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The Gift of Acabar
The Gift of Acabar
by Og Mandino
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.27

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning, 30 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Gift of Acabar (Paperback)
For those of you who are expecting this book to be about the famed Admiral from the Star Wars universe, be warned...

It's a trap!


Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present
Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present
by David Boucher
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential text, 2 Feb. 2007
As a politics student, I've found this indispensable when writing essays on Political Theory. Providing clear introductions to the major thoughts and works of some of the most prominent Western Philosophers from Ancient Greece to the 20th Century, this book is simply a must-have for those of us who don't have the time to trawl through the complete works of Plato or Hobbes when we have an essay due in the next day.


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite delightful., 6 Nov. 2004
I must admit, I was quite doubtful upon buying this book. I'd never heard of Susanna Clarke, and at first I thought that this would be another Harry Potter Clone. Happily, I was proved wrong, and what in fact awaited me in these 782 pages was an extremely well narrated novel, sparkling with charm, wit and an irresistible Fancy. The author's use of 18th Century language (both spelling and phrasing), I found, removed the book from the modern time, thrusting the reader into a vivid story of magic in England.
Clarke's characterisation is marvellous; both Strange and Norrel are laid bare to us - "And the name of one shall be Fearfulness. And the name of the other shall be Arrogance", only facets of the picture she so masterfully paints - and no character is one-dimensional. Feel contempt for Lascelles, admire Sir Walter Pole, and of course, watch out for the Raven King.
The author is careful not to saturate J.S. & Mr N. with too much of the fantastic - those looking for great displays of power and energetic duels are advised to search elsewhere; the magic described in the book is refined, respectable, in short, English. This Englishness pervades the whole novel - look out for elegant dinner parties, class distinctions and the vibrant London Society of the well-off.
Be prepared to meet Wellington, Byron and Mad King George III; for trips into another world; for a story of love and of loss. In short, be prepared for an adventure - into English magic, and the literary magic Susanna Clarke weaves into this most remarkable of novels.


Concise Oxford Hachette French Dictionary
Concise Oxford Hachette French Dictionary
by Marie-Helene Correard
Edition: Hardcover

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent aid,, 21 May 2003
As a student, I found this an indispensable guide. It has all the words that one could possibly want (I'm reading Les Misérables in French, and I haven't found a word that isn't in this dictionary yet), plus some that you will probably never need (the french for brat is marmot... I found that rather amusing). In conclusion, if you need a dictionary to help you with French, but are sick with the crudeness of smaller dictionaries, then get this.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to C++
The Complete Idiot's Guide to C++
by Paul Snaith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but doesn't test you much, 16 Nov. 2002
If you, like many people I know, consider yourself to be able to do something well just because you can copy something out of a book, then get this to boost your self confidence. If, however, you are serious about developing in C++ and want to improve your skills, this book really isn't for you. There are only about 2 excersises in the whole book.
Having said, that, the book tought me basic C++ and OOP very well, and the author's style is clear and (typical of these types of books) full of lame, but funny, puns.


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