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More Fabulous Beans
More Fabulous Beans
by Barbara Bloomfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars OK but US centric, 17 April 2007
This review is from: More Fabulous Beans (Paperback)
This is a cookbook written for a US audience so can be a bit difficult to understand if you are not US. The recipes are pretty straightforward. I didn't find the book inspiring me to rush into the kitchen and russle up a dish or two, probably due to the absence of any photos. Not in the same league as Rose Elliot.


Apple iPod shuffle - 1GB Blue
Apple iPod shuffle - 1GB Blue

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat bit of kit, but....., 13 Mar 2007
Apple are the style gurus; this teensy little job proves it. It weighs just about nothing and holds a shed load of music, audio, whatever. Now the but... the headphone lead is very short so you need something to clip it on close to your head. If you are tall like me and try to clip it onto a trouser pocket - forget it. You have no way of indexing your audio files when away from a computer. Itunes7 runs this thing, and is very good, but when you are on the London Underground, and have 240 tracks to choose from, going through each one takes an age. All said and done, accept for what it is - a really well designed and built bit of kit and just auto shuffle your music. Lovely.


Timber: Structure, Properties, Conversion and Use
Timber: Structure, Properties, Conversion and Use
by H.E. Desch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 50.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, comprehensive but very expensive, 3 Mar 2007
This book is the most expensive paperback I've ever bought. I paid nearly 40 GBP for it - stupid money. And no clour plates! However, it is the most comprehensive manual on timber you can get and is a standard text for those of us studying wood technology. But why so expensive? 5 stars for content - no stars for value.


Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats
Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats
by John Gardner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.25

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 25 Oct 2006
I have a number of boatbuilding books as I am on a boatbuilding course. Gardner's book is the most readable and although it doesn't go into the same level of detail as Chapelle or Steward you can still get a lot of useful information from it. I like it and dip into it from time to time. I highly recommend it to anyone building small wooden craft and to the general reader.
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The Art of Rigging (Dover Maritime)
The Art of Rigging (Dover Maritime)
by George Biddlecombe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise reference, 13 Oct 2006
The person most likely to buy this book is someone with a deep interest in the days of sail; it is not an introduction to rigging, per se. This is a collection of all the terminology associated with rigging and sails and it is presented in both a glossary and in explanatory chapters and illustrations. A very useful little book that is very cheap and well worth buying.


In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha)
In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha)
by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.29

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended anthology, 15 May 2006
This book is a collection of teachings from the Pali Canon assembled by a leading translator and Buddhist scholar. Bhikku Bodhi has placed the teachings under various themed headings to make it easier for the reader to access the works. This is an excellent alternative to spending a lot of money on buying the hardback volumes of the various Nikayas. Strongly commended.


Boatbuilding Manual
Boatbuilding Manual
by Robert M. Steward
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard text but US centric, 17 April 2006
This review is from: Boatbuilding Manual (Hardcover)
A useful book to have if you are into boat building. However, it's written entirely for the US market so all sources, materials and suppliers are US based. A better book from a solely UK perspective is Richard Birmingham's 'Boat Building Techniques Illustrated' ISBN 0713676213 or John Leather's pricey paperback 'Clinker Boatbuilding'.


Clinker Boatbuilding
Clinker Boatbuilding
by John Leather
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive guide, 17 April 2006
This review is from: Clinker Boatbuilding (Paperback)
I'm a trainee shipwright and this book is a standard text for the course. It's very comprehensive and full of useful knowledge. Sad to say that the author, John Leather, a man of high standing in the boat building and designing world, died early in 2006.

One star deducted for the cost of the book, really just a standard size paperback that can fit in your pocket; much too expensive.


Endurance
Endurance
by Alfred Lansing
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant subject, lousy book layout, 15 Feb 2006
This review is from: Endurance (Hardcover)
The subject matter is awe inspiring, to say the least. It's also amazing that Frank Hurley was still taking photos right up to the time they were rescued. Where this book falls down, though, is that there are no list of contents, no index, no list of photographs and no list of maps. The book is badly laid out. Unforgiveable, really.


Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis de Bernieres
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

9 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad writing at its worst, 19 Jan 2006
The only positive thing that can be said about this book is that it's done wonders for the tourist industry on Cephalonia. I just fail to understand how this pretentious twaddle gains such gushing praise (mostly from the ladies, methinks). It's badly written, inconsistent, crudely paced, wanders into flowery excesses and finally throws what could have been a good ending. I think this book was co-written by an evening class in creative writing, probably in Bexhill on Sea.
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