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Chasm City (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Chasm City (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a good thing, 30 Nov 2010
I'm giving this book four stars as a Sci-F novel.
Reynolds is one of the few writers nowadays who is not writing sword and sorcery or fantasy disguised as Sci Fi. He is a hard SF writer, and a good one at that.
In this novel he proposes interesting questions about self, society, environment, time, space... and the impact of technology, human weirdness, and the basic human feelings of pride, revenge, profit, greed...
Tanner visits Chasm city to score some old honor debt, seeking to revenge his dead boss. The ultra sophisticated civilization has fallen and collapsed victim to an unknown informatics virus. Every device has stopped, nothing is sure any more: body enhancement, landscape engineering, virtual reality have turned into a trap. In this apocalyptic landscape there are still privileged who can live more or less well, but they need a strange serum to stay alive. And also there's a man hunt sport that is extremely successful. In parallel we are told the story of human expansion across the Universe in space ships that have their own dramas and hidden secrets.
So far so good.
However... this novel, as many modern novels, suffers from excess of word. There are two / three plot lines (Tanner's and Sky's) that converge in the end with a reasonably clever twist. But the writer uses paper and paper to describe facts and situations that could be dealt in half the paper. There are some holes in the plot and in the character evolution, as if the writer had made them and not taken them into account. All this seems a bit too negative (and I give it a 4!) but I must be getting old and intolerant with defects in my readings.
This will make a good entertainment and will give you food for thought.


Big, Soft, Chewy Cookies: More Than 75 Recipes for the Best Cookies in the World
Big, Soft, Chewy Cookies: More Than 75 Recipes for the Best Cookies in the World
by Jill Van Cleave
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.67

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars measures be darned!, 19 Nov 2010
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I bought this book encouraged by the good reviews. However, I am quite disappointed. It must be because I'm writing from Spain, where the metrical decimal system is used.
It is easy to translate imperial measures or farenheit degrees into metrical units. I have measuring jars with "cups" marked on the sides, but I am not sure if these are cups in the USA sense.
However, it is quite complicated to translate other things like a "tablespoon" or a "bar" of butter. In the end, you end gessing more or less what the author means. Some other times, you must make do with your gessed equivalent, like "German chocolate".
Maybe because of that, it is very difficult to get a proper consistency in the cookies, and more often than not I have finished with sponge cake instead cookies, even if I tried the same receipt several times. The ones in the book cover look quite solid. The ones you buy in shops are more firm than mine.
The receipts are very easy to follow, and taste is usually good, in fact some of them are really nice, but one would like a bit of specificity. It's a bit telling to have to use internet in order to understand what your book says.


The Rough Guide to London - 7th Edition
The Rough Guide to London - 7th Edition
by Rob Humphreys
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide, good advice., 10 Aug 2010
This is a bit early to review the guide, because I have not visited London yet. However, the stucture is good (boroughs-then general information) with plenty information about each sight or visitable place, together with visiting times, ticket prices, etc.
The reading itself is quite a treat: witty and ironic. The guide itself is a good summer book.
We'll see!
We saw: the guide is good, it offers you lots of ideas for a London walk and a London visit. Helped me though a several week stay in London.
The restaurants however, are a bit too overvalued. Then, London has lots and lots of good places...


He Was One of Us
He Was One of Us
by Rien Poortvliet
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great inspiration, 7 Jun 2010
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This review is from: He Was One of Us (Hardcover)
Religion has often taken away "historical" Jesus and changed it for his nature as Christ, the Saviour, the Messiah. This can lead to forgetting that Jesus was a true man, and therefore, much more challenging, more risky, more daring that many golden, sugar iced images we make of Him.
The author has created a wonderful book, in which Jesus is not portrayed as a man, only as a child or nailed to the Cross. But we can see him acting, creating a response and a hope in people.
The author thus is a true heir to the great Flemish and Dutch painters, and thus makes us share his great Faith and beliefs.
Great inspiration for those who want to know more of Jesus and try to go and meet him where he can be met: in the streets, in the sufering and joy of life.


Haematology: Clinical Cases Uncovered (CaseBased)
Haematology: Clinical Cases Uncovered (CaseBased)
by Shaun McCann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.15

4.0 out of 5 stars good hematology book for ¿beginners?, 7 Jun 2010
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Being a Hematologist, I find this book is a good pedagogical tool for those who want to become familiar with heamatology (at least from the European point of view, where its not separated from pathology).
I usually recommend it to our first year residents, so that in two evernings they can take a taste of our speciality.
Clinical cases are shown as they come in everyday clinical practice, and explained step by step. This is an approach that will be very useful for medicine students, but also for residents beginning in the field. This can also be a handicap, because information is maybe a bit fragmented. Anyway, you cant have all. This should be known by those who buy it: it is meant for beginners, not for advanced residents or hematology consultants.
The only drawback I can actually find is that the book is thought best suited for the Anglo Irish practice, which cannot be translated exactly elsewhere.
Good for your money, if you know what to expect.


Oxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
by Drew Provan
Edition: Vinyl Bound
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book for clinicians and students alike, 26 April 2010
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As a hematologist, I must be on call now and again. Hematology has grown as a speciality and one cannot cope with the many varied clinical situations. However, this book covers most part of the hematology topics, both malign and benign, sometimes with too much information.
This book is a very good reference for the resident, the consultant and even the medicine student alike. I'd like some more concrete topics on some subjects (i.e. exact doses of medication or practical management in some cases,) but I must concede that is not always possible, because a book cannot cope with all the clinical situations in real life.
A well spent money.


My Young Years
My Young Years
by Arthur Rubinstein
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the good old years, 26 April 2010
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Arthur Rubinstein was a great pianist, one of the great (if not the greatest) Chopin specialist.
This autobiography takes us round his younger years (more or less until he was 25-30). Being Russian (his native part of Poland belonged to the Russian emperie in those years), he felt and was always Polish. He was the son of a tolerant jewish family, and never hold any religious pratice or prejudice.
Very young he was apprenticed to a music professor in Berlin, and since then on, he more or less held a life of his own. He loved music, fun, women, wine, songs, merry making. He was also a great philanderer, and as a teenager had an affair with his landlady, a married womaN. From then on, you can imagine the rest of the chapters. He was gifted with music playing, but didnt practice much and always trusted to inspiration and emotion. He was a tremendous money borrower.
Rubinstein appears as a funny playboy, with music incorporated. However, I find a dark side on his personality in his lack of thanks to those who paid for his early studies, his carelessness with the money he borrowed, his lack of consideration to the public.
A great book from a golden age (for some, at least).
Cannot wait to the second part.
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The Lady in the Lake
The Lady in the Lake
by Raymond Chandler
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Black as death, 26 April 2010
This review is from: The Lady in the Lake (Hardcover)
This is a very good novel, not only a black novel. There's a softly outdated look in some aspects (outdated tecnology is easy to detect and very anachronistic), but all together, it's a very moving novel about love, despair, beauty and desire.
A classic.


Histocompatibility Testing
Histocompatibility Testing
by Jeffrey Bidwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £81.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent treaty, bit outdated, 26 April 2010
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This book is an excelent treaty on histocompatibility. However, it is a bit dated, because the topic grows each day and it is very difficult to cope with new knowledge. However, it is a good primer to HLA because the fundamentals are well explained and the topics covered are ample and very well illustrated and told.
A good help if you are new in the town! I wish the authors could renew the contents.


Architecture and Film
Architecture and Film
by Mark Lamster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.96

5.0 out of 5 stars excelent review, 26 April 2010
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This book is a compendium of different wiews of architecture as seen in different films. Architecture is very important in creating the spirit of the film, however it is often overlooked when discussing films. This is natural, because the most important part is created by the director and actors, but this book gives new insights on how films are made and condition our view.
The only thing lacking is some photos of star wars, that is also commented.


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