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This was the first stippling brush I ever owned and I loved the effect it achieved. I don't know how I lived without one for so many years. The white bristles applied my liquid foundation and the black bristles blended it for an almost airburshed look. Yes, I had problems with the brush shedding, as other reviewers noted. But I was able to live with the little black hairs left behind on my face as they were easily picked off. I had hoped that the shedding would stop after I washed the brush a few times, but it only got worse. Then, after owning this brush for just 3 months, it started bleeding dark blue dye when I washed it. I hoped the bleeding would stop after a while, but it didn't. It got to the point that I could put the brush in a glass of water and it would look like a big bucket o'dye in a couple minutes.
The brush was unusable because, in addition to the little black brush hairs I had to pick off my face, the dye bled into my foundation. While this left my face a very interesting shade of blue, it was not the effect I was hoping to achieve.
I will be looking for another stippling brush to replace this one, but the brand I buy will not be Sigma.
For potential buyers, please note that this is the graphic novel version of Peter Beagle's wonderful tale for Kindle. If you are looking for the original book, it is not currently available for Kindle. But if you would like to see reviews and more information about the graphic novel, they can be found here: The Last Unicorn...Read more
The original books by L Frank Baum were always a collaboration with the illustrators. In fact, the illustrator, WW Denslow, held a co-patent to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz along with Baum; his illustrations were considered to be as important to the tale as the storyline.
Without the illustrations, part of the magic of the Oz series is missing. Thus I still eagerly await a well-formatted edition of the Oz stories on Kindle that contains all of the original illustrations.
(4 stars for Baum, 0 stars for lack of illustrations, 5 stars for Kindle formatting.)
I have kept a binder full of recipes for many years. It contains tried and true family favorites, recipes that have been given to me by friends, and recipes that I someday hope to try someday. Many are accompanied by notes and comments. The Valentine Family And Friends Cookbook reminds me of my own personal recipe book. But better. Not only does it contain recipes, but it also contains charming notes and stories about the author's life and memories of growing up in a Pennsylvania Dutch family. (And family photos too, if you have the paperback. Sadly, the Kindle edition does not have the photos.)
Some of the older recipes may not please the current generation (smoked liver pudding, anyone?), and some of the more recent recipes are fairly common (for example, chili con queso or spinach dip made with vegetable soup mix). However, collections of recipes of this type are charming and you might even try a few of the recipes. But the Kindle edition is too difficult to use. There is no Table of Contents or Index which means that it is nearly impossible to easily find recipes or quickly scan through them to find one you might be interested to try. The paperback version would undoubtably be more practical.
Because of this, I am only giving the eBook version 2 stars.
(In addition, I wonder if there might be a few errors in some of the recipes. For example, I find it difficult to believe that chicken wings can be baked for 1 1/2 hours at 450 degrees without burning them to a crisp.)
I did a lot of research before I bought this case. It had all the features I wanted:
A cover that protects the screen if dropped
Lined interior to protect the screen,
On/Off feature when the cover is closed,
Sturdy and would protect all sides of the iPad if dropped
Versatile stand with 3 viewing angles
When I first got the SwitchEasy, I was immediately concerned that the cover was extremely tight. It was very difficult to get my iPad2 to fit into it and the latch was impossible to close. I thought that perhaps it needed a break-in period, but 4 month later it still wouldn't close. I finally took pliers to the latch to loosen it. Although the latch will close now, the cover still seems short. In order to shut the folio, I have to open it up and forcefully pull the cover forward to make the latch reach.
The lining, although described by the manufacturer as "Super rich padded microfiber" is coming off in small patches. This is not wear; it is actually falling off.
Although protective, the "ultra protective hybrid polycarbonate" cover is cracking at the corners. I am worried that these are stress cracks due to the poor and tight fit. (I have never dropped or mishandled my iPad 2, so it is not due to rough usage). Looking at the exterior of the folio, you can see wear marks and areas that are misshapen because of the fit.
Although the stand worked at first, allowing me different viewing angles, it no longer does. The grooves that held the iPad2 seem to be worn and are no longer sturdy enough to hold the iPad2 up at any viewing angle.
In summary, after 6 months of ownership I have to say that I am completely disappointed and would not recommend the SwitchEasy. If I could give this product No Stars, I would.
This short book contains a small collection of photos with orbs (a.k.a. lens flares, dust particles, moisture droplets, pollen - anything that can alter a photograph and make it appear as though something paranormal has occured), mists (you've heard of fog, right?), and other photo aberrations. Most of these I can easily replicate with my camera.
Sorry to be a cynic, but this is one of the poorest collection of supposed ghost photos that I've ever seen.
However, the story that accompanies the photos is engaging and full of little bits of trivia, including detailed locations where paranormal activity might be expected.
I've been to Gettysburg before and tried to capture a few ghostly apparitions of my own. This book would have made a nice guide to locations I should have visited.
Nicely formatted on my Kindle 3, but even better on my iPad because the photos are in color and can be easily enlarged.
One star for the photos and three for the narrative.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the delightful children's book that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.
Please be aware that this ebook version does NOT contain the lovely original illustrations by Beatrix Potter that we are all familiar with. Instead, it is the 1916 edition with illustrations by Virginia Albert. While her drawings are very nice, the book just is not the same without our familiar Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.
The Vook edition is nicely formatted with colored drawings (for those viewing with an iPad or device that is not a black and white Reader.)
I would be duly impressed if a high school graduate knew the correct usage of all of these words. (A few of them stumped me.)
These are words that any avid reader encounters but still may not know the definition. The words are divided into categories with 10 words per category. The definition and examples of how the word can be used in sentences are provided. Then, after every 50 words, there's a quiz.
While a high school student may not find this book to be a lot of fun, I sure did. (And it's free on kindle!)
The best feature of this story is its cutsie title - then it goes downhill from there.
This is an extremely short story about an evil satanic baby written in the form of a diary. The writing is amateurish and the premise is nothing new. There are no surprises - you can guess the entire storyline as well as the ending within the first page or two. (Sorry, if I say any more, I will reveal the entire plot.)
Even though the story only takes about 5 minutes to read, it not worth it. Believe me.
When the price of gas went up drastically, I did some research and decided to change the way I drive. I was able to improve my gas mileage by over 25%. At today's prices, that comes out to a savings of $20 for each weekly fill up for me. If you're like me and have read up on this topic on the internet, you won't find much new info in this short book. If you haven't, this book offers practical advice on how to improve your gas mileage.
The topics include:
Chapters 1-3: Your driving and tips on improving gas mileage
Chapters 4-5: Replacing your current car, when the time comes, with a more fuel efficiant one
Chapter 6: After-marketing mods to improve fuel efficiency
There are also appendices that address how the practices in the book help you to increase the life of your car and its trade-in value, hypermiling, how politics and the environment will affect gas prices, and the promise of new technologies in the future.
(Note: I purchased this Kindle edition when it was free. At that time I rated the book 4 stars but I'm not sure I would have reviewed the book as favorably if I had paid full price. As I stated, much of the information can be found on the internet if you want to spend the time looking for it.)