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Cards Against Humanity: Fourth Expansion
Cards Against Humanity: Fourth Expansion
Offered by Cards Against Humanity, LLC
Price: $10.00

15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New ways to practice being a human atrocity., November 21, 2013
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A friend and I were discussing the McRib sandwich, and the ostracism and scorn she drew from her co-workers over her choice to have one of these deliciously porky treats for lunch. Then, the fourth expansion to Cards Against Humanity was released, and it includes the white card, "Whatever a McRib is made of."

So, this is more than just a fresh infusion of possibilities into a fantastic game already fraught with ways for awful human beings to celebrate their debauchery. This is FATE.


Kasabian
Kasabian
Price: $7.29
97 used & new from $0.17

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quit griping., November 6, 2005
This review is from: Kasabian (Audio CD)
Am I the only person who had no trouble whatsoever ripping this disc on a PC? All I did was set iTunes to be my default CD player...then I clicked "Import CD" and it was all done. What on earth is so hard about that?

As far as the record itself goes, I love it. It's got a big, swinging electronic bass pound all throughout that's tough to get out of your head. The singles are great of course, but this is one of those albums that really just flows from beginning to end, and demands a full listen. Highly recommended.


Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003
Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003
46 used & new from $5.58

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection for new and old fans alike., June 4, 2005
Pearl Jam is what it is, and I won't bore anyone with a love letter to them. Suffice it to say that they're among my all-time favorites. What I will do is tell you what makes this collection worth buying even if you're an old fan who owns all their albums individually.

First and foremost are the remixed versions of "Once", "Alive" and "Black". One of the only complaints I had with the Ten album was that it always sounded overproduced, and dampened the strength of the guitar and vocal work with too many studio effects. Listen to the original Ten versions and you'll hear lots of awful reverb and echo. Then listen to the versions on Rearviewmirror...the new mixes do away with all that crap and just allow the songs to shine on the strength of the band's performance. Much, much better.

Another reason is the presence of the "re-recorded" version of Even Flow, used in the music video. This version, far superior to the album cut, has been favored by radio stations for years, but has only been publicly available on obscure singles. Here it is.

Additionally, this is a great opportunity to get copies of some of their more rare non-album singles, like I Got Id and Man of the Hour. There's also Yellow Ledbetter, which has been a big hit for the band almost from the beginning but has only been previously available in stores on a very old single and on the Lost Dogs rarities set (a great companion to this one).

Even if you own their albums, this is a great "car set"...the kind you can leave in your car all the time and have a rich trove of music to hear on a short trip. Get it.


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel
by Susanna Clarke
Edition: Hardcover
602 used & new from $0.01

19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich and mesmerizing, October 12, 2004
It seems like a lot of the reviewers foolishly bought this book expecting "Harry Potter for adults". It's expected that they were sorely disappointed, because that's not the aim of this book at all. Just because a book is about magicians doesn't make it Harry Potter, folks. J.K. Rowling's writing is modern and highly accessible to anybody, whereas this novel was explicitly written in a style to emulate 19th century fiction. The written voice is very much of that period, and if you don't have the reading skill to navigate the laborious but poetic nature of such writing with all its 1800s British nuance, it's likely you will get frustrated trying to read this novel.

However, if you have no trouble with this sort of writing, you may well love this book as I did. Clarke imbues this novel with no small amount of subtle, lighthearted wit and irony. The real novelty comes in the way she has crafted such a cohesive narrative out of the unintuitive pairing of 19th century British society (such as one might find in Jane Austen) and magical fantasy. You wouldn't think it would work, but it does.

If one were to argue that the book starts off slow, I might find a little room to agree...however, once the book reaches the second act and begins to concentrate on Strange rather than Norrell, that's when it really starts to take off, and by the third act everything begins to come to a head in a dramatic way. So many different subplots are interwoven with one another but it's all tied up very neatly at the end. Although the door is left open at the end for a followup to the story, I think the way it ends is perfect and I'm not sure what a sequel would really contribute.

In summary: If you have a taste for more classical literary style and for fantasy, you'll find this book a good read. If you're looking for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Potter, look elsewhere.


GameCube Memory Card 1019
GameCube Memory Card 1019
Offered by Quick Buys
Price: $22.99
29 used & new from $9.95

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time!, May 8, 2004
At last, Nintendo has released an official 8 MB memory card for the GameCube. The only way you're likely to even approach filling this card up is if you're a big fan of sports games (whose save files usually take up tons of memory). I've had a Memory Card 251 (2 MB) for awhile now, and I still have yet to fill it up, but I've had to keep a second one around for games like Madden and MVP, which usually can take up an entire 251 all by themselves. No longer! The official Memory Card 1019 is the ultimate memory solution for GameCube.


Throwing Copper
Throwing Copper
14 used & new from $0.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Classics, June 17, 2003
This review is from: Throwing Copper (Audio CD)
Years ago I made up my mind never again to spend money on another CD off which I'd only heard one song, because--you've all had this experience--the rest of the album is usually unremarkable or even awful. The best you can generally hope for is one or two other songs you like almost as much.
"Throwing Copper" is one of those classic rock albums where every song is a gem. It's got a flow to it; one song seems to pass naturally into the next. Despite the radio-hit nature of the songs we all know like "Lightning Crashes" and "All Over You", after you give the whole album a few run-throughs it seems amiss to listen to the songs individually anymore. The transition from fast, anthemic rockers to brooding tales of melancholy is seamless.
Singer Ed Kowalcyk's lyrics slalom gracefully between the spiritual, the thoughtful and the mundane. His "love thy neighbor" themes of brotherhood carry over from Live's excellent first album, "Mental Jewelry", but he doesn't beat you over the head with them this time. That album was a subdued yet interesting piece with a much more acoustic feel, while "Throwing Copper" adds a hard rock crunch into the recipe.
In the context of Live's own work, "Throwing Copper" (the name comes from a street slang term for firing a gun which one of the band members jokingly used one day) is unquestionably their finest, and while they have their high points on "The Distance to Here" and "Birds of Pray" (and their low points...namely the abortive experiment "V"), "Throwing Copper" is likely to survive as their masterpiece. Outside the context of their work, it's among the best albums of the 1990s period.


Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum
Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum
53 used & new from $32.73

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "SPectacular", March 13, 2003
I bought a Game Boy Advance SP imported from Japan and have been using it for almost 2 weeks now. How did I ever play these games without a lighted screen?
The ritual with my standard GBA was, find a decent light source, and sit under it, back straight, craning my neck downward the whole time. As a result, I never played for very long. But with the SP's front light, you can play anywhere, in any position. That alone is worth the price of this machine. But the flip-screen design is also a major bonus. It'll keep the screen safe when the system's not in use. Also, the rechargeable battery is far more convenient than having to exchange AAs when you need fresh juice. Just keep the light turned off when you have good lighting to play under, and the battery will keep you going for a good 12 hours.
One thing to be wary of if you buy the Platinum unit (not sure about the Cobalt): the silver paint comes off relatively easily if you subject the GBA SP to rough handling, so get a carrying case for it. Other than that, I can't find a single fault with this game system. If you already own a GBA without an Afterburner installed, buy the SP. If you've never owned a Gameboy before, this is the time to jump in. You get a sleek, sophisticated unit and a library of great games to play on the go.


Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Offered by joelnet
Price: $83.98
55 used & new from $31.45

122 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most engrossing games for serious gamers., November 20, 2002
The opinions I've read below on this game seem to be about 80% who absolutely love it and 20% who hate it, and as far as I can tell the people who hate it are either young children who can't appreciate anything other than a hack-n-slash gorefest, folks who prefer shallow, poorly constructed games such as Resident Evil, or worst of all, people who only played it for five minutes or not at all. I fall in with those who love it.
Eternal Darkness didn't get the promotion or the acclaim it deserved when it came out, but don't let that fool you. It's still one of the best games on any of the current generation of consoles, hands down.
This game is all about mood. Play it at night with all the lights out. Everything from the lighting to the ambient sounds is designed to establish a creepy feeling, and it really hits home in several key parts, especially when your sanity meter is running low.
Ah, the sanity meter. Yes, it's every bit as crazy as you've read. One reviewer wrote that there are only 10 different insanity effects. He most likely avoided going insane most of the way through the game, because the truth is there are around 100 different effects, ranging from minor things you'll barely notice to "What the...?" I won't spoil them for you, as they're one of the best parts of the game.
It's got a compelling storyline and a mythos based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. You control 13 different playable characters who all exist at different points in history. Although there are really only 4 different stages, each of which is repeated a few times by different characters, the stages do change from one visit to the next, sometimes making them very different places from last time you saw them.
The gameplay itself involves navigating through the stages with one of the characters, encountering several types of creatures, and solving puzzles. The combat system gives each character several different weapons, including close-range, long-range and projectile combat. You can target different areas on a creature's body, some more effective than others. There is also a highly satisfying magic-casting system where you combine sets of runes to make new spells.
You may notice in other reviews that some claim the game is way too easy, while others say it's too hard. Some also said the game is too short. What happens is, at the beginning of the game there are three different branches you can take in the story, and these dictate the difficulty of your quest as well as the creatures you encounter, including a completely different mid-game boss creature in each branch. However, once you complete the game once, you can go back and start again with one of the other possible stories, and when you complete all three you are treated to a special ending.
If you're looking for a quick fix shoot-em-up scare-me bloodfest, don't bother. If you're looking for a disturbing and riveting game that will stay with you long after you turn off your GameCube, don't let this one pass you by!
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Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime
Offered by Support for Missions
Price: $116.00
118 used & new from $9.21

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Vice City, this is the game of the year., November 20, 2002
This review is from: Metroid Prime (Video Game)
Metroid Prime is amazing in the way it completely captures the feel of the originals for NES and SNES and translates it into 3D. But even though the gameplay feels familiar, it's a totally new experience.
First, if you've played the in-store demo, don't let its ease fool you. For one thing, I think the enemies in the first level actually hit quite a bit harder in the final game than they do in the demo. For another, it gets harder shortly after that level.
Second, like others have said, this isn't a shooting game where your only goal is to wipe out anything that moves. It's mostly about exploration, figuring out what to do and how to get to the places that seem out of reach. Along the way there are plenty of enemies to get in your way, from hunched-over space pirates with decent AI (not as good as some dedicated FPS games, but they'll duck and cover, and hide behind things) to swarms of insects to enormous beasts.
Third, the little details in the game are really something special. When you look upwards in the rain, little water droplets land on your visor, and when you jump out of a pool, your visor even fogs up briefly!
I just got it and can't put it down. If you don't own a GameCube, you need to get one so you can play Metroid Prime. If you do own one, why are you reading this instead of playing?


Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
DVD ~ Mike Myers
Offered by Viki's Little Shop
Price: $4.99
688 used & new from $0.01

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Spy Who Disappointed Me, July 20, 2002
I was one of the few who saw the original Austin Powers in theaters, and I loved it for its giddy silliness, its originality, its warmth, and its well-proportioned helpings of cheese. Unfortunately, Mike Myers seems to have left most of that behind in the sequel, and filled the void with as much gross-out humor as possible.
The silliness is still there, but somehow it's just not as fresh this time. That has everything to do with the second thing I loved about the first movie: its originality. The sequel has little of this. It recycles a LOT of the jokes from the original movie, but this time they're delivered more smugly, because Myers knows we laughed at them the first time. The few new jokes to be found are a lot higher on the gross-o-meter than what we saw before.
The original Austin movie had heart. Powers was larger than life, but he was also a fish out of water trying to understand the brave new world in which he found himself. The romance between he and Liz Hurley was sweet. The sequel, however, undercuts all that--first by quickly dispatching Hurley's character, and then by having Powers skipping from time to time without missing a beat, mugging for the camera all the while.
There are funny moments, and there are scenes that shine. Mini-Me is a riot. It's worth watching at least once if you're a fan of the first movie, and like many, you may even like it better. I found it lacking in many areas that made the first so funny and brilliant.


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