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GoCat Da Bird Rod and Feather Cat Toys, Assorted Colors
GoCat Da Bird Rod and Feather Cat Toys, Assorted Colors
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Price: $6.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST. TOY. EVER., March 23, 2014
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Be warned: your cats will never leave you alone again if you play with this toy. They are absolutely bonkers about this thing!

The main benefits of this toy are:

-Sturdy construction. (That said, you need to hide it when not actively playing, or cats will love it to death.)
-Real flight motion and sound. It floats a bit as you swing the toy around, and it spins a touch, so it makes a fluttering noise that drives cats nuts.

Drawbacks:

-Like any wand toy, you can't play tug-of-war with the cat once he grabs the feathers, or it won't last very long. I've had to retie the knot keeping the swivel on a couple of times, but if I let my little psychopaths go to town on this thing, they'd chew it to bits in a half hour.

In sum: fabulous toy, but hide it in the closet between play times.


Happy Family Clothing Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater Pullover Sweatshirt Medium Purple
Happy Family Clothing Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater Pullover Sweatshirt Medium Purple
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girlfriend Loves It!, March 23, 2014
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My girlfriend loves this sweatshirt made to look like an ugly xmas sweater. People without a sense of humor give her tons of strange looks, as if she's a crazy cat lady, but a lot of people say they like it, too. We think it's funny, anyway.

As advertised. Fits well. Hideously ugly FTW.


Raising Steam (Discworld Novels)
Raising Steam (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover
12 used & new from $21.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Saving the best for last, March 23, 2014
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This was one of my favorite Pratchett novels, which is amazing, because it's really not about much. The spoiler-free plot summary (for those who've read the previous books -- I'm assuming a lot of series knowledge here) is as follows: an unknown engineer figures out how to safely harness the power of steam, and the railroad comes to Ankh-Morpork. Moist von Lipwig is put in charge of managing the city's interests, while Harry King funds the construction of the track. A bunch of conservative, racist dwarves rebel against the Low King, and threaten to halt progress, burning down clacks towers and attacking the train. Vetinari needs the train to reach Uberwald on a tight deadline in order to stop the dwarf rebellion (and perhaps achieve some "diplomatic relations" with his vampire lady). So, as everything in Discworld goes, the progress of the train meets every sort of obstacle one can imagine, often including the people who are incompetently trying to help (e.g. the watch, with the exception of Vimes).

This isn't a good book for folks who have not at least read the Watch storylines, as a lot of the political import, as well as the self-referencing humor, will be lost on new readers. Nonetheless, this reads very much like a linear version of Snuff meets Making Money. Lots of Moist v. L. running around, sticking his fingers in the proverbial leaky dam, and lots of Vetenari orchestrating things behind the scenes, with a little Detritus cracking heads and goblins attacking private parts for good measure.

For those who have read all of the watch series and the Industrial Revolution books, this is a wonderful follow-up to both of those series. The humor is there, but Pratchett still manages to raise some tension, along with the steam.

Highly recommended.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nutrition At a Decent Price, January 2, 2014
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While this food is graded appropriate for human consumption, I think my cats appreciate it more than I would. That said, this is the real deal: no by-products, no preservatives, no grains or filler. Just fish and shellfish.

It's awfully difficult for me to find healthy cat food in my area, and anything grain-free is pretty much out of the question. Thus, having this available through Prime really helps me treat the kitties right, without breaking the bank. I pair this with a grain-free kibble, and they are doing quite well. After making the change, one cat, who had some gum irritation from the previous mainstream brands of kibble and had to have a tooth removed because of it, has seen much improvement in gum health.

The only warning I would make is that you have to be careful about which flavors you choose, if your cats are picky. Mine have never eaten human food, other than the occasional bite of fish if I'm having some. I bought them the variety pack the first time, and they absolutely refused to touch the varieties with sardines. They just buried it every hour on the hour -- a snubbing and a resnubbing by both cats. The tuna varieties all went over really well, though. The purple or yellow cans were the clear winners, so we buy both, depending on which is cheaper that week.

Recommended highly.


Horus Heresy: Legion
Horus Heresy: Legion
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bolter Porn Meets Conspiracy Thriller to Create a Richly Rewarding Tale, January 2, 2014
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I'm normally not a fan of the books that are all battle, nor am I a conspiracy/thriller enthusiast, but this novel by Dan Abnett really seemed to work for the Alpha Legion's introduction into the series. There is a fine balance of action, battle, intrigue, and politics -- the book oddly seemed like what I would imagine would happen if Tom Clancy took a stab at a Horus Heresy novel, and for some reason, it worked.

I've read all of the HH books as they've come out, and I am all for telling folks which ones are skippable (see my other reviews), but I would definitely give this one a shot. It starts a little slow, but once you get a feel for the disparate characters and their motivations, the pace really starts to pick up.

While this offering is not in my HH top ten, it's definitely in the top 20. A solid, interesting tale, and a much better story to introduce a new legion's point of view than a lot of the later attempts.


Prospero Burns (Horus Heresy)
Prospero Burns (Horus Heresy)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Abnett, and Completely Redundant, January 2, 2014
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There is really very little reason to read this book, unless you're so utterly in love with the Space Wolves that you want to soak up as much of their lore as possible. While I am normally enthralled by Abnett's writing, this just seemed like a useless recycling of a story that was more interesting from the Thousand Sons' point of view. Prospero Burns is the same story as was told in the 12th book in the series, A Thousand Sons. However, it is told in the perspective of the Space Wolves, whom the emperor sent to bring the Thousand Sons to heel. The book adds some new information, but not enough to make it worth re-reading the entire story.

It might not help that the Space Wolves legion is so boring and predictable. The 'Are they wolves or men?' mystery is really not that intellectually stimulating, and the whole idea of them being the Emperor's attack dogs is kind of on the nose.

The additional material might have served as the basis for an interesting short story in one of the many collected editions, but if you're looking for novels you can safely skip in this somewhat drawn-out series, this one is 2nd on the list, behind the godawful Descent of Angels. (Full disclosure, the Dark Angels were always my favorite chapter/legion, so this has nothing to do with love or hate of the particular legions, so much as an appreciation for good storytelling.)


The Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy)
The Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy)
by James Swallow
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the series!, January 2, 2014
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Eisenstein was surprisingly one of the best books of the series. Following up on the original three-book offering, I thought the next installment would feel somewhat tacked-on, but not so! Swallow made me care about the characters, and I felt like I was on the proverbial edge of my seat for much of the book. The pacing was sharp, and the plot of the whole series continued to advance (which becomes a huge issue for the HH series, after the first 5-6 books).

If you liked the first three books, definitely get this one. You'll not be disappointed. If you haven't read the prequels yet, wait on this one. For the first 5 books of the series, it really is best to read them in order.

(After that, skip Descent of Angels, and read the synopsis before deciding what interests you. Some of the books, like Prospero Burning and Thousand Sons, are absolutely not worth reading both unless you just can't get enough of the series. Sometimes reading a story from multiple points of view is useful and illuminating -- like in the classic movie Roshomon -- but this just isn't the case with the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons conflict; it's utterly redundant.)


iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets
iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets
Price: $359.99
31 used & new from $338.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars I feel so lazy, but I don't care!, January 2, 2014
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This little robot might make me officially lazy, but it also makes my carpet so much cleaner on a consistent basis. I now "vacuum" daily, rather than weekly (after much procrastination, grumping, and general dragging of feet). It is so easy. You dump the rubbish bin out of the butt end of the robot, make sure the rollers aren't covered in hair, and hit a button. Maintenance is simple enough -- clean out any snags on the removeable rollers and check the wheels for hair wads. No prob.

I thought the Roomba might be a novelty that I get sick of, but this thing really, really works. I have two cats and a partner with long hair, so fur tends to accumulate quickly around here. This little robot is a lifesaver. The fur gets swept up without much effort from me, and the cats get a little workout chasing (or feeling chased, depending on which cat we're talking about) roomba around the house.

Highly recommended. Pet owners, get one of the pet models like this one.


Vision Elite Stick Bold Point Roller Ball Pens, Pack of 12,
Vision Elite Stick Bold Point Roller Ball Pens, Pack of 12,
Price: $28.00
9 used & new from $20.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price, January 2, 2014
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I'm a picky pen user. Maybe that makes me a nerd (and maybe I already was one), but I really hate using pens that don't write smoothly or consistently. It's frustrating, especially for someone who does a ton of writing for both work and personal pursuits. These pens write smoothly, fluidly, and without skipping or broadening in places. The only issue is that all free-flowing ink pens can smudge, so lefties might want to use more care when writing on non-absorbant paper or other surfaces.


Tiki Cat Gourmet Whole Food 12-Pack Hana Luau Ahi Tuna with Crab in Consommé Pet Food
Tiki Cat Gourmet Whole Food 12-Pack Hana Luau Ahi Tuna with Crab in Consommé Pet Food
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Price: $15.26
3 used & new from $15.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good nutrition at a decent price, January 2, 2014
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While this food is graded appropriate for human consumption, I think my cats appreciate it more than I would. That said, this is the real deal: no by-products, no preservatives, no grains or filler. Just fish and shellfish.

It's awfully difficult for me to find healthy cat food in my area, and anything grain-free is pretty much out of the question. Thus, having this available through Prime really helps me treat the kitties right, without breaking the bank. I pair this with a grain-free kibble, and they are doing quite well. After making the change, one cat, who had some gum irritation from the previous mainstream brands of kibble and had to have a tooth removed because of it, has seen much improvement in gum health.

The only warning I would make is that you have to be careful about which flavors you choose, if your cats are picky. Mine have never eaten human food, other than the occasional bite of fish if I'm having some. I bought them the variety pack the first time, and they absolutely refused to touch the varieties with sardines. They just buried it every hour on the hour -- a snubbing and a resnubbing by both cats. The tuna varieties all went over really well, though. The purple or yellow cans were the clear winners, so we buy both, depending on which is cheaper that week.

Recommended highly.


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