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The Linux Command Line Beginner's Guide (Computer Beginner's Guides)
The Linux Command Line Beginner's Guide (Computer Beginner's Guides)
Price: 0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad easy to read, 25 Feb 2013
I really liked the style of this book. It deals with a geeky subject in a non-geeky way so it is easy to. It is a beginner's guide, not a reference manual, and its layout lends itself to that. Unfortunately there are quite a few typos which took the edge of some of the learning points.
Jonathan is not only a technical author but a novelist as well. He mentions that. That's fine but I thought adding a chapter of one of his novels to this book was going too far.
But for the price it is a worthy read for anyone needing an introduction to Linux command line.


Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An expert with humour, 24 Jan 2005
As a punctuation pedant myself I found a kindred spirit in Lynn Truss through this book. Boy! Is she keen! She is more committed to the subject than I am and this shows through. The book has been well researched and covers many of the points of punctuation that cause people to trip up.
If you are looking for a coffee-table anthology of grammatical cock-ups ("a man with a wooden leg called John") then go somewhere else; this book is not for you. However if you are serious about making sure your work does not end up in such an anthology, then order it right away. It's mainly about punctuation, but obviously has to drift into grammar now and again. The topic of the book must be one of the driest and yet most important subjects to tackle. Lynn Truss does it exceptionally well; putting in just enough humour to keep you lifted to read on and includes a good balance of apposite examples.
Someone has said that this is a platform for Ms Truss to show off her knowledge, but a book like this needs to be written from a stance of authority, rather than a personal opinion (of which there must be millions). She comes over as an expert the subject, but makes her points in non-condescending way. Having acknowledged her expertise, there are some moot points on which I would beg to differ and I feel from the style of the book she is the sort of person I could approach and have a discussion with.
This is a serious book, but not a dry text book and therfore a good read (I actually finished it and that should be a recommendation in itself!). It is useful for anyone who needs guidance and for writers looking for consolidation of thoughts on the subject.
And in case you were wondering: no, just because there's an "s" at the end of a word, you don't have to always precede it with an apostrophe!


The Non-designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice
The Non-designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice
by Robin Williams
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Uncondescending, 7 Sep 2003
A really useful and easy read. You don't feel you are being talked down to or that the author is trying to blind you with science. It carries you on a journey of learning. It won't make you a professional designer, but it teaches you to use CRAP(*) to make sure your designs aren't!
Robin is a brilliant communicator and you feel that she is there beside you helping you discover what makes good design. Lots of illustrations help get the points across.
(*) CRAP is the acronym for four key principles of design that are logically explained throughout the book. I won't steal Robin's thunder by saying what it stands for. You'll have to get the book for that. It's worth it.


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