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You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought: A Guide to Positive Thinking
You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought: A Guide to Positive Thinking
by John-Roger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very destructive book, 13 Aug. 2007
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This is a very destructive book - don't read it if you're at all unsure of yourself or at a "low point"!

The first two thirds of the book very accurately describe the bad effects of negative thought. Although this may be useful from an academic point of view, the writing style means that you just end up focusing on these negative thoughts.

The last third tries to repair the damage by attempting to get you to construct an imaginary world in your head where you have all the help and support you need.

Note that the book gives you no help in the real world!

Some of the quotes (from other authors) given at the bottom each page are interesting and thoughful - but, for your health, avoid reading anything actually written by the two authors of this unhealthy trash.

How Proust Can Change Your Life
How Proust Can Change Your Life
by Alain de Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect understanding of Proust, 25 Sept. 2001
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The author gives you Proust boiled down to its richest essence (and rich it is!) but without the usual idolising of the mere words that Proust wrote. Once you've read this book you'll have an understanding of how to see life like Proust without letting the trees get in the way of seeing the forest.
This book also has the most perfect last line I've ever read...
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Professional PHP Programming (Programmer to programmer)
Professional PHP Programming (Programmer to programmer)
by Chris Scollo
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners, frustrating for advanced, 17 Feb. 2000
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I'm always wary of books that have to congratulate the authors by having their photograph on the cover - and this one has five!
This book is an excellent beginner's tutorial with concise and clear examples throughout. But as this is roughly the 15th language I've learn't the lack of depth became very frustrating quite quickly. This carries over to the other topics they touch on: their superficial brushing off of concerns about cookies is *very* annoying. The authors really need to read "Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing" to find out why cookies really are bad (an excellent book, although the author's picture on the cover, with his dog, does warn you of the occasionally self-absorbed content).
"Professional PHP" does have a reference section where the functions are grouped by category, again excellent for beginners, but there's no full, alphabetical, function and variable index in the back! If I know the function I want to use, but need to remind myself of the argument ordering etc. it's extremely labourious and frustrating to thumb through the pages of reference looking for the right section. I notice that O'Reilly now have a pocket PHP reference which may solve this problem.
Personally I'm still looking forward to the O'Reilly "complete reference" treatment whenever they get around to it.

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