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How to Paint a Cat (Cats and Curios Mystery)
How to Paint a Cat (Cats and Curios Mystery)
by Rebecca M. Hale
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars POV can make it difficult to engage with the characters/plot, March 23, 2014
While others have mentioned the need to read these in order (quite true!), my review will focus on the I difficult time I had engaging with the characters and narrative because of the unusual point of view used to tell the story. The protagonist is not referred to by her name, but as "the niece" throughout the entire book and this viewpoint quickly made me feel quite distant to everyone and everything going on in the story. I forced myself to read the entire book, but this shtick drove me nuts. By the first ten pages though, it was grating on my nerves, every time I read "the niece." Which is a shame, because the plot is actually pretty good. However, I find it telling that after reading both books in the series, I can't remember the main character's name and I don't have any interest in learning more about her or what mystery her uncle will next draw her into.
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Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, 20th Anniversary Edition
Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, 20th Anniversary Edition
by Timothy Zahn
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $27.57
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!, March 28, 2012
I always wondered why they never made an unabridged audiobook of these books and I am so grateful that someone finally made the effort before my old cassette tapes broke from overuse!

I was so excited when these books were first released and own the original hardcovers, paperback, and cassette versions. Timothy Zahn did an excellent job continuing the Star Wars world and I've always felt the Thrawn Trilogy was one of the reasons why George Lucas never made films 7-9,as he originally intended.

I won't give away the plot, since hopefully many of you read these books years ago, but will focus on the differences between the cassette (abridged) and CD (unabridged) versions, since I suspect many shoppers were like me- wondering if it was worth buying yet ANOTHER version of these books. :)

In my opinion, the answer is yes. While I adore my original versions, read by "Wedge Antilles" Denis Lawson, I really missed all of the scenes and dialogue cut for the abridged versions. So, while the different pronunciations of characters and places were a bit disconcerting at first, by the second and third listen, I was hooked. Zahn's writing is just so good and the empathy I felt for these characters was so much faster getting the "full picture" as it is.

I really hope they don't wait for the anniversary of the next two books in the trilogy before releasing an unabridged version. I was impatient for each book 20 years ago, and that hasn't changed one bit!

Chic & Slim Toujours: Aging Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women
Chic & Slim Toujours: Aging Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women
by Anne Barone
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.95
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting a head start on Chic Toujours!, June 21, 2011
I have been using Anne's books and website since the late 1990's and wondered if the latest book would be for me, as I didn't quite consider myself a woman of "certain age" just yet, being under 40. I was wrong and enjoyed this book as much as earlier volumes of her Chic & Slim philosophy- I simply felt I was getting a head start! Anne's advice is practical and upbeat and she has become that no nonsense voice in my head when I'm eating out and tempted by those large restaurant portions.

As a fellow American, I have connected with these books more than any others that celebrate french lifestyles largely because so many of these authors are French themselves (or live in France) and don't seem to recognize that many of their suggestions to their American readers are successful for them because we're allowing for cultural differences. Anne recognizes that many among her audience are still living and working in the U.S. and if an American attempted some of these behaviors, we would give an unfavorable impression. Que horror!

One big difference I really enjoyed in Toujours was Anne's mention of specific products, treatments, and websites for more information. She creates an atmosphere of trust by sharing her personal results and those of her friends and readers with all of us- so it's an incredibly helpful guide for those questions you might be too embarrassed to ask your own circle of friends. Best of all is how good I felt after reading the book. It was inspiring and uplifting, but with such tangible, reachable goals to improve your health, style, and beauty. Truly chic outcomes.

What the Cat Dragged In (Jacques and Cleo, Cat Detectives, No. 1)
What the Cat Dragged In (Jacques and Cleo, Cat Detectives, No. 1)
by Gilbert Morris
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, but lost me along the way, October 1, 2008
I really struggled to enjoy this book and will not continue with the series. The premise was good and the writing well-done, but the lack of animal character development and participation in a series named after them, seemed like a ploy to bring over "Cat Who" or "Sneaky Pie" fans. There was also quite a lot of religion, which would have been ok with a gentler hand, but got quite heavy at times. I hated how the author used it to paralyze the lead female. I have always thought faith helped someone make choices, but this character seemed to spend most of her time reading the bible and waiting for signs from God. Maybe that was needed to make the male lead seem more decisive, but it made her look so inept, that I began to lost interest in the story quickly.

I admit to a preference for strong female characters though, so if this doesn't bother you, you may enjoy the book more than I did.
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DVD: Wishbone "Hot Diggety Dawg"
DVD: Wishbone "Hot Diggety Dawg"
Offered by Solo Enterprises
Price: $15.00
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show for pre-teen readers, June 1, 2008
I thought Wishbone was a clever idea that was never quite marketed right. The show itself was a terrific gem that aired on PBS, but it was for an odd age group. PBS Kids is brilliant at shows for younger children, but this seemed to slip through the cracks. A shame, because I felt it was a terrific way of getting kids who were on the cusp of deciding if reading was cool, to think it was.

Wishbone was a dog whose family and friends were always getting into situations that reminded him of classic stories. The show would then flash to Wishbone (in costume) as one of the principal characters in the story, and they would act out the novel. The TV show would cut back and forth between the real world and the literary one. I bought all of the videos and I hope they make it to DVD soon, because my niece loves dogs and this would be a great way to introduce her to some beloved books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, but run 1 size too big, June 1, 2008
I love my rain boots, but regret I waited too long to try them on in the store. They look terrific, but are too big (I'm an 8). I had a friend one whole size bigger try them on and they fit her perfectly. So order one size smaller, if you are considering buying these. Even with thick socks, they should fit.

I'm still trying to figure out how to exchange these for a size 7.

Witchblade: The Complete Series
Witchblade: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Yancy Butler
Offered by Big_Box_Bargains
Price: $21.26
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best supernatural cop show ever!, June 1, 2008
I'm so excited that Warner Bros. decided to release the DVD set as the complete series (movie, Season 1, Season 2). Ralph Hemecker did a fantastic job creating a show that complemented the comic series, without imitating it. Frankly, if they had tried to go with the comic's look, the rating would be too high for tv. It would have resembled soft porn, so I'm glad they went with the "beautiful, but tough" portrayal instead.

Yancy Butler's portrayal of Sara Pezzinni as a cop struggling to learn the effects of the Witchblade on her life and career was amazing. I also found Anthony Cistaro's enigmatic Kenneth Irons more interesting than the comic, where the character as more overtly power hungry. Will Yun Lee and David Chokachi were perfect as Sara's fellow detectives. The introduction of Gabriel (John Hensley) in season 1 set the stage for great interactions between the talented cast. Terrific guest stars like Peter Mensah (300), Kim DeLury (Farscape Peacekeeper) and Roger Daultry added to the mix.

This was TNT's first television series success and they didn't seem to know how to handle it. For season two, I got the impression the execs became more involved and felt they had to change things up in order to justify their salaries. Ralph's consistent vision, which pulled viewers into the movie and first season was derailed with many stand alone episodes and the "death" of a major character, who was one of the show's strongest actors. The episodes were ok, but not as compelling as earlier developments and I believe most fans were excited for a third season, with Ralph back in control. Unfortunately, that never happened.

Still, the series is still the best of it's kind that I've seen. I hope that we get lots of DVD extras, like cast and crew episode commentaries, the TNT web videos, design, and new cast interviews. After 5-6 years of waiting, fans deserve a plethora of bonuses!

A New Body for Life: The Maggie Drozd Method [Unknown Binding]
A New Body for Life: The Maggie Drozd Method [Unknown Binding]
by Maggie Drozd
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Food Combining weight loss, August 1, 2005
This book is part of Hollywood Health's weight-loss plan, which includes Green Tea and "spice" capsules. Less comprehensive than Suzanne Sommers or other food combining diets, it is a simple introduction to this eating method.

Cat to the Dogs: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mysteries)
Cat to the Dogs: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mysteries)
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Edition: Hardcover
53 used & new from $0.01

1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If only they acted like cats, December 7, 2000
This is the first mystery series with cats I didn't like. Cats that speak English???? File it in fantasy, not mystery. I like my cats to act like normal cats, with the humans requiring *some* intelligence or curiosity. I think the author jumped on the bandwagon for some quick money in a proven genre. I wouldn't buy another one...or even borrow it from the library.

The Matchmaker
The Matchmaker
DVD ~ Janeane Garofalo
20 used & new from $2.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Stitch in my side, July 12, 2000
This review is from: The Matchmaker (DVD)
I love this movie. Cracks me up consistently, and there's a 'singing' competition I can't even watch because I'm laughing too hard.

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