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Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
Absolutely entertaining book that covers the history of this genre from it's inception in the 30s with White Zombie(1932) through today's splatter fests.
I could not believe how many classics were covered in this volume,and it was a pleasant surprise to find an intelligent author who offers valuable criticism,while understanding his audience.
Now,I did not agree with all that Mr.Kay says(He has a top 25 at the end of the book that includes John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness!)
However his enthusiasm and knowledge of the genre makes up for my minor quibbles,and the interviews that he got for the book were fine and insighful,ranging from Director Stuart Gordon to make-up artist,Greg Nicotero.
It's also fun to read about his opinions on what constitutes a "zombie" film.
There is a chapter that excludes ghosts,ghouls and Frankenstein's Monster,and he makes a valid point that Friday the 13th's Jason is indeed,a super zombie!

The Mississippi Cookbook (Over 1000 Recipes)
Appetizers. Beverages. Breads. Cakes. Candy and Cookies. Desserts. Meats. Pies and Pastry. Salads. Soups. Vegetables. Wild Game.
The Mississippi Cookbook was prepared in an attempt to collect, make available, and thus preserve the favorite recipes of fine cooks throughout Mississippi. Over 7,000 recipes were collected from all areas of the state. From this total, the home economists of the state Cooperative Extension Service had the painfully difficult task of screening the amount down to the 1,200 best recipes.
The names of the individuals who submitted follow each recipe and, in some cases, historical data about the dish is included. A special section includes favorite recipes of the wives of former governors. The appendices feature tables and charts that provide such valuable technical information as substitutions and equivalents, measuring ingredients, time and temperature guides, definitions, and servings.
This comprehensive collection of Mississippi’s most popular recipes records the state’s culinary heritage and its mastery of home cooking.

Love Is Not Enough: What It Takes to Make It Work
"With minimal jargon, a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City gives practical advice on intimate relationships. With case examples, he explains what each individualOs personality contributes to the drama and which emotional styles (of 20 described) promote or hinder compatibility. Self-assessments help readers identify what they are doing to help or hurt a relationship." – Reference & Research Book News
"His is an original and well organized book that should be read by anyone in or about to enter a relationship…This is an enjoyable and meaningful read that vibrates with insights and wisdom." Robert J. Marshall, PH,D. A.B.P.P. in Clinical Psychology Faculty member and Supervisory Psychoanalyst at The Center for Modern Psychoanalysts.

One Hundred Thirty One Magic Tricks for Amateurs
The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy
The coming energy crisis caused by a peak in global oil and natural gas production will profoundly affect the lives of all North Americans. As the price of these vital fuels rises, homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills. Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic improvements in home energy efficiency and efforts to tap into clean, affordable, renewable energy resources to heat and cool homes, to pre hot water and electricity, and even to cook. These measures can result in huge savings and a level of energy independence.
The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy tells you how. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. It then discusses energy conservation to slash energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options.

Knitting to Go 25 Chic and Easy Patterns
So long, bulky pattern books! Farewell, crinkled photocopies! Knitting to Go makes it a cinch to knit in trains, planes, and automobiles, at church, at school, bellied up to the bar . . . wherever you find your crafty self. Inside this portable deck you'll find 25 patterns that run the gamut from chic (Circle Wrap or Mohair Hoodie) to gifty (Baby Blocks and the Men's Sweater) to homey (Cozy Throw Blanket and Chenille Pillow). Each card is easy to use, with step-by-step directions and a beautiful color photograph of the finished project.

Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia (Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages)
Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia is a great addition to Irish studies. According to FirstSearch this is the only encyclopedia of its kind, which makes it a must for libraries that have Irish studies collections.
Duffy and his contributors offer hundreds of entries about Irish society, history, government, economics, religion, and the arts, giving complete contexts by covering the sixth to the sixteenth centuries. Contributors describe what people ate and wore, whom they fought and whom they married, how they worshipped and how they worked the land. They also settle the common misperception that the Irish spoke, and speak something called Gaelic, how much or how little those burly Scandinavians actually did, and what bastard feudalism meant in Ireland. Each entry included references, and the editor has supplied a very usable system of cross-references and a comprehensive index.

Audio Book. Go for Your Goals
Podolinsky's style is not at all didactic or 'lecture hall' instruction. With attractive personal style, he taught me the difference between stating a wish or dream, and WRITING clear goals -- goals that I'll use to measure my progress & build my successes. I'm squirming because of his insistence that I include rewards & punishments as one way of keeping myself motivated. But even I - a person raised in a guilt-powered family - can embrace discipline the way Podolinsky outlines it. In our company, we've already employed his lessons, and they've been warmly received & acted upon. I'm receiving reports of "hey, this works!" and "you mean I'm allowed to schedule a life for myself?!" [Yes, folks, finding a balance between personal & professionalgoals is a whole chapter in this tiny book.] What a gem "Go for Your Goals" turned out to be!

Two Hour Dolls Cloths
This book should interest many of the same patrons who check out Lyn Waring's Hats in Miniature (see review below). Although patterns are designed for 12", 14", 16", and 18" dolls, instructions for measuring your doll and adjusting the patterns to fit make the book of interest to almost any doll collector. Make no mistake: these clothes, while easy to sew, are quite attractive. Although purchased laces and trims cut sewing time, the more ambitious doll clothier can fancy up these creations even further. Crane is an accomplished watercolorist, and her illustrations add the flavor of a beautifully illustrated children's book to this volume. Each design includes a photograph of a doll or teddy bear wearing the garment, a drawing of the completed design, drawn full-size patterns, a materials list, and step-by-step instructions.

Advance and Retreat (Alternate Civil War)
Advance and Retreat (2002) is the third novel in the War Between the Provinces fantasy series, following Marching Through Peachtree. This series closely reflects the events of the American War Between the States, but uses dramatic license to create thoughts and words for the characters. Moreover, it uses punny names for persons and places and reverses most everything from directions to uniform colors.
This volume covers the period after the fall of Atlanta to Sherman through the destruction of the Army of Tennessee as an effective force. It portrays the generals on both sides as human beings with both strengths and weaknesses. While the characterizations are frequently based on the remaining documents of that period, nobody now or then knows for sure what went on in the privacy of these minds. Some traits are fairly well established from documentary evidence, but others are more like SWAGs. Read some of the many published histories and biographies covering this period and make your own guess.

Marching Through Peachtree
Now, though I know some about the Civil War, I am not a super fan nor do I know it battle by battle and general and colonel by general and colonel. Maybe this is why I liked it so much - many of the characters were new and unknown to me. In fact, maybe this book would be even better for those with a good grasp of geograhy but not a photographic memory of the Civil War.
The book is not perfect - at times it's a little boring regarding the incessant pep talks that both sides lead to keep up their courage (We'll lick them, of course). Also (and this is not the author but me) where did he get that weird pantheon from with lions and all? Why a virtual US with a pagan religion? I suppose it's to reinforce the swords and sorcery theme.

A Mercy (Vintage International)
Finally a novel that lives up to the publisher's hype. So much is promised with each new book, but this is truly a fine work. I am unable to judge whether this is great literature, but it satisfied me on many levels. That is a rare occurrence for a piece of writing. I have given five stars to prior reviews, but this is the finest writing that I have yet reviewed for amazon.
The novel reads quickly. You could finish it in a few hours if you were so inclined. I preferred to slow down and savor the contents. I will return this book again, after giving it a season on my shelf. It will never go to the library donation pile in my lifetime! Although I may be a bibliophile, in the extreme I would preserve only a few (hundred) books. This will be one of them.

The Spirit Gate
I stopped reading Sword and Fantasy books years ago because they all felt like retreads. This is completely different from the "same old, same old" trilogies that line the shelves. It's an excellent book, full of vivid characters who are human in many ways but from a really alien set of cultures. (One of the most interesting parts of the book is the way she introduces you through the different characters to the different cultures that share this world.) As in 24, people die unexpectedly, minor characters grow in prominence, and there's a new adventure around every corner. I'm a jaded grown-up and I can't wait for Book 2 to come out. You won't be disappointed!

Alex Delaware fans will enjoy Deception. The plot is tight, the balance between Alex/Milo just about right, the cutesy-poo interchanges with Alex's luthier/love kept to a bare minimum. A substitute teacher/tutor at an elite Westwood prep school turns up dead, packed with dry ice. With a taste for Grey Goose and a roving eye that extends beyond her relationship with a pudgy, gambler/salesman, there are any number of possible suspects and motives for the icing. The problem is that the LAPD Chief's son is a student at the school and the Chief fears that any adverse publicity could jeopardize the school's reputation and, hence, the son's chances for admission to Yale.

Big Jack
In New York City in 2059, someone is pursuing missing gems from a decades-old heist...someone who's willing to kill for them. Sharp-witted and sexy, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is used to travelling in the shadowy corners outside the law. And in a future where crime meets cutting-edge technology, she will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all-and stop the danger and death that have surrounded them for years.

Without Mercy
Jules Farentino's half sister, Shay is such a trouble maker. Unfortunately, Shay has used up all of her chances. Their mother sends Shay to Blue Rock Academy. A school for troubled teens. Jules has a bad feeling about Blue Rock Academy. Jules's mother tells Jules there is nothing to worry about. Yeah then why has Lauren Conway, a student at Blue Rock Academy been missing for six months and no one knows of her whereabouts? Jules must find a way to get Shay out of Blue Rock Academy before she becomes the next victim.

I, Sniper
I, like many others, gave up on Stephen Hunter. His last few books have left something to be desired, though, in all honesty, a lukewarm effort by Hunter is better than the best efforts of several celebrated authors. I Sniper is a return to the old Hunter. Fast paced, well developed plot, great characters, and suspense squared, I Sniper might make your palms sweat.
The story begins with the assassinations of four prominent and rapidly aging Viet Nam anti war protestors. One, Joan Flanders, a Jane Fonda knock off, is killed on the second page. The others happen in quick succession leaving the reader wondering where the story is going.

House Rules: A Novel
In "House Rules," Jodi Picoult explores the complex world of Emma Hunt, who is almost entirely focused on helping her eighteen-year-old son, Jacob, learn to communicate appropriately with his family and peers. This is a Herculean task, considering the fact that Jacob has Asperger's syndrome, a disorder characterized by a compulsive attachment to order and routine, a tendency to take comments literally, hypersensitivity to bright lights, human touch, and scratchy fabrics, a reluctance to make eye contact, lack of empathy, painful bluntness, and difficulty relating to others. Emma's life is complicated by the fact that her husband, Henry, left shortly after their younger son, Theo, was born. Fifteen-year-old Theo deeply resents the amount of time and money that his mother lavishes on his older brother. At great expense, Emma brought early intervention therapists into her home who were "intent on dragging [Jacob] out of his own little world." She also buys costly medicines, supplements, and special foods that, she insists, help regulate Jacob's behavior.

Dragon Age The Stolen Throne
I ordered the book to read to pass the time waiting for Awakening to come out. Its a really good book I was really suprised. If you have played the game or plan on playing the game I would recomend reading this book and also The Calling. Was a good read. If you enjoyed the game or like dark fantasy this would be a fun addition to your list of books to read. Would recomend to anyone looking for some good weekend fun.

Dragon Age The Calling
As someone obsessed with the DAO universe, my review is biased because I already have an attachment to this world and its characters. I devoured the first book and loved it, but this book just had me fluttering about like an excited if demented pigeon.
On the surface, the story seems simple. A King guides a motley crew of Grey Wardens through the treacherous Deep Roads to help them find a missing Grey Warden. But what it is, is so much more. It is about loss and regret, it is about trust and friendships. It is about how far a person will go to do the right thing, and how far a person will go to correct his or her mistakes. It leaves you with a feeling of uncomfortable uncertainty about the nature of evil and of good. And if you are a dog lover, it has a scene that will leave you misty eyed if not a complete emotional wreck.

The Burning Land
Another first rate novel by Bernard Cornwell continuing the story of Uhtred in the Saxon Tales. As in the previous novels in this series, Cornwell recreates a time and society in a masterly manner. Against the background of plot and intrigue, this fast paced tale holds the reader's attention until the last page. Cornwell's scholarship and research is evident, and contributes mightily to the success of the book. While the relationships between the Saxons and Danes, Christian and Pagans have considerable complexity and nuance, Cornwell shows his ability to ensure this adds to the read's enjoyment and in no way interferes with the pace of the story or it unfolding.

On the first page of this book we learn exactly what Harry Dresden's mission and prime focus is going be. Throughout Changes the characters we know and love appear, but the conversations they could/should and probably will have with Harry one day often don't eventuate, because there simply isn't time. Harry has his mission and one sole focus and his friends are either with him or not. There is no time for deep discussions or reflections.

The Last Surgeon
Michael Palmer’s latest novel pits a flawed doctor against a ruthless psychopath, who has made murder his art form. Dr. Nick Garrity, a vet suffering from PTSD—post traumatic stress disorder—spends his days and nights dispensing medical treatment from a mobile clinic to the homeless and disenfranchised in D.C. and Baltimore. In addition, he is constantly on the lookout for his war buddy Umberto Vasquez, who was plucked from the streets by the military four years ago for a secret mission and has not been seen since.

Area 51
UFOs ? Dead aliens ?
The U.S. military has been hiding something big for years.
Four days from now it may kill us all ...

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