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Cracking the TOEFL with Audio CD, 2007 Edition (College Test Preparation)
Cracking the TOEFL with Audio CD, 2007 Edition (College Test Preparation)
von Princeton Review
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting, 31. August 2007
A very interesting read. However, the book is TOO LONG. I wish it was half the length it turned out to be.

But the actual words on paper was very good. If you don't mind heavy, lenghy reading, then this book is for you.


Watching the English. The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour.
Watching the English. The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour.
von Kate Fox
  Taschenbuch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen UNITENTIONALLY FUNNY, 31. August 2007
I enjoyed this unique look at the Brits, those uptight, pale skinned, sexually afraid group of inbreds led by a dated Monarchy. The British are so fun!

The book worked on two levels for me. First, the way it was intended: as a detailed, anthropological study of the English. However, it also worked for me by being unintentionally hilarious. The ultra serious way it delved into the lifestyles of the British, undubtedly the most neurotic, starchy, puritanical bunch of snobs in the world. I howled with delight.

Along with Martha Bolton's "Maybe Life's Just Not That Into You" a HILARIOUS parody of the self help genre, I found "Watching The English" to be among the funniest books I've read recently. And educational. A great read for anybody into the Brits.
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A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down
von Nick Hornby
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Boy Lit again, 16. August 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Long Way Down (Taschenbuch)
This is yet another example of the school of boy lit that has grown in popularity in the past couple years. Considered the perfect counter to chick lit there's a lot of interesting stuff in this book. It's just not as good as Nick's other stuff.

If you like Hornby and/or boy lit you'd be better served by checking out some of Hornby's earlier work.


The Mystery Method
The Mystery Method
von Erik von Markovik
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4.0 von 5 Sternen solid advicve, tongue in cheek, 16. August 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mystery Method (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I'm familiar with this guy Mystery from the Neil Strauss piece, and I've seen the reality show starring Mystery. The thing everyone has to realize is that "The Game", "The Pick Up Game" Mystery espouses, is basically common sense. Stuff like giving attention to the less attractive friend of the woman you want to seduce to make her jealous.

Some of this advice is serious and some is tongue in cheek. it's meant to be funny. But it does work, for the most part. All the hoopla about Mystery being the greatest living pick up artist is ridiculous. How can you quantify such a thing?

I've read a couple humorous "self help" books recently. This one and Martha Bolton's "Maybe Life's Just Not That Into You" a hilarious send up of the self improvement genre.

"The Mystery Method" is a fun read for a woman as well as a man. It's deceptively very funny.


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
von Timothy Ferriss
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3.0 von 5 Sternen NO WORK IS GOOD?, 23. Juli 2007
This could only come from an American, or perhaps a French, author. The concept of only working a 4 hour work week as the way to riches. I am no advocate for non stop work and like to put in my time and go home to spend with my family. But the author of this book, Mr. Ferriss, claims that it's possible to thrive by only working 4 hours every week. Rubbish.

The author says people need to devote more time to their families and recreational pursuits. With that I completely agree. On his deathbed no man ever said, "I wish I had worked more." But -- 4 hours a week?? No! That's absurd. The author does have some good points on booking travel and excellent places to vacation, and that alone make make the book a worthwhile investment for some.

I read a VERY FUNNY play off, a parody, of "reduce your workload" books in Martha Bolton's "Maybe Life's Just Not That Into You". Highly recommended. Funniest English book I've read this year.

And The 4-Hour Work Week -- how will these self help authors top this? what's the sequel? "The 3 Minute Work Week"? Stop now, while you're ahead.


The 6th Target. The Women's Murder Club
The 6th Target. The Women's Murder Club
von James Patterson
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4.0 von 5 Sternen WELL DONE, 22. Juni 2007
This is Patterson's best book. I've read nearly all and while I am not his biggest fan, I did find this hard to put down. His command of language, his intricate plotting his deft use of analagy, all combine to make this a very good read.

I suddenly find myself eagerly anticipating Patterson's next book. The visual imagery presented here is excellent. If you like this author, you will enjoy this book.


God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
von Christopher Hitchens
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3.0 von 5 Sternen ANOTHER ATHEIST BOOK, 22. Juni 2007
This is the latest in a long line of atheist books. It seems that everything in the bookstore is either a pro-atheist rant or a Harry Potter sequel. Is there no middle ground?

However, as these things go, Hitchens book is pretty good. He lays out his argument for this being a godless world in a fairly straight forward fashion. He makes some valid arguments, and his insistence that religion has caused many wars is absolutely true. He writes eloquently with a flowing style and the book is hard to put down.

That said: Hitchens stereotypes Christians. To him they're all droll, serious people bereft of a sense of humor. That's absurd! I downgraded the number of stars I gave this book because of his lumping all christians into one pile. If you think all christians are humorless read Martha Bolton's "Maybe Life's Just Not That Into You". the book is secular, it's not religious in any way, but it's published by a Christian house. And the book is a HILARIOUS spoof of self help books. Maybe the funniest book of the year.

I do think that compared to some of the other atheist writers Hitchens is very engaging and captivating. He does his homework. He just needs to avoid stereotyping. If I had to recommend one atheist book I'd certainly go with "God Is Not Great". I'd even go so far as to call it a "fun" read if one can make such a statement about a book advocating atheism.


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