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Peter Pan (Bantam Classic)
Peter Pan (Bantam Classic)
von J.M. Barrie
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 3,70

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic, 14. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Peter Pan (Bantam Classic) (Taschenbuch)
This is an utterly charming work. It has been retold myriad times, but nobody else has done it as well as the original teller, J. M. Barrie.
It's difficult to know what to say about a book like this... everybody knows the story. But I guess that unless you've read this book (not just seen a movie or read a retelling), you don't really know the character Peter Pan, and without knowing the character, you don't really know the story. So read it.
By the way, if you enjoy this, you probably would also like "Sentimental Tommy" and its sequel "Tommy and Grizel", both by Barrie. There are differences (for one thing they're not fantasy), but there are also compelling similarities. Anybody who found Peter Pan a deep and slightly bittersweet book would be sure to enjoy them.
-Stephen


The Magnificent Ambersons (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
von Booth Tarkington
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,15

5.0 von 5 Sternen Invert the list!, 3. November 1999
If you take The Modern Library's list of the 100 greatest books of the century, and turn it on its head, so that "The Magnficent Ambersons" drops two worthless zeros, the list suddenly becomes much more meaningful. (Though you'd still have a hard time justifying Ulysses's presence even at number 100).
"The Magnificent Ambersons" is too often forgotten completely (rather like its brilliant author), but it is a deep and thought-provoking book nevertheless.
A reviewer below was of the opinion that nobody would enjoy this book who was not a fan of early 20th-century period pieces. I disagree. This is a book primarily about human beings and human nature, and as such its theme is universal and timeless. Certainly it has a setting (early 20th-century Indiana), but what book about people does not? And how many people are not influenced, as the Ambersons are, by the events and movements of their time? This is to be expected in any book. But this book focuses mostly on individuals, and their strengths, weaknesses, characters and behaviour, to which readers from any age can relate.


XML in Action, w. CD-ROM (IT Professional)
XML in Action, w. CD-ROM (IT Professional)
von William J. Pardi
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Recommended!, 25. Juni 1999
This is an exciting book about an exciting language. Mr. Pardi covers just the right technologies, and has clear examples of them. Immediately after reading the book, you'll be able to start using XML productively. (Though if you're like me, you'll spend the first few days getting aquainted with how to debug XSL. ;-)


The Red Pony (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
The Red Pony (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
von John Steinbeck
  Taschenbuch

1.0 von 5 Sternen Pathetic, pointless, unspeakably bad (I think), 11. Juni 1999
I noticed when reading "My Friend Flicka" that the critics compared it to this book, so I went ahead and bought it. Trying to figure out why it has not gone out of print is now one of my puzzlers.
The horse dies in the first chapter. The characters are completely unlikeable. The book has no plot or storyline. I get tounge-tied every time I try to tell someone how stupid this book is. My vocabulary just isn't large enough.
I guess I should read it again, to see if I get anything out of it. Some reviewers appear to think it's brilliant.
If you want great literature about horses, read the "My Friend Flicka" trilogy instead. There you'll see genuinely great characters with something like a plot to tie them together.


The C++ Programming Language Still Available: Language Library and Design Tutorial
The C++ Programming Language Still Available: Language Library and Design Tutorial
von Bjarne Stroustrup
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 64,64

5.0 von 5 Sternen C++ programmers, get it and enjoy it; beginners, STAY AWAY!!, 4. Februar 1999
If you already know C++ some, I _strongly_ recommend this book. You'll love it, and unless you're a real expert, it'll tell you things about the langauge that you never knew before. It will also clarify fine points that you wondered about.
If, however, you're learning the language, this isn't the book to read. It assumes too much knowledge right off the bat. If you do have to use it as a C++ teacher, make sure that you ignore chapters 1-3 (maybe 2-3) the first time through. They assume way more C++ knowledge than a beginner is likely to have.


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