Rosemary Cruz

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Step-by-Step Beginners' Guide to Learn Programming: The Complete Introduction Guide for Learning the Basics of C, C#, C++, SQL, JAVA, Javascript, PHP, and Python: A Practical Programming Language Course
Step-by-Step Beginners' Guide to Learn Programming: The Complete Introduction Guide for Learning the Basics of C, C#, C++, SQL, JAVA, Javascript, PHP, and Python: A Practical Programming Language Course
Step-by-Step Beginners' Guide to Learn Programming: The Complete Introduction Guide for Learning the Basics of C, C#, C++, SQL, JAVA, Javascript, PHP, and Python: A Practical Programming Language Course by Kevin Cooper and Tyler McGuire. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL(TM): The Complete Reference
MySQL(TM): The Complete Reference
MySQL(TM): The Complete Reference by Vikram Vaswani. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Oracle Database 12c PL/SQL Programming
Oracle Database 12c PL/SQL Programming
Oracle Database 12c PL/SQL Programming by Michael McLaughlin. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7 by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 10564 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Tales Of Beedle The Bard: Illustrated Ed
Tales Of Beedle The Bard: Illustrated Ed
Tales Of Beedle The Bard: Illustrated Ed by J K Rowling. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 167 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Pride and Pleasure
Pride and Pleasure
Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 427 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 60 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Sun Dog
The Sun Dog
The Sun Dog by Stephen King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 421 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Misery by King, Stephen (2011) Paperback
Misery by King, Stephen (2011) Paperback
Misery by King, Stephen (2011) Paperback by Stephen King. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 106 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Casa Negra / Black House (Spanish Edition)
Casa Negra / Black House (Spanish Edition)
Casa Negra / Black House (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 30 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition)
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition)
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King and Marta I. Gustavino. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
SQL Tricks (Advanced Database Programming)
SQL Tricks (Advanced Database Programming)
SQL Tricks (Advanced Database Programming) by Chris Fehily. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Mastering SQL Queries for SAP Business One
Mastering SQL Queries for SAP Business One
Mastering SQL Queries for SAP Business One by Gordon Du. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Hello Ruby: Expedition to the Internet
Hello Ruby: Expedition to the Internet
Hello Ruby: Expedition to the Internet by Linda Liukas. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Julia for Data Science
Julia for Data Science
Julia for Data Science by Zacharias Voulgaris. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
tmux 2: Productive Mouse-Free Development
tmux 2: Productive Mouse-Free Development
tmux 2: Productive Mouse-Free Development by Brian P. Hogan. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Programming the Microsoft Bot Framework: A Multiplatform Approach to Building Chatbots (Developer Reference)
Programming the Microsoft Bot Framework: A Multiplatform Approach to Building Chatbots (Developer Reference)
Excellent book! I heartily recommend the book to anyone who wants to delve into this innovative technology from Microsoft, starting from the basics and reaching advanced topics such as the creation of personalized control channels or the integration with voice, mail, SMS and web services, as well as with Microsoft Cognitive Services, which empower modern applications based on Artificial Intelligence.

Unfortunately, two of the APIs on which the code examples included in the book are based, Wine.com and Groove, were retired by their respective creators after the book was sent to print. But this fact, in my humble opinion, does not impact at all the understanding of the underlying concepts, which are presented in a clear and didactic manner. Anyways, the author has rewritten all that sample source code using dummy data and the Spotify API (which is the Groove replacement, at the end of the day) and made it available from his blog.
A Fable (Vintage International)
A Fable (Vintage International)
William Faulkner considers A Fable his masterpiece. It won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1955 (one of only a handful of books to win both in the same year). These accolades, however, have not led to widespread acclaim or longevity for the novel, and for years it was relegated to afterthought status, deemed "minor" Faulkner, and available only as a cheap, hard to read paperback or as a part of an expensive anthology.

As Faulkner is my favorite writer, and as I am, by nature, a completist, I read A Fable (a library copy that was easier to read than the pulp paperback) a few years back, despite the warnings that it was difficult - even impossible -to read, despite the cautions that slogging through it was not worth the effort...and I loved it.

Now that Vintage International has re-released it (along with most of Faulkner's other novels) in a beautiful new paperback edition, I decided to reread it, apprehensive that I might have overestimated the novel's strengths, having been 26 when I first read it - but I had not. If anything, I found the novel even more brilliant and illuminating on second reading.

This is not your typical Faulkner (as another reviewer pointed out) but it is far from "minor" Faulkner. This book is, at times, difficult, but what Faulkner isn't? - and who would even consider reading any Faulkner if they didn't want to be challenged? And, when compared to some of his other masterworks (The Sound and the Fury or Absalom, Absalom! for example) it is actually a quick, surprisingly easy read.

A Fable has much in common with the aforementioned Absalom, Absalom! in that it focuses more on the human condition and the various aspects of human nature than on character-driven narrative. The characters here, as in Absalom, Absalom! are allegorical representations of diverse facets of humanity, playing out, in their myriad interactions, the eternal struggles we have faced for millennia (the endeavoring for peace in uncertain times, the concepts of forgiveness, and bravery, and heroism, and love, the striving to find meaning and redemption in the world). The lack of traditional characterization in no way undermines A Fable's emotional impact, for we can see, as a result, expressions of ourselves - and our world and history - within these characters.

While A Fable essentially tells (allegorically) the story of Christ and his Apostles, culminating in his "crucifixion" and eventual "resurrection" in the French trenches of World War I, it is not really a religious novel; it never gets bogged down in religious theology, never seems heavy-handed, never becomes either preachy or blasphemous. So too with its anti-war themes: it makes its case by focusing on war as a curse of mankind (and a product of our species' ongoing internal conflict), not by politicizing it or proselytizing upon it. As a result, A Fable achieves a universality found only in the best works of literature, speaking to that that is good - and not so good - in all of us.

The rewards of reading this book cannot be overstated: this is vast, inspired, passionate and virtuosic writing. (Consider the following description: "Her face [was] quite empty for the moment but with something incipient and tranquilly promising about it like a clean though not-yet-lighted lamp on the kitchen bureau.") A Fable is Faulkner at his best, and that is really saying something. Hopefully, now that Vintage International has brought it out in an edition worthy of its merits, it will continue to receive, on a larger and larger scale, the attention and commendation that is deserves. For A Fable is not just a Faulkner masterpiece; it is a literary masterpiece, a masterpiece of all time.
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.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
When I walked into Barnes & Noble two weeks ago, I wasn't actually looking to purchase a book. Usually, I go in, browse for 30 minutes, and get out. But when I walked around to the Physics and Science section, the first thing I saw was Elon Musk's face.

Inevitably, I picked it up and began reading.

2 pages in, I decided I was in this for the long haul and sat on the floor, right there in the middle of the store. 15 pages in, my friends finally found me and forced me to leave. But I couldn't part with this. I needed this book. Those first 15 pages captured me like so few books do (in fact, only one book in the past year has totally stolen my attention like this).

So I bought Elon Musk feeling on top of the world and excited to keep reading.

I travel a lot between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA, so, since I'm in the middle of taking classes in Pittsburgh, I swore to only read this book on the bus, because I knew once I picked it up again, I wouldn't put down.

I was right.

The next day, I got on the bus, got to reading, and tuned out the world. Three hours later, I was nearly halfway through -- and WOW. Vance's writing style flowed right through my mind. No clunky sentences, no jarring phrases. It's such an easy book to read, despite the complex nature of the contents.

Elon Musk, if you don't know, is a biography. Yes, a biography. You'd expect the case-study of someone's life to be boring and uneventful, dragging until the very end.

This wasn't the case at all.

Vance opens the book at an interview with Elon Musk himself. The first line, a quote from Musk, "Do you think I'm insane?", perfectly captures the whole context of the biography. Because as you experience the story, as you see the challenges Musk went through to reach the pinnacle he's at today, the question nags at you. Musk isn't soft-spoken, or easy on his employees, or a man who kicks his legs up on his desk and snoozes while his companies mill around him. Vance shows how Musk is both the CEO and an employee of his companies, simultaneously the teacher and student. He gets in the work, asks all the right questions, gives all the right orders. His vision is THE vision, and if you get in the way, Musk has been known to fire you on the spot.

Musk breaks every convention, every tradition, every standard. Vance takes you deep into the details, from Musk's childhood and lineage in South Africa, all the way to Canada and the United States, where the bulk of the story unfolds.

When Musk looks at big businesses, he sees unmovable behemoths that refuse to change their methodologies. American innovation became a thing of the past. Technology and industry was growing - but nowhere near as fast as it should. So we follow Musk's journey from his small start-ups, Zip2 and X.com, and move into his larger, more permanent ventures, namely SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity.

I myself am a huge fan of Elon Musk. Still, until the past year or two, I only thought of him as "that guy who made SpaceX" and "that guy who runs Tesla." Until reading this book, I never knew the struggle -- no, the hell he went through to make and keep these companies. You think, oh, he just has a lot of money.

Yeah, now he does. But did you know SpaceX and Tesla were hours away from going bankrupt? Did you know that the Falcon 1 rocket kept failing, and one more failed launch literally meant the end of SpaceX? Did you know SpaceX tested these rockets on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and would fix problems they encountered in a matter of days, as compared to months by standard companies?

This book is the first time Musk has explicitly let anyone interview him for a biography. Aside from a few questionable quotes that have been publicly denounced by Musk after the publication of this book, we're still given a tremendous amount of insight into his head and how he runs the companies. Vance interviewed more than 300 people and spent over two years compiling this account. And I have to give credit to how up-to-date the information is. There are several events Vance mentions that occurred into 2015, such as the first landing attempt of Falcon 9 on the sea barge, which took place in January, and he refers to the second attempt as being in a couple weeks, which means that Vance included this information on a very tight deadline, probably mid-March (the second landing attempt happened on April 14, 2015).

I want to congratulate you, Mr. Vance. Well done. Very well done. I'm going to reread this book in a few weeks (probably after the scheduled June 19th third Falcon 9 landing attempt, this time on solid ground, as opposed to a barge). Anyone who wants a ridiculously thorough insight into Elon Musk's life and companies should read this book. It had me from Page 1 all the way to Page 363, and even the appendices that come after.

This is an incredibly inspiring book, a important look into a game-changing business strategy, and a valuable lesson to the world. As Musk says, "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."
Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Rarely, you get a chance to get perspective on impact of Technology innovation on societies by a legal counselor, who understands both the nuances and capabilities of new technologies and also different perspectives and concerns around these technologies seen from wide range of stakeholders.

What, if government asks for an enterprise data from tech company, at the same-time restrict the tech company to let the concerned enterprise know about the request? What if the government asks of global tech companies, for information that resides in data-center located in another country? The bigger question is that shall as owner of my face, do I deserve to be asked by tech companies before using my facial signature for whatever purpose, especially when I fear this may lead to bias or discrimination?

Brad smith brings to life, with help of instances, the balancing acts tech companies have to ensure, between individual and enterprise privacy rights and governments rights to know for genuine reasons of preventing or investigating crimes or public safety, for example. He goes on to describe the evolutionary path tech sector has gone through to help address these challenges situations in a principled, legally supported (CLOUD ACT), technology enabled (say encryption) manner, and also given the Microsoft’s stand on some of the contentious concerns.

The initiatives and demands made by some governments (Denmark, NZ or EU) often forces global tech companies to develop solutions that would become easy to be offered across the globe. Microsoft commitment to offer same level of protection to all customers irrespective of their location across the globe, means that the most demanding customers or stringent regulations define the base level for privacy for all, across the globe.

Brad presents a very balanced assessment of likely impact of AI on workforce, using impact of introduction of automotive and replacement of horses as historical disruption that created new industries (eg. Consumer credit) and decimated existing ones (farms producing horse feeds, eg.). Yes, in the intermediate, there would be economic losers and winners, but in the long run technological advancements leads to overall improvement in quality of life for all. Most important question, and most difficult to answer, is how soon will AI type of technologies become mainstream! Agreed.

As Bill gates puts it, BRAD SMITH offers a clear view of the questions raised by new technologies- and yes, also his suggestions of path forward, that needs considered deliberations among the stakeholders- Governments and Company Management.

Governments, especially within democracies, needs to act fast to match the pace of technology innovation. Brad suggests that governments approach towards regulation needs to be similar to introducing minimum viable product (regulations) and then build up as more data, experience and understanding comes their way. Waiting to understand technology in its full nuances and its impact in totality, in quest for comprehensive fool-proof regulation may not work.

As Technology companies are global, their effective regulation would require multi-lateral comity of nations coming together to design and agree to global standards and principles for regulations- which in increasingly complex world is difficult to achieve. Brad has hope on the part of the 75 odd democratic nations to form coalition of the willing, to develop some common regulatory provisions and principles, with US taking the necessary lead.

Self-regulation within companies, are within the control of Companies Boards and can provide necessary support in gaining and retaining stakeholders trust. Brad proposes principles based approach to handling issues then case-to case handling of instances and then sticking to principles, whatever be the cost help retain trust. Microsoft, own decision by its ethics committee to refuse selling facial recognition technology to Government, on citizens liberty concerns, is a case in point.

Brad has very well brought forth the issues and concerns facing linked to technology innovation and the increasing might and responsibilities of global tech companies in defining better future for the globe, working with stakeholders in a proactive, engaged and enlightened manner.

Off-course- this book is of interest to all, besides lawyers and tech-professionals for whom it falls in must-read category. Don’t read too much in its title though!
The Power of Mandate: How Visionary Leaders Keep Their Organization Focused on What Matters Most
The Power of Mandate: How Visionary Leaders Keep Their Organization Focused on What Matters Most
I work for a 60 year old company that had the original entrepreneur running it for the first 55 years. When one of his ideas didn't work, he quickly moved onto the next idea. As long as something worked, it wasn't negotiable. After he sold the business, the new owners brought in a group of leaders who were all over the place. Everyone's ideas, even conflicting ones, were implemented all at the same time. And the worst part was, none of them new anything about the business or tried to learn about it. It was all about driving sales at any cost. To employees and customers! They were dismissed by the board in a blaze of glory as the masses cheered. We now have one person in charge again, who knows the business, is committed to keeping employees happy so we can keep our customers satisfied. We now have new non-negotiable guidelines that have been clearly communicated. And they actually are ones that make sense. Sure, with thousands of employees, many will not be pleased with the changes because they are a disagreeable type with no vision of their own future. This book hits a nerve with my career experience. However, it goes on and on with tired examples of exceptionally famous people and their rehashed life stories. If you are just starting out and looking for mentors to give you a vision, mould your career strategy, give you hope that you will one day become a visionary leader, that you, too can become a billionaire, then you should read this book for inspiration. If you are currently in a leadership position, and wondering what you are doing wrong, yeah, it's too late to get ideas from this book. If you experiment with a new management style now with the same staff, you'll get mocked out of a job. And for heaven's sake, if you don't know what you are doing, think you can fool people with bolsterous retoric, see panic and disbelief in the eyes of everyone you talk to, and know in your heart and mind that you are in over your head, just resign, and run for president of the United States.
Why Elon Musk Is The Most Important Person Of The Digital Era, How Elon Musk Will Profoundly Change The World, And The Innovative Technologies That Elon Musk’s SpaceX Company Have Developed
Why Elon Musk Is The Most Important Person Of The Digital Era, How Elon Musk Will Profoundly Change The World, And The Innovative Technologies That Elon Musk’s SpaceX Company Have Developed
Why Elon Musk Is The Most Important Person Of The Digital Era, How Elon Musk Will Profoundly Change The World, And The Innovative Technologies That Elon Musk’s SpaceX Company Have Developed by Dr. Harrison Sachs. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Kroki w nieznane (Polish Edition)
Kroki w nieznane (Polish Edition)
Kroki w nieznane (Polish Edition) by Richard Branson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
The Water Dancer: A Novel
The Water Dancer: A Novel
The prose is magjestic(not a typo, a combination of magnificent and majestic). And the reason why I lead with that is simply, the magjesty(not a typo)will keep you going when this bold and very ambitious novel drags a little under the weight of the challenge of crafting a story about the ills and evils of slavery, without the loudness.

“It always happened like this—that is what I had been told. Bored whites were barbarian whites. While they played at aristocrats, we were their well-appointed and stoic attendants. But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out. New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board. It was terrifying. There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father would allow them to do.”

The foundation of this novel is slavery, and the story is told in a whisper, not a shout, but it so fits the protagonist Hiram Walker. Hiram is the enslaved son of the master, Howell Walker on Lockless, a tobacco plantation in Virginia.

In a nod to that whisper I mentioned, Coates avoids the use of master, masters, slaves, enslaved, etc. instead of employing those terms so familiar to us all concerning slavery, Coates boldly creates a new language referring to the master class as the “Quality” and the enslaved as the “tasked.”An interesting choice of terms that speaks to ambition and boldness, no?

Although Hiram Walker is tasked in the house of his father and enjoys some ‘privilege’ he still pines for freedom. “So as to my freedom, the events stood thus: I knew that I would never advance beyond my blood-bound place at Lockless.”

In his quest for freedom, there are some costly miscalculations and Hiram suffers some setbacks that lead to greater comebacks as he becomes active in the famed Underground Railroad. Hiram is blessed with the power of conduction, not just in the regular sense of the word, but in a magical realism sense.

He has experienced this power in him during a near death drowning at Lockless, but has never learned how to harness this power at his demand. That all changes when he meets none other than Moses herself, Harriet Tubman while working the underground.

I find it very curious to write this conduction business as magical realism(for lack of a better term) because I think it diminishes all the courageous and daring actions taken by those on their way to freedom.

It feels dismissive of what one had to endure to reach freedom, and in some ways denies the obvious brilliance and bravery of a Harriet Tubman who chose to return to the coffin(slavery in the Deep South) again and again and..... I love Coates’ writing but I am not enamored with that choice.

Having said that, I still enthusiastically recommend this novel, just superbly written with a cast of engaging characters, some intrigue, some thrills, and yes some horror, but not written horrifically( the whispering). I’m certain this book will garner a multitude of discussion and commerce. Ta-Nehisi Coates can now confidently add novelist to his writing career! Thanks to Netgalley and OneWorld-Random House Publishing for an ARC. Book is out 9/24/2019.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone (Historical American Biographies)
Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone (Historical American Biographies)
In this biography Henry Ford is born in Dearborn, Michigan in 1863. Henry at the age of twelve starts to build watches. His father notices his talent and sets up Henry for a job at the Flowers Brothers Machine Shop. Later in 1896 Henry finished building a Quadricycle in his garage. Henry and his friend Jim Bishop had worked hard on it for months. Finally, Henry finished it. As he tried to take the car out of his he relized it wouldn't fit. So he took an object and smashed the brick garage so the car could come it. It was pouring rain. Later in 1908 he created the first Model T and sold it for $850. Then he dropped the price to $575 dollars without the assembly line. Then when he used the assembly line to make the first car start to finish on the assembly line the priced dropped again to $290. It stayed that way until 1927.
I give Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone a ranking of 8 out 10. I really liked the book because it had facts that I could not find anywhere else. It says on page 14 "His mother did of complications after childbirth." That was one example of a fact that I could not find anywhere else. Another is, on page 27 "Ford was thrilled to meet Thomas A. Edison, who was duly impressed when someone told him about the gasoline powered car." I could not find a piece of information as detailed as that anywhere else.
Somethings I didn't like was it didn't go into detail on some of his other achievements beside Model T and the assembly line.
I recommend this book for people who are interested in cars or Henry Ford. They would like this book because it talks about his greatest achievement and was easy to read.
Artwu Donald Trump,Crossing,The Swamp Wall Art Home Wall Decorations for Bedroom Living Room Oil Paintings Canvas Prints 3 sizes-716 (24x36inch(Framed))
Artwu Donald Trump,Crossing,The Swamp Wall Art Home Wall Decorations for Bedroom Living Room Oil Paintings Canvas Prints 3 sizes-716 (24x36inch(Framed))
Awesome! See if you can identify all the faces of several past and current Trump administration officials. But be careful unwrapping the actual picture. It's tightly bubble-wrapped. Therefore, the picture could be accidentally cut while trying to remove the bubble-wrap from it. The frame isn't high quality, so re-frame it, if frame quality is important to you.
The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning
The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning
“Written by a world-renowned professor of personality, this is the best book for serious students of Donald Trump’s psychology. It will be around years from now when people want to know what made Trump tick. Unlike authors who simply relate Trump’s history and behind the scenes actions, McAdams covers those events and then places them within the context of modern developmental personality theory. While this may sound dull, the book is, instead, simultaneously a page turner about Trump and an education in the science of personality.” –Arthur Nielsen, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and faculty, The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Best Soul Songs Ever
Best Soul Songs Ever
If you, like me, think that any song book should contain in it's description the COMPLETE list of songs contained in the book, then you may want to know that sometimes for the Hal Leonard books you can visit their site and get to that list, buried on a sub-tab if you can find the product.

For this book, their search engine couldn't find it by title, but did find the 10 digit ISBN number. And I was able to locate the full song list. It is:

1. Do Right Woman Do Right Man
2. I've Been Loving You Too Long
3. Mr. Pitiful
4. Private Number
5. Respect Yourself
6. Come To Mama
7. Let's Get It On
8. I'll Take You There
9. I Can't Stand The Rain
10. Let's Stay Together
11. Sixty Minute Man
12. Think
13. Hold On I'm Comin'
14. B-a-b-y
15. Who's Making Love
16. Last Night
17. Tired Of Being Alone
18. Call Me (Come Back Home)
19. Here I Am, Come And Take Me
20. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
21. What A Man
22. In The Rain
23. Candy
24. Cheaper To Keep Her
25. I Forgot To Be Your Lover
26. I Got A Sure Thing
27. I Like What You're Doing To Me
28. I Want Someone
29. I'll Be The Other Woman
30. I've Been Lonely (For So Long)
31. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)
32. Jump Back
33. Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
34. The Chokin' Kind
35. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
36. I Pity The Fool
37. Blues Stay Away From Me
38. Baby I'm For Real
39. Let Me Be Good To You
40. Cry Baby
41. Green Onions
42. I Got You (I Feel Good)
43. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
44. I Thank You
45. In The Midnight Hour
46. Just One Look
47. Knock On Wood
48. Lonely Teardrops
49. Living For The City
50. Mr. Big Stuff
51. Mustang Sally
52. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
53. Never Can Say Goodbye
54. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
55. Patches
56. A Rainy Night In Georgia
57. Respect
58. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
59. Soul Man
60. Soul Serenade
61. Theme From Shaft
62. Up The Ladder To The Roof
63. Walk On By
64. What'd I Say
65. What's Going On
66. Woman To Woman
67. Hard To Handle
68. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
69. Gee Whiz
70. Tramp
71. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher

It looks like a decent collection of songs. I didn't buy it and haven't seen the quality of the transciptions so take my rating with a grain of salt. I just wanted to provide the song list.
I did knock off 1 star for the product listing here not including that.
Complete 1951 Pasadena Concerts + 5 Bonus Tracks
Complete 1951 Pasadena Concerts + 5 Bonus Tracks
Two concerts from Pasadena 1951 which contain all recorded material from the two concerts, here on this 2 cd set. The January performance features the original all-stars with Cozy Cole replacing Sid Catlett on drums. It’s a top notch concert and pretty much a must have.

The December concert features a different rhythm section. The show is very good but perhaps not as cohesive as the January show. Interestingly, this concert also includes 2 performances of Satchmo joined by the Les Brown big band all from the same concert! Lastly included are 5 tracks recorded in July 1951 for the Voice of America.

There is quite a bit of variety for these two concerts so you’ll hear a nice variety of selections here. An informative 12 page booklet rounds out this EXCELLENT set!! Highly recommended.
The Beatles: Get Back
The Beatles: Get Back
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Rock & Roll Backstage Pass: Four-Movie Collection (U2: Rattle & Hum / Bob Dylan: No Direction Home / Rolling Stones: Shine a Light / Neil Young: Heart of Gold)
Rock & Roll Backstage Pass: Four-Movie Collection (U2: Rattle & Hum / Bob Dylan: No Direction Home / Rolling Stones: Shine a Light / Neil Young: Heart of Gold)
When I recived this package I could'nt decide which disk to watch first. So right off the top was U2: Rattle and Hum. I was floored when the band opened with Helter Skelter. It was Awsome. I did not know that much about Bob Dylan before this rockumentery, and was amazed how much influance he has had other musicians. Neil Young: Heart of Gold, I can crank this one up, and it does'nt bug my wife. The Rolling Stones, Love 'em or hate 'em, you will allways find yourslef singing along. This package is SO COOL!
Gods & Generals
Gods & Generals
Doesn't matter if you ever see the movie, this soundtrack will grab you and hold on. It's emotional without ever being "in your face," as some epic orchestrations have been. It haunts you.
Much to my surprise, Bob Dylan's song is both fitting and well-done, and I was never a Dylan fan. The etherial quality of Mary Fahl's performance in "Going Home" simply has to be heard.
The music videos are a wonderful bonus. Overall, though, the orchestral pieces portray the sadness of a nation tearing itself apart, and it's powerful in a way far exceeding the typical epic style music. Mark O'Conner is one of the best fiddle players in America; here, as in The Patriot, he is key to the music's overall beauty.
This one's a keeper.
Looking 4 Myself
Looking 4 Myself
This album is pretty solid to me. I like most of the songs on this record. Usher's falsetto on "Climax" is amazing. His voice after all these years is still in tip top shape. I must admit as a bisexual dude I got turned on in spots on this album. But anyway! Other than "Climax" I enjoyed "Scream", "I Care For U", "Show Me" is one of my jams, "Lemme See" feat. Rick Ross which is one of the best tracks and others like "Dive" and "Twisted" feat. Pharrell. Usher did his thing on this album. I know he said that it was his favorite album at the time of putting it out and I think it's solid. I wonder what music he experienced to put this record out? It's definitely different in spots but to me most of it works. A winner.

4.3 stars.

DOWNLOAD:
"Lemme See"
"Climax"
"Dive" &
"Show Me"
KitchenAid Classic Pizza Wheel, 9-Inch, Black
KitchenAid Classic Pizza Wheel, 9-Inch, Black
Kitchen aid has crafted a stylish little pizza cutter that is durable and equipped to breeze through even the thickest crust. It is hefty, and has quite a substantial feel in your hand. The handle is plastic, but the item has a premium feel to it, with no loose parts and squeaking plastic. The blade itself is quite thick with a good tapper - sharp enough to cut through any crust, and strong enough to withstand an aggressive pressure. It will not buckle or bend like some cheap pizza cutter.

As some have said, the center screw/nut may be prone to rust, but I find that you can avoid rust on any kitchen equipment with proper care. I like to use some kind of oil to coat screws and nuts and help protect them from water moisture. But the most important thing is to wash them shortly after use, and HAND DRY the item! Seriously, lots of things will rust if you let them sit and soak in dishwater and then air dry. You can avoid rust entirely but properly caring for your things!

Conclusion, great little cutter, very stylish, very durable.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition)
This is an extended version of Return of the King. The movie is spread across 2 discs and has extra scenes that were cut from the original. The last 2 discs are full of extras. Each part of the trilogy had a theme. The first was about the costs the Fellowship of the Ring would suffer on their quest to destroy the Ring. The second was about not giving up hope. This the third was whether the Fellowship could overcome the power of the Ring and complete their task.

The start of the film lays out the highs and the lows the Fellowship had and would face. First, there’s the tale of how Smeagol found the Ring and turned into Golem. He killed his friend to gain possession of it and then went through a terrible transformation. That was a warning about what the Ring could do to Frodo the Ring Bearer. Then Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, and King Theoden come across the defeated wizard redoubt of Isengard. That actually leads to one of the deleted scenes which is quite good about what happened to Saruman. That was Sauron’s first loss.

The movie has two main parts. On the one hand, Frodo, Sam and Golem are heading towards Mount Doom to destroy the Ring. On the other, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, and company have to defend against the armies of Sauron, first in Gondor and then in Mordor. Frodo’s story is about personal sacrifice, while Aragorn and the others deal with the large battles.

Out of the three extended versions of the Lord of the Ring trilogy this is by far the best one. The cut scenes really fill out the story and have some great images to them. In the other two movies the additions were nice and interesting but not essential. This one is actually better than the original release.
Snow White & The Huntsman
Snow White & The Huntsman
Every time FXX shows this movie on television, I've been compelled to watch it for a couple of reasons:

1. I have seen more versions of the Snow White fairytale in cinematic form than any other fairytale, from a campy children's live-action version starring Smallville's Kristin Kreuk to the famous animated classic from Walt Disney feature animation to the chilling live-action version starring Sam Neill and Sigourney Weaver. While Disney's Sleeping Beauty is my favorite animated film, my favorite childhood fairytale goes to Snow White. The Queen has fascinated my from my earliest years as a villain and this particular version thanks to the gorgeous and talented Charlize Theron highlights exactly why that is.

2. On that note, when I saw the trailer for this film back in 2011 or so, most of us, me included, were still trying to purge our minds of the Twilight films, so the very idea of seeing another live-action fantasy starring Kristin Stewart was anathema. However, due to my history with the story being adapted (as mentioned above), I couldn't resist the opportunity to sit down and watch it whenever it aired on TV.

Now, from the last two or three viewings I had, I can honestly say that this is how fairytales are meant to be portrayed: dark, scary, but with the intention of drawing young peoples' attention to the punishment of vice and the reward for virtue. Snow White and the Queen are two perfect dichotomous embodiments of those concepts. Also, whenever you're writing a story which has a clearly defined hero and villain, it is a well-said phrase that your hero is only as strong as the villain they go up against. The Queen is a legitimate villain: she is a powerful sorceress who is a master of disguise, deceptions, and poisons. In every version of the fairytale I ever read I understood, even as a child, that this story would not be resolved until either our innocent heroine or her villainous stepmother had DIED. The Queen embodies vanity and jealousy whereas Snow White embodies purity and innocence. Snow White was always in legitimate danger while the Queen was at large, and I always feared for her. Not every heroine needs to be a sword-wielding, cynical badass to engage our emotions and support. While Kristin Stewart does not exhibit much of any range at all, it is our villain as well as the supporting cast that buoy up the plot and execution. Charlize Theron is not only terrifying as the Queen, but with one mere flashback scene (at least in the theatrical cut) lasting all of about 30 seconds, she is humanized as well, allowing us, the audience to connect with her, if only briefly, as the broken, battered, embittered beings we are all capable of becoming. This vain, power-mad witch is also a woman, unlike a villain such as Maleficent, who meant to be the personification of pure evil, or the stepmother in Cinderella who could only attack psychologically due to her hold over Cinderella's freedom. This villain can attack mentally and physically, but is also able to make us recognize her shattered, deformed humanity.

As for the other aspects, they're all perfectly serviceable. This no Lord of the Rings, despite their obvious attempts to draw that crowd in, but for me, they work just fine. While not a ground-breaking cinematic spectacle, it is a visually-satisfying adaptation of something from my childhood. I give it a B- for effort and an A- for casting as Stewart's performance was stilted, but inoffensive.
The Maine Woods (Penguin Nature Library)
The Maine Woods (Penguin Nature Library)
Thoreau takes the reader on a wonderful journey through the largely uninhabited forests of Maine. It is clear that Thoreau is a botanist. He is continually identifying trees and plants by Botanical as well as Common name. He also identifies the birds he encounters. Sadly the Maine woods were not pristine at the time of Thoreau's journeys. There were scars of loggers, who mainly came for pine trees, along Thoreau's entire route. His journeys also include a hired Indian and Thoreau has recorded Indian names for lakes, rivers, plants and such. Judging by this book, Thoreau has not a lick of humor, so don't expect a laugh. Bits of Thoreau's philosphy are strewn throughout, it's a shame he didn't elaborate. Many measurements were made in "rods" which I have yet to figure out how many feet one rod is. I was a bit surprised to find his journeys were made by canoe, with quite many portages. All in all, this is a great book and I highly recommend it.
Horton Hears a Who!
Horton Hears a Who!
This children's books has been a favorite of mine for going on the third generation...my grandchildren. There are several important messages that Dr. Seuss wove into the poetic narrative of an elephant, named Horton, who championed the survival of tiny, unseen persons living on a speck of dust that landed on a clover flower. He, with his elephant ears that could hear quite clearly the tiny Who who yelled for help, was barely able to prevent the little Whos in Whoville from perishing at the hands of those who thought Horton was crazy. In the end, with Horton's constant vigil and encouragement for all the Whos to make themselves heard by the doubting crowd, every voice contributed to the effort...but one tiny Who who was shirking his duty to help save them all. But, when he added his own very tiny "Yelp!" those doubting the veracity of Horton's contention that persons, though very small did in fact exist on the tiny dust speck, his final assistance broke the silence and those who had not been able to hear before, heard! And decided to protect the very small persons in Whoville.
Un Caballero Y Dos Mujeres (Spanish Edition)
Un Caballero Y Dos Mujeres (Spanish Edition)
WAS NOT THAT WOW, BEND MY KNEES FUN, BUT FOR A QUICKY READ, ON THE TRAVEL SIDE. WAS NOT BAD, IT SHOULD HAD BEEN TWO MEN AND A LADY, INSTEAD OF TWO LADY AND A GENTLEMAN. ANYWAY IT WAS GOOD.
Yesterday's Hero
Yesterday's Hero
Suzanne Sommer's rules in this little known Australian movie romance about a recovering alcoholic soccer player seeking help from his girlfriend(Suzanne Sommers).It's amust see!!
The Heart of Devin MacKade (MacKade Brothers Book 3)
The Heart of Devin MacKade (MacKade Brothers Book 3)
The plot line in one line:
Small town sheriff Devin MacKade finally makes a move on the woman he’s loved for 12 years, now she’s divorced from her abusive husband – but Cassie’s imprisoned ex is determined to get revenge.

The good and the bad:
I expected something sensational from the much-lauded Nora Roberts but this – the first of her books I have read – disappointed on many levels.

It put me in mind of one of those cheesy, budget films you get on the Christmas channel every year: wholesome and feel-good, but predictable, unrealistic and the acting is a bit dodgy!

I generally enjoyed Roberts’ writing style but had issues with unrealistic aspects of the story. For example, in this town, male and female friends peck each other goodbye on the lips. (Funnily enough, same-sex friends don’t.) Er yeah right! Yet conveniently Cassie has never done this to her good friend of 12 years – Devin – until now, when he mistakes it for a pass and that kick-starts his revelation of his feelings for her.

Another example of the lack of realism is that Cassie single-handedly runs an inn – including cooking, cleaning, checking guests in and out, and giving tours – all while looking after two young children. And the whole town is policed by two officers – Devin and his colleague. Devin doesn’t trust his colleague though, so whenever any real action happens, one of Devin’s brothers is conveniently knocking about and Devin “deputises” him. Yes – an ordinary member of the public, with no police training and no legal authority, gets to be deputy!

I picked this book because it got good reviews and, from the blurb, didn’t seem to have paranormal or suspense storyline to it like most of Roberts’ novels. But there is a side story about ghosts that added absolutely nothing. The suspense element – about Cassie’s ex avenging his imprisonment – was predictable and actually rushed when it came to crunch time for him to enact his plan.

On the matter of sex scenes, I found them wishy-washy to the point that I sometimes couldn’t tell what was actually going on. I have no issue with an author opting out of graphic descriptions of sex, but it’s got to still be fairly clear what’s going on. If you don’t want to do that, then just brush over sex scenes all together.

My last significant issue was with the “hero” Devin. I thought he was emotionally manipulative of Cassie - really quite unpleasant and not a hero in my eyes. Despite the fact that Cassie was in a physically and mentally abusive relationship for ten years, when Devin finally decides to make a move on her and she is initially reluctant, he throws his toys out the pram and has a tantrum. Rather than sympathising with the fact that a man has been beating and raping Cassie for ten years – and boy, that causes a lot of psychological issues – he has a go at her for the fact his “love” has been unrequited while she’s been married, and that he’s hurting because she won’t just dive into a relationship and marriage with him.

For £6.49, this book is a rip off. No more Roberts for me.

+++++++

Update: I've just read Lauren Dane's book Taking Chase, which is how this book should have been written. I highly recommend it.
Adulterio (Italian Edition)
Adulterio (Italian Edition)
Adulterio, ultimo libro dello scrittore brasiliano non è sicuramente un'opera che rimarrà nella mia memoria come un bel libro. Unica cosa positiva, è molto scorrevole, in quanto anche molto banale! La storia, come si può facilmente dedure dal titolo, parla di uno dei peccati capitali più comuni, l'adulterio; protagonista è una giovane trentenne, felicemente sposata, ricca, bella con un marito eccezionale, due bellissimi figli, un lavoro gratificante e abitante in una delle città più sicure al mondo, Ginevra! E' l'incontro con un suo ex fidanzato dell'adolescenza, che fa esplodere in lei la voglia di sesso trasgressivo e senza limiti e quindi l'adulterio, per poi come una bella favola risistemare nuovamente tutto come una bellissima storia infantile e riprendere la sua bellissima vita, col marito perfetto, i bambini, lavoro, ecc. ecc... Probabilmente insieme ad Aleph il libro più brutto che ho letto di Coelho, in questo caso anche il più banale!
The Trail to Peach Meadow Canyon [L'Amour's Original Text]
The Trail to Peach Meadow Canyon [L'Amour's Original Text]
First began reading Louis' over fifty years ago as an adjunct to young boy books. Thought that I had read everything he scribbled, but recently found this as a Kindle offering while surfing and didn't recall it as ever being in my library. I had to download it. First, there has never been a more readable writer than Louis; he presents a good drama and always starts his stories with an attention grabbing opening sentence. If you like an oater, there is none better than Louis to take you back to the the West and provide a romantic glimpse to the frontier and the people and characters that opened it up and made the the American West. Peach Meadow is not his best, but who cares? It is readable, gives good heroic characters, and passes a couple of hours very pleasantly.
Edgar Wallace Blu-ray Edition 8
Edgar Wallace Blu-ray Edition 8
Diese achte BluRay Box der Rialto Edgar Wallace- Filme lohnt der Anschaffung. Und das, obwohl weder Fuchsberger noch Drache mitwirken. Karl Georg Saebisch in "Der rote Kreis" ist aber als Kommissar genauso respektabel, wirkt aber in der Serie nur noch einmal in einer Nebenrolle mit - die aparte Renate Ewert leider gar nicht mehr.
Die Staffelung entspricht den ersten 7 Boxen: zuerst ein Serien-Urgestein, dann ein Vertreter der mittleren Phase, zuletzt ein farbiger Wallace. Egal - ein starkes Drehbuch haben sie allesamt bekommen.
Sehr respektabel ist die Qualität: Bild und Ton sind einwandfrei restauriert. Ja, auch der Ton ist sehr klar - oder liegt es daran, daß die damaligen Schauspieler Sprachuntericht genossen hatten? Hier lohnt sich der Kauf dann erneut. Die Edgar Wallace Filme laufern auch im Jahr 2020 noch im öffentlichen Fernshen. Da aber diese Sender immer noch nicht in vollem HD senden (nur 720 waagrechte Zeilen), sehen die BluRays weit besser aus.
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne series Book 10)
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative (Jason Bourne series Book 10)
This is a terrible example of the Bourne property. Lustbader turns in a poor job overall. The impression I got was that the author was required to do so many of these books and just spit out the minimum necessary to complete the contract. Don't expect much from Bourne himself in this book, mostly it's other characters that are written. When he does appear, Bourne simply doesn't seem like the Bourne we've come to know. Also, Lustbader apparently was in love with one of his character's names... Maceo Encarnacion is mentioned what seems like thousands of times, and every reference to him includes his entire name... I mean, Jason Bourne is referred to as Bourne, but Maceo Encarnacion is used in every instance, sometimes two or more times in a single sentence. I mean, after awhile, it just grates on the reader's nerves. It got so annoying that I would skip past the name as I read it. If your expectations are high, you will be very disappointed in this book. Keep your expectations low, and it will be OK.
Dragon Ball Daizenshu: Dragon Ball Daijiten
Dragon Ball Daizenshu: Dragon Ball Daijiten
What can I say? This is THE book to buy for all Dragonball fans, new and old alike. The entire book is in Japanese, but the art and quality of the information inside is precious. This has been known as the book of all books, which includes all 42 original Tankoubans (Original manga series) in beautiful color, exclusive interviews with Toriyama himself, an entire list of attacks used in the Dragonball/Dragonball Z series, and much much more! The rarity and value of this book alone is worth purchasing it, and it's even better if you can read Japanese. :) It's neccesary that even Dragonball fan buy this book, I know I will! ^_^ If there is one piece of Dragonball merchandise, one item out of all the books, movies, toys, etc, THIS has to be the item to get. Don't miss out on this great book.
AKIRA TORIYAMA - IO SONO DRAGO
AKIRA TORIYAMA - IO SONO DRAGO
Una bellissima edizione per tutti gli amanti di questa fantastica collana. Bello grande ed elegante. La copertina di ottima fattura sia qualitativamente che al tatto. Buona stampa interna e buona carta. Così bella quasi da non voler aprire il volume per non rovinarlo. Naturalmente lettura all'orientale. Spedizione veloce.
The Book of Human Insects
The Book of Human Insects
Osamu Tezuka is a name that should not only be known among anime fans, but also among those with even an inkling of passion in the visual arts. To his credit is the creation of narrative manga as we know it today, and the founding of several manga conventions that have since ascended into the collected conscience of the medium. After starting his career with such family-friendly classics as "Astro Boy" and "Kimba the White Lion", Tezuka began to focus on more adult-oriented work in the mid-to-late sixties. This kicked off the period which arguably showed the most of his capability as both an artist and a thinker, and it is in this period that he created "The Book of Human Insects."

"The Book of Human Insects" follows a reporter who becomes ensnared in the world of a young woman who has reached the top of both the academic and artistic world. Through painting, acting, and writing, among other things, she has gotten to a place where no other person has before. There's only one problem: the work she does is never her own. The woman is a master of mimicry, and becomes close to anybody who she finds talented in order to steal their secrets. But what happens to the original creators is more insidious than anybody could imagine, guaranteeing that the victims of plagiarism never say a peep about the woman.

Saying anymore would spoil this excellent story, and rest assured, it IS excellent. As one would expect from any Tezuka story, this is a book devoid of flaws in the way of visuals and storytelling. Many visuals here, though, feel a bit more experimental than future mature works from the artist. It's clear that "The Book of Human Insects" falls into the same vein as "Swallowing The Earth", in the sense that it shows a more transitional approach to his work as opposed to the polish that we'd later see from, say, "Buddha." This approach exudes a certain confusion as to what Tezuka was trying to do when drawing this work up, attempting to be mature but struggling to get out of the cartoon-y box he'd built around himself.

This, however, isn't detrimental to the work at all. It actually makes it a good bit more interesting to read, albeit a little disorienting at times. While it's definitely more structurally solid than "Swallowing the Earth", it still gives us a glimpse into the mind of Tezuka when he was trying to carve out a slot for himself in the pantheon of contemporary gegika manga-ka. What he came up with may not be completely deadpan in tone, but perhaps that's for the better. Where Sampei Shirato and Kazuo Koike failed by being much too grim, Tezuka succeeded by experimenting with disturbing (and disturbed) plotlines while maintaining the schoolboy-like zeal that eventually would cement his place as the definitive God of Manga. And it's precisely that stark juxtaposition of comedy and thriller that makes "The Book of Human Insects" so engaging.

Story: B+

Art: B+

Overall: B+
Berenstain Bears Ready, Get Set, Go!
Berenstain Bears Ready, Get Set, Go!
The Berenstain Bears Ready Get Set Go!... A Critique

This book, The Berenstain Bears Ready, Get Set, Go!, was written by the one and only Jan Bernstein, who was born September 29, 1923, and died on November 25, 2005. She was known for writing children books. This book was published by Random House in 1988.

One spring day, 3 bears looked at each other ready for the time of their lives, doing the bear Olympics. Mama Bear, who was the judge, was ready with her timer. Sister and Brother crushed each event. Poor Papa bear! Until nap time, Papa’s favorite event. Papa definitely won the sleeping event!

This story cleverly teaches kids about descriptive adjectives. I enjoy reading this book to my little sister, because she thinks it is funny! This book is recommended for children 4-8 years old.
Ben 11yr old
Naruto: Chibi Sasuke's Sharingan Legend, Vol. 1 (1)
Naruto: Chibi Sasuke's Sharingan Legend, Vol. 1 (1)
I ordered this book solely due to my adoration for Suigetsu and Team Taka as a whole, and I was not disappointed. Each member is portrayed in a classical spinoff style, yet sticks to the core of their character— the story is strangely based where the team claims the name Taka, yet Itachi is not yet defeated, it’s not a bother at all however, due to the fact that it is a spinoff.

Due to being disappointed with the lack of detail toward this team in the main series, seeing almost an entire book dedicated toward shenanigans featuring my favourites is absolutely enjoyable. The book goes through tiny comical gag stories, some merely two pages long; some focused on each member of Taka, while others focus on something such as a hilarious pillow fight! The translations are pretty much spot on, and the humour the book features is admittedly seventh-grade stuff, though nonetheless made me laugh more than I thought it would.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Team Taka as much as I, seeing the team just have fun is such a relief to read, and boy is Suigetsu funny- being the straight-man in most of the gags. I was looking for more Suigetsu, and I got plenty, I am very satisfied with this book, and I can assure you this, I will be reading it countless times.
Naruto - Tome 46 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Naruto - Tome 46 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Je suis un trentenaire de la génération Albator, et en lisant Naruto (et plus particulièrement ce tome), j'ai ressenti ce que je ressentais devant certains épisodes de Dragon Ball !! Ce tome 46 est grandiose, épique, le nekketsu à son paroxisme... A lire de toute urgence !!
Old Shatterhand in der Heimat: ...und andere Erzählungen aus seiner Werkstatt, Band 79 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Old Shatterhand in der Heimat: ...und andere Erzählungen aus seiner Werkstatt, Band 79 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Das Buch ist nur eines der bis hierhin vollständigen Sammlung. Je höher die Bandnummer, desto mehr versuchen sich Personen an Vorworten, Nachworten, etc. Wenn man die Bände vergleicht, wiederholen sich diese Vor- bzw. Nachworte. Das geht soweit, dass Karl May mit Goethe und Schiller verglichen wird.
Was soll das?
Diese Bemerkungen wiederholen sich! Siehe Band " ICH".
Mir reicht das! Ich will doch nur einen klassischen Karl May lesen. Was interessieren mich die Vor- und Nachworte! Hier wollen sich doch meiner Meinung nur andere "Schriftsteller oder Herausgeber" profilieren. Schade!!
Borrowed Dreams: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
Borrowed Dreams: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
This is one of the best Debbie Macomber books I've read, and I've come to the conclusion that her earlier works were far better than her more recent books. The writing is more poetic, and though there's not much grit here, there is more than usual since she's focusing on the theme of foster care and the emotional baggage that comes from growing up that way.

Of course Carly, the main character, makes ridiculous mistakes, causing the reader to wonder how she could do the things she does, but this is typical for a romance. There must be conflict of some sort.

My only complaint is that, as usual with Macomber stories, the female protagonist is a virgin. No matter how old her female characters, they're always "pure," which is not realistic in the least. It's okay to have lived life, even with regrets. There were also some very old-fashioned ways of thinking here, but again, you have to consider the author's age and the era in which she grew up.

Still, I enjoy reading Debbie Macomber books. They're simple but nice. This one made me cry! Evoking emotion is always a good thing!
Navy SEAL Six Pack (SEAL of My Own Book 4)
Navy SEAL Six Pack (SEAL of My Own Book 4)
I had high hopes for this conclusion to the series.

This book did bring the SEALs together to try to conclude the mystery from the first book throughout the rest, but falled short for me. I thought they were supposed to find and bring down the master of the human trafficking ring. Didn't happen.

The "love story" between Montana Raines and Kate went the same route as all romance novels and was entertaining to read. He's a country boy with a strong sense of right and wrong, a true gentleman, treats Kate as an equal. Kate is trying to prove herself and get off desk duty with the FBI after a disastrous love affair with a double agent. She's attracted to Montana from the beginning, whereas he is written as not. They don't take love to have sex and continue to work together.

Where this story fell apart for me were all the holes that an epilogue from the author would have closed it all up. The head of SOS: what happened to him? What's the future of these 4 SEALs? Sure, each thought and talked about what they "wanted" to do, but I felt left hanging with not seeing their futures. Did they stay with each other or were there dangerous jobs too much? If they stayed together; how? Where? A couple of these books had the reader leaning toward the SEALs becoming part of SOS. Did that ever happen?

For fast action and adventure, this is a good book. To wrap up the series? Not so much.
Clifford Goes To Dog School (Clifford 8x8)
Clifford Goes To Dog School (Clifford 8x8)
I did not know when I was purchasing this that it was the abbreviated version. I'm very disappointed.

I saw a longer version of Clifford Goes to School at my daughter's kindergarten classroom, and her three-month-old child (my grandchild) loves this book. The shorter version has the same title, but is not at all the same story. It doesn't have nearly as many smiley faces, which our little infant loves.

Bummer!
In search of Bisco
In search of Bisco
This is the first and only non-fiction work of Erskine Caldwell I’ve ever read, but that should come as no surprise given that this is the only non-fiction work he produced in his lifetime.

Is it worth reading? Absolutely! In it, he achieves the same monstrosity of purpose he achieves with his fictional work. But here, he’s not inventing; he’s just reporting. The only thing I found slightly annoying was the change of narrator chapter to chapter. I suppose he had a purpose; I just don’t know what it was.

In any case, here follow a few examples of Caldwell’s exceptional prose to let you decide if this work of non-fiction is for you.

On p. 90, we find: “(a)ll might be well in Laurel, as it could be elsewhere in Mississippi, if prideful residents of the northside would look at least as far away as the southside of their town even if they do not wish to see beyond the borders of their own state. As it is, and as though it is a way to avoid embarrassment, they fail to acknowledge their responsibility for the poverty and degradation of the Negro families on the southside and ignore the fact that it was the labor of Negroes that enabled them to accumulate wealth and social pretensions.

But customs prevail. And arrogance predominates. Instead of acting upon his responsibility as a citizen in modern America to alleviate and adjust economic and social discrimination imposed upon the Negro for generations, the white supremist is intent upon striving by any means to enforce a perpetuation of racial injustice that originated long ago in the time of slavery. As long as this custom can be maintained, the conscience of the white supremist will be quiet and undisturbed. Enforcement of the custom ranges from intimidation to physical punishment to violent death.”

On p. 105, we find this rather trenchant observation from a local African-American looking desperately to bury his father: “(y)ou don’t know how poor poor can be till you get too poor to be buried in the ground.”

And finally, on p. 167, we find: “(t)he red clay hills are undoubtedly more deeply eroded and gully-washed, the sky-line of jagged pines probably juts higher against the horizon, the stark spires of crumbling brick chimneys have become melancholy monuments to homes burned to ashes, briar thickets and clumps of beggar-lice have been quick to claim possession of abandoned cotton fields, and the gaunt granite gravestones in the cemetery have taken on the somber gray moss of age and oblivion.”

Say what you will about Caldwell’s social criticism. When the man wants to wax lyrical in his prose, he has only to remove one cap and replace it with another. And that—to me, at least—is the best kind of writer!

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
19 November 2019
And Be a Villain (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 13)
And Be a Villain (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 13)
"And Be a Villain" (1948) begins as many of the Nero Wolfe mysteries do with a perilously low bank balance--hardly enough to pay Nero’s whopping Federal income tax bill.

Here is Archie trying to chivvy his stout boss into taking on a client: “—you’re the boss and you know best. Sure. That electric company bird would have been good for at least a grand over and above expenses on his forgery problem, but you couldn’t be bothered. Mrs. What’s-her-name would have paid twice that, plenty, for the lowdown on that so-called musician, but you were too busy reading. That lawyer by the name of Clifford was in a bad hole and had to buy help, but he had dandruff. That actress and her gentleman protector—”

“Archie. Shut up.”

Of course, Nero Wolfe finally rises to the bait (or we wouldn't have a story) and he chooses an unusual client: Madeline Fraser, the host of a radio program where one of guests recently died of cyanide poisoning while on the air. Was Fraser the actual target? The poisoned guest, a horse racing tout, had drunk from the bottle that was meant for her.

This mystery is a tough nut to crack. Wolf finally resorts to a desperate stratagem that gets Archie hauled off to police headquarters. I think it’s safe to say that this is the case where Wolf came closest to complete and utter failure.

I never would have guessed I'd be reading mysteries starring two male chauvinist detectives, one pompous, the other cocky. However, I love these Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout and have read all of them at least twice. “And Be a Villain” has a twisty plot and a very clever murderer.
El ojo avizor (Spanish Edition)
El ojo avizor (Spanish Edition)
Mit „Stillwatch“, zu Deutsch „Das Haus am Potomac“, ihrem fünften Psychothriller, der im Jahre 1984 erschienen ist, hatte die New Yorkerin Mary Higgins Clark bereits ihren festen Platz in der amerikanischen Krimiszene. Wenn auch ihr sehr spannender Erstling, „Where are the Children?“ schon ganz und gar ihre ganz eigene Handschrift trägt, entwickelte sie sich weiter und fand zu einem Stil, dem sie in den 80er und 90er Jahren treu blieb und in dieser Schaffensperiode immer mehr perfektionierte.
In „Stillwatch“ beginnt sie erstmals, verschiedene Nebenstränge einzubauen, deren Verbindung zur eigentlichen Geschichte erst allmählich ersichtlich werden und die sie langsam und schlüssig immer mehr zusammenlaufen lässt, bis zum Schluss, der – daran hat sich auch in ihren späteren Autorenjahren nichts geändert! - immer so furios ist, dass man unwillkürlich den Atem anhalten muss, ohne es überhaupt zu merken. Die letzten zwanzig Seiten verschlingt man geradezu, denn das Buch aus der Hand zu legen, ist spätestens zu diesem Zeitpunkt undenkbar!
Die Handlung des vorliegenden Thrillers – denn genau das ist er, auch wenn ihre unvermeidlichen Kritiker anders darüber denken – siedelt die Autorin in Washington DC an, inmitten des Machtzentrums der amerikanischen Politik, inmitten von Senatoren, Kongressabgeordneten und Botschaftern aus aller Welt, die sich im Dunstkreis des Weißen Hauses bewegen. Und in genau dieses möchte die Senatorin aus Virginia, Abigail Jennings, unbedingt einziehen! Die Chancen stehen gut, denn die Abdankung des schwer erkrankten Vizepräsidenten wird täglich erwartet und es ist an der Zeit, dass endlich die erste Frau wenn auch nicht die höchste, so doch die zweithöchste Stelle im Staat besetzt.
So kurz vor dem Ziel ihrer Träume, auf das sie all die Jahre mit brennendem Ehrgeiz und äußerster Disziplin hingearbeitet hat, ist Senatorin Jennings nicht bereit, sich ihre Ambitionen zerstören zu lassen. Und Gefahr wittert sie von Seiten der eben nach Washington gekommenen Fernsehjournalistin Patricia Traymore, die sich durch ihre Serie „Women in Government“ bereits einen nicht unbeträchtlichen Namen gemacht hat und die nun plant, die ehrgeizige Senatorin, die sie seit Jahren bewundert, zur Hauptperson einer neuen Folge zu machen. Die Bedenken der Senatorin Jennings scheinen berechtigt zu sein, denn Patricia, die sich weigert, aus ihrer Dokumentation eine bloße Publicity-Show zu machen, gräbt, gegen den Widerstand ihres Chefs, einem lange vor der „Me Too“- Bewegung munter übergriffigen Macho, und der Senatorin selbst, tiefer in Abigails Vergangenheit und stößt dabei auf eine Reihe von auffälligen Ungereimtheiten und privaten Geheimnissen, die die Senatorin auf keinen Fall ans Licht der Öffentlichkeit kommen lassen möchte. Und eines der Geheimnisse betrifft die junge Journalistin selbst, die einst Opfer einer Tragödie war, die sich vor über zwanzig Jahren in der Hauptstadt abgespielt hatte, nämlich genau in dem Haus, in das sie entgegen der Warnungen ihrer Adoptiveltern gezogen ist: ihre leiblichen Eltern sind damals auf dramatische Weise durch vermuteten Mord und Selbstmord ums Leben gekommen und die zu der Zeit dreijährige Patricia wurde dabei schwer verletzt, um danach von der Großmutter, die sie schützen wollte, der Öffentlichkeit gegenüber für tot erklärt zu werden.
Während sie bei ihren Recherchen immer neue verstörende Einzelheiten ans Licht bringt, kommen bei Patricia langsam Erinnerungsfetzen jenen schrecklichen Tag betreffend zurück, die sie in höchste Gefahr bringen, denn die Sorge darum, dass die Geschichte um Pats leiblichen Vater, Dean Adams, für alle Zeiten begraben bleibt, ruft einen gewissenlosen Mörder auf den Plan....
Selbst wenn in vielen Kritiken beklagt wird, dass man als Leser sehr bald weiß, wohin die Reise geht, kann ich das nicht bestätigen! Aber ja, man bekommt irgendwann schon eine Ahnung, doch weiß man bis zu den bereits erwähnten zwanzig letzten Seiten keineswegs, ob man richtig liegt! Da gibt es, wie gesagt, die Nebenschauplätze – und auf denen tummeln sich so einige seltsame Figuren, wie etwa ein zunehmend mehr dem Wahnsinn verfallender religiöser Fanatiker, der sich für so etwas wie den verlängerten Arm Gottes hält und als solcher noch eine Rechnung mit Pat Traymore zu begleichen hat, und nicht nur mit ihr! Da ist das Umfeld der Senatorin und schließlich die immer unsympathischer werdende Dame selber, die vor allem eines beherrscht, nämlich die Bewahrung des schönen Scheins, eines der Kennzeichen der großen Politik, zu denen auch Manipulation und die unersättliche Gier nach Macht zählen.
Ja, natürlich geht es zu einem nicht geringen Teil um Politik in „Stillwatch“, was logisch ist bei diesem Setting und daher als Kritikpunkt nicht ernst genommen werden kann, genausowenig wie der Vorwurf der Oberflächlichkeit. Im Gegenteil hat sich Mary Higgins Clark wie üblich sehr genau informiert, nicht nur darüber, wie Fernsehsender arbeiten, sondern eben auch über Washington und seine Strukturen; die langjährige Residentin der Hauptstadt, Frances Humphrey Howard, die Schwester des ehemaligen Vizepräsidenten Hubert H. Humphrey höchstpersönlich, nebst ihres großen Freundeskreises, teilte ihre profunden Kenntnisse großzügig mit der Autorin, wie diese selbst in einem Vorwort zu einem anderen ihrer Romane schrieb.
Mary Higgins Clark hat ihren eigenen Stil, sie ist eine Meisterin der gepflegten Sprache, die gelegentlich als langweilig missdeutet wird, meidet Gewalt- und Sexszenen weitgehend und nutzt stattdessen ihren scharfen Blick für elegante Kleidung und stilvolle Wohnungseinrichtungen, um ein sehr authentisches Ambiente zu kreieren, in dem sich ihre Charaktere bewegen. Dass dabei des öfteren Markennamen fallen, ist typisch für Higgins Clark – und für mich eine nette kleine Beigabe und ganz gewiss nicht der Stein des Anstoßes, der er für die Nörgelfraktion ist, die auch an den jeweiligen Protagonistinnen der „Queen of Suspense“ mit Vorliebe herummäkelt, wiewohl Pat Traymore relativ ungeschoren davonkommt! In der Tat ist sie die bisher stärkste von Mary Higgins Clarks bevorzugten Frauenfiguren, zeigt auch in den widrigsten Situationen, in die sie gerät, Courage und Format, behält ihre Nerven auch dann, wenn man durchaus Verständnis dafür hätte, wenn sie stattdessen zu einem verängstigten Häuflein Elend reduziert wäre. Also – Hut ab vor Pat Traymore, dem Prototypen für all die weiblichen Handlungsträger, die die Autorin in ihren weiteren Bestsellern auftreten lassen wird! Und die im Übrigen allesamt Geschichten sind, die man ganz sicher nicht so schnell wieder vergisst, an deren Handlung man sich auch dann noch erinnert, wenn man sie ein weiteres Mal liest, mit einem Zeitabstand von dreißig Jahren dazwischen, und die man bei jenem zweiten Lesen ebenso spannend findet wie beim ersten Mal. Nicht die schlechteste Empfehlung für eine hervorragende Schriftstellerin und Meisterin der gepflegten Hochspannung!
Wizarding World 9-Film Collections (DVD)
Wizarding World 9-Film Collections (DVD)
I got this for my young nieces. Of the various editions released, this one is the best for the price. It includes the extended versions of the first two films, and the first "Fantastic Beasts" film. There are other editions with more bonuses and special features, but if what you want is a collection of primarily just the films, I think this is the best set that's been released so far. If you want more bells & whistles beyond the films themselves, you have plenty of other options, to be sure.
Soler Phone Shaker Automatic Phone Swing Device for Pokemon Go Step Earning Mute USB Cable (Support 2 Phones) – Black
Soler Phone Shaker Automatic Phone Swing Device for Pokemon Go Step Earning Mute USB Cable (Support 2 Phones) – Black
 Excellent product! This is my first walker device and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it! I have been a Pokémon Go player since 2016 and for many years have resisted purchasing one of these accessories, mainly because I’m usually out and about all day everyday. But with the recent COVID19 pandemic and all of the “shelter at home” orders, it’s been harder to get the KM in for this game to hatch eggs and get candy and other rewards.
So this accessory has been a complete success! The pictures and short video show how well it moves your device. It feels very well constructed and secure. I have had ZERO concerns about the safety of my iPhone while secured into the cradle with the rubber band holding it there.
It’s super effective! It really gets about 8000 steps/hr as listed.
Highly recommend this accessory if you have been on the fence about getting one! Price was right on point with other competing products.
Paper House Productions SET-0007 Harry Potter Planner Bundle, Includes Weekly Kit Decorative Stickers
Paper House Productions SET-0007 Harry Potter Planner Bundle, Includes Weekly Kit Decorative Stickers
Do not order these stickers! They are not as advertised! The description says 12 sheets with over 500 stickers... I received 8 sheets for a total of 208 stickers. All the larger sheets were missing, I only received the smaller sheet packs: days of the week, numbers, weather, and travel.

I contacted Amazon and told them my order was incomplete. The agent and I both assumed this was a one-time occurrence. They sent me a replacement order. I got the exact same four packages of stickers, and the larger ones were still missing. Clearly the package as advertised is NOT the product they have in their warehouse. I contacted them again, and they offered to send me another replacement, but I knew there was no point. I just asked them to flag the product in their system as not matching the description. It’s been a week and these stickers are still for sale on the site. Don’t fall for it. 0/5 stars.
The Amazing Harry Houdini Volume 1
The Amazing Harry Houdini Volume 1
I've long held a fascination for Harry Houdini (aka, Erich Weiss), starting with my father's recollections of the great escape artist/magician and then onto the George Pal '53 classic bio-flick with Tony Curtis, as well as the acclaimed '76 television production, "The Great Houdini" with Paul Michael Glaser. I was well aware that these films, like many of the towering tales I had been told, depicted a skewed or exaggerated view of the real-life hero, but that was fine. As an entertainer, Houdini was larger than life, because he made himself that way through his enormous talent and skillful promotion: a most successful elevation that even led some to perceive him as more than mortal.

Ron Fortier's Airship 27 publication, "The Amazing Harry Houdini: Vol. 1" capitalizes on the latter idea, with its roots not so much planted in a historical foundation (though fact certainly figures into the tales), but on Houdini's mythic image.

In most instances, the anthology caters to the sorts of thrills one finds in Houdini's movies and serials, such as "Haldane of the Secret Service"; "The Man From Beyond"; "The Master Mystery"; and "Terror Island". As such, the Houdini we meet in this modern pulp anthology is heroic--no, make that superheroic--and utilizes his exemplary skills to help those in need as he treks across such exciting locations as London, Paris and the Orient Express.

The stories, written by Jim Beard, Roman Leary, James Palmer and I.A. Watson, place young Houdini within, among and against such varied matters as family feuds; unpaid debts; beautiful women; kidnapping; lethal catacombs; questionable spiritualism; murder; and (of all stupendous things) the legendary Spear of Destiny. Iconic characters such as Aleister Crowley, Bram Stoker and Houdini's old chum, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle enter the action, as manager Martin Beck haunts the sidelines, acting as a voice of reason and reluctant supporter to the performer's insatiable inclination to do good.

For those who appreciate action and mystery, with a little historical context to parenthesize the intrigue, "The Amazing Harry Houdini" will be an absolute joy to read. The stories are also blessed by alluring artwork, including Carl Yonder's colorful cover and moody interior illustrations by Pedro Crus. On the whole, just like an exalted Houdini performance, the book is quite an awe-inspiring event.

(Also, for those who fancy audio presentations, RadioArchives.com and Amazon now offer "The Amazing Harry Houdini" as a dramatic reading by Michael Sutherland. Sutherland's deep, rich voice accentuates the adventures to a tee, making the penned escapism even more enthralling.)
Summary & Study Guide Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Summary & Study Guide Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
This was bought in the belief that it was J. K. Rowling's Book. I did not intend to buy a study guide. In a normal bookstore, I would not have made this mistake. This was an early purchase on my Kindle Touch. I almost trash-canned the entire unit because of this purchase. Any study guides need to be more plainly labelled.
Harry Potter Girls Pajamas Pack of 2
Harry Potter Girls Pajamas Pack of 2
Estos pijamas son para niños muy delgados.
Mi hija es delgada y le queda muy estrecha la parte de arriba.
Quitó las etiquetas de la emoción y no pudimos devolverlo.
Tervis 1295915 Harry Potter-20Th Anniversary Insulated Tumbler with Hammer Lid, 30 oz Stainless Steel, Silver
Tervis 1295915 Harry Potter-20Th Anniversary Insulated Tumbler with Hammer Lid, 30 oz Stainless Steel, Silver
I was so excited to find this unique HP Tervis cup on Amazon, but was so disappointed when it arrived. The cup itself is great, true Tervis reliability, but the design is horrible. The design isn’t as crisp and clear as it appears in the description photo. The one I received looked like the paint was running and missing in spots. This may be an intentional artistic choice, but I thought it looked cheap and sloppy.
BlueSky Soft Leather Golf Glove Men's Left & Right Hand
BlueSky Soft Leather Golf Glove Men's Left & Right Hand
I bought this as a gift for my dad. He is retired and golfs with his friends every thursday in the summer. He wanted a good golf glove. When i was searching for golf gloves, this one stood out to me for some reason. He has large hands, but i ordered a medium so that it would be tight on his hand. He loves it and it fits perfectly!!! He will be letting me know how good it is after the snow melts. Seemed like it was made out of high quality material and very durable.
Dragon Ball- Figurine Super Saiyan God Son Goku se Defendant 20cm (Nintendo Switch)
Dragon Ball- Figurine Super Saiyan God Son Goku se Defendant 20cm (Nintendo Switch)
La figure tende a cadere in avanti, se viene posizionata con il busto di fronte a chi la guarda. Bisogna ruotarla di circa 90 gradi in modo da avere i piedi davanti. I colori sono più vivaci rispetto all'immagine di amazon e il colorito della pelle tende all'arancio. Comunque nel complesso, e considerando il prezzo, è una buona figure.
SocketScan S700, 1D Imager Barcode Scanner, Green
SocketScan S700, 1D Imager Barcode Scanner, Green
I cannot find a fix to this online. My scanner got replaced with a new one by the manufacturer but the same problem persists. Scanner remains on. Connection drops. I use my scanner with Lightspeed POS on iPad Pro 12. The issue gets resolved temporarily if i turn the scanner off and back on. I have other scanners I use by Socket Mobile and they work great. I hope someone has a solution to this issue. My Amazon return window has already closed in July, 2019. Help!
The Story of India
The Story of India
I'm fascinated by India, so almost anything about that country will appeal. However, I've never really understood the background to it's current status, so was especially pleased to find out about this set.

Because I don't know the fuller history of the country, I can't say whether this set tells the complete story. Even so, it deals with major blocks of the timeline at a level which is at least right for someone making initial discoveries. For anyone who already knows something about India's past, this set may be too superficial.

Even for me however, I found that transitions from one period to another were not always explained clearly enough to follow well. Also missing in my mind were local maps showing the location of the places Michael Wood was in / talking about: without those, the contexts of the storylines were less clear than they should have been. This was partly exacerbated by my being unable to clearly hear the names of the places MW was dealing with: he seemed to enjoy pronouncing placenames with more of an Indian accent than a British one.

Even allowing for my reservations above, I really liked this set. It's at a sensible level for me, it certainly features major era's of India's past (if not all), it evokes wonderful memories of personal visits there, and the photography is pretty good! If it was £20+, I would have been very cagey about my rating. For £7, it's a steal.
TOMS Mens Alpargata Casual Shoes,
TOMS Mens Alpargata Casual Shoes,
My wife has tried purchasing these shoes multiple times. She’s been looking for a WOMEN’S 10.5 and every time she ends up receiving a MEN’S 10.5. We’ve double checked that it says women’s when we place and it does. But upon arrival they are men’s and when we review the delivery information it says men’s. This has been incredibly frustrating and we’ll be making yet another return of this item. I’m not sure if this is an amazon fulfillment issue or what but the listed gender is most definitely falsely advertised. Very disappointed with Amazon on this one.

As for the product itself, my wife has another pair that she’s purchased in-store and she loves the feel and the sizing is accurate (especially considering stores have show you the correct gender).
6 Pieces Face Bandana Ear Loops Face Cover Scarf Ear Loops Face Balaclava Breathable Windproof Neck Gaiters Headwear Bandana for Dust Wind Motorcycle
6 Pieces Face Bandana Ear Loops Face Cover Scarf Ear Loops Face Balaclava Breathable Windproof Neck Gaiters Headwear Bandana for Dust Wind Motorcycle
If you are looking to only meet the required face covering mandates but you also like to breathe these are great! They are made from thin athletic type material and I can blow out a match easily when wearing one. I had bought some similar face coverings but they were too tight. These fit better and don't leave marks on my cheeks from wearing them for prolonged periods. Will they protect you from the "Rona?", nope. However, no cloth masks will protect you anyways so you may as well be comfortable and breathe freely.
Ready to Be a Thought Leader?: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success
Ready to Be a Thought Leader?: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success
This book on Thought Leadership is a little more strategic around creating your impact and influence than some of the other books on Thought Leadership available.

For Brosseau, Thought Leadership is about delivering change around innovative new ideas. In her author's interview on the book's Amazon page, she writes:

"Thought leaders are change makers who move and inspire others with their innovative ideas, turn those ideas into reality, and then create a dedicated group of friends, fans, and followers to help them replicate and scale those ideas into sustainable change. They spread their ideas, programs, or initiatives far beyond one company, organization, or community to make a broader impact in their industry or in the world. "

Correspondingly, Brosseau's book is particularly strong around leading change and embedding the impact of your ideas into business or society. She encourages readers to identify the stakeholders, advocates, and champions that need to be engaged to deliver and embed the change.

Similarly, Thought Leadership is a LEADERSHIP activity. Brosseau makes this clear by discussing building and engaging a community around your Thought Leadership work.

I also like that, like Cal Newport in Be So Good They Can't Ignore You, she draws on Steven Johnson's idea of the "adjacent possible" that highlights that as we take steps, take actions, then new possibilities open up. There are many ways to get to where we need to be - and these opportunities open up as we get started.
Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba: The Path of The Murid Sadiq
Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba: The Path of The Murid Sadiq
A true masterpiece for any student of sufism. Cheikh Sufi could be an African griot. Not only does this book have many deep teachings, in this book he tells many sufi stories from his travels in west Africa. A must read for any seeker of inner wisdom and enlightenment of the soul!
Christmas Hits: 40 Sheet Music Bestsellers Series
Christmas Hits: 40 Sheet Music Bestsellers Series
This collection of Christmas songs and carols has been just the right thing for me. The arrangements are a meduim level which is perfect. They are upbeat and arranged with creativity without being too complex for an intermediate player. I even bought one for my grown daughter who is more advanced than myself, and she likes it. Now we have a familiar book to play out of when we visit each other.
IDiSON Long Charger Cord 4Pack(10/6/6/3ft) iPhone Lightning Cable for Mfi Certified Nylon Braided Power Fast Compatible iPhone 11 Pro Max XS XR 8 Plus 7 Plus 6s 5s 5c Air iPad Mini iPod (Green White)
IDiSON Long Charger Cord 4Pack(10/6/6/3ft) iPhone Lightning Cable for Mfi Certified Nylon Braided Power Fast Compatible iPhone 11 Pro Max XS XR 8 Plus 7 Plus 6s 5s 5c Air iPad Mini iPod (Green White)
I bought these for the 1 foot long cables, which were to make it convenient to attach my iPhone to my charger. The day I received these cables, my wife's iPhone5 refused to accept a charge. I had set up an appointment to take the phone to the Apple Store to have it checked out, but I decided to give the new cables a try. To my amazement, as soon as I plugged in the new cable, the phone started charging. I guess the charging socket on the phone had worn down, and the new cable made the connection that my cheaper cables could not. These cables are well made and very sturdy. I highly recommend these to anyone with an iPhone or iPad.
iPhone Charger 10 ft, [ MFi-Certified] Lightning Cable 10 Foot,Long Durable Braided 10 feet Nylon Metal Connector Charger Cord Compatible with iPhone 11/11Pro/11Max/ X/XS/XR/XS Max/8/7/6/5S/SE
iPhone Charger 10 ft, [ MFi-Certified] Lightning Cable 10 Foot,Long Durable Braided 10 feet Nylon Metal Connector Charger Cord Compatible with iPhone 11/11Pro/11Max/ X/XS/XR/XS Max/8/7/6/5S/SE
Review

I bought the 10’ lightning cable which replaced an equally long lightning charging cord (from another brand) which eventually broke.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this cable - the connectors are reinforced and seem like they’ll hold up, the braided cord feels sturdy, and overall the product gives a premium vibe at a value cost. I usually only buy from Apple or the top brands on Amazon but this feels equal if not better than the others at a lower price. On the other hand, some of my lightning cords from different brands have offered the warranty information clearly in an insert in the box - this did not (but they have it on the product info page). It helps to be reassured if the warranty info is in the box.

Overall I’m very happy with this cord, and appreciate that such a length at this quality costs way more!

*In full disclosure, I was offered this product for free after providing my honest review. Again, it’s been really nice to replace another 10’ cord that bit the dust. I offer my honest opinion here.
Fire 7 tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black
Fire 7 tablet (7" display, 16 GB) - Black
Original review (June 9, 2019) and three updates placed at the end of the original review (June 10, 2019, June 14, 2019, and June 21, 2019, respectively).

ORIGINAL REVIEW: June 9, 2019 (5/5 stars)
UPDATED REVIEW: June 21, 2019 (4/5 stars)

For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to get upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Money on Purchases” section).

This device is Amazon’s most recently refreshed (2019 – 9th generation) Fire tablet 7 inch at an outstanding price. The Fire 7 (9th generation) is definitely slightly better than the previous generation. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the tablet does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save money on purchasing the Fire and my final recommendations.

Below is my summary of the “Fire 7.” I have spent the past few days playing around with the Fire, using it, and reading other online reviews about this version to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of information provided in this review. For reference purposes, this Fire model was last refreshed in 2017. This review has overlaps with my review of the Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet because both of these are essentially the same tablet but to a different audience.

-THE BOX: The Fire 7 tablet, a quick-start guide, basic safety instructions, 5W wall adapter, and a USB cord (around 3 foot or 36 inches). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.

- AVAILABILITY: Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage are the base colors variants. Additionally, covers can be purchased for $29.99 in the same color scheme as the Fire tablet from Amazon. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend these overpriced covers. There are several other high quality and aesthetically pleasing covers that can be found on Amazon that are affordable, well rated, and function better.

- Key things that have not changed from the prior Fire 7 model:
--- Display size remains the same
--- PPI remains the same at 171
--- RAM remains the same at 1 GB of RAM.
--- Speaker and microphone remains the same (mono speaker with built-in microphone)
--- Size specifications remain the same
--- Warranty remains the same (90-day limited warranty)

- Summary of key aspects (listed in order of importance) that have changed in this version (Fire 7: 2019: 9th generation) from prior generation Fire 7 tablet (2017: 7th generation). For the below comparison, the new version will be listed as Fire 2019 and the previous model as Fire 2017.
--- Fire 2019: Increased storage options (16 GB or 32 GB) as compared to prior version Fire 2017 (8 GB or 16 GB).
--- Battery life has declined to 7 hours (1-hour reduction) from prior version.
--- Charge time has decreased from 6 hours (Fire 2017) to 4 hours (Fire 2019). This is a major plus because it would take forever to charge these tablets). Again, please note that this claim (regarding charging time) holds true only if an Amazon wall outlet is used. The tablet usually notifies you when you are using a non-compatible wall outlet and cable. I have tested charging speeds on third-party wall ports and noticed a substantial increase in charging time as compared to using an Amazon wall outlet. So, ideally, consumers should use only the Amazon wall outlet for fast charging.
--- The new processor based on specs provided by Amazon to developers Fire 7 2019 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 2017 [Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 (1.3 GHz)] is a bit faster. Again, this is my initial assessment. This would require additional testing and I will put in these numbers at a later time when they become available.
--- Camera quality has improved 2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording as compared to the prior version.
--- Slight decrease in weight (0.3 oz/9 grams)
--- Light sensor added (mentioned in developer information page).
--- Three new colors added (Twilight Blue, Plum, and Sage) in addition to Black.

- Technical specs and other details:
--- Size: 7.6” x 4.5” x 0.4” (192 x 115 x 9.6 mm).
--- 171 pixel per inch (PPI) with IPS display technology and advanced polarizing filter. This basically means that there is a bright display with vivid colors and whiter whites for a great viewing experience from all angles.
--- 7-inch screen, 1024 x 600 resolution with SD video playback
--- Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
--- External Storage: expandable storage using MicroSD card for up to 512 GB + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon digital content purchases.
--- Weight: 10.1 oz/286 grams
--- Amazon’s digital assistant: Hands-free Alexa enabled. This option basically converts the device into a stand-alone device that can do multiple functions. For instance, if you are cooking and want help, you can ask Alexa to pull up the instructions for “Mashed Potatoes” and it will do so.
--- Warranty and Service: 90-day limited warranty and service included. U.S. customers can purchase an extended warranty for 1, 2 or 3 years (though I might not personally recommend this for such an affordable product like the Fire 7)
--- Camera: 2MP VGA front-facing camera and rear-facing HD camera
--- Sensors: Accelerometer and light sensor
--- Battery life: Up to 7 hours of battery life
--- Fully charges in 4 hours (if Amazon wall outlet is used)
--- Single-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi. Uses 802.11a/b/g/n with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication. No support offered to connect to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
--- Bluetooth 4.1 LE
--- Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to the computer or for charging the device with the included power adapter; MicroSDXC slot for external storage, and 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker.

- Some limitations (to be expected because of this tablet being sold at a bargain price and also being the base model of the Fire series):
--- No HD video viewing available
--- Camera specs are sub-par as compared to other costlier tablets (again this might sound oxymoronic...but just pointing it out)
--- Max volume is below average (because of the mono-speaker)
--- Sound quality is average
--- Amazon’s ecosystem is not as massive compared to the Google Play Store and Apple Play Store.
--- Amazon’s Silk browser is not as intuitive and user-friendly as more prominent competitors (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).
--- Some reviewers have claimed that the external storage (MicroSDXC card) is not as responsive as the internal storage (this is not something I have experienced).
--- Because of concerns dealing with volume and sound quality using this model for listening to music, or watching TV shows, movies, etc. might require headphones or a speaker.

-Fire 7: 2019 Tablet Kids edition: Please note that Amazon has updated their Fire 7 Kids Edition too. Since, this is for a different audience, I will not deal with it in this review.

- Comparison between Fire 7 (this version – 2019 release) and Fire HD 8 (2018 release – mid-tier model):
--- Charge time: Fire HD 8 (6 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)
--- Display Size: Fire HD 8 (8 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)
--- Video playback: Fire HD 8 (HD video playback) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)
--- Resolution: Fire HD 8 (1280 * 800; 189 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)
--- RAM: Fire HD 8 (1.5 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)
--- Battery life: Fire HD 8 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),
--- Speaker: Fire HD 8 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)
--- Weight: Fire HD 8 (12.8 oz, 363 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)
--- Expandable Storage (internal storage remains same): Fire HD 8 (expandable by to 400 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).
--- Colors: Fire HD 8 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)
--- Cost: Fire HD 8 (16 GB - $79.99; 32 GB - $109.99) vs. Fire HD 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)
--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 8 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)
--- Processors, software version, and cameras remain the same on both units.

- Comparison between Fire 7 (this version – 2019 release) and Fire HD 10 (2017 release – mid-tier model):
--- Charge time: Fire HD 10 (5 hours) vs. Fire 7 (4 hours)
--- Display Size: Fire HD 10 (10.1 inches) vs. Fire 7 (7 inches)
--- Video playback: Fire HD 10 (HD video playback; 1080p HD resolution) vs. Fire 7 (SD video playback)
--- Resolution: Fire HD 10 (1920 * 1200; 224 PPI) vs. Fire 7 (1024 *600; 171 PPI)
--- Processor: Fire HD 10 [2xARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz), 2xARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)] vs. Fire 7 inch (ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.3 GHz) (basically Fire HD 10 would be substantially faster than either the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8)
--- RAM: Fire HD 10 (2 GB RAM) vs. Fire 7 (1 GB RAM)
--- Battery life: Fire HD 10 (10 hours) vs. Fire 7 (7 hours),
--- Speaker: Fire HD 10 (Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers) vs. Fire 7 (Mono speaker)
--- Camera: Fire HD 10 (0.3 MP front-facing and 2 MP rear-facing camera) vs. Fire 7 (2 MP front-facing and rear-facing camera)
--- Weight: Fire HD 10 (17.7 oz, 500 g) vs. Fire 7 (10.1 oz, 286 g)
--- Internal Storage: Fire HD 10 [32 GB (25.4 GB available to user) or 64 GB (54.1 GB available to user)] vs. Fire 7 [(internal storage remains same - 16 GB (9.4 GB available to user) or 32 GB (23.6 GB available to user)]
--- Expandable Storage: Fire HD 10 (expandable by to 256 GB) vs. Fire 7 (expandable by up to 512 GB).
--- Colors: Fire HD 10 (Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red) vs.. Fire 7 (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage)
--- Cost: Fire HD 10 (32 GB - $149.99; 32 GB - $189.99) vs. Fire 7 (16 GB - $49.99; 32 GB - $69.99)
--- Multi-touch: Fire HD 10 (10-point) vs. Fire 7 (5-point)

** If you are considering buying the Fire HD 10, I would wait on it as there is a high probability that this model will be refreshed this year as the last update was in 2017 (Amazon seems to follow a 2-year refresh cycle though this is not always the case).

- Some useful features on Fire Tablets (not a comprehensive list)
--- Accessibility: “VoiceView and Screen Magnifier enable access to the vast majority of Fire tablet features. VoiceView features text-to-speech voice. Fire OS 5 also includes system wide closed caption settings, adjustable font sizes up to 50% larger, and a variety of book reading text adjustments such as adjustable colors and text spacing. Also includes adjustable font sizes/color, and built-in Oxford dictionary.”
--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk
--- Watching movies, TV shows and listening to music.
--- Ability to read Kindle books.
--- Ability to read the news using Washington Times
--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s app store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
--- Ability to get set-up email apps, calendar, etc.
--- Ability to play games that can be downloaded from the app store.

- Testing:
Wi-Fi: I was able to connect to the Wi-Fi network without any technical difficulties. The process was pretty straightforward.

- Saving money on purchasing the Fire:
--- For users who want more storage, I would strongly recommend getting the Fire 7 (16 GB) and then purchasing a microSD card as opposed to getting the costlier Fire 7 (32 GB tablet). For context, users can get a 64 GB microSD card for around $12 (users might be able to get a cheaper microSD card on Amazon prime day) on Amazon which is cheaper than paying an additional $20 for Fire 7 32 GB. Additionally, the user gets more storage by getting a microSD card.
--- The initial purchase with a promo discount entitles the user to a ($10 app store credit value), so you are essentially paying $ 39.99 for the 16 GB Fire 7 tablet.
--- The cost for the 16 GB Fire 7 will be $49.99 (with special offers) or 32 GB Fire 7 for $69.99 (with special offers). Customers can disable special offers later by paying $20 if they purchase the Fire with special offers. Personally, I would recommend going the route of getting the special offers and then disabling it. The special offers only appear when the Kindle is locked/asleep and are non-intrusive. I have 6 devices, all of which have special offers and have never had an issue. However, if the user does not like the special offers, you can purchase the Fire with special offers and then remove the special offers..
--- You can easily trade-in your prior Fire for Amazon credit (for $5-$15 depending on version and condition), which also entitles them to receive an additional 25% discount towards their new Fire.
--- As previously mentioned, I would recommend avoiding purchasing extended warranty on this item.
--- My recommendation would be to purchase this item during a sale event (for instance, Amazon Prime day is coming up in July). The customer can get this tablet for around $20 off during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price and the 25% discount to get this item for a minimal cost (maybe you can snag it for $20 in total or lesser if everything is applied correctly). However, one thing to keep in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in gift card and 25% discount at any point.

-Quality comment: Some customers have critiqued the prior version (Fire 7: 2017) for lack of long-term quality. Again, please remember that this product is sold for $49.99 and goes on sale for around $ 29.99. How much more can one expect for a product this affordable? I have used my prior Fire 7 (2015) for 4 years without any issues (Honestly, I am surprised it lasted this long). Additionally, it definitely is more durable than my iPad. Additionally, with the immense technological breakthroughs occurring at lightening speed, any tablet will be obsolete in a few years. So, it might be logically better to get an affordable average end tablet than investing in a high end one (unless you need a high-end one for your specific use).

- Conclusion:
To sum up my review, this is the basic Amazon Fire 7 tablet. No bells and whistles, but it does the job. Limitations include sound quality, volume quality, and potential issues with MicroSDXC Card access, and basic app store. Updates worth noting in this version include the new color options, a slight decrease in weight, increase in storage (internal and external), slightly faster processor, slightly improved cameras, and slight decrease in battery life (though this might be a more accurate representation of the life of the battery). The bottom line is that if you are looking to get a super affordable tablet that is well-rated, small, lightweight, and can complete most of the basic and some intermediate tasks along with basic entertainment, then this Fire tablet is the way to go. So, I am giving it 5/5 stars in spite of its limitations because it is really hard (if not impossible) to find a better deal at this price point.

- UPDATE # 1 (June 10, 2019): Fire HD 8
I would personally recommend the Fire HD 8 (mid-tier model) as opposed to this Fire 7 (the model reviewed) for a few more dollars. This can be purchased after following the cost-saving suggestions previously listed. My reasons are several and include: the 8 inch screen (as compared to 7 inches), higher resolution (189 PPI vs. 171 PPI), increased RAM (1.5 GB vs. 1 GB), battery life (10 hours vs. 7 hours), and the feature I appreciate the most - Dolby Atmos, dual stereo speakers (which can make a world of difference while watching or listening to something). I own both the 7 and the 8 inch, and there is a spectacular difference in sound quality and volume between the two. Besides, most phones now have an average screen size of around 5.5 inches (many companies are moving towards a 6 inches average). So, having a 7-inch tablet might not per se make a major difference for customers because it is similar in size to their phone (unless they want to use this device as a back-up device to prevent wear and tear on their phone). Additionally, since charging takes a substantial amount of time, I would rather have a tablet with longer battery life (Fire HD 8) than shorter (Fire 7). However, please note that the last argument cuts both ways as the new Fire 7 (4 hours) charges quicker as compared to the Fire HD 8 (6 hours).

- UPDATE # 2 (June 15, 2019): Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited ($2.99/month after free subscription period)
--- Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription that offers over “20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and games for kids 3-12. Age Filters ensure kids see age-appropriate content. Parents can add content to kids' profiles to give them more access to apps and games.” “In FreeTime, kids do not have access to social media or Alexa. In-app purchases require parent approval. Parents can exit FreeTime using a passcode.” Another unique feature is Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited in Spanish!
--- Parents also have the option “to set educational goals and curfews (using FreeTime Unlimited), and manage content for up to 4 child profiles (option given during initial set-up of the tablet) with easy-to-use parental controls.”
--- Generally speaking - FreeTime Unlimited offers unbeatable value – I mean where else on earth can you get kid-friendly and generally holistic content for $2.99/month (after trial subscription ends).
*FreeTime unlimited has several nifty features that I cannot cover because of space limitations. Parents have a lot of flexibility in choosing and curating content for children, permitting downloads, and even setting the tablet to turn-off after a preset amount of use or at a set time and turn on at a set time.

UPDATE # 3 (June 21, 2019): Battery Life and Software
Some customers have complained about the low and unpredictable battery life for this new device. I have experienced occasional battery fluctuations (my prior Fire seemed to have better battery life). So, I am docking a star. Some other reviewers have also experienced overheating of this device. Other than the occasional overheating that occur in all devices (when complex programs/apps are used for an extended period of time), I haven’t experienced anything major until now. Additionally, some customers have also complained about the new Fire OS causing problems. I have experienced occasional staggering of the OS and app closures but nothing major as described by other reviewers. I will continue my testing to see if other issues surface but just wanted to give a heads-up to customers so they are prepared in case they experience any issues in the future and want to contact Amazon about it.

Please also note several resources were used in the compilation of this review but most of this review was based on my personal testing of the product.

Whenever I make any purchase, I try to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. My reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on new information if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always include photos of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!
Sage Appliances SES875 the Barista Express, Siebträgermaschine, Glänzend Schwarz
Sage Appliances SES875 the Barista Express, Siebträgermaschine, Glänzend Schwarz
Bis vor kurzem benutzten wir einen Kaffeevollautomaten (Krups EA 9010), wollten nun aber den „nächsten Schritt“ im Sinne einer Verbesserung des Geschmackserlebnisses gehen.
Bei meinen Recherchen betreffend ein geeignetes Modell, um in die Welt der Siebträgermaschinen einzusteigen, bin ich damals auf die „Gastroback 42612 S Design Espresso Advanced Pro GS“ aufmerksam geworden.
Dieses Modell wird von Gastroback meines Wissens nicht mehr vertrieben, bei der „Sage SES875 The Barista Express“ handelt es sich nun um ein baugleiches Modell, welches unter der Marke Sage vertrieben wird.

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Zum Gerät:
Die Sage SES875 macht schon äußerlich einen sehr wertigen Eindruck. Das komplette Gehäuse besteht aus gebürstetem Edelstahl, welcher sich gut sauberhalten lässt.
Das Gerät ist relativ schwer und steht sicher auch der Arbeitsplatte. Es ist insgesamt sehr durchdacht und gerade für Siebträger-Einsteiger (oder Umsteiger von Kaffeevollautomaten) gut geeignet: Ein Tamper (welcher magnetisch am Gerät befestigt werden kann) gehört ebenso zum Lieferumfang wie ein Kännchen zum Aufschäumen der Milch.
Der Siebträger gefällt mir sehr gut. Er liegt gut in der Hand, ist schön schwer und scheint für die Ewigkeit gebaut zu sein. Zum Lieferumfang gehören ferner zwei einwandige Siebe und zwei doppelwandige Siebe (Füllmenge jeweils für 1 oder 2 Tassen). Hier muss jeder etwas experimentieren um herauszufinden, mit welchem Sieb man gut klar kommt.
Die Siebe müssen in den Siebträger hineingedrückt werden und sitzen dort recht straff, denn schließlich sollen sie ja nicht bei jedem Ausklopfen herausfallen. Wenn man mit dem Fingernagel etwas darunter hakt, lassen sich die Siebe aber gut entnehmen.
Lediglich ein Ausklopfbehälter gehört nicht zum Lieferumfang und muss noch separat angeschafft werden (ich benutze dieses Modell und bin sehr zufrieden damit: Graef 145612 Tresterbehälter).
Gut gefällt mir das integrierte Mahlwerk, da so nicht noch Platz für eine zusätzliche Kaffeemühle benötigt wird. Der Bohnenbehälter oben auf dem Gerät lässt sich abnehmen, so dass das Mahlwerk auch herausgenommen und gereinigt werden kann.
Der Mahlgrad lässt sich über ein seitlich angebrachtes Rädchen schnell und einfach einstellen. Diese Funktion wird auch regelmäßig gebraucht, da bei jeder Kaffeesorte ein anderer Mahlgrad zu optimalen Extraktionsergebnissen führt.
Hier sollte man mit einigen Kaffeesorten und Mahlgrad-Einstellungen experimentieren. Ein Tipp: Ein sehr wichtiges Kriterium ist auch die Frische der Bohnen. Mit frisch gerösteten Espresso-Bohnen aus einer Kaffee-Rösterei erzielt man in aller Regel ohne weiteres ein gutes bis sehr gutes Ergebnis: Das Pulver lässt sich im Sieb gut tampern, es wird beim Extraktionsvorgang ein optimaler Druck aufgebaut, wodurch man i.d.R. eine sehr schöne Crema erhält. Mit anderen Bohnen, welche auch in großen Elektromärkten als Markenkaffee angeboten werden (z.B. … Schümli xyz o.ä.) und dort evtl. schon monatelang lagerten, wird man oft kein zufriedenstellendes Ergebnis erzielen.

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Zum Gebrauch:
Besonders positiv überrascht hat mich die wirklich kurze Zeit, welche sie Sage SES875 zum Aufheizen braucht – nach dem Anschalten signalisieren die LED in weniger als 1 Minute, dass das Gerät bereit ist.
Der erste Bezug sollte immer leer erfolgen, um den massiven Siebträger auf Temperatur zu bringen.

Die zu mahlende Kaffeemenge lässt sich über ein Rädchen an der Vorderseite einstellen; auch hier ist wieder – bspw. in Abhängigkeit vom Mahlgrad – etwas herumprobieren angesagt.
Weiterhin kann über Tasten gewählt werden, ob Kaffeemehl für eine oder für zwei Tassen gemahlen werden soll.
Nach dem Tampern des Kaffeemehls wird der Siebträger in das Gerät eingesetzt und mit drücken der Taste für eine Tasse oder für zwei Tassen gestartet. Die auszugebende Wassermenge kann übrigens für jede Taste individuell programmiert werden.
Während des Extraktionsvorgangs sollte die Anzeige des eingebauten Manometers idealerweise im optimalen Espresso-Bereich liegen. Sollte dies nicht so sein, sind die Parameter wie Mahlgrad, Tamperdruck oder ggf. auch Kaffeesorte zu variieren. Wenn währende des Bezuges der Druck im Siebträger bspw. nicht stark genug ansteigt wird man keine vernünftige Crema auf dem Espresso erzielen. Abhilfe wäre dann: Einstellung eines feineren Mahlgrades und/oder kräftigeres Andrücken des Pulvers im Sieb (Tampern). Ggf. könnte man auch statt des einwandigen Siebes das doppelwandige Sieb verwenden. (Dies ist aber keine „elegante“ Lösung, und nach meinen Erfahrungen lässt sich der Puk aus den doppelwandigen Sieben sehr schlecht herauslösen.)

Ein Kritikpunkt ist in meinen Augen, dass die Sage SES875 über keine Anzeige verfügt, welche einen zu geringen Wasserstand im Wassertank auf der Rückseite signalisiert. So kann es bei leerem Wassertank passieren, dass Luft in das System angesaugt wird.

Zum Thema Wasserfilter:
Das im Wassertank integrierte Filtersystem nutze ich nicht, da mir die Claro Swiss Wasserfilter auf Dauer zu teuer sind. Ich nutze stattdessen einen separaten Wasserfilter (Britta, PearlCo etc.) und bin damit sehr zufrieden. Im Wassertank zeigen sich keinerlei Kalkablagerungen, und die Kosten für die Filterkartuschen liegen mit 2,50 Euro / Monat absolut im Rahmen.

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Kaffeevollautomat oder Siebträgermaschine?
Mir geht es nicht darum zu sagen, Siebträger ist besser als Kaffeevollautomat. Jede Zubereitungsart hat ihre Daseinsberechtigung nebst Vor- und Nachteilen.
Natürlich gibt es an einer Siebträgermaschine keine bequeme One-Touch-Funktion wie bei einem Kaffeevollautomaten – aber das vermisse ich auch nicht.
Ich bereue es jedenfalls nicht, zur Siebträgermaschine gewechselt zu sein, im Gegenteil: Es macht Spaß, jeden Kaffee in „Handarbeit“ zuzubereiten, und das Geschmackserlebnis liegt nach meinem subjektiven Geschmack nochmals deutlich über dem von Kaffee aus dem Vollautomaten (welches ja auch schon gut war). Die Zubereitung des Milchschaums mittels Dampflanze klappt nach kurzer Übung (und mit der richtigen Milch) auch ohne Probleme.
Übrigens: Bei dieser Art der Milchschaumzubereitung sehe ich einen klaren Vorteil gegenüber den Kaffeevollautomaten: Die Hygiene ist hier deutlich besser, da es keine Bauteile (Tanks, Schlauchleitungen etc.) gibt, worin sich Milch befindet und die aufwändig zu reinigen sind.
Es ist lediglich die Dampflanze nach Gebrauch einmal feucht abzuwischen und kurz auszublasen – fertig.

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Fazit:
Ich nutze die Sage Barista Express nun schon einige Wochen und bin bisher absolut zufrieden. Bis auf den nicht vorhandenen Wasserstandsmelder (s.o.) ist mir noch nichts aufgefallen, woran ich etwas zu bemängeln hätte. Ich finde, der Hersteller hat hier alles richtig gemacht und verkauft ein durchdachtes Produkt, welches Spaß macht. Ich würde die Sage Barista Express stand heute wieder kaufen.

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Disney Pixar Zurg Talking Action Figure – Toy Story
Disney Pixar Zurg Talking Action Figure – Toy Story
I have to say that I'm very disappointed. This Zurg's right arm and hand look twisted and I can't turn its hand to its correct position. If I keep trying, it'll only make it worse by letting its hand fall apart. So disappointing..

Update: I fixed it up a bit and looks better than before.

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