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The Ultimate Blueprint for an Insanely Successful Business
The Ultimate Blueprint for an Insanely Successful Business
Price: 12.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading!, 29 Oct 2012
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Cunningham's book is an odd mix. Some pretty solid business strategy wrapped round a brick of basic business accounting analysis that almost no one does.

Having finished the book in two sittings (it's that good), I quickly realised that much of my accounting feedback from my book keeper and accountant were nothing more than tombstones of what has happened. They offered little useful guidance as to what do to next.

That's where Cunningham's real pay off is. Although he's constantly softs selling the software his company produces, the actual lessons on what to track and how to read the numbers is simply brilliant. Creating useful accounting indicators that you can act on monthly rather than waiting for the quarter or year end should help any business struggling to release the cash flow they know their business should be producing.


Komputerbay 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-10600 10666 1333MHz SODIMM 204-Pin Laptop Memory 9-9-9-24
Komputerbay 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-10600 10666 1333MHz SODIMM 204-Pin Laptop Memory 9-9-9-24
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Price: 99.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to install and works :), 1 May 2012
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I picked up these memory chips thinking that they would either work or not and at this price point they have to be worth the punt.

Thankfully they just worked :) The installation took a few minutes and the chipset seems fine. My Macbook Pro screams along with the RAM upgrade (a beefy SSD is next on the list).

Very happy :)


The Story Book: A Writer's Guide to Story Development, Principles, Problem-solving and Marketing
The Story Book: A Writer's Guide to Story Development, Principles, Problem-solving and Marketing
by David Baboulene
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.87

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As McKee's Story but more accessible, 6 April 2011
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Sub-titling this book "A Writer's Guide" is spot on and, being a writer, a creative writing degree graduate and an avid reader, I think it is this and so much more. For many Mckee's "Story" has been the bible for screenwriters and those interested in crafting a compelling story, though like many 'bibles' it can be heavy going at times. Having read through Baboulene's book twice in as many weeks I found that 'The Story Book' is far more accessible with lessons, tips and ideas that are instantly applicable to the journeyman writer.

Baboulene quickly covers the essential ground but then digs into the nuances that I feel allow you to really tell (and sell) a story: driving narrative with subtext and the power of privilege. His innovative use of a well known film throughout the book gives an interesting structure and a great frame of reference to the ideas, techniques and narrative theories put forward. Personally I think it is this coupling of narrative idea with an established and very successful film that gives the book it's edge. Theory observed in action is so much easier to understand, especially when dealing with the subtleties and slipperiness of language.

This is a book about crafting the tale, about fleshing out character based narrative to the point where the story is compelling, absorbing and ultimately very satisfying. From the lessons learned in these pages my redrafts have liberated my characters to the point where their stories now leap from the page to page and scene to scene. I strongly recommend this to anyone working on their story craft in general or a current screenplay or novel.


The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Romp Through Literature, 1 April 2007
Not knowing anything about Fforde, I came across this book when trying to fill a three for two offer in my University bookstore. It turned out to be the star of the purchases. Fforde's genius starts with his post-Orwellian pastiche (set in 1985, naturally) and extends through a series of deft post-modern references, nods and winks to a slew of genres, authors, styles and plot lines! Thursday Next is a fantastic character, all the foibles, weaknesses and challenges of an average girl (trying balance to work, her complicated family life, search for her apparently erased boyfriend and tend to her pet dodo), set against the OTT-stereotypically uber-villan Acheron Hades - who opens his evil campaign by kidnapping and assassinating a minor character from a Dickens novel and dumping the body on the M4!


Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Fiction, 17 Mar 2007
Ender's game is an amazing novel, from the concept to the execution OSC has put together a masterpiece. Ender is a moving, compassionate and empathetic character. You will laugh, you will cry, you will track him through the high's and lows of this moving and gripping novel.

Many novels dealing with epic subject matter have a huge cast and are set upon a canvass as wide as the star field. Here, the fate of a boy and the fate of the human race come together in a deftly written novel. I cannot wait to read OSC's other work.


Run for Home
Run for Home
by Sheila Quigley
Edition: Paperback

19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What not to write!, 14 July 2004
This review is from: Run for Home (Paperback)
I am surprised at the *rave* reviews above. The only reason one should buy this book is as an unpublished writer looking to learn from a bad example.
From the first line of the first paragraph this book stands out as clumsy and cliched. The characters are paper thin and in many cases stereotypical. The lead characters are unbelievable, the plot lines are as confused as they are numerous and the narration wanders all over the place. Why, after 300 pages, is Quigley still telling readers what her character's are doing and how typical of their nature such behaviours are? (Writing 101 - lesson 1 Show don't tell)
And this "opus" earned a six-figure advance!
Ultimately, Quigley was the reason the advance was so high for this book. She seems the ideal guest for a Richard and Judy book club program. It is a real shame that the book fails to deliver. Personally I feel that Quigley's agent and editors must shoulder the blame for this book's disappointing performance. If Quigley does not know any better way to write, they should!


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