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Bedtime Story
Bedtime Story
by Robert J. Wiersema
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel - a book abour books, Aug. 12 2012
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This review is from: Bedtime Story (Paperback)
Weirsema's novel "Bedtime Story" is not only a page-turner and a heart-warming story of a family, specifically father and son, but it is also a book about books, which is what really sold me on it. Like "Possession" and "People of the Book", this novel tracks the mystery of literature and our intimate relation with the written word. It's a great read if you're just looking for an engaging story (gotta love the mystery and the classic quest plot), but it is also food for thought for anyone who thinks about the power of one's love of books. Not to mention that Weirsema's prose is very approachable. Highly, HIGHLY recommended!

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity is under-valued, Jan. 15 2012
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I admit to being very surprised by the other reviews of this book. While I would never argue that this is Pullman's greatest work to date (far from it), it is a respectable part of his catalogue. I think that this book is best approached without carrying in your opinions about religion - be they Christian or atheist. The primary goal of this text is to explore the development of a narrative over time, and to think about the power of 'the story'. Pullman has taken one of the best known stories and used it as his canvas. Pullman's personal beliefs about God are irrelevant when discussing this book as he is critiquing the divinity of Christ, and not the existence of God.
In all of his work, Pullman is interested in the idea of the story and its uses. In "His Dark Materials", it is Mary's stories that initiate the climax of the trilogy. In the Sally Lockhart books, Sally works to unravel what stories are spread about her family in the style of the Victorian sensation novel. This is a simple parable investigating the use of narrative to influence people.

Yes, the book is short. And yes, it is simple. But the narrative on which he basis the book: the Bible, is similarly simple. And the power of a convincing story need not only be effective through complex prose. Hemingway certainly didn't think so.

Truly, this is a book worth reading. As a Pullman fan, you should read it. If you are a student of literature, you should read it. If you are interested in philosophy, theology and the development of religions, you should read it. It won't take you very long at all to read, but it provides much to consider after the book is closed.

Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies
Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies
by Robert Smith?
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious book!, Oct. 12 2011
Zombies don't have to be lowbrow fun! They can be an educational device for teaching everything from feminism to microbiology - and make it funny to boot.

This is actually a quite clever approach to introducing complex subjects to those who are unfamiliar with them. And Smith? throws in some professional writers just to keep it interesting.

My favourite chapter would have to be "Maintaining Academic Library Services during the Zombie Apocalypse".

The Druids Tune
The Druids Tune
by O R Melling
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story, Oct. 12 2011
This review is from: The Druids Tune (Paperback)
This is a fantastic book! Great for YA readers, it introduces the Irish folklore and mythology of the Tain to those who would likely not hear about it otherwise. A really nice piece of escapism, too!

Classics of Children's Literature (6th Edition)
Classics of Children's Literature (6th Edition)
by John W. Griffith
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 141.11
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4.0 out of 5 stars Question of value, Oct. 12 2011
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This collection of children's stories and novels is a common choice for Children's Lit courses. Though the price is a bit steep, you are getting several novels, many fairy-tales and a couple of picture books, which ends up being less expensive than if you were to buy the texts individually.

The editors have done a decent job of introducing the authors in short and clear summaries before their respective texts. I felt the footnotes left something to be desired, however. They could have been more extensive.

Regardless, works like Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland and Tom Sawyer are classics that should be on everyone's bookshelves, and they're handily collected here.

Tales From The Perilous Realm
Tales From The Perilous Realm
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bite-size Tolkien, Oct. 12 2011
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This is a great little book to satisfy your craving for Tolkien's writing without delving into the tome of the Lord of the Rings. There are 4 short stories that are each easily digested in one sitting, but if the mood strikes, can offer much food for thought after you have set the text aside.

Interestingly, I read this right after re-reading the Narnia series, written by Tolkien's good friend Lewis, and was struck by the many similarities, particularly in philosophical treatments of endings and death.

No matter what you intend to get from reading this collection, I would say it is worth the 10 bucks.

Tin Man: Collector's Edition
Tin Man: Collector's Edition
DVD ~ Zooey Deschanel
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Price: CDN$ 7.05
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, June 26 2011
This review is from: Tin Man: Collector's Edition (DVD)
Wow is this ever a bad mini-series! The script is actually painful to listen to, and the actors seem to barely attempt to breathe life into it. The storyline is basic and maddeningly predictable. Sometimes this is fine for a movie to follow a given generic plot, but in this case you just want to smash your tv. I suspect the movie was only made to be able to make a variety of puns and acronyms from the 1930s classic version.

This movie is boring and painfully un-funny. Do not waste your time watching it. There is nothing redeeming in it at all.

It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story
DVD ~ Anna Boden
Price: CDN$ 10.93
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching, June 26 2011
This review is from: It's Kind of a Funny Story (DVD)
This movie takes a humorous look at mental illness in its varying degrees and relationships based on mutual experiences with mental illness. The central character is kind of boring and Emma Roberts is very irritating, but Zach G. (aside from having a last name that is impossible to spell) totally steals the show. He has crazy, lovely, frightening and wise down to a science and demonstrates it here. It is funny, but it is also true.

The movie is like One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest minus Jack's insane personality and the grim outlook on life. But certainly worth the hour or two it takes to watch.

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, June 23 2011
This review is from: A Wrinkle in Time (Paperback)
I must admit I am shocked at the other reviewer's opinion. I read this book first as a child, and have read it frequently for the last 15 years. It is not too difficult for a child to follow or enjoy. And as for advocating a particular world view, why else would you read literature? L'Engle takes science and the Christian religion and makes them complimentary instead of at odds. A feat in itself, but she also manages to make the book readable, with characters you care for. This is one of my all time favourite books, and it is worth every penny. In fact, best buy more than one edition, because you will likely wear out the first.

Element Ballet Conditioning
Element Ballet Conditioning
DVD ~ Elise Gulan
Price: CDN$ 9.83
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners, June 23 2011
This review is from: Element Ballet Conditioning (DVD)
Unless you're in really good shape, this DVD is brutally hard. The instructor does a good job of inspiring you to continue, but I found that without frequent breaks, I felt about ready to die. The moves are simple, but they require much more strength and balance than they seem. Also, keeping the correct form is quite difficult. Still, this shouldn't deter you from getting this DVD. It is a WORKOUT.

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