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Only the Innocent
Only the Innocent
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great plot pity about the writing..., 18 April 2012
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The basic plot has some clever ideas that could have been developed further, but because of the method used
in revealing them and the delay so caused, they were a little rushed.
However the characters are one dimensional, and seem incapable of really interacting with each other.
This is typified with the method of using letters to convey information when there is no need, and the unlikelihood of the letters being written in the first place.
Scene changes are clunky and character movements self-conscious, as is the attraction between the detective and the heroine. This is no police procedural.
It has a sense of being nearly there, so maybe with a bit more time or inspired reading...


Blood Guilt (A crime thriller novel with a unique premise)
Blood Guilt (A crime thriller novel with a unique premise)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What was the unique premise?, 18 April 2012
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I was surprised to see so many 5 stars - I thought the book only hit the high notes in a few places.
Mostly it was about a lot of self pity and an attempt to make himself feel better and to justify his own illegal (immoral) actions.
The writing was often poor and the English should have been corrected by an editor as it was so bad in places with poor spelling, grammar and usage. I am surprised this got through the editorial process.
Maybe the book was rushed out too fast?


Little Girls Lost (Carson Ryder, Book 6)
Little Girls Lost (Carson Ryder, Book 6)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best shot, 18 April 2012
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This is a departure for Kerley with his usual partnet Nautilus in hospital he is working alone before taking on an unusual replacement later in the book.
I don't rate this as one of his better books - the pace is slow and rambling, with many digressions and much repetition.
Some may find the subject matter upsetting.
The last quarter of the book heats up and gets a faster pace thankfully, but the author seems to be padding the rest of it out for some reason.
He has a nice writing style which helps - but not that nice!
Good holiday reading


Panic Button - A Psychological Thriller
Panic Button - A Psychological Thriller
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There should have been one to press to stop this book!, 18 April 2012
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The basic idea is very clever, so some more elaboration on how he might have set it all up would have been nice....except that it was all so far-fetched that it couldn't have been I suppose.
Brilliant idea of a captive group in a plane with the bad guy safely on the ground - but none of the ideas developed enough.
The characters are all cardboard cut-outs with no depth and we don't care about any of them, and if you are going to get rid of them at this rate you need more of them!
The book aimed for gore and shock or horror but overdid it - think Psycho vs Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In reality it risked becoming comedy horror.
I guess it was all meant as a acomment on the internet and social websites - wouldn't argue with him there. Can't believe what people put out there for the world to see. Somehow though I feel it would have got the message across a lot better if it had been a tad more subtle and not quite so violent, because people aren't going to equate what they read in this book with the net they know and love.
Great idea - I think it deserved a longer and better thought out book.


Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
by Roz Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the first draft - go straight to the second!, 17 April 2012
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This is an excelent little book that will enthuse you and stimulate you, especially if you have been flagging.
Brimful of all sorts of advice, for me there was really only one that stoood out and released me from the captivity of the first draft. She says to get it down on paper, but don't spend time writing it to be perfect or great English or prose - why bother when you are likely going to throw it out or amend it with the second draft?
All that hard work to prune it with the editor's red pencil.

Instead give yourself free rein, concentrate just on instinct and creativity. Then when it comes to the second draft you can enjoy turning those embryonic ideas into more beautiful prose and getting rid of the dross that looked so good in the midnight's candle light.

There is much more than that in the book, but that is the one big lesson I shall take away with me, as I tend to fuss far too much about getting things just right in the first drive - and for what?

Highly recommended.


How to Prove God Does Not Exist
How to Prove God Does Not Exist
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much proof as argument cleverly done, 17 April 2012
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Depends what you mean by proof.
I must cast my hat into the ring and say that I am speaking as an atheist, so am largely in agreement with Mr Jackson'r sentiments.

His diatribes are on the whole amusing and inventive, and some could even be said to hold an amount of theological water. But I doubt that many of them could be called proof, except in a scatological sense.
But on the whole they are worth it for the humour. Just don't expect to take it too seriously.


Here She Lies
Here She Lies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All mixed up!, 17 April 2012
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After a slow start the book picks up and becomes gripping
At times her writing is excellent, while at others it becomes prosaic
and dull. She fails to develop the characters fully enough.

Thrills and surprises abound, and the pace is fast.
But there are errors in the content - e.g. a girl would not know immediately that she was infertile after a chlamydia infection. It would need a special test done only if she had been trying to concieve and failed.
There are many more such errors.

The ending, as with so many thriller writers, is rushed through as though the author were on a time schedule, and suffers for it. The ending should be savoured and enjoyed slowly.

Overall, agreeable but not quite there.


Master Lock 140EURSIX 40mm Brass Padlocks Six Pack Keyed Alike
Master Lock 140EURSIX 40mm Brass Padlocks Six Pack Keyed Alike
Price: £26.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And one key all the same, 17 April 2012
This is a brilliant alternative to carrying round a big bunch of keys.
It also enable you to give a copy of your keys to others without weighing them down with metal
And you have a bunch of spares left over for when someone gets locked out!
Recommended
The locks are smaller than normal padlocks, but quite strong
Fast delivery
Good positive locking
Recommended++


Automatic Electronic Water Timer- Irrigation Timer
Automatic Electronic Water Timer- Irrigation Timer
Offered by H-B-K
Price: £12.29

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hang on to your watering can!, 17 April 2011
I bought two of these because they were a bit cheaper than the Hozelock - big mistake.
They are fiddly to set up and are temperamental in response to the controls: quite often they fail to respond, so you have to repeat the setting several times which is irritating. The light is supposed to flash but on one of mine it stopped doing that after a week.

The unit is prone to failure - i.e. is stops responding to the cycle you have set. This is irritating enough when you are around to notice it, but my main reason for having a timer is to water my precious plants when I am on holiday in the summer - I don't want to come home to find that the Kingfisher has let all my plants get fried!

Now both timers are failing to respond to the controls at all and are completely useless. I shall have to buy 2 Hozelocks instead which is what I should have done in the first place.

These are seriously bad news and nothing but trouble. Avoid!


Serial Killers
Serial Killers
by Joel Norris
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling Read, 14 April 2011
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This is a stunning book. For anyone interested in crime, murder and especially serial killers this is a must. It is a fascinating account of detailed interviews and psychological profiles of five serial killers, recounting their earliest lives and families along with the paths they took to serial murder.
The author tries to pin down the genetic, physiological and behavioural factors that could have contributed to their outcomes.
He is reasoned and scientific in his arguments, and speaks with authority and experience, some of which makes for quite chilling reading.
The fact that he uses only five subjects means that he can give very detailed information and has obviously got to know them well - as do we. The down side of this is that it is obviously too small a sample for any major conclusions to be drawn on serial killers as a whole.
The book is quite short - judging from his experience I would have thought he would have had a lot more experience to elaborate further, or to give more case studies, so there was room for more to be added. The book is eminently readable and reading further would have been a pleasure (except for the obvious nature of the subject matter.)

Overall I would strongly recommend this book. Although it is easy to dismiss serial killers as despicable, it is all to easy to forget that most have some form of psychiatric problem or personality disorder, and unless this is understood then it will be impossible to understand why they kill. Only with improved understanding will it be possible to pick up these people earlier and maybe begin therapy before they even begin to murder. The amount of needless suffering this would save would be enormous. But it all has to begin with trying to understand these sick sad people first. Joel is making a start at least.


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