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Rush: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rush: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Strikes Again, October 30, 2013
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Hans Zimmer's association with this film was one of the main reasons I went to see it. His score for this movie captures the intense and widely varying emotions of the main characters perfectly. The string themes display the tension between the two drivers, while Hans' skillful use of base and electric guitars (along with the smooth hum of a formula 1 engine) take the listener right into the cockpit with Hunt and Lauda. Hans' inclusion of 4 popular songs from the 1976 period (all of which are in the film) is appropriate, but sometimes distracting from the story his themes are trying to tell. That said, this album is like a musical roller-coaster, and I highly recommend you take the ride, you won't be disappointed.


Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side [Vault Edition]
Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side [Vault Edition]
by Daniel Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another GREAT piece of Star Wars!, March 22, 2012
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Like this book's predecessor, 'The Jedi Path', this book focuses on the history of the Star Wars universe. What truly separates this book from the previous Jedi version is how intensely personal each section is. Each of the six sections are written by different Sith Lords, and each has a distinct voice in the text. Each section is also enjoyable (kinda) to read, revealing what I can only describe as a semi-perverse form of enlightenment fueled by emotion and ambition. What the reader will walk away with is very similar to the Jedi version, a true sense of what MOTIVATES the Sith characters, as well as a clear sense of their weaknesses and flaws. This book also has several removable 'artifacts' related to the different sections of the book, each of which adds to the reader's experience.

The penned comments throughout the text also add a sense of time and an air of philosophy. The comments from Quinlan Vos and Mace Windu are VERY interesting, as both were 'grey' Jedi who incorporated emotions into their training via Sith-like methods. I would LOVE to see another historical book like 'Jedi Path' or 'Book of Sith' that would focus on Windu/Vos, and their philosophies/thoughts in the form a journal or something.

Overall, this is an excellent book, and like it's predecessor, is massed produced, so I wouldn't call it 'collectible'. It is however, an insightful and fun trip into the Star Wars universe, and I definitely recommend it to any serious sci-fi fan.

Finally, I'll comment briefly on the 'Vault' case that this edition comes in. It's plastic, and feels a bit cheap, there's no two ways about it. It's also a little noisy, as the sound effects don't cover up the motor as well as in the Jedi 'vault' version. That said, I haven't had any malfunctions yet, and it does work just like it's supposed to, but I find myself saying,'Lucas, you could have done better'. The 'vault' case is the ONLY reason I gave this a 4 star and not 5, but it's really not that big a deal, and again, I recommend this product to any Star Wars fan!


Barron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests
Barron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests
by Terry L. Duran
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you'll need!, November 18, 2010
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I bought this book about two months ago to help prepare for taking the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. This book was a massive help to me while studying, it contains pretty much all the info you need. For my case, I was very pleased to find that this book has two FULL LENGTH AFOQT's, along with the timing regulations you'll encounter when taking the real thing. I can't understate how helpful these practice test were for me, long story short, I took the AFOQT two weeks ago and didn't have a single score below 90. I'm now well on my way to becoming an Air Force pilot and I owe a lot of it to Barron's. SPEND THE MONEY. BUY THIS BOOK! It's the only resource you need to succeed!


The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force [Vault Edition]
The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force [Vault Edition]
by Daniel Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into a mysterious Star Wars culture, November 1, 2010
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This book is by far the most interesting piece of Star Wars memorabilia I've ever encountered. The book itself is superbly designed and it's look and feel really show the thought and time that LucasArts put into it.

Let's start with the packaging. This book could not have been presented better. After removing the 'vault' case from the beautiful black outer box, you are greeted with the sleek silver doors. On these doors are engraved an image of two hands gripping the hilt of a lit lightsaber, which will automatically get those Jedi juices flowing.

The very next thing your eyes will be drawn to is the black button that activates the whole thing. Press the button, and you'll be treated to a wonderful buffet of sounds from the Star Wars universe as the book itself is lifted on it's platform and the doors sweep out to each side. No star wars fan could ask for a better presentation of this book, and it's that presentation experience that adds to the cost (and fun factor!) of the book.

Now for the book itself (NO SPOILERS!). The cover is soft teal leather embossed with the symbol of the Jedi Order and is of very good quality. Inside, the book is gorgeously illustrated and is a very good for reading or just browsing through. The text of the book written very well and is very much a 'love letter', of sorts, to Star Wars fans (the author himself is an avid Star Wars fan). Suffice it to say that the value of this book is the insights each fan will get into the culture of the Jedi before the rise of the Empire. Much is known about the few individual Jedi seen in the movies, but here, we see a tantalizing glimpse of the culture that they grew up with and lived in.

The thing that puts this puts this book over the top (and what makes it more of an 'experience' than anything else!) is the 'extras' folded into the book's pages by it's various owners. There are quotes from each owner on each section of the book that really let you get inside their heads, and a few owners (I won't say which) left behind some 'relics' in between the pages. Each relic is unique and adds a very personal flavor to the 'experience' that is this book.

Overall, I have to say that this book is an absolute must-have for casual fans and collectors alike. It's fun factor is just off the charts, and there is simply no down side to it. Some may say that sixty plus dollars is way too much for a book, but trust me, you'll get a whole lot of bang your your buck! Hope this helps!!!!


Chuck: Season 1
Chuck: Season 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars james bond meets the office, October 21, 2009
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This is one of the best shows I've seen in a while. Its premise is simple, geeky joe shmo (chuck) gets an e-mail containing encoded government secrets from his old friend turned nemesis (bryce). Bryce destroyed the computer containing the secrets and now, chuck is the CIA and NSA's only source of advanced intel.

Two agents(one CIA, one NSA) are sent to protect chuck and use his intel to take down various baddies. The double life spurred by chuck's circumstances leads to some dramatic and very hilarious moments, particularly with his best friend Morgan. Chuck's day job is at the BuyMore (Best Buy) and he's a member of the Nerd Herd (Geek Squad). The interactions with his whacked out co-workers also make for some really funny moments, similar to 'the office'.

I really don't want to go into too much more detail, but I can tell you that this show is extremely entertaining and though it is sometimes predictable, it is well worth your time. Hope this helps!


Kings - The Complete Series
Kings - The Complete Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show You'll Never Hear About, July 30, 2009
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The fact that I found this show just two weeks before the finale aired shows just how screwed up NBC's marketing strategy is. I never would've imagined that a TV network would write and produce a series on a Biblical character and NOT market it to a religious audience. NBC, you dropped the ball, plain and simple.

That said, I have now watched the entire series (thank you HULU), and I was literally blown away by it. The writing and storylines for this series were absolutely incredible (mainly due to the unique events and accounts of King David's life). The show doesn't follow the Biblical account strictly, but it does follow the chronology of events fairly well. Several characters were changed for a better over all effect on the story(Silas = Saul, Michelle = Michal, etc...), but even as an ardent Baptist, I found the changes interesting, and they suited the show very well. The only change that I have any issue with is that they changed Jack(Johnathan) into a homosexual. It just wasn't necessary. The writing for the show was also excellent, combining modern interpersonal dialogue with Shakespearean speeches that gave a lot of 'weight' to the the events of the series.

Now, on to the special effects and sets. Both were top notch, and NBC clearly had a TON of capitol invested in the show. As with the writing, the sets added a lot of 'weight' to the events of the series. You really end up thinking 'Wow! This is what a modern day monarchical capital would look like.'

Finally, the actors. Again, NBC scored a slam dunk in this category. Each actor in the series does and incredible job (Silas in particular), and they really make you feel an attachment to the characters that you just don't get from reading the account of I Samuel.

You would think that with all this series had going for it, it would succeed. Unfortunately, NBC never really got behind the series and they certainly didn't market it to the right crowd. As an overtly religious individual, I thoroughly enjoyed 'Kings' and I would like to see more series like it in the near future (not likely though). I would also recommend reading the book of I Samuel before watching, it will help you understand the actual history behind what you'll see in the show.


Flyboys (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Flyboys (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ James Franco
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than 'Top Gun', May 13, 2009
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'Flyboys' is one of the best films I have ever seen, period. I was a skeptic of the movie at first, there have been so many good war movies made already, what could this one do to top any of them? While watching however, I was pleasantly surprised by not only the acting and storyline, but the soundtrack by Trevor Rabin put this one over the top.

Also, 'Flyboys' is based on the real life adventures of the Escadrille Lafayette, created during the early years of WWI by the French to allow volunteer American pilots to fight even though the U.S. had not entered the war. The fact that every character in this film was real makes it hit home. You really become attached to each of the main characters as they struggle to live and fight honorably in a war with very little purpose behind it.

'Flyboys' is the first 'modern' era film to attempt a portrayal of this particular story, and it does an AMAZING job. The effects, particularly the dogfights, are epic, and as mentioned, Trevor Rabin's soundtrack compliments the movie perfectly. The film summarizes itself succinctly during the opening titles...

"Though the airplane was only recently invented, it was quickly adapted for war. The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots, and a new kind of hero was born..."

This movie is a must have for any cinema enthusiast or history buff, and spring an extra couple of bucks for the collector's edition, it comes with some neat postcards.
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Theory of Wing Sections: Including a Summary of Airfoil Data (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
Theory of Wing Sections: Including a Summary of Airfoil Data (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
by Ira H. Abbott
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Text, March 2, 2009
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Before I begin my review, I want to let you know that this book was written BY Aeronautical Engineers, FOR Aeronautical Engineers. Other reviews have said this book is difficult to understand, but that's probably because they don't have the background to understand what this book is.

That said, I am an Aeronautical Engineer and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and using this book. 'Theory of Wing Sections' is known throughout the Aerospace industry as the 'Airfoil Bible', and has been quite useful to me in writing wing analysis codes. In this book, you'll find all of the 'classical' airfoil theory; from basic thin airfoil theory to flow models and much more.

The best part of this book, however, is the extensive series of airfoil data tables in the back. You can literally find out anything you want about the NACA 4 and 5 digit series airfoils. Having all this data at your fingertips is an aerodynamicists dream. It saves us the trouble of calculating performance characteristics and also serves as a check for most kinds of wing analysis codes you write.

I highly recommend this book to any Aero Engineer or Aero student. You WON'T regret having it!


Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah
Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah
by Tom Chaffin
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story Worth Telling, January 27, 2009
The C.S.S. Shenendoah was the final Confederate raider to be captured during(well, after actually) the Civil War. Her story, like so many from the period, has remained untold. I'm from the South, and a history buff(of sorts), and I had never heard of the Shenandoah until seeing this book on the shelf.

Anyway, now for the review. Sea of Gray is a very well written and well researched account of the C.S.S. Shenandoah from her purchase by the Confederate gov't to her surrender in Liverpool, England. Chaffin's writing contains a little bit of Yankee bias, as most histories of the period do, but overall, this book was very enjoyable. It shows the difficult challenges endured by LtCom.Wadell, Lt.Whittle and the crew of the C.S.S Shenandoah. Most would call them pirates, but I call them loyal sons of the South. This is definitely a story worth reading.


The Electric Life of Michael Faraday
The Electric Life of Michael Faraday
by Alan Hirshfeld
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Amazing Life, January 10, 2009
In this book, you'll find one of the most engaging tales that history as a whole has to offer. Michael Faraday, virtually unknown today outside of the scientific community, was quite possibly the greatest mind of his era. His tale is one of humble beginnings, self education, hard work, experimentation and ultimately, discovery.

All of this is beautifully narrated by an author who obviously has the utmost respect for the man(Faraday) and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Hirchfield's book encompasses every area of Faraday's life and every area of his work. From chemistry to physics to Faraday's development of electromagnetism as a scientific discipline, it's all there; as well as his uneasy internship under Sir H. Davy and his struggle to gain his mentor's respect as a scientist.

I might add that this is the only book I've ever seen devoted exclusively to the life and works of Mr. Faraday, and as such, I HIGHLY recommend it!

One caveat if I may, this book can, at times, be quite technical... Anyone interested in reading this should have at least a little bit of background in Newtonian Physics and Electromagnetism(I'm an Aeronautical Engineer, not a problem). But even if you don't, I think you'll still find it VERY enjoyable. I hope this helps!!!!


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