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Orr: My Story
Orr: My Story
by Bobby Orr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Orr Number 4, Jan. 17 2014
This review is from: Orr: My Story (Hardcover)
Although it looks like Bobby wrote this himself he does have a co-writer if you look closely. Anyways Bobby is almost too nice. He really doesn't want to criticize anyone else and is unfailingly modest. However it's still worth reading. The parts about Parry Sound and growing up playing hockey, and the chapter on Alan Eagleson (he does some criticism here) are the most engaging parts.

99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story
99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story
by Al Strachan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.65
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great One, Jan. 17 2014
I enjoyed this book a lot. I like his earlier book "Gretzky an Autobiography" but this one is different. It is written from a journalist perspective with input from Gretzky. Not a recreation of his whole life but an overview of his great career. Strachan is a friend of his and a fan but has still written an enjoyable book that is well worth reading.

The 2nd Law
The 2nd Law
Price: CDN$ 14.93
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do they do it?, Jan. 14 2013
This review is from: The 2nd Law (Audio CD)
Muse writes the most incredible music. Most bands can come up with 2 or 3 songs that are good and a bunch of filler. Muse albums are almost classics from start to finish. In fairness the 2nd Law took longer to get into then say The Resistance. But spend the time it is worth it. Supposedly this band are not big fans of Radiohead. I beg to differ as my favourite song on this CD, Explorers bares a resemblance to Radioheads "No Surprises". And they have another thing in common with Radiohead. They seem incapable of putting out a bad album.

Out Of My League
Out Of My League
by Dirk Hayhurst
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.52
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5.0 out of 5 stars A League of his own..., Nov. 28 2012
This review is from: Out Of My League (Hardcover)
Great Book. I enjoyed the Bullpen Gospels but this was better. Great peek into the life of a major leaguer and he notes the same kind of things I would if I somehow got there. He is apparently a Christian but there is a lot of bad language and other adult information in the book and it is not at all recommended for children.

Tales from the Toronto Maple Leafs
Tales from the Toronto Maple Leafs
by David Shoalts
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is awful..., Nov. 3 2012
There used to be a time when you could get a book like this for your son to read. Not anymore. Ridiculous amount of swearing for a book like this. I guess it is meant to replace actual interesting stories. The whole book reads like filler anyways. He basically interviewed a few guys and then used whatever lame stories they had. Most of these stories are recycled from other books. The author dashed this book off in about 12 seconds.

J. D. Salinger: A Life
J. D. Salinger: A Life
by Kenneth Slawenski
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Real Biography..., March 19 2012
This review is from: J. D. Salinger: A Life (Hardcover)
Kenneth Slawenski's "J.D. Salinger A Life" is an excellent biography. Perhaps as a result of the death of this great writer, Slawenski was able to include much more information than any other biography I have read on Salinger. Ian Hamilton's book "In Search of J.D. Salinger" offered little other than litigation information. Both Joyce Maynard and Salinger's daughter's books were mildly interesting to a point but offered more peeks into the negatives of the writer's life, and almost nothing about his work. Slawenski comes at this subject through the work. He clearly loves the author's work and has written a fair minded and balanced summary of the writer's life. Some people have complained that he summarized works that everyone has already read. He does do this but the more well known works are summarized briefly. Although overall a glowing tribute the writer does not mind speaking negatively about the works that are less valued, particularly Hapsworth 16, 1924 which he describes as "pretentious, unbelievable and taxing." Slawenski offers glimpse into Salinger's brutal military career and the death and destruction he witnessed as touched on in the brilliant short story "For Esme with Love and Squalor." He also talks about his isolation for the last 60 years of his life and gives us glimpses into what he did with his time. Slawenski presents the best glimpse yet of the life of the world's most enigmatic writer.

The Goalie Mask
The Goalie Mask
by Mike Leonetti
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jake the Snake, Feb. 14 2012
This review is from: The Goalie Mask (Hardcover)
This is a great book. My son loved it and Jacques Plante has been his favourite player since he read this. It mixes hockey history with a current story about a boy on his own team. One of the best of this series.

Moneyball (Bilingual)
Moneyball (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Brad Pitt
Price: CDN$ 9.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Money!, Feb. 11 2012
This review is from: Moneyball (Bilingual) (DVD)
Brad Pitt was born to play this role. He dominates the screen as A's General Manager Billy Beane. The story is brilliantly brought to the screen with stellar performances, a lot of humour and touching moments with family. This is one of the few movies I have ever watched twice in the same week.

The Lost Dream: The Story of Mike Danton, David Frost, and a Broken Canadian Family
The Lost Dream: The Story of Mike Danton, David Frost, and a Broken Canadian Family
by Steve Simmons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.06
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Dream, Dec 28 2011
I must admit I knew most of the stuff in this book from reading the articles Simmons wrote over the years. To be honest he had to stretch things out to make a whole book as he got no input from the key people in the story, Mike Danton and David Frost. The whole thing is depressing. It paints Frost as as essentiallly a sociopath who not only wanted to control Danton to help him be a better player but also distance him completely from his family. This he has succeeded in and has ruined the lives of Danton and his parents in the process. Frost is clearly a sick person but Simmons acknowledges that he did help Danton and others to be quality hockey players. However he did not help them to be quality human beings.

NEW Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick (DVD)
NEW Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick (DVD)
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 23.94
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deny, Deny, Deny..., July 7 2011
This is a good movie that both the kids and I enjoyed. However unlike the books Roderick actually warms up to Greg. This sentimentality is not featured in the books and may reflect a Hollywood desire for some niceness. It turned me off a bit but it's still a good movie with some funny lines. I kind of miss the mean Roderick though.

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