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Solomon and the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales
Solomon and the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales
by Sheldon Oberman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish Folktales, Oct. 25 2013
The only complaint I have about this book is I wanted more. As it stands, this book has a good variety of stories. They are well written, easy to read aloud, and very entertaining/poignant. I would buy more volumes if these in a heartbeat. More Jewish Folktales please!

The Year of the Flood
The Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Next Please, Nov. 24 2009
This review is from: The Year of the Flood (Hardcover)
This book being the second book of a supposed trilogy, is made better reading the first book 'Oryx and Crake' before reading this. Atwood went out to write a companion to that book in more ways than one. The books share characters, timeline, as well as tone.

Her genius in this one is that almost everything is opposite in Flood when compaired to Oryx. In Oryx most of the characters are men, in flood thay are women. In Oryx the characters are well off and educated, in flood they are lower class and educated in the streets. In Oryx we are in the world of science, and in Flood we are in the Spiritual world. The further you get the more rich the experiance, and how true her world seems to become. All in all a wonderfull read.

If this is the second book in a trilogy, I am looking forward to the last book.

Petits Fours
Petits Fours
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag, June 17 2009
This review is from: Petits Fours (Audio CD)
Yup that's right, another batch of music from our favorite dude of rock Frank Black (the man with many names).

It seems like every decade Mr. Black needs to change things up in a drastic way, and so he does. This album is the first of his new phase 3. Rocky hip pop techno, is how I would describe this one. You can feel Frank in each song but there is defiantly something different in this album, and that would be Violet Clark leaving her mark.

The songs are hit and miss with more hits, even though the singing is uneven on some tracks, I have a feeling this was done for effect.
Pretty solid, I am happy with it.

Wolverine - Volume 1
Wolverine - Volume 1
by Peter David
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logan!!, April 26 2009
This review is from: Wolverine - Volume 1 (Hardcover)
Marvel thank you. This book is excellent. Way, way better than those crappy black and white jobs with the cheap newsprint paper. Its solid and heavy, with all the extras one would hope for. I will for sure be buying more Omnibus's. They are pretty much the equivalent of a totally digitally remastered blue ray of your favorite movie, only in book form.

Thank you Marvel.

Death Magnetic
Death Magnetic
Offered by torontomediadvd_com
Price: CDN$ 13.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melding the best of Metallicas eras, Sept. 16 2008
This review is from: Death Magnetic (Audio CD)
In the beginning Metallica was about speed, and they did it well. Then they moved on to musical craftsmanship, and they did that exceedingly well. As the early 90's rolled in they decided to try hit making and they were good at that. As individual songs became "hits" the albums themselves started loosing something, finally hitting bottom with ST. Anger(in my opinion). St. Anger is a mess, and after watching some kind of monster you can tell they didn't know what they were doing.

Now we have Death Magnetic, and it is the exact opposite of the previous album. Its catchy, its fast, heavy and it seems to have some kind of focus. It has all the best elements of each Metallica era. They will never be young again, they will never make another Master of Puppets and after hearing this album I don't care, they are still in top form and I am looking forward to the next album... long live METALLICA!!

Price: CDN$ 12.13
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4.0 out of 5 stars So close to five, but not quite..., Oct. 24 2007
This review is from: Bluefinger (Audio CD)
The man has changed his name so many times who knows who he is. Whatever name he goes by, he makes good music. This is a return in a way, to his pixies/early solo days. There is much less barroom rock, and country twang than on previous albums.

Here can be heard a much more alt/rock aesthetic. With the help of his wife on vocals (sounding much like Kim Deal) the pixies sound is quite evident. Overall I am very happy with the new/old direction and hope that he keeps on making new albums of this high quality.

The Best American Short Stories 2007
The Best American Short Stories 2007
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a Half, Oct. 9 2007
As this is a collection of short stories, some are really good and some mediocre. I will not bother commenting on each individually as everyone likes and dislikes different stories for different reasons. One theme I found over and over again is that of aging. Many of the stories are about age and people aging. Is Mr. King feeling a little old?

If you like short stories go for it, this is a good little collection.

Blaze: A Novel
Blaze: A Novel
by Richard Bachman
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old story, updated, June 29 2007
This review is from: Blaze: A Novel (Hardcover)
I would not say this story is amazing, because about half way threw you can tell what is going to happen in the end. The BIG redeeming quality of this book is the flash backs, they are excellent.

The book is well written, as is usual in most Stephen king (Richard Bachman) books, and it is short, but not too short. In a way this book is the opposite of the green mile, as he makes you feel sorry for a man you know is a tool people use to do bad things.

Good book, but not Kings best

We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compliment to previouse albums, March 25 2007
After reading several reviews of this album I was afraid that it was going to be horrible.

Fortunately the music critics don't know what they are talking about. This album is not the same as there previous ones. To me that doesn't make it automatically bad; it just means the band doesn’t want to copy themselves over and over again.

WOW! A fresh album!! Horrible. It’s not a carbon copy of their other albums. Some people need to grow a brain and learn how to appreciate good music. This is not pop "music", its music for the non teeny boppers.

This album will be in my cd player for a while, along with all the other Modest Mouse albums.

An Other Cup
An Other Cup
Price: CDN$ 18.23
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4.0 out of 5 stars He sill has "it", Jan. 29 2007
This review is from: An Other Cup (Audio CD)
I have been listening to this album for about a month almost non stop, and at first I couldn't get enough of it. But now after hearing it so many times I am starting to hear its flaws. Don't get me wrong I did give it four stars, and considering how long he has been out of the game I am happy to have some new music from Mr. Islam.

"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is my only real problem with this album, its slow and drawn out, and its in the middle of the album. Between two excellent songs, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" just seems to stop the momentum the album was growing until that point.

Negativity aside, I highly recommend this album to any Cat Stevens fan or any one who loves poppy folk.

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