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Jane and the Waterloo Map (Being a Jane Austen Mystery)
Jane and the Waterloo Map (Being a Jane Austen Mystery)
by Stephanie Barron
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.74
56 used & new from $9.45

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for Jane fans, but not up to the standards of this series, December 31, 2015
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Stephanie Barron's Jane series is by far the best "Janeite" books out there. Loosely following her life, but adding all kinds of interesting and improbable events and characters. This one, like the others in this series, is wonderfully written, has the colorfully detailed background, and is a pleasure to read. However, compared to the earlier ones, the plot is weak, the characters are flat, the tension and release are hardly present. I think it's the interesting characters and the way Ms. Barron detailed them in her earlier books, that I miss most; this book doesn't have those interesting but still (mostly) believable with delightful banter. Alas, in this book most characters just have cameos with no depth, the only two family members who appear remain colorless background, and the romantic interest is recycled Trowbridge.

But it's a truth perhaps not universally acknowledged that in every long series, the books tend to get stale at some point. Still well worth reading.


The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Bogus indeed, December 27, 2015
I think the title is a foreshadowing device - it is indeed apparently a bogus book (whether or not it might be a bestseller if it was real).


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everyday Kitchen Basic Utility Bar Mop Dishcloth Set of 8, Natural
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everyday Kitchen Basic Utility Bar Mop Dishcloth Set of 8, Natural
Price: $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not sufficiently absorbant, November 30, 2015
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They are pretty and seem to be well made, and the texture is nice. Dry, they are not as absorbent as I need, but wetted, the texture allows them to do an outstanding job of cleaning up (say your are making stock, and the entire kitchen appears covered with chicken fat). However... they can't be squeezed out as dry as a sponge, and I am not wanting to have to manage wet towels until laundry day, so I'm not sure if they are worth it. Maybe if they get washed enough times in hot enough water, the manufacturing fabric finishes will wash off and they will wipe up spills when dry...


Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Lights and Household Appliances (Learning Code, 1Rx-1Tx)
Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch for Lights and Household Appliances (Learning Code, 1Rx-1Tx)
Offered by Etekcity
Price: $13.98
2 used & new from $11.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Reviews are for two entirely different products; the old one was wonderful, this one is completely different, November 7, 2015
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When I first ordered this two years ago it came with one outlet, two remotes, each remote with one button. This is a nice clean design and exactly what I need, though it was a bit of a struggle to get the giant unit plugged in. The new model that replaces it appears to have a whole lot of buttons - 4 of them unused - and only one remote unit comes with it. My complaint is that by some silly game, these reviews (and the link from my previous order), are to this entirely different item. Do not think, reading the reviews, that they have anything to do with the item pictured...

The original one was excellent, used it for almost two years before the button got knocked off the wall and broke and I would reorder it, but this thing is missing the one feature I need.


OXO Pet Pop Container, Big Square, 4-Liter
OXO Pet Pop Container, Big Square, 4-Liter
Price: $17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Really works, really airtight, really easy to use, November 6, 2015
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I got this to put laundry detergent in; ours used to always turn into a solid lump. Now, no lumps, it stays powder! It's proven to be really airtight, and so effortless to seal and unseal that we haven't got lazy or not bothered.


Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed
Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed
by Harold Koda
Edition: Hardcover
44 used & new from $4.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, October 20, 2015
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This book taught me some things about the body and clothing that I did not previously see... in site of having been though a 4-year degree program in clothing design, and decades of interest in historic and ethnic clothing. Sure, we know about corsets and feet, but the neck and shoulders just don't get that much attention... very well done.


Camping Oregon: A Comprehensive Guide To Public Tent And Rv Campgrounds (State Camping Series)
Camping Oregon: A Comprehensive Guide To Public Tent And Rv Campgrounds (State Camping Series)
by Rhonda Ostertag
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.63
46 used & new from $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and practical if not as complete as I'd want, October 20, 2015
The listing is remarkably complete. I prefer the more complete campground descriptions I can find online, but I didn't have time to prepare ahead and took this (printed) book along. Besides some issues with campsite closing dates (inevitable), it did the job. While the maps could be better, even so they are much better than I can find online. Besides wanting more detail (e.g. if a campground is close to a busy road), the main thing this book doesn't have is elevations... important for October (well, not this year)


Ammex GPNB GlovePlus Black Nitrile Glove, Latex Free, Disposable, Powder Free, XX-Large (Box of 100)
Ammex GPNB GlovePlus Black Nitrile Glove, Latex Free, Disposable, Powder Free, XX-Large (Box of 100)
Price: $10.86
14 used & new from $9.18

4.0 out of 5 stars Great gloves but black color makes offputting for food prep, October 8, 2015
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These are good gloves with good sensation; they have better sensitivity than the white latex exam gloves I've been using and are easier to get on and off. A puncture test - just poking with a knife - shows these are more puncture resistant than the latex ones. However due to the color, I'm not really keen to use them for food prep (e.g. working with chilis), in spite of these being FDA approved for food use.... I didn't expect to be as bothered but the black just doesn't look right.


SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SWP1001-CP SwitchPlier Multi-tool 2.0 with 12 Tools, Silver/Black
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SWP1001-CP SwitchPlier Multi-tool 2.0 with 12 Tools, Silver/Black
Price: $48.93
9 used & new from $39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but not as usable as it could be, September 1, 2015
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I wanted to like this tool, it seems like great pliers-with-extras, and it's solidly built and the quality seems fine. But it's awkwardly designed. You push the button and it goes "pop", but I don't know that speed is helpful; I have to finish opening by hand. Putting it back takes some pushing of this little button, and you have to close the handle, then tuck in the head which is doesn't want to catch. I don't find the buttons and releases intuitive.

The dimensions of the pliers head are nice, and it springs open well and is a good size. The head is at an angle which looks odd, but I think it's fine for usability. Other provided tools are good quality and size. But actually using these other tools takes some work, you have to pull the pliers out entirely, fish around in the handle for the tool you want, then go to the rigmarole of closing up the pliers again before you can use the screwdriver or whatever; and then again, to tuck that tool back inside. If I'm out somewhere and find I need a screwdriver, it's a lot better than trying to improvise, but I'll still probably be annoyed.


Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
by Mark Adams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.57
86 used & new from $4.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, informative, fascinating, July 10, 2015
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I've "known" that Atlantis was on Santorini for many years, though I didn't know much about the Atlantis legends in general; and I was curious to know the latest research and opinions. This book provides a personal analysis and stories of the various possibilities from never-existed through all the reasonable and unreasonable candidates and explanations. He describes the source material, the personalities of the various credible and not-so-credible players, the questions, the impossibilities, the various kinds of analysis of data that have been used.

I really appreciate an author on a question such as this that don't have certainty or there own agenda, and present all the evidence with all the nuances. However, to be honest; I'm disappointed that it might well not be Santorini and also miss the loss of certainty... but a wonderful read nonetheless.


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