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I really enjoyed the fact that this is a satire of the Internet’s early days, otherwise known as the “Dot Com” era. In real life, there was apparently a lot of drama that went down during the creation of some of the most well-known software and tech companies, so this book is an interesting twist on that. It’s loaded with biting wit and sarcasm, which I love. What I also found intriguing was that the author chose to include some actual fact with fiction. This gave the narrative a sense of realism that wouldn't be there if it was just purely sensational sci-fi.

The idea of a memory search engine was very interesting, and I like how that concept is really relevant to today’s obsession with virtual reality experiences. But in this story, that idea is tweaked and given a different spin, because the characters don’t even have to use their eyes since it’s all in their mind. To me, this is far more exciting because they’re not just viewing the memories, they’re actually living them. As the reader, it’s so much more fun when the characters are fully immersed in an experience, rather than just passively observing.

I also really enjoyed being able to watch Larry’s business grow from its humble beginnings to a thriving billion dollar company. Despite being a satire, I really got a realistic sense of the challenges of running a huge company. I particularly liked the parts about the hiring process, and how Larry and his business partner had to adjust to working with all these different personalities. The complex situations they had to face as a team were entertaining because they would occasionally disagree. I liked the dynamic between them because they are opposite personalities, so there were plenty of laughs.
Nashville Skyline
Nashville Skyline
Nashville Skyline represented a slight shift in both sound and style for Dylan. It was more orchestrated, if you can call the country sound of the day "orchestration". Dylan had appeared in the early episodes of the Johnny Cash Show on TV, and Dylan and Cash formed a friendship. They may have been friends before Dylan's guest spot on the show, I don't know; but Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash were big Dylan fans. In this album, the first cut, "Girl From the North Country", Cash and Dylan do a duet. The harmony was atrocious, but it was fun to listen to, just the same; because you knew that it was two friends doing something fun together "for the record", if you'll pardon the pun. One cut from this album, "Lay Lady Lay", got a lot of radio air time; I think because it represented a slightly different sound from Dylan from what we were accustomed to hearing--not a bad change, just different. Every cut on the album was good; definitely Dylan, with a bit of country flavor added. I had the vinyl LP that I bought the day of the album's release. The remastered version is a CD quality remake of the original album. I enjoyed the LP, which was stolen along with my stereo, and I enjoy the CD just as much.

I ordered the CD through Amazon.com, from an affiliate, blowitoutahere.com, and it was shipped out of Shepherdsville, KY. It was a new, factory packaged CD, and arrived in excellent condition the day before the estimated delivery date. I was pleased with the purchasing process, service, delivery, and condition of the product.

Regarding sales, service, delivery, customer satisfaction, and the product itself, I give it a 5-star rating on all counts.
"glow in the dark toys"
"glow in the dark toys"
Cute and fun for little budding paleontologists. Based off previous reviews, I tried sitting the dinos under direct lamp lighting. My goal was at least 45mins but my daughter was too impatient, so 10mins was all the light they could withstand. Lol

We ran to darkness of the bathroom and low and behold the glow was perfect. But after a week or so the glow does start to fade.
Warning: please note these dinos are small and made from hard plastic, not fun to step on.

All in all, I would buy again for quantity and price. They also make cute goody bag gifts for kid parties
Bamboo Toothbrush - Adult - Super Soft Bristle - BPA Free Nylon Bristles - Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable, Compostable, Vegan by WooBamboo!
Bamboo Toothbrush - Adult - Super Soft Bristle - BPA Free Nylon Bristles - Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable, Compostable, Vegan by WooBamboo!
The toothbrush is great and soft but the information is very misleading!!! The picture shows 2 toothbrushes, the top information says a bundle of 4 toothbrushes and the bottom info says 1 toothbrush. I received only 1 thinking I would actually receive more but it’s okay. I’ve wanted a bamboo toothbrush for a while now; was just hoping for another for my husband. Hope a bundle pack is available soon and the information is corrected on this item!
Marvel's The Avengers
Marvel's The Avengers
This is one of the best films I've ever seen, not just because it's a fun action film, filled with characters that I've grown to love, but because it was the first of its kind, setting the bar for other multiple-character franchises. It's a first, and because of this it absolutely has its flaws, but it's definitely a game changer.

Despite having seven lead characters (counting all Avengers plus Loki), everyone got at least a few moments of screen time devoted to their development. With seven leads, that's pretty amazing. We have the quiet moments, the little gestures and phrases that have been picked apart time and again by the fans that have granted a depth to the film that wouldn't have been possible if this were the first time we met any of these characters, and that's the real beauty of Avengers. It's a team-up flick, but it's a team-up of characters we've all been introduced to before. (Even if you hadn't seen any of the previous films, there was a sort of pop culture awareness around most of them by the time it was released that you'd be hard pressed to go in blind about anyone except the characters who didn't have their own film yet and were, however regrettably, less important because of it.)

Combine that with a well-loved director who isn't afraid to sucker punch his audience, and you've got a perfect mix for a film that doesn't just thrill audiences with fight scenes that are larger-than-life, but gets people to invest emotionally in a fictional world. Avengers was released more than two years ago, but the film is still being picked apart and very much alive in the hearts and minds of the fans because of Marvel's expert world-building. In every show, every film, you see threads that lead back (or forward) to other events in the Universe, and it's this sort of continuity that the fans love. They pick up on every little reference, read into every word of dialogue, every prop placement, every choice that the creative team makes, and this is what has made Avengers so successful. It stands up to that test, and even with ten films under Marvel's belt, there's still very few inconsistencies. (Especially when you compare it to the next largest Marvel franchise, X-Men, which has some major timeline problems around Wolverine.)

All in all, this is a film that should be in every collection because it's not just great, it's revolutionary.
Captain America Marvel Comics Costume for Men
Captain America Marvel Comics Costume for Men
The costume is great value. The zipper in the back is a challenge to operate solo but not impossible. Fit of a large for me at 6’10” and 180lbs was loose but not baggy. Got many compliments on the look. Was a bit warm but not overly warm. Well made and comfortable to wear all day.
Must Have Apparel
Must Have Apparel
I want to first say that I really love this shirt! The (replacement) shirt fits great, fabric is great and the image is very well done.
However, when I first ordered this shirt I rec'd one that was not sized correctly. I ordered a XXL and it fit like a sausage casing. Too tight all over. I messaged the seller asking what to do. They basically responded that it was not possible that it was too small and that all the shirts are cut the same. He suggested I could return it... that's all. I decided to reorder the shirt hoping it was a fluke. The second shirt was terrific. I returned the original. The pictures show the difference in size between the two shirts that are supposed to be the same. Just be sure to try it on when you get it.
Pictures show 1) Sizes and collar difference 2) Smaller shirt over larger shirt 3) Shoulder seam difference 4) Difference in body size
Birds Of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Birds Of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Why couldn’t they have just made a good movie about a female antihero team, instead of this woke new wave feminist propaganda/Margot Robbie vanity project. All men are either useless, stupid, misogynistic, evil or some combination of all. And the hero of this film is a narcissistic, violent, psychopath who loves egg sandwiches, isn’t that cute, funny quirky and irreverent, laugh! You non-progressive oppressor. Btw, in what way was she emancipated? She had no restrictions on her behavior at any point, she makes no growth as a character, the one thing she does get over is her breakup with the Joker, but we never see him or the dynamic of their relationship, no codependency, abuse, nothing hinted at that she suffered from and then later overcame through the course of the movie. Leaving all of the subtext and messaging aside, the movie on its own merit isn’t good. The villain couldn’t be any weaker and more forgettable, the characters are paper thin because there are too many of them to flesh out and the whole poop out the diamond storyline, what is this a 1980s TV show? It’s uninspired, unimaginative and dated. I can’t think of one memorable scene in this movie I liked and no I can’t get into fight scenes in which 200lb stuntmen fly around trying not to accidently hurt 120lb women in heels, makeup and wigs. How are they able to break bones or knock them out with one blow? There’s no context in terms of rigorous training or super strength or agility. No, they’re kicking their butts with feminism and if you don’t like it you must hate women. Good luck with that marketing and trying shame people into liking your movie WBs, because it worked so well with Ghostbusters. It may sound like I didn’t enjoy this film, but if it had a little bit more narration it might have swayed me, there were 2mins or so of screen time in which there wasn’t any narration either telling me what I was about to see with my own eyes or trying to fill in holes in the swiss cheese storyline in postproduction. At least Suicide Squad was just a bad movie, this is a bad movie that makes you feel like Alex in a Clockwork Orange. You’d better watch and see what a terrible person you are for having a penis and if you don’t I’ll tell the world it’s because you’re scared of empowered vaginas. I wonder how all of the people that made, support or just enjoyed this film would feel about it if all of the gender roles were switched and if the answer is, they’ve already seen Hollywood make those films, then I hope they have enough self-awareness to then understand how I felt watching this.
Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII
Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII
Our girls and young women need to see more documentaries on women like these. Today men still hold the majority of positions of power. Girls need to be encouraged to study math and science. The stigma pf what is for boys and girls still exists. As a recently retired high school teacher for all most 30 years I witnessed it. This also makes boys pick careers they don't want or are good at. It starts with toys we decide they can play with and futures we tell them they should have. Dressing the girls in pretty pink dresses. Boys in blue pants and sports' team shirts. We project on them what we expect them to grow up to be. We correct them if they play with the wrong toy. For your information that is Not always a sign of sexual orientation. Some of our greatest hairdressers have been straight men and chefs. Some of our greatest inventors, doctors, athletes, war correspondents, astronauts, engineers, and politicians have been straight women. in 2020 women will celebrate 100 years of voting in our country. Women are not mentioned in the Constitution only in later Amendments. Women were not allowed on juries and in colleges for higher learning. Domestic abuse was legal just decades ago. Women represent a little more then half the population. Yet men make decisions about the fact that we receive less pay than a man performing the same job and our bodies. But when it came time to help our country during war time women stepped up and in a big way. Receiving little to no acknowledgment for what they did. Their brilliance in math helped the war and with the new computer age. Yet beyond this documentary who has heard of these women? I taught American History and only a few women are mentioned. Our history books make it out that 95% of our history was accomplished by men. This is wrong!
RIN-NE, Vol. 13 (13)
RIN-NE, Vol. 13 (13)
I did not buy this volume.
After buying the last one and wondering if this series is going ANYWHERE, I read the next three volumes on an online manga site. Up to volume 17 it is still these little adventures and you just wonder 'Where is this story going?' Where is the climax? What's going to lead to the ending? What happened to the crush that Rin Ne had on Sakura? (It's still kind of there, but only slightly!)

And all of the characters look like the characters from Inuyasha. Even when new characters are added in the upcoming volumes...there's a damashimigami that's introduced that looks like Sango. And then two volumes later there is an old classmate of Tsubasa who looks like Kikyo.

If I knew that somewhere down the line the story would end up somewhere then I may continue, but as of now I took all my volumes to a used book store. :(
Journeys, Adventures & Life in Harmony with Nature – 6 Book Collection (Illustrated): Including Walden, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, The ... - North American Highlands Series
Journeys, Adventures & Life in Harmony with Nature – 6 Book Collection (Illustrated): Including Walden, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, The ... - North American Highlands Series
Journeys, Adventures & Life in Harmony with Nature – 6 Book Collection (Illustrated): Including Walden, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, The ... - North American Highlands Series by Henry David Thoreau and Clifton Johnson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the thoreau category.
Dr. Seuss's Book of Colors (Bright & Early Books(R))
Dr. Seuss's Book of Colors (Bright & Early Books(R))
I bought several copies of this book on preorder. I have gifted the copies to my grandchildren and great grandchildren, but also ordered one for myself...I love Dr. Seuss and I love reading his books to my grands and greats. The book itself is colorful, has cute text and such fun to read and reread over and over! Dr. Seuss has been a longtime "partner" in encouraging the reading habit in my 6 children, 16 grands and 4 (so far!) great grandchildren! Every one of them enjoy reading on a regular basis! My cup runneth over...
Daughters of Silence (Fear Street Saga Book 6)
Daughters of Silence (Fear Street Saga Book 6)
Jenna is visting her best friend Hannah who has recently moved to Shadyside. Jenna and Hannah run into Angelica and Simon Fear, whose daughters died a few years ago. Jenna doesn't trust the Fears, but Hannah loves them since they give her free things. But there's a terrifying secret Angelica and Simon are keeping from the girls. They have a plan to kill Hannah and Jenna so their dead daughters can start living again.
I really loved this book, but there were some boring parts which convinced me to give this book four stars. If you take away the boring parts, this book is awesome. The beginning and the ending are the best parts. There are usually never surprise endings in Fear Street Sagas, but there is in this one. Well, it's not a huge surprise. It can be guessed if you think hard about it. Anyway, Simon and Angelica are my favorite Fears. They're so evil that it's funny.
Read this book!
Breathless: A Novel
Breathless: A Novel
Dean Koontz is a great author - I have read and enjoyed so many of his books: sweeping, satisfying books where he takes you on a journey of twists and turns, where great characters battle to escape and save something precious across chapter after chapter, where different threads come together into one cohesive whole and where the central premise is adequately explored.

This book, sadly, has none of that.

The blurb promises "a pursuit of hair-raising suspense" as the characters go on the run. What suspense? The "on the run" part means that they hike uneventfully through a forest, have a somewhat staged and short meeting with a killer (completely unrelated thread) and then drive a short while; when the bad guys storm up to them, they then almost immediately (within a page or so) lay down their guns and pursuit is suddenly over before it began. This completely lacks all the twists and turns of other Dean Kootz "on the run" books and left me feeling cheated.

Then you have the fact that the two of the three sets of characters are almost completely unnecessary to the plot - Henry has no impact on the overall plotline (except for one staged meeting towards the end where the results of that meeting don't impact the main characters or change the plotline) and he is not connected to the theme of the novel (the strange characters). Basically, this thread is just padding. The tension caused by the"possible supernatural" element in the Henry thread fizzles out when the answer is less than supernatural and, in my opinion, not all that believable.

Then the Tom Bigger thread does connect in with the strange creatures BUT Tom never meets or has an impact on the main characters and so again this is just padding.

Of the two main characters, Cammy is well-drawn and her background impacts her actions; so far, so good. With Grady, however, Dean Koontz gives him an army background and you think - great, he's going to use his army skills whilst on the run. Wrong. The "on the run" part is over so quickly that Grady has no need to use these skills.

And finally, there is the central premise of the novel: the strange furry creatures. Without spoiling this for new readers, just say that the book doesn't really explore their purpose - their arrival in the world is not going to stop wars, famine, drug addictions, poverty etc. They're sweet and nice and adorable and all that, but at the end of the book I was left wondering what all the fuss was about and what they would achieve.

All that being said, I liked the character of Gammy, I liked the characters of Puzzle and Riddle and, as always, Dean Koontz has got a readable style.

A disappointed 2-3 stars.
[(La Rentree Du Petit Nicolas)] [By (author) Rene Goscinny ] published on (September, 2008)
[(La Rentree Du Petit Nicolas)] [By (author) Rene Goscinny ] published on (September, 2008)
I have been learning French on my own for the past two years, and am always looking for reasonably priced and interesting resources. This CD of stories fits the bill for me perfectly. The stories by Goscinny are brilliant and funny, written in quite colloquial French: everything is "chouette" and "terrible" (which for Nicolas means "awesome"). The author, Goscinny, was also the author of the Asterix comics.

The audiobooks are very well read by Brigitte Lecordier. She puts on funny voices for the different characters, and conveys all the excitement of a child telling a story. The reading speed is a bit fast for me, but it fits the narrative tone very well.

Here's how I am using these CDs for my French studies: The French of Le Petit Nicolas is a bit above my level, but the humour in the stories is keeping me interested. I first listened to the CDs carefully while going for walks. On the first listening I was just managing to get the gist of what was happening, but that is an important skill to develop. And even when I was understanding half (or less) of the text, some passages made me burst out laughing!

After listening to the CDs twice, I began to read the books. I recommend the kindle version, because you can install a French dictionary on your kindle for the auto-lookup. While reading I try not to look up every unknown word, but only when a word is essential to understand a sentence. I'm on my third reading of the book, and have listened to the CDs 6 or 7 times. With each reading/listening, more and more of it makes sense, and I have been having fun every time!

I only wish Brigitte Lecordier had done the reading for the other audiobooks of Le Petit Nicolas available, since the others are not as good (according to reviews on Amazon.fr).
The Northing Tramp
The Northing Tramp
I have just re-read The Northing Tramp for the umpteenth time, and to me it has lost none of the thrill, fun, sympathy for the hobo life-style and the associated hardships. As the title hints it is about a tramp, but a complication arises in this story of youthful rebellion, being on the run from unscrupulous characters, hiding out among the tramps, and the most satisfactory resolution where everything comes out right just as it's supposed to. Read and enjoy!
Wildfire and The Heritage of the Desert: Two Complete Novels
Wildfire and The Heritage of the Desert: Two Complete Novels
Incorporated in this double volume are the first true "western" Zane Grey wrote, The Heritage of the Desert, and the book that did for horses what Jack London did for dogs, Wildfire. Both are excellent reads by the author who defined what a "western" is, or at least what the public at the time, and still today think of when they think "western". The Heritage of the Desert is my personal favorite even surpassing Riders of the Purple Sage which was the next novel Zane Grey wrote. In this book Zane Grey is favorable to the Mormons and many of the lead characters are patterned after men he met during his first extended trip out west with Buffalo Jones in 1907. It is classic story telling with all the things a person expects to find in a "western". Wildfire gives the reader a glimpse into Monument Valley, a place later to become one of the most recognizable landscapes used in the movies, especially by director John Ford. Here amongst this background a wild and free spirited girl meets a catcher and breaker of wild horses, and the thrilling conclusion set in a death race between horse and a raging wild fire is yet to be topped by any writer. These two books have everything Zane Grey is known for--beautiful descriptions of landscape, fascinating characters, and animals that you come to love. A great addition to any Zane Grey library of books.
Some Interesting People and Times
Some Interesting People and Times
Some Interesting People and Times by Irving Wallace. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Irving Wallace" category.
The Busy World of Richard Scarry: It's a Busy, Busy Day!
The Busy World of Richard Scarry: It's a Busy, Busy Day!
1. The Talking Bread/ Couscous, The North African Detective/ The Three Fisherman
2. The Best Birthday Present Ever/ Patrick Pig Learns To Talk/ Grounchy Mr. Grankle
3. The Busiest Firefighter Ever/ Manuel of Mexico/ The Biggest Catch Ever
4. Mr. Raccoon's Different Day/ Mario, The Venitian Gondelier/ The Best Babysitter Ever
5. The Best Mistake Ever/ Sneef, The Best Detective In Europe/ Camping Out
6. Mr. Frumble's New Cars/ Ernst And Heidi In The Alps/ Billy Dog's Bad Day
7. The Snowstorm/ Professor Dig And His Egyptian Mummy/ The Treasure Hunt
8. The Accident/ Good Luck In Rome/ The Missing Bananas
9. A Trip To The Moon/ Pip Pip Goes To London/ Floating Bananas
10.Hot Pie/ Hans The Dutch Plumber/ Hilda's Romantic Tea Party

I hope this was helpful!!
Shin Heike Monogatari 3
Shin Heike Monogatari 3
平清盛、源頼朝・義経、崇徳上皇や後白河法皇、
誰もが一度は耳にしている人物が活躍する時代。
メジャーなようで、でも実情はよく知られていない。
たとえば、保元・平治の乱など、この時代をクリアにしたい人にオススメです。

いろいろな人物の立場になって話が進んでいくので、多角的にこの時代を理解することができる。
また、変に平氏を悪者にしたり、源氏をほめたたえたりしていないので、
公平な目で歴史を把握することができる。

作者は、下手な大学教授より、よほど研究していると思われる。
脱帽です。
With All My Might: An Autobiography
With All My Might: An Autobiography
From the moment of his birth, Erskine Caldwell was destined to wander all over the world. Born of a school teacher mother and itinerant Presbyterian minister for a father, Erskine never lived in a place for more than two years. Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee were just a few of the states in which the family resided. In the first half of his autobiography, Erskine gives us a look at his uncoventional family. His mother insisted upon him being home schooled while his father taught him to become a free thinker in a fundamentalist southern environment.
Through his early experiences we see through Erskine's eyes the poverty, religious excesses, suppressed sexuality and ignorance that he encountered. It is through those experiences that Caldwell grows into manhood and develops a deep curiousity about people and the world. You will be astonished and amazed at the various escapades of life in which Caldwell finds himself.
The first part of his life is interesting but as we get into his life as a writer, the momentum fades. Very little is said about how he developed his style and its impact on the literary world. He doesn't reflect on the controversy surrounding Tobacco Road nor God's Little Acre. In fact he says much of nothing about himself other than his failed marriages, travels and disputes with agents and publishers.
With All My Might is not a detailed reflective tome of a man's life in literature. Rather we receive snippets of his life that are uneven and sometimes you are left wondering how did this man become a prolific writer? You won't find the answer in his work. He wanders everywhere in describing his life. For fans of Erskine Caldwell, this is a book to have in your library. It is a good read but not brilliant.
PSYCHOBREAK 2 【CEROレーティング「Z」】 - XboxOne
PSYCHOBREAK 2 【CEROレーティング「Z」】 - XboxOne
前作クリアしている方なら難易度はサバイバルかナイトメアから初めて差し支えないと思います。

今回の雑魚はホーンテッドよりラストオブアスの感染者に近い機敏さと、敏感さを持ち合わせています。

この辺りのタイトルに慣れている方はすんなり慣れて楽しく遊べると思います。

序盤で既に、安全拠点からグリーンジェルやクラフトアイテム収集に勤しみ、楽しくて仕方ありません。

また、バイオ4を彷彿とさせる例の要素とそこで見られるセバスチャンのちょっとコミカルなところが和む良いスパイスになっていると思います。
本編はやらないでこればっかりやっている日もあります。

前作とは別物です。

で、規制はやはり気になりました。
人間のキャラクターの人体欠損部分は黒くなっています。
バイオ7でいうとイーサンの切断された腕の断面の様な濁った色です。

でもまあ楽しめると思います。

◯2017/11/5追記

前作でもそうだったが、2〜3周回しててっぺんまでゆくと成長要素アイテム(グリーンジェルとギア)が余り始める。
これをクラフトアイテムに換えられるシステムなどがあれば良いなと思った。
特に一部の武器は、せっかく苦労して手に入れてもクラフトアイテムの余りの少なさに使うことが殆ど出来ない。
結局、こうして余る前であっても、「今は武器の改造よりは弾薬を作っておこう」などの戦略性が練られたと思う。

◯2018/04/04 追記

『無限弾』が欲しくて最高難易度のクラシックモードを遊び、無事クリアしました。
デッドスペース2のハードコアを彷彿とさせるような結構な難易度で、内容自体は楽しめました。
ただし、敵との攻防での理不尽さは許容出来ましたが、ファミリーコンピュータ時代の様なバグでいきなりゲーム自体が落ちるのは酷いと思いました。
そういうクラシック要素は止めて欲しい。
The Bastard King (The Scepter of Mercy Book 1)
The Bastard King (The Scepter of Mercy Book 1)
I am a fan of Harry Turtledove, and have read most of his works written under his own name. Then I discovered that Chernenko was a pen name of his, so I hurried to a copy of this book. Eagerly anticipating going through the 3 books of this series, while I wait for him to write more in his Civil War epics. Boy, was I disappointed! Perhaps it is good that this came out under Chernenko. It reads as a shoddy work, far below what Turtledove has produced elsewhere.

One flaw is how the Commodore Grus becomes a co-king with the book's young hero. Prior to this, we see much handwringing because there are strict rules about who can become king. Yet after some minor victories, Grus assumes the throne with little ado. Just doesn't jibe.

The wars/conflicts are weakly done. This has been noted for Turtledove's other works. He is not as strong at the tactical or strategic descriptions as Stirling, Weber, Ringo or Pournelle. Even so, what battles are covered in the book are tepid. No sense of a protracted engagement.

Turtledove has prodigious output. But he may be spreading himself too thin by occasionally sacrificing quality for quantity.

By the way, another reviewer asked why Judith Tarr furnished a favourable quote on the book's cover. It's perhaps because she and Turtledove wrote "Household Gods". A fantasy which is far better done than this sorry instance.
Return Engagement (Settling Accounts, Book 1) Hardcover October 11, 2004
Return Engagement (Settling Accounts, Book 1) Hardcover October 11, 2004
This is a book which is part of a series. If you want rapid action, shallow characterisation in a short novel then this book is not for you. Although a novel in its own right it is better appreciated having read the previous books in the series. The chronological sequence can be found by searching the author on Amazon. As for this book, it details an alternative history of the 2nd world war centring on a conflict between the USA, Confederate States of America, and Canada. As can be deduced the American Civil War was fought to basically a stalemate, (detailed in the previous books of the series). Mention is also made of European powers and Japan. There are a number of main characters each of which is well defined. The threads of the various story lines are well described and throughout are well developed. I have found each book in the series an absolutely enthralling read.
Bloody Hundredth: Missions and Memories of a World War II Bomb Group.
Bloody Hundredth: Missions and Memories of a World War II Bomb Group.
My dad Charles was co-pilot and great friend of navigator Harry Crosby on their plane "Just A-Snappin'" (referring to "snapping at the tail of retreating enemies).
Harry gave me unforgettable stories of my dad and his missions and the rest of this stellar crew - who all received Distinguished Service crosses. Thanks Harry for writing this book and sharing it with the world!
Papercutz Slices #1: Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring
Papercutz Slices #1: Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring
There are so many negative reviews for this Harry Potter spoof but I loved it! While I expect a lot of die hard fans of the Potterverse will be greatly offended that anyone would dare parody the brilliance of J.K. Rowling it felt to me like someone from MAD magazine had been hired to provide an overview of the series and I laughed from beginning to end.

It is over the top. There’s toilet humour. Cameos include Elmo, Yoda, Larry King and Elmer Fudd. There are jokes that are so terrible I had to laugh at their absurdity. Harry’s scar morphs from scene to scene, from question marks to dollar signs to Prince’s love symbol.

The names of the characters we know and love get a makeover. Harry Potty is friends with Don Measley and Whiny Stranger. Barista Frappe teaches Defence Against the Dark Farts at Nosewarts. Harry is constantly trying to defeat Valuemart and his Odor Eaters. Students use their toilet plungers to cast spells including “REMEMBERALLTHISSTUFFICIS!” and all poor Valuemart wants is a nose.

If your blood boils at the thought of this heresy then this is not the graphic novel for you, but if you’re not horrified that someone would dare poke fun at Harry and his mates then you may find yourself enjoying a good chuckle like I did. I definitely want to read this one again!
Harry Potter Chibi Harry Bookmark
Harry Potter Chibi Harry Bookmark
After receiving the complete Harry Potter book series as a gift, I immediately planned to begin reading them, but knew I didn't want to ruin the pages by dog-earring them. I've used traditional bookmarks before, but I've also had them slide out of the books and that's a bit frustrating if you don't remember where in the story you were.

I love that this bookmark hangs over the spine of the book, allowing the little charm to dangle off. The design is detailed and super cute and not large enough to be too annoying. The metal portion itself that goes in the book sits against the pages and allows me to easily return to where I was and doesn't cause any damage to the spine or the pages themselves.

The book has a bit of a gap when glancing at it from the top of the pages if the book is closed, which doesn't really bother me at all, but may bother some people. All in all, this is a great bookmark for any Harry Potter fans and works perfectly for marking your place in your favorite Harry Potter book or any book in general.
LEGO NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Oni Titan 70658 Building Kit (522 Pieces)
LEGO NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Oni Titan 70658 Building Kit (522 Pieces)
So the first box I got the LEGO box was in pretty bad shape, unacceptable. Arranged for a return and a new one was here in a jiffy and the old one eventually shipped back easily via UPS store. Kudos on the return process.

Now to the Mech:
The design of this guy is just really cool. The drawback to him and the model as a whole is the predominance of all light bluish gray and dark bluish gray pieces with a few olives thrown in... so color-wise, kinda boring. I like the individual digits on each hand. Many were not "fans" of the the face, myself included but I actually grew to like it in time, it is designed on a smoothish wedge type brick (similar to roofs on Mini Sydney Opera House) that has the facial features printed on. The fact he was of an "earthly" background, the tree growing out of him is organic cleverness, his hat ties in well with he overall theme of Ninjago of a dish of plastic looking rattan.

For a display model, the integrity of the model, staying together has not been a problem. Undoubtedly, under playing conditions, things are going to tend to fall off, as is the case with the majority of LEGO models, just a simple truth.

Funnily enough, I have never seen a Ninjago show. But the sets began to grow on me with the release of the Ninjago Movie with some really well designed and attractive Mechs, Destiny's Bounty, Ninjago City (an all time best!) & the Docks.

So, this model followed that wave and again, the only complaint being the colors... but with a nice discount of 33% this copy was well worth it. Not worth RRP as is the case with most LEGO sets, particularly now.
Vans Slip-on(tm) Core Classics Trainers
Vans Slip-on(tm) Core Classics Trainers
I've purchased these shoes before with good success, they lasted about a year before there was very visible wear and tear. However I purchased a recent pair back in Sept (2017), that December the fabric started to tear around the elastic on the left side of the right shoe.

I contacted the seller (Gbrandshop) about a warranty/refund but they sent me to Vans for that. Vans shut the case down outright, stating they only warranty shoes bought through their authorized resellers, I was asked to handle it through the Amazon shop. Back to Gbrandshop, they never responded to another email after the initial finger point.

I contacted Amazon and got the refund handled through their A-Z policy, Amazon is the clear winner in customer service here. Disappointed with Vans' customer service on this, the quality of their shoes (hopefully it was just a bad run), and especially the customer service of Gbrandshop
Sell 100+ Homes A Year: How We Use Engagement Marketing, Technology and Lead Gen to Sell 100+ Homes A Year, Every Year!
Sell 100+ Homes A Year: How We Use Engagement Marketing, Technology and Lead Gen to Sell 100+ Homes A Year, Every Year!
I bought this book because I was curious about the psychology behind real estate sales. After opening the book, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author's focus is on serving rather than taking. My perception had been that most real estate agents desired nothing more than to make maximum commissions with limited effort.

The author provides a new way of looking at real estate. She wants to inform, educate and provide value to the community and hopefully encourage those in contact with her to do the same. From her vantage point, buying or selling a house is an opportunity to learn, grow, and elevate the community.

I would recommend the book to new real estate agents, to those who feel they need a refresher course on how to become more effective and more helpful, and to those outside the industry who are interested in learning more about the real estate industry
Metatron Notizbuch purple - heilige Geometrie - Sacred Notes Notizbuch - Journal | Planer | Tagebuch: 120 Seiten liniert | A5 | Tolles Geschenk für ... und Gedanken festhalten (German Edition)
Metatron Notizbuch purple - heilige Geometrie - Sacred Notes Notizbuch - Journal | Planer | Tagebuch: 120 Seiten liniert | A5 | Tolles Geschenk für ... und Gedanken festhalten (German Edition)
Metatron Notizbuch purple - heilige Geometrie - Sacred Notes Notizbuch - Journal | Planer | Tagebuch: 120 Seiten liniert | A5 | Tolles Geschenk für ... und Gedanken festhalten (German Edition) by A. Klinger O.M.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Geschenke category.
Plush Billy, Goat, and Gruff Toy Story 4 - Medium - 10''
Plush Billy, Goat, and Gruff Toy Story 4 - Medium - 10''
Like most, I got this Billy-Goat-Gruff for my little one. I suppose my mental measuring is a bit off, despite the description listing the size, as I expected a not so massive sheep trio.
I also tend to overlook the basic details of things at times (especially in online shopping), so I won't dock a star for this, as the picture obviously shows the feet being sewn together. I get it, it's a three-headed, triple-bodied sheep. I just feel like the tootsies could be split up for each "section" of Bo's beloved sidekick crew.
Patanjali Madhuram Jaggery Powder, 1kg
Patanjali Madhuram Jaggery Powder, 1kg
Developed western countries have imposed heavy restrictions on using white sugar (slow poison) in their food products. But, we, Indians never care about our health and never understand the extreme ill effects of using white sugar because we are ruled by TVs, media, internet run by illuminati. We, Indians are the easiest target of diabetes and other illnesses caused due to the usage of white sugar (poison) for the illuminati to sell their drugs. Infact, 99.99% consumer products sold in India run by few parent companies in US. They sell various chemical food, soap, shampoo and other products to us and also sell drugs to us to cure the diseases caused by those chemical products. We, Indians never know these facts because we are being given advertisements in an eye catching manner to use their products and saying that they (those few parent companies) are the best and they have no alternatives (e.g. Hindustan Lever Limited) which are based in US and other western countries. They are not Indian companies.

To compete with them and to save Indians from diseases, Baba Ramdev's Patanjali was introduced in India and it is a god's gift to Indians. (I am not his fan, but this is a fact and I was a regular consumer like you who used chemical products before, but now I realised the ill effects of them)

This Madhuram Jaggery (Tamil name: Panai Karupatti or Panai Vellam) has been used in world's oldest Tamil Siddha Medicinal system and also by people in and around Tamilnadu, Southern India and Northern parts of India from ancient time. Those ancient people, particularly villagers and elderly people who added jaggery in their diet never had diabetes and other diseases because of the usage of Panai Karupatti (jaggery) instead of white sugar.

I strongly recommend to refer old Siddha texts about this or ask to elderly people like your grandma who used this about its goodness to your health.

I use this jaggery daily in places where I can replace the white sugar in my diet, such as tea, coffee, breakfast, deserts, cakes, etc. This jaggery gives similar taste as like white sugar. I suggest you to try it in tea firstly and also eat it raw in empty mouth and then you will never use again the poisonous white sugar in your life.

This product is absolutely worth for Rs.60 per kg. Go ahead and buy without double thinking and don't worry on reading the negative reviews by some dumb people (I guess they (fake reviewers) are corporate competitiors (who sell chemical based products in India) who oppose Patanjali because of their down market in India after the introduction of Patanjali products.

If you don't switch to jaggery in your diet by avoiding white sugar, the diseases which may cause in the long run in your life are inevitable.

I advice Patanjali manufactures to print the labels in 22 Indian official languages rather printing only in Hindi and English to take the market to all states of India for the benefit of people's health.
Miguelañez Piñata Celebración 8 Niños - 640 gr
Miguelañez Piñata Celebración 8 Niños - 640 gr
Me ha encantado este pack. Vienen muchas chucherías y con la piñata incluida a un precio magnífico. Pedí dos para los cumples de mis peques que son con poca diferencia de días y me ha sorprendido gratamente que el vendedor me enviara dos modelos distintos uno de pirata y otro de princesa, en mi caso ha sido un acierto todo un acierto y no puedo estar más contenta.

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