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The Wild Side (Baen Fantasy)
The Wild Side (Baen Fantasy)
by Tanya Huff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag, 7 Aug. 2011
Overall a fairly average selection of short storys. Whilst the stock fantasy characters are present, there is
sadly little spark to be worthy of any "Edge" in some and others "Careless of the Night " are a tad amateurish.
If not for the stories from Toni L.P. Kelner & Ticia Drake Isom, I'd say pass on this collection. However for the price it might be worth taking a chance.


Monster Hunter Alpha
Monster Hunter Alpha
by Larry Correia
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Team MHI FTW, 7 Aug. 2011
If you enjoying reading about guns and gore, this is fairly well corners the market. It is the third book in the series. It focuses on the story of the MHI leader, Earl Harbringer. Earl's back-story is provided via flashbacks which merges into the overriding series arc and a new adventure set in winter Michigan (a place I shall never now visit due to the cold). It at times seems a tad similar to "30 days of night", but here instead the townsfolk use assault rifles. It also features Stalin's favourite werewolf Recommended.


The Miracle Of Bern [DVD]
The Miracle Of Bern [DVD]
Dvd ~ Louis Klamroth
Price: £9.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Das Wunder, 18 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Miracle Of Bern [DVD] (DVD)
I am not a major football plan, and the main reason that I bought this film was to improve my German. Saying that, I was captivated by the three main story threads running through this marvellous film and how they intersected at Bern during the 1954 World Cup. Excellent football drama about how a team gelled together, with a little help from screw-on studs, though perhaps a tad too clichéd at the end. Overall excellent.


German-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries)
German-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries)
by Dk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Nützlich, 17 Jun. 2011
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I found this useful overall.
On the positive side the book groups related terms together in a well structured manner with in the most part clear images which readily link the concept with the German word.
However, this seems to be a generic visual dictionary in that the pictures are rarely specific to the German context, for instance the emergency services section is clearly US based, and also the poorly-sourced images associated with the legal section seem non-civil law based.
Apart from those quibbles, a good book.


Duragadget Genuine Leather Case & Cover With Stand for Kindle 3 - Red
Duragadget Genuine Leather Case & Cover With Stand for Kindle 3 - Red
Offered by Direct eTail
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Six months on, 1 Jun. 2011
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Six months on after purchasing this, I'm very pleased with the continuing cover it provides my kindle. I commute to work and the case takes the usual jolts and jostles in its stride. The colour, stitching and general material show only minimum wear and tear. Plus the balancing stand is very steady on a train's table.


The Rage Against God
The Rage Against God
by Peter Hitchens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.79

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith endures, 30 May 2011
This review is from: The Rage Against God (Paperback)
This is not so much an apologist's manual, as a descriptive memoir of how the author Peter Hitchens gradually regained his religious faith on a mature consideration of the support such faith provides not only him but society at large.
The most telling aspects of this are in his experiences in Cold War Russia, on how a society devoid of the kindness of religious impulses shrivels to a husk, with official state doctrine proving a cold comfort.
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The Goth Sex-Kitten & Other Stories
The Goth Sex-Kitten & Other Stories
Price: £2.23

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly purrfect, 30 May 2011
Overall I enjoyed this collection of short stories.
Apart from a minor quibble about the pacing of one "Regency Sprite", I found them to be an enjoyable mix of drama, with strong doses of humour with a number of twists. My favourite story would be "Jack", with its style reminisant of Poul Anderson writing of Northern warriors. Recommended.


Conversion Optimization: The Art and Science of Converting Prospects to Customers
Conversion Optimization: The Art and Science of Converting Prospects to Customers
by Khalid Saleh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit the mark with customers, 22 May 2011
The authors start with a failure, specifically an early project of theirs. The lesson drawn was too much time was spent on designing the uber-website and not enough time addressing and maintaining customer interest.
Due to this hard won experience and latter projects the authors have compiled a set of guidelines to make the standard commercial website more amenable to the average purchaser.
I found the writing clear and informative, with real world application to designers and business owners looking to optimize their web presence.


Green Lake
Green Lake
Price: £2.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Men in trees, mountains and lakes, 18 April 2011
This review is from: Green Lake (Kindle Edition)
This is a debut novel by the author, so this review takes that into account - specifically the first few pages which came across as a tad stilted. However the story soon develops and the reader can begin to enjoy the blossoming relationship between the two main protagonists.

Mark is a well crafted character, he has an innate likeability - as a rural youth, who is his element in his native Alaska., living the outdoors life to the full.
Sean is a rich urbanite who by his initial actions ,by essentially running away from home to spite his Mother, doesn't as easily garner the readers sympathies and makes the younger Mark seemly the more mature.
The supporting characters, especially Sean's sister Maggie, are not as richly realized but provide a solid emotional background to the main romance.

As the story is mostly set in the stark but dangerous Alaskan wilderness the themes of this book seem to be overcoming the dangerous external elements and the internal human emotional conflicts. The author keeps this juxtaposed tension developing to the end where both Mark and Sean must decide their future. A slight quibble in that it is short for a novel, but overall a promising debut work.


Theories of International Politics and Zombies
Theories of International Politics and Zombies
by Daniel W. Drezner
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bite size strategy, 18 April 2011
Books on international politics and global crises should not be this much fun to read. However add a little zombie to the mix and phrases such as "Axis of Evil Dead" make an intriguing sense. The author cleverly draws from the large extant popular works on Zombies and postulates how such an uprising , as per Mr Rumsfeld's "Unknown, Unknowns" would effect local/global politics. For those who've appreciate Brook's "World War Z" or the works of (soon to arise) zombie Metternich, this is a recommended read.


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