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Business of Being Born, The
Business of Being Born, The
DVD ~ Ricki Lake
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4 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too graphic for my taste, November 28, 2010
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I thought this is a video about how a child is born. It isn't. It's a video about the birthing industry in the US, with a few live births thrown in. The documentary is biased towards home births, suggesting that hospital births are unnecessary except in emergency cases. It also suggests that hospitals are profit driven, and often perform excessive procedures to increase their profits. Basically, this video does not describe birth, it describes the business side of birth. Good if you're undecided between hospital and home birth, but not good if you, like me, were looking for a scientific documentary instead.

I give it only two stars because I was very turned off by the graphic nature of the births filmed. The women are naked, and the camera is at the business end. I can't share this with my husband because he'll be traumatized!
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Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters
Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters
by Peter Vronsky
Edition: Paperback
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History, present, and future of serial killers, April 11, 2007
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A lot of reviews focused on the history covered by this book, but what I found most compelling was in fact the second half, which discussed the "formation" of a serial killer.

In the first half, the author goes back a few centuries to uncover gruesome truths of serial killers across Europe. With every chapter, he steps forward in time, narrating the lives and biographies of famous and not-so-famous killers, from Jack the Ripper to the Boston Strangler. Every page delivers a shock, as the lives and practices of the killers are revealed.

If you manage to survive through the photos in the center without passing out at the gore, you'll find the second half even more gripping. It explains how a serial killer develops, how his behavior differs from others in childhood, how he strikes his first victim, and the pattern that dictates his life from there on. There is plenty on the many types of killers and their various approaches to murder.

A fair portion near the end of the book is dedicated to criminal profiling and crime scene investigation. The book closes with a chilling chapter on how to survive if you find yourself at the mercy of a serial killer.

A very engaging read if you have the heart for the gruesome details!

The Taking
The Taking
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new face of Dean Koontz, August 15, 2005
This review is from: The Taking (Mass Market Paperback)
I noticed a lot of unhappy reviews for this book that seem to compare it to Koontz's older novels. It appears they have gotten used to a certain style and genre, and were not prepared to accept a new approach. This novel is different in a few aspects. One difference is that it's got a single viewpoint(Unlike "The Face", "One Door Away From Heaven", and others that offer too many viewpoints) Personally, I found that refreshing because it helped me stay focused. Also, there is less drama, more action, and more terror. Koontz explores unchartered territory in this novel that may first strike as cliché, but promises more than a few shocking surprises.

Whether or not the idea of the novel appeals to you, the plot is still exciting, intriguing, and fast-paced to qualify it as a top quality work of fiction. Even in the bizzarre realm of this plot, the Dean Koontz flair is evident. The sense of being there, knowing the characters, sharing their environment and experiences is overwhelming. Enhanced by colorful prose, reading this novel was like indulging in a multi-flavored, multi-textured dessert. It pulls you out of the real world and takes you on a journey where you are to find yourself in a storm of wonder, amusement, and most of all, unimaginable terror. Advice: not for bedtime reading.

There are a few dogs in the book (again), but they are not as central as in some of Koontz's other books. Their roles are important, but subtly presented. As with many--if not all--his novels, Mr. Koontz doesn't merely tell a story, but offers readers a message to ponder about. Although "The Taking" is not long, single-viewpointed, and appears as a straightforward plot, you will have no idea where it's going until, quite literally, the awe-inspiring last page.

The Face
The Face
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb plot, though heavy on exposition, August 4, 2005
This review is from: The Face (Hardcover)
Dean Koontz has a knack for creating scenes down to the smallest detail, and character profiles that draw you into the deepest chambers of the character's minds. This is all wonderful, but it comes at a cost of bringing the action to a complete halt. In most of his books, Koontz manages to juggle both exposition and action while keeping the suspense rolling at breathtaking speed. In "The Face" however, the action was very often interrupted or slowed down by long paragraphs of description in the first three-quarters of the book.

Regardless, Koontz's prose and vivid imagery is delicious when read thoughtfully. As for plot, it was gripping from the start. While the story unfolds, you find yourself completely absorbed by the wonder of a series of bizzarre events. By the last third, you may cancel all appointments and chores for sake of soaking up the story to the very last word. Yes, it is that exciting. Why? In this particular novel, Koontz weaves together a tapestry of crime, suspense, drama, pshychology, humor, then seasons it well with extreme evil and extreme goodness.

Additionally, if you read any of his other books, you would know he has a tendency to lead you to believe in the supernatural only to delight (or disappoint) you with a scientific (or sci-fi) resolution. "The Face" applies the same technique, though more intensely, tying the loose ends most unexpectedly. This is the type of story that would likely remain memorable for a long time.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplified dressage and general riding, December 21, 2004
Free training advice is what this site offers. Through tons of articles, you will gain better understanding of the basics of horse training as well as intermediate and advanced dressage training. It also features step-by-step instruction on movements like leg-yield, shoulder-in, rein-back, and half-halt. There is great emphasis on the classical seat and how to achieve it and use it to influence your horse's gaits.

Besides the wealth of information this site provides, you'll also find 'Sport Horse Pages', a section dedicated to selling sport horses worldwide. Visitors can view lots of great horses for sale, or advertise their own. Additionally, 'Explore the Market' showcases the best tried and tested equestrian products on the market with reviews written by horse people. Also, to help your equestrian surfing, there is the 'Equine Directory' which lists hundreds of hand-picked categorized links.

A wonderful and educational website for every horse lover!

The Simplicity of Dressage
The Simplicity of Dressage
by Johann Hinnemann
Edition: Hardcover
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overview of the German Training Scale, June 6, 2004
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Before finding yourself in a never-ending cycle of tension with your horse, invest in this book. From cover to cover, the entire subject of this book is the six elements of the German training scale: Rhythm and relaxation, suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness, and collection. In clear and concise language, this book illustrates that you cannot progress to one level before establishing the one before. It proves that before you ask for impulsion, you must have contact, and if you encounter tension in collection, you go back to relaxation. In other words, the authors successfully bring dressage within grips of every rider by providing solid building blocks to progressive dressage training.
Each element of the training scale is explained thoroughly. Potential problems are addressed with practical, easy solutions. By absorbing this information, you'll find that dressage is surprisingly simple...hence the title. Beware, though, that there is no intense detail as there is in other dressage books. For example, you won't find a 5-page description of the half-halt. You won't find a step-by-step instruction of the half-pass. You will, however, realze the importance of working by a system and you will see it reflecting on your horse.
A beautifully bound book and a joy to flip through with its numerous color photos. Definitely worth reading regardless of your level.

Training Strategies for Dressage Riders
Training Strategies for Dressage Riders
by Charles De Kunffy
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly technical, thoroughly detailed, June 9, 2003
Here's a book for the well-educated, well-experienced dressage rider who wants to refine their skill and reaffirm their knowledge. It is by no means a quick, light read. It's a textbook to be read, studied, and absorbed with dedication. Charles de Kunffy is a master of classical dressage who apparently spent a great deal of effort putting this book together for the serious rider. He has high ideals and evident compassion for the horse, and structures all his techniques and strategies with the welfare of the horse in mind.
The 300 pages in this book cover a huge range of topics. Always the philosopher, Mr. de Kunffy writes in thick yet imaginative language, provoking just the right mental pictures. Everything is covered from the rider's seat to competition preparation. You will gain a greater, fuller understanding of correct seat and aids, correct flexion of the horse, lateral work, improving the basic gaits, and further schooling to higher level dressage. He also discusses various equipment and their uses.
This is an extremely valuable guide to any serious rider. Beware, though, that it's not for a beginner.

Spoken in Whispers: The Autobiography of a Horse Whisperer
Spoken in Whispers: The Autobiography of a Horse Whisperer
by Nicci Mackay
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To believe or not to believe?, April 10, 2002
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Okay, I'm a skeptic--or at least was. I bought this book to prove to myself that communicating with animals is not real. But before I reached halfway, I was already a believer. It's real, and it's strange. Nicci Mackay actually speaks her thoughts to animals, asking them questions about their behavior, feelings, etc, and receives answers from them. She's not a horse whisperer like Monty Roberts. This woman can carry on a conversation with any horse (although she can't always persuade them to do things for her!)
Nicci's writing is beautiful and captivating. Her book is nicely put together chronologically (unlike some autobiographies which keep jumping back and forth). Her stories can be dreadfully depressing or hilariously funny. Some of her experiences are downright eccentric, though not lacking charm. She has a brilliant sense of humor that caught me off guard in situations where I should have contained my laughter.
To sum things up, this book is a gem and I will read it many more times. I wholeheartedly urge you to pick a copy for yourself--regardless of whether you are a believer or not. Niccy Mackay, if you read this, please drop me a line as I would like you to talk to my horse.
Reader, what are you still doing reading this review? Buy the book!

Good Horse is Never a Bad Color
Good Horse is Never a Bad Color
by Mark Rashid
Edition: Paperback
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift, March 31, 2002
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I bought this book not knowing what it was about. I had read Mark Rashid's two other books, and his name on this one was all I needed to make the purchase. I have already been educated and inspired from 'Considering the Horse' and 'Horses Never Lie' more than I have been from all other horse books put together. I knew 'A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color' would be as good. I was not disappointed.
Unlike the other two, though, this book covers a slightly different subject. While the others mainly discuss training attitude and problem solving, this one focuses on making good horses. It discusses practical issues such as choosing a good horse, imprinting newborns, early training, solving problems that might occur along the way, and even changing a bad horse into a good horse. Of course, Mark never tells you, "if you have a problem with that, do this to solve it." Instead, he writes in story format, recalling his experiences as they happened. This charming style guarantees the book unputdownable. Even if you are not into horses, you could read this book as an autobiography.
In the last chapter, Mark concludes that it was 'the old man' who had passed on this gift to him. He hopes that through this book, he had been able to pass on the gift to the reader. But really, to learn the gift and use it, you must read all his books. They complete each other and deliver his message to the world: a horse will give his all to the person who talks to him in a language he understands. This book costs only $[money], but I would've bought it even it the price was $500. If you have to read only one book in your life about horses, make it one of Mark Rashid's.

Dancer on the Grass: True Stories about Horses and People
Dancer on the Grass: True Stories about Horses and People
by Teresa Martino
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The warmest look on horses, March 20, 2002
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This book is a masterpiece in writing. Teresa's style is captivating and exciting, helping the reader live her experiences. The stories are long-term events rather than specific anecdotes, and they don't all have 'endings'. Her passion for the horse is evident and refreshing because I felt that, hey, I'm not alone after all. However, what I found a little depressing was the emphasis on life and death issues. A brief mentioning would have been okay, but she kept referring back to it throughout the book, making the issue seem more like a ground stone on which the rest of the book is constructed. I should also say that the title of the book is a little misleading. The stories are not about horses the papers would've written about. They are about horses who have influenced lives and taught lessons (and only those who have crossed the author's path). Personally, I loved it and would highly recommend it. I just would've liked a little less emphasis on life and death philosophies.

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