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The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Testament of Writing, June 24 2003
This review is from: The Elements of Style (Paperback)
Believe it or not, it's all here in this little gem of a book. It teaches about the power of little words and being concise, concrete, and effective in your writing. The writers of intelectual tomes would do themselves a favor if they would read the rules and the magnificent advice "The Elements of Style" has to offer. Stephen King included.
If asked to sum it up, I would have to bow my head to the old Chinese adage about writing, "Two words are better than four, and one word is better than two." I'm sure you catch my drift.

The Raven and Other Favorite Poems
The Raven and Other Favorite Poems
by Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music From Another World, June 22 2003
I have read most of the American poets, both past and present. For my money Poe is simply one of the best when it comes to rhythm and rhyme. Plus his imagery and themes are so dark and foreboding that poems, such as his masterpiece "The Raven" will stand forever as immortal verses from this master of shadows and sheer terror.

Hollywood
Hollywood
by Charles Bukowski
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish He Was Still Around, June 22 2003
This review is from: Hollywood (Paperback)
This had to be one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. It's actually based on Bukowski's life and the events that lead up to and involve the making of his movie "Barfly." It's totally off the wall, but Bukowski's take on Hollywood's own particular brand of insanity is probably just as true today as it was when Charles Bukowski penned this masterpiece of the absurd. Definitely a great book from one of my favorite writers. Highly recommended!

This Way
This Way
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Work In Progress, May 26 2003
This review is from: This Way (Audio CD)
I've read some of the reviews concerning the "This Way" CD. And I am always annoyed by people who want to put an artist, not only Jewel, but any artist into the shoe that they think that they belong in. Forgetting that an artist is a growing entity, a work in progress. I find that each of her CD's are beautiful in their own unique way, and that they probably reflect her life experiences. She lives on a ranch with her man, and so this CD is a little country, but it's still a lot of Jewel. Besides, have you ever heard a more beautiful love song than This Way? I know I haven't.
As for 0304, I think it's a spoof on super stardom, and from what I've heard so far, if it's a sell out at least it's an interesting one. C'mon people, let an artist grow and change!

Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn
by Hubert Selby
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and True to Life!, March 23 2003
This review is from: Last Exit to Brooklyn (Paperback)
I lived not far from where much of the action of this novel took place. And have had first hand experience of the kind of characters that are found here in this remarkable piece of writing. (One of the characters was based upon my landlord at the time). I was born and raised in Brooklyn and can personally testify that what you will read in these pages are as true to life back then as you'll find in any piece of American literature. Herbert Selby Jr. has given us a savage glimpse into a world possessed by demons in human form. It is at times raw and heartless, but it is as I've already stated true to life.
A must read for anyone who wants to know what the world looked like back then through the eyes of this great writer!

Edgar Allan Poe Complete Tales & Poems
Edgar Allan Poe Complete Tales & Poems
by Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Intriguing, Feb. 23 2003
It doesn't seem to matter how many other horror writers I read (Stephen King included) I keep returning to Poe. There is a mystery that pervades his poems and stories, and a mastery of language that puts him in a class all his own. Besides, there are lesser known stories in this collection, such as "William Wilson," and "A Man of The Crowd," which are utterly mesmerizing in both design and implication. But if you're looking for the commonplace you won't find it here. Poe was a surrealist before the word was invented, and it is quite obvious that he abhorred the commonplace.
Actually, his life is also quite interesting - dark and shadowy and full of contradiction. Even the circumstances that surround his demise are interesting to ponder. We had to wait until the advent of Kafka to find another writer who was as intriguing as Edgar Allan Poe.

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Darkness To Light, Nov. 12 2002
This review is from: Ray of Light (Audio CD)
After listening to her inner journey I began to realize that Madonna is a truly great soul. "To be great is to be misunderstood." And, "The yogi is the same in both praise and blame." Are not success and failure two sides of the same coin? I like music that is challenging and philosophical - and this album is also very sensitive and mystical. Qualities that are rare and beautiful to find in such a truly humane human being.

18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tell Tale Heart, Nov. 3 2002
This collection is a wonderful introduction to the master's works. Poe is perhaps one of the most influential writers America has ever produced. Though known mostly as a critic in his own time, his stories were translated into French by the great French Poet, Charles Baudelaire, and thus his reputation started to spread in Europe, where he had a deep effect on writers such as Dickens and Doestoyevsky. And it's no wonder, since his stories are excellently crafted with many layers of subtle psychological meanings. "The Tell Tale Heart" for instance stands out in my mind as one of the penultimate tales of terror that was ever created by his sometimes feverish imagination. It could almost be read as a confession by a madman in an asylum. Then there's the deeply symbolic tale, "The Mosque of the Red Death." A truly moral tale for a man who had a rep for being a drunkard in his own lifetime. Strange, Hemingway, who drank gallons of booze, is never critiqued for this weakness, but poor Poe has suffered for his malady and is not given his proper place in the curriculum of our universities, though now his works are widely read and are being reassessed. For Poe was indeed a great master and perhaps 200 hundred years ahead of his time.
So read Poe - and you'll be equally horrorfied and entertained forevermore!

The Magic of Believing
The Magic of Believing
by Claude M. Bristol
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Idea, Oct. 11 2002
There's nothing like an idea that's finally found its time. I first read this book when I was twelve years old. I was amazed by it, amazed by its simplicity and its formulas for success. If you are a success driven person then this book is for you. It contains valuable suggestions for harnessing the power of the subconsious mind and predates the bio feedback revolution of the 70's by decades. Also, a good follow up book to read after this would be Maxwell Maltz's "Psycho Cybernetics" which also was a book that was ahead of its time.

Thief of Hearts
Thief of Hearts
by Victoria Taylor Murray
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Danielle Steele, Lori Forster, and Cherry Adair, Oct. 10 2002
This review is from: Thief of Hearts (Paperback)
Finally, a romance/mystery writer that can write her butt off. This novel will keep you on the edge of your seating and leave you wanting more. Now with the 2nd installment "Forbidden" of this ten book series, I am in awe of what streams out of the pen of the magical author. Hold on world, because this lady really rocks! As Christy French wrote, "This writer possesses a wonderful descriptive talent." Hopefully there's a movie deal for her in the offing, even as I write. Because this book would make one hell of a movie!

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