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The Mothman Prophecies
The Mothman Prophecies
by John A. Keel
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
52 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 étoiles sur 5 Pass on this one, Sept. 18 2002
If you are looking for a detailed, coherent account of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, you will find this book a total disappointment, as I did. You will learn next to nothing about what was going on in Point Pleasant, and why the bridge collapsed.
This book is largely an unorganized, haphazard semi-autobiograhpical collection of anecdotes that appear to be meaningful to the author, most of them about flying saucers and men in black and the author's problems with his phone bill. The "narrative" skips around in time and place and subject. Keel devotes more pages to some odd people in the Long Island ufo community than he does to writing about the bridge. He has two sentences about why the bridge might have collapsed. There are no photos, maps, figures, or appendices in this book. Unless you get a map of the Point Plesant area, you have no idea where the events he describes takes place. There are about 10 footnotes, and they document trivial, dumb stuff.
Keel must be laughing about selling the title of this book to the movie company. Even though the movie wasn't all that good, it was far better than this book.
It's not so much I regret spending the money on this book, but I feel very foolish about having wasted two hours reading it.

Hit List
Hit List
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Prix : CDN$ 31.68
7 used & new from CDN$ 1.99

1.0 étoiles sur 5 Bad stuff from a good band, June 29 2002
This review is from: Hit List (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of Jett since Bad Reputation was released; it was the theme song in a a group house I lived in in the '80s and was played about 10 times a day.
But this album is awful, and there may be some truth in advertsing issues here. It does not contain her Hit List; it's some really poor covers of some other artists' semi-hits. Sounds like Joan was a contractual bind: album due, no material.
You might want to buy this if you have to have everything she's done, but you won't play it more than once.

Out There and Back
Out There and Back
Prix : CDN$ 16.58
31 used & new from CDN$ 5.19

2.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice, but old hat, April 24 2002
This review is from: Out There and Back (Audio CD)
I bought this the other day and I enjoy it, especially in the car. However, if someone had played it for me without my having heard it before, and then asked me to guess who made the album and when, I would say it was a Jean-Michel Jarre album from the 1970's. There is nothing new, revolutionary, or cutting-edge about Van Dyk's music; I have been listening to the same thing on vinyl by Jarre for 25 years. (Try Oxygene).
Although this CD is pleasant, it reminds me of a cover album.

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade [Old Version]
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade [Old Version]
2 used & new from CDN$ 121.74

5.0 étoiles sur 5 This product saved me $1500, April 24 2002
...I am generally reluctant to praise anything from Redmond, but I have to admit that this is a good product, and saved me from buying another new computer.
I bought a new Gateway 1 ghz machine about 2 years ago, running ME (the worst WIndows ever). It locked up about 3 times a day, and it locked up so hard the only way to reboot was to unplug the machine. It had lots of problems recognizing USB devices. Finally, I just gave up on it and bought a Mac Cube, and figured I would buy a new PC when the price of 2 ghz machines got down...
However, I had pre-ordered XP on Amazon and forgot I had done so. One day XP shows up and I figure, what the heck, I might as well dig out the old PC and try it.
Installation was not without some problems (see below) but I felt like I had a whole new PC. It has not crashed once since I installed XP last August - not once. It is faster, easier to use, and rock solid. And with the DSL stuff built in, I no longer have to use MacPoet for PPPoE, and I swear even DSL is faster now. Best [money] I ever spent on a PC, and I have been a PC user since 1983.
A word of caution: before you upgrade, go out on the internet and get all the XP drivers from the manufacturers of you ancillary equipment, particuarly your modem. My modem, my ethernet card, and my Soundblaster did not work after I installed XP, and I no longer had a way to get to the internet to get the drivers or register XP. I had to get the XP drivers using my Cube and DSL, then write them to a CD, then load them on the PC. A little foresight on my part would have saved me a lot of work and diagnostics. Once the three drivers were installed, everything was cool. And I was blown away at how simple getting DSL set up was under XP. It was kind of a PITA under ME. Now I use my Gateway more than my Mac because it is a lot faster with only 20% of the memory my Mac has (Cube still on 9.2 because OS X crashes hard).
I would give XP 10 stars if I could.

Roscoe A Novel
Roscoe A Novel
by William Kennedy
Edition: Hardcover
37 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are already a Knnedy fan, this book is great, April 14 2002
This review is from: Roscoe A Novel (Hardcover)
If you have already gotten hooked on Kennedy's world of Irish/Italian/Jewish organized crime/politics in the Prohibition era of Albany, you will enjoy this. However if you have not read Kennedy before, I would recommend that you read them in the order of publication, though there is no continuity of characters running through them.
If you think violent drug crime is a new problem in our country, you are in for a big surprise. Kennedy's characters of 80 some years ago make todays drive by shootings look like kid stuff.

Post Captain
Post Captain
by Patrick O'Brian
Edition: Paperback
113 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Best of All Twenty Aubrey Books, March 10 2002
This review is from: Post Captain (Paperback)
Read this book very carefully, especially if you are committed to reading all 20 volumes. IMHO, it is the best book of the series. In book one ("Master and Commander"), I assumed that Maturin was a minor character who would not appear again. I thought he was a gay geek, and that his mysterious, solitary, on-shore expedition was of a carnal nature; little did I realize the true nature of either Maturin or the trip.
This second book focuses on developing the Maturin character as a spy; a sophisticated man of wealth, background, and education; a lifelong drug addict; and a nerdy womanizer - sort of an 19th century cross between James Bond and Bill Gates.
Chapter 4 is the most bizarre chapter in the entire series. I am still going on the assumption that the escape-across-France-in-a-bear-costume was really just another opium vision of Maturin's.
The books that follow this one vary greatly in quality of plot; some are excellent, some seem to be virtually plotless narratives, but all are worth reading. Still, book 2 stands head and shoulders above all the rest.

Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
by O'BRIAN Patrick
Edition: Hardcover
34 used & new from CDN$ 3.30

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I read them all - now what? :}, March 10 2002
Over the years, I have came across a number of stunning reviews for O'Brian's books. One day when I was faced with finding something new to read, I ordered this book from Amazon.
To be honest, at first I found the book confusing and boring. The reader is faced with a number of unfamiliarities: the time period, the culture of the Royal navy, the dialect, the nautical terms, the political situations, the standards of behavior, the geography, the Royal Society with its Baconian approach to science, and state-legitimized piracy, to name but a few. I spent about 6 months reading this book ( I usually read a book in a week or two), and would put it down for awhile and read something else. After three or four chapters, I realized that there was little value in looking up all the references to various sails and parts of ships. From this point on I really started to enjoy the book, and by the time Aubrey has his first piratical adventure, I was hooked. After I finished "Master and Commander", I read the other 19 books in 11 months.
Some advice:
1. Read the books in order. Characters appear, disappear, and re-appear throughout the books. Sometimes they die, but usually not.
2. Read the second book "Post Captain" very carefully. IMHO, it is the best book of all 20. This book focuses on developing the Maturin character as a spy; a sophisticated man of wealth, background, and education; a drug user; and a nerdy womanizer - sort of an 19th century cross between James Bond and Bill Gates.
3. Unless you are compelled by an obsessive-compulsive disorder to do otherwise, ignore the thousands of detailed nautical terms. Sometimes they have some value, but generally only in the case of a nautical joke. I bought one of the suggested help books ("Dictionary of Nautical Terms") and found it to be generally useless in defining terms used in 19th century sailing.
4. Keep a general US and World history text handy. This will be useful for some quick background when Aubrey is involved in some minor war, especially the ones I slept thru in world history classes in college.
5. I looked up a lot of terms in the OED.
6. Have fun. These are easy reads. It was fun to discover a unread series of 20 great books to read at my age. It was like "discovering" the works of Faulkner, Steinbeck, Hemingway, McPhee, and Updike in high school.

Shelby Cobra Orig 1962-65
Shelby Cobra Orig 1962-65
by Dave Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
14 used & new from CDN$ 48.42

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good source book on Cobras, Dec 2 1998
If you are restoring a Cobra or building a replica, this is the best source of photographs you will find. Or if you are nostalgic for late 60's roadracing, you will find this an excellent book.

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