Reading this book sent me in a perpetual state of shock! Absolutely unbelievable. If someone wrote these adventures as fiction, readers would complainReading this book sent me in a perpetual state of shock! Absolutely unbelievable. If someone wrote these adventures as fiction, readers would complain that they were unrealistic. Plus, I've done enough boating/sailing to understand the insanity of the rescue team's plan and the magnitude of their accomplishment. ...more
I received this book as an ARC/promotional copy. ~~~
The quality of this book is undeniable, from the actual content that takes the reader through everyI received this book as an ARC/promotional copy. ~~~
The quality of this book is undeniable, from the actual content that takes the reader through every step of the film-making process, to watermarks of the paper. The reading includes details about the entire creative process, which will keep even a non-fan intrigued and turning the page. Excellent fold-out with various abandoned versions of Godzilla.
A must have for the movie fans, you could probably leave around this gorgeous book for your next (too) quiet social gathering, in order to stir the conversation....more
This book discusses the same ideas and theories as The Fourth Way but structured as a memoir not in a the logical and lectured order of the latter. SoThis book discusses the same ideas and theories as The Fourth Way but structured as a memoir not in a the logical and lectured order of the latter. Some ideas are better exposed here as for instance the separation between personality and essence, while others are much murkier. Finally, there is a plethora of "esoteric" ideas (which are never touched in the collection of lectures mentioned above) though many times these theories are left only partially explained.
I would recommend to start reading The Fourth Way and if those theories are down your alley, continue with this book.
P.S. The view of the bolshevik revolution from "inside," that is from the point of view of the Russian intellectualia, is quite eye-opening, even for one like me, who lived through a very real revolution. ...more
I don't think one can review this book. My suggestion is to read its first chapter: if one is "ready" for it, it will blow her/his mind. (There is oneI don't think one can review this book. My suggestion is to read its first chapter: if one is "ready" for it, it will blow her/his mind. (There is one particular idea that is shocking and scary in its truthfulness, but everyone has to discover this for herself/himself.) If not stupefied, one might still find the ideas interesting enough and decide to continue.
In a few words, the first 3/4 of the collection of lectures is a psychology treaty of a very peculiar and non-traditional kind centered around one idea (the one mentioned right in the first chapter, namely, the lack of self-remembering). The last 1/4 of the book is of a more "esoteric" nature (i.e, the most motley amalgam of what is considered the traditional religions, and the antique religions, plus myths, legends, etc.) Some of these latter ideas are to say at least weird, but the authenticity and value of the psychological section is unquestionable (I should know, since I'm the poster child for exemplifying everything that is written in there.)
It is stated several times that one could understand this system of thought (or better said its value) only if one has made a terrible mistake, and I couldn't agree more.
"We can understand what mechanicalness is and all the horror of mechanicalness only when we do something horrible and fully realize that it was mechanicalness in us that made us do it."
Anyways, I intended to review this book is detail, but it won't do justice to its ideas.
"We think we are what we are. Unfortunately we are not what we are but what we have become; we are not natural beings. We are too asleep, we lie too much, we live too much in imagination, we identify too much. We think we have to do with real beings, but in reality we have to do with imaginary beings. Almost all we know about ourselves is imaginary. Beneath all this agglomeration man is quite different. We have many imaginary things we must throw off before we can come to real things. So long as we live in imaginary things, we cannot see the value of the real; and only when we come to real things in ourselves can we see what is real outside us. We have too much accidental growth in us."
P.S. You can find the whole book for free in PDF format online since it's public domain....more
4.5 stars. To me, this book is more about portrait photography and less about fashion. This is not to say that some of these people are not fashionabl4.5 stars. To me, this book is more about portrait photography and less about fashion. This is not to say that some of these people are not fashionable by any standard, old or new.
However, I think the photographer is looking for unusual (sometimes shocking) fashion choices, which I am not convinced are always deliberate. And there are of course shots which I would by no means consider chic: courageous yes... stylish no... (and I'm talking about the guys wearing "underwear" as pants and so on).
I would give this book a 5 star rating if it was advertized as portraiture. The working attires come to support my statement: there are some shots of painters going to work, which although wonderful pictures, tell very little about the person's fashion fingerprint. There is a lovely snapshot of some barbers from Milan (and an equally enchanting story); but obviously these folks are not trying to be fashionable - only to do their job.
In the end, I find this book a gentle nudge to discover one's personal fashion signature, outside his/her comfort zone. ...more
This book is designed for someone completely new to Dreamweaver and web-design and I can see how a more advanced user would get frustrated with it. ThThis book is designed for someone completely new to Dreamweaver and web-design and I can see how a more advanced user would get frustrated with it. The learning process is rather painless, but some parts are extremely basic (as for instance how to format text) and could have been shortened.
There are some odds and ends thrown in, as for instance the hour of HTML and the one on Macromedia Fireworks, but I believe someone can indeed come up with a decent website after reading this book. I found a couple of instances in which the steps of the book didn't correspond to the actual software, but that was rather the exception.
My only negative comment so far is that I seriously doubt anyone could read this book in 24 hours and understand its content. I admit, Teach Yourself Dreamweaver in 5 Days doesn't sound equally marketable.
The bottom line - if one has never worked before with Dreamweaver, I believe this is an effective manual. ...more
I have 4 or 5 books from this collection and another 3 or 4 from the same publisher. As a rule they all seem to have the same pros and the same cons.
PI have 4 or 5 books from this collection and another 3 or 4 from the same publisher. As a rule they all seem to have the same pros and the same cons.
Pros: 1) good structure of the cookbooks and good indexes. This particularly one is structured on: "Vegetables, Nuts & Olives" "Meat & Poultry" "Fish & Seafood" "Eggs & Cheese" "Bread" 2) wonderful large pictures. 3) the servings are on the small-size and can be easily adapted for a two-person meal.
Cons: 1) Most of the recipes are seriously lacking in spices. All the recipes that I tried have potential, but they seriously lack in personality. From Tapas: Over 100 Temptingly-tasty Dishes I tried so far "Spinach & Tomatoes Pizzas" and "Fresh Salmon with red bell pepper sauce" and they were both OK, but just OK. The taste is simply forgettable. Of course one can always improve on the recipes by adding a handful of spices or another more-flavorful ingredient. 2) The text is really small and quite hard to read when you're in a hurry.
This is a very basic cookbook and I doubt that the Spanish cuisine is so bland....more
If you like chicken, this is the cookbook for you.
The book is structured into the following chapters: "Soups, Appetizers & Salads" "Lunch & LIf you like chicken, this is the cookbook for you.
The book is structured into the following chapters: "Soups, Appetizers & Salads" "Lunch & Light Meals" "Hearty Dishes" "Noodles & Pasta" "Rice." So far I tried the "Chicken noodle soup" (not your traditional version) and "Spanish chicken with preserved lemons:" they both came out so well that I prepared them several times.
The pictures give you a good idea of what to expect (even though not too many ideas of how to plate the food) and the print is large. The directions were always straightforward and I found no gaps so far.
As a rule, the recipes from this particular publisher seem to be somehow flavorless and you you might need to increase the amount of spices. But this book offers a large variety of excellent starting-point recipes....more