Zechariah Baker

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Head First Kotlin: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Kotlin: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Head First Kotlin: A Brain-Friendly Guide by Dawn Griffiths and David Griffiths. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Rescue: Booktrack Edition
The Rescue: Booktrack Edition
The Rescue: Booktrack Edition by Nicholas Sparks, Johnny Heller, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1750 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Jon Smith, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2138 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter: The Character Vault
Harry Potter: The Character Vault
Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 316 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Langoliers
The Langoliers
The Langoliers by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King, Frances Sternhagen, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 484 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
En la hierba alta
En la hierba alta
En la hierba alta by Stephen King, Joe Hill, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Mr. Rochester
Mr. Rochester
Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 157 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids
Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids
Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids by Warren Sande and Carter Sande. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming
iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming
iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming by Mark Wahlbeck. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Node.js, MongoDB and Angular Web Development (Developer's Library)
Node.js, MongoDB and Angular Web Development (Developer's Library)
I purchased this book based on some reviews I found online recommending this book. I wish I had read the two previous customer review on Amazon before I bought this. As noted in another review, much of the text is copy and paste between sections.

More importantly this book mainly describes sections of modules in the MEAN stack. But after getting half way through it I had not developed enough of an understanding of the content to even begin to know how to put it all together. The instructions for how to use MongoDB, were designed for either Linux or MacOS. I could not get the instructions to work under Windows. After spending an hour on this, I had to resort to online help to get the author's example to work.

In the end I found a different book much more helpful. Write Modern Web Apps with the MEAN Stack: Mongo, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js (Develop and Design). While this one was a few years old, it explained things much more concisely.
Steve Jobs and Philosophy: For Those Who Think Different (Popular Culture and Philosophy Book 89)
Steve Jobs and Philosophy: For Those Who Think Different (Popular Culture and Philosophy Book 89)
Shawn Klein has put together an excellent selection of essays for exploring philosophy and entrepreneurship through the example (both positive and negative) of the life of Steve Jobs. For anyone interested in philosophy, entrepreneurship, and/or Steve Jobs, this is an excellent book that will give you plenty to think about and learn from.

Here is just a sample of what you will get to begin exploring in reading this book:
• The Virtues of Entrepreneurship versus the Cardinal Virtues. Do the Cardinal Virtues help or hinder with entrepreneurship? Here is a great quote from the essay by Terry Noel on this topic:
“The four cardinal virtues are a good guide for the ordinary citizen choosing to fit in and be good. For the entrepreneur, they are deadly. In their stead, I suggest that the following three traits are foundational to the virtuous entrepreneur: independence of mind, vision, and audacity”
• Conceptual clarity. You will get a better understanding of the “Steve Jobs Reality-Distortion field” in the essay by James Edwin Mahon and of three different ways of being counter-cultural in the fascinating essay by Carrie-Ann Biondi on Jobs as a “Counter-Culture Capitalist”.
• How can we make entrepreneurs? Stephen Hicks essay explores what traits are needed for entrepreneurs and how those traits can be better taught in our schools and by parents. His “Dirt Bikes and Dads” example is very powerful and illuminating.
• Moral Perfection. Pursuing Moral Perfection – Human Flourishing – and the need for this to be individualized. Jared Meyer discusses this topic and how it applies in Steve Jobs life and gives us all food for thought on the need for this to be life-long project for each of us

There are a total of 17 essays and nearly all of them gave me more to think about and learn from. The essay on Steve Jobs and Buddhism (by Shawn Klein and Danielle Fundora) is an area where I learned quite a bit since this is a topic where I had no real knowledge. The essay on “The Two Sides of Think Different” gave me a wider perspective on the famous commercials.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it highly. The essays are well written and gave me a better appreciation of Steve Jobs - both his virtues and vices - while giving me a lot to think about in ethics, epistemology (especially in conceptual clarity) and entrepreneurship.

My thanks to Shawn Klein for putting together this valuable collection of essays.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book
Es war für mich sehr beeindruckend, in welch einfacher Art der Autor kleinen Kindern - ohne erhobenen Zeigefinger - das Wesen der Demokratie nahe bringt. "Stinkekäfer" oder alle anderen Personen, die der Ansicht sind, dass sie besonders wichtig sind und deshalb ihre Weltsicht als die einzig richtige zu gelten hat, haben anzuerkennen, dass andere das gleiche Recht zur Entfaltung ihrer Persönlichkeit haben. Und wie wichtig Solidarität und Freundschaft im Leben jedes Einzelnen sind.
Nur durch den Zusammenhalt der Freunde gegen Intoleranz und Ignoranz kann sich die Liebe durchsetzen und Marlon und Wesley können zu ihrem Bunnymoon aufbrechen. Ich wünsche ihnen das Beste!
Bei "Beste" fällt mir ein, dass ich die Zeichnungen noch gar nicht erwähnt habe. Tja, ich habe lange überlegt, ob ich damit anfangen sollte. Die liebevoll und aussagekräftig gestalteten Figuren, gehen einem ans Herz. Ich habe das kleine Büchlein als sehr alter Mensch, der weit weg von solcher Art "Lektüre" sein sollte, schon mehrfach angeschaut. Immer wieder finde ich neue Details, die ich mich erfreuen.
Alleine deshalb rechtfertigt sich schon der Preis. Was ich aber besonders erfreulich finde, dass der Gewinn an LGBT-Organisationen überwiesen werden soll, was hoffentlich auch geschieht.
Es bleibt mir nur noch, dem Team meinen herzlichsten Dank zu sagen und ihnen Erfolg im Kampf gegen Intoleranz und rechte Gesinnung zu wünschen. Es steht viel auf dem Spiel - nicht nur für Kaninchen!
Disney Devotionals: 100 Daily Devotionals Based on the Walt Disney World Attractions
Disney Devotionals: 100 Daily Devotionals Based on the Walt Disney World Attractions
If you are looking for a devotional book for your family, your search ends with the fantastic book! This is a book that combines a magical and spiritual journey. I have been to Disney World 7 times since my childhood and I thought I knew a lot about the four theme parks until I opened this masterpiece. This book is filled with factual descriptions of every ride and show and the author makes a Biblical connection with the theme of Heaven from beginning to end. I literally could not put the book down because written within these pages is a guide to a personal walk with God along with bringing out the child within that was Walt Disney's dream. Disney World is "The Happiest Place on Earth" and joining the author on this journey makes me look forward to the Happiest Place that Ever Existed.....Heaven!
Insane Mode – Die Tesla-Story: Wie Elon Musk die Automobilbranche auf den Kopf gestellt hat und stellen wird (German Edition)
Insane Mode – Die Tesla-Story: Wie Elon Musk die Automobilbranche auf den Kopf gestellt hat und stellen wird (German Edition)
Ich lese das Buch in der Kindle Version, aktuell bin ich bei 55%. Ab und zu fällt auf, dass die deutsche Übersetzung offenbar gar nicht weiß um was es geht, da ist zbs die Gigafactory mehrfach grammatikalisch falsch übersetzt, auch gibt es öfter mal Schreib und Tippfehler im Text. Das Buch ist nicht so nah dran an Tesla wie vermutet, öfters driftet das Buch ins allgemeine ab. Permanent habe ich den Eindruck, das deutsche Buch gibt es nur, weil es einen gewissen Bedarf daran gibt, die gebotene Kompetenz ist aber geringer. Ich besitze 1300 Tesla Aktien, da lohnt sich aber jede Schraube Kleinigkeit an Erkenntnis Gewinn bzw Rekapituliert.
Trump: How to Get Rich
Trump: How to Get Rich
This is an interesting, light read which I enjoyed. The personal stories and savvy advice are something that I found as a general overview rather than the more strategic information that I'm sure most people were expecting.
For hardened business people, this book will disappoint. But I found it to be more informative and interesting than say the "One Minute Manager" books or the "Fish" business books which sell for also the same price and are less than 100 pages.
"How to Be Rich" looks like something that was slapped together quickly to take advantage of the Apprentice show's popularity. I really wished that Trump and the editors of Random House would have held back on this and had more quality control.
The book has been fatten up with pictures and a lot of spacing to make this 244 page book look bigger in content than it really could be. It has more like 144 pages of information and could have sold for $15 instead. I guess someone needed the money, right?
All in all, this is an okay book that is easy to read. And fans of the Apprentice who really aren't searching for groundbreaking financial advice and just want a little time with the Donald will find this an enjoyable read.
Since the price of the book kind of bugs me, that's telling me that I need to make more money!!!
Google It: A History of Google
Google It: A History of Google
From the first page, a fascinating read about the two men who "wanted to organize the internet" for their dissertation projects and ended up "changing the world" when they created Google. I did not realize how much "Google" influences my life and how much more it may do so in the future; and I did not realize how Googlers learned as they went, always in pursuit of helping their users. In the beginning, you could only use Google to search text based info on the web, but then when everyone wanted to see an image of Jennifer Lopez’s dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards, Google figured out how we could search images. When 9-11-2001 happened, everyone wanted to search the web for current news, but Google only updated key words (based on new postings) every 24 hours at that point so when you searched Twin Towers, you weren’t seeing the news necessarily; they figured out how to change that.

Redding chronicles not only how Google (originally "Backrub") took off (Lego Duplo blocks were involved), but what they are doing to move us toward the future (think health, space travel, driverless cars and more). She does this in a conversational tone that YA (plus 5th-8th grade) readers will be drawn to and with a clear writing style that unpacks some difficult concepts.

Two DOWN POINTS to consider (but not deal breakers) -
1) The quality of the photos is not great and some of the text is printed on a dark background with the print that is too pale to read well. I think there were some design decisions - how do we break up the text? how do we make it YA appealing? - that may have gotten in the way.

2) While there are a few points in the book, where Redding explores how some have criticized Google for failing their users in some way and Google has responded by making changes, Redding's perspective for the most part is a sort of 'feel good about Google' and 'Isn't Google amazing?' conversation. YA readers need to be aware of this and consider what the author has left out. A reoccurring note in the book is the internal MOTTO at Google of "DON'T BE EVIL"; as I was reading this news broke about YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, collecting children’s personal information without their parents’ consent and then about Google possibly violating the Sherman Anti-trust Act that outlaws monopolistic business practices. Readers should look for other perspectives or read additional sources to learn more about Google.

On a similar note, the author describes how people who work at Google get 20% of their time to work on projects of their own choice (this is how we got Gmail). There has been some debate in the press in the last few years (but beginning prior to the publication of this book) over whether, in reality, this is true. It’s very hard to make that time for professional inquiry of your own when you have an overwhelming job at Google. Some think the 20% independent inquiry time Google says they give employees is primarily a way the company promotes itself.

I’m not saying that the company Google is bad. I’m just saying that a reader needs to be aware of the author’s apparent perspective and of the perspective the reader begins to develop as they read this book (because of reading this book). Looking for other perspectives should be encouraged. (Personally, as a child of the 80s where you could only find info at the library, I appreciate everything Google has done for my life.)

NOT A DEAL BREAKER. I’d STILL RECOMMEND THIS TO YOUR STUDENTS.
Get Up, Stand Up: (Preschool Music Book, Multicultural Books for Kids, Diversity Books for Toddlers, Bob Marley Children's Books)
Get Up, Stand Up: (Preschool Music Book, Multicultural Books for Kids, Diversity Books for Toddlers, Bob Marley Children's Books)
Get Up, Stand Up is a beautifully illustrated book with a powerful message. I enjoyed reading it to my kids and they loved pointing out and telling me what was happening on each page. The illustrations are absolutely delightful and really brought the book to life. My favorite part about this book is how diverse all the characters were. This book definitely deserves five stars!
Louis Armstrong Satchmo At Symphony Hall Lp Vinyl Record
Louis Armstrong Satchmo At Symphony Hall Lp Vinyl Record
At the end of the 1940s, the large formations of jazz are scarce. Louis Armstrong as others leave aside his grand Orchestra and with producer Ernie Anderson, he set up a small group that will (re)play in the tradition of New Orleans. "Louis Armstrong and the All stars" will be a great success. Several of their concerts have been recorded which it remained in the annals of jazz. Sunday, November 30, 1947 in the evening at Symphony Hall in Boston the crowd jostling. Louis is surrounded by some 'stars' but without its dimension are accomplished musicians. The Orchestra is composed, in addition to Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), Barney Bigard (1906-1980) for clarinet; his accomplice Jack Teagarden (1905-1984) on trombone; drummer Big Sid Catlett (1910-1951) too soon gone; young bassist Arvell Shaw (1923-2002) and pianist, less known, Dick Carry (1916-1994); also Velma Middleton (1917-1961) for a song. A concert that breath away with covers of music from the 1920s and 1930s; the interpretation of the first song "Mahogamy hall Stomps" sets the tone of the album. Louis does not monopolize the microphone, on the contrary it leaves its partners speak at length. Great moments like the introduction of 2 minutes on "Body and Soul" by Barney Bigard; It is of great beauty and a great moment of clarinet; then Barney changed tempo and follow 1 mn 30 where he inflamed before continuing supported by the entire group. Each piece has its highlights as Jack Teagarden on "Lover". A "Muskrat Ramble" very Louisiana, just like a little later in the 'High Society' concert. A "Tea for two" very dancing. A Sid Catlett impressive pace and humor on "Steak Face" and finally on 'Boff Boff'. Louis solos are a real pleasure. A concert we want to listen barely finished. The sound reproduction is satisfactory for a live recording of that time. The album was digitally remastered in 1996 by Decca.
All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong (Studies in Jazz Book 51)
All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong (Studies in Jazz Book 51)
As an Armstrong collector I don't know how I have survived without this incredibly detailed account of virtually *every* performance and recording session in the life of Louis Armstrong. I have been attempting to clear up a few possible questions with some live performances I own. This book is proving to be invaluable to me & I've only just begun to read it!
Modern Times [Vinyl]
Modern Times [Vinyl]
I remember a time in America when We Shall Overcome and Blowin' in the Wind were national anthems for a civil rights movement that rattled our country to the rafters and unfortunately never actually commenced until that point in time. A young singer songwriter was a focal point of that movement and coincidentally is the same Bob Dylan who gives us Modern Times and systematically beats out on the Billboard Charts all the American Idols and classic rock wannabees and all this at the age of maybe 65. Bob is incredibly transitional- a metamorphosis of a singer songwriter as he exhibited in Nashville Skyline when he suddenly went country and Hurricane when he unexpectedly became urban and street wise and chronicled the events of a Jersey frame of a middleweight contender. When I first became attached to Bob Dylan in maybe'62, a young troubled comedian named Lenny Bruce dominated the pages of an ad hoc paper called the Realist and at the same time appearing at a Times Square dump known as the Dixie Hotel. Lenny was no Seinfield but instead a profane genius. Modern Times to me features some Waylon and Willie in it, some Hank Williams and possibly some Lynyrd Skynyrd influences all combined. The selections that seem to validate my thoughts are Thunder On the Mountain, The Levee's Gonna Break, and Spirit on the Water. It's not that Bob Dylan makes everybody in the music business look bad because of course there is plenty of quality out there. It's kind of like Bob is isolated in his quintessential excellence and nobody but nobody can come close to him poetically or lyrically. In my own frenetic and disjointed youth as a young journalism student at NYU with a raging society and a questioned war effort behind it, I remember Bob tramping around the Village in the early sixties talking Wood Gutherie and with Joan Baez on his arm. Whether it's Hurricane, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, The Master's of War or the prophetic and sadly current Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall, you have to look at Modern Times as another masterpiece and reflective of Bob Dylan's insurmountable cachet. Hit the purchase button now because it is absolutely essential that this CD be added to any existing ownership of Bob Dylan's Cd's, if nothing else, to make your collection up to date and verifiable as all inclusive Dylan.

Jay Adler
CD Reviewer
The Times They Are a Changin
The Times They Are a Changin
The Times They Are a-Changin' è il terzo disco del cantastorie americano Bob Dylan, datato 1964.
Una meraviglia del genere folk acustico, il cantautore accompagnandosi soltanto con chitarra ed armonica a bocca.
Qui nella ristampa full analogue, con riversamento da master tape su doppio vinile 45 giri, della Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. Edizione limitata e numerata.
La registrazione di oltre cinquant'anni fa è stupenda, il riversamento su vinile perfetto, il disco un gioiello assoluto.
Straconsigliato.
Qualità artistica: 9
Qualità tecnica: 9 e 1/2
Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with Java: Walls and Mirrors (3rd Edition)
Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with Java: Walls and Mirrors (3rd Edition)
I picked this up because my school requires this data structure book. Well, this book is fine overall. I took a look at a few chapters, and I did not have many huge problems. So let's talk about the pros and cons of this book.

Pros:
The author explains everything in a very detailed way, which is good for people who don't really have good background in programming and problem solving.

Cons:
You won't find any complete code in this book since the author only gives the main part of the program, which means you need to develop the program yourself. Even in the source code the author provides, there is not any complete code that you can run in IDE. So, if you don't have a strong Java background, this book might be a little tough for you.
JBL Duet Mini 2 Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones Blue
JBL Duet Mini 2 Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones Blue
I just baught these for work because my JBL duet arc's neckband kept falling off my neck & i was constantly having to readjust it & in construction i cant be wasting my time on trying to keep my tunes where suppose to be.
But i ran these duet mini's on the job site & everything was good but if you want the full sound out your tunes you have yo use the large earpiece that comes with it.
I only gave the diet mini 4 stars on the battery life because it only lasts 6 hours so i have to bring my plug in JBL headset to finish out my work day whitch is not a big deal but i like these duet mini's alot.
Thanos AR32 Solar Mole Repellent Stakes Groundhog Repeller Spikes Gopher Deterrent Vole Chaser Traps Get Rid of Burrowing Rodents from Lawn Garden Yard (6, Green)
Thanos AR32 Solar Mole Repellent Stakes Groundhog Repeller Spikes Gopher Deterrent Vole Chaser Traps Get Rid of Burrowing Rodents from Lawn Garden Yard (6, Green)
These are used to repel mice in my yard. Since using them, I haven't seen any new traces, so I think the effect is great. I'm not sure how effective this is for all other creatures, but over the years, there have been many traces of rats in my yard. It looks terrible. I found out that our neighbor had these things, so I bought some.
It is easy to install. It could not be better. What I want to say is that I noticed that great changes have taken place in our yard, and soon there were no traces of rats. In a few days it was completely flat again, and the grass grew back. I would definitely recommend these.
Usher: OMG Tour - Live From London
Usher: OMG Tour - Live From London
The OMG tour did not come to my city and I'm a huge Usher fan so I thought this would be a good substitute. The footage was good but I wasn't too fond of the song choices/lineup. I've seen enough of this tour on YouTube to know he did a hot steamy number to "Trading Places" which was not included on the DVD. Bummer. Also being a huge fan and not familiar with the song "Monster" which the DVD opened with was a little off putting. The dancers were fabulous as was the set and Usher himself. The crowd seemed a little subdude to me and perhaps that is why Usher didn't seem as into it or as playful as usual. He also kept it pretty clean, for which I was a little disappointed. We all know Usher can move his hips and it wasn't enough thrusting for me, lol. Despite of these little things, I enjoyed the DVD and would recommend it.
Tescoma Delicia 31 cm Pizza Pan
Tescoma Delicia 31 cm Pizza Pan
Ho regalato tre teglie uguali ad un amante della pizza fatta in casa. È rimasto soddisfatto principalmente per la cottura che è avvenuta in maniera omogenea e senza che la pizza si attaccasse. Le ho acquistate ad un buon prezzo (5€ cad.) la dimensione è ottimale per il forno e per la resa della pizza. Consigliate.
DOLE FRUIT BOWLS, Cherry Mixed Fruit in 100% Fruit Juice, 4 Ounce (12 Count (Pack of 1))
DOLE FRUIT BOWLS, Cherry Mixed Fruit in 100% Fruit Juice, 4 Ounce (12 Count (Pack of 1))
This is a great product -- good individual size -- less than a whole can, but two cups quite satisfy if you have a pretty good appetite. Tasty -- much better than from a can. AND has a fairly good distribution on the count for the types of fruit included -- not all pears chunks, but even has a good smattering of pineapple and cherries, to boot! These would be positively ideal for kids lunches but be aware that they are difficult to open even though it's a pull-back plastic cover. I'm on my second box now, and that irritation has been consistent, so I suspect it's that way for all of them. No doubt, though, the contents are fresh! Very good product, very good value! RECOMMEND!:>) DWO
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Photo Guide by J. R. Tolkien (2004-11-01)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Photo Guide by J. R. Tolkien (2004-11-01)
I love the Lord of the Rings series, both movies and books. I got this set of audio book disks for driving across the country with. It was a good buy in my opinion.

Inglis does a masterful job of reading the books. Before I bought the collection, I wondered how good it could possibly be with only one person doing EVERY VOICE. He does a great job with it all though. His voice while "reading" is smooth and easy to listen too. When he is voicing a character, there is enough difference between each one that you know exactly who is speaking, but there is no over acting in it. I must say: His voice for Gollum is the best ever.

There are many disks, and if you are listening while driving as I did, you will have to pull over to change CDs from time to time, but not too often. The story is separated on the disks into break points that are frequent enough to assist you if you somehow lose your place. Simply back peddle through the "parts" until you get to where you know you've already heard something, then stop and continue the story there, it won't be too long before you are right at the part you last left off at.

The packaging and cover art is very nice. I loaded the books onto my IPOD and leave the CDs on my book shelf for safe keeping.

The story itself is well known and more popular than ever, so there is no need for me to comment there. You probably already know if you like it or not. If not, this set could be a great first trip through the story.
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (Bright & Early Books)
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (Bright & Early Books)
I agree with the reviewers who say this is not exactly Seuss's usual style, though it does include fantastical creatures and great rhyming.

I disagree with those who say it's not appropriate for babies or young tots. Depends on the kid, of course, but my daughter loves it. It's not her very favorite, but she does ask for it regularly.

It's a nice little book, and I'm glad we have it. It reads smoothly and I like the subtle celebration of self and our own bodies at the end, "Of all the shapes we might have been, I say, 'hooray!' for the shapes we're in."

The very favorite Seuss books in our house at the moment are Mr. Brown Can Moo and There's a Wocket in my Pocket. All of these books are in very small board-book format, which makes them perfect for slipping in the diaper bag to keep the little miss entertained at the pediatrician's or more pleasant outings.
The Book of Counted Sorrows, Dogged Press First Edition
The Book of Counted Sorrows, Dogged Press First Edition
I love Dean R Koontz, I have read his books since I was a teenager, and I had a notebook that I had written down the counted sorrows and then he quit putting them in his books and I grew up and my notebook disappeared the way things do as you get older so I was Thrilled when I came across this!! Loved it!! But unfortunately a former friend stole it. But I loved the poetry sayings of the sorrows and the other things that were also in the book.
Nightrunners by Joe R.; Dean Koontz (Introduction) Lansdale (1987-06-02)
Nightrunners by Joe R.; Dean Koontz (Introduction) Lansdale (1987-06-02)
WARNING FOR SLIGHT SPOILERS

It’s Galveston, Texas, in the mid-1980s, and modern-minded, well-heeled couple, Becky and Montgomery Jones, should be living the dream. Professional academics, they both have good quality of life, a steady income, are a well-matched, physically handsome pair and, as lovebirds since their college days, they care for each other deeply. It should be a match made in Heaven, but in actual fact their blissful life has been ruined by a dreadful incident approximately four months prior to this narrative, when their house was broken into while Monty was away, and Becky savagely raped by a former student of hers, Clyde Edson, who wasn’t just a juvenile delinquent but a fledgling serial killer already known locally as the ‘Rapist Ripper’.

Edson was later apprehended and committed suicide while remanded in jail, but of course Becky’s recovery from such an ordeal was never going to rely solely on the hand of justice. The deep psychological wounds have destroyed her pleasant suburban existence. She now lives in fear of the night, endures harrowing nightmares and bizarre premonitions, is completely unable to enjoy sex, and has ambivalent feelings about her husband because of his previous political stance; before this event, Montgomery Jones was a liberal through and through – he believed in tackling the causes of crime rather than cracking down on it, he looked to rehabilitation rather than punishment, he didn’t regard Galveston’s underage hoodlums as thugs and predators so much as disadvantaged kids who need a helping hand rather than a good smack around the head.

All of this has changed now, of course – except that it’s too late.

Even though Monty wasn’t present at the time of the rape and could have done nothing to prevent it, he now regards his former ‘enlightened’ attitude as a kind of moral cowardice, and is inwardly repelled by his previous pretence of intellectual superiority when in reality he suspects that he has always been unnerved by the prospect of taking a tough stand. He particularly agonises about an incident from his childhood, when he was too frightened to intervene as a local bully force-fed his kid-brother a dog turd. What’s even worse from Monty’s point of view is that he suspects Becky thinks this about him too, even if she won’t say it. Just being in his wife’s melancholy presence now unmans him.

It looks as if their relationship, once so strong, has fatally fractured … until late that October, when in a desperate effort to patch things up, Monty takes Becky out to a friend’s cabin, so they can get some peace and quiet. It’s an idyllic, pine-clad location in the East Texas wilderness, and the crisp autumn weather is beautiful. For the first time in a while, the couple begin to relax again in each other’s company, even though there is still much lost ground to make up.

However, this hesitation to resume their former status is actually the least of their problems.

Because unbeknown to the Joneses, several members of Clyde Edson’s gang – all of them complicit in the Rapist Ripper murders – eluded capture, including his psychopathic second-in-command, Brian Blackwood, and their reign of Hell is far from over.

Blackwood still remains in awe of his deceased ex-leader, viewing him as a kind of Nietzchean superman – primarily because he never let human sentiment hamper him when he was out to get whatever he wanted. Despite this, Blackwood has no initial motivation to go back and finish off Becky Jones, their last victim … until, one feverish midnight, when he receives a nightmarish visitation from his former friend, now reduced to the status of demonic ventriloquist dummy seated on the knee of the satanic ‘God of the Razor’, an horrific being who literally wears a coat made from flayed human flesh and shoes made out of guillotined human heads (and who will go on to appear several times more in Lansdale’s work).

Whether this is a genuine supernatural event or simply a figment of Blackwood’s deranged mind is basically irrelevant, as Edson demands a continuation of their previous crime: a full-scale attack on Becky Jones, culminating – after the gang have sexually defiled her for as long as they care to – in the removal of her heart. If anyone gets in the way, like her husband of course, he/they can also be dispatched.

Impressed by this, and by the promise of dominion in a hellish afterlife – and if ever his enthusiasm for this flags, egged on aggressively by Edson’s damned soul, which now seems to possess him – Blackwood gets the gang back together and they go on the prowl in their distinctive black ’66 Chevy, seeking out the Joneses and slaughtering anyone who even threatens to hinder their progress. They are so bent on this mission, and so ruthless with anyone who might have information for them (strewing carnage every which way), that it isn’t long before they learn about the isolated cabin where the injured couple are trying to recuperate …

It probably isn’t going too far to say that The Nightrunners put Texas writer Joe R. Lansdale on the map. This is a very early novel of his, originally written in 1982 as Night of the Goblins, but since then he’s become a literary landmark in his own right in the overlapping fields of horror, crime, Rural Noir, Southern Gothic etc.

It isn’t a particularly long novel, and nor is it likely to educate or edify you if you’re looking for something highbrow. In truth, this is a long way from Lansdale’s best work; he himself has repeatedly reminded folk that it’s an early effort and has voiced surprise that it continues to draw positive reviews. But what I will say is that, even now, three decades after first publication, it’s one headlong thrust of a narrative and a hell of a page-turner.

It’s also brutal and nasty … and I mean excessively so. Okay, there thankfully isn’t much here in the way of torture-porn. But this is visceral violent crime fiction at its most unforgiving.

The antagonists are beyond the pale in terms of amoral, purposeless depravity, and their main targets almost impossibly innocent and genteel. Other tougher, worldlier characters are introduced on the side of right – streetwise cop, Ted Olsen, and gang-members with a conscience, Jimmy and Angela – but from the very beginning you just know that this southern-fried fury ride is only going to end in one final and massive confrontation between the civilisation-softened Joneses and the walking bunch of disenfranchised aberrations which is all that remains of Clyde Edson’s murder gang.

It’s a dark and horrible atmosphere; I’ll make no bones about that. Even early in the book, when it’s mainly about the Joneses trying to restore their equilibrium in a place that seems beyond danger, the reader’s sense of growing dread is palpable – Blackwood and his boys have commenced the hunt for their prey equipped with nothing more than animal cunning and naked bloodlust, but draw steadily nearer to them with the turn of each page.

I don’t want to say too much more, certainly not about the explosive finale, which you obviously won’t need me to tell you is not going to end well for any members of our ensemble cast, either the good or the evil. But suffice to say that it hasn’t been likened to the ultra-violent British movie, Straw Dogs, for nothing.

The message of The Nightrunners isn’t an especially complex one. Lansdale isn’t setting out to explore a moral conundrum here. Quite the opposite, in fact. Montgomery Jones’ earlier self – the guy who tried to rationalise the cause and effect of societal breakdown in modern-day America – is soon jettisoned in favour of the raw, frightened and somewhat more dangerous animal he becomes later in the book; and though there are hints that some of these problems are the result of small-town boredom (kids like Jimmy with nothing to do but hang around pool rooms all day) and failure to compromise by those who are supposedly older and wiser (Angela’s mother kicking her out for having pre-marital sex, and thus driving her daughter into the enclave of the gang), the real corruption here is attributed fairly and squarely to an unknowable supernatural force, the Razor God, and though this may be a metaphor for insanity, it is clearly a power beyond Blackwood’s ability to resist and one for which no-one involved can really carry the blame.

The Nightrunners won’t be to everyone’s taste – but it cuts to the quick. With the best intentions in the world, we probably like to believe that violence is not and can never be the only answer to our problems … but, like it or not, there are always going to be occasions when it’s an option, and perhaps, if we are being pushed hard enough at the time, an option we’ll even find desirable.
The world of water: Exploring the Sacramento Delta
The world of water: Exploring the Sacramento Delta
I have now read all three of the late Earle Stanley Gardner's non-fiction books on the California Delta. They are all his love story about the magic alternative life style of hanging out in the California Delta in his River Queen houseboats back in the 1960s. Although I already know a lot about the Delta because I have chosen to retire there in this almost mythical heaven for boaters that is not even shown on regular automobile maps (you have to purchase a special map online through the Delta Chamber of Commerce or local marinas), it was a pleasure to take an arm chair cruise with the author of Perry Mason novels and TV show. He told how he would write in the mornings and cruise in the afternoon and frequently play penny ante with his buddies all night. He had a second River Queen houseboat for his staff, so, when he and his buddies would play penny ante, Gardner would have his wife stay in the other houseboat with his female staff associates and everyone was happy because the men wouldn't have to be lectured on their housekeeping and the women enjoyed their pajama party. The great thing about anyone who reads the book and gets excited about this lifestyle is some of the Mom and Pop waterfront restaurants mentioned like Guisti's and Wimpy's are still here today, a half century later! It was also enjoyable to see photos of the early construction of Tiki Lagun Marina in Stockton. Gardner also did a good job of weaving in the Chinese history that is an integral part of the Delta. Today houseboats have gotten more elegant and most boaters have evolved to motorized yachts that have all the comforts of home, too. But every time I cruise the canals and rivers of the Delta in the future, I will have the romantic notion now of thinking I'm cruising in the houseboat wake of the Perry Mason author, Earle Stanley Gardner!
Manhunt: A Michael Bennett Story (BookShots)
Manhunt: A Michael Bennett Story (BookShots)
I usually avoid Bookshots. I consider them cheap ripoffs playing on a well known name.,even if the name belongs to one of my favorite authors. Manhunt has proven to be an exception.

Manhunt is an excellent short story, true to the Michael Bennett character. Michael Bennett is one of my favorite fictional detectives.

After an apparent terrorist attach, Michael Bennett is in the midst of a joint investigation involving not only the FBI, but a representative of the Russian government.

The hunt for the terrorist is exciting, but the ending is almost anti-climatic, leaving many things unresolved. Most importantly, the reader never learns what organization sponsored the attack. It could even have been an attack by rogue elements of the Russian government to draw the US into yet another entanglement in its fight against terrorism.

I enjoyed reading Manhunt and may even read more bookshots.
Brigade de la peur
Brigade de la peur
Brigade de la peur by Frédéric Dard and Frédéric Charles. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Frédéric Dard" category.
The Timeless Writings of C S Lewis: The Pilgrim's Regress / Christian Reflections / God in the Dock (The Family Christian Library) (Illustrated)
The Timeless Writings of C S Lewis: The Pilgrim's Regress / Christian Reflections / God in the Dock (The Family Christian Library) (Illustrated)
This is a fine collection of some of C.S. Lewis' works which have not received the notoriety of others. That is not to say, however, that the works compiled in this volume are in any way less worthy of attention. From this collection the reader can come to appreciate a broader scope of Lewis' interests and motivations, ranging from theology to war and everything between. As such, this collection serves as a terrific frame of reference for Lewis enthusiasts.

This collection contains The Pilgrim's Regress, Christian Reflections, and God in the Dock. The Pilgrim's Regress certainly stands out as an unusual addition to a collection otherwise made up of essays, articles, and letters. Nonetheless, The Pilgrim's Regress does nothing to detract from the overall compilation as it provides the reader with an opportunity to look behind the curtain with regard to Lewis' own journey. It should be mentioned that both The Pilgrim's Regress and 
Da Vinci Code - version française (Thrillers) (French Edition)
Da Vinci Code - version française (Thrillers) (French Edition)
Ce roman, je l'es depuis longtemps, 10 ans au moins et je l'es lu et relu pas loin de 5 fois si ce n'est plus, mais écrire une chronique sur ce livre est comme partir soit même a la recherche du Graal.....
Dan Brown a toujours su captivé ses lecteurs et je suis tomber sous le charme de ses mots.
Férue d'histoire, j'ai été transporter dans cette aventure ou le mystique côtoie le réel sans pour autant nous faire toucher du bout des doigts l'objet de notre quête.
Une fois le roman ouvert, attendez vous a jouer les aventuriers, a chercher par soit même a résoudre les énigmes, a faire des recherches sur google pour voir de plus prêt les tableaux de "La Joconde" ou de la "Cène".
Un très beau moment que je vous souhaite de découvrir si ce n'est pas déjà fait. Mais attendez vous a remettre tout ce que vous savez sur la foi en question, mais ça.... c'est une autre étape du roman en lui même.
Micro: A Novel
Micro: A Novel
I went into 'Micro' knowing full well that Michael Crichton left a draft manuscript on his computer, and that it was Richard Preston who filled in the story. If you go in knowing that, you can set your expectations properly.

— STORY —
The story of Micro is high-concept: a Rated-R version of 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.' What would happen if you took that old movie, kept the adventure, but had very serious consequences? That's Micro. After a mysterious introduction to hook you in, Micro follows the story of seven scientists with various specialties relating to the fields of biology. They are recruited as potential job candidates by a big corporation when something happens, and they are stuck as shrunken people. Using their brains, they have to work together with their specialized knowledge to escape the harrowing real world of Mother Nature.

The concept of shrunken people is a big stretch but go with it. This book explores that concept as realistically as possible, with Michael Crichton bringing some real world science to help sell it.

— DRAFT —
Knowing that this was still in draft mode, I'm sure Crichton still had a lot of research to do to explain and convince us of certain plot elements. Because of this, the story is not as fully detailed as a typical Crichton book. I think Richard Preston did his best to translate and get across what I can only assume were ideas that were still in development.

The writing and dialogue seemed... simplistic. I think I'm not the only one with this opinion. It reads very high school. I'm not sure if this was because it was rushed, or because they wanted the writing at a level that would reach a larger audience. In any case, I'm just glad that we got one more Michael Crichton book.

— SUMMARY —
If you want a fun adventure story, Micro is for you. The book reads almost like a screenplay, and I could already imagine the soon-to-be-released DreamWorks film. Recommended.
Los pilares de la Tierra (edición ilustrada) (Saga Los pilares de la Tierra 1) (Spanish Edition)
Los pilares de la Tierra (edición ilustrada) (Saga Los pilares de la Tierra 1) (Spanish Edition)
La traducción al español De la señora Rosalía Vásquez denota no solo una amplia ignorancia del idioma sino además de la historia. Apenas empezando a leerla, (en pleno 2020 luego de décadas de la existencia del libro, séptima reimpresión 2018 en Colombia) la traductora interpreta la frase , “yards and bushels” como “ metros y litros” , donde además de traducirlas mal pues significan yardas y fanegas, A LOS METROS Y LOS LITROS en 1135 les faltaban aún varios siglos para ser conocidos como medidas, Oficializadas luego de la revolución francesa. Si yo fuese Ken Follet hubiese Hecho corregir el libro inmediatamente.
Reflections
Reflections
Poet, novelist, essayist, artist, mystic, Hermann Hesse has captured the heart of millions of readers around the world with such works as Siddhartha, Damien, Steppenwolf and Magister Ludi. There is something incredibly timeless about his writing and Volker Michels compiles Hesse's words taken from novels and other books in the form of aphorisms arranged thematically - Politics, Society and the Individual, The Task of the Individual, Education and Schools, Religion and the Church, Knowledge and Consciousness, Books and Reading, Reality and Imagination, Art and the Artist, Humor, Happiness, Love, Death, Youth and Old-Age. Here is a quick sampling:

Society and the Individual
"Men of courage and character always give others a very queasy feeling"

Education and Schools
"The question of schools is the only modern cultural question that I take seriously and sometimes get worked up about. In me school destroyed a great deal, and I know of few men of any stature who cannot say the same. All I learned was Latin and lying."

Religion and the Church
"Every true Protestant resists his own church as he does every other, because his nature bids him attach more importance to what man can become than to what he is."

Books and Reading
"Literature creates a magic space, in which things otherwise incompatible become compatible and the otherwise impossible becomes real. And this imaginary or surreal space has its own counterpart in magical time, the time of poetry, myth, and fairy tale, which contradicts all historical, calendar time and is common to the legends and fairy tales of all peoples . . . Rare as authentic magic may have become, it is still alive."

Reality and Imagination
"I don't know anything about ghosts. I live in my dreams. Other people likewise live in dreams, but not in their own; that's the difference."

Art and the Artist
"The understanding of art and the ability to experience it requires a natural disposition, which must be related to the artistic drive, or talent. Those who have it are capable of artistic pleasure, others are not."

"Even the most insignificant work of art, a pencil sketch consisting of six lines, or a four-line poem, aims boldly and blindly at the impossible; it is a striving for totality, an attempt to enclose chaos in a nutshell!"

Humor
"All higher humor begins with ceasing to take oneself seriously."

Death
"After every death, life becomes more delicate and precious."

This is not a book to be read from cover to cover as if the goal is simply to finish the book. Rather, each aphorism should be read more like one reads a poem - slowly, turning the words and ideas over in the mind and then thinking about the aphorism throughout the day and in days to come. Reflections is Hesse's magic, wisdom, insight and poetry in it purist form. Please treat yourself and order this book, a book which just might become one of your very favorites.
Rex Stout Does Not Belong In Russia: Exporting the Detective Novel
Rex Stout Does Not Belong In Russia: Exporting the Detective Novel
I’m about half-way though this book and decided I didn’t have to wait until I finished to say how much I am enjoying it and how strongly I recommend it. Topics discussed include Rex Stout’s politics and actions he took in their support, how the Nero Wolfe stories handled Communism and the Soviet Union, how the stories were translated for publication in the Soviet Union, the reaction of the public in the Soviet Union to the stories, Rex Stout’s influence on Russian detective stories, and his influence in Russia beyond the detective story. A must addition to the library of any Nero Wolfe fan.
Nearly Nero: The Adventures of Claudius Lyon, the Man Who Would Be Wolfe
Nearly Nero: The Adventures of Claudius Lyon, the Man Who Would Be Wolfe
I am one of those Rex Stout fans who even had a cat named "Nero." I didn't know what to expect with this book, but I'm a sucker for anything to do with Nero Wolfe even when it isn't 100% faithful to the original. This is a book of short, entertaining stories about a porky little Wolfe wannabee. Claudius Lyons has enough money to create a life that badly mimics Nero Wolfe's world (think weird fan-boy at a Comic Con convention... LOL). He drinks soda instead of beer and tries to grow tomatoes instead of orchids, as just two examples of deviations from Wolfe's world. Clarence Lyons offers independent "investigations" with the help of a slightly shady sidekick who's happy to play Lyons' Archie Goodwin as an alternative to jail. There are a few other characters who mimic people in the Wolfe books, and we are told the "real" Wolfe is un-amused by Claudius Lyons' activities! The reader will enjoy discovering this quirky, odd little man's intelligence in this fun collection of stories. I'd recommend reading the forward to the collection too, since it contains an interesting introduction to Rex Stout's world and how the author got into writing the book.
Ring A Ding
Ring A Ding
I bought this book having just finished 'Humdinger' by the same author, which I thought was absolutely brilliant. This book wasn't quite as good, as I thought the characters could have been better developed. I got the feeling that this novel was written more quickly than Humdinger, although I may be wrong.

Having said that, the story moves swiftly along when the owner of the Trade Winds hotel, CC , brings money troubles back from Las Vegas, along with his new fiance (Stacy). The hotel manager Rick, is an all round nice bloke and tries to help Stacy when things start going very badly wrong for her and CC. The policeman in the story, John, is thoroughly horrible, but as in Sam Stone's other book 'Humdinger' the truly horrible characters get their come uppance in a believable way.

I read this in 2 days flat, and for 99p it's pretty good. Not a classic maybe, but a quick, entertaining read.
The Voiceless Ones (Dr. Palfrey Book 32)
The Voiceless Ones (Dr. Palfrey Book 32)
An excellent novel by a master mystery author. The only problem is it appears that when the publisher decided to release it in digital format they didn't take the time and trouble to edit it properly. Format and punctuation do not even come close to old-school type-setting. For the price of digital copies I would expect more effort be applied to editing.
South Pacific Vocal Selections Revised Edition 6/04
South Pacific Vocal Selections Revised Edition 6/04
Great song book if you’re wanting something easily to play! Just like other vocal selections, the songs are not in the same key as in Broadway musical/movie and often cut out interludes and dialogues. I wouldn’t recommend to advance pianist who are wanting something challenging, but who are just wanting to sing and play their favorite show tunes from South Pacific.
Some Sort Of Spell: Harlequin comics
Some Sort Of Spell: Harlequin comics
Some Sort Of Spell: Harlequin comics by Penny Jordan and Masami Shinohara. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Penny Jordan" category.
Agenda Harry Potter 2020-2021 (agendas harry potter, 211749) (French Edition)
Agenda Harry Potter 2020-2021 (agendas harry potter, 211749) (French Edition)
Achat pour la rentrée scolaire prochaine, ma fille étant fan du sorcier elle est ravie.
De jolie illustrations en début de chaque mois sur une double pages avec des photos retraçant la saga.
Une double pages d'autocollants à la fin de l'agenda, des devinettes sur l'univers d'Harry Potter.
Coté agenda une page par jour ce qui est pratique pour les devoirs, un semainier pour noter l'emploi du temps et un calendrier annuel ainsi qu'une carte de France.
Très beau je recommande à tout les fans.
+35 colors/patterns
+35 colors/patterns
I’m 5’3 and a size 14-16 in pants, weighing 215lbs. Usually a 2x when wearing tops. I brought a size XL because that was the biggest size they had for the red wine colored skirt. The XXL was out of stock, but I desperately was in a rush for a holiday vaca. It was a bit tight on me, wanted to wear it like a two piece with a crop top but couldn’t because it didnt look flattering around the waist with the tightness going on. Overall the skirt looks nice and flowy. Not too long, not too short. Right above the knee, but over the thighs. Just the right length. Very nice quality. I thought I could get away with downing a size since I really needed the skirt, but I fooled myself and that’s my fault. In the end, I couldn’t wear it with a crop top. Although it does have some type of stretchy-ness to the waistband, it won’t be enough stretch for you to get away with downing a size. If you’re around my weight, you’re better off with a size XXL! Still great product though! Just wish my size wasn’t out of stock. :(

Update: I brought another skirt and this time in XXL and I love it! Worth the money! I would say this would fit up to size 18 in pants, but wouldn’t recommend anything above an 18 unless they have an XXXL. Hope this helps my plus size ladies! :)

This would definitely be a flattering look for girls of all sizes. Just putting in a review for the girls who think they want to size
down! Don’t!! Wait for your size girl! lol

- Just a girl tryna help out other girls! :D
Magic: the Gathering - Leatherback Baloth - Worldwake
Magic: the Gathering - Leatherback Baloth - Worldwake
Bought these with a gift card I didn't know Amazon sold magic singles which is a treasure trove of content.

This card is a staple on budget mono green stompy modern decklists and is a great addition for certain metagames.

A must buy if you're into green aggressive MTG Decks.

The condition it came in was played to near mint in my playset so don't expect pack fresh cards when purchasing.
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
The recently deceased congressman John Lewis has been a public light to the United States for over fifty years. Nicknamed “the conscience of Congress,” he courageously campaigned for civil rights since a college student in Nashville. The author Jon Meacham, surely one of America’s greatest biographers, writes this history of Lewis’ doings in the 1960s. With extreme acuity, gravity, and imagery, he captures what the civil rights movement resembled on the inside. In so doing, he memorializes Lewis in a way that proudly continues Lewis’ unique legacy.

I can compare reading the early chapters of this book to only one life experience – a tour of the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. I was emotionally overwhelmed and captivated by the national struggle to love all races. Meacham’s research and writing so excels that he makes us see the world through Lewis’ eyes. And of course, Lewis’ vision of the world, captured in Dr. King’s phrase “the beloved community,” was and is one that ought to be held onto.

Lewis and others had to endure much to receive their just place in American culture. Regardless of one’s politics, ethnicity, or nationality, this story needs to be retold again and again. Lewis’ particular tale is one of courage, suffering, and eventual triumph. He famously even had his skull cracked by police in Selma, Alabama, as a testimony that black lives count for something. A photograph of him seeing recent Black Lives Matter protests precedes an afterword in the book by Lewis himself.

The main weakness of this book lies in its brevity. It only recounts about a decade of drama in Lewis’ life. I am left wanting to know this great human more. I am left wanting to learn about how he implemented his vision in one of the most difficult of all places – the United States Congress. I am left wanting to hear about his gentility as he transformed from a civil-rights soldier to dignified leader, much in the way that Washington, Grant, and Eisenhower have. Lewis’ greatness is not restricted to reactions to his skin color in the 1960s American South; it spans to his universal vision for the world. Meacham leaves us with an epilogue that describes such – again, I want more.

In an age of partisanship and vacuous national leadership, I hope that many read this work. It’s not inspiring. It’s tragic and sad, even disheartening. How can fellow human beings treat each other so poorly? This work corrects such prejudices and expresses deep determination to fight for what’s right and good and, dare I say, holy in this world. In the process of reading, it made me examine my own conscience and place in this world. Like all good expressions of the human spirit, it leaves me just wanting more.
Lewis N. Clark Packable Daypack, Hiking Camping Backpack, Ditty Bag, Blue/Neon, One Size
Lewis N. Clark Packable Daypack, Hiking Camping Backpack, Ditty Bag, Blue/Neon, One Size
This is a great little bag if you need something lightweight and packable. I have arthritis and often find it easier to carry things on my back than in a purse. Because this bag packs into such a small stuff bag, I am able to carry it in my purse until I need it then pop it out and put my purse in the backpack. I also used it as my carryon and primary bag during a 9-day trip to New York City. We went to a couple of places that did not allow backpacks and it was simple to put everything in my purse and stuff the backpack into its bag. It handled the wear and tear beautifully and is so lightweight I hardly noticed I was carrying it. The straps have a nice texture on the underside to keep them from sliding off.

Things to know before buying:
-not waterproof
-slightly transparent
-no structure or padding

I find the weight and packability make up for these possible issues, especially the lack of padding since padding adds weight.
The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic
The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic
The Witches' Ointment is a topical book I've been hoping someone would write for a very long time. I was apprehensive with my wait because I was hoping that someone would write it with both a solid, scholarly approach as well as a sincere interest in the occult lore of flying ointments and their importance in folkloric witchcraft. I'm glad to report that The Witches' Ointment  by Thomas Hatsis is a book that's filled that criteria.

This book presents just about everything one might want in a book about the notorious witch's flying ointment. Poison, politics, romance, folklore, terror, and persecution are all elements present. The style of the book is narrative and relies on historical storytelling to cultivate a visceral feel for what life may have been like for ointment crafters and the people who sought them out. Each chapter focuses on different types of ointments throughout different parts of the world and times in history. Learning about the love potions of central Greece and the lethal liquids of the southeastern French countryside contribute to the global emphasis placed on the idea of supernatural and psychedelic infusions.

While many modern witches are familiar with the idea of the ointment as originating from the British Isles through witch-trial records, Hatsis weaves together a more complete story of the unguent. He showcases its importance in magical folklore throughout the centuries. This is a refreshing deep-dive approach into a topic that's often left at the doorstep of modern herbal folklorists. A scholarly curiosity is required to prod further into what is truly a vast subject matter.

One of the reasons this work shines is Hatsis' confidence in compiling many different stories of the salves without forcing a thesis on any central connection they may share across the world. This is important in an area like scholarly witchcraft where many authors search too hard to find common threads in what is really a whole other cloth. The fascinating lore of the ointments stands on its own here, giving respect to the myriad cultures that host it.

The only reason I can find to give the title four stars instead of five is the sometimes lengthy detours taken from the topic. While many of the asides to the tales are worthwhile to give a sense of story and history, some sections steered too far away from the subject matter for me. It might be challenging to hold your attention. Nevertheless, every chapter is worthwhile and intriguing, all leading to deeper insight in a topic that's typically only approached at a surface level.

The Witches' Ointment is an important work for readers interested in a wide variety of subjects. The witches among us will appreciate the scholarly treatment to what is usually considered a fringe topic in the Craft. Readers interested in psychedelic plants will be hooked by ancient stories of mixtures that stir the senses and bend the mind. Even secular botanists can't help but become enamored with learning about the many ways in which our ancestors used roots, leaves, and stems to shift their consciousness and experience the world in a new way.

The book didn't seem to create much of a stir within the world of pagan literature, but I feel that has more to do with marketing and says nothing about the quality of the book, which is entirely worthy of a spot in the herbalism section of my personal library.
【PS4】グランクレスト戦記 初回限定生産版【早期購入特典】「ロードス島戦記」のキャラクターが参戦! 『パーン』と『ディードリット』がゲーム内にて使用出来るプロダクトコード (封入)
【PS4】グランクレスト戦記 初回限定生産版【早期購入特典】「ロードス島戦記」のキャラクターが参戦! 『パーン』と『ディードリット』がゲーム内にて使用出来るプロダクトコード (封入)
生粋のゲーマーがガッツリ遊ぶにはいろいろ物足りない部分が多々ありますが、
原作およびアニメ版のファンが世界観の雰囲気を味わうには十分なデキです。

基本的にゲームの進行は領地経営の「内政パート」、キャラクターを実際に動かして戦うアクションの「戦争パート」を
交互に繰り返しながら進めて行きます。

身も蓋も無いことを言ってしまうと「ジェネレーションオブカオス」や「ラングリッサー」といった
PS2時代にあった往年の戦国ファンタジーSLGを今の時代に合わせて復刻した感じです。
(さらに噛み砕いて言えば、ファンタジー版「信長の野望」です)
グランクレストの世界観にピタリとハマるジャンルであるため、違和感なく楽しめます。

ちなみに内政では生産性の向上とか税率の設定とかナンダカンダと面倒そうに感じるかもしれませんが、
割と適当にやってても進行に詰まることは無いので敷居は非常に低いです。
また、戦争パートのアクションも兵種ごとに相性があって有利・不利が発生したりしますが、
ぶっちゃけキャラLvを上げてゴリ押しすればどうとでもなります。笑

現在は主人公テオを主軸にしてメインストーリーを追うことしかできないため、
上記の戦国ファンタジーSLGを期待して買うと肩透かしを食らうかもしれません。
しかし、後日に無料DLCで好きなキャラを操作して大陸統一を目指せる「群雄割拠モード」が配信されるらしいので、
このゲームの本番はそれからかもしれません。

他にも公式HPを見ると、2018年 秋ごろまで無料アップデートの予定があるようです。(あと大型有料アップデートも)
まあ本音を言えば初めから入れておけって内容でしたが、アニメ放映中に発売したかったとか事情もあるのでしょう……

というわけで、グランクレストの世界観が大好きなら、ゼヒ遊んでほしい1本です!
YRMJK OnePlus 8T Screen Protector and Camera Protector [2 Screen Protectors+2 Camera Protectors] Anti-Fingerprint Anti-Scratch Tempered Glass for OnePlus 8T
YRMJK OnePlus 8T Screen Protector and Camera Protector [2 Screen Protectors+2 Camera Protectors] Anti-Fingerprint Anti-Scratch Tempered Glass for OnePlus 8T
Switched to this brand because I was unhappy with the ones I'd been using. Saw good average reviews here, so jumped in. Compared to other brands at similar prices, the supplies that come with these are really not good. There's no microfiber cloth, no plastic card to smooth out the bubbles. The stickers and wipes that come with these are similar to those from other brands, except it's as if they've been run through a shrink ray. The wipes are literally 1/4 the size of the wipes that come with other screen protector brands, and out of the 2 3 packs that I ordered, all 6 'wet' wipes arrived completely dry. The guide stickers are so small that the word 'guide sticker' can't even be fully printed on them. This last part is on me for not reading the listing more closely, but at this price point I assumed there'd be a guide frame included for installation. I wish I'd saved the one from my last box.

Edit: Update- just noticed the screen protector is not the correct width, so it is impossible to install it without ending up with th edge of the glass running through one or both sides of the viewable screen. Is there a star rating lower than 1?
Ecowaare Set of 15 Reusable Mesh Produce Bags,3 Sizes Washable and See-Through Grogery Bags,with Colorful Tare Weight Tags,5 Small 5 Medium & 5 Large
Ecowaare Set of 15 Reusable Mesh Produce Bags,3 Sizes Washable and See-Through Grogery Bags,with Colorful Tare Weight Tags,5 Small 5 Medium & 5 Large
I love these produce bags so much I bought another set and always keep some with my reusable grocery bags in my car so they will be handy for quick market stops. I had to get another set because I often leave stuff like apples and avocados and onions in the bags in my veggie bins and refrigerated items contained in them in the fridge. Keeps them contained and they keep much better than in plastic bags...not to mention the benefit to the planet of less throwaway plastic. People in the market often ask me where I got them, and checkers have told me they are easy to scan through, whereas some other brands are not. The baggers love them too. Clinched closed, there are no products falling out and rolling around to be corralled. A total win all around. My daughter has a set from another company but likes mine better...I have to keep an eye on them! Lol
Eat Well
Eat Well
Absolutely my favorite food mag, sooo full of recipes. Literate and well presented... great photograhy, too! Not a veggie mag BUT has more veg recipes than many veg-centric publications.
Proheeder Knee Support Pillow for Side Sleeping - Memory Foam Cushion to be used Between Legs, knees and Ankles to help Alleviate Lower Back, Hip, Knee and Sciatic Pain - Pressure Relief Cushion
Proheeder Knee Support Pillow for Side Sleeping - Memory Foam Cushion to be used Between Legs, knees and Ankles to help Alleviate Lower Back, Hip, Knee and Sciatic Pain - Pressure Relief Cushion
Really dreamy. Worked brilliantly as an all-rounder (prenatal pregnancy sleeping pillow, sitting up comfortably in bed, breastfeeding, sitting baby up, tummy time). The ONLY fault may be that it needs a little bit more padding in the middle as theres a bit of a gap, but doesn't affect its function in any way. The 100% cotton cover is really good quality and comfortable and has survived well so far after a few washes in the washing machine. Worth every penny.
Coway AP-1216L Tower Mighty Air Purifier with True Hepa & Auto Mode(Up To 330 Sq.Ft.),,White
Coway AP-1216L Tower Mighty Air Purifier with True Hepa & Auto Mode(Up To 330 Sq.Ft.),,White
This air purifier may be great at purifying the air, but it has some unfortunate design decisions that are deal breakers for us. In particular, its bright lights make it unsuitable for use in a bedroom when people are sleeping.

We bought this model in part because it has a lights-out feature that turns off the main air quality light. The air quality light is indeed incredibly bright, so this is important. However, the feature doesn't go nearly far enough, as the smaller indicator lights on the console remain lit even when the lights-out feature is active. These indicator lights, which show the current fan speed, ionizer status, and so on, are themselves quite brilliant in an otherwise dark bedroom, bright enough to light up the room with a white, moonlight-like glow. We found that this seriously disrupted our sleep.

Particularly absurd is that there is a bright white indicator light to indicate when the lights-out mode is active. That is, there is literally a bright light that comes on to indicate that you don't want a bright light. I can't imagine what the product designers were thinking here.

The lights are built into the console and cannot be covered up easily. We tried taping over them, but each indicator light has extensive light bleed, so that covering up the light itself is futile; plenty of light leaks around the tape. Covering the entire console with a shirt was the only way we found to stop the light.

I haven't yet mentioned that the unit beeps whenever you touch a button. So if you want to change the fan speed in the middle of the night, it will emit a happy little beep to wake your sleeping partner up and let them know about the change. If you brush against the power button by accident, the unit will, for some unfathomable reason, override your lights-out setting and reactivate the main, blindingly bright air quality light. Turn the unit on or off, and it will play a cheerful melody just to make quite certain that everyone is wide awake. These electronic sounds cannot be turned off nor reduced in volume.

For all these reasons, the unit is impractical to use in a room where people are sleeping.

A less disruptive flaw is that the unit is very large and bulky. We got this unit because we prefer a tower form factor over the squat boxes that are popular nowadays, but this model absolutely dwarfs other tower air purifiers we've had. It's nearly a yard tall, nearly a foot wide, and boxy in shape. It's hard to picture just how big it is from photographs. It looks like it's about to eat my old Holmes tower air purifier for breakfast.

The unit works fine as an air purifier, so this might be a five-star device for someone who doesn't mind light, noise, or bulk. But for us, it was an awful choice.
24 Mantara 24 Mantra Organic Besan - 2 Lb,, ()
24 Mantara 24 Mantra Organic Besan - 2 Lb,, ()
This is the best besan flour or garbanzo bean flour I have ever tried. It doesn’t have a bitter taste or strong smell and seems to be of a premium quality. It’s priced well also, and I especially am happy to find a great, organic alternative. I’m going to reorder when I need more.
SWITZERS
SWITZERS
I have enjoyed Switzer's licorice for many years, I have read the other reviews and I must have gotten a bad batch, it is soft like Switzer's, it's black like Switzer's but that is where comparison ends. This tastes nothing like Switzer's, it cost like it is real Switzer's but something went wrong. I'm just disappointed.
3 bolsas x 65 g de Drácula Piller – Swedish Hot salmiac – Salmiak – salmiakki – Regaliz – Caramel – hervida – Duro – Caramelos – Caramelos
3 bolsas x 65 g de Drácula Piller – Swedish Hot salmiac – Salmiak – salmiakki – Regaliz – Caramel – hervida – Duro – Caramelos – Caramelos
I absolutely LOVE these Dracula candies! They aren't for the faint of heart, or the casual black licorice eater, that is for sure. I'm from Iceland and pretty much grew up eating these! I couldn't be happier having found such a great seller of this on Amazon! They are such nice people. I thought my most recent order had gotten lost (I'm becoming a more frequent buyer) and they were very accommodating and sent me another shipment. It can take awhile to get the candy because it ships from Finland, but it's completely worth the wait. If you are wondering what these taste like, it is salty salmiak (black licorice salted with ammonium chloride). If you don't like it, feel free to send it my way!! LOL. (Pdxsiggy and then at that google email service addy)
Brightest Day Vol. 2
Brightest Day Vol. 2
The second collected volume of Brightest Day sadly isn't as entertaining as the first, but it stands as a solid and decently entertaining build-up to the grand conclusion of the series, and features possibly the best Aquaman story in eons. Volume 2 of Brightest Day picks up with Martian Manhunter learning that he isn't the last green martian after all, and he sets his sights on his blood-thirsty adversary, while in the meantime, Hawkman continues to search for the kidnapped Hawkgirl. Also in this volume, Aquaman faces off with Black Manta, and a new Aqualad is born as well. There's also some very bad things happening to Firestorm, while Deadman continues to find the "chosen one" with Dove at his side, and even has a meeting with the recently resurrected Batman. Of all the storylines here, the Aquaman one is what stands out the most. Geoff Johns appears to be attempting to work the same kind of magic that he did with Hal Jordan, and while it doesn't have that same kind of effect (nor Aquaman the same kind of appeal), he does a great job regardless. Sadly though, the rest of the stories just aren't all that interesting. The Martian Manhunter and Hawkman/Hawkgirl stories are actually kind of boring, while the Firestorm story doesn't come off as interesting as it should. The other post-Blackest Night resurrected characters, namely Hawk, Maxwell Lord, Zoom, and Captain Boomerang, are either barely featured or not featured at all. I know that they have their own stories going on in other titles, but at the very least their lack of being present is really felt here. The artwork varies, ranging from great to meh, but the included covers are spectacular. All in all, the second collected volume of Brightest Day isn't bad, but it doesn't have the same kind of impact as the first volume. Here's hoping that it manages to pick up more steam as it winds down to its conclusion.

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