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If I Should Die
If I Should Die
by Tom Hampshire
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good amateur effort, February 13, 2007
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it's okay; the author relies a lot on exclamation marks to try to create a sense of excitement. Chris Cocks is still the one to read.


Various Lives of Keats and Chapman and the Brother
Various Lives of Keats and Chapman and the Brother
by Flann O'Brien
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars thin stuff, February 11, 2007
If you loved Poor Mouth, you may well be seriously disappointed by this collection, which consists of several very short sketches, each ending in an outrageous pun. The pun would be funny in a pub to someone who had drink taken, but not here.
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Thunder God
Thunder God
by Paul Watkins
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive and fascinating, January 14, 2007
This review is from: Thunder God (Paperback)
without a doubt Watkins' best novel. Norse culture and landscapes come vividly alive, and characters and events are well drawn.


The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction
The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction
by Christopher Kelly
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some strong chapters,, January 8, 2007
especially the first, and some surprising omissions. One finds little on Rome's view of their barbarian neighbors and their effect on Roman civilization. And Kelly includes nothing on slavery. Perhaps the overplus (for such a short book) of information on Roman houses, inscriptions, and monuments did not allow enough space for consideration of these topics.


Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War
Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War
by Dan Wylie
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars boring, January 7, 2007
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if you liked Cocks' book, you would do better to reread it than buy this one, which starts slow and finishes slow after a long slow middle. The book shows how boring soldiering can be.
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Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
by Joel Osteen
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ, December 28, 2006
Jesus had a lot to say about caring for the poor, the miserable, the marginalized: see Matt 25, for example. Jesus had nothing good to say about riches or those who pursue them: a strong theme in Luke, and see especially the parable of Lazarus and Dives.

The gospel according to Joel Osteen exalts spiritual materialism, not the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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The Purpose Driven Life
The Purpose Driven Life
by Rick Warren
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for those drawn to Christianity, December 11, 2006
For people who find Christianity unattractive for whatever reasons, try The Reason Driven Life by Robert M Price---for a witty, clear, and, yes, reasonable approach to life that avoids claims based on revelation.
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The Case for Christ:  A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
by Lee Strobel
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not convincing, December 8, 2006
Strobel accepts at face value stories in the NT about the empty tomb and reappearances of Jesus after his death. He does not consider that none of the gospels were written by people who were the contemporaries of Jesus nor the effect of charismatic personalities upon the beliefs of the early Church. Prophets in our time have had their prophecies falsified by events not occurring which they predicted. Yet most of their followers continue to believe. Something that Jesus predicted---his coming again in glory within the lifetimes of some of those who saw him before his death---manifestly did not happen. And that does not daunt the faithful at all.

Hume's treatise "Of Miracles" is useful for rationally considering the arguments of Strobel and the like.
A useful study of how religions adapt to failed prophecies is Diana Tumminia, When Prophecy Never Fails, Oxford UP.
Books by J D Crossan and Marcus Borg are also valuable. Bart Ehrman, Jesus Interrupted, is a recent and useful contriubtion as well.
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Wars of National Liberation (Smithsonian History of Warfare)
Wars of National Liberation (Smithsonian History of Warfare)
by Daniel Moran
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars elementary introduction, December 7, 2006
nice pictures, no remarkable insights. very short chapters on various wars. perhaps the best thing about the book is the bibliography.


The Rules of Attraction
The Rules of Attraction
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, November 15, 2006
Boring characters, random couplings, and predictable situations are hallmarks of this repetitive book.


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