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Foreign Body
Foreign Body
by Robin Cook
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable...but disappointing, 1 May 2009
This review is from: Foreign Body (Paperback)
A lot of people have been giving recent Robin Cook offerings poor reviews and sadly this book doesn't do much to improve things. As usual Dr Cook gets a bee in his bonnet about something that concerns him in the current American medical system and writes a book to illustrate his point - in this case so-called 'medical tourism', i.e. people going abroad for surgery because it is cheaper than having it at home. And here we have a story where by the end you realise very little has happened, and the storytelling is rather below par, very stilted, with often FAR too much cumbersome detail of every move someone makes, which you almost feel is just there to pad the book out and take it to its page limit. The story drags on for over 400 pages, then finally runs out of steam, the cumbersome detail suddenly going completely the other way, when you would have liked a bit more, and suddenly everything gets conveniently tied up far too quickly in the last 30 or so pages (not that he is the only author guilty of that). So overall, as with his last 3 or 4 books, it was readable, but rather unsatisfying. And when compared to a lot of his earlier books that used to really grip me, it is a great shame!


Techfocus Creative Zen Vision M/W Mains Travel Charger
Techfocus Creative Zen Vision M/W Mains Travel Charger

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does the job for a few months...then breaks!, 29 Jun 2008
I've now had two of these and each one has broken after a few months - nothing obviously wrong with them, they have just stopped working! The second one has done it the day before I go on holiday so the timing could not be worse. Not impressed...


Bridge To Terabithia [DVD]
Bridge To Terabithia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Josh Hutcherson
Price: 2.72

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely what I was expecting, but beautiful nonetheless., 27 Mar 2008
This review is from: Bridge To Terabithia [DVD] (DVD)
As people have said, this did appear on the face of it to be a big fantasy film, and it is, to a point, but for the most part set within the real world. Based on a book, it is for the most part the tale of two 'misfit' children who find each other amongst the bullies at school and begin to imagine the magical escape world of Terabithia. I was thrown half way through by a sudden death, but the way the other characters deal with this is both sad and beautiful, and I admit to having to reach for the tissues by the end. Probably not suitable for small children, but for older kids and adults who are a sucker for kids' films (like me!), it is a wonderful way to spend 90 minutes.


Losing You
Losing You
by Nicci French
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good start...but thoroughly unbelievable and a dreadful ending!, 27 Mar 2008
This review is from: Losing You (Paperback)
I have been a fan of Nicci French since their first book, The Memory Game, though there are times when I have been disappointed and unfortunately this is one of them. The story starts well enough, missing girl, panicking mother etc., but then things begin to go off the rails a little - this book gives a terrible impression of British police, that they sit around talking and doing nothing constructive, forcing a missing girl's mother to go off and do their job for them, i.e. searching locations, interviewing witnesses, following suspects etc. I hope it is not really like that! And when I got to the end I thought there was a chapter missing...I was waiting for a twist, or at least a follow up to explain everything, but it just cuts off, leaving a great many loose ends hanging in mid air, leaving me thoroughly dissatisfied - surely the whole point of a thriller is to twist and turn, and, most importantly, give you an explanation at the end of who, what, when, where, and above all HOW and WHY people did what they did etc. This is sadly lacking. So be warned!


Not Dead Enough
Not Dead Enough
by Peter James
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying crime read, 16 Dec 2007
This review is from: Not Dead Enough (Paperback)
The third in the series and these books are still as compelling as ever! Knowing Brighton quite well also adds an extra element to the readability for me, being able to picture where a lot of the action takes place. The murder plot at first seems to be impossible, then gradually all starts to become clear, but just when it seems we have solved it, it twists again...the final answer may seem a little far fetched and you can probably see it coming (I always like to use the Sherlock Holmes mantra about eliminating the impossible, so whatever is left, however improbable, must be the truth), but is well thought out and put together - certainly far less plot holes than many crime writers. Can't wait for the next one!


Doctor Who - The Inside Story: The Official Guide to Series 1 and 2
Doctor Who - The Inside Story: The Official Guide to Series 1 and 2
by Gary Russell
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for fans of the show, 21 Nov 2007
I was a little late buying this as obviously series 3 has now been and gone, but still, what a marvellous book! It goes very in-depth with how Doctor Who came to be resurrected, how the cast were assembled, what went into the set up, plus full info on every episode of the first two series, not to mention more colour photos than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at! If you are a Doctor Who nut like me, and love a good informative read, you will love this.


Parcel Safe - Green
Parcel Safe - Green

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't someone think of this before?, 1 Nov 2007
This review is from: Parcel Safe - Green (DIY & Tools)
I've had this on my wall for a few weeks now and so far I am very impressed, no more traipsing up the Royal Mail office and less chance of having to wait till the weekend then sitting around the house for hours waiting for redeliveries. Very impressed at the kit that comes with the box, absolutely everything you need to attach it to the wall, bar the electric drill, obviously. A second person to assist with actually putting it on the wall is to be recommended, but once the bolts are tightened it seems very solid and secure. Of course, as someone mentioned, it is a one use per day facility, so if you do get a second delivery then the box will be locked, but I can't believe many people get regular multiple deliveries, and if you do, well, buy another box! As an opposite to the problem some people mention of their delivery people ignoring the box, my postman got so carried away the other day that he put a small packet in it that would very easily have gone through the letterbox - not a problem as long as he doesn't do it on a day when I get a big parcel later on...maybe I should put a flowchart on the door - Will item fit through letterbox? If yes, put it through, if no then see parcel safe. Overall, a very useful piece of kit for all people who, like me, prefer to do most of their shopping online and by mail order but who are out at work all day. The only problem I have encountered is that none of my parcel carriers will accept the number on the box in place of a signature, which is a bit of a pain - had an argument with a delivery chap the other day about it - but that is not the fault of the box itself.


Snow Blind
Snow Blind
by P. J. Tracy
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A promising story that sadly runs out of steam, 26 Sep 2006
This review is from: Snow Blind (Hardcover)
I was really looking forward to this book, having hugely enjoyed the previous three by this mother/daughter writing team. For the most part it lived up to my expectations...until the last couple of chapters where sadly the excellent plot suddenly begins to fizzle out, leaving us with no proper conclusion. Worth reading...just a little unsatisfactory if you like a nicely tied up end to your crime fiction.


The Risk of Darkness
The Risk of Darkness
by Susan Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.58

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The series continues in great form, 13 Sep 2006
This review is from: The Risk of Darkness (Hardcover)
Firstly, don't even think about reading this book if you haven't read the previous two - you will be completely lost. This addition to the series ties up many loose ends from the previous book, The Pure In Heart, thank goodness! The characters are great as usual, lots of insights into their thoughts, why they do what they do etc. and the whole story is for the most part very believeable, and no need to concentrate on blood and gore, so much a part of many crime novels these days. If I have one criticism it is that I read the entire book waiting for the promised major twist, but it never came...rather odd. But in all a very good read for anyone who has read the first two. Looking forward to the next one that is apparently well underway.


The Pure In Heart: Simon Serrailler Book 2
The Pure In Heart: Simon Serrailler Book 2
by Susan Hill
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read with great characterisation, 2 Sep 2006
As a follow on to the the previous book in the series of Simon Serrailler novels, this follows a different path, concentrating very much on the characters inhabiting the story rather than a straightforward 'whodunnit' - in fact there is no conclusion to the main case that runs throughout this book, but maybe this is to remind us that in real life police work is not all cut and dried with a satisfactory conclusion, some cases run and run...in this case on to the next book in the series! Serrailler has much more to his life than the so often one-dimensional cops in crime fiction, with nothing in their lives besides the job - this one has hobbies outside the job and an entire extended family that we get to know as much as him, not to mention that he actually sometimes takes holidays! The regular characters continue to be brought to life very well, with the understanding of what motivates them in their actions etc. I'm just grateful I already have the next book to read, so I can find out if there will be an end to the case!


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