Thaddeus Rogers

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A Short History of England
A Short History of England
A Short History of England by G.K. Chesterton, Stewart Crank, et al.. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Twisted Love (Sinners of Saint 2) (German Edition)
Twisted Love (Sinners of Saint 2) (German Edition)
Twisted Love (Sinners of Saint 2) (German Edition) by L.J. Shen and Patricia Woitynek. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Baghman Book
The Baghman Book
The Baghman Book by Stephen King. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Pro PHP XML and Web Services
Pro PHP XML and Web Services
Pro PHP XML and Web Services by Robert Richards. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
A First Course in Statistical Programming with R
A First Course in Statistical Programming with R
A First Course in Statistical Programming with R by W. John Braun and Duncan J. Murdoch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich
This book was not at all what I was expecting, but contains some good advice that many would benefit from. For some background, my wife and I are relatively young and have career jobs. I bought this book for information on making the most of any extra income, learning more about investing strategies, options for generating passive income, and improving my personal finances. I did learn a few things, but not on these topics (maybe a bit on the last point). The book primarily focuses on interesting finds and anecdotes from the authors' years of research on millionaires in America.

The book is divided into eight chapters:
1. Meet the Millionaire Next Door
2. Frugal Frugal Frugal
3. Time, Energy, and Money
4. You Aren't What You Drive
5. Economic Outpatient Care
6. Affirmative Action, Family Style
7. Find Your Niche
8. Jobs: Millionaire vs. Heirs

The author essentially splits everyone into two categories: Underaccumulators of Wealth (UAWs) and Prodigious Accumulators of Wealth (PAWs). UAWs have a low net worth relative to income, and the opposite for PAWs and uses these terms throughout the book.

His primary argument is that PAWs get to be wealthy by living well below their means - these are people who do not look like millionaires, they live in modest neighborhoods, drive domestic sedans, wear a Timex, and usually have a blue-collar job that does not come with an expensive lifestyle associated and as a result can accumulate a sizeable nest egg. On the other hand, UAWs are typically well-educated professionals with high paying and high profile jobs (doctors, attorneys), but due to societal pressures associated with their social standing are forced to squander all their money living in luxury neighborhoods, driving German cars, and sending their kids to private schools. Their expensive lifestyle means that they spend most of their income and as a result have a low net worth, despite outward appearances.

I agree that this is good advice for just about anyone: live below your means and prioritize financial security over social standing. Growing up in a single-income family living in a modest middle class neighborhood, I'm quite used to the live-below-your-means philosophy and I think it gave me at least some sense of good financial discipline. If my parents are any indication, it works great.

Where the authors really lost my interest is that the rest of the book is chock full of anecdotes and some rather uninformative statistics to drive a few other points home. While some of these are good points and undoubtedly useful, they always seem to come with caveats or don't draw any real conclusion, which I found frustrating. Most of the points could have been made succinctly in about 1/10 the amount of page space the authors dedicate to them. These include:

- Most millionaires in America are self employed business owners, because they run their personal finances like their business finances. However, going into business for yourself is very risky so we don't really recommend that as a viable way to get rich.

- Very few millionaires have ever spent much money on a nice suit, pair of shoes, or luxury watch. They usually live in modest neighborhoods or rural areas where the cost of living and social pressures of consumerism are lower.

- First generation millionaires (often immigrants) tend to be succeeded by children with financial struggles, since the parent's desire to "give them a better life" pushes them into careers where they become UAWs, and their upbringing in our consumerist culture impedes their ability to live frugally. But even if it turns them into UAWs, encourage them to go to college and aspire to a while-collar professional job.

- Parents giving money to their children develops and reinforces poor financial habits. This money is almost always immediately spent, and these children generally have no savings since they are looking to their parents as their safety net and counting on an inheritance. Doing things like buying children a house in an upscale neighborhood or sending grandkids to a private school actually makes the children worse off, since they have to spend more to maintain the associated lifestyle.

- The authors spend an inordinate amount of time and space comparing different careers, which I found next to useless since I'm very happy with my chosen career (Engineer) and have no intention of changing. They continually deride pretty much every professional job you can think of, and simultaneously praises how great working for yourself or owning a business is while going on about how difficult and risky it is to actually own a successful business. The author does not recommend changing careers, but again, this is more of a discussion of what their research has shown than any sort of "how to" advice.

- Car buyers fall into four categories: whether you buy new or used, and whether you buy from the same place or shop around. The authors devote an entire chapter to this while only coming to the following conclusions: no method of buying a car is the clear winner, but if you own a business you may benefit from your connections with the owners of car dealerships; and most millionaires drive unassuming domestic (and to a lesser extent, Japanese) cars purchased new or lightly used.

A final note - curiously, I found no mention of anything real-estate related, which to me is highly unusual in any sort of book about building wealth. The only investment advice found here is in the final chapter and could be summarized as "invest in what you know." That is, if you work in a certain sector, your knowledge of the industry will help you make good investment decisions. Not sure how I feel about this one. For example: not working in technology doesn't mean blue-chip tech stocks are a bad investment. Take it with a grain of salt.

One last complaint: most of the financial figures are presented in mid-1990s dollars. I found it frustrating to have to mentally convert to today's dollars to get a relative sense. The authors took the time to update the preface in 2010, it would have been nice to see a revision to the figures quoted throughout the book. (For reference, one 1996 dollar is worth about 1.6 dollars in 2017).

In summary, I was surprised about the amount of praise heaped on this book. I would hardly categorize it as a self-help book, it's more a retrospective on the authors' research and a collection of anecdotes and interesting conclusions about the countless Americans leading unglamorous lives while accumulating appreciable amounts of wealth. It's a quick read and I made it through the whole book on a 5-hour flight with time to spare. I would only recommend this book as an interesting overview of some good financial habits, or as an eye-opener for those with luxurious financial tendencies who struggle to save money despite their income level. However, for those who have already developed some discipline and are looking for detailed strategies and advice on personal finance and building wealth via investments and generating passive income, look elsewhere.
Savage Spear of the Unicorn: Stories by Delicious Tacos
Savage Spear of the Unicorn: Stories by Delicious Tacos
Just here because they banned me from Twitter.

I want you to know that I've stolen your pandemic Tinder opener about repopulating the earth and am absolutely cleaning up with it. Hint that I've been to prison. Replaced my entire profile with photos of birds. I hadn't had a date in 9 months and suddenly every woman within 50 miles of me is beating down my door, wanting to know What Is The Deal With All Those Birds.

Whoever shows up is going in my bed. Lightly used college sophomore. 4'10 Chinese stripper with an imaginary modeling career. Stacked 35 year old MILF with kids in high school. No condoms. I'm 34 years old and work part time for minimum wage. You think I'm worried about child support? You can't get blood from a stone. Here's your check for $21.80. See you next month.

When they ask me what I do for fun, I tell them that my favorite author just put out a book. I had been saying it was Finally Some Good News, but now I'm telling them it's this one. Hopefully you make a few bucks. Least I could do.

Five Stars.
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced Songbook
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced Songbook
I bought this book thinking it was for guitar, but as soon as I got the book I knew it was exclusively for drums. I was very disappointed obviously, and sent it back a few days later.

However, I did look through it and have to say the drum transcriptions are pretty spot on; only Mitch himself could have written better parts. So if you are looking for DRUM tabs only for this album, then look no further.

I still think it is a little misleading to not list this book as, "Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced (Drum Tab)."
That would save many peoples' time, and not piss off anyone looking for a guitar tab.

Amazon: PLEASE CHANGE THE TITLE OF THIS PAGE!!
Time Out of Mind 20th Anniversary
Time Out of Mind 20th Anniversary
In his long career Bob Dylan has always liked to shake things up a bit for his fans. Just when he classified as the best folk singer around here comes an electric guitar added to the mix that outraged folk music fans. Then just as people accepted his going electric Dylan went country. Then there was that gospel period and so on and so on. In 1997 as Dylan was at it again when he released what would become a Grammy award winning album for him "Time Out Of Mind". Dylan had always in the past dabbled a little in the blues but with this release Dylan was all in with the blues. Once again Dylan fools everyone by going in another direction musically. And it works.

Now I will admit it took two or three times for me to listen to this before I started getting into the album. In fact if I had wrote this review after just listening to this for the first time I would maybe at best given this three stars. But realizing this was something different from what I was use to from Dylan I gave this album a chance and it is now grown on me. I get it what Dylan was doing here and I like it. This is down and dirty gritty kind of blues singing about lost love, unfaithful love and wanting a second chance. Factor in how Bob's voice sounded at this stage of his career with its rough, gravelly sound just makes the songs seem better. This is an album he probably could have made earlier in his career when he was younger but the effect would not be the same as it is now as an older man, Dylan was in his mid-50s when this was recorded. This is a man who has been scarred by love but still looking for it.

As for the song themselves Dylan shows he still knows how to write thought provoking lyrics with catchy musical hooks to them. Some of the better songs on here I like include "Not Dark Yet", "Cold Irons Bound" and "Highlands". The overall production of this album is outstanding but that is to be expected since Daniel Lanois produced it. He was the same producer who worked with Dylan on his 1989 "Oh Mercy" album (an album which I personally think is even better then this one) which many people hail as the beginning of Dylan's comeback musically after earlier albums he had released during the '80s that didn't do so well. Whether that is true or not this altogether is up there among the best work Dylan has made in his long career. Maybe not quite in the same league as "Highway 61 Revisited" or "Blood On The Tracks" or some of his earlier albums but still a major contribution from his career.

You may find this way different for Dylan the way I did the first time I listened to this album. But give it a chance the way I did and I think you will find this album will grow on you. Trust me this is an album you need to add to your music collection.
Recycled Wine Bottle Scented Candle (Pina Colada)
Recycled Wine Bottle Scented Candle (Pina Colada)
It's a lovely candle. The design is stylish and attractive and can blend with any decor. However, much to my chagrin, it didn't smell anything even remotely like a pina, a colada, or a pina colada. I can't even describe the scent it's so far off. I haven't even managed to light it, yet. If I light it and it magically emits a pina colada scent, I will come back and adjust my review. I hurried and grabbed this one because it was the last pina colada in stock. That made it even more disappointing to get it and it not even smell like labeled. Perhaps the company's other scents are true to label, but I won't buy another to find out.

Love that it's made of a recycled wine bottle, which helps reduce waste. I plan to make another candle in it when I burn this one away.
Rubie's Men's Marvel Captain America: Civil War Deluxe Costume, Standard
Rubie's Men's Marvel Captain America: Civil War Deluxe Costume, Standard
The positives: For the price, costume looks and fits pretty good. True to image. Negatives: I removed the added stuffing in the chest as it isn't needed and looked silly all puffed out. I added some fabric Velcro (from Home Depot) to the back where it fastens as it has 3 small Velcro squares that aren't enough to keep it closed (your back is exposed). I also added Velcro to the belt as it's made for someone with a larger waist. The boot covers are made for someone with tiny child size feet, so I may add a bit of Velcro to hold to the front of my shoes. As for the mask...give it to a small child and order a better full mask (what I did). I will still enjoy costume as we'll be on a cruise for Halloween
Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1: Isn't it Bromantic
Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1: Isn't it Bromantic
Well there is 3 things about this tradeI don't like so I'll just get them out of the way immediately.

1. It starts with the 1st five issues then jumps to issue 8 which when I read the synopsis, I didn't think it would bother me because im not a fan of Deadpool or the current status Dan Slott has put Spider-Man in as billionaire Tony Stark/Bruce Wayne rip-off. Once I finished the 5th issue and skipped issues 6 & 7 because Marvel decided to leave them out anyway even though on the back of the book they give you the idea those stories are included I got frustrated going to issue 8. I don't buy single issues from Marvel because the prices for their single issues are ridiculous especially when you compare them to what DC is doing, so didnt know what stories were contained in each issue of this trade. Missing out on those 2 chapters of this series did bother me a little because now im left wondering what happened in them, im guessing they'll put them in the next trade or leave them out of the trades altogether just like what happened with Rick Remender's Venom series which has kept me from picking them up.

2. Spider-Man he's my favorite character Marvel has and Deadpool is one of the characters they have I dislike the most but I like him way more than Spidey in this book. Peter Parker/Spider-Man comes off as a total knob when interacting with Deadpool save for one section when Deadpool gets him a date but that's the only part I found Spidey as an enjoyable character. I assume Joe Kelly is writing Spider-Man that way because he's not a fan of the current version of Spider-Man either and is jabbing at editorial for turning him into a turd.

3. The dialogue left me scratching my head a lot, when the 2 heroes would speak with each other. it would start off well then suddenly hit a brick wall and the dialogue would just leave you hanging. Maybe its just the character of Deadpool and how he is written that im not used to reading or the writer should have spent a little extra time going over his work. Whatever the case this could have been done better.

Now what I like
The artwork was great and it was the first time I actually read something Ed McGuinness has done the art for and id love to see more of his work in conjunction with Spider-Man in the future once the character is being handled better in the main Spider-Man book. While I feel that Spider-Man sucked in this book Im glad Joe Kelly highlighted how much of a snob he is in it reflecting what I think of him in the Amazing Spider-Man series and I give him credit for making me care WAY more for Deadpool. While I have problems with the dialogue it was a fun book until the end when they skip over Issues 6 & 7 and go straight to 8 instead, i'm probably going to grab the next trade assuming those missing issues are included in that one. If you like current Spider-Man and the Deadpool character id say pick it up, or even if you despise the current interpretation of Spider-Man and want to see him be shown in a negative light while interacting with a character who just wants to be his friend pick it up, Maybe this series will be the one to make me enjoy Deadpool as a character, I certainly liked him better in this than I did my favorite superhero.
Marvel Ugly Christmas Sweater
Marvel Ugly Christmas Sweater
I wanted to use this sweater for a Christmas Party that my family has every year. However, whenever I received this sweater I was very disappointed...The sweater I received did not have the red back that I was expecting and when I put the sweater on it looked stretched. It was very comfortable, but the knitting underneath is white and when you put it on it looks like the sweater is faded even though it's just the knitting underneath. I wanted so bad to like this sweater because I am a Deadpool fan despite not having the red back. Maybe I just received a bad sweater because I had read the reviews before buying and saw the user pictures and it looked great on everyone else!

The picture I uploaded is an example of what it looks like up close. I pressed it gently to represent what it looks like when you put it on. Imagine that, all over the front of the sweater...In your hands it doesn't look like that. It looks amazing.
Marvel Universe, Series 1 Action Figure, Ronin #16, 3.75 Inches
Marvel Universe, Series 1 Action Figure, Ronin #16, 3.75 Inches
given how hasbro stated this would be the only figure made of ronin had to get it. even if its not the original version echo but hawkeye in disquise. still nice to have ronin the color and costume the toy makers nailed the character . for the grey and gold paint matches Ronin look in the comic . Ronin comes with a katana blade. and some numchucks. and mask is not removeable so one could if they wanted to pretend Ronin is echo instead since Hasbro stated this is the only Ronin figure they will make for now.
Classic Goosebumps Collection: Books 1-4
Classic Goosebumps Collection: Books 1-4
I've never been into scary stories, but I wanted to vet these before letting my small nephew have access to them. They're great! There's no preaching at the kids about what kind of people they should be, There's no phony guarantee of "living happily ever after". They're scary enough for youngsters who like a few chills, but not horror stories to send hem into nightmares..
Koontz: Three Complete Novels: Cold Fire; Hideaway; The Key to Midnight
Koontz: Three Complete Novels: Cold Fire; Hideaway; The Key to Midnight
The value on this is incredible! The book arrived from seller in great condition and good packaging. It's amazing how Dean Koontz can immediately suck you into a novel and you can completely forget about the world around you and how much time has gone by since you first opened up one of his books. I'm glad I bought the hardcover because this will probably get read over and over through many hands.
Dangerous Embrace: A 2-in-1 Collection
Dangerous Embrace: A 2-in-1 Collection
As the Queen of Romance, Nora Roberts’ stories are like good wines. They withstand the test of time. “Dangerous Embrace” is a 2-in-one collection of two vintage Roberts books: “Treasures

Lost, Treasures Found” and “Risky Business”. Both originally

published in 1986, they’ve held up well for 35 years and the only
clue that they’re not current is the absence of electronic gadgets, including the ubiquitous cell phone. Oh, and cigarettes too. People were smoking like steam engines in that era but you’ll not hear me waxing nostalgic for a comeback of the nicotine habit.

In “Treasures Lost, Treasures Found” Kate Hardesty hires Ky Silver to help her find an eighteenth century English merchant ship that went down in the Outer Banks area near Ocracoke Island. Even though Kate swore she’d never trust Ky again, he was the only person for the job. Until her father’s death Kate hadn’t known of his interest in finding this shipwreck and its cargo of gold. In his desk she found a cache of detailed maps, navigational charts, tide tables, etc. pinpointing what should be the location, but there were no guarantees and deep sea diving is risky business. Can they bury the hatchet and work together to search for gold?

“Risky Business” is set in Cozumel. Ex-pat Liz Palmer migrated to the Caribbean island ten years ago. With an abundance of hard work and a single-minded concentration she had made a life for herself and her daughter. Her dive shop and glass bottom tour boat businesses were successful because of her focus on details and satisfying the customer. But her orderly life takes a 180 U-turn when one of her employees is murdered and his twin brother Jason comes to Cozumel determined to avenge Jerry’s death. Working together they discover Jerry had been involved in drug smuggling and it had cost him his life. To further.complicate matters, there is an undeniable attraction between Liz and Jason. Even though Liz is averse to a romantic involvement, the chemistry between them is not to be denied. Can Jason convince her to “let go” and just “feel”?

Several years ago I thought I had read every book written by Nora Roberts but I was mistaken. These two romantic adventures had eluded my notice and I have to say I’m glad I discovered them. Four stars.
The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream By Paulo Coelho
The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream By Paulo Coelho
I bought this book because I'm a big fan of the author Paulo Coelho It's a wonderful story about following your dreams. I think anyone would love this book. I have always bought this book on separate occasions for friends and family. This one is the illustrated version by the wonderful works of the artist Mobeus.
Grand Fosse Asterix (Astérix - Le Grand Fosse) (French Edition)
Grand Fosse Asterix (Astérix - Le Grand Fosse) (French Edition)
Ce n'est certes pas le meilleur album d'Astérix, mais pour le 1er album de Uderzo en solo, c'était quand même une bonne histoire. Cela a dû aussi faire plaisir à l'époque aux orphelins de Goscinny de voir que leur héros sans un de ses papas restait encore vivant. Cet album "en solo" donc ne dépare pas la collection des Astérix, il en va autrement pour de plus récents de Uderzo livré à lui-même, albums qui deviennent tous de plus en plus improbables,sans citer l'innommable "le ciel lui tombe sur la tête" qu'il ne faut surtout pas se procurer, ou alors pour offrir à un quelqu'un qu'on n'aime vraiment, mais vraiment pas.
Je l'ai lu il y a quelques mois et j'en reste encore sur le Q tellement c'est MAUVAIS.
Owls Don't Blink (Erle Stanley Gardner writing under the name of A.A. Fair)
Owls Don't Blink (Erle Stanley Gardner writing under the name of A.A. Fair)
We find our favorite detective, Donald Lam, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, with America about to enter WWII. He's looking for a specific woman on behalf of a client, with partner Bertha Cool en route to berate him over his expense account and collect the related fee, plus promised enormous bonus, that Donald will no doubt earn.

However, neither the woman, nor the client, is what they seem or say. And because of that duplicity, there are other interested parties in the mix. Donald has no sooner found the woman than there's promptly a murder at her new apartment and and she just as promptly disappears.

Bertha leaves town, ostensibly to reduce expenses and manage their new wartime project - hmmm, could she be plotting to keep Donald out of the war? - while Donald racks up more expenses continuing his investigation. Of immediate interest is the confusion between the woman he is seeking and her new alias. It appears that both names represent real people, and both people have their own fan club....with specific ideas on how long the designated woman should remain alive.

Donald's efforts to track his quarry are entertaining, while the story is complex and well done. I've personally experienced the unrelated twin-ish phenomenon, so that probably helped. I did find Bertha a trifle cartoonish in this one - her character sometimes seems a little one-dimensional to me - but her appearances were minimal so it wasn't too bothersome. And, having spent plenty of time in both the French Quarter and San Francisco, I found the 1940 backgrounds to be an extra bonus. As expected, another good one.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 35: L'Adieu de Sangoku (Dragon Ball (sens français) (35)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 35: L'Adieu de Sangoku (Dragon Ball (sens français) (35)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball d'Akira Toriyama fait partie intégrante de ma jeunesse.

J'avais par le passé quelques exemplaires de la première édition Kiosque de Dragon Ball par Glénat en 85 volumes. Je me souviens des superbes couvertures et du papier recyclé assez gris.

Aujourd'hui, cette version Kiosque en 85 volumes n'est plus distribuée il me semble et je me tourne donc vers l'édition simple en 42 tomes toujours éditée par Glénat.
Nextworld Volume 1
Nextworld Volume 1
This book is very enjoyable to read. It is by far the best of Tezuka's sci-fi trilogy (Lost World, Metropolis, Next World). The characters are the same as his other works (Mr. Mustachio, Rock, and the rest).
The story takes place in the future and appears to be a commentary on atomic war. The nations of the world are at war, and radiation from bombs have caused weird mutations on Horseshoe island. Scientists are in disagreement. People get kidnapped. And there is plotting and trechery.
The art style is like Astro Boy, Betty Boop, and Popeye, but it was made back in that era so it would be.
Private Games
Private Games
I picked up Private Games after reading most of Patterson's other books and in fact enjoying the Private series. What I quickly found is that the original Private book was by far the best and the rest have been sort of ok but not great knock-offs of the original.

This book is not surprisingly about a man who attempts and is succesful in creating havoc at the upcoming London Olympic games. Without giving away too much of the plot I will say that he does have a lot of help in the form of some bad individuals he had met in a previous NATO protection life. Peter Knight--who is employed by Private in London--is engaged to help bring down this man who calls himiself by an obscure Greek god's name--Cronus. In addition to Knight's problems stopping further death at the games, he has young twins who keep him on his toes and are in fact an interesting sub-plot addition to the story. A young newspaper reproter named Karen Pope is brought into the story by no doing of her own as Cronus continues to send her warnings of impending death and doom at the games. The book ends in what I would call very typical fashion with a duel to the end and a victor. I thought the book was ok but not great. It was not as fast paced as most Patterson thrillers and lacked a certain bite found in most of his other books.
La Hobito, aŭ, Tien kaj Reen: The Hobbit in Esperanto (Esperanto Edition)
La Hobito, aŭ, Tien kaj Reen: The Hobbit in Esperanto (Esperanto Edition)
[English review first, Esperanto review after]
[Angla recenzo unue, Esperanta recenzo poste]

I bought this edition as it was the most recent, and I love the new cover and the overall arrangement of the text. This book has helped my comprehension of Esperanto enormously, all while being a delightful translation of a familiar and comforting tale. I certainly encountered a good deal of new terms (not surprising as I am indeed still a komencanto), but thanks to the beauty of Esperanto, as I progressed through the book I found that I needed to consult my dictionary less and less. The writing style helped me quickly gain familiarity with the roots and grammatical features that made regular appearances throughout the book. If you are interested in practicing and memorizing some of the more difficult terms that are contained in this book, there is also a Memrise course that focuses specifically on words and phrases from La Hobito that's just called "Vortoj El La Hobito."

I did notice a few grammatical mistakes (just one or two), and upon consulting more esteemed Esperantists who had access to the original edition, we concluded that an accusative or two merely persisted when the new editor rearranged some sentences in such a way that the accusative was no longer necessary. That is not a terribly big deal, and presumably if you are making decent progress with Esperanto by the time you encounter those errors, they don't really hinder the reading or understanding of the text. I'm not entirely sure how to go about communicating these errors to the new editor, but it was because of those occasional errors that I docked one star from my rating. Otherwise, this was a great text that was fun to read and greatly helped my understanding of Esperanto.
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Mi aĉetis tiun ĉi eldonon kiel la plej freŝan, kaj mi amas la novan kovrilon kaj la generalan aranĝon de la verko. Tiu ĉi libro ja helpegis mian komprenon de Esperanto, estante krome rava traduko de gemuta kaj komforta rakonto. Mi nepre renkontis kelkajn novajn vortojn (kompreneble, ĉar mi ja estas ankoraŭ komencanto), sed pro la beleco de Esperanto, dum mi antaŭeniris tra la libron mi malkovris ke mi devis kontroli mian vortaron malpli ofte ol antaŭe. La skribstilo helpis min por rapide familiariĝi kun la radikojn kaj gramatikaĵojn kiuj ade aperis tra la libro. Se vi interesiĝas pri praktiki kaj parkerigi kelkajn el la pli malfacilaj vortoj kiujn tiu ĉi libro enhavas, mi rekomendas Memrizan kurson pri tiaĵoj kiu nomiĝas "Vortoj El La Hobito."

Mi ja notis kelkajn gramatikajn erarojn (nur unu-du), kaj konsultinte taksatajn esperantistojn kiuj povis konsulti la originalan eldonon, ni fine konsentis ke unu-du akuzativoj simple persistis kiam la nova redaktoro tiel rearanĝis kelkajn frazojn ke la akuzativo ne plu necesis. Tio ne estas aparte grandega afero, kaj supozeble se oni sufiĉe pliboniĝas en Esperanto kiam oni renkontas tiujn erarojn, ili ne malhelpos la legadon aŭ komprenadon de la verko. Mi ne tute certas kiel mi povas komuniki tiujn ĉi erarojn al la nova redaktoro, sed sekve de ili mi senigis unu stelon de la rango. Alie, ĝi estis granda verko kiu tre amuzis kaj helpis min en mia Esperanta veturo.
Naruto, Vol. 21: Pursuit (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto, Vol. 21: Pursuit (Naruto Graphic Novel)
When Sasuke goes AWOL Tsunade sends a team of Genin after him to bring him back to the village, by any means necessary. The team consisting of Shikamaru, Naruto, Neji, Choji and Kiba soon run into trouble though when the Sound Four who are protecting Sasuke prove to be more powerful than expected.

This twenty-first volume of Naruto is another great volume with lots of character stuff, as well as some nice battles in the second half. This storyline has some nice development of some of the minor characters in the series and this volume sees Choji get some more depth to his personality and background. Naruto is a great series and it is only getting better.
Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett (2014-09-16)
Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett (2014-09-16)
This book starts out okay with many accurate historical references of Doctor Martin Luther King, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Civil Rights Movement. However, late in the book The author reveals his political preferences by disparaging Republican administrations beginning with Richard Nixon and moving through Ronald Reagan's terms. I supposed to some this is acceptable but if you are not going to acknowledge Ronald Reagan's contribution to defeating communism in the Soviet Union then I think it is at the very least dishonest. He makes no mention of Margaret Thatcher or Pope John Paul II either which is pretty disturbing. Up until that point it's a pretty well written book but I don't think it's accurate to leave out the most important people during that era because you have a prejudice against a particular party or ideology.
Bleach, Vol. 64 (64)
Bleach, Vol. 64 (64)
In this volume, Kenpachi returns to the fray to fight the powerful Gremmy Thoumeaux who can use the power of his mind to imagine anything.

Will Kenpachi win?

You will only find out by reading Bleach!
Harold (Featuring Hamilton Book 3)
Harold (Featuring Hamilton Book 3)
This is my second reading and certainly did not dissappoint. It was marvelous to see this lady progress in her life, after a very hard beginning, with the help of an imaginary horse.
Clifford's Phonics Fun, Pack 4 (12 Book Set)
Clifford's Phonics Fun, Pack 4 (12 Book Set)
クリフォードのフォニックスシリーズ6パックのうちの、4番目です。(注:これはパック4のレビューとして書いたのですが、他のパックにもアマゾンが転用して表示しているようです)

購入の際には、おなじパックをダブって購入しないように気をつかいました。タイトルにナンバーを振って欲しかったですね。
1つのパック(ボード紙の手提げになっています)に薄い冊子が12冊ずつ入っており、Pack1から順に進めていくと楽しく英語の勉強ができます。基本的には見開きで、左側が絵、右側が文章のページです。繰り返しが多いので、順を追っていけば難しい事はありません。かわいらしい絵で、子供も飽きずに読むことが出来ます。

これから英語に触れさせようという方は、パック1からはじめる事をお奨めします。
Doppia verità
Doppia verità
Ho letto vari libri di Baldacci, in particolare quelli della serie del 'Camel Club' e li ho sempre apprezzati e gustati. Questa 'Doppia verità' appare come un leggero incidente di percorso. Il libro è scorrevole e si legge volentieri tuttavia mi sembra che abbia molti debiti verso Lee Child ed il suo personaggio Jack Reacher. Entrambi provengono dalle forze armate Usa, entrambi, sia pure in modi diversi, sono o sono stati investigatori militari. Ma soprattutto vi è una scena (quando il protagonista deve affrontare alcuni avversari e fa un calcolo della propria forza e peso rispetto ai 'cattivi' ) che sembra presa pari pari da un analogo scontro descritto da Child in 'Niente da perdere'. Per questo, pur avendo, ripeto, apprezzato precedenti opere di Baldacci non vado oltre le tre stelline.
The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (The Annotated Books)
The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (The Annotated Books)
This is a really beautiful edition of The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll's epic nonsense poem.

Since I love the poem, and would give just about ANY edition of it 5 stars, for the purposes of this review I'm going to ignore the poem itself and focus on this particular edition - which is a very nice book indeed.

It's a hardback, and the right size to sit nicely alongside Gardner's ANNOTATED ALICE. Together, they make a perfect set.

Inside, it's beautifully printed (Black ink, with red used for the copious footnotes and in a few other places for decorative purposes.)

At the risk of sounding like one of those too, too 'sincere' guys on a TV shopping channel, let me say that not only do you get the full text of the poem; not only do you get beautiful reproductions of Henry Holiday's original illustrations (including the one that wasn't used); You also get an introduction by Adam Gopnik, and a series of prefaces by Martin Gardner himself.

But wait! There's more!

There's also a set of reproductions of the front and back of the original first edition. There are a few short pieces by Henry Holiday, discussing his illustrations and his working relationship with Carroll. There's a spoof 'commentary' on the poem by 'Snarkophilus Snobbs'.

And wait! There's more! There's an additional chapter (not so much a sequel as an in-betweenquel) by J A Lindon, providing a 'clue' that just maybe the Baker *wasn't* trying to say 'Boojum' when he met with his unfortunate vanishing.

There's even a copy of the 'Easter Greeting' that Carroll inserted into each copy of the book.

And yes, even more. Bibliographies, notes of musical versions of the poem, and even more that I can't recall just at present.

I love The Hunting so much that I have various editions of it (Including a highly prized first edition). Every few years I have to replace my totally worn out paperback 'working' copy. Now, finally, it's wonderful to have such a lavish (and more durable) hardback edition.

Nothing is perfect - I'm sure this edition must have its flaws, but for the life of me I can't think of any.

Very highly recommended.
The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories
The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories
The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore

The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories was released February 2011 and published by Wizards of the Coast LLC. This anthology was edited by Philip Athans. The anthology contains all the short stories that R. A. Salvatore has written that are set in the Forgotten Realms and concern the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden and companions. This anthology is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. The stories found in this anthology are also found in various other anthologies and magazines, except for one brand new story. The stories are originally found in Dragon® Magazine #152, Realms of Valor, Realms of Infamy, Realms of Magic, Realms of Shadow, Realms of the Dragons, The Highwayman, Realms of the Elves, Dragons: Worlds Afire, Realms of War, and Realms of the Dead. The Legend of Drizzt is told through a vast amount of trilogies and series; The Dark Elf Trilogy (Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn), The Icewind Dale Trilogy (The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver, and The Halfling's Gem), Legacy of the Drow (The Legacy, Starless Night, Siege of Darkness, and Passage to Dawn), Paths of Darkness (The Silent Blade, Spine of the World, and Sea of Swords), The Hunter's Blades Trilogy (The Thousand Orcs, The Lone Drow, and The Two Swords), Transitions (The Orc King, The Pirate King, and The Ghost King), and the current Neverwinter Trilogy (only two of the books have confirmed titles, Gauntlgrym and Neverwinter Wood, due out in October 2011). R. A. Salvatore has written two other series set in the Forgotten Realms; The Sellswords trilogy (Servant of the Shard, Promise of the Witch King, and Road of the Patriarch) and The Cleric Quintet (Canticle, In Sylvan Shadows, Night Masks, The Fallen Fortress, and The Chaos Curse). He has contributed to other shared universes as well; writing two Star Wars based books, Vector Prime and Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones and he has also written a book based on Tarzan called Tarzan: The Epic Adventures. R. A. Salvatore has also written a few books in his on created worlds; Ynis Aielle (Echoes of the Fourth Magic, The Witches Daughter, and Bastian of Darkness), Spearwielders Tales (The Woods Outback, The Dragon's Dagger, and Dragonslayer's Return), The Crimson Shadow (The Sword of Bedwyr, Luthien's Gamble, and The Dragon King), Demon Wars (The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, The Demon Apostle, and Mortalis), Demon Wars: Second Saga (Ascendance, Transcendence, and Immortalis) and the Saga of the First King (The Highwayman, The Ancient, The Dame, and The Bear). He also co-wrote The Stone of Tymora (The Stowaway, The Shadowmask, and The Sentinels) with his son Geno Salvatore. He also has written a number of short stories as well. Before each story in The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories, R. A. Salvatore talks about the reasons behind each story, his motivations, and how it came to be.

"The First Notch"
Young Bruenor Battlehammer takes a few of his cousins and heads out into some tunnels around Mithral Hall to take down an Ettin (a two-headed giant). However, that's not the only danger in the dark tunnels.
Overall: 4/5
Thoughts:
"The First Notch" is a pretty interesting story that showcases a young Bruenor Battlehammer. The only issue with the story is that the scenes featuring the goblins came off as awkward and sudden. I never expected to have them in the story, and the way they were introduced was way too sudden. Thankfully, everything else was entertaining. It was great to see a story about a young Bruenor. You can see some of the qualities that the older Bruenor has, that are barely there in his younger self. Also, the ending was unexpected but great. "The First Notch" is an entertaining story and a great way to start the anthology.

"Dark Mirror"
Drizzt Do'Urden helps a group of farmers track down a group of orcs who kidnapped villagers of a small farming village named Pengallen. After tracking down the captives, Drizzt is surprised to see a well dressed goblin among them, and is even more surprised to learn that the goblin, Nojheim, is a slave to the towns leader. Curiosity gets the better of the drow and he intervenes, trying to save the goblin. However, he comes away with something more.
Overall: 5/5
Thoughts:
"Dark Mirror" is a fantastic story, and probably the best Drizzt based short story. Not only do we get into Drizzt's mind, due to the perspective, we also have a story that is surprisingly insightful and deep. The message behind "Dark Mirror" really carries a lot of weight and applies to the real world. It's one of those stories that make you think about our society and the problems that we still have today. This is definitely a must read.

"The Third Level"
Fourteen year old Artemis Entreri's life changes after making his first kill by taking out a rival boy. He finds out that it was just a test for a thieves guild and is then recruited. He quickly rises in the guild after challenging his master to a deadly game of Quarters.
Overall: 4/5
Thoughts:
"The Third Level" is a great story to read if you want to learn more about Artemis Entreri's past. However, it may leave you wondering what happened to him after being recruited. That question is never really answered and it just brings up more questions. Thankfully, this story is well worth a read if you're a fan of Entreri. It really delves into his psyche and explores what made Entreri, Entreri. Also the game of Quarters that he plays was really thrilling. You didn't know what was going to happen. This whole game really shows you how cunning and deceptive Entreri is and it's surprising. "The Third Level" is a must read for any Entreri fan.

"Guenhwyvar"
Josidiah Starym is an elven bladesinger for the elven city of Myth Drannor and is on his way to visit an old friend, a human ranger turned mage named Anders Beltgarden. Upon arriving to the hermit's home, he hears growling. Worried about his friend's safety, Josidiah rushes into Anders' alchemy room, only to find the old mage sitting at a desk and a huge black panther in a cage. After telling Josidiah that he attends to make the panther into a summoned magical creature, the elf is horrified. As the countdown to the time comes, the elf spends more time with the panther. He spends so much time that when Josidiah is in trouble, the panther yearns to come to his aid. After that, Josidiah must make a tough choice.
Overall: 4/5
Thoughts:
"Guenhwyvar" is an interesting origin story of one of the more mysterious aspects of the Drizzt series. The main characters, Josidiah and Anders, could have used a bit more development. They were interesting characters, but could have been explored further. Josidiah felt just like Drizzt in some cases, and he shouldn't have been. Aside from that, it's wonderful to finally learn the origin of Guen and how she was created. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it blew my expectations out of the water. The story also makes you want to read about some of Josidiah's and Guen's adventures. It builds up your interest in their story as well as Guen's other 'owners'. "Guenhwyvar" is a great origin story that really leaves you wanting more.

"That Curious Sword"
The assassin Artemis Entreri and his drow companion, the colorful Jarlaxle, arrive in the city of Heliogabalus, a city full of paladins. After a bartender offers the duo a job, they take it. However, it seems to be a set up and the man they are supposed to take back an item from knows of Entreri, or more specifically, his sword, Charon's Claw. After a brief struggle, Entreri leaves with more than he bargained for.
Overall: 4/5
Thoughts:
"That Curious Sword" is an interesting look into the friendship that Entreri and Jarlaxle are developing. Aside from the lackluster fight at the end, the rest of the story was entertaining. It was surprising how well the duo worked off one another and they really do seem like a natural fit. Another surprise was how nice Entreri was at the beginning of the story. That came out of left field, but it still felt like it could be something that Entreri would do.

"Wickless in the Nether"
Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle are hired out to recover a flute that their benefactor's rival is in possession of. However, things don't go according to plan and identities aren't what they appear to be.
Overall: 5/5
Thoughts:
"Wickless in the Nether" is a good story. It builds on the friendship between Jarlaxle and Entreri and you should probably read this before going into Salvatore's Promise of the Witch King. Otherwise, the story was fun as well as a good read.

"The Dowery"
Drizzt Do'Urden and Catti-brie arrive in Waterdeep, in search of the captain of The Sea Sprite, Deudermont. The duo hope to join up with him and sail the seas for a while. However, the duo have an idea; they want to pay a dowery to join by trapping some pirates. Or at least they think they are pirates.
Overall: 3/5
Thoughts:
"The Dowery" is a good story but doesn't have that much of a lasting impact. If you look past the plot hole of how wasn't Catti-brie recognized, it is an enjoyable story. However, I'm stuck on the fact that former crew members and friends of Drizzt and Catti-brie didn't figure out who these people were. That just bothers me. However, at least I now understand how Drizzt and Catti-brie wound up on The Sea Sprite in Passage to Dawn. All in all, there isn't anything really new or interesting in "The Dowery", but it still was a fun read.

"Comrades at Odds"
Drizzt Do'Urden and his friend Innovindil go on a journey to recover the body of Ellifain, who Drizzt mistakenly killed. Along the journey the two friends discover that the orcs who are at war with the dwarves of Mithral Hall are seemingly starting a kingdom. Strange behavior for orcs. On the outskirts of the newly established orc kingdom, a drow named Tos'un Armgo is slaughtering the orcs with the help of the sentient blade, Khazid'hea.
Overall: 3/5
Thoughts:
"Comrades at Odds" is really a mediocre story. The ending made me feel like I was ripped off. It just ended, but there could have been so much more. Also, if you are at all unfamiliar with the Drizzt series, you would be lost. This story will definitely not make you want to check out the previous books. Thankfully, Tos'un is a real highlight. He's interesting and gives the story something very different. It's welcoming to see a new character being focused on, I just wish the story would have just been about him. Also, this story ties in nicely with The Hunter's Blade Trilogy, so it would be worth reading if you've read that trilogy.

"If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair"
The Witch-King Zhengyi is at war with the nation of Damara and hopes to rule the Bloodstone Lands. In order for his plan to succeed, the lich offers various dragons in the area immortality if they help him succeed. He tries to persuade a black dragon named Urshula, but the dragon refuses. That is until a band of heroes stumbles upon Urshula's lair.
Overall: 5/5
Thoughts:
"If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair" is a wonderful story. It's probably the darkest story within this anthology and because of that difference, it makes it stand out. This is not a happy story, and if it was any other way, it wouldn't be as good. Aside from that, the characters all played their parts wonderfully. Zhengyi is someone who deserves to be feared and Urshula feels like an actual dragon. "If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair" is a dark story and so very different from the other stories.

"Bones and Stones"
Thibbledorf Pwent goes out after the battle between the orcs of Obould's army and Mithral Hall in search of any fallen companions. During Pwent's search, he comes across an orc, G'nurk, who is searching for his daughter. Tension rise, but can the two set aside the differences for a common goal?
Criticisms:
Overall: 4/5
Thoughts:
"Bones and Stones" is a surprising story. The only set back is the awkward insertion of the "Drizzt Diaries". These little segments slow down the story and feel unnecessary. Even with that, Pwent saves this story. I would never have guessed that the battlerager would be so deep. Also, the meaning to the story is surprising. It's deep and unexpected, but welcomed and touching. "Bones and Stones" was a deep and touching story that left me surprised.

"Iruladoon"
A group of fishermen on Lac Dinneshere in Icewind Dale are taking on water and must find a safe place to fix it. They are able to find a dock which has a cabin along with a good-sized forest surrounding it. As they make their repairs to the ship, they decide to stay for the night. The ship's captain, Ashelia, has the two younger members of the ship, Spragan and Lathan, go out to find firewood. While the two are searching, they somehow get separated and find out that the forest isn't what it appears to be. When the two make it back to camp, the other two members, a wizard named Addadearber and a ranger named Roundabout, go into investigate what the two saw. But they also come out changed forever.
Overall: 4/5
Thoughts:
"Iruladoon" is a good story that really pays respects to some dearly departed characters. Even though I had a problem with Ashelia and Lathan, they still were decent characters that didn't really hurt the overall story. The other characters were wonderfully done and I'd be more than happy to read more about Roundabout and Addadearber. But all this is overshadowed by the appearances of the 'dead'. It makes the ending of The Ghost King feel much happier than it felt. "Iruladoon" pays its respects perfectly and makes a bittersweet ending a little easier to choke down.

"To Legend He Goes"
Wulfgar has lived a long life, longer than a barbarian of Icewind Dale would have ever lived. At the ripe old age of one hundred, Wulfgar knows his time has come and he sets out for one last hunt.
Overall: 5/5
Thoughts:
"To Legend He Goes" is a great way to close out the final chapter in a characters story. It was wonderful to see a bit of the old Wulfgar back. Not to mention having a one hundred year old man take down a fair number of yetis. It was a touching end.

Overall Averaged Anthology Rating: 4/5
Final Thoughts:
The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories is a great anthology for any Drizzt or R. A. Salvatore fan. However, there is one nitpick I have that I couldn't mention until know. The anthology is missing one short story, found in The Best of the Realms, Volume One titled "Empty Joys". It felt weird having one story missing. Aside from that, all these stories were great and adds a lot to the characters that we all know and love. This is a must have for any Drizzt fan, but newer readers may be a little lost. However, you can still enjoy it.
Stories Worth Reading:
1) "Dark Mirror"
2) "Wickless in the Nether"
3) "If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair"
4) "To Legend He Goes"
Boo Inc. Santa Beard & Wig | Christmas & Halloween Wizard Costume Accessory, White, One Size
Boo Inc. Santa Beard & Wig | Christmas & Halloween Wizard Costume Accessory, White, One Size
I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of this beard and wig set, given the low price. I was in a bind and needed a new beard and wig. Since this was the only one I could find within my price range, that was available before Christmas, I decided to take a chance and get it. I'm glad I did. When compared to my old set, this really gave new life to the old suit. The wig and beard are nice and full, but very lightweight and definitely breathable. Much better than the old set I had, that cost a lot more. I would highly recommend this.
Waiting for the Barbarians
Waiting for the Barbarians
Spoiler.
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This is literature converted to cinema.
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The Barbarians ARE coming.
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This one takes a bit of insight and thinking. A bit of understanding of colonial warfare, cause and effect, and military history gives one a very different perspective.
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It's not going to be a popular movie, but it's a fascinating portrayal of perceptive reality. This movie is not what the low information types are thinking-a simple condemnation of brutal colonialism, torture, and that causing the problems, that's a trite view from shallow minds.
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This movie is deeper than that.
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The Magistrate is about complacency, delusions and having settled, his perspective has him blinded to his role and what's going on around him.

Yes, He's so deluded, his views have shaped is reality and his rose colored lens of how he views the threat on the frontier.

It's mentioned that he's the only one, the only frontier commander who hasn't cooperated fully, who sees it differently. He's engaged in his studies of the past culture. He doesn't realize how the woman he thinks he's a savior of, views him. Listen very carefully to the reports on his conduct. They are spot on.
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The other characters, the public, his own soldiers, the Police Colonel, even the Barbarians themselves see the Magistrate as a FOOL and they all act accordingly.
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The Woman. She's blind but she can see. She understands her people's enemy, people like the Colonel. She can hate them. The HATE for the Colonizers ALREADY exists. It's the Magistrate who she is disturbed by. He's so deluded he even believes she may choose to come back with him. Her character give the viewer the contrast between a nearly blind woman who can see, and a Man who can literally see, but is blind to the circumstances that truly exist.
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The Guide. (the first young tortured male prisoner) Something as apparent as a WOUND that won't heal on a suspected enemy is missed by the Magistrate. Wounds are one of the surest signs of a possible enemy among a population. The guide recognizes the Magistrate is a fool. He understands his role. He understands the Colonel. When the Magistrate asks why the young man 'lied' about gathering arms, the young Barbarian give him a look of disbelief at how out of touch the Magistrate is. There's a bit of good acting with the 'Barbarians' who view him as a feckless fool after initial astonishment when they realize he doesn't recognize the animosity.
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The Colonel's character is portrayed to perfection by Johnny Depp. He's already at war, in a brutal war and he's viewing the Magistrate with the same clarity of the others, but he's got the additional pressures of realizing how critical the situation is, and how the Magistrate is NOT fulfilling his duties because of his delusions.
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The Barbarians are building up. You don't build up a horde that can take on a more sophisticated military force, without building up arms, and the motivation is there prior to the questioning. When he runs across the Barbarians, at their leisure, they're depicted as cagey, effective irregular cavalry who can easily take out the small patrol, after screening and luring them with tactics. These are not the peaceful nomads that the Magistrate believes them to be. Even he admits their language is cryptic, deceptive. One can read it in different ways, with different meaning. That involves some sophistication and strategy. The leader of that group of Barbarians essentially is telling the Magistrate he's a fool so they're going to give him a pass.
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The entire fact that the Magistrate is simply discounted, dismissed, rather than face court martial and formal proceedings is telling. The authorities obviously considered him incapable. He's made absurd, he's disgraced and humiliated before the public so that they and the military see he's no longer an authority and their System has recognized his faults. He's not held accountable after they ascertain the man is not a deliberate traitor, but is actually, a fool.
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In a different role, in a different era, a man like him talked about 'peace in our time'.
Harry Potter 2019-2020 Weekly Planner
Harry Potter 2019-2020 Weekly Planner
Great planner for a Harry Potter fan! Months are not pre- marked, comes with stickers to use as tabs to mark the months. You can start the planner with whichever month you want. It has a full month calendar at the beginning of the month, then 7-day pages for a month. I purchased this for my daughter, and she loves it! Her Junior year is off to an organized start!
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald: Movie Magic
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald: Movie Magic
The book itself is very good and very well done. There are lots of bits and pieces of interesting information, interviews with cast and crew, beautiful photos. Though the little inserts such as Florish and Blots leaflets on "Fantastic Beasts and where to find Them" being published or Newt being awarded the title of Magizoologist are glued to the pages in such a way that it's impossible to remove them without damaging the pages.
West and East: The War That Came Early, Book Two
West and East: The War That Came Early, Book Two
I have just finished Harry Turtledove's six volume set "The War that Came Early". Being a Harry Turtledove fan I of course enjoyed it. Some very thoughtful switches that made for a good and interesting story.

However, I do have a few knock-offs on this series.

First, I think it went a book too long. Well two books too long actually. I felt there was a lot off filler that didn't really enhance the story, and an abundance of redundancy in recounting stuff about the characters that were just covered a chapter or two previously and in the previous book(s). I mean how many times does he have to tell me that X character was a possessor of ancient history and now worked in a labor gang. He told me that in the first book and I got it then – but he kept telling me again and again through to the final book. He did this for other characters too.

The language in this was far raunchier than his previous books I've read of his. Not a prude, but something that unless it truly adds to a story I can do without.

One real nit, is a parachute jump action. He describes how when they were over the enemy territory, each trooper stepped into the door and when the light went to green from red for each trooper they jumped. Trust me the light went from red to green once and when it did all the troopers pushed out the door as quickly as they could. This helped insure they would be less scattered upon landing. Doing it the way he described they'd been spread for miles.

Maybe there is a 7th book coming???? If not it seemed to end rather abruptly and with quite a bit hanging. So, I am expecting another in the series.

Bottom line if you enjoy alternate history I recommend it. I did enjoy it and am truly hoping for a 7th volume. Still think it could have been done in fewer books though.
Studio 8 BTS Official Black Echo Bag + Celebrate Photo Card
Studio 8 BTS Official Black Echo Bag + Celebrate Photo Card
This is a high quality BT21 Chimmy bag! I love to show off my appreciation for Jimin and Chimmy with this bag. There are so many good things:
1. The printing is quality and the stitching is professional
2. It has both short handles and a long adjustable strap to wear over the shoulder (pic 2 & 5)
3. There is a nice sized pouch for your phone, etc. It is just a pocket; no zipper or velcro (pic 3)
4. The size isn't overwhelming. It can hold 2-3 folders, or a couple books, or a change of clothes
When I first fell in love with the bag is what close to $40 which was just too much, but when the price has dropped I had to get it. No regrets!
If you love Chimmy, the passionate puppy who tries hard at everything, you will love this practical, useful bag!! I would gladly repurchase!!! Hope that helps.
Chuckit Indoor Ball Dog Toys
Chuckit Indoor Ball Dog Toys
We have a 3-year-old Pembroke Corgi that I've dubbed the Terminator of Playtime, simply for the fact that he never wants to stop playing...ever, which is both highly amusing and tortuous at the same time. "Listen. Understand. That Terminator is out there! It can't be reasoned with. It can't be bargained with. It doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are dead."

We've trained him to retrieve toys by names, which in this case turned out to be "the Squishy"--though "Chucky" likely would've been more fitting for several reasons. This toy, out of the many, is his most favorite, to the point where I have to hide it for the sake of my sanity; otherwise, my life starts to eerily resemble scenes from a horror film, where every corner I turn, there he is with the Squishy/Chucky. Walk into a pitch-dark room, flip on the switch, boo...Squishy. Glance in his genereal direction...Squishy. Doing yoga...Squishy gets dropped on my head or at my feet when standing. Wake up or breathing...Squishy. Ignore him and he'll eventually put Squishy on your shoulder, just in case you happen to actually be daft or blind and didn't see him nudging it persistently in your general direction or him waiting impatiently. He's benevolent that way.

At night, both my partner and I literally freeze whenever he goes digging in his toy box, silently hoping he doesn't grab the Round Ball of Doom, but he usually does because he's a sadist. Luckily, it's usually Man Unit's designated duty at night to entertain, often being dubbed as the Chosen One by our stubby, four-legged overlord himself. Praise be! Go, me!

This is my life. So be it.

So, yeah...it's decidedly squishy, won't break my invaluable valuables, and dogs love it. A happy dog is a happy owner--short of the stalker aspect, at least . While it's great for indoors, they unfortunately do not last long before things start to unravel--and not just meaning my sanity. The little string things definitely encourage compulsive and homicidal tendencies when it comes toys, and they may pull out strings to eat... or maybe floss with. I recommend not leaving Rover or Rovina alone with it unattended--especially if he/she is prone to destruction and leaving massacred plushy carcasses and crime scenes about regularly. Having a backup may also be helpful as well as a stealthy hiding place--you know, just in case.
Tough Rides: India
Tough Rides: India
I am happy to see that these two brothers managed to pull it off relatively easily. I am certain that many Good Karma was on their side. It is not easy to ride on the roads of India. Trust me it is more or less miracle each and every time you hop onto your motorbike and reach your final destination. Many more bad things could have happened to them. But Glad to see the two brothers managed to go around India relatively easily and painlessly considering all the odds.

The video quality started out to be bad but I am pleased that in the end the camera crew managed to make it more presentable. I can imagine how much of the coverage had to be deleted edited to make it more presentable. But what I hated most is the constant recap in the beginning of each episode that's way too boring. Thankfully, you can fast forward and continue on with the quest. One thing was certain that People in India are very helpful and always eager to help others. I am glad that the two brothers presented the truth in it's originality and I do appreciate that.

Good luck . Rating this adventure with three respectable stars!
Regalo de Navidad Negro Venta Viernes Cyber Venta Lunes Ofertas Lindo Luz de Noche para Niños Bebé Led Nursery Dormitorio Lámpara Led Mesita de Dormir Mood Luz de Noche Dinosaurio Unicornio Oso Juguete Regalo para Niños Bebé
Regalo de Navidad Negro Venta Viernes Cyber Venta Lunes Ofertas Lindo Luz de Noche para Niños Bebé Led Nursery Dormitorio Lámpara Led Mesita de Dormir Mood Luz de Noche Dinosaurio Unicornio Oso Juguete Regalo para Niños Bebé
Update: we’ve had this moon night light for about a month now. We’ve had to replace the batteries a couple of times because our little girl loves to go to sleep with this every night with it in bed with her. Again, it’s got some brutal reviews about it not working but that has not been my experience. It’s been very reliable and sometimes stays on all night. I can still solidly recommend this to anyone looking for cute nightlight that can actually go to bed with your kiddo. Great product.

Original review: There are a lot of mixed reviews for this little night light, some great and some downright angry.

First, let’s remember this isn’t a crazy expensive item.

Having said that, my little one LOVES this thing. It’s lightweight and durable enough to allow her to take this to bed with her. I have to sneak in after awhile and turn it off to preserve the batteries and function as long as possible. The batteries can be replaced.

I do wish there was an auto off feature, but then again this is a $10 nightlight. Honestly if she gets a couple to a few weeks worth of use from it as a nightlight this thing served it’s purpose. It gets played with while it’s off too, so I’m sure my little one will get far more than $10 enjoyment out of it.

Overall, for a $10 impulse buy I’d say this little guy is a win. I would definitely recommend and most likely replace once this one wears out.
inight Contour Memory Foam Pillow For Firm Pillow Lovers - Cervical Support Firm Pillow, Back & Side Sleepers, 21.65 * 13.78 * 4.72 Inch, Ergonomic Deep Sleep Contour Bed Pillow
inight Contour Memory Foam Pillow For Firm Pillow Lovers - Cervical Support Firm Pillow, Back & Side Sleepers, 21.65 * 13.78 * 4.72 Inch, Ergonomic Deep Sleep Contour Bed Pillow
I have been trying different kinds of pillows to get better sleep because I have very bad sleeping quality. This pillow is the best I have ever had!
It is either too soft or too hard. It just lies in the middle of sweet spot. It can firmly support my neck and shoulder. I used this pillow for the last few nights and I got very well sleep. My experience is that once you neck touches that pillow, you don't want to get up again.
One amazing thing is the price. Such a cheap price to get nice quality! Would like to recommend this to my friends. In fact, I would just place orders to buy ones for my parents too.
Elegear 2Pcs Cool Pillowcases for Hair and Skin, 2-in-1 Design Pillow Cases for Help Sleep With Japanese Cooling Fiber, Hypoallergenic and Breathable (Gray, 50x75cm)
Elegear 2Pcs Cool Pillowcases for Hair and Skin, 2-in-1 Design Pillow Cases for Help Sleep With Japanese Cooling Fiber, Hypoallergenic and Breathable (Gray, 50x75cm)
Myself and my husband have used these pillowcases for a few nights now and it really does work, I usually wake in the night due to being too hot and since using the pillowcase I have slept much better and not felt as dehydrated in the mornings.
Arrived very promptly
And Packaged well.
I Washed them when received and couldn’t wait to put them on my pillow and use, they washed really well too!
The Material of pillowcase is really soft and silky to touch.
One side is very cooling (you can literally feel the coolness coming from it) to touch for warm evenings and the other is so soft and perfect for cooler nights.
I definitely recommend these pillowcases.
I can imagine in those hot nights in the summer that we get, these pillowcase’s will be amazing at keeping my head nice and cool.
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
Vivo Y30 (Emerald Black, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
Vivo Y30 (Emerald Black, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
The battery life is good but doesn't contains a Fast Charger,even the storage is spacious. The Camera quality is fine and totally meets the expectation. The overall phone is nice but not strong enough to handle highly specified apps, like we can easily notice the lags while scrolling up/down in the YouTube trending and Instagram surfing threads. The frame rate has already been dropped. So, won't be able to access PUBG or COD not more than Low graphics and Medium FPS even the response is slower (as if playing Devil May Cry 4 in AMD Athlon processor attached PC)
Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Sixteenth Edition
Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Sixteenth Edition
The title sounds like it's about Immunology, however, the book description sounds like it's a totally different book, about Physical Diagnosis!!! Here's a quote from the book description right under the book title:

"Part physical examination primer, part differential diagnosis tool, DeGowin's Diagnostic Examination provides the information and insights you need to make accurate, evidence-based diagnostic hypotheses. Covering all physical exam techniques and procedures,"

NOTE: THE INCORRECT SOUNDING QUOTE FROM ABOVE WAS FOUND IN THE DESCRIPTION UNDER E-BOOK OR KINDLE EDITION, but under the "paperback" section it does sound like an immunology book.

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