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SHARKK® Set Of 24 Metal Stainless Steel Collar Stays In Clear Plastic Box in 4 Sizes For Dress Shirts (Mixed Sizes)
SHARKK® Set Of 24 Metal Stainless Steel Collar Stays In Clear Plastic Box in 4 Sizes For Dress Shirts (Mixed Sizes)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steel for a steal, May 30 2013
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Decent stays are not easy to find in the shops, and - for me at least - are easily lost in the laundry. So this on-line source of an excellent product is most welcome.
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The Wine-Dark Sea
The Wine-Dark Sea
by Robert Aickman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 24.04
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clive me a break, Aug. 2 2009
This review is from: The Wine-Dark Sea (Paperback)
I open this tasty looking collection with great anticipation. On the first page of Peter Straub's introduction I find a quotation mark that is never closed - most distracting - another (obviously nothing to do with the first) that is back to front, and - also on this first page - a reference to "Give Barker". I have no doubt that Peter Straub, a great scholar of the strange tale, originally wrote "Clive Barker". Does the once distinguished house of Faber no longer employ copy editors or proof readers? I am for the moment too scared to continue reading. But not for the intended reasons.

Scientology
Scientology
by James R. Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book all Scientologists will enjoy, April 24 2009
This review is from: Scientology (Hardcover)
I would welcome an unbiased survey of the Church of Scientology, and might expect one from such a venerable publisher, but alas this book is not it. The editor, James R. Lewis, is a long-time apologist for organisations others might describe as cults, including The Children of God - in his book of 1994, "Sex, Slander and Salvation" - and Japan's Aum Supreme Truth. Among the eyebrow-raising assertions in "Scientology" are that "the basic outline of L. Ron Hubbard's life is not contested" - certainly not the view of Hubbard's most reliable biographer, Russell Miller - and (in an essay written by a lecturer in tourism management at Griffith University, Queensland Australia) that firefighters at Ground Zero were spared injuries thanks to mental "assists" given by Scientology ministers volunteering at the site. Much else here - including the blind eye given to criticism leveled against the Church by courts around the world - give rise to worries about the scholarly disinterestedness of this volume.

The Wounded and the Slain
The Wounded and the Slain
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deliriously good, Jan. 14 2009
This was my first taste of Goodis and I am already seeking more. He has the reputation of being a chronicler of despair, and there is certainly a lot of low life - of the upper-middle class alcoholic variety and the underclass Jamaican one, to name but two - on display in this book. But one surprise of his book is that it has a happy ending. Blood-soaked and corpse-strewn, perhaps, but happy and hopeful. Also, this short novel is terrifically plotted (another surprise: I had the impression plot wasn't of great interest to Goodis) and full of genuine thrills. The overdone and not quite accurate Jamaican patois of the dialogue is a minus, and may explain why this book has gone unrevived for so long. But The Wounded and the Slain is far from being a racist novel at heart. It's also one of the more unusual noir novels I've read. It's Technicolor noir. As Stephen King has pointed out (in his introduction to Michel Houellebecq's Against the World, Against Life, about HP Lovecraft), Loomis's approach - though not his prose, thank God - has much in common with Lovecraft. He's great at taking things too far, and taking you with them.

The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory
The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory
by D'Arcy Jenish
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real history, Dec 16 2008
This is a great rarity: a sports history book that is superbly written and researched. It no doubt helps that D'Arcy Jenish, as well as being a Habs follower, is also a historian ("Epic Wanderer", about David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West, is one of his books). His history of the Canadiens is founded on new interviews and an exhaustive search through a century's worth of newspapers, which gives his work both factual authority and a vivid immediacy. It reads at an exciting pace. The chapters on recent developments, and what went on behind closed boardroom doors, are fascinating. And he doesn't let his love of the team blind him to its mistakes and missteps over the years. A surprisingly revealing introduction by Bob Gainey is a nice bonus.

Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars True to life and death, Jan. 16 2008
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One of Dame Agatha's most enjoyable - and most utterly preposterous - confections. WARNING! SPOILERS IMMEDIATELY AHEAD...

Haven't we all at some time happened to bump into a career criminal with whom we were at university who is a master of undetectable forgery and impersonation? You know, the type who will, after leaving the country to escape justice, write a letter explaining and confessing his crime and thus inform everyone where he has gone. And how like a ruthless murderer to pocket some morphia and stalk her prospective victim in the countryside on the off chance he may fall asleep after placing an unsealed beer bottle by his side, and moreover sleep so soundly that he is guaranteed not to wake up and catch the woman (whose photograph he has already seen and will thus recognise) tampering with his booze. Such a murderer, one feels, would instinctively know that her accomplice had been tied to a chair on the floor above and inject herself with precisely the amount of morphia to enable her to soundlessly climb the stairs, cut the fiend free, return equally soundlessly and succumb to the drug in exactly the invariable amount of time that it always takes people to phone the police from another room, which is what they always do without thinking of checking other rooms in the house first, yet being so certain of doing so afterwards that it becomes necessary to administer that drug to oneself in order to be found unconscious. Such things were commonplace back in those days when the drone of a passing aeroplane drowned the sound of a pistol shot, an era brilliantly evoked in this hugely entertaining whodunit. But there is a flaw in what is an otherwise realistic narrative. At the beginning of the book, Bobby is left guarding the body while his friend and golfing partner Dr Thomas goes in search of help. Thomas is the person who said the fallen man was fatally injured and who would have pronounced him dead on his return to the scene. He could have swapped the photos, and at the very least might have had information about Bassington-ffrench's behaviour at the scene. Yet Bobby and Frankie make no effort to consult him. And why on earth wasn't he called to the inquest? He vanishes after the first chapter. Why didn't they ask Dr Thomas?

Hockey Night in Canada: By the Numbers: From 00 to 99
Hockey Night in Canada: By the Numbers: From 00 to 99
by Scott Morrison
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK gift book, Nov. 25 2007
This is a tie-in with Hockey Night in Canada's "By the Numbers" feature. It's basically a compilation of stats - nothing you can't get from that handy little Collins Gem book of Hockey Stats for a smaller price - supplemented with lots of pics on glossy pages and a lot of opinionising from the TV commentators. As a work of reference for the serious fan it has a big drawback - no index. I suppose the CBC was trying to save a few cents. But that missing index is the difference between an OK book to buy as a stocking filler, and a book that might have deserved a permanent place on a fan's bookshelf.

Loitering With Intent
Loitering With Intent
by Muriel Spark
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Tis a pity, Nov. 20 2007
This review is from: Loitering With Intent (Paperback)
I wholeheartedly agree with the praise expressed by other reviewers here. It's good have to have this superb little masterpiece back in print. What a shame, though, that this Virago reisuue is marred by poor proofreading. There are several distracting typographical errors, the most startling of which occurs on page 32, where Father Egbert is made to say: "For me, too, it was a moment of climax. I wrestled with my God, the whore of one entire night."

Miss Marple Sleeping Murder
Miss Marple Sleeping Murder
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rather good, Nov. 7 2007
I enjoy the comforting, engrossing and easy-to-read puzzle-books of Agatha Christie, and particularly those featuring Miss Marple. This is an excellent entry in that series. The mystery's solution is difficult to guess at, let alone spot in advance; there is for a time a teasing ambiguity as to whether something supernatural or psychological might be going on (as in another first-class book of Christie's, The Pale Horse); the social observation is now of historical interest, as well as warmingly nostalgic; the pay-off is satisfying. As ever, though, there is the problem of Christie's dashed-off and sometimes slapdash prose, and of her editors' reluctance to improve it. Throughout Christie's career she blighted her books with an odd fault - very much a characteristic of her non-style - of repeating a word or phrase in successive sentences, sometimes more than once. This is, no doubt, a result of the relative lack of interest she had in actually writing a book once she had worked out its plot (very similar to Hitchcock, who found plotting a joy and filming a chore) and her reluctance to revise (or even re-read, I suspect). There is this example (among several) in Sleeping Murder, on page 81 of this edition: "The woman who opened the door was dark and rather forbidding. She led them across the rather bare hall, and into a study where Dr Kennedy rose to receive them. It was a long, rather high room..."

Deliver Us from Evil
Deliver Us from Evil
DVD ~ Oliver O'Grady
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing, Oct. 8 2007
This review is from: Deliver Us from Evil (DVD)
This is a powerful, deeply disturbing, brilliantly made documentary about the child sex abuse crisis in which the Catholic church is now mired. It at first focusses on a single priest - a long-term offender - who has decided to confess his guilt to the cameras, and incidentally incriminate those superiors who protected him and enabled his to continue his atrocious activities. We see his at times horribly jocular and always weirdly disassociated testimony, along with that of his now grown-up victims and their families, all of whose lives he horribly blighted. The film then widens its net, showing that some senior figures within the Church have perpetrated a widespread conspiracy of silence, allowing hundreds and thousands of priests to commit similar crimes over very many years. We are left stunned, and hopeful that other brave victims will step forward and force the Church to continue the process of compensation and self-cleansing.

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