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Redux in Action
Redux in Action
Redux in Action by Marc Garreau and Will Faurot. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Book of Tea
The Book of Tea
The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo, Alan Munro, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 710 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2539 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Rewriting Harry Potter
Rewriting Harry Potter
Rewriting Harry Potter by T.M. Caufield. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Nights in Rodanthe (Paperback, 2004)
Nights in Rodanthe (Paperback, 2004)
Nights in Rodanthe (Paperback, 2004) by Nicholas.. Sparks. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story
Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story
Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by Anthony Sciarratta. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
JOHN GRISHAM: SERIES READING ORDER: MY READING CHECKLIST: JAKE BRIGANCE SERIES, THEODORE BOONE SERIES, JOHN GRISHAM’S STAND-ALONE NOVELS, SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS AND NONFICTION BOOKS
JOHN GRISHAM: SERIES READING ORDER: MY READING CHECKLIST: JAKE BRIGANCE SERIES, THEODORE BOONE SERIES, JOHN GRISHAM’S STAND-ALONE NOVELS, SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS AND NONFICTION BOOKS
JOHN GRISHAM: SERIES READING ORDER: MY READING CHECKLIST: JAKE BRIGANCE SERIES, THEODORE BOONE SERIES, JOHN GRISHAM’S STAND-ALONE NOVELS, SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS AND NONFICTION BOOKS by MY READING CHECKLIST. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Blue Rondo
Blue Rondo
Blue Rondo by John Lawton. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 42 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Negociador (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Negociador (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Negociador (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Le Fléau (Thrillers) (French Edition)
Le Fléau (Thrillers) (French Edition)
Le Fléau (Thrillers) (French Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 57 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI
Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI
Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI by Stephen King, George Guidall, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1407 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)
Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised)
Raymond Chandler: Poodle Springs (Dramatised) by Raymond Chandler, Robert B Parker, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 113 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Java Programming Language
The Java Programming Language
The Java Programming Language by Ken Arnold and James Gosling. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 39 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Alice 3 in Action with Java™
Alice 3 in Action with Java™
Alice 3 in Action with Java™ by Joel Adams. Rated 2.4 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
QGIS Python Programming Cookbook
QGIS Python Programming Cookbook
QGIS Python Programming Cookbook by Joel Lawhead. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Essential Reference (OTHER NEW RIDERS)
Python Essential Reference (OTHER NEW RIDERS)
Python Essential Reference (OTHER NEW RIDERS) by David M. Beazley. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Easy programming - easy to learn PHP programming ( ) ( 1296 minutes minute multimedia instructional video ) Ma Chunxing . Wangrui Jing . Chen Junhong of Chemical Industry Press. 9787(Chinese Edition)
Easy programming - easy to learn PHP programming ( ) ( 1296 minutes minute multimedia instructional video ) Ma Chunxing . Wangrui Jing . Chen Junhong of Chemical Industry Press. 9787(Chinese Edition)
Easy programming - easy to learn PHP programming ( ) ( 1296 minutes minute multimedia instructional video ) Ma Chunxing . Wangrui Jing . Chen Junhong of Chemical Industry Press. 9787(Chinese Edition) by MA CHUN XING. WANG RUI JING. CHEN JUN HONG DENG BIAN ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Beginning C# Databases: From Novice to Professional
Beginning C# Databases: From Novice to Professional
Beginning C# Databases: From Novice to Professional by James Huddleston , Ranga Raghuram, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids
Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids
El libro está en inglés, así que tus hijos deberán tener cierto nivel para seguirlo. Hay algunas cosas que específicas de USA (aparte de que siempre se menciona al dólar y ni a otra moneda), pero en general todo es válido.

Lo suyo es leerlo junto con los críos o, en su defecto, que vayan ellos leyendo un capítulo y que luego pregunten lo que no hayan entendido, haciéndoles a su vez algunas preguntas de control.

Mientras que no haya nada parecido en castellano, es una buena opción.
Steve Jobs' Life By Design: Lessons to be Learned from His Last Lecture
Steve Jobs' Life By Design: Lessons to be Learned from His Last Lecture
The author of this book George Beahm used the most popular commencement address in American history (over 8 million You Tube views) to tell us more about a highly successful businessman named Steve Jobs. Previously, Beahm whet our appetite with I, Steve in his own words which found its way to the New York Times Bestseller List.

In the new offering Beahm advises readers right away to go to You Tube and watch Jobs deliver his speech and then read his new book, which was good advice. But, I made the mistake of reading the first few pages of Steve Jobs' Life By Design and didn't stop until I reached the last page of Notes. I watched the You Tube video a couple of days later.

Even though Jobs' target audience was young, very bright graduates of a major American university, his remarks have been read and heard by thousands of people of all ages around the world, and Beahm, as usual, found a way to present this biographical information in a clear, concise, and elegant way--elegance that Jobs would have appreciated. At one point, Beahm used the following lines from Andrew Marvell's poem To His Coy Mistress: "But at my back I always hear/Times' winged chariot hurrying." And later he uses a couple of lines from John Greenleaf Whittier's Maud Miller: "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these. It might have been..."

Jobs lived to create things of beauty. He sought out simplicity of line, quality of construction and elegance of functionality. Beahm has infused his latest creation with these same elements. Beahm reflected Jobs' words that day at Stanford University to those of Marvell and Whittier--life is short by design, find something to love, work hard, make beautiful things. Beahm proposes, I think, that Jobs was more artist than businessman. Not once in his commencement speech did Jobs mention making money. His concluding words were--STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH. Beahm's new book is informative and a joy to read. Jobs would have been pleased.
Steve Jobs: The Man Behind the Bitten Apple: Insight into the Thoughts and Actions of Apple’s Founder (Billionaire Visionaries Book 3)
Steve Jobs: The Man Behind the Bitten Apple: Insight into the Thoughts and Actions of Apple’s Founder (Billionaire Visionaries Book 3)
I agree with the review by L. Montgomery; the 59 positive (five and four star) customer ratings for this book look contrived and not authentic. Mr. MacGergor's book is flimsy, superficial and not much more than a description of Apple's innovative product line. I was hoping to gain some insight into the life and personality of Steve Jobs but found this book avoided delving into this, other than general descriptions of how products were developed. Disappointing waste of time. This 48 page "book" reads like a high school research paper. Don't expect to gain much about Steve Jobs here.
The Third Secret: A Novel of Suspense
The Third Secret: A Novel of Suspense
This book is about the last Marian apparitions and the governance of the Roman Church.
The catholic clergy has never taken a clear stand as far as supernatural appearances by the Virgin Marye are concerned. This uncertainty gives room to create a marvellous novel based on some historical facts enriched with the creativity, precision and skilfulness of Steve Barry.

Barry is very good at creating a storyline in which the good ones (the German Pope, his Irish secretary and a African cardinal) want to help the Church restoring the truth and the bad ones (the secretary of state and other Italian cardinals) want to help the church restoring the original faith . In this struggle, knowing the secret behind Fatima is crucial and who will succeed will be in the position to forge the future of the Church.

What I did like the most in this book? First, I could not put it done. The book comprises of a series of events that are quite unpredictable. This author does not annoy the reader with lengthy and tedious descriptions of places and feelings: the focus is always on the unfolding of the events
Second, it was able to stimulate my interest in history and specifically in the history of Church.
Barry is a declared history-lover and and his passion is able to affect the reader.

The thrilling plot and the historical base are probably two features of all Barry’s books, but I regard this even better than the one I read before, “The Romanov Prophecy”, which was already 5 stars

At end of the book Berry states accurately which facts are historically true and which are his own creations. This is methodologically very correct and shows great respect towards the importance of History.
Memos from the Chairman
Memos from the Chairman
Warren Buffet doesn't write many book introductions, which is the first sign you're reading something uncommonly great.

I cannot believe that I've never heard of this book. I read this in one sitting which is testament to it's brevity and content.

Alan C. Greenberg was CEO of Bear Stearns from 1978 to 1993. Over this time the firm grew c.10x employees and substantially outperformed rivals in terms of return on equity. This book collects the memos he sent to staff over that time.

Greenberg is funny (he has two imaginary management gurus from whom he quotes regularly), lacks the ego of most CEO book writers and is refreshingly anti management pseudo-science. One of my favourite paragraphs follows:

“We have lost 90% of our competitors over the last 20 years. Most of those managements were precocious; they were using those catchy techniques years ago. 35% used TQM 25% used CI 20% used BPR 10% used OTAODI. The remaining 10% did not use any sophisticated management tools, they were just extra special stupid. The [committee] suggested that we stick to common sense (CS) because catchy titles will never supplant “CS.” If you disagree, you are working at the wrong place.”

There's a lot of books that will tell you about the importance of repetition in leadership communication, but I can't think of one that so effectively shows the principle at work.

Should be required reading in any management training program.
Henry Ford: An American Icon (Titans of Fortune)
Henry Ford: An American Icon (Titans of Fortune)
The old adage, "You get what you pay for," could easily use this biography of Henry Ford as an explicit example. I read the enitre thing, the section dedicated to the life of Ford, in less than an hour. That part of the book constituted approximately seventy-five percent of its content. The remainder, page after page of references and alternative sources of more information on Henry Ford, made up the remaining twenty-five percent.
Perhaps I wasn't observent enough when I purchsed my Kindle edition. Somewhere in the description it may have said that this "book" was the sparest of outlines. My intent was to settle in for a good long, in-depth read about an exceptional man in the history of the automobile industry. Instead of a four-course meal for the mind, I got a glimpse at the menu, without even being seated.
#foreword - 16oz Beer Pint Glass Cup
#foreword - 16oz Beer Pint Glass Cup
#foreword - 16oz Beer Pint Glass Cup by undefined. Rated 89 out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
Trouble In Mind
Trouble In Mind
Trouble In Mind by Aretha Franklin. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Aretha Franklin" category.
La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong
La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong
This is a cynical 90's transfer to CD of some of the poorest live recordings you'll ever hear. For all but two of the tracks Louis sounds like he's singing through a sock in an aerodrome full of vacuum cleaners. What's more, the worst of the tracks is the eponymous one. Don't let the end of your bargepole even hover over the 'buy now' button.
The Essential Bob Dylan: P/V/G Folio
The Essential Bob Dylan: P/V/G Folio
This book is terrible. I have never experienced a less accurate book than this one. I am playing guitar 20 years, and bought this book as a gift for someone. It is rubbish, and I'm being kind! I'm contacting the publisher to see if I can send this piece of trash back to them in the hope that they may agree, but mainly just to make me feel better. Would give it negative stars if that was possible. Basically, selling this book is akin to theft!
Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook
Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook
The originals from which the Triplicate issue got its inspirations. I share Mr. Dylan's affection for the songs of the pre-rock n roll generation, and probably sing them about as well as he does now. It is interesting to hear them in earlier versions versus Dylan's more limited arrangements and instrumentation. The face of Bob Dylan on the cover is possibly a selling ploy, or might be a drawback as it does not hint at the wide range of artists actually included on the album. The rating is primarily for affection for the musical generation and its value as a contrast and compare stimulus against the Triplicate album by Dylan.
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
This book is clearly tailored for somewhat intense Computer Science Undergrad Program's first year course. I say that because it's not exactly the quickest path to learning your first language; it's more focused on big computer science concepts as it is on the Java language itself. If someone is completely new to programming it might be a bit overwhelming to not be given solid practice with a language before talking about complex subjects like recursive implementation of sorting and searching algorithms and their Time Complexity measurements as this book does.

I have my reservations about the currently accepted choice of Java as the first "teaching language" in most universities but here is where the book shines: it does a great job of framing Java within the world of other languages. Lower level features not in Java like pointers are talked about. The book works with a non-standard library called stdlib which emulates C's printf as well as some providing some really nice classes for creating graphical elements, bridging the gap to higher level languages like Javascript and providing the satisfaction of some real feedback. I believe this library is authored at Princeton University, where the book is used.

If you are a self-learner looking to learn your first language I wouldn't really recommend this book unless you're a very fast learner or you supplement it with some real Java language learning and practice. The latter might even be my recommendation if you are using this text book in college and don't already have some programming experience.
Jordan Air Jumpman Team 2
Jordan Air Jumpman Team 2
Overall the sneaker looks great , the box I received them in was completely damaged. Anybody who takes care of their sneakers knows the box is just as important.
The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman
Like Johnny Appleseed, Annie Oakley, and possibly Harry Houdini, P.T. Barnum has become less a figure of history than a giant of American popular folklore. And since Barnum himself never pretended to possess more than a passing relationship with the truth, it’s richly appropriate that “The Greatest Showman,” the new movie which uses as its foundation the life of the father of the circus, does not even bother to use the usual opening gambit, “based on a true story.” Because it rarely is.

Instead, before the opening credits even hit the screen the movie throws the audience by the seat of its pants into the most foot-stomping, pulse-pounding, show-stopping entertainment since the circus came to town. The picture grabs the viewer by his nose and doesn’t let go from the first frame of film until the last. And after the show is over, the viewer leaves with a song in his heart, a smile on his face, a spring in his step, and a tear in his eye.

“The Greatest Showman” follows the tried-and-true formula of Horatio Alger and dozens of motion pictures biographies, from “Rhapsody in Blue” to “Night and Day” to “Yankee Doodle Dandy”: Through hard work and dedication, the hero rises from poverty to the pinnacle of success, falters for a moment, and then through faith and love achieves an even more lofty and soul-satisfying conclusion.

But “The Greatest Showman” continues the hallowed entertainment tradition to the beat of a percussive and pounding drum-driven hip-hop tempo of street music, accompanied by the most jaw-dropping breakdance moves you’ll ever see in an ensemble performance.

During the opening scene the world explodes into a panorama of vivid colors embracing in its entirety the world of the circus—flying acrobats, prancing horses, fire-breathers, elephants, and clowns. When the song ends, it’s all you can do to stop yourself from jumping to your feet to applaud. And then the movie tops itself, over and over and over again.

Anyone who’s seen Hugh Jackman appearing on an interview show—and he’s doing a lot of them in support of this movie—knows that his signature role as the caustic and violent Wolverine in eight “X-Men” movies are the real stretch for the actor.

The very definition of the term “amiable bloke,” the Australian Jackman at heart is a song-and-dance man. And in “The Greatest Showman” Jackman proves it—the actor whirls, jumps, kicks, cakewalks, and struts with such loose-limbed dexterity that he often seems immune to laws of gravity.

Matching Jackman almost step-by-step, scene-by-scene, and note-by-note are a talented array of supporting performers, including Zac Efron as a highbrow New York playwright persuaded by Barnum to join the circus as a means of broadening the show’s appeal, and the platinum-selling pop star Zendaya as the trapeze artist Efron falls for. One highlight among many in the picture is the ballad “Rewrite the Stars,” performed by Zendaya and Efron in a sort of aerial ballet courting ritual under the big top.

Likewise, the exotic Keala Settle, playing the bearded lady among the uniquely-gifted and physically distinctive show people recruited by Barnum to star in his “Greatest Show,” provides much of the heart and soul of the movie. Settle’s performance of “This is Me” adds real spirit to an anthem for the heartbreaking loneliness of individuality, and the empowerment found in accepting yourself as you are.

The gifted Michelle Williams is as adorable as usual as Barnum’s patient wife, Charity, and the Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson adds European flavor as opera star Jenny Lind, persuaded by impresario Barnum to undertake a series of US concerts under his tutelage in a bid to gain acceptance among the more rarefied echelons of society.

Surprisingly, “The Greatest Showman” is receiving mixed reviews from some of the country’s more influential critics. Some are turning up their collective noses at the movie’s “soupy soulfulness” and shallow, populist aspirations.

But the picture in its depiction of the contentious “friendly enemy” relationship between Barnum and newspaper critic James Gordon Bennett seems to anticipate the unflattering reviews. When Barnum is confronted with the challenge that everything connected with his show is “fake,” Barnum points to the circus’ audience and smilingly replies, “Those smiles seem real enough.” And you know what? He’s right.

Written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and guided to the screen by first-time director Michael Gracey, “The Greatest Showman” steps up to the plate and bats a grand slam home run in just about every single department. And with a dozen or so rousing, showstopping songs courtesy of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Academy Award-winning lyricists from last year’s “La La Land,” the viewer might even want to stop on the way home after the movie to pick up a copy of the soundtrack album.

“The Greatest Showman” is superb motion picture entertainment in the tradition of the great Hollywood musicals, and as close as we’re likely to get to a Broadway experience simulated in a movie auditorium. There’s real movie magic at work here: This is one picture packed with an ingredient rarely found in films these days—it’s spelled J-O-Y, and it has a big exclamation point at the end.

There’s a lot of competition out there for your family entertainment dollar during this holiday season. If you can only see one movie this month, “The Greatest Showman” is the choice you want to make. Any movie which depicts a father riding to his daughter’s musical recital on a dancing elephant is doing something awfully right.

The highest praise—P.T. Barnum would love this picture. And so will you.
Tolstoy's Short Fiction (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
Tolstoy's Short Fiction (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
Norton Critical Editions are almost always among the best scholarly/student editions for literature, and the footnotes and critical content here are no exception. However, at least in my printing (2nd edition), an entire section is printed twice, resulting in three of the stories being incomplete. The double printed content is multiple pages and clips The Kreutzer Sonata, Master and Man, and Father Sergius. Would be perfect except for this printing error, which I have encountered with NCEs before and is my only real complaint with the series. Hopefully this is fixed in later printings.
The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
Two boys stopped to read a poster, Dan Clark and Christopher Watson, both 16yrs old, Barlow's Circus was coming to Smyrna, Dan had no money but Christopher known as Kit offered to pay, Kit's uncle was the richest man in town and his guardian, Kit's uncle had sent Kit to the same school as his son Ralph 16yrs and always had money, now his uncle was to give him no more money and he was told to make his own way in life

The next day Kit and Dan went to see the Circus being prepared, they met the giant Achilles Henderson, Conrad the dwarf and Madam Celeste the fat lady, they also watched the Vincenti acrobats practising, Kit said to Dan that he could do what they were doing, the acrobats heard and offered to let him try, they were very impressed with what Kit could do, they said he ought to join the Circus

Kit's uncle told him that his father left nothing but debts and was owed 10.000 dollars so he sold everything and kept it for the debt, Kit's father had always said his uncle was poor so he found it all hard to believe, Kit and Dan met to go to the show, during the performance a lion escaped, striking down a clown, Kit remembered he had picked up some snuff for a friend and approached the lion throwing snuff into his eyes, the trainer ran in and captured the lion, Mr Barlow the Circus owner thanked Kit, Mr Barlow offered Kit 10 dollars a week to become an acrobat

Uncle Stephen found a blacksmith and gave him Kit as an apprentice, Kit only found out at the last minute as the blacksmith arrived, Kit had no intention of staying but went with him to Oakford six miles away, the blacksmith was a mean miserly man and was going to force Kit to work for him, later looking round the village he met a boy Bill Morris who had worked for the smith, Kit told him he was going to work at the Circus, next morning Kit met Bill and he left the smith heading for the Circus, Bickford gave chase, Bickford caught Kit and was dragging him to the wagon, Achilles appeared picked up Bickford and threw him over a fence, the smith was furious and ran away

Kit was employed as an acrobat and was to perform that night, Bickford takes his wife to the Circus hoping to catch Kit, Barlow was pleased with Kit and raised his money to 25 dollars a week, Bickford caught Kit again, Kit asked for time to change and it was so dark Bill took his place, it wasn't till he reached home Bickford discovered he was deceived, Kit's berth is next to Harry Thomas who sold sweets, he wakes Kit in the morning for the parade, four weeks pass and they are in Coalville, a miners town, 20 miners arrived at the performance and refused to pay, the ticket seller called for help and the Circus people rallied, there was a terrible fight, one of the miners tried to cut the ropes to the tent but Kit stopped him, Achilles ran to help out at the fight and laid out many men until they ran away, on his way back to his birth Kit was kidnapped by two miners

The miners took him to a cabin and tied him up telling him they were going to beat him badly in the morning, Harry noticed Kit wasn't in bed and told Achilles, the Circus was moving on but he stayed behind to look for him, Dick Hayden one of the miners told his young daughter Janet what he had done, Janet crept out in the morning and released him, Kit headed for Groveton the next town, the two miners gave chase one threatening to kill him when he was caught

You will have to read on to find out what happened when the miners caught Kit, would Achilles be in time to help, Kit finds some information regarding his uncle and father, does Kit continue with the Circus when the season ends, does any new information help to prove that Kit's uncle took his father's money

What is the future for Kit, does Dick Hayden get his righteous punishment, what about Janet who was kind to Kit and the future of Achilles the friendly giant, one of Horatio Alger's better books, over forty chapters long and free, worth a read
Ski Weekend (Fear Street, No. 10)
Ski Weekend (Fear Street, No. 10)
Red to the rescue! The near-stranger Red was the one who spotted the lodge when Ariel and her friends Doug and Shannon thought they were going to be stranded in the blizzard. It’s too bad the owners are freaking insane!

Overall, Ski Weekend was pretty good. I found that the plot twists weren’t that effective on me because I figured everything out way ahead of time. I mean, it was so glaringly obvious from the start! How did they not see it?! Seriously people... *eye roll*

I mean, the guy, the owner of the place, was just really off and totally creepy. And the kids didn’t put the pieces together! Anyway, I actually had fun reading this, besides its predictable nature. The climax was pretty good and quite action-packed, plus it was very suspenseful! I also loved the setting! I just love snow!

The Fear Street connection: While the book doesn't actually take place on Fear Street, or even Shadyside, all the kids (except Red, maybe) are from Shadyside. And the main character, Ariel, actually lives on Fear Street!
Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 2: More Mysterious Stories, Unfinished Manuscripts, and Lost Notes from One of the World's Most Popular Novelists
Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 2: More Mysterious Stories, Unfinished Manuscripts, and Lost Notes from One of the World's Most Popular Novelists
Thank you Beau L'Amour for continuing to champion your father's legacy with these books!
Now, the cover makes it clear that most of these stories are unfinished, and some are just fragments, so I don't understand the reviewers who act like they didn't know that. Knowing that, yes, it is a frustrating to get to the end of a story and not know how it was to come out, but it's so fascinating to see how Louis's mind was working and dream about what else he might have written had he lived longer.
I still think it's too bad that Beau L'Amour and Christopher Tolkien couldn't have traded titles because this book could more aptly be titled "Unfinished Tales" and Christopher's book would had been more aptly titled "Lost Treasures" but, alas, they didn't ask me.
The Sackett Companion: The Facts Behind the Fiction
The Sackett Companion: The Facts Behind the Fiction
If you are a true L'Amour fan or just wanting to read the Sackett series, then you must have this book. "The Sackett Companion" provides the chronological reading order of the Sackett books, the Sackett Family Tree, and also has a map for each book that helps to know the locality of the stories ...plus much more. Purchase the hard copy "The Sackett Companion" FIRST and utilize it as you read the series . . . you'll be glad you did. Not knowing the value of this book, I purchased it after I had read the series but still enjoy reading it, as it gives a short summary of each story and goes into depth about each character. I intend to read the series again . . .as soon as I finish L'Amour's other westerns, which I decided to read in alphabetical order (via Amazon's Kindle reader). I am now up to the "Q's" (The Quick and the Dead). I carefully catalog them in my Kindle library as soon as I finish a book. When I complete my task I will then own all L'Amour's western works that I can carry in the palm of my hand because of the wonderful technology called "The Kindle Reader". Through Amazon.com I have also ordered videos that are available of L'Amour's books, which I view after reading the book. I might add that I was never a reader of westerns until I picked up my first L'Amour novel.
The Empty Land, The Louis L'Amour Collection
The Empty Land, The Louis L'Amour Collection
I have not gotten to reading this book yet, but if Louis L'Amour wrote it, I want to read it. I also like very much the imitation leather binding. As time goes on I intend to buy as many as I can find. There is a problem however in that often they will not send to where I live.
The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason Series Book 1)
The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason Series Book 1)
Bear in mind I’m not judging the series, but rather the first in the series of Perry Mason.

Rather than going over any aspects of the plot, I’ll just go over my impressions.

I was pretty disappointed with this first entry into the Perry Mason series. If you are reading and a fan of the show, go in knowing that the TV Mason and the novel Mason are vastly and completely different.

One of the biggest problems in The Case of the Velvet Claws is Perry Mason himself. Mason’s projects himself to be a “fighter” for his clients, but to say his methods are questionable would be a gross and vast understatement. In fact, I’d say in this book that his tactics are on par or worse than the “bad” guys he is going after, and in today’s world would probably land him a stint in jail. Mason is really projected as a really unlikable person. Some of his ways of “protecting” his client include borderline assault, bribing individuals for information, manipulating people, and planting evidence to protect his own interests, and other such unsavory shenanigans. Besides this, he is depicted as an angry bulldog and bully throughout, and varies little off this course, rendering his character very blah and one dimensional, more caricature than character. Each time he is called out on using unscrupulous means by other characters, he goes into this sermon about doing everything he can for his client, which feels like a rehearsed speech.

You have to really feel for Della Street, his faithful secretary, who does everything for Mason and clearly has better instincts than Mason about his client.

Aside from Mason, I also found the dialogue and character interactions unimpressive. Most of the word exchanges were pretty unoriginal. They consist of a lot of arguing and bickering back and forth between Mason and character(s): a lot of yelling, people trying to talk over each other, threatening violence, or other such theatrics repeated throughout and becoming indistinguishable. Being that the crux of the book relies on dialogue rather than plot description, this made for a less than stellar aspect to the book. Not very creative at all.

Lastly, the plot becomes a convoluted mess by the end of the book, and quite ridiculous, with Mason going on several wild goosechases, and having everything explained away to us in Scooby Doo like fashion in the finale with the snap of a finger.

I’m assuming things get better from here and that Gardner was working out the kinks of this series and where it would go, but I’m not sure I have much inspiration to move forward and read the next one, The Case of the Sulky Girl. Maybe someone could suggest a book from the series that was better than this one, or maybe a favorite from this series that you enjoyed.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 5 (5)
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 5 (5)
In the first four volumes of "PLUTO", we learned about a world where robots and humans work together alongside with each other. In this world, robots are treated (by most) like sentient beings comes a world where the planet has robotic heroes and even police squadrons of human and robot partners.

Of course, it's not an all perfect world as there are humans who rather not co-exist with the robots. And someone makes their agenda known when someone has decided to disrupt that peaceful coexistence by destroying the seven great robots and possibly murdering those who protect the rights for robots.

We eventually learn that there are anti-robot hate groups who will do what they can to stop robots (including committing murder). And despite robots not having emotions, we are starting to see a few of them develop certain emotion(s) that they don't understand why they are feeling it. And for the primary character, the great robot Gesicht, will the greatest detective be able to stop the murders of robots and humans and find out who is behind Pluto or will he discover something that can change the course of his investigation?

This is the basis of the story "PLUTO", a reimagining of "Astro Boy - The Greatest Robot on Earth" written by manga great Naoki Urasawa ("Yawara", "Monster", "20th Century Boys" and many more titles) and co-authored by Takashi Nagasaki. The Astro Boy or Tetsuwan Atom stories are based on the popular works of Osamu Tezuka and with cooperation from Tezuka Productions, this manga project is managed by Makoto Tezuka.

The manga series revolves around the great robot Gesicht, who is a detective. He is investigating the murders of professors who have supported the cause of the robots but has been taken aback by the elimination of other great robots and the numbers of those still alive are starting to dwindle.

The first volume showed us how the great Mont Blanc and the North No. 2, two of the seven powerful robots in the world were destroyed by an unknown force. We also learned that several scientists were murdered. All of them were found dead with antlers next or stuck to their heads.

In the second volume of "PLUTO", another great robot is destroyed and Gesicht, the investigation robot is racing to find out who is doing the killings. But this time he has shared his memories with the boy super robot known as Atom.

In the third volume of "PLUTO", we are introduced to Atom's sister Uran, another great robot who is much different than Atom (who tends to like being treated like a regular boy and has emotions that the other great robots do not have). Uran is able to feel the pain of animals and so she is always trying to save them and is often scolded by Atom for missing class, because she walks on the beat of her own drum.

In the fourth volume of "PLUTO", Atom confronts the nemesis and needless to say, we learn major revelations and a major tragedy takes place.

JUDGMENT CALL:

"PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" vol. 005 is a volume that takes things back to the character of Gesicht and his investigation of the murdering of the robots. But also Gesicht starting to realize an emotion that he has and thought is not possible. Robots are programmed not to hurt humans but somehow, we start to see that although Gesicht is a great robot dedicated to upholding the law, there is something about him that he is trying to discover that is quite off.

Meanwhile, the battle of Pluto vs. Hercules is another battle which may come to help Gesicht in his investigation. But the big surprise is the possible return of a fallen great robot.

Where this volume focuses more on the investigation, there is quite a bit of action aside from the battle but also Gesicht trying to do all he can to protect a family from being killed. And that despite what emotions he's starting to discover himself, he still upholds the law and will protect even those who despise robots.

If you have invested your time in reading the first four volumes, volume five is definitely setting the reader up for something even greater for the sixth volume. One thing that Urasawa is quite successful in this series (and also his "20th Century Boys" manga series) is effectively create a story that is well-written but also artwork that shows detail in emotion. May it be the fear, anguish, happiness or even the lust of killing, he manages to capture the emotion quite well with his character designs and this latest volume is one of those volumes in which he is able to showcase not just fear on the human side but also emotions on the robotic side.

If you have not read any of the volumes of "PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" but are curious, this is one manga series that is worth owning, worth reading and trust me you won't be disappointed. Another highly recommended volume of "PLUTO"!
Alex Cross Series Set Books 1-20 by James Patterson
Alex Cross Series Set Books 1-20 by James Patterson
I just started getting into reading around Christmas time. Someone got me a book from the series and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to see what else James Patterson had out there. I found almost the whole series of Alex Cross on Amazon. I have already read 4 of the books these books are amazing and for these being used books they were in great shape.
Roald Dahl Collection 16 Books Box Set
Roald Dahl Collection 16 Books Box Set
I cannot speak more highly of Roald Dahl’s unforgettable works for youth. If I could give 100 stars, I would. Gladly.

His stories have captured the imaginations of children and adults worldwide. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. James and the Giant Peach. Matilda.

Many of his books have been made into well-known films and have starred prominent actors such as Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp, Mara Wilson, Rowan Atkinson, and Academy Award winner Anjelica Houston.

My personal favorite Dahl book is a relatively lesser-known work: The Witches. Which I have read multiple times and which is also my favorite book by any author, of all time. The work was adapted into a film of the same name starring acting legends of television, stage, and screen.

Dahl’s character, the Grand High Witch of all the world, is unforgettable both because of how scary she is and because there is a little humor involved as well.

As is the case with a typical Dahl book, the child or children triumph in the end over abusive adults or even incarnates of evil. While some of his works can be scary for young children, I found his books to be empowering and inspiring. And there comes an age, which will vary from child to child, at which his works will likely be age appropriate for them.

While the greatest children’s author of all time, in my opinion, may sadly no longer be with us, we can continue to honor and share his works by spreading his books and sharing them with our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. This book set makes an incredible gift to a young person in one’s life.

And I need more film adaptations of Dahl’s works to hit the big screen! Let’s make this happen.

My other favorite children’s author of all time is a little known author by the name of J.K. Rowling, who captures the same sense of wonder and magic in her works, The Harry Potter series. Both Dahl and Potter’s works are not only enthralling but also contain a bigger message about the ultimate triumph of good over evil and the strength of youth, particularly when they act with moral clarity, integrity, and do the right thing.

Off to read my favorite section of The Witches where the Grand High Witch takes off her mask, revealing her literal and figurative horror to unfortunate onlookers who ultimately triumph in taking down a monster. Justice prevails!
Fighting Caravans: A Western Story
Fighting Caravans: A Western Story
This is the best Zane Grey book I have read. It has held my attention from day one and tells about a part of the old west I never gave much thought to: the freight caravan. Clint Belmet is a twelve year old that leaves Illinois with his family to go west. But at Independence, Missouri his father decides that he will accept a job driving a freight wagon on the trip to help finance his way out west. Unfortunately, Indian raids take the life of both parents and the trailmaster his father chooses to look after him as he grows up. And grow up Clint does on the trail as he becomes famous as a young hunter and wagon driver who earns the nickname "Buff" after killing a bull buffalo on his first official hunt. He becomes an friend of Kit Carson who helps spread Clint's fame. Then there's little May Bell, his first love that he loses track of and must spend the next 15 years trying to locate as he works across the west.
Christmas in Alaska: An Anthology
Christmas in Alaska: An Anthology
Christmas in Alaska is comprised of two stories. "Mail-Order Bride" and "The Snow Bride" both take place in Alaska at Christmastime.  
In "Mail-Order Bride", Caroline Myers doesn't know that she's headed to Alaska as a mail-order bride. Her elderly aunts disguised the trip as a vacation.They took the decision into their own hands believing that it was the best they could do to guarantee their cherished niece's happiness. Hilarious confusion follows!   
"The Snow Bride" presents a different reason for a flight to Alaska. Jenna Walsh is under the belief that she has found her soul mate in a man she's met on the internet. Somehow she ends up in a remote town in Alaska where she is the only woman. To me this story was much more entertaining and funnier. It was also sweet and exciting. The description was so vivid that I got the illusion that I was there. There was only one thing that had me stumped – nobody had cell phones! So I'm not sure of precisely when the story takes place.     
Bleach, Vol. 37
Bleach, Vol. 37
Bleach volume 37 continues from the previous volume with chapters -99 to -97 and then we go back to the present time at chapter 316 to chapter 322. So there are 10 chapters in this volume.
It is rated T for Teen (13+) due to fantasy violence.
If you are new to the Bleach series, I would recommend starting from volume 1.

Volume 37 concludes the "Turn Back The Pendulum" arc.
In chapters -99 to -97, we see how Aizen was able to completely fool everyone, how the Hogyoku was created and why Urahara was banished from Soul Society.
We are back in the present from chapter 316. In Karakura Town, the captains are about the face the Espadas while Kira, Hisagi, Ayasegawa and Madarame are protecting the 4 pillars. In Hueco Mundo, Ichigo is on his way to rescue Orihime from Ulquiorra.

I was hoping the Turn Back The Pendulum arc would be longer as I was really enjoying it. Hopefully, one day Tite Kubo will do a spin off or something about the past Soul Society. I'd definitely like to see more of the younger characters anyway.
But this was a great volume! The balance between fighting seriously and comedy is perfect. Yumichika Ayasegawa (as seen on the cover) put up a great fight against his very interesting-looking opponent.
We'll see Hisagi's fight in the next volume. I'm looking forward to it!

The only problem I have with this volume is the paper quality. My hands felt really dry after reading it and some of the ink on the pages looked smudged.
Other than that, it's perfect and definitely a volume every Bleach fan should own!
Box Crepúsculo (Portuguese Edition)
Box Crepúsculo (Portuguese Edition)
O produto físico em si, não é o que outrora foi como em suas publicações anteriores. Ele é mole, qualidade inferior das edições antigas, papel ainda amarelinho; mas fino. Os quatro livros juntos não aparentam ser os mesmos que suas primeiras publicações aqui no Brasil. A editora não foi feliz nessas reimpressões. As lombadas parecem achatadas, comprimidas.
Resumindo: parecem edições econômicas, porém, com orelhas.
Comparando com as edições antigas, que ainda possuo e muito bem conservadas; novas, parecem mal feitas; apressadas. Acho que deve ter sido isso: a pressa em voltar ao mercado com essas edições as fez serem mal acabadas, com um material (miolo) inferior e o box dos livros mais molinho.
Me decepcionei com o produto por pensar ser o que, um dia, a editora nos forneceu, mas, com todos os livros juntos, em um box que eu não possuía.
Vale para aqueles que os querem juntos para completar coleção, tê-los novos, começar a ler os livros ou reler, etc... Mas, eu, em minha posição pessoal, não gostei do material como um todo.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders (Single Volume Edition), Vol. 6: Stardust Crusaders (6)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders (Single Volume Edition), Vol. 6: Stardust Crusaders (6)
Update- Looks like they've re-released the set, I'm glad that Viz has these books out there so everyone can enjoy them and not have to pay several hundred dollars!

Original post:

Found an original copy at my local library. After reading it, I can't say there is anything outstanding in the story, it's just great to be able to read it without having to shell out a insane amount for it. There are four enemies in the story, with three beaten and one ending in a cliff hanger.

Viz media is slowly re-releasing the books, I received a brand new Jojo's Bizarre Adventure #3 and its print date was January 2014. I can't find anything anywhere that states release dates for anything else in the series, but if you can wait, I'm sure they'll eventually get around to re-releasing this one and all the others in the series.

I highly recommend the series as a fun adventure/action book, but not at the prices people are charging here.

Good luck and I hope the re-release comes out soon so more people can enjoy this fun series.
Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again
Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again
This movie made from the Judith Krantz novel was quite enjoyable. The quality of the DVD was great - I had read some reviews that said it was not good quality but I found it just terrific. Hugh Grant's character is one you love to hate but it was fun seeing him in that kind of role. Michael York was perfectly cast as well as many of the other characters. Charles Shaughnessy added the heat and spice and Courtney Cox was the girl next door - with a twist. Well worth the money and one to watch over and over. Great casting, great story and a good one for your library if you like Judith Krantz novels.
Siddhartha: An Indian Tale (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Siddhartha: An Indian Tale (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
I am in the process of understanding the Eastern Tao. Hermman Heese takes a individual through three stages of his life and does a superb explaining the pain and release of each stage. Heese, as a child, spent time in India with his missionary parents. It helps to understand what Eastern philosophy is as it is different from the Western point of view. Despite this, Heese writes in a style regardless of age, religion, or political view assists the reader understand we all go through these stages of life. This is an excellent book for reference and metaphysical understanding. Paul G. Downey
The Illumination: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Illumination: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
A stunning premise... that all the hurts and pains and diseases that plague each one of us are illuminated. Light spills from every paper cut, every broken bone, every aching neck. This premise is not just stunning, but also fascinating. What does it mean? How does it change humanity and the experience of being human?

What ties it all together is a simple handwritten journal, full of single sentences that always start with "I love..." This is truly the tale of how this handwritten journal makes it way from the owner, to one stranger after another, back to the husband of the owner of the journal, to a small child who is misunderstood and believes that not only people, but objects, too, feel the pain that everyday life inflicts upon them. This child's sensitivity, and the experience of all the other characters is startling and illuminating. And on and on, this book makes its way into many lives, and how it affects each person varies greatly, but is always impressive, once you read long enough to see how it all plays out.

I must say I was disappointed with the ending, but I'm glad I read all the way through. There are many unanswered questions, many stories that seemed to end without being truly resolved, many characters I wish I could follow further...

So why only three stars? If I could give it 3.5, I certainly would. Like most good books, there were times I wanted to jump up and proclaim "5 STARS!" And there were times when I wanted to give it only two, or even one. But if I'd thrown it aside every time I got to the two star sections, I would have missed the five star moments. Which is kind of the way life is. If you throw it aside every time there is a one or two star moment, you'd also miss the beautiful 4 or 5 star moments.

And the illumination... yes, there's that, too.
The Complete Patricia Cornwell Companion
The Complete Patricia Cornwell Companion
I started to read the Scarpetta novels earlier this year and I'm hooked. So when I saw this I thought "cool, get to know the people and more about her books." Well if you are into the Cornwell books, don't read this until the right time cuz it gives away info you don't want to know until you read the books. But I do think this was a great book. I just have to finish it at the right time. Plus it told me about the other novels she has written, and I think I will read them, too.
Harry Potter: E A Camara Secreta (Portuguese Version)
Harry Potter: E A Camara Secreta (Portuguese Version)
ATENÇÃO !!! Pequenos erros de tradução.

Quando a editora irá fazer uma revisão e corrigi-los

Capítulo UM - O pior aniversário

O seguinte trecho foi traduzido errado - pg: 09

"Já o Harry era pequeno e magricela"
Versão original: "Harry, on the other hand, was small and skinny".
Minha tradução: "Harry, era por outro lado, era pequeno e magro"

Outro trecho que necessita de correção - pg: 11
"mandá-la a Rony e Mione com uma carta"
No lugar de "Miome", leia-se Hermione

Outro trecho que necessita de correção - pg: 11
"Mas o longo silêncio de Rony e Mione
No lugar de "Miome", leia-se Hermione
Loot Crate Harry Potter Ariana Dumbledore Secret Compartment Picture Frame
Loot Crate Harry Potter Ariana Dumbledore Secret Compartment Picture Frame
It's amazing. I use it to store my glasses at night time and my headphones during the day. I have a five month old kitten who plays with everything. I read the dimensions so I knew it wouldn't be huge but it works perfectly for what I need it for. Plus it fits with my Harry Potter themed bedroom. The only downside in my opinion is that when you open the door it leans to the left due to it being top heavy. I just put a small nail next to it and it doesn't do it anymore. If you're a Harry Potter fan I'd recommend it.
Harry Potter: Gryffindor Deluxe Stationery Set
Harry Potter: Gryffindor Deluxe Stationery Set
I just have to say that it's a great thing I purchased this simply bc I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan and not bc of the pictures on Amazon bc I have to say, in person this set took my breath away! I am absolutely in love! The paper is made of quality paper, the journal is gorgeous leather and everything else is also made of quality stuff. The wax and seal are easy to use and make a gorgeous seal!! I am buying another set bc at this price to have something so amazing at such a great price is the best!!! The only negative thing I would say is that it only come with 20 envelopes and 20 sheets of paper. I would have liked if they would have at least doubled the paper. However like I said, at the price it's still an amazing deal and so wonderful to have something from the Harry Potter world!!! It's a must have for anyone who is a Harry Potter fan and definitely a have to own if you're a Gryffindor!!! :)
Reign of Monsters: A Mythpunk Urban Fantasy Novel (Artifact Hunters Book 2)
Reign of Monsters: A Mythpunk Urban Fantasy Novel (Artifact Hunters Book 2)
This is book two of the Artifact Hunters series, this installment brings back the new characters that were in introduced in book one, Race of Thieves, as well as some familiar faces from previous books that are set in the Descentverse. If you have not read any of SM Reine's Descentverse books, you can still read and enjoy this series but I highly recommend that you add them to your TBR and start enjoying them as soon as you can. You won't be disappointed! Now back to Reign of Monsters, Shatter Cage is quite the character, he is fun, quirky, resourceful, charming thief who is just a little deceitful. But who can blame a were-squirrel wanting everyone to think he is a phoenix shifter! It has kept him, his friends and his home safe, more power to him!
Shatter seemed to have everything in his life going the way he wanted but when the barriers protecting his neighborhood fall, he must act quickly and prove he is the hero he so desperately wants to be. Can he, will he be willing to risk his job and steal from his powerful boss in order to help save the day?
We get to see deeper into the lives and relationships of Shatter, Brigid and Vex. We also get to meet Shatter's mother.
Brigid and Shatter have a complicated relationship, that goes from steamy bedroom sex to competitive thievery which actually kind of adds to their steamy sexy relationship. It was good to see Shatter from Brigid's point of view, it helps understand the depth of the characters even more when you can see things from someone else's eyes.
It was a nice surprise to see a familiar character from the Winter Court. It makes me want to re-read previous Descentverse books because I miss the characters.
All in all if you are a fan of SM Reine you will love this book, if you are not yet a fan read it and you will quickly become one. Can't wait for more of Shatter's escapades!
Wizard Deluxe Robe
Wizard Deluxe Robe
Bought for Halloween or world book day or possibly just a Tuesday that required dressing up at my son's nursery. Got it a bit big for him so that he can reuse for a few years because who doesn't enjoy taking away their children's choice of costume for the next 5 years. Oh, you wanted to be a power ranger? Tough, you're Harry Potter.

Only thing I'd say is it would be good if the neck strap detached with Velcro from a safety point of view. But, on the other hand, survival of the fittest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(I took a star off for that because I'm not really a monster and have actually made that alteration myself and added in Velcro to the neck tie)
Cell Phone Stand, ANDATE Angle Height Adjustable Cell Phone Stand for Desk, Fully Foldable Cell Phone Holder, Tablet Stand, Case Friendly Compatible with All Mobile Phone/iPad/Kindle/Table (Black)
Cell Phone Stand, ANDATE Angle Height Adjustable Cell Phone Stand for Desk, Fully Foldable Cell Phone Holder, Tablet Stand, Case Friendly Compatible with All Mobile Phone/iPad/Kindle/Table (Black)
This stand is very steady and flexible AND it's very portable. The whole thing folds down to about a bigger phone and isn't too heavy. The stand itself is very flexible with angle adjustment at the base and on the stand with height adjustment so you can basically angle it however you like. It holds the phone steady and the material is non-scratch. Overall I have no complaint about it as a phone stand. As a bonus, it even works for my iPad Pro 11 and my Switch. It holds both reasonably well and landscape orientation. With the iPad you need to be a little careful about topping over if you press the top too hard, but if you put some weight on the base it also becomes very sturdy. For such a small device I am surprised it support tablet this well, the only thing is maybe the base could've been a bit more heavy to support big tablets. Overall very recommended and the price is good too.
Make Money on Medium: Build Your Audience and Grow Your Income with Medium.com
Make Money on Medium: Build Your Audience and Grow Your Income with Medium.com
Nicole Akers, who edits Publicious, has done us writers a huge favor! I know that for me, Medium.com was a rather mysterious, er, medium. Without going into the details, I'd posted a couple of articles there that sunk without a trace. Thanks to this concise e-book, I now know what I did wrong, and much more!

What Nicole does is walk us through the basics of how to write for, and eventually make money on, Medium. She really does start from the ground floor up. Chapter by chapter, she explains:
- What Medium is, how it began, and what the platform was intended to do.
- How to create an account and set up a profile that will be your home base if you write on the site.
- How to find and keep readers.
- How to actually write for the site. Hints: short, straightforward titles (but not soundbites!); short sentences and paragraphs that get to the point and address a problem. Always remember, you're writing for *readers,* not to amuse yourself. If you want to do that, write a diary.
- How often to publish. (Another hint: don't be a slouch. Consistency is very important if you want to build an audience.)
- What to do to make your articles attractive to readers.
- What publications are on Medium and how to reach out to them.
- How to submit.
- How to gain visibility for your material.
- How promotion by curators (those at Medium who review the many submissions posted to the various pubs, as they're called) works.
- Above all, how Medium stories become eligible to earn money for writers.
- And a few other things to help you succeed.

By the way, you don't have to be tech savvy to master all this. Much of what Nicole says is common sense, insofar as writing online goes, but as all of us know, common sense is seldom common. So it is good that one writer has made use of her experience, much of it gained the hard way, to smooth the path to writing success for the rest of us.

I will probably reread *Make Money On Medium* several times, absorbing its lessons, as I work to build my own audience in the weeks and months to come.

Five stars for a job well done!
Body Cam
Body Cam
This is the one about cops being killed by what appears to be a supernatural force, which wipes the surveillance tapes after the protagonist sees them. This ticks off the people who are /supposed/ to be seeing the tapes, and her continuing pursuit of the case doesn't make her any friends either.
This eventually turns into something even more topical that then title, and produces a very exciting conclusion.
And, once you find out what is going on, it makes perfect sense, in a classical Erinyes sort of way.
Not that you need a knowledge of ancient Greek culture to understand or appreciate the movie. It stands on its own two feet and works quite well, thank you very much.
After War Gundam X: Collection 1
After War Gundam X: Collection 1
I found the setting of this show to be something quite different from most of the Gundam series in an appealing way. It is post-apocalyptic and the world populous has mostly been wiped out through war. For Gundam fans, this is quite interesting because the series really seems to act as a 'what-if' scenario - what if more Colony Drop Operations had been conducted, what would have happened. Some characters are pretty clearly based on alternate future versions of main UC characters.

I found most of the characters likable and the way they start becoming a pseudo family in a post-apocalyptic world. The animation style is similar to Gundam Wing with a dash of G Gundam thrown in in some comedic moments (very sparsely though). The mecha designs are very 90s feeling, yet they feel a little more UC military than the Mobile Suits in a show like Gundam Wing.

There were a few issues with this release:

Firstly, the transfer is not the best. Several of the early episodes look...foggy, for lack of a better word. The saturation and contrast is pretty lacking, definitely could be better. I only found this to be an issue in some of the early episodes. I heard this was not an issue with the Japanese release, but I have not seen it. Also, (and this is a problem with the anime itself) the music is pretty lackluster - its pretty incredible what they chose to go with for certain moments. Once again, this became less of an issue as you get to the end of the set. By the time I got to episode 14 or 15 I noticed the music had changed and was actually getting pretty good - there were some very nice haunting melodies.

There are no real special features to speak of for this set - there are textless Openings and Closings and...thats it. This is also a Japanese only set (english subtitles available) as this show was never dubbed into english. Pretty bare bones, but understandable given the circumstances.

As much as I have liked the story/characters, this set is mostly the setup and the story only starts getting good near the end of this set. Much of this set did feel like it would appeal more as an after-school type of show, but older fans of Gundam can enjoy it too.

I would recommend any fan of the series to check it out as it does present something different from the typical Gundam experience.
FRANKIEZHOU Stuffed Animal Sheep Lamb Plush Soft Toys Lovely 3Pcs(Sitting, Standing, Kneeling) Best Gift for All Baby Little Girl/Boy
FRANKIEZHOU Stuffed Animal Sheep Lamb Plush Soft Toys Lovely 3Pcs(Sitting, Standing, Kneeling) Best Gift for All Baby Little Girl/Boy
The toys are cute and all but why when I opened the packaging I just find two little lambs. I have 3 kids and we were gonna take our Eid al adha pictures friday...each was supposed to hold a lamb. I'm just mad. Its false advertising. If I knew I was gonna get 2 I woulda placed two orders and had them on time 😒 and if someone in delivery or packaging stole a little lamb out my set shame on you...cuz the bag sure was slit open!
Brandslock Mens Real Shearling Sheepskin Leather Warm Duffle Trench Coat
Brandslock Mens Real Shearling Sheepskin Leather Warm Duffle Trench Coat
Es ist immer so eine Sache Kleidung, besonders für einen höheren Preis, im Internet zu bestellen, da man nie weiß ob es sich so verhält wie auf den Bildern angegeben. Ob das erwählte Stück dann wirklich paßt & wenn nicht wie es mit der Rückgabe-Kulanz des Verkäufers aussieht.
Im Vorfeld habe ich mich über den Verkäufer im Internet informiert & die Bewertung der Kunden waren bis auf wenige Ausnahmen durchweg positiv.

Der Mantel sitzt sehr gut. Da ich meine eigenen Maße nicht genau kenne bin ich von meinem alten Peacoat-Woll-Mantel ausgegangen, der zwar Größe M (Herren 48) ist, aber in die Jahre gekommen doch schon etwas am Bauch spannt (vielleicht bin auch nur ich in die Jahre gekommen ^^); also habe ich einfach eine Nummer größer gewählt.
Das Leder ist sehr weich & der Mantel, entgegen meiner Befürchtung, doch sehr leicht und trägt sich sehr bequem.
Aufgrund von schlechter Erfahrungen aus dem Bekanntenkreis habe ich den Mantel an ein paar Stelllen sehr feucht gemacht & er riecht nicht nach Urin (in einigen Ländern wird noch ganz traditionell mit Harnsäure gegerbt).
Auch das Fell ist echt. Ich habe ein paar Haare aus dem Innenfutter abgeschnitten & angezündet; diese rochen nach verbranntem Horn & ballten sich nicht zu Kunstoffkügelchen zusammen.

Ich habe keine 5 Sterne vergeben, weil:
- das Produkt in einem verschweißten Plastiksack versandt wurde. (Für ein Produkt dieser Preisklasse erwarte ich dann schon eine sichere Transportart)
- es fehlt der Tailliengürtel samt Gürtelschlaufen wie auf dem Bild angegeben
- es fehlen auch die Fellstulpen an der Armöffnung (was ich verschmerzen kann)
- das Größenetikett wurde abgeschnitten (warum ist mir völlig schleierhaft)

Ein absolutes Pro war die Liefergeschwindigkeit - am Samstag habe ich bestellt & am Mittwoch vormittag wurde geliefert; ohne Prime & aus dem europäischen Ausland kam das Produkt 2 Tage vor dem veraussichtlichen Liefertermin & damit weitaus schneller als andere innländische Produkte, die ich am selben Tag bestellt hatte.
Cozy BoSpin knee pillow Leg | Memory Foam Wedge Pillow | Leg Pillows for Sleeping,Leg Pain, Knees Pain, Joints Pain & Pregnancy Bed Leg Cushion for Side Sleepers (Gray)
Cozy BoSpin knee pillow Leg | Memory Foam Wedge Pillow | Leg Pillows for Sleeping,Leg Pain, Knees Pain, Joints Pain & Pregnancy Bed Leg Cushion for Side Sleepers (Gray)
I took ages trying to choose the right knee cushion, it's all a mine field so ended up with is one, best thing I ever did, my back doesn't hurt half as much as it did, bonus! It also doesn't wake me in the night turning over(light sleeper), it stays put too, I'm 5'6" with slim legs so it's not tight around my leg and doesn't flatten when my knees are together it's also not hard, just perfect for me I have had it a week now so fingers crossed it stays the same.
AloMit Tempered Glass for iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector [3Pack]+Camera Lens Protector[3Pack]+Clear Case[1Pack] [9H Hardness] [Easy Installation Frame] [Case-Friendly],6.7-Inch
AloMit Tempered Glass for iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector [3Pack]+Camera Lens Protector[3Pack]+Clear Case[1Pack] [9H Hardness] [Easy Installation Frame] [Case-Friendly],6.7-Inch
I really can’t fault this product at all. For the price you get a phone case (which wasn’t needed but nice to have a spare) and multiple screen protectors and camera lens protectors.

Opening the box everything is well packaged with everything in its own little pouch. The instructions are at best rubbish but they’re not really needed at all. You get everything you need to apply the screen protector including wet wipe, micro fibre cloth and dust removal stickers and also a template for your phone to sit in to perfectly align the screen protector.

Putting the screen protector on couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve cleaned your phone screen just place the template over your phone, peel the backing off the screen protector and (this was how I done it) and place it at an angle from the right edge and let it mould itself to the phone screen. There was the tiniest air bubble which was easily removed by running my thumb gently over it, pushing the air out from underneath.
As for the rear camera lens protector that it feels nice and thick but doesn’t hinder the camera quality in any way. I have a genuine apple case protecting my phone and having both of these protectors on does not affect the fit or use of the phone or camera in any way at all.
Siemens TE657F03DE EQ.6 plus S700 Extraklasse Kaffeevollautomat inklusive Milchbehälter, Edelstahl
Siemens TE657F03DE EQ.6 plus S700 Extraklasse Kaffeevollautomat inklusive Milchbehälter, Edelstahl
Bislang hatte ich einen Kaffeevollautomat von Saeco und einen von DeLonghi (ESAM 3500). Mit dem Siemens EQ.6 plus habe ich nun endlich einen Kaffeevollautomaten gefunden, der alle meine Erwartungen erfüllt. Die Auswahl an Getränken ist reichhaltig und der erzeugte Milchschaum ist ebenfalls hervorragend. Für meinen Geschmack könnte er zwar noch ein wenig fester sein, aber das ist meckern auf hohem Niveau. Was ich für mich sehr gut finde ist das Milch-Aufschäumsystem an sich. Ich finde die Lösung mit der Lanze, die ich direkt in die Milchtüte stecken kann, die idealste. Bislang hatte ich mit Milchbehältern, die in die Maschine gesteckt werden, nur schlechte Erfahrung gemacht. Die Milch in diesen Behältern ist sehr schnell schlecht geworden, trotz Aufbewahrung im Kühlschrank. Von daher ist die Lanzenlösung optimal.
Der Kaffee und die Kaffee/Milch Spezialitäten sind durchweg lecker. Viel hängt natürlich auch von der verwendeten Bohne ab. Da bin ich aufgrund des neuen Vollautomaten noch am experimentieren.
Was mich aber wirklich überzeugt hat und wovon ich total begeistert bin, ist die einfache Reinigung des Automaten von innen. Die DeLonghi war hier ganz schlimm, da es bei der DeLonghi eine Menge Ecken gab, an die man nur sehr schwer ran kam, sodass sich dort Kaffeepulverreste sammelten und vor sich hin schimmelten.
Die Siemens EQ.6 ist hier genau das Gegenteil. Man kommt hier an alle Teile hervorragend ran. Die Brüheinheit lässt sich einfach an der rechten Seite entnehmen und reinigen. Wenn man dann noch die Tropfschale mit dem Tresterbehälter nach vorne heraus zieht, kann man die Maschine einfach mit einem Lappen auswischen und alles ist wieder sauber. Eine perfekte und hygienische Lösung. Keine Kaffeereste mehr in der Maschine, die schimmel können. PERFEKT!!!
Alles in Allem ein klasse Kaffeevollautomat, der sein Geld auf jeden Fall wert ist. Klare Kaufempfehlung!!!
Novatel / Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice T1114
Novatel / Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice T1114
For the sake of full disclosure, I know next to nothing about SIM or cellular technology. My family recently migrated to the new Verizon Unlimited Plan, and we are exploring options for unplugging from our current ISP (Charter Spectrum, I hate you). I figured I would give this a shot. In lieu of calling Verizon and activating the micro SIM that came pre-installed with the router, I opted to take a nano SIM out of an iPad (also on the unlimited Verizon account), and utilizing a nano to micro SIM adapter, followed others directions on using the T-6 micro driver to remove the screws holding the innards to the case, and voila, it worked perfect on startup. We instantly got 25 mbps (from 4 bars of 4g LTE) broadcast as conventional wifi throughout my home. I have a 1850 sq ft, two story home, and I was able to receive at least 3 bars in every room throughout the house using my wifes iPhone 5 as a wifi receiver..I also was able to connect my Brother all-in-one printer and Vizio smart TV to the wifi network that I had now created.

We're not heavy internet users (no gaming, no substantial media downloads, mostly just email and netflix), but it seemed to handle all the usual video/movie apps on the TV at least as well as the basic internet that we were trying to replace, except for one. While Amazon Video, Netflix, Vudu, and Youtube all streamed like they did before using the Charter cable internet, for some reason, the TV's built-in Hulu app was struggling when using the 4g LTE internet source. Using a Hulu app on an iPad or directly on a laptop worked great. No idea why the TV app struggled.

As far as hardware and useability go, this thing is awesome. There is just one major downside for verizon customers trying to tap into their unlimited plans...the 10 GB hotspot cap for 4G LTE. Like I said, I know nothing about SIM or cell tech. I had hoped that using the sim out of another device and not calling verizon to facilitate the activation would act as a workaround. Low and behold, it doesn't work that way. After 10 GB of useage, as indicated by the verizon website, it slowed to 3G speeds. Interestingly, my verizon account's webpage, and my verizon iPad app don't indicate that I have been using any hotspot data with this device...in fact, it specifically says I still have 10 GB of hotspot data available. Otherwise, it just shows my total data useage during this billing period, as per norm. However, I know from a friend with a verizon jetpack that you start getting alerts via text and on the webpage when you near the 10 GB hotspot cap with a device that was activated through verizon. In my case, I didn't get anything. I bet it probably has to do with how I sourced the SIM, but nonetheless, my practical application demonstrated that regardless of how you get the SIM or activate the router, Verizon will still cap you to 10 GB of 4G LTE. Maybe you can get a workaround some other way, but my little experiment failed.

For what it's worth, I have been picking up a steady 1.5-2 mbps on my computer with the router working in 3G mode after I hit the 10 GB cap, and that's what I am using to submit this review. I have been able to check emails, read the news, and otherwise web browse without too much inconvenience, and I can even look at videos, albeit with a pretty slow buffer rate. I would assume that after the next billing cycle starts I will be able to get the 4G speeds again, but I am not keeping the router long enough to find out.

Overall, the gear works as advertised, and it exceeded my expectations. If you are a casual internet user and verizon customer who doesn't watch too many movies over the internet, I honestly think you would be hard pressed to find a better internet solution. If verizon ever lifts the 10 GB cap on hotspot, I will seriously consider using this as my sole internet connection at home. I wish they had a way to even charge me a little extra to remove the cap, because even at $40 for a line with no cap, I would be better off than what Charter is charging. I get it, though. If everybody does what I tried to do, the cellular network would slow down and everyone would suffer. But maybe it would make traditional ISPs rethink theyre price gouging ways. For old folks who don't stream movies, or want some internet in the camper, this may be your ticket.
HOKEKI Air Purifier for Large Room with Air Quality Auto Sensor, True HEPA Air Cleaner Filter, 5-in-1 Odor Eliminator with Night Light for Home Office (White)
HOKEKI Air Purifier for Large Room with Air Quality Auto Sensor, True HEPA Air Cleaner Filter, 5-in-1 Odor Eliminator with Night Light for Home Office (White)
I am a little asthmatic, slightly allergic to pet dander, very reactive to dust and mold so of course, I live in the middle of a swamp, in a house built in the 50s with two dogs. Breathing while I am sleeping it a coin toss on most nights. If I take an antihistamine, I may never sleep. I have used many air purifiers over the years to varying levels of success. Here is my opinion of this unit based on what I have come to think of as important.

It is quiet and can be rendered quieter and still be effective. My partner is sensitive to noise while sleeping. We found that running it in a closed bedroom for 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime got the room to a place where you could adjust the unit to nearly silent and still keep clean air.

It works, boy howdy does it work. The test for this is usually to sit in the room and breath deeply while paying attention to my lungs. I did the old lung test and they reported all signs to the positive. The unit itself also displays a air quality measurement and it seems legit.

It is not an eyesore. This doesn't seem important until a few months in and you have to see it every day, many times a day. Perhaps your wife throws blankets and clothes over it in silent protest. Perhaps she also slides it behind things so as to not have to look at it drastically reducing the airflow. Does my spouse do these things because it offends her sense of aesthetic? No, because this unit is well designed. Has she done these things in the past nearly asphyxiating her loving husband for style? Let us leave it at a diplomatic, "It is better to err on the side of stylish and breathing."

Are you replacing filters every week? No, there are significant steps up to the main filter so it stays clean longer. You can even clean that filter a few times before replacing it. This is a good value.

I am happy with the quality, function, noise level, and design of this unit. I would buy it again.
Haribo - Ositos - Caramelos de goma - 1 kg
Haribo - Ositos - Caramelos de goma - 1 kg
 Hace días que se me antojaron unos ositos Haribo y decidí comprarlos. Están bastante buenos y hay muchos. He quedado muy satisfecho con la compra.

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

- Aspectos positivos:

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Aspectos negativos:

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

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

Resumiendo... Los ositos de toda la vida en formato de 1 kilo. Igual de buenos, igual textura e igual de sabor. Ositos totalmente recomendables.
Yogi Tea Voz Calara Infusión ayurvédica, 17 bolsitas de infusión
Yogi Tea Voz Calara Infusión ayurvédica, 17 bolsitas de infusión
Una cura profumata e dolce, con un mix eccellente ed efficace di ingredienti biologici: liquirizia, finocchio, cannella, scorza d’arancia, zenzero, timo, verbasco, olio essenziale d’arancia, olio essenziale di limone, cardamomo, pepe nero, chiodi di garofano, curcuma.
I benefici sono evidenti sin dalla prima assunzione; oltre che diminuire l’infiammazione, l’infuso lascia la bocca piacevolmente profumata.
Più volte ho evitato mal di gola persistenti assumendo questo infuso ai primi sintomi!
Preponderanti i gusti di liquirizia e cardamomo, decisi, ma allo stesso tempo dolci. A rendere il sapore più delicato contribuiscono il finocchio, la scorza d’arancia e la cannella.
Per degustarla alla perfezione, preparare l’acqua a 100° e lasciare una bustina in infusione per 5 o 6 minuti.

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