16 Apr
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday! Books!

In the spirit of National Library Week, here are a couple books reviews to whet your literary appetite.  Enjoy!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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In The Maze Runner, a group of boys living in a gigantic stone labyrinth struggles to understand the reason for their imprisonment and search for the maze’s exit, a job that’s made harder by a collective amnesia that causes the boys to distrust each other and an indescribable danger lurking somewhere behind the maze’s walls.  Compulsively readable, Dashner’s series deals much more in mystery than other dystopian novels for young adults, and there’s a creepiness found throughout The Maze Runner that really separates it from the crowd.  For fans of the genre, this is a must-read.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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One of the most popular dystopian series out right now – and for good reason!  Divergent takes place in post-apocalyptic Chicago, where the city’s inhabitants are divided into five factions – based on personal attributes like strength and bravery, intelligence, and selflessness – and discouraged from associating with each other.  This book has an interesting premise and fantastic characters, both of which you’ll learn much more about the further you fall into the story.  While critics seem eager to compare it to The Hunger Games trilogy, Divergent goes far beyond your typical dystopian storyline, exploring that fine line between order and chaos and encouraging its readers to re-examine what it means to be loyal, to be obedient. To be truly afraid.

26 Mar
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday! Easter Basket Gifts!

You still have a few days to get everything you need to fill those Easter baskets, folks!  Come in this week so we can fill (see what I did there?) all your Easter gift needs!

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5 Mar
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday!

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So many delectable teas. Also a cute, fat teapot.

Tea Forte!

These days coffee seems to get all the attention, but if you're an avid (read: snooty) tea drinker like me, don't worry - we've got your back!  KU stocks a huge variety of teas and tea accessories from great companies like Tea Forte, whose loose leaf tea canisters come in difficult-to-describe, yet oh-so-delicious, flavors like Blueberry Merlot and African Solstice, which are both great choices for spring sipping. If loose leaf isn't your bag then try Tea Forte's silken diffusers - less mess, but just as much flavor. *And* they come in boxed assortments, so they make great gifts as well. My favorite is the Essential Greens collection, which features standards like Japanese Sencha and Jasmine Green, but offers a few unusual flavors too, including Lemon Sorbetti and Green Mango Peach.  Honestly, you can't go wrong with these teas. They're all incredible.

12 Feb
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday!

Kama Sutra Massage Candles!

They come in four sensuous flavors!  (Island Passion Fruit, Deep Ocean, Mediterranean Almond, and Tropical Plumeria!)  You burn them to create a pool of warm massage oil!  The instructions say, "Extinguish flame and pour warm oil onto the palm of your hand as you take your lover on an unforgettable, romantic journey."  What else can you say?

Try them out!  It's fire and massage!  What could go wrong?

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Tongue-in-cheek as this entry may sound, I actually think these look really cool. Hence their inclusion in CST

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6 Feb
2013

A Valentine’s Day Card to Go With Your Gift!

Do not, under any circumstances, arrive at Valentine's Day cardless, friends.  Big mistake.  Fortunately, we have absolutely fantastic Valentine's Day cards here at the store.  Take a look below for some ideas and come on in to see the full selection and find the perfect card!

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22 Jan
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday!

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Lol, "fun in functional." Classic.

Knock Knock -

KU carries a variety of home and office products from the fine folks at Knock Knock that are *perfect* for sassy people like you and me. My all-time favorite is the Personal Library Kit, which includes check-out cards and a date stamp designed expressly to help you get your books back from no-good, rotten book-stealers. Man, if I've had that when I was younger, my brother wouldn't have been able to pull all that "NO, DUDE. THIS IS *MY* BOOK. MINE, I TELL YOU!" crap back then. Sigh. Other great choices are Knock Knock's line of sassy notes, like Fashion Citation, which helps you explain to your friends why they look like complete crap, and Vouchers for Lovers, with coupons that your bubsie-wubsie can cash in for fun and intimate things like a foot massage, cuddle session, or date night!

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For all you cats out there with personal libraries. You need the kit. For real, though.

15 Jan
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesday!

This is by a good margin my favorite t shirt out the of almost 200 that we sell. Why, you might ask? Let me tell you: This t shirt takes the entire malignant history of European imperialism and distills it into a hilarious joke that requires the minimum of thought and consideration about the pain and suffering that allowed it to exist. It's about healing.

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8 Jan
2013

Cool Stuff Tuesdays! The Blog Edition!

All the cards at Kards Unlimited are excellent, and the blank note cards from Peter Pauper Press are no exception. I've written on them with a variety of fountain pens and ballpoints as well as a number of markers including Sharpies. Without exception, writing on these note cards is a pleasurable experience. The card stock is smooth without being glossy; ink dries on it quickly and does not bleed through except with a broad point Sharpie.

These note cards come in a variety of gorgeous designs appropriate for a ton of personal correspondence. Thank You designs are also available. Come down and check them out! If you're a fan of hand-writing notes, I guarantee you'll love these note cards.

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Some of our many Peter Pauper Press note card and Thank You card designs.

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