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Sunday, Dec 2, 2007

For the musician or hard core music fan with a shelf or desk to decorate, come these amazingly realistic mini Fender guitars. About one-third the size of the real thing, they can also be wall-mounted to show the works of art they truly are. The guitars come in a multitude of colors and you can also pick up a display case for six of the nine models if you’re a serious Fender aficionado. Oh, and they only look playable with their genuine wood necks, steel strings, and movable switches, so don’t drive yourself nuts trying.


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Encased in a miniaturized replica of the famous boy wizard’s traveling trunk, this delightful DVD set should make any movie loving muggle more than happy. J.K Rowling’s hugely successful literary series is one of the few franchises to be carefully reconfigured to film (the author oversees all cinematic decisions). After the first two Chris Columbus helmed efforts, a real sense of artistry and depth has since been achieved. Half of the fun here is watching stars Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson grow up right before your eyes. It adds a melancholy realism to all the flights of fancy.


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Most of the things that some people find utterly annoying about Naruto are things that his fans tend to like: he’s loud, he’s motivated, and he’s also loud. Did I mention loud? Even so, his latest PSP outing Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes manages to quiet him down a bit while offering a surprisingly entertaining fighting experience on Sony’s little machine. The team-based aspects of the game are solid, and if you have PSP-owning friends around, you could have fun with this thing for hours—even the download mode is solid fun. The addiction, however, will hit as you try to ascend through the ranks of ninja prowess, collecting scrolls and completing tests to try and attain the title of hokage. For a game that’s ostensibly based on a chidren’s television program, completing these tasks is incredibly difficult, and if you don’t throw your PSP clear across the room at least once before you do (hint: aim for the sofa), more power to you. Much like he of last year’s underrated Uzumaki Chronicles, the Naruto of Ultimate Ninja Heroes is one you can get behind, in a game you’re bound to enjoy.


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Within the comics community, Flight is something special. It’s the equivalent of the undeniable classic album or brilliant film. It’s something that draws from all corners of the medium and unites some of the best talents of each in one place, and it’s adored both critically and by graphic fiction audiences. And its gradual accrual of fame and respect has almost made the anthology series eclipse the material that it compiles. If you need an example of the continued relevance of comics as a medium, there’s Flight.  If you want to discuss comics and their place in literature, there’s Flight. If you want to see what’s happening in the contemporary world of art and illustration, there’s Flight. These artists have each added to the visual storytelling arena in spectacular fashion, while Flight itself has helped enrich the place that graphic novels have established in bridging the gap between comics and books.


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by John Nettles

The companion volume to the highest-rated show on the Travel Channel, celebrity chef and professional wiseass Bourdain crisscrosses the globe, showing us places both exotic (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Namibia) and not so much (Cleveland, South Carolina, Las Vegas) primarily through the food unique to their cultures. Unlike most food-travel personalities, however, Bourdain eschews high-end restaurants and remains on ground level, eating what the people eat at bistros, pubs, street carts, and in the wild, narrating his adventures with his trademark sardonic wit. More diary than travelogue, Bourdain’s book is a more congenial companion than either Frommer’s or Zagat’s, and the jokes are better, too.


 


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