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Streamlight 61602 Double Clutch USB Rechargeable Headlamp, 120VAC, Yellow
Streamlight 61602 Double Clutch USB Rechargeable Headlamp, 120VAC, Yellow
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5.0 out of 5 stars it is a useful headlamp especially because of its multiple power sources, December 7, 2014
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What a novel product, and one that should be seen by some as necessary. I am most impressed with its multiple sources of power of which the most notable one is charging - or recharging - it via a USB connection. I regard the headlight illumination to be adequate, if not exceptionally strong, even if there are four light settings that include two bright floodlight options. Nonetheless, it is a useful headlamp especially because of its multiple power sources.


The Illusionists: A Novel
The Illusionists: A Novel
by Rosie Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.17
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Tale of Magic and Intrigue Set in Late Victorian London, December 7, 2014
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One of the United Kingdom's most popular writers, Rosie Thomas demonstrates with her latest novel, that she is a fine prose stylist and storyteller, offering readers a largely ignored aspect of late Victorian life in London. However, "The Illusionists" doesn't quite warrant favorable comparisons with Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus" since the latter novel is one of the most notable debut novels in recent memory, whereas Thomas' novel is an entertaining work of popular fiction with serious aspirations to be viewed as serious literary fiction too. Indeed, the most captivating aspects of the novel are the strong friendship which develops between Devil Wix and his sidekick, the dwarf magician Carlo Bonomi, and the love affair which blossoms between Devil and the beautiful, but impoverished, Eliza, who becomes an important part of Devil's team long before they recognize their love for each other. Thomas does an excellent job introducing us to some other well drawn characters, like the enigmatic Jasper Button, but the plot seems to drag incessantly at times, and one that may have been shortened considerably, reducing the final text of the novel by approximately one hundred pages. Still "The Illusionists" is a tale well told and one that should offer ample pleasure for anyone who has some love for magic and theatre in late Victorian London.


Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes--and What We Can Learn from Them
Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes--and What We Can Learn from Them
by Mark McClusky
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.09
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Overview of Contemporary Sports Science as the tool for producing Award-Winning Athletes, December 1, 2014
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Drawing upon years of reporting on sports science, Mark McClusky has written a most fascinating account on how science and technology is being used to create better, higher achieving, athletes. He demonstrates how nutritional drinks like Gatorade have enhanced the performance of athletes in sports as diverse as American football and cycling. He introduces us to American and British researchers who are using the latest techniques and technology in sports science to assist athletes into becoming award-winning superstars, whether it is during the Olympics, or something as relatively mundane as a relief pitcher pitching against the opposing team in Major League Baseball, learning the latest techniques ranging from eating an appropriate diet to employing the most efficient exercises that will enhance their athletic productivity. McClusky writes in an engaging, compellingly readable, literary style is noteworthy for its lack of pedantic prose, especially when discussing seemingly esoteric aspects of biochemistry and physiology. "Faster, Higher Stronger: How Sports Science is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes" is one of the best books I have read about sports science, and one that should deserve ample recognition as one of the most important popular treatises on this subject.


The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth (Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers)
The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth (Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers)
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Space Opera Novel That's Nearly As Good as Banks At His Best, November 28, 2014
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Peter F. Hamilton makes a triumphant, quite memorable, return to his "Commonwealth" space opera saga with "The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth", in a literary style almost worthy of comparison with Iain M. Banks's best. Without question, Hamilton is one of the United Kingdom's best writers of speculative fiction, and now, with the untimely passing of Banks, may be, along with Alastair Reynolds, one of the best two literary stylists writing space opera speculative fiction in the English language. Hamilton excels in writing memorable, compelling plots with characters as noteworthy as legendary Nigel Sheldon, the "co-founder" of the Commonwealth, who ventures into the Void at the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy, seeking to uncover what became of a lost human colonization fleet, and stumbling upon their descendants on the Earth-like world of Bienvenido. Most of the story, however, delves into the lives of several of Bienvenido's inhabitants, who are destined to make major, truly revolutionary, changes to their world's current government, that will take them slowly back towards the stars and the distant Human Commonwealth. Sheldon also uncovers the terrifying secrets behind the Fallers, who have terrified Bienvenido's inhabitants for millennia. Without question, "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" is a noteworthy achievement of Anglo-American speculative fiction literature, as well as yet another major literary milestone in Hamilton's "Commonwealth" saga.


Tongwan City
Tongwan City
by Gao Jianqun
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $5.52
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Fictional Recounting of Early Imperial Chinese History, November 28, 2014
This review is from: Tongwan City (Hardcover)
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In a literary translation that echoes the poetic language of Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" and J. G. Ballard, Gao Jianqun has written a surprisingly terse, but quite memorable, tale recounting murder, passion and political intrigue in a remote border kingdom, a "buffer state" between the Han Chinese Empire and the nomadic, war-like tribes that live in the Central Asian steppes. He weaves succinctly fact and fiction, history and legend, in recounting a saga which ties these war-like tribes, the Xiongnu, with their more famous cousins, the Huns. He also delves into the history behind of the construction of the Great Wall itself, whose construction began in earnest during the Han Dynasty, as a means of keeping China secure from the Xiongnu and other war-like Central Asian steppe peoples.


MetRX Prime Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Brownie, 6 Count
MetRX Prime Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Brownie, 6 Count
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Protein Bar But Tastes Rather Bland, November 26, 2014
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MetRX Prime Nutrition Bar bills itself as a "cleaner, leaner protein bar" in its Chocolate Brownie incarnation. But it's not necessarily a better tasting one, it's simply okay. Still it deserves consideration as suitable snack food since each bar offers 20 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber in a bar that has 210 calories. I thought the chocolate brownie version would be a winning combination taste-wise, but I found it surprisingly bland/


The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams
The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams
by Phyllis Lee Levin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.92

5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Biography of a Most Remarkable American Patriot, November 25, 2014
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Phyllis Lee Levin's "The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams" easily ranks as among the finest biographies of American statesmen published so far this century, drawing extensively on Adams' diaries and private correspondence, but written in a sufficiently lively and engaging style that will interest both a wide audience as well as those keenly interested in the early history of the United States. Levin's book offers us a most revealing look into the brilliant mind of John Quincy Adams, whose interests ranged widely, including a nearly life-long interest in science and technology. As such, he may be, along with Thomas Jefferson, the most brilliant President of the United States in the first century of its existence. Levin introduces us to a precocious youth who easily mastered several European languages while serving as secretary for his father and Francis Dana - and acting too as Dana's interpreter - as both older men served respectively, as America's ambassadors to the Netherlands and the Russian Empire. A man who mastered the arts and skills required for diplomacy so well that he would serve successfully as United States minister to the Netherlands, the British and Russian empires, while dealing simultaneously with a complicated, often difficult, marriage to his wife Louisa. Levin's biography is historical scholarship at its best, providing us with a sympathetic portrait of one of the most brilliant men ever to become President of the United States, and, without question, our most experienced - and most important - diplomat during the first half-century of the United States' existence.


YouCan SP2 Milo Micro-suction Stand for Most Smartphone iphone, Galaxy S4, etc. Retail Packaging (White)
YouCan SP2 Milo Micro-suction Stand for Most Smartphone iphone, Galaxy S4, etc. Retail Packaging (White)
Offered by Koolives
Price: $11.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Miniature Micro-suction Stand, November 6, 2014
This seems to work well, holding onto my portable Gossen digital light meter with ease. However, there is no instructions for its use, except those printed on the product box itself, which many might ignore if the box was discarded.


Inside Tracks: Robyn Davidson's Solo Journey Across the Outback
Inside Tracks: Robyn Davidson's Solo Journey Across the Outback
by Rick Smolan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.71
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Coffee Table Book That Recounts The Original Trek and the Film Based Upon It, November 5, 2014
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It's one of the most lavish coffee table photography books I have seen, and one worthy of ample praise. Even if you're not familiar with Robyn Davidson's epic solo odyssey from Alice Springs to Australia's Indian Ocean coast, you'll be impressed with the stunning images made by a young Rick Smolan as he photographed that journey nearly forty years ago for National Geographic magazine; the pictures that he took which were published - as well as others - are far better than what I recall that were published in it years ago. The book is divided into two sections, with the first part devoted to Davidson's journey and Smolan's photographs; the second covers, in story-board fashion, the John Curran-directed film adaptation of Davidson's memoir "Tracks", with pictures accompanying what appears to be the final shooting script. Savvy internet users who own smartphones and have the Aurasma app (or download it), can point to Smolan's original photographs and see video clips of scenes from the film itself, whose cinematography was greatly influenced by his photography. (I saw Smolan himself demonstrate this feature during a post-screening Q & A of the film, which I saw last week at a private screening associated with this year's Photo Plus Expo here in New York City.)


tracks - attraverso il deserto dvd Italian Import
tracks - attraverso il deserto dvd Italian Import
DVD ~ mia wasikowska
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning Film That Should Be Seen In A Theatre and Noteworthy for Wasikowska's Portrayal of the young Davidson., October 31, 2014
I was fortunate to attend a private screening of this film last night in Midtown (New York, NY) where photographer Rick Smolan was the host. (He was the photographer assigned to follow Robyn Davidson's solo crossing of the vast Australian desert from Alice Springs, Australia to its Indian Ocean (west) coast.) The film itself is currently in limited release throughout the United States, and in lieu of buying this import, I would recommend potential viewers to see it on screen, merely to admire the excellent cinematography, which was inspired by Smolan's original photographs for National Georgraphic decades ago as he followed the solo trek by Robyn Davidson, later recounted in her best-selling memoir "Tracks". The other main reason to see "Tracks" is watch young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska's brilliant portrayal of Davidson, which has been praised extensively by critics and, as a possible harbinger of a potential Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, has earned a nomination for best actress in the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards. American actor Adam Driver's portrayal of the young Rick Smolan is noteworthy too, but the exceptional performance remains Wasikowska's. (After the events chronicled in this film, Davidson lived in London while writing her memoir "Tracks", befriending Doris Lessing, and becoming, much later, the girlfriend of a young Salman Rushdie as he was writing "The Satanic Verses"; Smolan is now a noted photojournalist, formerly with Time, Life and National Georgraphic magazines, best known for his "Day in the Life" book series.)


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