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Munchkin Deluxe
Munchkin Deluxe
Price: $20.99
24 used & new from $20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Game, December 17, 2014
This review is from: Munchkin Deluxe (Toy)
My grandson, 9, received this game as a present last year, and we all had so much fun playing the game, that my 11 year ok'd granddaughter wanted the game. We are a family who enjoys playing games and board games. We started playing when my children were young. I used to play Monopoly and Parcheesi when I was young, and we would play for hours. Every time we get together, we like to play board games, and this has become a family favorite.

This game is fairly simple to learn, and there are not too many pieces. There are cards, pawns, player cards, game board, rules, and die. There is a game board to keep cards in place, and colored pawns that move on the game board as you level up. A card goes with each pawn, to make it easy to remember who is what color. Munchkin is a card game about dungeon adventure. This is a fun, family game, and I would not put an upper age level on it. I played the game with an eighty year old.

Recommended. prisrob 12-17-14


Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toy
Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toy
Price: $4.89
47 used & new from $3.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Run And Catch, December 17, 2014
My granddaughter has a new cat, Sterling is his name. And, she is learning how to be gentle with him. She loves him to pieces, but a 5 year old has to learn how to play and be gentle. Sterling can outrun her, and he knows where to hide. He enjoys toys, and lines to play a lot.

The Cat Charmer is a big hit. Both my granddaughter and Sterling love it. My granddaughter can run all over the house trailing the cat charmer and Sterling follows her. Or she can tease Sterling a pond watch him jump and try to catch the charmer. It is fun to wiggle the charmer, and it is fun to watch Sterling and his little mistress play together. For the price a lot of fun can be had with animal and owner.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 12-17-14


Children's Book: The Missing Pillow (Adventure and Friendship Children's Books Collection Book 1)
Children's Book: The Missing Pillow (Adventure and Friendship Children's Books Collection Book 1)
Price: $0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's What Friends Are For, December 16, 2014
Have you ever lost something that was special to you, your special blanket or pillow? When you lose it, it is very difficult to remain happy.

Brian the Bunny had a wonderful life, everything he loved was within sight. His cozy house, his warm bed, his fluffy white pillow, his carrot toothpaste and he loved carrot cake. One warm, sunny day, Brian the Bunny was fluffing his pillow and put it on the window, suddenly a breeze came by and moved the pillow to the grass. Along came bird, who thought what a beautiful pillow, I can use this, and off she went. When Brian looked up, he'd realized his pillow was missing, and when you read this book, you will discover what Brian Bunny did next.

The author, Nadav Sham, has written a delightful book about friends. He likes to write books that educate children, and give them something to think about. This book is written in rhyme, one of the best ways to write a children's book. The illustrations are bright and colorful,depicting Brian Bunny and all of his friends. You get to meet all of The friends, and this first book turns into a series, featuring all of the friends. Parents/ teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children may have discussions about friends and what a joy they are. That's what friends are for. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for use and review.

Recommended. prisrob 12-16-14


All the Old Knives
All the Old Knives
by Olen Steinhauer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Disparity Of Past And Present, December 16, 2014
This review is from: All the Old Knives (Hardcover)
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Olen Steinhauer, the author, has been compared to the spymaster novelist John LeCarre, and this novel serves that comparison well. This is the best Spy novel I have read in years. My genre is spy novels/police procedurals/mysteries and in forty years I have read most of them. Olen Steinhauer has aced the match.

In the forward, we are told by Steinhauer that while watching the 2010, BBC's, Masterpiece TV show 'The Song of Lunch', the germ for this book emerged. The Song of Lunch written by Christopher Reid, is a narrative poem, telling the story of a publishing editor who has lunch with an old flame in a Soho restaurant. It stars Alan Reichman and Emma Thompson, and I can see those two cast in this novel. This novel would make a superb film.

Henry Pelham a CIA Field officer, now stationed behind a European desk has come to Carmel, California, to meet his old flame, Celia Harrison. They were lovers, working as CIA operatives in Vienna, and after a most horrific incident in Vienna, she left him high and dry. Celia was the love of Henry's life, and he could not forget her. Someone from Langley has reopened that forgotten Vienna case, and Henry is here to question Celia about her memories of this case. The story is told in alternating chapters, one by Henry and then Celia. Henry gives most of the behind the scenes work as Celia talks about Vienna. We learn about the people they worked with,and where they are now, five years post Vienna.

This is a mesmerizing portrait of two ex-lovers, now come together at cross purposes at times. They lay their lives out for us in small increments. All of this takes place in a restaurant in Carmel, with Henry and Celia and one other patron, the only guests. This is riveting stuff, folks. Every twist and turn reveals a little more, but we are not privy to the entire story until all at once everything comes together. Looking back after the final page, I could uncover the clues more fully as they were laid out. This is the best of a spy novel, to keep us on tenterhooks at all times, and the writing is simply superb. The disparity of the past and present has come home to roost.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 12-16-14


Childrens Book:Rhino's Birthday Party (Bedtime Stories for Children,children book series:Leonard the Clever Lion)
Childrens Book:Rhino's Birthday Party (Bedtime Stories for Children,children book series:Leonard the Clever Lion)
Price: $0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Time Was Had By All, December 15, 2014
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Has someone ever forgotten your birthday or have you ever wondered what to do for someone else's birthday party? If so or if not, this will be a fun book for you to read.

It was Rhino's birthday, and he was looking for someone to remember his day. But no one was coming by with good wishes. In fact all of his friends, the lion, the ant, the snake were all wondering what to do for Rhino to celebrate, and what to give him for a present. They all had ideas but nothing to seemed to work until Larry the Lion came up with some good ideas. When you read this book, you will discover the adventures of Rhino and his friends.

The author, Leela Hope, had written a lovely book in rhyme, which is my favorite kind of book. Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to the heir children,and the children will have discussions about birthday parties and what are good presents, and how to have fun. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and depict the celebration of Rhino's birthday. A good time was had by all. Note: a complimentary copy if this book was provided for use and review.

Recommended. prisrob 12-15-14


Too Bad to Die: A Novel
Too Bad to Die: A Novel
by Francine Mathews
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Undercover Spy, December 15, 2014
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This is an historical thriller that will probably thrill everyone who likes this genre, and for those of us who follow Ian Fleming. Most of the people found in this novel are real historical figures. We are privy to an inside scoop on some of them. Ian Fleming is the protagonist. Alan Turing plays a minor part, and with the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, in the play now, this is opportune. We meet Ian's big boss, Winston Churchill, and Sarah Churchill. Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston, and his wife, Pamela, who has many sides to her character. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his side kicks, Harry Hopkins, Clark Kerr, and Ambassador, Gil Winant. Stalin, Molotov, and spy, Lavrenti Bera and his son. Averill Harriman who is Ambassador to Russia, and who is having an affair with Pamela Churchill, who is having an affair with Edward R Murrow. Chiang KaiShek and his wife, Mayling, and others too numerous to mention.

We learn a little more about Ian Fleming's background, his days in school, his brother, and his war hero, father. Ian is in the Navy and desk bound until he attends the Cairo conference, which will be followed by the famous Tehran Conference where D-Day is being planned. Ian is told by Turing that Hitler's assassin 'the Fencer', is at the conference, undercover. And, Ian plays his part by going undercover himself. Ian, in his spare time has been dreaming of a spy story to write down one day. Now, is his chance to play the part to flush out the 'Fencer'.

This is a riveting account of 1943, the big events before D-Day, and a little background on the people involved, and the parts they all played. I particularly enjoyed Ian Fleming, and the introduction to his part of a superb spy series.

Recommended. prisrob 12-15-14


Children's Book: Amanda and the Lost Time (Motivational children;s book, ages 6-12): Winning and success skills children's books collection
Children's Book: Amanda and the Lost Time (Motivational children;s book, ages 6-12): Winning and success skills children's books collection
Price: $1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, December 14, 2014
Do you ever put things off so you can do it another time? Many people do this, and it is OK once in awhile, but if you continue to put things off, you may run into problems.

Amanda is a nice little girl. She lives with her family, her mom and dad, her sister and her brother. She was an energetic little girl until one day, she started putting things off. Her brother asked her to read him a book about pirates, but she said later. Her sister asked her to help make a birthday card for their father, but Amanda said she would do it tomorrow. She even told her mother she would help her later. One night she had a dream, and when you read this book you will understand the adventures of Amanda .

The author, Shelley Admont, has written a delightful story. She likes to write stories for children that are fun and interesting, and include lessons learned. The illustrations in this book are vibrant and colorful, depicting Amanda's adventures. Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will recognize their own times when they put something off until later. They can talk about this with other children or their parents. Lessons learned are a wonderful method to educate children. Note: a complimentary copy was provided for use and review.

Recommended. prisrob 12-14-14


Cable Matters Gold plated HDMI(type A)Female to mini HDMI(type C)Male Adapter
Cable Matters Gold plated HDMI(type A)Female to mini HDMI(type C)Male Adapter
Offered by Cable Matters
Price: $5.49
2 used & new from $5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Efficient, December 14, 2014
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This is precisely what I needed for my Amazon Fire Stick. The mini HDMI adapter was needed to fit my television Amazon Fire Stick. The tv HDMI port was too small to fit the stick HDMI. I was very pleased with this adapter, it is efficient, attractive with the good plated male to female adapter. It was very easy to plug in. The price is quite reasonable. It arrived in record time, and that is appreciated.

Recommended. prisrob 12-14-14


MeasuPro DCT250 Ultra-Fast Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer with Timer, Silver
MeasuPro DCT250 Ultra-Fast Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer with Timer, Silver
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $24.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Cooking Thermometer, December 14, 2014
This instant fast read cooking thermometer is one of the best I have used. Last week I made peanut brittle with one of my older candy thermometers. This is a more complicated recipe, and I needed to have the ingredients boil to a temp of 240F, add peanuts, and then boil to 300F. This is hot stuff, and I had to hold the thermometer in the pan to check for the right temp. I ended up wearing gloves, it was so hot. Of course I got the hot candy all over one glove. The peanut brittle turned out well, but what a mess!

More peanut brittle made today, and it was so much easier with this thermometer. The cooking thermometer is packaged in a hard case plastic, once that is removed, you have the thermometer temperature piece, the sensor probe, sensor Jack, and a AAA battery to insert into the battery compartment. The unit is preset to Fahrenheit, but there is also a Celsius setting. I connected the sensor probe with the sensor jack. Of note, I washed the sensor probe in hot soapy water and dried it. Turned the set on. I wanted a temp of 240F, and you can set the desired temperature. I set the temp, and turned the Temp Alert on. The ingredients were put together, and I inserted the sensor probe when the ingredients started to boil. When 240F was reached, I added the peanuts and reset the temp to 300F. This was a much easier method of reaching the desired temp, and no gloves were needed.

I will be using this thermometer when making a roast. The sensor probe has a long line to reach into the oven, while the thermometer stays on the counter top. The MeasuPro DCT250 Digital Cooking Thermometer provides technology to give a precise temperature readings up to 392°F. The information/user manual provided includes a list of foods with the USDA recommended minimum temp. The measuring range is from 32°F to 392°F / 0°C to 200°C. The thermometer's flip-top makes it very compact and easy to use. Note: a complimentary product was provided for use and review.

Recommended. prisrob 12-14-14


Elmer's 3D Washable Glitter Pens, Classic Rainbow and Glitter Colors, Pack of 10 Pens (E199)
Elmer's 3D Washable Glitter Pens, Classic Rainbow and Glitter Colors, Pack of 10 Pens (E199)
Price: $6.87
19 used & new from $3.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Set Of Pens, December 13, 2014
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My granddaughter is very creative, and she loves to use her artistic bent. She has almost every type of pen and pencil, but she did not have these washable glitter pens. This his an excellent buy.

The colors are all very well done. The glitter really is in 3D, it sir this jumps off the paper. My granddaughter loves this set. She has not had any of the problems of the pens plugging, and she is joe using it as she decorates clothing designs. Glitter is the 'in' thing now, and you can find glitter everywhere. This is a fun set of pens, and is used daily.

Recommended. prisrob 12-13-14


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