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Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine
Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine
Price: CDN$ 15.66

4.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY THOROUGH, Jan. 29 2016
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Five stars for a specialist or academic student. Three subjective stars for me as there was "too much information" for my generalist brain. The pagan section is especially taxing because the pagans had no central authority enforcing an orthodoxy. Every village/town/shrine had a different cult/spirit/god and Fox seemingly describes every one that inscriptions or writings suggest or document, adducing the qualifications of source, age, authenticity, credibility etc. etc. etc. Hence it is a long book and I confess to some speed reading. The Christian section illustrates the adage that the victors write history so that more is known about the continuing story ("a fable agreed upon") of the Catholic Church. Works of the various heretics are given as much space as their relics permit. The book ends abruptly at the year 500 A.D., having amply fulfilled its mandate. My Kindle edition had maps but no pictures.

7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp-Red(3 mode)
7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp-Red(3 mode)

4.0 out of 5 stars STURDY ALUMINUM CASE, Jan. 29 2016
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My first mail from China. What a thrill. These little flashlights work great now I figured them out. That's the reason I shorted rating by one star. There was no insert telling me how to use or install a battery. Just got them and they work just fine.

Cuisinart CGR-4NC 5-in-1 Griddler
Cuisinart CGR-4NC 5-in-1 Griddler
Price: CDN$ 119.99
20 used & new from CDN$ 101.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Steak for dinner; waffles for breakfast., Nov. 28 2015
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Useful and versatile. I literally used it to grill steaks for dinner and make waffles for breakfast. Absurdly, you need to buy the waffle plates separately. Changing from grill plates to waffle is a snap [ha ha] and also lets you put them in the dishwasher. Use silicone spatula to avoid scratching the effective non-stick surfaces. My only beef is that the top surface does not heat as much as the bottom and I have to flip steak or waffles to cook evenly. Compact in size and light-weight. Would make a great gift.

Everland 100-Percent Whole Pastry Wheat Flour, 2Kg
Everland 100-Percent Whole Pastry Wheat Flour, 2Kg
Price: CDN$ 9.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pricey and redundant for my waffles., Nov. 28 2015
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I thought this might make better waffles, but it really makes no difference. I want my waffles crispy, not tender.

Reacher Pik-Stik 26" Classic
Reacher Pik-Stik 26" Classic

1.0 out of 5 stars JUNK, Nov. 28 2015
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This piece of junk broke the very first time I squeezed the handles. I hadn't even removed the attached cardboard. I returned it, following the vendor's protocol. The third party vendor promptly refunded both the item and the [high] postage.

A MAD World Order
A MAD World Order

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1.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ARGUMENT FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, Nov. 13 2015
This review is from: A MAD World Order (Kindle Edition)
This couldn't happen if Canada hadn't wimped out and abolished hanging people like Bernardo. "Hanging killers makes us no better than them." Really? Bernardo?

Puppia RiteFit Harness with Adjustable Neck, Small, Pink
Puppia RiteFit Harness with Adjustable Neck, Small, Pink
Price: CDN$ 26.88
6 used & new from CDN$ 24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars NOT A RITE FIT FOR MY CHINESE CRESTED, Oct. 26 2015
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This harness was sturdy enough and seemed well made. But it was not a rite fit for my Hairless Chinese Crested dog. Dogs' bodies vary so widely that I suggest anyone take their dog to a store and try any clothing item on them. After much searching I found her a "Martha Steward safari jacket" harness which gave her a good fit and has served us well.

Feather Style Capacitive Stylus Touch Screen Pen for iPhone/iPad and Others Silver
Feather Style Capacitive Stylus Touch Screen Pen for iPhone/iPad and Others Silver

1.0 out of 5 stars THESE FEATHERS DON'T TICKLE ME., Oct. 26 2015
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Too fine and small to be any use to me. A child could use them and perhaps be amused by the feather look.

Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
Price: CDN$ 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars GHASTLY, HARROWING, REWARDING READ, Oct. 26 2015
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Four stars means "I like it" which is perposterous in this context since the subject matter is so ghastly. This Jewish doctor in Auschwitz survived the imprisonment by making himself useful to Dr. Mengele, the notorious SS doctor who perpetrated zany and cruel experiments on inmates. The author does not attempt to whitewash his role though he did not do the actual torturing. Judging culpability here is a vain exercise, any more than blaming the Jewish crematorium workers who got two extra months of life by doing their horrific jobs. This is a harrowing but rewarding read.

The Farm
The Farm
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Price: CDN$ 9.99

1.0 out of 5 stars FARM SUBSIDIES COULDN'T SAVE THIS ONE, Oct. 26 2015
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I found this book a tedious slog and only finished it because it was my [Mature Gay Men's] Book Club selection. The narrator is gay which only serves the plot in that he has been closeted and remote from his parents. Hence he had no idea of their dire financial state which leads them to sell up their English property and move to a small very remote farm in Sweden. His father is English and mother Swedish [like his author], but she has been away so long that the locals regard her a foreigner. This is supposed to be a psychological thriller which did not thrill me for one minute. Father is convinced that Mother is crazy and is trying to have her committed; Mother is convinced of a sinister crime and conspiracy in the Swedish neighborhood. She flees to her son in England and an insufferably tedious monologue ensues as she tries to enlist her son to protect her from his father. The narrator goes to Sweden to investigate--yadda yadda yadda.

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