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Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason
Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason
Price: £7.48

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riviting read., 20 Jan. 2013
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Unlike others I didn't read this in one sitting, I had to go to the toilet and eventually bed. This book flows beatifully and like others I found myself hearing Seth's radio voice narrating it while I read it. I'll no doubt read it again as, just like the podcasts, I will no doubt get more from it the 2nd time around.
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Millions of Women are Waiting to Meet You: A Story of Life, Love and Internet Dating
Millions of Women are Waiting to Meet You: A Story of Life, Love and Internet Dating
Price: £6.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, shockingly candid, must read, 27 July 2012
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I expect many men will find things in this book they can relate to intelligently expressed with amazingly un-male like candour; I know there were more than a few 'yep, me too' moments for me. And it's the rare candour of this book that I expect women will find interesting.

Also provides an insight in to Internet dating and the author's thoughts on this, the various characters he meets and Internet porn addiction.


Falling in Truth: The Education of a Jehovah's Witness
Falling in Truth: The Education of a Jehovah's Witness
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting way of presenting multiple arguments, 23 May 2012
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This book contains on the face of it 3 perspectives on religion: Jehovah's Witness, Catholic and atheist and appears to present the best arguments from all sides. There is however another level in which we see the view that theists "know" the truth verses the theists who trust to faith and say that many arguments over meaning and even just content of the Bible are a waste of time.

As one might expect from a story regarding religion there is hypocrisy between belief and behaviour but what is interesting is the way the characters deal with this. Some see it is obvious proof that the religion is meaningless, of no benefit, while some see it as natural character flaws in imperfect people who aspire to the "perfect" truth.

Then author also contrasts those who believe unquestioningly in the translations of the texts given to them verses the view that one should interpret the texts for oneself and not give up critical thinking.

This has to be one of the more balanced books that presents the these arguments I have ever read. It is very heavy in places with lots of references to scripture and philosophical works. It appears well researched though and the author does a good job at keeping it balanced.


Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy and informative read., 11 Jun. 2011
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Much of what this book says may have come under the already knew that category for me but there was still a lot of interesting insights and new takes on otherwise familiar subjects.

Read it in 4 days, will likely read it again and perhaps again because I'll probably find more in it. Then I'll keep as a reference.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What I expected from the reviews, 11 Jun. 2011
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I don't regret buying this book but the person who copied the "public domain" translation from the Internet and added a copyrighted cover could have at least proof read it and corrected the typos if not the poor grammar.

Tempted to use the same text, correct it and add commentary and my own copyrighted cover.


Bosch PSM 160 A Multi-Sander
Bosch PSM 160 A Multi-Sander

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little, but powerful, sander, 11 Jun. 2011
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This sander handles very well but it does not really get in to awkward parts much better than a rotary sander. Very little vibration reaches the hands and consequently one can sand for some time before having to stop.

The front sanding pad is well designed because the front corner tend to wear out quickly as you point it in to corners but the pad can be rotated so you use all 3 corners at the front. The pads are however fairly expensive but they do fasten on well with the Velcro grip. The dust filtering is also quite effective although I used mine out doors.

This sander saved me quite a bit of time and energy sanding a garden swing seat. The results were very good, obviously it didn't reach all the parts but it can be forgiven this.


Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
Price: £5.47

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's story of his entry in to and escape from the cult., 11 Jun. 2011
Blown for Good is an excellent read and provides one man's story of his experiences in and after the cult of scientology.

If you have no idea about the church of scientology or have only heard about it from the adverts this is a good book to read that gives some insight in to why so much controversy surrounds the church of scientology and what lurks behind the façade of this 1950's sci-fi religion come self help group.
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The Mystery Method
The Mystery Method
by Erik von Markovik
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real nerds guide to attraction, 24 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: The Mystery Method (Hardcover)
A previous book I criticised for stating the obvious in a "well duh" fashion well this book is definitely in the "I hadn't thought of it like that before" category and also contained a lot of "I hadn't thought of that before" stuff too.

Mystery talks of the "Algorithm for Getting Women", "Mastering the Science of Courtship", "Unlocking the secrets to Attracting Beautiful Women" and building "The Mystery" and goes on to explain these further through out the book through various theories he or others have developed during their development.

He explains in a "I hadn't thought of it like that before" way the Ultimate Purpose of Life and how this relates to getting laid; he also creates an urgency by pointing how little time you have to achieve this purpose. Then he provides lots of interesting pointers to help you on your way.

Will this book turn you in to an ultimate chick magnet? Honestly you should know that depends on you. Like all self help books the actual work is trying out the concepts you've read and this is perhaps one of the hardest areas of life to tackle in practice; getting the nerve up to approach good looking women and take rejection. If you can find someone "a wing" to provide mutual support you will probably have a much easier, though not easy, time with putting this book in to practice.

Like other self help genres there is a large industry of boot camps and other practical courses, all with a substantial price tag, for those who feel the need for the added motivation that only such venues can supply. Although the book mentions these I can say it is provides more than just leading information and is definitely not just a sales pitch for such boot camps.

As someone with modest success (not "a natural" but by no means a virgin) in this area this book actually explained some of my own observations and experiences and I believe has provided me real value which will improve my performance in future in terms of quality and quantity.


The Rules of the Game
The Rules of the Game
by Neil Strauss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start..., 26 July 2010
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This is a book in two parts. The first part is a series of exercises to carry out at your own pace that are meant to get you started as a pick up artist. Here's the thing the book warns you not to read ahead and sticking to that rule I haven't. The first couple of exercises have been pretty basic stuff, talk to strangers - get use to it and set your self some goals in life, that kind of thing; to be honest I almost skipped ahead but decided not to in case I miss something. It will be interesting to see how this develops or if I get around to doing the rest and over what period of time; the book suggest an exercise per night but how much time per exercise is down to practicalities and self motivation.

Like all such books the reading is the easy part, actually following the advice is the hard part, which is no doubt why so many spend £00's on seminars and practical boot camps where you go out and are thrown in the deep end and more or less forced to start talking to girls; it's like the gym it's much easier to exercise with a personal trainer to "encourage" you.

The second part of the book is Neil's diaries. These are a collection of short stories that usually illustrate a point.


The Game: Undercover in the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
The Game: Undercover in the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
by Neil Strauss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and informative book., 26 July 2010
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The Game is the first book I decided to buy about pick up artists. I found it well written, informative and entertaining. I recommend it as a first read before you decide to buy in to the whole Pick Up Artist scene because this book tells you about bad stuff along with the good. If you're looking for tips on how to be a pick up artist this book really isn't it. It isn't that there aren't any, there are, but this book is more Neil's story about how he gets in to the scene and how for a while at least it almost takes him over.

The Game can become an obsession and if you get in to it, especially if you start attending and paying for boot camps and seminars, it will change you. These changes can of course be good but there are also pitfalls and this book mentions these in perhaps more detail than most other books, seminars and boot camps on the subject.


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