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Krosmaster Arena Shak Attack Board Game Expansion 8
Krosmaster Arena Shak Attack Board Game Expansion 8
Price: $18.70
28 used & new from $13.01

2.0 out of 5 stars Two duplicates in one expansion is not right, March 1, 2015
If you bought Arena, you have two of these figures.
While Clot The Crapulous is a high-end fighter, Shak Shaka is only slightly above average or average.
I agree that these two figures are only in this expansion but question $10+ per new figure with two duplicates is worth the price.

Krosmaster: Expansion #3 - Percimol Rules
Krosmaster: Expansion #3 - Percimol Rules
Price: $22.51
25 used & new from $14.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful & Good-looking, March 1, 2015
This is one of the better expansion sets with four figures not available elsewhere.
Percimol’s spells and powers make an impressive fighter.
Makum Bah summons a sacrificial doll.
Naz Rael is not someone you want to try and lock.
Coa Gulary is an addition to your collection but not a strong fighter.

Overall, this is a useful and good-looking expansion well worth buying.

Krosmaster Arena Board Game
Krosmaster Arena Board Game
Price: $56.52
38 used & new from $47.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Many enjoyable hours playing this game, February 28, 2015
This review is from: Krosmaster Arena Board Game (Toy)
First, this is a simply gorgeous game!
The figures are detailed and fully painted.
The playing board are full color illustrations and nicely done.
All of the tokens are bright colors and detailed.
Once you set up a game, it is a feast for the eyes that will delight the child in all adults and all children.

This is not a difficult game to learn how to play.
Most of the rules are reasonable and taught in a series of tutorials, each of which adds more items to play.
Some of the verbiage in the rulebook will produce a “WHAAAAAAAT?”
However, this is not excessive and while not the best rulebook I have read, it is a very long way from the worst one.

All of this is if the game were not such fun to play.
The game is just fun, from the figures, to the spells, saving die rolls and summoning items.
You are always busy, always planning and/or reacting as the tide of battle ebbs and flows.
The figures are “knocked out”, not killed, something that works well with younger children.

Assembly is required for trees, bushes and crates. The crates take some getting used to and a drop of glue is a good idea.
Punching out the heavy cardboard tokens takes most of the set up time.
It will take a couple of hours to master the rules but much of this is playing the tutorials, not just reading.

You can have a game set up and be playing in a few minutes. Open the board; place the trees, bushes and crates, sort a few tokens and you are playing.
The game is complete as sold and fully playable.
The expansions are optional and not required to enjoy the game; they will make it more enjoyable.
This is worth the money and should give you many enjoyable hours of play.

The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864
The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864
by John Horn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.53
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book that is worth reading!, February 28, 2015
Petersburg is a siege, long, static and while deadly, it was boring, as all sieges are.
The Battle of the Crater and the breaking of Lee’s line receive the majority of any attention Petersburg receives.
An often overlooked but critical campaign occurred in August of 1864, when Grant extended the line westward to cut the Weldon Railroad.
This action caused the battles of Second Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern and Second Reams Station.
Grant succeeded in cutting the rail line and forcing Lee to keep his army concentrated in Petersburg.
This campaign exposed serious problems within the Army of the Potomac’s command structure and raised questions about the willingness of the rank and file to fight.
The author’s account of these problems and the reasons for them is excellent.
Additionally, he discusses the impact of constantly raising new regiments and bounties have on performance.

The heart of the book is the account of the battles.
Excellent writing, coupled with well-placed maps keeps the reader from getting lost, even in the most chaotic situations.
The result is an understandable intelligent account of these lesser-known battles firmly fitted into the larger picture of the war.
The Siege of Petersburg is starting to receive the coverage it deserves and we need to have.
This is an important book in this development and one that is worth reading.

Philips Norelco NT3155/60 3100 Nose Trimmer
Philips Norelco NT3155/60 3100 Nose Trimmer
Price: $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Trimmer, February 28, 2015
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This quickly cuts hair without pulling or going over the area multiple times.
Fits nicely in my hand, Lightweight and maneuvers easily.
Protective tip and comb to ensure uniform length of clipping, if needed.
This is the best clipper I’ve had.

The Big Hit
The Big Hit
by James Neal Harvey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.77
31 used & new from $7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, February 21, 2015
This review is from: The Big Hit (Paperback)
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This is not a great read but it is not a bad one either, this is a hardboiled detective story somewhat along the style of Mickey Spillane.
Both the killer and the cop have serous failings as professionals and as people. Neither is as good as they think they are but they are more than “just lucky’ too.
The author has enough “red herrings” to fill a fishing boat in this story.
Some will like this and find them enjoyable diversions; other’s will consider them a waste of time.
I am somewhere between these two positions, they were interesting but there are a lot of them.

Overall, this is an entertaining read but not a great one.

Down From the Mountain
Down From the Mountain
by Courtney Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable & enjoyable, February 15, 2015
This review is from: Down From the Mountain (Paperback)
This is a look at an America that has vanished with all its’ good and bad.
Set in rural Georgia in the early 1900s this novel is a loving but honest look at the place and the times.
Narrated by a 13 year-old boy, writing as an old man, we follow the events of about 18 months.
This story exists on several levels, all of them well done and each supporting the others.
The foundation is the boy and his family surviving on a small farm.
This is a story of endless work to drag enough from the land to live season to season.
It is also the story of close family ties that this life builds and the simple pleasures of home cooking and hard work.
A blood feud going back a generation overlays this story.
This feud corrupts and harms everything it touches consuming one of the families and destroying them.
The boy’s sister is pregnant and this is causing real problems, made worse by the race of the father.
This introduces the deep seated and persuasive racism of the times.
Readers see how small government’s role is in everyday life at this time.
A local sheriff, a circuit court judge and the “land tax” are all the local government people have.

This comfortable read captures and holds your attention with identifiable characters that you care about.
The story unfolds at an even pace, moving from one incident to the next without rushing capturing the pace of life as they lived it.
However, the book never drags or become boring.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it to you.

Clorox Scrub Singles, Kitchen, Citrus Blend, 36 count box (Pack of 2)
Clorox Scrub Singles, Kitchen, Citrus Blend, 36 count box (Pack of 2)
Price: $17.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective, February 14, 2015
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Clorox is a trusted name in our house for their excellent cleaning products.
These scrubs are no exception.
This lightly scented citrus scrubber that is both strong and durable doing larger jobs without falling apart.
Simply wet to release the Clorox cleaner and use again and again.
They very effectively clean grease and grime without an excessive amount of elbow grease.
Rinse and dry the surface to complete the clean up.
Since these scrubs do not contain bleach, you do not have to worry about colors or getting a drop on your clothes.

Eucerin Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief Body Lotion, 16.9 Ounce
Eucerin Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief Body Lotion, 16.9 Ounce
Price: $9.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lotion, February 10, 2015
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This works, it works really well, I noticed a difference with 24 hours.
The lotion has a light scent that is neither unpleasant nor noticeable.
It is not greasy, quickly and completely rubs in without leaving a stain on clothing.
This company always makes a quality product and this is one of their better ones.

The Friendship of Criminals
The Friendship of Criminals
by Robert Glinski
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will steal your day!, February 10, 2015
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This is an excellent and enjoyable story.
There are numerous storylines all of which the author keeps a tight rein on, insuring the reader won’t get lost.
The characters and well developed and you come to care about what happens to them.

This is a story of friendship, between men that have been in business many years.
It is a story of winning, losing, trust and hard decisions involving them, the business and their children.
Some will compare this to a very good Elmore Leonard book.
The comparison is good only in that both have the ability to construct an engrossing story with entertaining characters.

There are several crimes executed and planned.
A full-scale gang war to fight.
A romance.
An undercover FBI agent.
A” lost” son to save.
Another son to train.
The Russian mob, Polish mob, Mafia, Armenians and outlaw bikers.
All of this is in a story that seduces you into reading as much as possible each day.

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