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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumba Pet Sounds, May 16 2004
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Mancini is a quirky genius. Growing up on John Williams Wagner-esque movie scores, Mancini's scores seem rather odd. They have a rumba night club feel-a mixture of "The Ventures" and "Pet Sounds"-unlike the energetic and overwhelming majesty of Star Wars or Indiana Jones. But that is the appeal of Mancini-his are subtle anti-themes.
It would have been helpful to have the tapes digitally re-mastered. They sound thick and stuffy, which blunts the music's edge. Mancini's daughter has rerecorded some of these hits, with some other additions, and the sound is clean (ASIN: B0001HAIFO). However, this disc has the original tunes as Mancini envisioned them.

The Worthing Saga
The Worthing Saga
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Card's "Q" Document, May 11 2004
This book is OSC "Q" document. His three mains series-Ender, Alvin Maker, and Homecoming-all trace themselves back to this collection of stories. Jason Worthing ins Ender Wiggin, the Tinker is Alvin Maker, and the sweep of history in both "Saga" and "Homecoming" are rooted in the Book Of Mormon. In fact, it is this sweep of history that appeals so much to me. It rivals "Foundation" and "Dune," and Card has a better sense of individual humans within the flow of time.

Charade (Bilingual) [Import]
Charade (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Cary Grant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Film, May 11 2004
This review is from: Charade (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)
Before you see this move, brush up on your Hitchcock, especially "North By Northwest," as there are a few allusions. OF course, this film is not on the par with the Big H, but it has earned the title of "The Best Film Alfred Hitchcock NEVER Made."
This is a rather fun move; it has a splash of everything. From the soft accents of Hepburn and Grant that seem out of place in and American Embassy, and the obscure McGuffen, to the silliness and frivolity of Grant and Hepburn, this film is perfect and complete. I love the "plots within plots" and the "masks within masks" remind of Joseph Campbell.
This film is great for a family with mid-teens. It is suspenseful, but not too suspenseful, and the other dimensions round out this film. It is a nice alternative to Kill Bill slasher films.

Remembering Joseph: Personal Recollections of Those Who Knew the Prophet Joseph Smith
Remembering Joseph: Personal Recollections of Those Who Knew the Prophet Joseph Smith
by Joseph Smith
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses "They Knew The Prophet", May 2 2004
This is really two books. The print "dead tree" version is merely excerpts of the larger CD-ROM included in the book. This CD has, in Adobe format, the text to about 2,000 pages of reminisces and recollections about Joseph Smith and other historical events relating to early church history. It includes scores of accounts of the transfiguration of Brigham Young.
This book scholarly, and is all primary sources, so it is not a quick read. However, anyone who hungers and thirsts after the words of Joseph Smith will want to buy it.
My only criticism is that there needs to be a better search engine. You only used the "find" function on the bar, but there are better out there.

Ice Pirates [Import]
Ice Pirates [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars SWKO-period piece, May 2 2004
This review is from: Ice Pirates [Import] (VHS Tape)
This a cult B-sci fi, and another SWKO (Star Wars Knock Off). Another Period Price. To it's credit, it is a lot funnier than Buckaroo Banzai.

Battle Beyond the Stars (Widescreen) [Import]
Battle Beyond the Stars (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ George Peppard
Offered by M and N Media Canada
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun knock off!, May 2 2004
Admittedly this is one of a slew of "Star Wars" knock-offs. So it is a historical piece. It is a nice B-Move, and one that you can give your kids who want to see the Matrix or Kill Bill.

That We Might Have Joy
That We Might Have Joy
by Howard W. Hunter
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars You may have missed this classic., May 2 2004
This review is from: That We Might Have Joy (Hardcover)
This book was a "quickie" due to President Hunter's sudden call to the presidency. And with his death a mere nine months later, it seemed like a still-born presidency. This book, then is a way to remember those all too short days of President Hunter's ministry.
President Hunter's essay cover a wide variety of topics. Unlike "The Teachings Of Howard W. Hunter," you get the flow and logic and CONTEXT of his statements. You feel his warm, and inviting voice, and his persistent call to holiness.
As an author and teacher, I find that I am constantly going back to President Hunter's words and ideas. There is something here that transcends his mere nine months of presidency.

Present Concerns
Present Concerns
by C.S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "B-Side" Lewis, May 2 2004
This review is from: Present Concerns (Paperback)
This book is a slice of Lewis' mind. As a compilation of essays between 1940-1945, you would think that it would be dated. Yet, Lewis characteristically merges the timely with the timeless, which makes this tome a book for all seasons.
Each chapter is an isolated essay, but all revolve around the themes established in "Abolition of Man." These include the elimination of absolute values, the effects of literature on character education, and so forth.
Intermixed with these heavy and pressing topics, however, are two essays, "Hedonics" and "Talking About Bicycles." There are about mere pleasures and the simple delights of existence. You can taste and feel his sense of life and his sense of delightful please in common day things. Lewis is no curmudgeon, but something else-a mixture of rugged Elijah and tender Elisha.
Lewis, as a literati, amateur historian, and an ex-pagan, has a good eye for decadence. Indeed, his was a warning voice that SHOULD have been headed. We are so far downstream that it would take several C. S. Lewises to effect a turnabout. This may be impossible, but at least we can start with ourselves.
This is not the best book for Lewis neophytes. Start with the anthology "A Mind Awake," and stick with the "Five Classics," and "Abolition of Man." Then work your way through "Weight Of Glory" and "God In The Dock."

The Bruce R. McConkie Story: Reflections of a Son
The Bruce R. McConkie Story: Reflections of a Son
by Joseph Fielding McConkie
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look at picture on page 165!, April 16 2004
I have been pouring over this book for the last few weeks. Since I bought it (like Parley P. Pratt) eating has been a burden and sleep has been a burden. I have underlined everything that Elder McConkie said. This book is a wealth of sayings, observations, quips and comments that have not been preserved elsewhere.
If the picture on page 165 doesn't make you want to buy this book, then nothing will.
The only suggestion that I could make is that it would have been have to have a CD-ROM with the book text and images, plus "The Collected Works of Bruce R. McConkie." Ideally, this collection would include the text to all of his books (Mormon Doctrine, 2ne. ed. Rev., Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Messiah Series, New Witness For the Articles of Faith, Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie), plus the text of the first edition of Mormon Doctrine, and the transcripts to all the conference addresses, BYU Symposia, Firesides and Devotionals, plus Regional Conferences and so forth.
There is already e-text formats for most of these books, and, at least for scholarships sake, we could include the e-text of the first edition of Mormon Doctrine. Compiling a CD-Rom would be fairly easy, and it would be invaluable asset to this biography. We get the man AND his message in one gulp.
And if we can't have an e-text version of "The Collected Works of Bruce R. McConkie," then we could at least have a fancy print version of his book, along the lines of "The Collected Works of Neal A. Maxwell."

Basic Writings of Kant
Basic Writings of Kant
by Immanuel Kant
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good anthology., March 28 2004
This review is from: Basic Writings of Kant (Paperback)
This section of Immanuel Kant met my needs. It had the selections of Kant's writings that I needed, and all under one volume. I congratulate the editors for including references to the original works in the margins. This makes their edition useful as a stepping stone for studying the larger books.
As to the translation, it was readable, which is the best that can be expected from Kant. The Prussian philosopher is notorious fro his run on sentence, subordinate and sub-subordinate clauses, and abstruseness. He would give Strunk and White a heart-attack. With this caveat, I found the translation a readable as humanly possible.
Since this review is about the book, rather than the content of Kant's philosophy, I will not extensively comment on it. With his "Critique of Pure Reason," Kant asserts that our mind affects our perceptions. In other words, reason is in doubt. This statement is self-contradictory, and therefore invalid. If we doubt our minds, then we must doubt the conclusion that we doubt our minds, since our mind reached this conclusion.
Kant is the father of modern skepticism, and the godfather of relativism. As demonstrated, relativism is an incoherent, and therefore unlivable philosophy. Thank you, Immanuel!
Secondly, his "categorical imperative" is ineffective. He appeals to duty, but duty is not an irreducible primary. The duty is always in relation to either self, to others, or to God. Secondly, duty is merely a means, but it is not an end in itself. What is the "telos" of duty? No explanation.

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