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The Four Trombones: The Debut Recordings
The Four Trombones: The Debut Recordings
Price: CDN$ 16.05
22 used & new from CDN$ 9.97

1.0 out of 5 stars murder by bones, Jan. 25 2004
This CD should be titled "The Art of Murdering Nice
Songs." Listen to "Stardust"(is it really Stardust?)
and you'll see what I mean. Beboppers should see a
shrink instead of bothering us with their nervous
ticks(or licks?).

The Content Analysis Guidebook
The Content Analysis Guidebook
by Kimberly A. Neuendorf
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 115.17
30 used & new from CDN$ 14.99

1.0 out of 5 stars lacks clarity and concision, March 27 2003
This is one more of those books written by college professors that was done so more for the purpose of showing off to the author's colleagues than to be helpful to students. It's very esoteric.(To have 25 years of experience in content analysis does
not entail being able to get the message across.) The book, as a whole, lacks clarity and concision. The definitions, often, contain words more difficult and abstract than the word being defined. The author's definition of content analysis alone has
55 words! Berelson's definition, found on the same page, has only
19 and it is much clearer. This is the kind of book that, even
if you're fanatic about content analysis, you end up by reading
chapter one entirely, leafing through chapter two, and then finally putting it aside, criticizing yourself for having bought
a pig in a poke that cost a lot.

Starting Out in Backgammon
Starting Out in Backgammon
by Paul Lamford
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.95
17 used & new from CDN$ 7.56

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, July 23 2002
This is a terrible book. It doesn't accomplish what it purports.
The back cover says, "Learn backgammon from scratch"; "An ideal
first backgammon book for all ages." A bunch of lies. The title
should be: To Double or not to Double; To Take or Pass. Because that's what this book is about: 95% of it bows to the contemporary player's god -- the doubling cube. Nothing is said
if it doesn't lead to a cube decision. In other words, you don't learn the game, you don't learn tactics or strategy(that should come first!); all you learn(maybe) is to double or not to double.
I said 95%. What about the other 5%? Also bad. The author contradicts himself. On page 20 he tells you that when you have to choose between hitting a blot and making a point, you should
hit. On page 21 there's an exercise where you have to do precisely that. But then you look up the solution and the author advises you to make a point and not hit!! When he's explaining the rules for beginners he tells you that if you have two checkers on one point, your opponent can't move onto it, but he forgets to tell you that this is called "making a point"; later
he uses this expression, which he hasn't explained. I know that, you know that, but does a rank beginner know that? And it's not
on the (poor) glossary at the end of the book either.
In essence, if you want to know more about the cube, maybe this book will help you; if you want to know more about the game itself(strategy, tactics), you'd better look elsewhere.

How to Play Popular Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons
How to Play Popular Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons
by Norman Monath
Edition: Paperback
32 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars garbage, Jan. 25 2002
This book is a big hoax. First, let's talk about the
misleading title: "How to Play the Guitar" actually
means how to STRUM the guitar. That's all this would-be
author tries to teach. Halfway through the book he tells you
it's not meant to teach how to play melodies.Even so, he fails in
teaching you how to accompany someone(or yourself singing).
And mind you, all you'll ever learn here is to accompany someone to "Skip to my Lou" and all those boring, idiotic traditional
songs. And only a couple of bars is introduced, not the whole song. In short, stay away from thias garbage. Don't waste your
time or money. I've wasted my money but I'm certainly not going
to waste my time.

Opening Repertoire for the Positional Player
Opening Repertoire for the Positional Player
by Eduard Gufeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 31.95
21 used & new from CDN$ 6.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Con Book of the Year, Dec 27 1999
This book would surely get first prize for the con book of the year. I'm sure the publishers and authors are sharing a big laugh at the readers' expense. Imagine an opening repertoire for the positional player that suggests 1.e4! Virtually all the defenses selected(like the Scotch Game, Sicilian, King's Indian, etc) would make a tactician's delight. And the authors' claim that they could be played in a quieter fashion doesn't obtain, for in most of the lines suggested your opponent could steer the game to fierce tactical battles! To boot, the book is also dishonest : in the chapter on the Sicilian for black, after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 the authors say, "well, white can play other lines than 2.Nf3, but to learn those you will have to buy our other book." In a nutshell, this book should be entitled "An Incomplete Repertoire for the Positional Player Who Does Not Want to Play Positionally!"ÿ

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