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Small Favour: A Dresden Files novel (Dresden Files 10)
Small Favour: A Dresden Files novel (Dresden Files 10)
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprised at criticism, 19 May 2008
I'm surprised at the criticism from some quarters of loose ends not being tidied up. For me that's the real strength of the series, what gives it its foundation in reality. Life isn't a procession of neatly tied packages and if fiction is to believable it should be either.


The 30-Minute Cook
The 30-Minute Cook
by Nigel Slater
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Easy, 2 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The 30-Minute Cook (Paperback)
Unlike one of the previous reviewers I haven't found any recipe in this book that takes more than 30 minutes, and I wouldn't say I was an especially acomplished cook.

This is a great book for working people. Most of the stuff you'll have in your cupboard and all most of the recipes need are the addition of a handful of fresh ingredients. Nigel Slater has an easy no-nonsense style and, apart from a few typos, the recipes are all easier to follow and give better results than Nigella or Delia.


How to Read a Novel: A User's Guide
How to Read a Novel: A User's Guide
by John Sutherland
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange Obsessions, 10 Sept. 2007
On the face of it John Sutherland's guide to choosing a novel - rather than reading it, as the title suggests - is a light, semi-intellectual trawl through the world of books and booksellers.

Once you read a little deeper you come to understand it is about John Sutherland, his obsessions and his prejudices about readers. We learn that men read SF and crime while women read romances - try telling that to any of the crime reading women who make up the largest readership of the genre. We also learn that it's somehow morally better to read a bestseller before it becomes a bestseller, which seems a very strange opinion. But, it's Sutherland himself we learn most about. He has two main obsessions - Victorian novels and sex as expressed through rape. Almost all the examples feature one or the other. And while an obsession with the Victorians isn't anything to be ashamed of, the relish with which he introduces, chooses and discusses the scenes of rape are totally unpalatable to the general reader.


Season of the Witch
Season of the Witch
by Natasha Mostert
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do with a better editor, 14 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Season of the Witch (Hardcover)
This is a pretty good book, as this sort of stuff goes. It ticks all the trendy topic boxes (well things trendy 5 years ago) and bowls along at a reasonable pace. But, its big flaw is an American author who has no idea how to write dialogue from the point of view of an English man. As a result he, and many other characters, sound stilted, confused about class and region and so far less compelling. Shame really, with an English editor who was on the ball, this could have been a much better novel.
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The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four
by Ian Caldwell
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly Flawed, 2 Aug. 2004
This review is from: The Rule of Four (Hardcover)
From all the positive reviews, I was expecting something special. But it's really not all that good. Horribly paced - most of the book takes place over two days which seem to have more than the usual number of hours. Historically poor - anything you can check is likely to be wrong. Unsophisticated - the writing style is juvenile at best. And, worst of all, the University portrayed is, to English eyes, totally unbelievable.
Two stars for effort but thta's all I can give it.


Guided Meditation: Revitalize Mind, Body and Spirit (Brain Sync Series)
Guided Meditation: Revitalize Mind, Body and Spirit (Brain Sync Series)
by Kelly Howell
Edition: Audio Cassette

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I only wish there were a 'no stars' option, 14 Aug. 2002
This is quite possibly the most awful tape I have ever heard. Hysterical American voice, headache inducing backgroud noise and the most laughable 'commentary' ever. I have only managed to listen to this once all the way through - the rest of the time I was just laughing too much. This is a ghastly tape full of crackpot New Age ideas and absolutly no introduction to meditation for anyone who wants a simple, non-religious approach.


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