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Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Terton Sogyal
Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Terton Sogyal
by Matteo Pistono
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.64
41 used & new from $8.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not For Novices, August 30, 2014
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This book is a tribute to a Tibetan mystic who served as adviser to the 13th Dalai Lama. As such it captures more the myth than the man. This is not a critical examination; many things Western minds would find difficult to accept like the science defying feats he performs, the activities of demons and spiritual beings, past lives and other magical and mystical doings, are unchallenged. Reference to the assorted Tibetan phrases and rituals may be daunting for those without at least a passing familiarity with the belief system. Still it is an interesting read about the making of a master during times of challenge and political turmoil. Definitely not for the novice or casual reader, it is rewarding for those with a knowledge and understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.


Little Remedies Multi-Symptom Cold Plus Fever, 4 Fluid Ounce
Little Remedies Multi-Symptom Cold Plus Fever, 4 Fluid Ounce

3.0 out of 5 stars Effective But Unpalatable, August 30, 2014
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What I like best about this remedy is what is excluded. There are no artificial colorings or flavorings, saccharin or alcohol. There is no high fructose corn syrup or pseudoephedrine. Formulated to address multiple symptoms including fever, cough and congestion it contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan and phenylephrine. It is effective although the berry flavoring is less than palatable with an unpleasant chemical aftertaste. Included is a small dosage cup which is ideal for older kids. I'm not crazy about the use of sucralose as a sweetener and the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. Granted medicine should not taste like candy but a sick kid is usually cranky and uncooperative. A child might object to the taste even though the dosage is relatively small. It is effective if your child will swallow it.


Eden in Winter
Eden in Winter
by Richard North Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.90
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way East of Eden, August 30, 2014
This review is from: Eden in Winter (Hardcover)
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This is a tedious tale about a privileged family. More soap opera than mystery, it focuses on the son of a famous writer. Detested by just about everyone, the writer, Ben, was murdered. Only the son, Adam, has a solid alibi as he was in Afghanistan at the time of the crime. Adam and his late father's pregnant mistress eventually join forces with Adam sharing a secret that could prove disastrous to his fighting family.

This novel is about as far from paradise as you can get with tired characters and a predictable plot. The constant talk and self analysis is tiresome and Adam's attraction to his dad's sloppy seconds is just creepy. This is the last of a trilogy. I did not read the first two but did not feel lost. Bored, yes, but lost no. Overall a disappointment.


Snoozebaby Sweet Dreaming Comfort Blanket, Blue
Snoozebaby Sweet Dreaming Comfort Blanket, Blue
Price: $14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Small But Very Soft, August 29, 2014
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Really just a soft wash cloth, it is made of soft velour and cotton jersey. There are twelve little tags and one white string with a piece of cardboard attached. I assume you are to remove the cardboard and replace with a pacifier. It is most definitely not a blanket. Designed by a parent of a child suffering from KISS Syndrome (Kinematic imbalances due to sub-occipital strain) essentially a subluxation of the cervical vertebrae which cause the brain to misinterpret information. Symptoms include noticeable tilt of the head to one side, scoliosis and poor muscle development. The little tags are supposed to stimulate a child's fine muscle skills.

More of a toy than a blanket, it does machine wash. Be sure to check the tags as they do curl up and some loosen after washing. Although I liked the softness, washability and the fabric, the small size, string loop and flimsy tags give me pause. A larger size would make an ideal blanket but this size is just silly.


Milkotein Wonder Bites 2-in-1 Protein Rich Low Fat Dog Chews Treat
Milkotein Wonder Bites 2-in-1 Protein Rich Low Fat Dog Chews Treat
Price: $7.09
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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked These More Than The Dogs, August 29, 2014
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I think I liked these ore than the dogs. Containing only two ingredients, milk and lime juice, they are shaped in small, cement colored rectangles. There is no odor and they are hard. They can be microwaved for one to two minutes. This turns them into beige puffs. I found that the puffs were quite crisp, not the least bit soft, even when nuked for the minimum time.

The dogs did take both versions and initially seemed a bit confused. But they did consume them and came back looking for more.

These are inventive and give one options. The puffs are more appropriate for dogs without great jaw/tooth strength. I liked the absence of artificial ingredients, preservatives and colorings. I am not sure how flavorful these are, but the dogs did eat them and suffered no ill effects. My dogs have never shown any great interest in milk (cheese, yogurt and ice cream, definitely but milk not so much) or limes. They are made in India.

This is an interesting variation on traditional dog treats. Although I am generally uneasy about pet products sourced and manufactured anywhere other than the US, these contain only two identifiable ingredients without any additives or supplements. They do provide versatility and are an odor free, stain free option. My dogs seem to prefer my homemade jerky and freeze dried liver bits but these would be ideal for travel.


How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
by Anne Berest
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.81

2.0 out of 5 stars French Fried, August 29, 2014
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Written by four French valley girls, this book is packed with mindless meanderings and painfully obvious tips. Legends in their own minds, the authors prattle on, spewing such prescient advise as "be f*ckable". If you find their beauty advice helpful, that is don't wear too much makeup, sweat pants or ugg boots, you probably are beyond help. They have a number of tiresome lists that make the Real Housewives look like cultural and intellectual paragons. Included are some fairly standard French recipes. If this outdated, vapid and sexist drivel represents Paris, I'll take Manhattan, or Madison or Boise or just about anywhere else. Pass.


The Distance: A Thriller
The Distance: A Thriller
by Helen Giltrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.04

3.0 out of 5 stars Mercenaries at Play, August 29, 2014
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I went the distance and frankly wasn't much impressed. Overly long and populated with too many secondary characters, the tale features Charlotte, whose cultured existence covers her secret life as fixer. For a fee, she provides information and identification for various and sundry mercenaries. Against her better judgment she agrees to assist a hit man who needs to break into a prison to complete a hit.

Although the writing was crisp and the action scenes taut, the characters were stock and difficult to care about. Relative morality is a hard sell and with murky motives and mutable loyalties, it is a challenge to remain engaged. Narrated by the major players, it has plenty of graphic violence. The plots were all somewhat familiar, i.e., breaking into prison, the brutal prison colony presented as a progressive program, the veneers of civility. I found the longing between Charlotte and the hit man unconvincing. It would have better had there been characters worthy of emotional investment. If you enjoy clever but familiar plot devices, strong action scenes and graphic violence you will probably enjoy this book. But if you are looking for characters with depth, keep looking.


Color of Evil
Color of Evil
by Armando Rodera
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Color of Evil is Beige, August 28, 2014
This review is from: Color of Evil (Paperback)
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After reading this book it is clear that the color of evil is beige and a bland, flat, dull shade at that. A serial killer on a mythic quest is terrorizing the Spanish countryside. His brutality and staging frighten even the most seasoned detectives. Heading the investigation are an experienced but stressed veteran who is still suffering the fall out from a drug bust gone wrong and his youthful compatriot, a talented, connected rich kid. They are joined by the ambitious reporter who uses her sex appeal and beauty to her advantage.

The plot is preposterous with painfully stilted dialogue and stiff narrative. The police are ineffective, inept and inefficient, overlooking clues while fuming over tabloid reports and political repercussions. Graphic sex and gross out violence are not substitutes for suspense or storytelling. The ending is contrived but in the final analysis, I really didn't care. While I enjoyed the inclusion of Greek mythology, the lack of suspense and understanding of basic police procedure made this a disappointment. Pass.


Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5 Inch Pointed, Green
Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5 Inch Pointed, Green
Price: $1.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Both Hands Now, August 28, 2014
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These ambidextrous scissors are designed for children. The handles are an appealing bright green plastic that looks and feels durable. The tips are blunted so accidental injury is unlikely. Cutting power is sufficient for a child's needs. It works fine on paper, card stock and ribbon. They are reasonably comfortable for both left handed and right handed children. There is a limited five year warranty and the scissors are made in China. They serve as an adequate starter set for young children.


TP-LINK TL-PB10400 10400mAh Dual-Port Ultra External Battery Portable USB Charger Power Bank, Fast Charging, High Capacity, Compatible with iOS and Android Devices, One Micro USB Cable, Practical Flashlight
TP-LINK TL-PB10400 10400mAh Dual-Port Ultra External Battery Portable USB Charger Power Bank, Fast Charging, High Capacity, Compatible with iOS and Android Devices, One Micro USB Cable, Practical Flashlight
Price: $50.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Get a Charge Out Of This, August 28, 2014
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This charger has a cool sleek look and is a boon to a person on the go. I travel frequently for business and carry a myriad of electronic devices, phones, tablet, laptop, netbook. Portable, this charger comes with its own little carrying bag and a micro USB cable. It charges up to two devices at once and is fast. There are four little lights that gage the battery level and a small but convenient flashlight. If one encounters difficulties there is 24/7 tech support and a one year warranty.

Care must be taken not to leave it in a hot car as it is sensitive to heat. It is a tad heavy but that is not a deal breaker. It runs on the included lithium battery.

Technology is a part of life. This device will keep you up and running with power you can bank on. It looks sharp and works well.


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