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Professional ASP.NET Design Patterns
Professional ASP.NET Design Patterns
by Scott Millett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and clear, 30 May 2012
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As many others have said this book contains good clear introductions to, and examples of the design patterns contained. As anyone who has studied the patterns in theory knows, translating them to the real world is not always as straightforward as one would like and this book does an excellent job of this. It provides lots of good source code, nearly always more than one option e.g. EntityFramework or NHibernate, and good general architecture design.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing the magic, 5 Aug. 2003
Having totally loved the 4 HP's to date I had high expectations of this one which it unfortunately did not live up to. Somehow the magic was missing... It had all the cool ingredients from the previous books, but somehow they had become common place. No longer did I feel transported to a totally magical place where anything is possible. No longer was I hanging on every word having the adventure of my life... Still it was a pleasurable way to spend a weekend.


The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
by Julia Cameron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

100 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat yourself - you deserve it, 30 Nov. 2002
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Working through this book was for me a stage in life that I will never forget. The most freeing thing I got was that creativity has nothing to do with art. At the most basic level being creative is creating my life, its not about painting, drawing, writing, all those traditional expressions of art, unless thats what you want it to be about. The experience I gained was magical. I gained a previously unknown inner peace from working on these exercises. I got to live life as an adventure, where everything is new and anything is possible.


On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious (Arkana)
On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious (Arkana)
by Douglas E. Harding
Edition: Paperback

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment the easy way, 30 Nov. 2002
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The simplicity of what Douglas teaches is fantastic. No longer do you have to spend years on the path... All you have to do is trust your senses and forget your conditioning for a short moment. Once viewed from the perspective that Douglas presents the boundaries we have imposed between us an the world appear absurd. The ideas we have developed about ourselves are shown to be false. Prepare to be amazed...
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Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK,but don't buy for the single player quest, 20 Oct. 2002
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This review is from: Neverwinter Nights (Video Game)
Well after having played Baldurs Gate I & II, I was expecting a very high level which unfortunately wasn't met.
The interface while looking good doesn't provide much interaction and the things that can be interacted with are blatently obvious unlike BG. This style of interface has also already been used in Ultima 9, which was out years ago. So why it required such a high spec PC is beyond me.
The quests provided by the module provided had nothing challenging at all, again unlike BG where some situations took hours to formulate a sucessful strategy. And that was after increasing the difficultly level of the game. All in all it took 4 weeks to complete, versus 8 months for each BG.
And as a previous reviewer mentioned the AI was shocking. The hencemen are constantly running off and doing things you don't want them to do.
All in all quite dissappointing.


The Redemption of Althalus
The Redemption of Althalus
by David Eddings
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Its Time For Something New!, 16 Aug. 2001
As a died in the wool Eddings fan, this was a disappointment. Fantastic storyline and brilliant merge of sci-fri with the time/space phenomenon. However there was some important things missing. The characters aren't individual, in fact there seemed to be 1 woman and 1 man, with a certain relationship between them (Hmm, interesting given the authors?). Its like the book was written using a set of humorous cliche's from previous books. There was also a sense that the adventure was all too easy, like a quick skim over the life of a god, not an in depth, visualise the sweat and blood of a make or break adventure.


Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing
Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing
by John Robbins
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine health being about you well being?, 14 Feb. 2001
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A fantastic book, which opens our eyes to what doesn't work about modern day health care. You'll find out that what you take for granted is not neccessarily the truth, and that there are many factors other than your well-being that influence health care today. It goes on to create what else is possible in terms of health care that is in harmony with us as human beings, that creates well-being as a normal state. It shifts the paradigm from one where we are inherently flawed, to one where we are inherently perfect. It shifts the approach from one of fighting the enemy (disease) to one of balancing the body. Read it and learn...


Diet for a New America: How Your Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness & the Future of Life on Earth
Diet for a New America: How Your Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness & the Future of Life on Earth
by John Robbins
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you care about your health, 25 April 2000
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This is the best book I have ever read relating to why it is in out own best interests to be vegetarian, given where the world is at today. Not moralistic, nor rightous, just plain practical. Research shows the impact meat, and animal products have on many of the major diseases of today. Also shows the impact the meat and dairy industry has on the environment as well. A must read for anyone interested in your own or others health, or in making a difference to the planet.


There's No Such Place as Far Away
There's No Such Place as Far Away
by Richard Bach
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, 21 Feb. 2000
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Another masterpeice from Richard Bach. He manages to illustrate the profoundness of life in an amazingly simple way. The illustrations in this book as also moving in their own right.


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