Zaria Ramos

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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare , Dr. Barbara A. Mowat, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1492 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Maid of the Mist
The Maid of the Mist
The Maid of the Mist by Melissa Franckowiak. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Partner
The Partner
The Partner by John Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Institute: A Novel
The Institute: A Novel
The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King, Santino Fontana, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 8726 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
iOS 5.0: iCloud (Programming iOS)
iOS 5.0: iCloud (Programming iOS)
iOS 5.0: iCloud (Programming iOS) by Stephen Ashley. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Learning Bash Shell Scripting Gently
Learning Bash Shell Scripting Gently
Learning Bash Shell Scripting Gently by Sujata Biswas and Liza Noble. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
With the exception of one laptop and 2 non-smart cell phones, in my personal and professional life since 2004 I've had nothing but Apple products - computers (both desktop and laptop), iPads, iPods, and my crown jewel: my iPhone. None has ever disappointed me. I say this not to put forth a review of the Apple products but to explain that I am part of Steve Jobs's choir: I value, respect and rely on the products that he created. I'm sold, so to speak. And so it seemed only logical that I would eventually read this book to gain insight both in the genesis and evolution of Apple and in the person of Steve Jobs. The book did not disappoint in either.

What I found out about the early years and the development of the personal computer was fascinating. I do remember a lot of the news articles from those years - I was living in San Francisco at the time and a good friend of mine worked for Apple - but I would not consider myself previously knowledgeable about Apple in any comprehensive way. I learned so much of the nuts and bolts of Apple Computer, Inc., from this book. The chapters about the creation of the iPod, iPhone and iPad were very interesting to someone who has used these products for years and years and feels she has some proficiency using what they offer me.

But the insight I gained from the book on Steve Jobs the man left me very sad. While I consider him to have been a true genius with an almost other-worldly imagination, I can't imagine that I would have liked him very much or respected him outside of his professional arena. As the founder and developer of Apple Computer, he was spectacular. He had an intense imagination, vision, and belief in things that had yet to be discovered. He was fortunate enough to find those people who had the same precise work ethic that he did. To find those people and to hone the abilities of the ones who stayed, he had no reservations about crushing their substandard efforts or their feelings. The ones who lasted were the ones who believed in his vision and their Jobs-given opportunity to indulge and demonstrate their own creativity. The ones who lasted were the best and brightest the tech and artistic world had to offer. The ones who lasted were the ones who took his ideas and made them into our reality. I am profoundly grateful to them and to him for the advances they made in technology and artistry. And I guess the one cannot exist without the other. Without his exact personality would the tech world have been turned on its ear and eventually controlled by Apple? I don't know. Actually I doubt it.

In terms of his family, it seemed as if his attention to them was given only when it was not required or demanded elsewhere. His children were discussed very little; the same is true about Laurene Powell, his wife. But it is clear that in his wife he found the one person who was his equal in intelligence and commitment. Their marriage is portrayed as strong but him as absent.

The sections on his cancer and eventual death were moving but not enough to make me feel for him as a person. I am sorry he died but my sorrow has to do with the loss of him professionally and what he might have accomplished and achieved had he lived but not with the loss of him as a man. And yet I can recognize his genius and I'm glad I read the book.
The Great American Dividend Machine: How an Outsider Became the Undisputed Champ of Wall Street
The Great American Dividend Machine: How an Outsider Became the Undisputed Champ of Wall Street
While I can't say that this book was a complete waste of my time and money, it was close enough.

Bill Spetrino does a good job in the beginning of the book telling a story about his childhood and how he had to learn to be creative to make money and basically think outside of the box to set yourself apart of the pack. His stories about how he learned to be a professional gambler are good too and he uses these examples in his book to tell the story of how he figured out how to be a great investor. However, outside of his childhood stories, he does very little in the way of passing on how he learned to be a great dividend investor and how and when he picks his stocks. If anything a lot of the 'advice' he does give is very surface level and if you've read any other books on investing or dividend investing you'll find that what he gives you is VERY surface level and for what you pay for the book pretty disappointing.

What really is the "icing on the cake" is the fact that he uses the book to ADVERTISE and PUSH for you, the reader to subscribe to his newsletter. He even uses phrases like "for six cents an hour let me do the work for you...", "Money Back Guaranteed if you don't like it..." and other things that advertisers of advisory services and newsletter do to get people to buy their services. I'd be Okay with this IF I didn't pay for the book that was supposed to help me be a better investor. Instead I paid for a short story about Bill's life, surface level analysis "skills", and for him to tell me to subscribe to his newsletter. Anyone who gave this book more than two stars has either never read or looked into fundamental or technical analysis or is a paid shill.

I read "Dividend Growth Machine" by Nathan Winklepleck recently. While it was not an all comprehensive book on dividend investing (Nathan even points it out in his book), there's more information that I found useful and actionable than Bill's book. Also, Nathan gives a list of other books suggests that might be worth his reader's time, but he doesn't shill any of them or flat-out says to buy something from them, or him.
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
A first rate book for anyone creating a Facebook business page. I downloaded other highly reviewed Kindle books before this one that didn't really help much. Rebecca Robinson put this book together with Facebook screenshots that walked me through the process. She made the concepts understandable.

I'm new to Facebook, will be working on my FB biz page to complement my EuroPartsHouse.com website where I sell parts for European cars.

This book is the most useful of the several Facebook kindle books that I bought and the one that I'm using first in creating the business page.

Thanks again,
Charles / EuroPartsHouse.com
Elon Musk: Elon Musk’s Best Lessons for Life, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship
Elon Musk: Elon Musk’s Best Lessons for Life, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship
This book gives a very nice account of the life of the well-known entrepreneur Elon Musk. The book delves into Elon Musk’s biography including his humble upbringing, to his pursuit in starting multiple multi-million dollar businesses. It also discusses his plans for the future as well as his legacy that he would be leaving behind. And another thing that readers may like about this book, particularly if they are fond of entrepreneurship and becoming successful in life, is the many lessons that they could derive from Mr. Elon Musk’s experiences as a successful businessman who started from the ground up. As is well-known among those familiar with motivational speakers like Tony Robbins, in order for you to become successful, you should emulate someone who is already successful. And Elon Musk is no doubt a great individual to look up to and to learn a lot from. The book is brief yet to the point and not lacking important information about Elon Musk’s life. A short and sweet read for interested in knowing about the man behind the modern day Tesla.
Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office
Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office
There are merits to books like "A Very Stable Genius," "Fear" and the like - they tell us what President Trump is really saying and doing behind closed doors. But they mainly amplify what we already know, so they can come across a bit - for lack of a better word - gossipy.

"Unmaking the Presidency," in contrast, is exactly the kind of Trump book we need. The authors don't just roll their eyes and facepalm at everything Trump has said and done. Instead, they put him in historical context and examine how he is changing the very nature of the U.S. presidency itself.

And despite the concerns of those who might judge a book by its cover, and dismiss this as a liberal anti-Trump screed, it's actually remarkably balanced in its approach. If you accept some basic truths about Trump - that he is far from the most ethical, eloquent, intellectual or truthful president we've ever had (which only the most ardent and delusional Trump supporters would dispute) - the book largely lets you reach your own conclusions about whether Trump's approach is for the worse or the better. He is violating the norms and customs of the office left and right, but then that's precisely what his supporters voted him into office to do.

There are times the narrative becomes a bit abstract and professorial, but stick with it. It's also distracting when, in an apparent nod to gender neutrality, the authors alternately refer to a generic president as "he" and then "she," sometimes switching back and forth within the same paragraph. It's awkward and unwieldy and distracts from whatever point they're trying to make - can't we cross that bridge when we come to it, and refer to the president as "he" until a future female president makes that pronoun change necessary?

But that's a relatively small quibble about what is an important and thought-provoking book. This is not titillating, headline-grabbing, fly-on-the-wall gossip about the things Trump has said and done as president. Instead, it will make you think about whether Trump represents a turning point for the presidency, or an aberration whose approach will be course-corrected by his eventual successor. No matter what your political affiliation and your opinions about Trump, you should read this book with an open mind if you care about politics, the presidency, the past and the future of our country itself.
Lady Soul (180 Gram Vinyl)
Lady Soul (180 Gram Vinyl)
Aretha Franklin's 12th album overall and 3rd for Atlantic, 'Lady Soul' does just what it claims in the title, with Aretha near the peak of her powers. Starting off with one of her all-time classics 'Chain of Fools' this infectious track gives a good clue of the style of the rest of this short album, in it's original configuration running to under 29 minutes but in this superb Rhino reissue fleshed out with the rare unedited version of that opening track, adding another 1:36 of pure unfettered joy, and three mono single versions of tracks included on the album '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman', 'Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)' and it's flip side 'Ain't No Way'. An informative booklet reveals how that Carole King/Gerry Goffin classic was tailor-written for Aretha, and is still the definitive version despite King recording her own version for the superb 'Tapestry' album.

This album epitomises soul music, with Aretha solidly backed by luminaries such as Bobby Womack, Eric Clapton and King Curtis. Her voice throughout is strong and powerful, yet she can ease back when required, as in a controlled rendering of Curtis Mayfield's 'People Get Ready'. What's welcome here is a surprise hint of tape hiss - none of the over-compression that blights so many modern CDs, and as a results it leaves the warmth and heart of the performances rather than sounding clinical. This is raw, soulful and essential listening for any fan of the Queen of Soul.
Slow Train Coming
Slow Train Coming
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE PROPHET BOB DYLAN: Sexy and sophisticated music! I listened this CD this Friday evening while occupied on a project of mine so I didn't give this album full attention. It intrigued me very much so the following evening I REALLY listened to it the second time while watching "Twister" on ABC the second time in two weeks & put the TV on mute. It starts off with "Gotta Serve Somebody" that was not new to me, but is a beautifully-done piece of music that won him an award. #2 "Precious Angel" is reminiscent of a long ago Dylan--beautifully executed song w/his typical intonations. If #3 disappoints you somewhat because Bob lacks his usual fullness of voice and has a hard time holding on to a note, please HANG ON VERY TIGHT because you will be totally BLOWN AWAY by #4, #5 & #6 as they are a WHIRLWIND of powerful songs sung with ABSOLUTE MASTERY and in total DYLAN STYLE. The total music mix--vocal, instruments & sound make these songs pieces of great art. These three songs--ESPECIALLY (along with Gotta Serve Somebody)--are superb and superbly sung to perfection. I really want to highlight Bob's AMAZING VOCAL ABILITIES because this album REALLY NEON LIGHTS his unparalleled vocal skills as a singer. He may not have the best sounding voice (I love it) but no one can do what he does with his voice (AND always on key). It took me a while for this realization to REALLY sink in, (I noticed his great singing abilities, but failed to FULLY REALIZE him as a GREAT SINGER BESIDES a composer and poet) but that is the truth. "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" is a children's nursery song, but it is sure the coolest nursery song I ever heard--his voice and vocals are great in this one, too, and I love it!

There is no reason to be upset by Dylan's religious fervor if that irritates you. (Really!!, he has ALWAYS been known for his lyrical and singing fervor on whatever subject he dedicates himself--THAT'S EXACTLY what makes him so interesting!!!) Some lyrics may seem a little bit strong (but really these lyrics are pretty mild), but don't forget that when he was young and bursting with talent, he was taken advantage of by those who saw in him their profit while others saw in him their prophet. In "Modern Times" he tells of how he was almost worked to death--which means he had his share of bitterness and abuse and wants to let you know. (I happen to agree now and then with some of his observations of these modern times even if I am NOT a bible fan in the least). Bob Dylan is a S U P E R B musician, composer, poet AND an EXCEPTIONAL MASTER SINGER and that is what you should get out of this!! This is top grade music. I listened to this album all Sunday long while still in love with Oh Mercy.

MOST DEFINITELY A MUST BUY!!!

See my recently edited review of Oh Mercy!!!!!!!!
Bob Dylan: 1978-1989 - Both Ends of the Rainbow
Bob Dylan: 1978-1989 - Both Ends of the Rainbow
As noted by another reviewer, this is the third Dylan documentary in the series produced by UK-based Chrome Dreams. This one is far superior to the first ("Tales from a Golden Age" - which covers the same period, but certainly not as well, as "No Direction Home") and better than the second ("After the Crash"). It benefits from improved filming techniques and access to album versions of several songs being discussed. These are accompanied by music videos, and must reflect easier legal access to those as opposed to the album cuts themselves. In the earlier documentaries, music performances (where they existed) were essentially limited to televised live versions, with notations that the "original version" was on this or that album. This documentary features much less involvement by Clinton Heylin, and his contributions were obviously filmed at the same time as those included in the first two documentaries. That said, this films opens with the same statement by Mr. Heylin that closed "After the Crash," which nicely ties the two together.

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

The documentary covers, in quite a good depth, a little discussed period in Dylan's biography. However, although segments of it were certainly filmed subsequent to Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. 1, the documentary does not benefit from access to "Tell Tale Signs," as the commentators will occasionally lament the unavailable of other versions of some of the songs that do appear on that collection. That said, it is important to understand that this is a documentary about the process of the making of Dylan's music, the critical response to it at the time of its release, and a reassessment of it with the passage of time. The film touches on Dylan's biography only to the extent that it touches on the songs themselves. If that is what you are looking for, then you will be well pleased with this film. If you are looking for something else, however, then you should look elsewhere.
OCP Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Developer Complete Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-815, Exam 1Z0-816, and Exam 1Z0-817
OCP Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Developer Complete Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-815, Exam 1Z0-816, and Exam 1Z0-817
This is a very large book, coming in at 1200 pages, but that is because it is the author's 815 and 816/817 books combined. The authors highlighted how to use the book to study for the 815, 816 or 817 exams, so it is easy to use, but if it's too much for you, they are also sold separately.

I'm not finished with the book yet, but I like what I read so far. I started by looking at the security chapter. I really liked that Hacker Harry and Security Sienna characters were used to teach security. It made what could have been a dry chapter a lot more fun.

If you are taking a Java certification, I highly recommend this combined book or the two separate ones.
BESTEK 200W Power Inverter, DC 12V to AC 110V Car Inverter with Total 7.8A 4 USB Ports Multi-Protection Car Charger Adapter, ETL Listed(White)
BESTEK 200W Power Inverter, DC 12V to AC 110V Car Inverter with Total 7.8A 4 USB Ports Multi-Protection Car Charger Adapter, ETL Listed(White)
I used this BESTEK 200W Car Power Inverter Model MRI2011KU in my car yesterday just as a trial.

Using an external QC-enabled charger plugged into one of the AC outlets, I was able to charge my cell-phone very quickly while using it at the same time (to make phone calls as well as to listen to Internet Radio). It had been down to about 40% and while I did not actually "time" the charge, the power indicator, which displays on my car radio's display, showed full-charge within a fairly short period.

When I connected my cell-phone to the adapter, "Connected to Turbo Charger" was shown.

I did not try charging the cell-phone via any of the Inverter's USB ports. However, as it has a USB-C port, I am certain that if I connected the cell-phone to that port, the phone would also charge very fast.

I also was not able to try several items at the same time. After all, I was by myself and I was driving the car! That's really not the place to do experimentation.

My wife and I do plan to take this Inverter with us when we travel. It does not fit "perfectly" into the dual-cupholder slot in the front console of our Subaru Forester, but it is "close enough" and, because of that, there is plenty of space around the Inverter such that it should not overheat. (I removed the removable separator which allows for two cups.)

There are a couple of points I should like to address. One is that the power indicator's light (solid green when I was using it) is not very bright in sunlight. Therefore I have a concern that, if there were a fault, the light would not be very apparent.

And the other point is that the Inverter supplies "modified sine wave" AC current. I should prefer full sine wave current. We plan on using a computer in the car when we travel and we had planned on using it with AC power. But now, I am not so sure. It may be wiser to use the computer on battery power and, when the battery runs down, just to turn off the computer and let it charge back up.

I'll have to do some more research to see if this is important or not; I certainly wouldn't want anything untoward to happen to a computer but I also have to say that, in an hour and a half of driving, nothing happened to my cell-phone and most of the time it was being used, and though it was fully charged, I left it plugged into this Inverter.

In conclusion I must state that I am very pleased and happy with this Bestek Power Inverter. It is lightweight and very well constructed. At its low price here on Amazon, I can say that it represents very good value for money and I highly recommend it.

Thank you for reading this.

Lawrence H. Bulk
JBL Professional 305P MkII Next-Generation 5-Inch 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor
JBL Professional 305P MkII Next-Generation 5-Inch 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor
I thought BOSE sounded fine and never really tried anything else (figured that I wasn't missing out all that much) and any speaker considered 'good' would cost $2000+ and required a larger cabinet to fill a room. I always wanted to try a set of studio monitors for listening to music and decided that these were the ones based on just about every review (all highly positive) I read and, at this price, why not?! Intended to use this only for my Turntable but the sound out of these things are so stellar I'm using it for all my music playing. Hooked up my COWON x7 and it's amazing to listen to mp3's and flac files through these speakers they sound fantastic. The BOSE is currently unplugged and going into storage until I can figure out what to use it for (not for serious music listening, that's for sure).

The clarity of these monitors are simply astounding and the bass is phenomenal. I agree with another reviewer here for regular casual music listening (pretty loud) a sub woofer isn't needed. Like him, I tried a sub woofer and like the sound better with just the monitors themselves. The low end on these things are fantastic and quite amazing considering they are only 5" woofers. Still sound clean and accurate a higher volumes. Don't feel the need to get any extra bass and I really, really like bass heavy music.

Some people inidcate an audible hiss from their speakers -- I hear nothing like that from mine. Perfectly silent. I did buy TISINO Dual RCA to XLR Male Cable, 2 XLR to 2 RCA/Phono Plug (no phase shifting benefit whatsover, just liked the xlr connector) and these excellent cables are a perfect compliment for these speakers.

I'm sure the audiophiles dropping $10K on speakers would say these aren't 'all that', but as a definite non-audiophile level fussy person I think these are 'all that' and more.
Huawei Y7 2019 (32GB, 3GB) 6.26" Dewdrop Display, 4000 mAh Battery, 4G LTE GSM Dual SIM Factory Unlocked Smartphone (Dub-LX3) - International Version, No Warranty (Blue)
Huawei Y7 2019 (32GB, 3GB) 6.26" Dewdrop Display, 4000 mAh Battery, 4G LTE GSM Dual SIM Factory Unlocked Smartphone (Dub-LX3) - International Version, No Warranty (Blue)
Absolutely love this phone, battery life is amazing on this phone can last an entire day off one charge. Quality of videos are so clear (720p) although wished it could have been (1020p) at least (720p) on this phone is clear as it is at (1020p) that in itself is satisfactory!

Definitely recommend buying this phone. This my first time owning a Huawei. I've mostly owned Blu, Samsung, and LG phones. I was hesitant at first getting it but after seeing reviews about this device I was all sold out for it. Only had it for 4 days now yet it feels like I've owned it for a long time.
Top Pick
Top Pick
Bought this tape hoping I could use it to label switches on a guitar effects pedalboard so that I could identify them on a dark stage while playing.
Was hoping that I would be able to make custom ID labels for the effects loops by writing with a sharpie pen on the vinyl tape.
The Fuze glow in the dark tape works perfectly! Easy to trim length and width neatly, thanks to the lines marked on the reverse backing. Sharpie ink goes on easily, with no smearing, and is high contrast and easy to read in both light and dark environments.
The glow of the tape makes it easy to find the correct switch I am looking for. It's not super bright when charged with regular room lighting, but still allows me to find the switch I want. On the other hand, when I tested "supercharging" the tape with a bright pocket flashlight just before playing, the glow was a really bright green and incredibly easy to read the labeling - even in total darkness.
Worked so well that I ended up cutting circles out with a standard hole punch and labeling individual foot switches that I wanted to be able to find easily on a dim stage (e.g., tuner, delay, looper switches). Also cut narrow strips to put on my wah-wah rocker pedal so I could find it without hesitation.
Really impressed with the Fuze tape for this application. Performed much better than I had hoped for. And I only used about 16" of the role, so I am going to give strips to my friends so they can label their boards as well.
Glow in The Dark Pigment, Wtrcsv 10 Color Luminous Powder Non-Toxic Safety Pigment Powder for Paint, Slime, Nails, Resin, Concerts or DIY - 20g/0.7oz Each(Total 7oz)
Glow in The Dark Pigment, Wtrcsv 10 Color Luminous Powder Non-Toxic Safety Pigment Powder for Paint, Slime, Nails, Resin, Concerts or DIY - 20g/0.7oz Each(Total 7oz)
I don’t like giving bad reviews... but I was really let down by this product. First off - I use these powders mixed into resin, then create molded items. Secondly - I’ve used glow-in-the-dark powders before, so not a newbie at all.

I noticed right away that some of the colors didn’t look right under blacklight (most notably was purple). Next I noticed that once the blacklight was off, many of the colors glowed the same color (the traditional light greenish glow). The next thing I noticed is after taking blacklight away, they lost their glow VERY quickly.

I still tried to make a few items, and boy... they just barely glowed, even in blacklight. I did another round adding more powder than I normally would’ve with other brands... and even though they glowed a little bit more than before, still very minimal glow (even in blacklight).

I’ve included a photo - this example is labeled ‘Purple’ - the photo was taken within 3 seconds of removing blacklight. Even in blacklight this was not even close to purple.

There were a few colors that worked, glowed properly and bright (orange, yellow) but even those lost their glow quickly.

Again, I hate giving poor reviews... but I think others should be aware of the issues when considering this product. Maybe they glow better in other mediums besides resin - but for me, not good at all.
Gospel Fluency Handbook: A practical guide to speaking the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life
Gospel Fluency Handbook: A practical guide to speaking the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life
In the past, handbooks or workbooks that came out based on previously published books have largely been a let down to me. They often do little more than point to sections of the original book to read, quote some related Scripture, and walk the reader through some application questions. This isn't bad, but most good Bible study or small group leaders can figure that out on their own.

The Gospel Fluency Handbook is the opposite of such books. While it is based on Jeff Vanderstelt's previous book, Gospel Fluency, it doesn't require you to read it. In fact, that book is summarized for you in the Handbook. Moreover, rather than simply walk through some basic application questions, this book is designed to create an experience all its own.

But what is the book actually about? The Gospel Fluency Handbook is said to be a "practical guide for speaking the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life." Our greatest problem before and after our conversion is unbelief. This handbook is designed to take the reader into the depths of the gospel in order to build faith. Faith is not just for initial salvation, but living as Christ's disciples in all parts of life. Throughout the book, the authors give very specific examples of sin and show how faith in Christ can be applied as the remedy. As a bonus, the handbook provides access to videos online which will enhance the learning experience.

In terms of the design, the book is laid out to give three sections to be read each week. This is followed by space for reflection and preparation for discussion with a group. Moreover, the actual look of the handbook is pleasing to the eye. The publisher laid out the handbook with differing colors, engaging graphics and charts, and a good use of fonts. The physical book is also spiral-bound, making it easier to record thoughts and interact with the material.

The Gospel Fluency Handbook is the type of resource churches need today. It can help clarify and reinforce the truths of Christ's saving work for personal sanctification. More than that, it will create a gospel-rich culture which will make speaking about Christ to outsiders much easier and more fruitful. I highly recommend this handbook.

*Disclosure: I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Wolverine F2D Saturn Digital Film & Slide Scanner - Converts 120 Medium Format, 127 Film, Microfiche, 35mm Negatives & Slides to Digital JPEG - Large 4.3" LCD w/HDMI Output (Red)
Wolverine F2D Saturn Digital Film & Slide Scanner - Converts 120 Medium Format, 127 Film, Microfiche, 35mm Negatives & Slides to Digital JPEG - Large 4.3" LCD w/HDMI Output (Red)
I'd have to agree with other reviews. It is just "ok." I tried some initial scans, thinking, 20mp would be a decent level quality. It isn't. See attached examples. When compared to the original pictures, there is no comparison. The pics are much better. If you don't plan on enlarging the photos even the tiniest bit, then the end product is ok. If you are just trying to digitize your memories and have a decent copy to share on Facebook then this is not a bad option. Again, set your expectation low. It would be impossible to do even a 5x7 and an 8x10 would be horrible. I had hoped I had it set on a default low setting but no such luck. I'd have to try the Kodak to see if there is a difference at this price point ~$160s.

On a positive note, it is really easy to use. Unpack, plug in, insert memory card, and you are making copies. It is also compact. I didn't try plugging it into a computer as the memory card was easy enough.

Each scan was around 2mb. So, I'm not sure what was 20mp about it. I've got some other scans that are hundreds of kb that look as good. The attached three pictures are examples from different rolls of film over different years.

Anyway, as some of the other reviews say, set your expectations on quality very low and this might be a way to digitize lots of your pre-digital memories.

I gave it 2 stars (vs 1 star) mostly because it is easy to use/compact and for the benefit of the doubt that this might be the best $150 can do. I'll play with it some more. However, I'll probably return it and go with something in the $500 range.
Annihilation: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Annihilation: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Annihilation does a fantastic job of creating a unique, varied universe with each page's art showing off how vast this universe is. I am very excited to pick up Vol. 2 in the near future. The Drax story line is really solid, although I would say it doesn't have a ton of bearing on the rest of the story. But it's a good setup for how he becomes involved in later issues. Nova is just great here. Granted, I'm a huge Nova fan so I may be biased, but I think his issues are the best of the story. Silver Surfer also has an exciting character arc that makes for a great read. I initially wrote off the Super-Skrull portion of this book due to the artwork being a little too cartoony for my taste, but the story itself is quite good, albeit convoluted toward the end. I highly recommend this for any fan of Marvel, and especially fans of Nova and Silver Surfer. The only advice I would offer is to pick up Vol. 2 from another website. There are very few on Amazon and the independent sellers are charging a ridiculous amount considering other sites are charging about 25-35 USD.
Ranma 1/2 - TV Series Set 7 Standard Edition (BD) [Blu-ray]
Ranma 1/2 - TV Series Set 7 Standard Edition (BD) [Blu-ray]
I did my research. They intended to make the true ending of Ranma 1/2 for OAVs, but Kitty, the company responsible for distributing Ranma 1/2, went out of business BEFORE they could make the last episode. This left me with a seriously unsettled feeling having followed the series since 1991 and not having any closure. This series is defintely full of laughs and touching moments for Ranma and Akane, but at the end of the last episode, you may find yourself looking for the manga. The questions left: Will Ranma ever become normal again? Will Akane and Ranma ever be together? This DVD boxset will NOT answer said questions.
La casa de la playa / Whiskey Beach (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
La casa de la playa / Whiskey Beach (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
excelente.eli landon sale absuelto del asesinato de su esposa.con la reputacion y la vida destrozadas decide refugiarse en la casa de la playa de su abuela.abra walsh es la vecina a quien hester la abuela de eli a encargado cuidar de la casa y de su nieto.abra no va a permitir que el siga sumergido en la tristeza y el dolor.a eli no le agrada tener a una vecina diciendole lo que tiene que hacer.juntos investigaran lo que paso la noche que murio su esposa , y eso los unira de un modo que nunca esperaron.me encanto esta historia.muy linda y emotiva .la recomiendo.
The Little Sisters of Eluria (2) (Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger)
The Little Sisters of Eluria (2) (Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger)
I wish I had read the reviews & realized this was a comic book before ordering it. I've straight up wasted $12.99. Graphic novels are cool, but it's completely pointless to have this for the Kindle. I guess I'll still buy the Everything's Eventual collection to get the actual novella that I wanted in the first place, because I've read all the other Dark Tower books & I must complete the series.
Manuscrito Encontrado em Accra (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
Manuscrito Encontrado em Accra (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
"This is a beautiful word-to-word literature treasure! Now, if you don't appreciate truths, wisdom, and deep thinking you won't find this book exciting. The content is seasoned, written in a fashion and style that will cause the reader to ponder about life's most important factors. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and although Portuguese is not my first language, I found this work totally amazing."
The First Fast Draw, Louis L'Amour Hardcover Collection
The First Fast Draw, Louis L'Amour Hardcover Collection
The story is based off of a true character, "Wild" Bill Longley. The main fictional character was Cullen Baker. A great story by Louis L'Amor. If you were not taught properly or ever got to it in U.S. History Louis L'Amour will bring you up to date on it. Granted he does not leave out the story line about the historical context in order to color the story or to make a stand. When L'Amour first wrote this he was definitely not trying to win some notoriety. I had forgotten many of the stories of Reconstruction in the South that had been passed down to me by both sides of the family and other old folks that were good stories, bad stories and just flat out evil stories. They came from the Eastern side for the Southern states. What historical Context L'Amour gives you is a "Central on the Texas/Louisiana border. The stories were identical to what I was told by Great, Great Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grand parents, etc. I had to pass that along because it is such a treasure of setting the historical context which is the whole issue or theme for the book. L'Amour does a great job for those of us who grew up in the country about giving a good background of the terrain he was dealing with and helps so much with the story line that may go over some folks heads. You think you have how it's going to turn out in your mind, but L'Amour does a wonderful job in his writing to cover up how it's going to end. You think, "how is he going to end this story with just this many short pages left... but paying attention to the details he gives along the way it winds up being great. I am surprised that as many movies that have been made over the years about Reconstruction that this one was not made into a movie. Hint Hint to anyone out their hunting for a great story......
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream
We own many of the Bear Cub adventures, and always find Mama Bear to be a great Mama. This is a good title, but in my opinion a little too long on the build up to the bad dreams and too short of the "dealing with the bad dreams" and I was also sad to see NO "how not to have bad dreams" discussion.

But we still like it, we still read it. My 4 year old "read" it to his stuffed money last night when the monkey didn't feel good and was resting.

BB Learn About Stranges is a better one, dealing more completely with the issue of strangers whereas this one doesn't fully address bad dreams as i would like. However, most any BB cub adventure is well recieved in this home.
John Grisham's The Rainmaker
John Grisham's The Rainmaker
The film focuses on a young attorney Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon). Desperate for a job, he reluctantly goes to an interview with J. Lyman "Bruiser" Stone (Mickey Rourke), a ruthless and corrupt but successful personal injury lawyer, who makes him an associate. To earn his fee, Rudy is turned into an ambulance chaser, required to hunt for potential clients at a local hospital. Rudy meets Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito), a less-than-ethical former insurance assessor turned paralegal, who has gone to law school but failed the bar exam six times. Deck is resourceful in gathering information, and practically an expert on insurance lawsuits. Rudy manages to get just one case, concerning insurance bad faith. It may be worth several million dollars in damages, which appeals to him because he is about to declare himself bankrupt. He rents an apartment above the garage in the home of elderly Miss Birdsong (Teresa Wright), a client whose will he has been drafting. Rudy, who has recently passed the Tennessee bar exam, has never argued a case before a judge and jury. Rudy and Deck file a bad faith suit on behalf of a middle-aged couple, Dot and Buddy Black, whose 22-year-old son Donny Ray (Johnny Whitworth) is going to die from leukemia. Donny Ray would most likely have been saved by a bone marrow transplant had his medical claim not been denied by Great Benefit, the family's insurance carrier. Rudy finds himself up against a group of experienced and devious lawyers from a large firm that is headed by Leo F. Drummond (Jon Voight), a showman attorney who uses unscrupulous tactics to win his cases. Judge Tyrone Kipler (Danny Glover), takes over the case. Kipler, a former civil rights attorney, immediately denies the insurance company's petition for dismissal. Donny Ray dies, but not before giving a video deposition. The case goes to trial, where Drummond capitalizes on Rudy's inexperience. He gets vital testimony by Rudy's key witness, former Great Benefit employee Jackie Lemanczyk (Virginia Madsen), stricken from the record, and attempts to discredit Donny Ray's mother (Mary Kay Place). Due to Rudy's single-minded determination and skillful cross-examination of Great Benefit's president Wilfred Keeley (Roy Scheider), the jury finds for the plaintiff with a monetary award far exceeding all expectations. It is a great triumph for Rudy and Deck, at least until Keeley attempts to flee the country and Great Benefit declares itself bankrupt, thus allowing it to avoid paying punitive damages to the Blacks, as well as any future judgments in class-action lawsuits. There is no payout for the grieving parents and no fee for Rudy or Deck. Dot Black expresses satisfaction that at least they put Great Benefit out of business, and that it is now unable to hurt other families like hers. Convinced his success will create unrealistic expectations for future clients, Rudy abandons his practice to teach law with a focus on ethical behavior. Rudy wanting to retain a low profile, leaves the legal profession after just one successful case.
The events in this film are representative of the unethical practices of the insurance industry's denying valid claims of policy holders, hoping that they will give up and go away. As represented in this film, insurance underwriters are instructed to deny rather that pay out. This will generate a bonus for the underwriting department employees and benefit the company financial structure. It is all about the Benjamin's.
Cuaderno de viaje de la Tierra Media: De Bolsón cerrado a Mordor (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Cuaderno de viaje de la Tierra Media: De Bolsón cerrado a Mordor (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Era para regalo, y el libro es perfecto, para un fan de Tolkien, como leí en otros comentarios, no podía faltare, muchos dibujos, muy bonitos, el texto claro y nada pesado. Pero el envío un desastre. solo un cartón, un sobre, sin nada, ni un pastico para protegerlo, llego con todas las esquinas rozadas, y por la parte del lomo, la sobrecubierta esta rajada; He pedido libros que no me han costado ni 5 euros, y venían bien aunque fuesen ediciones muy antiguas, este que debía ser nuevo , parece de segunda mano, no estoy nada contenta por que era para regalo, y parece usado de 10 años.
Secrets of Middle-Earth - Inside Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring" [VHS]
Secrets of Middle-Earth - Inside Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring" [VHS]
This video is pretty good. It goes into the story and explains how and where the ideas came to be. It's much more in depth than the bonus footage you get with the movies...I suggest however that you purchase the 4 pack with all the titles from this collection, instead of paying for each one. I must admit though, these videos are definite must haves for any Tolkien fan.
Robert Langdon Series Collection 7 Books Set By Dan Brown (Angels And Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno, Origin, Digital Fortress, Deception Point)
Robert Langdon Series Collection 7 Books Set By Dan Brown (Angels And Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno, Origin, Digital Fortress, Deception Point)
I read all of the books in a short space of time. When I read the first few of his books I found them fascinating and was blown away by the codes and complexity of the story line. However after I had read a few them the plot becomes repetitive and I realized that the author was reusing his plot over and over again, the characters were also being reused and i found myself figuring out the plot early on and there was little excitement left in reading them.
Voo da Aguia - On Wings Of Eagles (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Voo da Aguia - On Wings Of Eagles (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Ja havia começado a ler este mesmo livro em Inglês no Kindle e como não havia disponibilidade do livro físico em Ingles, com entrega rápida, optei por esta impressão nacional. Impressão horrível. Papel fino que deixa aparecer o texto da página do verso. a Leitura se torna um sacrifício por conta da impressão. Se quiser conhecer a história, compre outra edição ou leia no Kindle mesmo.
Bleach Box Set 2: Volumes 22-48 with Premium (2) (Bleach Box Sets)
Bleach Box Set 2: Volumes 22-48 with Premium (2) (Bleach Box Sets)
Bleach is by far my favourite manga series ever, and I was waiting a while for box set 2 to come out on offer. Bleach is one series I have always needed in my collection and now that I have the whole of the first arc it does not disappoint. For anyone with the money and time to invest into this truly amazing series, just do it, you will most certainly not have even the slightest bit of regret (just make sure you hit box set 1 first!). I’m so excited for box set 3 to come out, and with bleach finally coming to and end I assume it’ll be out soon. Five stars in a heartbeat!!
La química (Spanish Edition)
La química (Spanish Edition)
-----LO MALO-----

HISTORIA PRINCIPAL LENTA
Hay que decid que es mi primer thriller así que quizás todos sean así. Pero la principal característica es que es muy, pero que MUY, lento. Por más tiempo que le das al libro no parece terminar de arrancar nunca. Yo le he dado medio libro, y no a habido manera. Al final lo he dejado. Medio libro (y no es un libro de los pequeñitos) se pueden resumir en la introducción y dos escenarios/escenas. Una falta de ritmo muy preocupante

HISTORIA SECUNDARIA MAL LLEVADA
Lo que vende este libro es un thriller con una historia secundaria de amor. Personalmente creo que el romance es de las mejores historias secundarias que puede tener una aventura. En este caso la autora, que irónicamente tiene experiencia en mezclas de romance + otro genero, no ha sabido llevarla. Posiblemente en su intento por dejarla en un plano secundario le ha quitado tanto foco y la ha trabajado tan poco que no es creíble. Las situaciones están forzadas. La relación evoluciona demasiado rápido. No ha terminado de crear tensión sexual y los mete en la cama...En fin, incomprensible, me gustaría tomarme un café con ella y que me lo explicase. Para dedicarle tan poco trabajo que se hubiera inventado otra cosa como historia secundaria: que ella fuese alcóholica por ejemplo. Hay cosas que pueden comprimirse, el romance no.

MALOS PERSONAJES
No sientes ningún tipo de interés por los personajes. Son aburridos. Además la protagonista no es creíble: es una doctora con ya varios años de experiencia, por lo que debe tener entorno a 28 años, y su madurez emocional está con suerte en los 18. No es que me moleste esa personalidad. Tiene su lugar cuando estas leyendo novelas para jóvenes (que nos leemos bien a gusto los mas mayores), y el protagonista tiene 16 años, pero en esta parece ridículo. "Como la protagonista es una mujer adulta y madura la tengo que hacer super autosuficiente e independiente" pensó la autora, y lo hace. Vamos que si lo hace, hasta tener un personaje completamente unidimensional y poco creíble. La madurez emocional parece que no entra en la ecuación. La protagonista tiene la calidad de un secundario, de los secundarios ni hablamos

------LO BUENO-----
ESTILO
Es un estilo bastante propio que sumerge bastante. Los pensamientos de la autora siempre me ha parecido muy humanos y realistas. En este libro es igual, aunque no ha sido suficiente para mantener el interés.

LA IDEA
La idea de la trama es buena. De hecho parecía perfecto para el estilo de la autora.
--------------------------SPOILER SUAVE-----------------------
Cogamos a una toturadora profesional perseguida por el gobierno.
Que la trama la lleve a torturar a un chico sexy del que paulatinamente se irá enamorando
Juntos lucharán contra los elementos
--------------------------FIN SPOILER--------------------
Cualquier puede ver las posibilidades que le daba esto a una autora que se siente cómoda desarrollando relaciones de dependencia. Y está desaprovechado

INVESTIGACION
Cómo viene siendo habitual se ve que ha habido investigación. Todos disfrutamos cuando nos dan el modelo exacto de coche, una pistola, un compuesto químico...etc

En fin, no lo recomiendo
Monster Holidays
Monster Holidays
One of my favorite books as a kid...hey, what boy doesn't like monsters! It was nice to be taken back to youth as I read this. Bridwell is a talented author/illustrator.
Clifford's Halloween (Classic Storybook)
Clifford's Halloween (Classic Storybook)
This Clifford the Big Red Dog book is wonderful. From the front cover you could assume that it is strictly about Halloween. Especially from the opening title Clifford's Halloween. But when you read the book it has illustrations of several US holidays in the book as well. With that being said you can read it anytime of year not just in October. My 2 year old daughter loves me to read this book for her. The story is simple and easy to follow for young children.

My daughter really enjoys the story and it has a nice innocence about it. I would recommend any of the Clifford books for early childhood reading. Like Mercer Mayer, and the Berenstain Bears the Clifford visuals and stories are appealing and easy to follow. We break this book out every late September and October when we bring down the Fall seasonal bin out of the attic.

The book should be no more than $4 to $5 we have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it.
Little Miss Splendid (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Little Miss Splendid (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
I really enjoy the Mr. and Little Miss books. Any child with collection of these stories should be very lucky. They are fun to read to children and are simple enough for children to read themselves. Highly recommend them.
Tiempo de Morir (Spanish Edition)
Tiempo de Morir (Spanish Edition)
Claudia y Caop, dos ricos norteamericanos coinciden con Job, Matatu y Sean Courtney en la conseción de caza de este último en Zimbadwe donde el deseo de cazar un elefante excepcional los lleva a cruzar la frontera con Mozambique, internarse en las selvas y sumergirse en una aventura sangrienta al caer en el fuego cruzado de las facciones del Frelimo y el Renamo, rivales que luchan entre sí, más por el poder y a riqueza que por sus convicciones políticas en Mozambique.
A medida que avanza la trama, se van descubriendo las peripecias de Sean para sobrevivir desde que su padre lo expulsara de su familia y de Sudafrica, sus aventuras en el ejercito rodesiano de Ian Smith contra la guerrilla ZAPU, la situación económica, política y social de Rodesia de 1965-1980 y del Zimbadwe actual desde 1980 dirigida de forma desastroza por Robert Mugabe así como la de Mozambique desde la salida de los portugueses de la colonia en 1974, así como la diferencia de puntos de vista de la realidad del cono sur africano por parte de sus protagonistas.
Si bien el comienzo de la trama es algo aburrida con tantas descripciones sobre safaris y cacerias, poco a poco se va poniendo interesante con el entramado de sus personajes, sus historias y aventuras para sobrevivir en un entorno hostil. Aunque no es una continuación de "El Poder de la Espada" y "Furia", de alguna manera conjuntamente con "Zorro Dorado" enlaza las historias de la saga familiar de los Courtney.
Gold for the Gay Masters (Fauna Trilogy Book One)
Gold for the Gay Masters (Fauna Trilogy Book One)
This book introduces the child Fauna and charts her life through trials and tragedies to the happiness that is rightfully hers. It is well written and well researched, as befits anything by Denise Robins [a favourite author].
The Golden Spiders (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 22)
The Golden Spiders (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 22)
Rex Stout reached out of my library shelf and captured my heart for the rest of my life. The Golden Spiders was out of print for a long time and I grieved that a Nero Wolfe story with such an intriguing title remained unknown to me. I've now managed to buy or borrow most of the Nero Wolfe stories, all of which I recommend.

Audio books need to fulfill more and perhaps a little different criteria. Unabridged books are the best - no one's messed with the subleties employed by the author or chopped any subsidiary threads to save space.

Once I'm assured that the storyline will hold my interest, the voice of the reader is very very important to me. Michael Pritchard is one of the best and I'm eagerly awaiting the next Nero Wolfe audio book release.

Golden Spiders starts with a streetwise neighbourhood child being admitted by Archie during one of his spats with Mr. Wolfe. The boy has learned something which he expects to turn into cash and wants to employ Mr Wolfe. When bodies begin turning up around New York, only Wolfe sees the connections. It takes lots of work by the whole team to finally find the crucial evidence and bring the baddies out from behind the wall of lies built up by so many. If I go into any more detail I'm likely to spoil the hidden surprises lurking in each plot twist.
Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (The Silent Speaker / Might as Well Be Dead / If Death Ever Slept / 3 at Wolfe's Door / Gambit / Please Pass the Guilt / A Family Affair)
Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (The Silent Speaker / Might as Well Be Dead / If Death Ever Slept / 3 at Wolfe's Door / Gambit / Please Pass the Guilt / A Family Affair)
Stylish, witty, whimsical, devious, selfish, egocentric, flawed...the list could go on and on and still not capture the charm of these stories.
I first became aware of them, as is so soften the case, via the tv. But now I have them read and savour.
Some how the writing and therefore the stories seem to be even more 'set' in the period. Somehow they seem to capture the attitude of the times.
I don't know much about the author. (more shame me). but I know I like his work.
I'm not going to go in to any plot detail or put in any spoilers. I will say that some of the stories are as straight (ish) forward as they seem and others have unexpected twists. But ALL have them have priceless moments, great scene setting, human motivations, legendary gluttony (perhaps a bit harsh perhaps just say he is a connoisseur), a whole spectrum of entertainment.
I suppose I keep referring to him or he when I should be saying Mr Wolfe or Nero (great name), even though the Archie could be considered equally the star. But Nero is such a force. NOT one dimensional and so faceted that I should think everyone ill see one characteristic reflected in him.
His mind is as sharp as Miss Marples'
Holmes has his pipe (and other weaknesses) Wolfe has his food and orchids.
He's a realist... again you can go on etc so I wont.
He has a small house hold so a 'family' if you will of characters who all learn to (perhaps love is too strong a word) look out for each other.
I was going to say that it could appeal to everyone from about 10 upwards BUT given they way younger folk like their entertainment these days perhaps it will only appeal to middle agers an over. Not because of adult content but because being able to understand the way thing were. Yes I know that does a dis service to the younger who are mature enough to get it, AND a disservice to the older ones who are still young enough to be' with it' (is 'with it' still an acceptable phrase or even meaningful these days?)
Enough.
The book was delivered in excellent condition - well priced - packaged in Amazon's inimitable cardboard, in the delivery window.
I've had it a while now and love it. I shall re read it many time - hopefully. I seem to have a fondness for older style stories.
ACID TEST: would I buy again - If my copy were damaged? definitely.
The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe: Parodies and Pastiches Featuring the Great Detective of West 35th Street
The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe: Parodies and Pastiches Featuring the Great Detective of West 35th Street
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
An expanded version of this originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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In the same vein as the 2018 compilation that he co-edited, The Misadventures of Ellery Queen, Pachter (with the blessing of Stout's daughter), Pachter presents just what the title promises: a collection of short pieces featuring takes on Nero Wolfe (and, generally, Archie Goodwin).

There are three introductory essays—one by Otto Penzler; one by Stout's daughter, Rebecca Stout Bradbury; and then one from Pachter (which served as a typical introduction). All three of these pieces were a pleasure to read, but obviously, Bradbury's is the standout for sentimental reasons.

Then we move into pastiches, although some felt more like parodies to me—but why quibble? The first entry just didn't work for me, and almost put me off the project as a whole. But, it's Wolfe, so as much as I say "almost"—there's no chance that'd stick. Thankfully, the second entry more than made up for it, as did the rest. A personal highlight came from Pachter reprinting the first chapter of Murder in E Minor, Robert Goldsborough's first Wolfe novel—I appreciated the reminder that I did really like his work at one point. (I wish something from William L. DeAndrea's Lobo Blacke/Quinn Booker books had made it in here)

The next section featured a handful of parodies. By and large, I enjoyed this part, but I would've appreciated a bit more subtlety with many of the works. The story "Julius Katz and the Case of Exploding Wine" was simply fantastic—I will be tracking down more of these stories by Dave Zeltserman as soon as I can (I have a browser tab open at the moment for an e-store with the collections).

The final section, "Potpourri," was my favorite. It included things like a story about a circus' Fat Woman doing a fine Nero Wolfe impression (and was a pretty clever story even without that); Pachter's short story about a young man named for Wolfe, "Sam Buried Caesar," which was utterly charming; and a scene from Joseph Goodrich's stage adaptation of Might as Well Be Dead. The highlight of this section (and possibly the entire book) was a little story called "The Damned Doorbell Rang," about a couple who used to live next to Wolfe's Brownstone on West 35th (obviously on the opposite side from Doc Vollmer), who didn't realize who they lived next to, nor appreciate the goings-on in the brownstone. An inspired idea that was executed wonderfully.

As with almost every compilation ever assembled, there were a lot of high highs and very low lows in this one—and most readers will likely disagree with what I'd put in either category. But I can't imagine any Wolfe reader not finding more than enough in this book to consider any time spent with it a win. The writers all clearly had fun with the subject matter, and it's infectious. Pachter has speculated about doing another collection of Wolfean tidbits. If he does, I know I'll be more than ready to grab it.
Paladone Harry Potter 24 Door 2019 Advent Calendar | Full of Hogwarts Gifts & Surprises | for Kids & Fans of Any Age | Wake Up Every Morning to A Bit of Magic
Paladone Harry Potter 24 Door 2019 Advent Calendar | Full of Hogwarts Gifts & Surprises | for Kids & Fans of Any Age | Wake Up Every Morning to A Bit of Magic
Don’t Buy one, they are dreadful.

I write further to this purchase that was made as a special gift to a friend

Too say I’m disappointed is an understatement and I asked my friend to send photos and a couple of small videos to how bad it was and the disappointment in the gifts

The calendar was a nightmare to get the doors open, the card is so tough on the doors that the perforations have not cut into it properly meaning I would accidently rip the calendar if I used my fingers to open the doors, so I decided to use the scissors and I have filmed it so you can see just how tough the card actually is.
Then there is the fact that the gifts are rammed so tightly into the plastic packaging that as you will see from the photo's and the film I had to prize them out with the scissors!
Then the gifts...the playing cards, note books and magic wand pen are fine but the pencils, stickers and rubbers are pretty duff, especially when you see that the pencils are identical and lets not forget that 3 gifts were missing and there was no ‪23rd of December‬!!! there was a door with no number on it, which I photographed but nothing behind it!
Honestly ...how terrible it would have been if a child had received this as their advent calendar , and you should point out that in all honesty you could get better licenced Harry Potter Stationary in the 'Pound Shop' for a fraction of the price.

I hope you will find this to be unacceptable your self and offer me a full refund.

Pls contact me via Amazon
A Cool Dry Place
A Cool Dry Place
As a single father, I really appreciated this movie's viewpoint on raising a child from dad's point of view. Too many movies make the dad look like some free-swinger while the mom in the divorce is this abused single woman working two jobs to keep her kids fed. This movie shows reality: that sometimes it's the mom who walks away from it all and dad has to step in and become both parents. This movie was great, and the characters were well-developed. The story was true-to-life, with things going good, and things going bad sometimes. Vince Vaughn was great, and Monica Potter showed a great depth in her character as the mom who leaves one day without reason, and now wants back into her son's life 18 months later. Joey Lauren Adams is nice as the girlfriend, but her voice gets annoying kind of quickly (sorry, Ms. Adams). All in all, a great movie and definitely one worth owning.
The Metropolitan Mother Goose
The Metropolitan Mother Goose
I was fortunate to come across this little paperbound book in my local thrift store. It is beautifully illustrated by Emma Clark and each nursery rhyme has been revised by Elizabeth C. Watson to have a happy ending (i.e, Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard was filled with wholesome food!) But Clark's illustrations are really the stars here - so adorable and whimsical. It's a real keeper for anyone who loves vintage children's books.
Sorrow Laughs
Sorrow Laughs
I purchased this book and let it sit on the shelf for some time. I don't think I would have bought it based on the description, but it was written by my junior high school English teacher, whom I had as a senior in high school as well. I was surprised to find that the story is a mystery/thriller, and Mr. Bloom carries it off well. You really need a Yiddish dictionary at-hand to appreciate all the nuances of the characters and story, but it's a good read... and a very scarce book as well. Certainly not worth the exorbitant price often quoted by those who want to make an unconscionable buck from its rarity; makes me want to scan my paperback copy and put it on the 'Net.
Power Rangers Megaforce Ultra Dragon Sword
Power Rangers Megaforce Ultra Dragon Sword
My 4 year old is obsessed with Power Rangers and was thrilled to receive this dragon sword for his birthday! We also purchased the card morpher which slides onto this sword. He plays with it everyday! These Power Ranger toys are authentic and durable and a must have for your little Power Ranger!!
+18
+18
I have both the Wonderflex Faith Cargo and the Grace flare pants. I like the Faith cargo scrubs more because the fit is looser, so that the sizing feels more as expected. In general, as you'll see from various WonderWink reviews, the scrub pants tend to fight tight in the seat and rear so it's recommended to order a size up if you have a curvy lower half.
The Wonderflex material is lightweight and flexible, but I don't think it's "stretchy" in the way that other pants with lycra feel. I like that the elastic and drawstring go all the way around, so it helps the pants stay up. I tend to have a problems with scrubs in general in that they feel like they slide down when you bend down, as those in healthcare often have to do. Or if you carry too much in your pockets, the pants tend to slide around also.
These pants have numerous front and 1 back pocket so it's super practical. The fit is a wider straight leg. If you like a more clean and streamlined, fitted look, the Grace flare may be more to your liking. I have usually ordered Wonderwink scrubs, and I am now a big fan of their Wonderflex line.
Fresh Tracks
Fresh Tracks
Hunting is a big topic. From learning the regulations, to choosing a spot to go to. Choosing your gear. Getting in shape. doing all the logistics. Then doing the work and finally learning to properly cook what you have harvested. Learning the animal is likely the most illusive and time consuming part of that. Too many other hunting shows just show kill shots and then play some rock music in the background to celebrate which neither respects the animal, nor does it represent the type of hunting that I go on and would want to associate with. The kill shot is a tiny percentage of the hunting experience. This show respects the animal and talks about the real challenges of hunting as well as the heritage that many of us are connected to. If I just want meat, I can go to the store. If I just want to shoot something, I can go to the range. This show taps into the fundamental reason that many of us hunt. The heritage and primal connection to nature. The show is sponsored, but to me they dont "sell out". Its a good solid show, and there are only a couple others like it that I would put in that category. Though the goal is to harvest, a harvest is not required to have a successful hunt.
Power Strip,QOLIXM Surge Protector with 6 AC Outlets & 8 USB Ports (5V/10A),1625W/13A,6 Feet Long Extension Cord for Multiple Devices Smartphone Tablet Laptop Computer
Power Strip,QOLIXM Surge Protector with 6 AC Outlets & 8 USB Ports (5V/10A),1625W/13A,6 Feet Long Extension Cord for Multiple Devices Smartphone Tablet Laptop Computer
This is a definite must product to have if you want a decent surge protector with multiple plugs as well as EIGHT USB charging ports. First thing I will note about this product is that it does not have too much space for power bricks on this. So if you happen to have a huge power brick you want to plug into this., I would recommend not getting this as there is not much space to be plugging those in. That being said it can handle up to six plug in devices at once and it protects your devices in case of overload. It has a good amount of length from the actual device which is nice. You do not have to worry about it being too short. What is nice is that there are holes that you can screw this surge protector into the wall or at the bottom of your desk easily. It is great for hiding cables. This is a great surge protector to have if you happen to have a lot of USB powered device. I have things like my fire stick and my hdmi splitter. The unfortunate part is that it cannot power the fire stick. It does not have the same output as the firestick power brick. It can however power pretty much anything else from chromecast to charging your phone. This does not support fast charging unfortunately but still gives a decent charging time. There were not issues on charging my ipads nor having all the USB ports being used. It all charged the same. With this surge protector, you are not have to look for additional USB ports to plug into. It also makes it very easy to organize your cables a bit easier. You are not having random USB cables trying to plug into random spots or even a USB hub. It can power up to six devices which makes it ideal for your TV or computer setup and having eight usb ports just make it great for all your smaller electronics. This can power my NES classic and raspberry pi without any issues. I normally would use this for my TV setup as there are several things that need power and this makes quick work of that. What is nice is that I can easily mount this against the wall so it hides well behind the television. The overall design is nice but it definitely does not give a ton of room for those devices with power brick plugs at the end of them. They will take up more than three spots even depending on the size of the brick. The plugs inside are very study so you do not have to worry about any cable easily being pulled out. The USB ports are not fast charging though so if you are planning to use this for tablet and phone charging be aware of that. That being said it does have enough power to keep a fire stick on without issue. It does not generate too much eat but keep it in open air if possible. Overall this is a good surge protector to have. You get a TON of plugs and USB ports so you do not have to worry about running out of ports. Be aware to not overload the surge protector and I think this is great device to have.
Adrianna Papell, vestido con entramado cerrado, pequeño, de manga corta, con lentejuelas, para mujer
Adrianna Papell, vestido con entramado cerrado, pequeño, de manga corta, con lentejuelas, para mujer
Oh, this is a gorgeous gown! It's difficult to describe the exact color, but I'll do my best -- it's an unusual shade for formal wear. I don't expect to "see myself" in multiple iterations at the big event I am planning to attend. The gown is just that "different." The lining is a medium steel gray and the net overlay is an ashy-gray/brown (with more emphasis on the brown) -- the result is a mutable shade of taupe in some lights, and a slightly bronzy-gray in others -- but the over-all result is simply lovely. The beaded embellishments are perfect for it -- more concentrated on the bodice and around the neckline, but gradually tapering off down the skirt. The godets in the skirt move gracefully and the fit is spot-on for size. It's a very flattering design and the color is, I think, an attractive choice for many women. The skirt is long, however -- I am 5'7" and even with heels on, I needed to have the skirt professionally shortened by over two inches. That added an extra $60 to the cost of the gown. A final point: I was concerned about finding shoes that would go well with this gown -- silver wasn't right, and black looked too harsh -- but I found a perfect match in Adrienne Vittadini's Surya Dress pump in a pewter-gray (also on Amazon).
Wired
Wired
Are used to subscribe to WIRED years ago and I remember it being a really good magazine with lots of technology-based articles. Now I am extremely unsure what it is. I don’t know if the first issue in my subscription is a one off for the magazine or what but there are only like 3 pages that mention technology directly and the rest is extremely political. I’m of the mindset that everyone is entitled to their own political opinions, and I respect that, but when I buy a magazine that is themed on technology I don’t expect 90%+ of it to be about politics and pushing a specific agenda. It is extremely clear which political party the writers of this magazine support. Again, I don’t care about politics but I feel tricked because this magazine now seems to have very little to do with tech...
BENKS [2 Pack] Compatible With iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector Matte, Anti-Glare Anti-Fingerprint Tempered Glass Clear Film Case Friendly Full Coverage Protective Film for iPhone 2020, 6.7 Inch
BENKS [2 Pack] Compatible With iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector Matte, Anti-Glare Anti-Fingerprint Tempered Glass Clear Film Case Friendly Full Coverage Protective Film for iPhone 2020, 6.7 Inch
This comes with the screen protectors and an assistance frame. It’s pretty simple and straight forward for installation. However, I must give it a 4/5 stars in regards to installation because I’ve been spoiled by others that have the screen protector in a frame you just show on top of the device and press down the middle and it applies it perfectly. This one still has the one where you apply the frame to help line up the protector as you apply it; its good, but it’s basically the standard now with a lot of protectors. That said, the protector itself is great quality. Yes, sharpness takes a hit due to the matte nature. However, there is very minimal rainbow effect, and you know this is quality when they do a few extras, like the micro mesh speaker grill to help protect your ear piece from dust, and the edges. The edges are truly 2.5D. You finger will just roll right off the edges. It is not sharp at all. The only reservation I have is yes the mesh will help prevent due build up in the ear piece, I just hope dust particle that does pass through accumulate between it in the ear piece. Only time will tell. Glad to have a matter protector again, much fewer fingerprints, that silky feeling, and less glare make up for the slight loss of sharpness.
Duke Radiology Case Review: Imaging, Differential Diagnosis, and Discussion
Duke Radiology Case Review: Imaging, Differential Diagnosis, and Discussion
胸部、乳腺、gastrointestinal、genitourinary、筋骨格型、neuro、vascular、小児、超音波、核医学、心の11章で各30問程度で構成されています。2Pで1問の構成で左ページが問題提示。右ページが解説です。amazon.comにアクセスすればsearch insideのところから本の中身の一部を見ることができるので参考にしてください。
問題解説の部分ではDDxが充実しています。その解説がきちんとしており、どうしてその疾患が考えやすいか、あるいは考えにくいかが解説されています。
続いてkey facts、radiologicとしてその疾患の基本的な概念、画像所見の解説がなされます。これらはいずれも箇条書きの形式ですが、しっかりと書いてくれているので他の本にあたって調べなおさなくてよいのがこの本の魅力の1つと思います。
最後にsuggested readingとして論文が3-5紹介されています。最近の論文が多いことに感心しました。

症例は基本的な問題が多いので、難しい症例や稀な疾患の問題集を探している方にはこの症例集は不適当と思います。腹部や骨盤については'CT and MRI of the abdomen and pelvis'というすばらしい症例集があるので、こちらもおすすめします。
Bassett Liquorice Allsorts 130 g (12 Bolsas Bulk comprar)
Bassett Liquorice Allsorts 130 g (12 Bolsas Bulk comprar)
My grandmother always loved black licorice flavored anything. She use to even have a gum. She recently passed away and I’ve never been much of a fan BUT THESE ARE AMAZING! I’m trying my best to not eat all 12 bags in 12 days. Now i ordered these in fall so if you live in TX, or other not states I wouldn’t buy in the summer I wouldn’t doubt it would melt. If you pay attention to temperate when you buy it you won’t be disappointed. I’ve tried similar products and while they are ok, the pale in comparison.
Caja de cigarrillos de doble cara metálica de color plateado, diseño grabado con grabado, más corto que 100
Caja de cigarrillos de doble cara metálica de color plateado, diseño grabado con grabado, más corto que 100
I'm a prop designer for an area theatre. Oh, how I miss designing props. It's funny how when I first started designing props I would take so much time and go to so many stores. Now the world is online so you can simply shop for many props from your computer, Amazon included! Yep, showing my age! This cigarette case is ornate enough to work for the period show I was working on (Red Hot & Cole). It will be a great addition to our prop inventory.
Held the cigarettes well and looked great onstage. We had several in stock already but this show happened to have several actors smoking so we needed to add a few more to stock. It's easy to open, close, and retrieve cigarettes (we used fake cigarettes from Amazon, too).

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