Why Do the Gods do what they do? Don't Ask.

Book title: The Story of the Stone
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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When Master Li told Ox to write the story of the stone, Ox protested that he did not understand of what had happened to them during their adventure with Moon Boy and Grief of Dawn. The story is lovely, filled with compassion and humor. It is fun too. I identified with Li Kao and Moon Boy when they wanted to go through the Gorge again. Mr Hughart's powers of description are wonderfully mesmerizing.

EAN: 9780385246361
Pages: 236
Publisher: Doubleday
Barry Hughart

A classic of the twentieth century.

Book title: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This was Solzhenitsyn's first published novel and it caused a sensation. I first read the book when I was in high school in 1964 and recall being stunned by the story (even at that early date, high school students were reading the book and, as can be seen from the comments of the other reviewers, high school students are still reading it). It relates one day in the life of a prisoner, a carpenter who had been imprisoned on baseless charges, in a labor camp in Siberia in the Soviet Union under Stalin. Solzhenitzen drew on his own experiences in labor camps to write this short book. A few years later, he was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature.

EAN: 9780553247770
Pages: 176
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

A classic of the century

Book title: The God of Small Things
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
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Ms Roy's command of the English language is extraordinary.She is able to create images that jump at you and stick to you.I cannot forget Velutha,his brother and the children,Their uncorrupted fondness for each other.The Police brutality reminds me of some of the actions of the L.A. Police.The sadness that flows through the narrative envelopes the readers' heart.I get the feeling Arundhati was possessed by the spirit of some great writers like Emily Bronte.It is a book to be read again and again.Something new will be found everytime.

EAN: 9780001054684
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Arundhati Roy

Get your XML here!

Book title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book was all I could have asked for. I have been wanting to learn about XML in SQL Server for a long time. I read the Books Online, but just couldn't really get it. I mean I could write the code and I could play with OPENXML, but I didn't really *understand* what I was doing. This book changed all that. Now it all makes sense. Unlike a lot of other books, it doesn't repeat the online docs. It starts where the Books Online ends. And the sample code is really useful. The book says there are over 700 example files and I don't doubt it! The sheer number and the quality of the samples makes the book worth the price all by itself.

EAN: 0785342700466
Pages: 576
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Ken Henderson

Let People Know Who You Really Are

Book title: I Ain't Much, Baby--But I'm All I've Got
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Have you ever read a book where you felt like the author was right there in the room, connecting with you, there just for you?This is definitely one of those books. He speaks to your heart and soul, besides your mind. And he anticipates everything that you might object to.Read this book to accept everything about yourself, the good, bad, ugly and beauty, equally. Because it is when you accept all of this about yourself that you naturally enhance parts of yourself that you want to enhance, not what someone else wants you to do.And in your self-acceptance, you will become more free to accept others, as they choose to be, without your pressing upon their mind.The more you practice listening to your soul, and compassionately responding to your soul, the more you at peace you become.Read this book, more than once, with pen in hand, as you note what you are experiencing - And, oh! How humble you will become.

EAN: 9780449208021
Pages: 256
Publisher: Fawcett
Jess Phd Lair

Up there with Hunt for Red October!

Book title: The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I've read the whole Jack Ryan series and CARDINAL is one of the best. It does get a bit technical at times but the character driven plot is unbeatable. This book stands above his other works (except maybe for HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER; but its just as good, if not better). Even though Cold War themes (Soviet Union, Communists & Star Wars Missle Defense) may seem out dated now, this books still super exciting to those of us who remember the Cold War in the 1980's

EAN: 9780006174547
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Tom Clancy

Amazing and profound.

Book title: Time: A Traveler's Guide
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I am a physics lecturer at a small college. When I came across this book in the college bookstore, I was amazed and delighted. I thought I knew something about the nature of time. I read the book three times already, each time picking up new information. Once you read the chapter "The Brain's Time Machine", you'll never feel the same again. A profound and beautiful book. Students will cherish this book through the next century.

EAN: 9780195120424
Pages: 285
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Clifford A. Pickover

Very helpful

Book title: McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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The more I use this dictionary, the more I come to like it. It's handy to have a specific dictionary for scientific and technical terms, and I feel more complete with this by my side. The coverage is comprehensive, the layout is clean and easy to read, and the added illustrations are a nice touch.I would also recommend the McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology as a nice supplement.

EAN: 0639785319689
Pages: 2380
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional

An Adult Book for Kids

Book title: The House of Stairs
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The House of Stairs - book cover picture

Easily the finest of Sleator's works, this book is about five 16-year olds who are then subjected to Pavlovian conditioning in order to . . . well I don't want to spoil the book completely. It is set against a background of a futuristic world gone bad though virtually all of the action takes place in the creepy house of stairs with only the five teenagers present. An excellent morality tale that will make people of any age think. I've read it loads of times over the years and still like it. It might not be appropriate for younger kids of high reading ability (or should at least be discussed with them afterward). On the other hand, it is a work to be recommended precisely because it doesn't shy away from tough issues that many adult works grapple with.

EAN: 9780140345803
Pages: 176
Publisher: Puffin
William Sleator

Another great one from Anne Rice

Book title: Taltos
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I've read several reviews of this book and finally I decided that someone had to come to Taltos's defense. I don't understand why everyone was so disappointed in this novel. I've read Lasher, and though I've attempted The Witching Hour, I found it too boring to finish. Lasher and Taltos are equally brilliant in my mind; maybe someday I'll get around to reading the first in the series, but I don't think it'll equal the greatness of the other two.

EAN: 9780345394712
Pages: 480
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Anne Rice

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