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Darkness & Light: Preludes, Book 1
Darkness & Light: Preludes, Book 1
Price: $6.15

3.0 out of 5 stars A good story sold has something it is not, August 23, 2014
The story has the foundation for being a good one. It's mostly about what amounts to a side trip for Kit and Sturm with a group of gnomes. Therein lies the first problem--this book should have been about character development and how these two polar opposites became who they were in Chronicles. Other than a few debates this just doesn't happen. Then suddenly they are apart and the last few chapters attempt to summarize Sturm's family legacy. It feels more like a Kender tale than anything serious.

Speaking of kender, the inconsistencies of this story are jarring. With all the times Tas mentioned wanting to visit a moon don't you think Sturm might have mentioned he's been to one? What about meeting a dragon? Draconians? High lords? According to this book Sturm knows everything about the coming evil and told his friends none of it in Chronicles.

So I give it some stars because the gnomes were very entertaining and had the book been only about them it would be fine. But it seems like someone took such an existing tale and added Sturm and Kit into it. Call this book Cloudmaster but don't attempt to pass it off as a key backstory for Chronicles named Darkness and Light!


Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Two
Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Two
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Even better, June 1, 2014
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The second book in the series contains similar elements and plots of the first for continuity. We start to see deepening characters and relationships.

Thor is still universally despised.

The humor and effrontery of Atticus remains the core delight of this series.

I think I'll have to buy the third book now.


Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, May 19, 2014
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That was just amazingly entertaining! Atticus the two century old druid who has a quarrel with a god lasting nearly as long, who by day trims the bushes for an old, whiskey-drinking widow neighbor and runs a magic shop; and by night terrorizes the local wildlife with his mischevious dog and paying his vampire lawyer for services with a "fine liquor" that only Atticus can provide.
It's our mundane world turned inside out. Good writing, funny jokes, and diverse characters make this a fun and fast read. Can't wait to read the next book!


Dragons of the Highlord Skies: Lost Chronicles, Volume Two
Dragons of the Highlord Skies: Lost Chronicles, Volume Two
Price: $5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Bridges the gap, May 15, 2014
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This story nicely bridges the gap for Laurana, Kitiara, and Sturm and it is a good tale especially for Kitiara.


Ultra ULT33142 Ultra-Cord 13-Piece Retractable Cable Travel Pack
Ultra ULT33142 Ultra-Cord 13-Piece Retractable Cable Travel Pack

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome connection kit, May 16, 2013
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Bought this a long time ago but this kit is great! It is fairly compact, has well-made components, all in a sturdy case. All retractable cables are about 4 feet long.

Pros:
The retractable USB cords are extensions and along with the coupler you can make an 8-foot USB cord. I use these more than anything else in the kit to temporarily connect far away USB devices.
USB cables do carry power.
I tried the headphone/microphone set the other day for the first time and it works quite well. Good if you need a two-way headset in a pinch. (note: you will likely that to unmute the microphone port via the OS)
Lots of converter connectors: USB type A, B, mini4, mini5, A-A coupler; two firewire types; Ethernet crossover

Cons:
The retractable phone cable is perhaps outdated and should be replaced with something else like an Apple connector.
The retractable Ethernet cable is NOT the full pinout--only the requisite four pins are linked. This prevents connections on some Ethernet network, FYI.
No micro USB converter (unless that's been added since I bought this thing) so you won't use this to charge/connect most modern mobile phones.


New Potato Technologies TuneLink Auto Bluetooth in Car Stereo Wireless Adapter for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad - (Black) - 1001-01002
New Potato Technologies TuneLink Auto Bluetooth in Car Stereo Wireless Adapter for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad - (Black) - 1001-01002
Price: $74.18
16 used & new from $29.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great device but Incompatible with IOS 6 and iPhone 5, May 8, 2013
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Some of these are incompatible with IOS 6 and therefore iPhone 5. It is a widely reported problem but does not seem to happen to everyone. It happened to me. On the upside the technical support was prompt in responding and admitted this was a problem but it would be nice if they published a notice prominently on their web site!

The device itself is actually quite good and works great if you have a different phone. I tried it on an older iPhone and had no trouble whatsoever. Sound quality was great, easy to use, and it is definitely one of the better offerings out there. Having tried a cheaper bluetooth car solution I can say that you must be careful that whatever device you choose operates in a convenient way (e.g. auto connect, auto play, that sort of thing). The TuneLink works well in this regard whereas other units do not.

In summary this is a great device but iPhone 5 and some iPhone 4 users should hold off until this glaring issue with IOS 6 is fixed.


Baby Banz Baby-Boys Newborn Hearing Protection Earmuff, Blue, 0-2 Year
Baby Banz Baby-Boys Newborn Hearing Protection Earmuff, Blue, 0-2 Year
Price: $23.20
29 used & new from $22.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight and comfy, April 24, 2013
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Our baby loves these! They fit comfortably on his head and he leaves them on. I took the headband off for a moment so I could see how well they isolated noise (didn't want to stretch the band on my large head) and they are quite effective eliminating noise. We have used these at sporting events and when a home movie is cranked up.

They do not fold up but in my experience folding headphones don't fit as well so I have no complaints about that.


GOgroove BlueGate Bluetooth Wireless Receiver for Home Stereos , Portable Speakers , Headphones and Car Music Sound Systems - Works with Apple , Samsung , HTC , LG , Sony and More Smartphones , Tablets , and MP3 Players
GOgroove BlueGate Bluetooth Wireless Receiver for Home Stereos , Portable Speakers , Headphones and Car Music Sound Systems - Works with Apple , Samsung , HTC , LG , Sony and More Smartphones , Tablets , and MP3 Players
Offered by BuySPRY
Price: $24.99
6 used & new from $23.74

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great quality but poor controls and useless in car, April 24, 2013
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Range: this device has excellent range. In fact it kept trying to connect through a couple of walls from the other side of the house.

Sound: quality of sound is very good. I do not have other devices to compare it too but I am pleased with it.

So why two stars? The power control is very poorly thought out. You have to press the tiny button for about 4 seconds to turn the unit on. If you plug it into charge it turns off. If you remove it from charge it turns off. If your device is out of range for too long, it shuts off. Basically this means that if you intend to use it in a car it is next to worthless. While the tiny size almost encourages you to hide it somewhere like the center console the requirement to turn it on pretty much every time you get into the car is so annoying that I am beginning to wish I had not bought this thing. If the button was instantaneous rather than having to hold it down for so long it would be workable or if the unit would at least stay on when power was applied via the 12v adaptor I would be more happy with it. But as it is I am in search of a better solution.

If you only want it for occasional use or you won't be disconnecting from it often, it is a great unit.


Plane Quiet Active Noise Canceling Headphone
Plane Quiet Active Noise Canceling Headphone
Offered by Solitude Design - The Sound of Silence®
Price: $61.92

102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best headphones for your money, September 4, 2012
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I bought two pairs of these for my wife an I on a 4-hour plane ride. I had no idea how they would perform as I have tried a couple of "discount" noise cancelling systems and nothing ever came close to the premier Bose system you drool over in the store but cannot afford especially if you do not travel that often.

NOISE CANCELLATION
These? Oh they are good! Both of us were very impressed. The headphones are very comfortable, perhaps the most comfortable I own and a love the fact that you can detach the cord and use them just to eliminate noise. On the plane they cancel out about 80-90% of the engine roar, enough that you could go to sleep.

SOUND QUALITY
Deep base but not overwhelming. Like other noise cancellation phones I've used turning it on even in a quiet room seems to boost the treble and make them sound better. Without that they are not very "clear" sounding and I couldn't find an equalizer setting that compensated the way I wanted it to. So overall I'd give the sound quality above average but not great. These phones are best used for their purpose--on a plane.

MISC
They fold up nicely and come with a sturdy zipper bag to carry them in. Travelling with them is a breeze. I would recommend that you always detach the cord prior to storing in the bag. I left the cord attached and I suspect I shorted it due to too much bending. I'm using another cord until I can get it replaced.


Nikon 1 J1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera System with 10-30mm VR and 30-110mm VR 1 NIKKOR Lenses (Red)
Nikon 1 J1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera System with 10-30mm VR and 30-110mm VR 1 NIKKOR Lenses (Red)
Offered by THEDIRECTSOURCE
Price: $449.00
14 used & new from $299.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding imagery, awkward interface, September 4, 2012
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IMAGE QUALITY
Owning a number of digital cameras both SLR and compact, this is one of the best as far as picture quality. The low-light color reproduction is especially good. I shot a cathedral AFTER they turned off most of the lights and the pictures were gorgeous. The Nikon 1 has very fast focusing along with everything else it does. The whole package seems aimed at catching action. Between the fast burst mode, Nikon's new Motion Snapshot, Smart Photo, and the high-speed video there is little that escapes its lens.

VIDEO QUALITY
I have yet to put this up on a big screen but on smaller screens the video seems quite good. Just the fact that it auto-focuses during normal-speed video shooting is a plus point. One quick tip: you will want to change the video format to one of the 60i if you want to view it directly on your iPad. 30p doesn't translate.
The high-speed video (an awesome 400 fps and a super slow 1200 fps) is one of my favorite features as this is a rare feature in cameras. It does scale down the resolution so don't expect recreating Discovery's Planet Earth moments but it is fun to play with.

SIZE
I think Nikon found a happy place between camera size and SLR quality with the Nikon 1. In fact I really, really like the size. However, it is a bit of an awkward shape and by that I mean it is neither an SLR or a compact so finding the right case to hold the camera and a second lens that is not bulky can be a challenge. Holding it feels just right. Shooting with it is easy enough but you do have to make sure you don't cover the auto-focus sensor while adjusting the lens.

CONTROLS
The most basic controls (flash, timer etc.) are at your fingertips but this is true of nearly all cameras. SLRs and some compacts tend to have a mode wheel that selects shooting modes but Nikon chose to keep the external interface simple and only the Nikon 1 mode wheel offers only 4: auto, Motion Snapshot, video, and Smart Photo (takes several photos and chooses the best one). This is great for newbies and amateurs who prefer not to know of additional complexities but if you are used to SLRs and being able to rapidly switch between modes you will find this camera lacking. The camera has all the usual modes and manual controls but to change them you must go down to a second level menu. Thankfully the 4-way button is also a wheel which allows you to rapidly traverse the menu. Still I would have preferred at least a dedicated button to instantly switch modes or a 5th option on the mode wheel that you could customize, or the ability to customize the F button which to me is under-utilized.

One area in particular is very weak: manual focus. First you have to get the camera into a manual mode, then you have to enable manual focus, and finally you must use the tiny paddle control in the corner to adjust the focus. This is so cumbersome you will not want to do it except as a last resort. That being said, it is rare that you will need it. The auto-focus is very, very good!

LENSES
The two primary lenses are 10-30mm and 30-110mm. 10-110 is effectively close to a typical SLR range of 18-200 due to the 2.7x crop factor of the Nikon 1. I noticed the wide-angle (10mm) had notably less of a view field than I was used to but it is good enough for most shots. Changing the lenses is as easy, perhaps easier, than an SLR due to the smaller size but with one issue: the rear caps must be lined up to attach. I wish they would snap on or screw on like every other lens I have. The retraction and locking button takes a little getting used to. It is a good thing that the lens pulls back to make the camera more compact but it IS an extra step and one easily forgotten if you are in a hurry. The camera does warn you if the lens is retracted but by then you have missed your shot. The camera will also turn on automatically if you extend it--a nice feature if you train yourself to use it. It does not currently have the ability to likewise shut off when retracted but maybe a future firmware update will allow this. That being said, you can always just leave it extended. The camera aggressively tries to conserve battery power by featuring a sleep mode and fairly fast on/off times so leaving it on while walking around is perfectly fine.

BATTERY LIFE
I would recommend an additional battery if you shoot more than 200 pictures a day. The battery gauge has three segments which do not seem to be equal. The first and second ones last a long time. When you get down to the last segment there is little power left and the camera will shut down at any time and no warning. There is no flashing red or other indicators of a very low battery like most SLRs. You can usually squeeze one or two more shots out of it if you let it rest a bit but that's all.


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