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The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice
The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice
by Wong Kiew Kit
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for life, 7 Feb 2000
Tai chi is a lifetime study and this book will last a lifetime. Apart from being an excellent reference manual, the enthusiasm and good charachter of the author come across clearly.


Phoenix-eye Fist: Shaolin Fighting Art of South China
Phoenix-eye Fist: Shaolin Fighting Art of South China
by Donn F. Draeger
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solidly written, well illustrated work., 7 Feb 2000
I only give this book Four stars because there is only so much one can learn from a book. Go to a class in the first instance and lay a good foundation. Apart from that, I would recommend this book for its simple clarity and abundance of clear photographic illustrations


Health Workbooks - The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-defence, Health and Enlightenment
Health Workbooks - The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-defence, Health and Enlightenment
by Wong Kiew Kit
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars no nonsense, 1 Feb 2000
The author does not give the reader anything flashy and does not make any idle promises. The comments he does make about the outstanding benefits that can be gained from Kung Fu are based solidly in making sure that the student understands that the responsibility lies with the individual. The message is that through knowing one's goals and by rigourous, consistant and persistant hard work of training the body and the mind, the student will achieve real effective results. Wong Kiew Kit makes this absolutely clear and then provides all of the material( along with advising a good teacher) to build a solid foundation for the practice of Kung Fu. If practised over years the student should not need another training manual for a long time. It will take an extended period to get through the material in this book.


Delia's How to Cook Book Two
Delia's How to Cook Book Two
by Delia Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.00

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best around, 20 Jan 2000
I love to cook and have used Delia's books for many years. I find it difficult to be objective about her, as she has always been my favourite from a young age. However, I still believe the series of "How to Cook" and the associated books to be unequalled. Many professional chefs criticise these books as an insult to the intelligence. They are really missing the point. Delia does what she does best. She introduces cookery in an enjoyable, easily approachable way, to those who would otherwise be terrified of the idea of using a kitchen for that purpose. At the same time, she provides great cook books for people who have experience of such matters. The extremely delicious results speak for themselves. I would recommend buying book one first, but apart from that one qualification, this is an excellent book and along with book one should be a first choice for those intending to become more proficient in cookery, whether from scratch, or building on previous knowledge and experience. Great recipes for people who love their food but don't feel compelled to be involved in the pretension which often surrounds food.


The Ghosts of Sleath
The Ghosts of Sleath
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars descriptive writing at its most protracted, 20 Dec 1999
This review is from: The Ghosts of Sleath (Paperback)
I have enjoyed Herbert's writing in the past, although I find him to be a poor man's King or Barker. This time, unlike the previous reviews, I cannot endorse this as being any good at all. Other reveiwers may enjoy the lengthy and repeated attention to perverted and gory detail but I think a distinction can be made between good descriptive horror writing and bludgeoning a scene to death for the sake of gratuitous, salivating self indulgence. Herbert repeatedly crosses over the line of good descriptive writing into turgid, overlong prose. The tension builds and builds to the point of distraction and then just keeps on going until all interest is lost. Definately not worth the time or the money.


The Dark Half
The Dark Half
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bought this to revive my interest in King, 20 Dec 1999
This review is from: The Dark Half (Paperback)
I had heard that The Dark Half was a good King story and so I watched the film first. It was a truly shocking, dull, instantly forgettable T.V. style movie. Some time later I bought the book for a long journey and was very happily surprised to find that the book had well developed charachters, a well written, tightly woven plot and great tension and anticipation at what would happen next. If you are looking to King for the first time, always read a book first and be tentative about spoiling the read by watching the film. Exceptions are Misery and 'Salems Lot the full mini series.


'Salem's Lot
'Salem's Lot
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful, 11 Dec 1999
This review is from: 'Salem's Lot (Paperback)
Many people say that this type of book should not be read on a dark stormy night with the lights down low. I can't think of a better time. Nights like that were made for books like this.


The Beginner's Guide to Shotokan Karate
The Beginner's Guide to Shotokan Karate
by John Van Weenan
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best I have read on this discipline, 31 Oct 1999
I have practised shotokan for about eight years and have often found instruction books lacking or confusing. This book is comprehensive and clear and I think it deserves strong recomendation.


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