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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 C11CD10201 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Printer with Scanner and Copier
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 C11CD10201 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Printer with Scanner and Copier
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect!, July 8, 2014
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Setup was reasonably quick and easy. It prints surprisingly fast for an inkjet (when printing single-sided — double-sided printing takes considerably longer). The color is incredibly sharp, faithful, and subtle for both scans and prints, with the usual dampness and occasional ink-streak on the paper when it comes out (see attached photos of a printed page in color and in B&W). Printing is easy from an iPhone. Printing from email takes an extremely, ridiculously long time. Scanning to Google Drive works like a charm for the glass and the feeder in single-sided mode, but fails in the feeder's double-sided mode; double-sided scanning to a flash drive works fine. The automatic power-off timer that can be set in the options menu doesn't seem to work.

I connected only with iPhone and Mac, using the wifi. The printer's on-board LCD screen took me through the whole process step-by-step. The printer has full functionality with just its power cord and a connection to your home's wifi: the printer will give you its IP address during setup, and you can get your computer (or phone) to print to that IP address no problem, whether it's a PC or a Mac. No physical connection is required, and if you want to do a USB connection, you'll have to supply your own USB cord. I didn't have to download or install anything additional, though it comes with a CD and plenty of online support (including an online user's guide). If you register for Epson Connect (through your computer or phone), you'll get an email address for your printer and will be able to print by sending an email (with attachments if you'd like) to that address; you can restrict printing to only approved sending addresses. The overlong printing time isn't related to the slowness of the Internet connection, as printing over the Internet works fine.

The Supernatural Enhancements
The Supernatural Enhancements
by Edgar Cantero
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elpenors are early quitters..., June 5, 2014
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The titular “supernatural enhancements” are a reference to a ghost story by Edith Wharton. Thus begins a novel that takes great pleasure in alluding to other works of fiction, pop culture, esoteric pseudo-science, 1990s ephemera, and cryptography. Set in late 1995, Cantero’s creepy pastiche follows two protagonists, A. (a snarky foreigner [Spanish maybe?] whose prose style and brand of humor scream “hipster”) and Niamh (a petite, punk, Irish girl A. calls his protector for reasons hard to immediately discern) as they attempt to unravel the secrets of Axton House, a Virginia mansion recently inherited by A. from a relative he didn’t know he had. A. is an unreliable narrator, and Niamh is mute. Their narratives combine with an assortment of “found footage” of sorts, all of which the reader must try to put together to solve the mystery of the strange cult activity that apparently takes place at the mansion every winter solstice.

The “found footage” angle has been popular in horror films since the Blair Witch Project, and in novels since the painfully post-modern House of Leaves (itself the descendant of complex works-within-works like Nabokov’s Pale Fire). Recent additions to the genre are Pessl’s Night Film and Abrams and Dorst’s S. All of these works employ the narrative conceit of using miscellanea like scripts of film, receipts, book excerpts, newspaper articles, photos, marginalia, and sketches to augment or stand in for prose narrative. While this strategy is gimmicky, it’s a fun gimmick that shares a pedigree with biblio-mysteries, a genre of which I personally never tire. In this case, however, the narrators refer to pictures and polaroids repeatedly, but the photos are not included in the rest of the detritus littering the pages. Why leave these out? I hope the finished product includes them (as I read an advance copy, I cannot speak for the final version).

The characterization in Cantero’s novel is light, as several reviewers have pointed out, but the people are secondary to the mystery, so this flaw might be overlooked, if Cantero himself did not seem so interested in trying to make his reader like them. Despite the quirks he tries so hard to impress upon the reader, A. and Niamh never feel like more than vaguely defined characters. Given the twist at the end, though, perhaps that’s the point. A. has a good sense of the sardonic and sarcastic, and a few of his zingers amused me. Example: A. and Niamh are at the hardware and electronics store, where Niamh wants to buy an audio recorder to try and pick up evidence of their ghost. After learning that it doesn’t use tapes, A. says, “‘Digital.’ Wow. Seems like yesterday we went to see Arrival of a Train and ran out of the theater in a panic.”

But where the quips end, the eccentric prose begins. Cantero litters his verbal landscape with neologisms like “conspiranoia” and purple prose (“Novembral sky,” “our skin cracking like ice under the western wind. The cloudscapes are apocalyptic,” “saltpeter-crying gargoyles,” “I was walking barefoot on muffin snow”). Early on in the novel Cantero pokes fun at his narrator’s style: “I don’t let her read these letters anymore; she keeps laughing at my prose and point out how pompous I sound.” Pompous, Lovecraftian (“eldritch” makes an appearance at one point), and overwrought, but not out of place in Cantero’s creation.

The mystery is doled out in satisfying servings, sizeable and frequent enough to keep the reader engaged, and (after 100 pages) obsessively hooked. Once the novel got going, I finished it all in one sitting. The cryptography step-by-step in the middle of the book was tedious, as other reviewers have pointed out. If you’re interested, read it. If not, skim to the conclusion. The creepy secret society, the macabre dreams, the metaphysics, and archetypes all come together in the end with a satisfying twist.

What I did not enjoy was the dream journal. Here Cantero drifts too far into visceral horror: the eyeball and the pitchfork were too much for me. And the dreams are repeated so frequently in A.’s dream journal that I found myself dreading reading them the same way A. dreaded having them. I skimmed them, to my detriment, as the dreams end up playing an important part in the mystery.

In sum: while The Supernatural Enhancements lacks the depth of its forbearers, it is a well-constructed, spooky, and entertaining example of its genre.

Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Kit
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Kit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eco-friendly mopping, April 16, 2014
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This mop is delightful. I used to scrub the floor with Lysol wipes, but kneeling on a dirty floor is no fun. This mop comes with removable, washable, reusable mopping pads (3) and 2 refillable bottles. Fill a bottle with a cleaning agent and water, then use the spritzer button to wet the floor. The mop pad cleans general floor dirt, but for tougher messes, flip the mop to use the scrubby pad on the front. The reusable pads are good for 2 rooms, says the package, and then they can be washed in the washing machine (but do not dry them with dryer sheets, the packaging warns!).

What I like best about this mop is the ease of use and inexpensiveness. There are no special floor pads to buy, no cleaning fluids that are necessary - just use the components supplied over and over again (with the optional cleaning fluid of your choice). The lack of additional products to purchase puts this mop ahead of competitors like the Swiffer Wet Jet. Highly recommended.

Cruel Beauty
Cruel Beauty
by Rosamund Hodge
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel but Kind, February 21, 2014
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Rosamund Hodge has written an impressive retelling of Beauty and the Beast (or Cupid and Psyche, to be more accurate). While not as complex as Robin McKinley's Beauty or Rose Daughter (both based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale), Hodge engages more with Greco-Roman mythological tradition, which gives her entry into the fairy-tale-retelling arena more authenticity than most.

Other reviewers have amply described the novel's contents, so I will make a few notes on characterization here. One of the strengths of this tale is the limited number of characters. The isolation experienced by 'Beauty' forces the author to pay special attention to characterization and engage with the psychology of the few characters in play. I was most impressed with Hodge's Nyx (Beauty), the girl chosen to be sacrificed to the Gentle Lord (Beast). Her father chose her at a young age to be the sacrifice, and her entire family preached duty and honor to her for her entire life, while guiltily lavishing affection on the sister who would be kept. In most fairy tales (and in most YA novels) the heroine is pure, dutiful, innocent, and thoroughly good. This, we are told, makes her lovable, and therefore worthy of success in the tale. Hodge rejects such characterization and makes her Nyx resentful, angry, and full of hate. She hates her family for giving her up, for not loving her enough, for choosing the 'good' sister instead of her. On some level, Nyx feels that she deserves certain death for having these feelings. Instead, she intrigues the Gentle Lord, who keeps her alive. Why? Because darkness, complexity of character, and flaws make a person human and INTERESTING. I strongly approved of Hodge's message that perfection, innate goodness, and blind innocence are not the prerequisites for romantic relationships.

I was worried with the introduction of Shade that we were in for the standard YA love triangle, but Hodge twists that around too, defying expectation (*sigh of relief*). The steampunk aspect with the Hermetic Arts was an interesting addition, but it occasionally jarred with all of the Germanic fairytale/Greco-Roman mythology - the novel seemed stylistically busy at times.

All things considered (particularly the characterization), Cruel Beauty was a satisfying addition to the fairytale retelling genre.

The Weight of Blood: A Novel
The Weight of Blood: A Novel
by Laura McHugh
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poison at the Heart of a Community, February 5, 2014
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In her impressive first novel, McHugh explores the age-old themes of love, desire, jealousy, and revenge, played out in rural Missouri. Seventeen year old Lucy Dane has just started her summer of work at her uncle's store, Dane's (an eatery and bait shop) on the river before her senior year of high school in small-town Henbane. Lucy is looking forward to a summer working with her crush Daniel, so that she might forget for awhile the mysterious disappearance of her mother sixteen years ago and the recent murder of her childhood friend Cheri. Cheri, a developmentally challenged young woman, was brutally murdered, butchered, and left in the hollow tree outside her uncle's store last year. Lucy is horrified and intrigued when she finds Cheri's necklace in her uncle's old trailer when he sends her out there to clean it up for resale. Could Uncle Crete have something to do with the murder? Lucy's investigation into Cheri's disappearance and murder dredges up older, darker secrets, and Lucy begins to revisit her mother Lila's disappearance as well. But in the superstitious `hollers' of the backwoods Ozarks, when you turn over a rock, dark things slither out.

The southern gothic tone contributes to the atmosphere of decay, darkness, and secrets running through the novel. McHugh adds suspense by doling out her mystery in split narratives. The first part of the book shifts back and forth from Lucy to her mother Lila, a hauntingly beautiful woman both loved and feared by the townspeople before her disappearance 16 years earlier. Lucy has inherited her mother's unearthly beauty, and its consequences. The townspeople accept her as one of their own, but they haven't forgotten her half-Other heritage. Folks whispered that her mother was a witch, and they are leery of Lucy as well. In part two, a number of other narrators appear, enriching the mystery and adding perspective. In part three, Lila's narrative voice has disappeared along with her character, and we reach a resolution through Lucy, neighbor Birdie, and others. By giving a number of her characters a chance to speak, McHugh allows internal monologues to be revealed, offering more nuances to her plot than first person Lucy alone could have provided. This strategy challenges our sympathies, and reminds us that there are no easy villains and heroes in real life.

Though this book is marketed as a mystery-thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, the comparison is somewhat misleading. This is a mystery, but it is also a rumination on women and their (often painful) experiences. The rural Missouri setting allows McHugh to explore sexism and misogyny in an isolated environment, highlighting just how trapped and option-less some of these women are. There are women forced into prostitution from necessity, while others are trafficked. Poor dead Cheri was mentally ill, living with a negligent parent, and when she disappears, no one can blame her, but no one goes looking for her either. Girls get pregnant in high school and are forced into the same patterns as their parents: dead end job, no chance of a better life. Elderly women are forced to depend on powerful men for continued livelihood. Pretty girls are suspect creatures, their bodies the ground upon which men enact revenge: revenge for spurning men who feel they deserve access to any woman they desire, revenge in homosocial struggles between men for power. There's no escape for these women. The terrible realities these women face are opened up for the reader: drugs are an escape, abortion is not an option, and putting up with horrible men is sometimes the only way to put food on the table. Outsiders (the mentally ill, newcomers to town, the very poor) are even more at risk - they are a vulnerable population that can be abused and `disappeared' with no consequences. A woman cannot turn to the police, because the police are townspeople. A woman cannot turn to other women, because they face consequences for getting involved. Close-knit communities are hotbeds for violence against women and the suppression of it. The name of the town is symbolic, henbane being a deadly poison, and like its name, Henbane conceals danger in its pleasant exterior.

In Lucy, McHugh creates a likeable young woman with ingénue, naïve Nancy Drew appeal. She has curiosity about the world, compassion, and a healthy understanding of the world's dangers as well. She's a clever sleuth. McHugh does make use of some sexist stereotypes in her construction of the relationship between Lucy and her friend Bess: they are the virgin and the whore, respectively. Some of the plot is moved forward because of Bess' sexual predilections, and Lucy is admired for her purity, standing out from the other women in town. Aside from this too-easy stereotyped characterization, Lucy's character is well-drawn. She investigates Cheri's murder without taking very stupid risks (though a few times we may question her judgment). The plot description set by the publishing company suggests that this will be a coming-of-age tale with a large love story component through boyfriend Daniel, but (to my relief) the romance is a negligible aspect of the novel. One criticism I did have was with the characterization of the criminal element. This is the backwoods, the hills. There are human traffickers, drug pushers, meth cookers, and gun-runners, and yet the danger did not feel very real. Also frustrating were the number of times resolution or revelation could have been reached if only the characters were willing to offer their information, or be honest about various events. Tension is created, but occasionally at the expense of verisimilitude.

"The Weight of Blood" is a fast-paced mystery, but also a thought-provoking book. We are asked to question tacit acceptance of violence against women, the problematic nature of close-knit communities, and what makes a family - blood ties, or the family you build and protect? Aside from some stereotypes in characterization, this was a highly enjoyable novel.
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TEMPTATIONS Classic Treats for Cats Feline Favorites 3 Ounces (6-Pouch Variety Pack)
TEMPTATIONS Classic Treats for Cats Feline Favorites 3 Ounces (6-Pouch Variety Pack)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars did someone say TREAT???, December 23, 2013
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Length:: 0:27 Mins

My cats absolutely freak out for these things. They've learned the word 'treat' and even how to spell it (don't mention the T-R-E-A-T-s!!) fooling these Siamese. They go craziest for Whiskas Temptations - all flavors are great, but the seafood flavor really makes them nuts. I thought the catnip flavor was a little weird (it doesn't really seem like it should be food), but they're keen on it.

I should say, my cats are pretty obsessed with food, so your results may vary.

These treats have taurine, so you can use them as a food substitute if you're running low. Quantity doesn't seem to phase the cats - if they end up stealing the bag and eating ALL the treats at once (this happened), it won't hurt them. Mine didn't even bring up the excess, so regurgitation is not a problem with these treats. They're also hard, so you won't mess the floor when dropping treats (wet treats are gross!). Individual treats are about the size of a dime, and even if you hand them out liberally, a bag will last a week.

Let Toi and Gar show you how they like their treats!

Jabra Sport Plus Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, Retail Packaging, Black/Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Jabra Sport Plus Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, Retail Packaging, Black/Yellow (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid sport headphones, October 24, 2013
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The Jabra SPORT headphones allow you to pair your earpieces with any Bluetooth device in the vicinity. I tested the headphones with an iPhone 4 and a Kindle Fire HD. The results are as follows:

Comfort: on a scale of 1-10, 10 being very comfortable, 1 being very uncomfortable, these headphones are a 4 or a 5. I tried many different rubber earpieces included, and on any setting they just aren't that comfy. I've had this problem with other earpieces in the past, so it may just be me. The shaped piece that fits over the ear also pushes the ear out from the head, and after time the ear becomes sore.

Sound: Again, maybe a 4 out of 10. Sound is tinny and muffled, and very quiet - the earphones must be turned up very loud to drown out noise. With TV shows this isn't much of a problem, but with music the sound quality is quite noticeable.

Ease of Pairing: Initial pairing is quite simple, but if you plan to switch between devices, the errors are annoying. You must shut off the headphones, turn off the bluetooth device, and then turn the headphones back on and off several times to pair them with a different device. Also, when you switch quickly between devices, the Jabra headphones will pair, then unpair, then pair again and again and again. You must turn them off yet again, then turn them on. Finally they will pair with a new device. It's also very hard to find the bluetooth option on a kindle. Not Jabra's fault, just fyi.

Convenience: 10 out of 10. This is where the headphones really impress. Everyone has had the problem at the gym of headphone cords tangling with equipment, and their device flying off the machine to hit the floor. Being tethered to a kindle or an mp3 player can result in damaged devices (or mild strangulation if you're as uncoordinated as I am). The Jabra SPORT Wireless Bluetooth headphones give you complete freedom of movement. You can pair with your Kindle to watch TV comfortably at the gym, or pair with your phone/mp3 player to listen to music without carrying around the device. I use these headphones while I clean my apartment. My phone can stay in the charger, and I can run all over the house without losing the signal or getting tangled up in my vacuum. That goes for the gym as well. The only cord is between the two earpieces, and it fits close to the head - you're not going to get tangled up in anything.

In short, if you're only wearing them for an hour or so, the discomfort is trumped by the convenience. I love these for the gym, housecleaning, running. The sound quality isn't great, but the lack of cord makes up for the poor sound.

(These also apparently get FM radio, but I've never tried.)

Help for the Haunted: A Novel
Help for the Haunted: A Novel
by John Searles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, Touching, Transporting, September 17, 2013
John Searles' new novel is one of those rare books that envelops, absorbs, and encompasses you completely. From the very first chapter I was completely drawn into the world Searles created: it's 1989, and Sylvie and Rose Mason are the daughters of religious ghost hunters. Very late one winter's night the Masons are called to the town church to meet Rose, who has run off again. Sylvie waits in the car, until a terrible noise urges her inside. Rose isn't there, but a murdered is. Another shot rings out, and Sylvie awakens at the hospital with tinnitus, an orphan. Released into the care of her angry, wild older sister (who has finally turned up), Sylvie must try to come to terms with her new life, her estranged relationship with Rose, the mockery of the town for her parents' questionable livelihood, and all that she never really knew about her parents.

The synopsis and blurbs from other authors suggest that this will be a scary haunted house tale or riveting thriller. These statements are somewhat misleading. There is certainly an undercurrent of menace running through the novel. The Masons are involved in very mysterious activities, giving lectures on spirit activity and meeting with supposedly haunted people. They're loosely based on Ed and Lorraine Warren, ghost hunters involved in many supernatural investigations throughout the 70s and 80s. The occult museum in the basement and haunted doll locked in a case are borrowed from the Warrens. The gothic elements of the story add a spooky tone throughout, but this is where the `ghost story' plotline ends. The real plot is Sylvie's journey: her sister has little to do with her, the police are pressuring her to swear under oath about who she saw in the church that night, she's mocked by the town kids because her parents `were weird', her only other living relative is AWOL, and she has several strange encounters that make her question her parents, their work, and the family relationship she thought they had. A brilliant overachiever, the good daughter, the responsible kid, Sylvie embarks on a journey to learn the truth about her parents' career and their death.

Suspense is created by the complex construction of Searles' narrative. Sylvie's memories are interspersed with present day happenings, but Sylvie's memories are not chronological and are often muddled. The reader is encouraged to try to piece together the narrative timeline and work out seemingly unconnected occurrences. Sylvie, as much as she wants to better understand her parents and the events leading up to their death, is also afraid to learn the truth and shatter her illusions about her family. She will start and then stop parts of her investigation, leaving the reader wanting more information or clarification.

We feel very tenderly for Sylvie--her childhood was tough, she was under a lot of pressure to be the opposite of her sister, her mother's time and effort were often taken away from her by all of the people in the Masons' lives coming for help. Sylvie had to be selfless. She had to be good. She was taught to respect her parents and not ask questions. Her very investigation seems to Sylvie like a betrayal of her parents, even if it's in pursuit of their murderer. Though sometimes unrealistically precocious, Sylvie is likeable, vulnerable, and wise beyond her years.

A word on Searles' prose style. As I said above, I was completely lost in this book. Searles has the rare gift of utterly disappearing from his text, and this is a wonderful thing. Some authors are intrusive: they insert themselves into the text, make asides, make their politics known, etc. Searles deftly constructs a narrative that unfolds seemingly by itself, without authorial guidance. Instead of employing hackneyed metaphors and similes, Searles uses such moments to insert anecdotes about Sylvie's life. Rather than saying, "Sylvie's heart beat quickly" he tells the story of Knothead, the bunny Sylvie's sister Rose had as child, fed carrots and living out in the backyard, wanted by Rose and then forgotten. It had a tiny, frenzied heart that went tic-tic-tic. Sylvie's heart beat like that. In this way Searles beautifully and unobtrusively builds up the characterization of his players and provides their backgrounds. I felt like I knew these people, I had become so wrapped up in their lives. The ending was so poignant that I wept.

At the heart of fantastical (the murders, the hauntings) is a troubled family, which can sometimes be the most frightening thing of all. How well do we know our mothers, fathers, sisters? Would we still love them if we truly knew them? These are the questions Searles poses with subtlety. Help For the Haunted is a beautiful , transporting novel, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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The Small Hand and Dolly
The Small Hand and Dolly
by Susan Hill
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old-Fashioned Gothic, September 6, 2013
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Susan Hill has a flair for capturing the atmosphere and ambiance of Victorian gothics. Her Woman in Black was a remarkable, terrifying work, one that haunted the reader long after s/he had finished the work. The Man in the Picture was weaker, but still reminiscent largely of French gothics like those of Maupassant, Gautier, and Merimee. These two new novellas are in the same vein.

The Small Hand is the weaker of the two stories. In it a man visits an old house with an overgrown garden and is afterwards haunted by the feeling of a small child clutching his hand. The horror is slowly doled out, as are details of the house's history. As with most Victorian gothics, very little is told about the man being haunted. We know only the barest details about his life or profession, only what is necessary to move the story forward. Unfortunately the tale meanders, the horror is too subtle to be frightening, and the ending does not haunt you after you put the book down.

Dolly is stronger: creepy old house in the fens, two children and a caretaker, a garden, isolation, a creepy doll. Very Turn-of-the-Screw. But the tale is segmented into 4 parts, one about the childhood of the two children thrown together (one a polite young boy, the other a hellion girl) and the girl's temper tantrums that result in the destruction of a doll she received for her birthday. The rest of the parts follow the boy in his adult life, as he suffers the consequences of the girls' tempers. Much more could have been made of the creepy gothic setting of the children's childhood before cruising forward into the less distinguished tale of the present. The ending is perturbing. Who is responsible for the malice and revenge worked upon the two orphans? The doll? Their caretaker? And why, really? And why in the way chosen? Gothics rarely need to make sense, but this ending does not even fit the genre.

Three stars for the solid attempt at old-school gothic ambiance, but the result is tepid.

Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist, Air Effects, Quiet Jasmine, 9.7 Ounce (Pack of 9)
Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist, Air Effects, Quiet Jasmine, 9.7 Ounce (Pack of 9)

3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, but Uninspired, August 28, 2013
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I'm a big fan of Febreeze carpet and upholstery sprays with their strong scents and odor-stopping powers. Their air fresheners are scent power-houses and will choke a room if sprayed too liberally. The Sleep Serenity line is more conservative than the rest of Febreeze's air fresheners: the scent is light and subtle, and it dissipates quickly. While it made my bedroom smell pleasant, this is not a spray you would use elsewhere in the house, as it is too light to deal with pet or kitchen odors. Did it help me sleep any better or worse? Who knows? I fell asleep immediately and had bizarre dreams. Was it the spray? I doubt it. Lavender is probably a better choice than Jasmine for sleep-inducement.

In short: if you want air freshener, get the stronger variety. If you want a cure for insomnia, get a prescription for Ambien. If you want to make a small room smell fresh without overpowering it, get this.

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