Theodore Morris

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The Harry Potter Collection: Years 1-6
The Harry Potter Collection: Years 1-6
The Harry Potter Collection: Years 1-6 by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 405 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 8789 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Easy programming - easy to learn PHP programming ( ) ( 1296 minutes minute multimedia instructional video ) Ma Chunxing . Wangrui Jing . Chen Junhong of Chemical Industry Press. 9787(Chinese Edition)
Easy programming - easy to learn PHP programming ( ) ( 1296 minutes minute multimedia instructional video ) Ma Chunxing . Wangrui Jing . Chen Junhong of Chemical Industry Press. 9787(Chinese Edition)
Easy programming - easy to learn PHP programming ( ) ( 1296 minutes minute multimedia instructional video ) Ma Chunxing . Wangrui Jing . Chen Junhong of Chemical Industry Press. 9787(Chinese Edition) by MA CHUN XING. WANG RUI JING. CHEN JUN HONG DENG BIAN ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Server Execution Plans
SQL Server Execution Plans
SQL Server Execution Plans by Grant Fritchey. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Core Data: Updated for Swift 4
Core Data: Updated for Swift 4
Core Data: Updated for Swift 4 by Florian Kugler and Daniel Eggert. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Buffett's Bites: The Essential Investor's Guide to Warren Buffett's Shareholder Letters
Buffett's Bites: The Essential Investor's Guide to Warren Buffett's Shareholder Letters
I learned more about business from reading Rittenhouse's little book on the legendary "Oracle of Omaha" than in any economics course or investors' seminar. It is wonderfully written--short--with stories within stories. It's funny. And heart-warming. And you will learn A LOT about money--yours and everyone else's.

You will also learn a lot about what our mothers said was "the rarest thing in the whole world"--common sense. And even "obfuscation". (And not just how to spell it.)

With rapier swords (and wit!), one financial genius and one extraordinarily bright and engaging author will help you navigate the murky waters of high finance. It's a joyful sail. (And good reading for a short plane ride.)

Don't miss this little gem.

My only disappointment is that the publishers didn't put the photo of Buffett with the Sees Candy box tucked under his arm on the cover rather than on the title page. But they will surely remedy this in the second edition.

Nan Elliot
Author/Filmmaker
Anchorage, Alaska
April 27, 2010
Steve Jobs: Die autorisierte Biografie des Apple-Gründers (German Edition)
Steve Jobs: Die autorisierte Biografie des Apple-Gründers (German Edition)
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Walter Isaacson, der erst im zweiten Anlauf diese Biographie in Angriff nahm, hat ein stimmiges und für mich auch überraschendes Bild von Steve Jobs, gezeichnet.

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

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

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

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

Ich vergebe dafür fünf Sterne.
Autor: Walter Isaacson
Buch: Steve J
How to Make a Billion: A Book of Revelations
How to Make a Billion: A Book of Revelations
How to Make a Billion: A Book of Revelations by Steffy Sota. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words (In Their Own Words)
I am not happy with the book. It is just chapter after chapter and paragraph after paragraph of quotes of words (for 144 pages) that have presumably been uttered by Oprah. Not even the introduction to the book was written by Oprah. For some reason I thought it was firstly a motivational book that one can read as a book and I was hoping Oprah would have had some input into it. It is just a book of separate quotes, which the two authors sorted under chapter headings. No sentences to link the quotes. I think a dictionary is more motivational. The title states "in her own words" and it is actually not correct and is quite deceiving. The book is about words that Oprah might have uttered, but it is not written by Oprah.
Dogmatics in Outline (SCM Classics)
Dogmatics in Outline (SCM Classics)
Anyone who ever looks at theology these days cannot help but notice the shadows of certain figures looming large over them. Arguably, fewer of these are more prominent than Karl Barth. His Church Dogmatics is often cited as one of the greatest works of 20th century theology. It is, however, extremely long and, I might add, rather expensive. So in order to attempt to get to grips with Barth's theology, I have had his Dogmatics in Outline on my radar for some time. In this book, which is comprised of transcripts of lectures he gave in Germany, just after the Second World War, he condenses his magnum opus into a little over 140 pages, going through the Apostles' Creed, phrase by phrase.

Before he begins in earnest, though he gives us an outline of his plan, as well as some very useful discussions on the nature of faith. One must not think, though, that because the book is short that it is straightforward. It's very dense, particularly the early chapters. I think I could re-read the first 30 pages over and over again, get something new out of them every time and yet still not fully grasp the breadth of the vision that Barth was expounding.

As he moves on to look at the various bits of the Apostles' Creed, it does become a bit more accessible. Though that may be because I had, by that time, adjusted my reading to suit the cadences present in the text. In many ways, it is particularly hard for me to summarise what Barth's theology is, because what became clear is how much of an influence he has been on the leaders of the churches I have been a part of. That is, I view my own beliefs as being fairly orthodox and there is very little in this book that is vastly different from the teaching I have largely grown up within baptist, pentecostal and other nonconformist churches. It was then merely a very well-articulated series of sermons in the same vein that I have listened to in each of the last 4 decades.

As I was reading through it, I found myself wondering if his theology was the pinnacle of `pre-critical' thinking. Though there are plenty of theologians before him who have had similar views (I think here of the likes of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther & Calvin), Barth was a contemporary of Bultmann, who is one of the others whose shadow across modern theology cannot be ignored. The other figure I thought of was A.W. Tozer. Though the latter was not as theologically astute as Barth, I sensed a similarity in their approach to, and view of, the bible. Interestingly, though, Barth does not go so far as to make any sort of claim to inerrancy, but he does insist on the bible being front and centre of how we understand the christian faith. Though Bultmann is barely alluded to, there is a distinct air of defiance against Bultmann's school of thinking. For my part, though I would lean towards Barth's point of view, I would pay more attention to biblical criticism than is evidenced here.

Barth warns at the outset that this is meant to be a careful look at what the church should be and be for from the perspective of those who are part of the church. It's not a book I would recommend to a non-christian, that's not the target audience. But for anyone wanting to read a book of pretty solid theology, then this is an excellent place to start.
Bob Dylan: 1978-1989 - Both Ends of the Rainbow
Bob Dylan: 1978-1989 - Both Ends of the Rainbow
As noted by another reviewer, this is the third Dylan documentary in the series produced by UK-based Chrome Dreams. This one is far superior to the first ("Tales from a Golden Age" - which covers the same period, but certainly not as well, as "No Direction Home") and better than the second ("After the Crash"). It benefits from improved filming techniques and access to album versions of several songs being discussed. These are accompanied by music videos, and must reflect easier legal access to those as opposed to the album cuts themselves. In the earlier documentaries, music performances (where they existed) were essentially limited to televised live versions, with notations that the "original version" was on this or that album. This documentary features much less involvement by Clinton Heylin, and his contributions were obviously filmed at the same time as those included in the first two documentaries. That said, this films opens with the same statement by Mr. Heylin that closed "After the Crash," which nicely ties the two together.

The film offers some fascinating insights into the albums. I would not say that I agree with all of the interviewees about the quality of one or another album. Having come to appreciate Dylan much more recently, I have had the advantage of looking at his work as a whole, all at once. Thus, I do not have the visceral reaction to some of the albums that others have. Also, as a child of the `80s, that decade does not offend me, as it seems to have many of the individuals in the film.

The documentary covers, in quite a good depth, a little discussed period in Dylan's biography. However, although segments of it were certainly filmed subsequent to Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. 1, the documentary does not benefit from access to "Tell Tale Signs," as the commentators will occasionally lament the unavailable of other versions of some of the songs that do appear on that collection. That said, it is important to understand that this is a documentary about the process of the making of Dylan's music, the critical response to it at the time of its release, and a reassessment of it with the passage of time. The film touches on Dylan's biography only to the extent that it touches on the songs themselves. If that is what you are looking for, then you will be well pleased with this film. If you are looking for something else, however, then you should look elsewhere.
24 Stemless Plastic Champagne Flutes - 9 Oz Plastic Champagne Glasses | Clear Plastic Unbreakable Toasting Glasses |Shatterproof | Disposable | Reusable Perfect For Wedding Or Party
24 Stemless Plastic Champagne Flutes - 9 Oz Plastic Champagne Glasses | Clear Plastic Unbreakable Toasting Glasses |Shatterproof | Disposable | Reusable Perfect For Wedding Or Party
I had previously ordered flutes for a baby shower and now needed more for a bridal shower. I mistakenly ordered these, thinking they were the same as the ones I had gotten before. The picture was the same. I should have checked closer. They were not the same!! They were much thinner, less sturdy and no where near as nice as the ones I had gotten before. Upon doing a double check in my previous orders, I noted that the ones I wanted were by Munfix. These flutes are by Prestee. Lesson learned... carefully read the description! These are being returned.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.59" Display, 3 AI Cameras, 4000mAh Battery, Dual SIM GSM Factory Unlocked - STK-LX3, US & Global 4G LTE International Model (Emerald Green, 128 GB)
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.59" Display, 3 AI Cameras, 4000mAh Battery, Dual SIM GSM Factory Unlocked - STK-LX3, US & Global 4G LTE International Model (Emerald Green, 128 GB)
Just got the emerald green color delivered. Was easy to setup using phone clone app everything transfered over from old phone in 5-10 min. I was worried at first because I read mixed reviews on what carriers it worked with and not being able to return the phone even if it didn't work with your carrier. I have Wal-Mart My Family Mobile, but it's a 3rd party under T-mobile. I called Amazon customer service and they said that the phone is sold through a 3rd party company so you can actually return it if it doesn't work with your carrier. Long story short it works well. Few bars in less populated areas, but completely fine in city/urban areas. I had an LG stylo and wanted an upgrade. The new stylo was basically same price, but slower, only 32G memory space. I love the design of this one more it has better cameras and battery seems to last a lot longer too. For a mid range phone with 128G memory space around $230 you can't beat it. The volume from the front speaker isn't as loud as I'd like but I generally use headphones anyway. The only difference between this and say the flagship models of Apple or Samsung are better cameras and 400$-$600 more dollars. Can't complain. I would buy your own case that comes with screen protector because the one it comes with isn't too high quality. Also when asked to create a phone ID for Huawei they don't have U.S.A. As a choice so you can just skip it because anyone in US will be using the Android Play Store anyway.
Other than those minot details it's a hell of a phone for a great price!
Wolverine Men's Floorhand 6 Inch Waterproof Soft Toe Work Shoe
Wolverine Men's Floorhand 6 Inch Waterproof Soft Toe Work Shoe
I bought these boots because the boots I hsdntor quite some time, the Nike SFB's, were not cutting it and were causing a lot of knee pain from working on my feet for so long. The first day I wore these boots I had absolutely no knee pain during my 9 hours shift and it was quite shocking although very pleasant.

These boots definitely need to be worn with some decently thick boot socks as they can be a little uncomfortable when worn with thin socks, Wich I learned the hard way one night. The traction on them is pretty good. I've gotten engine oil on them and they still gripped ladders and metal surfaces fine. Also, the break in period is very minimal. They were so comfy out of the box that I had actually thought there was something wrong with them.

These boots are not heavy at all and feel good on your feet. If you need good work boots because you have bad knees like I do, or something of that nature, then these boots should definitely be on your list to consider. I will definitely buy more boots from this company in the future.
WOLVERINE Men's Loader 8" Steel Toe Wedge Work Boot
WOLVERINE Men's Loader 8" Steel Toe Wedge Work Boot
I bought these boots for the wedge sole, steel toe and 8” lace up (for ankle support). I work in a ship yard in the Pacific Northwest and I’m on my feet 8-10 hours per day on concrete and metal. I have wide-ish feet though I usually use normal width shoes. I ordered the extra-wise boots and I’m glad I did. I think the normal width would have been too narrow.
Due to some thread coming loose after only two days I started a replacement return.
I ended up with 2 pair of these, and there are some significant differences. One pair was made in Guatemala, the other in China. Not a big deal normally, happens all the time, but the characteristics of each pair are quite different. The Chinese leather is very soft and stretchy, like a baseball glove, the other leather is smooth, stiffer and I think offers better support. The soles on the Guatemalan boots are also stiffer and firmer (and slightly yellow), while the other soles are soft and more flexible: you can basically pull the toe to the heel. I don’t think the Guatemalan boots have steel shanks, but I noticed much less fatigue and discomfort in them vs the Chinese pair. The insoles in the Chinese pair look very nice, and precisely made. They have a good shape for the arch, the foam is thin, grey and pretty soft. The Guatemalan insoles look a bit less precise and the arch is not as well defined but there seems to be 2 different foams at the heel. The base foam is quite firm, maybe too firm, but the upper layer at the heel is softer. I usually replace the insoles anyway. The final difference I’ll hit on is in the padded tongue: the tongue on the Chinese pair has thin, firm-ish near-perfect padding where the other pair’s is very thick but very soft, so much so that it makes the boots more difficult to lace. Being 8” boots they are already not super easy to lace up and the padding on the Guatemalan boots really gets in the way.
To sum up then, for actually working I prefer the boots made in Guatemala for the supportive soles and leather. Jury is out on the insoles, but the Chinese boots have the best tongue and are easier to put on. While it was the Guatemalan boots that started to unthread in the first place, I still think overall they are superior to the Chinese made pair.
Of course none of this matters because you can’t specify the country of manufacture anyway, but it might explain the fairly different reviews.
Rubie's Marvel Black Panther Wakanda Spear Costume Accessory, 49-Inches
Rubie's Marvel Black Panther Wakanda Spear Costume Accessory, 49-Inches
The product came in as expected. I would have given it 5 stars but the product is easily to become bent. But u can bend it back into shape. It's just a plastic spear u can't lean on it or anything. It's just for show! Loved that u could just screw the 3 pieces together to complete the spear.
J.D. Robb / Nora Roberts Series Order & Checklist: In Death Series, All Series and Stand-Alone Works (Series List Book 8)
J.D. Robb / Nora Roberts Series Order & Checklist: In Death Series, All Series and Stand-Alone Works (Series List Book 8)
JD Robb is my absolute favourite writer. Her In Death series is the absolute best. Love that this story just keeps going - like a TV show series. The characters are so interwoven in each following book that you feel like you know these people. Dallas - best kick ass cop in futuristic NY City. The underdog who made it. I Read everything she writes and never disappointed. When an author can make you laugh out loud - that is the best!
(She is really Nora Robert - but I like her JD Robb series even more than her other books).
A Little Fate
A Little Fate
I'm as hardened a reader as the next, but sometimes life throws one a curve and you just want to curl up with something magical which will be uplifting and *happy*. Not only are these stories uplifting and happy but they are written with wonderful language. I am so sick of the word "fisted" in chic lit ("he fisted his hands in her hair".....it is halfway between fight night and school yard brawls...........THAT is modern romance? ugh)..............this is softer, dreamier and perfect for winter's end. I wish we had more of these out of time, out of space ADULT fairy tales.
Die Erbin: Jack Brigance 2
Die Erbin: Jack Brigance 2
Da John Grisham in den USA gerade sein neuestes Werk vorstellt, in dem erneut Jake Brigance mitwirken soll, dachte ich, dass es nicht schaden könnte, den Vorgänger »Die Erbin« aus dem Jahr 2014 erneut zu lesen und nun auch in schriftlicher Form zu bewerten.

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Titel: Die Erbin
Originaltitel: Sycamore Row
Autor: John Grisham
Verlag: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-453-26910-1
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Ausgabe: 2014
Genre: Roman
Seiten: 702

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Ich hatte mir »Die Erbin« am 28. September 2015 gekauft.

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Die gebundene Ausgabe aus dem Jahr 2014 ist schön gestaltet, wobei vor allem der silbrig gehaltene Schutzumschlag eine große Rolle spielt. Das 702 Seiten dicke Buch liegt, trotz seines Gewichts, gut in der Hand, die Seiten lassen sich bequem umblättern, und die Schrift hat genau die richtige Größe, um den Roman gemütlich lesen zu können. Einzig daneben finde ich das entzündete Streichholz in der Mitte, das auf den ersten Blick eigentlich gar nichts mit dem Roman zu tun hat. Meiner Meinung nach könnte man es höchstens auf einen einzigen Punkt gegen Ende des Buches beziehen, wenn es um die Hintergründe von Seth Hubbard geht. In meinen Augen sorgt es hingegen eher für Verwirrung.

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John Grisham ist ein amerikanischer Bestseller-Autor, dessen Werke bereits mehrfach verfilmt worden sind. Der ehemalige Jurist ist seit 1991 hauptberuflich als Schriftsteller tätig und schreibt vor allem im Milieu der Justiz – mit Schwerpunkt auf den Südstaaten –, doch er ist literarisch auch in anderen Gegenden der USA zuhause. 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, geboren, hat John Grisham bis 1991 als Anwalt in Mississippi praktiziert. Sein Erstlingswerk »Die Jury« (1989) wurde direkt zum Bestseller. In »Die Erbin« geht es erneut um seinen Protagonisten Jake Brigance aus eben diesem Meisterwerk.

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Der Multimillionär Seth Hubbard wird eines Morgens von einem Mitarbeiter tot, an einem Baum hängend, aufgefunden. Er hatte Lungenkrebs im Endstadium und unermessliche Schmerzen, denen er so ein Ende setzen wollte. Trotz aller Bestürzung ob dieses dramatischen Ablebens, ist seine Familie mehr daran interessiert, dass das Testament eröffnet wird und jeder von ihnen etwas von dem stattlichen Vermögen abbekommt. Jedoch weiß keiner, dass Seth Hubbard sein Testament, kurz vor seinem Ableben, handschriftlich hatte ändern lassen. Die Familie geht leer aus, und seine farbige Haushälterin Lettie Lang erbt den Löwenanteil. Die Familie wetzt daraufhin die juristischen Messer und zieht alle Register, um den Verstorbenen postum als nicht zurechnungsfähig erklären zu lassen. Dann tritt Jake Brigance auf den Plan …

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Auch wenn der Roman 2014 erschienen ist, so spielt »Die Erbin« trotz allem im Jahr 1988, drei Jahre nach dem Prozess von Carl Lee Hailey und dem spektakulären Freispruch. Jake Brigance hatte während des Prozesses sein Haus verloren, das vom Ku-Klux-Klan niedergebrannt worden war, und befindet seitdem in einem Rechtsstreit mit seiner Versicherung. Interessanterweise wird sein Name auf dem Schutzumschlag als »Jack Brigance« wiedergegeben, korrekt ist jedoch – und so steht er auch in den Romanen selbst geschrieben –: Jake Brigance.

Beachtenswert ist, dass es John Grisham nach all den Jahren sehr gut gelungen ist, seine Geschichte erneut in den 1980’er Jahren anzusiedeln. Seinerzeit waren die Verhältnisse deutlich anders als heutzutage. Es gab noch keine Handys, die Autos waren gänzlich anders als heute, und vor allem war der Rassenhass in den Südstaaten der USA damals noch sehr viel ausgeprägter als heute – auch wenn die aktuelle politische Situation in den USA dies momentan eher ad absurdum zu führen scheint. Auch waren zwanzig Millionen Dollar – das Erbe von Seth Hubbard – damals noch sehr viel mehr wert als heute. Dass zudem ein reicher, alter, weißer Mann sein Millionenvermögen einer schwarzen Hausbediensteten hinterlässt, musste in den späten 80’er Jahren natürlich zu einem Eklat führen.

Bei »Die Erbin« handelt es sich endlich einmal um einen Roman, bei dem sowohl der amerikanische Originaltitel »Sycamore Row« als auch der deutsche Titel »Die Erbin« im unmittelbaren Zusammenhang mit der eigentlichen Geschichte stehen. Ich bin auch der Meinung, dass man selbst im Deutschen den Originaltitel »Sycamore Row« hätte verwenden können, auch wenn dieser Begriff überhaupt erst auf den letzten Seiten des Romans auftaucht. Der deutsche Titel bezieht sich hingegen direkt auf die Erbin Lettie Lang, um die sich die Geschichte des Romans dreht.

»Die Erbin« ist definitiv eine direkte Fortsetzung von »Die Jury«, weswegen auch immer wieder alte Bekannte auftauchen. Neben Jake Brigance, der erneut der Protagonist in dem Roman ist, tauchen auch seine Frau Carla und ihre gemeinsame Tochter auf, ferner der Sheriff Ozzie Walls und auch der Richter Reuben V. Atlee haben ihre Auftritte sowie Lucien Wilbanks und Jakes Freund Harry Rex Vonner.

Sehr interessant finde ich, wie es später zur Schlammschlacht vor Gericht kommt. Verständlicherweise versuchen die enterbten Familienangehörigen, das Testament gerichtlich anzufechten. Es dauert allerdings rund sechshundert Seiten, ehe man endlich die Hintergründe erfährt, weshalb Seth Hubbard sein Millionenvermögen einer schwarzen Haushälterin hinterlassen und seine Kinder und Enkel enterbt hat. Der Spannungsbogen baut sich, wie bei John Grisham üblich, langsam, aber sicher, auf und wird durch die diversen Nebenschauplätze, zwischen denen immer wieder hin und her gesprungen wird, sehr kurzweilig gehalten. So geht es einige Seiten lang um Jake Brigance, dann wird plötzlich zu Lucien Wilbanks gesprungen, gefolgt von Sheriff Ozzie Walls, dann ein Sprung zu den Erben, zu einem anderen Anwalt – und dennoch wird alles nicht verwirrender, sondern all diese Nebenhandlungen laufen führen letzten Endes zu einem gemeinsamen, zentralen Punkt, der auf den – geschätzt – letzten hundert Seiten des Buches zu finden ist.

Meiner Meinung nach fesselt der Roman von Anfang an. Es ist nach meinem Dafürhalten nicht zwingend vonnöten, »Die Jury« zu kennen; jedoch erleichtert dies einem das Lesen von »Die Erbin«, da man unweigerlich immer wieder die Gesichter vor Augen haben wird sowie die Geschichte von »Die Jury« und damit einhergehende Zusammenhänge und Einflüsse.

Mit hat »Die Erbin« gut gefallen, wenn auch nicht ganz so gut wie sein direkter Vorgänger. Auf jeden Fall wird für spannende Unterhaltung gesorgt.

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Mit »Die Erbin« hat John Grisham einen guten, direkten Nachfolger von »Die Jury« geschaffen.
Naruto, Vol. 66: The New Three (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto, Vol. 66: The New Three (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Great volume I had a feeling sasuke and team 7 would reform my play broken bond naruto game sasuke doc costume for signing up to Ubisoft is a chunin costume for sasuke will naruto reach 700 chapters current shonen jump shows kaguya mother of chakra thanks masashi kishimoto for a great manga +everyone else
The Lost World
The Lost World
I first read this book around 1996. I reread this in 2020, and my memory of the book had long been overridden by the Lost World movie, which has a little in common with this book. I also read Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World (from 1912) right before rereading this book, and Lost World Jurassic Park is thankfully much less racist than that one.

This sequel to Jurassic Park was not as exciting or as fun as the original Jurassic Park, but it was still good. The plot focuses on several scientists/teachers/professors: Thorne, a wealthy retired professor who now builds highly complex RVs, Richard Levine, a paleontologist, Sarah Harding, a carnivorous animal behavior specialist of some sort, and Ian Malcolm, who we all thought was killed off in the original Jurassic Park (or at least that is what JP book says), but has somehow recovered and is now back to being a mathematics professor. The book also has two children tag along, perhaps as an effort to convince parents that the future movie version of Lost World was family friendly and meant for kids, Arby and Kelly. Past me might have said the kids are annoying and shouldn’t be included, but I actually found that the kids were fine and once again ended up being the much needed computer experts. I especially liked Arby, who has a complicated childhood as an only child with professional yet mostly absentee parents. (Your mileage may vary – the movie version of kids I think was rolled into one child who may or may not have been a little annoying. The kids in the book were fine with me.)

The plot focuses on Thorne, Malcolm, and Eddie Carr, an engineer, (and the kids, hiding in the RV) traveling to Isla Sorna (Site B) to rescue Dr. Levine. Sarah Harding shows up a few hours later, to join in the rescue attempt, by hitching a ride with geneticist Lewis Dodgson (the guy who was trying to steal the Dino embryos in the first Jurassic Park book). Dodgson, along with two other colleagues, is still trying to get his own dinos by stealing eggs.

Site B was the breeding laboratory for dinosaurs that were then transferred to Jurassic Park, and like most things involving genetics, there was a lot of trial and error before getting things right. This site was abandoned after the whole InGen was shut down after the every of Jurassic Park, and many dinosaurs got out and are now living and breeding on the island (this is background, not part of the actual book plot, although I would read that book).

The plot mostly focuses on a.) finding Dr. Levine, b.) studying the behavior of dinosaurs in the “wild”, c.) understanding what is causing the dinos to act more erratic than usual , d.) surviving, and e.) not being killed off by “the bad guys”. The bad guys were never really a threat to anyone except Sarah Harding on the boat, and unlike the movie, there wasn’t a whole troop of guys with guns trying to kill the dinosaurs, mostly just Dodgson, who was trying to steal eggs.

Since I’ve just read A.C. Doyle’s Lost World, I would like to mention that Crichton’s Lost World has many more dinosaurs, fewer highly problematic “ape-men” (none), and was a whole lot less racist. I thought Isla Sorna having sheer cliffs making an entrance or exit to the island hazardous was similar to Doyle’s Lost World plateau, but there were not that many similarities between the two. The only small criticism for this book is that the ending seemed anti-climatic to me. There are no big discoveries (other than prion disease, which I had no idea what I prion was when I was 15-16 years old reading this book, but I do now), no big resolutions. This book did not seem that suspenseful, and I was never that worried for most of the protagonists, but that might be because I’ve already read this book and seen the movie.

All the familiar dinosaurs from Jurassic Park are back – T-rexes, hadrosaurs, velociraptors, triceratops, as well as a pair of camouflaging predators that can match their backgrounds like chameleons or octopi. Is this a feature of the Indominous Rex in Jurassic World? I’m not sure.

Lost World Jurassic Park was fun, escapism fiction for me, and I’m glad I reread it. I struggle with some of Crichton’s later works, when scientists somehow are always the “bad guys”, climate-change denial runs rampant (State of Fear), evil scientists are working on human-chimp hybrids (Next), and I don’t even remember what scientists did wrong in Micro, only that almost all of them were killed off in horrific ways. Those books turned me off to Crichton’s work in general. But, after rereading this one, I think I might continue my reread of Michael Crichton. The two Jurassic Park novels may well be the first science fiction books I ever read, and I have a special place in my heart for these two books.
Mr. Men A Christmas Pantomime (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Men A Christmas Pantomime (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Sought some festive Mr Men books, bought this amongst others. Although these are new additions to the orignial set they don't differ too much in style and content. Would happily read a Mr Man book every night to my son! In fact I normally do!
Hard Hat Harry: Motorcycle Adventures
Hard Hat Harry: Motorcycle Adventures
This show is the WORST but my 22 month old LOVES it and asks to watch it all the time. The motorcycle "facts" are a bit shaky and Harry is beyond silly, but if it makes my kid happy I call it a win.
LEGO Albus Dumbledore Key Chain
LEGO Albus Dumbledore Key Chain
Good quality although he does have a habit of trying to stand on my leg when I'm driving, I ended up hooking the loop on top of his head on to the keyring it's self taking out the length of the chain from the problem. I also find folding his legs up help make him behave himself!

Did get an interesting look when I took the key to the dealership to get the battery changed, clearly not a fan.
Harry Potter Complete Set Books 1-7
Harry Potter Complete Set Books 1-7
With the adventures of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling singlehandedly saved the publishing industry. It is impossible to overstate the impact these books had on both child and adult readers. The anticipation for the next sequel! The midnight release parties! While you missed all that excitement, you now have the joys of being able to read all the books at once.

Please do read the books; don’t just watch the movies.

PARENTS BEWARE: As Harry Potter ages, the subject matter grows more mature. J.K. Rowling was quite clear that she was not writing for young children. These books grow increasingly more intense. Exercise caution.
The Happy Prince: Short Story
The Happy Prince: Short Story
A heart-warming tale about little Swallow who has been separated from his flock, which has flown down to Egypt, befriends a magnificent golden statue in an unnamed Northern European city, and bejewelled statue, and the statue asks the Swallow to take his jewels and use them to help the poor of the city.

Beautifully written some magnificent passages which describe Egypt through the eyes of the Swallow:

" All the next day he sat on the Prince's shoulder, and told him the stories of what he had seen in strange lands. He told him of the red ibises, who stand in long rows on the banks of the Nile, and catch goldfish in their beaks; of the Sphinx, who is as old as the world itself, and lives in the desert, and knows everything. ; Of the merchants who walk slowly by the side of their camels and carry amber beads in their hands; of the King of the Mountains of the Moon, who is as black as ebony, and worships a large crystal; of the great green snake that sleeps in the palm-tree and has twenty priests to feed it with honey-cakes ; and of the pygmies who sail over the a big lake on large flat leaves and are always at war with the butterflies."

The tale has a particularly poignant and beautiful ending.
Swiss Stop FlashPro Original Black Brake Pads - Set of 4
Swiss Stop FlashPro Original Black Brake Pads - Set of 4
I’ve been using these for over 1000km in the hilly terrain of the Peak District. I upgraded from the standard pads that came on my bike. Wear on the pads is minimal so far, and I’ve noticed that they seem to be kinder on the rims, with less grooves from grit getting embedded in the pads.
These brakes felt noticeably different when I put them on the bike at first, and didn’t require much in the way of bedding in. I’ve got them set up flat to the rim without toe-in and they don’t make any noise at all. I think that the braking performance is generally better than the stock pads although not an enlightening experience, you’ll not be shooting over the handlebars accidentally. My experience is that the compound gives you faster braking from high speed, but you’ll have to apply a bit more pressure to get slowed down fully to stop at a junction. I think this comes down to the softer compound these pads use.
Value for money is something people seem to mention a lot in the comments, for me it’s not a huge deal spending more when the pads should only need replacing maybe once a year. If you’re tight for cash, you’re probably not losing out hugely in performance by going with middle of the road priced pads, though. Worth mentioning that the cost of a new rim is going to be significantly more than the price of pads however, and these do seem to be kinder on the rims than previous pads.
Overall I’d say that these are solid pads and I would buy them again. Although they’re not exceptionally better than run of the mill pads, they’re definitely different. Worth giving a go to see which you prefer considering the realatively low price. I would wait until you've worn out whatever pads you've got equipped already though.
Ravensburger Harry Potter, 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle
Ravensburger Harry Potter, 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle
You might think a puzzle like the with lots of pictures within the main picture would be easier but not a bit of it. It’s really challenging but you can feel you’re making progress as you do sections of it. I’ve bought a few puzzles to keep me occupied during lockdown and the Ravensbuger ones are the best by mile. Quality definitely worth paying a bit more for. And a must for Harry Potter fans
Indie Boards and Cards Flash Point Fire Rescue 2nd Edition
Indie Boards and Cards Flash Point Fire Rescue 2nd Edition
I got Flashpoint not with the greatest of expectations. I had heard of the game before but never really looked into it. Then saw the game being reviewed on Youtube a few times and thought I would order it. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this game was and Flashpoint has since become my favourite cooperative game that I own (and I have Pandemic & both Forbidden games). None of them, for me, beat Flashpoint.

So what makes Flashpoint great? Well, the theme is fantastic. One of my problems with Pandemic is the theme doesn't suck me in. Whereas in Flashpoint when my firefighter gets knocked down by an explosion or a door blows up in my face I feel completely immersed in the theme. The fightighting theme is one we are all aware of and it works really well. The design of the game helps with this. For example, the way the fire spreads each turn makes sense in terms of how you would expect a real fire to spread (I am not a firefighter so I wouldn't know). Smoke leads to fire, fire leads to explosions, explosions lead to dead victims and damaged walls. It all makes a lot of sense.

Other pros:

- works very well from 2-6 players (all my other coop games are 4 player, so to have a 6 player game is great for those larger gatherings)
- special firefighter abilities means working together doing what you're best at doing (whether that be firefighting or rescuing, everybody has a job to do for the team)
- Great family game and even has family game rules to make things simpler
- variety of difficulty levels which can be customised completely to suit your own ability
- quick games (30-45 min)
- double sided board which gives you 2 buildings to fight fire in (one a little harder than the other)
- randomness of how the fire spreads really makes for an unpredictable challenge (you may think you have things under control and two turns later half the house is on fire)

Cons:

- set up can take 5-10 minutes depending on what difficulty you are playing (you have to follow a step-by-step set up routine which becomes familiar but initially will take a few min to go through... not a big issue really)
- board is busy (there are lots things on the board which can make it seem quite busy at times but again, not a big problem)
- Sometimes dice rolling to spread the fire may result in an easy game, or the opposite can happen (but this is quite realistic of fires I would imagine and I've only had 1 easy game where the dice were very helpful)
- the action points each firefighter has vary depending on their skills, and you can save action points for next turns (this takes a little bit of getting used to but again, is not too bad)

This is a really great game. The fire theme presents a very realistic danger that needs to be put out and you genuinely feel like you are in a building doing your thing as a firefighter. Great family game, kids would likely love this game. There are already 3-4 expansions out there to get if you want more challenges too. I've just got a few of them. Each brings new boards (new buildings), some new equipment and things like second/third floors to buildings which makes fighting that fire even more challenging. Excellent game, if you're interested in it I would fully recommend making the purchase!
Car (French Edition)
Car (French Edition)
great book with an amazing cover. Harry Crews was the best. he is missed. and i guess i need to write 6 more words for this to be a valid comment.
Charades Women's Plus Size Harry Potter Hermione Granger Costume
Charades Women's Plus Size Harry Potter Hermione Granger Costume
I bought the 3xl it said it fit size 24-30 when I purchased it's now changed on the post. The cloak is plus size friendly It fits amazing I would say its a 22-26 plus size (Will update with pictures of the cloak when I complete my costume). I give the cloak and tie 4 stars in my book so I won't return the only thing is the crest had a yellow boarder around like the sweater so it's not like the model and the inside is more red then burgandy. The tie ran a little short for me but was very pretty. However, the Sweater, shirt bib (Dickie wish there was a shirt), and skirt fit like a size 16-18 junior women's at most but had good detail I gave it to my smaller friend and ordered new ones from hot topic. I knew in the comments they would run small but I'm surprised it also had a crest on the sweater and not on the model. Also the skirt was only 36inches at the top and sits right under my bra line (unzipped) so needless to say it will be short on most plus size girls.
Mystic Journey to India
Mystic Journey to India
I didn't realize what I was watching. I just clicked on a PRIME video about India. What else do you do on a COVID-19 QUARANTINE SUNDAY??? LOL
At first, I thought I was just getting a front row seat to a travel-vlog-ish episode on India - THE ONLY country that's been calling my name to visit for more than 30 years. As I kept watching, I began to realize what I had gotten a "free" ticket to... Magic. Mysticism. and a bit of Mania. I've heard of people in India being told to spend LOTS of their hard-earned money on "removals" and this seemed to be one of them, documented for all the world to witness. It wasn't until I heard the words (paraphrased) "IF YOU GIVE TO OTHERS THEY WILL OFTEN THINK GOOD THOUGHTS ABOUT YOU. THOUGHTS ARE THINGS/ACTION - THESE THOUGHTS WILL UPLIFT THE GIVER AND HELP BREAK THEIR KARMIC BONDS" ....... THIS is THE SECRET People! Giving so that others THINK GOOD THOUGHTS Whenever They Think of You. It brings even more good things your way! (Blame it on the fact that I'd watched "THE CELESTINE PROPHECY" just before watching this. I connected the dots.)
I did find it disturbing that there was a "Section" in one of the Temples that SEGREGATED Women from Men and that their section was on the sidelines while the men were allowed to take center seats. Shameful. As spiritual as India is, just like the charlatans among the spiritual communities, they ruin it by causing separation/segregation/castes/labels/disenfranchising instead of embracing equality - for Everyone. If it was a woman instead of a man taking this journey, I don't believe she would have been treated with such reverence or good fortune. I'd LOVE to put it to the test!
Practicing the Preaching Life
Practicing the Preaching Life
Most preachers burn out. So claims celebrated homiletician and preaching professor David Ward. Ward contends that, while preaching is a life-giving activity, most practices of it lead to exhaustion and life waste. In his new book, Practicing the Preaching Life (Abingdon, 2019), Ward sets out to paint a practical theology of preaching that spiritually forms preachers and brings renewal, not only to preachers, but to their listeners as well.

Ward, as a student in the New Homiletic, draws heavily on Augustine and Aristotle, who view preaching as a means to embed virtues within the preacher. He begins by establishing a correct theology of preaching: what makes good preaching "good"? What are the offices of the preacher? From there, he moves toward practical applications, including weekly sermon preparation routines and sermon forms. Ward's approach to preaching practice, however, diverges from traditional books that either offer homiletical theory with little application, or vice versa.

All of Ward's suggestions, particularly in multi-week sermon preparation, are rooted in his desire for preachers to find life and joy in what they do. Similarly, the use of various sermon forms can speak to the different directions in which the text is calling the preacher to go. The appendices of this book include assessments and handy summaries of his frameworks (a few are difficult to read with all of their codes). Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion.

Written with clarity, engagement, and humility, Ward maintains his pastoral spirit while deeply engaging in critical thought. While some of his sections are heavily academic and nebulous, he does not leave homiletical theory in the realm of abstraction. Instead, Ward dares to establish a robust practical theology of preaching—one that seeks to reignite pastors to the formative potential of preaching. I recommend this book for preachers of all ages and stages to consider how their spiritual lives can be safeguarded and enriched through virtuous practices.

(A complimentary review copy was given in exchange for an honest review.)
JOYNÉE Mens Athletic Performance Crew Socks for Running and Training 6 Pack
JOYNÉE Mens Athletic Performance Crew Socks for Running and Training 6 Pack
These socks are not the usual comfortable cotton socks that last about 2 weeks before the elasticity wears out. They are very stretchy, highly elastic, and made from something else other than 100% cotton. They totally retain their elasticity, but this is achieved at the expense of slight loss of comfort. They are however, soft and comfy feeling, but my feet do sweat in them a little more, and are just slightly less comfortable than the 100% cotton socks. I bought a few pairs to try, and then reordered a bunch more, because I still feel they are the best I've owned
Más vendido
Más vendido
Very disappointed and giving 1 star. I ordered a size 12 pack of 20 panties for my daughter and was sent a size 4 pack of 20 panties. I thought everything was alright because I hat purchased a size 12 pack of 20 panties in solids, creams, dots, and stripes and they arrived fine. Thus when my oldest daughter open the shipping box for my younger daughter and told me that they had put them in the laundry, I thought nothing of it. However after doing the laundry today, I discovered that they were all size 4 panties sent. Now I have to wait for them to dry and put them in an envelope with the refund slip and shipping label and then take it to a UPS drop off site in order to get a refund, and I have to do all this by October 8, 2020 or I don't get a refund. Just make sure you check the size upon arrival to ensue that:s what you ordered.

It's a crying shame though the panties look cute, the cotton feels nice, and the cut of the leg ration and bottom are great for a child who wears size 4. I hope that I get my refund even though I don't have the original packaging for them.

UPDATE 9/25/2020: My 7 year old daughter has decided to keep the panties to give to some little girl in need. So I had to cancel my request for a refund. Well I'm happy some one will get to use these after all, since they are such a good quality item. I had up grade my stars from 1 to 3, for the quality of the item was excellent just the wrong size.
Trauma Center
Trauma Center
I would say the best work in this movie was done by the artist who created the trailer!
They took the very best bits and pieces that put all together within a minute make it look very suspenseful, mysterious and exciting. Unfortunately, that's all they've got.
Even Bruce Willis, one of my favorite actors, seemed unsure of what he was trying to portray most of the time.
Definitely not worth it.
Zephyrr Fashion Multi Strand Wooden Beaded Necklace Tibetan Handmade Jewellery for Girls and Women
Zephyrr Fashion Multi Strand Wooden Beaded Necklace Tibetan Handmade Jewellery for Girls and Women
Bought this necklace for myself, and was overwhelmed when it arrived at how gorgeous it is, how well it lays (which has to do with how the necklace was "engineered"), and the richness of the colors in the necklace...loved it so much that I immediately ordered a second necklace to give as a gift. If you especially like to dress in monochromatic colors (all black, etc.) this is truly a remarkable "look!" If I HAD to find a negative/criticism the only thing I can think of is that the closure does not have any extender length to it; therefore you cannot adjust this necklace. However, having stated this, I found the necklace to be a perfect length for me...I'm 5'4" and wear a size 1X.
Amazon Brand - Presto! Dish Wash Gel - 750 ml (Lemon)
Amazon Brand - Presto! Dish Wash Gel - 750 ml (Lemon)
This product is certainly better than SOAPS like Vim Bar which is not only cumbersome to use but does not clean utensils properly...Just add a teaspoonful of PRESTO to water and scrub the utensils....The liquid not only cleans all the OIL and MASALA stains but also leaves a pleasant flavor unheard of when using soap bars....Also the 2 Litre pack is economical...It certainly gives a tough fight to other similar dish wash gel liquids like VIM.....This AMAZON brand is certainly a SUPERHIT...Go ahead and buy this awesome product and give your BAIwaali a GIFT of convenience...
Mad About the Sixties: The Best of the Decade
Mad About the Sixties: The Best of the Decade
I owned this volume years ago when it was first printed. Back then it was nostalgic and clever. Now, 40 years after their original publication these classic bits of pop culture are more interesting and enjoyable than ever. And, like 'Alfred' says "what, me worry?" Not if you read this compilation, your worries will be all forgotten, wiped away by laughter and smiles at the Mad contents. "What, me worry?" Nah!

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