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Bodum Twin Dual Salt and Pepper Grinder
Bodum Twin Dual Salt and Pepper Grinder
Price: CDN$ 35.00
3 used & new from CDN$ 35.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good small grinder!, March 4 2013
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I love Bodum stuff and that's why I picked up this grinder. They have come up with alot of attractive clever devices recently. After using it for about a year my only complaint is its size. It makes for a great tabletop grinder, but I find it isn't quite big enough for cooking purposes. Still I am quite pleased with the purchase!

Cuisinart HM-70BKC Power Advantage 7 Speed Hand Mixer - Black
Cuisinart HM-70BKC Power Advantage 7 Speed Hand Mixer - Black
Price: CDN$ 50.58
3 used & new from CDN$ 45.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to complain about!, March 4 2013
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This product has been great so far. We have used it a few times and it does what it promises. It's not as great as the full blown mixers out there, but for a handheld, this one works great! Recommended!

Cuisinart CPK-17C Programmable Kettle
Cuisinart CPK-17C Programmable Kettle
Price: CDN$ 91.99
4 used & new from CDN$ 59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good!, March 4 2013
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Had a couple Hamilton Beach (Cool Touch) kettles before this and I'll say this: they worked, but never well.
Had this new kettle about a month or so and it has been a complete pleasure to use. Loving it so far!

Rio Grande Games ACH Dominion-Prosperity
Rio Grande Games ACH Dominion-Prosperity
Price: CDN$ 42.11
19 used & new from CDN$ 34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best expansion so far!, April 25 2012
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I love Dominion, and so far have played the original set, as well as Alchemy and Cornucopia. Prosperity is definitely my favorite expansion so far. I have already bought one for myself, and one for my parents as we no longer live in the same city. For those of you who like the nasty side of Dominion (heavy on attack cards like Witch/Militia/Spy/Thief) you won't find alot to love here. That being said, I think adding the Platinum and Colony cards adds a whole new dimension to the game, and one that everyone who likes the game will enjoy. It's a blast to be able to purchase more expensive items, and you will find playing the basic version of the game a bit dull after trying Prosperity. I don't ever want to go back to playing without these cards! In addition to these great additions, Prosperity adds a whole slew of new and interesting action cards, as well as several intriguing treasure cards with clever side effects. The addition of the mats and the tokens also adds a whole new strategic element to the game. A clever player will love trashing their lower victory cards in exchange for tokens that aren't circulated in your deck (by using Bishop for example), and thereby polluting your hands with useless cards.

Overall a superb expansion, can't wait to try another!

Honeywell H10C Digital Humidity/Temperature Indicator
Honeywell H10C Digital Humidity/Temperature Indicator
Price: CDN$ 16.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little device., April 25 2012
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So far, this unit does everything I expected it to. It is accurate, small, and not an eye sore. Overall, I have zero complaints.

Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, White Drop
Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, White Drop
Price: CDN$ 69.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 53.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Great humidifer. Works well, looks awesome., April 25 2012
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Awesome humidifier, I just bought a second one here on Amazon as I loved the first. We need two of these in our 1000 sq/ft apartment in order to keep the humidity above 40%. This may be because we live in a very dry environment, but don't expect one unit to cover a huge space. They are relative small as far as humidifiers go. Personally, the only flaw i can think of is that the humidifier does produce the annoying white dust. It does help to have our RabbitAir air filter as it does pick up some of the dust but I still find it on alot of our surfaces. There's not much that can be done about this, the filters have received mixed reviews so I'm not going to buy two of those every month (sounds like a waste of money). You could go the demineralized water route, but you would have to buy those jugs constantly, and I definitely don't want to do that.

Good buy.

Mao: The Unknown Story
Mao: The Unknown Story
by Jung Chang
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.61
51 used & new from CDN$ 4.69

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but fatally flawed., Aug. 9 2009
This review is from: Mao: The Unknown Story (Paperback)
This is a fascinating book, though written by a biased and unqualified author. Unfortunately, previous reviewer Allan Tong is way off the mark and unfortunately has no understanding of Chinese historiography. The book in question is certainly entertaining but to claim it contributes to our historical evaluation of Mao is a complete farce. If anything, Chang has done significant damage to the understanding of this complex figure, portraying him equally as one dimensional as any of his hagiographers. Those propping up this book as revealing do not realize it is more fiction than fact, and clearly know nothing about Chinese history. There are countless academic reviews of this book which have not only countered many of its most sensational claims but also questioned the authors' objectivity and dubious research. For instance, see academic reviews by Andrew Nathan (Columbia), Jonathan Spence (Yale), Perry Link (Princeton), or Steve Tsang (Oxford) among others. For an in-depth analysis, see The China Journal (55) where several scholars collaborated to provide a comprehensive look at the work. Even more recently, consult two new books: "The Battle for China's Past" (2008) by Mobo Gao or "Was Mao Really a Monster: The Academic Response to Chang and Halliday" (2009) edited by Gregor Benton.

As author Jonathan Fenby described in an article for the Guardian, "The central thrust of the book is that Mao was a sadistic monster, worse than Hitler or Stalin, and responsible for 70 million deaths. His Marxism was a shallow mask for selfishness. His reputation as a military leader and champion of the peasants was a sham, argue the book's authors. Portraying Mao as a creature of Stalin, the authors say that, far from moving China forward, he did nothing good, ruthlessly eliminating rivals, starving millions, provoking wars and treating his wives abominably." However, as described by Steve Tsang, "the methods used by the authors 'make for bad history and worse biography'." Another reviewer, Andrew Nathan wrote "that many of Chang and Halliday's claims are based on distorted, misleading or far-fetched use of evidence."

Ultimately, no historian will make use of the book, and professors will never consider using this material to teach students. This attempt at "Mao bashing" provides little to the body of work looking at one of the most important figures in the 20th century. Mao: The Unknown Story makes for an entertaining read, but this piece of "pseudo-history" is best ignored. If you are seriously interested in Mao or Chinese history, avoid this book like the plague. For a more balanced narrative, I would recommend Mao Zedong by Jonathan Spence as a good introduction to the topic.

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