Riley Harris

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Head First Kotlin: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Kotlin: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Kotlin: A Brain-Friendly Guide by Dawn Griffiths and David Griffiths. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide (6th Edition)
HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide (6th Edition)
HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide (6th Edition) by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
A Intimação
A Intimação
A Intimação by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Losing Faith
Losing Faith
Losing Faith by Adam Mitzner. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 139 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Haunting of Ashburn House
The Haunting of Ashburn House
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1361 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI
Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI
Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI by Stephen King, George Guidall, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1407 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Concepts: Late Objects, 3rd Edition
Java Concepts: Late Objects, 3rd Edition
Java Concepts: Late Objects, 3rd Edition by Cay S. Horstmann. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming Box Set: Programming, Master's Handbook & Artificial Intelligence Made Easy; Code, Data Science, Automation, problem solving, Data Structures & Algorithms (CodeWell Box Sets)
Java Programming Box Set: Programming, Master's Handbook & Artificial Intelligence Made Easy; Code, Data Science, Automation, problem solving, Data Structures & Algorithms (CodeWell Box Sets)
Java Programming Box Set: Programming, Master's Handbook & Artificial Intelligence Made Easy; Code, Data Science, Automation, problem solving, Data Structures & Algorithms (CodeWell Box Sets) by Code Well Academy. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Daniel Arbuckle's Mastering Python
Daniel Arbuckle's Mastering Python
Daniel Arbuckle's Mastering Python by Daniel Arbuckle. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Oracle 12c: SQL
Oracle 12c: SQL
Oracle 12c: SQL by Joan Casteel. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 56 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learning Elixir
Learning Elixir
Learning Elixir by Kenny Ballou. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
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.
Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era
Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era
This book is odd. It's well written and the narrative is compelling; enough for me to read it all in one go.

The stories of inadequate ego-driven teachers and students early on in the book are relayed well. The book's exposure of incompetence, back-scratching and favoritism from supposedly upstanding academic leaders is excellent. This is a good reason to read this book, and for excellently depicting an often overlooked part of academic life, this book deserves 4 stars.

The problem is, that's not why I bought the book. I was expecting a book about the "founding of the Facebook era" as the sub-title suggests. This is certainly not a focus. From 335 pages in all, the name "Mark Zuckerberg" first appears on page 287, and any facts relating to Facebook's rise are within only the last 40 pages and are mostly tainted by disdain.

Initially the author developed a system called CriticalMass that allowed students to rate their satisfaction of different academics at Harvard. Textbook Central, a textbook trading site, followed. Another system called FAStWebmail allowed Harvard students to access their official Harvard e-mail accounts over the Web. These were eventually rolled into a system called houseSYSTEM that included some other features like course preselection and calendars.

For a few chapters after explaining how these systems were developed, the focus is on how the administration and some other students considered houseSYSTEM to be insecure and flawed, due to its pseudo-requirement to have users' official Harvard passwords (in order for the webmail function to work) and a lack of proper SSL (HTTPS) security.

In dealing with these concerns the author showed a lack of technical knowledge. He protested that only an MD-5 hash of users' passwords were stored, but if this were the case, how did his system then access the users' official e-mail accounts? The author doesn't provide a proper level of detail to make a judgment as an independent reader, and the way he portrays it may just be poor.

The author also says "Brian Wong is telling people that MD-5 generates 16-byte hashes, when it doesn't! There are 32 characters in all of them! Each ASCII character is one byte!" MD-5 generates a 16 byte hash (128 bits). That a textual hexadecimal representation of that 16 byte hash takes 32 characters does not make it a "32 byte hash."

The author has a habit of "quoting" his mental monologue, nearly all of which is negative in nature, and assuming whoever he's talking to is either an idiot or out to get him. The author's paranoia (warranted or not) permeates the last half of this book enough to make for uneasy reading. He jumps to exaggerated conclusions. Shortly after the initial security concerns, the university decides that Greenspan needs to delete the password hashes he had collected so far and "forward the list of all those whose information you have collected" in order that those students could have their passwords reset. Instead of complying with this reasonable request, the author rants about how the users table has other information like phone numbers in it and asks "What, do they want those, too?" The e-mail he quotes requested a list of people who signed up for his site, not other details. This doesn't stop the author from eventually sending the whole user table anyway!

On the SSL issue, the text implies that a self-signed certificate was used, but the author appears not to understand the identification issues with this (though those who e-mail him appear to). It's a common theme that the author, IMHO, quotes well-thought-out e-mails and refutes them poorly. He argues that a wildcard certificate would be necessary - costing some $1000, though InstantSSL had them for under $500 at the time - not realizing he could use a regular SSL certificate (under $50) for the password transfer (the parts where security really counted), and a wildcard cookie for cross sub-domain authentication beyond that.

On Facebook, he seems to feel that Zuckerberg's developments, though independent, were a rip off of his own even though Zuckerberg is constantly quoted as remaining separate. houseSYSTEM did have a "face book" feature where pictures of students were located along with their names, but this had no social networking aspect. Zuckerberg's did. Nothing the author relays gives me the impression he "founded" the "Facebook" era.

On page 302, I feel that Greenspan relays a tale of attempting to blackmail Facebook. Despite considering Zuckerburg "inarticulate and naive," he suggested that he join Facebook. When told they needed an engineer with 15 years' experience, Greenspan highlighted Facebook's problems with ConnectU (who were suing Facebook for allegedly copying their idea and stealing code) and suggested that he had "grounds to sue both of you" before suggesting that if Facebook would hire him, he'd be on their side and help the lawsuit go away.

The last 20 pages are dire. The author claims that having a full Facebook profile "would have meant I endorsed intellectual property theft" without realizing that information willingly shared is not "thieved."

Lastly, the author appears to rub most people in the book up the wrong way. Other than his closest associates and his family, almost every social interaction seems to result in the author antagonizing someone or being ignored. In many cases, he relies on his father to write e-mails and letters on his behalf (mostly unsuccessfully), rather than fight his own battles. "If Mark can get $2 billion for my ideas, I should at least be able to get a couple million!" sums up what I see as a jealous individual who, as it happens, has written a gripping and interesting book.

As good as this book is, I sense Greenspan isn't the sort of person to get over a slight easily and it saddens me that he appears restricted him from achieving all that someone with his talents could be.
Virgin by Design
Virgin by Design
At the back of this thick book there is a fold-out that historically lists, up to 2020, all the Virgin Group brands for the last fifty years and it's an intriguing collection from household names like Virgin Active, Atlantic, Records and Trains to also rans like Virgin Brides, Clothing and Cola. The ten chapters expand on the branding of the Virgin name around the world, though principally in America and Europe but as chapter eight reveals the name is shared with lots of other companies. They lease the name and that includes the branding expertise that the Group provides.

The author attributes the success (and very few failures) to Richard Branson and his creative executives thinking outside the box and giving customers something new and imaginative whether it's the passenger Cluhouse at Heathrow, beds on planes or the decor of the Virgin hotel in Chicago all aimed aimed at a corporate or wealthy clientele. The youth market is captured with, for example, Virgin radio, gyms, mobiles and finance. Part of the branding involves generous helpings of PR for the launch of any new venture, something that Branson excels at like driving a tank down Fifth Avenue in 1994 for the launch of Virgin Cola.

The book has three hundred illustrations, mostly photos including a rare one of Branson minus his beard, he shaved it off and dressed up in a wedding dress for the launch of Virgin Brides. The main chapter text is printed on smaller four page sections and stuck in rather than bound into the book, there are four fold-outs and (thinking outside the box) two ribbon page markers.

I found this a worthwhile look at one of world's great brands and the creative thinking behind some remarkably diverse products.
The Truth about Henry Ford
The Truth about Henry Ford
Poorly Scanned image of a New York library book. Many Scan-o's, the even and odd page headers are included inline with the text.
The Cars That Henry Ford Built (An Automobile Quarterly Magnificent Marque History)
The Cars That Henry Ford Built (An Automobile Quarterly Magnificent Marque History)
I wanted to get this book because it struck my eye while I was looking for rebuilding material to help me fix and fine tune upgrades to this 37 Tudor Slantback project. It is amazing how someone can come from a farming and horse upbringing to working on the industrial power plants of the day....then suddenly become a key figure in creating the society we are today of horseless travellers
Gonna be a great read and nice time piece to keep nearby when kicking up in front of a fire to rest from the travels

Thx for bringing me this read on Ford History
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition)
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition)
This is fantastic.
I was a little apprehensive at the cost, but do not regret getting this one bit. I have only listened to the first and fifth cds but they are wonderful and very much look forward to journeying through the rest. I am halfway through the dvd and loving it.
I have read many negative reports from folks about Dylan's gospel period, but they are completely unfounded and merely a hatred of the lyrics. The music is inspired and whether anyone wants to accept it or not, the lyrics are also.
The very short sermons between the songs could hardly be seen as offensive as they purely put forth snippets of truth in digestible portions.
I would prefer one unedited full show, but this has been done for a purpose, so i can live with that.
If you love Dylan, as i do, and you are not offended by the idea of Jesus then this is a fantastic set and equally as good as series 1-3 and 4.

Update:
Ok, so I have given it all a listen now. For me this is compelling listening. Some may feel, "why do I want several versions of the same show?" Well this is Dylan and the versions have variance and the shows are very worthwhile.
For those perturbed about the sermons on the dvd, there is a play concert only option.
The Earls Court show is a revelation in itself. This disc shows quite clearly how well the earlier songs in Dylan's catalog fit in with the gospel songs. Ballad of a thin man is brilliant, It is every bit as brilliant as it was at the Manchester show from 66 if not better (in the context of the Manchester show it seemed like he was singing at the crowd rather than to them).

The negatives ... There are very few and it will not effect my rating of this essential Dylan release.
As I said previously said, I would prefer the dvd to be a complete concert. The video quality is fine, but the shots aren't fantastic and make it appear like a soundstage performance rather than a concert. For a set such as this I would have preferred a full remix to 5.1, but often times there aren't master tapes to do this.
I'm disappointed that shot of love, the song, wasn't played at the earls court gig, I love that song.
Although the packaging is excellent I am not a huge fan of the slide in disc holders, although this set has a better slide in holder than many I have purchased.
I would have loved a complete Toronto performance and I am guessing that it was a couple of Dylan's talks to the crowd that may have made this a "best of" rather than "complete".

All the discs flow well. The sound is great. The performances are great. The songs are on par with anything Dylan ever recorded, yes that includes blonde on blonde, hwy 61, blood on the tracks, or any other album you could care to mention.
If Dylan is one of your favourites, you need to get this.
Piña Coladas
Piña Coladas
This a great story based on a song that I never liked. But don’t let this song steer you away from this really good story about second chances. It’s a quick enjoyable read with a happy ending. Give it a try. I am glad I did.
Thor: Ragnaroks
Thor: Ragnaroks
Though this product is titled Thor: Ragnaroks only one part of the book has anything to do with that name. The volume consists of three separate stories written by Michael Avon Oeming. Those being Thor: Blood Oath, Thor: Avengers Disassembled, and Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill. The rating this title gets will be a combined total of the three separate stories.

Thor: Blood Oath
This is the first story presented in this collection and it's a great place to start. The story centers around a trial against Thor's friends The Warriors Three. Thor puts his life on the line for them and they go on a quest across the many pantheons of gods in the Marvel Universe to appease the accusing party. This story is a lot of fun and gives you insight into the Oeming's take on Thor as a character. The art by Scott Kolins is a bit cartoonish but it fits the story being told.
4/5

Thor #80-85 (1998) (Thor: Avengers Disassembled)
This part of the book is where we get the collection's full title from. It consists of the final 6 issues of the Thor series started by Dan Jurgens in 1998 now being written by Oeming. In this story Asgard's final days have begun. This story is probably by a small margin the best in this collection. Oeming weaves together an incredible tale that both encapsulates the myth the story is based on and the tales of Thor in the Marvel Universe up to that point. You also are given enough information as to not be lost, for those who haven't read Jurgens' run. It does have few problems, mostly with pacing but that's hardly enough to detract from its score to much. The art by Andrea Di Vito is top notch as well.
4/5

Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill
The final story in this collection is solid but not amazing. It shows how Ragnarok affected Thor's oath brother Beta Ray Bill, wielder of the enchanted hammer Stormbreaker. If you don't know that much about this character you get all the necessary information you need here. As a story it runs a tad to long but still is good. It does not have Thor in it at any point as fair warning to anyone who reads it. The art by Di Vito is once again great and perfect for this miniseries.
4/5

Overall this collection is great, and would be a great a addition to any Thor collection. The significance of these tales can't be understated Either. Thor as a character wasn't seen in the comics again for about two years, when J. Michael Straczynski brought him back in his amazing run post Civil War. This was well worth the purchase.
4/5
Kings Fine Woodworking
Kings Fine Woodworking
In video number one he was cutting a small block of wood, held vertically, on a table saw with his fingers about an inch or two away from the blades.

You know, i'll be the first to admit that there have been times where I made calculated risks and made cuts that I knew had safety issues. At the time, it seemed like "okay" but when I look back, I think about how it wasn't worth it to save 10-15 minutes of our time to do it the "safe way."

My point is, even though I've done stupid things,I don't think it's wise to make a tutorial type of video - possibly showing new woodworkers on how to do things that aren't safe.
Marvel Black Panther Legends Series Black Panther, 6-inch
Marvel Black Panther Legends Series Black Panther, 6-inch
When I got this figure I was especially excited for the unmasked head of Black Panther how I noticed that the likeness to actor Chadwick Boseman is very much off and only by skin it is way to melon color and black like it should be. Other than that the figure is amazing. From the poseabilty to the interchangeable heads and hands. If you have the previous Black Panther figure from the” Captain America Civil War Wave” that head fits on this figure. The poseablity is great I don’t feel like I am going to break it at all. In short if you wanted an updated Black Panther get this figure. If you want this figure for movie accuracy, you can probably pass.
Avengers Infinity War: Doctor Strange Artfx+ Statue
Avengers Infinity War: Doctor Strange Artfx+ Statue
Overall it’s an amazing quality figure for the price. It’s not polystone or anything fancy just PVC but the likeness and quality are great. My biggest issue with it is that it is tiny next to other 1/10 scale pieces from other manufacturers. Specifically next to the Diamond Select Infinity War collection. Since Kotobukiya is only releasing 3 of them (Thanos, Strange and Spidey) I had to go with Diamond Select to complete the line and the kotobukiya ones are tiny next to the DS pieces. So much smaller that they cannot be displayed together. DS are half the price and admittedly half the quality but are way bigger. Thanos is about the same size as the DS Cap. Not sure why the sizes are so off but now I’m stuck with 2 Kotobukiya statues that do not scale well with my other 1/10 pieces. I should have just bought the DS erosions of Thanos and Strange but the Kotobukiya ones are so much higher quality that I was willing to pay more but now regretting it. So plus are great quality fir the price. Minus is the size if you are displaying along with other 1/10 scale statues.
InuYasha, Vol. 7
InuYasha, Vol. 7
Generally, when Inuyasha's brother Sessho-maru, wants something, he's willing to kill pretty much anyone, especially his half-brother. And Sessho-maru does want something. He wants Tetsusaiga, Inuyasha's powerful demon-slaying sword. But because he is a full demon, the sword will reject his touch, but when Naraku offers him the use of a human arm embedded with a Shikon Jewel fragment to replace that of the one Inuyasha cut from him, he sets off to claim the sword as his own. We also learn the possible origin of Naraku, a tale rooted in a time 50 years ago when Inuyasha and Kikyo were in love.

Rumiko Takahashi continues this classic series with more action tempered with revelations and great improvisitory storytelling. The drawing is superb and the rivalry of the two brothers and the tragedy of Kikyo continue to rise up to critical mass. The great strength of this manga is that the story does not get old because the characters are so greatly imagined. Highly recommended.
Velveeta Rotini and Cheese with Broccoli Meal (9.4 oz Box)
Velveeta Rotini and Cheese with Broccoli Meal (9.4 oz Box)
This is really good, but don't count on the broccoli dust packet. Once the water is boiling, add the noodles. Set timer for four minutes. Add real broccoli, and set timer for five minutes because the broccoli cools the water. I don't add the whole cheese packet either. Like 3/4 of the cheese. I salt mine once it's in the bowl. I could eat just that for dinner. Very tasty!
Santa's Twin
Santa's Twin
Dean Koontz is my favorite writer, so despite my daughter only being 2, I had to get this for her. It has gorgeous illustrations and rhyming text. Santa's twin brother decides to tie Santa up and ruin Xmas. He's tired of being outshined by his brother, Santa and decides to make everyone hate him instead. He lands in a house and leaves horrible presents and ruins their house but his plans are foiled by the two sisters who live there. They overhear what he's done and decide they are the only ones who can save Santa. They rescue Santa and scold his evil twin. Why what would your mother think, they ask him and he realizes the err of his ways. This book is fun reading with wacky descriptions and imaginable ryhmes. The last page asks you if you noticed all the snowmen hiding on each page. They watch over us and report back to Santa. How else would Santa know who's been naughty or nice. My sister and mother in law had a blast trying to find the snowmen. This is a wonderful Xmas tale thet kids will delight in. It isn't scary at all, it's more comical.
The Fifth Mountain: A Novel (P.S.)
The Fifth Mountain: A Novel (P.S.)
"The Fifth Mountain" is one of Coelho's earlier works, one in which he takes us to biblical times and events. He brings us the story of the prophet Elijah, whom we follow along, he and his tormented soul, through this landscape so tormented unto itself; this land of Levites, Curses, Tribunals, Angels, Israelites—Gods Will Be Done.

Coelho was raised up in the Catholic Church, not, as many assume, in some far—out, new—agey, spirit to light seeking kind of religion. His traditional religious upbringing shows up in this beautifully written, powerful tale of a young Elijah, beginning with his quest for a better understanding of his visions.

"Since childhood, he had heard voices and spoken with angels. This was when he had been impelled by his father and mother to seek out a priest of Israel who, after asking many questions, identified Elijah as a *nabi*, a prophet, a "man of the spirit," one who "exalts himself with the word of God."

So begins his search for meaning amidst the backdrop of the never—ending violence and chaos of the times, and always, the search for God, God's Word, God's Love, God's Strength, His Wisdom and Grace. Do you hear *me* God?

There is also an element of physical love here, which is hard enough for any man, in easier times, to really grasp and hold onto. All the harder for young Elijah.

This is one my favorite "Little Coelho's" plucked from his "Tree" on which he has mapped out his literary pilgrimage.

Highly recommended.
Die Erbin: Jack Brigance 2
Die Erbin: Jack Brigance 2
Da John Grisham in den USA gerade sein neuestes Werk vorstellt, in dem erneut Jake Brigance mitwirken soll, dachte ich, dass es nicht schaden könnte, den Vorgänger »Die Erbin« aus dem Jahr 2014 erneut zu lesen und nun auch in schriftlicher Form zu bewerten.

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Titel: Die Erbin
Originaltitel: Sycamore Row
Autor: John Grisham
Verlag: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-453-26910-1
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Ausgabe: 2014
Genre: Roman
Seiten: 702

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Ich hatte mir »Die Erbin« am 28. September 2015 gekauft.

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Die gebundene Ausgabe aus dem Jahr 2014 ist schön gestaltet, wobei vor allem der silbrig gehaltene Schutzumschlag eine große Rolle spielt. Das 702 Seiten dicke Buch liegt, trotz seines Gewichts, gut in der Hand, die Seiten lassen sich bequem umblättern, und die Schrift hat genau die richtige Größe, um den Roman gemütlich lesen zu können. Einzig daneben finde ich das entzündete Streichholz in der Mitte, das auf den ersten Blick eigentlich gar nichts mit dem Roman zu tun hat. Meiner Meinung nach könnte man es höchstens auf einen einzigen Punkt gegen Ende des Buches beziehen, wenn es um die Hintergründe von Seth Hubbard geht. In meinen Augen sorgt es hingegen eher für Verwirrung.

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John Grisham ist ein amerikanischer Bestseller-Autor, dessen Werke bereits mehrfach verfilmt worden sind. Der ehemalige Jurist ist seit 1991 hauptberuflich als Schriftsteller tätig und schreibt vor allem im Milieu der Justiz – mit Schwerpunkt auf den Südstaaten –, doch er ist literarisch auch in anderen Gegenden der USA zuhause. 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, geboren, hat John Grisham bis 1991 als Anwalt in Mississippi praktiziert. Sein Erstlingswerk »Die Jury« (1989) wurde direkt zum Bestseller. In »Die Erbin« geht es erneut um seinen Protagonisten Jake Brigance aus eben diesem Meisterwerk.

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Der Multimillionär Seth Hubbard wird eines Morgens von einem Mitarbeiter tot, an einem Baum hängend, aufgefunden. Er hatte Lungenkrebs im Endstadium und unermessliche Schmerzen, denen er so ein Ende setzen wollte. Trotz aller Bestürzung ob dieses dramatischen Ablebens, ist seine Familie mehr daran interessiert, dass das Testament eröffnet wird und jeder von ihnen etwas von dem stattlichen Vermögen abbekommt. Jedoch weiß keiner, dass Seth Hubbard sein Testament, kurz vor seinem Ableben, handschriftlich hatte ändern lassen. Die Familie geht leer aus, und seine farbige Haushälterin Lettie Lang erbt den Löwenanteil. Die Familie wetzt daraufhin die juristischen Messer und zieht alle Register, um den Verstorbenen postum als nicht zurechnungsfähig erklären zu lassen. Dann tritt Jake Brigance auf den Plan …

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Auch wenn der Roman 2014 erschienen ist, so spielt »Die Erbin« trotz allem im Jahr 1988, drei Jahre nach dem Prozess von Carl Lee Hailey und dem spektakulären Freispruch. Jake Brigance hatte während des Prozesses sein Haus verloren, das vom Ku-Klux-Klan niedergebrannt worden war, und befindet seitdem in einem Rechtsstreit mit seiner Versicherung. Interessanterweise wird sein Name auf dem Schutzumschlag als »Jack Brigance« wiedergegeben, korrekt ist jedoch – und so steht er auch in den Romanen selbst geschrieben –: Jake Brigance.

Beachtenswert ist, dass es John Grisham nach all den Jahren sehr gut gelungen ist, seine Geschichte erneut in den 1980’er Jahren anzusiedeln. Seinerzeit waren die Verhältnisse deutlich anders als heutzutage. Es gab noch keine Handys, die Autos waren gänzlich anders als heute, und vor allem war der Rassenhass in den Südstaaten der USA damals noch sehr viel ausgeprägter als heute – auch wenn die aktuelle politische Situation in den USA dies momentan eher ad absurdum zu führen scheint. Auch waren zwanzig Millionen Dollar – das Erbe von Seth Hubbard – damals noch sehr viel mehr wert als heute. Dass zudem ein reicher, alter, weißer Mann sein Millionenvermögen einer schwarzen Hausbediensteten hinterlässt, musste in den späten 80’er Jahren natürlich zu einem Eklat führen.

Bei »Die Erbin« handelt es sich endlich einmal um einen Roman, bei dem sowohl der amerikanische Originaltitel »Sycamore Row« als auch der deutsche Titel »Die Erbin« im unmittelbaren Zusammenhang mit der eigentlichen Geschichte stehen. Ich bin auch der Meinung, dass man selbst im Deutschen den Originaltitel »Sycamore Row« hätte verwenden können, auch wenn dieser Begriff überhaupt erst auf den letzten Seiten des Romans auftaucht. Der deutsche Titel bezieht sich hingegen direkt auf die Erbin Lettie Lang, um die sich die Geschichte des Romans dreht.

»Die Erbin« ist definitiv eine direkte Fortsetzung von »Die Jury«, weswegen auch immer wieder alte Bekannte auftauchen. Neben Jake Brigance, der erneut der Protagonist in dem Roman ist, tauchen auch seine Frau Carla und ihre gemeinsame Tochter auf, ferner der Sheriff Ozzie Walls und auch der Richter Reuben V. Atlee haben ihre Auftritte sowie Lucien Wilbanks und Jakes Freund Harry Rex Vonner.

Sehr interessant finde ich, wie es später zur Schlammschlacht vor Gericht kommt. Verständlicherweise versuchen die enterbten Familienangehörigen, das Testament gerichtlich anzufechten. Es dauert allerdings rund sechshundert Seiten, ehe man endlich die Hintergründe erfährt, weshalb Seth Hubbard sein Millionenvermögen einer schwarzen Haushälterin hinterlassen und seine Kinder und Enkel enterbt hat. Der Spannungsbogen baut sich, wie bei John Grisham üblich, langsam, aber sicher, auf und wird durch die diversen Nebenschauplätze, zwischen denen immer wieder hin und her gesprungen wird, sehr kurzweilig gehalten. So geht es einige Seiten lang um Jake Brigance, dann wird plötzlich zu Lucien Wilbanks gesprungen, gefolgt von Sheriff Ozzie Walls, dann ein Sprung zu den Erben, zu einem anderen Anwalt – und dennoch wird alles nicht verwirrender, sondern all diese Nebenhandlungen laufen führen letzten Endes zu einem gemeinsamen, zentralen Punkt, der auf den – geschätzt – letzten hundert Seiten des Buches zu finden ist.

Meiner Meinung nach fesselt der Roman von Anfang an. Es ist nach meinem Dafürhalten nicht zwingend vonnöten, »Die Jury« zu kennen; jedoch erleichtert dies einem das Lesen von »Die Erbin«, da man unweigerlich immer wieder die Gesichter vor Augen haben wird sowie die Geschichte von »Die Jury« und damit einhergehende Zusammenhänge und Einflüsse.

Mit hat »Die Erbin« gut gefallen, wenn auch nicht ganz so gut wie sein direkter Vorgänger. Auf jeden Fall wird für spannende Unterhaltung gesorgt.

●●●●●●●●●● MEIN FAZIT ●●●●●●●●●●

Mit »Die Erbin« hat John Grisham einen guten, direkten Nachfolger von »Die Jury« geschaffen.
Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle
Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle
This was a REALLY good story.

I watched the preview two or three times and didn't like what I saw, so I skipped over this movie many times before I finally decided to view it.
Whoever decided on the clips for the preview, didn't catch the essence of the movie.

If you like Christmas movies with romance, struggles that need to be worked through and resolved, and likeable characters, you will enjoy this movie. Don't waste your time watching the preview.
Matty Doolin
Matty Doolin
Great short book. Hard to put down. The love of a boy for dogs and animals. His struggle trying to break away from being destined to work in the docks to working with animals on a farm or being a vet. I would love this book to go on longer in th o the adventures while working in the farm. Perhaps one of her next books did? I love most if her books. You can see all her characters in your mind with her great descriptive writing.
Magic: the Gathering - Sewer Shambler (75) - Return to Ravnica
Magic: the Gathering - Sewer Shambler (75) - Return to Ravnica
Sewer Shambler is an effective card in golgari or zombie decks for me. The low scavenge cost, same as the converted mana cost, is better than other mana costs to place, as a sorcery, two +1/+1 counters on other creatures. Plus it has swampwalk which is great if your opponent is using swamps. Then he can shamble into a block and later be scavenged out to boost my Tormented Soul, etc.
Harry Potter (Gryffindor Shield Torso, Cape, YF) - LEGO Harry Potter Figure by LEGO
Harry Potter (Gryffindor Shield Torso, Cape, YF) - LEGO Harry Potter Figure by LEGO
This character was a great addition to my wife's Harry Potter memorabilia. This comes from the original Harry Potter LEGO sets, and is very well done. The pieces are sturdy, as is the cape. With lots of play, the cape will wear thing, but overall they are pretty durable.

This also comes with a very unique hair piece. I would definitely recommend it.
Funko POP Movies: Harry Potter Action Figure - Hermione Granger Yule Ball
Funko POP Movies: Harry Potter Action Figure - Hermione Granger Yule Ball
Overall the figurine looks emasculate. Couldn’t be happier but there is one small cosmetic thing. Ok there’s 2. No there’s 3. Ok this box my sweet little Hermoine was in was badly crushed and the protective plastic was caved in so poorly that it was crushed to quite a big hole opening that had been creating when getting smashed. I don’t blame the seller but I will keep my rating the same because these need special handling labels. Maybe a caution be careful sticker or two. Putting it in a box and hoping it makes it so you get a good rating isn’t enough. If you care about what we as your customers care about you will make every change necessary to ensure a safe arrival of allllll products you sell. Not just pops. 2 stars for getting a beautiful figurine. And I’m being more generous than I should. Shame I’m an avid collector of pops and this ones far worse than many before.
LEGO, City, Swamp Police Starter Set (60066)
LEGO, City, Swamp Police Starter Set (60066)
My kids love this set. Super cool beards on the lego peeps. Great for putting on President Business so no one can tell his super secret bad identity as Lord Business. The aligator is cool too. Or is is a crocodile? I can't ever tell the difference. Not sure how the dude in the Tom Sawyer raft thinks he is going to get away from the hovercraft, But that is his problem. My kids love playing with this set. Now to get a lego jail for these bad dudes.
C2G 27366 Micro USB Cable - USB 2.0 A Male to Micro-USB B Male Cable, Black (9.8 Feet, 3 Meters)
C2G 27366 Micro USB Cable - USB 2.0 A Male to Micro-USB B Male Cable, Black (9.8 Feet, 3 Meters)
If you look at the larger add, the choke shows, but not in the smaller adverising photos nor does the description spell this out. Choke coil adds weight and bulk to the cable and makes it less desirable for charging smart phones as it adds additional stress to both the plug and phone's socket. I ordered two cables at the same time. This one and another from BuyCheapCables. That cable was half the price and DID NOT have the choke. It seems to work fine (it fits snugly) for charging but I haven't tried syncing yet.
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink (Set 1) Ink Set, 1.0 oz, Set 1 Colors, 1 Set of 12 Bottles
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink (Set 1) Ink Set, 1.0 oz, Set 1 Colors, 1 Set of 12 Bottles
I ADORE Dr. Ph. Martin's inks.

The colors are true to how they appear in the bottle (once any sediment has been properly shaken up and suspended), truly waterproof, no fading. Do note that this some of these inks are light colors. Again, true to appearance, so they don't darken when written with. White ink on white paper is extremely difficult to read--but white ink on dark paper is a really nice effect!

The ink doesn't run and bleed everywhere, it works with every nib I've tried (quite a range, every modern leonardt, almost every modern speedball, several others), and almost every paper (anything your nib scratches to bits is obviously out of the question). It is a thicker ink than many others you might find--it flows beautifully, smooth without breaks, but you don't want to, say, leave it in a roundhand nib with a reservoir untouched for ten minutes. It is ink. It will dry.

But that just leads me to another plus--it's easy to clean out. Once dry it flakes off nibs at the touch of fingernail, not counting unfortunate grooves. It responds well to nib cleaning solution, abd of course when wet (again, not counting grooves where any ink would get stuck) it wipes right off with paper. I've also found that it come out of my scrap cloth with little effort, but don't go spilling it on your carpet or favorite white shirt and expect it to come out. I just mean that the scrap I use for cleaning isn't darkly or noticeably stained from these.

They also are wonderful in painting, and again waterproof, so you can do things like soaking a drawing in tea to make it appear aged without worrying about losing the drawing.
Krups EA819E Arabica Latte Quattro Force Kaffeevollautomat (1450 Watt, Wassertankkapazität: 1,7 Liter, Pumpendruck: 15 bar, LCD-Display) Platin-schwarz
Krups EA819E Arabica Latte Quattro Force Kaffeevollautomat (1450 Watt, Wassertankkapazität: 1,7 Liter, Pumpendruck: 15 bar, LCD-Display) Platin-schwarz
Hoy os voy a contar cómo es esta cafetera automática que he recibido. Como me ha gustado, me he animado a comentaros mis impresiones. Espero que os sean de utilidad.

1.-LA CAFETERA

En la parte superior de la cafetera tenemos acceso al depósito para introducir el café en grano. En este mismo depósito, podemos elegir el grado de molido del café entre tres posibles. En el lateral izquierdo, tenemos el depósito para colocar el café ya utilizado que tendremos que vaciar periódicamente. En la parte trasera, tenemos el depósito de agua, con una capacidad de 1,7 litros. Comentar sobre él dos aspectos: El primero que el depósito es extraíble, por lo que es más sencillo llenarlo y limpiarlo. El segundo aspecto, es que dentro de él va colocado el filtro del agua. La primera vez que encendemos la máquina, nos va a preguntar cuál es la dureza del agua. Dentro de la caja nos encontramos una tira que debemos sumergir en agua, y que nos indicará cuál es la dureza del agua. En función de ésta, tendremos que cambiar este filtro cada cincuenta cafés o cada dos meses. Tenlo en cuenta, porque es un gasto adicional. En la parte frontal del aparato, tenemos el display, los botones de control, la zona de salida del café y la bandeja para colocar las tazas. Respecto a los botones, de izquierda a derecha son: encendido/apagado, selección de recetas, favoritos, ajustes, navegación, +/-, inicio/parada y ajuste de molido. Además de todo lo descrito, tenemos una jarra de leche que podemos colocar o no según nos interese.

2.-USO

En cuanto a lo que es el funcionamiento, gracias al display es muy sencillo e intuitivo. En el primer arranque elegimos la dureza del agua, si queremos que se limpie en cada arranque, etc. La máquina te permite hacer seis tipos de bebidas: Ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato e infusiones. En ellas puedes personalizar tus bebidas eligiendo la intensidad del café, la cantidad de café o de leche. Una vez que hayas hecho pruebas y sepas cómo te gusta, puedes guardar tú configuración en una de las cuatro memorias.

3.-CONCLUSIONES

¿Y qué nota le das? ¿Me lo recomiendas?

Estas dos preguntas son las que todos nos hacemos cuando compramos cualquier dispositivo, y la respuesta es siempre la misma: DEPENDE DE PARA QUÉ LO USES Y CUÁLES SEAN TUS EXPECTATIVAS.

Como ya sabrás, simplificando mucho, en el mercado tenemos dos tipos de máquinas para hacer café: las que usan cápsulas y las que no. Ya os comento que la clasificación que he hecho es muy simple y que dentro de cada tipo hay varios subtipos. Lo que quiero que veas con esta clasificación, es que en las cafeteras con cápsulas lo que es la máquina te sale muy barata, porque posteriormente el beneficio lo van a sacar vendiéndote las cápsulas. En las máquinas en las que metes el café en grano, suelen ser más caras, pero según vas haciendo cafés las vas amortizando. En esta ocasión estamos ante una del segundo tipo. La máquina es onerosa, pero a cambio puedes usar el café en grano que tú quieras a un precio mucho más competitivo y con muy buen sabor. Te pongo a continuación cuáles son sus puntos fuertes y débiles para ayudarte a decidir.

PUNTOS FUERTES:
--Artículo con buenos acabados.
--Cafés muy rico y con la calidad de grano que tú quieras comprar.
--Uso sencillo gracias al display.
--Podemos elegir entre varios tipos de cafés.
--Los cafés salen más económicos que los de cápsulas.
--Muy rápido. Pones la taza, y en lo que buscas el azúcar y la cucharilla ya lo tienes hecho.
--En unos pocos días lo tienes en casa y con la garantía que da Amazon.

PUNTOS DÉBILES:

--La inversión inicial que tienes que hacer en la máquina. Aunque posteriormente lo irás amortizando con cada café que hagas.
TWIZZLERS Licorice Candy, Black Licorice Nibs, 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)
TWIZZLERS Licorice Candy, Black Licorice Nibs, 6 Ounce (Pack of 12)
This is what licorice should be. I have been enjoying this product since I was a small child and pinched my share from my father's yellow "Y&S Candies" nibs. Hershery bought them out a long time ago and wisely didn't change the recipe. Many people do not like black licorice, but almost any Italian would crawl back out of his grave if the aroma of anise happened to permeate the ground. Twizzlers are for kids and the texture and flavour are not the same. That nasty Australian style stuff is bitter and nasty with an over-cooked pasta texture. This is the real thing. Real anise flavor in a firm, but not plastic texture. They have always marketed it in small, bite size pieces. I don't know that makes the package last longer, but it is easy to share.
A little tip: Italians discovered a long time ago that a drink of anise liquor, some cookies like Pizzelle with anise, or some delicious anise licorice candy removes the garlic breath that might otherwise inhibit kissing. Italians like to kiss as much as they like garlic in their food.
HalalEveryday - Manteca de karité africana suave y suave de calidad sin refinar de Ghana - Increíble calidad y consistencia - viene en un frasco de 32 oz - Peso total de aproximadamente 24 oz
HalalEveryday - Manteca de karité africana suave y suave de calidad sin refinar de Ghana - Increíble calidad y consistencia - viene en un frasco de 32 oz - Peso total de aproximadamente 24 oz
This is the weirdest tub of Shea butter I have bought. Ever. The texture feels like play doh and when you run it between your hands it crumbles like it too. It doesn’t melt until you’re vigorously applying it, and when you do apply it to the skin, it doesn’t do anything. It just lays on the skin and gives the appearance that it’s being absorbed when really it was wiped off by your clothes or surrounding environment. IT DOESNT ABOSRB WHAT KIND OF BUTTER DOESNT ABSORB. It’s like it’s made of turmeric because This has stained my favourite blanket. If I could give this 0 stars o would.

It’s freezing in New York right now, so the Shea butter should be hard right? Like coconut oil? Nope just feels like freshly opened playdoh.
Haribo Rotella tina
Haribo Rotella tina
Well always loved strawberry and cherry licorice wheels growing up! They were red or black back in the day. Yes I am old! LoL. Anyway saw all the different flavors and had to try them. Bought them on sale on Amazon and they are fresh and plentiful. My opinion was they kind of all tasted the same. There were more of the green apple flavor in the plastic container and for whatever reason they all tasted the same. Did not have the different fruit flavors. They were good but just not great. If I order these again, I would just get the red wheels. When on sale these are a good deal, but the different flavors were just not there.
Marvel Spider-Man Talking Action Figure Multi
Marvel Spider-Man Talking Action Figure Multi
Our grandsons love this Spider-Man!! Very well constructed Spider-Man and he’s pretty tall he’s close to 14 inches tall!! Spider-Man has several phrases he says which are pretty funny and both arms have a plastic like web that shoots out from the arms while making sounds. Our grandsons have not put them down yet. Lol
Dilbert 2.0: The Early Years, 1989 to 1993: 20 Years of Dilbert
Dilbert 2.0: The Early Years, 1989 to 1993: 20 Years of Dilbert
I was very excited when the iPad kindle app was updated so I can read comics, graphic novels, etc. on it but I'm very disappointed with this edition. Not only are the panels very small, the text seems to be pretty low res. the upshot is that this is almost impossible to read on the new iPad. I've read plenty of other comics on this so it isn't clear why Amazon is having trouble with it. I'm hoping for a better rendition later, or maybe being released on another platform that knows how to do comics properly.

OK, once you get past the per-syndication strips, readability improves dramatically. For whatever reason, the early strips don't have the resolution necessary to read well. Another odd problem though, even though the strips were easy to read, the app was still stuck on magnifying one panel at a time when you swipe. I could read the whole strip but when I swiped to go to the next one, it would magnify the first panel. You had to do this 2 more times for each strip. At some point it stopped doing this. No idea why it started or stopped, but it was very annoying.

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