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Periodic Table of Elements (Educational) Art Poster Print - 36x24
Periodic Table of Elements (Educational) Art Poster Print - 36x24
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4.0 out of 5 stars 36 by 24 Unframed Poster of the Periodic Table, April 19, 2014
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For the price, I wasn't sure what I was going to receive, and I was pleasantly surprised. This poster of the Periodic Table of Elements is printed on good quality paper, and came carefully packaged in cardboard which considering the free shipping, turned out to be truly value for money. It contains all the necessary information for a periodic table of elements for students in middle-high school. The size of the poster makes it perfect for a bedroom or study wall, and it can also go on a classroom wall, although I think it may be rather small for the latter, especially in terms of visibility. All in all, this is an excellent, value for money poster of the periodic table.


Murder She Wrote - South By Southwest / A Story To Die For / The Last Free Man / The Celtic Riddle [
Murder She Wrote - South By Southwest / A Story To Die For / The Last Free Man / The Celtic Riddle [
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5.0 out of 5 stars Note: This is a Region 2 DVD and will only play on a multi-region DVD player, April 15, 2014
I absolutely adore Jessica Fletcher, English teacher turned mystery writer/ sleuth. I have watched all of the seasons of Murder, She Wrote and am still amazed at how wonderfully this character was portrayed by the great Angela Lansbury. I was a teenager when this show first aired, and remember dreaming of moving to a place like Cabot Cove (and sometimes still do!).

Anyway, I was saddened when this stellar show came to an end after many successful seasons. Then I discovered there were four made-for-TV movies made after the show ended. I managed to catch some of these shows on TV when they were aired, and only lately came to discover that they are available on DVD.

These are four full-length movies. In South by Southwest, Jessica gets entangled in espionage while traveling to El Paso by train. In A Story to Die For, Jessica attends a speakers' conference where a former director of the KGB is murdered. The prized manuscript which supposedly contains some classified information is missing. Jessica initially tries to stay out of it, but inevitably finds herself embroiled in the case. A Story to Die For is my favorite in this collection because it is the most philosophical of all four movies, dealing with friendship, trust, loyalty, and is also quite emotional.

In The Last Free Man, Jessica travels to a university in Virginia and inevitably becomes involved in a case that takes her back to the past, and where she discovers that one of her relatives back during the time of slavery was a progressive Southerner and an excellent sleuth herself (Lansbury plays a dual role here). The Celtic Riddle is set in Ireland and is another riveting mystery. Jessica has to deal with a killer who is determined not to let anyone get a fortune, one where Jessica herself is a beneficiary. Besides the riveting plot, the bonus is the beautiful cinematography.

Ardent fans of Murder, She Wrote should definitely watch these four movies, and those who are familiar with the show will enjoy identifying guest stars from TV's golden years. I highly recommend this 4-movie compilation for fans of the show, and just about anyone who enjoys a good mystery.


The last days of Pompeii
The last days of Pompeii
by Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, April 14, 2014
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I collect books by the Heritage Press and was eager to add this book to my collection. "The Last Days of Pompeii" is an interesting read for those who are keen on the subject matter. Unfortunately, the book arrived damaged. I was not happy with the way the book was described, since if I had known its condition, I would not have purchased it. I was pleased however, to learn that the seller issued me a full refund upon learning of my experience which is good business practice, as it should be.


History of Music - Biographical Sketches (The International Library of Music for Home and Studio, 2 Volume Set)
History of Music - Biographical Sketches (The International Library of Music for Home and Studio, 2 Volume Set)
by Antonin Dvorák
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasured find during one afternoon spent antiquing, April 13, 2014
My nine-year-old daughter and I spent a pleasant afternoon browsing the antique mall recently and came upon a 4-volume set of "The International Library of Music" for under twenty dollars (for the entire set). What a find! The books were in excellent condition, and one could tell how much they had been cared for, considering these books were published in the 1930s. My nine-year-old daughter loves music and enjoys playing the piano; I enjoy listening to classical music and together with my husband, we enjoy going to the symphony. However, our home library has very few books on music so this made for a wonderful addition to our library.

Volume 1: Music Literature contains Critical and Biographical Sketches of the Epoch Makers of Music from the Pre-Classical Period to the Modern Era (the books are illustrated throughout with archival pictures of places and people relevant to the topics being presented, all in black and white):
The Music of the Pre-Classical Period;The Opera in the Evolution of Music;Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina;Claudio Monteverde;
Henry Purcell;Johann Sebastian Bach;George Frederick Handel;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;Joseph Haydn;Ludwig Van Beethoven;Franz Schubert;Carl Maria Von Weber;Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy;Hector Berlioz;The Potency of Berlioz in Modern Music;Paganini, the Torch of Romanticism; Robert Schumann; Frederic Francois Chopin; Franz Lizst; Norway's Folk Song Heritage; Edvard Hagerup Grieg; Johannes Brahms; Richard Wagner; A Historical Sketch of Music in Russia; Peter Ilyitch Tschaikowsky; Anton Rubinstein; The Poles in Music

Volume 2: Music Literature contains Critical and Biographical Sketches of the Epoch Makers of Music, The Modern and Contemporary Schools - National Groups (including a Pronouncing Dictionary of Musical Terms and Biographical Dictionary of Musicians)
Carl Goldmark, Max Reger; Bruckner, Mahler and Their Successors; Richard Strauss; Camille Saint-Saens; Cesar Franck; The Music of Modern France; The Legacy of the Century; Arthur Seymour Sullivan; Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; America's Position in Music; The Composers of America; Edward MacDowell; Afro-American Composers; Ernest Bloch; Contemporary Music; Nationality in Music; Musical Taste in Children

A History of Music:
The Drum Stage; The Pipe Stage; The Voice; The Lyre Stage; The Egyptians; The Assyrians; The Hebrews; The Chinese, Indo-Chinese, and Other Mongoloids; The Peruvians and Mexicans; The Ancient Aryans; The Greeks; The Romans; Early Christian Music; The Music of the Middle Ages; English Music from the Tudors to the Stuarts; The Birth of Opera and Oratorio; General Development of Opera in Europe; Oratorio in the Time of Bach and Handel; The Progress of Instrumental Music Up to the Time of Johann Sebastian Bach; The Progress of Instrumental Music in the 18th Century; Opera in the Time of Gluck and Mozart, and Immediately After; The Progress of Instrumental Music to Beethoven and His Immediate Successors; Modern Instrumental Music; Modern Opera; Modern Vocal Music.

Keep in mind that these books were published in 1934, so the information on the modern works would be pertinent only to the period up to 1934.This is a handsome set of books on the history of music from the pre-classical period up to 1934.
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China Dolls: A Novel
China Dolls: A Novel
by Lisa See
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The girls of the Forbidden City nightclub, April 8, 2014
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I'm a long-time fan of Lisa See's novels, and especially loved her earlier works, such as "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and "Peony in Love" both of which were compelling works of historical fiction, set in 17th and 19th century China. Her later novel "Shanghai Girls" is set in pre WW II China and later in the U.S. The follow-up to "Shanghai Girls", "Dreams of Joy" was also a compelling read. See's recent book, "China Dolls" is set in the pre-WW II days in the U.S., where the lives of three young women unfold.

Grace, Helen, and Ruby are all Chinese girls, but come from diverse backgrounds. Grace is from Ohio, Helen is from China, and Ruby is from Hawaii. All three girls harbor secrets, and perform as Oriental entertainers, dancing in the Forbidden City nightclub. Their stories are compelling, and their struggles against the historical backdrop of pre- WW II San Francisco, are credibly portrayed. I loved all the period details, and was fascinated to learn about the way people lived at the time.

Due to the nature of the subject matter and the lives these girls lived, the content is a bit grittier than some of See's other works. I am not familiar with this particular setting and so found the story engaging. The themes of friendship, betrayal, clash of cultures, immigrant issues, etc. are as always deftly handled by See who has certainly marked a niche for herself in this genre of period lit focusing on the struggles of Asian women making a life for themselves in the US. It does not rank as high as some of her earlier works, but I still found it an interesting read.


The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
by Violet Kupersmith
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric tales of the supernatural, April 7, 2014
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As someone who grew up in Malaysia and Singapore (part of Southeast Asia as Vietnam is), I have fond memories of listening to my older relatives tell tales of the supernatural. Southeast Asia is rich in folklore, and I remember many a night spent huddling under the covers after listening to a particularly gripping tale of the supernatural, tales of pontianaks (female vampires), bunians (spirits of the forest), and more. "The Frangipani Hotel" by debut author Violet Kupersmith contains a collection of supernatural tales which are Vietnamese in origin, but the atmosphere and the setting reminded me so much of home and I was absolutely enthralled.

There are nine short stories here, each focused on some element of the supernatural. There's the disembodied spirit in "Boat Story", a shape shifter in "Turning Back", and more. There are avenging spirits and demons that prey upon vulnerable humans, and incredibly these tales are told in a manner that is altogether credible, given the innocuous settings and simple, everyday characters that inhabit these stories. One of my favorites is "Reception", where a young Vietnamese man working in a rundown hotel, "The Frangipani" has a disturbing otherworldly experience when a female "guest" turns out to be something uncanny, with a healthy appetite to boot.

I found it hard to believe this was the author's debut work as the style is assured, and the descriptions flow so well, presenting the reader with little vignettes of life in Vietnam, and the rich cultural traditions. There's much respect for the traditional way of life in these stories. In "Skin and Bones", two young Vietnamese American sisters are sent off on a holiday to grandma's in Vietnam, in the hope that one of the chubby sisters is able to slim down on a strict and sparse Vietnamese diet. The girl however, finds herself drawn to a streetside vendor, indulging her love for rich food, not quite realizing what it is she has stumbled onto. "Skin and Bones" has this surreal feel to it that reminded me a little of Miyazaki's animated feature "Spirited Away", especially the theme of two worlds colliding, i.e. the living and the otherworld.

"The Frangipani Hotel" is a stunning and highly atmospheric collection of Vietnamese-inspired supernatural tales which add an exotic and unique touch and will appeal to fans of the genre.
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Super Pet Ceramic Small Gerbil Bath, Colors Vary
Super Pet Ceramic Small Gerbil Bath, Colors Vary
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's small so only recommended for dwarf hamsters and smaller animals, April 6, 2014
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I got this for my dwarf hamster and she loves taking her dust baths in it. The quality of the ceramic container is more than I expected. It's smooth and there are no sharp edges. I place about half an inch of the sand in it for my hamster and leave it in the habitrail. When she sees me place it in there, she quickly gets into it and rolls around in it, and comes out with her fur all silky smooth. I let her take a dust bath twice a week and she seems pretty content. I do think the size could be a little bigger considering that only the smallest of critters can fit in it and comfortably roll around in it.


Wolf Children (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Wolf Children (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing animated feature with a folktale-inspired plot, April 6, 2014
"Wolf Children", a Japanese animated feature directed by Mamoru Hosoda, is one of those films that captivate one's imagination and tug at one's heartstrings all at the same time. It certainly had me watching it several times over in the week that I had it on loan from the library (and I plan on purchasing it for my collection). I watched it with my nine--year-old daughter who loves all of Miyazaki's feature films and is beginning to develop a love of quality Japanese and even Korean anime (well, at least those that are suitable for her age group). "Wolf Children" is a perfect blend of folklore, character development, quality animation, and a wonderful score.

The story begins with a female voice narrating the story of her mother Hana's life. Hana, a young university student at the International University in Tokyo, falls in love with a mysterious young man who after a while reveals himself to be a Wolf Man, the last descendant of a line that can transform into wolves. The couple share an idyllic life for several years, and grow their family with the birth of a girl named Yuki and a boy named Ame. Tragedy forces Hana to move to the countryside where she struggles to raise her two young children, who have inherited their father's ability to transform into a wolf.

The themes of familial love, of being at one with nature and living off the land, as well as the ever present struggle between two different worlds, i.e. the world of man vs. the world of the wild, is beautifully explored in this film. The scenic setting of the Japanese countryside with its cascading waterfalls, the beautiful wintry landscape etc. make this one of the most beautiful animated features I've seen. The plot is compelling and Hana is a strong yet sympathetic figure, trying her best to be a good mother even though she is assailed by doubts as to how to raise two wolf children. The children, Yuki and Ame are well-delineated: Yuki plays the fiery older sibling whose wolf side is very much evident when she is little but who matures into a beautiful young woman more at ease with her human self; conversely, Ame is a timid boy who shies away from his wolf self as a child, but develops a strong connection to nature as he matures and feels his wolf side getting stronger as the years pass. This dichotomy between the world of man and the world of animals and nature is explored in a manner that is easy to comprehend, even for a nine-year-old. The score for this film is amazing, with music that soothes and inspires, including a Japanese lullaby that is haunting to listen to.

I highly recommend this for fans of quality storytelling. The English dialogue never distracts nor is it jarring; in fact, it blends in beautifully, making me forget that this was originally in Japanese. I hope to check out Hosoda's other offerings.


Murder By Decree
Murder By Decree
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intrepid sleuth Holmes solves the Ripper murders, April 5, 2014
"Murder By Decree" is a 1979 film that posits the theory that the Ripper killings was a conspiracy. This is also the movie that predated "From Hell", another Ripper movie starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. Both are well-made movies, though I felt that the script and acting in "Murder By Decree" was far superior than "From Hell". Another Ripper film I enjoyed was 1965's "A Study in Terror" which also has Holmes and Watson taking on the Ripper.

In "Murder By Decree", Sherlock Holmes, the gentleman sleuth is called upon by some Whitechapel merchants to solve the Ripper murders. Here Holmes is played impeccably by a dashing Christopher Plummer, who also makes Holmes seem very much human and not just a cold investigator. His sidekick, Dr Watson is ably portrayed by James Mason, and the pair share good chemistry, bantering away naturally, and seem very much at ease in their roles.

As the pair follow each clue, they meet a host of interesting characters, and some really sinister ones as well - there's Inspector Foxborough [David Hemmings] who resents their intrusion, the medium Robert Lees [effectively played by a haunted-looking Donald Sutherland], the prostitute Mary Kelly [Susan Clark] who harbors a dangerous secret, the insane woman in the asylum , Annie Crook [Genevieve Bujold in a brief yet very emotional scene] who may hold the key to solving the mystery, Sir Charles Warren [Anthony Quayle], and even Sir John Gielgud [as Prime Minister Lord Salisbury].

The movie is rich in atmosphere - London looks overcast and gloomy, and the scenes of the murders in Whitechapel are pervaded by an atmosphere of menace. The movie as a whole effectively captures the darkness of the period and the score is well-done as well. Though the story itself is one of murder and evil, there are light moments that offset its grim tone - the camaraderie between Holmes and Watson, the funny situations that Watson finds himself in [he is obviously the comic relief here] are all credibly done and enhance the storytelling.

All in all, I found myself riveted throughout the unfolding of this story and would highly recommend it to fans of period thrillers & Sherlock Holmes.


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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a young "kicker" in the family, then these will keep your car seat backs clean!, April 4, 2014
I wish I knew about these excellent Kick Mats back when my daughter was much younger, although they are still very useful! They are so handy at keeping car seat backs protected from muddy, dirty shoe prints or even grimy feet! The size measuring 18.5 by 23.6 inches makes it a nice wide size to ensure maximum coverage of a car seat back. It is also helpful in protecting the car seat back from scratches (by toys wielded by little hands), inadvertent spills and more. The Kick Mats come with adjustable straps with buckles at the top and bottom so that these mats can be adjusted to fit most car seat backs.

The material is lightweight but durable and can be easily cleaned by wiping it down. Each pack comes in twos. These Kick Mats by Kyodora Kids are an excellent way of keeping your car seat back clean.


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