Teresa Martin

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Mark Zuckerberg VS Google Brothers: Great Men with Great Vision
Mark Zuckerberg VS Google Brothers: Great Men with Great Vision
Two amazing stories. The book highlights to rise to fame of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the Google brothers Larry Page and Sergey Brin. All three men have acquired great wealth and notoriety and their stories were educational and inspiring.

The similarities of their rise to stardom were that they were all three master computer operators, started their companies with little money and little support. Zuckerberg was younger than the Google brothers at the time of his initial fame.

Some of the differences between Zuckerberg and the Google brothers besides age is the Zuckerberg keeps his face in the media much more than the Google brothers ho stay for the most part behind the scenes.

Their impacts on society are profound. Be it the connections people can make with one another across the world through Facebook or the ability to retrieve information efficiently and effectively from a single search engine in Google.

All three men utilized the American free market and time when a need for their skills was on the rise. In other words, they seized the moment. This book gave me insights into these men in way that I did not have before. It was a fun and educational read.
30 Greatest Hits of Aretha Franklin
30 Greatest Hits of Aretha Franklin
If you need validation of Aretha Franklin's legacy, look no further than this definitive collection of her best work recorded for Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1974. I have owned this two-disc set for over twenty years since its release in 1985, and I never tire of it. In fact, I return to it often and would have to conclude it to be one of my desert island selections. Teamed up with the equally legendary production team of Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin, she sparked magic on an amazingly consistent basis during this period. Before signing with Atlantic, Franklin recorded for Columbia but was erroneously being marketed as a jazz chanteuse. After Wexler's departure from Atlantic in 1974, her work, I feel, declined artistically, and Franklin's subsequent recordings with Arista, although more commercial, were not nearly as memorable.

Disc One opens appropriately with her first breakout hit, the heart-ripping "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)". Then the onslaught of classics - her signature cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" which completely eclipses his version; the loping doo-wop of "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"; the roof-raising take on Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"; the had-it-up-to-here anthem, "Chain of Fools". Her soulful covers of the Band's "The Weight" and the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" reflect her personal style without compromising the memory of the original performances. Franklin takes Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "I Say a Little Prayer" quite literally and converts it into a uniquely gospel-tinged love song of longing and regret. Her soaring vocals on potentially inane confections such as "See Saw" and "The House That Jack Built" elevate their substance significantly.

Disc Two continues the hits with particular standouts being a near-inspirational version of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's classic, "You're All I Need to Get By"; an almost hymnal version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water"; and the cruising "Spanish Harlem". My personal favorites are her dramatic cover of Lulu's 1969 hit, "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)"; the appropriately named "Day Dreaming"; and her last big Atlantic hit, Stevie Wonder's "Until You Come Back to Me" with a playfully sauntering melody an intriguing contrast to its obsession-oriented lyrics. But honestly, there is not a single disappointment among the thirty tracks here and some, especially the religion-fueled numbers like "Wholly Holy" and "Spirit in the Dark", are simply transcendent. This set is the one to own.
You're All I Need to Get By
You're All I Need to Get By
I can't remember where I heard this song. I think I was in a coffee bar. As soon as I returned to my office I had to buy it. Luckily Amazon was right there. It brings me joy everyday.
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist and I do a special session in the Wintertime with warm stones & chocolate aromatherapy... I call it "The Hot Chocolate Massage" & it's got quite a following of devoted recipients each year. Recently I realized that my usual chocolate scented essential oil was no longer available 😟 so I gave this one a try. It's priced right and is way better than the one I originally used. Fabulous when diffused & also added to my massage lubricant. My clients have loved it as well. I'll be stocking up asap! HIGHLY RECOMMEND 👍🏻
Galaxy of Terror
Galaxy of Terror
"THE ULTIMATE HORROR IN SPACE", "HELL HAS JUST RELOCATED", "PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE ULTIMATE BATTLE". From the man who brought you, Forbidden World (1982), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Piranha (1978), Death Race 2000 (1972), comes Galaxy of Terror...

Plot: Crew members aboard the ship-Quest, are requested to voyage across a desolate planet. There mission is to investigate the disappearance of the members from the previous expedition. Only to have their worst nightmares manifest themselves, into horrible death traps.

The Death Traps:
A spider-creature
Body fluid sucking tentacles
A giant maggot (Actually a Mealworm beetle larva)
A crystal star
Evil Doppelganger
lasers
a horned monster
constricting wires

The Victims:
Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm St, Dead & Buried)
Sid Haig (Spider Baby, The Devils Rejects)
Edward Albert (House Where Evil Dwells)
Zalman King (Blue Sunshine)
Erin Moran (Happy Days)
Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian)
Taaffe O'Connell
Bernard Behrens
Grace Zabriskie
Jack Blessing
Mary Ellen O'Neill

Galaxy of Terror, used to be regarded as trash by critics, but has grown a cult following, which it does deserve. While no major classic by any means, Galaxy does have quite a few good tings. Most of the acting is actually pretty good, while Sid Haig may only speak 1 line of dialogue, it was probably for the best. However this makes the character more mystique, & dare I say, kinda cool. Haigs character doesn't take crap from anybody. Regardless Haig still puts in a good performance. Englund also puts in a good performance, though his character is pretty much just sort of there. Everyone else puts in a decent performance, or a tad weak performance. Even though the budget is a little low, the effects look stellar, & most hold up to this day. However most of that is due to the production crew, James Cameron (Terminator, Aliens), & even Bill Paxton (Near Dark). The creature effects look cool, & the set designs are great. Parts of the ship's interior was done with McDonald's burger cartons. The optical effects look neat, except for one particular moment at the end, it only occurs for about 2-3 seconds, so it's nothing to really groan over. The writing for the most part, is decent, though most of the dialogue is cheesy. The score is also good, but nothing memorable. What also helps the film, are a creepy claustrophobic atmosphere, a foreboding mood, & its effects. Some of the characters are pretty forgettable, but most are likeable. That being said, the characters have very little depth, too. Even though it's a B-movie, it's actually pretty good, & most fans of horror & or old sci-fi should enjoy it as much as I did.

Fun Facts:
Alternate Titles- Mindwarp, Mindwarp Infinity, Mindwarp: Infinity of Terror.
For New Worlds pictures, the budget-1.8 million, was rather high.
James Cameron served as Production Designer and Second Unit Director on the film.
In one scene, Cameron was able to figure out a way to get maggots to wiggle on cue by developing a metal plate onto which the maggots were placed, then ran an electrical current through the plate whenever filming began, causing the maggots to move energetically about.
Corman produced a few other sci-fi films centered around space- Forbidden World, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Terror Within, Dead Space, Not of this Earth-1988, Not of this Earth-1956, It Conquered the World, War of the Satellites, & Time Walker (1982).

Galaxy of Terror was made to capitalize on the success of 1979's Alien. However there's only a few similarities, "A message is sent about the vanishing of one crew, forcing the other crew to find some sort of terror/horror. Finding said terror in an old relic." That's where the similarities end. People tend to dislike the ending, but I actually like it, I felt that it really was the only way the film could end. If it ended in lets say, our hero kills the villain, then walks all the way back to the Quest, & flies away, it just wouldn't have ended well. Anyway Galaxy of Terror is a fun horror flick, there's an array of special effects, & plenty of hideous monster action.

DVD Rating- 5/5 Film Rating- 5/5

Disc Content:
Commentary
Making of Galaxy of Terror
Trailers
Photo galleries
BLACK PANTHER [Blu-ray]
BLACK PANTHER [Blu-ray]
While I ranted and yelled about how stupid it was for the Academy to nominate Black Panther for best picture there are a few things that must be said.

After a string of just ok MCU films that seemed to be nothing but, filler and non serious stories, Black Panther arrives and gives us a truly deep MCU film everyone (regardless of skin color) can get behind. This film is a truly great story that talks about shaping your destiny and deciding what you want to be. Add to that some incredible set pieces, costumes and characters and you get one of the best MCU films in the library. This movie was a truly fun ride regardless of the missteps we get in the third act but, I was truly satisfied with the end product.

Black Panther paves the way for more great films in the MCU and I am glad that this one brought us back to a reminder as to what makes the MCU so great.
Dean Koontz: A Writer's Biography
Dean Koontz: A Writer's Biography
In "Dean Koontz: A Writer's Biography," Katherine Ramsland takes on the task of capturing the life and thoughts behind one of our generations most popular storytellers. Readers of Dean's books know they are full of psychological twists, foreboding images, and dark places, and yet these stories often end on a note of optimism, even hope. What inspires this man to write books with such vivid juxtapositions of evil and good? Ramsland does a fine job of trying to answer that question.

From his early years in a small Pennsylvania town to his courtship with the thin and beautiful Gerda (and the humorous setting of their first date), this biography lets us peek into the surface normalcy of Dean's childhood. He read sci-fi, loving Heinlein and Bradbury, and he enjoyed the classic monster stories. He was well-liked, humorous, if not somewhat quiet. Behind the scenes, though, his family was a place of intense unrest, suffering under the sociopathic ways of his alcoholic father. Later in the book, Dean admits that he cannot remember even a two-minute stint with his father in which there was not stress involved.

The book dives into Dean's years as a teacher, and into the period during which his wife agreed to support him for five years while he pursued his writing. If, after that, he was not on his way then clearly he never would be. As we know now, he was definitely on his way! His career started in the sixties and has spanned into five decades, with tens of millions of his books sold every year worldwide. Ramsland tracks this journey for us, not only in the slow-rising success and escalating sales under different pen names and genres, but in the shift from his Catholic thinking to agnosticism to atheism and back to a view of life and God based on a belief in personal good and personal evil. In fact, she gives detailed descriptions of many of his books and their plots to demonstrate this, and while it's fascinating, I skimmed a good 1/3 of the book to avoid spoilers and/or the magic that went into some of the titles I've enjoyed. In the past decade, the underpinnings of his writing seem to have shifted even more, and unfortunately this biography only covers his life into the late nineties.

Dean is described by many as a genuinely nice, hardworking, salt-of-the-earth type of guy. He's reclusive yet friendly. And this book shows us the struggles he faced with his own deteriorating father, and with his mother who said she had something to reveal to Dean about his father but died before doing so. With his wife's help, Dean has ballooned a literary career into a multi-million dollar career, but he says he never wrote for money. If so, he would've quit early on. He writes because he enjoys it, finds it cathartic, and even healing at times. In conclusion, he urges his readers: "Take my hand. We're going to go through this terrible place . . . but it's going to be all right at the other end. There's going to be meaning and a purpose to this. Trust me."
Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
Nora Roberts weaves together magic and love, dark and light, past and present, blood kinship and the loyalty of friends in her enchanting Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. 'Shadow Spell' continues the story begun in 'Dark Witch'. The focus this time is on Connor, the middle of “the three” who together are the Dark Witch, and of their friend Meara. Anyone with half an eye could see in 'Dark Witch' that Connor and Meara would end up together, but as in all romance, it’s the getting there that makes it interesting.

Connor is more developed in this book; his strengths and his flaws both stand out in sharper relief. On the surface, he’s a friendly, cheerful, gregarious man who prefers to focus on the pleasures of today, but underneath he’s just as serious and committed as Branna (if less conflicted.) He’s also one of Fin’s staunchest friends and allies, defending his presence in the circle even in the face of Branna’s resistance, yet never losing compassion for what it costs Branna to trust Fin and have him near. I think that endeared him to me more than anything else. Connor is one of those lovely Irish men blessed with both looks and charm, but it’s his interactions with Eamon, with and about Fin, and above all with Meara that make my heart melt. I’m also fascinated by the hawks, and Connor’s relationship to them.

In 'Dark Witch', Meara comes across as strong, fearless, a loyal and lifelong friend to the others in the circle, and accepting of Iona’s intrusion into it; we don’t see anything of her flaws. She’s a singer and a wicked swordswoman; one aspect I can relate to, the other I half-envy. Like Boyle in the last book, Meara is not a witch, but accepts and believes in her friends’ powers and insists on playing her part in the circle. But she’s full of hidden vulnerabilities and fears, all centered around family and love – particularly romantic love. Those feelings come to the fore in 'Shadow Spell', along with her attraction to Connor, which leads to some tension between them – and no little danger as well.

The romance in these books is only half the story, of course. In 'Shadow Spell' we see and learn more of the original three, the ancestors of Branna, Connor, and Iona: Brannaugh, Eamon, and Teagan. Cabhan, the black sorcerer, is back after his quasi-defeat and gaining strength again, testing the circle’s weaknesses and focusing this time on Eamon, Connor, and Meara. The danger and tension escalate, and there are several close calls to keep things suspenseful. Fin proves his loyalty time and again; Iona’s clear sight and unflinching honesty help hold the group together, Branna’s skill at both witchcraft and cooking are much in evidence, and only Boyle seems a little on the sidelines. The relationships between all six characters – friendship and love, loyalty and commitment – lie at the foundation of the whole trilogy, and are its and the characters’ deepest strength.

I love the way these books blend magic, Irish myth, contemporary rural Irish life, and romance. I can hardly wait for the third book – the climax of the fight to destroy Cabhan, and the resolution of the strained relationship between Fin and Branna. It’s due out Oct. 28.

REVIEW ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED on The Bookwyrm's Hoard blog
Alexander Pushkin: The Collected Stories
Alexander Pushkin: The Collected Stories
I had just finished Anna Karenina and remembered that I had this volume of Pushkin on the shelf.
I figured that since Tolstoy took his clues from "Russia's first great writer" that these must be
at least as good. I must say that I enjoyed these stories much more, and I adored Anna Karennina.

Perhaps this is because they were short stories yet I believe that Pushkin has a more direct
style and some of his stuff is just hysterical. Having read Massey's incredible "Peter the Great,"
I thought the Blackamoor of Peter the Great caught Peter's spirit perfectly.

All in all, like Tolstoy, Chekov and the rest of the Russian greats, this is a wonderful glimpse into a
far way land of long ago with curious customs and characters that are so well developed. I love how he
illuminates the position and sentiments of serfdom for it goes a long way to understand just how many of
us had families who emerged from serfdom which was just another form of slavery and how freedom as we
understand it is really a modern thing. I believe that the story "Dubrovskii" to be worth the price of
admission by itself.

A perfect companion for the cold winter nights.
Glory Riders: A Western Sextet
Glory Riders: A Western Sextet
Louis L'Amour, auteur américain de westerns, décédé en 1988, était issu de familles irlandaise et française, venues en Amérique au 17ème siècle.
Ce baroudeur qui fut boxeur, rancher, tankiste pendant la seconde guerre mondiale (en France notamment), était épris des légendes du Grand Ouest. Nourris d'histoires, qui furent contées, pour certaines, par ceux qui les vécurent, Louis L'Amour entreprit de conter le Farwest avec passion.
La centaine d'ouvrages qu'il publia illustre son immense talent de conteur.
Je les ai lus et relus et le ferai encore quand l'envie de puiser de l'énergie, comme un assoiffé de l'eau au puits, me prendra encore et toujours.
Les histoires de "Glory Riders" figurent sous un autre titre de la collection des "histoires courtes".
Divertissant.
Naruto roman - Le roman de Sasuke (naruto roman 2) (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Naruto roman - Le roman de Sasuke (naruto roman 2) (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
I ordered Naruto 1 and 2 manga. It said they were in new condition.

Well, the cover sleeve was all mangled up and folded crooked and uneven so the cover is ruined, and some genius decided to put price stickers on the covers that don't come off so the cover looks like crap now. I tried to take off the sticker put decided to stop so I wouldn't end up ripping the cover and making it even more ugly than it is now. People buy these kind of books to collect them, not to use once and then throw away - they don't want stickers on the covers!
One Lonely Knight: Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
One Lonely Knight: Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
This is one of Spillanes best novels. Mike Hammer is at a point in his life where he's confused about his own morality. "What am I here for" he thinks. "Do I deserve to live" Then some thing happens that shows him just how important he really is. "To wipe out evil when no one else can". And he does it like no one else can. With guns blazing all over the place and nobody left standing but the good guys And an ending in true "Spillane" style. I can't wait to get my hands on this book, so I can read it all over again.
Flood Tide
Flood Tide
I don't often review books here, I just don't have the time or inclination to do so. I ddid feel somewhat compelled in this instance to make some general observations concerning this and other series. It would seem that a successful series write follows a fairly rigid pattern in every novel. I have read many Dirk Pitts novels in the past in a seemingly different lifetime. This was the first one I've read in a while and I purchased at a low price. I was somewhat surprised to find that nothing has really changed in the Dirk Pitt world in the intervening years. This is both good and bad, depending upon one's expectations. My conclusion at the end of this novel is that I would not buy another in this series unless I could get a $.99 price on one. In short, I expected more, and all that I really got was more of the same. As a younger man, that was enough. Now that I am older and presumably wiser and more erudite, it's not enough, I'd prefer something with more nuance. But YMMV.
Flying Ga ... Ku [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 1)
Flying Ga ... Ku [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 1)
良かった点

1)詳細である事
2)人物の行動や言動に想像を入れる事によって、親しみやすく分かりやすい人物になっている。
3)帝国陸軍と薩軍の行動が似ている事がわかる事、希望的観測、無計画、自己の力への過信、補給を一切無視した計画と行動、刀による突撃、死を美化する事、情報収集をろくにしない、外交的根回しをしない、追い詰められると地元民に恐怖政治を強いて協力を強制する事、現実を一切無視する事、場の空気に支配されたら、現実的な意見は無力化し、それを言おう者がいれば封じられる事。
4)反対に政府軍は同じ日本人なのに、現実的な発想と行動が出来ていた事、理由は日本最強と思われる薩軍に対する恐怖から現実的に考えないと勝てないと思った点と思われる、情報収集,
膨大な武器、食料、兵員の補給、連絡、最新科学技術、外交的根回し、最悪の事態に備えた柔軟な計画と準備、圧倒的な兵力差が無いと攻勢に出ず、一切、博打的行動に出ず、慎重に慎重を期し、有利な状態じゃないと動かなかった、百姓兵で出来た政府軍が勇猛な薩摩武士相手に勝つ為に徹底的準備、一切油断しない、というか薩摩兵が恐くて油断できない為に、欧米のような合理的な戦いが出来ていた、珍しい例。
5)5巻、9巻、10巻が特に面白かった、5巻は大久保の名宰相ぶりを中国や欧米相手に見れるし、9巻、10巻は薩軍と帝国陸軍の比較が出来て面白かった。

悪い点
1)典拠元を殆ど書かない。
2)嘘か本当か分からない事を書く。
3)平気で嘘を書く。
4)表現が大袈裟すぎる。
5)感情移入が激しすぎる。
6)専門家などに比べると知識が甘い。
7)余談が多すぎる、どうでも良い話が多い。
8)繰り返し同じ文章を何度も書きすぎ。
9)公平に物事を書く気がない。
10)誇大妄想、過大評価が多すぎる。

まとめ
良いところも非常にあり、勉強にもなったし、面白かった、が、坂の上の雲などで世界最強のロシア海軍や騎馬隊とか、人類史上に類を見ないとか、世界最強の薩兵とか、いちいち鼻につく表現が多い、ロシアので言えば、それを倒した日本は凄いと遠まわしに言いたげで鼻に触る、本当に凄いなら良いが、イギリスから最新鋭の武器を格安でもらい、武器の面ではロシアよりも優り、イギリス、アメリカから、情報収集、資材、財力、外交で莫大な援助をしてもらって勝てたのであり、天才日本人参謀などの天才的戦略のおかげで勝てたというのはおかしい、虚栄ほど、見苦しいものはない、競うなら本当に日本が凄い所で競って欲しい、ルソーの件でも言えば、なぜ始祖のロックの名前が出ない?国学や、山崎闇斎、朱子学や陽明学が出てくるのになぜ、浅見絅斎が出てこない?靖献遺言は幕末の志士のバイブル的本だったはずだが、だからこそ、楠木正成の銅像が立ち、水戸黄門こと水戸光圀と明の朱子学の権威だった朱舜水が詩を書いたんでしょう、尊王思想も朱子学が基礎でしょうに、だからこそ、幕末の志士達は、儒学的価値観から見て、天皇陛下から権力を奪った幕府は間違っている、天皇と将軍という中国的価値観から言ったら変則的体制としか言えない日本は間違っていると言う考えに至ったんでしょう、王政復古し、天皇を、日本を、儒教的価値観からみて正しい状態に戻すとして、尊王攘夷、明治維新を起したんでしょう、だから、明治政府は太政官政府という、まるで900年も昔の体制を戻そうとしたんでしょう、日本の黄金時代だとして、だから官名も古いのをつかったんでしょう、公家もまた平安時代みたいに政治に参加して、ある意味で日本版ルネサンスとも言える、だけど、実際は11世紀だか9世紀化だかの体制を19世期に再び戻そうとしても無理でしょう、それで現実に対応するために西洋化した、でも、そうしたら、武士たちは、それでは最初の話しと違うではないかと、不満と反発を持ったわけでしょう。
なぜそこまで突っ込まない?
まあ、それは置いといて、不満はあるし、日本人作家の限界というのも見えた感じがしたが、なぜ日本の大衆に受けたのかが理解できた、たしかに感情移入しすぎなどの問題はあるけど、面白く話を書くなど、色々、調査するなど、立派だと思える点もあった、ただ嘘を本当のように言ったり、誇大妄想過激表現を多用するなど、こういう本を当時の一般日本大衆が受け入れたのは、やはり、一般日本人の教養レベルとはそういうレベルだったという事になるのだろうか。
アメリカの1930年代の小説や、イギリスの小説を見ると知的レベルが違いすぎるんじゃないのかと不安になるが、あちらはエリートと上層階級のみが超優秀なだけで、その他大勢の一般民衆はそれほどでもない。
まあ、坂本竜馬とか坂の上の雲とかは読む気がしないけど、翔ぶが如くは読む価値があると思う、読む際は、作者の過激感情移入、誇大妄想、過激表現、公平に書く意思なし、平気で嘘をつく、過激評価癖を考慮して、差し引いて読めば、とても勉強になり、楽しい素晴らしい本だと思う。
Richard Scarry's Postman Pig and His Busy Neighbors (Pictureback(R))
Richard Scarry's Postman Pig and His Busy Neighbors (Pictureback(R))
What a fun way for kids to learn about different occupations and the different roles people play in a community. No computer programmers and we don’t exactly take film to be developed anymore but we still have mailmen, bakers, waiters, school teachers, florists, plumbers, painters, doctors, dentists, grocers, etc
The Twilight Journals
The Twilight Journals
The Twilight Journals by Stephenie Meyer. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Stephenie Meyer" category.
Female Force #9 Stephenie Meyer
Female Force #9 Stephenie Meyer
Let's be honest here: Stephenie Meyer has had a pretty boring life. She basically got married, had kids, and wrote a fantasy series about sparkly vampires.

So needless to say -- with no scandals, divorces, addictions, adventures or the like -- "Female Force Bestsellers: Stephenie Meyer" is a pretty boring experience. But it's not just boring. It's surreally bad and poorly done, with ghastly art, a breathlessly dramatic style and a horrendously contrived framing device wrapped around a thoroughly unexciting life story.

According to the author Ryan Burton, Meyer was an oh-so-special and down-to-earth girl ("It seemed as though every OTHER girl was... DIFFERENT"), and of course way smarter than her peers (both in high school and college, she alone is raising her hand). She went to Brigham Young University in Utah, and a spider got eaten by a vampire. Whoops, that was the framing narrative, so forget about that.

Anyway, she met some guy she had once shared a sandbox with, and they got married in less than a year. Three kids later, Stephenie had a dream about spying on a thuggish-looking vampire trying to make out with some blonde chick in a field (and she frankly looks like a dream voyeur spying on teenagers). She constructed a story around that dream, and ended up selling it -- and of course, it became a megahit and was adapted into a movie, took the world by storm, blah blah blah.

Because the unadorned life story of Meyer would take up about five pages, Burton frames it: A shark-mouthed Dracula living in a cliche Transylvanian castle (complete with graveyard and howling wolf), who is apparently telling Meyer's life story to a gang of grunting naked nosferatu. Not only is this hilariously cheesy, but it provides the unintentional message that Meyer is carrying out the will of evil monsters.

The biography oozes along at a glacial pace, with two whole pages devoted to shopping the manuscript around. The most mundane facts are written in a breathlessly melodramatic style ("Stephenie was 21 when she married Christian... also known as PANCHO") with lots of details that only her most fanatical fans would care about (who cares where the name "Stephenie" came from?). There's even a transparent attempt to equate Meyer with her self-insert Bella Swan (oh, how different and smart she is!).

And the artwork is simply ghastly -- Meyers has an evil grin, sinister eyebrows, freakishly tiny hands, and she looks EXACTLY the same from the age of four onward. Her husband's head looks like a mediocre Picasso work, and the Twilight fans appear to be a bunch of large-breasted grannies, mad-eyed adolescents and... coffee shop singers? And as the final hilarious conceit, it's sprinkled with topographic maps, and a bizarre page in which UTAH appears in the palm of Meyer's hand.

In short, the art makes the entire comic seem like a Stephenie Meyers acid trip. The funniest part is that they don't even get Meyer's characters right -- both Bella and Edward are washed-out blondes with wormlike lips, and Edward has spiky little fangs. Wha?

"Female Force Bestellers: Stephenie Meyer" reads like a bad drug trip, with spider-chomping vampires, horrendous art and lots of surreal extras. Good for a laugh, but nothing else.
Das Labyrinth (Total Control): Roman (German Edition)
Das Labyrinth (Total Control): Roman (German Edition)
...für diesen völlig konfusen und inhaltlich an den Haaren herbeigezognenen Thriller. Völlig unglaubwürdige Figuren werden einem hier präsentiert, die in einer geradezu haarsträbend unlogischen und vor allem sinnlosen Geschichte umherirren. Da ist die Anwältin, die so unfassbar schön wie intelligent ist und dazu noch seit ihrer frühen Jugend an nahezu allen Schusswaffen dieser Welt ausgebildet wurde - somit auch im Bedarfsfall wild um sich ballernd Leben rettet - da ist ihr Mann, der unfassbar gutaussehend und muskulöse, dennoch zärtliche und liebevolle Ehemann und Vater, der eine völlig schwachsinnige Firmenspionage entdeckt und daraus Kapital schlagen will - da sind FBI Agenten, die so gnadenlos toll sind, daß sie flüchtigen Mördern ihre private Telefonnumer geben, weil sie an das Gute im Menschen glauben - da sind wieder mal die brachialen Bösewichte, die zwar skrupellos und eiskalt jeden Gegner erstechen, erschiessen und sonstwie niederschlachten, aber im entscheidenden Moment den Protagonisten dieser billigen Story nicht sofort umbringen, sondern erstmal noch stundenlang wirren Blödsinn labern - die Reihe der Unsinnigkeiten in diesem Schwachsinns-Roman nimmt kein Ende - findet jedoch einen Höhepunkt: Eine Vorleserin, die dem inhaltlichen Schund noch die akustische Krone aufsetzt - im negativen Sinne. Hoffentlich erwische ich nie wieder ein Hörbuch, das von Regina Lemnitz gelesen wird!
Fazit: Nicht mal für mich als Berufspendler, der schon wirklich endlos viele Hörbücher angehört hat - darunter auch zweitklassiges Material, das wenigstens die Zeit der Autofahrt verkürzt hat - ist dieser Billig-Krimi mehr als einen Stern wert.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland : Fantasy
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland : Fantasy
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland : Fantasy by Lewis Carroll. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Lewis Carroll" category.
Harry Potter: Gryffindor (Tiny Book)
Harry Potter: Gryffindor (Tiny Book)
Sapevo che era piccolo, ma non pensavo cosi piccolo. Il libricino misura in tutto 5 centimetri, dalle foto si può valutare la sua dimensione rispetto al libro standard e alla versione the Art (che era la misura che mi aspettavo).
Grafica carina per carità, ma è difficile anche sfogliarlo. Sul retro della copertura in cartoncino poi, c'era un adesivo con codici ecc che copriva interamente tutta la faccia del leone, ho dovuto rimuoverlo con accortezza e la sensazione di appiccicaticcio si sente ancora. Quanto meno si potevano usare adesivi senza residui o mettere della plastica trasparente sul libricino e sopra l'adesivo. Comunque, acquistati i 3 volumi per circa 8 euro l'uno, non valgono la spesa se volete utilizzarli o regalarli, se non appunto ad un collezionista. Molto migliori sia da sfogliare che da guardare, la versione The Art Of Harry Potter da 10 cm.
Funko 32750 Pop Movies: Fantastic Beasts 2 - Dumbledore, Multicolor
Funko 32750 Pop Movies: Fantastic Beasts 2 - Dumbledore, Multicolor
The Funko pop box was torn up, and his wand was broken when this arrived. The description left no indicator that this was a used item that was busted up. I was led to believe I was buying a brand new product. I also purchased Grindelwald and had a similar experience with his condition as well.
Sui Dhaaga - Made In India
Sui Dhaaga - Made In India
I've not yet watched a quarter of the film but felt compelled to write a review and thank you for such a great movie.
Coming from a poor background and being still financially vulnerable, I feel every scene of the movie deep in my bone and can relate to it all over.
I took my fiance for a medical emergency to Delhi India in June 2018. After her procedure, I took her to Agra and the Taj Mahal. There, I bought to Panjabis that needed alteration. I bargained with the shop owner to reduce the price to the bare minimum. When taking for alteration to a tailor sitting outside in the heat of June, I paid him around 600 rupees.
My fiance initially was mad of me why paying too much. I just reminded her of his bare feet and the heat and told here that he lives with so little money and if you pay him for your dress you will get blessed forever by him. Years, now that she recalls the experience, she thanks me a lot. Of course, she is so young and needs some experience to understand such thinking even though she comes from the same background as I do.
Europe USB Power Strip with 4 Ports USB Charging Station Outlets 5V 2.1A-1A 21W Universal Socket EU Plug 100V-240V Compact 5ft Extension Cord Portable Electric Power Strip for Traveling (Blue)
Europe USB Power Strip with 4 Ports USB Charging Station Outlets 5V 2.1A-1A 21W Universal Socket EU Plug 100V-240V Compact 5ft Extension Cord Portable Electric Power Strip for Traveling (Blue)
This is so convenient for traveling and even day-to-day use! When recently took a short cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm...the ship and the cabins are like 80's era style, and there are two outlets, both not convenient to the bunks. My powerstrip to the rescue! With the cord, we could bring the outlets closer to us (in a manner of speaking) and had room for the CPAP, and our phones to charge. I also keep it in my backpack to use in class...I'm a hero because now a few people can charge their phones at once. I really like it. So far, so good!
X-Mark Price Gun: TXM 25-8 [1 Line / 8 Characters]
X-Mark Price Gun: TXM 25-8 [1 Line / 8 Characters]
X-Mark Price Gun: TXM 25-8 [1 Line / 8 Characters] by undefined. Rated 0 out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the SellersDealsTrade-InAll Electronics ‹Back to results AliExtractor Ranks and Estimates Estimated Sales (month): 391 Est. Rev. (month): 10 category.
S-DEAL Luces navideñas con figura afelpada de gnomo escandinavo Decoraciones navideñas Adornos para mesa de invierno 9 pulgadas de altura Juego de 4
S-DEAL Luces navideñas con figura afelpada de gnomo escandinavo Decoraciones navideñas Adornos para mesa de invierno 9 pulgadas de altura Juego de 4
They are really cute but the batteries don't last for more than 24 hours. I received mine and put them on my tree but was surprised that two of them were already very dim and the other two a bright white. The next day I turned them on and by 5 pm all of them were extremely dim. I had them for a total of 24 hours. I am really disappointed that they did not put better batteries in these gnomes. I would have given them a 5 star but due to terrible batteries they got 2 stars. I gave them 2 because the gnomes are super cute otherwise it would've been only 1 star. Very sad.
Grant Writing: The Complete Workbook for Writing Grant Proposals that Win
Grant Writing: The Complete Workbook for Writing Grant Proposals that Win
GRANT WRITING Monkey Publishing, copyright and written by Mary Gladstone-Highland.
In setting forth this book Sub-titled “The Complete Workbook for Writing Grant Proposals that Win”, the author has presented remarkably detailed instructions on preparation of these extremely important tools that aid an investigator/project manager in attempting to obtain money required to start, continue and/or expand his/her or organization’s activities. It contains 3 parts Pre-Grant Writing, Grant Writing and Post Grant Writing. Part 1 provides introductory material for the newbie along with helpful suggestions for all. It contains the first 8 chapters with the first an overall presentation; 2 – documents required and details; 3 – digital reputation, importance and management; 4 – research and its importance; 5 – connections, people and organizations; 6 – importance of following exactly grantors rules; 7 – discussion of importance of differences in level and areas covered by funders, e.g. local vs federal, NIH vs NSF; 8 – language importance, e.g. Mark Twain Quote; “Substitute damn for every time you’re inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be as it should be.” Part 2 contains the next 4 chapters with 9 – the organizational information required; 10 – how to best present the reasons for your ‘need’ for the funding; 11 – your evaluation of the impact anticipated by your project if funded; 12 – additional documents to be included. Part 3 contains chapter 13 which provides the grant writer with some of the most important follow-up suggestions. Three appendices and an Application Template terminate the book.
Discussion: The author has provided an extremely valuable amount of data for any individual or organization desirous of obtaining funding from any source. The material is set forth in a relatively concise and easily understood manner. One of the perhaps more helpful, although somewhat awkwardly presented, features is the presentation of answers provided in Appendix I to grant proposals provided at the end of each chapter, The reader is supplied with the ‘test’ grant proposal and referred to this appendix where the proper answer is supplied ‘from the perspective of a grantor’. Also most helpful, Appendix III presents application examples and the Template provided is a valuable addition. (Personal opinions of a person once quite involved in preparing grant applications.)
VIVO Dual Monitor Arms Fully Articulating Desk Mount Stand with Individual Monitor Height Adjustment for 2 LCD Screens up to 27 inches (STAND-V002M)
VIVO Dual Monitor Arms Fully Articulating Desk Mount Stand with Individual Monitor Height Adjustment for 2 LCD Screens up to 27 inches (STAND-V002M)
Works great, with my 27" and 19" monitors for the price. I really didn’t expect much for such a low price but it really surpassed my expectations when you compare two monitor mounts to be well over $100 for other brands. It’s also very sturdy and doesn’t wobble when adjusting the monitor angles and tilts.

I’ve attached a couple pictures of the various ways that you can rotate your monitor. I’ve also attached a photo of the mount behind it and you can take a look at how it is from the back and the cable management plastic clips that are provided. Height is not easily adjustable, you will need the Allen keys (and I would suggest a second person to help with the weight).

Installation took about an hour to mount my monitors. Something to note is that you should definitely get two people to help you install this setup as you sure don’t want to accidentally drop your monitors while installing this.

Pros:
- Provides good to tilt and rotate your monitors without the Allen keys
- Easily adjustable
- Great value for the price
- Instructions are clear
- Allows you to save a lot of desk space
- Cable management behind the monitor for a clean look

Cons:
- It will be tight if you are mounting 2 27" monitors, and they will probably need to be completely parallel (or very close to parallel to ensure the monitors don't block each other, but if that's not a problem, then this mount is for you.
- You will need an Allen key and probably another person to help you adjust the monitor’s height.

If I ever have to add another two monitors to my set-up I would definitely purchase another one of these mounts as it is durable at a very reasonable price
TP-Link Deco E3(2-Pack) AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System
TP-Link Deco E3(2-Pack) AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System
Excelente! En el confinamiento me vine a una casa de aprox 500m2, de 2 plantas. El módem está en la planta baja, y mi habitación está hasta el otro extremo, pero en la planta alta, por lo que la señal del módem convencional era muy inestable hacia mi habitación y muchos otros lugares de la casa. Ahora, con el kit de tan solo 2 piezas (una al lado del módem y la otra en el pasillo frente a mi habitación) logré cubrir toda la casa con señal estable, incluyendo áreas que antes no estaban cubiertas. La verdad creí que me iba a quedar corto con este kit. Estaba pensando en que hubiera sido mejor el kit con 3 piezas. Pero no. Muy satisfecho. Altamente recomendable. Por cierto, la instalación es muy, muy sencilla. No necesitas nada más que bajar la app que te indica en el manual y seguir las instrucciones de la app.
Impex EP-3C5 Induction Based Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Combo of 3 Litre and 5 Litre, Silver
Impex EP-3C5 Induction Based Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Combo of 3 Litre and 5 Litre, Silver
Please don't buy this product.
Please note that : we received the product before replacement is really good and good packing. But the size is not true as mentioned 5 and 3 litre cooker.
This is a replaced item in this picture, before replace the item we get the product is good and good packing but we recieved 3.5 litre upon the 5 litre cooker and 1.5 litre cooker upon the 3 litre.

The replaced product received today.
Now after replacement we received the product is very bad. Cooker lid handle is brokened. Really bad product we recieved.
We get a very bad experience in first time.

Please please dont by from this.
Kusmi Tea - Infusión Bio Be Cool - Mezcla de plantas, menta piperita, regaliz y manzana - Tisana ecológica, sin teína, a granel - Lata de 90 g
Kusmi Tea - Infusión Bio Be Cool - Mezcla de plantas, menta piperita, regaliz y manzana - Tisana ecológica, sin teína, a granel - Lata de 90 g
Ich bin ja ein absoluter Fan von Kusmi Tee und liebe alle Sorten, die ich bis jetzt kennen gelernt habe und das sind nicht wenige. Egal ob Schwarztee, Grüner Tee, Weißer Tee, Kräuter- oder Früchtetee, sie schmecken alle super lecker. Ich habe mir extra einen Teekocher angeschafft um die Tees richtig genießen zu können.
Green Mix ist ein ganz delikater Kräutertee. Er schmeckt ganz leicht nach Karotte. Die Mischung der Zutaten ist äußerst gelungen.

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