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Sherlock Holmes and the Affair of the Red Leech
Sherlock Holmes and the Affair of the Red Leech
Price: CDN$ 6.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!, April 28 2016
Extremely well done. Holmes and Watson were quite close to ACD's version of them, and the secondary characters were actually well thought out and interesting. The mystery itself, while not particularly difficult to figure out, was still engaging. Hope to see more Holmes pastiches from this author in the future.

Sherlock Holmes: The Time Machine: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Sherlock Holmes: The Time Machine: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Price: CDN$ 3.79

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, April 28 2016
Pretty much takes everything that made Holmes and Watson who they were in ACD's stories "fiction" on the part of ACD who they allowed to write about Holmes' cases (instead of it being Watson).

Moriarty and Holmes never fought at the Reichenbach Falls, so Moriarty is still alive, Holmes supposedly just took time off to tour the continent with Adler and has two kids with her (WTF?! barf), they step through a doorway in time that brings them 100 years in the future and they are completely and utterly nonplussed about absolutely everything they see - ridiculous.

I could not even bring myself to continue past the point that Holmes announces he had two kids with Adler. Not at ALL Sherlock Holmes. This is nothing more than the author taking names of ACD's well known characters and making them into completely unrecognizable incarnations. If you don't want to respect the canon, create your own characters, don't use ACD's characters to try and draw people in only to crap all over what makes ACD's characters who they are.

Sherlock Holmes: A Congression of Pallbearers (Fight Card Sherlock Holmes Book 3)
Sherlock Holmes: A Congression of Pallbearers (Fight Card Sherlock Holmes Book 3)
Price: CDN$ 3.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, April 28 2016
I've enjoyed all three of these Fight Card Holmes pastiches by Jack Tunney, however I feel this final one was a bit of a let down compared to the other two. I did read the authors notes at the end, and understand what his intention was, but this wasn't his best effort (though there were a few scenes that were fantastically done). Still an enjoyable read, don't get me wrong, but the first two (especially the first one) were much better. That said, adding all three of Jack Tunney's Sherlock Holmes Fight Card novels to your collection is a must if you enjoy seeing Holmes being both intellectual AND physical (as ACD's stories clearly state he is) while solving crimes.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Definitive Furies Collection. (Twenty Sherlock Holmes crime mysteries together in one complete book. Book 1)
SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Definitive Furies Collection. (Twenty Sherlock Holmes crime mysteries together in one complete book. Book 1)
Price: CDN$ 3.37

2.0 out of 5 stars Not Holmes and Watson, April 28 2016
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Oh Lordy. This author certainly produces a lot of Sherlock Holmes stories, but they are quite obviously not edited by the massive amounts of grammatical and spelling mistakes but that is fairly typical of many Holmes pastiches. That said, the characterizations of Holmes and Watson, as well as the stories themselves are just...terrible. If you have absolutely no more Holmes pastiches to read, and are still looking, these stories are a way to kill some time, but I'd suggest simply rereading a better pastiche, or one of the original stories instead.

The Elementary Cases of Sherlock Holmes
The Elementary Cases of Sherlock Holmes
Price: CDN$ 3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, April 28 2016
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Normally I do not like Sherlock Holmes stories that are missing Watson, but this was actually a quite entertaining read of Holmes before he met Watson, solving crimes with Stamford instead. Definitely worth a read!

Sherlock Holmes and the Hellbirds
Sherlock Holmes and the Hellbirds
by Austin Mitchelson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 44.35
7 used & new from CDN$ 22.75

3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, April 28 2016
There were several things that had me striking off two stars from this book. 1) The grammatical and spelling errors in this should have been caught by an editor, and were quite distracting at times and 2) Sherlock Holmes was, at times, a total and complete jackass in this (which, if you have read the ACD stories, you know he never was - yes, he could be short at times, especially with the cops or Watson, but he was never rude or dismissive of his clients - in this, he tells a 15 year old girl that her uncle, her only family, who has disappeared, is probably in some tavern somewhere drunk, or passed out in a ditch and that he's most likely already back at their home...WHAT?!). There were numerous places where Holmes does or says something which you (or at least I) immediately think, he would NEVER say that, he would NEVER do that, and that is just as distracting as the poor editing. Overall, it's an okay book that could have been much better with a proper editor (one that actually knows Sherlock Holmes' character from the ACD stories).

THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA
THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA
Price: CDN$ 6.42

1.0 out of 5 stars A Caricature of Sherlock Holmes, April 28 2016
I'm not sure what story the other reviewers were reading, but I couldn't even get past the third chapter of this fanfic. Between the opening scenes having Holmes randomly making a comment about a cursed penis, and a boat captain having a "Mr Spock" making a "logical" comment and a "Scotty", actually doing one of Scotty's most famous lines, this was simply too ridiculous to continue.

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
Price: CDN$ 4.74

1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Dreck!, March 21 2016
Painfully awful. Little more than the author's desire to pervert the character of Sherlock Holmes. If that's the type of story you want - a complete and utter ignoring of everything that Doyle created - this is the book for you. If you actually like Sherlock Holmes, and Watson, and respect what Doyle created, run very, very far away from this book.

Proscan 10-Inch Tablet, Quad Core, Android 4.4 Kit-Kat
Proscan 10-Inch Tablet, Quad Core, Android 4.4 Kit-Kat
Offered by John2Bala
Price: CDN$ 99.99
15 used & new from CDN$ 89.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars I am pleased so far with what I see - though I ..., Jan. 4 2016
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This tablet arrived today. I am pleased so far with what I see - though I wish that it did not have quite so many unnecessary apps installed that you cannot uninstall. It came with a cover and a keyboard, which was great, however I was disappointed to see that the case and keyboard are white, while the tablet itself is black - it would have been nice to get a cover and keyboard that was the same color as the tablet. There is an annoying "recommended for you" app that is right there on the main screen when you turn the tablet on, but like other apps, if you just hold your finger on it, the option to delete it from the homepage pops up and you can get rid of it. So far, it seems to work well - but time will tell whether this tablet was worth the price.

AccuMed AP109 Portable TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager with Lifetime Support and USA Warranty - Dual Channel Pain Relief with 8-in-1 Functionality for Treating Shoulders, Joints, Back/Waist, Hands, Legs, Feet, and More - Includes Massage/Beat/Kne
AccuMed AP109 Portable TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager with Lifetime Support and USA Warranty - Dual Channel Pain Relief with 8-in-1 Functionality for Treating Shoulders, Joints, Back/Waist, Hands, Legs, Feet, and More - Includes Massage/Beat/Kne
Offered by Foscam CA
Price: CDN$ 39.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, Jan. 4 2016
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I have chronic pain and had been considering getting a TENS machine for a while now. I decided on this one because the price was right. I am thrilled with it! It works very well, has several different pre programmed options for shoulder, waist, joint, leg/hand, and feet. You can also choose to use the massage, beat, or knead function. The pre programmed ones cycle through the massage, beat and/or knead options for 15 minutes at a time. You have the option of speeding up or slowing down the pulses. There are some areas where I cannot go past 3 or 4 strength wise, but I use 8-10 strength on my back. It helps immensely! The pain relief is, of course, only temporary, but living with chronic pain 24/7 I can tell you, temporary is AMAZING.

My only disappointment is with the pads. If you use the TENS machine on 10 for more than 15 minutes (I use it for 45 minutes on my back, moving the pads to three different sections of my back that give me the most pain), the gel on the pads start sliding off the pads. I had to peel the gel off and reposition it. I am unsure as to whether you could simply peel the gel off and use the bottled gel that some other TENS machines require - since it is not the pads themselves that are not "working" but the sticky gel attached to them. It is convenient to have the pads already sticky rather than having to use the bottled gel, which is why I will be buying extra pads this week, but it would be a shame to throw away these pads when they still work as far as the pulsing goes. I suspect that I am most likely using it more than it is intended to be used - but that is part and parcel of chronic pain.

That said, I am SO glad that I purchased this TENS machine and highly recommend it to anyone that has chronic pain and is looking for some temporary relief.

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