Briar Richardson

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Practical Multiple-Page Apps with ASP.NET Core and Angular Elements: Building Modern Multiple-Page Web Applications using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages, Angular Elements, WebPack, RxJS, and Mini-SPAs
Practical Multiple-Page Apps with ASP.NET Core and Angular Elements: Building Modern Multiple-Page Web Applications using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages, Angular Elements, WebPack, RxJS, and Mini-SPAs
Practical Multiple-Page Apps with ASP.NET Core and Angular Elements: Building Modern Multiple-Page Web Applications using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages, Angular Elements, WebPack, RxJS, and Mini-SPAs by Jack Xu. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Concepts of Database Management
Concepts of Database Management
Concepts of Database Management by Joy L. Starks, Philip J. Pratt, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
SQL Pocket Guide: A Guide to SQL Usage
SQL Pocket Guide: A Guide to SQL Usage
SQL Pocket Guide: A Guide to SQL Usage by Jonathan Gennick. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 99 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Unwanteds
The Unwanteds
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 491 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Nicholas Sparks 6 books
Nicholas Sparks 6 books
Nicholas Sparks 6 books by Nicholas Sparks and N. Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Premier regard
Premier regard
Premier regard by NICHOLAS SPARKS. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Die Firma
Die Firma
Die Firma by Charles Brauer, John Grisham, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Das Original
Das Original
Das Original by John Grisham, Charles Brauer, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 72 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
C. N. WILLIAMSON & A. N. WILLIAMSON Ultimate Collection: 30+ Mystery Classics & Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated): Where the Path Breaks, A ... York, The Castle of the Shadows and more
C. N. WILLIAMSON & A. N. WILLIAMSON Ultimate Collection: 30+ Mystery Classics & Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated): Where the Path Breaks, A ... York, The Castle of the Shadows and more
C. N. WILLIAMSON & A. N. WILLIAMSON Ultimate Collection: 30+ Mystery Classics & Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated): Where the Path Breaks, A ... York, The Castle of the Shadows and more by Charles Norris Williamson, Alice Muriel Williamson, et al.. Rated 4 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.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by Stephen King , John Mellencamp, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 129 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java: How to Program, 9th Edition (Deitel)
Java: How to Program, 9th Edition (Deitel)
Java: How to Program, 9th Edition (Deitel) by Paul Deitel and Harvey Deitel. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java EE 7 with GlassFish 4 Application Server
Java EE 7 with GlassFish 4 Application Server
Java EE 7 with GlassFish 4 Application Server by David R. Heffelfinger. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Real World SQL and PL/SQL: Advice from the Experts
Real World SQL and PL/SQL: Advice from the Experts
Real World SQL and PL/SQL: Advice from the Experts by Arup Nanda, Brendan Tierney , et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
R Programming for Data Science
R Programming for Data Science
R Programming for Data Science by Roger Peng. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'R programming' category.
Getting Started With Angular JS
Getting Started With Angular JS
Don't waste your time and money. It contains to many screenshots taking whole pages, source code samples are uncomfortable to read (gray letters on dark background with a few shades of gray scale). Explanation of ideas behind core Angular elements are very short.
It describes Angular 1.x when I was expecting something about Angular 2 from book published recently (so focusing on components rather then on controllers for instance)
In fact it mentions Angular 2 but without any real deep analysis on examples - just it shows the author knows how to run some samples using Angular 2 with a few transpillers.
If you are still interrested in Angular 1.x just buy Pro AngularJS by Adam Freeman - it's best book about AngularJS I read up to now...
Pro AngularJS (Expert's Voice in Web Development)
Introvert Leaders That Run The World: 16 Reasons Why Introvert People Lead in Business, Politics, Arts, Science & Technology (Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, ... quiet (Motivation, excellence, Success)
Introvert Leaders That Run The World: 16 Reasons Why Introvert People Lead in Business, Politics, Arts, Science & Technology (Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, ... quiet (Motivation, excellence, Success)
Excellent book! This book is a short research into what is it that makes introverts so successful everywhere from business to movies and from music to politics. One of the most common assumptions is that introverts can’t be good leaders, having neither the natural talent nor the desire for leadership. And while it is true that more introverted types might not jump at the chance to lead a team, organization, or movement, circumstances can place them there regardless.
In previous time introverts were treated as personality trait but at present, in the era of ICT introversion is rectified as a mental disorder. Introversion is a great barrier on the way of success in life where the internet made the world smaller and brought the people closer.
Aditya Sawdekar did well writing the book very easy to understand. He focused on the basic reasons behind the introversion such as pre-decision how much engage in social setting, taking calculated risk, extreme personality trait, calmly dealing with adversity, non-offensive and love for being alone etc.
This book is for anyone who wants to find deeper meaning in their lives, excel or transform personalities for betterment of life.
Smell The Musk: :: About Elon Musk (NewTech Book 1)
Smell The Musk: :: About Elon Musk (NewTech Book 1)
Smell The Musk: :: About Elon Musk (NewTech Book 1) by Mike Blake , Mike Miko, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Tutto ciò che conta (Italian Edition)
Tutto ciò che conta (Italian Edition)
Questa è la storia interiore di una donna che ha fatto la storia della televisione americana con uno show durato 25 anni. È la storia della sua vita, partita da un Mississippi divorato dalle leggi razziali, all'incontro con il reverendo Jackson, alle sue speranze, alle sue delusioni e alla sua voglia di mettersi sempre in discussione e di fare del bene.
Un libro semplice, ma pieno di rivelazioni.
Consiglio vivamente...
Make America Great Again Our President Donald Trump Slogan with USA Flag Cap Adjustable Baseball Hat Red
Make America Great Again Our President Donald Trump Slogan with USA Flag Cap Adjustable Baseball Hat Red
I bought this cap through Amazon from "KBETHOS". It was in black with white lettering and I am pleased with its quality. I wear a 7-3/4 cap and this fits with no problem. The cap has two plastic straps on the back (one with holes in it and the other with "pegs" on it) of the cap that you can adjust the size easily. Most caps of this type have these same types of sizing straps. The cap is "Made in China" and it bears only one label on the inside of it that says "Nissin Cap". It has a "button" on top and four vent holes sewn into the top, as most caps like this type have. There are no labels inside of the cap describing the material it is made of, but I have no problem with the material or quality of the cap. The lettering on "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" is in white and there were no problems with the lettering (which has a "backing" material inside the cap the lettering is sewn through for additional holding strength) or stitching of the lettering or in the cap seams. I have been wearing this cap for over a month and it has held up well and looks good. The only situation I am having with the cap is liberals making comments to me to me about the wording or just staring disgustingly at me.....but I am getting many more positive responses from those that agree with the wording or want to know where I purchased it. If I had to re-purchase this same cap, I would do so without hesitation! Seems to me to be a quality cap!
Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini
Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini
J'avais un peu peur que ça ne soit que du marketing. Mais les avis sont très positifs alors je me suis laissé tenter.
Même avec mon petit ampli Fender j'ai l'impression de faire revivre le son mythique de Hendrix ! Donc je m'en sers surtout comme d'une espèce d'overdrive, on pousse les boutons de la pédale aux 3/4 et on mets le son de la Strat à 5 pour obtenir un son velouté et envoûtant à laJimi (presque, il faudrait au moins un ampli tweed ou un supersonic, voir un gros marshall pour les puristes, pour être complètement bluffé). Autre chose qui m'a surpris : sur les vidéos de démonstration le son germanium n'a pas l'air terrible, un peu trop sale à mon goût et je pensais me rabattre sur le silicium. Mais "en vrai" le germanium est très sympa et c'est mon préféré, celui que j'utilise pour little wing. Le silicium est très bien aussi. On sent la différence et c'est super de pouvoir passer de l'un à l'autre; ça fait donc 2 pédales en une (plus le buffer qui ajoute de la nuance, un peu comme un boost).
Sound Track Recordings - 1st
Sound Track Recordings - 1st
I still have this album. It's a great collection of mostly live work, and one of my favorite Hendrix albums. The track listing and venues by side are:

Rock Me, Baby (1)
Wild Thing (1)
Machine Gun I (4)
Interviews I

Johny B. Goode (2)
Hey Joe (1)
Purple Haze (2)
Like a Rolling Stone (1)
Interviews II

The Star Spangled Banner (3)
Machine Gun II (5)
Hear My Train a Comin' (6)
Interviews III

Red House (4)
In From the Storm (4)
Interviews IV

1 - Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
2 - Berkeley (May 1970)
3 - Woodstock (August 1969)
4 - Isle of Wight Festival (August 1970)
5 - Filmore East (December 1969)
6 - recorded in London (1967)

For those of you who wish you could get a hold of a copy, I think it'd be easy enough to put together a playlist of the songs. CD's featuring performances from venues 1-5 are available on Amazon (very reasonably priced if you buy used). I think Machine Gun II is also available on the 'Band Of Gypsys (Live)' album, and it looks to me like Hear My Train a Comin' is available on the Hendrix 'Blues' compilation CD. With over 300 Hendrix songs available for download, you might well be able to put the songs together that way, if you prefer. Of course, in either case you'll have to live without the interviews.
Aretha Franklin Live At Park West [VHS]
Aretha Franklin Live At Park West [VHS]
During the mid to late 80's, Aretha Franklin had many setbacks. Her family was dwindling with the deaths of her father, grandmother, brother and sister. She was "full of grief" while making personal appearances during this time. As the saying goes, "the show must go on."

Unfortunately for her audience, they didn't get the real deal. I saw a couple of her concerts during this period and they were lackluster, especially having seen The Queen during her heyday. The voice was there in 1989, but Aretha didn't have the will to try. You can see her fighting back the tears during this taping.

To prove that her voice was still there, all one has to do is listen to her early 90's recordings ("A Deeper Love," "Willing to Forget.") Franklin stopped smoking and gained extra poundage which probably took away much of her energy. She developed a new style of singing: falsetto. I think that it's easier to sing in her "head voice" than it is to deliver in her natural one. Her fans are upset and I can't blame them. Just read the scathing reviews for her last CD, "So Damn Happy."

I have this concert on VHS and was very disappointed in Aretha's performance. She only came to life a few times here, but the rest of the concert is weak.
BCBGMax Azria Women's Marae Knit Lace and Illusion Dress
BCBGMax Azria Women's Marae Knit Lace and Illusion Dress
I wanted to love this dress. The image on the listing is gorgeous. However, when I received it, the fabric had me worried that I'd be snagging this and ruining it on jewelry, and just about anything else I came into contact with. So, when I tried it on and it looked like a big lace sack on me, it was easier to say goodbye and send it back. I'm sure this must look good on someone....but not me.
OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING: La guida completa alla programmazione orientata ad oggetti con C++ e Java. Contiene esempi di codice ed esercizi pratici. (Italian Edition)
OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING: La guida completa alla programmazione orientata ad oggetti con C++ e Java. Contiene esempi di codice ed esercizi pratici. (Italian Edition)
Ottima guida a questo linguaggio informatico e programmazione.
Ebook molto eloquente, pratico e curato.I passaggi sono trattati con cura e chiarezza.
L'autore è impeccabile e sto, piano piano, puntando a completare la collezione di tutte le sue uscite.
Davvero un'introduzione impeccabile per i neofiti al mondo informatico.Tantissimi esempi pratici per imparare. Utile, consigliato
Introduction to Compiler Design: An Object-Oriented Approach Using Java(R)
Introduction to Compiler Design: An Object-Oriented Approach Using Java(R)
How many times in your Software Development career has the need arisen to create a simple Domain Specific Language (DSL) to facilitate the configuration, building, or deployment of an application you were developing, but you could not find a concise, efficacious source of information about how to develop the compiler necessary to reify it? Then this is the book for you. Dr. Moore has distilled the thorny subject of Compiler Construction into an accessible, pragmatic "cookbook" of recipes that allow you to quickly understand and develop each part of a compiler's architecture. The Recursive Descent approach to compiler implementation is employed, which for small languages, is straightforward and effective. The book takes you though all the stages necessary to build a working compiler for CPRL, a small programming language invented by Dr. Moore. CPRL programs are translated into a Java-esque byte code that runs on a virtual machine (CVM), also invented by Dr. Moore. Each book chapter addresses one phase of the compiler construction process, clearly explaining the concepts involved, the objectives to be achieved, the techniques required to achieve those objectives, and additional exercises to reinforce and more deeply explore the concepts learned.

As a student of Dr. Moore who used a draft version of the book during his Compiler Design course at the Citadel, I can attest to its effectiveness in helping you understand and create a working compiler. Using Dr. Moore's approach, developing the compiler is fun and straightforward; along the way, it is also possible to augment the basic compiler with more advanced features as your interest dictates. By the end of the course, I had a working CPRL compiler that implemented a scanner, parser, and code generator. It was a very satisfying accomplishment to have created such a sophisticated program in such a short time. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in quickly mastering the fundamental concepts necessary to build a working compiler. You won't be disappointed.
Wolverine Men's 2 Pack Steel Toe Cotton Mid Calf Sock
Wolverine Men's 2 Pack Steel Toe Cotton Mid Calf Sock
Very comfortable. Really enjoyable to wear in steel toe boots at work. However, of the 16 socks I purchased, two have fallen apart at the toe seam, and I wore them without washing them first and my feet broke out in hives. So let’s see how the other 14 hold up, and the allergy problem seems to have been cured by the laundry. A real mixed bag of emotions.
Hasbro Marvel Design and 13 Accessories Legends Series X-Men 6-inch Collectible Deadpool and Negasonic Teenage Warhead Action Figure Toys
Hasbro Marvel Design and 13 Accessories Legends Series X-Men 6-inch Collectible Deadpool and Negasonic Teenage Warhead Action Figure Toys
Es una excelente pieza de colección, la figura de Negasonic podría mejorar mucho mas pero la importante aquí es la de Deadpool, varios juegos de manos y el unicornio son un excelente agregado, ademas de una articulación extra en el cuello y que tiene esa articulación extra en el hombro que siempre es bien recibido en estas figuras. solo veo un detalle, las pistolas que trae agregadas en las fundas están pegadas, se pueden retirar pero con mucho cuidado, deberían estar separadas si es que así se diseñaron ya que no es un solo molde junto con su funda. Fuera de eso super bien.
Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing Vol. 1
Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing Vol. 1
In 1998, Dean Koontz captured the avid interest of myriad readers with his seminal novel "Fear Nothing" which introduced Christopher Snow and followed it a year later with a sequel, "Seize The Night." Both were wonderfully written, suspenseful and mysterious, having created characters, a seaside locale, and a mystery so intense that readers waited for the third novel with bated breath. Unfortunately, Koontz sidestepped his interest into the Odd Thomas novels and the third book was never written, although the forward written by Koontz in this graphic adaptation of "Fear Nothing" indicates he is finally hard at work on it.

This graphic novel, adapted by Grant Alter and Derek Ruiz, is a very fine rendering of the first half of the "Fear Nothing" novel. If you have read the novel, you will feel comfortable and knowing in this retelling of the story. If you have not read the novel, it should elicit genuine interest in reading it. This reader finds the two Christopher Snow novels to be a near perfect blending of Koontz' talents and recurring themes. Great characters, hyper intelligent animals, a loyal enigmatic dog (Orson), great characters you quickly come to care about, and a deepening mystery that slowly strangles you with suspense.

Christopher Snow is a 28 year old living in fictional Moonlight Bay, California who suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a genetic affliction which forces him to live in the shadows by day and outside only at night as he must avoid light and sunlight or risk terminal skin cancer. His support group consists of his dog, Orson, his surf buddy, Bobby Halloway, and his deejay girlfiend, Sasha Goodall. When his father dies two years after his mother with mystery surrounding their passing and aftermath, Christopher suddenly finds himself hunted by unknown forces for unknown reasons--besides his persistent investigation into the aftermath of his father's death. Who is after him? What were his parents into that might have contributed to their deaths? What is behind the strange Rhesus monkeys that appear? Why are old friends who know something about his past suddenly dying? Who can Christopher trust among the people he has known all his life?

"Fear Nothing" is a great mix of endearing characters, scarey conspiracies, a mystery that can be traced back to a closed military installation, and, of course, as in most Koontz novels, intelligent animals--some lovingly loyal and some seemingly straight out of a nightmare. This graphic adaptation will serve to rekindle the excitement of all those who previously read the Christopher Snow novels and should prompt a run on back editions for those who are new to Christopher Snow. My only quibble with the adaptation is the quality of the artwork--acceptable, to be sure, but not equal to the writing or the story. For me, my desire to read the forthcoming third novel, and subsequent graphic adaptations of the first two, has been ratcheted up many notches by this fine effort.
The Gift: Home for Christmas / All I Want for Christmas
The Gift: Home for Christmas / All I Want for Christmas
The First story "Home for Christmas" was a cute Christmas Story. It was a little fast paced and a little predictable. I wished that Jason and Faith didn't jump into sex so fast, but it was a sweet story of love and hope. If Nora had just made it longer,instead of making it fast paced it'd have been better. Over all it's a cute story that i enjoyed.

The Second Story "All I Want for Christmas" is the cutest story. About twin six year old boys, Zack and Zeke, and how this write a letter to Santa asking for a mom, wait not a mom "THE mom". It's a totally cute story, and you totaly fall inlove with The boys as well as with Nell and Mac.

Now, "Gabriel's Angel" was my favorite, and the reason i bought this book. I had previously read it, and i loved it so much i had to have it for myself! i ordered it with the other two novells instead of by itself because i wanted to read the others as well, but lets get to my review. This is about Laura, pregnant and alone, she is running from her baby's father's parents. She finds herself in the hands of Gabriel Bradley, a famous artist, in a cabin by themselves. Stuck in a snow storm for days, she must put her and her baby in his hands. A bit of a scrooge, Gabe is, but he takes them in. Little by little she opens up her story to him, and little by little they fall inlove. What started out as a marriage for money to help Laura keep custody of the baby, ended up with love, hope, and trust.

I HIGHLY recomend this book, if mostly for Gabriel's Angel.!!
For the Love of Lilah: The Calhoun Women
For the Love of Lilah: The Calhoun Women
This is such a great book, that I look forward to going back and reading these stories again like some that I already have, and I am impatient to read the rest of Nora Roberts' stories right now. Hot, Hot, Hot, love scenes, a well written, creative and intriguing story about family plus inventive, vivid characters, all on top of seriously wonderful love and romance. Each story is about one key person, usual in a family, or close group of friends, they are linked through intricate, messy links and it's almost like a movie you get the privilege of witnessing about these people's powerful, emotional, and often times painful journey towards falling in love. Roberts is one of my most favorite author's, and she doesn't disappoint in this series. Her unique style and classy, yet moving love scenes, paint a beautiful picture that leaves a person longing for something similar for themselves. All of that is combined into this fantastic series and make this book a "must-have"!!!! I didn't want to set it down....seriously!! Lol I was nodding off over my book on several different occasions. Worth the price and more to have a Nora Roberts book in your library collection!!!!!!
The Stand Anniversary Artist Signed Limited Edition 1/1000
The Stand Anniversary Artist Signed Limited Edition 1/1000
PS publishing in the UK is turning out to be the worse publisher in the business to republish classic Stephen King novels. This small-sized format with lots and lots of pages and 3 separate volumes add little to nothing to the great book that was already released uncut. The art work in the volume is almost pedestrian. Taken together, not worth the huge price of this volume on the secondary market. I would wait for the upcoming release of the same book from another publisher in the USA; their prices are very reasonable even though they also target the collector market. They do a lot better job with publication, art work and packaging. Thumbs down on this one from PSP.
Paulo Coehlo - Confessions of a Pilgrim
Paulo Coehlo - Confessions of a Pilgrim
This book is based on a series of interviews that Juan Arias conducted with Paulo Coelho back in 1998. It provides a lot of information about the legendery author and his struggles, including experimentation with drugs and magic, being put into a mental hospital by his parents when he was a young man, and his kidnapping by paramilitaries. I also really liked how the book described Coelho's transformation after his pilgrimage on The Road to Santiago, and what he hopes his books accomplish. All in all, Coelho has had a very interesting life and reading this book will give you a better understanding of the messages he conveys to his readers.
Sackett - The Louis L'amour Collection
Sackett - The Louis L'amour Collection
Years ago I read many of Louis Lamour's Western books.INMO he was one of the best Western writers. His characters are fantastically described as well as the scenery and the entire western environment.

Sackett was one of his better books. The book is action packed and fast reading. I read it in 1/2 day. I'll just tell a little of the story to get your interest.

William Tell Sackett was a 6ft 4in, mountain man, ex union solder and trail cowboy. In this book we meet his brothers and his mom. The brothers have made a great life for themselves, their wives and taking good care of their mom. Tell believes he is just a cowboy, good with a rifle and six gun and living off the land but has not done anything great. Later he finds a rich gold mother lode and a sick feverish young woman named Ange near the gold mine. Her Grandpa had died taking her prospecting to find the mine.

Tell makes friends with an older man named Cap and together they plan a town near their goldmine claim. Other man try to steal the mine and take the town and Tell must fight with his guns.

Here is a man that only wanted peace and maybe a small ranch and to find a good woman. However he must fight again and again. Later in a saloon he has a gunfight with a big mean man named Bigalow and .... ( read for yourself)

Tell saves the life of a man with a broken leg in a savage, brutal winter storm in the mountains ( a man who wants to kill him and Angie).What a story! Tell what a man!

I wont ruin the great ending. This book is recommended for anyone loving the wild west and to start reading the Sackett series. Louise Lamour my best western author. Bought and read this book again for our family library. 5 stars.
Astérix - Astérix et les normands - n°9 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
Astérix - Astérix et les normands - n°9 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
album de BD rigide grand format; cette neuvième aventure des célèbres héros de Goscinny et Uderzo fait partie des oeuvres de la maturité et, étant une des plus connues, et elle a marqué nombre de lecteurs dans leur jeunesse; le dessin des différents personnages est parfait (contrairement au tous premiers épisodes où il se cherche encore), les dialogues et l'intrigue sont truculents (qui ne se souvient pas du char de course de Goudurix ou des Normands apeurés sautant de la falaise?); cette réédition cartonnée Hachette sera parfaite pour renouveler sa collection qui, il faut bien l'avouer, a du mal à survivre, avec cicatrices et marques d'usure, aux années et multiples mains entre lesquelles elle est passée (et c'est bien normal après tout!)
The Case of the Crimson Kiss: A Perry Mason Novelette, and Other Stories.
The Case of the Crimson Kiss: A Perry Mason Novelette, and Other Stories.
The book consists of several short stories reflecting the range of Erle Stanley Gardner's interests. The feature story is a Perry Mason novella, where he finds himself defending a woman accused of murdering the man the police claim was her lover. She claims she doesn't know him, but she has his key on her keyring, nightgowns, lingerie, and even her toothbrush and toothpaste in his apartment.
Other stories revolve around the workings of a private detective working for a Chinese tong, a tale of a beaten man who comes to the desert, a clever jewel thief, and a private detective sharpshooting a case.
The collection is a good read, reflecting the storytelling skills of Gardner in many different ways.
Creature with the Blue Hand
Creature with the Blue Hand
The cast was great the plot excellent A strange kind of murder mystery that's what I call it especially with A strange weapon of death there are plenty of twist at each turn you wonder who's doing why and how it will play out.
La Route d'Omaha (THRILLER) (French Edition)
La Route d'Omaha (THRILLER) (French Edition)
Il s'agit de la suite de La Route de Gandolfo. J'ai trouvé l'histoire très difficile à suivre. Il y a tellement de dialogues (ce n'est pratiquement que cela, d'ailleurs) que l'on se perd non seulement dans le dialogue, on ne sait plus qui parle, mais également dans les personnages, on ne sait plus trop qui est celui qui parle et ce qu'il a fait auparavant dans l'histoire. On dirait un film retranscrit sur papier à travers uniquement ses dialogues. Ce qui à pour résultat lorsque l'on reprend le livre après une interruption de plusieurs jours : on ne sait plus l'on en est...
Sinon, l'histoire est dans la lignée du premier tome, toujours aussi extravagante et les personnages tout aussi truculents. Il manque les ex-femmes du général, mais ça, ne concerne peut-être que moi.
Zane Grey Combo #4: The Man of the Forest/The Young Forester/The Heritage of the Desert (Zane Grey Omnibus) (Volume 4)
Zane Grey Combo #4: The Man of the Forest/The Young Forester/The Heritage of the Desert (Zane Grey Omnibus) (Volume 4)
I hate to discourage anyone from buying any Zane Grey novel, but "Dorn of the Mountains" is the novel you should buy, not The Man of the Forest. Get the book Zane Grey wrote before the editors got a hold of it. Five Star/Gale/Cengage is doing a wonderful thing by bringing out these Zane Grey masterpieces as he wrote them, so we as Zane Grey fans can "see" the real Zane Grey. It's a battle every writer fights when he writes something and wants to get it published--compromise. Even the great ones faced this, even after they became great. In the Man of the Forest version the lead male character is Milt Dale; in the "new" book he is Milt Dorn. The reason for the change was this novel was first published in 1918 and angry German sentiment was running high because of the 1st World War. Also in this book Zane Grey begins to relate his ideas on ecology and the loss of the natural resources; as well as telling us a story about a "loner" who is uncertain about his own future. Yet, when Helen Rayner appears to be in "real" trouble he leaves his solitariness to defend and befriend her and her little sister who have come west to visit relatives, and to escape a past. There are some good characters and characterizations in this book that lend creedence to the research of location and personage as only Zane Grey could do it. I HIGHLY recommend the Dorn of the Mountain version; it is far superior to the "original", yet it still worth buying. The Young Forester is one of Zane Grey's "Ken Ward" books for boys, but don't let that deter you from buying it. It has all the flavor and tenor of any Zane Grey book with its descriptive quality and its action sequences as Ken gets into all kinds of trouble in Arizona riding mustangs, hunting bears, and lions in the Grand Canyon and vicinity. He meets many "characters" along the way who help educate him to the ways of the West. This is a great book of outdoor adventure for the young and the young at heart, and fills out any Zane Grey collection. Enjoy it for what it is and appreciate it as you would any of his books, and watch as a master story teller learns his craft in one of his early works. Highly recommended. Perhaps, with the exception of Riders of the Purple Sage, Heritage of the Desert is the best western Zane Grey ever wrote. It combines every thing one expects to find in the genre, and then adds a little bit more you don't expect to find. It is the basic story of a young man, John Hare, who has come west to regain his health and to find his place in life only to be branded "Dene's spy" and becomes a hunted man. There is the Mormon element, only in this book they receive favorable treatment by Zane Grey; there are animal heros; a faithful Indian companion to the heroine, a half-Indian girl, Mescal; rustlers and land thieves; a favored son gone bad; and the canyon country of Utah described as only the master detailer can depict it in all of its glory and spendor. With this book Zane Grey set the standard by which he himself had to live up to with each succeeding novel, and HE DID.
Case Closed, Vol. 16: The Black Star
Case Closed, Vol. 16: The Black Star
The first appearance of Phantom Thief 1412, otherwise known as Kaitou Kid, a rival to match our shrunken detective any day of the week.

Kaitou Kid (first appearing in Gosho Aoyama's manga series, "Magic Kaito", not currently available in English), provides in volume sixteen, all the tricks that make him one of the world's best criminal masterminds. From his skill in disguise, to his devilish riddles, even his famous escape on a white hang glider, he lives up to his reputation.

When Conan and Kid first meet, it's a clash of wits to make any fan of them proud, setting up later meetings of pure enjoyment. With interesting twists, wicked deception and laughable taunting, this volume is one of THE volumes for Conan and Kid fans.

This volume corresponds with the anime cases 078/079: Phantom Thief 1412 (available from Funimation).
Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch
Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch
Peter Rabbit, his mischievous cousin Benjamin, and a pumpkin patch--what more could you want? Though only inspired, not written, by Beatrix Potter, this is a fun and festive book for your little Beatrix Potter fan!
Goodbye for Now: A Novel
Goodbye for Now: A Novel
There are no words to describe how I'm feeling now that I've finished Laurie Frankel's hopeful and heartbreaking Goodbye for Now. I absolutely loved the book although it really affected me emotionally, and I'm also sad I'm done with it.

Sam Elling is an extremely intelligent computer programmer who works for an internet dating company. He creates an algorithm to find your perfect soul mate, and testing it out on himself, meets the love of his life, Meredith, who works for the same company. The bad news is that Sam gets fired because the algorithm is so successful that his company starts losing money, because people don't need to try and find their soul mate more than once.

One day Meredith's beloved grandmother, Livvie, dies. She is devastated by this loss and wishes she could keep communicating with her. To try and help Meredith through the grieving process, Sam creates a computer program through which Meredith can email Livvie and Livvie--or a computer simulation of her--responds, as it accesses previous emails and other online conversations to develop its communications. And then, because Meredith used to chat via video with her grandmother a lot, Sam creates a video simulation as well. But does this truly help the grieving process?

Sam, Meredith, and her cousin, Dash, begin adapting the program (now called Re-Pose) to help grieving people communicate with their dead loved ones. For some it's cathartic, for some it's necessary, and for some it brings comfort. But as they see the ramifications of their innovation they begin to wonder if they're doing the right thing. And when tragedy strikes, they are confronted with the decision of whether being able to communicate with the one they lost is really helping.

If you've ever lost someone you cared about deeply--parent, spouse, partner, child, sibling, grandparent, friend, or anyone you loved--and wished you could talk to them one more time, this is a book for you. For me, it hit home on so many levels, as I identified with the emotions and desires these characters had. This was such an innovative yet meaningful idea, and not only does Laurie Frankel pull it off magnificently, but she helps you to see both sides of the idea. This book made me laugh and boy, did it make me cry.

Read this book. Have tissues at the ready, but read it.
Contagem regressiva (Portuguese Edition)
Contagem regressiva (Portuguese Edition)
Kenneth Martin Follett (Reino Unido, 1949 -) é escritor, jornalista, formado em filosofia e autor de vários livros campeões de venda.

CODE TO ZERO foi lançado em 2000 e traz Ken Follett no que ele sabe fazer muito bem: trhiller de espionagem. A trama se passa em 1958, alguns dias antes do lançamento do primeiro satélite espacial dos EUA.
O livro já começa com uma situação tensa e angustiante: um homem acorda no banheiro de uma estação de trem, em Washington, DC. Ele está todo sujo, não sabe como foi parar ali e, o pior, não se lembra de nada, nem do seu próprio nome. Vasculhando os bolsos, não encontrou dinheiro, nem carteira, nem documento. Enfim, nenhuma pista.
Ele é convencido de que é um morador de rua e alcoólatra.
No entanto, algumas coisas não parecem fazer sentido: ele sabia lutar bem, sabia muita coisa de Matemática e Física e...estava sendo seguido.
Sabendo que está sendo observado de perto, ele precisa correr atrás de pistas e sinais na tentativa de descobrir sua identidade e o que o levou a essa situação.
Os personagens principais são quatro amigos, ex-colegas de Harvard. E o pano de fundo é a Guerra Fria e a Corrida Espacial. Os capítulos alternam-se entre o tempo presente (1958) e o período que antecede a Segunda Guerra Mundial. E o clima de suspense fica por conta do lançamento do Explorer 1. O leitor percebe que alguma coisa muito grave está para acontecer.
O livro tem um começo tenso, por conta da situação angustiante do protagonista. E o suspense se mantém até o final, não há partes monótonas nesse livro.
Além do fato de que a cada página novas revelações aguçam a curiosidade do leitor, outro aspecto que também gostei nesse livro foi a junção de personagens fictícios com fatos reais, entre eles o inexplicável adiamento do lançamento do Explorer 1, sem que a história ficasse parecendo irreal.
Os leitores que apreciam romances de espionagem e suspense, com alguma dose de romance, certamente vão gostar.
“Em poucas horas, fica claro que alguém não quer que ele encontre as respostas”.
Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints
Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints
...And as that is the limit of my middle school French, the rest of this review will have to be in English! ;-)

"The Feast of All Saints" is a very solid adaptation of the novel of the same name, by Anne Rice. I was already a huge fan of Ms. Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches novels when I discovered TFOAS. As a young "Yankee" African-American girl, I was immediately surprised and fascinated by the discovery of the 'gens de couleur libres,' or 'free people of color,' a large, prosperous Creole population descended from the French and their African slaves in antebellum New Orleans. Though it took me a few tries to make it all the way through the heavy book (I was about 12 when I first tried), I ultimately fell in love not only with Ms. Rice's gorgeous prose, but the strange, privledged, oppressed, beautiful and tragic world of the gens de couleur libres. I would now rate this novel as one of my top 5 favorites books ever.

TFOAS takes place in 1840s New Orleans and primarily centers around the teenaged Marcel Ste. Marie, the son of a wealthy French planter and his elegant Creole mistress of African and French descent. Though clearly illegitimate, Marcel and his sister are provided for very generously by their father. In fact, Marcel is very dependent on this man for everything and believes that he is entitled, particularly to the Holy Grail of well-to-do American men of color: a Paris education, which he dreams of day and night. In Paris, a Negro man is just a man, with no racist laws or crippling prejudices to stop him from seizing the world.

This story tells of Marcel's coming-of-age, what he is taught of the world as a child of priviledge, and what he (often painfully) learns as Truth as the blinders of wealth and entitlement are slowly ripped away.

The whole film is beautifully done. The costumes and hair alone are DAZZLING!! It is all very historically accurate and really transports you to 1820s and 1840s New Orleans and its countryside. It's true that for a Showtime presentation, it may now be considered a bit sub par. This is most evident in the opening battle scene that depicts the Haitian Revolution of 1804. Though it is pretty impressive, it seems a little cartoonish compared to what Showtime can now do. Production values have come a long, long way since then!

The actors are wonderful. The casting in this film is amazing! As far as big names go, we have Ben Vereen, Peter Gallagher, Gloria Reuben, Jasmine Guy, Eartha Kitt, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Beals, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones and the incomparable Ossie Davis, just for starters! The younger actor and actresses also do well. Yes, some are better than others. This film also uses accents, and, well, some actors do their accent well, some absolutely nail it, and others are pretty terrible. But hey kudos to all of them for trying, especially the younger ones.

Robert Ri'chard was wonderful in the role of Marcel. Not only was he exactly a physical manifestation of what I imagined him to be (honey skin, blue eyes, African-textured blond hair) but he did a very good job of expressing Marcel's exuberance, moodiness and intellectual curiosity.

Bianca Lawson was also wonderful in the role of Annabella Monroe. She is a beautiful actress who did a great job at expressing Annabella's sensible, sweet, down-to-earth nature as well as her quiet, dignified strength and defiance against society's expectation of her.

Though I enjoyed Daniel Sunjata's depiction of Christophe Mercier (Daniel is absolutely gorgeous to look at..that helps!), I didn't think it was complete. This is most likely the fault of the writers, but on film we get plenty of Christophe's intellectual,gentleman-to-his-fingertips image, but we do not get to see the darker, slightly unhinged, non-conformist side to Christophe's nature that was so evident in the novel. Christophe was very much a part of the gens de couleur society, but at the same time he saw through the facade and was equally depressed and amused by what he saw. We don't really see this in the film, unfortunately.

Gloria Reuben was great as Marcel's mother, the beautiful yet internally ugly Cecile Ste. Marie. As her carefully crafted financial support starts to unravel, Ms. Reuben does a great job at expressing Cecile's self-righteous anger and selfish sacrifice of her own children's happiness.

And the late, great Ossie Davis IS Jean Jacques. It is such a thrill to see this fine actor perform. Mr. Davis's character has a small but a very important role, describing his 1st person account of the Haitian Revolution...and, for the first time, causing young Marcel to question things that he's been told.

As an African-American woman, I love to see other women of African descent portrayed beautifully, and this film is full of dark beauty! The actresses glow in this film, representing all hues from ivory to deep walnut. They truly do justice to the legendary power of seduction that the free women of color possessed! :-)

As you can tell by my ridiculously long review, I really enjoy this film! I am so glad it was made! I would have liked some of my favorite scenes from the novel included in the film (the funeral of Dolly Rose's child; the first conversation of Marcel and Christophe, where Christophe is in a tree and Marcel in a cemetery; the beautiful, mad Juliet Mercier cursing out a carriage driver and hurling her cat into his face!), but it is still a pretty faithful adaptation of an important book, in my mind.

Highly recommended! :-)

P.S. Another very enjoyable film about the New Orleans gens de couleur libres is "The Courage to Love," a Lifetime film starring Vanessa Williams, Diahann Carroll and Gil Bellows. If you enjoy "The Feast of All Saints," you should check this one out as well.
By Wilbur A. Smith - The Seventh Scroll (1995-04-16) [Hardcover]
By Wilbur A. Smith - The Seventh Scroll (1995-04-16) [Hardcover]
If not You have something really good coming reading his books.

This book is one of the few there has been transformed into a Mini-series as well.

Find Your favorite chair - make sure you have enough time - and start reading.
Don't be surprised if You don't come to bed that day, because his novels are captivating
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded: The Full Text of Lewis Carroll's Novel with its Many Hidden Meanings Revealed
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded: The Full Text of Lewis Carroll's Novel with its Many Hidden Meanings Revealed
Author David Day has assembled 300 pages of mostly way-out-there guesses about secret allegorical patterns he believes might be hidden in the Wonderland story: chiefly the classical curriculum, with special emphasis on Greek mythology, mathematics and logic, plus a few esoteric subjects like Freemasonry, Theosophy, Rosicrucianism and Cabala. He also believes that every character and situation in Wonderland is meant to represent people and events in Oxford society. The actual physical book is very nicely designed by CS Richardson and will look lovely on any coffee table; The content is a frustrating mix consisting mostly of extremely-unpersuasive guesses - nearly always misrepresented as established facts - outright misinformation, and information which is accurate but borrowed from earlier Alice books without crediting those sources, all couched in a distasteful and unfair 'mean girl' tone.

Guesses presented as facts: On every page Day includes educated guesses which *might* be true, but he frames as statements of certainty. Examples: "The real-life Oxford White Rabbit was Alice Liddell's family physician, Dr. Henry Wentworth Acland" (quite plausible), or "many aspects of Wonderland are parodies of Plato's Republic" (extremely implausible). A good chunk of these claims are within the realm of possibility, but as Day shares no proof, nor even a citation, palming off his guesses as facts essentially amounts to outright fibbing.

Suppressed citations: Every idea in this book which I find valuable, save one, has appeared in earlier Alice books, but Day deliberately withholds citations, saying only "I cannot now even guess how many [Alice books] I have read over the last couple of decades" and providing a short list of his favorites. So if you want to follow up on a claim to learn more, Day blocks you from doing so - your only hope is to read every Alice book ever published. If you wish to learn which claims are original to Day and which he borrowed from an earlier author, Day again blocks you from learning this. In the sciences this practice is called 'suppressing citations,' and it is considered a rather underhanded attempt to steal credit for other people's work.

Misinformation: Day's factual claims are often incorrect. For example, he calls the descent of Inanna 'the oldest recorded myth in world literature' - Gilgamesh is older. Day claims that Peter Llewelyn Davis was 'the inspiration for Peter Pan' - nope; J. M. Barrie said that Davies inspired his character in name only, but the press of the time jumped on the idea, tagging Davies as 'The Original Peter Pan' - that false claim hounded him all his life, and appears to be one the primary motivations behind his suicide in 1960. Obviously it suits Day's narrative to claim that the original Alice was in the same room as the original Peter Pan, but at what point does spreading easily-corrected misinformation that led to a human being's suicide become morally not-okay?

Mean girl tone: A lot of this book, especially the final chapter, comes across as a character assassination of Lewis Carroll. To advance his not-entirely-fair narrative, Day describes Carroll's behavior after being excommunicated from the Liddell clan as "like a jilted lover"; well, maybe - why not tell his readers which facts he's referring to and let us draw conclusions ourselves, rather than simply stating his conclusion, withholding the facts on which those conclusions are based, and tacitly insisting that we take his conclusions on trust? (After 300 pages of showing himself to be at least sporadically untrustworthy.) Day accuses Dodgson of hypocrisy for chasing celebrities, then bridling after he became famous himself and was approached by fans - but anyone who's read a single book on Dodgson knows his objection was not to celebrity-seekers, but to anyone who insisted on identifying him as Lewis Carroll after he had gone to extreme lengths to keep his pseudonym private (Google J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith to learn how profound a betrayal this can be). One could easily make a case that Carroll ultimately became ingracious in his political disputes with Dean Liddell, but Day's suggestion that Carroll was profoundly immoral simply for disagreeing with his powerful boss comes across as grossly unfair - he seems to have mistaken oligarchic authoritarianism for morality.

Extremely dubious guesses: Most of Day's apparently-original theories are of this level of quality - he suggests that 'Orange Marmalade' is meant as an anagram for 'Am Analog Dreamer.' I suspect that most readers will find this unpersuasive. The only section of this book I found entirely convincing, though hardly original to Day, is the suggestion that Carroll may have filled his story with reductio ad absurdum situations in imitation of Zeno - this is not a difficult claim to support, as Carroll identified Zeno as his favorite philosopher, wrote a variation of Zeno's race between the Tortoise and Achilles, and explicitly wrote that reductio ad absurdum scenes were his favorite type of story in the introduction to 'Sylvie and Bruno.' Most of the math patterns Day suggests seem wildly far-fetched to me, though I am not a mathematician and perhaps they are simply over my head.

Day's single biggest allegorical focus is the descent of the goddess motif, especially Persephone from Greek myth (who descends down a hole, encounters hateful women called Furies, watches as King Hades passes judgement on the dead, and ultimately returns to the surface). Day uncharacteristically shares his source for the Alice/Persephone connection, the book ‘Lewis Carroll: A Portrait with Background’ (1995) by Donald Thomas, in which the Queen of Hearts is compared with the Fury Tisiphone. At first I found the similarities too thin, but I was ultimately persuaded that Carroll was indeed explicitly linking Alice and Persephone by Carroll’s 1887 article ‘Alice on the Stage,’ in which he wrote “I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion - a blind and aimless Fury.”

As a lifelong reader of books about Alice, the one apparently-new idea here which really grabbed my attention is the possibility that Carroll may have intended an allegorical parallel between the rose garden of spiritual enlightenment from Cabala (set around a fountain) and the rose garden with 'cool fountains' which Alice spends the first half of the book trying to reach; there's no absolute proof, but we know from his diaries that Carroll attended Masonic events, Freemasonry builds on Cabala, and the full parallels are striking.

This book is so visually-pleasing that some readers might want it simply as an art object. We know from Carroll's surviving writings that there really are at least a handful of allegorical references to Oxford society and logic in the Alice books, and it's a good bet there are other allegorical bits in the stew. The best possible use of this book would be to whet the readers' appetite to learn more from Alice books which are perhaps a bit more level-headed and authoritative, in particular the fantastic annotated edition by Martin Gardner.
Siddhartha (Annotated)
Siddhartha (Annotated)
I returned this because it had typos and wrong words on nearly every page. This is a book I've read for 50 years and wanted a version on my Kindle. I had a free version on my Kindle but it had a lot of errors in it. So I bought this version for $7.99 and it had more mistakes, typos, wrong words (e.g. "tome" instead of "time") etc. than the free version. So I returned it.
Shimanami genso : chohen suiri shosetsu [Japanese Edition]
Shimanami genso : chohen suiri shosetsu [Japanese Edition]
ここのところ取り上げられる素材、作風が同様のものが多い中でこの作品は瀬戸内海を渡るさわやかな風のように気持ちのいい作品でした。お考えどおり浅見光彦の出てくる作品でございますが藤田編集長は今回はお休みです。一度お読みください。ハードカバーの表紙のように心地よさを感じますから。
Der Circle [German Edition]
Der Circle [German Edition]
Wenn jemand in seiner Rezension die Hauptprotagonistin falsch schreibt und den halben Roman spoilert, ist das bezeichnend für so manche negative Kritik hier, die mir schleierhaft ist (aber vielleicht wiedererkennen sich manche FB- und Überwachungsfans im Buch). 3-Satz-Rezensionen sollten sowieso verboten werden, denn genau wegen solcher kommen wir ernsthaften RezensentInnen in Verruf und genau wegen solcher werden viele potenzielle LeserInnen immer wieder abgeschreckt. Wenn jemandem der Schreibstil nicht gefällt, möge er oder sie das bitte begründen, dieser ist nämlich tadellos. Ich habe den Circle, der keine Science Fiction ist, verschlungen. Und stimme ausnahmsweise mit den auf der Rückseite des Buches gedruckten Meinungen des Feuilletons überein: Diese Roman beschreibt auf den Punkt den Weg auf dem wir uns befinden und es sollte wirklich von allen Menschen gelesen werden, die jetzt noch in einer gutgläubigen Naivität meinen, allgemeine Überwachung wäre der Heilsbringer, und nicht nur von denen (liebe Grüße an rechtspopulistische Parteien). Dave Eggers ist nicht der Erste, der diesen gruseligen Weg zu Ende denkt, aber er macht es auf herrliche subtile stille Art und lässt uns LeserInnen aus Maes personaler Erzählperspektive teilhaben, wie alles langsam aber sicher eskaliert. Genauso stilistisch hervorragend umgesetzt zeigt uns der Autor, wie sich das Denken Maes verändert - es spiegelt sich darin die Gehirnwäsche wieder, der so viele Menschen jeden Tag in den weiten des (nur allzu oft unsozialen) Netzes (möglicherweise in ihren Bubbles) erliegen.
Die erwähnte Hauptprotagonistin Mae ist ein etwas naives Mädl frisch aus dem Schoß der Uni entlassen und es zieht sie hinaus in die Schöne Neue Welt. Ihre Freundin Annie hilft ihr, in eines der riesigen nahezu monopolistischen Internetunternehmen einzusteigen, die nicht zufällig an die Großen der Jetztzeit erinnern. In ihrer blinden Euphorie, die sich bei allen Menschen über dem gesamten so genannten Campus ausbreitet wie eine Spinne, und umgeben von message control, erliegt Mae - manchmal leider allzu willig - sukzessive den Versprechen der vermeintlichen Heilsbringer: Eggers verwendet und karikiert beängstigend gut die Sprache und die Phrasen der Verführer, wenn er diese sprechen und Mae denken lässt. Alle verlieren ihren Bezug zur Realität sowie ihre Menschlichkeit, wie es gerade tatsächlich bei vielen Menschen geschieht.
Ich weiß noch als das Internet als der Weg zur glücklichen egalitären, auf ewig demokratisch-liberalen Menschheit galt - das ist es längst nicht mehr. Und wenn es so weitergeht, wenn wir nicht aufpassen und nicht wachsam sind, steht uns ein Ende in grenzenloser Gläsernheit bevor. Zumindest ich schaue nicht erst seit "The Circle" mein "Smartphone" jeden Tag leicht angewidert an. Ist jeder Fortschritt wirklich immer gut? Lassen sich manche Tendenzen wirklich nicht aufhalten, auch wenn sie noch so besorgniserregend sind? Eggers kann auf diese Fragen keine absoluten Antworten liefern, aber er zeigt zumindest höchst lesenswert, wo es hingehen könnte, wenn wir uns so "weiterentwickeln" wie bisher.
Carry on Cowboy [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - United Kingdom ]
Carry on Cowboy [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - United Kingdom ]
As other reviewers have said, this is one of those "types" of movies that you either love or pretty much can't stand. Yes, it is extremely corny. Yes, it is full of double entendre. Yes, it feels dated. So, if that isn't something you enjoy...this is not going to make for one of those great movie-viewing sessions.

With that said, a quick look at Wikipedia reminds us that the "Carry On" collection includes 31 low-budget British comedy motion pictures four Christmas specials, a television series of thirteen episodes, and three West End and provincial stage plays. So, there is something here that many people have found extremely entertaining.

One of the most fun parts of Carry On Cowboy, and other early pieces in the series, is finding those actors who keep popping up in more current movies and television. For example...it was fun to watch the 'younger' Joan Sims here, and then watch her in a more mature role as the crazy spouse of 'Rocky' in the BBS show "As Time Goes By". There are a lot of us who watch these things with our iPads on our laps, ready to hunt down those familiar faces...it's all part of the fun.

It's movies like this one that makes my Amazon Prime subscription worth keeping around.
Magic Supernaturalism and Religion
Magic Supernaturalism and Religion
This book could have been condensed down to about 2 pages. On those 2 pages the author could explain how he has no idea what he is talking about. Never does the author give any support as to whether he is trying to say that sorcery and magic is real or whether it is just fiction. Don't buy this book...I would guess the author was paid to write this to confuse people rather than help them.
Lutron Claro 1 Gang Decorator Wallplate, SC-1-ST, Stone
Lutron Claro 1 Gang Decorator Wallplate, SC-1-ST, Stone
I've recently updated all my Wallplates and outlets in my house I tried many screwless options.

This wall plate hides screws from your wall plates and looks much better than them! While many may not care, to me this just gives a better look to an area.

There a few issues I have with this wall plate. While putting the front cover over the back cover it does not actually cover the back plate. It gives somewhat a "layered" look on the side, where you can see the back plate, a small gap and then the front plate, which isn't THAT bad, but part of the reason why i gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Another issue is that the front plate snaps on the to the back plate VERY tightly, and can be a pain to remove and sometimes feels like it is going to bend or break the plate, but never does.

After looking around I found a similar plate by Cooper named Aspire that fixed my issues of being easier to take off and actually covered the back plate all the wall as to seem as one plate instead of two plates stacked on top each other.

While I still use this plate, I have moved on to using the Aspire plate for any future purchases I may need. While this is a great plate for those wishing to go screwless. For me at least, there are other screwless plates that are a little bit better than this that fit my needs.
AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to Micro B Charger Cable (2 Pack), 6 feet, Black
AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to Micro B Charger Cable (2 Pack), 6 feet, Black
If like me you have a somewhat venerable Kindle, then you may have noticed it doesn't always charge as well as it did - I realised that it wasn't the Kindle or the adaptor plug but that the cable supplied had gradually developed a fault - probably due to the very small wires that make up this type of cable. So instead of replacing your Kindle or the "wall" adaptor, maybe you just need to replace the cable. This one fit both the Kindle and the adaptor plug and worked fine - so don't be quick to cast off the more expensive elements, always try and see if the recharging light on the Kindle goes off when you "waggle" the cable around. If so, one of these will work fine - it also seems sturdier where the cable meets the "end bits" than the original one did
riemot Men's Sheepskin Insoles Wide, Extra Thick & Fluffy Shearling Inserts for Boots Wellies Slippers, Replacement Wool Fur Fleece Comfort Shoe Insole Grey 12 US
riemot Men's Sheepskin Insoles Wide, Extra Thick & Fluffy Shearling Inserts for Boots Wellies Slippers, Replacement Wool Fur Fleece Comfort Shoe Insole Grey 12 US
Unlike every other reasonably priced insole that advertised "sheepskin" or "wool", these are actual sheepskin- you can part the fur and see the leather where the fur is actually growing out of it, not a plush liner glued to a non-fur sheep leather backing, not acrylic fleece trying to pass itself off as wool. These are super soft, thick, and feel amazing. No arch support- good for slippers or similar.

As others have said, they do run narrow- order the wide size even if you don't wear wide size shoes. Check the size chart and pull out a ruler to save yourself some trouble(I didn't the first time- oops.). Since they're real sheepskin, you might even be able to trim them if you don't mind losing the edging- it wouldn't unravel the fur part though it would probably separate the layers of backing.
VIVO Freestanding Full Motion Aluminum Single VESA Computer Monitor Mount Desk Stand, Fits 17 to 32 inch Screens, STAND-V101Z
VIVO Freestanding Full Motion Aluminum Single VESA Computer Monitor Mount Desk Stand, Fits 17 to 32 inch Screens, STAND-V101Z
I am so happy to have made this purchase. I thought really hard before I placed an order for the VIVO Dual VESA Monitor Stand. My last Free standing monitor was difficult to assemble and I couldn't get it to balance just right with the 28 inch monitors that I had bought. I ended up returning the free standing stand. This stand, however, works great and it's very sturdy. It was very easy to assemble. I had no problem counter balancing them while I was installing each monitor (28" each). The only problem I did run into was the screw for the back of the monitors were a little bit too long. I just went to hardware store and bought smaller size screws and used the washers to tighten the screws to the monitors. I strongly recommend this VIVO Freestanding Full Motion Aluminum Dual VESSA Monitor Desk Stand. I give it 5 stars all around!
Aeoss 10Pcs Open Pry Screwdriver Repair Tool Kit Set For Apple Products
Aeoss 10Pcs Open Pry Screwdriver Repair Tool Kit Set For Apple Products
Managed to open my Mi phone and fix a loose front camera connector with these tools.

The tip of the plastic picks kind of frays when you press/scrape with it too hard, but it works and didn't break. Screwdrivers and suction tool are great.

Glad to have been to able to avoid a trip to the service center during COVID and also saved the time and money that they would have charged.

Many tutorials on YouTube and ifixit to fix common issues with your phone. I hope many people realize they can fix their phone on their own
Siemens 12024768 / 12010389 Deckel (Milchbehälter) für EQ9 Kaffeevollautomat
Siemens 12024768 / 12010389 Deckel (Milchbehälter) für EQ9 Kaffeevollautomat
Der Deckel ist ok... Das Problem ist das ein kleines Stück Metall im Deckel ist das die Kaffeemaschine sagt das der Behälter in der Maschine ist.. Nur ist das Problem das dieses kleine Stück Metall gerne rausfällt.. Und ist dieses erst mal weg ist der Deckel nur noch Müll..
Ich habe schon zwei mal das Teil in den Geschirrspüler verloren, es scheint nicht mal eingeklebt zu sein und dadurch fällt es auch schnell raus..
Dann noch das ganze bei dem Preis!?
Darum nur ein Stern.
Furmax Office Desk Leather Gaming, High Back Ergonomic Adjustable Racing Task Swivel Executive Computer Chair Headrest and Lumbar Support (Black)
Furmax Office Desk Leather Gaming, High Back Ergonomic Adjustable Racing Task Swivel Executive Computer Chair Headrest and Lumbar Support (Black)
I had been using a cheap Target computer chair for a few months, since my old good-quality chair had finally given out after years of service and I didn't have the money to replace it with another good-quality model. I work at my computer for 8+ hours a day, so sitting in that chair without back support was causing me a lot of pain.

I browsed around on Amazon for a few days, comparing different chairs. Overall, this one had the best reviews, so I took the plunge and ordered it.

Two days later, this beauty was sitting on my front porch waiting to be assembled.

Assembly:
Super easy. There were MAYBE 5 steps to put it all together. All of the pieces were in the box and none of the pieces, including the actual chair part, were damaged or malformed in any way.

Aesthetics:
This is a nice-looking chair. The materials seem to be high-quality; no funky leather-ish smell at all either. It goes really well with my black computer monitor, black speakers, black desk, black computer, etc.

Functional quality:
This chair swivels and glides smoothly across the floor. The raise/lower lever doesn't stick, and the chair doesn't lower over time under my weight. I'm 5'8 and 260 lbs for reference, so it seems to be a pretty sturdy chair. It's not a tight fit when I sit down either; the seat itself is decently wide and deep. The back of the chair is sturdy yet forgiving- it's not like sitting against a brick wall, but it provides nice back support. The top of the back comes up to my ears (again, I'm 5'8 for reference).

Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend this office chair to anyone who needs a comfortable, ergonomically supportive chair.
Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius
Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius
This prizewinning 2004 documentary, created by the Salvador Dali Society and narrated by its then president, Joseph Nuzzolo, focuses on only one “dimension” or aspect of the famous Surrealist artist, but it is certainly an interesting one: Dali’s fascination with science, including psychoanalysis, relativity theory, DNA and genetics, mathematics, and nuclear physics. It includes short excerpts of interviews with Dali, comments from scientists (including several Nobel Prize winners) who met him, and scenes from a special concert and meeting of scientists held at Dali’s home in his honor during the last years of his life; he was too ill to join the festivities in person, but he watched them on closed-circuit TV. It also shows Dali works that were influenced by imagery and ideas from the various scientific disciplines he followed. Subtitles are provided, not only for speakers in languages other than the one chosen (the DVD can be played in English, French, or Spanish), but for the heavily accented speech of Dali and some others, which is helpful.

I would like to see a more general biography of Dali and/or a more thorough survey of his work and its relationship to other Surrealist art, but this documentary does not claim to be those things. As someone who, like Dali, believes that science and art can enrich one another as alternate ways of looking at the world, I enjoyed it for what it was.
Natureland Organics Masoor Dal / Split Washed 500 Gm - Organic Healthy Pulses
Natureland Organics Masoor Dal / Split Washed 500 Gm - Organic Healthy Pulses
Once you have used and tasted organic dals from 24 Mantra and Down to Earth, other organic brands don't seem upto the mark. This brand isn't so bad. But you really won't relish the taste if you've used 24 Mantra or DtE. The packaging and look is neat but quality and taste are a notch below the top organic brands

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