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The Shapeshifters
The Shapeshifters
by Stefan Spjut
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.08
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potentially a captivating supernatural mystery, let down by too much extraneous detail, June 4, 2015
This review is from: The Shapeshifters (Paperback)
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There's a great, haunting 300-page story buried somewhere within--unfortunately there's another 300 pages of padding to wade through. I have nothing against epic-length works if the story demands it, and I love descriptive writing, but Spjut gets a bit excessive here, describing every mundane detail of the characters' lives, as well as every object within their general vicinity, and it breaks up the flow and the tension far too often to keep me totally captivated and engaged. But hidden within the pages and pages of description, there's a pretty freaky story that mixes the everyday with the mythical. I'm not very good at skim-reading through parts that don't hold my interest--I force myself to read every single word--but for those who can, there's a very good supernatural thriller here that fans of Neil Gaiman's and Clive Barker's "hidden world"-type horror-fantasies may appreciate. For me, while there were a few scenes that will most likely haunt me for a while (such as the eerie Prologue), it was just a bit too much work to get to "the good stuff," and I had to force myself to keep reading at times, though the ending made it all somewhat worth it.
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Baby Alive Sips 'n Cuddles Doll baby birdy dress (Blonde)
Baby Alive Sips 'n Cuddles Doll baby birdy dress (Blonde)
Price: $15.99
31 used & new from $15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for toddlers, but be prepared for wet floors, May 30, 2015
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My 20 month old niece loves this doll, and can spend hours giving it water and watching it come out the other end a short time later. She may be slightly too young to play with it by herself, as it can make a bit of a mess, with water getting everywhere (she prefers to give the doll water without the diaper on, so she can actually see the water come out). Also, it only comes with one diaper, so after a couple uses, you'll have to buy more. Still, my niece has a lot of fun with it, and it can be used as a teaching tool when it comes time for potty training, by placing the doll on a training potty to encourage the child to try herself. It was definitely worth getting just to see the enjoyment she gets out of it.


Pull-Ups Training Pants Night Time for Girls, Size 2T-3T, 50 Count (Pack of 2)
Pull-Ups Training Pants Night Time for Girls, Size 2T-3T, 50 Count (Pack of 2)
Price: $37.94
5 used & new from $28.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbs very well for training pants, and the velcro sides are a nice bonus, May 27, 2015
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These Huggies Pull-Ups are great for little girls who are potty training. They're actually very absorbent for trainers (though not as absorbent as diapers of course), good for at least a couple accidents, and the velcro sides allow for quick checks, without having to totally undress the child every time. The designs fade when wet, making it easy to tell if she needs to be changed. And what 2-year-old girl doesn't like Sophia, Minnie, and Cinderella? Recommended.


Purina Pro Plan Wet Cat Food, True Nature, Grain Free, Natural Chicken & Liver Entrée, 3-Ounce Can, Pack of 24
Purina Pro Plan Wet Cat Food, True Nature, Grain Free, Natural Chicken & Liver Entrée, 3-Ounce Can, Pack of 24
Price: $21.36
6 used & new from $21.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but my finicky cat absolutely loves it, May 23, 2015
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My cat is usually a pretty finicky eater, but he's been scarfing these down, sometimes not even waiting for me to finish putting it on the plate and just hopping up on the counter. It's gotten to the point where he won't even attempt to eat other brands, which means I'm stuck for now with having to pay $1.50 per can. It's worth it, however, considering how much he loves it. With other brands, I end up wasting a lot due to their lack of consistency. Friskies and Fancy Feast pate's are sometimes soft and moist, and other times they're harder to chop up and not very juicy. Sometimes my cat loves it, other times he won't touch it. So far with these Purina Chicken and Liver Entrees, every one has been nice and juicy.


Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)
Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)
by Jon Fine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.27
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite some snobbery, provides great insight into the indie scene of the 80s and 90s, May 23, 2015
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I see a lot of people here didn't care for Fine's "holier than thou" hipster attitude, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book at all. In fact, it added another layer of authenticity, considering that seemingly everyone into indie (i.e. "college") rock at the time had a somewhat snobbish attitude (and not much has changed since).

This book really brought me back to the DIY, pre-internet days of fanzines and MTV, when if you wanted to check out a new band that wasn't pushed on the radio and MTV, you had to either shell out $15 for the CD, or just go check them out live for like half the price. Fine's humorous, philosophy-laden stories of life on the road were great, and made me nostalgic for those bygone days, even if I was a little too young to fully appreciate the scene at the time.

Recommended for fans of 80s and 90s underground rock, and for those who would like to vicariously experience life as a struggling musician in the 80s.


Brinks Home Security Push Pull Rotate Door Locks 23072-119 Rourke Entry Handleset with Deadbolt
Brinks Home Security Push Pull Rotate Door Locks 23072-119 Rourke Entry Handleset with Deadbolt
Price: $124.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Well-made, secure, super-easy to use, though a little harder to install than advertised, May 22, 2015
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This Brinks door handle/lock looks really nice, and makes it really simple to open the door while your hands are full (of course, you still have to unlock the deadbolt). It's also very solidly made and secure, though the installation process requires more than a simple screwdriver. It's still not very difficult, but you will have to drill an extra hole. Not a big deal, but it means the hole will have to be filled, most likely, in the event that you ever decide to get a new door handle. Also, you must already have a door with a deadbolt, or else you'll have to drill a hole for the deadbolt as well. Still, the push/pull/rotate technology is nice and convenient, the handle is quite aesthetically pleasing and comfortable, and I doubt I'll be needing a new one anytime in the near future.


Black Flag HG-11075 Extreme Flea Killer Plus Growth Regulator Spray
Black Flag HG-11075 Extreme Flea Killer Plus Growth Regulator Spray
Price: $13.97
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe for indoors, easy to use...and it works, April 30, 2015
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Anyone who's ever had a flea infestation knows just how much of a hassle it can be to get rid of them. With this Black Flag Extreme Flea Killer, you can get the job done easily, without having to leave your home for hours at a time while the house gets flea-bombed. It's safe to use on carpet, baseboards, and furniture (but not smooth floors), and the earlier you catch the problem the easier it will be to take care of, as you don't want to wait til the fleas have had a chance to lay and hatch their eggs. This will still break the cycle, you'll just have a larger problem to deal with. Just point and spray the problem areas, and your house will be free of fleas in no time. Recommended for households with outdoor pets.


Safety 1st Wide and Sturdy Sliding Gate
Safety 1st Wide and Sturdy Sliding Gate
Offered by Ghep Media
Price: $68.78
3 used & new from $68.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, sturdy child-proof gate, April 28, 2015
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This safety gate is great for wider spaces, such as hallways and stairways. It's quite sturdy, simple enough for adults to open, but requires just the right amount of force so that a child couldn't. There's nothing fancy or ornamental to it, just a nice, solid gate. Installation is pretty easy, taking about 25-30 minutes or so. It's best to have another person to help set it up and make sure it's level. Also, keep in mind that it's only 26.5" tall, so most cats can easily jump over it. Overall, it works great and I'd recommend it for those who aren't worried about aesthetics.


The Bone Tree (Penn Cage)
The Bone Tree (Penn Cage)
by Greg Iles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.49
272 used & new from $0.36

4.0 out of 5 stars A very good -- if slightly convoluted -- folow-up to 'Natchez Burning', April 25, 2015
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Middle books in trilogies have the difficult task of laying the groundwork for the final novel, making sure all the pieces are in place, while still having some sort of climax in IT as well. Not all writers are able to pull it off, as there's a tendency toward over-expanding the scope, by adding too many side-characters and side-plots in an effort to maintain reader interest after the novelty -- or "newness" -- of the opening volume has worn off. Sometimes this is at the expense of narrative momentum.

'The Bone Tree' does fall into these traps periodically, as there were times the book felt a bit too overstuffed with plots and characters that weren't always of equal interest to me -- as is usually the case with these types of sprawling epics -- but Iles successfully pulls it off in the end, imo. It does start to slow down a bit in the middle, weighed down by the constant shifting back and forth between settings (just as I'd be getting into a reading groove with a certain character), but toward the end it picks up in intensity to the point that I was immediately ready to begin reading the final installment, and it's going to be difficult to wait a year or more.

But, as a fan of the notoriously ponderous George RR Martin, I'm just grateful that the conclusion will actually be here in the near future.


Fisher-Price My First Thomas The Train, Pop and Go Thomas
Fisher-Price My First Thomas The Train, Pop and Go Thomas
Price: $15.99
36 used & new from $13.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Great toy for 1-3 year-olds, April 19, 2015
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This Thomas the Train toy (so I take it he's not "Thomas the Tank Engine" any more?) is perfect for toddlers who have recently learned to walk. And if they haven't learned to walk yet, the handle comes off so it can be pushed around while crawling. My 20 month-old niece loves running around with it, and I constantly have to hover over her and tell her to slow down. About the only thing I wish were different would be the amount of balls within the clear plastic bubble. As it is, there are only a handful, so they only *pop* every few seconds or so, and sometimes not for a longer time. With a couple more balls they would probably pop more often. Still, this is a fun, durable toy for toddlers, one they should get a lot of use out of.


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