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Everything that Happens to Me is Good
Everything that Happens to Me is Good
by Geoff Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.14

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational words of wisdom, 31 Aug 2007

The five stars I have given this is for the content of the book, which is, in my opinion, fantastic. It's all philosophical, live your life better, think positive-type short articles, written in Mr. Thompson's trademark direct style.

The big "but" at the start of this review is because almost all these articles and information can be found FREE on his website (google Geoff Thompson), with the exception of a few chapters lifted from some of his other books. There is nothing new here, its just a collection of motivational articles.
But they are very good articles.
The book is A5 size, nicely bound, with 157 pages.

The Writer's Book of Matches: 100 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction (Writers Digest)
The Writer's Book of Matches: 100 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction (Writers Digest)
by "Fresh Boiled Peanuts"
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For writers, 30 Aug 2007
Firstly, this won't be worth reading unless you write, and write fiction at that.

This really is exactly what it says on the tin. It's a small, slightly oddly shaped book, full of quotes, sentence, brief outlines of situations and so on.
For example, you might get the line "and that was the last time he was ever there"
That's all there would be for that. You'd then get the next one, maybe a line of dialogue. There is 4 or 5 on a page.

That's all there is to this book, a random collection of ideas, thoughts, starters, ends.
The idea is that you dip in and take a line, and just write about it. A paragraph, or a book, your choice.

The beauty in it is that it can be used in so many other ways. It can aid character development, help get over writers block, give you a random idea to completely change your narrative etc.
This could be used to great effect (the effect could be a bestseller or 10 mins of fun) by anyone, if they have the imagination to use it creatively.

It won't be for everybody, in fact it won't be for most writers, but if you can use it, it's a very good investment, with a million uses.

The Royal Road to Card Magic
The Royal Road to Card Magic
by Jean Hugard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, 30 Aug 2007
This book is old, and has become one of the few magic "classics". it is seen, and rightly too, as required reading for all card magicians.
It contains many good tricks, good descriptions of the standard ways of handling and manipulating cards, and an out line of basic patter (what to say while doing the trick).
Note that all tricks take time to master, and some sleights take a paticually long time.
There are a few naff tricks, but for the price of the book, and considering the number of workable tricks, this book is an absolute steal.

Also consider "Scarne on card tricks" for some idiot proof, real magic.

If you finish the book (there's loads to do in it) consider some of Paul Gordon's books, for some more advanced card magic.

Drums For Dummies
Drums For Dummies
by Jeff Strong
Edition: Paperback

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for dummies, 29 July 2004
This review is from: Drums For Dummies (Paperback)
For a "practice book," this is suprisingly good.
Most of the time i wouldnt touch these kind of books with a barge pole; they normally consist of extremly easy exersises and say nothing of proper techique or theroy. But this book is different. The exercices actually go up to about grade 4 standard and there are whole chapters devoted to different styles and origins of the drum.
This book even has a comprehensive section on traditional drums (played with sticks or hands)and talks about the trad. rhythms and playing method for them.
For the newcomer to drumming all parts of the drumset are named and explaned and useful accessories recomended.
This is a brilliant book covering easy and complicated rhythms but still managing to make them simple and understandable by use of plain English and no confusing jargon.
A real steal.

GCSE in a Week: Maths to A* (Revise GCSE in a Week)
GCSE in a Week: Maths to A* (Revise GCSE in a Week)
by Lee Cope
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but..., 24 July 2004
When i first saw this in my local book shop i was slightly perplexed at how i was posible to get an a* GCSE from such a small book, in just a week. Hovever i put this thought to the back of my mind and bought it.
First point, DON'T do what the cover rather implies and leave all the learning until the last week, it wont work.
Second, when it says intensive on the back it means intensive. All is very consise and can be extremly confusing if you dont already know what its actually on about.
Third, its not really good for revising because of the above point, you'd be better of with one of the bigger books from CGP.
However, this asside it is a quite useful study aid and for only a fiver what have you got to lose?

Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 2)
Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 2)
by Garth Nix
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.03

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gripping sequal to Mr Monday, 1 July 2004
This is the second book in Garth Nix's series The keys to the kingdom.
This book sees the return of Arthur Penhaligon; an orphaned, asthmatic teenager; his friend Suzy Blue, and what can only be known as his "mentor," the Will.
The book takes off only hours alfter the exusting events of the day before, Monday.Grim tuesday has found a loophole in the agreement signed by The Morrow days and is exployting it to get at Arthur and the Lower House.
This book is very well written, though i think it doesn't quite get to the same level as the first. It delves deeper into the strange and twisted world of the house. This time the dangers that face Arthur are much more dangerous, though sadly seem easyer to overcome. As mentioned before by another reviewer the problems are all solved by fantastic coincidence. For example he is cornered by an evil bloodthirsty monster that is almost impossible to kill. But, suddenly he learns that the only thing that can kill it, silver, is in a box right next to him. this is a shame for the more avid and reflective reader, but will probably not trouble the less avid readers.
Also, this book seems to be aimed at a higher age groupe than the first book. some of the move violent action sequences are writted so descriptivly that younger readers may get frightened.
Hovever this is still a great book an worthy of comendation.

Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)
Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)
by Garth Nix
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.03

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant read, 30 Jun 2004
This is the first of what promises to be an enthralling new series,the "keys to the kingdom."
The story revolves around an asthmatic 7th grader named Arthur Penhaligon. Arthur has just moved school and when he is forced to do a gruling cross-country run by his new gym teacher, Mr. Weightman, he has a serious asthma attack. On the very verge on death, Arthur is visited by the sinister Mister Monday and is given the "lesser key to the lower house."
this is no ordinary key either. It is a magical key and is saves him from dying from the asthma attack.
Arthurs adventures with the key take him through the misterious Lower House, and on to a final battle for the rest of the key and mastery of the lower house with the evil Mister Monday himself.
This is a fantastic book that really grips the reader from the very first page. the writing is entirley believable, with vivid descriptions and characterization; readers will really sympathize with the asthmatic teenager.
This truly is an amazing book and a fantastic achivment in literature. All my congratulations to Garth Nix.

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