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Echolocation: a novel
Echolocation: a novel
by Myfanwy Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
34 used & new from $0.01

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unflinching story of love, loss, and redemption crafted by a deft and compassionate hand, May 27, 2015
This review is from: Echolocation: a novel (Paperback)
This is a beautifully executed look at four women's lives as they diverge and converge in a small town in upstate NY. They are not easy lives, and have not produced easy characters. Collins adds depth, humanity, and complicated motivations to Cheri, Renee, Geneva, and Marie by presenting small pieces of their pasts as the story of their present builds. Getting to know these characters is a lot like getting to know real people. You rarely get an information dump at first meeting. Here, as each decision changes the course of the women's lives, we get glimpses and hints about why each person decides as they do.

This is not a light read, but it is engaging, engrossing, and I believe, ultimately a story about hope and redemption. Just as in the real world, some of the storylines resolve for the reader within the confines of the book, and some stretch out past the last page. As a reader I was left both satisfied and wanting more when I turned the last page--I consider this a good indication of high-quality fiction.

SUPERSHIELDZ- High Definition (HD) Clear Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 inch + Lifetime Replacements Warranty [3-PACK] - Retail Packaging
SUPERSHIELDZ- High Definition (HD) Clear Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 inch + Lifetime Replacements Warranty [3-PACK] - Retail Packaging
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Price: $14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars But it would be nice for the die-cut holes to have a little more ..., March 25, 2015
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These were a bummer. Took three tries to get one on with no bubbles, dust or misalignment. The "squeegee" or scraper that comes with it is just a stiff piece of cardboard... which, when used as directed, scratched the first screen protector that I applied.

Plus, the second tab (on the protector, not the protector backing) uses an adhesive that makes it impossible to get all the way off.

I'm not sure how to make these better/easier to apply. But it would be nice for the die-cut holes to have a little more leeway and for the whole thing to come with a smoothing device that won't actually trash the product.

Otherwise, it seems fine now that I finally got one on.

The Suitcases of San León (A Short Story)
The Suitcases of San León (A Short Story)
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, thoughtful, evocative, March 25, 2015
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Jane Hawley's beautiful short story, The Suitcases of San Leon, builds a rich cast and paints an evocative setting amid borderland drug wars. Once I started reading, I had to finish. It is well-crafted and thoughtful. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Write Like a Motherf****r Mug
Write Like a Motherf****r Mug

5.0 out of 5 stars Do not settle for half-baked, half-assed, half-as-good knock-offs. This is the original., March 25, 2015
This review is from: Write Like a Motherf****r Mug
This is the original, the real, and the truest Dear Sugar mug there is. This mug makes your morning taste like superpowers and it really does help you write more powerfully.* While some writers probably drink tea out of this mug, I don't know any of them. So I will say that from a coffee drinker's perspective, it just doesn't get any better. I've had my own for several years now, and it has made it through 5 moves, a bunch of states, and I have no idea how many cups of coffee. When I could only take one box of kitchen stuff to the furnished house that an employer provided, this mug came with me when all others were left behind in storage. This mug even makes Mondays 2% better.** If you want to inspire, encourage, and embolden your favorite writer, this is the one to buy. Not any of those other Slim Shady mugs.

In fact, buying a writer some knock-off of this mug would be like saying you think their writing is as good as the fan fiction you found on some DarkNet version of a geo-cities homepage. Buy the original: let your favorite writer know that YOU think THEY are an original and let them also know that you support The Rumpus, who makes these mugs, and who supports actual writers, too.

*It helps me write more powerfully, anyway.
** Actual better Monday numbers fall between 1-7%

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS THIEVED RIP OFF, February 18, 2014
I own this mug... well, I own the original. Bought from The Rumpus, an independent literary journal. Go to their site and buy this mug, because it supports WRITERS who every day have to get up and muster up the heart and soul to sit down and write, even though they may not get paid... because jerks like this "seller" choose to steal work rather than create or pay for it.

This vendor has stolen this design, and is taking money from writers every time they sell one. DON'T BUY IT. PLEASE.

My Pretty Pony
My Pretty Pony
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
40 used & new from $80.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "art" book not a coffee table book, May 21, 2013
This review is from: My Pretty Pony (Hardcover)
This book is not an "over-priced coffee table" book or a horror story as mentioned in previous reviews.

This is a book co-created by an author and an artist. It is intended to be a work of art that combines textual and visual elements to present a viewer and reader with a message. Yes it is expensive, and anyone who sees the imaging and production value will get why. It is over-sized, well constructed, and gorgeous in a late '80s playing with graphics and text kind of way. Kruger's images are iconic and set a standard that many have followed ever since.

The story is not scary, it about a kid and his grandfather and a watch and not taking a single minute for granted. It is King's attempt at something more than pulp horror, and that is commendable. But the story is only half of the deal. Barbara Kruger's images are the other half.

Don't buy this if you "only want to read the story"--I agree. Buy this so you can own a fantastic piece of art history at a damn good price.

Audio-Technica ATN3600L Replacement Stylus for AT-LP60
Audio-Technica ATN3600L Replacement Stylus for AT-LP60
Price: $13.83
72 used & new from $11.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Sony replacement, July 3, 2012
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After reading several reviews, I decided to try this out as a much cheaper alternative to the SONY PS-LX250H replacement needle. After reminiscing all night with my Blondie, Bowie, and Beatles albums, I can say it sounds pretty good, but as one reviewer pointed out, it has no needle protection bar--This means you need to be careful, but it also means the arm is lighter, so mine has been bouncing more than it used to. I have yet to figure out how to compensate for this.

On really clean records, it's no problem. But some of the older stuff is skipping more than with the previous needle. (Also, when it arrived, it did not look like the product image: it was bright yellow with no emblem.)

As far as the shipment goes, it was fast and moderately-well packaged.

Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned: A Complete Guideto Flavoring Food for the Grill
Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned: A Complete Guideto Flavoring Food for the Grill
by Elizabeth Karmel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.54
70 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only one you'll ever need, July 3, 2010
Elizabeth has done it again. There is a picture of this book under the word "comprehensive" in the dictionary.

She's covered every sort of seasoning for meat (and veggies) that you can imagine: from marinades and rubs, to glazes and chutneys--it's all here. I love the clear and concise recipes and her conversationally warm tone throughout. She genuinely seems to care whether or not you have fun grilling. Do you want some Latin flare for your next Cinco de Mayo cookout? How about a Polynesian glaze for your roast pig? It's IN THERE! Plus, she covers simpler classics that make the scaredy-cat cooks feel smart enough to improvise. (I will say that twice when I thought I was "improvising" I was just making one of her other recipes--cause this book has every marinade you can imagine.)

The only possible improvement I could imagine for this book is to make it more kitchen friendly. I use mine so often and it is not easy to keep it open!

If you like grilling, and want to grow your repetoire past oil/pepper/salt/teriyaki sauce--this book is indispensable, easy to follow, and it will grow with you over time. Like my Joy of Cooking and my Fannie Farmer, I consider it a classic.

Hanafuda the Flower Card Game
Hanafuda the Flower Card Game
by Japan Publications
Edition: Paperback
34 used & new from $6.74

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well thought-out manual for Hanafuda, July 7, 2008
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This book covers the basics of Hanafuda in easy to follow text with plenty of pictures.

You will learn how to identify the cards, build sets, score, and several variations. The most space is devoted to the standard 3-5 player game of Hanafuda (the Japanese version).

The only drawback that I could see was that there was not enough space given to more of the variations. Specifically, I was interested in the Godori (or Go-Stop) rules used in Korea. But the book title is Hanafuda, so I shouldn't have expected them there. I had also heard that there is even a way to use Hanafuda cards for a solitaire game--this wasn't covered in the text.
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The Best of the Best of Electric Company
The Best of the Best of Electric Company
DVD ~ Jim Boyd
Offered by MightySilver
Price: $8.95
52 used & new from $0.49

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down compared to my memory, September 17, 2007
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It is the Electric Company, alright-- and your favorites are here, "Easy Reader", "I'm the plumber, I've come to fix the sink", the silhouettes that sound out word pairs (like ggggg- oat, gggg- reat, ggggg- one) etc...

It is all kinds of supa fly and SOOOOO 70s. But, as an adult I notice the "economical" sets and low-tech special effects more than the groovy retro vibe. I think there are more effective videos to teach reading out there, and the Muppet shows and School House Rock stand the test of time better for entertainment value.

The most interesting aspect of the show that I certainly never grasped as a little kid: the cheesy innuendos. It made the first watch thru moderately funny, but not enough so for me to watch it again.

I will be most likely to play this on a TV with no sound during a party.

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