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Revival
Revival
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars - a disappointment, 19 Dec 2014
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I have rarely been disappointed by a Stephen King novel - but this one of the few that did just that. It took me over a week to read - on reflection a clue to how poor it is as I usually read through his books, even the long ones, in just a few days and this is fewer than 400 pages.

There are two main characters. One of them gets an extensive back story including his young family life, first kiss, first cigarette, developing guitar skills, middle aged affair and much more. The other main character comes in and out of the book, with minimal back story, and for the reader confusing messages about his motivations. The last 50 or so pages are just unbelievable - horror that isn't scary, a twist that doesn't engage and then it just meanders out.

Not great - although some of the backstory about life in a band, and dealing with addiction is worth reading - so three stars - but only just


Crown of Thistles: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots by Porter. Linda ( 2013 ) Hardcover
Crown of Thistles: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots by Porter. Linda ( 2013 ) Hardcover
by Linda Porter
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult times - well told, 13 Dec 2014
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This is an interesting book which tells what was going on in both Scotland and England from around 1485 to 1603, and explains clearly how Mary came to be Queen of Scots and why her claim to the crown of England too was so strong but never achieved. The political manoeuvrings, in which France also played a key role are explained, along with the battles which often followed in an interesting and very readable manner.

There are of course quite a cast of characters in these pages - the dramatis personae at the end of the book is very useful, as are the genealogies at the front to help to try to keep track of who is who especially if you have to put the book down for a few days.

Only about half of the book is about Mary - but this approach helps to set the scene in which she became queen, and what caused the very difficult times during which she reigned.

There is so much betrayal, double dealing, and self interested treachery in these pages- difficult times indeed


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esprit Men's 993EE2K900 Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt, White, Medium

5.0 out of 5 stars good value - quality feel, 14 Nov 2014
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This is a very comfortable T-shirt with a high quality cotton feel which retains its shape well after multiple washes, Very good value - I'm very happy with this


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating novel - do read it, 14 Nov 2014
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This definitely one of the best written, most enthralling novels I have read in a very long time. Written through the eyes of a husband and wife, in alternate chapters, which start at different time periods but gradually catch up, this is a fascinating account of how we see ourselves and others.

It is also a psychological thriller with lots of darkness hinted at, and some revealed as the plot unfolds.

Just wonderful - do read it


Napoleon the Great
Napoleon the Great
by Andrew Roberts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book about a great leader, 5 Nov 2014
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This is a very readable single volume account of Napoleon's life. Mercifully short on family history, this is a long account of over 800 pages of Napoleon's life work - as a military commander, recognised by Wellington as the greatest of any age, and as a political leader who believed in meritocracy, religious toleration, the rule of law, the promotion of science, and the value of education who put his beliefs into practice; ending the inquisition in conquered territories, ensuring equal rights for Jewish people, founding schools, hospitals, and museums.

The author agues persuasively that Napoleon is one of the great figures of history. I have read several biographies of Napoleon and found this to be a fresh, fascinating and meticulously researched book.


Centra Double Old Fashioned Tumbler Glasses - 11.5oz (Box 6) Ideal for Whiskies and Spirits
Centra Double Old Fashioned Tumbler Glasses - 11.5oz (Box 6) Ideal for Whiskies and Spirits

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice heavy glasses, 5 Nov 2014
Very nice glasses which have a quite heavy, satisfying feel. With that weight and the little bubble at the base these seem much more expensive that they really are. I am very pleased with these - really great value


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars captivating novel, 4 Oct 2014
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I am big fan of Murakami, and count some of his books amongst the best I have ever read. That sets a high standard for a new novel to be judged against, but I wasn't disappointed. I could hardly put this down - reading it in two or three sittings, until i had finnished, staying up way too late one night to find out how it ends.

As so often with Muraki this book deals with loneliness, redemption, music, food, love and sex. It is compelling, beautiful and utterly captivating.

One of Murakami's best, in my opinion


The Children Act
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars a short but powerful novel, 4 Oct 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short but very powerful novel, which looks at the dilemmas facing a judge in her private and public life, whilst exploring the issues around freedom of choice, religon, and medical treatment in a very humane, credible and readable way.

I must admit that Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors and I look forward to his books - this one did not disappoint at all


Premier Housewares Ecocook Frying Pan with Glass Lid, 24 cm, Red
Premier Housewares Ecocook Frying Pan with Glass Lid, 24 cm, Red
Price: £17.56

5.0 out of 5 stars light, easy to use and to clean, 4 Oct 2014
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I am delighted with this pan. Nice a deep for stirring or stewing, it cleans up so easily afterwards. It seems to be totally non stick and a quick wipe down leaves it sparkling agian.

Very light. looks great and the handle stays nice and cool. I have had no problems at all with this and for me it has proved to be a great buy


Nicorette Cools Lozenges Mint 2mg
Nicorette Cools Lozenges Mint 2mg
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Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars they work - and have a pleasant taste, 4 Oct 2014
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there realy work - they hold off the cravings and taste like mints. They are great as a substitute for smoking indoors or on long journeys.


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