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Enemy at the Gates (Widescreen)
Enemy at the Gates (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jude Law
Offered by moviemars-canada
Prix : CDN$ 7.09
65 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not about War, about People, Oct. 19 2002
I think some of the other folks reviewing this film missed the point. This is a film about people in a situation beyond imaginaton. How these people survive, fight, and love in an environment where death can come at any minute is the true focus of the film. The point is to see how heroic in the face of insurmountable odds men and women can be.
The film understates the brutality of the German forces and emphasizes the vicious discipline tatics of the Red Army. The Soviet soldiers were sent against machine guns with no weapons, no leadership, and apparently no real training.
How hero(s) arise from this is the story. Others have focused on a love triangle in this story as a cliche, but on careful examination I think something else is going on between the young boy, the German, the girl and the political officer. Watch the film and think about it.
This is not a war or history film. It is about human nature in unbearable circumstances.
Caution: Very bloody and gory.

Microsoft Visual Basic .Net Step by Step
Microsoft Visual Basic .Net Step by Step
by Michael Halvorson
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 2.91

4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Essential Reference for Anyone New to, Oct. 18 2002
I am an experienced MS DOS visual basic programmer. I bought VB.Net and was really out to sea. The Interface was fine but I had no idea how to structure the code. This book got me up and running in minutes. It saved me countless hours searching the on-line help that comes with VB.Net. It will get you printing (far from an easy task), accessing files and building modules quickly. The only negative I have is that the book covers some super basic concepts, and jumps into some really complex subjects by the end, so I would say it lacks focus: not really for beginners and not really for experts. On the other hand...there is something for everyone. You WILL need one other book: the language reference by the same publisher.
I am GLAD I bought this book.

Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit
by Tom Clancy
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 39.99
65 used & new from CDN$ 0.77

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Rather Tepid, Predictable and Unexciting, Oct. 16 2002
This review is from: Red Rabbit (Hardcover)
This book was quite a dissapointment. Not that it is bad, but it was not up to Tom Clancy's usual standards.
There was no primary character or sense of danger, no real twists or turns, no excitement. Just a Ho-Hum narrative.
The book concerns Jack Ryan just after "Patriot Games" but before "Red October".
I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. It never did.
The book is worth reading, but check it out from the library.
If this is your first Tom Clancy book, you will feel cheated, and wonder what all the excitement is about.
Any of the following would be a better choice for a first timer: "Patriot Games", "The Hunt for Red October", or "The Sum of All Fears".

Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade [OLD VERSION]
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade [OLD VERSION]
3 used & new from CDN$ 83.97

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Flashy but it Works, Oct. 8 2002
I installed this over Windows ME because I bought Visual Basic.NET and it was required to make it run.
It installed fine, but be prepared for it to take several hours to install. It does not however require you to interact much. The install is very automatic.
You can change the look and feel back to Windows 98, like I did. This took a bit of hunting to find all the parts but it does work.
I have seen other comments about software and hardware problems, so let me address them: I would tend to agree that if you have a machine that is four or five years old you would be better off buying a new one than installing this. The biggest warning: If all your software and hardware is very old, this will not work.
You must have drivers and software that are compatible. Some NT/2000 stuff will work. If you have OEM installed software, it probably will not work. I had to replace my virus software and CD-Burner software. (I chose Norton antivirus and Burn and Go by IOMEGA, priced right and installed fine.)
On the plus side the install has one great feature. You can run a test first to see what will be incompatible with the new OS, and get what you need.(You should have PLENTY of time to run to the store while it installs!!) I suggest uninstalling incompatible items before you do the install, as the uninstall may not work later. I had this happen with McAffee antivirus.
Also it insisted that all my USB peripherals be conected and turned on for the install.
I also installed Service Pack 1 from the internet. This took about 5 hours to download and another hour plus to install, so be forewarned. Be prepared to spend MANY hours fine tuning your system.
Otherwise works OK. It did hang once when I had a CD miss-aligned in the drive. Otherwise no real problems.
The only thing I do not like is having to log-in at power-up. I am the only user.

Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 9.38
101 used & new from CDN$ 0.08

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A disturbingly correct view of life, Sept. 4 2002
This book struck somthing inside me. I see the disturbing reality Rand described every day in my work (health care.) The intense efforts by government and quasi-government regulators to control everything we do and then consider us as blooodsuckers for making a profit (or even breaking even) comes right out the book.
This is a MUST read for any educated adult. It made what is happening in the world so much more clear to me.
The only drawback is the wooden, repetitive writing. Many of the characters are overdrawn charactitures. The main characters are quite good however. At 1000+ pages the book is quite a struggle especially with the long speeches the characters have (don't skip them- they are the meat of the book). Well worth the effort. Would have been 5 stars but for the excessive length. With better writing this could have been 400 pages.

The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration
The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration
by Patricia Romanowski Bashe
Edition: Hardcover
41 used & new from CDN$ 0.46

4.0 étoiles sur 5 For Parents this is Great, Aug. 24 2002
This is a wonderful book for parents of children with Aspergers syndrome. It is a resource book and tactical manual on dealing with healthcare providers and, more importantly, with schools and school districts. It is not a book on treatment, or diagnosis except and general discussions. This is also not a book to help adults with Aspergers. Good sections on dealing with children and adolescents with the problem. Many coping strategies for parents.

Diplomatic Immunity
Diplomatic Immunity
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 38.00
37 used & new from CDN$ 3.05

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Her Best Effort, May 30 2002
This review is from: Diplomatic Immunity (Hardcover)
The Stories about Miles are just about my favorite, and this one is good too. But not up to the others in the series. I was expecting more involvement of Miles's new wife, but she appears as a very minor charachter out of the action in most of the book.
I think there could have been more development of the story also.
Not to say it is a bad read, it is better than 80% of fiction published every year. I was hoping for more of the Miles and Kat working together to "crack the case"
Summary: a good story, worth reading, weak on plot development.

Sugar & Spice (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Sugar & Spice (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ Marla Sokoloff
Offered by discounts
Prix : CDN$ 44.99
8 used & new from CDN$ 23.95

1.0 étoiles sur 5 One Star is one Star too Many, Sept. 30 2001
I'm not sure which was worse: the awful acting or the idiotic story!
The characters are SUCH charicatures that they are not even funny in that sense.
Clearly the screenwriter just likes the way swear words sound, since they are in almost every sentence. This is the sort of film that would probably appeal to really immature adolescent males, if they were really bored!
Easily one of the ten worst motion pictures ever made. No redeeming values. Don't waste your time or your money. Even the 1950's beach movies were better than this bomb.

Priam's Lens
Priam's Lens
by Jack L. Chalker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
25 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A good yarn, worth reading, Aug. 25 2001
A good very Jack Chalker type story. Good character development and an interesting concept. The story sort of feels like it was originally intended to be a series and was hacked down to one volume. Too bad because this would have made a great series. The characters, plot and background are excellent. A good story but you'll wish it was longer. I could not put it down when I got the last half!

Joe's Apartment (Full Screen) [Import]
Joe's Apartment (Full Screen) [Import]
DVD ~ Jerry O'Connell
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Prix : CDN$ 83.54
17 used & new from CDN$ 5.79

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly Funny! Gross Adolescent Humor at it's Best, Aug. 1 2001
Face it: Singing, dancing cockroaches are disgusting....and really funny! There are more bugs in this movie than you could stuff into a city sewer. All singing some very clever songs. It seems to have been written, produced and directed by a couple of out of control 13 year-old boys. On the other hand the story is really decent, good acting, and great special effects. It even has a happy ending! Highly recommended. WARNING: Not for the squeamish!

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