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review 2019-01-09 23:34
What a weighty tome! (DNF)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond

This is a weighty book, ya'll. Jared Diamond's book had been on my list for ages because once upon a time it had been on one of my recommended reading lists for an undergraduate Anthropology class (I majored in that field). I didn't have the time to read it then (it is 425 pages after all) but the topic still intrigued me. Much like the book above I was interested in the subject matter and found no fault with the writing style (other than it being more like a textbook than casual, recreational reading) but it was so dense that I didn't always feel compelled to pick it up in a spare moment. (I also kept falling asleep for some reason.) Progress: I made it to page 290 before I had to concede defeat (and ship it to the next person waiting to read it).

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2019-01-05 01:32
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy Novella) by Ilona Andrews
Diamond Fire - Ilona Andrews

 

It is time for Nevada’s wedding and, if her little sister Cataline has anything to do with it, Nevada won’t have to worry about anything except her poor taste in bouquet

 

But with intolerant, demanding extended family with a ridiculous amount of secrets, a jewelry thief. Oh and a poisoner

 

Most weddings don’t have this much drama



It’s an Ilona Andrews book. I will now run around, chuckling with glee. There is no such thing as an Ilona Andrews book I don’t love - their work is designed to make me lose sleep because putting their books down is impossible.

 

This story continues the deadly magical and political world of the Primes - with a wedding. Nevada and Rogan’s which, unfortunately, also involves a whole lot of Rogan’s less than stellar relatives who are trying to ruin things in various ways

 

Our protagonist is not Navada for once, but her little sister Catalina - and it gives me hope that maybe we will be able to see future books with Catalina in the lead because she is such an interesting character

 

I think it’s an excellent contrast between Catalina and Rogan’s rich, spoiled cousins - contrasting their entitlement with her hard work. But also contrasting how young they are in comparison to her - how inept their plotting is, how basic their plans are and how they clearly wouldn’t have worked. We see how mature and competent Catalina is


And I think that really has to be emphasised. Catalina is competent, she’s extremely capable, experienced and knows a great deal about her work as an investigator. She’s a professional despite her young age and it shows everything about her skill and character - I like her

 

 

She also grows. We’ve seen the Baylor family go through a lot - now exposed as having several Primes and being acknowledged as an actual house in their own right. I like seeing how Catalina is adapting to this - her fears and confidence, her ability and her doubts but most of all her relationship with her magic. She has spent her whole life being afraid of her magic but is now expected to embrace it - and with that having to leave her own shell. Her growth through this book, of her magic, her confidence and her courage in the face of the disdain of the wealthy relatives all works so well

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2018/12/diamond-fire-hidden-legacy-novella-by.html
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text 2018-12-29 10:47
Artificial Diamond Market Is Set to Boom in 2018 And Coming Years

 

This report studies the global Artificial Diamond market status and forecast, categorizes the global Artificial Diamond market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and other regions (India, Southeast Asia).

 

The major manufacturers covered in this report

  • Sandvik AB (SE)
  • Element Six (ZA)
  • ILJIN Co. Ltd (KR)
  • Applied Diamond Inc. (US)
  • Scio Diamond Technology Corporation (US)
  • Tomei Diamond Co., Ltd. (JP)
  • Pure Grown Diamonds (US)
  • New Diamond Technology, LLC (RU)
  • Washington Diamonds Corporation (US)
  • Centaurus Technologies, Inc. (IN)
  • Crystallume (US)
  • Sino-crystal Diamond (CN)
  • Zhongnan Diamond (CN)
  • Henan Huanghe Whirlwind International Co., Ltd (CN)
  • JINQU (CN)
  • CR GEMS (CN)
  • HongJing (CN)
  • SF-Diamond (CN)
  • Yalong (CN)
Report Sample includes:
- Table of Contents
- List of Tables & Figures
- Charts
- Research Methodology

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Geographically, Artificial Diamond Market studies the top producers and consumers, focuses on product capacity, production, value, consumption, market share and growth opportunity in these key regions, covering

 

  • North America
  • Europe
  • China
  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • India
On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into

 

  • High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT)
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)
On the basis of the end users/applications, Artificial Diamond Market focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate for each application, including

 

  • Construction and Mining
  • Electronics
  • Machining and Cutting Tools
  • Healthcare
  • Others

The study objectives of this report are:

 

  • To analyze and study the global Artificial Diamond capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025);
  • Focuses on the key Artificial Diamond manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
  • Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.
  • To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
  • To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
  • To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
  • To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
  • To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market
  • To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Artificial Diamond are as follows:

 

  • History Year: 2013-2017
  • Base Year: 2017
  • Estimated Year: 2018
  • Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

 

Key Stakeholders

 

  • Artificial Diamond Manufacturers
  • Artificial Diamond Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers
  • Artificial Diamond Subcomponent Manufacturers
  • Industry Association
  • Downstream Vendors

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With the given market data, We offers customizations according to the company's specific needs. The following customization options are available for the report:

Regional and country-level analysis of the Artificial Diamond market, by end-use.

Detailed analysis and profiles of additional market players.

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review 2018-12-21 11:13
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy novella)
Diamond Fire - Ilona Andrews

While I didn't like this one as much as I liked the first three, full-length Hidden Legacy novels that featured Nevada and Rogan, it was a nice little segue; it tied off all the loose ends in the Nevada/Rogan story line (not that there were many), while setting up the new background for the series to continue with a focus on Catalina, Nevada's sister.  Catalina's power didn't interest me much in the previous books, but Andrews adds some interesting dimensions to it in this short story that have me intrigued.

 

The plot, intricate for such a short story (143 pages), was two-pronged: who stole a tiara and who was trying to kill off the wedding guests?  Were they one in the same, or different enemies?

 

The resolution was both satisfying and sort of ... cute.  I feel like I should have seen that coming, but I didn't.  And that's why I like Ilona Andrews.  I'm definitely looking forward to the next full-length story.

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text 2018-12-18 08:13
Gold & Diamond Jewellery Market

In 2017, the global Gold & Diamond Jewellery market size was xx million US$ and it is expected to reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, with a CAGR of xx% during 20182025.

This report focuses on the global Gold & Diamond Jewellery status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Gold & Diamond Jewellery development in United States, Europe and China.

The key players covered in this study
Chow Tai Fook
Richemont
Signet Jewellers
Swatch Group
Rajesh Exports
Lao Feng Xiang
Tiffany
Malabar Gold and Diamonds
LVMH Moet Hennessy
Zocai
Swarovski Corporation
Chow Sang Sang
Luk Fook
Pandora
Damiani
Stuller
Gitanjali Group
GUCCI
Graff Diamond
Damas International
Buccellati
De Beers
Blue Nile
CHANEL

Market segment by Type, the product can be split into
Rings
Necklaces
Earrings
Other

Market segment by Application, split into
Wedding
Festival
Fashion
Other

Market segment by Regions/Countries, this report covers
United States
Europe
China
Japan
Southeast Asia
India
Central & South America

The study objectives of this report are:
To analyze global Gold & Diamond Jewellery status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players.
To present the Gold & Diamond Jewellery development in United States, Europe and China.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their development plan and strategies.
To define, describe and forecast the market by product type, market and key regions.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Gold & Diamond Jewellery are as follows:
History Year: 20132017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025
For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Source: www.qandqmarketresearch.com
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