Amazing Imagery

Book title: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) - book cover picture

Philip Pullman has an amazing way of painting pictures with words. He has a unique talent, I think, for creating characters and scenes that are just familiar enough to be believealbe and able to be related to, and at the same time just unfamiliar and exotic enough to kindle the imagination and keep the pages turning.Animator Hayao Miyazaki needs to see this movie. The heroine and her daemon reminded me a lot of the heroine and her cat in his film "Kiki's Delivery Service". I think Miyazaki could have done a splendid job making this book into an animated film.

EAN: 9780440418320
Pages: 399
Publisher: Yearling
Philip Pullman

An excellent resource for surprisingly delicious food!

Book title: Great British Cooking : Wellkept Secret, A
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Great British Cooking : Wellkept Secret, A - book cover picture

Jane Garmey aims this book at the American cook, artfully dispelling the myth of stodgy, heavy English food. The recipes are traditional fare such as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese (my British husband's favorite!) and fabulous puddings (desserts). Make no mistake, this is not California-lite cooking, but it may remind you of Sunday dinners at Grandma's or Great-aunt Molly's. The recipes are well-written and easy to follow. Ms. Garmey liberally shares out anecdotal information about the curious names and history of some of these dishes. She also has sections devoted to English High Tea and Beer. I recommend this book for Anglophiles, expats living in England and trying to get to grips with the food, or anyone who loves cooking for the sake of the art.

EAN: 9780060974596
Pages: 320
Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
Jane Garmey

Nonlinear strategy beyond positive thinking

Book title: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't - book cover picture

Especially looking ahead into 2003, many of us are wondering: "Is it possible for a good, mediocre or even terrible organization to become great?" Apparently 'YES' -- as argued in Good to Great, a worthy contribution to our concerns. Two notable strengths are 1) stressing real commitment to stated values; and 2) moving beyond simplistic organizational psychology toward real psychology. In psychology, the newest realization not only includes accepting the reality of individual differences and team building, but also understands what is called "constructive pessimism" (as in Ed Chang's edited books on optimism-pessimism) -- Optimal management intelligence can see nonlinear pathways and operates beyond the old positive--negative polarity in a new zone of thinking that is both realistic and creative. Meanwhile, simplistic 'positive thinking' is now seen as unrealistic optimism that is dangerous to the US economy.

EAN: 9780066620992
Pages: 320
Publisher: Collins
Jim Collins

What a book.

Book title: Siddhartha
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Siddhartha - book cover picture

I very much enjoyed the read, what a gem. Hesse's prose is remarkably elegant, simple, and unencumbered by the fairly weighty subject matter. It's an appreciable work on a variety of levels, the best of which is not its Buddhist instruction, but the spot-on accuracy of the portrayal of a young man in spiritual doubt. The best a reader could hope for is exactly that: a newfound hope that salvation is possible. At worst, one can at least commiserate with Siddhartha, and Hesse.Truthful, unpretentious, amazing. Read it right away.

EAN: 9780553208849
Pages: 160
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Hermann Hesse

Please read this book!!

Book title: A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" - book cover picture

I can't say how much this book has meant to me. Every time I have read it, the truth and the spiritual wisdom of Ms. Williamson's words strike deeper and deeper. She writes is a gentle flowing manner that speaks to the simplistic life of just learning how to love yourself because we are all extensions of God and the Universe and therefore are expressions of pure love. When you finally realize that in spiritual reality, all there is is love, then all your problems are immediately solved, and you finally realize these problems were never "real" in the first place.This is the "holy instant" or the miracle of "atonement" of which A Course in Miracles teaches. Even though I have never met Ms.Williamson personally, she has made more a difference in my life than anyone else.

EAN: 9780060927486
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Marianne Williamson

Harry Potter #3

Book title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - book cover picture

This is a great book of people of all ages. Harry Potter has grown up a muggle (a nonmagical person) for all his life. The a big man named Hargrid informs him he is a wizard. From there Harry goes on many adventures with his two best friends Hermoine and Ron. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the serises. (there will be seven) Harry Potter is a great book for everyone. The book has comidy, action, drama and supiences along with the ultiate bad guy. (Voldomurt) I have some critisim that the book is to scary or volient. THIS IS NOT TRUE. My sister read the first book when she was in second grade and loved it and had no problems stomaching the book. It is true that Voldomarte is not exactly a nice guy but he is perfect for the story. This book is a must have for everyone

EAN: 0038332164718
Pages: 448
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling

Gripping and all consuming, a most excellent read!

Book title: Magician: Master (Riftwar Saga)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Magician: Master (Riftwar Saga) - book cover picture

Fiest does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the Worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan. His characters are excellent and personable. He creates a good blend of magicians, warriors, elves, dwrafs and monsters.
I highly recommend reading Magician: Master and the books following it in the series. It'll keep you glued to your seat and cause you to ignore the normal necessities in life, such as food and water. That's how good it is!!

EAN: 9780553564938
Pages: 544
Publisher: Spectra
Raymond Feist

A wonderful book, but can anyone help me with the ending.

Book title: The Man Who Was Thursday : A Nightmare (Penguin Classics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Man Who Was Thursday : A Nightmare (Penguin Classics) - book cover picture

TMHWT is another Chesterton masterpiece; suspenseful, well written, and thought provoking. Those who accuse Chesterton of anti-Semitism must have read something else, or be slightly off their rockers (and all done anonymously) No one, unfortunately, seems to be able to shed any light on the last 2-3 pages. Based on what I know about Chesterton, I think Sunday may be a Christ figure, but to what end? Where are the lit PhD's when you need them...

EAN: 9780140183887
Pages: 192
Publisher: Penguin Classics
G. K. Chesterton


Book title: Wonder Boys : A Novel (Bestselling Backlist)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Wonder Boys : A Novel (Bestselling Backlist) - book cover picture

I thought this was a great book. I don't know what all the revewiers are talking about with regard to wrtiing classes, and maybe Chabon's been to one too many and all that. Personally, I've never been to one, but I love to read and this was a really interesting book. I like new books by younger writers and Chabon -- plus Brauner's Love Songs of the Tone-Deaf -- really knows how to make the words on the page sing. His descriptions are incredibly entertaining and interesting and fun. I highly recommend both Chabon and Brauner to all you readers out there!

EAN: 9780312140946
Pages: 384
Publisher: Picador
Michael Chabon

a brilliant and utterly fresh approach to theatre design

Book title: What is Scenography? (Theatre Concepts) (Theatre Production Studies)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
What is Scenography? (Theatre Concepts) (Theatre Production Studies) - book cover picture

This book is an eye-opener, a brilliant and utterly fresh approach to the art of theatre design. Pamela Howard leads the reader through the revolution in stage visualization that has taken us from decoration and backdrop to the astonishing complexities (and, more important, the visionary minimalism)of theatre at its highest levels of achievement in the 20th century. I can think of no better introduction for a beginning designer to the limitless possibilities of her or his medium. And I believe even the most accomplished experts in the field will find original and provocative challenges to conventional wisdom here. Best of all, the book is written as an intensely-felt personal statement, based on wide world experience of working with the great theatre practitioners of our time. And it's written with a directness and clarity worthy of a great stage design.

EAN: 9780415100854
Pages: 192
Publisher: Routledge
Pamela Howard

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