Iain Black

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (387 of 456)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,252,719 - Total Helpful Votes: 387 of 456
C# for Students by Doug Bell
C# for Students by Doug Bell
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The reason i bought this book is because i do Java and wanted to try C#, this book is great because it quickly lets me see how to do basic things in the language. The topic-per-chapter layout lets me easily find out how exceptions etc.. work in C# without too much pain. But, the main reason i got this book is because you get the standard edition of Visual C# with it. No trial rubbish, the actual thing! You get 6 CD's, 1 is Visual C#, 1 is .NET pre-requisites, the MSDN(invaluable, lots of tutorials, code snippets) on 3CD's, and a Windows 2000 upgrade CD to bring Windows 2000 up to date to run .NET. C# is 80 quid itself, 60 quid if bought as the microsoft learning edition book. You can see… Read more
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New age for the masses, 24 Sep 2003
I finally got round to ordering this book after spying it for about a year. Maybe the long wait increased my expectations but i just didn't see what the fuss was about.
This book consists of dull characters, spirituality to make you occasionaly cringe and no story to hold your attention. I dont want to write such a negative review but the idea that the main character just wanders around and says nothing witty or funny (he is like dead wood down a river) whilst helping begin a new age of spirituality is quite dire. I can appreciate that the story is just a way of getting to the core message, the insights(which are not insights at all, just the authors beliefs on where he thinks humans… Read more
On the Beach ~ Neil Young
On the Beach ~ Neil Young
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album, 5 Sep 2003
This album seems to be a love/hate affair with fans. Some love it, some hate it. I am one of the people who really like this album. I am a pretty big Neil Young fan and owned about 8 of his albums before this one, this one stands out.
The fact that the album starts straight away and kicks into the song tells you something from the off. Neil seems to have a kind of confidence on this album his others don't seem to have, less vulnerable and more authoritive. The songs themselves are fairly simple with minimal guitar and the occasional synth but they sound complete and tight, not overblown like some of his other albums. The drums seem to hold things together.
All the songs on this… Read more

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