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Metro 2034
Metro 2034
by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: 8.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stick to original 2033 version, 5 July 2014
This review is from: Metro 2034 (Perfect Paperback)
'Metro 2034' is sequel to 'Metro 2033' an apocalyptic novel written by Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky. The title of the novel refers to the Moscow Metro system, year is 2034 (one year after the original novel took place) and mankind had nearly wiped itself out in a nuclear war more than 20 years ago.

As I wrote in review of its prequel, lot of things had changed in this apocalyptic world but some remained the same, 20 years passed but Cold War in this small world is still raging. Survivors of nuclear disaster have taken refuge in the subway system, settled into the various stations, which are now representing small Greek-like polis (countries), each with its own government, atmosphere, rules and political ideals.

Main character from original novel, Artyom, is practically not mentioned at all, although there are some references to happenings from the first part of series. But one other character from previous novel is back - Hunter, who became so damaged person, although it's not stated clearly what happened to him during last year. What we see is him becoming a killing machine without feelings, it seems like he just wants to kill, making up excuses in order to do just that.

Besides Hunter, the other three most important characters are Homer, Leonid and for the first time one female character - Sasha. Homer is an old man, wannabe writer, selected by Hunter to follow him on the quest. Homer would rather stick with his wife whom he says he loves then go to this suicidal mission, but on the other hand all his life he was trying to write something and finally he sees this journey as opportunity to find an inspiration.

Leonid is a skilled musician who has only one thing on his mind, seducing Sasha. Although his motives are clear, the novel parts which describes their mutual looking for a mythical city under Moscow is not so well-written. Sasha is a girl found by other main characters right before she is about to be killed off by some bad guys. She falls in love with Hunter, but her love cannot be returned.

It should be fair to say, although lot of violence and gore is still present, an atmosphere of suspense from first novel is almost completely gone. The novel starts good, for some parts great atmosphere from original is still present but the last part of the novel wasn't good at all. Characters are even more unclear than in some parts of original even Metro itself seems not such good setting anymore.

'Metro 2034' is not so interesting book as its prequel, though author tries to elaborate and give some more details about parts of Moscow Metro system which wasn't pictured in original, in same time his work lacks suspense and whole atmosphere. If you didn't read 'Metro 2033', it can be recommended to do so. Its sequel I only recommend to those who already read original and want to learn some additional details about post-apocalyptic Moscow.

Dork Diaries: TV Star
Dork Diaries: TV Star
by Rachel Renee Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, funny, entertaining title that will not win you with its looks, 4 July 2014
This review is from: Dork Diaries: TV Star (Paperback)
‘Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star’ written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell is the seventh installment in her popular Dork Diaries series.

The book is made in form of diary, written in the notebook with lines, full of drawings and colloquial speech, and as was the case for the previous installments it will good entertainment for its audience – mainly young teenagers.

In this newest sequel main character book Nikki will get her own TV show but because she will have too many responsibilities and not enough time, she will have problem synchronizing all her commitments.

Besides thinking of work, Nikki is in love with Brandon - therefore she spends time helping him with the top secret special project, however surprise awaits reader… Dork Diaries #7 is another must-read for children who enjoyed previous NIki installments, though for those who for the time encounter with Nikki adventures, I would recommend to start reading series from the beginning.

Good, funny, entertaining title that will not win you with its looks, but with the style certainly will.

Let's Visit Maui!: Adventures of Bella & Harry
Let's Visit Maui!: Adventures of Bella & Harry
by Lisa Manzione
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promote the ideas of diversity and closeness between people, 4 July 2014
‘Let's Visit Maui!’ is a new addition in children book series Adventures of Bella & Harry created by Lisa Manzione with illustrations made by Kristine Lucco.

After our two puppy heroes, brother and sister, visited Istanbul, London, Barcelona, Cairo, Paris and other beautiful cities all around the world in this installment together with their family they will visit Hawaii. There they will visit famous Hawaiian sights – National Park Haleakala with volcano crater, Honokalani black sand beach, Wailau Waterfall and others.

Where this book together with all other in series really shines are illustrations full of color that in exciting and informative way manage to present particular city or region, as this time is the case with Maui.

Therefore, ‘Let's Visit Maui!’ is an recommended book for the youngest children who by using it besides opportunity to learn in the interactive way about particular part of our beautiful planet also promote the ideas of diversity and closeness between people regardless of where they come from. And because of these valuable lessons but also due to the nice book design I can recommend Manzione/Lucco book for the kids 1 year and older who will enjoy it together with their parents.

ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A
ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manages to satisfy even the most demanding with its versatility and received value for the money, 4 July 2014
ASUS Z97-A is latest addition in their family of DDR3 LGA 1150 motherboards which though not the cheapest on the market, manages to satisfy with its versatility and received value for the money.

Speaking first about its design, users can be assured that ASUS once again delivers high-quality board both in terms of colorful visual look and quality of build. The board doesn’t look cheap and it’s not too light, you will not have to worry about breaking it while e.g. installing cooler.

Speaking about performance, I tried it with two processors (4660k and 4570) and two different cards GTX 750 and GTX 770 together with Corsair Vengeance RAM and it worked stable RUNNING Windows 7 and without any problems encountered.

The most pleasant surprise is new UEFI BIOS which leads users through series of questions to most recommended clock setting in order to tune your system to the optimal value providing interface more pleasing to the eye.

Given all the above, ASUS Z97-A is a board that can be recommend due to numerous reasons and useful features even for the most demanding users.

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2013: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers 13th (thirteenth) Edition by Bolles, Richard N. published by Ten Speed Press (2012)
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2013: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers 13th (thirteenth) Edition by Bolles, Richard N. published by Ten Speed Press (2012)
by Richard N. Bolles
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wisdom to help you start or change your career, 3 July 2014
I heard several times about "What Color is Your Parachute", often called the world's most popular book for job seekers but not until few weeks ago when I bought it I didn't had chance to thumb it through.

Due to that I cannot compare it to earlier editions (although author himself said that this edition is very different from the previous ones) but I can tell you that inside can be found some good information for all those who are seeking new job, starting new or changing current career but also for those job hunters in pursuit for the new star.

Although this book in intended for US job market, most of the given advices are applicable worldwide. The reader will be able to learn lot about reading or writing resumes, social media and networking and which are crucial these days, proper ways of interviewing or what should (not) be said if you are interviewed, how to negotiate your salary, career counselors, entrepreneurship and much more. The Book will help reader to learn what his real interests are, where she/he wants to work, the environment and people reader enjoy the most. Of course, it would be too much to say that using this book you'll get all the answers but for sure you'll be able to see in which areas considering your job you are not doing well or what can be improved in order to get raise or new job...

It is evident that Richard N. Bolles is career expert and it wasn't surprise for me to see that this is his forty-first book with the same name. Book is written in a friendly style and it is easy to read. What is book great characteristic is freshness of information and although I didn't read previous editions for this one everything seems up-to-date (e.g. webpage links) what he admits saying that he rewrites his book every year.

What I found it most interesting was self-assessment tool called the Flower Exercise which is by author statement updated for this edition. Using it everyone can determine what type of work would be most appropriate for you. It's called flower because its set of questions which would help in search for most suitable career resembles the flower petals. The book part about unemployment was also interesting because reader can learn that positive side of it also exists. For me, this book confirmed most of my skills and interests but also helped me getting some interesting conclusions about directions my career should go onwards.

If you are looking for one book which contains enough wisdom to help you start or change your career "What Color is Your Parachute" would be my recommendation.
It would help you find lot about yourself and job that would come closest to the one you can call perfect.

The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library
by Kazuno Kohara
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and calming choice for young children bedtime story, 3 July 2014
This review is from: The Midnight Library (Hardcover)
‘The Midnight Library’ written and illustrated by Kazuno Kohara is nicely conceived book for younger children which lead reader to a special place – a different library that opens its door only at night.

The main character of this unusual tale is young girl and her three owl assistants who work at this library that's only open from dusk till dawn. The four of them are doing a bit different things than those usually did in the library, or better said, for some different clients - helping squirrel band to find some place where they could rehearse their music, finding best book for the sad wolf and help slow tortoise reader to check out a book.

This bedtime story with woodblock artwork is made in contrasting bright and dark - yellow/orange and purple/blue - colors that additionally emphasize an atmosphere of library full of activities in calm nighttime all around it.

‘The Midnight Library’ is warm and calming story which not only describes the duties of librarians, but also the fact that they must adjust and understand readers – story that will be a great choice for kindergarten and preschool children as a bedtime tale.

Intel Core i3 3240 Dual Core CPU ( 3.40GHz, Socket 1155, 3MB Cache, Ivy Bridge, 55W, Intel HD Graphics 2500, Advanced Vector Extensions)
Intel Core i3 3240 Dual Core CPU ( 3.40GHz, Socket 1155, 3MB Cache, Ivy Bridge, 55W, Intel HD Graphics 2500, Advanced Vector Extensions)
Price: 81.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will let you do nicely the usual stuff most people are using their PC for, asking less money, 3 July 2014
Intel Core i3-3240 Dual-Core is a processor worth considering if you are making budget system and don’t have the highest requirements on processor side. Out of the box LGA 1155 socket type processor runs on 3.4 GHz and comes with 3MB of cache which though cannot compare to the last generation of processors but for majority of people would be more than enough.

I use it on my secondary system which is not intended for high demanding tasks (Web browsing, text editing, pictures, videos and similar) therefore compared in terms of costs and delivered for the money, this i3 dual-core processor has no problem handling everything. Of course, I would not recommend it to the multitasking users or gamers but anyway it's not the target market for this processor.

As a nice add-on which further confirms the thesis that this is a good choice for budget systems, it comes with the integrated graphics – HD 2500 – that could be more than useful if you don’t plan to play latest generation games, though a bit older can be played just fine.

Overall, Intel Core i3-3240 is good choice if you need processor that will let you do nicely the usual stuff most people are using their PC for, asking less money for it, and due to that I can fully recommended it.

By Jon Duckett - JavaScript & JQuery: Interactive Front-end Web Development
By Jon Duckett - JavaScript & JQuery: Interactive Front-end Web Development
by Jon Duckett
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of content, beautifully designed, novice web designer must read, 2 July 2014
As I wrote for ‘HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites’ written by Jon Duckett, I should start this review with same words that ‘JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development’ by same author is simply beautiful book to go through. And again, though design by itself should not be a reason to buy any book, Duckett again created book for which all visual learners will be thankful – making the learning process easier to follow, featuring interactive graphics in order for reader to realize how things should look like on the webpages.

While in the previous book the main subjects were HTML5 and CSS3, this time author discusses JavaScript and jQuery teaching methods how to make your pages simpler in terms of coding, while on same time more interactive and interesting for end user. The only constant things in ever changing web design world is change, though JavaScript and jQuery which appeared almost 20 and 10 years ago were able to impose due to their variety and available options from one web generation to another.

As was the case with his previous book, Duckett again doesn’t disappoint in terms of design resources – inside numerous samples of codes and user exercises can be found that enable novice Java web designer to start working instantly.

Beside first general chapter, the book is divided in additional twelve chapters which respectively deal with following subjects:
- Basic JavaScript
- JavaScript functions, methods and objects
- Decisions and loops
- DOM (Document Object Model)
- jQuery
- Using Ajax and JSON
- Using APIs
- Debugging and dealing with errors
- Content Panels
- Filtering, searching and sorting
- Form enhancement and validation

Though the book shines in the field of design and interactivity, the only drawback for more experienced users will be the lack of content for the more demanding, though this book is still primarily mode for the new and intermediate users, while the more experienced can use some of the other JavaScript titles that I have also previously reviewed, such as ’JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual’ or ‘JavaScript: The Definitive Guide’.

Therefore, looking overall ‘JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development’ is fantastic book for new to intermediate user in world of JavaScript and jQuery, and must-buy for self-taught students or as recommended read in the school design departments.

Evette's Invitation
Evette's Invitation
by Mike Huber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining well-made book for youngest children with great artwork, 2 July 2014
This review is from: Evette's Invitation (Hardcover)
‘Evette's Invitation’ written by Mike Huber and beautifully illustrated by Joseph Cowman brings a story about Evette, a young girl who through the conversation with her classmates will learn what she must do in order to make her birthday party event that everyone will remember.

On the beginning of the story, reader will meet Mr. Walter's students while they are having break for snack. And because snacktime is a great time for Evette and her classmates to discuss everything between tasty bites, Evette will come to the idea to discuss something very important to her – her upcoming birthday.

It will lead to an interesting discussion where everyone has something to say and in the end of this imaginative conversation, Evette will realize she knows what she most do to make her party even more entertaining…

Mike Huber wrote an interesting story that for its theme has gathering of children which is always interesting to listen to the side – it’s simply amazing how young children have a lot of smart things to say when they are among their peers. And not to be forgotten, this book also teaches young reader how important and valuable is friendship.

Because there is not too much text inside this children book will be interesting for kids 3 years and older, even more for the beautiful illustrations made by Joseph Cowman who filled this book with colorful, vivid and beautifully made illustrations which fit perfectly with the environment described by author and make book enjoyable for those youngest who cannot hold attention for so long.

‘Evette's Invitation’ is well-made children book with great artwork, and given its entertaining value, I can certainly recommend it.

HyperX FURY Series 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL10 DIMM Memory Module - Blue
HyperX FURY Series 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL10 DIMM Memory Module - Blue
Price: 30.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For gamers or other RAM demanding multitasking users, 2 July 2014
Kingston HyperX FURY 4GB is 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM RAM with three big advantages - it's compatible both with Intel and AMD, and it was really plug 'n play experience, without any problems and most importantly, memory automatically recognizes platform on which it was installed and automatically overclocks to the highest frequency possible.

In short, when I unboxed and plugged both of these RAMs in the board, instantly without any modification in BIOS they started operating at 1600MHz. Also, though it's not the feature that means a lot, you cannot fail to notice that this is very cool looking piece in any of the 4 colors offered.

Therefore, for all above mentioned reasons I can recommend this Kingston memory for gamers or other RAM demanding multitasking users, from my experience no problems encountered so far, memory working extremely quickly and reliably.

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