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Herschel: Symphonies
Herschel: Symphonies
Price: CDN$ 20.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise!, June 29 2004
This review is from: Herschel: Symphonies (Audio CD)
I must admit that I bought this CD because I was curious to hear what symphonies by the astronomer Herschel would sound like. I was most pleasantly surprised! And not least because this CD is part of the "Contemporaries of Mozart" series, and Mozart and his contemporaries are not among my favorites. Nobody would mistake these symphonies for great classics, but they are light, cheerful, and enjoyable, and I've listened to them several times. (More than I can say about most CDs I buy because I am "curious".) They don't much remind me of Mozart, by the way. Born nearly a generation before Mozart he was a closer contemporary to Haydn, although these works predate the greatest works of either of those composers. (In 1782 King George III, an astronomy buff, granted Herschel a stipend that allowed him to give up music and devote himself to astronomy.) I haven't pulled out anything to compare these symphonies to, but for some reason I find myself thinking of CPE Bach. If you are interested in how astronomers feed themselves before they make the big time, or are just looking for something new and enjoyable from the early to mid classical era, this CD is worth hearing.

Night of the Radishes: A Novel
Night of the Radishes: A Novel
by Sandra Benitez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not her best work, April 25 2004
Sandra Benitez continues to evolve as a writer, and has certainly avoided the trap of writing the same book over and over. This novel begins in the American midwest, and with a much more conventional feel then her previous works. But it then move into Mexico, and starts to pick up the latin magic of her earlier books. The story also becomes deeper and more nuanced, and thereby more compelling. Always marvelously written, by the end the story is a compelling mixture of midwestern solidity, psychological insight, and Mexican mysticism. It combines the very American dissection of a family gone bad with the overlay of latin magic revealing the facts. This helps to maintain the uncertainty about the outcome and the sense of discovery much longer than a more conventional American novel would have. This was not the Benitez work I liked the best, but it is an enjoyable read.

A Field Guide to Cows: How to Identify and Appreciate America's 52 Breeds
A Field Guide to Cows: How to Identify and Appreciate America's 52 Breeds
by John Pukite
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.36
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a fun little book, July 5 2003
I bought this book for my girlfriend as a joke, but she had a lot of fun with it. It's nothing glorious or profound, it just briefly discusses the differences between breeds. For anyone who has driven rural roads thinking (or saying) "wow, look at all the cows" this book can be fun to skim through. Just a silly little book, really, but not every book needs to be serious ...

Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos
Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos
by K. C. Cole
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 37.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Accurate, May 30 2003
Back during the brief period when the Los Angeles Times pretended to care about science it ran a weekly column by K. C. Cole. The Times, unfortunately, has reverted to viewing science as something to egregiously misrepresent in its daily reporting. But Cole's columns live on, and are now available to a larger audience. A physicist by training, I am often disappointed by science books because they achieve understandability by subtly misrepresenting the essence of difficult concepts. Cole, on the other hand, has a knack for explaining difficult concepts in simple terms without sacrificing veracity. This book is both a pleasurable and accurate read on topics of current interest in science. I highly recommend it to people wanting to better understand modern science.

Greetings from Sherman's Lagoon: The 1992-1993 Sherman's Lagoon Collection
Greetings from Sherman's Lagoon: The 1992-1993 Sherman's Lagoon Collection
by Jim Toomey
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Sherman, May 9 2002
If you like the later books you'll like this one as well. If you are new to Sherman check out the later books (and their reviews), and if you get hooked come back and get this one. You can also find recent strips on-line (with a one week delay). Just search a little ... ...

Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Camellias
Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Camellias
by Stirling Macoboy
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love camellias ..., May 9 2002
This is clearly a niche book, but it contains a wealth of information about camellias, and pictures of a large number of varieties. I have yet to encounter a better book for a camellia lover.

Tickled Pink: A Comic Novel
Tickled Pink: A Comic Novel
by Rita Rudner
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars More laughs for the Rudner fan, May 9 2002
"Naked Beneath My Clothes" was one of the funniest books I ever read, and made me a Rudner fan. While this book isn't quite as hilarious, it's funny with a discernable plot and some poignant thoughts thrown in. Well worth reading!

Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881
Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881
by Joseph Frank
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning--this is but the last volume in a great biography, May 9 2002
"Dostoevsky : The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881" is the fifth and final volume in Frank's extraordinary biography of Dostoevsky, a remarkable undertaking of more than a quarter century. While every volume has been exceptional and well worth reading, because they share a title and differ only in subtitle Amazon's system tends to muddle reviews of the various volumes together. This final volume covers the last decade of Dostoevsky's life, so don't buy it expecting a one-volume bio of the great writer. If you care about Dostoevsky's work find copies of the first four volumes, read them, then read this book. The series sets a superlative standard for examining a great writer's life and works, but this volume isn't really intended to stand alone, despite a short "story-to-date" intro.

Another Day in Paradise: The Fourth Sherman's Lagoon Collection
Another Day in Paradise: The Fourth Sherman's Lagoon Collection
by Jim Toomey
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the funniest eating machine in the lagoon!, Oct. 10 2001
Sherman's back. Still eating most everything in sight. Still failing Megan in the romance department. Still losing his fights with the giant squid. And still hilariously goofy in the process. Weird, wonderful, and hard to describe. If you laugh hard, buy this book. If you laugh a little read a few more until you do laugh hard, then buy this book. If you have no idea why anyone would laugh at this stuff, better stick to Family Circus!

Another Day in Paradise: The Fourth Sherman's Lagoon Collection
Another Day in Paradise: The Fourth Sherman's Lagoon Collection
by Jim Toomey
Edition: Paperback
23 used & new from CDN$ 1.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the funniest eating machine in the lagoon!, Oct. 10 2001
Sherman's back. Still eating most everything in sight. Still failing Megan in the romance department. Still losing his fights with the giant squid. And still hilariously goofy in the process. Weird, wonderful, and hard to describe, I suggest you check out some of the strips online (you'll have to search for them, Amazon won't let me include the URL) and, if you laugh hard, buy this book. If you laugh a little read a few more until you do laugh hard, then buy this book. If you have no idea why anyone would laugh at this stuff, better stick to Family Circus!

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