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Eric R Fisher "fishface42" (Toronto, Canada)

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3.0 out of 5 stars GO WITH FRESH PINEAPPLE, June 29 2015
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Who knows? My surgical nurse recommended eating lots of fresh pineapple to speed recovery from surgery. I decided to up the ante with this supplement made from pineapple stems. Reports on efficacy are largely anecdotal with no gold standard research trials. I'll finish the bottle of supplements and then stick to daily fresh pineapple in my lunch smoothy.

KC, at Bat
KC, at Bat
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT ONE FALSE NOTE, June 29 2015
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This Bildungsroman joins a distinguished tradition. In this information age, we meet the narrator Charlie as he experiences two homophilic starter relationships. The first is a default boyfriend through other lack of opportunity in upstate New York. The second, the eponymous and cunningly named KC (at Bat) is a totally unexpected windfall for Charlie. KC is a hunky baseball wizard heading for the pros. His one wrinkle: he is unconflictedly gay but must hide it from his teammates. He has a sexually predatory and influential coach he has had to play ball with, so to speak. KC develops an unlikely attraction for the cerebral Charlie who is headed to Dartmouth. In the internet age all the characters know which end is up. The author is conversant with every nuance of the "gay scene" and of the emotional tugs on maturing young men. This is no gay Cinderella story, but the ending is convincing if a little melancholy.

Sod Seventy!: The Guide to Living Well
Sod Seventy!: The Guide to Living Well
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOD 70! British for SCREW 70!, June 23 2015
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The title announces that this very useful guide to aging well is British in its allusions. But no matter. Almost all of the sensible suggestions equally apply to our side of the puddle. Physicians and therapists would do their patients a service by supplying it to them.

The Bishop's Wife (A Linda Wallheim Mystery)
The Bishop's Wife (A Linda Wallheim Mystery)
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4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING MYSTERY AMONG MORMONS, June 23 2015
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A lightweight entertaining read. The bishop in question is Mormon, and for me the chief point of interest is the author's first-hand depiction of Mormon life. Rated PG.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WORKS FOR MY CHINESE CRESTED DOGGY, June 23 2015
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I got this for my dog, a hairless Chinese Crested, after noting that she was tanning under her supposedly sunprotective custom-made tee shirt. The sunscreen prescribed for her was any brand, PSF 15, without scent. Since I happily use La Roche Posay 60 sunblock, I went with this 15 with different chemicals. Doggy tolerates it well, so Daddy is gratified.

The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation
The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation
Offered by Random House Canada, Incorp.
Price: CDN$ 14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK OF MELISSA, June 23 2015
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I entirely concur with little lady blue's review of May 16, 2015. It is embarrassingly (to Melissa) obvious that this is her last chance to squeeze a few more bucks out of her association with Joan. The book is "as inspired by my mom" meaning much of the material is invented in a forced and unfunny way. While Melissa's being recruited to write this book while exiting the memorial service might be amusing in a Joan routine, here it is shockingly crass. The later chapter about Joan's relation to Melissa's son Conner is characterisically as much about Melissa as the other two and could be summed up in two paragraphs. After that I was skimming to the end. I suggest Melissa send all of Joan's material to an archive and cease trying to plunder it, since something is lost in her iteration. Overpriced. Buy it from a clearance table (so to speak).

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Rubbermaid Blue Ice Weekender Pack
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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE PRICE. JUST BUY SOMETHING ELSE FOR $25., May 14 2015
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Work perfectly. Stay cold a long time if you freeze them in ultra-cold freezer, then use in closed insulated bags. With two to a bag I can buy frozen foods and have them sit in a summer-hot car trunk for a few hours while I do other errands.
NOTE: The $25 dollar (or more) item must come from Amazon, not a third-party seller.

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train
Offered by Random House Canada, Incorp.
Price: CDN$ 13.99

2.0 out of 5 stars STOPPED READING IT AT THE 42% KINDLE MARK, May 2 2015
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Yes I know this book has great sales, perhaps the reason I started it. But I found the narrator and the other characters so utterly uncongenial/uninteresting that I finally admitted to myself (I hate quitting a book unfinished.) that I didn't gave a da-n what they said or did. Plus the foundational gimmick of Rachel's drinking to blackout leaves me cold as in, "Get thee to a detox and write a book after a year's sobriety." As something of an Anglophile, I found the incidental depiction of British life vaguely interesting, though hardly Masterpiece Theater, and not enough to keep me going.

I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror
I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOMOSEXUAL IMPRISONED BY THE 1000-YEAR REICH, March 28 2015
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"I love it." [5 stars] is hardly appropriate, but I do find this book horrifying and important. The "Product Description" of the listing is eloquent and accurate, so I will only add that this work is a fitting follow-through to Paul Russell's novelistic autobiography, "The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov" which ends with Sergey's arrest by the Gestapo. No doubt it presents the fate of all imprisoned homosexuals during the 1000-Year Reich. Gripping, ghastly reading compounded by the victims' enforced silence and shame after the war.

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov: A Novel
The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov: A Novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING [WITH MY SUBJECTIVE RESERVATIONS]; YOU DECIDE, March 28 2015
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"Nabokov" [Vladimir] may ring a bell as the author of the years-ago controversial "Lolita." His younger [by 11 months] gay brother Sergey will not. In this meticulously researched and written biographical novel, the Vladimir Nabokov scholar Paul Russell has used all available historical and cultural resources to flesh out a convincing portrait of Sergey. Russell's acknowledged impetus to this work was a 2000 A.D. article in Salon.com magazine entitled "The Gay Nabokov" by Lev Grossman. Russell has woven the known facts of Sergey's life with his earlier research into the better known facts of Vladimir's biography and the cultural/historical context of the era. This sounds so far like a pedantic exercise, but it is quite the opposite. The novel consists of fully fleshed out characters speaking more than convincing dialogue within the tumultuous era of pre-revolution Russia, through the 20's and 30's in many European locales, especially Paris, as the formerly wealthy and aristocratic Nabokovs are dispersed following the Bolshevic Revolution. Sergey lived in the shadow of his celebrated brother. Born just 11 months later and gay [with 1 gay uncle on each side of his family] he was a perpetual source of dismay, especially to his father and brother, whose unqualified love and approval he never fully gained--to his great pain. Any homosexual who grew up in a homophobic environment will fully relate to Sergey's multiple hurts, pains and frustrations. Since this novel is written as an autobiography, his imprisonment and death in a Nazi workcamp is necessarily absent. The book ends with the Gestapo banging on his door. He died in 1945 of starvation, overwork and dysentery just 4 months shy of the camp's liberation. My one star of reservation is purely personal. I do find Sergey's associates in Paris unpleasant. Through his love of the arts, Sergey consorts with avant-garde aesthetes--Stein, Cocteau, the Ballet Russe celebrities and hangers on--immersed at times in their debaucheries and oh-so-clever verbal riffs. I found myself flipping over paragraphs from time to time, especially when the opium-addled Cocteau rattled on. Sergey's penultimate genuine love affair with a very wealthy Austrian is terminated by the Nazis. The book will be regarded as a work of genius by many readers.

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