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Poppet: Jack Caffery series 6
Poppet: Jack Caffery series 6
Price: 3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Mo back on track, 18 Jan 2014
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Another Caffrey page turner from Ms Hayder. Although the format is pretty solid the series continues to be a fast and entertaining read.


The Buddha in the Attic
The Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rambling laundry lists of random events and random people, 2 Sep 2012
Perhaps this was one of those writing class exercises that just went a bit wrong. It isn't a novel. The author uses a shotgun of experiences, made-up characters and a wealth of places rather than develop characters for which the reader could have some empathy. As many others have said, it reads like a laundry list that covers every potential situation in every possible context. It is lazy and unengaging.

If it had been positioned as a prose poem would it be more successful? Well I probably wouldn't have read it but I still think it would appear as lazy and poorly structured. I stayed through to the end because I had hoped that the inexorable stagger towards the injustices metered against those of Japanese Ancestry would finally reveal something of emotional resonance, insight, or even literal artistry. Instead Otsuka suddenly flips protangonist and without explanation the "several of us" that had introduced every new Japanese experience in the previous 110 pages now referred to the American's "left behind" - as if they were ever to leave. Even worse, the book becomes instantly racist, deriding the "negroes" and "Arkies" who came to take their place as infinitely worse than the "quiet Japanese" who had in their time been similarly shunned.

The sleeve notes refer to a story about identity and loyalty but none of those themes are really explored in the book. They came, they struggled and were second class citizens, some died, they were shunned and carted away. And in the end no-one cared and no-one remembered. A fitting epitaph for this book.


The Ring. Design: Past and Present (Jewellery)
The Ring. Design: Past and Present (Jewellery)
by Sylvie Lambert
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wacky, 18 Mar 2012
As a history of the development of the ring the early chapters are fascinating and full of ideas. The latter chapters dealing with 'contemporary' design are ludicrous.


Pop Bakery
Pop Bakery
by Clare O'Connell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect adaption, 18 Mar 2012
This review is from: Pop Bakery (Hardcover)
The book is ok. The ideas are limited but it's not bad for inspiration. However, there are lots of errors in the translation of recipes from US cup quantities to European grams. The local supplier listing is useful


Murder As a Money-Making Art: A Social Study
Murder As a Money-Making Art: A Social Study
by John Clay McKowen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.36

1.0 out of 5 stars Totally pointless, 3 Feb 2012
The whole point of a book is to convey words and emotion. This is a poor photocopy where some pages are so badly copied as to be unreadable, others are either partly or fully out of focus. There is no care taken with this reproduction whatsoever. It is unreadable so why publish it at all? The publishers say it is an important record of historical note so then clean up the copies, drop out the backgrounds and remove the hands. It is not difficult to do. I'm returning my copy.


Sony BDPS580 Blu Ray / DVD Player MULTI REGION (DVD SIDE ONLY)
Sony BDPS580 Blu Ray / DVD Player MULTI REGION (DVD SIDE ONLY)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-Ray, 11 Oct 2011
To be honest I didn't hold put much hope for the online wireless services and just hoped the Blu-Ray performance was as advertised. I was in for a surprise! The broadband here is between 2-3Mb/s which is barely good enough for streaming video if nothing else is going on. Trying to watch movies on my laptop or through the Playstation 3 has always been frustrating with frequent buffering. So I hooked up the player to my Wi-Fi (Give it time - it links with the router eventually) and gave LoveFilm a go. Revelation! The player tests and negotiates the link speed for a few seconds before starting each film and then runs totally uninterrupted with barely a digital artefact to spoil a very high quality upsampling to 1080p. Soooo impressed. The DVD playback is everything I expected and the sound is vibrant and dynamic. I am spending more time streaming movies these days though. Well done Sony for a great player at an amazing price.


Granuaile: Sea-queen of Ireland
Granuaile: Sea-queen of Ireland
by Anne Chambers
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying mix of history and gossip, 11 Oct 2011
I can imagine that this seemed a fascinating subject but it reality there is little written history on Granuaile. What we have is a heavily padded book in large type that would have been better as a pamphlet. Feels like the Ladybird Book of Irish History.


Acctim Stratus radio controlled wall clock with large LCD display showing tim...
Acctim Stratus radio controlled wall clock with large LCD display showing tim...
Offered by HARTS
Price: 26.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok as a clock..., 11 Oct 2011
As an alarm clock it's a really silly design as they have put the snooze button on the back of the clock along with the alarm switch so if you hang it on the wall you have to take it off to turn off the alarm and as all the buttons on the rear are the same you are as likely to reset the time whilst fumbling for the snooze or alarm switch. Buying another alarm clock...


Anti Bark Static Shock Dog Training Collar with Adjustable Sensitivity Control - Stop Dog Barking - Peace and Quiet for Self & Neighbours
Anti Bark Static Shock Dog Training Collar with Adjustable Sensitivity Control - Stop Dog Barking - Peace and Quiet for Self & Neighbours
Offered by homeking (UK, 5-8 shipping days)
Price: 10.00

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a success, 3 Jun 2011
The major problem with this device is that the 'prongs' aren't spring loaded and if you have a naturally energetic dog they cause hair loss and skin irritation at the contact points. The dog gets irritated and starts scratching and pretty soon it has wounds. Although the bark suppression works well the contact design isn't in the interests of the animal at all. Having said all this the seller is very responsive and is changing the instructions to provide better guidance to users. For this reason I have increased the rating to four stars.


Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes: 5 Years, 29 Marriage Proposals and 53 Pairs of Shoes
Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes: 5 Years, 29 Marriage Proposals and 53 Pairs of Shoes
by Rosie Swale Pope
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Laugh or cry, 12 July 2010
There is no doubt that this is an amazing feat of human endurance but I was completely non-plussed by the book. The travelogue extends from gushing accounts of the banal to... well absolutely nothing for thousands of miles. We know nothing of this woman from reading the book apart from a dogged determination to put one foot in front of the other, endlessly. She seems to have no observation skills at all, no thoughts worth recording (apparently) and even less to comment on. Who is Rosie? I have no idea. WHo advised her to write this? They need shooting. An amazing journey over five years covering thousands of miles of inhospitable terrain, battling ferocious elements and encountering isolated peoples living on the edge of survival and the book is about the length of an average pamphlet! This is woeful.
I'm left with so many questions. Is Rosie courageous or selfish? Brave or reckless? Where are the stories of the many people who selflessly made this journey possible? How DO you get a pair of running shoes to such remote places with such amazing timing and how was that done? And why am I not informed? I could write more about a jog around the local park - infact this review might be almost as long as the book. Save your money. There is no insight here and the prose and editing are appalling. Sadly you will probably end up irritated by this remarkable woman rather than admiring her!!

Additional: I think the problem with the positive reviews of the book is that they focus on her physical achievement and not the book as a literary work. This is supposed to be a BOOK review and not a review of Rosie Swale Pope. As I have said, her achievement in the journey was remarkable but the book is just remarkably bad.
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