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Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row
Sycamore Row by John Grisham, Michael Beck, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 22255 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3)
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3)
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3) by Michael Connelly. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 4103 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
John Grisham :The Insider’s Guide On The Life And Work of John Grisham (John Grisham,John Grisham books,John Grisham ebooks,John Grisham the firm,John Grisham 2014,John Grisham, John Grisham row)
John Grisham :The Insider’s Guide On The Life And Work of John Grisham (John Grisham,John Grisham books,John Grisham ebooks,John Grisham the firm,John Grisham 2014,John Grisham, John Grisham row)
John Grisham :The Insider’s Guide On The Life And Work of John Grisham (John Grisham,John Grisham books,John Grisham ebooks,John Grisham the firm,John Grisham 2014,John Grisham, John Grisham row) by A. Griffin. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Needful Things
Needful Things
Needful Things by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 926 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Stand: Das letzte Gefecht
The Stand: Das letzte Gefecht
The Stand: Das letzte Gefecht by Stephen King, David Nathan, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 109 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Herb Schildt's Java Programming Cookbook
Herb Schildt's Java Programming Cookbook
Herb Schildt's Java Programming Cookbook by Herbert Schildt. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Programmare con PHP 7 (Italian Edition)
Programmare con PHP 7 (Italian Edition)
Programmare con PHP 7 (Italian Edition) by Steve Prettyman. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Beginning Objective C
Beginning Objective C
Beginning Objective C by James Dovey and Ashley Alonzo Hale Furrow. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp (New York Review Books Classics)
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp (New York Review Books Classics)
I read this book when it first came out in French, and just re-read it in Karpeles's English translation. A Proust scholar will find perhaps little that they would consider new in terms of research, and the main interest of the book may be its context. While imprisoned in Gryazovets, a Russian camp near Vologda, located in a bombed-out monastery, Czapski participated in a series of sometimes authorized, sometimes clandestine lectures: inmates would discourse from memory on any topic dear to them, whether literature, sports, geography... Czapski gave a series of talks on the history of painting (and, as we learn from Karpeles's biography of Czapski, "Almost Nothing," even drafted an art historical volume, but the notes were lost, confiscated...). As he worked on his topic, another idea came to haunt him: to present to his fellow prisoners the work of Proust -- whom he saw as a sort of prisoner, locked in his "corked bedroom," in disregard of his health, entirely devoted to his work. Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" brought hope of a time regained into a place so remote and seemingly antithetical to the aristocratic world he describes. Speaking to Polish fellows in arms, Czapski nevertheless gave his lectures in French. His notes, some of which are reproduced and translated (with only a handful of very slight errors) in the plate section, are a visual map to his interpretation of Proust, drafted mainly in Polish, with a sprinkling of French, German, Latin, as required by the origin of the references. The French edition of these talks presents perhaps a more fragile text as it preserves some grammatical errors and omissions made in the surviving transcripts of these lectures. (The journey from the original conception to the published text is in itself fascinating: it's not clear whether Czapski had detailed notes or whether he spoke based on the mental map in the form of visual diagrams recorded in the notebooks; afterwards, he dictated the lectures in abridged form to two inmates who transcribed it on a typewriter -- as Karpeles points out, mystery envelops the circumstances of the creation of this typescript [a typewriter in a gulag?]. Eventually a second typescript was created. Both bear some handwritten corrections made by Czapski, perhaps others. Karpeles's version relies on a comparison between the two versions; whereas the French publication had access to only one typescript.) Perhaps because of publishing costs, the NYRB edition reproduces only a few select pages with the draft diagrams, accompanied by a translation on the facing page. The French version doesn't offer translations of its plates, but includes color photographs of the entire notebook, including the two tattered covers with the title "Tyetrad" [Exercise Book], printed in Cyrillics.

Let not the Proust scholar be too disappointed or walk away too early, however. While Czapski may seem to add little to the "scholarship," doesn't encountering Proust in the gulag tell us something about Proust we may have previously overlooked? And plain and "unscholarly" as Czapski's interpretation may appear, it brings in his unique erudition by setting Proust side by side Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Zeromski, Conrad in ways that to a discerning eye might indeed suggest new avenues of exploration!
Getting Started With Angular JS
Getting Started With Angular JS
Don't waste your time and money. It contains to many screenshots taking whole pages, source code samples are uncomfortable to read (gray letters on dark background with a few shades of gray scale). Explanation of ideas behind core Angular elements are very short.
It describes Angular 1.x when I was expecting something about Angular 2 from book published recently (so focusing on components rather then on controllers for instance)
In fact it mentions Angular 2 but without any real deep analysis on examples - just it shows the author knows how to run some samples using Angular 2 with a few transpillers.
If you are still interrested in Angular 1.x just buy Pro AngularJS by Adam Freeman - it's best book about AngularJS I read up to now...
Pro AngularJS (Expert's Voice in Web Development)
How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story
How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story
I recently finished reading "How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story." I was so impressed with the book that I am purchasing copies for each of my children and for many of my friends. It was both informative and inspirational. As one who has been involved in higher level management for many years -- I am currently serving as a college president -- the book comes to mind almost daily and reminds me of the importance of integrity and the value of customers (in our case, students). In fact, I am using the portions regarding customer relations as the basis for some training that we are doing in that area. I am blessed to know Mr. Child and Mr. Benedict and this book is the real thing -- it was a quick but inspiring read.
Jeff Bezos (Quotes from the Greatest Entrepreneurs)
Jeff Bezos (Quotes from the Greatest Entrepreneurs)
Jeff Bezos (Quotes from the Greatest Entrepreneurs) by Jeffrey Bezos and Katie Gillespie. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait
Bob Dylan, infuriated by the public’s desire for him to produce works of genius every year or so, supposedly released this album in 1970 as a throwaway work of rubbish, just to spite the ever-expectant public. The perceived wisdom is that it is drivel, much like The Beach Boys’ dreadful “Smiley Smile”. Over the years, however, opinions have softened regarding it. I, personally, have always quite liked it. Taken as an extension of the country style introduced on its predecessor, “Nashville Skyline”, it is not a bad album at all. Indeed, I consider a better album than the previous one. It is longer and its instrumentation more varied and the songs’ diversity is far greater. The music played is excellent and the sound quality superb.

TRACK LISTING

1. All The Tired Horses
2. Alberta #1
3. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
4. Days Of '49
5. Early Mornin' Rain
6. In Search Of Little Sadie
7. Let It Be Me
8. Little Sadie
9. Woogie Boogie
10. Belle Isle
11. Living The Blues
12. Like A Rolling Stone (Live)
13. Copper Kettle
14. Gotta Travel On
15. Blue Moon
16. The Boxer
17. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mghty Quinn)
18. Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go
19. Take A Message To Mary
20. It Hurts Me Too
21. Minstrel Boy
22. She Belongs To Me
23. Wigwam
24. Alberta #2

“All The Tired Horses” with its gospel voices and nothing more, is a bit throwaway, admittedly, but “Alberta” is laid-back and sweetly romantic, very much in a “Nashville Skyline” way, and “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” is a twangy and appealing country lament. “Days of ’49”, strong, insistent and bluesy, is a historical tale delivered in confident fashion by Dylan, as indeed is the next track, Gordon Lightfoot’s delightful “Early Morning Rain”. These don’t sound like an artist producing rubbish for the sake of it, to annoy people. He actually sounds as if he is enjoying playing this sort of material, as indeed he had on “Nashville Skyline”. The intensity in which he attacks the sad tale of “In Search Of Little Sadie” can’t really be questioned, in my book. Dylan’s cover of the ballad “Let It Be Me” may have appalled some, but I have always fund it charming and disarming. “Little Sadie” is a fun slice of country, acoustic boogie, while “Woogie Boogie” is the real thing - some upbeat barroom rocking piano. Damn, I am enjoying listening to this again. In many parts it matches the similarly sprawling and country-style experimentation of “The Basement Tapes”, which is much-lauded by pretty much everyone. Furthermore, everyone loved The Byrds' "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, from 1968, so why not parts of this?

“Belle Isle” is just endearingly lovely. Just take these songs in isolation, if you have to, forget they are Bob Dylan, the composer of “Desolation Row” and so on. Just enjoy them for what they are. “Living The Blues” is, as would imagine, bluesy. The sound on it is superb, bassy and captivating. Dylan’s vocal is sleepily appealing, as are the Elvis-style “a-ha” backing vocals. The band are top notch. None of this album sounds half-baked or throwaway to me. What the heck, if some embittered “musos” disagree with me, or moaned and griped in 1970 - who cares?

“Copper Kettle” could easily have been a track from “New Morning”, to be honest. If it had been, it would have garnered praise. “We an’t paid no whiskey tax since 1792” is a line I have always liked. “Gotta Travel On” has some intoxicating percussion rhythms and some bluesy slide guitar. This is a very “Beggars’ Banquet”-style song. That album was loved by everyone. If Mick Jagger had wrapped his tonsils around this, it would have been loved, so why not this? It’s great.

The quality does admittedly suffer a little as the double album continues on its way. I have not commented on the live tracks, as I feel they were superfluous to the album. “Blue Moon” is veering into Elvis territory and also the sort of thing Dylan unfortunately records nowadays. Dylan’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” doesn’t work as well as their version and Dylan’s lazy-ish vocal here does him no favours. “Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go” is a steel guitar country crooner. “Take A Message To Mary” certainly would not have sounded out of place on “Nashville Skyline”. Again, though, it is perfectly enjoyable, taken for what it is. “It Hurts Me Too” is a relaxing country ballad. “Minstrel Boy” is bluesy and somewhat drunken in deliver. “Wigwam” certainly is a waste of time, a rather discordant brassy instrumental, rather like a New Orleans funeral. “Alberta 2” is a nice, rhythmic and bassy end to the album, raising the quality back up a bit.

By its end, the album does start to lose its appeal a little. A single album would have been far preferable and could have contained quite a few tracks, as they are quite short. It would not have been criticised as much, take out the live tracks and some of these at the end and you have a reasonable album. Go up to “Gotta Travel On” (leaving out the “Tired Horses”), add “Alberta 2”. That’s thirteen shortish tracks of good quality. It was the adding on of too much sprawling filler that did for this album, not the first half of it.
Live 1962-1966 - Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
Live 1962-1966 - Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
What we have here is a Bootleg Series that’s not called a Bootleg Series! These are rare, live recordings that are FANTASTIC and tons of fun to listen to! The audio quality varies but I would say 80% sounds great!

Disc 1 starts off with “Blowin’ In The Wind” & “Corrina, Corrina” – these two along with “When the Ship Comes In” are the worst sounding as far as audio quality. Bob does “Corrina, Corrina" slightly different here than on “Freewheelin’” which makes for a fun listen – almost makes up for the poor sound quality!

“John Brown” starts off the row of 5 songs from the April 12, 1963 “Town Hall” concert in New York. This song is really cool and tells a great story – I like this performance better than “Live At The Gaslight ‘62”. It shows up again 30 years later on “MTV Unplugged” in a more rock n’ roll acoustic form.

“Don’t Think Twice” is great here (better than the Bootleg 6 performance) but I prefer the “Freewheelin” studio track. This is such a classic it’s hard to go wrong with it! This song alone should be enough to get Bob into the Country Music Hall of Fame!

“Bob Dylan’s Dream” is a good song but not on my favorite’s list – Bob does do a great performance of it though and fits perfectly on this collection!

I LOVE “Seven Curses”!!!! It was my favorite track on Bootleg 2 and probably on my Top 20 list of all of Bob’s songs! It’s got that haunting vibe to it and tells a great story! This one is a great performance but I still prefer the Bootleg 2 studio recording.

“Boots Of Spanish Leather” is one of the best performances on here! What a great folk song along the same line as “Girl From The North Country”, but I like “Boots” even better! An even better performance of this is on the “Live At Carnegie Hall” EP!

Both “Masters Of War” & “Hattie Carroll” are the BEST sound quality here – sounds like Bob is right in your living room singing these songs directly to you! These are from the 10/26/63 Carnegie Hall concert but left off of the EP! This concert was my favorite from Bob in the 60’s! Other tracks from this can be found on “Bootleg 1” (“Talkin’ John Birch” & “Who Killed Davey Moore”) and “Bootleg 7” (“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” & “When The Ship Comes In”).

By far the worst sound quality on here is the March on Washington ’63 performance of “When The Ship Comes In” – Joan Baez sings backup here and this would be a beautiful track if the audio quality was better… still worth having for the historical value! There is video footage of this on the “No Direction Home” DVD.

“The Times They Are A-Changin” starts a row of performances from the Royal Festival Hall on 5/17/64 – these have great sound quality and I wonder if the rest of these songs will show up on a bootleg – a great performance that reminds me of “Bootleg 6”!

“Girl From The North Country” is another classic and glad to have it here… a perfect live performance – check out the 1969 studio version on “Nashville Skyline” with Johnny Cash! Cool stuff!!

There are not many performances of “Mr. Tambourine Man” I care for… the “England ‘66” performances sound like Bob is singing with an English accent, Jack Elliot ruins the song singing backup on “Bootleg 7”. The “Bootleg 6” version was okay but still not as good as the “Bringing It All Back Home” recording. But I have to say I actually like this rendition here! Shows forth the wonder and fairy-tale imagination that the original does – takes the mind on a vacation!

“It Ain’t Me Babe” is a really cool early performance… Bob substitutes “Lord, Lord, Lord” instead of “No, No, No” in the chorus! Other than that it’s about the same as the “Another Side” studio recording.

Now we skip to the “Newport Folk Festival” of ’64 for “To Ramona”. Another country-sounding song that I'll bet Marty Robbins was fond of back in the day!

“Chimes Of Freedom” rounds out disc one and takes us back to the Royal Festival Hall - this was the song that got people to thinking Bob was more than a singer/songwriter, like a prophet or something! A great performance that rivals the one on “Bootleg 7”!

Disc 2 begins with “One Too Many Mornings” – the sound quality of this leaves something to be desired but it’s a good performance… slightly different and more energetic than the original studio recording.

“It’s Alright Ma” is another great early performance… when Bob is singing on this one, his guitar sounds further away from the microphone, then at the end of each verse it sounds like he moves it closer – kinda weird sounding but good nonetheless!

Now we get to my favorite song on here – “Love Minus Zero” is PERFECT!!!! Perfect sound quality, perfect performance!!! Love the D-A-G chord changes at the end of each phrase - I can’t get enough of this track and could listen to it all day! Don’t know which is better, this one or the “Bringing It All Back Home” original. Both are the sound of perfection!

I thought “Gates Of Eden” was good but I've always thought the live versions of this sort of drag along… I prefer the “Bringing It All Back Home” original.

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” & “She Belongs To Me” are also good (sort of great) from the same concert!

“Maggie’s Farm” (like we need another live version) is interesting here! It sounds more organ driven instead of guitar driven like it was on the Newport Festival/Bootleg 7. Cool stuff but the sound quality is a tad off.

Here we go to the infamous “Newport Folk Festival” of 1965… the one where Bob was literally booed off the stage! "Bootleg 7" gives us “Maggie’s Farm” and we get the rest of the songs from “The Other Side Of The Mirror” DVD, except for one! Now this release gives us the elusive “It Takes A Lot To Laugh” – a really cool, hard-rocking number that would be considered the Heavy Metal of 1965! At the end of the song we can hear Bob leaving abruptly and telling his band “let’s go”! He comes back later with an acoustic guitar and makes everybody happy!

Bob does “Desolation Row” at a TV station in Australia – it’s really cool, similar to the “England 1966” concerts – the sound quality isn’t that great but the perfect performance makes up for it!

The rest of the songs are old standbys from Bob’s Europe concerts from May, 1966… These are interesting and in high quality Mono, so definitely listenable … I thought “Ballad Of A Thin Man” sounded much better here than on "Bootleg 4" with so much echo going on with the sound system on that one you could hardly hear it, it gets better on the May 26th “Royal Albert Hall” release but I think it sounds even better here.

So all in all this really is a great release and a treasure for any Bob Dylan fan. This would probably be an okay place to start if you’re just getting into Bob’s music with lots of classic songs included! A definite 5 stars and highly recommended!
Modern Times [Vinyl]
Modern Times [Vinyl]
I remember a time in America when We Shall Overcome and Blowin' in the Wind were national anthems for a civil rights movement that rattled our country to the rafters and unfortunately never actually commenced until that point in time. A young singer songwriter was a focal point of that movement and coincidentally is the same Bob Dylan who gives us Modern Times and systematically beats out on the Billboard Charts all the American Idols and classic rock wannabees and all this at the age of maybe 65. Bob is incredibly transitional- a metamorphosis of a singer songwriter as he exhibited in Nashville Skyline when he suddenly went country and Hurricane when he unexpectedly became urban and street wise and chronicled the events of a Jersey frame of a middleweight contender. When I first became attached to Bob Dylan in maybe'62, a young troubled comedian named Lenny Bruce dominated the pages of an ad hoc paper called the Realist and at the same time appearing at a Times Square dump known as the Dixie Hotel. Lenny was no Seinfield but instead a profane genius. Modern Times to me features some Waylon and Willie in it, some Hank Williams and possibly some Lynyrd Skynyrd influences all combined. The selections that seem to validate my thoughts are Thunder On the Mountain, The Levee's Gonna Break, and Spirit on the Water. It's not that Bob Dylan makes everybody in the music business look bad because of course there is plenty of quality out there. It's kind of like Bob is isolated in his quintessential excellence and nobody but nobody can come close to him poetically or lyrically. In my own frenetic and disjointed youth as a young journalism student at NYU with a raging society and a questioned war effort behind it, I remember Bob tramping around the Village in the early sixties talking Wood Gutherie and with Joan Baez on his arm. Whether it's Hurricane, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, The Master's of War or the prophetic and sadly current Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall, you have to look at Modern Times as another masterpiece and reflective of Bob Dylan's insurmountable cachet. Hit the purchase button now because it is absolutely essential that this CD be added to any existing ownership of Bob Dylan's Cd's, if nothing else, to make your collection up to date and verifiable as all inclusive Dylan.

Jay Adler
CD Reviewer
Bob Dylan - Triumvirate (3X DVD SET)
Bob Dylan - Triumvirate (3X DVD SET)
This box set contains two packages;

Package 1. a) Tales From A Golden Age 1941-1966 a DVD. A documentary lasting 1h 25mins and contains no Bob Dylan input.
b) The Classic Interview Vol 1 CD. Containing three interviews given by Bob Dylan in 1965/6.

Package 2. In His Own Words a DVD. Containing 9 short/cut video interviews given by Bob Dylan between 1978 and 2004. The DVD lasts a total of 1hr 39mins. I like this DVD very much and would buy this total package for this disc alone.

I have followed Dylan since the 1960s and feel this box set would do better if it stated clearly what is in the box.

The second dvd is better than three stars..
5 Pack: Youth Dry-Fit Moisture Wicking Active Athletic Performance Short-Sleeve T-Shirt Boys & Girls
5 Pack: Youth Dry-Fit Moisture Wicking Active Athletic Performance Short-Sleeve T-Shirt Boys & Girls
So I purchased three sets of these. Two sets were size large (12/14) it claims on the tag and the medium is 10/12....
My 8 year old is 5ft tall and is thin like a rail, and he has old navy active t shirts at size 10/12 that fit him great and these, I read to order a size up since they run small, and they REALLY run SMALL! The two sets of 12/14 are smaller than my sons 10/12 old navy active shirt. Made of the same kind of material and all. I compared them last night and it’s a full inch shorter in the torso than my sons old navy shirt. But claims to be larger? There is something wrong there.

I won’t buy from them again. I tried to contact them and all they did was ignore the problem and confirm the sizes I bought.

My 7 year old can wear the size large and he’s a thin kid! Very slim and active. So maybe these are foreign sizes or something but what they sent me is crap. Only good thing is that my 7 year old got some new shirts that fit him perfectly right now... and my 5 year old wears the size medium. He’s only 50 lbs...

So hopefully this helps you with your purchase. But these are cheap and I’ve learnt my lesson. They’re absolutely cheap and run very small! The sellers don’t care either.
"tshirts for men graphic"
"tshirts for men graphic"
Very.. Very Cool shirt I initially wanted a Rugrats shirt and Hey Arnold! and since this had them both plus a few additional favorites I opted for this plus they appear to be on the iconic brownstones found in N.Y. 😍😍😍. Couldn't get any BETTER!!! Absolutely LOVE this shirt Great graphics on front as far as print/design element goes.😊
Marvel Endgame Captain America Adult Shield
Marvel Endgame Captain America Adult Shield
This item is a very large round, thin plastic sheild - it arrived packaged in a plastic bag with no protection. As a consequence, the item appears to have been damaged in transit and arrived with 2 separate cracks. My guess would be that any other shields sent out in the same way would also be likely to arrive damaged.
My 7 year old was devastated when Captain America’s sheild arrived damaged - save yourselves the tears and upset and buy a shield from the shop!
Marvel Legends Deadpool’s Head Premium Interactive, Moving, Talking Electronic, App-Enhanced Adult Collectible, with 600+ SFX and Phrases
Marvel Legends Deadpool’s Head Premium Interactive, Moving, Talking Electronic, App-Enhanced Adult Collectible, with 600+ SFX and Phrases
I took a while to write this review because I hoped I'd warm up to this a bit more, but that hasn't happened, so here we go.

As a huge fan, I was pretty excited about this and preordered it the moment it went on sale, but now Wade's head has been in its box and sitting in my closet for a few weeks because it's just not that interesting. It's a nice concept, but falls short of expectations and value.

Now, aesthetically speaking, this head is pretty cool. It's life-sized and fairly life-like, with excellent facial movements, although it does tend to move in a way that causes it to lurch a bit, and I'd worry having it on a high shelf because given enough time, he might wobble his way off the edge to his demise. Has anyone had this happen?

The voice is simply alright - I'd have vastly preferred Nolan North to 'Guy Who Sounds Vaguely Like Ryan Reynolds,' and the voice isn't very emotive. Still, it's not BAD, just okay.

The features are where it's more lackluster. It's only 'interactive' in that it 'wakes up' and talks when someone walks in front of it or moves it, and it has no audio sensors or speech recognition, so Wade asks questions, pauses, then acts annoyed that he's being ignored. If there's no movement sensed for a while, he goes to sleep. The app only provides slightly more content, including the option to gamble on letting it serve as an alarm clock.

Maybe actual interactive functionality would have been too pricey, but a hundred dollars is still a lot of money for a head that just yells at you occasionally.

Wade is supposedly equipped with over 600 phrases, which sounds promising, but many of them are very similar riffs on the same general themes, so it feels quite repetitive. While repeatedly promoted as 'not for kids' and 'for 18+ only,' it also doesn't say much of anything shocking or offensive - in fact, all swear words are censored with beeps. I'm not the sort of fan who thinks Wade needs to be spewing profanities every three seconds to be authentic, but the product really does portray itself as more edgy than it actually is.

All in all, it's a nice-looking product and offers a couple hours of amusement, but isn't too different from a Furby, to be frank. Those hoping for a Deadpool version of the Sphero Spider-Man toy will have to wait.
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
This product came as advertised, they look to be of good quality as well. Used on my Mazda 3 as custom replacement valve stem caps. Time will tell whether the Deadpool logo on the cap stays on there or ends up falling off, the included valve cap wrench is a nice touch and actually makes a great keychain since it has a metal keyring attached. The follow up email from Bella asking if I was 100 percent satisfied with my purchase was a pleasant surprise, she was very friendly and seemed eager to help if I had any issues. I would definitely recommend this seller to anyone who is interested in getting some cool custom valve caps for their vehicle!
Winco 15-Slot Aluminum Pizza Pan Rack
Winco 15-Slot Aluminum Pizza Pan Rack
Functions very well, my only complaint is that part of it is slightly bent. It still functions but screens placed on it may topple if not stacked in a particular way. This is not a product quality issue near as much a shipping/handling issue. It was placed in a box that just fit with very little insulation. If it was packaged in a slightly larger box and packed with a little more care, there is no doubt in my mind it would function perfectly like similar ones I've used in the past.
The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
As much as I loved the , I love Lucy show, this has something that even beats that. I really wish Amazon would put all seasons on Prime. And I couldn't believe That Girl, is so much like Mary Tyler Moore (which I love!). I am just doing a trial membership at this time, but if they offered a lot more of the classic comedy shows and sitcoms, I would be more inclined to get a Prime membership.
Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)
Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)
I felt that I had to read this book as it is described as a classic . Now , I’ve read most of what I would consider to be novels in a similar vein but almost without exception , these books have been better conceived ,written written and without the nauseatingly sentimental prose .
Louisa May Alcott May have been considered a good writer amongst her peers but it’s writing that’s of its time and more importantly, it’s very American . For example , no young English lady would have been allowed to be in the company of a young man ( as the March sisters often were with Laurie Laurence ) without a chaperone as to do so would have been ruinous to the reputation of any young woman - so I found it peculiar that an American novelist writing at this time would not have known that the March sisters from the age of around 14 onwards , would never have been allowed to be in the company of any young man, never mind walk and talk alone with him, unless they were chaperoned or engaged to the young man in question.

The one episode in the two books that could have and indeed should have been written with sentimentality and sympathy, was the death of Beth , and yet this was barely mentioned - Beth died “ off screen” was buried without any honours or even a funeral and there wasn’t even a grave marker to mark her final resting place .......so much for Beth then.

Meg and Amy are shallow beyond belief and the only decent thing Jo does is sell her hair so her “ Marmee” ( I know, it’s nauseating isn’t it ?) gets enough money to travel to see her husband when he’s ill. Poor Mr March ( are Reverends Mr’s in 1860’s America ?) barely gets any worthwhile mentions throughout and is therefore a poorly drawn character with no light and shade who might as well have died in the war for all the influence he has ).

How Laurie Laurence could transfer his affections from one sister to the other so swiftly and without drawing breath, is a mystery to me - and yet people will condemn modern girls and boys are shallow and promiscuous - but as these people function only to marry well or marry , I suppose it’s better than being left on a shelf - after all , to be a man and not be married by 25 must have been scandalous .

The writer’s prose is astonishing and I’m not sure what all this “ petting” of one another was about at all - does it mean stroke ? If so, I again refer back to English women of similar class and age and it makes all the petting sound ludicrous - as to the scene where a 25 year old Amy is being cradled in her mother’s lap , well, words failed me as they did when the table was “ promiscuously laid” - what on earth can that mean ???

All in all, I’m glad that I have read it , listening to it didn’t work except as a means of falling asleep , the narrator was English and kept talking about “ mischieve-ee- ousness “ Laurie and Jo in stream of mischievousness - I hate it when spoken English is mangled , especially when the person in question speaks otherwise as though they have a rather large plum in the mouth they simply cannot move - well done to her though for reading 10 hours of meaningless pap out loud .

It’s an awful yawn of a novel - poorly written, poorly drawn characters not one of whom I’d want to sit down to a lively dinner with and yet, it’s a classic with 87% of people who read it ,loving it .

I should think there is a bit of pretension about claiming to live “ Little Women “ , maybe people are just too frightened to ‘dis’ a classic American novel written by a woman .

I would think I’m not the only non-feminist, feminist who has read this novel whilst grinding their teeth down to stumps .

Have I read worse books that are considered “ classical “ ? Err, no , this is by far the dullest of the lot and I kept going only to see how the death of Beth was swept under the March’s shabby carpet whereas an English writer would have reveled in every grave detail , right down to the mourning cards and letters of condolence ( think Mrs Gaskell or the Bronte Sisters ) .

It was one long yawn of a book that I’m relieved to see the end of . I won’t be reading Little Men , that’s for sure .

Disagree if you wish, I’m sure 87% of you have equally valid reasons for adoring this book, my late Mum, God bless, her , adored it and tried to make me read it when she was alive - I have a 1:1 English degree with honours - if I’d been made to read this by my tutors , I wouldn’t have hung around long enough to graduate .........( sorry celestial Mum, I hated it with a passion .x)
Faith in a Seed
Faith in a Seed
This book contains the manuscript of one of Thoreau's last works, The Dispersion of Seeds. Through his daily walks in the woods, Thoreau became fascinated with the question of how the plants he was seeing became established. A puzzling riddle of the time that local townsmen constantly asked was why when they cut pine forests, oak forests seemed to grow up, and when they cut oak forests, pine forests would take their place. Thoreau was uniquely able to answer such questions, since he had spent years wandering through the forests, taking notes on everything he saw. In this volume, he not only provides answers to the pine-oak riddle, but he also lays to rest the idea of spontaneous generation of plants, which was still accepted in many circles at the time he wrote this book.

This book represents perhaps some of Thoreau's greatest works in ecology. In it, he lays out his own theory of forest succession based on ecological observation and experimentation. He was one of the first to understand forest succession on the American continent, working almost entirely alone, with little previous research in the literature to draw on. Not only is the book a magnificent ecological study, but the text itself is sheer pleasure to read, being a prime example of Thoreau's well-crafted prose.
Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure
Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure
Annamaria is barely an afterthought in this volume. While I thought that was attributable to the interlude nature of the installment, she doesn’t have much of a role in later books either. While her place in those books seems limited to that of a plot device, however, she’s just sort of irrelevant here. Jolie–the girl who helps Odd–is a great new character, and I enjoyed getting to experience part of the narrative from her perspective. Given that narrative change, however, I would have expected her to become an ongoing member of the cast of characters, which she does not. There aren’t as many great side characters as in the first three books, but definitely more than in book four.

Odd Interlude isn’t as beautifully quotable as the first two books in the series, but it pulled me in much quicker than books three and four. (It didn’t tug on my emotions enough to have the teary tidbits from the first two books, but it was still quite good.) The tension and pacing were enjoyable, and the details of the plot had enough complexity and interest to them to drag me along quite readily. The genre change was executed skillfully, such that I didn’t feel wrenched out of the immersion.

While Odd Interlude isn’t the hilarious, whimsical, beautiful thrill ride of the earliest books (Odd Thomas and Forever Odd), it’s absolutely a return to better plotting from Odd Hours. It’s about equal to Brother Odd in plot depth, but better in terms of pacing and tension.
Star Quest / Doom of the Green Planet
Star Quest / Doom of the Green Planet
It's hard to believe now, but Dean Koontz first began his career as a writer of science fiction. He wrote around thirty short SF novels in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and STAR QUEST was his very first one.

STAR QUEST was published by ACE Books. Back in the 1960s, Ace used to issue "Double" books, which were basically two short novels in one. STAR QUEST is a "Double" book, packaged with another short novel entitled DOOM OF THE GREEN PLANET, which I have not read.

STAR QUEST is an enjoyable debut. It deals with a character named Tohm, who lives in a futuristic universe where two races are at war with one another. The plot of this novel is quite complicated, and is brimming with interesting concepts. Writers accustomed to Koontz's suspense work will be surprised to see how much imagination and creativity he displays in this story. STAR QUEST isn't a great novel, but it's a fun read with a lot of ideas, action, and romance.

All of Koontz's SF work is now out of print, so STAR QUEST is quite the collector's item. Although I enjoyed it, I personally don't think it's worth paying a large amount of money for. Still, if you can find a copy, it's well worth reading, especially if you're a hardcore Koontz fan like myself.
Cordina's Royal Family
Cordina's Royal Family
"Cordina's Royal Family" is an omnibus of three stories written by Nora Roberts in the mid-1980's. I have searched for these three out of print tales for years, so imagine my delight when I discovered that they were to be re-printed in a special 3-in-1 collector's edition. Well, I am happy to report that it was worth the wait. Nora's three tales of royal romance and palace intrigue are, in a word, fantastic!
First is "Affaire Royale", which introduces the reader to Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella de Cordina. Gabriella has just lived through a terrifying ordeal - being kidnapped. But Brie can't remember anything. Not who kidnapped her or how she escaped, not who her father and brothers are, not even her own name. Concerned about the safety of his only daughter, Prince Armand hires bodyguard Reeve MacGee to protect Brie.
Lost in a sea of concerned, unfamiliar faces, Brie finds a lifeline in Reeve. Reeve sets about helping Gabriella regain her memories, and as time passes he falls hard for the classy, determined, and remarkable Brie. Though he tries to remind himself that letting his emotions get involved will only cloud his senses while trying to protect Gabriella, Reeve well and truly loses his heart. But Reeve also knows that a guy like him has no future with a princess, and so he keeps what is in his heart to himself.
Though she is confused and scared and trying to find herself, Brie knows that the one thing that's real in her life is the love she feels for Reeve. Trying to accept that he doesn't love her the way she loves him isn't easy, though Gabriella was never one to give up when she wanted something. The passion that burns between Reeve and Brie will thrill and entice readers. But the threat to Brie is closer to home than anyone realizes, and though Reeve believes he has to let her go, he would never recover if the kidnappers' violent plans for Brie succeed!
Next is "Command Performance", which is even better than the delightful first story. His Royal Highness Prince Alexander is the heir to the Cordinian throne, and as a result he must always keep his emotions, and his temper, on a tight rein. Regal and enticing Eve Hamilton, the one woman Alex truly desires, has always seemed just out of his reach. Seemingly in love with his younger brother Bennett, when Eve comes to Cordina at his request, Alex knows a frustration unlike anything he has ever known. Eve, the manager of her own theatre troupe, is commissioned by Alex to put on four plays to benefit a children's charity. Though Alex is forever rubbing Eve the wrong way, she knows her troupe's first international performance is an opportunity too great to pass up.
But all is not perfect in Cordina. The man behind Princess Gabriella's kidnapping several years earlier, Deboque, is terrorizing Cordina with bombings. Next, Deboque begins using Eve to threaten the Royal Family. Alex is terrified for Eve's safety, but Eve is resolute that she will remain in Cordina and do her job.
As the misunderstandings that were keeping them apart are worked out, Eve and Alex are finally able to admit their true feelings for one another. Alex knows he will never love another woman the way he loves Eve, and their romance is full of sensuality and tenderness and is highly satisfying.
But both Alex and Eve are in grave danger. When Deboque issues a serious threat, it has everyone on edge. But what everyone doesn't realize is that Eve herself has become a target and the happiness she has finally found with Alex may well be snatched away from her!
Last, but certainly not least is "The Playboy Prince", which tells the story of dashingly handsome ladies man Prince Bennett. When reserved and conservative Hannah Rothchild arrives at the palace, Bennett can't figure her out. She couldn't be less his type, and yet something about her intrigues him. Hannah wears no make-up and her clothes are unflattering, and yet she is irresistible to Bennett. So for once in his life, Bennett finds himself compelled to look beyond what is on the outside of a woman in order to find out who she is on the inside.
In truth, Hannah is on a secret and dangerous mission and the attention Bennett keeps giving her is not good for the job she has come to do. But her treacherous heart skips a beat each time Bennett is near, and the woman behind the boring and unattractive facade longs to feel Bennett's arms around her. However, Hannah has never failed on a job before and she's not about to let Bennett keep her from doing this one. Still, Hannah can't keep herself from falling for the "Royal Rake" and Bennett too falls in love with the sweet and shy Hannah he knows.
So when Bennett discovers the real reason Hannah is in the palace, he feels completely betrayed and is hurt beyond words. Hannah feels her heart break at the contempt Bennett now feels for her, and she is consumed by guilt. But the game Hannah is playing is incredibly dangerous, and now Bennett knows that. Despite all that has happened, the thought of anything happening to Hannah turns Bennett�s blood to ice. Roberts builds this last tale to a thrilling climax that will have readers on the edge of their seats, and a most satisfying conclusion.
Once again Nora Roberts has created a family that readers will come to love and cherish as if it were their own. "Cordina's Royal Family" is a fun-filled and exciting read that you don't want to miss. So come visit the small Mediterranean country of Cordina today, where the ocean is so blue it hurts your eyes, the air is warm, and there is always romance in the air!
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne series Book 5)
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne series Book 5)
This book is not worth reading, that is for sure. I read Bourne Legacy and was disappointed. I was hoping that Bourne Betrayal would be better, but it was actually much worse.
Firstly, there are a TON of errors in this book! I didn't know that people would seriously publish a book without looking it over first. Just to mention one problem with this book: on several occurrences, Bourne starts speaking a language he didn't speak in the original series. I know that he could have learned Russian or whatever in that period of time between Ultimatum and Betrayal but what are the chances of that? Ludlum makes it very clear that Jason does not speak Russian in Ultimatum, and he speaks it fluently in Betrayal.
Secondly, the characters are so boring and unrealistic that it's annoying. Also, it seems that Bourne is constantly wounded. Why Lustbander?? Is this necessary? I very much doubt that. I hate how Jason seemed to be so void of emotions too.
I am almost surprised at myself, because usually I am very open to books, even if they are not very good. But I am very disappointed with this book, and Lusbander for making it such a terrible read.
It also seems that the antagonists are not very strong characters. Carlos, for example, is a very well-developed, evil, spine-chilling dude. What happened with Lustbander's antagonists? They seem to the reader unreal, see-through, and no personality at all. Not like Carlos in any way whatsoever. Lame with a capital L.
Oh ya, and one more thing. The beginning of this book was so bad and poorly written I felt like quitting reading. (FYI: I love to read) I was so angry at how he shaped it, it was just so bad.
I know that this is just personal preference, but I hate how Lustbander always calls Jason just "Bourne". It makes him seem like a machine, not a person. Not once does the author mention him by his first name, which really bugs me.
I am not reading any more of his books, that is for sure. I need to cleanse my mind with some real books, like Ludlums "Prometheus Deception",g great book, by the way.
Swimsuit
Swimsuit
On a trip to Maui in 2007, the privilege was all MINE, to stay at the Marriott Hotel on the Island where the "reporter" and investigator in this novel also stays, while beginning to investigate the disappearance of the models. Actually, the hotel is a very nice resort, called the Wailea Marriott Hotel and Spa, so although the novel does not fully portray it as being quite as "nice" as the one where the models are staying, my interpretation was that "their hotel" was actually fictitious. As usual, the "peepers" are the so-called "upper crust" who get their kicks, by watching the unfortunate demise of those less fortunate, the ones who are caught in a precarious position, no matter how beautiful and lovely and young they might be. Well, nobody ever said that having a lot of money actually is consistent with having class. This is an irresistible novel -- one that is very difficult to put down, and a page turner that leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen in the next chapter. It s actually also on my Kindle Reader. The intelligence and cunning that goes into the acts of a madman of this caliber, is what will really keep you awake late at night, trying to figure out how he can live with himself, after what he has done to those beautiful young ladies.
Toi qui vivais (FREDERIC DARD t. 18) (French Edition)
Toi qui vivais (FREDERIC DARD t. 18) (French Edition)
Une intrigue pas mal ficelée, mais sans vrai suspens. Elle n'est comme souvent que prétexte à une découverte de la psychologie de personnages attachants, bien que minables, ou attachants parce que minables? Dard excelle dans ces descriptions sans complaisance de la médiocrité, avec une tel affection de ses personnages qu'on les adopte bien plus volontiers que beaucoup de héros parfaits.
El Hobbit: Ilustrado por Alan Lee (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
El Hobbit: Ilustrado por Alan Lee (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
En primer lugar no es aceptable que el libro NO LLEGUE EN PERFECTO ESTADO. No es que esté destrozado pero la cubierta de papel está un poco arrugada. en librería física nunca lo compraría en ese estado. Tampoco está para devolverlo pero...¿sería mucho pedir que lo enviasen precintado con una protección de plástico?

Respecto a la edición nada que objetar, salvo que contiene alguna errata o error de impresión, no muchas otra vez, pero creo que a este producto habría que exigirle el 100%.

Sobre la obra literaria en sí, no hay nada que decir que no se haya dicho ya. Las ilustraciones preciosas, en la linea y estética de las películas.
Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia
Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia
Dr. Paul F. Ford's "Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition" is a wonderful resource for those who wish to have a comprehensive understanding of C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia". Everything that you come across throughout Narnia is given careful consideration, with reference to the specific page numbers in the books. I would highly recommend, to anyone who has interest in Narnia, to purchase this book.

On the down-side, the actual book that I received, new from Amazon, was of decidedly poor quality. It appears to have about a half-dozen pages, in the second half of the book, that were misprinted. The lower half of these pages were originally blank. In order to rectify this problem, someone decided to physically paste the missing information onto each affected page. I suppose I would rather have the information, than not, but I wasn't exactly pleased with the condition of the book.

Overall, purchasing the book would be a good investment for fans of Narnia. However, be forewarned about the quality of the book, when purchased from Amazon. It may or may not be their fault, but I normally expect a higher-quality of material than what I received from this purchase.
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series Vol 1: An Anthology (Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Boxset)
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series Vol 1: An Anthology (Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Boxset)
I liked Macomber's Dakota novels, despite the constant repetitions of conception, births and pregnancies, and given the farmscape, I cd. overlook the totally whitebread, almost wholly middle-class cast of characters. It prob helped that I read the Little House on the Prairie series for the first time this year, so the violent Dakota winters were in Macomber's work more like entering a familiar scene. So I embarked on the Cedar Cover series as a follow-up.
This series, however, I found disappointing. The wholly white, completely middleclass, absolutely straight in every way characters wd. have been OK, though out of touch with probable reality even in the area round Seattle, but...!
The women were all so twitty, so bent on doing stupid things for no reason, refusing to actually have relationships with their children's fathers, their true loves, their suddenly ex-husbands, the action was almost completely composed of white small town women's meetings, restaurants, festive occasions, with never a sign of a homeless, let alone a black or Hispanic person, the writing began to jar with its repeated boilerpate sex scenes - if I had read one more scene where the guy "lowers" his mouth to the woman's I think I might have hurled even my Kindle into a wall. The pregnancies and the toddlers and babies were all prevalent, and I was *tired* of them - and the writing was far clunkier than in the Dakota books. Not to mention that these were both slow-moving and repetitive. If I had the background of the unknown John Doe in the BnB explained to me once I had it done ten times, and in just the ONE book, not over the series. And the relationships of Justine and her mother Olivia, Olivia and her eventual lover Jack and Maryellen and her lover cum-father of her child moved with all the speed and excitement of a moribund glacier. It took Three Books for all of those to sort out, and at the end of the 4th, which I gave in and looked ahead at, the mystery/murder of John-Doe in the BnB was STILL not sorted out.
At that point I said, First World White Problems Writ Far Too Large, and didn't bother to read the 4th book. Too slow, too trivial, wayyyyyyy too tunnel-visioned for what I see in the world in 2019. And they don't seem to have been written earlier than 2015. Not my cup of coffee, thanx.
I found this
Montana Rescue (Sleeper SEALs Book 6)
Montana Rescue (Sleeper SEALs Book 6)
This was another excellent action packed romantic story in the multi author Sleeper SEALs series with this one centering around Caleb Mad Dog a DEAL no longer because of a bad knee. He lost everything he loved when he scrubbed out so he rented a cabin in Colorado to figure out what he would do with the rest of his life. He was contemplating jumping off a cliff when Hank, his friend approached him with news about someone that wanted to offer him a job handing him a phone. Caleb called Commander Lambert and he offered him a job with the CIA's sleeper group that was taking down a terrorist before he killed a CIA operative in Montana. Caleb accepted this offer and headed to Montana to help this CIA agent, Jolie Richards, and take down this terrorist, Nadir. This op have Mad Dog purpose in life and Jolie ended up being the love of his life. This story was amazing as these two worked together, saving each other's lives with Hank's organizations help to take down the terrorist that was after Jolie at her ranch where she baited him to go. Caleb gave Jolie his love and she now was no longer alone as she loved him too. This was a fantastic romantic action packed thriller as Caleb and Jolie got their happily ever after at her childhood home,Rocking R ranch in Montana and killed the terrorist, Nadir. She quit working for the CIA and Caleb started working for his friend Hank at the Brotherhood Protectors while they together worked the ranch. I cannot wait to read the next release in this Sleeper SEALs series.
Musashi - Book 5: the Way of Life and Death (v. 5)
Musashi - Book 5: the Way of Life and Death (v. 5)
Magnifique roman qui nous plonge dans cette aventure magique dans cette époque des samouraï si bien décrite ( pas forcément historiquement cependant) que offre là Eiji Yoshikawa.
Une fin , tendu, mémorable et tout simplement épique!!
Clifford Loves Autumn
Clifford Loves Autumn
Thought i was getting all four ended up only getting one :( other then that happy with it
Stories of Life, North & South: Selections from the Best Short Stories of Erskine Caldwell
Stories of Life, North & South: Selections from the Best Short Stories of Erskine Caldwell
Erskine Caldwell’s introductory essay to this collection, “On Getting Established as a Writer of Fiction,” should—in my opinion—be obligatory reading for every aspiring writer, maybe even as early as high school (if high school is not too early to speak of “aspiring writers”). The following passage, on p. xvi, struck me as particularly useful advice: “(w)hen I was asked to explain the meaning of a story or novel, I could only say that it meant what it said to the reader. I had no philosophical truths to dispense, no evangelistic urge to change the course of human destiny. All I wanted to do was simply to describe to the best of my ability the aspirations and despair of the people I wrote about. If there were lessons to be learned therein, they were to be found in these descriptions of life, and each reader was free to place his (or her) interpretation upon them.”

Although the first several stories are very much in the Erskine Caldwell style and tone, “Rachel” is the first one that really grabbed me. One could call it ‘ironic,’ but I feel the story is somehow too tragic to be called merely ‘ironic.’ Better, perhaps, to simply call it ‘Caldwellian’ and let it go at that.

And I have to ask: is there anyone who can describe first love as well as Caldwell does in “Warm River?” I doubt it.

If there’s such a thing as Southern wisdom in knowing just how to deal with fellow human beings and one lone—but stubborn as a mule—donkey, “Meddlesome Jack” is it. You’d have to live it to write about it convincingly, and Caldwell puts a capital “C” in conviction (much to our amusement!).

That said, “The Grass Fire” (immediately following) takes the ‘wise’ right out of ‘wisdom’ and reminds us that foolishness is not an exclusive preserve of the North.

And yet, even a Southern fool can learn by example—as we see in the very next story, “A Woman in the House.”

One of Caldwell’s strong suits as a writer is his ability to take himself entirely out of the story and tell it precisely through the thoughts and speech of his characters. “Horse Thief” demonstrates that ability in spades.

“Country Full of Swedes” is probably as relevant today as it was at the time it was first published. But today, it would be called “Country Full of Mexicans”—and carry the same impact.

“Maud Island” is vintage Caldwell—very much in the tone and subject-matter of GOD’S LITTLE ACRE. And I was delighted to see that it was first published in the Brooklyn Eagle!
It’s a little hard to know what to say about “The Cold Winter.” Does Caldwell establish the ‘character’ of cold as effectively as Jack London did in “To Build a Fire?” Probably not. But his description of the people and of the rooming house in which this little story unfolds is probably as good as we’re ever likely to find. He puts us there, in that room, listening along with the narrator to every sound in the building. And every little sound, in the almost freezing atmosphere Caldwell has created, is freezing to the bone with meaning.

“A Day’s Wooing” is strictly a psychological profile—and shows to perfection the writer’s stuff Caldwell is made of. Interestingly enough, it’s also the only instance in this collection of short stories of typographical errors—two, to be exact. The first is on p. 157: “bach” for “back”; the second is on p. 161: “seed” for “seeds.” It never ceases to amaze me that publications as old as this one (and often older) go through re-prints without benefit of a copy editor with an eagle eye.

“Kneel to the Rising Sun” might well be the best story in the entire collection. If nothing more, it’s Caldwell at his most Caldwellian.

What Jack London accomplishes with the cold in “To Build a Fire,” by the way, Erskine Caldwell accomplishes with the heat in “The Growing Season.” Just four short pages to make you sweat a pile.

“The Negro in the Well” is about as fine an illustration of the human condition—or at least black versus white human conditions—as one can imagine. The plotline couldn’t be simpler; the outcome, more dire.

And “Return to Lavinia” is just as good, even if it concerns the opposite sex—or rather, the sexes in opposition to one another, while the color-lines of the characters coincidentally blur.

“A Small Day” taught me a new word—or perhaps an old one I just didn’t know and had never even seen before: handsel. And Caldwell managed to do it with humor. One-of-a-kind humor. Caldwellian humor.

“Man and Woman” is about a woman of mean and uncharitable spirits giving to a younger couple of no means whatsoever—except for the two legs each is walking upon.

“The Night My Old Man Came Home” is a picture of poverty—without even the hint of a smile.

“Wild Flowers” is pure tragedy. Pure and unadorned.

Caldwell jumps right back up north with “Balm of Gilead”—and jump he does! If Caldwell captures the spirit of the South in his other stories, he does just as well with the spirit of New England in his stories of Maine. The man simply has his finger on the pulse of the people he writes about—and reads their blood pressure to a “T.”

If you want to know what it was once like to be “colored” in the great and bountiful U. S. of A., “The People V. Abe Lathan, Colored” is the story to read. Nothing I’ve ever read says it more clearly—and more dreadfully.

“Big Buck” is a needed break from the violence and injustice of Caldwell’s other stories. It’s the story of a black courtship—not gentle or romantic by any means—but told through the eyes of two much younger black boys as they witness it through the crack of a front door.

“Handy” is the perfect story to end this collection with—neither Southern nor Northern, neither necessarily black nor white, but definitely country. It may not be Caldwell’s best, but it is nevertheless vintage Caldwell.

I can’t sing praises high or loudly enough of Erskine Caldwell’s prose. I can only wonder that he’s such a forgotten author. Did GOD’S LITTLE ACRE and TOBACCO ROAD put him on the map internationally? Yes, they did. But these short stories were the building block to those novels, and they deserve our interest and read.

Whether reader, writer, or both, you owe it to yourself to read Erskine Caldwell. But then, don’t ask yourself how a man this talented could’ve died of a combination of lung cancer and emphysema. He went out puffing. And puffingly, he earned the right to go.

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
20 January 2018
Harry Potter 2466 Warner Brothers Jigsaw Puzzle, Hogwarts 1000PC
Harry Potter 2466 Warner Brothers Jigsaw Puzzle, Hogwarts 1000PC
I loved this jigsaw. The pieces are very solid and it`s a really attractive picture. Like many others I did the inside first because the edges are so very similar, they were quite hard to match. I also thought I had a missing piece but after scrabbling around on the floor I found it under a chair! Very good; I`m about to order another.
The Noble Collection Harry Potter Diagon Alley Shop Signs Puzzle
The Noble Collection Harry Potter Diagon Alley Shop Signs Puzzle
I really did like that the company went with a more interesting approach with the packaging. A sliding compartment is a nice touch.

I thought that each of the signs would come separated in their own bags, however, this was not the case and all of them are mixed up in one bag. I don't mind it too much, it will add up to challenge a little bit more.

The cardboard of the puzzle is somewhat unusual looking/feeling than what I'm used. Despite the pieces being somewhat thinner - the quality and sturdiness are great.
The choice of signs is interesting. But perhaps, for my own likes, there could have been a bit more colour.

But overall, this is a very lovely puzzle set that would surprise any Harry Potter fan and would make a great gift for any occasion.

PuzzleMeAJigsaw
shirlyhome Christmas Doormat Artichoke for Dogs Feet Vivid Colored Artichokes Cooking Food Eating Groceries Vegan Options 31"x47" Yellow and Fern Green
shirlyhome Christmas Doormat Artichoke for Dogs Feet Vivid Colored Artichokes Cooking Food Eating Groceries Vegan Options 31"x47" Yellow and Fern Green
I ordered the small version of the mat, as I live in apartment complex and didn't want some massive door mat obnoxiously taking up too much real estate. But it was still a little smaller than I anticipated. That's likely on me. The only real problem I have with it is that it's not as heavy weight as I was hoping, like most doormats are. Since it came rolled, I had to leave it laid flat under heavy objects to get the curl out of it because it's such a lightweight rug.

Overall I am not unhappy with it, but I am not thrilled with the purchase either. And it took forever to get here.
Monoprice 10-Feet USB A to mini-B 5pin 28/28AWG Cable (103897)
Monoprice 10-Feet USB A to mini-B 5pin 28/28AWG Cable (103897)
I purchased this back in December to run an Apeman dashcam from a USB plug rather than the included 12v plug. I got lazy and never installed it until yesterday. Ran the wire through the overhead and A-pillar, behind the dash and into the USB plug. And nothing.
Thought maybe the cam required a different cable... tried a couple other short runs that went direct, they all worked... tried this cable in a couple different pieces of equipment... no go.
I don't have test leads small enough to check the small contacts inside the mini-USB, but the exposed metalone both plugs does have continuity.
Can't return as I missed the window, but that's my own fault and can't blame Monoprice or Amazon, and really, for 5 bucks, I think the shipping would be more of a hassle than it was worth. All that said, just a heads up. Test the cables before you think you'll need them.
Don't be an idiot like me.
The Family Man - Season 1
The Family Man - Season 1
The rest of the cast lacks depth. It just is an assemblage of plots and situations from other shows. (May have spoilers!)
1. The Family man's main protagonist's 'Tiwari's' relationship with his children and their mom is similar to the plot in Modern Family.
2. The other characters played by good actors, Zoya and Talpade lack depth at the scripting level. What do they do other than moving around Tiwari. That Talpade guy, how is he still surviving his job with lack of attention to detail? He needs Tiwari to point out his work for him every time. It seems all these things are just staged to showcase how important Tiwari is.
3. Both wife and husband have other partners as "friends". These connections are not developed well. So Shonali and Tiwari had a history. What was it and how Tiwari ended up marrying his current wife, who by the way knows about his job and yet has issues with how she has to take care of things at home?
4. The overall plot seems no different from Sacred Games season 2. I hoped for something different.
Euyee E4 Professional Outdoor Flashlight, High Powered LED Brightest 1800 Lumens Torch with 5 Modes 21700 battery, IPX67 Water Resistant,Optical lens.Best Choice for Camping,Outdoor,EDC Flashlights
Euyee E4 Professional Outdoor Flashlight, High Powered LED Brightest 1800 Lumens Torch with 5 Modes 21700 battery, IPX67 Water Resistant,Optical lens.Best Choice for Camping,Outdoor,EDC Flashlights
This is a pretty powerful flash light. First thing I will say do not look directly at it as it can be pretty blinding. The next thing is that it actually took about two to three discharge and recharges before the battery was calibrated. First time I used it, it only last an hour at max brightness. I did it again the the next two to three charges (drain and recharge) and the flash light lasts for a few hours. That being said, the battery actually needs to be installed into the flash light. It is simple as you just need to unscrew the flash light and put the battery in like any other battery operated flash light. The difference is that you never have to really take it out again. It can be recharged within the flash light. In terms of brightness, I took it camping and it was actually pretty good. Just placing it down on the ground and pointing it up at the top of the tent was able to light up the tent a good amount which is awesome. How long the battery last is determined by which setting you are at. You have high, medium, low, and SOS/alert. Each one varies on how long the battery will last. The highest settings, I will say last about two to three hours while the lowest is about seven to eight hours. This is on continuous usage and it does not get super hot or anything. When it is low on batteries, the power button light will turn red. It is mostly blue when it is just running as well as when it is fully charged. When charging, it actually fully charges pretty quick. From what I can tell it takes up to two hours to fully charge, but I do recommend you do the cycle battery the first few times. The overall design of the flash light is pretty small. It also has a hook so you can put this on your belt if needed. The hook can be adjusted around the flash light which is nice. The charging port is on the opposite side of the power button. It is covered by a little silicone cover. You need a little bit of a nail to get into it but you just need to push and get your nail under to pry it off. Their is also a magnetic end that is pretty strong in case you say need to attach this to something. For me, I use it when I am working on my car. I just attach this to my hood and get a good amount of light. There is no real way to adjust the light. It is pretty much a single directly and has a really bright center radius while the outer is not at bright. The whole flash light is made of metal making it a bit heavier than most flash lights. A minor complaint I have is the lens was a bit scratched on the inside from assembly I assume but it does not hinder much of the performance. Also be aware that when charging this device, that you use your standard type c cables. Do not try to use say a switch cable or your laptop cable, as these will not fit. The neck is too big. Overall this is a good flash light to have. It is compact, bright, and works pretty well. Just make sure to cycle and calibrate the battery the first few times. The magnet is pretty strong and works great for emergency flash light or when you are working on some repairs.
Cricut Maker : An easy step by step user manual for beginners to start using your Cricut machine so you can take on virtually any project you can imagine. Now your creative potential is exponential!.
Cricut Maker : An easy step by step user manual for beginners to start using your Cricut machine so you can take on virtually any project you can imagine. Now your creative potential is exponential!.
In terms of appearance, the Cricut Maker is similar to the Explore line machines, but the engineering in this one is totally different it’s is a highly proficient machine. The Cricut Maker has an unbelievable cutting pressure it’s has more cutting pressure than most commercial cutting machines available. The Adaptive Tool System is another awesome feature of the Cricut Maker; it uses advanced mathematical algorithms and other complex gears to enhance cutting precision. With the Adaptive Tool System. Other features of the Maker include a docking station for mobile devices and a USB port for charging devices. The Tool storage has been upgraded with a bigger storage bin
Bamboo Charging Station for Multiple Devices (Included 5 Port USB Charger, 5 Pack Charge & Sync Cable, Watch & Air pod Stand), Electronic Device Desktop Organizer for Cell Phone, Tablet, Watch, AirPod
Bamboo Charging Station for Multiple Devices (Included 5 Port USB Charger, 5 Pack Charge & Sync Cable, Watch & Air pod Stand), Electronic Device Desktop Organizer for Cell Phone, Tablet, Watch, AirPod
Absolutely love this item . Definitely worth the money .. great quality for sure . Glad I finally bought one . Researched and this was the least expensive but bamboo wood not plastic or cheap metal . It’s fits my iPad Air with case 10.5 inches my AirPods 2 with case which I can be used on either side and Apple Watch 4 and iPhone 11 Pro Max with case and pop socket on it .. and one additional space for another device . It has 3 apple ports and 2 android ports . I used my usb charger for watch but 3 Apple ports work great . Must buy . Fast delivery as well great packing definitely be buying other items from this seller in future.i have cables duct tape because I want a snug fit for them item is sturdy and does stay put ...
VIVO Dual Monitor Mount Stand, Fully Adjustable Desk Free-Standing for 2 LCD LED Screens Up To 27 inches STAND-V002P
VIVO Dual Monitor Mount Stand, Fully Adjustable Desk Free-Standing for 2 LCD LED Screens Up To 27 inches STAND-V002P


I ordered two of these mounts, one for me and one for my wife. I have an Acer Predator X34 (34") and and an Auria 27" mounted up top with plenty of room to spare. I've attached two pictures so you can see the spacing available. I've tilted and lowered the Auria to remove some of the Bezel overlap and you can see there is plenty of pole space available for height. The base is extremely solid, big but what you'd expect to support ~40 lbs of monitors without issues. The swing arms are very stable and strong and I've been able to tighten them up enough to have no wobble but still enough give to adjust the monitor with a stuff push. Good solid stuff.

Now for the bad:
The threading on connecting piece that connects the two longer pipe pieces together wasn't cut all the way through or was overpainted. I tried to hand tighten it multiple times and triple checked that I had not cross threaded. I eventually resorted to a pipe wrench to tighten the pieces together. You can see the resulting scratching on the back piece. It's something I can touch up if I wanted and it's hidden so now that it's assembled it doesn't bother me too much. Once the threads had been cut a bit I was able to tighten and loosen without too much issue. For the price of the stand compared to more expensive stand I still the believe the purchase is a very good quality. I'm still docking a star for the build quality, I don't like having to use a pipe wrench to assemble computing equipment, but I understand cheaper = lower tolerances.

I plan to mount another less expensive 34" ultrawide up top and replace the Auria. Ultrawides are less tall than their counterparts and I don't see any issues mounting it. I'll post pictures with both 34"s mounted at a later date.
iPhone Charger Cable (3 Pack 10 Foot), [MFi Certified] 10 Feet Nylon Braided Lightning Cable, iPhone Charging Cord USB Cable Compatible with iPhone 11/Pro/X/Xs Max/XR/8 Plus /7 Plus/6/ iPad
iPhone Charger Cable (3 Pack 10 Foot), [MFi Certified] 10 Feet Nylon Braided Lightning Cable, iPhone Charging Cord USB Cable Compatible with iPhone 11/Pro/X/Xs Max/XR/8 Plus /7 Plus/6/ iPad
Dirty jokes aside from the title, I've been looking for dependable charging cables for my Apple products. The reason? We got a rabbit and they love to nibble through cables (instinctively, they apparently look like tree roots). My original apple cable (RIP) was chewed to pieces. It was also a bit short anyways to where our new bed layout is compared to the outlets (we had just moved). Therefore, it was prime time to go shopping for a solid alternative. I came across this product, which not only provided extra cables for other places in my house / as spares, but seemed strong enough to deter against those evil rabbit teeth.

Durability:
The most important test - WILL IT WARD OFF AGAINST RABBIT ATTACKS? So far, yes! Hallelujah! See pics for the amount of fray the rabbit was able to make onto the cord (it didn't take much to coax her to give it a few nibbles). Overall, fantastic - only a few Nylon strands frayed, which means the cable itself is protected. Well done, well done.

Length:
Ten feet. That's a literal giant. Most people probably won't need cables this length, but I assume this is where part of the premium comes into play. It's great for what I need - I have a large headboard where the outlet is covered by, so my cables need to loop around and eventually settle on my side table. This provides adequate flexibility on how I can position my Apple products and makes it that much more convenient!

Price:
At $14 for 3, these come out to roughly under $5 per cable. This is in the medium to higher end range of cables, but the price is justified when comparing to all the benefits that come with this. There's definitely good quality materials used in this, and I doubt I'll run into issues with frayed heads. I'll update this review if I run into any issues in the future.
BSIMB Digital Picture Frame 10.1 Inch WiFi 16GB Digital Photo Frame 1280x800 IPS Touch Screen Auto Rotate Motion Sensor Add Photos/Videos from iPhone & Android App/Twitter/Facebook/Email W10
BSIMB Digital Picture Frame 10.1 Inch WiFi 16GB Digital Photo Frame 1280x800 IPS Touch Screen Auto Rotate Motion Sensor Add Photos/Videos from iPhone & Android App/Twitter/Facebook/Email W10
We bought this frame as a gift for a friend, loaded some pics on a USB flash drive, and plugged it in. Pictures began to display; so far no problem.
This frame was supposed to have a setting for showing photos in random order. It did not; but I was ready to pass over this and let it be. A few days after receiving the frame, I got email from the manufacturer with a firmware update that would add the random display feature, and included instructions. I downloaded the upgrade file, which was zipped, no problem. The unzipped folder contained a .RAR file, which is yet another type of zipping (This is something I am sure that not a lot of people will know; I had never heard of it until a few months ago). The frame did not recognize that file, and fortunately, I had an app to decompress a .RAR file, which then produced a folder with the actual upgrade files. I put that folder on the flash drive and the frame still did not see it until I took the files out of the folder, and then the frame recognized it and began doing the firmware upgrade. It got to 40% complete, showed a big red X on the screen, and would not go any further. At that point, the frame became useless, because it was stuck with an incomplete firmware upgrade. This item has been returned for refund. I strongly recommend that if this frame is working OK for you out of the box, just leave it that way and do not do any firmware upgrade from the manufacturer.
Natural Factors, DGL masticable 400 mg, raíz de regaliz, vegano, 180 comprimidos (180 porciones)
Natural Factors, DGL masticable 400 mg, raíz de regaliz, vegano, 180 comprimidos (180 porciones)
I've been dealing with moderate to severe acid reflux and gastritis for awhile. Natural Factors DGL has been a staple of my regime for all that time. Until now.

I just got a delivery and they have made some absolutely horrid formula changes. I can deal with the fact that product tastes absolutely terrible now (if you thought it tasted bad before....) and has a chalk like consistency due to the new formula, but what I cannot deal with is all the ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS they have packed into it now. Added to the ingredient list is Stevia Leaf and Xylitol. WHY?! Stevia is known to not be particularly great on the digestive tract.. So WHY would you put it in the formula of an item for people with DIGESTIVE ISSUES?

I personally have a serious issue digesting stevia products and I can already feel my stomach aching within 10 minutes of taking this product, instead of the usual relief I've depending on Natural Factors to provide for years.

Anyway, just thought I'd give other customers a heads up of this product change. For me, it's a deal breaker. If you have stomach issues (I assume you do if you're taking this product) it should probably be a deal breaker for you too. Research stevia's effect on the digestive tract and choose a brand that isn't cutting costs by making your condition worse.
Bassett Liquorice Allsorts 190 g
Bassett Liquorice Allsorts 190 g
This was my favorite candy growing up. Whenever my mother went over home to Northern Ireland she'd bring me a box or two. The generic licorice allsorts you sometimes find in bulk bins, or even sealed individual packages is almost always stale and hard. The occasional unfamiliar brand I've sometimes run across is never as good, and sometimes bad enough to throw away after a few bites. Bassett's is the best by far, and since CVS stopped carrying them in the US I'd done without... until I thought to look on Amazon. Well done to the seller, for offering it and at a reasonable enough price that I can afford to reorder periodically and indulge myself once again.
Ship C/25 TE VERDE JENGIBRE Y LIMÓN SHIP
Ship C/25 TE VERDE JENGIBRE Y LIMÓN SHIP
El fabricante del artículo se ha inventado su sistema para colgar la bolsa que hace que siempre acaba todo dentro de la bebida o tus dedos abrasados. El hilo es tan corto que muchas veces la bolsa no llega al agua, salvo echando dentro el papel de la etiqueta. Un despropósito.
Solaris 6 Light Bronze Sphere Chandelier
Solaris 6 Light Bronze Sphere Chandelier
I talked myself out of purchasing the RH orb light due to the high purchase price and ridiculous shipping charge ($249 to northern WI). I noticed this fixture on a number of decor websites and took a chance knowing the quality of material and construction could turn out disappointing. Well, I am so glad I decided to be reasonable. This fixture looks great in my dining room that has a very high sloped ceiling and my husband was able to install it (standing on a 12 foot ladder he borrowed). I don't think the metal is as thick as the RH orb but the color is great, the wires hardly show and I am very happy.
Shire Pipe Churchwarden Tomahawk - 13" / Cherry
Shire Pipe Churchwarden Tomahawk - 13" / Cherry
Can't go wrong for $15. Very large bowl that stays lit easily. The pull seems to take a lot initially, but I think that is part of the chruchwarden design.

It is a single piece so long pipe cleaners will be necessary. It is stamped Shire on the side, but it isn't very large. I'm left handed and my thumb easily covers it while holding it.

Excellent packaging for shipping, and the box should double as travel protection.

I ordered on July 5th and it arrived July 11th. Well worth the wait.

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