Vincent Davis

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Pro JavaScript Techniques
Pro JavaScript Techniques
Pro JavaScript Techniques by John Resig. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
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.
Harry Potter Poster Book
Harry Potter Poster Book
Harry Potter Poster Book by J.K. Rowling. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Little Princess
A Little Princess
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Alice Marti, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1019 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Sevgi Firtinasi
Sevgi Firtinasi
Sevgi Firtinasi by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Selected Editions (Volume 246)
Selected Editions (Volume 246)
Selected Editions (Volume 246) by Jeffery Deaver , Barbara Delinsky, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Rainbow Together
A Rainbow Together
A Rainbow Together by Danny Davies. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King, George Guidall, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2205 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Blaze: A Novel
Blaze: A Novel
Blaze: A Novel by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 787 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Kotlin Cookbook: A Problem-Focused Approach
Kotlin Cookbook: A Problem-Focused Approach
Kotlin Cookbook: A Problem-Focused Approach by Ken Kousen. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Foundations (3rd Edition)
Java Foundations (3rd Edition)
Java Foundations (3rd Edition) by John Lewis , Peter DePasquale, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Programming Non-graphical Games in C++
Programming Non-graphical Games in C++
Programming Non-graphical Games in C++ by Vic Broquard. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
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.
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl
I am a fan of Rinella's from watching "Meateater" and listening to his "Meateater" podcast. I bought his first book "Meateater: Adventures in the Life of an American Hunter" and was hooked.

I bought this book via Kindle but after a once-through reading decided to buy the paperback version of it so my other family members could read and reference it too. Once I got the book in hand I re-read it and I'm glad I did. For whatever reason I picked up a lot more from the paperback than I ever did from the Kindle version. I guess it probably has something to do with the reference-book feel this book has and the ability to skip around and gather in the whole picture of what this book offers up. The Kindle format works really well for a novel or a mono-formatted book like a historical non-fiction.......this book is neither.

One thing I want to point out about Rinella..........his style of writing (and talking) and his methods, tools and attitudes towards the animals and pursuit really make sense to me. As a transplanted Mid-westerner now living and hunting in the West myself I can really identify where he's coming from on having to evolve from Midwestern traditions and methods about hunting to the Western US approach to the critters out here in the West. Until I'd read Rinella I hadn't stumbled across anyone that eloquently and accurately describes this transition.
Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World
Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World
I have two issues with this book. First, it would have been a whole lot better if I known about it and read it much sooner. Secondly, every copy should be shipped with a complementary highlighter because if you are serious about entrepreneurship and creativity that will give you an edge in today's world and don't have photographic memory, you will ABSOLUTELY be going back and referencing specific ideas and passages. I got so tired of trying to remember all the little nuggets of wisdom that by the time I was halfway through the book, I turned back to the beginning of chapter 2 and started highlighting close to three-fifths of the text!

Plain-English explanations of how technology giants like Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks and Google tap ideas and make them work are in this book. Understanding of how to slide into a state of flow and make it work for you is there. How to utilize platforms of social media to get instant feedback on ideas and therefore rapidly evolve and improve them is right there. Seriously. This is a how-to-take-over-the-world guide for entrepreneurs that can be read and understood by a 12 year old wearing headphones.

If you are thinking of starting a business that could shake up the status-quo and possibly change the world (never mind starting an Etsy page, I'm talking moonshots here), then this book needs to be in your collection. And I don't just mean taking up space in a bookshelf. No. This book should be dogeared and scuffed; sitting atop your coffee table right next to your dried out highlighter and your plans for the next big thing to benefit humanity. And if you read this book and it doesn't radically redirect and focus your ambition, then you are either already a millionaire reading what you already know, or your copy was accidentally shipped without ink. Which I'm sure Amazon would happily replace.
Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Investment Techniques of the Far East, Second Edition
Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Investment Techniques of the Far East, Second Edition
I'm a self-taught trader that's been trading for about 3 yrs now. Went through a few dvd's of the "guru's" out there, but I still had so many unanswered questions. For me, I loved everything about this book. It was easily read and answered all my questions, and then some, about the different patterns. Right now, I'm more of a technical trader and this book was exactly what I was looking for. I got a used first edition because of the neg comments about the book construction of the 2nd. My win to loss is not ideal right now, but after reading and studying I feel more confident. I made reference cards that I laminated to help memorize the different patterns. The patterns are not named the same as western patterns. I would find the western name for the patterns if you plan on screening patterns. That's the only thing I can see as a neg. This book was a great buy and addition to my library of books. I highly recommend to anyone trying to find their edge. Forgive me for any mistakes in my comments, but just wanted to give some feedback. I wish you all the best and good luck on your journey. Cheers!
Wherever You Go: A Guide to Mindful, Sustainable, and Life-Changing Travel
Wherever You Go: A Guide to Mindful, Sustainable, and Life-Changing Travel
I enjoyed this book but it's a little difficult to place it in a specific genre besides non-fiction. Part memoir, a peek into the travel industry, interviews, and a sprinkle of travel advice. Daniel Houghton doesn't go in depth enough, in any of those areas to really classify this volume. Not that that's all bad, it just means this is light reading without any deep focus. The interviews are enjoyable but not in depth-- even the responses are pedestrian.

I started traveling internationally about 6 years ago. I thought this book might shed some light on travel or turn me on to a country I haven't visited. I can't say I really experienced either of those, but I do appreciate Houghton's efforts. The writing is easy to follow, I just wish he had a more focused narrative.
Pendulum: The story of America's three aviation pioneers--Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Glenn Curtiss, the Henry Ford of aviation
Pendulum: The story of America's three aviation pioneers--Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Glenn Curtiss, the Henry Ford of aviation
Pendulum is written for the serious student of early aviation history. Unlike most stories that focus on the Wright brothers' struggles before Dec. 17, 1903, this book delves into what happened AFTER Kitty Hawk.
In 1908 Glenn Curtiss won the Scientific American Magazine trophy for the first public flight in America. It was he, not the Wright brothers, who received instant fame and glory. He built and sold civilian airplanes while they focused on a single sale to the American, British or French Army.
The book explains how early chronicles touted Glenn Curtiss, not the Wrights, as the pioneer of aviation. Thousands of Curtiss JN-4 "Jennys" were used to train WW-I pilots. Today the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme. Few people know of Curtiss, inventer of the flying boat and father of naval aviation, but everyone has seen the photo of Orville Wright's famous "First Flight" at Kitty Hawk.
In a sometimes dry account, Jack Carpenter meticulously compares step-by-step progress of the three men, with more rare photos than any other book. He tells how they were influenced by Alexander Graham Bell, inventer of the telephone, and Henry Ford, the father of mass produced automobiles.
Having studied the lives of all three men, I think Pendulum is the only book that gives an unbiased account of the bitter patent lawsuit that delayed the growth of American aviation for 10 years.
Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life
Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life
Dies ist nun schon mein zweites Trump-Buch nach "The Art of the Deal". Ich denke, jetzt ein besseres Verständnis davon zu haben, wie der neue amerikanische Präsident tickt - warum er von niemandem so richtig liebgehabt wird und warum er als Geschäftsmann so erfolgreich war - und es in der Politik vermutlich auch sein wird.

Die Medien haben sich auf ihn eingeschossen - "VIEL FEIND, VIEL EHR". Ich würde mir wünschen, unsere bekannten Allerweltsjournalisten hätten sich auch einmal die Mühe gemacht, erst einmal zu lesen statt immer nur abzuschreiben und nachzuplappern, was gerade angesagt scheint. Es ist doch so billig, auf einen fahrenden Zug aufzuspringen und seinen politisch "korrekten" primitiven Antiamerikanismus nach Herzenslust auszuleben. Wenn ich mir die Talk-Shows so ansehe, sind es dankenswerterweise immer die Gäste, welche die Diskussion wieder einfangen und die Moderatorinnen zur Sachlichkeit zurück führen. Das hätte ich nicht gedacht. Das große TRUMP-BASHING ist vorerst abgesagt, auch wenn die Medien ihre alten BUSH-BASHER offenbar wieder aus der Plünnenkiste herausgekramt haben. Man kann die Nummer auch nicht endlos fortsetzen.

Endlich: zu diesem Buch.

Das ist ein Motivations-Buch nach dem Motto: Ich habe es geschafft und viele andere haben es auch geschafft und Du kannst es auch schaffen, wenn Du die Sache nur ernsthaft genug betreibst. Mit dieser Masche ziehen die Vortragsreisenden durch die Kongresszentren und vermarkten die Bekanntheit ihres Namens. Und die Leute wollen so etwas hören und zahlen dafür hohe Eintrittsgelder. Am Ende sind alle happy - und schaffen es trotzdem nicht nach oben.

TRUMP hat es nicht nötig, auf die Vortragshonorare zu schielen - er versteht das Ganze mehr als "giving back". Sein Co-Autor ist aber mit genau dieser Nummer reich geworden. Das ist spannend zu lesen - vermutlich aber nicht so einfach wiederholbar. Ich würde sehr gerne einmal "THE APPRENTICE" im Fernsehen anschauen um mir ein eigenes Bild zu machen von der TRUMP-Show. Gerne in Englisch. Aber vielleicht kommt das ja noch ...

Fazit:

Sie werden NICHT reich, NICHT erfolgreich und NICHT zum Frauenschwarm, wenn sie dieses Buch gelesen haben. Sie können aber jetzt NOCH BESSER einschätzen, woran es bei Ihnen liegt und was SIE von Präsident TRUMP unterscheidet. Sehen Sie dieses "Werk" also nicht als Ratgeber, sondern ziehen Sie Ihre eigenen Rückschlüsse auf den Autor - und warum sie ihn nicht mögen, auch wenn er erfolgreich ist ... oder gerade deswegen. DANKE.
Morning Symphony Ideas
Morning Symphony Ideas
Very interesting release for those who really likes Jimi and for those who'd like to suppose what Jimi could do in the 70s.
Rough and unpolished (but quite listenable) records of improvisational charater are opening more intimate side of Jimi's personality and his music for us.
The central piece "Scorpio Woman" (21:41) was improvised by Jimi in Havaii in August of 1970. There were no restrictions of genre, aim of entertaing public, making show, no restrictions of playing fast and loud. Jimi simply enjoys the music he plays and sometimes you'd get feeling that you are siting in the room next to Jimi, there's a party and Jimi's playing something for the guests - not very seriously, but giving them a chace to appreciate his music.
It's obvious that in the possible future "Scorpio Woman" could be transformed in epic prog rock style compostion. It starts as ballad, continues as bluesy meditation and turns into dynamic rock instrumental piece. Structure of improvisation reminds of Dream Theater and neo-prog bands.
I was always very sceptical about about possible collaborations between Jimi and Miles Davis, Jimi and ELP. If you are listening to ELP record and imagining Jimi's guitar in their songs - it wouldn't work.
But if you are listening to "Sсorpio Woman" and imagining drums by Carl Palmer, keyboards by Keith Emerson and acoustics by Greg Lake - yeah, it could work!
Jimi was interrupted twice by the telephone calls, and after the second call he started to talk and didn't finish this piece of music.
So if you really like Jimi Henrix - buy this album. If you want to buy your first album by Hendrix - pick up Ultimate Experience or Electric Ladyland.
My Head Is An Animal [2 LP]
My Head Is An Animal [2 LP]
First, let me say I love OMAM. The music gets five gold stars without question. All of their songs are richly layered with great vocals, percussion, strings, etc, etc. this comes through wonderfully on their CD's. Unfortunately the vinyl pressings have not done justice to the source material, at least not the copies I've bought and listened to.

Maybe it's just my copies, maybe there was a drunken spider monkey in charge of quality control the day my disks rolled off the press but a visual survey of the colored vinyl shows dips, bubbles and streaks throughout all sides of all the disks and you can hear these during playback. Background noise is really distracting (I have a nice TT and amp setup that normally brings out the best in both vintage and new lp's) and combined with the warbling that can be heard on some of the inner songs (that I don't hear on the digital version) makes both their debut and follow up pretty much unlistenable to my ears.

Again, love the band (they are awesome live), but I feel like I paid 50 bucks for blow ups of the cd cover art and four extra large skeet targets.

Hopefully a more audiophile directed edition (sorry if that sounds snooty, not meant to be) will be released some day. I think they have the potential to sound magnificent - give Arcade Fire's Neon Bible a listen for a idea of what could be.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
All the songs are great, but only a few of them are hits. And in his usual eccentric fashion, Bob Dylan skipped over some actual hit singles to make room for more obscure items which the casual fan (me, for example) might have missed. The record covers the years from 1973-1994, an era which began with one of Dylan's most beloved albums ("Blood and the Tracks") followed by some very weird stuff.

The hit singles would be "Tangled Up in Blue," "Hurricane," and "Gotta Serve Somebody." Also, this album has the original versions of two tunes which were massive hit singles as cover versions: "Forever Young" (covered by Rod Stewart), and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (covered by Guns N Roses.)

Dylan could easily have found 9 better-known songs to fill put the album, even without going back before 1973 and/or mining the several live albums he put out in the 1970s and 1980s. But could he have found 9 better songs? Probably not--- but possibly. In any case, the 9 songs he did choose are all extremely interesting.
The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall
The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall
First off even thou I am a HUGE Dylan fan I have always been lukewarm about his folk records. Don't get me wrong "freewheeling" and "another side of..." are excellent records and the others of this ilk are good records and should be checked out even by a passive fan. I am also not a Joan Baez fan either. But this is a great summation of his out put to this point of hi career.
Now the SACD. It is 5.0 so you do get an audio landscape around you but (like the CD) the audio is a little too bright for me (thin sounding with lots of high end but not much bass) but it sounds good considering the source tapes involved. This was mastered by Columbia records but never release hence it coming out on an indie label (Audio Fidelity - who by the way just put out Santana's Lotus live album. Again lacking bass but if you turn your sub up it sounds great). I held off buying this album mainly due to price $92 was a little too steep for me. But even thou I am not a huge fan of this album I knew if I didn't pick it up down the road I would regret it.
Over all I am happy with the purchase but I was hoping for more. But seriously what was I expecting, a man singing with his guitar is not exactly the kind of thing you would think would come to life with a multi channel release. It does give you the sensation of sitting in the audience but the rears are reverb only.
If you are an idiot completist ( like me) you should like it. If you want to check the album out but don't want to spend $60 pick up the CD version (it does sound good).
Pina Colada (Jazz Mix)
Pina Colada (Jazz Mix)
It was late 2001, and I was on duty, in military uniform, representing my country as an aide to a senior military officer. We were in the cafe at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at a working lunch with a senior officer of the Malaysian armed forces, and all of a sudden I became aware of this song. I lost track of the conversation and this song pulled me right on in, slow and smooth.

I called the waiter over, and in the middle of the lunch meeting asked what song this was. Not knowing, the waiter brought over the manager, and by then both the Malaysian host and my star-wearing boss were looking at me more than a little sideways. I asked the manager for the info, and he brought me the 
Singer & the Song
Singer & the Song
My husband and I both like Dylan and Cash, so I thought this would be a fun CD to have, and maybe bring on a road trip. And there are definitely some good tunes on it, cleverly arraged. But WOW, the sound quality/production value of the Dylan tunes is just beyond low quality! They don't even sound professionally recorded, while the Cash tracks absolutely do. I am not a singer nor a musician nor a sound engineer... in fact, I don't even have a very good "ear" for things like pitch, tone, clarity, etc. But even I could tell that something was "wrong" with Dylan's tracks. I've been listening to Dylan since I was a kid. I have never once thought his harmonica sounded shrill until I heard this CD. Is it possible these recordings are just so old that he didn't play as well back then? Maybe. But that wouldn't explain the other problems with his tracks on this CD... his voice literally fades in and out, to where you can barely hear him at times, and the recording sounds fuzzy and "warped" or warbly (sorry I don't know the technical term for that) in places, like an old cassette that got left in the sun or fell into a pool or something. Not a pleasant auditory experience. I'm not sure how or why Dylan would have released these thoroughly unpolished tunes for public consumption. As is, they sure don't do any justice to his immense talent and legacy. I'm returning it, even though it was cheap.
Tree Hut 24 hour Intense Hydrating Shea Body Butter Coco Colada, 7oz, Hydrating Moisturizer with Pure Shea Butter for Nourishing Essential Body Care
Tree Hut 24 hour Intense Hydrating Shea Body Butter Coco Colada, 7oz, Hydrating Moisturizer with Pure Shea Butter for Nourishing Essential Body Care
This shea butter lotion is AMAZING! I started using this brand about a year ago. I have really dry skin, almost like diabetic dry skin, even though I am not diabetic. I have tried so many lotions and none worked, EXCEPT this one! This shea butter lotion feels amazing and does not have that greasy feel like a lot of lotions do. It really works on my dry skin. I use it all over in the morning after my shower and then again at night. It comes in so many wonderful scents too, I've tried them all. As long as Tree Hut makes this shea butter lotion I will buy it. It has been my miracle lotion, I swear by this stuff only now. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this for people who suffer very dry skin.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G Factory Unlocked New Android Cell Phone | US Version Smartphone | 256GB Storage | Folding Glass Technology| Long-Lasting Mobile Battery | Mystic Gray
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G Factory Unlocked New Android Cell Phone | US Version Smartphone | 256GB Storage | Folding Glass Technology| Long-Lasting Mobile Battery | Mystic Gray
The screen is unreadable with polarized sunglasses on. Living in Florida and being outside means having to remove your sunglasses every time the phone is used.
I’m landscape it is fine, portrait mode is a purple mess.
The screen has a very large bezel that is quite high and limited swipes from all sides. I noted lagginess often with swipes.
The folding mechanism is nice to have but the compromises are huge. The screen is plasticy to feel, the seam is very noticeable to see and feel. The outside screen window is pretty useless except for the time of day.
All said, at $1,500 there are much better options out there. It is t prime time for foldables yet in my opinion
X-Men
X-Men
Professor X :"Mutation, it is the key to our evolution. It has allowed us to evolve from a single organism into the dominant species of the planet. This is process is slow, normally taking hundred of years but with a few millenniums, evolution leaps forward!"

In what I think is one of the best adaptation from comics, X-Men 1 and 2 deserves to be the winners. Bryan Singer and his team managed to turn this comic series into modern day "reality".

I won't go into the movie details but if you think about it. Mutation may just happen in the near future or very soon. Imagine being prejudiced against because you can move metal/things, read minds, transformed into anyone, blast off a mountain with just your eyes etc. When it does happen, what would you do:

1. Join Magneto and wipe out the human race as what Ian McKellen's character said "We are the future, not them Charles?" OR
2. Join Professor X and learn to earn their trust and show them we're are humans too as what Patrick Stewart's character said "If no one is to oppose them (i.e. Magneto and gang), humanity days would be over."

The storyline is close to the heart, what if you are gay, a jew, a minority race that is considered "not normal" in the eyes of everyone else...

This movie does great along those lines. Great action is useless without great storyline. X-men 1 and 2 hits bull's eye!

P.S. Give X-Men 3 a miss please, it was pure fluff and utter rubbish with only great CGI and poor storyline. I blame 20th Century Fox for not willing to wait for Bryan Singer and gang to come back with a powerhouse story for X3.
Tender Is the Night (Cover May Vary)
Tender Is the Night (Cover May Vary)
I just plowed thru this one. I decided I am simply not literate enough to appreciate FSF's writing. I had to skim certain sections, but was determined to finish it. On a few occasions I was actually interested and kept going hoping I would love it. I was often confused as to what was going on and who was who and I was often was surprised that this heralded writer wrote sentences that seemed very "cheesy". I also had no appreciation of the characters -- could not relate to any of them. His only other book I read was: "Gatsby" and I did appreciate that one so I guess all is not lost.
I would have tried for Last Tycoon and This Side of Paradise -- but decided to "give up the ship"! I read lots and lots of books but I think I have discovered I am only capable of appreciating a more limited number. I wish I had more of Richard Yates!! I am never bored by what I read so when I am -- I just have admit it may be "over my head" and that I will do gladly in order to focus on the books I truly love and relate to.
The Gospel According To Harry
The Gospel According To Harry
Not quite sure why this movie has stuck with me the way it did. It is perhaps better suited to an off broadway stage than a film. Its quirky. Its sometimes difficult to understand the allegory, and at other times the message hits you directly in the face. The ongoing scene where Wes is undergoing a hopeless surgery, only to have the doctors walk out in the middle of the operation when its discovered he has no insurance, is particularly timely.
Viggo isn't Harry, btw. He's a victim of Harry, and basically his entire world. He plays the part well despite some of the scenes being somewhat overdone in their delivery. It alternately makes you want to cringe a little or laugh out loud, as in the timing of 'the bomb'. All the acting is solid. The story is solid. The dialogue intentionally mundane. And I will never think of sand in the same way again.
Passion for the Game (Georgian Book 2)
Passion for the Game (Georgian Book 2)
The concept of Maria and Christopher acting as spies on each other sounds intriguing and could be good, but in this case I didn't like it. They were supposed to be uncovering each others' secrets, but for most of the book when they were together they just had passionate and fighting sex, but never asked any questions. The only actions they took were to place spies in each others' homes as domestic help. A few times, one would learn something from a domestic spy and then make incorrect assumptions about the other. Then they would get together, have sex and not say anything about it. Some of this reminded me of my pet peeve of conflict based on incorrect assumptions rather than excitement and intrigue from spying on each other. I'm having trouble explaining it, but somehow it didn't work for me.

The reasons behind their spying were the following.

Christopher did smuggling and pirate activities. Sedgewick was a government agent who wanted a promotion. He found a witness against Christopher and demanded the witness's cooperation as ransom for the safety of his family. He told Christopher to get evidence against Maria to keep the witness quiet. Maria had been married to two government agents who were killed by poison. Sedgewick believed convicting her of the crime would further his career.

Maria's stepfather Welton, kept Maria's half sister Amelia away from Maria for many years. He threatened to sell her into slavery if Maria wouldn't do what Welton asked. Welton told Maria she must spy on Christopher to get information that Welton could use to blackmail Christopher. Welton needed money and saw Christopher as a blackmail source.

A subplot involved Maria trying to find her sister Amelia to get her away from Welton. Welton had used this threat over the years to force Maria to do a number of things including marrying her two former husbands.

I did like a couple of parts. I liked Christopher's intense lust for Maria. I also liked the story about Colin who was a gypsy stable boy. He and Amelia loved each other, but he knew they could never be together because he was a servant while she was titled. Simon, Maria's closest friend, makes an interesting offer to Colin at the end. Colin's story is told in the sequel "A Passion For Him." Simon's story is told in the sequel "Don't Tempt Me."

Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: six lengthy scenes. Setting: 1700s or 1800s England. Copyright: 2007. Genre: historical romance.

For a listing of my reviews of other Sylvia Day books, see my 5 star review of "The Stranger I Married" posted on 1/19/07.
Lickin' License: From Lust to Love to Deception and Death
Lickin' License: From Lust to Love to Deception and Death
I did the read inside thing before I bought these two books and I must say, after the first page I thought the book sex scenes would be off the chain. Was I sadly mistaken, that was the best scene of the book. The other scenes were just OK so that was the first disappointment. Past that the book just moved to fast and should have explained more in areas that is skipped past. I felt like the character personality changed just to make a certain part fit in the book although the action didn't really fit the personality of the actor. So Rich is this hard person but after so quick time he was already giving personal information but again that could be cause the pace the book was reading too. Another thing was Vanessa was this so hard to get person but yet she went real quick. I just think the story of the book was very poor and I am almost mad that I bought both books because I can barely finish the first one. I will admit I brought the book bases on Whahilda name on it but I won't do that again. Really expect more after the "read inside".
Icebound: A Novel
Icebound: A Novel
First of all, I'm a great Koontz fan. He is a superlative writer, and this early book--updated by the author--is an example of his extraordinary talent. FEW writers can combine great adventure and plot WITH excellent characterization. Koontz is a master of doing just this.
Icebound is a departure from Koontz's horror genre. This is strictly a techno-thriller. The action is nonstop--never a dull moment, and all very, very well done. It is about a group of scientists who are carrying out an assignment in the arctic...very believable scenario, I might add. As a result of severe weather storm conditions and sub-oceanic quakes, a large chunk of ice breaks off and they find themselves stranded on an iceberg upon which they had implanted explosives scheduled to go off in 12 hours. There are no American ships that can rescue them because of their distance and the severe weather. Only a Russian sub on a clandestine mission is close enough and has the ability to possibly rescue the team of scientists.
The stories of the men, especially the submarine captain, make you really care about the outcome. Although Koontz, in his afterword, is humble enough to diminish his technological detail as compared with a Tom Clancy, I found the whole thing so real that I was there! I love submarine adventures and to me, this numbers with the best of them.
Noteworthy is the graphic detail of what it must be like to work in such an extreme environment. The descriptions of the arctic and the weather conditions are awesome. Even the death scene where one man dies through drowning is so realistic I could imagine vividly what it felt like to die this way.
On top of the natural perils they face, there is a one twisted mind with them who is obsessively determined to commit murder. This portion of the story is also very well executed.
In short (I should have said this some paragraphs back!), I can find nothing negative to say about this story or writing style. I read it at breakneck speed because it was so riveting. I heartily recommend this book to not only Koontz fans but to anyone who enjoys a techno-thriller.
If you're looking only for a supernatural horror story, this is not the ticket. But...if you love Koontz's immense talent and want to read an exciting thriller, have at it!
Nora Roberts Three Sisters Island Trilogy
Nora Roberts Three Sisters Island Trilogy
I was thoroughly disappointed with the Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (it was so plodding and boring that I couldn't stomach it and gave up halfway through the third book). This one was almost as bad, but I made myself finish it because I paid full-price for the trilogy (again...I can't find her books for free anywhere).
I wouldn't suggest that anyone waste their time with this lackluster series of books, but just stick to the Key trilogy, the Circle trilogy, and the Sign of Seven trilogy. I'm going to have to check out the other one-star reviews and find out which stories they recommend reading, because I seems to have been picking her duds for the last four series that I actually paid for.
Boring, uninspired, generic Nora Roberts. Not her finest.
The Calhouns: Catherine and Amanda (Calhoun Women)
The Calhouns: Catherine and Amanda (Calhoun Women)
FIRST OF ALL, WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT NORA ROBERTS. SHE IS ONE OF THE FEW I LIKE TO READ "SERIES" STORY LINES. HOWEVER THIS ONE, I READ THE FIRST ONE THEN BEFORE I EVEN FINISHED THE FIRST BOOK ORDERED THE ENTIRE SERIES. I BASICALLY LISTEN TO AUDIO BOOKS SO I CAN DO MY HOUSEWORK, WORK IN THE YARD, DRIVE, ETC ETC AND STILL ENJOY MY BOOK. I HAVEN'T BEEN WITHOUT MY CD PLAYER SINCE I STARTED THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES. KEEPS YOU ON YOUR TOES, ENOUGH MYSTERY TO KEEP THOSE PAGES TURNING. CHARACTERS YOU REALLY LIKE AND ENJOY KNOWING, AND THEY ARE THREADED THROUGH THE SERIES SO YOU MEET THEM AGAIN IN EACH STORY. IT TWINES THE MYSTERY BETWEEN TWO TIME LINES SO SMOOTHLY YOU ARE NOT JUMPING AROUND BUT THE STORY FLOWS SO WELL YOU NEED BOTH SIDES OF THE TIME LINE AND ENJOY, PLUS YOU CATCH YOURSELF WORKING WITH THE CHARACTERS. THIS IS EXCELLENT, ENJOY.
Beyond Our Differences
Beyond Our Differences
This is both an interesting and intriguing film on the role of religion in many venues from a global perspective. The problems every society faces are brought together in this extensive production where people from a wide variety of backgrounds explore, debate and attempt to bring together the nature of being human in these difficult times where economic,cultural, political and even religious differences often collide. Kudos, once again to The Bill Moyers Journal series.
Lonely on the Mountain: The Sacketts, Book 17
Lonely on the Mountain: The Sacketts, Book 17
Lonely on the Mountain reaffirms that old scuttlebutt about how when you corner one Sackett, other Sacketts are bound to come running. An urgent note from their cousin, Logan, has William Tell, Orrin, and Tyrel "pushing eleven hundred head of fat steers across the Dakota plains, headed for the gold mines in far western Canada." See, Logan Sackett had given his word to deliver cattle, only he don't have no cows. Ominously, his note's post script reads "You can expect Higginses." As you know, Higgins is the Sacketts' code word for trouble.

Sucks for Tell, Tyrel and grizzled, old Cap Roundtree, seeing as how they just got done selling cattle, and, now, they got to round up a fresh batch. Which they do, spending much of the money they'd just earned. This being an impromptu rescue of sorts, they had to round up some hands in haste, some of whom seemed to be shady characters. But desperate times call for desperate measures. The Sioux lurk in the area, except the Sackett brothers don't think it's the red man what's been stalking them.

Somewhere up ahead, Orrin, the most dapper Sackett sibling, is supposed to meet Tell and Tyrel with fresh supplies and more men. Except, come to find, Orrin runs into his own share of woe and misery. He gets distracted - but not diverted - by a lovely damsel come west seeking her brother. And, yep, this novel is told from Tell's first person narrative and from Orrin's third person narrative.

It's not the best Sackett read, unless you think long cattle drives to British Columbia are the height of excitement. It's no The Daybreakers or Sackett's Land or The Sackett Brand. The excitement comes more from having Tell, Tyrel, and Orrin - whom I feel are the most popular Sacketts - together in the same book, and throw in Logan in the mix, as well, although what we get of him amounts to just a cameo appearance at the end. The best bits are what happens after the stampede and everyone gets scattered to the winds and everyone fears that everyone else may be dead. I love that the Sacketts, every last one of 'em, have a way of keeping track of each other, a way to communicate thru sign. And, of course, when it comes to bracing their enemies, well, there's this colorful quote: "Those who lived 'round about used to say that Sacketts and shootin' went together like hog meat an' hominy."

Laying cards on the table, I admit that Tyrel is my favorite Sackett. Not one to toot his own horn, Tye, notorious as the Mora Gunfighter, quietly remarks in The Daybreakers: "Till the day I hung 'em up, I was the fastest gun alive." It cheeses me that he's relegated to side character status here, what with William Tell and Orrin snagging the leading roles. I mean, c'mon! This'll be the sixth book to showcase William Tell, not to mention the two short stories that featured him, "Booty for a Badman" and "The Courting of Griselda," and the non-Sackett novel, Dark Canyon, in which he was only a minor character. Throw Tyrel a bone, for cripes' sake!

It's 3.5 - or 4 - out of 5 stars for me. It's L'Amour not quite at his best. What really torpedoes the thing is the rushed ending. It's a case of the author failing to deliver the promised showdown. Everything gets wrapped up hastily in just four pages, as if L'Amour abruptly found something else more interesting to do. However, the stuff before is pretty darn good: the death-dealing stampede; a heap of ambushes; wolves and grizzlies and monster mosquitos; how the girl's reunion with her brother plays out; and four asskicking Sacketts for the price of one. That's a good deal.
The Burning Hills: A Novel by Louis L'Amour (1985-04-01)
The Burning Hills: A Novel by Louis L'Amour (1985-04-01)
The mass market paperback cover does not have the same colour nor the same picture as the one advertised in the photo, but that is the least of my concern. The book arrived fast and in excellent new condition. Highly recommend ordering here if you have already read the book and are looking to personalize it.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 40: La Fusion (Dragon Ball (sens français) (40)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 40: La Fusion (Dragon Ball (sens français) (40)) (French Edition)
Sur les 42 tomes de la série, c'est la seule couverture que je trouve mauvaise. Pour le reste, c'est au niveau de la série.

Dragon Ball d'Akira Toriyama fait partie intégrante de ma jeunesse.

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

Aujourd'hui, cette version Kiosque en 85 volumes n'est plus distribuée il me semble et je me tourne donc vers l'édition simple en 42 tomes toujours éditée par Glénat.

Première apparition de Sangoku SS3.
Pluto: Vol. 2 (Japanese Edition) [Paperback] (Pluto: NaokiUrasawa X Osamu Tezuka (Book 2))
Pluto: Vol. 2 (Japanese Edition) [Paperback] (Pluto: NaokiUrasawa X Osamu Tezuka (Book 2))
直向な眼差しだけを残しながらのアトム・・・。
まだまだ序奏で、今後の展開がまったく読めませんが
確実に浦沢さんの『アトム』が始まっています。
元祖アトムの頃には実現できそうになかった世界が
すぐそこまで来ている現在、
ロボットがロボットを超えること、
人間をも超えることの苦悩が哀しい。
The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (History of Middle-Earth 1)
The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (History of Middle-Earth 1)
Like the Unfinished Tales, The Book of Lost Tales, Part I is a collection of J.R.R. Tolkien’s unpublished manuscripts, this time coming from earlier in Tolkien’s life (approximately 1916-1927). In a way, this work was Tolkien’s first draft of The Silmarillion. Tolkien’s early writing differed significantly from his later work. That makes The Book of Lost Tales both fascinating and frustrating for Tolkien fans.

The biggest and most immediate difference is Tolkien’s prominent use of a framing device. The book begins when Eriol the Elf enters the Cottage of Lost Play, which is exactly what it sounds like – a small cottage where people tell stories. Then he meets storytellers, who proceed to tell him about the Valar and other tales we know and love from The Silmarillion.

What’s striking about this frame is its intrusiveness. Each story within the The Book of Lost Tales begins and ends with Eriol, as if the reader is listening alongside him. In Tolkien’s original conception, the frame was supposed to emphasize the importance of fantasy stories and how such stories could help readers uncover deeper truths. The children at the Cottage of Lost Play all become rapturous when a new story is told.

However, for the reader, this lack of subtlety undermines the point. It’s as if Tolkien is telling rather than showing the reader why fantasy stories are valuable. As a reader, I felt the book was trying too hard to prime me to enjoy the stories. Ultimately, Tolkien’s published works make a much better case for fantasy literature by simply being good stories that speak to deeper truths about the world.

Of course, Tolkien later used frame devices in his other published works. In The Lord of the Rings, we’re told that the text we’re reading is actually the Red Book of Westmarch, which Bilbo and Frodo wrote and passed onto Sam. But, aside from a brief mention at in the introduction, Tolkien’s use of this frame is subtle. It never distracts from or intrudes on the story. Readers could be forgiven for forgetting about it by the time they reach The Return of the King. Not so the Cottage of Lost Play.

In The Book of Lost Tales, Tolkien expands upon the Valar, the equivalent to gods in Middle-earth. This provides some fascinating details on about the Valar and makes them more active participants in the story. Fans of The Silmarillion will likely enjoy seeing more of Tulkas. On the other hand, even in The Silmarillion, I always thought Tolkien’s best stories focused on humans. Tolkien is great at capturing the essence of the human experience. However, there’s much less thematic resonance to a story about immortal beings fighting against each other or about the fictional formation of the Sun and the Moon. Tolkien’s point about reading fantasy in order to uncover deeper truths work best when dealing with mortal beings who have the flaws and virtues we encounter in our own worlds.

When talking about The Book of Lost Tales, one has to distinguish between reading the work as a story as opposed to reading it as a historical text. As an insight into Tolkien’s writing process, the book is invaluable. Christopher Tolkien did an enormous service in publishing these and providing commentary. I enjoyed seeing Tolkien's initial emphasis on the idea that his Middle-earth legendarium was originally supposed to be an epic fantasy history for England. Unfortunately, as a story, it’s not Tolkien’s best, and he probably realized this (remember, not only did Tolkien did not publish this version, but he revised it significantly).
The Lord of the Rings (3 Volumes)
The Lord of the Rings (3 Volumes)
In a rising tide above the rapidly aging Pottermania comes the sweep of Tolkienmania. In preparation for the three new live-action movies, the famed trilogy is rereleased.
Years before, the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron was discovered in the possession of the creepy Gollum - and came into the "ownership" of Bilbo Baggins, a pleasant hobbit in the middle of an adventure. Now, it is given to his relative Frodo, who soon encounters creatures both mesmerizing and evil in the Shire. Wizard Gandalf has him head off to the elf city of Rivendell, but along the way he is attacked and nearly killed by the sinister Black Riders. It is determined at Rivendell that the One Ring must be destroyed, and that Frodo's the hobbit to do it. With Gandalf, he sets off with a group of companions: the hobbits Sam, Merry and Pippin, men Aragorn and Boromir, elf Legolas, and dwarf Gimli.
They travel across the length of Middle Earth, from the beautiful gardenland of Lothlorien to the rotting wasteland of Mordor. Aragorn and the others will attempt to save the city of Minas Tirith from the armies of Sauron. Frodo and Sam will try to take the Ring to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed. But that will take a terrible price.
When this book was first published, Tolkien had no idea that he would jump-start the fantasy genre from an odd little collection of fiction to a major part of the book market and would inspire more ripoffs than any other author in history. Lord of the Rings is a sweeping epic of good and evil. Cliche? It is a cliche now, but it's also one LOTR spawned.
What sets it apart is two things: the Judeo-Christian morality and ethics that Tolkien held so dear, and the crafting of Middle-Earth. If one carefully examines the themes of temptation, redemption and punishment, as well as the innate nobility of the heroes. I also advise, to get the full effect of Tolkien's beliefs, that you read the Silmarillion.
Middle Earth is perhaps the most intricate fantasy world ever created, with Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster trilogy's world as a close second. Tolkien crafted not just geology and various species for his world; he also created a religious background, complete with a God and a pantheon of deitilike angelic creatures, individual languages, cultures, and several outlooks that are alien to the other species. Add to this his poetic, strong descriptions, pleasant dialogue, occasional song or poem, and you have a true classic. The classic status is cemented into immortality by the fact that this was the first widely-read fantasy.
A recommendation: If you've already read the trilogy, then you may want to read two other intelligent trilogies, "Children of the Star" and "Riddlemaster." Though they cannot match JRR (who can?) they are two of the best.
If you are one of the few people who has never read this trilogy: Put down your Harry Potter and read the story that introduced the world to fantasy.
Last Stage to Hell Junction
Last Stage to Hell Junction
Max Allan Collins is an undeniably talented writer. He's prolific, writes genre spanning series with aplomb, and is generally just top-shelf. Mickey Spillane was a prolific writer of crime and screenplays and if some of his tropes seem slightly dated to today's audiences, it's because he -invented- the twists that writers are still using today. This is a posthumous collaboration, written by M.A.C. around notes left by Spillane prior to his death in 2006. This is the 4th book which features Sheriff Caleb York and includes several characters from previous books in the series. The plot is self contained, and the book doesn't suffer from being read as a standalone.

Released 28th May by Kensington, Last Stage to Hell Junction is a fast paced 240 pages and available in hardcover, paperback, audio, and ebook formats.

It's increasingly difficult to find westerns these days. There are a few series being written currently, but the quality varies immensely. This series is very well written, gritty and face paced with solid characters and a taut plot driven narrative. Bullets fly and bad guys wind up under boot hill. It's a completely escapist read and perfect for the summertime TBR list.

The language is rough. There's some on-page sexual assault (an attempted rape of a young black girl) and a fair bit of racism in context (not glorified, just the opposite). The denouement is satisfying and exciting.

Worth noting for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, the first book in this series is included in the KU subscription.

I enjoyed this one. It will definitely appeal to western lovers, or in a pinch, lovers of gritty noir (change the setting and re-costume the players and it could be any mean street in any big city with fedora wearing punks being hauled in by a squinting tough guy PI).

4 stars. Well worth a read.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
Case Closed, Vol. 24
Case Closed, Vol. 24
decent vol, I liked the middle case best, cant believe they retcon the redubbed names of the men in black, I would've perferred if they just ignored it and fixed the early volumes translations
Diabolus: Thriller (German Edition)
Diabolus: Thriller (German Edition)
Vor vielen Jahren machten die Verfilmungen der Dan Brown-Thriller (mit Tom Hanks in der männlichen Hauptrolle) Furore. Da ich ein Fan dieses wundervollen Schauspielers bin, habe ich mir die Filme natürlich auch angeschaut, obwohl ich zuvor dachte, dass Thriller eher nicht mein bevorzugtes Genre seien. Aber durch die Filme angeregt, bin ich dann sozusagen auf den Geschmack gekommen und habe dann auch andere Titel des Autors gelesen; z.B. „Diabolo“ (Inhaltsangabe und Angaben zum Autor entnehmen Sie bitte der Produktbeschreibung).

Mittlerweile sind die Bücher von Dan Brown so etwas wie Moderne Klassiker (wenn es das gibt) und deswegen habe ich mir sein Werk auch als gebunden Büchern angeschafft und habe sie sie selbstverständlich gelesen – und war doch sehr überrascht, wie viele Querverweise auf Geschichte, Mythen und Politik verarbeitet wurden. Zwar entsteht hin und wieder der Eindruck, dass hier dem Thema Verschwörungstheorien Vorschub geleistet wird, aber ich habe mich wirklich ausgezeichnet unterhalten und meine, Dan Browns Werk gehört in eine gut sortierte Bibliothek…Meine Empfehlung.
Under the Streets of Nice: The Bank Heist of the Century
Under the Streets of Nice: The Bank Heist of the Century
Rather confusingly, this brief and engaging true crime chronicle (it is NOT a novel) has appeared in English under three different titles over the years: The Heist of the Century, Under the Streets of Nice, and The Gentleman of 16 July. To make things even more confusing, although the book was largely the work of French journalists writing under the pseudonym Rene Maurice, some editions prominently bear the name of bestselling thriller-writer Ken Follett on the cover. As Follett explains on his web site, the original translated manuscript was a mess, and he was hired (before he was an established brand) to "fix" it. He spent about two weeks on it and since then has more or less disavowed it: " Not only was it not my best effort, it was well below what I could do.... It's still not a good book, but I turned a completely unpublishable manuscript into something more or less respectable."

More or less respectable is more or less accurate, the prose is far from great, but the story itself is absolutely fascinating. It tells of an astounding bank heist in Nice, France in the summer of 1976. A gang of twenty criminals, under the direction of a self-mythologizing right-wing dreamer named Albert Spaggiari spent two months digging a 25-foot tunnel from the city sewer system into a bank vault. Once in, they proceeded to spend the weekend breaking into safe deposit boxes before leaving with some $8 to $10 million in cash, gold, and jewelry and daubing the phrase "sans haine, sans violence et sans arme" on the wall! The book focuses on the heist and the small details that led to Spaggiari's eventual capture. He's a fascinating figure, an ex-paratrooper, OAS member who came within a phone call of assassinating President de Gaulle, but also a photographer who rubbed shoulders with the city elite and had connections with the underworld. The improbable end to the story includes his escape from imprisonment and subsequent flight to Paraguay, where he lived a life of high style and luxury.

The book speaks frequently about how Spaggiari heist and escape was received with general applause by the European public, and how he became a kind of folk hero. Much of this can be attributed to the general human affection for those who poke fun at the authorities (Spaggiari granted numerous magazine interviews until his death in 1989, always taunting the police) without causing any violence. But this obscures the rather darker question surrounding his connection to underground far-right organizations. The book is a little frustrating due to murkiness surrounding the affair. There are some disturbing mistakes made by the police and several indications that Spaggiari was well-connected to France's right-wind elite. In the following years, there were several similar heists elsewhere in France and Europe, including one executed only a month after the Nice job and thus could not possibly be a copycat. There's even an appearance by the CIA!

It would be interesting to know if any further details have come to light in subsequent years. Spaggiari has written at least one memoir of his own (Fric-frac: The Great Riviera Bank Robbery) but this is not likely to be very truthful. The entire affairs is perfectly suited to the movies, and indeed, a French film called Les égouts du paradis (The Sewers of Paradise) was released in 1979. More recently, there are some indications that Warner Bros. is developing a new version with the title "Under the Streets of Nice".
The Nice Bloke
The Nice Bloke
I'm an avid lover of anything Catherine Cookson has written, The Nice Bloke was an exceptionally good one, well worth reading! I must add that through the years I have searched high and low for anything written by this author and my local bookstores had nothing to offer - Amazon (I believe) has every book she's ever written and I'm almost at the end of the list. Thank you Amazon!
Little Miss Tiny (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Little Miss Tiny (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
We can't get enough of these books. My daughter wants all of the Mr. And Miss books. These stories are just so fun and the small books are like cards. My daughter loves to stack all the ones she has up and shuffle them to see which one she wants to read next. These Mister and Miss books have been around since I was a kid, so I was thrilled to find out that they are still being sold.
Siddaharta (Spanish Edition)
Siddaharta (Spanish Edition)
Lo compré sin mirar los comentarios. Esta edición tiene una calidad pésima: Imagen de la portada pixelada a más no poder y el interior tiene una letra muy pequeña y con unos márgenes muy estrechos. No lo recomiendo si es para regalar.
Re-marks Harry Potter Wizards and Hogwarts Page Clip 2 Pack w 8 Clips
Re-marks Harry Potter Wizards and Hogwarts Page Clip 2 Pack w 8 Clips
These are thin cardboard like material with magnets that go around the pages. I love them and for me they last forever (or at least until my toddlers find them and lose them.) I bought another pack years ago and my daughter has managed to keep up with one of them all that time and still uses it as her bookmark. It’s a little worn but it has lasted much longer than I expected. The only problem I have is that I can’t keep up with a bookmark to save my life but that’s not the fault of the product. 😂 This is my 4th and 5th pack and I’ll buy more once these disappear if I can find some to buy.
62 and Pregnant: With the Promised Seed of Purpose
62 and Pregnant: With the Promised Seed of Purpose
This pamphlet has helped me to stay focused. I now know it’s not about your age or where you are in life or keeping up with someone else, especially copying someone ministry. It’s about the promise seed that The Father has spoken specifically to you and for you. I am pregnant with a promise. I have recommended and recommend this reading to all women who feels like God has forgotten them because of their age or think it’s too late. Not so. The promise seed will come forth. This is definitely a good read for women’s groups or small and large. Age doesn’t have anything to do with it. Thank you Gresha for writing this pamphlet as such a time as this.
Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home WiFi Outlet works with Alexa, Echo,Google Home & IFTTT,No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL certified, 1-Pack (HS105)
Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home WiFi Outlet works with Alexa, Echo,Google Home & IFTTT,No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL certified, 1-Pack (HS105)
After researching automated light switches and outlets to control my lights, I picked TP-Link because they do not require a separate hub to work. Out of the box, install or plug-in, load the Kasa app and create an account, discover using the Kasa app (connect the device to your WiFi at home) and you're ready to go.

I absolutely LOVE the light switches and the outlet plugs. The online TP-LINK installation videos are awesome; short and concise with clear instructions. These Smart devices work perfectly every time using the Kasa app, Alexa and now the Google Assistant. When the power went out once, the devices automatically reconnected and worked flawlessly. BEST PURCHASE EVER!!!

I bought the Amazon Echo Dot - 4 times - and controlled my lights from anywhere in the house simply by speaking to Alexa.

Then, as of 3/25/17, Google Assistant got in the action. So now I can also tell my phone "Ok Goggle, turn on the Basement" and the two Smart Plugs (one mini and one original-sized) turn on together since I made a "basement" group to include them both.

If you're buying these Smart Plugs or Smart Switches for the first time, the below info will be helpful to know to avoid asking yourself "why is it not working for me the way people say they do?"

1. You need to install the Kasa app and create a user account to operate your devices using your phone/tablet. The Smart devices must be able to connect via the WiFi in your house to be operated remotely (by you not manually touching the device). Although you can still operate the devices manually, you bought these to operate them remotely. The Kasa app let's you name each Smart device (IMPORTANT: NAME EACH DEVICE AND GROUP AS YOU WANT TO CALL IT OUT USING ALEXA OR GOOGLE ASSISTANT) and create "Scenes" to group multiple Smart devices to turn on/off at the same time. Tapping on the device name in the Kasa app opens the options to set schedules, timers and more.

2. Got an Amazon Echo? Install the Alexa app on your phone/tablet, add the Kasa Skill, link the Kasa Skill to your Kasa account (from point #1 above), discover devices, then create Groups - similar to the Scenes in Kasa - and select which devices to include in the group for Alexa to know what you meant to turn on/off at the same time. If you DON'T create groups in the Alexa Skill: A) Simply ask Alexa to turn on/off the individual Smart device name, and... B) Alexa will NOT know which multiple Smart devices to turn on/off at the same time - even though you created a Scene (group) in the Kasa app, key phrase here... "in the Kasa app". After you create a group name and include Smart devices in the Alexa Skill, you'll feel like one of The Jetsons, a Star Trek crew member or a millionaire, with the power to command lights on and off using you voice: "Alexa, turn on the Living Room".

3. Got an Android smartphone/tablet with Android version 6.0 or higher? Google began sending upgrades to those devices to install the Android Assistant - the same Artificial Intelligence (AI) used with the Google Home device (the device that competes with Amazon Echo). Here's the deal, similar to the Alexa Skill, you NEED to enable and setup the Android Assistant using the similar steps I described in topic #2 above: Link it to your Kasa account, create Group names and add Smart devices to the group, etc. To set up your Android Assistant to operate your TP-LINK Smart devices, start by saying "Ok Google, turn on my LIGHTS" - the AI is smart and will prompt you with a bubble for you to setup Google Home interfaces. It's da bomb!

Hopefully this will help you enjoy your TP-LINK Smart devices as much as I do.

If you're thinking "I'm still not sure if I should get these or another brand..." GET THESE!!! You will not regret it. They work great! Also, when I had questions, their customer support was very responsive. The love is definitely there.

My goal is to get my entire house upgraded to use only TP-LINK light switches. In time, as the budget allows, it will happen.
Aokbean Mixed Set of 30 Large Skeleton Keys in Antique Bronze - Set of 30 Keys
Aokbean Mixed Set of 30 Large Skeleton Keys in Antique Bronze - Set of 30 Keys
These skeleton keys have many possibilities! I used them as decorations for an Alice In Wonder Tea Party. I also tied them with ribbons to close goody bags. After I liked how well they decorated the tables (scattered some in the center with flowers in teacups) and goody bags, I realized they would make an interesting necklace pendant. I received compliments on them and they were an easy way to add just the right detail to the tea party. One guest turned the key on her goody bag into a keychain. These are fun and I will order them again.
Mocoe Mobile Game Controller, Bluetooth & 2.4G Wireless Gamepad, Gaming Joystick Suitable for/Android/PC/TV Box/PS3 Host, for Most Popular Game Gaming Grip
Mocoe Mobile Game Controller, Bluetooth & 2.4G Wireless Gamepad, Gaming Joystick Suitable for/Android/PC/TV Box/PS3 Host, for Most Popular Game Gaming Grip
I am reviewing this for my husband, but he likes (read: is obsessed with) Fortnite. He plays with a Samsung S9+ and he started having trouble with his wrists (whether that has anything to do with gaming is a mystery) but we picked up this controller for him so he can keep gaming while healing from the injury.

So far, so good. He still plays daily, his wrist is healing nicely, and he is winning rounds regularly enough to make me believe this contoller is worth the money.

Only complaint is it squeaks and creaks and tap-tap-taps endlessly. And if you are the person quietly read beside the one with the squaking controller...let's just say I am probably going to grind my teeth down to dust before the infernal game controller breaks down. That and the device certainly hasn't equated to more shared quality time since he is gaming more than ever. Then again, it makes him happy, which makes me happy, so... It was a good purchase and I suppose I should recommend it.
Focalmotors Baby Wooden Mobile Hanger,Mobile kit Crib,Mobile Hanging Frame Bed Toy Decoration DIY Crafts Photography Props Newborn Gift (Style-C)
Focalmotors Baby Wooden Mobile Hanger,Mobile kit Crib,Mobile Hanging Frame Bed Toy Decoration DIY Crafts Photography Props Newborn Gift (Style-C)
I love the idea of this product and what it is intended for, the shipment is very simple with 6 dowels, a bored out sphere and a hook, but the dowels which are supposed to fit into the matching holes in the sphere fall out. The holes are too big and too shallow for them to stay in.

Customer service was kind enough to send a replacement but that one was even worse than the first one. I suppose one could add some padding but not worth the chance that they'll fall out once they're laden with objects.
New Power: How Anyone Can Persuade, Mobilize, and Succeed in Our Chaotic, Connected Age
New Power: How Anyone Can Persuade, Mobilize, and Succeed in Our Chaotic, Connected Age
I don't normally write reviews, but I wanted to go out of my way for this book. A few signs of a good book - 1) you blink and 20 pages have gone by 2) you don't want to stop even if your daily reading time has run out 3) you remember bits and pieces 4) you go online to learn more about things mentioned in the text 5) you are sad to see it end. This book was all of these for me. If you are trying to work in the new world of work - which all of us are - this is a great handbook. The triangle framework was a great way to look at building a strong network of users and super users. The comparison of old power vs. new power was very helpful. i would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand how to grow a community, leverage social media, or to better understand how grassroots movements like #metoo succeeded and Pepsi didn't. Kudos to Jeremy and Henry for a great book. If you like Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Steven Pinker, etc - you will like this book.
The Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV
The Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV
This is a good "overview" book that is written a lot like an encyclopedia. It seems like a book one would use in an introductory class on building props. Very basic information is given on MANY tools and materials used in prop making (glues, foams, plastics, coatings, etc). The only thing that would make this book better, would be if there were more specific instructions on how to use the tools and materials listed. Simplified directions are given for some processes (such as how to cover a seat cushion with fabric), but not enough information is given for a novice to actually complete the task from the text. The book has a spiral spine, which allows it to lay flat when open (nice feature). Overall, I recommend this book, as long as you are aware of it's limitations. Please mark if you find my review helpful. Thank you so much!
Charging Station for Multiple Devices - 6 Port USB Charging Station - Multi Charger Organizer Docking Station - Compatible with iPhone iPad and Android Cell Phone and Tablet (6 Mixed Cables Included)
Charging Station for Multiple Devices - 6 Port USB Charging Station - Multi Charger Organizer Docking Station - Compatible with iPhone iPad and Android Cell Phone and Tablet (6 Mixed Cables Included)
I wanted a tucked away charging station in my home, when I saw this, I knew I needed it! I HATED all the clutter on the kitchen counter that my toddlers constantly got into. I purchased this slick device, and moved a piece of furniture we already had into the kitchen. It has a flip top and large space in the top of it that this fit perfectly into. I drilled a hole in the back for the charging cord and I was ready to load up all my devices. This comes with 5 different short charging cords so people are less likely to walk away with the cord, but you could always add other cords to it also. I was also surprised at how quickly it charged the devices so you were ready to use them. I highly recommend this to make you more organized and clutter free!
iMedic - Memory Foam Knee Pillow For Sleeping On Side - Gel Lined Premium Quality Orthopaedic Leg Cushion For Perfect Alignment For Side Sleepers
iMedic - Memory Foam Knee Pillow For Sleeping On Side - Gel Lined Premium Quality Orthopaedic Leg Cushion For Perfect Alignment For Side Sleepers
This is far too squishy for me and raises my knee by only about 3cm which isn't enough to align my hips. That small amount though was enough to mean my feet were separated and the top one had to bend down to be supported by the other so I ended up with sore ankles. You'd really need one of these lower down as well to support your lower leg properly. I'll go back to using a pillow.

On the plus side, this was much cooler than I was expecting.
Lighter to My Cigarette
Lighter to My Cigarette
Monique Chanae Tillman first hit the literary world with her short story 'Heiress', in the 5 star anthology 'When it Rains, it Pours'. Now, Monique brings to readers her first full length novel 'Lighter to My Cigarette'.

Lighter to My Cigarette is a story of a young woman (Kai) who against her father's wishes takes a chance on love, with any womans worst nightmare; Justin.
Kai is blinded by love in the beginning of the relationship & she seems to be head over heels for her man Justin. Soon, Kai will see the evil side of Justin and she'll wish she'd taken heed to the advice her father had given her so long ago. How can a man you've known, slept with, considered your best friend & lover, be a man you never really knew at all? When s*** hits the fan,& jealously,& obsession starts to show their ugly faces, will it all be too late.....OR will Kai find an escape from all the madness?

Monique Chanae Tillman came through & delivered this ish wit' pure fiyah! This novel was everything I'd hoped it'd be & even more drama than I ever anticipated. Monique is a new author that readers definitely need to check for. She writes with her own unique style, that sets her aside from the rest.

So yea.....go 'head & add this novel to your 1-CLICK NOW list!!! From the title page to the last page, THIS is a 5 star ALL the way! 2 snaps & a circle Ms. Tillman!!!! ;-) ~Thebookconnoisseur~
Bosch TES50651DE Kaffee-Vollautomat VeroCafe LattePro (1.7 l, 15 bar, externes Milchsystem) hell-anthrazit
Bosch TES50651DE Kaffee-Vollautomat VeroCafe LattePro (1.7 l, 15 bar, externes Milchsystem) hell-anthrazit
Wir haben diese Maschine seit einem guten Jahr in Gebrauch, nicht über-, aber regelmäßig.
Sie wird ausschließlich mit entkalktem Wasser gefüllt und nach jeder Benutzung gereinigt.
Das ist auch selbstverständlich, denn wenn man eine solche Maschine hat, muss man sich darüber im Klaren sein, dass das Teil etwas pflegeaufwändiger ist als ein 08/15 - Teil. Dafür hat man ja auch den etwas anderen Kaffeegenuß.
Wir sind zufrieden, allerdings hat die Bosch eine Achillesverse: Das Milchsystem.
Nach einigen Monaten gab es Probleme mit der Dichtung, dass hatte zur Folge, dass das Gummiteil sich immer schlechter abnehmen und wieder aufsetzen ließ. Nach einem Telefonat mit dem Kundenservice von Bosch und der Zusendung einer Ersatzdichtung konnte erstmal Abhilfe geschaffen werden. Aber den stolzen Preis, den wir für die Bosch bezahlt haben, erwartet man, dass da nicht schon so schnell eine Dichtung schlapp macht. Es kann auch vorkommen, dass aus uns völlig unerfindlichen Gründen kein Milchschaum aus der Düse kommt.
Aber bis auf diese Aussetzer sind wir wie schon gesagt, zufrieden.
Linon Fiona Chrome Base Office Chair
Linon Fiona Chrome Base Office Chair
Our daughter asked for a new desk chair for her birthday, so we allowed her to shop around for one. She selected this one and we obliged after discussing it between mom and dad. It arrived quickly, and the day the delivery guy brought it, she raced out to meet him in the driveway. The shipping package is lightweight enough for a 10 year old to carry by themselves, and so easy to assemble. She had the tools collected already, and had it assembled before dad had even finished making his cup of coffee to sip while putting it together. I can't comment on the assembly specifics, but if a 10 year old could figure it out in just a few minutes without the instructions, it's absolutely not hard for anyone.

It's a sturdy chair, and for a kid, very comfortable. It's not very comfortable for adults, but the light padding and back support seems very spot on for kids. The roller wheels also move very smoothly, she hasn't had any problems with them.

The color is much more of a pink side of peach-pink than the image shows, but it's not a bad thing. If you're looking for the specific color in the image, you're not getting it, though.

The faux fur fabric does need to literally be brushed once in a while to get the clean look back, and it does shed a little when doing so, so keep that in mind. If you're ok with having a chair you need to brush out once or twice a week, go for it!
Yogi Tea Infusión de Hierbas Détox con Limón - 17 bolsitas
Yogi Tea Infusión de Hierbas Détox con Limón - 17 bolsitas
Premetto che non ho ancora finito le bustine, ma fino ad ora è il migliore tea detox che ho provato. Devo ammettere che non so se sia il massimo, ma aiuta a sgonfiarsi e a sentirsi più leggeri. Consiglio di berlo la mattina preso e la sera prima di addormentarsi. Unica pecca che sono poche bustine. Bellissime le frasi su ogni filtro

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