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Large Donald Trump Pinata - 24" High
Large Donald Trump Pinata - 24" High
Offered by Five Big Stars
Price: $55.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much too well built, March 3, 2016
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My first piñata purchase! Are they supposed to be so hard to break, though? It's more structurally sound than any of his apartment buildings, which is kind of a shame when one really wants to bash this figurine to bits. I recommend adding a few nails to the bat/stick/whatever before you go at it, or this figurine's nasty little pig's eyes will keep glowering at you for the duration of your party.


Panteras for the Road (Survivors Series)
Panteras for the Road (Survivors Series)
by Henry Rasmussen
Edition: Hardcover
31 used & new from $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty and not badly written, February 7, 2015
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A review of more than just the Pantera, this book is mostly about Alessandro De Tomaso. The focus is the Pantera (and its predecessors the Vallelunga and Mangusta), but there is a lot about De Tomaso the man. As for the cars, much of the focus is on the current owners and what they do to their cars. Modified vehicles, silly or not, are given the same space and conisderation as important, original, historical vehicles. Historical facts are few and far between, as is to be excepted when one is dealing with the tight-lipped De Tomaso organization. Still, this remains a decent, well illustrated read - just don't expect a scholarly work.


Dust
Dust
by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Edition: Hardcover
44 used & new from $0.24

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dusty indeed, June 16, 2014
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This review is from: Dust (Hardcover)
Having read 19 other Amazon reviews, I must say I agree with most of the 2/3 star ones. As for the five-star reviews, I share a desire to discover and enjoy the efforts of new, young, East African writers. This is not it though - being confusing and tight-lipped should not be confused for "great style" or "literary talent", and the gothic (=unbelievable) themes of this tale makes it a hard one to enjoy even once one spends the time necessary to comprehend the plot.

As with the worst gothic tales, most of the characters are completely illogical and therefore impossible to understand. New characters appear at random and without much introduction, up to the very last pages of the book when seemingly another chapter of two's worth of action are hinted at by the re-introduction of a previously assumed dead pimp (?) appears in an airplane. With only a few pages left, I feel that most readers may have missed this particular oddity as they skimmed their way to being able to finally shut the covers of Dust.


Abarth Gold Portfolio 1950-71
Abarth Gold Portfolio 1950-71
by R.M. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great collection, June 16, 2014
I will forgive it some minor niggles since it is old, but I will start with the problems: It only includes articles from English language publications - an obvious problem when writing about Abarth, as much of the best material is often in Italian. Also, the index is lacking much information about the original sources, such as authors (these are sometimes included in the articles themselves) and original page numbers.

But don't worry about all of that, this is a great reference compilation for any Etceterini fan, and period sources are usually hard to trump. Buy a few and drive up the price enough to inveigle a reissue!


World Car Catalogue 1968
World Car Catalogue 1968
by Edited by Sergio D'Angelo
Edition: Hardcover
8 used & new from $20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you hoped for, May 18, 2014
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Does exactly what it says on the box. A slightly Italian perspective, and sadly with all measurements imperfectly converted to imperial units, but a must have for the automotive scholar.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, January 25, 2013
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A very good and interesting read from a perspective not always seen, inundated as we are with the accounts of Americans in Vietnam. This Italian journalist provides a well researched view on life in Vietnam around the time that the Americans finally left, thereby also explaining much of the Vietnam conflict itself. The only negative thing is that it seems to be written in somewhat of a haste, but then again it is mainly a journalistic account and is not intended to be fine literature.

Highly recommended.


Spirit of the Beehive (The Criterion Collection)
Spirit of the Beehive (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Fernando Fernán Gómez
Offered by MAMBO-MIKE
Price: $29.95
11 used & new from $8.40

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Otherwordly, beatiful cinema, January 3, 2007
While I am not a cineaste nor a reviewer, I feel unable to refrain from passing on just how remarkable this film was. The stunning cinematography combines with a lovely, subtle tale with nicely crafted allusions to Spain's then-recent civil war and Fascist victory to form a (sadly obscure) masterpiece.

Victor Erice's depictions of childhood are also spot-on. I am very glad that I bought this movie on a whim, but then again, who ever expects to be disappointed by a Criterion release?


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