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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Resident Evil(R) 4 Official Strategy Guide (Signature Series)
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Much better guide than I expected


Normally, I don't like the Brady Strategy Guides. However, this magazine is excellent. The maps are clear and detailed. The walk through reads very well. The double-sided poster would look great on anyone's wall.

Why should you buy a guide when the info can be found online?

I think guides are better because it is much easier to quickly refer to a guide instead of searching through computer print outs.

Do you need the guide to win the game?

No, you don't. Unlike previous games in the series, Resident Evil 4 has very little back tracking. Many of the puzzles aren't too difficult either. However, if you are like me and don't enjoy spending 30 minutes trying to figure out a puzzle or boss, buy the guide. Plus, the guide offers several hints and clues that are very helpful.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
It is a really ugly book.


My feelings on this book are mixed. It is a large book for what it offers (almost 500 pages that take a lot of time to read) but it does provide a thorough introduction to UML. It also discusses some advanced modeling concepts and constructs (sections 3 & 5) but it leaves the reader wanting to look elsewhere for how to apply these. There is an irritating duplication of material in different parts of the book, but I liked the appendices that included some of the standard elements of UML and a very brief summary of the Rational Unified Process. If you have the (a lot of) time to read the book or you are one of the many fans of Booch's writings, then this book will be of value.



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
Excellent guide.... but not perfect


Being a fan of Cassady's FFVII guide, I expected most of the same from this guide. And basically, I got it. However, a few things still seemed to make this guide seem incomplete. Again, much like the FFVII PC guide, they decided to stick all the maps in the back. In most cases (or as far as I've gotten in the game so far, its only been out for 3 days you know) this doesn't matter because the maps are straight forward. However, with a few areas, its really inconvienient to flip to the back of the book. Another thing I was worried about was how, like the FFVII Playstation guide, the side quests were put in the back! Luckily, unlike that time, the guide does a better job of mentioning these quests in the walkthrough, so you don't completely miss them. Overall, an incredible guide! You shouldn't need much else to fully enjoy the game.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to the Theory of Computation
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Michael Sipser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Computability Theory Text


A couple of years ago I simultaneously taught two Computability Theory courses. One was at the graduate level and used this book while the undergraduate course used another text. As I was a visitor, I did not have a role in selecting either text.
As the two courses progressed I began to wonder why the graduate text was so much better than the undergraduate text. Later, I checked out an Amazon review for the undergraduate text and discovered that the reviewer was as disgusted with it as I was with the book selected for the undergraduate course. Further, the reviewer specifically recommended this book.
This text really is geared for the advanced undergraduate or graduate student. However, it is beautifully thought out and written. Consequently, it is a far better undergraduate introductory text than several of the books which pretend to service this market.