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Rome: The Complete First Season
Rome: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Kevin McKidd
Price: CDN$ 29.97
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW WOW WOW!, Nov. 9 2009
Wow! Rome is probably the most entertaining and fun series I have seen on TV. This is an absolute must to watch at some point. This is HBO so beware it is a series for Adults. They spent a lot of money on sets and production to make this series authentic and it shows... I was disappointed there is no 3rd season. Essentially this series covers Julius Ceaser and the fall of the republic until the fall of Anthony and Cleopatra. The show really brings the time period to life in a way that makes you yearn for more knowledge of the period and more episodes. Wildly entertaining from large scale battles, political intrigue, relationships, etc. I am sure there are historical inaccuracies but unless you are a History Prof. you will gain tons of insight on the time period and gain a lot of respect for the ancestors living in that time period... all while being entertained beyond belief. TOP MARKS!

Rome: The Complete Second Season
Rome: The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Kevin McKidd
Price: CDN$ 35.94
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW WOW WOW!, Nov. 9 2009
Wow! Rome is probably the most entertaining and fun series I have seen on TV. This is an absolute must to watch at some point. This is HBO so beware it is a series for Adults. They spent a lot of money on sets and production to make this series authentic and it shows... I was disappointed there is no 3rd season. Essentially this series covers Julius Ceaser and the fall of the republic until the fall of Anthony and Cleopatra. The show really brings the time period to life in a way that makes you yearn for more knowledge of the period and more episodes. Wildly entertaining from large scale battles, political intrigue, relationships, etc. I am sure there are historical inaccuracies but unless you are a History Prof. you will gain tons of insight on the time period and gain a lot of respect for the ancestors living in that time period... all while being entertained beyond belief. TOP MARKS!

Rome: The Complete Series
Rome: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Kevin McKidd
Price: CDN$ 66.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 63.38

42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series will BLOW YOU AWAY!, Nov. 9 2009
This review is from: Rome: The Complete Series (DVD)
Wow! Rome is probably the most entertaining and fun series I have seen on TV. This is an absolute must to watch at some point. This is HBO so beware it is a series for Adults. They spent a lot of money on sets and production to make this series authentic and it shows... I was disappointed there is no 3rd season. Essentially this series covers Julius Ceaser and the fall of the republic until the fall of Anthony and Cleopatra. The show really brings the time period to life in a way that makes you yearn for more knowledge of the period and more episodes. Wildly entertaining from large scale battles, political intrigue, relationships, etc. I am sure there are historical inaccuracies but unless you are a History Prof. you will gain tons of insight on the time period and gain a lot of respect for the ancestors living in that time period... all while being entertained beyond belief. TOP MARKS!

True Blood: The Complete First Season
True Blood: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Anna Paquin
Price: CDN$ 29.97
40 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another HBO hit, Nov. 9 2009
True blood is a fabulous new take on a very old concept. Addictive TV that ranks up there with many of HBOs previous drama serious (Rome, Sopranos, etc.) Concept is vampires have moved out of the shadow world and declared their existance to the whole of humanity. Staying away from the cheesy characterizations of vampires the series deals with their inclusion into the larger society and the familiar themes of relationships, murders, and mysteries. This is adult TV but very fun and is much more a drama then a horror series.....

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover
42 used & new from CDN$ 1.64

21 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You better really like evolution!, Oct. 9 2009
Dawkins is a 1st class researcher and wrote a great scientific proof for evolution. For those that don't dispute evolutionary evidence I would suggest that reading this is like killing an ant with a bulldozer. This is not the larger concept thinking of his previous novel the God Delusion but rather a detailed factual look at Evolution. If you like reading about tooth decay in rat populations and comparing forest trees this is the book for you. However, I think most people will be skipping through large sections as we accept the basic concept. Absent writing a research paper this was too much detail for me. If his audience are the so-called history deniers, I hope this book offers some answers but I don't think it was a lack of evidence that was holding that group back before his novel.

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
by Tom Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.40
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paperback Historians... Arm yourself with this book!, Sept. 28 2009
For non-academics in the field this is a fabulous book. A great historical account of the major happenings and events in the Fall of the Republic. Holland's mastery is to recount the events through the motivations and characteristics of the key historical figures. It stands up as a true work of clarity and a great launching pad into further historical readings of this extraordinary period. Could not put this down once I started to read it!

The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.16
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At best an interesting history of the Masons and Washington Architecture, Sept. 27 2009
This review is from: The Lost Symbol (Hardcover)
If you have read any of Dan Brown's previous works this strays little from his established plotlines. The characters and their development were pulled from his previous novels and little new was offered. What saved this book for me as more than just a rehash of DaVinci or Angels and Demons was that he continues to impress with his research on secret societies and how they are woven into the everyday fabric of our cities, language, and culture. Although I didn't find the Mason's history as rich as the other two novels mentioned it was interesting and well worth the reading time.

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