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Programming with Types
Programming with Types
Programming with Types by Vlad Riscutia. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS Grid Layout: 5 Practical Projects
CSS Grid Layout: 5 Practical Projects
CSS Grid Layout: 5 Practical Projects by Craig Buckler, Ilya Bodrov-Krukowski, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Touchdown: Roman (German Edition)
Touchdown: Roman (German Edition)
Touchdown: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham and Karsten Singelmann. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Practical Database Programming with Java
Practical Database Programming with Java
Practical Database Programming with Java by Ying Bai. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learning PostgreSQL
Learning PostgreSQL
Learning PostgreSQL by Salahaldin Juba, Achim Vannahme, et al.. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
The Big Typescript: TS 213
The Big Typescript: TS 213
I bought all Luki's nachlass as they were edited and released by the clan. Seeing this typescript brought home the editing skills displayed in some of it (i.e., the various "Remarks on..." all of which I found extremely educational, except the mathematics one which - I admit - I bailed on). I guess the glamour has faded a little as the decades passed but in my mind he's still the philosophical genius of the last century. Of course, I had read much about the big typescript and eagerly awaited it. What's it now? Forty years? More?

I'm rating it five because of it's historical significance. The different typographical modes used to signify additions, corrections, etc are a hurdle, but what were the editors to do with a manuscript like this? You certainly don't need this volume to understand or appreciate Wittgenstein and it isn't as excitng as some of the other nachlass. And, of course, his philosophic development has been analyzed already in many informative books. At this price, I'm sure none but academics will be buying. Still, for them it will provide hours of casual reading as it has for me. When I bought mine a year ago, I think I just paid $80 or so. Look around. You might try
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage
This book teaches a reader who has no economic degree, in a very friendly manner, about the three main parts of a financial statement: balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. The lessons are provided in a very detailed way, with tables and step-by-step explanations. This is in contrast to "The Little Book of Value Investing" by Christopher H. Browne and Roger Lowenstein, which also gives a framework to analyze financial statements for successful stock-picking, but does not teach the basics of understanding each and every line in the statements.

This book is very different from the student's manual of corporate finance. It is very practical. It has a separate chapter for every main item of a statement, and explains with examples and advises how it affects prospects of the company and whether the stock of the company should be bought to get the extraordinary long-term results.

This book also describes the differences between Benjamin Grahams way of picking stock and one derived by Warren Buffett.

Many amateur investors are losing money because they have no basic education at least to understand a financial statement. They pick fashionable, hot stocks, or just stocks of a company which product they like. For example, they are passionate listeners to satellite radio and just because of that they buy "SIRI" regardless of the negative equity and negative operating income. Refinancing the huge debt in the credit crunch of 2008 is a challenge. This book will help the new investors to understand these issues and to make smarter stock picking. Of course, this book is not a panacea. Of course, there is always risk. The financial intelligence improves the odds. Thus, what is risky for one person is less risky to someone else. That is the primary reason to invest more in one's financial education than in the stock. The smarter you are the better chance you have of beating the odds. It is not gambling if you know what you are doing. It is gambling if you are just throwing money into a deal and praying. The idea in anything is to use your technical knowledge, wisdom and love of the game to cut the odds down, to lower the risk. So let this book will be brick in the foundation of financial education.

In addition to this book, I can recommend the other (previous) books by Marry Buffett. They are very useful for the right stock-picking. I also recommend "Value Investing With the Masters" by Kirk Kazanjian and "The Only Three Questions That Count" by Kenneth L. Fisher.

If you want to read something good about Warren Buffet's life and his investment strategy, I can recommend "Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist" by Roger Lowenstein and "The Snowball" by Alice Schroeder.
Art & Science of Value Investing: Invest Like Billionaire Warren Buffett
Art & Science of Value Investing: Invest Like Billionaire Warren Buffett
My Robert W. Johns.

I purchased this on kindle and it arrived on my device without any problem...

This book was fun and informative. I bought this to see how Mr Thompson thinks, as the
are few books available which are actually written by individuals working in Value investment
based money management, running other peoples money as such.

I have been a value investor for five years full time and was looking for something to fill some gaps
and as a reference point. This book simply delivers, the section on discounted cash flows would be
invaluable to someone just starting out in qualitative analysis and understanding future business cash flows.

Scott writes with a relaxed and honest candor, never becoming pretentious or overbearing. It is evident he
has a genuine passion for Value investing and this shows in the highly complementary description he gives
of famous Value investors.

These kind of things are what got me into this industry, the is a considerable amount of kindness, honesty
and integrity found in the famous past, present professional practitioners of this investment approach. No doubt
many other such individuals will be the same in the future. There's a good introduction to Scott's influences and sets
a nice theme for the book.

Sometimes even those with an excellent memory can benefit from reading what they may have forgotten in time and
this book is one of those great reference guides to keep you mind sharp. The author has an MBA and in many countries
it can be difficult to hold a relevant MBA and be a value investor just down to the practicality's of it all. Therefore his line
of thinking has been of a benefit to me.

All in all i definitely picked up a few golden nuggets throughout the text and some insights making the purchase worth while.
Most of the big ideas are well represented here and beginners would do well to read this book before the classics to get
a good framework for how the goal posts have changed with market efficiency.

This reviewer would be happy to see this text in a university coarse. Although
such a coarse would undoubtedly require more material. Value investing cant be taught in a
day but you can get the bug that fast!.

I had heard of Philip L. Carret, but not in detail. There is a section with a transcript on his personality and style. This was
the highlight of the book for me as he had an incredible money management record and i am interesting in learning more.

So i have withheld one star as customary for me. I only give 5 stars to a few people and those people are Ben Graham
, Charlie Munger and of coarse Warren Buffett. My only criticism is that the book contains many quotes. Who actually originally
said some of these things first i believe may have been in some instances lost to the hands of time. I may well be wrong
and this is simply nitpicking.

Robert W. Johns
Movements That Change the World: Five Keys to Spreading the Gospel
Movements That Change the World: Five Keys to Spreading the Gospel
Steve Addison and his wife Michelle lead MOVE, “a mission agency devoted to training and deploying workers who multiply communities of Jesus’ disciples everywhere” (back cover). This was his first book. He is also authored "What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement Changing the World" and is the author of "Pioneering Movements: Leadership That Multiplies Disciples and Churches."  He blogs at [...] and holds a D. Min from Fuller Seminary, where his dissertation was on “The Continuing Role of the Apostle in the Church’s Mission.”

In this volume, Addison “deals with the characteristics of missionary movements in their most dynamic expression” (22). Using the ministry of St Patrick as a paradigm, in five chapters he identifies and explores “five key characteristics of movements that change the world.”

Chapter One, “White-Hot Faith” examines how Jesus, John Wesley, and the Anglicans of Sydney, Australia model sacrificial faith that differentiates itself while remaining connected to wider societal contexts. For example, Wesley remained a loyal Anglican all his life and sought to be a renewal agent within Anglicanism. Such entities display a hardcore commitment born of pivotal experiences with God. Another example of this dynamic would be the Apostle Paul who, after his experience on the Damascus Road was manifestly all in. Chapter Two, “Commitment to a Cause,” explores how, “Movements that change the world deal with ultimate issues. They are causes that make demands on followers. Apathy changes nothing and is the surest sign that a movement, organization or society is in decline. Change takes place because people care enough to act on their deeply held beliefs. They chose 'to live divided no more'" (56). In the chapter he focuses first on John Wesley who modeled this commitment, required it of his converts and workers, and established structures and mechanisms to sustain and evaluate the commitment levels of those in his charge. The chapter concludes by considering Jesus, his commitment, and the commitment he demanded of those who would follow him.

Chapter Three. “Contagious Relationships,” shows how movements grow through already established webs of relationship, and how low-cost word of mouth and face to face relationships trump expensive media approaches to communication and group development. His discussion of “the strength of weak ties” is particularly noteworthy “Your close friends tend to link you with people you already know. By contrast, acquaintances link you to a variety of untapped social networks. They expand your relationship world” (78). He then briefly explores Malcom Gladwells three classifications of social linkers as connectors—who are people magnets, mavens, who provide expertise, and salesman, who are the persuaders who connect emotionally with others and convince them to consider and adopt new beliefs and behaviors. To all of these I would add “opinion leaders” who are the people to whom others instinctively go for validation of new options and ideas.
Chapter Four, “Rapid Mobilization,” explores how this requires recruiting, identifying, and on the job mentoring and training of leaders who should be released quickly to do the work of ministry and to learn as they go. Among those he considers as exemplars of this value are Francis Asbury and John Wesley, Ralph Moore of the Hope Chapel movement, Jesus of course, and Roland Allen, from whom Addison extracts catalytic principles with revolutionary implications still being mined for their prophetic usefulness nearly one hundred years after Allen wrote of them.
In Chapter Five, “Adaptive Methods,” Addison considers how we need to be intransigent in our commitments, flexible and adaptive in our methods, and always alert to what works and does not. We should avoid being heavy-handed managers, always equipping and releasing. His Conclusion examines some contexts where these principles are being employed. This is followed by an eight lesson Study Guide for use in training team members to understand and implement the insights of this book. This is followed by two Appendices, one on “Gospel Presentations,” different ways of presenting the gospel to people, and the other on the Discovery Bible Study method.

Addison clearly writes to equip rather than to impress, but in doing so, is most impressive. His analysis of relevant factors, his contemporary, biblical and historical illustrations, and the tight logical structure of this, and his other books, is impressive. What strikes me most about his book is the understanding he provides of what makes a movement a movement, when a movement is in decline, and when a movement is in fact, no longer a movement. His five points are simple but it seems, quite accurate in what they affirm. His is a book for practitioners and not for armchair theorists. I admire his bold faith in simply sending people out to plant churches knowing simple ways to share the gospel while trusting in the power of the Spirit. I have no doubt this works elsewhere. However, here again, as in his What Jesus Started, the provided Bible lessons assume that the target audiences are biblically illiterate, unsophisticated, and responsive to formulaic presentations. This approach will not work with urban Jews, which is my context, or other sophisticated urban people. The materials are also limited to those relevant to the propagation of the gospel, while certainly, the whole counsel of God is far wider and deeper. That deeper and wider mandate is unexplored in this volume. Still, there is much to be learned from his book, and the five principles he explores are gold.

This being the case, what remains is for his principles to be applied to our own contexts, and his materials and approach adapted as the situation warrants, while those who do so pay due attention to other aspects of spiritual teaching and community formation that must not be neglected.

The book is a keeper concerning the propagation of a message and way of life we ought not to keep to ourselves.
Fortune Magazine (RUPERT MURDOCH....Fox Network & News Corp)
Fortune Magazine (RUPERT MURDOCH....Fox Network & News Corp)
The new Kindle costs $489 and is capable of downloading any of 285,000 e-books available on Amazon, via Sprint Nextel's high-speed data network (sorry, requires a clumsy workaround outside the U.S. for books, not at all for periodicals or newspapers). Also, no protective carrying case - many users complain it breaks easily.

Sounds like a lot of available books until you focus on new releases (many are not available). Also it's only a black-and-white display roughly the size of a paperback, with a crippled web browser, no video, and not even a backlight. Its content also includes newspapers, for a fee, that mostly can also be accessed for free on the Internet. The "good news" is that it can display content sideways, and handle graphic-heavy content. Barclays Capital predicts Kindle devices will produce $840 million in profit on $3.7 billion in sales in 2012, roughly 20% of current performance.

Both the Washington Post and New York Times will subsidize Kindle purchases, in return for long-term subscriptions to their respective newspapers. However, that is a dubious incentive given their already free availability to viewers, and the fact that Kindle currently does nothing to address newspapers' steep fall in advertising revenues; changing that on Kindle would be annoying, at best.

Amazon has recently substantially increased prices for Kindle e-books - eg. "Education of an American Dreamer" is priced at $19.24, vs. $22.29 for the hard-cover, hardly an attractive differential. (Original Kindle promotions featured a $9.99 price for most downloads. This price increase for downloads makes Kindle DX financially untenable for casual readers; according to a 5/31/09 NYT article, Amazon is losing money at that $9.99 price because it generally is charged $13-!4/copy.) Further, a 7/10/09 WSJ article reports Amazon pricing Kindle editions of legal reference books at only a 20% discount, based on the logic that its ability to provide digital search and bookmarks largely overcomes the disadvantage of not having a physical copy. Another digital advantage would be the ability, for another fee, to instantly update/replace older editions.

Given the large potential for electronic textbooks in medicine, law, and especially the college-student market (the latter would probably also kill off the textbook resale market - another "benefit"), it is easy to suspect that Amazon's Bezos is quietly executing a major strategic change from providing books as cheaply as possible, to finding a new way to milk the market for all its worth. On the plus side, maybe Kindle will allow us to stop building expensive professional law and medical libraries, as well as to save the time and expense of traveling to/from them.

One more feature - users can still deliver business documents via email to their Kindles, for an increased fee, now 15 cents per megabyte. per Walter Mossberg at WSJ. Still wondering, will Kindle DX users be able to download their books on future versions?

Bottom Line: The Amazon Kindle DX is a one-trick pony priced too close to new portable notebooks. Apple, Google, Dell and/or Sony will likely see Kindle DX as an opportunity to restore the focus on lowering book prices. Google ebooks is already headed that direction - allowing its huge collection to be received by any reader
Henry Ford: As People Knew Him
Henry Ford: As People Knew Him
Henry Ford: As People Knew Him by Clinton LeFort and Fred Hartsook. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival
Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival
Oh, I so wanted to award this cd 5 stars, but..... the first 7 tracks are top notch, probably some of the best ever festival/concert recordings ever released. The band hit the ground running and for the first cd are on fire. But what has happened on the 2nd cd?. All along the Watchtower/Freedom are pretty average before the band kick back in with the rest of the tracks. As Dr. Lapelle says, what happened to Hey Baby? as documented in the excellent book 'Jimi Hendrix-Electric Gypsy' Glebeek/Shapiro [bootleg section]. Also, the track listing on the bootleg after the first 7 tracks is in a different order and incomplete.
My main worry is that once again we have been fed the [admittedly high class] crumbs from the Jimi table by Janie and the EH crew. I would wager a pound or two that when the Blu-ray DVD appears there will be extra tracks 'discovered' by those nice folks at EH, and in six months time a new release will appear on cd with the complete concert. Any takers?
Let me explain my reasoning. The 'Cry of Love' tour started at the LA Forum [25/04/70], with 21 other concerts leading up to the Atlanta festival, including Berkeley [30/05/70], finding the band on absolute top form. 13 days after Atlanta the JHE played New York Randall's Island [17/07/70], then San Diego [25/07/70], and finished the tour in Maui [30/07/70], and Oahu [01/08/70, Hawaii.. There are official recordings and bootlegs of all the aforementioned shows, and others, just check out the track listing of these concerts to see what's missing from Atlanta. The band were promoting tracks from the forthcoming album [posthumously released as 'The Cry of Love'] along with moving away from the 'rich white kids' constant requests for Purple Haze/Hey Joe/Wild Thing etc. leaving the band to do what they did best, which was letting Jimi expand on a theme and run with it.
Rant over, guys. Decent enough concert, but room for expansion/improvement. Watch this space!!!

Update 31/08/15
Got a couple of comments already on my review. Hey, it's good to talk! One other thing I should have mentioned is that with the band headlining, no time restrictions, great sound system etc. 80 minutes does seem a bit sparse, considering at the IOW they played in excess of 2 1/2 hours [including a 30 minute drum solo during 'Machine Gun' edited off the official IOW release] with dodgy PA, and Jimi feeling unwell. The track listing on the second cd doesn't run true to me, all over the place, compared to the 'Stages' set and others. Jimi saying 'Thank you for the last three years' halfway through the set, usually said just before the last or second to last song of the concert. It is so easy to chop and change set listings to suit, but no Machine Gun, [a staple concert song and Jimi's rallying cry against the murder of four Kent State University students by the National Guard and the on-going Vietnam war]. No untitled instrumental/Jam Back at the House/Ezy Ryder-I don't know, is it me?. Wouldn't be surprised to learn the concert was in excess of two hours [Oh, I hope so]. I would certainly value other people's thoughts and comments on this review, [remember, these are my personal thoughts, based on 49 years, Oct. '66 to present, of appreciating Jimi's music], especially comments from our cousins across the pond on who hopefully were at the gig, [and who still remember it!].

Update 02/09/15
I have received two comments which have put the record straight [thanks J & the Doc]. The concert is complete except for 'Hey Baby' in which Jimi's guitar was so out of tune due to excessive heat that evening that he finished the song and the set abruptly and left the stage. Shame really, 'cos this should have been an absolute stone cold classic concert, but it was not meant to be. Still think the song should have been included though. Anyway, my 4 star rating still stands. Thanks to all for the feedback.
Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan
Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan
1 first encountered Willie Nile in 1981 when I bought his lp Golden Down. The album quickly became
a favourite which I listened to over and over again. Then somehow I lost touch with him and his music.
It was only lately that i discovered that I still had his lp in my collection and realized
with regret that I had neglected his music for much too long. So I checked out what he was recording now
and noticed that his latest cd was a compilation of some of Bob Dylan's signature songs. Being a long
time fan of Dylan I decided to purchase it right away. I received it all the way from England yesterday
and have so far listened to it twice. I am at a loss for words to describe how Willie Niles's renditions
of Bob Dylan's songs absolutely blew me away. If you like Bob Dylan I would highly recommend that you
purchase Willie Niles's Positively Bob cd. You will not be sorry. I'm going to try to get the lps/cds
that he's recorded since Golden Down.
BESTEK 500W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12V to AC 110V Car Plug Inverter Adapter Power Converter with 4.2A Dual USB Charging Ports and 2 AC Outlets Car Charger, ETL Listed
BESTEK 500W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12V to AC 110V Car Plug Inverter Adapter Power Converter with 4.2A Dual USB Charging Ports and 2 AC Outlets Car Charger, ETL Listed
This is a surprisingly nice inverter that performs exactly as advertised. Installed it permanently in a vehicle to power a laptop, test equipment, and mobile printer. Works great. Waveform looks clean on the oscilloscope with slight distortion under load. Overall, I’m impressed. But do yourself a favor: use short, heavy-duty, stranded copper welding-type cables with professionally crimped lugs in order to let this unit achieve its full output. I used #2 cable (overkill, but I already had it) and I dont regret it. Its just physics that a 500 watt inverter will draw about 55 amps at 12 volts when fully loaded. If you dont skimp on the input cables, you will avoid future issues.
Steve Green The Ultimate Collection
Steve Green The Ultimate Collection
I've listen to Steve Green for over 25 years now and I love his music because it is so good and the words always reflect Christ and His message from the Bible. Steve in every area of his life and especially in his music is the instrument that God uses and takes himself out of the picture and lets the talents God gave him be used for God's glory and praise. Steve Green's music encourages, strengthens, teaches, inspires and leads you to the foot of Christ regardless if you are going through a hard time or a good time in your life. I love these songs on this CD and his new stuff Somewhere Between and Songs of Worship are just incredibly awesome!

The CD is awesome and this book is a great way to bring to life some songs I believe will end up in the hymn book of our churches to your church choir and special music programs. Songs like Find Us Faithful, People Need The Lord, God and God Alone, The Mission, Household of Faith, and on and on I could go, strong, deeply rooted songs that can bring greater depth to your worship services.
H2, Tome 4
H2, Tome 4
Toujours le baseball mais jamais à court d'idées et une certaine nostalgie d'une autre époque qui ne reviendra pas. Une réflexion sur les sentiments amoureux et qui est plus profonde qu'il n'y paraît au premier abord. Pour tous les publics.
As Valkirias (Em Portugues do Brasil)
As Valkirias (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Assim como outras obras do Paulo Coelho, trata-se de um relato pessoal que nos leva a reflexão.
Para mim, a reflexão tange a forma como encaramos nossos relacionamentos afetivos e familiares, o quanto valorizamos quem nos apoia e o quanto estamos preocupados apenas com o nosso desenvolvimento, deixando de prestar atenção em como estas pessoas são importantes para esse desenvolvimento aconteça.
A obstinação e determinação são pontos chaves para o nossos próprio desenvolvimento e alcançar as nossas metas, porém devemos lembrar que não podemos ter pressa e muitas vezes os "atrasos" são importantíssimos para se obter exito com satisfação e manter as pessoas queridas conosco, aprendendo juntas.
Manukareta On-na
Manukareta On-na
René Goscinny mille et un visages (BANDE DESSINEE)
René Goscinny mille et un visages (BANDE DESSINEE)
René Goscinny a bercé, avec principalement ses potes Uderzo, Morris et Tabary toute mon enfance. En relisant maintenant ses textes, je les trouve toujours aussi savoureux. Le petit Nicolas, fabuleux, je l'ai découvert quand j'étais adulte.

Cet ouvrage présenté par José-Louis Bocquet répertorie 460 caricatures, ou plutôt représentation, de sa personne, devenu personnage de bd. 93 dessinateurs ont été répertoriés par l'auteur de cet ouvrage et on ne peut qu'applaudir le travail effectué. On ne peut constater que toutes les représentations faites par ces nombreux dessinateurs ne sont que preuve d'amitié et de respect. Ce travail, qui répertories toutes ces représentations de M. Goscinny, est remarquable. Le lecteur découvre, à travers les 290 pages de cet ouvrage des dessins de très grande qualité. Le livre s'ouvre tout d'abord avec la période new-yorkaise de Goscinny, avec l'équipe du futur Mad, qui a selon toute vraisemblance orienté son travail à Pilote. Plusieurs chapitres concernent les nombreuses caricatures effectué par les dessinateurs proches (Uderzo, Morris, Sempé, Tabary, Greg, etc). Les caricatures ou dessins parues dans Pilote sont aussi répertoriées.

Un long chapitre est consacré sur des articles parus dans le journal "Pilote", en rapport direct avec le scénariste. La page consacré à Giraud reprend très justement son attitude discutable durant la fronde de mai 68 par certains collaborateurs/dessinateurs du journal "Pilote" qui soit voulaient être dans le coup, soit avaient chopé la grosse tête (au lecteur de ce commentaire de mettre Giraud où il veut). Les documents sont très intéressants, surtout pour des personnes comme moi qui n'étaient pas des lecteurs assidu de cet hebdomadaire. J'ai découvert beaucoup d'articles très intéressants, soulignant une certaine complicité des différents auteurs avec leurs rédacteurs en chef (Charlier et Goscinny).

En conclusion, à mon avis, c'est un magnifique travail de recherche de la part de l'auteur, qui ne peut que ravir les admirateurs de Goscinny, ou des personnes intéressé par les grands auteurs de bd. Je connaissais déjà un certain nombres de dessins, mais j'en ai découvert beaucoup. A noter une très belle page écrite par sa fille Anne Goscinny, en préface. Chaudement recommandé pour les amateurs de beaux dessins ainsi que ceux qui veulent avoir un survol de la vie de Goscinny. Pour les amateurs de biographies, et d'anecdotes, de nombreux autres ouvrages plus détaillés ont été édités. Là n'est pas le propos de ce livre.
Acerto de contas (Portuguese Edition)
Acerto de contas (Portuguese Edition)
O livro é dividido em três partes muito diferentes. Na 1ª parte, Grisham repete a fórmula que lhe consagrou. Um crime brutal é cometido e o assassino vai a júri popular.

É a oportunidade para ele mostrar mais uma vez todo o seu conhecimento sobre o funcionamento do sistema judiciário americano: a delicada escolha dos jurados, onde os menos simpáticos à causa devem ser dispensados, o juiz autoritário de cidade pequena que interpreta a lei como bem entende e as sustentações orais brilhantes. Os advogados digladiam verbalmente, num jogo de egos e ataques e contra-ataques empolgantes.

O cenário, como de hábito, é a região rural do Sul dos Estados Unidos, com suas fazendas de algodão e sua elite branca e hipócrita, que jamais falta aos cultos dominicais, mas é preconceituosa e racista ao extremo.

O modelo é recorrente nas obras do autor, mas a fórmula funciona. A trama é envolvente e Grisham não entrega o motivo do crime. Ele vai guardar o segredo a sete chaves, desvendando o mistério apenas na última página.

A 2ª parte funciona como interlúdio. É um flashback. A história é interrompida e somos transportados para a 2ª Guerra Mundial. Grisham sai de sua zona de conforto e constrói uma narrativa de guerrilha impressionante.

O soldado Pete Banning, que se tornou um próspero fazendeiro e matou a sangue frio o reverendo de sua igreja na parte inicial do livro, é enviado para as Filipinas, mas o arquipélago é invadido pela força imperial japonesa.

O que se segue é um registro, vívido e chocante de resistência na selva em meio à fome, mosquitos e mortes em massa em razão de doenças, como malária e disenteria. Os métodos brutais e a tortura empregados pelo exército invasor e seu desprezo pela população local são fornecidos com a força de um relato histórico. É o melhor momento do livro.

Na parte final, que é a mais curta, a trama é retomada do ponto em que havia sido interrompida e temos nova rodada de embates jurídicos. A disputa se desloca do campo penal para a esfera cível, girando em torno de uma ação indenizatória milionária.

Entretanto, esse é apenas o pano de fundo. Embora o suspense e os traços de novela policial estejam presentes, nessa última parte o elemento preponderante é o drama.

A família Banning, uma típica família aristocrática do Mississippi, está desmoronando. O enredo prioriza as complexas relações familiares.

Grisham tem uma escrita elegante e agradável, mas convenhamos, não é Faulkner nem Dickens. O segredo de família e os dilemas pessoais dos personagens não são suficientes para manter o ritmo da história, que infelizmente perde força nessa reta final.

Grisham preferiu não lançar mão de conspirações, coação de testemunhas, ameaças a advogados, tentativas de suborno, expedientes muito presentes em seus grandes sucessos, como "A Firma", "Câmara de Gás" e "O Homem que fazia chover". Definitivamente, esses ingredientes fizeram falta.

Um bom livro, especialmente as duas partes iniciais, mas não é imperdível.
The Dwelling Place
The Dwelling Place
Although this novel is very much a Cinderella story, this characterization somehow diminishes it's importance. The book spans most of Cissie's life, a young girl, born into poverty who loses her parents unexpectedly and is left to fend for herself and her nine siblings. It is Dickensian England, those not fortunate to be born into privilege, are born into poverty. Cissy is determined, strong, indefatigable and ultimately triumphant. She will keep her family together against all odds. And boy, are there odds.

I enjoyed this book, however it was not an easy read and by that I don't mean the writing, I mean the reality of life in that era-- Man's inhumanity to man. The poor seen as inhuman, wild, mistreated and easily exploited. Such lack of empathy is hard to fathom, and hard to understand, nonetheless it is historically accurate.

This book is written in a regional English dialect, and so therefore sentence structure and expressions may seem a bit odd to an American ear. Do not be off put by this, unfamiliar words, expressions, and idioms are certainly understandable in context. It is a very good book well worth your time, but it's scope is expansive. This is not "a year in the life, " it is epic, spanning many, many years, and while it never faltered in it's ability to keep my attention and interest, there are moments when I thought. "Oh...this is going to take some time to get from here to there." If you're not up to it, and just looking for a quick entertaining page turner, this may not be the right book for you.
Hallmark Keepsake Harry Potter Ornament, Hagrid Storytellers With Light and Sound
Hallmark Keepsake Harry Potter Ornament, Hagrid Storytellers With Light and Sound
 Nice Hallmark HP interactive ornament. It is sort of big, but not too heavy for my HP tree. The details are better than all of the other HP characters I own. This is definitely a standout one in comparison to the other HP interactive character ornaments. I would say this Hagrid HP ornament was worth the money just off of the strength that the details on it is phenomenal and clean looking, no paint errors. The box looked like it was put through a hot mess in some spots for this to be a brand new product, but I am keeping it. Supposedly it's the last HP interactive ornament Hallmark is making from the HP line, plus I can tell the ornament is brand new. FYI It is well protected in a semi-hard plastic inside the box.
Gryffindor Reversible Knit Scarf
Gryffindor Reversible Knit Scarf
Very high quality, well constructed scarf with beautiful colors. My daughter commented that it is too nice to wear, so she is displaying it in her room with her other Harry Potter items.
Old World Christmas Ornaments: Great White Owl Glass Blown Ornaments for Christmas Tree (16079)
Old World Christmas Ornaments: Great White Owl Glass Blown Ornaments for Christmas Tree (16079)
I ordered this as a gift for a friend who collects owls. I figured this would be perfect for their Christmas tree. It was a little larger thatn I expected-I didn't really look at the measurements when I ordered, but very pretty. The detailing was beautiful; enough glitter to catch the light, but not over the top, a little glamor without being totally unreal or catoonish looking. I was pleased to have such a pretty gift for my friend.
Quiet Air Compressor, Lightweight, 4.6 Gallon, Half the Noise and Weight, 4X Life, All the Power (Campbell Hausfeld DC040500)
Quiet Air Compressor, Lightweight, 4.6 Gallon, Half the Noise and Weight, 4X Life, All the Power (Campbell Hausfeld DC040500)
This is my second and quiet air compressor that I purchased , I love the peace and quietness of this and my other compressor , I really can not complain nor give a bad review on the delivery process and it's safety , no damages even though one of my compressors had a small Crack on the plastic round screw in part , I still am happy and content with the service and performance of this compressor and there's no subtracting a five star rate , these compressors are made to work with , take them to other work fields and somethings always going to scratch or scuff up , so there for 5 stars for this and the my other compressor and the delivery service , great job and I'm happy with all of my purchases
Obviously: Stories from My Timeline
Obviously: Stories from My Timeline
Every coming-of-age story that really works does so largely because it finds a way to both universalize personal experiences and personalize universal experiences. From familial issues, to breakups, to friendships, and everything in-between, Obviously: Stories from My Timeline certainly excels at those two things, so anyone of any age can read this and feel connected to it in various ways.

An aspect I loved, as someone of millennial age myself, is how this book does well to provide actual personality to being a millennial. So much of being a millennial goes undefined, but there's really an identity to being old enough to remember something like Oregon Trail when it wasn't a meme but a window into computers for a curious student. We weren't born into the digital age, but we weren't scared of it either; we grew up alongside it. Akilah Hughes grew up alongside it, so this entire book exudes that identity and illuminates how it has shaped her life in both positive and negative ways.

There's so much value in knowing where you're from. That includes your physical place of origin, sure, but it's so much more; it's identity. Being a millennial, being a YouTuber, being a black girl in a sea of whiteness; all of these are just parts of who Akilah Hughes is, and Obviously: Stories from My Timeline provides a remarkable understanding of where she came from, where she's going, and why you should want to follow.
Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska
One warning, if you suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts, this book may not be a good story to read. The depth of this book, in terms of looking at depression, suicide and loss, really surprised me. I have been trying to find books to help me understand several people I have personally known well, two of whom committed suicide, and my oldest brother who drank himself to death. I have found it really difficult, but helpful, to find books that might help me get my head around the fact that no matter how well we think we know someone, or want to help them, mental health disorders, depression and suicide have sides to them that make it difficult to actually understand the depth of their problem. So, after reading other books like Thirteen Reasons Why, All the Bright Places, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and others, this book Looking For Alaska had so many poignant points that I found more helpful than the other books.

First off, John Green’s characters were well constructed in terms of the tight knit circle of freinds who were there for each other, going through many of the issues of belonging, where do I fit in, etc, of the teenage angst many go through. Much of this book made me think of the more recent pain my daughter went through in high school, which was brutal at times. But, these are timeless issues, and it was easy to think back to my own issues many years ago. Alaska Young, the main character, was very well written. She was beautiful, funny, smart, well liked (to a point), but there were moody, unpredictable sides of her that were hard to understand (which is very true of depression and mental healt issues). Our storyteller Pudge, is smitten with her, as most guys her age would be. And they become best friends. But, there is The Colonel, Pudge’s roommate, funny, smart, with a huge chip on his shoulder for rich and priveledged kids their age. He is likeable and very smart, as well. He has also known Alaska for several years and knows how moody and capricious she can be. Other members of their group take in Takumi and Lara. As the story shows the fitting in issues, Alaska is a character it’s so easy to like. She’s full of life, brightens up the room with her smile and coquettish behavior, but, what’s also likeable, she is always clear with anyone that she has a boyfriend she adores.

Two main themes throughout the narrative is that Pudge is driven by a quote he read, that is now directing his life, which states
“I go seek a Great Perhaps.” He is looking for more. Alaska is obsessed with something she read in a novel talking about the struggle of life, which states, “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?” As the story continues, you realize that Alaska flies off the handle, suddenly withdraws from everyone, and no one can understand this side of her. Most of all Pudge. One of Pudge’s and Alaska’s classes together is religion and philosophy. This is a great tool used by the the author to confront many of the issues unfolding.

To get to the point, as you see Alaska boldly act brazenly at times, impetuously, and take blame before a panel that caught them all smoking, and other things along these lines, her behavior seems at times self destructive. She drinks a lot and even makes a comment to her friends, when asked why she chain smokes at times, inhaling so hard, she says she does it to kill herself. Green does a great job making her complex in ways that people with mental health issues are really complex. They can be hard to understand and unpredictable. And this is Alaska.

There is a point in the book, when they are all drinking heavily, and Alaska suggest they play a drinking game and tell their best day ever, and their worst day ever. They’re all very drunk. And Alaska admits that when she was a little girl, her mother died of an aneurysm right in front of her, and she had didn’t know what to do, but just sat with her waiting for her to wake up. And when her father came home he made it clear that it was her fault her mother died. Why didn’t she call 911? And so on. We find out Alaska is a tortured person and can’t break free of it. Needless to say, later in the story, while all drinking, Alaska gets a phone call in the middle of the night from her boyfriend. No one knows what’s said, but she is horribly distraught and crying uncontrollable, and she has to leave, has to get out, and she tears off and she dies that night. And the big question is was it suicide? And of course, her friends helped her leave because she “had to” so badly. And now they are tortured by the reality that they could have stopped her.

The kinds of questioning and guilt Green discribes is so astute and tears at your heart if you have ever suffered real loss of a loved one, especially if it was from suicide or under tragic circumstances. The Religion class resurfaces as it turns out Alaska had written her final essay paper on “How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?” The teacher, who admired Alaska, and in helping students cope, he puts her question on the blackboard, and he turns her question into an essay question for them final exam for everyone to grapple with. This was a clever device in the story as Pudge comes to grips, and we as the readers try to understand the seemingly senseless loss. The Pudge’s essay answer is a wonderful wrap up to the story. He uses things they learned from Buddhism to state things like, all things that come together will fall apart, and all things are interconnected, so that the loss of Alaska, she isn’t truly lost. “Maybe she was just matter, and matter gets recycled.” But, Pudge also realizes that even as sad and tragic as Alaska’s life was, it didn’t have to end that way. Pudge writes, “Awful things are survivable,” and he wishes he could have told Alaska that. And that we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.
2020 HP 17.3" HD+ LED Touchscreen Laptop Intel Core i7-1065G7 8GD DDR4 512GB SSD DVDRW Windows 10
2020 HP 17.3" HD+ LED Touchscreen Laptop Intel Core i7-1065G7 8GD DDR4 512GB SSD DVDRW Windows 10
Good speed with this computer, but the keyboard is a nightmare. The letters on the keys are so light in color that they're all but invisible against the silver background, and the row of "f" keys across the top are the smallest of any laptop I've ever had in addition to their invisible characters. I've ordered keyboard stickers, but don't know if I'll like them (will I feel their edges? will they eventually slide out of alignment? will I be able to remove them?). Why in the world would anyone design keys this way?? If anyone knows of a non-smudging way to micro-paint or stain the keys, please let me know!
Leggings de cintura alta con forro polar para mujer, sin costuras, 7 unidades
Leggings de cintura alta con forro polar para mujer, sin costuras, 7 unidades
I'll cut straight to the numbers... I'm 5'5 230lbs, wearing between sizes 18-22. I was hesitant to order these because "one size fits all" never applies to me, but I took a chance, and I'm glad I did. They "fit as expected" - that is to say, I "expected" them to be a little snug and they are. I would caution anyone larger than myself, these may not be for you.

As others have said, these are very soft and warm. I particularly appreciate the way the crotch is constructed (see pic), as this is where I typically see holes form first after repeating wearing/washing. The waist doesn't roll much if I'm standing, but when sitting, it does roll quite a bit. These are tagless, so there's no "front" or "back". Big booty and flat tummy? No problem. No butt but big belly? No problem. Got neither? No problem. Got both? They've got ya covered.

Here's why I've rated them 4 stars and not 5 (I *tried* to capture my reasons in the pics):

1) Straight out of the packaging the brown pair has holes in the waist and the gray pair had a couple snags.

2) The material consists of rows of "ribs". When you're bigger, the material stretches out more making it more corduroy-like. This means, when I walk and my thighs rub together, they make that "woosh-woosh" sound.

3) I'm a larger lady so on my thighs the material stretches quite a bit and it becomes almost see-through. (Material can only stretch so much.) My husband says it just makes them look shiny.

4) After ONE wear/wash (on my machine's "hand wash" setting and hanging them to dry) these are starting to pill.

For something claiming to be "one size fits all", these come very close. The quality leaves something to be desired, but for the price, I'd buy them again. They will make excellent UNDERwear, to go UNDER jeans/skirts, etc. I prefer to wear tunics with my leggings, so the above issues are significantly more important to me. Overall, I'm pleased with this product.
Dallas: The Complete Seventh Season
Dallas: The Complete Seventh Season
Most fans think of Season 8, the one prior to the infamous Dream Season 9, as Dallas' last great season, but I honestly believe that the one I'm reviewing here, Season 7, holds that honor. Don't get me wrong, there was a lot of good in Season 8, but you could really tell starting in Season 8 how the actors were kind of just sleepwalking through their roles and there was a noticeable lack of tension and depth. But no such problem with Season 7.

Season 7, in my opinion, is one of the best, if not the best, season of the series. The acting was uniformly excellent and in particular, the great Larry Hagman, continuing to essay the iconic JR Ewing was at has Machiavellian best. In the early seasons, he was already nominated twice for Emmys for Lead Actor in a Drama Series and to me, this should have been his third nomination. JR had his hand and nose in everyone's business in this season and pulling strings start to finish. The best subplot of the season involved JR's blackmailing of government employee Edgar Randolph in a scheme to destroy JR's long-time enemy and thorn-in-his-side Cliff Barnes (wonderfully played in quirky fashion by Ken Kercheval). Randolph holds the bids to off-shore oil leases and JR plots to gain knowledge of the bids prior to the auction. Randolph is an old friend and colleague of JR's sister-in-law Donna Krebbs (well played by Susan Howard) as Donna along with her husband and JR's brother Ray Krebbs (solidly played by Steve Kanaly) investigate the mysterious alliance between Edgar and JR.

Other Season 7 subplots involve Bobby Ewing (stalwartly played by Patrick Duffy) re-connecting with his old flame Jenna Wade (played by cast newcomer Priscilla Presley). This is actually the 3rd (and final) actress to play Jenna as a couple other actresses played the role in guest appearances in earlier seasons. Presley's acting is nothing to write home about, but she proved to be a perfect foil to Pam and Bobby's relationship, as they divorced early this season. The other monkey wrench was in the form of Mark Graison (commendably played by John Beck), who had been pursuing Pam since Season 6.

Another key subplot involved Sue Ellen Ewing (winningly played by Linda Gray) and her affair with the college counselor Peter Richards (an awkward Christopher Atkins). Not the best actor, this subplot still afforded Gray to do some strong acting as at this point of the series, she had easily taken over as the most important and viable female character even over Pam and Miss Ellie.

There's also the subplot of Miss Ellie (the great and Emmy-winning Barbara Bel Geddes) and her impending marriage to Clayton Farlow (dignified Howard Keel), who is another longtime enemy and thorn in JR's side, as he schemes to keep the marriage from taking place. This subplot introduces Clayton's sister Lady Jessica Montford (wonderfully played by Alexis Smith), who JR joins forces with to stop the marriage.

Season 7 also appears to be the last season that was shot on a special brand of film. There was a grainy, gritty look to the show in this season that later seasons seemed to lack. There was also a ton of location shooting, something else that started to wane as the series went into it's second life. I know the show actually managed to last another 7 full seasons even after this one, but there's something special about this season that represents classic Dallas and what this phenomenon meant to the world. Also, this was the last season that Dallas was #1 in the Nielsen ratings. No surprise there. Entertaining season and one of and perhaps the best of the series.
Pompadour Té Infusion Limón Frío - 18 bolsitas
Pompadour Té Infusion Limón Frío - 18 bolsitas
Apurando los últimos días de sol sigo disfrutando de este tipo de tés.
Es muy refrescante y si le aportas unos cuantos hielos ya es otro nivel.
Además si estas haciendo dieta es muy buen complemento ya que no tiene calorías y puede usarse como alternativa a bebidas azucaradas o con alcohol.
El único pero es que para mi gusto el sabor a limón lo considero suave, y me gustaría que fuera un poco mas cítrico.
Botella de agua Zulay con infusor de frutas (capacidad de 34oz) con funda, sin BPA, mango antideslizante y tapa abatible, unisex, botella de infusión de agua con cepillo de limpieza, color negro ónix
Botella de agua Zulay con infusor de frutas (capacidad de 34oz) con funda, sin BPA, mango antideslizante y tapa abatible, unisex, botella de infusión de agua con cepillo de limpieza, color negro ónix
I had an infuser water bottle from a different brand. There are noticeable improvements on this water bottle from my previous one. First off, the cap of the water bottle lines up well with the grips of the water bottle. This was one of the first gripes I had with my previous water bottle where the cap did not align with the grips so it did not allow me to hold the water bottle from the intended grips. The only thing I am holding out on is the band that holds the lid open. This part on my previous bottle broke within a few months, so hoping this does not happen for this bottle. Second, the cap for the infuser rod has more openings to allow water to flow in and out of the bottle for drinking and refilling, which is also another improvement. Next, the infuser rod itself is long enough to hold the fruit that I use. I typically use 1 lemon and 1 lime, and this rod holds all of the slices. This is an improvement from my previous rod where it would fall short of 1-2 slices of fruit that I had to just add into the bottle outside of the infuser rod. Overall, I like what I see from this water bottle over my previous one. I am just hoping that this bottle is shatter-resistant as advertised, since my previous water bottle cracked after it fell off the kitchen counter.

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