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Cartagena Top 194 Spots: Colombia Travel Guide (Guidelet travel guide)
Cartagena Top 194 Spots: Colombia Travel Guide (Guidelet travel guide)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highlights of Catagena, March 28, 2015
This is a guide to the best places to eat and stay in Cartagena. My mouth watered as I perused the photos of restaurants serving a diversity of cuisines--Italian, French, "Mediterranean," mid-Eastern, argentine, Spanish and, of course, Columbian. There isn't much to read in this guide, but if the author's intent was to entice, he succeeded. I look forward to my upcoming trip to this culinary Capitol of the Southern Caribbean.


A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for Crows: A Song for Fire and Ice, February 28, 2014
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The fourth of the five volumes of George R.R. Martin's epic Game of Thrones has the same strengths and weaknesses that characterize the first three volumes. The main characters-- particularly the women (Brienne , Cersei, Sansa) are compelling in the challenges they face in a world that is decidedly masculine.
Of the three, I thought Brienne was the most is the sympathetic as a Knight who adheres most faithfully to the code of duty and honor despite the handicaps of being a woman and being an unattractive woman as well. Found myself cheering for her as she prevailed in combat with foes who underestimated her. Having read the first three volumes , was disappointed but not surprised by the sad fates Martin had in store for the noble Brienne and her innocent squire. There was also a hint of redemption for a few minor characters who stood by her at the end, despite her misgivings.

Cersei is anything but innocent. The volume ends just as she appears to be getting her just deserts when her twin brother, Jaime ( refuses to heed her plea for rescue. Cersei is a delicious character, beautiful, seductive, ruthless, without redeeming virtue, a cynical player of realpolitik (in contrast to the ingenuous Brienne


A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent addition to popular series, January 1, 2014
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I ordinarily do not care for this genre of novels, but the author has developed convincing characters who propel the plots toward ends that are surprising but consistent with their development as the story lines emerge. There aren't simple heroic versus evil struggles to be resolved. The characters are nuanced, believable and even the bad guys have traits we can admire.

I had some problems keeping the various factions and alliances straight, but that is caused by my plunging into the books and not taking the time to sort out all the principal characters and their bloody histories.

I look forward to the last two novels in the series and the excellent TV series as well.


Risk Less and Prosper: Your Guide to Safer Investing
Risk Less and Prosper: Your Guide to Safer Investing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and indispensable to retirement planning, May 28, 2013
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This book has opened my eyes to the real risks of putting my future in the hands of the financial services industry
Which has AccumulAted great wealth for itself at the expense of the investors who are trying to save for their retirement or their child's education. Bodie and Taqqu are among a small but growing number of critics who challenge fhe conventional wisdom that extolls the long-term superiority of equities as investments. That Assertion, they argue, is based on misunderstAnding of risk that does not adequately account for volatility.
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Whitney Cummings: Money Shot
Whitney Cummings: Money Shot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, raunchy, but not gross., December 13, 2011
I thought this lady was funny. She did not hold back on some pretty raunchy stuff, but she didn't seem to be trying to gross the audience out. She is attractive, sort of like Sandra Bullock, who protests way too much way about her looks. Compared to well known male stand-up comedians, her brand of raunch is mild. I would like to see her again and see if she could do some political humor, or something other than "relationships" between the sexes.


Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the reviews would lead you to believe., February 28, 2011
I thought the setting and milieu were much more interesting than the characters and their development. The background was interesting but the characters were not. They lacked depth and seemed cast as types rather than developed as characters who are realistic in their setting.


Everytime We Say Goodbye
Everytime We Say Goodbye
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane transforms ordinary tunes into standards that are timeless, November 18, 2010
This is simply the master at his best. Cole Porter's "Everytime We say Goodbye" is somewhat overlooked because of the artist's elevation of 'My Favorite Things" from saccharine to the near sublime in the album with that same title. Coltrane's 13:41 treatment of "My Favorite Things" is an eye-opener to jazz fans who regard it and the rest of the "Sound of Music" score as pretty, but second-rate from a Richard Rogers/Oscar Hammerstein collaboration that was in decline. No doubt, Coltrane's treatment of "My favorite things' rescued it from obsolescence and secured it a place in the jazz repetory. Still, the Cole Porter's "Everytime We Say Goodbye" is much the superior song. Start with the lyrics that are Porter at the top of his game--
Everytime we say goodbye, I die a little,
Everytime we say goodbye, I wonder why a little...

"When you're near, there's such an air of spring about it...
There's no love song finer, but how strange the change
from major to minor,
Everytime we say goodbye.

Coltrane's soprano sax (which he rarely played) has a haunting sound--almost like a French horn--to evoke the wistful lyrics. Coltrane is is accompanied by a young McCoy Tyner on piano, who also contributes a definitive solo. Indeed, for five minutes and 39 seconds "there is no love song finer" than this masterpiece written by Cole Porter and played by John Coltrane and his group.


Compass For Uncharted Lives: A Model for Values Education
Compass For Uncharted Lives: A Model for Values Education
by Donald J. Kirby
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Practical and Inspired Guide to Values Education., March 19, 2009
This book should be required reading for educators concerned about teaching ethics and helping young people add a moral dimension to their education. Donald Kirby describes a fifteen-year effort to instill a values-based approach into the everyday lives of students. The reader benefits from Kirby's experiences, both positive and not so positive. I cannot imagine trying to replicate what Kirby and his associates have done without the practical advice he provides in this well-written and inspirationaL guide.


Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer
by Fred Kaplan
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln: THe Biography of a Writer, December 17, 2008
Kaplan has a distinct purpose of tracing the literary influences on Lincoln and the consequent development of Lincoln as a writer. He makes the case that Lincoln's faith in reason and the pursuasive use of the written word were the source of his political effectiveness and his greatest legacy.


Borstal Boy (Nonpareil Books)
Borstal Boy (Nonpareil Books)
by Brendan Behan
Edition: Paperback
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant one-of-a-kind memoir, February 21, 2001
I'm an avid reader and can't believe I overlooked this book for so long. Perhaps I dismissed Behan as a professional Irishman, known more for his carousing than for his writing. What a mistake! This memoir is profound, profane, funny and, ultimately, humane. Read this book now; you're in for a treat.


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