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Dolomites: Journey Through an Enchanted Kingdom
Dolomites: Journey Through an Enchanted Kingdom
by Cristina Todeschini
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart achingly beautiful book, 11 July 2004
As a guidebook to the Dolomites this book falls short in many ways: the text gets a bit repetitive, translation is not quite 100% and you couldn't use the maps for navigation.
That said, the photography (and quality of its reproduction) is fantastic. It covers the entire region thoroughly, and whereas most guidebooks say you should visit place X or place Y, this lets you go on a visual journey of the area and pick out places that appeal to you. Without it on our holiday to this area we would have missed lots of beautiful places.
Furthermore, when you get back home you'll have a beautiful momento of the area.
Highly recommended to supplement your ordinary guidebooks.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 8, 2011 3:34 PM BST


Teach Yourself Marketing (TYBU)
Teach Yourself Marketing (TYBU)
by Jonathan Gabay
Edition: Paperback

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Teach Yourself using a different book, 10 July 2004
If you are after a practical book to help you improve your marketing skills then look elsewhere.
The author is a copyrighter, not a pure marketeer as such, and this comes across in the seemingly random structuring and poor writing. He also desparately tries to 'upsell' himself by continually dropping in his web site address, plus the recommended further reading books are all written by himself. Such self promotion in a paid for book is a bad sign.
Content-wise the book seems to be very weak, for example it never presses the issue of marketing the benefits of a product, not it's features (a core principle of marketing as far as I was concerned).
Another bad indicator is that I am from a web background and the section about this was, in my profesional opinion, that of somebody who didn't know what they were talking about.
In summary I learnt nothing useful from this book and I doubt you will either.
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Essential Manager's Manual: v.1: Vol 1
Essential Manager's Manual: v.1: Vol 1
by Tim Hindle
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply not enough content., 5 July 2004
Even if you're new to management you'll get little from this book other than the most basic of overviews. It will always leave you wanting/needing more.
The book leaves me with the lasting impression of having been written by professional authors and not experts; I didn't detect any expert knowledge throughout the entire book.
It is hardly what I'd call a 'manual'; far more deserving of such a title, and a more worthwhile investment, is 'Business the Ultimate Resouce'.


The Haynes Bicycle Book: The Haynes Repair Manual for Maintaining and Repairing Your Bike (Haynes Automotive Repair Manual Series)
The Haynes Bicycle Book: The Haynes Repair Manual for Maintaining and Repairing Your Bike (Haynes Automotive Repair Manual Series)
by Bob Henderson
Edition: Paperback

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction but for practical advice forget it, 2 July 2004
If you've never owned a bike before then this is a good book from which to get a basic knowledge, what the various bits are called and what they do etc.
However, the servicing information it contains lacks any practical advice and if you follow it you'll get nowhere in my experience. They show nice photos of a clean brand new bike (with parts removed for clarity) which just doesn't map across to the real world. And what happens when you follow their instructions but it still doesn't work: well, you're left with a bike in a worse condition then when you started. If you want hands on, real world, practical advice on how to maintain your bike you are better searching the web where you will find excellent articles with more explanation and more 'if that doesn't work, then do this' kind of advice.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Essential Penguin)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Essential Penguin)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Edition: Paperback

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What on earth is the person on about???, 23 Jun. 2004
If you have a taste for weird books then this might be for you. Unfortunately I interpret the author's bizarre decadency into people living for 150 years, ascending to the sky, being born with pig-tails etc. etc. as being poor writing.
It's not as if these 'mystic elements' are introduced with any kind of structure, they just seem to pop up every now and then to excuse something or to try to pep the story up somewhat.
I forced myself to read the book to the end, but thought that the ending was just one slightly clever idea, and didn't reflect the contents of the preceding 400 pages in any way.
I like my books descriptive and with a coherent direction. If you like 'clever' books then this might be for you, but personally I feel it's a case of the emperor's new clothes: booky people say how wonderful it is when the rest of us wonder what on earth they're on about.


Northern Italy Insight Guide (Insight Guides)
Northern Italy Insight Guide (Insight Guides)
by Insight
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never judges, 23 Jun. 2004
A lovely guidebook to look at and to read, but it fails badly because it never offers any opinions of anything. OK, so people's opinions vary, but I get the impression they are just trying to sell everywhere they list as a place to see; so treat with extreme care. We've just returned from Northern Italy and the book contained a good drive in the Dolomites and information on some interesting places. The problem was it also had information on a lot of absolutely awful places to visit (over-touristy areas packed with restaurants with German/English names and the like, e.g. Limone sul Garda).
I'd recommend it to give you an overview and as a supporting information, but don't whatever you do use it for planning your trip; you might end up at some nice places if you do, or you might end up at some dreadful ones.


Appointment with Death (Poirot)
Appointment with Death (Poirot)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.04

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old format, but one of the better Agatha Christie, 23 Jun. 2004
The usual formula from Agatha Chrisite: set the scene, interview the suspects one by one then reveal the culprit. Easy reading and engaging, but not exactly challenging reading. That said, it's probably one of the best examples of Agatha Christie's that I've read.


Italy (Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay)
Italy (Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay)
by Emma Carey
Edition: Paperback

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very special, 1 Jun. 2004
These kind of books are great at rooting out the weird and wonderful places to stay, but this one seems to contain just too many 'normal' places to stay. Admittedly there are some gems in here, but just visiting a few hotels, B&Bs and agriturismos and writing some notes about the eccentricity of the owner doesn't make for a thorough guide.


Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004: Training from the Source
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004: Training from the Source
by Khristine Annwn Page
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.08

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough guide, 1 Jun. 2004
A thorough guide to the product, but very dull to follow. You feel they have very efficiently divided up the funtionality of Dreamweaver and detailed the development of a website carefully using each feature. That said, it still somehow seems to lack soul. They teach you feature by feature, not by looking at what you need to do and then introducing the relevant features.
One thing that is a pain is that they show very few screenshots of Dreamweaver itself, so it's very difficult to read away from the computer: OK for a complete beginner, but it gets painful after a while.


Essential Italian Lakes (AA Essential)
Essential Italian Lakes (AA Essential)
by Richard Sale
Edition: Paperback

51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good intro but a bit thin, 1 Jun. 2004
I like this series of books: they're an easy way to read about where you're going to get a flavour of the area. That said there are a few serious problems with this one.
Firstly, I worry about it being up to date despite it's claim to have been updated in 2004. The pictures look like they were taken in the 1980s and the information section doesn't mention any of the budget airlines flying to the region. I get the feeling that somebody has checked that there weren't any errors, but didn't actually revise the book for 2004. That leaves the content written back in 2001.
Secondly there are detailed maps of the Western lakes, but not the Eastern lakes. So if you're heading to Lake Garda you're going to need another guidebook anyway.
Overall I'm disappointed by the book and for a little more money bought the Insight Guide to Northern Italy where you get a lot more detail and the impression of being far more up to date. I would say that book represents far better value for money than this one.


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