Ryan Martinez

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Murach's PHP and MySQL, 2nd Edition
Murach's PHP and MySQL, 2nd Edition
Murach's PHP and MySQL, 2nd Edition by Joel Murach and Ray Harris. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Learn MySQL- simpleNeasyBook
Learn MySQL- simpleNeasyBook
Learn MySQL- simpleNeasyBook by WAGmob. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter & Chamber Secrets Ill Delux
Harry Potter & Chamber Secrets Ill Delux
Harry Potter & Chamber Secrets Ill Delux by J.K. Rowling. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Shirley
Shirley
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, Anna Bentinck, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 194 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Beginning Java Programming
Beginning Java Programming
Beginning Java Programming by Iducate Learning Technologies. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PYTHON: Python Prgramming - Learn Python FAST - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of the Python Programming Language In No Time (Python, ... command line, programming, java Book 1)
PYTHON: Python Prgramming - Learn Python FAST - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of the Python Programming Language In No Time (Python, ... command line, programming, java Book 1)
PYTHON: Python Prgramming - Learn Python FAST - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of the Python Programming Language In No Time (Python, ... command line, programming, java Book 1) by M.J. Brown. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
ASP.NET MVC 4 in Action
ASP.NET MVC 4 in Action
ASP.NET MVC 4 in Action by Jeffrey Palermo , Jimmy Bogard , et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Hands On SQL Server 7 with VB6
Hands On SQL Server 7 with VB6
Hands On SQL Server 7 with VB6 by Wayne S. Freeze. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide by Arthur Martensson. Rated 1.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association , Ph.D. Haff, G. Gregory, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 246 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4: 6 In 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4: 6 In 1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4: 6 In 1 by Joe Habraken, Julia Kelly , et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
What Happens Now?: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You
What Happens Now?: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You
As a reader of many management books, I can honestly say this is a departure from the standard "follow these steps to be a great manager." Instead, this book takes the much less dealt with topic of how to handle the challenge of overcoming stalls after you've already achieved some sort of success in your career.

This approach is valuable because it tackles several key areas that leaders typically face resistance in and offers approaches for dealing with complex skillsets to overcome these challenges (instead of merely applying the technical skills that got you to that position in the first place). Each chapter addresses a specific obstacle that stalls our progress as leaders. The chapters proceed to identify the obstacles, discuss their impacts on you and your coworkers, and recommend practical solutions for moving forward and overcoming them.

I recommend this book to aspiring leaders looking to take the next step in their careers. It's easy to have blind spots, especially as we move up the corporate ladder. This book helps spot yours and overcome them with tactical, easy-to-follow techniques. A great read that can be referenced over and over again in the future.
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl
I am a fan of Rinella's from watching "Meateater" and listening to his "Meateater" podcast. I bought his first book "Meateater: Adventures in the Life of an American Hunter" and was hooked.

I bought this book via Kindle but after a once-through reading decided to buy the paperback version of it so my other family members could read and reference it too. Once I got the book in hand I re-read it and I'm glad I did. For whatever reason I picked up a lot more from the paperback than I ever did from the Kindle version. I guess it probably has something to do with the reference-book feel this book has and the ability to skip around and gather in the whole picture of what this book offers up. The Kindle format works really well for a novel or a mono-formatted book like a historical non-fiction.......this book is neither.

One thing I want to point out about Rinella..........his style of writing (and talking) and his methods, tools and attitudes towards the animals and pursuit really make sense to me. As a transplanted Mid-westerner now living and hunting in the West myself I can really identify where he's coming from on having to evolve from Midwestern traditions and methods about hunting to the Western US approach to the critters out here in the West. Until I'd read Rinella I hadn't stumbled across anyone that eloquently and accurately describes this transition.
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
I love that this story is based on a modern day success/role model. All kids these days know Amazon so would probably be very interested in learning about Jeff Bezos. This adorable book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written with short, easy to read and understand sentences that will capture and hold a young child’s attention. Parents and teachers will appreciate this story because it encourages kids to be curious and observant, to spend time with family and to always read and learn new things! This story promotes important life lessons that our little ones need to be exposed to at a young age. Kudos to the author!
Elon Musk: L'imprenditore che ha portato il futuro nel presente
Elon Musk: L'imprenditore che ha portato il futuro nel presente
Direi un ottimo libro per chi desidera avere una infarinatura generale sulla vita di Elon Musk, leggendo questo libro mi è venuta voglia di saperne di più, e comunque molto scorrevole e racconta a grandi linee la vita di un uomo che sta cambiando il nostro mondo.
Non e un libro approfondito, ma conoscitivo, che anche io ,che non amo leggere ho finito in un pomeriggio,perché la vita di quest'uomo e appassionante.
Ora sto iniziando a macinare la biografia scritta da Ashlee Vance, molto dettagliata ed appassionante, l'unica approvata da Elon Musk.
Comunque consiglio questo libro per chiunque volesse conoscere a grandi linee quest'uomo che ci porterà nel futuro.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine, December, 2007/January 2008
National Geographic Adventure Magazine, December, 2007/January 2008
National Geographic Adventure Magazine, December, 2007/January 2008 by National Geographic Adventure magazine-December 2007/January 2008 issue-Richard Branson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
The Trump Presidential Wall Game - MAGA
The Trump Presidential Wall Game - MAGA
This is a genuinely great game. Whether you love or despise Trump, it's hilarious, and it's a wonderful multi-generation game, since it doesn't require a knowledge base. My kids (youngest is 6) play their parents and grandparents, and the winner is always a surprise.

The only negative about the game is that the box is really designed for presentation, so the frame must be dismantled each time it's reboxed. Also, the hole (from the Trump display window) in the front means bricks occasionally fall out. A couple of replacement bricks would have been nice. I fear we might lose some.

This is regularly the game of choice when my little one chooses, and it's still funny every time "Trumpty Dumpty" falls.

I bought at full price, but I think the Amazon discounted price is more appropriate. I was willing to pay the extra $10 for the laugh factor, but that's just because I was at a loss for gift ideas.
oogle.com
oogle.com
I really enjoyed the fact that this is a satire of the Internet’s early days, otherwise known as the “Dot Com” era. In real life, there was apparently a lot of drama that went down during the creation of some of the most well-known software and tech companies, so this book is an interesting twist on that. It’s loaded with biting wit and sarcasm, which I love. What I also found intriguing was that the author chose to include some actual fact with fiction. This gave the narrative a sense of realism that wouldn't be there if it was just purely sensational sci-fi.

The idea of a memory search engine was very interesting, and I like how that concept is really relevant to today’s obsession with virtual reality experiences. But in this story, that idea is tweaked and given a different spin, because the characters don’t even have to use their eyes since it’s all in their mind. To me, this is far more exciting because they’re not just viewing the memories, they’re actually living them. As the reader, it’s so much more fun when the characters are fully immersed in an experience, rather than just passively observing.

I also really enjoyed being able to watch Larry’s business grow from its humble beginnings to a thriving billion dollar company. Despite being a satire, I really got a realistic sense of the challenges of running a huge company. I particularly liked the parts about the hiring process, and how Larry and his business partner had to adjust to working with all these different personalities. The complex situations they had to face as a team were entertaining because they would occasionally disagree. I liked the dynamic between them because they are opposite personalities, so there were plenty of laughs.
Essential Bob Dylan
Essential Bob Dylan
Vor Jahrzehnten - als es noch keine CD gab - hatte ich einen Bob Dylan Sampler als LP. Dieses Medium habe ich schon lange nicht mehr. Der überraschende Nobelpreis hat mich nun an Dylan erinnert und ich suchte eine guten Sampler. Warum nicht "The Essential Bob Dylan". 32 Songs auf 2 CDs genauso günstig wie die mit vielen guten Rezensionen ausgestattete CD "Best of Bob Dylan" mit "nur" 18 Songs.
Klingt nach einem tollen Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis. Aber amazon zeigte keine einzige Bewertung, wie ist das möglich bei einem seit Jahren verfügbaren Sampler?
Da ich mich seit einiger Zeit über den dynamisch plattgewalzten Klang "moderner" Produktionen (z. B. Adele) ärgere, habe ich vorab die dynamic range database befragt, die mich mit guten Zahlen beruhigte.

Und nun höre ich "The Essential Bob Dylan" immer wieder.

Tolle Musik durchweg. Die Aufnahmen sind im wesentlichen chronologisch sortiert, so kannte ich die meisten Songs der 1. CD von früher (von meiner damaligen LP). Ich bin von allen Songs auf beiden CDs sehr angetan und somit sehr froh, diese Doppel-CD als Querschnitt des musikalischen Schaffens von Bob Dylan gewählt zu haben.

Der Klang ist - gerade im Angesicht des Alters mancher Aufnahmen - beeindruckend gut. Ja, auch dieses Mastering ist recht hoch ausgesteuert, aber hier handelt es sich um eine sinnvolle Optimierungsmaßnahme, die musikalisch so wichtige Dynamik bleibt erhalten. Es macht Spaß, Dylan in dieser Qualität auf meiner großen High-End Anlage zu hören.

Ein in jeder Hinsicht gelungener Dylan - Sampler.
Bamboo Toothbrush Soft Bamboo Bristle, Pack of 4, 100% Biodegradable Eco-Friendly
Bamboo Toothbrush Soft Bamboo Bristle, Pack of 4, 100% Biodegradable Eco-Friendly
I've ordered bamboo toothbrushes before and loved the "green" concept but didn't like the nylon bristles. Didn't know there were bamboo bristles and found these. I need soft bristles and these are firm but soft, if that makes sense. Haven't traveled due to COVID 19 Shelter at Home order but I do have a bamboo toothbrush holder and it fits so I expect traveling won't be an issue at all.
Marvel Titan Hero Series Captain America Electronic Figure
Marvel Titan Hero Series Captain America Electronic Figure
I am so pleased with this figurine for my five-year old grandson. He has always been a Captain America fan and has dressed in that costume for Halloween several different years. His twin brother is a big Spiderman fan and I had recently purchased a Spiderman figurine for him and was desperately looking for a comparable Captain America toy. When this one arrived, I was blown away with how much they looked alike as in build, size, and height. Being twins, if one toy was bigger or more lavish, there would be jealousy on Christmas morning but these were perfectly matched. I could not be happier with this purchase. I'm a Happy Nana.
The Expanse - Season 2
The Expanse - Season 2
The Expanse was developed for SyFy Network, which once seemed to have a bright future [its financial heyday having been the Battlestar Galactica series, a decade ago] but then fell on some lean years, with no projects really catching fire.

It got a second wind [in part via an infusion of cash from Comcast, which I guess was hoping to get into the content-development business] and decided to swing for the bleachers with another multi-year "space opera".

One strength of this series is that it is rooted in a series of well-written novels.  That means the underlying story is going to be rich, complex and multi-layered.

A second strength is: well, almost everything!  None of the actors look familiar to me but the acting here is pretty uniformly good.
The environments are spectacular.  Excellent computer graphics are complemented by immense set-building for backgrounds.  Much of this was filmed in Toronto, and used the largest film lot in the area.  It's amazing how realistic most of this looks.  It really seems like you are watching people suited up in outer space, or on board spaceships, or other off-world locations.

This story is set 200 years in the future.  At first that doesn't sound like that much, but consider how much our world has changed between 1817 and 2017.  Now extrapolate that amount of change or more, an additional 200 years and suddenly the universe this story is in does not seem
far-fetched.

Another strength is the "science" part of the science-fiction here. Things are pretty realistic.  There are no "warp drives" for faster-than-light travel, so humanity has not yet gone beyond our own solar system--but we have colonized the Moon, Mars, and larger asteroids out in the asteroid belt.  There are no "teleporters".  Laser blasts don't streak by slower than bullets, a la Star Wars. Nor can you hear sounds through space.  You get the
idea.  Realistic.

So as humanity spread out and technology evolved, the universe 200 years in the future looks in some ways rather like our world today, just on a bigger scale. The earth and the moon have a unified government under the United Nations.  Mars, originally a research and scientific project of the United Nations, later demanded its independence.  Rather like the U.S. breaking away from Great Britain, as generations were born and lived their whole lives on Mars they came to feel that a distant government was not adequately representing their own interests.  And then there's that asteroid belt and the third main faction, the "belters".  Earth, more depleted and over populated than ever, has a population of around 20 billion. Mars, with almost no atmosphere and quite cold temperatures, needs a lot of resources to grow.  Both now depend on the asteroid belt for a steady stream
of necessary raw materials.

As new generations are born and live their whole lives out in "the belt", they never develop a skeletal or muscular structure strong enough to live on earth. They do not yet have autonomy; they're all working for corporations based on Earth, Moon and Mars. But they certainly have a movement toward autonomy, the biggest obstacle being the immensely spread-out nature of the asteroid belt.  Dozens of "gangs" and variants of belter patois have developed.  The whole title of this series, "The Expanse", refers to the immensity of space in our outer solar system, compared to the
regions occupied by Earth, Moon and Mars.

The story begins with the explicit observation that a tenuous balance of power exists, virtually on a knife's edge--perhaps reminiscent of Europe 200 years ago on the eve of The Great War.  Any incident could set Earth and Mars at war with each other, or a revolt of the Belters for independence, or both. And as in Emerald City or Game of Thrones, one more element is thrown into this multifactional mix, which could become the trigger for widespread disaster.  Interestingly the one thing seemingly absent from this future setting, and one can legitimately ask "why?" is artificial intelligence.  Nope, no visible androids or intelligent robots.  Instead the unexpected appears to be the discovery of a very different form of life,
--probably having originated outside the solar system...

It's always easy to find something to criticize.  Some complain that certain characters seem too "stereotyped" and not sufficiently nuanced.  Frankly, I did not find this to be a problem myself.  Sure, you can recognize certain regulars like "jaded cop", "true believer", "reckless youth" or "selfish bastard".  But these figures have become somewhat stereotyped because we can see them often enough in the real world. 

Networks for unclear reasons are much more close mouthed about their budgets than are movie studios.  This series probably cost roughly $3.5 million per episode to produce. Initial interest was strong, then live viewership began dropping--however the online viewing has held up well.  This
series had an impressive favorable rating of 8.2 in Season One and won a "Saturn" award for best new sci-fi series.  SyFy apparently has contracted now with Netflix to continue this series.  There is no definite announcement, but I really hope a third and fourth season are forthcoming.  I saw the whole thing on Amazon Prime [same as with Humans] and for me, this was the most interesting American TV series I've seen in quite a long time now. For anyone who ever enjoyed a season of sci-fi on TV, I urge you to give this a try.  Without sufficient audience, every series dies.  It has to work financially to survive. I am hoping to watch a third season!

Just one caution: perhaps due to the rich story and future setting, it takes several episodes to really get a good feel for what's going on and to get hooked into it.  Don't watch just the first episode and give up, because "it's too confusing."  Other aspects to that: in part, this is suspense.  The audience wasn't supposed to understand everything going on initially. The characters themselves don't always understand what's happening either--almost like REAL LIFE!  Third: some complain that there's no English sub-titling, when belters are speaking in their own patois with each other.  Ever been in a FOREIGN COUNTRY?  Yeah--once again, kinda like real life!  Don't worry--you really do not have to understand every word
to get the gist of the communication.  Much of communication is visual anyhow.  I give this...uh...an A- which is a pretty high mark.  No, it's not necessarily deeply philosophical.  But it's believable, it's well-acted, it's sometimes genuinely moving, sometimes highly suspenseful, sometimes a bit sexy, sometimes violent, sometimes funny, and it just has some kind of mixture of fun and serious that can be really hard to blend and make
it work.  This does so.  Oh-and I never was all that impressed with Battlestar Galactica anyhow.  Personally, I think this is already a better series than that ever was.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)
I picked up all 3 of these digital audio books (LOTR Trilogy) to listen to for a road trip. The first two are good (would recommend), sometimes too dramatic and somewhat cheesy but overall enjoyable.

This, the final audio book, takes it up a notch. The voice acting often moved from immersive and engaging to irritating and excessive. There was also some new random fascination with singing throughout the book, all in an operatic, vibrato style... it was ...not good.

I am a LOTR fan, I have enjoyed the books, films and other audio books. Unless you feel open to excessive (often high pitched) dramatic voice overs as well as uncomfortable vibrato songs, I would suggest skipping this audio book. My guess is most will find that it distracts more than it adds to the story.
Complete Hardcover 7 book set of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas Series (Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Hours,Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd and Saint Odd)
Complete Hardcover 7 book set of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas Series (Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Hours,Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd and Saint Odd)
I picked these up after watching the movie, I'd been pushed to read them by a friend but I'm not a huge Koontz fan. Seeing the film (Yelchin - Loved watching that kid- Terrible Tragedy) gave me the nudge.
The first three...yeah three, I loved, couldn't put them down. I loved Odd, his process and relationships. The books had great pace, by the fourth I found it hard to pick them up. Granted, the first three I read in like two days so maybe I was Odded out? The last book was hard to finish, once it was in my hands I enjoyed it but once it was down, I'd skirt walking by it as not to feel bad for not picking up.
I would recommend them, though maybe, take your time. I was glad to finish them, glad because it ended and I genuinely enjoyed Odd.
Nora Roberts' Tribute
Nora Roberts' Tribute
Nora Roberts is a great author. I love all her books. The movies are equally as entertaining. I look forward to more of her books being turned into movies. I check for new movies constantly.
A MacGregor Christmas: A 2-in-1 Collection
A MacGregor Christmas: A 2-in-1 Collection
I found it very hard to follow and I found the print for me was very small! It seems to be a copy of the outlander series!! It seemed to be about the same time frame and I kept comparing it to that series!!
The Witch of Portobello: A Novel (P.S.)
The Witch of Portobello: A Novel (P.S.)
The Witch in question is the protagonist of the piece, but we never meet her first hand. In the beginning we are told that she was murdered. We don't know why or by whom. Each chapter is a narrative told by her friends, family, and acquaintances. They describe their relationships with her and how they were impacted by having known her. Born in Transylvania to a Romany gypsy mother and a "foreign" father after a brief affair, our heroine is given up for adoption immediately after birth. She is adopted by a Lebanese couple, the Kahlils, and they bring her to their home when Beirut had a reputation for being a glittering, vibrant city.
They name her Shirine and raise her in their Roman Catholic faith. When war breaks out in Beirut they immigrate to London and become well established. Shirine grows up and marries and has a son. The marriage ends in divorce. When she is denied communion she leaves the Catholic Church, and this is the beginning of her journey to becoming Athena, the Witch of Portobello.

Through various relationships she develops her own philosophy and belief system which is a mix of gypsy superstition, mid-eastern dervish, and wiccan beliefs. She becomes well known for her teachings and develops a cult following which leads to her downfall.

The story does reach a surprising and satisfying conclusion.

If your tastes tend toward the esoteric and arcane then by all means help yourself.

For my taste it is less of a straight forward story and more of a philosophical treatise.
West of the Tularosa
West of the Tularosa
Over the last 35 years, I have read every Louis L'Amour western at least three times, and the Sackett series even more. I had previously read several of the short story compilations published since L'Amour's death and while most of them were good, they were retreads of the Hopalong Cassidy short stories or the short story that was a prelude to many of his novels.

That being said, I approached this new compilation of old L'Amour magazine short stories with a bit of caution and was pleasantly surprised as I had not read them before or, if I had, they didn't come immediately to mind as I read them. Each story appears to follow the typical L'Amour format: a young guy is trying to make his way in the world, there is a protagonist that gets in the way of not only the main character but the townspeople involved, and there is a young woman the main character is attracted to and eventually gets the girl.

In-between you have a lot of nice literature that really makes you feel part of the story - you smell the smoke, feel the tension, and you can visualize the scenes clearly in your mind along with some old-fashioned values of right and wrong. L'Amour was a heck of a writer, and after reading this compilation I'm getting the urge to pull out my paperbacks and start the process again with his novels.

I purchased this Kindle version as part of the Kindle Daily Deal and only paid $1.49 for it which is a heck of a bargain. As I type this review, the Kindle version has increased in price to $5.59 - for L'Amour fans, you will get many times that amount in value, especially as these stories appear "new" as mentioned above.
Peter Rabbit: Christmas Is Coming: A Christmas Countdown Book
Peter Rabbit: Christmas Is Coming: A Christmas Countdown Book
A Beautiful book with 25 chapters of christmas peter rabbit stoys and thing to make and do the is a chapter for every day of decmber starting on the 1st to of dec and ending on the 25th of dec christmas
Day . it has anazing pictures of peter Rabbit and frends and the book is made to high quality well worth buying for any little boy or girl who love peter and Rabbit and frends
Tempting the Demon
Tempting the Demon
Katya is a police detective with a couple of problems. The first is that demons are being killed in the city. The second is her partner Blaise. Romantic relationships are never an easy thing, but when you are a half-demon and a demon is in your thoughts and life constantly? That’s a hard thing to deal with. So’s figuring out who the murderer is.

This is a lovely little mystery-romance work that had quite a lot going for it. The erotica is smoulderingly hot, the setting and story is well thought out and told. The answer to the mystery isn’t obvious and it unfolds in a way that feels very much like you are with Katya as she puts the pieces together.

Katya is strongly written with a past, her own thoughts and concerns, and more importantly, she wants to prove herself in a world where women aren’t known to succeed. She faces a lot of barbs and needles from her co-workers, some of which she deals with in rather unique ways. But most of all, it’s very clear from the beginning that she knows her job and is very good at it. The problem is that her partner Blaise is just as good at his job, and Katya as well.

Blaise is interesting in that he, and Katya, can share their thoughts with each other and as a result there is a cute ongoing meme. The sexual tension, teasing, wanting and desires that passes between them almost constantly doesn’t get old or repetitive. It keeps their romance and sexual needs at a simmer throughout the story and it works really well.

There is a succubus in the work, and who she is I won’t reveal in this review but it’s very obvious that she is a succubus from the moment she is revealed, both in form, action, voice and seduction. There is a bit of mind control being used by her in one scene which is very hot and did show her being a succubus and a very powerful one at that. Her background, her reasons for why she is murdering others, make sense to her, but it’s obvious that she isn’t quite right in a lot of ways and that’s a shame.

I would have liked to have seen her in the time before this story, to see what she was like and how she changed from the person she was to the murderer she became.

The work is wonderfully written with strong characterizations, scenes, and passions told. It felt like it was the right length to tell all of the story that was in this work and did not waste a moment in the telling of that story.

I would like to see more of these characters, of this world and it could easily happen. There are some intriguing plot points and characters that add to the tapestry around the main characters and in that comes a lot of questions that I’d like to see answers to.

Five out of five pitchforks.

A wonderful, hot, passionate romance with a mystery swirling that keeps you turning the pages.
Bis(s) zum Abendrot: Twilight-Saga 3
Bis(s) zum Abendrot: Twilight-Saga 3
Nach einem großartigen ersten Band folgte ein eher schwacher zweiter Teil. Mit "Bis(s) zum Abendrot" ist es der Autorin allerdings wieder gelungen, das Niveau zum ersten Band wieder zu erreichen.

Die Geschichte wird wieder einmal gut und flüssig erzählt, dazu wird die Handlung immer spannender und actiongeladener. Allerdings muss man aber auch sagen, dass die Geschichte viel zu vollgepackt ist. Es gibt viele Handlungsstränge, die am Ende miteinander verbunden werden, aber dennoch wirkt es beim Lesen an einigen Stellen zu viel auf einmal. Da gibt es die Werwölfe, die ihre eigenen Probleme haben, die Dreiecksbeziehung zwischen Bella, Jacob und Edward, die angebliche Mordserie und Victoria, die es weiterhin auf Bella abgesehen hat.

Trotz der vielen Handlungsstränge gibt es dennoch ein paar interessante Dinge, die man in diesem Buch vorfinden kann, so kommt z.B. endlich mal Rosalie zu Wort. Obwohl sie ein eher wenig beachteter Charakter bislang war, mochte ich sie auf Anhieb, da sie ganz anders als die anderen Cullens wirkte. Nun, wo man mehr über ihre Vergangenheit und ihre Zeit als Mensch erfährt, kann man sie und ihre Ansichten immer mehr verstehen. Gleiches gilt für Jasper, der auch endlich mal zu Wort kommen darf und nicht mehr nur wie ein stiller Beobachter wirkt.
Gleichzeitig bekommen die Wölfe wieder weniger Aufmerksamkeit, was mir sehr gut gefällt, denn ich sehe die "Twilight"-Reihe nach wie vor als Vampirroman an. Zwar ist die Geschichte der Werwölfe ganz nett und auch die Verhältnisse untereinander sind ab und zu interessant, allerdings werde ich mit Werwölfen allgemein nie ganz warm.

Die Charaktere entwickeln sich weiterhin relativ gut. Zwar gibt es mit Jacob die große Ausnahme, die restlichen Charaktere entwickeln sich jedoch von Kapitel zu Kapitel. Auch wenn mich Bella sehr oft nervt, muss ich gestehen, dass sie immer reifer und mutiger wird. Zwar war der Mut von Anfang an vorhanden, allerdings wirkte vieles oftmals unbeholfen und naiv, was man nun kaum noch bei ihr vorfindet. Victoria halte ich nach wie vor für eine unglaublich gute Protagonistin. Obwohl sie meist nur im Hintergrund agiert, spielt sie dennoch eine wichtige Rolle und will nur eines: Rache! Ihr Ziel ist Bella, die jedoch von allen Seiten beschützt wird.
Bei Jacob ist immer noch das Problem vorhanden, dass er sich absolut nicht weiterentwickelt. Bei ihm habe ich eher das Gefühl, als würde er Rückschritte machen, denn er benimmt sich nach wie vor enorm kindisch und aufdringlich. Ich wüsste absolut nicht, wie ich mit ihm umgehen würde, wenn ich ihn in meinem privaten Umfeld hätte. Er hält sich zum Teil für unwiderstehlich und lässt dies auch stellenweise deutlich raus, besonders wenn es um Bella geht.

Auch das Ende hat es in sich. Die Handlung ist nach wie vor nicht abgeschlossen, viele Fragen kommen weiterhin auf und es wird immer spannender. Dazu wird am Ende eine gewisse Bree Tanner vorgestellt, die zwar nur kurz auftaucht, der aber dennoch eine ganze Geschichte gewidmet wird. In "Bis(s) zum ersten Sonnenstrahl - das kurze zweite Leben der Bree Tanner" wird ihre Geschichte erzählt und man erhält weitere Einblicke zu "Bis(s) zum Abendrot", allerdings aus ihrer Sicht. Für Twilight Fans ein toller Zusatzband, für Gelegenheitsleser ist es jedoch nicht unbedingt spannend.

Mit dem Cover bin ich leider nicht warm geworden. Zwar erinnert dieses Cover nicht mehr zu sehr an einen historischen Roman, dennoch gefällt mir das Originalcover deutlich besser. Sehr schön sind allerdings die vielen Rottöne. Die Kurzbeschreibung liest sich toll und macht Lust auf mehr.

Insgesamt ist "Bis(s) zum Abendrot" ein Teil, der mir ganz gut gefallen hat. Zwar reicht dieser aufgrund seiner vielen Handlungsstränge nicht ganzcan den ersten Band heran, aber dafür ist es deutlich besser als der zweite Teil. Ein Muss für Twilight Fans!
Target Practice
Target Practice
Target Practice is a collection of early Rex Stout short stories which were originally published in the 1910's and 20's in the now long defunct "All-Stories Magazine." Some were published under the pseudonym "Evan Day." Stout had mostly disavowed his early work and didn't have copies of them in his personal papers after he died.

A Stout fan came to the rescue a number of years later while researching Stout's early work. Apparently, he had to go to extraordinary lengths to find them. The only copies left in existence were in the United States Library of Congress. Not only did the library refuse to let the editor look at the magazines because of their fragile state, but they had no intention of preserving them either. Foolish really.

It took intervention by a member of Congress to get permission to have the magazines copied. A transcription later and the stories along with a few novels ("
Polyjuice Potion Shot Glass
Polyjuice Potion Shot Glass
These things are the perfect gifts for adult Harry Potter fans. Excellent quality and fairly priced. I have nearly the entire collection and intend to complete it soon...
Morec 16A EV Charger Level 1-2 NEMA6-20P with Adapterfor NEMA 5-15, 100V-240V, Portable EVSE SAE J1772 Plug 8m (26 feet), Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station Compatible with All EV Cars
Morec 16A EV Charger Level 1-2 NEMA6-20P with Adapterfor NEMA 5-15, 100V-240V, Portable EVSE SAE J1772 Plug 8m (26 feet), Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station Compatible with All EV Cars
Graphics and Title ("Morec EV Charger NEMA6-20P, Portable EVSE Level 2 Type1 SAE J1772 Plug 8m (26 feet), 220V-240V, 16A, Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station Compatible with All EV Cars …") are misleading. This is actually a DUAL Level 1 AND Level 2 Charger with a DUAL input voltage of 120 - 240 VAC. I just received it, set it up and have enormous hopes it will last long into the future. Works like a charm with 120 VAC input, was easy to install, has clear and concise documentation with lovely drawings and sketches. Build quality appears to be excellent. My only concern is a promised 3-year warranty on Amazon but the documentation declares a 2-year warranty. In the event of an issue my expectation is the longer Amazon warranty will prevail. Hope they sell a lot of these so the price point remains low. Will update this review should there be future issues.
Rolife DIY Dollhouse Miniatures Craft Kits for Adults (Simon’s Coffee)
Rolife DIY Dollhouse Miniatures Craft Kits for Adults (Simon’s Coffee)
I just finished this kit and I love it! It turned out great!! This is my first time doing a kit like this. All of the pieces were there, instructions are in English and easy to follow, color pictures as well.
I did need some additional supplies. Sharp, small scissors, xacto knife, tacky glue, small needle nose pliers, ruler with cm and mm. and fine sandpaper. It comes with a small amount of sandpaper. I also purchased a craft cutting pad and a small bottle of stain. I used that rather than cover some of the items with wood grain paper. I also ended up needing more of the transparent window material, my error. I found that on this site, dollhouse window material.
I was a little intimidated by the lighting but that was no problem.
The little coffee shop is as cute as can be. I'll be making more of these kits.
Indian Sari Fashion Women's Saree with Unstitch Blouse Piece 1-50
Indian Sari Fashion Women's Saree with Unstitch Blouse Piece 1-50
Absolutely stunning. It is gorgeous material and colors are vibrant and beautiful combination of golds - you will need a tight waisted undergarment to tuck in all of the pleats and fabric along with large pins to strategically pin the sari so you can move and not unravel. I wore tight leggings underneath which worked perfectly to tuck in all the material and a crop top to pin the top piece of the sari in place. Lots of YouTube videos to help you get it right. I absolutely loved this Sari - one of my all time most magnificent celebrations and I felt like a princess in this. Love love love!!!!
Dickies Men's Heavyweight Crew Neck Short Sleeve Tee
Dickies Men's Heavyweight Crew Neck Short Sleeve Tee
I want to start our by saying that I am, in general, happy with both the quality of the product and the timeliness of the delivery.

I used to buy Champion tee shirts ;with featured a decent weight fabric and a generous cut. A few years back Champion was bought out by Fruit of the Loom and the fabric got lighter, and the cut got skimpy--now resembling the Fruit of the Loom tee shirts.

I then switched to Dickies (regular weight) which I can buy at Walmart. It featured an even heavier fabric and an even more generous cut than the Champion tees of old. I am happy with the Dickies standard weight tees. But Walmart carries them in on black, white and gray only. I wanted colors.

I ordered the Dickies heavy weight. When it arrived I tossed it in the laundry along with a brand new Dickies standard weight. When they were laundered I handled both and they did not feel much different. I examined the construction and they appear to be the same quality (excellent). The heavy weight was made in Nicaragua, and the standard weight was produced in the Honduras. But both seem of similar assembly quality.

I decided to weigh them on my kitchen scale: Stardard weight (XL) 9.25 ounces; Heavy weight (XL) 9.75 ounces a difference of 1/2 ounce (5.26%). Hardly a heavy weight.

So if you are not interested in colors, I recommend the standard weight; if you want the colors go with the heavy weight.

If you want a true heavy weight tee I only know of Duluth Trading whose tees are of a true heavy weight fabric and the cut is generous but the product is expensive. I find the Dickies to be a much better value. For tall men, the Dickies are available in a "tall" too.

A good product, but not really a heavy weight.
MSA3 Air Purifier for Home Large Room and Bedroom with True HEPA Filter, 100% Ozone Free Air Cleaner for Smokers, Pet and Allergies Remove 99.97% Allergens, Dust, Odor, Smoke, Pollen
MSA3 Air Purifier for Home Large Room and Bedroom with True HEPA Filter, 100% Ozone Free Air Cleaner for Smokers, Pet and Allergies Remove 99.97% Allergens, Dust, Odor, Smoke, Pollen
This machine is quiet, sooo quiet, and I like that. The sound it does make (I run it on 2) is soft, background, not even white noise. It doesn't interfere with anything I've got going on, like streaming video, or just sitting and reading. It does clean the air, and does a good job. It's made a big improvement in the air quality in my living room. Worth the price, and one of the better purchases I've made in recent years!

Setup was brilliant, just pop off the front, remove the filter, remove the plastic from the filter, replace it, pop the front back on, plug it in and go. EZPZ. The lights/touch buttons are self-explanatory, the instruction manual clear and concise.

A plus: it seems to help circulate the heat. The clean air comes out the top of the machine, so it acts a bit like a fan. My place has baseboard heaters, and normally all the heat goes out the roof. Not any more! I'm betting it's going to help in the summer, too, circulating cool air.

Another plus: it's not ugly. Not at all. It's very sleek, non-intrusive.
Haribo Barras de Regaliz, 150 Unidades, Tarro de 1200 g
Haribo Barras de Regaliz, 150 Unidades, Tarro de 1200 g
I doubt these will last very long. Once the tub is open they quickly disappear. You can't eat one, you have to take a hand full. I try to hide them but the family have got clever and steal them. The service was first class and arrived as promised and in perfect condition. Thank you

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