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Windows 7 For Dummies
Windows 7 For Dummies
by Andy Rathbone
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.80
65 used & new from CDN$ 2.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rathbone strikes again!, Oct. 21 2011
This review is from: Windows 7 For Dummies (Paperback)
Andy Rathbone has been keeping us informed and amused for years. He doesn't fail here -- a very good book and helpful.

Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi 6'' Wireless Reading Device (Graphite)
Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi 6'' Wireless Reading Device (Graphite)

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle is a great product but the Canadian price is ridiculous, June 13 2011
I think the Kindle is a great product -- for $139 US -- but a Canadian price of $299 is ludicrous. Especially considering that the Canadian dollar is worth more than the US dollar and has been for months.

Have a friend in the US buy it for you.

Body and Soul : Yoga for Beginners
Body and Soul : Yoga for Beginners
DVD ~ Barbara Benagh
Price: CDN$ 9.51
14 used & new from CDN$ 9.35

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars May be fine but Beginners is a misnomer, July 5 2008
I have no idea what beginners this DVD is aimed at but it's not for anyone who isn't already in terrific shape and preferably under 25.
You must already have great flexibility and the ability to get around quickly or you'll be left behind in no time flat.
I have been happily doing Peggy Cappy's yoga videos and was hoping to expand my repetoire. This DVD is, however, a complete waste of money for me because I'll never be 25 again nor acquire the physique of an Olympic gymnast.

Nobody Nowhere..Autistic
Nobody Nowhere..Autistic
by Donna Williams
Edition: Paperback
49 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Literally stunning, Jan. 29 2008
I first heard Donna Williams being interviewed by Terry Gross on "Fresh Air." I didn't hear the beginning, so I had no idea who she was. Strangely enough, I had the distinct impression of a head without a body. When I got to the end, I immediately ordered the book.
This book gives a remarkable insight into the world of one autistic person. When she describes, for example, how televsion sit-coms look to her, it gives your mind quite a jolt. I love books that challenge my thinking.
After this book, I came across Oliver Sacks' writing about Temple Grandin and then read her books. (Also remarkable.)
I don't know any autistic people and I don't claim that I now "understand" them. But this book made me think aboiut how I think, and how there are other ways of perceiving the world.

Why Do Men Have Nipples?: Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini
Why Do Men Have Nipples?: Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini
by Mark Leyner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.99
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment, Sept. 1 2005
I am a big fan of collections of esoterica and the authors have been diligently flogging this book, so I thought it had the makings of a fun read. Sad to say, the few parts that are funny are not original. Every "question" covered has been discussed in the media for years as have been the answers. Alas, even some of the answers are wrong.
The parts that are original are not funny. The authors shamelessly pad the book with pages and pages of dreary dumb/dumber dialog. (Their editor needs to develop a backbone.) Skip that (not difficult as it becomes worse as you go along) and you're left with a lot of nothing.
At least I wasted less time than money because the whole book took much less than an hour to finish.

Report From Ground Zero
Report From Ground Zero
by Dennis Smith
Edition: Hardcover
50 used & new from CDN$ 0.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Read for the voices of the firefighters, June 19 2002
When Smith lets the firefighters and cops speak, the book is extremely powerful and moving. The people on the scene that day describe their confusion and fear even as they continued to do their jobs. That's what defines a hero - being afraid and doing it anyway. When these people speak, the dirt and smoke and fire and determination and grief flood the page.
But when Smith's voice interrupts,the text becomes bland and strangely distant. Everyone is a long-time friend, everyone is a model fireman (or cop) beloved by all, everyone who died was perfect and practically saintly. Everything he sees is unlike anything he's ever seen before. Words fail him - not an asset for a writer.
No matter, this is a book only Smith could have written because no one else has his access to the fire department. And it's worth buying to read the stories told by the participants.

Waiting
Waiting
by Debra Ginsberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.26
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1.0 out of 5 stars Whiney and lots of filler, Sept. 6 2001
This review is from: Waiting (Paperback)
I was looking forward to reading this book because the premise looked good -- a book by a woman who's been waiting tables for 20 years. I thought it could be an interesting insight into her character or insight into the restaurant biz. Unfortunately, the book fails on both counts. As to her character, she comes across as whiney and passive. All her life decisions are made for her. She graduates from college and becomes a waitress in order to write. Does she write? Very little. She just drifts around from one dreadful restaurant to another. Even when she turns up pregnant by a long-gone boyfriend, there's not a even a moment of introspection. No thoughts as to how being a single mom might affect her life, or the baby's life. Just a "oh I'm pregnant...going to be a mommy."
Only one of her many sisters is identified by name. Other weird things are dropped into the text without explanation. When her father ran the pizza parlor in Portland, she says her mother would come in after work (no mention of what sort of work) and sit in a booth until closing time. Just sit and stare off into space, apparently. Why? What was going on? Most of her family remain shadowy background figures. (And she herself is pretty much a cypher so interesting people are scarce in the text.)
Instead, chapter after chapter are filled with horror stories of terrible restaurants with even more terrible patrons. (I have worked as a food server and it's astounding how many awful co-workers and customers she encounters.) These stories are told as "here's a typical day at retaurant X." So even these descriptions are pastiches and "not real." In fact, that's what was missing in this book, a sense of truth being told. It feels dishonest. (And loads and loads of filler -- a whole chapter analyzing movies with waitress characters, for example. A dumb idea and executed without insight.) After reading "Kitchen Confidential," this book was a real letdown.

In a Dry Season
In a Dry Season
by Peter Robinson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
73 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars A smashing return, Sept. 28 2000
After a couple of not-so-great entries in the series, Peter Robinson scores big with In a Dry Season. The characters, the plot, the shifting perspectives, all give great animation and interest to the book. Looking forward to the next book in the series as well.

Roseanna
Roseanna
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great detective series of all time, Sept. 12 2000
This review is from: Roseanna (Paperback)
The Martin Beck books by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo are individually brilliant and collectively stunning. It's incredible that this series isn't available in its entirety -- so many people are being deprived of a great reading experience. One can only hope that some publisher will get wise and bring them all back into print. In the way that Tony Hillerman takes you into the Southwest or Laurie King evokes the world of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Sjowall and Wahloo paint a stark, but not grim, picture of modern Sweden and a great portrait of Martin Beck, an imperfect but admirable human being.

A Judgement in Stone
A Judgement in Stone
by J.K.Rowling
Edition: Paperback
38 used & new from CDN$ 0.11

5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning & wonderful book, Feb. 13 2000
This review is from: A Judgement in Stone (Paperback)
I read this book years ago and never forgot it -- I am delighted it's back in print so I can buy a copy again. Genberally, I like Rendells' Wexford books but find her other titles too overwrought and creepy. However, this book is a masterpiece. You know what happened on the first page but the novel keeps you solidly hooked while you find out the why. When you come to the end, there's a strong feeling of the horrid inevitablity of it all. A skillful and powerful book.

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