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I'm the One That I Want
I'm the One That I Want
by Margaret Cho
Edition: Hardcover
32 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 étoiles sur 5 I wish it didn't have to end like this, Oct. 30 2001
As a Korean-American girl, I've enjoyed watching Margaret Cho's stand-up comedy over the years, but when I picked up this book, thinking it was going to be an extension of that--humor mixed with some painful memories of her past mixed with some more jokes about growing up Korean-American--I was dissappointed. To say that she speaks candidly about sex and drugs is an understatement; at times I felt that Margaret went too far and crossed over into tastelessness (i.e. going into great detail to describe ex-boyfriend's sex habits, dropping names and then snuffing them later on because she's supposedly 'the better person' now). Of course, I don't expect her to be a great writer because she's a comedienne, but I was expecting a good story...I guess that was my downfall. I was not expecting her to make me feel physically uncomfortable while reading the book! She tries so hard to label herself the 'ugly, fat, dumb' girl that it gets repetitive and annoying. I find her life interesting but her book a put-off. There was one joke that I found amusing enough to laugh at (the Star Search International memory), and I wish she had put everything else in the same perspective...

Buddha Laughing: A Tricycle Book of  Cartoons
Buddha Laughing: A Tricycle Book of Cartoons
by Tricycle Magazine
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 14.95

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Really cute and funny, April 13 2000
...since it only consists of about 50 or so cartoons, I decidedto read it. From the very first page, which has (I think) caricaturesof Buddhist mice, it made me laugh. I often found myself giggling...One showed a picture of a Buddhist vacuum cleaner and, of course, it didn't have any "attachments." :) Overall, I think this little book was very amusing but not exactly worth the [it]...I think it's even funnier than Zen Comics (I & II) but I wish the editor had included more strips! It would make a great little gift. :) END

Chinese Character Stamp Kit
Chinese Character Stamp Kit
by Barbara Aria
Edition: Misc. Supplies
10 used & new from CDN$ 70.31

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful, meaningful stamps, April 1 2000
I had been searching for Chinese character stamps like these for a while and I'm glad I found them! As a student just starting to learn Chinese, I can recognize the characters just by using them! :) That's an added bonus, I think. The stamps are wood mounted and do not have the English translation on them so it looks very authentic. The included book by Barbara Aria is very helpful in understanding the historical background/cultural context behind every character. The kit also comes with a red ink pad and a sheet of paper to lay in the back in case you want to keep your stamps in the order they came in (which I do). By the way, just to help anyone who is interested, the stamp kit includes: happiness, clarity, beauty, wisdom, destiny, moon, courage, flower, forgiveness, grace, friend, harmony, love, honor, peace, star, spirit, tranquility, sunrise and truth. I highly recommend this kit if you want to add beauty and meaning to your stationary or whatever you want to stamp and learn a little Chinese as well!

Smythe Sewn Mystic Calligraphy Vamh Lined
Smythe Sewn Mystic Calligraphy Vamh Lined
by The Paperblanks Book Company
Edition: Stationery

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful, April 1 2000
This journal really caught my eye because it has a really pretty cover. The back looks like a print of red Chinese brocade but on the front, the brocade turns gold and there is a big Buddhist character called "Vamh" on it. The calligraphy is very pretty--prettier than on the "Ha" and "Sa" ones I saw. I learned that "Vamh" is 'an expression of mystical Buddhist calligraphy' that stands for the idea that the Buddha exists in our hearts. I'm Buddhist and I wasn't aware of this beautiful Buddhist calligraphy! The inside has nice, lined and blank pages and it's useful for just about anything you can think of...

Adventures of Monkey King
Adventures of Monkey King
by Cheng-En Wu
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Monkey King-classic literature, March 1 2000
Monkey King is classic Chinese literature, suitable for children (there are literally hundreds of different versions of cartoons of him made for children!). Though the first half is quite violent in areas, it is because he has not discovered Buddhism, thus he learns his lessons and resists violence after he is converted/cleansed by Quan Yin. Also, the violent parts of the book are very brief, usually only a sentence or two long. Children and adults could enjoy this novel when it is kept at its fantasy/novel level.

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