Casey Thomas

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Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set
Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set
Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set by Running Press. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with 598 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
High-Performance Java Persistence
High-Performance Java Persistence
High-Performance Java Persistence by Vlad Mihalcea. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
TypeScript High Performance: Code for performance, use asynchronous programming, and deliver resources efficiently
TypeScript High Performance: Code for performance, use asynchronous programming, and deliver resources efficiently
Initially I was very interested in the contents of this book. The overall idea of paying attention to code quality and performance is very important and I was glad to find such a book.
However starting to do some coding using the samples I quickly came accross a major mistake, at the beginning of the book, in the 'string concatenation' example: the first loop has 40000 iterations, the second 400000 iterations?! (you can see this in the online preview of the book and the downloadable code on github). This coding mistake explains the huge time difference of both loops. On top of that: Timings are given for Chrome, Internet Explorer an Edge. When running the code example in Firefox (with equal amount of iterations) I get the opposite results consistently: concat is slower than +=!
So, it seems not that easy to come to the conclusion that concat is much faster...
Conclusion: very expensive book which looses its credibility very quickly. I'm not saying everything is wrong in this book but it's not a fair business to sell such expensive books of poor quality. Sorry, I have to be honest.
Famous Someday: A Robert E. Howard Biograph TriplePunchPack!
Famous Someday: A Robert E. Howard Biograph TriplePunchPack!
Most of the material in this book has been rescued from the pages of a Robert E. Howard fanzine called The Cimmerian, published between 2004 and 2008.

The heyday of my Howardmania was in the mid-seventies, so the fanzines I read were The Howard Review, REH: Lone Star Fictioneer, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, Fantasy Crossroads and a few late issues of Amra. By the time The Cimmerian began, that mania was long gone and had moved on to who-knows-what.

FAMOUS SOMEDAY is proof I missed something good. The bulk of this collection consists of interviews conducted by Leo Grin and Don Herron on field trips from their annual pilgrimage to Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas.

The title comes from a quote attributed to REH’s father, Dr. Isaac Howard: “Robert’ll be famous someday.” Well, the guy was right.

The interviews are with Bob Baker, Marie Baker Andrews and Norris Chambers, all of whom knew Dr. Howard - and to a lesser extent REH himself - back in the day. By the time these interviews were conducted in 2004 and 2005, the memories of most Howard acquaintances had been picked clean, but Grin and Herron scored a coup in speaking to Marie - who had never been interviewed before - and ferreted out cool new details from the others.

As a traveling doctor, Robert's father had a big and very public personality, and was well known by his neighbors. Mrs. Howard, by contrast, was a homebody, not so friendly, and often ill, while Robert E. was quiet, standoffish and considered strange. So it's not surprising that most of these reminiscences focus on Dr. Howard, and merely nibble around the edges of Robert and his mother.

Those nibbles, however, are enough to make this a rewarding little volume. We learn stuff that adds to our understanding of Howard's personality and character, as well as his writing life. Tempting as it is, I'm not going to tell you what they are. If you're as interested in the subject as I am, you'll want to read them for yourself.

Also included is the saga of how Don and Leo encountered some forty books that had once been owned by Dr. Howard, and may have had their own influences on REH. The doctor was apparently a compulsive doodler, making his mark on the endpapers and odd pages of many of those books, and his doodles are presented here in full color, along with detailed descriptions of the books and their contents. The books also lead Don Herron to posit what appears to be an original theory regarding a mental disorder that may help explain both REH's prolificacy and emotional problems.

And as a ebook bonus, we're treated to the story of how the original typescript of one of my all-time favorite books, A GENT FROM BEAR CREEK, was discovered by friend of Don's in a bag in the pantry of her home in San Francisco. An extremely weird tale, indeed.
Becoming Facebook: The 10 Challenges That Defined the Company That's Disrupting the World
Becoming Facebook: The 10 Challenges That Defined the Company That's Disrupting the World
A decade ago if I wanted to tell people about a good book I’d read, I’d write a review on Amazon and post a link to it on some forums I’m active on. Today, it never really occurred to post a review of Mike Hoefflinger terrific new book Becoming Facebook on Amazon. Sure I’ll eventually get around to posting this on Amazon but it’s pretty low priority. This says volumes about the importance of Facebook today, and also why this is an important book for people to read.

Mike is uniquely qualified to write this book. Bruce Schechter and I first meet Mike back in early 94, when he was talent computer chip designer at Intel. We were forming Intel’s first online marketing and Mike was already a web/internet fanatic. He taught us how the net worked, he made us read SnowCrash. and soon we spread out across Intel preaching the gospel. THE INTERNET CHANGES EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO START WORKING ON THE INTERNET NOW!!!!!. Now, mind you this is one year before Amazon shipped its first book or any internet company you’ve ever heard of existed. The next year, Intel’s legendary CEO Andy Grove got the internet religion and our jobs got much easier. Shortly afterward Andy, picked Mike as his technical assistant because he knew more about the net than anybody in the company. In Jan 2009 joined Facebook as VP of global marketing working for COO Sheryl Sandberg, and closely with Mark Zuckerberg. As an engineer turned marketing exec, Mike is able to explain both how Facebook works as a platform and as a business. He is also a mighty fine writer and a good storyteller.
If you are doing business, you almost certainly should be advertising or at least experimenting with Facebook ads. Mike explains how advertising in Facebook works in a way which should help you make your FBs ads more effective. This is also a great book for entrepreneurs. Managing a hypergrowth environment, in the world most dynamic industry is embedded in Facebooks DNA. Each chapter leads off with a lesson, Facebook’s solution, and a question the entrepreneur should be asking. Finally, you should read this book if you want to get a behind the scene look at this thing that a billion of us spend an hour a day using, and get a glimpse of its future.

The book is divided into four parts. Setting the Scene, 10 challenges on the road to becoming Facebook, the Future, and Parting thoughts.

The heart of the book is the 10 challenges/chapters. Some like how Mark Zuckerberg turned down a billion offer from Yahoo when Facebook was an also-ran, are a perfect example of why we aren’t billionaires and Mark is. Others, like how Facebook grows are applicable to any business. Does everyone in the organization understand your mission, what your core product values are, and how you measure success?
Some of the most interesting chapters to me were the technology for making the Facebook application so fast in multiple dimensions. From the software and hardware behind making sure the Beyonce’s life stream isn’t lagging for millions, to making sure that my friends get to see popular pictures of my huge furry cats with no waiting. The process beyond continually enhanced the Facebook experience was also fascinating.
The biggest ah-ha moment for me in the book was understanding how Facebook advertising works. From the beginning, advertising has always been in conflict with the consumer. It doesn’t matter if its the annoying inserts in the Sunday paper, or the 10 minutes of ads in the last 5 minutes of the football games, pop-ups on the web, or the 15-second ads before a YouTube video. By having a keen understanding of what it is users like and dislike, Facebook is able to insert ads into a user's newsfeeds, that are at worse benign and in some cases actually perceived as valuable to the user. For example, I’m going be getting a new cell phone in a month or so, I expect FB to give me a lot of ads for cell phones, which is just fine. This turns out to be a win-win for consumers and advertisers. Those people who are concerned about the information tech companies have about you won’t be comforted by the chapters.

However, they may be comforted by the Facebook mission to connect all the people of the world and the obvious dedication and passion Zuckerburg has to make it happen. It is really remarkable the amount of money and management attention FB has devoted to trying to connect the poor of the world in India, Africa, and Asia. At some point the world’s poorest maybe profitable for FB, but that is likely to be decades away. It is a remarkable long-term vision, akin to Elon Musk’s goal of making humans a multi-planet species.

Interspersed throughout the chapters, Mike talks about the people behind of Facebook. This is the one area where I think the book fell short. Mike does an excellent job demonstrating that in no way is Mark Zuckerberg an accidental billionaire, as others have called him. Instead, he possesses a maturity well beyond his years, a rare insight into both people and products, and the courage of his convictions. But perhaps because Zuckerburg lacks the large than life personality of somebody like Steve Jobs (aka being a huge jerk), I didn’t really get a feel for what Zuckerberg is like. As for the rest of the Facebook staff, I appreciate that company is filled with a ton of certified (e.g. Ph.D.) smart folks who work really hard, but they ended up being interchangeable to me.

My favorite chapter was about the future. The Facebook of ten years from now, much less twenty years will be a radically different experience. The combination of Virtual Reality and augmented reality, along with artificial intelligence all combined with Facebook deep knowledge of our preferences, will not only pamper us when want to be but constantly challenge us to move outside of our bubble and experience different viewpoints and different experiences. I can hardly wait.

The penultimate chapter is something that would only happen in a book written by Silicon Valley insider in a place that celebrates failures. It is a laundry list of all the things Facebook has tried to do and failed miserably at. I loved it. Embracing failure is the most important piece of Silicon Valley DNA that rest of the world needs.

Becoming Facebook isn't a beach read, but it is a book that after you finish, you'll find yourself saying "wow I never knew that".
Virgin Galactic: The First Ten Years (Springer Praxis Books)
Virgin Galactic: The First Ten Years (Springer Praxis Books)
Everything you need to know about how Virgin Galactic are developing the suborbital space business, written by Norway's most prolific non-fiction author. This book also includes details of the tragic accident in 2014 and describes how Virgin Galactic will recover following the construction of the second SpaceShipTwo. Another great read from Dr Seedhouse.
The Prophet
The Prophet
I was given a copy of 'The Prophet' twenty-something years ago as a birthday gift from a friend; at that time, I thought it was really 'interesting', had some lovely lines in it, and I admired the pictures. Since then, it's lived quietly on my shelf unopened.....until a few months ago. Having read it again at this age, I've come to realize what a truly beautiful and deeply inspiring book this is. Gibran writes so honestly, soulfully, all with such compassion and poetry that demonstrates his remarkable gift for exploring, understanding and sharing his experience of the human condition. It's this then that prompted me to buy this beautiful copy as a birthday gift for someone close to me now, and I hope that they too will enjoy and appreciate this lovely little book as much as I have. It's a book that can be read cover to cover, but it's real pleasure and strength for me, is that it can also be 'dipped into to' whenever you feel the need for a little inspiration or comfort, as I have found myself often doing in the last couple of months or so! I know that this book will continue to be a source of pleasure and comfort throughout my life, and I'm so very glad that I opened it's pages again. I would highly recommend anyone seeking something similar to buy this wonderful little book for themselves and/or for loved ones.
The Fourth Beast: Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?
The Fourth Beast: Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, thinking maybe it was crazy or a joke. But I couldn't resist buying it, and I'm glad I did. It's an easy read and Moelhauser lays out his case in a very thoughtful way. He quotes prophesies from the Bible, mostly from the book of Daniel, that apply to Trump in the most amazing and accurate ways. He leaves it to the reader to decide what to make of his research, and, while I'm not sure there is such a thing as the antichrist, if there is, Trump certainly qualifies, given his actions and how he has lived his life. It will be really frightening if he serves another full term.
The Singles Collection (23 x 7" Vinyl Singles)
The Singles Collection (23 x 7" Vinyl Singles)
Well, this is a surprise. Much like the box of Christmas singles from 2017, not many saw this coming. Why release this and why now? ('With The Beatles' was released 56 years ago on this very day.) I guess only the keepers to the Grail know the reason(s), but as anything Beatles tends to garner column inches and sales many other artists can only salivate over, the answer would probably be "the time was right". Anyway…

A fine box of all 22 UK singles released between 1962 and 1970 with a ‘new’ single of, what could be described as a double A side, ‘Free As A Bird’ and ‘Real Love’. And each one is not only presented in a picture sleeve from 22 countries around the world, but those singles are also on the original labels from that territory (‘Eleanor Rigby’, from Argentina, is on Odeon Pops, for example), all have solid centres, and those in the USA will find the Tollie single unusual in that respect, which I think makes them better by being more aesthetically pleasing, and some of those with Parlophone, or Parlophon, labels also have strange colours, to the UK at least; blue, green and mauve, but the Israeli sleeve for ‘Come Together’ is weird. The 23rd single included had the same sleeves across the globe. Bar seven of the last eight songs, everything is in mono. It all comes in a nice box accompanied by a 40 page booklet that won't really tell you anything you don't already know.

But why these singles and what of the actual songs? Unlike the singles released elsewhere around the globe, where the group didn’t have much control until later, those issued in the UK represented the artistic intent and direction they wanted to go, and by listening to them chronologically, you’ll hear the progression from simple couplets to something far more involved. That 29 of the 44 songs issued on 45s up to 1970 never appeared on UK albums at the time showed they always gave value for money. Whatever the explanation is for bringing this out, this limited edition release is aimed squarely at Beatles die-hards, and at the current price, it’s certainly not an impulse buy. If you just want to listen to the music, there are far cheaper ways to do so.

Yes, there are the inevitable whingers who will say something like “It’s just greed; Ringo must need the money”, or “Rip off” but those people miss the point (and they won’t be buying it anyway). Like that Christmas Records Box, this is for us, not them. And if you want something that adds to your collection, and many of us do, you have to pay for it. (Special Beatles Tax included.)
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall Concert"
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall Concert"
Wenn man heute Fotos von Bob Dylan sieht, stammen die meistens aus den Jahren 1965 und 1966. Wuscheliger Jewfro, schwarzer bzw. gemusterter mod cut suit, optional Lulle im Mund, oft Sonnenbrille; und wenn die fehlt, sehen Dylans Augen nach THC aus. In diesen 2 Jahren war er die vielleicht kontroverseste, auf jeden Fall wohl die interessanteste Figur in Rock'n'Roll Babylon, und sein Look hat sich (vielleicht noch ein Quentchen mehr als seine Musik) ins kollektive Gedächtnis eingebrannt.

Zwei Ereignisse gelten in diesem Kontext als einschlägig: Einmal Dylans Performance auf dem "Newport Folk Festival" 1965: Als bildsprachliches Äquivalent zur schockierenden Wirkung, die ein E-Gitarre spielender und von einer elektrischen Gruppe begleiteter Bob Dylan auf das dortige Publikum hatte, läßt Todd Haines in "I'm Not There" Cate Blanchett und ein paar sonnenbebrillte Typen Maschinengewehrsalven in die Meute feuern. Was für Zeiten und was für Polarisierungen waren das, als die Hinzufügung elektrischen Stroms ein Politikum war! Heutzutage undenkbar.
Das andere Ereignis dokumentieren diese 2 CDs mit dem Mitschnitt eines Bob Dylan-Konzertes vom 17. Mai 1966 in Manchester im Rahmen einer Tournee durch England. Ausgebuht wurden Dylan und The Hawks (die er in "No Direction Home" als "...gallant knights..." bezeichnet, was ich schon ziemlich rührend fand) auf dieser Konzertreise jeden Abend, zumindest von Teilen des Auditoriums. Aber "Judas!" gerufen hat nur einer, ein Mann namens Keith Butler, der 2002 verstorben ist. Dylans Reaktion auf seinen Ausruf soll ihn so dermaßen irritiert haben, daß er lange vorm letzten Akkord von "Like A Rolling Stone" die "Manchester Free Trade Hall" verließ. Trotzdem war er hinterher noch an-uriniert genug, um in D.A. Pennebakers Kamera u.a. zu sagen, daß er die Show "...a bloody disgrace..." fand und bekräftigte, daß Dylan für ihn ein Verräter wäre.
Judas hat immerhin Jesus Christus verraten, obwohl er natürlich auch nur a pawn in the game of The Almighty war, aber für's christliche Abendland ist das schon 'ne ziemlich große Sache, oder? Was für Kategorien, was für Vergleiche, welch heiliger Zorn! Heutzutage undenkbar.

Insofern ist "Live 1966" ein atemberaubender Schnappschuß aus einer anderen, an vielen Stellen besser ausehenden und im positiven Sinne naiveren Zeit und mehr als bloß ein Live-Album. Es ist auch die Antithese zur allgemein erwünschten romantischen Idee des Rock-Konzerts an sich, in dem der Künstler und das Publikum sich gegenseitig mit Liebe überschütten und eine Einheit werden. Davon kann, was den elektrischen Teil des Auftritts angeht, wahrlich keine Rede sein. "This isn't rock & roll; it's war" wird David Fricke auf dem gelben Sticker, der auf der Hülle klebt, zitiert. DAS ist ja (neben anderem) das Schöne an der Rockmusik, daß man solche Sachen über sie schreiben kann. Ich persönlich finde die Metapher etwas zu dick aufgetragen, aber selten war eine Rockshow so konfrontativ und die Stimmung so aufgeladen wie hier. Allein das macht diese Aufnahmen zu etwas Besonderem. Sie sind, was die Mythoswerdung Bob Dylans angeht, sowas Ähnliches wie die Steintafeln, in die der liebe Gott die 10 Gebote geritzt hat - um noch ein bißchen die Bibel zu mißbrauchen und selber eine überzogene Metapher am Start zu haben. Paßt auf, am Ende kommt noch Eine.

"She's got everything she needs, she's an artist, she don't look back..." - sind das einfach nur die ersten Zeilen des Openers "She belongs to me" oder schon die Grundsatzerklärung des Künstlers, daß er sich auch weiterhin vor keinen Karren spannen lassen und machen wird, was er möchte? Sein Gesang klingt von Anfang an, als würde er sich selbst parodieren bzw. als würde er jede Erwartung seiner Zuhörer, ein paar schöne Dylan-Lieder zu hören, gleich verhöhnen und zunichte machen wollen. Sieht man die Bilder dazu, kann man gar nicht anders als den Eindruck zu gewinnen, daß Dylan angeödet war. Von seinen akustischen Songs? Wahrscheinlich eher vom blanken Haß, der ihm teilweise entgegenbrandete und daraus resultierte, daß alle möglichen Menschen, Gremien und Bewegungen versuchten, ihn zum Sprachrohr ihrer Sache zu machen, ohne daß er das auch wollte. Eine gewisse Wechselwirkung aus Schlafentzug und Amphetaminen dürfte kaum für mehr Ausgeglichenheit gesorgt haben, von einem vollgestopften Tourkalender gar nicht zu nöhlen.
Dylans gesamte Attitüde an diesem Abend scheint zum Publikum zu sagen: "Habt Geschlechtsverkehr mit euch selbst!" - seine Mundharmonikasoli, besonders das auf "Mr. Tambourine Man", gehen an die Grenze des Erträglichen, als würde er anstreben, in seinem eigenen Gehupe verloren zu gehen. Trotzdem/deswegen ist z.B. die Version von "Visions Of Johanna" eine der Schönsten, die je auf Platte kamen. Es ist eine eigenartige Schönheit, eine Schönheit, die sich ironisch von sich selbst zu distanzieren scheint, aber es funktioniert. "Blonde On Blonde", nebenbei bemerkt, war erst am Vortag in die Läden gekommen.
Wenn es heuer um die sogenannte "Neverending Tour" geht (und dieser Begriff wurde nicht von Dylan in die Welt getragen), heißt es ja oft und zurecht, daß Dylan sich seine zum Allgemeingut gewordenen Songs wieder zu eigen macht, indem er sie in teils radikal abgewandelten Arrangements präsentiert. Wenn ich höre, wie er auf der 2. CD z.B. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" (von seinem 1. Album) zu einem völlig neuen Boogie macht, beschleicht mich der Verdacht, daß es SCHON DAMALS genau darum ging: Sich zurückzuerobern, was einem gehört. Es sind nicht EURE Songs, es sind MEINE, und ich verfahre mit ihnen, wie's mir gerade paßt. Ein Akt der künstlerischen Selbstbefefreiung und ein ziemliches Wagnis für einen gerade mal 25jährigen. Da stehen einem heute noch die Haare zu Berge. Aber was soll man machen, wenn die Crowd zu doof ist? "One Too Many Mornings" ist mein liebstes Stück dieses Sets und angeblich dasjenige, welches Keith Butlers Hutschnur endgültig zum Durchschnappen brachte. Nach "Ballad Of A Thin Man" kommt er dann, DER LEGENDÄRE MOMENT. Und Dylan dreht sich um, ermuntert die Kollegen, BEISCHLAFEND LAUT zu spielen, und dann kommt Mickey Jones' auftaktiger Snare-Schlag wie ein Gewehrschuß. "Like A Rolling Stone" ist Dylans Triumphgeheul am Ende dieser denkwürdigen knapp 100 Minuten. Vielleicht nicht die beste Version, die härteste auf jeden Fall. Marlon Brando hat einmal gesagt: Die beiden lautesten Dinge, die er je gehört hätte, wären ein Güterzug und Bob Dylan & The Band gewesen. Das glaubt man sofort, wenn man diese CD hört. Für Punkte- oder sonstige Musikbewertungssysteme ist sie zu groß. Das wäre, als würde man Schöpfungsmythen hinsichtlich der Frage vergleichen, welche Gottheiten die cooleren Klamotten anhatten.
Sun Bum Lip Balm, SPF 30, 0.15 oz. Stick, 1 Count, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection, Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Sun Bum Lip Balm, SPF 30, 0.15 oz. Stick, 1 Count, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection, Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
I was looking for an spf protection for my lips. I wanted something that was moisturizing and had good clean ingredients. The ingredients, value and reviews seemed to make this the best choice, unfortunately the flavors are way too strong and too sweet. It is very strong and over powering making it very unpleasant to use. They are very moisturizing, I want the spf protection, not to mention I just spent my money on them so I am trying to use them but it is unpleasant. I bought the 3 pack so I'm disappointed with this purchase. All 3 flavors are super sweet and over powering. I've had lip balms with flavors but they were very light and not offensive. If you don't care for flavored lip balms you probably won't like this.
200W Car Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with 3.1 A Dual USB Quick Car Charger Adapter
200W Car Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with 3.1 A Dual USB Quick Car Charger Adapter
First off I was playing with this less than 24 hours from when I ordered it. Great job Amazon!! I love this little unit. It does all that I need it to do. The cooling fan is a little noisy but not a deal breaker. Less than a third the db of my PC. I did plug two 100w incandescent light bulbs into the 110 volt plugs and the inverter could not stay on. The only other size bulb I had was a 72w and the inverter worked with it and the 100w bulb. I love the fact that the inverter will shut down if you overload it instead of blowing up and catching on fire. I have a 10 amp battery pack plugged into the inverter and it ran my 32 inch TV for over 2 hours. I don't know how long it will actually run? I'll have to try it some time. The USB ports work great. I can charge my iPhone 6s and a tablet all at the same time. The USB ports do not work if you turn off the inverter even if it's still plugged into the cigarette lighter. Oh, also this thing is built like a tank. The ends are tough plastic but the case is thick aluminum. also doubles as a very good heat sink. Don't hesitate to buy this inverter. Best 20 bucks I've spent in a while.
10 Pack Natural Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes, BPA-Free Eco-Friendly Soft Bristles Charcoal Toothbrushes, Black/White
10 Pack Natural Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes, BPA-Free Eco-Friendly Soft Bristles Charcoal Toothbrushes, Black/White
Prior to this purchase, I've been using a soft-bristle Colgate brush - which has stayed in good shape for so long that at this point I feel like it might be eternal and I just need to switch already. I figured that switching to something more environmentally-friendly is a good idea, and this was my first pick because the handle seems more comfortable than some other wooden brushes (it's more rounded on the sides). However, since I'm switching to this from a toothbrush that I thought was amazing in every way besides it being made from plastic, my toothbrush expectations are pretty high now. I've read some comments that said it takes some time to get used to a wooden brush and I think it's because wooden brushes are shaped slightly differently (more flat, more rectangular). It might be a bit weird for some people, but also not that big of a deal. However, the wooden part could've been better in this version if it was smoothed out just a tiny bit more. I mean, I don't think I'd get a splinter from using this brush, but there is quite a bit of room for improvement in this regard. The more important aspect are the actual bristles. They're just not as soft as the ones on my old brush. And when you look at them you can see that some weren't even cut like they were supposed to in order to get that soft effect. The bristles themselves might also be a bit thicker. So overall, the brush works, and this pack has a whole 10 of them so it will last me a while, but I hope to find something better next time I'm purchasing brushes.
ECOFWORLD USDA Certified Natural Bamboo Toothbrushes with Round Handle Biodegradable Vegan - Compostable Organic Reusable Wooden Brush | Medium Firm Bristle | Adult Multi-Color (5 Pack)
ECOFWORLD USDA Certified Natural Bamboo Toothbrushes with Round Handle Biodegradable Vegan - Compostable Organic Reusable Wooden Brush | Medium Firm Bristle | Adult Multi-Color (5 Pack)
2020, a weird year in multiple aspects... And for it's weirdness, I had to tweak my new year resolution from taking steps to enhance my lifestyle to taking necessary actions helping in saving the planet... I have stopped unnecessary usage of plastic and was frantically looking for things that we need to use in our day to day activities which are eco friendly when these Bamboo Toothbrushes caught my eye... And I can't express how overwhelmed I feel using it... The colors marked helps me to distinguish my toothbrush from my husband's.. the BPA free bristles are soft beyond imagination... Every small step helps heal the earth and I would recommend this product to every body out there for the sake of a beautiful future for your next generations... Thanks!
And Kudos to the brilliant idea of creating such an amazing product...
Funko Pop! Marvel: Marvel Zombies - Wolverine
Funko Pop! Marvel: Marvel Zombies - Wolverine
As an avid comics fan myself, I would consider this Pop an essential buy for anyone even remotely into Marvel superheroes. It actually looks better in person than it does on the ad for it too, with much attention to detail. The only takeaway I had for this purchase was that the quality is not exactly top notch, with a few rough parts in the plastic inside the bobblehead portion, and overall seems like it could be easily broken, but nothing too noticeable, and you get what you pay for.
Gods of No Mercy
Gods of No Mercy
Filmed in and around Des Moines, Iowa and using Iowa talent, Thor Moreno’s Gods of No Mercy is a gritty tale of betrayal and vengeance.

It unfolds through the eyes of Sonny, played by M.J. Gazali. Sonny is a brooding cafe owner, drawn into a local crime enterprise when he rescues the daughter of its leader, Buster. Gradually, he finds himself hardened into a cold-blooded assassin, whose only affinity is for Buster’s estranged wife.

Gazali has a captivating screen presence, as he subtly and credibly cycles through emotions ranging from empathy to terror to rage.

Thor Moreno takes the role of Buster, and displays his dry wit through quirky characters played by Billy Blank and Ben Rollins.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Music from the Motion Pictures Arranged for Solo Piano
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Music from the Motion Pictures Arranged for Solo Piano
I have been wanting to get my hands on this music for a while now, and this is the best book available. Although I would have liked the book to be more complete (there are several notable omissions from the full score), what the book does include is extraordinary.

It is essentially all of the previous three volumes of the LOTR solo piano books stuffed in to one epic book plus the added arrangements of "Concerning Hobbits" and "The Black Rider". The arrangement for "Aniron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)" by Enya is not included.

Songs Included Are:

from The Fellowship of the Ring:
THE PROPHECY
CONCERNING HOBBITS
THE BLACK RIDER
MANY MEETINGS
IN DREAMS
MAY IT BE

from The Two Towers:
ROHAN
EVENSTAR
FORTH EORLINGAS
ISENGARD UNLEASHED
GOLLUM'S SONG

from The Return of the King:
MINAS TIRITH
THE STEWARD OF GONDOR (Including "THE EDGE OF NIGHT")
TWILIGHT AND SHADOW
THE END OF ALL THINGS
THE RETURN OF THE KING
INTO THE WEST

The arrangements are good and true to the originals and are intended for intermediate to advanced pianists. Of the songs included, they are complete and unabridged-- direct copies of the originals. Although it does not specify in the product description, a little less than half of the songs have chords notated above the melody line. The book itself is very nice and it stuffed with brilliant full color photos from all three films. I would have liked the book to include more songs from the films, but until a more complete edition is released (if ever), this book does satisfy. I highly recommend this book to fellow pianists who are fans of the LOTR Trilogy Music.
Hideaway
Hideaway
A really gripping story that had me want to keep reading to find out what happened next. The killer was genuinely terrifying and the way the suspense was built up was very effective. As always with Koontz's books, all the characters are developed and interesting (I particularly liked Regina). The only criticism I have is that the ending seemed a bit abrupt. You go from the high drama and tension of the final scenes to a sudden epilogue about how the characters ended up. I do like 'proper' endings (as opposed to ones that leave you hanging and having to work out what was going on or working out the twist) but perhaps a bit more exposition immediately after the final scenes would have felt more 'finished'. You get to know the central characters so well, you want to know how they coped in the immediate aftermath. Also, very unusually for Koontz's books, there were a few typos and Nyebern's name kept changing to Nyebem! But it's a really great book and well worth reading.
Summer Love: (InterMix)
Summer Love: (InterMix)
At first it took some time to get into-but once I got into to it it was hard to put down till I finish a chapter. Was interesting how Boone came along to take care of Jessie. Jessie reminded me of some kids I take of-very out going in talking to adults. Maybe kids but have an adult thinking. Was also nice on how the girls got along-especailly talking and Boone could trust his neighbor. It reminded me when I took care of my daughter's friends when they would come over after school or on the weekend. They wouldn't want to go home. To this day they come around to see how I am even thought my daughter isn't-just to say "hi" and tell me how things are.
All Fall Down: The Brand New D.I. Helen Grace Thriller
All Fall Down: The Brand New D.I. Helen Grace Thriller
Oh it is good to be back in the company of Helen Grace and her team. Not because there is any chance the book is going to give me the warm and fuzzies - far from it - but because I can pretty well guarantee I am going to get a book that is entertaining, gripping, infused with great characters, edginess and a mystery that is going to keep you on edge and guessing right to the end. Which is what I got when I started reading All Fall Down.

The book begins as the author means to go on - bringing that intrigue and tension that is going to hook the reader. A lone character, not one I could immediately warm to, who is faced with a broken down lift, a phone call and the ultimate threat - you have one hour left to live ... If this was a TV show, it would be time to queue the dramatic music. Now you might think you know what comes next, or can guess, but you'd probably be wrong. And that is the author's skill - keeping the suspense building to the point you think you can relax before bringing those moments designed to shock.

Now I will be honest - this did not feel as fast paced as some of the previous books, and the body count and mode of dispatch perhaps not as grotesque as some of it's predecessors either. That does not mean the author has softened, or gone easy on the characters, and the more i read, the more apparent the complexity of the victim's lives became. Their tale was one I sort of recognised, one that I could guess the direction the story was leading, but there was still that last little bit of mystery that was kept well hidden until the end of the book. The dramatic reveal that tips everything on its head, blindsiding not only the characters but the readers as well.

After everything Helen has been through, there was a moment that i thought maybe, just maybe, Mr Arlidge might be finally about to give her a break. If you want to know if that is the case and she looks set to get a happy-ish ending, you'll need to read for yourself but I am guessing from the parting chapter, her story is far from over yet. But seeing her here, back with Charlie and the team who support her, did feel like dropping in on old friends. We get to learn a lot more about relative newcomer to the team, DS Joseph Hudson, and the development of his relationship with Helen. He's a dark horse that one, competitive and determined, and that is all I will say. He is certainly interesting and I'm dying to see what comes next between the pair.

If you have missed Helen Grace, as I have, then this is a more than welcome return to the streets of Southampton and the high profile high energy investigations that we all love. It is a book that keeps the chills coming, the pages turning and the attention focused on just what will happen next and how far the characters will go to get what they want. There are times I found myself slack jawed, mainly with disbelief at their stupidity to be honest, and others where I was on the edge of my seat. But I was hooked, right to the end, and left most definitely needing more.
Now You See Her
Now You See Her
Goodreads Now You See Her

Nina Bloom seems to have it all. She’s a single mother with a loving daughter and advancing career. Then an innocuous pro bono case threatens to bring it all down and reveal the surprising truth, There is no Nina Bloom.
She’s been on the run for the past seventeen years, but now her past is on the verge of finding her. And if it does, it will kill her.
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Patterson weaves a fast paced action adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat. The action doesn’t stop right up to the end. This is a 5 star plot. So why did I give it 4?
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The main protagonist is female and the story is sometimes told as her narrative. (More on this later.) There were places where she didn’t come off as female. Her description of the Z28 with it’s 5.7 liter, V8 engine sounds more masculine than feminine. I know that there are some women who are proficient with cars, but like their male counterparts, that doesn’t just appear and disappear. To possess that knowledge, a fascination with cars should be evident in all of her life, posters, trips to races, etc.
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First person singular.
If you decide to write first person singular, there are rules. You can only tell readers things the protagonist knows, things that have happened in their sight. You can more readily express their emotions and thoughts, and that brings the emotions and action much closer. BUT! You lose the ability to tell the reader things that none of the characters know.
I’ve seen three writers attempt to have their first person singular cake and eat it too. Andy Weir in “The Martian.” In my opinion, he was successful by using the artifact of a journal. At least half of the book is third party omnipotent. He was able to use the first person singular emotions with a journal kept by the main character.
James Lee Burke tried to do something similar by relating a story told to the protagonist. Unfortunately, he was unable to resist the urge to use his signature descriptions of the environment, describing in great detail the smell, feel, and comparisons. An unlikely recount of some regular dude who isn’t a gifted writer.
Mr. Patterson (Who is clearly a highly recognized writer) simply ignores the rules, switching from first person singular, to third party omnipotent, willy nilly, as convenient.
The result is a novel that kept me up well after my bed time, unable to put it down. But it felt like cheating. As and Indie author, I keep to the rules. I’d hope a gifted author could do the same.
Inside Outside Upside Down (Bright & Early Books(R) Book 4)
Inside Outside Upside Down (Bright & Early Books(R) Book 4)
This was a favorite of my kids so I'm now getting it for my grandkids. The spine of this book is just cheap paper and it isn't going to last. As soon as the baby opens it up and sits on it, bites it, whatever it will be broken. And that's why we buy board books so they will hold up to rough play. Very disappointing. I looked at them in a store and they were this way too. I don't think a better binding is available in the board books.
I give the story 5 stars and the binding 1.
Cuentos completos de Roald Dahl (Spanish Edition)
Cuentos completos de Roald Dahl (Spanish Edition)
Es un selección de cuentos (no están todos, pero sí su mayoría) de Roald Dahl y lo menos que se puede decir es que son una auténtica maravilla. Voy a ponerle dos pegas, que la edición es de tapa blanda y que la tipografía de la letra es bastante pequeña -más de lo habitual en las publicaciones de hoy en día-. Pero con todo y con eso, es una joya que debería estar en toda biblioteca que se precie.
Ojo que no son historias para niños.
Mr Bliss
Mr Bliss
Being a Tolkien fan, I'm amazed that I didn't know about this book until very recently. It was submitted for publishing in 1936 but the publishers could not afford to print it in colour, which the illustrations clearly deserved, so the project was shelved. It then remained undiscovered until after Tolkien's death.

So many of Tolkien's works are serious, in a literary sense (although they have humour within them) that it is easy to forget he also had a very humorous side. This is seen clearly in the likes of Farmer Giles of Ham, Roverandom, The Father Christmas Letters and Mr Bliss.

This edition is gorgeous - a pleasant-sized hardback with firm glossy pages. The story is reproduced twice. Reading forwards in portrait mode you read the typeface story with Tolkien's coloured illustrations inserted into the text. Reading backwards in landscape mode on the lower pages you read the Original handwritten version with the pictures at the bottom of each page and on the upper pages, the typeface transcription.

Like the other stories mentioned above. Mr Bliss evolved from a story Tolkien told to his children and so it has the charm of humour and hilarious escapades on every page to keep the reader engaged. Tolkien's illustrations are gorgeous and he is really under-rated as an artist and illustrator. Some of the paintings of the forest and the bear's home seem to remind one of the Hobbit (Mirkwood and Beorn's house). Interestingly, another painting features the policeman's son, Sam, near a bystander called Gaffer Gamgee!

The story itself is about the funny misadventures of Mr Bliss, a rather Mr Bean-like character for whom everything seems to go wrong. He buys a new car but is a disastrous driver perhaps echoing Tolkien himself who apparently was not great in the driving department. The story is about 70 pages long with about 50 -100 words on a page depending on illustrations. It would make a great bed-time story read over a few nights to children, but one can also easily read it in a single sitting with a bit more time allowed.

I think there is little doubt that if this had been published in 1936, along the lines of the Beatrix Potter volumes, as was considered, it would have become a favourite and led to Tolkien doing many more illustrated humorous stories. Perhaps that might have meant he would not have devoted as much time to Middle-earth. We can only wonder what might have been, but at least we now have Mr Bliss to enjoy.
Milton, Spenser and The Chronicles of Narnia: Literary Sources for the C.S. Lewis Novels
Milton, Spenser and The Chronicles of Narnia: Literary Sources for the C.S. Lewis Novels
C. S. Lewis' artistry as a novelist has been much neglected until recently because it was obscured by the potency of his arguments as a social critic and Christian apologist and the depth of his meaning. With the publication of Michael Ward's 'Planet Narnia' in 2007, however, and the revelation of the anagogical or iconographic scaffolding he makes of Medieval astrology comes a fresh appreciation for the Oxbridge don's gifts as a writer -- and for the sources of his Narnia images and stories.

Prof. Elizabeth Baird Hardy's book, 'Milton, Spencer, and The Chronicles of Narnia.' is an invaluable resource for two of the more important springs of Narniad scenery, meaning, and the cast of characters. The author's command of the Narniad, Faerie Queen, all of Milton, and the work by CSL on Milton, Spencer, and authors of the 16th century (the Oxford History of the English Language volume even few CSL scholars have read) is magisterial, and, better, her writing style and voice are engaging, friendly, and welcoming to those readers for whom the epic English poets represent a terra incognita.

My favorite chapter? It's a toss up between Chapter 3, 'Girls Whose Heads Have Something Inside Them: The Characterization of Women,' and Chapter 4, 'An Inside Bigger than its Outside: Setting and Geography.' Baird Hardy gets one of if not the key idea in Lewis, the Barfield belief (after Coleridge, the Church fathers, and Plato, not to mention the great Medieval poets) that the stuff and substance of mind, logos, is the unity of existence and a Hypostasis of God. She unearths a host of magnificent references in these chapters and others from Spencer and Milton for specific Narnia elements and overarching themes and ideas.

I recommend this book for every library and bookstore with full CSL collections, which is to say, 'for places where serious readers are customers,' and for those individuals for whom the Narniad is a continuing source of pleasure and epiphanies. It is a valuable contribution to scholarship on Lewis and an invaluable invitation to visit or re-visit 'Faerie Queen' and 'Paradise Lost,' treasures of canon just beneath the surface, the inside greater than the outside, of Lewis' fantasy novels.

Muerte blanca (Archivos NUMA 4) (Spanish Edition)
Muerte blanca (Archivos NUMA 4) (Spanish Edition)
It is embarrassing that anywhere in the world CNN goes to report on a story, they can find a native who speaks English, but in the United States we have people that cannot discern that a novel with four Spanish language words on the cover is not written in English. Come on folks!

That aside, the book is a quick, fun read in either language. It is great for native readers of Spanish and those who are trying to learn the language. For those who can't figure out that this book is translated to Spanish, I would suggest "Clifford, the Big Red Dog." Or "Clifford, el Gran Perro Rojo" if you're ready to step up to bilingualism (Hint: it's not a dirty word!)
Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Vol. 1 (1)
Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Vol. 1 (1)
I thoroughly enjoyed this! Bleach has always and will always hold a very special place in my heart and I’m always excited for something new to be brought from this amazing albeit flawed franchise.

So, some things to note, the sketches done by Mr. Kubo throughout the novel are wonderful, I really enjoyed them and thought they helped bridge a bit of the gap from visual manga to written novel. I also really enjoy following a different character other than Ichigo who has in my opinion become very tired and boring to read. I just wanted something different and I got it!

I also thoroughly enjoyed the deeper background and look into the political scene of the Soul Society. While I love action I think well done drama can be even better. This felt like it aged up with me as opposed to just staying the same. The story felt older which I again thoroughly enjoyed. Personally I’ve always been a fan of the types of series that evolve with the original consumers of the medium.

Now some things I wasn’t too excited about, I feel like some characterizations fell a little flat. Now that’s not to say the writing was poor or that I didn’t get any of that it’s just not what we’re used to which is to be expected with a change of medium. One of the only other things that really got to me was that at times character reactions or decisions seem like they don’t match up with what a person in these circumstances would normally do.

Other than these few gripes I greatly enjoyed the story! In closing I think Ryohgo Narita, and Tite Kubo did an excellent job! I’m hopeful that the combination of the success and popularity of the returning anime and the success of popularity this novel might cause it to become animated one day.
Clifford I Love You Pop-Up (Clifford the Big Red Dog) (Clifford)
Clifford I Love You Pop-Up (Clifford the Big Red Dog) (Clifford)
I ordered this book for my grandson understanding that it was used. When it arrived, all of the pop ups were torn and non functional. I would recommend that seller check books a bit closer. My husband and I taped the torn pop ups and our grandson loves it! Book was delivered quickly and was a good deal.
Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch
How do you write a thriller based on a home-owners association? Don't ask Neiderman. He wasn't able to pull it off in Neighborhood Watch. You'd get a better answer from Bentley Little, who was successful in The Association.
Reading the synopsis on the back of the book, it sounds as though Neiderman used Little's idea for The Association verbatim. Once you start reading, however, its clear that Neiderman isn't going to be able to pull it off nearly as well. Neiderman's ideas, while suitably strange and creepy, lack real imagination. He doesn't take many risks with the plot and while his characters are well developed, they're not altogether likable.
Having read two Neiderman novels, I also have to say that he doesn't use supernatural elements wisely. They'd be all too appropriate in Neighborhood Watch but his explanation of events is quite banal and down-to-earth. However in Amnesia, he introduced supernatural elements when his tale could be perfectly told with a realistic explanation.
Regardless, Neighborhood Watch is an entertaining read but it doesn't live up to its potential. Instead, check out The Association.
Utter Nonsense: Selected Poems of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear
Utter Nonsense: Selected Poems of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear
Given the cover picture, I had (incorrectly) assumed that this edition would have some of the famous Lear and Carroll line drawings at least at the start of each piece. Sadly this is not the case. However, the print is clear and easy to read and there is a table of contents, so some effort has been put into this edition. However, only suitable either for reading aloud or for an adult seeking to reaquaint themselves with the texts.
Daddy's Little Girl
Daddy's Little Girl
I've read every book Mary Higgins Clark has written. The last few I haven't really enjoyed including this one. The other reviewers have detailed the plot. This book didn't make sense to me. Why would the villian, Rob, after just being released from prison put himself in the position to land back in prison? He was aware of the other murder he committed. It seems to me he would have tried to live his life as quietly as possible. The premise is he wanted a new trial, even though he served all his required time, to clear his name. Clearing his name was important to him because it would allow him to be reinstated in his wealthy grandmother's will. Great, but Rob WAS guilty of this murder as well as another murder that he was never even suspected of. Ellie, the heroine, became obsessed with PROVING his guilt only after Rob announced his desire for a new trial. Ellie's probing into Rob's background opened a can of worms. She discovered he committed another similar murder as well as attempted murder. Rob's purpose for wanting a new trial was to receive a $100.000 inheritance from his grandmother. He was already wealthy. His parents were wealthy. He risked his guilty neck for another $100,000. It doesn't make sense. He had much more to lose than to gain. I didn't like Ellie. She was very closed minded. Unfortunately, since the entire book was written from her perspective I couldn't like the book because I didn't like her. Finally, there was no suspense. You know early on Rob killed her sister. The rest of the book is Ellie digging up ever rotten thing Rob did as a teenager. The climax was a dud. Rob could have succeeded in hitting Ellie over the head with the tire iron and I could have cared less. Mary Higgins Clark has written some superior suspense novels. I would recommend any one of them up until she wrote "You Belong to ME" I've found in some of her recent novels I have actually liked the "bad guy", and hated to see him get caught. I'm sure that's not what the author intended.
ONEVER Retro Wax Seal Stamps Kit Harry Potter | Hogwarts Magic School Badge | Wax Stick Spoon | Colloction Gift Box Set
ONEVER Retro Wax Seal Stamps Kit Harry Potter | Hogwarts Magic School Badge | Wax Stick Spoon | Colloction Gift Box Set
The box is cardboard and cheap however the actual tools are of very good quality and the hogwarts crest shows up very well in the wax seal, very impressed with this product as harry potter related items are usually quite expensive.

The product comes with three sticks of wax, gold, red and silver which are a good length and will make many wax seals each, you can also buy them separately after the initial three run out. You get two tea lights, the spoon, and the seal which is quite heavy, the seal it prints reads hogwarts at the top, the mascots of each house have no details and are simply outlines, the one part missing which brings the product down to four stars is "Draco dormiens nunqum titillandus" is missing from the bottom banner which is present but just plain, from a distance the seal looks good and you can tell it is the hogwarts crest, however, at closer inspection the lack of detail is really noticeable.

However the price is very good and definitely worth it for any harry potter fan, for sealing letters or simply as a mini activity. The set comes with plenty, just a shame the stamp was not more detailed.
Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over: A Companion To The Film By Beth B
Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over: A Companion To The Film By Beth B
As a long-time Lydia fan, Im so impressed with this book. Lots of knowledge RE: the actual recording sessions/experiences behind some of her most important works, from the people involved with them, as well as brilliant insights from the woman herself. Still as powerful as ever. Really great read, highly rec for any Lydia fan.
Mesha 128pcs Assorted Color Party Balloons Supplies,12 Inches 8 Kinds of Multicolor Rainbow Latex Balloons, Various Globos for Garland Arch Kit Decoration, Bridal & Baby Shower/ Wedding/ Birthday Part
Mesha 128pcs Assorted Color Party Balloons Supplies,12 Inches 8 Kinds of Multicolor Rainbow Latex Balloons, Various Globos for Garland Arch Kit Decoration, Bridal & Baby Shower/ Wedding/ Birthday Part
I purchased these late May 2018. I blew up a test balloon as soon as they arrived. It is now mid-December, that test balloon still has a fair amount of air in it. It is past its prime, but still looks pretty good. I don’t have the heart to pop it.
If you are looking for long lasting balloons that keep their air long after the party is over, look no further. You can fill them a few days before the event, and still have balloons that look freshly filled for your celebration.

edit: My test balloon finally lost the battle for life in March. It lasted about 10 months. Granted the last few months it wasnt perfect, but it still speaks volumes about the high quality of the balloons.
Electric Balloon Pump Air Balloon Pump Lower Noise Portable Electric Balloon Inflator Blower Dual Nozzle for Party Decoration 110V 600W Red with a Tie Tool
Electric Balloon Pump Air Balloon Pump Lower Noise Portable Electric Balloon Inflator Blower Dual Nozzle for Party Decoration 110V 600W Red with a Tie Tool
Guys, this electric pump is a total game changer!!! I have entered the stage where I'm in need of decor more frequently since I have two young children (both under the age of 4). A quick and easy way to dress up any party is having a balloon arch. I had been blowing up balloons manually for years, but this little pump has been a lifesaver. I can finish a balloon arch in a 1/3 of the time it would've normally taken me to do. This electric pump is amazing in that it gives you options to have a continuous stream of air coming out or you're able to control the air coming out by pressing slightly on the nozzle to inflate each balloon (like a traditional helium tank). It is so easy to use this machine that my 3 year old was helping me the other day. I like that the pump comes with a handle so that I can easily transfer it from place to place and it is lightweight. You can also use this to vacuum seal bags and to inflate pool floats too, just FYI! When you turn on the pump, it is still loud, but the option to only fill balloons with air by pressing slightly on the nozzle helps that you don't have to hear a loud hissing sound the entire time you are filling balloons and preparing to fill the next balloon. 100% would recommend this pump to everyone.

Tip: Don't forget to buy the the balloon arch kits where you can attach your balloons to a clear strip to mold your arch a bit easier.
Something in the Way: A Love Saga (The Complete Box Set)
Something in the Way: A Love Saga (The Complete Box Set)
My issues, in no particular order:

Manning’s dad, who writes to him in jail to confess to molesting his sister, explains his behavior as not being able to control himself when his ‘little girl’ grew up too fast … um, the sister is NINE when she dies. She needed to be much older for this to make sense.

Lake is the most naive, sheltered 16 year old alive. She didn’t know what a pawn shop was … and she’s completely innocent to the point of not even thinking about kissing a boy, and her older sister is pretty worldly.

These books dragged a lot for me. I skimmed a lot - especially when there was a lot of detail paid to the curve of Lake’s cheekbone, or whatever.

There are a lot of plot lines that make it clear the story is plot driven - and characters barely evolve.

After the miscarriage and divorce with Tiffany, Manning immediately goes back to Lake to have their life together. Just kidding. He then goes to the woods to build a house and apparently is working on being the best man he can be for Lake, so that when he does decide to go back for her, he’ll be the guy she deserves … and during these FOUR YEARS, part of becoming the best man he can be for the woman he supposedly LOVES is to sleep with a bunch of women in town (one of these women he brings back to the house he’s BUILDING FOR LAKE). The author glosses over where they might have had sex - in the bed he built for Lake? This part actually made me extremely angry - mostly with the author (it’s one thing to make him have sex with other women in his self imposed exile, but to bring it back to the home he’s building for Lake, just made no sense. He should have had more respect for the house, and for Lake, especially if he wants her to live there with him... I’m sure this was for added ‘angst’, but for me, this part of Manning makes him unlikable, and the author creates a character who crosses lines for me, lines he can’t cross back over (and this is a character that marries her sister). And I’ll be honest, Manning had lost my respect long before this part, but this was the final nail in his coffin. I also found his assumption that Lake would be available when he was ready to get her was insulting, especially when he has no contact with her. And then to have her just fall in his arms, was too much. The man didn’t have to grovel or apologize, or anything.

After the second four years apart, Manning and Lake run into each other and have dinner that night, and literally one hour later, are having sex and everything is fine.

We find out that Tiffany, the sister, is pretty much behind Manning being arrested in the first place, and this apparently isn’t a huge problem - it doesn’t get addressed at all.

I didn’t like the cheating aspect - Manning is not swoon worthy in my opinion. The premise that he went out with Tiffany so he could keep an eye on Lake and protect her was hard to swallow. He always treated Lake like a child, and their age difference was an issue for me. Mainly because of the way it’s presented. Lake is described as not having ‘blossomed’ yet, and at 16 hasn’t developed breasts, so she does look little girl-ish. So, why would a 23 year old man be sexually attracted to her? I don’t know. If she’d been a bombshell, it might have made sense. I think Manning should have been younger, more in line with Tiffany’s age, and Lake could have at least been 17. At the very least, Lake should have been much more mature to catch the interest of a man 7 years older than her.

I was so aggravated that Lake ‘saved herself’ for Manning, even after he married her sister. She should have moved on with Corbin, gotten some life experience. That actually made her a weak character for me.

When they finally get together at the end of book 3, when book 4 starts, they’ve been together four years, and aren’t married. Considering how they were having sex one hour after meeting again, the four year wait to marry was simply an added bit of drama. Lake wanted to wait until she was done with vet school? Why? And during these four years, she hasn’t mentioned to her family that she and Manning are together and living together. Four years of lying ... nice!

In book four, there’s a lot of nothing that goes on forever (I swear, the wedding and whatnot goes on for like 30 pages). We get hit with the fact that Lake can’t conceive, after being teased by her dog’s pregnancy. Now, as a person becoming a vet, I’m not sure why her dog isn’t fixed (and she blames Manning for not bringing her by the clinic to get spayed - she couldn’t take the dog in with her on her way to work??) … and also, when Lake finds out she can’t have kids, she withdraws and is unable to help her dog out during its pregnancy, and pretty much doesn’t care. Did I mention she’s going to be a vet?

Then we find out that she doesn’t tell Manning for MONTHS that she can’t conceive, so the poor guy is still hoping every month that she does. This is a 34 year old woman, and she still behaves like a CHILD. The characters in this book don’t really evolve in any significant way, but I think that’s only to perpetuate needless drama. Also, they are unable to adopt because of Manning's prison record, but then they are somehow able to adopt an at-risk 9 year old? And then they miraculously conceive ...

These four books could have easily been condensed into two. And a little more realism would have made it better.
Volevo i pantaloni (Easy readers, Contemporaneo B)
Volevo i pantaloni (Easy readers, Contemporaneo B)
Trying to teach myself Italian, I thought this might help, I can cope (with frequent references to a dictiorary), and found it very helpful, only 4 stars because the publishers habit of defining various words (in Italian) I found condfusing rather then helpful.
12" VAMPIRE Machined/Black Golf Cart Wheels and 20x10-12 DOT All Terrain Golf Cart Tires - Set of 4 - NO LIFT REQUIRED (read description)
12" VAMPIRE Machined/Black Golf Cart Wheels and 20x10-12 DOT All Terrain Golf Cart Tires - Set of 4 - NO LIFT REQUIRED (read description)
 Great looking wheels and tires! Arrived quickly and were as described. Highly recommend for EZ-GO txt without lift. My only somewhat caution is that the lug nuts provided weren’t the highest quality. What I mean by that is 1-3 of the four on each wheel would turn on by hand. 2-3 on each wheel felt like you had to somewhat “force” them on. I always like to hand tighten to make sure I’m not cross threading before hitting with a wrench or impact. I’m not 100% certain one isn’t cross threaded and won’t be until I take them off some day down the road. The old lugnuts turned on by hand very easily.

**update**

We have a rear seat that weighs down the back, tires hit when you turn corners empty, and rub all the time with passengers. I have heavy duty leaf springs on order. Something to consider as it would have been easier to order with springs, and may have even made opt for a lift kit.
MoKo Compatible with New iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch 2020, Anti-Yellow Shockproof Reinforced Corners TPU Bumper & Anti-Scratch Transparent Hard Panel Protective Cover, Crystal Clear
MoKo Compatible with New iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch 2020, Anti-Yellow Shockproof Reinforced Corners TPU Bumper & Anti-Scratch Transparent Hard Panel Protective Cover, Crystal Clear
i bought 2 of this for iphone 12 pro max and its been great. i see some complain about this case stating, case is loose doesnt fit snugly or charging port not large enough, NOT TRUE. i did not encounter any of this problem. fits very snugly, grippy and protective with decent screen protector friendly lips. i already dropped it on paved and its survived without a scratch. just buttons are little bit dull when pressed but not a deal breaker. and yellowing yet to be find out. so far its a nice ,protective, stylish, grippy and cheap case. i recommend.
Pigeon by Stovekraft Deluxe Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 12 Litres,Silver
Pigeon by Stovekraft Deluxe Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 12 Litres,Silver
I am pretty shocked that I have everything from Pigeon in my kitchen but this pressure cooker Disappointed me a bit. It is so damn tough to put the lid on top. Me and my mom we both have to press it and close the lid .I don't the process to lock it. Though we tried and pressed the lid , but if a pressure cooker needs 2 person to close its lid, then you all can understand how difficult it is..

Coming on to a pro which we found-

1. The rubber casket is very good and it is of very good quality , which makes the product look rich.

I am sure if Pigeon is listening then they must look after this. It is extremely heavy and bulky for sure.
HELICON Aluminium Handi Pressure Cooker - 5 L Capacity - Silver (Works on Gas and Induction Both)
HELICON Aluminium Handi Pressure Cooker - 5 L Capacity - Silver (Works on Gas and Induction Both)
The cooker appears to be locally made in DELHI with just a sticker of HELICON pasted over the cooker body. Instead of HELICON, the word "OM" is embossed on the outer part of the lid. The handle plastic also doesn't contain the name HELICON embossed on it while the image posted on amazon shows HELICON embossed on the plastic handle - this proves that locally-made cheap cooker is being sold by the seller and just a sticker with name HELICON is pasted before shipping to the customer. Quality of aluminium is not up to the mark when compared with branded cookers. Its better to invest 300 rupees more and get a branded cooker with ISI and brand-name embossed on the cooker. Before starting to cook anything in this cooker DO NOT FORGET TO BOIL JUST WATER in the cooker initially as this will remove a kind of coating/chemical this cooker contains on the inside walls otherwise it may spoil your food and may even be harmful to your health.
Goma de regaliz natural Spry Stronger Long, 55 unidades
Goma de regaliz natural Spry Stronger Long, 55 unidades
Delicious! Tastes just like fresh licorice, but brighter and juicier! I’m 31 and it takes me back to eating my mother and gandmother’s candies when I was little. Licorice flavored things have kinda died out in the past few decades, but dang was Blackjack gum delish!

I knocked off a star because they disintegrate super quickly. I expected them to lose flavor quickly as that’s par for the course with Spry gum, but after about 5 min or so, they begin to dissolves as well. Which I’m not accustomed to with the other flavors. Needless to say I went through the bucket pretty quickly because of that - I wanted the flavor and to keep chewing, so I’d just discard and pop again. It’s become something of an addiction.

All-in-all, even accounting for the downsides, I still wouldn’t hesitate to buy these. The pH in everyone’s mouth varies slightly which can account for a different rate of disintegration + the flavor is crazy delicious.
Haribo Capsulas Caramelos Grageados - 1000 gr
Haribo Capsulas Caramelos Grageados - 1000 gr
Son los mismo de toda la vida pero en envase grande mucho más barato. En mi caso los compré para estas navidades, las puse en un bote, le pondré unas pegatinas de Navidad y dan un toque colorido y son ideales para quien ya no pueda con el postre pero quiera acabar con un bocado dulce xD.
Las que sobren por debajo de la tapa pondré papel film para asegurar que no les entre humedad y lo que duren.

De sabor están super ricas, blanditas y sin ser las típicas recubiertas de azúcar que te pringa los dedos.

Si sois celíacos avisaros que contienen trazas de trigo, aunque no figura en su composición (supongo que por estar en la misma fábrica otros productos que si).

Así que por menos de 5 euros que me ha costado un kilo lo veo una buena compra para darse un capricho.

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