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The Mystery in Tornado Alley
The Mystery in Tornado Alley
by Carolyn Keene
Edition: Paperback
25 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypical, Unbelievable, June 26 2003
When Hannah's cousin Bertha dies and leaves Hannah her farm in Oklahoma, the Drews rent an RV and drive to Medicine Bluff, Oklahoma. Just a few miles away from the farm, they are caught in a tornado and have to take cover in a ditch. After the tornado passes, they go to the farm and Nancy finds a duffel bag filled with what looks like are ransom notes. Mystery ensues.
This book was totally stereotypical of Oklahoma in general. The Drews stop at greasy roadside diners and eat chicken fried steak, the names in the book are hillbillyish, like "Bertha," "Jimmy Boyd" and others. These are only a few of the stereotypes.
What ever happened to credibility and research? When the Drews first arrive in Oklahoma, there is a tornado watch over the whole state and a quarter of a neighboring state. Get real!
Then, Nancy and someone else get swept up into a supposedly F-5 tornado inside a car. While being tossed about inside the vehicle, Nancy manages to open the door up and fall out of the car down to the ground -- and she's not injured.
Give me a break!
~Sara Jeffries...themissingpage

Nancy Drew: Whispering Walls [Import]
Nancy Drew: Whispering Walls [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Groovy Nancy, June 22 2003
In 1977, Nancy Drew donned her double-knit pantsuit and set out with her friends George Fayne and Ned Nickerson to solve her very first mystery on television. Millions of girls sat spell-bound in front of their television sets, anxiously waiting to see if Nancy could solve the puzzling incidents in her hometown, River Heights USA.
The Nancy Drew Mysteries television show of the 1970s was saturated in cultural influences. Nancy danced to disco, drove a groovy blue sports car and even teamed up with the Hardy Boys (wearing their leisure suits) to bust crime the 70s way.
Her glamourous adventures included posing as a world-famous professional tennis player, solving mysteries aboard cruise ships and overthrowing counterfeit gangs.
What adventure! What romance! What intrigue!
In this episode, Nancy stays at an old southern mansion complete with hidden passages, cranky neighbors and voices in the walls.
"Secret of the Whispering Walls" is extrememly reminiscent of The Secret of Red Gate Farm, one of the original Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. You might even call it a combination of Red Gate Farm and The Hidden Staircase.
George is a little out of character; she's too much of a fraidy-cat when it comes to investigating.
Despite it's shortcomings, this episode is one of my favorites.

The Count Of Monte Cristo (Bilingual)
The Count Of Monte Cristo (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jim Caviezel
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 23.91
43 used & new from CDN$ 1.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling, Romantic...., June 22 2003
"The Count of Monte Cristo" is a swashbuckling tale of love and betrayal, isolation and liberation, revenge and justice.
This captivating story pulls you back deep into the heart of Napoleonic France, where duels are an everyday occurrence and romance and intrigue abound.
James Caviezel portrays young Edmund Dantes, a sailor who is betrayed by his best friend, Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce), a wealthy son of a count. Dantes is convicted of treason, even though he is innocent, and is thrown into a dank cell at France's worst prison, Chateau d'If.
Left in solitary confinement for years, the only time he comes in contact with other humans is when the ward of Chateau d'If comes in to give Dantes a beating every year on the anniversary of his imprisonment. Isolated and despondent, Dantes slowly loses his faith in God. The hope of freedom from his unjust imprisonment is gone. He has no room left in his heart for anything but hate and despair.
Meanwhile, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), a priest and fellow inmate at Chateau d'If, is digging a tunnel in hopes of using it to escape. Fortunately for Dantes, Faria digs in the wrong direction, leading him right into Dantes' cell.
In exchange for Dantes' help digging a new tunnel, Faria teaches Dantes how to read and write, economics and mathematics, fencing and knife-fighting and even more subjects and skills. Faria showed Dantes how to make his adversities work in his favor.
Before Dantes' daring escape from Chateau d'If, Faria gives him a treasure map. Dantes enters the prison as an uneducated sailor, and escapes as a wise, educated and confident man. He locates the treasure on the island of Monte Cristo, and uses his newfound wealth to help him assume a new identity, the dashing Count of Monte Cristo.
Dantes, using his new identity, is determined to wreak revenge on everyone who betrayed him. Throwing opulent parties for Parisian society, he awes them with his wealth and splendor, all the while setting traps for his enemies, especially the smarmy Mondego.
This film combines everything needed for the perfect movie -- romance, adventure, intrigue and even a little comic relief sprinkled throughout the movie. However, fans of the book beware: As usual, with any movie, parts of the story have been changed, added to or deleted.

The Count Of Monte Cristo (Bilingual)
The Count Of Monte Cristo (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jim Caviezel
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 23.91
43 used & new from CDN$ 1.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling, Romantic...., June 22 2003
"The Count of Monte Cristo" is a swashbuckling tale of love and betrayal, isolation and liberation, revenge and justice.
This captivating story pulls you back deep into the heart of Napoleonic France, where duels are an everyday occurrence and romance and intrigue abound.
James Caviezel portrays young Edmund Dantes, a sailor who is betrayed by his best friend, Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce), a wealthy son of a count. Dantes is convicted of treason, even though he is innocent, and is thrown into a dank cell at France's worst prison, Chateau d'If.
Left in solitary confinement for years, the only time he comes in contact with other humans is when the ward of Chateau d'If comes in to give Dantes a beating every year on the anniversary of his imprisonment. Isolated and despondent, Dantes slowly loses his faith in God. The hope of freedom from his unjust imprisonment is gone. He has no room left in his heart for anything but hate and despair.
Meanwhile, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), a priest and fellow inmate at Chateau d'If, is digging a tunnel in hopes of using it to escape. Fortunately for Dantes, Faria digs in the wrong direction, leading him right into Dantes' cell.
In exchange for Dantes' help digging a new tunnel, Faria teaches Dantes how to read and write, economics and mathematics, fencing and knife-fighting and even more subjects and skills. Faria showed Dantes how to make his adversities work in his favor.
Before Dantes' daring escape from Chateau d'If, Faria gives him a treasure map. Dantes enters the prison as an uneducated sailor, and escapes as a wise, educated and confident man. He locates the treasure on the island of Monte Cristo, and uses his newfound wealth to help him assume a new identity, the dashing Count of Monte Cristo.
Dantes, using his new identity, is determined to wreak revenge on everyone who betrayed him. Throwing opulent parties for Parisian society, he awes them with his wealth and splendor, all the while setting traps for his enemies, especially the smarmy Mondego.
This film combines everything needed for the perfect movie -- romance, adventure, intrigue and even a little comic relief sprinkled throughout the movie. However, fans of the book beware: As usual, with any movie, parts of the story have been changed, added to or deleted.

Nancy Drew 06: The Secret of Red Gate Farm
Nancy Drew 06: The Secret of Red Gate Farm
by Carolyn Keene
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 9.02
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindness Personified, June 21 2003
I read this book not too long ago after a long break from reading the hardcovers. I forgot how much I liked it!
In this book, Nancy and the gang helps out a girl and her granny at their farm, and becomes entangled in solving a mystery involving counterfeiting, greed, and a KKK-like "clan."
What really stood out in this book was Nancy's eagerness to help others, and her generosity. I love how Nancy shows so much concern for Joanne. She drove Joanne to different towns in search of a job, and went to her farm to be a paying boarder just so they wouldn't have to sell the place. You don't read about that sort of thing in the paperbacks nowadays. I haven't read a YSPC in a really long time, so it was a treat to read something so refreshing and different! You really lose sight of the real Nancy when you start reading paperbacks. I've never really realized how different Nancy had become since the 50s, or the 30s, for that matter, until now.
This book is the quintessential example of Nancy Drew being a great role model.

S.J.

Mistletoe Mystery
Mistletoe Mystery
by Carolyn Keene
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 6.64
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun-filled holiday treat!, March 21 2003
This review is from: Mistletoe Mystery (Paperback)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- with the help of Bess Marvin! Bess has taken a job at Albemarle's department store to decorate it for the holidays. When Bess's friend is accused of stealing expensive evening gowns, Nancy Drew is called in to crack the case. This is a good paperback, but a little predictable. I'd say that the best thing about this book was the chapter titles, like, "The Weather Outside is Frightning," "Deck the Halls," and others. But hey, it's a great book to read at Christmas time!

Intrigue at the Grand Opera
Intrigue at the Grand Opera
by Carolyn Keene
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A night at the opera, March 21 2003
Nancy Drew's best friend Bess Marvin is an extra for the American Grand Opera company that has come to River Heights. Strange things begin happening when the sets and costumes are sabotaged. Enough of the summary, I'm sure you read the editorial above. Let me just say that this is the best paperback I've read in a really long time, and I have been reading Nancy Drew books since I was eight (don't bother to do the math! :) To the ghostwriter: Keep it up! You're the best Simon & Schuster has had in a long time! The plot was fantastic. There was suspense and romance, and a really interesting twist at the end. Actually, this book was more like one of the Files than a Mystery story. Buy this book! You won't be sorry!

Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs) [Import]
Singin' in the Rain (Full Screen Special Edition, 2 Discs) [Import]
DVD ~ Gene Kelly
Offered by PaperbackshopCA
Price: CDN$ 24.36
22 used & new from CDN$ 6.40

5.0 out of 5 stars A Bright, Shining Star In The Cinema Firmament..., Jan. 17 2003
What can I say? This special edition is simply fabulous! Wonderful audio and color! It was fun to see the scene with Debbie Reynolds that they removed from the movie (although I can see why they deleted it!) The documentaries about the Freed unit were great. The sound scoring extras were great, too. Buy this -- you won't be sorry!

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