Rivka Hernandez

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Allegiance: A Novel
Allegiance: A Novel
Allegiance: A Novel by Kermit Roosevelt, Kaleo Griffith, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 84 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology
Dark Tides: A Charity Anthology by John J. Questore, Stephen King, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The King (The Bowers Files Book 6)
The King (The Bowers Files Book 6)
The King (The Bowers Files Book 6) by Steven James. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 287 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
C++ Programming Professional Made Easy: Expert C++ Programming Language Success in a Day for Any Computer User! (C Programming, C++programming, C++ programming ... Developers, Coding, CSS, Java, PHP)
C++ Programming Professional Made Easy: Expert C++ Programming Language Success in a Day for Any Computer User! (C Programming, C++programming, C++ programming ... Developers, Coding, CSS, Java, PHP)
C++ Programming Professional Made Easy: Expert C++ Programming Language Success in a Day for Any Computer User! (C Programming, C++programming, C++ programming ... Developers, Coding, CSS, Java, PHP) by Sam Key. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 39 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming
Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming
Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming by Paul Atkinson and Robert Vieira. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Warren Buffett: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
Warren Buffett: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
There is nothing worthwhile reading in this entire book. I have read many financial books, including biographies of well known investors. This book reads like a sloppy wikipedia article (seemed like it was seriously written at a 2nd grade reading level). There are only a handful of facts about Warren's early life that keep getting repeated over and over. The "life lessons" are cliche after cliche with no concrete or truly inspirational ideas. Moreover, there is no author or publisher even listed within the entire book. This is clearly some sort of scam book haphazardly put together to earn a few bucks by enticing people to buy it by putting Warren Buffett's picture on the cover. Save your money, read his wikipedia page for more detailed history, and buy a real book about Warren Buffett.
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
This book teaches a reader who has no economic degree, in a very friendly manner, about the three main parts of a financial statement: balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. The lessons are provided in a very detailed way, with tables and step-by-step explanations. This is in contrast to "The Little Book of Value Investing" by Christopher H. Browne and Roger Lowenstein, which also gives a framework to analyze financial statements for successful stock-picking, but does not teach the basics of understanding each and every line in the statements.

This book is very different from the student's manual of corporate finance. It is very practical. It has a separate chapter for every main item of a statement, and explains with examples and advises how it affects prospects of the company and whether the stock of the company should be bought to get the extraordinary long-term results.

This book also describes the differences between Benjamin Grahams way of picking stock and one derived by Warren Buffett.

Many amateur investors are losing money because they have no basic education at least to understand a financial statement. They pick fashionable, hot stocks, or just stocks of a company which product they like. For example, they are passionate listeners to satellite radio and just because of that they buy "SIRI" regardless of the negative equity and negative operating income. Refinancing the huge debt in the credit crunch of 2008 is a challenge. This book will help the new investors to understand these issues and to make smarter stock picking. Of course, this book is not a panacea. Of course, there is always risk. The financial intelligence improves the odds. Thus, what is risky for one person is less risky to someone else. That is the primary reason to invest more in one's financial education than in the stock. The smarter you are the better chance you have of beating the odds. It is not gambling if you know what you are doing. It is gambling if you are just throwing money into a deal and praying. The idea in anything is to use your technical knowledge, wisdom and love of the game to cut the odds down, to lower the risk. So let this book will be brick in the foundation of financial education.

In addition to this book, I can recommend the other (previous) books by Marry Buffett. They are very useful for the right stock-picking. I also recommend "Value Investing With the Masters" by Kirk Kazanjian and "The Only Three Questions That Count" by Kenneth L. Fisher.

If you want to read something good about Warren Buffet's life and his investment strategy, I can recommend "Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist" by Roger Lowenstein and "The Snowball" by Alice Schroeder.
Dividend Investing Made Easy
Dividend Investing Made Easy
I purchased this book thinking that there might be some content of interest to a person when considering investing in stocks for their dividend yield. Unfortunately, what I found was some extremely basic investment advice that was simplified to the point of being misleading (e.g., attributing dividend returns to the growth in value of a portfolio that was almost certainly driven quite substantially by capital appreciation). There was almost no discussion at all of portfolio construction beyond picking either an ETF or a handful of the "dividend aristocrats". The author explains some basic investing concepts like dollar cost averaging, but there is nothing in this book which makes it worth the price tag. The Investopedia page on "Introduction to Dividends" actually contains more information about how dividends work than this book. If your investing knowledge is at the level where this book is actually helpful for you, you would be better served with a general book on investing rather than one targeted specifically toward dividend stocks.

On top of all this, the author uses large font with lots of white space on the page in order to inflate the page count (as well as a large section full of ads for other books). It took me about 30-45 minutes to read through the whole thing, and I'm usually a slow reader.
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
What features of facebook led to its instant success, and who deserves the credit? Why has facebook continued to grow while other social networks faltered at earlier stages? How did facebook make money at various stages of development? What caused facebook's various missteps? Does facebook really care about privacy? David Fitzpatrick gives convincing answers to these questions that have been hotly debated among users for years. The book suffers at times from gushy editorializing, but overall the reporting is balanced (with a few exceptions), and readers can weigh the facts on their own.

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

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

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

Yet the book's most lasting impression is Zuckerberg's resolve in prioritizing facebook's utility over its profits. Knowing how close friend Sean Parker lost control of his past ventures, Zuckerberg is careful not to let future investors take control of his baby. Understanding this is also crucial to understanding the controversy behind facebook's delays in going public. Without Zuckerberg's patience, facebook would have been far less useful as a tool of Viacom, News Corp, Yahoo, Microsoft, or Wall Street. For this, Zuckerberg is worthy of the rosy picture painted in this book, despite his sins.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book
Es war für mich sehr beeindruckend, in welch einfacher Art der Autor kleinen Kindern - ohne erhobenen Zeigefinger - das Wesen der Demokratie nahe bringt. "Stinkekäfer" oder alle anderen Personen, die der Ansicht sind, dass sie besonders wichtig sind und deshalb ihre Weltsicht als die einzig richtige zu gelten hat, haben anzuerkennen, dass andere das gleiche Recht zur Entfaltung ihrer Persönlichkeit haben. Und wie wichtig Solidarität und Freundschaft im Leben jedes Einzelnen sind.
Nur durch den Zusammenhalt der Freunde gegen Intoleranz und Ignoranz kann sich die Liebe durchsetzen und Marlon und Wesley können zu ihrem Bunnymoon aufbrechen. Ich wünsche ihnen das Beste!
Bei "Beste" fällt mir ein, dass ich die Zeichnungen noch gar nicht erwähnt habe. Tja, ich habe lange überlegt, ob ich damit anfangen sollte. Die liebevoll und aussagekräftig gestalteten Figuren, gehen einem ans Herz. Ich habe das kleine Büchlein als sehr alter Mensch, der weit weg von solcher Art "Lektüre" sein sollte, schon mehrfach angeschaut. Immer wieder finde ich neue Details, die ich mich erfreuen.
Alleine deshalb rechtfertigt sich schon der Preis. Was ich aber besonders erfreulich finde, dass der Gewinn an LGBT-Organisationen überwiesen werden soll, was hoffentlich auch geschieht.
Es bleibt mir nur noch, dem Team meinen herzlichsten Dank zu sagen und ihnen Erfolg im Kampf gegen Intoleranz und rechte Gesinnung zu wünschen. Es steht viel auf dem Spiel - nicht nur für Kaninchen!
Jeff Bezos - Success Principles for Life and Work
Jeff Bezos - Success Principles for Life and Work
It may only take you less than an hour to read this new book on Jeff Bezos and Amazon, but you will learn important things about how Amazon operates and where the company is heading. I love that this book sheds light on how Jeff Bezos thinks and at the end of the book there are a list of quotes that are intriguing. This biography had lots of unique information that you probably have not read before. It is well researched and reveals where amazon has failed and succeeded.

So will Amazon become the first trillion dollar company? If things go as well as they are going, it is a definite possibility. This book discusses Artificial Intelligence, robots and drones. It seems Amazon is heading into the future of the Internet fast! With Amazon Go and the purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon may also change the grocery industry. There is also a brief discussion of one-hour shipping. Talk about instant gratification!

Jeff Bezos is a courageous leader who hires the best talent he can and looks for the smartest person to do the job. People working at Amazon are especially dedicated and they know they are making history. They know Jeff Bezos is changing the world. His level of dedication to customers is beyond compare. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. This is an exciting book that will make your heart beat a little faster. Some of the things Jeff Bezos says are also lol funny.

~The Rebecca Review
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
What a brave story to write. The telling of this tale was raw and honest, Clemantine’s frustration and anger exposing how little the public understands or can help those who have suffered genocide and were forced to flee their home countries.

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

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

Clementine’s anger and cynicism comes through strongly and often as she continually pushes others away, feeling they can’t understand her struggle to process the hunger, imprisonment, abuse and inhuman cruelty she has experienced. This hardness and stubbornness carries over into the later stages of her life when we, the readers, are rooting for her to heal and find peace and are not rewarded. While this theme may have been too redundant and off-putting in a fictional work, this is the reality for Clemantine and thus the reader must accept it, uncomfortable or not. And maybe that was her intention all along.
Donald Trump Talking Coffee Mug FOR MOM - Simply Lift Mug to Hear POTUS Deliver a Personal Greeting to Your Mother – Says 5 Lines - Trump's REAL VOICE – Fun Trump Gift - Funny Coffee Mugs for Women
Donald Trump Talking Coffee Mug FOR MOM - Simply Lift Mug to Hear POTUS Deliver a Personal Greeting to Your Mother – Says 5 Lines - Trump's REAL VOICE – Fun Trump Gift - Funny Coffee Mugs for Women
I actually bought this for myself. It is well designed with good quality sound. The box it comes in is great for gifting. It's a lot of fun and makes me smile when I use it. It's my new favorite coffee cup. The reviews from NON-verified purchasers who didn't even buy or use the product should be taken with a grain of salt. It isn't fair that this small business' product review rating is being negatively impacted by people that haven't even touched their product.
Jimi Plays Berkeley
Jimi Plays Berkeley
I just discovered the expanded version a little while ago and immediately ordered it. Frankly, I'm surprised by some of the negative comments. If you're a true Hendrix fan, you have to be overjoyed with the precious few minutes of new footage in the new release. As the best reviewer states, the editing on Hear My Train a Comin' was nothing short of *criminal*. If you do not get how important that particular performance was, I don't know what to tell you... These performances are undoubtedly among the very best that we have. For my money, the solo on Hear My Train is second only to Machine Gun FE BOG. Yes, it's that damn good! And sure enough, the expanded version folks did the very best they could to rectify the abortion on the first release.

So here it is:
Hear My Train is played in it's entirety, start to finish. Significant video of Jimi's playing has been found and added. MOST OF THE MAIN SOLO IS SHOWED. This alone makes owning the expanded version indispensable!

But that is not all.

For my money, the first set was the best. And Jimi did Voodoo Chile SR at the early set, too. And you get a good deal of video footage of it in the expanded version. Yes, it's fantastic, consistent with the entire set.

Also from the first set, Purple Haze is shown in it's entirety (but I'm not sure this is new with the expanded edition). Yes, it's fantastic. There's something odd though, that I haven't seen anybody mention. PH is played in it's entirety, but right after it concludes, after a brief moment of other footage, there is a segment of Jimi soloing in... Purple Haze. But for the life of me, it's not the same as the performance just shown -- yet, he's wearing the same clothes and playing the same Strat. I don't get it. Sound check?

The other bit of additional footage of note is from the Machine Gun in the 2nd set. This of course is welcome, too.

Also, the opening segment has corrected the audio that corresponds to the video. On the original release Straight Ahead was played, but what was actually played during that footage was Machine Gun, and the expanded version makes that correction on the audio track.

So, if you're a real Hendrix fan, you already own Jimi Plays Berkeley, but buying the new version is a no-brainer. And people are complaining about the photo on the cover???

Because this film contains some of the best footage of Jimi's playing ANYWHERE ANYTIME, this deserves 5 stars, despite the drawbacks of the film itself, such as much of the retarded camera work.

There is also a new booklet with a lot of great information.

(BTW, I am fortunate enough to have seen the man four times!)
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
When I first heard about this album, I must admit that I had my doubts as I reduced it to nothing more than a repackaging of recordings that I have owned for years. However, when I listened to the previews of some of the songs online, I was simply "blown away" and pre-ordered the album. "A Brand New Me" pairs the amazing, classic vocals of the Queen of Soul with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on some of her greatest songs and the results are powerful and, at times, even moving. The addition of orchestral accompaniment to the original vocals only enhances these wonderful songs and in no way diminishes their beauty. I absolutely love this album and highly recommend it to even casual Aretha Franklin fans. Five very enthusiastic stars.
Real Live
Real Live
love this CD because its a mix of acoustic and rocking versions of some of Bobs classic songs and songs off Infidels. Backed by a small but excellent band that features former rolling stones guitarist Mick Taylor, blues breaker drummer Colin Allen on drums ex-Faces' keyboard player Ian McLagan and bassist Greg Sutton, Real Live kicks some rocking life into some Dylan tunes.
"Real Live" was the 1984 european tour that ended with a huge concert of 75,000 at wembley in the UK. ( You can see on utube videos of the wembley shows as well as others in germany and spain.)
It starts off with Highway 61 is played as a chuck berry style rocker and moves along nicely compared some of the plainer versions i've heard .
Maggies Farm starts of with great energetic shuffle drum riff and Taylor on slide guitar . This is is my favorite version ever of this song because Dylans vocals are great here and Taylor slide guitar riffs and fills are just So good ! Great energy.
"I and I" is haunting with the band playing in a more minor key, compared to the infidels which featured more of Knoflpers style guitar style. Boths versions are great though.
"Licence to kill" is done in a powerful dark mood with Taylor doing some beautifully dark extended solo's. Dylans voice is great here and Ian McLagan on keyboards give a bit of a reggae feel.
"It Ain't me Babe", has just Dylan on acoustic and you can heard by the crowd, its an audience favorite. His harmonica solo is not as good as earlier versions though and is a bit repetative.
Next is a great version of "Tangled up in blue" , Dylans vocals and guitar are very good. He changes the words a bit, but compared to other versions, this one is more energetic.
"Masters of War" is one of my favorites with its dark mood and Taylor's very melodic lead guitar. Its much better than the Infidels version.
"Ballad of a thin man" .. i usually skip this one..
"Girl from the North Country" is excellent. Just Dylan on acoustic. The live ambience make you think you are actually up in the north country.
"Tombstone Blues" was always the finally jam song on this tour where they brought Carlos Santana on stage to play with the band. (since he was the opening act). Its a great rocking version.
Of all the live concerts form 1980 on, this captures Bob with more of a rocking sound that any other i've heard since. I love this CD.
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/The Times They Are A-Changin/Another Side Of Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/The Times They Are A-Changin/Another Side Of Bob Dylan
The reason I give it four stars is, other than being a cheap way to pick up all three albums, this package has little marketing value other than economics. It would have been interesting had they stuck on a few unreleased tidbits from the Columbia vaults on here, rounding them out to about 75-80 minutes apiece.
That doesn't mean I think the music is not good. I tend to think of Dylan's work in trilogies, with this acting as his Folk Trilogy. While the debut is folk, this, with the exception of two tracks off FREEWHEELIN', is entirely Dylan's material.
In this package, we have one of the single most important albums released in the Sixties here: THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN. Its anthems are well known, and it has one of my favorite Dylan compositions ("Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"). I highly recommend THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUMES I-III, with the first disk having some great outtakes to this album. Tracks I think should have been included: "Let Me Die In My Footsteps", "Bear Mountain Picnic", "Lay Down Your Weary Tune", and "House Carpenter". This could have very easily been a double album, and there are a lot of great outtakes to this. The amazing thing, though, is had it been a double album it would still stand as important as it does now.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN', is, to me, the weakest of these three albums. Dylan has two albums that capture such emotional depths it is very hard and intense listening. One is BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, and the other this. Which is better depends on what you want, though for most people BLOOD will be the better listen.. THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' deals with Dylan's cynicism of life, and his plea to get things back in order. It is pure folk, with none of the electric guitars permeating his music as in later albums. (From my own standpoint, although I love folk music, I think Dylan's rock albums are some of the best around. For me, both are richly satisfying, which is something he has over The Beatles. Bubble-gum pop is alright, but not near as good as the real thing. The Beatles' later period is much better than their earlier period, whereas Dylan was more well-rounded). Not to say it's not good, but it pales next to FREEWHEELIN' and ANOTHER SIDE. Has anyone noticed that when Dylan does works in series of threes the second installment is always the weakest? It happens here, it happens with SAVED of the Christian Trilogy, and it also happens with the Double Album trilogy (BLONDE ON BLONDE, SELF PORTRAIT, and TIME OUT OF MIND). Anway, about this record, it has Dylan in ultra-protest mode, with a bunch of angry songs. "Seven Curses" should have been on this record. The title cut is probably one of Dylan's most famous anthems, and "Ballad" is about a farmer shooting his family because of severe economic circumstances. The standout cuts are "Times", "One Too Many Mornings" (which gets an excellent rendition on the ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT), "Only A Pawn", "When the Ship Comes in", "Boots of Spanish Leather", and "Hattie Carroll". The epic song "With God on Our Side" talks about the universal tactic of the political machinery of nations: they sell whatever they are doing militarily as "This is what your God wants," and by doing so justifying their actions. They are appealing to the almost universal belief of God in a cultural system, and taking advantages of syntaxes. Although not always wrong, Dylan is right that a lot of it is damned propaganda to obtain more power for the leaders. It stands as an important album, and it has Dylan at a stage of protest where we never see him again. But, as the Amazon reviewer points out, he sounds just as world weary here as he does on TIME OUT OF MIND, though the latter is a much better record. Its also interesting to compare this to the track "Things Have Changed", the latest word we have heard from Mr. Zimmerman. Dylan's come a very long road.
ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN, to me, is simply an amazing record. This is the album before BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, where he went electric for one side. Just as the title suggests, this shows Dylan moving away from the protest-topical songs and into more introverted lyrics. This process of deconstructing personas Dylan has continued throughout his career. This subject matter, especially that of "Ballad In Plain D", is very far from anything on TIMES THEY ARE. It instead stands as a more personal record. The only cuts not really necessary are "I Shall Be Free #10", which has a few references that should have been taken out ("I sat my monkey on the log in order for him to do the dog he wagged his tail and shook his head he went and did the cat instead he's a weird monkey"). The other throwaway is "Motopsycho Nitemare", but its simply hilarious. This record also stands as the one that introduced me to Bob Dylan, and it is the first Dylan album I listened too all the way through. So it has some sentimental value to me. But I can listen to it now, and simply be amazed at how really good it is.
Like I said, the only motivation to buy this is it's a great way to pick up the albums if you don't already have them. This would stand as a much more important rerelease had it included rare and unreleased stuff at the end of the records, but as it is this item is only of nominal interest to collectors of Dylan. Columbia has done this with a lot of its artists and musicians, and there's another pack of Dylan, featuring NASHVILLE SKYLINE, NEW MORNING, and JOHN WESLEY HARDING.
to collectors The music's first rate, but this package little value to collectors
Dylan, Bob - Bob Dylan - 1941-1966 Tales From A Golden Age (Special Edition)
Dylan, Bob - Bob Dylan - 1941-1966 Tales From A Golden Age (Special Edition)
This is the first Dylan documentary in the series produced by UK-based Chrome Dreams. This one is far less necessary than the rest of the series. If you have watched "No Direction Home," then it really adds nothing much to what you know. Indeed, it suffers mightily in comparison to remainder of the series, which I have reviewed elsewhere.

Although released in 2004, it was obviously filmed at least somewhat earlier. The film appears to be standard definition video. Unlike the others in the series, this film also suffers from lack of access to Dylan's music. The film is interlaced with music that evokes Dylan, but which is a poor substitute. The producers seemed to have had no access to the album cuts of the songs. Additionally, simply by the nature of the time period covered, they seems to have had little access to any original, alternative, performances either.

This documentary features extensive involvement by Clinton Heylin. Mr. Heylin is, himself, a very controversial figure among Dylan critics. That said, I appreciate Mr. Heylin's own critical contributions, generally, and find his lack of slavish worship of Dylan refreshing. However, this film covers the period before the "Crash," and the title gives away the fact that the interviewees consider the period Dylan's "Golden Age." Any negative criticism is very muted and essentially consists of: "This album was great, but not as great as the one that came after."

It is important to understand that this documentary, like the rest in the series, attempts to cover the process of the making of Dylan's music, the critical response to it at the time of its release, and a reassessment of it with the passage of time. In that respect, I would have to say that it fails. The film covers a period that is well documented in print and on film and really offers nothing to anyone but the most casual of Dylan fans. I would have to say that it is unnecessary, except as the first segment in the rest of the series. Unlike the subsequent entries in the series, which I do recommend highly, this film offers little in the way of fascinating insights into the albums and songs.
Oh Mercy by Dylan, Bob Original recording remastered edition (2004) Audio CD
Oh Mercy by Dylan, Bob Original recording remastered edition (2004) Audio CD
avevo questo disco ,ci sono circostanze che fanno incontrare due musicisti nel momento giusto ed escono fuori gemme di rara bellezza ,riascoltato dopo un pò di anni fa l' effetto di un buon vino invecchiato bene, è un capitolo a sè nella sterminata discografia di dylan ,una seconda collaborazione qualche anno dopo non ha dato lo stesso risultato , sarebbe stato comunque impossibile , le cose cambiano . il disco suona come deve suonare , c' è quella vecchia sensazione che ti entra sotto la pelle e ci rimane attaccata per sempre .
Epure Venezia Collection 8 Piece Hurricane Glass Set - Perfect for Drinking Pina Coladas, Cocktails, Full-Bodied Beer, Juice, and Water (Pina Colada (15.5 oz))
Epure Venezia Collection 8 Piece Hurricane Glass Set - Perfect for Drinking Pina Coladas, Cocktails, Full-Bodied Beer, Juice, and Water (Pina Colada (15.5 oz))
These are really sturdy glasses of medium size. not too large or delicate. Great if you're looking for something a bit sturdier than the usual martini glass. Really like these. They're not fancy so not really "giftable" unless you want to give a sturdy glass as a gift. The height is a bit shorter than usual which i like because it hangs nice from the bar without interfering too much with other things. I recommend!
JBL Professional 305P MkII Next-Generation 5-Inch 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor
JBL Professional 305P MkII Next-Generation 5-Inch 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor
I thought BOSE sounded fine and never really tried anything else (figured that I wasn't missing out all that much) and any speaker considered 'good' would cost $2000+ and required a larger cabinet to fill a room. I always wanted to try a set of studio monitors for listening to music and decided that these were the ones based on just about every review (all highly positive) I read and, at this price, why not?! Intended to use this only for my Turntable but the sound out of these things are so stellar I'm using it for all my music playing. Hooked up my COWON x7 and it's amazing to listen to mp3's and flac files through these speakers they sound fantastic. The BOSE is currently unplugged and going into storage until I can figure out what to use it for (not for serious music listening, that's for sure).

The clarity of these monitors are simply astounding and the bass is phenomenal. I agree with another reviewer here for regular casual music listening (pretty loud) a sub woofer isn't needed. Like him, I tried a sub woofer and like the sound better with just the monitors themselves. The low end on these things are fantastic and quite amazing considering they are only 5" woofers. Still sound clean and accurate a higher volumes. Don't feel the need to get any extra bass and I really, really like bass heavy music.

Some people inidcate an audible hiss from their speakers -- I hear nothing like that from mine. Perfectly silent. I did buy TISINO Dual RCA to XLR Male Cable, 2 XLR to 2 RCA/Phono Plug (no phase shifting benefit whatsover, just liked the xlr connector) and these excellent cables are a perfect compliment for these speakers.

I'm sure the audiophiles dropping $10K on speakers would say these aren't 'all that', but as a definite non-audiophile level fussy person I think these are 'all that' and more.
Uni Ball Jetstream Extra Fine & Micro Point Click Retractable Roller Ball Pens Rubber Grip Type 0.38mm - Black Ink - 5 Body Color Value Set
Uni Ball Jetstream Extra Fine & Micro Point Click Retractable Roller Ball Pens Rubber Grip Type 0.38mm - Black Ink - 5 Body Color Value Set
I bonded with my coworker over these pens. They are super-fine point and very high quality. The Uni Jetstream ink is really a wonder to behold. You can geek out about this stuff if you think too hard about it. They took a ballpoint pen and made it write as smoothly as gel, but without as much wasted ink and without all the mess of gel. This ink dries super-fast. Jetpens actually carries some similar pens, but I like getting them on Amazon because they come in these cute packs with different body colors. The price is currently fair, based on the quality of product you get. All the pens are black ink, which is what I need for my work (spend half the day writing in a medical chart, 5-7 days a week). They've held up really well. Some sticky stuff got gummed up on the inside of one, and I thought it was broken until I opened it up and saw it wasn't the pen's fault, I had just dumped it in a messy bag and some goop had gotten in there (eew). Cleaned it off and it worked fine again.
Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures
Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures
My 4 year old loves when he gets tv time, this show gives him something entertaining to watch that is full of cool and true animal facts that has helped him become fascinated in the natural world around him!
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
For me this film was hindered somewhat by keeping the dialogue inoffensively within the constraints of a “12” rated film (if that was the director's intention), and whilst it is not a “children's/family” film per se it is not a film with realistic and (potentially) offensive language – it is in a neither one nor the other sort of situation. The film centres around “Ricky”. Where he has come from and what he has been through are not realistically portrayed in the film (those constraints again), but this is a drama comedy and so one has to accept perhaps a little poetic license.

Having said that, it is the naive innocence of “Ricky” played by Julian Dennison who is in the care of “Hec” played by Sam Neill that leads to some of the comedy in the film.

There is though, a lot going for this film, it has a great cast lead by Sam Neill, the acting from all the cast is good, great use of the New Zealand Bush as the backdrop for the film with some great cinematography in what can't have been the easiest situations to photograph, it has a good if somewhat unrealistic story, there are some very funny moments and there is some good music. There's also a number of cinematic references made within the film.

I found “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” to be an enjoyable enough film but it is not one that I would go out of my way to watch again too quickly.

It is perhaps worth mentioning that some might find certain scenes upsetting where animals are hunted. No doubt not a single animal was hurt in the making of the film – but if you are at all upset by such things then maybe you should not watch it.

A light-hearted comedy adventure-drama, and a good feel-good-factor film.

There are plenty of extra features on the DVD which are worth a look at.

On the DVD (ASIN: B01MXLL1JG) you get:

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (1 hour 37 minutes)
Chapter Selection
Special Features:
Director's Commentary
Featurette (3 minutes)
Bloopers (2 minutes)
Interviews (20 minutes)
Behind the Scenes (30 minutes)
Deadpool 2 (4K UHD)
Deadpool 2 (4K UHD)
After the success of the first Deadpool movie, the wise cracking fourth wall breaking hitman gets a sequel. Which will not make a lot of sense to those who haven't seen the first film. If you haven't, why are you reading this? Go and watch it. Then come back.

After the end of the first film, can Wade and Vanessa live happily ever after? Would they have a movie if so? Fate leaves Deadpool looking for purpose. The X Men might not be the answer. A mysterious boy with special powers and a time travelling killer called Cable [Josh Brolin] might be...

Sequels are tricky things. People want the same. But different. But there's enough mileage and flexibility in this format to allow for enough variety to make it click. And when you're throwing gags at the screen at such a rate, most are likely to connect.

It's a little stronger plot wise than the first film. It is of course not going to have the freshness and originality of that, but there is still enough great fun and good jokes to make it an entertaining watch. With a bigger cast some characters don't get as much to do as you might like, but Josh Brolin makes a very good Cable, Zazie Beetz is a superb Domino and really deserves her own franchise. And Peter's pretty cool too.

There are some bad reviews of this out there, so it might be a matter of subjective opinion. But if you loved the first film, give this a go. As to whether you should watch to the end of the credits, didn't you learn anything from what you were told at the end of that one????

The disc begins with the fox logo, but then goes into the menu with no ads or trailers.

Although the box just says English for subtitles and languages, I checked the disc, and it's actually:

Languages: English. English audio description. Russian. Ukrainian.
Subtitles: English. Russian. Danish, Swedish. Finnish. Estonian. Latvian. Lithuanian. Ukrainian.

Extras: A three minute long gag reel. If you've seen one gag reel, you've seen them all. People doing silly dances and pulling faces and the occasional outtake that raises a slight smile. This is no different.

Deadpool's fun sack 2: contains a stills gallery. This is pretty funny with an interesting collection of items and posters and worth a look.

And videos. Roughly forty mins in total, which can be watched individually or all together.

No good deed. [featuring...you'll see....]
Wet on wet.
Brazil comic con tattoos.
Deadpool meet cable.
Red band [ie same as above with strong language] Deadpool meet cable.
The trailer.
Red band trailer.
Final trailer.
Red band the final trailer.
Imax psa.
Celine Dion singing ashes video.
Behind the scenes of ashes.
Eur missing a country.
Deadpool takes over Manchester united.
The first ten years.
Welcome to the party pop video.
Deadpool two thanks you.

Some repetition seeing the trailers in a row, but a lot of fun in the above. It doesn't have the apology to David Beckham one though, if you were looking for that.
Vandor Marvel Vandor Doctor Strange Large Tin Tote
Vandor Marvel Vandor Doctor Strange Large Tin Tote
I bought the Doctor Who lunchbox for my girlfriend as a nifty display piece for her study; however, she decided that, as it is a lunchbox, it should be used as a lunchbox. She takes it to work almost every day and loves it. It's pretty spacious and could probably hold two Pop-Tarts-sized boxes with ease. The metal is pretty thin but had no deformations upon arrival. The decals are vivid and embossed in the metal to give them some extra pop. It also has a Herculean clasp that ensures whatever you decide to put inside will stay there until you tell it otherwise plus it makes a sweet metallic clink when you lock it down that tells people "my lunchbox could kick your lunchbox's butt off". Would totally buy again.
Fox Run Pizza Crisper Pan, Carbon Steel, Non-Stick,Black,14.5 x 14.5 x 0.25 inches
Fox Run Pizza Crisper Pan, Carbon Steel, Non-Stick,Black,14.5 x 14.5 x 0.25 inches
My Oneida pizza stone snapped in two after less than six months of use, during which I seasoned it, treated it like a piece of porcelain, and struggled to keep it clean without using soap. In my search for something more durable and less work, I discovered the reviews for Fox Run were consistently good and the price was right, so I bought it. Add my enthusiastic review to the others! I don't make my own pizza, but for the frozen variety that I eat on occasion, it's a wonder. It cooks evenly all the way through to the center, which I never even achieved with the old pizza stone. Cleanup took about one minute. My stone (whose halves adorn my garden now) had a metal rack with handles, which is the perfect size for the Fox Run pan. If you require such a thing, I suggest searching for used racks at Goodwill that other disgruntled stone owners may have given away.

UPDATE, 3/30/14: Ordered pizza last night from a local chain. A large pizza fits perfectly on the crisper. When reheating a few slices, be aware that at 425 degrees F, this pan distributes heat like gangbusters. Your leftovers will be hot within five minutes--and will taste far better than if you put them in the microwave! I'm afraid I'll be eating pizza a lot more often because of Fox Run...LOVE this pan!
This review is for the 4K Ultra HD edition of Godzilla (1998) released in May, 2019 by Tri-Star.

TIMELINE: This is the first live action 'Godzilla' movie made by an American company. It is the 23rd of 31 live action 'Godzilla' movies overall. As of the time of this review in May 2019 ('Godzilla: King of the Monsters' is due out very shortly as of the time of this review). This movie was intended to be the first of a series but no sequel was ever made. It exists in it's own unique universe. However...

GODZILLA OR ZILLA OR EVEN GINO?: Toho purchased the rights to Tri-Star's Godzilla and re-named it Zilla. Zilla appears in 'Godzilla: Final Wars' and a reference is made to him/it in 'GMK: All Out Monster Attack'. This version of Godzilla has also been called 'GINO' by Godzilla fans. That is short for 'Godzilla In Name Only'.

THE 4K PICTURE: To get right down to it, I wasn't that impressed. The picture didn't really look any better than my Blu-Ray edition and I'm not sure if it's worth the upgrade. There was definitely some graininess in the picture in quite a few scenes. Bottom line is that I don't think this is a great transfer.

-Visual Effects Commentary
-Behind the Scenes of Godzilla with Charles Caiman
-All Time Best of Godzilla Fight Scenes
-'Heroes' Music Video by The Wallflowers


PLOT/SYNOPIS: During the credits we see an iguana nest irradiated by nuclear radiation. This will ultimately lead to Godzilla's birth. Godzilla destroys a fishing ship and there is one survivor who identifies him as 'Gojira'.

Nick Tatopoulos is a scientist who studies abnormal growth in irradiated zones. He is at Chernobyl studying enlarged worms when the military collects him and brings him to the site of Godzilla's foot prints. Nick deduces that Godzilla is probably an irradiated creature.

Godzilla heads to New York City and the military, along with Nick, follow. While in NYC, Nick's ex-girlfriend Audrey, who is a fledgling reporter, meets up with him. She takes advantage of him by stealing a video tape from Nick that belongs to the military. Her boss ends up taking credit and announces to the public that Godzilla is in the city. As a result, Nick is booted from the operation. Fortunately for him, A French secret service agent named Philippe recruits him to work with his team. Phillippe tells Nick that they feel responsible for Godzilla since they believe they tested the bomb that led to his birth. Nick deduces that Godzilla is in NYC to nest and they go searching for it. Audrey, along with her cameraman run into Nick at Madison Square Garden. It is here that they find Godzilla's eggs. They are just in time for the eggs to start hatching. They are now confronted by dozens of baby Godzilla's. They need to escape and alert the military to the impending danger. Unfortunately for them, Godzilla is waiting....

PRODUCTION: This movie was made in 1998 and released by TriStar Pictures.
-The director was disaster movie mogul, Roland Emmerich. He continued his landmark destroying ways by destroying The Flat Iron Building, The Chrysler Building, Met-Life Building, Madison Square Garden and even the statue of George Washington on Wall Street.
-Toho decided to end the 'Hesei' series of Godzilla films and hand the franchise over to the Americans. Of course, they 'dropped the ball' pretty badly with this film. The following year, Toho rebooted Godzilla with a new series of films which is now known as 'The Millenium Series' of films.
-Even though the movie was not considered successful, it did make money with a domestic gross of 136 million dollars and 379 million dollars overall.
-The reporters name was Charles Caiman. For those who don't know, a caiman is the smallest type of reptile in the Crocodile family.


IS THIS THE ONLY MOVIE MADE FOR THIS 'GODZILLA' UNIVERSE?: An argument can be made that the answer is "no". Zilla (Godzilla) makes an appearance in 'Godzilla: Final Wars'. Since Toho purchased the rights to Tri-Star's Godzilla, you can definitely make the case that 'Godzilla: Final Wars' is a sequel to 'Godzilla (1998)'. Remember, even though Zilla dies, a baby Zilla hatches in the final scene of the movie. Since Zilla, is no longer considered to be Godzilla, then they can certainly co-exist!


I never really got this. Is Godzilla breathing gas? The production team effectively did away with Godzilla's radioactive breath but decided to pay homage to it. When I first watched this, I didn't even realize what was going on. I just thought
there was an explosion and had no idea that Godzilla's breath was causing the fire. I don't recall this being explained in the movie. Perhaps it was, but I missed it. They could have at least given him some glowing scales. It's not as if there isn't bioluminescence in sea creatures throughout the world. Overall, they botched this badly. Godzilla's glowing scales and radioactive breath are what makes him Godzilla.

-The fish: Did we really need this? I seem to recall that iguana's and large lizards in general like lettuce and cabbage and other vegetables. I could be wrong on this but whatever.
-The love story: Do we ever need a love story in a Godzilla movie? My entire life, I have cringed during kissing scenes. When are Americans going to learn. Monster fans don't want 'love' in their stories. I realize I'm really speaking for myself, but I have never heard anybody say, "we need more relationship scenes" in a monster movie.
-I did not like Godzilla being an asexual creature. This just doesn't work for me.
-Evacuating New York City would not have been that simple. At the very least, the military could have come in and gone through the city till they found Godzilla. Since everybody was gone, what was the hurry?
-I get it, liberties have to be taken to move movies along. Even so, I thought the eggs hatching almost immediately after Godzilla lays the eggs is a lot of 'Suspension of Disbelief'.


If the goal was to challenge Toho for campiness and idiotic plot points, Tri-Star was a smashing success! The movie's climax features Godzilla chasing around a group of humans riding in a taxi cab. He blames them for killing his (it's?) babies.

-I absolutely hated having the French involved. I mean, really, what do we need them for? When was the last time we needed assistance from the French. The War of 1812 perhaps?
-I did not like Godzilla being taken down by a few missiles. This is in fact more realistic, but it is not in the spirit of Godzilla films in which the military's efforts are always futile. Godzilla is in effect, a fantasy creature and not a science fiction creature.
-I thought that the idea of destroying Madison Square Garden was just ridiculous. It was just plain dumb on so many levels. First off, they could have given the humans more time to get out. They could have easily just gone in there with some soldiers and cleared the place out. Was it really necessary to do a Billion Dollars in damage?

IS THAT REALLY GODZILLA? WHAT DO I THINK OF THE DESIGN?: There is a part of me that likes the fact that they tried to give Godzilla a realistic look by basing the design on an iguana. I like the design better today than I did years ago. I guess the real reason I never liked the design was because of how inept this Godzilla was.

WAY OFF-COLOR (WARNING - If you are a female and/or easily offended, do not read this paragraph and skip to the next one): I just can't resist making this comment. I know my mind is sometimes in the gutter but did anyone else out there think themselves... How funny would it have been if when the baby Godzilla hatched, instead of sniffing at Matthew Broderick because it was looking for fish, it sniffed the female reporters crotch?

Indeed there is.
-I did like a lot of the special effects. I thought Godzilla looked good stomping around New York City. I really enjoyed watching him move against the backdrop of the buildings.
-I liked the origin of Godzilla. I think using an irradiated iguana was a good idea.

CONCLUSIONS: After watching this movie for the first time in several years and for the third time in my life, my opinion actually went up. The movie isn't as bad as I remember. I guess I just hated it because of all of the ridiculous scenes. Of course, illogical scenes have always been par for the course in Godzilla movies.

I don't really know if the upgrade is worth it. If you are a die hard Godzilla fan, you are going to buy it anyway, just like me. Because you have to have everything!

The Picture: 5/10 - I am disappointed in the picture as I point out above under 'THE PICTURE'.
The Plot: 3/10 - Very generic, been there, done that. The climax scene is unforgivable in my eyes.
The SFX: 9/10 - I'm rating this based on it's day. I remember being in the theater and being 'wowed' by the size of Godzilla while I watched this on a large screen. Obviously the CGI was more primitive but it even over 20 years later it still looks decent.
The Godzilla Suit: 5/10 - There is one in most Godzilla movie's but not this one. Since there is no suit, I have to rate this on the design and CGI. The CGI is good but the design isn't.
Overall: 6/10 or 3 stars

WHAT'S NEXT FOR GODZILLA?: There was a sequel planned for this movie. The ending certainly left room for a direct sequel. However, the fan reaction was overwhelmingly negative despite the movie being a financial success. Tri-Star would not renew the license and Toho took back the Godzilla franchise. Toho released the first of the 'Millenium' series of films, 'Godzilla 2000', the following year, 1999. This movie received a limited theatrical run in the United States but was not commercially successful. It confused audiences who were not familiar with the Godzilla franchise.
Seed of Chucky
Seed of Chucky
Continuing from Bride of Chucky... Tiffany has given birth to a strange looking razor tooth baby named Sh*thead. The seed is kidnapped by a british ventriloquist and forced to compete in ventriloquism contests in England. Sh*thead looks like a dead ringer for David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust days. He has a kind soul and is nothing like his parents.

As each day passes hes wondering where his parents are and dreaming of meeting them. Soon enough he manages to escape and ends up in America. He makes it to the set of the movie where Tiffany and Chucky are filming a movie. He reads the voodoo chant words on his necklace and manages to bring his parents back to life.

Chucky and Tiffany cant tell what their child is so they take off his pants to reveal a barbie-like crotch. Tiffany wants a girl so she names her Glenda and Chucky wants a boy so he names him Glen. If you ask me id say its more like a boy. But Tiffany and Chucky continue to argue over it throughout the movie. To the suprise of Glen/Glenda his parents are killers , they try to do whats best for Glen/Glenda but its hard to stop killing, especially for Chucky. Papa Chucky wants to turn his son into a killer but Tiffany wants to stop the killing for her son/daughters best interest.

Overall, its a strange funny film more than scary. The movies in the series just get more weird by the years. I wonder what they'll think of next.
Dr. Seuss Cat in The Hat One Piece Hooded Pajama
Dr. Seuss Cat in The Hat One Piece Hooded Pajama
I ordered this size small 3-5 onesie for my 4yr old for Dr. Seuss birthday but it was waaaaay to big. I actually tried it on and I'm 5'7 220 and the only thing that was small on it was the hood. I wasn't going to open it because I didn't want him to see it but I'm so happy I did because he would have been super disappointed.
One Piece, Vol. 68 (68)
One Piece, Vol. 68 (68)
I think you guys know who I'm talking about from the cover of the book. That alone makes me like it. But if you're expecting anything different from the other arcs, you may not like it. If you are expecting more One Piece, then enjoy to your heart's content.\

As always, no spoilers.
Cold Fire
Cold Fire
Generally enjoyed the story overall - I needed to understand what on earth was at the root of all the old things that were happening.

After the first couple of scenarios with Jim and his mysterious rescues I was really hooked. However...the flitting between the two main characters views meant that when it was the female perspective (Holly's) that it was too much like a romance novel at times, despite how she drove things along, but the number of times she was declaring her love for Jim in her head or eventually out loud felt over the top and premature given how briefly the characters had known each other that it got on my nerves a bit and nearly abandoned the story.
Also the final few lines made it feel just like a cheesy adventure film or tv series setting itself up for a sequel, which again dropped it a notch for me.
Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy Book 2)
Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy Book 2)
~~~ No Spoilers in my reviews ~~~
Note to readers... If you're new to the Guardians Trilogy, I highly recommend reading Stars of Fortune (Book One, the Guardians Trilogy) first. Book One truly sets everything up and improves the pleasure of reading Bay of Sighs. I guarantee that any reader beginning with Book Two will not only wish that they had read the books in order, they will also turn to immediately begin reading Stars of Fortune.

We have another great new original publication by Nora Roberts in the Guardians Trilogy! Bay of Sighs, book two in the aforementioned trilogy, continues where Stars of Fortune (book 1) left off. The guardians are still pursuing the stars - one per book - while the relationships between the six continue to develop. As any Nora Roberts reader recognizes and I believe now expects, 3 women and 3 men featured in a trilogy allows one of the greatest pleasures of Ms. Roberts readers, her incredible talent for the perfect mix of developing romances, focusing heavily on one romantic couple per book, as well as fleshing out the deepening interpersonal relationships between the six.
As the general plot was laid out in book 1, there was more availability in this book for the other characters' details and motivations. Of course there is no shortage of action and suspense either, both written as well as romance by Ms. Roberts.
Seriously, is there anything she isn't able to write excellently???
- I read an average of 5 books per week and there are very few books I ever read twice. I almost always find at minimum 3-5 proofreading errors and I don't recall the last time I caught any errors in new NR publications. I read most genres and have had these reading habits since I was a child. The ratio of books I'd look forward to re-reading versus the number of books in my personal library is minuscule. I have quite a few more Nora Roberts/ JD Robb (NR books actually) that I am able to truly enjoy reading again than any other authors.
The greatest compliments I am personally able to give any author are actually wanting to read the book(s) again as well as missing the characters and "wondering" what they're up to as well as where their paths lead to in the future. I wholeheartedly extend these compliments to Ms. Roberts and thank her for diligently writing with such talent for all of her readers. My only wish is that she would revisit some of her previous series and pen new novels with the characters lives present day. We can only hope that maybe one day she'll do so.
My only complaint (really more of an observation) is that going into any trilogy / series readers generally assume that the events in the second book / next to final edition will all work out and line up as a bridge to connect the final book. However, as part of her own special magic, Ms. Roberts masterfully keeps her readers glued straight through to the final page of Bay of Sighs.
Ms. Roberts, thank you for a fantastic Saturday afternoon with Sasha, Annika, Riley, Bran, Doyle and Sawyer!
I'll be missing them until I finish the trilogy...
Dragonball Forever: All Bouts and Characters (Doragonbooru fooebaa) (in Japanese)
Dragonball Forever: All Bouts and Characters (Doragonbooru fooebaa) (in Japanese)
Captain Ken Volume 1 (Manga) (Captain Ken Gn)
Captain Ken Volume 1 (Manga) (Captain Ken Gn)
Another great title from Osamu Tezuka, also known as the Godfather of Manga.

The story is centered around a 'space-cowboy' known as Captain Ken. What is he doing on Mars? No-one knows, townspeople seek to get rid of the corrupted Mayor Deven and the Martians seek to reclaim the cities they lost. The hero, whilst assisting damsels in distress, slowly looses sight of his own vendetta.
If you've read other Tezuka works such as Astro Boy, Black Jack and Buddha, you'll enjoy this two-volume series (volume 2 doesn't come out till January 2016). Defiantly pick it up before it goes out of print (and pre-order volume 2).
Word of Mouse
Word of Mouse
This is such a lovely story about Isaiah the little mouse. Sadly Isaiah started life in a laboratory and has been bred especially by the laboratory for experimental purposes. He has 96 brothers and sisters and the laboratory has tagged him on the ear with his number, 97. He is bright blue like the sky and turns out to be a very heroic and smart mouse. He manages to escape with his family of other mice but he is the only one that does not get recaptured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have the kindle version and have added photographs.
Witch & Wizard. James Patterson with Gabrielle Charbonnet
Witch & Wizard. James Patterson with Gabrielle Charbonnet
I've read other books by James Patterson, particularly his Maximum Ride series. I've read every one of the Max Ride books and I'm always pleased when I stumble upon a new one in the book store. That being said I can say unequivocally: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. Witch and Wizard is an awful book, one of the worst I have ever read, and I read a lot.
I came across this book as a sneak peak to the sequel, The Gift, in the back of another book. I was intrigued, it seemed different and interesting, and the chapter stopped right at a moment that makes you want to read more. When I went online to check it out, I found it was the second book in a series which I bought for my Kindle without reservation.
When I sat down to read it I was disappointed. Very, very disappointed. I persevered for a few chapters and got about half way through the book before I gave up in disgust. There are many things wrong with this book, but the plot flaws and the indistinct characterisation were the most discouraging.
Firstly the characterisation. There is no distinction between the different characters: they don't have their own voice or way of operating, and their reactions to the events of the story are wholly unrealistic. Plus there are the stupid names given to several characters, especially one of the protagonists, Wisteria, more commonly known as 'Wisty'. Now Wisteria is a cool unusual name that the right character could embrace but Wisty sounds like a nickname an older brother would tease his sister with. It is also hard to take an evil organisation seriously when their leader is called 'The One Who Is the One'. The defiant and rude attitude of the main protagonists, the Allgood siblings, didn't make any sense. In the Max Ride books this is a signature of the flock, but it makes sense because they have always been on the run from evil scientists and were basically raised on the streets, so their spunky mistrust for authority figures makes sense. It doesn't for the well brought up, suburban middle class Allgoods who have never had any contact with the police.
The plot flaws are also really frustrating, it just doesn't make sense. The evil government: New Order, snatch the Allgoods from their home in the middle of the night, throw them in jail but let each kid take one possession from their home. Why would an evil government, who have re-written the laws let their prisoners take keepsakes or potential weapons. They've just arrested the pair for witchcraft but let them take a blank book and a drumstick with them into prison. When in prison the pair are also allowed to stay in the same cell rather than being separated. All of this just points to sloppy story telling. A little bit of creativity would have done wonders for this book.
I know this sounds a bit like a rant (which admittedly it is), but that's only because I liked his previous works and was really disappointed to find something so amateurish. I absolutely would not recommend this book, even if you're a fan of Patterson's work, it is predictable, poorly written and very flawed. It feels more like a first draft than a published book, and should not be read by any one.
Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth)
Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth)
J.R.R. TOLKIEN, CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN, The History of Middle-Earth, Vol III, The Lays of Beleriand (pp. 150-329: The Lay of Leithian and pp.330-363: The Lay of Leithian recommenced ).

This review does not refer to the new “Beren and Lúthien ”
published in the Spring of 2017, which does not use the whole text of the original version of the Lay.

The story of the love of Lúthien and Beren is framed by a deep and subtle theoretical infrastructure, but - as it is appropriate for a fantasy story and for classical literature - such theoretical content emerges only in moments of absolute poetical genius, in verses that are eternal monuments of both beauty and thought, woven by pure bliss.

First let’s read three of these moments of Wonder, then we will comment on them:

(Beren talking about Lúthien):

“Though all to ruin fell the world,
and were dissolved and backward hurled
unmade into the old abyss,
yet were its making good, for this –
the dawn, the dusk, the earth, the sea –
that Lúthien on a time should be ! ”

(Thingol sees/meets Melian in the woods, as later Beren will meet Lúthien):

“But Thingol stayed, enchanted, still,
one moment to hearken to the thrill
of that sweet singing in the trees.
Enchanted moments such as these
from gardens of the Lord of Sleep,
where fountains play and shadows creep,
do come, and count as many years
in mortal lands.”

(Beren wakes up after the kiss, and after Lúthien has gone away - see also page 180):

“He lay upon the leafy mould,
his face upon earth’s bosom cold,
aswoon in overwhelming bliss,
enchanted of an elvish kiss,
seeing with his darkened eyes
the light that for no darkness dies,
the loveliness that does not fade,
though all in ashes cold be laid.”

Now let’s try to see the details of what Tolkien is saying:

“…yet were its making good, for this –
the dawn, the dusk, the earth, the sea –
that Lúthien on a time should be ! ”

The existence of the beloved is enough to make the whole finite world “good”, i.e. justified, and the very end of the finite world could not change this value established for eternity.
Love justifies the finite world and it establishes a value that is eternal and cannot be changed by the circumstances of the becoming, cannot be modified even by an Armageddon. And the concept is repeated here (and in the verses that precede this quotation, note the BLISS):

“…the light that for no darkness dies,
the loveliness that does not fade,
though all in ashes cold be laid ”

And Tolkien says that the irruption of Love is equally an AUGENBLICK (the blink of an eye, an ATTIMO, the KAIROS, καιρός , the right moment, the propitious moment, the fullness of time) in which time and eternity meet:

“…Enchanted moments such as these

do come, and count as many years
in mortal lands.”

Thus, all of these verses evoke a profound liberation:

- the becoming is free from meaninglessness, the Being of Love overwhelms any despair, the existence of the beloved justifies the world (“.. good, for this…that Lúthien on a time should be ! ”)

- time is bypassed by the Eternal (or perhaps, the Eternal shines through time itself), (“…moments… count as many years ”)

- the overwhelming bliss defeats death itself (“…the light that for no darkness dies…”)

Much later in Tolkien’s stories - in The Lord of the Rings - Arwen Undómiel, Evenstar, will renounce her safe way back to the Elven Islands and will choose instead to marry Aragorn, a mortal, and share his fate. Repeating Lúthien’s choice, she exemplifies the understanding of the difference between the very, very, long life of the Elves (who will last until the world will last), and the shining-through of the Eternal, the – mysterious, luminous - Eternal Now of the Augenblick of Love.

So, both in the verses quoted above and in the story of Arwen, Tolkien is saying that Love is an appearance of Meaning, a manifestation of the Eternal, as well as a trace of the “imperative of the Eternal”, the unquenchable search for Meaning by the human beings (see ALBERTO CARACCIOLO, Nulla religioso e imperativo dell'eterno. Studi di etica e di poetica ). And Tolkien is saying that Love is a form of the Sacred Vision (see all the quotations above and the meeting of Beren and Lúthien in both the Silmarillion and the Lay.).

Let’s ask ourselves, what would the story of Lúthien and Beren be, without the verses that we have quoted above ?
Without these revelations of the visionary Truth of Love, there would be no story of True Love, there would just be a “love-story” good enough for modern times’ orcs and modern lands of mordor…i.e., good enough for those who have forgotten Wonder and who have forgotten that the Highest, the Ypsistos, ύψιστος , is Beatitude, Bliss.
Tolkien instead is teaching us that True Love, the love that is capable of living in Wonder, of Wonder, from Wonder, is a door, a Way. To the Meaning, to the Eternal, to the Deathless. Here, now, in our lives.

Don’t we all know all of this, when we truly fall in love ?
But then we falter, we forget the true Wonder and the Bliss…and we forget that in the language of Truth the verb “to love” has no past tense, exactly like – in the language of Truth, we said - the verb “to be” has no past tense…
…and Tolkien’s verses are there to help us, forever to wake us up to the Dream that is more real than any “thing”…
Therefore, this version of the story of Lúthien and Beren [in J.R.R. TOLKIEN, CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN, The History of Middle-Earth, Vol III, The Lays of Beleriand (pp. 150-329: The Lay of Leithian and pp.330-363: The Lay of Leithian recommenced ] is a classic, that will never stop talking to the lovers.

In memory of the Dream of June 16th, 2016

Thank you for your attention.

If you are interested in the many themes evoked in this review, please see, here on Amazon.com, my reviews of

MARYLA FALK’s Nama-Rupa and Dharma-Rupa: Origins and Aspects of an Ancient Indian Conception

The Hevajra Tantra

STRATFORD CALDECOTT’s work about Tolkien’s works



How to Pray: Reflections and Essays
How to Pray: Reflections and Essays
"An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers."

That's you and me.
Have you ever thought, Why pray... that is a chapter here!

I am reading this to learn again to have a substantial prayer life.
CS Lewis teachings on this subject collected from many of his writings, thanks to the editor.

Prayer is... prayer works... why should I pray? and more.
To anyone doubting the cost of this book...For advanced stitchers, it provides a unique source for you to create your own designs. Given that a complete 'Kit' from Anchor can cost from £7 to £28.00; from this one book, you can create your 'own' projects. It will easily prove to be one of the best purchases you have ever made. From the ever popular Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, etc;; this book also gives you the less well known Beatrix Potter characters, such as Jeremy Fisher and Pigling Bland, it also has very useful 'border' motifs that you can include into your design.
Ignore the price tag (it does seem a bit steep), but it will more than pay for itself. All I would say is... 'Buy it while you can!'
I looked over various popular sites (having seen it recommended...) and it took a while to track down, but absolutely no regrets. The cost would be only the equivalent of four complete kits... whilst providing you with endless possibilities to be able to create something truly unique.
Full colour charts for DMC threads are provided, which many serious stitchers will already probably have ( I only needed to buy two additional threads)
Despite the price, very happy to have it. Will serve me (and my Grandchildren...) well for many years.
Cannot recommend highly enough.

Not really suitable for novice stitchers.
Delta Force Rescue (Brotherhood Protectors Book 15)
Delta Force Rescue (Brotherhood Protectors Book 15)
This is the 15th book in the Brotherhood Protectors series by Elle James, and I’m just as excited by it as I was the 1st - 14th! I absolutely love this series. Briana Hayes is a Social Worker who finds trouble helping a woman and her baby. She calls her brother, a Delta Force soldier who gets in touch with the Brotherhood Protectors. Rafe Donavan contacts her on orders from his boss, Hank Patterson who is head is the Brotherhood Protectors. Rafe, a former Delta teammate of Briana’s brother, takes on the assignment and connects with Brianna not only to protect her, but they also start to fall for each other while facing danger. Elle has a brilliant talent for writing these books so that there is just the right amount of romance, humor, banter, excitement and action. Definite must read.
Biss zur Mitternachtssonne: Die weltberühmte Liebesgeschichte endlich aus Edwards Sicht
Biss zur Mitternachtssonne: Die weltberühmte Liebesgeschichte endlich aus Edwards Sicht
Da ist sie also, Bellas und Edwards Geschichte aus Edwards Sicht. Darauf habe ich sehnlichst gewartet.

Als ich die ersten Bücher gelesen habe, war ich Mitte 20, also kein Teenager, der sofort dahinschmelzt, bei gutaussehenden, charmanten und geheimnisvollen Vampiren. Dennoch habe ich die Bücher geliebt. Deswegen hatte ich mich über dieses Buch sehr gefreut.

Es tut mir so weh und leid

Edward erzählt und seine Geschichte und er beginnt damit, dass es eine Neue auf der Schule gibt. Zunächst ist er genervt von der schönen Isabella Swan, aber nach und nach spürt er, dass er sich zu ihr hingezogen fühlt. Doch er weiß auch, dass diese Liebe nicht sein darf, schließlich ist er ein Monster.

So viel zu der groben, allen bekannten Handlung, denn Bellas Geschichte sollte man auf jeden kennen, da die Charaktere um Edward herum nicht richtig vorgestellt werden. Sie sind halt da und so ist es eben.

Ich weiß gar nicht, wie ich beginnen soll, aber ich weiß, es wird ein Veriss sondergleichen, und dafür möchte ich mich jetzt schon einmal bei allen Fans entschuldigen, zu denen ich ja eigentlich auch zähle. Deswegen tut es mir nicht weniger weh, was jetzt kommt.

Fangen wir aber erstmal mit dem Positiven an. Die Geschichte, die mich als Fan so gefesselt hat, aus Edwards Sicht zu erleben, war ein Grund für mich, dieses Buch zu kaufen. Und ich wurde in diesem Punkt nicht (vollständig) enttäuscht (mehr dazu später). Eine besondere Stärke dieses Buchs ist es, Edwards wahres Alter glaubhaft darzustellen.

Die Sprache wirkt an der einen oder anderen Stelle (für heutige Verhältnisse) antiquiert. Zitat: „Es wäre besonnener von dir, nicht mit mir befreundet zu sein.“

Nervig schön

Und da hört das Positive leider schon auf. Zu viele Dinge, die mir negativ aufgefallen sind, überlagern den Lesespaß, den ich bei der originalen „Twilight“-Reihe empfunden habe.

Die Autorin hat in diesem Buch einfach zu stark versucht, das Twilight-Fieber wieder zu entfachen. Auf jeder Seite wird mindestens einmal beschrieben, wie „schön“ Bella ist. Eigentlich ja ein Klassiker bei der heutigen Romantasy-Literatur, aber irgendwann wird es einfach nur noch nervig. Ebenso oft wird erwähnt, wie alt Edward ist, und wie Bellas Geruch und ihre ständige Röte (soviel Blut wie sie in den Wangen hat, müsste ihr Herz schon aufgehört haben zu schlagen) seinen Appetit anregt.

Und Apropos „Appetit“: Edward wird nicht müde, zu betonen, dass er ein Monster ist, und das es besser wäre, wenn sie sich nicht ineinander verlieben würden. Er ist innerlich zerrissen und voller Selbstmitleid. Er lebt nicht, ist einfach nur da.

Ich würde ja eine Antidepressiva-Therapie vorschlagen, aber ohne Blutkreislauf …

Überhaupt wirkt Edward in dieser „Alternativgeschichte“ äußerst egoistisch und egozentrisch. Es dreht sich alles nur um ihn, man könnte das Gefühl haben, dass Bella nur eine Schachfigur für ihn ist. Von dem „liebevollen“ und „fürsorglichen“ Vampir ist jedenfalls nicht viel zu spüren.

Und wenn wir schonmal bei den Unterschieden zwischen der Original-Reihe und diesem Buch sind, was ist bitteschön mit den Dialogen passiert? Ich habe extra nochmal die alten Bücher abgestaubt und nachgesehen. Ja, völlig anders. Hier muss allerdings zu Stephenie Meyers Ehrenrettung gesagt werden, dass das die Übersetzer von Carlsen verbockt haben. Schämt Euch!

Zuviel „Bedward“

Da es sich um eine Erweiterung der „Twilight“-Reihe handelt, war mir ja klar, dass Bella einen großen Teil spielen würde. Dass es sich dabei aber eigentlich nur um eine viel zu ausführliche Nacherzählung von „Biss zum Morgengrauen“ handelt, war mir nicht klar. Wie gerne hätte ich etwas mehr über Edward erfahren. Wie ist er zu dem geworden, was er heute ist? Was ist kurz vor dem ersten Treffen mit Bella passiert? Und was ist passiert, als er nach Italien gereist ist, um Bella zu vergessen, und seinem Leben ein Ende zu bereiten? Nichts. Nur Bella und Edward…. Bedward…. ich hätte wirklich lieber im Bett bleiben sollen.

Es geht nur das Gefühlswirrwarr, das hin und her zwischen „Ich liebe sie“, und „ich darf sie nicht lieben“, und dem völlig seltsamen Verhalten von Edward, bei welchem er genau das Gegenteil von dem tut, was er sagt.

Auch neue Informationen suchen Fans vergeblich. Es ist wirklich nur ein „Hier ist die Liebesgeschichte, aber dies mal aus Edwards Perspektive“. Zumindest in diesem Punkt hat die Autorin nicht zu viel versprochen.

Trotzdem ist es für Leser unabdingbar, dass sie den ersten Band der Original-Reihe kennen. Sonst würden einige Dinge überhaupt keinen Sinn ergeben.

Unnötige „Cash Cow“

Was kann man also letztlich über „Biss zur Mitternachtssonne“ sagen?

Nun, zunächst einmal ist dieses Buch wirklich nur was für totale Hardcore-Fans (zu denen ich mich nicht zähle). Wer dem „schönen Vampir“ vollends verfallen ist, und lieber mit Bella getauscht hätte, der soll hier bedenkenlos zugreifen.

Für alle „normalen“ Fans fehlt aber einfach der Charme, und die Rückkehr nach Forks wird durch diverse kleine und große Probleme getrübt, angefangen von Edwards Dauer-Depression, über stupide Wiederholungen bis hin zu den geänderten Dialogen.

Scheinbar versucht Stephenie Meyer hier an frühere Erfolge anzuknüpfen, um das Twilight-Universum noch ein wenig zu melken. Das kann gut gehen („Biss zum ersten Sonnenstrahl – Das kurze zweite Leben der Bree Tanner“), in diesem Fall ist es aber nur ein unnötiger Cash-Cow-Rohrkrepierer.

Denn dass Stephenie Meyer auch außerhalb von „Twilight“ gute Geschichten erzählen kann, hat sie mit „Seelen“ eindrucksvoll bewiesen, ebenfalls ein Buch, dass mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Sie hätte Forks hinter sich lassen sollen, aber das ist nur meine Meinung.

Wäre dieses Buch eine Art „Interview mit einem Vampir“, also Edwards Lebensgeschichte, die an dem Punkt endet, als er auf Bella trifft, wäre ich vollends begeistert. So muss ich aber leider gestehen, dass dieses Buch für mich ein Fehlkauf war, der meinem Fan-Dasein absolut nichts gebracht hat.
Pitching Love And Catching Faith
Pitching Love And Catching Faith
I don't understand this movie. The plot makes zero sense. The guy is supposed to be Christian, I guess...?? He doesn't act like he is. The main couple behave inexplicably, one minute acting like they like each other, the next getting mad over nothing and refusing to talk; they apologize for nothing a few times...I just, I can't even. Nobody behaves like these people behave. If he's a Christian who wants to remain "pure", why is he dating a non-Christian girl who is trying to seduce him? At first, the movie suggests his baseball career depends on him dating her (as if that makes any sense...sure, baseball recruiters often jump to conclusions about who players are dating and then say they will only hire a player if he continues dating some random girl...), then just drops that motivation like it didn't exist.

Things just happen one after another with no logical connection or reason. People behave inexplicably and nothing ever makes sense. At one point, he hands her a "purity ring" and doesn't explain what it means, just says something about "make good choices." I am a Christian, and I am not even sure what a purity ring is supposed to mean...no sex before marriage, I am sure, but what about holding hands, kissing on the cheek, hugs? What does wearing it signify? Do you have to be a virgin to wear it? What if you wear one and make out...do you have to take it off? I don't know...how would the non-Christian girl know what the ring means?

I ended up not liking either of the main characters, and I didn't even care when things were resolved...I ended up mad at the way the final inexplicable flip-flop in behavior happened rather than happy. I don't understand why it is called "...Finding Faith" when no one finds faith...she isn't a Christian at the end of the movie...who found faith in what? where? when?

It's like it was written by a squad of teenagers with ADD who have seen some Christian movies and think they understand how humans behave... and they wrote each scene separately so none of it fits together and the characters behave randomly in different scenes. The production value (film quality, music, acting, etc.) was acceptable.
McBain's Ladies Too (The 87th Precinct Novels)
McBain's Ladies Too (The 87th Precinct Novels)
'McBains Ladies Too' is basically a companion piece to the first 'Ladies' book, featuring excerpts from earlier books of the long-running 87th Precinct series, but this time it focusses on the female antagonists and Bad Girls from the series. Included are some fan-favourites such as Virigina Dodge, who tries to blow up the 87th building with nitro, and the un-named "Girl" who ties up and taunts Steve Carella in 'Doll', as well as a few women who aren't genuine villians but still end up getting into bed (literally!) with baddies, such as Naomi Schneider from 'Eight Black Horses'.

It's an enjoyable enough collection for new and old fans alike, but is much less essential than the original 'Laides'. The first book dealt with characters that are present throughout large parts of the series (Teddy Carella, Eileen Burke), and whose backstory and development was scattered across many different books. So there was some merit in collecting all these disparate character moments from earlier novels into one single, logical narrative. No problems there.

In contrast, each of the characters from 'Too' were present in only one book, and there is no connection between any of them, so there's no real advantage in buying 'Too' instead of going out and getting the original novel. If you're intrigued by Virginia Dodge, you might as well read 'Killers Wedge' in its entirety, which fleshes out Virginia's story and gives it a context that these brief extracts lack. Likewise, you should read 'Doll' in full to properly understand why Steve has been imprisoned and what the Girl is after. If you're a more serious fan....yes it's nice to reconnect with some memorable Bad Girls, but the fact is you'll probably have already read the individual novels and know how the stories play out.

'Too' was not a bad idea in principle, but in practise it doesn't work as well as the original 'Ladies', and really you're probably better off just buying and/or re-reading the individual novels.
The Vampire Armand: The Vampire Chronicles
The Vampire Armand: The Vampire Chronicles
What makes Armand so fascinating is his love-hate relationship with Lestat and Anne Rice has totally satisfied our curiosity and hunger for more about Armand in this 6th book.

When Lestat first set eyes on Armand, he saw a face that was "..shining white and perfect, the countenance of a god it seemed, a Cupid out of Caravaggio, seductive yet ethereal, with auburn hair and dark brown eyes.." and a shock came through Lestat which he felt wasn't merely because of Armand's beauty but " the astonishing innocence of his boyish face." There is always a kind of vulnerability about Armand who was rescued from his doomed brothel fate and made a vampire by the powerful Marius when he was barely a teenager. After his accidental stint of heading up an evil coven with Satino, he pleaded to go with Lestat but had to reluctantly accept Lestat's offer to take over The Theatre of the Vampires so he could understand the age he lived in through its literature, music and arts.

We have the first glimpse of their love-hate relationship when Lestat came back defeated and almost destroyed by his fledglings Louis and Claudia. He blamed Lestat for coming back to him only for help and not his companionship. After throwing Lestat out, he went back pleading but Lestat's vicious observation was how "delicious it was, the hatred between us, or so I thought. Such unfamiliar excitement, to have him there to ridicule and despise." To Armand, Lestat is "..not a bad friend to have, and one for whom I would lay down my immortal life, one for whose love and companionship I have ofttimes begged, one whom I find maddening and fascinating and intolerably annoying, one without whom I cannot exist."

In time, Armand has lived his life time with Louis, Daniel and created the luxurious fantasy on earth, the splendid "Night Island" and went to Christ and back. But Armand has always been an abandoned child.

This 6th Vampire Chronicle devotes entirely to Armand and begins with his needs to be around Lestat who now lay motionless on the chapel's marble floor. David Talbot, the scholar vampire manages to persuade Armand to tell his story with him writing it down.

There is no adventure like Armand's adventure which is absolutely absorbing and thrilling all the way through with Armand sharing his intimate thoughts with us. It takes us right from the beginning when Marius made him a vampire and named him "Amadeo" the Beloved of God, to the hitherto unbeknown grotesque details of Claudia's last moments at his blundering hands, to the happy ending of all his love returned, by his Master, Marius, his companion, Louis and his much loved Lestat and most of all by his "children" Sybelle and Benji who love him as no one has ever loved him.
Cacciatori di diamanti
Cacciatori di diamanti
E' un libro d'avventura ma soprattutto di sentimenti, come l'odio, la rivalità, l'avidità, la nostalgia e l'amore, tutti collegati tra loro nei legami tra i componenti di una famiglia, o pseudo-tale. Il vecchio Jacobus Van der Byl, il patriarca della famiglia e proprietario di un'azienda diamantifera, rappresenta l'odio, l'ostilità nei confronti del protagonista Johnny Lance, che lui ha cresciuto ma che non è veramente suo figlio e che tuttavia ha più successo nella vita del suo figlio naturale Benedict; quest'ultimo, Benedict, rappresenta la rivalità e la gelosia nei confronti proprio del fratellastro Johnny, più in gamba di lui; Ruby Grange, la donna che sposa Johnny solo per trarne dei vantaggi personali e che poi lo tradisce con Benedict quando si rende conto che può tornarle più utile, rappresenta l'avidità e l'eccentricità. Infine il rapporto tra i due protagonisti Johnny e Tracey rappresenta la nostalgia e l'amore: dopo essere stati separati e non essersi più visti per anni, entrambi sentono la nostalgia dei tempi passati, quando crescevano in un mondo che non era corrotto dalla sete di potere o di denaro, ma che veniva vissuto pienamente e liberamente in mezzo alla natura; il loro amore, nato fin dall'infanzia e che finalmente può esprimersi, fa da sfondo a una straordinaria avventura alla ricerca di preziosi diamanti che possano salvare la Van der Byl Diamond, azienda in crisi, con Benedict che è disposto a tutto pur fermare Johnny e vendicarsi di lui.
For all its comedic intent, Jabberwocky is probably more what one would call claver and satirical, rather than sidesplittingly funny. Director Terry Gilliam knows the subject exceedingly well, and rather than tossing a lot of modern humour into a medieval setting (as would be typical in a Hollywood movie), the film pokes fun at various aspects of the period itself. And while the production never treats the viewer like a moron, much of Jabberwocky's humor can only be fully appreciated by the historically informed.

Jabberwocky's imagery is like Hyronimous Bosch paintings come to life, and like Bosch, Gilliam seems bent on relentlessly packing as much visual information into every frame as possible. The downside of Gilliam's approach is that the narrative can seem at times disjointed, even scatterbrained, but on the other hand this is a film that never once gets boring.

Shot on a low budget, the production quality is nevertheless terrific, and for all of its absurdities, everything in this movie looks completely real. That is, until the climax, at which point the monster is unveiled -- and resembles a giant chicken. Of course this is a comedy, so the monster's rather ridiculous appearance is more forgivable. In any case, Jabberwocky remains an impressive adventure-comedy, with an absolutely unique style that guarantees that it will never be confused with any other movie.

The DVD offers some nice supplemental material, including a commentary track by Gilliam and star Michael Palin, as well as production notes and Gilliam's original production sketches. In all, high scores for this original and offbeat film, and its DVD presentation.
Loungefly x Harry Potter Tattoo All-Over Print Passport Crossbody Bag
Loungefly x Harry Potter Tattoo All-Over Print Passport Crossbody Bag
This is the most I have ever spent on a purse. It was well worth it. This purse is absolutely beautiful. I get compliments all the time. Always Harry Potter Duh. My con is I wish it was just a smidge bigger as my wallet doesn’t fit as well as I wanted to and I did not want to have to buy a new wallet but it maybe my next purchase to match the purse.
Enesco Wizard World of Harry Potter Dumbledore with Fawkes Figurine, 10 Inch, Multicolor
Enesco Wizard World of Harry Potter Dumbledore with Fawkes Figurine, 10 Inch, Multicolor
Many figurines look static and many Harry Potter character figurines, particularly, don’t look anything like the image formed from the books and movies. But this is vibrant, with realistic facial features.

This is also the best representation of Fawkes I’ve seen. He looks majestic and the spread wings enhance the figurine. It took me a minute to figure out how to attach Fawkes until I noticed a rectangular space on the statue and a rectangular box on the front of Fawkes. You just push the two together.

I’m very happy with this piece. It’s fairly expensive but if you really like Harry Potter, it is worth the money. It comes in very protective packaging, too.
Ata-Boy Harry Potter Gryffindor House Crest Officially Licensed Patch, Pin and More!
Ata-Boy Harry Potter Gryffindor House Crest Officially Licensed Patch, Pin and More!
Crocheted a Harry Potter scarf for one of my grandchildren and ordered the patch to place on it. I was a bit worried that the patch wouldn't iron onto yarn, so I did it twice, and it is actually fairly stable. I tried to sew it around the edges, but I couldn't get a needle through the patch. It looks great on the scarf and UPS is delivering his scarf to him today. Looks like I'll need to order more ... Honeybee
LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar 75964 Building Kit (305 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar 75964 Building Kit (305 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
I'm torn on the Harry Potter Lego Advent calendar. I was looking forward to it. Yet while there are some interesting and unusual pieces, too much of it is very similar to what we already got in the Great Hall set---tables and benches, a fireplace, variations on House banners, and I'm particularly frustrated by repeat of the McGonagall and Dumbledore figures. After all, the Great Hall is such an essential part of the new series of Harry Potter Legos. I'd think that most people who are willing to spend $40 on an HP Advent calendar would have already bought the Great Hall. So it feels like there are a bunch of missed opportunities where Lego could have made more interesting selections for the Advent calendar.
It is interesting to think about how the calendar items could have been better, while still keeping with the HP year one theme to the set. For example, instead of repeating McGonangall, why not make a new Mrs. Weasley? I assume Lego will eventually release more Weasley family members in future sets, but it would be nice to have a new Mrs. Weasley in the meantime. And given that she made the personalized sweaters that were a special part of Harry's first Christmas at Hogwarts, it would have been particularly apt to have her included in this Advent calendar.
Instead of another dining table, it would have been better if Lego had included Harry's invisibility cloak as an Advent calendar item, since Harry received it on Christmas.
Likewise, I would have preferred if Lego included Filch instead of Flitwick for this Advent calendar. After all, Filch shows up when Harry uses the cloak to explore restricted section of the library. And the Filch Lego figure is harder to come by than Flitwick, since it is in the Whomping Willow set which is fairly pricey but far less essential than the Great Hall set.
And why couldn't Lego have done something new with the Dumbledore figure? Maybe dress him as Santa (since the year one Dumbledore already looks a lot like Santa), or at least add his tall wizard hat.
Of course, it is easy to suggest alternatives in hindsight. Don't let my comments cause you to lose sight of various charming parts of the new HP Advent calendar. I just hope that Lego includes more unusual pieces when they make the next HP Advent calendar.
Harry Potter Slytherin Crest Argyle Pattern Men's Crew Socks
Harry Potter Slytherin Crest Argyle Pattern Men's Crew Socks
We were super excited about getting the slytherin sock but after my husband wore the to work twice they already have holes in the toe. He works in an office so it's not like he was hard on them the two times he wore them to work. They look awesome but are cheaply made. We would not reccomend
Harry Potter 5 Pack No Show Ankle Socks (Slytherin)
Harry Potter 5 Pack No Show Ankle Socks (Slytherin)
As much as I love my house, I can't recommend these for any wide footed men at size 9. The back end of the sock clings onto my heel for dear life and it doesn't nothing to keep my shoe from shaffing my ankles. Would probably fit a child or woman but not me (if child/woman size is in the description then I poorly overlooked it)
Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - Gesprochen von Rufus Beck: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - Gesprochen von Rufus Beck: Harry Potter 7
Eigentlich steht das letzte Schuljahr in Hogwarts an, doch kann Harry nicht nur Schule zurückkehren. Denn Albus Dumbledore hat Harry eine Aufgabe zugewiesen. Zusammen mit Hermine und Ron begibt er sich auf eine gefährliche Reise durch das Land, um sich vor Voldemort zu verstecken und um die Heiligtümer des Todes zu suchen. Doch Harry weiß, dass er sich letztendlich entscheiden muss, obwohl es egal ist, was er tut: Lord Voldemort wird ihn erwarten.

Das Ende einer zauberhaften Geschichte. Leider. Joanne K. Rowling hat es geschafft, eine Saga zu erschaffen, die den Namen "Bestseller" verdient. Und so ist man sehr traurig, die letzte Seite zu lesen und das Buch vielleicht mit einem kleinen Seufzer zuzuschlagen. So erging es mir. Ich wollte noch mehr lesen, mich wieder nach Hogwarts begeben, noch mehr Geschichten von Harry, Ron und Hermine lesen.

Aber trotzdem geht man auch mit einem lachenden Auge, hat man doch so vieles erlebt, mit Harry gelitten, sich gefreut, getrauert, gelacht, geweint und geliebt. Er hat viele Freunde gefunden, die ihm immer zur Seite stehen, ihm Ratschläge erteilen und ihn so nehmen, wie er ist.

Joanne K. Rowlings kleiner Zauberlehrling hat sich nun redlich verdient, nicht mehr im Mittelpunkt zu stehen, obwohl er es bestimmt nicht schaffen wird, sich ganz aus irgendwelchen Abenteuern herauszuhalten.

Die Autorin hat mit ihrem unnachahmlichen Schreibstil und der genialen Idee ein kleines Universum geschaffen, in welches man noch viel hineininterpretieren kann. Und ich denke, dass sie noch nicht fertig ist und noch einiges folgen wird. Sei es nun nicht von Harry Potter, sondern von vielen, vielen anderen.

Der finale Band wartet mit einigen Überraschungen auf. Die letzte Schlacht gegen Voldemort ist aufwühlend. Viele finden den Tod, viele von denen man es nicht erwartet hätte.

Doch in allem sieht man letztendlich eins: Freundschaft und Liebe sind zwei der wichtigsten Dinge auf Erden.

Das fulminante Finale einer unendlichen Saga!
His Dark Materials - Season 1
His Dark Materials - Season 1
Being a lover of the books, I was thoroughly excited for the BBC TV series and, on the whole, it was absolutely brilliant! I ordered the steelbook shortly before Series 1 finished and it arrived in perfect condition. The box (with the beautiful multiple worlds design on the front) comes with four art cards (portraying Lyra, Marisa Coulter, Lord Asriel & Lee on the front and four posters which were posted to the @darkmaterials social media accounts last year on the back) as well as three discs: the first two contain three episodes each and the third the final two. Disc three also includes 5 special features (an introduction to HDM as well as four different features for: the building, adapting the novel, making the dæmons and the costumes) however these features have been uploaded to BBC social media previously and are nothing new (a shame they decided not to give a few more behind the scenes extras to fans who have paid for it).

The series itself is wonderfully acted (Ruth Wilson steals every scene she's in) and the sets are stunning - a hundred times better than the film of 2007 - although, as many have pointed out, there is a noticeable lack of background dæmons and a few poor decisions that were made which means some may not enjoy the series as mmuch as they could. Overall, this TV series is definitely a must-watch (easily one of the best BBC shows of 2019) and the steelbook a great addition to the collection of any Pullman fan.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Enchanted Postcard Book
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Enchanted Postcard Book
Als Postcrosser suche ich immer wieder nach schönen Karten, die ich durch die ganze Welt senden kann um andere zu begeistern. Da hier besonders oft Filmkarten und vor allem auch Harry Potter gewünscht würde, habe ich mir dieses Postkartenbuch zugelegt.

+ 3D Karten sind klasse
+ jede Karte ist mit passendem Zitat auf der Rückseite versehen
+ viel Platz zum beschriften
+ hübsche Logos am linken, unteren Rand jeder Karte
+ leicht aus dem Buch zu lösen

- teils schlecht ausgewählte Motive
- überwiegend unscharf, nicht gut gedruckt
- sehr dünnes Papier (außer 3D Karten)

Nach dem erhalt des Postkartenbuches, wollte ich zuerst die besonderen 3D Karten sehen und war von diesen sofort begeistert. Diese Karten sind aus sehr stabilem Papier, haben wunderschöne Motive, eine tolle Druckqualität und gute Effekte, wie z.B. Harry der durch das Bewegen der Karte seinen Besen 'in die Hand ruft'. Des Weiteren finde ich es sehr schön, dass jede der Postkarten mit einem zum Motiv passenden Zitat, sowie einem kleinen Logo auf der Rückseite versehen wurde, die trotzdem noch viel Platz für Text lassen. Dazu sind die Karten auf der Rückseite nicht foliert, sodass sie gut mit Kulli, Füller oder anderen Stiften beschrieben werden können, ohne beim darauffassen zu verwischen. Das herauslösen der Karten aus dem Buch funktioniert sehr gut, sodass die Gefahr eine Karte zu beschädigen nur sehr gering ist.

Nun zu den eher negativen Punkten, die mir bei dem Postkartenbuch aufgefallen sind:
Das erste ist, dass die nicht 3D-Karten auf recht dünnen Karton gedruckt wurden, der keinen sehr hochwertigen oder stabilen Eindruck macht. Da die Karten die ich bis jetzt versendet habe (u.a Taiwan und Russland) aber zumindest angekommen sind und ich keine negative Rückmeldung über den Zustand bekommen habe, ziehe ich hierfür keinen Stern ab.
Dies tue ich, aufgrund der vielen eher unscharfen Motive auf den Karten. So sind die Karten, die nur einzelne Charaktere (Portrait von Harry oder Ron) von guter Bildqualität und schönem Druck, die meisten anderen jedoch nicht. So sind viele Karten mit überladenem Bildaufbau, welcher eher unharmonisch scheint dabei und zusätzlich nur unscharf gedruckt, sodass ich mich frage, ob ich diese wirklich versenden möchte.

Alles in allem finde ich einige der Karten sehr schön und freue mich schon diese versenden zu können, muss aber auch sagen, dass mir die meisten Motive nicht gefallen. Daher würde ich das Postkartenbuch nicht wieder kaufen, auch wenn ich dann alle meine Karten versendet habe.
La batalla de Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White y cómo se fraguó un nuevo orden mundial (Sin colección) (Spanish Edition)
La batalla de Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White y cómo se fraguó un nuevo orden mundial (Sin colección) (Spanish Edition)
He aprendido mucho de macroeconomia leyendo este libro. Consigue relacionar los grandes eventos políticos y económicos del siglo XX con los acuerdos de Breton Woods, mostrando la gran influencia que tuvieron. Si bien es cierto que hay momentos pesados en los que parece que hacen falta muchos conocimientos de la materia para seguir el hilo, en otros consigue ser muy claro en la exposición y también entretenido, cuando cuenta ciertas cosas a la manera de una novela de espías.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: It's On Us
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: It's On Us
Macklemore continues to impress and release high quality music and intelligent lyrics. He speaks to a much wider audience than just rap listeners. I don't see Macklemore going anywhere anytime soon. His new release Downtown proves this. Hits after hits.
No Touch Door Open Tool 2pcs,Stylus Keychain Tool, EDC Door Opener,Used to Push The Elevator Button to Keep Both Hands Clean Keychain. (Rose+Silver)
No Touch Door Open Tool 2pcs,Stylus Keychain Tool, EDC Door Opener,Used to Push The Elevator Button to Keep Both Hands Clean Keychain. (Rose+Silver)
Today, there are many new products that can protect us from the COVID-19 virus. When I see it, I want it because every day I touch certain things with my hands, such as the buttons used to cross the road while walking and the automatic payment machine. I put it with my keyring to reduce contact with the virus, which I think is necessary during the epidemic.
Skyroam Solis Lite | 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot | Global Coverage | Up to 10 Connected Devices | Built in VPN | vSIM Technology, No SIM Card Needed | Make a WLAN
Skyroam Solis Lite | 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot | Global Coverage | Up to 10 Connected Devices | Built in VPN | vSIM Technology, No SIM Card Needed | Make a WLAN
I've had it a year now and only purchased 3 day passes worth because it's always SO Slow. I'm surprised they even charge for this slow of service and it doesn't matter where we're at. We can be someplace really busy or with virtually no-one around and cell towers in site and you still never get more that 1 Mbps download speeds, usually it's half of that. As I type this I'm within site of DFW airport and getting 490Kbps speeds.
Interesting that I can turn on my cell phone hotspot right next to this device and get 5 to 6 times faster Internet that way. The other issue is how close you need to be to connect at all to this device. If you're 50 feet away you might as well forget it. It's built in wifi signal is weak and, I tried connecting this to our portable router to improve the signal and this device broadcasts on a radio signal our modem can't connect to... must be 5g wifi only?
Last issue, half of the time we can't even get the device to communicate with its Home to activate so we spend more time messing with it than using it.
If you're US only, skip this thing and just go buy a real hotspot.
Power Rangers In Space 6.5-Inch Red Ranger Legacy Figure
Power Rangers In Space 6.5-Inch Red Ranger Legacy Figure
Muy bonito juguete, lo compre con un descuento, este tipo de juguetes son algo caros, algo que no me gusto es que cada power ranger de esta generacion trae una parte del megazord para que tu niño este de terco que quiere armar el megazor y tengas que comprarle los 5 power rangers, gracias pero no, solo le regale el rojo y listo! Hahahaha... Aún asi le dejo las 5 estrellas.

Lo bajo a 4 estrellas ya que creo que el juguete tiene demasiadas articulaciones, y es difícil para mi niño jugar con el y se desespera un poco, aun así es un muy bonito juguete.
Crazy Street Food In Japan
Crazy Street Food In Japan
The young Canadian man who narrates and takes us to all the restaurants has a very pleasant manner. The food looks delicious. We are even told what each dish costs in dollars, a very rare thing in documentaries; and it appears that if you stick to local emporia serving local food, you can eat in Japan quite inexpensively.

Unfortunately, international travel is unlikely to resume for a long time, so visiting Japan is not on our schedule. Pity, that, for once upon a time I could read Hiragana and Katakana, and I’m sure I could relearn them enough to navigate these little shops. Still, this is an enjoyable journey, albeit vicarious.
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets of the Leanest People in the World
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets of the Leanest People in the World
After reading this I can see why many people refer to it as 'the bible' of fat loss. Indeed, the book is thorough in every department and answered many questions I'd never got round to figuring out for myself. There are however one or two things I'd like to pick at, if I may, which I'll get to in a bit.

Firstly, the book is well structured. It's split into four sections; mindset, nutrition, cardio and weight training.

Mr Venuto is correct to point out that for anybody to make a body transformation, individuals must first have an important emotional reason to want to do so. By retaining an emotional need, you're more likely to stick with anything, not just a body transformation program.

It is the nutrition section that is by far the bulk of this book and goes into such incredible detail as to leave no questions unanswered. I'd often tried the 'protein dripping' approach, eating small amounts of protein at very regular intervals. The book has change my mindset on this slightly in that I may have been overkilling it somewhat. I'd also been making the cardinal error of, for many years, training on only oats, instead of oats and protein - No more. If anything, this section is worth the price of the book alone.

The cardio and weight sections are also very thorough, although admittedly, for me, I didn't learn a great deal of new stuff here other than a fresh approach and training method which I'll put into practice eventually.

One of my major problems with the training regime was that for leg days, it only leaves three days for recovery before the next leg day. I've always required a minimum of four but hopefully, with my new nutrition plan, this will be mitigated somewhat and I understand that this won't be a problem for everybody.

My biggest problem with the book, and it's quite a big one is as follows: The author states that it's not really possible to burn fat while gaining muscle at the same time. While yes, this is the truth, at least on some levels, it needn't be. It's true that fat burning and muscle building require your body to be in two opposing states, either a calorie deficit or a calorie surplus respectively. And while yes, this approach does work, there is indeed a way you can have both. At no point in the book does the author mention 'positive nitrogen balance.' Where you can be in a calorie deficit yet still build muscle because you're in a positive nitrogen balance.

I believe that HIIT 'high intensity interval training' can also aid you in this and yes the book does go into some detail about HIIT. However, I believe this could have been pushed more, to help the muscle building and speed up the fat loss in an even shorter period of time. HIIT is an essential element to fat burning and muscle building and can seriously speed up the process and I think the author could have pushed this more rather than relying on long 45+ minute cardio session when a more intense and shorter HIIT workout would do the job far better and faster, with added resistance training of course.

In conclusion; this book IS the bible of fat loss, but should be read in conjunction with one of the existing HIIT books to give you an even greater understanding and motivation at transforming your body quickly and healthily. My recommendation is
The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community
The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community
I live in a situation that requires the sharing of many resources, from space to items. I wanted to learn more about how to efficiently do this, and I happened on this treasure of a book. Nothing can cause resentment or irritation faster than mishandling someone else's items, no matter how close you are, and this book lays out the guidelines from small issues/things to huge and vast ones.

You might think a lot of this is common sense. I mean, things like siting down and coming up with a contract or personal rule list for communal property seems obvious. Yet, how many of us have done things like this? This book basically takes the experience of the authors and writes it out for the rest of us to apply in a practical and easy manner. I can't tell you how many times I remember friends saying, "It won't be an issue! My neighbor/spouse/SO/friend/mother-in-law will understand!" This will hopefully avoid a few of those problems we all encounter, which can potentially ruin relationships.

The book is quite thorough, and covers everything from items, land, large group purchases (tools) to services like sharing childcare/carpooling. It is also pointed out that not only does successful sharing save money, but it's environmentally good in some cases, and most of all, good sharing can save a relationship from getting ruined. I actually am tempted to recommence this book to friends getting married and moving in together, too. I think it's a great asset to anyone who will find themselves in such a situation, or for those who want to start sharing.

Sustainability is something we should all strive for. This is an excellent place to start.
Feel Good Classics Christmas: 100 Songs to Make Your Feel Happy During the Holidays
Feel Good Classics Christmas: 100 Songs to Make Your Feel Happy During the Holidays
Excellent Christmas music at a bargain price! I bought this on a flyer, thinking there wasn't much risk involved, given its price; I was pleasantly surprised to find one hundred classical Christmas songs, like you may have heard when you were growing up. None of the songs sound silly, and there's no modern day bling or spin like so many Christmas songs have these days. People of all ages will enjoy this music.
Sensen 100330-fs-ss delantero, conductor y Passenger Side Par de Complete Strut Assembly
Sensen 100330-fs-ss delantero, conductor y Passenger Side Par de Complete Strut Assembly
I have used 5100's on my titan for years. The shocks are wonderfully built but the hat on the piston is horribly undefined and they tend to blow through the spring cap with time. I decided to go with a less aggressive shock that was pre-built These fit the bill. I mated these up to a 3" spacer kit, I did need to compress the spring in order to turn the cap so it aligned correctly. I don't think this is an issue with steel spacers. On the road these feel great, just like stock. I live on a unmaintained dirt road and these soak up the ruts nicely as well. I am very happy with this and my truck feel sooo much better.

10-25-19 Update:
Now that I have had these a year and 1/2, the ride is still great but they do rust a bit. I live in NM so I am sure they would rust more on the coast.
A-Star Genuine Sheepskin Single Rug - 2x3 Sheep Skins (Brown)
A-Star Genuine Sheepskin Single Rug - 2x3 Sheep Skins (Brown)
BUYER BEWARE : I took it to a sheepskin shearer and he laughed at me. The pelt of the wool isn't legitimate with what genuine sheepskin is. I told him that I was trying to find the best value sheepskin pelt and he said you basically paid $31- for Faux sheepskin. I laughed and so I returned it.
VAST Merino Fleece English Saddle Seat Saver Sheepskin Cushioon
VAST Merino Fleece English Saddle Seat Saver Sheepskin Cushioon
Absolutely LOVE this saddle cushion! I got the package and as soon as i had excitedly ripped it open, i fell in love. It was SO SOFT! I ran out to my barn to put it on my saddle (a relatively comfy saddle but a bit slippery) and I loved the way the white looked on the brown of my saddle. So i ran to fetch the horse that this wonderful butt cushion was to be used with. This horse is a hyper one. A bouncy, hyper one. The kind that trots on the hot walker for a half hour and is still really to buck and run. (Dont get me wrong, he’s sweet, he just likes to play) so he takes off at his bouncy trot, and OH MY GOOD LORD I BARELY FELT MYSELF COMING IN CONTACT WITH THE SADDLE. The playful hops and kicks and the butt and back torturing trot were barely noticeable. It is like riding on a cloud or a soft pillow. There is no more slipping around in the saddle for my new riders. I do eventing and even though it stops the slipping, I still have the freedom to do jumping. The saddle that I use this on is an 17” jumping saddle. It fits my 19” dressage saddle and my all 16” purpose saddle fine. So if you are questioning weather or not to get this, it is comfortable, it will fit you saddle if its over 15”, it is definitely worth the price, and it looks great with brown and black.
Social Humour: Kaliyug Purana (कलियुग पुराण) (First Expansion Pack of Social Humour)
Social Humour: Kaliyug Purana (कलियुग पुराण) (First Expansion Pack of Social Humour)
1. The quality of the packaging is great
2. The quality of the cards is much much better than earlier. They’re much more glossier and slippery :)
3. The content... as of now, a quick look through the cards, and they do look much better than the original Social Humour, since that contained a lot of cards that were blatantly ripped off from the original CAH.

I really wish Social Humor 2.0 drops soon with purely non repetitive cards... none repeated from CAH and none from this expansion pack. I would definitely buy SH 2.0.

This looks like a true expansion. Hope to see more vulgar cards involving politics in the future expansion packs. Good luck guys!
UTT AC1220GW Dual Band Wireless WiFi Router AC 1200 High Power – VPN – Load Balance & Failover – Gigabit Ethernet – USB – Access Control – for Business
UTT AC1220GW Dual Band Wireless WiFi Router AC 1200 High Power – VPN – Load Balance & Failover – Gigabit Ethernet – USB – Access Control – for Business
Setting this up was relatively easy and painless but documentation is abysmal and you have to guess on most of the advanced functions on how they actually work. This would be a nice buy on paper for a dual wan setup but after using it for 9 months, I got rid of it because:

- UTT has never provided any update to the firmware in the 9 months I have owned it. Ridiculous if you follow the security issues which have been discovered in the same period which affect any linux based router.
- Login to the router is done over HTTP (no TLS), so your password is pretty much available to anyone that is connected to the same network
- Load balancing function is a joke as there is no way (manual or automatic) for this system to detect the wan is back to active after a failure. You need to reboot the router for it to start revalidating the main link.
- The system abruptly stopped to route packets to the Lan ports for no visible reason and this was not solved by reseting the router to default nor refreshing it. I did not bother to contact support because it gave me the right excuse to replace it as I was tempted to do for a while because of the above issues.

I therefore would not recommend this to anyone even though the wifi signal was pretty good and the price very reasonable.
Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
I ordered this router through Amazon, along with its sister PCMCIA card for my Gateway Solo laptop. My goal was merely to broadcast the Comcast Digital Cable access throughout my 2,000 square feet home at the faster 802.11g speed. I wanted to surf the Web from the comfy couch in the TV room or a cozy chair in the living room...my choice -- no wires involved. I have never installed a network, so a lot of the literature, reviews on Amazon, and other sources of information were lost on me: I simply went with the big name brand at a reasonable price.
I installed the router in about 20 minutes using the accompanying CD. Lights were flashing, and the hard connection to my laptop recognized the router. Flipped up the 5 inch rabbit ears and seemed to be in business. All-in-all pretty seamless. I had high hopes that I'd be wirelessly surfing soon. This was pretty exciting to me, as I am still running on Windows 98SE, and worried that I might encounter difficulties.
The installation of the sister WPC54G PCMCIA card didn't go so well. Again, I ran it instruction-by-instruction from the installation CD, and while the Linksys software seemed to install OK, the procedure tripped up when attempting to install a program called 'Odyssey' from a firm called Funk Software, Inc. The program kept looking for drivers, requesting that I insert the Microsoft Windows 98SE disk in my drive. I don't have a Microsoft disk, but a Gateway OEM version that apparently has Microsoft Windows 98SE, but not the specific drivers that Odyssey needs. To sum up, I spent several hours, all told, surfing Microsoft, Linksys, and Funk Software knowledgebase pages, downloading stuff, booting and rebooting my laptop, before giving up and going to bed frustrated. Tried again in the morning, and somehow, I still don't know how, hit the right combination of set up protocols that suddenly energized the PCMCIA card. I went from zero to eighty in no time, and my profanities turned to whoops of joy.
The best online help came from Funk Software, where I found a customer service technician at the help desk who answered my emails. His solution: as I was running a simple home office network (not a corporate enterprise solution) and I didn't employ a RADIUS server (whatever that is?) I shouldn't need Odyssey, so gave me good instructions on how to eradicate it from my PC. Still not entirely sure what Odyssey purports to do, so perhaps I'm missing some benefit?
Nonetheless, the router and card in my laptop are communicating nicely throughout the house...no connections further than 3 walls and 150 feet. Speed is excellent. I stepped through the setup of what I suppose is a rudimentary firewall (clicked a box marked 'Firewall enabled') and turned on WEP 128. I hope to figure out WPA next, and I hope that Odyssey is not part of this set up, but in the final analysis I am pleased with the product, happy I didn't have to pay a consultant, and sending this report to Amazon wirelessly from my comfy chair!
Experience of user: None.
Total install time: 5 hours
Biggest problem: Firmware for WPC54G card missing drivers
Walkers Nonsuch Regaliz Toffee 150 g bolsa x2
Walkers Nonsuch Regaliz Toffee 150 g bolsa x2
I too was a big fan of Callard & Bowser's licorice toffees and was very disappointed when they were no longer available. I have tried several other licorices and found nothing close them. I even found a recipe and tried making my own. They weren't bad, but still not quite right.

After reading the positive reviews that mentioned that this was the closest thing to Callard & Bowser's, I decided to give them a try. I tentatively tried my first one and was very impressed. The flavor was right; the texture may be a tiny bit firmer than C&B, but it's pretty darn close. I'm very glad it came as a two bag package.

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