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Masonry (Beyond the Light)
Masonry (Beyond the Light)
by William Schnoebelen
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure found, 17 Mar 2004
How many books do you buy and read and buy and read, just to find that one book which will make a profound change? Well this is that book, believe me. (Even if you are not that interested in Masonry, because this book is about much, much more than Masonry).
So, why is it good?
It is well written. It is easy to read. It is interesting. (So interesting, it reads like a novel). It is relevant. It is thought provoking. It will cause you to look at things differently. It will make you a better person. What more do you want in a book? My copy is doing the rounds. But as soon as I get it back, I am going to read it again. Again.


Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and the Church
Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and the Church
by Dave Hunt
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth hurts, 17 Mar 2004
So what did you expect? The Bible says that in the last days, even the elect will be deceived. This book shows us how. It's that simple.
If you don't like what it says, it might be because it is cutting a little close to the bone. Some say this book is poorly researched. Everything Dave Hunt says, is based on Scripture. If you don't think Scripture is authorative, then you are right, then this book is rubbish. If you do believe that Scripture is is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and therefore correct, you will appreciate Dave Hunt's leadership qualities and his guts, coming out with the truth, shooting from the hip, knowing he is setting himself up for lots of critisism.
As far as I'm concerned, this is essential reading. Err on the safe side. I want to be among the 144 000.


Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated
Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated
by Cathy Burns
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.15

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the record straight, 17 Mar 2004
Another reviewer gave this book only one star, because she bought it for a specific purpose (for which the book wasn't really intended) and then slagged it off because it didn't meet her demands. That's like reviewing a mobile phone and giving it only one star because it didn't mow your lawn that well. Now that is out of the way, let's review the book.
For your money, you get hundreds and hundreds of pages crammed full of just what it says: symbols. From the "Christian" Cross to the peace sign, and just about everything in between. This is where it gets interesting, because many of these symbols originated in ways we wouldn't have imagined.
And this is where the book becomes valuable, because the text is well researched and highly informative. And passionately relayed. Cathy Burns means business, and delivers abundantly. She doesn't twist the truth and she remains unbiased.
On the other hand, the editors could have done something about the layout and design of the book. It could have been packaged much better. The layout really is pathetic. And the book could do with an update, as the topic is current and relevant, but also very dynamic.
I always used to think the "Christian" cross came from the cross that Christ was crucified on. Boy, was I wrong. Bet you are thinking now that yes, if I thought that, I probably also thought that the star of David came from David. And that the sign of Islam had something to do with the crescent moon and sun. Guilty as charged. Man what an interesting book!


Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same [1976] [DVD]
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same [1976] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Plant
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 10.00

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The times they are (sorry, wrong band), 17 Mar 2004
Two years ago, this was five star material. Then came the box set and rendered this redundant.
The "movie" bits in TSRTS are really quite corny and not worth losing any sleep over. The concert coverage is not as good as on the box set. Don't even think of comparing sound quality.
Plus, the box set has wonderful extras. Don't buy this if you don't have the box set. If you do, you won't watch this more than once.


Jimi Hendrix [DVD]
Jimi Hendrix [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arthur Allen
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 6.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snapshot, 17 Mar 2004
This review is from: Jimi Hendrix [DVD] (DVD)
The life of Jimi Hendrix cannot be covered in one dvd. His songs can't be, neither can his idiosyncrasies. Therein lies the "fault" of this dvd. It's more like a dictionary entry than a full length feature, because there is so much to say and presumably so much to show. In other words, once your'e through watching the dvd, your'e just warming up to the subject. Scratching the surface.
So don't look at this dvd as authorative. But if you look at it as a snapshot, a brief moment in the life of, this dvd succeeds.
The image quality isn't great. It seems as if everything was filmed on home movie cameras. But that's okay, because this all did happen in the sixties, remember? But what does bother, is the sound quality. One underestimates the importance of sound quality when half a dvd consists of interviews, but what's the point of an interview if you can hardly hear what the "cats" are saying anyway. (Am I supposed to READ all those subtitles?)
And yet: this is a good dvd. It has entertainment value, but is not half as informative as I hoped it to be. This is probably not a good starting point for a Hendrix noob, but could be required viewing for fans. If you're a noob, check out "Jimi Hendrix plays Monterey" (and weep). Now 'Scuse me


Empires : Dawn of the Modern World (PC CD)
Empires : Dawn of the Modern World (PC CD)

10 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't agree, 16 Mar 2004
Everybody seems to be raving about Empires. I'm not. I was a huge fan of Empire Earth, which this game seems to be replacing. Well, here are the facts: Empire Earth ran a lot smoother, the multiplay was better, the campaigns were better and the graphics were similar.
I couldn't believe the slow pace of the campaign mode in Empires. Plain boring! Single play, same thing. Slow and boring. Praetorians is much much better than this. So is Empire Earth.
There are some new concepts in the game, and hats off to the developers for introducing new aspects, but they don't contribute much. this is a simple case of the developers having missed the target. I've already uninstalled my copy.


Rise of Nations: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets (Sybex Official Strategies & Secrets)
Rise of Nations: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets (Sybex Official Strategies & Secrets)
by Michael Rymaszewski
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.67

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, 16 Mar 2004
What's to say about a strategy guide? It either helps, or it doesn't. This one does. And it is either easy to use, or it's not. This one is. And then, it either contains helpful information, or it doesn't. This one does.
But there is more to it than that. What is important, is that this guide contains a wealth of useful information, as well as some really good tips. And that is what counts, right? So why not five stars? It could have been more. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good strategy guide. But it could have been better, simply because it could (should) have contained production tables. Minus one star for that.


Empires: Dawn of the Modern World Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
by Rick Barba
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best strategy guide ever!, 16 Mar 2004
I must have one of the strangest hobbies in the world: I love reading strategy guides!
As far as I'm concerned, the game sucks. But the strategy guide rocks! It is well written, well laid out, user friendly, detailed, informative, interesting. I enjoyed the strategy guide so much, it made me reinstall the game!
The guide seems to highlight the "good aspects" of the game, and certainly adds to the fun. But what was important to me, was how the people who wrote the book seemed to have hit on the important bits. Many strategy guides have whole chapters which are useless. In this book, all the information seems relevant, and it is in a logical order. Easy to use, definately adding fun to the game. This strategy guide comes highly recommended!


Live At Donington [DVD] [2003]
Live At Donington [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ AC/DC
Price: 11.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere!, 16 Mar 2004
Wow! What atmosphere! Pity about the fake sound. But the atmosphere at the concert must have been truly magnificent! And the way they captured it on film! I was blown away! This must be the visually most exciting dvd in my whole collection! It's just a pity about the sound.
But then, I suppose nothing's perfect.
I must say, if wasn't for the sound, this would have been the best live dvd in my entire collection, by far!
If you can live with canned sound, get this!


Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii [DVD] [2003]
Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ David Gilmour
Price: 4.50

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The odd one out, 16 Mar 2004
I know all the other reviewers are raving about this dvd. I'm not. I found it a little boring. Maybe it should say that this is a very soothing dvd and has great therapeutic value. I just like "Dark side of the moon" much more. Matter of taste. Having said that, this is still a very good dvd, just not as good as the other one. But then, who am I?


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