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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - (1876 book), by Mark Twain cover

Entertainment > Reading >

(on Wikipedia)

Something something painting a fence something racism something story of a boy.

After reading The Secret Garden - (1911 book), by Frances Hodgson Burnett I was not about to suffer through another book with an accent conveyed in text.

  • "This Reader's Digest edition contains the complete text of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, first published in 1976."
  • Copyright © 1985 Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
  • Fifth Printing, October 1990
  • ISBN-10 0-89577-217-5

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Entertainment > Reading >

(on Wikipedia)

A spoiled little girl loses her rich parents and is sent away to live with her reclusive heartbroken (rich) relative.

The story is fairly awful to me, though I can see how this was popular at the time. It has definitely aged, not just in its period but in its language and writing style.

I'll class this as "liked", but I only see this as being good for historical reasons and wouldn't recommend it. I'll also class this as child-friendly, except it's child-friendly in its context: A parent reading to their child in the early 1900s.

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Band of Brothers - (2001 television show) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185906/
http://www.hbo.com/band-of-brothers

Follows a unit in the 101st Airborne Division during World War 2.

Quite a good story. It's full of faces I know. Great acting and spectacular realism.

  • Note: This video style is shaky.

  1. Band of Brothers - (2001 television show)
  2. The Pacific - (2010 television show)



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Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2364582/
http://abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield
http://marvel.com/tv/show/190/marvels_agents_of_shield

Agents with a formerly-secret worldwide law-enforcement organization work to safeguard the world from the lesser challenges now too-frequent for superheroes alone.

Good enough, although so far it's one of these episodic shows which has a new problem every episode.

I watched three episodes and liked it, but I took a long break and watched a fourth and couldn't figure anything out or get interested again. I can't recommend this except for those who are heavily hooked on those first few episodes and who intend to properly binge-watch it all.

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. - Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division



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the-fountainhead-1943-book-by-ayn-rand-cover

Entertainment > Reading >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0452273331

A famous work of philosophy, especially because it's told using a story.

A terrible work of storytelling that entirely shrouds any philosophy it may have. From the first sentence I rolled my eyes and couldn't make it through the first half-page before setting it down in disgust. I still haven't been more than a handful of pages in.. it's just so god damned bad.

This'll sit on my shelf, among its betters, probably for years before I get around to trying to read more of it. Just as books in ancient Greek need translating, I think this needs a real writer to re-tell the story.



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colony-2016-image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4209256/
http://www.usanetwork.com/colony

The Earth is invaded by aliens, and although civilization is cordoned off and human-managed, pockets of resistance remain.

A largely-boring drama. I don't know why I don't like this.. there's something about its tone that grates on me. I did watch ten episodes, but it never "clicked".



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Second Chance (2016) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4378456/
http://www.fox.com/second-chance

An old retired cop is reborn into a younger, stronger, version of himself, and fights crime.

Seems fairly good, though I'd bet it would be bland without the pretty girl.

  • Cancelled 2016-05-12



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