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Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England
Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England
by Thomas Penn
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The son more interesting than the father?, 13 Mar. 2012
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Henry VII is the forgotten Tudor. Not the much married one, or the mad religious one or the virgin Queen, he is remembered now as a bit of a skinflint and a parsimonious housekeeper.
Thomas Penn's book does little to dispel that view of him. The book gets life and grows more interesting only when Henry VIII comes into view. The book is dry and fairly scholarly. It seems almost as if the author has set off to write a biography of the forgotten King and found out that the reason he is often overlooked is that he lives in memory now under the shadow of his more vibrant and memorable descendants. If more volumes follow they must be more interesting than this, if only because they will be about much more vibrant personalities.


The Gods of Gotham (Gods of Gotham 1)
The Gods of Gotham (Gods of Gotham 1)
by Lyndsay Faye
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars New York's Finest in their first few years., 13 Mar. 2012
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The Gods of Gotham is an interesting recreation of 1850 New York and the formation of a police force to patrol the means streets.
Set amongst and focusing on the problems of the Irish flooding over to escape from the potato famine, it tells of a time when a serial killer stalks the streets murdering children.
This is not what it seems....
The story is told through the eyes of Timothy Wilde and his relationship with his older and better connected brother.
The plot twists and turns, and keeps the pages turning. It has shortcomings but really it's the recreation of the mid century streets of NY that is the most fascinating aspect.


The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage
The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage
by Jodi Kantor
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More about her than him......., 13 Mar. 2012
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The Obamas promises to tell the inside story of the Obama marriage as seen from within the White House. It has a largely chronological structure, concentrating on the presidential term and the impact His position has had on their marriage.
The book is full of interesting details that help to show the effect of such a powerful role on what was an ordinary marriage. For example, the President has household staff who care exclusively for him and his needs, who never touch anything that bears on family matters.
It is readable, and shows how she seriously considered living in Chicago and commuting to Washington until the Secret Service vetoed any such suggestion.

Does it give any deep insights into the presidency? No, it is more concerned with Michelle than Barak. It is not a heavy political tome but more suited to those interested in the practical domestic details of a family in the White House rather than in President Obama the politician. carefully researched, the book will be of interest to anyone fascinated by the young family thrust into such a public lifestyle.


The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset
The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset
by Nick Powdthavee
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy? I'm not sure., 13 Mar. 2012
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I like self help books. I'm not sure this was the one for me.
Happiness is a big issue in the world at the moment. As we work our way around to see if money really can buy us everything we want (short answer; no) and whether happiness is all we need (no, again) then books about that elusive feeling are big sellers. Even Mr Cameron is thinking that happiness should be an indicator of a country's success rather than just economic worth.
Mr Powdthayee is a scientist and the book is written from his point of view, that happiness should be measurable, quantifiable and achievable. If I were a social scientist I would have enjoyed the book more, but as a plain Joe who really wanted to know how to be happy, then I think I aimed too high. I will re-read Gretchen Rubin instead.


The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies)
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies)
by Pittacus Lore
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking sequel that will please fans of I am Four, 13 Mar. 2012
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The Lorien legacies are a series of sci fi books that are written for young adults. the basic premise is that a race of aliens are hiding on earth and protecting a secret that their enemies want to get.
I passed this book on to my 14 year old son. He really enjoyed it, having read I am Four. His advice was that it was really well written, that the plot carries you along and that the characters are developed from the first book. Certainly he hopes that this, too, will be made into a film and that the next book will be out soon.
basically, if you enjoyed I am Four then this is the sequel and worth reading.


Comfort & Spice (New Voices in Food)
Comfort & Spice (New Voices in Food)
by Niamh Shields
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good food from a thrifty cook, 13 Mar. 2012
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Niamh Shields is a blogger turned cook book author. Her book is full of budget friendly and hearty fare that is not fussy or complicated but genuinely homemade food. She collects together recipes from her native Ireland (the wonderful spiced beef is here) and around the globe. The dishes are not boring; but well spiced and succulent. Niamh extols the virtues of buying the cheaper cuts of meat and using long slow cooking to produce tasty meals.
The book is organised in sections; brunch, speedy suppers, long weekend and sugar and spice. It includes ideas for leftovers and highlights passions such as homemade mayonnaise. The pages are beautifully presented and pictures simply illustrate the food without too much 'Ta-dah'
It has sat by my bed and been a read for fun. I'm working my way through trying out the recipes that appeal most but I am happy to keep this in my collection. There are enough thoroughly useable recipes to justify its place.


Mortal Chaos
Mortal Chaos
by Matt Dickinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Snappy thriller for short attention spans..., 13 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Mortal Chaos (Paperback)
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Matt Dickinson is a man of action and his author biography shows this in mountaineering, travelling and hobbies that are active rather than passive and cerebral.
But he manages in this book to get a story that links, '24'-like between Africa, America and various other places over the world. There are about 6 subplots going on here, all interlinked and joined in various ways. The husband of one has a brother in another, the caretaker has a sister in Africa, there are links and relationships everywhere you look. And as in the butterfly theory small decisions made at various points in the book affect the bigger picture. Some will die....
The book has over 100 chapters, all only a page or two long. That makes for a quick but disjointed read. No sooner have you settled in Dartmoor than it's off to Everest. That could have been a problem but I feel isn't for the Tweet and Facebook generation to whom 140 characters is a long message. Certainly as the climax builds the quick changes generate tension and make one read on. At a certain point in the book you have to know....
I would recommend this book to young teenage boys, although thriller loving girls will enjoy it too. My 14 year old raced through it and enjoyed the plot twists that, although stretching credibility, help create the interlinking drama.


Philips PowerTouch PT730 DualPrecision Rechargeable Electric Shaver
Philips PowerTouch PT730 DualPrecision Rechargeable Electric Shaver
Price: £56.30

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Efficient and comfortable shave, 14 Dec. 2011
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I passed this on to my husband to review. He found it a comfortable shape to hold and giving a shave comparable to the other electric shavers he has used. He found cleaning it easy and the charger gives a good few days worth of power. However, he likes the flat electric shavers with a foil head so he didn't want to keep this permanently.
Enter the son (13) but nearly 6 foot. He had begun to wear as fine a set of sideburns as a Dickens character so it was time to introduce him to the joys of shaving daily and this shaver proved perfect for that. It cuts close enough that a daily shave isn't necessary, it hasn't irritated his skin because it doesn't pull or scrape his skin and he finds the size and shape comfortable and controllable. Now if only I can get him to use after shave, my house will smell better and be less hairy.
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Eagle: Book One of the Saladin Trilogy
Eagle: Book One of the Saladin Trilogy
by Jack Hight
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A romping crusader story, 14 Dec. 2011
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I put this in a pile of books and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago when my son ran to me waving it and saying, "This is brilliant, Mum. Do you know who it is about?"
Saladin and the crusades were an unknown book to him, not an area he had ever met or explored but he loved this book and, like good historical fiction, it started him off researching and reading as much about the crusades as he can.
It is a romping historical saga, I suppose it bears comparison to Bernard Cornwell or Conn Iggulden in style, and it is very readable. There's a degree of blood thirstiness and adult content that means I probably should have put it on a higher shelf that my 13 year old could reach, but he enjoyed it so much I think we are both looking forward to the next chapter.
And for those who want to read more about the crusades, try The Crusades for a very reasonable and entertaining read.


Journey into Space: Operation Luna
Journey into Space: Operation Luna
by Charles Chilton
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Showing its age, but still enjoyable, 14 Dec. 2011
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Journey into Space is a very old series, one of the first and greatest influences on modern sci fi. I had never heard it until I got this cd set.
It does show its age; in the subject, the way the cast talks, the sound effects and a myriad of other tiny ways you know you are listening to something that isn't 'modern' but it has a retro space charm that makes it enjoyable. If you want state of the art modern sci fi, look elsewhere. I lent this to my Mum (of the original listeners age) and she loved it. For her, it was pure nostalgia. Since my boys had listened to it and giggled in places at the aged quality,I'm guessing this is better for the proper officionado rather than a casual modern sci fi listener.


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