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Renegade's Magic (The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 3)
Renegade's Magic (The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 3)
by Robin Hobb
Edition: Hardcover
113 used & new from $0.01

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Chubby Conclusion!!, September 23, 2009
Nevare gives himself over to the Speck magic, and this book is spent mostly under the influence of his "other half" "Soldier's Boy" while the "Nevare" half of his soul is pushed around and silenced. This makes for a confusing, frustrating read as pages upon pages are written between the spiritual struggle of the two halves without anything really interesting happening. We are given insight into the Speck world and their "Great Ones", hugely fat sorcerers that do nothing but eat and have feeders so that they eat the stuff that makes them the fattest (and thus getting fat with magic). The fatter the sorcerer, the more powerful and Nevare/Soldier's Boy is determined to be the fattest of all so he can somehow save both his human people and the Specks. The whole thing reads like a primitive food lover's guide as they stuff themselves with every kind of mushroom and fantasy fruit imaginable. The Great Ones are like giant human slugs (Jabba the Hut, yes). Of course near the end he manages to break free from his turmoil and perhaps save some of the people he cares about. Why can't the Specks see him near the end (they can see other humans, magic or no magic)? Why did Lisana make that last grab for eternity with Nevare when she already had a piece of him already? (this was really at odds with her personality in the book).

Confusing and just plain awful to read. Would not call this an "epic" by any stretch of the imagination.
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Forest Mage (The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2)
Forest Mage (The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2)
by Robin Hobb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
146 used & new from $0.01

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hangin Out with the Fat Guy in the Graveyard, September 23, 2009
This book takes you to the EDGE of epic fantasy in a novel about the former Nevare Burvelle (who ingeniously shortens his name to Nevare Burv, because who would ever link the two names together, right?). He's such a smart chap. In fact, the entire book is dedicated to his futile fight with the Speck plague and the accusations and descriminations that come from his peers and betters due to his increasing waistline (dang those Specks and their fat-making plagues!). Nevare can't enlist anywhere as a soldier's son (his from-birth destiny!) but manages to find a small post as a gravedigger near the end of the King's Road (the sorrow and stupidity that makes the core plotline). So this book is spent with Nevare digging graves and hanging out at the graveyard and trying to haul the bodies the Specks steal to commit to their trees and putting them back in the ground. It is about as exciting as it sounds, which is not at all. His poor sister (whom he promised to save from a futile fate under their father's tyrannical rule) is left to rot and we only see her situation from glimpses of letters she writes to her cousin and Nevare. BORING!! And it get worse in the third book.


Shaman's Crossing: Book One of The Soldier Son Trilogy
Shaman's Crossing: Book One of The Soldier Son Trilogy
by Robin Hobb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
217 used & new from $0.01

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get FAT with Magic!, September 23, 2009
I loved Robin Hobb's Assassins books and the Liveship trilogy. I was hoping for more of the same (epic fantasy of course, with great characters) and this trilogy does NOT deliver. This first book is horribly boring, as the main character, Nevare is dragged along by one of his father's former enemies (a dreaded plainsmen) to try and teach him some life lessons. He ends up on some spirit journey that will have later repercussions. The latter half of the book deals with his life at the soldier's academy. Unfortunately none of this is written in an entertaining manner, with Nevare musing over everything to the point of repetitive boredom. None of the characters in the world are intriguing, much less Nevare himself, who is too properly raised to be of any interest at all (he is shocked that women have thoughts other than "women's thoughts", oh whatever Nevare!)


Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (Step into Reading)
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (Step into Reading)
by Tennant Redbank
Edition: Paperback
106 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Awkward Re-Telling of the Movie, January 29, 2009
This seems like a movie cash in... though this is my daughter's favorite movie and its impossible to find the dolls and other products that were made around its release so we jumped at the opportunity to get this. And its an alright book, although shrinking the plot into a simple easy-to-read story really hurts the flow of the book. Short enough for a bedtime story for a young one that likes the movie, but those not already enchanted with Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus might not be as enthralled.


Disney Fairies Tiny Tink & Friends Tinker Bell's Pop Up Tea Kettle
Disney Fairies Tiny Tink & Friends Tinker Bell's Pop Up Tea Kettle

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Toy... for $20!, January 29, 2009
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a cute toy although not near as detailed or well thought out as the Ponyville houses, which are much higher quality than this is. However, my daughter loves Tinkerbell and did not have anything like this and had to have it when she saw it in the store. It does have a pop up feature that lets the teapot either look like a teapot, or extend it up into a second floor for more play room. It comes with some fairy-looking furniture, leaf for a bed, a sofa, chair, what looks like a dog water dish is actually a bathtub (I thought more imagination could have been used here... but eh well). The pieces are very small. It also comes with a bell that really rings, one Tinkerbell fairy and one butterfly "animal friend".

Its cute, but still over priced at [...]. It should have come with atleast two or three fairies, considering how small they are.
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The ABC's of Halloween
The ABC's of Halloween
by Patti Reeder Eubank
Edition: Hardcover
116 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely DELIGHTFUL, January 16, 2009
This review is from: The ABC's of Halloween (Hardcover)
This is a FANTASTIC book that not only cleverly teaches ABCs by linking the learning into the Halloween holiday but it also contains some gorgeous, extremely detailed illustrations. The book is a true pleasure to read, the lines just roll off the tongue and the illustrations are absolutely amazing. Even if I did not have children, I would want this book in my collection just for the pictures, its that inventive and beautifully done!


Spindle's End
Spindle's End
by Robin McKinley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.99
132 used & new from $0.01

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Reading the Musings of a Rambling Old Lady..., January 16, 2009
This review is from: Spindle's End (Paperback)
First off, let me say that I love fantasy books and adore a variety of authors including Sharon Shinn, Patricia McKillip, Carol Berg, Dave Duncan, George R. R. Martin and zillions of others...
However this book didn't do it for me. In fact, I barely made it through it.
The way it is written reminds me of an old lady who just can't keep a thought straight. She relates conversations but stops in the middle to describe other events that happened years before or afterward, picks up the conversation and then interrupts it again. Doing this over and over til you don't know what the heck is going on. The author tries really hard to make the world "magical" but it is not, nor is it compelling. The story itself is not worth trying to slog through her wandering writing style either. The characters are cookie cutter types while there is plenty of over explanation about everything else, you never get a good grip of the character's personalities. They are paper dolls in a mess of a story. The main character of Rosie is the worst, since she does not seem to change much beyond her 12 year old self, even though a good portion of the book is told once she hits that magical birth date of 21. Very disappointing and even though I finished the novel, I can't imagine ever reading it again. The story of Sleeping Beauty deserves a better adapation than this.

The only kind words I can find for the book is that it is completely clean. There is very little action, and nothing at all risque or "adult" in nature. However I can't imagine a 10-13 year old managing to make it through this mess of a story with its boring characters and lack of action.


Safari Ltd Wild 1 Mega TOOB
Safari Ltd Wild 1 Mega TOOB
Offered by inandout_distribution
Price: $22.49
13 used & new from $20.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Jungle in Here! (and an ocean... and the Jurassic period!), January 3, 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Safari Ltd Wild 1 Mega TOOB (Toy)
This tube comes with an assortment of dinosaurs, ocean themed animals and a few safari critters. Since its called a *safari* tube, I expected more animals in that style and was a bit disappointed that less than half the figures are not safari themed.
However my kids did not mind at all and actually have played with the ocean ones more! A few of the animals included are a dolphin, lion, zebra, sharks, penguin, crocodile and a bunch of dinosaurs, plus many more. It's a nice assortment and they are not too small but aren't huge either. They are a nice size to line up and play with or take on the go. A good buy overall.


My Little Pony Anniversary Set
My Little Pony Anniversary Set
Offered by Toyjoy&beyond
Price: $189.95
5 used & new from $105.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Pony Set!, January 3, 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a beautiful set of ponies. You get all seven of the core ponies and they each have the theme they represent written on their sides in beautiful script. Pinkie Pie says "Joy" which is my daughter's middle name. She adored this set of ponies, they are absolutely gorgeous and well worth the price for so many ponies.


Nintendo DS Lite Littlest Pet Shop Character Stylus - Polar Bear
Nintendo DS Lite Littlest Pet Shop Character Stylus - Polar Bear
5 used & new from $12.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome stylus!, January 3, 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
My daughter LOVES this polar bear (she calls him Shiver after the polar bear from Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus movie). It was her favorite pet in the Littlest Pet Shop Nintendo DS game and she was absolutely delighted with this polar bear stylus. Its well made, very sturdy and absolutely adorable. Maybe a bit pricey for a stylus and no it doesn't fit in the stylus hole on the DS but the strap can be rigged to hold the stylus so that doesn't matter much.

Overall a great product and her favorite stocking stuffer this year.


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