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GCD-Austram Burlington Trellis, 24 by 72-Inch, Antique Green
GCD-Austram Burlington Trellis, 24 by 72-Inch, Antique Green
Price: $43.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Trellises are solid and good quality, attractive and extremely cheap for the value, August 26, 2015
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We bought the matching arbor through Garden.com, which does not carry these trellises. Trellises are solid and good quality, attractive and extremely cheap for the value. Shipping, however, was abysmal. The package had gaping cracks big enough for a raccoon to climb into.


American Metalcraft (BG159) 9" x 15" Rimmed Bubble Glass Platter
American Metalcraft (BG159) 9" x 15" Rimmed Bubble Glass Platter
Offered by KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc
Price: $22.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and solid, August 26, 2015
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Bought this as a stand-alone serving platter, not for use with any metal stand. It's bumpy enough to sit a little wobbly on the table, but that's OK. Look and feel are excellent.


Adesso 5090-22 Esquire LED Desk Lamp
Adesso 5090-22 Esquire LED Desk Lamp
Price: $99.00
23 used & new from $74.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly pleased, August 26, 2015
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Nearly perfect. Much lower price than other contenders. Solidly built. Adjustable to any position you could require. Nice clear light, dimmable from superb right to barely there. Only drawbacks are that the light is very cold and clinical--great for reading but harshly out of synch with lighting found in homes. Also, confusing instructions ask you to assemble things that are already put together when the item arrives. Neither of these is a deal breaker.


Dritz 55110-9 Iron-On Mending Tape, White, 1-1/4 by 64-Inch
Dritz 55110-9 Iron-On Mending Tape, White, 1-1/4 by 64-Inch
Price: $3.99
9 used & new from $2.57

2.0 out of 5 stars Adhesive not durable enough, June 14, 2015
I had some khakis that needed rehemming, and I didn't want a bulky seam or even more stitching alongside where the original stitching had been. I thought this tape could be applied over the cut edge of the fabric inside the pant leg, avoiding stitching. It looked perfect, but started to come apart after only a couple days of wearing. I have previously used the "patch" version of this to cover a hole inside a pants pocket, with good results, but I wouldn't count on this for any area that gets much flex or traffic.


Stardust Melodies
Stardust Melodies
by Will Friedwald
Edition: Hardcover
59 used & new from $0.01

2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity, April 12, 2013
This review is from: Stardust Melodies (Hardcover)
What I liked: The author has a deep knowledge of jazz--its repertoire, history, personnel, and theory. He also seems to have access to a lot of rare recordings. Although he tends to revere jazz legends and disdain pop performers, he does show an open mind via his willingness to appraise (or even praise) performers such as Tiny Tim. For each of the 12 songs he discusses, he rounds up some history that might otherwise be inconvenient for the reader to track down. He led me to investigate many renditions and artists I was not yet familiar with.

What I didn't like: There is no index. The full lyrics of each song are never presented. The discussion wavers wildly between overly vague (parody: "Sinatra's performance is unparalleled because it is so great") and overly specific (parody: "Instead of the composer's C-B-G on the word 'wonderful,' Ella swoops from E to C sharp to a G flat in the basement of her range as she elongates the syllable 'won'--or, in her case, 'woh-hoh-hon'--into a swinging exercise in tone color, while the altos move from V to an unexpected augmented ii on the syllable 'der'").

I wanted to like this book but finished it only out of a sense of duty to the songs. Don't bother with it if you aren't already in love with the songs and able to recite the lyrics from memory. You'll definitely want to read it alongside some access to YouTube. The idea of the book is a good idea, but the execution was lacking. It would work better as a blog with full lyrics, a section about the writing of the song, an analysis of the words and music, and an annotated list of hyperlinks to notable performances.


By Request: The Best of Karrin Allyson
By Request: The Best of Karrin Allyson
Price: $9.99
28 used & new from $3.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Respect the lyrics, please, August 8, 2012
Karrin Allyson's "Sous le ciel de Paris" adopts a frisky jazz-waltz rhythm that freshens the song, but she deletes nearly half the lyrics so that the end no longer makes any sense. She skips over the most interesting step of the lyrics (you know, the part where we find out something about le ciel de Paris) and wanders backs in with "Mais le ciel de Paris n'est pas longtemps cruel" -- what? Well, who said it WAS? She cuts out the heart of the whole song. An instrumentalist could get away with this but a singer ought to maintain at least the illusion that she might mean the words she's saying. (It's like singing "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and skipping directly from "They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games" to "Then how the reindeer loved him ...")


Prepara Ice Balls, Lemon, Lime, Raspberry and Tangerine, Set of 4
Prepara Ice Balls, Lemon, Lime, Raspberry and Tangerine, Set of 4
Offered by Milford Stanley
Price: $11.50
8 used & new from $8.62

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than another product I tried, June 14, 2011
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I bought these to replace another manufacturer's ice-ball product. With the first kind I tried (Muji), there was a mold that made three balls in one two-part tray. After about three months, the trays cracked and leaked (I had bought two sets, and they both did this). The Prepara molds shown here make smaller balls, but they are easier to fill, easier to unmold, and more flexible with regard to where you can put them in the freezer, since they're individual units instead of a ganged tray.


Progressive International Onion Chopper (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Progressive International Onion Chopper (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by THE BT GROUP
Price: $19.45
23 used & new from $10.05

1.0 out of 5 stars Breaks easily, December 1, 2009
These are poorly designed. The angled action means all the force concentrates on two cheap plastic knobs on the corners, which break. Plus, the top's underside is hard to clean, and the blades can bend. I've had two of these because I do love the results when they work -- nice, evenly sized bits of onion -- but they just breaks too easily. Back to chopping by hand.


Stacy Adams Men's Bahama Huarache Slip-on,Brown,9.5 M
Stacy Adams Men's Bahama Huarache Slip-on,Brown,9.5 M

5.0 out of 5 stars perfect shoes/lousy administration, May 27, 2008
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This is the fourth set of these sandals I've had -- they're very comfortable and they look great with shorts or with long pants. You could wear them to a nice restaurant. I go the whole summer without socks and wear these pretty much all day every day.

However, I ordered brown and it seems that Amazon told the vendor I wanted black -- had to send them back, and the merchant tried to charge me for shipping, since they thought it was my fault I got the wrong color. They credited me when I showed them Amazon's order confirmation stating that I wanted brown. The vendor had no brown in stock in my size, so I ordered from Stacy Adams Web site. More expensive, but these are ideal for me.


Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie: The Renowned Hero's Most Famous Adventure
Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie: The Renowned Hero's Most Famous Adventure
by Mabel Barr
Edition: Paperback

160 of 162 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Funny coincidence, February 18, 2006
All but one of the four- and five-star reviews of this 7.5-page "book" come from towns within 10 miles of the author's residence.

I am surprised that Amazon is falling for this hack's shameful attempt to cash in on someone else's creativity.


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