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Alien Quadrilogy (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
Alien Quadrilogy (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
Prix : CDN$ 19.99
4 used & new from CDN$ 19.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic series that you will watch over and over, July 29 2015
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When Alien first came out many years ago I was much younger and I found the movie pretty scary. The second movie, Aliens, has always been my favourite as Sigourney plays Ellen Ripley, a tough, smart pilot who can really kick alien butt.
The aliens in this story are tough, smart, and weaponized. They are more than a match for manpower and weapons but Ripley is a fast learner as she struggles to stay alive.
Every time an Alien movie would came on the air I would watch it. When VCR's came around I bought the set and now of course I have the DVD's.
This is a series of movies that any sci-fi lover will really enjoy. I watch the whole series every other year or so and enjoy it every time. I highly recommend the whole set.

Kisscut (Grant County)
Kisscut (Grant County)
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers CA
Prix : CDN$ 11.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great as a second time reading, July 22 2015
This is the second time that I've read Kisscut. This is the author's second book and the second one in the Grant County series with Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tollifer. Obviously I like the book a lot and so am reading it again.
I won't go into story detail other than to state that it involves child pornography. Note - other reviews here don't mention spoilers but there are many that give away most of the story and who done it. I didn't find the writing to be too graphic for the topic. In truth it could have been much worse and hard to read considering the topic is child pornography. (On the author's website is a really good interview where Karen explains about her books. She did say that many things she is told by cops is horrific and true but she can't write about it because no one would believe it - truth being stranger than fiction).

I will say that the criminals in this story are not who I expected them to be. The book is suspenseful and there are many secrets which keeps you turning pages to have them revealed. Lena, a detective on the force is recovering from post traumatic stress among other things and we follow her as she struggles to rejoin her job and her sense of self after her horrific experiences in the first book Blindsighted.

This author is good. She writes a strong story that winds and unfolds bit by bit. I find her characters to be realistic, although I don't always like them very much (Lena). I've read all Karen Slaughter's books to date and have enjoyed them all, especially the Will Trent series which is the most recent. You'll enjoy the books best if you read them all in order as the characters carry on in the other books.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.00
34 used & new from CDN$ 3.49

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb story telling, July 19 2015
This is the first book in the Dragon Tattoo triology. The author, Stieg Larsson, unfortunately died shortly after the manuscripts were completed which is such a great loss of an excellent writer. It now appears a fourth book will soon be available, The GIrl in the Spider's Web written by David Lagercrantz (it's on Amazon now for pre-order now and will be available Sept 2015).

I read many reviews before purchasing this book and so I knew ahead that there would be a detailed family tree introduced in the story and that some reviewers found that difficult to remember or get through. I didn't have any problem with it at all, but because of the pre-warning I paid more attention to the names to help me keep everyone straight. To me this part of the book didn't appear to be slow or boring. I saw it as the author presenting all the evidence and research of potential killers.

I found Salander to be a fascinating character. She's a street-wise bisexual gal who just happens to have a genius level IQ. But she has had a rough past and is dealing with a lot of emotional baggage. The story revolves around Salander and publisher/magazine owner Michal Blomkist as they research a 40 year mysterious disappearance of a young woman. The crimes that come out prove there's a nasty serial killer that's been operating for years.

The conclusion is a real surprise and I found the book to be a page turner all the way through. The other two books you will enjoy even more as the Salander and Blomkist story continues and Salander's past is revealed.

There are two movies based on the books and they are excellent as well. One covers all three books and is in Swedish with English sub titles. The other is in English and covers book 1 and parts of book 2. I own both and recommend them as well.

This is a series of books that you will want to keep to read again.

Blindsighted: The First Grant County Thriller (Grant County Thrillers)
Blindsighted: The First Grant County Thriller (Grant County Thrillers)
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers CA
Prix : CDN$ 11.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fabulous read, even the second time reading it, July 18 2015
This is the second time I've read Blindsighted by Karen Slaughter (yes that's her real name). I had read all her books a few years ago and while looking for more reading I came across her web site where she talked about her books. It was excellent and inspired me once again to read the books since I had forgotten the details.

That said, I experienced the same reading experience as the first time - staying up late because I couldn't put it down, enjoying complex and thorough descriptions of autopsies and pathology. It's suspenseful, a bit gory and detailed about the crimes (which is what I want) and really well written to keep you turning pages. I nearly missed my stop a couple days because I was so caught up in the book.

Her characters are complex and interesting--not all of them likeable--but they support the plot really well.

I'm now on her second novel Kisscut again for the second time. It's surprising how much you can enjoy re-reading a good book. All her books are great but you'll enjoy them most if you start with her first which is this one in the "Grant County" series.

The Face of Deception: The first Eve Duncan novel
The Face of Deception: The first Eve Duncan novel
Offered by Random House Canada, Incorp.
Prix : CDN$ 9.99

1.0 étoiles sur 5 Struggled with bad plot and writing, July 9 2015
I rarely write bad reviews but I'm sorry this book is not worth any more than 1 star. I have no idea how a first novel could get such high rating stars. The plot was completely unbelieveable and the characters so unrealistic that I struggled to continue reading it. I forced myself to keep reading since I paid for the book. But after about 300 or so pages I couldn't stand it any more and just scrolled through to the non significant end.
There are so many -- cut off endings to sentences that it's excessively used and frustrating. Each character sounds exactly the same and uses the same dialogue and swearing--their 'tells' don't set them apart in the dialogue. The sentence structure, number of words in a sentence gives the same beat of dialogue for each character. The entire book is very obviously a first novel and I'm shocked it was published because it reads like a draft. Almost the entire book is dialogue with very little scene descriptions. Most of the time I had no idea where the characters actually were in time and space - were they sitting standing, inside, outside, etc. It needed a lot more editing to polish it, but sorry to say the plot was not strong enough to carry the book. I can't recommend this book. Hopefully future writings are better as the author gains experience.

EcoJeannie LS0001 Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer / Citrus Juicer, Lime Juicer, Commercial Grade, High Quality Stainless Steel (# 304 Steel)
EcoJeannie LS0001 Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer / Citrus Juicer, Lime Juicer, Commercial Grade, High Quality Stainless Steel (# 304 Steel)

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great seedless juice with little effort, July 4 2015
I really love this sturdy squeezer. I suffer a lot with painful hands, carpel tunnel so squeezing leomons and limes by hand is too painful. All I did was roll the lemon first to loosen it up. Then I cut it in half, placed half on the squeezer and then closed the two sturdy hands down on the fruit. Viola! I had lemon juice in my pitcher with no seeds. It expressed all the juice with very little effort. It's really sturdy metal and I would say it's professional quality. It rinsed clean in a snap and can also be put in the dishwasher. Love it.

Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha GOLD 30g - USDA, KOSHER Premium from Japan, Sweet Earthy Flavors (30g)
Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha GOLD 30g - USDA, KOSHER Premium from Japan, Sweet Earthy Flavors (30g)
Offered by Life & Food
Prix : CDN$ 40.99

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fragrant and fresh tasting, May 11 2015
I have participated in a Japanese tea ceremony and I remember the taste of the bamboo whisked tea. This organic ceremonial green tea tastes the same to me as the tea my Japanese friend made. I love green tea and found that this bright green tea comes in a fine powder. A little goes a long way. I used my electric milk frother and it made a wonderful froth that I really enjoyed. I did add honey (but I put honey in everything because I'm a beekeeper). The tin seals up very tightly and the instructions on the label on how to make the tea are very clear. When I open the tin it smells glorious and fresh. Just sniffing it is a lovely experience. I was given a free sample with no strings attached for my honest review. I do recommend this product.

The Fifth Element Bilingual [Blu-ray]
The Fifth Element Bilingual [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Bruce Willis
Prix : CDN$ 8.21
5 used & new from CDN$ 6.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A real all time favourtie, May 5 2015
This is a fabulous movie. It's funny, it's got a romance, it has cool aliens, weird humans, some fight scenes and flying car chases--everything a good sci-fi movie should have.
I was enjoying the movie right from the start but I fell in love with it when the blue diva sang. Wow that lady has pipes!
Our fifth element who will save the world turns out to be a beautiful woman (Mila Jovovich) and our hero Bruce Willis is brought back from his forces retirement to help out when earth is threatened.
It has many comic moments which will make this movie memorable. The supporting cast are real characters and very well played.
I have watched this movie at least 25 times over the years. Love it!

The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game
DVD ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Prix : CDN$ 13.88
9 used & new from CDN$ 12.11

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing true story, May 5 2015
This review is from: The Imitation Game (DVD)
I was so glad to know they had made this movie. I had read a novel years ago that mentioned the Enigma machine and a genius mathematician who broke the code. After that I met a British war bride who'd moved to Canada to marry a soldier and she told me she used to transcribe the Enigma messages during the war
When I learned about The Imitation Game I couldn't wait to see it. I loved the movie.
The main character Alan Turning was superbly and very convincingly played by Benedict Cumberbatch. He brought to the screen an interesting and unique person who struggled with his social skills and relationships with his team members while the he tried to create a master computer to break Enigma's code. The co-star Keira Knightley playing Joan Clarke was a perfect intellectual pairing for Alan's genius (and the only woman on the team).

I didn't know anything about Turning before the movie and as the movie flashed back through Alan's life we learned of his struggles in school and in keeping his homosexuality a secret. (I realize this is a Hollywood version but the main facts appear to be accurate).

(Spoiler alert) I was elated at the light bulb moments that brought about the dramatic breaking of the code but at the end I was dashed to learn of how Turning was treated after the war and then of his death shortly thereafter. I found the movie to be entertaining and educational--I had no idea that the code break had been kept secret for 50 years so the Germans wouldn't find out and change the code. I also found the story inspiring so that I now want to learn more about Turning.

Folkmanis Puppets Honey Bee Hand Puppet, Yellow/Black
Folkmanis Puppets Honey Bee Hand Puppet, Yellow/Black
Prix : CDN$ 20.99
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well made, May 1 2015
I am very impressed with this honey bee hand puppet. It fits an adult hand but has an extra foot so it has the proper number of feet - 6. The eyes are big and shiny just like a real bee's. There are four wings but they're attached to show two wings which is what bees do when they're in flight. I love that the bee is furry and that the colour is correct for a honey bee - brown and yellow. There are two antennae as well. All in all a really nice puppet and great for children, for bee presentations, education, fun and play. Well made too.

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