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The Sims 4 Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide
The Sims 4 Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide
by Prima Games
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a must buy, but it's good., 9 Sep 2014
This 240 page book goes over the basics of Sims 4, with sections headed: Simology (26 pages), Sim Living (44), Careers (20), Skills (28), World Tours (30), Architecture and Design (16), Object Catalog (58) and Appendices (13).

It is presented in a two-column format, which unfortunately means that the full-screen shots are sometimes of too small a size to see any of the detail.

It has fewer obvious mistakes that the Sims 3 manual (which was riddled with them), and so more care has been taken with the production. The text is of a readable size (unlike some of the Sims 3 expansion manuals), and there are not just one "Day in the Life of a Sim", but four of them.

However, I can't give this manual 5 stars. For me, I would have to answer the question: You need to buy this book because... If you are a veteran Sims 3 player, then you will be most interested in the "What's New?" section - but that is only 4 pages. There are also the Aspirations tables (4 pages) and the career tables (20 pages), so you can see at a glance which career is best for your sim, but I suspect that this information is readily available in the game itself (and on various websites, no doubt). The best thing about the World Tours are the maps showing the best fishing places, but with the removal of the work buildings, this is largely reduced to residential properties. There is, I fear, very few hints in this book which are a "Wow - I did not know that" (such as hint for buying a duck for the bath from Sims 3).

If you are not a veteran Sims 3 player, then this book does give you a comprehensive introduction to the Sims world, but I note the lack of things such as keyboard shortcuts or things to do outside of the house.

Overall, not a must buy, but good if you want everything Sims-related, or are new to the genre.
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Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015
Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015
by Sehlinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important update to the best guide book to WDW, 3 Sep 2014
If you have ever been to WDW before, then things have changed. The withdrawl of FastPass and the introduction of FastPass+ in the last year has meant major changes to how one tours the parks. With only three FastPass+ slots available (at least, to start), even more planning is necessary to optimize your expensive holiday. Which FastPass+ attractions to get, and when to get them for, could make touring these crowded parks much easier.
This book gives a lot of information on FastPass+, with recommendations of what to get, how to get it, and when to get it for.
There have been lots of minor changes as well. For example, there are 11 new pages on Universal Studio's Diagon Alley with updated touring plans, and there are updated accommodation and restaurant reviews, together with The Disney Cruise Line's 2015 itineraries including Northern Europe.
If you get the Kindle version, not only do you avoid the weight necessarily associated with the paperback book, but you also get monthly updates, so your book will always be up to date (until the 2016 guide comes out). The layout in the Kindle version is at times a bit haphazard, but perfectly readable.
850 pages of information presented in a informative and interesting way, this is one part of an essential "must buy" for a WDW vacation (the others being a subscription to touringplans, and listening to the WDW Today podcast).


MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-632): Managing Projects with Microsoft® Office Project 2007 (PRO-Certification)
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-632): Managing Projects with Microsoft® Office Project 2007 (PRO-Certification)
by Joli Ballew
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but flawed, 19 Jun 2014
This is a fairly hefty book - over 500 pages - and is ideal if you are using Microsoft Project 2007.

However, exam 70-632 no longer exists - so why get this book?

If you are studying for exam 74-343 for Microsoft Project 2013, there are still reasons to get this book.

Firstly, there are no official study guides for 2013; this 2007 is the latest one there is.

Secondly, by not being able to show you where on the ribbon commands are (because the ribbon did not exist in 2007), it forces you to find them for yourself - and as being able to say where commands are is such an important part of this exam, this is an excellent way to learn.

Given that you can buy it new from third-party sellers or second-hand for just a few pounds, the book should be worth considering. There is, however, quite an errata list, which can be frustrating, such as the question which asked you to pick 2 answers, but the correct answer used 3 answers, not 2. Because of these mistakes, and the fact it is out-of-date, only 3 stars.


Epson Perfection V370 Photo 4800 dpi scanner with ReadyScan LED technology - slides, film and negatives
Epson Perfection V370 Photo 4800 dpi scanner with ReadyScan LED technology - slides, film and negatives
Price: £89.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent results from negatives, 13 Nov 2013
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I purchased this scanner to scan photographs, but more importantly, negatives.

The process of scanning negatives is very easy, as you can see in the video. The results are impressive, even for our negatives which were taken in the 1970s and 1980s.

Overall, if you have lots of negatives to scan, go for this one. If not, you may find that Epson Perfection V37 Photo 4800 dpi scanner with ReadyScan LED technology better for your needs (as it is slightly cheaper, and doesn't scan negatives).


MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word Expert, Excel Expert, Access, and SharePoint
MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft Word Expert, Excel Expert, Access, and SharePoint

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, especially if you are preparing for the exams, 21 May 2013
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I bought this so that I can be certified with MS Office Specialist Master, which requires Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint AND Outlook or Access or SharePoint. Outlook and PowerPoint information is not included in this book, but is available separately (MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft® Outlook® and MOS 2010 Study Guide for Microsoft® PowerPoint®).

As long as you are proficient in Word and Excel anyway, the information in this book is essential. It takes you through the more esoteric aspects of Word and Excel that you will be tested on (and will hardly ever use after). Even if you are good at Access, this book is still useful for going through the things that you generally don't use (such as query wizards) which are tested.

I wouldn't recommend this book if you are a complete beginner, as it does précis a lot of information and assumes some knowledge of WHY you would wish to do some things. However, if you already have some knowledge, then this book is recommended to explore more capabilities of these programmes, even if you are not doing the exams.


SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in SQL Server)
SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in SQL Server)
by Jason Brimhall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £47.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent revision and reference, 7 May 2013
This book takes individual topics and presents them as "Problem", "Solution" and "How it Works".

It starts off trivially easy - how do you connect to a database - but it gets difficult really quickly.

Recommended if you have a good knowledge of T-SQL and want to test yourself or learn more topics.

The only downside is that I would want the "Problem" to be complete. For example, not just "You want to merge some data into a table", but "You want to merge this specific data into this specific table" - give the full problem so that you can get to the solution without needing more information about the Problem. This stops it from being very, very useful.

However, an excellent book nonetheless.


A Pemberley Medley: Five Pride & Prejudice Variations (The Pemberley Variations Book 2)
A Pemberley Medley: Five Pride & Prejudice Variations (The Pemberley Variations Book 2)
Price: £2.40

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in parts, 29 Mar 2013
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This is a compendium of 5 Pride and Prejudice variations.

Intermezzo is excellent. What if Miss Darcy, seeing how bad Mr Darcy was taking Miss Bennet's rejection, takes the initiative and tries to find out why the root of his unhappiness, and engineers a reunion.

Such Differing Reports. Elizabeth realises that Darcy is in love with her, and the proposal goes a bit differently, as is Mr Darcy's reaction.

Reason's Rule. An engaged Mr Darcy and Miss Bennet find out that Lydia has run away, and work out that they need to get married regardless. This is an alternative middle part of To Conquer Mr. Darcy and, while interesting, I think that the version that made it into that book fit better.

The Most Natural Thing. A desperate Miss Bennet goes to Mr Darcy with a proposal: help her and her family, and she will marry him. What will he do?

A Succession of Rain. Towards the end of Jane Austen's book, Mr Darcy returns to Meryton. However, it starts raining, which means that the final tete-a-tete while walking could not happen. How will Elizabeth convince Mr Darcy that she is in love with him?

Overall, if you like alternative version of Pride and Prejudice, this is a must buy.


Mr. Darcy's Proposal
Mr. Darcy's Proposal
Price: £2.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It goes on a bit - well, a lot, 29 Mar 2013
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Mr Darcy finds out from Miss Elizabeth Bennett that her father is seriously unwell. Instead of giving his proposal, he takes her home, and eventually gives her a Marriage of Convenience proposal, which she considers and accepts. This book shows Elizabeth in a marriage without her love, but eventually falls for her, just when she loses his trust.

It is a tale of misunderstandings, and takes a long time for it to reach its eventual, and predictable, conclusion, and I found myself getting bored towards the end. Also, Mr Darcy's restraint after marrying goes to a ridiculous extent, and had he behaved as normally newly-married men do, a lot of the problems in this book would, I feel, have been avoided.

So read the preview, which is probably the best part of the book, and if you are interested in seeing how it resolves, go buy it. It's not brilliant, but it's not bad.


Training Kit (Exam 70-461): Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Training Kit (Exam 70-461): Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
by Itzik Ben-Gan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £43.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 12 Mar 2013
This is an excellent book for anyone which wishes to take their T-SQL learning beyond intermediate level.

This is not a beginner's book. I would recommend the Beginning SQL Joes 2 Pros series, which is very cheap in Kindle format.

This book has exercises which test what you have just read, and I prefer to read this book on my iPad (using the ebook pdf, which comes on the CD attached to the back of this book) and scroll to the start of the exercise, so I can't see the answer beforehand (sadly, the answer is printed immediately below the exercise, which makes it hard to ignore).

There is also a 15% voucher off the Microsoft exam, so that redeems some money of the price of the book straight-away.

On the down side, there is a huge errata list on the web.

Overall, essential reading.


Just a Minute: Paul Merton Classics (BBC Audio)
Just a Minute: Paul Merton Classics (BBC Audio)
by Ian Messiter
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but buy something else, 1 Feb 2013
This is a collection of four episodes from Just a Minute which include Paul Merton.

The first show has a impressive performance from newcomer, and Paul takes the subject "My little skirt" will gusto.
In the second show Derek complements Nicholas, and Paul takes a subject for 1.5 minutes.
The third show showcases Lee Simpson's first time, and the fourth show Julian Clary takes centre stage, both with Paul Merton and several of the original cast.

Overall, very funny. But for just a few pounds more (especially when bought used) you can buy Just a Minute: The Classic Collection (Radio 4 Classic Collection), which has 11 CDs including the two reviewed here. I would recommend buying the larger collection, but these two are also good (just poorer value).


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