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The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars I appreciated and enjoyed reading the book, May 3 2016
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I was a little reluctant to buy this book, expecting maybe a bit of sentimentality or what I would deem foolishness; however, I appreciated and enjoyed reading the book, which deals with 'grieving' (in contrast to 'mourning'), occasioned by the early death of Didion's husband. Grieving has similarities with mental illness, as Didion notes, and leads to many strange actions and thoughts, wishes, hopes. Didion is quite objective about this period in her life, but presents it with emotion that is affecting. I found her reference to literary works well-integrated and meaningful; it sent me back to re-read some of the poems etc she referenced. Of course, the work makes one think or contemplate: this could happen to me, I could lose my wife and be left alone, a little unbalanced and, likewise, thinking magically. Best to learn: appreciate, as I think Didion did, every moment we have with someone who is part of the fabric of our life. Read it, experience grief and, ultimately, the triumph of life.

Star Wars Episode 7 - Captain Phasma Wacky Wobbler
Star Wars Episode 7 - Captain Phasma Wacky Wobbler
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's to say about a bobble-head? I bought it ..., May 3 2016
What's to say about a bobble-head? I bought it on a whim when offered a low price. It's cute, its head bobbles, and we have a little laugh about it once in a while while it watches us eat, its head a-bobbin'. It's about 6.5 inches (16 cm) tall, sturdily built, but it doesn't talk or do tricks. Just bobbles.

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion
Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion
by Ronald L. Numbers
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars Common knowledge debunked., May 3 2016
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I was once told by a person, who quite reading "How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization," that it "went too easy" on the Church's responsibility for severely punishing Galileo. -- Turns out to be close-mindedness based upon untruths or propaganda, as, unfortunately, is too much of "common knowledge." This book, edited by a Professor of the History of Science, who is an atheist, with contributions from numerous other professors and scientists -- Christians, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, and other atheists -- puts to rest a number of myths (or untruths or lies) about the relationship between Science and Religion. Topics include the rise of Christianity and the [alleged} demise of ancient science, the medieval Church, and Islam, and the growth of science, the role of Catholics in the development of science, creationism, and many other myths (25 in total) with clearly written, accessible, and well-documented argument. I recommend it for anyone who cares for truth and wishes to be well- and properly-informed about the roles of science and religion and their relationship when engaging in discussions. It would be nice if someone could write a book on all the myths of common knowledge, but that would be a massive tome.

WindFire Super Bright WF-502B Tactical Lamp Torch Cree Xm-l T6 LED 1000 Lumens 1 Mode Tactical Flashlight 18650 Rechargeable Battery Tactical Light for Hunting, Camping, Hiking (Battery not included)
WindFire Super Bright WF-502B Tactical Lamp Torch Cree Xm-l T6 LED 1000 Lumens 1 Mode Tactical Flashlight 18650 Rechargeable Battery Tactical Light for Hunting, Camping, Hiking (Battery not included)
Offered by WindFire
Price: CDN$ 22.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... bright light with a very bright central beam a good distance. I find it good for walking on ..., Feb. 22 2016
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Throws a large circle of bright light with a very bright central beam a good distance. I find it good for walking on trails or other uneven surfaces because of the large circle (which, of course, gets larger by change in angle or distance from object illuminated); 2 walking in close file can use the same light aimed downward. A good deal. (NB it is not focusable and has only 1 setting [which I do not find to be a problem]; battery is not included.)

Interview - Bilingual
Interview - Bilingual
DVD ~ Steve Buscemi
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 7.93
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Games, Sept. 23 2013
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Well, you have to see this. Buscemi is great in everything I've seen him in and Sienna Miller does a good job too. Two characters - a reporter, a little old but hopeful, and a star who is beautiful, seductive - and an interview. Soon enough, though, mind games start. Come-ons. Revelations. Who is telling the truth and who is being played? Both? A nice little psychological tennis match.

Before Sunrise (Sous-titres franais)
Before Sunrise (Sous-titres franais)
DVD ~ Ethan Hawke
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 79.50
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and banal, Sept. 23 2013
A waste of two talents. This is like watching 2 teenagers wandering around babbling banalities about love, life, etc. Unfortunately, these are two 20-somethings, and the poor young lady attends the Sorbonne but appears to have avoided reading any philosophy, theology, or literature. Even Vienna is poorly-served -- the setting could have been Seattle or Vancouver for all the coverage it received or for any purpose it served in the plot. I did think that the two actors at least caught well the shyness, uncomfortableness of meeting someone new and trying to be clever without being a fool. The one Parisian-born girl I ever met and spent time with was reading "Love's Body" and discussing philosophy and poetry - she was not even 18! But then, she would have seen 'Jesse James' for the shell he was and there would have been no movie.

Voices from the Asylum: Four French Women Writers, 1850-1920
Voices from the Asylum: Four French Women Writers, 1850-1920
by Susannah Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 170.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endemic sexism, Jan. 27 2013
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I bought this book for research on Camille Claudel's mistreatment. A general explanation is made of how the law, under which Camille, and many other women, were incarcerated in mental hospitals, functioned. Basically, any woman who struggled against bourgeois conventions - who was eccentric, artistic, promiscuous, pregnant etc - could be confined to a mental institution on the signature of one person. Consequently, many bright, artistic women were removed from society and their families 'spared embarrassment'. The experiences of four women are studied here, and stand as symbols of the misogyny that existed during those times. In Camille's case, her life was stolen -- on the orders of her brother and with his subsequent refusal to withdraw his condemnation, despite medical opinions she should be released, Camille died in custody (during WW2). While the French have claimed to be enlightened, this law and the concomitant treatment of women, belies this claim. (Women were also refused entry into art schools, and experienced great difficulty in exhibiting their works, being denied entry to the salons for exhibition. Camille had commissions withdrawn, works 'misplaced', funding withdrawn by official sources.) This work is a worthy addition to the study of the systemic mistreatment of women/artists. And, in the end, it is sad -- that lives were wasted, and great works of art denied.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible deal, Jan. 27 2013
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I took a chance on these covers, assuming that for the price they could be less than satisfactory; however, I was proved wrong. These are as good as covers I saw in stores for $25 or more. In fact, some I saw at that price were cheaply made, in comparison.

The Notebook / The Time Traveler's Wife (Double Feature)
The Notebook / The Time Traveler's Wife (Double Feature)
DVD ~ Rachel McAdams
Price: CDN$ 6.88
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1.0 out of 5 stars DVD defective twice, Sept. 13 2012
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I purchased this DVD, returned it, received a replacement which, also, would not play in either a DVD player or laptop. (And my 30 days had expired.) So,this is not a review of the content, just a warning of defective material.

The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick DeWitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.25
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Literature"?, Jan. 24 2012
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Do not let the descriptor "literature" scare you off or entice you - this is not a serious work of literature: it is not DeLillo or McCarthy or Barnes. Except for a few scenes I might place this in the "Juvenile" fiction category. Plot is rather simplistic - in fact, it feels more like an excerpt from a larger work; the plot is impelled by an unlikely chemical formula (I shan't say more so as not to ruin it if you intend to read it); the ending seems forced and almost maudlin; the plot contains a flaw (which I shall explain below so if you intend to read it and think I'll ruin it, leave after the warning) which renders some of the subsequent action much less likely. Character development is minimal, and many of the characters bear a close resemblance to certain types one saw in TV and 'B' movie westerns - in fact, as someone noted elsewhere, there is a cartoon-ish aspect to the novel. The language will probably remind you of Portis's «True Grit». Some of the scenes are digressions, in a way, thrown in for their humourous aspects (and much of the humour was wry and elicited a smile), or, perhaps, as indications of the nature of the characters, which is rather shallow. The fact this won the G-G Award says more about the judges than about the novel. So, why 3 stars instead of 1? Because, as an entertainment, and purely as an entertainment, this was a fun little read; it passed a few hours pleasantly - I gained no new insights into the human condition, felt no sympathy for any of the characters, - but there was no one around to play bridge with.
WARNING: I reveal a bit about the plot. At the creek, Warm and Morris are suffering from itching, blisters and inflamed legs from wading in the creek after the chemical formula has been added; however, there is no mention of their (right) hands and arms being so affected, but they did have to use some appendage for gathering the gold out of the water; and, their use of weapons subsequently, to fend off (even briefly) the Sisters Brothers and then to shoot at the sociopaths from down the creek would have been jeopardized by the injuries.... Sisters Brothers

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