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Strength Training Anatomy
Strength Training Anatomy
by Delavier
Edition: Paperback
57 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this reference, June 17 2004
This is a great book. It's not an overall workout guide; rather, it gives detailed information on a wide variety of weight exercises, with beautiful anatomical illustrations that show exactly what parts of what muscles are involved in each one. If you're lifting weights and you want to really know what you're doing, this is an absolutely essential reference.

Weight Training Workouts That Work
Weight Training Workouts That Work
by James Orvis
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I wanted at all, June 17 2004
This may be a good book for someone who is just starting out in weight training, but even at that I don't think it's worth the price. Most of the book is charts for you to fill in with weight lifted and reps during your workouts, which you could easily make yourself on a spreadsheet. There are relatively few exercises described, and really no workout options to speak of. If you're ready to slavishly follow this author's ideas (which aren't backed up with any evidence in particular), then it's a complete package deal. I prefer to have some evidence to convince me that one strategy is better than another, since exercise books differ so widely in what they tell you.
You could get much more and better information for planning a workout routine, and far better descriptions and pictures of exercises, for free at

by Robert J. Sawyer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea. Dreadful execution., May 4 2003
This review is from: Hominids (Mass Market Paperback)
The idea of this book, in which there is contact between our universe and an alternate one in which the Neandertals inherited the earth, is promising. Unfortunately, that's the most I can say for this book. Turns out the Neandertals are all a bunch of Sensitive New-Age Guys, and I just couldn't get past their cloying sweetness. Yes, they're sexually egalitarian, and non-violent, and they don't pollute, and they are just generally too damn nice to be real or interesting. Our universe, on the other hand, is fraught with conflict, but it's rendered so one-dimensionally as to make it equally boring. Early in the book a woman is raped (in the Homo sapiens universe, of course) and while the assault is in progress, she's thinks "It's not about sex...It's a crime of violence." No doubt true, and maybe someone being attacked might choose that moment to review some pamphlets from the local women's center, but it seems to me that some original or individual response might make her seem more like a real person.

In the Garden of Iden
In the Garden of Iden
by Kage Baker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a clever premise, May 4 2003
Baker has come up with a variation on the "future do-gooders go back in time and meddle with history" theme, in which, in order to avoid paradox, the work is all done by people from the past. Children or teens who are about to die are recruited, modified physically so that they will live forever, and given assignments to preserve "lost" treasures from the past, which will later be "discovered" in the future by the Company. In this first episode, a girl known only as Mendoza is saved from the Spanish Inquisition and sent to England under Bloody Mary to preserve plants from a private gentleman's garden, the "Garden of Iden" of the title. She falls in love with a mortal, with disastrous and heartbreaking results.
The book is well-written in a direct, if not particularly artful, style. The characters and motivations are complex enough to avoid most of the usual cliches. In particular, Baker uses her scholarly knowledge of the Elizabethan era to depict the clashes between Catholic and Protestant forces in England with considerable depth and sympathy.
I haven't read any of the sequels, but if they measure up to this book, this series should be a source of considerable entertainment.

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