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Data Structures Using Java
Data Structures Using Java
Data Structures Using Java by Duncan A. Buell. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Harry Potter og Halvblodsprinsen: Harry Potter 6
Harry Potter og Halvblodsprinsen: Harry Potter 6
Harry Potter og Halvblodsprinsen: Harry Potter 6 by J.K. Rowling, Torstein Bugge Høverstad - translator, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
No Doubts: Reasonable Doubt 2
No Doubts: Reasonable Doubt 2
No Doubts: Reasonable Doubt 2 by Whitney G., Sebastian Walch, et al.. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3)
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3)
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3) by Michael Connelly. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 4103 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Into the Fire: An Orphan X Novel
Into the Fire: An Orphan X Novel
Into the Fire: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 514 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Mutt Dog!
Mutt Dog!
Mutt Dog! by Stephen Michael King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Lee Babin. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to See, Hear, and Feel Your World
Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to See, Hear, and Feel Your World
Recently updated to a third edition, "Making Things Talk" is *not* about creating objects that make vocal sounds or music. This well-written and heavily illustrated how-to book is focused on making interactive devices that can connect and send data to--or receive data from--servers and transform data into useful actions or reactions. It shows how to use an inexpensive Arduino microcontroller and some senors and networks to "see, hear, and feel your world."

Take, for example, the problem of leaving a cat at home alone all day while you are at work. A connected cat mat can send you an email each time your cat steps onto that mat. And the homemade, network-connected mat also can cause a photo to be sent from your computer's camera, so you can see what the cat is doing. Other projects in the book include a digital compass, an ultrasonic distance ranger, a toxic vapor sensor (with unique alert), doing barcode recognition using a webcam, plus more. Importantly, the author, Tom Igoe, also devotes a lot of text and illustrations to explaining "the concepts that underlie networked objects," and he provides "recipes to illustrate each set of concepts. Each chapter contains instructions for building working projects that make use of the new ideas introduced in that chapter."

The author does not have a cavalier attitude about "the network of things" and the constant collection of consumer data now becoming more pervasive. Indeed, "[T]he Internet has become a less innocent place....", he cautions. And he emphasizes that we need to know more about "who the custodians of [our] data are, what they are collecting, and what the terms of our relationship with those custodians include. Unfortunately, that level of transparency has not yet been realized in the devices and services we're enthusiastically inviting into our lives."

Igoe also contends that it is "now necessary that anyone using the internet must have a basic understanding of the security tools that make it a safer place to conduct our activities." He adds: "I want you to know how these devices [in "Making Things Talk" and beyond] convert your actions into data, how they transmit that data to servers, and where they send those readings. For that reason, I haven't used many of the cloud-based data services for connected devices in this book. The internet and Worldwide Web are built on a number of open and collaboratively derived standards like the Internet Protocol (IP) and the Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP), and there is value in knowing those standards before you start using cloud-based services that rely on them."

The projects in the book require a number of tools, devices and electronics parts. But none of them individually are expensive. You also will use "a number of different software tools and programming languages," including Processing (based on Java), and JavaScript.

If you want to work with microcontroller electronics, digital sensors and networking devices, you can find plenty to like and plenty to learn from in "Making Things Talk, 3rd Edition."

(My thanks to O'Reilly Media for sending an advance reading copy for review.)
101 Entrepreneurial Facts About 10 of The Most Successful BILLIONAIRES That Can Inspire You: Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos...
101 Entrepreneurial Facts About 10 of The Most Successful BILLIONAIRES That Can Inspire You: Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos...
Enjoyable read for any person interested in learning about how to become successful in business and life. Focus is on 10 billionaires who have made their fortune in a variety of different endeavors, but all share similar qualities and principles of success. In particular I liked reading about Elon Musk, as he is an inspiration to me as he started Tesla and Solar City, and is a real visionary and leader. Overall very interesting read and well written. Highly recommend.
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett (Part I)
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett (Part I)
I've purchased Mr. Kilpatrick's updated version of this book over the years, but this is the first time it's been available on Kindle and what a delight! There is a lot of information in this book and having it on Kindle makes it even easier to read. I've read most of the books out there on Warren Buffett and have also read the annual reports going back to 1977. Here's the bottom line: If I could only have one book on Mr. Buffett, this would be it. It's comprehensive, packed with great information and you'll get an occasional bit of both Mr. Buffett's and Mr. Kilpatricks's wit. I enjoy reading books that are a little "fun" and this one is. Enjoy.

This review applies to Parts I, II and III here on Kindle. Make sure you get all three parts.
What Would Steve Jobs Do? How the Steve Jobs Way Can Inspire Anyone to Think Differently and Win
What Would Steve Jobs Do? How the Steve Jobs Way Can Inspire Anyone to Think Differently and Win
I recently read this book and What Would Drucker Do Now?, written by Rick Wartzman and also published by McGraw-Hill. Initially, I suspected that both were (or will become) part of a "What Would X Do?" series that might also include Sun Tzu, Socrates, Machiavelli, and Von Clauswitz or, within the domain of business, Henry Ford, Albert Sloan, one or both of the Thomas Watsons, and Walt Disney. It turns out, the two "What Would" books share little in common, except for the quality of their content and of their authors' presentation of it.

Peter Sander devotes the first two chapters of his book to essential background information about Steve Jobs and Apple, then explores the meaning and significance of the book's title in several different ways. Here are two. First, what he characterizes as "The Steve Jobs Leadership Model" in Chapter 3, one that consists of six "steps" or elements. He also includes a suggestion by Jean-Louis Gassée, former Apple VP: "Democracies don't make great products - you need a competent tyrant." Jobs was certainly both and that is hardly a head-snapping revelation. The historical details of the model have been known for decades. The same competent tyrant who visited Xerox PARC with Steve Wozniak in 1979 also introduced a series of "insanely great" Apple products 25-30 years later. For better or worse, Jobs really was literally "one of a kind."

Hence the importance of Sander's second approach: A series of "What Would Steve Jobs Do?" sections at the conclusion of Chapters 4-9 in which he suggests lessons to be learned from Jobs in six subject areas: Customer (Page 103), Vision (124-125), Culture (153-154), Product (171-172), Message (190-191), and Brand (205-206). Almost anyone who reads this book can follow the advice provided (e.g. "Thank about customer pain and what causes it") but few - if any - can do so in ways and to the extent Steve Jobs could...and did. Most of the admonitions will serve as reminders rather than as revelations. Fair enough.

For those who wish to know more about Steve Jobs, there is no shortage of other sources, notably Walter Isaacson's biography. I also highly recommend Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple and Leander Kahney's Inside Steve's Brain.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]
Absolutely fantastic book. I bought 1 for myself...and then bought 1 for my Dad and one for my Father in Law...Probably get one for my Stepdad Soon as well. I laughed when I read the 1 star reviews. This is NOT a cookbook. This book is about how Aaron Franklin ascended to his position as being one of the best BBQ Cooks in the Nation. He talks about what he did, why he did it, and what he learned along the way. He talks about his victories and defeats and how he gained just a little bit of knowledge during each cook. What he could use he kept, what didn't work, he noted it, and tossed it aside. This is a great book on the science and theory of what is actually happening when you smoke something. The different kinds of wood that is used, the kind of smoker he likes, what temperature he prefers (275'), what he spritz's his meats with while they cook, when to pull the meat off, when to wrap it, what to wrap it with, how and why to rest it..etc. etc...I have been grilling for 20+ years, and been smoking meat for about 10, and this book really really taught me a lot of things, and cleared up some things that I have noticed, but hadn't really figured it out. He explains how to smoke meat in very simple terms. It IS simple to smoke meat...but you can totally screw it up if you don't do it right. A perfect example that he talks about, and I did this when I first started, but luckily figured it out years ago is the fact that rookies see that Beef is done at 160-165 degrees and they think, welp, its done, might as well pull it off. They pull it off and let it sit, and when they slice into it, its tough or if its pork, it doesn't pull or shred at all, and none of the fat has rendered and they think "What happened?? Well what happened is that yes, the meat reached a safe temp to eat, but not the OPTIMAL temp for BBQ. You want the internal temp at 203 degrees instead so the fat can liquefy and give the meat its juiciness and tenderness.
That is just one example. He lays it all out there for you, and doesn't hold anything back. This is a simple process, but the devil is in those details, and he is adamant about them. There are a few recipes in the book, but this isn't a cook book per se. I did like the recipes on the BBQ sauces though and Ive made them all. Aaron keeps it straightforward and simple. If you don't learn anything from this book then you aren't paying attention. I read a 1 star review and the guy goes, "Yeah, I learned to use salt and pepper and post oak....lame"
If you have that sort of mentality, then this book is definitely not for you, but if you want to reach in to what BBQ is, and how it is done right, and then you actually DO what he talks about, you will never screw up a piece of meat again.
Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford (Photobiographies)
Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford (Photobiographies)
Henry Ford was one of those youngsters who was fascinated by anything that ticked. He was simply obsessed by the mechanical workings of pocket watches or windup toys and his brothers and sisters had to be on the lookout or he would have them apart trying to figure out how they worked. There was one thing that separated him from most in that he "usually could put them back together again." The obsession with anything mechanical never waned. Not long after his mother was lost in childbirth, a devastating loss for such a young man, twelve-year-old Henry spotted "A steam engine [that] was traveling along the road under its own power." This amazing sight was more than enough to capture his imagination for a lifetime.

Later, when he invented his quadricycle, people simply considered him to be an odd duck and called him "Crazy Henry." He was far from crazy and many others were amazed by his talents. He was having trouble breaking into the automobile industry, but while others were experimenting with an electrical "horseless carriage," he was experimenting with a gas-powered vehicle. When this was pointed out to Thomas Edison, a lifetime friendship was born when he shouted out, "Young man, that's the thing: you have it. Keep at it . . . Your car is self-contained--it carries its own power plant--no fire, no boiler, no smoke and no steam. You have the thing. Keep at it." And that he did.

In this book you will get a glimpse at the life of a man who was determined that the automobile would shift from being a "luxury item for the well-to-do to a necessity for the average American." You'll learn about his family life, the formation of his company, the manufacture of the Model T, the creation of the innovative assembly line, how he shared his good fortune with his employees (the $5.00 day), you'll learn about his "Peace Ship," his brief political career, his commitment to the "broader community," his pacifism, his biases, and much more. Did you know that he hired African American during "a time of great racial discrimination?"

This is an excellent photobiography of Henry Ford, a man who "believed in equal opportunity" long before it was popular. It will not take long for the reader to become totally immersed in this excellent biography. There are numerous photographs, many that I've never seen, that simply speak for themselves. The amazing advances in technology began with the likes of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, two close friends who challenged each other with their work. This biography not only gives an overview of Henry's "automobile" life, but also gives the reader a feel for his personality. In the back of the book is an index and additional recommended book and web site resources to explore.
Best of Louis Armstrong
Best of Louis Armstrong
Best of Louis Armstrong by Amazon's Music Experts. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Louis Armstrong" category.
Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
I got off the 'must have everything train' some time ago when I ignored the CD release of duplicated material in order to get the only available version of Things have changed. A small gesture of defiance but a quite significant change for me. Tell Tale Signs was next when I simply refused to buy the astronomically priced 3 CD version and satisfied myself with a bootleg of that 3rd disc. This time around I simply couldn't resist shelling out for the deluxe Another Self Portrait in order to get the historically important I.O.W. performance but I don't agree with all those who say that the addition of a couple of (admittedly tasty) books justifies a £70 - £80 price tag. The claims that because the music on those first two CDs is so magnificent (true) makes them worth the money is to me the same as saying that Sony themselves, not Dylan, are responsible for their brilliance.

The point seems to me to be one of why, in these times of dizzyingly varying formats that these sets are released in, couldn't we have had a reasonably priced version that fell in between the 2 CD one and that with a remastered Self Portrait - i.e. with just the 2 studio CD's and I.O.W.? Well, I guess we all know the answer to that one. Shove in an upgrade of a CD we already have (and many of us don't want) and help that to make the purchase look better value for money (along, of course, with making it the only way to get the concert disc). I've no argument with those fans who will always buy the most complete product on offer - naturally that's their choice - but if you think we're not getting screwed again and again by Sony, I believe you're mistaken. I remember the early 70s outcry on the release of More Greatest Hits that, in order to get just 5 previously unreleased Dylan songs, one had to fork out for an entire double vinyl album. How times have changed!

Off the 'value for money' theme, I'd just like to add that I'm mildly surprised at the overwhelming praise Dylan's I.O.W. performance has garnered. I find it uneven, at best, with Dylan's affected Nashville Skyline voice woefully unsuited to much of the material. (Thank goodness his flirtation with this manner of singing was so brief!) There are great moments, sure - Highway 61, Quinn the Eskimo and pretty much all of Dylan's solo set, in particular - but some of his vocals are so bloodless that it's not hard to see why his performance was fairly widely reviewed as weak at the time. Don't misunderstand me, the concert's of such historical importance that I don't regret for a minute having obtained it, and yes, it has its moments, but so much of it is lacklustre with Dylan blowing lyrics and throwing away songs in deference to his (then) preferred singing style. Have a look back at the original Greil Marcus review's comments on Like a Rolling Stone - they're spot on. God, it's awful! (Laughingly, the Self Portrait songbook at that time included a review that claimed the song "has never sounded better" - at a time when it was obvious that the song had never sounded worse. Mind you, such tripe could be expected from a review that begins with such tepid enthusiasm as "I have been listening to the Bob Dylan Self Portrait album . I think it is a good record and that you should consider buying it ") Anyway, nice to hear Bob's continued shouts of encouragement and appreciation to The Band (not something you'll hear too often!) and they really do play their socks off. (Oh yeah, I nearly forgot to say, the studio CDs are truly wonderful.)
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.
Tempest
Tempest
It is amazing the number of reviews for this new Bob Dylan album on Amazon in comparison to what is possibly his most revered release Blood On The Tracks. Most reviewers do appear to award this a 5 star rating and whilst I feel that this is a very welcome return to form, this reviewer feels that a 4 star rating provides a truer reflection of the quality and content (In reality I feel that somewhere between a 4 and 5 star rating would be right). Every album release by his Bobness certainly since Bringing It All Back Home in the mid 1960s through to and including Slow Train Coming in 1978 were by and large superb with only a few momentary lapses in reason (Dylan / Self portrait / The Basement Tapes). Since 1978 I for one have found most Dylan album releases wanting with a few exceptions (Time out Of Mind & Modern Times & Together Through Life were good but not outstanding). This new release (Tempest) would appear to be a very welcome return to the form of old. We see a return to the long 'story book' songs typical of Dylan, and what is more important the melodies resemble those typical of his earlier work with the single exception of the opening song (Duquesne Whistle). It was this opening track which I first heard played on radio several weeks ago and based on this one song I had initially written this album off as another version of Love & Theft / Modern Times & Together Through Life and was prepared to ignore it. A few weeks after this Ralph McClean reviewed the album in depth on his Friday night show on BBC Radio Ulster and what I then heard changed my opinion.

The opening song I can take or leave and I feel that it sits uneasily with the rest of the album's content. In reality it sounds like an out-take for Love & Theft / Modern Times or Together Through Life. Track 2 'Soon After Midnight' makes a subtle change and the album settles into an altogether different mood. From this point on I feel that Bob seldom puts a foot wrong. His vocals which on recent releases have sounded very rough and gravelly, appear to improve in quality as the album progresses. There are times you can hear traces of his late 1980s voice from his Traveling Wilburys era. For me the pick of the tracks presented here are Tin Angel / Scarlet Town / Early Roman Kings. No doubt others will come onto my radar as time passes. Whilst I am slow to proclaim this to be a Dylan classic, I will admit that it has that potential. Only time will tell. If This is a CD I place in my player in years to come then it shall have made classic status at least in my books.
Out Cold
Out Cold
This is one of my all time favorite movies (right up there with Grandma's Boy, Super Troopers, and Euro Trip) It's a hilarious movie but if you don't like somewhat stupid and crude humor you probably won't enjoy it nearly as much. zach galifianakis is hilarious, this is one of the first movies I ever actually saw him in and I have been a fan ever since. This is a great fun movie and will totally make you wish you lived in Alaska, worked at a ski mountain and had friends like these. The car scene... no one can tell me they watched that and didn't immediately wish they could pull that prank on a friend. The characters are lovable and hilarious, all of them (Pig Pen, Jenny, Rick, Luke, Anthony, Lance...) and this is one of those movies I watch over and over again and never get tired of it, and I quote it all the time. I highly recommend this to any and everyone!
Anchor of Gold
Anchor of Gold
This story keep me turning page after page! Madeline loved her family worked hard and gave of her soul, only
to feel let down at every turn. When she met Travis all he had to do was be kind...
This novel helped me stop judging people I have no way of understanding. Holly Manno opened my eyes and my heart
to the unfair ways women are treated at work and at home.
Ultimate Spider-Man Season 1
Ultimate Spider-Man Season 1
One of the reasons I always loved spiderman was the snarky humor. Well, Ultimate delivers that by the shovelful. It's funny, quirky, goofy, and frequently makes fun of itself. A great watch anytime you need a short evening pick-me-up.
Alpha Rider Case Oil Drain Plug For Yamaha Warrior Raptor Wolverine Big Bear YFM350 YFM 350
Alpha Rider Case Oil Drain Plug For Yamaha Warrior Raptor Wolverine Big Bear YFM350 YFM 350
I bought this immediately after trying to change the oil on a 2002 Yamaha Warrior 350 I had recently picked up. The OEM drain plug was stripped out to the point I couldn't get any socket on it. I had to remove mine with a dead blow hammer and a cold chisel. This is a perfect fit and replacement. It even had spots on it in case the nut get stripped out and you have to chisel it off. The OEM did not, and was a pain to get off.
War and Peace (Dover Thrift Editions)
War and Peace (Dover Thrift Editions)
I absolutely loved this book! The best historical fiction book I've ever read by far, by one of the best authors of all time. I read most books with Kindle, and occasionally will highlight passages. But with this book I found myself highlighting very frequently, and sometimes large sections. And then I would send some of the passages to my friends using my phone. The book was so profound and moving. Not only did I find myself laughing at times, but I found myself crying, which never happened with other books. And not crying because the passage was sad, but because it was so beautiful, or passionate, or full of love. I can go back to passages that I've highlighted and can once again be deeply moved by reading them again.

Natasha is without question my favorite all-time character. She reminds me of Natalie Wood, who I also loved, but of course the early 1800s version of Natalie. And Pierre - parts of what happened with him were so deep and insightful, and I could see some of myself in him.

Regarding Natasha, Tolstoy was able to depict her thoughts, words and emotions with such depth, and some of the scenes with her were so touching. The author puts you right there with her. One particular chapter was really powerful, and I found out afterwards from a friend that this one chapter was adapted into a play that ran in New York.

And on the subject of love, the characters in the book include men and women who were capable of love, looking for love, and finding real love. There were also the amoral characters, and at one point in the book, the author makes it so clear as to why those who can really love are the fortunate ones in this life. Without spoiling what is written in the book, suffice to say that Tolstoy succeeds, by example, in portraying the joy that can be felt by someone truly in love, that can never be experienced by an unfaithful, amoral individual.

I was impressed by the honesty of the book in portraying the various realities of trying to conduct a war, with different divisions supposed to coordinate and meet at a certain point and time, and of course this almost never happens. And showing the politics involved among the general staff and the ambitious underlings trying to get ahead - just superb.

His philosophizing about free will and freedom, and laws associated with this are very impressive. After all, when living in a body, in society, there are unavoidable limitations on free will.

His writing about the wars was truly amazing, but I loved the best the various love stories that arose in the book. If you enjoy love stories, this is the book for you.
Schicksal und Gerechtigkeit: Roman (Die Warwick-Saga 1) (German Edition)
Schicksal und Gerechtigkeit: Roman (Die Warwick-Saga 1) (German Edition)
Die Story ist gut erzählt. Allerdings ist sie sehr in die Lönge gezogen. Einzelne Abschnitte wie die Gerichtsprozesse sind sehr ausschweifend erzählt. Ich mag die Romane von Archer sehr. Ich besitze alle seine Bücher. Aber seine Geschichten werden mittlerweile ausrechenbar. Bach dem Lesen einiger seiner Bücher blieb mir am Ende manchmal der Mund offen, weil ich mit dem Ende nicht gerechnet habe. Dieses Wow ist ausgeblieben.
Eigentlich weiß ich auch schon, wie es weiter geht. Beth und er bekommen ein Kind, Mrs. Faulkner nach der Nacht ebenso und irgendwann treffen sich diese zwei Kinder und stellen fest, dass sie Geschwister sind.
Dragon Ball nº 15/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball nº 15/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Buena calidad de impresión. Incluye algunas páginas a color y, además, descripción de las diferentes armaduras al final del tomo. Compra recomendada. El detalle del dibujo es impresionante, sobre todo de escenarios y las armaduras
Alakazam the Great [VHS]
Alakazam the Great [VHS]
This 1961 liberal remake of the Journey to the West is a good film for our children. Although Monkey starts off as a sympathic character, children will quickly condemn him for his selfishness and arrogance. Children will learn -- as they learned in Spider-Man -- that with great power comes great responsibility. At the end, we applaud Monkey as he truly learns the concepts of love, humility and virtue. Our youths need more films like Alakazam.

This is a animation of one of the most well-known stories in Asia is "Journey to the West" by Ch'eng En Wu, excellently translated by Arthur Waley. The fictional story revolves around three characters: a monk, who is full of reason and compassion; a mischievous monkey, who has an almost human physique, an uncanny ability to discern good from evil, and who could converse with humans; and Piggy, who is loud, boisterous, greedy, and has an enormous appetite. By the Chinese Emperor's decree, the monk had undertaken a twenty-year journey to India, to bring back Buddha's scriptures. Along the way, the monk's compassion, coupled with his naiveté of the depravity of man, often placed him in danger. To protect the monk, Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, arranged for the monkey to protect him, and for Piggy to carry his load.
Now, the monkey was a real rogue! Buddha himself had imprisoned him in rock so tightly that he could only move one arm. He had vast magical powers, which he had used to cause great havoc in heaven and which, of course, resulted in his imprisonment of 500 years. Freed from his confinement, the monkey received instruction from the monk, and also served as a teacher to the monk. Along the way, despite many setbacks, the monkey learned that great power must be exercised with great humility.

Journey to the West is available on Amazon.com. I would recommend Out of Chaos, China 2026 CE where the Monkey King makes a modern appearance.

All of the above are HIGHLY recommended.
Dictionnaire amoureux de San Antonio (French Edition)
Dictionnaire amoureux de San Antonio (French Edition)
Livre remarquable et passionnant pour un canevas très difficile à respecter. Un dictionnaire, ce n'est jamais quelque chose qu'on s'intéresse à lire de la première à la dernière page. L'auteur est arrivé à dresser un portrait savoureux de San Antonio, Frédéric Dard par juxtaposition de perspectives, d'approches différentes. Il est arrivé à rendre cela vivant en respectant l'esprit de l'oeuvre. A aucun moment le livre n'est ennuyeux, il exulte de joie et de la gouaille fluide et créative de ce géant de la littérature populaire, mais ne faudrait il pas écrire littérature de grande popularité car rien n' y est politiquement correct pas plus qu'obséquieux.

Bravo Monsieur Bouhier vous avez réussi avec grand brio à nous captiver pour cette homme parti trop tôt qui a offert à tous ses lecteurs de grands moments de rires irrépressibles.
Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien (Clark Lectures)
Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien (Clark Lectures)
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings had such a profound impact on me when I first read them many years ago, that I've spent a lot of time since then trying to figure out why. The answer to that question is always evolving; each re-reading, as the saying goes, teaches me something new about myself.

Tolkien's world is so rich that, as your own interests shift and grow, they are reflected in Middle Earth when next you return.

Lately I've been devoted to understanding climate change and meeting the challenge of putting Earth back on a course towards sustainability, so I was delighted to come across a book that explores the environmental themes in Tolkien's works.

"Ents, Elves and Eriador, The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien" is a great read. It's part of a series called "Culture of the Land." Through this book, I returned to Middle Earth to see how those who cared for it most chose to treat it.

The Shire-folk held gardeners and farmers in high esteem; practical cultivation of the land was the rule there. A hobbit enjoyed a view of a well-tended field-- but largely in anticipation of the meals it could provide.

Elves appreciated the aesthetics of their well-ordered landscapes, as in the slow passing of the seasons in the cloistered woods of Lothlorien, but they didn't seem to worry much about growing food.

Ents appreciated wild nature for its own sake- and worked to keep it that way.

Whether Tolkien intended it or not (and there is reason to believe that he did), each culture serves to illustrate a different approach towards stewardship of the Earth. Conservation, preservation and protection are all needed in varying contexts and to varying degrees. Differences in approach sometimes divide people who share a desire to sustain the Earth and civilization. Working out these differences is the great task of "the Fourth Age," a Tolkienesque term for modern times; knowing this sheds new light on some of the themes in the stories from the Third.

Tolkien's ambivalence about unbridled technology is suggested by the hobbits' lack of appreciation for anything more complicated than a water mill. We're in a time when understanding what constitutes appropriate technology in our quest for survival is key. Understanding what we value in nature, and why, is as important. We may soon be in a position to choose what to save, if we can save ourselves. The authors do a wonderful job of pointing this out.
The Feast is Finished
The Feast is Finished
Motto: Be careful what you ask for.

This was such a mega DOWNER! A pale shade of Heathcliff and Cathy, my two LEAST favorite couple EVER.

The h, I just can't believe this, is so awful, so bad, so selfish, so bad...Rinse and repeat.

The h is an artist and has just informed the even more artistic, talented, angsty, tormented and insanely selfish H that she is going to marry someone else as she doesn't want to be a live-in lover. This was published in 1948, post WWII.

The H is furious as she is compromising her personality for security and marriage to a really nice guy. Yeah, who wants that. He still doesn't want to marry her as he doesn't want to subject her to living in his dirty, dusty garret. She deserves better than that. She leaves but comes back the night before her wedding to tell him how much she loves him. He still doesn't want to get married so she leaves and tells her fiancee because she has to be honest and honorable. Personally, I think it would be kinder to not say anything. The H sends her portrait of her where she looks faintly orgasmic and, gee, the husband doesn't like it as much as he should. It's okay because the H takes it back and sells it to someone else.

The heroine and her poor, poor fiancee get married and eventually move to Egypt where the heat and disease beat the ever loving hades out of her. There is a minor character that pops up with the same name as the H where it gets weird. After a miscarriage and more illness, she comes back to good olde England looking as beautiful as always but thin and wan.

The H who was a runaway artistic success ironically almost immediately has had a couple of loveless, selfish affairs. Yeah, these two are match made in heaven.

He sees her at a party with their other more worthy arty types. They end up in a romantic clinch were she dithers about whether to stay with her husband or leave with the H. She'll just let her parents tell her husband. Nice. As soon as she makes mind up....

SPOILER
She dies. Yep, she up and dies. Okay, wasn't exactly expecting that although it did brighten my day. To say the party was over is putting it mildly.

The rest of the book is the fallout of the grieving widower who doesn't make it to his cheating wife's funeral but merely gazes at her small lump of a grave, her parents locked away in their house over the shock, and then there is the hero. The man with the same name pops in for a visit and reassures the H that the h at least the h had a few moments of happiness before she died. Yes, that's who I was worried about, the emotionally and possibly physically cheating emotional succubus.

It ends with the hero virtually saying, oh well, at least we had a small run as he gets cleans his paintbrushes.

Runs screaming from Open Library. (hide spoiler)]

Not exactly fun fare for the holiday season. Save it for Halloween or if your hair curlers are on the blink.
La reina del baile (Bajo sospecha 5) (Spanish Edition)
La reina del baile (Bajo sospecha 5) (Spanish Edition)
The book was to have been canceled due to the fact it was in Spanish and I do not speak this language. I did no know this till the book was sent to me so will have to be more careful in the future. I am sure it would be a good book all of hers are but until it come out in English I will not be able to read this one
#6 on Amazon Charts
#6 on Amazon Charts
Everyone knows a bit about Harry Potter so I will focus here not on the contents of the book but on the quality of this book as a product.
The book is a present for my child that loves Harry Potter and has seen all the films, but now when she is older (10 years old) she wants to read all the books too. I was between buying a full set with the box that is more expensive or buying separate books from this company - cheaper option especially that this book came in an offer.
I have ordered book 1 and 2 to check if it is worth it.
I am very happy to say that it is and now I have all 7 books for £30.
The set looks great and I am very happy with my buy
The books are:
- good size that can be held by a child or adult for a long time
- weight - this version has a paper cover and light weight pages so the book is on the lighter side and good for kids
- paper quality and the colour are good. The books that I bought had all their pages, the bonding is holding them in and does not feel like they will fall out any time soon
- size and spaces between the words is very comfortable for my eyes and I can read it without glasses
- illustration that is on the cover is very nice and definitely in the Harry Potter style
- very good delivery time and I can have all 7 books for £30 with all the promotions I have got on them:)

I hope you will like my review, if you found it useful please hit ‘Helpful’. It will make my day:)XX
La desaparició de Stephanie Mailer (Catalan Edition)
La desaparició de Stephanie Mailer (Catalan Edition)
La trama es complexa i el treball policíac progressiu i ben elaborat. La descripció dels personatges i els seus costums es un ventall de psicologia social aplicada molt realista.
Conté alguna discreta falla tècnica. Segons l’autor no es pot recuperar un arxiu esborrat de l’ordinador un cop buidava la paperera. La Policia i els informàtics saben com fer-ho. Es una llàstima perquè el nivell tècnic es prou bo.
for Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Case,VONDER Harry Potter Book Tough Anti-Skid TPU Phone Cases for Samsung Galaxy S9+ Cover
for Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Case,VONDER Harry Potter Book Tough Anti-Skid TPU Phone Cases for Samsung Galaxy S9+ Cover
I'm disappointed. The image is VERY faint. This is the first item that I've reviewed that I will consider returning. Certainly, it was not worth the $11 plus tax that I was willing to pay for the product I thought I'd receive. (Edit added: in fairness to review, I asked for opinions from family... they seem to like the faint image. I have tried the case and find that it won't allow for wireless charging, probably due to the sort of glossy plastic coating on the image ... )
America Facts vs. Fiction Season 2
America Facts vs. Fiction Season 2
Outstanding way to study American history. Little-known facts and the "back-story" of some of history's most interesting people. Highly recommended!
9x12 Glossy Merchandise Bags, Retail Shopping Bags with Handle, Gift Bags, Best Colors-Royal Blue, Pink and Teal. Small Size. Environmentally Responsible 100% Recyclable,150 Pack. Mr.Lordbag
9x12 Glossy Merchandise Bags, Retail Shopping Bags with Handle, Gift Bags, Best Colors-Royal Blue, Pink and Teal. Small Size. Environmentally Responsible 100% Recyclable,150 Pack. Mr.Lordbag
I run an online clothing business and most of my items are shipped to the customer. But on occasion, a local buyer will come to pick up their purchase. In these cases, I wanted to have them packaged professionally.
These bags will work great, but be aware that they are a bit see through. I might need to package my items with tissue paper - but otherwise they're just fine. The colors are great!
50ft (15.2M) High Speed HDMI Cable Male to Male with Ethernet Black (50 Feet/15.2 Meters) Supports 4K 30Hz, 3D, 1080p and Audio Return CNE59007
50ft (15.2M) High Speed HDMI Cable Male to Male with Ethernet Black (50 Feet/15.2 Meters) Supports 4K 30Hz, 3D, 1080p and Audio Return CNE59007
The HDMI Cable is really beefy. I’m glad of that because some will be exposed as it’s going to run on the outside of the house. Our security System has a couple of ways for outputs. Living room is on VGA and HDMI is ran from the living room out along the side of house then into main bedroom Already have a wireless mouse that reaches that far. The current set up was unreliable so a hardline was needed. This 50 foot should do it. May upgrade from 3 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️ To 5 if works as advertised. Will update in couple weeks. (Update) 17 June 2018, Added a forth star. Hooked up the surveillance monitor in Master bedroom, did it early this morning. Looks great. Picture quality is just as it should be. The 50 Feet didn’t degrade picture quality as far as I can tell. Added 4th star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, will revisit in couple months of use.(Update) 27 June 2018, Final entry. The HDMI Cable is doing just fine. No change in picture quality so this ends this review. 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Update (28 October 2018) still working strong with no problems, still 5 Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ! Update (July 30 2019) HDMI cable still working just fine. A lot of the cable is exposed to the elements but is doing quite nicely. Still pliable so still Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ !!!
Programmable Slow Cooker with Countdown Timer, 6 L 6.3 Quart Multi-cooker with Steamer Tray, Grill Plate, Cooker pot 8-in-1 Preset Modes, Taylor Swoden
Programmable Slow Cooker with Countdown Timer, 6 L 6.3 Quart Multi-cooker with Steamer Tray, Grill Plate, Cooker pot 8-in-1 Preset Modes, Taylor Swoden
I’ve used the grill plate and crock pot parts so far. The grill plate heats up quickly and does good. Crock pot was good too. The roast I made in it was great! The carrots took longer to cook than my old crock pot and weren’t done when my roast was, but it wasn’t a major problem. Just had to cook them about 30 minutes past the roast. It’s nonstick and easy cleaning. Definitely would recommend to a friend.

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