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Fugue and Riffs
Fugue and Riffs
Price: $1.99

320 of 382 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Advertisements at beginning and end, January 19, 2013
So the show is funny as always (not peak Archer, but still great - let's say 4.5 stars), but there's a 15 second ad at the beginning and more at the end. My wife and I purchased this and there was no warning that we were paying for advertising. Lame, I expect to get the show and nothing else when I purchase.
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Real Bacon Bits, 3-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Real Bacon Bits, 3-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Price: $29.88
3 used & new from $29.88

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MOUSE BAIT EVER!!!, January 8, 2013
So, my mom bought some of this bacon for a Thanksgiving dish, and it was pretty good. But frankly, that pales in comparison to the apparently irresistible aroma of these bacon bits to mice.

That's right mice, I have them right now. Or at least five fewer of them because they LOVE the smell of these bacon bits. As a matter of fact the little buggers crawl over the carcass of their dead mouse friend and eat the bacon bits spilled when the traps go off.

So a serviceable and tasty bacon bit pouch for people and an odor that must be crack cocaine, chocolate, and sweet loving to a mouse.

I purchased a single packet from a local store, so I cannot speak to the efficiency of delivering the mouse bait to your home.
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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean - Playstation 3
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean - Playstation 3
Price: $18.87
82 used & new from $8.49

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Lego game yet - if it would stop freezing, October 16, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
First, let's just get the good part out of the way - the game is great. Many fun characters, great hub world, interesting story levels, minikits to find in freeplay - it has what you've come to expect and appreciate. Oh, and no lame vehicle levels so that's a plus. It has the new dynamic split screen introduced with Lego Indian Jones 2, so daddy no longer accidentally drags his son to Lego-doom.

Unfortunately, Lego Pirates also keeps the random freezing common in Lego Indiana Jones 2 and Lego Harry Potter. It gets worse the more characters you get, and tends to happen more often with multiplayer and in the hub world. At this point, I think we have to accept that Traveler's Tales in incapable of making a game that doesn't crash. These are full-on screen freeze/have to turn off the PS3 at the back crashes.

So there you have it, I warned my son that Traveler's Tales doesn't make stable games and we would probably have crashes. I reminded him that we stopped playing Lego Indiana Jones 2 because the game was basically broken. But he wanted it, and like Lego IJ2 it was fun but the crashes are becoming more frequent and I suspect he'll give up on the game soon. If your kid loves the Lego games already, it's a no-brainer - it really is a great Lego game. But at this point I cannot imagine paying full-price for one of these games - they're just broken.
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Mexican Folk Art Tattoos (Dover Tattoos)
Mexican Folk Art Tattoos (Dover Tattoos)
by Marty Noble
Edition: Paperback
Price: $1.33
46 used & new from $0.01

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Temporary Tattoos, October 18, 2009
This is really 4 largish (2 inches wide, between 1.5 and 3 inches tall) temporary tattoos - a "flower-embellished skull", "mosaic armadillo", "dotty donkey", and "'Day of the Dead' pallbearers". These come off very quickly and well after being wet and my son really loves them.

Note: why anyone would think a book described as 2 pages costing a dollar fifty is an entire book of tattoo ideas is beyond me.
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Un Lun Dun
Un Lun Dun
by China Miéville
Edition: Hardcover
81 used & new from $0.40

72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish this was around when I was a boy., February 13, 2007
This review is from: Un Lun Dun (Hardcover)
On my son's tenth birthday he will get this book. This will happen in a little over seven years from now.

Mieville has ventured into YA fiction with Un Lun Dun and it is a tremendous accomplishment within the genre. This is the story of a journey to another London that exists near the one we are familiar with. But things are different and there are some big problems for the two young ladies who find themselves in Un Lun Dun. Mieville's hallmark - imaginative monsters - is here and they exist in wonderful, fanciful piles. His punning creations are groan-worthy and painted a number of rueful smiles on my face. Mieville wants readers to have the joy of surprise, so I'm keeping quite about the details. But I guarantee you will never think of giraffes the same way ever again. There are also marvelous characters and companions, all vivid and memorable.

Un Lun Dun subverts your typical fantasy formula. The chosen one doesn't seem to be getting it done, prophecies are falling apart, and quests are veering outside of expectations. Mieville has been both lauded and slammed for being a "message" author. The message for youngsters is pretty straightforward - don't wait to be saved by the hero, question authority, try hard, and with the help of good friends and you can change things for the better.

Mieville has to this date been a very adult writer but he reigns in both the violence and the vocabulary to truly make this a YA title. There is violence and danger, but it is not excessive. He does keep the sense of excitement through the book and the pacing is very brisk. Un Lun Dun is not a departure for Mieville; he is just doing for young adult fantasy what he has already done for regular fantasy. He has given us a smart, non-formulaic, but always entertaining book.

Far Cry - PC
Far Cry - PC
Offered by RarePCGames
Price: $8.98
59 used & new from $1.49

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE TIME STRAPPED PARENTS - CHECKPOINT SAVES, January 16, 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Far Cry - PC (Video Game)
I bought this to blow off steam and, you know, kill a bunch of bad guys on the computer. HOWEVER, this is a checkpoint save game. Cannot play, cannot save when my son wakes up, totally worthless.

It is obviously a good game, but there is an entire demographic (time-crunched parents) that considers it worthless.

Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster 2007
Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster 2007
by Ron Shandler
Edition: Paperback
31 used & new from $2.21

39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource, but some quibbles, January 11, 2007
This is my first Baseball Forecaster and it is a solid fantasy reference which will help you win. There are articles in here ever fantasy player should read. I'm a long time Baseball Prospectus reader and the Forecaster looks at the relevant "advanced" metrics (strikeouts/innings pitched, OPS, etc...) solely as they apply to fantasy value. This is geared towards auction 5x5 traditional roto, but there is a section on H2H leagues and snake drafts (which I like but the authors do not). They present a few strategies for bidding and give many warnings about the scattershot nature of prediction. The essays on closer volatility and short pieces on topics such as Japanese Players are also valuable.

The rankings are alphabetical by player (not broken up by team - THANK YOU) into hitters and pitchers (not by position). There are cheat sheets in the back which look a lot like the ones I produce for myself (like power ratings by position) and these are also good. Commentaries terse but get the info across.

Why not five stars? One is the low production values - typographically ugly and poorly bound, the physical presentation undercuts the thoughtful information. The cheap cover will start curling almost immediately. Layout looks like it was done by competent amateurs rather than pros. Many of the charts towards the back (pitching logs specifically) are nearly unreadable. Is it so hard to put page numbers in the same place page after page?

Second is the silly insistence on proprietary renaming of rate stats - like K/BB. This may be a gentle way of introducing new concepts to SABR newbies, but the fascist copyright notice at the beginning says otherwise. Free K/BB for the people!

Last quibble is the statement towards the beginning that they are going to experiment with adjusting values on suspected performance enhancing drug use in the future. Oh well, I guess it isn't based on fact after all. Players used steroids but...wait for it... there has never been in all of scientific literature an article showing steroids help baseball performance (reviewer has an MS in Forensic Science). Good luck with your voodoo in the future. In their defense, a reader poll requested it.

So if you have made it to the end of this review, buy this book. It will help your fantasy drafting, give you tools to improve play within your league, and perhaps introduce you to some concepts. If you are a BP reader, the Forecaster does the leg work of translating performance analysis into fantasy terms. But I am not buying this book in the future if they start throwing witchcraft darts about suspected drug use.

When Your Heartstrings Break
When Your Heartstrings Break
31 used & new from $3.04

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album - not out of print, January 10, 2007
Every once in a while.

Music becomes obscure for no good reason.

Users must think where to go if they do not like the secondary market....

Search the first letters of these poor sentences.

Intelligent shoppers will be gladdened, for they....

Can get this wonderful album.

I hope amazon gets this available new soon.

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Lift & Load Set
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Lift & Load Set

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Price - high. Reward - sheer joy for a 30 month old., October 10, 2006
First, we purchased this set with a Thomas table and I cannot imagine the set on the floor. Also, it was purchased on a famed, well-known, auction Internet site. I think you know the one.
This is a terrific set, with many activities for the little engineer. The grain loader is awesome, and the grain car is very clever. The crane comes off easily, but is still fun and can be swapped (with slight modification) for the cargo loader. The Sodor Lumber piece is also excellent. In any case, the interactivity of this set is what drew my wife and I. The focus is squarely on *doing* things with the Thomas engines - not on reenacting television episodes or listening to the new generation of plastic beeping thingys.
On a final note, I recommend switching the location of the grain loader to where the barrel loader is. This makes it much easier to get to the grain loader, which is one of the better pieces in the Thomas universe.

Learning Curve Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Murdoch
Learning Curve Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Murdoch
6 used & new from $39.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New generation of Learning Curve - Plastic, Plastic, Plastic, October 10, 2006
Murdoch is the most plasticky of the Thomas engines we have bought. His geometry is also poor if you have the older "clickity clack" style of tracks (specifically, he bumps going up ascenders). My son loves his look and he is stylish, but the wheel arrangement (mentioned in numerous other reviews) leaves Murdoch a little stiff for cornering.

So he is a handsome engine, and a little awkward, but this engine has A LOT of plastic. The newer engines just keep getting more and more plastic parts. It seems antithetical to the "wooden railway" ethic to have so much plastic on an engine - even a really useful one.

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