Jett Smith

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Nicholas Sparks 2 hardcover books
Nicholas Sparks 2 hardcover books
Nicholas Sparks 2 hardcover books by Nicholas Sparks and N. Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Ci vediamo fuori luogo (Italian Edition)
Ci vediamo fuori luogo (Italian Edition)
Ci vediamo fuori luogo (Italian Edition) by Ginevra Roberta Cardinaletti. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
L'informateur (Thrillers) (French Edition)
L'informateur (Thrillers) (French Edition)
L'informateur (Thrillers) (French Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 49 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
El resplandor (Spanish Edition)
El resplandor (Spanish Edition)
El resplandor (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 180 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Android: Android Programming And Android App Development For Beginners (Learn How To Program Android Apps, How To Develop Android Applications Through Java Programming, Android For Dummies)
Android: Android Programming And Android App Development For Beginners (Learn How To Program Android Apps, How To Develop Android Applications Through Java Programming, Android For Dummies)
Android: Android Programming And Android App Development For Beginners (Learn How To Program Android Apps, How To Develop Android Applications Through Java Programming, Android For Dummies) by UpSkill Publishing. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
php|architect's Guide to PHP Design Patterns
php|architect's Guide to PHP Design Patterns
php|architect's Guide to PHP Design Patterns by Jason E. Sweat. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP OOP: Quick & Dirty for Advanced Learners
PHP OOP: Quick & Dirty for Advanced Learners
PHP OOP: Quick & Dirty for Advanced Learners by Subhash Chandran. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Comprehensive PHP PEAR::DB
Comprehensive PHP PEAR::DB
Comprehensive PHP PEAR::DB by Blake Schwendiman. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
UNIX: A History and a Memoir
UNIX: A History and a Memoir
UNIX: A History and a Memoir by Brian Kernighan. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 164 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Optimization: Algorithms and Applications
Optimization: Algorithms and Applications
Optimization: Algorithms and Applications by Rajesh Kumar Arora. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Mark Zuckerberg: A Biography of the Facebook Billionaire
Mark Zuckerberg: A Biography of the Facebook Billionaire
The book is not really a biography . It is very short and most of the information can be found in blogs of Mark's fans.
If you can get the book for free go ahead it is well writing and short, but don't pay for it because is not biography .
Love Life Walk
Love Life Walk
Where to start. Steve has been a part of our family for a few years now. My father-in-law met Steve in a little bar/diner on the Oregon California border. Who was this man walking across The United States carry a sign that said "Love Life"? We soon found out that he was a man of conviction, a man with a humble heart, a man who loved people, and a man who wanted nothing more than to honor his precious children.
On Steve's second visit to our neck of the woods he was gracious enough to come and talk to the kids in our high school. We live in a rural area, our high school has just under 80 kids. So this wasn't going to be some huge room full of rowdy kids. This was a small gymnasium with kids who wanted to listen, who wanted to hear from this guy carrying this sign. And listen they did, Steve impacted our small community and impacted our youth. For that I am forever grateful.
Love life, love people, just love. Thank you my amazing friend, We love you.
Elon Musk : Exclusive Biography (Gujarati Edition)
Elon Musk : Exclusive Biography (Gujarati Edition)
This is story of Elon Musk from Zero to Hero legend. Getting so much inspiration. His biography is landmark to those who believe that sky is the limit. But Elon musk says space is also not the limit.You can go beyond this.
Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada
Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada
Actually I give almost all dhamma books 5 stars because it's a good thing to promote with ignorance, greed, and hate being so popular these days.

I have also read many nice things about Max Muller in other reading, about what a nearly enlighten being he was, etc.. so I'm grateful for people like him and am cognizant that this was written when NO good translations of anything Buddhist in English existed so I'm sure it was a really great blessing at the time.

However I don't think it holds up that well compared to more modern translations. The language is awkward and as someone who has spent alot of time reading the Nikayas etc I think the vocabulary used by Max was of the time (pre 1900s) did not convey the complex meanings of the Pali -> English as well as thing translated more recently. I think since there, there has been a great deal of effort to find more descriptive words to convey Buddhist terms that were not available to him, terms that even if they were available at the time have since been nuanced by Buddhists that weren't nuanced then..

Holding this truth, it was a great effort and and only praise for Max for doing the real pioneering translations as NOTHING (including good Pali -> English dictionaries) were not available at the time AND English was not his native language. More modern translations have this advantage are a much easier read and convey the meaning that the Buddha was meaning to convey. I kept asking myself - is this Buddhism I'm reading about? It seemed very foreign even though Buddhism is really the center of my life.

A great read for a historical perspective of Buddhisms entry into the west, but you if it's really the meaning of the Dhammapada you want, you should look to a more recent translation. Still I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to Max.. thanks Max! Without you the next steps may have been delayed by decades or longer.
I'm Gonna Push Through!
I'm Gonna Push Through!
I had the pleasure of purchasing this little gem of a book that is a must have for kids. The book is meant to be read aloud for the full effect since it is similar to the viral online video. The "I'm Gonna Push Through" chant, coined by viral sensation and educator Jasmyn Wright, is an easy reminder for children to be resilient in the face of adversity. The book is inclusive and filled with a number of notable figures that had to overcome challenges in their own lives. Some names mentioned include:

*Trevor Noah
*Shirley Chisholm
*The Tuskagee Airmen
*Marley Dias
*Mirai Nagasu
*Stephen Hawking
*Tyler Perry
*Serena Williams

For those of us who are unfamiliar with the names, there is a glossary in the back that provides a short description of the people mentioned.

In a global society, inclusivity is so important! It warms my heart to see such diversity. Kids will see themselves in the beautiful artwork by illustrator Shannon Wright. The pages jump alive with rich colors. You'd have to be a monster to find issue with such a beautiful message.

I plan to buy several more for all the little ones in my life. Strongly recommend this book!
Today and Tomorrow - Special Edition of Ford's 1926 Classic
Today and Tomorrow - Special Edition of Ford's 1926 Classic
I have been working in the field of 'lean' process improvement for a few years now. Like many other I was led to believe that it all started in Japan in the 1950's. Wrong! The roots of the Toyota Production System were in the Ford Production System - so why isn't this fact broadcast by the very business academics and 'lean consultants' who peddle their wares in the marketplace? Why isn't this book required reading for EVERY employee, employer and MBA student? Perhaps because Henry Ford achieved his success without the help of legal and financial departments full of expensive overhead - corporate lawyers and accountants! In fact he actively eliminated them from his businesses! Ford's dream was to create a form of transport that anyone could afford - for example the workers in his factories - because this would free people from a hand-to-mouth existence and release their time to reinvest in developing themselves and supporting their families and communities. Ford was a social engineer as much as a mechanical and process engineer - his goal was to reduce poverty. To achieve his vision Ford focussed on the process of manufacture; he empowered employees by creating a new organisational model - a context that insisted on industry, innovation and creativity from everyone. Contrary to the stories told later, he paid all workers a higher than average minimum wage; he only allowed employees to work 8 hours per day; and he expected a good day's work in return for a fair day's wage. Ford insisted on discipline and set clear expectations. Only those prepared to work in this way were welcome: trade unions were not required because the vision of the employer and employee were aligned. In reading the account of his philosphy in his own words I became aware of how much the stories I had heard of Henry Ford had been distorted; I was struck by how relevant the lessons are today; and I felt annoyed that it has taken me so long to discover this fascinating book! So I'm doing my bit to spread the word! Simon Dodds
The Beatles (The White Album) [3 CD]
The Beatles (The White Album) [3 CD]
My favorite-sounding songs from The White Album up till now were a mixture of mono and stereo (I preferred ten in mono). Generally in my "Beatles taste" I prefer the rockers in mono, with the drums centered (unless they're already centered in the stereo). Almost always, I dislike the drums in one channel only. It takes away the power, punch, and overall impact, and doesn't sound live at all. In a word, it's wimpy drums, and that just ain't right for rock and nearly-rock pop music, or any music where the beat plays a big role in the overall sound. Bass is better in the middle, too.

In this re-mix by Giles Martin, for the most part (with a few baffling exceptions), he understood that, just as with his wonderful Sgt. Pepper remix. I'll now proceed to analyze my favorite tracks (not including the demos), compared to what I regard as the best-sounding previous versions. Then readers may make the same head-to-head comparisons and see if they agree. It's fun. I love doing this. It's like a marvelous aural journey of discovery.

I first heard the White Album at ten years old. It was different; kind of weird, and it took a while to grow on me. My brother had bought it. I enjoy it more than ever, now at age 60, as perhaps the ultimate "variety of styles" album. I can't think of anyone who has so brilliantly performed so many styles in one album, while each song remains recognizably from one group, and is hard to imagine having been produced by anyone else.

1. Back in the USSR: superior to the previous best 2009 stereo, which sounded a bit harsh and muddled. The drums are centered, as they should be. The bass is still too subdued (which is a mystery in both mixes), but can be heard more so than 2009. Paul's voice is slightly less prominent, but the overall mix works well and sounds fuller and more "atmospheric."

2. Dear Prudence: drums and stronger bass are centered, making for an improvement from the 2009 stereo. It's punchier and a bit more resonant, too: which works well, given the glorious "chimey" / neo-Byrds guitar sound.

3. Glass Onion: Thunderous, "in your face" and echoey drums are the highlight here, as they should be for such a spirited Lennon rocker, making it better and significantly more "energetic" than my previous mono favorite.

4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da: the primary improvement is in Paul's voice, which sounds perfectly natural, as if one were in the room with him. The drums are louder and crisper as well, compared to the 2009 mono, which was better than the 2009 stereo.

5. Wild Honey Pie: compared to 2009 stereo, there is more reverberation, especially in the drums, which assume a larger importance in the mix, resulting in a needed fuller sound and a somewhat "spooky" feel.

6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill: much better mix in terms of both balance and overall clarity and sound, compared to the 2009 stereo, which was too harsh and excessively separated (especially in light of this improvement).

7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps: It's disappointing in that it didn't center the drums, and they are lower in volume as well, BUT there is an upside to the new mix, too: the non-lead guitar parts are more distinct, clear, and brighter. Since this is a blues-oriented guitar piece rather than a rocker per se, I give the nod to the remix (though it's a close call), because we love George's guitar (here with Eric Clapton as well), and want to get as much of that as we can!

8. Happiness is a Warm Gun: the drums are brighter than the muffled sound of the 2009 mono, and the background vocals towards the end are a lot cleaner and sharp; sounds more "alive."

9. Martha My Dear: this most Pepper-like (and I think, underrated) song of the White Album (which was about Paul's dog, for those who missed that!) sounds appropriately brighter and clearer and more catchy all-around than the 2009 stereo. The introductory piano sounds normal and natural, rather than muffled and stunted.

10. I'm So Tired: Oddly, the drums are on one side and arguably the right volume in the verses in 2009 stereo, and arguably a little soft and centered in the remix, while both mixes have a louder drum during the choruses, but with the old one centered and the new one on one side (!). 2018 has a somewhat more clarified and louder bluesy guitar in the choruses. So this one is a toss-up based on subjective preference. I might feel differently with some of these songs also if I heard them through speakers. I'm using headphones, for ease of comparison.

11. Blackbird: Paul's voice sounds fuller and more natural; slightly less tinny acoustic guitar sound, too. So it's an improvement of the 2009 stereo.

12. Rocky Raccoon: the drums are brought more to the center and the barrellhouse piano is much clearer. In the 2009 stereo it sounded like it was coming from a cheap transistor radio inside a garbage can.

13. Don't Pass Me By: a significantly cleaner and much more pleasant listening experience than the muffled, annoying 2009 mono, which was at least better than the 2009 stereo and its nearly nonexistent drums. One wonders why the original mixes could have been so substandard compared to George Martin's usually superb work. The son definitely outdid the father on this one. But I suppose the superior sound technology available today is the main reason. It seems as if our listening habits change over time as well. What we thought was fine and great 40 or 50 years ago sounds odd and weird and distorted today.

14. I Will: I think it's a bit over-mixed. The 2009 stereo is actually cleaner and the old-timey bass is where it should be, in my opinion (it's too soft now). So 2009 gets the nod. Giles must have thought the original bass was a little "intrusive." I don't. That's a subjective judgment call where different opinions are fine.

15. Julia: the two mixes of John's beautiful tribute to this late mother are very similar, but the guitars are maybe slightly brighter compared to the 2009 stereo.

16. Birthday: the frenzied guitar attack in the middle section after the drum break is more dramatic and almost punk-like, but there isn't too much difference compared to 2009 stereo. It was always a "tinny" recording and remains so even now (somewhat like many of the Rolling Stones' recordings). But maybe it was supposed to be . . . Me, I prefer a warmer, cleaner sound. But again, these are subjective judgments.

17. Yer Blues: this wonderful, near-satire of late 60s English blues was already glorious in 2009 remastered mono, but it's cleaner now compared to the mono, and the drum is totally centered instead of half-and-half, as in the 2009 stereo. Thus, it combines the best of each "competing" 2009 version: much like the 2017 mix of Pepper did. That's what we want!: all the good stuff in one mix for the best listening experience. Can't wait to hear this and the other rockers with my big old-fashioned, Michigan-made speakers.

18. Mother Nature's Son: Sounds about the same to me.

19. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey: Inexplicably, the drums are kept to one side on this explosive rocker. It could have been improved in the same way that Glass Onion was, and the obnoxious cowbell should have been removed (I had vainly hoped)! But that would "mess with" the song as the Beatles made it (maybe with Ringo's permission, the cowbell could be excised?). But there are improved aspects in this mix, too. It happily maintains the song's rocking nature, with its wonderful all-out "Twist and Shout"-like Lennon vocal delivery. The clarity is better: particularly in the snare drum and cymbals, which can be more distinctly heard. The 2009 mono (my previous favorite) sounds "jumbled" in comparison. So I choose this one as the best.

20. Sexy Sadie: very similar, but in the 2009 stereo the drums are slightly louder (better, to my taste) and cleaner and crisper in the snare and cymbals. I don't know why that was changed (why it was thought a change was needed), so I think the remix fails on that score, but it's a relatively minor failure.

21. Helter Skelter: Paul's not a rocker? Ha! Take THIS! Disappointingly, the drums were not centered. But as in the case of Me and My Monkey, all is not lost. They're louder and have a much more jolting impact than the 2009 mono, and the guitars are louder, making the song an almost frightening existential experience (some of the most ferocious rock ever played by any band ever). Another downside is a softer bass in the mix. Since we want to hear Paul's Come Together-like "swamp" bass, too, we can easily accomplish that by simply turning up the bass portion of our equalizers. With that adjustment, the new mix can be heartily recommended as superior. Play it really loud! I made sure no one was home when I did. :-)

22. Honey Pie: This is a big improvement in an "upgraded sound" sort of way. As in many of the softer Paul songs, his voice sounds more natural: like it's an in-person performance without a mike, up close. But in terms of the mix, the "20s jazz" orchestral flourishes are much more prominent, and it works wonderfully to these ears. Great job in improving the 2009 stereo, and almost transforming the song, making it even better than it has always been.

23. Cry Baby Cry: not much different, but fuller, warmer soundscape than the 2009 stereo, while maintaining the greater punch of the 2009 mono.

24. Good Night: the big improvement here over the 2009 stereo is the significantly greater clarity of the background singing, which was quite muddy and muffled before.

Conclusion:

A) Striking sound improvements (10): 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 17, 21, 22

B) Significant and noticeably improved sound (7): 4, 5, 8, 11, 19, 23, 24

C) About the same (5): 7, 10, 15, 16, 18

D) Inferior to the 2009 stereo (2): 14, 20

Overall, I give it an A-. The best improvements (my A list above) are VERY good, so I give it five stars for overall impact. 17 significantly or strikingly improved Beatles songs is something for all devoted fans to rejoice about! I'm very happy about the whole thing. It's a must-own for any Beatles fan.
The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations
The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations
Dear curious readers, here's a rare chance to get a most brutally insightful and painfully passionate work from one of America's best. "The Fan Who Knew Too Much" is almost an understatement. Anthony Heilbut wrote the definitive bible on Black Gospel music over 40 years ago! Critics, scholars, fans and most importantly the living souls he wrote of instantly agreed, "The Gospel Sound - Good News and Bad Times" was a masterpiece. Today that same author has honed his pen even sharper and painted a picture that would leave Rembrant's brush in shame. Some of his subject matter here is not for the faint of heart, but the truth is usually ugly and only a master can make sense of the myth. His forays into soap operas to drag queens, black radio and the blues are precise, honest and funny. Mr. Heilbut takes the reader deep into the Mariana Trench of Aretha Franklin's universe, from her first child at 13 to her singing for Barack Obama, it reads as written by a family member, like a Grandfather who knew her soul and what was coming before she did. Slowly the author's grasp of persecution becomes crystal, it could only come from a German Jewish kid lovingly adopted into the "Golden Era" of America's most insanely influential source of the Nile. (There's a reason it's still called the "Golden Era" ...nobody's ever topped it!) He surely did it by attending countless store-front churches to the Apollo on many, many occasions. It just so happens that Heilbut has the writing chops to do what most can't, walk the last mile of the way and tell the truth. 40s, 50s black American's soul? German Jews? Sames? (some say Gays) ....don't get more persecuted than that!

Buy this book NOW... you'll be richer than Noah. Somebody say Amen.
Bootleg Series-Live 1975 5
Bootleg Series-Live 1975 5
How could this not be hailed as one of the greatest live albums ever made??! This album stands up there with the best of them in terms of raw energy, musicianship, production values, great songs (slightly re-vamped and vastly improved), and sheer excellence!!
Man On The Street Vol 2-BOB DYLAN
Man On The Street Vol 2-BOB DYLAN
I ordered this box set from Rare Waves via Amazon after Xmas because things go missing at Xmas in the post. So I ordered it and they said it would be with on the 6/1/20. I contacted them on the 9/1/20 when it hadn't arrived and within an hour they had replied saying , no problem, we'll put another one in the post which has now duly arrived. I don't know who Rare Waves are, big or small retailer, but they put some of the really big ones to shame with their customer service. My go to supplier from now on. Oh, Dylan's good too but as many people have said you may have most of these on bootlegs but the sound is better. Still nice package, good illustrated card sleeves and all at a bargain price. Some of these I paid an arm and a leg for as bootlegs. Go ahead, treat yourself.
The Best Of Bob Dylan Volume 2 - Special Limited Edition
The Best Of Bob Dylan Volume 2 - Special Limited Edition
Around the same time that Columbia released "The Essential Bob Dylan" in the US, it also released "The Best of Bob Dylan Volume 2" in most overseas markets, a sequel to Volume 1 which was released in 1997.

"The Best of Bob Dylan Volume 2" (17 tracks, 77 min., plus bonus disk) starts off with the 'excuse' that was needed for the release, namely the excellent (and Oscar-winning) "Things Have Changed" from the "Wonder Boys" soundtrack. After that, the remaining 16 tracks provide a chronological overview of Dylan's best known songs not found on Volume 1, and thus form a perfect complement to Volume 1. The highlights are many, including "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall", "I Want You", "Simple Twist of Faith", "Changing of the Guards" (all of which are missing from "The Essential Bob Dylan"), "Hurricane", "Rainy Day Woman", and so on. The audio quality is superb. So you ask, what more can one expect of a "greatest hits" album? A bonus disk, of course!

The bonus disk (18 min.) provides live tracks of the epic "Highlands" (from "Time Out of Mind"), followed by "Blowing in the Wind". They show Dylan in his element, and I wish there were more official releases of the "Never-Ending Tour".

In all, this is an excellent compilation. Highly recomended!
HIMIC E77C 3D Super Hero Close-Fitting Quick-Drying Elastic Sport Cosplay T-Shirt
HIMIC E77C 3D Super Hero Close-Fitting Quick-Drying Elastic Sport Cosplay T-Shirt
As compression shirts go, I loved this design and was really looking forward to wearing it.
Normally I wear an XL shirt size and thought that this should fit similarly according to the sizing chart.
Sizing appear to be a little bigger than advertised. This could be Asian product selling to a Western market or just being more roomy than necessary. The opening for the head is twice what would be considered normal and the length of the sleeves was also a little too generous. Reached out to the seller and requested an exchange for a Medium size after returning the original XL. Seller was prompt in responding to my request and a new better fitting shirt arrived in a reasonable time frame. I could not be happier with the resulting product. I am not sure if I just got a bum sized product, but felt that the seller was responsive and looking to make things right. I would buy from this seller and this product again.
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
Great quality book! I purchased the "paperback" version and what I got was not at all paperback - WHICH IS A GOOD THING! The cover is a quality felt-like (fake) leather of some kind and will do well to keep the book in excellent condition for many years to come; which is perfect for people like who want to keep Tolkien's magnum opus forever.
Killoe: A Novel
Killoe: A Novel
I usually don't rate or review Louis L'Amour Books. Not because I don't like them -- to the contrary. I have never read one that I didn't enjoy. For me, they are entertaining, escapist fiction, with a little history, romance, and Americana thrown in. It's just that, for me it's hard to differentiate them. They are all fun to read, I know what I'm getting, and I look forward to a new (for me) one, as I haven't yet read them all. But, sooner or later I will.

So, in that context I usually give them 5 stars, because they are what they are. So why 4 stars for this one? Well it was good, readable, etc., except I think it ended about 20 pages too soon. The romantic thread wasn't resolved and the "eye on the glorious future" language missing. Still a good, fun, read. Just not as satisfying an ending as usual.
Phoenix
Phoenix
I remember sneaking into my dads books to read his complete collection of the phoenix manga . i didnt understand the Japanese but fell in love with the characters, artwork., and just how bizarre (in a good way) it was. 25 years later i stumble upon this on amazon prime. it was like a dream come true bolstered with nostalgic feelings seeing these characters animated for the first time. the transition from book to tv is very good... well at least better than Junji Ito book to animated abomination. This anthology's theme centers around redemption and rebirth, much like the phoenix, and i recommend this series to anybody. Although the stories are dark and and a bit violent, which is something that may be overlooked given its cutesy/made for children style and that is made by the same person who made astro boy, i would still show this to my future kids because there are some truly rewarding lessons, tragedy, and some deep ****. This anime may give you the waterworks, so i would recommend being light on your eye liner. One of my favorite anime of all time. This does not have the stereotypical anime cliche that you've grown to hate. Instead, this obscure little gem will be something you treasure for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, I do have two gripes. I prefer the simplistic character design in the manga over the anime. IMO, its too detailed. Backgrounds are rich and detailed which is nice but i wish they chose to keep the characters looking like they did in the books. In addition, some of the female love interests are somewhat one dimensional but its not bad. It does not take away from the stories.

Its an anthology made up of about 4-6 stories, so characters will be changing. Dont get TOO attached!
America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750 (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press)
America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750 (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press)
I rated "America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750," with 3-stars because I found the material contained within the book extremely profound and interesting. However, I had anticipated reading something much different. I had hoped to learn and understand exactly how "European Consciousness," developed, grew and evolved in the new nation called America. I also wanted to learn and gain insight into the reality of that manifestation. In addition, I thought the author would provide example-upon-example of correlations between the past and todays contemporary American Society. To the best of my knowledge I did not recall reading anything such as that in this book.

If you are a huge history buff and enjoy exposing your mind to newfound knowledge and information you will like reading, "America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750."
How To Write A Book: Writing A Novel That Sells
How To Write A Book: Writing A Novel That Sells
Für die 13,30 Euro hätte ich sowas wie ein Buch erwartet, also einen Guide, wie man erfolgreich Romane schreibt. Gerade von Dan Brown wär das ultra spannend für mich gewesen! Vor Büchern in English habe ich auch keine Angst. Was dann auf meinem Kindle eintrudelte war für mich allerdings mehr als merkwürdig. Das Werk bestand aus geschätzten 4 Seiten und war nicht mehr als eine Ansammlung von Stichpunkten und Überschriften, ähnlich wie vier Powerpoint Slides. Verstehen konnte ich nicht wirklich was ich sah. Mit den Vorstellungen, die die Inhaltsangabe vermittelte, hatte der Inhalt jedenfalls nicht viel gemein. Manche Sätze hatten eine schließende Klammer, aber keine öffnende, gerade so als hätte man aus einem Buch wahllos ein paar Zeilen rausgeschnitten und zusammengewürfelt. Vielleicht war das ja auch ein Datenfehler, aber auf Kindle für PC und meinem Paperwhite sah es gleich aus. Ich habe einen Rücknahmeantrag bei Amazon gestellt und schreibe hier nur, um durch andere Leser gegebenenfalls noch etwas Erleuchtung zu erhalten. Nebenbei, die Rezension hat jetzt mehr Wörter, als das Kindle Buch.
The Inn of Fallen Leaves
The Inn of Fallen Leaves
I was very surprised by the quality of this novel, as it had no previous reviews. Mr. Davies has crafted a very descriptive tale of life in Japan during the social upheaval which included the Sakuradamon incident. This tale is solidly written, so I could not finish it in one sitting. I found his description of life and culture in mid 19th century Japan to be refreshing and instructive. The plot was not predictable, the storytelling was very patient, culminating in an ending which did not feel rushed in any sense. Being a fan of Katherine Lawrence, IJ Parker and Lynn Guest, I consider Inn of Fallen Leaves to be an extremely worthwhile read.
Bill Bailey: an Omnibus
Bill Bailey: an Omnibus
the story is very good s always but unfortunately the book had pages that had been put back inwith words missing so not as happy about state the book was in
Female Force: Anne Rice
Female Force: Anne Rice
Most vampires today are depicted with a romantic, angsty bent instead of as undead monsters... and despite what many "Twilight" fans insist, we have Anne Rice to thank for that.

So how does "Female Force: Anne Rice" stand as a graphic-novel biography? Well, it's certainly not as horrible as the other Female Force comics, with grotesquely bad art and over-the-top praise. But it's just okay as a biography -- we get the basics of Anne Rice's life up until last year, but not much more than that. Except Dracula.

Yes, this graphic novel is actually narrated by Dracula in full movie-kitsch garb, who informs us that, "She made vampires sexy again!" He chronicles Rice's early life as a child, including her upbringing in the Catholic Church, her blossoming imagination, and her mother's alcoholism and eventual death.

But in college, she met and married Stan Rice, and had two children. But after her daughter's death from leukemia, Rice spiralled into an alcoholic depression -- and was pulled out of it by the cathartic "Interview With the Vampire," one of many supernatural/historical novels. And after the death of her beloved husband, she returned to Roman Catholicism after an absence of many years... even though last year she jumped ship again.

Unlike most of the "Female Force" comics, this one is... not horrible. It's pretty cheesy, but it's obvious that it was done with love and care, as well as respect for Rice's imagination and art. And the art is merely mediocre -- most of it looks rough and inconsistent (in one picture, Dracula appears to have no lips), but it's not a Stephenie Meyer comic.

However, fans of Rice will find little that's new or enlightening about this. Most of the content here is pretty much covered in past articles about her, and it's basically just a cliff's notes biography. Dead daughter? Check. Catholic background? Check. Marriage to Stan Rice? Check. Bestsellerdom? Check. Profile of Lestat de Lioncourt? Check check check.

And... the narration by Dracula is kind of weird. I guess they couldn't legally include one of Rice's creations, but it feels odd to have a different author's vampire interviewing Rice.

"Female Force: Anne Rice" is not nearly as bad as the other stuff this publisher has turned out, but it's a decent brief biography of Rice. Just don't expect it to be more than a five-minute read.
Blindsight (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery series Book 1)
Blindsight (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery series Book 1)
Love this series, read it over and over again, I'm at the point where all the things that annoy me now almost amuse me. As someone who started reading them before I had professional medical training (I'm a veterinarian), I can say that the medical terms and details are not overwhelming and I even mentally skip a lot of the stuffed in gratuitous explanations as I read through the stories. One constant in all his books even out of this series is how ridiculously the female perspectives, interactions, conversations, and thought processes seem, it's amusing but I find all the female characters annoying caricatures/stereotypes, but I don't hold it against the author I just can't stand the characters.

I still love all the plot turns, twists, details, and diagnostics. Highly recommended
Elephant Song: A Novel
Elephant Song: A Novel
My second Wilbur Smith - I was recommended this one as maybe his magnum opus. It's a gripping action novel that never relents and takes us from the savannah of Zimbabwe to Zambia to Malawi, then to London, then to "Ubomo" (as clear a euphemism for Rwanda as any), back to London then back to Ubomo for the finale. Suffocating and claustrophobic this book is not - it's as sweeping as the African landscape.
It also reads as a fairly violent tale of revenge where the story's hero comes good in the end and gets the woman - it's Hollywood a la Indiana Jones or The Rock, in the mold of "I'm gonna git you sucka". And he does.
It's a gripping tale and artfully told, but frankly based on coarse emotions of revenge, cruelty (the bad guys) and getting back on them in the end. The women are lusty busty ("her bare buttocks were like two shiny ostrich eggs" - what can you say to that?) and really, stereo-typed.
Don't get me wrong, it's a real page-turner and keeps you gripped, but not for me - this is my last Wilbur Smith, but if you're a Wilbur fan and you've not read this one, it's a must.
Figli del Nilo: Il ciclo egizio (La Gaja scienza Vol. 635) (Italian Edition)
Figli del Nilo: Il ciclo egizio (La Gaja scienza Vol. 635) (Italian Edition)
Se decidete di leggere questo straordinario romanzo, poi dovete leggere anche alle fonti del Nilo che è il proseguimento e la fine di tutta la vicenda. Non spaventatevi dall'epoca in cui si svolge (antico egitto e faraoni)perchè i personaggi e le vicende sono talmente ricche di colpi di scena e avvincenti (wilbur smith non è certo l'ultimo arrivato)che portano il lettore a divorare le pagine per arrivare al finale. PS. mia moglie ed io lo abbiamo letto quasi assieme su due kindle, e per la prima volta dopo tantissimi libri letti,ci siamo ritrovati a parlare di particolari e personaggi che questo bel libro ci ha fatto conoscere.Grazie Kindle,grazie Amazon
Gungrave
Gungrave
Gungrave is one of the greatest animes ever made. It's in my top three, along with Berserk and The Rose of Versailles. If you want characters that will move you deeply, watch Gungrave. The relationship between Brandon and Harry is to die for, literally.
Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn
For the record, my score is moe of a 3.5 then it is a 3

Rescue Dawn is a 2006 American epic war drama film written and directed by Werner Herzog, based on an adapted screenplay written from his 1997 documentary film Little Dieter Needs to Fly. The film stars Christian Bale and is based on the true story of German-American pilot Dieter Dengler, who was shot down and captured by villagers sympathetic to the Pathet Lao during an American military campaign in the Vietnam War. Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Pat Healy, and Toby Huss also have principal roles.

As usual, this is yet another successful performance on Bale's behalf. Bale's tendency to immerse himself within a story gives his character an extra layer of authenticity and transparency that is easily appreciated. Bale is everything a character in this special circumstance should be: scared, eager, and a tad bit naive. His optimism shines through during scenes that seem the most bleak, and this gives the audience a sense of hope for his character right until the very last moment.

That said, there really wasn't much done to level the playing field between the role Bale's character has in comparison to the other prisoners he meets after being captured. The audience is told point blank that some of these characters have been imprisoned for a significant period of time (some, as long as a year or more), and little is done to provide some amount of insight they could provide when devising an escape plan. Their fears are presented as speculation (as opposed to being the result of failed attempts being made by themselves or others), and the context leaves the audience with more questions than answers as the film comes to its climax and levels out. I certainly can't complain about the amount of screentime Bale receives here (I'm a bit biased in his favor), but I just can't help but feel like his character was unfairly placed on a pedestal and crucial information was left out or simply treated as an afterthought.

Lastly, there seems to be a lot of disagreement regarding how accurate this movie portrays the experience of Dengler and his fellow cell-mates. Possibly even worse, but these inaccuracies undermine the roles other characters played in real life that were ultimately crucial to the success of this escape plan. For some people this might not be a deal breaker, but this certainly causes the integrity of this film to be called into question.

Not a terrible movie by any means -
Just lacking in substance that would have made this a 'must-see'.
I would recommend (Even if not strongly).
Harry Potter 3 - De gevangene van Azkaban (Steelbook)
Harry Potter 3 - De gevangene van Azkaban (Steelbook)
I think Harry Potter 3 is brilliant. Directed by the mega multi-award winning director Alfonso Cuaron, of course. The 4K UHD copy is very dense and brilliantly coloured. My copy is from Poland and there are others from eg Italy and Australia but beware region compatability. We are region B in this, ok?
Why aren't the Harry Potters available in 4K UK? What are they holding back on?
Floods of Fear
Floods of Fear
Awesome Howard Keel video! One of my favorite movies - Floods of Fear!! Great sale!!
Margo Garden Products 1/2" 20lbs Dragon Glass, Black
Margo Garden Products 1/2" 20lbs Dragon Glass, Black
This fire glass worked well for our outdoor gas fireplace. Overall, the fire glass seems like good quality and it does look nice. I would have liked the pieces to be a little bigger for being 1/2” thick - we ordered 12 boxes and the majority are smaller pieces. Outside of that minor complaint, it does look really good. We did rinse the glass with an outdoor hose before putting it into the fire pit. I would recommend you do the same as the bag of fire glass has a good amount of dust and a lot of very small glass shards in it (be sure to wear gloves).

I was hoping we wouldn’t need so much fire glass. We ended up buying 12 boxes (240lbs) for what you see in the picture (35”x35”) and 3.5” deep. The price was above average compared to other fire glass, around $38/box (20lbs).

We've had no issues with the glass holding it’s own against the heat thus far - we have a 360K BTU burner under it. I’ll provide an update in the future in regards to how well it holds up.
Kalamel Cell Phone Cleaner,Portable Smart Phone Cleaner Box Suitable for Mobile Phones,Jewelry Watches,Toothbrushes and Other Small Toys
Kalamel Cell Phone Cleaner,Portable Smart Phone Cleaner Box Suitable for Mobile Phones,Jewelry Watches,Toothbrushes and Other Small Toys
 This UV sterilizer is something I'll always have on hand. It ssnitizes and does so in roughly five minutes or so. There's also a spot to add essential oils in order to use the aromatherapy function.
There's absolutely nothing to using this. You simply insert whatever it is you want to sanitize, I did my rings today and they're sparkly and beautiful again. The light has a countdown function which lets you know when you're 25, 50, 75, and 100 percent complete. The aromatherapy function can be used as you wish. The size will fit almost all (if not all) smart phones. There is no noise either except when it starts. I'd buy this again!
SCHVUBENR Premium Pizza Cutter - Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter Wheel - Easy to Cut and Clean - Super Sharp Pizza Slicer - Dishwasher Safe - Handles Large and Small Pizza - Corte De Pizza(Red)
SCHVUBENR Premium Pizza Cutter - Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter Wheel - Easy to Cut and Clean - Super Sharp Pizza Slicer - Dishwasher Safe - Handles Large and Small Pizza - Corte De Pizza(Red)
The pizza cutter cuts through pizza with ease. The package was easy to op[en and you can view the pizza cutter easily. I liked the handle of the pizza cutter because it is a non slip rubber handle. I would recommend this easy to use pizza cutter to anyone. I was provided this product for my honest review for the friends and family program review.
Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work™
Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work™
I purchased this book looking for research and strategies on sustainability of change. I did find some of that and elements from the text that I will be able to use in practice. More often then not the link to PLC's felt contrived to bring the thinking of the two authors together. Knowing what I wanted from the book allowed me to read through the content and pull what I needed. It is an easy read and for folks early into the concept of PLC's this publication may have some value. With my purpose of wanting to dig deeper into the topic of sustainability, I was able to separate the two. Bottom line, if you are relatively new or early in your implementation of PLC's this book is of value, if not, but looking for information on sustainability the reader needs to sort and sift to benefit from the text.
Mein schönstes Geschenk
Mein schönstes Geschenk
Was soll man groß schreiben, wenn man sich eine CD kauft, auf der Musik ist, die man gerne hört. Die einen sagen "tolle Musik", die anderen "wie kann man denn so etwas hören". Ich jedenfalls mag die Musik - deshalb habe ich sie ja gekauft.
Tata Sampann Masoor Dal Split, 1kg
Tata Sampann Masoor Dal Split, 1kg
All of TATA Sampan's grocery products including this one is of OK quality but the prices are much higher than what is available in the local markets. So I avoid buying such products from Amazon if only Tata Sampan is available and instead purchase it from the local market which saves me quite a lot of money per month.
Tata Sampann Fibre Rich Moong Dal Vada Mix 180g
Tata Sampann Fibre Rich Moong Dal Vada Mix 180g
Why I purchased this:
just to give it a try

Packaging:
comes in an air tight plastic bag, this is a one time use product

First Impression:
good aroma and coarse mixture.. contains all basic ingredients

Taste:
good

Preparation:
The packet says mix with 3/4th part water, but the mixture took more than 1 part of water.. I also added onion and coriander.. make small balls around the size of cold drink cap.. fry well and enjoy with ketchup and/or green chutney

TIP: put abundant amount of coriander and fry it square shaped, it will really taste good as the mixture turns out very crisp after frying

Recommended: If you wish to give it a try: Yes
Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook' N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook' N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
I was hesitant to buy this based on some "exploding lid" reviews, but glad I did.

I've only used it once, having just received it. I still have my 30 year old crockpot and it works fine, but it has the temperature dial in degrees, and this one has "low, high, warm" settings. Most recipes I come across now call for low or high settings, and with the temperature dial I have to guess what temp I think the author of the recipe thinks is "low".

I made chicken stroganoff in the old crockpot, and buffalo chicken in this one. Set them both on low at the same time and the chicken in both cooked at the same pace.

Per directions, I did not lock the lid while cooking. So I didn't experience shattering lids, leaking, nor caving in of the outer casing.

I love the red color of this one and the oval shape, my old one is boring brown and circular. And i like having the warm setting on this one. And for $25 for a 6 quart portable crockpot - it's a pretty good deal.

I crockpot cook most of the year - will update if anything changes.

Update 10/10/2019-still working fine, no problems, no exploding lid and I’m still using it a few times a week-heats up like it should, cooks thoroughly, easy-ish to clean. I’ve even transported it with the lid locked and it hasn’t shattered, but I only lock the lid when transporting and unlock when I plug it back in.
Bassetti regaliz Retro niños Sweets - 75
Bassetti regaliz Retro niños Sweets - 75
I feel like these were tampered with because when I took the lid off it looked like oily fingerprints all over the under box and the protective paper were covered in oily prints. It kinda looked like someone had coated all the contents in engine oil and then repacked them back in the box. I was disgusted and physically sick after eating one and left with a horrible after taste for ages. The box isn't sealed so it's easily accessible to anybody. I have bought these a few times in the past and never had this problem so I know these aren't what they are supposed to be.

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