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Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
by Maximillian Potter
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 18.81
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 ... to give this book only two stars but can't recommend it as warmly as the other reviewers, Aug. 24 2014
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I'm sadden to give this book only two stars but can't recommend it as warmly as the other reviewers: it just is not what is advertised, and the crime story is rather un-remarkable. Change the title to "A bit history of the DRC with made-up leads thrown in for the sake of it, including lengthy passages whose sole purpose is to romanticise the whole thing" and you would be closer to the real book. With this title, I did enjoy the read. I only wish Potter has written a real and serious history of the Domaine de la Romanee-conti, a corenerstone of Burgundy, of which the vineyard ransom is but the latest quirky episode.

1Q84
1Q84
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 33.25
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fans will enjoy, Nov. 11 2011
This review is from: 1Q84 (Hardcover)
I'm a fan, and I liked this book very much. The meticulous, slow Murakami narrative carries us, his readers, across the vast ocean of words that is 1Q84. I liked the pace, the slowness, appreciated the time to get acquainted with the main characters. Unfortunately, it's impossible to believe in many aspects of the book, from the main pillar of the story, the attraction between Tengo and Aomame, to the unpleasant Ushikawa, the set, and most characters. This book is one massive allegory, sometimes harder to decode than other, so will help being fond of Murakami. Suspend your beliefs and slow down, then pick 1Q84 up, and enjoy.

Eisenhower: Soldier and President
Eisenhower: Soldier and President
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.87
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Missed opportunity, Feb. 4 2011
I have no doubt the two volume bio deserve the praise, but sadly this compilation is seriously lacking. I am certain that the first 50 years of Eisenhower's life deserve more than only the roughly 50 pages afforded here. I feel like I have a good handle on the soldier's and the President's accomplishments, but hardly know the man he was, only the one he became. Even them. Many passages are poorly stiched together - marking obviously where cuts were made. I'll blame the editor, more work is required to make a memorable bio.

Asterios Polyp
Asterios Polyp
by David Mazzucchelli
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 25.71
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wish there were more like this, Jan. 11 2011
This review is from: Asterios Polyp (Hardcover)
I put off buying this book for a while because I was put off by the drawing style and colorization. How superficial... The author's choice of colour and drawing suits Asterios Polyp's story perfectly! At first glance, Polyp is some superficial jerk, but of course, like everyone he is more complex and what we learn early on about is life misleads us. The use of bold lines and colours, and the original utilization of some basic drawing techniques, more notably, Mazzucchelli crafts a clever narrative that everyone is bound to enjoy. Well worth re-reading a few times to soak up the more subtle aspects of the drawn narrative.

The Technician
The Technician
by Neal Asher
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 36.99
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A style change for Asher?, Jan. 11 2011
This review is from: The Technician (Hardcover)
The Technician is a good book, just not what one expects from Asher, i.e. relentless action from cover to cover, especially after Orbus, perhaps the best Asher so far. The first half of The Technician carefully sets the stage, we are brought back on Masada, after the events known to his readers have reached their conclusion. The stage is explored, characters planted, the back story filled, maybe too carefully, for the story only really picks up pace midway through the book - a long time coming. From there 'til the end, it is more or less typical Asher, save for the fact that the story is thinner than usual, as if the author was somewhat distracted. Anyhow, a good read, still beats a lot of the sci-fi being produced. Can't wait to see what's next

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
by Daniel L. Everett
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Worlds apart, Nov. 27 2010
Is this a memoir? An anthropological study of a remote and isolated people? Or a travelogue? Answer: a wonderful mix of all three, and then some. Every now and then stories pop up in the news about so-called primitive people, maybe because they have just been "discovered", or they suffer from logging, farming, whatever it may be. Perhaps far worst, a lot of "primitive" societies have been pestered by missionaries for centuries now - but lo and behold, there is at least one tribe of unconquered people deep in the Amazon forest which has been resisting against assimilation for over three centuries, thanks to their unique culture. This book makes it clear that we have much to learn from the "primitive" humans who still inhabit our world, despite our best efforts to civilize them. This is an intelligent read, well written and engaging, which I warmly recommend to any curious mind.

Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
by Anthony Everitt
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.88
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Laudable effort, Nov. 27 2010
With Augustus, Everitt signs the biography of the Roman leader who has arguably had the greatest impact on his civilization. He led a long life, but though the book races through it as though it had been only mildly eventful. Not so. Augustus was a ruthless manipulator who managed to outwit and outlive most of his opposition. He succedded where Caesar failed. Everitt does a fair job at exposing the family members' tug of war, however. Unfortunately for the readers (and Everitt) the sources are silent on so many crucial aspects of Augustus' life and deeds as to render a story that is both appalling and absolutely captivating, somewhat guesswork. This is a good effort, but I find myself wanting for more: how did his relationship with the Senate, with the People, evolve ofer his 44 year reign? We see it well exposed for his early years, but less so later on when the author's tends to go from crisis to reform to a new crisis. Also, Augustus transformed the Roman state through and through: despite the spotty sources, there ought to be more in the way of finer details on how he and his close supporters accomplished all they did. In other words, how did the pre-imperial machine worked to implement his will? Nonetheless, a good read to keep handy for a quick overview of the period.

Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
by Anthony Everitt
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.16
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sadly lacking, Nov. 12 2010
No contest, Cicero is an important figure of 1st century BC Rome, which comes alive through his voluminous correspondence, a large chunk of which has been published in Ancient times. Unfortunately, this biography reads, at times, too much like a digest of this correspondence. And despite the abundance of this material, I am still puzzled as to the man's motivations and even his accomplishments. At least half the book is dedicated to providing enough context to understand his actions and thoughts, but I find myself wishing for several hundred pages more so that the man can be exposed more fully. This book is an OK read for a first foray into Rome's history in this period and Cicero, but if you are interested in the orator, this is nothing more than a decent introduction.

Caesar: Life of a Colossus
Caesar: Life of a Colossus
by Adrian Goldsworthy
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 16.97
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb recreation of a seminal era, Nov. 12 2010
Goldsworthy has managed to deliver a powerful portrait of one of the most important figures in Roman history. He provides enough context to allow even the reader who is not so familiar with the events he shaped (and those which shaped him) with a good sense of what might in effect have happened, and what pushed the players to act the way they did. From our perspective, Rome was a screwed up city to live in, no matter what class of the society you belonged. Goldsworthy if fair in his treatment, and do not appear to glorify his subject, a plus in my book.

The Next Continent (Novel)
The Next Continent (Novel)
by Issui Ogawa
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.96
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting..., Oct. 13 2010
The story's not bad, but the book is almost an anthropological study in cultural differences on how stories are told - at least, I put the weaknesses I see in the book to that. Thin characters, others that suddenly appear just in time to save the day, repeatedly; climatic situations that arise and are resolved within a few pages, and a resolutely unfamiliar way of approaching Corporations in this future Ogawa presents. I've read far worst. Worth the read if you are a casual reader of the genre, maybe less so for hard sci-fi afficionados.

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