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Odyssey, The
by Homer, et al


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback - 541 pages
1 edition (November 29, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
Robert Fagles's translation is a jaw-droppingly beautiful rendering of Homer's Odyssey, the most accessible and enthralling epic of classical Greece. Fagles captures the rapid and direct language of the original Greek, while telling the story of Odysseus in lyrics that ring with a clear, energetic... Read more

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The Great American Bathroom Book
by Steve Anderson


Compact Classics
Paperback - 606 pages
Vol 1 (October 1992)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Never be caught without something interesting to read. The Great American Bathroom Book, Vol. III presents two-page summaries of all-time great books. These overviews capture the best of a book or idea . . . and let the reader enjoy it. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title Read more

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The Western Canon : The Books and School of the Ages
by Harold Bloom


Riverhead Books
Paperback - 546 pages
(September 1995)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Discussed and debated, revered and reviled, Bloom's tome reinvigorates and re-examines Western Literature, arguing against the politicization of reading. His erudite passion will encourage you to hurry and finish his book so you can pick up Shakespeare, Austen and Dickens once again to rediscover... Read more

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777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley
by Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley


Samuel Weiser
Paperback - 311 pages
(October 1990)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
aethyrnet, April 9, 2000 5 out of 5 stars
Often imitated, seldom matched
Many writers and publishers have thrown together "Cabalistic Dictionaries" but none that I have seen come close to Crowley's clarity and expertise on the subject. This book contains some of Crowley's most accessible and easy to understand writing, not to say it is for the neophyte alone,... Read more

 


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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places
by Alberto Manguel, Gianni Guadalupi


Harcourt Brace
Hardcover - 960 pages
Updated edition (November 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
The Dictionary of Imaginary Places is best described as a guidebook of the make-believe. A good way to understand what Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi set out to do with their book is to imagine that you want to travel to a place like Oz, as in The Wizard of. What you remember from watching the... Read more

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The Haystack Syndrome : Sifting Information Out of the Data Ocean
by Eliyahu M. Goldratt


North River Pr
Hardcover - 262 pages
(January 1991)
  Avg. Customer Review:
2 out of 5 stars
Book Description
A "must" for every manager concerned with meeting the challenges of the 21st century. You'll see the differences between data and information in a new light, and understand precisely how misunderstanding those differences can affect the quality of your decision-making process. Starting with the... Read more

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20 Master Plots (And How to Build Them)
by Ronald B. Tobias


Writer's Digest Books
Hardcover - 236 pages
(September 1993)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
G. McCarthy, June 22, 2000 4 out of 5 stars
Cheesy title for a very useful and informative book
Tobias does a good job breaking down common plotlines into their respective patterns. His book provides a method to analyze storylines and identify their basic components, making it easier to understand the underlying structure of the novel or screenplay. He illustrates his ideas through well-chosen... Read more

 


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500 Great Books by Women : A Reader's Guide
by Erica Bauermeister, et al


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback - 425 pages
(December 1994)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
An indispensable and extremely well-organized treasure map to literature by women. Contains brief reviews of 500 books by women, and seven cross-referenced indexes to identify books by author, title, genre, topic, and even country of book content. Highly recommended! Read more

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The Great American Bathroom Book (Vol.2)
by Steve Anderson, Steven Anderson


Compact Classics
Paperback
Vol 2 (November 1993)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Never be caught without something interesting to read. The Great American Bathroom Book, Vol. III presents two-page summaries of all-time great books. These overviews capture the best of a book or idea . . . and let the reader enjoy it. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title Read more

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The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing
by Rosemary Herbert(Editor), et al


Oxford Univ Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 608 pages
(December 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Penzler Pick, April 2000: Over the years, there have been quite a few reference books in the mystery genre arranged as dictionaries, encyclopedias, companions, and so on. (I coauthored two of them, so I know what goes into their production.) Rosemary Herbert's Companion differs from many others in... Read more

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The Discarded Image : An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto Series)
by C. S. Lewis


Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd)
Paperback
Reprint edition (November 1994)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Andrew Webb, May 3, 2000 5 out of 5 stars
A Lesson in Good Teaching
The title sounds like something for the specialist in Medieval literature, doesn't it? Don't be put off by that or by the subject matter. There are a number of reasons to read this book.

Here is Lewis the common teacher, not the religious writer. You will find no polemic here. But, paradoxically,... Read more

 


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How to Read and Why
by Harold Bloom


Scribner
Hardcover - 283 pages
(June 2000)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Harold Bloom's urgency in How to Read and Why may have much to do with his age. He brackets his combative, inspiring manual with the news that he is nearing 70 and hasn't time for the mediocre. (One doubts that he ever did.) Nor will he countenance such fashionable notions as the death of the author... Read more

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A Glossary of Literary Terms
by M. H. Abrams


Hbj College & School Div
Paperback - 320 pages
7th edition (December 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
decheng , March 25, 2000 4 out of 5 stars
A Good Book to start with when doing Literary analysis
It collects 1-1.5 page of literature on each literary term. Besides the definition, it also provides the author's perception on the movements or literature related to the term.Examples of quotes and related terms are available in the explanation.It not only gives a spatial explanation of the term,... Read more

 


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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce, Roy, Jr. Morris (Introduction)

Publisher
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade)
Paperback
(November 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature , April 1, 1995
Satiric lexicon by Ambrose Bierce, first compiled as The Cynic's Word Book in 1906 and reissued under the author's preferred title five years later. The barbed definitions that Bierce began publishing in the Wasp, a weekly journal he edited in San Francisco from 1881 to 1886, brought this... Read more

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A Sea of Words : A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales
by Dean King, et al


Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Hardcover - 480 pages
2nd edition (September 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
More than 50,000 devoted Patrick O'Brian fans have made A SEA OF WORDS their companion book of choice. In response to passionate reader demand, Dean King adds hundreds of new definitions and new illustrations and background essays referenced in O'Brian's clipper ship adventure sagas, including two... Read more

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The Great American Bathroom Book III
by Steve Anderson


Compact Classics
Paperback
Vol 3 (November 1994)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Never be caught without something interesting to read. The Great American Bathroom Book, Vol. III presents two-page summaries of all-time great books. These overviews capture the best of a book or idea . . . and let the reader enjoy it. Read more

17.   Plot (The Elements of Fiction Writing Series)
by Ansen Dibell


Writers Digest Books
Hardcover - 170 pages
First Ed. edition (August 1988)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
This book is about identifying the choices available when creating, fixing, steering, and discovering plots and then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move. Read more

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The Best Spiritual Writing 1998
by Philip Zaleski(Preface), Patricia Hampl (Introduction)


Harper San Francisco
Paperback - 326 pages
1 Ed edition (November 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
What makes this anthology of essays and poems especially welcome and refreshing is its contemporary spiritual context. When Leonie Caldicott writes about the deaths of Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, and Dr. Victor Frankl (author of Man's Search for Meaning) all in the early weeks of the fall of... Read more

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Dirk Pitt Revealed
by Clive Cussler, et al


Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback - 516 pages
(November 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description

With nearly 100 million copies of his bestselling books in print, Clive Cussler is an extraordinary author whose life parallels that of his fictional hero, DIRK PITT. Whether searching for famous shipwrecks or cruising in classic cars from his private collection, Cussler's spirit feeds the soul of... Read more


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A Sea of Words : A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales
by Dean King, et al


Henry Holt (Paper)
Paperback - 480 pages
2nd edition (September 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
More than 50,000 devoted Patrick O'Brian fans have made this their reference book of choice. No other book provides the thorough research and scholarship that made it such a runaway success--and it's just gotten better. Dean King has added hundreds of new definitions and new illustrations and... Read more

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The Atlas of Middle-Earth
by Karen Wynn Fonstad


Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Paperback - 210 pages
Revised edition (December 1991)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
The publishing world is full of Tolkien spinoff products, some trivial and ephemeral--but some, like this thoroughly researched atlas, are genuinely classy. Karen Wynn Fonstad is a qualified geographer and cartographer who first mapped Middle-Earth in 1981 and has since added much new detail based... Read more

22.   The Hornblower Companion
by C. S. Forester, Samuel H. Bryant (Illustrator)


United States Naval Inst.
Paperback - 140 pages
(June 25, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
In this beautifully illustrated book, the popular novelist provides a historical naval context to the adventures of the hero of his many books, Horatio Hornblower. Thirty-full-page maps help the reader follow Hornblower's world travels and decorative sketches convey the atmosphere as well as the... Read more

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Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia
by William Rose Benet(Editor), Bruce Murphy (Editor)


Harpercollins
Hardcover - 1144 pages
4th edition (September 1996)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
What does it mean to have the voice of a stentor? Where is John o'Groat's House? Ever heard of a beast epic, or the Jindyworobak Movement? And what is the origin of the word "abracadabra"?

The answers lie in this delicious reference that anyone interested in humility should have; just... Read more


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Harbors and High Seas : An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian
by Dean King, et al


Owl Books
Paperback - 240 pages
2nd edition (May 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Where did Sophie battle the Cacafuego? Where is Aubrey's beloved Ashgrove cottage? What route did Maturin take with his bear? What's so desolate about Kerguelen Island? What's the best route from Botany Bay to Moahu? Find the answers to these and hundreds of other questions in this indispensable... Read more

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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions
by Elizabeth Webber, Mike Feinsilber


Merriam Webster
Paperback - 608 pages
(September 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
New Yorker founding editor Harold Ross, according to this book's preface, is said to have asked writer James Thurber once, with bewilderment, "Is Moby Dick the man or the whale?" Well, even Homer nods (Horace). But, Harold! Thou shouldst be living at this hour (Wordsworth). Merriam-Webster's... Read more

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