways into which Buffett processes his investments but also shows how his upbringing, mentors and experiences has helped him in his investment endeavors and the investment choices that he makes as seen in Chapter 2: The Education of Warren Buffet. Here it provides an understanding of the industry and having hands on experience does help but in not letting money be your guide is best. Once you understand then you can make better and educated decisions.

Everyone may not be able to have the same types of successes as Buffett has had but to understand the method behind the man says a lot. Robert G. Hagstrom does a good job in breaking down the book. As in Chapter 4: Common Stock Purchases - Nine Case Studies in the tenets that he uses are valuable from Simple and Understandable and Price Point to Candor/Rationality. Stay tuned for a follow-up from me once I finish the book and review the website.

Up unto this point this book is Highly Recommended.
Angular 2 Cookbook: Discover over 70 recipes that provide the solutions you need to know to face every challenge in Angular 2 head on
Angular 2 Cookbook: Discover over 70 recipes that provide the solutions you need to know to face every challenge in Angular 2 head on
This is a well written recipe book for intermediate and advanced users of Angular 2. It assumes knowledge of javascript and core Angular concepts. I found the topics to be wide ranging, and each recipe is usually 1-5 pages long. The author has a great grasp on the nitty gritty of making complex apps using Angular. I also have a copy of the AngularJS Web Application Development Cookbook by the same author on my bookshelf and like before the author has done a great job with this book.

Writing in the book is intelligent, and the order is well structured. There's nothing unexpected here - it's a book full of practical solutions to hundreds of everyday problems. I think certain sections could do a little better with more of a meta-view of the concepts and ideas new in Angular 2 but overall the author has done an incredible job.

The first chapter, "Strategies for upgrading to Angular 2" is meant to be a guided transition to angular 2, but it likely won't suffice if you're new to angular, and certainly won't prepare you if you're relatively unfamiliar with javascript in general. This book is primarily intended for the everyday Angular developer who wants dive in and start using the new version in projects.

If you are familiar with Angular 2 basics, a cover-to-cover reading of this book will take you to the next level, but most developers will only read the entries that pertain to the problems they face during development.

What I really like about this book is how the author dives in each of the example, elaborating each example code and makes it easy to understand what's going on (book comes with the source code which you can download). If practice makes you stronger, this book should be in your shelf or digital reader.
First Mover: Jeff Bezos In His Own Words (In Their Own Words series)
First Mover: Jeff Bezos In His Own Words (In Their Own Words series)
Jeff Bezos is leading us into the future of the Internet, so it is interesting to know what he has said in the past and what he wants to do in the future! This book has a short introduction then focuses on quotes by Jeff Bezos which must have taken a lot of research to obtain. Helena Hunt does a great job of organizing the quotes according to topics. Each quote or set of quotes has a headline that indicates what the quotes will be about. I found this very helpful and considerate.

By reading this book you will learn a great deal about how Jeff Bezos thinks and how his thinking has changed over the years since focusing on selling almost everything imaginable. It is also intriguing to see how Jeff felt about not opening physical stores back in 2004. Of course amazon now has physical stores!

What I found intriguing was how many topics this book covers. Jeff talks about drones, Whole Foods, prime members (Do they buy more often?), self-reliance, persistence, what his wife thinks about him, galaxies aligning, customer needs, pizza, hiring talent, innovation, microwaves (very funny), risk taking, AI, Alexa, Star Trek, yard rakes and eBooks.

What I was most interested in was how people read more after getting a kindle. There is also apparently a way to order from amazon and pick up your order in two minutes.

But the quote I loved the most was this one: "The most radical and transformative of inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity-to pursue their dreams." ~ Jeff Bezos, letter to shareholders on April 13, 2012

This was one of the only books on Jeff Bezos that I hadn't read so I'm glad I finally had the chance to read it. For anyone new to reading about Jeff Bezos, this would be a good place to start.

~The Rebecca Review
Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
My son had to read this for a book report. He said it was the most boring book he ever read (and he is an avid reader). He barely got through it...When I asked the other moms of the kids in his class what their son's thought, they all said the same thing,,,their son's hated it!
Friend Me!: 600 Years of Social Networking in America
Friend Me!: 600 Years of Social Networking in America
This book does a great job of tying the idea of community to social networking, showing how society has always sought ways to make connections. It effectively show that social networking on the Internet is just a new format for an old idea. The book discusses civilization's attempts to connect with one another over backyard fences and relates it across generations to other means of communication such as mail, telephone, television and computer.

I found the attempt to explain certain terms a little awkward. The use of parentheses to include a definition immediately after a word broke the flow of the text for me. I also thought the book fell a little flat at the end. It briefly discussed the possibility of humanity connecting with life beyond earth. I would have liked to see a more enlightening discussion of this. But those are minor points compared with the overall value of this publication. As a high school librarian, I believe that this will be a good resource to introduce my students to the idea that the Internet is tied to old values, technologies, and dreams of connecting with others.
The Columbia & RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars [Mosaic #257] 9 CD box set
The Columbia & RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars [Mosaic #257] 9 CD box set
Armstrong's work with the All stars is always criticised for being too commercial, with the band playing the same old hits every night with little change. Well this collection goes a long way to debunking that myth. The All star's repertoire is actually quite diverse. Yes, while there are repeats of the same tune, no two nights unfold the same way. Each version of "Indiana", "On the Sunny Side of the Street", and "St Louis Blues", to name but a few, offers something new. The collection also dispels the myth that Armstrong's trumpet playing skills were on the wane. While maybe he isn't as daring with his improvisations as he was on the legendary hot fives and sevens sides, he still can really work that horn with dazzling displays of technique. Check out "Cornet Chop Suey", "Indiana" and "High Society" if you don't think so. What also shines through is Armstrong's sense of humour, and the great bucket of fun that was an All Stars concert. It isn't highbrow or cerebral music, but it's enjoyable none the less and I'd recommend it to any jazz fan.
The liner notes are also informative, witty, and give the reader a good understanding of Satchmo's life and work at the time.
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition] [Blu-ray]
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition] [Blu-ray]
I recently discovered “Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition” while I was browsing through the music section at Amazon.com. Since I am an ardent fan of Bob Dylan’s music and of almost all of the musicians who performed that night, I immediately purchased a copy of the concert on Blu-ray. I figured it would probably be pretty good…

“Pretty good…” now THERE’S an understatement! “Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition” certainly ranks as one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. For almost three hours on October 16, 1992, a panoply of some of the greatest icons of rock and country music dazzled the gathered crowd of over 18,000 cheering Bob Dylan fans at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This marked the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Dylan’s musical career. Honoring Dylan with performances of his songs were John Mellencamp, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Johnny Winter, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, George Harrison, and many others, including Bob Dylan himself.

The “Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition” contains 2 hours and 45 minutes of non-stop music, and includes 30 of Bob Dylan’s greatest and most memorable songs. I especially enjoyed John Mellencamp’s rousing rendition of “Like a Rolling Stone” that kicked off the celebration, as well as Lou Reed’s fiery performance of Dylan’s dark and dense “Foot of Pride.” Richie Havens’ performance of “Just Like a Woman” is particularly moving and wonderful, as is Tracy Chapman’s gorgeous “The Times They Are a-Changin.’” Unfortunately, this otherwise nearly perfect celebration was marred somewhat when the audience began raucously booing Sinead O’Connor, and she responded with an on-stage tantrum. (One wonders how and why this incident ended up on the disc.) Video quality is simply outstanding, appearing as it does in 1.78:1 high definition. Audio is presented in LPCM Stereo 48K only, but it is rich, full, and sounds phenomenal.

I own very few music concerts in my home video library. Among my favorites are “Eagles Farewell Tour II” and George Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from at AT&T Stadium.” However, “Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition” tops them all. Most highly recommended.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: THE SECRET FILES
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: THE SECRET FILES
The junior novelization of MCU movies took a strange turn in Phase 2. For some reason the books have decided to leave out the finales. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is no exception. This book alone should not be anyone's sole experience of the story. The reader has to watch the film in order to get the whole tale. I gave it three stars because it fulfills a very specific purpose for me as a parent. My policy is "read the book, then you can see the movie." It's the meat-before-the-pudding approach. My kid wanted to see the movie so she had to read the book. The book is so full of mistakes though, (the hangar doors are not part of the aircraft!) I had to pre-read it and make notes every time I found one. If used as an educational exercise, to build vocabulary and reading comprehension, it has merit. I think reading it also helped my daughter follow the plot when we watched the film.
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Last Stand which was the first cinematic rendition of the Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix character. It was another rendition of the humans vs mutant story as the humans come up with a cure for mutation. The film had such great promise but just became a mess by the end.

Things start with a CGI’d young Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) visiting a very young Jean Grey in an attempt to bring her into their school for mutants. She immediately shows off her awesome powers by levitating all the cars in the neighborhood. That’s where there’s a cameo by Stan Lee. The scene would be revisited in the middle of the movie to dramatic effect.

The plot centers around the famous conflict between humans and mutants. The former fear the rise of super beings and create a serum that neutralizes the mutant gene. The government of course weaponizes the drug. Magneto believes this will mean genocide for his people and creates an army of mutants to counter the state. The X-Men are concerned as well and get caught between the government and Magneto. The moralism of this issue is actually brought up a few times in the movie and is important to consider.

In a bit of Marvel nerdery the Worthington Labs is the company that comes up with the serum. Worthington being the family of the Angel who makes a few cameos in the movie and who was one of the original X-Men in the comics.

There are great things in the beginning that showed the potential of the movie. For instance, the X-Men are in a training scenario in the danger room that includes Colossus throwing Wolverine in what’s called a fastball special in the comics to destroy a giant robot that is modeled after the Sentinels, machines created to kill mutants. Jean Grey played by Famke Janssen who died in the previous movie, also comes back to life, and kills her boyfriend Cyclops played by James Marsden.

There’s also some deft casting such as Kelsey Grammer as the Beast. His voice and demeaner is perfect for the character who is part genius.

Where things go wrong is at the end. There’s a huge confrontation between six X-Men and Magneto's army and it is so ridiculous, so unbelievable, so badly choreographed that it simply undermines the whole thing. How can a movie that started off so well go so badly?

Overall, the first 2/3 of X-Men Last Stand is great, and then that’s ruined by the conclusion.

Last note, don’t forget the secret ending.
Rumic World Trilogy (Volume 3)
Rumic World Trilogy (Volume 3)
This book is really very funny,intamate,and charming.I've heard great things about Rumiko Takahashi,and it's all true(unless the few of us without brains havn't guessed yet,this is the first book of hers I've bought.might I also add that I have no brain either^_^)Well,if you're still not convinced,I'll anilize it,k? 1.'Wedded Bliss'.In this first story a young married couple find out the joy of a good fight to relieve stress,much to the dissapointment of their neighbors.When they try to stop,or get evicted, it's the worst possible thing in the world.I really liked this one,because let's face it,it was just plain hilarious. 2.'That Darn Cat'.This is a little bit of Ms.Takahashi's own life when she is asked to look after a cat.Very funny. 3.'Cry For Help'.The laughs keep rolling in in this third story about a boy who cries louder than the explosion of an a-bomb when he's in trouble. With a little help(or is it?)from an alien he fends off his enemies. 4.'War Council'.Ever wonder what'd happen if three student cuncils were battling for right to plan the school's budget?Well,wonder no more.This entertaining tale will keep you laughing even after you're done reading it. 5.'When My Eyes Got Wings'.Unlike the other stoies, this one is more serious.Ii's about a sick little boy who falls in love with a Junior High girl.But this is no ordinary boy,which makes for a beautifully written story.This is one that makes the whole thing buying. 6.'Sleep And Forget'.Another wonderfully serious story(personally I like the serious ones better). I can't explain it other than to say that it has a little bit of horror,an intruiging plot,and is a love story.Yet another one that ultimately makes this worthwhile. 7.'The Face Pack'.This last story lets you down on a light note.It's about these kids who are into wearing masks,even in public.But they soon learn that masks are only used for entertainment,not for your own ends. That's it!Buy this book,you'll love it!I know I did.
One Piece, Vol. 2 (Japanese Edition)
One Piece, Vol. 2 (Japanese Edition)
【概要と感想】

「オレはオレのやりたいようにやる」

2巻の中でゾロが言った言葉。

こんなセリフを吐ける大人になりたい。

子供の頃は言っていたかもしれないし、周りの友達も言っていたかもしれない。「自分のやりたいようにやるから大丈夫」とか、「放っといて欲しい」とか、平気で親にも周りにも言っていた。

でも、自分のやりたいようにやることはものすごく大変なことであることを知ると同時に、子供の頃はやりたいようにやらせて”もらっていた”だけだということに大人になって気づきました。

22歳で就職してから仕事をしてお金を稼ぐって大変なことだと改めて実感する日々です。

夏休みも冬休みも春休みもないし、ちょっとメンドイからといって休むことも出来ない。

そして、「自分のやりたいようにやる」と宣言することが難しくなっていくことに気付く。

最近、やっと読み始めた国民的漫画。2巻は、ナミとの出会いと対話、ゾロとカバジの対決、そして、ルフィVSバギーの一騎打ちスタート。

といったところで次巻へ。

【入手きっかけ】

食わず嫌いだったけど、ついに読み始めたらばっちりハマった国民的マンガ。
One Piece nº 01: Amanecer de una aventura (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
One Piece nº 01: Amanecer de una aventura (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Pensé en gastarme más de 600 euros y comprarme todos los tomos porque creo que One Piece es una serie fantástica a nivel artístico y narrativo. Una serie de tanta extensión tiene tiempo de emocionar y sobrecojer de hacernos reír y regalarnos peleas de esas que te hacen reproducir los sonidos de las hostias en voz alta. Creo que One Piece es una de las mejores novelas gráficas de nuestros tiempos. Que pese a su duración no pierda calidad si no que la gane con el paso del tiempo me parece una hazaña que no se destaca lo suficiente... Mantener la concentración, la calidad, la dedicación, el cariño... Es increíble.

Pero la edición de Editorial Planeta , S.A (Planeta de Agostini), traducida por Ayako Koike de Daruma Serveis Lingüistics S.L despojan a estas páginas del valor literario que pudieran tener. Los textos son basura condescendiente para niños de párbulos: alguien me explica cómo cuando a Zoro en el capítulo 51 le atraviesan el pecho es capaz de decir mientras se desangra: "todas las promesas hechas y otras cosas importantes se van a ir a tomar viento fresco". ¿qué es eso de irse a tomar viento fresco? ¡VIENTO FRESCO! Y ojo a la construcción de la frase, vaya monumento a la mediocridad en un momento clave en la historia... Hay más ejemplos, he estado leyendo las ediciones en inglés y no tienen ni punto de comparación. El universo de One Piece es más coherente en los textos ingleses, los personajes tienen profundidad. En el capítulo 95, en la versión de Ayako Luffy pregunta a Sanji qué llevaba encima el melón que se acaba de comer a lo que Sanji responde que es jamón serrano (jamón serrano: vale que Luffy sea de goma, pero ¿jamón serrano en una obra de piratas escrita por un japonés? Mi suspensión de la credibildiad tiene sus límites, y eso ademá se trata de una apropiación cultural que nos rebaja como país. No somos lo suficientemente maduros para aceptar que existen otras formas de cultura, de historia, de entender el mundo... Es una forma de sobreprotección que nos ha llevado a ser de los pocos países que doblan las películas y así nos pasa, no somos intolerantes somos ignorantes) Volviendo a la viñeta, en la versión inglesa esta vez Lyffy le pregunta a Sanji qué era eso que Sanji se acababa de comer (una pregunta con más sentido al menos bajo mi punto de vista) a lo que Sanji le responde que es melón con jamón, y punto. Nada de alimentos que en el mundo real sabemos que pertenecen a una determinado país; ese tipo de decisiones interrumpen al lector de la misma manera que lo haría Zoro llevando una camiseta de los Lakers.

Pero esto último no es lo que más me molesta, lo que me molesta es la falta de rigor al traducir; la condescendencia y lo azucarado de los diálogos. No me creo nada de lo que dicen y me molesta porque aprecio mucho a esos personajes y les estaba cogiendo asco porque me parecían todos unos payasos en la versión de Planeta de Agostini. Es una lástima que por culpa de unos cuantos incompetentes varios miles de personas de habla hispana no puedan disfrutar de este manga.

Yo por ahora, a falta de una versión mejor me quedo con la inglesa. La que tenemos en Planeta de Agostini es insoportable.
Tom the BootBlack
Tom the BootBlack
Tom is a fifteen year old boy who lives in New York City with an old man named Jacob in Mrs. Flanagan’s rooming house. They pose as grandfather and grandson, but, while Tom understands that they are no real relation, he knows nothing about his real family. Tom makes a living for them both as a street bootblack. Just before Jacob dies, he tells the boy that he is really Gilbert Grey, the son of a wealthy Cincinnati, OH, businessman named John Grey. However, John’s brother James conspired with Jacob to spirit the child away, claiming that he drowned, so that James could inherit the family wealth. Jacob has written a confession explaining all the details. So after Jacob’s death, Tom, or Gilbert, heads for Cincinnati to see if he can locate his uncle and claim his fortune. What will he find? Can he succeed?

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899) was a nineteenth-century American author who wrote approximately 135 novels, beginning with Ragged Dick in 1867, most of which have been described as rags to riches stories, illustrating how down-and-out boys might be able to achieve the American dream of wealth and success through hard work, courage, determination, and concern for others. The son of a Unitarian minister, Alger also became a Unitarian minister in Brewster, MA, but soon retired from the ministry and moved to New York City where he formed an association with the Newsboys Lodging House and other agencies offering aid to impoverished children. Alger's empathy with the young working men, coupled with the moral values he learned at home, formed the basis for his stories. He is noted as a significant figure in the history of American cultural and social ideals, even though his novels are rarely read these days.

Tom the bootblack is a good role-model of honesty, hard work, and persistence. There are a couple of references to dancing, but the evils of alcoholic drink are strongly emphasized. The book is recommended by Nathaniel Bluedorn in Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 400 Classic Books for Children, saying, “These stories teach good character and the benefits of entrepreneurial business practices.” Though Alger’s books may be considered by some as hopelessly outdated and even “weird” today, I can easily see why young boys used to eat them up until they went out of style, and to be honest, even looked upon as pulp fiction, they are still a lot better than much of the trash that poses as young people’s literature in our time. At the end of Tom, the Bootblack, Alger apparently included a couple of short stories, one about Davie Cameron, a poor Scottish peasant who finds a buried treasure, and the other about a young boy named Lloyd who tries to save a schooner during a storm by building a fire on the beach. Faith in God is stressed in both.
Joe's Luck Or, Always Wide Awake
Joe's Luck Or, Always Wide Awake
Joe's Luck follows the story of Joe, a boy of 15 who is working for an older gent with a rude son. The deal is, he works and in exchange is provided food, shelter and clothing. The clothing however is awful. Joe looks like a ragged tramp. The son of his boss is a real piece of work as we used to say. He's mean and treats Joe like a servant.

Then Joe inherits $56. Wow! With that he quits the farm and heads to the city. His intention is to buy a ticket aboard a sailing ship and go to California. Via ship, taking months is the least expensive way to go west and Joe wants to dig for gold.

Spoilers:

He's robbed of his $50 by an unscrupulous cad. Instead of riding in steerage (that actually costs $100) Joe ends up sharing a small cabin with a wealthy young man on his way to California. They get along grand and Joe and the new friend enjoy each other's company.

Once in California Joe's luck becomes mostly good luck. He saves a gent from injury and is set up in a restaurant for the deed. From there, Joe's kindness and generosity enable multiple good things to happen -- not just to Joe, but to new characters introduced.

The book shows that by working (not gambling) you can succeed. Joe does, and even manages to get out to the mines.

I enjoyed the book and especially the ending.
Demons and Druids (Daniel X (3))
Demons and Druids (Daniel X (3))
I liked the concept of the book, but writing a literary review based on a few chapter teaser is difficult. I was not invested in the characters by the end of the preview. I was not captivated by scenery or even the action sequences. It was ok, but not spectacular. I truly hope in the full novel that character and setting development is more thorough.
The Lake House (When the Wind Blows Book 2)
The Lake House (When the Wind Blows Book 2)
I read this book years ago in paper back but re-read it recently on Kindle.

Kindle version review: This is clearly an older book when you read it on Kindle - it doesn't have the navigation of the more recent books, books that were actually published with Kindle in mind. There is no table of contents. The typesetting is fine, the pagination is fine, it's just the navigation that presents problems.

Story review: I really like James Patterson. Even his mediocre stuff is still fun to read. This story definitely falls into that category, especially if you are reading it and When the Wind Blows in a fairly close span. That said, keeping in mind that this was written years (even decades?) later the repetitive nature of the stories is understandable. This story has some of its own fun parts (the robots, the clones) that are different from the fun parts of When The Wind Blows. I personally can forgive the author for wanting to revisit the bird kids. And there aren't a lot of situations in which they can be inserted. So the mimicry of the original story is partly due to audience demand to hear from them again, and they are still fun, after all, to paraphrase, who of us has never dreamt of flying?

So overall, it's a decent read. If you've read when the wind blows recently you may wish to wait some time before reading this, but otherwise it is totally worthwhile.
Zombiepowder., Vol. 1
Zombiepowder., Vol. 1
Before there was "Bleach," there was "Zombie Powder."

But even though this series was short, Tite Kubo's first foray into the wonderful world of manga shows that he had imagination to burn. And "Zombie Powder Volume 1" introduces us to a wildly anachronistic Old-West world full of slam-bang action, comedy and really huge weapons.

Metal-armed, gray-haired, silver-coaked Gamma appears in town, and soon reveals that he's a "powder hunter" -- he's trying to collect the Rings of the Dead. Twelve together make "zombie powder."

Gamma soon runs into Elwood, a young pickpocket working for the local mob, and soon realizes that all is not well with Elwood -- especially since he's a good kid at heart. When the boss realizes that Gamma has an enormous bounty on his head, he takes a terrible revenge on Elwood. Gamma comes to the rescue and demonstrates his frightening power -- but not before Elwood loses something precious to him.

And soon Elwood realizes that life on the road with Gamma is a fairly stressful affair -- old enemies, bandits, and capture by the "Ash Daughter" gang. But this is all part of Gamma's plan, as he reunites with his equally lethal, briefcase-toting partner and faces a monstrous boy-man who wants the Rings as well. At least... I think it's a boy. Hard to tell.

"Zombie Powder's" first volume establishes that this is not a terribly unique manga -- it positively reeks of other series like "Trigun," with its oddball bounty-hunted hero and the techno/Old West vibe. Despite being in a bad state at the time, Tite Kubo managed to create a nice dark action series tinged with horror, and his angular, raw-looking art was already distinctive.

But fortunately Kubo gives it his own stamp by including all sorts of over-the-top stuff -- explosives, seven-foot-long chainsaw-swords, and Gamma's cyborg arm. It's also very violent, with lots of shootouts and Gamma wreaking havoc with his giant weapon. And Kubo splashes the pages with liberal quantities of blood, severed fingers, torsos slashed in half, and lots of gunshots.

This would have all been very bleak if Kubo didn't lighten the grim tone with moments of bickering between Elwood and Gamma ("GIVE ME BACK MY WALLET!"), quirky touches (classical music shop), and almost any scene with Mr. Smith. Not to mention the early slapstick, where Gamma gets his coat stuck in a bus door and has to race backwards after it.

Gamma and Elwood make a solid pair of heroes because they're so different. One is a hard-edged, rough guy who wants immortality, loves food and has armor plated on his arm, and the other is a naive young boy whose love for his sister will lead him anywhere, to do anything. And while Mr Smith -- who looks like a kindly white-collar professional -- is not very fleshed out, his cheerfully lethal personality makes him a scene-stealer.

The first volume of "Zombie Powder" isn't high on originality, but Tite Kubo's blend of bloody action and quirkiness keeps it going.
Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
I've read al the previous books in the Taita saga and enjoyed the mixture of fact and fiction of ancient Egypt. Taita started out as a likeable wise and knowledgeable servant practised in medicine, astronomy and the early sciences.
By the time Warlock was written he was becoming less believable when he morphed into a wizard who could make himself invisible and now in this latest novel he has turned human again but with the powers of a comic-book hero.
At the age of 90 he can run up hills quicker, ride a horse faster and shoot his bow further than 20 year-old trained soldiers. He is still handsome, has a full head of hair, perfect vision and not a single wrinkle on his beautiful face. All these attributes are his own descriptors and in every chapter we are reminded of his superior intellect, his excellent decision making and how the whole world loves him (but not as much as the man loves himself) and how they regard him as the cleverest man on earth who's right about everything.
As you read through the book you become increasingly irritated by his character and wish that at least one of his fawning acolytes would tell him that despite his earlier castration he is still a big dick (and where to shove it).
The plot itself is not too bad involving King Minos and political alliances between Egypt, Crete and the Babylonians but is trivialised by some of the action scenes particularly where one of the totally spoilt child princesses is able to leap onto the back of a monster size charging bull and stab it.
Some of the writing style struck me as a bit schoolboy-ish with lines such as "He carried out my orders with alacrity".
If Wilbur Smith does write a sequel, no doubt I will buy it to keep the set intact but in all honesty I was glad when I got to the end of this issue.
Belle
Belle
‘Belle’ of course means beautiful.

In Japan when a young woman or girl smiles and points an index finger at her dimpled cheek she says in effect, “Look at me. Aren’t I beautiful?” Invariably she is and knows it, thinking you will think so too. So the gesture is perfunctory: she just wanted to call attention to her beauty.

I thought of this while looking at the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay. She appears in a painting unveiled in this beautiful drama about both the painting and its subject. Dido (pointing cheekily at her cheek) is pictured with Lady Elizabeth Murray, her cousin. Both are opulent young women in elegant Georgian finery. The year is 1779 and they wear pearls, silk and satin. Both are beautiful, though quite physically different, Dido a brown-skinned mulatto from the West Indies, Elizabeth a pale-skinned, powdered English rose. Although the studious Elizabeth — holding a book in her left hand — is central in the portrait, her right hand stretches out to clutch the left arm of Dido who is almost dancing out of the frame, her back arched, her left leg raised, her smile mischievous. Whereas Elizabeth is rather stiff and strait-laced, Dido is vivacious and lively, all movement, play and fun.

However, the amused half smile on Elizabeth’s face betrays her joy at the fun Dido induces. They love each other, it’s clear, and we see that it’s Elizabeth who’s reaching out for this fun, touching Dido as they pursue another of their spontaneous escapades.

Dido is exotic, a turbaned cloth wrapped round her raven black hair, a feather sticking up from it. Elizabeth is domestic, the English rose, her auburn hair garlanded with flowers. Both are fresh-faced young ladies who smile out at us from the canvas, inviting us into their pleasurable world, and we almost feel like sharing it with them for a time while watching the film.

But appearances, as ever, can be deceiving. There is wealth, finery and privilege on display here to be sure, but it comes at the expense of so much else.

The great evil at the heart of this film is the slave trade, supported and protected by the logic of empire. Britain knows this, hardly blind to what it is doing. But the squalid trade is perpetuated by the forces of denial, greed and inertia.

Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804) was a product of empire, her father Sir John Lindsay an admiral in the Royal Navy, her mother Maria Belle an African slave. Dido was born in the West Indies (illegitimately, of course), her parents unable to marry. But love can transcend anything, it seems, including class, rank and colour. It did so in her case. Her father was a man of feeling. He loved and cherished her, would not abandon her. Instead, he brought her back to England with him when she was possibly only four or five years old (her mother apparently having died). His career in the Navy meant he had to be away at sea much of the time, so Dido was left with an important uncle of Sir John’s — William Murray, known as Lord Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice of the realm at the time (1756-88). Dido grew up at Kenwood House in Hampstead, the lavish estate of her uncle, and lived the rest of her life as an aristocrat in high society.

Lady Elizabeth Murray was born in 1760, so there’s some thought that Dido may have been taken into the household as a playmate of Elizabeth’s, a kind of personal attendant rather than a lady’s maid. One thing we know for certain is that the girls bonded as bosom sisters, not as distant cousins. Elizabeth was emotionally colourblind to Dido, and this must have helped others in the household to feel the same. It helped immensely too that Dido’s temperament was calm, her character good, and her mind sharp.

Yet within the household the social standards of etiquette of the day were adhered to. Dido was allowed to eat with the family privately. We often see her eating at the family breakfast table, but never at the dining room table for dinner when guests are included. At such moments she had no place at the table in her own home, appearances kept up for the world.

Psychologically the drama hinges on this tension. She is loved in the family for who she is, but what she is socially remains problematic. Lord Mansfield as highest judge in the land presides over some court cases that involve slavery. One of these concerns the Zong, a slave ship in which the slaves, shackled together in chains, were jettisoned overboard at sea. What caused this cruel mass murder? Greed, profit and disease. The slaves, sickened and diseased from weeks kept below deck and bound in horrific, inhumane conditions, were weakened. As the ship crossed the Atlantic toward the Americas the slavers realised their cargo was useless. Who would purchase such damaged merchandise? So the better option was to recoup their financial loss via false insurance claims.

There was tremendous political and mercantile pressure on Lord Mansfield to rule in favour of the plaintiffs, the slavers. If the case went against them, it could open up a whole new legal set of circumstances that might challenge the legitimacy of slavery. Therefore much of the drama is built round Lord Mansfield’s legal and public decision, as well as what Dido represents and does to sway his decision. Her ally in this is John Davinier, son of a vicar. He’s also portrayed in the film as an abolitionist, an idealistic fighter for human rights at a time when they were hardly recognised, although this may not have been historically true.

At any rate, both Dido and John are colourblind, love one another, eventually marry and have three children (though their marriage and family are not shown in the film).

The writing, direction, cinematography, costumes, music (by Rachel Portman) and acting are all wonderful. The young female leads are particularly exquisite, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido and Sarah Gadon as Lady Elizabeth Murray. They are fully believable as Georgian women in all their beautiful splendour.

Their portrait can be viewed online. Or, if you want to see the real thing and are able to gain access to it, it hangs in a room at Scone Palace in Scotland, the estate where William Murray grew up before he became Lord Mansfield, an exemplary figure in the history of British law whose character, conscience and position of influence helped Britain abolish slavery throughout the empire.
ABY Harry Potter 9 3/4 Tin Metal Sign 380mm x 280mm
ABY Harry Potter 9 3/4 Tin Metal Sign 380mm x 280mm
Prodotto arrivato prima del tempo previsto
L’insegna è ben fatta e rispecchia esattamente la foto di presentazione.
Lo spessore è piuttosto sottile
Arriva imballato in una leggera plastica trasparente dove, nella latte superiore vengono ripresi i personaggi di HP
Consiglio vivamente l’acquisto agli amanti della saga
Something Going Around: A Tor.Com Original
Something Going Around: A Tor.Com Original
Nice speculation about parasites and their need to breed. Most of it takes place in a college bar, but they are not drunk and the idea although wild is not beyond the believable.
Rubie's Costume Evildoer Wig
Rubie's Costume Evildoer Wig
My hubby wore for Halloween party recently to finalize his devil costume. This wig was pretty cool! It just needed to be trimmed and shaped some to fit his face so he wouldn't look like a hippie-haha. Once I played Edward Scissorhands he rocked it out! This wig is great quality for an inexpensive wig for sure- it is longer in front than in back so it ha a grunge rock effect which I love! It is awesome because we brushed it even and it stayed intact. He wore it all night and we won contests everywhere we went so I say go for it- this wig really is cool and unique you are sure to complete your mans costume with this bad boy!
Year of the Rooster
Year of the Rooster
This book is about the amazing story of a small company and how it grew up to one of the most successful companies in such a short time.
The book is fascinating, easy to read and takes the reader to the inside of all the steps and decisions that led to this success.
Highly recommended!!!!!
Quick Charge 3.0 USB Wall Charger 6 Ports Desktop QC 3.0 USB Hub Charging Station Multi USB Charger Fast Charging Compatible with Phones,Tablets Smartphones and More(Red)
Quick Charge 3.0 USB Wall Charger 6 Ports Desktop QC 3.0 USB Hub Charging Station Multi USB Charger Fast Charging Compatible with Phones,Tablets Smartphones and More(Red)
The "quick charge" port is absolutely garbage charging power - I have several rapid chargers to compare to and this is the slowest charge I've ever seen. For example, I had one iPad plugged in overnight (about 8 hours) and it was charged to 67% - even using the standard cube that comes with an iPad would have it to 100% much faster. I rarely write reviews but this one is irritating as crap, save your money!
Collar con colgante en forma de corazón, de Ado Glo, con inscripción en inglés "Always My Sister Forever My Friend", perfecto regalo para hermana, cumpleaños o día de San Valentín; para niñas y mujeres, para el Día de la Madre, un regalo para ella o para tus mejores amigas
Collar con colgante en forma de corazón, de Ado Glo, con inscripción en inglés "Always My Sister Forever My Friend", perfecto regalo para hermana, cumpleaños o día de San Valentín; para niñas y mujeres, para el Día de la Madre, un regalo para ella o para tus mejores amigas
Okay, so I would like to start with that this was on the 12 days of deals that amazon created for Christmas. I bought this because I needed to find a gift for my sister in law and was not having any luck. This is because the usual gifts did not seem good enough to give her.

I received this product, the words are very visible for you to see. The rhinestones look like rhinestones, but you get what you pay for. The chain is about medium length and falls right above the breasts so it didn't have the annoying stuck in the bra that a lot of necklaces have. She has been wearing it since last weekend. There is no size of tarnage or green against her skin. This was so wonderful for me to find and get for her. It really helped with out relationship, because she means a lot to me. However, I am not very good at expressing it. She understood after the gift of this necklace. The box that it comes in is so cute as well, made it very easy to wrap. I would recommend for others to buy.
Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A - Portátil de 13 pulgadas Core i5, 4 GB de RAM, 128 GB SSD (renovado)
Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A - Portátil de 13 pulgadas Core i5, 4 GB de RAM, 128 GB SSD (renovado)
Arrived with many distracting scratches or something in the middle of the display. Little black marks that won't come off. 90 day warranty says they won't accept returns for "cosmetics" so I figured we would just have to deal with it. I spent about 7 or 8 hours transferring all of my gf's nursing school stuff from the PC to the MacBook. Today, we discovered that we can't sign in to iCloud, iMessage or FaceTime (even with a valid Apple ID). After several hours of trying troubleshooting from the internet, we caved in and called Apple support.

After about a half hour on the phone with them, they found that whomever "refurbished" this macbook formatted the SSD incorrectly. I had to completely erase the SSD in order to reformat it to the correct format. I lost all of that time spent transferring yesterday.....but it gets worse. After having erased the drive, reformatting it and trying to "restore" it to an older OS so I could properly upgrade it, it bricked. I now have a $700 paperweight that I can't return.
Y: The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Y: The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Before Saga, there was Ex Machina. And before Ex MAchina there was this comic book beauty. Oh great Brian K Vaughan, in my opinion: a less hippy, less hairy, less up-tight modern day Alan Moore.
This series is a great series.
The characters feel real; the story makes you think, makes you laugh and grips you like a boa constrictor. It is perfect.

LONG LIVE BRIAN K VAUGHAN!!!

That is all.
HAPY SHOP 12 Inch/30 cm Junior T-Square 2 Pack Plastic Transparent Academic T-Ruler for Art Framing and Drafting
HAPY SHOP 12 Inch/30 cm Junior T-Square 2 Pack Plastic Transparent Academic T-Ruler for Art Framing and Drafting
For the money, and being plastic, these are light duty but great square rulers. Probably wouldn't last in an industrial setting, but for home use, they are perfect. I got a BIG piece of watercolor paper (22x30) and put one ruler on each side of the width of the paper and made a mark at the ends of each. Then I reversed them, and - wow! - the marks met perfectly near the middle. I have one commercial grade steel engineer's ruler, and each of these were marked perfectly accurately. This may be overkill for a review for inexpensive rulers,but I felt they deserved the rating!
HALTER Executive Office Chair - High Back Reclining Comfortable Desk Chair - Ergonomic Design - Thick Padded Seat and Backrest - PU Leather Desk Chair with Smooth Glide Caster Wheels (Olive Green)
HALTER Executive Office Chair - High Back Reclining Comfortable Desk Chair - Ergonomic Design - Thick Padded Seat and Backrest - PU Leather Desk Chair with Smooth Glide Caster Wheels (Olive Green)
I bought this chair as a replacement for a home office chair I had for 15 years. The previous chair was made with a soft leather, was very cushioned and had a high degree of recline. I received the Halter chiar as promised and found the assembly extremely simple.
The chair is much firmer than my previous chair and is essentially like a small version of a Chesterfiel couch, complete with all the same tufys and studs. At first the firmness was a bit off putting, but after a few days its firmness started to exert a high degree of comfort via the back and leg support it afforded and the seat cushion felt very accommodating. The only nit is that the recline is not what I expected. But then again did I really need a high degree of recline? Right now i would say no.

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