Eliezer Myers

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Web Components in Action
Web Components in Action
Web Components in Action by Ben Farrell. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MongoDB on AWS (AWS Quick Start)
MongoDB on AWS (AWS Quick Start)
MongoDB on AWS (AWS Quick Start) by AWS Whitepapers and Amazon Web Services. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Building The LAMP Stack for WordPress From Scratch: A guide for building Apache2, MySQL and PHP for a fast and secure WordPress Platform on Ubuntu Linux. (Building a LAMP Stack for WordPress)
Building The LAMP Stack for WordPress From Scratch: A guide for building Apache2, MySQL and PHP for a fast and secure WordPress Platform on Ubuntu Linux. (Building a LAMP Stack for WordPress)
Building The LAMP Stack for WordPress From Scratch: A guide for building Apache2, MySQL and PHP for a fast and secure WordPress Platform on Ubuntu Linux. (Building a LAMP Stack for WordPress) by New Web Sites Limited and Charles London. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
2 Books! 1) The Notebook 2) At First Sight
2 Books! 1) The Notebook 2) At First Sight
2 Books! 1) The Notebook 2) At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Scattered Life
A Scattered Life
A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 822 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Nah und Fern (German Edition)
Nah und Fern (German Edition)
Nah und Fern (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Adelheid Zöfel. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24)
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24)
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24) by James Patterson. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2147 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Green River Rising
Green River Rising
Green River Rising by Tim Willocks. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 76 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Runaway Jury
The Runaway Jury
The Runaway Jury by JOHN GRISHAM. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
UN NADAL DIFERENT
UN NADAL DIFERENT
UN NADAL DIFERENT by JOHN GRISHAM. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone. La desapariciA³
Theodore Boone. La desapariciA³
Theodore Boone. La desapariciA³ by JOHN GRISHAM. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Edge of Life: A Short Horror Story
The Edge of Life: A Short Horror Story
The Edge of Life: A Short Horror Story by Joe Hart. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 233 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King’s Box of Stories
Stephen King’s Box of Stories
Stephen King’s Box of Stories by Claudio Hernández , @saqmandesign Saqman, et al.. Rated 1.2 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Core Swing: Advanced Programming
Core Swing: Advanced Programming
Core Swing: Advanced Programming by Kim Topley. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks by Matthew Urban. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming With Visual J++
Java Programming With Visual J++
Java Programming With Visual J++ by Martin Rinehart. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learn Python Programming: This Book Will Teach You About the Language, Data Analysis, and Algorithms and Will Level up Your Skills in Computer Programming to Become an Expert Pythonista
Learn Python Programming: This Book Will Teach You About the Language, Data Analysis, and Algorithms and Will Level up Your Skills in Computer Programming to Become an Expert Pythonista
Learn Python Programming: This Book Will Teach You About the Language, Data Analysis, and Algorithms and Will Level up Your Skills in Computer Programming to Become an Expert Pythonista by Michael Learn, Kevin Tromp, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The R Book
The R Book
The R Book by Michael J. Crawley. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 94 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
iOS Development with Swift
iOS Development with Swift
iOS Development with Swift by Craig Grummitt. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Writing A Compiler In Go
Writing A Compiler In Go
Writing A Compiler In Go by Thorsten Ball. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Hacking with Kali Linux: The Complete Guide to Kali Linux and the Art of Exploitation, Basic Security, Wireless Network Security, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing for Beginners
Hacking with Kali Linux: The Complete Guide to Kali Linux and the Art of Exploitation, Basic Security, Wireless Network Security, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing for Beginners
Hacking with Kali Linux: The Complete Guide to Kali Linux and the Art of Exploitation, Basic Security, Wireless Network Security, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing for Beginners by John Medicine and Matthew Strong. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Essays of Warren Buffett Lessons for Investors and Managers
Essays of Warren Buffett Lessons for Investors and Managers
This is an excellent book which is a collection of excerpts from the annual letter to shareholders from Berkshire. Cunningham has done an superb job of collating this material and extracting the most important sections which give detailed and in depth view of the workings of Buffett and Charlie Munger and lay out his philosophy and his strategies and his evolution as an investor, which I found particularly fascinating. His move from being a Graham clone to his adoption of Fisher's approach and his fine tuning of his criteria for investmnet.He deals with the amazing successes and the numerous failures and mistakes. For anyone interested in improving their investment expertise and learning about Buffett's approach this is an absolute must. A book that I shall revisit time and again.The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
Warren Buffett Top Life Lessons: Lessons for Unlimited Success in Business, Investing and Life (Volume 1)
Warren Buffett Top Life Lessons: Lessons for Unlimited Success in Business, Investing and Life (Volume 1)
This book is only 29 pages. The content is good, but it is only a brief snapshot of Warren Buffet's life and investment strategy. More importantly, it seems that this book is self-published since no publishing company is listed (not even the "CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform" company is listed as it is in the Amazon description), no references are cited (ya, references are sort of important (can you sense my understated sarcasm here)), and the entire book needs editing. It appears that the author just threw this book together in an afternoon and as highlights from other Warren Buffett books. There are multiple grammatical errors. For example, some sentences are incomplete, missing some important connecting articles, some pronouns and antecedents are switched or missing, and there is a center-justified paragraph on page 25 that stands out like a sore thumb against all the other left-justified paragraphs. I even got a good laugh out of how the disclaimer on the last page is a medical disclaimer, which must have been copied and pasted from some unknown source without much thought.
Targeted / La dictadura de los datos (Spanish edition): La verdadera historia desde dentro de Cambridge Analytica y de cómo el Big Data, Trump y ... la democracia y cómo puede volver a pasar
Targeted / La dictadura de los datos (Spanish edition): La verdadera historia desde dentro de Cambridge Analytica y de cómo el Big Data, Trump y ... la democracia y cómo puede volver a pasar
Targeted / La dictadura de los datos (Spanish edition): La verdadera historia desde dentro de Cambridge Analytica y de cómo el Big Data, Trump y ... la democracia y cómo puede volver a pasar by Brittany Kaiser. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the MarkZuckerberg category.
Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg
As other reviewers have already so succinctly stated, this is a must-read book for marketers and business people.

1. Because the world is being turned upside down by social media, and at the heart of that change is Mark Zuckerberg. And we need to understand what he's up to.
2. Because Ekaterina Walter has some serious business-think mojo to share with us. I got to interview Ekaterina for my own book - and was the recipient of her wisdom then. She's one of the brightest people in the industry (she heads social media at Intel).

This is NOT a fluff book. There are a few of those out there - this book is refreshingly free of fluff.

Some of my favorite parts of the book aren't about Zuckerberg at all, but the culture and strategy bits from XPLANE. The philosophies holding that mission and purpose are the driving forces behind any enterprise entered into business philosophy in the late 19th century. They were then promulgated by organizations such as the Masons and later by the Rotary Club. Even later, after World War II, organization change thinkers advocated for the use of vision, mission, and values. With Facebook and the other companies discussed in Think Like Zuck, Walter shows that these are powerful forces that could be critical to business success.

The famous business writer and thinker Jim Collins was invoked many times both in the book (and in my imagination) - Walters mentions the "getting the right people on the bus" concept many times. I also thought about Collin's most recent book Great by Choice where he talks about the element of luck. No doubt, Zuckerberg had a great amount of luck in the timing of the creation of Facebook. But others had good luck, too - Zuckerberg had the foresight to use it.

Collins had a concept of Level Five Leader, someone who showed demonstrated a "paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will." Zuckerberg, with his famous "CEO, Bitch" business card could hardly have been said to show humility. But Walter's subject has, like the hero of The Truman Show, been in the public eye throughout his twenties, and seems to be becoming something closer to a Level Five leader with each passing year.

In contrast to the Level Five Leader, Walter introduces her model of what she calls the "Hummingbird Effect of Leadership."

The amazing qualities of the hummingbird can be seen in the beauty and complexity of its flight. Just like this flyer, effective leaders soar in their purpose of serving others and, in the process, achieve unprecedented heights of success.

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Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
I had eagerly anticipated this book. Tim Cook has been the CEO of one of the world’s most valuable companies for almost nine years. Yet, ironically, this is the first detailed attempt in book form to closely examine the man’s background leading up to his assuming control after Steve Jobs’ death in 2011 and the influence that he has had in re-shaping the culture of Apple Inc. while bringing the company’s market capitalization to a staggering trillion dollars.

Kahney opens with a quick introduction entitled “Killing It” which summarizes the industry dominance that Apple currently enjoys and makes it clear that Cook gets a lion’s share of the credit. He goes on to introduce the six core values that Cook has ingrained in the company’s strategy: accessibility; education; environment; inclusion and diversity; privacy and security; and supplier responsibility. These lay the groundwork for very detailed discussion in the second half of the book of Cook’s passion for coupling good strategy with good values and his success in achieving it.

The first chapter describes in some detail the interesting specifics of the leadership handover from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook that culminated in 2011. Kahney goes on to describe the reservations that many pundits had regarding his ability to sustain Apple’s momentum. In retrospect, those many who predicted imminent failure are now a little hard to be found.

The next few chapters highlight Cook’s early life and education near Mobile, Alabama, his matriculation at Auburn culminating in a BS in Industrial Engineering, and his pre-Apple stints at IBM, Intelligent Electronics, and Compaq. Cook spent the first twelve years of his career at IBM. I had the good fortune to work closely with Tim during much of that time, which was characterized by high volume manufacturing at IBM’s Research Triangle Park, NC facility and most notably the bringing of the IBM Personal Computer Company and the manufacture of its exciting array of products to the site. Those were heady times for all of us lucky enough to be involved. Cook was every bit the leader that Kahney describes in the book. Nobody outworked Tim Cook. His work was his life, and apparently still is. It was also telling that two of his current right hand men at Apple, Jeff Williams (Apple’s current COO) and Bill Frederick, were part of our IBM team.

Kahney proceeds to spend the remaining three quarters of the book describing Cook’s hiring out of Compaq by Steve Jobs, his increasingly significant roles in managing operations at Apple, his appointment as COO, his serving as interim CEO during two of Jobs’ illnesses and convalescences, his 2011 elevation to CEO, and his subsequent seven years in leading Apple to the pinnacle of Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

Kahney does a good job describing the facts surrounding the numerous hardware and software launches for iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, Apple Watch, OSX, iOS, Apple Music, etc during those years as well as the role that Cook had in ensuring their success. He also goes into interesting detail regarding the planning and realization of the new Apple Park headquarters.

Kahney fairly criticizes Cook and his team for the premature launch of Apple Maps and particularly the ephemeral, on-again / off-again status of Project Titan, for the much rumored self-driving Apple Car. But I believe that he did not go far enough. Apple is now at a significant crossroads. Continued growth is only going to be ensured by entrances into entire new product offerings, particularly in the service sector. I believe that Kahney missed a key set of discussion points regarding Cook’s potential for keeping Apple on its current growth track. The last decade has been great, and it has been led primarily by hardware, much of it originally conceived in the Jobs era. Okay, now what?

Kahney does a particularly good job in describing the facts surrounding the government’s demand for Apple to assist with the decryption of the San Bernardino assailant’s iPhone and Cook’s refusal to budge on Apple’s commitment to privacy. In the end, Cook and Apple were vindicated by the press and court of public opinion.

He spends roughly a quarter of the book going into quite a bit of detail regarding Cook’s commitment to the environment and diversity. In having known and worked with Tim, I do not doubt his commitment to these values and his leadership in ingraining them in Apple’s culture, but I still felt that I was reading a series of Apple press releases as I waded through this significant portion of the book.

In summary, the book is a very worthwhile read and you should come away with a great deal of respect for Tim Cook and what he has achieved. Kahney tends to cheerleading throughout much of the book in making his case, but I do not quarrel with his conclusions. I only wonder now what is next for Cook. As he is only fifty-nine years old, would there not be some potential for him to enter politics? Time will tell. But I know this. He has much to offer as a visionary and leader. As I am a longtime conservative Republican, I am not at all reluctant to say that I would certainly give him a shot.
Amazon CEO Letters ( 1997 - 2018 ) : CEO Letters & Biz Reports Book 6
Amazon CEO Letters ( 1997 - 2018 ) : CEO Letters & Biz Reports Book 6
“A huge thank you to each and every customer for allowing us to serve you, to our shareowners for your support, and to Amazonians everywhere for your ingenuity, your passion and your high standards.” ~ Jeff Bezos

Jony Dev has worked at Google, Facebook and Amazon. Now as a Chief Data Scientist he spends his time working for a Tech Start-up and writing interesting books. This is the only book I've read by him and it provides a lot of insight into the mind of Jeff Bezos as he created the largest Internet company in the world.

In this book you get to read over twenty annual letters by Jeff Bezos, which will get you up to speed on amazon history. Basically you will realize how amazon has evolved over time to the beloved site it is now.

What first struck me was how intellectual the letters were and yet they were very witty and lol funny in places. Jeff's charismatic personality definitely comes across well and this makes the letters very enjoyable to read. They can almost stand alone as a form of art without any explanation needed.

In the letters Jeff spends time explaining his point of view on allowing customers to post negative reviews. He discusses Alexa, Amazon Go, Amazon Books, Frustration-free packaging, marketplace, PRIME, quantitative analysis, skills-forward approaches, machine learning techniques, long-term thinking, FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon), Career Choice and Whole Foods. Every major thing amazon has done is spoken of reverently in these letters. It is however interesting that Jeff Bezos changed his mind about physical stores.

My favorite letter was the 2007 letter that talks about the Kindle. Besides PRIME, the Kindle is what has affected my personal life the most. I've downloaded and read thousands of books over the years. It is great to instantly get a book that you can start reading seconds from downloading. Many times the books I've downloaded have been in some way lifesaving as I've had to research health conditions. Reading on the Kindle has really become my most compelling passion. Kindle Unlimited is one of my favorite things ever as I can literally find books on nearly every topic I could wish to read about!

One thing about this book is the fact that each letter past 1997 has the 1997 letter repeated at the start of the new letter. I simply fast forwarded through it each time as reading it before each letter would have taken a lot of time. I was therefore able to finish the book in two days.

There are some things I wondered about in the past, like did amazon give tours of fulfillment centers? The answer is YES! The URL is given for more information. There is also a comment about Amazon Smile and how you can donate to the charity of your choice each time you shop.

This book is part amazon history lesson, part enthusiastic celebration of success. Every business owner and amazon customer should read this collection of letters to fully understand the “customer-obsessed culture” of amazon. Maybe the new tag line should be: “Delighting customers one PRIME shipment at a time!” For instant gratification has become a reality when shopping at amazon.

As someone who has purchased pillowcases from India, a battery operated candle from Malaysia and curtains made in China I can say amazon's commitment to global shopping is inspirational. You really can find anything your heart could wish for all in one place. In fact when I get a catalog in the mail, I just look up the items at amazon. And after an experience of going to four stores in one day with no luck finding a foot cream, I just came home and ordered it from amazon like I should have in the first place. I learn!

So I found this book inspirational and I feel anyone who loves amazon will be intrigued by these letters. In the words of Copywriter Robert Gibson: “The unknown requires relentless optimism.” Jeff Bezos' optimism and drive to please customers has made amazon my favorite website in the world. And I know millions of people agree that it is the best place to shop online. Jeff Bezos is leading us into the future of the Internet. I'm just wondering what fantastic thing will he think up next? :)

~The Rebecca Review

Reviewing this book is not an endorsement of any movies, shows, books or music mentioned in the book. I don't agree with everything amazon sells (who does?) but I'm grateful they have many Christian books going back centuries that I enjoy reading. I believe at amazon you have to make good choices about what you buy just like in any other store.
He's Lying Sis: Uncover the Truth Behind His Words and Actions, Volume 1
He's Lying Sis: Uncover the Truth Behind His Words and Actions, Volume 1
This book came at the right time. Three weeks after I had a break up I woke up and cried out to God to bring peace to my heart and help me see the plan he has for me. This book was discovered an hour after my prayer. I knew and saw all the red flags but decided to ignore them because I felt it was growing pains and we would get over the hurdles. I had been praying to God to reveal whether this was the right man for me. Well my ex took the initiative and ended the relationship after 3 months of dating. I was broken, disappointed and hurt because I had invested so much of myself even after 3 months. This book reminded me to trust my intuition, there are good men out there and continue to be open about who you are and what you expect upfront.
Elon Musk: Como o CEO bilionário da SpaceX e da Tesla está moldando o nosso futuro (Portuguese Edition)
Elon Musk: Como o CEO bilionário da SpaceX e da Tesla está moldando o nosso futuro (Portuguese Edition)
Como uma pessoa considerada por muitos arrogante, que humilha e não sabe lidar com seus funcionários, consegue despertar admiração dos mesmos e inspirar uma geração?

Isto foi o que fiquei me perguntando enquanto lia este livro. E cheguei a conclusão que dois pontos foram de suma importância: O propósito de vida muito bem definido de Musk alinhado com seu desejo de fazê-lo da melhor forma possível, saindo do 'mais do mesmo'.

Elon tem muito bem definido qual seu objetivo na vida e não perde o foco do seu propósito. Suas ações estão sempre alinhadas aos seus pensamentos de longo prazo e ele não mede esforços para conseguir o que quer.

Como se já não bastasse pensar grande, Musk revolucionou o modo tradicional com que as coisas estavam sendo realizadas. Ele poderia seguir a maré e construir foguetes ou carros no padrão que a indústria estava acostumada a fazer, seria bem mais fácil, mas ele entendia que os processos poderiam ser melhorados e muito, e sua inteligência e dedicação mostrou que ele estava certo.
How To Start A Business Without Any Money
How To Start A Business Without Any Money
Has some links but would not recommend you would be far better off with Tony Robbins and rich dad books
She has not fought enough battles it is evident in her writing that she cannot and shouldn't use her Cambridge major as that is only studying but so you need to find someone who has done the real thing for advice there are better books out there
Six Tycoons: The Lives of John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford and Joseph P. Kennedy
Six Tycoons: The Lives of John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford and Joseph P. Kennedy
The thing that struck me most about this book was the horrible editing. This work contained a gross amount of spelling errors (and I am not referring to British spellings) including omitted letters and conjoined words. Even further, there were grammatical mistakes that made a few sentences almost impossible to grasp without having to reread them 4 or 5 times.
Although Derbyshire's prose was engaging he related quite a few anecdotes that pages later he would claim to be "unlikely" of being true. These anecdotes not being pertinent to the character of the tycoons, one wonders why they were included at all.

My two cents: find six separate biographies from a renowned publisher. These are unlikely to contain editing errors and will go into more depth. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
Larry Page Quotes 2 - Canvas Art Print
Larry Page Quotes 2 - Canvas Art Print
Larry Page Quotes 2 - Canvas Art Print by undefined. Rated 99 out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
Samsung Galaxy A10e GSM Unlocked (not CDMA) 32GB Smartphone - Black (Renewed)
Samsung Galaxy A10e GSM Unlocked (not CDMA) 32GB Smartphone - Black (Renewed)
Ok So I was reading the reviews on this phone and watched some YouTube videos about this Galaxy A10e I was kinda skeptical at first the only features this phone doesn't have is fingerprint which you don't need because of it's Face recognition number two I can't pay at the gas pump or make in store purchases it's not NFC Supported but other that this phone has great features some ppl get a phone and don't play with the settings you have to explore you phone to get the best out it this phone is almost close to the iPhoneX it's a very smartphone I downloaded a roku remote and was able to use it on my TV by turning on my WIFI it come in Excellent condition no scratches nothing not one crack just a charger.
Fully GSM Unlocked I don't know about CDMA I have I have Cricket service the battery life is good I've been on it since this morning it is now 2:36am bottom line it's worth it to me
Update:
It's been two weeks same as before one thing I can officially say it charges really fast and has a long battery life I have this phone in my hand all day I hope I don't burn the battery out lol I would recommend that you get a case though you're going to need it. No drops but ijs
4 Pack: Men's Dry-Fit Moisture Wicking Performance Long Sleeve T-Shirt, UV Sun Protection Outdoor Active Athletic Crew Top
4 Pack: Men's Dry-Fit Moisture Wicking Performance Long Sleeve T-Shirt, UV Sun Protection Outdoor Active Athletic Crew Top
We got these for my boyfriend because he works in construction and in the sun all day in Texas. He said they are nice, comfortable and protect his skin from the sun and when they get wet with sweat they dry pretty fast. What I didn’t like was the gray shirt came in with a hole in the sleeve on the seam. I was able to fix it but I didn’t like that I had to with a brand new item.

Update: I originally bought Set E as my first order and I gave a 5 star review. We liked those so much we decided to get another set. This time we chose Set C. This set is a different style than Set E. I don’t recommend Set C! The stitching on these is SO bad! I had to exchange them because the gray and red shirt had issues. The stitching at the bottom of the shirt came halfway undone and the stitching on the red sleeve came undone. The first set of shirts I bought had one issue and I was able to sew it back together but Set C was way too much for me to handle. I wish I could review the 2 items separately because I would give this one a 1 star review and review Set E with 5 stars. I did exchange Set C and the new ones look a little better but not much. If the stitching comes out again in these shirts I will get a refund on them.
The Poacher's Son: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries Book 1)
The Poacher's Son: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries Book 1)
The sense of being in the main woods is the best thing about this tale. However, the only likeable characters are minor characters Charlie an ex-warden and his wife. But how can main character Mike even be sane in the insane world of this book? Mike's father calls him before Mike finds out his father is accused of murder. The immediate assumption here by everyone but Mike that his dad is the killer is far fetched to the point that the rest of law enforcement seem incompetent. Angst over mike's treatment, or his dad's lack of interest when he was a lad suffocates the begining of the novel. Characters seem to unrealistically dislike Mike because they think his father is guilty. And there is an amazing double standard in how Mike is treated as a law enforcement officer. Mike gives this jerk a ticket for not having permits and life vests. The guy files a complaint. Mike's boss seems to back him. Mike sees the same guy later with no vest on his young son and gives him another. This is something that could result in tragedy if the boat top sided. . But in this world now Mike is in trouble. How could he go after a guy who filed a complaint. Meanwhile a deputy who had problems with Mike's dad in the past arrests him without evidence. The cop car crashed and dad escapes. Dad goes on the run. It could be because he knows the deputy is out to get him. This guy now hates Mike's dad and will do anything to pin the murder on him. It seems to be the main reason Mike's dad is considered the killer. No one knows a motive why the dad would kill the people in question, there were better suspects. No one in the novel has any problem with the deputy with previous problems with the dad, being in on the case. Mike is referred to as a coward. Yet when law enforcement think they have his dad trapped, and are going to shoot up a cabin to get him (and yes the TRIGGER-HAPPY deputy with the grudge is there) Mike, who is not supposed to really be there, almost gets shot saving the lives of who is inside.
What is really annoying is that Mike seems mostly helpless in this novel. He does take action until the end and almost seems to sleepwalk into it in a world where most of the people seem indifferent or nasty. I suggest skip this one.
GUND Cozys Collection Fox Stuffed Animal Plush, Orange and White, 8"
GUND Cozys Collection Fox Stuffed Animal Plush, Orange and White, 8"
We have a panda bear from this same line of GUND animals. For whatever reason the fox lacks the same quality as the panda. It will never sit or look like the picture. It is meant to be floppy but this is floppy to the point I am not even sure it has stuffing in it at all. Contacted the company but never heard anything so we’re just stuck with it now. Debating cutting it open and stuffing it ourself and sewing it back up. So unless you want an unnecessary craft project I would not go with this “stuffed” animal.
Ant-Man (Theatrical)
Ant-Man (Theatrical)
When I originally saw the first footage for Marvel’s Ant-Man, I have to admit I wasn’t exactly hyped to see the film on opening night. I always thought that Paul Rudd was a perfect casting choice to bring the larger than life character to the big screen, but the first few trailers just didn’t grab my attention and it seemed like the movie was having trouble finding its tone. Was this going to be an all-out comedy, or balance things out with a healthy dose of action and drama à la last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy? Thankfully, the finished product turned out to be one of Marvel’s most entertaining and original films to date, wrapping up Phase 2 nicely.

Paul Rudd knocks it out of the park in this immensely enjoyable action/comedy superhero film from Marvel Studios. Scott Lang (Rudd), a master thief with a heart of gold, teams up with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to stop a powerful weapon from getting into the hands of the malevolent Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), Pym’s former protege. Armed with the amazing shrinking and strength-boosting abilities of Pym’s Ant-Man suit, Lang aims to right the wrongs of his past and become a hero in the eyes of his daughter. If he can succeed, The Avengers might just have a spot open for him on their team.

It’s obvious from the outset of the film why Paul Rudd was chosen for the role – he’s one of few very actors who could make a criminal charming, and his spot-on comedic timing and chemistry with Michael Pena provide some of Ant-Man’s most memorable moments. Evangeline Lilly plays the part of Pym’s estranged daughter Hope quite well, offering up a few moments of badassery as she teaches Scott how to fight and use his newfound abilities. Michael Douglas plays the part of Dr. Hank Pym beautifully – you could feel the character’s sense of despair and regret about the events that caused both Hope and Darren Cross to distance themselves from him. And Corey Stoll plays Darren Cross with an intensity that really sells the character’s descent into madness, as he stops at nothing to recreate the Ant-Man technology just to sell it on the black market. The character may be a bit one-dimensional, but Stoll makes Cross both memorable and intimidating.
The first thing that caught my attention with Ant-Man were the impressive visual effects. The shrinking abilities of Ant-Man are well portrayed, allowing the audience to suspend disbelief long enough to become invested in Scott’s story. Aspects such as the digitally recreated bathroom where Scott first utilizes his shrinking powers are overflowing with detail, right down to the texture on the tiles, the grimy grout, and spiderwebs between the floorboards. It really helps sell the illusion, as you never feel as though Rudd is running in front of a green screen (although that’s obviously what happened).

Perhaps the most effective and remarkable use of CGI in Ant-Man is the de-aging effect used for Michael Douglas in flashback scenes – he looks just how you’d remember him from 80s films like Wall Street. A kickass battle against Falcon at Avengers HQ manages to effectively showcase Ant-Man’s abilities and paint him as a formidable fighter that could stand beside Captain America and Thor on the team. I should also mention that once again Marvel Studios’ costume designers are amazing; the Ant-Man suit from the original comics is difficult to translate to the big screen, but they absolutely nailed it, and the Yellowjacket suit may be even cooler.
Ant-Man’s Digital HD copy features extras like a gag reel, deleted scenes, and featurettes on the creation of the CGI sequences. There’s also a bit of backstory on the comic character’s origins and some commentary on the deleted scenes from the director and Paul Rudd. One of the deleted scenes, in which Scott Lang cases Pym’s house as a cable guy, was truly great and had me wondering why it was left on the cutting room floor.
Overall, Ant-Man is a surprising success – after the first trailer was met with a tepid reaction from fans, Marvel and director Peyton Reed managed to turn the tide and give us one of the most memorable and creative films in their lineup (and one of my new personal favorites). I’m thrilled to see lesser-known and more “out-there” characters like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy not only making their way to the silver screen, but finding great critical acclaim and financial success. As a longtime comic fan, I can’t wait to see Scott Lang teaming up alongside the Avengers (and Spider-Man!) in Captain America: Civil War – it’s one of those things I thought would never actually happen, and the kid in me couldn’t be more ecstatic.
Marvel Deadpool Invasion 4 Piece Full Sheet Set, White/Gray/Red
Marvel Deadpool Invasion 4 Piece Full Sheet Set, White/Gray/Red
Good buy😉 the sheets fit my son's queen pillowtop wonderfully! The fitted sheet fit secure, but requires a little tucking under. It is not a fight, like with other fitted sheets, because they are too tight. The deadpool colors pop! They washed well. The material is a thin microfiber. The sheets have a silky feel. No problems at all with this order. The seller messaged me 2xs to ensure satisfaction. I believe if there was an issue this seller would resolve it to your satisfaction! These sheets can be found at Wal-Mart, but they are a couple bucks more expensive. I am happy and would recommend buying!
Marvel Women's Avengers Christmas Sweater
Marvel Women's Avengers Christmas Sweater
Wore this to an ugly Christmas sweater party and got lots of compliments. It's really cute! Just enough goofiness to pass as a novelty item, but very solidly constructed. No uneven seams, no problems with the thickness of the material. I wore a thin dry fit shirt underneath and I was comfortably warm all day. Fit was true to size. I wear a 4 - 6, and the Small fit perfectly. I followed the garment care directions and washed it in cold water, laying it flat to dry.

Good quality and great image. The faces of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are just ambiguous enough for people to do a double-take.

Marvel needs to make more womens sweaters like this. Give us more options people! Guys aren't the only ones looking for cool sweater to wear during the holidays! Until then, make mine Marvel!
BLACK PANTHER STRONG - Edge and Braid Control POMADE 8 oz. Styling Gel. Great for Curly Hair. Firm Hold for Natural Hairstyles
BLACK PANTHER STRONG - Edge and Braid Control POMADE 8 oz. Styling Gel. Great for Curly Hair. Firm Hold for Natural Hairstyles
Black Panther Edge and Braid Control is one of the best product, I have used. It does what it says. I decided to try this product after seeing it used by a hair stylist on Youtube. The stylist used it on her client's hair while doing box braids. I was visually impressed and purchased it to use while doing my own box braids. After applying the edge control, I did not have to reapply for two days. The hold was just that strong. This product is not sticky, cakey or drying at all. As a matter of fact, it left my hair soft and it smells sweet, sort of like fruity candy. Also, it washed out really easily. Whenever I have braids in my hair, I wash it while in the shower with conditioner and the gel came out with immediate contact with the water without my having to rub my hair. This is a really good product and I highly recommend it!
Insidious: Chapter 2
Insidious: Chapter 2
Chapter 2 basically picks up right where Chapter 1 left off. The opening scene is of the past, when Lorraine asked for the help of Elise via an acquaintance of theirs, Carl, regarding her young son, Josh.

Cut to now: we find Josh and Renai at his mom's house, trying to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives. While the police investigate Elise's death, Renai and Lorraine attempt some semblance of a normal life but the ghosts won't let them. Carl, along with Specs and Tucker, try to continue Elise's work, helping Renai and Lorraine figure out what's wrong with Josh and to finally put the ghosts to rest--and especially, the Bride in Black, the terrifying ghost that has been trying to take over Josh's body since he was a boy.

What a great sequel. There's actually a lot that's going on, plot-wise, but it was interesting and done brilliantly. It ties in so many little scenes from Chapter 1 that is explained in this sequel that it's mind-blowing how seamless it was. Everything and every scene had a purpose and built upon each other until we get to the dramatic end. The opening scene too is not without purpose, adding layers to the history of the characters' past. The entire cast, once again, did a fantastic job, elevating the story more. Patrick Wilson as Josh really stole the show, playing dual role as both the victim and the villain. We still got to see Elise even though she's dead, and the addition of Carl, and more of Lorraine, was a good way to spice things up a little. Specs and Tucker in the story was also nice, breaking up scenes with subtle humor. The kids and Renai had the least to do and in fact, Renai's role was quite weak, as she was mess and didn't do much. The new ghosts (as much as the ones we saw in Chapter 1) were fun, too.

The style and flow and everything is exactly the same as Chapter 1. Some might find that bland, but I like consistency in a series, the overall look and feel should be the same, not radically different. The production was great, music, all of it worked in great combination. All in all, this was a spectacular sequel. I hadn't watched this one in a long time so it still spoked me in places it should and has a great creepy factor.
A Cousin's Conspiracy; Or, A Boy's Struggle for an Inheritance - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)
A Cousin's Conspiracy; Or, A Boy's Struggle for an Inheritance - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)
On the edge of a praire in Oak Forks in Western Iowa stood a humble cabin, an old man was dying, a boy of 16yrs was looking after him, Earnest Ray, on his deathbed he told Earnest that he wasn't really his Uncle but a family friend who had agreed to look after him after Earnests father had died, that his father's brother had stolen the inheritence that was rightfully Earnst's, the old man sadly died
At this point Earnest had trouble with a tramp, Tom Burns who had tried to rob him, Earnest decides to go to California to trie and make a living, a friend called Luke Robbins agrees to go with him, on the way they stop at a town that is expecting a bank robbery and Luke agrees to try and catch them for the reward, during the continuation of the story they catch and lose one of the robbers, he rescues a small Indian boy from drowning, Earnest is captured by the other bank robber and makes a friend of his 10yrs old son Frank, Earnest escapes, the outlaws are captured
Earnest is made guardian of Frank and sends him to school, his uncle Stephen who has swindled Earnest appears in the story with a Benjamin Bolten threatening to help Earnest with his inheritence, Clarence his son gives Bolton Earnest's address. Earnest is now running a store in California and Luke is mining, Earnest is contacted and asked to see a lawyer rearding his uncle
As the story unfolds does Earnest finally manage to recover his fortune, what happens to young Frank, does it all end in Earnests favour
A good long book ( and its free ) and well worth a read

Here I must mention at the end of the story with no warning, suddenly we come upon a few chapters of the life of Abraham Lincoln !
Three Complete Novels (The Servants of Twilight / Darkfall / Phantoms)
Three Complete Novels (The Servants of Twilight / Darkfall / Phantoms)
I really enjoyed "Phantoms", but "The Servants of Twilight" and "Darkfall" were rather mediocre, and quite forgettable. "Phantoms" is a well written, suspenseful story with likable characters, and it kept me guessing right through the end... and when the "villain" was finally revealed, I was thoroughly impressed!

Though this collection is a good value, I was not particularly impressed with the quality of the physical book itself. Since the publisher's goal was to cram three full-length novels into one collection, the result is a book with very small font type with a ton of text on each page. After getting accustomed to reading on my Kindle, there's no way I can go back to reading a book that's printed in this style.
The Best Mistake
The Best Mistake
The story was short and not much to the imagination. I figured out how it was going to end within the first few pages. A bit expensive for what I got. I love Nora Robetts too but this was not her best writing.
Roadwork
Roadwork
Stephen King has made a name for himself as writer with a mind for the supernatural. His Constant Reader is expecting his Constant Writer to deliver just that: another novel, novella or short story as a gate for the extraordinary to slip through the customs of common sense, unnoticed, and let itself silently into our lives. Others have done it before, masters of the genre have left an impressive legacy of precedents, and it is expected others will carry further the tradition of invoking the angel of the bizarre. What all writers have in common though is their acute perception of life as an anomaly. Artists will dress up accidents disrupting our everyday existence as uncanny events ascribable to mysterious causes. I readily agree that a blood sucking creature flapping its wings through your night-time chambers is much more entertaining than another portrait of an unloving spouse. Still, the unwritten rule of the genre is that mystery may be stripped of its cloak, gown and hood and reveal itself for what it really is: a betrayal of the heart or a treason of the body. While I always ackowledged Stephen King as a first rate story teller, I always felt uncomfortable when he turned his skills towards the actual supernatural. I resented the Constant Writer for a maladroit narrative which I found to be suddenly out of step with a well crafted and promising beginning. Reading Roadwork I assumed the Constant Writer eventually grew out of his own paradox. The mature painter realised it only takes a truthful representation of life to deliver the painful shock of reality to the reader, I deducted. Roadwork shows nature going out of its way to present us with the harsher implications of leading an ordinary life. King is getting on in age, I mused. Before I discovered a green twentysomething was behind this fantastic piece of literature. I guess that's as much supernatural this Constant Reader can take. But what a briliant, insightful and well crafted piece of roadwork this is. God bless you, Bachman. You should be reclassified as a master of literature.
The Sacketts
The Sacketts
"The Sacketts" on DVD runs 3-1/4 hrs, two discs, was filmed 1979 in Canon City, Colorado; Mescal, Arizona; and Sonora, California - with Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage, Glenn Ford, Ben Johnson, Gilbert Roland, John Vernon, Jack Elam, Gene Evans, Slim Pickens, and several others you might recognize. Based upon Louis L'Amour's third book in the Sackett series, this TV adapted film is about three brothers headed west from Tennessee, and how their paths converge along that process. Tom Selleck is particularly smooth in this DVD movie, and Sam Elliott in with so many other big name western genre stars, well, an "old school" authentic western like this one is hard not to like. My all time favorite Sam Elliott western is "Conagher" and I'd have to say I enjoyed "Shadow Riders" where Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage and Sam Elliott star together, but "The Sacketts" is another one of those DVD's I have bought that delivers all that it should. Women, whiskey, bad guys vs good guys, guns, shoot out draw gunfights in the street, horses, dust and horse poop in the street, and depiction of hard living conditions to make most of us today realize we wouldn't have stayed alive very long had we actually lived during that time period. Approximately 45 minutes was cut from the TV version to make the DVD. Still well worth watching, and owning the DVD.
Princess Knight, Part Two
Princess Knight, Part Two
I finally managed to get around to getting my hands on this book after looking around for a while. It's very much worth the wait and effort to find. (I ended up getting it in a local comic book store.)

The artwork in this is classic Tezuka, so fans of his style will love every single panel of this series. I have to say that my two favorite characters as far as artwork goes was Heckett (the witch's daughter) and the pirate (can't remember his name off the top of my head). It's a good thing that both of them get a lot of face time in this volume, as they're also my most favorite characters overall.

The story is excellent and like the first volume, I'm very struck by how progressive Tezuka was for the time period, which was 60s era Japan. (They weren't cavemen, but women's rights weren't exactly as far in Japan during that time as you'd think.) I was a little heartbroken to see that some of the characters die (slightly spoilerish, but I won't tell you who bites it), but they die well.

This will absolutely be something I'll re-read in the future and if we ever get any of the other versions of the series, I'd absolutely buy them. (Now I just have to catch up on my BlackJack!) Vertical is swiftly becoming one of my favorite publishers for their fine treatment of the manga they release. I'd almost recommend this as a purchase for that reason alone!
Exquisite: The Diamond Trilogy, Book III (BookShots Flames (3))
Exquisite: The Diamond Trilogy, Book III (BookShots Flames (3))
What can I say, it was sizzling hot and emotional all the things that a great romance should be. They was a great variety of locations that were faithfully, dramatically rendered that touch of realism that enhanced the book(s) allure and skimmed the plot along effortlessly. They(It) were a blazing fast read (I think I finished all three of them in about four hours or so). Keep them coming! Thank You so much for giving us a glimpse of your incredible talents
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
I bought this lovely illustrated version of The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me for a 5 year old grandchild. We know the story well because of the wonderful recorded version staring Hugh Laurie. We play this often in the car and it delights small passengers and me. I wanted a book for this grandchild whose reading is coming on in leaps and bounds. She enjoys it very much. All my grandchildren are Dahl fans and I’m guessing we know all his books for children. They all have a favourite. I like this one particularly with its Quentin Blake illustrations and would recommend it wholeheartedly. It has that slight madness that small children accept immediately (a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey setting up a window cleaning business), eccentricity (the richest man in the whole of England), a bit of morality (the burglars getting caught) and a happy ending. Glorious stuff!
The People's Almanac #2
The People's Almanac #2
As ordered says a lot these days. We are so often disappointed not only with on-line purchases, but purchases in general. Not so with this seller, the item was here before the date given and was precisely as advertised. I couldn't be more pleased. I am also glad to have all three People's Almanacs once again. They are informative, never dry and a joy for any trivia lover!
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis [Harper One,2009] (Hardcover)
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis [Harper One,2009] (Hardcover)
I first read this work after we had lost our dear son. It took time before I was ready to absorb the content of the wrenching passage through grief that Lewis presented, but I found some important understanding that helped. I have reread the work several times and have gained more each time.
I have since given this book to others that have suffered losses. I do think that it would not resonate that well with someone that was not in that awful place of grieving for a loved one. Without that pall, I think the reader may fail to grasp what Lewis is telling us.
Fair warning. This is not "easy" reading, but it can be an important help.
Angels and Demons: The Complete Guide to Understanding How They Operate
Angels and Demons: The Complete Guide to Understanding How They Operate
This book is outstanding for anyone who is seeking a spiritual understanding of good and evil. This author puts in simple spiritual terms the existence and roles of these entities in our daily reality and dimension. Although the content in this book refers to the Bible, it is not a book "religion" or "doctrine" specific.
The Hottie Next Door (Ellora's Cave)
The Hottie Next Door (Ellora's Cave)
"Good Girls Don't" by Shiloh Walker. Lori catches her fiancé Dirk in their bed with Sara. She kicks to the curb the cheating ex and goes to the Exposé Sex Club for adventure. Her next door neighbor Detective Mike responds to her fantasy because she has been his fantasy for quite awhile.

"Drop Dead Sexy" by Elisa Adams. Joy is writing a magazine article on how women can make their man's fantasy come true. She asks her neighbor Nathan if she can interview him. He says that's only words; instead let him demonstrate what he desires from his woman with her.

"Virgin Seeks Bad-Ass Boy" by Ruth D. Kerce. Twenty-four years old librarian Alice has seen Caleb with all types of women and decides she wants a piece of the action. She brazenly informs him she wants him to deflower her. He tries to talk her out of it, but acquiesces when she mentions her second choice twice divorced and much older Ed.

These three well written erotic romantic novellas are entertaining tales because each author insures the lead neighbors are fully developed (and not just in one male organ) before they work the sheets, tables and a few other hard and soft spots.

Harriet Klausner
Twilight Female Force #9 Stephenie Meyer Deluxe Edition Comic New Moon
Twilight Female Force #9 Stephenie Meyer Deluxe Edition Comic New Moon
Let's be honest here: Stephenie Meyer has had a pretty boring life. She basically got married, had kids, and wrote a fantasy series about sparkly vampires.

So needless to say -- with no scandals, divorces, addictions, adventures or the like -- "Female Force Bestsellers: Stephenie Meyer" is a pretty boring experience. But it's not just boring. It's surreally bad and poorly done, with ghastly art, a breathlessly dramatic style and a horrendously contrived framing device wrapped around a thoroughly unexciting life story.

According to the author Ryan Burton, Meyer was an oh-so-special and down-to-earth girl ("It seemed as though every OTHER girl was... DIFFERENT"), and of course way smarter than her peers (both in high school and college, she alone is raising her hand). She went to Brigham Young University in Utah, and a spider got eaten by a vampire. Whoops, that was the framing narrative, so forget about that.

Anyway, she met some guy she had once shared a sandbox with, and they got married in less than a year. Three kids later, Stephenie had a dream about spying on a thuggish-looking vampire trying to make out with some blonde chick in a field (and she frankly looks like a dream voyeur spying on teenagers). She constructed a story around that dream, and ended up selling it -- and of course, it became a megahit and was adapted into a movie, took the world by storm, blah blah blah.

Because the unadorned life story of Meyer would take up about five pages, Burton frames it: A shark-mouthed Dracula living in a cliche Transylvanian castle (complete with graveyard and howling wolf), who is apparently telling Meyer's life story to a gang of grunting naked nosferatu. Not only is this hilariously cheesy, but it provides the unintentional message that Meyer is carrying out the will of evil monsters.

The biography oozes along at a glacial pace, with two whole pages devoted to shopping the manuscript around. The most mundane facts are written in a breathlessly melodramatic style ("Stephenie was 21 when she married Christian... also known as PANCHO") with lots of details that only her most fanatical fans would care about (who cares where the name "Stephenie" came from?). There's even a transparent attempt to equate Meyer with her self-insert Bella Swan (oh, how different and smart she is!).

And the artwork is simply ghastly -- Meyers has an evil grin, sinister eyebrows, freakishly tiny hands, and she looks EXACTLY the same from the age of four onward. Her husband's head looks like a mediocre Picasso work, and the Twilight fans appear to be a bunch of large-breasted grannies, mad-eyed adolescents and... coffee shop singers? And as the final hilarious conceit, it's sprinkled with topographic maps, and a bizarre page in which UTAH appears in the palm of Meyer's hand.

In short, the art makes the entire comic seem like a Stephenie Meyers acid trip. The funniest part is that they don't even get Meyer's characters right -- both Bella and Edward are washed-out blondes with wormlike lips, and Edward has spiky little fangs. Wha?

There's also a very halfhearted little add-on about the history of Forks, Washington... but frankly it's dead boring. Protections for endangered salmon? A steam engine? A fire in 1951? Not exactly thrilling, and it's all rendered in old photographs with bad photoshopping.

"Female Force Bestellers: Stephenie Meyer" reads like a bad drug trip, with spider-chomping vampires, horrendous art and lots of surreal extras. Good for a laugh, but nothing else.
Kangaroo Stew
Kangaroo Stew
My 6yr old granddaughter is in love with this book. Her Mom read her the book she had from her childhood which was destroyed from the use so I had to buy her another copy of it. I also bought another one to give to her school library because the librarian had never heard of it....imagine that!!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2--Battle Tendency, Vol. 4 (4)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2--Battle Tendency, Vol. 4 (4)
*SPOILERS*

Prepare to cry. This one is a wild ride of emotions.

So, I was totally not prepared for the art style! I had only seen the anime at this point. I didn't recognize Lisa Lisa! XD I read the part where Joseph peeps on Lisa Lisa and all I saw was this chick and I was so confused. Caesar looks great! But then again, all the Zeppelis look great. ;)

So, some of this is in color. It's more like a color wash? (Artists know what I mean. Basically its when you take one color and just use varying shades of it.) It's all red. Just various shades of red for 2 or 3 chunks of 5 or so pages. What got me though, was that *HUGE SPOILER* Caesar's Death was in color! Oh man I was so sad.

Also, the back has Skinny Whammu and that was a scary image. I looked at it trying to comprehend just who this character was until I saw the name in small print underneath and I nearly screamed. It came out more like a pathetic shriek with a couple of squeaks and a gasp somewhere in the mix... but it did scare my cat. Aaaannyywwwaaaayyyyssss.... Yeah. Skinny Whammu. Wow. Scary. Seriously. It doesn't even look good. It's just... "meh." but in a scary way. and I thought the GI Joe[star] version of him was scary (aka the anime/original version). This was... a whole new league. I also appreciate it that Caesar (#1 Bubble Buddy) is on one side and Whammu is on the other. So perfect.
Not Quite Dead Enough and Booby Trap: Two Nero Wolfe Mysteries
Not Quite Dead Enough and Booby Trap: Two Nero Wolfe Mysteries
A welcome distraction for Wolfe fans. While worthy of the Wolfe name, neither of these stories has the amount of plot and character depth as most of Stout's other novels. But that by no means, means that these stories aren't an interesting listen.
Prichard of course delivers the subtle differences of every character in his inimitable way.
Not Quite Dead Enough is the best of the two, and is in my opinion, one of Stout's best short stories.
Booby Trap shows a bit of a 'dark side' of Wolfe, wherein, ***spoiler*** he persuades a murderer to commit suicide near the end. But overall this collection is a must-read for Wolfe fanatics, as is pretty much every other Wolfe novel.
Code Five
Code Five
Code Five by Frank G. Slaughter is set a few years after the Vietnam War. Dr. Jud Tyler is highly decorated and one of the most respected field surgeons in the army, but now with one big flaw, while working in a field hospital in An Tha, vietnam a grenade went off, partially parilyzing him and giving him a medical condition called Aphasia.
After being dispatched from the army his old friend and army asks him to come back to the hospital where he started his medical career because they are in dire need for good doctors. When he comes back to Farmingham he is shocked, in the ten years he was gone it went from a nice, quiet town to a runned down dump and St. Lukes hospital is in total chaos and its up to Jud to fix it.
I thought it was an allright book most of it held my intrest and the ending turned out pretty good.
I would recomend this book to anyone who is intrested in the field of medicine.
Harry Potter Amazon Exclusive Hogwarts Banner
Harry Potter Amazon Exclusive Hogwarts Banner
Overall this is a you get what you pay for product. While if I had done more research on he product I would have not purchased it, the one complaint I feel is valid in the fact that it is portrayed is the length of the string provided. The string in the picture is shown to be ~ 2 times the length of the pole included. The string that I was provided with is barely 2 inches longer than the pole.... It makes hanging it impossible and causes the banner to be scrounged up. Also I'm pretty sure all they did was cut a shoe lace in half..... it literally had one end with a shoe cap and one end frayed and obviously poorly cut.

Other complaints that could have been addressed by looking closely at the pictures:
- Bad Graphic Quality
- Poor Material Quality
- Incorrect Image
- Looked as though Saw dust was all over the back of the felt

General Complaint
- Was slightly Damaged on one end of the Pole Sleeve
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2019 Year Dated Harry Potter Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes Joke Shop
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2019 Year Dated Harry Potter Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes Joke Shop
The building in and of itself is not bad. In fact this would be a really great ornament if the little signs on either side of the door were not made of cheap, thin plastic. The one on the right side of the building came to me half hanging off, and after a few days of hanging on the tree has fallen off completely. It is a collectible item, so I guess go ahead and get it, but in the future it would be nice if they would not make it so cheaply.
Luxurious 600 Thread-Count, 100% Cotton Soft, Comfortable, Breathable (Queen, Off White)
Luxurious 600 Thread-Count, 100% Cotton Soft, Comfortable, Breathable (Queen, Off White)
At best they're so-so.

The fitted sheet is undersized and only fits on the mattress with a lot of effort. I keep waiting for a seam to rip. The fitted sheet is almost pure white while the top sheet leans towards ivory.

"Wrinkle-free"? Not hardly. Unless I don't understand what wrinkle-free means.

The sheets have a nice feel to them and look well-made.

Feb 2015--I've downgraded my review to 1 star because even after some use it's still almost impossible to get the fitted sheet on the mattress. I've taken these sheets out of rotation, they're going on the shelf and that's where they'll stay.
Hedwig Harry Potter Owl Snowy White 16 ounce Glossy Ceramic Mug With Lid
Hedwig Harry Potter Owl Snowy White 16 ounce Glossy Ceramic Mug With Lid
I love the mug, it is just adorable. The packaging was top notch. However, I purchased this particular mug because I have a latte every morning that is 14 oz and the mug is advertised as being 16 oz. I filled the mug to the appropriate level and it holds 10 oz. If I filled it to the very top, which you would never do because you wouldn't be able to carry it without spilling, it holds almost 12 oz. So, the false advertising listed in the listing and on the box stating that it holds 16 oz. is unfair to the consumer. It is also microwave and dishwasher safe. Hopefully that part is true. I may update the review if after it is washed in the dishwasher the black eyes fade.
Bombs Away
Bombs Away
This novel is a fast read. I enjoyed it as a days distraction. Unfortunately the excessive number of viewpoints made the plot hard to follow at certain points within the overall framework of the story. The plot line is also full of some disappointingly large holes that the reader has to overlook to stay in the flow of the story. If you want to avoid spoilers stop reading here.
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My biggest issue with this book is the misunderstanding of how the A-bomb would have worked in the scenarios given. Yes you could smash lots of neighborhoods in cities and kill lots of people, but these weapons were intended to burst high in the air for maximum blast damage. In general they do not leave craters on the ground when air burst, they create very little fallout when air burst. There are plenty of prompt deaths from radiation/burns/blast damage.

When hidden in a cargo ship they could absolutely smash the upper locks in the Gatun set of the Panama Canal drain the reservoir closing the canal for years of repairs and/or upgrades. It is fine for President Truman to be unsure about the effects of the weapons because 20 experts gave him 20 different answers about the effects. However in the 1950's the US Army conducted a whole series of live nuclear tests with soldiers as trainee/test subjects, so Dr. Turtledove should be able to project exactly who would or would not be at actual risk from the bombs working as he describes them.

However the Suez canal is nothing like the Panama Canal. It has no locks to smash, it sits at sea level for its entire length. The most setting off a bomb in the canal would do is create a big crater in the canal. The way to close a sea level canal is to scuttle ships in the channel blocking it so other ships can not pass. This was done quite successfully in the 1970's closing the canal for several years. Stalin and his people are too smart to try just making a hole where it would do no lasting harm.

It is also implausible that the American military, full of WW II vets, would repeatedly fall for the same trick being pulled over and over using TU-4 bombers to attack targets. It is vastly more likely that every American owned B-29 would have been taken out of service as soon as the first sneak attack occurred. The USA had many other options to exercise other than to continue using an aircraft easily confused with the enemy.

The third problem is the idea that Joseph Stalin would have bombed the UK and France when he knew the provisions of the NATO treaty would require retaliation by the USAF on the USSR. His most likely act would be to attack Korea heavily, his only viable European targets would be West Germany, which was not a signatory of the NATO treaty. Particularly the American military bases in West Germany, which numbered a score more than the number of bombs at his disposal in 1951. I forgive this plot hole of bombing NATO countries because it is the basis of the story, but it stretches believable beyond the limits IMO. USA doctrine at the time would have been to retaliate massively against the USSR, none of this tit for tat once cities in the continental USA are hit. The public and their congress people would have been screaming bloody murder the day the west coast of the USA was hit, and if it were needed Congress would have formally declared war on the USSR to take off whatever restraints might have existed. The goal would not have been population centers as such, it would have been to remove the industrial capabilities of the USSR to wage war. The strategy would involve hitting every industrial center as many times as necessary to halt ammunition production, especially a-bomb construction centers. The same goes for rail bridges over major rivers throughout the eastern block. Eliminate the ability of the USSR to supply their forces in Germany and they rapidly cease to be a serious threat.
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 / Messiaen Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorem
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 / Messiaen Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorem
Skrowaczewski has always given us this symphony in much the same vein as Weingartner (see the great classic recording by that conductor). But this Japanese issue has disappointing sound for a super audio disc--distant perspective--and not nearly as interesting a performance as in Skrowaczewski's truly superb recent set of the 2nd and 3rd symphonies from the very responsive Saarbruecken/Kaiserslautern orchestra on the Oehms label.
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty 4” Tin (3.2 oz) Eye Candy - Heat Sensitive - Never Dries Out
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty 4” Tin (3.2 oz) Eye Candy - Heat Sensitive - Never Dries Out
While the color change aspect is pretty cool, I've got to say this one is definitely harder than some of the others I've messed with. It's hard to stretch and feels like you've been lifting weights after a while of trying to use it. I don't think it's useable on its own since it's so hard, but it's pretty much perfect when it's doctored a bit. I added some lotion and, yes I know how crazy this sounds, hand sanitizer to it and it works like a dream. It's a lot fluffier and easier to use, plus you can see the color change happen a lot quicker. I highly advise that if you purchase this you add something to it to make it more easy to use unless you prefer something that's the equvilent toughness to years old already-been-chewed gum. The color change is pretty drastic though! I didn't expect it to get so pink from how dark blue it was, and the purple shimmer over the blue is gorgeous! Absolutely my favorite color, if only the putty wasn't so hard and tough on its own 😔 would've given 5 starts if it we're easier to use! Also, DO NOT HEAT this in a microwave. That should be a given. I didn't do it myself but some other reveiws had been talking about doing so. You do not know what is in this! Just the heat of your hands is enough to change the color. (First few pictures is what it looked like using only a hit of hand sanitizer and lotion in my hands when using the putty. Last two pictures it is having been heavily doctored with a /lot/ of lotion and hand sanitizer.)
PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip for Xbox Wireless Controllers
PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip for Xbox Wireless Controllers
This is a pretty nice clamp to hold your phone on your Xbox controller. The newer Xbox controllers are all bluetooth capable so should connect to any smartphone. Especially useful for Microsoft's upcoming xCloud game streaming service.

The clip basically snaps onto your Xbox controller back. The sync button and usb port remain exposed which is good, but you will need to remove the clip if your batteries need changing. It feels sturdy on the controller and I doubt anything but a major impact would knock it loose.

The phone mount is spring loaded and fits my Pixel 3 with Otterbox just fine so I'm sure it will fit most phones. There are 2 hinges that allow you to adjust the angle and location of the phone to whatever best suits you.

All in all, it works great for what it is intended to do and feels well made.

As a longtime Xbox gamer, it is a little awkward to hold. The mount plus phone adds some weight so at first it the controller feels heavy and off balance. But once you get used to it you stop noticing it... until you go back to a controller without the mount. Not really a knock on the product itself, but worth pointing out.

So I'm happy with it and it serves its purpose.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel ‑ Lion Fire Fortress Zord
Power Rangers Ninja Steel ‑ Lion Fire Fortress Zord
I should have listened to the reviews about this product falling apart easily. It was a gift for a 4 year old—he loved it until he had to keep asking me to put t back together for him because it falls apart every 30 seconds. It has zero durability with keeping it’s parts on. To correct the problem, I put a screw (with a plastic drywall style guard to guild it in better) in each of the back legs to keep them on & that works for now. If you don’t have a drill or don’t want to work on a new toy, pass this one by. It’s poorly designed and will just be a pile of parts in the toy room. If you are a little handy, you can use a drill to keep it together. (Superglue was tried before screwing in screws and the superglue would not hold it.). Overall disappointed in the quality and “playability” for the price.
Noverlife Shear Holder for Hair Salon, Large Countertop Scissors Organizer Storage Box with Dividers for Barber, Stylist, Pet Groomer, Professional Hairdressing Combs/Clips/Brushes Storage Racks
Noverlife Shear Holder for Hair Salon, Large Countertop Scissors Organizer Storage Box with Dividers for Barber, Stylist, Pet Groomer, Professional Hairdressing Combs/Clips/Brushes Storage Racks
This is the second one I bought and loved them both. First was the double, and the only draw back was over time thinning shears bent the bristles and despite trying to always put them in the same place half of the holder became unusable. This single model seems to have more space between bristles so fingers crossed I do not have this problem again. There is a risk/fear of it falling over so put in a secure corner or shelf.
Hanes Men's ComfortSoft Long-Sleeve T-Shirt (Pack of 2)
Hanes Men's ComfortSoft Long-Sleeve T-Shirt (Pack of 2)
Being named "comfortsoft" I assumed soft t-shirt material like an abercrombie and fitch shirt.... these shirts are hard dollar store cotton. By far the least comfortable shirts I own. I bought them for sleeping in the Winter and cant even wear them to sleep, they are that comfortable. Returned 2 of the 4 I bought. Would have returned all 4 but opened the package.
Sizing is odd as well. I wear a Large in Abercrombie (which is known to size smaller than most) This shirt is tighter in the chest and longer in the arms. Perhaps it only feels tighter in the chest because this cotton has almost no stretch to it whatsoever. Once again, the least comfortable shirt I now own. My Mexican thiftshop cotton t-shirts are softer. No exaggeration.
[Mille scarpe da lucidare] (Italian Edition)
[Mille scarpe da lucidare] (Italian Edition)
Che dire... Un libro che racconta, in modo semplice e comprensibile, le emozioni di una bimba, tra mille difficoltà, che non ha mai smesso di amare la vita. Bellissimo e commovente il legale nonna/nipote che va oltre la povertà. Brava Deborah, consiglio a tutti questa lettura.
Williams Sound PockeTalker Ultra Duo Sound Amplifier with Headphone & Earbud, Year Supply of Batteries & Liberty Microfiber Cloth
Williams Sound PockeTalker Ultra Duo Sound Amplifier with Headphone & Earbud, Year Supply of Batteries & Liberty Microfiber Cloth
I am one of those people who never writes reviews but I feel I must change that policy to review this product. I purchased this PocketTalker for my 93 year-old mother who has a severe hearing loss and wears hearing aids. The hearing aids are minimally helpful (when they work at all) and of course are very expensive. From the minute I put the headphones on my mother she was able to hear me clearly. I didn't have to shout as I do even when she's wearing her hearing aids. It was like having my mother back again. When she can hear what we're saying she can participate in the conversation and respond appropriately instead of trying to guess and be frustrated. I took her to visit an older very good long-time friend of hers and brought the device with us. She hadn't been in touch with this woman for awhile because her friend didn't have the energy to shout so that my mother could hear her. It was such a sweet thing watching this reunion between my mother and her friend now that my mother could hear her. I live half-way across the world from my mother and we mostly rely on frustrating phone conversations to stay connected between visits. Now my mother puts on the headphones and puts the microphone next to the phone. We can finally have a normal conversation...no more shouting, no more miscommunication. In short, our family loves the PocketTalker and highly recommends it!
Learn a Language with Lifetime Access - Choose from 24 Languages + Amazon.com $20 Gift Card
Learn a Language with Lifetime Access - Choose from 24 Languages + Amazon.com $20 Gift Card
There was a really good deal going on today, and the first thing this morning I asked Rosseta if life time meant everything was lifetime, or did that only count for the updates. I was told by other people that have bought this lifetime guarantee before, and after 12 months there subscription was void unless you purchased another. I asked if they would give me details and they refuse to answer my questions,which tells me that it does expire in 12 months. I'm now going to buy Babbel to learn Spanish. I hope the rest of you don't get......... you fill in the blank.
Toiing Memorytoi | Electronic Memory Game That Teaches Persistence |Educational Indoor Toy for Kids | Fun Travel Game | Learning Gift for Kids Age 4 Years & Above
Toiing Memorytoi | Electronic Memory Game That Teaches Persistence |Educational Indoor Toy for Kids | Fun Travel Game | Learning Gift for Kids Age 4 Years & Above
Multiple uses. Can use when on long road trips or just to engage the kid (or the kid in you).
Quick learning curve for even a 3-4 yr old kid.
Good form factor. Can be easily carried around. Light weight as well. Physical buttons - no screen - a boon!!

PS: there's nothing stopping you guys to create an app that'll move all of this to the phone screen. Give it a thought :-)

Some thoughts to make it better:
1. Should have come with normal AAA size battery/batteries.
2. Should start on the same level if failed - or at least give an option to.
3. Can have a small 2 digit display to show what stage you've achieved - also useful when playing multiple player.
TAMPOR Orthopedic Contour Pillow Memory Foam Pillow Ergonomic Neck Support Pillow Deep Sleep Cervical neck Pillow Anti Snore supportive comfortable with Hypoallergenic Washable Pillow Case 60 * 40cm
TAMPOR Orthopedic Contour Pillow Memory Foam Pillow Ergonomic Neck Support Pillow Deep Sleep Cervical neck Pillow Anti Snore supportive comfortable with Hypoallergenic Washable Pillow Case 60 * 40cm
After having spinal surgery last year I find lying for long periods of time quite painful. I bought the pillow in order to take with me when I travel with work, and have to stay in hotels which usually provide pillows that cause me significant discomfort. Although my surgery was in the lower back area, the pillow helps maintain an appropriate sleeping position that is beneficial to both the lumbar and cervical areas. Quite simply, I'm able to sleep and wake up without experiencing pain. It worked so well that I've purchased another as a Xmas present for my octogenarian mother who suffers from hip pain.
Bedsure Orthopedic Pillow Memory Foam Pillow - Adjustable Ergonomic Orthopaedic Contour Pillow Neck Support with Washable Cover
Bedsure Orthopedic Pillow Memory Foam Pillow - Adjustable Ergonomic Orthopaedic Contour Pillow Neck Support with Washable Cover
I have been buying several pillows lately. I recently fixed up my bedroom, but realised that I actually needed to renew my pillows and bedding too. I had found that my old pillows weren’t supportive enough and sometimes I was waking up with a sore and stiff neck and shoulder.

I had tried memory foam pillows years ago and they were hard and not malleable. So now, things have moved on and I thought I would try them out again. After a good amount of choosing and purchasing a couple of other pillows I saw this one and thought that with the three layers inside that it might actually work. The idea of being able to adjust the pillow seemed key.

Initially the pillow arrived in an oblong shaped box ... I thought that was funny. As you can see from my photos it came tightly rolled up. This is fine! I cut the plastic and allowed the pillow to take shape. The instructions explained it would take 24 hours to spring up. It didn’t take As much 24 hours, but It did take all day.

The first day I used the pillow at my back while sitting - i wanted to feel how it behaved to my body and warmth. I was surprised to say it worked very well for me, I almost wondered about using it as a back support instead!

Anyway, that’s not why I bought it, I needed it for my bed. I have since used the pillow to sleep on and so far so good. Initially I thought that it would Not work but after a few minutes of laying on it my body heat allowed the pillow to soften and shape to my size. I find now it is helping my neck and lifting my head and neck into a more straight position for sleeping in. Time will tell if it helps my posture, but I am happy (at last). It only took me 3 pillows to find the right one ..
I now have lots of pillows for my room and a favoured one for sleeping on.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G | Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone | 128 GB | US Version Smartphone | Pro-Grade Camera, 30X Space Zoom, Night Mode | Cloud Navy
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G | Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone | 128 GB | US Version Smartphone | Pro-Grade Camera, 30X Space Zoom, Night Mode | Cloud Navy
Tengo prácticamente una semana con el equipo y no me arrepiento de nada, vengo de un galaxy s8+ y el salto es muy bueno, quería un s20+ pero después de tantos videos de análisis que ví me decidí por este s20 fe ya que no le pide nada al plus, solo el tema de que la parte de atrás es de plástico pero seamos sinceros la mayoría lo ocupará con funda así que estarás poco en contacto con esa parte. Voy por partes:

Tiene: carga inalámbrica, carga reversible, snapdragon 865, resistente al agua y polvo, 6 de ram, 128 de almacenamiento, tasa de refresco 120, pantalla Amoled, batería 4500 mha, Cargador "mexicano" pero de 15w yo te recomiendo que compres uno de 25w cuando hagas tu pedido para que tengas carga súper rápida ya que es lo que admite el teléfono, la entrada es USB c, trae pinchito, admite tarjeta SD, solo un SIM, si se puede usar en México sin problema yo lo ocupo con Telcel sin problema.

No tiene: pantalla curva que en mi caso agradezco ya que algunas áreas en las pantallas curvas son difíciles de alcanzar, me pasaba mucho con mi s8+, no trae funda por lo que recomiendo que compres una al mismo tiempo que hagas tu pedido del celular para que cuando te llegue tu equipo puedas usarlo con su funda y estés más seguro 😊. No tiene entrada de audífonos 3.5 por lo que si no tienes audifonos Bluetooth vayas pensando en comprar uno o comprar un adaptador, para mí no es ningún problema ya que los audífonos no los ocupo casi.

Envío: me tardo en llegar una semana prácticamente pero todo dentro de los días que me marcó desde el inicio la fecha de llegada, pudo haber llegado antes pero en mi caso DHL no llega directo a mi ciudad si no que hace reconexión, pero todo eso está contemplado en la fecha de llegada así que todo bien. La caja llegó en buenas condiciones y toda sellada nada abierta solo un poquito arrugadita de una esquina pero se entiende por el manejo de la mensajería, nada agrave prácticamente imperceptible.

Pago: pague lo que marca el precio en el anuncio, no tuve que pagar nada más ya que parece que los gastos de manejo vienen incluído en el precio anunciado, en México sin ser 5g y sin el procesador snapdragon el teléfono está en unos 16 mil y lo que pague que fueron $13,200 es un súper precio considerando que es 5g y trae el snapdragon.

Rendimiento: lo he usado con los 120 hzs y me ha durado todo el día la batería, llegó con un 20% a las 9 pm. Creo que es un rendimiento bueno pero no el mejor considerando que juego prácticamente nada al día, mi mayor uso son las redes sociales, correo y aplicaciones del trabajo pero las ocupo mucho que compensa esa parte del juego así que no creo tengas problema para terminar tu día con algo de batería y si no una cargadita de 20 minutos y listo. El rendimiento ha sido de unas 7.5 horas de pantalla encendida.

Cámaras: si considero que venía de un s8+ el salto ha sido muy grande, las cámaras tienen muy buena calidad y nada que envidiar al s20+ si no me crees ve los videos de reseñas y verás que no hay mucha diferencia por lo mucho más que pagas en el plus creo que el FE tiene mejor calidad precio.

En resumen es un buen telefono, me gusta mucho el módulo de cámaras, el color que elegí fue el azul y me agradó mucho, se siente como un premium y luce como un premium, yo pensaba en darle una oportunidad a un Xiaomi, realme, poco etc pero seamos sinceros Samsung es Samsung y si trae un snapdragon es mucho mejor, estoy seguro que los Specs suenan fabulosos en otras marcas pero no creo que su calidad de equipo aguante el pasar de los años, yo uso los teléfonos un promedio de 3 años, siempre Samsung y los he dejado prácticamente como nuevos. Así que si quieres un teléfono bueno, bonito y que te dure unos años este es tu opción ideal, no te vas arrepentir.
Triple Slow Cooker with Non-Skid Feet, 3×1.5 QT Slow Cooker Buffet Server, 3 Pots Food Warmer Adjustable Temp Lid Rests Stainless Steel Manual Silver for Parties Holidays Families
Triple Slow Cooker with Non-Skid Feet, 3×1.5 QT Slow Cooker Buffet Server, 3 Pots Food Warmer Adjustable Temp Lid Rests Stainless Steel Manual Silver for Parties Holidays Families
The last few game watches and holiday meals served from my kitchen this past winter were diff temps so some felt the need to microwave their plate. Mark of a bad hostess so I bought this tri-slow cooker and love it! If you read the instructions, it says to pre-cook or heat the food - different from what you're used to with slow cookers but this is more of a server than a cooker. The crocks are sturdy. So are the lids and base appliance. I've hosted one party and one big holiday meal and this server kept the buffet flowing and at temp! I also like that each of the three cookers has their own temp gauge. Very happy with purchase.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 5.7L, 14 One-Touch Programs
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 5.7L, 14 One-Touch Programs
This is a really versatile cooking equipment. It is primarily a pressure cooker, but can also be used for other cooking processes such as saute, slow cooking, making yoghurt, sprouts, boiling milk, etc. It can also be converted to an air fryer by using an attachment that you have to purchase separately. I have owned the UK version of this pot for more than a year. It is almost identical to the Indian version except for the plug which is of a different type.

The pressure cooking here is different from the way typical Indian cookers which use the whistle mechanism to regulate pressure. There is a valve on top of the instant pot which you have to turn to one side to seal the cooker. You tell the cooker how long you wish to pressure cook for - for example if you are making brown rice this would be around 20 minutes. The cooker will automatically come to pressure, stay at pressure for 20 minutes and turn off the heat. There is an optional keep warm feature which automatically keeps the food warm after it has been prepared. You can optionally release the pressure immediately once the cooking is done. The cooker can only be opened once the pressure has been released. The instant pot beeps when it starts cooking, when it comes to pressure and when the cooking is done. The beeps can be turned off. It's very convenient to just set the time and leave it knowing that it will take care on its own.

There is a saute mode which allows you to saute food in the pot itself. So instead of using a pan to saute food and then move it over to the pot, you can carry out both the steps in a single pot. This is useful for making many Indian curries.

You can also boil and pressure steam food in this to make corn on the cob or boiled sweet potato for example.

The yoghurt mode allows you to use the pot to make yoghurt. It can also be used to make sprouts. It is very useful to make yoghurt in the winter months.

There is a delay timer using which you can for example put ingredients for your breakfast in the night and wake up to find the breakfast freshly prepared. I have however never tried that feature.

Over the last few months I have prepared a variety of Indian dishes such as paneer butter masala, pao bhaji, biryani, etc., prepared gluten free organic cake, yoghurt, boiled corn, sweet potato, etc. in the instant pot and it has consistently produced great results. I think the biggest advantage of the instant pot is the community that exists around it and the vast number of validated recipes available online on several blogs, youtube, etc. Besides international recipes, there is also a large variety of Indian recipes available online that you can try out for yourself. Since the equipment is standardized, as long as you follow the instructions accurately and set the same settings, you would get the same results as the person who posted the recipe - which usually translates into a mouth watering dish, regardless of if you are familiar with the cuisine or not. I personally have never cooked before but am able to come up with very good results.

This device is great for making rice - specially brown rice as it comes out with a very nice texture. It comes with a stainless steel inner pot which has a very good build quality. Unlike normal rice cookers there's no non-stick mess here which keeps on flaking and getting into food, and this pot is washable in a dishwasher and would last long.

The 6 litre size is big enough for a family. You can also make smaller quantities of food if you wish. Food can be served directly from the pot itself while it is in the keep warm mode. There are other models available in the US, but except for maybe 1 or 2 extra features that won't get used much, they are all essentially the same. If you would scan some blogs for recommendation on which pot to buy they would usually suggest the DUO or the DUO PLUS, and I am yet to see a recipe that wouldn't work on the DUO. There is a new isntant pot with the air frying feature but that can also be added to this pot using the Mealthy crisplid. This will allow you to air fry food in your pot saving space in your kitchen and allowing you to fry freshly pressure cooked foods.

The device itself looks and feels good in a modern kitchen and has a good build quality. I can safely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a pressure cooker and has the budget to go for this.

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