Mackenzie Foster

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The Typescript
The Typescript
The old plot ploy, the same story but two versions, this time a manuscript is send anonymously to a publisher, supposedly a diary of a former wife the publisher may have murdered in the Middle East...what happens next ? Well plotted, Good descriptions of the Middle East and a good interplay between the thoughts of this mismatched couple. "You're not much help as a wife, are you ?" asks the husband, when she has in fact scored a small triumph...a Kiplingesque interplay between the UK and the Mideast...Then at the end..the story from the third person's point of view. Satifying mystery and many truths about human frailty.
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
Are you a salesman who likes to pitch a "story" about your company in the first five minutes of meeting a new prospect? Have you ever been annoyed when the "product marketing geek" hands you back your PowerPoint with about 20 extra "bullet points"? Have you ever felt crestfallen when the VP of Sales hands you a 35-page PowerPoint on the way into your sales meeting and asks you to deliver it in 20 minutes? Have you ever cringed when one of your colleagues reads the slides on the screen and turns her back to the audience, in order to see the words better? Have you ever fallen asleep during a presentation conducted in the dark of night required for a projector to work? Have you ever felt physically ill at the prospect of being invited to watch someone else's PowerPoint?

If you have answered, "Yes", to any of these questions, then this book is for you. This book vindicates your feeling that there is a better way to conduct sales meetings, to craft PowerPoint presentations, and to use the technology towards the purpose for which it was designed. Granted, this is not the only book that makes this claim - and it does seem that there is a cottage industry among "communications consultants" who have written similar books - but this is clearly the best one I've read.

And, this is for two reasons I think: First, Gallo focuses on one person's presentation style - Steve Jobs - on whom we can all agree that he is a master of this game. And, second, Gallo has done the hard work of identifying and outlining what makes Jobs' presentations really work. Jobs creates a storyline, treats the presentation as theater, and enacts it as performance.

With Gallo as a guide - and his suggestion that we all study Jobs's presentations available on YouTube - we are encouraged to have the courage to give better presentations and to stand up to our colleagues and superiors who insist on giving the same old boring PowerPoint presentation, because "it is what it is."

The only reason that I didn't give this book a 5-star rating is that Gallo suggests that we, like Jobs, create drama in our presentations by offering a foil or enemy, like Jobs does with Microsoft. I have always felt that this was hokey and unnecessary, and although I'm a Mac enthusiast, I wish Apple would stop doing this. If you can get past this minor criticism, you will rate this a 5-star book for yourself.
Jimi Hendrix - Black Legacy: (A Dream Deferred)
Jimi Hendrix - Black Legacy: (A Dream Deferred)
This book is so full of interesting stuff that it deserves conversation as you are reading it...The book is something that needed to be done because it fills the void of an African American speaking up for Jimi and his influence...Most of the Hendrix world has been covered by non-black sources that tend to tune out this very necessary angle to Jimi and all its fascinating tangents...After all, Jimi wasn't making this music for himself so how it affected people and other things like music, race relations, human experience, etc is a registration of what Jimi did and its purpose...Jimi sent a powerful wave through human kind in his 4 short years the greatness of which is recorded in Corey's interviews and people's commonly-shared and often independently repeated mutual experiences of his most important aspects...In effect this is part of what Jimi's music was as well as its purpose...As usual, difficult Jimi "homework" like this gets scant attention and a good sign that you are over the Hendrix "target" is the lack of any response...But that's all right because, as Corey points out, that was true for Jimi himself wasn't it...Let's get down to it folks...Even though Jimi was a foremost example of enlightened raceless-ness he was undeniably black and owed his musical experiences and education to black roots...It is hard for some people to admit that one of God's most incredible miraculous examples of talent and the enchanted mysteries of the universe just so happened to be a humble soft spoken black man from Seattle...It's just the way it is...
George Washington: His Legacy Of Faith, Character, And Courage
George Washington: His Legacy Of Faith, Character, And Courage
It is easy to pick of a picture book of our first president and have the same information with a different illustrator. However, Demi not only gives us the stories we have known from childhood but also goes back to George's ancestors to give us a full scope of how George Washington's character had developed through his heritage. We are true George Washington fans. His patriotism, his humility, and his faith have long been inspirational to us. This book is not dumb down in content. The simple illustrations are misleading to adults, however add to the charm that pulls children in. This quickly became one of our favorite biographies of our beloved president.

This book was given to me for my honest and full review. All thoughts are my own. :)
The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue
The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue
Vorweg: Natürlich kann ich vorliegendes Produkt ausschließlich anhand der Hörproben bewerten, die ich mir in Form dieses Doppel-Meisterwerkes zugelegt habe.
Wirklich LIVE gehört & gesehen habe ich Mr. Dylan (leider) lediglich einmal - und das war 2010 in Linz!
Obwohl der gute Herr Dylan mit seinen rund 70 Jahren bereits einiges an Stimmvorrat- und volumen eingebüßt hatte und den Refrain von "Forever Young" daher mehr krächzte als sang, war es ein unbeschreiblich-einmaliges Erlebnis, das ich um nichts auf der Welt missen möchte. Ja, als mit dem letzterschienenen "Performance" eine neue Live-CD des Maestros angekündigt wurde, machte ich mir gar Hoffnungen auf ein Live-Dokument, das eines seiner Konzerte der vergangenen 2-3 Jahre wiedergibt. Leider sollte letztendlich aber (wieder einmal) nur eine halbherzige Mischmasch-Zusammenstellung etlicher bereits vorab veröffentlichter Livetracks herauskommen...

Nun, was ist also mein bisheriger Live-Liebling der Marke "Dylan"?

Obwohl ich mir zuletzt auch das hoch- und vielgelobte "Royal-Albert-Hall-Konzert" (dessen Aufnahmen größtenteils in Wahrheit aus Manchester stammen) zugelegt habe, muss ich sagen, dass die beiden Live-Alben aus den Mittsiebzigern ("Before The Flood" & eben dieses hier) nach wie vor meine unübertroffenen Lieblinge sind. Wird Mr. Dylan bei "Before The Flood" von einer gut gelaunten "(The) Band" zu Höchstleistungen getrieben, so ist das bei diesem Ausschnitt der ROLLING THUNDER REVUE (auch ganz ohne THE BAND) nicht minder spürbar!
Wirklich jeder einzelne Song sprüht förmlich vor Elan, Witz, Kraft, Ausdauer und Beschwingtheit. Absoluter Höhepunkt ist für mich persönlich die geniale Interpretation des Klassiker "Tangled Up In Blue", die sogar die sehr gelungene Album-Aufnahme (Anm.: "Blood On The Tracks") in den Schatten zu stellen vermag. Aber keine Sorge, das ist keineswegs der einzige Kracher auf diesen beiden Ausnahmescheiben!

Fazit: Meiner Meinung nach ist mit dieser 5. Bootleg-Series-Ausgabe ein vorläufiger Höhepunkt eben dieser Reihe erreicht worden. Lediglich Nr. 7 ("No Direction Home") und Nr. 1-3 (mittlerweile im Sammelpack zum Billigpreis erhältlich!) sind (fast) ebenso gut geworden. Trotzdem möchte ich an dieser Stelle lobend festhalten, dass die Bootleg-Series generell sehr authentisch, professionell und durchdacht veröffentlicht wurden und werden... Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen halbherzig zusammengestellten Bonus-CDs und Raritätenausgaben sind (wohl) die meisten in der Bootleg-Reihe enthaltenen Silberlinge wahre Goldgruben für Dylan-Fans und Interessierte, die man sich - garantiert sorgenfrei - auch dann zulegen kann, wenn man noch nicht allzu viele Studioalben des großen BOB in seinem CD-Schrank stehen hat!

Also: Eine klare Kaufempfehlung meinerseits! Für mich - neben dem 1974 erschienenen "Before The Flood" (mit THE BAND) - das absolute Live-Highlight der mittlerweile sehr üppigen Dylan-Chronologie!!

GROSSE KLASSE!!
Coding Projects with Mark Lassoff
Coding Projects with Mark Lassoff
I've been following Mark's classes on different platforms, got a few certifications (Javascript and HTML5) via FrameworkTV and his content is always presented in a simplified manner and clear, great for the beginners and intermediate developers as well, as there is always something new to learn. Coding made fun and simple.
Java Cookbook: Problems and Solutions for Java Developers
Java Cookbook: Problems and Solutions for Java Developers
... you might want to keep your 3rd edition around since this new edition covers new topics such as data science at the expense of Java 8 recipes that were in the third edition. Those recipes are not null and void just because of an update.
Introduction to Compiler Design: An Object-Oriented Approach Using Java(R)
Introduction to Compiler Design: An Object-Oriented Approach Using Java(R)
How many times in your Software Development career has the need arisen to create a simple Domain Specific Language (DSL) to facilitate the configuration, building, or deployment of an application you were developing, but you could not find a concise, efficacious source of information about how to develop the compiler necessary to reify it? Then this is the book for you. Dr. Moore has distilled the thorny subject of Compiler Construction into an accessible, pragmatic "cookbook" of recipes that allow you to quickly understand and develop each part of a compiler's architecture. The Recursive Descent approach to compiler implementation is employed, which for small languages, is straightforward and effective. The book takes you though all the stages necessary to build a working compiler for CPRL, a small programming language invented by Dr. Moore. CPRL programs are translated into a Java-esque byte code that runs on a virtual machine (CVM), also invented by Dr. Moore. Each book chapter addresses one phase of the compiler construction process, clearly explaining the concepts involved, the objectives to be achieved, the techniques required to achieve those objectives, and additional exercises to reinforce and more deeply explore the concepts learned.

As a student of Dr. Moore who used a draft version of the book during his Compiler Design course at the Citadel, I can attest to its effectiveness in helping you understand and create a working compiler. Using Dr. Moore's approach, developing the compiler is fun and straightforward; along the way, it is also possible to augment the basic compiler with more advanced features as your interest dictates. By the end of the course, I had a working CPRL compiler that implemented a scanner, parser, and code generator. It was a very satisfying accomplishment to have created such a sophisticated program in such a short time. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in quickly mastering the fundamental concepts necessary to build a working compiler. You won't be disappointed.
Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places
Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places
My city, Athens, GA, is in the process of putting in motion a plan to greatly enhance our pedestrian and biking infrastructure. I bought this book hoping it might give me some insights I might be able to offer my mayor and commission. I learned so much more about urban planning than I ever hoped. There's a lot more to making a city walkable than just putting in sidewalks! I first bought the audiobook version. It's read by the author and he does an excellent job. After listening to it all the way through, THREE TIMES, I also bought two copies of the paper version, one for me and one to give to my city commissioner. I refer to it with him regularly. I also went back and read Jeff Speck's older book, Walkable City. They compliment each other well, but as the author himself points out, the earlier book is more of a "Why" to make a city more walkable, and this one is more of a "How To" book. This book is a bit more of a coffee table type book, each "Rule" is only a few pages and most have illustrations, charts, or graphs. Its an easy and interesting read for a complex subject, and it even has a little humor sprinkled in.
Black Autumn: Surviving the Crash (The Black Autumn Series Book 1)
Black Autumn: Surviving the Crash (The Black Autumn Series Book 1)
TL;DR: Don't waster your money; this is a masturbatory ego jack-off by the authors, for the authors where they more or less brag about their prep and how they'd kill everyone to keep it. If you're looking for practical advice on prepping, I'd suggest the '299 Days' series.

One of the major scenes in the book includes a nuclear detonation near the Port of Los Angeles and the authors must not have done thier research because between the tsunami that would hit the port, the LPG and Ethanol storage that would go off with the force of another nuclear blast, the destruction and subsequent sinking of other ships at port and awaiting offloading of cargo and LPG/Ethanol to the port, and the radiation that would salt the LA basin with radioactive fallout the authors fail to note that the Port is *the* major importer of consumer goods into the US and an attack on that port alone would crush the stock market all on it's own.

The author's Facebook response to my criticism? "Interesting"

#rolleyes

I share the exasperation of other readers in seeing the authors write themselves into the story yet if this is meant to be an allegorical tale about why you should prep and how, it fails miserably and, frankly, comes across in some places as outright bragging about his prep - $15,000 NODS per person, $3000 rifles per person, Level IV body armor per person, etc, etc. not to mention casually dropping $50K to a storage facility for his daughter only to see her fly away from Baltimore and leave it all behind. VERY FEW of us have that level of cash on hand to drop into prepping so, as I said, this book turns into a masturbatory ego stroke by the authors to say 'look what we got and we'll fight you over it'.
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner with Digital Timer for Eyeglasses, Rings, Coins (MGUC500)
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner with Digital Timer for Eyeglasses, Rings, Coins (MGUC500)
Works great so far. I use it for cleaning my eye glasses and it works great. My wife likes it for cleaning her earrings. It is intended as a household item, I am surprised by the number of people using it for industrial applications like cleaning engine parts. Don't be concerned about the reviews claiming it leaks. I do not see how that is possible because the bath is seamless stainless steel formed from one piece, I can't imagine how it could possibly leak. I also do not get the reviews saying the electronics are exposed to water. If you fill it with a jug, or even under the tap, the water will be contained in the bath at all times. I just dump it into the sink when I want to change the water. If you are getting water into the housing you are ham fisting the process. I do not see any problem with the lid. It is just a dust cover really, and to prevent evaporation. It just lifts up and down without a latch, so I do not see how it could crack on its own. The unit does appear to warm the water but it is a bit slow to do this. Start with warm water, if this matters to you, then the built in heater will maintain it.
If you have a business application that requires frequent daily use you should spend the money to buy a proper commercial unit.
My only design criticism is that the watch and earing support is a separate piece of plastic. It will get misplaced sooner or later. The curve of the support is very similar to the curved shape of the housing. Too bad they couldn't have put a recess in the end where the watch support could be clipped for storage.
Note I have seen this same product with a couple of different color schemes marketed under different brands at much higher prices, including here on amazon, so watch for that.
UPDATE: I got brave and used it on my 10 year old Rolex, fully submersing it for 4 minutes. I was blown away by how well it came up. It cleaned out all the gunk in the wrist band that no polishing cloth could ever get. It sparkled like new again.
WARNING: DO NOT use this on your prescription sunglasses. It works great on my wife's sunglasses, the cheap ones for the beach and the expensive designer ones. I need strong prescription eye glasses so the eye store removes the stock lenses and sends out clear prescription lenses for coating to match. Unfortunately, that coating is weak. I used quite warm water and it totally destroyed the lens coating. It appears the glue holding the coating in place dissolved. So be aware of that. Cost me $250 to replace the lenses.
28.58 Carat Natural Red Ruby and Diamond (F-G Color, VS1-VS2 Clarity) 14K Yellow Gold Luxury Tennis Bracelet for Women Exclusively Handcrafted in USA
28.58 Carat Natural Red Ruby and Diamond (F-G Color, VS1-VS2 Clarity) 14K Yellow Gold Luxury Tennis Bracelet for Women Exclusively Handcrafted in USA
This was a birthday and Christmas gift from my husband and meant to start a set in my daughters birth stone that I will one day pass to her. To say that I was scared to buy jewelry from Amazon was an understatement. My husband thought I was crazy but nothing I saw in stores or online compared to the way this looked so I took a chance. I WAS THRILLED WHEN I TOOK IT TO A GEMOLOGIST AT A JEWELRY STORE AND IT APPRAISED AT 3 times what I paid for it! Major win!! I will definitely be buying the rest of the set from these folks. SIMPLY GORGEOUS ladies and gentlemen! Thank you Fashion Strada!!!
Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne Season 1
Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne Season 1
Doctor Fellowes is not really a "Downton" type mega-hit. Instead, it is a little bit Cranford, a tiny bit Poldark, and a lot of Emma and Sense and Sensibility.

Taken in its own right, Doctor Thorne is everything I expected it to be…which is just fine by me. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

To be clear, it really more of a long movie than a "series," per se (just under three hours in total). But the length works well enough for the source material.

To turn it into a set of four distinct episodes rather than the a movie format, the producers added formal fireside introductions and conclusions by Julian Fellowes to each "episode": kind of an Afred Hitchcock meets Masterpiece Theater kind of touch. Those weren't really weren't my personal cup of tea, because they tended to take me out of the flow of the story, and sometimes offered up (minor) spoilers. Some viewers might enjoy those interludes though, and they were easy enough to skip over.

To be clear, nothing about Doctor Thorne was surprising in the slightest. Marvelously grand houses. Spectacular clothing. Unnaturally beautiful people. Stunning English scenery. Fabulous wealth, and the desperate fear of losing it. High-stakes tradeoffs between love and money. Deathbed drama, and lighthearted frivolity. The strictures of being a woman during that era. Uptight English norms, and desires to break free of them. The entre of an American heiress into that world, casting a bright light on some of the inherent dysfunction of that system. And, of course, some requisite swoon-worthy deep eye gazing, with expressions of repressed and forbidden love.

Okay, so not terribly surprising, and more than a little predictable; even a bit formulaic at times. But it is the source material by Trollope which is responsible for that, not something about this particular rendition. And in any case, so what, since it is a formula that works?! It was engaging and pleasant and perfectly marvelous fun, and I will happily watch it again. And it is quite to Amazon's credit that it is willing and able to support original feature productions of this impressive quality.

The characters and all of their perfect imperfections were compelling, often comically so, with a few notably wise souls in the mix. I was left wanting to see more of them, which is a good sign. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces (favorites were Allison Brie of Mad Men, Ian McShane of Deadwood, with several other recognizable actors in the mix as well.) I did not happen to find the familiarity to be distracting in this case, but be forewarned that some viewers may.

It will have a smaller potential audience than Downton Abbey. Among other especially special attributes of Downton, it was quite a cross cutting show, enjoyed seemingly as much by men as by women. I quite loved both of the shows myself, but I am guessing Doctor Thorne will not be as widely beloved. This strikes me as a show mostly for the English period drama aficionado, which is quite fine by me, but naturally limits its reach.

For some interesting context about Anthony Trollope's work relative to his contemporaries, with discussion of Doctor Thorne in particular (with useful comparisons between the book and novel), Google "The Way We Live Now," by Laura Miller, published on Slate.com on May 30, 2016.

For those of you who finish all 4 episodes/ 3 hours of Doctor Thorne tonight (...and, c'mon, you know you probably will...), and are then left wanting more British period drama, here are some ideas. Here are good Amazon options, mostly on Prime (+ also check the comments section below this review, since people have been making some great suggestions there, as well!)

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~~~ POLDARK ~~~ A succulent English drama that will tend to appeal to the same crowd who will enjoy Doctor Thorne, albeit with a bit more darkly melodramatic flair. Set in the English countryside on the heels of the Revolutionary War as British soldiers return home, it has classic themes of marrying for love or money, sudden gains and reversals of fortune, working class struggles vs. the landed gentry, tension between those who are ready throw off the strictures of hierarchical English society versus the many elites who resist it mightily. After blowing through Season 1 of Poldark on Amazon Prime, I am now eagerly awaiting Season 2.

~~~ LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD ~~~ Seasons 1-3. Based on a book of the same name, Larkrise to Candleford is a bit less opulent than Doctor Thorne and Poldark. It spends much of its time with the middle and lower classes of English society (directly acknowleding the differences in engaging, if fairly predictable, ways). As such, the costumes and sets aren't quite as marvelous. But it is a lovely show, if a tad dated in terms of production quality. It is also one that is family friendly (kind of like an English "Little House on the Prairie"), mixing life lessons in with the drama, so I have been rewatching it with my 11 year old. Catch it while you can on Prime, as it has circulated in and out of Prime, and right now (May 2016) all three seasons are free on Prime. (and/or just read the classic books, as they are also a real treat, and fantastic window into that interesting time of railroads and associated technological developments, and how those affected rural English society.)

~~~ CRANFORD ~~~ Cranford is along the lines of Larkrise to Candleford, a little newer, and also quite a charming on small village life in merry 'ole England.

~~~ THE PARADISE ~~~ The genre is slightly different -- i.e. rather than focusing on the landed gentry in pastoral England, it focused on the opening of the first full-fledged department store in Gibson-girl London. The concept can feel a tad predictable and trite (audacious store owner, big stores pushing out small stores, women gaining independence in the workplace, shop floor competition, etc.) Yet it is much fun! Great costumes. Engaging characters. An always-interesting focus on new developments replacing old traditions. Different seasons of Paradise cycle in and out of Prime (and it doesn't seem to be on Prime as of the moment), but it always worth a look to see if/when The Paradise available for free.

~~~ MR. SELFRIDGE ~~~ Basically see my description of "The Paradise" for plot (the shows are almost amazingly similar!) Keep the idea of a flashy and controversial department store replacing the increasingly staid stores of London. Change the era to Downton Abbey/ early 20th century/pre and post WWI. And basically, you get "The Paradise" and its department store politics, set in a later era, with an audacious businessman (Jeremy Piven of Entourage) who happens to be American. It also has great costuming. It also focuses a good deal on new developments pushing out old traditions, and on the societal change of women gaining independent power outside of the home. Like the Paradise, it is also a little predictable and sometimes a bit trite, yet it is still good fun! Several seasons of Mr. Selfridge happen to be on Prime at the moment, and you might want to grab it while you can because it, too, cycles in and out of Prime.

~~~ OUTLANDER ~~~ I almost hesitate to add Outlander because it not on Prime at the moment (so $19-ish per season), and because it probably has already been voraciously consumed by a good portion of the people looking into Doctor Thorne...but, oh, if you haven't seen it, you must! Be forewarned though, it can be graphic, both sexually and in terms of violence; Outlander is definitely not family-friendly fare, and the violence sometimes seems over the top and unnecessary to me. But, aside from that, it is quite a magnificent show. If you are not familiar with it, or the wonderful books the series is based on, Outlander is a bit hard to explain -- it is mostly Scottish colonial period drama, mixed with time travel. But even the sci fi adverse are likely to enjoy this show, with its magnificent costumes, sets, lush Scottish scenery, and, aye, the truly marvelous accents and men in kilts. The acting and characters are great, as well. Highly recommended, at least for those who are ok with fairly explicit violence and (...some wildly, passionately, super hot...) sex.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
I grew up with the original Yugioh and Yugioh GX. I loved both of those. I was hesitant to continue as the rules of the card game start to change with this series (synchro summoning). However, I was not disappointed. I would say the focus with this series is mostly on the plot rather than the card play. Basically, characters are going to be throwing (a lot of) new cards you haven't seen throughout both seasons to get out of jams. The dueling on motorcycles is a bit confusing at first (because they aren't really even racing to any finish line....??) but it fits better as the series goes on. The ending of the series itself is a little abrupt, but that is due to the differences between the original Japanese release and the English version. It is different, but I recommend giving it a chance after a few episodes.
The Hobbit (1977)
The Hobbit (1977)
- diese El Hobbit-DVD habe ich aus Spanien zu mir kommen lassen, der Versand verlief relativ flott -

Der Zeichentrickfilm THE HOBBIT von 1977 stammt von den Machern die uns Jahre später, genauer gesagt 1982, die tränendrüsendrückende Zeichentrickmähr DAS LETZTE EINHORN eingebrockt haben!
Nie ins deutsche synchronisiert, bietet diese DVD von El Hobbit aber auch den original englischen Ton und eben in Spanisch - allerdings sabbeln die dort so schnell, habe nur Tapas, Ibiza und Barcelona verstanden; kann ich aber auch nur einfach falsch verstanden haben?!
Die englische Original-Synchro ist episch und die dortig gesungenen Songs von Fein bis Kindisch orientiert.
Beide Tonarten sind Mono, die Bildqualität, die leider nicht restauriert wurde ist ganz okay, wenn auch hier und da etwas blass.

Aber, wie schauen denn hier bloss die Charaktere aus? Du meine Güte...

- Bilbo Beutlin wie 'ne olle Märchentante Eulalia mit Lebertran im Gepäck
- Gandalf wie ein als Zauberer verkleideter Strauchdieb
- die Zwerge, die einst die Sieben Zwerge + Schneewittchen gelyncht haben
- Elrond trägt einen Heiligenschein, hahahahaha...Autsch!
- Gollum wie eine Kröte
- die Orks erinnern allesamt an den beliebten Mickey Mouse-Gegenspieler Kater Karlo
- der Waldelbenkönig Thranduil und seine Elben sehen eher aus wie Kobolde
- Bard der Bogenschütze wie ein italoamerikanischer Autodieb und Hehler

Aber warum vergebe ich dann 5 Sterne?
Der Film ist sooo schlecht, dass ich ihn widerum toll finde!
Einige Szenen/Momente aus dem Buch fehlen (der Film geht nur 77 Minuten) wzb. der Hautwechsler Beorn fehlt komplett; und wirkt irgendwie gehetzt.
Hat aber auch so seine tollen Momente.
Wunderschön das heimische Beutelsend, das Nebelgebirge, der Düsterwald (wirklich sehr düster), Seestadt.
Bei der Schlacht der Fünf Heere scheint den Machern aber das Geld ausgegangen zu sein?!
Trotzdem, mir gefällt der Film und als Kuriosum kommt er definitiv als Blickfang in meine HdR-Sammlung, hat eben nicht jeder!
Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection (Beginner Books(R))
Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection (Beginner Books(R))
My 2.5 year old has been asking to learn to read and after much research, I thought the two Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collections would be a good place to start. Especially this one, with the ABC book, since he has to recognize all his letters before he can start sounding out words. We've been reading it every night for a week and he is already reciting his ABC's and able to announce which letter comes next before he sees it. Additionally, the books hold his attention, I enjoy reading them too, and the interesting mix of words, rhymes and odd stories seem like a great way to keep kids engaged. Neither of us have any issues with the quality of the books or thickness of the paper. Their the standard size, hardback versions and I'm very happy. Plus, what a great value!
Dr. Seuss Horton Wall Clock
Dr. Seuss Horton Wall Clock
I wish I could give negative stars!!!! The clock in the picture has yellow (correctl) bears. The clock I received has orange bears. As a book character in a library the color has to be right! I was going to hang this in my library, but the hanger on the back was installed wrong. The predrilled hole is even visible, so it won't hang straight. My custodian and I wrestled with it for 15 minutes trying to get the battery in because the compartment is too small. The numbers are so small and the hands so thin that the time can't be read from more than two feet away. I purchased this with personal money not school money, but I will be returning this tomorrow as my students deserve better!
One Piece Color Walk Compendium: Water Seven to Paramount War (2)
One Piece Color Walk Compendium: Water Seven to Paramount War (2)
I love One Piece so it made sense for me to get it. The colors are vibrant and the pages are full of fantastic art by Oda sensei himself. There are even two massive pullout posters inside the book that showcases how much love and care went into producing this book. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to any One Piece fan. If you want more official One Piece merch sold in the states, support this book as well as the firs compendium
One Piece, Vol. 50 (50)
One Piece, Vol. 50 (50)
Luffy invited Brook onboard. I do not mean to sound like an insolent, but that’s too much. There are already too many characters introduced working at the world government. There are other pirates, too. Hope that the tory does not get too complicated.
One Piece Vol 30 (Japanese Edition)
One Piece Vol 30 (Japanese Edition)
たまたま私は、ワンピースコミックを持ってなかったので、この際にカラー版で大人買いさせていただきました、カラーでしたので、似ているキャラなど見分けるのが楽でしたよ。ただし全巻集めるつもりで購入してるのに、1巻から63巻までが、バラバラに並んでしまうKindleのシステムが購入意欲を無くしてしまいます、なんとかなりませんかね?
The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
“Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You To Read!” is the come-on subtitle of this collection, although frankly they didn’t care if you read them or not. It wasn’t so much alarm at the content or concern for ‘the kiddies’ as the self-publicity gained from an easy target that motivated the politicians who sensed blood from blood-drenched comics.

As any politician knows, to distract attention from adventures overseas, particularly those going badly, or any serious bad news due to government incompetence or inaction, the quick fix is to manufacture a problem that hits ‘em close to home. No-one cares about corpses in other countries, it seems, when their own children are eating too many chips or playing violent video games. Gory horror comics made much better news copy than economics or foreign body counts. Like violent TV shows or movies, or sex in books or films, ‘evil comics’ sold newspapers as easily as they sold themselves. If you can’t serialise it, condemn it. Thus, comics, rock and roll, TV shows, horror films, nasty VHS, computer games, the internet, pornography, and burgers and fries all take their turn in the barrel when the powers that be need a diversion from what really matters, and what they’re getting wrong.

Jim Trombetta, a journalist and Hollywood TV scriptwriter (Miami Vice, The Equalizer, The Flash, Deep Space Nine), should get this, and maybe he does, but the text of his book is devoted primarily to analysing the attacks on comics rather than the comics themselves. He provides a fine account of these dark days for scholars and other interested parties, and it’s a sobering and timely re-visit in these censorious and sensitive times as a new but strangely familiar army of bluenoses and angry hand-wringers have been gathering since the turn of this century, with fresh concerns and different problems, but the same old targets. They would be furious, baffled, and outraged to be compared to their fellow fascists in the 1950s even as they also seek to regulate and police what we may think or say or see.

As interesting and admirable as all this is, horror author for kids R.L. Stine has the right attitude when he writes, in his introduction, about his disappointment as a child when these comics disappeared from the newsstands in 1954, and states “As a fan, I always think that the real story of these horror comics is not that they were banned, but that they existed”.

And this book does also celebrate their existence for half-a-decade with a vengeance. Three hundred pages are devoted almost entirely and extensively to beautifully reproduced covers and content from this disreputable trash so lovingly rendered by the jobbing comics artists of the day, just churning this stuff out to make a buck. A lot of it is junk, some of it is beautiful, but all of it is fascinating. The covers, in particular, are a delight, amazing stuff, garish, silly, and fun. It’s strange to think people took it seriously, just as it is to think that controversy once raged over Elvis, smutty seaside postcards, Hammer films, the Rolling Stones, or Dirty Harry.

Since this book was compiled in 2010 there have been many collections of vintage comics and/or their covers, most excellent, and many reviewed by myself, but this is easily one of the best by far for the horror genre, and beautifully designed. Perhaps as befits a collection that concerns itself primarily with the assault on horror comics by the high and mighty, and features a terror-stricken eyeball on the cover, the selections in this one are somewhat more grim and gory than some of the others on the market, which are more enjoyably silly than gruesomely strong in content. While some—some—of the covers are gorgeous, the artwork on the interior stories is a little less stylish, and quite coarse and ugly in fact, and sometimes, blameless characters you might expect to be heroes, or saved, become victims of grisly ends. Most of the content here is bleak and weak, and this collection is one of the few that doesn’t seem to have been chosen for its art or quality, but as examples to make a point. Author Jim Trombetta makes the important distinction that it wasn’t just the horror comics that the authorities were fretting about, it was all comics, and the crime comics were particularly nasty. And of course, as always with America, sex was considered nasty as well; Fiction House’s strong and sexy heroines went to the wall along with the ghouls and gangsters.

Whether the horrors should have been chased off the newsstands is a somewhat moot point now, seventy years later, but it’s worth remembering that if their popularity hadn’t been nipped in the bud by generally wrong-headed politically motivated grandstanding, and continued in the manner of pulps, paperbacks, and sweats, we may never have had DC’s Silver Age super-heroes, Weisinger’s Superman Family comics, or the Lee/Kirby sci-fi shorts that lead to the Marvel Super-Heroes. All these hacks—and most of them were fairly routine and talentless—would have remained employed, and turning out this grim illiterate rubbish. Would they then have run their course, as the sweats did, only to become irrelevant and unwanted in the face of Hammer, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Jess Franco, and the Italian giallos, dragging comics unloved and unmourned into the dustbin of history as the allure of VHS replaced them? Or would DC and Marvel have been crowded off the newsstands by these crude lower common denominator cash-ins, unable to compete and flourish and nurture their artists to the point where comics became respected and artistically competent in the mid-’60s?

While not defending censorship, how different comics might have been if they had continued down the path they were descending to in the early 1950s. DC’s super-heroes, if they had returned at all, might have been bullied off the newsstands as too square and dull next to the blood and gore elsewhere; with no Justice League, Stan would have followed through with his resolve to quit comics and moved on into advertising or TV and movie scriptwriting, and Martin Goodman might have told Jack Kirby not to be so time-wastingly perfectionist and obscure, and dropped a Fantastic Four-free Silver Surfer and Galactus in the bin as a high-falutin’ indulgence he couldn’t sell (“You think college kids read our books?? We sell gangsters and murder!!”).

So, despite the disappointment of the wide-eyed little boys poring over illicit images of ghouls and killers, maybe things worked out best… for the next generation of comic-book kids anyway. In the meantime, we have five years of zombies and screaming repenters to drool over unforgivingly. Be advised though, that this publication is not a collection of stories, but a very heavily illustrated text with examples to support the author’s thesis. So while there are some complete stories, other contributions are single page examples to illustrate points… and some of those points are on shakier ground than the censorship material.

Personally, I think that like many of those who take an academic or sociological view of popular culture, there is a tendency in this book to sometimes overthink things. Too much effort is made to link these naive and foolish comics to real events at the time, whereas in reality they were simply a result of businessmen and hacks trying to make a buck. With all due respect to the writers and artists concerned, these were not deep thinkers, and while they may have had their opinions, most of them weren’t politicised enough, daring enough, or literate enough to put them into their stories, and the werewolves, zombies and skeletons of early ’50s horror comics represent nothing more than werewolves, zombies and skeletons.

The writers and artists who conceived these tales were trying to bring dinner to the table, not ideas, opinions, or deep thoughts. When there were exceptions, such as the strongly anti-racist “Judgement Day”, (the most chilling tale in this book is the attempted censorship of it, and Bill Gaines’ brave stand), it was blindingly obvious, and not hidden, or enclosed in secret meanings and symbolism. Politics in comics are never subtle or sophisticated, and with the exception of some of Stan Lee’s late ‘60s work, rarely accommodate opposing viewpoints; like their characters, they are about heroes and villains, good guys and bad guys. So while the text is all very interesting, it is more about what Jim Trombetta has personally taken from the comics, rather than what anyone was trying to put into them, consciously or otherwise. Popular culture tells us much about the society it springs from, but horror is timeless and often thoughtless, and social scientists will be better served by war, sci-fi, or romance comics, or indeed almost any other genre than horror, which almost never changes from one decade to the next. Of course there are exceptions, but 1950s horror comics are not generally among them. Visually, however, it’s an absolute treasure, an excellent starting point if you want to see what all the fuss was about.
Red Rain (Nameless Book 4)
Red Rain (Nameless Book 4)
Red Rain, the fourth story in the Dean Koontz’s Nameless series, continues the pattern set in the first three stories. It is another, short, one sitting read. Koontz keep you turning pages until the end. In this installment, Nameless is sent to bring truth and justice to Regina Belmont, who lost her two children and was herself horribly burned and disfigured in a fire that was set by Danny Doyle, a criminal who makes his living setting fires for unscrupulous business men looking to bilk insurance companies. He is loosely associated with a ring of criminals who help him: a corrupt fire inspector who always rules Danny’s arson as accidents and two gang thugs who harass victims like Regina to insure they keep quiet and do not push law enforcement to dig too deep.

As always, Nameless and the Ace of Diamonds who directs him, bring justice outside of the system and do not hesitate to kill to do so. In this gripping episode, they come up with an ingenious plan that insures that the most of bad guys kill themselves leaving not much for Nameless to do. We do not gain a lot of new information about Nameless. The name of Regina seems to stir a memory from the past but, as usual, he cannot bring it completely forward. He also has a much more graphic repeat of the vision that has tormented him in several of the stories, perhaps threatening to eventually lead Nameless to an event from his past that he may not want to revisit. Koontz may throw us a small clue in the form of the book that Nameless is reading on a plane: Flannery O’Connell’s, The Violent Bear it Away. Her book was about southern religious fundamentalism, destruction and retribution. Hmmm. Nevertheless, I continue to enjoy this new format from one of our best storytellers.
Birthright
Birthright
I LOVE every book Ive read from Nora Roberts vast library of murder mystery/romance.
However when I read the summary to this book I avoided it. Im not even certain as to why. To me the summary failed to pike my interest enough for me to purchase it. Over and over again I would choose something different. Finally I gave up and purchased it, believing that the book itself would win me over. Boy did it! It took no time at all to draw me in to the intrigue of this book. It won me over with its mystery, tender emotions, and horrible deceit. The characters were believable; so much so that I could picture each one in my mind. The way each of them looked, spoke, and felt emotion. I'm sure every Nora Roberts fan has their own list of favorites. To me Birthright comes in a VERY close second to my favorite, The Witness. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone in question. It will make you appreciate the familial bonds that have such a hold on most of us, and make you anticipate, as I do, the next Nora Roberts novel to hit the market.
Convincing Alex (Stanislaskis)
Convincing Alex (Stanislaskis)
Convincing Alex is the fourth of six books in Norah Roberts' fine and fascinating series on the Stanislaski Family. It's NOT a new series of books, so if you've been reading Nora for a couple of decades, as I have, you've probably already read all six and enjoyed them once. They're worth another read and these e-versions definitely belong on the Kindles of Nora's devoted fans. Just be careful and try to read them in order; Amazon doesn't make this easy because on the KINDLE Bookstore site, if you search for "Stanislaski series," you'll be taken to a page that has the first two (or maybe three) in the order in which they were written, but gets the others all mixed up! To help you out, here is the chronological order of the series (and a couple of words on the relationship between Natasha, featured in the first book in the series, and the protagonist of each novel):
1. Taming Natasha
2. Luring a Lady, featuring Mikhail, Natasha's brother.
3. Falling for Rachel, featuring Rachel, Natasha's sister.
4. Convincing Alex, featuring Alexi, Natasha's brother.
5. Waiting for Nick, featuring Natasha's brother-in-law's brother!!
6. Considering Kate, featuring Natasha' s daughter.
In all of the books, you'll also meet or renew your relationship with Mama (Nadia) and Papa (Yuri) Stanislaski. Enjoy!
Suicide Forest (World's Scariest Places - A psychological horror thriller)
Suicide Forest (World's Scariest Places - A psychological horror thriller)
If you go out into the woods today. You’re sure of a big surprise. But this is no picnic time for teddy bears. A group of 7 people enter Aokigahara Jukai, which is near Mt. Fuji in Japan. The Japanese call it the “Sea of Trees” but others refer to it as the Suicide Forest. They are taken there by a guy called Honda who said “According to our myths, it was once the site of ubasute. Families would abandon their young or elderly there during periods of famine, so there would be less mouths to feed. Because of this, many Japanese think the forest is now haunted by yurei, or souls of the dead.”

I liked how Jeremy has done his research, for Suicide Forest is a real location. He also includes the local culture and words, for example a bento box and ramen shops. Jeremy really got the atmosphere of the Suicide Forest, giving it a creepy yet very real feel to it. I really enjoy walking my dog through woods but this is not a walk in the park for these 7 people who abandon the regular tourist trail.

Suicide Forest is written in the first person of Ethan Childs, who is an English teacher. I liked the little bits thrown into the story about teaching English to the Japanese and the funny things they can say. English is a great living language and I loved the bit were Ethan had words with Tomo - “Have lunch,” I corrected him vacantly. I didn’t usually do this outside the classroom, but “take lunch” always irked me, one of those expressions the Japanese favored that just sounded wrong.

I found Suicide Forest to be a GOOD read that plays on the urban legend horror theme. I liked how it was a first person narrative so that the reader feels they are at the center of the action. Suicide Forest is an adult book that fully explores the issue of suicide but is not preachy or religious. The quality of Jeremy’s writing is good and he has a very wide vocabulary, forcing me to click many a word on my Kindle, to be sure of it’s meaning.

Suicide Forest kept me entertained but I did NOT enjoy it as much as The Taste of Fear, another of Jeremy’s books. Because of the background, the choice of a real location and the urban legends attached, Suicide Forest for me was a GOOD 4 star read.
Warrior of the Light: A Manual
Warrior of the Light: A Manual
Probably a generous four stars here, but it is well written, and full of good advice. And a bit of a spoiler that was at the end of the book that might have better been placed at the beginning: the meat of the book consists of a series of articles published over a three year period.

The book starts and ends with a shell of a story, but nothing more than a shell is given. It's like returning to The Alchemist, but instead of creating a parable to teach a series of truths about life, Coelho just puts his maxims out there. And they're good maxims, but it's not nearly as charming when it's just good advice for living.

In the end, it's worth checking out, and it's a quick read - just don't look for rich storytelling. I suppose the value in it is that Coelho is giving you direct advice for living your own story.
The Case of the Curious Bride (Perry Mason Series Book 5)
The Case of the Curious Bride (Perry Mason Series Book 5)
I love all the Perry Mason books. This one was a lot of fun with Perry pulling out all the stops to prove his client's innocence. Della is so smart, efficient and above all loyal--and for the first time that I've ever seen in all the Mason books, she gets put in her place by Perry for being overprotective! The characters were well-developed and interesting. After a disastrous 1st marriage to a swindling user, the defendant marries again this time a weak, almost helpless man on the rebound. If you pay close attention to the clues, you just might be able to guess who the murderer is!?!
Perry Mason and the Case of the Velvet Claws: A Radio Dramatization
Perry Mason and the Case of the Velvet Claws: A Radio Dramatization
As a baby boomer, I am old enough to have been a listener to radio theatre before there was a TV in every home. As a child, I especially liked *Big Jon and Sparkie* but can remember my mother listening to *The Shadow* and to the radio soaps while she went about her housewifely chores--activities that must be put on hold while watching TV, I learned later. The Colonial Radio Theatre's *Perry Mason and the Case of the Velvet Claws* brought back a flood of memories from that time. The sound effects especially carried me back to a time when you made your own pictures of the action in your mind as you heard doors latching, phones ringing, and footsteps sounding across a wooden floor. Years later I heard a communications professor explain that radio was a "hot medium" while TV was a "cold medium." He explained that, with radio drama, listeners used their own imaginations regarding the appearance of the setting and the characters, while with TV and movies the viewer is simply fed what someone else has imagined. Those words came back to me as I listened to this audio. Jerry Robbins did a fabulous job as Perry Mason, and naturally I got a completely different mental picture of Mason than that portrayed on TV by Raymond Burr--more of the 1930s and 1940s gumshoe type who wasn't above a little edge-of-the-law action himself. The dialogue is delivered in the style of radio drama and early black-and-white movies, which supported the tone that Erle Stanley Gardner no doubt intended. The production has a full cast; it is not an audio book that has one reader narrating and providing all the voices--which I appreciated since audio books have generally been underwhelming in my opinion. The plot has a lot of twists and turns, which made me keep listening to track after track. I listened to it on a Saturday morning and thought to myself that I should once again make radio drama via CD a Saturday morning ritual--coming in with Sparkie and going out with Perry Mason as his creator intended him to be. I'll definitely be looking for more from The Colonial Radio Theatre.
Scouts
Scouts
“I think Scouts should be a book that all kids should read. I am in 5th grade. I think all kids will like this story because of all the surprising events that made me want to keep reading” - 10 year old review
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.
Balafres (French Edition)
Balafres (French Edition)
Avec Balafres,Morcet Robert auteur de la série "Le Celte",rend un hommage à Monsieur Frédéric Dard,son style d'écriture argotique n'est pas sans rappeler la célèbre série San-Antonio,il est vrai que le parrain littéraire de Robert Morcet n'est autre que Monsieur Alphonse Boudard,grand ami De frédéric Dard,avec Balafres vous allez vous marrer et en plus l'histoire est menée tambour battant,je vous conseille ce livre pour passer un bon moment en apprenant l'Argot dans toute sa splendeur littéraire
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR [Hardcover]
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR [Hardcover]
I like reading this children's book one chapter at a time to my grandson which is all one four-year old can take. Although the illustrations are very well suited to children, there could have been more as children are very visual and love to see pictures as you read to them. Like all of Roald Dahl's books, the narrative and dialog are very clear and crisp and meant to be read aloud. As for the book condition which I bought as used, it was better than described. Very pleased with seller and item purchased. Recommend to anyone who loves reading to young people.
Riders of the Purple Sage (Annotated) LARGE PRINT
Riders of the Purple Sage (Annotated) LARGE PRINT
What can one say about "Riders of the Purple Sage"? For as long as man has dreamed of the west, he has written about it or sought it out for himself. Yes, James Fennimore Cooper wrote about the "west". There were the Dime Novels and the Penny Dreadfuls of the 1800's written by such as Ned Buntline. Then an Easterner named Owen Wister created a character called "The Virginian" and Zane Grey had already written "Heritage of the Desert" but "Riders of the Purple Sage" would immortalize both the author and the genre of "westerns". From then on every "western" would be compared to this one. The ironic part is: Zane Grey never considered them to be "westerns"; they were romances, romantic adventures, romantic novels. And to be totally accurate, the word, "western" did not exist at the time this book was written; it did not come into use until 1927 at the earliest, so to insist Zane Grey was a "western" writer is suspect, at best. But "Riders of the Purple Sage" has everything a person has come to know and understand that belongs in a story of the west--the taciturn gunfighter; the woman in distress fighting a losing battle; great scenery; fast horses; and evil men. Yet "Riders" is more than that. It has sub-plots upon sub-plots that keep the reader wondering what is going to happen next, and this book "fills the bill". And, what most people don't know or realize today, Zane Grey wrote quite often from a woman's viewpoint, and does so in this book. At the time of Zane Grey's greatest popularity more than half of his readership were women, and he was published in such magazines as, Cosmopolitan, Colliers, and Ladies Home Journal. If you have never read a "western" I whole-heartedly urge you to try this one.
Trilogía El Señor de los Anillos (Spanish Edition)
Trilogía El Señor de los Anillos (Spanish Edition)
Respecto al contenido del libro no hay mucho que decir, es de lo mejor que hay, respecto a la calidad de impresión es muy buena (el papel es grueso y firme, mientras la letra es grande y legible), ilustraciones que dan gusto verlas y muy bien hechas, es un libro grande y pesado por lo que recomiendo leerlo en una mesa o escritorio, en cuanto al envío, en mi caso y con este vendedor, lo pedí el 9 de Agosto y me llegó el 15 de Octubre, yo vivo en Costa Rica y el libro lo imprimen en España por lo que el tiempo de envío es bastante sumándole la situación actual del COVID-19 donde las aduanas están saturadas, dentro de la caja el libro viene cubierto con el plástico protector y con protectores de bolsitas de aire por lo que no encontré muchos daños, solo un poco golpeada las esquinas pero asumo que el daño lo recibió en la aduana y diferentes aeropuertos a la hora que lo revisaron o lo movieran (parte del plástico venía perforado por lo que hubo mal manejo del paquete), pero nada que lamentar y algo esperado al pedir un libro tan grande donde el cobertor del libro se someta y soporte a tanto peso (este se desgasta más rápido) y que viene desde tan lejos. En conclusión recomiendo el libro para los que disfrutan del universo de Tolkien, ya que es una versión extraordinaria, y respecto al vendedor y el envió todo salió bien, nada que lamentar.
The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays
The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays
Finding out at the age of twelve from the back covers of "The Lord of the Rings" that there were medievalists and that Tolkien was one, I vowed to study what he did. While unlike "Tollers" my doctorate did not lead me to a donnish tenure on an ivy-draped quad, I always admired the humanity and grace not only of his famed fiction but his patient letters and insistent essays. Re-reading his collected criticism twenty-five years after it first appeared, its engrossing paths through scholarly debates make occasional detours permissible and often worthwhile. As with Tolkien's "Secondary World" of Middle Earth, as a "sub-creator" not only of probably our greatest modern mythology but as a rigorous (if rambling in his donnish digressions) scholar, you find in "Monsters" much evidence that without his deep understanding of language, that he'd never have been able to convince you of the essential reality of his imagined realms.

This knack, as T.A. Shippey, his successor in his position at Oxford, has argued in "The Road to Middle Earth," depends on "asterisk reality," or what JRRT calls here more delightfully "star-spangled grammar." (237) As his son and editor Christopher explains: "the reference is to enquiry into the forms of words before the earliest records; in those studies the conventional practice is to place an asterisk before hypothetical, deduced forms." (n. 3, 240) This may seem dry to non-academics or those lacking a fascination with philology. But for Tolkien and his audience, the invention of sustainable elements of his myth depended on the languages he concocted-- and vice versa.

In his "A Secret Vice" (1931) Tolkien elaborates-- if a bit unevenly in this essay never published-- how assembling "art-language" relates to crafting mythology: "to give your language an individual flavor, it must have woven into it the threads of an individual mythology, individual while working within the scheme of natural human mythopoeia, as your word-form may be individual while working within the hackneyed limits of human, even European, phonetics. The converse indeed is true, your language construction will 'breed' a mythology." (210-11) This is why Tolkien outlasted so many of his predecessors, peers, and imitators. He knows the deep structures of the language and from the combination of creativity and limitation inherent in how what we speak conveys what we conjure, he built Middle-Earth upon this rich foundation, half-excavated, half-hidden.

This trove, as his best-known essays here on "The Monsters & the Critics" and "On Translating Beowulf" show, depended on perceiving that Old English poem as such, more than merely a word-hoard to be ransacked by historians and professors for linguistic traces of Geats and thanes. It pivots on a balance between what its Christian author could reach back from, into the recently-departed pagan past, and forward into, the fatalistic yet salvific quality of heroism infused by morality. The codes of the Saxons meshed with those of their Catholic evangelists, and Tolkien in these early critiques moved the study of the poem away from archeology into poetics.

He did the same for "Sir Gawain & the Green Knight." He corrects earlier scholars who mined the verse only for traces of earlier legends; he reminds us of its inescapably Christian morality, which (as in Beowulf) moves the reader as its maker towards a value system based on belief in the Sacraments rather than one relying only upon a code of honor or "a game with rules" such as his host expects him to play. The tension between an earthly pursuit and a heavenly mandate enters the drama. In Beowulf, the monsters occupy the center, with youth and old age, victory and defeat, on each end for the hero to face. For Gawain, the confession-- in Tolkien's perceptive reading-- turns the narrative away from pagan-pursuing or Pentagram chasing into a decision to follow a more "real and permanent" world of what's worthwhile rather than the frivolous folly of "an unreal and passing" court.

His "Valedictory Address" gently attacks the "the workings of the B.Litt. sausage-machine" at Oxford precisely fifty years ago. I'm glad he was spared what the academy's been turned into now. My dissertation chair had studied under Tolkien around the time this address was given. Tolkien had the reputation of a nearly incomprehensible lecturer, so I am unsure if his auditors learned his lesson!

Tolkien does offer advice for those of us who made it through later expansions of the slaughterhouse that is the Research University today, Oxford or its lesser factories. Perhaps we may find wry if wise counsel as independent scholars and freeway faculty who labor on with few financial or institutional rewards: "There is no need, therefore, to despise, no need even to feel pity for months or years of life sacrificed in some minimal enquiry: say, the study of some uninspired medieval text and its fumbling dialect; or of some miserable 'modern' poetaster and his life (nasty, dreary, and fortunately short)-- NOT IF the sacrifice is voluntary, and IF it is inspired by a genuine curiosity, spontaneous or personally felt." (226-27) The trouble is, then and so much more now, that so many in academia follow the leader into an 'au courant' theory, some adviser's own project, producing but the tired labor dutifully repeated.

To his credit, Tolkien convinced us in his fiction and warned us in his criticism of how language deserved respect, whether we were schooled in the Lit. or the Lang. His lecture on "English & Welsh," delivered the day after publication of "The Return of the King," also encourages us. Language, as "a natural product of our humanity," is native in a profound sense transcending the first one we learned in our cradle. "Linguistically we all wear ready-made clothes, and our native language comes seldom to expression, save perhaps by pulling at the ready-made until it sits a little easier. But though it may be buried, it is never wholly extinguished, and contact with other languages may stir it deeply." (190) Welsh, for Tolkien, did this along with Gothic, Finnish, Latin and Greek-- among others. He concludes with evoking the sheer pleasure of Welsh. Maybe dormant for many "who today live in Lloegr and speak Saesnag," yet there, as with so much he mixed from real languages into his mythological vision's purview, for us to find enchantment and satisfaction.

More than once, Tolkien offers his vision of how words can capture a deeper meaning. "You may say 'green sun' or 'dead life' and set the imagination leaping." (219) The power of the adjective to transform the noun, the freshness of nouns coupled in vivid pairs: the structure of the Old English line finds its echo eleven-hundred years later in Tolkien's inheritance, his conception of a linguistic design that, as "On Fairy-Stories" delves into-- if after many detours and asides and byways-- deepest, liberates us and even provides glimpses of the "eucatastrophe" of the Gospels, the happy ending of the Resurrection Story that men wish so much to be truly true.
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia ( Boxed Set 7 Books )
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia ( Boxed Set 7 Books )
These were my favorite books when I was growing up in the 60s, and then they were my children's favorite books, and now they are my grandchildren's favorite books. I give sets of these to other children I know for birthdays and Christmas and even when "I just happen to have an extra set lying around so please take these home and read them!" . Written in the 50s and 60s, the language and the era reflect that, but they are still 100% accessible to children and teens. Even adults love reading these books- I gave a set to a friend who was laid up with a broken leg and she adored them! PLEASE DO NOT GO SEE THE MOVIES which add events and relationships that are NOT in the books. The books are perfect as they are. And the illustrations by Pauline Payne are brilliant and etched in children's minds and hearts for decades and across the world. Don't let the movies contaminate the reading experience of these books. If you must go to see the Narnia movies, read the books first, please!
Case Closed, Vol. 41
Case Closed, Vol. 41
Don't want to give anything away but these books are brillaint. What more can I say - well worth the read! Love them all!
Karen's Sleepover (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #9)
Karen's Sleepover (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #9)
Synopsis: The book starts off with seven year old Karen Brewer playing camping with her best friends Hannie Papadakis and Nancy Dawes in her father's backyard. They talk about bringing their sleeping bags outside, and the topic of a sleepover comes up. The girls wonder what a sleepover would be like, and Karen decides to have one in her house. She decides to invite all the girls from her class to her sleepover, even the new girl Pamela Harding.

With the help of Kristy, Karen decides what to do and get for her sleepover, and sends out invitations to her classmates in the mail. Everyone gets an invitation except Nancy. Nancy is really angry at Karen and thinks that she purposely did not send her an invitation because Karen does not like her. So while they are in Ms. Colman's class, Nancy tattles on Karen to Ms. Colman that she was drawing in her book, getting Karen into trouble. However, after this incident, Nancy does receive her invitation because it got delayed in the mail, but Karen is upset that Nancy tattled on her so she un-invites her and they become enemies.

When the time comes for the girls to have a sleepover, Karen is missing Nancy a lot, and is having trouble with Pamela because she is so snobbish. Pamela doesn't bring a sleeping bag and insists on sleeping in the bed, she makes fun of Karen's stuffed animals, she doesn't want to eat pizza with everyone else, and comments on how 'The Wizard of Oz' is a baby movie, even though the other girls enjoy watching it. Karen thinks Pamela is ruining the whole sleepover and wishes that Nancy was there with her instead. Will Karen be able to get Nancy to forgive her after all and enjoy her first sleepover?

Review: I enjoyed reading this book a lot. Having read some of the other books later in the series, it was fun to read how Pamela was first introduced and what a pain she is right from the start. I also found the fight between Karen and Nancy realistic and interesting because friends do get into big fights over small things, and I am glad they wrote this down nicely in the story.

The actual sleepover was also a lot of fun to read, and some parts were hilarious like when Charlie is telling a ghost story and there is a sudden blackout in the area, and Karen starts explaining about thunderstorms to them, and it was also suspenseful at times, like when the girls go to the kitchen to raid the refrigerator and see a floating head in the kitchen. The illustrations were also very nicely drawn by Susan Tang, and I enjoyed the ones where Pamela is first introduced to the class or when Charlie is telling them the story.

Overall, I thought this was a great addition to the Little Sister series and I feel that anyone who likes reading books from the series would enjoy reading this one.
Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
First off let me state that my book doesn't appear to have any binding problems. I have been sitting and going through for several days now and not a problem with the binding. So, while I know another reviewer had problems my copy doesn't appear to have any issues.

The pictures are really well done, the paper quality is good and there is lots to look at. You don't just get one small picture of each car but you often get multiple pictures showing the exterior, the interior and anything of special interest, such as specialty hub caps. The detail is great and I couldn't be happier with the quality.

The description of each car is good yet not overly technical. I enjoy the way each description is written and don't think that I will grow bored over looking through this book in the days, months and years to come.

The bonus feature is knowing the background story of the novels that Dirk Pitt appears in while driving one of these cars, or maybe even our good Van Dorn Detective Isaac Bell.

I was a bit taken back by the cost, but then realized that this is a coffee table book and would have lots of color pictures that are not cheap to print and reproduce.

After receiving my copy, I'm pleased with the quality and with the price. I will enjoy this book for many years to come and think if you are a Clive Cussler fan and enjoy cars that you will also enjoy this book.
High Time to Kill: James Bond Series, Book 32
High Time to Kill: James Bond Series, Book 32
Possibly one of the most poorly-written books I have ever read. I made it to 40% of the way through before I had to stop reading. It's like the author is so conscious that he's writing a "Bond" book, that he has to get absolutely every single reference and Bond cliche in there.

For example, at one point meets his mission partner in a canteen on an Army barracks at 10am. While he's waiting, he is asked if he wants a drink. What does he order? Yep, a vodka martini. In an Army canteen. Of course they have the requisite ingredients just to hand, and whip him up his morning cocktail.

After the first couple of chapters I started highlighting parts that were really poorly written (Benson seems to be the master of tautology for a few chapters, then drops it) but there are far too many to put into this review. For a start, Bond keeps referring to a colleague as "Dave". Would he ever really do that?
Someone checks into a hotel: "Yes, Mr Peters your room has already been paid for. How many nights will you be staying?" How can the room have been paid for if they don't know how long he's going to be there?
He meets a Belgian contact: "Her English was good, but Bond could tell she wasn't terribly comfortable with it." Then in the next paragraph she suggests "Let's stick to English, I need the practice."

Then there's the glaringly inaccurate "facts" that Benson includes, I can only think in an effort to make himself seem smart. Sadly it would be too much of a plot spoiler to reveal a lot of these, but suffice to say when a plane crashes into a mountain, it's not going to be change from cabin pressure to air pressure at 26 thousand feet that kills you...

I urge you, stay away from this one. I've read some great "follow-on" Bond novels by Faulks, Boyd and even Jeffrey Deaver's one was pretty good. This is not. Oh dear.
Non abbastanza morta. Le inchieste di Nero Wolfe
Non abbastanza morta. Le inchieste di Nero Wolfe
Io amo Rex Stout, sostanzialmente non mi ha mai tradito. Credo di avere letto quasi tutti i suoi gialli. Sempre divertenti, con personaggi molto svegli, trame interessanti. Potrei dire lo stesso per ognuno dei suoi libri. Quindi copio ed incollo il mio giudizio anche per gli altri libri di Stout che ho letto ( o riletto ) in questi giorni.
Her Christmas Fantasy (Mills & Boon Largeprint Penny Jordan) by Penny Jordan (2011-01-01)
Her Christmas Fantasy (Mills & Boon Largeprint Penny Jordan) by Penny Jordan (2011-01-01)
From the back cover:

Dreaming of a white Christmas...

After traveling the world with her parents, Lisa yearned for stability, roots and tradition. Marriage to solid, dependable Henry would help her achieve this ambition, but first she had to meet his parents!

Christmas in the snowbound Yorkshire Dales should have been a joyous occasion, but Henry's family home was as cold and chilly as his mother was aloof and unbending.

Rescue came in the unlikely guise of the exasperating Oliver Davenport. First, he made outragous sexual innuendoes in from of Henry's mother. Then he simply carried her off to his more welcoming home where he set about making all her Christmas fantasies come true...

And my review:

I've enjoyed stories by Penny Jordan before, so I decided to give this one a try. It started off well, with her trademark chemistry between the hero and heroine. While the back cover may make it sound as though Oliver kidnapped Lisa, or something, it doesn't happen quite that way. Lisa leaves the house party, only to run out of gas. Left stranded in the freezing cold, Oliver comes along and rescues her, taking her back to his house, where they end up snowed in for Christmas.

I really enjoyed the part of the story leading up to and including Christmas. The heroine confesses to the hero that she's never had a traditional British Christmas, and the hero sets about making it happen. The little things he does to make Lisa's Christmas special were very touching. And while I felt like they rushed into bed a bit quickly, it was still enjoyable.

Unfortunately, after Christmas day, the story started to go downhill. The hero pushes the heroine for a commitment, and gets upset when she says she needs more time. Considering that they've known each other for about a week, I don't think it's unreasonable for Lisa to want to step back a bit. And then the hero morphs into an overbearing, possessive lout. He refuses to trust her, and accuses her of cheating on him. In typical Harlequin style, a series of stupid misunderstandings and miscommunications contrive to keep them apart. They bicker for the rest of the book, only to make up a few pages from the end. I was really disappointed, because the hero seemed very caring in the first half of the book (well, once the characters overcame their antagonism), and then he changed into a such a cold, untrusting person. I found it hard to believe that Lisa would be happy with him.

Unfortunately, I ended up feeling a little blue by the time I finished this book, which was not what I was hoping for when I started a Christmas-themed romance. There are better Christmas romances out there.
Beauty & The Beast Live Action/Animated Doublepack [Blu-ray] [2017]
Beauty & The Beast Live Action/Animated Doublepack [Blu-ray] [2017]
Always loved Disney's Beauty & The Beast animated Disney classic but recently took my daughter and grandson to see the re-make live action version, so it's great to have a copy of both the animated original and the new film with Emma Watson, a real girly treat although my grandson did admit to enjoying the live film. So wanted both copies & great to see them cheaper when bought together. Bought my daughter a copy of both of these too. My guilty pleasure watching both of these films whilst I was tucked up in bed off work sick. Following purchase the set went down in price and Amazon refunded me so even more pleased with my purchase, thank you so much.
Die Königin der Schatten - Verbannt: Roman (Erika Johansen 3) (German Edition)
Die Königin der Schatten - Verbannt: Roman (Erika Johansen 3) (German Edition)
Nachdem einem starken ersten Teil konnte mich der zweite Teil nicht wirklich überzeugen. Deshalb lag der letzte Teil seit einer gefühlte Ewigkeit unbeendet in meinem Schrank. Doch dieses Jahr hab ich mich endlich aufgerappelt um einen Schlussstrich unter der Reihe zu ziehen.

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Das Cover vom dritten Teil ist wie gewohnt sehr schön. Sowohl vom Motiv als auch von den Farben passt es sehr gut zu den beiden vorigen Bänden.

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Der Schreibstil ist wie gewohnt flüssig und macht wirklich Spaß zu lesen.

Wie auch der vorherige Teil spielt das Buch in zwei Zeiten. Ein Teil spielt natürlich in Kelseas Zeit. Hier wird nahtlos an den zweiten Band angeschlossen. Kelsea hat sich, um ihr Land zu retten, in die Hände des Feindes begeben. Trotz alle ist ihr Land nicht außer Gefahr. Die Kirche will die Macht an sich reißen und das dunkle Wesen, dass Kelsea befreit hatte, treibt sein Unwesen. Auch in Mortmesne sieht es nicht besser auf, denn die Bevölkerung steht kurz vor einem Aufstand. Der zweite Zeitstrang spiel 15 Jahre nach der Überfahrt. Es geht um Katie, die von William Tear und einigen anderen heimlich im Kampf ausgebildet wird. Die Jahre nach der Überfahr waren hart und nach einigen Jahren des Friedens werden allmählich Stimmen laut, die gegen Tears Traum protestieren.

Die Thematik hat mir wirklich gut gefallen, doch an der Umsetzung hat es meiner Meinung nach gemangelt. Die Autorin erzählt aus vielen verschiedenen Perspektiven, was alles etwas konfus wirken lässt. Einige Perspektiven waren, wie ich finde, überhaupt nicht nötig gewesen. Hätte man sie weggelassen, hätte sich an der Geschichte selbst nichts geändert. Die Perspektiven waren auch der Grund, warum die Geschichte lange gebraucht hat um Fahrt aufzunehmen oder einen roten Faden zu bekommen. Durch den ständigen Wechsel wurde man immer von einer Geschichte in die nächste gerissen.

In der zweiten Hälfte des Buches werden die Abschnitte länger und bekommt man endlich einen roten Faden. Zwar stehen die einzelnen Abschnitte immer noch für sich, aber er bekommt langsam einen Zusammenhang. Richtig spannend wir es allerdings erst auf den letzten 150 Seiten, ab da geschieht alles Schlag auf Schlag, aber eine Lösung ist dennoch weit und breit nicht in Sicht und langsam hat mich wirklich Sorge beschlichen, wie die Autorin das Ganze retten möchte.

Das Ende fand ich dann ziemlich enttäuschend. Anstatt sich das heroische Ende zu überlegen, dass die Reihe verdient hat, hat sich die Autorin der einfachsten und plumpsten Lösung bedient.

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Weil das Buch allerdings toll geschrieben war und ich mich dennoch unterhalten gefühlt haben, bekommt das Buch von mir 3/5 Sterne.
Harry Potter 1 - De steen der wijzen (Steelbook)
Harry Potter 1 - De steen der wijzen (Steelbook)
My daughter says to tell you that the movies were not entirely faithful to the books but still awesome. She especially enjoyed seeing the mythological creatures.

I just hope future generations still read the books now that all the movies have been made!
Carry On Cleo
Carry On Cleo
Well, it's a Carry On film, so no surprises as to the humour and cast. The transfer of the film to bluray is good, however there has been no attempt to clean up the film (scratches, hairs, dust et.c. and gate wobble) and there is an abundance of film grain. Carry On Cleo is a good, fun, light hearted comedy, suitable for children too (the death scenes don't even have a drop of blood) and the "sex" scenes are very "use your imagination" I'm still laughing at the square wheel gag as I often see the same thing over and over on crowdfunding websites, e.g. solar roadways, water from the air, vacuum tumble dryer et.c.
Pyramid International Harry Potter (Hogwarts Crest) Cauldron Official Boxed Ceramic Coffee/Tea Mug, Paper, Multi-Colour, 21 x 29 x 1.3 cm
Pyramid International Harry Potter (Hogwarts Crest) Cauldron Official Boxed Ceramic Coffee/Tea Mug, Paper, Multi-Colour, 21 x 29 x 1.3 cm
Sin duda es una taza que me ha sorprendido gratamente, me esperaba una taza bastante mas pequeña. Y no le hice caso a las medidas, la verdad que la compre un poco a ciegas por que solo queria reponer unas cuantas tazas que se me rompieron.

Mi sorpresa al recibirla fue muy satisfactoria, ya que la taza es majestuosa, tiene una capacidad de medio litro (460-500 ml.) y la verdad que su acabado es precioso. Francamente hasta he pensado en pillarme 2 o 3 extras por si acaso se rompiese la que tengo. Da gusto verla, beber de ella y tenerla entre mi coleccion.

RECOMIENDO seguir las instrucciones de la caja en la que viene, que suele ser lo de siempre. NO apta para lavavajillas y mejor fregarla a mano con esponja, sin estropajo y un jabon no agresivo para no deteriorarla. Tampoco nada de microndas. Toda precaucion es poca para una taza tan magnifica.

Si eres fan de la saga Harry Potter, merece muchisimo la pena tener una.
Bargee
Bargee
This much forgotten gem of a film concerns Hemel Pike (Harry H Corbett) who is a canal barge owner and worker and a bit of a casanova ito the bargain! Aided and abetted by his rather slow cousin Ronnie (Ronnie Barker), Hemel has a girl in every port up and down his route along the Grand Union Canal. His problem is that every single one of them is intent on marriage, something he is sworn to avoid. Unfortunately for Hemel, one of his ladies, Christine Turnbull (Julia Foster) falls pregnant and he is finally trapped into marrying her by her over-bearing and very protective father (the always brilliant Hugh Griffith). Not a man to be argued with, (Joe Turnbull is legendary for holding the canal drinking record of 29 pints of mild and brown in a single session), he insists that Hemel does the right thing by his daughter - which only serves to upset all his other conquests!

Galton and Simpson (Corbett's writers from Steptoe & Son) wrote a strong script cleverly combining comedy and drama which allowed Corbett to shine as the obvious star of the film (many agree this is his best film role) and whilst this is undoubtedly his vehicle, there is an extremely strong supporting cast of a plethora of British character actors, in particular Eric Sykes as the totally incompetant mariner and Ronnie Barker as Hemel's cousin who certainly gives Corbett a run for his money with every scene they share together and shows the early signs of the stardom that was to soon follow. Nice cameos from Brian Wilde and Richard Briers too.

The film is beautifully made and benefits greatly from being shot in Technicolor, giving the already nostalgic locations a dream-like veneer. The boats seen in the film are all genuine working barges, filmed with added poigniancy when you remember that the industry was finally killed-off by the extremely harsh winter the year this film was made. Give it a go - perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon - and enjoy being taken back to an altogether different age in this pleasing and gently amusing tongue-in-cheek tribute to those who plied their trade up and down Britian's canals. They certainly don't make them like this any more.
Harry Potter Voldemort Deluxe Adult Latex Mask
Harry Potter Voldemort Deluxe Adult Latex Mask
Its a well built mask but it's for a big head which works out fine in my case. I also find that if I wear a small wool cap underneath, it helps to fill-out the mask and stops it from sliding around. The Lord Voldemort mask is whitish gray with pink/purple highlights which match Voldemort's features.Though this mask is scary because of the ugly mouth and rotten teeth, my preference would be for a more subtle mouth design similar to Voldemort's sneer. I will be trying the mask out this Halloween and it will be interesting to see how many people recognize me as Lord Voldemort.
100 Large Print Crossword Puzzles: Puzzle Book for Adults
100 Large Print Crossword Puzzles: Puzzle Book for Adults
Authors collectively titled Game Nest (much like Activity Nest!) have created an excellent series of ways to creatively pass the time - CRYPTOGRAMS, SODUKO PUZZLES, YAHTZEE, 5 CROWNS, BUNCO (with separate editions of score sheets), WORD SEARCH PUZZLES, Instructions for BRIDGE and CHESS playing, and CROSSWORDS PUZZLES – this new volume specifically designed for Adults.

An aspect that makes this collection of Crossword Puzzles a step above others is the fact that the puzzles (and word suggestions to fill in the Across and Down elements) are in large print, making entry of the words into the boxed puzzles easier to see and to insert – especially for seniors! Also, the ‘hints’ are mind-expanding and often hilarious, proving that exercising the brain can be both fun and entertaining as well as challenging. The ‘words to cross’ are challenging, ones that may entice you to look up in a dictionary (or to Google…). These puzzles are a bit more complex, and hence more rewarding to solve while having fun.

The puzzles are each numbered (1 to 100) and the answer keys are at the end of the book. The puzzles are challenging – and rewarding, both in accomplishment of the activity and the information gained. This is one terrific book for adults – just a bit more challenging than the ones for kids. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, August 20
Java for Beginning Beginners
Java for Beginning Beginners
I apologize for not writing this earlier. I disagree with the other review. This is a great product for what it claims. It is an entry level java writing. If you get over the fact that he is using a mac, and write your code in a notepad, text editor, or ide, you will be able to follow receive a great quick introduction to Java for anyone.

Easier than learning python ;).

Thanks...this was perfect for me to quickly translate my skills and adapt to working in a java environment.

Great course for newbies to Programming or to Java coming from another language.
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this movie leaves alot to be desired on the technical side.

but it is a really good movie when it comes to getting your attention and keeping it. great job!
ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop 13.3” Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display, Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, NumberPad, Windows 10 Home, Lilac Mist, UX325JA-AB51
ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop 13.3” Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display, Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, NumberPad, Windows 10 Home, Lilac Mist, UX325JA-AB51
For the specs you get with this computer it is well worth the price.

The display (when it works right) is amazing and can be just as vivid as you want it to be. Movies look good, programs look good, pictures look good, etc. The display is the one issue I've had though and I'll explain later.

The speed is amazing and haven't seen a hick up there so far even when running some more advanced programs through VPN.

I love the number touchpad, however since you have to look at it it's hard to really use the way I want to. It speeds things up if you're typing numerous numbers, but isn't the same as a physical keyboard and could be more time consuming that just using the numbers above the letter keys.

It does have a backlit keyboard and it took me a minute to find (F7). You can even adjust the brightness and this is a really good feature.

Screenshots are a breeze using the F11 key.

Microsoft has made some good changes to their apps like Mail, OneDrive, and Your Phone that help keeps things more seamless between the computer and phone.

The weight and size are perfect for what I need and I couldn't be happier with that.

The titled keyboard is nice although the edges are sharp and can grab at your pants.

Overall I'm happy with the computer itself, but have been disappointed in one thing...

CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS TERRIBLE!

ASUS Does not have a phone number to call so everything is communicated through chat or email and takes days to get a resolution. I've had trouble with a program being incompatible and it caused a lot of screen flicker. They offered no help other than for me to ship my computer to them and be without for over a week. I wound up uninstalling the program and that fixed it, but frustrated that I couldn't get more help. I also updated numerous graphic drivers, factory reset twice, and uninstalled everything that may have caused it.

Secondly, a grid started showing up randomly on the screen and would lock there for about 1-2 minutes and then it would go back to normal. Once again the only resolution they offered was to mail it into them and be without for a week. Not something I was ready to do for a minor inconvenience, but I feel like I'm holding a ticking time bomb and need to find a week I don't need it before the warranty expires. Either could've been a graphics driver problem or Windows 10 issue, but the fact that Asus wouldn't give a little more help or better resolutions was very frustrating.
Muñeco de nieve iluminado al aire libre decoraciones de Navidad, muñeco de nieve blanco con tapa superior y 8 bombillas integradas, muñeco de nieve plegable para el hogar, jardín, jardín, decoración comercial de Navidad, 4 pies
Muñeco de nieve iluminado al aire libre decoraciones de Navidad, muñeco de nieve blanco con tapa superior y 8 bombillas integradas, muñeco de nieve plegable para el hogar, jardín, jardín, decoración comercial de Navidad, 4 pies
We were excited to get our snowman. It arrived a day early, so we were thrilled.
My husband put it together outside as recommended because of the glitter. The quality it terrible! The hat is frayed around the seam at the to front.
One good wind and it will be done with. Not enough lights.
It is cute, but not worth $60.00.
The Possession
The Possession
The Possession is, as you have probably guessed, about a young girl who gets possessed by an evil spirit. Yes, the film is as original as that. However, despite a tired and overused premise, it does have one redeeming feature that makes it worth watching: the characters. They're nothing special, but I think that's the point. They're just an average (separated) family who don't overact or try and be too kooky. They're realistic and believable.

Then you have the children. Now, kids in movies are hit and miss at the best of times, let alone when a young actress is expected to act possessed and evil. Few can do it convincingly, but I think the girl in this has pulled it off.

The promotion claims that the film is `based on a true story.' It's not. That would be silly. It is however based on a box, somewhere in Eastern Europe that (supposedly) trapped a demon in it. That's how `based' it is, but never mind, just enjoy it for a decent supernatural horror flick.

Although, despite the characters, it's flaw lies in being little more than an updated Exorcist film. Any movie that deals with possession tends to follow a Three Step process. Step 1: Disbelief. When the surrounding characters wonder what's up with the possessed soul. Step 2: Research. Now, when the central character realised something is not right, they seek `professional help,' i.e. someone who deals with the supernatural. In most cases, a catholic priest (in this case some Jewish Rabbis). Step 3: Confrontation. The demon must be confronted. Expect plenty of head-twisting and foul language.

Ultimately, The Possession is probably worth a watch if you like supernatural/possession movies (or are just generally a fan of The Exorcist). The characters are well-played enough to elevate it above the numerous similar horror films. However, it is little more than a present day Exorcist film (but there are still a few good and creepy scares along the way).

Think `Gollum' from Lord of the Rings (if you watch the film all the way to the end, you'll know what I mean).
Reptiles
Reptiles
I Have an Australian Blue Tongue Skink Which is part lizard and snake there the best herp to raise for first timers easy to take care of and smart they are affectionate and always doing something New ! They lol a moist tropical Environment they are from the Outback in Australia where the area in moist and has water features near by as in streams and water falls and rocks and plants that are edible so you want to mimic the same environment in your Bio tank with Water falls heated mats under the special dirt made of moss and mixture of lome and shreds of coco nut it holds the moistre in well you can get all your information from this magazine it's great 👍 for all reptiles thank you !
Travel Ease Contour Memory Foam Pillow, Bedding Hypoallergenic Bamboo Charcoal Neck Pillow Orthopedic Butterfly-Wings Shape Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain Relief, Side Sleepers and Back Sleepers
Travel Ease Contour Memory Foam Pillow, Bedding Hypoallergenic Bamboo Charcoal Neck Pillow Orthopedic Butterfly-Wings Shape Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain Relief, Side Sleepers and Back Sleepers
If you're suffering from neck, back or overall aches and pains, then this contoured, memory foam pillow might help to alleviate most of your pain, for much less money than visiting a chiropractor.

The pillow arrives tightly compressed in a travel bag, which is handy for when you want to take it on the road with you. After opening the bag and letting the pillow gasp it's first breath, it is completely expanded in less than 30 mins, and by this time, most of the chemical odour has faded.

The contoured center is the perfect cradle for the head and neck, whilst the taller sides provide more support for side-sleeping. Be aware that the height of the sides is only 4 inches, which wont be high enough for a low of people (dimensions are shown in product images).

The pillow itself dissipates heat well, has just the right amount of 'sink' and support, and is heavy enough to stay put as you sleep, which combines to create a relaxing and comfortable sleep. My only gripe is the height of the pillow, which is slightly too low for my perfect pillow preference, but is also too tall to have two pillows stacked.

The included pillow cover is tailored for the pillow's unique shape, and is soft, has a nice texture and is easy to remove and out on, due to the large, full-length zip.
Original X50 Pro(V I V O) 5G Mobile 8G+256GB 60X Zoom 48MP Mainly Camera AMOLED 90HZ NFC Snapdragon 765G 33W Fast Charge 4315mAh Smartphone Support Google by-(Real Star Technology) (Blue 8+256)
Original X50 Pro(V I V O) 5G Mobile 8G+256GB 60X Zoom 48MP Mainly Camera AMOLED 90HZ NFC Snapdragon 765G 33W Fast Charge 4315mAh Smartphone Support Google by-(Real Star Technology) (Blue 8+256)
I bought this phone for the camera and the gimbal and was not disappointed. It takes spectacularly stable videos. It also has an incredibly vivid AMOLED display and long battery life. On the significant downside, it will not work with my Google fi carrier. I tried two different SIM cards and it still will not make a phone call.
Jarabe de arce Grado A (Very dark, Strong taste) - 1,89 litros (2,5 Kg) - Miel de arce - Sirope de Arce - Original maple syrup
Jarabe de arce Grado A (Very dark, Strong taste) - 1,89 litros (2,5 Kg) - Miel de arce - Sirope de Arce - Original maple syrup
Do you love Maple syrup? Are you fed up with store bought "maple" syrup that tastes like refined sugar? Yes, yes you are, otherwise you wouldn't be looking here. Well it's your lucky day! This one here you are looking at is the real deal, the original, the one, the enlightened, the alpha and omega. It's dark, it's tasty, it's divine! To be honest I'm not sure what you're still doing here reading this review, you should have already bought it and go enjoy your life knowing you made the best decision of your life.

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