Winter Driving Best Books of the Month Valentine's Day Shop Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Chi-Raq easycohice_2016 All-New Amazon Fire TV Beauty V-Day Valentine's Day Cards Amazon Gift Card Offer chiraq chiraq chiraq  Amazon Echo All-New Fire Kindle Paperwhite Prime Exclusive Savings in Video Games Shop Now Sale
Profile for R. Nicholson > Reviews

Browse

R. Nicholson's Profile

Customer Reviews: 1176
Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,437
Helpful Votes: 8247


Community Features
Review Discussion Boards
Top Reviewers

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
R. Nicholson RSS Feed

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
Geas of the Black Axe (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf Book 2)
Geas of the Black Axe (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf Book 2)
Price: $6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tale of Nameless and the Black Axe continues... 5 Stars, February 1, 2016
"Geas of the Black Axe" is Book 2 in the 'Legends of the Nameless Dwarf' series by author, Derek P. Prior. This Kindle e-book was approximately 521 printed pages and sold for $6.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
This book revisits many of Prior's characters in his previous and now updated 'The Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf' series. In addition to Nameless, we come across many old 'friends'... Deacon Shader, Shadrak the Unseen, Aristodeus, Arnold (the poisoner), Archon, Bird, Galen, Ludo, and Nameless's two previous and dearest dwarf friends, Thumil and Cordy. This book extends from Nameless's imprisonment in the helm of Scarolite, and carries through to the what use to be the first book of the Nameless Chronicles, "The Ant-Man of Malfen".

Some thoughts on "Geas of the Black Axe"...

1.) beautifully written and edited.

2.) character building... the author has obviously spent a lot of time and effort on restructuring his previous Nameless works into this new compilation. Somethings were taken out, some added, but the one thing that has not changed, was the continued development of his main characters.

3.) maps... there is a detailed map of Aethir giving the reader a sense of direction, distance and topography.

4.) lots of action and encounters... featuring some fabulous battles. There are a few scenes not for the faint of heart.

5.) bits of sporadic humour that adds a nice counterpoint to the scenes of abject horror and brutal debauchery.

6.) there were many great moments in this novel that I can reflect upon, but these three stand out above the rest...

a.) the chapter 'The Truth of Who You Are'... a tender scene where the hardened and callous Shadrak speaks with Bird and learns something of his beginnings.

b.) chapters, the end of 'The Limits of Mercy' and the beginning of 'The Cost of Living'... dealing with Otto, Shadrak and Ludo. Images that will be etched in your memory for a long time... maybe forever. The stuff from which nightmares are made.

c.) and finally, the overlapping chapters, 'Doom of the Dwarves' and 'City of Blood'. A powerful, climatic setting that focuses on Nameless, Thumil and Cordy. A piece of writing that will leave you wilted and drained. Tense, dramatic and sad... yes above all, sad. I'll say no more for fear of giving too much away. This 'event', which was only mentioned in passing in previous books, appears now for the first time in full disclosure for the reader... it was well worth the wait.

Impressions:
This second book in the "Legends of the Nameless Dwarf' was a book I found hard to put down... even though I'd read the original version and basically knew the story. Slightly different than the original, but better. I found things I never knew before or perhaps more likely, overlooked. The revision between this book and its predecessor has allowed the author to cut out some small areas of redundancy (not that there was a lot) and provide us with a tighter, more polished, finished work.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


iLepo Bluetooth4.2 Foldable Full Size Keyboard 1 Year Stand-by Time 150 gram With Holder for iOS7.0 Over and Android 4.4 Above(CE,FCC Certified,Silver)
iLepo Bluetooth4.2 Foldable Full Size Keyboard 1 Year Stand-by Time 150 gram With Holder for iOS7.0 Over and Android 4.4 Above(CE,FCC Certified,Silver)
Offered by allforyou2015
Price: $42.99
2 used & new from $39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars The "iLepo Bluetooth Foldable Keyboard"... the Pros and Cons... 2 1/2 Stars, January 31, 2016
A review of the "iLepo Bluetooth4.2 Foldable Full Size Keyboard". This device is available from 'allforyou2015' (fulfilled by Amazon) and was priced at $39.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free device for the purpose of writing an honest review.

Dimensions:

Weight... 5.5 oz (155.9 gm)
Size... folded (5 1/8 x 3 x 1/2 inches)
Size... unfolded (10 1/4 x 3 x 1/4 inches)

In the package... (see photos)
1.) Keyboard
2.) Micro/USB cable for charging
3.) Instructional manual
4.) Soft cloth bag for traveling
5.) Mini cell phone windshield mount

Some thoughts on the "iLepo Bluetooth Foldable Keyboard"...

The Pros:
1.) arrived securely and professionally packaged.

2.) paired easily with my IPad mini.

3.) the keyboard is large enough to accommodate a small to normal size hand and fingers.

4.a) folds to one half the original size for easy transport or storage.
4.b) comes with a cloth carrying/storage bag

5.) has two pads on the bottom (one on each end) to prevent excessive movement when typing.

The Cons: mostly related in one way or another to its size. (see photos)
1.a) this keyboard had two function (fn) keys... one blue on the left and one green on the right.
1.b) because of its reduced width (bottom to top) the number keys and all the usual ($ & @ etc.) signs were found on the right/left-sided alphabet keys, e.g. the 'm' key was also used for the 1 and the ! sign.
1.c) in addition the number keys could only be accessed by pressing both the BLUE function key (on the left side) and the number key at the same time.
1.d) other special sign keys e.g. @ * % # and others, were only usable if you pressed the GREEN function key (on the right side). Again these were associated with their own particular alphabet key.
So for instance, keying in something like ' 1.) ' required a specific fingering sequence that was not an innate movement to anyone with even modest typing skills.

2.) in the package was a plastic, 'mini cell phone windshield mount'. But there was no other explanation in the instructions. I can not see or understand how this would be used on the 'windshield'. However it is very functional as a stand for my IPad mini.

3.a) instruction manual... detailed in some ways, but then somehow lacking in explanation of basic functioning.
3.b) English syntax problems... as if written by someone whose native language was something other than English. If your going to sell on Amazon.com then your instructions must be understandable!

Impressions:
This is a nicely made, attractive, compact keyboard. The soft, clothe transport/storage bag was a nice addition.

This keyboard is easily usable IF you are only using alphabet keys. But with the benefit of compactness and portability comes the loss of key familiarity, and unfortunately this will be a source of significant frustration.

In all honesty, if your a typist who uses a keyboard on a regular basis as part of your job etc., I can not see this device being used a great deal. There are just too many good keyboard alternatives out there.

As it is... 2 1/2 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
Comment Comment | Permalink


Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage
Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Two short, horror tales from Sean Platt and David Wright... 4 Stars, January 21, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
"Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage" presents two short stories ("Rites of Passage" and "The Room") from the pens (keyboards) of Sean Platt and David Wright (edited by Jason Whited). This Kindle e-book was approx. 81 pages in length and sold for $2.99 at the time of writing this review.

General Themes (minor spoilers)...

Two short stories that deal with the most unsettling and exciting time of one's life, when boys change into men and girls into women.
A pair of tales that are about as far apart as one can get for their basic theme and motif... one a horrific Zombie tale (from the Z2134 mould), the other about events surrounding the discovery the wrong side of one's sexual awakening.

Some thoughts on "Rites of Passage"...

1.) as with all Platt and Wright works, wonderfully written and edited.

2.) some horrific events, graphically described

3.) definitive, although less than happy, endings. But hey, what do you expect... these are horror stories!

Impressions: (spoiler material to follow)

Of the two works, I liked "Rites of Passage" better. Guess partly because I'm a fan of zombie tales and the hit series, "The Walking Dead". But I'm not sure why the authors didn't follow up just a bit with Astrid's character... seeing that they took the time to introduce her early in the tale. Unless a follow-up tale is in the offing, I guess we'll never know.

"The Room" I thought was somewhat predicable (other than the very end scene) as Taylor seemed to be doomed from the get go. And I think the 'predictability' was in part due to the title. It seemed to me that the name of this piece was in itself almost a give-away to the dangerous temptations that were coming to temp Taylor. In the Author's Notes at the end, the authors explained that they changed this stories' name to "The Room" from something else, because the original name was too spoiler-ish.
Anyway, it's all nothing more than a personal and subjective opinion on my part.

As it is... 4 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


Veil of a Warrior (Hammerblood Book 1)
Veil of a Warrior (Hammerblood Book 1)
Price: $4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars "Veil of a Warrior"... a really good tale that just needed a little polish... 3 1/2 Stars, January 17, 2016
"Veil of a Warrior" is the first book in the 'Hammerblood' series by author Clifton Hill. This Kindle e-book was approximately 561 printed pages and sold for $2.16 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
Several years have passed since our young hero Hammerblood left home to try to find his calling (those adventures are found in the three novellas, 'Seeking the Veil' books 1, 2 and 3). Having established himself as a gifted fighter, this latest book finds him as chief guard to General Dormir... a leader who has chosen to take his army to the realm of Molroun to rid it from the invading Saeordin and their evil, magic wielding masters, the Sacraith.

Some thoughts on "Veil of a Warrior"...

The Pros:
1.) a generally intriguing tale in the medieval fantasy adventure genre.

2.) encounters... lots of battles both large and small. Plus a terrific, extended finale towards the end.

3.) characters... there were many interesting characters that were developing nicely by book's end.

The Cons: (spoilerish material discussed)
1.) repetitive wording... 'unnamed man' used 25 times in the prologue alone.
Surely there might have be some other variation that was useable.

2.) unusual points...
a.) I found it surprising that Dormir's army was so uniformly feared and hated, by the denizens of Molroun, realizing of course that this was a racial issue. But seeing that they were the only ones helping a population that had been brutalized and enslaved by the Saeordin, it just seemed unrealistic that the word of their good intentions hadn't filtered throughout the land.
b.) and similarity, how could the people of 'Schist?' be so blatantly unaware of the threat so close-by in the 'Stronghold'. (at least I think it was close-by, but there's no map to confirm this opinion). And again the mayor, treated this 'helping army' with such disrespect.
c.) 40,000 men approaching the 'Stronghold' undetected... hmmm.

3.) no map... a tale of extensive travel. A map would have help not only with a sense of distance, direction and topography, but would have made following this convoluted tale so much simpler.

4.) chapters with titles... occasionally giving away a morsel of information that potentially spoiled what was to come. Didn't happen every chapter but...

5.) and finally, a personal and subjective opinion... I struggled with the length of this book. (see impressions)

Impressions:
You know I liked this tale as it had a really good main story that was driven by an intriguing hero. But to me it seemed to loose its focus from time to time. I felt frustrated by some areas that seemed drawn out, adding length to this book that was already quite long. Where a little less may have helped move this otherwise exciting tale along... made it a tad more succinct.

A novel that I felt would thoroughly entertain an older Young Adult (15-17) audience. But serious Adult-orientated fantasy Adventure readers might become weary of this book... as I did.

A book where a good story-line editor or some alert Beta readers might have proved invaluable.

As it is... 3 1/2 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


Carnifex (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf) (Volume 1)
Carnifex (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf) (Volume 1)
by D.P. Prior
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Carnifex"... maybe Derek P. Prior's finest work to date... 5 Stars, January 15, 2016
”Carnifex: Legends of the Nameless Dwarf” is Book 1 of an adult fantasy adventure series by author Derek P. Prior. This Kindle e-book was approximately 310 printed pages.

Please Note: I was involved with a Beta read of this book.

General Theme:
This book sets the scene for the 'Nameless' dwarf books to follow.

Some thoughts on "Carnifex"

1.) well written and edited. Easy to read prose that flowed from the pages.

2.) a perfect blend of action and character development

3.) encounters ... lots of them. Frequently gory and graphically described.

Special mention...
Loved the opening scene where Carnifex (Nameless) sees his reflection in the window of the Scriptorium. A terrific piece of foreshadowing that ties in perfectly with a later scene in the chapter "The Ravine Butcher".

But without a doubt my favorite segment was a side tale (occurring over a span of three chapters) that featured a particular nasty nemesis. Taking place in an underground cavern, this eerie, spooky setting provided an atmosphere that was just so intense... maybe some of the best scary, descriptive writing I've ever had the privilege to read. This section was THAT good.

Overall...
A lot of time and effort was obviously put into this novel; the result... a Fantasy Adventure of remarkable scope, populated by many memorable characters.

Maybe Derek P. Prior's finest work to date.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver, AGPTEK 2-In-1 Wireless Portable Transmitter Audio Music Streaming Switchable with 3.5mm Stereo Output for Speaker, iphone, TV, PC, iPod, MP3, Tablets, Home Or Car
Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver, AGPTEK 2-In-1 Wireless Portable Transmitter Audio Music Streaming Switchable with 3.5mm Stereo Output for Speaker, iphone, TV, PC, iPod, MP3, Tablets, Home Or Car
Offered by nice wealth
Price: $27.99
2 used & new from $27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The AGPtek Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver... the Pros and Cons... 3 Stars, January 8, 2016
A review of the " AGPtek 2 in 1 Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter Receiver".
This device is available from 'nice wealth' and was priced at $24.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with this device at a discount for the purpose of writing an honest review.

Dimensions:
Weight... 11.8 gm (0.42 oz)
Size... 5.08 x 2.54 x 1.0 cm (2 x 1 x 5/16 inches)

In the Box

1.) transmitter
2.) USB/Micro cable for charging
3.) 3.5mm double ended male cable 13.97 cm (5.5 inches)
4.) instruction manual

Some thoughts on the "AGPtek Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver"...

1.) arrived securely and professionally packaged.

2.) a tiny device (see photos) with a range of approx. 30 ft.

3.a) pairing was easily done with my IPhone and IPad mini for receiving.
3.b) I was able to connect with my Non Bluetooth headphones. The music quality was excellent and had a range of 35 ft before audio breakup.

The Cons:
1.) if you intend to use your TV as your source device you will require, (if your TV does not have a 3.5mm audio out port), a Y-Cable 6-Inch that has 2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Male or Female end.
Unfortunately this RCA Y-Cable does not come with this product.

2.) transmit mode... I could not, after many, many attempts get my IPhone nor my IPad mini to pair with this unit when it was in the 'transmit' mode. The Blue light would flash rapidly but my devices would not pair.

3.) instruction manual... the English syntax was poor at times. As if written by someone whose native language was something other than English. I found directions for connecting non-Bluetooth devices AFTER pairing confusing.

4.) would not function when connected to my car's Aux-in port while paired (in receive mode) with my IPhone.

Impressions:

An incredibly small unit, that acting as a receiver from my IPhone to my Non-Bluetooth headphones work very well. The sound quality was excellent.

I could not pair any of my devices while this unit was in the 'transmit' mode.

As it is... 3 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 22, 2016 7:46 AM PST


Krim Du Shaw
Krim Du Shaw
Price: $0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of Krim the Unicorn... 5 Stars, January 5, 2016
This review is from: Krim Du Shaw (Kindle Edition)
" Krim Du Shaw" a short story by author Talia Haven; illustrations by Sytiva Sheehan.

This Kindle ebook was approximately 6 pages long and sold for $0.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
A short tale of how the notion that unicorns roamed the wilderness went from fact to fantasy. Where one of nature's most innocent and unsuspecting creatures fall prey to the greed of man.

Some thoughts on "Krim Du Shaw"...

1.) well written and edited.

2.) a short, sad tale that will touch your heart.

3.) mentioned on the Amazon product page as an item for young readers, this little gem will appeal to many adults as well.

Impressions:
Another sad and heart rending tale from the pen of Tavia Haven. Readable in less than ten minutes, but a story that you'll reflect on some time to come.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


250Ml Silent USB Cool Mist Diffuser Air Purifier, Portable Mini Home Humidifier,Perfect for Baby Room, Home, Car, Face, Office and Water Bottle
250Ml Silent USB Cool Mist Diffuser Air Purifier, Portable Mini Home Humidifier,Perfect for Baby Room, Home, Car, Face, Office and Water Bottle
Offered by Hallomall US Online
Price: $69.99
2 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A review on the Hallomall silent cool-mist Atomizer... great for a small area like a baby's room... 5 Stars, January 5, 2016
A review of the "250ml Silent USB Cool Mist Ultrasonic Aroma Oil Diffuser Air Purifier, Portable Mini Home Humidifier" by Hallomall. This device is available from Hallomall US Online (fulfilled by Amazon) and was priced at $23.93 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free device for the purpose of writing an honest review.

In the Package:
1.) 250ml water bottle
2.) atomizer stem
3.) 2 x cotton wicks
4.) Micro USB cable for power
5.) Instruction Manual

Some thoughts on the "250ml Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier"...

1.) arrived securely and professionally packaged.

2.) must be continuously 'plugged-in' (Micro USB cable) to work.

3.) can work with any water container i. e. a drinking glass. Simple place the atomizer stem in the glass container and plug it in and turn it on.

4.) provides a fine cool mist and displays a blue light around it's upper rim while functioning. This would allow you to find it in a darkened room.

5.) can also be use for aromatherapy.

6.) it is virtually silent when running.

7.) instructions in both English and Chinese; the English portion was fairly easy to read and understand.

8.) shuts off automatically when the water is gone.

Impressions:
Filled the water bottle, soaked the wick, plugged it in and turned it on... started putting out a fine, cool mist immediately.

This is a small unit that is attractive in appearance. It provides enough mist to work effectively in a small space (bathroom or maybe small bedroom). Would be great for a baby's room.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
Comment Comment | Permalink


Etekcity MU600 Digital Multimeter / DMM / Multi Tester with hFE Measurement
Etekcity MU600 Digital Multimeter / DMM / Multi Tester with hFE Measurement
Offered by Etekcity
Price: $15.98
2 used & new from $12.92

5.0 out of 5 stars The "Etekcity Digital Multimeter"... a handy electrical tester for home or work... 5 Stars, January 2, 2016
A review on the "Etekcity Portable Manual Ranging Digital Multimeter"
This device is available from Etekcity (fulfilled by Amazon) and was priced at $12.98 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free device for the purpose of writing an honest review.

Dimensions:
Size LWD... 13 x 6.5 x 3 cm
Weight... 154.7 gm (5.45 oz)

In the Package:
1.) the multimeter
2.) 2 sets of test leads (one red, one black)
3.) instruction manual
4.) 9v battery (already in the device)

Some thoughts on the "Etekcity Portable Ranging Digital Multimeter"...

1.) arrived securely and professionally packaged.

2.a) the meter itself was compact, fit easily in one hand (see photo) and felt solid and well made when picked up
2.b) it has an outer plastic shell that would help it survive minor bumps and falls

3.) functions... used for Voltmeter Ammeter Ohmmeter readings, including AC / DC Voltage, DC Current, Resistance functionContinuity, Diodes, hFE Tester with easy-to-read Backlit LCD & data hold.

Impressions:
A useful multi-functioning electrical meter that would be useful at work as well as around home.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a device that to use correctly and SAFELY requires the operator to have some knowledge and expertise around electrical systems.
And with this in mind, I had a friend with some familiarity and skills in these areas (I have none) check out this unit... he found the device worked as expected when running the gambit of electrical tests available.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson

P.S.
many thanks to Wayne S. for assessing the functioning of this device on my behalf.
Comment Comment | Permalink


Etekcity Ear and Forehead Temporal Infrared Thermometer (Dual Mode), 1-Year Warranty, FDA/CE/ISO Approved, Digital Temperature Analysis, Memory Recall, Backlight and Buzzer
Etekcity Ear and Forehead Temporal Infrared Thermometer (Dual Mode), 1-Year Warranty, FDA/CE/ISO Approved, Digital Temperature Analysis, Memory Recall, Backlight and Buzzer

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked as advertised. Well made, accurate and ergonomically shaped... 5 Stars, December 30, 2015
The "Etekcity Digital Forehead and Ear Infrared Thermometer for Baby"
When in stock this device is available from Etekcity.

Please Note: I was provided with a free device for the purpose of writing an honest review.

Dimensions:
Weight... 90.7 gm (3.2 oz)
Size... 14.5 cm (5.7 inches)

Some thoughts on the "Etekcity Digital Forehead and Ear Infrared Thermometer for Baby"...

1.a) arrived securely and professionally packaged from Amazon.
1.b) the product package was attractive and provided clear indication as to what this device was and its use.
1.c) the thermometer was slim, lightweight, ergonomically designed and attractive in appearance.

2.) Dual Modes... allows for both forehead temperature readings (F1 button) as well as ear-drum readings (F2 button) by removing the plastic shield at the end of the device to expose the ear canal tip. (see photos)

3.a) results display immediately on the LCD screen
3.b) if temperature is elevated, there is a warning beep to alert you.

4.) runs on 2 x AAA batteries (included)

5.) comes with its own cradle for safe storage between uses. (see photos)

6.) instructions come in English and German. There were an abundant of directions that were clear, concise and easy to both read and understand.

7.a) can be used in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.
7.b) has 20 memory slots to keep track of previous readings.

8.) has automatic shut-off after 10 seconds of non use, so batteries will not be wasted.

Impressions:
This is an attractive, well made device that preformed as advertised when I tried it out. However, I did not have an opportunity to test its accuracy against a standard thermometer.

Another quality product from Etekcity.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
Comment Comment | Permalink


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20