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Kings Delight
Kings Delight
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Renaissance Music, Sept. 29 2000
This review is from: Kings Delight (Audio CD)
Don't miss this CD is you love renaissance music played on period instruments. Lively and delightful to listen to. It will sweep your heart away!

Music at Matt Molloy's
Music at Matt Molloy's
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way to hear Irish traditional music, Aug. 29 2000
This review is from: Music at Matt Molloy's (Audio CD)
Live and alive, this is an excellently done CD with superb sound/recording quality, catching the musicians in their joy at what they love to do and do well. Fiddler Cora Smyth has gone on since this recording to become one of the two main fiddlers in the production Lord of the Dance. Matt is excellent, as always, on his flute, with his friends backing him. Some of his friends have the spotlight. The rendition of "Kilkelly" is not to be missed. It is emotionally well-done and moving. You can hear the pub conversation as a back-drop, with the clinking of glasses and the warmth of laughter. You hear the musicians and patrons enjoying eachother's company. It is LIVE, it is Ireland, it is what the Irish traditional session is all about, and I wish more recordings like this one were made available. It's the next best thing to actually being there! If you love Irish traditional music, and Matt Molloy's style, this CD will NOT disappoint you. It is worth buying. It lives in my CD player.

Potent Pleasures
Potent Pleasures
by Eloisa James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing in structure and style, June 3 2000
As an aspiring romance writer I have to say that it is nice to see an author who could possibly pave the way for us up-and-coming novelists to publish thoughtful and more believable stories. Personally, the mold for romance novel structure has long needed to be broken. Romances have gotten such a bad rap for so many years, because it seems the story had to be mindless and unchallenging to the brain cells. This author writes with wit and the story characters are real, she gets into their heads so that they are real people with real feelings and reasons for their actions and choices. Also, the cover was impressive because it was not a typically tacky "bodice-ripper" type, which has added to the bad view the romance genre has received. This author shows that a romance can be written with intelligence and substance, and I hope that she helps open the door to a change for the rest of us writers. Way to go, Ms. James!

The Gift
The Gift
by Julie Garwood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Affectionate story, April 29 2000
This review is from: The Gift (Mass Market Paperback)
Many seem to view the heroine as "childish" or immature, but that's not how I saw her. I do believe that Sara is a more realistic, true-to-life representation of women in that era. I tend to find romances that make the heroines too strong to be more unbelievable. You can't change history from what it was and have it still be history, so writers that make women of 200+ years ago stronger than they actually were are not writing believable stories. Sara is more the way a woman then would have been. She is a lady, and quite naive. But she learns, she falls in love, and she does survive, all while still being able to think on her own without being an ubelievable female. Her affection for Nathan, despite his faults, is quite touching, and the way Nathan learns to love in return is very charming. I really enjoy Ms. Garwood's writing style, and intend to read all her books as I can find them.

Divine Revelation of Hell
Divine Revelation of Hell
by Mary K. Baxter
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous and deceptive, April 1 2000
This book is full of horrible deceptions, but has proven a big seller, much to the author's benefit. This book does NOT line up with scripture---at least not Biblical scripture, the one and only Word of God. In fact, the Bible has many verses that speak of people like this woman who pervert and change, and add onto scripture for their own benefit. Why on earth would Jesus Christ decide to visit this woman and take her out of her body in her sleep, and on a tour of hell? What makes her so special? The prophets of old were not enough for God to tell us what He wants us to know? What the Bible has to say about hell is sufficient. It's a place that God clearly tells us we DON'T want to go to. Believing in Jesus Christ as our only atonement for sin is the ONLY way to escape hell and spend eternity with God in the beauty of heaven. The only people who go to hell are those who reject Christ. This book is morbidly sick and depressing, and shows the author has an overactive and dark imagination. It's amazing too how she twists Bible verses around and changes their meaning to fit her purpose in this book. How convenient. She twists and manipulates God's truth until she paints a dark picture that serves only to try and scare people out of their skin. Jesus does not want us to be afraid, but to trust in Him and have the assurance of salvation through His sacrifice. He does not want us to trust Him because we're afraid of hell, but because we love him and want to live life more abundantly the way He said we could in Him. The use of fear in this author's book is no surprise, however, as the Bible does tell us that in the last days people will abandon the truth for a lie, and many will fall way to false teachings and teachers, when people will add on to scripture, take away from scripture, and speak of strange visions, happenings, and signs and wonders that are not given by God, only for their own gain. Sadly, this book sells, and the author is probably laughing all the way to the bank.

Cinders to Satin
Cinders to Satin
by Fern Michaels
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Lovestory, Jan. 16 2000
I loved the way Fern told this story, and how she gave other characters their own points of view, as well as little side plots that let you in on the lives of the other characters and how they acted and reacted and felt in the story. The ending is happy, and it made me cry. It was a very touching story about human emotion and human frailty, and how you can grow and become stronger through circumstances.

Liz Carroll
Liz Carroll
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, Sept. 29 1999
This review is from: Liz Carroll (Audio CD)
This lives in my CD player. It would be a great honor to one day be able to play as good as she does. My favorite is the G Reel for it's incredible lilting, flowing grace. This is real Irish fiddling!

Peter & Wendy
Peter & Wendy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, Haunting, Leaves You Speechless, Sept. 27 1999
This review is from: Peter & Wendy (Audio CD)
I just got back from seeing Johnny and Susan in concert tonight. The second half of the show was filled with the musical delights from this CD/play. It brought tears to my eyes. I highly recommend this, and anything Johnny and Susan have done. Amazing music, wonderful talent! Don't miss it.

Lady of Conquest
Lady of Conquest
by Teresa Medeiros
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and very frustrating at times, July 31 1999
Really, the only character I truly liked and cared for was Nimbus, and HE got killed off. While I understand this was to work a big twist in the storyline it was one that did not add too much sense to the plot. Why on earth would Conn have believed Gelina was responsible for, capable of, the little jester's death when Conn was supposed to be so in love with her, and he had obviously seen how much the girl clearly loved Nimbus? And why would he think she would kill the dwarf off on her ownwedding day? When it was obvious to Conn that she was so in love with him? With more insight into the characters' heads and feelings maybe this could have been more clearly laid out for the reader, and better organized, but I just found it confusing, emotionally disturbing, and a little far-fetched. It did not seem that these two characters really loved eachother, or really knew what love is. However, I do think Teresa is an excellent novelist. Her style has wit and a freshness to it in her other books. It's good that Lady of Conquest was her first book, because she has gone on to write much better storylines. It can be said that we can learn from our mistakes.

Noah's Ark [Import]
Noah's Ark [Import]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why the Biblical Inaccuracies??, July 27 1999
This review is from: Noah's Ark [Import] (VHS Tape)
Another fine example of Hollywood/TV producers trashing the Bible. No problem for them since they obviously don't believe the Good Book anyway. They gave "Noah" a back-talking, quarrelsome, sickeningly insane creature for a wife, and sons who were nowhere near the actual, true Biblical account. This slap-in-the-face portrayal really angered much so that I turned it off in the first hour. I've never seen them do this kind of thing to the beliefs/sacred writings of Buddhists, Hindus, etc.; they're always doing this kind of stuff to Christians and their beliefs, and it's really getting OLD. Why is it that the Bible and it's true characters are always being mocked today in film? Read John 16:3... "And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me (Jesus Christ)." In this dark world they take those beliefs dear to us, trash them without conscience, "rewrite" them, and then use them for ratings and their own gain, because it's so easy for them to. People of other religions would not let them get away with it so easy. It seems too easy for them to walk all over Christians today in this way. Let me point out why this "film" is a mockery to NBC and its creators: Sodom and Gomorrah did not even happen until several generations AFTER the great flood, and Lot was not Noah's friend, he was one of his descendants. How stupid do film makers wish to make themselves look just to continue to twist up the Bible they do not believe in? Atleast they could TRY to make it look like they did SOME research into this "story" they wished to televise. I doubt they even once opened a Bible. This thing should have been called "Joe Smith's Ark" instead, for this certainly is not about the Noah of the Bible. They can keep their historically inaccurate thank you.

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