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    Encyclopedia of Chinese astrology
    by Tri Lam
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (28 October, 1999)
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    Reviews (5)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Missing one important aspect.
    I noticed that with the Sky Chart, he's missing the "scale/measure of your life" when counting the birthdate and time.It's a number that tells you how your life is whether you will end up a poor, average or rich person.I think he explains that in the Palace of Life section, but in Chinese/Vietnamese culture, there's a number that you come up with when calculating the birthdate/time.The lower the number, the worse off you are, the greater the number, the better.

    I was hoping that this "comprehensive" book would tell me about the "scale of life" because I can't read Chinese or Vietnamese text.There is a great website for Vietnamese readers that deals with this.It is quite truthful.

    This "scale of life" number is very important and I wonder why he didn't include that?

    Overall, it is a good book though, just wish he included that info.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on chinese astrology
    I have read numerous books on Chinese astrology and this is the best book.It is simple, straight forward, concise and yet comprehensive. I highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in any aspects of Chinese astrology.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about Chinese sky chart (tu vi)
    Chinese sky chart opened my eyes to the real Chinese astrology, this method is widely used by the Chinese and Vietnamese communities, but I have never read any English book about it, because there aren't any on the market until this one. There are so many and many Chinese astrology books talking about the Chinese horoscope of the 12 animal signs, it's time for a real one -- the Chinese sky chart. Bravo! The Chinese way of reading the face is also very special. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0968573509
    Sales Rank: 299525
    Subjects:  1. Astrology - Eastern    2. Astrology - General    3. Body, Mind & Spirit    4. Body, Mind & Spirit / Astrology    5. New Age    6. New Age / Parapsychology    7. Astrology    8. Astrology, Chinese    9. Body, Mind & Spirit / General    10. Chinese    11. Encyclopedias    12. Feng-shui    13. I Ching   


    The Marilyn Encyclopedia
    by Adam Victor
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1999)
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    The Marilyn Encyclopedia is, according to its jacket notes, "the most comprehensive book about [Marilyn Monroe's] extraordinary life and legacy ever published." This may easily be true--it is incredibly, insanely detailed. Author Adam Victor has taken every conceivable source of Marilyn information--admittedly including Internet rumors and Hollywood gossip among the more well-documented tidbits--distilled them down to alphabetical entries, and cross-referenced them to within an inch of their lives. While the casual fan can check out Marilyn's Look covers or a list of the screenwriters she worked with, hardcore devotees can look up such vital information as the name of the first restaurant she and Joe DiMaggio ate at on their honeymoon (a controversy--was it the restaurant at the Hot Springs Hotel or at the Clifton Inn?) or the name of Marilyn's poodle (Maf Honey). The meticulous cross-referencing makes The Marilyn Encyclopedia an extremely enjoyable browser's read, allowing the reader to hop from Marilyn's disdain for underwear to her working relationship with John Huston to the fact that she never had much trouble with gambling--all with the flip of a page. This encyclopedia of course contains a rich assortment of photos: posed studio portraits, pinups, and candid shots vie for space throughout the tome. Despite his obvious devotion as a fan, Victor is remarkably evenhanded in his choice of the quotes and anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book. The reader cannot help but be left with the impression that, for all her magical appeal, Monroe may well have been a trying person to deal with on a day-to-day basis. This is the perfect book for the dedicated fan who wants to know everything--no, really, everything--about Marilyn Monroe. --Ali Davis ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
    i was hoping this book would contain better pictures of marilyn's most famous outfits from her movies. being a costumer
    i like to have full shots, that are large enough to see details.
    this book didn't have that, most pictures are small, one to two inch. with a few full page pictures thrown in. most are just head shots though. it does list what movie, or event the pictures came from and all sorts of other info. so for a refrence book it's not bad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
    As a rather new Marilyn fan/collector, this book is invaluable to me as a resource.It is a huge book, alphabetized and cross-referenced, covering everything from movies, music, books, and biographies to gowns, hotels, cars, cities, and family.There are also, of course, hundreds of gorgeous pictures!What I'm enjoying the most is that as I read other Marilyn books, I can fact-check and look up obscurely mentioned items to learn more, or gain perspective.An objective, fact-filled, exhaustive collection of Marilyn trivia.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Updated Marilyn reference work recommended for MM students
    The basis I'm using as comparison is with an earlier book, The Unabridged Marilyn-Her Life From A to Z.The Marilyn Encyclopedia's assets is that there is more information, there are splendid colour photographs not present in the earlier book. In fact, it boasts 170 full-clour photos and 205 b&w ones.Some of the colour ones take two pages.As for the entries, they compare favourably with the other book.And each letter, A,B,C,D... et cetera is heralded by a colour photo.

    One key difference is that the entry for each movie lists the cast and credits, as well as any Academy Award nominations and wins.She herself wasn't nominated for any.It is also more up to date, 1999 compared to 1987.Much has happened re people.Inbetween those 12 years, Bette Davis, Dean Martin, Joe DiMaggio, and Frank Sinatra among others have died, and this book updates those facts.Yes, the domestic postage stamp that was released in 1995 is included. However, I was surprised Marilyn Manson wasn't included, as his stage name is an amalgam of Marilyn [Monroe], [Charles] Manson.

    Yet the one factor that differentiates the two books is this entry:"Internet."As the first paragraph states, "The world's most popular woman has spawned thousands of tribute sites on the World Wide Web.Type in the world "Marilyn Monroe" on any of the major search engines and you get back a bewildering number of matches."And I was also amazed to see how many actresses have portrayed Marilyn-based characters or how many fictional novels have been written on her, so "most popular woman" does have some merit to it.

    The Marilyn Encyclopedia easily supplants its earlier predecessor. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0879517182
    Subjects:  1. 1926-1962    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Encyclopedias    5. Entertainment & Performing Arts - General    6. Individual Movie Actors And Actresses    7. Monroe, Marilyn    8. Monroe, Marilyn,    9. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    10. Popular Culture - General   


    The Star Trek Encyclopedia
    by Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda, Debbie Mirek
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1999)
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    This new version of the Star Trek Encyclopedia is a reissue of the 1997 edition, plus a 128-page supplement of additional material that updates Deep Space Nine to the end of its run and Voyager to midway through season five. It also covers the movie Star Trek: Insurrection. The supplement is as meticulously detailed as the rest of the volume, listing such fascinating trivia as chadre kab (Seven of Nine's first meal), 'Kahless and Lukara' (a Klingon opera), and voraxna (a Cardassian poison), as well as all the new characters and species. Appendices include illustrations of starships, cast and crew listings, a historical timeline, and a bibliography. All photographs and illustrations (except for a few historical shots) are in color. The encyclopedia was devised in part to help production staff on the various Star Trek TV series to keep up with the ever-increasing level of detail generated by over 30 years of creative effort. It is an excellent reference volume and, whether you want to settle an argument or write a novel, this book will answer your questions. But beware: the extensive cross-referencing leads to curious time-distortion effects, in which the unwary reader, dipping in to settle a single query, encounters an irresistible urge to browse further, during which hours of normal time can pass in the wink of an eye. --Elizabeth Sourbut ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
    I love this book!It definitely needs an update though.They need to update it with the end of Voyager, Nemesis, and all of Enterprise. I would be first in line to buy an updated version.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Needs An Update
    This book is great in that it includes EVERYTHING! Or at least everything minus the last two seasons of Voyager, the entire run of Enterprise, and Nemesis. With the first Star Trek hiatus in 18 years on the horizon, now seems like a good time to update this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to Star Trek Universe
    This is a terrific update to the Star Trek universe.From the casual fan to the devoted fan, the information is meticulously presented.My only complaint is that the updated pages are separate rather than seamlessly intermixed with the rest of the data.My biggest complaint is that there has not been a recent update.PLEASE - we need an update that includes the end of Voyageur and Seasons 1 through 4 of Enterprise.On that same theme - WE NEED AN UPDATE OF THE STAR TREK CHRONOLOGY - another awesome Star Trek book - indespensible and badly in need of updating.

    Pam Dupre ... Read more

    Isbn: 0671536095
    Subjects:  1. Encyclopedias    2. Fiction    3. Movie-TV Tie-In - General    4. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    5. Science Fiction    6. Science Fiction - General    7. Science Fiction - Space Opera    8. Star Trek films    9. Star Trek television programs    10. Television - Guides & Reviews    11. Television - History & Criticism    12. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


    Psychedelics Encyclopedia
    by Peter Stafford, Jeremy Bigwood
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 1992)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
    This book has a number of blatant errors in it that caused me to question everything asserted as fact in this book.Examples of errors would be the error about the asymmetric carbon in MDMA and in the number of molecules in 2/100ths of a microgram of LSD.These are only a few of the errors, just for illustration.

    I also find that the book logically contradicts itself often.For example, when making a point about LSD and alcoholism, the author makes it clear that the LSD experience is not like the DTs (and thus 'curing' alcoholism according to this hypothesis didn't work).Later, however, the author asserts high sucess rates for alcoholism treatment with LSD.

    What disappoints me most about this book is that it is too obviously biased towards psychedelics drugs.When I bought the book I was really looking for something objective, but this book has almost nothing bad to say about psychedelic drugs at all.It ventures in to the absurd discourses of "enlightenment" and creativity enhancement under scientific pretenses.

    I am all for legalizing psychedelic drugs.I have taken hundreds of psychedelic trips in my life.I am a pharmaceutical chemist.This book is a disappointment to me because it is just as misleading (though less inaccurate) than much anti-drug propaganda.If you're looking for an objective, balanced book about psychedelic drugs, this is not the book for you.

    That being said, the redeeming quality of the book are the sections detailing the histories of each drug.These parts were very interesting.The book does a good job of detailing the attitudes of various societies at various times towards certain drugs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining classic
    An excellent book, one of the defining classics of the genre. It does have a few minor factual errors here and there, but overall a great book on the subject matter. Put simply, it is overflowing with information. It's also a very entertaining read, which makes it more than a simple reference. Worth the investment, even for those who are already well versed in the topic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless
    This book is perfect in every way, there is no drug war propaganda, it is pure facts, experience, and knowlege.If Psychedellics interest you then you absolutly must have this book otherwise you really have no idea what you are missing. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0914171518
    Sales Rank: 162932
    Subjects:  1. Drug abuse    2. Drugs    3. General    4. Hallucinogenic drugs    5. History    6. Neuropsychopharmacology    7. Physiological effect    8. Sociology    9. Substance Abuse & Addictions - General    10. United States   


    The Mafia Encyclopedia
    by Carl Sifakis
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 1999)
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    They're all there, starting with Anthony Joseph Accardo (1906-1992), the Chicago mob leader known as Tony to crime pals, Mr. Accardo to underlings, Joe Batters to his subordinates, and as "having more brains before breakfast than Al Capone had all day" to syndicate supporters, and working through the alphabet to Abner "Longy" Zwillman (1899-1959), a crime-syndicate founder and New Jersey boss, one of the most feared of the Jewish Mafia, known as the "Al Capone of new Jersey," and much revered for his love affair with Jean Harlow.

    Between Accardo and Zwillman, Carl Sifakis explores the lives, reputations, exploits, and subcultures of more than 450 Mafia perpetrators and personalities. Sifakis describes the individuals, codes of behavior, misdeeds, legal scrapes, rivalries, and flamboyant lifestyles associated with the world of organized crime--an entity whose existence J. Edgar Hoover denied for 30 years. Sifakis's research is thorough, and his subjects are nefarious and riveting. It's his feel for storytelling, however, that makes his encyclopedia so enjoyable. He writes about infamous characters such as Al Capone (who felt his bootlegging was merely a public service) and John Gotti (a.k.a. the Teflon Don, who's now serving a life sentence) as well as the Mafia Social Clubs, Donnie Brasco (the FBI agent who infiltrated the mob and sent more than 100 mobsters to prison), and the importance of slot machines to the post-Prohibition welfare of organized crime.

    With nearly 100 pictures and illustrations, Sifakis's mob opus is required reading for Mafia buffs, and a remarkably engaging guide for anyone interested in a factual report on organized crime. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Eye-grabbing Photos
    Interesting read for the first Mafia encyclopedia. Very well-illustrated & detailed research.

    5-0 out of 5 stars They don't come better than this...
    An excellent resource for those fascinated by the murky, violent world of American organised crime is Carl Sifakis' Mafia Encyclopedia. The new edition is well-updated (though John Gotti is now dead, and Vinnie the Chin was recently jailed).
    Sifakis' book is accurate without being too dull. The Mafia has the potential for humour (albeit rather black humour), as seen in Goodfellas. Sifakis doesn't get as "heavy" as some other books, narrating stories with a real verve - such as his description of Mad Dog Coll whistling when he heard his boss Maranzano was dead!

    Sifakis' information is very accurate, and is ideal for a crash course in Mafia history and practices. I am a little hesitant about his insistence that the Mafia is flourishing - it's very hard to tell, but I think most people think the Mafia is dying, and no longer able to maintain its old strangeholds.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good and filled with information
    The Mafia Encyclopedia has really been a fun read. Little known facts about everyone from Al Capone down to some of the goons that worked for John Gotti are all described in detail, as are some of the more famous events in Mafia history. I have yet to find a more comprehensive book about the Mafia. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816038570
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Crime    3. Criminals    4. Criminology    5. Dictionaries    6. Mafia    7. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    8. Other Miscellaneous Crimes    9. Social Science    10. Sociology   


    The Visual Food Encyclopedia : The Definitive Practical Guide to Food and Cooking
    by FrançoisFortin, SergeD'Amico
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1996)
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    The recipe calls for burdock, and you haven't a clue--what it looks like, how to buy it, and what to do with what's left over. This is where the Visual Food Encyclopedia shines.Burdock is easily located in the section on root vegetables. The Encyclopedia provides pictures of the whole plant and of the root in question (a whitish, spongy thing with a thin, brownish skin), a short history of the vegetable (originally from Siberia, now cultivated in Japan), buying tips (look for firmness), and ideas of what to do with the leftovers (try a stir-fry, or grate some for a stew).

    No food categories are overlooked. The pasta section tells how to make pasta from scratch, and illustrates all manner of pasta types. There are detailed instructions on preparing snails, sea urchins, and frog (this is a translation from a French edition)--and all manner of foods are included, from fruits, grains, and vegetables to seaweed, fats, and tea to dairy, fish, and meat. Some ingredients get more attention than others (all the pear varieties, for example, from Anjou and Bosc to Comice and Passe-Crassane, are pictured and described in detail, while the various chili peppers don't get as full a treatment), but with more than 1,000 ingredients, 1,200 illustrations, and a goodly number of recipes as well, this is a corker of a food reference, of value to any cook, from novice to weekend gourmet to professional chef. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good general food reference book
    A very good general food reference book. My only complaint is that it is unclear how this book is organised. There is an index which makes finding things easy. But the body of the content isn't alphabetically arranged!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Missing the ingrediants you really want to know about
    If you are a cook and sometimes come across ingrediants you have never seen (or can't pronounce) this is *not* the book for you.It is missing most of that stuff. Example recipes would be helpful, too.However, as a general western reference with good illustrations, it fits the bill nicely.I open mine about once a month to look up something. Great as a gift and even better to receive as a present!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously illustrated, filled with vital info
    Serge D'Amicos' "The Visual Food Encyclopedia" is a sumptuous book, almost worthy more of the living room coffee table than the coffee-stained kitchen table.As a French import translated into other languages, it lists only a dozen varieties of apple (what, no Jonathan?), for example, but gives snails their own chapter.

    For a volume that provides a close look at such relatively exotic fare as jicama and carambola, a pronunciation guide would have been a nice addition.The book is arranged into sections (vegetables, legumes, cereals and grains, and so on-seaweed even has its own chapter), and every food is shown both whole and in cross-section.Like "Larousse Gastronomique," this is an eminently useful volume written with a definite French slant. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0028610067
    Subjects:  1. Cookery    2. Cooking    3. Cooking / Wine    4. Encyclopedias    5. Food    6. General    7. Pictorial works    8. Reference    9. Cooking / General    10. Food & Drink / Cookery    11. Reference works   


    Oh, Yuck: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
    by Joy Masoff
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (11 September, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
    Can't seem to get enough gross stuff?Then this book is for you.This is like reading the Guiness Book of World Records but only reading the disgusting parts.Very entertaining and chock full of facts you never knew and not sure you really wanted to know.My kids think it is a hoot and we love scrunching up our noses at every page turn.

    4-0 out of 5 stars GROSS WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR
    This is one of those things that you cringe as you read and feel your insides squirming...but it's just so funny and fun to read.The facts and irreverent tone of the book making learning about pus, snot, puke, and other bodily secretions a hoot to read about.Never though I would get a laugh out of reading about zits and dandruff before!

    It's all good fun and meant to be that way.There's a lot of interesting recipes and experiments you can make...I'd avoid them though, reading the book is gross-out enough without taking a hands-on approach.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gross... but educational
    Most middle school and older grade school kids love disgusting things.This book is a great way inspire them to spend time reading and also help them to learn.Most kids (I admit there are a few out there who don't enjoy this kind of thing) think this book is the greatest.It makes a wonderful gift and they really do learn from it! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0761107711
    Sales Rank: 6339
    Subjects:  1. Aversion    2. Children's 9-12 - Science    3. Children: Grades 2-3    4. Curiosities & Wonders    5. Encyclopedias, Juvenile    6. Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc    7. Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc.    8. Juvenile Nonfiction    9. Juvenile literature    10. Miscellaneous    11. Reference - Encyclopedias    12. Science & Technology - General    13. Juvenile Nonfiction / Curiosities & Wonders   


    An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural
    by James Randi, Arthur C. Clarke
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 March, 1997)
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    James Randi, professional magician and skeptic, has put together an encyclopedia with something for everyone. Yes, no matter who you are, unless you're a thoroughgoing atheist, Randi is bound to offend your beliefs at one point or another. As Arthur C. Clarke says in his introduction, the book "should be issued with a mental health warning, as many readers--if they are brave enough to face unwelcome facts--will find some of their cherished beliefs totally demolished." Randi is dryly sarcastic about hundreds of topics, including Catholic relics, speaking in tongues, Jehovah's Witnesses, yoga, the origins of Mormonism, dowsing, magnetic hills, UFOs, and every spiritualist of the past several centuries. A typical entry defines a nymph as: "in the real world, the immature form of the dragonfly and certain other insects, or a young woman with robust sexual interests. Take your choice." Comprehensive, exasperating and exasperated, witty, and unsparing, Randi's encyclopedia provides more debunking per page than any other resource. --Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars why bother?
    The only people who like this book are the people (1) who agree with everything the author tells them (2) James Randi himself.

    Personally I find this book to be useless. There isn't enough information about any one topic to be any use to me. It's more like a dictionary than encyclopedia.

    Atlantis: a continent that doesn't exist.
    Abominable snowman: a creature that doesn't exist.
    Okay, so Randi gives a few more details than that, but neither are even half a page. Like my title says, why bother?

    Okay, maybe you must really have to know about every obscure cult mystic from 1653, but hey, whatever you like. Just don't bore me telling me why I should know this stuff. Because I dont.

    1-0 out of 5 stars laughable
    James Randi haphazardly lumps parasychology, mythology and various religious subjects together only to dismiss them with a snide comment.The book is also full of factual inaccuracies.

    An example is Abracadabra, which he refers to as the supreme god of the Assyrians (when actually the supreme Assyrian god was Ashur).

    In short, don't bother.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Is Randi listed as a "fraud" in this book?
    I didn't have the patience to go through the entire book, but now I'm curious if James Randi has listed himself as one of the personages of hoaxes.

    From the glance through the book, other than inaccuracies, there are numerous entries that have absolutely nothing to do with hoaxes or frauds.

    For an example an "adept" is a person who has reached certain level of self-mastery (as in mastering your thoughts and emotions - which would be like Randi learning to speak and write Chinese and unable to do so claiming that it's a hoax - well, it could be a fair comparison.

    This book is otherwise so full of errors that given the fact that Randi is potraying himself as an "expert" of the topics he never really invested time to learn about or thoroughly investigate - one may as well conclude that Randi is a "fraud" - after all here is the evidence.

    Those who are applauding to the quality of this book, would do better to cross-reference the information with some trustworthy sources - as in, if you really want to learn what goes on in the field of quantum physics, then you should consult with reputable people from the field or quantum physics if you want to know about making shoes, consult a shoemaker and not your five year old child.

    If you want to learn how to speak Chinese, then you should consult with someone who has managed to speak it.If you want to make sure that you never learn it, then get someone like Randi who can guarantee to drill into your mind "it can't be done!"

    Imagine how much progress we would've made in this world, if Randi was our leader, constantly reassuring us that humans cannot do anything useful with their minds - I guess we'd all still be living in caves.Forget about cars, airplanes, computers and such - if Randi was in charge - none of that would exist today.Sad, but true!Now, do you still wander why Randi comes true as so angry and sarcastic?Because he has talked himself into impotence (I don't know about physical one - but a mental impotence for sure!).You just let him guide you, and you're bound to end up in the same state of happiness that he has.

    ... Read more

    Isbn: 0312151195
    Subjects:  1. Body, Mind & Spirit    2. Encyclopedias    3. General    4. Impostors and imposture    5. New Age / Parapsychology    6. Occultism    7. Parapsychology    8. Parapsychology - General    9. Reference    10. Supernatural    11. Body, Mind & Spirit / Supernatural    12. Hoaxes & deceptions    13. Occultism & quasi-religious beliefs    14. Reference works    15. Unexplained phenomena   

    The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia
    by Steven Jay Rubin
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1995)
    list price: $25.00
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    1-0 out of 5 stars From First to Worst
    JUNK.What used to be the best 007 reference book ever has been ruined by the COMPLETELY ASININE way the entries are now organized.Not worth the paper it's printed on anymore.

    2-0 out of 5 stars This is good, not the best!!
    This book is good if you want some minor facts that have been exhaustively researched.I bought my copy in May of 2002.It makes it seem that the movies are junk and you are wasting your time. A better Bond book is The Essential Bond, by Lee Pfeiffer. This one tells you about gadgets, cars, villians, and the sexy Bond girls.I rate this one 5 stars!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Bond dictionary that all Bond fans should own!
    The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia is exactly what it says, a complete listing of many things that have been a part of the making of the the James Bond films from Dr. No to Goldneye, including the two versions of Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. Packed full with a personal review of each film and a list of cast and credits. Many people who have been a part of the movies is included in the films. From Adams, Maud to Zorin, Max, the relentless information doesn't stop coming. You will learn about all the directors, producers, stars and everyone that is a part of the Bond Family. A very long read with everything in order, many fans will be amazed with the large length of this book. (one note: fans of Roger Moore, (like me) may not be pleased with the quite terrible reviews of 3 of his films.) Hey everyone has their own opinion. All in all a fantastic Bond book that every bond fan should own! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0809232685
    Sales Rank: 518093
    Subjects:  1. Bond, James (Fictitious character)    2. Cinema/Film: Book    3. Encyclopedias    4. Film - General    5. Film - Reference    6. James Bond films    7. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    8. Spy Films   

    The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
    by Michael Newton
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 2000)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Great for the ignorant...
    This is a great Coffee Table book. The title should be An Introduction to Killers. There is a mixture of Serial Killer, Mass Murders, and Spree Killers in this book. There is a definate difference between all three. I am not sure if anyone told the author that a the definition of a Serial Killer/Mass Murder/Spree Killer is three (3) or more kills. The book wastes' its time on kills of one or two victims which is irrelevant for the subject matter. Before publishing a book this individual needs to be researcher of the subject such as Holmes, Jenkins, Egger, Sears, etc., these individuals are the forefathers of studying Serial Killers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
    I can't really say much more that what has already been said.

    I feel this is a great resource for those who are eager to know almost a history of serial killing.So many people only know a few names (i.e. Jack the Ripper, Ed Gein, Ted Bundy).This book takes you back to show that Serial Killers are not a new phenomenon.It introduces you to serial killers not only from the past but also from different regions.

    I found this book to be one which encouraged me to learn more and more about those killers who are not as well know.Overall, a great book and very informative.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good starting point
    As someone else stated, this is a good starting point for getting acquainted with serial killers.One other review says you can get all the same information on the internet by using a search engine.That is true, you can probably get more information using a search engine, however there are serial killers in this book I never knew about and therefore could not find them via a search engine.This covers killers from all over the world and spanning many generations.It is a definite read for people who are new to researching serial killers and would like to have a good reference.As we all know,encyclopedias are just that, a reference.So this is a beginning and a reference.And once you find a subject in this book that draws your interest, you should then get a more detailed account to read.

    Overall, I rate this as a very good book with good basic information.Yes, some things are out of date, but the Son of Sam is not one of them.The Green River Killer is however, as Gary Leon Ridgeway is not even mentioned as a suspect.However the book was last released in 2000 and the GRK was captured in 2002. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816039798
    Sales Rank: 89900
    Subjects:  1. Criminology    2. Encyclopedias    3. Homicide    4. Murder - General    5. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    6. Serial murderers    7. Social Science    8. True Crime   


    The Official Three Stooges┬┐ Encyclopedia : The Ultimate Knucklehead's┬┐ Guide to Stoogedom--from Amalgamated Association of Morons to Ziller...
    by RobertKurson
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A STOOGES FAN DREAM COME TRUE
    This book has everything you need to know about The Stooges.
    It is well organized and easy to navigate. The detail of the classic episodes is worth the price alone. I highly recommend this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Rehash of Lines and Names. Not Much Here.
    I completely agree with other reviewers: that all one had to do is watch the Stooges shorts and write down the funny lines and names and voila you have Three Stooges Encyclopedia.

    I give it two stars just because the section on supporting actors is interesting. Otherwise the rest is just a rehash of lines and names. The bios are even disappointing, it has stuff like, "We all want to be Curly."

    I would advise to look elsewhere if you want a book on THE THREE STOOGES.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very funny and helpful.
    Not sure what the sign of someone's door said in MONKEY BUSINESSMEN? You'll find it in THE THREE STOOGES ENCYCLOPEDIA. This has some of the Stooges most famous quotes, songs, signs and so much more. You should buy this. This is the perfect addition to your Three Stooges collection. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0809225808
    Sales Rank: 110218
    Subjects:  1. Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses    2. Film & Video - Guides & Reviews    3. Film & Video - Reference    4. General    5. Miscellanea    6. Music    7. Performing Arts    8. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    9. Three Stooges (Comedy team)    10. Three Stooges films    11. Performing Arts / Film / Reference   


    The World Encyclopedia of Cheese
    by Juliet Harbutt, Roz Denny
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1998)
    list price: $32.50
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and useful
    I love cheese and I have always been curious to try new varieties, but I have never had the necessary information about the manufacturing process, different types, etc. to thoroughly enjoy and understand what I was eating.
    So I was very pleased with this very good book about the cheeses of the world, which gives a detailed presentation organized by countries famous for their cheeses: France, Italy, England, Spain, Germany, Greece, Mexico, USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
    Also, there is a lot of information about varieteis of cheese, how they are made, " secrets", how to combine them with wine, and how to make a perfect cheese plate.

    It is meant for the ones who would like to get acquainted in this area, as well as for the 'cheese junkies' who want to know what else the world offers to taste. At the end there is a special chapter with cheese recipes for snacks, salads, pastries, desserts, a very interesting and inspiring chapter for cheese-based dishes.
    There is only one suggestion I can make regarding this book: it would have been more interesting if each cheese denomination and description would have been accompanied by a map of the country and the location of the area where the cheese comes from.

    Nevertheless, this is a great book that should be on every cheese-lovers shelf; every time you open it, you'll discover that there is something you haven't tried yet and you should.

    Buy this book and take time to enjoy it!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Lovely but Limited
    This book is very pretty, and does contain some interesting information, but I was disappointed by the amount of space given over to recipes, many of which are unappetizing, and some of which are just plain silly (why would I buy this big, gorgeous book just to learn how to make a cheese omelette or Welsh Rarebit -- broiled cheese on toast??? come on...) I was hoping for more of a true "Encyclopedia," but the entries for several of the countries were quite limited.I found that many of my favorite cheeses were missing, and some of the information was less than reliable (I was particularly dismayed by the book's claim that Alsatian Munster "is also produced in the USA, where it is known as Muenster" -- anyone who expects these two cheeses to be the same is in for a big disappointment).I will admit, the pictures are wonderful, but if you're looking for something truly encyclopedic in its scope and range, this book will be a let-down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cheese saves the day
    Cheese has been something of a passion of mine for the last few decades and this incredible guide was recommended by my friend Antony, who is a professional cheese-cutter.
    I has all the favourites here Stilton, Chedder, Parmigiano, etc. and quite a few that i have never heard before, like the goat's cheese Fern Britten, and yak's milk variety Jamieolivertwat derived from Mongolia. It makes one hungry just seeing the descriptions and yearn for a scratch and sniff version! enjoy!! ... Read more

    Isbn: 1859676154
    Sales Rank: 490983
    Subjects:  1. Cooking    2. Cooking / Wine    3. Food Science    4. Reference    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Specific Ingredients - Dairy    7. Technology   

    The Encyclopedia of Weird
    by Sheila De La Rosa
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (05 April, 2005)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars For "Believe It or Not Fans"!!
    This great collection of weird stuff is for both youngsters and big kids (too!) who are fans of the "Believe or Not" kind of stuff that will often surprise you.

    The author began this writing project after hearing about a smalltown museum that has two fleas dressed up like a bride and groom!(She found it, too!)She goes on to say that her favorite discoveries are the historical items:some Civil War soldiers were not men!; the post office once used camels for delivery!Then there's the man with the collection of 1,060 different air-sickness bags!

    Kids will love, of course, reading about the longest worm in the world.

    Chapters are organized by Animals, People, Places, Lifestyles. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0812555368
    Sales Rank: 1206040
    Subjects:  1. Children's 9-12 - Reference    2. Children: Grades 4-6    3. Curiosities and wonders    4. Juvenile Nonfiction    5. Reference - General    6. Juvenile Fiction / General   


    Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
    by Raven Grimassi
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 2000)
    list price: $24.95 -- our price: $16.47
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    2-0 out of 5 stars INCOMPLETE
    I very much enjoyed Mr. Grimassi's "The Wiccan Mysteries" and was looking forward to reading his "Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft." However, I was very disappointed to find very few of my favorite wiccan authors (i.e. Laurie Cabot, Gerina Dunwich, and other "non-Llewellyns") listed among this who's who of the witchcraft world. In my opinion, to be a definitive encyclopedia of wicca and witchcraft, ALL prominent members of the wiccan community should be included, and not just the ones who write books for Llewellyn. For a more better resource of pagan biographies, I would have to recommend Raymond Buckland's "The Witch Book" (Publisher: Visible Ink Press).

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best I've Seen
    Grimassi's book is unquestionably the ultimate and definitive work on the topic of modern Wicca and Witchcraft.The author covers every relevant topic related to the Craft, and provides the reader with leads to other topics that further enhance one's understanding of Wicca and Witchcraft.No other Wiccan/Witchcraft encyclopedia in print today can match the depth and scope of this single volume.

    This encyclopedia is an excellent resource for both the beginner and the seasoned veteran.It is certainly a "must have" for anyone serious about the Craft today.

    3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT NOT GREAT
    I guess I'm the only one who doesn't think this book is the best thing since sliced bread!
    It's okay, but some of the definitions are not very helpful...I looked up a few things & after I read the explanation, I STILL didn't really get the info I wanted..
    Plus, it's obvious from the authors he included that it's a big Llewellyn advertisment. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1567182577
    Sales Rank: 118367
    Subjects:  1. Alternate Spirituality    2. Body, Mind & Spirit    3. Encyclopedias    4. Magic    5. Magick Studies    6. New Age    7. Reference    8. Witchcraft    9. Witchcraft & Wicca   


    A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples
    by Barry Pritzker, Barry M. Pritzker
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Native American Encyclopedia
    A good resource book offering specific historical and demographic information about each tribal group of North America, explaining the differences between the diverse cultures clearly and precisely. This would make a good classroom reference for older kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book of information!
    Everything you ever wanted to know in one book, incredible!A must for anyone into the Native culture. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0195138775
    Sales Rank: 36164
    Subjects:  1. Encyclopedias    2. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    3. History    4. History: World    5. Indians of North America    6. Native American    7. Native Americans    8. Native Americans - History    9. North America    10. Reference    11. Sociology   


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