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1984
1984
by George Orwell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
87 used & new from CDN$ 2.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden reality in a novel, June 21 2003
This review is from: 1984 (Mass Market Paperback)
This book reflects many aspects of our societies, in a clearly, detailed way, both good and bad ones.
You may know the saying "history is written by the victors." 1984 goes deeper and explains you why they write (and rewrite) the history, how they do it, or how would they do it.
The story becomes beatiful when describing love, peace, songs, and so on, but it is cruel when talking about punishments and total control (I skipped some pages).
When reading the book you would either think "this is a novel" or "this is our society." But you might think "this is our society" after finishing the book, anyway.
Not a book to enjoy, but for reflections.

Clinical Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple
Clinical Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple
by Stephen Goldberg
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 16.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a complement, bad for starting, June 18 2003
If you already have studied clinical anatomy and still have some trouble remembering all those names, this book may help you. It has some intesting techniques to keep that vocabulary on memory.
However, if you are just starting studying anatomy or if the subject is new for you and you just want to read a little about it, better look for another book. I found in the internet very good sites and understood better many basic things such as blood circulation in those sites than reading this book. If it will be your first meeting with anatomy vocabulary, get another book.

The Psychology Of Everyday Things
The Psychology Of Everyday Things
by Don Norman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 33.42
45 used & new from CDN$ 0.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for everyone, June 13 2003
This is not a book on Psychology, nor it is written just for designers. Every person who read this book will find interesting information and will recognize some own experiences trying to make some devices work, and I do not mean complex ones, but as simple as a light switch.
Actually, as the title reads, the book deals with "everyday things," though there are some parts that use examples like a nuclear plant or a cockpit.
Of course, we do not need to read this book to use such things, but you would enjoy reading it.

The Time Machine (Widescreen) [Import]
The Time Machine (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Guy Pearce
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 4.40
16 used & new from CDN$ 1.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Not the original story, but a nice movie, Feb. 12 2003
Despite I read the story of "The Time Machine" many years ago, it was still fresh in my memory when I watched this movie. Of course I was expecting some changes to adapt the original story to both a screen and to us viewers of this century, but I was somehow surprised when the movie showed its *reason* to build the time machine up. This was not in the original story.
However, this did not affect badly the flow of the story, but all the opposite: it was not only the reason to build up the machine, but also the reason for almost every thing that happens in the movie.
The middle part is just nice. The director's efforts to adapt the story for our time have a good outcome. Oh, and the movie gets somehow back to the book.
At the end I was again expecting some changes but then there was a big, big one; but a good one. You could say it's another story, but you will enjoy it.

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen) [2 Discs] (Bilingual)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen) [2 Discs] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Haley Joel Osment
Price: CDN$ 5.97
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Jan. 27 2003
Spielberg's die-hard fans or followers will disagree, but this film was boring enough to not watching it till the end. When I was waiting for some better scenes (some action, something interesting), the story came with a disgusting part that made me stop it right there.

Grammar for Smart People
Grammar for Smart People
by Barry Tarshis
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review and remember the rules for English grammar, Jan. 27 2003
Though this book is on grammar, it is not that hard. It tries to make the subject simple, fun, and the most important thing, easy to remember.
You'll need to make a review of some grammar, but the book is self-contained to that purpose, and it gives you all necessary tools for the work. These tools will help you to understand how to write and speak better English, and if they were not enough for you, every "rule" has examples and these examples, in turn, are explained when needed.
The book recognizes English is a changing language, so there are exceptions for some rules, but it shows you the most general exceptions and helps you to decide which road you should take.
Nonnative English speakers, beware: The book has "fun parts" that could be difficult to understand. If you are not an intermediate or advanced speaker of English, better look for another book.
For Spanish speakers:
este es un buen libro para practicar y aprender gramática inglesa, pero está orientado a hablantes nativos del idioma, no a estudiantes. Si no están en un nivel avanzado, otro libro puede ser mejor.

Cyberspace and the Law: Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World
Cyberspace and the Law: Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World
by Edward Cavazos
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 28.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for starting, but limited in space and somehow outdated, Jan. 6 2003
This book offers a good introduction to legal matters in the internet to people in any of the following situations:
1. They are familiar with the internet but have no law studies.
2. They have studied legal matters but don't know how to apply them to the internet.
If you are not in any of these cases, the book would be somehow difficult to understand.
Though the internet is a worldwide network, the book deals only with the US law; moreover, it recognizes the need for updating (edited: 1994). So, you should later go to another source for country-specific or updated information (there is plenty of books and the internet itself). And, due that the internet is always changing, you will have to update the information without regarding the book you read.

Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina
Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina
by Eduardo H. Galeano
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solo una version. Una cara de la moneda, Dec 15 2002
Podemos decir sin dificultad que este es un libro contra el capitalismo; lo es. O que el autor da una opinión parcial; así lo hace.
En este libro se muestra lo que pretende ser la otra cara de la historia y las noticias: Los datos que no conseguiríamos al buscar en sitios "oficiales" (reportes del FMI, grandes agencias noticiosas y similares). En el libro se dan datos acerca de pobreza, miseria, traición, asesinatos, hambre,...
Podemos estar de acuerdo o no. De cualquier modo, para tener una mejor perspectiva de la situación, recomiendo leer también El manual del perfecto idiota latinoamericano, libro que considero el complemento de Las venas abiertas de América Latina.
Aunque esté de más decirlo, conviene leer ambos libros críticamente, con la cabeza fría, como debe ser con los libros de estos temas.
Las venas... ha sido prohibido en algunos países, aunque está en su 73ra edición en español (2001). La primera edición es de 1970 y la revisión de 1978. Nada cambia de una a otra, sólo algunos datos son añadidos. Esto es una muestra de su gran popularidad, pero cada lector debe decidir acerca de la veracidad de su contenido.

Duh!: The Stupid History of the Human Race
Duh!: The Stupid History of the Human Race
by Bob Fenster
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.47
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4.0 out of 5 stars With a grain of salt, Dec 15 2002
First, if you can tolerate a book with such a title in your bookshelf, continue reading.
This book is divided in three parts: Chronicles, questions and advice.
The contents of the first one, the longest, are just too much... stupid. Unbelievable stupid. Surely you have already heard or read about many of them, but others will look to you just as inventions of someone to get attention (you remember those guys in junior high, don't you?).
The second part is very similart to the first one. It tries always to show that everyone in earth is stupid.
Just as in the first part, I realized that even it's a small book and easy to read (two lines to one page per chronicle), I become saturated after some minutes.
The third and last part becomes much better than the others. It gives you some interesting advice, though I cannot say how useful it would be for you.
If, by chance, you run out of topics for conversation, this book would give you plenty of them, but take them all with a grain of salt (be skeptic). I don't think it would be easy to find support for the hundreds of anecdotes in this book, that is, sources to show them true.

Resumes for First-Time Job Hunters
Resumes for First-Time Job Hunters
by Editors of VGM
Edition: Paperback
14 used & new from CDN$ 3.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Learn by example, Nov. 17 2002
If you have never wrote your resume (vitae), this book offers you a lot of examples that would give you an idea of what format and contents are good for your case. The "theory" is shown in a few pages. Just to tell you what you should write and avoid, including a list of verbs to help you writing.
There are also some examples of cover letters that I found useful. They show you the style, length and other features of these documents.
You would think that four stars may be too high if you have read other books on this subject, but I took only this book and it was enough for me: I was called for an interview. I am not giving five stars because I have not compared the book with any other.

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