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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

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Pandemic Board Game 2013 Revised Edition by Z-Man Games
Pandemic Board Game 2013 Revised Edition

Jennifer Short, May 2, 2014

Usually a reader, I was happy to see that Powells carries this game. It is an excellent game, enjoyed by young (about age 8) and adults alike. I have spent many hours playing this game, and a friend's son made an edict that any time I visit, I am not welcome if I don't bring this game! He's just as addicted to this game as me! Great fun, and very unique that everyone either loses or wins, very much a team effort!
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The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason
The Blue Umbrella

Jennifer Short, January 6, 2014

Zac Sparks' mother was struck by lightening. After her funeral, Zac was taken to Five Corners to live with his cruel aunties. This is a book that reminded me of bits of James and the Giant Peach and Narnia. I don't believe it's for younger children, but I found it a fascinating read, because Sky Porter holds a secret -- a big secret. And when the auntie's dada wants Mr. Porter's umbrella, all kinds of strange things are revealed. (Note: while this is published by a Christian publishing house, there is nothing overtly Christian in it except a Bible verse at the end, so I believe anyone of any faith would enjoy this with no problem.) I am looking forward to reading the sequel, and it's rare I read sequels -- one of the best fiction books I have read in a long time.
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Ticket To Ride
Ticket To Ride

Jennifer Short, January 6, 2014

I love strategy games, and this is a favorite. Build your railroads along certain routes and earn extra points. Have the longest railroad and earn more points. Earn points with cards in your hands. This game is a family favorite and will be for years to come. Easy enough for a child to play but strategic enough for adults to get in a great competition to build their railroads -- and adults might even try to block others from completing their route! Fun for middle elementary through the oldest of adults! Great family game!
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Settlers of Catan (4th Edition) by Mayfair Games
Settlers of Catan (4th Edition)

Jennifer Short, January 6, 2014

I love strategy games, but in many of them it seems as if it is forever until you can make a move. Settlers of Catan is different because each roll can help you collect supplies which can help you win the game. This was a hit over a family Christmas and one night we stayed up until three in the morning finishing a game. Few games can keep my attention that late at night, and this one will be a favorite for years to come!
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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master" by Rachel Held Evans
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband

Jennifer Short, March 27, 2013

This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. The author tackles a different "female" virtue of the Bible each month for a year, not taking into account how customs may have changed. She camps out during her "unclean" time of the month as not to defile objects in her home, she learns to be gentle which isn't easy during football season, and her attempts at making her own clothing are just downright hilarious!
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