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Abacab
Abacab
Price: CDN$ 9.06
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genesis? I just like good music, July 12 2004
This review is from: Abacab (Audio CD)
After purchasing 'Genesis' (the album with the puzzle pieces) I wanted more, so I got this one. I like it almost as much. There seems to be some sort of debate going on here, but I just like good music, and this album has it.

Sudden Glow Of Gold
Sudden Glow Of Gold
by Anne Fine
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Genie books, Aug. 27 2003
This review is from: Sudden Glow Of Gold (Paperback)
All three of Fine's Genie books are good, but this one is the most moving and flows the smoothest. Very nice work.

Sudden Swirl Of Icy Wind
Sudden Swirl Of Icy Wind
by Anne Fine
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, Aug. 27 2003
Anne Fine is a wonderful author, and this book is another in her Genie series. All three are worth having and reading!

Performance Studies: An Introduction
Performance Studies: An Introduction
by Richard Schechner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 43.30
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where Theatre Studies Needs to Go, April 16 2003
This long awaited book by Richard Schechner breaks the traditional boundaries of how theatre is to be studied. He assures us through numerous examples, comments, quotations, and theories how interrelated theatre is with life and life with theatre. To see performance as a part of life and as an extension of it is to see performance with a clarity that has never before been discussed in such depth.
By the end of the book, which is probably more useful as a reference than even as a textbook that students read chapter by chapter (though it does offer great possibilities for creatively integrating in the classroom as it was intended), one has more questions than answers, and that is a good thing, because the questions become more focused and more relevant and more conducive to individual introspection. As a college professor in Theatre, I find that refreshing and valuable.
This is a seminal work, and should certainly be on every theatre practitioner's bookshelf, if not in their hands.
The book contains nudity and language in the examples of performance he gives, so is not suitable for children.

Ender's Shadow
Ender's Shadow
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, despite minor problems, Jan. 30 2002
This tale is as compelling as Ender's Game. It has characters that we quickly care about and which are very interesting. The plot moves quickly and deftly. And can anyone write with the lyrical speed of Orson Scott Card? The pages fly by, his writing is so naturally skilled.
There are a few problems with the book that are only worth mentioning briefly, for you should read this book. First, the character of Bean chooses to sneak around so much that it got a little illogical. He is a rebel for no apparent reason but for his experience growing up on the streets of Rotterdam. It got to be so that wasn't enough. Second, this book is a bit more trite than Ender's Game. There are a bit too many contrived scenes where kids say just the right, wise things.
But please read the book. These weaknesses are easy to overlook, but they will prevent the book from winning any awards.

A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two
A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing distractions, Oct. 29 2001
Though I was transfixed by the previous book in the series, I did not make it through this one. Call me a prude, but the constant self-satisfying and obligatory sex in this book really distracted me and put me off. It seemed to me that the author had some kind of sex fetish and had to put as much of it in the book as he could. Simply put, his previous book in the series was tight. Though thick, nearly every scene and chapter moved the story. Not so with this book. Slowed by "extra" chapters detailing characters having sex, this book was not written for fantasy lovers, but for porn lovers. If you like to read such distraction, then buy the book, for the author's prose is both rich and lyrical. Too bad.

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid prose, Oct. 29 2001
This book is simply good, solid prose. We are taken into a complex and epic world with all sorts of things going on, many of which are not resolved. Of course, we all like sequels, don't we? I really enjoyed the suspense of the many different dangers, personal and family struggles and wars. I also enjoyed the author's unique style of writing that posited a new persona every chapter--naming the chapter after the perspective character. Though a fantasy, I thought that the very little use of magic was both appropriate and refreshing. It made what little there was really exciting and unusual. A good read and better, I felt, that its sequel. But I'll leave that for another review.

Spaced Out / The Very Best of
Spaced Out / The Very Best of
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood artists, Jan. 24 2001
Okay. You know 'em, you love 'em. But what are they doing singing and romping through musical mayhem? Nimoy comes off a bit worse than Shatner in my opinion because he actually sings, but with such profound mediocrity that he comes off looking amateurish. Still, it's Spock for goshsakes!
Shatner, on the other hand, does not attempt to sing at all. He is offering dramatic readings of songs, and I think this was his aim. He is not trying to get away with talking through the songs; he is interpreting the songs dramatically. In 1978, at a Sci Fi convention, he performed Elton John's "Rocket Man" in similar fashion. There was music, he was speaking, and his little oral interpretation exercise came off as just that. So my judgement of Shatner is better than my judgement of Nimoy, simply because seen as dramatic readings, they work. If you try to put them into the category of "singing" or even "music," these are not appropriate categories.
So get the CD, especially if you are a Star Trek fan. How can you live without it?

What to Look for in a Classroom: ...and Other Essays
What to Look for in a Classroom: ...and Other Essays
by Alfie Kohn
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kohn, Decentralized!, Aug. 14 2000
Alfie Kohn is controversial, sure, but few people really doubt (or should doubt) the validity of his ideas. Problems arise when putting these ideas into action within a system that is built on a totally different foundation. Systemic change is required. Systemic change that is not likely to occur. This is Kohn centralized.
So it is refreshing to come to this volume of essays that discuss a myriad of issues that provide teachers with both practical ideas and the theoretical background to help learners learn despite the system that is in place. It is not difficult to find Kohn dreaming of his utopian visions of education without grades to bribe or threaten learners, but he is in control here, and the essay format allows him to be much more concise in presenting his ideas (I find his other books quite repetitive).
He addresses concerns of both the learner and the teacher in these essays. He cites volumes of research that allow us to understand how learners construct knowledge. He helps us access how teachers can then facilitate their classrooms to assist learners in this knowledge construction.
I find it delightful to quote him when addressing my administrators, for he is unabashed at claiming, in manifesto-esque grandeur, what is good for students--and he always has several studies to back his claims. Cogent, forceful, and friendly, these essays reflect an intelligent scholar that is a true advocate of learners.

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes
Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes
by Alfie Kohn
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.01
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4.0 out of 5 stars Advocating an Educational Utopia, Aug. 14 2000
Alfie Kohn is deservedly one of the controversial figures in educational literature today. This book set a precedent that he continues throughout many articles and a few other books. I will let Mr. Kohn argue his case, which is as attractive as it is frustrating to make practical. While he asserts that bribes and threats are not the best way to assist learners learn, his methods can only be fully embraced by a utopian outlook. Nevertheless, he reminds us that intrinsic motivation for learning is by far the most effective and attractive "method" for learning that there can be, and this is common sense. But it is something that we need to be reminded about. As a teacher myself, I have actually found Mr Kohn's thoughts to be very useful in structuring how students learn in my classes. While massive systemic change is required to really do what he advocates, his cogent thoughts are nevertheless helpful to parents, teachers and leaders of business (he divides his thoughts to address these three categories of people).
What is particularly useful in Mr. Kohn's manifesto is my heightened ability to discuss effective learning after reading his book. He is wonderful to quote and he draws from studies that are helpful to cite. He ends up being quite repetitive at times, but this is mainly due to the very logical progression of ideas he presents that rely very much on premises he establishes and must reassert for his thoughts to remain clear.
So get the book and learn about how effective learning can take place. Then try and figure out how far you can go as a parent, teacher or business leader. It won't be all the way, but you wish you could go that far.

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