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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
To be honest, the book is useless, and here is why :

Because it contains so huge examples, that it's impossible to follow the code.With almost every example, you can find a sentence like this :"Don't worry about what does it mean", or "You really don't have to know that".I think, you got the picture.Although, there are over 1500 pages, explanations are very bad, and incomplete. The book is probably usefull to highly experienced win programmers, but again Do they need a book about creating windows ? I guess not.If you are new to windows programming, you won't learn anything from it.In the matther-of-fact,you could give up after a while (while = few months), like I did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The book is a dud

I find this book to be very disappointing. I have read almost all her books..some I liked and some I didn't but this one is the only one I felt enough emotion about to review. I feel it was done in haste to get it on the market ahead of other authors and it has no real "meat" in it. I use Photoshop and Painter together and they work well together, but from reading this book a newbie would never be able to get anything of any substance about the process.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference for SVR4 and Solaris 7 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
great in parts, a lot of filler

This is one of two unix books I recommend. Each have their own strengths.
In UNIX IN A NUTSHELL, the shell sections are great--you get enough about common features, then the unique parts of csh/ksh/sh, with a few nice examples thrown in.
The dictionary of commands is super--though if you don't know what you are looking for you won't find it. (in this case, try UNIX POWER TOOLS, it has a GREAT index) One way to use the dictionary is to just read through it now and then and let the commands sink in to your brain over time, another is to kind of hunt through, speedreading-style.
The big waste of space are the sections on troff and nroff and other ancient utilities that haven't been used in years (modern humans use perl). They appear to have been put in to take up space. Overall though, the book is great to have.