Verne in Krakatoa


Book title: The Twenty-One Balloons
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Twenty-One Balloons - book cover picture

I read this wonderful story a few years after it was originally published, when I was eleven years old. I liked it so much that I read it again when I was twelve, and again at thirteen. I went on to read several other stories by the same author, but they have gone out of print, and only this story has lived. It is a masterpiece that (as nobody seems to have noticed in their reviews) is based on Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon. I strongly recommend this story for all kids who love adventure and Verne's brand of science fiction. The illustrations are great.

EAN: 9780140320978
Pages: 192
Publisher: Puffin
Authors:
William Pene du Bois



A Different and Powerful Approach to Assessment


Book title: Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning - book cover picture

Huba and Freed bridge the gap between assessment and student-centered teaching and learning. Throughout the text the authors include reflection questions to trigger thinking and changes in mental models. While the thrust of the book is conceptual, there are many practical suggestions for implementation in areas such as learning outcomes, rubrics, and other related areas of assessment. While compatible with other treatments of assessment, this is a unique perspective.

EAN: 9780205287383
Pages: 286
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Authors:
Mary E. Huba
Jann E. Freed




Amazing book, with limitless application...


Book title: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - book cover picture

This is a superb book, with nearly limitless application!

The author manages to lay out in simple terms the core aspects of happiness. While many of these facets seem simple, it can be incredibly powerful to recognize just how much influence they have over your enjoyment of a particular task. I have used found these concepts to be especially valuable when it comes to managing people, not the least of which is managing my own career.

Many other books in the realm of personal effectiveness fall short by basing the entire text on the author's anecdotal experience, which ends up turning into meaningless platitudes. That is not the case here, as the author bases his conclusions on sound research.

My one gripe with the author is his choice to jump to the conclusion that since focus is sharping there is a loss of self. It would be pretty depressing to think one's own self is what's holding you back. More likely, I think what we're really giving up is our anxiety.

EAN: 9780060920432
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Authors:
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi



The best Java book, and valuable for C# developers


Book title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Effective Java Programming Language Guide - book cover picture

I started in computing in '78, and have been using Java since early '95 (before Java was available on Windows).
I read or scan a couple of books a month on Software Engineering, and software development. For me, this is Top 10 for the last 10 years. I strongly recommend it to all Java developers, it is so good that I strongly commend it to C# programmers.
The content is nicely organised into sections, which makes it helpful to focus developers in on understanding key areas. Bloch has done a great job of distilling experience into pithy, practical 'items' with meaningful titles. Effective Java is more approachable and less self-conscious than many of the pattern or 'anti-pattern' books, while still retaining a clear, unclouded focus on the job at hand; he rarely suffers scope creep ;-)
My only complaint is I would like another few points on exceptions and threading, both of which seem to be poorly handled by most developers.
I am looking forward to Joshua's wisdom on Java 1.5.

EAN: 0785342310054
Pages: 252
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors:
Joshua Bloch



If You Like Adventures, Read This Book!


Book title: Flat Stanley 40th Anniversary Edition
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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... This book, Flat Stanley is so good because Stanley gets flattened by a bulletin board. An art gallery owner calls Stanley and asks him if he can dress up in a girl's outfit and go in an empty frame and be a picture. He wants Stanley to catch robbers who have been stealing his art work. Because Stanley was flattened he can do more stuff that you and I can do. Stanley is still flattened but does he become normal again? You find out by reading the book. If you read this book I can guarantee you will love it!

EAN: 9780060097912
Pages: 80
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Authors:
Jeff Brown



A Fantastic Book!


Book title: Hannibal
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
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To all of you erudites of the world: Unite!Harris' descriptions of the rarities of the world are truely captivating.As a high schooler going up through the ladder as a true conformist, it was veryy exciting to read a piece of literature that played by its own rules. To quote SOTL: "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chiati."Harris' panache, "cajones" and brilliance make this a startling and mesmerizing read.Give it six-stars!!!!

EAN: 9780553456639
Publisher: Random House Audio



a book of a master piece


Book title: Eugene Onegin and Other Poems : and Other Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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once you get in this book you get lost in depth of their characters like yevgeni onegin and tanya.I have really developed a great admiration for the write a.s.pushkin of how he played with the characters in some way ? beleive that y.onegin was himself and tanya was his one of those gales that writer flirted with them in a sensual way.? am pretty sure the writer had a deep sensual feeling for tanya and was trying to put her in a role at his wife's position where she was never ever had a sexual object in his real lifetime marriage with her.? have seen the theatrical play of this book and enjoyed very much so as ? had the pleasure of reading it.

EAN: 9780375406720
Pages: 256
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Authors:
Alexander Pushkin



For every black man


Book title: How to Love a Black Woman: Give-And Get-The Very Best in Your Relationship
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This book is highly recommended for those who are seeking a how to have a fulfilling life with their woman. This book is not what you think it is about. A list of rules on how to pamper, feed, and love you woman. This book is about how you as a man need to learn how to deal with the type of person you are when seeking a man and learning how to undo some of those things. I am not giving anything away. You have to have an open mind. Because if you're seeking a bashing on black women- then you may just want to look some where else. This is an excellent read. I even bought, How to love a black woman for my husband and we are both reading. A good teaching tool for ALL BLACK MEN

EAN: 9780446522816
Pages: 243
Publisher: Warner Books Inc
Authors:
Ronn Elmore



More Mike!


Book title: Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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The dry, intellectual wit of Mike Nelson is as endearing in print as it was on film. The former host of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" has once again stepped forward to show the rest of us that--yes--bad movies can be fun!"Movie Megacheese" is a collection of essays focusing on movies that are endearingly devoid of plot, character development, proper lighting, and occasionally, dialogue. His tone, though, is never condescending. If you look beneath the humor, you will find a man who does not hide his affinity for these film-makers. Talent? No, they don't have it...but dang it, they're not going to let that stop them! I do think you will enjoy this book, even if you are not familiar with "MST3K". It is laugh out loud funny, timeless and enjoyable to read. And hey,...it even makes a lovely drink coaster when you're done!

EAN: 9780380814671
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Authors:
Michael J. Nelson



Loved It


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

I read alot of these other people's and some i agree with and others i don't. I too regognized the mistake with the summers but i thought to myself he's only human and we make mistakes. It started off great and kept it up never really lettin it settle down, only in a few parts, but when it was time for a mission it got really intense. Not my favourite Clancy book (that would be Red Storm Rising) but up there. A good read.

EAN: 9780399143908
Pages: 740
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Authors:
Tom Clancy



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