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The Face of God
The Face of God
by Roger Scruton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.14

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 17 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Face of God (Hardcover)
Scruton's treatment of this idea is very engaging and thought-provoking. Despite the drama surrounding this figure, I think he has a lot of intelligent things to say and it's well worth our time to spend it reading/listening to this man.

This series of Gifford lectures is also available online, so one can hear him speak in person and answer audience questions that were raised in response to those lectures. I do not know if they differ in any substantial way from this book.


A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
by Seiichi Makino
Edition: Paperback
Price: £37.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 16 Jan. 2011
This is an excellent source for learning Japanese. Whenever you come across a particle, or verb form you're unsure of you can just look it up quite easily in this. Example sentences are given in kanji and kana, then English.

I cannot give this a better rating :)


Complete Babylonian: Teach Yourself
Complete Babylonian: Teach Yourself
by Martin Worthington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 Dec. 2010
This is an excellent beginner's guide to Akkadian. Of course, like any autodidact knows, teaching yourself a language requires motivation and commitment. This book gives you the means of learning all of the basics for the language. It especially makes contractions and morphemes easier to learn and look out for.

Grammar is neatly arranged and clearly organized. There is no unnecessary jargon (he does away with, but makes a note of, terms like aspect, anaphora or mood), and as you move through the book you become more and more excited about learning this language.

While it does not include any kind of introduction to learning the cuneiform script, this will be easier to tackle once you've got the grammar under your belt. It will certainly make you more confident and likely to succeed in learning sign lists later on, if that is what you wish to do. Additionally, you will be able to translate Hammurabi's Code, for example, from the transcription. This is an excellent mood booster, seeing this ancient language unravel in front of your eyes.


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