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    1. Fragile Things: Short Fictions
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    2. A Spot of Bother: A Novel
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    3. Things Fall Apart: A Novel
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    4. On Beauty
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    5. The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing
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    6. World of Shakespeare: The Complete
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    7. The Virgin's Lover
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    8. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
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    9. The Other Boleyn Girl
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    11. The God of Small Things
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    13. William Shakespeare: The Complete
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    20. Sun Also Rises

    1. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
    by William Morrow
    Hardcover (26 September, 2006)
    list price: $26.95 -- our price: $17.79
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    Isbn: 0060515228
    Sales Rank: 464
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Mix of the fantastic and the mundane
    Neil Gaiman weaves the threads of fairy tales, mythology and archetypes throughout his fiction, which, combined with a writing style that's simple and adorned with elegant turns of phrases, has made him one of the leading figures in fantastic fiction. "Fragile Things," his collection of short stories and poems, contains excellent stories about desire and loss, a few wonderful riffs on genre fiction, a bunch of middling stories and poems and a few bones for Gaiman completists and Tori Amos fans.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Entrancing
    You could probably spend hours hunting down these various stories online. Why do that when this book collects some of Neil Gaiman's best work in one easy-to-find source? Filled with award-winning shorts this book is awesome to say the least. It is worth it solely for the American God's story involving Shadow, but this book contains many more enchanting, enticing and otherwise delicious stories ready to be devoured. If you haven't read Neil's work - you should. I have yet to find an author who matches his prose style and dreamy quality of writing (no pun intended). Terribly unique as an author, Neil Gaiman continues to delight in this book. You won't be disappointed with Fragile Things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great
    I just purchased this, so I haven't had the time to read all the stories yet.However, what I have read, was classic Neil Gaiman, by which mean, very good.Every story is amusing or disturbing, in only the way that Gaiman can write.He has an amazing imagination and a distinct voice.
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    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Popular English Fiction    5. Short Stories (single author)    6. Fiction / General   


    2. A Spot of Bother: A Novel
    by Doubleday
    Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0385520514
    Sales Rank: 459
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
    I loved this book.It is pee-your-pants funny, tragic, insightful, and in all other ways wonderful.Don't take my word for it, try this book out for yourself.I can't wait for Mark Haddon's next novel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Out, damned spot
    "A Spot of Bother" certainly wasn't what I expected, not that I had any expection other than that the book would have well turned phrases and wry humor.I had read "The Curious Incident..." shortly after it was published and before it became such a success.It was an unexpected joy to read."A Spot of Bother" was not.I certainly did laugh out loud occasionally in public places as I read it, and it did keep me engaged enough to be finished in a few days, but all in all it was not a pleasant read.The spot of bother in the title is the main character's perception of what is happening to him in the midst of a complete and multi-faceted breakdown.It was like watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm in which one thing after another inevitably and frustratingly goes wrong in a somewhat humorous way ---except that what is going wrong here is intense depression, self-mutilation, extreme hypochondria, prescription drug overdoses---sort of serious subjects.That it all finally ends in a just peachy way is not reassuring.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Dark Farce: most bothersome
    OK, everyone seems to agree that "Curious Incident" was very, very good. There is a wider range of response to this new book, and I'm sorry to be one who can't recommend it very highly.
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    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Literary    5. Middle-aged men    6. Mortality    7. Popular English Fiction    8. Fiction / General   


    3. Things Fall Apart: A Novel
    by Anchor
    Paperback (01 September, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0385474547
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    One of Chinua Achebe's many achievements in his acclaimed first novel, Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, quick read.
    Not my favorite book of all time but definitely kept my attention and was a quick enough read that I'd recommend it to anyone. Strong characterization and interesting story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Expand your cultural horizons with this easy to read gem
    There is a profound need for Americans to read books about non-Western cultures. This is especially true for those in political leadership positions. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, is one such book.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Look at the Paradoxes of Life in Africa
    This is the first African novel I ever read, and it really impressed me, in the same way that life in Africa impressed me: it is direct and without concessions, and yet it has an eternal, mythical quality.
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    Subjects:  1. British    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - General    4. Igbo (African people)    5. Literary    6. Men    7. Nigeria    8. Africa    9. Fiction / Literary    10. Modern fiction    11. Reading Group Guide   


    4. On Beauty
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (29 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0143037749
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't dazzle but has a great dialouge.
    On Beauty takes place in a suburb of Massachusetts and follows two families:The Belseys and The Kipps.Howard Belsey is an Art History professor at the prestigious Wellington University.His archrival Monty Kipps comes to Wellington for a year with his family as a visiting professor.Howard and Monty represent opposite ends of the spectrum:liberal and conservative, non-religious and religious, pro-Affirmative action and anti-Affirmative action and on and on.Their views are brought to life as On Beauty covers the year they share at Wellington.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Dry and Boring
    It was just that dry and boring I never really connected with any of the characters, Igave up reading about 3/4ths of the way through.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An inteligent, witty, and utterly readable masterpiece.
    Mark Twain, one of America's greatest wisecrackers, once said that you should never let schooling get in the way of your eductaion. On Beauty is, among other things, the story of a school that can't educate. It's also the tragicomic tale of the fate of the Belsey family, a hilarious satire of self-serving pretension, and a biting attack on the essential hollowness of the struggle between liberal and conservative. Zadie Smith is a considerably talented writer, and she's managed to spin quite the yarn: It's a funny, inteligent, and moving tale blessed with memorable characters, a twisting and addictive plot, instantly memorable diologue, and a genuinly heartbreaking climax. Smith uses the story of a fading college town as a springboard for an original and brilliant social commentary that embraces political rivalry as well as race, personal belief, love, class, guilt, and redemption. On Beauty is one of the finest novels of the year, and sharp, witty slice of social criticism as well as a ripping good read. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. College teachers    2. Domestic fiction    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - General    5. General    6. Literary    7. Massachusetts    8. Popular English Fiction    9. Sagas    10. Fiction / Family Saga   


    5. The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups
    by Random House
    Hardcover (19 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0375503390
    Sales Rank: 1147
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars The NYTimes is Right
    Sadly, the New York Times review of 10/20/06 is right on target. This is a self-indulgent, muddled book that should have been revised and better edited. I loved his "Explaining Hitler"---Rosenbaum is a wonderful writer, but this book is deeply disappointing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In love with Shakespeare
    This is a volume of gustatory delights -- a book you pick up on impulse and end up devouring with your meals (my copy is spotted with olive oil and specks of latte foam). Rosenbaum has written an autobiography of his obsession with Shakespeare, triggered by a conversion experience when he saw a 1970 Peter Brooks production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. One hears a bit too often about his precious handful of epiphanies, and Rosenbaum (like Harold Bloom, whom he castigates) can easily be faulted for his enthusiasm, but there's no doubt that he brings a host of seemingly desiccated academic controversies to life. Until last week I had no idea there were two versions of Lear or three versions of Hamlet, or that I could be made to care about Shakespeare's original spelling enough to order every play I could find edited by John Andrews.
    5-0 out of 5 stars If Shakespeare be the food of love, read on
    Shakespeare is the secular god of many of those who live in Literature. Harold Bloom is one, and Ron Rosenbaum is another. In this personal exploration of the world of Shakespearean scholarship and performance Rosenbaum shows an indefatigable curiosity, an exuberant energy, a somewhat wordy but fascinating facility in re- interpretation. The book is a sweeping one and it is movedby the dynamic of Rosenbaum's own passion for Shakespeare. The would- be- former literary scholar and multi-minded journalist Rosenbaum looks into corners of the Shakespeare world most of us never come near. He is especially good at looking at the way Shakespearean scholars put together their annotated editions. What is most strong however is I believe, the way Rosenbaum makes the story of his own personal relationship to Shakespeare an adventure of mind and experience.
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    Subjects:  1. 1564-1616    2. 20th century    3. Appreciation    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Criticism and interpretation    6. History    7. Literary    8. Literary Criticism    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Shakespeare    11. Shakespeare, William,    12. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616    13. Technique    14. Biography & Autobiography / Literary   


    6. World of Shakespeare: The Complete Plays and Sonnets of William Shakespeare (38 Volume Library)
    by Penguin
    Hardcover (May, 2006)
    list price: $299.00 -- our price: $149.50
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    Isbn: 0143104802
    Sales Rank: 35924
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best available edition of Shakespeare's works
    This is the best available edition of Shakespeare's work.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning bargain.
    Fine, unpretentious, and workman-like volumes.No slipcovers, brief commentary limited to introductory essays.Only one of the two available Penguin editions of King Lear, but that's not much of a loss.Identical to the Penguin paperbacks, but significantly sturdier.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to enjoy the Pelican Edition in small volumes....
    As someone who reads Shakespeare compulsively (2-3 plays per month on a rotating basis clear through the 37 extant works), I have been in the market for some time for an easily-manipulated and easy-to-read edition of Complete Works that can be taken in a backpack to work or to the beach. In this 38-Volume work I have found it!
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    7. The Virgin's Lover
    by Touchstone
    Paperback (30 August, 2005)
    list price: $16.00 -- our price: $10.56
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    Isbn: 0743269268
    Sales Rank: 6805
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Made me read other Philippa Gregory
    Once I read this book (about 1 year ago) I rushed out and picked up all of her books.However, this book is in between on the must read list of hers.When I decided to write a review I was thinking this book was just ok...but then I realized this is THE BOOK that turned me onto Philippa Gregory!I've since read 10 other of her books and this one falls in between.Thus if you have read Meridon, this book is much better...but compared to THe Other Boleyn Girl...this book is not nearly half as good!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Gregory has done better
    I couldn't tell you who this book was about, but it certainly wasn't Elizabeth I.Portrayed by Gregory as a dependent almost stupid neurotic, this estimation of her character flies in the face of all accepted scholarship.And the writing isn't so hot, either.If I had to read one more time that Elizabeth was picking her cuticles, I would have gone mad.The Other Boleyn Girl is a much better effort.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gregory is a Born Storyteller
    Born in Kenya in 1954, Philippa Gregory moved to England with her family at the age of two and was educated in Bristol. Philippa now lives in the north of England with her husband and two children. She has written a number of highly acclaimed historical novels and her latest ones revolve around the rich tapestry provided by the Tudor period. I have not read all of the authors books butEarthly Joys and Virgin Earth were among the ones I have read and I found those two fascinating.
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    Subjects:  1. 1532?-1560    2. 1532?-1588    3. Dudley, Amy Robsart,    4. Earl of,    5. Elizabeth, 1558-1603    6. English Historical Fiction    7. Fiction    8. Fiction - Historical    9. General    10. Great Britain    11. Historical - General    12. History    13. Lady,    14. Leicester, Robert Dudley,    15. Literary    16. Fiction / General   


    8. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
    by Citadel Press
    Paperback (01 January, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0806527285
    Sales Rank: 401
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars grand ole' time
    Hilarious encounters and stories involving ample idiots and alcohol.A great read, but definitely not for the sensitive types.My female friends and I all loved it!Word for the wise, you need a cynical outlook and sick sense of humor to enjoy.But if you're a slightly twisted individual as myself who has no problem laughing at other's unfortune/stupidity, you will have a field day with this quick and easy read. I may even inspire you to take down some of your own unbelievable stories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
    I didn't know how funny a book can be until I was reading this book. I didn't think reading it in public would be that bad, but apparently, bursting out in hysterical laughter on the eliptical machine in the gym is a little frowned upon, especially if I accidentally mension the fact that he shat all over himself during my laugh. I believe I fell in love with Tucker just a little, but too bad he doesn't look as good as he does on the cover, the little chubster. Hopefully, I hear of more encounters with women that aren't blonde haired and blue eyed. He should visit hawaii where he can get more variety.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A hilarious walk down memory lane....
    I couldn't put this book down.This was an absolutely hilarious, and sometimes wincingly so, over-the-top account of random "hook-ups" with women that are glimpses of an earlier time in most college aged males lives that, for Mr. Max, seem to continue long past when the majority of us have sold out to marriage, kids, the white picket fence, stable pay check....etc.I found myself thinking during every chapter..."Holy cr**, what if his mother reads this?" Unforturnately fate has a sense of humor and I have three daughters now...maybe I'll have them read this book before they go off to college as a "heads-up" to what is out there.Mr. Max, I'll see you in hell and the first round is on me! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. American Satire And Humor    2. Conduct of life    3. Humor    4. Men    5. Topic - Adult    6. Tucker, Max    7. Biography: general    8. English    9. Fiction / Humorous    10. Humour    11. USA   


    9. The Other Boleyn Girl
    by Touchstone
    Paperback (04 June, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0743227441
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Compelling story for a non-historical fiction reader
    I do not typically enjoy historical fiction especially if the book focuses too much on the historical facts than on creating a story.However, this book changed my thinking.The story was extremely compelling in its description of life in the Royal Court as well as family ambitions and gender roles during that period.I forgot that I was actually learning about history because I became so involved in the story.Also, the book included many surprises which I did not imagine.Just an incredible read overall.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good fictional read but not history
    This was the first novel by Ms Gregory that I've read and I did enjoy it.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of Philippa Gregory!
    By far the best book of all 20 of her books!Riveting in every way...The characters are very well developed and played out.I felt like it was fairly historically accurate, however I don't believe both of her children were Henry's and I don't think there was even much dispute about that. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1491-1547    2. 1508-1543    3. Boleyn, Mary,    4. English Historical Fiction    5. Fiction    6. Fiction - Historical    7. Henry    8. Historical - General    9. King of England,    10. Mistresses    11. Romance - Historical    12. VIII,    13. Boleyn, Mary    14. Fiction / General    15. Historical fiction    16. Modern fiction    17. Romance: historical   


    10. The Light of Evening
    by Houghton Mifflin
    Hardcover (06 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0618718672
    Sales Rank: 342
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars "Everything she did was wrong"
    In this poetic story of mothers and daughters and grandmothers, memory and remembrance perpetually shroud and encapsulate the present. As the novel begins, Dilly, a woman of advancing age is told that she must go to Dublin for observation.
    5-0 out of 5 stars You can take the author out of Ireland but you can't take Ireland out of the Author
    The book is somewhat cryptic and much happens. But you realize three quarters of the way in that the story is not in the actions, but in the unsaid. And there's lots of unsaid.
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    11. The God of Small Things
    by Harper Perennial
    Paperback (01 May, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0060977493
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    In her first novel, award-winning Indian screenwriter Arundhati Roy conjures a whoosh of wordplay that rises from the pages like a brilliant jazz improvisation. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Poetic
    This novel is beautifully poetic.You get the impression the the author is luxuriating in language as much as she is telling a story.The characters have the strange quality of being both familiar and exotic, especially the children.The book moves backward and forward as if gathering up the momentum for the ending, which is somehow both jarring and disturbing, despite the fact that you know it is coming.Altogether, this is an incredible first novel.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Small is Not Always Bad.
    This was a strange book, unlike any I have seen before.The writer uses a lot of capitalized phrases:
    4-0 out of 5 stars An eloquent fictive exposition into what ails India and society in general
    Arundhati Roy's "The God of Small Things" is intimately concerned with the minutiae of life, particular rural life in the Indian state of Kerala. Her fixation with the seemingly trivial aspects of this life slowly lulls the reader into a polemic that reveals India, and specifically middle class Christian life within Kerala, to be far from this picturesque world of familial affection, spiritual enlightenment, harmonious tradition, peaceful coexistence and bastion of progressive thinking and intellectualism that many politically correct minded western thinkers and social critics tend to depict India to be. Through the guise of fiction and the employment of language that is resplendent in vivid imagery Roy provides a cogent exposition emphasizing the very duplicity that lies at the very heart of this idealistic portrayal of the subcontinent; a depiction that is peddled by its inhabitants and credulously accepted by western minds. Though Roy does a superb in her nonfiction essays and books (An Ordinary Person's Guide To Empire, The Cost of Living, War Talk, Power Politics and The Algebra of Infinite Justice) in showing the morass of contradictions that is India and the United States, to do it through the medium of fiction makes it seem less caustic to politically correct minds that idealize eastern life at the expense of truth.
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    12. Jane Austen: The Complete Novels, Deluxe Edition (Library of Literary Classics)
    by Gramercy
    Hardcover (03 September, 1995)
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    Isbn: 0517147688
    Sales Rank: 5528
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice enough for the price
    On first inspection, this is a very nice looking book.It has an elegant cover and the pages are gold on the edges and tissue-ish.It's a heavy book that will remain open to the page you are reading without having to hold it down.However, after a few weeks of being read and carried around, it's durability is not quite as impressive.The spine is beginning to break and the pages warp easily.Quite a few typos too if that sort of thing distracts you.For the price though, it's nice enough and I would buy it again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beware other versions - this is the one to get!
    I made the mistake of purchasing the paperback 8-in-1 Jane Austen book -what a mistake!It was sloppy and cheap-looking, with its unattractive, clumsy two-column format that didn't seem to show due respect to the material.I found it too depressing and unpleasant to read, so I ordered this version, and I am so happy I did!What a gorgeous book, classy and elegant, with lovely illustrations, nice typeset, padded leather cover and gilt edges.And for only a few dollars more, it's a no-brainer decision to choose this version over the paperback.Even if you go with a used copy, it's still a far better bargain than the other one, and something you'll enjoy reading with pleasure for years to come. I will definitely look into the other classics in this series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book!
    I'm so glad I waited for this edition of Austen's novels to become available again.It's a beautiful volume, and I finally have all of the novels in less shelf space.Along with the embossed leather cover, readers will find gilt-edged pages and a ribbon bookmark. ... Read more

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    13. William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Deluxe Edition
    by Gramercy
    Leather Bound (08 September, 1990)
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    Isbn: 0517053616
    Sales Rank: 10469
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality for the price
    Very nice edition, highly quality finish and binding. The pages are standard re-production for Shakespeare issues - but overall it is excellent value for money and is attractively bound. For those who want 'notes' and 'critiques' - look elsewhere. It is as described - a leather bound edition of the complete works of Shakespeare. I love it! Thank you Amazon USA, you cant get this edition in the UK.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent
    What can I say? Shakespeare is the man. For any of you who love shakespeare, or just need a good reference for class; this book is amazing... not only that but you will look really intelligent if you have a thick leather bound shakespeare book on your bookshelf haha

    4-0 out of 5 stars Remember......
    Remember, this is a rating of not the WRITING of Shakespeare, but of the VOLUME that it is in.For those who have railed on against Shakespeare (And about how they wrote better plays about ninjas or whatever--tis true, stupid people do make themselves look like idiots on a regular basis.)this is for the book that it is in, not the writing, because there are so many books about Shakespeare, and that is what the potential consumers need. (Rated on the product's average, so as not to throw it off much.) ... Read more

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    14. The Tao of Pooh
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (28 July, 1983)
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    Isbn: 0140067477
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What An Awesome Book
    I love this book. It isn't dogmatic and it doesn't so much alter one's thinking as it does challenge someone to pay attention to the nature of individual perception. Perception is not as it's claimed"everything" but it does go a long way toward shaping how a person views the world, and Pooh is simply a master of life. What else can you say?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tao of Pooh is simple and easy to understand
    I read this book in high school as part of epistemology course. It is very easy to understand the basic principles of taoism through the ideas of pooh and his friends. I suggest this book for all philospohy students.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Those who "mis-understand"
    For those of you who are curious about this book and may be turned off by some of the "negative" comments, allow me to offer my humble opinion. I think that those people who did not like this book or felt it did not explain taoism, just really don't get the point. Taoism most certainly isn't something you seek and seek and then get frustrated at not finding, then angry, and then seek and seek. Taoism seen especially through Pooh's eyes and actions (or should I say "inactions") comes so near the mark to beginning to understand this ancient philosophy of harmonious existence on earth with the earth, and the duality of all things. I highly recommend this book for that open minded, non-judgemental, person open to the concept that indeed anything is possible...too many of us are so grounded in what we "absolutely know to be fact", when in reality anything in this universe is truly possible. Please explore this book on your path. I also highly recommend the companion book to this, The Te of Piglet, which delves ever more into taoism. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. (Alan Alexander),    2. 1882-1956    3. 20th century    4. Books and reading    5. Characters    6. Children    7. Children's stories, English    8. Eastern - Taoism    9. General    10. Great Britain    11. History    12. History and criticism    13. Milne, A. A    14. Philosophy    15. Winnie the Pooh    16. Winnie-the-Pooh (Fictitious character)    17. Novels, other prose & writers: from c 1900 -    18. Philosophy / Taoism    19. Religion    20. Taoism   


    15. Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life
    by Regan Books
    Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0060819081
    Sales Rank: 1836
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Joy
    I have always enjoyed Larry Miller's stand up, and now I am delighted to find his point of view in book form.I love his take on marriage and family (his wife is a hoot!) to the everyday nonsense that we all do.I feel this book is very relatable and smart -- even though there where times I didn't understand one of his many historical refrences, I still understood what he was saying.Mr. Miller is a terrific writer, who is not afraid to reveal all sides of his personality.If you want a good laugh, then get this book!You will not be dissapointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh-outloud funny, but wait - it's great writing, too!
    That Larry Miller is a crafty one all right.You think you're reading a book of comic essays but then it suddenly dawns on you: this is really good!Impressive!It's got my brain - and my heart - pumping.How'd he do that?
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is not only delightful writing and fun reading, it is wonderfully funny!
    I love Larry Miller.Ever since I heard his "Five Levels of Drinking" years ago, and his comment that woman is the most powerful magnet in the universe and all men are cheap metal, well, I knew we had found a mind that could tell the funny truth.This is not a simple thing.Most of what is passed off as comedy is just awful and obscene twaddle that gets laughs by punching the audience in the gut.The laughs are more explosive exhalations than expressions of delight and joy.Miller brings delight and joy.
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    Subjects:  1. American Satire And Humor    2. American wit and humor    3. Form - Essays    4. Humor    5. Topic - Political    6. English    7. Humor / Essays    8. Humour    9. USA   


    16. Pride and Prejudice
    by Bantam Classics
    Mass Market Paperback (01 December, 1983)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up? ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Wry & Insightful Romantic Writing
    Considering 'pulp romance' is the top selling genre, one could do a lot worse than Pride & Prejudice. This perceptive classic of English society plays out like a 19th century "Sex In The City."Miscommunications abound. Just as you're about to scream, another dangle of hope transpires. Will the young lovers EVER end up on the same page?I'm not telling you if you've missed this classic.You'll have to read it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars girly chick lit
    god forbid i be so bold as to trash a classic.and yes, maybe because of all the raving reviews from my friends and from the book's great reputation, i entered it with high expectations. - which the book however did not satisfy.yes, it is a good comedic parody of the upper class of the time, a lampoon of the courtship ritual, and of course oh so witty, blah blah blah, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.the main character was likeable, but that aside, i found it completely insufferable to read through, and absolutely painfully boring.every subsequent event from the very beginning could be predicted, let alone the ending.not that anything really ever happens - the entire book could be summed up with, "then they walked and talked and had tea and walked and talked and had tea, walked and talked and had more tea, then got married and lived happily ever after."the entire novel was a headache of girly gossip and mental drama.it would save more time just to watch a chick flick.so if you're interested in the relationship fiascos of fictious characters, witnessing the agony over who's going to marry who (even though the reader could already predict the happily-ever-after match-making light-years in advance), then this is the book for you!!if not, then i suggest picking up some dan brown.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
    There is no other story told and re-told as much as P&P.This book transcends many generations with a true and tested story.The characters and story line are so similiar to this day and age.Austen's poetic writing gives readers a sense of the social times as well as insight to each character's thoughts.I read this book every year and see all the movies based on it.Love it, love it, love it! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Literature - Classics / Criticism    3. Literature: Classics    4. 19th century fiction    5. Fiction / Classics   


    17. The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel
    by Anchor
    Paperback (16 March, 1998)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A view from the bottom of the slippery slope
    This book was written in the mid 80s, but it might well have been written today.It's about life after the US government is essentially destroyed, the environment ravaged by toxic waste, and sectarian wars resulted in a monotheocracy.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Atwood challenges our sense of homeostasis with this chilling, yet brilliant, novel!!
    This novel is the epiphany of bone-chilling in its element of sheer possibility. Atwood creates a situation of the not-too-distant future where the norm of every day life becomes one held in a pace of inhibition and complacencey. The elements Atwood uses to emphasize this miniature world holds the intrigue of the reader while at the same time evoking a plethora of emotions in response to the characters and the roles they abide. The depth of which Atwood takes the story keeps the pages turning faster and faster while also causing dread for us to fall deeper into the web of this tangled new world. By the end of the story, the reader is both at the height of astonishment and surprise. The intensity of questions and wonder that befalls the reader after absorbing the last few words of this novel will surely resound for many years after the fact.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, provocative, and thought provoking
    The Handmaid's Tale is an ambitious work that deserves its place on the shelf next to 1984 and Brave New World.It is a personal story about a woman stripped of her human rights, torn from her family, and forced by the state to act as a surrogate to the wives of elite party officials.
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    Subjects:  1. Atwood, Margaret - Prose & Criticism    2. Fantasy fiction    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - General    5. Literary    6. Man-woman relationships    7. Misogyny    8. Women    9. Fiction / General    10. Reading Group Guide   


    18. The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized Plays
    by Audio Partners
    Audio CD (March, 2003)
    list price: $600.00 -- our price: $378.00
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    Isbn: 1932219005
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare in Wisconsin
    This is a gorgeous production that is indeed a treasure.I listen with a Creative Zen Vision player and every word is delicious.I have enjoyed the first seven plays, thru Hamlet, and every nuance, every word, every inflection, pause, sound, background music theme and all the audio panorama makes every minute an absolute delight.I am now in a quandary about whether to continue listening thru the series or begin again to search among the endless audio treasures for gems I might have missed.This Arkangle series is a gift from the gods and worth many times its price. This kind of talent, dedication and flawless performance beggars description.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "...poesis, poesis, the literal characters, the vatic lines..."
    I give this project five stars, but a qualified five. Like one of the other reviewers, I agree: there were certain scenes/characters I would have liked to hear performed differently, but considering the enormity of the project, 100% sustained satifaction seems an unreasonable expectation (indeed, the bard himself has some weak moments across the 38 plays--he was only human, after-all). And I would have liked it if the nondramatic poetry were included (there are several wonderful recordings of the sonnets available--I recommend Helen Vendler's rather introspective performance and Alex Jennings has recorded a fine complete version of the same--he also plays Berowne in the Arkangel "Love's Labor's Lost", a fine touch, considering the connections between the sonnets and that play!). But overall, how can you argue with an effort like this? Shakespeare is the greatest poet the Western world has known, and these recordings give overwhelming support to that critical commonplace. As literary values change (decline?), the eminence of Shakespeare becomes more important. To hear these plays is to hear the english language bursting at the seams. To know these plays is to know what poetry is capable of, which is nothing less than a sanction of life. And the audio format is perfect for poetry, which MUST be heard. Long live the audiobook!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare sounding fabulous!
    I have studied, listened to, and viewed Shakespeare's plays in all available formats for thirty years and I am thoroughly pleased with the Archangel Complete Shakespeare audio. Having listened now to Hamlet and Macbeth, I judge these two productions to be perhaps the best vocal interpretations I have heard ever, any where. They are easy to listen to and easy to understand. The actors interpretations are neither over-done nor under-done. If the remaining plays are as good, this production of the totality of the plays is a gift to scholars and to groundlings as well. Thank you Archangel et al. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Audio Adult: Books On Tape    2. Drama    3. Shakespeare    4. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616    5. Unabridged Audio - Drama/Poetry    6. English    7. English literature: drama texts    8. Shakespeare plays, texts    9. Shakespeare studies & criticism   


    19. The Boleyn Inheritance
    by Touchstone
    Hardcover (05 December, 2006)
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    20. Sun Also Rises
    by Scribner
    Paperback (01 March, 1995)
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    Isbn: 0684800713
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Brazen Boy Bleeps 'Bout Beautiful Brett
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hemingway's First Novel
    Hemingway came to his style of prose by writing the truest sentences he knew.He says so in "A Moveable Feast," his memoir of the Paris years when he was writing this, his first novel, but it also can be felt.The sentences in "The Sun Also Rises" don't read as programmatic or mannered; they read as fresh, vivid, and clean, as if each had its own brimming source.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Let The Sun Set On This Overrated Twaddle
    The only thing that saves this overrated plotless story is its description of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain towards the end of the book.Otherwise, it is racist, deeply anti-Semitic, and sexist.The words nig-er and ki-e are used, while the female protagonist sleeps with anyone she chooses.The male protagonist, Jake Barnes, is apparently impotent and thus, is left to taking care of Lady Brett Ashley without any of the pleasurable rewards.Don't look for a plot, there isn't one.The book is simply a recitation on what expatriates did in Paris and Spain after World War I.Hemingway's style is clear and succinct, but definitely overrated.Robert Cohn, the Jewish character in the book, is continually degraded and disdained.And what about the 30ish Brett, Lady Ashley, the female hero?She's so beautiful all the guys want to sleep with her, including a 19-year-old bullfighter.Although I admit some of the descriptions of the bullfighting are valuable, I really don't understand why this is considered a respected literary work.When I read a book, I want a story and memorable characters.This has neither.Needless to say, I find Hemingway one of the most overrated writers of the past century.Hey, I'm sure many of you will disagree, but if you want my opinion, don't waste your time on this twaddle. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Ashley, Brett (Fictitious char    2. Ashley, Brett (Fictitious character)    3. Classics    4. Expatriation    5. Fiction    6. History    7. Literary    8. Literature - Classics / Criticism    9. Literature: Classics    10. Spain    11. Fiction / Literary    12. Other prose: from c 1900 -   


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