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The Reluctant Berserker
The Reluctant Berserker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read, 29 April 2014
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Hugely enjoyable Anglo Saxon set romance, with a very sweet hero and evocative setting. Lots of mayhem, very little in the way of on-page sex, and a lovely feel of the past and different atitudes. i really enjoyed being immersed in this world.


The Wake: Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Edition
The Wake: Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Edition
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding book, 29 April 2014
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Astounding.

Written in a shadow version of 11th century English which is incredibly evocative, this is stark and brutal and magical. An invaded country, groups of men driven to the woods and fens, a land haunted by dying gods where Christianity is the first invader. Told by a magnificent creation, buccmaster of holland, an inarticulate, rage-filled, brutal man consumed by paranoia and self-doubt that expresses itself in visions of Odin as Wayland Smith.

This is a magnificent book. The author has tried to restrict the vocabulary to pre Normal English and the poverty of language is incredibly expessive - the struggles for expression, the grinding repetition. It's a difficult, struggling, dying language like the story it tells.

"deop in the eorth where no man sees around the roots of the treow sleeps a great wyrm and this wyrm what has slept since before all time this wyrm now slow slow slow this wyrm begins to mof"

It's pretty hard work at first and takes slow reading, but my God, it's worth it.


Iron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator Book 1)
Iron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny urban noir, 31 Jan 2014
Great, pacy fantasy read with plenty of laugh-out-loud lines, fun characters, and an intruguingly twisty plot. A homage to noir and urban fantasy that occasionally teeters on the edge of spoof with the trope elements but never loses the narrative drive. And very well written, too. Terrific.


Grandparent's Survival Guide to Child Care
Grandparent's Survival Guide to Child Care
by Sheila Marlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for grandparents, and parents..., 23 July 2013
This is a terrific book. So many grandparent books are just filler, a mix of reminiscence, recipes for olden days dishes that no sane child would eat, and tips on making sock puppets with your sewing machine. This one is actually for modern parents and grandparents. There's excellent advice on assessing how much responsibility you can take on, grandparenting before retirement, maintaining good relationships with the parents, healthy eating and exercise etc, and the authors also tackle tricky subjects like family breakups and even preparing children for a grandparent's death.

Also included are some highly detailed tips on toys and games - not complex arts and crafts project where the adult has to do 90% of the work, but things small children can really enjoy. The author offers a breakdown of how to plan and execute a Teddy's Birthday Party that should keep any child occupied for at least half a day, and which serves as a masterclass for any grandparent who can't quite remember how to play with kids. Lots of funny anecdotes and lovely pictures make this a really enjoyable read as well as a helpful one.

Grandparents should buy it; new parents should buy it for them.


Every Move He Makes
Every Move He Makes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable action romance, 12 July 2013
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Spoilt, traumatised, drink and drug-addled Zak meets solitary secret agent Logan in a very enjoyable romantic suspense. I loved Zak, who is convincingly brattish and annoying but still sympathetic (at least to the reader). The spy plot is well constructed, the romance is compelling, moving and sexy, and I love the way Zak develops through the book. I was sorry we didn't get more of Logan's parkour skills - having set that up at the start, I was all hyped up for a spectacular parkour action sequence to round things off. Which probably shows what a nicely James Bond frame of mind this put me in. Really enjoyable, highly recommended.


As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson : The Extraordinary Story of a Victorian Wife
As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson : The Extraordinary Story of a Victorian Wife
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, fascinating and funny, 4 Jun 2013
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I bought this on a whim, knowing nothing about the subject matter, and was gripped. A fascinating look at a set of lives. As well as the deserved praise in the other reviews, I particularly liked the way the author's sympathies came through. Edward dies at prayer, 'insufferable to the end'; the clear dislike of the obviously unbearable Hugh; as well as the sympathy for poor tragic Maggie.

An excellent read, even if you have no idea why you should be interested in these people.


Dino-Baby
Dino-Baby
by Mark Sperring
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for little ones, 17 May 2013
This review is from: Dino-Baby (Paperback)
I read this with my five-year-old and four-year-old. They both adored the artwork, which is charming and funny, getting squeals of laughter at the page with the 'little accident'. After three or four reads the older child has gleaned about as much as she can from it. However, the younger one has insisted on having it read to him about 45 times (conservative estimate), has learned the satisfying rhyming text off by heart, and insisted on 'reading' it to me last night. I feel we'll be seeing this one in the bedtime pile for some time to come.

Perhaps not one of those really age-transcending picture books that can be read for years, but I wholeheartedly recommend this for any young reader. We don't even have a baby on the way.


New Coach: Reflections from a learning journey (Coaching in Practice)
New Coach: Reflections from a learning journey (Coaching in Practice)
by Lis Paice
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into what makes a good coach, 17 Dec 2012
I picked this up casually, as someone thinking of being coached rather than coaching, and ended up reading the whole thing with great interest. A fascinating, honest and often very funny account of how the process works, which I imagine would be extremely useful for anyone interested in learning coaching skills, and which really brought the subject to life. Recommended.


VIII
VIII
by Harriet Castor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous read, 28 Sep 2012
This review is from: VIII (Hardcover)
This is a really well done, compelling read. Castor creates a really solid, vividly realised historical background for a central character who is increasingly unsympathetic, and whose self justification and self delusion reach monstrous proportions, but who never loses his humanity in the reader's eyes (as in being a horrendously flawed human rather than 'a blot of blood and grease on the pages of English history'.

I genuinely wish this had been a lot longer. I'd have liked much more on the later wives. The portrayal of Hal's marriage to Catherine of Aragon is tremendous.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd done this years ago, 28 Aug 2012
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