Few books have such an immersive world that you actually feel like you're living in it when you read it. Although this is true about the first book in...moreFew books have such an immersive world that you actually feel like you're living in it when you read it. Although this is true about the first book in the ring trilogy (being Black) by Ted Dekker, the book has some major flaws.
Characters sometimes seem unrealistic and do absurd things for seemingly no apparent reason. I am constantly reminded of this by the stupid comments that the main character constantly throws out in serious conversations. Such as "If they don't help us we should nuke them," perfectly logical :(
I've read other pieces by Ted Dekker (House and Saint) and they have had half way decent writing and amazing plots. Overall his books have been extremely well put together, or so I thought. You can tell that Black was written early on in his career. The writing is really not that great but the plot does still hold up amazingly well. I'm going to call this the "Harry Potter Syndrome" because JK Rowling's series is very well put together, but terribly written.
Also the theology in this book seems to be kinda wack. I know from being a Christian that God loves us, but Ted Dekker's portrayal of God randomly hugging people and telling them how much He loves them dosen't seem like the greatest way to present God. I know he loves us, but he does more then just give us hugs and say nice things to us. Last time I checked the bible, God did a lot more then just say "I love you" which seems to practically be the only thing that ever comes out of his mouth. Some actual wisdom might be nice for a change.
I'll also mention that the last third of the book picked up an insane amount and a large portion of things were left unexplained. It seemed like the author went "Hhhhmmmm, I don't feel like writing this anymore so I'm just going to skip all the detailed explanations I've been giving so far and sum up the novel in ten pages."
Despite my ranting and raving complaints the book is amazing and plain simple good fun. I think Ted Dekker should have spent more time developing this or maybe started this series down the road after writing a few other stories. It's a shame they were written as badly as they are considering the plot line's amazing twists and turns. O well, I'm looking forward to the sequel Red and Ted Dekker has ounce again proved that there is a reason why his name hovers above other modern day authors.
Take a star off is you don't enjoy fiction (this novel is very fictiony I guess) and add a star if you like action packed suspense(less)
This book had a lot of black holes and mysterious ways of getting to things, in short it didn't explain much. An extreme disappointment from the O'Rei...moreThis book had a lot of black holes and mysterious ways of getting to things, in short it didn't explain much. An extreme disappointment from the O'Reilly book series. To be honest I would rather set myself on fire or swallow hot coals instead of trying to use this book again. It's honestly that bad...(less)
The Head First series has been a very interesting breakthrough in programming, because they are programming books that don't look like programming boo...moreThe Head First series has been a very interesting breakthrough in programming, because they are programming books that don't look like programming books. They are filled with pictures, funny stories, tutorials, and many other things to help you learn about different programming subjects. With this said, the books look more like a child's story book. I previously read Head First HTML with CSS XHTML which was phenomenal and the best programming book I've read to date.
This book has really fine tuned my arsenal and widely broadened my understanding of CSS. The book has several nicely organized sections and comes with...moreThis book has really fine tuned my arsenal and widely broadened my understanding of CSS. The book has several nicely organized sections and comes with files that allow you quick references and opportunities to play with the code for a better understanding. Case studies at the end of the book are a great companion for putting all the things they throw at you too. My favorite part of this book was the CSS organization files that are ingenious. To sum up the book in a few words, CSS galore!
Not a fast read and the coding can become somewhat difficult to understand if you're not willing to stop and think through it. But come out of this book with half your sanity still intact and you'll be creating websites like the pros. Well, I can't guarantee you that much, but at least it gives a better understanding of bugs and hacks so you wont have a headache when testing across multiple browsers. That alone is worth much more then thirty bucks.
Didn't give this five stars because it's in black and white. Come on, this is supposed to be a coding book for a visual art, no excuses for it not being in color.(less)
When people think of C.S. Lewis, the words Narnia and Mere Christianity usually pop into their minds. But one of the pieces few people have read is Th...moreWhen people think of C.S. Lewis, the words Narnia and Mere Christianity usually pop into their minds. But one of the pieces few people have read is The Great Divorce. This book is a short spin on Dante's Inferno and the Catholic concept of purgatory. It's an experimental piece with visual imagery and creativity rarely paralleled. The characters are extremely well developed and the visual imagery is so vibrant I felt like I could reach out and touch what I was reading. When I finished the book I was actually quite sad because the ending was quite abrupt, it was almost as if I wanted to explore the characters and adventures further then the book went. Many hardcore C.S. Lewis fans consider this his greatest achievement. If you have not read this piece you need to put it at the top of your to reads. The only thing I regret about this book is that fact that I didn't read it earlier.(less)
For short this book really wasn't that great. Being an experienced web designer with some college education, I'd have to say this is way behind the ti...moreFor short this book really wasn't that great. Being an experienced web designer with some college education, I'd have to say this is way behind the times. The implication of the book is way behind the CSS and XHTML standards with extremely outdated techniques. I will say that it is a good quick reference but to add on the list of cons it lacks explaining how anything you're using really works. So you're usually just blindly plugging code into pages with this book. Which is dangerous because if you have to fix or adjust something and don't know what to adjust it could cost you hours of frustration as it did me.
This is an amazing reference and every web designer should have a copy. Its arranged very well and is easy to tote around. Could have used some kind o...moreThis is an amazing reference and every web designer should have a copy. Its arranged very well and is easy to tote around. Could have used some kind of visuals for the CSS properties, but it is only pocket size. If you don't have a copy, you should really get one!
Only gave three stars because its just a reference (although it is a must own). Take a star off if you're a visual learner and add one if you like dry programming books.(less)