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The Mechanical Universe: Mechanics and Heat, Advanced Edition
The Mechanical Universe: Mechanics and Heat, Advanced Edition
by Steven C. Frautschi
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Weak and full of mistakes, May 3 2002
This book as a basic physics textbook is weak in content - its similar to Halliday-Resnick's textbook. In its supposedly main goal, to give a historical approach to physics, it not only fails but is full of historical mistakes. In the references are cited works such as Drake's study on Galileo and Cohen's on Newton, but exactly the opposite of what you find in such works is presented in the textbook. Cohen and Westfall, for instance, explains that stating that Newton delayed 20 years his discoveries is completely wrong, since Newton did not have the law of gravitation in its final account on his hands until very soon before the publication of Principia. However, this is exaclty what you find in this textbook : "Newton delayed 20 years ... ". This is just one example....

Penguin Lives Marcel Proust
Penguin Lives Marcel Proust
by Edmund White
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Totally partial, June 20 2001
This quick biography of Marcel Proust is certainly a great example of sensationalism. Proust was a good writer, but White made a horrible work, calling Proust gay all the time and leaving the facts to the underground. I really cant understand how this biography is rated almost five stars. This is not a biography but a collection of nice adjectives you can use in speech as a politician. The only thing that make this text good is that it's about Proust, except that the author is totally partial and glorifies Proust all the time, while Proust's life facts are related as "additions" to the true meaning of this book: a glorification, a prayer for Proust. Someone that had never heard about Proust cannot understand why White uses so many adjectives and calls Proust homosexual all the time, because White does not explains why Proust was that important - he just imposes he was.
Now the fact that White really emphasizes that Proust was homosexual is very uncomfortable. I'm not against homosexuals, but why White have to point that all the time? Why the need of evaluating Proust's attitude as he was a perverted? White even commits the absurd of suggesting that Proust had a sexual attraction to his mother just because he was unlikely kind to her - considering that Proust was effeminate, this should be normal and not be analyzed as a perversion! Probably Proust's attitude to his mother was as daughter to mother, but not what White suggested.
I expected a biography relating Proust life, but found this prayer to Proust soul instead.

Risk (Enhanced)
Risk (Enhanced)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Commercial music, June 19 2001
This review is from: Risk (Enhanced) (Audio CD)
This album does not sound like Megadeth, except the fact that the one singing is Dave Mustaine. The whole album sounds like Prodigy: techno music. Its comercial, to attract thouse who enjoy watching MTV and don't stand someone talking about musical instruments. Yes, its weird since Megadeth done a nice job on the previous recording, Cryptic Writtings, which still is heavy metal. Its expectable that someone that didn't like Cryptic Writtings - though someone that don't enjoy Heavy Metal - to say 'Risk' is better than the previous one.
The Enhanced CD includes an interview where Megadeth declare that they are not afraid of experiencing new music. Well its OK to experience new stuff, but it's expected that you IMPROVE. Just tell me which song of "Risk" have a guitar solo as good or better than "Holy Wars". A-ha: there's NO guitar solo on this album, except the "pasted" one on the first track "Insomnia" - yes, it was pasted since there's no guitar on the whole music except on the solo.
I keep this CD just because I have all Megadeth recordings, but I don't recommend it to anyone else. "Risk" is for Megadeth what "Load" and "Reload" were for Metallica - NO, its WORSE, since Metallica at least kept the guitars!!!!

Nativity In Black II: A Tribute To Black Sabbath
Nativity In Black II: A Tribute To Black Sabbath
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3.0 out of 5 stars Full commentary, June 19 2001
The first volume of Nativity in Black (NIB I) was really a great album with enthusiastic new versions of Sabbath great classics performed by many famous artists. However, this second volume fails both in compiling great Sabbath music and great recordings. First, let's see the case of the famous artists (Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera and Soulfly). Megadeth's cover is absolutely a weird track: the vocal is definitively not Dave Mustaine, and the record does not sound like Megadeth - so don't expect a Megadeth-style version of "Never Say Die" as Megadeth did in the first volume, "Paranoid". Maybe the recording was very damaged and the sound engineer made the best to keep the vocal intelligible, or maybe this is not Megadeth! Certainly is not Dave Mustaine on the vocals. Pantera's cover starts just like Sabbath, including an imitation of Ozzy by Anselmo, but then it starts to sound more like Pantera (on the hardest part of the music) and Anselmo quits his imitation. Slayer's cover is like Megadeth's cover in weirdness, but the drums are certainly Bostaph (Slayer's drummer), or someone that knows how to play like Bostaph. Now Soufly's cover really sounds like Soulfly. Its not a marvelous track, maybe because the song picked up by Cavalera is not that good, but its certainly Soulfly performing Sabbath - and not Soulfly imitating Sabbath.
After the disapoiting fact that the great bands didn't improve Sabbath classics by adding their unique salt to the dish, the cover of "Sabra Cadabra" is the one that makes you want to scratch the disc. Its performed by that Hed(Pe) in a new hip-hop style that washes away all of Sabbath music and introduces nothing! Yes, nothing! I like some hip-hop but this Hed(Pe) just screwed the great music! In addition of not playing the Sabbath music just to mix some stupid keyboards, the singer of Hed(Pe) is as good as a hyena with a cold dirty-throat hiccuping - no, that is not an exaggeration. I can't understand how they let this crap be included in the compilation. Metallica's version of Sabra Cadabra is certainly much better music than this one - not because Metallica's version is hard rock and this one is hip hop, but mainly because there's still Sabbath music undergoing and Metallica's vocal James Hetfield is not an aggression to the ears and glasses around.
Godsmack version of "Sweet Leaf" is certainly the great revelation of this compilation - one of the best tracks, in a brand new thrash metal version of Sweet Leaf. I never heard about Godsmack, but they certainly did something very authentic and preserved the original Sabbath spirit on the song - just like the NIB I compilation did. Machine Head, Static-X and System of a Down did a sort of progressive heavy metal: their contributions sounds nice, but certainly not as good as the tracks on NIB I. The last track is a hip-hop altered version of Iron Man. Is OK, but its not metal nor Black Sabbath - shouldn't be included then.
Summary: I think Megadeth, Pantera and Slayer could have done something much better if they have introduced their own style on the tracks. Busta Rhymes made a nice version of Iron Man, but it does not fit in this compilation, since it's not Black Sabbath. Hed(Pe) contribution totally sucks for a hip-hop, and the others were not as good as Sabbath. NIB I was much better than this second volume, which is as good as any other tribute - the original sound by Sabbath is better.

Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge: A New Thesis on the Building of a Perfect World, May 19 2001
The common reader could conclude that in this book Carl Sagan just keeps annoying the person so that he/she admit that UFOs does not exist. But the essays presented here are much more than that. They are discussions of the importance of the scientific knowledge and method.
Being simple and factual, Sagan can really take away from the reader any beliefs that are left until the reading of this book - unless you have ignored the fact that science brought to our world all this tech. stuff while the Bible just brought the Inquisition. After showing the power and the importance of the science knowledge, Sagan traces arguments for the theory that if everyone in the world knew at least the basic concepts of science and its method, the world would be "a better place". So this book is much more than a discussion on the value of science, but its also a sociological discussion of science.
All the ideas presented in the essays of this book are quite in the centre of Sagan's "Contact". Actually we can think of "Contact" and this work as diferrent approaches for the same theme: one is a narrative while the other, a dissertation on the subject of science knowledge.

Theater Of Salvation
Theater Of Salvation
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, May 19 2001
This review is from: Theater Of Salvation (Audio CD)
I didn't enjoy this album very much because its very similar to Stratovarius. I like Stratovarius, but I think Edguy should look forward a self attitude and style. Their sound is just a photocopy of Stratovarius work - even the progressive additional "A-A-A-a-a-a-a" choir!! I think its important to improve and create new Metal, not only copy what has been already made by someone else. Edguy didn't improve what Stratovarius had already done... they're simply another speed metal band.

Yellow Sofa
Yellow Sofa
by De Queiros Eca
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is NOT BY Eça de Queiroz!, April 22 2001
This review is from: Yellow Sofa (Paperback)
A terrible mistake was made when, by a weird tradition of some editors of Portugal and Brazil, they attributed to Eça de Queiroz the authoring of this book. Actually it was prepared, published and edited by his son, who even have changed the original text of Eça, omitting some parts of the story and changing others to make it "easier" (for the reader, for the effective traditional society to accept). More details you can find on Eça biographies.
The story itself is far away near to the quality of "O Primo Basilio" or "O Crime do Padre Amaro". OK, they (and this story too) are likely to be a Mexican novel, but by that time Eça work was representing the movement against the Romantic literature. This latter work is much more Romantic rathar than Realism (the literary movement of Eça), since it does not have the traditional irony on the characters readers of Romantic novels, there are no reference to the culture of Portugal, etc., so present on Eça ORIGINAL work.

The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, funny and beautiful story, April 22 2001
This review is from: The Canterville Ghost (Paperback)
This is a short story, a parody of classic ghost stories. I won't dare telling it here, and I disapprove thouse who did. I would simply say that this short story is interesting by its way of doing parody (not like thouse Hollywood movies full of appellations to the ridiculous to be hilarious), thus its quite funny. And the end is nice and unexpected. This short story is certainly a nice introduction to Oscar Wilde's lifework that will make you seek others books by him.

Nuclear Structure 2 Volume Set
Nuclear Structure 2 Volume Set
by Aage Bohr
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nobel-Winner Book, April 15 2001
This is a set of two volumes of a monography by Aage Bohr (son of Niels Bohr) and Ben Mottelson, conceived during 1969-1975. The monography summaries the current knowledge of the atom's nuclear structure. Mainly because of this extensive treatment of the Nuclear Physics A. Bohr and Mottelson received the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics. This is certainly A-Must-Have for any physicists interested in Nuclear Physics.

Stephen King's The Night Flier
Stephen King's The Night Flier
DVD ~ Miguel Ferrer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodiest movie by King, March 31 2001
This was one of the bloodiest movies I saw by King. I think it was very well made, the story is a nice horror and suspense, and, like all works by King, the end is very unexpected, very impressive... Its just like "Desperation". I didn't read the original work, so I don't know if the movie is just like the book, but certainly the movie is great for itself.

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