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Die Fabrik (The Factory) (DragonFly: Behind Enemy Lines Book 1)
Die Fabrik (The Factory) (DragonFly: Behind Enemy Lines Book 1)
Price: $0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A page turning addition to the Dragonfly world, September 17, 2014
Die Fabrik's subject matter is much darker than the novel it is drawn from. It serves to really set the stage with the kind of monsters our heroes are dealing with. Since it's fantasy/fiction based off of World War II, there are familiar names. Cornell doesn't seek to glorify these criminals, rather paint them in a more hideous light than what history showed us. The whole thing works nicely to keep us hungry for the next installment in this interesting universe!


DragonFly: Illustrated Edition (Missions of the DragonFly Squadron Book 1)
DragonFly: Illustrated Edition (Missions of the DragonFly Squadron Book 1)
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read!, June 1, 2014
Filled with likable, iconic characters this book has the pacing of a summer blockbuster movie or quality anime. We follow a young female pilot, Ronnie, as she gets caught up in something much bigger than she ever expected. The supporting cast is entertaining as well and I really enjoyed the occult/supernatural aspects of the story's world. We get treated to great illustrations of the aircraft too.

It has the right amount of gritty sci-fi and strong but realistic female characters that it may be a read that a couple fight over who can read first.


LEGO Lord of the Rings - Nintendo Wii
LEGO Lord of the Rings - Nintendo Wii
Offered by Isomergames
Price: $16.97
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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but overly complicated, November 26, 2012
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My son and I are big fans of the Lego games. We've played all of them but Indiana Jones 2, which we were advised to avoid. The games are a perfect match of fun, comedy, puzzles, and activities to perform for those who wish to get "100%". This works well for father/son gaming. He wants to blow through the levels and watch the humorous cinematics, I want to go back and meticulously go through every nook and cranny and unlock all the secrets. We play together and by ourselves and everyone is happy.

We love the Lord of the Rings franchise (books, movies, games) and it is a good fit for the Lego gaming experience. The folks at Traveler's Tales Games have really tried to push the envelope of Lego gaming by adding a more open play space, quests and a map function.

This is one of the first titles to use dialogue, Batman 2 being the first. LOTR pulls dialogue directly from the films, including the grunts made during jumps and when fighting. It's a mixed bag. Some scenes it really works but I found that both my son and I missed the 'lego language' of previous games. Not a big deal, just a little issue. The humor level is down a bit from other games. There are occasional sight gags that made us laugh out loud but the jokes are less frequent.

It's more to do with the subject matter but the color palate is pale and muted. When you are walking around you will get lost just like Sam and Frodo. Tan hills, grey hills... Get ready for grey bricks, dark grey bricks, tan bricks, brown bricks, dark brown bricks. I know, it's reproducing medieval fantasy but it gets a little dull busting up chunks of rocks all the time. It must be taxing for the Wii because you will be walking along and the background will suddenly appear. "Oh, we're in Hobbiton, finally."

There are classic silly minigames (lots of goat and pig races) that bring back the lego game flavor. There are powers and people to unlock, getting you access to more and more - this is the part of Lego games that I love. You gain a new guy, go back into freeplay missions and unlock things previously denied to you. There are red bricks to achieve, through world spanning mini-quests offered by people you find around the map. These quests are silly (A woman in Hobbiton says her husband lost the house key in Moria). You find them via freeplay, and you can use them to unlock 'cheats' like stud multipliers, just like you are accustomed to. One new addition is the gold brick has been replaced with Mithril bricks. These can be spent to forge items at the blacksmith's. Many of these items are used to satisfy mini-quests, others help you level the playing field, gaining other character's special powers.

There are special powers that make every character important. Samwise is by far the most valuable character and you get him from the start. Going through the game you will unlock more powers (like when you are gifted the elven rope).

The giant world is both a curse and a blessing. It's really nice to walk around and feel the topography and music change to announce you are in a new zone. Each area has several characters to find and purchase, a handful of mithril bricks, and maybe some new blueprints for the blacksmith. There are also several mini quests to gather in each area.

There is a system to set destinations, making the blue 'ghost bricks' give you a path to follow. It's not always easy to figure out. There are also map statues around to allow you the gracious ability to simply pop over to another statue in a different locale. Walking around you soon discover some of the issues the game has. A compass would be nice. The default camera angle is odd at times and unless you use the d-pad to move around, you'll find yourself walking off bridges and falling off cliffs. Nobody can swim. You are given a few moments to frantically press A to jump back on shore. Woe to someone who falls off a cliff into water. You can end up rebounding back and forth as you slip off the edge again and again. I've also fallen through the earth into blackness before. I recommend waiting. Eventually the game would revert to a nearby saved point. There are sequences where you must hop from point to point or face zooming back to the start. These can be really frustrating due to camera angle.

The screen split is constant when playing two player, which can be confusing. It's hard to coordinate walking together. My son and I were constantly getting separated. You can use C to switch characters but sometimes characters are only available at a given time, meaning you switch to their current location in Middle Earth instead of right where you needed them. An "EVERYONE ON ME" command would have been nice for the world exploration mode.

In closing. The mini quests and tedious world exploration might be frustrating to the younger set, and might not be enough for older gamers accustomed to Skyrim and other traditional rpgs. I like the game but just wish it was a little simpler. I use Lego games for relaxation and bonding with my son. I think they achieved gaming nirvana with the Star Wars complete Saga game. I would have been happy with a game like that, with a LOTR facelift.

[EDIT] We have finished the story mode and finally can play together in the Middle Earth Map. It's still difficult to coordinate movement, and the split screen can make targeting things with the wii remote (Like Legolas's bow) annoying, but at least we are able to use every character we have collected. I'm keeping the review at 3 stars because many of the puzzles are frustrating due to camera position and the fact that nobody can swim (and falling in water sends you back to land, and not the most recent platform you jumped from).
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Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reserved anticipation, June 7, 2011
This feels like a B-Side from Viva La Vida. It's too "wall of sound" for me, everyone sort of lost in the mix. I prefer the more stripped down sound of their earlier works. I am still hopeful for the new album.


Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - Nintendo Wii
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - Nintendo Wii
Price: $16.00
309 used & new from $2.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Dad and Son - Great gateway to Star Wars for younglings!, April 20, 2011
I'm a 42 year old Star Wars fan with a 7 year old boy who had never really had the patience required to appreciate the Star Wars films as much as I had hoped for. All that changed after getting Lego Star Wars Complete Saga for the Wii.

Working alone or together in the missions that span the entire line of movies, my son got interested in watching the films. He recognized locations, ships, characters and storylines that he experienced in the game. One of the hardest things for young kids to comprehend is the concept of a prequel. These events happened BEFORE the other movies. Now he knows who's who, when Anakin, the Chancellor, (or the clone troopers for that matter) become "bad guys". Whereas before watching the films was hindered by "Is he a good guy still? Are they bad yet?" etc.

The game is easy to play, but takes some effort to master. The replay value is massive if you desire to collect every unlockable character and tons of extras. That was initially my department. Since you don't actually lose when your character dies (you simply loose studs - lego 'coins' - used to purchase characters, ships and game changing extras. My boy met with some frustration at first, but now he's really doing fine. He's even uncovered some of the special bricks and mini-kit pieces that each level hides cleverly. There is a nice feature where one of the two players can come or go as they please by dropping out and with a press of a button, coming back in. This allows him to skip the sometimes challenging platforming aspects of the game (the game takes over for him).

There are moments in the game that I think would bring a young kid to tears if he tried to accomplish it alone. There are some frustrating moments that are made much easier when attempted later in the game after earning some of the extras. The extras allow such things as turning off stormtrooper's blasters, increasing the strength of attacks, and allowing characters to perform tasks outside of their roles. We've been playing for weeks and are only 60% complete with the content of the entire game.

Unlocking the hidden content is the big draw for me. It can be a real challenge. The designers have really captured the spirit of Star Wars in the great sound effects, beautiful use of real Star Wars music, and nicely textured levels that really bring back memories of the movies. It's a great way to bond and even fun after the kids are in bed.


Polyhedral 7-Die Borealis Chessex Dice Set - Pink with Silver CHX-27404
Polyhedral 7-Die Borealis Chessex Dice Set - Pink with Silver CHX-27404
Offered by Wowzzer
Price: $9.62
18 used & new from $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice dice!, March 5, 2011
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Can't go wrong with a new set of Chessex dice. Purchased these for my daughter (12) who is trying roleplaying for the first time (D&D 4E). They have a nice pink hue with a sort of swirly speckle. I wish they had a higher contrast number color but I'm a DM, so that's just expected of me.


The Picture Bible for Little People, Without Handle (Tyndale Kids)
The Picture Bible for Little People, Without Handle (Tyndale Kids)
by Kenneth Nathaniel Taylor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.99
54 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars A good Bible for K-1st graders, December 2, 2008
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I lead a group of Kindergarten and First grade boys at our church and used this Bible to reiterate the week's lesson. The artwork is well done cartoonish but respectfully drawn images. Key bible stories are reduced to a single page, with related artwork on the opposite page. The kids liked seeing the images that went along with the stories.

We ask that parents give each child a bible, this would be a great one for the non or early reading age. There is also a cute little dove to find lurking in each drawing, which the church kids (and my own) enjoyed searching for.


In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front (Modern War Studies) (Modern War Studies (Paperback))
In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front (Modern War Studies) (Modern War Studies (Paperback))
by G. H. Bidermann
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.85
79 used & new from $4.46

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent narrative, at times long winded., December 2, 2008
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Bidermann's memoirs begin and end an engaging account of what happened to a soldier during one of the most grueling parts of the second World War. It's the middle bit where the soldier seems to turn from personal accounts and delves into different territory.

The book becomes somewhat of a retelling of the situation on the whole front rather than his own personal experiences. In this area of the book, the author sometimes takes an artistic turn with his prose, which is in stark contrast to the matter of fact nature of the first and last sections of the book.

I've read better accounts, but this one is still worth the read.


What's a Girl to Do?: 90-Day Devotional (Faithgirlz)
What's a Girl to Do?: 90-Day Devotional (Faithgirlz)
by Kristi Holl
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
87 used & new from $0.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great devotional for preteen girls, May 5, 2008
While looking for a devotional to use with our 9 year old daughter, I found this one. The format is great, Each devotional is about a behavior or attitude, one day will be the negative or sinful behavior, the next day the positive or godly behavior. Each devotion features a scripture verse, a narrative, 3 examples of girls in these situations, where the reader decides who is or isn't displaying said behavior, a prayer and finally additional scripture for a deeper study.

Our daughter is 9, a few years below the target audience, but still I feel this is a great tool, since she can identify with most of the situations even is she hasn't faced them herself. Her favorite part is picking out which girl is doing right in the "What's a girl to do?" section.


Bible for Toddlers (Read Together)
Bible for Toddlers (Read Together)
by Laura Derico
Edition: Hardcover
31 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great format for Bible time w/ youngsters, April 28, 2008
Major stories of the bible are layed out with a picture on one side and a simple version of the story on the other. There are 4 action items for each story, giving the listening child a way to participate. "Roar like a lion" etc. My 3 year old son loves that sort of thing.

Would have given 5 stars, but the artwork is slightly boring, good, but not very exciting or cute for the target audience age. Still, a great devotional/nightly reading tool for introducing God's word to your child, or perhaps a group of children in kid's church.


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