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JavaScript(TM) Step by Step
JavaScript(TM) Step by Step
JavaScript(TM) Step by Step by Steve Suehring. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
J.K. Rowling Collection 6 Books Set (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald,The Original Screenplay,Quidditch Through the Ages and more)
J.K. Rowling Collection 6 Books Set (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald,The Original Screenplay,Quidditch Through the Ages and more)
J.K. Rowling Collection 6 Books Set (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald,The Original Screenplay,Quidditch Through the Ages and more) by J.K. Rowling, 9781338216660 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two By J.K. Rowling 978-1338216660, 133821666X, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Summons & The Brethren
The Summons & The Brethren
The Summons & The Brethren by Frank Muller, Michael Beck, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Practical Machine Learning
Practical Machine Learning
Practical Machine Learning by Sunila Gollapudi. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Professional Unix Shell Programming
Professional Unix Shell Programming
Professional Unix Shell Programming by Larry A. Walker. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Beginning Angular with Typescript (updated to Angular 9)
Beginning Angular with Typescript (updated to Angular 9)
I'm only a few chapters into this book, but felt the need to share what a poorly written educational resource this book is compared to those created by more famous writers/ publishers such as Ray Wenderlich, The Big Nerd Ranch, and O'Reilly.

First of all, the quality of the print is awful. Paper is uncomfortably cheap, images are black/ white only and unclear, and text in general is grainy.

They've tried to conserve ink by writing everything on the same white background with similar-looking fonts, not separating out code, headings, etc. As a result, it's sometimes difficult to know where you're at. Code should be highlighted more than by larger line-spacing and a different font, and headlines should be more than italicized text. Overall very difficult to read because of this.

As far as the content goes, it's mediocre at best. While chapters are small, they spend a lot of time focusing on unimportant things - and less time on the more important ones. They leave out crucial information, and if I didn't have months of experience with Angular going into this, I'd be at a loss already by the 3rd chapter.

Several of chapters don't build on each other, and they often skip informing you about creating a new project, general setup, etc.

They'll write contradictory statements, contradictory code, and leave out explaining changes made to it. The Angular code/ information in general is correct, but they often utilize poor programming concepts.

Overall it's easy to tell that this book was written by someone who has mediocre knowledge of Angular at best, very little experience authoring a book, and no experience teaching.

There aren't many good resources out there on Angular development so it may be worth getting this book in the hopes of learning a thing or two, but I'd look elsewhere if you can.
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
As a long time ee cummings fan, I found this book to be just as wonderful as the rest of his writing, although this one isn't as well known. If you can appreciate his artistic use of words, you will not be disapointed by etcetera.
Dividend Investing Made Easy
Dividend Investing Made Easy
I purchased this book thinking that there might be some content of interest to a person when considering investing in stocks for their dividend yield. Unfortunately, what I found was some extremely basic investment advice that was simplified to the point of being misleading (e.g., attributing dividend returns to the growth in value of a portfolio that was almost certainly driven quite substantially by capital appreciation). There was almost no discussion at all of portfolio construction beyond picking either an ETF or a handful of the "dividend aristocrats". The author explains some basic investing concepts like dollar cost averaging, but there is nothing in this book which makes it worth the price tag. The Investopedia page on "Introduction to Dividends" actually contains more information about how dividends work than this book. If your investing knowledge is at the level where this book is actually helpful for you, you would be better served with a general book on investing rather than one targeted specifically toward dividend stocks.

On top of all this, the author uses large font with lots of white space on the page in order to inflate the page count (as well as a large section full of ads for other books). It took me about 30-45 minutes to read through the whole thing, and I'm usually a slow reader.
The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
A lot of time (half or two thirds of the book) was spent setting up the founding process, and everyone involved in it. This was solid and read like a good founding story, getting to know the different characters involved, their desires and goals, etc, and setting up for an impending confrontation (is it the competing release of the HTC Vive, is it the launch day issues of the Oculus Rift, is it the blow back on lack of hand tracking on initial release that was teased earlier in the book?).

In the end, little to no time was spent discussing the actual launch of the Rift CV1, the drama around the competing "room scale" Vive, and the people who waited months after the official launch to receive their headset. Instead the book sympathetically covers the rise and fall of the creator of r/The_Donald and how Luckey became involved with Nimble America and the ensuing drama that ultimately ended his time with Oculus.

This is not to say that drama isn't worth covering, but I question whether Luckey's personal issues are relevant to a book ostensibly about the history of the modern VR movement (even with its point of view rooted in the creation and acquisition of Oculus by Facebook).

In the end the book was about Palmer Luckey to the exclusion of important moments in the history of Oculus and the modern day VR resurgence. This was not the book I thought I was purchasing with the title "The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality". Not one star, because I truly enjoyed the first half of the book.
Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era
Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era
This book is odd. It's well written and the narrative is compelling; enough for me to read it all in one go.

The stories of inadequate ego-driven teachers and students early on in the book are relayed well. The book's exposure of incompetence, back-scratching and favoritism from supposedly upstanding academic leaders is excellent. This is a good reason to read this book, and for excellently depicting an often overlooked part of academic life, this book deserves 4 stars.

The problem is, that's not why I bought the book. I was expecting a book about the "founding of the Facebook era" as the sub-title suggests. This is certainly not a focus. From 335 pages in all, the name "Mark Zuckerberg" first appears on page 287, and any facts relating to Facebook's rise are within only the last 40 pages and are mostly tainted by disdain.

Initially the author developed a system called CriticalMass that allowed students to rate their satisfaction of different academics at Harvard. Textbook Central, a textbook trading site, followed. Another system called FAStWebmail allowed Harvard students to access their official Harvard e-mail accounts over the Web. These were eventually rolled into a system called houseSYSTEM that included some other features like course preselection and calendars.

For a few chapters after explaining how these systems were developed, the focus is on how the administration and some other students considered houseSYSTEM to be insecure and flawed, due to its pseudo-requirement to have users' official Harvard passwords (in order for the webmail function to work) and a lack of proper SSL (HTTPS) security.

In dealing with these concerns the author showed a lack of technical knowledge. He protested that only an MD-5 hash of users' passwords were stored, but if this were the case, how did his system then access the users' official e-mail accounts? The author doesn't provide a proper level of detail to make a judgment as an independent reader, and the way he portrays it may just be poor.

The author also says "Brian Wong is telling people that MD-5 generates 16-byte hashes, when it doesn't! There are 32 characters in all of them! Each ASCII character is one byte!" MD-5 generates a 16 byte hash (128 bits). That a textual hexadecimal representation of that 16 byte hash takes 32 characters does not make it a "32 byte hash."

The author has a habit of "quoting" his mental monologue, nearly all of which is negative in nature, and assuming whoever he's talking to is either an idiot or out to get him. The author's paranoia (warranted or not) permeates the last half of this book enough to make for uneasy reading. He jumps to exaggerated conclusions. Shortly after the initial security concerns, the university decides that Greenspan needs to delete the password hashes he had collected so far and "forward the list of all those whose information you have collected" in order that those students could have their passwords reset. Instead of complying with this reasonable request, the author rants about how the users table has other information like phone numbers in it and asks "What, do they want those, too?" The e-mail he quotes requested a list of people who signed up for his site, not other details. This doesn't stop the author from eventually sending the whole user table anyway!

On the SSL issue, the text implies that a self-signed certificate was used, but the author appears not to understand the identification issues with this (though those who e-mail him appear to). It's a common theme that the author, IMHO, quotes well-thought-out e-mails and refutes them poorly. He argues that a wildcard certificate would be necessary - costing some $1000, though InstantSSL had them for under $500 at the time - not realizing he could use a regular SSL certificate (under $50) for the password transfer (the parts where security really counted), and a wildcard cookie for cross sub-domain authentication beyond that.

On Facebook, he seems to feel that Zuckerberg's developments, though independent, were a rip off of his own even though Zuckerberg is constantly quoted as remaining separate. houseSYSTEM did have a "face book" feature where pictures of students were located along with their names, but this had no social networking aspect. Zuckerberg's did. Nothing the author relays gives me the impression he "founded" the "Facebook" era.

On page 302, I feel that Greenspan relays a tale of attempting to blackmail Facebook. Despite considering Zuckerburg "inarticulate and naive," he suggested that he join Facebook. When told they needed an engineer with 15 years' experience, Greenspan highlighted Facebook's problems with ConnectU (who were suing Facebook for allegedly copying their idea and stealing code) and suggested that he had "grounds to sue both of you" before suggesting that if Facebook would hire him, he'd be on their side and help the lawsuit go away.

The last 20 pages are dire. The author claims that having a full Facebook profile "would have meant I endorsed intellectual property theft" without realizing that information willingly shared is not "thieved."

Lastly, the author appears to rub most people in the book up the wrong way. Other than his closest associates and his family, almost every social interaction seems to result in the author antagonizing someone or being ignored. In many cases, he relies on his father to write e-mails and letters on his behalf (mostly unsuccessfully), rather than fight his own battles. "If Mark can get $2 billion for my ideas, I should at least be able to get a couple million!" sums up what I see as a jealous individual who, as it happens, has written a gripping and interesting book.

As good as this book is, I sense Greenspan isn't the sort of person to get over a slight easily and it saddens me that he appears restricted him from achieving all that someone with his talents could be.
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
I had two primary issues with the book. First, the books is written by a software guy for software guys and start-ups. I can only recall one reference in all the pages to a hardware product. So this books in not for anyone that is looking to create physical and tangible products. In fact, hardware is hard and my research hasn't found anything remotely useful in applying lean start-up principles to hardware.

Second, the focus of the book is on "what" a lean start-up is and doesn't provide actionable information. Diarrhea of the word processor resulted in a 365 page definition of a lean start-up, where it could have been boiled down to less than 100 pages (minus 1-star for waste...Distill it down to an A3 using Lean Thinking). So let me save you some time.

1. An entrepreneur is a person who creates a business around a product or service under conditions of "extreme uncertainty", and should ascend the vision-strategy-product pyramid. (Google: Start with Why TEDx - Ries redefines that concept)
2. A start-up is a phase of the entrepreneur's organization, tasked with the goal of reducing the condition of "extreme uncertainty", and finding a sustainable business model (Google: Lean Business Model Canvas).
3. Use customer discovery (class) and validated learning (method) to find a sustainable business model around your product or service idea. The validated learning method of Build-Measure-Learn is synonymous with Plan-Do (Build), Check (Measure), and Act (Learn) cycle, which as most people know is derived from the scientific method.
a. Build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
b. Measure using Actionable Metrics instead of Vanity Metrics.
c. Learn from your MVP and Actionable metrics and Pivot to improve problem/solution and product/market fit or Persevere.
4. Finally, use lean principles (i.e. small batch sizes, 5 whys root cause analysis, chief engineer, blah, blah, blah) to stream-line your operation once you've found a viable business model and are ready to leave the start-up phase and enter the growth phase. (Minus 1-star: As a hardware guy and having extensive experience in lean it's blatantly obvious Ries is just starting his lean journey and his last section (Accelerate) is superficial, survey, regurgitation of some of the lean tools and ideas).

Reference More Actionable Books:
Running Lean - Ash Maurya
Art of the Start (Ch.1) - Guy Kawasaki

Reference Free Material:
Steve Blank's Website & Blog
Simon Sinek - Start with Why
Make America Great Again! Donald Trump USA Flexfit Hat Cap
Make America Great Again! Donald Trump USA Flexfit Hat Cap
Great quality and it is comfortable. I especially like the personalized message the consumer can choose for the rear of the cap. I look forward to wearing it on VCDL.org’s Lobby Day in Richmond VA on Jan 20 2020.

My original MAGA cap was purchased from the President Trump campaign website. I did not like the cap they sell as the original MAGA cap is shaped like a bag on your head with a bill in front. This cap fits much better.
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition]
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition]
Ironic to think that this set - recorded in October 1992, was celebrating Dylan's 30th anniversary as a recording artist, and here we are in 2016, another quarter of a century plus later, and Dylan's just released a new album. Anyway, I bought both the deluxe vinyl and CD version of this set. I have reviewed the vinyl, and all I would like to add is that this album has an added poignancy when you consider that several of the performers - Richie Havens, Lou Reed, George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Johnny Winter, members of The Band - are now gone. And Dylan is still with us. Some great songs here - and the odd indifferent performance, but overall a worthy celebration of Dylan's enduring talent.
Thanos: Death Sentence
Thanos: Death Sentence
A worthy entry covering an interesting turn of events for arguably the best Marvel character. Thanos never disappoints in terms of inner complexity and his penchant for getting himself and others around him into trouble. Thanks to Stuart Moore for giving us quality time with the Mad Titan. The novel is sweeping, thought-provoking, very solid from a sci-fi perspective – which is table stakes for any good treatment of Thanos. (Starlin has set the bar very high.) Most importantly, the novel is true to the character. Go get it and enjoy.
Hot Sox
Hot Sox
My toddler enjoys Oreos and these cookie socks are perfect! They’re decently thick and the design/colors are great. We ordered them a little big so she’d have some room to grow into the socks (currently wears a size 6 or 7 in toddler shoes).
Walden (Modern English Translation)
Walden (Modern English Translation)
Just like in the sample, the highlights show up in the whole book on the Kindle app and on the Kindle Fire. Reported this to Amazon and they said it is an issue with this book. Hasn't been fixed yet. I really wanted to read this but the highlights are too distracting. Requested a refund.
One Piece, Vol. 71 (71)
One Piece, Vol. 71 (71)
Even though this is just the first volume of the Dressrosa Ark Im already enjoying it a lot more than I did the previous ark. There are a lot of new characters introduced in this volume, new outfits for the strawhats and the continued alliance with Law as well as working with Kin’emon. This volume is mainly the set up for the Dressrosa Ark showing the conflicts and battles that await the stawhats through future volumes. Overall Im loving it and have big expectations for this Ark.
The Beast in the Jungle and the Evolution of the Short Story
The Beast in the Jungle and the Evolution of the Short Story
Henry James was himself pleased by this short tale which is saying a lot, after all this was a man who if he was still alive would still be continuously tinkering with most of his stories. Of course James isn’t the only person to be pleased with this as critics and the reading public have always in the main admired this as well.

When John Marcher attends a luncheon at Weatherend he finds himself being reacquainted with May Bartram. These two last met ten years before in Italy and John has forgotten that he told her his secret back then, the thought that something momentous is going to happen in his life. As May, released from her duties due to death is able to make her own way, she sets up residence in London to see John, and what his happening will be.

It has to be admitted that John, although shy and tries to appear to listen and care about others, is actually totally self-absorbed in himself and is obsessed about his fate and the thing that he feels certain will happen. Although short this story is relatively slow paced and you do get a feeling for the years flowing past, with nothing of any import happening to John. Even as May dies John still has not had his experience, and is dismayed by May telling him that he has.

This is quite a sad tale of wasted lives, unrequited love and missed opportunities that really seems to strike a chord with people. We are all from time to time self-absorbed in ourselves for numerous reasons but I am sure we all know people who seem to be like it most of the time, and this adds to the poignancy of this.
René Goscinny Au-delà du rire (Catalogues d'exposition) (French Edition)
René Goscinny Au-delà du rire (Catalogues d'exposition) (French Edition)
Au travers de plusieurs contributions de divers auteurs, nous apprenons à connaître le scénariste d'Astérix et de Lucky Luke d'une façon plus globale et plus complète.

Les textes sont bons, les illustrations appropriées. L'ensemble est de haute qualité.
Je donne 4 étoiles au lieu de 5, parce que seule la contribution d'Anne-Hélène Hoog est moindre. Elle parvient à coups de grands mots et de belles phrases à faire l'intellectuelle, et surtout à produire beaucoup de vide et ne rien dire du tout.
Happy Holidays (Zebra Contemporary Romance)
Happy Holidays (Zebra Contemporary Romance)
Much to my dismay, these 2 books were written 24 years ago. They should have been left there and not re-issued. I've never read Ms. Daily before and picked this up thinking it was new. I should have checked the first edition dates inside first. Someday, I'll learn.

In "The Lord of the High Lonesome" we have a 21 year old brat named Kit. She is angry all the time, nasty to everybody and doesn't give anyone a chance. She dresses in baggy, ratty men's clothes, wears on old cowboy hat to hide her "glorious" hair and is, generally, loathesome to family, employees and townspeople alike. No wonder the hero fell madly in love with her. What's not to love? I couldn't even finish it. I did skip to the end to see how they worked it out. Ugh.

In "Heart of Stone" we have Kit's opposite. An arrogant, overbearing, cruel man. When we first meet him, he has a blond bimbo installed in his suite at the inn he owns. He is nasty to our TSTL heroine and, pretty much, lets her know a threesome would be interesting. Again, we can see why she fell head over heels for the jerk. He dumps her cruelly and goes away for many months. She pines. She loses weight. She cries a lot. She "looves" him forver. One day, he waltzes back in to her life, tells her he's sort of sorry, that he loves her and will she marry him. After all the pain he put her through, she falls into his arms and ecstatically accepts his proposal. No pride or self-esteem, at all!

I'm not sure how Ms. Daily's current writings stack up against this garbage and I guess I won't find out. I don't want to risk another penny to find out.

Save your money for something better. The back of a cereal box would be my recommendation.
Trevayne: A Novel
Trevayne: A Novel
(Spoilers) The plot is exquisitely laid out, the characters are painted vividly- you can really see them-, as well as feel the tensions between governmental entities. From a character development sense, Trevayne and other characters come to see, for instance, Army personnel, in a more compassionate way (and vice versa with some of the Army personnel).

The reason I give this book 4 Stars is the ending. After Trevayne reaches the Presidency, he is able to address to some extent some of the issues he's been fighting for throughout the novel, but, from what I can tell, hasn't been able to reign in Gennessee Industries, his main goal in the book. Thus, the ending, although maybe "realistic," was very anti-climactic for me. The ending was so underspoken and briefly expedited with, that I kept reading a few pages after the ending before realizing I was reading the "extra" of the first chapter of the Bourne Identity that the publishers had inserted at the end! (Made me laugh!) There were also a few minor plot strands that weren't tied up, something I've found in other Ludlum books; for instance, you end up connecting with Bonner, but there's no final conversation or connection between Bonner and Trevayne at the end, given their significant connection throughout the book.
These last criticisms I've found in many of Ludlum's books: a drive to finish the ending of a book as soon as possible, and sometimes not tying up loose ends. Perhaps he felt the reader would be impatient by that point and would just want it over as soon as possible, or maybe he himself just wanted it done with, or maybe his publisher said, "Bob, deadline . . . we got a deadline here!"
The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend
The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend
The Amcrest NV4108E-HS 4K 8CH POE NVR was recommended for the Amcrest sercurity camers I purchased. I bought this Amcrest cameras and this unit with assistance from an Amazon representative. The representative and I did not notice that the Amcrest NV4108E-HS 4K 8CH POE NVR needed another item to Record, you can view but you cannot record with a memory drive thing, which was $137 and higher. I am 63 years old, so these additional items I had to be helped with understanding all these parts. READ carefully what is needed before you buy this item.
The Plot, Irving Wallace, 8th Printing July 1970
The Plot, Irving Wallace, 8th Printing July 1970
Rating 4.0 __No graphic sexual content
Stand alone read.

GOOD READ. Intriguing storyline, believable and well developed characters, well researched, exceptionally detailed locations descriptions, still a contemporary topic despite the publishing date, great secondary cast, menacing bad guy(s), and some great twists and turns. HOWEVER, it starts slowly and drags a bit in the beginning, the storyline is somewhat contrived, and the book is very long, so set aside enough time to enjoy the read because none of these issues detract badly from the story.

THE STORY is told from the perspective of five major characters; Matt Brennan, an exiled White House peace negotiator trying to prove himself innocent of treason charges, Jay Thomas Doyle, former international journalist trying to regain his reputation, Hazel Smith, Jay’s former protégé, but now a respected foreign correspondent and mistress of one of Russia’s policy makers, Emmett Earnshaw, ex-US president, trying to prevent the publication of an unflattering review of his presidency, and Medora Hart, exiled victim of a British sex-scandal trying to return home. They all cross paths in Paris, the site of latest disarmament summit between the U.S., China and Russia. Each is in the right place at the right time to discover a piece of an elaborate plot to reshape the power structure of the world. But figuring it out and putting a stop to it requires each of them to face risky and difficult choices.

OVERALL, engaging storyline with wonderfully complex characters and detailed locations that add depth and richness to the book.

You may also enjoy the complex characters and political/spy thrillers try Brad Thor or Scott Horvath.
Richard Scarry's Animal Nursery Tales
Richard Scarry's Animal Nursery Tales
I loved Richard Scarry's books as a child. For years and years, whenever I would see the author's name I would vaguely remember my favorite story about a bone but I could never remember the name of the story or which book it was in. Now that I have a 3 year old daughter, I recently inherited another one of Richard Scarry's books from my older cousin. While that book is great too, unfortunately, it didn't have my favorite story so I was on a mission to find it! After a little research, I found out the story was the Teeny Tiny Woman and that it was in this Animal Nursery Tales book. I was so glad to find a used copy on Amazon and as soon as I showed the book to my mom she remembered it too! Reading the Teen Tiny Woman to my daughter brought back so many fond memories. Added bonus, my daughter seems to love the book too. :-)
The Busy World of Richard Scarry: It's a Busy, Busy Day!
The Busy World of Richard Scarry: It's a Busy, Busy Day!
1. The Talking Bread/ Couscous, The North African Detective/ The Three Fisherman
2. The Best Birthday Present Ever/ Patrick Pig Learns To Talk/ Grounchy Mr. Grankle
3. The Busiest Firefighter Ever/ Manuel of Mexico/ The Biggest Catch Ever
4. Mr. Raccoon's Different Day/ Mario, The Venitian Gondelier/ The Best Babysitter Ever
5. The Best Mistake Ever/ Sneef, The Best Detective In Europe/ Camping Out
6. Mr. Frumble's New Cars/ Ernst And Heidi In The Alps/ Billy Dog's Bad Day
7. The Snowstorm/ Professor Dig And His Egyptian Mummy/ The Treasure Hunt
8. The Accident/ Good Luck In Rome/ The Missing Bananas
9. A Trip To The Moon/ Pip Pip Goes To London/ Floating Bananas
10.Hot Pie/ Hans The Dutch Plumber/ Hilda's Romantic Tea Party

I hope this was helpful!!
Opal Darkness
Opal Darkness
this takes place in the eighteen hundreds it is the story of twins and there sexual adventures another classic hot scenes funney characters loved it highly recommended
Darwins Faktor (German Edition)
Darwins Faktor (German Edition)
… eine in sich schlüssige Story. Wenn dann auch noch ein wissenschaftlicher Hintergrund dazukommt, sind für mich viele Faktoren zusammen, die mir Lesespaß bereiten. Auch die unterschiedlichen Handlungsstränge und Personen sind gut miteinander verknüpft. Ja, gut, hier und da meinte ich, etwas wie keine Logiklöcher zu empfinden, sie spielten aber keine Rolle. Den am Ende ergänzten wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund empfand ich als willkommene "Wissenserweiterung". Da es auch noch der erste Roman des Autors war, den ich gelesen habe,
kann ich nur sagen, dass ich mich nach weiteren Werken des Autors umschauen werde.
Love and Money
Love and Money
It’s difficult to know how exactly to rate this novel. What I can say with some degree of confidence after having read and reviewed 20+ works of Erskine Caldwell is that LOVE AND MONEY is certainly among his weakest.

Why? It’s a love story, pure and simple, but without any of the real stuff that makes a love story interesting. And it’s about a writer in love—or at least seemingly in love. And while we all may be understandably curious about what a writer has to say on subjects like love, I’m not sure that we’re equally curious about the fuel he puts into his engine to get the story started, humming and finished.

In any case, we can assume that the title of this work comes from the following exchange on p. 61: “’(l)ove and money, of course,’ he said ‘In man it’s duty and desire. A man—the masculine—has to argue with himself in order to shirk duty and indulge in desire. When a woman—the feminine—can’t have love, she sets out to convince herself that money will take its place.”

Caldwell is not entirely devoid of style in this novel (as we can see from the following citation on p. 161): “’(n)ow I’m ready for one to linger over,’ she said gaily. ‘The first one for friendship, the second for relationship, and all the rest for any kind of ship.’”

But perhaps this summation, on p. 239, from the protagonist-author’s publisher best sums up the work at hand: “(n)ormal, average, ordinary, everyday people and things—or even extraordinary people and things—can never furnish you with the happiness and satisfaction that you can derive from fiction. That’s the price authors have to pay for being authors.”

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
13 January 2020
Angélique und ihre Liebe
Angélique und ihre Liebe
Dieses Buch kann man lesen und die Zeit vergessen. Angelique wird zu einer weiblichen Überfigur. Kein Film, keine Schauspielerin kommt da an dieses Idealbild daran.
Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta Series in reading order with Summaries and Checklist updated 2017 : Includes Most Recent Kay Scarpetta Novels Listed in Best Reading Order
Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta Series in reading order with Summaries and Checklist updated 2017 : Includes Most Recent Kay Scarpetta Novels Listed in Best Reading Order
Patricia Cornwell, born in 1956, is the winner of over a half dozen awards for her writing. She received great acclaim for her best-selling series of fast moving novels about Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. She sold more than a 100 million copies of these thrillers. Her first Scarpetta book was published in 1990. Reading her books, we not only enjoy an engrossing mystery, but we learn much about forensic science. In addition to the Scarpetta dramas, she also wrote five other mysteries, several non-fiction books, and a children’s book. Avid Reader, tells us much about Patricia Cornwell’s twenty-four Kay Scarpetta novels.
Avid Reader really knows books. Readers wanting to know what authors wrote, with a good summary of each book, will find no better source than Avid Reader who is clearly the queen of Best Reading Order Books. She completed over 70 of these very helpful books. All of the 70 books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.
This book by Avid Reader is easy to read, easy to use, and contains a wealth of the kind of information we want to know. It gives us (1) a list of the author’s books with a good to-the-point summary of each, including the date of publication, (2) a link for each book to Amazon, making it easy for us to purchase the book as well as see what reviewers wrote about the book, (3) a checklist that we can use to mark those books that we read, and (4) a list of the many other authors for which she, Avid Reader, has given readers this kind of information so that we can get her books about these authors.
WOW! Stuff Collection The Elder Light Painting Wand Wizarding World Albus Dumbledore Replica Screen Prop Toy
WOW! Stuff Collection The Elder Light Painting Wand Wizarding World Albus Dumbledore Replica Screen Prop Toy
My 6 and 7 year old nephews JUST discovered Harry Potter. I've been a fan for years! I knew I had to get them an HP gift for Christmas. This wand was much more than I expected. The light was bright and the wands felt like great quality. They played so much with the wand I was worried they would break it or the light would die. So far, neither has happened. They haven't given me the opportunity to try the app because they will not let go of the wand so I don't have a review about that LOL but if it's half as great as the wands then...wow.
Bioworld Harry Potter Slytherin Snapback Hat Size ONE Size Grey
Bioworld Harry Potter Slytherin Snapback Hat Size ONE Size Grey
I normally never buy snapbacks, but there weren't much options for those who want a really cool Slytherin hat. Gotta say, I was impressed by the overall quality of the hat. It's got a soft silky texture and feels very comfortable. The Slytherin text is embroided and looks 3D, same with the Slytherin logo patch. The bill is straight but I like to bend it just a little so it's got a little bit of curvature to it. Eff all that rapper look but if Lebron wears his hat with a straight bill then I guess it's alright. Me, I just like a little bit of curve. 90s style. The sticker on the bill, at least what I got, is foil, not a plain boring white background like in the picture you see. The foil sticker makes it look all the more bling. Overall, this is the coolest Slytherin hat anyone can get and I like the way it fits and feels on my head. People gotta know you don't take no stuff from some Huff&Puffs (stoner kids who think they're cool but they really aren't) or some LameOClaws who think they smart and stuff but we ain't doin' geometry, we tryna play some games!
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
I really wanted to like this book, as there is a dearth of good literature about the particular difficulties women face accessing recovery, the reasons why women are traumatised and drink and use in the first place, and the ways in which women are traumatised all over again by recovery. As a long time survivor of AA, and someone who has slogged through more than a decade of trauma recovery, I had high hopes. Alas I found this book deeply annoying, not feminist, and for an author who claims to have stopped trying to please everybody, it tries painfully hard to please everybody.

Some accounts of her own life and drinking are well written, as were some parts of her description of trying and leaving AA, and I'm sure many women would identify, but there was just too much wrong (and dangerous) about this book. There's too much to fit into a short review but my headline complaints are:

1. despite nodding to radical feminism, it's not remotely radical (in the latin sense of 'root cause') because Holly doesn't understand the difference between sex and gender (or she does but she's trying so hard not to offend men, she won't say so).

Gender isn't an identity (just like racism isn't an identity), it's the means by which women are oppressed, gender is the SYSTEM of patriarchy, the 'how' that is used to keep women down as a sex, and women are also inculcated into their own oppression via 'femininity' - learning to be submissive, it's not innate, and it's not natural, and if you can't grasp this, then you have no material analysis.

This lack of analysis inevitably leads to utterly offensive suggestions such as embracing your 'feminine energy' - this is evolutionary psychology straight out of the MRA playbook. It's also not true. That chapter was so offensive, I threw the book across the room.

2. it's dreadfully woke waffling on about 'oppressed folks' and then detailing very expensive trips, drinking excursions to vineyards, baby showers and so on, and then a long list of 'recovery' courses, therapy, massage, acupuncture, holistic retreats that were embarrassingly middle class (told without a trace of irony). If you haven't got 'thousands of dollars' like Holly, then whoopsy, sorry oppressed folks.

3. She's still centering men, with all her agender, genderless BS, women are female, men are male, male people oppress female people because of their sex (not their 'feminine energy'), they use gender to do it, this is feminism 101. Any good discussion of WHY women experience things the way we do was then derailed by trying to PLEASE and shoehorn confused men into it. Feminism - clue is in the name - is for females. It is entirely fine and reasonable that women could expect just one book that actually exclusively focuses on them and their needs, it's not women's job to wipe the tears of the whole world.

4. For anyone traumatised, diving into anything as dodgy as Kundalini yoga (which can cause a huge decompression, regression, and all kinds of emotional havoc, and that's before we mention the untrained hippies running those kind of things) is just irresponsible, if you are female, traumatised and in need of help, for God's sake don't do that, it's not safe.

5. More laughing when new ager, arch 12 stepper, and age woo practitioner Echart Tolle turned up, give me strength, once again, McMindfulness, spirtual bypassing twaddle.

6. A course in miracles, is she taking the p*ss? Again dangerous, stay well clear. Those last two books are handed from member to member in AA, nothing new there, or helpful. This kind of junk, just like Marianne Williamson and Byron Katy's (evil) 'The Work' are all the same kinds of abusive twaddle that no woman in her right mind should touch with a bargepole and yet seem to be very popular in recovery circles. It's all still a wolf in sheep's clothing.

7. Falling to her knees and asking God to put her into service - is the KEY PLANK of AA, that's pretty much the entire (nonsense) AA programme in one phrase. There's nothing wrong with helping others, but hardly a counter AA idea, and nor is the idea of 'surrender' - you absolutely do not have to surrender, this is not a war.

8. I live in the UK, but the endless references to oppression taking a turn for the worse because Trump won an election rang a bit hollow, given the dearth of political analysis (there's much abuse and misogyny in liberal, identity obsessed politics, indeed it's the main focus of the actual proper women's movement right now) and I'd imagine many women who perhaps voted for Trump have equally complicated and difficult lives and are in need of good advice on quitting drinking. Virtue signalling isn't political analysis.

In short, nice try but no cigar, which is a shame, as it had the potential to be a better book if she wasn't so afraid of offending anybody (men mostly). In my opinion identity politics has been the ruination of the women's movement, has turned young women's brains to mush, and it has absolutely no business being in your recovery. Being female isn't not an identity, and being female in a patriarchy has serious material consequences.

Do yourself a favour, read some actual feminism, if you are into your spiritual stuff, read some of the brilliant female mystics out there.

If you like yoga, then go to a nice safe gentle class (yoga for trauma for instance, with a trained, safe, boundaried teacher) and stay away from quackery, or people who claim they can heal you, these people are dangerous.

Buy Charlotte Kasl's Many Roads, One Journey (that's the book that got me out of AA, written in 1995, unashamedly centred on the needs of women, still a classic and not done justice by Holly at all) or read Gabriel Glaser's book on women and drinking, and run as fast as you can away from this silly book.

Holly, if you ever read this: the master's tools cannot dismantle the master's house.
Alaska: A Photographic Excursion - 2nd Edition
Alaska: A Photographic Excursion - 2nd Edition
I haven't been to Alaska for years and looking through the book makes me ache to return to that beautiful state. How did the photographer find so many clear days and manage to be in the perfect place at the perfect moment? I'm in awe. Every picture has it's own story.
Christmas
Christmas
Samstagabend. Treffen sich zwei Kerzen. Sagt die eine: "Und was machst du heute noch so?" Sagt die andere: "Ich gehe aus."
Alle Jahre wieder... dudelt bei uns ab dem 1. Advent meine "X-mas"-Playlist (120 Tracks) in Shuffle-Dauerschleife. Natürlich mit dem Weihnachtsklassiker schlechthin Last Christmas von Wham! (Platz 7 in Deutschland 1984) und den wunderschönen Weihnachtsalben von Céline Dion (These are special times, 16 Songs), Andrea Bocelli (My christmas, 14 Songs), Mariah Carey (Merry christmas, 11 Songs), Christina Aguilera (My kind of christmas, 11 Songs, eher etwas für die Jüngeren, für mich aber eine prima Abwechslung), Sarah Connor (Christmas in my heart, 13 Songs) und natürlich (bin ja ein Kerl im/ aus dem Mittelalter) Helene Fischer (Weihnachten, 35 Songs mit dem Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, den Wiener Sängerknaben, Xavier Naidoo, Ricky Martin und Plácido Domingo).
Auf keinen Fall fehlen darf hier aber das "biggest and best-selling christmas album in the world" (über zehn Millionen verkaufte Einheiten) vom kanadisch-italienischen Jazz-Sänger und vierfachen Grammy-Preisträger Michael Bublé (Jahrgang 1975) aus dem Jahr 2011 (natürlich Platz 1 in Deutschland). Nach der erfolgreichen Erstveröffentlichung wurde das um drei weitere Titel ergänzte Album im November 2012 als Neuauflage nochmals auf den Markt gebracht. Neben Bublé sind The Puppini Sisters (Gesangstrio aus London), Shania Twain (Platz 3 in Deutschland 2003 mit Ka-Ching!), Thalía (mexikanische Pop-Sängerin und Schauspielerin) und Naturally 7 (sieben A-cappella-Jungs aus New York, Platz 1 in Deutschland 2003 mit Sarah Connor und Music is the key) zu hören.

1. It's beginning to look like christmas 3:27****
2. Santa Claus is coming to town 2:51****
3. Jingle bells 2:40*** feat. The Puppini Sisters
4. White christmas 3:37** Duett mit Shania Twain
5. All I want for christmas is you 2:52****
6. Holly jolly christmas 2:00***
7. Santa baby 3:52***
8. Have yourself a merry little christmas 3:51****
9. Christmas (baby please come home) 3:08****
10. Silent night 3:48****
11. Blue christmas 3:43**
12. Cold december night 3:19***
13. I'll be home for christmas 4:26****
14. Ave Maria 4:01***
15. Mis deseos/ feliz navidad 4:24*** Duett mit Thalía
16. The christmas song (chestnuts roasting on an open fire) 4:19****
17. Winter wonderland 2:30***
18. Frosty the snowman 2:42*** feat. The Puppini Sisters
19. Silver bells 3:08*** feat. Naturally 7

Ich wünsche allen Leser*innen einen wunderschönen 1. Advent. Denken Sie daran: A Plätzchen a day keeps the Weihnachtsstress away ;-) Lassen Sie es sich gut gehen!
Heiress: Chivalry is Dead
Heiress: Chivalry is Dead
This book was full of drama, suspense, and twist and turns. This book is like a urban fiction version of Romeo and Juliet. Two families feuding, backstabbing and lies have clouded judgment of all involved, this book makes you really look at your own situation . This book, not a lot of sex scenes but it keeps you interested from the beginning to the end.

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