John Chandler

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Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth
Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't sure what to expect from Daniel's book as this was very much an impulse purchase. With the exception of Grave and Entombed, the Swedish scene at the time passed me by as I was more into their British and American counterparts, and later the Norwegian Black Metal scene. I missed a lot it seems!

This is an unashamed and honest look at the scene and makes no claims to be 100% accurate, being compiled from the demos, fanzines and the recollections of those within Sweden's death metal community - including the author himself. The music comes first throughout the book and shuns sensationalism, which lends a greater air of authority to the text.

Swedish death metal's… Read more
Medic!: The Story of a Conscientious Objector in t&hellip by Ben Sherman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In the words of Ben Sherman himself: "My story says little about courage under fire, brilliant strategies, right versus wrong, glory, regrets, or political necessities. It's mostly a story about a kid who got drafted and refused to kill anybody".

Whether or not you agree with his convictions, or his actions, he remained committed to his beliefs and never held a gun during his time in the army. He went into combat as a medic, was left for dead after his medevac helicopter was shot up, was saved by his sergeant and mentor, and always attempted to save lives where he could.

Sherman makes no attempt to paint himself as courageous or a hero, quite the opposite. Reading his… Read more
Iron Python in Action by Michael J. Foord
Iron Python in Action by Michael J. Foord
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Michael Foord and Christian Muirhead have written a very clear and readable introduction to IronPython. Even as a seasoned Python programmer, I confess to having learnt a thing or two about the Python language while gaining a good background in the .NET framework. Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Silverlight, using IronPython with C# and VB, testing and metaprogramming, databases and web services - the book covers a good breadth of applications.

If you're a Python programmer looking to get into .NET, or a .NET developer wanting to explore Python and dynamic languages, this is the ideal book for you.