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Blazing Arrow
Blazing Arrow
Price: CDN$ 14.86
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give the Gift of Gab!, Dec 27 2009
This review is from: Blazing Arrow (Audio CD)
Gift of Gab is easily one of the best MCs out there right now, and this is perhaps his best work. I would love to give this album 5 stars, but Blazing Arrow does have a few sleepers that could have easily been left out (the album is 75 mins long). Nonetheless, this is the product of pure talent and boasts such great tracks as "Make You Feel That Way", "First in Flight", and "Release".

Power In Numbers
Power In Numbers
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5.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as quality control, Dec 27 2009
This review is from: Power In Numbers (Audio CD)
Great CD. For about the first half, it's probably better than Quality Control. The quality decreases somewhat for the last few tracks, but they're still better than average tracks. Quality Control is a really hard album to follow (it's actually my all-time favorite CD), and Power in Numbers does a remarkably good job of trying to capture the magic that their debut had. This definately has a different, darker feel than QC, and some people seem to think this is an improvement. In summary: excellent CD, buy it.

Quality Control
Quality Control
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5.0 out of 5 stars still hasn't been topped, Dec 27 2009
This review is from: Quality Control (Audio CD)
It's been out for a while now and it's still my favorite CD, period. It's rhymes are light, the beats are fun, each track is memorable, and it's just a good CD to chill to. It will never be considered one of the greatest of all time, but it's loved by so many people just because it's so solid. Probably the best CD for introducing someone to rap -- it's the one that got me hooked. Even rap haters don't seem to mind these guys.

The Everlasting Man
The Everlasting Man
by G. K. Chesterton
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, but not for beginners, Dec 25 2009
This review is from: The Everlasting Man (Paperback)
This book is among the best of the 20th century. As many other reviewers agree, it's just as relevent today as it was in 1925.

Unfortunately, many readers today will have a distinct disadvantage that will render them illiterate to some of the major points that Chesterton hammers home: the modern reader generally lacks a classical background. If I had read this book mere months before when I actually did, I would have either been lost in parts, or I would have simply ignored those parts and moved on to the next paragraph. Chesterton assumes that you have are familiar with much of Greek and Roman history, as well as many of the major classical myths. Do not read this book unless you have these. It is well worth the preparation, because this book deserves to be understood.

Now that that's said, I'll start praising the book. It's about a myth -- the only myth that uses human history as its setting. And as all good myths do, it strives to entertain, humanize, and instruct. Chesterton makes the reader well aware that his book will attempt to embellish and make us realise that our world truly is magical. His writing is long and musing, but never boring and always relevant to his points. The style of writing is symbolic of his purpose: to show that we do not live in a world of immediate facts, but in a beautiful portrait that deserves to be appreciated by humans, not robots.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately, disappointing, Dec 25 2009
I first heard about this book by hearing someone say that it was "genius." It's certainly not, but it's worth a read anyway... at least the first 3/4.

I'm not overly interested in environmentalism -- I read this book primarily for the narratives and analyses of the ancient and recent societies that collapsed. The book is, after all, called "Collapse."

Collapse starts off very strongly. It gives a nice description of what constitutes a collapse and explains how history should be studied like a science. His intro chapter on Montana basically sets the tone for the next 13 chapters of the book, which are interesting for the most part, although sometimes redundant. His analyses of past and modern societies are insightful and exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of history... too bad he didn't stop there.

The last section is called "Pracical Lessons." After reading the previous chapters, I was pretty pumped for this part, as Diamond is obviously a vary smart man (not that his biases don't show at times). Unfortunately, without the use of a storyline to present his thoughts, as in the previous chapters, his writing derails and becomes extremely dry... almost unbearable to read. I reduced myself to generous skimming because he really presents nothing new; the average reader should be smart enought to extend what he was saying in the historical examples to modern society.

Thus, I'm not sure that I would reccommend this book. If it's history you're looking for, there are better books, and I'm sure the same goes if you're looking for a book on environmental issues. The book really doesn't work well as a hybrid; the last section doesn't flow with the first three. I would suggest reading only a few chapters... say, the ones on Easter Island, the Anasazi, Rwanda, and Australia. These are very good, but the rest is really redundancy.

My suggestion: get this from the library, read 4 or 5 chapters, and don't waste your time and money on the rest.

Teach Yourself Afrikaans Complete Course Package (Book+ 2CDs)
Teach Yourself Afrikaans Complete Course Package (Book+ 2CDs)
by Lydia McDermott
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book, Fun Language, Nov. 20 2009
This was the first self-teach language book I ever used, and it's pretty good and Afrikaans is still my favourite language. This book does a good job of introducing the basics, and teaches how to construct actual sentences pretty quickly, which is pretty easy because Afrikaans is the closest "major" language to English. I liked the recordings, which are pretty standard for these products.
A few faults are that some of the readings use vocabulary that isn't covered in the book, or constructions that are covered much later in the book. I had to use the internet a lot to get a hold on the vocabulary and to clear up some things that the book leaves wanting.
Overall, it's likely the best self-instruction you'll find for Afrikaans, perhaps the only one.

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