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Worst Technical Book Ever?

Thomas Paul
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5 reviews on amazon and every single one gives it 1 star.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0971661901


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Rowan Brownlee
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By gee those are some crook reviews alright. I'm surprised old Vic hasn't gotten his friends out in force to repudiate the criticism.
Or, is it a plot engineered by another author to elevate the status of his/her book on the subject?
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I have seen it before while I was looking for a struts book. "Gee" I said , "I guess I am not buying this one". But may be it is a tease Now I am curious about the book ?!
Thomas Paul
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You may want to wait for this one or the up-coming O'Reilly book.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471213020/ref%3Dase%5Felectricporkchop/103-5713019-5867840
Thomas Paul
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All these bad reviews tell us one other thing about the author... he has no friends.
Michael Ernest
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Judging by the reviews, he may not deserve to have any.
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You may want to wait for this one or the up-coming O'Reilly book
Lets review them
Michael Ernest
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Apropos to our certification slant, I hereby re-nominate Cary Jardin for the most hated Java author I've come across. Check this out -- 33 reviews and still a one-star average. But it's the reader comments that make the visit worthwhile.
Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
...I hereby re-nominate Cary Jardin for the most hated Java author I've come across.
Strangely, he hasn't written a book since that one.
I have to admit that New Riders does tend to publish lousy books. I have given up on reviewing anything they publish.
Thomas Paul
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What more needs to be said about an author than this interview from amazon:

Amazon.com: How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
C.J.: First and formost I am an enginner. Writting books just kinda happend. Each book I write has a story behind it. Like "Electronic Commerce" was written to aid my father sell his brownies on the net. www.chocabytes.com
Amazon.com: What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
C.J.: I don't read much.
Amazon.com: Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)? Do you have a favorite location or time of day (or night) for writing? What do you do to avoid--or seek!--distractions?
C.J.: Writting is a bear. Each book takes me between 400 to 800 hours to complete, and then it is off to the editor. It isn't really fun for me until its over, and the finished product is done.

No wonder his book stinks. Maybe if he tried reading a book now and again he might get an idea of how to write one.
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I bought it from the closeout bin of my local computer store for $3.99 and I feel that I was robbed.

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Priceless reviews
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Ban this book!

its a comedy !
Rob Ross
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The Greeks were wise in pointing out that comedy and tragedy are closely related.


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Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by Rob Ross:
The Greeks were wise in pointing out that comedy and tragedy are closely related.

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people. I forget who said that.
Found it: British author Angela Carter
[ February 27, 2002: Message edited by: Thomas Paul ]
Michael Ernest
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One of the many paraphrases of Mel Brooks' 2000-Year Old Man: Tragedy' is when I get a hangnail. 'Comedy' is when you get attacked by a lion.
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But if you are talking Greek tragedy, you need a hero with a character trait that eventually brings him down.
In this case, the inability to write.
(Michael, is it an important trait for a writer Oh, and when was the last time you finished writing a book in 10 weeks - 400 hours)
Michael Ernest
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I don't see Greek tragedy quite the same way; we used to rely heavily, in our critical tradition, on Ovid, a Roman, for our understanding of it. But you'd never see a Greek poet "emoting" the tragedies or using flowery language like Ovid would. All tragic heroes are flawed of course, but for the Greeks this is not an ominous thing; mortal imperfection is just a fact.
The "inability to write," mmm: the raven perched on the door jamb of every aspiring writer's den. You know, if it weren't for customer reviews online, I bet Mr. Jardin would be pumping out more stuff every year. I bet lots of tech authors are surprised that readers are demanding, even moreso if you make the mistake of hinting that their opinions matter.
A book in 400 hours -- that's rich. What is that, a page an hour from start to finish? Even less, for the monster-thick stuff you see today? Riiiiight.
[ February 27, 2002: Message edited by: Michael Ernest ]
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Hmm, it possibly does lack real tragic qualities since we fail to create the emotional attachment to 'our' hero before the fall.
There are levels and levels of human imperfection to rely on though. Inability to write could be one, even the failure to listen to ones reviewers or publisher...
The 'page an hour' can be explained by creating the book by assembling external sources, but explaining isn't excusing
 
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