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Moe Sasseville "Moester" (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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The Rough Riders
The Rough Riders
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great memoir, Jan. 17 2016
This review is from: The Rough Riders (Kindle Edition)
A captivating look inside the mind of man who is both admired and reviled in our contemporary culture. There is no question that Teddy Roosevelt has a gift for prose. This book is engrossing and gives you insight into the mind of the man as opposed to the larger than life historical figure. It's easy to see why people found Roosevelt to be a great leader and orator, you can feel the man's charisma come through in his larger than life depictions.

This books makes no bones about the man's views, this isn't someone distancing himself from his actions, but putting forth his view on the events in an unflinching way. Having read many historical accounts of the events in the book, I am surprised by how accurate most of them are. One would consider a man as gregarious and self-aggrandizing as Roosevelt to have tried to radically embellish his own actions; but for the most part they were not. The parts which seem to be embellished are the depictions of the men themselves, all great and good men of few flash and unimpeachable character. While I'm sure the men were probably competent soldiers and fighters; I'm pretty sure that they also had the vices which go along with such men. Such things can be overlooked as Roosevelt's own hyperbole without distracting from the work as a whole.

Overall the book is engrossing, entertaining and a great look into the mind of what must have been an exceedingly interesting person.


The Prince
The Prince
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers CA
Price: CDN$ 0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great historical work which requires study and research to truly understand. Unfortunately not easily accessible, Jan. 17 2016
This review is from: The Prince (Kindle Edition)
A great thesis worth multiple readings. This collection of essays and letters are one man's fascinating take on politics and war. The only thing which takes away from the overall work are the appendices which try to spoon-feed conclusions as opposed to providing context for the greater work. =

To be able to read and understand this book correctly, you must be prepared to spend some time understanding the politics and conflicts of the time. That being said, it's the only way to do it and be able to grasp more than surface conclusions. Being able to read and understand the work changed my understanding of not just politics, but also my interactions with different groups both socially and in my work life.


Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller
Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller
Offered by Total Tech Outlet
Price: CDN$ 70.95
16 used & new from CDN$ 67.14

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth to buy as a new controller, but not a significant upgrade over an existing one., Jan. 17 2016
I recently bought this as a complement to my existing controller. This has quickly become my primary controller replacing the one which came with my XBOX One. Highly responsive, improved feedback and a great feel. Some people have reported a feeling of fragility which I haven't seen at all. After over 100 hours of use, it still feels good and sturdy in my hands, although I must admit that I don't grip my controller particularly hard and have no intentions on testing how much force it can withstand. The controller also looks great, I love the pattern as well as the looks of the sticks.

If you already have all the Xbox controllers you need, I wouldn't recommend picking this one up as it is only a slight (yet very worthwhile upgrade) over the original. But I would highly recommend if you are looking to buy a new one.


LZR-1143: Infection: Book One of the LZR-1143 Zombie Apocalypse Series
LZR-1143: Infection: Book One of the LZR-1143 Zombie Apocalypse Series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and fun diversion., Jan. 17 2016
A really fun book with a few tense moments; but more of an action story than a horror one. The writing moves at a good pace, but is not particularly rich or descriptive. This novel is essentially a guilty pleasure, will never be mistaken for art; but is sure to entertain. The main character, named Mike McKnight (I'm sure this was intended to be a wink to movies stars with annoyingly 'on the nose' names) is a former movie star who is essentially turned into a 'real life' action hero. The action moves at a brisk pace, and never forgets it's roots as a zombie apocalypse story. Like in all zombie stories, secondary characters make ridiculous decisions which delivers our heroes in (and then back out) of the jaws of death repeatedly. What is refreshing about this particular story is the aversion to the nihilism usually found in the genre...where typically a zombie story is essentially one where everyone dies, this one is more interested in telling the story of how they manage to survive. It lacks the moral and ethical weight of the walking dead, but makes up for it by being lots of fun.

Great book to pick up and read if you're looking for a fun way to kill some time.


The Age of Odin: Special Edition (Pantheon)
The Age of Odin: Special Edition (Pantheon)
Price: CDN$ 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great and fun read., Jan. 17 2016
I loved this book, I'm a fan of Lovegrove's God novels; and this is my favorite. Gideon (Gid) is a funny and unapologetic character, he's the type of person who fights his way in and out of trouble. That being said, he shows growth and has a great arch which is surprising consider how action-heavy the book is.

If you've never this series before, it's essentially a series of 'what ifs' about Gods being real and humanity's reaction to them. Each book is in a separate universe and usually has a twilight-zone like twist meaning. I feel like talking specifically about the plot would give too much away; but I would say that one could argue that the plot twists are telegraphed miles in advance...which is true...but it's also true that the hero isn't overly concerned with examining things closely which explains why he misses the things which are obvious to the audience. The one weakness of the plot is that Gid who's supposed to be a regular man is shown as almost super-humanly resilient which sometimes took me out of the story but not enough to stop me from tearing through the novel in an afternoon.


Far From Home: Book One
Far From Home: Book One
Price: CDN$ 3.86

2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book, Jan. 17 2016
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I've been looking to find a the next great page turner in the space opera genre...this unfortunately was not it. The premise is basically a rip-off of Voyager, a female captain and her crew are marooned in a distant part of the galaxy in hostile space. Their ship is powerful, but ridiculously out numbered, as a result, they make enemies and alliances while looking to survive. The book has many of the same flash which Voyager suffered from, namely the over-reliance on McGuffins and oversimplification of complex issues which must affect a ship and crew so far from home and support. In the end, the book essentially reboots itself with a ridiculous time-travel mechanic which resets the entire storyline...essentially turning everything which happened into a dream sequence.

The problems are not only with the weak plot, but with the juvenile prose and poor editing. The reading if ponderous and full of hollow dialogue. There's a few times where I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of it all.

All that being said, I did finish the book, which says that it's not completely horrible, although I've resigned myself to never reading another thing this person writes unless they actually get an editor and starts putting this mess into something more coherent. As it is, it's a huge mess.


Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium
Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium
by Sandy Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.33
29 used & new from CDN$ 12.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, a lot of fun in a typically grim setting., Jan. 17 2016
I can't help loving this series of books...In the Grim Darkness of the future...there is one man left with a sense of humor and his name is Ciaphas Cain. This book actually gives some humanity to the Warhammer 40k universe which is riddled with shallow and single-minded heroes and villains. If you're a fan of Warhammer 40k you simply must read this book. This is also a great introduction into the world of Warhammer 40k considering how convoluted most of the other dark library novels are.


Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth
Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but possibly a prelude to something great., Nov. 20 2015
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I am a big fan of Eric's work, unfortunately this book was a misstep in many ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the book in parts, and felt like it was stretched thin in others. Overall, the book felt like either a novella/short story which was stretched to novel length or first half of another novel which was cut and again stretched.

In a series that give depth and a sense of adventure to long trips; this made the travel feel ponderous and boring.

I also felt that the twist at the end along with the exclusion of Val were forced. This is obviously a lead to a big finale of some kind... Let's hope that the next book has more depth to it.


Krispos Rising (The Tale of Krispos, Book One)
Krispos Rising (The Tale of Krispos, Book One)
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
32 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books ever, Nov. 28 2014
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One of my favorite books ever. It doesn't fail to entertain and brings in a succession of fantastic characters. I strongly recommend picking up this gem if you can get your hands on it.


The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield
The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great refinement of the 'Lost fleet' series, Nov. 28 2014
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This is a great refinement of the 'Lost fleet' series. That series while highly enjoyable, spent a lot of time re-explaining the same concepts and recapping the story. This has a much better flow, add to this some really engaging characters and really enjoyably written action sequences; and you have yourself a winner.


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