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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Holds As Much As The Reader Is Ready For, January 16, 2015
Like a lot of the better children's literature, this is a book that can be read on at least two levels.

On the simplest level, it's a straightforward comedy about the bumbling misadventures of an unbelievably oblivious would-be boy-detective: a kind of grade-school Clouseau.

On a more adult level, it's... well, I wouldn't want to spoil it for you, so I'm going to put my take on what this book is really all about in a separate section with a SPOILER ALERT below. One thing I will mention, since I'm not telling you anything you won't have gleaned from even a glance at the other reviews anyway, is that it's quite touching just how many of this book's grown-up readers are deeply concerned by whether or not our boy-detective's "business partner" (a polar bear by the name of "Total") is supposed to be real. This tells you a lot about how gifted the author is at creating characters that even adults grow to care about.

Of course, a lot Timmy Failure's child readers will be picking up some, but not all of this book's very considerable subtext. I think that's a good thing: There's a lot to be said for giving children books where there's as much to find as the child is ready to see.

And now, the stuff that requires a SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER if you'd rather figure some things out for yourself.

In fact, if you haven't already read the book, I would actively discourage you from reading the rest of this review.

***

What caused me to add this section was that I was troubled by another review that claimed that this was a book without learning or growing. Respectfully, I have to disagree.

There is a great deal of learning and growing going on in this book. It's just left masterfully unstated. In a way, it's a lot like the television series Adventure Time, in the sense that it's the product of a creator with enough respect for the intelligence of his audience to know when to leave things unsaid. They're simply left in plain sight for those with eyes to see.

There is serious, grown-up, real-world danger in this book: as real and grown-up as an audit. The chief risk our protagonist faces is being held back a grade; a major life setback he initially seems to completely detach from. So despite the fantasy world our narrator inhabits, he is not entirely playing for kid stakes.

For Timmy himself there is no brutal transition from fantasy to reality. It's more that throughout the story, when given the chance, he gradually moves from being completely detached from reality to being more able to engage with it within his own frame of reference. For example, when the old teacher who called Timmy "Captain Thickhead" is replaced by one who presents Timmy with his school assignments in terms that Timmy is able to accept - as cases that Timmy, as a detective, must solve.

For adult readers (and more perceptive child ones) the big reveal is in the transition from chapter 54 to chapter 55. Which is why, of course, this pivotal moment is presaged in the prologue. This is where Total's voice morphs into that of Timmy's mother, we learn that Timmy has not been doing any of the things he's been narrating in most of the previous chapter, and "the bowling turkey" (as Timmy calls his mom's boyfriend) complains about how Timmy "still plays all the pretend games". Of course, much of what is revealed has already been hinted at in previous chapters, but this is the point at which reality most forcibly intrudes into Timmy's fantasy narrative.

We can't quite see this book as a coming of age story. Timmy does not even come close to making it all the way into a fully adult world. It's more of a "coming of age overture" in which our protagonist and narrator isn't ready, able, or even called upon to undertake such a drastic journey. What he does do is take some important early steps down that road. That's our story.

And I still find it very touching just how many adult reviewers are deeply troubled by the idea that Timmy's polar bear business partner might not be real.

;-)

Theo.
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Kink
Kink
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shed Your Inhibitions, Not Your Skepticism At The Door, January 6, 2015
This review is from: Kink (DVD)
This was a genuinely interesting film. On balance I would recommend it. However, that recommendation does come with some qualifications.

First, if you are at all prudish, back out of the room now. Just trust me and go. This film contains things you wouldn't normally see outside of out-and-out porn. I'm talking about men in a state of full tumescence, women being vaginally penetrated with sex toys, and consensual striking and choking.

That said, if you're only here for that kind of content, you should also probably leave the room now. This is a documentary, and while there is enough of that kind of thing to show us what this company - and these people - do for a living, that's about it.

So given that this is a documentary, is it a good one?

Well... This is where we come to my real reservations.

The first thing that made me wonder about this film were the repeated claims that the people who play the submissive roles in this company's productions are generally submissives in real life too - that they get more than just a paycheck out of what they do on screen. To be fair, it isn't claimed that this is always the case. But we are left with the impression that it's predominantly so, and certainly something the company strives for.

So is this reality? Or is it just the 21st century equivalent of "me so horny"?

One thing that did give me doubts was the way the "submissive" women in particular all seemed to speak with little-girl voices (think Anna Nicole Smith, only more so). This is something they did not only in their adult performances, but also in their interviews for the documentary. In my experience, real women tend not to talk like that. At least, not when they're not putting on a show.

Another thing that made me wonder if we were just being told what the company wanted us to hear was the total absence of any insight at all into how the company itself functioned as a business. Louis Theroux's far less graphic, but rather more probing documentary "Twilight of The Porn Stars" depicted a troubled industry that's no longer the license to print money it once was. Confronted by an Internet awash with free adult content, the manufacturers of that content now face the same problem all content creators face: the small matter of convincing people to pay.

Kink mentioned no such problems, and so gave us no insight into how this business dealt with them. Instead, we're given a completely generic potted history of how the company founder created the business in his college dorm room. We're also shown no less generic footage of sales meetings. So generic in fact that if you just changed a word or two here and there, it could all just as easily be about selling BMW's. Or McValue Meals. Perhaps the director would say that's the point. But it's hard to avoid the fact that on a business level, this film is insight-free.

It's because of the reservations like these that I had to think carefully about whether this was a 3 or 4 star film.

What in the end persuaded me to give it 4 stars - and my recommendation - was the people. They're what this film is really all about. Even if we're not being granted an unguarded or unvarnished view of their world, the people we meet are all rather interesting, and overall very likable. It's also impossible to say a single bad word about this film on a visual level. Or auditory either, for that matter. As a pure piece of cinematography, it's beautifully put together.

I encourage you to approach this work as you might a meeting with an accomplished professional psychic. Don't shed your skepticism at the door, but at the very least you can be confident that you're in for an intriguing encounter.

Theo.
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Fantastic Planet
Fantastic Planet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Ordinary at the Same Time, December 30, 2014
This review is from: Fantastic Planet (DVD)
There are levels on which this is an amazing piece of work. There are also ways in which it's clumsy, even trite. If I told you in advance that it's a French psychedelic science fiction animated art film from 1973, I think you could make some pretty accurate guesses as to what you'd be in for without having to see or hear a single minute. I know another reviewer before me described this work as "far far ahead of its time". I think we're going to have to agree to disagree, because I see it as very much of its time. Which is of course both a strength and a weakness.

Provided you can live with the fact that by contemporary standards, on a technical level the animation is rather basic, this is an amazing thing just to look at and listen to. Like I said, it's a French psychedelic science fiction animated art film from 1973. You do the math.

Beyond the delights of sound and vision, one thing I think this film does do very well is depict the casual, thoughtless brutality of both life in general, and children in particular. If you've ever watched a group of children casually torturing insects as a way of whiling away the afternoon, then you've already seen much of what this film has to say.

One of the most interesting and - to me - impressive things about this work is the profound lack of comment or histrionics surrounding such violence. Acts of horrendous brutality are observed with the same dispassion as a ladybug crawling up a blade of grass, giving the film an almost zen quality. "This is", it seems to say, "simply what life is".

But... such strengths aside, the film is also not without its weaknesses. For me, the greatest of these is its ending, which except on the most superficial level does not flow from what's been established throughout. Instead, the military and geopolitical realities of 1970's Earth are just suddenly plopped into the Fantastic Planet as if they were obvious universal truths.

Everything then ends abruptly on a rather trite message.

Theo.
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The Devil's Avenger: A Biography of Anton Szandor La Vey
The Devil's Avenger: A Biography of Anton Szandor La Vey
by Burton H. Wolfe
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to review a different book..., December 30, 2014
But wait, hear me out!

When Burton H. Wolfe wrote The Devil's Avenger, by his own admission he allowed himself to become too close to his subject. After fact checking "the first round of stories Anton related to me", he then took LaVey pretty much at his word. As a result, "there are too many stories in The Devil's Avenger that contain Anton's fabrications".

That's what Wolfe himself had to say about the first edition of The Devil's Avenger in the updated version he more recently released as an e-book. In this revised work he attempted to remove the fabrications and set the record straight. That's the version you want to be reading. It's variously been made available as both "The Devil's Avenger" and under an alternative title, "The Black Pope" (for the sake of clarity, from now on I'll be using this latter title to refer to the updated edition). And although it's not available on Amazon, it is this updated version that I'm going to review.

The Black Pope is a must-read for anyone interested in LaVey or the movement he created. It's a first hand account by someone who was friends with LaVey but not enthralled by him, and who genuinely seems to be doing his best to sort the wheat from the chaff. In this book Wolfe accepts neither LaVey's own often quite fanciful accounts, nor the accounts of LaVey's detractors. Unlike the rest of LaVey's more skeptical biographers, he does not automatically take the fact that someone else offers a different account, or the fact that all the dots don't obviously line up at first glance, as proof positive that LaVey was lying. Instead, the motives and agendas of all parties involved are (for the most part) carefully scrutinized.

Wolfe draws his own conclusions, and there are times where he successfully convinces me that more of what LaVey had to say about himself was true that I had previously credited. There were other times where I learned that some accusations against LaVey were better founded than I'd believed. The accusations of domestic abuse, for example, were so extreme that I previously hadn't given any of them much credence. However, while the more extreme claims should probably still be dismissed, to my sadness I did learn from this book that there does appear to be good reason to believe that LaVey struck his de facto wife Diane - on more than one occasion.

So why only three stars?

Wolfe published The Black Pope himself through his own publishing company, Mind Opening Books. Unfortunately, like so many self published books, it was in need of an editor. I don't want to give you the impression that it's full of typo's or poorly written. It isn't. It's actually quite entertaining. It's more that the book needed someone with the attitude of a stern tutor who would write in bold red ink "SHOW YOUR WORKING!" where necessary, and then send the manuscript back to the author for correction. There were too many times when this book didn't show the working - where it didn't give the evidence to support its position. And there was one instance in particular where, in my opinion at least, there were serious problems with the working it did show.

For example, one highly contentious claim Anton LaVey made about himself was that he worked as a police photographer. The police department has always denied this. In The Black Pope, Wolfe writes: "There is documentation available to prove that one of the ways Anton earned a living ... was to supply photographs of automobile accidents to the San Francisco Police Department." The trouble is, he leaves it at that. Burton old chap, it's not that I don't believe you, but you need to SHOW US that documentation! Tell us exactly what it is, and ideally include a photocopy of the original. Just as you do with other documentation in this very book.

Similarly, in the final part of the book, Wolfe adopts a contemptuously dismissive attitude towards the people who have been running the Church of Satan since LaVey's death. Why? With the possible exception of Blanche Barton, the book doesn't say. It's not that I disagree with his attitude: I don't know these people and have no opinion either way. But if Wolfe is going to take such a position in a published book, if he wants that book to be taken seriously, he does at least need to explain it.

Finally, we come to that instance I mentioned earlier where I did have real problems with the working shown.

Wolfe's examination of LaVey's claim that he had an affair with a young Marilyn Monroe while she was still an unknown stripper had one glaring and fairly serious problem. For the most part Wolfe just relates to us what LaVey said, and adopts the position that he can neither confirm nor refute the story. Well, some might say that the burden of proof lies with the claimant. But that aside, the real problem here concerns a naked photo of Monroe that LaVey was fond of displaying. This photo had written on it ""Dear Tony, how many times have you seen this! Love, Marilyn." (Tony being the name LaVey was known by at the time).

Diane LaVey/Hegarty later admitted that she herself wrote that legend upon the photo. Wolfe claims that "it was only one of her pranks" and that "It has no relevance to any attempt to prove or disprove the story of Anton's relationship with Marilyn".

Diane was not only Anton LaVey's common-law wife, she was also his business partner in the Church of Satan. And whatever else it may have been, as Anton himself would've been the first to attest, like all churches it was most certainly a business. That it was a business is something that Anton and Diane's eventual divorce proceedings likewise quite clearly - and sadly - showed. A business that was very much in the business of manufacturing mystique. A mystique to which the claimed relationship with Marylin Monroe most certainly contributed. So to say that when Diane admitted that she fabricated evidence supporting that claim it had no relevance to the truth of the claim... Well, let's just say that it made me raise my eyebrows. And question the judgement of the author for making such an outlandish statement.

Nevertheless, with all the aforementioned reservations, I would still regard this book as a must-read for anyone with an interest in Anton LaVey or modern Satanism. As I said in the beginning, it is a firsthand account by someone who was there, and who genuinely seems to be doing his best to sort out what is truth from what is fiction. In fairness, that's not all this book has to offer. But that alone is enough to render it an essential reference.

And, if nothing else, it's an entertaining and engaging read.

Just like, dare I say it, LaVey's own most famous work.

Theo.
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Arrow: Season 1
Arrow: Season 1
DVD ~ Stephen Amell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let The Wild Rumpus Start!, December 27, 2014
This review is from: Arrow: Season 1 (DVD)
This didn't grab me the first time I saw it. But somehow I wound up giving it a second chance, and I'm glad I did.

Perhaps the reason why it didn't appeal at first is that it possesses neither the high fantasy of the more overtly fantastic superhero tales, nor the gritty realism of so many noir offerings. This show exists in a space all its own, and it took me a couple of takes to adjust.

Make no mistake: although there's no-one flying around in a cape, judged by the standards of the real world, this show is utterly absurd. I do find myself thinking, from time to time, of a "bit" I once saw a standup comedian do, comparing Bruce Wayne to Ross Perot. It's also the kind of show where you quickly learn to accept that the extras are never going to learn to shoot straight - or if they do, it will only be at each other. But as you start to get into it, you somehow find yourself accepting the show's own reality and terms of reference. And even when the necessary willing suspension of disbelief does crack (which occasionally it does) that's all part of the fun.

In fact, one of the things I enjoy most about this show is the way that, at the end of an action-packed, cliffhanger scene, the music rises up to a such a crescendo of suspense that it's almost impossible not to take a step back and just burst out laughing. Angel (the Buffy spinoff) often ended scenes in exactly the same way, and pulled off such moments magnificently. Arrow manages the trick almost as well. Both shows have that same ability to confront the audience with absurdity while keeping their own gaze steady and unwavering: playing it straight, never giving us that knowing wink. If we laugh, we laugh on our own. There's no canned track to accompany us.

Not that I want to give you the impression that this show is entirely "comic book". Or at least, what most people who don't read comic books would think of as "comic book". This version of Oliver Queen doesn't shoot arrows with boxing gloves on the end that knock crooks out. His arrows are razor sharp, and there are plenty of times when he is quite willing to use them to put people in the ground. There is at least enough gritty realism for that.

There are shows in the superhero genre that I encourage even friends with no pre-existing interest in the genre to watch. Shows that I believe are good enough and smart enough to convince any fundamentally open minded person that this much maligned genre can be, and sometimes is, home to intelligent, thoughtful offerings.

Arrow does not rise to that level. Not quite. I wouldn't put it in the same league as Angel. Or Justice League Unlimited for that matter. But for anyone who does already love the spandex set, I would say that this is a highly original reinvention of a long established character. One that, to its credit, is also very much aware of that character's history - most especially as a voice of social and political protest.

And hey, if you just want to watch the world's first parkour superhero run around and leap through the air a lot while he smacks down some baddies, that's fine too.

Theo.
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Taza Chocolate Mexicano Chocolate Disc, Cacao Puro, 2.7 Ounce
Taza Chocolate Mexicano Chocolate Disc, Cacao Puro, 2.7 Ounce
Price: $5.22
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Great, December 20, 2014
My relatively tepid response to this chocolate (as seen in this review's title) is perhaps unfairly influenced by the fact that my introduction to Taza was Taza Chocolate Mexicano Chocolate Disc, Guajillo Chili, 2.7 Ounce. Now that was AMAZING. Superlatives fail me. It's definitely right up there on the list of things to try before you bite the big one and go join the choir invisible. Or... you know. Just rot in the ground. Whatever.

This one... Well, enjoyment-wise, once again I refer you to this review's title: Good But Not Great. Although I'm currently (even as I type these very words) eating some with almonds, and I have to say it's a pretty good combination. So perhaps the caveat I should have introduced was "eat with almonds" - or at least with some kind of accompaniment. It's only so-so when eaten alone. It does have the same unusual, almost cookie-like texture as the Guajillo Chilli disks, but the flavor isn't quite up there. Once again, I keep coming back to that title: good, but not great.

The saving grace, the thing that decided it for me when I was wavering between 3 and 4 stars, is that if you're looking for a healthy chocolate (according to some studies, a small daily dose of dark chocolate can more than halve your risk of heart attack), I suspect this may be about as good as you're going to find. Made with only two ingredients - organic cacao and organic cane sugar - it's also 70% cacao, and stoneground at that.

There is the emerging issue of cadmium in chocolate, which you may want to do some reading about online yourself. I'm not entirely sure if it's clear yet where or how the heavy metals get into chocolate: if it's during processing, then I'd say that with organic stoneground cacao, you're pretty safe. But if it's directly from the soil and concentrated into the beans themselves, then obviously not so much. If that's the case, then it's really a matter of finding cacao grown in low cadmium soils, and truth be told I'm not sure how Mexico fares on that front.

Theo.
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Did You Read That Review?: A Compilation of Amazon's Funniest Reviews
Did You Read That Review?: A Compilation of Amazon's Funniest Reviews
Price: $1.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You like me! You really like me!, December 19, 2014
Oh Jeff....

What you did for me... you changed my life, truly!

I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect... and I can't deny the fact that you like me!

Right now: you like me!

Theo.
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Taza Chocolate Mexicano Chocolate Disc, Guajillo Chili, 2.7 Ounce
Taza Chocolate Mexicano Chocolate Disc, Guajillo Chili, 2.7 Ounce
Offered by World Wide Chocolate
Price: $4.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wow" is Right!, December 16, 2014
I was so miffed when I saw the title I'd planned to use - "Wow!" - had already been taken. And by the most helpful review too!

All I can do at this point is acknowledge that I completely agree with the sentiment. This has to be one of the most amazing - and surprising - chocolate experiences I've ever had. I'm not sure if it's the stoneground cacao itself or the otherwise minimal processing, but this chocolate has the most unusual texture I've ever encountered. It's gritty, but in a wonderful way. Almost cookie-like. Simultaneously rich and sugary, and the chilli works amazingly well too. And those are the only ingredients: cacao, cane sugar, and chilli powder. All organic. Health conscious consumers who want their heart to enjoy the benefits of dark chocolate will be pleased to see this is completely dairy free.

The only down-side is that it's way too high in sugar to be a true chocolate health-food. The company's website lists it as having 21 gm of sugar per 38 gm serve (two serves per packet). That makes it 55% sugar, which is not so great. Meaning that in my case at least, this will have to be an occasional treat rather than a daily staple.

Still, I can't wait to try their Taza Chocolate Mexicano Chocolate Disc, Cacao Puro, 2.7 Ounce product. There may be a new review coming from me on that front tomorrow!

;-)

Theo.
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God's Little Princess Bible: New King James Version
God's Little Princess Bible: New King James Version
by Sheila Walsh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.49
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Put Not Your Faith In Princesses!, December 16, 2014
Okay, at first I admit I was delighted: finally a Bible for princesses! One that would at last warn them against the terrible sin of wearing clothing made from more than one type of cloth (Leviticus 19:19): a sin that princesses seem horrifyingly, almost Satanically drawn to.

But no. Once again this crucial aspect of God's teachings has been hidden away in the fine print, with no special attention drawn to it. I am appalled that this, supposedly a Bible made specifically to address the spiritual needs of princesses, does not put such vital information front and center.

I can only hope that any princess unfortunate enough to have this as her only Bible will at least be lucky enough to have brothers who will sell her into slavery (Genesis 37:28).

Only in this way may she atone for her sartorial sins and be spared the eternal fires of Hell.

Theo.
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Paleo Athlete: A Complete Guide On How To Improve Your Performance, Recovery, Health And Fitness With The Paleo Diet
Paleo Athlete: A Complete Guide On How To Improve Your Performance, Recovery, Health And Fitness With The Paleo Diet
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent & Unreferenced, October 28, 2014
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The paleo diet has been the subject of serious research in recent years, and so far the results look pretty good. While not yet as extensively investigated as the Mediterranean diet, paleo is not just some wacky fad. This is an approach that, at the very least, is worth exploring and looking into.

On a further positive note, this "book" is short, clear, and to the point. You can easily read it in the time it might otherwise take you to eat your lunch - paleo or not. While some folks might complain that they're not getting a "real" book, personally I consider the length (or lack thereof) a major plus. Far too many diet books could easily have been one tenth their actual size if only the author had not been obliged to churn out enough pointless verbiage to make their book the same size as all the other books on the shelf at Borders.

Well... in this brave new world we live in, that's not the case any more.

But anyway, having checked out the other reviews, I can honestly say I have no idea what the reviewers who slammed this author's style were talking about. Yes, there were the occasional minor errors that one so often finds in self published material. But overall I found his writing to be both simple and straightforward. This book is not poorly written.

So far so good, right? Unfortunately there were some fairly serious negatives that would prevent me from recommending this.

First, that whole "Athlete" angle seems to be nothing more than a gimmick that's been very poorly tacked on to a short booklet that otherwise does little more than summarize the basic rules of the paleo diet. Readers should also be aware that even within the paleo community, many would regard some aspects of this book's approach as highly controversial. For example, in directing readers to eat meat protein with every meal, to restrict their intake of fruit and nuts, and perhaps most of all, in its claim that carbohydrates are not an essential macronutrient.

Second, when we do get onto athlete-specific information, the author pretty well immediately contradicts the basic paleo principles he's elsewhere laid out. In particular, I'm referring to the fact that his recommended post-workout meal includes a whey protein shake, despite the fact that dairy is specifically forbidden on the paleo diet! It's true that this author suggests 3 cheat meals per week, but I can only wonder: is every post workout meal intended to be a cheat meal? What if you workout more than three times per week? Is it possible to have a cheat meal _other_ than a whey protein shake? Then there's the fact that he specifically recommends that all cheat meals for the week be eaten within a 36 hour period...

The book's discussion of carbohydrates is similarly inconsistent. While at some points we are told we are allowed to eat sweet potatoes and fruit, in the book's final summary of the paleo diet, we are simply admonished "Eliminate Carbs". Bizarrely, just two lines later, this is followed by the rule that we are allowed a maximum of 1 serving of fruit per day.

Unsurprisingly, analysis is also not this author's strong point. There is no attempt at all to come to grips with more mainstream medical findings or recommendations such as that high levels of meat consumption are associated with higher rates of mortality; or that we should all eat at least two servings of fruit per day.

Finally, none of this book's claims are referenced in any way. None. Nada. Zip. Literally everything is left at the level of raw assertion. This is particularly problematic in the author's repeated (and completely bald) assertion that gluten is indigestible.

Really? I'm not convinced. It's certainly true that people with celiac disease need to avoid the stuff. But totally indigestible for everyone? I did some searching myself after finishing this short book, including on the medical database pubmed. And while a case can be made that avoiding gluten could be more broadly beneficial (even for those of us without celiac disease), I could not find anything to back up the claim that gluten is indigestible. Hey, if I'm wrong about this, by all means leave a comment on this review correcting me.

But peer reviewed evidence based research only, please.

Theo.
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