Rex Rodriguez

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HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1898 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MongoDB for VB.NET by Example
MongoDB for VB.NET by Example
MongoDB for VB.NET by Example by Agus Kurniawan. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition
SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition
SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition by Andy Oppel and Robert Sheldon. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Wings of War Boxset: Books 1 - 4
The Wings of War Boxset: Books 1 - 4
The Wings of War Boxset: Books 1 - 4 by Bryce O'Connor. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 839 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Wie ein einziger Tag: Roman (German Edition)
Wie ein einziger Tag: Roman (German Edition)
Wie ein einziger Tag: Roman (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Bettina Runge. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 171 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
All The Worlds A Stage
All The Worlds A Stage
All The Worlds A Stage by Akunin Boris. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Último Jurado
O Último Jurado
O Último Jurado by John Grisham. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
To (Polish Edition)
To (Polish Edition)
To (Polish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Blaze: A Novel (Hardcover)
Blaze: A Novel (Hardcover)
Blaze: A Novel (Hardcover) by Richard Bachman (Author) Stephen King (Foreword). Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Six Scary Stories
Six Scary Stories
Six Scary Stories by Stephen King , Elodie Harper, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 1088 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
La caja de botones de Gwendy
La caja de botones de Gwendy
La caja de botones de Gwendy by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Learn JAVA PROGRAMMING from scratch
Learn JAVA PROGRAMMING from scratch
Learn JAVA PROGRAMMING from scratch by Mick Trane. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Beginning Cryptography with Java
Beginning Cryptography with Java
Beginning Cryptography with Java by David Hook. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' 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.
SQL Easy
SQL Easy
SQL Easy by Kalman Toth. Rated 2.1 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
The Teradata Database : Introduction and SQL
The Teradata Database : Introduction and SQL
The Teradata Database : Introduction and SQL by Brian R Marshall. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
TypeScript Programming Language
TypeScript Programming Language
Labelled as a 2019 version one would assume the all the bugs and kinks have been worked out, but alas you are greeted with a table of contents with page numbers that don't correspond to the pages with the respective content. It only gets worse from there. Stopped counting at 10 errors, many in the code blocks themselves, very distracting.
El Tao de Warren Buffett: La sabiduría de un genio (Spanish Edition)
El Tao de Warren Buffett: La sabiduría de un genio (Spanish Edition)
Un libro entretenido. Didáctico y va al grano del asunto. En resumen, este libro está escrito desde el punto de vista de dos personas cercanas a Warren Buffet. El contenido es simple, cuenta anécdotas prácticas de Warren, junto con consejos del mismo que son bastante buenos. En resumen, este libro habla de cómo usar el sentido común, cosa que es la clave en el mundo de la “bolsa”, pero que el 90% de las personas pasan por alto, y por eso quiebran sus cuentas... me ha parecido un buen libro, no es la panacea, pero es bastante interesante, siendo sincero recomiendo su compra.
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
The gain in net of Berkshire Hathaway, the company led by Warren Buffet, worth during 2006 was $16.9 billion, which increased the per-share value of 18.4%. Over the last 42 years value has grown from $19 to $70,281, a rate of 21.4% compounded annually. Consider that $16.9 billion is a record for a one-year gain in net worth - more than has ever been booked by any American business, leaving aside boosts that have occurred because of mergers. Of course, Berkshire did not outperform S&P500 constantly. In 1967, 1975, 1980, 1999, 2003, 2004 the S&P gave better performance, and in 2001 Berkshire even was at a loss of 6.2%.

This book, "Buffett: The making of an American capitalist" covers very deeply the values that led Warren Buffet during his life from his early childhood. The book is not only a biography per se, but a good manual on investing, that uncovers most aspects, with the detailed explanations and samples, of investing.

This book also covers very well personal traits of Warren Buffett, his attitudes toward parents, sister, friends, parents, children and wife. For example, Warren bought a farm and rented it to his son Howie on standard commercial terms. The farm was a joyful refuge to Howie, but he couldn't get Warren to share the experience with him. "I can't get him to come out and see how the crops are going", Howie said plaintively. Warren went only twice in six years. He would laugh off Howies's invitations, saying, "Send me a rent check, and make sure it's big enough". Though he had been thoughtful enough to buy the farm, he couldn't give Howie the fatherly recognition that he craved in other than financial terms.

In his investment strategy, Warren uses the concept that he calls "Intrinsic value" of a company. According to Warren Buffet, intrinsic value is an all-important concept that offers the only logical approach to evaluating the relative attractiveness of investments and businesses. Intrinsic value can be defined simply: It is the discounted value of the cash that can be taken out of a business during its remaining life.

Here is what Kenneth L. Fisher wrote about Buffet's investment strategy: a quality standing out about Mr. Buffett is his ability to morph. If you read his materials from the 1960s, he said very different things than in the 1970s and early-1980s. Early on he was buying dirt-cheap stocks by simple statistical standards and typically smaller stocks--which would today be referred to as smallcap value (although that term didn't exist until the late 1980s). Later he bought what he called "franchises." Then he entered a period of buying great managements of big companies and being a long-term holder--otherwise thought of as big-cap growth today--that many ascribed to the influence of my father coupled with Charlie Munger. When Mr. Buffett was buying Coke and Gillette, you couldn't quite reconcile those activities with the kinds of things he owned two decades earlier. Then, amazingly, seven years ago, at just the right time, he was buying smaller things dirt cheap again just as value came back into play as the twenty-first century began. I have other comments about Mr. Buffett throughout this book but I'd like you to see, while he never lost the core of what he was doing or what he was looking for, he tactically morphed steadily over the decades. Trying to freeze his tactics from any decade and replicate them in the next few would never have led you to his actual actions.

In addition to this book, I also recommend the letters to shareholders written by Warren Buffet, which can be taken from the website of Berkshire Hathaway. If you take an audio record of this title, it will not be as good as the textbook. The audio is more biographical and pays less attention to the investment education of the listener.
TypeScript Programming By Example
TypeScript Programming By Example
Dieses Buch ist reiner Fake. Es ist in sehr schlechtem Englisch geschrieben. Der Autor erklärt nur trivialste Beispiele, geht fachlich auf nichts ein und das meiste in diesem Buch ist einfach nur eine Erklärung der sowieso schon in javascript vorhandenen Datentypen. Ganz klar finger weg von diesem Buch. Es sind zwar nur 2 Euro gewesen aber trotzdem regt es mich immens auf dieses Geld verschwendet zu haben.
Dividend Investing Made Easy
Dividend Investing Made Easy
I purchased this book thinking that there might be some content of interest to a person when considering investing in stocks for their dividend yield. Unfortunately, what I found was some extremely basic investment advice that was simplified to the point of being misleading (e.g., attributing dividend returns to the growth in value of a portfolio that was almost certainly driven quite substantially by capital appreciation). There was almost no discussion at all of portfolio construction beyond picking either an ETF or a handful of the "dividend aristocrats". The author explains some basic investing concepts like dollar cost averaging, but there is nothing in this book which makes it worth the price tag. The Investopedia page on "Introduction to Dividends" actually contains more information about how dividends work than this book. If your investing knowledge is at the level where this book is actually helpful for you, you would be better served with a general book on investing rather than one targeted specifically toward dividend stocks.

On top of all this, the author uses large font with lots of white space on the page in order to inflate the page count (as well as a large section full of ads for other books). It took me about 30-45 minutes to read through the whole thing, and I'm usually a slow reader.
Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
I won't regurgitate the contents of this book as they are well-covered in other reviews. It was a good read, though at times I found the 'hip' right-on tone slightly irritating - but that might just have been the transatlantic effect. The book confirmed all of my reservations about social media and added a few more to keep me awake at night.

This subject is now going viral (as it were) and there is plenty other material available, as tecchie types wake up to the dangers of the god they once worshipped - and at whose feet a vast proportion of the world sit in rapt adoration. I've come late to the SM party and I'm not convinced I want to stay. This book certainly wouldn't encourage me

The takeaway from Zuked (for me) is that we don't have to be in thrall, we can live perfectly social and meaningful lives without the ubiquitous device near to hand. For me that's no big deal. I'm tech-light. But I fear for the generations that know no different, and the author paints a grim picture of the addictive and intrusive power of algorithms.

The last chapter in the book offers some real solutions as follows:
Accept on-line platforms for what they are and not what you'd like them to be (ie don't take them too seriously or believe the content)
Use politicians to effect change at the highest levels, and utilise the consensus among voters
Lobby members of Congress (US) or MPs in parliament
Focus on 'surveillance capitalism' when lobbying - eg in relation to healthcare data, and personal data
Educate politicians in how platforms exploit their participants
Do not babysit children with phones or tablets eg UTube Kids has age-inappropriate content
Increase the age at which children can be targeted by internet platforms from 13 to 18
Put pressure on elected representatives to minimize data harvesting, especially from third parties
Give individuals control over their own data - ie treat it as a human right
Tighten up electoral structures so that bad actors can't harm the democratic process
Prohibit micro-targeted advertising in the context of elections
Change the relationship with technology, give up Google, FB and Twitter if they are becoming addictive
Consider Apple products as an alternative - Apple Maps, Microsoft Office apps for Mac, Apple Pay
Apple gives priority to customer privacy
Avoid Amazon Alexa - no privacy guarantees
Challenge the use of educational devices in school and introduce children to natural activities outside, and healthy social interaction

That's a very superficial resume, but it gives a flavour of what the author is trying to achieve.

I had only one beef with this book and perhaps it's not a fair one, as I've noticed a similar bias in other excellent reads. In his analysis of the 2016 US election (and this book is geared completely to a US readership) the author tends to lend too much weight to the interference by Russian agents - as a deciding factor in the election of Trump. I think this is an unfortunate bias, not because I disbelieve that the tampering happened, but because that was not the full story.

My personal opinion of the POTUS is pretty robust (ie not in his favour) but I worry that some intelligent writers are a little too ready to believe that this or any other election result was down to foreign intervention. By implication this makes a mockery of the voting choices of the American electorate. How much they were influenced by technology is hard to say, but there were other forces at play. The same assumption has been made, in a different context about Brexit. I think the author betrays a lack of empathy with voters in these elections who didn't share his political preference. My point is not political, but about the need for veracity, and for tech writers not to make value judgements outside their area of expertise.

For the record I was horrified when Trump was elected, and had a much more nuanced view of our exit from the EU. It's a small point but it caused me to dock one point from what is otherwise a tour de force.
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
What features of facebook led to its instant success, and who deserves the credit? Why has facebook continued to grow while other social networks faltered at earlier stages? How did facebook make money at various stages of development? What caused facebook's various missteps? Does facebook really care about privacy? David Fitzpatrick gives convincing answers to these questions that have been hotly debated among users for years. The book suffers at times from gushy editorializing, but overall the reporting is balanced (with a few exceptions), and readers can weigh the facts on their own.

Fitzpatrick identifies several features that differentiated facebook from the rest. School networks offered a controlled community. Users felt comfortable projecting their true identities online in this setting. The site was easy to use, and didn't try to do too much too soon. Long-run growth was always a stronger priority than short-term ad revenue. Mark Zuckerberg's immaturity during his college age years is clear, but he ultimately nails the most important strategic decisions. He was not a mere caretaker of a simple idea at the right time.

The book touches on the personal conflicts made famous by the Social Network movie. The motives behind Eduardo Saverin's sacking are carefully reported. In contrast, key facts are missing in Fitzpatrick's treatment of the Winklevoss/Narendra ConnectU lawsuit. Fitzpatrick makes a convincing case that ConnectU's business plan was inferior to thefacebook's, but he glosses over how Zuckerberg sabotaged their site for months. Zuckerberg's AOL IMs from this era (referenced in the 12/30/10 NYT) reveal he viewed them as a competitor, and this calls into question Fitzpatrick's judgment that Zuckerberg was merely guilty of being "rude" and "uncooperative." Future editions of the book should incorporate more accurate information about the case.

Another weakness is the book's failure to address contradictions in facebook's views on privacy. For example, he asserts in the prologue that facebook "has always been explicitly conceived and engineered by Zuckerberg and colleagues as a tool to enhance your relations with your real-world friends" But later we learn that Zuckerberg is always pushing people to be more transparent, and that voyeurism was part of facebook's success from the beginning at Harvard. Who seriously believes facebook has never encouraged voyeurism outside of your circle of real friends?

Yet the book's most lasting impression is Zuckerberg's resolve in prioritizing facebook's utility over its profits. Knowing how close friend Sean Parker lost control of his past ventures, Zuckerberg is careful not to let future investors take control of his baby. Understanding this is also crucial to understanding the controversy behind facebook's delays in going public. Without Zuckerberg's patience, facebook would have been far less useful as a tool of Viacom, News Corp, Yahoo, Microsoft, or Wall Street. For this, Zuckerberg is worthy of the rosy picture painted in this book, despite his sins.
The Essence of Success: 12 Mini Biographies: Richard Branson Bill Gates Nelson Mandela Steven Spielberg Stephen Hawking Chris Evans Frank Sinatra Tony ... and Virgin to Jeff Bezos and Amazon Book 1)
The Essence of Success: 12 Mini Biographies: Richard Branson Bill Gates Nelson Mandela Steven Spielberg Stephen Hawking Chris Evans Frank Sinatra Tony ... and Virgin to Jeff Bezos and Amazon Book 1)
A good way to get a snapshot of several vivid figures from the 20th century.
There are a few annoying faults that do distract from the text:
1) Some chapters have clearly been digitised and not proofread. "Eve" is spelled "Iive", "He" is spelled "Ile" and "DOS" is spelled "I)()S". Really! This is the third edition; have you actually read it?
2) There are far, too many, commas in this, book. Some of which are, completely, inappropriate.
3) Although the 3rd edition was published in 2012, Tony Blair's biog ends with him in government. It also reckons he was 41 when he became prime minister in 1997, as well as asserting that he was born in 1953. Do the math!
In summary, it's worth the money, but won't become a treasured volume in your house.
The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership
The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership
This book is a business parable - through the story of the main character Steve, a leadership consultant, in which he uncovers the principles of Extreme Leadership - the Radical LEAP:

"Love generates Energy, inspires Audacity, and require Proof. LEAP, you see, is simply the Extreme Leader's active, dynamic expression of love."

A quick entertaining, and educative read. What I particularly liked about this book is the handbook at the end that summarizes the key concepts and how to apply them on a regular basis.

Below are excerpts that I found particularly insightful:

1- "Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations."

2- "And we follow human beings; we don't follow idealized icones of unattainable perfection."

3- "If I love who we are, and if I love what we can be, then I'll love the process of how we get there. And in order to make it all happen, I will act boldly and courageously and I will, at time, fail magnificently. But my love demands that I try. Demands it."

4- "Relationships in the world of business are won in analogous ways...by paying nearly obsessive attention to the needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of everyone who touches your business. By knowing not only when to stand firm on principle - there is such a thing as tough love - but also when to sacrifice some of your own short-term needs in order for us all to be successful in the long run. And by proving through your own actions that you really love your business, your customers, your colleagues, and your employees."

5- "Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do."

6- "...management has to stop pretending to be the Great Protector, but the rest of us have to stop askin' and expectin' them to be. We gotta get over the whole idea of 'them,' as a matter of fact. We need to hold ourselves accountable and stop looking to blame 'them' when things go wrong."

7- "You may not think that you can change the Whole World that we live in (and you may be wrong) but you can certainly change the world - small w - that you and yours live in: the world of your company, the world of your employees, the world of your industry, or the world of your family. To deny that is to deny your capability as a human being."

8- "Cultivate Love...Generate Energy...Inspire Audacity...Provide Proof"
El libro de Steve Jobs: Luces y sombras de un genio (Ensayo general) (Spanish Edition)
El libro de Steve Jobs: Luces y sombras de un genio (Ensayo general) (Spanish Edition)
Este voluminoso y de cuidada edición volumen narra la historia de Steve Jobs desde su juventud (aunque incluya alguna breve pincelada de su infancia). Escrito a dos manos por los experimentados periodistas Brent Schlender (uno de los mejores conocedores de la industria informática desde su nacimiento, escribe para el Wall Street Journal y para Fortune) y Rick Tetzeli (editor ejecutivo de la revista de tecnología y negocios Fast Company, aunque también fue director adjunto de la revista Fortune y editor de Entertainment Weekly), que sin embargo decidieron que el libro fuese narrado en primera persona por Brent, que tuvo la suerte de tratar personalmente con Steve Jobs a lo largo de casi 25 años.

Hay un aspecto del libro que me ha gustado especialmente, y es su diseño. Concebido como un rectángulo negro casi por completo, tanto la portada, la contraportada como los cortes superior, inferior y frontal están en ese color. La tipografía y el estilo general, contenido y simple, siguen el estilo Apple totalmente (me refiero siempre a la copia de tapas duras, el resto no lo conozco).

El motivo de leer este libro no era por tanto que yo tuviese un especial interés en Steve Jobs. Pero empezó a picarme la curiosidad por Steve cuando leí el libro de Ed Catmull, Creatividad S.A. El retrato que Ed pintó de Steve no se parecía en nada a la imagen que tenía de él, y pensé que quizás su historia fuese más allá de la imagen polémica que han construido a su alrededor.

El libro me ha gustado, mucho. Es más que evidente que ambos periodistas saben cómo escribir una buena historia, y la narración te engancha e informa a partes iguales. Va de lo general a lo más específico. He sobrevolado buena parte de la historia de la informática reciente, desde los años 70 hasta casi la actualidad. Brent y Rick saben de qué hablan, entienden la parte tecnológica y la empresarial, además de la humana. Es curioso e incluso divertido ver hasta que punto las relaciones personales entre los grandes magnates de las empresas más punteras influyen en cómo se desarrolla la tecnología y, por ende, el mundo que nos rodea.
Si me tengo que quedar con una sola razón por la que merezca la pena leer este libro, sin embargo, no sería nada relacionado directamente con la tecnología, la innovación, la gestión empresarial o con sus famosos desaires y discusiones. Creo que lo más interesante de su biografía es ver su proceso de aprendizaje. Cómo supo evolucionar, limar sus asperezas y defectos -aunque nunca desaparecieron del todo, claro- y sacar el mejor partido posible de sus grandezas. Cómo aprendió, gracias en parte a Ed Catmull, a tratar a las personas, a entender las sutiles y complejas relaciones humanas. Cómo no permitió que nada de esto afectase a su familia y cómo supo separar ambas áreas de su vida. Y por cómo supo encajar y aprender de sus grandes y llamativos errores, de sus tremendos y públicos batacazos. Nadie nace siendo grande, decide -con enorme y a veces desmesurado esfuerzo- superar y aprender de cada caída y de cada fallo.
Der Allesverkäufer: Jeff Bezos und das Imperium von Amazon
Der Allesverkäufer: Jeff Bezos und das Imperium von Amazon
Eigentlich wollte ich mir ein schmaleres Buch kaufen, ein Buch, das sich direkt mit Amazons Einflußnahme auf den Buchmarkt beschäftigt, schwenkte aber auf diesen Titel um, der von Rezensenten als der bessere empfohlen wurde.
Ist er das? Nun, er ist doppelt so teuer und doppelt so umfangreich, das schon. Unglaublich kenntnis- und detailreich breitet Stone die Entwicklung Amazons und seines Gründers vor uns aus, so daß ich mir nicht selten dachte: "Sooo genau wollte ich es dann auch wieder nicht wissen."
Wie bei solchen Managerbiographien nicht selten, schwankt der Verfasser zwischen Anbetung ("Was für ein intelligenter, tatkräftiger, begabter Machertyp!") und Grusel ("Mit manischer Getriebenheit drückt er mit fiesen Methoden Lieferanten und Verlage an die Wand") hin und her.
Zu meinem Bekanntenkreis gehören Kleinverleger. Deren Verhältnis zu Amazon ist gespalten: Einerseits könnten sie ohne den Online-Riesen ihr Sortiment längst keiner so breiten potentiellen Käufermasse präsentieren wie im traditionellen Buchhandel mit seinem beschränkten Platzangebot (und oft auch Ladeninhabern mit leicht beschränktem Horizont), andererseits ist das Wehklagen groß über willkürliche Maßnahmen Amazons (Auslistungen politisch inkorrekter Bücher, Löschen erotisch freizügiger Titelbilder), über fehlende Kontaktmöglichkeiten, über die Art und Weise, wie Amazon als internationaler Konzern international verschachtelt ist, so daß man ihn kaum greifen kann (darüber klagen nationale Regierungen wie deutsche Kleinverleger) und und und ...
Amazon erscheint als Drohung wie auch als Verlockung. Mir erscheint Amazon-Chef Bezos nach der Lektüre als so was ähnliches wie Discounter-Chefs à la Aldi-Brüder: Amazon ist für die Kunden oft prima, für die Lieferanten oft weniger schön, um es mal milde auszudrücken, die werden geschubst und getreten (ebenso wie die Mitarbeiter), denen drückt man die Preise und Konditionen bis zum Gehtnichtmehr - sie entwickeln eine Haßliebe zu Amazon: Ohne Amazon geht es nicht, aber mit Amazon geht es oft auch nicht ...
Fazit: Aufstieg und Werdegang des "Allesverkäufers" Bezos werden gekonnt und kenntnisreich beschrieben - aber mit ein paar Details weniger wäre die klare Linie vielleicht sichtbarer geworden ...
Focus On: 100 Most Popular American Technology Company Founders: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, Alexis Ohanian, Jeff Bezos, ... Hughes, Evan Spiegel, Larry Page, etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular American Technology Company Founders: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, Alexis Ohanian, Jeff Bezos, ... Hughes, Evan Spiegel, Larry Page, etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular American Technology Company Founders: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, Alexis Ohanian, Jeff Bezos, ... Hughes, Evan Spiegel, Larry Page, etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
What a brave story to write. The telling of this tale was raw and honest, Clemantine’s frustration and anger exposing how little the public understands or can help those who have suffered genocide and were forced to flee their home countries.

The loss of country, family and even belongings (like the precious ceramic mug she is forced to leave behind) she and her sister face is the backdrop to the heroics and ingenuity of an older sister dragging her little sister all across Africa and finally to the US to escape the atrocities of war in Rwanda. The relationship between siblings, parents and foster parents evolves into a heart-wrenching story while we cheer for the twist of fate that changed Clemantine's life and allows her to bring her story to light.

The writing is clear and concise, swiftly moving the story along while building tension in the young protagonist as she tries to understand war and displacement through a child’s eyes. The characters are well-developed and relatable, both the relatives, loving as well as impartial, and the other refugees who helped bolster Clemantine’s spirit along the way.

Clementine’s anger and cynicism comes through strongly and often as she continually pushes others away, feeling they can’t understand her struggle to process the hunger, imprisonment, abuse and inhuman cruelty she has experienced. This hardness and stubbornness carries over into the later stages of her life when we, the readers, are rooting for her to heal and find peace and are not rewarded. While this theme may have been too redundant and off-putting in a fictional work, this is the reality for Clemantine and thus the reader must accept it, uncomfortable or not. And maybe that was her intention all along.
The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump
The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump
A family of Donald Trump supporters, we laugh at ourselves, so why not our President, right? This seemed like a perfect gift for one of our business minded family members to have in his office. Once the book arrived it was a disappointment. The few laughable poems were immediately overshadowed by inappropriate language and suggestive comments. It's not that we're ignorant to Donald Trump's inappropriate moments. It's the fact that there's more than enough material and odd phrases used by Mr. Trump to write this novelty book without stooping this low. The comedy suffered due to vulgarity. Item was returned.
Henry Ford: Quotes & Facts
Henry Ford: Quotes & Facts
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [4 CD/DVD/Blu-ray Combo][Super Deluxe Ed
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [4 CD/DVD/Blu-ray Combo][Super Deluxe Ed
If you were alive and reasonably conscious in the Spring of 1967 you might have heard a prematurely released, unauthorized version of a brand new Beatles album on the radio before it quickly disappeared for another 6 weeks. It was a tantalizing treat. At the same time, a new single sounding suspiciously like the Beatles hit the FM airwaves but the record was a red herring: New York Mining Disaster by the BeeGees, who were then new to America and something of a Beatles sound-alike. The album was real, however, and when it was finally released for good at the end of May it literally changed the world in ways that are inconceivable today.

Sergeant Pepper's release 50 years ago coincided with a ramp-up in the Vietnam War, an increase in protests on campus and in the streets, and the birth of Hippies and the so-called "Summer of Love." The album was heard absolutely everywhere all Summer long and it became the soundtrack of that amazing and complex era. It influenced song writing, studio recording, every aspect of music production, the artistic layout and design of LPs (it was the first Rock album to include written lyrics and inserts and the cover was unique and brilliant) and its phenomenal commercial and artistic success remains a legend in the music business, unique in ways that may never reoccur. In celebration of that artistic success, Capitol has released this Deluxe Edition DVD + Blu-ray + Audio CD | 4 CD Box Set. It is quite an expansive tribute to this iconic record (Rolling Stone's number one Rock album of all time).

Disc one: A brand new stereo mix by Giles Martin sounds clearer, cleaner and more spacious than the original and the subsequent re-masters. The crowd noises at the album's opening sounds alarmingly real, and the guitars, drums and vocals sound great. A Little Help From My Friends has an even more infectious groove because Ringo's voice and the music now have a wider soundstage and greater clarity. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds has been opened up and now has a trippy, spacey infectiousness that really makes you suspect the official version of the title's initials. Getting Better, Fixing A Hole and She's Leaving Home are cleaner with more detail and presence. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! has been especially improved with the calliope/harmonium/organ sounds produced by a Hammond organ, tape loops and harmonicas now whirling around the room with thrilling three-dimensional clarity.

The rest of the album continues Sergeant Peppers' sonic re-vitalization, with much less audible compression and improved transparency. A Day in the Life now has explosive crescendos that sound like hammers of fate while John's voice has never sounded so terrifying. The new Sergeant Pepper stereo mix isn't revolutionary but it is a substantive improvement in presence and immediacy, making the album sound more vibrant and alive than previous versions.

Disc two and three: Over 100 minutes of studio outtakes and chatter that helps to illuminate the recording process. Some of you will love this stuff, enjoying the backstage glimpse of the Beatles as they recorded their masterpiece. Others of you may find it a little repetitive after a while. I found it a fascinating historical excursion into musical memory. It's a matter of taste.

Disc four: The original 1967 mono mix that was released with the Beatles' approval. This mono recording was reportedly the Beatles' favorite version of the album. The band considered it more unified in expression and containing greater musical impact. I get the point but still prefer the stereo version for its sonic magic.

Disc five and six: The restored 1992 documentary The Making of Sgt. Pepper, which includes interviews with Paul, George and Ringo, has been around for awhile but has never looked better. It is great to hear George again, speaking about the creation of the album. The in-the-studio footage, which is introduced by the late George Martin, feels and looks like opening a time capsule and watching the band work. The restored promotional films for 'A Day In The Life', 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Penny Lane' look and sound terrific.

The 2017 Giles Martin 5.1 surround sound mix and the high-resolution 96KHz/24bit stereo audio of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band plus 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Penny Lane' are icing-on-the-cake. Sergeant Pepper in surround sound and hi-res are an entirely different audio experience. This is how the album might sound if it were recorded today. The music is superbly alive and totally immersive. The 144-page hardback book with song-by-song details and recording information, essays about the design of the cover, the album's many innovations and its historical context are enlightening. The illustrations feature photos from the recording sessions, as well as handwritten lyrics and Abbey Road studio documentation.

Anyone that loves the music produced by the Beatles during this amazingly creative period will probably love this box set. It's pricey but it's a treasure trove of memories and definitely worth acquiring.
The Times They Are a Changin
The Times They Are a Changin
The Times They Are a-Changin' è il terzo disco del cantastorie americano Bob Dylan, datato 1964.
Una meraviglia del genere folk acustico, il cantautore accompagnandosi soltanto con chitarra ed armonica a bocca.
Qui nella ristampa full analogue, con riversamento da master tape su doppio vinile 45 giri, della Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. Edizione limitata e numerata.
La registrazione di oltre cinquant'anni fa è stupenda, il riversamento su vinile perfetto, il disco un gioiello assoluto.
Straconsigliato.
Qualità artistica: 9
Qualità tecnica: 9 e 1/2
Playlist: The Very Best Of Bob Dylan
Playlist: The Very Best Of Bob Dylan
I must confess I bought this cd for the song , Make you feel my love , perhaps perfected in voice by Garth Brooks but nonetheless written by the genius of Dylan . I read some review that said this song had weak lyrics .....you could have fooled me I think its romantic genius but on to the cd content . Any self respecting child of the 50,s and 60's probably has some fond memories and recordings of those early Dylan inevitable masterpieces like Blowin in the wind or Like a rolling stone but this playlist does the unexpected , it brings us full circle from those humble folk beginnings that made him our musical prophet to the very roots of it, blues and soul .....You'll have to decide if all the songs in between are the very best of....
AutoFocus Full HD Webcam 1080P with Privacy Shutter - Pro Web Camera with Dual Digital Microphone - USB Computer Camera for PC Laptop Desktop Mac Video Calling, Conferencing Skype YouTube
AutoFocus Full HD Webcam 1080P with Privacy Shutter - Pro Web Camera with Dual Digital Microphone - USB Computer Camera for PC Laptop Desktop Mac Video Calling, Conferencing Skype YouTube
Like a whole lotta people these days I found myself in quarantine with a need for a web cam. My HP laptop was equipped but I PREFERRED (didn't NEED) something better. This cam had the specs I want at an agreeable price. The ESTIMATED delivery time was a little disappointing, but I decided to take a chance. First, the delivery time changed - for the better - TWICE after I placed the order. It was finally SCHEDULED to deliver...tomorrow. So it still arrived a day early! So full marks to the folks at Amazon for that!

The first thing I tried out of the box was to thread, ever-so-gently, the included tripod onto the camera. That was a no-go. As noted in several other reviews the threads are just not a good match. I tried using a proper 35mm camera tripod and it would not thread on either. This isn't important for me because the camera is where it will be, on top of my monitor.

The adapter/brace/arm thingy, whatEVER, does a very nice job of keeping it on the top ledge of the monitor. It isn't heavy enough to even consider things like scratching the monitor and it is rubber lined anyway. So, mounting - very good. The camera is light and it is 'held' on the monitor by GRAVITY. So keeping this in mind, it's not going anywhere under normal use. It MAY get brushed off the monitor if someone is dusting carelessly around it.

The camera is in a ball and socket mount. It moves easily, but not so easily that it will 'flop' around. If it's not level (or the monitor isn't) it's easy to adjust the camera in it's mount slightly to get it "right". This also applies to centering the subject (you most likely) in the middle of the frame.

I plugged it into a USB port and fired up the WinX Camera app. I saw the camera light up and the next thing I saw was me - on screen. There ARE focus and brightness adjustments under advanced settings but neither was necessary. I had three desk lamps and overhead lighting on and I was very well lit.

I tried snapping a still of myself and it did a very nice job @ 1920 x 1080.

It arrived just in time for a WebEx video teleconference and when I joined, there I was. It used it's own internal mic to pick up my voice and used my Soundsticks to play audio from other meeting participants. IE, it worked right the first time with no settings or tinkering. It is truly plug and play. The sliding lens cover was an important (for me) included option and it works like the camera - as it should and easily.

I have no reasons for any criticisms - on day 1. I would recommend both the camera and vendor highly.
Iron Spider Bandanas Thanos Balaclava Face Mask Hulk Neck Gaiters for Men Dust, 4 Pack
Iron Spider Bandanas Thanos Balaclava Face Mask Hulk Neck Gaiters for Men Dust, 4 Pack
They are extremely long. Much longer than they need to be. The colors are terrible. I can barely see what figure is supposed to be on it before I put it on. After putting it on it’s completely faded away. It’s made with very low quality fabric and is not sewn on the top or bottom to prevent tears or frays. Overall not a good product. Don’t waste your money.
LEGO Marvel Avengers Compound Battle 76131 Building Set includes Toy Car, Helicopter, and popular Avengers Characters Iron Man, Thanos and more (699 Pieces)
LEGO Marvel Avengers Compound Battle 76131 Building Set includes Toy Car, Helicopter, and popular Avengers Characters Iron Man, Thanos and more (699 Pieces)
This is a FANTASTIC build for Marvel fans, or even Lego fans in general. It includes a helicopter and a car, both with stud shooters. This set takes around 60-90 minutes for more advanced Lego builders. There were not any very difficult pieces in this set, and the most difficult part would be building the safe.
I had a long day to wait for this set to arrive, and it was amazing! the amount of characters is great, with plenty of variety. It features a new Endgame suit for Iron Man, Captain Marvel, A new Hulk, Tiny Ant-Man in the new team suit, and Nebula in her new suit.
Pros:
Great character variety
Awesome vechiles
NEW IRON MAN
Fun build
Cons:
My Iron Man helmet came loosely and does not stay on the greatest
Thanos does not come with all the Infinity Stones, which is a disappointment
Nebula has no purple in her Lego character
The set is not the most detailed, however it is creative and unique

5/5 stars for me, I love this set and I highly recommend it!
Marvel Men's Avengers Comics Crew T-Shirt
Marvel Men's Avengers Comics Crew T-Shirt
Good medium weight material; the inside has a soft, double-brushed feel that's very comfortable against the skin. I bought a XXL because I like my tees a little on the loose side. It shrank a bit during first wash but hasn't since. The silkscreen/transfer has not faded or cracked at all in 6+ washes. Large distressed graphic design fills almost the whole shirt front. Nice! Old school artwork selections are used showing a slew of classic Marvel heroes & villains. My only gripe is that the green that the shirt makers use is a dark olive. The green in the picture on the Amazon webpage is more accurate but misleading as its not what you actually get. At least my shirt wasn't. All the characters with green in/on them (Hulk, most noticeably, Green Goblin, etc.) are far darker than the brighter kelly green they'd be on a comics page. Other than that I have no complaints. Nice shirt, decent price. Satisfied Marvel fan. :-)
Eye of Agamotto 5PCS Makeup Brush - Makeup Brushes Set Premium Synthetic Foundation Powder Eyelash Eye Shadow Cosmetic Brush Gift For Doctor Strange Male Female Fan
Eye of Agamotto 5PCS Makeup Brush - Makeup Brushes Set Premium Synthetic Foundation Powder Eyelash Eye Shadow Cosmetic Brush Gift For Doctor Strange Male Female Fan
It was so unexpected to receive such good quality tools! They have a nice weight to them. The bristles seem to be of fair quality as well. They're not high end brush bristles, but not super cheap feeling either. These were purchased for my daughter as an Easter gift, and she would rather look at them then use them because of how cute they are. 10/10 would recommend for BTS fans.
Good Citizens, Macaroni Cheese Organic, 6 Ounce
Good Citizens, Macaroni Cheese Organic, 6 Ounce
This Mac & Cheese is almost guilt free because at least it's organic, non-gmo and locally sourced. Originally I found it at Whole Foods and wanted to see if they had more flavors besides the Whole Wheat and was excited to see they did on Amazon. This package uses semolina flour and is really delicious. I love adding peppers & chicken sausage for an easy meal the whole family will eat without complaint.
A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor
A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor
Das neue Artbook von Tolkien-Künstler John Howe ist da und entführt seine Betrachter auf völlig neue Art und Weise nach Mittelerde und darüber hinaus. Schon beim ersten Durchblättern des 192-seitigen Hardovers wird klar, dass die schiere Masse an Skizzen das Tolkien-Fan-Herz höher schlagen lässt. Wie ein Reisender mit Bleistift und Skizzenbuch ist John Howe durch Zeitalter und Länder von Mittelerde gereist und hat Charaktere porträtiert, Landschaften und Gebäude skizziert, Kreaturen und Pflanzen dokumentiert. Sein Buch mutet an, wie der Notizblock eines Naturkundlers aus dem 18. Jahrhundert an Bord eines Dreimasters, nur eben in Arda.

Mittelerde noch einmal neu bereisen – Dies ist nun auch für den Betrachter möglich. Dabei mischen sich mythische Legenden von längst vergessenen Tagen der Nirnaeth Arnoediad (der Schlacht der ungezählten Tränen) mit Alltagsgegenständen, wie Kannen und Musikinstrumenten. Aufmerksame Betrachter werden sogar ein Hobbit-Klo entdecken. Es sind die unzähligen Details, die Mittelerde greifbar machen, durchgehend ergänzt durch ausführliche Texte.

In dem Buch mischen sich Design-Entwürfe für die Filmtrilogien, mit Skizzen, die völlig unabhängig von den Filmen sind und auch von den bekannten Designs abweichen, beispielsweise bei Howes Interpretation von Lothlórien. Außerdem enthält das Buch offenbar einige Designs, die seinerzeit für Guillermo Del Toro angefertigt wurde, als der noch im Regiestuhl der HOBBIT-Filme saß und später von Peter Jackson wieder verworfen wurden, wie beispielsweise ein alternatives Design der Hobbithöhlen. Im Text verrät der Künstler außerdem, dass einige Zeichnungen wie von dem Meer von Rhûn und den nördlichen Landen ursprünglich für die HOBBIT-Trilogie entworfen wurden, aber es nie in die Filme schafften. Wäre schade gewesen, wenn diese Zeichnungen für alle Zeiten in einer Schublade verschwunden wären.

John Howes Skizzenbuch führt uns durch bekannte Regionen wie das Auenland, den Düsterwald, Fangorn, Minas Tirith, Seestadt oder Rohan, aber auch zu Orten aus unverfilmten Geschichten von J.R.R. Tolkien, wie zu den Zwergenkönigreichen von Nogrod und Belegost. Abseits der Film-Pfade begegnen wir dem Alten Weidenmann, Ghân-buri-Ghân und sogar Tom Bombadil (der seinerseits wiederum eine frappierende Ähnlichkeit mit Peter Jackson aufweist). Zudem hat John Howe ein ganzes Kapitel den Drachen aus J.R.R. Tolkiens Mythologie gewidmet. Und zu guter Letzt verlassen wir die Gestade Mittelerdes und reisen mit John Howe zum Gipfel des Teniquetil in Valinor und nach Númenor.

Ein Meisterwerk für alle, die beim Anblick von Bergen vom Nebelgebirge träumen, die sich beim Trinken eines Bieres im Tänzelnden Pony wähnen oder sich bei einem Waldspaziergang wie ein Nachfahre Isildurs fühlen.
Island of Flowers
Island of Flowers
This is really hard for me because when asked throughout the years, I'd easily say that Nora Roberts was my favorite author.

I can't and wouldn't say that anymore.

There were many things about this book that irritated me and one of them was the fact that the book was so damn short. It ends at 89% with the rest of the space filled in with adverts for other books and you end up feeling like you were gypped out of a complete book.
The story is set in present day but the main female character speaks as if she's from a different century. She say's "I shall" in nearly every sentence and sounds almost like a prim and proper Mary Poppins. Really really odd for 2013 (found out later that night, the book is circa 1982).
She's supposed to be a young modern woman and even though she was in a boarding school with nuns and now teaches at that school, never in a million years would she speak that way. No 20 something would.

She goes to Hawaii to meet with the father that never "answered her letters" only to find that her mother just never gave them to her and kept all the money and gifts that were meant for her.
She meets her fathers business partner and while he's very attracted to her, most of the time is spent yelling at her, insulting her, & accusing her of about everything you can think of. How positively romantic.

So sweet in fact, he catches her selling her locket for a hundred bucks and thinks she's a hooker. What a leap! He pins her down, almost rapes her then storms out instead.

Our very strange heroine Laine, flies back to France and resumes her classes until 10 days later, sees Dillon (Mr. Mean & Nasty) standing in the classroom doorway.

He tells her it took him those 10 days to find her, then say's "I love you and will you marry me?" Hahahahahaha

If I hadn't paid $200 for my Kindle Fire HD, I would have thrown it across the room.

A horrible story and terrible writing.

This book made me think Ms. Roberts has simply run out of ideas and no matter what happens to a main character, nothing say's "let's end the story with a smile" more than a near rape, followed by a declaration of love and a marriage proposal. Lol

A huge waste of my time.

This review has been edited due to the fact that while reading other reviews, it has come to my attention that this is an older work of Roberts (Circa 1982) passed off as new for 2013.

Well, that just pisses me off to be honest, so I've gotten a refund. I do NOT appreciate Penguin Group revamping an old, tired and poorly written book and attempting to pass it off as work from this year. I rarely like dated books and wont read something from the early 80's. I will however, stick with my earlier comments because even if this was written in the 80's, no woman walks around speaking like Mary Poppins and the story was still badly written, amateurish and stupid.
Dr. Slump, Vol. 3
Dr. Slump, Vol. 3
Purchased these books for my grandson and he loves them! He is 10 years old and a 5th grader. These books are similar to comic books but any children's books that entice them to read, is good in my book..
Honeymoon
Honeymoon
Got the book because James Patterson kept referencing it in his Masterclass. It was a quick read and I liked the idea but too many things didn't match up. Some of the discrepancies are -

Spoiler Alert-

One, O'Hara admits to being on another gig in Chapter 12 (presumably the Nora Sinclair case as noted in Chapter 105) but Connor, the reason for the investigation is not even dead yet. He dies in Chapter 18 and the money transfer happens in Chapter 21.

Chapters 48 & 50 set Molly up as being smart and very much in on the case but when Nora suddenly visits the office in Chapter 87 demanding to see the insurance policy, O'Hara is left totally in the dark. Not a word to say Nora was here snooping around. Hard to believe.

Nora sets up her Cayman Islands account in Chapter 14 under the name of Olivia Sinclair, after O'Hara admits to being on her case. In Chapter 21, we are told that the account is christened in style with 4.2M of Connor's money. Later in Chapter 60, she transfers about $6M from Jeffrey but in Chapter 106, Nora has an unexplained $18.5M in her account.

Agent O'Hara is absolutely clueless about Nora's background; parentage. He is surprised to hear about her family. Strange, if you have a file on someone you think is a serial killer.

In Chapter 73, Nora, in spite of the fact that she is just beginning to fall for him, tries to kill him with an omelette for no reason. No justification is given for the poisoning and no follow up occurs. First she tries to kill him and then she just goes on sleeping with him like nothing happened.

In Chapter 79, Olivia puts a letter, detailing so many things she had wanted to say for so many years, in Nora's purse. By chapter 110, the letter becomes a 'note that Emily is able to read in a few minutes.

In Chapter 85, Susan gets a call from Nora asking for O'Hara and Craig Reynolds in the same breath which would suggest to even the dumbest agent that O'Hara's cover was blown but amazingly, not only does she not inform O'Hara, she doesn't do anything else about it. Zilch. O'Hara is happy to go on a ride with Nora in spite of Susan and Molly having spoken with her that weekend.

According to chapter 94, O'Hara had just given the details of Nora's account to the Bureau and they were working on tracing her transfers. The problem though is that the Bureau is supposed to already know about the account because that's how they accidentally stumbled on Nora in Chapter 117. Meanwhile O'Hara is also unaware that Nora has been using Olivia as an alias and as her account name. He tries to correct Keppler in Chapter 92.

Lastly, what were the charges against her that were dropped? Because it was never proven that she killed the men. Connors corpse showed zero foul play.

Too many loose ends. I think the authors ought to rewrite the book.
Romans de la nuit (French Edition)
Romans de la nuit (French Edition)
Beau travail d'édition, le volume est très agréable et la documentation représente un complément appréciable (filmographie, par exemple); il vaut mieux lire les présentations de chaque histoire APRES avoir lu l'histoire elle-même.
Le sort littéraire de Frédéric Dard a été évidemment très injuste : bien sûr, il avait sa place parmi les académiciens ! la construction de ses récits, l'efficacité concentrée de ses descriptions, la virtuosité des silhouettes qu'il esquisse et le clair-obscur des caractères qu'il approfondit jusqu'à la médiocrité la plus centrale,.. toute sa machinerie purement littéraire fonctionne. La deuxième évidence à laquelle on n'échappe pas, c'est la comparaison de ces quelques "romans noirs" avec les 175 San-Antonio qu'il a généreusement produit avec une verve inégalée !
Ici, on parle de "romans noirs, sombres et angoissants" : ils paraissaient tels avant toutes les horreurs débitées en télé et vidéos. Maintenant, ils sont un peu "datés" et presque "sages": Une intrigue qui démarre sur les chapeaux de roue et hop, vous êtes bons pour aller jusqu'au bout... on n'écrit plus de cette façon, on ne raconte plus ce genre d'histoires. C'est dommage. La littérature populaire n'existe plus parce que le populaire ne lit plus. Et ceux qui font de la littérature non populaire nous emm****, la plupart du temps. Non, pas toujours, mais souvent. Avec Frédéric Dard, on ne s'ennuie JAMAIS.
Rhyme Stew
Rhyme Stew
Brought for my 9 year old , she is ahead in her reading so as it said 12 yrs + and not for young children I thought it would be fine .......the content is not suitable for her age group ..... delivery was fast just a shame it's not what I hoped for and won't be giving it to her
The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume I
The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume I
I quite liked the TV-series with Stacy Keach portraying Mike Hammer. At least the first batch. When he came back for a second batch it went downhill. Anyway, I though I should read at least a few of these, now classic, books so I bought myself volume one of The Mike Hammer Collection on kindle.

It is quite a bit a change of pace from my usual reading. No high-tech, no magic, no monsters, no spaceships etc… Well, it was a fun read nonetheless. The book was originally written 1947 so the language, especially the use of slang, is of course somewhat outdated.

Today it is difficult, at least for me, to understand why this book became the first of a whole string of bestsellers. Yes, it is not my top-favorite genre and it is the first book in the Mike Hammer series and the first book in a series can often be a bit of a practice exercise for the author. Still, the book is readworthy but not fantastic. To me it is a fairly standard crime novel and a rather predictable one at that.

One thing that I have to say that I do appreciate though is that the hero, although being quite a bit of a womanizer, does not jump into bed every five minutes with every good-looking chick he meets. Having said that, I suspect that in 1947 when the book was written, the behaviour of Mike Hammer was considered just as promiscuous, as jumping into bed left, right and center might be today.

Anyway, it was a fun book to read. The old-fashioned language and the equally old-fashioned behaviour of the hard-core and hard-hitting (in 1947 at least) Mike Hammer was indeed enjoyable. There are two more books left in the collection volume I got so I will read two more books in the series for sure. After that, well it remains to be seen if I pick up another volume or not.
A Ruthless Need
A Ruthless Need
This story is set around the time of the 1st World War and involves a young woman, Lizzie, who is caught in the web of three men vying for her attention.
Typically, she is from the lower classes (as are many of Cooksons Heroines). After being rescued from a rapist, her rescuer, Geoffery Fulton, removes her from the squallor in which she had been living, to reside with his mother as her live-in housekeeper and companion. Lizzie's life takes on a great turn for the better as she is treated like a member of the family; even being taught to play piano by Mrs. Fulton who is an accomplished player. The book will show what happens next as I am not going to write a full synopsis of the plot; however, I will say a few words about cookson's style.

Cookson's writing is lively and detailed, her point of view moves smoothly between the characters so you are never at a loss as to who is central at any given time. Her dialog is by the most part fresh and informative, establishing character by the things they say. I do, however, want to point out that on occassions she allows her characters to ramble on a bit too long putting across their home spun philosophies on life and living. This in contrast to the much more realistic short, interrupted dialog that we all indulge in, which, fortunately she does mostly to good effect.

I enjoyed this book very much, its many twists and turns and sub-plots kept me turning the pages to reach the surprising and satisfying finale.
Exile (Mercy, Book 2)
Exile (Mercy, Book 2)
I must start by saying that this is book 2 in the series and this review may therefore contain spoilers to Book 1 Mercy. I will also state that I am writing this review after finishing the whole series, therefore I have added insight into the plot due to the benefit of hindsight.

There is very important information revealed in this book, something that doesn't automatically click into place until the very end. In this book Mercy finds herself in the body of Lela, desperately unhappy with her life, stuck in a dead end job taking care of her terminally ill mother. Underneath all the misery and despair in Lela's life you can tell that she generally cares for people. Mercy heightens this quality and it is heart warming to follow just how Mercy touches peoples lives. Improving not only the quality of life but putting their futures back on track, in essence saving them from themselves. It is this essential goodness that enables people to see beneath the surface of the body Mercy is inhabiting to the real her.

Although Mercy is starting to remember fragments of 'her' life there are still huge gaps in her memory. She is still unaware of what she truly is and therefore who Luc is. The introduction of more of the archangels and background details as to their powers and place in the world not just guarding Mercy, really add depth to the plot. The connection and similarity between Ryan and Luc has yet to be fully explored, keeping the continual tension within the plot.

The seedier side of life is unerringly depicted and unfortunately all to realistic. The inner workings of a psychopaths mind were disturbingly portrayed. The undercurrent of evil being hidden is a continuing theme flowing through the books.

The way random acts of kindness benefit society as a whole via their ripple effect was amazing to picture similar to that of the butterfly effect (the theoretical physics not the movie) A truly fantastic concept that would benefit the world if it was put into practice.

There is still so much more to be revealed about Mercy herself, the circumstances of her 'imprisonment', her relationships and the battle of good versus evil even on the smallest scale. A terrific addition to the series.
La Tentation D'Angelique (In French)
La Tentation D'Angelique (In French)
J'ai simplement cherché à compléter ma collection et le format du livre associé à son prix était très intéressant. La saga "Angélique" est et restera un monument dans la catégorie "roman historique".
Michener
Michener
Michener's life has interested me for his destiny as a globetrotter, and not so much for his literary career. I must admit that till now I only read -leaping over paragraphs and sometimes entire pages- "The Source", "Iberia", "The Covenant", and "The world is my home". This biography by Stephen J. May has allowed me to estimate Michener in all his seriousness and capacity of work, and to admire him for his inner force, his faith in life, and his courage before the adversity and the diseases that marked his oldness. Also it has opened to me a peephole on some sadly intimate aspects of his life: his confused familiar origins, his emotional coldness and egotism, and his failure as an adoptive father. As a result of this reading I am readier to digest another of his voluminous and slow-pace texts.
Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures
Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures
I have just completed John Granger's newest tome on Harry Potter. It is a superb linkage of English literary tradition and the master ideas incorporated into JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. I confess to being a huge fan of Harry Potter; I'm in the midst of my ninth re-rereading of the series. Granger's previous works have been on my reading list inter libra potteris. This one is another corker!!! My re-readings have been enhanced in a major way after each of Granger's prior books. His insights and explanations have enabled me to delve deeper into the text and its referents as well as my responses.

I had doubted that there was much to be added, quite frankly. I was wrong. HARRY POTTER'S BOOKSHELF is an outstanding addition to Mr. Granger's prior books. I particularly enjoyed the section on Gothic elements in literature and further appreciated not only Rowling's work but the works of Charles Williams, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien as well. I gained further insight into one of Rowling's favorite books by Goudge also.

The literary skeletons of Shakespeare and other English Greats laid bare in the discussion of alchemy are worthy subjects of admiration and dissection alone, but coupled with the usage by Rowling in the HP series, are not mere fossils unearthed by careless diggers, but living ancestors whose heritage is made visible! This is not something discussed in my long ago college literature classes but it is an explanatory message of great power to aid the enjoyment of all literature.

I would like to enlighten you on my enlightenment in each of the 10 genres under discussion in this excellent work! But that would be far too long a review. I encourage you most heartily to purchase this book and open your mind to the glorious literature that anticipates and informs Harry Potter. The gifts John Granger makes available are just waiting your reception and opening of them to further your enjoyment of all your reading.

"Are-you-MENTAL?" is Ron's question to Harry on more than one occasion, but with Granger's insights you will be: for Rowling and Harry, Shakespeare and many of his plays, Tolkien and Middle Earth, even Dante and the Divine Comedy. Get Granger. Get mental. You'll love it!
Department 56 6003327 Harry Potter Village Hogwarts Astronomy Tower Lit Building, 12.2 Inch, Multicolor
Department 56 6003327 Harry Potter Village Hogwarts Astronomy Tower Lit Building, 12.2 Inch, Multicolor
Ok, first I hated the paint job on this. It is very average quality for Department 56. It is made of Resin (plastic) it looks pretty good not lighted up. The paint job is uneven and “sterile” as I imagine Hogwarts aged and distressed. I added patina to the roof by dry brushing and darking the towers with some black watered down paint. I like it much better looking a little old. The seller was great and shipping was fast.
Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe Child Costume
Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe Child Costume
The color of the fabric was more of a brown (maroon?), the hood was pointed, and there was no zipper or safety light. Also, the clasp broke when I took it out of the package. Altogether definitely not worth 20 dollars.
Funko POP Movies: Harry Potter - Severus Snape Action Figure
Funko POP Movies: Harry Potter - Severus Snape Action Figure
This is an adorable little Funko POP figurine. It captures the essence of Snape's character while still maintaining the playful personality I've come to expect from Funkos. I collect Funkos, and I've particularly been enjoying the Harry Potter characters. There are so many of them, and they're all quite well-done in terms of craftsmanship. I have Snape on the shelf above Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid. He's standing next to Dumbledore. I didn't have Snape positioned quite correctly the first time, so he knocked Dumbledore off of the shelf (the highest one) and onto the floor. How like life, huh?
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Unlike the other t-shirts sold by the Out of Print company, I was able to order this one in my normal size.
Usually I have to go up one or two sizes with this company's slim-fit shirts, but this dolman style is much more relaxed. For reference, I normally wear a medium in women's shirts and have a size 36C chest, and was able to wear a medium in this very comfortably. The material itself is very soft and feels great. Plus, it's appropriate (and hilarious) when I wear it to work at the library.
I love this company as each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and gives book donations to communities in need, plus they have some fantastic classic book cover shirts!
48-Pack Vintage Envelopes, Aged Antique Stationery Classic Envelope for Standard Letter, Printer Friendly for Themed Party & Wedding Invitations, 8.7 x 4 Inches
48-Pack Vintage Envelopes, Aged Antique Stationery Classic Envelope for Standard Letter, Printer Friendly for Themed Party & Wedding Invitations, 8.7 x 4 Inches
I write Santa letters every year and got tired of tea staining my own paper and envelopes, so I decided to try these. They've been great! There are definitely a couple colors/patterns I like best, but they all work just fine for any sort of antique look you might need. They're a little smoother than typical copy paper, so it was easy to write on them. I didn't notice any bleeding with this paper, either.
Obuby Juguetes para niños de 3 a 12 años Walkie Talkies para niños 22 canales de radio de 2 vías Regalos Juguetes con linterna LCD retroiluminada Rango de 1.9 mi Juguetes de regalo para niños y niñas al exterior, senderismo, camping
Obuby Juguetes para niños de 3 a 12 años Walkie Talkies para niños 22 canales de radio de 2 vías Regalos Juguetes con linterna LCD retroiluminada Rango de 1.9 mi Juguetes de regalo para niños y niñas al exterior, senderismo, camping
Love that this comes 3 to a set as I have 3 kids. The devices work great. Each takes 4 AAA batteries (recommend investing in rechargeable ones) and lasts a few days of near constant use. Longer once the novelty wears off.

PROs
- Set of 3 instead of standard 2. If one is off, the other two work fine by themselves.
- Work as soon as you put the battery in
- LOUD (I have the volume on the lowest setting for all of them)
- Lots of channels / subchannel combos to choose from so you can avoid cross traffic
- Has a FLASHLIGHT in each one - super handy for my kids who are scared of the dark.
-Can take the hits - my kids have dropped them repeatedly and the worst that has happened is the battery cover and some of the batteries pop off.

Things to be aware of:
- Easy to hit the scan button to change channels and it just rotates through, so you have to hit it at the exactly right time to get it back on the right channel. My kids sometimes hit it and it requires an adult to fix it.
-Even when the volume is all the way down, there is still super loud beeps before and after pressing the talk button. But this can be turned off by turning tones off. Use the manual to figure that process out.
-Teaching my kids they had to release the buttons after talking to be able to hear the other people took forever. But that was not the walkie talkies' fault.

Overall, quality product that my kids are getting a lot of use out of. Highly recommend.
iCarez HD Anti Glare Matte Screen Protector for iPhone 12 /iPhone 12 Pro (2020) 6.1-Inches [3 Pack] (Case Friendly) Premium No Bubble Easy to Apply with Hinge Installation
iCarez HD Anti Glare Matte Screen Protector for iPhone 12 /iPhone 12 Pro (2020) 6.1-Inches [3 Pack] (Case Friendly) Premium No Bubble Easy to Apply with Hinge Installation
The screen protector is thin and it’s great but I guess it’s my own error. I thought it was a glass screen protector that would provide any sort of protection besides against scratches. It also makes the screen look horrible and has a weird look to it. I’ve bought one of these protectors in the past and it has not been this bad I don’t know what’s wrong this time but I already bought a new GLASS screen protector to replace this after 1 week with dealing with it.
Germ Guardian HEPA Filter Air Purifier for Home, UV Light Sanitizer Eliminates Germs, Mold, Odors,Kids Rooms,Night Light Projector, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander, 4-in-1 AC4150PCA
Germ Guardian HEPA Filter Air Purifier for Home, UV Light Sanitizer Eliminates Germs, Mold, Odors,Kids Rooms,Night Light Projector, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander, 4-in-1 AC4150PCA
This is our second one of these. The minute you put it in a room and run it briefly you can clearly tell the difference. My daughters love the lights and the pink color and it has eased allergies and wake ups are much better. We have a houseful of labs and you wouldn't know it. We use this size for our daughters bedrooms and have a similar gray one for our room. Great price and they work wonderful. Have spent money on high dollar units and seriously, the air quality seems better with these and less fuss. Full speed can be loud, but for us on weekends it helps keep the kids sleeping in a bit later which we all love.
Núm. 1211: Té de hierbas orgánico "Té de lactancia" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 250 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - regaliz, anís, hinojo, cassia, limón, piña y papaya
Núm. 1211: Té de hierbas orgánico "Té de lactancia" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 250 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - regaliz, anís, hinojo, cassia, limón, piña y papaya
Lo compré porque quería comenzar a hacer un banco de leche para cuando regrese a trabajar, pero como mi bb come demasiado y cada rato, temía que después de recolectar justo me pidiera y ya no quedara leche para él. Pues estoy gratamente sorprendida de cómo me ha aumentado la producción de lehe con este té. Tomo dos tazas al día y siento que cada poco tiempo se me llenan los pechos, de hecho se me congestionan, por lo cuál estoy lactando sin ningún problema y a la vez recolectando para congelar. Ví resultados desde el segundo día, lo volveré a comprar cuando se me acabe. Ah y el sabor me parece agradable :)

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