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Tamsin
Tamsin
by Peter Beagle
Edition: Paperback
14 used & new from CDN$ 2.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Another wonder from Beagle, Dec 4 2002
This review is from: Tamsin (Paperback)
First of all, Peter S. Beagle is one of my absolutely favorite authors, so I am predisposed to like his works. That, being said, I really enjoyed this book. His writing is extremely lyrical. The people in his books, despite the fantastic situations in which they find themselves, seem very earthy and real. Even the confusion of the ghosts and the way they respond to their circumstances are very believeable which encourages the reader to be sympathetic to their plight. I love Peter's endings, I believe he is one of the masters of the bittersweet ending.
If you are going to only read one book by this author, I would recommend The Last Unicorn, or, for older folks (20s or so) Folk of the Air over this one. However, this is another good book by one of the masters of Fantasy. Keep in mind that I think Peter tends to gear most of his books, including this one, for the young adult audience although most can be enjoyed by readers from 8 to 108.

Legend (Ultimate Edition)
Legend (Ultimate Edition)
DVD ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by Deal Beat
Price: CDN$ 92.99
22 used & new from CDN$ 11.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Great, Nov. 27 2002
This review is from: Legend (Ultimate Edition) (DVD)
I love this movie, but I feel I love it more for its potential then what it actually achieves. This movie manages to actually feel more like a fantasy book then a movie. It adheres to the rules of modern, adult fantasy stories. The Fairies / elves are dark and mysterious despite being on the side of light. The scenery is magical. Everything seems dreamlike. The acting is marvelous. I would say Tom Cruise is the weakest actor of the lot, and that probably has more to do with the fact he has done some many things it is hard to suspend his acting history. The weakness of this movie is the plot. It is a simplistic good vs evil tale that is drawn out too long. However, even this does allow the viewer some time to revel in the setting. I do fear the meandering of the story will deter multiple viewings, but thanks to the magic of DVD you can just jump to the scene that you want. I also like the fact that both the director's cut and the American release versions are including on the DVD with all the usual commentaries. This is a dreamlike story, a lulling tale before bedtime, not an action pact adventure. It is in the tradition of books like The Last Unicorn, or Patricia A. McKillip's stories.
I feel that the only fantasy movie that does a better job of telling it's story more like a modern fantasy (fairy tale subdivision) book than a kid's movie is Lord of the Rings. And I believe that Lord of the Rings, Legend, and Labrynth (Jim Henson) are the three movies that lovers of the genre should check out.

Exiles Honor
Exiles Honor
by Mercedes Lackey
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weaponmaster's story, Nov. 27 2002
This review is from: Exiles Honor (Hardcover)
So, now we know how Alberich arrived at his place in Valdemar. Overall, it is a pretty good story, I enjoyed it more than To Take a Thief. However, it is not nearly as good as Lackey at her best (the Vanyel / Magic trilogy, the Oath series, and the Storm series). But Lackey is a master of just telling a good old-fashion, fun, uncomplicated tales. And that is what this is. Alberich comes across as a grimy hero out of an old western. He adheres strictly to his own code of honor. This and his intelligence along with his friends help him to overcome all obstacles and save the day. It is, interestingly enough, a coming of age story of someone who is older than the usual age at which such stories are set.

Yoga
Yoga
by Linda Sparrowe
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful inspiration to your practice, Nov. 25 2002
This review is from: Yoga (Hardcover)
This is a marvelous book. The photographer skillfully captures the artistry of these masters at work. However, what I really liked about the book is the asanas (poses) ranged from fairly basic to extremly advance. Also, for some asana, several variations are given. The combination of these two features mean those with a wide range of practices can actually use the book for ideas on asanas to incorporate into their own practice. Since there are no explanations on the poses I would not advise a beginner doing this without assistance. But, if you're an intermediate yogi and can figure out how to do a pose properly from a picture, this book can a truly remarkable source of inspiration for asanas to incorporate into your practice. Also, as a side note, this book is huge. I weighed it, it comes in at 8 lbs.

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