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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy X-2 Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
About as helpful as a fart in a windstorm

Oh dear God, where do I begin... First of all this guide has so many inconsistences that I promise it will ruin your enjoyment of the game. I spent so much time scared half to death that I wasn't doing something right. I would get to a point in the guide where they told me I was supposed to get an item or some event would happen, but it didn't. Some of the maps are all wrong. And don't even get me started on that "100% percent completion guide" in the back of the book. I just beat the game by strictly following that entire guide for over 3 months and it told me that I only had 99% completion and therefore I missed out on the PERFECT ending. AGH! I am so angry that it makes me sick. If you look, you can see there's a glaring error in the percentage points at the end - 95% + 2.6%= 96% WWWWHHHHAATTTT?!?!?! Oh and thanks for waiting until Chapter 5 before telling me I should have talked to some guy in Chapter 1 to get the best item in the game. That's like working all week at your job and then when payday comes your boss says "We're going to have to dock your pay and not give you 100% because you didn't do this little task earlier on in the week. We probably should have told you to do it first before we penalized you, but oh well." They left out a LARGE section near the end that is crucial to getting 100% completion and the PERFECT ending. You're better off finding an online guide on some fanboy's website. It's obvious that they didn't even test out this guide first before spreading it to the public like sickness and it's also obvious that the glowing review in here from "kaitlyn" is someone connected to the publisher of the book. If you sort the reviews by "highest rating first" you'll see it and promptly become infuriated just like I did at the bitter thoughts of wasting time AND money on this crap. It doesn't tell you how to get the majorly important items even though they say it does. It's a whopping 350 pages of wasted paper. This guide RUINED my enjoyment of the game completely! I spent $90 getting ALL 3 limited edition guides with ALL 3 covers, only to get a big fat slap in the face from the folks over at Bradygames. Thanks for nothing Dan Birlew and if I see you crossing the street, I'll be sure not to brake.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate VB .NET and ASP.NET Code Book
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Karl Moore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
nice job, well done

good job here by Karl Moore, well organized and lots of tips. i agree with all the other great reviews, this book has saved me years!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Art of Computer Programming, Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Read this book and become a computer programming artist.

As a `Technical Informatics' student, I had heard of the three (so far) volumes of Knuth. When I found out that new editions of the books were being published, I asked a teacher if it could be of any use to me. He said it was pretty heavy on the math, and if you don't have a feeling for math, the books are pretty tough. Now, I am not very good at mathematics, but when I went to a localbookstore where the new edition of volume 1 laid in stacks on a `just arrived' table, I picked up a copy and started reading somewhere in chapter 2. Suddenly a member of the bookstore's staff tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I tried to read the whole thing right there. When I asked why, she told me I had been standing there for more than half an hour, completely absorbed by the book. Right there I concluded my teacher was wrong, and that if you've been programming for some time, this book can still teach you some very valuable lessons, even about `trivial' things like lists and stacks. When the other two volumes are published, they'll be right beside my copy of volume 1. A very impressive sight for friends who want to know what these beautifully bound books are about. In short, if you're a programmer, you get a copy of all the volumes of The Art of Computer Programming. I think it's a good step in becoming a computer programming artist.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent explanation of computer hardware!

Excellent explanation of computer hardware (best I've yet found) with practically all pictures clarifying and simplifying the text descriptions and explanations. All it needs for the novice to understand everything is a Glossary or a technical dictionary section to simply define the technical words that are not explained in the text. Mark Sowers, M.D.