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Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Julie Andrews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, May 26 2014
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This is one of the best movies of all time for both myself and my wife. It was a wonderful "Mother's Day" gift.

1636: The Devil's Opera
1636: The Devil's Opera
by Eric Flint
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, Jan. 24 2014
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Another solid addition to the "1632" series of books. Flint himself moves things along better but the story is still engrossing with theolological and musical nuance which adds a great deal to the book. T. Owen

Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY, Jan. 24 2014
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Hugely funny and worthwhile. One of Steve Carrell's best. Son loves it and so do his friends who have seen it. T. Owen

Dragon's Lair
Dragon's Lair
by Sharon Kay Penman
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best in Historical Fiction Writers, Nov. 21 2012
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Sharon Kay Penman has again delivered another solid product in this book which again illustrates why she is amongst the best in historical fiction. The characters not only come alive but ring true to their time. Ms. Penman's books are worth acquiring.

1635: Cannon Law
1635: Cannon Law
by Eric Flint
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Gun Carries the Day, Jan. 13 2012
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Eric Flint's alternate history of placing 20th Century Americans into the Europe of the 1630's continues to fascinate. The 17th century main characters are fully brought to life and mingle well with the down to earth Americans who remarkably rise well to their challenges. It's interesting to see how modern characteristics could have resulted in key historical personages for the past. The struggle of blending 20th century knowledge with 17th century tools and resources is compelling. The deft handling of 17th century competing theologies as seen from 20th Century American eyes is so skillfully done that this aspect alone makes the series and this book worth reading. It's a series that makes one think. Yet it's fun to read. It's a combination of flavours which are all too rare.

The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change
The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change
by S. M. Stirling
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Sterling" Contribution, Jan. 13 2012
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In this latest and likely penultimate book in this series (which sometimes has the feel of being strung out) the author again provides a well-written and satisfying novel. He again provides a credible blend of medieval worldviews (e.g. - Catholic, Druid) with a post-apocalyptic North America. As a Canadian, it's nice to have some Canadian references included which is a reality the author appreciates. Rudi MacKenzie and the gang are compelling characters who linger long in the memory banks.

1636: The Saxon Uprising
1636: The Saxon Uprising
by Eric Flint
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Put Down, April 26 2011
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This latest instalment in the series of 21st Century Americans being plunked down in 1630's Europe is among the best. There are multiple plausible plots, wry comments on the military stategies and battles and good character development. It was hard to put down. The novel still lingers in the memory weeks after one has read it. Most worthwhile. It's just a great series and this was a jewel in the crown of the series.

1634: The Baltic War
1634: The Baltic War
by David Weber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Look at History with New Variables, Jan. 31 2011
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Alternate history novels are not the mainstay of David Weber but when links up with Eric Flint it's an excellent mix. One has the detailed military analysis and weapons description which Weber books usually have with a different flavour for the overall story-telling as this series is mainly an Eric Flint production. The result is a fast-paced story with excellent insights on how 21st Century technology could have impacted the 17th century. It makes one think. This is generally true for this series.

What Rough Beast
What Rough Beast
by Shawn Pollett
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative & gripping tale, Oct. 20 2010
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This is the second novel in a trilogy. While book one was generally very good it was a tad violent for my wife. Book Two "What Rough Beast" is even better than book one and violent edges are smoothed a bit while still retaining the historical flavour of the empire-wide persecutions of the mid-3rd century. The author has a deft touch in melding plot, romance, military action and doing it all within a historical context now far removed from our own time and yet still resonates as things from European history often do. While the divine interventions are creative, they are no more so than reading a science fiction or fantasy novel and at least have a possibility of occurring. In short, they add to the creativity and unique plot development which help make the novel refreshing.

At the Gates of Darkness
At the Gates of Darkness
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid effort, May 21 2010
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Raymond Feist has been marvellously creative over the years in creating his world of Midkemia and maintaining the centrality of his key character Pug as the centuries wear on and the family lines produce somewhat similar characters. Having read all of the other books, they do blend a bit after a while. Yet this reality ought not to take away from the overall perspective that the story is well-written, there is a decent plot and the characters are fleshed out. Further there are many facets in an imaginary world to fill out over time and so there is always some new tidbit to satisfy the curious. So it's "another solid effort."

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