Does anyone think that the Nova GMAT Prep book is any good.
This might be surprising to some and controversial but this is my honest opinion. A lot of people bad mouth the NOVA book. Some bad mouth it because of the reputation of Steve Kolby, the author.
I happen to like it. Why? because it has some good strategies and explanations (I developed my logic presentation as an extension of some of Nova's stuff) that are not present in other books. (for example, the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning, etc.) and a very nice section on logic flaws. Plus, the book has a nice recap of all the stuff you need to know for the quant sections.
In addition, the questions are nicely segregated by type so drilling my students on a particular topic is easy.
The bad is endemic of all non ETS prep book in that some of the questions are simply bad. However, the organization of the book and practical strategies included outweigh the blemishes, IMHO.
If I were to pick only two books, I would choose the OAG and the NOVA book. Really.
Former Senior Instructor, Manhattan GMAT and VeritasPrep
Vice President, Midtown NYC Investment Bank, Structured Finance IT
MFE, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, Class of 2005
MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Class of 1993