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3 unabridged stories by E. Nesbit
3 unabridged stories by E. Nesbit
Author: E. Nesbit
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 11/10/2011


If you saw the movie Five Children and It, disregard it - it has nothing to do with the book except for there being five children and, well, It. The book is much more funny and adorable. It grants wishes, but whatever the children wish for has a way of not coming out exactly as intended. The sequel, The Phoenix and the Carpet, has basically the same premise; the children have a carpet that grants them wishes, and will carry them anywhere they want to go. As in the first book, things almost never go as planned. I thought book two was not nearly as funny as book one, although I did get one good, two-chapter-long chuckle over the entire scene with the cats. The third book, The Story of the Amulet, changes premise a bit. Instead of wishes, the children are able to travel to any place in any time in history as they search for the missing half of an amulet. Low on humor, this book is more of an adventure romp that reminded me of a cross between the Narnia books and the Series of Unfortunate Events, minus any real bad guys. Book three is full of ancient religions, invoking the names of gods, etc. It also, for the first time, involves grown-ups, although none who actually give the children any supervision. The children are fairly well-behaved, have a code of honor, will not steal even when they find piles of gold coins because they must belong to someone, do their best not to tell lies, and, on occasion, use their wishes and the amulet to find ways to help others all without coming across as stuffy or boring. While the material is suitable for younger readers, keep a dictionary on hand there are a lot of big words, especially in the third book.


Adele: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
Adele: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
Author: Emma Tennant
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/23/2011
Helpful Score: 1


I could not get into this book, and after struggling through a couple chapters, I gave up. The writing style was just too abstract for me. Things went on for paragraphs and I wouldn't know what was happening, only to realize NOTHING was happening. A lot of words around very little plot. Here's a sample of a single sentence:

I was spoiled, I knew it - but her lovers knew they must please me if they were to win the love of my mother - and what I knew and they knew made for a kind of laughing friendshp between us with the young men (they were invariably younger than Maman, though I didn't konw it then) vying with one another to buy me ice cream made from pistachio nuts, or lollipops with the face of Pierrot painted on, or whatever novelty I craved.


Adele : Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
Adele : Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
Author: Emma Tennant
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 1/23/2011
Helpful Score: 1


I could not get into this book, and after struggling through a couple chapters, I gave up. The writing style was just too abstract for me. Things went on for paragraphs and I wouldn't know what was happening, only to realize NOTHING was happening. A lot of words around very little plot. Here's a sample of a single sentence:

I was spoiled, I knew it - but her lovers knew they must please me if they were to win the love of my mother - and what I knew and they knew made for a kind of laughing friendshp between us with the young men (they were invariably younger than Maman, though I didn't konw it then) vying with one another to buy me ice cream made from pistachio nuts, or lollipops with the face of Pierrot painted on, or whatever novelty I craved.


Adele : Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
Adele : Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
Author: Emma Tennant
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.2/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 1/23/2011
Helpful Score: 2


I could not get into this book, and after struggling through a couple chapters, I gave up. The writing style was just too abstract for me. Things went on for paragraphs and I wouldn't know what was happening, only to realize NOTHING was happening. A lot of words around very little plot. Here's a sample of a single sentence:

I was spoiled, I knew it - but her lovers knew they must please me if they were to win the love of my mother - and what I knew and they knew made for a kind of laughing friendshp between us with the young men (they were invariably younger than Maman, though I didn't konw it then) vying with one another to buy me ice cream made from pistachio nuts, or lollipops with the face of Pierrot painted on, or whatever novelty I craved.


Adele: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story (Large Print)
Adele: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story (Large Print)
Author: Emma Tennant
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/23/2011


I could not get into this book, and after struggling through a couple chapters, I gave up. The writing style was just too abstract for me. Things went on for paragraphs and I wouldn't know what was happening, only to realize NOTHING was happening. A lot of words around very little plot. Here's a sample of a single sentence:

I was spoiled, I knew it - but her lovers knew they must please me if they were to win the love of my mother - and what I knew and they knew made for a kind of laughing friendshp between us with the young men (they were invariably younger than Maman, though I didn't konw it then) vying with one another to buy me ice cream made from pistachio nuts, or lollipops with the face of Pierrot painted on, or whatever novelty I craved.


Adore Him: A Christmas Worship Experience
Adore Him: A Christmas Worship Experience
Author: Stan Endicott, Chris Barron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 12/9/2008
Helpful Score: 1


SATB with piano accompanyment and some simple narration for a worship leader. From the inside cover, "An eclectic collection for worship-leading choirs, Adore Him spans a wide range of styles, from guitar rock versions of Handel's 'For unto Us' and Michael W. Smith's 'Emmanuel' to the swing grooves of Billy Batstone's 'What I Want for Christmas.' You'll have to listen to it to believe it.

"You can perform it in its entirety during a Christmas service or use the 13 songs and narrations individually throughout Advent. We suggest that you use it during your contemporary worship service for those in your church who enjoy non-traditional Christmas music.

"contemporary, edgy sounds with vocals that are fun to sing. Aggressive rhythm tracks that bands in churches will love to play."

Songs include For unto us a child is born; Awake your hearts; Miracle; He took the form of man; Heaven came down; What child is this? with How he humbly enters the world and O come, all ye faithful; Adore Him; O come, O come, Emmanuel with Silent night; Emmanuel; What I want for Christmas with Go, tell it on the mountain.


Advanced French for Exceptional Cats
Advanced French for Exceptional Cats
Author: Henry Beard
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/15/2008
Helpful Score: 4


A cute book, complete with pictures, teaching one how to decline the French verb 'to meow', and such useful phrases as, "I have the honor to present you with this mostly dead chipmunk." J'ai l'honneur de vous offrir ce suisse presque completement mort.


Always
Always
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 6/28/2011


This is probably book 2 or 3 of a 3 or 4 book series. I read it without having read the others, and while I knew I was missing a lot of backstory, the action within the book is self-contained enough I didn't mind all that much.

I like the writing style, but there were several points along the way I did not like where the story went. I did not care enough to search out the other books.


Always (Forever, Bk 3)
Always (Forever, Bk 3)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Library Binding
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/28/2011


This is probably book 2 or 3 of a 3 or 4 book series. I read it without having read the others, and while I knew I was missing a lot of backstory, the action within the book is self-contained enough I didn't mind all that much.

I like the writing style, but there were several points along the way I did not like where the story went. I did not care enough to search out the other books.


Always (Forever Trilogy, Book 3)
Always (Forever Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/28/2011
Helpful Score: 1


This is probably book 2 or 3 of a 3 or 4 book series. I read it without having read the others, and while I knew I was missing a lot of backstory, the action within the book is self-contained enough I didn't mind all that much.

I like the writing style, but there were several points along the way I did not like where the story went. I did not care enough to search out the other books.


Always (Large Print )
Always (Large Print )
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 6/28/2011


This is probably book 2 or 3 of a 3 or 4 book series. I read it without having read the others, and while I knew I was missing a lot of backstory, the action within the book is self-contained enough I didn't mind all that much.

I like the writing style, but there were several points along the way I did not like where the story went. I did not care enough to search out the other books.


Amazing Grace-My Chains are Gone: An Easter Celebration o Worship for Congregation and Choir
Review Date: 12/8/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Songs are divided with narration/dialogue. In SATB with piano accompanyment. How can I keep from singing? with I will sing the wondrous story & I could sing of your love forever; You chose the cross (Lost in wonder); Who is there like You?; Nothing but the blood; Amazing Grace with Amazing Grace - my chains are gone & Grace flows down; Amazing grace - my chains are gone (reprise 1); The power of the cross; Communion with Jesus paid it all; See what a morning (Resurrection Hymn); My heart is filled; grace - my chains are gone (reprise 2).


The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy
The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy
Author: Bill Hayes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/18/2011


This book tells three stories: that of Henry Gray, who wrote Grays Anatomy, Henry Carter, who illustrated it, and the author as he researches the two Henrys and takes anatomy classes at a local university. Henry Gray had no surviving diary or letters, but Henry Carter had plenty of both. We see Gray mainly through Carters eyes, and Carter through the eyes of our author. The book is well-written and informing, but I do not recommend it to the squeamish, as there is a LOT of discussion of cadavers, blood, and the inner workings of the body.


The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy
The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy
Author: Bill Hayes
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/18/2011


This book tells three stories: that of Henry Gray, who wrote Grays Anatomy, Henry Carter, who illustrated it, and the author as he researches the two Henrys and takes anatomy classes at a local university. Henry Gray had no surviving diary or letters, but Henry Carter had plenty of both. We see Gray mainly through Carters eyes, and Carter through the eyes of our author. The book is well-written and informing, but I do not recommend it to the squeamish, as there is a LOT of discussion of cadavers, blood, and the inner workings of the body.


Are You Somebody?
Are You Somebody?
Author: Nuala O'Faolain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/13/2011


This could have been called Sex and the Irish Girl. It starts with her hormones in the teenaged years and ends plaintively wishing she was not too old to attract men any more. The rest covers the despressing effects of being raised by an absentee father and alcoholic mother. The author does a LOT of name-dropping, but since I didn't know any of the names, some of the paragrahs simply read as lists of people. Uninteresting and uninspiring.


Are You Somebody
Are You Somebody
Author: Nuala o' Faolain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/13/2011
Helpful Score: 1


This could have been called Sex and the Irish Girl. It starts with her hormones in the teenaged years and ends plaintively wishing she was not too old to attract men any more. The rest covers the despressing effects of being raised by an absentee father and alcoholic mother. The author does a LOT of name-dropping, but since I didn't know any of the names, some of the paragrahs simply read as lists of people. Uninteresting and uninspiring.


Are You Somebody
Are You Somebody
Author: Nuala Ofaolain
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/13/2011


This could have been called Sex and the Irish Girl. It starts with her hormones in the teenaged years and ends plaintively wishing she was not too old to attract men any more. The rest covers the despressing effects of being raised by an absentee father and alcoholic mother. The author does a LOT of name-dropping, but since I didn't know any of the names, some of the paragrahs simply read as lists of people. Uninteresting and uninspiring.


Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Author: Nuala O'Faolain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 9/13/2011


This could have been called Sex and the Irish Girl. It starts with her hormones in the teenaged years and ends plaintively wishing she was not too old to attract men any more. The rest covers the despressing effects of being raised by an absentee father and alcoholic mother. The author does a LOT of name-dropping, but since I didn't know any of the names, some of the paragrahs simply read as lists of people. Uninteresting and uninspiring.


Are You Somebody? : The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Are You Somebody? : The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Author: Nuala O'Faolain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 81
Review Date: 9/13/2011
Helpful Score: 1


This could have been called Sex and the Irish Girl. It starts with her hormones in the teenaged years and ends plaintively wishing she was not too old to attract men any more. The rest covers the despressing effects of being raised by an absentee father and alcoholic mother. The author does a LOT of name-dropping, but since I didn't know any of the names, some of the paragrahs simply read as lists of people. Uninteresting and uninspiring.


Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Author: Nuala O'Faolain
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 9/13/2011
Helpful Score: 1


This could have been called Sex and the Irish Girl. It starts with her hormones in the teenaged years and ends plaintively wishing she was not too old to attract men any more. The rest covers the despressing effects of being raised by an absentee father and alcoholic mother. The author does a LOT of name-dropping, but since I didn't know any of the names, some of the paragrahs simply read as lists of people. Uninteresting and uninspiring.


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