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Neil Shapiro has commented on (3) products.

The Eustace Diamonds (World's Classics)
The Eustace Diamonds (World's Classics)

Neil Shapiro, June 7, 2015

Imagine for a moment that Lucille Ball is playing a character with a mean streak a mile wide and a towering ego, but with all the shenanigans and twisty plots that would drive Desi insane. Therein you have Lizzie Greystock (Lady Eustace) in Anthony Trollope's least political and most hilarious Palliser-series novel. Read how Lizzie determines to keep a half million dollar (in today's money) diamond necklace away from her mistreated-unto-death husband's aristocratic family. Watch and laugh as her plots are sprung and unsprung and as you peer darkly into the mind of a woman who is not above ruining any number of lives simply to protect herself from court cases, who is ready to lie and cheat, to dissemble to the police and to use her beauty for ugly ends and yet, somehow, on some level, manages to stay if not adorable then at least captivating. You'll never look at a diamond necklace the same way again!
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas

Neil Shapiro, January 1, 2013

I usually find that books which feature stories within stories within stories also feature a lot of very visible seams holding the assemblage precariously together. CLOUD ATLAS not just pulls this off seamlessly but makes each story quite needed to properly understand them all.
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Wildwood Signed Special Edition by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
Wildwood Signed Special Edition

Neil Shapiro, December 23, 2011

If you are considering a limited edition then I will assume you know what the book is about and confine my comments to the production values of this outstanding, signed and limited volume. I was surprised at the quality of the book which exceeded my expectations. One thing that I expected was a high print run. But my book is numbered 122/500 and 500, as any book collector will tell you, is a very desirable print run. The tipped-in and signed illustration is in a mylar covering which is a nice, protective touch. The look and feel of the stamped boards and the matching slipcase is equivalent to that of other limited editions I own (of other titles of course) that cost hundreds of dollars more. The actual signatures are neat, readable and positioned nicely, they don't look rushed. (Sometimes I think some authors approach limited edition signings the way I used to hate writing "I will do better" in school for 500 lines.) Oh, and don't forget the included bookmark that is impregnated with flower seeds to start a garden! Overall, if you love WILDWOOD and you love limited editions, if you collect and prize your books then this is more then just an excellent value. It's a once-in-a-lifetime and affordable opportunity. Go for it!
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