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The Blight of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 2)
The Blight of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 2)
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1.0 out of 5 stars More of the same..., 15 May 2016
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Again with the book of Mormon... Just irritating. Enjoyed the first book on a fairly superficial level. Couldn't stomach the second. I really have no intention of changing my theology based on a £3 fantasy novel from Amazon....


The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1)
The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You say Maston, I say Mormon... Lets call the whole thing off, 15 May 2016
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Only good if you want to be a Mormon. Otherwise the fairly blatant attempts to proselytise will get really irritating.


Python: Academy - The Stress Free Way To Learning Python Inside & Out - Beginners Guide (FREE Books, Python Programming For Beginners, Python For Informatics)
Python: Academy - The Stress Free Way To Learning Python Inside & Out - Beginners Guide (FREE Books, Python Programming For Beginners, Python For Informatics)

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 15 May 2016
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Really basic overview of python which isn't as good as the stuff available free online. No mention of the differences between python 2 and 3. No discussion of how to set up. Very brief, padded with loads of "bonus" content about other subjects which is, sadly, of a similar standard. AVOID. Also this book strikingly similar to the book Python boot camp by David Maxwell ... Caveat emptor


Python: Programming Bootcamp The Crash Course for Understanding the Basics of Python Computer Language (FREE Books, Python Crash Course, Python Programming For Beginners)
Python: Programming Bootcamp The Crash Course for Understanding the Basics of Python Computer Language (FREE Books, Python Crash Course, Python Programming For Beginners)

1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking., 15 May 2016
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Really basic overview of python which isn't as good as the stuff available free online. No mention of the differences between python 2 and 3. No discussion of how to set up. Very brief, padded with loads of "bonus" content about other subjects which is, sadly, of a similar standard. AVOID. Also this book strikingly similar to the book on Python by IT Academy... Caveat emptor


Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling: A Practical Introduction
Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling: A Practical Introduction
by Steven F. Railsback
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good introduction to Netlogo, 25 Jan. 2016
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I bought this book to accompany a module on my masters course, and it was incredibly helpful. Using this and the online Netlogo documentation, I was able to get moderately fluent in a couple of weeks. It probably won't turn you into a programming legend, but as a solid introduction to the basics and mechanics of the software, it is very good. The book is well written and accessible, and the code is all availble online (at railsback-grimm-abm-book.com)

If you need to learn Netlogo from the ground up, this is a really good place to start.


Theories of the Policy Process
Theories of the Policy Process

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear overview, 4 Jan. 2016
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This is an excellent overview of a number of theoretical approaches to policy processes. The coherence and clarity of these different approaches is a little variable (due to different contributing authors) but the chapter on Multiple Streams Framework is worth the price of the kindle version on its' own.

Certainly well worth checking if you want some short summaries describing these different ideas.


Sustainability: A Cultural History
Sustainability: A Cultural History
by Ulrich Grober
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one to buy, 4 Jan. 2016
A really nice summary of the development of sustainability. The book is academic, but at a moderate level, and is certainly not written as a textbook. It has been well translated and presented, and is very readable (while remaining refreshingly free of waffle.) It is also one of the few books on the subject that doesn't shamelessly repeat one of my pet hates; the dogma that Christianity is the root of Western unsustainable development (for more on this see Pollution and the Death of Man).

Considerable effort appears to have been spent finding supporting literature in English, so the usual bane of translated works: an entirely non-English references section, has been neatly sidestepped. In fact, I suspect that Ray Cunningham's role in translating this work approaches that of co-author rather than simply translator.

I would definitely recommend this book


My Naughty Little Sister
My Naughty Little Sister
by Dorothy Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly dated., 30 Dec. 2015
Wow, this really hasn't dated well. I can see how it could be interesting social history, but spending all your time labeling a child as naughty, who in most cases is just being an active inquisitive small child, seems a bit harsh. I (clearly) missed most of the subtext when I was read this as a child, but it does make for uncomfortable reading now I am expected to do the bedtime stories.

If I wanted my child to be brought up as a baby boomer, this is exactly the sort of thing I would read. For everyone else, I would suggest Shirley Hughes (a much kinder author), or even the Milly Molly Mandy books which are now so old, they read like historical fiction.

It is also worth noting that this edition has four chapters labelled number eight...


Norwegian Wood: Non-fiction Book of the Year 2016
Norwegian Wood: Non-fiction Book of the Year 2016
by Lars Mytting
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 12 Nov. 2015
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It is not a secret that Scandinavians love their firewood. A couple of years ago, when Norwegian TV broadcast a 12-hour programme on how to burn firewood, one of the guests on the show was Lars Mytting who has sold over 230,000 copies of his book Hel Ved, (loosely translated as "pure wood" - Norwegian for clear wood, or when applied to a person "the real deal") all about the Norwegian love affair with firewood. Someone clearly thought we could do with some advice, as the book has recently been translated into an English edition.

First things first, I really enjoyed this book and I would thoroughly recommend getting a copy. I found it engaging, readable and, if nothing else, lovely dark winter evening escapism. I also learned some new stuff that, while it might not translate perfectly into a UK setting, could become very useful. I particularly liked the "stoking from the top" method of firelighting and look forward to trying it out.

The book itself is beautiful, full of pictures and by and large the translator has done a really good job. Instead of getting bogged down in waffle, Norwegian wood cuts directly to the heart of the matter.

The content was very useful, but you do need to bear in mind that it is written for a Norwegian audience. This might not sound like much, but some techniques which don't really take place in the UK are described in detail, and some which do (coppicing for example) are glossed over very quickly. That said, this difference in focus meant that I learned some new things, and there really are some very useful elements in the book which I don't recall having seen before. The book is far from nostalgic, and there is a clear indication that this sort of culture is still very much alive in Norway.

There were a couple of minor issues. Firstly, the book was clearly translated for an American audience. This is understandable, as it is probably far larger than our own, but it has led to some rather unhappy compromises. Units are an awkward fudge between metric, imperial and traditional units (like the ‘cord’). I don't know how this will sit with a US audience, but I certainly had to stop regularly to work things out and visualise them. For example temperatures are quoted in Fahrenheit and Centigrade in the text; this interrupts the flow and I think it could have been handled better by simply have adding additional units as footnotes. Secondly, there is an issue in translation of technical terms. I don't know whether this was because the translator was unfamiliar with them himself, or because it was assumed that the audience would be unfamiliar; but there are a few translations in the book that are just wrong. For example, syrefelling (felling a tree and then leaving it with foliage still attached) is known in the UK as sour-felling, but it is translated in the book as ‘leaf-felling’ a term that I have never encountered.

Having said all of that, the book is basically great, and I would very much recommend that you get a copy. If you struggle to understand any of the terms, there are plenty of other books around that will set you straight, and Norwegian Wood is a great read in its own right.
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Montgomery's Trouble in the Underworld (The Omnifex Chronicles Book 1)
Montgomery's Trouble in the Underworld (The Omnifex Chronicles Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, 28 April 2014
I'm always a bit wary when I find self-published ebooks on Amazon. Let's be honest, there is an awful lot of bad writing that has made its way into the marketplace. Happily, this isn't the case here. The book is well written and is a really enjoyable read. If you liked the power of five series by Anthony Horowitz, or the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, then you'll love this.


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