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Yiruma Piano Album vol.1 - Yiruma Piano Music Score - Noten/sheet music
Yiruma Piano Album vol.1 - Yiruma Piano Music Score - Noten/sheet music

5.0 von 5 Sternen Nice collection, 22. April 2013
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Nice songs with not too difficult arrangement, overall good one to buy, would recommend this to everyone to buy the book.

The Invention of Art: A Cultural History
The Invention of Art: A Cultural History
von Larry Shiner
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Between art and Art, 28. Februar 2006
We go to concert hall to listen to Bach's Matthew Passion. We go to the museum to see Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night. This is how most of us experience the fine art, and we may be forgiven to assume that it has been always that way.
The fact is that it's not. That's one of Larry Shiner's main point through his book. What we regard now as fine art (or Art with capital A) used to be an integrated part of society socially and culturally. Bach composed his works not for a concert piece, but for use in daily services at church. Shakespeare didn't write his poems to contribute to eternal, timeless masterpiece of literature, but for stage performance that even allow improvisation in the dialogues. Leonardo da Vinci received the contract for his famous work Virgins on the Rock that contained specification of the painting theme, color used, and so on.
Obviously people in the past didn't regard the art the same way with us, and somewhere in the history (mainly in the eighteenth century, that is) a break occured which resulted in the separation between fine art and craftmanship, between artists and artisans.
Larry Shiner intends to write a history of art that answers this question: What would the story of the ideas and institutions of the fine arts look like if we no longer wrote it as the inevitable triumph of Art over craft, Artist over artisan, Aesthetic over function and ordinary pleasure?
Enjoyable for reading and insightful for thinking, this book is recommended for anyone who loves art.

Cloak of Deception: Star Wars Legends
Cloak of Deception: Star Wars Legends
von James Luceno
Preis: EUR 6,50

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Should read to complete your understanding..., 27. Februar 2006
This is the kind of what I call "bridge books", which contains important bits of the big story puzzles, just like Star Wars Episode III's role in explaining the crucial moment where Anakin fell apart and became Darth Vader. This book explains how Republic falls apart and became the Empire under the Palpatine's intriguing grand plot.
I agree that a Star Wars fan should read and have this book considering its important role in understanding the big picture of Star Wars universe, however I find the story flow is not so flowing or engaging, compared to other books/series written by Timothy Zahn, for example.
The result is quite a dull book, containing more historical and political matters of the Republic and little about the Jedi (of course, this could be preferred who enjoy Star Wars more from the political side, which is not my case).
So to give easy clue for you to decide whether you should buy this book:
For Star Wars fans - Yes.
For non Star Wars fans - Yes, if you like political intrigues, or No, if you just want to read more about interesting adventures of Jedi Knights around the Galaxy (You could pick up other series like the Jedi Academy, or even the newer New Jedi Order)

Introduction to Modern Statistic Quality Control Management Ies (St Lucie)
Introduction to Modern Statistic Quality Control Management Ies (St Lucie)
von Jill A. Swift
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Low-quality book about Quality, 20. Februar 2006
The content of this book is not really as one would expect when seeing the title.
Too many pages in the early chapters are devoted on quality control history and the "quality innovators": Shewhart, Deming, Ishikawa and Juran. I must say that the author did a good job of exploring the background of each figure and systematically summarising their contributions in QC, but looking at the content proportion, it is simply too big.
Same thing can be mentioned about the following chapters on the Prizes given in quality field, such as Malcolm Bridge National Quality Award, George M. Low Award and Deming Prize. They are again not substantial for the objective of this book (not to mention that they are really not so "modern" to be put in a book with the word in its title).
As far as the actual introduction to SQC is concerned, it only has a good coverage on the topics, such as: problem identification tool, Control Charts and the Basic Quality Control Tools. But one will expect more depth in the explanation.
A last part devoted to miscellanous stuffs like Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Benchmarking, Quality Teams and ISO 9000 - again a mixed of not so interesting stuffs on different topics.

Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country
Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country
von Bill Bryson
Preis: EUR 11,60

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great tale about Australia, 8. Februar 2006
Bill Bryson is a humorous guy, who loves travelling and writing, and a fresh written book like Down Under is one of the results of the combination. His hillarious style of writing entertains the reader until the last page. He is also good in mixing his opinion, news clipping, quotes from other travel authors, lively dialogue and historical facts into a seamless reading.
As he wrote himself, he didn't manage to cover much of the Australia continent, but with a good reason that he keeps pointed out over and over: most of the land are "ghastly blank", as the vast interior area was poetically known.
Other interesting parts that you should read is the story about the beginning of civilisation in Australia (yes, the ancestors were prisoners sent away from England, who needed 252 days of sailing to reach there!), the gold rush period, and the deadly poisonous exotic animals which curiously only exist in Australia.

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy)
Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy)
von Cornelia Funke
Preis: EUR 11,00

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Written by a book lover to all book lovers, 12. Januar 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy) (Taschenbuch)
I first encountered Cornelia Funke through "The Thief Lord" and immediately fell in love with her writing style. The combination of vivid characters and fresh, inventive plots becomes the right ingredients for children books to let the imagination fly.
Reading the Inkheart, those ingredients are only stronger now, bound with the adventure in which Mo, a "book doctor" (you will understand his job better after reading the book) and his daughter, Meggie, found themselves suddenly against villains from storybooks (I will stop here regarding the content to avoid spoilng the fun of reading it - but I'm sure you will want to know more about the story now).
What is more important to be found here is how Cornelia Funke describes the treasure that can be found in the world of books - the world of endless journeys through the ink on the pages. Mo said to Meggie once:
" If you take a book with you on a journey, an odd thing happens: the book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words... yes book are like flypapers. Memories cling to printed page better than anything else."
You will find more beautiful words from Funke within the 500 pages story.
The story was originally written in German, but the English translation is well-done to the artistic aspect.

Practical English Usage - Third Edition: Grammar Book: Kartoniert
Practical English Usage - Third Edition: Grammar Book: Kartoniert
von Michael Swan

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally a really practical guide, 11. November 2005
We have seen all kinds of English study kits and books in the market. Michael Swan's "Practical English Usage" is one of the most practical handbook for everyone who uses or wants to learn English for daily usage.
The term "usage" here probably needs a clarification, as people sometimes use "grammar", "mechanic" and "usage" interchangably. Similar as they are, they actually have different meanings (at least if you consult the American Heritage Dictionary). "Usage" here refers to the way a particular word in a language, or a language in general, is used. So to clarify: although grammar is part of the content, this book is not a grammar book in the sense of typical grammar book classified by grammatical points, but rather a usage book classified by alphabetical topics.
What are the differences between at, on and in with expressions of place? Is "unless" the same as "if not"? What are the differences between "each" and "every", between "fairly", "quite", "rather" and "pretty"?
This book is a guide to problems of this kind. It deals with over 600 points which regularly cause difficulty to foreign students (or teachers!) of English. The explanation deal mainly with standard modern everyday British English (the few grammatical differences between British and American English are also described).
Now how important is correctness (for you to buy this book?) Well, I will quote Michael Swan's own comment: "Learners should aim to avoid serious mistakes, and a book like Practical English Usage will help considerably with this, but they should not become obsessed with correctness, or worry every time they make a mistake. Grammar is not the most important thing in the world!"
And I will let him have the last word on the matter.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes
The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes
von G. I. Williamson
Preis: EUR 13,98

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Indispensable study guide, 8. November 2005
Those who want to study about christian theology should read The Westminster Shorter Catechism. And those who would read the Shorter Catechism should be equipped with this Study Guide. The short version of catechism consists of total 107 questions, starting with fundamental question "What is the chief end of man?" going through the doctrine of God and the Trinity, doctrine of Jesus and salvation, to the explanation on Ten Commandment and Lord's Prayer.
G.I. Williamson, the author of this guide, has the conviction that there is a system of doctrine taught in the Bible, and it is the system that this book try to highlight. Every question is supported with three to four pages of explanation and helpful diagrams. This is a main reference for Reformed Church (and therefore for those who are not from Reformed Church should be aware that there may be difference in the doctrine inside).
It is also intended for group study and discussion, as at the end of each section (or question), there are questions provided related to the topic.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
von Stephen King
Preis: EUR 5,99

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Solitude, 28. Oktober 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (Taschenbuch)
The main reason I like to read Stephen King is his strong, live narrative style, and not so much because I'm a fan of dark and horror stories, although when you read his writings you wouldn't be able to avoid them. And so far I haven't been able to follow his more complicated series, Dark Towers, because they require certain level of fantasies which I don't seem to possess, but I've read Green Mile, IT, and some other shorter pieces.
If you are more or less a reader like me, then you will find this one just fine. An exciting reading with enough dose of eerieness and curiosity to know what happens to the girl who loves Tom Gordon - that much we've known, at least, and who somehow gets lost for days in a forest near the formidable Appalachian Trail, just because she wants to pee (and not even badly).
If you're an avid reader of Stephen King, this is probably quite a light reading for you. It also might be interesting for those who loves baseball, as there are many mentioning of baseball connections during the story.

Bernstein, Leonard - The Making of: West Side Story
Bernstein, Leonard - The Making of: West Side Story
DVD ~ Kiri Te Kanawa
Preis: EUR 13,49

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insipiring scene behind the recording, 27. Oktober 2005
There was two important reasons why we enjoy a music: because we like it, and - the one which gives more lasting impression - because we experience it! And after watching this DVD, I would never listen to the CD the same way (if you don't already have it, you may want to consider to buy the CD, the one with Kiri and Jose Careras). The program does not only show what happens in the recording room, like most of "Making of..." or "Behind..." programs, but also the emotional journey of the eccentrical maestro Leonard Bernstein and all the casts.
Here you could see the recording process of most highlighted numbers, such as Tonight, Somewhere, and the most touching One Hand One Heart.
The Maestro said once, that he thought the process would be full of insecurity, but indeed what he found in this small, funny, and crazy in a way, lyrics are tremendous security. Just like a lasting poet. Watching this DVD, you will get a sense why. So I would recommend it.
And for your last information, I was not even a big fan of West Side Story. But I'm now considering to buy other takes from the musical.

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