Goes to show we are not so superior


Book title: Farmer Boy (Little House)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Farmer Boy (Little House) - book cover picture

"Famer Boy", the third book by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her "Little House" series, tells the story of her future husband, the uniquely named Almanzo Wilder. There, Almanzo lives on a farm with his parents and siblings, including Laura's future nemesis (and sister-in-law) Eliza Jane.Like all the Little House books, it tells us in rich details how life is like just a couple of generations ago. Reading this book, and all the Little House books for that matter, made me realize that, for all the advanced technology we have today, we are not so superior to our forebearers.Just reading the chapter on Almanzo's mother making candles made me realize that people back then are almost totally self-sufficient. They knows how to make the 101 little things that we take for granted today just by walking into a store.All that aside, "Farmer Boy", like all the Little House books, is a timeless classic.

EAN: 9780060264215
Pages: 384
Publisher: HarperCollins
Authors:
Laura Ingalls Wilder



more than a book


Book title: The Lord of the Rings
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Lord of the Rings - book cover picture

I went to USA to study for my master's degree in 1978 and J.R.R. Tolkein and comments on Lord of the Rings were writen every where even in toilets. I bought the first book out of curiousity and spent 2 days and 2 nights finishing to set. The experience was more than good reading. It was like reading Greek tragedy with happy ending. I read them again many times untill now. Virginia Wolf committed suicide in despair during the dark hours of World War II, J.R.R. Tolkein gave us Lord of the Rings.

EAN: 0046442489324
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors:
J. R. R. Tolkien
Alan Lee




A Life Extraordinary!


Book title: Life on the Outside : The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book pulls you into the world of a woman who exposes every side of herself and her life - the good, not so good; tragic, and triumphant. It it a must read for any and everyone who is in human services, public policy, sociology...let's be real, for any and every human being. One does not have to totally identify with Ms. Bartlett to even learn and grow from this book. Ms. Gonnerman writes the book in "...words that we all can easily understand." moving one through so much information, one can not put it down....and the heroics of the people who were there for Ms. Bartlett! And her family! A testimony of true survival.Great Read!

EAN: 9780312424572
Pages: 368
Publisher: Picador
Authors:
Jennifer Gonnerman



S U P E R B !!


Book title: Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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THIS IS BAR NONE THE BEST INTERNAL MEDICINE TEXT YOU CAN GET.Easy to read, chock full of photos, color pictures, graphs, tables, and beautifully illustrated diagrams. even the most difficult concept can be grasped with ease.ACHILLES HEEL - the spine - do not lay completely flat during the first week or so of use or when it is cold; it will pop.
I am on my third copy(despite the annoyance I keep going back b/c this book is so completely superior).This last copy has lasted w/o problem for over a year so maybe the glue issue has been fixed.Also -- british spelling -- a minor issue.
Hope the come out with an international ed.

EAN: 9780443059445
Pages: 1175
Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company



Decently done sequel, A tad light on character building


Book title: The Spellsong War (Spellsong Cycle/L.E. Modesitt, Bk 2)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I liked this volume over the first. The building of the relationship between Anna and Lord Jecks was handled well and added much to the over-all plot development. I would have liked to have seen more details on "Darksong" majic and why it has the effects it does. Maybe we learn as Anna does. I am looking forward to the next in this series. All in all it is a darn good read, good escapism; which is why we read fantasy isn't it? If I want realism, I'll read Time or Newsweek.

EAN: 9780312864927
Pages: 461
Publisher: Tor Books
Authors:
L. E. Modesitt Jr.



Comment on Doug from Denver's revue


Book title: Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Doug states that it would take 31 years saving $800 per month to accumulate $300,000. I believe Doug left out the effect of compound interest on his savings. At a 10% rate of return (the long term average return in the stock market) $800 per month savings would grow to $300,000 in less than 15 years. If he continued saving $800 month for the entire 31 years, his nest egg would be $1.76 million! That's why Einstein said compound interest was the most powerful force in the universe.

EAN: 9780140286786
Pages: 364
Publisher: Penguin Books
Authors:
Joe Dominguez
Vicki Robin




Useful info, well written.


Book title: A+ All-In-One Certification Exam Guide
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
A+ All-In-One Certification Exam Guide - book cover picture

Meyers did a pretty good job with this one, keeping one's interest on what is sometimes not the most interesting subject. Some contradictions occur, from section to section, but if your read carefully you know the crux of what the author is trying to illustrate (it is over 1200 pages; frankly I'm surprised there aren't more instances). Buy this book (3rd edition), if you want to pass the A+ Certification.

EAN: 0639785315728
Pages: 950
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors:
Michael Meyers



The Amazing Mr. Tucket


Book title: Mr. Tucket
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Mr. Tucket - book cover picture

Francis Tucket is an ordinary boy, who just turned thirteen. His family was on a trip at the Rockies, and Francis just received a rifle from his dad. He is so anxious to try it out. Francis wonders a little ways out of their camp to try his rifle. Not 2 seconds after his first shot, he is kidnapped by some Pawnees. Before he knows it he is tied up, and riding on the back of a horse. How, or will Francis escape from the Pawnees? Find out by reading this country/western adventure, Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen. By: Brett

EAN: 9780340651278
Publisher: Hodder Childrens Book
Authors:
Gary Paulsen



The Testament


Book title: The Testament (John Grishham)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
The Testament (John Grishham) - book cover picture

The book The Testament is a story about a lawyer trying to track down an unknown heir to a billionaire's estate. Troy Phelan is a wrecked old man. He has no family that he considers his own. All of his six children hate him, they only like his money. After writing a will to give all of his money to an unknown heir he commits suicide. The children of Troy Phelan are furious about their father's decision. They send a court order to have their fathers estate divided equally. Nate O'Riley is sent to the jungles of Brazil to find the unknown heir Rachel Lane on a peace corporation operation. After finding Rachel Lane and hearing her decision to decline her fathers money Nate is sent back to Washington D.C. to argue about the remainder of the estate should be decided among the children of late billionaire Troy Phelan. Will Rachel Lane change her mind or will the children of Troy Phelan get the remainder of the estate?Legal Thriller 5 stars

EAN: 9780553456356
Publisher: Random House Audio
Authors:
John Grisham



Spellbinding, one by one all four books draw you in.


Book title: Drums of Autumn
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
Drums of Autumn - book cover picture

I got Outlander on loan from a friend, and found myself needing the next before she got a chance to bring it to work. I went out and purchased the set of four and have reread them and loaned them out in between. Jamie has become a part of this twenty first century nurse's life,too. I have always loved this style of book but there are few words to really express the all encompassing thrill of running through the heather and smelling the fresh clean,preindustry air with these delightful and vibrant characters. They beckon you to delve through the stones.....

EAN: 9780553473322
Publisher: Random House Audio
Authors:
Diana Gabaldon



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