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Head of State: The Bestselling Brexit Thriller
Head of State: The Bestselling Brexit Thriller
by Andrew Marr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even more boring than listening to Brexit news!, 29 Feb. 2016
Complete twaddle - stick to modern history Andrew.


Tsmine Pipo W4 8.0-inch Tablet Bluetooth Keyboard [Detachable Wireless] w/ Pu Leather Case Cover Stand Protective Skin, Black
Tsmine Pipo W4 8.0-inch Tablet Bluetooth Keyboard [Detachable Wireless] w/ Pu Leather Case Cover Stand Protective Skin, Black
Offered by Tsmiler
Price: £85.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well made but let down by design niggles & bluetooth problems, 10 Oct. 2015
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The case is very well made and very nicely finished, but the clips holding the tablet are so tightly held you need strong fingers to fit the tablet in. When closed up, the keyboard touches the screen, so there is a risk of scratching and you need to put something soft between the two to avoid this. The keyboard itself is fine, with a good positive feel on the keys and a good array of function keys. Keyboard pad is held onto the cover by magnetic strips so it can be removed, which is a nice feature. I found the Bluetooth connection very troublesome - quite time consuming to "pair" with tablet but as soon as you switch off either tablet or keyboard, the "pairing" is lost. Although the tablet remembers the device, it is not connected and does not connect when you press the "connect" button on the keyboard. I had to delete the device from tablet memory and go through the whole pairing process to re-connect. Seller's after sales was brilliant and they sent a replacement keyboard, but exactly the same problem, so have had to use a wire connection, which is not really what I wanted.


Ruso and the Root of All Evils (Medicus Investigations 3)
Ruso and the Root of All Evils (Medicus Investigations 3)
by R. S. Downie
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Bland, 26 Aug. 2015
This is the first Ruso I have tried so wasn't sure what to expect, but certainly wasn't banking on it being so bland. The story is pretty innocuous, as are the characters and the background detail. It felt like being inside one of those nameless shopping malls where you could be anywhere in the world. The writing is okay, there's some gentle humour, the story plods along - if you want something that isn't going to raise your heart rate while lazing away afternoon on the beach, this would do the trick. I got to the stage that I just didn't care about the characters or how anything would be resolved, so I had no reason to carry on reading.


Salvage
Salvage
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars "Garbage" would be more fitting title., 19 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Salvage (Kindle Edition)
Imagine watching a bowl of luke warm porridge going cold - that is what reading this book feels like. It will be memorable solely because it contains some of the dullest and most turgid writing I've ever encountered. Creating an atmosphere of despondency doesn't have to involve boring your reader rigid - Orwell, Huxley and many others achieved the effect but their stories thrummed with interest. The characters are equally dull, probably because so little happens and they have hardly anything to do. At every turn the reader is thumped round the head with tediously detailed descriptions of the blindingly obvious.
The main protagonist, Quinn, seems to spend quite a lot of his time musing on what is going on inside the heads of other people, but for no apparent reason as it doesn't contribute anything to the storyline - for example, page 38 "Perhaps Greer already knew of his arrival in the town; perhaps that was why the police car had been sent; perhaps Greer had watched him arrive and now believed him to be lost; perhaps he was even trying to become actively involved in all those preliminary courtesies - to disarm Quinn, or to persuade him."
Page 59, talking about an automated hotel check-in process, "Perhaps it was coming here too, and perhaps the woman already knew that. Perhaps she already understood how superfluous to requirements she might already have become now that her every function had been reduced to these codes and confirmations. And perhaps he - Quinn - his arrival and the outcome of his work here were further parts of that same inevitable process. And perhaps the woman understood that too."

Perhaps the author needs to actually read what he's written, because nobody else will.


The Return Of Captain John Emmett
The Return Of Captain John Emmett
by Elizabeth Speller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, but don't be put off this author., 18 Aug. 2015
For a first novel, it is a brave attempt but fails to satisfy. The writing is weak, uncertain, clumsy in places and the story wanders about without much sense of direction. I really had to force myself to keep reading in places, there was so little of interest actually happening. The character of Laurence seems a bit of a hopeless case when it comes to investigation - when trying to track down a particular army officer, he fails to ask what unit the officer served with and relies heavily of a friend Charles who seems to know everyone and everything. The book would benefit from a thorough going-over by a good copy editor. However, do not be put off the author and read her later book "At Break of Day", which is a very accomplished and thoroughly enjoyable novel.


The Dead Can Wait (Dr Watson Thrillers)
The Dead Can Wait (Dr Watson Thrillers)
by Robert Ryan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The dead can wait, the living can't., 5 Aug. 2015
As a great fan of Robert Ryan I read the first Dr Watson and vowed not to read another, but I was given this as a gift and felt obliged to make the effort. It became clear that Mr Ryan obviously thought he was writing for the dead and that they could wait for something to happen. After 80 odd pages of two dimensional, stereotypical characters, nothing had really moved on the central plot, which seemed very thin in the first place. As always the research and background detail of military matters were impeccable, but the story was beginning to resemble the "Ripping Yarns" series, with spies round every corner and some very implausible situations. Mr Ryan's earlier writing is head and shoulders above this series - I hope we don't have to wait too long before it dies...
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The Inbetweeners 2 [DVD] [2014]
The Inbetweeners 2 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Simon Bird
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.47

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some very funny and memorable gross-out moments, 3 Aug. 2015
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Some very funny and memorable gross-out moments, but not as good as the first film. It seemed to lack any sense of direction and completely stalled towards the end.


Salt of the earth
Salt of the earth
by Heather Robertson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to read, 1 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Salt of the earth (Hardcover)
I ordered this after reading "A Place Called Winter" by Patrick Gale. It is a wonderful insight into the lives of the homesteaders who tamed and farmed the wildernesses of Western Canada. With lots of period photos and vivid descriptions of life, mainly as written by the homesteaders themselves and the people who supplied them. It covers all aspects of their lives from the journey out west, to breaking the ground, building houses, sowing and harvesting, communities, schools, medical facilities, clothing, weather, religion, entertainment and right through to the effects of the First World War. A well written and thoroughly absorbing book suitable for both a general background read or a serious study of the period.


The Lifeboat
The Lifeboat
by Charlotte Rogan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book to sink without trace, 1 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Lifeboat (Paperback)
According to the review from The Times, this book is "Almost unbearably exciting"...they must have been reviewing another book with the same title. Thirty-nine people escaping certain death after an unexpected explosion on their ship across the Atlantic, crammed into an overladen lifeboat and adrift for 14 days - it should be ripe with terror, despair, pain and desperation. If only! The general demeanour and dialogue of these poor souls is about as edgy as a discussion on the merits of Indian against China tea in an Edwardian drawing room. The narration of the story is equally weak - for example, on Day 9 the author treats us to a devastating insight into these appalling conditions that I would never have guessed had she not told us... "The nights were cold".
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At Break of Day
At Break of Day
by Elizabeth Speller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem!!, 28 July 2015
This review is from: At Break of Day (Paperback)
5 stars all round - well-written and well researched. I often find that modern authors fail to make their main characters interesting enough to make me want to keep reading. When I started this book, having 4 main characters each with their own story set the alarm bells ringing, but I need not have worried - it is very deftly handled and beautifully written. I loved the idea of the little interactions between the characters who are not really known to each other, and seeing the same scenario through different eyes heightens the feeling that you are actually there, seeing it happen. It is a very difficult technique to juggle four protagonists and have them interact without it seeming contrived, but Ms Speller does it with elegance. I am very interested in WW1 and have a fair degree of knowledge of the conflict, conditions and casualty handling, etc and all the military details and scenes on the Front were spot on and completely convincing. Really looking forward to her next book.
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