Jamison King

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Babylon.js Essentials
Babylon.js Essentials
Babylon.js Essentials by Julien Moreau-Mathis. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PHP and MySQL Everyday Apps For Dummies
PHP and MySQL Everyday Apps For Dummies
PHP and MySQL Everyday Apps For Dummies by Janet Valade. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Professional Java Programming
Professional Java Programming
Professional Java Programming by Brett Spell. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Flash and PHP Bible
Flash and PHP Bible
Flash and PHP Bible by Matthew Keefe. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook by Benjamin Tan Wei Hao, Mark Thomas, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
The Rust Programming Language (Covers Rust 2018)
The Rust Programming Language (Covers Rust 2018)
The Rust Programming Language (Covers Rust 2018) by Steve Klabnik and Carol Nichols. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 71 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
STEVE JOBS: A Steve Jobs Biography
STEVE JOBS: A Steve Jobs Biography
Not too much content which didn't take too much time to completely read. Nothing new for those who have read other books about Steve Jobs / Apple.
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
I love that this story is based on a modern day success/role model. All kids these days know Amazon so would probably be very interested in learning about Jeff Bezos. This adorable book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written with short, easy to read and understand sentences that will capture and hold a young child’s attention. Parents and teachers will appreciate this story because it encourages kids to be curious and observant, to spend time with family and to always read and learn new things! This story promotes important life lessons that our little ones need to be exposed to at a young age. Kudos to the author!
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
I can’t resist a new Tim Harford book. I’ve learned a lot from each of his other books, and I’ve enjoyed reading every one of them. I like his writing style, and because his voice is so familiar (he has a show on BBC4) I often hear him speaking when I read his words. It’s pretty nifty. So it was with great anticipation that I pre-ordered Messy and started reading it.

Then Harford played a trick on me - he made me uncomfortable. I like for things to be organized. So there’s a certain amount of clutter I always seem to need to clear away to get down to the work I want to do. Time and again in Messy, I was told that I would be more creative and successful if I let go of the need to organize and basically did the thing I most wanted to do while having a few other projects in the background. Harford showed me how I was doing unnecessary things as a way to avoid doing what was really important. That is not what I wanted to hear from The Undercover Economist. He’s usually much more supportive of my behavior. “Let it go” is not what I expected to hear from him. Honestly, I was thinking about writing a letter of protest.

But by "Chapter 4: Improvisation” I was a convert. There’s a section in Chapter 4 about not stifling the creatives. Apparently, I don’t need a cube farm dictator to stifle me. I’ve been stifling myself. In short, I had a come to Jesus moment with myself, and after reading Chapter 4, I started tearing up lists I’d been making about how I was going to structure my life and my time after I quit my full-time job to work to make a life for myself that is more creative and rewarding. Somehow, after just 4 chapters that included such disparate information as Brian Eno’s randomization card deck, examples of team harmony versus goal harmony, completely ridiculous workplaces set-ups, and a section about how to talk with dementia patients, I was a convert to messiness.

I hope this all works out or at least that The Undercover Economist can, at some point, help me put my life back together if that becomes necessary.
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
I picked this book up in Waterstones one afternoon. It grabbed my attention because improving gravitas sounded pretty appealing, especially as i had to prepare for a best man speech and some work related public speaking. I'm not low on confidence by any means but i wanted to optimise the way i carry myself generally and public speaking has always been a weak point. I had some horrible moments at school and uni when i just completely choked. i tend to ramble, mumble and read from a sheet.
This book get's straight to the point, teaching you exercises to improve your confidence and gravitas immediately, gradually building up to a level where i personally felt confident to deliver the speech. Learning the psychology helped me with my nerves because it made me more aware of what was going wrong, why it was going wrong and how to rectify it. I like the quotes from famous public speakers and you soon begin to understand that gravitas is something that can learned, like those speakers themselves have been taught.
This book is very well written because i get bored easily and it kept me engaged. Every time i read a chapter i learned something new. Another thing i like about the book is that it's not just preparing you for a speech, it's arming you with the life skills to communicate with people more effectively and leave a lasting impression. I can honestly say, have changed my mindset and given me greater impetus. If you read one book this year, Gravitas would be my personal recommendation.
Friend Me!: 600 Years of Social Networking in America
Friend Me!: 600 Years of Social Networking in America
This book does a great job of tying the idea of community to social networking, showing how society has always sought ways to make connections. It effectively show that social networking on the Internet is just a new format for an old idea. The book discusses civilization's attempts to connect with one another over backyard fences and relates it across generations to other means of communication such as mail, telephone, television and computer.

I found the attempt to explain certain terms a little awkward. The use of parentheses to include a definition immediately after a word broke the flow of the text for me. I also thought the book fell a little flat at the end. It briefly discussed the possibility of humanity connecting with life beyond earth. I would have liked to see a more enlightening discussion of this. But those are minor points compared with the overall value of this publication. As a high school librarian, I believe that this will be a good resource to introduce my students to the idea that the Internet is tied to old values, technologies, and dreams of connecting with others.
Louis and the Angels
Louis and the Angels
After his brief stay with Columbia Records in the mid-1950's, Louis Armstrong
made his return to Decca Records in 1957 where he recorded this special album
that found him in a heavenly position with just results. It was on January of 1957
that Armstrong ascended heavenward and produced, in just two days of session
work, one of his most unified concept albums as Louis And The Angels demons-
rated that a great artist could cross over and make a pop album, playing his own
trumpet and singing at the same time. With an enlightened track set that begins
the opening track When Did You Leave Heaven? (which was also a big band hit
for Guy Lombardo in 1936), it's well-proceded with other marvelous songs, like I
Married An Angel, Angela Mia, And The Angels Sing, Fools Rush In, The Priso-
ner's Song and Goodnight, Angel. The angelic Armstrong was divinely assisted
by the great arranger Sy Oliver, whose jazz pedigree didn't keep him from prov-
ing himself on the pop mainstream, while the line-up include pianist Billy Kyle, a
longtime member of Louis' All-Stars. In contrast of the all-spiritual presentation
Louis And The Good Book from 1958, Louis And The Angels contains only pop
songs and--in Armstrong's hands--proves that not only angels can sing but they
can also swing.
Bob Dylan: A Life In 37 Albums
Bob Dylan: A Life In 37 Albums
I'm sure that many Dylan fans would find this all a little superficial and not offering anything new. Nevertheless I found it a pleasant run through of the studio albums. Nice to have an illustration of each cover; an actual listing of the individual tracks would have been nice.

Mr Redford mentions many of the tracks recorded at the time which ended on the cutting room floor, destined for the Bootlegs. But as said, nothing new for the experts, but I found the information and opinions expressed quite entertaining.

All in all worth the price.
Let's Do...Organic Heavy Coconut Cream, 13.5 Ounce Can, White
Let's Do...Organic Heavy Coconut Cream, 13.5 Ounce Can, White
Did you say "KETO"? What is this HEAVY stuff mean? So, you're on this new adventure with being fat adapted, which means that instead of your body & brain wanting sugar/carbs that turn into glucose/glycogen...you burn both sugars AND fats. So, how can this help? Well, read on...

As YOU can see in the photo...this heavy coconut cream is thick! Much thicker than the Thai coconut used only for soups...yummy there. I just pulled this out of the refrigerator and it is like loose jello before it has fully hardened. You can see the indentation still on the surface from my spoons scoop.

And in the photo you see my Saturday morning HEAVEN. There is the metal coffee drip filter which I used with a doubled coffee filter which had been rinsed with ordinary tap water to remove paper flavors...so, you see a 3 day cold brewed French Roast fine grind coffee slider that has NO BITTERNESS & IT IS NATURALLY SWEET TOO. 2 TABLE of Heavy Coconut Cream...and today stronger Vietnamese rather than Madagascar cinnamon sitting right on top of my coffee. Then, my home grown limes which I tested with a MICROPLANE wonder. This zest adds a subtle brightness to my cup of Joe! Peruvian organic cacao sits on the left glass jar...none today. On the right are salt from Maldon in the UK and a Japanese seaweed salt in which each grain seems to be "handmade" from the inland seas...magical.

But I digress!

The coconut flavor is spectacular!

In case you didn't get it, it's simply out of this world!

Does it taste like raw coconut? Well, actually it tastes like heavy cow's cream which sat in a mound of fresh coconut pulp overnight. If someone didn't tell you there's no dairy and that there is coconut...YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY MISS IT COMPLETELY. Again, just a slight hint of coconut.

As YOU stir it...it gently evenly mixes with my cold coffee.

Recall, this keto friendly coffee has NO BITTERNESS because I brewed it without the heat which pulls out the acidic oils that are bitter! So, my coffee is deeeeee icious! Want some? I know you do.

The kiss of zested lime sits on the top of my cup as if it was a floral note...like sipping coffee on the front porch of a bungalow on the island of Bora Bora after a gentle rain left birds chirping on the still damp leaves...sipping coffee, watching the sun rise, feet up on a railing...letting the mind wander over the best Heavy Coconut Cream with lime zest, Vietnamese cinnamon and cold-brewed coffee. Heaven! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...
Budget Pick
Budget Pick
I had ordered the Large size and when it arrived I tried it on but it was too big. So I had received an email from the vendor asking me how the product ifit my need and for my feedback. Before thinking of returning the product i was going to wash it and hoping it will shrink. They had saved me by emailing me, i responded to the email and explained the problem. They answered my email right away next day, and wanting to send the replacement right away and told me to keep the original. They didn't have to do that but willing to and doing the right thing without asking questions even though it was my mistake. Now I have the right size and fit perfectly. The product feels and looks heavy duty and good quality materials. Been wearing for 2 days now and given me great support on my knees. I live in Las Vegas Nevada, it seems that it helping with sweat or heating up on the back of my knee. Also, when i am sitting on a chair it doesn't pinch or feels any discomfort pain back of my knees. Almost forgot i even have it on. Thank you Shering and Cambivo team. I will be ordering more products from them.
CONNOISSEURS 1050 Diamond Dazzle Stick (Тwо Расk)
CONNOISSEURS 1050 Diamond Dazzle Stick (Тwо Расk)
I was so impressed! My diamonds looked like I just got a professional jewelry store cleaning. What I have not gotten from other jewelry cleaners is the polishing component. My gold and silver are so shiny. Next level clean. I cleaned every piece of real jewelry I own. The brush is great to get behind the stones. If you don't get that dirt out, the stone will appear dull. I won’t go back to the liquid cleaners. Love this stuff!
Marvel Men's Deadpool Sweater
Marvel Men's Deadpool Sweater
I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase. The quality is great, as is the design. It's not a heavy sweater, but not overly thin either. Very comfortable to wear.
I used it for a casual Christmas cosplay and got nothing but positive comments.
As stated in other reviews, the sizing is a bit large, so buy one size smaller.
I normally take a medium, and ordered a small, which fit perfectly!
Overall this was a great buy, and I would definitely buy one of these again :)
Captain America: Steve Rogers Vol. 1: Hail Hydra
Captain America: Steve Rogers Vol. 1: Hail Hydra
Following the events at Pleasant Hill, as depicted in Avengers: Standoff, Steve Rogers has been de-aged and made fighting fit once again by the sentient cosmic cube, Kobik. The Sentinel of Liberty is back! The original Captain America wields the shield (well, a shield) once more!

Oh. Hey. Did I mention there's a catch?

When issue one of Captain America: Steve Rogers dropped last year, an awful, awful lot of...um, let's just say, controversy came with it. Unless you've been frozen in ice for the last year and a half, you probably know the score and that the final panel of that first issue ended with Rogers uttering the heinous words, "Hail Hydra."

Yes, ladies and germs, Captain America is back, and he's a Hydra operative. Kobik has some serious explaining to do! Nick Spencer lays out the groundwork here, getting into the previously unknown history of that mysterious cosmic cube and why it has not only restored Rogers's youth, but also rewrote his entire personal history. The first three issues are pretty strong and compelling stuff, filled with action and intrigue, and some heaping doses of politics and fascism, before the last half of the book finds itself shoehorned into Civil War II, because heck if Marvel doesn't allow more than a few weeks to pass in between major events. Those Civil War tie-in segments work fairly well for what they are, continuing the story Spencer is constructing, while also existing in-between the panels and story of Civil War II itself. It's oftentimes obtrusive to the burgeoning Captain America storyline, and if you haven't read Civil War II you'll probably be scratching your head at the lack of resolution or what it all means. But hey, welcome to modern Marvel Comics!

As for the revelation that this particular iteration of Captain America is a Hydra agent? When I first heard this news a year ago, I was adamantly opposed to what Spencer and Marvel were doing here. A short while before its publication, my fellow Americans elected the living embodiment of YouTube comments wrapped up in a flabby orange trash bag as President of the United States of America. If you're somehow unaware of this raging dumpster fire of pure Id, Trump ran on a campaign of hate, racism, and sexism, and was not at all shy about his authoritarian leanings or his love of genocidal maniacs. He's basically a moronic and ineloquent real-life embodiment of The Red Skull. Hate crimes surged dramatically after Trump's election, white nationalists were marching openly, and in the wake of all this Marvel (chaired by Trump advisor, Ike Perlmutter) decided that Captain America was somehow on their side.

But was it a mistake to make Captain America an agent of Hydra, a comic book villain allied with a fascist regime? Honestly, I'm of two minds on this. I've got a lot of conflict over this, and I keep going back and forth on it. Is it a stain on the character's legacy, an insult to his WWII veteran creator, Jack Kirby? A poor decision by writer Nick Spencer and his Marvel Comics overseers? Or, is it a well-crafted, entertaining comic book whose plot, we all know, will one day be overturned and rewritten yet again once this particular storyline culminates and Marvel gives us all another epic cross-over and eventual reboot?

I think maybe it can actually be all of these things. I'm reading this title now for the first time, and only after it all shook loose in the culmination of Secret Empire. Now that the story is done and over with, I have to admit that my initial opposition to this premise has softened. Look, the idea of taking a major, big-league superhero and turning him evil is not a new, bold, and original idea in comic books. It's happened with Superman, it's happened with Batman. Peter Parker went dark for a while when he was possessed by an alien symbiote, and was, more recently, replaced entirely by Doctor Octopus. Well, now it's Captain America's turn, and he has unwillingly and unknowingly been drafted into an army he's spent his entire life fighting. Whatever idealism the character possessed as a symbol of patriotism has most certainly been tarnished, both in terms of not just this storyline but in the character's history, but then again so has the country he represents.

Spencer has been using the two Captain America comics to hold up a reflection to our present-day society. Unfortunately, our society is filled with murderous policemen, government surveillance on its own citizens, hate crimes, daily mass shootings, and wars against foreign lands and foreign people and minorities and women and poor people and sick children. Exactly one year ago now, the nation decided that Donald Trump best represents us, that a narcissistic compulsive liar who eagerly awaits unleashing his first nuclear attack while whacking it to Mein Kampf best represents the American people, American culture, and American society. America eagerly embraced fascism and authoritarianism, while Americans welcomed, with their arms wide open, a racist con artist who's as a bright as a broken lightbulb. Certainly whatever this country once stood for has been tarnished at best, and it's a rot we may never be able to polish away. And so, under Nick Spencer, Steve Rogers has become a symbol of all this, a representation of modern-day America as we know it currently.

Is this the Captain America we need under the reign of Trump? No, it absolutely isn't. But it's the Captain America we most certainly deserve, if for no other reason than to remind us on a regular basis of what and why we must oppose the current administration and to give us something to reflect on. This incarnation of Steve Rogers is a loud warning to its readers and to the world at large, and knowing Spencer's liberal politics I can't help but view it as a solidly constructed piece of resistance fiction. On that level, it's pretty good stuff. It's got some smarts and plenty of entertainment value, and although I feel conflicted about its raison d'être, I'm not the least bit conflicted about having enjoyed it, nor in finding myself curious about where it's all headed.

Maybe it's from enjoying a particular place of privilege that I was able to enjoy this book so much and sink into it for an hour's worth of escapism. Or maybe it's because of the knowledge that this is a comic book and the story will be brief. Sooner or later, Evil Cap will have his butt handed to him wholesale, and there's gotta be a measure of vicarious enjoyment in that, right? And unlike America in the wake of the 2016 election, Steve Rogers/Captain America will have a chance for a do-over sooner rather than later. He'll be rewritten by a different author and given a new book with a new creative team and a new perspective on American life and politics, and everything will go back to normal after this brief and quite odd interruption. And if we're really, really lucky, come 2020, so will America.
Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Simply fantastic! I loved this film so very much, which is a big achievement since I wanted to hate it when I first went to see it. I'm a big fan of Spiderman, Marvel and all things superhero-like, so while you might think my review might be a bit biased, you couldn't be further from truth. I thought this film would ruin Spiderman and be a cheap cash in on the Spiderman name. Having seen pictures of what the Green Goblin looked like, it practically confirmed my view. But how wrong I was!

The film is just so faithful to Spiderman and the comics. There are so many things that are just so right and done just how they should be! You even have little things such as the high school bully, Flash, in there as well as MJ calling Peter "Tiger" just like she does in the comics and series. Even the phrase "Friendly neighbourhood Spiderman" is in there! The action is amazing, and is just perfect. It really does Spiderman justice, and makes him seem like a proper superhero.

And the Green Goblin is an amazing baddie! I thought he looked like some reject robot or something from photo's I'd seen in magazines, but when you see him in the film, and his voice, it's just perfect, and he comes out with some amazing villain phrases! You really can tell that Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman, really did go to every extent to make sure that this film was as perfect as it should be with his involvement in the production of this film.

Okay, there are some really cheesy moments (the scene when all the New Yorkers throw stuff is the worst - you'll know what I mean when you see it, and they had the chance to kill Macy Gray - what a wasted opportunity), but the rest of the film is fabulous. I really wanted to hate this film, but I just couldn't help but love it!

Lets put it this way; while watching this film, I wanted it to end. This isn't because it was so bad, but because it was sheer perfection that it couldn't get any better, only worse. If it ended then it would end on a high note. But the film didn't end at those points, it just stayed perfect all the way through (cheese aside).

If you are not a Spiderman or action film fan, I still think you will be able to enjoy this film. You might not find it perfect like I do, but you certainly will enjoy immensely, it as it's well above average to say the least.

An amazing film.
Deadpool Killustrated
Deadpool Killustrated
Forget about killing the Marvel Universe... Deadpool's gotta take out anything that may have inspired the Marvel writers! So he dives into all the great classics on a murderous rampage, and it's highly entertaining!

It's also shorter than I would have liked, which was the case with Part 1 as well (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe). But it does a good job of continuing a storyline that goes beyond random carnage. If you're at least vaguely familiar with classic literature... Sleepy Hollow, Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, Sherlock Holmes, The Jungle Book, Dracula... You'll get a kick out of this collection, even if you skip the first one.

The best part may be that as he kills each character, he sees visions of the Marvel characters that they were based on. The writers certainly gave it some thought, and the result is a lot of fun to read. I'm looking forward to the conclusion!
Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther
Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther
This graphic novel was the first Black Panther book I've ever read. I read a 4-issue miniseries a long time ago, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me because I've forgotten what the story was even about(I think it was about someone, a cop I think, named Casper Cole taking on the role of Black Panther and fighting corruption on the streets in America). Needless to say, it was not the classic Black Panther that this story is about. This Black Panther, T'Challa of Wakanda(a small independent country in Africa that is both a tribal and simultaneously more technologically advanced nation than any other in the world), is WAY different and MUCH cooler! I have read books with T'Challa in them before, but never one where he was the central character of the story. And what a heck of a story it is.

The story is an origin story and a suspenseful, political, action-thriller about revenge and power - those who have it, and those who want it. I won't go into the details of the plot, so don't worry, no spoilers here. What I will do is comment on the quality of the story in both the writing and the artwork.

First, the writing. Reginald Hudlin, coming from the movie industry, does a nice job in weaving together a history for both the Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda, while telling an intriguing action-thriller that moves at a fast pace which rarely lets up. His movie-making influence can be felt here in the best possible way. His history makes for an excellent transition into telling this story in a wonderfully cinematic fashion. You could see this as a movie quite easily. In fact, Marvel Knights DID make this into an animated movie/motion comic. This leads me to the artwork.

John Romita, Jr.(a favorite of mine) contributes heavily to the cinematic look and feel of this book. Although the panel layouts are of the simple, classic kind(there are no panels-within-panels/overlapping panels, or non-square/rectangle panels to be found here), which is typical of JRJR's stuff, there is still that feeling of watching a movie unfold before your eyes. I find that this is the case with much of his works(see "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear", "Kick-Ass", or "The Incredible Hulk v.1: Return of the Monster"). If you aren't familiar with his style, I would describe it as highly tangible. That is to say, it is clearly intelligible. It isn't elusive in any way. It's very straightforward and simplistic. That doesn't mean that it isn't stylized. You could have 100 artists draw the same page, and I could pick his out with ease. His look is both cartoonish and realistic in nature. And his characters have a somewhat blocky nature to them. I happen to like this aspect and think that it works well for him. The amount of detail in his panels is modest, yet he hits all the right notes to sell the reality of the scene. His close-ups, for example, are typically absent of any background elements entirely(aside from a solitary color). He chooses, rather wisely(for HIS style anyway), to emphasize the main focus of the scene; be it an apologetic yet uneasy expression on the face of a prostitute declining a proposition from a customer to allow him to kiss her in exchange for added cash; or the image of two hands - one, the customer's holding out a wad of hundreds, the other the prostitute's, reluctantly outstretched in acceptance of the cash - completing the foreboding transaction of which she had just previously declined. JRJR is a master storyteller. He makes even little things like this palpable. And his action sequences? Top-notch.

There were a couple of things that were drawbacks. One was the fact that pretty much all of the non-Wakandans in the story tended to be portrayed in a rather negative light. I understand that Hudlin was trying to establish that Wakanda was not only technologically advanced, but also socially and morally advanced as well. You can agree or disagree with this premise, but although I think Hudlin may have pushed a little too hard sometimes in trying to validate this stance, I respect his position and I believe that it makes sense within the sociopolitical context of this book. The other thing that detracted from this book was the quick ending. It seemed to end a little too fast for me. But I can live with these things because the overall story is a fun read, and the artwork is great. In the end, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of either JRJR or suspenseful action-thrillers in general.
Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 1
Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 1
It is a bit unfortunate that outside Japan the name of manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is often associated with the long-running series "Inuyasha." Don't get me wrong. "Inuyasha" is good; it is just overlong. Rumiko Takahashi's best work is, and will be, "Maison Ikkoku," a romantic comedy with a lot of crazy and adorable characters.

[STORY of VOLUME 1] Yusaku Godai cannot take it anymore. He is a high school graduate preparing for the upcoming university entrance examination, but he is living in the worst apartment, where eccentric residents never stop annoying him. Yusaku decides to leave the place immediately when a new manager of this old, rundown apartment arrives. Her name is Kyoko Otonashi and she is a beautiful, mild-mannered young woman. Yusaku, naturally, changes his mind. But there is one secret that Yusaku doesn't know about her.

Through the following episodes we are introduced to the characters surrounding Yusaku and Kyoko, and most of them are quite unique and some very weird, for example, Mr. Yotsuya, strange "gentleman" who likes on his neighbors more than anything; incredibly officious middle-aged woman Ichinose-san; and ever-drunken bar hostess, scantily clad Akemi-san.

Originally serialized in weekly comic magazine "Big Comic Spirits" from 1980-87, "Maison Ikkoku" is Rumiko Takahashi at her best. The artwork may look old-fashioned for younger readers, but this is a comic some generation in Japan including me grew up with. As the story goes on, these characters, for all (and because of) their flaws, become more and more endearing, and the romantic relation between Yusaku and Kyoko becomes engrossing.

[TRANSLATION] Viz Media edition's translation itself is not bad, but as another reviewer has pointed out, some words are misleading. Yusaku Godai, a high school graduate, is not a college student yet when he first appears, but he is often called "Mr. Flunk-out" ("ronin san" in Japanese original") which may sound strange to some readers. (A "ronin" in fact means someone who graduated from high school, but failed to pass the entrance exam of college.)

Some jokes are changed or removed. The little boy Kentaro's line "You can go!" on p. 54 is a good example. Actually Kentaro says literally, "(Girls) like a big...." and later adds "house." The terribly embarrassed faces of other guests including Yusaku and Kyoko cannot be understood without this sexual nuance.

[TRIVIA] The comic's story is set in somewhere around Tokyo and it is said the station in the comic is based on Higashi-Kurume Station of Seibu Railway, in the city of Higashi-Kurume where Rumiko Takahashi once lived.

The comic series has 15 volumes in all. The characters will grow up as the story continues, until the finale that is moving. Don't miss it.
DR. SEUSS'S ABC BOOK
DR. SEUSS'S ABC BOOK
This book is intended for toddlers/preschoolers as it teaches the alphabet through short phrases and funny words (as is the style of Dr. Seuss). This particular edition is not as nice as the hardcover as it a large softcover paperback with no spine of 23 cm (9") x 16.5 cm (6"), but the pages and cover are of good quality. The book comes in a protective plastic envelope, with an inside pocket for the CD. The CD itself does not have a hard plastic case, but is stored as is in the pocket. The plastic envelope in which the book is stored has a simple flap for closure, but there is no fastener so it tends to flap open. If I try to tuck it inside to keep it closed, the flap does not close over the CD pocket which puts the CD in danger of falling out through the opening. My Fox in Sox CD version has a velcro circle as a fastener on the flap of its plastic envelope - very practical - but unfortunately this one does not.

The CD contains the narration of the text by the actor Jason Alexander (George Constanza, people!) who does a great job of reading aloud. The text is read twice: Once with the little "ding" of a bell to indicate when the pages are to be turned, and a second time without the bell. I wish the version with the bell had more of a pause between the sound of the bell and the reading of the text of the following page to allow more time to turn the page. Sometimes, by the time my son or I have had time to turn the page, the reading of the text on the next page has already started. Still, I find the CD to be a great supplement to the book and sometimes my son likes to listen to the story while playing with his toys.

Note: I've updated my comment to mention that I bought this book in 2008 for my oldest son. My second son, born in 2012, now enjoys this book and CD as much as his brother did.
One Piece nº 01: Amanecer de una aventura (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
One Piece nº 01: Amanecer de una aventura (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Pensé en gastarme más de 600 euros y comprarme todos los tomos porque creo que One Piece es una serie fantástica a nivel artístico y narrativo. Una serie de tanta extensión tiene tiempo de emocionar y sobrecojer de hacernos reír y regalarnos peleas de esas que te hacen reproducir los sonidos de las hostias en voz alta. Creo que One Piece es una de las mejores novelas gráficas de nuestros tiempos. Que pese a su duración no pierda calidad si no que la gane con el paso del tiempo me parece una hazaña que no se destaca lo suficiente... Mantener la concentración, la calidad, la dedicación, el cariño... Es increíble.

Pero la edición de Editorial Planeta , S.A (Planeta de Agostini), traducida por Ayako Koike de Daruma Serveis Lingüistics S.L despojan a estas páginas del valor literario que pudieran tener. Los textos son basura condescendiente para niños de párbulos: alguien me explica cómo cuando a Zoro en el capítulo 51 le atraviesan el pecho es capaz de decir mientras se desangra: "todas las promesas hechas y otras cosas importantes se van a ir a tomar viento fresco". ¿qué es eso de irse a tomar viento fresco? ¡VIENTO FRESCO! Y ojo a la construcción de la frase, vaya monumento a la mediocridad en un momento clave en la historia... Hay más ejemplos, he estado leyendo las ediciones en inglés y no tienen ni punto de comparación. El universo de One Piece es más coherente en los textos ingleses, los personajes tienen profundidad. En el capítulo 95, en la versión de Ayako Luffy pregunta a Sanji qué llevaba encima el melón que se acaba de comer a lo que Sanji responde que es jamón serrano (jamón serrano: vale que Luffy sea de goma, pero ¿jamón serrano en una obra de piratas escrita por un japonés? Mi suspensión de la credibildiad tiene sus límites, y eso ademá se trata de una apropiación cultural que nos rebaja como país. No somos lo suficientemente maduros para aceptar que existen otras formas de cultura, de historia, de entender el mundo... Es una forma de sobreprotección que nos ha llevado a ser de los pocos países que doblan las películas y así nos pasa, no somos intolerantes somos ignorantes) Volviendo a la viñeta, en la versión inglesa esta vez Lyffy le pregunta a Sanji qué era eso que Sanji se acababa de comer (una pregunta con más sentido al menos bajo mi punto de vista) a lo que Sanji le responde que es melón con jamón, y punto. Nada de alimentos que en el mundo real sabemos que pertenecen a una determinado país; ese tipo de decisiones interrumpen al lector de la misma manera que lo haría Zoro llevando una camiseta de los Lakers.

Pero esto último no es lo que más me molesta, lo que me molesta es la falta de rigor al traducir; la condescendencia y lo azucarado de los diálogos. No me creo nada de lo que dicen y me molesta porque aprecio mucho a esos personajes y les estaba cogiendo asco porque me parecían todos unos payasos en la versión de Planeta de Agostini. Es una lástima que por culpa de unos cuantos incompetentes varios miles de personas de habla hispana no puedan disfrutar de este manga.

Yo por ahora, a falta de una versión mejor me quedo con la inglesa. La que tenemos en Planeta de Agostini es insoportable.
Darkfall
Darkfall
Koontz is hit or miss for me. This one is a miss.

The story feels dated and the writing predictable, simplistic and cliche. It must be one if koontz's earlier works.

The characters are cliched in appearance, actions and vocabulary. This makes them simple, boring and incredibly predictable in an already extremely predictable plot. Our hero(s) are beautiful and flawless both in appearance, integrity and avtion even when they aren't, even when they do something questionable, they are written as if they are shining examples of humanity.

For a very glaring example, our main character hero, single father policeman, doesn't do anything when his children are threatened if he doesn't "back off". He gets a call threatening horrible torture and death to his children if he doesn't stop investigating. Does he call his kids or the relative they are staying with? No. Does he go to them? No. Does he call the police? No. He goes to work. He tells his boss who offers to take him off the case. He refuses. Does he call his kids then? No. Does he request police protection? No. Does he even request a policeman to check on them? No. He decides that since they are at a relative's house, they are safe. And so does nothing except continue investigating. WHAT?? How is this logical? How can he possibly believe they are safe without even calling someone? Then, he is done at work. He THINKS about going to his kids. DEBATES where to go. Does he go to his kids? No. He goes to his lover's house. Oh, yeah, and there is a horrible snow storm going on that has resulted in abandoned cars on the roads. He has not once called to inquire yo hid children's safety. I found this ansolutely redicilous. I can't stand when writers include children as some plot device to give our hero (supposedly) something to agonize over, to be threatened for the purposes of (attempting and failing) to create suspence and cruelty, include children with such an utter lack of reality, real responsibility or realistic emotional involvment, actions or reactions. This plot device in Darkfall read as silly to me, and had the opposite effect as intended. This is a big example of what the whole book suffered from. Characters either existed in a non-reality only to stretch logic and normalcy to further the struggling plot or characters reacted in inhuman/uncharacteristic ways to further the same simplistic and laboring plot.

However, Koontz has always had a way with words, often poetic, and his descriptions can be vivid and fantasic. The bad guys, though over the top in the case of Darkfall, seem truly evil. And I enjoy how he writes children, and Darkfall is no exception. The book was interesting enough that I finished it, but it will be going to the Goodwill and will not become a part of my library.
Love Between the Covers
Love Between the Covers
So I got to see Love Between the Covers for the first time at the Popular Culture Association's annual conference in Seattle, March of 2016 - and I loved it on sight. I had been waiting for the opportunity to view documentary since I first heard about it's creation, and I avidly followed it's progress when it was making its rounds at the documentary festivals in the time between its release and the PCA conference. I was half in love, I think, before the title screen even rolled.

I had previously seen the documentary "Guilty Pleasures" which had run on PBS, and while enjoyable it had been a little shallow and even a little critical of the romance readers who served as the documentary's focus. So I was excited, hungry even, for something new. Something in depth and up to date - something extraordinary!

Laurie Kahn (who is the absolute nicest person by the way) and her team did a bang-up job on Love Between the Covers. The romance community is widespread and complicated, so it would have been impossible to get everything that needed to be said into one 90 minute documentary. But that being said they got as much in there as they possibly could about our history as a genre and a community; about our diversity of backgrounds (for readers and writers) and our LACK of diversity when it comes to POC or LGBT writers and characters; and about the stigmas we face and the way in which we band together to overcome them.

The minute that LBtC released on digital I snatched up a copy, and I've watched it easily a half-a-dozen times since. What is more I recommend it to everyone. Fellow English students and scholars, friends, family, and my friends from the romance community who haven't seen it yet. And if you haven't watched it yet, trust me now is the time. Whether you're a long time romance reader, or someone who isn't sure they know what a romance really is, or even a romance "hater" who needs an attitude adjustment A.S.A.P., check this documentary out. You won't be sorry.
Nora Roberts' Carolina Moon
Nora Roberts' Carolina Moon
This movie and cast did a very good job of keeping with Nora's fantastic work. As in the book the movie drew you in, made you care for the characters, and curious about what was happening. Even those who have never read the book can enjoy this romantic suspense.
The Complete Asterix Box set (38 titles)
The Complete Asterix Box set (38 titles)
I purchased this collection because it had 38 books, the other box set I was considering had 37 books. Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter was released 6 months ago and is book #38. While the books obviously come in a box, it's not a display box so you have to pull each book out to find the one you want. I feel that for $250+ a display box would be a nice addition.

This really is a great set and if you're a big Asterix fan it's definitely worth adding to your collection. I grew up on these books so it's awesome that I get to take the adventure again with my son as we read them together.

One of my pictures shows the spines with the authors names. You can see where Uderzo took over after Goscinny sadly passed in 1977 and then when Uderzo retired and handed responsibilities of the books to Ferri/Conrad. I haven't read the newer books yet but I'm sure they follow the same great format as Ferri/Conrad were mentored by Uderzo.

The complete list of 38 books in this set:
Asterix the Gaul
Asterix and the Golden Sickle
Asterix and the Goths
Asterix the Gladiator
Asterix and the Banquet
Asterix and Cleopatra
Asterix and the Big Fight
Asterix in Britain
Asterix and the Normans
Asterix the Legionary
Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield
Asterix at the Olympic Games
Asterix and the Cauldron
Asterix in Spain
Asterix and the Roman Agent
Asterix in Switzerland
The Mansions of the Gods
Asterix and the Laurel Wreath
Asterix and the Soothsayer
Asterix in Corsica
Asterix and Caesar's Gift
Asterix and the Great Crossing
Obelix and Co.
Asterix in Belgium
Asterix and the Great Divide
Asterix and the Black Gold
Asterix and Son
Asterix and the Magic Carpet
Asterix and the Secret Weapon
Asterix and Obelix All at Sea
Asterix and the Actress
Asterix and the Class Act
Asterix and the Falling Sky
Asterix and Obelix's Birthday
Asterix and the Picts
Asterix and the Missing Scroll
Asterix and the Chariot race
Asterix and the Chieftain's daughter
Le Petit Nicolas (French Edition) (Folio)
Le Petit Nicolas (French Edition) (Folio)
It would be hard to overstate the charm of these wonderful stories. Like many others, I picked up this book to help with my project of trying to teach myself French. Not only does it serve that purpose, but it is so engaging that it has held me on course when the inherent difficulty of the language and some cross-cultural exasperation has tempted me to chuck the whole project. No way could I ever write this little dude and his copains out of my life.

Although hilarious, the Nicolas stories also touch you in a much deeper place. He is a little boy full of life and good humor, but he and his friends are also filled with every possible anxiety about growing up and finding their manly places in the world. They are charmingly obsessed with their status and their dignity.

One of my favorite stories is "Louisette," which recounts the visit of a young girl who comes with her mother for tea. Nicolas is pouty from the beginning as his mother dresses him up, in his view, like a clown. And maman assures him that if he doesn't show that he is well raised, he will have an affair with her!

Although Nicolas is always filled with explanations that burst forth in run-on sentences, this traumatic visit brings him close to tears more than once. In Nicolas's world, not crying is one of the main imperatives. Another is assuming a male's naturally dominant [irony] and superior role over young girls, who, after all, cry all the time.

Louisette starts off telling Nicolas that he looks like a monkey and things go downhill from there. She is so much more quick-witted, not to mention athletic, that she repeatedly leaps ahead and distracts him just when he is deciding whether to give her a punch in the nose or to pull her hair. And it is Louisette who is landing all the successful coups on Nicolas. Meanwhile, Louisette is always batting her eyelashes at the mamans and impressing them with what an adorable innocent she is!

As with the "Louisette" story of a young boy having to deal with a very formidable young girl who does not fit into his template defining his superior place in the world, all these stories are filled with such very real anxieties of male childhood. Let me say again, though, they are very, very funny! You love this kid.

How easy/difficult is this book for a student of French. My feeling is that previous reviews have made it seem a little easier than it is. There are definitely difficult bits such as when Nicolas is playing cowboys and describes all the various cowboy accoutrements that he and his friends have hung on themselves. Often, too, sentences are very run-on, mimicking Nicolas's overflowing emotions and self-justifications. And the mannerisms of his speech are realistic and more difficult than the dry dialogue of textbooks. But this is worth a little difficulty - I just want to caution against expecting a child's book to be extremely easy. It is manageable, but not in the first few weeks of studying French.

I also have a two-CD set of these stories read in French which I ordered from Amazon.fr. The CD set is a dramatic reading and it is an absolute delight. But it is considerably more difficult than the book. Those run-on sentences are read in rapid bursts, as intended. The reading wonderfully captures the charm of the book but definitely does not make it any easier.

My only exasperation with the Nicolas books is that I can not share them with my English-only friends. They touched me so much and made me laugh so hard. I hope I have inspired someone here.
Adolf 5: 1945 and All That Remains
Adolf 5: 1945 and All That Remains
Mere words cannot describe this tragic tale of three men named "Adolf".
The late Osamu Tezuka is brilliant. The artwork is phenomenal. The manga style and the expressions of the characters is unique.
The series is about how World War II effected EVERYONE- from the leaders to ordinary citizens who just want to live. The five books tackle racism, hatred, nationalism, love, family, and duty.
This last book of the series is a culmination of a great work with pop culture historical significance.
This series is similiar to Art Spiegelman's MAUS, but with a different twist. First of all, the art is manga-style (which I personally like better). Also, there are more characters in ADOLF. ADOLF is a tale from the Japanese perspective, while MAUS is a "survivor's tale". But I degress, it was not my intention to compare the two works. If you liked MAUS, you will like ADOLF.
The final installment is very emotional. A fitting end to such a thought provoking and heart-renching series.
John Grisham Signed The Street Lawyer
John Grisham Signed The Street Lawyer
Another excellent Grisham book. I read it 20 years after it was published and it does not seem dated. Grisham seems formulaic yet he is a master of delivery. Entertaining and thought provoking. I am always curious at those reviews that comment about liberal bias. They would no doubt be the ones yelling "Get a job" to those living on the street. Homelessness is a huge social issue that needs hearts and minds meshing to find solutions.
Naruto, Vol. 35: The New Two (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto, Vol. 35: The New Two (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto Volume 35 contains chapters 310 to 319.

Now that Sai has gained a little trust from Naruto and Sakura, he tries to become better friends with them but friendship can be a difficult thing.
We meet 2 more Akatsuki members, Hidan and Kakuzu and they manage to catch the two tailed Jinchuriki.
Naruto starts training again!
Plus more fun with Deidara and Tobi!!
The Music From 'M Squad' + The Music From Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer' (2 LPs on 1 CD)
The Music From 'M Squad' + The Music From Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer' (2 LPs on 1 CD)
マーヴィン主演のM Squadを見たいのだけれど見れないので、せめて音楽でもと購入したのですが…ジャズってこんなに面白いんだ、と実感。とてもよかったです。カウント・ベイシーのテーマが素敵です。MIKE HAMMERが続いて入っていますがこちらもよい。ジャズ素人の私ですが、聞きごたえ十分、買ってよかったの一言です。ちなみに、M SquadのA Lady Sings The Bluesは「殺人者たち」でチャーリーとリーが食事をする場面のBGMになってたような気がします。
Arthur Hailey's Hotel Photo Sheet
Arthur Hailey's Hotel Photo Sheet
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Richard Scarry's Best Counting Book Ever / El mejor libro para contar de Richard Scarry (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition)
Richard Scarry's Best Counting Book Ever / El mejor libro para contar de Richard Scarry (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition)
I had the monolingual (English) version of this as a kid, and my brother and I loved it nearly to death. I remember sitting for hours with my mom, pointing at things in the pictures and counting with her, then later spelling and making up little back-stories. Now I'm getting into all of that with my own son, but we have the option of doing it in English or en español. I didn't think Richard Scarry's books could get any better, but having the versión bilingüe is quite the improvement on an already amazing learning tool for the niños. This copy should consider itself forewarned: you will be loved to shreds!
Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever
Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever
I have taught Kindergarten and never liked the use of activity books/sheets, etc... . My 4 yr old daughter loves busytown and asked for this when she saw it on Amazon. I bought it against my will only to find that it actually had some really nice things for her to do. It wasnt just filled with "practice" sheets; although there were some of those with tracing letters and numbers. It had a section for her to make a mobile, make a paper town and even had an assortment of national flags that she could decorate with. The ideas and projects are very traditional and most children dont get to do these kinds of projects or have ever heard of them. When she made the flags, other children that came to our home didnt even know that other countries had flags. She learned quite a bit from this book such as: flags to other countries, holiday pracitces, writing her letters and numbers, sequencing and patterning. There were pages that were just for coloring which she didnt have an interest in but I thought they were nice illustrations that most children would enjoy. Dot to dot was also in the book, as was making mothers day cards, fathers day cards, valentines day cards, and thank you cards which was nice to teach children to do after receiving something. There was also a place to make bookmarks, bookplates, and easter decorations (other holiday decorations too). Most of the projects, for my daughters age required me working with her as opposed to her working on her own, but it was enjoyable for me as well as Richard Scarry does a nice job with his writing and illustraions.
The Best Story Collection EVER! (Busy World of Richard Scarry)
The Best Story Collection EVER! (Busy World of Richard Scarry)
If you want to get a child something they will really use, love and want to see over and over again, give any Richard Scarry book. I have grown children and grandchildren, and Richard Scarry hasn't been forgotten by the grown ones or yet left behind by the little ones! Every page in this particular book is interesting and a fun romp through the days. The best thing about Richard Scarry, aside from the wonderful artwork and the clever stories, is the ability to interest both the adult reading the stories and the children listening! The usual "plot" is "a-day-in-the-life" of fire stations, post offices, schools, homes, shopping, traveling, etc. Work-a-day life with action and many words, places, people, vehicles, and usually some little puzzle or challenge included. i cannot recommend these books too highly - and do get the very large storybook as well as this book...the more the merrier!
Richard Scarry's Best Busy Year Ever
Richard Scarry's Best Busy Year Ever
I ordered more than 10 books by Richard Scarry for my two-year old son and this book is one of his all-time favorite. He loves the pictures and reads through it every day since he had this book. He learns a lot from it and has a lot of fun from reading it. And I am sure he will continue to learn and have fun from reading this book in the next couple of years. A Good buy.
Voodoo For Two (A Cajun Magic Mystery Book 2)
Voodoo For Two (A Cajun Magic Mystery Book 2)
Title: Voodoo for Two - Cajun Magic Mystery 2
Author: Elle James
Published: 2-23-16
Publisher: Twisted Page Inc
Pages: 318
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Romance; Magic; Voodoo; Humor and Satire
ISBN: 978162950474
ASIN: B01A01R128
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

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Lucie LeBieu has had it with being called the Bayou Miste's Swamp Princess. She is past ready to get out of the swamp and move into a mansion far from here. When a foreclosure notice is served on her grandmother Lucie decides to snag wealthy Eric Littington, local congressional candidate for herself and save her grandmother's home as well. When her ex-fiancé returns she decides there is no time to waste as decides to use the lessons her Grandmother, the local Voodoo Queen Madam LeBieu, has been giving her and her twin sister Lisa since they were young girls. Using Madam LeBieu's spell book she makes a love potion, using substitutions when needed. Her friends' warnings and request not to do it go unheeded. When she cast her spell it gets out of hand and suddenly she has more than one suitor and Bayou Miste has people making goo-goo eyes at one another. What is a girl suppose to do? The more Eric acts like he care for her the worse Lucie feels and what about Pascale's jealousy and Ben's steaming kisses. How can she get the spell back under control? What is Grandmere going to do when she finds out what she has done?

There is no holding this series back. Elle James has a style of writing that ties the romance and suspense in her story with a thread of humor. Once you open page one you will not want to put this book down. Although this is the second book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone. The references to book one, Voodoo in the Bayou are few and just enough to keep you from being lost as you read. Fast moving with characters that you will love. I don't know about living in Bayou Miste, but I would definitely rent a cottage from Joe Thibodeaux, spend some time with Alex, the Boyette family, and especially spend some time with Madame LeBieu and listen to her stories about life on the Bayou. Another 5 star winner. One more week and book three, Déjà Voodoo will be here. This series is the first of Ms. James I have read, but it will not be the last.
Tentation: Twilight 2
Tentation: Twilight 2
Ce 2èm tome de la saga est aussi bon que le 1er! (il en est de même pour les 2 suivants!!)
Après les évènements de Fascination, Edward quitte Bella parce qu'il pense que c'est mieux pour elle. Suite à cette rupture avec son grand Amour, Bella est déchirée et déprimée. Il lui faudra plusieurs mois pour arriver à reprendre un semblant de vie et c'est là qu'elle va commencer à passer plus de temps avec Jacob...

Un tome très bien écrit, qui se lit tout seul et qu'on a du mal à lâcher! La dépression de Bella est vraiment bien décrite et on souffre avec elle. Finalement, elle "reprend contact avec le monde" et se rapproche de Jacob qui devient son meilleur ami et qui l'aide à surmonter sa douloureuse rupture. Là aussi, cette nouvelle amitié est vraiment bien décrite et on se prend d'amitié pour Jacob! Malheureusement pour lui, même si Edward n'est pas là physiquement, on ressent toujours sa présence ne serait-ce que par les visions de Bella. Elle semble se remettre petit à petit jusqu'à un certain évènement qui ramène Edward au centre de l'histoire. Les retrouvailles de nos 2 amoureux ne sont pas de tout repos. Et la déclaration d'amour d'Edward à Belle est tout simplement magnifique: plus d'une fille rêverait d'entendre des propos pareils!!!

En parallèle de l'histoire d'amour, de nouveaux protagonistes entre en jeu, les éternels rivaux des vampires: les loup-garous! Ce qui rajoute en suspens et piment à l'histoire et, malheureusement pour Bella, amène de nouveaux problèmes...!

Ce 2èm tome de l'éditions collector est livré avec le coffret pour les 4 livres. Encore un très beau livre de bonne qualité!! J'ai les 4 livres de cette édition et je dois dire que ça présente vraiment très bien dans le coffret! Une belle pièce dans ma bibliothèque ;) !!!
The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue, and Ian Fleming
The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue, and Ian Fleming
Reading about the real James Bond, the ornithologist whose name Ian Fleming stole when he wrote his first spy novel to calm his nerves before getting married, is far more interesting than I might have imagined. I grab every book about writers I can find, and that was my reason for choosing this one. Luckilyy for Wright, Bond the ornithologist was a fascinating person, if not perhaps the kind of ornithologist we might cheer today. In Bond's time, for instance, a gun was more common than a camera and the specimens collected were shot dead and skinned for preservation. It is really shocking to read how early taxidermists ended up killing themselves through self-poisoning with arsenic. Wright seems to have heavily relied upon Bond's wife's book about her husband, but he makes up for it with all kinds of interesting trivia. The reader cannot help pausing over the list of similarities between Bond and Fleming. Both came from very wealthy families and had admirable educations, for starters. Bond, however, was disinherited by his father for no apparent reason other than that there was a second wife since Bond's mother died young from cancer. That certainly struck a nerve with me~! Where else, too, is one going to find a history of taxidermy and a history of the evolution of ornithology, not to mention the prominent names in the field, especially pertaining to the West Indies, a region of the world favored by both Bond and Fleming? The book gives insight into Fleming's ability to play double agent in the world of book reviews: he may have reviewed his own first Bond thriller according to Julia Blakely of the rare Book Department in the Smithsonian Institution, as she comments on his literary voice being the same in his letters as in one of the first reviews. After all, Fleming worked for the newspaper group that owned the Times. he was its Foreign Manager and therefore responsible for "its stable of correspondents from 1945 . . . until late in 1959." Most writers would like a position like that so they might all the more easily plug their own books! There is much to amuse in The Real James Bond, For instance, once the world found out where Fleming got the name for his secret agent, the Bonds began receiving phone calls from women at night. Mary Bond was a clever promoter of her husband's work and did not take offense, She would say, "Yes, James is here, but this is Pussy Galore and he is busy now."
Skeleteen Wizard Glasses and Tie - Maroon And Gold Dress Up Tie and Black Round Glasses Set - 1 Pair
Skeleteen Wizard Glasses and Tie - Maroon And Gold Dress Up Tie and Black Round Glasses Set - 1 Pair
Extreme metamerism in this tie. Fancy way of saying it appears as very different colors depending on the lighting. It is a pretty good match for the maroon I wanted in my living room, but it is straight up purple outside and in other rooms. I guess it's kind of magical, but probably not a quality yoh want if you're looking for a Harry Potter tie. The glasses are fine. A little flimsy. The nose bridge was bent. I had to bend it back into place and was a little worried I would break them. The bridge is also slightly wide for my child. But overall, I think they look pretty good and am happy with the glasses. Not the tie.
iPhone 6s Case, IMAGITOUCH iPhone 6 Harry Potter Always Anti-Scratch Shock Proof Soft Touch Slim Fit Flexible TPU Bumper Cover for iPhone 6 / 6s (4.7 inch) - Harry Potter Dumbledore Always TPU
iPhone 6s Case, IMAGITOUCH iPhone 6 Harry Potter Always Anti-Scratch Shock Proof Soft Touch Slim Fit Flexible TPU Bumper Cover for iPhone 6 / 6s (4.7 inch) - Harry Potter Dumbledore Always TPU
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The Sorcerer's Stone (1914)
The Sorcerer's Stone (1914)
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Blood on the Bayou (Annabelle Lee Book 2)
Blood on the Bayou (Annabelle Lee Book 2)
I wasn't completely sold on Annabelle in Dead on the Delta, but this book has changed that! Annabelle was much more nuanced and self-actualized here than she was previously. She was kicking ass through the whole book. I really enjoyed the mystery and some of the closure aspects that were presented. I didn't enjoy the way the book ended, especially if Stacey Jaye won't be writing another. I have to know what happens to Gimpy!

Annabelle & Hitch - I liked that she finalized things with Hitch and told him what really happened before they broke up. I'm glad that he realized he was a d-bag and even better, that Annabelle realized he should have given her the benefit of the doubt before jumping to conclusions. Sharing the guilt FTW! She realizes that she could still love him and their time together without being in love with him. It was a good conclusion to their situation.

Annabelle & Cane - I like Annabelle and Cane together, but I feel like their futures just don't match up. They are each very hard-headed but, even though they care for each other, I think it is time to throw in the towel and find more compatible partners. Such as...

Annabelle & Tucker - I liked that we found out so much more about Tucker in this book. He was my favorite of the three guys and I think him and Annabelle are good together. SPOILER!!! I didn't like the ending where it was insinuated that she was cheating on Cane with Tucker though. Annabelle never seemed like she would do that intentionally. Yeah, she slipped a few times by kissing Hitch but it was always in the moment. This seemed planned and continuous. It actually made me not like her and Tucker as much. I would hope she would respect Cane enough to let him go. /SPOILER

As I previously mentioned, the mystery this time around was very good and it involved a lot of the major players in Louisiana. I liked how twisty it was; you were left guessing the whole time.

The ending of this novel is particularly painful because so many loose threads are being dangled around for future books, but we might not get those books. Things like how the fairies really came to be, what the Gentry are, why Annabelle can talk to the fairies, what she and Tucker are going to do after leaving Donaldson... it's all left open. I really hope that there is another book in this series. Based on my feelings between the first book and this one, I expect that it would be the best in the series. Please Pocket Books, let us have another Annabelle Lee book!
Pray (Album Mix)
Pray (Album Mix)
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The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
(How can you review a new release, well getting access to it pre-publication helps - just lucky, not a friend of either author).

Brad Feld is one of the most qualified people I know of to write on this subject, from actually walking-the-walking to being passionately involved in many and various ways with entrepreneurs and founders throughout the US and globally he has the perspective and credentials to write this book. I am sure this is true for Ian too, I just have not followed his achievements.

The book is a true analysis, with detailed conclusions but also detailed reference for the reader to look at the data on which the book is built. Indeed this is probably the most cross-referenced book I have read in many years. From chapter notes with links to all kinds of sources (in the Kindle version), to the it's own detailed, linked index - it's an analysts dream. Too much, I don't think so - though much will be lost to the Audible reader (which is how I usually consume books).

This book covers a long history, but is not a simple rework of old material which is updated and added to - it is current perspective on historic observation - if only others were learning from history and re-evaluating as they went!

Who is this book for? It seems everyone in the startup community but especially those trying to actively grow and engage such communities - it's for 'activist' founders (which is many of course), not just founders. Not your typical book about startups - don't bother if you are a wannabe founder looking for more reading to take no action upon.

I've enjoyed Brad's perspectives via his blog for a long time, this book has a very different feel to it - for which I assume we thank Ian. Great research, great context and timely as the global economy tasks another big shift in response to 'new wormal'.
Columbia Womens Heavenly Slip II OMNI-HEAT
Columbia Womens Heavenly Slip II OMNI-HEAT
Holy cow, these boots are amazing!!! I wore them in Mammoth in 10 feet of fresh powder with occasional negative degree temperatures, and my feet were so nice and toasty! They’re rated for -25 F and I believe it. I wore a single pair of wool socks and couldn’t have asked for warmer feet. I even bought those little warming packets just in case, but I never even had to unpack them.

These boots were extremely comfortable, the soles provide good grip on snow and ice (I mean nothing will be perfect on ice except maybe metal studs, but these are good!), and the way they’re designed, even if you walk in super high powdery snow and snow falls into the top opening, the bottom part (starting above the ankle) is tapered and the snow never actually falls into the area with your feet, and further, you never feel the cold where the snow is. I had snow pants with the extra powder layer, so if you’re wearing regular pants you might feel it more on your legs, but I doubt you’re climbing in 10 feet of fresh snow with jeans on so it’s a moot point. The snow was so powdery and high that I couldn’t even go snowshoeing, but I did attempt to do a hike wearing these boots, and I was sinking in to about my shoulders with each step. The activity was quickly abandoned, but I spent many hours exploring in the snow and ice, and these boots stood up to the task like a champ. I was worried because they’re a tad shorter than what I originally wanted, but as I stated, the design removes the concerns I had about snow falling in.

I usually wear a 7.5-8 and I read reviews about people finding these shoes to be small or uncomfortable, so I went with a size 8. I rarely have problems with shoes, but sometimes I do find certain ballet style flats to be on the tight side until they stretch a little, so I don’t think my feet are extremely narrow. It’s probably the design meant to keep the snow out that some people find challenging because it feels tight slipping your foot in, but once your heel is all the way in, it’s roomy and very nice, and there isn’t any tightness anywhere. Obviously, everyone’s feet are different, but I really love these boots and the way they fit! They say waterproof on them and I have found this to be true. My feet were 100% dry after hours of trudging through really high snow. They’re also lightweight and kind of pretty, so you can wear them anywhere, from a backcountry snow hike to après-ski drinks at the bougiest resorts.
Natural Farms 100% manteca de karité africana de Ghana
Natural Farms 100% manteca de karité africana de Ghana
PRODUCT NOTES
The image listed shows the shea butter in chunks, but it arrived in a round tub/plastic container. The shea butter in the tub was a smooth and solid and filled the container. It seems to be a relatively quality from what I can tell so far by visual appearance and smell.

USAGE
I whipped this with coconut oil, olive oil, rosehips oil, argan oil, vitamin E, and jojoba oil to make a very moisture rich lotion. The majority of the ingredients I used in this mixture were the shea butter and coconut oil. I placed all the ingredients in a blender (Nutribullet) and blended until smooth and homogeneous (about 2 minutes). I have used it on my face and body and have not had any issues so far. That is to say, it is a very gentle moisturizer and has not irritated my skin at all. I was using Retin-A when I did this (anyone who has used the topical ointment can tell you it makes your skin extremely sensitive, dry, and exposed) and I did not have any adverse reactions whatsoever.
Michael Kors Jet Set - Bolso bandolera de viaje grande
Michael Kors Jet Set - Bolso bandolera de viaje grande
Love this bag! So I am one of those who only buys MK! I just love the quality and price range! I normally buy from Macy’s, but thought I would give this a try because it was a great deal! I love the fact that it is a crossbody. I didn’t expect it to be as large as it is as it is quite a bit longer than expected(I’m 5’3 for reference), but after putting all of my items into it, it works perfectly! I buy enough of these bags to know counterfeit and this is real! Keeping in mind this is an older style so it does not have the additional MK logos as newer versions. Just touching the bag you can tell the quality! If you are hesitant try it because it won’t disappoint. I read some of the bad reviews and with all products bought on Amazon not everyone has a great experience but you won’t know unless you try it yourself. Happy camper over here!
MAGCOMSEN Men's Polo Shirt Quick Dry Performance Long and Short Sleeve Tactical Shirts Pique Jersey Golf Shirt
MAGCOMSEN Men's Polo Shirt Quick Dry Performance Long and Short Sleeve Tactical Shirts Pique Jersey Golf Shirt
This shirt is awesome. I have a difficult time finding shirts especially that fit because I have a long torso and shorter legs. I am 6’ and this shirt fit perfectly. There’s enough to tuck in and stay tucked in when I bend over/down which at work is a lot. Other reviews say they are rough on the skin but they really aren’t at all. The inside is smooth. The Collar is a little big but it’s a work shirt and doesn’t take away from the awesomeness. I recommend this shirt if you’re looking for an affordable work shirt that’s basic but still appropriate. If it falls apart I’ll let everyone know but day one, I love it and I will definitely be buying more. Edit: these are some of my favorite work shirts. They seriously allow air flow. I have some sweat issues at times and end up sweating through all kinds of shirts but with these I don’t. Not once in two months. I will buy again. The only thing is you don’t want to wear them while walking through blackberries or pick up a cat with claws as they can snag. No star loss for that tho; they’re still great shirts.
KOIOS Air Purifier, Desktop Air Filter Cleaner with 3-in-1 True HEPA Filter for Home Bedroom Office, Table Air purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Odor and Dust Eliminator for Wildfire Smoke, Night Light, Available for California, Gift for Family Friend
KOIOS Air Purifier, Desktop Air Filter Cleaner with 3-in-1 True HEPA Filter for Home Bedroom Office, Table Air purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Odor and Dust Eliminator for Wildfire Smoke, Night Light, Available for California, Gift for Family Friend
I like a lot about this purifier- first and foremost being the price. Our neighborhood flooded with storms this fall, and I was concerned about what my infant son was going to be breathing in once the water receded and we were able to move back in. I bought this purifier in hopes that the air quality would be improved, and I feel like it has. It does make noise, but its a good white noise that both him and I easily fall asleep to. There are two settings, and I have it on the louder setting. The size is convenient as I can put it just about anywhere. Would recommend this product.
ouzo Candy – fantis
ouzo Candy – fantis
If you want want a great tasting Greek candy that taste just like Ouzo then this is the one for you. I am a regular buyer and the price is reasonable.
Caja de cigarrillos de doble cara metálica de color plateado, diseño grabado con grabado, más corto que 100
Caja de cigarrillos de doble cara metálica de color plateado, diseño grabado con grabado, más corto que 100
I'm a prop designer for an area theatre. Oh, how I miss designing props. It's funny how when I first started designing props I would take so much time and go to so many stores. Now the world is online so you can simply shop for many props from your computer, Amazon included! Yep, showing my age! This cigarette case is ornate enough to work for the period show I was working on (Red Hot & Cole). It will be a great addition to our prop inventory.
Held the cigarettes well and looked great onstage. We had several in stock already but this show happened to have several actors smoking so we needed to add a few more to stock. It's easy to open, close, and retrieve cigarettes (we used fake cigarettes from Amazon, too).

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