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An Officer and a Spy
An Officer and a Spy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading even if you know what's coming, 19 Jun 2014
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I was familiar with the Dreyfus story so knew how roughly how this would end, but Robert Harris does an excellent job at maintaining the tension throughout the book. He also conveys the details of the hypocrisy in the army and anti-semitism that pervaded the affair, but showing the shades of grey and how people were culpable to different degrees.
The conclusion comes across in a piecemeal and slightly messy manner, but that is very much a reflection of how these things often wind up in real life. Overall a very good read.


Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller
Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight but entertaining, 12 Jun 2014
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Don't expect anything thought provoking; this is basically about a bunch of apocalypse survivors fighting off a bunch of insect aliens. But it's well paced, the writer takes care with the characterisations and there are a couple of unexpected twists. A good lightweight read.


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Citronic 180.263UK Compact Dj Laptop Stand
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for my purpose, 18 Mar 2014
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I bought this to raise my laptop screen to eye level on the advice of my osteopath. It's sturdy, easy to put together, and with a keyboard and mouse does the job very well.


So You Want To Write Radio Drama?
So You Want To Write Radio Drama?
by Stephen Wyatt
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted, 12 Feb 2014
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I'm sure this book will hit the nail on the head for any aspiring radio writer. It provides excellent guidance on how to turn ideas into coherent stories, plenty of tips on what does and doesn't work, extracts from successful radio plays and pointers towards some classics worth listening to. There's also plenty of guidance, up to date in late 2012, on the possibilities for broadcast on the BBC and how to make an approach. An excellent guide to the process and the market.


How Do You Plead?
How Do You Plead?
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as anything from Nashville, 12 Feb 2014
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This album shows you don't have to be based in Nashville, or even in the USA, to produce great country music. A collection of very good songs, some with the sour edge that often appears in the best C&W, delivered by a couple of great voices and with an excellent backing band.


Dark Eden
Dark Eden
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly excellent, but ...., 31 Jan 2014
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I was really engrossed in this book but finished it feeling a little dissatisfied. The writer does a great job at combining an entertaining story with an intelligent examination of the early development of a primitive society, bringing in factors such as the exploitation of the local environment, the effect of religious belief and the social dynamics. There's also a great sense of pathos in the undercurrent of a people feeling far away from their natural home.
But, despite a strong revelation at the end of the book, it leaves a major plot unresolved - and it's one that leaves the reader asking "But what happened?" I felt that with another chapter or two it could have been tied up and would have much better.
Still a very good read, but I wanted a bit extra.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job nicely, 19 Nov 2013
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I bought this rather than paying £120 to the dentist, and I can't imagine they would have done it any better. The service was relatively fast, efficient, and the guard fits perfectly. I've been sleeping with it on for a couple of weeks now with no problems at all.


Computer One
Computer One
by Warwick Collins
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A little known gem, 19 Nov 2013
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I first read this book twenty years ago, then it disappeared after being lent to several friends. On buying a new copy I was just as engrossed in reading it again.
Published in 1993, it foresees a day when the everything is connected through computers that have emerged into a single entity that begins to behave as a life form and sees man as a threat. Warwick Collins created a vision of a society in which human dependency on machines has become dangerous, but in which there are a few dissenters who set themselves apart in an alternative lifestyle. While not every detail has come true (it's set in the 2010s), there is a lot that is recognisable and the overall picture is highly credible.
More importantly, he tells a gripping, well paced story with some unexpected twists and well drawn, believable characters. It's a thought provoking but also exciting story that asks whether our civilization is on the right track. It deserves to be much more widely read.


Writing and Acting for Radio
Writing and Acting for Radio
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very sloppy formatting, 20 Aug 2013
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There is some good advice in this book about what makes for good radio - drama, comedy, documentary - and how to go about getting commissions. But I'd warn anybody who's thinking of buying it on Kindle not to do so.
The formatting is very sloppy, with the indentations all over the place and a lack of consistency that makes it awkward to read. Also, the contents section trails at after chapter five, which makes it difficult to find anything that comes after that. Given that this is the type of book that the reader will want to dip back into to find specific sections it's a serious shortcoming.
It could have been so much better with a little more care taken.
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Three Chords Good
Three Chords Good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad they got back together, 13 Mar 2013
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GP and the Rumour were the number one band of my late teens and early twenties, and I've waited thirty years for the reunion. I wouldn't rate this as a classic but it still makes me very glad that they've finally reformed.
There isn't quite the same power as the classics of their early days - not surprising given that they must all be close to sixty - but there's still plenty of energy and GP's writing has evolved into a style that should still satisfy old fans.
The opener, 'Snake Oil Capital of the World', gives it a good kick, and the closer, 'Last Bookstore in Town', sees it out with some heavy swing. Between there are slices of blues, country, even jazz, and there's still some venom in Parker's lyrics, especially in 'Arlington's Busy'.
A couple of notches above most reunion albums, and I hope it's not the last.


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