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Natural Dog
Natural Dog
by Mary Brennan
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shor's Criticisms are Unfounded, Dec 17 2003
This review is from: Natural Dog (Paperback)
Shor's negative Library Journal review of this book cannot be taken seriously. A conventional vet, Shor obviously has a vested interest in dog owners not empowering themselves with a holistic approach to care. His criticisms are unfounded. Nux vomica, which Shor fearfully labels as strychinine is a homeopathic remedy that contains no measurable amount of the poison. His reluctance to feed dogs raw meat ignores the fact that dogs in nature consume raw meat, including carrion, bacteria and all. Let's not even consider what goes into most commercial dog foods. His final example of a contradictory statement concerning not bathing dogs yet allowing them to swim doesn't point out a contradiction at all: the last time I checked, dogs swim in water while they are bathed with water plus soap and/or chemicals that strip their hair of its natural oils.

Prophecy 3: The Ascent (Widescreen)
Prophecy 3: The Ascent (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Christopher Walken
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 32.47
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing is an Understatement, Oct. 31 2001
After having seen Prophecy II I was greatly disappointed by this, the worst installment of the series and probably one of the worst films we have ever seen. Looks like it was done with no artistic interest just to make a buck from direct to video release. Where Walken was great in the other Prophecy films, here he camps it up completely to take home a paycheck. The lead character who is Eurasian in the first film, as he should be as the child of Russell Wong and Jennifer Beals, is now white. Beals' character is killed off in the prologue in ridiculous fashion (A lookalike for Beals is substituted in this scene--I don't blame her or Eric Roberts for not returning to this piece of garbage). The acting is horrendous, particularly by the lead and his girlfriend, both of whom look like they are preening in a TV commercial for toothpaste. No chemistry at all!
Many of the scenes and images in the film are derived from or repeated exactly from its earlier predecessors. Boring scenes of driving around for long periods of time are not suspenseful. The dreaded villain, whose idea of threatening is pouting in makeup like a Eurotrash glam rocker and mincing like a dance instructor,is slain easily in anticlimactic fashion. The other villain is a one-dimensional pretty-boy photocopy of Christopher Walken's villain from Prophecy II (who incidentally rehashes the same lines and scenes).
I recommend that you buy this DVD only to use it as a drink coaster.

The Prophecy II (Widescreen)
The Prophecy II (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Christopher Walken
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the First!, Oct. 31 2001
This review is from: The Prophecy II (Widescreen) (DVD)
Previous reviews have already mentioned the great casting of Christopher Walken. His attempts to function in an unfamiliar human world provide moments of humor in the film.
Contrary to the previous reviewer's opinion, this film has a more coherent plot than the first and third installments of the Prophecy series, and contains some truly artistic and memorable scenes, particularly the conclusion of Jennifer Beal's confrontation with Walken, and Russell Wong revealing the full glory of his angelic nature to Beals. Much of what makes these scenes and others like them work is the high calibre acting. It is surprising that this film went straight to video considering its quality. It is certainly better than the first.

Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist
by Stephen Rogers Peck
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.85
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on Anatomy but Beware the Racism and Sexism, Oct. 31 2001
Originaly published in 1951, the Complete Atlas, while probably the best and most comprehensive anatomy book available for artists, betrays its age with what is now clearly objectionable racist and sexist content. Illustrations and photographs of male models and body structure outnumber those of women by at least ten to one. Incidentally, sexist prioritization places the female form in a small section toward the back of the book.
This sexist bias extends to the text, which describes the female body in less than glowing terms while lauding the ideal nature of the male form. An example from page 175 on the navel: "In the female a large deposit of fat, especially below the navel, causes the pit to be deep and obscure in detail. The navel of a lean, muscular male is distinct and firmly rimmed."
The short section on racial features contains perhaps even more offensive language, describing dark-skinned people as having a "muzzle"! I assumed that this must be a technical anatomical term applicable to all human beings but the only other reference to it in the book occurs in a note on genetic defects. As might be expected, illustration of racial types also starts with the Nordic male and whiter peoples first, in tacit hierarchy.
While the racism and sexism of Peck's book may be mild for its time, it seems that our enlightened sensibilites demand an updating of the text. I am not an individual who supports political correctness but I believe these issues need to be addressed in their own right and before giving the book a perfect five stars.

Butterflies and Moths
Butterflies and Moths
by Robert T. Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.55
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Source for Illustrations of Caterpillars, Sept. 22 2001
This review is from: Butterflies and Moths (Paperback)
Golden Guides are often described as books for children just discovering the natural world. While the series is eminently usable by young naturalists, Golden Guides are solid introductory field guides.
The strong point of "Butterflies and Moths" is its extensive coverage of butterfly larvae and pupae. A common complaint about many if not all more advanced field guides for laypeople is that they fail to include illustrations for te identification of caterpillars. The Golden Guide remedies this shortcoming and includes solid coverage of moths as well, whose less-glamorous condition excludes them from other butterflies-only guides (the Peterson Guide is a notable exception). In terms of weaknesses, the illustrations of adult butterflies have, in my experience, not been detailed or accurate enough to positively identify some species.

Butterflies and Moths
Butterflies and Moths
by Robert T. Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.55
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Source for Illustrations of Caterpillars, Sept. 22 2001
This review is from: Butterflies and Moths (Paperback)
Golden Guides are often described as books for children just discovering the natural world. While the series is eminently usable by young naturalists, Golden Guides are solid introductory field guides.
The strong point of "Butterflies and Moths" is its extensive coverage of butterfly larvae and pupae. A common complaint about many if not all more advanced field guides for laypeople is that they fail to include illustrations for te identification of caterpillars. The Golden Guide remedies this shortcoming and includes solid coverage of moths as well, whose less-glamorous condition excludes them from other butterflies-only guides (the Peterson Guide is a notable exception). In terms of weaknesses, the illustrations of adult butterflies have, in my experience, not been detailed or accurate enough to positively identify some species.

Pond Life
Pond Life
by George K. Reid
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.55
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4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best All-Around Introductory Guide to Pond Life, Sept. 22 2001
This review is from: Pond Life (Paperback)
Golden Guides are often described as books for children just discovering the natural world. While the series is eminently usable by young naturalists, Golden Guides are solid introductory field guides. One of the strengths of "Pond Life" is its comprehensive scope covering everything from protozoa to plants to mammals. Indeed, it provides more good basic information on identifying types of water plants than any other source I know complete with measurements and color illustrations. The same applies to its coverage of invertebrates as well, though the minor objection of the previous reviewer concerning its scanty treatment of protozoa is a valid one. I would add to the strength of "Pond Life" its portability, which packs a plethora of information into a small package. Another weakness (of the Golden Guides in general) is its datedness to the 1950's and 60's. This does not affect its basic science in most cases, though it is strange (albeit nostalgic for some) to see the equipment suggested for pond watching.

Planting Noah's Garden
Planting Noah's Garden
by Stein
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 is more of a great thing, Part 2 is Especially Useful, Aug. 4 2001
This review is from: Planting Noah's Garden (Hardcover)
Stein's way with words allows her to provide a huge amount of information in entertaining narrative form to the degree that one just can't put the book down. This is the appeal and value of her "Noah's Garden" and continues in Part 1 of "Planting Noah's Garden." Part 2 is something extra: direct instructions, charts, and everything a reader wants to know about how to follow in Stein's footsteps (or spade holes). She provides a wealth of information on everything from how to get started with the complex process of eco-gardening to precise information on specific plants and projects. This is really Stein's answer to the hundreds of letters and questions she has gotten since "Noah's Garden" and what an answer it is!

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