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Romeo & Julia auf dem Dorfe (German Edition)
Romeo & Julia auf dem Dorfe (German Edition)
Romeo & Julia auf dem Dorfe (German Edition) by Gottfried Keller. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Innocente. Una storia vera
Innocente. Una storia vera
Innocente. Una storia vera by GRISHAM John -. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Different Seasons
Different Seasons
Different Seasons by Stephen King, Frank Muller, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 1150 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Test Driven Development: By Example
Test Driven Development: By Example
Test Driven Development: By Example by Kent Beck. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 163 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Mastering SQL Server Profiler
Mastering SQL Server Profiler
Mastering SQL Server Profiler by Brad McGehee. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Programming in Objective-C 2.0 (2nd Edition)
Programming in Objective-C 2.0 (2nd Edition)
Programming in Objective-C 2.0 (2nd Edition) by Stephen G. Kochan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 148 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
The Innovators: Die Vordenker der digitalen Revolution von Ada Lovelace bis Steve Jobs
The Innovators: Die Vordenker der digitalen Revolution von Ada Lovelace bis Steve Jobs
Mit "The Innovaters" hat der renommierte Sachbuchautor Isaacson eine wegweisende Untersuchung vorgelegt, die für all jene interessant ist, die wissen wollen, wie kreative Durchbrüche bzw. bahnbrechende Innovationen entstehen.

Unterhaltsam geschrieben und akribisch recherchiert zeichnet er nach, wie die Grundlagen des "Digital New Age" in kreativer Kooperation von Visionären, Technikfachleuten und Unternehmern geschaffen wurden. Ob es sich um die Entwicklung des Transistors, des Mikrochips, von Videospielen, des Internets, des Personal Computers, innovativer Software oder Grundlagen künstlicher Intelligenz handelt, stets benötigten geniale Vordenker eine unterstützende kulturelle Umgebung sowie ergänzende Persönlichkeiten mit unterschiedlichen Talenten und Fähigkeiten.

Wie ich 1999 in "Die Individualsierungsfalle - Kreativität gibt es nur im Plural (Burow 1999) Die Individualisierungsfalle anhand der Entwicklung der Musik der Beatles und des Apple Personal Computers beschrieben habe, müssen wir uns vom Geniemythos verabschieden. Kreative Durchbrüche benötigen zwar herausragend begabte Einzelpersönlichkeiten, diese werden jedoch erst wirksam, wenn sie über eine unterstützende Umgebung von Synergiepartnern verfügen oder über die Fähigkeit verfügen, sich selbst eine passende Umgebung, ein Kreatives Feld, zu schaffen.

Isaacs bestätigt anhand einer kenntnisreich und unterhaltsam geschriebenen Nachzeichnung der Wege der "Vordenker der digitalen Revolution“, die ERFOLGSPRINZIPIEN, die ich in "Team-Flow" (Burow2015) Team-Flow: Gemeinsam wachsen im Kreativen Feld (Beltz Weiterbildung) herausgearbeitet habe. Demnach benötigen kreative Durchbrüche zwar besonders talentierte, leidenschaftliche Visionäre, doch im KREATIVEN FELD, das sie schaffen oder nutzen, bedarf es unterschiedlicher Fähigkeiten und Persönlichkeitsprofile, so dass auch Personen mit eher begrenzten Fähigkeiten Entscheidendes beitragen können.
Die ermutigende Botschaft für uns normal Begabte lautet also: Auch mit begrenzten Fähigkeiten kann ich zu Überragendem beitragen, wenn es mir gelingt ein Feld zu schaffen bzw. zu finden, in dem meine Stärken zum Tragen kommen und meine Schwächen durch geeignete Synergiepartner ausgeglichen werden.

In diese Richtung weisen auch die "LEKTIONEN AUS UNSERER REISE", welche Isaacson in seinem Schlusskapitel auflistet:

• Kreativität ist ein kooperativer Prozess.
• Innovationen werden häufiger von Teams hervorgebracht, als durch plötzliche Erleuchtungen einer einsamen Erfinderseele.
• So genial einzelne Erfinder wie z. B. Jobs und Gates auch waren, den Großteil ihrer Fortschritte erzielten sie im Team.
• Häufig zeichnen sich diese Teams durch Spannungen und Gegensätzlichkeiten aus, welche die kreative Konkurrenz vorantreiben.
• Obwohl die Erfolge das Ergebnis eines kollaborativen Prozesses sind, enden solche Teams häufig mit unproduktiven Streitigkeiten über die Urheberschaft und Patentrechte. Darum ist es wichtig – wie ich auch im Team-Flow ausgeführt habe – schon früh Regeln für eine angemessene Beteiligung aufzustellen!
• Das digitale Zeitalter ist nichts völlig Neues, es fußt auf den Ausbau von Ideen vorheriger Generationen.
• Frauen leisteten insbesondere im Bereich der Softwareentwicklung einen sehr viel stärkeren Beitrag, als bisher anerkannt wurde.
• Die produktivsten Teams waren solche, die ein breites Spektrum unterschiedlichster Fähigkeiten und Fachwissen (Von Mathematik über Technologie bis hin zu Kunst) aufwiesen.
• Teams brauchten eine anregende Umgebung mit einem hohen Maß an Selbstbestimmung und persönlicher Begegnung.
• Die kulturelle Umgebung (z.B. Silicon Valley, Pop- und Hippie-Kultur, Lifestyle, etc.) wie auch eine Architektur, die zufällige Begegnungen ermöglichte, spielten eine entscheidende Rolle.
• Treibende Kräfte waren Personen mit Visionen, Leidenschaft und einem Machbarkeitssinn
• Visionäre benötigen zupackende Manager, denn "Visionen ohne Ausführung sind Halluzinationen" – so Isaacson.
• Visionäre ohne unterstützendes Kreatives Feld bzw. Team scheitern meist.
Ebenso geniale Einzelpersonen, denen es nicht gelingt, auf Augenhöhe mit anderen zusammenzuarbeiten.
• Eine Kooperation im Dreieck von Staat, Wissenschaft und Industrie erhöht die Wahrscheinlichkeit kreativer Durchbrüche.
• Open Source, gemeinschaftlicher Schaffensprozess auf Augenhöhe, Commons-Based-Peer-Productions ergänzen sich mit privatwirtschaftlichen Ansätzen, die Urheberrechte schützen wollen.
• Erfolgreiche Erneuerer sind Produktmacher, die sich auf Technik und Design konzentrierten und Marketing, Finanzierung und Verkauf konzeptionell einbezogen.
• Kreativität ist Ausdruck eines sozialen Prozesses – persönliche Begegnungen wirken als Inspiration- bzw. Motivationsquelle und können nicht durch das Netz ersetzt werden.
• Am erfolgreichsten erwies sich die Kombination von klarer Vision verbunden mit der Förderung umfassender Kooperation.

Isaacson legt mit "The Innovaters" eine ausgezeichnete und detailreiche Nachzeichnung von den Grundlagen der Digitalen Revolution vor. Das Buch ist geeignet, unser Verständnis für kreative Prozesse und Bedingungen erfolgreicher Teamarbeit zu erhöhen.

Er gibt vielfältige Anregungen wie wir traditionelle Organi¬sationen, seien es Unternehmen oder Bildungs¬einrichtungen, in Kreative Felder verwandeln können, welche gut geeignet sind, unterschiedlichen Fähigkeit und Neigungen zusammenzuführen, um die Wahrscheinlichkeit von Innovationen zu erhöhen.

So ausgezeichnet seine Darstellung in dieser Hinsicht ist, so bleibt doch ein Manko: Isaacson verbleibt weitgehend auf dem Niveau einer unkritischen Glorifizierung der digitalen Revolution und spart negative Dimensionen aus. Doch dies wäre ein weiteres, spannendes Buch, auf das wir angesichts der Vorzeichen eines aufkommenden "digitalen Feutalismus" dringend warten. Denn im digitalen Plattformkapitalismus gilt: The Winner Takes it all", dabei hatte die digitale Revolution doch – wie Isaacson zeigt – als Graswurzelbewegung begonnen. Sie wird erst vollendet sein, wenn es uns gelingt, sie der demokratischen Kontrolle zu unterwerfen.

Fazit: Große Erfindungen entstehen im Team. Sie sind Ergebnis Kreativer Felder. Dies belegt Isaacson eindrucksvoll und sehr unterhaltsam.

Prof. Dr. Olaf-Axel Burow, IF - Institute for Future Design
Elon Musk: Life Story and Life Lesson of Future, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship (Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance, Tesla, Entrepreneurship, SpaceX,Bill Gates, Mark Cuban)
Elon Musk: Life Story and Life Lesson of Future, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship (Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance, Tesla, Entrepreneurship, SpaceX,Bill Gates, Mark Cuban)
Don't buy this book. Wait till someone with a better command of English writes one.

This book reads like someone from one of the lesser known Indian technical colleges decided he could write a book. The language is full of grammatical and spelling mistakes and inappropriately flowery descriptions, bordering on fawning. The author spends paragraphs describing what can only be conjecture as to Musk's beliefs, plans, and rationale. I had hoped to learn more about Musk, but I threw down the book in exasperation at 42% read.
Catch A Fire: The Life Of Bob Marley
Catch A Fire: The Life Of Bob Marley
I was so looking forward to reading Catch a Fire, the Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White, but truthfully it turned out to be a constant struggle. Timothy White is a font of information, rather than a good story-teller and that is a real shame.

The beginning of the book we are given lengthy lessons in the origins of the Rastafari religion, historic background on the island of Jamaica, an explanation about reggae music and how it developed and a detailed account of how Haile Selassie came into power in Ethiopia which explained his relationship to King Solomon of Biblical fame. And then on page 60, we began to learn about Robert Nestor Marley's parentage and early life.

Throughout the book there were many interesting stories and tidbits of Marley's life including some quite fantastical supernatural stories. We learn that Marley's white father took him and placed him with a stranger for a year in his early life and his mother couldn't find him. We learn about his maternal grandfather, Omeriah who was a leader in his rural community who was an herbalist and able to communicate with spirits as a"Myalman -a person who possessed the knowledge and the power to deflect the machination of 0beah and to heal with folk medicine."

But throughout the book, the stories is interrupted with so much background information that the story of Marley's life fails to flow and unfurl in a fluent way and the facts themselves become irrelevant and confused in the readers mind.

To make matters worse the end isn't the end, but another 100 pages have been added since the books publication in 1983. These pages in the rambling and random manner of the previous 300 detail the lives of Bob's loved ones and family after his death and the legal battles which have been fought over publishing and recording rights.

I truthfully would have loved to read a concise and flowing account of Bob Marley's life, but this book did not provide that.
The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations
The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations
Dear curious readers, here's a rare chance to get a most brutally insightful and painfully passionate work from one of America's best. "The Fan Who Knew Too Much" is almost an understatement. Anthony Heilbut wrote the definitive bible on Black Gospel music over 40 years ago! Critics, scholars, fans and most importantly the living souls he wrote of instantly agreed, "The Gospel Sound - Good News and Bad Times" was a masterpiece. Today that same author has honed his pen even sharper and painted a picture that would leave Rembrant's brush in shame. Some of his subject matter here is not for the faint of heart, but the truth is usually ugly and only a master can make sense of the myth. His forays into soap operas to drag queens, black radio and the blues are precise, honest and funny. Mr. Heilbut takes the reader deep into the Mariana Trench of Aretha Franklin's universe, from her first child at 13 to her singing for Barack Obama, it reads as written by a family member, like a Grandfather who knew her soul and what was coming before she did. Slowly the author's grasp of persecution becomes crystal, it could only come from a German Jewish kid lovingly adopted into the "Golden Era" of America's most insanely influential source of the Nile. (There's a reason it's still called the "Golden Era" ...nobody's ever topped it!) He surely did it by attending countless store-front churches to the Apollo on many, many occasions. It just so happens that Heilbut has the writing chops to do what most can't, walk the last mile of the way and tell the truth. 40s, 50s black American's soul? German Jews? Sames? (some say Gays) ....don't get more persecuted than that!

Buy this book NOW... you'll be richer than Noah. Somebody say Amen.
Respect / Until You Come Back To Me (That’S What I’M Gonna Do)(7In) (Rsd)
Respect / Until You Come Back To Me (That’S What I’M Gonna Do)(7In) (Rsd)
This cd is a very good compilation. Featuring some of Aretha's biggest hits. Chain of Fools, and Respect are known the world round. This cd also features such classics as Baby, I love you and I Never Loved a Man The Way that I Love You. I personally enjoy Aretha's version of te Smokey Robinson and The Miracle's classic Tears of A Clown and the Band's anthem The Wait. This cd shows the Queen in all her glory. All Hail the Queen of Soul... Aretha Franklin
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Bob Dylan Men's Sound Check Slim Fit T-Shirt Black
Bob Dylan Men's Sound Check Slim Fit T-Shirt Black
This is a cool Dylan t shirt. I usually wear a men's small, but ordering the medium was wise as the shirt is fitted. It fits perfectly, but I would advise ordering a size up. And it shrinks moderately.
TechDiamondTools Diamond Polishing Paste Set of 3 Syringes X 5 Grams (L), Polishing Lapping Compound, Sizes 4000 8000 50000 Grit, Mesh - with Light(10%) Concentration of Diamond Powders
TechDiamondTools Diamond Polishing Paste Set of 3 Syringes X 5 Grams (L), Polishing Lapping Compound, Sizes 4000 8000 50000 Grit, Mesh - with Light(10%) Concentration of Diamond Powders
I purchased this to create some denim strips for my knives. I’ve tried leather strips but had mixed results and to be fair I may have been using them improperly but even after man my years of stropping with a green compound I got OK results.

The knives I wanted to strop were some super blue steel (aogami ) knives as well as a Rockstead CHI knife. Rockstead recommends a denim strop on a wood backing which helps prevent rolling the edge and keeping alignment.

The diamond paste came in 5 gram sizes and I used about 2.5-3 grams to cover each strop for the different grit sizes. I used enough to make get 70-90% coverage and spreading as best as I can.

The results were fantastic! I took a blade that had done rough spots while cutting paper , it didn’t need to be sharpened on stones , and used the 4000 grit and moved up wiping any residue to prevent contamination. Came back beautifully sharp and sings when cutting paper again.

The real test was my Rockstead CHI as I could tell it was a few hairs less sharp than normal but in near perfect condition. I used only the 8000 and 50000 grit. Absolutely factory perfect. Since then I’ve been using it on all my knives and they all get a noticeable improvement even if only doing the 50000 grit.

Highly recommended and will be buying more grits.
The Hive (Series 2)
The Hive (Series 2)
this is a great show to wind down to before bedtime and watch a few episodes. We love how each show is only 7 minutes long and keeps my 3 year old twins interest. The storyline is educational, teaches manners and other life lessons in a fun way. Hopefully there will be a season 3 to watch once we get through season 2!
Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum adapts Milan Trenc's fantastic children's book and tells the story of a dad down on his luck but trying to win favor with his son. Perpetual loser Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is fast running out of career options when he lands a menial gig as night watchman for the New York Museum of Natural History, where history comes alive... literally.

Maybe some plot spoilers.

It's like this. Larry is a hapless dreamer who goes thru jobs like they were socks. His latest career flops came at a virtual reality driving range and with something he calls the snapper (think "the clapper"). The constant instability in Larry's life makes his ex-wife (Kim Raver) question whether he's responsible enough to care for their son, Nicky, of whom they share custody. It doesn't help that his failures are matched up against the success of his ex-wife's go-getting bond trader beau (Paul Rudd) whose career young Nicky now wants to emulate. Larry promises Nicky he's meant for better things, to which his kid retorts with a harsh "What if you're wrong? You're just an ordinary guy. You should get a job." Burn.

Larry, on the verge of eviction, lands the night watchman position at the desolate Museum of Natural History. It's a place that's steadily showing decline in patronage. Larry is haphazardly trained by the three elderly security guards he's replacing. He's handed an instruction manual composed of ratty sheets of paper, of which the top three perplexing directions were:

1) Throw the bone.
2) Lock up the lions or they will eat you.
3) Check the monkey - he probably has your keys.

One of the old guards, Cecil, gives Larry an enigmatic warning to "not let anything in or out." But it's advice that's in one ear, out the other for Larry who proceeds to goof around and doze off. He wakes up to find that the enormous skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex has vanished. A shocked Larry soon learns that, every night, since the 1950s, the museum exhibits come alive until sun-up. And Larry's job as the night guard is to ensure that these ambulatory exhibits don't get out of hand and, more importantly, that they stay indoors as exposure to sunrise will instantly reduce them to dust.

My favorite exhibits? Maybe the Easter Island statue (voiced by Brad Garrett), or the cruel Attila the Hun, or Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams). It's surely not the pickpocketing capuchin monkey. It's a sprawling collection that includes faceless Civil War figures, dioramas populated by warring cowboys, Mayans, and Roman legionnaires. These are only some of the things that reanimate and run rampant every night. There is even a mystical Egyptian tablet. Unlike the friendly 26th president, most of the museum creatures are hostile or indifferent and require a unique set of methods in handling. Suddenly frantic for historical knowledge, Larry hits up a lovely museum employee named Rebecca (Carla Gugino). Only, history lessons aren't enough. An unforeseen element enters the scene, threatening to cause incalculable damage to the prestigious museum and, even worse, imperil the enchanted exhibits. Can Larry, who hasn't stuck to anything in his entire life, save the day and make his kid proud? Maybe don't get your hopes up.

In many ways, Night at the Museum is reminiscent of the original Jumanji, except that Jumanji offers a more heightened sense of jeopardy. Initially, there's a perception of danger that crescendos with the appearance of the daunting T-Rex. But the cute resolution to the ensuing chase sequence immediately undermines whatever ounce of peril had been projected. The special effects department gets an A+ for their stellar work. The skeletal dinosaur is spectacular. The miniscule warriors look convincing in their dimensional relation to their surroundings. And I really enjoyed the Easter Island statue. The lions, however, just look passable.

One more time Ben Stiller channels the lovable loser who was so effectively showcased in There's Something About Mary. I get a kick out of how Stiller's default quirkiness gains him easy access to a ridiculously manic side. For instance, an aggrieved Larry promises the thieving monkey - who'd twice stolen his museum keys - that "a storm is coming," but, then, we learn that the "storm" takes the shape of Larry's merely substituting his museum keys with plastic toy keys. He crows, "See! I told you a storm was coming!" Stiller cracks me up, man.

The ever chill Owen Wilson shines as he continues to play the part of Owen Wilson. It's another cowboy role for him. He and Stiller sure do have great comic chemistry. Robin Williams is nicely subdued and even moving as the fatherly Teddy Roosevelt who harbors a crush on a fellow exhibit figure and who, later, owns up to certain insecurities, even disclosing that he's aware of his waxen origins. It's an all-star cast that numbers Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, and Bill Cobbs as the trio of guards who were "retired" due to downsizing. They're not given much to do (though Rooney is amusing), but it was nice to see those old veterans still working. Ricky Gervais is humor as the uptight museum director who is incapable of finishing a sentence or an adage. Carla Gugino is someone who I wish had participated more but is instead reduced to the role of an ambivalent romantic interest. Meanwhile, Mizuo Peck as the beautiful, wistful guide Sacajawea glows with beauty and communicates to the audience, even though she doesn't have a lot of dialogue.

Night at the Museum is a fun foray into escapism. I wouldn't be surprised if the kid viewers take an interest in history after watching this. 3.5 out of 5 stars for this one, an imperfect rating. There were a few things I was meh about. I thought it was bogus, the manner in which Larry resolved his quarrel with Attila the Hun. And, unsurprisingly, in its sensibilities, the movie caters more towards the ankle-biters, although the Three Stooges bit between Larry and the monkey - you'll know which one - is nothing but universally funny.
KIBOW 15" Round Cordierite Ceramic Pizza Grilling Stone with Handle for Ovens & Grills
KIBOW 15" Round Cordierite Ceramic Pizza Grilling Stone with Handle for Ovens & Grills
I bought a ceramic baking stone a few years ago, thinner than this, worked ok in my 450 degree Breville toaster oven for making pizzas and baking loaves of bread, but I put it into my new wood fired (900 degree) pizza oven and it broke in half from thermal shock. That one was basic ceramic, not cordierite. Ordered this as a replacement, it is cordierite. Cordierite is what they make pottery kiln shelves from, it has very high heat tolerance, basic ceramic does not.
This is much thicker, it has the logo cast into it (looks cool) and I tested it in the hot pizza oven making naan. Got up to about 800 degrees without issue. This is the real deal. Much thicker than the basic stones, if you have a Breville Smart Oven, this is the stone you want. If you're making pizza or baking a hearth loaf, let it heat up for at least 20 minutes after the oven reaches temp so the stone gets hot all the way through. With basic care, it should last forever. All of these baking stones are porous, anything you spill on them (sauce, cheese, grease, oil etc) will burn on and stain them forever, so be careful.
Milton Bradley Trivial Pursuit: The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Collector's Edition
Milton Bradley Trivial Pursuit: The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Collector's Edition
I bought this for my teenage son. I read him the Tolkien books when he was a boy, and he has since read them multiple times, along with the Silmarillion and other background books. He has played the game about a dozen times and likes it very much.

The player pieces are very nicely made of pewter. The instructions come with alternate rules that involve "the One ring" which also comes with the set.

This set is no longer being produced, and I bought it "used" on Amazon, and the seller said it was "like new," and they were telling the truth. My son never noticed that there was no shrink wrap around it. The pieces were still sealed in bags and related promotional materials put in the box by the seller were still there.
Stalkers: Novellas by Dean R. Koontz, John Coyne, & F. Paul Wilson
Stalkers: Novellas by Dean R. Koontz, John Coyne, & F. Paul Wilson
In his introduction to "Stalkers" editor Ed Gorman expresses his contempt for how the movies have made the stalker subgenre "lame and predictable."
If it was his goal to show Hollywood that there is a group of people still capable of being creative and original, Gorman -- who is one of the 19 writers that tread the fine line between terror, suspense and horror in this anthology -- was successful.
Beginning with big gun Dean Koontz and the novella "Trapped" (intentionally similar to his book "Watchers"), "Stallkers" starts off strong and -- for the most start -- stays that way. Of course when there are 19 short-story writers of various levels of talent and experience, there will be some efforts that won't please the palate of critical readers.
In addition to "Trapped," there are several stories here that made my cut, including the creepy and disturbing "Flight," by John Coyne, the appropriately titled "Stalker" by Gorman himself, and especially the solid "A Matter of Principle" by the mega-talented Max Allen Collins.
Of my favorite stories "A Matter of Firing," by John Maclay, fits most into the horror genre, while Richard Leyman's "The Hunt" would actually make a decent short suspense flick (after all, the new generation in Hollywood can hardly be expected to create anything out of thin air anymore). Ditto with James Kisner's "Mother Tucker," which would require a nod such as "inspired by the short story" in the credits.
If you enjoy short fiction and what I've written in this review doesn't put you off, you should end up satisfied after buying and reading this book.
Nora Roberts Stars of Mithra Series: Hidden Star, Captive Star and Secret Star
Nora Roberts Stars of Mithra Series: Hidden Star, Captive Star and Secret Star
Nora has done it again! And by that I mean, tricked me into buying a book that I thought (and it says in the description) had a publication date of 2013. And maybe that's just the box-set publication, but when I open the individual books they show an original publication date of 1997. Aha, I thought so. Nobody has a cell phone and if they need to look something up on the internet they have to "boot up" the computer. I'm a long-time reader of Nora and I do really love her style; nobody can create a character like her. But some of these earlier books definitely have a dated feel and sometimes the interaction between the m/f protagonists is old-fashioned. Like the woman can be spunky and independent, but ultimately has to give in to the man, and sometimes the sex is physically rough and though Nora is careful to write that the woman wants it and the guy is always sorry after, it inexplicably brings them to a better, more meaningful place in the relationship. I don't know what I'm trying to say here, I'm not a hyper-feminist, but I guess my general awakening to subliminal messages in books and media regarding gender roles has sensitized me and I'm slightly uncomfortable during these chapters but I don't know why... Hrrmmm. Anyway, quick, fun read, I do very much like the story, tho it is fairly predictable. If you are familiar with Nora's trilogies and like them, you won't be disappointed.
Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei (Portuguese Edition)
Na margem do rio Piedra eu sentei e chorei (Portuguese Edition)
Depois de ano me dedicando a Literatura, finalmente me desvencilhei de uma das maiores injustiças literárias: nunca ter lido uma obra sequer do Paulo Coelho. Acredito hoje que a maior parte das críticas ao autor são originárias não do que ele é, mas do que a sociedade gostaria do que ele fosse. Quem busca neste livro um truncado conhecimento filosófico, onde o autor esbanja sabedoria, irá se decepcionar. Acredito ainda que sequer este era o seu objetivo!

A história em si não é complexa, muito pelo contrário: uma relação de amor que originou-se na infância, e que retoma o seu curso anos depois, quando o casal se encontra fortuitamente: ele um homem de sucesso internacional, ela alguém ainda em busca do seu "eu".

O mérito do autor não está na elaboração da história: sua erudição é passada de forma simples, concisa, direta, utilizando-se de parágrafos pequenos e capítulos curtos.
Summary of The Alchemist: by Paulo Coelho | Includes Analysis
Summary of The Alchemist: by Paulo Coelho | Includes Analysis
On the surface, The Alchemist isn't that challenging a story. Boy searches for treasure, goes on an adventure, and simple life lessons are learned, sitting right there on the surface, plain as can be. But a lot of fans feel there is something more, something deeper in that modern fable, and for those readers, this is an excellent analysis.

I found it interesting that there is no discussion of the term "alchemy" which originally meant "the skill of Kemet", Kemet being the original name of Egypt, given the story takes place, at least in part, in Egypt. There is, however, a good discussion on transformation, both magical and personal, be it transformation sought or transformation feared, as a driving force, indeed THE driving force, throughout the story.

This book in no way stand as a substitute for the original and it's not meant to. It's more the kind of thing you read after to catch subtle nuances such as the biblical ties to Melchizeder or how Santiago's story follows the structure of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, or how fear is like unto a character in itself. For that, it excels. People looking for a 
Frontier
Frontier
This work of nonfiction is every bit as wonderful to read-- and see --as any of L'Amour's many short stories or novels. It is a wonderful read, and David Muench's amazing photography is the artistic equal of the prose. I wish it was longer, but doubtless the authors think it is long enough. Besides marvelous details of human and natural history, there are fascinating facts of the settlement of the American continent, intriguing bits of information on pioneer endeavors and life, and many personal recollections of L'Amour himself. It was a very enjoyable read, that, for my taste, ended way too soon.
Japanischer Alltag. Kurzgeschichten: Japanisch-Deutsch
Japanischer Alltag. Kurzgeschichten: Japanisch-Deutsch
Das Buch ist eine sehr gute Alternative zu bereits herausgekommenen zweisprachigen Büchern in Englisch-Japanisch. Leider gibt es meiner Meinung nach zwei Kritikpunkte:
- Die Hauptstärke des Buches, seine deutsche Übersetzung für deutsche Leser, ist leider auch seine Schwäche, da die Übersetzung zu ungenau ist. Z.B. "Kerzengerade schritt Ichimura durch die Menge" wenn gemeint ist, dass er "schurgerade" lief, "Kerzengerade" beschreibt eine Körperhaltung und keine Richtung. Es ist natürlich sehr schwierig, einen Text von einer dem Deutschen so weit entfernten Sprache zu übertragen, dass er mit dem japanischen Text übereinstimmt und auf Deutsch lesbar ist, aber ungenaue Übersetzungen führen den Lernenden in eine falsche Richtung.
-es ist sehr zeitaufwenig und schwierig, Kanji nachzuschlagen, deren Aussprache man nicht kennt, man verliert hierbei schnell die Lust. Die korrekte Aussprache ist aber notwendig, um das unbekannte Wort lernen zu können. Deshalb wäre Furigana sehr hilfreich. Es gibt in diesem Buch interessante Anhänge zu jeder Erzählung, dort würde ich mir die Furiganaversionen aller Kanji wünschen.
DRAGON BALL Vol. 1 - 42 Set (In Japanese)
DRAGON BALL Vol. 1 - 42 Set (In Japanese)
Like new! Even though volumes were sold as Used - Very Good, they were delivered in extremely good condition. No tears, stains, and they even smell great! Finally have the Dragon Ball collection that I was looking for, and they look great in my manga bookcase. Will start re-reading the series in a few minutes.
When We Were Lost
When We Were Lost
When I ordered this latest book by Wignall, I did not realize it was aimed at "young adults". It clearly is that, but even as an "older adult" I could appreciate the story and how it was told. Just for the record, I am a fan of Kevin Wignall's books.

Although this is about a bunch of high school kids that survive an airplane crash and then fight for survival in the Amazon rain forest, one can read this book and notice how many of the characters resemble those with whom we went to high school. Some fond memories, some not so fond.

I am not saying that this book is on the same level as Catcher in the Rye, or Lord of the Flies, but it comes closer than most, books aimed at this audience.

If you have a high school aged "young adult" on your Christmas list - this might be a good present.
Das Original: Roman (German Edition)
Das Original: Roman (German Edition)
Schon seit vielen Jahren – seit ich zum ersten Mal »Die Jury« las – bin ich ein Fan von John Grisham und seinen Justiz-Thrillern. Daher wird es auch nicht verwundern, dass ich mir den 2017 erschienen Roman »Das Original« ebenfalls zulegen musste, auch wenn es sich hierbei nicht um einen seiner üblichen Romane im Sumpf der Justiz handelt.

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Titel: Das Original
Originaltitel: Camino Island
Autor: John Grisham
Verlag: Heyne
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Land / Jahr: USA / 2017
Genre: Roman
Seiten: 365

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Ich hatte mir »Das Original« am 27. August 2018 als gebundene Ausgabe gekauft, das heute für € 19,99 erhältlich ist.

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»Das Original« ist, wie die meisten von John Grishams gebundenen Büchern, sehr schön aufgemacht. Die malerische Umschlaggestaltung vermittelt schon ein wenig von dem Flair, das einen beim Lesen des Romans erwartet.

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John Grisham wurde am 8. Februar 1955 als John Ray Grisham Jr. in Jonesboro, Arkansas geboren und zählt wohl zu den bekanntesten Bestsellern der Moderne. Nach der Beendigung seines Jurastudiums 1981 praktizierte er beinah ein Jahr als Anwalt und spezialisierte sich dabei auf Strafverteidigung und Prozesse, bei denen es um Körperverletzung ging. Zudem gehörte er von 1983 bis 1990 als Kandidat der Demokratischen Partei dem Repräsentantenhaus von Mississippi an. 1988 brachte er nach drei Jahren des Schreibens seinen ersten Roman heraus, »A Time to Kill«, auf dem deutschsprachigen Markt als »Die Jury« bekannt. Noch heute fließen seine Erfahrungen als Strafverteidiger und Politiker mit in seine Romane ein.

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Bei einem Einbruch in die Firestone Bibliothek der Princeton University in New Jersey werden fünf Manuskripte des Schriftstellers Francis Scott Fitzgerald gestohlen – darunter auch »Der große Gatsby«. Schon bald gelingt es dem FBI, zwei Tatverdächtige festzunehmen, doch die Täter hatten einen ausgefeilten Plan für den Fall der Gefangennahme. Bei den Ermittlungen fassen die FBI-Ermittler sowie ein Team von privaten Ermittlern, die im Auftrag der Versicherungsgesellschaft handeln, den auf Camino Island vor Florida lebenden Buchhändler Bruce Cable ins Auge, der sich unter anderem auf seltene Bücher und Erstausgaben spezialisiert hat. Unterstützung erhofft man sich von der jungen Autorin Mercer, die in Geldnöten steckt, die in ihrer Jugend viele Sommer auf der Insel bei ihrer inzwischen verstorbenen Großmutter verbracht hat und die durch ihre Tätigkeit als Romanautorin die perfekte Tarnung zu haben scheint. Sie soll sich in den innersten Kreis Bruce Cables begeben und herausfinden, ob er tatsächlich im Besitz der verschwundenen Manuskripte ist. Doch nicht nur das FBI und die Ermittler der Versicherung sind hinter den Manuskripten her …

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»Das Original« ist wahrlich kein typischer Grisham-Roman. Wer hier ausgefeilte Strategien der Strafverteidigung oder gar nervenaufreibende Prozesse und Plädoyers erwartet, der wird vermutlich enttäuscht werden.

Vielmehr legt John Grisham den Fokus in »Das Original« ganz klar auf die Welt der Literatur, der Autoren und der Buchhändler. Man erhält einen Einblick in eine gänzlich eigene Welt, die man heutzutage kaum noch kennt. Detailliert und teils spitzbübisch schildert Grisham den Wandel der Zeit. Weg vom kleinen Buchladen um die Ecke und hin zum Großhändler Amazon, weg von den tollen, gebundenen Ausgaben namhafter Schriftsteller und hin zum E-Book, das es einem ermöglicht, für relativ wenig Geld ganze Bibliotheken mit sich herumzuschleppen.

Vor allem aber ermöglicht einem John Grisham einen interessanten Einblick in die Welt der Autoren, was gerade mich, der ich selbst Autor bin, natürlich wahnsinnig fasziniert. Mit mehr als nur einem Augenzwinkern bindet Grisham der unterschiedlichsten Charaktere in seine Geschichte mit ein. Sei es nun der Buchhändler Cable, und wie er überhaupt zu seinem Laden und seinen Ruf gekommen ist; sei es die junge Autorin Mercer und ihre Schreibblockade, die sie seit Jahren daran hindert, ihrem Verlag den zugesagten Roman zukommen zu lassen; oder seien es die anderen Autoren, die sich auf der Insel tummeln – darunter ein Lesbenpärchen, das unter Pseudonym sehr erfolgreich Sexromane veröffentlicht, während ihre wahren schriftstellerischen Werke eher ein Nischendasein fristen, sowie ein erfolgloser Autor, der sich mehr dem Suff und Schlägereien denn dem kreativen Schreiben zuwendet.

Der Aufbau des Romans »Das Original« ist dabei sehr interessant gestaltet. Beginnt alles zunächst sehr spannend mit dem Raub der Manuskripte und einem Mord, erlebt man als Leser einen ganz klaren Schnitt, als Grisham einen plötzlich auf die idyllische Insel Camino Island entführt, wo der Rest der Haupthandlung stattfindet. Hierbei wird man dermaßen von den Erzählungen in seinen Bann gezogen, dass die verlorenen Manuskripte zunächst beinah in Vergessenheit geraten. Erst zum Ende hin nimmt plötzlich alles wieder Fahrt auf, um schließlich schlüssig und durchaus passend und auch überraschend zu enden.

Ich muss gestehen, dass man sich schon für Literatur, Autoren und Schriftsteller, für das Schreiben und alles, was damit verbunden ist, interessieren muss, um »Das Original« wirklich genießen zu können. Wem dies nicht gelingt, der wird den Roman vermutlich langweilig finden. Zu wenig Action, zu wenig Blut, zu wenig Intrigen und zu wenig Justizgebaren. Dass man durchaus einen Einblick in die Welt des Kunstschwarzmarkts und des Kunstraubs erhält, vermag da vermutlich nur wenig darüber hinwegzutrösten.

Für mich ist »Das Original« ein sehr interessanter Roman, der auf jeden Fall noch neugieriger auf das ganze Drumherum macht. Auch ist es für mich nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis ich mir auch den Nachfolgeroman »Das Manuskript« zulegen werde, der dieses Jahr im Original als »Camino Winds« erschienen ist und am 31. August 2020 auf dem deutschen Markt erschienen soll.

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»Das Original« – Ein außergewöhnlicher Grisham-Roman in der Welt der Literatur, der Schriftsteller und der Kunstdiebe.
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.60, Allah il Allah
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.60, Allah il Allah
Für den Text von Karl May und die Lesung von Herrn Grauel 5 Punkte.
Die CD hat aber Fehler, an einigen Stellen fehlt Text - es kommt offenbar zu Sprüngen. Der CD sieht man nichts an, der Player hat vor dieser CD keine Macken gehabt. Keine Ahnung, ob es nur an der einen CD liegt oder ein Produktionsfehler ist.
Bis jetzt waren es 3 Stellen, anderen aber nicht viel Text fehlte - das ist der Vorteil, wenn man Buch und Hörbuch hat.
Blöd nur, wenn man eine CD oder DVD aus Zeitgründen nicht sofort nach dem Kauf hören/sehen kann und deshalb die Rückgabezeit abgelaufen ist.
Mike Hammer Boxed Set
Mike Hammer Boxed Set
Man merkt: Mike Hammer ist in die Jahre gekommen. Stark geschminkt, mit Bauchansatz ist der Macho zum Prügelknaben mutiert. Die Selbstironie ist ebenso abeschafft, wie der frühere, freilich etwas dick aufgetragene Charme der Hauptfigur und die Pin-up Einlagen. Sic transit gloria mundi! In selbem Maß wie die Liebelei geschwunden ist, hat sich in der Edition eine unübersehbare Lieblosigkeit breit gemacht: kein Label (was ist vorne und hinten?), kein Menu, die DVD-Hülle nicht mehr als ein Feigenblatt. Alles nur eine frostige Sparflamme des unbedingt Notwendigen. Die dritte Serie zehrt von Nostalgie, dem Andenken an bessere Zeiten. Einige Umbesetzungen waren vielleicht unumgänglich, haben jedoch nichts verfeinert. Man kann notgedrungen Patina edel finden, muss es aber nicht.
SAS 111 Au nom d'Allah (French Edition)
SAS 111 Au nom d'Allah (French Edition)
If this novel were in English, I wouldn't read it -- the plot relies on ridiculous coincidences, and the characterization of women is risible, as are the frequent sex scenes -- though, like the hero himself, they usually don't last long. (From what I've read about Villiers, though, the conspiracy described here may well have been real, if unsuccessful.)

However, if you're looking for an easy, diverting read in French, this does the job. The writing is simple, straightforward and clear, and perhaps the best part, if you encounter a word you don't recognize, just press it and the French dictionary on the Kindle gives you a definition. It's not Larousse, but it had a good number of idioms and definitions of the sexual slang used in this book.
Color Bleach+: Bleach Official Bootleg
Color Bleach+: Bleach Official Bootleg
This is a little book that is jam-packed with hilarious Bleach side stories, satires, games, and other rubbish that every Bleach fan would love. It was the first non-manga Bleach book that I bought, and it's so fun and entertaining that you might find yourself re-reading it and laughing. C'mon, can you bear not to own a book that has the official Sereitei newsletter, recruiting posters lovingly designed by each of the captains (including drawings by Rukia) to try to impress you to join their squad, and classified ads selling Soul Candy dispensers? I also bought at the same time the Souls character book, which was thicker but was somehow less entertaining. My only complaint is that a few pages of the Souls character book and this Bootleg book are identical. The glossy full-color dust jacket is reversible and beautiful. Reminds me of Mad magazine (but better). Thank you Tite Kubo and Viz Media (for making English edition available)!
MUSASHI 2. El Camino de la Espada (Spanish Edition)
MUSASHI 2. El Camino de la Espada (Spanish Edition)
Musashi continua el camino de la espada. Tenía miedo que se hiciera repetitivo respecto al primero, pero no es así. Fácil lectura, manteniendo los puntos fuertes de la primera novela. Eiji Yoshikawa mantiene su nivel.
Deceptions
Deceptions
I remember reading Deceptions when I was a teenager. A simple premise; twins changing places. But these are tricks one usually plays in childhood. When 30-something twin sisters Stephanie and Sabrina exchange lives nothing that happens thereafter is simple.

Stephanie is a housewife and mother of 2 living with her bioscientist husband Garth in a Chicago suburb. Sabrina is a divorced socialite with a successful interior design and antique business in London. Although they live completely different lives the twins are extremely close. You could say they were two half’s of the same person.

The story of twins successfully trading places grabbed my imagination as a young person. I loved the strength and compassion of the sisters and admired their passion for antiques inherited from their mother. After reading this book I wanted to learn all about antiques and art. I love when a book speaks to me and awakens a desire to learn something new. While I would not consider Deceptions a great work of literature, it will continue to be one of my favorites and I’ll look forward to re-reading it again in the future.
The James Bond Omnibus 004
The James Bond Omnibus 004
When the folks doing the daily newspaper comic serialization of Ian Fleming's James Bond stories ran out of original Fleming content to adapt, they did what the EON/Danjaq, the producers of the official Bond films, have been doing for years which is to create new stories out of thin air with elements that might seem in keeping with the world of 007 and, as with the films, they meet with uneven success.

Most of the original Fleming titles were adapted into daily strips before the films came out, so they were illustrated and imagined from the books alone but by the time the strips in Omnibus004 were produced, the films were clearly taking the world by storm and the strips changed to match the films in their much larger scope, more outlandish plots, a Connery-esque depiction of 007, lots of mid-century modern styling and more overt sexuality. Where Ian Fleming's Bond felt emotions for the women in his adventures, they were always conflicted mixtures of guilt, loneliness, a sense of honor and his own uneasy relationship with sexual desire and the early strips reflected this but in this collection, almost every woman is introduced in either skimpy lingerie or completely nude and often stays that way throughout the story line. Honestly, so much nudity I have never seen in a comic strip.

Where Ian Fleming was careful to never make Bond too English, in this he calls women "Luv" or refers to them as "birds" and there's a self conscious peppering of "English-ness" throughout so the reader wouldn't forget that this wasn't just any old action strip, this was JAMES BOND. Bond's inner experience is more opaque to the reader as it is the films, Moneypenny more or less resembles Lois Maxwell and M has been changed to more or less resemble Bernard Lee although M's office is very different to the films and Bond engages with Chief of Staff Bill Tanner more often than M himself. And as Q was a creation of the films, he does not show up in these strips.

What makes these strips still enjoyable is the art of Yaroslav Horak. His Bond, while bearing a certain resemblance to Sean Connery, isn't a look-alike but a cross between Connery and Ian Fleming's creation as written. His renderings of cars, clothing and architecture of the time are excellent as are his action scenes and reading these strips gives the reader a nice flavor of the times they were created in.

The collection itself is quite good. It's clear that the source material the publisher's had to work with to reproduce these strips wasn't always the best but they've done a good job of minimizing the impact of the poorer source materials so the whole package comes across as more or less consistent.
Zachariah (1971)
Zachariah (1971)
I was just leaving school and going into the military around the time Zachariah was new, I remember seeing ads and trailers for the movie back then, it looked interesting...........didn't see it until all these years later after buying it through Amazon. Not sorry I bought it, but it wasn't anything near as good as I expected, I'm a fan of Firesign Theatre and have all their comedy records now on CD, had no idea the guys from Firesign were involved with Zachariah until I watched my dvd. I would have added a lot more music to the film if I had any say.................and the Monday morning quarterback effect I would have done this and that to beef it up or make it better, but alas, I'm not a movie producer..........maybe it will grow on me as I watch it again. Glad to have it in my collection, but I wouldn't write home about it. I love some of the music in it. Zachariah needs a little more on the amped up music and a little more on the production, maybe it can be remade into something better.
Harry Potter Crochet (Crochet Kits)
Harry Potter Crochet (Crochet Kits)
Now that I have done the first figure in full, I feel I can give a good review!

As ever, with Lucy's patterns, the finished designs are brilliant. So much thought and detail has gone into them.

A couple of small negatives though, for which I have docked a star.

-The dark grey yarn - only just enough to do Harry's trousers.
-Wand hook - nice touch but not functional. Plastic catches on the yarn, and the hook bends.
-terms are US which is fine if you are experienced, but I noticed not every stitch was defined/described in the instructions. Previous kits (star wars) were in UK terms.

But on the plus side, plenty of stuffing provided, and apart from the dark grey yarn, plenty of excess yarn allowing for errors :)
Hard Hat Harry: Giant Construction Equipment
Hard Hat Harry: Giant Construction Equipment
My 3-year-old son loves this show, but I have one major problem with it, aside from the fact that it misses so many opportunities to teach early STEM concepts, and that is the language. They don’t use cuss words or anything, but I do NOT want my son picking up words like “sissy” or learning to call people “stupid,” which the older child calls the younger child on this show. NOT OKAY. Just be aware that you’ll soon be having conversations about not calling people names.
Anna and the King
Anna and the King
20th Century Fox certainly got a lot of mileage out of the story of "Anna And The King of Siam." First, there was the 1946 version with Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison. This inspired Rodgers And Hammerstein's magnificent musical version "The King And I", brought to the screen in 1956 starring Deborah Keer and Yul Bryneer. This incarnation stars Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat. For some reason, this beautiful 1999 version remains critically under-rated and vastly under-appreciated. The basic plot in all versions is fascinating fiction, based on certain "factual events," concerning the confrontational and complex relationship between British schoolteacher Anna Leonowwens and King Mongkut in 1860's Siam.
The casting of British Rex Harrison as the King Of Siam in the 1946 version is Hollywood preposterous. There's never any real emotional connection between Harrison and Irene Dunne. Deborah Kerr and Yul Bryneer played things more beautifully and brilliantly in "The King And I." The production is marvelous, if obviously studio bound. Here, Chow Yun-Fat is every bit as commanding and charismatic as Yul Bryneer. This King is more human and, as Chow Yun-Fat is actually Asian, probably more authentic as well.
"Anna And The King" plays less like "The King And I" and more like a David Lean epic ( I am mostly thinking of "A Passage To India") from a movie era gone by. While certain plot elements remain in all versions, this version takes the story in some surprisingly different directions. In terms of approach, the musical "The King And I" is about how Anna changes Siam. This "Anna And The King" is about how Siam changes Anna. Played by Jodie Foster, Anna is extremely high-minded and sure in her belief that "the ways of England are the ways of the world." Many of her smug beliefs and values are thrown back in her face after she meets King Mongkut and the people in his palace. By the time of the lavish "anniversary party", thrown mostly to impress the British, Anna is appalled by her country's prejudicial and unfriendly attitudes towards Siam. On a personal level, the King correctly guesses that Anna is so out-spoken and headstrong because she has not yet accepted the death of her husband Tom. She hides her pain behind a wall of "superior British strength." Still, she fights against several social and human injustices. Her manner does not sit well with the Prime Minister who says, "There has been much insult caused by this Englishwoman who thinks herself the equal of a man." A fascinated Mongkut replies, "No, the equal of a King."
There is nothing studio bound about this production. It was filmed on location in Maylaysia. Filming in Thailand was denied because any version of this story is considered controversial and disrespectful to the memory of King Mongkut, making it appear he was dependent upon advice and support from his British Schoolteacher employee. Ironically, the film confronts that issue head on. Anna totally over-steps her position when she tries to save the slave Tuptim (Bai Ling) and her lover Balet (Sean Ghazi) from death. The King can do nothing to save them because Anna has made it appear, in public court, no less, that he takes orders from her. Tuptim and Balet must die in order for the King to "save face" and command authority.
In addition to all this drama, there is added political danger. General Alack attempts a political coup by forcing a war between Siam and Burma. Alack kills the King's brother and several other innocent people, and he plans to kill King Mongkut and all of his wives and children. After the deaths of Tuptim and Balat, Anna prepares to leave Siam. This new danger, however, brings her back to the palace one final time.
Critics complained about Jodie Foster as Anna, and the film's length. I couldn't disagree more! At 2 hours, 26 minutes, the film IS long, but, for me, always absorbing and often heartbreaking. Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat are both brilliant in the leading roles. DVD Extras include a Making of Documentary, 5 production featurettes, a music video, deleted scenes, and audio commentary by director Andy Tennant.
Ten Second Staircase: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
Ten Second Staircase: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
When in comes to the classic British locked room mystery, the stuff that we associate with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, there is no contemporary writer more adept than Christopher Fowler. And "Ten Second Staircase" is one of his best.

While the aging and eccentric detective duo of John May and Arthur Bryant are no Holmes and Watson, they are certainly more unusual, at least as entertaining, and in many ways more interesting given the depth and complexities of Fowler's multiple story lines which transcend and sometimes overpower the core mystery. Cleverly conceived and elegantly written, "Ten Second Staircase" delivers a head-scratching whodunit while plumbing deep issues of morality, vigilantism, and restless youth. If this seems like a lot to swallow for a simple mystery, the talented Fowler pulls it off while maintaining his patented British tongue-in-cheek humor balanced with genuine suspense.

In this installment, an obnoxious artist is found dead, floating in her own piece of outrageous "art". The only eye witness to the apparent murder is a young teenager, visiting the gallery with his private school class. But the lad's description of the killer - a man on horseback dressed in the garb of an early 18th Century highwayman - stretches credibility and leaves the May/Bryant team with scant evidence and little to go on. When other minor - and annoying - celebrities start meeting grisly demises of their own, with reports of the "highwayman" in the vicinity, it appears a serial killer is on the loose. But rather than cowering in fear, Londoners view the killer more like a rock star, a modern day Robin Hood-like figure doing the city a service by clearing out some of the human vermin. Meanwhile, the improbable crew of May and Brant's "Peculiar Crimes Unit" are again under attack, sabotaged by their oily leader, Leslie Faraday, and highly in risk of being shut down at the hands of a heavy-handed thug hired by the home office.

Through a complex series of plots and subplots, Fowler shows no impatience - much like his cranking protagonists - in weaving his way to another satisfyingly bizarre conclusion. Intelligent, savvy, and insightful, Fowler's May/Bryant series in one which deserves more acclaim and a broader following. If you haven't discovered these guys yet,do yourself a literary and entertaining favor and make the acquaintance here.
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2018 Year Dated, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Severus Snape First Impressions With Sound
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2018 Year Dated, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Severus Snape First Impressions With Sound
This ornament is a Hallmark Keepsake exclusive for the 2018 season and not an easy find as most Hallmarks rarely hold onto them after the Christmas/Holiday season. A great ornament for nostalgic gamers both old and new, based on the original link artwork from the first Legend of Zelda (NES 1986/87) game. Plays the original tune from the game in 8-bit sound, so a little jarring at first, but something perfect for old gamers out there. Additionally, it is priced around the same price Hallmark sold it for back in 2018, so grab it up if possible.
Harry Potter Magical Creatures No. 15 - Cornish Pixie
Harry Potter Magical Creatures No. 15 - Cornish Pixie
Sammel schon lange diese Figuren, und nun musste der Pixie auch her. Wunderbare Verarbeitung, schöne kräftige Farben. Genauso hab ich sie mir vor gestellt. Schneller Versand, tolle Ware. Jederzeit wieder. Bis die Sammlung irgendwann mal vielleicht vollständig ist. Danke
Harry Potter Child's Death Eater Costume, Medium
Harry Potter Child's Death Eater Costume, Medium
My grandson was delighted with his birthday present. It arrived in plenty of time for his parents to wrap and have it waiting for him. We saw him open his gift on Skype. A great service Amazon, one happy boy and 2 happy grandparents.
Savons Pour La Vie (Serie Noire 2) (French Edition)
Savons Pour La Vie (Serie Noire 2) (French Edition)
J'ai aimé Des Mules et des Hommes et j'ai donc voulu lire les autres romans de Harry Crews. Hélas La Foire aux Serpents m'a laissé sur ma faim : On n'y retrouve guère l'ambiance très particulière et le vécu du premier, mais ce livre est malgré tout intéressant. Quant au troisième, Des Savons pour la Vie, j'ai eu bien du mal à aller jusqu'au bout, espérant que la fin rattraperait l'ensemble... espoir déçu ! Il me reste La Malédiction du Gitan...
Journey Well: Explore Your Deepest Needs & How to Meet Them
Journey Well: Explore Your Deepest Needs & How to Meet Them
I found this book so helpful. I took my time, wanting to process each idea. Definitely would be good to go through it again.

Some things I especially found helpful the first read:
1. thinking through what it looks like to find my safe place with Jesus - to be a place of healing and restoration
2. the journey of the Spirit showing me the sins of my heart and actions, coming to a place of confession, experiencing true forgiveness, and what it looks like to pass forgiveness on
3. the thoughts on how to experience more oneness in my marriage with my spouse of 39 years!
4. and all the appendices
really - the whole book! 🙂
I am also thankful for Laurie's ongoing focus in her podcasts and writings about the need for those of us who are heterosexual to really own the fact that we are all broken and sinners - in all areas. We all need to experience healing. And surrender!
Tranquileyes Warm Compress with Microwavable Beads for Moderate Dry Eye Relief (Hot Pink)
Tranquileyes Warm Compress with Microwavable Beads for Moderate Dry Eye Relief (Hot Pink)
I wear a nasal cpap at night. My eyes were so puffy every day that I looked like a lizard. The eye doctor prescribed Restasis which I used for a year. I stopped using it because after 4 to 5 hours my eyes would start burning. I have been doing well with this mask as I ordered one a year ago but my new kitten took a liking to it and the foam inserts disappeared. When I found them they were too chewed to use so I tried a damp paper towel folded up-that didn't work well so I tried two small pieces of foam I had on hand-that worked ok but they really didn't fit well. So even though these are pricey, I know they work so I will continue to spend the money Thank you Eco Eye!!!
Classic Christmas Favorites (Repackage/DVD)
Classic Christmas Favorites (Repackage/DVD)
Some people on here wrote some very upsetting reviews. I ordered anyways. I don't know what the problem is. I got all the movies that were described here and some. No errors with the discs another person said. As for the Grinch this is the original Grinch, it's the same as the deluxe version you can buy on here. The original Grinch was 30 minutes long. Same with year without a Santa Claus, it is also the same Deluxe version you can also buy.

These aren't the official classics but a few on here are classics. I'd recommend purchasing the other holiday classics sets.

This set has;

Grinch (Deluxe)(original Dr Suess classic)
Leprechauns Christmas Gold
Pinocchio's Christmas
The Stingiest Man In Town
The Year Without A Santa Claus(Deluxe)(original Rankin/bass classic)
Rudolph's Shiny New Year(the original Rankin/bass classic)
Nestor, The Long Eared Christmas Donkey
Frostys Winter Wonderland.
Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Frostys Christmas In July (not listed on the box anywhere but Included.)

The Other Set;

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (original Rankin/bass classic)
Cricket on the Hearth
Frosty the Snowman (original Rankin/bass classic)
Frosty Returns (original Rankin/bass classic)
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (original Rankin/bass classic)
Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol
The Little Drummer Boy

Hope I've cleared up some confusion. Have Fun. I have both for my Christmas collection.
VRV
VRV
Amazon is asking me to give stars on the Vrv app for ease of use (ok), Thickness (huh?), Sheerness (wtf?). Uh, yeah.. I dont know how to rate an app that.

Anyhoo, I got this I am an anime fan and use crunchyroll cause I am too impatient to wait a week to watch a freshly released episode and despise ads with a passion. With Vrv, you will not only get crunchyroll for your anime fix but Hi-dive and other non anime related channels.

Crunchyroll - Anime, some live jdrama, i think some manga too?

Vrv Has:
Hi-Dive: Dubbed anime titles. I used ro hate dubs but many have gotten better. Watch Log Horizon, Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon and my favorite here: G.A.T.E.

Boomerang
Cartoon Hangover
Mondo
Rooster Teeth
Vrv Select

I dont really watch these but you may like em.

All this for 2 bucks more if you already have crunchyroll. Also, cons with crunchyroll or vrv booths sometimes give ya free stuff if you are a member. Got some sweet posters, pins and bags.

Both crunchy and vrv are free if you can stand the ads but remember, every bit of time you save from watching ads, lets you that much more anime 😄
Xtore® Extra Long Universal Mobile and Tablet Holder with 360° Rotation | 7th Generation | Ultra Premium (Sea Green)
Xtore® Extra Long Universal Mobile and Tablet Holder with 360° Rotation | 7th Generation | Ultra Premium (Sea Green)
Awesome product.
Pros: I just love how sturdy and strong the stem is.

Cons: The only issue is the blue sude material covering the stem. It ripped off at the junction where the stem rubs against the bottom holder. Other than this issue I loved this holder, I already own a similar one from last year model ( same brand but different styling).

Verdict: I wouldn’t mind purchasing the same product again in future despite its minimal flaws because the strength of this holder is by far the best compared to the other ones in the market.
If u are looking to buy something similar then just a tip for new buyers, u might find similar looking holders from the same brand (Xstore) for less price between 400-800, but be warned the stem of those cheaper holders is not sturdy and they tend to bend down even with the weight of ur phone so don’t waste money ur money on the cheaper holders. I have personally tried a couple of cheaper ones on Amazon and as was highly disappointed. Instead I recommend spending a few extra bucks and buy good ones like these. I bought one year for 1400 and this blue one costed me 1200 and all I can say is I absolutely Love them
Nivona NICR CafeRomatica 769 Kaffeevollautomat, Silber
Nivona NICR CafeRomatica 769 Kaffeevollautomat, Silber
Dies ist meine 3te Nivona. Ich hatte bis jetzt eine NICR 779 und 2 NICR 769.
Alle machten sie hervorragenden Kaffee. Super einfache Bedienung und Wartung. Ich trinke ca. 8-10 Kaffees pro Woche, meist Esspresso oder Caffe Creme und Americano.
Aber: Bei ersteren war nach ca. 1.5 Jahren Jahr die Dosiereinheit kaputt was sich durch Schimmelbildung bemerkbar machte. Die habe ich nicht mehr benützt da mir grauste. Der Nachfolger zeichnete sich durch lautes Fippen im Bereich des Tassenwärmers aus - Gerät ging vor Ostern zurück. Auf die Rückerstattung warte ich noch immer. Die 3te (NICR 769) kaufte ich nicht bei Amazon. Mit dieser Maschine konnte ich nicht mehr als 10 Kaffees beziehen. Dann Fehler Meldung Kaffebohnen behälter leer obwohl voll. Bei reklamation wurde mir ein Bedienfehler unterstellt. Fazit nie wieder diese Marke aufgrund mangelnder Produktqualität.
Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router
Netgear WNDR3800 N600 Premium Edition Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router
I was in the market for a new router because I needed gigabit ethernet and my wndr3600 did not have that feature. Adding a gigabit ethernet switch solves the problem for my wired computers but limits wireless to wired transfers to 100mbit instead of the 300mbit wireless maximum. Therefore after plenty of research (lots and lots) I found my way to an ASUS RT-n56u, Netgear 3700, Netgear 3800, Netgear 4000 and even a Buffalo w/ ddwrt and a high end linksys.

With all those routers the big things to decide between was do I get one that can support 450 wireless, do I go for the one with DDWRT (very advanced and powerful firmware), or the one bye a trusted we dont play around kind of company ASUS.

After reading all those reviews I came to the 3800 because of 2 things:
1) 450 wireless adapters are uncommon and are not inside my macbook, my dv7, my ps3, xbox, iphone, or ipad. According to the reviews the 3800 had the absolute highest 300Mbit performance so going with a 450 capable unit would actually degrade my performance until 450 found its way into consumer devices.
2) This unit supports TIME MACHINE which made me very very happy (although after receiving it and learning of its 300GB limitation most of the happiness was gone)

So hear is my detailed review which is broken down into a few categories.

Feature set ***** 5 Stars - As far as features are concerned the only thing missing is 450mbit capability now that would be enough to loose half a star but because almost nothing comes with 450 and this thing will out perform other 450 routers while they are in 300 mode it isn't that big of a deal. Add in the fact that this thing has readyshare cloud (a cloudless feature) and the ability to support Time Machine backup in lion (although only up to 300GB) and that more than makes up for its lack of 450mbit wireless!

Performance ***** 5 Stars - As far as performance is concerned I am quite happy since the only thing that could be faster would be a 450mbit router but if wireless card isn't 450 capable then this router will actually out perform any 450 capable router on the market when they are in 300mbit mode. Since almost nothing comes built in with 450 I decided that it isn't even something important.

Ease of use **** 4 Stars - I am not a big believer in owners manuals. That said I am in the tech world and a lot of my time is spent answering questions that people should not be asking me. I believe people need to consult the manual then do a google search before calling technical support or asking a sales person how to do something. Therefore it is the software engineers and the project managers responsibility to ensure this doesn't happen. There should be something built in that makes it impossible for people to have any issues.

My 2 issues that knock 1 star off when added together.

1) When you plug your modem and computer in this thing should function immediately. If for any reason it wouldn't function a sticker should have been on the device warning you of anything that may stop you up. Netgear did a GREAT job on this router with those bits of information. Such as the default SSID and password which are unique not standard. Unfortunately when I plugged my modem and computer into the router the internet did NOT work immediately. What makes matters worse is entering 192.168.1.1 in the browser did not pull up the router even though ipconfig did show that to be the routers ip address. I had to plug my macbook in and open up its browser to find the router. So for some reason it did not like my PC at first. After my macbook talked to the router my PC could see the internet.

2) I plugged in a usb hard drive and although I really doubted it would work like magic I had my macbook look for a Time Machine. It did not find one which was no surprise. So into the router setting I go! I found nothing in settings that would explain my issue. No Time Machine checkbox, no link to explain the requirements of the time machine nothing NO HELP at all. I had to open the manual and turn to page 83 which explains that the drive must be HFS (but never says HFS) and it must be GUID or MBR. It also explains that you have a max of 300GB back up. This is actually very limited. I have a 500GB HD in my macbook, although it is not full because of the way Time Machine works a computer with just 200GB of data on it could easily end up with a larger than 300GB Time Machine backup. I honestly think that Netgear should work hard to resolve this issue and I also think they should highlight this limitation anywhere the feature is listed.

Unique Features *** 3 Stars - This router has 3 unique features. They are all mediocre at best. I wont bother explaining what the features do just what is wrong
1) Clear Channel - Only important if you are using 2.4GHz instead of 5GHz and you live in a congested area (apartments/condos). Even then advanced reviews have this feature pegged as a possible trouble maker and could even result in lost performance.
2) Readyshare cloud - This is NOT a cloud feature at all. Your files are in a HD plugged into your router a feature that most routers have. Most routers can even grant you access to these files remotely. The difference is instead of having to remember ip addresses that could change and which port to use this program acts as the middle man and makes it so all you need is a user name and password. It is kinda like using some 3rd party remote access program instead of the built in windows desktop sharing. They just make it easier and in case your ISP changes your IP address you wont loose the ability to connect. Do not let yourself think that this is in any way a replacement for true cloud programs that sync files across multiple computers. If netgear adds that ability then even though its still not cloud it will truly be an awesome and unique feature.
3) Time Machine - the need for you to consult the manual is one thing but the 300GB per computer limitation is a big problem when a computer with a mere 200GB of data on it could use up more than 300GB of Time Machine space.

My conclusion: Buy this router if it is in your price range. There honestly is not a better router. Now if you do not care about readyshare cloud (not really cloud based) or TIME MACHINE and price really matters to you then I would recommend you write down which features are most important to you and find a $60 router that has those features. You can get 80% of these features in a router for $60 it just depends on which 80%. But if you can afford $130 there is no better router regardless of the price. I would be willing to spend $200 on a router if that would have made it better but it would not have. One other thing though is if you have a Macbook with Lion or higher and you have over 200GB of data that needs to be backed up you may want to get an Apple router. If you have a Mac desktop computer then just plug an external in and don't even worry about a router.
Dallas: The Complete Fifth Season
Dallas: The Complete Fifth Season
The JR and Sue Ellen story was beginning to get old this season as you wonder what they ever saw in each other in the first place. Sue Ellen briefly seems to enjoy a period of living single rejecting Cliff and JR and realizing that Dusty belongs on rodeo circuit not at home playing daddy. When she finally comes back to JR (after 10 episodes) it appears that after a few weekend visitations with John Ross and she thinks JR has changed. (Funny that's what she thought after he got shot too) A large part of this season seems devoted to their marraige. I found myself wishing they would reunite just to move onto something else. It also points to what would become a major downfall of this show: the stories drag on endlessly.
Sue Ellen's decision to return coincides with the death of Jock so that she returns just in time for the next tragedy. Of course, the death of Jim Davis left a gap in the show that never was really filled. Sue Ellen and JR become closer (after remarrying) and Bobby and Pam grow further apart as the fight for Ewing oil rages on between the brothers.

The storylines towards the end are more entertaining and contain more action. The adoption of Christopher, the truth about Kristen; Lucy's kidnapping, rescue and divorce form Mitch; Cliff's embezzling company funds and suicide attempt. The action seems to take place in the last 7 episodes beginning with the "Malestrom" episode. Actually a little better than season 4 but not as good as 1,2 and 3.

The tour of the ranch in the special features is something of disappointment. The "Southfork" ranchhouse is actually much smaller than it looks on tv mainly because the ranch was used just for outdoor scenes. Indoor scenes were shot in a studio and therefore the inside of the ranchhouse doesn't really look anything like what viewers saw on tv every week.
Organic Delight Wheat Daliya, 500g
Organic Delight Wheat Daliya, 500g
This daliya size is perfect and taste is delicious.it has a great flavor and quality is awesome. every one in my family loved the taste of this daliya. Packaging is quite good and it gets cooked easily no need to wait for so much time.
Afloia Gala Air Purifier for Home Smokers Allergies and Pets Hair, Air Quality Analysis,True HEPA Filter Air Purifier for Bedroom
Afloia Gala Air Purifier for Home Smokers Allergies and Pets Hair, Air Quality Analysis,True HEPA Filter Air Purifier for Bedroom
 It started out with a strong plastic smell, and after a couple of days, the quality of the air was way better, and the plastic smell was gone. What I smell now is a soothing FRESH AIR!

We cook at home every day and we use this air purifier in the kitchen for this sole purpose. Without it, the cooking smell would last for countless hours, but now in around an hour, the smell is gone!!

It has different modes; the slowest mode is actually pretty silent. Although we use the strong mode almost all the time, I think for some people, it would be helpful to use for small rooms.

Excellent air purifier, built with outstanding quality, the filter is very well made and easy to change! Also, it is easy to set up, as you can see in the video I made. Just unbox, plug, and turn on!!
Gotas de miel orgánica de manuka, 4.0 onzas, Wedderspoon
Gotas de miel orgánica de manuka, 4.0 onzas, Wedderspoon
The Eucalyptus are my fav, although not as strong as i would like them to be, they help throat along with my sinuses so i have one or two every AM to help open up my sinuses until my allergy pill kicks in..

3 stars however for there’s a big manufacturing issue when a buyer restocks their fav and do receive the correct box for what they ordered but, end up with a product inside that clearly has been wrongly packaged into the box because this current Eucalyptus box tastes like anise/licorice and have no cooling affect at all!! am not a dark licorice fan so a big yuck for the what i assume is their Fennel & honey drops packaged into their Eucalyptus & Bee Propolis box.. Oddly I bought two boxes and both have the same batch number and dates, yet when i checked the second box to see if they were the fennel & honey drops too, they so far are not..weird since both boxes had the temper proof seal intact on them as should, yet have different products inside of them..

5 stars for these drops really are great, i also like the lemon ones as a after dinner sweet and the ginger ones when i am having slight heartburn & nausea issues but, i can’t overlook the wrong product being in package i receive so 3 stars only.

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