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Damage Done
Damage Done
by Amanda Panitch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.82

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but predictable, May 30, 2015
This review is from: Damage Done (Hardcover)
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Even though i knew by the end of the first chapter what the 'thrilling' reveal would be in this book, i still read it. It was well written and well put-together. Since i knew what i was seeing during many of the scenes, there was no revelatory 'oh so THAT's what was going on!' at the end, but for a younger reader maybe it would be quite a surprise.


DII Kitchen Millennium 4-Piece Heat Resistant Seamless Non Stick Dishwasher Safe BPA Free Silicone DII Kitchen Tool Set, Red
DII Kitchen Millennium 4-Piece Heat Resistant Seamless Non Stick Dishwasher Safe BPA Free Silicone DII Kitchen Tool Set, Red
Price: $20.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, but commically small, May 30, 2015
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These tools seem like they're sized for tweens to play pretend kitchen, not for adults to actually cook with. They're sturdy and heavy, almost as if they used enough material for full-size utensils but only made them 3/4 size.

The mini-spatula may be useful when i'm making silver dollar pancakes, but the spoons are only useful for stirring, not scooping.


The CSA Cookbook: No-Waste Recipes for Cooking Your Way Through a Community Supported Agriculture Box, Farmers' Market, or Backyard Bounty
The CSA Cookbook: No-Waste Recipes for Cooking Your Way Through a Community Supported Agriculture Box, Farmers' Market, or Backyard Bounty
by Linda Ly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.14
42 used & new from $13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A good range of recipes, from simple to complex, but some odd ingredients, May 28, 2015
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This book has a lot of new ideas for how to prepare mundane vegetables, and a lot of ideas on how to prepare unusual veggies one might find tucked away in their CSA box (or just be intrigued by at the farmers' market). Roasted green beans... why not?

Recipes range from snacks to entrees to side dishes, from quick throw-together to somewhat involved. Instructions are easy to follow, and include tips on how to prepare unusual vegetables that one might not have much experience with.

A fair minority of the recipes call for ingredients i wouldn't normally consider, well, food. Tomato leaves are the best example. According to a quick online search, they're not actually poisonous unless you eat about a pound of them. Even so, i'd be wary making a pesto out of them. However, even if i ignore every recipe that calls for my-mom-told-me-that-was-poisonous ingredients, this is still a treasure trove. Most recipes are vegetarian, however there are a few chicken and shrimp dishes, plus nearly everything could be a side for a meat main dish.


How to Write a Novel (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
How to Write a Novel (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
by Melanie Sumner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.26

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Either too meta, or not meta enough, May 28, 2015
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The author is clearly trying to 'do' something with this book, though whatever that is was lost on me.

The narrator is a grating, ridiculously precocious tween. Is this a parody of tween protagonists in novels these days? If so, it goes too far and comes back around to being that-which-it-meant-to-mock. And reading a book with a narrative voice that makes you want to send someone to their room is a challenge.
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The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie
The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie
by Bruce Coville
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining, not really engaging, May 28, 2015
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I liked the set-up for this story, and how it was presented. The teachers' notes, the text messages, the journals, all mixed in with the diary of the brownie himself as the main source of exposition.

However, the story never really grabbed me. Angus has a violent temper. Alex gets upset when her mess is cleaned up. Neither of these things are really explained at all, the former being even more baffling as by halfway through the book both are resolved. The greater plot seemed both kludged in and painfully opportunistic.

Kids probably won't mind these things, but this isn't a kids' book that adults can really enjoy. It's not unpleasant to read it with the kid, but you won't be sneaking in extra chapters after bedtime.


AmazonBasics Foam Kitchen Comfort Mat 24 by 36-Inches
AmazonBasics Foam Kitchen Comfort Mat 24 by 36-Inches

5.0 out of 5 stars The difference between pain and no pain, May 25, 2015
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Standing on hard floors is literally painful for me. My feet and knees just can't take it. In the winter months, i have some delightfully warm fuzzy padded slippers i wear, but in the warmer months, that's just not viable.

Enter this mat.

It's not very thick, it's not plush, it's not particularly stylish. But stepping from hard floor onto this is stepping from pain to not-pain. My feet and knees feel the difference immediately. Literally, immediately. And after even 10-20 minutes of kitchen-work, it become apparent that it helps my back as well.

Up until now, we've used a motley combination of bath mats and area rugs to pad the hard kitchen floor. From here on out, it'll be this mat, ordered in multiples to be placed as needed.


Magonia
Magonia
by Maria Dahvana Headley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.78
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very uneven - ranges from eye-rolling to tearing-up, May 25, 2015
This review is from: Magonia (Hardcover)
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A rough sketch of my reading experience:
Pages 1-40: Ugh, awful. Aza is tremendously annoying
41-69: I like the best friend a lot more than i like Aza
70-71: Holy moly, a book hasn't hit me this hard in years
71-250: Some problems, but good pacing - quite a page-turner
251-end: Not quite deus ex machina, but it sure relies on its own poorly-defined magic system

So, ultimately, i'd recommend this book to YA readers with caveats. The first 40-odd pages really are dreadful. Aza is a poster child for Protesting Too Much. All she talks about is how not-freaked-out she is by her impending death. Because she's totally not, sheesh. And the whole 'Why Aza matters to Magonia' predicates on the novel basically not describing the magic system, so Aza can do whatever the plot needs her to do. But unlike the vast majority of YA dying-kid books out there, this one nailed the emotional part when it needed to.
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My Goodness Deodorant REGULAR, 1 Ounce
My Goodness Deodorant REGULAR, 1 Ounce

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Smells like sunscreen, May 22, 2015
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I'm sensitive to smells, and i mean that in the prima donna way as well as the 'i get headaches' way. This product, at least, caused no rashes or headaches. But catching whiffs of sunscreen-like-scents from my armpits is not my idea of a good time.

I'll stick with Tom's of Maine unscented. It's easier to apply, too (this product is a cream that you apply with your fingers, rather than a stick or a roller).


Ruins of War (A Mason Collins Novel)
Ruins of War (A Mason Collins Novel)
by John A. Connell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.36
65 used & new from $13.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliché-soup, May 22, 2015
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This book features:

-The grizzled cop with a checkered past, accompanied by...
-His inexperienced, irreverant partner, working with...
-The seen-it-all medical examiner, hounded by...
-The sexy lady-reporter who'll do anything for a scoop, and
-The tough-but-understanding boss who just wants this case done, all in pursuit of...
-The twisted-into-a-monster-by-circumstance bad guy who gets his own POV chapters

Yeah. Central casting worked overtime on this one.

And worse yet, the author turned post-war Berlin into a sigh-and-hope-for-better backdrop, not a cry-yourself-to-sleep tragedy of its own.

Oh, and of course, in the antagonist's POV chapters, he has to keep doing things to show how messed up he is. Like self-inflicted genital torture. Because he's a bad guy.

Life's too short for this sort of paint-by-numbers novel.


Ryobi P2700A ONE+ 18-Volt Cordless Cultivator - Battery and Charger Not Included
Ryobi P2700A ONE+ 18-Volt Cordless Cultivator - Battery and Charger Not Included

2.0 out of 5 stars Underpowered - if your soil is loose enough for this to work, save some money and buy a rake instead, May 21, 2015
This thing sounds like an electric pencil sharpener, and isn't much more powerful. If your dirt is anything short of loose and fluffy, you won't get too far using this cultivator. Yes, it does loosen things up some if your soil is firm but not packed. On packed soil, this thing whines and locks up. Even in the softer parts of my yard, i never got anything like the 4" cultivating depth promised.

The only thing this tool would be good for would be mixing fertilizer into already loose soil, but you can get a rake to do that a lot cheaper and about as fast.


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