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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman
2.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative but dull, June 17 2001
The world of The Golden Compass reminds me most of the Chronicles of Narnia. Because of this I'll make some comparisons with it. The Golden Compass is fantastic in a way akin to that of Narnia. In the main it departs from the cliched dwarfs and elves theme. Like the Chronicles of Narnia, the His Dark Materials trilogy is a fantasy with a serious bent and moralistic subcurrent.
In all though I found His Dark Materials to be inferior. It was duller and at many points simply implausible even granting the flexibility due a fantasy and the rules laid out by the author in his fantasy world. This first book is comparable to Voyage of the Dawn Treader or The Magician's Nephew in terms of… Read more
Wall Street On Sale by Timothy Vick
Wall Street On Sale by Timothy Vick
a dangerous thing
This book gives some of the clearest criteria I've seen in valuing a stock for a small individual investor and is very easy to read. I think it a little better than his book on Buffett which is basically a rehash of this one. The low reviews I can only assume in part are because of the timing of this book's release at the end of 1998 when value investing's popularity was reaching an all time low.
The book is very strong in giving and explaining yardsticks and indicators that could prove successful in screening stocks for a value portfolio. It talks about things you'd expect from a value book like a company's growth rate as related to its price, ROE, book value,… Read more
John Neff on Investing by John Neff
John Neff on Investing by John Neff
it has something important I haven't seen in other value investing books.
Other value investing books I have seen can give you the detail that you may feel lacking in this book. Certainly the second part of the book where he supposedly elaborates on his technique is rather shallow to the experienced and discerning eye. Do not expect a terribly comprehensive, technical case study approach in this one. It is--as he state--more a conversation.
The third section though is what makes this book intriguing for me. It is something I haven't come across yet and is what redeems this book. Here you have a respected investing master giving a journal like account describing how he applied… Read more