Payton Sanders

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Aprende PHP y MySQL (Spanish Edition)
Aprende PHP y MySQL (Spanish Edition)
Aprende PHP y MySQL (Spanish Edition) by Juan Diego Gutiérrez Gallardo. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter Set: Adult Edition
Harry Potter Set: Adult Edition
Harry Potter Set: Adult Edition by J. K. Rowling. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 168 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 268 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Remember When (The Remember Trilogy Book 1)
Remember When (The Remember Trilogy Book 1)
Remember When (The Remember Trilogy Book 1) by T. Torrest. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 828 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Sea of Memories
Sea of Memories
Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 4918 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Calico Joe: A Novel
Calico Joe: A Novel
Calico Joe: A Novel by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 3001 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Java Application Development on Linux
Java Application Development on Linux
Java Application Development on Linux by Carl Albing and Michael Schwarz. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Coding for Beginners Using Python
Coding for Beginners Using Python
Coding for Beginners Using Python by Louie Stowell. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 91 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Think Bayes: Bayesian Statistics in Python
Think Bayes: Bayesian Statistics in Python
Think Bayes: Bayesian Statistics in Python by Allen B. Downey. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (4th Edition)
Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (4th Edition)
Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (4th Edition) by Aaron Hillegass and Adam Preble. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 58 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Objective-C: Visual QuickStart Guide
Objective-C: Visual QuickStart Guide
Objective-C: Visual QuickStart Guide by Steven Holzner. Rated 2.2 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Head First Go
Head First Go
Head First Go by Jay McGavren. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Professional Idiot: A Memoir
Professional Idiot: A Memoir
I'm not much of a "reader". I enjoy quick articles in magazines and have the kind of ADD that won't allow me to stick to a story day after day. It usually takes me a month or two to get through a novel and I quickly lose interest.

This book, however, I finished in 2 days. I read it every chance I could. It was such an easy read, it was true and honest but not boasting, and Steve-O is right to the point with his stories with just the right amount of details.

I learned so much about Steve-O that confirmed that this guy is a genuine good guy.

Great book and I would highly recommend this to ANYONE, not just Jackass fans. Kids who have attention problems, kids with a insanely rich dad that is not around all the time, kids with an alcoholic in the family, kids who are constantly moving from place to place, people who can't seem to find others who understand them, people dealing with a dying family member, alcohol and drug addicts could all relate to this book (I could easily go on and on about who could relate to the problems Steve-O was challenged with throughout his whole life).

Steve-O's book has a theme of survival in so many situations, but mainly the message that someone could get out of this is the value of perseverance. Believing in yourself when nobody else does. Never giving up on yourself even though things don't work out the first, second, or tenth time.

Get this book.
Elon Musk: What YOU Can Learn from His AMAZING Life (Inspirational books for kids Book 1)
Elon Musk: What YOU Can Learn from His AMAZING Life (Inspirational books for kids Book 1)
I would give it 0 stars if that was an option. This is advertised as a “Biography for Kids.” There is no author or publisher listed. At the back of the book, it says it was printed on May 1, 2018, which is the day I purchased the book. After looking into it more, I found that it is published by CreateSpace (an Amazon company). It does include basic facts about Musk’s life, however it is not written in a professional manner and includes information not suited for children. I have learned my lesson: check the publisher listed in the description of the book before purchasing.
Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life
Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life
Oprah's cookbook is filled with gourmet flavors and beautiful pictures that will draw you into fantasizing about making her recipes. The best way to approach this cookbook is to read the entire book and then to choose 6-8 recipes you want to make. I say this because many of the recipes require special ingredients. For the 8 recipes I chose to make I needed 6 special ingredients. I bought ground chipotle chile seasoning, 6 cans of San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, white rice flour (for the lavender cookies), 6 cans of Lychees, Sabatino Truffle Zest and Sabatino White Truffle Oil. Cooking with these ingredients was really fun.

Here are the recipes I tried and my experience:

Summer Corn Chowder – There are so many flavors going on in this chowder I decided to skip the thyme. Instead of making the recipe for chicken stock I just used six cups of water and six teaspoons chicken base. That saved a lot of time. The garnishes are the highlight of this soup and I chose bacon, pimentos and corn seasoned with chipotle chile seasoning.

Mashed Cauli-Potatoes – These are better than plain mashed potatoes. I admit I doctored them up a bit with more butter, paprika and seasoning salt and added 5 green onions, sliced and sauteed. The recipe called for Yukon gold potatoes but I used russet and cubed them before boiling.

Skinny Cornbread – This is a more savory cornbread and if you like you can still serve it with butter and honey. Definitely with butter. It has onions and jalapeno chiles in it. My husband ate 3 pieces and I admit to having two. Since I don't have a cast iron pan I just used a 9-inch glass pie plate.

Turkey Lasagna – OK this recipe is very challenging because you have to use a mandoline slicer. I suggest you get a slicer with cut-resistant gloves as I did. This recipe calls for San Marzano Italian tomatoes and I must say they are the best canned tomatoes ever! With just three regular zucchinis and one medium Mexican eggplant I was able to make the dish. You layer the vegetables, sauce and mozzarella cheese. The dish you should use is a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Also I didn't have any granulated garlic or onion so I just used one teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder. I also used one tablespoon dried parsley and one tablespoon dried basil in place of fresh. Instead of minced garlic I just pressed three garlic cloves. I also used less pepper and salt. One teaspoon of seasoning salt was perfect. So that was the most complex recipe in the book!

Lavender Shortbread – Making lavender shortbread is a very aromatic experience. The orange zest and crushed lavender are heavenly scented. I found that I did not need to refrigerate the dough and could bake it immediately. Instead of regular salt I used crushed Fleur de Sel. Instead of a vanilla bean (mine had dried up) I used two teaspoons vanilla extract. I cut the shortbread into 24 squares.

Lychee Sorbet – This recipe is worth making because it is so exotic. If you don't have an ice cream machine you can also do a few tricks to make it work great. I froze the lychees and refrigerated the syrup. Then the next day I put everything into my food processor and spun it all around. It turned into a lovely Lychee Ice.

Twice-Baked Potatoes – Making this recipe takes a little time but these potatoes are delicious. You first need to bake the two russet potatoes, then you scoop them out and add in sour cream and cheddar cheese. Then you bake them again. I found that a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish lined with foil kept clean up to a minimum.

Romaine Hearts with Warm Mushrooms and Truffle Vinaigrette – It is way worth the effort to order truffle zest and truffle oil for this recipe. The fresh romaine is so crunchy and the lemon based dressing is a perfect contrast to the other flavors. Parmesan cheese substituted great for the hard to find Pecorino Romano. This is the most delicious recipe in the book!

Each recipe has prep time, cooking time and how many servings plus Weight Watchers points per serving. Calories are also given per serving.

Some of the things you need to make the recipes include a pasta roller, pastry bag, high speed blender, microplane, Kitchen aid mixer, cast iron skillet, splatter guard (for tomato sauce), food processor (7-cup) and whisk for salad dressings.

The ingredients you might have to order include lavender flowers, anchovy paste, truffle zest, Old Bay seasoning, red curry paste, Thai fish sauce, tamarind concentrate, curry leaves, mascarpone cheese, star anise, oat flour, xanthan gum, truffle flour, fresh truffles, sea salt and frozen truffle cheese.

One recipe requires you to find a 5-gallon bucket to brine a 20-pound turkey. Most of the recipes serve 4, 6 or 8.

Some of the other recipes include:

Mushroom Soup
Maya's Smothered Chicken
Truffle Tortelloni
Fresh Cherry Crostata
Crab Cakes
Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad
Fettuccine Bolognese with Peas

What I really loved about this cookbook was all the personalized hand written notes by Oprah. You also learn a lot about Oprah's life and her struggles with weight loss. Oprah is a very creative writer and she excels at the headnotes. One story she tells is about how she first tasted a pasta dish at an Umbrian castle after a truffle hunt. This type of information makes the book so entertaining.

A lot of love and expertise went into this cookbook. I highly recommend it for adventurous home cooks who want to cook like a chef. I vote this one of the most exciting cookbooks I've ever found. The only thing I'd skip is the alcoholic drink recipes as alcohol causes disease.

~The Rebecca Review
Google Speaks: Secrets of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Google Speaks: Secrets of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page
In fewer than 15 years, Google built the largest index of Web pages, dominated the Internet search industry, grew into a giant with a 1.5 million square foot headquarters in Mountain View, California plus two dozen other U.S. offices and technical centers in more than 30 countries, and became a global household name. Here the bestselling author of numerous popular business books, Lowe (Ben Graham on Value Investing, Bill Gates Speaks, Dividends Don't Lie, with Geraldine Weiss, Jack Welch Speaks, The Man Who Beats the S&P, The Rediscovered Benjamin Graham, Ted Turner Speaks, Warren Buffett Speaks; articles appeared in more than 100 publications; frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, FOX Business Network, and PBS; former financial editor of the San Diego Tribune) retells the amazing story behind the revolutionary, public corporate colossus (more than 20,000 employees) with a market capitalization of around $123 billion and about $16 billion in annual advertising revenues. With access to family, friends, employees, and company records, the author unofficially examines the founders' personalities and values as well as Google's vision, culture, business strategies, new business models, philanthropic projects, future, and more. Presenting more than a mere company profile, Lowe also addresses the criticisms and controversies surrounding Google as the primary portal to the World Wide Web, including copyright infringement, antitrust issues, personal privacy, and intellectual property concerns. Nicely-written and organized, this well-presented book provides a concise overview. Lacking a bibliography and a back-of-the book index but including a historical timeline, glossary, and footnotes, it belongs on the shelves of many public libraries where general readers can read about the secretive company that has become the prototype for a successful, twenty-first century business entity. Recommended as a good introduction but not as a definitive publication.
Bob Dylan Hard To Handle
Bob Dylan Hard To Handle
When I saw this was from Brazil or whatever country in South America speaks Portuguese, bells went off, alarms sounded and that little voice in the back of my head said "don't buy this, it's a cheap, shoddy rip-off." I had it on VHS and being unable to find an American release of the tour on DVD, decided to take a chance. I was glad I did. Quality-wise, its as good as the VHS tape and shows Dylan and Petty with the Heartbreakers as a superb back-up band in the days before the Traveling Wilburys had been dreamed of. Was this tour perhaps the genesis of that legendary super-group? Makes no difference, if you're a Dylan fan, this belongs in your collection. If you're a Petty fan, it belongs in your collection. Highlights include: Like A Rolling Stone, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Just Like A Woman (one of Dylan's forgotten mid-'60's masterpieces) and others. If you only buy one Dylan DVD, this should be the one. Don't let the Portuguese scare you....it's not subtitled.
LITTLE TREES Car Air Freshener | Hanging Paper Tree for Home or Car | Pina Colada | 12 Pack
LITTLE TREES Car Air Freshener | Hanging Paper Tree for Home or Car | Pina Colada | 12 Pack
The Pure Steel little tree air freshener is my favorite out of all the scents. Its is masculine but not like all the cheap cologne smelling ones that are on the market. This is in between a cologne and a new car smell.
Did you know there is a proper way to open a Little Tree Air Freshener???
Read the back label. It explains how to cut the top into a V shape and gradually over time pull out the top of the tree out of the packaging. This will actually ensure your Little Tree lasts alot longer... I only do this when I put them under my seats or on the side of my seats. When it is hanging from the rear view mirror I dont like having all that plastic wrapper hanging around.
Cake Wars, Season 3
Cake Wars, Season 3
I watched a couple of episodes while waiting for jury duty. I loved it. I have watched all 3 episodes and am wanting more. The competition is straight forward and fun. The only drawback is that the viewer can't actually taste the cakes.
Upper Deck Legendary Playmat: Thanos vs The Avengers, Multi
Upper Deck Legendary Playmat: Thanos vs The Avengers, Multi
Very big playmat, very nice upgrade from the base game board and even bigger than the Villains playmat. Has extra blank slots for future expansions or just for overall tracking like certain KO or overrun piles of a certain group for the scheme. We also use on slot for the New Recruits as they didn't label one for them. Overall well worth the investment. Plus love the theme of Thanos fighting the heroes, that's why I choose this one over the Dark Phoenix playmat, but to each their own.
Gentle Giant Studios Hawkeye Mini-Bust
Gentle Giant Studios Hawkeye Mini-Bust
This is a MUSH HAVE if you are a fan of Hawkeye. The detail, the colors, the size, the different arrows....it's perfect! Gentle Giant is giving Bowen a run for their money. I have been a Hawkeye fan since I was 7 years old. We're talking 27 years of loving this character. I have several different Hawkeye statues and busts. This is my favorite. Stop thinking about it. Get it now!
R LRUI Turning Pizza Peel with detachable and adjustable handle of 18, 36 or 55 inch, Pizza Paddle for Baking Homemade Pizza Bread
R LRUI Turning Pizza Peel with detachable and adjustable handle of 18, 36 or 55 inch, Pizza Paddle for Baking Homemade Pizza Bread
This is a great pizza peel for taking baking pizza's in a pizza oven. I personally use the green mountain grills pizza oven on my Recteq 700 smoker. This peel allows me to turn my pizza smoothly so it doesn't get burnt in any one particular area. It is lightweight, but sturdy. The handle is the perfect length to maneuver a pizza inside a super hot pizza oven without getting close to burn yourself. I recommend using a bamboo pizza peel to put the initial pizza into the oven and then to use this one for turning your pizza and removing it after cooked.
KAIYEE Nonstick Carbon Steel Pizza Tray Pizza Pan with Holes, 13 Inch
KAIYEE Nonstick Carbon Steel Pizza Tray Pizza Pan with Holes, 13 Inch
I can’t say how it heats since I bought it for a different purpose. It doesn't deserve a bad rating so I gave it all the stars. I purchased it for fine motor skills in our early learning program. It works perfectly for our marbles & translucent disc counters on the light table, under the black light, and manipulative table. I can say it is used a lot and is durable, the non-stick coating has held up through our use, pan is sturdy. Great pan!
Nora Roberts Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy Boxed Set
Nora Roberts Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy Boxed Set
Beautiful books! Loved this set! I love the way Nora Roberts writes i almost have all her sets now and will continue to read them as long as she puts them out! She has a way of telling a story that puts you right in there. Also love the way she puts the animal characters in her stories as well.she gives great details about the senery or homes without dragging it out, let's you use your own imagination as well. The way this story went back and forth makes me want the story to keep going almost like two strories in one.really good read.
The Calhouns: Lilah and Suzanna (Calhoun Women)
The Calhouns: Lilah and Suzanna (Calhoun Women)
Lilah and Suzanna: The Calhoun Women is by Nora Roberts. As usual, she writes a powerful book which is realistic. Her characters come alive and the story is always suspenseful. This is actually two books in one.
The first book is For The Love of Lilah. The Calhoun sisters are fed up with the press and the coverage of the missing emerald necklace. They know the story of Bianca and Christopher but don’t know where she hid the necklace. Already, a thief has been looking for the necklace and Amanda was almost hurt. People have come into the gardens and tried to dig up the treasure. Lilah has picked up a treasure map as she talked at the nature center. What she doesn’t know is that she gave the map to the thief when he came to take a tour and talk to her. A few weeks ago, Lilah knew a storm was brewing and went down to the beach to watch it come in. She just happened to be there when Max Quartermain was nearing shore and almost drowned. She managed to get him to safety and up to the house. He refused to go to the doctor as he felt fine after waking up. He just didn’t remember things that happened recently. He didn’t know that he had taken a summer job to catalogue papers Mr. Caufield said were his family papers. Until he inadvertently overheard Mr. Caufield and the Captain talking about stealing the papers and ultimately the jewels, he had no idea he was in trouble too. When he does remember, he starts helping the family with their papers and hopes to help find the necklace; but only if Lilah and the other sisters are out of harm’s way. He wants to help the police find Mr. Caufield or whoever he is impersonating now.
The second book is Suzanna’s surrender. Max has found out that Bianca’s lover, Christian, had a son and grandson who lived in the cottage he did. His grandson, Holt, is a retired police detective who now lives in the house but he has never heard the legend. He has trouble believing Suzanna about Bianca and Christian’s love when she first confronts him about it. He said he would reconsider if he ever believed it to be true. When he finds Bianca’s portrait among his Grandfather’s paintings and sees that Lilah is the image of her grandmother, he believes and offers his help. Mainly he wants to make sure Suzanna and her children are just fine. After talking to the Calhoun women and their husbands, he sees the danger is real so he hires on as a part time employee at Suzanne’s gardening center. Can he protect her and her children?
Hot Rocks
Hot Rocks
This is a reprint of the first half of "Remember When". This is not made clear on the Amazon page and was deeply frustrating when it was delivered. The second half is being republished as "Big Jack". This is a deeply irritating fault of Amazon and the publisher - surely they do not want potential readers to get into the state of extreme rage which occurs every time I think there is a beautiful new title available and then it turns out that I already have it. And Nora Roberts' titles are some of the worst.

Rant over now. If you have not already done so then do read this. It is a good story with believable characters and one of her recent best. And you do need to read the second part too.
Brida
Brida
One of my favourite books of all time, so inspiring, magical and makes me want to fall in love with life all over again
Dragon Ball, Vol. 10: Return To The Tournament (Dragon Ball: Shonen Jump Graphic Novel)
Dragon Ball, Vol. 10: Return To The Tournament (Dragon Ball: Shonen Jump Graphic Novel)
10 volumes in and, if I didn’t know better, I’d say Dragon Ball is starting to feel alarmingly repetitive. Reich Pilaf returns to make another ham-fisted attempt at stealing the Dragon Balls from Goku, Shenlong the Dragon God appears for the second time to grant a wish, the Dragon Balls scatter again, and then it’s time for another Strongest Under the Heavens tournament!

Is this all Dragon Ball is, or are we going to get any variations on the winning formula before Dragon Ball Z? I think I’ve answered my own question with “winning formula” because why fix something if it ain’t broke? And, even though I’d kind of like to go after Akira Toriyama for double-dipping, the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament was the best part of the series so far, and, despite returning to it again, it’s still awesome with a new set of fighters. Because, really, what else do you need in a martial arts comic?

I liked that Upa’s dad came back from the dead and, this not being a Stephen King novel, he didn’t come back as a zombie or anything and resumed life as if he’d only been sleeping in a grave. And I liked that Goku was smart enough to grab his grandpa’s Dragon Ball before they scattered so he wouldn’t have to go on another Dragon Ball quest to get it back.

I was surprised that Goku’s training was skipped entirely. From one page to the next, 3 years conveniently pass and then the gang are reunited for the tournament (which comes around every 3 years). I would’ve liked to have seen Goku’s adventures rather than another Strongest Under the Heavens tournament, especially as he’s in the crucial stages of becoming a better fighter. But maybe that 3 year gap is to be explored in later volumes or maybe Toriyama left himself some space for if he ever wanted to go back and do some more kid Son Goku adventures?

The Turtle Master is given a rival in the Crane Master because this time around it’s not about Goku fighting Jackie Chun (aka the Turtle Master in disguise) but about giving him a different narrative: the good guys (Turtles) against the bad guys (Cranes). The Crane Master’s even revealed to be the brother of that psycho assassin Taopaipai who died fighting Goku a couple books ago!

So even if I was wary going in, “here we go again”, once it got going, it was still super-exciting and fun. Goku, Kuririn, Yamcha, and Jackie Chun go up against a couple of disposable baddies and the evil Crane Master’s students, Tenshinhan (who has a third eye in his forehead), and Chaozu (who looks like a living doll with psychic powers). As always, Toriyama does action superbly and the first fights between Yamcha and Tenshinhan, and Jackie Chun and Man-Wolf are brilliant. This volume ends in the middle of Kuririn and Chaozu’s fight so make sure you’ve got the next volume to hand so you don’t miss a beat!

Toriyama takes us back to the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament once again with a few notable tweaks in the form of new characters, yet still manages to pull off a highly entertaining volume. That said, I’m hoping he tries some different plotlines in the remaining six volumes.
Liar Liar (Harriet Blue Book 3)
Liar Liar (Harriet Blue Book 3)
Harriet Blue is on the hunt for her brother's nemesis, Regan. She has gone off the reservation and is pulling out all of the stops to seek justice for her brother, Sam. Harriet has to use all of her skills to find Regan, bring him out of hiding and end his life. She realizes she is putting her career and freedom on the line but does it anyway. She doesn't count on Regan deciding to play games with her. He taunted her up until the end. It was an interesting dynamic these 2 had. Harriet is left to question her true self and, at times, she doesn't like what she sees. Overall a good read and an interesting ending. Am intrigued to see what happens next.
The Two: A Biography of the Original Siamese Twins
The Two: A Biography of the Original Siamese Twins
I first owned this book so long ago in paperback (1980?) that I see now paper copies aren't even available here on Amazon anymore. When we were traveling in North Carolina recently, we had a chance to go into the Andy Griffith Museum in Mt. Airy, and right next door is an exhibit on the Siamese Twins you can visit with the same ticket. Seeing the exhibit reminded me of this book, so I read it.

I have read that Irving Wallace, who wrote this book with his daughter, Amy, does a tremendous amount of research for his books, even his novels. And this biography of Chang and Eng certainly shows the amount of research they performed. It is a very detailed and meticulous account of their lives, from their birth in Siam (Turkey) to their tragic deaths at age 63 (tragic because one of them was more healthy but died when his brother did, and because they wanted to be separated later in life).

You will read about their early life, where they were fortunate to have a mother who didn't think of them as monsters or bad omens, as many parents would have. Then their discovery by their first manager, and on through their careers as a paid exhibit until they settled down in North Carolina as slave-owning, gentlemen farmers.

The authors make use of many sources: letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and on and on. Like I said, it is very detailed. The only time I thought there was too much information was on the occasions when they had no sources about a place they were visiting. For example, I think St. Petersburg, Russia was a place when there were no direct letters or journals to draw from, so the authors took a quote from some unrelated person's journal and said, this is what the Twins might have seen there. I would rather see everything through their eyes, if possible, and not at all otherwise. But this didn't happen often, so it didn't detract much at all from my interest in the story.

I know there is a newer book out on the Siamese Twins, and I plan to read it. It will be interesting to get a modern author's take on their lives, as well as with the advances in science and what we know about conjoined twins and their chances of survival upon being separated. But I am glad I read this older book first and I highly recommend it. The pictures in my copy were interesting, so if you use the audible version of the book, you might want to do a web search for pictures.
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: The Final Season (Season 3)
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: The Final Season (Season 3)
So I like this series a lot. It doesn't have magic, murder, brutality, sexual assaults or bad language. It's fabulous, just for that alone. Plus, even when the writing got corny, I still cared about the characters, and a few of the actors were good enough to pull off the corny writing - like Alex's transformation from ranch hand to financial wizard and recovering alcoholic. Well, okay, so the recovering alcoholic storyline was a throwaway issue to mix her up with Jack, but Alex was as believable as a CFO as she was as a ranch hand. Kudos to whats-her-name!

My other favorite storyline was Warren tangling with his father, Buck. At last, Warren got to pick on someone his own size! And it worked great. It was entertaining to watch, and almost made Warren a halfway relatable character instead of just being the obligatory jerk.

The roommate threesome with Rebekah, Lynnette and Justine was also entertaining. However, the long-lost sister storyline just got shredded by the writers. Seriously, any random stranger off the street could have written a better way to spring the news on Lynnette than just blurting out "Gloria's your sister."

I like Rebekah. Or, I like disliking Rebekah, and she makes her character obnoxious and likable at the same time.

Bob and Peggy are my favorite couple. They've got chemistry and are so believable together.

Grace and Cliff do not work together and they never have. Cliff was just gone, apparently dieting, for most of the season. Glad they whipped him into shape, but putting a simple cowboy together with elegant Grace just never worked for me. You ought to have a couple of things in common if you're going to get married.

And as for this season's big threesome . . . you know, I liked Olivia with Paul better than with Jack. Olivia had actual conversations with Paul. Her dialogue with Jack was mostly gushing about how great they were together, or having issues. Got boring. Paul was funny, engaging, and had things to talk about with Olivia. I thought ending it on that cliffhanger was totally unfair to the fans (hence the four stars instead of five).

And now I must rant about Judge Lockhart. Honesty, the writers just needed to google "Code of Judicial Conduct" and they would have found out that pretty much every time her judge duties came up in a storyline, she behaved in a way that would have gotten her thrown off the bench and probably disbarred. Judges are not supposed to even friend attorneys on facebook, much less friend-date them the way she hung out with Paul. And from previous seasons, Judges are never supposed to blackmail people (not even bad guys) or throw their authority around to pressure bad guys into doing the right thing (like when she got Grace's husband to go away). Judges are also not marriage counselors. She's so completely unethical as a judge.

And now that I've gotten all that off my chest, I do like this series. I wish they'd do a finale movie to resolve things. Will Lynnette ever like her sister? Will Rebekah get her job back? Will Paul find a good relationship? Will Justine get engaged for a third time to a guy who is wrong for her? Does Buck stay in Cedar Cove? Is Grace really going to live at a ranch where she has to smell manure every morning? You know, answer all the really *big* questions in the world.
Doctor No
Doctor No
This is how old I am-I remember sitting in the Rialto Theatre watching the coming attractions trailer for 'Dr. No' starring Sean Connery as James Bond. While I couldn't wait to see the movie, I also didn't want to wait that long to know the story so I raced to the local library to find the book. I devoured it in a few days. When I saw the movie made from it, like every young man at the time, I was drawn into a world I didn't know existed. Subsequently, I read the couple of previously published Fleming books and over time read each new Bond adventure when it came out. Since Fleming's passing, other writers have picked up Bond and done their best to duplicate the tone and style that Fleming created. But they rarely succeed. I say that to frame my criticism of Dr. No now having re-read it after all these years. I'm a published writer myself and hopefully today possessing a more critical eye, and as such I find this early work of Fleming's to be sophomoric and one-dimensional. Bond himself is only described as having black hair, not giving the reader much else to fix the imagination on. The plot, if you've seen the movie, is close to the book but Fleming lacks, at this stage of his writing anyway, any real descriptive powers or the ability to build suspense. His matter-of-fact style works better in later books but this one could have used some helpful editing. If you want to read Fleming at his best grab 'You Only Live Twice' or 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. This one's a thumbs up, but just barely.
My Name Is Emily
My Name Is Emily
Who writes these films? Seriously. This is yet another preachy, leftist film depicting two awkward teens who find one other, rebel against <insert common descriptor used for movie parents here, such as clueless, abusive, self-absorbed, etc.>, and end up finding their own happily-ever-after. It's a wonder anyone grows-up to be a functioning adult in Western society, what with the pandemic of horrible parenting we've evidently all grown up with.

I also need to ask who picks the music by which to set the overly emotional and/or slow-motion scenes depicting the main characters lost in deep thought, or to display the beautiful scenery through which they're traveling? I am mystified by what passes for popular music these days. It's all whiny, nasally vocalists who sound like they're being strangled, with only acoustic guitars for accompaniment. Does talent count in the music business anymore? It's honestly depressing.

Look, there's an obvious agenda being pushed in this film. It's the same one that's been being pushed onto Western culture for decades: "Facts are only points-of-view, and points-of-view can change." Emily lectures Arden in the convenience store before she steals their breakfast,

"Listen, everything that you call a fact is just a bunch of people getting together, agreeing on something and then calling it a fact. That's how facts change. People change their minds. The world is flat. The world is round. You can't really blame people for wanting to believe in facts, but without another point-of-view to disagree with us - say, an alien - we'll never know if our opinion on anything is right or wrong. And even if we had an alien, that's just two points-of-view. Just 'cause facts are opinions doesn't mean they're wrong. They're usually right. It's just that when we forget that they're just well-thought-out opinions, that's when people start doing stupid things like making atomic bombs. They think, 'Facts are facts. We have to do it just to show that we could.' Facts are just the excuse for everything. The sun will rise tomorrow. Is that a fact? No! It's a point-of-view."

So, in other words, because a group of people have gotten together and decided on the rules, those rules have become facts. But because PEOPLE have agreed on them, OTHER people can come along and "un-agree" on them and then change them. Rules can change! (So, for example, if some people say it's not okay to kill inconvenient children, other people can come along and decide that it's really okay for people to kill inconvenient children. See how that works? Never mind physics or mathematics, or just plain old, common decency.)

You may think I'm over-thinking this. It's just a film, right? But this film, and thousands more like it are just one way the Leftist/Socialist/Marxist/Progressive movement (call them what you want, but there's certainly nothing "progressive" about their beliefs) has gotten a strangle-hold on Western culture. People watch films for entertainment, and that's how these ridiculously stupid ideas slip into the collective conscience of gullible generations who have been taught, among other things, revisionist history in schools. They've been using the Arts to subvert culture for decades and have been extremely successful. Just look around you. There are a lot of people who believe that truth is subjective; that their truth is true for them, and your truth is true for you. They honestly believe that "a fact is just a point-of-view". But what if your truth and my truth are polar opposites? Can anyone see how dangerous this is? Believing the lie this movie is preaching is what makes people REALLY start doing stupid things. No one can live this way in the real world. It doesn't work. No matter how much I believe that a red light means "Go", it's going to clash with your TRUE belief (therefore a FACT) that a green light means "Go". And would any of us really want to drive across a bridge designed and built by engineers who believe that "facts are just points-of-view"?

Anyway, I've given this film two stars for the lovely scenery, which is supposed to be Ireland. But if you care at all about truth and are sick to death of having the pervasive, yet utterly bankrupt, leftist ideology which has all but ruined Europe shoved down your throat, I'd give this one a hard pass.
Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal. Edición Slytherin / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Slytherin Edition (Spanish Edition)
Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal. Edición Slytherin / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Slytherin Edition (Spanish Edition)
Muy buen producto, especialmente por la edición 20 aniversario. La calidad no es su punto fuerte, es más bien para adultos o para gente que lo quiera como pieza de colección, ya que el día a día tiene pinta de hacerle daño, la portada y las hojas no parecen muy bien creadas.

Sobre el libro: Es la piedra filosofal tal cual, solo que al empezar realizan una breve descripción de la casa, en este caso Slytherin, donde hablan del fundador, las reliquias de la casa...las características de sus estudiantes, en fin curioso.
Phantom: A Harry Hole Novel (9) (Harry Hole series)
Phantom: A Harry Hole Novel (9) (Harry Hole series)
Here’s what’s in store for you if you read Phantom or any other of Jo Nesbo’s engrossing Harry Hole novels:

maddening suspense;
several confusing plots and subplots that collide and intersect with abandon and only make sense as the end approaches;
an alcoholic, self-hating detective (Harry) who is perversely attractive because he’s so bloody brilliant;
lots of violence, much of it directed at Harry;
many characters with strange Norwegian names;
insightful sketches of people worthy of a clinical psychologist;
enough references to streets and neighborhoods in Oslo that you’ll feel moved to call up a Google map of the city;
more than you would ever expect about corruption in the Oslo police; and
a brilliant young writer’s perceptive views of his country, ranked richest in the world by median income.
Phantom, the ninth of Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels, matches any of the others for suspense, complexity, and psychological depth. Harry, no longer a policeman, returns to Oslo for the first time in three years from Hong Kong, where he’s worked as a debt collector for a shady local character. Back home, he confronts the chilling reality that 18-year-old Oleg, son of Rakel Fauke, the love of his life, has been arrested for the murder of a junkie and is now in prison. The police department refuses to allow him to investigate the case because, by their lights, it’s closed: the evidence is compelling.

In pursuing his desperate effort to prove the innocence of the boy who used to call him Dad, Harry becomes embroiled in a puzzling network of junkies, street people, dope dealers, corrupt policemen, and a politician on the make, and, despite his reluctance, reunites with Rakel. The tale unfolds through twists and turns, puzzling to the end — with major questions left unanswered. It’s this sort of brain-teasing complexity that keeps bringing me back for more of Jo Nesbo’s work.

So far, I’ve read and reviewed Nesbo’s The Bat, Cockroaches, The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star, The Redeemer, and The Leopard. I have two to go: The Snowman and Police. You’ll see my reviews of them in this space in due time.
Transporting Harry Potter's Food to You: Magical Recipes That Will Enchant Your Soul
Transporting Harry Potter's Food to You: Magical Recipes That Will Enchant Your Soul
I was excited by this book because I have made several Harry Potter themed recipes like Butterbeer from online and bought a few themed cookbooks. This one was free through KindleUnlimited (so not technically free). The biggest problem for me is that the photos didn’t match what was made in many of the recipes. One examples was a bar candy that in the photo had chocolate as a top and bottom layer, but the recipe only had you adding a top layer. The other big problem was a lot of the recipes were so minimal and didn’t cover all of the steps. The cauldron cakes had barely any explanations including what size or type pan to pour the batter in or how the filling was added, yet there were three different parts to be made and the photo was very detailed. There was a chocolate handle, but the recipe had no explanation on how to make it or what to use. It just said “assemble” as in the photo. I could figure it out, but then why need the book? Also Butterbeer isn’t pumpkin flavored. That’s a different drink. Some recipes were interesting like the one you added pearl powder which did make it look like a potion, but all in all I would feel I wasted money if I had purchased it and time since I’d be looking up a lot of recipes to see how parts were done. I try to be positive in most reviews, I just couldn’t in this other than the photos were beautiful and a few recipes were interesting.
Harry Potter - Ravenclaw - Hogwarts Robe Design - One 11 oz Morphing Mugs Color Changing Heat Sensitive Ceramic Mug – Image Revealed When HOT Liquid Is Added!
Harry Potter - Ravenclaw - Hogwarts Robe Design - One 11 oz Morphing Mugs Color Changing Heat Sensitive Ceramic Mug – Image Revealed When HOT Liquid Is Added!
I wish I could rate it no stars at all. I decided to give them a second try after the holidays. I figured with the hustle and bustle of holiday time, maybe that was why it came in crumbled pieces. This time *most* of the mug was in one piece. The handle broke off and into a bunch of pieces. If you are looking to get a mug, I implore you to look elsewhere. This is the second time I’ve ordered from them, and the second time it’s come back to me broken. Yes it’s a really cool and fun idea *if* it didn’t come in several pieces when it arrived. They do not mark their packages as fragile!
Bluetooth Earpiece for Cell Phones, ZEEYU Wireless Bluetooth Headset V5.0 with CVC8.0 Noise Canceling Microphone Hands Free Waterproof for Driving Business Office iPhone Android Samsung
Bluetooth Earpiece for Cell Phones, ZEEYU Wireless Bluetooth Headset V5.0 with CVC8.0 Noise Canceling Microphone Hands Free Waterproof for Driving Business Office iPhone Android Samsung
While this device is supposed to be BT 5 technology, It's hard to find proof. And being made in China, how can we be certain. My comparison is from the Plantronics PLT-M70 that I have used before I got my latest Apple phone. The Plantronics M70 and M55 apparently are not 100% compatible with my Iphone SE 2nd Edition. And no firmware is available for either. On this device however, the main button requires heavy pressing to get it to work. The volume up/down buttons are very small and do not stand out from the edge to be quickly useable. The maximum volume level is too low. I might send it back if I can find a better unit. Those that designed and made it don't have to use it I imagine. I have gotten approval for returning this item. The static sound when I am listening to someone is just ridiculous
Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula (Travel Guide)
Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula (Travel Guide)
Absolutely brilliant guide! Planning our upcoming trip, I selected guides from Moon, DK, Fodor’s, Frommers, and several others publishers. I find myself continually consulting only Moon, thanks to its well-organized, researched, and detailed information. The multiple small maps, for each area, are such a boon for planning, and the pages are holding up well for highlighting and notes. Out of 10 different books, the two Moon Alaskas are my favorites (Denali/Anchorage/Kenai, and Alaska)! Particularly outshines the ‘updated’ Fodor guide (the previous Fodor version was much better). We traveled with Moon last year to Hawaii, and had a wonderful experience as well! Thank you!!
Something To Talk About
Something To Talk About
This is one of my favorite movies overall - probably because of the horses. In my opinion, there are some problems...the child playing the daughter is not an actor but I am assuming she performed on horseback and that covers any other errors. She rode well (again, I assume she did the riding) and looked good in the saddle. I am not a fan of watching Julia Roberts play herself - she just doesn't have any range in her abilities. She's always the same character. But the rest of the cast carried the movie...overall, a fun movie to watch even if I do wish Roberts had not been cast. Quaid was adequate but the same character as in a few of his other movies...Undercover Blues comes to mind. The rest of the cast - great; storyline - good; scenery - fabulous countryside and who doesn't like watching beautiful animals...
JELE Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch(2020),Premium Soft Liquid Silicone Rubber Full-Body Protective Anti-Scratch Shockproof Bumper Case (Stone)
JELE Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch(2020),Premium Soft Liquid Silicone Rubber Full-Body Protective Anti-Scratch Shockproof Bumper Case (Stone)
It’s really nice. Sturdy Premium feel. Soft silicon outer shell and it has a cloth or felt like liner which keeps dirt and dust of the phone. Doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Gives a little lip to the screen which will result in most drops never touching the screen or phone. This feels like something Apple would have made. No one likes having to put their gorgeous phone in a case but this is the best thing you can do to protect your 1300+ dollar investment. My friend pay 50+ bucks for the Apple version. Except for the stamp on they back I challenge anyone to tell the difference. Save yourself 45 bucks. Get this perfect copy.

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