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Footprints of the Past: Images of Cornish, New Hampshire and the Cornish Colony
Footprints of the Past: Images of Cornish, New Hampshire and the Cornish Colony
by Virginia Reed Colby
Edition: Hardcover
16 used & new from $31.35

5.0 out of 5 stars A must add to your personal library book., September 24, 2014
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Encyclopedic, with profiles of the key and minor players in the Cornish Colony. More pages devoted to those more famous and more prolific, and yet doesn't miss a page or two on personalities that I only learned about from this book. Thick, well-written, a heavy book meant to be read in snippets. I am truly glad that I purchased this book as a reflection of a time now gone, and a region of New Hampshire/Vermont that is still mystical in its own way. Highly recommended, and in particular to purchase this book before it is no longer in print. The historical photos alone are superbly documented.


Space Invader
Space Invader
Offered by Good Is Good
Price: $9.63
39 used & new from $5.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace Frehley is a Friggin' Lion, September 24, 2014
This review is from: Space Invader (Audio CD)
This guy just keeps getting better and better! Anomaly was gritty, ballsy rock and roll. And now, Space Invader, throws the ball right off the edge of the cliff!

From a critical standpoint, there is no better songwriting, no better down-and-out, blues-based hard rock, than Ace Frehley right now.

While his former bandmates flub-dub around with failing voices and two decades of songwriting that's as loose as a dead raccoon's butt sphincter, Ace just keeps turning up the juice. Age has made him fierce in his creativity. No holds barred. No "pleasing the Man".

Highly recommended.


GPG2 Notebook Lift for 13 to 17 Inch Notebook Computers, Pink Translucent (102-1NOL-PI)
GPG2 Notebook Lift for 13 to 17 Inch Notebook Computers, Pink Translucent (102-1NOL-PI)
Offered by Big_Box_Bargains
Price: $4.99
2 used & new from $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Think Pink, September 18, 2014
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Amazing stand. Folds flat for backpack. Holds 13 inch MacBook Pro notebook computer up well, raising the screen by about three inches off the desk. I can still type using the keyboard, and this degree of slant is, in my opinion, the most one would want if they are still using the notebook's own keyboard (with a separate Bluetooth or wired board, one could jack it up higher with a different stand, or put a book under this stand, if they wanted).

The M Stand by Rain Design, Amazon's best-selling stand, is better, but it ten times the price and not portable. If one is not moving frequently, the M Stand is amazing (but requires a separate keyboard, based on my use). For students, and others on the go, this GPG2 Lift is solid and good. I love the M Stand, too.

I bought a second one, also in pink, because of the greatly discounted price over other colors (as of this writing, a bout 1/3 the price) and the great way this works. It's not ugly pink, but is rather see-thru and subdued. I am a dude, and not subdued, and I still feel like a manly Trojan horse when I use the pink stand, so that says something as I would never wear a pink polo shirt, for instance. Honestly, the pink is sort of titty-pink, and probably prevents someone from pilfering this stand from me. Were it black, or blue, or even brown, it'd likely be in someone else's backpack now. lol Cheers.


Gem-Inside 3mm Round Tiger Eye Beads Strand 15 Inches
Gem-Inside 3mm Round Tiger Eye Beads Strand 15 Inches
Offered by GEM-inside
Price: $6.77
2 used & new from $5.63

2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy., August 28, 2014
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Slow shipping from Asia. A single thread holds all the tiny beads. No clasp. Not recommended.


SmartSign Aluminum Sign, Legend "Beware of Dog", 7" high x 10" wide, Black/Red on White
SmartSign Aluminum Sign, Legend "Beware of Dog", 7" high x 10" wide, Black/Red on White
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good thick metal sign., August 28, 2014
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Good thick metal sign. Clear and concise. Four mounting holes instead of only two. Unbendable metal (unlike the black and neon orange ones made of thin metal). No downsides.


Grizzly H0481 Aluminum C-Clamps, Set of 6, 1-Inch Opening
Grizzly H0481 Aluminum C-Clamps, Set of 6, 1-Inch Opening
Price: $13.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Use for closet shelf supports., August 28, 2014
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I bought these to support my white, wire-type closet shelving--the type where the little plastic shelf holders always break and the wire shelving always hangs down. These C-clamps are just the proper size to bind to the upright (floor-to-ceiling) metal piece directly under the shelf and hold the shelf in place. They are sturdy and clamp well. The box os six is convenient and relatively inexpensive. They do open to the full one inches. Recommended.


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.57
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Short Story Stretched (no spoilers review), August 24, 2014
Mr. Murakami has taken what, in essence, could have been a short story of twenty or so pages and stretched it to a novel length. I will omit repeating here the essence of the story, but I will provide my criticisms.

The writing is simple, but preachy. Rather than let the reader understand the story, Murakami tells us, in painstaking detail, every thought, every feeling from each character, especially Tazaki. There is no show, don't tell. It's all "tell". It's painful reading at times. Many examples, from the minor (like when Yuri's Finnish husband is leaving with her kids and mentions "ice cream", there is another line stating that they must be going to ice cream), to the major (the entire sequence of Sara, T.T.'s girlfriend, planning his trip to Finland).

There are major passages that serve no purpose in the story. Sara planning Tsukuru's trip to Finland. His entire interaction with Olga. His going home, briefly, to see his own family in Nagoya. His entire pre-occupation with the train stations takes pages upon pages, and comes back time and again in the story for no plot purpose. We get it: he likes trains! There is enough padding in this story to fill a futon.

The writing is stiff. I find no elegance in it. It has at least one mixed metaphor per page, some laughable. You will laugh out loud. A cosmopolitan woman in high heels leads Tsukuru down a hall is described as: "She led him down the hallway in long strides, heels clicking hard and precise like the sound a faithful blacksmith makes early in the morning." Ha ha. There are so many--worse than that one--that truly break the experience for the reader.

The dream sequences, a hallmark of Haruki's writing, are vivid, but disconnected and meaningless. The most profound example is the mysterious piano jazz musician and the bag atop the piano. Never comes up again in the story once told, left hanging like lint on a black suit coat (I'm trying to write with lousy metaphors, like Murakami. Can you tell?)

The conversations are so stilted, so unnatural. Long discourses that few living people would say to one another. Humorless and dull.

I could go into it more, but like most reviews on Amazon (especially critical ones of works that most readers enjoy), this review will fall down the reviews page faster than a setting sun over a hot desert (I'm getting good at this lousy metaphor thing; so I did learn something from Murakami!). Let is be known that this book was a waste of time.
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National Parks Wall Calendar (2015)
National Parks Wall Calendar (2015)
by Mead
Edition: Calendar
2 used & new from $12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2015, August 23, 2014
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Great 2015 Calendar. One for the first out, and inexpensive. Good solid staples, large pages, pretty images.


Honeycase Extreme-Duty Military Transformer Hybrid Shockproof & Drop Resistance Anti-slip Soft Silicone Case Cover for iPad Mini (Black)
Honeycase Extreme-Duty Military Transformer Hybrid Shockproof & Drop Resistance Anti-slip Soft Silicone Case Cover for iPad Mini (Black)
Offered by Honeycase
Price: $39.99
3 used & new from $14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor design., August 23, 2014
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Fits well, but is a little too slick for my liking. Silicone would be better, less slippery. Also, the red Home button cover sticks out, making inadvertent "turn ons" when the device is asleep a guarantee. Cannot set this face down, or in a purse, knapsack, bookbag, etc., without it turning on and draining the battery. One will see if they buy it. I would not buy this product again.


Nine Lives
Nine Lives
Price: $7.48
65 used & new from $0.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Except for the two hits--Falling In Love I Hard on The Knees, August 23, 2014
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This review is from: Nine Lives (Audio CD)
Except for the two hits--Falling In Love Is Hard on The Knees, and Pink--this album is pure rubbish. It is worse than Music From Another Dimension.


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