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NHL 2010
NHL 2010
Offered by Entertainment World
Price: CDN$ 19.95
15 used & new from CDN$ 1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polishing of an already outstanding product., Oct. 7 2009
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: NHL 2010 (Video Game)
This is very much the same game that started out in a rough phase with NHL 08, was refined to great heights; and has been lovingly polished this year. The game is a lot of fun, the gameplay is outstanding out of the box and is amazing once you start to play with the sliders a bit. The online play is addictive and so is the Be a Pro mode which is at its best this year. The only mode which I thought could use a bit of tweaking is "Be a GM" which feels stale as even the menu is ripped off from previous incarnations. It would have been fun to see the president/owner or even media come into play more often in the season.

This game is still hours upon hours of fun, very much a worthy successor the NHL 09.

Weapons of Choice: A Novel
Weapons of Choice: A Novel
by John Birmingham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
71 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action and plot, but its hard to like the characters., Sept. 11 2009
I loved the premise of the book, the action scenes were excellent and in many ways it was well researched. But both the future and past characters are caricatures. In the future everyone will be an ultra-liberal bloodthirsty jerk on drugs; while everyone in the 40's bigoted and closed minded.

There are a few exceptions, but its just not enough. These people are hard to imagine being my peers or members of "the greatest generation" While its true that I've only met WWII vets at the end of their lives, they seemed to be much more open-minded and eager to accept others than what is shown here. Its also very hard to think that people could be so callous about killing. Also the naming of the carriers and their class seems more than a little far-fetched.

Yet in the end, the writing is quite engaging and its flaws did not stop me from liking the book. I will leave final judgement until the second instalment in the series.

By Schism Rent Asunder
By Schism Rent Asunder
by David Weber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical Weber overwriting., Sept. 11 2009
I used to be a great fan of Weber, he had very interesting characters with strong writing and punchy action sequences. Unfortunately in the last few years as his fame grew it seems that he isn't getting edited anymore. This book needs to shift 100 pages away from political machination and description to 100 pages of story. At some points I felt like I was reading a transcript from an otherworldly C-SPAN. It was a slow ponderous book which spent most of its time setting up the next one. Too much fat, not enough protein.

Winter Duty
Winter Duty
by E Knight
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 24.80
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Setup Novel, Sept. 11 2009
This review is from: Winter Duty (Hardcover)
This book is a direct continuation of the previous novel in the series. The protagonist (Valentine) is leading an army very much in the spirit of the french foreign legion except this one recruited from former collaborators. Following a fighting retreat Valentine is forced to find ways to equip and supply his men while waiting for an inevitable counter attack by his enemies. Outnumbered, out-gunned and marginalized by his own side; Valentine doesn't have much going for him.

This book squarely focuses on Valentine's growth as a character and has just enough action to keep the storyline from bogging down into a character study. While less action oriented, it is an easy book to pick up for new readers and a satisfying read for long-time fans of the series.

My only quibble about the book was that it could have been longer and could have moved the overall storyline ahead more. But all in satisfying and in many ways a better read than the previous book.

Star Trek (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2009)
Star Trek (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2009)
DVD ~ Chris Pine
Offered by The Digital Vault
Price: CDN$ 26.77
4 used & new from CDN$ 14.00

21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Trek, Sept. 9 2009
I have been a fan of Trek for years, and this is one of the best, most original ideas to come out of the Trek universe in years. I loved seeing the source of the characters and can only hope that the inevitable sequels will be of the same quality. A home run by J.J. Abrams. A mix of the new and old that will please all but the most die hard purist of fans.

Paul of Dune
Paul of Dune
by Brian Herbert
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Dune, Sept. 7 2009
I am a big fan of the original Dune series, which; by any standards is a masterpiece of writing. This book brings nothing to the series and in a very real way take something away. I would have loved to see a real fleshed out story; but here we see amateurish repainting of a story. If you're a new fan; your money is better spent reading the original works. And if you are a fan of the originals, re-read the originals and let your imagination fill the gaps instead of wasting your money on poorly written drivel.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5
DVD ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: CDN$ 23.99
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12 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, June 30 2009
What is worse than a disappointing end to a TV series? A disappointing end that is streched out over several months. This whole season is long and filled with dead-end plots everything seems to be forced. A sad end to a great series.

Tom Clancy's End War (Fr/Eng manual)
Tom Clancy's End War (Fr/Eng manual)
Offered by gamerudy
Price: CDN$ 19.95
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but poorly executed with extremely shallow gameplay., June 26 2009
Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This game was a good idea. But its basically just a game of rock-paper-scissors with military units. Shallow gameplay with a weak story (I mean come on! Neo-Commy Russians?!?!) make this game a waste of cash for me.

Dexter: The Complete Third Season
Dexter: The Complete Third Season
DVD ~ Michael C. Hall
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 24.52
34 used & new from CDN$ 7.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series easy to get into., June 16 2009
I think that the strength of this series is the supporting cast. In the center is Dexter a character who more or less has nothing going for him, after all he's a serial killer, a beast who is slowly becoming more human. Yet I find it difficult to associate with a character who struggles to understand humanity. But the supporting characters are strong and bring nuance to the series. There isn't much to dislike in the series, the scripting and acting are both strong, and there is sufficient humor to keep things from getting too dark. All in all, I recommend this series.

Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: World at War
Offered by Deal Tavern USA
Price: CDN$ 20.47
38 used & new from CDN$ 3.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many good things, June 16 2009
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game gives you quite a few things to do all of which are great fun. You have a challenging single player game you can attempt cooperatively with a friend. You have a great multi-player with great maps, and a Zombie mode which gives the game a whole other level.

This is on par with Modern Warfare by doing things a little differently and coming out with a great individual package.

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