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Nordic Ware 2 Burner Griddle 10-1/4-Inch by 17-1/2-Inch
Nordic Ware 2 Burner Griddle 10-1/4-Inch by 17-1/2-Inch
Price: $20.20
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beats the more expensive ones, February 26, 2015
I've tried far more expensive griddles and seemed to have problems with every one - inability to clean, wrong size, everything stuck, lost heat, etc. I got this when my mom passed and use it almost daily - not on the stove but in the oven, grill or smoker. The ability to absorb heat results in much faster cooking times and some things (veggies, fruits, thin meats) take less than a minute (flash cooking). Marinated fish or shrimp are favorites and can be finished in less than a minute. On the grill and the smoker it's great for fragile burgers - fish, veggie, lamb, etc It's a regular at dinner parties because it retains heat long after it has been removed from the source.


The Darkest Hour: A Novel
The Darkest Hour: A Novel
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming to Terms with Madness, February 15, 2015
The novel mirrors how an individual representing British society recognizes, accepts then adopts his status as a vassal in a demented empire. The more one reads of Germany's WWII action the more ludicrous they appear. Up to 30% of the entire war effort went into hunting, transporting, housing, murdering and disposing of Jews. It's insanity on a scale witnessed only a few times in history. The USSR and China killed tens of millions of their own citizens and got away with it because they did so without prying eyes. Germany has won the war and in 1946 rules the UK with an iron fist. The mood is monochromatic - a dull, muted gray, almost Stalinist.

A former war hero whose family was killed in a resistance attack emerges from a POW camp and rejoins the police force "Jewish" division. He works robotically, emotionless, just a cop "doing his job" - rounding up Jews for transport despite rumors of mass exterminations that he is assured are false. On one such "round up" a small boy is found hiding and our story begins. Although everyone knows how it will eventually play out, the reader has been captured and follows the growing emotional involvement and the chase as enemies from all sides close in. His relationship to his Nazi commander is complex, a "friend" every bit as dangerous as a cobra. But in the midst of the madness, our anti-hero has a change of heart. It may be too late to save his own soul but he can save the life of a little boy.

The tale is more complex than most. It's not just evil Nazis but communists fighting for a Soviet state, royalists battling for a return of the King, British fascists sympathetic to Germany and some playing two or even three sides. What a great movie this would make - lots of action, fights, romance, tenderness, cruelty. In other words, all the staples of a Big Hit. The James Bondian aura surrounding our hero prevented five stars. He escapes one impossible scenario after another, overcomes incredible (impossible?) odds as he resolutely heads toward the ending we all imagine. There is also the question of the British people. Would they so willingly sell their soul by selling out friends and relatives for a few Nazi kudos? This is an alternate history book without an alternate history. There is no discussion of battles, personalities, strategy or events beyond a Dunkirk disaster, ongoing skirmishes in Russia and growing relations with an America slowly accepting the New Order. The mood of a dictatorship is brilliantly captured. My Grade: A-


Your Origins Matter
Your Origins Matter
Price: $2.99

1.0 out of 5 stars D- for unintentional humor., February 13, 2015
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In a few pages the author manages to introduce virtually every Creationist argument. Henry Morris' tale is one of origins - he founded the infamous Institute for Creationist Research, the "scientific" (lol) arm of Creationism. A hydraulics engineer, his views contradict virtually every scientific field. It's presented in a breezy, preachy style for the uninformed. So what wisdom does Mr. Morris impart?

Humans are not animals. Evolution is a satanic conspiracy alleging we rose from slime and/or came from chimps. Plants are not alive because they don't have blood. God gave Adam and Eve two trees - one good and one bad - but they believed the serpent so our bodies are not perfect. (What omniscient, loving god would create perfect bodies, a bad tree and allow a tempting serpent access to his creation? Inquiring minds wanna know.) Modern science is immoral and to prove it he cites video games, tv shows, Hollywood and stupid comments by actors, rock stars and celebrities. Why he would take their views seriously is baffling.

If Morris is right then all biologists, geneticists, cosmologists, paleontologists, geologists, physicists and chemists are wrong. You choose. .


Cuisinart 726-38H Chef's Classic Stainless 14-Inch Stir-Fry Pan with Helper Handle and Glass Cover
Cuisinart 726-38H Chef's Classic Stainless 14-Inch Stir-Fry Pan with Helper Handle and Glass Cover
Price: $29.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooks great, February 9, 2015
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I've cooked many meals in my wok and most have been great successes. Beware - do not use on high. Heat is dissipated rapidly for a fast, crisp cook. The high sides allow for simultaneous foods.


IamTee Womans There's no such thing as Too Early, Too Cold, Too Far. I am a Runner T-Shirt-Violet-M
IamTee Womans There's no such thing as Too Early, Too Cold, Too Far. I am a Runner T-Shirt-Violet-M
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Price: $18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great present, February 9, 2015
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fun birthday present


Vintage Santa and Sleigh Riding Over the Eiffel Tower-Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas in French)-Round Aluminum Christmas Ornament with a Red Satin Ribbon/Holiday Hanging Tree Ornament/Double-Sided Decoration/Great Unisex Holiday Gift!
Vintage Santa and Sleigh Riding Over the Eiffel Tower-Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas in French)-Round Aluminum Christmas Ornament with a Red Satin Ribbon/Holiday Hanging Tree Ornament/Double-Sided Decoration/Great Unisex Holiday Gift!
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Price: $18.99


Echopraxia (Firefall)
Echopraxia (Firefall)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Blinded by Brilliance, February 9, 2015
I enjoyed Blindsight despite (or because of ) the problematic writing style. But it was only a prelude to a full-blown cyber punk / techno babble style gone wild. Echopraxia's bonfire of words literally crackle as they portray an almost hallucinogenic vision of a future technological dystopia. But all that brilliance can be taxing. Along with period avoidance, dialogue as thought (and vice versa), random use of quotation marks, indecipherable points of view, etc there is a plethora of ideas, terms and names creating an almost dizzying effect. Action scenes are disjointed, almost dreamlikel characters are murky shadows; time fluctuates.

A future of vampires, zombies (engineered, not traditional) and a resurgence of religion make for a fanciful tale as Watts strains mightily to make it seem normal. Although a lengthy appendix is added for those wanting to explore the scientific bases for the book's ideas on consciousness, religion, intelligence and free will, many will still come away shaking their heads. The flood of creative names - Portia, Colonel Carnage, Bicameral, Quinternet, Uncanny Valley, Fireflies, Scramblers, Angels of the Asteroid - combined with the abbreviations, neurological and singularity terms result is an almost rapturous torrent more abstruse than enlightening. The inclusion of a diagram of the Crown of Thorns was essential for following the action - a big problem in many space novels.

The story is simple if convoluted. An unwired human biologist is caught up in a zombie/vampire religious war and escapes on a ship to parts unknown. The commander is the father of the survivor in Blindsight, convinced his sons is still alive and sending strange "messages". A galley of futuristic rogues accompany them and though First Contact (or rather Second Contact) is made, they are equally in danger from Vampire Valerie. Things fall apart and they return to a disintegrating civilization where our hero begins a strange quest for clues as to the purpose of the mission and of course, it ends on an enigmatic note that the author attempts to explain in the appendix. Nobody can decide what it means which is appropriate for a chapter titled, "Prophet".

My Grade - B+


On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children Book 2)
On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children Book 2)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's the characters, stupid!, January 29, 2015
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It's well-known that the bane of science fiction is characterization. There are brilliant plots, mind-boggling ideas, exotics locales, monsters and aliens but what folks want is a character they remember long afterwards. It was a good yarn despite its flaws but what a story this could have been! We're back to the future where technology is led by "Africa" (as if it were a country and not a continent of 50 nations) and aided by China and India. The Akinya clan is summoned to once again save the world. Chiku, our heroine, is not only a boring conversationalist (reminds me of an aunt) but a tragic character in the Shakespearean sense. Despite sharing her thoughts, likes, dislikes, conversations and events, she remains unemotional, unknowable and forgettable. I have trouble remembering a single snippet of dialogue.

The idea of triplicate Chikus in different places was brilliant. This allows for multiple simultaneous stories that must eventually merge and few do it as well as Reynold. He introduces us to strange and wondrous creatures, incredible technology, startling concepts and lots of space travel. But one reviewer correctly described the work as "muted" and this applies especially to the characters. No one is memorable or even interesting and most the time Chiku's actions resemble those of a robot. She loses a husband and a boyfriend and seems to soldier on without grief. And those names...I agree, too many long, similar names paired with forgettable personas that ran together.

The arc of this space opera contains many holes, the most obvious being (1) interstellar travel without a means of slowing down, (2) incredible surviving a la James Bond (without emotion, even relief) and (3) a super-intelligence that makes dumb mistakes. Alas, we will be forced to endure yet another saga and then, hopefully, Reynolds will,return with a winner.
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Instant Appearing 18 Inch Magic Wand
Instant Appearing 18 Inch Magic Wand
Offered by Rock Ridge Sales, Inc
Price: $5.47
2 used & new from $2.48

5.0 out of 5 stars abracadabra, January 7, 2015
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One of the best little gifts we gave. She got this and a magic set and loved them both.


X-Ball (Magnetic Design Set)
X-Ball (Magnetic Design Set)
Offered by MMP Living
Price: $23.99
18 used & new from $23.98

5.0 out of 5 stars fun with figures, January 7, 2015
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This review is from: X-Ball (Magnetic Design Set) (Toy)
fun for all ages. There are any number of solutions that are very interesting.


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