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1. In the Company of Ogres
2. Gil's All Fright Diner
3. Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night:
4. Divine Misfortune
5. The Oxford Murders
6. Too Many Curses
7. Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious
8. Monster
9. A Nameless Witch
10. Daisy Cooks: Latin Flavors That
11. Gipsy Guitar w/2 CD (Flamenco
12. Is William Martinez Not Our Brother?:
13. Introduccion al Nuevo Testamento
14. Heredities: Poems (Walt Whitman
15. Calculating Drug Dosages: An Interactive
16. Climbing Back
17. 2 Years to a Million in Real Estate
18. MexTex: Traditional Tex-Mex Taste
19. The 10 Essentials of Forex Trading:
20. An Agent Tells All

1. In the Company of Ogres
by A. Lee Martinez
Mass Market Paperback: 336 Pages (2007-04-03)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$2.89
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Asin: 0765354578
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An uproarious new novel in the tradition of Robert Asprin and Terry Pratchett!

For someone who's immortal, Never Dead Ned manages to die with alarming frequency--he just has the annoying habit of rising from the grave. But this soldier might be better dead than face his latest assignment.
Ogre Company is the legion's dumping ground--a motley, undisciplined group of monsters whose leaders tend to die under somewhat questionable circumstances. That's where Ned's rather unique talents come in. As Ogre Company's newly appointed commander, Ned finds himself in charge of such fine examples of military prowess as a moonstruck Amazon, a very big (and very polite) two-headed ogre, a seductively scaly siren, a blind oracle who can hear (and smell) the future, a suicidal goblin daredevil pilot, a walking tree with a chip on its shoulder, and a suspiciously goblinesque orc.
Ned has only six months to whip the Ogre Company into shape or face an even more hideous assignment, but that's not the worst of his problems. Because now that Ned has found out why he keeps returning from dead, he has to do everything he can to stay alive. . . .

In the Company of Ogres does for fantasy, what A. Lee Martinez's previous novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, did for horror--and elves and goblins may never be the same!
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Customer Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
Another great book by Martinez. The story gets bigger and bigger as it goes. Well developed interesting characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars lighthearted
Fun and lighthearted, with a wonderful sense of humor. Both me and my husband read it one after the other. We also loved the Gil's all fright Diner. That was how we found this writer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Item
Book was received by son in good condition.He enjoyed reading it while laid up at the Air Force Basic Training School.

4-0 out of 5 stars Get ready to laugh!!
This was a hilarious book..If you like Terry Pratchett or Terry Brooks Andover Try this book!Never Dead Ned is a great character though his name sounds like he can't die its more lke he can't stay dead he dies all the time..When he ends up in charge of Ogre Company his life as it is will change forever I can't say more you have to read this book!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Romp
In the Company of Ogres
By A. Lee Martinez

"Ned had learned there are worse things than dying. Dying over and over again."

So begins an uproarious comic fantasy that, like so many others of its genre, tosses up pretty much every element a serious fantasy can have. In three hundred pages, Martinez dumps Sword of Shannara, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Dragonriders of Pern, Dune, Star Wars and all types of Greek and Nordic mythology more times than you can count.

However, unlike many spoof novels, Company of Ogres has an actual sense of depth and meaning that goes beyond the humor. The novel is about a man named Never Dead Ned, a nickname forged for him by the fact that, according to folklore, he cannot die. The truth is quite the opposite; he dies quite a bit (at the beginning of the novel Ned has died forty-nine times). He just has the tendency to not stay dead. Unfortunately for him, every time he dies he takes a reminder from the injury that kills him (for instance, he has had his arm chopped off and now it has a mind of its own, and he has been scarred across the face, and now has only one eye). He is sick of this, and is trying to stay alive and safe for the remainder of his years until he dies of old age (which he hopes he will not return from).

After sustaining a job at Accounting for an army entitled the Legion, and doing quite a good job of it, he is sent to go command a section of the Legion called Ogre Company. Ogre Company is usually your "last stop on the way out of the Legion." It is home to the outcasts of the Legion, plus a bunch of ogres. The last ten or so commanders had been strangely disappearing and never being heard from again, and the Legion figured why not place a man who can't die in charge...just in case the members of the company were killing the commanders.

The storyline is based off of romance. Two women in Ogre Company fall in love with Ned a few days after he arrives, dying a couple of times on his way. The two women are Regina, a normally angry Amazon warrior, who is part of the threesome of the highest ranked soldiers in OC (they argue frequently over who is the highest ranked), and Miriam, a siren who is called the "morale sergeant," who tries to keep the army in high spirits. However, another of the three highest ranked, a large ogre named Frank, is in love with Regina, but likes Ned. The third of the high ranks is Gabel, an orc who is suspiciously goblin-esque, who wants to see Ned gone.

However, when Ned finds out who he truly is, why he keeps being revived, and why he is being stalked by demons, all of that becomes small matter, and Ned has to make the decision between life and death, the decision that will affect the whole universe.

I thought this book was quite well written, with witty dialogue, and parts you can't help but laugh at. Martinez is talented, and I look forward to reading his other works. The way he weaves in little things is astoundingly subtle, but placed just at the right time for you to make a realization of his commentary, and laugh shamelessly.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh. ... Read more

2. Gil's All Fright Diner
by A. Lee Martinez
Mass Market Paperback: 288 Pages (2006-06-27)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$2.93
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Asin: 0765350017
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bloodier than Fried Green Tomatoes!
Funnier than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

Welcome to Gil's All Night Diner, where zombie attacks are a regular occurrence and you never know what might be lurking in the freezer. . . .

Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around--until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them one hundred dollars to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley.

But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg. Seems someone's out to drive Loretta from the diner, and more than willing to raise a little hell on earth if that's what it takes. Before Duke and Earl get to the bottom of the diner's troubles, they'll run into such otherworldly complications as undead cattle, an amorous ghost, a jailbait sorceress, and the terrifying occult power of pig Latin.

And maybe--just maybe--the End of the World, too.

Gory, sexy, and flat-out hilarious, Gil's All Fright Diner will tickle your funny bone--before ripping it out of its socket!
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Customer Reviews (66)

4-0 out of 5 stars Mindless fun
Reminiscent of the hellmouth situated beneath Sunnydale in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" lore, the small desert town of Rockwood is located on top of the "Gate of the Old Gods."These are not the grandfatherly, benevolent class of gods, but the evil, world-destroying, slithery, sinister kind (no, that's not the "Little Shop of Horrors" plant on the book's front cover - the plants are actually benign).Consequently, supernatural phenomena (zombies, ghosts, chupacabra, blood-thirsty spider-rat-piranha things, etc.) are routine around those parts.Events begin to crescendo out of control, however, when a pretty young high school student (a.k.a. Mistress Lilith, Queen of Night) and her lustful, dim-witted boyfriend/disciple try to open the gate.As the apocalypse draws nigh, the world's only chance for survival lies in the hands of a stubborn diner waitress, a vampire, and (the paws of) a werewolf.

Largely foregoing mystery, the roles are revealed in quick order (with one notable exception).But if the story plays out predictably to form, the journey is entertaining enough.The characters, though lacking depth, are likable.And though the story sticks to the shallows, Martinez does throw in the occasional thought worthy of contemplation to anyone interested.A few examples: trying to identify the "good reason" people do evil or harm others is futile; the "vampire hunter" is the undead's boogeyman; life without a final destination (death) threatens to lose focus and meaning.

The story was a fun blend of dark fantasy, horror, and humor.Fans of Christopher Moore will find themselves on familiar ground.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I was looking for a book I could read quickly that wasn't romance. I found it! This book was hilarious, strange and yes BLOODY but not too much of those things. I also found some insightful things in it (okay maybe only one, but still) Great book, you WON'T be disappointed!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars fast humor
I picked up `Gil's All Fright Diner' when it was recommended by a friend I met at a writer's conference.The opening immediately drew me in.Martinez promotes first-page interest through unique situational humor, which reminds me of Christopher Moore's approach.This humor continues to pop up, complete with many surprises.

There's something compelling about a vampire and a werewolf driving down the road with the back seat filled to capacity with exactly seventy-six beer cans.Not that I'm promoting drunken driving, but in the interest of public safety, they do eventually find safe-haven in a diner full of zombies.That's pretty worthy stuff, and it continues right up to the last page.

The lack of a major internal struggle -- or even a single main character -- didn't bother me as it should.That is undoubtedly because the author commits to showing and dialogue as opposed to a slower pacing story style.We have no time to dwell on a human story.Considering this, thumbs up to the slam-bam approach.The book is top-drawer funny and quick, much in the vein of the 1998 version of Temors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gil's Rocks My Socks
It rocks.

We're talking, vampires, wolves, and zombies. OH MY.

When Duke and Earl (hey--I just got that!) run out of gas, they end up at an all night diner full of paranormal problems.

This book is freakin' hilarious on so many different levels, but it's not ridiculously goofy. Martinez does a great job balancing the serious and the not-so, and I would read anything this guy writes!

5-0 out of 5 stars Woot
Vampires who aren't emo and werewolves that aren't 16 year old boys in literature? Seems like an odd thing not to have in a werewolf/vampire story.

A Lee Martinez has created a Texas style, macabre masterpiece, steak dinner with Gil's All Fright Diner.

Characters who act like real people and a plot that moves. A hard thing to find in this kind of genre but here it is.

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3. Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes
by Daisy Martinez
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2010-03-02)
list price: US$30.00 -- used & new: US$2.11
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Asin: 1439157537
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Enjoy empanadas filled with creamed corn, a crispy-edged, juicy skirt steak doused in tangy chimichurri, or the divine layers of moist angel food cake, strawberries, and whipped cream of the Strawberry Delicia, all of which Daisy Martinez brings to life in this vibrant collection of recipes.

Growing up in her mother's and grandmother's kitchens, Daisy became an expert in traditional Latin-American cuisine. Here she "Daisifies" those classics and includes a hearty sampling of dishes from her travels across Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Argentina.

To Daisy, food is about bringing family together, and so she peppers her collection with anecdotes and family vacation photos. Each recipe is as much about the memory the flavors recall as the love that goes into preparing the dish; for her, the succulent grilled meats of a parrillada bring back memories of a Christmas spent floating in a pool in Argentina, while the flaky, gooey vegetable potpie recalls an extravagant dinner party in the Dominican Republic. As a busy mother of four, Daisy lives the time crunch every day and has crafted her recipes to be quick, adaptable, and easy to understand. She deftly demystifies the ingredients of the Latin-American kitchen, explaining everything from the spectrum of color in plantains to the degrees of heat in chiles.

With this range of mouthwatering recipes, you can plan your day with Daisy: rise and shine with the rich aromas of chile-spiked hot chocolate; power up with a midday empanada with your pick of five savory fillings; and start a tradition with a night of tantalizing tapas. Why eat dull when you can eat delicioso? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I Love Daisy
I'm a BIg fan of Daisy Martinez.I watch her on the CREATE channel.My two yr old just stops what ever he is doing when she comes out.

I had to get her books.I started to make her dishes the next day after getting her books.

3-0 out of 5 stars Imitation of the Old Fiery Daisy
I have been reading and using Daisy's first (PBS) cookbook and I have been blown away by it.I watch her PBS series (from 2005) over and over again.She's such a spitfire! And her recipes seem so authentic.I have searched out culantro and been mightily impressed.
This new book.I don't know.I know I won't use it as often as the first.She looks like a Soccer Mom, now, and she uses shortcuts in some of the recipes (Minute rice!)
I say, DAISY!. get back to your roots and teach us more of the authentic latin cuisines you know.I've got your old sofrito bagged in my freezer in 1/2 cup portions. And I loved the themesong to your first series.Takes a good half hour to get it out of my mind after each episode.First cookbook was nominated for prestigious awards, and it deserved them.Get back to that state of mind and I'll give your next book a try, but not without checking it out in person at a brick and mortar store before ordering online.Please return to the basics of Latin cooking and make us follow you, not you follow American ingredients.I love you Daisy! You should definitely be up there with Rick Bayless, considering your wonderful Latino upbringing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Daisy
I have Daisy's first book and it's fabulous.Her new book Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night is wonderful also.
The recipes are easy and if you really want to know how to make Puerto Rican dishes without going to Puerto Rico get this book.
If I had to do it all over again, I would diffinetly by this book again.I will be ordering it for my sister. Thank you....

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Great book. Bought a second one for a gift. Best Latin cookbook we have found.

5-0 out of 5 stars A vivid survey, spiced with color photos throughout
Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes offers the author's own adaptations of Latin cuisine and comes from her family's travels to different Latin American countries, experiencing each country through its food and culture. Daisy kept notes on the foods her family enjoyed: her re-creations of these dishes makes for a vivid survey, spiced with color photos throughout.
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4. Divine Misfortune
by A. Lee Martinez
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2010-03-26)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$8.96
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Asin: 0316041270
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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DIVINE MISFORTUNE is a story of gods and mortals---in worship, in love, and at parties.

Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again-it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online.

Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think.There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity.But then they found Luka, raccoon god of prosperity.All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune.

Oh -- and can he crash on their couch for a few days?

Throw in a heartbroken love goddess and an ancient deity bent on revenge and not even the gods can save Teri and Phil. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars From Unknown Worlds....
This author's work is always enjoyable, but this one seems lighter in tone than his previous work. It reminds me very much of the sort of fantasy which appeared in a fondly remembered pulp magazine called "Unknown" or "Unknown Worlds," in which writers like Heinlein, DeCamp, Kuttner, and Poul Anderson sort of reinvented fantasy, generally using humor and contemporary settings.Well worth reading

4-0 out of 5 stars If you like Terry Pratchett (especially Good Omens) and/or Douglas Adams, Don't Miss this Book
The subject of my review says it all.If you've ever read and enjoyed the work of Terry Pratchett (particularly Good Omens) or the off-beat British humour of Douglas Adams, then this is a book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantasy set in modern times
As always, A. Lee Martinez brings to the table a well crafted novel, with interesting characters and moving plot lines.The premise of this novel is that gods, thought of as mythological to us, exist and through sacrifices can gain favor from their patron deity.Phil and Terry, the novel's main human characters, are looking for just a little help from a deity, and thus chose one named Lucky, who brings luck to those in his following.If this was just some cautionary tale of the pitfalls of riches and such, this novel would not have been so good.But rather, through the course of the novel, characters must grow, either by moving on and finding a new role for themselves of by doing selfless acts for the good of others.As a side note, the author did an excellent job of picking many different mythological characters from many different belief systems, that shows no favoritism to classical Greek and Roman deities.This is truly a good novel and highly recommend it for its character development but also for the story that is just plain fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure
I picked those book up from the library and did.not know much about it.What I just finshed, was a funny and interesting book that kept me interested to the end.Some of the books I have read lately have been depression or boring, and this book made me smile. I enjoyed the story beginning to end, and this differernt world the author puts you just makes me want to read more.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Divine Diversion
Imagine a world where gods and humans directly interact. Then imagine the possibilities. Such a fun book, and a fast read--even for me who manages an average sized book every two weeks. I think everyone should sit down every now and then with just this kind of clever and lighthearted material. You have a minor but successful god of fortune, his highly likeable aimless friend Quick, aka serpent god Quetzalcoatl, a love goddess who made the grave mistake of falling in love herself turning her into the goddess of tragedy and heartbreak, and a rogue god of choas and death (who has one of the best lines, which is actually borrowed from the movie Army of Darkness). With some mere mortal characters mixed in, it all makes for an amusing and delightful diversion. Well worth picking up. ... Read more

5. The Oxford Murders
by Guillermo Martinez
Paperback: 208 Pages (2006-09-26)
list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$1.99
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Asin: 014303796X
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Two mathematicians must join forces to stop a serial killer in this spellbinding international bestseller

A paperback sensation in Argentina, Spain, and the United Kingdom, The Oxford Murders has been hailed as "a remarkable feat" (Time Out London) and its author as "one of Argentina’s most distinctive voices" (The Times Literary Supplement). It begins on a summer day in Oxford, when a young Argentine graduate student finds his landlady—an elderly woman who helped crack the EnigmaCode during World War II —murdered in cold blood. Meanwhile, a renowned Oxford logician receives an anonymous note bearing a circle and the words "the first of a series." As the murders begin to pile up and more symbols are revealed, it is up to this unlikely pair to decipher the pattern before the killer strikes again. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars More literary than thrilling
A well written mystery relies as much on the language as it does the clues.That's why it's tricky to translate one and why it's necessary to read such a translation with a generous heart.The Oxford Murders is a five star read but the mystery rates about a three.

The Oxford of Martinez' unnamed protagonist is an interesting place and the suspense created by a serial killer who announces each murder with a note containing a puzzle is nice. Snippets of information about the history of mathematics add some meat to the plot, and though I figured out whodunnit pretty early on, the book is so beautifully written finishing it was a pleasure.

Well-developed characters with a variety of secrets, a first person POV that is unusually perceptive, and a leisurely pace make this book stand out from the usual murder-in-an-academic-setting of say, Amanda Cross or Joan Hess.

5-0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift
I ordered this book shortly before Christmas for my grandma. It arrived fast and was in great condition. It made a great and easy gift.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Though some of the explanations of mathematical problems were well over my head, I found the book quite readable and interesting.I also enjoyed a pleasant feeling of competence when I figured out the principle behind the series that is shown on the cover all by myself; probably laughably easy to some, but everything is relative, yes?The identity of the murderer was not at all obvious to me; nor were the other surprises along the way.I found the entire thing intriguing and was entertained throughout.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pages missing
There were a couple of pages missing. I dont know why people would want to get pages from this book. The story wasnt very thrilling. Kind of a kids' book of puzzle with a little sex thrown in.

2-0 out of 5 stars schizoid mystery
This is a schizoid mystery. If youl;ike feeling claustrophobic, go for it. Other wise, skip it. ... Read more

6. Too Many Curses
by A. Lee Martinez
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-09-02)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$5.98
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Asin: B002LITS0C
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The wizard Margle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies. Instead, he transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle. His halls are filled with his collection of fallen heroes and defeated villains, along with a few ordinary folk who were just unfortunate enough to draw Margle’s attention.

It’s Nessy’s duty to tend this castle. It’s a lot of work, but she manages, taking pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel. Nessy finds herself surrounded by monsters, curses, a door that should never be opened, and one very deadly dark wizardess.

Nessy doesn’t have might or magic on her side; she’s just a kobold: short, furry, and sensible. Her allies aren’t much better: a voice without a body, an angry fruit bat, a monster under her bed, a wizard in a jar (or some of him, anyway), and a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple, people eater. It would be smarter to walk away, but taking care of the castle is Nessy’s job, and that’s just what she intends to do.

If only she could find time to polish the silver while beating back the forces of darkness.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Fantasy novel
Nessy is the housekeeper for the wizard Margle the Horrendous and it is quite a job keeping up with a castle full of disembodied voices; fallen heroes turned into fruit bats and other things; parts of a wizard in a jar; and a door that should never be opened.Then the wizard Margle dies and Nessy must keep the castle together without having it taken over by other wizards.Worst of all a dark wizardess shows up unannounced and very strange things start happening.

Nessy does not have any magic powers she is just a short, furry creature called a kobold who is very sensible.She gets lots of help from a gargoyle; a ghost; a fruit bat and a nargle (a purple people-eater); and the monster who lives under her bed.Together they must fight the dark evil living in the castle and remind the castle of its goodness.

There are many adventures along the way and it is a fast read. It is well written and Nessy is a very enjoyable and likeable protagonist.There are some scary twists in the book but overall it's a fun book to read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still a good, quick read
I like A. Lee Martinez's books.He has a nice, light touch with unexpected twists and turns.That said, though this is enjoyable, I think his best works are "The Automatic Detective" and "Gil's All Fright Diner."Oh well, not everyone hits a homerun evertime - this is a solid double.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fun and great read!
This story is great for people that enjoyed "Talking to Dragons" (and others in the series)by Patricia Wrede as well as other tongue in cheek fantasies.It was very light and very easy to read.I enjoyed the matter of factness of the character and the practical sense that the main character, Nessie had I frankness that I love in characters. For example, Nessie fully believes that her death is imminent working for wizards, but still she so enjoys the work so it is worth it.She just accepts this fact as a hazard of her employment.

I always enjoy ingenius and creative stories like this one.I enjoyed that the main charactger was not a beautiful princess and the story was competely unpredictable and hiliarious at times.I would definately purchase other novels by this author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
You may have noticed that most of the reviews previously posted either are short, or just reiterate the plot. That's because the easiest way to review a book is to catalogue what's wrong with it--and I, for one, couldn't find a single flaw in this one. It's funny when it can afford to be, but serious when it needs to be. It makes a charming heroine out of a type (the obsessively devoted servant with little regard for philosophy) that's usually used as irritating comic relief. It . . . well, I'm already out of words. Just read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!
I have been a fan ever since Gils all Fright Dinner and have never been disappointed in any work so far with this book being no exception. While perhaps a bit quicker read than some other books this fantasy about a Kobold housekeeper (Castle keeper?) who faces the largest challenge of her life when her master passes away in an accident. Normally one would expect this to be a salvation for the kobold but here we see a dedication to make sure that her charges don't get cast away into the void and the actions of her desire to do the right thing. This leads to an amazing cast of characters enrolling to help her keep up with the new demands and also ensures that the story never grows stale as you keep reading.
Perhaps my only complaint that I have in these stories is the lack of sequels which given the wide range of bad stories by other authors out there is a great statement of just how great these stories are. ... Read more

7. Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining
by Daisy Martinez
Paperback: 176 Pages (2010-11-02)
list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$10.89
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Asin: 143919923X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Learn to Celebrate with the Queen of Latin Cooking

Celebrating with friends and family is one of the greatest joys, but entertaining can be downright terrifying. With this new recipe collection, Daisy Martinez gives you everything you need to make your life easy and your celebrations unforgettable. Daisy offers up timeless and mouthwatering recipes like Ruby Grapefruit Ceviche, Spaghetti with Chipotle-Pork Meatballs, Creamy Chicken-Lime Soup, and Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake that will prepare you for everything from a cozy festive fall dinner to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration. Brilliant color, bold flavors, and an innovative mix of traditional and modern cuisines are the hallmarks of Daisy’s cooking. Can’t-fail dishes—like Coconut and Winter Squash Soup—that Daisy learned to cook alongside her mother and grandmother in Puerto Rico mingle with recipes she’s used to entertain her family and friends through the years.

With the preparation schedules and time-saving tips included in each menu, Daisy makes it easy to relax and enjoy creating memories with those you love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Feliz Navidad!
One of the women that I've admired most in my life is my favorite aunt.I've always adored her for her blue-black hair that shone iridescent in the sun, her sense of humor and her ability to throw remarkable, sometimes huge parties almost effortlessly.She is the only woman I've ever known who could and often did spend the entire afternoon before a bash in the pool.Daisy's Holiday Cooking makes it clear that Daisy Martinez is another hostess that may come very close to that class and she makes no bones about sharing her secrets with us.

I first came across Daisy while flipping channels on the TV, putting on a family dinner for her husband and children, a dinner thatfeatured a Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chile.Make no mistake - I love Latin food, I adore flourless chocolate cake and I am definitely a bit of a chile-head.Daisy's cake appears on page 36 of Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining and the one recipe is worth the price of the book alone, though I admit that I make this with ground hot New Mexico chile, not cayenne.

InDaisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining Daisy gives us menus & recipes for ten different occasions, ranging from a Soup & Sandwich Tree Trimming Party to elegant dinners.Most of her recipes are easy to do and few require hard-to-locate specialty ingredients.More than a few recipes are suitable for use year round.

The most valuable featureof the book, though, are Daisy's work plans.For each party, she gives a detailed outline breaking down the food preparation over several days and the book is chock-full of do-ahead tips for easy entertaining.Highly recommended, this is a must-have book for your own holiday library.Very reasonably priced, consider this top of your gift-giving list for those who love to cook & entertain. ... Read more

8. Monster
by A. Lee Martinez
Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-02-01)
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Asin: 0316049913
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Meet Monster.Meet Judy.Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady- for the future of the universe.

Monster runs a pest control agency.He's overworked and has domestic troubles - like having the girlfriend from hell.

Judy works the night shift at the local Food Plus Mart.Not the most glamorous life, but Judy is happy.No one bothers her and if she has to spell things out for the night-manager every now and again, so be it.

But when Judy finds a Yeti in the freezer aisle eating all the Rocky Road, her life collides with Monster's in a rather alarming fashion.Because Monster doesn't catch raccoons; he catches the things that go bump in the night.Things like ogres, trolls, and dragons.

Oh, and his girlfriend from Hell?She actually is from Hell. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (34)

2-0 out of 5 stars Monster ? not so much
I loved Gil's All Fright Diner and was really looking forward to Monster. Monster is a cryptoid catcher. The book starts off strong with Monster encountering yeti in the frozen foods aisle of the Food Plus Mart but it went downhill for me after that. Chester, a paper gnome and Monster's partner, was my favorite character. I would have been interested in more scenes involving Monster's succubus girlfriend and his rivalry with a fellow cryptoid hunter. The Fate of the Universe stuff and the villain of the piece were mostly forgettable and left me yawing. This one failed to hook me.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Really Big Questions
Once again, a fantasy writer steps forward to tackle the really big questions concerning Life, The Universe and what flavor of ice cream yetis really like!

Judy's life is rather boring and ordinary, albeit filled with unusual memory gaps. She's working the night shift at the local grocery store for Dave, a sleep-deprived manager who barely manages. He doesn't handle it very well when Judy tells him that there is a yeti in the freezer, eating most of the ice cream (except the vanilla).

Judy goes to call Animal Control but her call is switched to the Cryptobiological Containment and Rescue Service, and Monster (who is blue that particular evening) comes to take care of the yeti. He turns it into a little rock and asks her to sign for it.

The whole thing intrigues Judy but she gets annoyed when she's told she'll forget it all in a little while. That's what happens to ordinary people when they encounter magic. She tries to give herself a clue but she does forget the whole thing--even the part where the other yeti appears and she hits it with Monster's magic bat and kills it.

Unfortunately, dead things can't be transmorgified into rocks and Monster has to lug the corpse out to his van. His sidekick, Chester, is no help because he's so two-dimensional as a character that he is made of paper. He lives in an alternate universe and merely telecommutes to work in ours.

Monster has many reasons for being blue, but aside from his changing skin color, he remains permanently blue because his girlfriend is a succubus from the Pits. She's gorgeous, she cooks, she cleans and she's a real demon in the bedroom. And that's the problem. Monster is worn out by all that sex but there's still scorch marks on the TV from the last time he tried to break up with her.

This is the story of how Monster and Judy save the world. I'm still trying to figure out if the magical stone thingy is a precursor to the iPad...seems unlikely really, as this is supposed to be fantasy and not science fiction. Whatever it is, it is terribly funny. This is an excellent book and it will cool your brain on a hot day. Highly recommended for fans of Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore! Great summer reading!

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but Harry Potter-ish
All in all, I liked Monster. A surly character with a mundane job who changes color daily and has to deal with the wierd and magical creatures that the rest of us moggles (oops, I mean non cogniscents) don't know how to deal with or how to remember over time. I liked the premise, a Cryptobiological containment officer going around dealing with dragons, fire breathing cats, yeti's, hydras and what not, but it felt a little tween novel -ish with the emo and partial cog girl Judy tagging along. There are a few sex scenes and some language keeping this book from being found in the young adult section next to Twilight and Harry Potter, but it still has that feel. It doesn't quite meet the Jim Butcher Harry Dresden or Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman Good Omens standard I have for fantasy/humor books. At the end the book tries to get deep with ideas about cosmic existance stuff if I mentioned would ruin the plot, but it feels a little forced. I do like this book and would reccomend it to fans of the Dresden series by Jim Butcher.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun -- but bawdy.
When I first picked up "Monster" I thought it was a junior high to high school book and wasn't sure what to make of it because it is rather bawdy at times, with strong language.However, for an adult audience it could be a fun, light read, not something to be read too seriously or deeply.

Monster, the main character, works in pest control with his sidekick Chester; they don't exterminate termites or mice but yeti, ogres, trolls, and dragons.His girlfriend is a succubus, and he simply cannot keep her happy.He ends up taking a case at a Food Plus Mart, where the night clerk Judy finds a yeti in the ice cream freezer.Judy learns things about herself, and Monster's and Judy's lives come together.

Other than the bawdy content, this was a fun book that I could recommend for adults.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not serious fun, seriously
This was a solidly entertaining and fun read.The tone is light and corny and the humor is amusing rather than hilarious.An unnecessary character/subplot that goes nowhere (Liz), unfocused storytelling and an unlikable protagonist detract from its quality, but ultimately I still enjoyed this light and silly book. ... Read more

9. A Nameless Witch
by A. Lee Martinez
Paperback: 320 Pages (2007-05-01)
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Asin: B0041T4R82
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism
Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty  ---things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt. She leads a simple life filled with spells, potions, and the occasional curse.
So when a White Knight arrives at Fort Stalwart, the witch knows her days of peace are at an end. The Knight is just days in front of a horde of ravenous goblings, and Fort Stalwart lies right in the horde’s path. But the goblings are just the first wave of danger, and soon the witch and the Knight must combine forces on a perilous quest to stop a mad sorcerer from destroying the world.
Filled with menace, monsters, and magic, A Nameless Witch is a properly witchly read by the award-winning author of Gil’s All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres.
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book hits on all cylinders
A Nameless Witch is the first book I have read by A. Lee Martinez, and I will definitely read others. I like a story that takes me places I've never been before with characters whose company I enjoy. I like endings that are logical but also surprising. I appreciate sly humor and quirky sidekicks. In summary: This is my kind of book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Funny, irreverent tale
The Nameless Witch is a quirky, comic, fantasy about a witch cursed with eternal beauty and a cannibalistic appetite who undertakes a quest to destroy an evil sorcerer and save a town. This light-hearted tale is thoroughly enjoyable with an amusing cast of characters including Newt, a wisecracking demon duck familiar with killer instincts, a troll named Gwurm with interchangeable body parts, Wyst of the West, a White Knight sworn to a vow of chastity, and Penelope the animated broom.

This clever story opens on a bit of a cliché with the nameless witch living locked in a basement until she is eighteen years old because of her "undead" curse, but the pace quickens when she is rescued by Ghastly Edna, who becomes her witchly mentor. Under Edna's tutelage, the Nameless Witch learns to mask her beauty and appear hideous with the aid of padded clothing and a false limp. But when Ghastly Edna is murdered, the Nameless Witch journeys to Fort Stalwart with Edna's familiar Newt on a quest to avenge her mentor's death, adopting a troll named Gwurm along the way. The funny dialogue is supported by the title character's amusing and witchly observations about the fantasy world as they embark on their quest.

After the odd trio take up residence in Fort Stalwart, the town is threatened by a goblin horde. Handsome White Knight Wyst of the West conveniently arrives to save the day and awakens the heroine's carnal appetite and her frustration as she tries to decide whether she wants to love him or eat him. Together, these oddball characters battle the goblin army and set out to find its master, Soulless Gustav, where they must survive four trials to defeat the evil sorcerer.

The plot of the story is not especially original or inventive, and there are no major surprises in store for the reader along the way, which may account for the mixed reviews. Readers who prefer dramatic conflict may be disappointed by the steady pacing, which is consistently driven by quirky, offhand humor that relies heavily on characterization. This story reminded me a bit of The Princess Bride for it's spoof-style quest humor and heartwarming characters, although the ending is not the same style of "happily ever after." This was also my first book by Martinez, so I have no basis for comparison to his other titles, which are referenced by many negative reviewers. I'm pretty picky about the books I read, and while I found the opening a bit slow, the characters are well-written and imaginative enough that I kept reading and even found myself smiling throughout the tongue-in-cheek second-half.

I'd recommend this to others with the warning not to expect a major fantasy epic. However, if you enjoy amusing tales that don't require any guesswork on the part of readers, give this story a try.

3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read, but missing something
I bought this because it was recommended at Powell's book store in Portland and I thought it looked fun and interesting.While at times it was really creative-and amusing- it just never took that next step to be an amazing memorable story.

The witch never really developed into a full character. Yes, she was confused and trying to find her path- she didn't understand the body she had been given or her cannibalistic tendencies-and because of that she never really developed into something you could either love or hate. She had cravings for human meat, but she never gave in to that craving.If she had, the story would have become something of a more dramatic nature, and I can understand that that was not what the author was going for.But that would have given the character more substance.Instead, all she tries to do is pass off as a witch, and make friends (troll, sunshine, fox, white knight).If she had embraced her curse more, you would have felt more intrigued by her. Instead, when she gives up and tries to let her uncursed self win, you kind of just get the impression that she's weak- and doesn't really deserve to be the heroine of a story.

Throughout, I just felt like this story was missing something. It could have benefited from more thorough description to create more engaging characters and plot.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book By Martinez
I read this after Gil's All Fright Diner expecting another parody.While all the genre in-joke humor is there this book has quite an unexpected amount of heart without ever being sappy.We are gradually introduced to the pain and loneliness of our heroine without her ever resorting to whining.Her remarkable acceptance of the nature of things is a strength not often seen in fantasy heroes.It's as wacky as Martinez's other novels but it also has a warmth I enjoyed beyond my ability to express.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss another great book from a stellar author
Excellent story, well written, neat characters, and a smart, pragmatic, and oddly, because of her demonic, canabalistic urges, very human protagonist make for a fun, enjoyable read.I haven't been disappointed yet by one of his books, and this book honestly raises the bar a little higher.
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10. Daisy Cooks: Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World
by Daisy Martinez
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2006-06-01)
list price: US$29.99 -- used & new: US$18.77
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Asin: 1401301606
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Julia Child introduced us to French cooking. Lidia Bastianich introduced us to Italian cooking. Now Daisy Martinez will introduce all of America to Latin cooking-her way. In a country where salsa now outsells ketchup, Daisy Martinez is out on a mission to change the way we cook. In her new cookbook, a tie-in to her public television show, Daisy introduces us to the mouthwatering meals of her Latin ancestry-and not just to the pork, beans, rice, and burritos many people associate with Latino culture. Here are Stuffed Yucca Fritters, Peruvian Minestrone, and Braised Chicken with Figs, to name just a few. By combining the delicious flavor of Latino cultures with ingredients available in any kitchen, Daisy shows us how to -daisy-fy+ regular meals and turn them into something extraordinary.Divided into twelve chapters such as Turnovers and Tamales, Appetizers and Little Bites, Soups and One-Bowl Meals, and Chicken, Duck, and Turkey, and filled with more than 200 recipes and color photographs throughout, this is a cookbook that will introduce a new culinary star.Special features in the book include: l-Daisy+s Top Ten: palate-rocking staple dishes and condiments that will expand your repertoire.l-Daisy+s Corner: a series of essays about the intersection of food, family, and culture. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Shame on Amazon.com
Nothing against Daisy Martinez personally.I ordered this through an affiliate for a anniversary gift for my wife (who is Puerto Rican).We saw one of Daisy's shows on TV and my wife was very interested.The order was put through and processed, so I figure great, our anniversary is next week, so I'll have it here in time.Today I get an email from Amazon stating the order was cancelled with no reason why. Very disappointed.Not very good customer service. Now I'll have to go find this locally if possible.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book But it Gets Old
Good recipes and well written book.Lost points for the lack of pictures and because it uses the same basic ingredients for just about all the recipes.It gets old.But there were enough worthwhile recipes in the book to justify the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars!!!!!
Daisy has made me a rock star in my kitchen! She has elevated my food to amazing heights. I come from a family of accomplished latin home cooks and they have all given Daisy's recipes their stamp of approval, which is not easy. Way to go Daisy! I'm looking forward to your next book!

1-0 out of 5 stars Daisy Disappoints
Apparently there must not be much to Latin American Cuisine in terms of exotic and maninstream foods.This book was a big disappointment.Most of the recipes were of other ethnic cuisines given a "Daisy" flair.After watching her TV series several times I was intrigued.I was looking to do some serious ethnic cooking especially exoctic Latin American, Cuban, Caribbean, and Puerto Rican fare. I wanted a book that contained many recipes with Mangos, Papayas, Jicima, Plantains, Bananas, Star Anise, various roots and tubers, with different spins on meats, poultry, and seafood. When the book arrived I was disappointed to find that it was filled with classic French, European, and American fare.For example I wasn't looking for recipes like Roasted Chicken with Garlic Rub, Shellfish Saute with Parsley Garlic Sauce, Beefsteak with Onions, Grandma's Pork Chops, Creole Style Potatoes, Fried Okra, Stuffed Artichokes, Chicken with Potatoes and Wine, Fresh Cod with Clam Broth, Mexican Flan, etc. All of these recipes were found in the book and nothing very different from the same recipes that may be found in any other cookbook on Southern, Cajun and Creole, or American fare. In fairness to Daisy, the book did have a few truly Latin American recipes like Sofrito, Achiote Oil, Yucca Fritters, and a good recipe for Cuban Sandwiches.Unfortunately the only thing about this cookbook that will 'rock your world" is the outrageous asking price.Try and find a used copy if you really must have this cookbook. Sorry Daisy.

5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, a real Latin food cookbook................!!!!!
I have always loved all aspects of latin food, but never knew how to authentically prepare my favorite dishes or which ingredients to buy or keep on hand. The recipes I did come across were watered down, flavorless versions of the classics, created by non-latinos. Then, several years ago, I saw Daisy's show on PBS ("Daisy Cooks!"). At the time, there were no cooking shows featuring Latino chefs and their food. I was so impressed with her show, that I bought her cookbook. What a revelation! Daisy's recipes are absolutely divine! They're easy to follow, hassle-free and the outcome is amazing! The very first recipes I made form this book were Tostones, Chiccarones (with garlic dipping sauce) and Arroz con Pollo. I followed the recipes to the tee. Couldn't believe that I made food that delicious! Tasted like a little old Puerto Rican grandmother came to my house and cooked. Needless to say, I have been using Daisy's cookbook exclusively for all my latin food cooking. I'd be lost without it. ... Read more

11. Gipsy Guitar w/2 CD (Flamenco Guitar) (Schott)
by Gerhard Graf-Martinez
Paperback: 92 Pages (2003-08-25)
list price: US$32.95 -- used & new: US$19.95
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Asin: 3795755093
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Gipsy Guitar - Rumba-styles of the Flamenco guitar.

After the great success of his two-volume Flamenco Guitar Method Gerhard Graf-Martinez has devoted the present volume, at the request of many of his readers, specially to the Hispano-American aspect of the Flamenco, the Rumba flamenca.

It is precisely these forms of the Flamenco that are regarded by many people as the epitome of the Flamenco and with which groups such as the Gipsy Kings take the international charts by storm.

In "Gipsy Guitar" the author guides each interested guitar player safely to the world of the Rumba flamenca, imparting all solo and accompanying techniques by means of printed music, tablature and two excellent CD recordings. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Shows techniques well, but the tunes and CDs are dull.
I can see how if you just picked up a nylon-string guitar
and wanted to learn to play like the Gipsy Kings you
might want this course.If you really don't play guitar
well the tunes and exercises may be useful to you,
but if you are at all proficient at traditional Flamenco
you may find the tunes here pretty uninspired.

The author does however pay a lot of attention to showing
the various hand movements to getting the correct sound for
rhythm playing in this style.These days things like this
are perhaps easier learned through video, but I got this
book several years ago when internet video was still quite

From reviews I've read ofGraf-Martinez's courses on
traditional Flamenco I think he is a very good teacher but
this course here is targeted at people who haven't played
the guitar for very much time.SO, if you're a beginner
at guitar and want to learn to play rhumba flamenca tunes,
it's a good introduction, but if you're intermediate or
experienced with real Flamenco you may find it, well, boring.

5-0 out of 5 stars A solid grounding in the rumba flamenca

The popularity that's been attained by the rumba flamenca, even among people who know nothing of Flamenco and care less, is nothing short of phenomenal (indeed, to judge by the live music presented around San José's up-scale restaurant area, Santana Row, some people make a living playing nothing else). Perhaps this should not be so surprising: the rumba is far more easily intelligible than the deeper forms of Flamenco, it's fast, and it's exciting. To be able to play a rumba well, then, will get you invited to far more parties than the ability to play a seguiriya.

Gipsy Guitar is an addendum to the author's two-volume Flamenco Guitar Method, and is devoted entirely to further material on the rumba flamenca. It consists of a book, two CDs, and a CD-ROM.


The CDs are bound with the book, in paper sleeves; and the CD-ROM comes in a separate DVD case. The book is not spiral-bound, but is relatively slim and opens flat fairly easily. The printing and photographs are both very clear. The book (with its two CDs) and the CD-ROM are apparently separate products. The CD-ROM has the same content as the book.


The text of the book is in German and (good) English throughout. After the standard Preface and About the Author, we have a section on terminology, with the parts of the guitar and the fingers of the hands clearly labelled (in this case, in Spanish as well). This is followed by a brief history of the rumba.

The musical material, which (quite reasonably) assumes absorption of the material in the previous volumes, or at least of flamenco guitar technique generally, consists of five different rumbas, each of which is written out in its entirety in staff notation and cifra. Second guitar parts are also given, sometimes as chord symbols (and associated fretboard diagrams) with rhythms, and sometimes written out like the first guitar part. Each piece is prefaced by a detailed explanation, with photographs, of the techniques it introduces. The fingering is thorough.


The first CD consists of the five rumbas played at normal speed, and the second of exactly the same thing, but more slowly. Each rumba is presented with all instruments, then without the rhythm guitar, then without the solo guitar, making fifteen tracks in all. The two last-named versions have clear rhythmic lead-ins enabling you to play along with no trouble. The total times for the two CDs are 58'04" and 73'51" respectively.

The pieces are idiomatic and quite attractive, and not technically demanding (although neither are they beginner's pieces -- but this is not a beginner's book). In fact, if you program the five full-instrumentation, full-speed versions, they make decent listening music. The playing is solid, rhythmic, and professional.


Unfortunately, the CD-ROM (dating from 2001) is Windows only, although (curiously) the author's website shows a Mac with OS X. A cursory inspection showed that there was no chance of running it on my Mac G4; of course, one of the new dual-boot Macs could be a different matter. The system requirements are:

* PC with Pentium 200 MHz (or compatible) with 8-speed CD-ROM drive.
* At least 32 MB RAM (NT/2000 at least 64 MB RAM).
* Graphics card with 16-bit (HighColor) color depth.
* Sound card.
* Windows 98/ME or Windows NT/2000.

The advertising for this CD-ROM says 'Stand-alone application -- no installation, no configuration.'

I played it on an HP machine running Windows 2000 Professional (US version 5, Service Pack 3). The first thing it did was offer (in German) to install a German version of QuickTime 4 (since I didn't have QuickTime installed at all). Out of curiosity, I let it do so, and the installation proceeded without incident (but see Website, below).

The CD-ROM then presented a menu that (after giving the choice of German or English) allows the selection of any one of the five pieces, which then plays along with the relevant sheet music, a moving cursor showing the notes currently being played. Cassette-player-like controls are shown, allowing you to do fast-rewinds and repeats. Videos of all techniques in normal and slow motion are also included, and there are various other goodies.


I availed myself of the author's invitation to visit his website. A trifle to my surprise, in view of the immaculate English and Spanish in his publications, I found it to be in German only. It was only by accident I found there was a separate English-language site.

The details of his various publications were nicely laid out, with links to vendors in different countries, but I found navigation a bit of a problem, requiring frequent use of the Back button. Also, the site does not distinguish clearly between links and other graphics. There is, however, an extremely good demo of the video from the CD-ROM, so you can see exactly what you're getting.

The website also details a work-around for a potential problem (which I didn't experience) wherein the sound-track is audible but the score is invisible. This is due to Flash being disabled by default; the Advanced tab on QuickTime Settings must be used to change this.


Gipsy Guitar is an extremely thorough job, confirming the impression made by the author's earlier opus. In fact, I find it hard to imagine a better one. I found the three (as I write) negative reviews on amazon.com totally incomprehensible. If you can master the material here, you should easily be able to go on to pieces such as "La Lola", (recorded on Paco Peña's second flamenco album, on CD as Philips 826 904-2), photocopied transcriptions of which have been floating about for years.

The only reservation I have is about the CD-ROM, which would be better as a DVD (as with the Method)*. Unless you're really, really stuck with the mechanics, though, I don't think the video's essential, although of course it would be nice to have.

The book/CD combo can be recommended, then, even to Mac users; and the CD-ROM also (at least for now) to those on the Dark Side.

*Update 2009: A version with a DVD instead of a CD-ROM is now apparently available.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not that helpful for instruction
I"m a beginning player.I would recommend getting to at least an intermediate and then coming back to this. Not recommended unless you have a good base.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dry and somewhat disappointing!!
Maybe I was expecting something unique. I thought this book was expensive and uninspired. It has a brief history of Flamenco for which is always helpful but, the examples are repetitive and not very "hip" melodically and there's not much variety. I would recommend Juan Martin's Solo Flamenco book volume 1.There are a wealth of ideas and some history behind some of the Soleas, Alegrias, Rumbas, Sevillanas etc. It also includes CD/DVD package for $20 here on Amazon, The Juan Martin is challenging, but if you want to learn this style it's going to be. You may want to skip this method

3-0 out of 5 stars What a deception!
So many of this title sold so far, but still not one review!!! Have you an idea why!!? This product is a real deception: just because the cds which are supposed to be playing the role of the teacher with such books, are bin bound.

What I mean is that the pair of cds are of no help to understand the techniques taught in the book, as the passages are played by a band with different instruments and with added electrical effects.Cd2 has the same content as cd1 but in slower version.The book is a good one though, but with such a style as the Gypsy Flamenco or Flamenco itself, you need to lean on a serious guide, which the cds do not provide.

I had placed a lot of expectations in that book&cds when ordering it, but.., what a deception! ... Read more

12. Is William Martinez Not Our Brother?: Twenty Years of the Prison Creative Arts Project (The New Public Scholarship)
by William Alexander
Paperback: 328 Pages (2010-09-02)
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A prison arts program attempts to reverse the trends of incarceration in America
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13. Introduccion al Nuevo Testamento AETH: Introduction to the New Testament Spanish
by Aquiles Ernesto Martinez
Paperback: 188 Pages (2006-06)
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Written in Spanish, this work highlights the importance of understanding the New Testament, broadly defining it in a simple, yet organized, concrete manner. Martinez investigates the contents, purpose and context of each book of the New Testament, explaining how they became part of the canon and exploring the realities of geography, history, politics, economics, culture, philosophy, and religion in biblical times. The book includes other helpful suggestions for examining the New Testament and is ideal for classroom or personal study. ... Read more

14. Heredities: Poems (Walt Whitman Award)
by J. Michael Martinez
Paperback: 78 Pages (2010-05)
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Asin: 0807136433
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In his award-winning first book, J. Michael Martinez reenvisions Latino poetics and its current conceptions of cultural identity. In Heredities, he opens a historically ravaged continental body through a metaphysical dissection into Being and silence. The hand manipulates a surgical etymology through the spine: the longitude where "history gathers in the name we never are." The poems seek to speak beyond codified aesthetics and dictated identity politics in order to recognize a territory of "irreducible otherness" where the self's sinew may be "reeved through revelation" and where, finally, one finds "obscurity bonded to light." This stunning collection heralds the arrival of an important new voice in American poetry.  ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Conversations about Identity
J. Michael Martinez was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado, and while he is not an immigrant any more than the rest of us are immigrants because our families came to this melting pot from all the countries of the world, Martinez concentrates his liquid silver poetry on exploring his Hispanic heritage in such a way that the immediacy of his home in the USA seems just won, giving focus to the myriad aspects of retaining cultural identity in a new lodging place better than most poets writing today.

Contained in the pages of this very beautifully produced volume of his poetry are three sections: 'Heredities I Etymology, Heredities II Corporeity, and Heredities III Archetype.To appreciate these three divisions of poems, each containing extended thought processes that reflect his concern with memory and myth, magic and reality, and the sustainability of it all, the entire sets must be read in context.Each set of thoughts is apparently simple expressions of conversations, but upon reading and re-reading these poems the depth of perception and understanding of blood line inheritance becomes more fascinating and difficult.But as an example, here is an excerpt:

The Lady of Guadalupe's Dream and Jade Ruin

And she said: Does darkness list our erasures and become beautiful?

And she said: Those I love, I translate into adventand wild foxgrape, the blind staggers of water.

And then she said: The dead will return, narrow gates unlatched.

To which she replied: His body is air written between my hands.

Which is when she carved an arrow upon linden, leaf & chaff.

Which is when the butterflies hatched from her footprint.

Which was how she cut her fingers with seaweed and bitter jewel.

Which was when our martyr became the hour of unsung seeds.

Reading J. Michael Martinez is much like taking a journey into history, discovering the meanings of symbols and words that suddenly appear to us as understandable.There is such beauty in his phrasing and his word cropping and his expressionistic impressions that he surely will become an important poet of our time.Significantly he closes his book with this short work:

You said, The infinite is the origin you foster.
I said, History gathers in the name we never are.

Welcome to a new poet of significance!Grady Harp, July 10 ... Read more

15. Calculating Drug Dosages: An Interactive Approach to Learning Nursing Math (Workbook with CD-ROM)
by Sandra Luiz Martinez De Castillo, Maryanne Werner McCullough
Paperback: 117 Pages (2002-03-08)
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Asin: 0803605781
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Boxed CD-ROM with workbook covers all major calculation methods. Twelve modules, including a basic math review, are included in the 128-page workbook when the user cannot get in to a computer. System requirements: Windows 9x/ME/NT/200/XP, 32MB RAM, and 6MB free space. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good buy!
This product is a comprehensive review for drug calculations and dosages organized in modules in a cd.It shows alternative methods used in drug calculations including the ratio analysis, formula method, and dimensional analysis.It also demonstrates the flow rate formula and calculations and infusion time.It also explains the equipments used.It has practice tests online for each module and it also comes with a workbook.Great purchase!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!

The book is in excellent condition and the CD is included. I am very satisfied with this seller's service

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product for those struggling in Math...
Provides detailed explanation on basic calculations.Very helpful to those struggling to understand basic Math. The delivery was fast too.Great service!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
I didn't find this useful.I'm good at math, however, and I think this book was a little overboard for my needs.It has many many sample questions, which is the best thing.It's very comprehensive with more types of calculations than I needed for Pharmacology in nursing school.If you're anxious about doing the math, this may be helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Calculting Drug Dosages
I bought this book for my fiance, she is going to nursing school and she appears to be using it quite frequently. I think this is a very informative book. ... Read more

16. Climbing Back
by Dionisio D. Martinez
Paperback: 120 Pages (2001-12)
list price: US$12.00 -- used & new: US$2.95
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"Heartbreaking, overstuffed, seeping with history, lonelier than imaginable and truly in-the-face of American culture, Climbing Back's debris-field of prose poems tries with all its heart to outrun cultural paradigms and ends up refining our spiritual ignorance till it's our most gorgeous attribute."--from Jorie Graham's citation for the National Poetry Series. ... Read more

17. 2 Years to a Million in Real Estate
by Matthew Martinez
Paperback: 256 Pages (2006-05-12)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$10.97
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Asin: 0071471871
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Quit your day job!

Make a million in real estate!

It's easier than you think!

A few years ago, Matthew Martinez was a lot like you - he worked hard to make as big a salary as he could. But it wasn't enough. He worked by the clock, and yearned to be his own boss. With a small amount of savings, he acquired his first rental property. Two years later, he was making more from his rentals than he was working 9 to 5, so he quit his day job to oversee his real estate investments. Today, he enjoys a multi-million-dollar collection of income-producing properties--and he's ready to share his money-making strategies so you can begin your own journey to career and financial independence.

Two Years to a Million in Real Estateshows you everything you need to know, including how to

  • Invest small amounts early-on while working a full-time job
  • Avoid real estate “bubble” risks
  • Get others to pay your mortgage for you
  • Pick a hot property (and spot others that will become hot)
  • Simplify the ins-and-outs of financing
  • Negotiate like a pro
  • Screen for reliable tenants
  • Understand how local tenant laws work
  • Hire good people to manage your properties
  • Know when to sell
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Customer Reviews (95)

1-0 out of 5 stars Outdated
This book is terribly outdated and short on details. I would not recommend it and there are much better real estate investment books out there. I do recommend the series by robert Kiyosaki. I've actually used his techniques and they work.

5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful book
i found this book to be very informative.....while reading i was taking notes, using yellow stickies and highlighters in 3 colors to make sure i could find certain passages in the future. i found the info on leverage,financing and acquiring deals and dealing with tenants and contractors most interesting. i'll be going thru this book again and again. it left me feeling much more confident in looking for my first deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real info and not a motivational seminar ploy
What immediately sucked me into this book was the personal story of how Matt Martinez became a real estate investor.He had concern for his job security, and his drive to liberate himself from his job made him obsessed about finding the right properties. Unlike any other real estate investment book, Matt's story is personal, real, and achievable for people who have the discipline to achieve their own financial independence - sooner rather than later. Other books tend to say "I borrowed $5000 from a friend and now look at me, I'm rich!" Martinez is different. His first property required a lot of research and he financed it with an equity loan from his own house. He then leveraged the equity in his other properties over 2 years to build enough passive income to quit his job. Then when the headaches of managing the properties became too great, he sold them and acquired a larger apartment building and hired a property management firm to take care of it for him. His strategy changed from triplexes and four-unit buildings to multi-unit, multi-story apartment buildings all over the nation.

There is good technical info in here as well about methods to keep units rented, how improvements can attract higher rents, finding a property with a good cap rate, and so on. Cap rate was a term I had heard but didn't fully understand until I read it in this book (also described very completely in "What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cashflow... by Frank Gallinelli).

I am greatly looking forward to his next book on investing in the new economy. This one was written prior to 2008. Before, it might have been easy to secure a home equity line of credit (HELOC), and then draw upon it to produce a down payment for an investment property. With just the right property even the payments on the principle + HELOC could be covered and there may still be enough for positive cash flow. How is it possible to obtain this financing today with banks now gunshy about the housing market? Martinez will evidently address this in his next book, which should be coming out shortly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great info and an easy read!
This book was great!It has a lot of usual information about getting started in real estate and was very easy to read and understand.Most people assume that you have to have money to make money in real estate but Matt gives a lot of useful tips on starting with little money (as he did himself).

3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read for the Beginner
This is a good book to get an overview of a successful real estate investor.Book is not for the experienced investor, unless they have been unsuccesful w/ their current practices.
As a newbie, go ahead and read, but don't look for the keys to being really successful, look to this book for the basics. ... Read more

18. MexTex: Traditional Tex-Mex Taste
by Matt Martinez
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2006-07-01)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$16.27
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Asin: 1931721696
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since 1952, Matt's El Rancho has provided the Austin area with authentic Mexican food in a great family atmosphere. The recipes from the restaurant and those included in this cookbook have been handed down from generation to generation through Matt's family, who settled in this region long before any Anglo settlers moved in.

Matt is the first chef to reintroduce unique "prairie/range" style cooking since cowboys used a similar technique. His focus is on indigenous, high flavor, low fat foods with Mexican Texan roots. Matt has personally developed hundreds of recipes, spice combinations and operating procedures that ensure a unique, enjoyable experience time after time.

Using traditional methods and native ingredients, Matt Martinez, Jr. brings authentic Tex-Mex taste to your home kitchen. Some of the recipes included are Bob Armstrong Dip, Chiles Relleños, Casa Martinez Guacamole, Chili de Joya "Home Style" Hot Sauce, Avocado Soup, Carne Asada, and Shrimp Martinez. Is your mouth watering yet? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Mexican Cookbook Ever
This book has it all.Great sauce recipes, helpful hints and more.Can't go wrong with this cookbook!

5-0 out of 5 stars Austin Tex-Mex
Yum, yum, yum!If you like authentic Tex-Mex food, this is the cookbook for you.Easy recipes and delicious food.Not for dieters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Matt Martinez: Traditional Tex-Mex
I now own all three of the Matt Martinez cookbooks and love them.The recipes are simple, fast, and so goood!There are no special ingredients, I can walk into my pantry and prepare almost all of his recipies.And my family love every one I have made.If you want to eat real tex-mex food, get this cookbook...

4-0 out of 5 stars Less History
It could have a lot less history. The recipes are great once you find them mixed in with the history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Cookbook
Cookbook is a great read as well as wonderful recipes!I love that he offers spice mixes and sauces to freeze for use in his recipes.I just bought this cookbook and the first recipe for rice is a winner in my house- it will definitely be a standby in my house for years to come. ... Read more

19. The 10 Essentials of Forex Trading: The Rules for Turning Trading Patterns Into Profit
by Jared Martinez
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2007-01-08)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$11.92
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Asin: 0071476881
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Trading the Forex Market can be exciting, adventurous, and financially rewarding. It can also be disastrous for those who are unprepared for its rhythms and movements.

Now, Jared F. Martinez, one of the foremost experts in currency trading, draws upon his vast knowledge and experience to deliver 10 key practices for trading in Forex. The 10 Essentials of Forex Trading shows you how to use charting methods to effectively relate market movements to trading patterns-and turn those patterns into profit.

No matter your level of trading experience, you can develop the skills you need to become a consistently successful foreign currency trader-from using the right trading tools and balancing equity management to trading in buy and sell zones and identifying trends and trendlines. You'll discover what drives the Forex market and how to navigate the three stages of Forex trading: acquiring new trading rules, controlling disciplined thought, and implementing disciplined action.

Martinez also prepares you to:

  • Understand the financial game of support and resistance between Bulls & Bears
  • Use Japanese Candlesticks to discern the sign language of the market
  • Create an entry strategy and a consistent exit strategy
  • Use Fibonacci as part of your trading approach
  • Forecast sideways movement in the market-and trade it

Martinez shows you how to put it all together to execute a successful trade by finding convergence and analyzing the market on multiple timeframes. You'll also learn how to gain control over your emotions-a vital part of trading on Forex-and eliminate bad habits that can prevent you from becoming a confident, competent, and profitable trader.

To trade the Forex market, you must come to the trading table prepared. The 10 Essentials of Forex Trading arms you with the tools to develop a solid personal trading constitution and reap the financial outcome you desire.

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1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY!!!
All this book is, is a ripoff. It is a 300 pg ad for MTI software. Don't waste your money. There is nothing in this book worth your money. You can get the same info elsewhere. Beware of Forex snake oil salesman.

2-0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for... and sometimes you get even less than what you pay for
The title of this review is based on the fact that this book costs only $25. Now, if you hunt around enough through the forest of forex education that you can pay for you will know that $25 is practical nothing compared to what you might pay for other books and/or courses.

Speaking of courses... the author of this book sells a forex education course that carries a price tag of $8000 and while reading this book it very often struck me that this book was written as nothing more than an advertisement for his courses. Yes, this book is that vague... at best.

Take a moment and think about this... the subtitle to this book has the word "patterns" in it but yet if you look in the index at the back of the book you won't even find an entry for the word "patterns". What does that tell you?
Did I mention the word "vague"? At very best this book is vague and is a very general introduction to the box office where you buy your ticket to actually enter the forex trading arena.

Like I said, you get what you pay for and when you pay only $25 for this book that is about all the true value that you will get for your money, which pails in comparison to the vast amount of information that you can pay for and also find for free if you take the time to turn over every stone on the internet that concerns forex trading. You never know what you might find for free.

Allow me to add this. If you are coinsidering buying this book then I assume you are relatively new to forex. If this is the case, your first step should be to explore the psychological aspect of trading. Don't underestimate this suggestion. You will thank me for it. Look for a book called, "Trading in the Zone" by Mark Douglas or an extremely deep and eye opening course offered over the Internet called 80/20 The Trader's Mindset by Chris Matthews. This course is worth so much more than you will pay for it you will be truly amazed. The bonus materials alone are worth the price of the course.

As far as nuts and bolts trading education goes, look into two products by Dean Saunders named The 10 Minute Forex Wealth Builder, or The Forex Blade Strategies.

Lastly, do not start out trying to scalp on short time frames. Scalping is the worst place to start forex trading. Start learning and trading on 4 hour and daily charts first... it is much easier and much less stressful than scalpling off short time frame charts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Price
I saw this book at my local book store. I read it and liked it but it was to much. I went to Amazon and bought it cheaper. Only in America you can get such a great deal. Thanks Amazon

5-0 out of 5 stars Must reading for the financial savvy
To thrive and survive in this new economy we must move from being investors to becoming traders. FOREX Trading is one of the most dynamic and powerful forms of trading available.

Jared Martinez removes the mystique surrounding FOREX and technical analysis. This book is an easy read with powerful strategies. I am impressed that the great Stephen Covey endorses the book and the author.

The 10 Essentials of Forex Trading by Jared Martinez is a must read for anyone interested in the Foreign Currency market. Whether you are a brand new Forex trader or an experienced one, the strategies revealed in this book can give you an edge in your currency trading. Jared Martinez has educated 1000's of traders worldwide, and he is a true Forex mentor. If you are serious about becoming a successful Forex trader, I highly recommend that you start with this book.

There is a lot of selling in the book on Mr. Martinez school and products but that is good. This book is very informative and will get your interest, however as the 1 star reviewers indicate, the book does not tell you everything. The school and other educational products do.

2-0 out of 5 stars Another over-priced mediocre resource
Another one of those average trading books that includes little explanation about charting and trading and other generic knowledge.
And why the hell is this book so overpriced? ... Read more

20. An Agent Tells All
by Tony Martinez
Paperback: 216 Pages (2005-02-01)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$18.95
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Asin: 0976143305
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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'An Agent Tells All' is an uncensored look at the business of acting from the perspective of a working Hollywood agent.There is no other book on the market written by someone who is currently employed as an agent.

In a frank and humorous tone, Tony Martinez lays out a detailed business plan to help actors achieve their goals.Some of the topics covered include:

Tools of the Trade

The Right Way to Get an Agent

How a Meeting Can Go Horribly Wrong

The Secret to Being a Good Client

Do You Really Need A Manager?

The Truth About Pilot Season

It's time to stop listening to all the wrong people.'An Agent Tells All' is the one book you need to take charge of your acting career. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for actors early in their careers
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Valuable information for new actors along with tips on managing your career once you've found an agent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Serious Career Actors Valuable research material.
Serious Career Actors Valuable research material. My wife, Son and I really appreciate this book.Thank you for making this book available to purchase. My appreciation to the Agent / Author is an understatement.Thank you for being so honest speaking from the heart and cutting to the chase of the mysticism of a real agent.Time is money, Timing is also important and using your time resourcefully is too important in this career. Work smarter not harder in this career field is a theory that should be an awakening awareness. Remember time is our number one enemy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars From Your Industry Insider
As someone who writes professionally on getting in, moving up, and making it in entertainment and knows how little information has been available for those on the outside striving to break in, I was thrilled to find this book. It's chock full of insider wisdom for actors wanting to make a living at their craft. Definitely recommended reading for aspiring actors. Read more on this and other resources for students, recent grads, and newbies on [...].

5-0 out of 5 stars An Agent Tells All

This book shines a light on what every actor needs to know when it comes to getting and keeping an agent.Tony Martinez offers simple, to-the-point, no BS advice on how to get and keep an agent.I found the chapter on the interview particularly insightful.Tony empowers the actor and gives her a focus so the meeting isn't all about "Please sign me, please sign me", but about establishing a working relationship, which is, after all what this business is really about.

Dallas Travers, Author of The Tao of Show Business: How to Pursue Your Dream Without Losing Your Mind

This book is great! He gets straight to point. VERY DETAILED and specific. No BS or run arounds. You have a question, and he answers it. Add some humor in there and we are all set. Definitely a must read book. ... Read more

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