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Two Squeaky Dog Toys: Cellphone Dog Toys in Blue and Pink Plush Dog Toys that Squeak
Two Squeaky Dog Toys: Cellphone Dog Toys in Blue and Pink Plush Dog Toys that Squeak
Offered by HavnaBall
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My dog hasn't destroyed it yet!, September 21, 2014
Surprisingly, as my bull terrier can destroy an indestructible Kong product in minutes, she liked this and it survived, so far. She carries it in her mouth and prances about, eager to show it off and have us throw it to her. Not sure why she is not tearing it up, but this itself is a recommendation. I would not recommend this for its durability if your dog has a tendency to tear things apart, but I am reporting fairly that this endures, so far. The squeak adds somehow to its canine appeal, so perhaps that gains my dog's respect for its design.


casem tm Pink Micro USB Cord, Pink Micro USB Cable, Pink Micro USB to USB Charge and Sync Cord, USB to Micro-Usb Cable, Sync and Charge Cable, Charging Cable and Data Transfer, Compatible with Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy 2, Galaxy 3, Nexus, Note, HTC
casem tm Pink Micro USB Cord, Pink Micro USB Cable, Pink Micro USB to USB Charge and Sync Cord, USB to Micro-Usb Cable, Sync and Charge Cable, Charging Cable and Data Transfer, Compatible with Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy 2, Galaxy 3, Nexus, Note, HTC
Offered by HavnaBall
Price: $5.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Meets standards, stands out, September 21, 2014
As previous reviewers note, this is a long cord, about 40 inches. So, that is one factor to consider. Some like the length, as it allows more room to roam, while other users may get frustrated by the long cord and the fact that its thick shape may not unkink. For me, in the product as provided for testing, this thicker, linguini-like shape is an advantage. It may take up more room, but it also discourages tangling. A common problem in smaller cords is their uncanny ability to bunch and knot up, so this shape alleviates that problem.

The pink color makes it easy to stand out, in what is often a sea of white or black competitors. For its purpose, rather than its design, the charging itself for my HTC One M7 phone worked with an AC adapter as expected. Mine lacked the company logo on the side, but otherwise it meets the appearance and specifications for a micro USB to USB-B cable.


[CELLULITE CREAM] with RETINOL & CAFFEINE - Get Rid of Cellulite ★ Best Skincare Treatment Body Cream for Skin Firming and Cellulite Reduction ★ Soothes The Skin & Overall Appearance of Skin is more Improved, Toned & Restored ★Clinically Proven To Eliminate Cellulite ★ Give You The Results You've Been Looking For ★ *** MADE IN USA By Naturalico(TM) ***
[CELLULITE CREAM] with RETINOL & CAFFEINE - Get Rid of Cellulite ★ Best Skincare Treatment Body Cream for Skin Firming and Cellulite Reduction ★ Soothes The Skin & Overall Appearance of Skin is more Improved, Toned & Restored ★Clinically Proven To Eliminate Cellulite ★ Give You The Results You've Been Looking For ★ *** MADE IN USA By Naturalico(TM) ***
Offered by Bella Naturals
Price: $59.99
2 used & new from $29.95

3.0 out of 5 stars My wife's report, September 20, 2014
My wife reports that this goes on smooth and feels nice to the touch on the skin. However, she admits it's no wonder potion lotion. In the sample tested in this review, it works as a cream, but to date, alas, no miracles have been worked on its behalf.


ProDesign Silicone Spatula - #sexyspatula - 100% NON STICK - Heat Resistant 500°F - Dishwasher Safe - FDA Compliant Food Grade Silicone - Rubber Spatula - Silicone Spade - Kitchen Turner - MODERN DESIGN - Ergonomic Handle - Excellent Multi Purpose Kitchen Gadget - LIFETIME Money Back Guarantee (Chili Pepper Red)
ProDesign Silicone Spatula - #sexyspatula - 100% NON STICK - Heat Resistant 500°F - Dishwasher Safe - FDA Compliant Food Grade Silicone - Rubber Spatula - Silicone Spade - Kitchen Turner - MODERN DESIGN - Ergonomic Handle - Excellent Multi Purpose Kitchen Gadget - LIFETIME Money Back Guarantee (Chili Pepper Red)
Offered by Topaz Commerce
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The right balance of firm and flexible, September 20, 2014
This works well, I am pleased to report. Flexible yet not too much, firm enough without being too rigid. You can see from the sexy campaign for this spatula how one reviewing it gets in the mood. The red color and the ergonomic design of the handle add to its appeal. I was asked to try this out and it's a product I can recommend. My wife, a skilled cook, seconds my review, by the way.


Boccaccio: 2
Boccaccio: 2
by Thomas Goddard Bergin
Edition: Hardcover
60 used & new from $0.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal introduction to Boccaccio's life and works, September 20, 2014
This review is from: Boccaccio: 2 (Hardcover)
Avuncular in tone, accessible yet scholarly, this survey from the late Yale professor and translator of Dante and Petrarch introduces the third great Italian humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio. Appearing in 1981, this provided readers with a general overview of the life (and in an dense but useful opening chapter, the times) of the writer known in the fourteenth century for his chivalric stories of love, lives of ancient heroes, and edifying if often tedious (to us) or didactic moral tales. Drawn often from ancient sources, mixed with stories closer to the beginning of the Florentine Renaissance, the author, in Thomas G. Bergin's judicious, thorough yet graceful narrative, seems often at a loss for the brio and energy evident in the Decameron.

He starts with an eloquent evocation of medieval mentality (26 ff.) which while brief, is insightful. Bergin reminds us how the medieval traveler resembled a reader, who wanted not to rush to a destination, but to enjoy the journey, as in the long tale of knightly romance, the Filostrato. (99) Lots of what Boccaccio wrote, for modern audiences, wears less well. However, typical of his eye for the telling or humorous detail, Bergin finds a bit of welcome wit buried in the largely anti-feminist sallies of the Corbaccio: "to one who kisses two mouths, one must stink." (201)

In the "pungent and sometimes spicy package" of the hundred famous tales which secured for Boccaccio his place in the triumvirate of his time, Bergin stresses their secular, anti-eternal quality. This distinguishes the Decameron from its predecessors, written by his peers or himself, and Boccaccio's own succeeding texts. (290) Like our era, that which Boccaccio's very human, cunning, and resourceful characters sought to advance themsleves. "It is a rational world, a commonsense world, compassionate at least if not altruistic." (336) It's a fine resource for any who read Boccaccio.


Hot Wheels Marvel Avengers Die-Cast Vehicle (5-Pack)
Hot Wheels Marvel Avengers Die-Cast Vehicle (5-Pack)

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a great gift, September 17, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I've liked Hot Wheels since they came out when I was a boy. These deliver the same shape and size, with those little flexible wheels on wire axles, that anybody who's played with them will recognize. They come here in a rather hefty shape for some of the cars, and the tires on some as you can see are larger.

The fins on one stick out, so an adult may want to keep this from a distance for very young children. Otherwise, these are in the familiar style that any Hot Wheels fan loves. These will entertain kids now in the same way similar cars from this brand had delighted me as a young boy.


1Byone® 27W 4-Port Travel-Sized Multi Ports Desktop USB Charger with U-station Design for iPhone 6 5s 5c 5, iPad 4 mini Air, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, Note 3 2, the new HTC One (M8), Nexus, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers and More
1Byone® 27W 4-Port Travel-Sized Multi Ports Desktop USB Charger with U-station Design for iPhone 6 5s 5c 5, iPad 4 mini Air, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, Note 3 2, the new HTC One (M8), Nexus, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers and More
Offered by 1Byone
Price: $22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, this is well designed, September 17, 2014
What I like: the design. It mimics that of the Apple products. It feels well constructed.
The covers for ports are nice and it covers ports well. This doesn't feel cheap and it also acts as a stand for your phone.

The labeled ports are a nice touch to indicate which device plugs into. It's compact and great for travel. It charges devices without any issues

However, it needs a carrying case... maybe a nice pouch since you can't wrap the power cord around the charger to keep together. Additionally, it needs a power indicator to see if the unit has power or ready for use. Overall, a product (provided for my testing here) worth purchasing.


1Byone® Type QS-0089 Strobe Colored Lenses LED Light, Flashing Lamps Lights, Apply Lighting For DJ Disco House Party Hotel Stage Office Camping Field Etc, Lighting For Halloween And Christmas
1Byone® Type QS-0089 Strobe Colored Lenses LED Light, Flashing Lamps Lights, Apply Lighting For DJ Disco House Party Hotel Stage Office Camping Field Etc, Lighting For Halloween And Christmas
Offered by 1Byone
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Performs well; needs some refinement, September 17, 2014
Here are some good features of the Strobe Colored Lenses LED QS-0089 from 1byOne. It's very light, with a low energy consumption because it's LED. Overall, it looks to be well constructed.

However, I found neither an on/off switch nor a base to stand up the light in the product provided for review. Also, there's no clamp to hang the light. All the colors of the LED emit the bright colors against a wall except the color yellow which seems very dim compared to the others. One final feature I wished it had is a remote.


The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel
The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel
by Michel Faber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.71

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful parable, sparingly told, September 15, 2014
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Having enjoyed every Michel Faber story so far, from short ones to his eerie alien-on-Earth examination as "Under the Skin" to his epic story of a prostitute in Victorian London, "The Crimson Petal and the White," I admire his calm aplomb in inventing fresh tales. He escorts us into intricate scenes amid novel locales. All the while, Faber keeps us at a slight distance in his unruffled, spare, and steady narrative style. He reminds readers of his skill in creating narratives which disorient us, even as they entertain. His subtle detachment doesn't weaken his literary craft, but it sharpens it, for we see through it our own estrangement.

Here, he expands the interest in religious themes (see his novella "The Fire Gospel") but he (except in one welcome chapter) dampens any satire. Instead, we view a short span in the life of Peter Leigh. He's a reformed alcoholic and addict who turns his life over to Christ. He is recruited for a mission to minister to natives. We soon learn they live not on our planet, but another, called Oasis by the shadowy corporation, USIC, which colonizes it.

Leigh leaves behind his wife, Bea, on an Earth wracked by freakish weather, natural disasters, and social breakdown. The distance between the couple, conveyed by their electronic correspondence, demonstrates Faber's skill in evoking a relationship's ups and downs. Leigh's own bewilderment persists. The suspense that keeps us reading "The Book of Strange New Things" remains vivid, for in this unadorned storyline we watch him intently. Faced with colleagues chosen for "no drama," Peter struggles to learn why USIC has sent him to Oasis, and why its some of its inhabitants seek to embrace the Christian gospel. In turn, he begins to commit to his task, to translate parts of the Bible, and to try to go native as much as possible. Tension between his own devotion and that of his USIC comrades will deepen.

It's refreshing to finish five-hundred pages, which I read in two sittings, which refuse to show off a writer's style or parade his own predilections. Faber manages to speak through Leigh sympathetically. Yet, the author remains separate from his protagonist, in a wisely chosen indirect first person narration. This slight gap opened enables the reader to view Peter's maturation and his acceptance of a hard-earned wisdom. This unfolds convincingly, by his transformation on Oasis into a different person.

The novel is simply told. Like the "sieve of memory" through which memories pour and all of our experience passes into a few grains recollected, clung to as left over from so much sand, so much that has happened, so the desert climate of Oasis and its vaporous atmosphere challenge Leigh and his human coworkers to endure its harsh environment, mentally and physically. Faber stays sly about the back story about both planet and the corporation he dramatizes. As in his previous fiction, the situation the protagonist meets appears to be more complex than what this character can fully understand or comprehend.

Therefore, the ambiguity in this tale, and the "elusive" purpose for which Leigh has been recruited and USIC set up so far away may not find full clarification, any more than the message of Jesus may find complete explication for Oasis' natives, or for Leigh himself. While he imagines success, the ultimate lesson of this haunting novel lies in its acceptance of what one of Leigh's predecessors may instead have found, during his own "ecstasy of derision." Faber leaves us, as Peter, wondering about this lesson.


1Byone 4-Port USB Wall Charger Travel Kit with Interchangeable Plugs (US, UK, EU, AU) for iPhone/iPad/iPod & Android Windows Phone/Tablet USB Charger Devices- Black
1Byone 4-Port USB Wall Charger Travel Kit with Interchangeable Plugs (US, UK, EU, AU) for iPhone/iPad/iPod & Android Windows Phone/Tablet USB Charger Devices- Black
Offered by 1Byone
Price: $16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Meets standards, small size, September 14, 2014
As the specifications in the advertised description explain, this offers a variety of plugs for an interchangeable set of travel plugs. The whole contraption, a central charger and the adapters, does not take up much space, either, an added advantage for on-the-go use. It is straightforward to use and I've had no problems with the unit provided that I am reviewing.


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