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The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization)
I was really excited when I discovered this BBC audio dramatization of Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was highly recommended by a staff member at the Ventura County Library in Ventura, …
reviewed Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (T.... August 03, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Two-Disc
   Let me begin this review by saying I'm biased. Yes, you read correctly--biased, I say! I absolutely adore anything written, directed, and drawn by Hayao Miyazaki. Thus, it is very …
reviewed Nothing Personal. July 09, 2011
Nothing Personal
I didn't expect much from a book that cost me $0.99 at Borders; it was on the clearance rack. I was correct in my skepticism. Nothing Personal contained a rather tepid romance with multiple …
reviewed Stone Fox. June 22, 2011
Stone Fox
This is a surprising, quick read written for children, grades 3-6. I would classify it as a chapter book because it has chapters (ten of them), simple, easy to read language, and an elementary plot that …
reviewed F.I.S.T. June 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
F.I.S.T
It has been a while since I've reviewed a film purely because I have not been watching a lot of movies lately. No one is more surprised than I that I've come back to Movie Hype to review this …
The Dragon and the Unicorn
I was drawn to this book because of the title: The Dragon and the Unicorn. I've always enjoyed fantasy books about dragons and unicorns, and this one looked like it might have an unique spin …
The God of Small Things
Click here to read the book quotes. I highly recommend reading the book quotes for a small insight into the beauty of The God of Small Things.       I debated a long …
reviewed You Belong to Me. April 30, 2011
You Belong To Me
My mother-in-law bought me this audio book for one of my long driving trips to and from Roseville and Eureka. Unfortunately, we didn't realize that this was an abridged copy of the novel, so it was …
reviewed John Adams (audiobook). April 06, 2011
John Adams
I had heard amazing things about David McCullough's research and writing abilities but hadn't read anything by him until John Adams. I bought it purely because I was looking for some audio …
reviewed Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta.... March 29, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Pasta Sauce Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta
I've always been a fan of squash raviolis, but I had never heard of squash pasta sauce until I saw Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce at Costco. It's hailed as the …
reviewed Double Date. March 07, 2011
Double Date
When I first read the Fear Street Series as a young child, I thought they were spooky books. I eagerly anticipated author R.L. Stine's next novel because all the strange things that occurred …
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 02, 2011
Room: A Novel
I had been reading and hearing nothing but good things about Room, so I finally decided to see what the hype was all about. My reading pleasure was slightly tainted when the library gave me one …
reviewed Top Hat. January 28, 2011
Top Hat
Read an additional review about the film: I'm in Heaven      Jason and I finally attended one of the Based on the Book Film Series at the Humboldt County Library. I …
reviewed Top Hat. January 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Top Hat
Read an additional review about the film: Dancing Cheek to Cheek      Top Hat was a pleasant surprise for my husband and I because neither of us had ever seen it before. …
reviewed Middle Sister Mischief Maker - Cabern.... December 22, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Middle Sister Mischief Maker - Cabernet Sauvignon
Middle Sister   There's a bit of middle sister in all of us.      Since we had so much fun tasting Forever Cool Merlot by Middle Sister Winery, my husband and I decided …
Baby Gecko's Colors/Los colores de Bebe Geco by Neecy Twinem - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
Baby Gecko's Colors is a board book appropriate for children of all ages. Though it's written for a young audience, preschool to second grade, it is a useful tool for children to learn some …
reviewed Fool's Masquerade. December 09, 2010
Fool's Masquerade
It had been a while since I read a short historical romance, so I decided to look through the large stack of books my mother gave me. I picked one at random and was pleasantly surprised by the premise. …
reviewed Middle Sister Forever Cool - Merlot. November 18, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Middle Sister Forever Cool - Merlot
Middle Sister   There's a bit of middle sister in all of us.      Lately my husband and I have been drinking red wines with our evening meals; we had built quite the …
reviewed The Tradition. November 09, 2010
The Tradition
Read the book review: Night and Day It's "Cinderella!"      Click here to read the book quotes.      This is my first experience with author …
reviewed The Social Network. November 07, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Social Network
I've been reading and listening to a lot of hype surrounding The Social Network, so I was really excited to watch it. People have been comparing it to Pirates of Silicon Valley, which I absolutely …
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
Click here to read the book quotes.      Read the review about "The Tradition," a concept from the book: A Fantastical Force      The Fairy Godmother was …
reviewed Hot Tub Time Machine (2010 movie). October 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Hot Tub Time Machine
I was roped into seeing this movie by my husband, and I wish that I could erase parts of it from memory. It wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, but at the time of viewing, I was quite annoyed …
reviewed Midaq Alley. October 15, 2010
Midaq Alley
Click here to read the book quotes.      Review Dedication: Many thanks to Cafe Libri Yahoo Group member Jeffrey Taylor for an engaging book discussion that aided in my research for …
reviewed Daisy. September 19, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
Daisy
Daisy is a surprising film. I didn't know what to expect when I started watching it, but the simplicity of the title drew me to the movie. That and it starred my favorite female Korean actress Gianna …
reviewed Survivor Heroes vs. Villains - Episod.... September 08, 2010
posted in Reality Rehash
Survivor Heroes vs. Villains - Episode 12
I've finally started to watch the remaining episodes of Season 20 of Survivor, so I can write some more reviews. I still have a few older episodes to write reviews for, but for now, I'm plowing …
reviewed Peony in Love: A Novel. August 21, 2010
Peony in Love: A Novel
            Click here to read the book quotes.      To be honest, my first inclination was to rate Peony in Love as an "average" …
reviewed Grown Ups (2010 movie). July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Grown Ups (2010)
I am a recent "convert" of Adam Sandler and Kevin James' humor. Originally, I couldn't stand their slapstick comedic takes, many of which I felt were stupid or insulting to women. After …
Henry Phillips - On The Shoulders of Freaks 1995
Click here to read my Quick Tip. This isn't your traditional reading material that is usually found in Cafe Libri because of the format it's presented in: a song. Despite that fact, this topic …
Night World No. 1: Secret Vampire; Daughters of
GENERAL OVERVIEW       At first glance, this book appeared daunting because of its sheer length, 729 pages, and the fact that it's comprised of three novels in one. Once …
reviewed Coraline (novel). June 14, 2010
Coraline (novel)
Click here to read the book quotes.      Click here to read the Quick Tip.      "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, …
reviewed (500) Days of Summer. May 08, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
(500) Days of Summer
      "Any resemblance to people living or dead is purely coincidental...Especially you, Jenny Beckman...Bitch."      From the introduction of this film, …
reviewed Carl Macek. April 30, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
Carl Macek
Robotech was arguably my first anime ever, having discovered it right around the same time as G-Force, also known as Gatchaman, and Sailor Moon. I followed the adventures of Rick Hunter and Lisa …
Year of Magical Thinking
   Click here to read the book quotes.      Originally, I read this book as a way to cope with a lot of family deaths that occurred during a difficult time in my life. It …
reviewed Talk Dirty to Me. April 26, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Poison Talk Dirty to Me
As a baby of the '80's, I love this type of music. Pop rock, big wild hair, and crazy outfits: I'm proud to say that I'm a huge fan even today. And like any fan, I've heard of Poison. …
reviewed Survivor Heroes vs Villains - Episode 7. April 18, 2010
posted in Reality Rehash
Survivor Heroes vs Villains - Episode 7
            Currently, I have two reasons for watching this show:   I have really connected with one of the players in this season. I promised my …
reviewed Top 10 Results -- American Idol, Seas.... April 16, 2010
posted in Reality Rehash
Top 10 Results -- American Idol, Season 9, Episode 27
Beware...blatant advertising will follow...       This is one of the silliest result's shows I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot! You might ask, what made it so ridiculous, …
reviewed Top 10 Perform -- American Idol, Seas.... April 13, 2010
posted in Reality Rehash
Top 10 Perform -- American Idol, Season 9, Episode 26
"This is their moment. This is your show. This is American Idol."            There was a slightly new approach to how the show began...      …
reviewed My Mighty Princess. April 11, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
My Mighty Princess
"We can communicate without talking because she understands my mind language. If you can hear me now, you will also be able to understand the stories I told between the masters using telepathy. …
reviewed Under Man's Spell. April 08, 2010
Under Man's Spell
Initially, I was very excited to have won Under Man's Spell as my first Goodreads Giveaway novel because it closely described the types of literature I read and study at college. I'm fascinated …
reviewed Banana Etiquette -- Survivor Heroes v.... April 01, 2010
posted in Reality Rehash
Banana Etiquette -- Survivor Heroes vs Villains - Episode 6
I'll be completely honest. I've been hesitant and even resistant to engage in this season's Survivor. The main reason I haven't enjoyed it as much as other reality shows I'm used …
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