B. L. Weber

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (57 of 68)
Location: England/Brazil


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,909,267 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 68
Brazil (Lonely Planet Country Guides) by Gary Chandler Prado
Brazil (Lonely Planet Country Guides) by Gary Chandler Prado
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide, 14 April 2007
When I travel to new countries, and I have been to quite a few; not just backpacking but also to live and work and to get to know the areas where I go, I have invariably taken with me a copy of the Lonely Planet.

The guide for Brazil was the first guidebook I had bought as it was the first time I had ever travelled abroad. Believe me, it helped!!! In spite of what the above reviewer says, it gives a good range of hotels and it gives a good range of ideas of where to go and what to see (by the way, in Shanghai for example the LP suggested for those inclined to try it, to stay out in the 5* Grand Hyatt hotel whilst I was there... something I did and, as I am unaccostomed to staying… Read more
How to Pass the Civil Service Qualifying Tests: Th&hellip by Mike Bryon
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is good to practice tests with, but for helping you understand some of the answers... do not rely on it at all. The mathematical sections are good - especially with the area in which you have to find the patterns in number tables. If you find this area difficult, practicing from this book will help you be able to spot these patterns and identify characteristics belonging to each type of pattern involved.
But with the verbal organisation sections for example, though there are plenty of questions to test yourself with, some of the "correct" answers are somewhat bizzare and lack any explanation as to why they are such. I found this incredibly frustrating.
After I had been… Read more
The First Century After Beatrice by Amin Maalouf
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I have read a fair few of Maalouf's novels and I have enjoyed every single one of them and have him top of my favourite authors list.
He is a truly gifted author, always writing beautiful and hypnotic tales, mixing fact with fiction. With The First Century After Beatrice, he doesn't let us down on these points. A very scary scenario, based along demographic change - through the simple idea (based in fact) of the affect of certain beans causing more males to be born than females - is skilfully and brilliantly presented to us, through excellently intertwined plots based through the individual protagonists and then at the global level around them.
It sounds... for lack of other words… Read more