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The Hobbit One Sheet Door Poster with Accessory
The Hobbit One Sheet Door Poster with Accessory
Price: £11.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Accessory?, 14 Oct. 2013
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I couldn't quite find that accessory. It was just a regular poster (which deserves 5 stars), but the accessory I paid a premium for was not there.


Empire 394910 'Zen Stones' Motivational Door Poster 53 x 158 cm
Empire 394910 'Zen Stones' Motivational Door Poster 53 x 158 cm
Offered by Poster Revolution UK
Price: £12.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Good-sized, calm poster, 14 Oct. 2013
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I have posted it on my office wall. It has a nice size, and so becomes very visible. I have received compliments that my office now "looks so zen".


Mushi-shi 1
Mushi-shi 1
by Yuki Urushibara
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £7.71

5.0 out of 5 stars It's in Spanish (or Portuguese, or something ... ), 23 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Mushi-shi 1 (Perfect Paperback)
This excellent comic is unfortunately not in English, and it does not state so on the amazon.co.uk website. So if you do not read Spanish (or Portuguese or whatever ... ), look for another edition.


Job: Moral Hero, Religious Egoist and Mystic
Job: Moral Hero, Religious Egoist and Mystic
by James McKechnie
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars What is a religious egoist?, 11 Sept. 2011
You may have found this book as a result of a search involving the term "egoist" -- maybe because you are fascinated by writers such as Max Stirner, Ayn Rand or Friedrich Nietzsche, and would like to explore a different territory of egoist thought - "religious egoism". If so, you will return disappointed. The "religious egoism" is mentioned only in passing, by way of dismissal. Actually, as far as I know, the only intersection between a positive view on egoism, and religion, is to be found in Raymond Smullyan's "The Tao is silent", an intellectual treatise on Chuang Tzu's brand of taoism.

McKechnie's book is still an interesting read, though, exploring a possible theology of the Book of Job. It is a psychological exploration into the topic of friendship, and contains the following gem of a quote (concerning Job's friends' urge to keep giving advice)

«They have cartloads of wholesome advice to bestow, and who but the afflicted are their lawful dumping ground? It is always permissible to take liberties with misery. Advice may be the frankest form of friendship; but when pressed on the unfortunate it may the most offensive form of patronage.»

The central thesis of the book is that Job's plight is not simply a matter of God being fooled by Satan into making life tough for his most faithful servant, but that it actually is the last stage of Job's spiritual growth. For why is Job such a faithful servant? He is well rewarded in material and social gains, so is he simply doing a wage worker's labour when he is paying service to God, or is he doing so without thought of the rewards he is receiving? And this is where the toic of egoism enters. First in this simple form, but then in the more subtle form as Job reaches the last stages of his ordeal. For what does he have left? asks McKechnie. He still has left a religious pride in being closer to God than anyone else, of being able to see himself as God's wronged servant since he had done nothing wrong. According to McKechnie, this sets Job up for dividing the concept of deity into two, and choosing between them: the God of might and power, and the God of Right. And Job, the righteous servant, discards the former in the name of the latter. And he sees himself in the right position to do this because he considers himself to have this special position with God -- he is a "religious egoist". Job's transformation is, according to McKechnie, to give up even this, and to do service and hommage to what he considers to be the true God of Justice, without thought for his own standing but only for (this new concept of) God.


Oxford English Dictionary (second edition) version 3.0
Oxford English Dictionary (second edition) version 3.0

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I would strongly recommend it, but ..., 30 Jun. 2005
I refer to both the 3.1, which I have at home, and to the online version, which I have access to at work.
I've had this software for 7 months now, and I - a private, non-professional user - make extensive use of it, simply because it's a joy to learn new words and the meaning of old words I thought I knew well already. I've owned - and own - quite a few dictionaries, and this one is - without reservation - my favourite dictionary.
Being able to search rather than having wade through the alphabet to find that one word is also a big plus: A good search may give you hits in what would have been 7 different volumes had you tried the same with the paper edition.
And searches enable you to find words you otherwise would be unable to find - unless you masochistically insisted on reading all 20 volumes.
Minuses:
1. Searching pronunciations doesn't work in either of the versions.
2. Security measures: For some reason, the software has rejected the Data CD for verification. Though the people at the OED helpdesk have been helpful, the problem remains. I've had to resort to installing the software on a spare laptop. It seems the OED "CD-COPS" has some kind of quarrel with my main PC or its CD player. Very annoying.
I don't mind "draconian" security measures - as long as they don't deprive legitimate users of their product. CD-COPS is the wrong kind of draconian, and I wish OED would choose some more owner friendly security measure for future versions.
I give the software 3 stars, though on its own merits, it should have 4 and a half - a half star subtracted because searching pronunciations just doesn't work the way it should. For a wannabe poet, searching pronunciations is a close to necessary feature.


Complete Rhyming Dictionary
Complete Rhyming Dictionary
by C. Wood
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.52

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British buyers beware!, 3 May 2002
Finding rhymes by phonetics is something you will appreciate in time, and it really isn't all that hard, even for foreigners like myself. The book is large, well-structured, and has a lot of what we are all looking for: Rhymes. Unfortunately, the rhymes are US English rhymes, which means:
1. Wrong phonetics for some words. Try as you might with your British ear, "fire" is not where it's supposed to be.
2. Some words are listed as rhymes that simply don't rhyme in UK English.
3. Some UK English rhymes are listed as non-rhymes, like "forge" and "gorge".
But this is of course a problem with all US made rhyming dictionaries. If you are a US buyer, there is no reason for you not to buy the book.


Life: A User's Manual (Harvill Panther)
Life: A User's Manual (Harvill Panther)
by Georges Perec
Edition: Paperback

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time, space - and detail, 21 Jan. 2002
Perec switches dimensions: In an ordinary novel, the main dimension
of movement is time - all movement in space and detail are derived
from this movement in time. In Perec's "Life, A User's Manual" the
main dimensions of movement are space, and not the least - detail.
Any movement back or forth in time is merely derived from this
primary movement.
This peculiar mode of movement gives rise to a peculiar writing style
where the writer can not mention an object without at the same time
mentioning its details. It is a very contagious writing style, and so
while reading this book, something I mainly did on the train to and
from work - usually between 7AM and 9AM in the morning and between
4PM and 7PM in the evening on weekdays, except for tuesdays when I
would either leave early or arrive late due to work-outs - I found
myself digressing in details (moving in the dimension of detail) as I
wrote email to friends or participated in other exchanges. It might
remind you of Arabian Nights, except that it is the objects and not
the people who tell the stories within the stories.
A warning for you who wish to read this book: Just as with "Zen and
the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", you will find yourself wondering
through the first 100 pages or so if this book is ever going to go
anywhere. As opposed to the case of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance, you will find it doesn't. But by that time, you won't
care that it doesn't. It is a wonderfully self-contained universe
that starts and ends with nothing.


Stirner: The Ego and its Own (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
Stirner: The Ego and its Own (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
by Max Stirner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!, 29 Jan. 2001
Max Stirner is an almost forgotten great thinker who seems to be experiencing a renaissance in the age of Internet.
The author of a single book, he stands as the most solid individualist thinker and moral critic I have ever come across. The Hegelian scholar Lawrence Stepelevich of Villanova University characterizes Stirner as both the ultimate Hegelian and as the anti-Hegel; the end of the Hegelian chain. Given Hegelianism's pretenses to being a conclusive philosophy, it might be tempting to say Stirner is thereby the end of philosophy. That, however, would be wrong.
But to say that Stirner is the end of *moral* philosophy would be to the point; the Stirnerian critique of morality has a strength that I have yet to see a moral philosophy withstand. His is not a nihilistic "Can you prove morality" type of critique, but rather a critique of the necessary inherent assumptions of any moral philosophy. These are strong words to say about any book. In Stirner's case, they are deserved.
Have an enjoyable reading!


The Discworld Mapp
The Discworld Mapp
by Stephen Briggs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO!, 4 Aug. 2000
This review is from: The Discworld Mapp (Paperback)
The discworld should never have been mapped! Suddenly the live world of the Discworld has been projected onto and confined to two-dimensionality. Was this what we loved about Pratchett's geography? How can countries appear and disappear now? This map is not a gain, it's a loss!


Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad (Rhcp))
Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad (Rhcp))
by David Eddings
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars This book is the entrance fee to the rest of the series, 2 Aug. 2000
This book is worth reading for one thing only: It is the start of the rest of the series, and provides the background for it. The book itself ... don't you just hate it when the plot depends on such artificial devices like "Oh I am so noble I won't kill this man, even though he is obviously (for the rest of the book and then some) going to go out of his way to make life miserable for me and my friends, and preferrably kill us if he can." and "Gee, I think I'll take the long way round, since some people's feelings will get hurt if I take the shortcut, even though the fate of the universe depends on me getting to my destination in time."
Also, and this unfortunately applies to the later and far better books in this series as well, Eddings is so deep into "properness" like gender stereotypes, parental authority and kinging and queening that it gets downright annoying at times.
On the good side, Eddings has a fluent prose which makes the books an easy read, and he has the occasional deep observation made through Garion. But these benefits really don't get to the fore until the later books in the series...


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