Ray Rogers

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Head First Python: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Python: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Python: A Brain-Friendly Guide by Paul Barry. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 172 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Dreamsnatcher
The Dreamsnatcher
The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 66 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Firma (Em Portugues do Brasil)
A Firma (Em Portugues do Brasil)
A Firma (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone , enfant et justicier
Theodore Boone , enfant et justicier
Theodore Boone , enfant et justicier by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone by Stephen King, James Franco, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 814 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
King Lear
King Lear
King Lear by William Shakespeare. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Geoprocessing with Python
Geoprocessing with Python
Geoprocessing with Python by Chris Garrard. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP for Teens
PHP for Teens
PHP for Teens by Maneesh Sethi. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL 101: A quick and easy reference
SQL 101: A quick and easy reference
SQL 101: A quick and easy reference by David Rojas. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Machine Learning For Dummies
Machine Learning For Dummies
Machine Learning For Dummies by John Paul Mueller and Luca Massaron. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 151 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable
The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable
I studied chemistry during college. During that time, I learned a fair share of equations, ones that describe how our human body operates, how the world works, and how compounds are formed with certain chemicals added up in detailed processes. While sometimes complex, it always boiled down to simple equations done one step at a time. I found comfort in the certainty of those equations that allowed me to create the same results over and over again.

But life has a lot of variables, a lot of uncertainty. It's not as easy to create the reproducible results I want for my life the way I once did in a laboratory. Sometimes we are blindsided by events out of our control. We get knocked down. We let our fears, doubts, and insecurities creep in. While we once operated from a place of hope, we now operate from a place of fear. We stop ourselves in our own tracks and fall short in creating the life that we want.

But then Hal wrote this book, The Miracle Equation, and saved the day! While reading through this book, I found myself giving my dreams a chance again. Hal's words gave me permission to allow the possibilities of miracles to be a constant in life, something I can create for myself again, and again, and again! He gave me the opportunity to not only have faith in myself and in my higher power, but an UNWAVERING faith, so that I am able to go after my mission UNTIL it comes to fruition. Secondly, Hal showed me how to put forth extraordinary effort in a simple, set-by-step formula, so that we can truly live out a life filled with miracles.

The Miracle Equation has given me an easily implementable guideline to use to create the miracles I want to see in my life. He has brought certainty in a journey filled with uncertainty. It's the only equation I'll ever need to remember for the rest of my life. Thank you Hal, for another beautiful body of life-changing work. The world thanks you!

-Natalie Janji
Louis Armstrong Smiled
Louis Armstrong Smiled
Louis Armstrong Smiled by Mike D'Ariano. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Louis Armstrong" category.
Vol. 1-3-Bootleg Series
Vol. 1-3-Bootleg Series
I remember the excitement when this was released -my relatives in USA phoned and said " we are sending you a Xmas present" .Thankfully this set arrived and has become a treasured possession. Later editions do not have the same physical appeal of this large box set-about the size of an LP.
Musical critics gave good reviews quoting from the booklet that came with the set as if it was their own description--"jangling buttons " etc.
Songs that became Dylan classics are on these discs-too many to list.
IMO, this is the best of the Bootleg Series and is the one I would grab if my house went on fire.
A great set for both Dylan diehards and those exploring " why is Dylan treated like a God?"
KitchenAid KSB1332YPA K150 Blender, 48 oz, Passion Red
KitchenAid KSB1332YPA K150 Blender, 48 oz, Passion Red
I had a nutri- bullet that lasted for 5 years ! This blender is so cute , looks just like a gumball machine . Powerful , a bit noisy but I can deal with it . There is a separate attachment to make smoothies or in my case margaritas, and pina coladas.
Recycled Wine Bottle Scented Candle (Pina Colada)
Recycled Wine Bottle Scented Candle (Pina Colada)
It's a lovely candle. The design is stylish and attractive and can blend with any decor. However, much to my chagrin, it didn't smell anything even remotely like a pina, a colada, or a pina colada. I can't even describe the scent it's so far off. I haven't even managed to light it, yet. If I light it and it magically emits a pina colada scent, I will come back and adjust my review. I hurried and grabbed this one because it was the last pina colada in stock. That made it even more disappointing to get it and it not even smell like labeled. Perhaps the company's other scents are true to label, but I won't buy another to find out.

Love that it's made of a recycled wine bottle, which helps reduce waste. I plan to make another candle in it when I burn this one away.
One Fur All 100% Natural Soy Wax Candle, 20 Fragrances - Pet Odor Eliminator, Appx 60 Hrs Burn Time, Non-toxic, Eco-Friendly Reusable Glass Jar Scented Candles – Pet House Candle, Pina Colada
One Fur All 100% Natural Soy Wax Candle, 20 Fragrances - Pet Odor Eliminator, Appx 60 Hrs Burn Time, Non-toxic, Eco-Friendly Reusable Glass Jar Scented Candles – Pet House Candle, Pina Colada
love the smell of lavender and the smell of fresh green tea leaves so got that candle scent as my second choice. Am NOT a fan of this candle scent one bit, it literally smells like the cheap air freshener fragrant scents you buy at store that has a background chemical like deodorizing scent to it. nothing natural smelling about it to 'my' nose, the potency scent however is not mild, you can definitely smell around the house and evn smell it when near it when it is not lit.

I really like my first choice though, the vanilla creme brulee. it is not as potent but, the scent is there in the air. it may not always smell like it while sitting in room but, you can definitely smell it when you leave room and come back in.. this scent is similar to my favorite pet odor exterminator candle scent, caramel vanilla latte but, with a slight cinnamon scent added in. the POE candle scent however is more potent and worked better at deodorizing odors but, it started making me feel nauseated and this pet house creme brulee so far has not and it is much healthier to have lit in our house as well.

Have decide however that as much as i like the creme brulee scent and the container that it comes in, i will not be buying these candles again since the candle does not burn right. For a $22 candle, i do not expect a candle that does not pool all the way across the status jar and leaves at least 1/8" of wax unmelted all around jar. the wick used in these does not seem to be a proper wick for these jar IMO.
BESTEK 150W Power Inverter 12V to 110V Voltage Converter Car Charger Power Adapter with 2 USB Charging Ports (3.1A Shared)
BESTEK 150W Power Inverter 12V to 110V Voltage Converter Car Charger Power Adapter with 2 USB Charging Ports (3.1A Shared)
A lot of car inverters have long cables which mean the device flops all around the center console while driving, and the connector wires are constantly getting pulled out of where the twist caps are, which also get lost constantly, leading the owner to decide whether or not to risk getting electrocuted by putting the wire to the screw without the cap, or using tape. I have gone to the hardware store several times getting replacement caps. I decided I knew for sure there had to be a model without wires, and went a-searchin' Sure enough, this is what I was looking for. I have a power hungry Galaxy S8 for which straight 1A USB won't cut it, so I have to have an inverter to get me 2 Amps while on the road, if I don't have 2 Amps it will drain faster than it charges. I have noticed that this has a 2.1 Amp USB connector but since it has the 120v plug I have only used that, and it meets my needs well. Nice too that I can also power a laptop with it if needed. This unit is exactly what I needed and the price is right. I have no complaints about its performance, and have other Bestek products and am happy with them. I feel that Bestek understands what consumers want out of their charging devices and does a good job designing products that meet those needs. As a piece of advice, I recommend unplugging the device from the car when exiting the vehicle, and only plugging in after starting the vehicle. It shouldn't matter, but I have had an inverter that drained my car battery and, never again. But that's not a reflection on this unit, which is superb. I highly recommend it.
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Jeff Dunham Show
I like to think of the "Jeff Dunham Show" as Sesame Street for adults. The puppets take on a "life-like" feature and are out in the real world. I LOVE the Jeff Dunham DVDs (Spark of Insanity, Arguing with Myself, Controlled Chaos, and the Christmas Special). I own all 4 of them. Well, Christmas Special only comes with beeped version. Anyway. I have watched the show, don't own it yet. I'll eventually own it. Even if it is more like Sesame Street and less like the other DVDs of Jeff Dunham. Jeff does get on stage a few times with his dummies. This would be the only time we see the vantriliquisim part. When the dolls enter the real world, Jeff is hidden the whole time. In the special features bit, you can see Jeff in a ditch, playing Achmed in California. (At least I think it was California. Camp Pamdleton if my memory is correct. Achmed was joining the Marines! Semper Fi!) If you like the puppets and enjoy them and want to see how they can be in real life, without having Jeff by their side, get this show! It won't be as funny or hilarious as the stage producations, but it will be funny.

Added to review on August 3, 2013
I now own this DVD and I stick by what I said earlier. This is Sesame Street for Adults. So, if you liked Sesame Street as a kid, I think you'll like this as well. I do not recommend this for kids. (I don't recomment Jeff Dunham for kids at all. Let the parents watch Jeff's DVDs first, then decide if it is something they want their kids to watch or not.)
INTEY Metal Detector - High Precision Adjustable Height with Waterproof Coil for Detecting Jewelry, Gold, Silver, Beach Treasures, Metal Detector for Kids and Adults
INTEY Metal Detector - High Precision Adjustable Height with Waterproof Coil for Detecting Jewelry, Gold, Silver, Beach Treasures, Metal Detector for Kids and Adults
I've always wanted one ever since I was a kid but could never convince my parents to buy one. Fast forward many years later I was vacationing in Maine at a beach front hotel when I saw people walking along the beach with their metal detector. I decided to chat some of them up. they told me they'd occasionally find something but more importantly, it's an incentive to exercise. Sometimes they'd go out for a simple walk and end up walking for hours or miles because they're on a roll that day, finding random "treasures" and trinkets. It's no longer exercise to them, but an activity. Perfect for someone who doesn't love to just exercise for exercise...like me.

I searched on Amazon for a good while before deciding on this one. My main factors were: Price, ease of use and storage.

Price:
This was the most important factor because I'm just starting out, I didn't want to spend too much on one that I may not even get all the usage out of yet. Better to start with one and upgrade down the road but also did not want one that would be too basic that I'd never find anything on my walks. This one was priced right for what I'm comfortable paying to start out.

Ease of Use:
Since I'm a completely newbie to this, I didn't want one with a ton of functions and complexity. This has has basic features and simple adjustments. Basically some calibration and use it to determine if something is there or not. I'm just trying to find anything right now and maybe down the road, I'll be more sophisticated and specific. I've tested this with simple stuff I have around the house, nails, coins, scrap metal, and it so far it picks up all these types of metals. Off to a good start.

Storage:
I don't have a ton of room, I needed it to be easy to break down, and put away for storage without taking up a lot of room. This can be broken down and put in a box of 18x5x5. Basically it would fit under my bed or tucked away in the closet easily.

Quick summary:
If you're just starting out and have limited storage space, this is a good fit. It's pretty cheap compared to other units. Has basic features that's easy to use and once you're done, it can be broken down and tucked away for next time, taking up very little space.
Dracarys Bamboo Toothbrush 10 Pack - 5 Colors Bamboo Toothbrush Natural Soft Bristles -Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Organic Bamboo Toothbrush for Family Daily Travel Use
Dracarys Bamboo Toothbrush 10 Pack - 5 Colors Bamboo Toothbrush Natural Soft Bristles -Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Organic Bamboo Toothbrush for Family Daily Travel Use
Ho acquistato il pacco da 10 spazzolini, dopo averne usufruito devo dire di essere rimasta soddisfatta. Come già detto, dieci spazzolini, due per colore, sono comodi e maneggiabili tranquillamente, di dimensione quanto un normale spazzolino.
Le uniche cose mi portano a mettere quattro stelle è che la confezione è di plastica, cosa che si potrebbe tranquillamente evitare per rendere il tutto davvero ecofriendly. La seconda pecca è che le setole dello spazzolino sono tutte rette e questo può risultare scomodo per alcuni. Per il resto, un ottimo acquisto, morbido abbastanza da non danneggiare le gengive ma pulisce a fondo i denti.
Nidavellir Mjolnir Bottle Opener, Thor Hammer Bottle Opener, Thor Beer Bottle Opener with Bonus Silver Mjolnir Keychain Bottle Opener
Nidavellir Mjolnir Bottle Opener, Thor Hammer Bottle Opener, Thor Beer Bottle Opener with Bonus Silver Mjolnir Keychain Bottle Opener
The product is great, but it didn’t come with the extra keychain bottle opener as advertised in both written and photograph form. If you aren’t going to provide the keychain, then do not include it in the product description as a “bonus” gift, and was one reason why I chose this so that my dad could have a portable one and one to keep at home. The keychain he could have shown off to his friends at work, and was my intention, but now all he has is the main opener.
The Vincent Price Collection [Blu-ray]
The Vincent Price Collection [Blu-ray]
DISC ONE:
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/1961/Color/Not Rated/+/- 80 Minutes

THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/1971/Color/PG-13 (Some Horror Violence/Gore)/+/- 93 Minutes

DISC TWO:
THE HAUNTED PALACE
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/1963/Color/Not Rated/+/- 93 Minutes

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/1960/Color/Not Rated/+/- 80 Minutes

DISC THREE:
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Theatrical Cut)
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/1964/Color/Not Rated/+/- 88 Minutes

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Extended Cut)
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/1964/Color/Not Rated/+/- 89 Minutes

DISC FOUR:
WITCHFINDER GENERAL (aka THE CONQUEROR WORM)
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/1968/Color/Not Rated/+/- 87 Minutes

Also Includes 24-Page Booklet With An Essay By Author David Del Valle And Rare Photos

Please Note: we were unable to include the Vincent Price introductions previously available on the 2013 version of this release.

Bonus Features

DISC ONE:
THE PIT & THE PENDULUM (1961)
Rare Prologue
Audio Commentary By Producer/Director Roger Corman
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971)
Audio Commentary By Director Robert Fuest, Conducted By Film Historian Marcus Hearn
Audio Commentary By Author Justin Humphreys
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

DISC TWO:
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)
Includes Both The Theatrical Cut And The Extended Cut
Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman (Theatrical Cut)
Interview With Producer/Director Roger Corman
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

DISC THREE:
THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963)
Audio Commentary By Author Lucy Chase Williams
Audio Commentary By Tom Weaver
A Change of Poe – An Interview With Producer/Director Roger Corman
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1960)
Audio Commentary By Producer/Director Roger Corman
Audio Interview With Vincent Price Conducted By Film Historian David Del Valle
Vincent Price Retrospective Commentary By Author Lucy Chase Williams Featuring Piotr Michael
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

DISC FOUR:
WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968)
Audio Commentary By Producer Philip Waddilove And Actor Ian Ogilvy
Witchfinder General: Michael Reeves’ Horror Classic
Alternate Opening And Closing Credits For The Conqueror Worm
Interview With Vincent Price Conducted By Film Historian David Del Valle
Interview with Victoria Price
Theatrical Trailer
Additional Vincent Price Theatrical Trailers
Still Gallery
Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4 (4)
Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4 (4)
A remastered 2-in-1 edition of the all-time classic hit from one of Japan’s most beloved creators, available for the first time in a format faithful to the original work. One day, teenage martial artist Ranma Saotome went on a training mission with his father and ended up taking a dive into some cursed springs at a legendary training ground in China. Now, every time he’s splashed with cold water, he changes into a girl. His father, Genma, changes into a panda! What’s a half-guy, half-girl to do?

Contains volumes 7 and 8! Back when Ranma’s father, Genma, and Akane’s father, Soun, were young martial artists, they learned the secrets of Anything-Goes Martial Arts from one of the greatest masters of all time. James Sprouse Jr Author of the Hit Book Angelcat. 
Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza
Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza
I just recently dove into home pizza making and bought this book looking for inspiration. I have found this book to have many good recipes, some sound strange, but all are delicious (see the Big Kahuna Pizza).

Photos are included for only a few of the pizzas so some of the more complex combinations that require ingredient prep are tough to follow (Big Kahuna again, does the prosciutto wrap the shrimp lengthwise or crosswise?). In almost every case there are plenty of instructions to make each pizza, and all of the strange sounding combinations of ingredients are delicious!!

I wish there were a little more information on working with dough, and formulas instead of volume measurements, but the recipes for dough have proven to work well. I am just starting but have tried to toss the dough after reading Tony's advice. The dessert pizza with a sweet dough has been a big hit with my kids.

This is a good pizza cookbook with a lot of Tony's input from many years in the pizza business. Obviously his California style combinations have been proven to be hits with customers over the long haul in his shop.

And yes, with this book you will be able to make a reasonably good NY style pizza.
One Piece, Vol. 24 (24)
One Piece, Vol. 24 (24)
One Piece Volume 24 marks the final chapters of the Baroque Works saga and the beginning of the next big 'Skypiea' saga. It also marks the first volume of the new One Piece speed-up publishing plan, as books 25-28 have also been released simultaneously, with five more volumes each month until June 2010. If you haven't been saving up, you might want to start now.

The big twist of this book is one most fans have probably already known for quite some time, as both the Funimation dub and tie-in video games like 
Conversations with Leo Tolstoy ('Conversations with')
Conversations with Leo Tolstoy ('Conversations with')
I wanted to hear about Tolstoy, as well as listen to some of his classic works, long or short. Simon Parke's Conversations with Leo Tolstoy featured in online holdings as the only choice. Part of Parke's clever series using himself as a slightly hesitant interviewer hosting great thinkers, here Andy Harrison enlivens Tolstoy in his own words. However, this encounter is long after his mid-life conversion which lured him away from literary circles as he pursued his dogged spiritual quests.

It makes me wonder about Parke with Mozart, Van Gogh, Meister Eckhardt, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Jesus. It's a pleasingly disparate set of topics that Parke, assuming the hesitant delivery of a "Very British" pundit-journalist, delves into with Leo. Not only violence, war, and pacifism, but marriage, belief, science, and vegetarianism. For the audio, Andy Harrison fulminates appropriately, as his passionate advocacy of abstention from many delights as well as cruelties characterized his later life.

He despised King Lear, too. So, while I did not get much of the literary fame and fictional achievements, I did learn in these in-depth four hours quite a lot about Tolstoy's spirit. You understand better why his family relations were so tumultuous, and why he courted great fame.
The Good Guy
The Good Guy
Ok confession time: if I had to pick one, I mean really had to, I think that this would be the least favourite of the I Heart series for me, but I still loved re-reading it and I would never have left it out and I still love Angela. But i don't heart Paris and I think that might be why I didn't love love love it. Plus there are so many nasty things that happen to lovely Angela and lovely Alex in this book, it was a little on the stressful side! Nevertheless I would still highly highly recommend reading this one because otherwise you will miss out on all the Angela drama and miss out on spending time with the beautiful Alex.

So I think that this books is where Angela really learns to stand on her own two feet. She doesn't have Jenny with her all of the time, because of Jenny's new Job and Angela being in Paris for work, there aren't even a ton of interactions between them in the middle part of this book. I would have loved to have seen Jenny more obviously because Jenny is amazing, but she needed to take a little step back to allow Angela to see that she could deal with every crisis that comes her way on her own. I loved the way Angela handled a lot of the things that happen in this book, not all of them and I did shout at her a couple of times about not being able to see what was right in front of her face, but then we can't always see things when we are in certain situations can we?

From the way I am talking about these characters you can tell just how well written they are. These people feel like real friends of mine, like if Angela was to tweet something, I would definitely re tweet it for her. Alex is fairly independent in this book too and I didn't always like the way he handled things either, I love you Alex, but I didn't always like you! It is great for Alex and Angela to have some time on their own away from New York dramas to work on their relationship but the storyline meant that there was drama for them every step of the way and that is one of the things that I really liked about this book, the drama. There is so much drama in this book, drama over so many different areas as well and so it definitely meant for a fast read. Having re-read it I had forgotten some of the finer details as well and the way Lindsey Kelk has crafted this story is pretty impressive and must have been hard to map out-bravo!

Obviously I wasn't thrilled about the setting of this one and did keep asking if Angela was going to get a plane back to New York, but it is very well-described. I could definitely picture myself on the Parisan streets with Angela and the shopping she does is pretty immense. There is also a lot of wine drinking in this book, it being Paris and all and I really loved that about it. Unfortunately I listened to this book in audio form, which was incredibly well done, but meant I couldn't be drinking wine because most of the time I was in the car!

Needless to say, despite the setting, this is a great addition to the I Heart Series. The drama, the relationships and the fashion was absolutely on point and whether this is a re-read for you, or a first time, what are you waiting for? Get stuck in!
The Case of the Postponed Murder (Perry Mason Series Book 82)
The Case of the Postponed Murder (Perry Mason Series Book 82)
Mason's client has a problem. He comes home to find barbed wire strung through his house, a sexy woman in a bikini on the one side, complete with a court order allowing her to be there - and himself out of half of his own house. It seems the man who built the house put it partly on his own, and partly on his wife's separate property with the assurance he'd get clear title.
Things get worse when the man ends up dead with a knife in his back - in his client's side of the house. Caught in a tangle, his client refuses to give his story to everybody - including Mason. It's up to Perry to clear his client's name by creating reasonable doubt - and capitalizing on a mistake by the prosecuting attorney.
Always With Love
Always With Love
So far I only read the fist story and it seems a bit cheesy to me. Jessica seems like an inmature girl and Brodie seems like an overbearing tyrant that comes across as more future abuser than sexy take charge. The book is ok if you just want some mindless reading and not have to think too much.
The Janson Directive
The Janson Directive
As Anderson and another reviewer have already commented, this Ludlum novel did have distracting passages that almost read like essays, and since we don't know where Ludlum left off before he died and someone else took over for him, I would like to suggest another possibility to this departure from his usual treatment. Authors who want to lend authenticity to their stories do far more research than they can actually use in a story. Often, in the first draft, they include everything -- its called overwriting -- until they are ready to revise. And then they edit back unwieldy descriptions in favor of keeping the story and pace moving forward. Ludlum may have died before he could do this, but in leaving his research in, the editor has left us with another Ludlum legacy.
If we were to separate these passages from the main story line, we would have an extraordinary thesis on today's terrorists--he described their warped mindset--what motivates them, their history, their homelands, their grievances, their hopes and dreams. Ludlum provides needed insight into today's enemy, and that's always been his greatest power--his books have not only thrilled us, they have educated us about so many things--government structures we never experience, about people we never meet in our daily lives, and now at the end, he helps us see America the way terrorists see us--from the oppressed to those deluded with power, whether on the side of the enemy or within our own ranks of government and commerce. He has created characters we want to meet again, and for his last work, what a memory to leave with us if that is not the case. Paul Janson and Jessica Kincaid--today's hero and heroine--the kind our world needs in a time when trust is threatened.
Ludlum did not disappoint his fans. This is an amazing book that reveals nothing until the last chapter and even then the suspense does not let up until the last page. If Ludlum has succeeded in training a few authors to complete outlines of novels he created before he died, we can only welcome their continuing contributions in his memory, and more power to their own works, but it would be nice to give these writers the recognition they so richly deserve. On that, I agree whole heartedly with a few other reviewers here.
Word of Mouse
Word of Mouse
This is such a lovely story about Isaiah the little mouse. Sadly Isaiah started life in a laboratory and has been bred especially by the laboratory for experimental purposes. He has 96 brothers and sisters and the laboratory has tagged him on the ear with his number, 97. He is bright blue like the sky and turns out to be a very heroic and smart mouse. He manages to escape with his family of other mice but he is the only one that does not get recaptured.

The journey he goes on as a lonely mouse soon turns to adventure with lots of interesting and clever adventures. He is not your typical common mouse but a rather special mouse that has plenty of unique and useful talents.

The book is very witty, funny and touching. It is beautifully written with lots of words and facts that are slipped in that parents would be happy for their 9 - 11 year old children to know.

Each chapter starts with a quote from none other than Isaiah himself. He is a very charming and brave mouse and regularly reminds his fellow mice that they are mice not rats and therefore superior.

The story has of good morals throughout. There are lots of parts that are very touching, cute, compassionate and sweet. He even has a love interest. The illustrations are amazing and really catch the mood of the scene being described.

I highly recommend this book, it is very special and so beautifully written. I read it in a few hours and couldn't put it down. I was keen to know how it was going to end and the ending was just as special as the rest of the book.

After reading the book it makes you realise that we are all one, we are not that different from Isaiah really ;-)

I have the kindle version and have added photographs.
Riders of the Purple Sage: A Western Duology
Riders of the Purple Sage: A Western Duology
A book written about a small settlement of Mormons and Gentiles who were ostracized and persecuted by the local bishop who wanted a weathy ranch woman for a 3rd wife. She doesn't want to be a third wife and also raises his ire by being friendly with and hiring a few gentiles to work on her ranch, conflict in the settling of the West. There's the plot. Another reason for reading the book is Zane Grey's beautiful descriptions of the land, the plants, the weather, the locale. Mr. Grey makes Southern Utah come alive and visible to the reader.
La Caída de Gondolin (Spanish Edition)
La Caída de Gondolin (Spanish Edition)
Que hermosura de libro. La historia espectacular y las imágenes y demás preciosas. Es más grande que los demás libros de Tolkien. Aunque es la edición normal de pasta blanda,la pasta es un poco gruesa,tiene letras en relieve que sobresalen de la portada, no quiero imaginar la edición de pasta dura. No se,creo que soy el primero en comprarlo en México 😌 y al primero que le llega 😁. Estoy muy feliz después de haber esperado tantos meses a que estuviera disponible.
Return of the Hood
Return of the Hood
A great Hammer alter-ego, quick, hard, always ready guy. One the the bright Spillane's novels.
In den besten Familien: Ein Fall für Nero Wolfe. Kriminalroman (German Edition)
In den besten Familien: Ein Fall für Nero Wolfe. Kriminalroman (German Edition)
Wer Rex Stout mag, wird diesen Roman lieben.
Logisch, kalt und höchst emotional - spannend, wie ein Krimi sein soll, den die Mimi liest im Bett!

Ob die neue deutsche Übersetzung gar so gut ist, bezweifle ich.
Die alte (1965??) Übersetzung sagt an einer bestimmten und höchst spannenden Stelle etwa folgendes:
Der Komplize des getöteten Übeltäters sagt zu einem anderen Handlanger:
1. Komplize: (im Anblick des ungeliebten, toten Verbrecher-Chefs:)
Er ist hin!!
Frage des 2. Komplizen:
Ist er tot?
Antwort:
Mausetot!!
(Komplize 2 ergreift sofort die Flucht - ohne sich um Goodwin und Wolfe, die beiden Helden, zu kümmern, die direkt neben der Leiche des zur Strecke gebrachten Superschurken stehen.)

Die neue Übersetzung sagt, nahe am amerikanischen Text, aber flach wie ein Brett:
Er ist hinüber!
Ist er tot?
Antwort : Tot!

Erst nach mehrmaligem Lesen kann einem auffallen, dass an der wichtigsten und wohl auch spannendsten Stelle im Roman eine merkwürdige Ungereimtheit auftritt. Wie verhindern Archie und Nero Wolfe, dass die herbeieilenden Helfershelfer nicht Tabula rasa machen und nicht nur den Mann mit der Waffe, der ihren Boss niedergestreckt hat, erschießen, sondern die Helden ebenfalls? (Der Roman ist ja nicht neu, die Fangemeinde riesengroß; irgendwer hat in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten bestimmt eine Antwort gefunden.)

Hin oder her, der Roman ist typisch Rex Staut, ein Meisterwerk der Kriminalliteratur aus dieser Zeit.
Mehrere Rex Stout-Romane wurden jetzt neu aufgelegt, zuletzt "Die goldenen Spinnen". Herrlich. Einfach herrlich.
Die Romane habe ich vor 30 Jahren zum ersten Mal gelesen, jetzt wieder. Ein Genuss.
"In den besten Familien" ist als Krimi Klasse, aber auch als Fan zum Lesen außerordentlich: Irre, die Gefahr, irre, wie das Genie Nero Wolfe die Sache - und den Fall - löst.
Ich habe mich in die Rex Stout-Romane hineingelesen - wieder- und habe alle anderen Romane antiquarisch besorgt und nochmals gelesen. Beste Ablenkung von Corona-Krise, die der Krimi-Leser sich denken kann!
Harry Potter Marauders Map
Harry Potter Marauders Map
Okay, couple things here... As a huge Harry Potter fan, I'm on a mission to purchase all Harry Potter prop replicas, and if you are too, then The Noble Collection is the way to go! As for this map, I was a bit iffy about it because of the back and forth reviews, but I bought it anyways due to my current mission... Upon receiving this Marauders Map, I don't understand where all the negativity is coming from! It's a beautiful piece and, in my opinion, it's as close as anyone's gonna get to the actual map from the movies! Sure, there's places on the map that don't line up and some that don't makes sense, but don't get this confused with an actual step by step map of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (a place that doesn't really exist, I might add) This is a replica and a very good one too! Any Harry Potter fan would be happy to add this to the right collection!
Standing Under Freedom, A Foundation for Personal Empowerment
Standing Under Freedom, A Foundation for Personal Empowerment
In these dark, disturbing and depressing times, it is hard to find hope or look forward to "the future". TheAntiTerrorist has written two books anyone interested in having freedom/privacy in their lives must own. It is possible, it is attainable and it is all up to YOU, the reader! TAT suggest practical solutions for getting Big Brother out of your lives as much as possible. Every theory, accusation or solution is backed up with proof and if you are so inclined to actually look something up for yourself, TAT provides you with enough information that you may do so. Even though the book is about what is really going on in this world and that can be depressing at times, there is plenty of humor to put a smile on your face. Humorous cartoons fill the book, many of them using actual quotes or questions from his Youtube channel , [...], artwork is supplied by HEO, someone just as mysterious as TheAntiTerrorist.
Whether you label yourself an anarchist, survivalist, libertine or just someone who wants to live their lives on their own terms without tyrants telling you what you should be doing, this book is for you. I suggest you visit TAT website or Youtube channel and join his conversation. Excellent books, thank you TAT.
On Inequality
On Inequality
This is a really short book, less than 100 pages, which pages are not even full-size to begin with. I read it on a flight from Miami to New York and still had time to do the "hard" Sudoku puzzle in the airline magazine.

But it is well worth reading. Simply stated, the author,a professor of philosophy at Princeton who previously wrote a popular book called "On Bullsh*t" bluntly rejects the pursuit of economic equality as a morally valid goal. He characterizes such a pursuit as "alienating" a person from his or her own self, by defining said person by reference to what others have or lack. Using economic equality to define a person's moral status means that if one has more income or wealth than others, one should feel guilt, and if one has less, one should feel victimized. This means that people can not be satisfied or happy based on their personal assessment of their own lives and that is why he defines the economic equality frame as "alienating". For some reason I don't quite understand, he eschews use of words like "envy", "jealousy" or "covetousness" to describe that state of mind.

He also discusses attempts to justify economic equality based on the theory of "diminishing marginal utility" which postulates that the marginal value of an additional dollar to a person who is already well off is less than to a person who has substantial needs. First, he notes, that such an argument is really an argument for a basic level of sufficiency, not ultimate equality. Once both persons have a sufficient amount, and what is being compared is two persons' desire to purchase a discretionary item, the proposition is not credible. The marginal utility of moving from an income level that uses frequent flyer to upgrade to first class to the income level that uses private jets may be huge, because it enables one to bypass the TSA nightmare and spares one unnecessarily long waits in airports.

In the same vein, he disputes the measurability and comparability of marginal utilities ab initio. He astutely offers the example of series of things -- products, services and content. Think about collecting (e.g., comic books, baseball cards, first editions). Or watching a TV series, such as Breaking Bad or the Sopranos: how important was it to see the last episode vs one in the middle? Or the greater value of attending the championship game at the end of a season. In each case, the last purchase or experience in the series can be the most desired, not the least valued. Life can't be reduced to simple formulas with linear slopes. Merely because marginal utility can be observed in hindsight or across a population as a whole does not mean it can be predicted with accuracy as regards the future or any given individual. See "ecological fallacy".

There is also the fact, not raised by the author, of differing life cycles of consumption, work and leisure. One person may work extra hard in high school, college, and his or her prime working years, and may save aggressively. with the goal of consolidating a large block of leisure and savings in retirement. Another person may elect to enjoy a more dispersed leisure throughout those earlier periods and find himself or herself working later in life to make up for it. Think of the famous marshmallow experiment. But how does one justly define, at any point along the timelines of these two lives, what is "equality" between them?

The two most significant lines of criticism of the "equality" imperative that are missing from this book are the impact on child-rearing and the failure to account for disparities in work and productivity.

Regarding child-rearing, a world of perfect equality dis-incentivizes parents from investing extra time or resources in their children, given that any fruits of above-average development of the child will not be retained by the child, let alone benefit the parents indirectly, but instead disseminated among the population to maintain equality. So why expend extra effort?

Regarding work, a demand for outcome equality in a world where people have unequal inputs of talent and work ethic, are unequally clever and productive, and make decisions of unequal merit and wisdom, merely substitutes one form of inequality for another, disparately coercing the best workers, the most productive, the most in demand, dramatically more than the least, unwisely alienating those who make the greatest contribution to the society and invariably incentivizing those in the middle to work less and under-develop their productivity in reliance on the prospect of receiving transfers of the surplus generated by the most productive. In Lincoln's famous remark, "It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.". To achieve perfect equality among a population with different talents and efforts requires the extermination of that population's freedom to act in ways that generate unequal outcomes. Thus, the only place where there is perfect economic equality is a cemetery.

Last, the contingency of the "equality" demand should be remarked upon. It is, with rare exceptions, not proposed on a global basis, among all people, as one would expect a moral principle, such as "thou shalt not kill" to be laid out. It is analyzed and demanded, state-by-state, and is thus contingent on borders. Scandinavian nations are "good" and "more just" because they have less inequality among their population than the US, which is "mean" and "unjust" because it has greater inequality among its population. That the Scandinavian nations are highly unequal compared to sub-saharan Africa is somehow not considered of great relevance to moral inquiry. That the US has many more immigrants and first-generation residents is rarely considered. It is tremendously incoherent that the proponents of "equality" accord borders, which are artifices of humans and thus malleable, as givens that frame their moral analysis, while more fundamental and natural facts, such as differences in talents and effort, are disregarded entirely. The demand for "equality" should be recognized not as a moral demand but a political one, when it is confined to the outcomes of the population within a given polity.
AT&T Signal Booster Cell Phone Signal Booster AT&T T-Mobile 4G LTE 700Mhz FDD Band12/17 US Cellular ATT Cell Phone Booster Amplifier ATT Mobile Signal Booster Repeater for Home High Gain 65dB
AT&T Signal Booster Cell Phone Signal Booster AT&T T-Mobile 4G LTE 700Mhz FDD Band12/17 US Cellular ATT Cell Phone Booster Amplifier ATT Mobile Signal Booster Repeater for Home High Gain 65dB
I wish it were a little stronger, but for the price, this little guy is awesome.

I'm just saying don't expect it to cover an entire house, but if you have it pointed correctly and installed as instructed, it works well. I'm getting full speed data and VOICE (FINALLY) inside my house. I was missing important calls, so I probably lost 5 times the amount this device costs from missed business in the past few weeks.

The RF environment is important. As long as you aren't in a super (electrically) noisy area and keep the external antenna away from things that block or interfere with signal, it works well.

People who are saying it doesn't work are likely in problematic environments with stray radio signals etc. Otherwise they are misunderstanding how a Yagi antenna works. It needs to be mounted with the "fingers" vertical and pointed as close as possible to the direction of the nearest antenna. Yagi has a narrow beam, but a very long range. When used correctly and aimed well, they can reach very far. I have used them with RC aircraft to fly over 10 miles.

I like this device and has made everything about our cell service better around the house.

BTW, We are using Cricket service. My family has a variety of unlocked phones that were originally from Verizon, AT&T, and Cricket. All are working well on this device. When I was searching before, no one mentioned their carrier in the review so I was apprehensive that it would work on the correct band. I hope this helps someone.
American Muscle Cars Coloring Book
American Muscle Cars Coloring Book
 My husband and I both enjoy muscle cars. In our youth, we both had and enjoyed some of these cars (his was a Chevrolet Impala and I had both a Plymouth Barracuda and a Ford Torino at different times.) These went by the wayside when the kids were born and gas prices nipped at the budget but now that we are empty-nesters we are considering purchasing and restoring one. Those dreams may only be fulfilled by watching “Counting Cars” but in the meantime, we will both enjoy coloring in this book.

There are actually 24 different designs in this coloring book (I think that the 44 in the products description as I write this review is a typo.) The designs are in full page size and then, again, in smaller format at the back of the book. That gives you the opportunity to color them twice in both sizes or to use the smaller page as a test for color samples.

Our grandson is both cars and “Cars” crazy at the moment, so we are coloring these designs for him. In the sample I show (if my photos show up!), I left the windshield uncolored as I will be attempting to color in eyes ala Lightning McQueen style for his enjoyment.

All of the designs stop well before the binding. The designs are printed on one side of thin white non-perforated paper. I could easily get the page to lay flat by slightly breaking the spine. The binding is glued but there is plenty of room for you to cut a page out if you choose to do so as there is a framing line around each of the designs. This saves me a lot of time and ink in finishing the design, so I always try to mention it when the artist includes a frame.

As with all CreateSpace coloring books, all of my markers bleed through and my gel pens either bleed through or leave a distinct shadow on the back of the page. In India ink artist pens leave a color shadow as well. My coloring pencils work well with paper. My soft lead goes on nice and thick; however, while my hard lead work well they also leave an indent at the back of the page. I will use a piece of chipboard or heavy paper behind the page I am working on so I don't ruin the following page with leaking ink or marring indents.

While I could wish for thicker, perforated paper, it appears that this is the quality that comes from CreateSpace (which is an Amazon company.) What I really like about the CreateSpace is it is a way that independent artists can get their work self-published. That way, I get a huge choice of design styles albeit with not the best paper.
How to Draw Cars and Trucks and Other Vehicles (Dover How to Draw)
How to Draw Cars and Trucks and Other Vehicles (Dover How to Draw)
For each vehicle you are given 3-4 steps. Basic geometric shapes are used to compose a project. Each step conjoins 2 or more shapes to eventually build the complete drawing. Dashed lines indicate lines to be erased after another shape is placed over it or to contour the object. A practice page is adjacent to the instruction page. However, the practice page has the next project on the other side. I would suggest a drawing pad for practice and tracing paper for more challenging shapes. I plan on sitting down with my grandson to do the first drawing, explain the dashes and have him use the tracing paper for practice on the challenging projects. This is an easy book for children who spend most of their time drawing. I would have given it 5 stars if it had a practice page which could be removed.
Gamechangers
Gamechangers
The Rant Writer is awesome. Ty Burrell swearing is one of the greatest things I have ever seen. Also after watching this it's pretty obvious Hank Azaria should be calling sports as well as doing voices on The Simpsons. He was born to be a commentator.
Newest HP 15.6inch Lightweight Laptop, Intel Quad-Core i5-1035G1 Processor Up to 3.60 GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD + 16GB Optane, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10-Silver (Renewed)
Newest HP 15.6inch Lightweight Laptop, Intel Quad-Core i5-1035G1 Processor Up to 3.60 GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD + 16GB Optane, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10-Silver (Renewed)
I ordered this HP 15.6inch Lightweight Laptop, Intel Quad-Core i5-1035G1 Processor Up to 3.60 GHz, 8GB DDR4 for my wife as a gift because she is starting her BSN and needed a new computer. Amazon renewed has a 90 day return policy on this item (very liberal return policy for almost any reason) which is something you don't get when you purchase a "New" computer usually. The item arrived as expected, no noticeable defects of any kind. Packaging was sufficient and all the accessories were included. Performance wise: My wife is very happy and says that the computer's battery last a long time. I will update this review if needed or if we experience any issues, otherwise this was a excellent purchase.
Feel Good Classics Christmas: 100 Songs to Make Your Feel Happy During the Holidays
Feel Good Classics Christmas: 100 Songs to Make Your Feel Happy During the Holidays
Excellent Christmas music at a bargain price! I bought this on a flyer, thinking there wasn't much risk involved, given its price; I was pleasantly surprised to find one hundred classical Christmas songs, like you may have heard when you were growing up. None of the songs sound silly, and there's no modern day bling or spin like so many Christmas songs have these days. People of all ages will enjoy this music.
Today's Coupons
Today's Coupons
I really enjoyed this app. It seemed to be simple enough for me, and I didnt feel rushed. ( i usually download too many at once...), but not this time. Thank you!
Gustaf Bolsa de azúcar Regaliz Bears 5,2 oz Retail
Gustaf Bolsa de azúcar Regaliz Bears 5,2 oz Retail
My poor mom who is battling a rare Skin Cancer has very little to get excited about. My mom has always liked Black Licorice and this product is flavorless and extremely disappointing. All of her children are trying to get things we know she likes and this is one of those items even though this is the first time buying this brand. I bought two bags and now either one of them will be eaten. My mom is 84 years old all we are trying to do is find the little comforts she likes and get them for her.
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Vol. 4 (Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, 4)
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Vol. 4 (Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, 4)
Four volumes... Four volumes was all it took for the chemistry between Uzaki and Shinichi Sakurai have finally come to a the forefront. I am so happy that it is looking hopeful that Uzaki Chan Wants To Hang Out looks like it will buck the trend of similar series. Where the entire series will go on with only the final chapter revealing that the characters like each other. Hopefully Uzaki Chan won't take nearly as long.

The series continues be a fun slice of life series. I look forward to seeing how the recent developments will play out. I mean even all the side cast are aware of the budding romance. As someone who loves seeing how couples grow in stories, I am super eager to see how it unfold in Uzaki Chan. -MickManga
Hero: The Mathesons Book 3 - A Gay Family Romance Series
Hero: The Mathesons Book 3 - A Gay Family Romance Series
Don't get me wrong--I've been waiting for either Benji or his twin Jamie to be the subject of one of the books in this series and I got everything I hoped for in this one when it came to Benji.

Somewhat of an undefined but whiny character in the first in the series, he emerges as a hot little thing (on the cover, woof!) with a number of issues that basically boil down to the fact that like his brothers Mason and Tate, subjects of the first tow books, he's a workaholic. And even though he is openly gay like his other brothers, he doesn't seem to have developed any kinds of relationships with other guys over the years, at least none of which author Rhodes explains.

On the other hand, Jax, one of his new roommates and a high school acquaintance of brother Jamie, becomes the real focus of the book for a number of reasons, not the least of which he is determinedly, if not screamingly, portrayed as straight when Benji first meets up with him. Jax is the most centered of Benji's new roommates (the other two, Riley and Jordan, are just plain annoying).

The reason has a lot to do with the tragic events Jax and his family have experienced in the past year, which boil down to the fact that his father was sent to jail for embezzlement and his mother is falling apart while his younger brother and sister begin to suffer while Jax is two hours away at graduate school.

The way the Jax situation is handled is a testament to Rhodes way with words and his insight into personalities. However, what was missing for me was a logical, insightful and even conflicted account of how Jax came so quickly to get involved with Benji on more than a just-a-friends basis. That's even more important because this romance, when it develops and goes through its highs and lows, is the best developed thus far in the series.

On that score if the next book is about Jamie, it will be interesting to see if his story can come close to matching that of his twin. Looking forward to it.

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