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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
by Elizabeth Knowles
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, 7 Feb 2009
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Resistance is futile. Or is it? Because that quote is not in this dictionary of quotes. In fact, there's a distinct lacking in modern quotations. There are alot of quotes in this book, don't get me wrong, and I understand that one day I might want to know Robert South who died in 1716 said "An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise" but I'm wondering why the 20th and 21st centuries are so ignored.

Perhaps ignored is too strong a word. Perhaps the people that put together this book just don't think much of these people, the people that we, in real life, actually hear and actually quote. There are quotes from a thousand old poems, but few quotes from our soulful songwriters.

I've been left wanting. But, the good bits of this book is that the odd quote you vaguely know might just be in here, and the reference by keyword at the back is thoughtfully done. It has Shakespeare, Dr King, Dickens, Swift and alot of proverbs. I never knew that "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" was a mid 17th century quote, just thought it was Stephen King (who only has one quote in here).

It's nice to flick through, but it'll never beat a search engine on the internet if your looking for specifics. If you're looking for inspiration, then you'll probably be just fine with this.
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The Chambers Dictionary
The Chambers Dictionary
by Chambers
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much more I can say except...., 7 Feb 2009
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.... that I'm really pleased with this dictionary too, and I bought the The Chambers Thesaurus as well, and they're very attractive (and matching) on my shelf!


The Chambers Thesaurus
The Chambers Thesaurus
by Martin H. Manser
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thesaurus (n) dictionary, lexicon, wordbook, wordfinder, vocabulary, synonym, encyclopedia, storehouse, repository, treasury, 7 Feb 2009
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This review is from: The Chambers Thesaurus (Hardcover)
It's actually quite interesting. You know the way you look up a word in a dictionary, then you see something else and you end up sat there for 20 minutes just reading stuff you didn't know before? This thesaurus is a bit like that. For example, I just looked up "Thesaurus" to put a title to this review, and I've just sat here and read a list of therapies on the same page (acupressure, acupuncture, Alexander technique...). There are these boxes of information all around the thesaurus giving supporting information in tables and sentences.

It's alot more in depth than the pocket thesaurus i've had for years, with plenty of related words on its 1127 pages. The explanation of the 'Features' and 'Structure' of the Thesaurus at the front is short and snappy and easy to refer to. There's no huge foreward, just the facts. The typeface isn't as small as the same edition dictionary, so it's easier to read than a dictionary.

The edition I bought, the one on this page published in 2004 is a match to the The Chambers Dictionary 10th Edition, both the same size/shape with matching covers and I'm very pleased to own them both, a perfect pair on my shelf.

I recommend this thesaurus wholeheartedly, completely, enthusiastically, emphatically, warmly, heartily, passionately, sincerely, genuinely, unreservedly.
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Twilight: Twilight, Book 1 (Twilight Saga)
Twilight: Twilight, Book 1 (Twilight Saga)
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.47

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 2 Feb 2009
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Utterly captivating. Very well written (i usually read modern classics). Couldn't put it down until i finished it, within 24 hours. Brilliant.

If you like this, I'd recommend Bitten by Kelley Armstrong


Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings
Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings
by Linda Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.19

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing, Creative, 14 Jan 2009
I'm also studying with the OU and am using this as a set book. It's on the level 2 (mid level) A215 course.

The first section of the book is devoted to prose writing and develops characters and scenery, tense and narrative, and other technical aspects of writing short stories.

The second section is about writing poetry- about alliteration, where to break up lines, how to approach writing series and themed poems.

The third section gives a sensitive approach to 'life writing' or biographies and true stories.

There's also a section on how to get published, things like market, presentation and pitfalls.

Lots of readings and practcal exercises to work through, ways to encourage the muses and how to avoid writers block. Had a lot of fun writing poems about tea cups and stories about the neighbours...

It's not a quick book to get through- it's a university course book so it's not written for a quick read. It can be pretty intense, but maybe thats the time line associated with it in some aspects. The course does one chapter per week.

There are different writers writing different sections so it's not generalised by one author who thinks he/she knows all about writing. It's written pretty well, which is what you'd expect. So yes, i'd recommend.


Games At Twilight
Games At Twilight
by Anita Desai
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.20

5.0 out of 5 stars A tiny treasure, 13 Jan 2009
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An interesting book of 11 short storiess. The characters are king here and i was amazed several times over about the reaction i had to reading the stories- they're so short, but they're all so well written that each one has effected me in different ways. Extraordinarily well written, very clear, very intelligent.

Recommend to anyone.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product, 10 Nov 2008
I've bought one of these for my A828 and it fits perfectly. The stitchwork is spot on- very tidy with no loose threads, the charging port, earphones port, and buttons are all still perfectly accessible, and there's no chance that the player is going to slip out because once the button is clipped in it's held in from all sides.

As far as i can tell, it is genuine leather and it definitely smells that way!

It comes with a clear plastic screen protector thats friction not glue based so it won't leave your screen sticky if you take it off. It also comes with a screen wipe, like a glassed wipe, but you don't need it after putting the screen protector on, if you use it. It's difficult to get the bubbles out from underneith the screen protector so you might decide not to use it at all, but you've then got the screen wipe to keep it clean, so it's worth hanging on to.

Finally, of course, it doesn't interfere with the blue tooth.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tried and tested, 22 July 2008
I was just ordering pair number 2 and thought i'd leave a review in my wake...

I wear these rocket dogs to work and are very comfy. I like the laziness of no laces and the softness of the shoes. I've got a high instep so i have difficulty in slip ons, but these fit fine, they're easily on and off. The don't rub at the back or anywhere else. The gems are metal coated with paint which wears off after about a year to make them shiney grey, the gems in the non-lace non-holes stay there forever. The rubber grip is good and leaves a cool trail when walking through the snow next to everyone elses boring shoe and trainer footprints :)


Blue
Blue
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My world changed, 21 July 2008
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This review is from: Blue (Audio CD)
I first heard the song Case of You in the film Practical Magic and thought how wonderful it was. I bought the film soundtrack (the whole music selection for the film was pretty good) and then i bought the album Blue to see what the rest of Jonis work was like.

I fell in love with the album so completely, that now i've moved to MP3 and sold 99% of my CD's i can't bear to part with this one. One of the others is Court & Spark.

The music is so simple, the strings, drums, and her voice- the most wonderful voice i have ever heard, conveying such emotion that the music and words combined make the whole album an amazing rollercoaster of feelings and thoughts.

I'd recommend to anyone who has ever felt any kind of emotion.


The Wicca Cookbook: Recipes, Ritual and Lore
The Wicca Cookbook: Recipes, Ritual and Lore
by Jamie Martinez Wood
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not about cooking wiccans, 18 July 2008
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It's not really a wiccan cookbook, but a cookbook aimed at users of the craft who are looking for some traditional food to bake and cook. It splits the recipes into ones used for the 8 sabbats, using seasonal food. There are few writings about tradition, admittedly they're aimed at a wiccan audience, but not overtly so.

Some of the ingredients are a bit odd, and i think this cookbook is aimed at an American audience, but it gives a few recipes that are OK. It's not just food recipes but drinks too so it has something a little different from regular cookbooks.

You might benefit more from buying a traditional cookbook rather than this, especially if you're urban and British, and not entirely new to the craft.


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