R.D Reynolds

  • After 40 weeks on the Gazette best-seller list, Lesley Chesterman's guide to dining out in Montreal is back on the culinary map, in a completely updated and revised edition. With 50 new restaurants, Flavourville keeps pace with Montreal's evolving restaurant scene. Chesterman continues to lead us on a gastronomic odyssey through more than 150 of the top restaurants in and around Montreal. Flavourville will tell you everything you need to know to enjoy your dining experience from start to finish, including each chef's style of cuisine, favoured ingredients and the unique dishes that are not to be missed. And Chesterman doesn't forget the details of mise-en-scène, including decor, the wine list, the level and quality of service, and - of course - the price range. On a budget, or not in the mood to dress for dinner? Browse through Flavourville's special casual-dining section and choose from among 30 restaurants serving everything from gnocchi and smoked meat to sweetbreads with wild mushrooms and enchiladas verdes. Chesterman sketches the scene - the kind of crowd the place attracts, the ambience it creates, what makes it work. Montreal is one of the culinary capitals of North America and Flavourville will help you gain maximum enjoyment from the city's vibrant dining-out scene. Whether you're interested in trying out the reputed high temples of gastronomy or the author's top picks of the more casual places, Flavourville is the restaurant guide you need to make your experience memorable. Don't dine without it.

  • America's luckiest guy? The real story behind the most important man in the lives of Michelle Pfeiffer and Ally McBeal. I love Ally McBeal, says one female fan. "She's gorgeous, she has a great job, men are crazy about her, and she's still unhappy! Well, if Ally can be unhappy then I can be unhappy too."
    Is that what the popularity of Ally McBeal is about? Misery loves company? Only partly. The dialogue is scintillating, the characters peculiar, the stories -- and not just those fantasy moments -- are creative and surprising. But most of all, Ally McBeal is about romance. First-date kisses. Lost chances. Jealous suspicions. Raging desire. Wattle fetishes. As Shakespeare and David E. Kelley know, these are everyone's favorite topics. How did David Kelley, the man behind Ally McBeal, become one of the most exciting writer/creator/producers working in television today? How did a young lawyer with almost no writing experience end up scripting some of the best episodes of L.A. Law? And go on to create Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, and The Practice? And then marry Michelle Pfeiffer? And create a female character named Ally who would become so popular, so loved and reviled, that she would end up on the cover of Time? Depending on which newspaper columnist or public commentator you ask, Ally McBeal is either destroying the American feminist movement or revealing the secret hopes and desires of women across the country. In Ally, David Kelley has captured the spirit of our times. And he's having fun doing it, too.
    Find out how, in David E. Kelley: The Man Behind "Ally McBeal."


  • Ever wanted to know the worst career choices pro wrestlers made upon retirement? Or which kung fu chop-socky wrestlers would make Bruce Lee do a backflip in his grave?

    The WrestleCrap Book of Lists! has all that - and much more. The gloves are off as best-selling author RD Reynolds and his co-author Blade Braxton pull no punches in looking at some of wrestling's biggest mistakes, most comical mishaps and most egotistical performers. Among the lists included in this cornucopia of wrestling nonsense are:

    -Sights Wrestling Fans Should Never Be Forced To See Again!
    -The Greatest Mullets in the History of the Game!
    -Porn Stars Who Moonlighted in Wrestling!
    -The Proof that DX is really, REALLY Gay!
    -The Greatest Mugshots - Featuring Your Favourite Wrestlers!
    -The Pieces of Definitive Evidence that WCW May Have Been Run By Nazis!
    -Pro Wrestling's Stupidest Hometowns!
    -The Things That Vince McMahon Always Wants to Talk About (Half of Which Involve His Genitalia)!

    Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the book's craptastic main event: the 25 Worst Gimmicks of All Time.

    Irreverent, off-kilter, and certain to be offensive to all, The WrestleCrap Book of Lists! is pro wrestling's very worst of the worst!

  • Everybody's talking about the weather? Metmen in Wartime is a detailed account of the meteorological services in practice in Canada during World War II. Why were forecasts so crucial during the war? For anti-submarine warfare and convoy protection operations from bases along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. But Metmen is also a thorough examination of the men behind the forecasts: the nearly 400 science graduates who became "metmen" and were stationed at flying training schools. This book explains the importance of aviation weather forecasts and instruction in meteorology for student pilots at the Royal Canadian Air Force stations established under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Cooperation with the United States military weather services is also examined.

  • What went wrong with WCW?

    In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. Sting, Bill Goldberg, and the New World Order were household names. Superstars like Dennis Rodman and KISS jumped on the WCW bandwagon. It seemed the company could do no wrong.

    But by 2001, however, everything had bottomed out. The company - having lost a whopping 95% of its audience - was sold for next to nothing to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. WCW was laid to rest.

    /> How could the company lose its audience so quickly? Who was responsible for shows so horrible that fans fled in horror? What the hell happened to cause the death of one of the largest wrestling companies in the world? The Death of World Championship Wrestling is the first book to take readers through a detailed dissection of WCW's downfall.

  • The unauthorized history of one of the most popular movies of all time. Released in 1967, Planet of the Apes was a top-ten box-office hit that captivated audiences with its provocative vision of the future. Over the next decade it spawned four sequels, a television series, an animated series, two comic books, and hundreds of merchandise tie-ins. To some, the Apes projects were a campy, sci-fi blast, with colourful characters and delightfully over-the-top performances. But others took the stories more seriously, as allegories on man's struggles with such issues as race, intolerance, and protecting of the environment.
    Though there hasn't been a new Apes movie since 1974, the popularity of the original films and TV series has endured and, if anything, expanded in the interim. When director Tim Burton's remake of the original Planet of the Apes is released in the summer of 2001, interest in the phenomenon is certain to be rekindled on a prodigious scale. 
    Planet of the Apes: An Unofficial Companion is a comprehensive look at all aspects of Planet of the Apes, featuring interviews, reviews, complete cast and credit information, and a behind-the-scenes look at what made this quirky science-fiction series an enduring classic.

  • WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling examines some of the ridiculously horrible characters and storylines that pro wrestling promoters have subjected their fans to over the past twenty years. Why would any sane person think that having two grown men fight over a turkey was actually a reasonable idea? Was George Ringo, the Wrestling Beatle, really the best gimmick that a major promotional organization could come up with? And who would charge fans to watch a wrestler named the Gobbeldy Gooker emerge from an egg?

    In an attempt to answer such questions and figure out just what the promoters were thinking, authors Randy Baer and R.D. Reynolds go beyond what wrestling fans saw on the screen and delve into the mindset of those in the production booth. In some instances, the motivations driving the spectacle prove even more laughable than what was actually seen in the ring.

    Covering such entertainment catastrophes as an evil one-eyed midget and a wrestler from the mystical land of Oz, not to mention the utterly comprehensible Turkey-on-a-Pole match (a gimmick which AWA fans might recall), WrestleCrap is hysterically merciless in its evaluation of such organizations as the WCW and the WWF. This retrospective look at the wrestling world's misguided attempts to attract viewers will leave wrestling fans and critics alike in stitches.

  • Girl Show

    Randy Baer And R.D. Reynolds

    Girls! Girls! Girls! The carnivals, the girls, and the scams - a journey back through time to the glory years of traveling adult entertainment. Many of these photos have never been seen before, and no one has published a book exclusively devoted to the women (and men) who performed in Girl Shows. Picture yourself at a carnival in the 1950s. It's summer, and after you wander through the midway, you head towards the sideshow area. There, on stage in front of huge banners, is Tirza -- The Wine Bath Girl. A crowd has already gathered, and the talker is describing the pleasures to be found inside, but only after you've bought your ticket. "See the beautiful Tirza, in the altogether, taking a full bath -- in wine!" Interested? Unfortunately, you can't attend these Girl Shows anymore. The last performances occurred in the mid-1970s. But you can see 200 photos from 1900 onwards in A.W. Stencell's book about this cultural phenomenon. And you can read about their European origins, their American developments, their heyday after World War II, and their ultimate demise in the face of men's magazines, strip clubs, and x-rated videos.

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