Lyric Green

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Inuyasha Ani-manga 23
Inuyasha Ani-manga 23
What can I say, It's Inuyasha. I've collected all so far. I really like the color versions better, but it follows the anime so it won't have an ending either.
Commercial Chef CHQP12R 12-Inch Pizza Maker, Red
Commercial Chef CHQP12R 12-Inch Pizza Maker, Red
I bought this for my office staff, I thought it would be great to have a pizza maker available for everyone. The first day I brought we opened it and plugged it in and it started to smell and sizzle pop. Being that we were in an office we chose to turn it off and I took it home to try it In a little less risky environment. Well, we tried it popped and smoked and then did nothing. And after unplugging it and then plugging it in again it will get warm to the touch. And as luck would have it it took me until February to actually try it out at home. And guess what. No returns after January 31 — what a piece of CRAP! Very disappointed !
Give Me a K-I-L-L: A Fear Street Novel
Give Me a K-I-L-L: A Fear Street Novel
Just got done reading this book and could not put it done. Absolutely loved the plot and the plot twist and loved how R.L. Stine brought back the Dalby family still as rich and bitchy as ever. When Gretchen moves to Shadyside after her parents divorce onto Fear Street. Being a cheerleader at her other school decides to go out for a spot on the squad. But she has to up against Devra Dalby for the final spot. But mysterious things start to happen that leaves several students "accidents". Who is behind the accidents and why? What I loved about this novel was that it was a different cheerleader book. Definitely one of the better newer books in the series. Can't wait for what lies ahead.
The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross Book 9)
The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross Book 9)
I swear, what happened to James Patterson?! He just took a beloved series and turned it into something else. He was nearly on the right course of the "Four Blind Mice" putting it back on track. But this one just throws right back off.

Okay, positives. I do like that Alex is a FBI agent now. It opens the door for new challenges and new tougher villains for him to take on. But sadly, it doesn't happen (which we will get to later on in the negatives). I really love that we get more of Kayla Coles from the previous novel. I'm just loving that character. And I will admit, the Mastermind cameos are pretty memorable.

But the negatives are just way to high for me to like this novel. The villain is no good and the fact that Alex is taking on criminal organizations that the CIA or even James Bond would handle just doesn't fit the universe of the series. We could have seen Alex face off against new kinds of criminals that are worse and see him go through some life changing decisions. Christine Johnson returns in this novel and how she returns just freaking ticks me off. This is not the Christine I remember from the past novels before "Roses Are Red". In fact, I'm starting to hate her character now. I still can't get into Alex and Jamilla's romance. Even the ending when they say "I love you" to each other, I don't believe it for one second. I still like Jamilla as a character, but I seriously don't like the romance.

This has got to be the dark ages for Alex Cross. I mean it! "Cat & Mouse" was the early stages of it. "Roses Are Red" and "Violets Are Blue" officially made it happen. And now we have "The Big Bad Wolf" keeping it that way.
The Road to Middle-earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien created a new mythology (How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology)
The Road to Middle-earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien created a new mythology (How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology)
Of the several literary criticisms of Tolkien's work I've read, Shippey's is far and away the most enjoyable; balanced, deeply-researched, rich in detail; also, fun to read, if one likes reading solid literary criticism. The author has a way with words, and with facts, even minutiae, that does open up an understanding of the wherewithal of Tolkien's fiction and non-fiction in interesting and worthwhile ways.

That said, Shippey, (like Patrick Curry, and so many other academics & "Tolkien scholars,") while discussing Tolkien's philological roots and branches, and interrogating concepts like "glamour" and "enchantment," casts a spell of his own, one that can create quite drab, two-dimensional "texts" out of what are, already and with no help necessary from literary critics, wonderfully evocative, and moving tales. That so many readers, (i.e. millions of people, literally,) appreciate & resonate with Tolkien's writings and the understanding of life that his works embody can be accepted at face value. Even high caliber criticism like Shippey's in the Road to Middle Earth, isn't really "called for," much less essential to an "understanding" of Tolkien's writing. And, for all the wealth of detail in Shippey's critique, his analysis can, and for me did somewhat deflect the real lived experience of reading Tolkien.

As antidote, I went back to the source, and in re-browsing The Lord of the Rings, (for the dwarf-teenth time,) I was once again struck by the beauty of Tolkien's prose and his power to evoke senses and feelings, very good ones, that don't require, for me at least, any analysis at all.

It's enough to sit for a moment with Bilbo & Frodo again, "looking through the window at the bright stars above the steep-climbing woods, and talking softly.They spoke no more of the small news of the Shire far away, nor of the dark shadows and perils that encompassed them, but of the fair things they had seen in the world together, of the Elves, of the stars, of trees, and the gentle fall of the bright year in the woods."
Tareq Taylor's Nordic Cookery
Tareq Taylor's Nordic Cookery
I normally don't watch cook shows but I love this show! I was hooked from the first episode and proceeded to binge watch all four seasons. This show really did an excellent job show casing the Nordic way of life!! Great writings and gorgeous cinematography. Tareq is very charismatic and natural in front of the camera. Every episode is an escape to a slice of nordic paradise. I picked up some good cooking techniques and also it makes me be conscious about clean healthy eating. Definitely want to save up and travel to Scandinavia.
Cowboy Resurrected
Cowboy Resurrected
Cowboy Resurrected
Elle James
Harlequin Intrigue, Sep 17 2013, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373697182

"Cowboy Resurrected." Pregnant Sophia Carranza flees her Mexican home to escape from her ex-fiancé ruthless Antonio Martinez and his cartel. Still grieving the deaths of his family, former Wild Oak Canyon Sheriff Thorn Drennon, now works undercover for Hank Derringer's Covert Cowboys, Inc. He captures the illegal crosser who he knows needs to be left with the authorities. Instead Thorn follows his instincts and vows to keep her safe even if it jeopardizes his mission and job. He soon realizes he underestimated the cost as the monster and his horde pursue her; placing his life and eventually his heart at risk.

"Killer Body." In Webb County, former Special Ops soldier Dawson Gray still feels remorse and guilt for not being there when his wife and baby died. He loathes his Lone Star assignment to protect amnesiac Savvy Jones, a murder suspect as he does not want the responsibility. However, as hit men target Savvy while she tries to remember killing the son of a drug cartel kingpin and shooting herself in the head, Dawson risks his life to keep her safe.

Though the males' second chance theme is identical, the getting there differs even as both entries are exciting romantic suspense. Cowboy Resurrected is the fourth CCI thriller (see Bodyguard Under Fire, Taking Aim and Triggered) while Killer Body is a reprint of a Lone Star Agency tale.

Harriet Klausner
Michener Miscellany: 1950-70
Michener Miscellany: 1950-70
This is the 32nd Michener book I've read. It's a collection of essays Michener wrote in the 1950's-1960's dealing with diverse topics; art, human nature, cultures. Additionally, there are excerpts from several of his books (The Floating World, Bridge at Andau). Although several of the essays are dated due to the global political changes over the last 60 years, A Michener Miscellany was an enjoyable and educational read.
The Noble Collection Harry Potter Wand with Ollivanders Wand Box
The Noble Collection Harry Potter Wand with Ollivanders Wand Box
I bought this for my 6-year-old son who requested I get him the wand of Harry Potter when I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter one weekend. I bought him the wand he requested at the park and after returning home, I found out the wand didn't make it home with me. I rushed to Amazon to locate the wand and made this purchase and hoped it would be the same as the one I had bought at the theme park.

I received this wand within the 2-day Amazon Prime shipping time which was wonderful! When I opened the shipping box and saw the wand box, I was a little nervous. The wand box is different from the wand boxes at the theme park. It is a bit fatter, and, the wizard’s name that the wand belongs to isn't displayed on the outside of the box. I opened the wand box and as with the outside, noticed the inside of the box was different from the theme park wand box.
 
Just like the movie, once the box is opened; there are 2 flaps of shimmering fabric to “open” before you get to the wand. The wand lies in its spot surrounded by a soft “bed” covered with a soft red fabric. This difference from the theme park bought wand is actually quite nice, because the wand’s bought at the theme park are held in place by a hard plastic holding case inside the wand box. The wand itself was the same wand I purchased at the theme park (I know this because I compared this wand to a friend’s son who has the theme park bought Harry Potter wand).
 
The only issue I have with this purchase is that there is nothing on the box or the wand itself to identify as the wand of Harry Potter vs. a different character of the story. Besides that one issue, I am very happy with my purchase. It came in the time promised, it comes with a wand box, the inside of the box is very nice compared to the theme park box, and the wand itself is the same as the wand I purchased (and lost) at the theme park.
 
All in all, I would definitely purchase another wand from here again, so long as I was able to verify from the picture on the shopping page that the wand I was buying is for the character I wanted, as once the wand comes there is nothing to state which character it belongs to.

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