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by dch
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Death Sentence
Replies: 0
Views: 354

Death Sentence

Death Sentence The decay of public language by Don Watson. Random House Australia 2003 Hardback about 150mm x 200mm x 20mm 198pp Will not lay open. Quite thick pages prone to discolouration. On the jacket inner it say ".... part diatribe, part cool reflection.." and I think that's an error...
by dch
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
Topic: Magen David
Replies: 0
Views: 391

Magen David

I'll post some random selections from the WEMS whenever I happen to run across one that prompts me to want to do that. Here's one tonight: Magen David. The Star of David. The famous Hexagram of the Jews. Almost definitive of the Jews, isn't it? What do I learn tonight? It was actually not associated...
by dch
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Investing For Dummies
Replies: 0
Views: 738

Investing For Dummies

James Kirby and Barbara Drury Wiley Publishing Australia 2009 This is a paperback, one of the 'for Dummies' series, obviously, in the same format as all of them. About 190 x 230 x 30 lays open pretty well as all the series do with gutters usually wide enough to see all or very nearly all of the page...
by dch
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Trains Unlimited
Replies: 0
Views: 285

Trains Unlimited

Trains Unlimited In the 21st Century Tim Fischer Harper Collins Australia 2011 Paperback 220 high 180 wide 25 thick. Stiffer paper covers. Doesn't lay open well but has wide enough gutter and probably an adequate binding to handle it if you keep it open with a weight on it. I haven't read all this b...
by dch
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: science
Topic: The Art Of The Infinite
Replies: 0
Views: 272

The Art Of The Infinite

The Art Of The Infinite - our lost language of numbers. Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan Allen Lane (Penguin Books) 2003 A typical hardback. 160 x 240 x 30 320 pages. Thick pages. An old fashioned style of book. Good binding but that doesn't help much. It won't like open. Pages too stiff with that thi...
by dch
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: What's In A Chinese Character
Replies: 1
Views: 722

What's In A Chinese Character

Tan Huay Peng 2005 Marshall Cavendish This a sort of wide flat book about 250x200x10. Glossy covers. It lays open fairly well with a good gutter allowing the full contents of the page to be seen when it's laying open by your side. This book teaches something about Chinese characters and the writing ...
by dch
Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Triumph of the Airheads: Shelley Gare
Replies: 0
Views: 466

Triumph of the Airheads: Shelley Gare

This is a good book but I got bored reading it. Because of too much sameness: too many anecdotes about airheads, examples of airheads. That's what makes it attractive. That same thing. But better to read it as something to dip into for another exciting example of airheadism rather than try to read i...
by dch
Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: The Diet Delusion: Gary Taubes.
Replies: 0
Views: 375

The Diet Delusion: Gary Taubes.

A great scholarly looking paperback of 601 pages this volume produces no definite advice for those keen to find an answer to the overweight problem. The very last page, the very last paragraph: "The scientific obligation, as I said in the prologue, is to establish the cause of obesity, diabetes...
by dch
Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Alone Together: Sherry Turkle
Replies: 0
Views: 455

Alone Together: Sherry Turkle

A very interesting book about the effect of the digital age upon us. Specifically the effect of the digital communications devices/software we use: ipods, blackberries, email, twitter, facebook, sms and so on. She points out that more and more people are immersed in this 'world' for longer and longe...
by dch
Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Vanity, Vitality and Virility
Replies: 0
Views: 416

Vanity, Vitality and Virility

Vanity, Vitality and Virility by John Emsley is about Chemistry. The best little book about Chemistry I've ever read. Bit of an unfortunate title - obviously publisher chosen and intended to appeal to the LCD of the market. Something better might have been along the lines of 'The Crucial Presence of...

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