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French: Beginner (Collins Language Revolution)
French: Beginner (Collins Language Revolution)
by Tony Buzan
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 22 Oct 2008
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A fun and interesting way to pick up the basics. One CD goes along with the book, and the other you can take out with you in the car or when out and about. The mind-maps really add to the learning experience, and help the vocab to 'stick' better than other more traditional methods, I've found. I last learned French at school quite a few years ago, and this really helped to bring back the knowledge. CDs aid in the pronounciation, but there's also a very useful pronounciation guide to help you out. Highly recommended.


The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) (Demon Trilogy 1)
The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) (Demon Trilogy 1)
by Peter V. Brett
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a cracking read, 12 Sep 2008
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This is a cracking read - nicely plotted, interesting characters, great atmosphere. If you're a fan of the fantasy genre, I'd recommend picking this up. However, be warned - I found myself in the last third of the book with a sense of unhappiness - I realised that the second and third books of the Demon Trilogy were some way off, and I'd have a long wait until I found out what happens!

This is the kind of book that you just have to read a couple more pages - finding time to sneak off to read a bit more, or standing the queue at the post office, trying to get to the end of the chapter. It's one of those. Pick it up, and you can't put it down. Excellent stuff.

Mr Brett, if you could *please* hurry up with the next one, thanks.


The Descendants
The Descendants
by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Edition: Paperback

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional, powerful story, 14 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Descendants (Paperback)
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This book is about a Hawaiian family whose mother (Joanie) lies in a coma in hospital following an accident on a boat. There is no chance she will recover and her life support machine is about to be turned off. This story is about the trip that Matt (the husband) makes to find his wifes lover and tell him that Joanie is going to die. His two daughters accompany him on this trip and the novel is about their journey together as a family during this difficult time and how they resolve many of the issues that they face as a family. The characters are strong and the story is powerful and well written. I would recommend it.


Sentimental Streak
Sentimental Streak
Price: 15.65

5.0 out of 5 stars classic, 12 Aug 2008
This review is from: Sentimental Streak (Audio CD)
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I loved this CD - timeless jazz in the style of Ella Fitzgerald. Smooth tunes, a great voice, beautifully sung takes on classic tunes. Top stuff.


The Principles of Project Management (SitePoint: Project Management)
The Principles of Project Management (SitePoint: Project Management)
by Meri Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short, but to the point, 30 May 2008
This is a short book, but it's packed with useful information about project management. It neatly avoids getting bogged down with PM jargon, instead cutting to the core concepts. It's not designed to get you through a project management qualification (though it might help!), but will certainly help you to become more efficient at managing projects, which at the end of the day is what *really* matters. Aimed at people who want to get projects done, even if they're not officially 'project managers' within their organisation.

The book is broken into five sections - what project management is (and just as importantly, what it isn't), getting started with projects (covering the who, what, where, why and when of project initiation), getting the project done (tools, best practice, project control), the essentials of good project communication, and finally following through - closing off the project.

Rounded off with appendices covering essential project tools, templates, and links to useful software apps, this is a great book for people starting out in project management. And whilst not strictly aimed at experienced project managers, I'm sure that everyone will find something useful to take away.

Great stuff.


The Book of Wireless: A Painless Guide to Wi-Fi and Broadband Wireless
The Book of Wireless: A Painless Guide to Wi-Fi and Broadband Wireless
by John Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful guide to all aspects of wireless tech, 30 April 2008
this is an excellent guide to the mysteries of broadband wireless networks. It's pretty comprehensive, covering everything from the basics of networking, how wi-fi actually works, the various types of hardware you'll need and encounter, through to chapters on the hot topics of wireless security and wireless on your smartphone.

The text itself is friendly and clear, with great examples strewn throughout. There's a lot of depth to the explanations too - everyone from a techie to a wifi novice will find useful information in this book. There's a great chapter on installing and configuring your wifi access points, which covers everything you'll need to know. Other chapters are slightly more specialised, for example the one on long-range point-to-point links - interesting stuff, but aimed at the more advanced level. There are detailed chapters on setting up wifi for Windows, Mac and Linux - nice to see all three covered in detail.

The book moves onto with a look at the alternatives to wifi - EDGE, EV-DO, WiMax and so on, before finishing off with chapters on smartphones/PDAs and VPNs. Rounded off with a short but useful troubleshooting section, this book really does cover everything you'd need to know about wireless technology


Eccentric Cubicle (Make: Projects)
Eccentric Cubicle (Make: Projects)
by Kaden Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.45

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 20 Feb 2008
Brilliant. Utterly bonkers, but brilliant. Instructions on how to build a selection of fun and funky things to enhance your office life. Though I'm not sure how your boss will react to a personal guillotine, or a steampunk 'ballistamail' (for those oh-so-important intercubicle memos).

Full of amazing things to make, with detailed instructions along the way. A must for any MAKE enthusiast, though some of the projects look to require more than a passing knowledge of the toolshop! Someone referred to it as 'guerilla DIY', a tag which fits perfectly.

If you work in a cubicle, you need this book. If you don't work in a cubicle, you need this book. After all, who doesn't want a desktop bubble machine (built from an old CD spindle case and computer power fan?)


Take Your Photography to the Next Level: From the Inspiration to Image: From the Inspiration to Image
Take Your Photography to the Next Level: From the Inspiration to Image: From the Inspiration to Image
by George Barr
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.99

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting insights from an expert, 20 Feb 2008
This is most certainly not a technical book. It avoids the nitty-bitty techie jargon that so many photography books fall into. Instead it looks at the more difficult subject of *why* certain images work, and how to develop an eye for a better shot. It's an interesting book, full of spectacular images, though some are unusual choices, though he does go on to explain why each was selected. The author talks about how to 'read' images, what makes a good image great, and how the various parts of an image work together to form a more pleasing whole.

He goes on to discuss how to find an image and 'work the scene', getting more out of the location you've chosen. Lots of good advice in here on composition, cropping and using the edges of your frame. There's an interesting discusson on the 'mind games' of photography - how you wish you had better kit, how you get stuck in a rut (and advice on how to get out of it!), what to do when photographs go wrong and so on.

Overall, it's a fascinating read, with some great photos, including a selection which are analysed in more detail.
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Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos
Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos
by Stefan Seip
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.08

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference for those starting out, 20 Feb 2008
Great starting point for anyone interested in starting up with astrophotography. This book starts off (as you'd expect) with the basics - what to look for in a telescope, then moves onto sections on how to take photos with everything from a digital compact, a webcam(!), a dSLR then finally an astronomical CCD camera.
Each section is further broken down into the same subsections: what kind of photos you can take with the particular type of camera, pros and cons of using it, buying tips, how to take the photos and finally how to process them.

This book is packed with excellent reference photos, and covers the basics of astrophotography in a lot of detail, and finishes off with an extensive list of links to appropriate software, astronomy links, camera and telescope manufacturers, and books. A must-buy for anyone considering taking photos of the night sky. Be warned though, once you've read it, you'll be outside on many a cold night!


Kenny [2007] [DVD]
Kenny [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shane Jacobson
Offered by Digizoneuk
Price: 18.44

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun way to spend an evening, 20 Feb 2008
This review is from: Kenny [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
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I'd heard various good things about Kenny, and was glad to discover that they're all true. Whilst it's not a constant stream of laugh-out-loud humour it is a nice little story about our titular hero and his daily life amongst the portaloos, his relationship with his father and son (and ex-wife) and the good folk of Australia.

That's not to say there aren't some hilarious scenes - there are - but it's a film that leaves you smiling and wishing our Kenny well on his road through life.

Shane Jacobson is brilliant as Kenny, and his supporting cast is fabulous too, especially his cantankerous old father.

A great way to spend a night in.


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