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Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K Cup Brewers, Smooth Caffeinator Medium Roast, 24 Count
Java Factory Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K Cup Brewers, Smooth Caffeinator Medium Roast, 24 Count

4.0 out of 5 stars nice basic cup of coffee, April 16, 2014
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If you are a fan of a stiff cup of coffee, the kind that smacks you upside the head and wakes you up in the morning, well...this isn't it. But, if you like a basic nice cup of joe, one that's not bitter but still gives you that coffee oomph in the morning, you may want to try the Smooth Caffeinator.
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Oxiclean Laundry Detergent, 47 Count
Oxiclean Laundry Detergent, 47 Count

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, April 16, 2014
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I have used OxiClean products for years and I decided to try out these detergent packs. They are very convenient and they are effective. I had no issues with them at all except for one - I had to set the agitation time to the longest setting. If I did not I would find a small sliver of the OxiClean pack in the bottom of the washer. So, set it to a longer agitation time and use these with confidence!


Hill's Science Diet Adult Grain-Free Salmon Dry Dog Food, 3.5-Pound
Hill's Science Diet Adult Grain-Free Salmon Dry Dog Food, 3.5-Pound
Price: $17.75
3 used & new from $10.33

5.0 out of 5 stars My dog loves it, April 16, 2014
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Admittedly, my dog loves to eat just about anything, but she certainly loves this dog food. It is your call if the price is right, but it is delivered to your door so if lugging dog food around is an issue this may be an answer.


Hill's Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Mature Adult Dry Dog Food, 4-Pound
Hill's Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Mature Adult Dry Dog Food, 4-Pound
Price: $16.43

5.0 out of 5 stars My dog loves it., April 16, 2014
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To be fair, my dog loves all dog food. But, she really loves this stuff. She literally jumps in the air when I pull the dog food container out and just freaks out over it. I have no idea if it does what it says it does, but the dog really loves it.


Angel Soft 165 Piece Facial Tissue, White, 18 Count
Angel Soft 165 Piece Facial Tissue, White, 18 Count
Price: $21.99
2 used & new from $21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat it., April 16, 2014
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I am not a stickler for really fancy tissues. Mostly, I just want a tissue to do its main job for as cheap as possible and these new Angel Soft tissues do their job at an awesome price point per box. While they are not fancy, they are not cheap tissues that need to be doubled up on to equal a regular name brand tissue and are worth checking out.


Mandela: An Audio History
Mandela: An Audio History
by Nelson Mandela
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $13.29
31 used & new from $1.36

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very fine short history of apartheid - very approachable and I found it to be quite engrossing., April 1, 2014
Considering that Mandela: An Audio History is the history of the entire apartheid era of South Africa in 75 minutes, this short history is surprisingly thorough and very compelling.

The audiobook tells the story of apartheid through the story of Nelson Mandela - why he decided to fight against it, how he decided to fight against it, his trial for treason, his time in prison, how the struggle continued with him as the symbol of hope and resistance, the collapse of the apartheid system and it ends with the election of Mandela as president. Each chapter begins with a short introduction by Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu (also a large voice against apartheid).

The story is mostly told through interviews with Mandela and dozens of others and also includes snippets from radio and TV news broadcasts. Of course, details are left out. Desmond Tutu's Nobel Prize is not mentioned and Winnie Mandela is glossed over and nothing is mentioned about their marital troubles (to be expected considering their age difference and considering that he was imprisoned for such a long part of their marriage) and her implication in a murder and virtual endorsement of the heinous practice of necklacing.

But, like I already noted, things have to be left out if the goal is a short history. This is a very fine short history of apartheid - very approachable and I found it to be quite engrossing.


Influx
Influx
by Daniel Suarez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.31
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suarez does it again., March 30, 2014
This review is from: Influx (Hardcover)
Have you heard the stories of the engineer that invented the engine that gets 200 miles per gallon and the oil companies put a stop to it? Or, of the Japanese inventor that created the car that burns hydrogen from water but he suddenly disappeared? Or, the story that cold fusion really was invented but the energy companies nixed it?

Well, that is the premise behind Influx by Daniel Suarez. The Bureau of Technology Control (BTC) is a secret government agency that was established to identify and isolate "disruptive" technologies - technologies that would seriously de-stabilize the world economy and/or the current social order. The inventors are imprisoned or, if they are willing to cooperate, allowed to develop their technologies for the good of the BTC.

Now, imagine if the BTC's lead on technology kept on growing and the BTC started to disdain the government that it was supposed to report to (think about our own news and imagine an NSA that started to turn on its own leaders with its listening program). That's where the story starts.

Jon Grady is a physicist who has just invented a gravity mirror - it reflects gravity. The BTC has determined that this will be very disruptive and kidnaps Grady and imprisons him. But, Grady won't make it easy on his captors...

No one currently writing does near-future sci-fi better than Daniel Suarez and this book keeps that trend going with an interesting story line and a true David vs. Goliath story. He has picked up where Michael Crichton left off.


Deeds of a Master Archer, a short story
Deeds of a Master Archer, a short story
Price: $0.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Yikes., March 25, 2014
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The story starts with two friends in the modern world trying to move a washing machine from a basement. Suddenly, they are sucked into another world (no explanation) where they discover a typical medieval fantasy village after they rescue a captive princess.

Turns out she was to be a sacrifice to a dragon and the dragon is no mood to be denied. One of the travelers from our world is a former U.S. Marine and somehow this enables him to be proficient with a sword and a bow and arrow. Actually, he is not just proficient - he is a master, as described in the title. I was not aware that the Marines trained in those weapons, but I have never been a Marine, what do I know?

So, the young men do battle not once, but twice with unfamiliar weapons against the shocking might of a dragon while hampered with almost no character development, a story with the thinnest of plots and an absurd willingness on the part of everyone in the story just to go along with this story just because it makes the story go along.

Yikes.


Paradox Resolution: A Spider Webb Novel
Paradox Resolution: A Spider Webb Novel
by K. A. Bedford
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.99
41 used & new from $5.39

3.0 out of 5 stars A review of the audiobook, March 25, 2014
Originally published in 2012.
Audiobook version published in 2013 by Post Hypnotic Press
Read by Cameron MacDonald
Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes.

Time travel science fiction can be tricky. Do you play it straight and have time traveler affecting the time line like Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis? Or, do you play fast and loose with time travel and timelines like the Dr. Who series does?

Personally, I like the stricter interpretation of time travel. I think the loose interpretation is like Robert Frost's famed comparison of free verse poetry to rhyming/metered poetry to "playing tennis without a net." I guess it comes from to many years of playing Role Playing Games as a kid - I tend to put myself in complicated plots and think about how I would get out. Unfortunately (for me at least), this book plays by a set of fast, loose and rather arbitrary rules about time travel and leaves its own plot open to its own internal inconsistencies - the entire story could have been undone with judicious use of any of the thousands of time machines that exist in this story at any point in almost any of the main characters' lives.

I have not read the first book in this series but I think that Bedford does a very good of catching the reader up to the events that transpired in the first book. I was drawn to the book because of the back of the book description of Spider Webb - a down on his luck ex-cop who fixes time machines at an Australian franchise location of the Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait chain. Spider is a likable guy who wants to get back with his ex-wife, can't see that another lady is practically throwing himself at him and has a very strong sense of right and wrong.

The story starts out with a bang but in the middle of the book there are long, long often repetitive passages of discussion and thought (and thoughts about the discussions that we just heard) that bog the book down. Sadly, the book never picks up the quick pace again and prone to shorter (but still repetitive) discussions and thoughts about discussions.

I enjoyed the reading by Cameron MacDonald. He had a nice command of Australian and Canadian accents and portrays the clueless yet committed Spider Webb quite skillfully. Plus, he made the long bouts of discussion and thinking listenable.


Paradox Resolution: A Spider Webb Novel
Paradox Resolution: A Spider Webb Novel
Price: $4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A review of the audiobook, March 25, 2014
Originally published in 2012.
Audiobook version published in 2013 by Post Hypnotic Press
Read by Cameron MacDonald
Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes.

Time travel science fiction can be tricky. Do you play it straight and have time traveler affecting the time line like Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis? Or, do you play fast and loose with time travel and timelines like the Dr. Who series does?

Personally, I like the stricter interpretation of time travel. I think the loose interpretation is like Robert Frost's famed comparison of free verse poetry to rhyming/metered poetry to "playing tennis without a net." I guess it comes from to many years of playing Role Playing Games as a kid - I tend to put myself in complicated plots and think about how I would get out. Unfortunately (for me at least), this book plays by a set of fast, loose and rather arbitrary rules about time travel and leaves its own plot open to its own internal inconsistencies - the entire story could have been undone with judicious use of any of the thousands of time machines that exist in this story at any point in almost any of the main characters' lives.

I have not read the first book in this series but I think that Bedford does a very good of catching the reader up to the events that transpired in the first book. I was drawn to the book because of the back of the book description of Spider Webb - a down on his luck ex-cop who fixes time machines at an Australian franchise location of the Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait chain. Spider is a likable guy who wants to get back with his ex-wife, can't see that another lady is practically throwing himself at him and has a very strong sense of right and wrong.

The story starts out with a bang but in the middle of the book there are long, long often repetitive passages of discussion and thought (and thoughts about the discussions that we just heard) that bog the book down. Sadly, the book never picks up the quick pace again and prone to shorter (but still repetitive) discussions and thoughts about discussions.

I enjoyed the reading by Cameron MacDonald. He had a nice command of Australian and Canadian accents and portrays the clueless yet committed Spider Webb quite skillfully. Plus, he made the long bouts of discussion and thinking listenable.


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