Nova seems worthless to me after reviewing the reading comp.
It is a lot of over kill. And a lot of it is understaing what the question is asking you to do. BUT U LEARN THAT with the LR bible second chapter.
The funny thing is NOVA was the first book i got. And i threw it away because i thought everything was fake in the book.
And then people online kept saying how good it is. Someone send me the reading comp part. And it is still worthless.
The only well to do well on reading comp is focus. And the 3 questions they always ask u.
This is an interesting post. As someone who has been on this board a while, I've seen NOVA go from being a strong recommendation in the 2004-2005 cycle, to rarely mentioned in the 2005-2006 cycle and now seems to be much talked about again in the 2006-2007 cycle.
In any case, I purchased most of the prep books (including Nova, Bibles, and even Kaplan stuff). I purchased the books mostly because I was curious and fortunately had some extra $$ (something that came back to hunt me re: financial aid). My take is that the Bibles are great. I also found the Kaplan 180 book to be an excellent resource for games but only to be used as a book of practice problems.
For RC, I felt the NOVA book was useful. However, I think what's most important is to be familiar with the question types as JoeGibbsRedskins suggests AND, if you are aiming for a high score, be familiar enough to anticipate questions while reading the passages. For me, the latter came with doing way too many RC sections.