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Hello Ninja
Hello Ninja
by N. D. Wilson
Edition: Board book
Price: $6.09
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, charming book, December 13, 2013
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This beautiful, charming book is one of my favorite board books. The concept is simple and gentle, and the illustrations! Astonishing work. I hope this collaboration produces many more books like this.

Occultation and Other Stories
Occultation and Other Stories
by Laird Barron
Edition: Hardcover
29 used & new from $11.94

1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft with more nihilism, July 10, 2013
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Sucky. Takes more than forboding and man's inhumanity to man to do a modern take on Lovecraft. Some of the stories were horrifying, but not in any illuminating way. Just darkness for its own nihilistic sake.


5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Fresh, April 29, 2013
Some shows come along and feel completely new. The 4 minute 'pilot' for Adventure Time felt this way. People may compare this to Archer, but it has its own terrific voice. Even if it doesn't get picked up as a show it people will be discovering it and loving it for years.

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
by Miranda July
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.45
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Consistent Voice, Consistent Theme: Depressing Sex, January 22, 2013
I've been abandoning a lot of books recently, so I tried to resist the urge here. I was reading the book in bed and a spider crawled across me not once but twice. I realized that the crawly feeling I got from the spider was tracking with the crawly feeling these stories were giving me, and finally pulled the ripcord.

I like Miranda July's voice a lot. Unlike some authors, it helps to hear that strong voice from her movies in the stories. They all have a similar narrative voice, and that part works.

And I like some of her stories. I still remember "Shoplifting to Stay Free" from the New Yorker - raw and wild, heartbreaking and insightful.

But after the third story in this collection I decided to highlight the last couple sentences of each story if it was depressing, and realized a quarter of the way through the collection that I was highlighting the end of each one.

The sexual situations are varied, but the bleakness remains as constant as her distinctive voice. After this and "The Future", one feels like this is her outlook, and that makes me sad.

"This pain, this dying, this is just normal. This is how life is. In fact, I realize, there never was an earthquake. Life is just this way, broken, and I am crazy to hope for something else."

"...every person this person has ever known is talking on speakerphone and they are all saying, You have passed the test, it was all just a test, we were only kidding, real life is so much better than that."

"There was nothing in the world that was not a con, suddenly I understood this. Nothing really mattered, and nothing could be lost."

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether Set of 2
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether Set of 2
Offered by DBROTH
Price: $36.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and darling, January 2, 2013
This is a fantastic teether -- soft, interactive, and classy. Each giraffe comes in its own box with pamphlet (history/cleaning/etc). My husband and I got them as Christmas presents for each of our under-1 nieces (turns out the 2-year-old loved it too). I give the item itself 5 stars.

[One caveat: the seller mailed this item in an envelope, so the boxes were dented when they arrived -- not the ideal presentation for a Christmas gift. I was annoyed, but got over it.]

Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps
Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps
by Gabe Zichermann
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Surface-Level Introduction, September 24, 2012
I'm really interested in this topic, and was left cold by this book.

It had the pragmatic enthusiasm of a marketer discovering better ways to sell things, not of an entrepreneur discovering better ways of serving customers.

Odd and misleading anecdote about the impact of leaderboards on Orkut's growth. Scant coverage of the potentially significant drawbacks to leaderboards, which is odd because the founders of Twitter have specifically talked about their decision not to include one.

Comparison of Yahoo Answers and Quora was nice, as is consideration of Health Month.

The book is full of exhortations to go to the author's website for more information, and the book itself is light on information. Specific code examples for adding game elements to ruby forum software seem out of place, like the book is trying to do too much and failing at the theoretical and practical.

Even more unforgivable than the constant self-promotion is the final chapter - which has corporate sponsorship and is a giant ad for a white-label gamification service!

The reason I give it two stars is that I can see it being a useful introduction for someone with almost no first-hand knowledge of game mechanics in web apps. But if you've used Foursquare and Yahoo Answers, Quora and Health Month, there's not much here for you.

Aces Spades
Aces Spades
Price: $2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really slick, September 13, 2012
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good app, does a good job of teaching the game. slick implementation. tricky ai. top notch all around. I got as the free app of the day

Rain Therapy: Rest, Relax, Unwind
Rain Therapy: Rest, Relax, Unwind
Price: $0.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars won't run in background, August 11, 2012
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Neat idea, but the fact that it won't run in the background limits its usefulness. The animation effect is quite pretty and the sound is decent, although it could use multiple sound options.

Day of War (Lion of War Series)
Day of War (Lion of War Series)
by Cliff Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.20
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "It's a Christian version of '300!'", March 21, 2012
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This novel is the first book in a 5-book series 'produced' by a media company who is also has a comic-book version of the series, a documentary that takes you behind the story, and an in-process full-length feature version.

And it reads like a book designed for 'transmedia', where aspiring media types hope that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts. "Creating virtually" the production company website proclaims without a hint of irony.

It's hard not to be cynical about the premise of "Day of War", which sounds like it came from a Hollywood business deal ("It's a Christian version of '300!'"), and it's even harder not to be cynical after reading lines like this: "His bulky, muscled frame made his cloak billow out even more, an effect he intended."

The protagonist is a muscular void whose children were killed by the evil Amalekites in a border raid. Unlike the protagonists in Gladiator, 300, and Spartacus, his wife is still alive - a minor change that allows a subplot about his estrangement from his wife as a result of his grief. Instead of humanizing the protagonist, this change somehow still allows for the period and genre trope of marginalizing all female characters.

And the main problem is the genre. This new era of Swords & Sandals movies that started with Gladiator, continued in 300, Clash of the Titans and Immortals, and given a reductio in Spartacus: Blood & Sand is a total mess. It doesn't matter how much computer generated blood is thrown at the screen or on the page, the ultra-violence doesn't make any impact because everything is so aggressively artificial.
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Lenovo Headset for PC and Mac, P950 ( 888011246 )
Lenovo Headset for PC and Mac, P950 ( 888011246 )
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad sound isolation, funny design, March 1, 2012
I picked these up for $10, so I didn't have high expectations. But the sound isolation is pretty bad - there's a lot of bleed. They're also a little too small for my ears, so they pinch uncomfortably. Also, they're heavy, so they put pressure on the top of my head. You get what you pay for, but I wouldn't pay more than $15 for these.

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