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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Man Against the Sea
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Man Against the Sea
by Sebastian Junger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A whole other life in 250 pages, 3 Dec 2011
Amazing. A life entirely different from yours. Learn about it, feel what it's like at its focal point. In less than 250 pages.

A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliches, expanded bulletpoints for a story, 3 Dec 2011
Clichés and worse. Reads like an high-school textbook on Afghanistan's history. Packaged as a harlequin romance novel for easy access. No depth or context.

The characters could well be put into info boxes: 'women in Afghanistan are abused on a daily basis. Take Miriam, mother of three, who was married off at 15 and has to wear a burqa every day'. This is what passes for personality in this book. As do a series of bullet points from Afghan history as the story of their lives.

The book's clear writing will let you pass the time in a waiting room. Apart from this: no value, very little enjoyment.
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Designing Interfaces
Designing Interfaces
by Jenifer Tidwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars The state of the art of UI design, documented, 26 May 2011
This review is from: Designing Interfaces (Paperback)
Sitting down to design a form: this is the book to use. A palette of varied options with their pros, cons. Concerned with input options, data presentation, navigation, form layout... (see TOC).

This book is a list of ideas. Read it once to know the options. Skim trough it periodically not to overlook alternatives. The alternatives are varied, well illustrated, with a number of examples. Descriptions as long as they merit.

The book describes the current state of the art when designing functionality. In this it is quite complete. It doesn't concern itself with the general philosophy, process or tools.

A great book, highly recommended.

Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web & Mobile Application Design (Voices That Matter)
Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web & Mobile Application Design (Voices That Matter)
by Robert Hoekman Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.68

3.0 out of 5 stars A high-level narrative on UI design, bit long for the purpose, 26 May 2011
If you lack a manager with vision for an interface, or want to become one - you may want to read this. If you have an interface to design - look elsewhere.

This book is a high-level narrative of principles and values which should be followed in the process of designing interfaces. By this I mean the general approach to the process. Not layout principles etc. It is a bit long for the purpose, but OK.

Principles aren't enough to design an interface though. After reading this book I know what qualities I'm looking for, but am not a bit smarter about where to find them. The samples illustrate the ideas well. But I found little inspiration and even fewer things to emulate.

There are references to a number of books, and a few other resources which are worth knowing about. But a short reference list would work much better, and many of these may be found free on the net.

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