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Phantastes, a Faerie Romance for Men and Women
Phantastes, a Faerie Romance for Men and Women
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Challenging Read, July 21, 2015
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I like George MacDonald's books, and this is the book C.S. Lewis claims brought him to Christ. The story is a little difficult to follow, but there are some interesting passages and a story within the story that is well worth a read. If you have never read George MacDonald before, you would probably do well to start with The Princess and the Goblin if you enjoy fantasy, or The Laird's Inheritance (aka Warlock o' Glenwarlock) if you enjoy romance.


Step by Step 1A: An Introduction to Successful Practice for Violin (Book & CD)
Step by Step 1A: An Introduction to Successful Practice for Violin (Book & CD)
by Kerstin Wartberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series for Suzuki Violin, July 21, 2015
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This is a great series for starting violin. The CD is helpful so the student can hear how the song should sound.


Audubon Bird Guide: North America
Audubon Bird Guide: North America
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the functionality of some features, July 21, 2015
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What could and should be the top birding app struggles to do what it claims.

Pros: It has great pictures, maps, information about the birds, you can ID by shape or through family, is linked to eBird, and has multiple songs for each bird.
Cons: Some content requires internet connection, It force closes on my first generation Kindle Fire every other time I use it, and it lost hours of my work of typing in bird IDs and notes.

Exiting cleanly through the home page prevents some force closing. If the developers would fix these things, it would be awesome, but it's not really useful in the field.


Shopper's Paradise HD
Shopper's Paradise HD
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun sim, July 21, 2015
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You are in charge of organizing and running a shopping center. You have a budget and your choice of retail buildings to try to attain the monetary goal for each level in 3 sim days. You have the ability to choose any of 3 different levels of difficulty for each level. I also like the fact that you can speed up time, which is an essential for a good sim.


Amplified Bible (AMP 1987, Without Translators' Notes)
Amplified Bible (AMP 1987, Without Translators' Notes)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great translation, a few issues with hyperlinks., July 21, 2015
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I really like the translation here. The main problem with the Kindle version is that the hyperlinks often go to a chapter before or after the one I selected when I navigate through the table of contents. Otherwise it's an excellent Bible.


A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)
A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read, July 21, 2015
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I highly recommend A Cast of Stones. This book, the first in the series, draws the reader in as the author weaves a unique universe with its own mythology. The characters are well-developed and interesting, and there is plenty of action, adventure, and romance. Great for a vacation.


Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
by Harper Lee
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Can Never Go Home, July 21, 2015
***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Twenty-six year old Jean Louise Finch returns to Maycomb as the town is embroiled in the growing pains of the civil rights movement, only she doesn’t know it. Scout was raised to be color-blind but ironically still sees the world, and her father, in black and white. Atticus Finch is no longer the robust young man he was in To Kill a Mockingbird, but is now arthritic.
Continuing to practice law with the help of his protege and Scout’s erstwhile boyfriend, Henry Clinton, Atticus survives. He lives with his sister, Alexandra, but something else is different. Scout learns that he’s become a member of the Maycomb City Council; the council that is trying to respond to the newly formed NAACP as well as to protect their southern heritage through segregation.
Seeking the counsel of her Uncle Jack, who seems oddly prescient about our society, Scout wrestles with the questions: Has Atticus changed? Has Maycomb changed? Or has Jean Louise changed? It’s through these conversations that the reader comes to understand a bit more not just about Atticus, but the forces that combined to create him.
Ms. Lee has written what is certain to become another classic as she probes the theme of the death of our perceptions of our parents. The story line is not as well-defined as To Kill a Mockingbird as this book is more esoteric. Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent toward Atticus is irrelevant, the fact is that these characters leap off these pages.


Smithsonian
Smithsonian
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably not going to renew again., February 24, 2015
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I like the concept of the magazine as much as I enjoy visiting the Smithsonian museums. The major flaw is that the magazine leans completely left. I don't mind reading articles written from opposing world views provided that there is balance. There is not really any balance here, and I find that frustrating. For a scholarly magazine, it seems like the publishers are trying to make it more popular by including questionable language. Something else that I've noticed is that it will often cover topics that were in Mental Floss on a previous month which actually made for an interesting comparison.


Prophet (Books of the Infinite Book #1)
Prophet (Books of the Infinite Book #1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a series., February 24, 2015
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I primarily read male authors, but I tried this book based on a recommendation and wasn't disappointed. Ela is chosen as a prophet (sic) and is thrust into a struggle between trusting the Creator and trusting herself. She's also charged with the care of her "unfortunate" sister and is constantly concerned for her safety. The characters she meets along the way are interesting and well-developed. There's plenty of adventure as well as some romance to keep the plot moving. I will definitely read the sequel.


Pocket Stables
Pocket Stables
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun racing and horse training sim., February 24, 2015
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I love Kairosoft's games and tend to purchase them when they go on sale or as a FAOTD. The graphics are similar to the old the 8-bit games and Kairosoft has fun recurring characters as well. Pocket Stables is unique in that you get to breed your horses to create new combinations of speed, strength, and various other qualities. This takes some time, but racing your horse is always fun. As with many sims from Kairosoft, you need to complete the game to unlock the faster sim speed. I bought this game to play with my 5 year old daughter, but it's a little to complex for that age. It's more appropriate for 10 or older.


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