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Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Lost Stars
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Lost Stars
Offered by Disney Book Group
Price: $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the new., December 14, 2015
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This book is by far the best of the new star wars cannon. Don't let its YA label fool you. It's a well written novel that weaves in and out of the original trilogy without feeling forced.

Price: $21.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another winner_For Stanko newbies, August 21, 2013
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This review is from: Wis?awa (MP3 Music)
First let me start off by contradicting the single negative review (as of this writing) for this album. The sound quality is actually fantastic as it has been with Tomasz Stanko's albums with ECM since Leosia. In fact, one of the major draws to Stanko's albums for me is the sound quality and the ambiance it creates.
For those new to Tomasz Stanko's music I would have to say this is a great place to start along with 2004's breakthrough 'Suspended Night'. The music is mostly quiet due to the band focusing "free ballads". It's a nice take on the free music scene since it's so often regarded as crazy unorganized music that's often jarring.
Stakno takes a very different approach to free music and always has. His songs are almost always taken at a slow tempo and use space (as in the space between notes) better than anyone I've heard since Miles Davis. Be aware that there is the occasional flurry of notes or trumpet blast that will let you know you're still listening to jazz and not some easy listening album. Yet these flurries always mean something. They're not thrown in willy nilly, he builds tension with the rest of the band until a release is inevitable.
However, the overall vibe of the album (and all of his ECM records of the 00's) is quite similar to Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue'. It's no replica and it certainly doesn't create that perfect improvisational magic which that album did but if it's the vibe, the feel your looking for Stanko's music is the place to be.
This record uses Stanko's more typical set up: Trumpet, Bass, Piano, Drums (no electric instruments here as on 2010's excellent 'Dark Eyes') but the results are far from typical.
Does the music justify a double album status? In my mind it does, there are no filler songs here and the price of the MP3 album is relatively fair (unlike the CD version) .
If you're new to his music and aren't ready to spend $20+ on an album then try the aforementioned "Suspended Night" or "Lontano". Truly, any of his records of the 00's are fantastic and well worth the listen.

Pretty Blue [2-fer]
Pretty Blue [2-fer]
Price: $11.49

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing ballad centric album, July 26, 2013
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This review is from: Pretty Blue [2-fer] (MP3 Music)
This record is actually two combined as the (2-fer) in the title suggests. The first one features an orchestra while the second one is a guitar/organ/drum trio (minus a couple tracks that feature bass instead of organ).
I'm a big fan of jazz ballads albums and upon hearing the samples on Amazon I was definitely interested.
Normally, I shy away from the guitar/organ sound. It just reminds me too much of church music which unfortunately caused me to miss out on a lot of Wes Montgomery's music. What this record showed me though was that this set up works with ballads really well. There are none of those organ runs that make you instantly think of the preacher saying "praise the lord!". The sound winds up being very conducive to that relaxing vibe you get from good quiet jazz. All of it simply works.
As for the orchestra half (tracks 1-12) the sound is lush but the strings come and go when needed. Wes' guitar never gets overshadowed however. It's always in the forefront and his tone is simply fantastic. In fact, it's far better than the other three records I have of him playing more standard paced jazz. He seemed to really take his time to get a nice full tone out of his guitar which (on other records) could sound a bit thin at times when he played those fast octave runs.
So if your in the mood for some nice mellow guitar jazz in two very different settings check this one out. You can't beat the price for what your getting (I bought the MP3 album).

Love Songs, Ballads and Standards
Love Songs, Ballads and Standards
Price: $5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss, July 24, 2013
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I was excited about getting this record. I've been a fan of Ellis Marsalis and especially his work with ballad material. I had only heard of Irvin Mayfield and must say his playing is just alright although I do like his overall tone. The music feels very thrown together, like a compilation of performances. One song features an orchestra, one is a quartet piece while another is live. Sometimes this works great, labels put out best of and ballads albums all the time that take from several records of a performers career. Here however, it just feels inconsistent. Irvin Mayfield plays nicely throughout only to throw in a giant fluff and squeal at the end of a song. It may work on a regular album but not one called "Love Songs, Ballads and Standards". Marsalis is great throughout as expected and the arrangements are good.
It's hard to put my finger on exactly why this album didn't thrill me but I do keep coming back to the realization that there are many better albums out there that cover this type of material (see Wynton Marsalis's Standard Time 3 for example).
I'd recommend this album for fans of either player only. Again, if your new to jazz or only like the quieter songs there are far better albums to check out first.

Project Nemesis (A Kaiju Thriller) (Nemesis Saga Book 1)
Project Nemesis (A Kaiju Thriller) (Nemesis Saga Book 1)
Price: $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An original giant monster book, July 24, 2013
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Seeing the trailers for Pacific Rim got me excited all over again about the relatively small giant monster genre. Usually these Kaiju stories are delegated to silly movies and even sillier cartoons. Every once and a while however, there's a story that really works. "King Kong" is an obvious one as was the more recent indie "Monsters" film by Gareth Edwards (who is now remaking Godzilla by the way).
Again, it's difficult to find novels that cover this topic since it's such a visual medium (ie: creatures towering over buildings and swatting airplanes like flies). So being excited for "Pacific Rim" (which it turns out is all kinds of awesome) I decided to see if I could find a good book that would satiate my hunger. The low price and high reviews (especially since these were actually real reviews and not those stupid paid one's you see all too often with Kindle indies) lead me to buy Project Nemesis (A Kaiju Thriller) on Kindle and man am I glad I did. I blazed through this book. At first I thought it was short because I was done with it so quickly but it's 310 pages are just great fast reading. The story is well spelled out in the books description so I won't bother with those details.
What I will say is this novel is very well paced and the action is described perfectly. It really did feel like I was watching a movie.
The creature changes a few times which keeps the book interesting throughout. And the characters are relatively well fleshed out for this type of book. Each pertinent character has enough traits and background to keep you caring or hating but I believe he could have given a bit more of a back story to the general and his motivations.
The only potential negatives I'd mention didn't bother me at all but may be important to others. This is a very violent book. Unlike most Kaiju stories this monster isn't too big to eat people. And she does it in sometimes graphic detail.
The second thing did bother me for about 3 pages then my brain adjusted. As other reviewers have mentioned Robinson uses first person narrative when writing his main character then switches to the more typical third person with everything else. Like I said, at first it kind of bothered me but then I realized that by writing in the first person he was able to put much more humor into the book. It's difficult to describe exactly why this works but it does. This book is very funny at times and I think it added immensely to the story. The other thing Robinson weaves into this book ever so slightly is the danger of genetics and advanced science (science has always been a biggie with the monster genre) as well as ancient myths and their relation to historical fact.
It ends with definite series potential and I seriously hope Jeremy Robinson gets on his next Kaiju thriller ASAP!

In conclusion, I find it difficult to give music, movies and books 5 star ratings because to me that means it's perfect, a classic. This book will never sit on the classics shelf because of it's subject matter alone. However, for a science fiction adventure novel about a giant monster/god it rates 5 stars in my book any day.

Time After Time
Time After Time
Price: $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains Previously Released Material!, April 26, 2013
This review is from: Time After Time (MP3 Music)
This is really a great deal if you don't already have the two albums it contains. Unfortunately, nowhere on the product's page does it mention that this album is actually a 2fer of Paul Desmond's excellent orchestral album "Desmond Blue" (5 Stars) and his early outing called "For All We Know". If you already have these records (I had Desmond Blue already) and purchased this album you may be quite upset (like I was). However, hopefully this review and my comment to will help future customers.
The song order is mixed up making it more difficult to spot the double dip. However, if you don't have either of these records and don't mind the fact that you'll be missing out on "Desmond Blue's" excellent extra tracks and superior remastering it's a wonderful buy. Tracks 1-9 which represent the original release of "Desmond Blue" features a more romantic setting for Paul and his regular band (from all of the RCA/Victor albums featuring Jim Hall) with orchestra. The music is fantastic and mellow as ever. The rest of the album features the music from "For All We Know" which also featured the same band (for the most part) minus the orchestra and was done prior to Paul's affiliation with RCA Victor. The sound quality is not nearly as good but it's still passable. The music is fine as usual and the mood compares to Paul's better known RCA albums like "Take Ten".
My advice is to go with the originals if you can just because of" Desmond Blue".
So check out the superior "Desmond Blue" RCA release which has a great sound and several extra tracks then check out Paul's other RCA records first like "Take Ten" and "Easy Living". If you're a completest then go to "For all We Know".
But if you're looking to get a good collection of his work without buying everything I would advice you see "Paul Desmond: The Best of the Complete RCA Victor Recordings" and then this 2fer album next.
So here's my final rankings:
Tracks 1-9 "Desmond Blue" 5 Stars
Tracks 11-16 "For All We Know" 3 1/2 Stars
Sound Quality: 3 1/2 Stars
Overall Value: 5 Stars
Double Dip Factor (without telling the customer): Minus 1 Star to overall rating.

Amazing Alex Free
Amazing Alex Free

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free version now contains all levels!, November 16, 2012
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So disregard all those old 1 star "this is just a demo" reviews. You now get the full game, just not in HD. You also get the level builder. As for the game, while the first 16 are boring tutorial levels the rest of the game is a blast. While not as great as Angry Birds or Bad Piggies it is still head and shoulders above most physics based puzzlers on the kindle fire.

Jazz In Paris - Dizzy Gillespie & his Operatic Strings Orchestra
Jazz In Paris - Dizzy Gillespie & his Operatic Strings Orchestra
Price: $7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not quite great album, November 16, 2012
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I'm a big fan of Charlie Parker's "Bird with Strings" album and was hoping for a similar experience here. While it's not anywhere near the classic status of Bird's record it's still a nice listen. There are times when it does feel a bit formulaic however. On a number of songs you'll hear the orchestra play their lead in part then Dizzy comes in the same exact way each song. This occurs for maybe about a 1/4 of the album. Beyond these intro's the music is great as are the arrangements. It's an overall mellow record with a slightly subpar sound quality. It's not terrible but it's definitely not up to the quality of many remasters from this era. I've come to expect this from these "Jazz in Paris" albums (see Chet Baker's).
If you're looking for some classic jazz with orchestra, or more specifically trumpet you really can't go wrong with this album.

Bad Piggies HD Free (Fire Edition)
Bad Piggies HD Free (Fire Edition)
Price: $0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally something new & original!, November 16, 2012
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This game is a definite must have for those who love physics based puzzles. Bad Piggies offers a new take on this game type and succeeds brilliantly. Please note however, that unlike angry birds it takes more trial & error plus some logic. Therefore young kids will get frustrated fast. For everyone else it's a sure thing. One complaint is that the ads are way over the top. I'm not going to complain about a free version because it has ads, people are getting way to expectant for that sort of thing. However, having your game stopped right in the middle of a level to load a video advertisment was too much, especially on a device like the Kindle Fire. I think the way Rovio handled their free versions with ads on the previous Angry Birds games was perfect. Hopefully they'll go back to doing it that way again.

Kids Trucks: Puzzles - An Animated Truck Puzzle Game for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Young Children
Kids Trucks: Puzzles - An Animated Truck Puzzle Game for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Young Children
Price: $1.99

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars only 12?, July 30, 2012
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Great puzzles but only 12 for a paid app? get "shape builder", its the same price and has a ton of puzzles. this one has better puzzles but it needs way more than 12.

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