Krakauer's style of writing stimulates thought.

Book title: Into the Wild
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Into the Wild - book cover picture

I gave this book a five for many reasons. One of which being the personal impact that it had upon me. Krakauers writng style made this book easy for an individual such as myself to relate to Chris McCandless. By this I mean that I, an 18 year old Senior in High School, am beginning to question the future, and my place in the future. Chris McCandless felt much the same way. However, he had more guts than I ever would to actually go, and search for his place in the future. This book made me realize that when I die, I would like to truthfully be able to say the same thing Chris McCandless did "I have had a happy life..." (199).

EAN: 9780330351690
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Jon Krakauer

Toss Out the Frozen System

Book title: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - book cover picture

Anything you know, either unfolded before your senses, or you heard about it from someone else, and it unfolded before theirs. And it keeps going, and you can't freeze it. The mind, beholding Quality, or Tao, is all there is. After 4 reads and 15 years, I finally got it. It's super-simple, yet the hardest thing to accept. But once you do, watch life's Gordians knots fall apart.
Thank you Mr. Pirsig, for your intellectual pit-bulledness in the face of Plato's inversion.
The book's highly rich parallel structure is poetically satisfying.
Why did the author collapse? He paralyzed under two fundamental reversals at once: philosophical conversion to Quality from Truth, and, moral conversion from power to "mu"?
My opinion is that if he had been in the right hands at the time, he would have pulled out ok, ie, without the shocks.
P.S.: It's Monism.

EAN: 9780553277470
Pages: 400
Publisher: Bantam
Robert Pirsig

Practical and very fulfilling. A must read!

Book title: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success : A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success : A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams - book cover picture

I have been going through a major turning point in my life and this book has allowed me to deal with my life's challenge in a very self fulfilling way. This is a must read for anyone wishing to find true inner peace and happiness. I wish I found this book 20 years ago! Read it every day and make it a fundamental part of your life. Self fulfillment will come when you practice the "Seven Spiritual Laws of Succcess". This book truly illuminates the heart, soul and mind

EAN: 9780593040836
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Deepak Chopra

Jessica's Review

Book title: Literature Guide: Out of the Dust (Grades 4-8)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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The book Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse is about a young girl name Billie Joe. The book is set in the time of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. After the death of her mother and baby brother, Billie and her father grow farther and farther apart. Billie finally gets up enough courage to run away. But then she misses her father and decides to return. When she returns a few things have changed.

EAN: 9780439131124
Pages: 16
Publisher: Scholastic
Karen Hesse

Very useful but not for beginners

Book title: Building Linux and Openbsd Firewalls
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Building Linux and Openbsd Firewalls - book cover picture

I found this book very helpful and was able to set up a working OpenBSD firewall using it. I did have to consult the OpenBSD FAQs and other material on the Web, however. The only quibble I have with this book is its presumed target audience. The intro says "Knowledge of Unix is not assumed," but I would recommend that you not even consider starting a firewall building project unless you have good knowledge of UNIX, networking, and basic system administration. If you're picking up this book with that background, though, you will find it a very detailed and helpful guide to setting up your firewall.By the way, the book is geared towards OpenBSD 2.5 but the website has a lot of good updated information on the latest release, 2.7. Plus it has a bunch more examples beyond what is in the book.

EAN: 9780471353669
Pages: 384
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Wes Sonnenreich
Tom Yates

Another hit

Book title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) - book cover picture

After waiting, one surely thought they might be disappointed but not at all! This book is long but riveting. And it definitely is darker than the others although no overly so. There are some lovely tie-ins with previous books, some new characters which we hope to see again and expansion of plot lines and characters. It was a whomping good read and alas now we have another year to wait for the next installment! A word to the wise - don't finsih the last few chapters on a dark, stormy night in a house all alone...

EAN: 0038332187076
Pages: 734
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling

Exquisite costumes

Book title: Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Paper Dolls in Full Color
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Paper Dolls in Full Color - book cover picture

This is a great book. It includes an Annie Oakley doll, her husband Frank, Buffalo Bill, and Sitting Bull. It also includes a brief biographical account of Annie Oakley. The costumes are beautiful, and there are more than 10 for Annie. Each dress in the book actually existed and it tells what occasion the doll wore it for. This book is worth every penny, and is a must for fans of the Old West and paper doll buffs of any age.

EAN: 9780486267289
Publisher: Dover Publications
Tom Tierney

Well I think this book has great chapters!

Book title: I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book #1)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book #1) - book cover picture

So far in the book it is pretty good. I think you would really enjoy it if you went to the stor e and got it it would be a really good, creative book. At the end of the book there is a list of Pokemon movies that you can buy. On the back of the book there is a Pokemon emmergency information and a list of Pokemon. and it has great illustrations everywhere. my favorite pokamon is Pikachu. hes an electric mouse & very cute. Parents might think that Pokemon is bad but it is really not very bad.SO YOU MIGHT CONSIDER GETTING SOME POKEMON STUFF FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

EAN: 9780439104647
Pages: 87
Publisher: Scholastic
Tracey West

It changed my mind

Book title: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right - book cover picture

As a longtime conservative, from a multigenerational conservative family, I chuckled when a friend gave me this book as a gag gift. I read the first chapter, and though I didn't agree with the contents, it was quite humorous and entertaining, so I continued with the rest.By the end of the book, I felt disillusioned, and began questioning the moral superiority I had always assumed conservatism had. Through a soul-searching process that extended over several months, I began realizing that most of my true values are closer to liberalism, and it has only been the constant, deadening rhetoric of the right that had kept me from this realization.In short, while I approached this book with a snort, it ended up transforming my political views. I was expecting just a nasty polemic, and was pleasantly surprised to find positions backed up with evidence, embarassing revelations of conservative moral hypocrisy, and a really funny read.

EAN: 9780525947646
Pages: 368
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Al Franken

This is a touching story that everyone will be moved by

Book title: Number the Stars
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Number the Stars - book cover picture

I loved this book. Lois Lowry does a wonderful job of creating characters you become attached to. The plot is so captivating; I could never put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to see what might have been a real-life experience for someone during the Holocaust. If you enjoyed 'Anne Frank,' you will enjoy this book; while they share a common subject they are each wonderfully different in their descriptions of how the Holocaust changed these girls' lives.

EAN: 0046442510608
Pages: 144
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
Lois Lowry

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