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The Incredible Bronze Age Journey
The Incredible Bronze Age Journey
by James P. Grimes
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 24.20
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing Fun -- And You'll Learn Plenty!, Jan. 9 2003
Grimes does a great service in showing that the Bronze Age navagators and traders indeed sailed to the Americas and brought back the Major Resource of the era -- Copper. Maps, pictures and a quirky but engaging story show how it all came together. The routes are well-attested by history, and Grimes shows that the copper went back to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea and kept the Bronze Age humming.
My only objections are minor. By focusing only on Minoan Crete, Grimes gives short shrift to known contributions by Mycenaeans and others. The sea leagues are ignored in favor of making Minoan Crete a "National Navy", a dubious proposition. And he seems not to be aware of recent work by S.W. Manning that indicates the Thera explosion was a local disaster and not much else, bad as it was. Manning seems to have proved that Egypt in particular was unaware and unaffected by Thera, since Egypt was much busier fighting the Hyksos invaders at the time.
But this is mere nit-picking, the main thing is that Grimes has shined a light on a fascinating chapter of human history most people have never heard about. And that he does so in a popular and easy to read style is a plus beyond measure. For an introduction to the REAL Bronze Age, Grimes has given us a tremendous resource, and one that will stimulate your thinking for many years to come.

Gospel Of Mary Magdalene
Gospel Of Mary Magdalene
by Jean Yves Leloup
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid and Thought-Provoking, July 11 2002
At last a Gnostic Gospel is presented in a way that even non-Gnostics can love. Leloup's excellent commentary adequately summarizes the Gnostic world-view without being intrusive, and the light he shines on the Gospel of Magdalene will make you ponder no matter what you believe, even if you believe nothing. It is short enough to read quickly -- but you probably won't. It's too good. Savor its wisdom and go back to it often. It's a spiritual experience par excellance and a bargain to boot.

Waiting
Waiting
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Folk Rock, a Real Surprise!, Feb. 6 2002
This review is from: Waiting (Audio CD)
I'm over-the-hill, musically speaking, but some of us get frisky and listen to new stuff now and then. Maren Ord sings like a dream, and her music has that same haunting "jingle jangle morning" quality to it that the great folk-rockers used so well. Think of Judy Collins or Carly Simon or even Bob Dylan when he first went electric. The songs are crafted and delivered with honesty and heart. I was surprised, very pleasently surprised. I'll buy her next CD for sure.

Bavarian Fruit Bread
Bavarian Fruit Bread
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Hope than I Could Hope For!, Feb. 6 2002
This review is from: Bavarian Fruit Bread (Audio CD)
Finally a CD of her own, and what a CD. The Voice is back, and better than ever. Who was that Cleveland chap who said Hope Sandoval's voice was heroin for the ear? Ah, yes it is. Highly addictive, inspiring a constant fix of her voice or tremors set in (okay, kidding a bit.) Pay no attention to the words of the songs. Hope is the song. Next she should record with a symphony and break every convention of music so that she can deliver purity straight to the heart of our decrepit and mediocre culture.

Ankh: Sound Of Ancient Egypt
Ankh: Sound Of Ancient Egypt
Offered by dodax-online
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Effective In Part -- Not Quite Enough Parts, July 16 2001
Atherton starts with a splendid idea and certainly enough talent to carry his idea off. Despite some fine moments in a couple of the vocal selections, the rest is very forgettable. Having done his bit for research, Atherton seems to succumb to the temptation to ride the CD out using a lot of faux-Near Eastern musical riffs that simply get tedious. Adding to what others have already said, I also wonder if the ancient Egyptians had such a paltry knowledge of musical form. This recording might have worked as an evocation of dockside bar music, New Kingdom, but that's about it. The vocal areas, unlikely as they seem, get the CD three stars. For too-brief but still shining moments, Egypt is evoked pretty well. Pity the rest was so blah.

The Egyptian
The Egyptian
VHS
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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't think this is Egypt, Toto!, July 10 2001
This review is from: The Egyptian (VHS Tape)
This is a generally fun 50s movie that takes liberties with both history and its own source material, but so what? They all did; Roman warships were not rowed by slaves, did reviewers dump on "Ben-Hur" for that?
"The Egyptian" has many strengths if you like historicals. Its provocative score (Herrmann/Newman) seduces you into enjoying the excellent set pieces that were the hallmark of the 50s spectaculars; it also reminds you that the modern, computer-generated designs are hopelessly forgettable in comparison. The story is clearly boiled down from Waltari's interesting but unwieldy novel and the action, excepting the aggravating subplot with Bella Darvi, moves along smartly.
Mentioning Darvi, it must be pointd out that the cast is hugely uneven. Darvi is effective in a hopeless role, Jean Simmons is wasted completely -- and she usually steals every picture she is in. Vic Mature is a stiff but acceptable Horumheb, easily making you forget Michael Wilding's exceptionally dreary Akhenaten.
If Wilding's gloominess is almost matched by Edmund Purdom in the title role, it must be pointed out that the character in the novel was just as mopey. It's unfair to blame the star; he did the best with what he had. But cheer up: Making up for whatever shortcomings exist in the cast comes Gene Tierney, a wonderful performer at her best here. As Princess Beketamun, Tierney scowls, schemes, swigs beer and generally makes the audience remember how great she was in junk like "Tobacco Road." When she informs Purdom that he is HER BROTHER, and he is the TRUE PHARAOH, and that she wants to MARRY HIM and MURDER AKHENATEN, it's not possible to do anything but gasp in delight. It's a Twilight Zone moment in a lust-in-the-dust movie, and nobody but Gene Tierney could have pulled it off.
As history, "The Egyptian" is hash; but it's got some of that great Hollywood magic.

Mimic 2 [Import]
Mimic 2 [Import]
VHS

4.0 out of 5 stars Alix Koromzay is the real surprise in "Mimic 2", July 9 2001
This review is from: Mimic 2 [Import] (VHS Tape)
Never mind the low expectations; face it, it's a sequel to a not particularly brilliant bug-monster movie, we're not expecting genius here. But what we do get is a very well made action-horror film, some highly effective and inventive camera work, and a neatly done finale. Right there is about twice what I would have expected of a straight-to-video movie with a less than stellar cast.
One member of the cast ought to go stellar here: Mimic 2's real surprise is Alix Koromzay, reprising a role nobody noticed in the first picture. Here, she's solidly in the lead and we're right there with her. Koromzay manages the trick of portraying a character we care about, and root for, without for a minute descending to the typical woman-in-peril hokum of countless other thrillers. She is tough when she has to be, terrified when you'd expect her to be, and pulls this picture out of its B-movie niche. I have not seen Koromzay in a lead role before but she pulls this off with quiet polish and spunk.
Bottom line? Solid little thriller that contains an unexpected but welcome twist: A good performance.

The Hermetica
The Hermetica
by Timothy Freke
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thought Made Accessible, Aug. 18 2000
This review is from: The Hermetica (Paperback)
I was wary of this book when I first purchased it, but to my delight it turned out to be the best introduction to the Hermes/Thoth literature available. Beyond the value of its clear and readable presentation of some of the oldest wisdom tracts in the Western World, the authors also briefly touch on the provinence of the works. Because the Hermes Corpus was declared a fraud in the 17th century, the heavy lifting required to point out that they are not is simply beyond the scope of this volume. But any reader who is intrigued by the material can go on and discover for themselves the story of Hermes and make their own judgement. I place the rediscovery of the Hermes Corpus on the same level as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi texts, so this fine introductory volume should be considered by anyone interested in ancient literature and spirituality.

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