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Terminal Freeze
Terminal Freeze
by Lincoln Child
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but nothing special., 17 May 2010
I bought this book as some light reading for on a holiday. As such it is not a bad book, but neither is it a good book. The author has a captivating style, and the plot does never become unbelievable enough to become annoying. It also helps that the book is quite short. I liked the description of the film crew, but maybe that's because I am not familiar with such people. I did not like the scientists. Being a scientist myself, I found their arguments and the way they reasoned quite silly.


Abandoned
Abandoned
by Cody McFadyen
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying, 17 May 2010
This review is from: Abandoned (Paperback)
I bought this book on holiday when I ran out off reading material. I did not have much choice, because the only bookshop on the island I was on had only a very small selection of English language books. I will make sure next time to bring along more books, because this was really not a good book. The characters are stereotypes. The good guys are all good, and the bad guys all bad. This becomes incredibly annoying even after a few dozen pages, because the author doesn't seem to be able to stop describing how fantastic the FBI people and their relatives and family are. The plot is also nothing to write home about. I would not call it predictable, but it is not very surprising either. The descriptions of man-woman relations are particularly superficial. If you want to read about a similar topic buy the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.


Data Analysis: A Bayesian Tutorial
Data Analysis: A Bayesian Tutorial
by D. S. Sivia
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.89

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent with a bad part at the end, 16 May 2010
I had looked at a couple of other books on Bayesian statistics and noticed that they all focus mainly on all kind of very technical aspects. Sivia's book on the other hand deals almost exclusively with basic applications of Bayes theorem. It does this by discussing a number of examples in detail. This makes it much more useful people like me (I am a physical chemist), as I can often simply copy what Sivia does. I rarely feel the need to consult the more advanced books.

In the second edition of the book a chapter on nested sampling has been added written by John Skilling. I have seen that this technique can be very useful, but only because I found a paper in which it was described much better than in the book. It is not just that a completely different notation is used by Skilling, also the whole approach is different. Whereas Sivia aims to write an introductory textbook, Skilling seems to write for specialists. This really lessens the quality of the book.
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Lake Placid [2000] [DVD]
Lake Placid [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bridget Fonda
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious, but very funny., 16 May 2010
This review is from: Lake Placid [2000] [DVD] (DVD)
I guess you either love this move or hate it. It is not a horror movie, but a parody and as such very funny. There is a monster in the form of a very large crocodile, and at times it becomes a bit scary. (Not really more than that in spite of a decapitation.) But more important is the set of quirky characters and the spiffy dialogues. The problem of a movie like this is that the makers easily go over the top. This is not the case here; it has just the right balance between absurdity and realism.


Mastering the Chess Openings: v. 2
Mastering the Chess Openings: v. 2
by John Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful, 16 May 2010
There are two ways to approach openings. One is to discuss the ideas about an opening. The other is to discuss variations. Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses, and good opening books, in my opinion, use a combination of both.

In view of the scope of the book, I had expected that the discussion of ideas would dominate. That is however not the case. Maybe that is not so strange, as Watson in his other books tends to emphasize the exceptions to ideas that occur in many positions. (Rule-independence is a term, I think, that often pops up.) So there are many variations, but, as the number of pages is limited, not enough to get anything but a superficial discussion of each of the various openings in the book. This does not make it a bad book, Watson is a much too good author for that, but neither is it a very useful book.


Mastering the Chess Openings - Volume 1
Mastering the Chess Openings - Volume 1
by John Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful, 16 May 2010
There are two ways to approach openings. One is to discuss the ideas about an opening. The other is to discuss variations. Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses, and good opening books, in my opinion, use a combination of both.

In view of the scope of the book, I had expected that the discussion of ideas would dominate. That is however not the case. Maybe that is not so strange, as Watson in his other books tends to emphasize the exceptions to ideas that occur in many positions. (Rule-independence is a term, I think, that often pops up.) So there are many variations, but, as the number of pages is limited, not enough to get anything but a superficial discussion of each of the various openings in the book. This does not make it a bad book, Watson is a much too good author for that, but neither is it a very useful book.


Computer Simulation Of Liquids (Oxford Science Publications)
Computer Simulation Of Liquids (Oxford Science Publications)
by M. P. Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Standard reference although somewhat outdated, 15 May 2010
This books has for almost two decades been the standard book on molecular dynamics. It is very well written, and can still be used as an excellent introductory text. The field of molecular dynamics has however developed enormously, and most of the recent developments cannot be found in the book. If you want to know about these developments as well you are better of with Understanding Molecular Simulation: From Algorithms to Applications (Computational Science) by Daan Frenkel, or
The Art of Molecular Dynamics Simulation by D.C. Rapaport. On the other hand, if you are really serious about molecular dynamics than the book is a must-have if only for its historic importance.


Statistical Mechanics
Statistical Mechanics
by Donald A. McQuarrie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £72.99

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best statistical physics books, 15 May 2010
This review is from: Statistical Mechanics (Hardcover)
This is an incredibly well written book on the fundamentals of statistical physics. I particular like the first chapters in which the various ensembles are introduced and the important systems (various gases, chemical equilibriums, and crystals) are discussed. The last part of the book seems a bit less relevant. This is probably because the original version of the book is already several decades old, and these topics have turned out to be not so important, and do not appear in more recent textbooks on statistical physics. The only real drawback however is that it is only available as hardcover, and more expensive than it should be.


Su La Take
Su La Take

5.0 out of 5 stars Music that gets to you, 15 May 2010
This review is from: Su La Take (Audio CD)
Etienne Mbappe combines music from Cameroon with jazz. His music is much more restrained than the music of his better known compatriots like Manu Dibango. I heard him play at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2009. Although I liked his music, I was immediately very impressed. The more I listened to it, the more I liked it however. Many of his songs have a haunting melancholy, while at the same time remaining upbeat. It is music one can listen to again and again and it does not become boring.


Scenarios
Scenarios
Price: £14.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating harmonica playing, 15 May 2010
This review is from: Scenarios (Audio CD)
There are not so many CD's containing good modern music for chromatic harmonica. This CD is certainly one of them. Not only is the music very good, the way Gregoire Maret plays the harmonica is simply fascinating. It is a whole new way of making music for this underrated instrument.


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