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What You Don't Know (Bone & Cane 2)
What You Don't Know (Bone & Cane 2)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As The First One, 15 April 2012
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Both books in this series are very enjoyable, well-written, and fast-paced. The characters are interesting and realistic.

Unfortunately, this story is much less interesting than the first Bone and Cane book. There isn't much here to make you care about the characters and their stories, and I felt it dragged in places and I didn't really care what happened next.

And a big problem in this book is that the two characters that anchor the two stories barely intersect and have no emotional interaction whatsoever. Their only physical interaction is a couple of perfunctory conversations. So the interpersonal drama of the former-lovers-who-still-have-feelings-for-each-other is completely absent from this book. So there really isn't much emotional content. In this book, it feels like two completely different stories that have a bit of intersection at the end, and the two main characters seem like they have nothing to do with each other.

That said, the political situations seem realistic (though again not very interesting -- some people moving on and off committees...zzzzz) and the struggles of a former drug dealer trying to make it straight also seem realistic.

All in all, this book disappointed me somewhat, but I still enjoyed reading it.


Breaking and Entering: A Novel
Breaking and Entering: A Novel
Price: £10.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, Bleak Perspective On America's Conservative MidWest, 20 Mar. 2012
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This is a great story with excellent characters and pace. I highly enjoyed it and couldn't wait to keep reading.

However it does present an incredibly depressing glimpse into the US's ultra-conservative areas where racism, violence, and hatred appear to be pervasive. But that negative view in no way impeded the story and the author doesn't allow her politics (and her obvious point of view) to become preachy or overly sanctimonious.


A Theory of Small Earthquakes
A Theory of Small Earthquakes
by Meredith Maran
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Realistic Story of Modern Family in Bay Area, 18 Mar. 2012
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Great story, highly original, characters with depth and realism, and a fun glimpse into the Bay Area over the last 20 years. There is so much about this book to enjoy...the excellent writing (avoiding cliche and coincidence), the fast-paced story, the historical context...I could go on and on, but just read it.


Still Life with Husband
Still Life with Husband
by Lauren Fox
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Protagonist But Well-Written, 3 Mar. 2012
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The main character in this novel is immature, irritating, spoiled, and behaves and talks like a bratty teenager most of the time. She does not grow or change through her increasingly-unlikely circumstances (for someone desperately fighting her husband's pressure to have a baby she seems never to mention or use birth control and then is surprised to have a pregnancy scare). And the ending of this book is unsatisfying in the extreme, the protagonist being tossed around via different circumstances and things that happen TO her, but she never makes a decision or takes any kind of action...and then the book just ends, totally unresolved.

So as much as this book and character are unappealing, I must grudgingly admit how well-written it is (besides the fish poetry and puns). The author avoids chick-lit language and cliche and presents the story in a (usually) pacey, interesting way (a few passages drag like right at the height of the conflict at the end, why on earth do we need to interrupt the action to hear the story of the woman working at the shoe store who had a teen pregnancy?). Her descriptions of the female friendships and sisterhood feel real, even if the protagonist's relationship with her husband is more like a cartoon.

So I would try another book by this author because I feel she has talent, even if I found this particular book unsatisfying.


The Best American Mystery Stories 2011
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011
Price: £6.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fine Short Stories, But Hardly "Mysteries", 23 Feb. 2012
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I couldn't get through this book. Unfortunately, I was expecting actual mysteries or at least plots with some kind of event that needs to be resolved. These were just short stories, yes some somewhat "dark," but completely lacking in any kind of suspense or mystery. Some were just brief character studies. I made it halfway through before becoming bored and giving up. I wanted more plot from my stories.


Soft Touch Mechanical Scale
Soft Touch Mechanical Scale

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Numbers Too Small For Me To Read, 17 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Soft Touch Mechanical Scale
This is a perfectly nice-looking and compact little scale, and the platform is comfortable, but the problem is that the numbers are so tiny, even with the magnification window provided, that I have to bend down to read the result (and I am fairly young with nearly perfect vision so it's not due to any impairment of mine). When I bend over to read the result, the needle jiggles and I don't feel I am getting an accurate result.

I bought this because I was fed up with digital scales and their delay (having to tap it, then wait for the 0 to display before stepping on), but this mechanical scale is too small and fiddly and I may have to go back to a digital one, or at least a mechanical one with a bigger display.


Hanson HX5000 Glass Electronic Bathroom Scale
Hanson HX5000 Glass Electronic Bathroom Scale
Price: £11.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Died after 1 year, 19 Jan. 2012
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Once the batteries died, it wouldn't work with new batteries. So I had to replace it, but what do you want for that price?

Also I just find it annoying to turn on, you have to "tap" it quite hard then wait for it to activate before you can step on. It's common to all digital scales, but I find it annoying.


Inseparable
Inseparable
Price: £3.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't these ladies ever heard of Facebook?! Ha ha...., 28 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Inseparable (Kindle Edition)
This is a sequel to a great book called Life After Forty, which you should definitely read first (I gave that book 5 stars). This book is the same wonderful age 40-something characters and German setting, which I really enjoyed, but the story is much less interesting.

It's basically about women reconnecting with friends from childhood -- all this "detective" work they did seems like it would have taken five minutes on Google and Facebook. The women don't really even e-mail -- it all seemed a bit old fashioned (and I am age 40 so it's not an age thing!) And there isn't too much of a plot line besides a really obvious romantic plot and these women planning a birthday party. Not that interesting. Still worth a try if you loved the first book, as I did.


Disney Cars 2 3pc Cutlery Set New Design
Disney Cars 2 3pc Cutlery Set New Design
Offered by Super Utensil Ltd.
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but very blunt, 29 Nov. 2011
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This is cute but not that useful as the fork's tines are very rounded and my kids tend to need something that can better spear food. So they like the shape and the characters but it's not the easiest fork to use.


2 Litre Plain Hot Water Bottle - Misc Colour
2 Litre Plain Hot Water Bottle - Misc Colour
Offered by BargainShop_London
Price: £2.15

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly fine but definitely not "full sized", 29 Nov. 2011
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This product is fine, great price. It is definitely smaller than my old hot water bottle from Boots so the cover is several inches too big for this product. There was a very slight coating/smell on it (per the other reviews) but really not a problem for me.


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