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Fri Nov 05 00:00:00 MDT 2010nkapit Rating:5.0
Lessons from Stanley the Cat is a good argument for the superiority of the feline race. It contains words of wisdom inspired by author Jennifer Freed's late cat, Stanley. Much of Stanley's advice may seem obvious, but if you really ask yourself if you follow those words, you'll probably find that you don't. In a world of constant motion and conflict, a cat's calm, centered perspective is invaluable. This book expresses that perspective in an extremely entertaining fashion. Anyone who has ever been around a cat will immediately recognize these behaviors; for example, " Nuzzle someone's head when it is overactive ", " Make pleasant sounds when you are being touched ", or " Do not get too attached to any one place in your house. " These are all patterns that cats follow in numbers that are virtually universal, and the text helps translate their value for an unenlightened human audience. Cartoon illustrations by Tone Gellerstedt help make these points come to life, with simple lines creating adorable animations of Stanley practicing his " preaching ". A copy of Lessons from Stanley the Cat is strongly recommended to help keep perspective amidst the regular trials and tribulations of modern life. And if you have a cat of your own, you will memorize these lessons even faster.
Mon Jun 18 00:00:00 MDT 2007kfrancine Rating:5.0
I bought this book as a gift after having received it as a gift myself, and what a gift it is. It is a beautiful change of perspective in the way one interacts with and considers one's relationship with God. In a world that often paints God as judgmental and religion as black and white, the poetry in this book portrays one's relationship with God and the world as deeply intimate and caring. Featuring thoughts from great spiritual thinkers from around the world representing several different religious traditions, this makes a great gift for anyone.
Mon Oct 22 00:00:00 MDT 2012writingrightnow Rating:5.0
In 2005 Katrina became the most destructive Atlantic hurricane and the worlds costliest natural disaster. Storm of Hate by Jeff Todd provides a startling insight into its human cost based on witness accounts and paints a graphic picture of the aftermath of Katrina through the eyes of rich, poor and emergency services. Over 1,836 people died during the hurricane and the author captures the anguish of losing your home, the strength of spirit required to overcome bereavement and the endurance needed to survive within the New Orleans Superdome - which became an incarnation of hell on earth. Todd weaves Storm of Hate around the lives of three groups. Janna and Nate a couple so distracted by their own personal dramas that they fail to recognise the incoming danger. However, as New Orleans becomes flooded and the dark waters close in around them, they begin a desperate struggle to reach the roof of their home. Only one will prevail, but perhaps its the survivor who is unlucky as they begin a journey across the New Orleans wasteland with its landscape of looting, violence, murder and rape in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Darren (SWAT officer) struggles to hang on to his sanity as he tries to maintain order within the Superdome. As hours turn into days the food runs out and the crowds anger focuses on the police within an increasingly menacing, claustrophobic and overcrowded environment that has long since passed its capacity to cope. The final part of this trilogy involves Ronald, a greedy businessman fixated with money and status, who aims to cash-in on the multi billion-dollar repair plan for Louisiana and Mississippi - profiting from the misery of others. Due to death toll and destruction along the Gulf Coast the name Katrina was retired - never again to be used for another hurricane. However, it wont alleviate the grief of the families of those 135 people who still remain categorized as missing in Louisiana following the Storm of Hate.
Mon Apr 16 00:00:00 MDT 2007antiedj Rating:4.0
This is a cute book with adorable pictures. It's rated for ages 8-12, but as an adult, I enjoyed reading about the dolls coming to life when the humans were either sleeping or out of the house. It's very entertaining to imagine what these dolls are thinking and doing when we aren't around. The illustrations capture the dolls and their surroundings perfectly. There is a follow-on book, "The Meanest Doll in the World" which continues the story of the doll people introduced in this book, and is well worth investing in as well. A must read for any little or big girl who loves her dolls!
Sun Oct 25 00:00:00 MDT 2009nautiousmaximus Rating:5.0
With the HP Series at an end, there was very little hope in finding something fresh and entertaining to read. Never fear!! Stephanie Meyer is here and guess what? She is a freak'n american. I love apple pie,Ya! Though the subject of the Vampires and Werewolfs is now becoming a bit cliche, the protagonist of this series is absolutely desirable. Can you believe that? In a world of monsters the most interesting person is the weak and vulnerable human named Bella. Do not buy this book without purchasing the rest of the Twilight Saga!!! Buy these Books!!! Give them as gifts!!! The Holidays are around the corner and what better way to sink your teeth into the spirit of the season then to share this saga. Thank you Overstock.com for the great consumer experience and for me to find the best price for these novels.
Wed Oct 21 00:00:00 MDT 2015Karina Rating:5.0
YA dystopian novel with teenage protagonist...sounds very familiar and beat-up, doesn't it? But this book gives the genre a whole new life. Everyone knows classic Nightmare on Elm Street. Now take that world, give it more definition, more rules, some color and an actual purpose other than merciless pointless murder. You get wonderful Dream World - shared consciousness of sleeping humans - where a lot of action in this book takes place. It's a complex world but well-defined rules and diverse characters, each having their own purpose, make that world easily understandable and captivating. As “magical” as The Dream World sounds it does have it’s flaws. You have to have an antagonist and this is where the evil force appears - Night Terrors. They are controlled by monstrous creature REM and haunt all troubled and helpless. And that’s one of the things I loved the most about the story - horror is not fictional, it’s not an improbable zombie apocalypses or some boring vampire attack. Nightmares are very well-known to everyone. How often do you get to experience the antagonist? But what if there was someone to protect you from that? To guide you through your nightmare? Story gives you exactly that. Dream Walkers. Soldiers who guard the Dream World and help those in need. Book redefines classic motives of good vs evil. Authors bring that simple idea to an easily understandable plane - dreams. They give a very unique perspective on something we don’t really think about much even though we spend an immense amount of time on it - sleeping. And there are some truthful parts to the story - it revolves around the phenomenon of lucid dreaming. It’s a rare talent - small percentage of people can recognise that they are in a dream, even smaller number gets to control and manipulate parts of it. In the book we follow the life of the main character - young lucid dreamer Jonas Anderson. Story presents a beautiful character development through grief and excruciating pain of loss; vulnerability and loneliness and their destructive powers; wishing to escape and seeking salvation in companionship. His character is very relatable and you grow and learn with him. Story makes you impatient to know what will happen next but it will also make you want to slow down time to savour every moment of it. Another thing that is worth noticing - supplemental content. Story has an original soundtrack by Angels & Airwaves, comic book series and a short animation film. All those can help with envisioning the world and they give more details to characters and story but they are not obligatory. Everything stands very well on it’s own. In conclusion, this book is definitely worth reading, plus it can be a great help with kids who are afraid of nightmares - why not introduce them to an idea of a Dream Walker, someone who guards their sleep.
Wed Sep 15 00:00:00 MDT 2010galadriel2 Rating:5.0
As a huge fan of Bryan Davis' Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire series and the Echoes from the Edge trilogy (I spend more time on his forum then on Facebook), I eagerly anticipated the release of Starlighter. One aspect of the story that will immediately surprise readers of DioM is the presence of inherently evil dragons. But instead of traditional treasure-hording, maiden-devouring beasts, the dragons of Starlight enslave humans to mine extane, a gas necessary for dragons to breath. Meanwhile, on another planet, stories of the "Lost Ones" who were stolen by dragons and taken to another planet are laughed at as myths, but the young swordsman Jason Masters is forced to make a difficult decision when he discovers the legends are true. Although the twin settings of this book are different from the mixed modern realistic of Davis' prior series, I found both worlds delightfully fresh and exciting. The mixture of modern and medieval technology in Jason's world raises questions for the next book in the series, and the characters are well-written and lovable.
Mon Mar 31 00:00:00 MDT 2008lanimay1 Rating:5.0
This was a fun and informative book for kids who are losing their first teeth and I sent it off to my grandson. Kids and grown-ups can learn how different some cultures are and how similar others are in dealing with the loss of the baby teeth as a rite of passage. I was surprised at how many cultures include mice and rats in their "tooth tales"!
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