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Charisma Lexington Dot Queen Fitted Sheet, Ivory
Charisma Lexington Dot Queen Fitted Sheet, Ivory
Price: $58.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, October 21, 2014
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Love Charisma "dot" sheets, so glad I found them.


Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag 200g Natural Color
Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag 200g Natural Color
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15 used & new from $7.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, October 21, 2014
Yes, the smell in the closet disappeared after Moso moved in!


Sultana: The Bride Price (A Novel of Moorish Spain)
Sultana: The Bride Price (A Novel of Moorish Spain)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, October 3, 2014
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"Sultana the Bride Price" takes us on a page-turning journey following Jazirah, a headstrong and beautiful Nasrid princess and her cousin Sultan Mohammed of Gharnatah (Grananda) Ms. Yarde is a fantastic raconteur and her lush descriptions and attention to detail place you in Al-Andalus. You walk with her through Al-Qal'at al-Hamra (the Alhambra) and every other setting, savoring the sights and smells. Not only are her characters intriguing, but her plot is masterfully handled. She seamlessly weaves historical conflict among Moorish factions, between Moors and Spaniards and the religious turmoil of the time with personal stories that are captivating. The result? A page turner every time and Sultana, The Bride Price certainly kept me engaged. I cannot recommend Ms. Yarde's Sultana series enough and can't wait for the fifth book of this magical series.


No Trace: A Brock and Kolla Mystery (Brock and Kolla Mysteries)
No Trace: A Brock and Kolla Mystery (Brock and Kolla Mysteries)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $7.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, September 11, 2014
What a taut thriller No Trace is. I really enjoyed this book. The author works characters, settings, plot and tension with a surgeon’s precision. Not a character is wasted, they all weave in and out until the surprising end. Minor complain was the lack of physical descriptions for the two main characters Brock and Kolla. His other characters were so vivid in my mind and they were not. I realize that this is part of a series, but for those of us picking up the thread here, it would have been helpful. Ordering his first book right now.


The Vacationers: A Novel
The Vacationers: A Novel
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect read for, yes, summer vacationers., August 30, 2014
I have a new author to follow—Emma Straub. Just finished The Vacationers and although the Mallorcan setting that first attracted me to this book is barely touched upon and the plot is no cliffhanger, it’s the characters and her prose make it delightful. By the end of the book, you know these people and either love them or hate them. Ms. Staub is witty, and her writing clean and sharp. It’s a perfect read for, yes, summer vacationers.


Midnight in Europe: A Novel
Midnight in Europe: A Novel
by Alan Furst
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.58
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with A. Furst?, June 22, 2014
Midnight in Europe begins with a lovely paragraph about snow falling on Manhattan…and then goes downhill. This is not Furst’s magnificent writing, his tense plots, his foreboding atmosphere, his intriguing protagonists, his almost poetic occasional phrases, his settings that transported the reader. Another reviewer said, “Furst phoned it in” I say it feels as if Furst subcontracted it.
More than a book with a central story, Midnight in Europe it is a series of stories, involving the same lackluster protagonist, Cristián Ferrar, doesn’t act, he only reacts—to phone calls, notes, meetings—he’s pushed and pulled and we never get to know what he feels or thinks. Or we do, when Furst tells us what he has failed to show us, “Ferrar had a big, warm heart, people were drawn to him,” or “A responsive lover, he listened carefully to her breathing.” Alan Furst wrote that? Max de Lyon, not the protagonist, brings a spark when he appears; the reader knows he will have a plan, an idea, something. There is a time sequence mistake. And don’t even get me started on the dull ending. My husband didn’t even get halfway through the book before giving up and we have both read all of Mr. Furst’s books and even went to see him at a Manhattan a presentation. We are fans. Therefore, it pains me to say that since Mission to Paris, his previous book, he’s lost his magic. Hope Mr. Furst takes a year off and recharges his source of inspiration.


The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Finalists)
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Finalists)
by Donna Tartt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Felt as if the emperor has no clothes, May 26, 2014
Both the book by Donna Tartt and the painting by Carel Fabritius are equally disturbing. However, in the painting, the unsettling chain around the bird’s leg is artfully disguised by a torn white paper that allows only part of the painting to be seen. The reader is not granted such protection by Ms. Tartt, so I stopped reading on page 291. Yes, Ms. Tartt managed to evoke emotions in me, but not the right ones.
I used to force myself to finish books, but no longer. As the hackney expression goes, there are too many books and too little time. This book’s theme is despair, the characters are all unlikable, the plot seems to continue spiraling downwards. A reader will put up with difficult circumstances, always hoping for a change of events. But, from the synopsis it seems the protagonist will just sink deeper and deeper. I just could not read another detail-laden depressing page. She is an excellent writer and the Pulitzer committee agrees, but a book is more than good writing style. The characters and plot in this book make me feel like the emperor has no clothes.


Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain
Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written, magic-carpet ride, May 6, 2014
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I loved this book. Sultana is a beautifully written, magic-carpet ride through thirteenth century Gharnatah (Granada), then Moorish Spain. The suspenseful plot moves the reader along among love, lust and wars. The characters are real and engaging, Yarde’s writing is lush, yet pleasant to read, and perfect for the topic she is writing about. Thoroughly researched, Ms. Yarde places the reader in the time and place and opened my eyes into the world of Islamic Spain. This is what a good historical novel should do.
I can’t wait to read the sequel!


By its Cover: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Commissario Brunetti Book 23)
By its Cover: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Commissario Brunetti Book 23)
Price: $9.10

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it, but..., April 6, 2014
For book lovers, "By its Cover" is a treat. It is all about books,rare books, old books, libraries, with Commissario Brunetti chasing a killer and a thief. Another delightful crime and food-filled romp through the beautiful setting of La Serenissima. However, By its Cover is only 237 pages long and when I got to the end, I wondered if Ms. Leon had not finished, it is that abrupt. Yes, the reader can surmise what happens, but I wanted more loose ends wrapped up.


El francotirador paciente (Spanish Edition)
El francotirador paciente (Spanish Edition)
Offered by Random House Mondadori
Price: $12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Final imprevisible y estelar, March 23, 2014
"El francotirador paciente" demoró en engancharme. El personaje principal, Lex, era lo suficientemente diferente como para intrigarme. Tampoco me fascinaba el mundo del grafiti, mas seguí leyendo, pensando que expandiría mi cultura. La trama de Lex entrevistándose con varias personas, persiguiendo su objetivo las hallé lentas, aunque Pérez Reverte cambia las localizaciones de país en país, en un esfuerzo de introducir variedad. A la mitad de libro la intriga empieza a intensificarse, pero entonces, en el último tercio del libro, el maestro pisa el acelerador y la trama se dispara hacia un final imprevisible. ¡Bravo!


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