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C Programming Language, 2nd Edition
C Programming Language, 2nd Edition
C Programming Language, 2nd Edition By: Brian W. Kernighan There's a story behind this purchase, but it hasn't been written yet. Purchased At: $25.90 View on
Curso Prático de MySQL (Portuguese Edition)
Curso Prático de MySQL (Portuguese Edition)
Curso Prático de MySQL (Portuguese Edition) by Edson Junio Rodrigues Lobo. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Jim Killavey, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 665 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Watch Over Me
Watch Over Me
Watch Over Me by Mila Gray. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Park Avenue Prince: New York Royals 2
Park Avenue Prince: New York Royals 2
Park Avenue Prince: New York Royals 2 by Louise Bay, Nicole Engeln, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Misery: En espanol (Spanish Edition)
Misery: En espanol (Spanish Edition)
Misery: En espanol (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 96 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition)
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition)
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 504 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Everything's Eventual: Five Dark Tales
Everything's Eventual: Five Dark Tales
Everything's Eventual: Five Dark Tales by Stephen King , Jay O. Sanders, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar, 2008
The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar, 2008
The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar, 2008 by Stephen (Robin Furth) King. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Night Visions 5
Night Visions 5
Night Visions 5 by Stephen King , Dan Simmons , et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Advanced Programming for the Java 2 Platform
Advanced Programming for the Java 2 Platform
Advanced Programming for the Java 2 Platform by Calvin Austin and Monica Pawlan. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Hacking with Python: Beginner's Guide to Ethical Hacking, Basic Security, Penetration Testing, and Python Hacking (Python Programming, Hacking, Python Coding, Python and Hacking Book 3)
Hacking with Python: Beginner's Guide to Ethical Hacking, Basic Security, Penetration Testing, and Python Hacking (Python Programming, Hacking, Python Coding, Python and Hacking Book 3)
Hacking with Python: Beginner's Guide to Ethical Hacking, Basic Security, Penetration Testing, and Python Hacking (Python Programming, Hacking, Python Coding, Python and Hacking Book 3) by Evan Lane. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Programming #3: Python Programming Professional Made Easy & C Programming Success in a Day (C Programming, C++programming, C++ programming language, HTML, ... Python Programming, Python, Java, PHP)
Programming #3: Python Programming Professional Made Easy & C Programming Success in a Day (C Programming, C++programming, C++ programming language, HTML, ... Python Programming, Python, Java, PHP)
Programming #3: Python Programming Professional Made Easy & C Programming Success in a Day (C Programming, C++programming, C++ programming language, HTML, ... Python Programming, Python, Java, PHP) by Sam Key. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Learning Heroku Postgres
Learning Heroku Postgres
Learning Heroku Postgres by Patrick Espake. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Dreamweaver Mx: Advanced Php Web Development
Dreamweaver Mx: Advanced Php Web Development
Dreamweaver Mx: Advanced Php Web Development by Glasshaus Author Team. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 124 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Pragmatic Enterprise Scala
Pragmatic Enterprise Scala
Pragmatic Enterprise Scala by Ant Kutschera. Rated 1.7 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
JULIA: todo En Espanol (Spanish Edition)
JULIA: todo En Espanol (Spanish Edition)
JULIA: todo En Espanol (Spanish Edition) by Colin Cromwell. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Warren Buffett's Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business Success
Warren Buffett's Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business Success
The most you will learn from reading this book is that: 1. You should go find a famous guy and write almost anything you want and some fool like me will buy it. 2. Nice trees are dying and being made into paper for what? Stuff like this. That is bad. Bottom line: There is almost no meaningful content in this book. 90% of this is obvious and has been said many times before and better. Rich and famous people are always seeking new and better ways to take your money with the least invested on their part, and this book proves it. Give your money to starving children in India. Do not give your money to Warren Buffet and his co-horts; they already have tons of money and they have no advice for you that is worth anything.
Steve Jobs: Die autorisierte Biografie des Apple-Gründers (German Edition)
Steve Jobs: Die autorisierte Biografie des Apple-Gründers (German Edition)
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Walter Isaacson, der erst im zweiten Anlauf diese Biographie in Angriff nahm, hat ein stimmiges und für mich auch überraschendes Bild von Steve Jobs, gezeichnet.

Ich sah den großen Steve Jobs vor allen Dingen als Genie und als wunderbaren Menschen.
Dieses Bild musste ich vergessen, nachdem ich das Buch gelesen hatte.

Steve Jobs war Adoptivkind und hat es seinen "neuen" Eltern wirklich nicht leicht gemacht. Trotzdem standen ihm diese beiden außergewöhnlichen Menschen ihr ganzes Leben zur Seite und haben Jobs in gewisser Weise "geführt", bis er sich vehement vom Elternhaus löste.
Seine Studienjahre bringen ihm zwar viel Wissenswertes, Jobs aber will mehr. Er ist dem neuen Trend auf der Spur, der Elektronik. Immer wieder findet er Menschen, die ihn auf seinem Weg zur Macht unterstützen und es ihm möglich machen, das zu erstellen, was er sich vorstellt.
Diese Art der "Menschenmanipulation", lässt Jobs für mich schon als Jemand erscheinen, der ganz klar seinen Weg vor Augen hatte. Für mich, tritt er als ein sehr problematischer, in sich unzufriedener Zeitgenosse auf und hat trotzdem mit Weitsicht und einer großen Portion Glück und der gerade "richtigen" Zeit dafür, Apple erschaffen.
Auch das Logo stammt von ihm und ist bis jetzt das Markenzeichen.
In seinen letzten Lebensjahren, er ist ja an Krebs gestorben, hat er viel über sich nachgedacht und wie es scheint, ist er auch mit sich ins Gericht gegangen.
Seine Frau und seine Kinder hat er sehr geliebt, aber er war eben ein schwieriger Charakter und konnte nicht immer liebvoll sein. Seine Familie hat oft darunter gelitten.
Walter Isaacson zeichnet da ein sehr gutes, stimmiges Bild und lässt den Leser am Ende doch versöhnt und verständnisvoll zurück, zumal Jobs auch einiges für das Gemeinwohl tut.

Steve Jobs hat unsere Zeit geprägt, wie kein Zweiter. Apple ist heute nicht mehr vom Weltmarkt wegzudenken und das Statussymbol schlechthin.

Dieses Buch ist nicht leicht zu lesen, aber in einer für jedermann verständlichen Sprache geschrieben. Es ist ausnehmend gut recherchiert und nimmt einen in seinen Bann.
Mir hat es geholfen, einem besonderen Menschen näher zu kommen.

Ich vergebe dafür fünf Sterne.
Autor: Walter Isaacson
Buch: Steve J
From the Podium: Selected Speeches (Volume I)
From the Podium: Selected Speeches (Volume I)
From the Podium: Selected Speeches (Volume I) by The Commonwealth Club of California, David and Tom Gardner, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Mindset: Entrepreneurial Success: Discover The Step-By-Step System To Program Your Mind For Success
Mindset: Entrepreneurial Success: Discover The Step-By-Step System To Program Your Mind For Success
Enjoyable read. Makes you reflect and refocus. Very applicable. I enjoyed your personal anecdotes and insights. A valuable resource. It goes conform with my experience in real estate sales. A solid mental framework for entrepreneurial success I'd say. Highly recommendable especially for those just starting out in business or seeking 'the edge' to achieve lasting success. I like it. Looking forward to your next works. Well done. Keep up the good work.
Oprah Winfrey's Inspirational Life Story
Oprah Winfrey's Inspirational Life Story
A lot has been written about Oprah, the ultimate queen of media. I myself am a big fan of Oprah Winfrey and I admire her generosity and kindness to the people who, in one way or another have touched her life, as well as to people who she wanted to influence in a good way.

This is the main reason I bought the book, Oprah Winfrey's Inspirational Life Story. Not only did I get to learn about Oprah's childhood and struggles, I was able to get a good grasp of the valuable lessons she herself learned as she grew up and rose to be among the most powerful women in history. Sure, she was not perfect, she was like other women who had suffered under the hands of her family members, sexually harassed even, gotten pregnant at an early age, etc. But through the years, these tribulations got her to what she had achieved now.

I think I was just Oprha-fied after reading this inspirational book. I actually remembered the Favorite Things episodes from her Oprah WInfrey Show where she gave cars to the audience. That was really amazing of her! I loved the quotes she had shared to the world, specifically this one: "What I know is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come." And "failure is a stepping stone to greatness". Like Oprah, I believe that these failures will only strengthen us to become a better person of the future. I highly recommend this book, not only to Oprah fans, but to everyone who want to get inspired about life.
Time For Kids: Henry Ford (Time For Kids Biographies)
Time For Kids: Henry Ford (Time For Kids Biographies)
My seven year old read this for our homeschooling curriculum this year in order to add some nonfiction into his reading time. He thoroughly enjoyed this book and learning about Henry Ford. My son wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up so this book was a big hit for him. He loved all of the pictures and the book was well laid out for his interest level. He read other biographies on Christopher Columbus and Walt Disney from other publishers but he liked this version of biography much better due to the color pictures and layout of the book. It was easy for him to read but still informative and on grade level for him. I would definitely recommend this little book. Happy reading!!
TeeShirtPalace Donald Trump President Vintage USA Vintage Flag T-Shirt
TeeShirtPalace Donald Trump President Vintage USA Vintage Flag T-Shirt
This seller and product are a joke, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY YOU WILL JUST GET SCAMMED. Bought the shirt and paid a little over $10. I received the shirt and it was a large, but fit more like a small. Skin tight and uncomfortable. Too short, quality was horrendous. My child could have cut out the letters and design better than this joke of a shirt. Since when does the flag have 15 stars? The stars section and the letter P are where the horrible quality stands out mostly. See the pictures provided. Asked for a refund, was approved for only $5 back! Then the seller tries to make ME pay for return shipping!! Would cost more than that to ship it back! Filed a claim through amazon, don’t waste your time or money! Included a picture of the listing and even a grainy screen shot the quality looks better than the actual shirt.
I'm Tellin You [Explicit]
I'm Tellin You [Explicit]
What can you say other than Bob Marley is the funniest man on earth. My wife and I end up with stomach's that hurt from laughing soo hard at his routine!
The Songs of Bob Dylan: From 1966 Through 1975
The Songs of Bob Dylan: From 1966 Through 1975
As far as I have found, this is the most comprehensive collection of sheet music for Dylan songs that is around. From 'Blonde on Blonde' to 'Blood on the Tracks', this book includes every song the casual fan will know, and probably some more as well as it also contains many outtakes that were later published on the Bootleg Series, such as 'Abandoned Love' and 'She's your lover now'. They are all solid transcriptions as well, often a combination of a left hand bass line and a right hand melody with some chordal accompiniment underneath. Intros and recurring riffs are also included for most of the songs. There is only one complaint I have, and it is hardly worth mentioning, but a couple of songs, especially those from BooT, are transcribed in a wrong key, more specifically in D instead of in E. It's not too difficult to transpose it though, if you want to play along with the record.

Other than that it's the best choice for Dylan sheet music that's around, and if you also get a book like "More Classic Dylan" (containing the two albums directly before this book and two later albums) you're all set.
Refresh Your Car! E301461500 Scented Gel Can, 4.5 oz, Pina Colada
Refresh Your Car! E301461500 Scented Gel Can, 4.5 oz, Pina Colada
I needed a car freshener after buying my Used 2016 Lexus IS 350. Previous owner or previous driver was a smoker. I got rid of the smoke smell with a ozone machine. Then left with a chemical smell.

This freshener had several vents on the lid. I left the sticker on the lid to only expose two vents. I didn’t want it too strong. It works perfect. I don’t want an over powering smell when I get into my car. I keep it under my passenger seat. My car is very pleasant now.

I have no idea why anyone would give this a bad rating. You car has to be clean before adding scent. This will not cover up funk from a dirty car.
Samsung Galaxy Prime 16GB J327 J3 AT&T T-Mobile Unlocked Smartphone - Silver (Renewed)
Samsung Galaxy Prime 16GB J327 J3 AT&T T-Mobile Unlocked Smartphone - Silver (Renewed)
Seemed okay at first but I noticed within the first couple of days that the battery life is absolutely garbage. It will be hold a charge to save my life. The battery has completely died while the phone was turned off and in my drawer at work. Imagine getting out of work knowing your phone was at 52% when you went it. Then try turning it on to find out that it's dead.

Following the power button for this phone does not work at all. A few weeks ago despite never being dropped or in the presence of water or steam or anything. It has simply stopped working. This makes it so that when the phone dies on me suddenly I have to charge it. Pull the battery out of the phone. Then put it back in to start.

I don't know what quality control, if any, is done with these phones before they're shipped. But it's definitely not enough.

Update as of 1-22-2020.
Was sent to a local repair store by Samsung after contacting Amazon about the issues with the power button. Walked in and explained the issue and showed them the phone to which I got an immediate, "Oh, a J3." She then proceeded to explain that everything on the inside of this phone is integrated and that the power button cannot be replaced. And then checked the battery and found that whoever did the refurbishing on this removed the indicator for if it's been affected by water.

So at the end of the day I would never recommend this phone to anyone.
Zero-G: Green Space (2) (The Samuel Lord Series)
Zero-G: Green Space (2) (The Samuel Lord Series)
FBI Director Samuel Lord is back, this time working with NASA to uncover the mole sabotaging some top-secret NASA projects aboard the <em>Empyrean</em>. But there's an additional problem - some self-replicating nanites are proving volatile on-board and attempts to eradicate them are ineffective.

Octogenarian Sam Lord is given these outer reaches assignments by the FBI home office, and he and his team are thorough, dedicated, and completely committed to doing what's 'right.' Lord has the full support of the FBI on this case with NASA.

The nanites are set in motion by the spy and while the nanites are confined, there's great danger that they will burst from their container and destroy everyone in the ship as they reproduce on a massive scale. All the different Earth governments connected with the station have a plan they want to see implemented to contain or destroy the nanites, but Lord and his crew plan to go a different route, given their first-hand observation of the nanite behavior.

Just as with the first book, I went in with moderate to low expectations and came away slightly surprised.

Sam Lord is a well-crafted character and clearly a character for Shatner himself to play if this were to ever get picked up for film or television. In this volume, I felt that most of the other characters really fell into the background and were nothing more than extras in this story.

And the story itself...? It was moderately interesting. The character of the nanites was not particularly new or innovative, but Shatner/Rovin built up their traits slowly and kept the reader engaged. However, I was about 3/4 of the way through the book and I made a note in my edition that reads "We're still dealing with these nanites?!" While they danger was not insignificant, I did feel that we'd spent way too much time in one, confined space looking for a solution to one problem, given the number of characters and settings in which this book takes place.

There is a small surprise regarding the nanites, but it isn't really set up particularly well and it's resolved a little too easily, once the discovery is made.

For this book, I enjoyed the characters, but felt that the story these characters were working in was not really worth the effort. This was a real middle-of-the-road read for me.

Looking for a good book? William Shatner and Jeff Rovin's <em>Zero-G: Green Space</em> is the sequel to <em>Zero-G</em>, with the same cast of delightful characters, but in a story that didn't really capture my interest.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd is a decent adaptation of the Zane Grey story.

Dell Comics didn't wear the "Comics Code Authority" seal, soon after Congress and others accused comics companies of contributing to juvenile delinquency, since their comics were "good comics."

And it's true. Their four-color issues were fun to read and dealt with wholesomeness but also tended to sugar-coat the realities of life as here on the open prairies.

The Kindle version starts out with a nice painted cover of a cowboy as he tries not to fall off his white horse as it rides atop a fierce bison buffalo. Quite a dramatic cover to convince any 10 year old boy to pull out that dime and get some Western stories.

The Kindle version has a Wiki article on Zane Grey (which obviously was not on the original comic book), giving the reader some background on Zane, such as his rough childhood and depression as he carved out a writing career.

The Dell comic tries to do this too in comic-strip form, but sugar-coats it. Family is supportive and people who rejected his stories are looked on as crazy editors, quite a stretch from the Wiki story. Zane was a dentist and soon gave it up for the Wild West, and with the help of his wife who organized things, he became a successful writer, if a pretty bad, neglectful husband.

Stories and Plots:

The first story is the bio of Zane Grey himself, with the modest title, "King of the Westerns." Zane is seen as writing the Lone Star Ranger (later the Lone Ranger!), and his story's impact in the movies, novels and on radio. In 1939 "he came to the end of the trail" but his legacy lives on, etc., etc. Art is not bad. Writing tends to be a bit over the top.

Title page has a cool article on the Sequoia Tree, where you can ride a whole Wells Fargo coach through it!

Main Story: The Thundering Herd stars Tom Doan, who hooks up with some guys who want to go out buffalo hunting. To the modern reader, the hundreds of buffalo mercilessly shot down by rifles, with their meat wasted and hides stretched to sell at market might be a bit much, but that was apparently how things were in the Old West. The Indians are looked at as hostile savages. The women, supporting their men.

One such woman meets Tom and they immediately take a liking to each other, but she has a mean father in law and she's not "of age." Good dynamic tension here, though hackneyed in its execution.

The art is stiff but shows good action between man and horse and buffalo. Enjoyed the close-up panels with action and excitement. Some panels take up the entire middle of the page as Tom rides hard through a herd.

A few tear-jerkers as Tom thinks Milly Fayre is dead after an Indian raid. This girl is tough to kill as she uses a herd of buffalo to disguise her escape from Indians. Yeow!

Written Story:

Some sections of the comic are pure story text without much illustration. This one was about young Jim Harkness who gets his first rifle. His dad is proud of him. Jim runs into a bear and then things start happening. It's one page, and gives some decent pointers on power and responsibility.

"True Western Adventures", about Jesse James' gang trying to hold up a bank, and a particularly plucky banker who won't let them do it. It's great how the town gets together and starts shooting at Jesse and the gang shoots back, yet not ONE person gets killed by a bullet. Bad shots! At the story end, Dell Comics encourages the kids to read another Zane story, "The Trail Driver." I just might, but it may cost more than the ten cent cover price!

A cute article about the modern cowboy "At Work, At Play." Nice picture of a mesa and a cowboy looking out on the prairie, as we learn of the attitudes and hard work the cowboy enjoys.

Finally a cute article from Wrigley Juicy Fruit Gum (keeps your teeth clean, kids). Dopey Dan rides his bike recklessly and doesn't obey traffic rules. Safety Sam though always does these things. Which do you think Wrigley's wants you do be? There are no morality articles in today's comics, unfortunately.

Kindle Quirks: You can just slide your finger across your Kindle to "turn" the pages, but it's hard to read. I tap on the screen twice to enlarge the page, read it, then tap again to activate the slider. The slider doesn't work when the page is in "enlarge" mode.

Bottom Line:

Interesting history of the West, with one of the more prolific writers of westerns, Zane Grey. The stories are fair, which is too bad. I'm sure the actual novels are richer in description and characterization. The morality plays in the comic are heartening though it's way too bad today's comics don't do this.

Recommended.
Denial
Denial
The very best book I have read in years, and I read five books a week. I read "Denial", from digital cover to digital cover, in one sitting. I have not yet been to sleep, and it is now 10:00 in the morning. Am I tired? No! I am wide awake! Completely EXHILARATED! Filled with the excitement and joy brought about by genius story-telling, brilliant prose, fascinating characters and the trance-like immersion one feels when wrapped up in and absorbed by a transcendent literary experience! I LOVED my every moment spent with this profoundly entertaining, enlightening, downright creepy, utterly thrilling, and totally involving, genre-defying masterpiece! The story, or stories... the multiple layers of characters, each character fully-drawn and mesmerizing, then made ever more so as their lives began to connect. These are arresting, brilliant characters, some dedicated and persistent, some motivated in the way that only a profound, life-altering love can inspire, and some wonderfully, bizarrely insane, yet no less gripping for it; living lives without the helpful context of reality. Yet, all of these characters, even the most sane, have to deal with life's "Wrench Thrown Into The Works"; DENIAL. Denial proves to be, in all our lives, essential, unavoidable, and both helpful and disfiguring. This book is a gloriously colorful, intoxicating, and wildly enjoyable, puzzle, being put together by characters, most of whom have no idea that anyone else is working on the same puzzle. Then, as the noose (and the story) tightens, they, still without realizing it, are suddenly sitting at the same table, finding places for the pieces of the puzzle that only they have. Ultimately, this entertainingly diverse handful of characters place a sufficient number of pieces to identify the image of the puzzle, THEN enough to realize that the image is actually a MAP. At this realization, each character BURSTS from the table, STILL unaware that others have been solving the same puzzle, and they dash out, through different doors, to follow the MAP, choosing different starting points, but heading in the same direction. Until they finally MEET, physically, ultimately finding tragedy or salvation, or both, with all of these results proving rather magically satisfying. WE feel triumphant, celebratory. And, YET... there remains one final surprise that will change EVERYTHING! That will make us marvel at Mr. James' pure literary audacity. Because there is one final piece of the puzzle. One we'd all missed. It must have dropped to the floor, hidden under a bed or behind a door. This final, staggering piece (a revelation) is kept from us until the VERY. LAST. MOMENT. That's when Mr. James, almost casually, reaches over our shoulders and puts in place. It is mind-blowing and outrageous and absolutely RIGHT. The puzzle WAS an image, and it WAS a MAP, But, it was also, we now see, a work of art. "Denial" is the rarest of artworks; a perfect book. Peter James is a true artist. And, I thank him for sharing with us this most meticulous and instinctive novel. "Denial" is a true treasure. A brave, outrageous, surprising, enlightening, fully satisfying, thrilling and totally believable testament to humanity's foibles. Our never simple failures, our complicated successes, and our necessary-for-survival, yet just as often necessary-for-our-destruction... denials.
For Your Eyes Only
For Your Eyes Only
This book is exactly what it claims to be: The author says, “It is not a biography of Ian Fleming… nor is it a biography of James Bond… rather, it is a personal investigation into the intersection of two lives, one real and one fictional.” It is not a coffee table book that outlines every Bond movie, and it is not an autobiography of Ian Fleming.

It is, however, a treatise on how Ian Fleming’s life was shaped by his experiences both in childhood and during his participation in the war effort, and how in turn James Bond’s character was based to some degree on Fleming’s life. It begins with Fleming as a child and describes elements from his formative years, which included a hero father who dies in the first world war, a domineering mother who both pushed him and protected him, a bout of failures in a variety of schools, and a poor sense of direction and possibly some rather loose morals. It then describes how his life changed and gained some measure of focus when he entered service with the clandestine activity during the second world war. Years before the war ended, he told his friends that he was going to write a spy novel that would be better than anything written so far.

The book reveals how Bond’s life in many regards was an extension of Fleming’s, but was also an amalgamation of many of the people Fleming worked with. Likewise, it describes how various well known and loved characters found in the books and movies (M, Q, Moneypenny) and even various baddies (Blofeld, Goldfinger) were rooted in the personalities or characteristics of numerous Fleming acquaintances. As it turns out, some people were flattered to be included in his books, and some were less pleased, and in fact a lawsuit occurred due to the naming of a particular villain.

Of chief concern are the early Bond books. The later movies are mentioned rarely, and the earlier movies are only touched on, mainly to show how the movie Bond differs from the book Bond. The paper versions were indeed heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, and indiscriminate womanizers (like Fleming himself), but the celluloid versions were in various ways far worse or far better. (Interestingly, the book Bonds kill relatively few bad guys, while their film relatives blow away more than one hundred.) If Fleming’s life was cut short by his vices and his lack of concern for his own health, then Bond, for the same reasons, conversely became immortal.

This book, though far from being all inclusive, and certainly not the type of book that describes every single Bond book and movie, is a must for anyone who wants to see behind the scenes and learn why Fleming and Bond are the way they are and how the two are in many ways cut from the same cloth. This isn’t an “exciting” book, and at times somewhat repetitive, but it is quite informative, and is yet another work by Ben MacIntyre which displays his ability to thoroughly research a topic and make history readable.
You Go, Girl!
You Go, Girl!
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Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
Ich habe ja schon einige Bücher gelesen, die sich mit Harry Potter befassen, doch wenige sind meiner Meinung nach wirklich empfehlenswert. Mit Ausnahmen haben lediglich jene, welche gesammelte Werke von Fans beinhalten, einen für den Fan der Reihe ausreichenden Anspruch. Viele Bücher werden von Autoren veröffentlicht, welche sich mit dem Namen "Harry Potter" einen Vorteil am Markt verschaffen wollen, ohne die Bücher, von denen sie schreiben, so gut zu kennen, wie die, die ihre Bücher lesen möchten. Insbesondere in deutscher Sprache ist diese Art von Büchern eher häufig zu finden.
Eine solche Ausnahme von diesen halbherzigen Veröffentlichungen stellt dieses Buch dar. Man merkt, dass der Autor - übrigens langjähriger Professor für Literatur - die Bücher der Harry Potter Reihe sorgfältig studiert hat und uns hier eine umfassende Zusammenfassung aller sieben Bände liefert, die unterhaltsam UND detailliert ist und stellenweise mit wunderbaren Vergleichen zu weiteren literarischen Werken aufwartet.
Dabei geht James W. Thomas relativ strukturiert vor: In "mundgerechten" Portionen von 3-5 Kapiteln zeigt er dem Leser zunächst einige kleine teils witzige Zusammenhänge, Andeutungen und Wortspiele (MMMs oder "minor miscellanious matters") auf, geht dann über zu wichtigen inhaltlichen Zusammenhängen, zu Vergleichen mit anderer Literatur und schließlich der Deutung der Erzählweise und der (eventuell) gewählten Symboliken J.K. Rowlings.

Man muss nicht Literatur studiert haben, um allen Ausführungen des Autors zu folgen, er schreibt nicht sehr gestochen, wie man es von einem Literaturprofessor erwarten könnte, sondern relativ locker. Dennoch sollte man schon Erfahrung mit dem Lesen englischer Bücher mitbringen (so oder so sollte man die Harry Potter Romane auf englisch gelesen haben) und/oder ein vernünftiges Wörterbuch zur Hand haben (äußerstt praktisch beim Kindle!).

Alles in allem hält der Untertitel, was er verspricht, ein wirklich gutes und gut geschriebenes Buch für den ambitionierten "Re-Reader"!
Klein Tools Insulated Pliers, Heavy-Duty Diagonal-Cutting, 8-Inch D2000-28-INS, Orange
Klein Tools Insulated Pliers, Heavy-Duty Diagonal-Cutting, 8-Inch D2000-28-INS, Orange
This is, by FAR, the best pair of cutters I have ever used, owned, or even laid eyes on.

I have been using my pair for 8 years in my job as an Industrial Mechanic, and I have abused the everlasting $#!t out of them. Ceiling wire? Cut. 10-24 SS bolts? Cut. Steel aircraft cable? Cut. Basically, anything I can fit in the jaws, I have tried cutting with them, and they will usually go through it. Even after 8 years of abuse, if I hold the jaws up to the light I can't see any coming in between the cutting surfaces. These things are bulletproof. I bought this set for my wife, who is a union electrician, and chews through a pair of normal ones in about 3 months. I bet this is going to be the last pair that she ever buys. (Assuming they don't get lost or stolen...)

As far as the insulating properties, I have used them to cut through live 208 circuits (accidentally of course), and I'm still alive, so there is that, but I don't suggest anyone makes a habit out of doing that.
HLEEDUO New Type Auto Baby Music Box Crib Music Mobile (TF Card RemoteVversion)
HLEEDUO New Type Auto Baby Music Box Crib Music Mobile (TF Card RemoteVversion)
I have now ordered 2 of these and both are broken. The first one broke in the first week and I spent so much time trying to make it work (because I really wanted it to work) that I missed the return window. I ordered a second one, assuming the first defective mobile was a fluke. It was not a fluke. The second mobile arrived already broken. These are garbage that dont work. Save your money.
A Passage to India (Wisehouse Classics Edition)
A Passage to India (Wisehouse Classics Edition)
At times this felt like homework. At times the conversations and stream of consciousness were revealing and interesting, but the overall colonialism, sexism, and racism is fatiguing. It doesn't have a satisfying ending where things "come together" and main characters "learn or grow", so again, the -ism's are tiring and if anything, deepen at the conclusion. I enjoy books set in India, usually they paint beautiful, colorful, stark, rich, diverse and dichotomous images that represent the country itself but this was quite limited and often condescending somehow.
Minwax 13613000 Wood Putty, 3.75 Ounce, Mahogany
Minwax 13613000 Wood Putty, 3.75 Ounce, Mahogany
I purchased this putty to patch a small hole, no bigger than 1" in diameter from when I removed the old doorbell.

I couldn't find anything I liked about this product, despite conducting lots of research prior and selecting this one because of the price and positive reviews. I regret my decision.

I'm not an expert at all when it comes applying putty, joint compound, spackle, etc. But, I watched a couple of Youtube videos and it seems pretty straightforward if you have the right tools. I purchased a 4" flex putty knife and followed the instructions on the label. As you can see, after cleaning the surface and drying, I applied the putty with the flex putty knife. I even used a scraper beforehand to wipe out any lingering remnants pieces of wood. As you can see from my pictures, no matter how many times I spread the putty, it would not even a smooth surface. You can see the result in the 2nd picture. After spending 20 minutes or so, I gave up and just left it the way it is knowing that it's not going to get better.

Such a shame because I did so much research before getting this putty. I should have just used wood filler. Wish I can return this, but since it's just a couple of bucks, I'll just have to eat the loss.
Michael Kors - Bradshaw, Reloj cronógrafo de acero inoxidable de 43 mm.
Michael Kors - Bradshaw, Reloj cronógrafo de acero inoxidable de 43 mm.
Im in two minds about keeping it because it's huge and heavy. But it is stunning, the metal has expensive, high quality sheen about it. The design is in excellent taste. It goes well with my skin tone (just a white person) and my son could borrow it (he has olive skin). It is easily unisex. I'm really tempted to keep it, but it does feel much heavier on my wrist than any watch I've ever worn (even large Sturling watches). 43 cm face is a substantial size. Links need taken out for average female size wrist.
But I can't deny the quality and beauty of this piece. It's out there with top designer watches
VIVO Single LCD Computer Monitor Mount, Freestanding Desk Stand with Glass Base for 1 Screen up to 32 inches STAND-V001HG
VIVO Single LCD Computer Monitor Mount, Freestanding Desk Stand with Glass Base for 1 Screen up to 32 inches STAND-V001HG
This stand is pretty great all around. The base has a small footprint, which is great. A lot of stands I looked at were way too wide or obtuse. I didn't realise but the top is glass. Which looks nice but shows smudges easily if you're not careful. Can also lend to scratches, so be cautious.

I was concerned about the "ball" adjust not holding the weight of the monitor. It's not an issue (so far) but I will update if it becomes an issue later. A small note, there's a screw to "tighten" the ball, to ensure it doesn't slide around with the weight of monitor. I've attached a photo of its location, as it may not be obvious to everyone. I didn't know that the screw existed when I bought the stand and was quite concerned that it might slip over time. I think that the ability to tighten this screw should help considerably. So I hope this allays some fears.

The biggest negative is that the monitor's height cannot be adjusted without hex tools. The product comes with the tools and a place to attach them to the back of the stand, so they're easy to access. But it's a bit annoying having to tighten a screw. Adjust the height. Then hold it in place will you crank the bolt. Particularly as the bolts aren't always easy to access. It would've been preferable to have some latching mechanism instead. Or even a thumb screw you can turn without tools.

But the stand was only less $50! For the price, it's hard to complain. It does everything I need it to. I'm not frequently switching between vertical and horizontal alignments anyway. But if you are planning to use this stand for that purpose, you may find this a bit annoying over the long term.

Really, the lack of easy adjust should only knock off half a star at most. As I can only put "4 stars:" or "5" I'm putting 4. I do think this should be a 4.5 star product though. The stand is great, but it's not perfect. I'd still recommend the product.
African Shea Butter 100% Natural 16oz
African Shea Butter 100% Natural 16oz
PURE GARBAGE. SMELLS LIKE GASOLINE AND FEELS LIKE PETROLEUM JELLY. BURNED MY SKIN.

PURE GARBAGE. I've bee using shea Ia butter for almost 15 years and this is item is nothing like she butter. Only the packaging and the color of the product are even close.

I opened this container yesterday after running out of my shea butter purchased from a local vendor. It BURNED MY SKIN WHEN I APPLIED IT.

THE CONSISTENCY IS GRITTY, FEELS LIKE PETROLEUM JELLY AND SMELLS LIKE CAR FUEL. I WASHED MY FACE AFTER APPLY AND RIGHT NOW (OVER 12 HOIRS LATER MY FACE IS STILL TINGLING... TINGLING -- HOW?!)

Apparently my 'return window' closed several days ago. I would return this otherwise. I'm seriously thinking to give a sample from this container to a colleague, who works in a chemistry lab, to see what in the world is in this 'concoction'.
Alpine iLX-W650 7" Mech-Less Receiver Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Alpine iLX-W650 7" Mech-Less Receiver Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
It works about 95%... the 5% that doesn't involves the XM menu on the touch screen. When I press the "category" for XM, they pop up briefly and do not stay on the screen. There is no way to simply go channel to channel once the favorite tabs are all loaded, this unit appears to be either defective, needs an update that I cant seem to get to load despite various usb drives and other trouble shooting from Alpines web site.... or its user error... also the auto dim feature seems to have a mind of its own and flips between day and night during day light hours with and without the headlights on. Another unusual bug is that when switching to Waze on apple car play, the audio quits... if I switch back to xm then back to apple car play Waze it comes back. I do like the simplicity of the radio, the skinnier foot print makes installation easier, and the sound is what you'd expect from Alpine, and a lot for the price tag. I hope the seller can help make this head unit right if it is in fact a bum unit. Over all, its a good radio... I didn't want complicated, this is perfect... Would be 5 stars but for the previously mentioned issues.. will update once seller weighs in.... I did spend $ for a professional install too....

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