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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It was good, and helpful...


This was a really great RPG guide (it was a little more helpful then the FFVII guide, and actually told you ALL the secrets).
Where should I start?
Ok, the walkthrough is well, different then from what we've seen in other guides. First of all, the maps are in the back of the book (I know I know, I don't want to flip all those pages) but the maps you most likely won't need. The boss strategies are really helpful, but I still say that you should go by your own.
Now the walkthrough, gives you the objections in numerals first. Then the complicated ones, it'll explain. At first reading this guide is confusing. But it leads it further away from spoiling the plot.
However.. it probably would've helped if the maps were in the walkthrough, but being that you go off screen every ten seconds in the game, I guess I didn't mind.
Next is that, You shouldn't mind the stats for the Ultima Weapon being wrong, or the oilboyles. Its corrected in the bestiary. Again, I know we don't want to spend time flipping back to the bestiary, but the truth is... You don't want to use the bestiary for HP listings, or stats, (being that the enemies level up with you) so you should only use it to find out what enemies drop and what you can steal from them. Other then that, the bestiary is a lot better done than in the FFVII guide.
The problems with this guide, is that it doesn't tell you how to Boost GF's. (If you'd like to know you hold select and see a hand on the SQUARE button. Keep pressing and when the X appears over the hand, don't press.) It also needs a final boss strategy. It will tell you to use the Omega Weapon boss strategy. But if you go to thier website, it gives you a completely different strategy. Needless to say that this could be a problem. It also doesn't tell you the final boss' stats, but still that wouldn't be too much of a problem. The walkthrough is too quick for me. They cover the basics, but don't tell you everything that you can do.
The SIDE QUESTS section will help you do them all. But sometimes I wish the maps were in the walkthrough. The directions (like when you want to catch Lunatic Pandora) are just too confusing.
Overall this guide was great in a ton of areas. But I would recomend that you LOOK at this guide before getting it. It will help you get through the game, but it takes away most of the fun from the game.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Professional Stock Trading: System Design and Automation
Publisher: Acme Trader
Authors: Mark R. Conway, Aaron N. Behle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Requires much study, but it deserves it


If you're looking for some light reading on trading systems, this is not the title for you. But if what you want are detailed, well fleshed-out trading systems to study as examples or even to use, this is an outstanding library of ideas that are fully implemented as code. The focus on TradeStation as the platform is only mildly distracting if you're using a different programming approach, there is enough detail here to go your own way with another language. It will take quite some time to dig through everything because the prose isn't quite as clear as it could be in spots, but the time spent will easily pay off to the serious student of trading systems.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators Exam Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Daniel Benjamin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Bring back the ExamCram


This book is good to get through the exam provided that one isalready having enough knowledge and experience. I got my 9i Certificate recently while relying 90% on this book. I have the following observations about the book:1: It covers all the exam objective.2: The book is purely written to take exam , and not for in depth knowledge.3: Self test software has a lot of wrong answers.4: Practice exams in the book are fairly simple and straightforward that is not the case in Real Exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
G?del, Escher Bach, An Eternal Golden Braid - READ IT!


The book is so incredibly good: I've read it at least 5 times. My friends have all read it. I met Hofstadter at a local bookstore where he signed books...the man's a genius. The book explains the presence of symbols and patterns as necessary an unavoidable, structuring everything down to the very tiniest intricacies. If you love AI, insightful reading, intellectual topics, or you just need a good book to read while snuggled up in a blanket and sipping a cappuccino, get this one. WOW