Vlad Thelad

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (114 of 135)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Top Reviewer Ranking: 230 - Total Helpful Votes: 114 of 135
Etape: 20 Great Stages from the Modern Tour de Fra&hellip by Richard Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ride, Aug. 23 2014
Many years ago, my wife and I started watching the daily summaries of the Tour de France stages. We would do it to check out the landscapes and sights of each region of France, while daydreaming on future holidays. Soon enough we were captured by the Tour itself, the feats of the riders, their passion and intensity, and the increasing understanding of the team work and hierarchies at play. Through its twenty chapters, each one about a memorable stage of the modern era Tour, this book captures all of that, and more. The book compiles interviews with many great ones, known and unknown, heroes and villains, clean and dirty riders. It is an easy and enjoyable read, for those who know the Tour… Read more
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I guess it is fair to say I cry easily. Movies, books, music, a landscape, watching either of my kids asleep, the list of things that can trigger it is quite long, diverse, and somehow predictable. What I could argue though is that despite appearances, my crying follows a highly selective and discriminating process. I loved this book. I read it with a constant smile, interspersed with some tears, and a little apprehension that it would trespass into cheesy or gimmicky territory (it never did). I was truly moved, and grateful to the author. I finished it only a few moments ago, and contrary to my usual practice, I am writing about it straight away, no cooling or rethinking required. It is a… Read more
Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game&hellip by Jason Kendall
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long drive falls foul, Aug. 8 2014
Yet another "the way it is really played" book. This one is also filled with truisms and macho bravado, as you would expect. Not much new to learn for the real baseball connoisseur. However, there is a lot to be said for the key point of "every situation is different" approach, as the exact opposite to the over-reliance on cyber-metrics and stats. Like a long ball, that bounces just outside the foul line deep in left field, this book was well hit, but has nothing to show for it.

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