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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Nude Photography
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Roderick Macdonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Wonderful Guide to Shooting Nudes

This is one of the today's better instructional's on shooting nudes in general, and it's focus on shooting nudes with digital cameras makes it especially useful. Roderick MacDonald knows his stuff and there is really no weak points anywhere in the book. He covers everything from choosing the right digital camera to finding models to camera techniques to image editing software to setting up your own studio. And there's lots and lots more. What makes everything all the more impressive is MacDonald's photographs - this book is packed full of hundred of beautiful nude shots and he uses some very attractive models (which is not relevant to the material but is a nice touch nonetheless). These are all works from MacDonald himself, so it's quite apparent he walks the walk here. All in all, this is an excellent introduction to the medium and we recommend it for beginners all the way to advanced amateurs.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Move over Tanenbaum!!

Contrasting this book w/ Tanenbaum's 'title-holder' for the best computer networking book out there, this book wins hands down. Tanenbaum's approach has always been VERY wordy in all his books. This book goes straight to the point, usually illustrating all concepts w/ an analogy, which is what I liked most about it, because it lays a pretty good foundation for grasping the technical concepts very easily and quickly. The website is also very good, with some fancy applets and interviews. This book has replaced Tanenbaum's in my university's networking class and all the students really prefer this book to Tanenbaum's, which is still great, but things are changing so quick now that you really need to learn stuff quickly. This you cant do w/ Tanenbaum, but you can do w/ Kurose-Ross. See for yourself!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Authors: Steven L. Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Captivating read for all who have loved video games

Having been born in 1984, I was open to the video game revolution when Nintendo became a big influence. My life revolved around near worship of Nintendo of America. From buying the systems, games, and gear, I totally immersed myself in the culture of video games. However, I was not aware of the heritage that had preceded my birth and the work and love that had gone into the video game industry. This book has opened my eyes to that and has given me a much greater appreciation for the work done by the great geniuses in the video game industry.
Kent begins with the major pinball companies to give you a grounding in the leading companies that would eventually move into the coin-op and then consumer video game businesses. The book chronicals the making of games from a ragtag group of MIT students to Nolan Bushnell's grand experience of Atari and then all the way up to Microsoft proposing X-Box. The major focus of this book is the early years of gaming. Much of the material chronicals the work of the early Coin-op and console manufacturers. This is a very refreshing view of the industry, showing the original roots of the market.
I definitely suggest this book. Kent's light-hearted style is augmented by the thoroughness of his work. This book is brimming with direct quotes from the major players in the gaming industry. If you have had an interest in the work done to make the video game industry as popular as it is, this book is a definite suggestion. Read away!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best XSLT Book

I have been developing XSLT for a few years and this is the only book I use. It is the best book on XSLT, by far. However, it is not for beginners. Mr. Kay did a fantastic job!