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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
by Andrew Smith
Edition: Paperback

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very revealing, 22 Jan. 2006
More of a story of the author's quest to meet the remaining nine moonwalkers than directly about them or their experiences. It travels down several unnecessary avenues and can drag badly at times. That said, it had its moments: I just couldn't help feeling that there must be better books out there covering a lot more material in a lot less words.


Photoshop cs Bible
Photoshop cs Bible
by Deke McClelland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.95

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this book trying to be???, 6 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Photoshop cs Bible (Paperback)
I'm confused by this book; I just don't know who it is supposed to be helping.
It is far too advanced for a beginner: it doesn't teach how to use Photoshop to achieve anything much, apart from the odd very odd example.
For a regular user it isn't suitable as a reference book.
For an advanced user they will find its style of basically running through every single Photoshop command from start to end as completely unhelpful (especially the material covering the basics).
The book just runs through the Photoshop commands from start to end, leaving something as fundamental as layers at the finish. Bad structure and bad examples; and please, spare me the humour, I know it is well intentioned but it just becomes too much.
If you're a beginner go for a more hands on teaching book.
If you're an intermediate go for a more advanced teaching book.
If you're an expert buy a reference book.
It is clear the author is a Photoshop expert, but I just don't think he knows what he's trying to do with the book.
The only thing I can think is perhaps if you're a self-taught expert it will help fill in the gaps in your knowledge; it certainly lists every single shortcut keystroke (Mac and PC)!


The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
by Joel Bakan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read despite shortcomings, 6 Jan. 2006
A very intellectual and well thought through argument against the power of corporations as they are. "Fahrenheit 9/11 for people who think - The Independent": good quote.
I would criticise it for a few things however:
1. The fact that corporations are psychopaths because of their legal incorporation to make money for their shareholders at the expense of everything else is repeated continually through the book, and that's really the only idea in the book; the rest is just evidence to support this (horrific examples of corporate activities, well worth reading)
2. I almost felt that the author was using the legal status of corporations as an excuse through the book for their behaviour. Perhaps he was just doing a great job of being non-emotive?!
3. I think the book doesn't go far enough, corporations are just institutionalised symptoms of greed; human greed pure and simple: your greed, 'their greed' and my greed. The book touched on this but I think it needed to look deeper at our own psyche.
I'd recommend everybody read this book, but try to look deeper at the human causes behind the greed of corporations: perhaps read a little of Karl Marx's "Das Kaptial" (he is quoted in the book as having said that capitalists will hang themselves on their own excesses).


The Making Of Mr Spoons
The Making Of Mr Spoons
Offered by Townsend Records
Price: £39.16

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely cracking, 4 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The Making Of Mr Spoons (Audio CD)
I don't normally write reviews of music, since it is something which is a very personal opinion, however this CD is excellent in my opinion. If you're after some nice 'non-mass produced' male vocals over acoustic guitar then you should give this a go.


The Next Moon: The Remarkable True Story of a British Agent Behind the Lines in Wartime France
The Next Moon: The Remarkable True Story of a British Agent Behind the Lines in Wartime France
by André Hue
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different viewpoint, 3 Jan. 2006
A gripping tale of a young SOE agent working behind enemy lines during WWII. I was literally unable to put it down until the story had played out, so I'd highly recommend it.
It is let down a little by containing too much detail (I feel the editors should have cut it down somewhat), and also the facts that André only worked for a short period behind enemy lines and did so in an organisation/support role. So, a pivotal role, but don't expect any tales of sabotage and intrigue.
If you read only one book on 'the resistance', look elsewhere, but if you are more interested than that then this will add a fascinating viewpoint.


Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (New Scientist)
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (New Scientist)
by "New Scientist"
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

14 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 28 Dec. 2005
Full of answers to those little interesting questions in life, but only if they happen to be interesting to you! Personally I found most of the questions dull and pointless (I would show an example here but frankly I can't find enough interest to transcribe one). A great idea but an opportunity missed, reflecting on the dull pomposity of the column in the magazine itself. Whatsmore you often get not one but two (or more) answers to the same questions posed by the scientifically interested public; all of them containing exactly the same content.
This 'kind of works' as a column in a magazine, but in book form you would expect far better content, coverage and editing.


Strictly Come Dancing 2006 (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing 2006 (BBC)
by Rupert Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, 28 Dec. 2005
I'm sceptical about books that tie in with TV series, but my wife loves Strictly come dancing so I bought this for her for Christmas. I can truthfully say that it was a hit. Lots of interesting material, photos, background etc. It is a lovely book for anybody who is interested in the series; even I found it interesting!


The Battle of Britain: New Edition
The Battle of Britain: New Edition
by R. J. Overy
Edition: Paperback

20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A history book, 28 Dec. 2005
An interesting read which helps to dismiss many of the myths that have arisen about the Battle of Britain (including its very existence as a battle in its own right and lots of myths you've never heard of)
Unfortunately the book therefore somewhat makes itself pointless; how can you have a book about the Battle of Britain when you just showed that there was no clearly defined battle?!
However, the book does cover an interesting period of history and a lot of the background of the period in question, although it is very thin on the details of the intense period of fighting (for thin, I mean almost non-existent). The book is clearly written by a historian and not a writer; it is well written but it isn't exactly exciting.
So, if you want a quick top up on your history then this book is a worthwhile read, if you want to know about the actual battle period, you'll need to read something else, like the superb 'First Light' by Geoffrey Wellum. Better still, read both!


Penguin Great Ideas : The Prince
Penguin Great Ideas : The Prince
by Niccolò Machiavelli
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slice of history, 18 Dec. 2005
The art of winning and retaining a kingdom as told by Machiavelli and dedicated to Lorenzo dé Medici. What a wonderful slice of history; I guess the equivalent of a modern 'management techniques' book, but also urging Lorenzo to unite Italy.
I wouldn't recommend you buy the Great Ideas version, however, because it has no background information whatsoever, and so the read is 'out of context'. Instead, try the full Penguin version. A fascinating read.


Miele G 1220 SC  Dishwasher
Miele G 1220 SC Dishwasher

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Build to last... giving you years of poor performance!, 30 Oct. 2005
Built like a rock.
Cutlery tray is excellent (although not for heavily soiled cutlery)
Wash performance OK (have to adjust settings to water hardness etc etc, which I didn't have to do on my old Whirlpool).
Excellent design of interior baskets: means you get in more than you expect.
BUT, and this is a BIG BUT, it seems incapable of drying properly. I do not see how this can get the A drying rating it claims. An engineer set an extended drying time on the model (NB. PC programming interface didn't work), so that's blown the A energy rating, and it STILL doesn't dry things properly. Bottom of plates are wet, inside of cabinet is dripping with water, amazing cutlery tray has water on the bottom of it (so it can't be removed as intended without getting a wet floor). Using a different rinse aid helps a little, but still not a good enough drying performance for this price.
Customer service has been appalling; clueless service engineer and customer service centre bordering on the rude.
This is a new machine from Miele, built down to a price to compete at the high end of the middle market, but boy have they got it wrong.
We are intending to return our dishwasher and get a Bosch.


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