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Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-it-yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science
Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-it-yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science
by Rupert Sheldrake
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.99

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated and outdated, 21 Feb 2012
The title is misleading, for a start, although these experiments were slightly fringe at the time they were put forward they were not actually investigating unique ideas, many of which have been already looked at in different ways and more effectively elsewhere. Sheldrake has made a career out of his supposed maverick reputation when actually what he does is quite mainstream in the science world, it's just that the public perception is what they hear in the media and his media publicity has focused on his animal work. Sheldrake is about as edgy as Richard Dawkins. Think mainstream.

It's not really a 'do it yourself' guide as it takes quite a lot of organisation to replicate the experiments properly and actually to do that would be time consuming and relatively boring for most people. The ideas are not presented well and it would have been better for him to not have bothered with making it a supposed 'do it yourself' guide (which you will note was not pushed in the earlier edition of the book) and focus on the experiments themselves.

Also, this is a later edition of a much earlier book and so the experiments are very outdated now and much more work has been done in this area. Don't read this if you want to be up to date on the subject. There is much better work on the subject in other books.
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Pennine UFO Mystery
Pennine UFO Mystery
by Jenny Randles
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid coverage, 21 Feb 2012
This review is from: Pennine UFO Mystery (Paperback)
You can usually rely on Jenny Randles to provide a no nonsense approach to her books and this is typical of her work. Good coverage without the unnecessary sensationalism of other people's UFO books. Having read most of her work the style in this one is slightly less polished than her later work but with the same academic rigour and balance key to her style and approach.

If you are looking for a sensible detailed look at the topic this is the book.


Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life
Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life
by Stephen LaBerge
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.79

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short on detail, 21 Feb 2012
To be fair it does say it is a concise guide, but at less than a hundred pages it really doesn't cover enough detail. I ended up buying his other book, after already owning this one, which is better Exploring the World of Lucid Dreams and the other book is cheaper also.

If all you are looking for a quick guide then maybe the book is for you but if you want to understand more about what you are doing and Stephen LaBerge's work then the other book is much better.


The Secrets of Aleister Crowley
The Secrets of Aleister Crowley
by Amado Crowley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiction pretending to be fact, 20 Feb 2012
This book is entertaining in parts, and that is all it is. If this book admitted it was fiction it might get another star, but as it pretends to be factual information about Aleister Crowley's life when it clearly is fantasy makes it not much more than a joke. Probably the most entertaining of his books. Amado Crowley changed his name to Crowley from Mike (aka Mike Hockney) after he retired from being a psychology lecturer in Southampton. His claims in this book that he is the heir to Aleister Crowley is laughable and has been widely exposed as bogus. If you don't take this book seriously you could read it for a laugh but it will tell you nothing about the life of Aleister Crowley (despite the blatant use of his name on all of the main Amado Crowley's books to increase sales) and everything about Amado Crowley's (Mike's) ego.

Anyone with a passing interest in Aleister Crowley's life would know (and could easily check) that none of the locations, events and details that Amado makes up for his books matches up with any of Aleister Crowley's diaries and verified locations or activities.

A curio of a cult leader and nothing more.
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Jamie's 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very well thought out book, 12 Feb 2012
Much has been made of whether or not the meals can be made in 30 minutes or not, well they can. It depends on how used to cooking you are, if you do not usually cook and chopping an onion takes you ten minutes then no, not surprisingly you won't be able to make any 30 minute meals. But then again if chopping onions takes you 10 -15 minutes any meal is going to take you a long time so this book is not for you. However, if you are used to cooking, or are prepared to practice this book is great.

Some people have said that as the 'meals' with all courses are written in the book assuming you will be doing all the courses for the meal (not just one course) means that you can't pick out one course to do. But you can, it just takes common sense and a few minutes to sort out which ingredients go with which course (after all looking at a main and a dessert it should be pretty easy for most people to know what ingredient goes with which).

A very well thought out book and the recipes themselves are great with a broad range of tastes catered for. Also, it is great for socialising (as well as family meals) because all the meals are planned with that in mind.


Jamie's Great Britain
Jamie's Great Britain
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed, 12 Feb 2012
This review is from: Jamie's Great Britain (Hardcover)
More concept, less content. This book is very disappointing and no way near as good as Jamie's other books. Jamie's recipes and books are normally brilliant and much better than many many other recipe books, for a start his recipes actually turn out like they should, but this book reads like it was put together by several people and the recipes are fitted badly around a flawed concept.

If you are looking for a good Jamie book this is not it.


Lewd Ghosts: Magic, Sex and Horror
Lewd Ghosts: Magic, Sex and Horror
by Amado Crowley
Edition: Paperback

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Immature, sexually graphic and violent, 12 Feb 2012
This self published book reads like a teenager's attempt at writing down his sexual fantasies after watching too many horror movies. You should be aware that even if you aren't easily offended this book will probably offend quite a lot of people, but then again it does read like someone who is keen to get attention by simply writing 'shocking' stories. The book graphically describes sexual violence, murder and abuse in detail.

Amado Crowley, the author, was actually a psychology college lecturer in Southampton and he states that 'Lewd Ghost' is some attempt to provoke people into his way of thinking. Many of Amado's books also describe sexual ritual magick (including non consenting)and this book is his attempt to convince people to accept his extreme sexual ideas.

The quality of the writing is terrible, you can read better short stories anywhere else, the stories don't even read as stories, more like lectures weakly woven around Amado's extreme sexual proclivities.
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Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking
Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking
by Delia Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.00

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is anyone really too stupid to figure these out for themselves?, 10 Feb 2012
A friend of mine gave me this as a gift. It is a pointless book. Ironically you'd waste more time reading and following Delia's cheats than you would: 1. figuring out the obvious for yourself, 2. Not cheating to make the same recipes.

Can no one figure out how to make 'cheats' Eton Mess for themselves? I have yet to meet (and hope I never will meet) anyone who cannot figure out that with pre- made meringues, strawberries (or strawberry compote, buy ready made if your wish) added to whipped cream (are you really too lazy to whip your own cream?) or buy a spray can of cream if you must, you can make a 'cheats' Eton Mess. Not to mention that if you've gone to all that effort to make a cheat's version you may as well buy a ready made supermarket Eton Mess.

Anyone could write the type of obvious ideas this book presents. Here is an idea Delia forgot. Want an idea for cheats Shepherds pie? Ready made mash from a packet (or instant and water of you feel like 'cooking') put on top of a tin of mince in gravy you tipped into an oven dish earlier (why you even own one if you never cook is a mystery) and put in the oven. There you have it, cheats shepherds pie. TIP: fancy cottage pie instead? Add some tinned vegetables to the mince and mix. I presume if you are making cheats pies you don't even know whether the meat should be beef or lamb?

The book is a blatant money making exercise and is useless, even to the people it is targeting. If you really want to cheat at cooking, then why not just buy pre-made meals? Most supermarkets have a great range of ready meals at a range of prices, and face it if you don't care about sub-standard food (or you wouldn't be cheating in the first place) you're not going to mind the standard of ready meals from supermarkets. Also, some of the suggestions in the book actually would cost you more than buying the ready meal equivalent.

The soup ideas in the book are laughable, if you're not going to make homemade soup why not buy a high end fresh soup (if you want a high quality or to serve to friends)? The idea of mixing fresh with poor quality pre-made ingredients is also a bad idea as you'll only get the poor quality ingredient bringing down the taste of the high quality one. For example what would freshly sourced lobster taste like mixed into a basic range brand soup that cost you 10p? You get the idea.


The Afterlife: An Investigation into the Mysteries of Life After Death
The Afterlife: An Investigation into the Mysteries of Life After Death
by Jenny Randles
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview and will give you much to think about, 9 Feb 2012
Not an in depth look at the topic but a good overview. Much for the reader to then explore in depth through further reading. Copies available very cheap secondhand. It probably would have been better if Jenny Randles had been the sole author.


The Ecological City: Preserving and Restoring Urban Biodiversity
The Ecological City: Preserving and Restoring Urban Biodiversity
by Rutherford Platt
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat dated but still relevant to many today., 9 Feb 2012
You can find good secondhand copies of this book, Amazon have many to choose from, and at the price range of 3.00 -5.00 it is still worth a read. The book is a collection of essays with some case studies but not as many as you might expect and maybe there could have been more. It is dated and especially so as in this subject area things more quickly. At times it has an almost historical feel to it as you find yourself comparing it to more recent developments. The contents are organised into four sections.

1. Perspectives on Nature in Cities.
(Three essays)
2. Urbanization and Riparian/Aquatic Ecosystems.
(Four essays)
3. Urbanisation and Terrestrial Ecosystems.
(Five essays)
4. Collaborative Efforts.
(Four essays)

Writers include Orie L. Loucks, Timothy Beatley, Annaliese Bischoff, Jack Ahern, Jestena Boughton and Raymond W. Prach.


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