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Clarks Men's Natureveldt Oxford,Black,9.5 M US
Clarks Men's Natureveldt Oxford,Black,9.5 M US
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fit!, November 12, 2014
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Good quality, very comfortable to wear day after day, and looks sharp! I'm very pleased with my new Oxfords.


The Good Wife, Season 6 [HD]
The Good Wife, Season 6 [HD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best-written show on network TV!, November 2, 2014
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We're seeing Alicia's recent progression more clearly now, with her running for State's Attorney of IL ("There's religion in my life - again!"), dealing with frenemy Elsbeth, and that beautiful final scene in Ep. 6 where she and Diane Lockhart return to the Lockhart/Gardner offices -- minimal dialog, these 2 fine actresses portray the moment with only nods and facial expressions -- and we realize they are finally equals in a relationship built on mutual respect and their memories of Will Gardner.


Undone (The Amoveo Legend Book 4)
Undone (The Amoveo Legend Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rich tapestry of heroism, romance and remarkable characters!, June 30, 2014
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Sara Humphreys has created an enchanting world with her Amoveo series, with engrossing characters that we all can identify with. In particular her female characters, each one different yet all strong and determined, are impossible to resist -- neither their star-crossed mates nor their readers can resist them!

Ms. Humphreys has learned how to season the romance, which remains the central theme of each story, with just the right amount of drama and, at times, real tragedy. This novel picks up the narrative just weeks after Layla Nickelsen, accompanied by her new friends Kerry and Samantha and their Amoveo mates, had confronted the Council and Prince Richard with iron-clad evidence that the Purist Movement -- pure-blooded Amoveos who hate both humans and "hybrids" -- are responsible for the deaths of their parents, and it is revealed that half of the Council members are in full support of this murderous crusade.

In this book we get to know Marianna, the twin sister of Kerry's mate Dante, who is still reeling from the discovery that their father was in fact one of the Purists who was killed while trying to murder both Samantha and Kerry. Angry and scared, she returns to her home in New York and hides out with her vampire friend Olivia, wanting nothing to do with the war between her people. Unfortunately the Purist leader and his brutish son have followed her and are determined to have her join them, one way or the other. Her only hope is Dante's friend Pete, a "mere human" with some secrets of his own, who is supposed to guard her but falls madly in love with the one-time "party girl."

The author pulls no punches in this one, as we see first-hand the lengths the Purists will go to "purify" their race. There are some strong scenes in this story which vividly depict the depths of racial hatred, but Ms. Humphreys walks the line carefully, with our heroes and heroines winning the day at the end, though not without some sacrifice. At the same time she is setting the stage for the next story, which brings Layla's adopted sister Tatiana into the growing "hybrid family."

I love these books! The only warning I can give you is that you won't be satisfied with just one story, but I can guarantee that you'll re-read these books several times and will enjoy them just as much as you did the first time.


Grimm, Season 3
Grimm, Season 3
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's getting better all the time!, June 7, 2014
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Season 3 got off to a rocky start, with the story being divided between Portland and Europe, and the whole plot-line with the Royal Family and Adeline, whose baby is either the Vessen Golden Child or "GRIMM"s version of the Anti-Christ, left me cold. It took a while for all the different plot elements to come together, but now I see that it was all worth it in the end.

Like "Buffy" and "Angel" before it, "Grimm" relies heavily on its mythology, much like "Fringe" which also took a couple of seasons to find its footing. The producers took "baby-steps" in the first two seasons, gradually pulling back the curtain bit by bit, but in Season 3 the gloves are off! Starting with Monroe and Rosalee's wedding, which is barely mentioned in the early episodes, but becomes more prominent with the introduction of Monroe's parents who are very "old-fashioned", and then comes the Season Finale when all hell literally breaks loose. (And you think Buffy and Angel had problems? Get in line.) Sending Capt. Renard to Europe for the first part of the season turned out to be a good move, in that it allowed this excellent actor more screen time to fully develop his character and bring the whole "family secret" issue to the fore, starting with the assassination of his half-brother. And when Renard finally connects with the Resistance ("I've also got a Grimm...!"), things start to move very quickly. And yes, Nick's "Mother Grimm" (Mary Elizabeth Mastriano) makes a well-timed appearance, although much later in the season than we expected.

Of course Adeline is still the nasty witch she's always been, but her unexpected pregnancy also provides a means for her to get her Vessen powers back. And last but not least, they introduce a "New Grimm" character into the mix: Theresa Rubel, also known as "Trubel" (pronounced just like it's spelled).

The lead producers are all veterans of the "Angel" spin-off series that starred David Boreanz as the "vampire with a soul", and the rich back-story they carried over from "Buffy" served them well. Their approach here is basically the same, and the Season 3 Finale is by far the best, most intense "cliff-hanger" they've given us yet.

So you owe it to yourself to use this opportunity to get "caught up", because Season 4 is going to "hit the ground running" in every since of that phrase. I'm particularly curious about how "Trubel" will fit into this mix, but based on the three episodes she's been in so far, I can't wait to find out!


24: Live Another Day [HD]
24: Live Another Day [HD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic "24" Action; Jack is Back!, June 7, 2014
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This new "mini-series" is already at this half-way point -- 6 episodes aired, 6 more to go. It's great having such an excellent show to look forward to each Monday night. "24"s departure really left a void in that timeslot.

The new cast is "lean and mean", and "Chuck"s Yvonne Strahovski is perfect (and gorgeous!) as the disgraced CIA agent who becomes Jack's "partner in crime" as they attempt to save the U.S. President (William Devane in fine form) from being assassinated by a totally deranged female terrorist (Michelle Fairley) who may rank as the most psychotic adversary Jack's ever faced, which is saying a lot.

The leaner cast is excellent, with Mary Lynn Rajskub reprising her role as "Chloe" but with a twist, Law and Order's Benjamin Bratt as the clueless CIA London Station Chief who has some dirty secrets of his own, and Kim Raver reprising her role from Season 5 (along with Devane) as Audrey, Jack's former love interest and the President's daughter, whose jealous husband (Tate Donovan) who also happens to be the President's Chief of Staff -- can't trust these damn cabinet members! -- wants Jack gone, and will go to any lengths to make that happen.

In short, all the right elements are in place and the action is fast-paced even by 24's standards. The one complaint I had about some of the "regular" 24-episode seasons was that they often seemed to run out of story ideas before they ran out of episodes, but with only 6 episodes left to go, I don't see that being a problem!

Highly recommended!


Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)
Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best female protagonist since Heinlein's "Friday"!, April 21, 2014
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This is an excellent story, chock-full of action sequences interspersed with amazingly tender moments. Kate "the time-traveling ninja" will steal your heart, and author Rysa Walker lets her be a regular teenager, complete with doubts, a loving boyfriend and a really unusual family history. No spoilers here: just buy this Kindle book! It will be the best $2 you've spent in a long, long time.

Special thanks to Ms. Walker for (a) keeping Kate's Dad an integral part of her life in this story, and (b) giving her a boyfriend that she deserves. I suspect that there may be a couple more books coming down the line, picking up where this story ends, and I can't wait!


Female Teacher: In Front Of The Students
Female Teacher: In Front Of The Students
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look into another culture's take on "forbidden pleasures", March 8, 2014
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This one turned out to be better than I expected. Not high drama by any means, but the actress playing the teacher does a good job of making her character attractive, even loveable at times. Yes, she's the girl who "can't say No" but still provides a more compelling look at another culture's attitudes (and how their women deal with those attitudes) than you might expect from this type of movie.

In Japanese with sub-titles -- no big loss since the visuals communicate what's happening with sometimes stunning clarity. And no, it's not nearly as explicit as today's films, but in this case that's actually a good thing.

Good transfer to DVD; images are always sharp. I guarantee you will watch this one more than once.


Abductors
Abductors
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70's "bad girls" flick, March 8, 2014
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No it's not great art, but the girls are gorgeous and the sex scenes are better than average.

Can be painfully slow in a couple of sections, but that's why "Fast-Forward" was invented.


Neither Here Nor There [HD]
Neither Here Nor There [HD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 4 is Best Fringe Ever!, March 8, 2014
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We Fringe fans are a bit nuts -- sort of like everyone's favorite Mad Scientist, Walter Bishop, and we're unapologetic about how much we love the show and its characters. However, Season 4 initially took some getting used to, particularly in the wake of Season 3's outstanding run and its climactic ending, where (possible Spoilers!) Peter saves both universes, only to be -- ERASED?

When Season 4 first aired, fan feelings were decidedly mixed, particularly at the beginning when we introduced to the same characters (except Peter) but all living different lives because, in this new timeline, Peter died as a child in BOTH universes, not just ours. This is soon revealed to be the handiwork of the Observers, those mysterious bald-headed guys in the black bowler hats (and always carrying a satchel -- what's up with that?) who apparently decided on their own that, to reset history to its "proper version"...well you get the idea.

WARNING: *** SPOILERS AHEAD! ***

And we didn't like it, because our beloved friends from Seasons 1 - 3 were so -- different! Walter is a sad recluse, hanging onto his sanity by a thread (and sometimes losing his grip altogether); Olivia is back to the guarded, closed-up person she was through much of Season 1; Nina Sharp is now Olivia's "foster Mom"; and our universe's Lincoln Lee (ably played by Seth Gabel) becomes Olivia's new partner and potential love interest! And William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) is officially dead. What's not to hate?

Turns out our patience was rewarded beyond our wildest dreams. By the end of Season 4 we had been treated to a variety of excellent stories, and gotten to know our friends all over again, AND saved both universes one more time, although Walter had to kill Olivia to do it. (Sorry, you'll have to purchase the season to get the answers to that one.) We were also treated to the return of David Robert Jones (from Season 1) as the main villain, and he delivered far beyond anyone's expectations. And yes, those rumors of William Bell's untimely death? Sorry, you'll have to find that one out for yourselves as well.

Whichever medium you choose to purchase (DVD/Blu-Ray/Online) you'll still want to see every episode, because even the "weaker" ones were critical to the characters becoming a family again -- and let's be honest: the real secret of Fringe's ongoing success has been the family unit centered around Olivia, Peter and Walter, plus Astrid (and all the names Walter still calls her) and Agent Broyles. But in this season, as opposed to how things went in Season 3, the alt-universe characters play key roles as well, even "Walternate" (the Walter Bishop from the other universe) and "Fauxlivia" (also played by Anna Torv) who gets to show us she's not all that different from our Olivia after all. In fact, the best episodes are the ones where both Fringe teams are involved -- still leery of each other at first, but fighting together against the threats posed by Jones. And we can't fail to mention how much Lincoln Lee's expanded roles (in both universes) was a key element to this season's success.

(It's hard to pick favorites from this season, but the two episodes (#17 and #18) that I keep watching over and over again feature BOTH Lincoln Lee's in pivotal roles, as the full extent of David Robert Jones' plan is finally revealed and Walter visits the other universe for the first time (in this new timeline) since his initial incursion back in 1985, when his crossing over and back set all these events in motion. Also, episode #17's opening scene includes one of the most memorable "bad employee getting fired by his angry boss" scenes you'll ever see on television, and in #18 we get to see how Alt-Broyles makes another sacrifice, equally tragic but unexpected, to save his world.)

And yes, this season's Episode #19 ("Letters of Transit") was in fact the "pilot" for the fifth and final season of the series, but that's another review for another time(line).

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? (You won't be sorry. "Trust me; I'm a scientist.")


Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection [HD]
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection [HD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dr. Who story ever!, January 7, 2014
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If you somehow missed this 50th Anniversary Special episode and are a Dr. Who fan, whether young or old, you owe it to yourself to see this one -- I guarantee you can't watch it just once. Steven Moffat's script is his best to date, with Matt Smith and 10th Doctor David Tennant generating great on-screen chemistry, plus veteran actor John Hurt as the tragic War Doctor and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) serving as the conscience for all three. Plus a very nice walk-on at the end by our favorite classic Doctor, Tom Baker. Highly entertaining, with several tugs at your heartstrings throughout.


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