Sears Braithwaite (of Bullard)

Top Reviewer Ranking: 623
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (70 of 85)
Location: Ontario


Top Reviewer Ranking: 623 - Total Helpful Votes: 70 of 85
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Unlike a lot of readers here, apparently, I had never heard of Boyden. I picked up the book out of an interest in local history and in the culture of the native Canadians--in particular their spiritual beliefs. You know--the whole Orenda thing.

The prose is excellent. The beginning is gripping and the characterization good. The middle slows. The ending is dramatic but feels contrived. Reminded me a lot of Michael Mann's film of Last of the Mohicans.

The publisher does not make it clear but from what I can make out, this is a fictionalized/parallel version of what happened to the Huron nation in the late 1640's, along with the Jesuit martyrdom. Very similar but I gather… Read more
Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr
Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Dec 3 2013
Like Lava1964, Orr has always been to me the greatest player, but I have to agree with Lava's review. The book is often superficial, almost coming across as one of those celebrity books--lots of praise and love (but of course no dirt--this is Bobby Orr!). And a lot of life-lesson stuff. I wasn't looking for any of that. I guess I was hoping for something more along the lines of The Game, but Orr is simply not built that way. By nature Ken Dryden is a far more reflective man, and a bit of a poet. He brought his time in hockey to life. Bobby, on the other hand, glides over his.

Just one example: they both go over their formative years. Dryden wrote memorably about how important the… Read more
Laura Stamm's Power Skating DVD by Laura Stamm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Steel and Ice, Oct. 17 2013
I think simply watching this DVD a few times improved my skating. It is a great reminder of how to skate properly and will have you dying to get out onto the ice and practice.

The skills and drills are demonstrated by two hockey pros and their skills are amazing. The thing is filmed in high-quality, professional style and uses a lot of slow motion--you can FEEL their edges digging into the ice. The results are breathtaking.

All the drills are excellent, of course. But the average rec player will transform his or her game by seriously implementing the three basics that Laura introduces at the beginning (my mnemonic for this is "90/100/45")--that is:
1.) achieve a… Read more