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Linda Selbie "Atheologist" (Toronto, Ontario Canada)
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Chennai & Tamil Nadu
Chennai & Tamil Nadu
by David Stott
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.05
13 used & new from CDN$ 11.04

1.0 out of 5 stars Neither current or informative, March 16 2012
This review is from: Chennai & Tamil Nadu (Paperback)
I purchased this guide book as seeing it was published in December 2011 and we were on our way to Tamil Nadu in February 2012, had expected up to date information.

It is beyond me as to why Michael Palin would endorse the book (see front cover) as he nor the authors had been in the Indian state ever or at least in this century.

Much of the information was wrong and or out of date. For example, restaurants in Pondicherry listed in the book were either closed or had changed owners. In the other case of the Hotel de l'Orient in that city/state, the description of a fabulous view made me laugh as the building is a courtyard style 3 blocks away from the sea.

Museum & temple opening times and prices are often wrong too.

The Footprint company should edit publications before printing and offering them for sale and emphasize current, up to date details.

The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.16
217 used & new from CDN$ 0.40

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bollocks!, Nov. 24 2009
This review is from: The Lost Symbol (Hardcover)
Dan Brown has lost the knack for plausible storytelling. I could barely get through the book and stuck with it only to read about Freemasonry and symbolism in the architecture of D.C. The characters are incompetent and irrational. The ridiculous religious sermon is too much too.

My copy was ordered from Amazon and it is very poorly printed and assembled book. The margins slant on diagonals on badly cut pages. Shame on the publisher.

I can't even think of anyone to pass the book on to as am embarrassed to admit buying it. Save your money and buy Richard Dawkins' brilliant The Greatest Show on Earth.

The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud
The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud
by Julia Navarro
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
13 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, April 20 2009
I stuck with this one to the end and maybe should have quit early on. I bought the book based on some good art history observations in Navarro's Secret Supper. My expectations sank with the convoluted, absurd and badly reasoned premise of this Shroud tale. The author missed a real opportunity to show how Leondardo da Vinci created the image on the cloth in what is the first recorded photographic negative. She does make slight comments about the relic industry. Since religions were invented, making and selling talismans and amulets has always been lucrative.

The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.31
55 used & new from CDN$ 2.99

23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Richard Dawkins, March 9 2007
This review is from: The God Delusion (Hardcover)
What a thrill it is to read and share this insightful, essential work. Thank you Richard Dawkins for saying out loud what so many intelligent people are thinking. Exposing the lies, deceit and stupidity of religion is an ongoing work in progress however with time and hopefully soon the superstitious myths of monotheism will be marginalized to the back section of the fiction bookshelf behind those of Zeus and Thor.

I am so happy that the British Book Awards has short listed Dawkins for Author of the Year and 'the God Delusion' for book of the year (2007).

In Defense Of Atheism
In Defense Of Atheism
by Michel Onfray
Edition: Hardcover
11 used & new from CDN$ 2.84

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading – a page turner, March 9 2007
This review is from: In Defense Of Atheism (Hardcover)
I concur with the earlier review of Onfray’s ‘in Defense of Atheism’ however object to the publisher changing the title to suit the Canadian audience. This work is insightful, intelligent, shocking in revelations of the inherent cruelty of monotheism and should be read by everyone before blindly submitting to superstitious nonsense. Following on the heels of Dawkins ‘the God Delusion’ Onfray addresses the key elements of the crimes against human dignity and intellectual evolution that is the hallmark of religion. The sooner religious superstition is marginalized the better it will be for all good people.

Thanks to Richard Dawkins for his genius and courage. Thank you too Michael Onfray for offering this fantastic, brilliant work which provides a wealth of material to defend thinking against the stupidity of theology.

The Jesus Papers Cd: Exposing The Greatest Cover-up In History
The Jesus Papers Cd: Exposing The Greatest Cover-up In History
by Michael Baigent
Edition: Audio CD
Price: CDN$ 22.02
12 used & new from CDN$ 18.03

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking doesn't hurt at all, May 5 2006
The Jesus Papers offers a plausible explanation of events that form much of modern religious mythology. It clearly shows the central figure as a rabble-rouser Zealot with messianic aspirations. Much of monotheism can be traced back to Egyptian magic and Baigent tries to help readers discover the origins of the legends. It's important also to remind some that the biblical tales are mostly anecdotal and that it is quite easy to fake death using drugs. One has to wonder how in modern times literate people can in all seriousness suggest that the supernatural events promoted by the Vatican actually occurred. Jesus of Palestine was just a man who put his pants on one leg at time like everyone else. The whole mystical invention around that figure if he actually existed is certainly clever marketing and the ultimate deception.

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