Priscilla Clark

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SQL Server: Learn SQL Server in 1 Day
SQL Server: Learn SQL Server in 1 Day
SQL Server: Learn SQL Server in 1 Day by Krishna Rungta. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Chessmen of Mars: The Barsoom Series 5
The Chessmen of Mars: The Barsoom Series 5
The Chessmen of Mars: The Barsoom Series 5 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur Vincet, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 194 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Eyes of the Dragon: A Novel
The Eyes of the Dragon: A Novel
The Eyes of the Dragon: A Novel by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1175 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, Craig Wasson, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1987 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Mission Python: Code a Space Adventure Game!
Mission Python: Code a Space Adventure Game!
Mission Python: Code a Space Adventure Game! by Sean McManus. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Programming Python
Programming Python
Programming Python by Mark Lutz. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance
Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance
Okay--I'm going to start by saying that this book makes me a bit angry.

And it's not for the reasons you may think: it's because this is SUCH an important book, and it's not being taught to the masses, and heralded in schools (well, of COURSE not, as they are as Jain puts it, 'too invested in the status quo' to have a book as innovative as this in their system).

This book is literally having a billionaire/genius/philanthropist in your ear, letting you know where the world is going, how to capitalize on that and how we can ALL make this a better place for humanity.

It tells you what the future looks like. It's like the Wayne Gretzky quote about skating to where the puck will be...yet the rest of mankind is happy going through life in a trance, content with incremental changes...without knowing about the tsunami of massive change that is already happening all around us.

As impressive as this book is in telling us what will happen and how life will change, the most important aspect of the book is that the reader gets a glimpse into HOW the mind of Naveen Jain works. He is, without a doubt, the most optimistic, positive, possibility-oriented person I've ever experienced--

And this book is like a roadmap to that mind.

It lets us know not what to think, but the possibilities of HOW to think.

It's amazing, it's groundbreaking, and as dense as society is right now, I don't think the brilliance of this book will be discovered until many years later. It's almost too much to handle, as the folks in mainstream media, more concerned with who is marrying who, and what somebody said about someone else can't get their collective minds around such important ideas.

Thank you, Naveen for writing such an important book.

P.S. The picture is an example of how I've marked up and highlighted this book. It's amazing. It's the textbook to the future.

P.P.S. I got the Audible and hardback versions, so I can listen, then go back and take notes. It's that impactful.
George Washington Colonial Boys Costume Set with Wig and Hat for Halloween Dress Up Party
George Washington Colonial Boys Costume Set with Wig and Hat for Halloween Dress Up Party
I used the measurements and the extra large was perfect for my 10 year old grandson. He's a husky fellow and the costume fit him just right with just the exception of the blue coat jacket which fits.. but I can tell is a tad on the snug side for him. I was very pleased with the quality of the costume as were my grandson and both his parents. There's quality with each piece of the costume and I was very happy about that and the amount of pieces that complete the look. Very well worth the money. :) I did do some light ironing to get the wrinkles out from the time it spent in packaging. He's got a report on George Washington in school where he has to recite it in costume. His face lit up when I showed him the outfit and he wasted no time trying it on and showing us how he'll look as George. We all loved it. I'm eager to hear how his book report will go.
George Washington Is Cash Money: A No-Bullshit Guide to the United Myths of America
George Washington Is Cash Money: A No-Bullshit Guide to the United Myths of America
I love this look at American history. O'Brien has a very sophisticated sense of irony plus a delicious depth of knowledge. Great U.S. history of economics and the underbelly of how the USA functions. I have recommended it to my high school students even though it has 'language' included. (Ha!As if teens have not heard all of this talk before.) But they enjoy reading it and I am grateful to find a version of US history which engages them on so many levels. O'Brien does not fool around. He knows his stuff and lays it out in the most engaging ways. For my money this is the best version of the US history as viewed in the hit Broadway musical 'Hamilton' this side of 42nd Street! Read it!
Java Software Structures: Designing and Using Data Structures (4th Edition)
Java Software Structures: Designing and Using Data Structures (4th Edition)
The book is reasonably well put together and follows an understandable format. I have used the previous book in this series as well for programming I and II.

The course that I am using this book for is not well aligned with what the book contains. I find myself getting basic concepts from the book and having to do research on the web to actually be able to do the homework, quizzes and tests. This is a bit frustrating as the book is expensive and I could have done the course without the book and using the web for all the needed information.

As a side note, the 3rd edition does not seem that much different than the 4th edition. the 3rd edition is cheap.
BESTEK 1000W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with Digital LCD Display 4.2A Dual USB Charging Ports
BESTEK 1000W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with Digital LCD Display 4.2A Dual USB Charging Ports
I have so many thoughts on this inverter, where do i start?
I paid $138.99 in December 2019.
first off it does work and yes it puts out the clean pure sine wave power.
I first bought the Bestek 300 watt pure sine wave inverter and liked it so much that i bought this unit when it came out & only had a few reviews because i had faith in the brand.
I saw power out put as rated by my Kilo-watt meter read as low as 102 volts with a heat gun loaded up 950 watts and as high as 117.5 volts with just about no load, the meter showed 59.9 hertz most all the time with occasionally reading 59.8 and only a few times did it read 60 hertz even
Pro's and con's! here we go
Pro's
it has powered everything i wanted it to and more, my kitchen LG refrigerator (4yrs old) & garage fridge (13 yr old old style compressor type high load starting) a 6yr old HE front load washing machine & my house furnace, yes the home furnace! i rewired the furnace by removing the Romex and wiring a 12 gauge heavy duty grounded plug as its input then wiring the Romex into a standard plug the the heater can plug into.
My furnace is a high efficiency 90%+ variable speed natural gas furnace that uses about 500 watts on the low and 1200 watts max on the high heat setting. i powered up the furnace and let it run two heat cycles of 15+ minutes each in the low setting over a 45 minute timeline and the little Bestek worked great.
the inverters fan would vary its speed with the load, but i never even felt hot air came out.
USB ports have power with the unit powered off but of course hooked up to a battery.
Battery power input listed on the front does seem real accurate.
The output wattage also seems to read correctly accordingly to my Kilo-meter.
this even powered up the old garage refrigerator that takes at least 1070 watt load to start it, once it did i ran that fridge for over a hour, on another day i ran my kitchen fridge for 4 1/2 hours with no problems from a fully charged Interstate marine deep cycle battery.
Con's
The fan runs as soon as you power up the inverter even with no load applied (unneeded power use).
The little green power button light seems like it is only 1/3 lit, so its a little hard to see.
The power output that it list is it's putting out 115 volts but that does not reflect the real voltage output.
The supplied power cables are really short but they worked fine with out getting even warm for me.
The 4 fuse's it uses are a ATO (automotive style) fuse rated at 50 amps each, and i have never seen that high of amperage in that style of fuse and i worry i would have trouble getting replacements locally (luckily it does come with 4 extra's).
There are no mounting legs or tabs of metal sticking out to allow you to mount this inverter to a solid surface.

In all reality I'd really give this 4.5 stars if possible, but i think i can trust this unit as a I have run it a good amount testing it out over the last month, i ran it hard & in case it failed i was going to return it but it passed for me.

sorry for the rambling review as i dont give many but for a product that i do like and was worried about its worth my time and hope it helps you.
Jordan Air III (3) Retro TH SP
Jordan Air III (3) Retro TH SP
Aye man, these shoes be looking wayyyyy to good on god... I really recommend it since its a beautiful contrast. If you've never worn Retros III before then you should know that they are as comfy as it can get for a shoe.... The shoe is true to its size and as an extra it brings 2 zip-lock bags with lases, 1 red and 1 grey.... I really recommend the red lases it totally kills it 👌🏼. If y'all got the money buy it and give it a shot, you wont be disappointed.
Captain America: Dark Designs
Captain America: Dark Designs
Iv been a fan of captain America for a while now but honestly, I have rarely to never ever found a captain America exclusive story that I can say I actually like or loved other than events(Most of his exclusive stories tend to be luke warm for me). Having said that, this to me was a phenomenal story and is going down as one of the best novels iv ever read before. It was so compeling in the sense that rather that it be a casual superhero saving the day cliché, its about the fact that a hero has to deal with the fact that he is carrying an extinction level virus in his body while still remaining healthy yet must bare the burden of being quarantined to the point of being stripped of any active duty given the danger he presents the world to the point where he must sadly have to come to terms with the fact that he of all people.....will have to be placed back in ice for at least another 20 years or so.

I loved this series and if you are captain America fan you will especially love but if not, you will still love and cant praise stefan petrucha enough for finally giving me a captain America arc/story that is the best CAPTAIN AMERICA story/arc that I have ever read before.
Comic Book Men
Comic Book Men
This is a fun show that is clearly lovingly produced by comic fans. If you're new to Kevin Smith, he's been in and around the business for a long time. He got his start as an indie movie director by selling his beloved comic collection, made it big, then bought his local store after the success of his first movie.

Each episode starts with Kevin and staff in a radio-like setting where they introduce the events at the store and talk about what went on. Scenes in the store typically features discussions about comics, i.e. "what super power would you want and why?" and typically has a pretty fun or comedic answers from the cast. There are also frequent cameos by artists, actors, directors, and more as well as memorabilia and comics coming in the store where a Pawn Stars-esq interaction takes place.

The age range skews more towards those born in the 1970s imo, but as a 1980s kid I knew about most of the stuff they talked about. I'm mainly referring to the toys that came out in the 70s-80s that many won't recognize and in fact some will likely laugh at how the cast fanboys over the items. But this show, as I imagine the comic shop, is a place free of judgement except when it comes to Ming, haha. Overall, this is an enjoyable watch for comic book, toy, and movie fans alike. 8/10.
All or Nothing
All or Nothing
If you want to watch full games and film go to NFL Gamepass. The show is rated Mature. I am tired of all these people who want their children to enjoy a product put out for mature people and give bad reviews because of it, not helpful. Let them watch cartoons or something. And if you wanted this to be a documentary on the concussions of the Arizona Cardinals, sorry to disappoint, there is other things out there for that.
Now if you want to see what a full season and postseason is like for a team in the NFL (not just meaningless preseason games) this is it right here... You can feel the heartbreak, the victories, the pain of the players. It gives you another perspective of what the game means to a lot of people. It also allows you to see deeper into who these players are, some people complain about the cookie baking, cooking, and changing diapers, well I say we get enough of the bad apples on the news and everyone is all over these guys when they screw up, it feels nice to see that they are real men, with real families, and a lot of heart.
As a die hard Cardinals fan:
I love this team, and I really wish Larry gets his ring. No man deserves it more than him in the NFL.
Angry Video Game Nerd
Angry Video Game Nerd
As a big fan of AVGN who has missed out on the previously-released DVDs, I was glad I waited and was able to get this collection on Blu-Ray!

Let me just get some technical stuff out of the way right up front since it is important: While this is a Blu-Ray disc, the content is all in 480i Standard Definition. These are not HD, they're not even standard DVD quality (480p). They're also presented in "Full Screen" (4:3, black bars on the sides). It's not until the very final episode that the video format was switched to widescreen (16:9) and 720p.
The discs are region free according to the boxart. There are individual chapters for each episode and a play all option. There are no subtitles on the disc.
The reason these are on a Blu-Ray disc is that they can hold so much space. Disc 1 has 19 hours of episodes on it! Also keep in mind these were filmed for the web years ago in standard definition, so there is no HD version of a lot of this content.
The set comes on 2 pressed Blu-Ray discs (not BD-R's)

The Blu-Ray itself boots up instantly to the menu.
No waiting through company logos, just right to the menu screen. Awesome.
Options on the main menu are Play-All, Episode Select (8 per screen -- I wish they would have upped this number as you need to scroll through pages and pages to get to the later episodes) and Commentaries.

As of this review, there are 137 episodes of AVGN -- this Blu-Ray contains the first 100. I believe this is the first 6 or so previously-released DVDs combined onto a blu-ray set. There are a few more recent volumes out there and I hope they later get combined into a 2nd Blu-Ray set since the quality is higher. Maybe a new set containing episodes 101-150? I'd love to see it.

CONTENT: If you're looking at this set, you know who the Angry VideoGame Nerd is. This is the same content online, just packed onto a Blu-Ray set and loaded with extras.

CHANGES: Some content has been removed (for legal purposes?) -- games that previously had movie footage (such as AVGN #6: Back to the Future) have the movie footage removed. It's pretty seamless, but the review is more entertaining/flows better with the footage in-place.

VIDEO: As mentioned, episodes 1-99 are in 480i, episode 100 is in 720p. These are typically lower-budget DVD quality, but that's exactly how these were filmed. The video quality (especially on the early episodes) are higher-quality than the same videos on youtube. Game footage if where you notice issues the most -- these appear to be recorded on VHS, transferred to a computer for editing and then produced for the web. I won't mark the set down for these issues as that's how they're filmed and it's the best they've looked. Just don't go in expecting a Blu-Ray looking set.
Some of the extras are also in 720p (disc 2) but the quality seems to be high-compressed for online rather than a disc, so the quality still isn't too great.

Extras:
Disc 1 contains 5 commentaries:
AVGN #24 (Spider-Man), #31 (Bugs Bunnys Birthday Blowout), #87 (Ninja Gaiden), #92 (Game-Glitches) and #100 (R.O.B. the Robot)

Disc 2 is loaded with special features. I've heard there are 7 hours worth and I believe that. The "Special Features" option has 6 pages of extras
Some of these are a little weird like the "Piece of Meat" britney spears music video cover with AVGN cameos ;)
Unfortunately there is no Play-All option on the extras. You can only view 1 extra at a time before it takes you back to the main menu and you need to navigate through the 6 pages of extras to find where you left off.
Hey James! You know what's BS? When a Blu-Ray disc is loaded with a hundred extras and you have to go through the list after each one to find the next one!

Also on disc 2 are a set of outtakes (19 of them, WITH a play-all option) - these run about an hour and 20 minutes total.

OVERALL: If you own the earlier DVD sets, you don't really need this unless you want all of the content on 1 disc. As far as I can tell, this content is all from the first 6 DVDs with no new extras added. Quality is also the same (except for a couple of the 720p pieces). The big benefit here is to get this set as a collection. 1 disc, 19 hours of AVGN.. and then another disc full of extras. Hard to go wrong with that. For that, I give it 5 stars.
The quality is iffy but it's also the best these have ever looked, so I can't blame them for that. It makes sense to load up a Blu-Ray (50GB) with content when a DVD is so limited (4.5 to 9GB).

As a big fan of the series who missed the earlier DVD Releases, I'm glad to have this. I wish they would've gone past episode 100 with this (since those are out on home-video) but I won't fault them for it. 100 episodes is a nice round number.
John Wick
John Wick
I'm not a big fan of over-the-top action movies. I was a police officer for 7 years, and I've been in a lot of fights and dangerous situations. Most of the movies I see are so fake, they're hard to watch. When you watch John Wick, you'll see the main character wrestling with foes to get their guns away, running out of bullets mid-fight and having to reload, and most fights end up on the ground, just like they do in real life. When he suffocates someone, it takes them a while to die, and the actors struggle for their lives in a believable way. It's all-around good acting from the main cast and everyone that's just there to get the body count higher. The stories in John Wick and John Wick 2 are great. In the first, John Wick tries to retire from his assassin career after his wife dies of an illness. She gives him a dog so he can love something when she's gone, and he finds a way to have hope through his relationship with the animal. That is until someone breaks into his house to steal his car and kills the dog, causing him to get back into his old ways to get revenge. It's a believable setup and the love and loss of his wife and then dog are heart-wrenching. There is a main set-piece that deserves special mention as well: the Continental Hotel. It's run by the shady element John Wick comes from, and is filled with people like him, but there's one special rule to the place, that no "business" can be conducted on the premises. This makes the hotel a sort of sacred ground and gives it its own life, as it features prominently in both the first and second movie. What also makes the world of the John Wick movies feel real are the use of gold token coins. John has a lot of them, and they're accepted as currency in different places and by different people. When he pays someone in a coin, it makes the world feel like it has existed long before we see it, that the ecosystem didn't just start when the viewer arrived to see it like some movies do.

The second movie's plot involves John Wick having to repay a debt he owes someone from when he first started his career. This forces him out of retirement until his debt is paid. The plot of the second movie isn't as motivating as the first, but the action is even better. There are more fight scenes, and the quality and duration is higher. The gunplay in both of these movies is outstanding. John Wick has supernatural aim with weapons, and it's not like other action movies where the heroes spray bullets everywhere and no one can ever hit what they're aiming at. Keanu moves like a police officer or a soldier, always aiming down sights and prepared for what is coming around the corner. He shoots people in the foot or chest to cause them to drop their guards so he can finish them off with a headshot. He's also not a "good guy", so he kills the people that are trying to kill him without a second thought. I often watch movies where the hero lets the bad guy go and regrets it later. This would never happen with John Wick, and I appreciate him more for that.

I rented the John Wick movies at Redbox, and after I had returned them I found myself thinking about the action sequences again and again. I had to buy them to add them to my collection, and they were just as good during the second and third viewings. They've topped my list of favorite action movies, and I recommend them to anyone who likes expert gun-fighting scenarios without being unrealistic or over-the-top with gore and explosions. I recommend both movies. You don't need to see the first to appreciate the second, but you really should see both as they're that good. Eleven out of five stars if I could.
UR by Usher for Men, Eau De Toilette Spray, 3.4-Ounce
UR by Usher for Men, Eau De Toilette Spray, 3.4-Ounce
I had a issue with the 1st bottle I received but I don’t think it had anything to do with the company I ordered it from. I feel like it was USPS error. I reached out to the company and they did not hesitate to send a replacement. Will order again from them. The cologne smells great! I brought this as a gift and was solely going off reviews because I have never smelt this before. Two thumbs up!
One Piece: Ace's Story, Vol. 2: New World (2) (One Piece Novels)
One Piece: Ace's Story, Vol. 2: New World (2) (One Piece Novels)
A premissa é a mesma do volume 2 é a mesma do volume 1: são descritos em detalhes os eventos da trajetória do Ace. Eventos esses já conhecidos do leitor de One Piece, sendo a maioria deles mencionada de passagem quando do flashback do Ace no mangá.

O volume 1 tenta apresentar os eventos acontecidos na primeira metade da Grand Line e o volume 2 os acontecidos quando Ace entra no Novo Mundo.

No caso, achei o volume 2 muito mais bem escrito, entrando em detalhes, descrevendo cenários e cenas de um jeito que não estava presente no volume 1.

Logicamente, a leitura dos dois volumes é importante para entender ainda mais o mundo de One Piece, mas o volume 2 é muito mais prazeroso de se ler.
The Sky-Liners: The Sacketts, Book 11
The Sky-Liners: The Sacketts, Book 11
I was glad to (temporarily) leave William Tell Sackett behind but wasn't impressed with Flagan or Galloway either. And, as for Judith... don't get me started. She's the typical snot-nosed teen who wises up toward the end, but she doesn't feel solid or consistent. She starts out spoiled - I was reminded of Orrin's ex, Laura - until she sees Black Fetchen for what he is and comes to her senses; then, Judith becomes this meek, subservient creature proclaiming her love for Flagan. The romance is weak, there's no courtship and little interaction between her and her love, so I didn't buy it. And, because Judith reminded me of Laura, I expected her to be a turncoat, playing the Sacketts for Fetchen's advantage but the story isn't even strong enough to support that plot - ultimately, Judith fades into the background, just another love interest of the Sackett fellas. L'Amour missed an opportunity to give us a strong-female character.

This story is action-packed, especially toward the end. But, I'm still wondering about the horses. Flagan and Galloway are hired to escort Judith and several horses cross-country to Colorado. But the horses are stolen, along with some cows from a traveling cowpoke, and the Sackett boys go off chasing the cows and we never learn what happens to the horses. Nobody - not even Judith or her father, the owners of said horses - ever brings up their missing stock. I was probably supposed to assume that the horses became the horses that Fetchen and his gang rode but I chose to imagine the horses breaking free during one of the battle-scenes, running wild across the plains until some Lakota men (led by Michael and Eddie Spears, haha) rounds them up and rides off into the sunset (but feel free to go your own way with your own imaginings because L'Amour certainly didn't fill in the holes).

In short, the inconsistencies made it difficult for me to suspend my disbelief for this book.
Louis L'Amour's Trio of Tales
Louis L'Amour's Trio of Tales
TAKE THE STAGECOACH INTO DEADWOOD WITH RANGER CHICK BOWDRIE TO BRING A NOTORIOUS KILLER BACK TO TEXAS - AND JUSTICE. When he meets a beautiful young woman convinced Curly Starr can clear her brother's name, Bowdrie agrees to help. But first he must elude the rest of Starr's gang who wait for the legendary lawman and his prisoner to leave town - so they can kill them both.
The People of the River
The People of the River
This is a book from an older time, an older time that has plenty of racism, classism, "white man's burden", and colonialism.

All that being said, it's a pretty entertaining read. Sanders is a British authority in colonial Africa who actually tries to work with his subjects as individuals (although he never forgets or allows them to forget that they are definitely subjects and inferiors). Wallace has some entertaining turns of phrase and a very readable style (it helps if you're into reading older stuff):

"Bosambo he trusted in all big things, though in the matter of goods movable and goods convertible he had no such confidence."

The Open Road/MysteriousPress.com edition is quite nicely done, including a bio and other works by the author. There are a few errors that seem to be left over from a scanned-in edition, but overall it is definitely worth getting.
The Tristan Betrayal
The Tristan Betrayal
Although I gather the actual genesis of this work is a bit foggy, the story is very much in the Ludlum style – more cerebral than physical, typical of early Ludlum, it weaves in the characters as old-friends or interminable nemesis’s, rather than mere adrenalin-laced contestants cavorting for an audience; as now seems the standard for the contemporary thriller genre. Interestingly, for some reason the dominating Moscow setting and story line left me feeling like I was reading a bit of a sequel to Alisa Rosenbaum’s, “We The Living.” There is enough action to engage all but the most jaded adrenalin-junkie, but it is the Ludlem-esque mental twists and turns that set it apart, and that also made the end of the book a saddening affair for having to say goodbye to (by then) old friends.
Season of the Machete
Season of the Machete
I've been a massive fan of James Patterson's books for quite a few years now and have read a lot (most) of his 43(!) novels that he has written since he first started in 1976, so I thought I'd go back to some of his earlier work that (with the help of Amazon) I have been able to get my hands on.

'Season of the Machete' is Patterson's second novel and is mainly based on the tropical island of San Dominica where a series of brutal machete murders are happening each day by two hired killers, Damien and Carrie Rose. During one of the first murders, Peter MacDonald sees Damien committing one of the murders and is then forced to be on the run with his girlfriend to keep out of reach of the Roses.

For an early book this isn't too bad but it doesn't come close to the quality of some of Patterson's more recent books like the Alex Cross or The Women's Murder Club series. There are also a lot of inconcistancies in the storyline, for example the murder that happens in the prologue is dated 1980 but in Chapter Four it is 1979? It also feels like Patterson had a lot of ideas and just clumped them all together as at some points (especially at the start) there is so much going on that it is quite hard to follow the story.

Overall this is a quick and easy(ish) read that has a couple of decent plot twists and is full of action and murder. It's not quite the quality I'd expect from Patterson, but it is a very early novel, so it can be forgiven. I'd only really recommend this book to really big fans of Patterson as there are much better crime thrillers out there to choose from (many of them by Patterson himself).
DAN BROWN — SERIES READING ORDER (SERIES LIST) — IN ORDER: ANGELS & DEMONS, THE DA VINCI CODE, THE LOST SYMBOL, INFERNO, DIGITAL FORTRESS & THE DECEPTION POINT!
DAN BROWN — SERIES READING ORDER (SERIES LIST) — IN ORDER: ANGELS & DEMONS, THE DA VINCI CODE, THE LOST SYMBOL, INFERNO, DIGITAL FORTRESS & THE DECEPTION POINT!
My Amazon Unlimited reading subscription and the Kindle have revived my love of reading and following the Robert Langdon/DaVinci Code series in both movie and print. If you like the movies then you must read the books as there is so much more to the stories that the time constraints of movies won't allow for. So by all means get the books.
The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #14: Baby-Sitters Club in the U.S.A.
The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #14: Baby-Sitters Club in the U.S.A.
This is one of the best Baby-sitters Club Super Specials. Here's what happens:
Dawn's dad decides to take her and brother, Jeff, on a cross-country RV trip. Watson (Kristy's stepdad) decides that that is cool, so he rents an RV. Both dads say that they'll let any members of the Baby-sitters Club that want to come along, come along.
Watson's RV goes south, and Mr. Schafer's goes north. They both end up in California at Dawn's house. Here's their destinations:
Kristy- all the major baseball parks
Mary Anne- to visit her grandma (sees her at Mall of America)
Claudia- a museum
Stacey- to see Ethan in Seattle
Dawn- a ghost town
Mallory- Chinocteague
Jessi- to see her grandparents
Abby- Graceland
Like I said, this is a really great book!
God Flowers - Volume # [In Japanese Language]
God Flowers - Volume # [In Japanese Language]
長い話である。

言わずも知れたNHK大河ドラマの原作だが、ただ大河はこの作品に加え、吉田松陰の「世に棲む日々」や河井継之助の「峠」などを加えてドラマ化してある。「花神」も「世にー」も決して短くない作品だが、ストーリー部分よりもいわゆる「余談だが…」の部分が(とくに花神では)多い為、村田蔵六の生涯では大河の1年間が心もとなかったのだろう。つまり全体では長州藩(のち明治新政府)の軍師、大村益次郎の生涯をなぞりつつも、”余話として”例えば幕末の蘭学史(医学史ともいえる)や、思想史としての攘夷論、また長州藩激動史など他にも目いっぱいが、エッセイとして、または論説文として盛り込まれている。ほんとに枚数にすれば全体のほぼ半分がそれに該当しているかもしれない。だから、世に出た大村益次郎の伝記を読みたければ、同じ作者の短編「鬼謀の人」でじゅうぶんこと足るのだ。

しかしこの余談部分が意外に面白い。とくに幕末から維新の激動史の中でいろんな発見をした。
まず武家時代最後の帝、孝明帝が実は佐幕派であった事はまったく意外だった。また新政府軍(官軍)は薩長を中心とした寄り合い所帯で、その二藩以外はあまりやる気がなく、いつでも翻意転向するつもりであったことなど、まったく思いも依らなかった。僕らの認識は、鳥羽伏見以降、いわゆる錦旗の許、官軍の猛烈な総攻撃が始まる、とばかり思っていたからだ。

また余話以外”お話”の部分も、他の幕末志士譚のような悲壮感や暗さがない。もともと司馬さんは明るく滑稽な小説を書くが、ことにこの村田蔵六には強い思い入れがあるのか、史実とは別に、まるで諧謔の人のように描かれている。この小説のテーマは”技術”であると著者は断っているが、蔵六が夜半、二人きりでシーボルト・イネを前にして、懸命に自制しているとき、ふと科学的に自己分析するくだりがあるが、ほんとに作家が楽しんでいるさまが伺える。またそのイネも、これでもかというくらい妖艶に描かれていて、これは大河の浅丘ルリ子にはなかった可憐さだ。僕としては上巻の、宇和島藩お雇い時代、嘉蔵とともに、日本初の蒸気船を発明するくだりで涙した。市井にある博識の底力と、それを封じ込める封建社会。嘉蔵をして「西洋なら大学の教授であったろうに」と、その愚かしい身分制度を慷慨する蔵六の、比類ない合理性と洞察力に大いに感動した。

数少ない理科系歴史ヒーローものでも出色の作品だと思う。
Ready for Romance (Bestselling Author Collection)
Ready for Romance (Bestselling Author Collection)
I was stunned when I read that this book was written in 2013. Everything in it smacked of a story line at least 30 years old.

One of the biggest laughs comes from fashion related items. ●Getting ready for a BBQ, "... she found a long denim skirt, a red shirt decorated with RAINBOW-colored fringe sewn about the yoke and white cowboy boots. A white silk scarf tied around her neck lent a touch of elegance". ● "Cathy, who tended to dress like a character in a sci-fi movie had also said she looked great. ●"Cathy looked striking in her pants which were black with huge white dots, and MULTICOLORED STRIPED SUSPENDERS." Gak!

Then there is the riveting dialogue. ●"I found that my yen to whistle was the one thing that Dad wouldn't tolerate, either." ●"Were you about to tell me you loved me?" "Yes, you imbecile! What do I have to do -- hit you over the head?"

Clearly, with 170 million books published, I am in the minority. It seems that the desire to have a "clean" romance outweighs the need for originality.

Haters, don't hate. I would just suggest that some people might want to read the sample before purchasing this book.
Clifford’s Bedtime Story
Clifford’s Bedtime Story
It's a cute book and cute story, but it is exactly this type of crap story line that I try to avoid for my kid. It's supposed to be cute, but it is really very sexist (literally, 'a girl' who they don't give a name to is trapped in a castle and under guard from a 'knight' who Clifford beats and saves 'the girl' thus becoming her 'hero'). When we read this story to my kid, we change the words of Clifford's dream to be less awful. My kid LOVES the story and LOVES 'Big Doggie'. We've been 'reading' this book every day, multiple times a day, for probably 4 months now (he's 22 months old). Still one of his favorites!!
Baoh, Vol. 1
Baoh, Vol. 1
It was good to read and see more in the book of Volume 1 and 2 than what I have saw from watching the DVD. It's too bad the animation didn't have everything like the books, but than how would they sell, right?
The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour
Set primarily in New Orleans, this is a very atmospheric read. Of all the places in the US that I wouldn't mind visiting it is probably that city and this book plays no small part in it. Primarily about Rowan Mayfair, a neurosurgeon in San Francisco who was adopted at birth and starts to find out about her birth family after the death of her adoptive parents, and Michael Curry, a period house restorer who after a near death experience begins an interaction with Rowan and her Mayfair family.

I don't think I would call this a horror novel, nothing particularly scary happens but it does build a rich atmosphere of danger, little and large hints that things are not quite right with the Mayfair family. Our two main characters are both fairly well drawn though there is more than a hint of Mary/Gary Stu about them. Both beautiful and rich and well educated with impeccable taste etc. The real selling point of this book is the history of the Mayfair family. I'd say a good third of this very large book is basically a written record of it, with some flashbacks thrown in as well. Some might find it boring but I thought it was the best bit. Anne Rice really invokes a sense of different times and places as the earliest bits go back to the seventeenth century. The ending felt somewhat rushed though which is surprising considering the length of the story. It also leaves on a bit of cliffhanger which I dislike.

Be warned there is quite a lot of explicit sex scenes in the book, as well as references to rape and incest so if you dislike that probably stay away. However by and large I really enjoyed this, I was totally caught up in the story and seduced by the lifestyle portrayed. It is fairly melodramatic and overly long but in the right moment, as I was, this is a great read.

PS If there is an organisation called The Talamasca, I would like to join, thanks.
Das Glasperlenspiel (German Edition)
Das Glasperlenspiel (German Edition)
I liked the story, but I found the audiobook production grating. The story is narrated by several different voices to match Hesse's writing style. One of the narrators has a weak and uneven voice (nearly inaudible at times), making for unpleasant listening. Transitions from male to female narrators are spectacularly jarring. You'll constantly have a hand on the volume dial.

Worse, the narration is punctuated throughout by moody and discordant strains of piano. This isn't an uplifting story, but the harsh notes color the entire story with a deeply depressing slant.

Look for a less ambitious version. This production has values too high for its own good.
Mystery for Christmas and Other Stories: From Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
Mystery for Christmas and Other Stories: From Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
On a cold winter's night, if you'd like to read a charming short story by the fire and be taken back to a different time and a different place, then this is your book. Find out how and why someone would want to murder Santa. Find out why someone stole a child's favorite xmas teddy bear. Find out about the motive behind the New York xmas pickpockets. And find out the real meaning behind Christmas--and not what the fundamentalists would like you to believe. Anyway, take my word for it, this book has some excellent stories. After finishing it, I loaned it out to someone; I just hope they return it.
Harry Potter - Gryffindor Edition – Officially Licensed Silicone Smartwatch Band Compatible with Apple Watch, Fits 38mm, 40mm, 42mm and 44mm
Harry Potter - Gryffindor Edition – Officially Licensed Silicone Smartwatch Band Compatible with Apple Watch, Fits 38mm, 40mm, 42mm and 44mm
This band is awesome, it fits well, feels great and came super quick. The app for the faces is easy to use and the band came with a QR code that unlocked around 40 different watch faces. They look great, and there were enough options I liked to be able to make a rotating watch face with the quidditch house logos. Their customer support was also very responsive when I encounter a glitch, would highly recommend!!
If You Could Be Anywhere
If You Could Be Anywhere
Upbeat, wonderful voice, English accent; what's not to like? It is not what anyone expected of the boy who played Draco Malfoy, that's for sure. But this is one of the songs that cheers me up when I'm having a rough day at work. BUY IT.
Flamingo Feather (The Collected works of Laurens van der Post)
Flamingo Feather (The Collected works of Laurens van der Post)
I retain a fondness for this old-fashioned book for its rich nostalgia which speaks to mine about growing up in Africa. This novel takes place in South Africa, using a real country and the framework of history to spin a personal and powerful tale veering off into historical fantasy that gives the audience a flavor of the land, its people and problems, enriching a suspenseful plot of politics and warfare. It's dated, the language archaic, the sensibilities also, especially concerning female characters, but not unrealistic for Africa in the fifties. The original publication date was 1955, but what the reader may perceive is a sensitivity to the original inhabitants of the land that for Laurens Van Der Post's time of writing, was truly unusual. This is one of the all too few works of fiction about Africa that evokes the splendid aweful presence and spirit of the country.
Christmas Chaos For The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog
Christmas Chaos For The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog
My 8year old son asked me to buy this for his book club at school. he really enjoyed the read and was lucky enough to meet the author. He was so excited to discuss the detail of this book. Would recommend.
Albus Dumbledore: Cinematic Guide (Harry Potter)
Albus Dumbledore: Cinematic Guide (Harry Potter)
It was fine, yet, nothing I did not already know. I would advise it for a perhaps younger, more ignorant audience. It doesn't go much into depth about this complicated character, but it covers the basics. However, with many poster pictures from the movies, and simple summary, it can be quite enjoyable in its own regard. (Note that it covers sections from all seven books/movies. So if one has not watched or read all seven, they should be aware that there may be spoilers.)
Silver Buffalo Harry Potter Movie 1-8 House Crests Tumbler Set, 4-Pack
Silver Buffalo Harry Potter Movie 1-8 House Crests Tumbler Set, 4-Pack
When I received these glasses I was super excited. I've been a Harry Potter Fan since the first book was released. Sadly when I opened the package all of the glasses were broken, some were completely shattered. There was absolutely no attempt to keep them safe in transit. I called Amazon and got a refund on a gift card with the intent of repurchasing (because I'm that obsessed with Harry Potter) until I noticed that the decals are just plastic stickers that come right off. Even without water!! Now I will not be reordering them and I wouldn't recommend anyone order them! If you do order them, be careful when you open the package or you may end up cutting your hand open
Righteous Kill: An edge-of-your-seat WW2 military thriller
Righteous Kill: An edge-of-your-seat WW2 military thriller
This book was so much better than I expected! The past few years have seen a slew of sub-standard Alternate History novels dealing with World War 2 on Amazon, most self-published and quite atrocious. This one was certainly an exception: Well written, good plot, professionally edited, and thoroughly enjoyable. And while certainly anti-Nazi, it was not "woke" in any way. It dealt with the serious issues in a realistic manner. A five-star effort in all respects except one.

The reason I'm taking off a star is this: I read it on a Kindle, and had to consult the built-in dictionary/Wikipedia/translator quite frequently. It was written in Commonwealth English, and some of the word choices were too "dialectal" for Americans. This also necessitated frequent use of the Kindle dictionary. In addition, there was far too much untranslated German, French, and Hebrew in the dialogue. I had to frequently consult the Kindle translator to understand the nuances of the conversations in French and German. The Kindle does not translate Hebrew, but most such dialogue was explained, or understandable in context. The glossary did deal with much of the Hebrew and military terms, but not enough, and not in-text, so it interrupted the flow of reading. I enjoy techno-thrillers, but this book's frequent use of full military names for guns, vehicles, and other equipment was probably too much in places. Just have a dictionary and internet available if you read this in paperback.

Overall, this was a GREAT story, and very enjoyable. I'll be looking for more from this author.
NECA Harry Potter Swedish Short Snout Dragon Plush
NECA Harry Potter Swedish Short Snout Dragon Plush
bought for a Harry Potter fan, they liked it and liked the thought but needed some explanation as to what dragon it was as it doesn't match the description in the books which is supposed to be blue. but oh well
Imagimake: Mapology India with State Capitals –Learn Indian States Along with Capital- Fun Jigsaw Puzzle – Educational Toy for Kids Above 5 Years
Imagimake: Mapology India with State Capitals –Learn Indian States Along with Capital- Fun Jigsaw Puzzle – Educational Toy for Kids Above 5 Years
Seller: THE BEST TOY COMPANY
Price: 379/-
Delivery: 3 days, Prime, Bangalore
Package: came in box pack, no damage
Returnable: Yes

The product is Map of India with all states (removable) and kids can learn to fit them in order.

♦ Material is strong, looks like sponge fiber
♦ Has unique holes to hold flag strong in each state
♦ All 23 states are removable, so it must be placed on floor or on a board (Can't lift)
♦ ~35 flags for all states, islands, etc
♦ Box's back side has India Map
♦ Very colorful and engaging

--> Important note, the Map has a hole in every state and I advice parents to teach how to insert the flag. My son almost damaged two states by forcefully inserting the flag into some other part. It is hard to notice

This is really a good product, ideal for kids from 4-8 years and helps them learn and feel the size of each state in comparison (For example the size of Tamil Nadu with Kerala) and parents can then teach them how big they are, what is special and what language they speak in each state.

Final words, a wonderful piece of product, helps you kids know more about Capital ,states and key towns of India. Don't even think just buy!

Hope this review is helpful, if so please consider liking it and help other buyers as well!. Thanks!
Collector Car Restoration Bible: Practical Techniques for Professional Results
Collector Car Restoration Bible: Practical Techniques for Professional Results
Most books on this topic are long on rhetoric, and short on detail. To an extent this book is just like the rest. Lots of glossy photos, and lots of gaps in the text. That said, this book is better than most - due purely to its length. The problem with most 'how to" books, is that the authors assume that the readers can mind-read - it's what makes VCR programming guides unintelligible. I have done some car restoration, but I wouldn't want to rely on this book [anymore than any others I've read] as a starting point for a restoration, if I were a complete amateur.
Some topics are adequately dealt with; but sadly, other important topics are glossed over.
Something Wicked This Way Comes: A Novel
Something Wicked This Way Comes: A Novel
I've been slowly making my way through a long list of books recommended by a librarian friend of mine. Next on the list was a book that can be filed under "famous story I've heard about, but never read". Many literary buffs consider this to be a classic, and with Halloween around the corner, I felt it was high time to read it for myself. The verdict? Well....I can see how this story was influential to many future writers and the horror/fantasy genre in general, and I respect it for that....but I also won't lie; if you're not used to an "old timey" writing style, this book can be a bit of a chore to get through.

Taking place at some point in the 1930's (or 40s I'm guessing), the book tells the tale of two young teenagers named Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway; two boys born on the cusp of Halloween, who also happen to live next door to each other, and are best friends to the point of being like brothers to one another. But one fateful October, a mysterious carnival rolls into town....a circus that only truly comes alive at night, with enchanted magic acts and rides, including a mirror maze one can literally get lost in, and a carousel that can make someone grow older or younger depending on if they ride it forwards or backwards. Fearless and adventurous Jim is instantly enamored with this funhouse of horrors, while the more quiet and reserved Will remains cautious.....especially when it soon becomes clear that there's a sinister, evil force using the carnival as a way to harvest souls. But with the help of Will's father, Charles, these two friends might find a way to face their fears and save their souls....and learn what it truly means to live life to the fullest.

I can definitely see this story's influence on modern urban fantasy and horror. Many tropes that permeate throughout current horror movies all happen in this book. From a mysterious horrific force plaguing a small town community, to a group of teenagers trying to tell people about the monster(s) but no one will believe them, to the heroes doing some sort of historical research to figure out the mythology behind the urban legend, to figuring out some sort of clever loophole or trick to defeat the monster. Anyone who's a fan of slasher/monster/horror movies will probably be surprised to find that this book was one of the earliest examples of so many tropes we take for granted today.

Equally strong are the characters and the respective lessons they learn. I find it interesting how Jim and Will are polar opposites of each other, but get along so well to the point of being like brothers. Jim is headstrong and adventurous, but as such, he's the one most easily tempted by the carnival's false promises of making him an adult faster (via the age-changing carousel). But he eventually learns the hard way that even if he changed his age, he wouldn't be changed on the inside, and in real life, there are no shortcuts. And though Will is the far more well-behaved and cautious of the two, he very nearly gives in to his fears, and must learn how to be brave to save his friend. Even Will's father, Charles, goes through an arc---wishing that he were young again and to better connect to his son. But upon seeing how the evil carnival takes advantage of its victims' self-centered desires and ensnares them into becoming the circus' new freak show acts, Charles realizes that age doesn't matter if one focuses instead on the knowledge and affections gained with it.

Though, I'd argue that once Will's father gets more involved in the plot, he basically takes over the action and becomes the real main character. The book can be very slow moving at first; building in atmosphere and tension, but for me, the plot FINALLY kicked into high gear at the literal halfway mark once Mr. Halloway got swept up into the adventure and the trio finally buckled down to try and figure out the mystery behind the carnival and how to stop it. His speech to the boys about all the research he did, his theories about who Mr. Dark really is, and how to fight back against evil lasts a good three or four chapters and is easily my favorite part of the whole book.

My only real major problem is that the prose is TOO flowery. Make no mistake, Bradbury can sew together a scene like a tailor with clothes, and can describe emotions like no other--putting indescribable feelings into words.....but there comes a point where the descriptions become SO flowery and SO poetic that I had a hard time understanding what was even going on in a scene. (And I'm glad I'm not the only reviewer here who thinks so.) Oddly enough, I've read "The Martian Chronicles" and got through that just fine, so maybe Bradbury's writing style changed slightly over time? This probably just comes down to a matter of personal taste, but either way, if you're used to a more modern "to the point/workman style" way of reading and writing, be prepared to re-read some paragraphs two or three times.

In the end, this is a book that I respect more than I like. I recognize its status as a classic piece of literature, and any fan of the horror genre should give this a read through at least once. Just make sure you have a thesaurus and some patience.
Kailisen Playstation 3 Controller Charging Dock Charging Station 2 in 1 with LED Light Indicator Compatible for Playstation PS3/MOVE Controller, Black
Kailisen Playstation 3 Controller Charging Dock Charging Station 2 in 1 with LED Light Indicator Compatible for Playstation PS3/MOVE Controller, Black
This looks like a decent charger, however, the charging cable was broken when we received it. Bare wires showing so we couldn't even try to use it. Waste of money.

Update 5/5: we were sent a replacement. This charger only works with original controllers. It will not work with rounded controllers where the charging port is. It must be straight. We can't use this with the controllers we have.
Cadena de luces solares Mpow de 100 luces LED para exteriores. Resistente al agua. Para decoración de patios, jardines, puertas, fiestas, bodas, en Navidad (luz blanca cálida), 2 unidades, Paquete de 2, Blanco Warm
Cadena de luces solares Mpow de 100 luces LED para exteriores. Resistente al agua. Para decoración de patios, jardines, puertas, fiestas, bodas, en Navidad (luz blanca cálida), 2 unidades, Paquete de 2, Blanco Warm
I have owned these lights since October of 2017, and have enjoyed them in my backyard garden. In summary, I reported an annoying design flaw, they reported it to their engineers, they fixed it and then sent me replacements. The new sets work great! Over the course of ownership and interaction with the seller I have progressively increased my rating from 2 stars to 5 stars. I am very happy with these solar lights and highly recommend them!
See below for details:

Initial 2 star review from early 2018:
During several day stretches of clouds, especially in below freezing weather, these sets of lights will latch in an off state and require manually turning the power switch off and back on again for them to work. Annoying, as this happens about once per week in the winter and about once a month in the summer.

In an attempt to remedy the above problem, I replaced the 600ma-hour batteries with 2000ma-hour batteries, which run the lights much longer at night, but still did not solve the problem. I suspect that the issue is caused by too many days of clouds and cold bring the battery voltage so low that the controller locks up, requiring a power cycle to reset.

The manufacturer reported this issue to their factory and sent me a replacement pair to try out. For their good customer service I am increasing my rating from 2 stars to 3 stars.

Edit 9/19/18:
One year after my purchase, both original sets are still working. Each set does still occasionally need a power cycle to get them working again, which I have tolerated doing. Another noteworthy development is that the once clear epoxy resin covering the solar cells has turned an opaque yellow color. Despite this, the sets still run well throughout the night with the 2000ma-hour batteries that I upgraded to.

Edit 4/19/19:
I finally got around to putting in the replacement sets that the manufacturer provided me. After about 2 months of use, they have not caused me any trouble. I took apart the new sets to upgrade the batteries and noticed the the circuit boards are different, so this is a good sign that they changed something (hopefully for the better.) I posted a few pictures of my setup and increased my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars.

Edit 8/13/20:
The replacement lights are still working well after over a year of use. Increased my rating from 4 to 5 stars! Considering buying more of these for use in decorative lanterns.
The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition
The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition
In 2012, Dark Horse released the first edition of The Sky limited to 1000 copies. Many who pre-ordered were left sorely disappointed when their books did not ship when the shipping date went by. 1000 limited copies for fans of Final Fantasy, a game series that has over millions of fans. Now that's truly limited.

Well, it's all good now. Dark Horse has released, this time, a non-limited edition of The Sky that is more easily available. Although there are no additional goodies with this release.

This is a slipcase set with three hardcover books. The cardboard slipcase is covered with some silky fabric with a beautiful print across and to the back. It's very sturdy cardboard and even has a cover for the opening. The presentation is very nice.

Inside the book there are the three large format artbooks. Volume 1 collects works for FF I-III, Volume 2 for FF IV-VI and 3 for FF VII-X. This is a collection of artworks from 1987 to 2001. Altogether, there are 576 pages.

This box set might not be what you're expecting depending on the type of FF fan you are.

I suspect there might be a group of fans or designers looking for art that is closer to the games. You know, like those art-of books typically released alongside games? The Sky is not like those artbooks. There's no full list of characters or enemies, environment art (I'm still looking for these), weapons, vehicles or promotional art.

The focus in on character designer Yoshitaka Amano and his character designs. There are over hundreds of drawings of characters and enemies in the unique Amano style of art.

It really interesting to see, for the first few games, how those dot matrix game sprites are translated into or from the concept art. If you've not played the games, these designs will appear foreign. Even if you've played the games, they might still appear foreign because they can be wildly different from their video game form. Therein lies the brilliance of Amano, who can create such a huge cast of characters for the FF world.

The amount of content for each game varies. Book 2 is the thickest so you get a bulk of work from FF IV to VI. Book 3 is quite thin with only ten pages for FFVII. Much is of Cloud and Aeris, with occasional appearance of Sephiroth and RedXIII.

Not all characters or enemies drawn are labeled. It's a challenge to identify them sometimes.

Depending on where you buy it from, there might be additional weight surcharge. This box set is heavy. It ships with its own custom sized cardboard shipping box designed to prevent damage. That's the way to do it for an exquisite set.

You might know that there was an earlier book called 
Lorima Car Cup Holder Phone Mount - Adjustable Cupholder Cell Phone Holder for Smartphone iPhone 11 Pro/XR/Xs/XS Max/X/8/7Plus/Galaxy/Xperia/Samsung
Lorima Car Cup Holder Phone Mount - Adjustable Cupholder Cell Phone Holder for Smartphone iPhone 11 Pro/XR/Xs/XS Max/X/8/7Plus/Galaxy/Xperia/Samsung
I use a gooseneck phone holder in my camper van.
This time I ordered one for my 2nd daughter.
This is what she has to say:
Order came in promptly and well packaged.
Love,Love this cup holder!!!! I took back at least 2 other types to another well known store ( a window one with a sticky seal that I did buy on Amazon, another goose neck with window suction, and the air vent holder style) - hated them all for various reasons.
Hard to find a cup holder one and yes, you do lose the cup holder when using...........BUT, I only wanted for using Google Maps and when I use that app, I was putting my cell phone into the cup holder anyway and picking up when I needed to glance at map closer. What I love about this cup holder one is the profile is low, the bottom part that goes into cup holder is completely adjustable with a twist of a part of it while in the cup holder so you can easily get a perfect fit. Also like the button that opens the cell phone holder part- it doesn't just snap open but goes open as if it is electronically done, really neat. Easy to angle.
Everybody's car is different and the middle sections different so I can't vouch for it working in all cars.
My shift handle is in the middle and also the emergency brake handle, plus the 2 cup holders and works fine.
Double Din Car Stereo Android GPS Navigation,7 inch Car Multimedia Player Bluetooth SD USB AUX Input,Car Audio FM Radio,WiFi,Phone Mirror Link, Rear Camera,Support Steering Wheel Control
Double Din Car Stereo Android GPS Navigation,7 inch Car Multimedia Player Bluetooth SD USB AUX Input,Car Audio FM Radio,WiFi,Phone Mirror Link, Rear Camera,Support Steering Wheel Control
So I've installed this unit and halfway through the setting up everything the radio completely stopped working, WTF? Asked where the user manual was and was told by the seller to contact the salesman, wtf? They are salesman, geezes! Anyway, if I can't get it working by tomorrow, I'm yanking p.o.s. and re-installing my old unit. I installed stereos for crutchfield for 5 years and thought I'd give this brand a shot and we'll, the service has sucked, the radio now sucks and I'm done spending time and money wasting my time on crap that can't even be supported. Going back to what I know actually works like pioneer, bose, Kenwood, etc, etc, atleast they actually work and their service support is actually useful. Yes, you pay for that but atleast your not getting ripped off! So save your money for something that actually has a legit rep!
UPDATE 12/07/20: While driving to work, while trying to pair with my phone's bluetooth, my vehicle started sputtering and stalling. I shut down the radio and everything went back to normal. So I pulled into a gas station and ran this same scenario again so that if my vehicle completely stalled I wasn't in the road blocking traffic. I had the same result. The minute I tried pairing my phone and radio the truck started missing. So after work I removed the radio (honestly thinking I screwed up, I even had a Car Toys tech working with me to double check everything) and I was relieved to find my wiring of the radio was spot on. All my connections were soldered and heat shrinked correctly and after a close examination of the unit by Car Toys it was determined that an interior component of this product was shorting out. I'm still waiting for a response from this seller to my questions about a manual but since they have been Less than obliging to tell me where to get a manual I've decided to call it a hard lesson learned! Don't waste your money. I'm super pissed at this seller and they probably should stay away from Texas. I have purchased a new stereo and will have everything going soon but so far everything has checked good! I have 2005 Dodge Ram that's been my pride and joy and the thought I put this piece of garbage in it pisses me in off. it pisses me off even more that sellers like this are allowed to mislead people on Amazon! I don't want a refund, I want amazon to do the right thing, screw the money, I just wish amazon would man the hell up and ban fraudulent crap like this!

UPDATED 12/09/20: Stereo was removed and a full diagnostic check was done to determine what damage if any was done to the factory computer after it was found that the stereo was sending a signal to the truck's computer to shut off, WTF? I've looked over the wiring diagram again and I question it's legitimacy now. I noticed it before but as any experienced tech can tell you spelling mistakes happen but on the diagram the wire labeled "PACK", I discerned as meaning "BACK", meaning "

Sketchiest things I got a sketchy ass wiring diagram but no user manual and not service support! Nothing notta! You have to flip the diagram around to figure out what goes where when connecting the wiring harness. Just one more sketchy as hell thing.

I will not say what it cost to find out if computer was damaged here but if you send me a message I will let you know, it wasn't cheap even though I have connections for discount, 10 percent is still only 10 percent and that cost hurt like hell financially!
Instant Pot 110-0033-01 3Qt Star Wars Duo Mini 3-Qt. Pressure Cooker, White-BB-8
Instant Pot 110-0033-01 3Qt Star Wars Duo Mini 3-Qt. Pressure Cooker, White-BB-8
I honestly love many things about this. There are tons of free recipes online for paleo~ plant based-keto, whatever your preferences are. it makes food fast~ and I save money as there are left overs for lunch etc. It does take some practice to get the timing of say meat- then opening and putting veggies in.Im sure in time Ill find a couple of tried and true easy one pot meals where I don't have to open and the restart. It also takes about 10 extra minute to pressurize before it begins the cooking time~ so if you come home at 5:15~ then prep and cut or brown for 20 minutes~ then put everything in the pot~ the have to reopen to place in veggies~ then reseal~ then wait to depressurize... you really arendt saving ton of time (depending on what you're cooking). Like you're eating around 7... So its good to have a plan and be able to start the process early. Also, if you're doing roast and potatoes I prefer to brown ingredients in cast iron skillet first~ so it does take more time on depending on personal preferences. Perfect machine for quiet saturday or Sunday afternoons for an easy dinner. Honestly it makes the most tender and delicious roasts... like just as good as Ive had out for dinner anywhere. Also, it takes up space~ so if you don't have a massive kitchen, or lots of storage near by (when I put small appliances away, they almost never get used..) then it might not be a good fit. We bought the midsized one (6 litre?) I rearranged some counter space and vow to use it a couple of times a week.But you've got to weigh how much you'll use it~ and how much space you're willing to give up. It also makes a very quick and lovely veggie chilli!
Malaco Gott & Blandat Salt – Liquorice Mix 150g
Malaco Gott & Blandat Salt – Liquorice Mix 150g
Our whole family loves these BUT, my husband was born and raised in Sweden. So this is just a little taste of home! Thankful we can order on Amazon instead of asking my mother n’ law to send some from home as this is easier (& we eat so much of it)!

I just wished it could arrive sooner. If you order, just plan on a little time to get to you. It’s shipped from across the big pond!!!
Zan, anís Flavored Regaliz 5 Pack 5 x 12g (5 x 0.4oz)
Zan, anís Flavored Regaliz 5 Pack 5 x 12g (5 x 0.4oz)
This licorice does not appear to be available on Amazon, but I ate a fair amount of it while living in France from 2009-2010. If you like a very strong licorice flavor (it says this is Aniseed flavored but I believe it is made with licorice root extract) you'll enjoy it. If you like mild flavors don't even try this one! ZAN also produces a round tin (40 grams) of small pieces of licorice that are made with 50% licorice extract. This thin flat pack tastes the same. It is not at all like Twizzlers or any other licorice product made in the U.S.A., although years ago Y&S made a very hard and strong licorice stick that has similar flavor.

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