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Tessa's DVD Review: Epic is epic!

The new animated movie Epic came out on DVD in September.  This little movie (PG) has nothing special in the plot or setting, but it has some really fun lines and characterizations.  A miniature world in the woods behind the main character’s house is endangered and our girl is magically shrunk down to guard the special pod which will bring life to the forest.  Evil rot king Mandrake tries to steal the pod and our heroine, MK, must help the snail and slug (Mub and Grub) deliver the pod.  

Tessa's Holiday Ideas: Christmas with Southern Living 2013

After looking through a large number of cookbooks, decorating, and idea books, the new Christmas with Southern Living caught my eye.  As usual, Southern Living has done a stellar job. Even the cover has a great idea: little round red velvet cakes with white frosting and peppermint trimmings!

Tessa's Juvenile Book Recommendation: Lara's Gift by Annemarie O'Brien

    In the mood for a happy read after a few dark ones, I picked up a new kids' book, Lara's Gift

Tessa's Book Review: Snapper by Brian Kimberling

    Like Seinfeld, Snapper by Brian Kimberling is a book about nothing.  But it's an amiable, pleasantly aimless story told by Nathan Lochmueller, a young man wandering around, looking for work or girls or something. Along the way, he opines about southern Indiana in a pretty negative way. The Michelin Guide to Indiana by Nathan Lochmueller is real short, he declares.

Tessa's DVD Review: Oblivion

I love a good action scifi--but not Oblivion.  This derivative film features moments that seem familiar embedded in a tired plot. The momentum is slow throughout, and, even though production values are good, I can’t recommend this movie.

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