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Universal Storm, Blue Raspberry, 1.65-Pound
Universal Storm, Blue Raspberry, 1.65-Pound
Price: $33.44
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the money, April 2, 2012
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Intense workouts ensue within minutes of sipping on Universal Storm. 80 servings for $35??? Thats a no-brainer, your lucky to get 30 servings for that much let alone 80. If you do the math thats a 4 month supply if you work out 5 days a week. If your skeptical about the effectiveness of the product if it's definitely worth the money to find out since your only paying $0.44 per serving

MCTS (Exam 70-643): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure self paced training kit
MCTS (Exam 70-643): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure self paced training kit
by J. C. Mackin
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well orgranized book with plenty of screen shots, April 14, 2009
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One of the best features of this book is the incredible organization of it so you can zero in on what you need to study for the exam and skip areas that aren't your concern. Each chapter tells you what exam objectives are covered at the beginning of it so you know what area of the exam you'd be preparing for. The front of the book has the exam objectives list along with the chapters/lessons that cover those objectives.

Another great feature of it is the screen shots it includes. You can familiarize yourself with all the various screens you will encounter so if you are not at a computer or do not even have Windows Server 2008 at your disposable at all you can still prepare for the exam

The book has a CD that has very informative webcasts, the eBook version of the book, and lots of exam questions. There's also a few other eBook on there with other Microsoft Press titles that may be of added value to some people.

Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide
Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide
by Jonathan Hassell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $54.99
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Definitive but a great overview of Windows Server 2008 nonetheless, May 15, 2008
This book was obviously written before Windows Server 2008 was actually released and thus I don't think "The Definitive Guide" part of the title quite fits for the title. "A First Look" would be more appropriate instead.

It gives you a great overview of SOME of the new features but it isn't quite thorough as I have discovered a lot of features not even touched in the book. One example is that there is an entire chapter devoted to Active Directory but that chapter only covers the Domain Services role leaving you in the dark about the other Active Directory roles that you can pick from:

Active Directory Certificate Services
Active Directory Federation Services
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Active Directory Rights Management Services

Here are some other roles that the book does not cover at all or barely mentions:

UDDI Services
Streaming Media Services
Print Services
Fax Server

Another thing to note about this book is that it is not a how to book. It does provide some instructions and examples but no where near enough to where you can use this book to start deploying Windows 2008 servers.

I would buy this book strictly if you don't know about the new features of Window Server 2008. It gives you a great overview of many of the features. If your looking for a how to or reference book, stay clear of this title to avoid disappointment

Farthest Reach: The Last Mythal, Book II
Farthest Reach: The Last Mythal, Book II
by Richard Baker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The epic story continue, April 29, 2008
This book continues the Last Mythal Trilogy with just as interesting of a story and just as fast paced. There are 3 story arcs in this book as in the other one. The first is the continued war Lord Miritar of Evermeet on Dlardrageths in their new home, Myth Drannor. The second is the powerful wizard Araevin and his continued quest for ancient high magic lore. The third is that of the Dlardrageths themselves along with the allies/enemies they make.

This trilogy is just as epic as Return of the Archwizards in my opinion. It is comparable in many ways including the fact that they introduce a high evil magical race called the Nilshai just like Return of the Archwizards introduced the Phaerimm.

All the characters are very powerful and you see some pretty heavy duty magic being used. Plenty of action, the author also does an excellent job of detailing the settings the characters are in. Araevin's party crosses a VAST amount of Faerun on their question so far so you might want to get a map of Faerun handy with a Google search and have run to refer to as it puts their journey into perspective.

If you loved the first book you will love this one too. I can't wait to read the 3rd book in this trilogy

Forsaken House: The Last Mythal, Book I
Forsaken House: The Last Mythal, Book I
by Richard Baker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginng to The Last Mythal trilogy, April 17, 2008
Some recommended reading that you are well advised to partake of before you read this are:

Elfshadow (Forgotten Realms: Songs and Swords, Book 1)
Evermeet: Island of Elves (Forgotten Realms)
The Summoning (Forgotten Realms: Return of the Archwizards, Book 1)
The Siege (Forgotten Realms: Return of the Archwizards, Book 2)
The Sorcerer (Forgotten Realms: Return of the Archwizards)

These books are by Elaine Cunningham and Troy Denning and they are fantastic Forgotten Realms authors. I recommend these books because they are referenced in this book on several occasions. While the references aren't extremely important it is great to really have a handle on some of the events they reference. Also the book does include a host a monsters you may not be familiar with if you don't play D&D so a monsters manual will come in handy when you encounter them so you can get an even better idea of what they look like and can do. Seeing all of the characters and monsters in the game manuals flushed out in books is a personal pleasure of mine with reading fantasy books

Now on to the review. Forsaken House is a really enjoyable and quick read...I blew through it in 3 days. The premise of this series is that the elves of Faerun are under attack by an ancient foe they thought they handled long ago; an ancient house of evil sun elves, who sold their souls to demons for power, called the Dlardrageths. They are referenced as the "Daemon-fey" or "Fey-ri". There is a great deal of action in the book and the story is pretty fast paced. One flaw I have noticed with Richard Baker and his writing in this book is that he doesn't get as descriptive in his battles. He is very general when referring to the spells or powers the Daemon-fey are using in some of the scenes. However the main character he goes into a good amount of detail with the spellcasting. It's a minor issue for me but some people I have talked to that read the book it was a very important point

All and all though the book is great and I enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to all those who haven't read it yet as I believe the events in this series will come up in later Forgotten Realms books

The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed
The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed
by Mystery
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.02
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Entry Level Hand Book For Getting Women, November 27, 2007
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This book doesnt go into story telling or scenarios as The Game does which I love for the simple reason that It spells out the rules for you. Instead of having to extract the necessary information to learn from Neil Strauss exploits it tells you that the rule is that or never do this, etc. For this reason its a great starting point because in order to do some such as riding a bike you must first know the process and the steps in that process. This book outlines the steps in the process to picking up women you dont know and getting sex with them. Finished to end the process doesnt take more than 8 hours!

I haven't read the Game yet but other reviewers were recommending that you read that first. I disagree. I've read the first few pages of The Game and its a living example book. I'm going to read The Game next after I finish up the last few pages of this book. It makes no sense to look at examples before you look at the problem in detail and the steps to solving it. Thats backwards. Read this book and then read The Game.

As for my rating, I give it 5 stars because it is instructional and authoritative. It is not weighed down with a lot of examples and dialogue. This is turn makes it a light and quick read. It uses a lot of interesting terminology that really aptly describes various components to the process. Everything that the author writes about is field tested on THOUSANDS of women and thus gives him all the credibilty in the world. Plus everything he mentions in the book you know to one level or another subconsciously but he is great about drawing your attention to it so that you can focus on it in the setting. This book serves as an excellent starting point for your enlightnement on being successful with women and I definitely recommend it being your starting point

The 48 Laws of Power
The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.65
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great example of learning from history, November 11, 2007
This review is from: The 48 Laws of Power (Paperback)
This book goes through the laws of power with a description of the law followed by historical examples of the laws being followed, not being followed, or an example where obeying the law was not the thing to do. It is very intelligently written. My only complaint with the book is that it only gives a historical example of the law being followed. It doesn't put these laws into modern day context. Had that been done then this would of been a 5 star book. As it stands it is most definitely worthwhile getting this book

The Summoning (Forgotten Realms:  Return of the Archwizards, Book 1)
The Summoning (Forgotten Realms: Return of the Archwizards, Book 1)
by Troy Denning
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Trilogy written for Forgotten Realms, September 14, 2004
Troy Denning is by far the best author for Forgotten Realms. He describes magic like no other. He created a whole new type of magic in this book called Shadow magic that stems from the Shadow weave. Everything that he had is this book, the Phaerimm, the elven city, and especially the magic used was all unique and fascinating.

All three books is this trilogy are going to be quick and easy reads, I promise you that. The flow of the books is incredible. each chapter picks up where the other left off and theres not a whole lot of jumping around as a lot of other authors do (Ed Greenwood). Since the flow is so great you really get the most out of what your reading and enjoy it so much more.

This book gets 5 stars for the following reasons:

extremely well written - I could imagine everything that was going on in it and I was never confused

very exciting - all manner of action all the way through the book, not a dry moment

interesting characters - all the characters had a nice set of abilities and a diverse set of backgrounds. He even has a stone giant as a main character in the trilogy

well done job with magic - magic is used a great deal in these books and he does a good job of describing it. The creation of the shadow weave really makes that whole aspect very interesting

All in all Troy Denning is a great author and an asset to Forgotten Realms. For any Forgotten Realms fans this is a mandatory read.

Oh and before I forget this is an epic level trilogy with epic level characters in the forgetton Realms setting. Most of Mystra's Chosen are featured in this trilogy including the famous Elminster, Storm and Larael Silverhand, Khelban Arunsun, and Dove Falconhand. To get better appreciation for this characters I would read a few of the books that they star in. Ed Greenwood has a good 5 or 6 books starring Elminster alone.

Also this trilogy is pretty much a sequal to the Netheril Trilogy in the Arcane Age line up in Forgotten Realms. This trilogy I think is definitely a mandatory read before you start on this series.

Elminster: The Making of a Mage (Forgotten Realms)
Elminster: The Making of a Mage (Forgotten Realms)
by Ed Greenwood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great character poor writer, July 10, 2004
Well, I must say that it was fascinating reading about the orgins of the most powerful wizard on Faerun. I must say that I dont like Ed Greenwoods writing style. I cant place it but its a little tedious to read books by him. I cant put my finger on it all I can tell you is that I like any other author's style better than his. I got through it though. Ed Greenwood created Forgotten Realms and thus writes about all the famous characters. Its sad though cause his writing is horrible. Read the book only if you want to get to the origins of the Archmage of Forgotten Realms. Like I said it was a chore to read so I was only reading so I could know about this important character in the Forgotten Realms setting. there is a good 4 or 5 more books. I just finished the 3rd and his style is not any better. but Im bearing with it

Serial Experiments Lain - Boxed Set
Serial Experiments Lain - Boxed Set
DVD ~ Bridget Hoffman
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most confusing anime ever, January 26, 2004
A true paradox in the anime category. I had no idea of what to expect out of this anime and when I sat down to watch it I had no idea where the story was going I couldn't predict anything right so after the 3rd time of being wrong with my assumptions I gave up trying to predict what was going to happen. This is a very slow paced anime that is completely story driven. So if that's not going to be enought to hold you interest then don't waste your time. No action to speak of, no sex and no violence. I know this will detract a good portion of you from seeing it now that I said that. The only reason that I sat through the entire series was because of the fact that the story was enough to get me through it. In conclusion this anime has only a good confusing, bewildering, and yes even frustrating story line to offer besides that there is no other reason to see it.

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