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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Despicable, 30 July 2015
A sickening book. Chris Kyle doesn't bother to hide behind the usual justification that he was just doing his job. He clearly relishes the chance to kill people by the dozen, describing them as savages and dressing up his homicidal campaign as "payback", whatever that means. He executes the thick end of 200 people and then blubs like a child when just one of his buddies is killed. Pathetic.
It's actually quite readable but I can't bring myself to give it a second star for that - it would be like rating pornography more highly because the pictures are in focus.
Despicable. This book and its nasty message left a very unpleasant taste in my mouth: the message being that if your leader decides to invade a country halfway around the world, the citizens who live there are automatically degraded to the status of vermin that need to be destroyed without mercy.


Tis The Season
Tis The Season
Dvd
Price: £0.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading the Bosch books, 17 July 2015
I enjoyed reading the Bosch books, but they don't lend themselves to instant facsimile into film: the only strong character in the books is after all Bosch himself, and that just isn't enough to sustain a whole series of TV adaptation, let alone series 2 and more.
There's a lot that is good about this: the cinematography is outstanding - and even the titles deserve an award - but in the end, none of the other actors, strong as they were, got much of a look-in because the whole schtick is Bosch-Bosch-Bosch. We have dined off a diet of so much more sophisticated box-set TV in recent years that this is just grindingly one-dimensional.
I think that no matter how much money and good talent they pump into Bosch-the-movie, it is doomed by its lack of strong characters who can play against than the eponymous and obvious one. It just doesn't have legs.


A Good Man in Africa
A Good Man in Africa
Price: £6.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Savagely funny. This could be the product of an unholy ..., 10 July 2015
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Savagely funny. This could be the product of an unholy collaboration between Graham Greene and Tom Sharpe. Morgan Leafy, bumbling diplomat, leaves a trail of sexual and political chaos as he stumbles his way to an improbable status of Good Man in Africa. I hope the author finds it in himself to return to Leafy: he is one of the great comic characters of post-colonial British fiction.


Disclaimer
Disclaimer
Price: £6.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister, compelling and beautifully written, 23 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Disclaimer (Kindle Edition)
Disclaimer is a gripping and sinister study of our tendency to judge, and it sets a clever moral test for the reader. The central character Catherine's life unravels with appalling speed as events that she had thought were safely in her past suddenly overtake her, shattering her family and destroying her career. The invisible force behind her downfall is a complete stranger, driven by unbearable loss, who publishes a novel in which Catherine is the key player in a damning tale of lust and betrayal. The novel mockingly declares that any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental, but it inflicts irreversible damage on her, her family and her reputation.
What follows is unexpected and beautifully told. I can't remember when I enjoyed a book so much: it comfortably passed my test of a good book, which is that you think about it when you are away from it, and fret about returning to its pages.
A tremendous debut from a very talented writer.


Personal: (Jack Reacher 19)
Personal: (Jack Reacher 19)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A mess of poor logic and lazy nonsense, 25 May 2015
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A mess of poor logic and lazy nonsense. Sloppy work by a successful author who just can't be bothered to try any more. Save your money for something better.


Ring Powerpack RPP148 Compact Jump Starter 12 V 9 Ah with LED Lights and USB Sockets
Ring Powerpack RPP148 Compact Jump Starter 12 V 9 Ah with LED Lights and USB Sockets
Price: £53.55

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure if any of the other reviewers have ..., 17 Jan. 2015
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I'm not sure if any of the other reviewers have actually tested this product, but it doesn't work. I tried it on a Peugeot 307 and it did not deliver enough power to turn over the engine. So it returned it as faulty. I have just received the replacement, which I tested on a small two-door Peugeot 206. Same result. If yours is still within the return warranty limit I would urge you to test it by disconnecting your +ve battery terminal and trying to start the car off the device. It clearly says in the instructions that this is a booster intended to be capable of starting a car with a dead battery - i.e. not just a portable recharger.


Grunwerg Stainless Steel Potato Vegetable Spiral Slicer - VS-1201
Grunwerg Stainless Steel Potato Vegetable Spiral Slicer - VS-1201
Offered by One Click Wonder
Price: £17.41

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, easy to use - and it works, 23 Sept. 2014
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I really don't understand some of the other reviews, and wonder if they are for a different version of the product. Ours is fine:
- it works well
- it is simple to understand and use
- it includes instructions with clear pictures
- it is sturdily built
- the blade is easy to unclip and reclip
- the suction foot works fine
I can't find anything wrong with it at all. In fact it's rather good.


Andoer Professional Kitchen Knife Sharpener System Fix-angle 4 Stones
Andoer Professional Kitchen Knife Sharpener System Fix-angle 4 Stones
Offered by TOMTOP-UK
Price: £25.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great product, especially considering that it costs less than ..., 10 July 2014
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This is a great product, especially considering that it costs less than a decent new knife. It took me about six attempts to work out how to use it, but now I am away: knives that had been consigned to the back of a drawer are now razor sharp and back in action. I am a semi-pro chef, and yesterday I managed to cut myself for the first time in 20 years - be careful.
Don't give up if your first efforts are as poor as mine. If you keep reading the instructions the penny will drop. The only thing missing is a YouTube instruction video, which I would be happy to record if anyone needs it;
Highly recommended.


Harcostar Fast Flow Tap
Harcostar Fast Flow Tap
Offered by tools247
Price: £9.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this product, 25 May 2014
The product is expensive and poor. The rubber washers are too thin to seal into a typical water butt's curved surface. Worst, the spigot rotates with the tap handle, so you can't attach a hosepipe to it - you need to create a rotating joint to make it usable. There are much cheaper products that are much more usable than this.


A Greedy Man in a Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong
A Greedy Man in a Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong
Price: £5.49

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm...., 27 Mar. 2014
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I bought this book on the strength of a Guardian extract that was stacked with sharp journalism and hard statistics. The book itself is nothing like that: it's a chatty meander. It makes some good points, but Jay Rayner's personality - and it's a very nice personality - keeps getting in the way. He can't stop talking about himself. Every time that he achieves focus, he immediately blurs the picture with an indulgent anecdote about him or his mum or his dad or his hamster.
As a polemic, this book is entertaining, and it succeeds. But as a serious contribution to an important debate, it fails. Which is a real shame, because Rayner grasps his subject deeply and has done the hard yards, travelling the world, conducting pre-dawn interviews at food markets and confronting powerful interest groups in live debates.
This is an author with much to say, but this book is pitched at someone who has attention problems and needs to be jerked into awareness about the importance of the issue. (Not the sort of person who will buy the book to start with.)
Rayner needs to start over and write a serious book about the future of food in collaboration with someone who can help him to treat his readers as grown-ups.
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