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Dreamcast Retro Bit S-AV Cable
Dreamcast Retro Bit S-AV Cable
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective...., April 8, 2012
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S-video attachment gave a washed-out, unwatchable picture. Regular attachments weren't any better. I'd return it, but at such a low price it costs less just to keep it and take the hit.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst player I've ever had, December 30, 2010
I have the MP4 video player found at CVS, and it's garbage. The initial 10 hour charge only gave me an hour tops, and when I recharge it only charges for about 90 minutes before stopping. The cd-rom won't work on my computer, and the directions and booklet are poorly written. Also, the "will give you cancer" warning isn't too hot either.

Terrible player, terrible brand. Avoid at all costs.

Addendum: Not long after writing this review, the volume on the player stopped working, staying at full blast and forcing me to use headphones with built-in volume control. Then the language reverted to chinese.

Inferno (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 6)
Inferno (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 6)
by Troy Denning
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Authors change; the nonsense stays the same, September 2, 2007
And so, here we are, book six of Legacy of the Force.

Jacen, who became Darth Caedus in the last novel, is on a rampage, killing kids and blowing things up real nice-like. His mom and dad, his nephew, and the rest of the Jedi are intent on stopping him. But more on that later.

The quality of Inferno is much better than the previous entries, most notably in the battle scenes. The space battles are exciting and well-described, not at all the boring time killers they were in many of the previous novels; this goes doubly so for the lightsaber duels, which are described in epic terms that remind one of the speed and finesse found in the prequel trilogy. Based on this alone the book is worth the purchase.

The story and characters, however, are a different matter. For one, Jacen is now a complete fool, as per Del Ray's wishes. Not once, not twice, but three times someone gets the drop on him, culminating in a cartoon-like rant about "The oldest trick in the book" while someone stalks him from behind. When he's not acting a fool, he's psychotic, torturing children and burning planets. Oddly enough, this is still nothing in the neighborhood of Kyp Durron, slayer of billions, who sits on the Jedi Council.

From day one, Jacen was ostracized from the Jedi and from his family for being too ruthless, never mind that he was basically right about a certain ruthlessness being needed to safeguard the galaxy. Instead of reaching out to him and perhaps preventing his fall to the dark side, they treat him with a contempt that culminated in a complete cutting of ties because he accidentally killed a prisoner. From that point on, the stories begin and end with his friends and family gleefully plotting his demise.

Which is what makes this book, and this series, so frustrating. They are nothing like the films, or even the pre-Del Ray novels. There, no one--not even Anakin Skywalker--was beyond redemption. The Jedi had a certain code they lived by, else they risked turning dark. Here, in Luke's NJO, anyone who goes against the status quo is marked for death. The last book was filled with Mara Jade rubbing her hands together with joy as she pictured the brutal way she would kill Lumiya, and then Jacen. She hunts her nephew down and nearly defeats him; and then, when he's half-dead and helpless, she throws out a pithy line and shoots him in the face. The story comes to an end with a vengeful Luke severing the head of a defeated and helpless foe.

It's a perfect lead-in to Inferno, which features a cute little scene where Leia, in a fit of misguided rage, attempts to kill Tahiri. When Tahiri is rebuked and Leia is congratulated, one gets the feeling the author and his co-planners didn't pay attention to the films. How else can Luke's desertion--in the middle of battle planned around his participation--be explained? Or his consenting to assassins being sent to dispatch Jacen? That Luke: he's some kind of Jedi.

Apparently, he's also a god. If seventy percent of the book is drenched in blood, the other thirty is spent proclaiming the omniscience and pure power of Luke. Why, when he's holding Jacen to the floor without even moving, well, he's probably not even using half his power, or even a quarter. He's just that darn powerful! When Jacen manages to give him a run for his money, it's only because Luke is still wounded from his fight with Lumiya, thus leaving him unable to counter Jacen's dirty tricks. Oh, and Luke can do everything Jacen can, only better. Why he never could before is left unexplained. But that Luke--he sure is powerful.

All in all, Inferno left me puzzled. It's a tightly written book that's heavy on action (a nice refresher after Karen Traviss and her talk-fest; look out Boba--he`s going to conjugate!), but the supposed good guys are so far out there that it makes me wonder if, perhaps, Jacen is supposed to be the hero of the story.
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Betrayal (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 1)
Betrayal (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 1)
by Aaron Allston
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Character Assassination, May 27, 2007
It's well written, somewhat well structured, with a few problems.

After Traitor, Jacen Solo became something of an enigma. A brutal fighter willing to use questionable means to accomplish his goals. Towards the end of the New Jedi Order, he'd ascended to a new understanding of the force, something only his brother and uncle had ever done. When the Dark Nest trilogy came about, Jacen had spent the last 5 years traveling the galaxy and studying the force from different perspectives. When he returned to the Jedi, he was capable of things even Luke Skywalker couldn't do. He was tough, smart, and misunderstood by his fellow Jedi.

Which leads to my first problem with Betrayal. Jacen's still misunderstood, still powerful, and still smart, and he believes he's the galaxy's only hope to avert war. To do so, he makes a series of choices that make complete sense to the reader, but because the company decided he has to be the villain of the series all common sense is thrown out and the Jedi detest everything he does.

Which leads to the second problem. Jacen meets Lumiya, a Sith, who claims to be reformed and wants to help him save the galaxy. To do so, she takes him as an apprentice. Now, this had me drooling in anticipation. A 9 book series of Sith Jacen versus Luke and the old order, all to save the galaxy! And for the first 2/3 of the book it seemed I would get this.

And then the whole he-has-to-be-the-bad-guy syndrome kicked in. Suddenly Jacen was weak, stupid, and, out of nowhere, a murderer. Everything he ever was for the last several books was thrown out the window, all so we could have a Clone Wars redux with Jacen taking on the Anakin Skywalker role.

But it wouldn't be complete without a cliched monologue that ends the story, and it's a corker: Lumiya cackling over how she turned a Solo to the Dark Side and will soon have her revenge! Just pathetic.

Any hope one might have that this story would improve--this obvious "we can sell more books with a Sith Solo!" marketing campaign--have (with the publication of four more novels) been dashed.
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Beauty Has Grace
Beauty Has Grace
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, September 9, 2006
This review is from: Beauty Has Grace (Audio CD)
I've never been a real big fan of Jaci. I know some of the songs, and have a couple of her CDs, but by and large I've never really been into her; and, I admit, pretty much bought Beauty Has Grace sight unseen because of how good she looks on the cover. And then I listened to it.

I have never witnessed a musical transformation like this. Between albums, Jaci has gone from a (sorry to say) vapid pop singer with a merely average voice to a full fledged music goddess. Her vocals change from minute to minute: sometimes light and sexy (best example: "All My Soul"; listen to that and tell me her "yeah" isn't about the cutest thing you ever heard), but at times raw, edgy, tinged with a certain--something. (I hate to say anger, but, in her own words: "I found myself getting mad at a song because it wasn't coming out right. That's actually how a lot that singing came about.") From the very raw "When You Hold Me", to the catchy (and closest to her old poppy stuff like "Everytime I fall") "Reason To Believe", EVERY song on this album is good; and that's saying something when most modern CDs have maybe one or two good songs with a few "listenable" ones scattered about.

"I wanted...the rawness, and kind of the nakedness, of all the (vocal) imperfections," Jaci said in a 2005 interview--aptly titled "Raw Faith" (which, hopefully, puts to rest any theories on her losing her voice). She's no longer the CCM pop sensation she once was, though she should be; and she's huge in Latin America--with stuff that, I hate to say, is terrible; but the woman is young and enormously talented. If she focuses her energy on making another album with the quality and uniqueness of this, she will truely cement her place in musical history. Jaci Velasquez: This Beauty Has Grace.

Seize The Day
Seize The Day
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4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian--but still Hot!, May 7, 2006
This review is from: Seize The Day (Audio CD)
I'm confused.


Jacynthe is undoubtably attractive but it is her voice that will shine. Yes, she was great on her last albums, but here--as with some of her Christmas album (25*25)--she truely sounds like a woman. No more of that wise-for-her-years teenager stuff; here Jacynthe breaks through.

Yes, the album is short, but not by much, seeing as the average album nowdays has ten songs. And unlike those, every song on Seize The Day is catchy and enjoyable, be they slow or fast.

I'm not sure how well STD has done, but hopefully the distributors of Jacynthe's previous--and very OOP--albums will be encouraged to rerelease them; and she will get some better opportunities.(Casting her as the lead in the Canadian Simple Life was a step in the right direction). Heck, at least give the girl a reason to update her darn website.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blonde Bombshell strikes back..., April 26, 2006
This review is from: Fearless (Audio CD)
If you know Crystal Lewis then you know this is good. 'Nuff said. If not, however, you should go out and buy everything she's ever done. Now.

Looks, voice, wordplay--she's got it all.

Fearless: 10/10

40 Grados
40 Grados
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Noelia Returns To Her Roots, March 10, 2006
This review is from: 40 Grados (Audio CD)
Her first two albums are clearly masterpieces. The third, Natural, took a couple of left turns, maybe a few curves, but was a solid addition to Noelia's career.

Then she went and did Melao. Big mistake.

Sure we got a hot video out of it, but Noelia always provides hot videos. The style just did not fit Noelia, and it showed very very much; she wasn't even on half the album, the remainder being filled with strutting, preening rap wannabes with no style of their own. That was in 2004.

Now Noelia is back, ready to reclaim her latin pop crown. The beats and hooks are catchy, her voice as flawless (flawed when she needs it to be) as ever, and the passion just seeps through every lyric. It might not match Golpeando Fuerte for pure pop magic, but there's really nothing out there that can; this, though, is a very well made pop album, and should be in any fan's collection.

Life Love & Other Mysteries
Life Love & Other Mysteries
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, the early nineties, January 20, 2006
Heh. Anyway, if you can get past that, the music on this album is pretty good, especially Keep The Candle Burning and That's The Way It's Meant To Be. Again: Highly Recommended.

I Choose You
I Choose You
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lovely Ladies Of POG Strike Back, January 20, 2006
This review is from: I Choose You (Audio CD)
It doesn't quite match up to the standards of Free To Fly, but I Choose You is still one of the better pop albums in Christian music. The songs range from fast pop tunes, to slow ballads. It's not perfect, but Heather Payne's voice sure is.
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