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Web Menus with Beauty and Brains
Web Menus with Beauty and Brains
by Wendy Peck
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.78
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay as a design book, April 24 2004
Given the various ways menus are presented on the web - via JavaScript, DHTML, CSS, image maps, site indexes, Flash, etc., - MENUS were what I expected the book to be about.
Despite its ill-chosen title, this is a beginning-to-intermediate design book that covers a variety of topics at a somewhat basic level. There's not a lot of hands-on advice for how to determine you menu structures, design the menu's presentation, or how to select among the various techniques available. Disappointing.

Robin Williams Web Design Workshop
Robin Williams Web Design Workshop
by Robin Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.60
33 used & new from CDN$ 0.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, April 24 2004
The Non-Designer's Web Book is a better choice. For starters, this book is a bit Mac and PhotoShop-centric, so some of the specifics may not be helpful. (Why people still shell out hundreds for PhotoShop when Jasc's Paint Shop Pro does the same thing for 1/6 the price, I'll never understand.)
The design examples are good but a bit limited in creativity, variety, and possibilities. She covers all the basics about proximity, contrast, and alignment, for example, but you can get that in her other books. The designs here are fairly static and rely mainly on tables for layout. There's a little slicing-and-dicing, but no mortized sites or style-sheet driven sites like you see in 3rd-generation web design. Instead, this is something of a repeat of 2nd-generation design that came along a bit too late to be "new."
Instead, I'd recommend her "Non-Designer's Web Book" and her "Design Workshop." The latter covers all the concepts of THIS book in a single chapter! And then includes chapters on business cards, letterhead, brochures, and other projects, so you get all this and more in a similar book by the same author.

Non-Designer's Type Book, The
Non-Designer's Type Book, The
by Robin Williams
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't love typography, April 24 2004
I generally find typography one of those dry, tedious details I have to know to as part of my job. But THIS book makes it approachable, understandable, interesting, and even entertaining. As titled, this is a book for NON-designers - people who aren't usually interested in this stuff unless compelled to be, and who don't have a lot of time to learn it. If you're looking for something edgier or for "breaking the rules," this is not the book to start with. However, if you're one of those people with a thousand fonts on your computer and only about 3 you ever use, this book will open your mind to the possibilities.

Writer's Guide to Places
Writer's Guide to Places
by Don Prues
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, April 12 2004
To the author's credit, he presents a lot of information in what is a very ambitious book. However, readers definitely need to manage their expectations about what it can deliver. If you're looking for a city to use as a setting, this book is a good catalog to browse for a general geographic look-and-feel that might work for your story. After you've selected a place, though, you MUST do real, in-depth research on your own because this book can't help you there.

No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells
No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells
by Alice Orr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.07
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of practical application, March 13 2004
This is a very hands-on kind of book with clear examples, thorough explanations, and lots of thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. It will get you thinking about your story and how to really give it dimension. The first time I paged through it, I started getting all kinds of ideas for my story - and particularly the characters - that hadn't occurred to me before. If you're afraid of writing a flat, boring, predictable or cliched novel, you need this book!

The 101 Habits Of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider's Secrets from Hollywood's Top Writers
The 101 Habits Of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider's Secrets from Hollywood's Top Writers
by Karl Iglesias
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading for process, March 6 2004
This book is without a doubt an interesting read. As one who already writes (though not necessarily or exclusively screenplays), I like it because it illustrates beautifully how every writer's process, goals, and priorities are different and equally valid because it works for that individual writer. This is a far cry from the endless and often contradictory "must-do's" in other writing books. What you find in this book is the amazing diversity of how writers write. I've seen similar books that interview novelists but this is far more entertaining, better organized and is chunked in digestable pieces.

Complete Idiots Guide To Writing A Novel
Complete Idiots Guide To Writing A Novel
by Tom Monteleone
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and accessible, March 3 2004
This book is fun, informative and refreshingly to-the-point. His chapter on "reading to write" is the most varied and comprehensive I've seen, discussing the value of all kinds of fiction and nonfiction reading, including literary criticism, book reviews - even bad novels. (Also see the chapter on "other sources of help" where he talks about books on writing.)
This book is very comprehensive with chapters on ideas, process (as in "getting it done"), fiction elements (plots, characterization, setting, etc), revision, grammar, publication, and writing as a business.
Unlike a lot of books on this subject, the writing style is humorous and candid, in everyday language as if you were sitting down at a writer's conference to talk one-on-one. Best of all, he distills important points to their essence so they can be quickly absorbed and remembered.
If it's your heart's desire to write a novel, this book could be the only one you'll ever need. At the very least, I'd suggest buying and reading this book before you buy any others on writing. You may find you don't need them.

Ready, Aim, Specialize
Ready, Aim, Specialize
by Kelly James-Enger
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Feb. 29 2004
This review is from: Ready, Aim, Specialize (Paperback)
I was really looking forward to this book. To put it succinctly, it's like a long version of an article in Writer's Digest magazine. Each chapter offers a lengthy (yet basic) description of different specializations but offers little practical advice on choosing one and then breaking into it. (And what if more than one appeals to you? What if they all do?)
If you're looking for an overview this book may be for you, but I'd suggest instead buying a book on either nonfiction writing or freelancing that covers specialization in a single chapter ("The Freelance Success Book," "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer," "Writing Articles from the Heart," etc). It's all you'll really need and you'll get more useful information for your money.

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
by Arthur Agatston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 34.94
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pros and the cons, Feb. 2 2004
I do enjoy this diet. The meals are filling and tasty and I lost 12 pounds in the 2 weeks of Phase 1. I have only 2 complaints.
One is that - if you're single or cooking just for yourself - only the breakfasts are for 1 person. Most recipes vary between 4 to 8 people and aren't always easy to break down or how much is a portion. (For example, you make a pound of pistachio bark for dessert in Phase 2 - but much is one portion?)
Much as I love this diet, my main problem is the book's structure. Part 1 is background info - the history and science behind the diet itself. Part 2 is all recipes and meal plans.
But I've been through the book several times and there's *nothing* in that ties the parts 1 and 2 TOGETHER! There's no mention of recommendations for substitutions within recipes, whether you can mix and match days on the meal plan or within days on the meal plans, or even if you need to follow them at all or if they're just suggestions. I looked for even a single sentence on this. Given how liberal Phase 2 is, some dieters need more structure or guidelines than a list of "foods to avoid" and 2 weeks of meal plans.
(Alternatively, there are the free forums at Prevention.com.)
Overall, if you really follow it, it does what it promises: eliminates cravings and loses pounds. For those dieters who do better with a more structured long-term program and at the same time have a lot of pounds to lose, this diet may require a little more effort over the long haul.

The Writer's Digest Guide to Manuscript Formats
The Writer's Digest Guide to Manuscript Formats
by Dian Dincin Buchman
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Woefully dated, Jan. 23 2004
While the formats are helpful, the biggest problem is that ALL the margin settings for the various formats are for typewriters: in other words, settings by the pica or character space, rather than by ruler measurements like inches. (This was fine in early versions of Word and WordPerfect, but most word processing programs these days only have "ruler" style settings.) Given that the whole book is about formats based on margins, it renders the content more difficult and time-consuming to use than it should be.

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