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Citizen Men's BN2029-01E Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch
Citizen Men's BN2029-01E Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch
Price: $639.61
10 used & new from $625.00

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold and Toolish without Being Ostentatious, June 30, 2014
Don't be afraid of the 53mm stated bezel size. The bezel is actually 49mm and is only 53mm if you count the depthmeter sticking out of the case on the left side. The watch has a thick bezel and a deep dish look, yet the overall look isn't oversized ostentation; rather, it is toolish and purposeful, the way a diver watch should look.

No consulting the manual for hours on end to change the time. The screw-down crown operates like any analog watch, which for me is a good thing as I hate complicated operations involving the pressing and toggling of three different buttons. Of course, you'll have to consult the manual if you're going to operate the depthmeter while swimming but that's not my worry as the nearby pool renders me only a few feet below water.

The rubber strap is soft and comfortable and this was a relief as I hate most straps because they are either too rigid and leave my wrist itchy and sweaty. Not so with this buttery soft one. Of course, any rubber strap will get hot on your wrist over time. That's just the nature of the beast.

The bezel is smooth and feels upscale suggesting strong build quality.

I'm six feet and 230 pounds with a 7.5 inch wrist and the watch fits me perfectly with just a little overlap on the strap suggesting it would probably fit someone with a wrist of up to nine inches; however, if your wrist is smaller than 7 inches, this watch is probably too big for you.

If you're the right size for this watch and you're looking for bold wrist presence and a timepiece that has Eco-Drive solar power (no battery changes), and will be worn for water activities and casual, then I give the Aqualand BN2029 the highest recommendation.


Five Star Wirebound Notebook, 5-Subject, 200 College-Ruled Sheets, 11 x 8.5 Inch Sheet Size, Teal (72458)
Five Star Wirebound Notebook, 5-Subject, 200 College-Ruled Sheets, 11 x 8.5 Inch Sheet Size, Teal (72458)
Offered by 911 DRUGSTORE
Price: $21.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pages turn easily without tearing, June 30, 2014
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College-bound lines with 3 spiral holes, this 200-page spiral-bound notebook has four beige dividers, each having a pocket envelope for storing important papers. These pockets are "reinforced" to prevent tearing.

The cover is made of a water-resistant material and the paper is said to resist ink bleed.

I've got no complaints. The pages turn easily without tearing. The notebook is big and should accommodate my writing notes for a long time. Recommended.


The River and Enoch O’Reilly
The River and Enoch O’Reilly
by Peter Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Master of Oratory Language Could Use a Sharper Plot, June 30, 2014
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This novel is a wonder of language, earthy, biblical, oratorical, born deep from the soil and has a magic quality about it that often reminds me of Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece Blood Meredian. The main character Enoch O’Reilly is a crazed prophet worthy of a Flannery O’Conner story. O’Reilly obsesses over Elvis Presley and religious radio and fuses them to create a larger than life character.
However, his character arc doesn’t correspond much to a cohesive plot line and more troubling, his psychological journey doesn’t seem as strongly connected to the novel’s flood and the mysteries behind their supposed drownings.

While Murphy’s description of Ireland and the river make them worthy characters in their own right, I would have liked more connection between the flood and Enoch O’Reilly.


Brutal Youth: A Novel
Brutal Youth: A Novel
by Anthony Breznican
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.92
66 used & new from $4.04

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Shadow of The Chocolate War, June 24, 2014
This review is from: Brutal Youth: A Novel (Hardcover)
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I don't know the author of Brutal Youth Anthony Breznican, but I would be shocked if he was not well versed in Robert Cormier's young adult masterpiece The Chocolate War because the similarities between Cormier's novel and Brutal Youth are astounding: Both novels deal with a Lord of the Flies brutality set in a Catholic high school. Both novels feature the school elders as clergy members only as a façade. Beneath their pious veneer lies nicotine-stained, corrupt, cynical nihilists who when looking for counsel are more quick to turn to the words of Machiavelli than the words of Christ. Both novels feature the bullies and the bullied and the adolescent rites of passage of cruelty and violence and the pressures to conform to those rituals. Both novels champion naturalism, the theme that we are not so much governed by free will but are helpless to forces bigger than ourselves. Both novels focus on misfits and outliers who are struggling to find belonging and make sense of the cruel world that consumes them. Both novels use a similar third person voice and Breznican even uses Cormier's technique of opening a chapter with a punchy one-sentence paragraph.

But whereas The Chocolate War is a masterpiece, tautly written, and populated by fascinating, at times hilarious characters, Brutal Youth falls short on several fronts. Its novel's protagonist Peter Davidek is little more than a cipher and seems only capable of being our POV, a character who navigates the cruelty in a constant state of befuddlement and helplessness. While the adults in The Chocolate War have a cruelty that is informed by the complexity of their character, Brutal Youth's adults too often exact cruelty in a gratuitous fashion and come across as flat stereotypes. The cruelty in The Chocolate War is punctuated by bouts of humor, especially through its devilish, melancholy antagonist Archie Costello, but regrettably Brutal Youth has no humor or character equivalent to Archie Costello. Instead, the reader is assassinated by unrelenting sadism and depravity resulting in brain-numbing monotony.

To add to insult, Brutal Youth, tipping the scales at over 400 pages, is twice the length of The Chocolate War.

So while Breznican proves a solid talent capable of moving along a crisp narrative and creating vivid scenes, overall his novel (why is Brutal Youth being marketed as a mainstream novel and not Young Adult?) remains lost in the shadow of The Chocolate War.


C.o. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream with Eucalyptus Oil 5.2 Oz. New in Box
C.o. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream with Eucalyptus Oil 5.2 Oz. New in Box
Offered by PrariesBeautyBoutique
Price: $7.95
7 used & new from $7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars No Burning After My Shave, June 21, 2014
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For the last few years I've been using a Trader Joe's brand of Mango shaving cream, which worked fine while I was using Mach 3s. But then I switched to the Merkur Double-Edge Razor 38c and the shave was so close (with Derby razors), that my face felt dry and stung a bit after I shaved.

I needed a better shaving cream so I did some research and came to the C.O. Bigelow with Eucalyptus Oil. The oils apparently help because now after I shave, my face feels moisturized and doesn't sting. I also love the refreshing smell. Another plus is that this is affordable. A small dab is all a shave takes. Highly recommended.


Francois et Mimi Double Wall French Coffee Press, 34-Ounce, Stainless Steel
Francois et Mimi Double Wall French Coffee Press, 34-Ounce, Stainless Steel
Offered by Luzy's Storage Place
Price: $59.95
2 used & new from $43.55

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upscale French Press at a Low Price Point, June 21, 2014
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For ten years, I've used a Bodum stainless steel French Press and would use no other method. The Bodum is a 52 ounce, 10 cup model and costs about two and a half times more than the Francois et Mimi 34 oz model. Both have equal build quality, all stainless steel parts with thick filter screens that should last for years. Both have thick walls (Francois calls it a double wall) to keep coffee hot longer. Both are easy to pour. My wife prefers the more slender Fransois from an aesthetic standpoint.

At a lower price point, I thought the Francois would show some compromises in quality, but I was wrong. It looks and feels as high-grade as the Bodum.

If you only need a 34 oz French Press and not the 10 cup size, you would be well served to get the Francois et Mimi French Press. Highly recommended.


SEIKO WATCH watch PROSPEX PROSPEX field master solar sapphire glass (20 atm) SBDL021 men (Japan Import)
SEIKO WATCH watch PROSPEX PROSPEX field master solar sapphire glass (20 atm) SBDL021 men (Japan Import)
Offered by MOON-DOG Japan
Price: $406.35
8 used & new from $395.70

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic Tuna Case on the Solar Prospex Field Master, June 20, 2014
With a comfortable rubber strap and unusual black and silver bezel, this distinctive Field Master has a lot to recommend. While its lume is not as strong as the similarly priced Seiko Sumo, the Field Master features sapphire crystal (the Sumo uses cheaper synthetic material) and the solar power should make this Field Master maintenance-free, whereas the automatic Sumo will need some servicing every eight years or so.

This Field Master is made in China but a lot of watch companies are building their watches in China these days and premium pieces like this from the Prospex line have good build quality.

The crown is screw-down, not push-pull, a good sign.

A note about the size: Although this case is supposed to be 50mm, it plays more like a 47mm or 48mm on my wrist. It is not too big by any means.

If you're looking for a rubber strap, unique styling, and substantial wrist presence in a solar watch with no maintenance worries, I highly recommend the Seiko Solar Field Master.


Merkur Model 38 Hd Classic "Barber Pole" Long Safety Razor
Merkur Model 38 Hd Classic "Barber Pole" Long Safety Razor
Offered by Tru Inertia
Price: $42.88
20 used & new from $42.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty and Razors Are a Fraction of the Cost of Multi-Blade Carteridges, June 7, 2014
My friend recommended Merkur razors for their durability and high build quality. After looking at different models, I settled on the 38 HD Classic Barber Pole because of its simplicity: You unscrew the bottom and the butterfly blade guard opens for changing razors. That's it. This is also non-adjustable, so you tighten the barber pole at the bottom snugly and you're done.

The fit and finish is fantastic, living up to its heavy duty name. The razors are sharp and so inexpensive compared to the cartridges that it's worth spending a little time learning to get a safe, close shave with the Merkur. Highly recommended.


Maze collection hybrid waterprof wireless bluetooth shower speaker with hook handle, auto FM shower radio compatible with all bluetooth devices, iPhone 5 SIRI and Android devices (Red)
Maze collection hybrid waterprof wireless bluetooth shower speaker with hook handle, auto FM shower radio compatible with all bluetooth devices, iPhone 5 SIRI and Android devices (Red)

3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult Interface and Toggle System Annoy My Wife, June 4, 2014
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My wife wanted this so it was a gift to her. She uses it every day. After a month, she told me it's a 3-star product. The sound is average but expected of a radio this size. The reception is fine. The WiFi works fine.

Now for the bad part, the interface: When using the radio tuner, you can't see what stations you're gliding through and worse the toggling system, four buttons with holding and clicking instructions, are not user friendly and if you don't press them just right you have to start the whole process all over again.


Works for Solo Piano 1
Works for Solo Piano 1
Price: $16.69
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Addition to Brahms Collection, June 3, 2014
This review is from: Works for Solo Piano 1 (Audio CD)
In the mid 1980s as I began studying classical piano, I gravitated more and more to Brahms solo piano pieces as he became my favorite (followed by Chopin and Schubert). At that time, I was fortunate to come across fantastic piano recordings by Radu Lupu, Zoltan Kocsis, Rudolf Firkusny, Lydia Artymiw, and my favorite interpreter of Brahms Stephen Kovacevich.

As I re-discovered these treasures, ripping these CDs on my iTunes, I decided to investigate a more recent recording and I read positive reviews of Barry Douglas’ performances put on two volumes. I decided to give Douglas a try and I was surprised at how bright, passionate, expressive, and unique his interpretations are. For a fan of Brahms’ solo piano, I find these a necessary addition to any collection. I have been truly surprised at how different and soulful these pieces are, complete with their own phrasing, unique from Kovacevich’s.

Kovacevich is no longer my number one Brahms player. He is now tied with Douglas. Highly recommended. Please get both volumes.


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