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I Can't Remember If We're Cheap or Smart (Dilbert)
I Can't Remember If We're Cheap or Smart (Dilbert)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Only 16 pages (of cartoons) long in the Kindle version, 6. Februar 2013
When I purchased and downloaded this in the Kindle version, I did so in preparation for a doctor's appointment. I was therefore extremely surprised to discover that the cartoons only go for 16 pages, and then that's the end of the book (apart from the list of titles of other books I might enjoy if I liked this one). I ended up having to go back and reread Scott Adams' introduction at the start, to help pass the time in the doctor's waiting room. So - the cartoons were excellent, but the book was unexpectedly short. I've no idea whether it is this short in the paper version as well.


Fearless Knitting Workbook
Fearless Knitting Workbook
von Jennifer E. Seiffert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent resource for beginner knitters, 24. Dezember 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fearless Knitting Workbook (Spiralbindung)
This would be an excellent book for a person just learning to knit. The explanations are very clear and precise, and accompanied frequently by easy-to-follow illustrations. However, as a person who has been knitting for one and a half years, I found that this book had nearly nothing new to offer me at all, and certainly nothing that would warrant buying a whole book for. In particular, the author knowingly omits important knitting techniques such as short rows (she says: "Short-row techniques are difficult to visualize and won't be covered in this workbook") and stranded knitting and intarsia (she says: "there isn't space to include multicolor techniques"). If I had known that, I would honestly never have ordered the book. But someone just starting out would be likely to appreciate the information and tips given by Ms Seiffert very much indeed. I have taken off two stars because there is no indication on the cover that the book is honestly directed only towards beginners, nor that important techniques are entirely left out. It shouldn't be necessary to read through the entire book, discover in the course of reading that certain common techniques are not going to be covered, and then come to the end and think "oh, was that all?". Maybe an idea re how to redress this would be to put a keypoint list on the back cover, for those of us who have to order our knitting books online and rarely get to look into the pages of books until the order actually arrives.


The Science of the Soul: Scientific Evidence of Human Souls
The Science of the Soul: Scientific Evidence of Human Souls
von Kevin T. Favero
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 19,14

1.0 von 5 Sternen Title should include important words: Proving God Exists, 3. April 2009
I was really excited when I read Kevin T. Favero's website promoting this book, because it very distinctly speaks about scientific principles and NOT basing the book on "paranormal occurrences, parapsychology, extrasensory perception, out-of-body experiences, or near-death experiences".

I therefore ordered the book, expecting to read - at last - some kind of scientific analysis and description of human souls and evidence, etc. Instead, from the moment I opened the first pages, I was greeted with copious references to God, how it was ridiculous to say that "religion is the opiate of the masses" (obviously Mr Favero doesn't watch international TV news too often), how people who don't believe that there is an afterlife feel like life has no point, and so on and so on. If I had had any prior warning that the underlying theme of this book is "believe in God! believe in God!", I would never have ordered it.

So be warned: this is not an objective approach to the question of whether there is scientific evidence for human souls and what that evidence is, but rather a very, very obvious "look! God must exist!" message which is broadcast from page to page. Anyone who doesn't believe in God, according to Favero, is likely to be a wastrel who won't live morally or with any worthwhile purpose. Quite apart from the fact that you shouldn't have to be cowered into behaving properly as a human being because of fear of punishment from a big beard in the sky - you should behave properly because you choose to do so, on your own responsibility! - anyone wanting a *scientific* analysis of the subject, to see where it leads, rather than starting with a "let's prove God exists" mission and seeing what evidence there is to back that up is going to be just as disappointed as I was with this book. The words "I prove God exists" should either be in the title or at least on the cover, so the reader knows where the author is coming from.


Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet: Six Exceptional Sock Patterns for Printed Yarns
Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet: Six Exceptional Sock Patterns for Printed Yarns
von Lucy Neatby
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book even for first-time sock knitters!, 31. Mai 2008
Lucy Neatby's book "Cool Socks Warm Feet" is the reason why I am happily (and addictively) knitting socks right now. In mid-April 2008, reading Lucy's book carefully and following her instructions step-by-step, I learned how to knit my very first sock. I had made an attempt to knit a sock about 10 years earlier from a Patons book, but it did not explain how to achieve a tube, so I ended up with four distinct sections of knitting which could only wave forlornly to each other from their respective needles, knowing that they would never meet up. "Cool Socks Warm Feet" on the other hand, explains these first essential steps very clearly. Once I had achieved "tubeness", I followed the "Simply Splendid" sock pattern and the first sock came out perfectly. It is only since then that I have discovered that many knitters seem to detest making swatches (knitting a test sample to check gauge before starting to knit the actual garment). Because I did not know that making a swatch is supposed to be pesky or irritating, I found it entirely "normal", and because of that, from the very first Lucy sock onward, I have been knitting socks which fit me perfectly - to my great astonishment. I would never have thought that I would have the patience, let alone the success. So I would really encourage first-time sock knitters to give Lucy's book a go, especially if like me you love self-patterning yarn. Self-patterning yarn does not need "fancy" sock designs (lace textures, cables, pictures, etc.), because such designs get lost in the yarn's own colours and prints, so Lucy's book is perfect for self-patterning yarn as well.

A substantial additional advantage of Lucy's book compared to other sock instructions is that the latter often tend to fit an "average" foot length, or even worse, a set size in a particular country (e.g. a UK size X or a US size Y). If you are not from that particular country, then these set sizes don't mean much. Given the fact that my feet are considerably smaller than the average woman's, I would have no use for a general pattern like this, especially because I am not experienced enough yet to make modifications of my own. Lucy's sock patterns are really tailored to meet YOUR foot, including narrow or wide ankles and so on, and I *love* her chatty/friendly way of giving advice and tips throughout her book. She could really do with a few more photos in her book, but that would just be icing on the cake (I had no idea what to expect when turning my first heel, for example, so I let out a delighted exclamation when I had finished it and looked down to see the cup shape).

The one change which I would definitely make to "Cool Socks Warm Feet" would be to write out the instructions in full for the first row of the "toe decrease round" of the "stocking stitch common wedge toe" on page 19. It is no good telling someone to "repeat across needles #3 and #4" if they do not know whether they are supposed to repeat *both* previous instructions or just the immediate last one, and Lucy's Sock 1 DVD is equally vague - she gives exactly the same "repeat" instruction, and waves a sock part around at the viewer while doing it. The last thing a beginner sock knitter wants when she has successfully Turned A Heel - which turned out to be nowhere near as Abandon-All-Hope-All-Ye-Who-Attempt-It as grandmother knitting-propaganda had said - and is practically at the end of her first sock is to have to guess which bit is supposed to be repeated. Luckily I happened to have another sock book on hand, and that sock book had the same kind of toe, so I was able to find out that Lucy's instructions are meant to be "knit needle 3 as for needle 1" and "knit needle 4 as for needle 2". Including these two missing lines of clear text would make Lucy's book PERFECT.

I can heartily recommend "Cool Socks Warm Feet" to anyone who wants the building blocks of sock knitting, a very friendly writing style, socks which fit the "knittee" very well, and the start of a total addiction to sock knitting once you find out how easy it is! Only one month after knitting my very first sock, I am making my first toe-up sock, and Lucy shows how to do the necessary provisional cast-on live on YouTube for those of us who want to try out such socks from her book. The alternative to this would be to purchase Socks 2 on DVD in Lucy's instruction series.

And the final great thing about Lucy's book is that it is light and is spiral bound inside a sturdy cover, so you can easily carry the book around with you (e.g. to knit on public transport), and once you open the book, it can't unexpectedly flip shut again. All in all, I am 100% glad to have bought "Cool Socks Warm Feet" and am now busily buying it for/recommending it to my family and friends.

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