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The Red House Mystery
The Red House Mystery
by A. A. Milne
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Red House Mystery, May 13, 2014
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This is a rare part of Milne's works, a mystery. The work is superbly crafted. Short book, But a very fun read. Some call this the genesis of the mystery novel, the first one of the million or so that have been written to date. My guess is that few of all the rest are as well written. See if you can figure our "who done it?"


Men's Reading Glasses Combo Half Rim By ICU with Soft Case (2.25, Black)
Men's Reading Glasses Combo Half Rim By ICU with Soft Case (2.25, Black)
Offered by No Thyme Productions
Price: $26.95
2 used & new from $26.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Bifocals (reading), May 13, 2014
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Needed a pair of reading glasses. These looked good on Amazon. The Chinese called these an Italian style, made in China but sold in America. They are a lined bifocal, and as we know, at times there is distortion around the edge, where the bifocal ( + 2.25) meets the clear upper section. Takes some time, like a couple of hours, to learn to ignore that. They are very nicely made. Optically they are great. The price, around $25, got a pair of prescription reading glasses is just great. I would they do not fit my big head as well as some, but they fit good enough. So, maybe fine for average heads.


Church Key Can and Bottle Opener, Set of 2
Church Key Can and Bottle Opener, Set of 2
Offered by Cell Surfers
Price: $4.01
7 used & new from $3.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Church Keys, May 13, 2014
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Made in China. A manual bottle and can opener. Put one in each car, for emergencies. (One never knows.) Sort of pricey. But will not wear out.


The Trial of Soren Qvist
The Trial of Soren Qvist
by Janet Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.46
45 used & new from $8.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial of Soren Qvist, May 13, 2014
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Ms Janet Lewis is a newly found American author for us. The good thing is that she writes very, very well. One of those books that as you are reading you tend to look at the number of remaining pages with some dread. I really don't want this book to end, sort of thing.The bad news is that Ms Lewis did not write that many novels. So, this is a great book.


Organ Works
Organ Works
Price: $14.49
34 used & new from $2.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Saint-Saens Organ Works, May 13, 2014
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This review is from: Organ Works (Audio CD)
Good cd. Performed on an unusual instrument from Belgium. Sort of a hybrid of a huge German instrument and a huge French instrument, just right for Belgium. Big and flexible organ, with huge amounts of voices. CD is acoustically excellent. (Well done, recording engineers!) Organist is competent, but not my favorite. Still a fun listen. Close the doors and windows and turn up the volume.


Hyundai HY2000si 2200-Watt Portable Inverter Generator
Hyundai HY2000si 2200-Watt Portable Inverter Generator
Price: $525.00
10 used & new from $467.78

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hyundai HY2000si Generator, May 13, 2014
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Other reviewers are correct about the price/value issue. Mine came last week, and works just fine. Setting up was easy. Some first thoughts:
1. Weighs 73 pounds. Came with a sticker (a UPS sticker) saying that the box required two people to lift it. My UPS guy delivered it with a cart. Portable? For strong people, OK. Think of getting a small cart if you are normal.
2. Quiet. Sort of. Can certainly talk close to it. Makes a good amount of low frequency noise, and that does not travel well. If you were out camping, you might turn it off before you went to sleep. If you are in a camper and the thing is outside the camper, the AC is worth it probably. I plan to build a box and keep it on a pad in the back of the house.
3. Korea. This is not a product from the car company, Hyundai, but from another part of that conglomerate, Hyundai power. Clearly, right on the box, it says "Made in China". (Isn't everything made in China?) So don't be comfortable that is is good because Korean cars are good. Not that it is bad.
4. Instructions: Really a strange book. So incomplete. It would be so easy to have somebody (with a 8th grade education) write something far better. An example. You change the oil by removing the filler cap and screwing a plastic tube in its place. You then tilt the generator and put it into a "pot", disposal. However the book just says tilt the generator. If you did that all the oil would drain into the blue generator box, a terrible mess. The "screw in the plastic tube" part is not mentioned. Indeed the fact that the piece of plastic tubing is included is not mentioned, and you could miss it. The instructions tell you to change the spark plug frequently, but there is nothing (except the ID on the spark plug itself, which you need to removed to read) that tells you what the replacement plug should be. One hopes that they will contact their customers and post some useful stuff on the web.
5. Fuel Specs: Claims you need to use unleaded gasoline, but no alcohol. As we know, all gasoline sold in the US has some ethanol blended in (that ADM lobby). So if you follow instructions you would need to import fuel from China, I guess. They obviously mean no E-85, the blend with 85% ethanol. That seems something that needs clarification.
6. Operations: The instructions clearly claim you should not let the unit stand in the rain. So, things are not waterproof. What things? I looked in the box and the inverter is pretty crudely made. Lots of capacitors soldered onto a PC board. That is OK from a safety point of view because it is in the blue box, and nobody will touch the parts. But that electronic stuff should have been a water proof box, which could be polyethylene. Seems like you would need to operate under an umbrella is it was running outside. And the instructions say, because of the CO emissions, you need to run it outside. But, obviously, not outside on a rainy day. Back porch with a roof, sure.
7. No gas gauge. Seems like the way you tell the thing is out of gas is that it stops running. You cannot "see" in the tank because there is a filter in the way. Maybe we will get to time things, like running hours and learn when fuel is getting low. There is no reason why a simple float gauge was not included somehow.
8. Lifetime. Not really mentioned directly. Rather comments like improper storage will decrease lifetime are there. (They recommend that you drain out all the gas you can, and then run until the generator stops when you plan to store the unit. Obviously they are worried that the gas will gel and plug up the fuel system.) They also claim that improper maintenance or bad oil will impact lifetime. On the other hand, this unit is sold into a construction market, and one would guess that lots of operational hours are gained quickly by most of their customers. Even so, there is some self-imposed limit of not running the generator for more than 6 hours. (You would need to refuel to do this.) Again, the indication that doing that would result in shorter product lifetime.
9. Canada: The warranty and service stuff is down from Ontario. Canadians are nice and competent, so this is probably one of those no problem things. And perhaps they will be selling parts on the web.


Canon Powershot G15: The Expanded Guide
Canon Powershot G15: The Expanded Guide
by David Taylor
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from $15.08

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3.0 out of 5 stars G15 Guide, March 6, 2014
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Got a new G15, and that came with instructions on a CD, which were also available as a download. This book looked interesting. It actually disappointed. There was just some stuff that repeated what Canon wrote. Maybe that is as good as you can get. I have read most of it, and I can conclude that after reading it, I really did not learn much additionally about the camera.


Elegant Soft Wine Red Unscented Taper Candles 12 Inch Tall 3/4 Inch Thick Set of 12 Burn 10 Hours
Elegant Soft Wine Red Unscented Taper Candles 12 Inch Tall 3/4 Inch Thick Set of 12 Burn 10 Hours
Offered by Shop A Candle
Price: $21.00
3 used & new from $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Candles Box, March 6, 2014
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Good price. Came fast. Candles are getting costly these days. Amazon had a box available at a good price, far cheaper than I could find elsewhere. The candles look good, and got burned during the Christmas holidays. They burned cleanly. Not problem with wax running around. Hard to say much good about a candle. However this brand is good, and this product performed well for me.


ECCO Men's Ticino Shoe,Warm Grey,47 EU/13-13.5 M US
ECCO Men's Ticino Shoe,Warm Grey,47 EU/13-13.5 M US
Offered by St. Crispinsbay
Price: $79.95
3 used & new from $79.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Ecco Shoe, March 6, 2014
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Price was good. Shipped fast. Shoes were comfortable from day one. They have polyurethane soles, with lots of elasticity. Sort a shoe you could walk across the country in. Ecco shoes for me have proven very hard to wear out. I have a pair on today that was purchased in 1995, and they have many miles on them. (I did recently have them resoled.) This pair should give much the same performance.


Henry BH200WB4559 Blueskin Weather Barrier Self-Adhesive Waterproofing Membrane, 50' Length x 4" Width
Henry BH200WB4559 Blueskin Weather Barrier Self-Adhesive Waterproofing Membrane, 50' Length x 4" Width
Offered by Bargain The People
Price: $15.22
9 used & new from $15.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blueskin Tape, March 6, 2014
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Price OK. Came promptly. Heavy box. A good product. I needed to renew a wood deck and used it to cover the stringers, the wood that the 2x6 deck boards are sitting one. The idea is to keep those "stringers" dry. The tape has good adhesion, and seems like a good way to keep the deck robust. This deck should last 30 years or more, and an actual report of the durability of this stuff might take that long too. There was some problem getting the tap unwound. In some places the adjacent layers were connected together, and that needed effort to get the tape to unroll. However, no big deal. With a little effort it unrolled just fine. If I do another deck, I would used more.


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