Enlightening, April 29, 2003

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

This book clarified so many terms and ideas for me I was astounded!! By putting managerial accounting ( a pretty dry subject) into novel form with subplots about real life, I was better able to understand where managerial accounting fit in and how it could be applied to a real life situtation. It kept my interest the whole time, there were times when I would forget I was reading an accounting book. The theory of constraints isn't really a hotbed of suspense and drama but put into this format it not only makes more sense, but much to my amazement was interesting too. A definite must-read for aspiring managers!

EAN: 9780566074189
Publisher: Gower Pub Co
Eliyahu Goldratt
Jeff Cox

A lab students dream

Book title: Experimental Organic Chemistry
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Experimental Organic Chemistry - book cover picture

As a chemistry student I found this to be the book that left the greatest impression in my memory. I found it well written and very well organized. The experiments are well laid out and make a logical progression through the book. It is filled with almost all the reference material needed in it's appendices. I have retained this book for years after graduating as it is a good reference material.

EAN: 9780471820437
Pages: 608
Publisher: Wiley
Clark F. Most


Book title: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman - book cover picture

Angela Carter's neo-Swiftian tale of Desiderio and his search for Doctor Hoffman is oftentimes so brilliant that it is mind numbing. Through a surrealistic swirling pattern of images, illusions, allusions and memories, Desiderio, the narrator of the journey, travels through a wild range of cultures and attitudes on his philsophical journey to find Dr. Hoffman, the brilliant scientist whose mental images are slowly destroying any reality of the world. On his journey. Desiderio meets carnival folks, gentle river-dwelling natives, an animalistic whorehouse, a tribe of cannibals (or two), and in the best Swiftian fashion, a tribe of religious centaurs before finally reaching the Doctor's compound.Through a skillful use of the erotic as philosophy, Carter takes us on a journey that makes us reconsider what our own views of the erotic, the realistic, the profane and the profound are, and how we justify them with every day life.

EAN: 9780140120288
Pages: 224
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Angela Carter

Knowing the series...

Book title: Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles) - book cover picture

I have to admit that I was quite suprised at the reviews written for Blood Canticle. To slander this wonderful and talented author and her work (the way it was done) is absolutely terrible.

While this may not have been her best book, Anne Rice has still written a great book. I would only like to say that when you know the series and what it is about; when you've read every book; when you know and love every character, you should be able to see past the lingo/editing/plot lines. Because, aside from those things, Blood Canticle was still a part of the Vampire Chronicles. A true fan should be able to appreciate it for that reason alone.

EAN: 9780375412004
Pages: 320
Publisher: Knopf
Anne Rice

A Well Depicted Look Into Faith

Book title: Joshua : A Parable for Today
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Joshua : A Parable for Today - book cover picture

This book was recommended to me by a good friend of mine. She said that it was one of her favorite books, and that I should read it since I have been having some questions about faith. I have been very confused as to what I believe, but after reading this book I realized that it does't really matter where I pray, so long as I have faith and believe. It really is a parable for today, as it shows how Jesus would be treated if he were to come back today. Throughout the book, Joshua keeps his strong faith and shares many of his beliefs with curious townsfolk. This book truly has been "life-changing" and "inspiring" in my turbulent life. It was truly uplifting for my spirituality.

EAN: 9780385474214
Pages: 320
Publisher: Doubleday
Joseph Girzone

A handbook for our time

Book title: Soul of a Citizen : Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Soul of a Citizen : Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time - book cover picture

This book is a keeper. It's a good, inspiring read, plus it's good to simply have around, reminding you of its contents. It struck me as a political version of Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way." While she explains that "born" artists are a myth, Loeb describes community activists who aren't saints or crazies. Both writers try to motivate flawed, busy people to forget about perfection and take the plunge-whether it be into playful creativity or a social cause-in order to feel more whole and alive. I recommend this personal guidebook to everyone, to every age and class, from the left to the right.

EAN: 9780312204358
Pages: 368
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Paul Rogat Loeb

A real page-turner

Book title: A Gathering of Spies
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
A Gathering of Spies - book cover picture

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys WWII spy thrillers or to anyone looking for a great, fast read this summer. WWII Britain, Germany, and the U.S. come to life brilliantly. Altman skillfully weaves together the adventures of his Nazi villainess/heroine, the personally-driven actions of a British double agent, and tantalizing glimpses of historical places and figures. The result is an extremely well-written page-turner -- I couldn't put it down. It could have been predictable, but it wasn't. In fact, Altman manages to keep up the suspense until the last pages, leaving us waiting anxiously for the sequel.

EAN: 9780399146411
Pages: 320
Publisher: Putnam Adult
John Altman
John Altman

Animorphs 18, The Decsicion coming to a bookstore near you.

Book title: The Decision (Animorphs, No. 18)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Decision (Animorphs, No. 18) - book cover picture

Ax and the animorphs find out from the echee Erek that the Yeerks have injured and taken the second most important person in the secret service. They morph mosqutioes to get in but suddenly find themselves in Z-Space. A passing Andalite ship picks them up and they go to a battle at Leera home of the physic amphibians the Leerans. Each animorph one by one is being pulled back to Earth. Ax and the remaining Animorphs must save Leera before they all disapear. Can they do it?????

EAN: 9780590494410
Pages: 176
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
K.A. Applegate

I loved it!

Book title: In the Garden of Iden: A Novel of the Company
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
In the Garden of Iden: A Novel of the Company - book cover picture

I have a few simple words of advice. If you like:

sci-fi -you might be a little disappointed with this book.

historical fiction - you'll enjoy it (I did and I don't even like historical fiction)

romance (like me) - you'll simply adore Mendoza and Nicholas.

I must also inform you that the beginning is slow and boring, but just slog through the first 50 pages or so and you'll be thanking me for making your reading-life so much better.

EAN: 9780151002993
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harcourt
Kage Baker

the non-fiction discribing human dignity

Book title: Eric
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Eric - book cover picture

21 years after I first read "Eric" in Japanese, I got a chance to read it in the original. He tried to live the moment hard without giving in to leukemia, which is moving. Also moving is his family's, his patient mates', nurses' and doctors' heartwarming attitude toward him. All of them treated him as a grown-up with dignity, not as a sick man. After all, he lost the battle, but a catharsis mood came in in the family and the friends after that. Maybe it proved that Eric lived to the end with dignity and his family's treatment of him was right.

EAN: 9780060956370
Pages: 352
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Doris Lund

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