A. Weir

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 52% (13 of 25)
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Birthday: 7 July
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 433,971 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 25
PHILIPPINES CULTURE SHOCK IS UNBELIEVABLE: IT'S MO&hellip by Paul Fussell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm going to pan this book because:

- Despite the author's assertion that he's fixed the spelling and grammar, it's still peppered with mistakes that a 9-year-old would spot.

- There is no narrative flow or organisation, the author jumping from topic to topic without any apparent point to make, and occasionally descending into Boomhauer-like rambles so incomprehensible that you have to simply skip past.

- The author comes across as an untravelled, semi-literate bumpkin dispensing half-baked medical advice and "it's not like America" observations about squat toilets, bad driving, corrupt politics, and boneheaded immigration officials. My goodness… Read more
Shade Gardening by Douglas Green
Shade Gardening by Douglas Green
Excellent practical advice for growing plants (in general terms) in the shade, but the list of shade-tolerant plants is only ornamentals. If you're interested in using shaded areas for food production, this book has a few pages of helpful pointers, but you won't find any details.
Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back W&hellip by Paul Mason
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed, 8 Mar 2013
This book starts off reasonably well, with a good explanation of what BPD is. Unfortunately, the rest of the book (which the first half confidently promises, several times, will help you deal with BPD) is very weak. To take a specific example, there is a section on "what to do if someone becomes violent". There follows a list of things you should NOT do (most of which are obvious), and not one sentence that describes a practical method of extricating yourself from that situation with the minimum fallout. The book could probably be boiled down to a dozen pages if the fluff were removed. Not a completely unhelpful book, but you'll probably be left thinking "is that it?".

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