online reviews thursday november 26 2015

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Relocation Primer

I must preface this book review of Making The Move;How to Transform Relocation Into A Creative Life Transition by Cathy Goodwin, PH.D. by making it clear that I intend to stay in the area for at least the next 6-8 months at a minimum and would put in proper notice If I had to leave my current job due to moving out of the metropolitan Washington D.C. area (I had to address this because rumors would have flew otherwise).  It is ironic because I have been recently pondering when I may have to move away from an area that I love to an area that my husband and I are both fine with when the song Jump by Madonna randomly came on an internet radio that I was listening to. There have been other unexpected occurrences, but I must get into the good parts of this book;

Chapter 3-Will I Still Be Me; Making The Right Decision (starts on page 39)-Goodwin touches on the reality of being prepared to express your identity in different ways when you relocate.  The author also shares an example of someone who may have enjoyed the Saturday morning farmer market in a certain Area And has to get use to one not being in their new area or the dilemma of being Able to find a painting class after relocating when it could have been much easier in the previous area.   Ideas on how to be an urban Anthropologist in your planned Area to relocate Are Also discussed.  Goodwin Also touches on the potential reality on pages 50-51 of relocating when you already have a built in employment paper identity and the identity of moving without a job or business.  She also touches on the potential positives of a person being open to change.

Chapter 7-Are We Settled Yet-Integration Phase Starts on page 113-Information is covered on what to potentially expect 6 months after a relocation and that a longer timeframe is needed to get use to a new city.  Goodwin also goes into how others see the world differently and/or want to help others after relocation.  The three wishes exercise on page 119 covers a fun tool where A person playfully pretends that A genie is going to grant them 3 wishes but they have to stay in their newly relocated Area for At least 6 months, page 120 features An exercise on imagining what you would want to do if you Are healthy but only have six months to live (I Admit that my mind draws A blank on this one so I may lean towards what I would do if I knew that I only had 5-6 years left to live), And page 120 also features A  cool exercise on setting goals.

Chapter 10-Were More Than the Sum of Our Identities starts on page 155; Goodwin candidly touches on how an individual or a family group may also give up the positive benefits of their family reputation if they move.  The author gave an example of the Harrison family who enjoyed the benefit in their small Vermont town of gaining a reputation as athletes.  As a result, all four children who were on sports teams from grade school through high school enjoyed the positive benefit of getting selected for sports teams.  “Bill”, the father of the family had to unexpectedly move the rest of the family with him to the Midwest for a job.  The author stated that the family liked the new city they moved to but one of the kids-Ed- noticed that it was more competitive to get into school sports when he was turned down for varsity.   The author also takes on Family Paper identity where members of a family may have had an easier time getting jobs in a certain area because of the family name and then have to start all over when the move to a new area.  The author then tackled the honest reality of long distance couples and long distance marriages sometimes out of necessity with the example of Helen who teaches Medieval French literature and her husband Leonard who teaches Near Eastern Studies. Helen moved to Jacksonville while her husband stayed behind in Tennessee. The author also admits that it must be accepted that each family member may cope with the move differently.  From this chapter,  a person can deduce that  relocation may obviously be hard on a family or individual who has benefited in a certain area in ways of job opportunities and other areas based on their family name and/or if they are  popular or a family favorite (i.e. family golden sheep). Obviously, relocation may be less painful for family members/an individual who has not benefited positive or negatively from their family name (in ways of job opportunities) and relocation is obviously also easier for someone who is not the golden sheep (family favorite) of their family.

 

There is so much more included in Making the Big Move by Cathy Goodwin, PH.D. which is A good book to have because there is still scare information online on the spiritual , psychological, as well as practical concerns that a person must consider when relocating from an area they love (especially if the intended area that they are moving to is also enjoyable in multiple ways but not the same as the area that a person is moving away from).  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m fortunate to be able to say that I get paid in an amount that leaves me more prosperous than I originally thought just A year Ago despite being taxed around twenty five percent of my income and I at least am guaranteed a certain number of hours at my job each week (I’m well aware that not every hourly employee has that luxury).  Additionally, despite a rumor I’ve picked up that is circulating about me, my  husband and I have both sworn off accumulating any more personal debt during our lifetimes since 2013 and quite some weeks before I became hired and employed in my current job.  I admit that I temporarily relapsed on my word in 2015 when I decided that I was going to try take on a student loan for a class that would improve my financial worth both At my current job And in the competitive private sector. However, I knew that I had to swear off even further student loans (educational debt) for my current lifetime when I noticed people in my life who did not even go to college and shrewdly projected themselves and their hard work to a much higher financial net worth.  Obviously, if I ever go back to school I’m only going to enroll if  I have the money to pay for the class upfront, but this book Making The Big Move by Cathy Goodwin is very healing for me because she addresses the steps A person goes through whether they have to consider relocation for financial reasons due to moving where there is a  lower cost of living And/or A myriad of  reasons that have to  do with other practical concerns (their chosen career goals may be trickier to accomplish in  their current place of residence or being required to relocate and other reasons).

Lotus Land
Price: $8.91
Heard From Pandora, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Lotus Land (MP3 Music)

Lotus Land by Gandalf is a new age and calming blend of music that takes a music listener to another realm emotionally. Life Is Love, A Heavenly Gift, and A Mystic Voyage are some of the soul stirring music compositions on Lotus Land by Gandalf.

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Saint Cecilia EP
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $0.00
Brief Yet Musically Strong, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Saint Cecilia EP (MP3 Music)

The Saint Cecilia EP by the Foo Fighters explores the emotional and heartfelt rock songs that the group is known for. This EP may only have five songs with Iron Rooster, Savior Breath, Sean, The Neverending Sigh, and Cecilia yet the singing and music to the songs still packs a musical punch.

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Young & Hungry Season 1
Price: $19.49
Young & Ambitious, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Young & Hungry Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)

I admit that I first heard of Young and Hungry through the Netflix series (I have amazon prime, Hulu, and Netflix accounts to get a vast range of shows and movies). Anyway, Young & Hungry features the character of Gabi Diamond (Emily Osment) who greatly shows an interest in working as a chef. Diamond gets off to a rock start when her boss to be’s (Jonathan Sadowski) assistant Elliot Park (Rex Lee) prefers to hire a famous chef over her without even checking her qualifications. Admittedly, the character of Elliot Park seems to at first have justification of this through his knowledge of the boss’s picture perfect girlfriend Caroline (Mallory Jansen). Fortunately, Gabi Diamond gets advice and professional encouragement from Yolanda (Kim Whitley) and Sofia (Aimee Carrero). The one positive thing that I right away noticed about the show is that Young and Hungry depicted the truth about how hiring sometimes goes for certain jobs even though the tv series is technically written from a fiction screenwriting slant (yes, I understand that sometimes a job seeker needs to change their approach for certain job fields, but playfully poking fun at how some people hire job candidates is a refreshing change in an abundant sea of always blaming just the job-seeker articles flowing around).

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Medicine
Price: $6.49
Music Remedy, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Medicine (MP3 Music)

Medicine (CD Maxi Single version) by Kim Leoni is a dance pop and upbeat tune about being around someone who elicits a feeling of a romantic high. This version of Medicine (CD Maxi Single Version) by Kim Leoni has various versions of Medicine (such as the Radio Mix, Top Modelz Mix, Raindropz Mix) etc.

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Unlocked
Price: $31.99
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Uninhibited Club Music, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Unlocked (Audio CD)

Unlocked by Alexandra Stan combines the fusion of Europop and club music with hits such as Cherry Pop and Set Me Free. There is also a music tribute to Fleetwood Mac with the Little Lies song. I would say that Unlocked by Alexandra Stan is perfect for many who have enjoyed the unique songs of Never-ending Dream by Cascada and/or Never-ending Dream by X-perience (because Unlocked by Alexandra Stan is created in a similar novel spirit as Cascada’s and X-perience’s Neverending Dream).

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Cliche (Hush Hush)
Price: $1.29
Bright and Fun, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Cliche (Hush Hush) (MP3 Music)

Cliché by Alexandra Stan is a music tune that appears to be about someone who plays an important role in the singer’s life. I enjoyed the upbeat vibe to this song as well. Cliché by Alexandra Stan is along the lines of Europop/club music.

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The Last Seduction
Price: $2.99
Scandalous Yet Intriguing Episode, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Castle Season 8 (Amazon Instant Video)

Castle Season 8 Episode 7 of the Last Seduction involves Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) assembling their team for a tricky case involving the murder of a ladies’ men who slept with extremely wealthy women a.k.a “trophy wives”. What gets even more complicated is that the murder victim was actually hired at times to sleep with some of these women in order to cause them to lose millions of dollars after the affluent husband would kick them to the curb (i.e. divorce them).

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#Thatpower [Feat. Justin Bieber]
Price: $1.29
Music Power, November 26, 2015

This review is from: #Thatpower [Feat. Justin Bieber] (MP3 Music)

That power by Will.i.am feat, Justin Bieber is a memorable Eurodance song. The lyrics contain the positive imagery of metaphorically flying in life. The music collaboration also works because of the carefully timed beats with the that power song by Will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber.

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And the Crown of King Arthur
DVD
Price: $1.99
Librarian Adventures, November 26, 2015

This review is from: The Librarians, Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)

I admit that I found out about the tv series of the Librarian from seeing a tv ad during a feature of the Castle tv series one night. The Librarians Season 1 Episode 1 features the return of Noah Wyle from the Librarian Quest For The Spear movie. Wyle plays Flynn Carsen who is at first hesitant about the idea of Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) coming on board to work at the library as his protector and guardian. The first episode of The Librarians opens in the setting of Berlin, Germany.

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The Best Of Survivor
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $9.99
Classic Rock of Survivor, November 26, 2015

This review is from: The Best Of Survivor (MP3 Music)

The Best of Survivor by Survivor contains some innovative and classic rock tunes with such well known hits such as Eye of the Tiger and High On You. There are also some other multiple hits on The Best of Survivor that may not have gotten as much radio airplay in certain parts of the U.S. yet are still dazzling to listen to such as Burning Heart, Is This Love, The Moment of Truth (from the Karate Kid soundtrack etc.).

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Pitbull Starring In: Rebelution [Explicit]
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Price: $9.99
Fun Summer 2009 Club Theme, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Pitbull Starring In: Rebelution [Explicit] (MP3 Music)

Rebelution by Pitbull impressively combines club and dance music in one music collection. I admit that I’m previously familiar with multiple songs on this collection from the summer of 2009 when I was living in Orlando Florida with the innovative music tunes of Hotel Room Service, I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) (they received decent radio airplay). I’m familiar with Krazy (feat Lil Jon) from early spring 2009 when I was still living in Norfolk, Virginia. However, Rebelution by Pitbull is still great to enjoy even for those who may not have yet heard of Pitbull because of the medley of club, dance, and electronic tunes that Pitbull includes on Rebelution.

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Smooth Criminal
Price: $0.99
Superb Music Tribute, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Smooth Criminal (MP3 Music)

Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm is a respectable tribute to the late Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal (which is also good). The main difference is that Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm is an early 2000’s rock version take on a classic song.

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Dr. Strange
DVD
Price: $2.99
Distinct Film, November 26, 2015

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This review is from: Dr. Strange (Amazon Instant Video)

I admit that I found out about this film of Dr. Strange; Sorcerer Supreme from my personalized Amazon account recommendations. I’m glad to have been introduced to this movie because of the innovative plot around the archetype of Dr. Strange. In the 2007 animated version of Dr. Strange Sorcerer Supreme a gifted doctor’s life is turned upside down after a car crash. He ends becoming spiritually changed when he seeks out unconventional methods to heal. I also enjoyed the unique way that the movie illustrated how sometimes our destinies can be even bigger than a person imagines. A hidden clue to this is shown when the Dr. Strange character is shown a group of children who are experiencing unexplained visions affecting their mind.

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Greatest Hits
Price: $7.40
77 used & new from $1.57
Strong late 90’s rock, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)

Greatest Hits by Blink 182 contains impressive rock tunes that bring out the group’s musical spirit such as All The Small Things and The Rock Show. This is also a perfect compilation to listen to when you are getting ready to go out.

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Year Of The Gentleman (Bonus Track Edition)
Price: $9.49
Sunny Side of Neyo, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Year Of The Gentleman (Bonus Track Edition) (MP3 Music)

I admit that I first heard of Neyo’s music back around 2006/2007 with being previously familiar with some of his songs from 2006/2007 and the summer of 2009/2010. The reason; I was living in Mayport, Florida (Feb. 2005-Feb. 2008) and Orlando Florida (April 2009 to May 2010) during these times and Neyo’s music received heavy radio play (which I didn’t mind because many of his songs are good). Anyhow, Year of The Gentleman by Neyo has multiple superb hits on this collection that masterfully blend dance, pop, & R&B rhythms with Closer, She Got Her Own (feat. Fabolous) and Miss Independent. I’m lucky in the fact that my husband unconditionally loves me and intends to stay married to me for life even though I’m still in the process of embodying the qualities that Neyo mentions in Miss Independent. For instance, my spouse saw that I was seriously trying to pick up some extra cash when I was trying to come in on one of my off days from work (three days ago) and he saw that I was truly bummed out when my request was politely turned down. However, he was extra affectionate towards me after he noticed that I truly did try. The connection to Miss Independent by Neyo; my husband actually likes to be needed at times, but even he is positively receptive when he notices my attempts to legally bring in more money. Year of the Gentleman is perfect for those who enjoy dance/R&B mixes and/or are familiar with his songs Sexy Love and Champagne Life (due to the music vibe of Champagne Life being musically similar to Year of the Gentleman by Neyo).

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Native
Price: $10.49
Music Enjoyment, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Native (MP3 Music)

I enjoy the good fortune of hearing music from Native by One Republic on both Pandora and iheartradio. There are some brilliant songs on Native One Republic that are a novel blend of indie and dance such as Counting Stars and Love Runs Out. Counting Stars touches on making the best out of life despite life tests that come out when striving to spiritually evolve while handling material concerns. Love Runs Out and IF I Lose Myself touches on enduring love and encouragement. Overall, a good selection if you are previously familiar with any of the songs by One Republic and/or electronic and indie music mashups.

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Stargate (Ultimate Edition)
DVD ~ Kurt Russell
Offered by Park Slope Outlet
Price: $5.55
245 used & new from $0.01
First Seen Stargate When I Was Around 15 years old, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Stargate (Ultimate Edition) (DVD)

The Stargate movie features Kurt Russell As U.S. Airforce Colonel Jack O’Neil, James Spader As Archaeologist And linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson, Jaye Davidson as Ra, Alexis Cruz As Skaara, Mili Avital As Shauri, Eric Avari As Kasuf,And Viveca LAndfors As Dr. Catherine Langford etc.. The character of Dr. Daniel Jackson is helping Jack O’Neil and other members of his groups towards a mission that they unexpectedly find trouble at first returning back to their preferred destination. What complicates matters is that the group ends up having little choice to help a group of people who are enslaved by a charismatic but evil ruler. One of the members unexpectedly develops romantic feelings for one of the locals which indirectly shape multiple plots of the movie.

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Kraft Jet-Puffed S’More Mallows 17.5 Oz Bag
Offered by Proven Purpose
Price: $15.99
4 used & new from $15.99
From the Baking Aisle of My Job, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Kraft Jet-Puffed S’More Mallows 17.5 Oz Bag (Misc.)

These Kraft Jet Puffed S’more Mallows (17.5 Ounce bag) turned out to have a smooth and subtle sweet taste that Are perfect some s’mores that I had this week. Additionally, my husband had some of them As well on their own As A snack (I Admit that I tried some on their own too). These marshmallows melt fine with the chocolate in the microwave.

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Triscuits Seasonal Wheat Crackers, Cranberry/Sage, 9 Ounce
Offered by Support for Missions
Price: $8.36
23 used & new from $4.99
I Normally Enjoy Various Types of Crackers From My Job Yet, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Triscuits Seasonal Wheat Crackers, Cranberry/Sage, 9 Ounce (Grocery)

It is hard for me to rate these Triscuits Seasonal Wheat Crackers Cranberry Sage 9 ounces just one star. However, the sage flavor seemed to overpower the cranberry taste too much in this cracker. I may buy another triscuit cracker box in the future, yet start with a more traditional flavor (such As olive oil paired with a complementary blend). However, I understand that someone else may enjoy the taste of Sage being stronger than the cranberry flavor on this triscuit cracker.

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An Unexpected Event
DVD
Price: $1.99
The Power of Spiritual Alliances?, November 26, 2015

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This review is from: Winx Club Season 1 Volume 1 (Amazon Instant Video)

Winx Club Season 101 Episode 1-An Unexpected Event deals with the character Bloom and magical fairy Stella teaming up together after Bloom comes in to defend Stella when she is attacked by an ogre who reports to what appear to be evil magicians. Anyhow, what complicates matters is that Stella wants to take Bloom to a special college in another world to hone some of her mystical abilities. However, what at first complicates the plans of Stella and Bloom’s Alliance relates to Bloom coming from a family that loves her very much but seems skeptical of things related to a mystical nature. Winx Club Season 101 Episode 1 is also perfect if you enjoy the Ever After tv series-currently on Netflix- or the Ever After High storybooks (due to the positive mystical themes prevalent in both the Ever After High series and the Winx Club series).

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Strawberry Shortcake – The Sweet Dreams Movie
DVD ~ Sarah Heinke
Price: $9.99
96 used & new from $0.01
Dream Preservation/Building, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Strawberry Shortcake – The Sweet Dreams Movie (DVD)

Strawberry Shortcake-The Sweet Dreams movie centers on the characters of Strawberry Shortcake and her friends as they journey to a colorful and distinct dreamland world to help save their dreams. I also enjoyed the positive tie-in to the movies theme as a writer with the themes of what a character can accomplish with the power of self-belief/having faith in their own abilities.

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Infants of the Spring
DVD
Price: $1.99
Shocking Antics, November 26, 2015

This review is from: The Royals Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)

The Royals Season 1 features Elizabeth Hurley in the important position as a queen (Queen Helena) who must carefully look over the theatrics of her family members while being a leader. She also handles criticism with grace, especially in episode 2 when a guest at a party questions whether there needs to be a continued monarchy. Her tactful comeback to the guest is pretty intriguing.

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Project Runway: Junior Season 1
Price: $16.99
Fashion Talent, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Project Runway: Junior Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)

I’m fortunate to have found out About Project Runaway Junior A few days prior to the showing of episode one. I Admit that I do not remember where I put the paper of All the names of the contestants that Wrote down who were mentioned on the first episode. What I can remember however is that New York is where the contest takes place and all of the names of the contestants are featured on the online channel of mylifetime tv. Additionally, Tim Gunn and Hannah Davis include a panel of celebrity judges to look over the fashions. The confidence of the teenage contestants in the series is extremely inspiring to watch and I unexpectedly learned some things in the way of projecting increased self-confidence.

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The Best of California Southland Style
DVD
Price: $11.96
A Brief California Tourism Showing, November 26, 2015

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This review is from: The Best of California Southland Style (Amazon Instant Video)

The best of California Southland Style includes among the following-Christian Holt, travel experts from Sunset Magazine and sponsored by Amtrak. There is also; the mention of the Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center Stadium, Southern Californians Jessie & Alex who have traveled throughout California during the three years of their marriage in place such as Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, interview with Matt Jaffree Sunset Magazine writer, car designer Jay Mays best known for designing the new Thunderbird beetle, Brooke Hodge curator of Architecture And Design, the American Apparel company And the company’s owner, A family’s visit to Ventura Harbor Hawaii Chieftain, Lora Finnegan Sunset Magazine Travel Writer, Micha Faust Allnut Ship’s And more.

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Pilot
DVD
Price: $1.99
Trophy Wife Tribulations?, November 26, 2015

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This review is from: Trophy Wife Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)

I have had Trophy Wife Season 1 in my Amazon watchlist since at least September and possibly earlier. However, I admit that I decided to check out Trophy Wife Season 1 Episode 1 after watching an episode of the Castle TV series that featured a murder scandal involving trophy wives married to wealthy husbands. Trophy Wife Season 1 Episode 1 opens with the character of Kate Harrison (Malin Akerman) explaining how she met her very rich husband Pete Harrison (Bradley Whitford). Kate Harrison also goes on to truthfully explain and show the relationship dynamics that she has with her husband’s two previous wives Dr. Diane Buckley (Marcia Gay Harden) and Jackie Fisher (Michaela Watkins). Kate Harrison is also trying to be the best stepmother that she can to Hillary (Bailee Madison), Warren (Ryan Lee), and Bert (Albert Tsai). Fortunately, she has her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales). There is a humorous scene where Kate Harrison is biting down on a cherry flavor looking popsicle in order to try to recover from some liquid she ingested to cover for her stepdaughter (out of love and concern for her stepdaughter).

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Meme is Murder
DVD
Price: $2.99
Fame At What Cost?, November 26, 2015

This review is from: Castle Season 7 (Amazon Instant Video)

Castle Season 7 Episode 4 Episode 5-Meme is Murder- involves a hard core killer who enjoys going after people who are celebrities on the internet. One of the victims involves a popular reviewer who garnered serious attention for both her positive and negative reviews. To tell the truth, right away I at first thought that the killer may have been one of the business owners who got just one star from the internet celeb murder victim, especially when one of the murder suspects said that the murder victim did not even patronize his business that the murdered victim gave the one star review to.

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