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Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light
Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light
by Vera C. Barclay
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.49

4.0 out of 5 stars good children's book, 25 Feb 2012
This is a children's book that tells the stories of 8 saints lives set in the narative framework of a cub scout holiday camp on the Isle of Wight, where on each of the nine nights of camp a new story is told (St. Francis takes up two nights). The stories are clear and well written. This book is now in the public domain and a free copy can be downloaded in kindle format from Project Gutenberg.


Latin Sentence and Idiom: A Composition Course (Latin Language)
Latin Sentence and Idiom: A Composition Course (Latin Language)
by R. Colebourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.49

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very thorough, 4 Dec 2011
This is a textbook for learning Latin grammar and how to translate English into Latin (and thus how to write in Latin). It is for advanced students only. A beginner or lower level student would be lost at the first page. The book is very thorough, covering lots of grammar topics. It works by teaching a grammar topic then setting exercises using the grammar translating from English to Latin. There is an answer key freely available online which has all the answers. This makes it possible to use for self-study. The book includes an English to Latin dictionary of the words it uses in its' exercises at the back of the book which is very helpful. I think it is a good textbook for Latin writing and grammar. My grammar and writing are improving well by using it. Its' strength is that it is very thorough. However this does make it slow. Also the explanations, like in a lot of Latin textbooks, are short so need repeated reading to really be absorbed. It does have revision exercises at regular intervals which allow you to check if you have absorbed the language, which is good.
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The Basis of Morality
The Basis of Morality

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't give a basis of morality, 22 Nov 2011
The title of this book sounds interesting but it does not do what it says. It does not try to give a sound basis for morality. It has its' own preconceived ideas about morality before it even starts. For example the author brings reincarnation into its' moral basis with no arguments at all. It soon became evident reading it that it was biased in favour of its' version of westernised Hinduism. As such I was disapointed and would not recommend it.


The Consolation of Philosophy (Penguin Classics)
The Consolation of Philosophy (Penguin Classics)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars old translation, 18 Sep 2011
this kindle edition is an old translation with many thous wilts and doeths which makes it less easy to read. the book itself is interesting. it is mainly concerned with why evil people sometimes have good fortune and good people sometimes have bad fortune. i found its answers to this problem of evil rather dry and unconvincing. however towards the end of the book is a very interesting discussion of how free will is possible even though god knows everything. boethius argues that god is timeless such that past present and future are all one eternal present for god. as such god knows everything but does not determine everything. the explanation of this in the book is very good.


Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
Price: 0.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars kindle free edition, 24 Aug 2011
This review is from: Oliver Twist (Kindle Edition)
I got the kindle free edition of Oliver Twist. It's perfectly readable but it does sometimes put in spaces between words or turn letters into similar letters. For example occasionaly you will come across things like 'deter mination' or m's changed into n's and l's into t's like 'goat' where it means 'goal'. However this happens sufficiently rarely to still make the edition readable. As for the story it is excellent, and I loved some of the characters like the artful dodger, Mr Grimwig and Master Bates.


Great Ideas in Psychology: A Cultural and Historical Introduction
Great Ideas in Psychology: A Cultural and Historical Introduction
by Fathali M. Moghaddam
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction, 9 Aug 2011
This is a good and well written introduction to some of the most important ideas in psychology such as the unconscious, attachment, displaced aggression, personality, intelligence tests, learning and more. I found it easy to read and well structured.
However I do have one problem with this book; it's bias against Jung. Jung is missing from nearly everything including topics he made an important contribution to like the unconscious and the self. In the chapter on personality Jung is mentioned briefly and then dismissed with the quote "armchair psychologist". Given that any other psychologist with methods similar to Jung is described far more positively by the book as 'working out' from experience rather than 'working in' to empirical research this is very unfair of the author.


The Satires, Epistles, and Art of Poetry
The Satires, Epistles, and Art of Poetry

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but the sex has been missed out, 29 July 2011
This is an old translation of Horace. As such any mention of sex and the satires that are on sex have been missed out from this edition which is annoying. Having said that the translation seems good and the English though old is readable. In this edition Hoarce's poems have been translated into English verse which is quite an achievement.
I highly recommend Horace, in particular the satires are very good. They tackle serious topics like avarice and gluttony in a light hearted and entertaining way, whilst not being frivolous.


Bonaparte (Wordsworth Military Library)
Bonaparte (Wordsworth Military Library)
by Correlli Barnett
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very negative, 25 Jun 2011
This book is very negative about Bonaparte. The history seems well researched and there is certainly a case for portraying Bonaparte as an egotistical gambler who was very lucky. However I found the book unduly biased against Bonaparte, it brushed past any evidence for talent or ability and dwelt at length on the failings in his character. All Bonaparte's successes appeared to be attributed to his subordinates or the incompetence of his opponents, whereas all his failures seemed to be attributed to his own incompetence. I did not enjoy reading it because of this negativity. I find it very strange that someone would write a biography of someone they clearly don't like.
It would be useful for a history student writing an essay on Bonaparte who needs an opinion from a historian who sees the bad side of Napoleon.


Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Michael Inwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to Heidegger, 9 May 2011
This is a very good introduction to Heidegger. It neatly explains most of the concepts from Being and Time in a much easier to understand manner than Being and time itself does. Its main focus is on Being and Time (about 90%) so it is not really an introduction to Heidegger's later philosophy, but then Being and Time is his most well-known work. I would recommend it as something to read prior to tackling Being and Time by oneself.
Most of its explanations are good but I felt it could do with more time spent on seizing our finite possibilities, and the covering up and closing off of inauthentic Dasein.


Soviet Union: Politics, Economics and Society (Marxist Regimes)
Soviet Union: Politics, Economics and Society (Marxist Regimes)
by R. Hill
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars very dry and detailed, 30 April 2011
This book is concerned with laws, high politics and economic production figures and development. It is very detailed on such matters. It offers no glimpse into daily life or the experience of living under the Soviet Union. I think i would be useful to the expert or researcher on Soviet history but to the general reader I expect it would be dull and boring, I certainly found it so.


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