Wonderfully written. Excellent narrative voice!

Book title: Eleven Days : A Novel of the Heartland
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I had read that this "thriller" was above-average and well written. After devouring it in a few short days, I must say I was very impressed. The novel doesn't fall into the usual cliche holes of many in the genre and the distinct and well-formed voice of the narrator gives the story tons of extra impact. Instead of a hard-boiled detective or a supercop, we get a real person along with small glimpses into his life, even if they are glimpses into typical Midwestern life. There's nothing better than a good read that's well-written. That's what you'll get with Eleven Days.

EAN: 9780385488945
Pages: 304
Publisher: Doubleday
Donald Harstad

hildebrandt rocks

Book title: Methods of Applied Mathematics
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book focuses on three topics in applied math 1. matrices, 2. calculus of variations and 3. Integral equations. The development is pretty readable and seems to be targetted to
engineers and physicists. (Hildebrandt taught at MIT, plenty of them around there) Hildebrandt includes a large number of exercises separated by section. The exercises are varied but
include a very significant number of hard ones. There are answers to virtually all of these either as part of the statement of the problem or at the end of the book. This book is about senior level or first year grad level. Hildebrandt does not give lots of examples in the text, he expects the reader can get this from his large and excellent collection of problems. This is an excellent book, but Hildebrandt does expect a pretty
fair familiarity with applied math and a good amount of mathematical maturity.

EAN: 9780486670027
Pages: 362
Publisher: Dover Publications
Francis B. Hildebrand

A Nobel laureate reveals the secrets...

Book title: Advice for a Young Investigator (Bradford Books)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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There are really no secrets...Ramon y Cajal warns us against several diseases of the will which affect research. He does that with great candour and much charm. I felt myself included in the category of "bibliophiles and polyglots", who collect more books and learn more languages than they could possibly use. Not that I changed: I just added guilt to my innocent vices! It adds to the charm that this book was written in the beginning of the 20th century when, well, wisdom was different. I wonder how the great scientist would react to the success of Marie Curie, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Lise Meitner, Countess Ada Lovelace (whom he could have met) and many other great women of science.

EAN: 9780262181914
Pages: 176
Publisher: The MIT Press
Santiago RamonyCajal

How the other 90% lives

Book title: Far Tortuga : A Novel (Vintage)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Matthiessen masterfully weaves an intricate tale of third world survival using the sparse, vast Carribean sea as his setting. The personality of each of the turtlers aboard the HMS Eden have a depth and credibility that lead the reader to believe that Matthiessen must have spent years in the midst of turtle fisherman in order to paint their lives so believably. He also captures a longing for simpler times and the ignorance, freedom and savagery of the poor. Matthiessen is also able to portray the decline of the natural world through man's greed, ignorance and indifference. Although told mostly through simplistic dialogue, this story hits the reader on many levels simultaneously. This story is truely a zen masterpiece.

EAN: 9780394756677
Pages: 416
Publisher: Vintage
Peter Matthiessen

Cold but true

Book title: In Defense of Elitism
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Henry gives us what everyone else doesn't the cold hard facts. He tells us the truth gives it the way it is not the way it should be. He tells us that which we don't want to hear (for example the fact that handicapped people aren't as useful to society as "normal" people. His arguments are very logical and well founded. I found the fact that too many people are recieving a college degree a particularly convincing argument. I mean who really needs a college degree to work at a gas station or as a garbage man. Everything about this work oozes elitism right down to the author's name William A Henry III.

EAN: 9780385479431
Pages: 224
Publisher: Anchor
William A. Henry

Extraordinary Book

Book title: Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, Book 4)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Merial of Redwall by Brian Jaques is a wonderful, exciting and adventure filled book. I found that this book always kept me reading. It is great for those people who love adventure and fantasy books. I love how the characters are animals and how they interact with each other. I give this book a 5 star rating for its never ending action. I would recommend this book for good readers between the adges of 13 and 23.

EAN: 9780142302392
Pages: 448
Publisher: Puffin Books
Brian Jacques

Jordan is not Tolkien......He is Jordan

Book title: The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, Book 3)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I would like people to stop making Robert Jordan into J.R.R. Tolkien. Robert Jordan and Tolkein's stories have nothing in common other than the fact that it is fantasy writing. And good writing at that matter. Stop calling Jordan Tolkien. Jordan has become an immortal just as Tolkien did. But Jordan has more going for him. He is better than Tolkein in my opinion. I found Tolkein too childish. Jordan is for young adults to adults. Continue the good work Robert Jorda

EAN: 9780312852481
Pages: 624
Publisher: Tor Books
Robert Jordan

Best book of the series

Book title: The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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Even though some of it is far fetched, and a little unbelievable thats fine. Its not as if its possible to tell what the people were like in that age. Very interesting idea's, well written with great characters....I loved the ending, it made me have to read the sequel which is good. I must say the rest arent as great, but still really good. One minor problem in my opinion is the extensive detail about the settings....to me it was boring and i usually skipped those parts. Still a great book give it a try.

EAN: 9780553250428
Pages: 528
Publisher: Bantam
Jean M. Auel

A Tome for the AGES.

Book title: The American Civil War
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This is one of those books that at first glance you might say it's too expensive. But it is an investment. This is an in depth and scholarly look at multiple genres of Civil War books of all sorts, cogently described with insightful essays. It will save many readers many tedious hours of searching through OCLC and other bibliographies. (Simply for the price of a stay overnight in a downtown Marriot.)
Seriously though this distllation of years of work by a lot of heavy weight scholars will save you many hours of tedious digging.
If you cannot persuade your local university or public library to buy it then by all means do so for yourself.
In addition the book includes a listing of the book trade members, both publishers and dealers, who specialize in the Civil War.
Carter Rila

EAN: 9780313290190
Pages: 768
Publisher: Greenwood Press

Amazing Insights that rocked my world

Book title: Disappointment with God
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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I think Phillip Yancey did answer the 3 questions he asked in his book: Is God Hidden? Is God Fair? and Is God Visible? I agree with Yancey that God were none of those things in the old testament but i was sad at the end of reading the book because i think and i want god to be with us like he was with his people before. I want him to walk as a pillar of cloud by day i want to walk through the garden with him but because our ancestors messed up i feel as though we are feeling the effects of there sin so i still feel dissapointed because i want to see him. i still love you Yancey you changed my life for the better and yes You must buy this book.

EAN: 0025986214364
Pages: 336
Publisher: Zondervan
Philip Yancey

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