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Standard Catalog of World Coins: 2001-Date (Standard Catalog of World Coins: 2001-Present)
Standard Catalog of World Coins: 2001-Date (Standard Catalog of World Coins: 2001-Present)
by George S. Cuhaj
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.70

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Likely to Buy the Next Issue, 12 Sep 2010
Another issue of the 21st century World Coins Catalog proves yet again that the whole idea was aimed mainly at selling the same thing twice to the same group of customers. The 2011 issue still is not big enough to justify the separation from the 1901-2000 volume (no, there is no need to list prices for trial strikes in the latter volume!) while the editing leaves far too much to be desired.
The list of flaws is quite long but let's be general here. The more recent issues of most countries are not brought up to date (strangely enough Ukraine is well done but its neighbour Belarus is not to such a degree that in some cases some coins from a series are listed and some are not) and this applies to a quite strange degree to countries living on coin production (and quite popular among collectors) such as Isle of Man or Gibraltar (current circulation issues introduced in 2005 are still not listed!). The prices show little connection with market reality or are not given at all (Monaco 2007 issues). Mistakes from earlier volumes are not corrected e.g. there were two Polish 2 zloty commemorative coins issued in 2005 and 2007 missing from 2010 issue and guess what? They are still missing. The same coins are listed twice. The sequence is sometimes quite inexplicable i.e. the latest coins are listed as the first. Etc etc.
Conclusion - unless you are a dealer and you need it for your business (and you can deduct the cost for tax purposes) don't buy this volume. You will find more specific and up to date information on new coin issues on the Internet and more data on their prices on eBay. To make matters worse Krause apparently decided that adding a CD was too much and cancelled it in this editions, you have to buy it separately in effect paying twice for the same faulty material.
You will have to make your decision but I am not very likely to buy 2012 issue.


Insignificant Others
Insignificant Others
by Stephen McCauley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He is Back and He Has Something to Say, 12 Sep 2010
This review is from: Insignificant Others (Hardcover)
McCauley is back with a new book and it is a good one.
Richard Rossi, a fifty-something fitness-maniac, an ex-psychologist who ended up as an HR manager in a software company seems to have made it. He has both a boyfriend called Conrad who is younger and natural blond (if you don't mind the highlights) and an insignificant other, Benjamin, he meets for sex on a fairly regular basis. The book traces a difficult year in the life of Richard which forces him to question what he used to find certain and important.
The plot is rather loose and you should not expect many big thrills here, the overall impression is rather of a chunk of life which had been going on before and will continue after you close the book. Richard temporarily loses and gets back his boyfriend, breaks up and gets back with Benjamin. Conrad tries to replace Richard with another sugar-daddy. An expected raise and promotion go to an unexpected candidate. Personal trainer quarrels with his crazy, drug-addict boyfriend. The cast of characters is quite impressive and McCauley is good both at inventing them and at them and at giving them life even if their part in the novel is quite small.
But it is not the plot that really attracted me to this book. McCauley is eerily successful in describing the US in 2006, two years into the second term of George W. Bush. The image he draws is extremely subtle, a remark here, a description there (take a closer look at the two fitness clubs and the virtual reality golf club!), but it is extremely convincing. On the surface it is a book about a successful gay man who is starting to lose it (his physical prowess, boyfriend, position at the company etc.) but on a deeper level it is a book about country which slowly falls apart at the seems. Somewhat scary but thought-provoking reading.


"Standard Catalog of" World Coins 2011: 1901 - 2000 (Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1901-2000)
"Standard Catalog of" World Coins 2011: 1901 - 2000 (Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1901-2000)
by George S. Cuhaj
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trustworthy Volume Again - But No CD, 25 July 2010
It is fairly difficult to welcome a new edition of World Coins Catalog 1901-2000 with great expectations. One can assume that by 2010 the editors made sure that their work is complete (actually, it isn't - one 1 pound coin from Cyprus issued in 2000 is still missing although two other 1 pound coins from the same year were added, copper 3000 bolivares from 1999 from Venezuela is missing still although silver 6000 bolivares coin issued also to commemorate the Maracay Mint is included etc etc) so the new volume becomes a valuable novelty only for those who are interested in recent changes of prices i.e. dealers and investors. They will find in the volume some changes and revaluations (Poland is going up - not much of a surprise as a coin boom in this country has continued for over a decade now, Great Britain is going down - the changes are caused rather by the decreasing value of the pound rather then by a general loss of interest in British coins) but not really that much to justify the purchase of another issue if you have one already.
For those who already have the 2010 issue there is an additional reason why they should reconsider replacing it with the 2011 issue - there is no CD with the text of the catalog in .pdf files. In other words - if you have 2010 issue, think twice before buying the new one. If you don't have the catalog at all (and if you collect world coins, you really should) or you old copy is falling apart with age, look around first - maybe you can find the 2010 issue - it will be much cheaper now and the CD really does come handy if you travel with your laptop and buy coins in foreign countries.


Calendar of the Letters of E.M. Forster
Calendar of the Letters of E.M. Forster
by Mary Lago
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but limited practical value, 19 Jun 2010
The Calendar of the Letters of E. M. Forster is the result of great work of its compiler Mary Lago but its practical value for most Forsterian scholars is highly limited. Lago collected all Forster's letters she could access in the mid-1980s. The order in which they are arranged is the best possible. Instead of ordering them by dates - which would make finding specific letters tedious and probably enforce the addition of a lengthy index - she arranged them by addressees.
Unfortunately, the volume has one basic flaw - the calendar does not actually inform the reader about the subject and content of the letters but gives fragments of the first lines which makes it largely worthless. I will try to give an example. On May 5th, 1950 Forster wrote a three pages long letter to Paul Cadmus - it is described in the calendar as follows "I have now returned to London..." Is it worth it to travel to Cambridge where the letter is held in King's College in order to read it or not?
Bearing in mind that the letters are held in various archives and private collections all over the world, and Mary Lago was probably the only person ever to have a chance to look at them all, one would expect more - maybe a summary in three lines for each? As it is prospective researchers may learn from this volume where they can find Forster's letters but not what is in them. In other words - if you have just received a big grant that will pay for your travels to various archives or for having the letters copied and delivered to where you live, this volume may come very handy. Otherwise, buying it is a waste of money.


Em Forster Chronology (Author Chronologies Series)
Em Forster Chronology (Author Chronologies Series)
by J. H. (Visiting Professor in Engl Stape
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £115.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Reference for Very Few, 11 Jun 2010
J. H. Stape's An E. M. Forster Chronology will find extremely few readers although the select few will find it a very practical source. Stape has gathered the existing knowledge of Forster's life in a a practical and rather concise form. It is supplemented by a short "Who's Who" (in EMF's life) and a list of locations and addresses where EMF lived in his very long life.
Before you choose to buy it - it is a tool, a chronological source, not a biography. If you need a biography of Forster there is a lot to choose from - Furbank, Beauman, King, and, most recently, Moffat - but this particular book will be a major disappointment for you. Actually, the only people for whom this will be truly handy are those who decided to write yet another biography of EMF.
If I haven't discouraged you yet (or encouraged should you be one of the few mentioned above) better try to get a copy from a library and take a closer look before ordering a copy for yourself.


Em Forster (An annotated secondary bibliography series an English literature in transition, 1880-1920)
Em Forster (An annotated secondary bibliography series an English literature in transition, 1880-1920)
by McDowell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £48.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Necessary for Every Forster Scholar, 12 May 2010
This is a book no Forster scholar can do without. Even in the days of easy access to various online data bases where one can find almost everything just sitting at one's desk and tapping away, there is a limit in what you can find and how you know what to look for.
It is almost too easy to disregard this thick volume. This is, however, the only place where you can find all Forsterian scholarship listed and summarized. It is true that once you find out what articles you need, you will be able to access them online (it may not be quite as easy with books) but knowing your way is absolutely essential unless you fancy groping in the dark as your favourite research method.
Any serious Forsterian research (by which I mean any research on PhD level and most on MA level) simply must start from this volume. You do not have to read it through, though, in most cases titles of books or articles will let you know if it makes any sense to read the summary. However, if you decide to skip browsing, you may be sure that you won't be able to find all the necessary material and now that you know of the book (and your supervisor and reviewers do know about it as well!) you will have only yourself to blame!


A Single Man [DVD]
A Single Man [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.51

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grief that Dares Not Speak Its Name, 3 May 2010
This review is from: A Single Man [DVD] (DVD)
The main subject of this beautifully made and shot movie is grief, one that does not dare to speak its name. From the very beginning the viewer is invited into a world of grief which the main hero cannot share with almost anyone else.
George Falconer (absolutely brilliant Colin Firth) learns of his long-term partner's (Matthew Goode good-looking as always) death almost by chance, a distant relative is kind enough to make a phone call, but George is immediately barred from participating in the funeral service. This is "for family only" and a gay partner does not qualify as such. He does not have the right to mourn the beloved person. The only person with whom he can try to share his grief is his British friend Charlie (stunning Julianne Moore) who is sympathetic but as it turns out does not take Falconer quite as seriously as he would hope for. For her the two men's shared life was "a substitute for something else", an idea which Falconer rejects outright.
The movie present only one day of Falconer's life, the day which he planned as his last, unable to cope with grief he can't share, mourning he was denied, he contemplates suicide. But life has much more up its sleeve and the day proves much different from anything Falconer could have planned.
The movie may seem to deal with the past. It is set in 1962 and no effort was spared in the re-making of the US of the days of JFK admistration. But this is not a period piece, the issue it deals with is more than present for many people who live their lifes stuck in closets usually not of their own making. People who are not allowed to reveal their emotions (not necessarily the negative ones) because that would mean revealing much more, something that others refuse to accept.
Tom Ford has a perfect eye for the visual side of the movie-making business, Abel Korzeniowski's score is just as perfect, the casting great. Is there anything more to expect from a movie?


Gay Life and Culture: A World History
Gay Life and Culture: A World History
by Robert Aldrich
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gay Content in Gay Form, 1 May 2010
The book seems torn between a coffee-table book (it certainly looks and weighs like one) and an academic study. It is not a very pleasant position and anyone who takes it is bound to end up worse for wear because meeting the expectations connected with the two quite distant genres is simply impossible.
This is an introduction into gay and lesbian history. There are better, better researched, more in-depth and more detailed studies but you have to start somewhere, and it is better do so with a large overview like this one. Some can start from Foucault and take it from there but they are quite few while most readers will find Foucault sufficiently offputing never to try to approach gay and lesbian history again. This is a book aimed at those average readers. It is for them that it takes an approachable form with clear division of material and a large number of colourful illustrations. It is also for them that it tries to simplify certain issues (but providing an ample bibliography so anyone not quite satisfied should know where to look for more).
One thing must be stressed - this an extremely universal study that goes beyond the limits of the Western world both in descriptions of the present state of gay and lesbian universe and in its attempts to present its past. If only for that it is a book well worth buying and reading.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes!!!, 1 May 2010
Are you seriously looking for a computer? This one is sleek and fast (for my limited needs at last - I use it for work not for fun), the screen is large and the quality of picture is astounding (HD) so it can double as a TV set (with a DVD!). It is wonderfully quiet while the quality of sound is more than good enough to listen to music while you're working (obviously, you don't get surround effect ;)
You hate the web of cables under your desk? This is your choice. This MSI needs only cable (OK, OK... I needed one to connect it to the printer and another for the Internet connection but I can get connected wireless if I want to...). Keyboard and mouse are wireless and included in the package. Microphone and camera are built in so if you're on Skype all the time, MSI will save you plugging in a camera and putting on and connecting a headset - you just look at the screen and talk. It also leaves a lot of space on or under your desk, all you need is the space you would need for the screen.
Is it absolutely perfect? Well, the touch screen is cool when you deal with larger objects, with very small ones mouse can become necessary. And after a short while I decided to replace the original keyboard with something more appropriate for writing a lot. The MSI keyboard is good if you operate the computer mainly via screen, if you write several pages daily every day, wrist-support becomes essential.
In short - a very decent computer packed in a sleek and sexy design. If you need top speed and huge storage space this may not be your choice but for everybody else it certainly is a perfect option!
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MSI AE2220 21.5 inch Touchscreen All in One PC (Intel C2D T6600 2.2GHz, 4Gb, 640Gb, DVD, HDMI, WLAN, Webcam, TV Tuner, Win 7)
MSI AE2220 21.5 inch Touchscreen All in One PC (Intel C2D T6600 2.2GHz, 4Gb, 640Gb, DVD, HDMI, WLAN, Webcam, TV Tuner, Win 7)

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes!!!, 1 May 2010
Are you seriously looking for a computer? This one is sleek and fast (for my limited needs at last - I use it for work not for fun), the screen is large and the quality of picture is astounding (HD) so it can double as a TV set (with a DVD!). It is wonderfully quiet while the quality of sound is more than good enough to listen to music while you're working (obviously, you don't get surround effect ;)
You hate the web of cables under your desk? This is your choice. This MSI needs only cable (OK, OK... I needed one to connect it to the printer and another for the Internet connection but I can get connected wireless if I want to...). Keyboard and mouse are wireless and included in the package. Microphone and camera are built in so if you're on Skype all the time, MSI will save you plugging in a camera and putting on and connecting a headset - you just look at the screen and talk. It also leaves a lot of space on or under your desk, all you need is the space you would need for the screen.
Is it absolutely perfect? Well, the touch screen is cool when you deal with larger objects, with very small ones mouse can become necessary. And after a short while I decided to replace the original keyboard with something more appropriate for writing a lot. The MSI keyboard is good if you operate the computer mainly via screen, if you write several pages daily every day, wrist-support becomes essential.
In short - a very decent computer packed in a sleek and sexy design. If you need top speed and huge storage space this may not be your choice but for everybody else it certainly is a perfect option!


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