River Smith

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A Voyage to Arcturus
A Voyage to Arcturus
A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Machine Learning: 3 books in 1: - Hacking Tools for Computer + Hacking With Kali Linux + Python Programming- The ultimate beginners guide to improve your knowledge of programming and data science
Machine Learning: 3 books in 1: - Hacking Tools for Computer + Hacking With Kali Linux + Python Programming- The ultimate beginners guide to improve your knowledge of programming and data science
Machine Learning: 3 books in 1: - Hacking Tools for Computer + Hacking With Kali Linux + Python Programming- The ultimate beginners guide to improve your knowledge of programming and data science by Adam Bash. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Pro SQL Azure (Expert's Voice in .NET)
Pro SQL Azure (Expert's Voice in .NET)
Pro SQL Azure (Expert's Voice in .NET) by Scott Klein and Herve Roggero. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Warren Buffett : 100 consejos para invertir y enriquecerse (Spanish Edition)
Warren Buffett : 100 consejos para invertir y enriquecerse (Spanish Edition)
Este libro es una maravilla para todos los que estén interesados en mejorar sus finanzas y su vida en general, y esto incluye a las personas que de momento inviertan dinero a menor escala. Para mi personalmente, los tres consejos con mayor importancia son: actuar siempre con la mente calmada, invertir en si mismo y compartir con los demás. Se trata de fortalecerse uno mismo, de poder prosperar gracias a eso, y entonces de usar lo acumulado para el mayor bien de [email protected] A mejorar: La letra del back cover y, según mi percepción como nativo alemán, corregir unas faltas de ortografía dentro del libro. No obstante, doy cinco de cinco estrellas. Muchas gracias :)
TypeScript For JavaScript Programmers
TypeScript For JavaScript Programmers
I'm rating the book fairly low not because of the quality of the content but because of the value for the price. First, it's a really small book. I read it cover to cover in less than 30 minutes. It says that it has 72 pages and it may, but probably 20% of them are either blank or don't contain technical content. Also, it's not a printed in a normal computer book size. The size is closer to a large format fiction paperback (check the product dimensions).

Regarding the quality of the content, it's a bit raw. The author states in the beginning of the book that the work was rushed and it shows. You can tell that it needs another editing pass (or two). The language is still really new so there's little to no documentation and that's why I bought this book. I was hoping to have someone teach me how to use it (basically interpret the language spec for me), and there was some of that, but only a few pages went beyond what is covered in the language tutorial at [...] In other words, I didn't learn much.

In my assessment, this content would be worth a dollar or two in an ebook-type format, but it's not worth paying for the overhead cost of putting this content in print. Quadruple the size of the technical content, and then maybe it'll be worth the $10 that Amazon's selling it for (if I'm being generous).
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub by Tree Hut Sugarlips Lip Care | 0.34oz Jar | Organic Shea Butter and Raw Sugar Scrub Ultra-Hydrating Lip Exfoliator
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub by Tree Hut Sugarlips Lip Care | 0.34oz Jar | Organic Shea Butter and Raw Sugar Scrub Ultra-Hydrating Lip Exfoliator
I really wanted to like this product. I really did but after three uses, it just sits on my dresser collecting dust. On my first try, the product came out SUPER oily and goopy and was unappealing to apply to my lips. The sugar was too coarse and not as fine as I would like it to be for a sugar lip scrub. The scent is amazing and of course, it tastes good but that's not what I purchased it for. I purchased it to scrub away dry skin from my lips and it didn't do that. The sugar is too coarse and large to be effective and the actual product way too oily to be of any good. I tried it again another day, maybe thinking that I did it wrong? How in the world can I use lip scrub wrong but maybe I did but trust me, it isn't user error. It is product failure. Save your money and get a better product that isn't as oily, greasy and super coarse.
BLU G90 Pro – 6.5” HD+ Gaming Smartphone, Quad Camera, 128GB+4GB RAM – Purple Haze
BLU G90 Pro – 6.5” HD+ Gaming Smartphone, Quad Camera, 128GB+4GB RAM – Purple Haze
 Very aesthetic. Phone runs pretty fast when I first set it up. Was surprised to see BLU did not apply any courtesy to this phone when it came to the screen protector but no biggie. So far, I only played PUBG Mobile on it and I had no issues at all. The game ran perfectly smooth and I had fun, so I give credit for BLU advertising this product as a gaming smartphone. As far as it being Fortnite compatible, I could care less; I don’t play Fortnite so it’s negligible to me. But overall, I’m satisfied with this purchase. I wish I hadn’t missed the $199.99 deal though but I’ll live, lol. I don’t have any issues with the OS and memory capacity considering I have a plethora of SD cards and I back all my stuff up on the cloud. If you are a gamer at heart but on a budget and always on the go, this is a highly recommended choice for sure. :)
Confessions of a Zen Narcissist: Struggles with the Illusion of Self
Confessions of a Zen Narcissist: Struggles with the Illusion of Self
I have known Larry White for over forty years. During this time, I can confirm that he has indeed struggled with his narcissistic personality disorder. He always had grandiose ideas for his business quests, and he would explain his fantasies about their brilliance and the success that he would achieve with such enthusiasm. It was hard to doubt that he would be successful. He would tell you he was special. He made a point to tell me and everyone else around the names of all the great people he knew and interacted with and that he was listed in some book of one hundred important people. He was very arrogant and seemed to believe that if you were not interested in the things of the world that he was interested in then you were boring, and he had no time for you. He cared little for other people’s accomplishments, feelings, or concerns. He would borrow money and never repay it as though he was entitled to it. He was not fun to be around. All these things he confesses to throughout his book. I can say Larry has transformed in the last few years into a relaxed, warm, and caring individual. He is a pleasure to spend time with today. The arrogance has vanished, and he no longer needs to be praised for his successes. The only name dropping I hear in conversations these days are the names of his family members and friends and he expresses joy when sharing their accomplishments, feelings, and concerns. If you know someone who seems be like Larry was for most of his life, I recommend you read this book. It will help you understand the struggles the person you know may be going through. Be their friend. Give them a copy of the book. Let them read it on their own and decide what they want to do with this knowledge.
Grimm Season 4
Grimm Season 4
Spoiled by some crass minor details involving Apple advertising and product placement -- you can see the bloopers for yourself, such as an Apple computer among a rank of surveillance monitors (all Windows, Unix, Linux or proprietory OS, as such things are), every mobile phone belonging to a "GOOD GUY" being an Apple, every "bad guy" owning a rival brand....ah, such is the world of endorsement. Beyond that, the series is really beginning to deliver some decent blows. What started 4 seasons ago as an obvious effort to make some surplus studio cash disappear before the tax man spotted it now commands a high special effects budget, and can afford grade-A guest stars per episode (check out some of the names...where did you see them before???). Even establishing shots have been upgraded, the trailer no longer sits in the same puddle of water every time it's shown. And it really is bigger on the inside...!

The on-going storyline fades in and out of coherency, sometimes very intriguing, at other times, a pile of old drivel. But all in all this is becoming one of the better series on TV. Series 3 ended with the cliff hangar to end all cliff hangars -- a marvellous achievment -- but sadly season 4 kicks off a little lamely and takes a while to get going. Too many unresolved storylines cause a chaos of wandering attention. You begin to understand what's going to happen next long before it actually happens...you just want all that out of the way and some new stories to take their place.
Jack Link's Meat Snacks Beef Jerky, Original, 16 Ounce (Pack of 1)
Jack Link's Meat Snacks Beef Jerky, Original, 16 Ounce (Pack of 1)
07/31/2019 UPDATE FOR ONLY THE ZERO SUGAR 7.3 OZ BAG!:
I decided to give the Jack Link's Jerky one more try when it came up on Vine, and I'm so glad that I did! This Zero Sugar Beef Jerky is absolutely the best, best, BEST Jerky that my husband and I have ever had! It's nice and dry, it tastes like beef, and had a smoky, peppery flavor! It's totally fantastic and we now crave more! It is totally amazing jerky and makes up for all the issues we had with the other flavors! Hurry up Jack Link's and get the bigger bags on Amazon so I can buy more! We NEED More!!!

NOTE: - See my older reviews below, that were actually only 1 or 2 stars, for some of the other flavors.
I wish Jack Link's had separate reviews for each of their flavors so this would not be so confusing!

06/08/2018:
Not sure what is going on with this beef jerky! I have not eaten this brand in several years. I decided to try it again but it seems to have changed a lot! I got the Original flavor and the Black Peppered Flavor. Both have a very strange, soft, chewy, almost gelatinous, texture. Both are quite sweet and overly salty. The original is like salty, candied meat! Not a good beef flavor, just sweet with gross, soft, chewy texture. The peppered flavor is a bit better, mostly because it has the cracked pepper on it to give more flavor. Both styles are just too soft, sweet and salty for my taste! Guess I'll be looking for more of a real, old fashioned Beef Jerky!

BIG UPDATE, my rating just lowered from 2 stars down to 1 star! 08/26/2018:
I've bought a couple of other flavors since the last time I reviewed this product. This time I ordered the 1 lb Sweet & Hot Flavor with my Amazon Sub & Save, and now we get to join the Moldy Jerky Crowd!

My Husband asked me to get him the Sweet & Hot, flavor in my next Sub & Save order, so I did. When he picked up the package at the Post Office, he was on his way to do more town errands and he wanted a quick a snack. He knew the Jerky was in this order, so he opened the box, found the 1 lb bag of the jerky, put it up in the front seat and started the truck back up to drive up to the next town. While driving, he decided to munch on the jerky as he drove. After the 1st bite, he gagged and realized something was drastically wrong and spit the mouthful out the window. Then he pulled off the side of the road to look in the bag. What he saw and smelled made him gag again and this time he opened the truck door just in time to vomit! He threw the bag of gross jerky in the back of the truck with the big load of trash he was taking to the County dump. After he went to the dump and did all his other errands, he called me to tell me the Jack Links Sweet & Hot Jerky had arrived with with a batch of free mold included. He sounded quite disgusted, so I didn't question him. After he got home, I asked him if he wanted me to try ordering another flavor. He got a very odd look on his face and then said he will probably never, ever eat any kind of jerky ever again.
Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether
Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether
This picks up right after the last days of magic arc, with magic in the marvel universe almost completely gone. That demands a different approach by doc strange, which takes the form of the doctor using weapons like bars and knives so read of his usual magic hands. This coupled with the gauntlet of his rogues gallery coming for him in this weakened state, forms the backbone of this volume. It was all entertaining in its way, but the never ending March of villain appearances never gave me the time to understand them in any real way. Satanna and the orb got this particularly bad, as the irb is just there for some extended joke lines about how weird he is, and satanna is seemingly there just to be a hot lady with cleavage. Still , it does a nice job setting up the new status quo of the marvel magical sphere, with a much greater reliance on magical instruments instead of the usual spells.
RIN-NE, Vol. 22 (22)
RIN-NE, Vol. 22 (22)
~3.5/5
The crystal ball is still being hunted as this volume starts. We see that everyone is sneaking around and planning how to get their hands on it. Renge gets a bad prophesy amidst this.

After that, there are several short plots. There's a tree spirit haunting people for misusing it. Rinne gets blamed for a vending machine stealing money. There's a meat bun haunting people by taking their meat bun filling. There's a Christmas mystery. A rather entertaining one to me was when there's a dream test, and everyone is invading each others' dreams, including the dreams featuring their crush.

While I haven't followed much of this series, this was a rather fun volume to read. I like all of the antics, I like seeing how money can sometimes win out on worries. I don't even fully understand the magic-world dynamics, and I still find it fun to follow.

These volumes are easy to read and I enjoy getting them.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
Value Series Pizza Screen Combo Deal - 10", 12", 14" and 16"
Value Series Pizza Screen Combo Deal - 10", 12", 14" and 16"
I usually don't write a review until I have used the product a number of times. Well, all I can say about this item is I wish I had it a long time ago. After struggling at times when trying to get the pizza off of the peel ( even have teflon peel ) on to a stone in the oven, I have found that the use of the screen was the tool that was missing. I first came across the screens when I ordered a pizza and later told the place that this was the best that I had since the crust was done just right, but there was a pattern on the back. I later found that they occasionaly use the screens instead of directly on the oven. After this, I looked for the screens on Amazon and came across this assorted package. After properly seasoning the screens, it was just a matter of spraying them with oil, placing the dough on top ( of course, roll it out first before placing ) and then all of the toppings. Then, no stone required, just place it on a lower oven rack. The pizza comes out perfect and no sticking. I highly recommend these screens for anyone attempting to make their own pizza.
Weber 6691 Original Pizza Paddle, ONE SIZE, Stainless Steel
Weber 6691 Original Pizza Paddle, ONE SIZE, Stainless Steel
Der Weber Pizzaspachtel war am Wochenende das erste mal bei mir - nicht ganz ohne Probleme (aber mit Lernkurve) - im Einsatz.
Warum der Weber?

1) Ich wollte keinen Pizzaspachtel aus Aluminium (möglicher Metallabrieb auf dem Pizzastein, den ich nicht mitessen möchte)
2) Die Holz-Spanplatten Spachtel fand ich nicht so dolle (wenn auch billiger)
3) Der Weber Spachtel ist zusammenklappbar, was sich gleich als großer Pluspunkt herausgestellt hat (passt in meine Küchenschublade)
4) Ausführung ist aus Edelstahl

Jetzt schnell zur Lernkurve:

Wie in in vielen Beiträgen beschrieben ist es nicht so leicht die Pizza heil auf den heißen Pizzastein bekommt, es folgt die Lernkurve:

1) Teigrohling im Vorfeld auf einer separaten!! Fläche flach ausrollen
2) Pizza Spachtel gut mit Mehl bepudern
3) Ausgerollten Teig jetzt einmal hochheben und auf den Spachtel legen (mit einer bereits belegten Pizza funktioniert das nicht
4) Jetzt die Pizza (die schon auf dem Spachtel liegt belegen)
5) Mit Schwung (und ggf. mit einem separatem Schieber - Pfannenwender zum Beispiel) auf den Stein befördern

So hat es zumindest bei mir nachher gut funktioniert.
Deadball
Deadball
Wow - this was just plain awful. I get that it was low-budget and can certainly look beyond some of the unintentionally humorous green screen backdrop foibles and obviously (comically?) fake mustaches; however, the poor writing and acting were just too much to ignore. This film was so reminiscent of the camcorder "movies" I would make with my friends in the 1980s - hilarious to us but nearly unwatchable to anyone else.

The story was slow and incoherent. There was a frustrating paucity of baseball action, even when a scene was filmed at an actual ball field. Historical accounts of the ballgames were glossed over. A listing of the participants was all but ignored, beyond those few characters depicted in the movie.

Otherwise, the opening credits portion was well done. The portrayal of Cap Anson was probably the best performance in the film and the writer did not shy away from Anson's controversial views on racism. The synopsis at the end was probably the best part of the movie, mainly because it provided the terminus.
The Lord of the Rings 2020 Wall Calendar
The Lord of the Rings 2020 Wall Calendar
I got it as a gift and they loved it! As for quality I am not sure how it is, but I looked at the pictures in the back of the calendar and they looked pretty nice . Good gift idea for a lord of the rings fan!
The Dentist and Dr. Seuss
The Dentist and Dr. Seuss
Being Dr. Cohen’s brother-in-law, I can appreciate this video in a very special way. You can see his commitment to obsessions and see why this endeavor took him past his usual 6 month barrier. Knowing Charlie, I can promise you that whatever he writes, says, discovers, comes from endless hours of research going beyond what most of us would ever do. If there is a way to get to the truth, Charlie gets there, no matter how many sleepless nights he has to spend. We can all benefit greatly from his hard work. Best of all, Charlie never loses the joy and fun of these stories, even while presenting a very professional end result. And yes, his house really does look like a Dr. Suess museum. God bless his wonderful wife, Maggie, for allowing it all to happen.
Heart of Ice: A Gripping Crime Thriller (An Emily Kenyon Thriller Book 2)
Heart of Ice: A Gripping Crime Thriller (An Emily Kenyon Thriller Book 2)
This book has two good storylines, but it is never ending! If the book had just focused on one story it could have been so much better. How many times can your daughter really be put in mortal danger? The death of Mandy Crawford would have been good on its own.

The writing shifts too much between present and past during the BZ serial killings and there are points where you are not really sure which place it is referring to. After all of the pontificating, it FINALLY arrives at a conclusion that was just lackluster.

The only redeeming quality of this book is the romance between Emily and Chris. Too bad there wasn't as much time spent on that as there was on killing animals.
Series List: Louis L’Amour: Sackett Series & Westerns in Order
Series List: Louis L’Amour: Sackett Series & Westerns in Order
It is obvious that Titan Read does not know the Sackett series. The first book should be Sacletts Land, followed by The Far Blue mountians, ect. As an avid reader of most these books, twice through, I know from where I come. This then brings into question the rest Series and the order of those books therein.
Bandai Hobby HG MS Option Set 7 "IBO: 2nd Season" Building Kit (1/144 Scale)
Bandai Hobby HG MS Option Set 7 "IBO: 2nd Season" Building Kit (1/144 Scale)
I've bought several different weapons packs through the last couple of years, and this has been one of the cooler ones IRL. The guns look pretty nice once built and a pretty well detailed. The only thing that's not grey plastic is the barrel of the one gun everything else needs to be painted, which is all generally quick and easy except for the two gun with the white central sections, making their can be a bit on the advanced side, but they do look much better painted.
Caricias Do Vento, A
Caricias Do Vento, A
O melhor romance da Janet Dailey. Muito bem escrito, com personagens reais. Essa autora sempre me supreende com suas histórias, que nos fazem questionar certas atitudes de seus personagens. O Ráfaga é um peronagem desse tipo: impositor das suas vontades, sejam elas quais forem, e ao mesmo tempo apaixonante.
DRAGON BALL 2
DRAGON BALL 2
今では押しも押されぬ大ヒット作ですが、初期の作品を見ておりますとテスト的な要素もあったのではないかな、と感じられます。1〜2巻で一つの完結になっています。反響しだいで継続もあり、打ち切りもありという状況だったのではないかと思います。そういう意味で、やはりこの1〜2巻が原点、魅力が詰まったものになっているのではないでしょうか。そのせいか、非常にテンポよく物語が進みますし、練られたものであったように感じます。面白いです。
Dolly and Zane Grey: Letters from a Marriage (Western Literature Series)
Dolly and Zane Grey: Letters from a Marriage (Western Literature Series)
I grew up reading Zane Grey's Western novels. I later learned about his womanizing and infidelity, but the letters in this book brought it into so much more focus. I wonder when I next pick up one of his novels--I have copies of them all--if my reading will be different knowing the "subtext." His rationalization of his affairs, his inability to curb outrageous spending, his accusations toward Dolly--very frustrating. At times I wanted Dolly to tell him to go to h---. I wanted Dolly to find a true lover and friend. I do believe ZG had genius and amazing creativity--and yes it was because of his novels that I moved to Arizona, etc.--but the inconsistency and hypocrisy is indeed hard to swallow.

Regarding the book itself, I found some of the editorial comments, the intros and outtros, to be confusing and did not always seem relevant to the letter that immediately followed or immediately preceded. Sometimes they seemed coy or facetious rather than informative. The various persons were not always adequately identified in the text; was Ida a lover or a relative? I saw later that sometimes people were identified in the footnotes, but footnotes are for ancillary information or attribution of sources, not for information critical to understanding the text. I dislike flipping from body text to the back of the book to look at footnotes because 80% of the time it's attribution of a source and thus adds nothing insightful at the time and because it interrupts the flow of my reading. [Maybe if I were reading on a Kindle and could have just clicked on the footnote numbers... ;)] So who people are and information critical to understanding the text (eg, that he had gotten into Christian Science, not just "Science"), put in the body, not the footnotes. Provide better intros and outtros, and skip the appearance of facetiousness in the editorial comments. Let us decide how to think about it.

Nonetheless, this is excellent material to make available--something I had been intensely interested in since the publication of some letters in the Missouri Review in 1995--and I thank you for that.
Carter's Every Step boys infant 1st walker Miller fisherman sandal
Carter's Every Step boys infant 1st walker Miller fisherman sandal
Order and was sent wrong shoe completely after sending it back we got the correct style. It did not fit we sent is back July 21st they said refund would take 5-7 days after they got it....uhh they got it July 23rd and no refund today is August 5th.....very disappointing..
C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society
C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society
I was initially wary of this book due to its provenance. In essence it is a set of essays derived from talks given at the CS Lewis Society of Oxford University. Some of the essays are in fact based on typed up notes - and it is not always clear whether these are notes provided by the speaker or taken by a listener. Some talks were taped. Fortunately many were clearly read verbatim (It may not have been great fun to listen to at the time, but it does help the 'record' of accuracy. I therefore had two immediate concerns; having been in university societies, usually their worth was not great; meanwhile the sources seemed a bit 'frayed at the edges' - desperate, even.

I must categorically state that the outcome is actually well-worth the effort of both compiling and reading. The book definitely widens our understanding, (mine certainly,) of CS Lewis, the Inklings and even a wider circle. I particularly appreciated the essay on WH Auden's relationship with Lewis. I first encountered Auden at school, the again an an undergraduate. i referenced his work when writing my own PhD on the poetry of Ted Hughes. I realise now - through that essay - that I had been 'sold' a very limited view of a thirties Socialist Auden, made in the image of my own instructors. The later Auden was edited out of my education as were his religious views. I now regret my own lack of intellectual breadth. (Not that I am saying his late poetry is that great!). Several other essays did the same for me in varying ways.

The material is divided into sections under headings such as 'Theology & Philosopy' or 'Literary'. The literary stuff I found dated and pedestrian on the whole. The honorable exceptions - for me - turned out to be anybody who had a poetic background or poetic intelligence. These, one and all, seem to thrive on the Lewis inheritance and to be genuinely fired by so much that derives from his imagination. The professionals were unsurprisingly turgid, particularly the philosophers who get a look-in due to Lewis's membership of things like Oxford's Socratic Society. A real joy was the numerous essays near the back about Lewis the man, his relationships with others and his milieu.

After the poets, the next best group as a whole were to me the theologians. No theologian who does not 'get' CS Lewis is likely to have bothered with a pot-nut university society. So what they got were the true enthusiasts, often men and women inspired in their own Christian walk by a particular work. All of a sudden, the scale of that society's ambition becomes apparent, and their triumph is made clear. What I saw as a bit of a vanity piece delivered to us by a bunch of Yanks two steps away from a great man is now revealed as a real tool in a better understanding of certainly Clive Staples L, and possibly many of the others. As usual, I wish Charles Williams got more of a treatment here. Seen at the time as the 'great man' of the group, his work is currently the least appreciated and is deemed to have worn the least well. I used to smuggle them from my School library in the early seventies - often seeing that I was the only person to ever take one out. They seems to both chime deeply with my new-found Christian faith whilst at the same time being deeply 'other' and even quite occult - in all the senses of the word. Williams faced that occult world head on. Lewis typically confronted it without exploring it. The exceptions in the Lewis Canon might be The Silver Chair (the most referenced of his Children's books by the theologians and philosophers); 'That Hideous Strength' (his most 'Williams-like book in setting and style') and 'The Last Battle'.

Anyway - CS Lewis is still the guy with name recognition (and don't expect much worthwhile about Tolkein here.) Interesting isn't it? People know Lewis's name even if they cannot name many of his works. People know 'The Lord of the Rings', even if they cannot name its author.
Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis
Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis
This work is interesting in many ways as Markos' works tend to be. The problem is that he falls into the common flaw of apologists in overplaying their argument. In many ways it is another display of the stereotyped "the worlds all going to hell in a handbasket" cliche. The main thing wrong with that argument is not that it is not true, it is that the world was always doing that. As a historian I know perfectly well that saying the modern world is infernal and the past world was great is as absurd as the reverse. Some of his specific points are well taken(Puritan society does need a rehabilitation; the word should not be a synonym for "prude" and those who read Fischer's Albion's Seed will be surprised how much they have given us).

The specific point, that there should be taught a definite idea of beauty neglects a problem; that it is far easier to tell what is moral then what is beautiful. While there may indeed be some sort of Platonic form of absolute beauty the fact is that while most cultures and individuals standards of morality have some degree of similarity, the same cannot be said of beauty. For instance I find Japanese armor distinctly ugly but Japanese swords extremely beautiful while Japanese smiths would presumably believe different. But I can understand the things both are supposed to represent, such as valor and loyalty and if the Japanese take on it is sometimes bizarre to my eyes it is not incomprehensible. But the author not only says that we are to desire to find beauty but several times says blatantly that THIS is beautiful and THAT is ugly.

Then too the the writer has an unfortunate hero-worship. Yes C.S. Lewis was a great scholar, writer, and philosopher. No he definitely would not want you to hold to his opinion just because he said to. On several occasions he was wrong or only partially right, or just misread by his admirers-like anyone else like him. But Markos sometimes seems to give what amounts to a prophetic status to Lewis. That is pretty clearly not the intention. But it sometimes seems to be the result.

That said, the book is worth reading. The writer is often a skilled writer and can be both entertaining and insightful. And the book is good as an intro. But don't just read Markos, read C.S. Lewis. And don't just read him but read other writers. C.S. Lewis was great. But one of the reasons he was great was that he knew he was just a man. These are points the author would agree with. But the fact is that he clumsily overstated himself. Arguments that claim more then they should discredit even the truth that is in them.
Jurassic Park (Spanish Edition)
Jurassic Park (Spanish Edition)
Decidí leer el libro porque me gusta mucho la saga de Jurassic Park. Debo reconocer que por momentos el libro se pone cansón por tanto detalle científica y tecnológico. Agradezco que esté bien documentado pero pasan muchas páginas antes de que el asunto se ponga sabroso.
Al leer el libro llegaron a mi cabeza imágenes de la película. A mi parecer, esto enriquece la lectura. No lo veo como algo malo para quienes primero vimos la película y después leímos el libro.
A mi parecer, lo mejor del libro gira alrededor del comportamiento y las acciones de los dinosaurios, en especial de los Raptores. Hay fragmentos que realmente son una joya. Tal vez un poquito aterradores. Lo cual aplaudo. Pero lo que más me gustó son las reflexiones que llegan de voz de IAN MALCOLM (el matemático). Amé este personaje en la película y lo vuelvo a amar en el libro.
Buen libro.
Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down
Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down
Reviewers should read the entire collection before writing reviews. The reviewer who quit reading after the first story missed some very good writing. As another reviewer noted, the best stories are in the second half of the collection. The collection includes 23 short stories by different authors. As in most collections, you will like some stories more than others. Some of the stories are by newer authors, and it is a good way to sample their writing. Some stories are by authors you will recognize from their earlier writing.

I was pleased to find a short story, "A Calculated Risk," by Sean Chercover. He has previously written about a PI in Chicago. In this story he introduces a new character, Tom Bailey, a man with a past he does not talk about who has reinvented himself as a charter boat operator in the Caribbean. Bailey may take you fishing, or for a price he may deliver you quietly to another location. I hope that we may see more of Bailey, who seems to be a mix of Travis McGee and Jack Reacher.

The stories can be read in any order. "A Calculated Risk" may be a good starting point.
Quería amarte (Noches inolvidables 3) (Spanish Edition)
Quería amarte (Noches inolvidables 3) (Spanish Edition)
Me ha encantado la serie, como siempre, Julie Kenner no me defrauda. No sé con cuál quedarme de las tres, son magníficas historias, con personajes y argumentos que me han tenido enganchada. Sobre todo con el transfondo de la saga Stark. Muy buenos romances, espero con ilusión más de esta autora.
The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker
A watch that felt cut off in the middle. Seems it might have moved better if less front time was spent in moody, sullen looks, and more was added to the end after the incident. OR, the movie was made longer, and the end added to, dealing with consequences. And, I felt too little time was spent fleshing out the dressmaker, the character in the title, afterall. Great actors, just felt like it went nowhere.
Monsieur Maigre (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Monsieur Maigre (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Qui n'a pas eu la chance d'avoir petit ces histoires merveilleusement drôles et efficaces des monsieur/madame ? Un vrai plaisir de faire découvrir cet univers génial à mes enfants et de re-découvrir aussi pour moi ce qui est un agréable souvenir. Les livrets sont de bonne qualité, les histoires ne sont ni trop longues; ni trop courtes et les illustrations toujours aussi efficaces pour les enfants. Je recommande.
La Reina de los Condenados (Crónicas Vampíricas 3): Crónicas Vampíricas IIi (Spanish Edition)
La Reina de los Condenados (Crónicas Vampíricas 3): Crónicas Vampíricas IIi (Spanish Edition)
se ve que lo tenían guardado por mucho tiempo en una bodega o algo parecido ya que venia un poco maltratado y manchado de la parte de las hojas.
También venia sin película plástica y sobre el libro un sticker que decía español y de bajo de este otro con precio en euros, me costo trabajo quitárselo pero lo logre. Las esquinas estan en optimas condiciones, le doy un 9 al estado total del libro.
Aun así quede satisfecho con la compra y el servicio de Amazon que fue bastante rápido.
Angélique - tome 6 Le chemin de Versailles (Roman français) (French Edition)
Angélique - tome 6 Le chemin de Versailles (Roman français) (French Edition)
Cette nouvelle édition revue et augmentée par son auteur véritable Anne Golon (son mari qui apparaissait comme coauteur dans les précédentes n'y étant apparemment pas pour grand chose) est riche et passionnant, romanesque mais fidèle à la reconstruction historique du siècle de Louis XIV, vivement la réédition de la suite !
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It looks like Amazon is doing the thing where it combines reviews for different discs because some of the reviews are for the various Harry Potter collections. This is for the 4k version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This is a prequel to the Harry Potter films set in NY during the 1920s. It is centered around the character of Newt, who is a wizard from England passing through NY on the way to Arizona who has a case full of magical creatures, some of which end up getting out and wreak havoc throughout the city. He is joined by a muggle (called no-majs in America) named Jacob Kowalski (played by Dan Folger) who sees Newt using magic in the process of trying to capture one of the escaped creatures, Tina Goldstein (played by Katherine Waterston) who works for the American version of The Ministry of Magic, and her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), the former who arrests Newt and the latter who ends up coming along for the ride.

There is a larger plot than just rounding up the creatures, that will ultimately tie in more with, and ultimately kind of parallel the Harry Potter story arc. I will not reveal too much of it to keep from spoiling it, but it involves a dark wizard who is not Voldemort. It has a very similar feel to the Potter films, in large part because David Yates who directed 4 of the Potter movies also directed this one, and a lot of the production crew was the same. The writing and acting were all great, and the special effects are even better than what was in the original movies.

For those who get the 4k disc, the movie looks and sounds great. The UHD disc only has the movie on it. All the extras are on the regular blu-ray. There are several short (between 5 and 10 minutes) making of, behind the scenes, character and creature featurettes, then about 15 minutes worth of deleted scenes. About an hour's worth of material (give or take). Not nearly as many extras as included with the extended edition Potter films, but still a good amount.

Overall, the movie was very enjoyable. I have not read the book, so I am not sure how much had to be left out, but I thought the story flowed fairly well, and it really set up the future stories very well. It was definitely a character establishment story, much like the first Harry Potter film and novel were, and will likely pick things up significantly in the subsequent movie(s). Definitely worth checking out.
Smith & Nephew IV3000 Transparent Dressings 4"x4 3/4", Box of 50, # 4008
Smith & Nephew IV3000 Transparent Dressings 4"x4 3/4", Box of 50, # 4008
I have a severe adhesive allergy. Not latex, just adhesives. Everything from bandaids to Tegaderm cause whelps and itching and rash to the point my incisions get infected. With the IV 3000, so far I have never had any bad reactions to them. Just said when you have to take your own bandages to the hospital for surgery!
Crime Through Time 3 (2000-06-01)
Crime Through Time 3 (2000-06-01)
This was an enjoyable collection of historical crime stories, although not as good, I think as Mike Ashley's Historical Whodunnit collections. These are all new, and the Ashley works also include some classics. This is a trifle more literary, not necessarily a good thing to my mind. Most of the stories are detective fiction, but a few are simply short stories about grim events, which I didn't find as interesting. But I include the contents, so you can look and see if your favorite authors are represented.

CONTENTS: The Consul's Wife by Steven Saylor -- Merchants of Discord by Laura Frankos -- Farmer's Law by Harry Turtledove -- The Case of the Murdered Pope by Andrew Greeley -- Lark in the Morning by Sharyn McCrumb -- The Weeping Time by Maureen Jennings -- The Irish Widower by Leonard Tourney -- Smoke by William Sanders -- Episode of the Water Closet by Bruce Alexander -- Suspicion by Michael Coney -- Murder in Utopia by Peter Robinson -- Dr. Death by Peter Lovesey -- Dinner with H. P. B. by Eileen Kernaghan -- The Haunting of Carrick Hollow by Jan Burke & Paul Sledzik -- Howard by H. R. F. Keating -- Come Flit by Me by Elizabeth Foxwell -- Murder on the Denver Express by Margaret Coel -- A Single Spy by Miriam Grace Monfredo.
Harry Potter Collector Pygmy Puff Plush Purple
Harry Potter Collector Pygmy Puff Plush Purple
I love Noble Collection, they never disappoint. Their stuff is great quality. This little guy got a lot of awwww he’s so adorable when I opened the package. He’s rich in color and by far the cutest Pigmy Puff I have seen. I ended up giving the one I bought away because the girl who saw it was overwhelmed by its cuteness and I came back to by another. Will definitely buy again if need a gift for an HP fan.
Nice Guys Bite (Elemental Assassin)
Nice Guys Bite (Elemental Assassin)
Note: this novella is part of the “Elemental Assassin” urban fantasy series and if you're new to the series, I strongly recommend to not start reading here. You'd be missing important facts that give things meaning here and wouldn't be able to appreciate the story to its fullest.

Review
After Finn got his novella a few months ago, it sure was time that Silvio, Gin's loyal assisstant, got his story, too. And what a good one it was!
It's Christmas time and while Gin is decorating the “Pork Pit” for a x-mas party for her friends and family, she urges Silvio to finally leave the restaurant, stop working for once and enjoy his coffee date with some handsome and distinguished guy who actually invited him.

Since Gin can be very persuasive, Silvio goes on his date and that's when things don't go according to plan. At all. Since the book blurb tells it, I can also tell you that his date is cut remarkably short by a horde of giants who abduct Silvio. And it's up to Silvio to get out of this dangerous situation himself – and make it to Gin's party in time. There is a turn of events that I did not see coming [it dawned on me the moment it dawned on Silvio] and I am amazed that this story could be so short, yet so intense at the same time.

Silvio's dry humor and his deadpan look on life, himself and the people around him, make his POV a great one to listen to. Especially his view on Gin is hilarious and sweet at the same time. If you read the main series, this novella is for you and you shouldn't miss out.
Trend Lab Gray,Chevron, Elephant Musical Crib Mobile, Baby Mobile, Nursery
Trend Lab Gray,Chevron, Elephant Musical Crib Mobile, Baby Mobile, Nursery
So adorable! I added some crystals to glam it up once we found out we were having a girl and it looks even better! As some of the other reviews have said, the elephants do indeed spin around backwards when you wind it, but it’s an easy fix with a dab of hot glue. Just unfortunate that they let such an apparent design flaw get to the consumer-that’s the only reason I gave 4 stars-it does make me concerned about the longevity of the mobile.
BIG DADDY SINATRA 2: IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU (Big Daddy Sinatra Series)
BIG DADDY SINATRA 2: IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU (Big Daddy Sinatra Series)
“That’s a conclusion, tell me what she did” My favorite line from Book 1. I have fallen behind in my reading due to the birth of my 3rd child about a year ago, and I am slowly coming out of my new mommy haze. To my surprise Mallory had started a new series with the Sinatras. Lucky for me I was having a lull at work and I brought the 1st installment to start on my lunch break. Well there went the rest of my afternoon. In short order I finished book 1 that same day and have since purchased and finshed books 2 and 3. Yes finished each book in a day, needless to say I am now behind at work but it was worth it!!
Seductive, action packed, lustful, hypnotic I mean I cannot think of enough words to describe Charles Sinatra. A long time Mallory Monroe fan, I thought no one could replace Reno in my eyes but Charles is giving Reno a run for his money in my eyes. I loved Jenay’s strength, her development as a character, and eventually Charles’ wife. I was easily addicted to Charles’ temperament, the way he handled his business in and out of the bedroom and his unflinching, unrepentant love for Jenay. Charles became a new man. I loved the sons storyline as well, they are a mixed up bunch but what family isn’t and I love that Charles is showed as a loving devoted family man. I am elated and very well pleased with this series. I have a lot of catching up to do. Cannot wait for book 4. I do see several similarities to the Gabrini’s but I am hoping that the Sinatra’s continue down their own separate and distinct course.
OthoKing Charging Station Organizer,Fast Charging Station for Multiple Device 5-Port USB Bamboo Wood Charging Dock,Universal Apple Watch Phone Pad and Android Like Samsung Cell Phones & Tablets
OthoKing Charging Station Organizer,Fast Charging Station for Multiple Device 5-Port USB Bamboo Wood Charging Dock,Universal Apple Watch Phone Pad and Android Like Samsung Cell Phones & Tablets
Pro: 1) small footprint
2) easy setup
3) Can charge iPad Pro, iPhone XS, wireless earbuds, and Apple Watch4
4) Single location for all devices
Cons: None at this time.
Option: 1) DO NOT buy 8 inch or shorter USB cables. Any cable shorter than 10 inch makes it very difficult to connect your devices.
2) Should mention in product description that at least 10 inch or longer USB cables should be used.
3) Amazon implies others also bought the 8 inch USB cables but doesn't mention that the length may keep you from using the product properly.
4) Would be nice if an optional Apple Watch charging cable (10 inch) was available because it becomes very crowded (using all five USB ports) from a cable management perspective.
Viva Slots Deluxe! Free Slots
Viva Slots Deluxe! Free Slots
I like this game. Not only do you get bonuses often but you actually win from time to time! One of the better slots simulators I've played. This one's a keeper!
Cuckoo CRP-JHVR1009F Multifunctional and Programmable Electric Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker, Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Cooking Algorithm - 10 Cups, Brown
Cuckoo CRP-JHVR1009F Multifunctional and Programmable Electric Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker, Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Cooking Algorithm - 10 Cups, Brown
 The best rice cooker I ever had. It has so many preset functions. A variety of rice and mixed grain cooking functions. High (2 ATMs) and low (1.2 ATMs) pressure cooking functions. And high and low pressure steaming functions.

I've only had mine a couple of weeks but have cooked white, brown, brown mixed, and GABA (sprouted brown) and the results are truly fantastic. You get sticky, chewy, fluffy, bouncy kernels. But practice does make perfect. The inner pot is marked with recommended water measurements for various rice and grains. However, depending on how you like your rice, you might need try it a couple of times before you figure out how to adjust the water levels to consistently achieve the texture you prefer. I like my white rice harder so I used low pressure and slightly less water than recommended. Perfection! I like my brown rice softer, so I add more water and use the brown or GABA setting which cooks at high pressure. Delicious!

The keep warm function is great. The rice does dry up a little with time but it is so minimal that is is a non-issue. Compared to my old cooker...pfttt. You can keep cooked rice inside hot and ready for consumption at any time you feel like it for 3 days!

The construction of this rice cooker is very nice. It is solidly built. The inner pot is thick and stainless steel with a thick non-stick coat that is beautiful and glittery. It's like looking into deep space and truly a thing of beauty. It stands out on my counter top. In fact, it is the first thing everyone notices when they come to my kitchen. "Whaaa??? Is that a rice cooker???" I've gone through 2 or 3 of the nice Japanese brand rice cookers. When it came down to this purchase I was debating between this one and the Japanese IH pressurized model 
Lakrids by Bülow NO. 3 Red 150g- Danish Confectionery Licorice
Lakrids by Bülow NO. 3 Red 150g- Danish Confectionery Licorice
Extra für diesen Preis Qualität gegönnt.
Verpackung (Plastikdose): Schutzfolie unter Schraubdeckel bereits zu ca. 75 % abgerissen.

Inhalt: Heillos verklebter Klumpen. Alles pappt zusammen.

Geschmack: Banal fruchtig. Kein Lakritz-Geschmack. lol

Ausschußware. Unglaublich. Nepper, Schlepper, Bauernfänger. Richtig sauer.
Regaliz en 3 x 1 Kilo/2.2lbs – Venco schoolkrijt (Revestimiento de menta regaliz) la escuela gis Regaliz.
Regaliz en 3 x 1 Kilo/2.2lbs – Venco schoolkrijt (Revestimiento de menta regaliz) la escuela gis Regaliz.
I love this licorice! I didn't buy it at Amazon but I get mine from a dutch town in Wisconsin. I pay far less per bag (about 2/3 less) than here. BUT, I did the math and this deal comes to less than $1 an ounce which beats that by a mile. Frankly, I haven't tried the other brands of chalk licorice but I absolutely love the Venco chalk licorice. It's hard to keep from over-indulging. If you like Dutch chalk licorice, you will love these!
Haribo - Ositos - Caramelos de goma - 1 kg
Haribo - Ositos - Caramelos de goma - 1 kg
 Hace días que se me antojaron unos ositos Haribo y decidí comprarlos. Están bastante buenos y hay muchos. He quedado muy satisfecho con la compra.

Estos son los puntos importantes que me gustaría destacar de esta bolsa de 1 kg de ositos Haribo:

- Aspectos positivos:

a) Sabor: Tienen exactamente el mismo sabor de toda la vida. Cada color de osito tiene un sabor afrutado distinto y, en general, todos están buenos. Por supuesto, unos más que otros, pero eso ya depende de los gustos particulares de cada uno.

b) Olor: Algo maravilloso de estos ositos Haribo es su olor. Tienen un olor característico que a la que abres la bolsa, ya quieres coger uno (bueno, un puñado).

c) Textura: Son unos ositos blanditos. Y no se ponen duros con el tiempo. Mi bolsa ya hace 3 semanas que la compré y siguen exáctamente con la misma textura que el primer día.

d) Cantidad: Lo chulo de este producto es que tienes 1 kilo de ositos y te vas a poner las botas sí o sí. Con bolsitas pequeñas no llega para hartarse, pero con esta bolsa de quilo, sí.

e) Sin esa azucar que te destroza las encías: No sé a vosotros, pero a mi las chucherías que llevan una capa de azucar por fuera me dejan las encías fatal unos pocos días. Por eso intento comprar chuches de este estilo, que no llevan esa azucar. De estos ositos puedo comer la cantidad que quiera que no me fastidían las encías.

f) Relación calidad-precio buenísima: Si tenemos en cuenta que viene 1 kilo de ositos y su precio, es una de las chuches de Haribo con mejor relación calidad-precio según mi parecer.

- Aspectos negativos:

a) No todos los sabores me gustán: Aunque el sabor de los ositos en general es muy bueno, hay un sabor que no me acaba de gustar. Son los ositos verdosos. Supongo que a muchas personas sí que les gustará ese sabor en particular, pero a mi, no.

b) Podrían ser un poquito más dulces: En mi opinión, podrían ser un pelín más dulces. No es como otras chucherías que te comes una y ya notas correr el azucar por las venas. En estos ositos la dulzor está más difuminada.

Resumiendo... Los ositos de toda la vida en formato de 1 kilo. Igual de buenos, igual textura e igual de sabor. Ositos totalmente recomendables.

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