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She Weeps Each Time You're Born: A Novel
She Weeps Each Time You're Born: A Novel
by Quan Barry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Magic and Mystical (Perhaps Overly Mystical) Rumination About the History of Vietnam, January 28, 2015
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Moving, sometimes hard to follow story of Rabbit, a woman born in a grave with the ability to "hear" the dead.

Note: For an interesting comparison and contrast, check out The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction, chock full of stories with Vietnamese ghosts.


The Glass Casket
The Glass Casket
by McCormick Templeman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.60
92 used & new from $0.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Something Wicked This Way Munches, January 28, 2015
This review is from: The Glass Casket (Hardcover)
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In a sleepy village where nothing happens and nobody has died since Rowan Rose's mother, death arrives in monstrous form and begins a spree, first in the woods surrounding the village and later in the village itself. Fingers are pointed and paranoia grows along with the body count.

All in all a creepily disturbing read.


Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters
Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters
by Shannon Hale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.70

4.0 out of 5 stars The Student Has Become the Teacher, January 27, 2015
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Repeatedly assured that this was enough of a standalone that it could be understood and enjoyed without reading the first two books (and already a fan of author Shannon Hale from read several of her other books), I decided to take a chance, and I'm ever so glad I did for this was a fascinating look into this particular universe.


The Seventh Day: A Novel
The Seventh Day: A Novel
by Yu Hua
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.63
69 used & new from $11.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Satire of New China, January 25, 2015
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In this story of a (quite literally) lost soul, author Yu Hua comments on the joys and sorrows of modern China, all the while telling a remarkable story.


ZeroLemon Car Charger 5.1amps / 25.5w Triple USB Aluminum Shield Rapid Charger for Apple Iphone 6, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, Ipad 4 3 2, Ipad Mini, Ipad Air, Android Devices, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 2 3, Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Tab 3. Premium Quality, Blue / Black - Lifetime Warranty
ZeroLemon Car Charger 5.1amps / 25.5w Triple USB Aluminum Shield Rapid Charger for Apple Iphone 6, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, Ipad 4 3 2, Ipad Mini, Ipad Air, Android Devices, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 2 3, Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Tab 3. Premium Quality, Blue / Black - Lifetime Warranty
Offered by Fenix Select - Authorized ZeroLemon Retailer
Price: $12.98
3 used & new from $11.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and Versatile USB 3-Port Car Charger, January 23, 2015
This is a nicely compact and sturdily built 3-port 12V / USB charger. What makes it interesting is that each port has a different rating: 2.1A, 2.0A, 1.0A, for iPad, Android, iPhone, respectively. Not possessing any of these devices, I could not test the differentiation, but I did hook my Goal Zero Portable Torch 250 with Power Hub and Emergency Light with Solar and Hand Crank up to it, and it was able to charge from all three ports.

Note: Item is available in four different colors:

ZeroLemon Car Charger 5.1amps / 25.5w Triple USB Aluminum Shield Rapid Charger for Apple Iphone 6, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, Ipad 4 3 2, Ipad Mini, Ipad Air, Android Devices, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 2 3, Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Tab 3. Premium Quality, Blue,

ZeroLemon Car Charger 5.1Amps / 25.5W Triple USB Aluminum Shield Rapid Charger for Apple iPhone 6, 5, 5S, 5C, 4, 4S, iPad 4 3 2, iPad mini, iPad Air, Android Devices, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 2 3, Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Tab 3. Premium Quality, Champagne Gold,

ZeroLemon Car Charger 5.1amps / 25.5w Triple USB Aluminum Shield Rapid Charger for Apple Iphone 6, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, Ipad 4 3 2, Ipad Mini, Ipad Air, Android Devices, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 2 3, Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Tab 3. Premium Quality, Red,

ZeroLemon Car Charger 5.1Amps / 25.5W Triple USB Aluminum Shield Rapid Charger for Apple iPhone 6, 5, 5S, 5C, 4, 4S, iPad 4 3 2, iPad mini, iPad Air, Android Devices, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 2 3, Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Tab 3. Premium Quality, Silver.

Note: I received this product for free from the manufacturer in return for a review.


Loot
Loot
by Jude Watson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.54
44 used & new from $7.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Morally Dubious, Especially for Children, January 23, 2015
This review is from: Loot (Hardcover)
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IMHO there is nothing wrong with a good caper story, even for children, but part of the definition of such a good caper story is dealing with the moral issue in some way, providing at least some sort of an arguable justification for "doing the wrong thing".

I don't think author Jude Watson does so here.


The Tutor: A Novel
The Tutor: A Novel
by Andrea Chapin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Shakespeare's Muse, January 23, 2015
This review is from: The Tutor: A Novel (Hardcover)
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This intriguing novel joins the list of speculations over where Shakespeare got his ideas such as Shakespeare In Love. As always such a story walks a fine line between cleverly playing around with history and (in effect) arguing that a provincial dolt like Shakespeare couldn't possibly have been this talented and brilliant (hence all the conspiracy theories about who REALLY wrote the plays: Sir Francis Bacon, The Earl of Oxford, space aliens, etc.).


Executive Building Brick Set (Gold)
Executive Building Brick Set (Gold)
Offered by extrastuf
Price: $29.99
2 used & new from $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Executive Thought Stimulator (Desk Toy), January 23, 2015
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
ThinkGeek has produced a number of Lego compatible brick products in plastic; this, along with the similar Executive Building brick Set (Chrome), is their first one in metal, and these bricks are very well designed and made. Not only are the lugged tops compatible with plastic bricks, so are the bottoms. (Plastic rings at the bottom of the metal posts make for firm, tight connections.)

Because these are petty heavy chunks of metal, you might not be in too much of a hurry to give them to your children, but we all know the real reason....

You won't want to give up playing with them!


Black Flag Refillable Mouse Bait Station, Includes 16 Baits
Black Flag Refillable Mouse Bait Station, Includes 16 Baits
Price: $9.99
3 used & new from $9.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Childproof Mouse Poison Baits, January 23, 2015
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As always, the problem with baits versus traps is finding the bodies.

This product contains only one bait station so you will need to buy as many as you want to place baits. The bait station cap functions just like the childproof cap on a medicine bottle,...

and is going to be just about as effective in keeping children out of it.

Note: This product is actually harmful to the touch for humans so either wear gloves or wash your hands quickly and thoroughly after touching the baits.


iHomeSet Magic Color Changing Morning Coffee Mug - Heat Sensitive (12 ounce) (Smile)
iHomeSet Magic Color Changing Morning Coffee Mug - Heat Sensitive (12 ounce) (Smile)
Offered by TheShineStore
Price: $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Mug, January 23, 2015
Heat sensitive color changing coffee mugs are fairly common these days, but this is a particularly charming design.

Note: In order to protect the heat sensitive design:
Do not microwave.
No extremely high temperature. (The color change occurs at 70°C/158°F.)
No direct sun exposure. (Don't store it in the window.)
No high heat setting in the dishwasher. (Hand washing is always safer.)

Note: I received this product for free from the manufacturer in return for a review.


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