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    The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    by Douglas Adams
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 April, 2002)
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    Reviews (68)

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the All Time Greats
    I recently picked up a copy of "The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" after seeing trailers for the motion picture.I remember trying to read the first book years ago, but not getting very far.I'm so glad that I decided to try again.This book is unbelieveable in a few different ways:
    1) It falls into the categories of Comedy as well as Science Fiction, which, as a tremendous fan of both genres, I thoroughly enjoyed.
    2) Adams' literary style is unparalleled.Not only does he do justice to both of the above mentioned genres, but he actually writes well.

    Wile I did enjoy the first three books most of all, I believe that they are all worthwhile reading for anyone who enjoys comedy, science fiction, or just a well written story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
    this is the greatest book i've ever read. its amazing how confusing it is when you read it the first time, but if you go over it a second time it makes perfect sense. the comedy is very strange and i don't think i could really describe it but it definatly works on me. its funnier then most other books i have read.so if you have time then start reading this book. but make sure you have time. you wont want to put it down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Book!
    Very funny, very cool. Appeals to all ages, because it's so darn good. Douglas Adams did a great job writing this, and the movie was good too. Just remember, always have a towel. ;) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345453743
    Sales Rank: 303
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Humorous    4. Humorous stories, English    5. Science Fiction    6. Science Fiction - Adventure    7. Science fiction, English    8. Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure   


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    J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)
    by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 2001)
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    Hobbits and wizards and Sauron--oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elfish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, the dark lord Sauron (who owes much to proud Satan in Paradise Lost), the monstrous Gollum, the Cracks of Doom, and the awful power of the magical Ring.The four books' characters--good and evil--are recognizably human, and the realism is deepened by the magnificent detail of the vast parallel world Tolkien devised, inspired partly by his influential Anglo-Saxon scholarship and his Christian beliefs. (He disapproved of the relative sparseness of detail in the comparable allegorical fantasy his friend C.S. Lewis dreamed up in The Chronicles of Narnia, though he knew Lewis had spun a page-turning yarn.) It has been estimated that one-tenth of all paperbacks sold can trace their ancestry to J.R.R. Tolkien. But even if we had never gotten Robert Jordan's The Path of Daggers and the whole fantasy genre Tolkien inadvertently created by bringing the hobbits so richly to life, Tolkien's epic about the Ring would have left our world enhanced by enchantment. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Overrated!
    I read through these 4 volumes 33 years ago when I came to England because many of my fellow students raved about them.

    The Hobbit is mildly amusing story suitable for children.

    The LOTR is rather dreary boring tale which requires a lot of perseverence to complete. I have not re-read it since unlike other novels that I have re-read multiple times purely because a good work of literature improves on re-reading.

    If you want to read a true epic with complicated human characters try reading a retelling of the Mahabharata.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Check this out !!
    The Lord of the Rings series is about 2 hobbits named Frodo and Sam who take the challenge of taking an evil ring to destroy it inn Mount Doom, the MOuntian of Fire.

    While Frodo and Sam are being led to Mount Doom by Golem, the Fellowship tries to keep the Eye of Sauran off of them. The Fellowship tries to keep the Eye of Sauran off of them by fending off Orc armies.

    I like the Lord of the Rings series because of all of the action and adventure...!

    Submitted by: Onikage<---not real name

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hobbits, Dwarves, and Elves.
    J.R.R Tolkien is an awesome fantasy writer. The whole series is really long , but it's worth it.The way Tolkien discribes his scenery is awesome. When you read the book it's like you're you are right smack dab in the middle.
    The imagery was awesome throughout the whole book. You could see everything. An example of this is the battle of Minas Tirith, and th battle at the black gates. Tolkien uses major to describe the weapons, the smells, the scenery and everything else. You could see the battles.
    A perfect example of dialogue is how the elves talk, which is way different from the way the dwarves talk. The elves are more refined then most other kinds of people. They are more polite. For the time and the kind of characters the dialogue was correct. J.R.R Tolkien is the best fantasy writer ever.
    ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345340426
    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fantasy    3. Fantasy - Epic    4. Fantasy - Series    5. Literature - Classics / Criticism   


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    Fail Safe
    by Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars wkrc wcpo cpo drehz
    there's tommorrow, failsafe, seven days in may, dr strangelove,
    am strand shute...

    Sigma Aldrich is possible big bucks phan with the right
    samizdat stationaire aus Alaska to the former back
    in the USSR.. Lysenko country

    then again there's the Greek shipyard where the Eldredge is berthed

    El Al more stable the Aeroflot now..

    substantively speaking

    Albright

    Albright

    Eldredge

    Aldrich

    Algd

    Algernon

    Al Anon

    Uncle Al Schwartz

    el Halloweh

    Aluminum & Uncle Al's Eotvos

    then 500 years of eyeballs tracing whatever
    Albrecht Durer had in mind..

    I tell you the truth, Doug.

    yes phan

    5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate "What if..." novel.
    The ultimate "What if..." novel of the post-War era, FAIL-SAFE still holds up remarkably [and tragically] well in the post-9/11 era. Several critics have pointed up the political aspects of this book, but in a way this is more of a sci-fi novel in the sense that the technology of war would safeguard us against danger when the opposite is the truth: reliance upon technology is equally dangerous. Read this novel as a precursor to the film "War Games" or the t.v. movie of early 70s, "Colossus: The Forbin Project".

    But even as political thriller, this book is still powerful. All the characters stand up well and are truly believeable. The plot and pacing are gripping. Considering Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler had had no real writing experience previous to FAIL-SAFE, it is just as compelling and well-crafted as anything written by Tom Clancy. That's how good this book is.

    Rocco Dormarunno, author of THE FIVE POINTS

    4-0 out of 5 stars Making a Convincing Case for Nuclear Disarmament
    A fictionalized, but chillingly realistic depiction of the men and machines who nearly brought the world to extinction during the height of the Cold War.An unidentified blip approaching North America appears on an automated tracking system.Is this the long-feared attack, or just another in an endless series of false alarms?Rather than find out after it's too late, the bombers are once again sent out, none of them certain if it's just another drill, or the real thing.But this time a mechanical failure in the automated system causes the bombers to go beyond their Fail Safe points, past which there is no return.Should we go ahead and launch an incapacitating first strike, since retaliation is assured anyway?Or do we help the enemy to shoot down our own planes, hoping to avert nuclear holocaust?

    Among the cast of spare-drawn characters is Peter Buck, a natural linguist who is the White House's Russian translator despite his acute disinterest in politics, General Bogan, commanding officer of the information center known as the War Room, Colonel Cascio, who can't quite escape the poverty of his working-class roots, Lieutenant Colonel Grady, commander of a group of Vindicator bombers, and the President, who is faced with a situation that could win the Cold War - or destroy human civilization.The action takes place amidst the bomber group and in the War Room, but especially in the calculating minds of the men charged with making the most dangerous of all possible decisions.

    As one might expect from a forty-year-old novel, the technology is rather out of date, but the moral lesson is as strong as ever.Every system, no matter how redundant, will eventually break down, making nuclear weapons far too dangerous to keep around.The president's final, grim decision is a lesson in moral courage, but even that may be insufficient in the dangerous years ahead, as nuclear proliferation continues.Written very convincingly in simple and straightforward prose, this book is not so much an entertainment as a call for political action.Let's get rid of these things before it's too late for all of us. ... Read more

    Isbn: 088001654X
    Sales Rank: 171905
    Subjects:  1. American Mystery & Suspense Fiction    2. Cold war    3. Espionage/Intrigue    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - Espionage / Thriller    6. International relations    7. Mystery/Suspense    8. Nuclear weapons    9. Soviet Union    10. Thrillers    11. Fiction / General   


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    Fahrenheit 451
    by Ray Bradbury
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (12 August, 1987)
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    In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

    Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.

    Bradbury--the author of more than 500 short stories, novels, plays, and poems, including The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man--is the winner of many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. Readers ages 13 to 93 will be swept up in the harrowing suspense of Fahrenheit 451, and no doubt will join the hordes of Bradbury fans worldwide. --Neil Roseman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fahrenheit 451
    Fahrenheit 451 is a utopian novel much like Huxley's Brave New World, Orwell's 1984, or Rand's Anthem.It is a startling depiction of a life where books are taboo, and reading is illegal.Instead, the people are dumbed down with constant noise and emotion devoid of purposeful thought.This novel is enthralling.It is vivid and potent because the telltale signs of demise are familar in our everyday lives: the importance that people are placing in TV (i.e. entertainment), the growing violence in children, the dumbing down of literature, and the impersonal relationships between family members.Bradbury has reminded me how much I love literature and impressed me to guard the gift of the written word.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Amazon.com Pick this year!
    This book is extremely entertaining, I couldn't put it down. It basically starts with a man in a dystopian society where the firemen don't put out fires, they start them. They are ordered to do this by a tyrannical ruler who does not want the masses to read, so he may control the country without anybody starting a revolt against him. This fireman is happy with his job, he loves to watch the flames burn the books, he knows nothing better. His life is fine until one day he meets the young woman and she makes him understand what life is all about. The adventure starts when he goes against mainstream society and instead of burning the books he reads them. I will not ruin the rest of the book for you but will only say that he faces many difficulties as a result of his choice to challenge the established order. READ THIS BOOK!

    Also recommended: The Losers' Club by Richard Perez (Complete Restored Edition)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fahrenheit 451
    Ages 14 and up. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel that takes you to a strange world were books are bad, and having them will result in a lose off your house. fireman in the future don't go out and put out fires, they go out and start them, there target, books. Character Montag becomes fond of books, and eventually starts taking book. As he continues his journey he meets many new characters that help him on his way. this book is an exciting look at a diffent fantacy future, it makes you wounder what the future might actually look like some day.This is one of the best novels that you should have for your collection at home.
    ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345342968
    Subjects:  1. Books and reading    2. Classics    3. Fiction    4. Literature - Classics / Criticism    5. Science Fiction    6. Science Fiction - General    7. Short stories    8. Book burning    9. Censorship    10. Fiction / Science Fiction / General    11. Science fiction, American   


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    1984
    by George Orwell
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Mass Market Paperback (01 May, 1990)
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    "Outside, even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold.Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no color in anything except the posters that were plastered everywhere."

    The year is 1984; the scene is London, largest population center of Airstrip One.

    Airstrip One is part of the vast political entity Oceania, which is eternally at war with one of two other vast entities, Eurasia and Eastasia. At any moment, depending upon current alignments, all existing records show either that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia, or that it has always been at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia. Winston Smith knows this, because his work at the Ministry of Truth involves the constant "correction" of such records. "'Whocontrols the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"

    In a grim city and a terrifying country, where Big Brother is always Watching You and the Thought Police can practically read your mind, Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. He knows the Party's official image of the world is a fluid fiction. He knows the Party controls the people by feeding them lies and narrowing their imaginations through a process of bewilderment and brutalization that alienates each individual from his fellows and deprives him of every liberating human pursuit from reasoned inquiry to sexual passion. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

    Newspeak, doublethink, thoughtcrime--in 1984, George Orwell created a whole vocabulary of words concerning totalitarian control that have since passed into our common vocabulary. More importantly, he has portrayed a chillingly credible dystopia. In our deeply anxious world, the seeds of unthinking conformity are everywhere in evidence; and Big Brother is always looking for his chance. --DanielHintzsche ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Big Brother Is Here Now.
    Read NO PLACE TO HIDE by Robert O'Harrow
    Check it out on www.muckraker.org

    Hey, folks, Big Brother has arrived Big Time!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It Will Haunt You!
    In "1984", George Orwell proved his brilliance with this short novel. It portrays the life of a simple man, Winston Smith, in a totalitarian society. In Oceania, where Winston lives, the Party controls every aspect of every person's life and has the ability to erase the past and "vaporize" any member of the society who betrays the Party.

    Winston Smith,or better known to the Party as "6079 Smith W.", is a seemingly average worker of the Ministry of Truth who begins to let his mind wander, an act punishable by death. He purchases a journal where he begins to express his true feeling towards the Party and Big Brother, the ultimate source of power. Even more dangerous that keeping a diary, Winston forms an on-going love affair which he cleverly hides well. All of these act, if caught, could potentially put him in Room 101, the most terrible punishment ever created.

    As the plot thickens the reader feel a part of Winston's life. Although dense, this suspenseful page-turner keeps you on your toes. The three slogans that run Oceania, "WAR IS PEACE/ FREEDOM IS SLAVERY/ IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH" artistically portray the twisted and intense rules of the Party. Orwell warns his readers of the possibilities of the future government. 1984 subtly hints the government's power over the brotherhood and our society today.

    George Orwell's "1984" is a thought provoking novel that will make you stop and reflect about your own life and the government's ultimate control over you. Once the ideas of "1984" get into your mind, they inevitably will always linger as life goes on. Honestly, this book will haunt you. Pick up a copy! Another book I need to recommend -- completely unrelated to Orwell, but very much on my mind since I purchased a "used" copy off Amazon is "The Losers' Club: Complete Restored Edition" by Richard Perez, an exceptional, lonesome (but also funny) little novel I can't stop thinking about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book. Predicts the future which is today.
    This is very prophetic and very touching. Greatly change your perspective of everything and everyone around you! Read it, you'll enjoy it to the last word. I know, i've read it 4 times and feel like reading it again! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0451524934
    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. Literature - Classics / Criticism    4. Literature: Classics    5. Science Fiction - General   


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    The Optimist's Guide to History
    by Doris Flexner
    Paperback (01 June, 1995)
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    Isbn: 0380777827
    Sales Rank: 1053356
    Subjects:  1. Chronology, Historical    2. History (General)    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Reference    6. World   


    The Pessimist's Guide To History : An Irresistible Compendium Of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres And Mayhem From The Big Bang To The New Millennium
    by Stuart Berg Flexner, Doris Flexner
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (20 June, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An easy read of horrible events
    One would expect to feel some guilt from reading this book, since I found myself being entertained by stories of terrible tragedies that happened to millions of people throughout history, but the authors tend to poke fun at the causes, not the victims, of such events.Another striking thing is that after a while, you feel like you're reading a book about general World History (unfortunately it often seems to go hand-in-hand with misery).

    I was amused, yet angered at the human follies that lead to the majority of major disasters - stupid governments, big dumb ideas, racial bigotry, religious wars, etc.,.I also felt fortunate that I'm living in these relatively modern times.Certainly our world is still no stranger to tragedy, but at least modern cities are not in danger of burning down due to a knocked-over lantern or such.

    After reading about the variety and volume of major natural disasters, one is amazed at just how little control people have over this world, even now, particularly after witnessing the recent, massively damaging Asian tsunami disaster.

    The truly interesting, though tragic, parts of the book deal with man-made disasters; unfortunately, there are plenty of examples both small-scale (e.g. psychotic killers) and large-scale (e.g. psychotic governments).This is where the authors inject most of their wry humor, directed at history's monsters and idiots.

    All in all, it may not be something to read while at the beach with the family, but it is an interesting and easy-reading diversion for casual history buffs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars laughing all the way to the grave
    This is pretty good stuff. You get a lot of humor for a nice price. I think it's healthy to be able to laugh a little at the multitudinous ways in which chaos brings us bad fortune. You can't take things too seriously, can you?

    3-0 out of 5 stars For the sporadic reader...
    The chronology is fun...the accuracy, dubious... the occasional follow-up commentary, slightly amusing...the objectivity, mild...the compilation, notably broad...I read this book over the course of a couple of months, whenever I had to sit down.If you are looking for factual historical record, you'll need a supplement.I did enjoy it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 006095745X
    Sales Rank: 146409
    Subjects:  1. Chronology, Historical    2. Disasters    3. General    4. Historical chronology    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: World    8. Reference    9. World - General    10. History / General   


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    Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks
    by Mick Foley
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mass Market Paperback (01 October, 2000)
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    Frankly, this literary critic didn't expect Mick Foley's memoir of his life as Mankind (and his other wrestling personas, Cactus Jack and Dude Love) to hit No. 1 on Amazon.com's hardcover nonfiction bestseller list in its first literary bout. The cover is cluttered and confusing, and do we really need 500-plus pages of Foley's boasts? Yes. Foley gives his all for his calling, and he burns to tell his adventures. Take the famous tale of how he lost most of his ear (the bloody result is depicted in the 16-page color-photo section). It was in his 1994 bouts with Vader (Leon White): after getting a broken nose, a dislocated jaw, and 21 stitches in the first match, Foley did his "hangman" routine, wherein he catches his neck between the second and third ropes and spins them into a twist. "The end result is the illusion of a man being hanged by his neck while his body kicks and writhes in an attempt to get out... the man actually is hanging by his neck and the body really does kick and writhe in an attempt to get out." Unfortunately, in the prior match, Too Cold Scorpio had had the officials tighten the ropes, so Foley tore off his ear to avoid death by strangulation, like "a fox that chews off its paw to escape a trap." Foley also wrestles on 10,000-thumbtack mats with barbwire ropes and C-4 explosives, and earns the ultimate compliment: "The fans really like the way you bleed." Many fans also like the way his gory story reads. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Literary Classic
    I have to say I wasn't expecting much when I first bought Mick Foley's autobiography in 2000.I was a huge Foley fan, even liking his weaker alterego (Dude Love), but I didn't think his exuberance for life as he performed on TV promos could accurately be brought into the literary world.I couldn't have been more wrong.

    This book is more than a plain wrestling autobiography. It is the tale of a man who goes from rags to riches then dumps the riches for happiness before finding both with WWE. He goes over his problems with women, his travel to MSG to see the Morocco/Snuka cage match, his first match in Clarksburg, WV, the adventures of ECW/WCW/Japan/WWE, and the injuries and personal heartaches he had to endure along the way.

    After reading this book, I'm not so much a fan of Mick Foley the wrestler than a fan of Mick Foley, the man. If you want to know the whole Mick Foley story, read this book and Foley Is Good, both describing Mick Foley's journey from childhood to superstar to father to retirement.I also recommend the Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses DVD as Mick gives an in-depth look into his favorite moments and matches as well as his most imfamous ones. (Pay special attention to the Cane Dewey Promo, one of the best wrestling promos ever.) So have mercy on the man who bang banged his way to the promise land, and I promise you'll have a nice day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insight behind the Wrestler
    For anyone who is a sports fan this is the book for you. Actually, it's hard to decide who this book is for. Although it does has a soft side of a family man it also has detailed matches that are filled with grueome images.
    But that's what I think Mick Foley was trying to do in his book. Show a soft and personal side to the tough job of a professional wrestler.
    What makes the book even more special is the fact that Mick Foley personally wrote the book himself. Writing the book from his actual point of view helped the book be more informative, not having his memories being edited and leaving out big gaps of his life.
    Mick Foley has proved that even after his long carrer as Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love that professional wrestlers can haave intelligence as a writer. With his original perspective on his career he leaves wise cracks that will be having you laughing all night.
    With the in depth view on his gory matches and his sense of humor on every page I gurantee if your not a wrestling fan, you'll still have a good time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still the BEST wrestling career book
    When Mick Foley released his autobiography "Have A Nice Day" back in 2000, I think I was one of the few not surprised by the books #1 bestselling success. If you're a diehard wrestling fan, than Mick has to be near the top of your list of favorite performers. When you put aside his high risk bumps and willigness to be as physical and real as possible in the ring, your left with a man who is simply a talented and gifted performer. Mick has cust some of the best (many say the best) promos and interviews in the history of wrestling. He can make the audience feel a wide range of emotions with his skill behind the mic, everything from elated to horrified. He can scare and move an audience, as well as make them laugh.So, when I heard Mick was going to write about his entire career in wrestling, without the aide of another writer, I was anxious to read it. I figured if Mick was half as talented a writer as he is a performer that the book would be one entertaining read...and he ended up exceeding all my expectations!

    Mick's entire life is chronicled here, not just his wrestling career. You'll find out about his childhood, which includes the origin of the Cactus Jack name. You'll learn how he won the heart of a model and her hand in marriage, and a lot more details that have nothing to do with wrestling.
    One of the book's strong points, is Mick's writing style. He doesn't come off as pretentious or full of himself, instead he writes with a very personalwriting style. This allows the reader to get comfortable and feel like they're listening to stories being told by an old friend.
    It helps to be a wrestling fan to understand everything that Mick discusses in regards to the wrestling business, but if you're not, you'll still be able to follow and enjoy the book. You may even be surprised to learn just how real, physical and frustrating the wrestling business really is. Thus, you may gain a new respect for the most dissrespected form of entertainment on earth.

    The success of "Have A Nice Day!" has spawned a plethora of wrestling career books by the likes of The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, the Hardy Boyz, Chyna, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, Bobby Heenan, Jerry Lawler, Edge, Ric Flair and others, but all of them used other writers to get the job done and none have been as entertaining as Mick's.
    You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy "Have A Nice Day!", all you need to do is be willing to listen to a man tell his side of what it was like working in a business that mixes 5% fantasy with 95% reality and all the blood, sweat, tears, and passion he's put into it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0061031011
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities    6. Foley, Mick    7. Sports - General    8. United States    9. Wrestlers    10. Wrestling   


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    The Count of Monte Cristo
    by Alexandre Dumas
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (31 December, 2001)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars It was good, but difficult reading
    I read this book over the summer when i was 11.I am now 12.It was pretty dificult for me to stay interested in it for a long time.I regret reading it when i was 11 because i know that if i had waited and read it now i would have understanded it better and enjoyed it more.I can always re-read it but now that school has started i dont have a lot of time, and it is a VERY long book.I would often get confused at who's perspective it was, for it changed perspectives quite often and was always in first person.Of what i payed attention to, it was an excellent book, and very well written.I could really get a picture of it and have many ideas of what it was like.I would highly reccomend it to anyone who is commited to a long book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars nick's review
    The count of monte cristo is not a ordinary book to read.
    Its a very understanding, basic book to read to me and
    hopefully for you to. The main things that i like about
    this book is in the book their is a character called Edmond
    that go's to jail for 16 years becasue he was offerd a job
    from a agent that gave him a letter to deleiver to a friend of his that was not to be told to any one and Edmond's freind over heaird the confersation about the letter and turned Edmond in.
    After I read that I wanted to find out what happend next in the story and it got better and better as I read. It also has a nice body to the story. It talks you know what will happen next and then it happens and has pictures to explain what is going on in the scene of the story. Another thing that kept me reading this book is their is a part in the story where Edmond and his carrier look for treasure on this island called THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. I would deffinitly reccomand to purchase this book because it's a very adventure's book to read for us kids and you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Jolley Book Review
    Alexandre Dumas's captivating novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, is a tale of vengeance, anguish, sorrow, love, and redemption.It is an extraordinary account of a man's life which is full of intrigue and deception.With the great fortune of attaining a promotion as the new captain of the Pharaon and the hand of his beautiful fiancé who will soon stand at the altar with him, Edmond Dantès could not have been a happier man.Yet, behind his back and in the shadows jealous eyes watch him and plot his downfall.On the night of his much awaited betrothal feast, Edmond is arrested and accused of being an aid to Bonaparte.Not long after an interrogation, he is condemned to life in prison at the Château d'lf.Unfortunate souls sent here are never heard or seen again.Death is the only way out of this dark place.Many of Edmond's precious years are spent alone, forgotten, and in despair and wretchedness.When all seems lost, he has an unusual encounter with another prisoner, Abbé Faria.A strong friendship forms as they plan their elaborate and final escape.But only days before their escape, Abbé Faria falls ill and cannot make the journey.On his deathbed, Abbé Faria gives his beloved friend the whereabouts of a forgotten treasure.With the life of his friend fading, he must make the most important choice of his life.Spurred by the hope restored to him by his friend and by the vengeance that has grown and festered in his heart throughout the long years spent behind bars, Edmond attempts his final escape.Whether it be death or great riches that lie outside his four prison walls, he is determined to play his part as the avenging angel.Those who have ruined his life will pay, and those who were undeserving of their fate will be avenged.He will have what is rightfully his, what he deserves...or...so he plans.
    This is one of Dumas's greatest novels.It will draw the reader into its story within the first few pages.It is a book that is hard to put down or walk away from.If you enjoy tales full of unexpected twists and turns, you will love this one.Yet, as a warning, it is a book that you cannot just breeze through.It takes your full attention to catch all the details.I highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to take the time.So, if this is you, just sit back and prepare yourself for the ride of your life. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0142000736
    Sales Rank: 34140
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Adventure stories    3. Classics    4. Fiction    5. France    6. Historical - General    7. Historical fiction    8. History    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Literature: Classics    11. Movie-TV Tie-In - General   


    $8.80

    The Steinbeck Centennial Collection:The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, The Pearl, Cannery Row, Travels With Charley, In Search of America (Boxed Set)
    by John Steinbeck
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection
    I just finished <> in my reading class,we even had discussed the similarities between Lennie and Forest Gump,and the differences between Steibeck's concise style and Hemingway's typical terseness.Afterward,I ordered <>,checked <>from my high school liabary.And now,you got a chance to read all of his masterpieces in the same time.I respectfully recommanded you to looked at Steinbeck's novels based upon Salina Valley,CA,his hometown,a heavenly countryside throughout the spiritial world of the master writter.I think Steinbeck's distinguishment is that he reflected two worlds in a character,both historically and mentally.Of course,he had written an epic with roustic American speciality.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Pearl
    There was a poor family in La Paz, in a small village. Kino and Juana had a son name Coyotito.
    One day, Coyotito was pinched by a scorpion, but his parents did not have enough money to pay for the medication. They unexpectily found a big pearl from the sea, so they decided to sell it and use the money to save Coyotito. Unfortunately, no one was willing to pay a decent price for the pearl. Since the price offer in the village was not enough to pay for the medication, the couple then decide to go to the capital and hoped to find a better buyer who was willing to offer a better price. Although the parent knew better that there would be many obstacles and problem throughout the journey, their love for their son gave them bravery motivation tomove on.
    The story is very interesting, but the topic is not my favorite. The story is described in detail and it gives me many images as I read on. Therefore,I would give this ***.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Pearl
    There was a poor family in La Paz, in a small village. Kino and Juana had a son name Coyotito.
    One day, Coyotito was pinched by a scorpion, but his parents did not have enough money to pay for the medication. They unexpectily found a big pearl from the sea, so they decided to sell it and use the money to save Coyotito. Unfortunately, no one was willing to pay a decent price for the pearl. Since the price offer in the village was not enough to pay for the medication, the couple then decide to go to the capital and hoped to find a better buyer who was willing to offer a better price. Although the parent knew better that there would be many obstacles and problem throughout the journey, their love for their son gave them bravery motivation tomove on.
    The story is very interesting, but the topic is not my favorite. The story is described in detail and it gives me many images as I read on. Therefore,I would give this ***. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0147716756
    Sales Rank: 25201
    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. Literary    4. Literature - Classics / Criticism   


    $49.14

    Faith in the Game : Lessons on Football, Work, and Life
    by TOM OSBORNE
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (05 September, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book on goal setting and acheivement!
    I bought this book because I wanted to find out more about how Dr. Osborne managed to win 3 National Championships in a four year period.

    What surprised me was the incredible business value of the book, especially chapter 5 on Goal Setting.His process for setting and acheiving goals is simple, easy to implement and it works!
    I keep buying it and sending it to managers and business executives I work with,it is a great foundation for anyone serious about growing their ability to be more productive and to acheive more.

    Great book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Old Values and Chronic Success
    Tom Osborne is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. His book is a wonderful treatise on how coaches and people can improve their lives and chances of success by simply preaching and practicing the basic values of our society. This book is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly fragmented and confused society.

    It is noteworthy that Tom Osborne's success is particularly remarkable because he never had the advantages of recruiting from a deep talent pool in Nebraska, and many of his players came from high school programs where 8 man football was common. Osborne overcame these obstacles with basic hard work, religious faith, and teamwork.

    This is a great book for any coach, manager, or parent. Highly recommmended. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because the book is relatively short, and I would've loved to read on for several more chapters.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, so the style isn't Nabokov. But it's sound stuff.
    The premise of Faith In the Game is simple: It's a conservative primer for life.

    Now, whether you agree with everything within or not is your call, but Osborne successfully states his cases while interweaving stories of his own football team over the years. His transition from society to football is pretty effortless, quite frankly, and the book serves as a nice, non-confrontational entry into conservative living and philosophy. For all those people out there who are fed up with the liberal world -- and I am not one of them, mind you -- I'd suggest this book a thousand times over before I'd let them within 20 miles of Ann Coulter's rants.

    Unlike Coulter and other conservative zealots, Osborne starts at the ground level of living -- for the coach, it's character -- and builds from there. In other words, the book is more a plan than an argument. And plans are generally quite a bit more persuasive.

    Osborne always worked in the here and now, so this is not much of a grand memoir. He's still into trying to turn it all around. Frankly, I think some of these societal problems are beyond his grasp -- Osborne is too kind and sympathetic to consider our society as anything more than a collection of misguided folks, it seems -- but you won't find a lot of sports coaches who have actually considered these issues the way Osborne has.

    Faith in the Game is the work of a thoughtful man. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0767904230
    Sales Rank: 65214
    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography/Autobiography    3. Football - College    4. Inspirational    5. Motivational & Inspirational    6. Sports - General    7. Self-Help / Motivational   


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    I, Robot
    by ISAAC ASIMOV
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1991)
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    In this collection, one of the great classics of science fiction, Asimov set out the principles of robot behavior that we know as the Three Laws of Robotics.Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nay, Robot:A Half-Cooked Novel


    I, Robot as a whole is fairly entertaining.Isaac Asimov's direct, factual prose and dry humor are enough to keep the reader reading.However, it lacks the pizzazz that could have made it an enchanting novel.

    The book is a series of short stories that always come back to the present - an interview with a famed "robo-psychologist", Dr. Susan Calvin.In the beginning, the novel is mildly entertaining.The first chapter, "Robbie," is about an exemplary nursemaid robot and its loving playmate, Gloria.After reading the first chapter, I thought, "Ok, maybe I'm in for a good, rewarding book."

    Then something began to happen in the next few chapters.It might have been the lifeless, simulated conversation between the characters.Two of the characters, Michael Donovan and Gregory Powell, work for U.S. Robots, the most prestigious manufacturer of robots.They always suffer the brunt of technical difficulties, such as robots gone wild, robots that refuse to listen to orders, and all-powerful robots.Asimov has the intriguing storylines, but he doesn't develop the characters onto the next level.For example, Donovan and Powell gripe and moan about their workload and jobs, but to the reader, the complaints seem clichéd and unnaturally animated.Even halfway throughout the novel, the reader still is not able to visualize them as real people.The characters do not have the substance that makes them likeable; they might as well be robots themselves.

    The robots also get annoying.The first story, "Robbie," is about a prototype robot in the late 20th century.Then, in 2000 and beyond, Asimov gave robots the power of speech.God might just as well have given Adam and Eve a whole barrel of apples; the robots get so irritatingly obnoxious and pedantic, but are still too robotic to be acknowledged as intelligent, "thinking" beings.For example, a robot that can read minds aptly communicates his ideas, but after a while, his words get preachy, and the novelty of a talking robot wears off.

    Something happens to Asimov, too.At first, he seems genuinely eager to perfect a story about robots and the dawn of a new, technological world.But along the third or fourth chapter, he apparently becomes disenchanted, because all that remains is the technical jargon of robotics, nonsensical dialogue, and lame jokes.He makes a revival with "Evidence," a story about an alleged robot politician, but kills he kills the burgeoning possibility of a promising novel with the next story about complicated global robot supremacy.It leaves the reader lost.

    There isn't much to say about Asimov's ability to draw the readers into a story and make them stay there.This isn't the kind of novel you'd curl up with and read with oblivion.If Asimov could be given a label, I'd say he is "mathematical."His descriptions of robots are all flat, toneless, and very formulaic.This book is one-half robot versus humans, one-third U.S. Robots business, and the rest just bland, Asimov-style prose.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nay, Robot: A Half-cooked Novel
    I, Robot as a whole is fairly entertaining.Isaac Asimov's direct, factual prose and dry humors are enough to keep the reader reading.However, it lacks the pizzazz that could have made it an enchanting novel.

    The book is a series of short stories that always come back to the present - an interview with a famed "robo-psychologist", Dr. Susan Calvin.In the beginning, the novel is mildly entertaining.The first chapter, "Robbie," is about an exemplary nursemaid robot and its loving playmate, Gloria.After reading the first chapter, I thought, "Ok, maybe I'm in for a good, rewarding book."

    Then something began to happen in the next few chapters.It might have been the lifeless, simulated conversation between the characters.Two of the characters, Michael Donovan and Gregory Powell, work for U.S. Robots, the most prestigious manufacturer of robots.They always suffer the brunt of technical difficulties, such as robots gone wild, robots that refuse to listen to orders, and all-powerful robots.Asimov has the intriguing storylines, but he doesn't develop the characters onto the next level.For example, Donovan and Powell gripe and moan about their workload and jobs, but to the reader, the complaints seem clichéd and unnaturally animated.Even halfway throughout the novel, the reader still is not able to visualize them as real people.The characters do not have the substance that makes them likeable; they might as well be robots themselves.

    The robots also get annoying.The first story, "Robbie," is about a prototype robot in the late 20th century.Then, in 2000 and beyond, Asimov gave robots the power of speech.God might just as well have given Adam and Eve a whole barrel of apples; the robots get so irritatingly obnoxious and pedantic, but are still too robotic to be acknowledged as intelligent, "thinking" beings.For example, a robot that can read minds aptly communicates his ideas, but after a while, his words get preachy, and the novelty of a talking robot wears off.

    Something happens to Asimov, too.At first, he seems genuinely eager to perfect a story about robots and the dawn of a new, technological world.But along the third or fourth chapter, he apparently becomes disenchanted, because all that remains is the technical jargon of robotics, nonsensical dialogue, and lame jokes.He makes a revival with "Evidence," a story about an alleged robot politician, but kills he kills the burgeoning possibility of a promising novel with the next story about complicated global robot supremacy.It leaves the reader lost.

    There isn't much to say about Asimov's ability to draw the readers into a story and make them stay there.This isn't the kind of novel you'd curl up with and read with oblivion.If Asimov could be given a label, I'd say he is "mathematical."His descriptions of robots are all flat, toneless, and very formulaic.This book is one-half robot versus humans, one-third U.S. Robots business, and the rest just bland, Asimov-style prose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Let Us Play

    As hoards of readers know better than I, this novel is a Landmark Pilot for a Landmark series.

    Offering one of the most auspicious cultural statements about evolution of human toys and tools, this book begins oh so appropriately with child's play. Gloria, an 8 year old girl is playing Hide `n Seek with Robbie, the robot, her playmate, protector, and pondering giant ... who has a telling weakness ... a storytelling weakness.

    The one thing Robbie is not is pompous. But, he is ... a ... sensitive kind of "guy." The relationship between Robbie and Gloria is as endearing as it is frightening. In this game of youth, Asimov has set the stage and seeds for a blossoming of the purest type of friendships, and the most devastating type of heart breaks, between man and his mechanical creations which expand his capacity for ease, time for leisure, and protection from harm.

    And there we have the essence of an intriguing possibility for humanity's potential.

    Written by one of the most amazing geniuses of our time, Asimov's robot stories expose this scientist as a genuinely humble man with the strength of character of a saint and the creativity of a God. This capacity becomes evident as the scientist/author portrays the evolution of interplay, enmity, and intimacy between organic and synthetic intelligence.

    It all begins here.

    Don't miss this opportunity to explore the adventurous trail of this author's series of novels about a synthetic intelligence evolutionary "project" somewhat parallel in theme to the organic intelligence evolutionary "assistance" which Arthur C. Clark posed in 2001, when his ape picked up a discarded, deteriorated femur and went wide-eyed in realization that the power of his hand had just been extended beyond his wrist, beyond his fingertips, into his wildest dreams.

    These sci-fi-giant guys dream BIG. And, we win the result.

    I envy anyone beginning the long, soul-surging journey with I, Robot as Book One, and with Isaac Asimov as a playful genius guide.

    Signing Off With Gleaming Red-Eyed Envy,
    Linda G. Shelnutt
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    Isbn: 0553294385
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Movie-TV Tie-In - General    4. Science Fiction    5. Science Fiction - General    6. Science Fiction - High Tech    7. Short stories    8. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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    The Rising Force (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 1)
    by Dave Wolverton
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (03 May, 1999)
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    Just before his 13th birthday, Obi-Wan Kenobi left Yoda and the other teachers at the Jedi Temple. But he wasn't supposed to become a Padawan, a future Jedi Knight, he was assigned to be a farmer! Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force joins the headstrong Obi-Wan a few weeks before he's to turn 13, when he'll be too old to begin training as a Jedi Knight. Trying too hard to become Qui-Gon Jinn's Padawan, Obi-Wan shows his lack of discipline, and that--in addition to Qui-Gon's mysterious past--keeps them apart. But the Force keeps pulling the two together: Obi-Wan resigns himself to the Jedi Agricultural Corps on barren Bandomeer, only to find that Qui-Gon is on a mission to the same planet. Traveling there on a mining ship, the two must work together to forge a truce between the warring Hutt, Whiphid, and Arconan miners on board. The inexperienced Obi-Wan stirs up trouble but gets plenty of chances to redeem himself later--after the pirates attack and after the ship crash-lands on a hostile planet with the crew still at each other's throats. Experienced Star Wars author Dave Wolverton keeps the blasters firing and the lightsabers swinging in this fun, fast-paced adventure. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A beyond great start to the JA series!
    Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi student hoping to be chosen as a Padawan by a Jedi Master, particularly one named Qui-Gon Jinn. But after proving his anger can get the better of him, he is not chosen as a Padawan. Instead he is sentenced to be a farmer on planet Bandomeer (yawn!) But he is stranded on a mysterious planet with Qui-Gon and the ship passengers. It leads to an unexpected adventure with Qui-Gon... This is an extremely poignant adventure with action and peril. I'd recommend it for any kid over 10 years old, maybe for some adults. I'm serious! Even if you think Star Wars is the most stupid thing ever, you'll love this book. Probably the second best in the whole series. It just rocks! Why? Because author Dave Wolverton comes up with excellent alien characters and writes about them with great poignance. And the Jedi wisdom written down in the book rings true. Overall, a smart mini novel. It rocks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Bedtime reading for my little Jedi....sometimes!!!
    There is no real Star Wars reading material for young readers (4-7 years)However, this first book in a series for 9-12 year olds is just amazing.It's very readable to a younger child (4-8) at bedtime.As soon as I started reading the book to my son (6 years old) it was an instant hit...with both of us.

    It starts BEFORE episode I, when Obi-Wan Kenobi is a boy of 12 years and in Jedi Training hoping to become the Padawan learner of the rebel & loner, Qui-Gon Jinn before he turns 13.

    My son got so into the book he would force himself to stay up to listen to more of the story!Obviously, this is not what you want to happen when you want your little Jedi to go to sleep.(However, it does speak volumes about the writing, the story, etc...)

    I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll be reading the entire series.This first book, was that good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Flash back into the past...
    In the starwars movies obi-wan is over 70 years old-in this book he is 12.Obi-wan is not even a jedi yet. It is a real prolgue. If I did not read these books and then i saw the phantom menace it would not be as good. I reccomend to any starwars fan if you like the movies you will like the books more. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Action & Adventure    2. Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Children: Grades 3-4    4. Juvenile Fiction    5. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic    6. Science fiction    7. Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic   


    Cooking for Dummies
    by BryanMiller, MarieRama
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Cooking for Dummies is ideal for the novice chef as well as the apartment dweller with limited cooking space (and knowledge). Miller and Rama first discuss basic culinary tools and techniques before diving into the recipes, easy yet impressive menus simple enough to accommodate last-minute guests. Most recipes allow for variations; for example, the basic recipe for Gruyere Souffl&eacute; can--with a few minor substitutions--also make Salmon, Spinach, or Ham Souffl&eacute;. The style is simple and direct, and the humorous tone should put even the most timid kitchen neophyte at ease. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Learn how to cook with 'Dummies'..
    For someone that isn't that experienced in the kitchen, Cooking for Dummies is amazing. For the simple recipe to make scrambled eggs most cookbooks have gourmet recipes. When I looked in Cooking for Dummies I found out how to make scrambled eggs without the pretty stuff. It does a great job explaining what you need and how to prepare your meal. Cooking for Dummies has made me become less afraid of getting in the kitchen. Having a book that is easy to understand and simple has actually encouraged me to want to cook more. I definitely recommend this book to the first time cook!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for neophytes
    A great little book for those who are kitchen-phobic. Tells you what to buy in terms of ingredients and equipment, with great starter recipes

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Present...Almost
    I bought this for my cooking-challenged spouse Bessie and she was not amused.In fact, the last time I saw this supposedly useful book was when it bounced off the top of my head.Be careful who you give this to. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764552503
    Subjects:  1. Cookery    2. Cooking    3. Cooking / Wine    4. Methods - Beginner's Cookery    5. Reference    6. Cooking / General    7. General cookery   


    High Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games
    by Rusel DeMaria, Johnny L. Wilson
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (27 April, 2002)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Almost great
    The book itself is good, but the binding fell apart not to long after purchasing it (and i'm not rough with my books at all).To pay (...) dollers for a book it seems as though you should at least get a decent binding!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Memories, So Many Memories!
    This book will take you back.I flicked through this book and the memories kept flooding back.I had completely forgotten about a lot of these games until seeing their pictures in this book.I remember being a little kid in the 80's and playing Paperboy, Pac Man, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, Frogger, Leisure Suit Larry, California Games, Railroad Tycoon, Maniac Mansion, Wings and It Came from the Desert.I had a Commodore Amiga 500. Other kids had Commodore 64's or the Atari and all those games are in this book too

    This book has a lot of the games from the 80's and the 90's.I wasn't still playing games in the 90's but I recognise a lot of the titles.Not every single game is in here but there are a lot and the reminiscing you will do is worth the price of this book alone.This book is an excellent conversation starter as well.

    The companies that made the games and the game machines are in here in detail as well as well as the history of games over the two decades.There is a lot of information in this book. You have to read it if you played these games in the past.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good for the coffee table, not for the true game fan
    The Bottom Line: This is a nice coffee table book to spark some discussion, but true gaming fans and players will be dissapointed with this version of gaming history.

    My own, personal dissatisfaction with this book comes from the lack of coverage of the 2D fighter genre, which was kicked off in the early 1990's with Street Fighter 2.This one game single-handedly revitalized and recreated the arcade market, which had been strugling since around 1983.It forever shifted some primary design philosophies, most importantly, from competing against a computer AI to competing against human opponents (which is the main draw to just about every online game in existence today).

    In a sense, it was a retro-evolution back to games like Pong and what made those games so much fun.

    To put it another way, games were designed with the idea that humans would be competing against each other as a primary design element.Therefore, issues such as balance, cheating, and competition took on new meanings.These factors had to be developed within the framework of highly complex games, not simple games like Pong.

    The impact of this game cannot be overstated, but the authors devote a whopping 1-page to this landmark game and say little about the genre (and the hundreds of games) that came after and are still being made today.That's simply inexcusable.Street Fighter, alone, has about 30 sequels in various incarnations.

    The vast majority of 1990's section is devoted to PC gaming and profiles of PC Gaming companies (because the PC finally began to become a powerful enough machine that it could deliver graphics and sound that had broad market appeal).

    Very little is ever said about the shifting gaming cultural landscape that occured between cosoles, home computers, and Arcades but that sort of thing, to a true gamer, is as important as the demise of Saturday morning cartoons when cable got big.

    In short, with the exception of the early history section, this book reads more like a catalog of games organized by release date and accompanied with a screen or box shot.It fails to actually comment intelligently on the subject itself. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0072224282
    Sales Rank: 329756
    Subjects:  1. Computer Books: General    2. Computer games    3. Computers    4. Entertainment & Games - General    5. Games / Gamebooks / Crosswords    6. General    7. History    8. Interactive & Multimedia    9. Video & Electronic - General    10. Video games   


    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 2002)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars For ten bucks, what the heck
    Amazon has knocked five bucks off the list price of this book which just about makes it worth it. As others have noted, if you're a true MPFC fan, you've seen the movie so many times that you know the script by heart already. You also probably own a copy of the film. So why do you need this book? I dunno. There are no new photos, no commentary... If you know someone who is new to the world of MPFC, it's a safe bet that you'll lend them the video and not the screenplay. On the other hand, for the collector of all things Monty, for ten bucks, this will fill the bill. So what the heck? Go for it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE QUEST FOR MP
    Methuen Publishing follows up it's The Life Of Brian screenplay (2001) with the Monty Python And The Holy Grail screenplay (2002). In addition to being an excellent reference for all MP fans, it contains 19 b&w photos from the film and is more compact then the Monty Python And The Holy Grail (BOOK). Be sure to check the 2 page cast list in the back to see who played what (and how many). A must for any MP collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!
    This hilarious screen play is great for any Monty Python fan. I would reccomend buying the movie before you get the screen play but if you don't feel thats necessary then there won't be anyone to stop you. My favorite parts are the musical descriptions. "Possibly, atmospheric music playing in background." Even though I had already memorized the whole Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie this still entertained me for hours and hours. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0413741206
    Sales Rank: 57166
    Subjects:  1. Film & Video - General    2. Film & Video - Screenwriting    3. Performing Arts    4. Performing Arts/Dance    5. Pop Arts / Pop Culture   


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    MTV'S BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD'S ENSUCKLOPEDIA
    by Mike Judge
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 December, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest book ever made
    The "Ensucklopedia" is definitely the funniest book I've ever read.If you used to like watching Beavis & Butt-Head, you gotta getthis book.Beavis & Butt-Head go through the letters of the alpabettalking about different things on every letter.For example, in the C'sthey will talk about Chicks and Concerts Beavis & Butt-Head style.

    Every page of this book, or "Ensucklopedia," is hilarious andI recommend it to anybody.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest book I've ever read... I read it everyday!!!
    This book has everything from classified ads to songs written by Beavis & Butt-Head to the story of creation. All through 6th grade I read this in SSR and I laughed everytime. I lost the book a few years ago, and justrebought it june, 1999... I laughed harder then ever... I finally got allthe jokes. Get it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It RULES!!!
    It's in the form of an encyclopedia, covering everything from history to choking your chicken (listed under "M", but the boys couldn't bring themselves to say the word). Hilarious from cover to cover. Tearswere rolling down my cheeks I was laughing so hard. A must-have for anyfan. Mm-heh-heh. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0671521497
    Sales Rank: 166625
    Subjects:  1. American wit and humor    2. Beavis and Butt-head    3. Comics & Cartoons    4. General    5. Humor    6. Television - General    7. Fiction / General   


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    The Essays of Warren Buffett : Lessons for Corporate America
    by Warren E. Buffett
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (11 April, 2001)
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    Buffett, the Bard of Omaha, is a genuine American folk hero, if folk heroes are allowed to build fortunes worth upward of $15 billion. He's great at homespun metaphor, but behind those catchy phrases is a reservoir of financial acumen that's generally considered the best of his generation. For example, in an essay on CEO stock options, he writes, "Negotiating with one's self seldom produces a barroom brawl." This is his way of saying that an executive who can give himself compensation totally disproportionate to his performance surely will. There are uncountable gems of financial wisdom to be harvested from these essays, taken from the annual reports he writes for Berkshire Hathaway, his holding company. Just to pick one more, here's a now-famous line about those he competes with when making stock-market investments: "What could be more advantageous in an intellectual contest--whether it be chess, bridge, or stock selection--than to have opponents who have been taught that thinking is a waste of energy?"

    While Buffett has a policy of seldom commenting on stocks he owns--he feels public pronouncements will only lead to the public's expectation of more public pronouncements, and he likes to keep his cards close to his vest--he loves to discuss the principles behind his investments. These come primarily from Ben Graham, under whom Buffett studied at Columbia University and for whom he worked in the 1950s. First among them is the idea that price is what you pay and value is what you get--and if you're a smart investor, the first will always be less than the second. In that sense, the value of the lessons learned from Buffett's Essays could be far greater than the book's price. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars buffett's writings
    The most famed investor of his time, Warren Buffett, has never written a book. Although there are dozens of books that are written about him, this is the only book in Buffett's own words. This collection of Buffett's writings on different topics come from his annual reports. It is true that you could go to the Berkshire Hathaway website and look at the annual reports yourself, but not everyone wants to flip through 15 annual reports. Moreover, this book is organized by topic and not by year, unlike the annual reports.

    This is an invaluable for both investors and managers. I emphatically recommend this book to CFOs, investment bankers, financial analysts, and anyone else interested in corporate finance and business valuation.

    For those people that wish to learn about Buffett's philosophy this is the book to read. Who better to learn about Buffett than from Buffett himself?

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK~! Graham+Fisher COMBINED~!!
    This book contains the Investment philosophy of Benjamin Graham and Philip A Fisher combined. If I had known this earlier, I would not have bought the 'Intelligent Investor' and 'Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits'

    Word of caution: if your looking to make quick BIG bucks in Wall Street this book is not for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good investment
    There is little doubt that Warren Buffett is one of the most successful business men of our time. The track record of Berkshire Hathaway speaks for it self, as does Warren Buffett. He has made a point out of speaking frankly and openly at the Annual Meetings for the shareholders and printing the yearly reports will give you all his thoughts throughout the years.

    This book organises his thoughts very well into a number of key areas and thereby leads you through the Buffett Universe. It is a very intelligent and surprisingly unsofisticated one, build on a set of core values the corporate businesses should take a careful look at.

    If you like investing yourself, this also gives you a few hints on what to focus on and what not to focus on.
    The Oracle from Omaha is always entertaining and this book makes that very obvious and is well worth a read.

    Be aware......it is not a normal business book, you may find yourself laughing from time to time.... ... Read more

    Isbn: 0966446119
    Subjects:  1. Business & Economics    2. Business & Economics / Accounting / General    3. Business & Economics / Consolidation & Merger    4. Business & Economics / Investments & Securities    5. Business / Economics / Finance    6. Business/Economics    7. Corporate Finance    8. Accounting    9. Consolidation and merger of corporations    10. Corporate governance    11. Corporations    12. Finance    13. Investments    14. Stocks    15. United States   


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    Roadside Baseball : A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America
    by Chris Epting
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (22 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Visiting the shrines of Baseball
    For many, baseball is almost akin to a religion in America. Many undertake the pilgrimage to all the Major League ballparks, but Epting has created the ultimate cultural tour of history that goes far beyond these parks. Sure, anyone can go to see where Babe Ruth hit his final home run, but would we know where to go to see where he hit his first (or as Epting makes the distinction, where he hit his first professional home run, and where he hit his first professional home run in a regular season game)?No event escapes Epting for potential inclusion in this journey into our heritage.Each site is identified with an address, often a photo and an explanation of why it is important to note. But also, Epting's book can serve as a warning to us. So many of the important sites from the early years of baseball have been lost; they have become the victims of "progress."He takes the time to try and show us where historic fields are, but too often they are fully tossed aside, with an apartment building, or a parking lot now occupying the spaces where the pioneers played and set our early records. For each ballpark that has been lovingly restored or kept in good condition, there are two that have become lost to the wrecking ball.This is one of the ways that Epting's book should open up our eyes to prevent further loss of our sports history in the name of progress.Someone like Epting helps make sure that we never forget, even if others have.Put this in your glove box, and find a bit of our national pastime history across the country.

    5-0 out of 5 stars uncovering hidden treasures
    I found this book very enjoyable. It is 288 pages of baseball monuments from all over the United States. Each historic baseball artifact and locale is given a brief and concise description. It was interesting to see which region was famous for who or for what. The book covers alot of ground and hasintroduced me to many new topics within baseball, and led me in search of other books covering the various players and places that i have read about here. I really enjoyed it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE BASEBALL BOOK
    I cannot remember enjoying a baseball book this much. It focuses on hundreds of historic baseball landmarks, and the breadth of places is fascinating. There are all of the classic former ballpark sites like the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, complete with a description and photos of what is there now. Dozens of baseball museums I never knew existed, historically placed markers identifying famous homeruns by Babe Ruth, the home of Connie Mack, sacred baseball burial grounds and much more. I cannot believe how much I learned from this book (and I have studied the game for a long time). Some fine detective work here--like where Lou Gehrig really played his last game, the birthsite of Jackie Robinson, and where Babe Ruth pitched a notable yet obscure game against Walter Johnson in California. Lots of historic Negro League sites, too--for we baseball fans who love the road and who love history, this is our ultimate guide and I've never seen anything like it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0892047143
    Sales Rank: 22748
    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - General    3. Sports    4. Sports & Recreation    5. Travel Guides - U.S.    6. United States - General    7. Sports & Recreation / General   


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    James Dean Died Here : The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks
    by Chris Epting
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A blast, but with one major flaw
    This book is great from start to finish -- provides locations and history for all kinds of disparate pop culture stuff.The one major problem with the book is that the writer desperately needs a copy editor.He mixes up some details and spells names, places and titles wrong all over the place.There are points where he spells the same person's name two or three different ways on one page.Considering all the research he seems to have done, this is kind of bonehead stuff.Still, if you can look past that, this book is a lot of fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An indespensable road trip guidebook
    This book contains locations and descriptions for a huge range of American pop culture events: from famous births and deaths to infamous crimes.

    The directions to the locations are clear and consise, especially since the locations themselves are sometimes a little vague (buildings are no longer there, or stretches of roads do not have clear identifying markers) making it actually useful to use on a road trip.

    Even if you can't drive cross country, though, you'll enjoy paging through it and reading about so many important events in 20th century history.This book really gives you a sense of how many exciting, important, and tragic things have really happened all over this great big country of ours!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who would have ever guessed?
    Admittedly one of my favorite activities centers around checking out bizarre landmarks: cemeteries, death sites, scandal sites. I was passively checking out the general travel section at the local mega bookstore when I came across this goodie. The title got me hooked. I knew this was something I was just going to love and I wasn't disappointed.
    This book covers the range of 'unusual' tourist attractions. Many involve long forgotten stories that hit the front pages years ago and are but faded memories and some of the stories involve incidences that I honestly would have never thought about. Regardless of whether I had past knowledge of some of these places or if they were new to me, I learned a lot from Mr. Epting's entertaining narratives. And of course, knowledge usually prompts more questions.
    One of the neatest aspects of this book is that it is not geographically restricted to one area nor does it devote itself to one rigid classification (i.e., celebrity death, scandals).
    And while this book seems to cover virtually everything, its companion book Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here (which refers to a beauty shop MM frequented in the '40's) dishes out even more.
    And if you are wondering, I have also checked out some of these places. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1891661310
    Sales Rank: 147110
    Subjects:  1. Guidebooks    2. Historic sites    3. History    4. Local History (General)    5. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    6. Popular Culture    7. Popular Culture - General    8. Special Interest - General    9. Travel    10. United States    11. United States - General   


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