Just no comparison


Book title: The Lord of the Rings (Collector's Edition)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Lord of the Rings (Collector's Edition) - book cover picture

It will make your pulse pound. It will haunt your dreams. It will break your heart. Like many others, I read these books first when I was about 10 years old. I was not much of a reader at the time (outside of school). These books enlightened me to the joys of reading. There was much that I didn't understand back then, but with every re-reading, I find more and more to delight in. As I have grown older, different elements of the book have impacted me. It wasn't until my twenties that I really understood the heart-wrenching love affair of Aragorn and Arwen. Give these books to a friend, a niece or nephew, and especially anyone in their early teens... Once they have completed the awesome quest described in this series, they will be changed. How could you not be?

EAN: 0046442193955
Pages: 1216
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors:
J.R.R. Tolkien



Why wasn't John Kerry on the list?


Book title: 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37) - book cover picture

I just came back from my local Borders with my copy of Unfit For Command. When I think of the #1 Top Idiot Who is screwing up America, John Kerry immediately comes to mind. I can't imagine anyone else being ahead of him.

Why did Goldberg omit this charlatan from the list? He should have at least been in the top 10 even from a conservative list.

Mr. Goldberg, when the paperback version comes out, add John Kerry to the list.

EAN: 9780060761288
Pages: 320
Publisher: HarperCollins
Authors:
Bernard Goldberg



incredible book...... enjoyable at any age, MY FAVORITE BOOK. don't judge it by the movie!!


Book title: Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book) - book cover picture

I was really sad when they came out with ella enchanted the movie. the movie they made was completely cheesy and kiddish, over the top. almost nothing followed the book. the only thing that was similar was the girls name and the fact that she had an obedience spell. i almost wanted to vomit when i saw the prince's "fan club," and when the elves or whatever they were started singing and dancing. just to let you know... dont expect the book to be ANYTHING like the movie. this book is my favorite book even though im definately not in the "9-12" reading age group. its so full of life and love and its so engaging. ANYONE with a heart could definately enjoy this book. its a treasure, and can be read over and over again. its stunning, i absolutely love it!! i love all of the relationships in the story, i love the romance between ella and char. its such a beautiful story of strength, i LOVE the ending!! i reccomend this book so highly, its amazing!

EAN: 9780060275105
Pages: 240
Publisher: HarperCollins
Authors:
Gail Carson Levine



A piece of my childhood returns each time I read it


Book title: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - book cover picture

"From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" has got to be the longest, most confusing title of any classic children's novel, and I wouldn't change a word of it! Having read my copy to pieces in the fourth and fifth grade, I recently bought another copy to have in my daughter's library. Even though she's only 3 now, I know she'll love this book in a few years. To this day, whenever I go into a museum, I find myself wanting to sneak into the bathrooms and hide there until after closing, just so I can sleep in one of those old beds and jump into the museum fountain for the spare change! The novel is as good now as it was thirty years ago, with all the same simple beauty of this fantasy of the successful runaway. If you haven't read it yet, I envy you. If you have, read it again -- it just gets better with age.

EAN: 9780440431800
Pages: 176
Publisher: Yearling
Authors:
E. L. Konigsburg



Minutaglio's First Son: George W. Bush


Book title: First Son
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
First Son - book cover picture

This book has been so well reviewed by the Editor and others that I'll just make a few comments. The book is well written, fascinating, non-partisan in my opinion, and could well be used as a reference book on Texas politics in addition to its other aspects. I may be dense, but I can't find anything wrong with Bush from this book. No hard evidence emerges of Cocaine or anything heavier than alcohol in his young years. If we subtract the people who drink alcohol in their young years, we won't have anybody running for political office much less dog catcher. He may not be a Rhodes Scholar, and he may say a lot of half truths for political purposes, but anybody who thinks Professors would make better Presidents has not met very many Professors (most of them probably wouldn't want to meet a non-Professor anyway, except perhaps in bed). Even his family doesn't seem so bad. The Kennedys had Harvard, the Bushes have Yale. They all made money. ...

EAN: 9780375410215
Publisher: Random House Audio
Authors:
Bill Minutaglio



Ruthie's Review


Book title: Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia - book cover picture

Shocking, mystifing and sometimes disturbing, Sasoon tells a story of brutal lifes in a brutal regeime. Women in Saudi Arabia, under strict Islamic rule are forced to be subordinate to men, who exploit the situation using mindless abject cruelty to get their own way. In "Princess", Sasoon tells the tale of Sultana, who watched her sisters and friends suffer at the hands of male religious fanatics, before realising that her own fate is sealed by the men around her, from father to husband, her masters.

EAN: 9780380719181
Pages: 283
Publisher: Avon Books
Authors:
Jean P. Sasson



Great tool for new and old Perl Programmers


Book title: Perl CD Bookshelf, Version 4.0
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Perl CD Bookshelf, Version 4.0 - book cover picture

Like many first time Perl programmers I bought the O'Reilly paperbacks: Learning Perl, Programming Perl, and Advanced Perl Programming. I stumbled upon this compilation CD while looking for the Perl Cookbook paperback and boy was I glad that I got the CD instead. The best things about the CD are: 1) You don't have to lug around all those books 2) You can search through all the books or individual books for examples and text 3) You can cut and paste code into your own programs and run it right away. 4)It's a lot cheaper than buying all the books. This is the CD to own if you are going to program in Perl.

EAN: 0636920006220
Pages: 600
Publisher: O'Reilly



Excellent -- gives exactly what was promised


Book title: The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying - book cover picture

I approached this book not expecting to like it. I know too many "feel good" new-agey type books like this, that promise a lot, and are just fluff. Plus -- nine steps? Where did she come up with that? Why not just make it an even ten? But this book is excellent. It has definitely led to some changes in my life, and I thought I knew a lot about finance. The approach to cutting down credit cards alone is the best written approach I have ever seen, and very much needed among my 20-something GEN-X colleagues, including myself. Although I may not agree with the "karmic" religious motives and causes and effects that she discusses, that is easily separated, and there is STILL much value in this book. Recommended highly.

EAN: 9780375406805
Publisher: Random House Audio



Beagle works his magic once again


Book title: Tamsin
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Tamsin - book cover picture

I once read that Peter S. Beagle wanted to write books that were as different from one another as possible. He succeeds in this respect with TAMSIN, creating a work that feels different from his other books and yet contains the same special "Beagle-touch." The voice of a young girl is written with such smooth hand--in fact, if I didn't know better, I'd think he had a thirteen-year-old girl co-writing with him. Beagle also weaves a spell of words as he describes the ghosts and other supernatural creatures, causing fingers to dance up the reader's spine. He captures the feel of rural England with shocking ease. I would recommend this books for almost anyone--from teenagers to adults. It touches cords buried deep in all of us.

EAN: 9780451457639
Pages: 275
Publisher: Roc
Authors:
Peter S. Beagle



Secrets indeed!


Book title: The Secrets of the Tarot: Origins, History, and Symbolism
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Secrets of the Tarot: Origins, History, and Symbolism - book cover picture

I am purchasing a new copy of this book as mine has gone astray, and I consider it to be (for me) one of the most life-changing books I have owned. It helped me to 'crack the code'and enter into a rich world of symbolism and mystery that I am continuing to explore many years on. The breadth of Walker's research is astounding. Walker quite often takes a blatantly anti-Christian stance in her writing, yet I found the connections between the tarot and christian symbolism, and the roots of that symbolism in earlier traditions, most enlightening. Like entering a stream of 'meaning-ness' that connects us across time and space.

EAN: 9780062509277
Pages: 272
Publisher: Harper San Francisco
Authors:
Barbara G. Walker



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