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Monoprice 107688 6-Feet 18AWG 3 Prong AC Power Cord Cable for Laptop/Notebook C-5/5-15P, Black
Monoprice 107688 6-Feet 18AWG 3 Prong AC Power Cord Cable for Laptop/Notebook C-5/5-15P, Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works for more than just laptops and notebooks, July 5, 2014
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I purchased this for a Gateway TFT19W80PS monitor. It's a "Mickey Mouse" type connector as pictured, and it worked perfectly, even though the description states that it's for a Laptop/Notebook. So this has multiple uses, though due to the length, it's best suitable for desktop equipment.

100 Greatest Martial Arts Classics Collection
100 Greatest Martial Arts Classics Collection
DVD ~ Bruce Lee
Price: $31.21
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Classics, But OK (albeit recycled) Viewing Fare., June 27, 2014
This is actually a bundle of two Mill Creek collections, the newly released "Iron Fist Frenzy - 50 Movie Collection", and the previously released "Martial Arts 50 Movie Pack Collection (2005)". The films themselves have been reviewed ad nauseum, so I will focus primarily on the packaging. Each set is a brick pack with the DVDs in paper sleeves stacked one upon the other. Martial Arts 50 Pack is comprised of flippy discs containing two films per side, whereas Iron Fist Frenzy has single sided discs, but four films per DVD. Each set also comes with a booklet that gives the movie title, year, stars and a brief synopsis about the film. There's also an index in the back indicating what movie is on what disc.

Iron Fist Frenzy also includes the films from the new and previously released smaller collections: "Flying Fists of Kung Fu - 12 Movie Set", "Kickin' It Shaolin Style - 12 Movie Set", "Way of the 5 Finger Death Strike - 12 Movie Collection" and "Great Impersonators - 12 Movie Collection". So if you have one or more of these collections already, and are looking to complete your collection of Mill Creek martial arts releases, you may want to opt to pick up the sets that you need rather that getting this one. You can check the individual listings for the titles that are included in each collection.

You get a lot of bang for the buck from this set, but you do get what you pay for. There's no remastering to be found. Yes, the quality isn't the greatest for these movies; they don't get the respect that they deserve. Many/most of the films are VHS rips, full screen with English dubs. No extras, just the movies. There are some gems in here, but a lot of chaff as well. If you're new into martial arts films, or have an interest in finding out more about them, I'm sure that you could do a lot worse. You may want to opt for one of the smaller sets to test the waters, and that's fine. If you're already a fan of martial arts films, you probably have most or all of these from previous collections. I don't regret the purchase, and having already viewed a few of the movies, I look forward to hours of viewing fun!

Victorian Secret Collection TP
Victorian Secret Collection TP
by David Hutchinson
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool Reception to Victorian Secret - Girls of Steampunk Collection, October 31, 2013
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Victorian Secret - Girls of Steampunk Collection, collects artwork previously published in the following comics from Antarctic Press:

Victorian Secret
Victorian Secret: Summer Catalog
Victorian Secret: Winter wardrobe
Victorian Secret: Masquerade
Victorian Secret: Victorian Secret Agents

This volume doesn't contain any stories; this is strictly a pin-up collection, nothing more. The back cover description says it all:

Presenting for your delight and edification, a positive bounty of bold belles in brass and leather, satin and silk. When adventure calls, these daring damsels are ready to answer, clad in their most flirtatious/fictional finery and strapping on their goggles and steam=powered accessories. They'll stoke the boilers of your heart!

The contributors include many of Antarctic Press' top artists: Fred Perry, Ben Dunn, Rod Espinosa, David Hutchison, Joe Wight and Brian Denham. There are lesser know artists (at least to me): Chris Allen, J.L. Anderson, Kelsey Shannon and Will Terrell. Unfortunately, the artwork isn't specifically credited as to who did what; there's no table of contents or an index. Unless the picture is signed (some are, many aren't) and you can read it, or if you recognize the artist's style, it's a guessing game as to who drew what.

The artwork features women in a variety of dress (and undress), lots of cleavage (the majority of the women are of the busty variety), frilly undergarments, corsets, short shorts (did they really have those, much less wear them, in Victorian times?), etc. Many of the women wield guns of the size that would make Dirty Harry envious. Swords, spears and other various weaponry are also on show.

So how good is the art? In my humble opinion, so-so. Some of it is very good, fine attention to detail,anatomy and perspective with good coloring. They would fit in nicely with any Marvel or DC title (if it took place a hundred years or so ago that is). There's manga inspired artwork, and even one piece that looks like Sarah Palin going steampunk rogue! Other pieces are okay, but nothing awe inspiring. I wouldn't say any one piece is badly done; they're better than anything that I could draw. With the number of contributing artists, there's bound to be varying degrees of quality, and that's true here.

The book itself is a trade paperback; the binding is solid. One problem with the book is that a number of the pictures take up two pages, so you can't really preview the picture without risking breaking the binding. The pictures work in a comic book format; less so in a paperback edition. It's full color all the way through, which is good. It starts with the title page, including copyright information. The back page is an advertisement of the various steampunk titles that Antarctic Press puts out (with Professor Steamhead front and center). It's all artwork the rest of the way. There's no separate cover gallery for the issues that the artwork is taken from, which is disappointing, but most of the cover art is represented as individual pin-ups throughout the book.

Summary: this was a blind buy for me, as I'm a fan of several of the Antarctic Press artists, so I generally support their work and buy most anything they put out. From the description, I figured there would be a lot of fan service artwork in the collection (and there is - don't show this to Mom), but I also thought there would be some one shot stories included, and there aren't. But that's my fault for not researching the title more. If I had the opportunity to preview the book instead of pre-ordering it, I probably wouldn't have bought it. If it had been the work of a single artist, say Fred Perry or Ben Dunn (Rod Espinosa or David Hutchison I would also give serious consideration), I would have bought it without regret as I know the style and quality these guys deliver on a regular basis. In the end, it is what it is; an okay pin-up collection that won't win any awards. But if you're really into steam punk, you may find more value in it than I do. I'm just not a huge fan of the genre.

Love Hina Omnibus 1
Love Hina Omnibus 1
by Ken Akamatsu
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.53
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome (though sloppy) New Edition of a Classic Manga Title!, November 12, 2011
This review is from: Love Hina Omnibus 1 (Paperback)
I want to give kudos to Kodansha for bringing 'Love Hina' back into print. For the uninitiated, 'Love Hina' is a romantic comedy manga by Ken Akamatsu, best known for his current work Negima (Negima! Magister Negi Magi) and also for on e of my favorites, A.I. Love You (think a manga version of 'Weird Science'). 'Love Hina' is the story of Keitaro Urashima, a ronin (student who has failed his college entrance exam) working to get into Tokyo University. Keitaro, through a series of events, becomes manager of Hinata House, an all-female dormitory, where he is surrounded by a bevy of beauties (only in manga and anime does this happen).

As I said, I give kudos to Kodansha for bringing this omnibus, which collects the first three volumes of 'Love Hina', into print, because this is a title which deserves to have new readers discover it. Unique to this edition ('Love Hina' was previously published by Tokyopop) is a new translation along with a series of translator's notes explaining explaining various cultural references that appear throughout the manga.

That said, there are some disappointing things about this volume. The proofreading of this omnibus leaves a little bit to be desired. For example, the first two translator's notes (which appear in the back and reference the page in the manga to which they are related) refer to items that they say appear on page two. However, the first note refers to kotatsus (a table with a heater underneath) which actually doesn't appear until page 130. The second reference (about kendo) doesn't occur until the sixth chapter, which begins on page 163.

Next, page 3 is incorrectly labeled as page 215. It's a minor thing, but a bit odd. There's a grammatical error on page 112, where Naru (the girl with the iron punch) says to Keitaro "You know, at this rate, you won't make into any university" (it should be make 'it' into any university). As a comparison, the Tokyopop version has Naru saying "You know, at this rate, you won't be able to get into any school, let alone Tokyo U".

There's more (the volume two translator's notes appear to be each off by two pages), but you get the idea. For something that has been greatly anticipated (okay, maybe not greatly anticipated, but I've been wanting it, even though I have the previous release, 'Love Hina' is a favorite of mine), the sloppiness in the editing is a big letdown. I would hope that future editions correct these errors (at least get the page numbering right).

If you already have the previous Tokyopop release, you may wish to forgo buying this one from Kodansha, at least until (when/if) they correct the errors in a future edition.

However, if you're a fan of Ken Akamatsu, or enjoy romantic comedy manga, 'Love Hina' is still one of the more enjoyable titles out there, and is a must-read, in my humble opinion. Yes, it has its detractors; it's been called a poor man's Maison Ikkoku, among other things (some of which are unprintable, at least here on Amazon). Coincidence and luck (good and bad) reign supreme within its pages (along with every cliche imaginable). If you're looking for a literary masterpiece, check out Dickens or Twain. But if you want a fun, entertaining ride, where you can turn your brain off for a while and visit with some amusing characters, then give 'Love Hina' a whirl. For twenty bucks (and probably less) for the first three volumes, it's an inexpensive introduction to a manga classic.
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