10 - Stars, really....

Book title: Dusk : A Novel (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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What a wonderful book! As soon as I read the opening pages of the novel, I was hooked, couldn't put it down. I sometimes forgot I was turning pages. The vivid characters, the sceneries, the events, the history, Filipiniana..I was awestruck with to learn about my roots. Growing up in the US, I rarely had the chance to read about Philippine history. This book opened up so much for me. All my five senses were in use at almost every page. F. Sionil Jose can really weave a tale, a writer par exellance. I quickly bought the sequels to this opening "Rosales" saga and am looking forward to reading them. I am sure they are just as captivating. Maraming salamat po (thank you very much) to Mr. Jose and to the publishers.

EAN: 9780375751448
Pages: 352
Publisher: Modern Library
F. Sionil Jose


Book title: Isaac Asimov's Utopia (Caliban Series , Vol 3)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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A very good book. Although I know it's the end of this story I hope it's not the end. The saga concludes with Inferno's enviromental problems being out of control. As a solution, the unthinkable idea of dropping a comet onto the planet is not only suggested but accepted. The idea of Settlers and Spacers working and living together is explored more in this book as it has been in the last two. It's a wonderful addition to the Robot novel's by Asimov. Although it hints at the idea of the two societies merging it does not resolve the issue of what becomes of the Spacer's and Settlers. This leaves room for future novels! I can only hope Allen or someone of his style is chosen to write them.

EAN: 9780441002450
Pages: 351
Publisher: Ace Books
Roger MacBride Allen
Isaac Asimov

Very funny and well written. I found my thrifing twin in Al

Book title: Thrift Score: The Stuff, the Method, the Madness
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I loved this book. Very informative and creative. I especially enjoyed the ideas for party themes. I was glad to find someone who enjoys finding a "treasure" in the thift stores.I learned a lot from Al in the checkout of purchases. I always became disappointed if an item was not marked and have used her tricks to get items ticketed. I suggest everyone who loves a good bargain to read this book.

EAN: 9780060952099
Pages: 288
Publisher: Perennial (HarperCollins)
Al Hoff

What to buy, how to tie, which fly... it's all here!

Book title: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fly Fishing
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This is the perfect book for those of us who marvel at the art of fly-fishing but are too scared to try it. Shook will help you decide what equipment to buy and what is really needed. He explains the basics of how to find the fish, and once you do... how to bring 'em in. The science of understanding the flies and their lifecycle and how it relates to catching fish is simplified for us beginners. All the best knots are explained and adequately illustrated. This is a great book for the beginner fly-fisherman.

EAN: 0021898629531
Pages: 400
Publisher: Alpha
Michael D. Shook

Timely Help

Book title: The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan: The Powerful Foods, Supplements, and Drugs That Could Save Your Life
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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With an older male relative stricken with prostate cancer and with 3 brother-in-laws in their 40's the timeliness of this book really struck a chord with me.I was impressed by the depth of information and also the author's insistence that if we lead healthier lives concentrating on nutrition - well, we would lead healthier lives. I was also very impressed that some of the information and advice he gives on food and nutrition would also have an effect on breast cancer, as well as other types of cancer. My mother died of pancreatic cancer when she was just a little older than I am today. My plan is to live a long, healthy life. I plan to take some of Dr. Arnot's advice to heart. His writing is clear, concise and again, very timely for all of us.

EAN: 9780316051538
Pages: 338
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Robert Burns Arnot

Give Yourself a Psychological Edge Over Others

Book title: What They Don't Teach you at Harvard Business School
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
What They Don't Teach you at Harvard Business School - book cover picture

This means reading people from the moment that you see or hear them, while you slow down, and place yourself fully in the moment, as you anticipate the future.To do this you must have a good grip on who you are, and be more than okay with that.While you have that, it's important to know the players involved in your business interaction - those present, and those not present. So, do your homework.My favorite message, from this book, which I have used as a quote in published articles is, "If you alienate your peeers, you won't have to worry about corporate enemies."Read this book to balance being yourself, and being a person amongst business people.

EAN: 0079808298384
Publisher: Random House Audio

Outstanding - A CORBA Bible

Book title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book is one of the best that I have ever read on CORBA. The authors have wasted no time in explaining OO concepts/C++ and have jumped straight on to the job. This is something that indicates erudition. This book is certainly intended for an expert C++ programmer. I believe this has been done mainly to focus on CORBA rather than C++. All programming examples are well thought out. This is "The Book on CORBA" as Doug Schmidt says in the foreword. Looking forward to the next edition that would cover DSI, DII etc (preferably from the same authors). The word "advanced" in the title is misleading.

EAN: 0785342379273
Pages: 1120
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Michi Henning
Steve Vinoski

The best performed audio book of all time!

Book title: Dark Rivers of the Heart
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This is a pretty good thriller. It's quite spooky and well-written. The real reason it stands out, however, is the reader: Anthony Heald.I've listen to hundreds of books on tape, and Mr. Heald's performance of Dark Rivers of the Heart tops them all.He brings every character--male or female, sane or deranged--to life with complete believability. He switches between the book's 10+ personae, turning on a dime, and moves the novel along with lightning pacing. There should be a special drama award for dramatic readings (if there isn't already one) and Anthony Heald should get top honors for his work here!I was so taken by his voice characterizations that I wound up buying his other audio work. (The best being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.)

EAN: 9780553582895
Pages: 592
Publisher: Bantam
Dean Koontz

Disturbing, awakening

Book title: The Vagina Monologues
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Vagina Monologues - book cover picture

I saw the play in Faribanks, AK, performed by amateurs of all ages. The auditorium was packed, and they got standing ovations. In a morally conservative society like the US performing in a play like this takes some courage. The monolgues are based on real interviews, and they give a grim, grim picture of the state of gender equality. The very existence of Eve Enslers book gives hope; someone speaks up, someone gives these oppressed women a voice. On the other hand, where are they who need to listen? We men who were there generally only need to get reminded, the men who need to learn are at the bar, or in church. Buy the book, see the play, but also spread the word.

EAN: 9780375750526
Pages: 144
Publisher: Villard
Eve Ensler

Not for the novice horror reader

Book title: Julian's House
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Julian's House - book cover picture

Absolutely one of the best horror stories I have read (and I have read many). I found myself impatient with my other obligations because I just wanted to read this book. At night, when everyone else in the house is asleep, is one of my favorite times to read....I couldn't with this novel....it terrified me! Our local library "Book Lovers' " reading group has agreed to read this for their October chioce. I will read it again and look forward to their comments

EAN: 9780451168870
Pages: 400
Publisher: Signet Book
Judith Hawkes

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