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As required by the FTC now, I am posting this notice on my default review page.  All these reviews were COMPENSATED reviews.  I was given a copy of the book in question to review and as "payment" I was allowed to keep the review copy.  No other compensation was offered or accepted for these reviews.  They are as unbiased as possible.  Please accept this notice as global notice for all book reviews on Daven's Journal.

This is my page with all the reviews I have done for various people.  The reason I'm doing this?  Well, there are several.

  1. I want to make sure that all of you have the information you need to make informed decisions as to the worth and value of many of the books on the market.
  2. SOMEONE needs to go through all these books and say what is good and what is not.  Some of the books out there are complete crap.
  3. There are books that I have decided to try and see if they are appropriate for textbooks for various classes I have been giving.
  4. Two words; FREE BOOKS
  5. Selfishly, I get publicity when I put my reviews in various places on the Web.

So, I contact Llewellyn publishing, ask for books that I think are interesting or in my area of expertise, read them and then tell you what I think.  For this, Llewellyn gives me the book.  Pretty good deal if you ask me.  However, they are not the only ones to do this.  I have reviewed several books by other publishers and told you what I think here.

I wanted to take a moment to explain my rating system.  I use the stars system, from 1/2 to 5 stars.  The actual break down is below:

Stars Meaning
Pitiful.  This book should never have been published. A waste of trees.
Poor.  To be bought only if you have a lot of money to waste
Bad.  There may be some useful info here, but I wouldn't voluntarily buy it
Below Average.  Get it if there is nothing else you can buy or borrow
Average.  Good and bad elements cancel each other out
Above Average, there is some good things here
Good.  There should be more books like this 
Very good.  Most libraries should consider getting this one
Excellent  If you see this book get it
Superior  Run run run to purchase this book, you will thank me.

Hopefully, now that my wife is also reviewing books and Tarot decks, this will grow to a rather large section.  So far, here is what I have for you: