Noir, with occasional SF

Book title: Gun, With Occasional Music : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This is the first novel I've read by Jonathan Lethem and it was very impressive. Lethem crafts a dystopic society where questions are reserved for the police and a dwindling number of PIs and the government provides designer drugs to keep the population regret, memory or thought free as they choose. In this rapidly decaying world, the main character takes on a murder case, more for personal reasons than anything else and comes into conflict with corrupt police and a psychotic enforcer in the form of a kangaroo that has been elevated to sentience. Lethem perfectly maintains the noir ambience despite the weirdness of the setting replete with mutant children and mutant children. For a fan of both noir and SF genres this is a glorious combination that is reminiscent of the paranoia of Philip K Dick's work but more agile in its language. There is no need for Regrettol with this one.

EAN: 9780312858780
Pages: 272
Publisher: Tor Books
Jonathan Lethem

A wonderful, sensual storyteller

Book title: Room to Fly: A Transcultural Memoir
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Room to Fly: A Transcultural Memoir - book cover picture

This is a soaring, remarkable exploration of human consciousness, seen through the filters of time, place, and language. Hejmadi captures the intricacies of human awareness with precision, clarity, wit, and grace. Whether the setting is East or West, Delhi or Taos, Hejmadi's truths about love, life, work & family are reverberant and universal. She has the gift of making you walk her extraordinary path along with her. A wonderful gift for any booklover in your life.

EAN: 9780520215061
Pages: 202
Publisher: University of California Press
Padma Hejmadi

BeOS Bible: Or how you can't run Be without this Book

Book title: BeOS Bible, The
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book came with the purchase of a license of the BeOS. And it has saved me more times than I can count. The book is clearly and concisely written with an online addendum that fills in some missing pieces.Mr. Hacker understands the BeOS and how to use short "he get's it". And is able to transfer this information on to his audience.If you plan on using the BeOS or want indepth information about the BeOS itself, applications for Be, or some good background information on computers in general, this book will work wonders for you.Buy it.

EAN: 0785342353778
Pages: 896
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Scot Hacker
Henry Bortman
Henry Bartman

Ahoy, There, Me Miceys!

Book title: Sea Story
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge Mice are on a sea adventure this time. Traditonal British rural customs are depicted with inviting illustrations and you can enjoy a mouse eye's view of Dusty's charming boat, The Periwinkle, as they sail off in search of salt. When they meet up with their cousins, the Sea Mice, who moved from the Green Fields to the Dunes long ago, they enjoy a lively cultural exchange that you are sure to enjoy along with them. Treat yourself to a game of dominoes and a candied violet or two and immerse yourself in this enchanting little world. This book reminds me of both Beatrix Potter and "The Wind in the Willows" but I like the illustrations even more than Potter's. There are such lovely and clever details rendered in soft pastels. Sail away with this fun book but don't miss out on the others by Ms. Barklem!

EAN: 9780001845633
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Jill Barklem

not for children

Book title: I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I can't easily picture a kid who would appreciate even a quarter of all the subtlety packed into this thin book, and I'm not sure I'd want to meet a kid who did. But Oh! For adults, what a haunting, utterly unforgettable treat! This is a book full of color and joy, and yet it's one of the single saddest books I've read in English - and the entire spectrum presented with no fanfare or folderol whatsoever. When you read it out loud - and I feel pretty sure you will - be sure to pause a little extra for the last page.

EAN: 9780152004798
Pages: 32
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Eve Bunting

Good job Dr Kat!

Book title: Structured Equity Derivatives: The Definitive Guide to Exotic Options and Structured Notes
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Very good book on structuring of derivaties. Yes, this book is mainly on structuring not pricing and some reviewers seem to forget about that blaiming it on the lack of mind-boggling maths! Good one for someone who is new in the area or read some introductory books as Hull; everything is really decomoposed into easily understandable pieces so that you can understad every possible structure. Strong recommendation for those who want to _really_ understand structuring of derivatives.

EAN: 9780471486527
Pages: 392
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Harry M. Kat


Book title: The Nonprofit Manager's Resource Directory (Nonprofit Law, Finance, and Management Series)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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The need to tediously plow through back issues of various industry magazines, request information from trade associations, search the library and/or bookstore, or call (expensive) consultants and professional advisers is now obsolete. Every Nonprofit manager now has an easier way to find listings of management resourceses. This book is the only book out there which provides instant answers to all questions concerning nonprofit-oriented product and service providers, Internet sites, funding sources, publications, assocociations support and advocacy groups, and much more. And the best part is that it comes with a CD-Rom packed with even more information.

EAN: 9780471148395
Pages: 522
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Ronald A. Landskroner

Wow! This book was so emotional!

Book title: Belle Prater's Boy
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
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Title: BELL PRATER'S BOY Woodrow comes to live with his grandparents when his mother mysteriously disappears one morning, and so begins an entirely new life for the country boy. Gypsy has never seen the likes of Woodrow Prater, but she finds that despite his messy appearance and crossed eyes, he is one of the nicest boys in the town. Gypsy is the main character of this story, and throughout the book, she seems to have a happy outward appearance. It is only through her new best friend that she is able to come to terms with her father's death, and her new stepfather. I found that this book was very touching and real. Many students with stepfathers or stepmothers can easily identify with the hardships that both Gypsy and Woodrow face. I enjoyed finding out the ending of the story, and was relieved at the unexpected outcome. I personally would recommend this book to anyone of all ages. Ruth White did an exceptional job!

EAN: 9780553478983
Publisher: Listening Library
Ruth White

Excellent narrative of scientific discovery (and controversy

Book title: T. Rex and the Crater of Doom (Vintage)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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If you're over 30, you've lived through the period during which extinction of the dinosaurs by catastrophic means was debated and explained. At first Luis Alvarez and his son, Walter, were ridiculed for their explanation of what happened at the Cretaceous/Tertiary or K/T boundary.

Walter's book explains the chronology of events in a very readable fashion -- much less academic than the style of Stephen Gould and others. Its a story that tells how father and son found a way to work together, despite very different professions. It also shows how different disciplines worked together, across borders and countries.

What's surprising is how quickly evidence began to accumulate to support the Alvarez' theory. And its interesting to see where they might have been sidetracked or made critical mistakes, were it not for good scientific practice

EAN: 9780375702105
Pages: 208
Publisher: Vintage
Walter Alvarez

Great Help!

Book title: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia : The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse The Disease
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia : The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse The Disease - book cover picture

My husband has fibromyalgia. This book has helped me understand what he is going through and helped me have more patience with him. This has been one of my biggest comforts. It has detailed how the protocol works and give hope that there is an end in site. It helps identify symptoms that he has as either fibro or non-fibro. And it helps my husband realize he is not just crazy and we will get it undercontrol and he will live a normal life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who who has fibro or especially for those who are married to someone who has it!!!

EAN: 9780446675123
Pages: 416
Publisher: Warner Books
Claudia Craig Marek

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