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Four Blind Mice
Four Blind Mice
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not so good, 15 May 2005
This review is from: Four Blind Mice (Paperback)
Having read a few of Patterson's books in the past, I was suitably unimpressed by this particular novel. The plot was somewhat lacking in action, and the author's style was distinctly lacking in appeal. It just about held my attention to the end, but it's highly unlikely that I'll be reading any more works by the same author.


Pour Your Heart into it: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
Pour Your Heart into it: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
by Howard Schultz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.17

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars most interesting, 17 April 2005
An inspirational read, describing how Schultz pursues his dreams whilst adhering to the values on which the company was founded. The reader learns of his reactions to problems and how he has benefited from these situations. Schultz' ambitious nature and his sensible approach to staff management have helped to create the success that is Starbucks.
I enjoyed reading the book, as a coffee lover (some may argue addict) with a fondness for Starbucks coffee, and from the point of view of learning about Schultz' management strategies.
Motivational and uplifting as this book may be, I felt at times that it was analogous to the celebrated Frappuccino - refreshing and sweet, but sickening in large quantities.


Gladys Reunited: A Personal American Journey
Gladys Reunited: A Personal American Journey
by Sandi Toksvig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.78

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one to make one smile, 5 Feb 2005
I'd been interesting in reading a book by Toksvig, having been impressed by her television appearances, and I certainly was not disappointed! It's a pleasing tale to read, conveniently punctuated by the author's clever little nuggets of wit.


The Bride Stripped Bare
The Bride Stripped Bare
by Nikki Gemmell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.86

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an eye-opener, 11 Jan 2005
One cannot fail to be struck by the honesty with which the author expresses her innermost feelings, revealing a deeper dimension to her relationships. The intended anonymity creates an element of intrigue, serving only to enhance the reader's enjoyment of the book.


Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely worth a read, 11 Jan 2005
Albom manages to weave delicate threads of humour into what is essentially a very moving story, to create a beautifully touching series of lessons, guaranteed to evoke some thought in the mind of the reader.
The combination of the poignantly gripping nature and the brevity of this book, makes it ideal to give as a present to someone special - the equivalent of a warm embrace.


The Autograph Man
The Autograph Man
by Zadie Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just didn't live up to expectations, 21 July 2004
This review is from: The Autograph Man (Paperback)
I bought the book to bring on holiday, hoping for one of those totally addictive, un-put-down-able reads, that I'd be hoping to read at every possible opportunity. Sadly, it just wasn't so. However, I'm not one to not finish a book, and it was perhaps this that drove me to complete it.
There were many pages when I felt that not a lot was going on, although a lot of words had been used to describe in very great detail what was not happening.
I felt that some of the threads of the plot were less convincing than others, and this perhaps contributed to the difficulty I had in enjoying this book.
On the positive side, there were many times throughout the story when Smith's wit shone through, and I admit that there were occasions when the book made me smile, although stopping short of laughing out loud.


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