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Shakespaniel Shakespeare Springer Spaniel Dog Bust Statue
Shakespaniel Shakespeare Springer Spaniel Dog Bust Statue
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for all of your canine-human-hybrid literary needs, February 12, 2016
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What better way to honor one of the greatest canine writers of all time? You know he wrote some of the best works of literature ever conceived. "Love's Labrador's Lost", "As You Lick It", "Two Bones Of Verona", and more.


Sons of Dorn (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Imperial Fists)
Sons of Dorn (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Imperial Fists)
by Chris Roberson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly simplistic, February 17, 2010
Like other reviewers, I'm annoyed that the Black Library is now trying to make every Warhammer 40k book a good "intro book." While I realize there is definitely a business need to bring new readers in, it needs to be better balanced with a level of story telling that repeat readers can enjoy.

"Sons of Dorn" should have been much more complicated. I feel like it was watered down and fed to us in bite size chunks. I've never read anything else of Chris Roberson's so I can't say if this was his call or his editor's at the Library. There was some decent character development early on with the three main characters, but it seemed like after they became Scouts they became mimics of their former selves, rehashing one simple feeling again and again. The book was also lacking in military detail. If the imperial fists are supposed to be masters of seige warfare, sealing up a couple of entryways is kind of sad.

Oh, and I agree with Matthew Green: "Rhetoricus" is a terrible name. I was annoyed by the half-adapted references to Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings (as "Rhetoricus' Book of Five Spheres"). Why focus on sword work for a group of marines who are supposed to be able to defend any structure? Wouldn't another weapon be more applicable? Finally, for all of it's surprise ending I felt like the book was predictable and just plodded along.

Overall? It was an enjoyable if simplistic read. It's Roberson's first 40k book from what I can tell. If he wrote another I'd buy it but I would hope that it would be a little more "meaty".


Coleman 12-Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set
Coleman 12-Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chips Easily, October 5, 2009
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For three camping trips these dishes worked quite well but on the forth we noticed that they were chipping all over the place. I guess that's what I get for buying cheap Made in China junk. Next time I'll buy American made.


Samsung ML-2010 Mono Laser Printer
Samsung ML-2010 Mono Laser Printer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Home Laser Printer, June 17, 2007
I have now owned the ML-2010 for about 6 months. During that time I have been pleasantly surprised by it. It is a decently economical, fast, and attractive printer. While I wouldn't recommend it to someone who wanted to print graphics, this is an excellent printer for the home office.


Microsoft ASP.NET Fast & Easy Web Development
Microsoft ASP.NET Fast & Easy Web Development
by Nitin Pandey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $29.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An extremely poor text, August 28, 2005
REVIEW: While not completely atrocious, this volume is certainly not among my favorite IT books. To begin, it is written in very understandable english. However, this is misleading. Oftentimes, that simple english conceals details that are quite useful and downright necessary for the examples given. To quote page 178: "Write the code for the GetDocumentation method." Note that the book does not give you the complete code (unlike most tech books). All the reader gets is a screenshot of the VS.NET window.

Now, you might think that's not too bad. There's probably a CD or a website that you can download the source from, right? Wrong. The website listed on the back of the book and in the introduction is not a valid URL. I eventually tracked down the real publisher and downloaded the source code. Unfortunately, it's buggy and comes with a senseless installation application.

In essence, this book is a lot of flash and no substance. It doesn't clearly explain concepts nor does it adequately present the material. At times it acts as if the reader is already very experienced (not providing the full source) while at others it reads as if it were written for a CS 101 class (showing step by step which buttons to click to create a new app).

STRENGTHS: Very few and far between. The screenshots provided are useful for positioning of controls and overall appearance conformity. The book also does a decent job of introductory explanations such as "Introducing the .NET Initiative." Which, parenthetically you could also read for free about on Microsoft's site. These, however, do not outweight the glaring errors present though.

WEAKNESSES: Aside from the above complaints, a major issue that I had with the book is that it did not use standard Hungarian notation. Instead, the author used IDs such as "AdRotator1", "CalStart", "documentation", "picture", etc... Naming conventions like these simply scream "amateur" to me.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: If you still want to read it, I'd recommend that you already be familiar with VB.NET or C#. Also, an understanding of web technologies such as IIS and SQL Server are quite useful when the author neglects to tell you important information.

FOR SIMILAR/RELATED TOPICS, CONSIDER: I would recommend "ASP.NET by Example" (ISBN 0789725622) or "Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days" (ISBN 0672324458). Both are far better.


The Philosophers Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods
The Philosophers Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods
by Julian Baggini
Edition: Paperback
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Logic and Philosophy, November 14, 2003
REVIEW: This book, while sometimes reading like a condensed encyclopedia, is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Philosophical thought and Logic. It is an excellent introduction as well as a reference book. And while the title and binding may detract from it's apparent academic credibility, I assure you it is there.
The book covers several sections, beginning with basic argumentation (Fallacies, Premises, etc...) and expanding out into complex ideas such as Hume's Fork, Leibniz's Law of Identity, Ockham's Razor and similar concepts. It is also very well cross-referenced, providing an almost instantaneous ability to further investigate topics. Additionally, it has a section devoted to Philosophical Resources on the Internet. While this might not be of use in a few years, it definitely is of use now. Finally, the book also includes a small section of "Recommended Readings" at the end of every section that is very useful.
STRENGTHS: Excellent content and superb explanation of the content. The author does a wonderful job of explaining complex philosophical ideas in a clear and concise manner. It also very well thought out, cross-referencing and suggesting additional readings on every topic.
WEAKNESSES: The book is not exactly stimulating in any contemporary manner. It is written more like an encyclopedia rather than a novel and is therefore a bit dry. Also, it's appearance detracts from the seriousness of it's subject matter.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: Those interested in understanding philosophical arguments and/or logic. This book is also helpful to Philosophy Majors/Minors as a refresher or a reference book.
FOR SIMILAR/RELATED TOPICS, CONSIDER: Informal Logic: A Handbook for Critical Argument by Douglas Walton and A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
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A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War Series #1)
A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War Series #1)
by John Ringo
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Author, November 8, 2003
While this is Mr. Ringo's first effort, it is in no way a poor one. While the author does tend to jump around between [seemingly] unconnected characters and plot lines, the book possesses an overall fun disposition.
As many of the other reviewers have noted, the plot line to "Hymn" is not the most original. It does however maintain it's individuality in it's handling and it's characters. Mr. Ringo does an excellent job breathing fresh life into old veins.
Aside from purely literary criticism, there are few faults. For example, the employment of a 50 caliber sniper rifle in the book is misleading, as are some of the other military "facts". Finally, Mr. Ringo's bias against military officers is plainly visible in the book. He repeatedly reiterates how incompletent senior officers are while praising virutally every enlisted man. Lastly, if you're only reading this for combat, you're reading the wrong book. The book spends a small time in actual combat, mostly dealing with preparations for the series. The next book, "Gust Front" is much more focused on action.
Overall, the book is wonderful and I have reread it more times than I care to count. No matter the blemishes, Mr. Ringo writes an exciting and engaging novel designed to please Military SF fans. Good job Mr. Ringo!


Kaleidoskop: Kultur, Literatur und Grammatik
Kaleidoskop: Kultur, Literatur und Grammatik
by Jack Moeller
Edition: Paperback
Price: $274.95
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, September 6, 2003
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I have been studying German for three years now and this book is probably the best I have ever had. This is not to say that it is excellent though. The book's layout is somewhat confusing and the non-Grammer sections could be a lot more clear. The Author's use of vocabulary can also be intimidating at times for the beginner. Overall though, a decent textbook that could do with a revision or two.


Essential German Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar)
Essential German Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar)
by Guy Stern
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.16
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help where I most needed it, September 6, 2003
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This book is an excellent compilation of German Grammer. I have used it extensively in the three years I have been studying the language. Its compact and easy layout are wonderful when you need to find information on any sort of grammer snafu. I heartily recommend it to anyone.


Gust Front
Gust Front
by John Ringo
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hometown Hero, October 27, 2002
This review is from: Gust Front (Mass Market Paperback)
Considering Mr. Ringo is from my neck of the woods, this might seem a bit biased. However, "Gust Front" (like the "A Hymn Before Battle" before it) is a great read. It is a well crafted book that brings the reader into almost instant empathy with the characters. Combine that with a fairly realistic grasp of tactics and a knack for describing them, and you get one marvelous read. If you like Military Science Fiction, I heartily suggest reading this series.


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