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The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics
The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant method. For people who are scared of arithmetic ..., 1 Jan. 2015
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Brilliant method. For people who are scared of arithmetic this may help you overcome your fear. When you learn about Trachtenberg did all the work in his head in a concentration camp you can only be humbled by his brilliance.


Dragon's Lair (The Queen's Man Book 3)
Dragon's Lair (The Queen's Man Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard historical detective novel., 7 Sept. 2014
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Pretty run of the mill mediaeval murder mystery. Ok for the beach, but I wouldn't rush out to buy others. If you like detective stories it's ok, but hardly the peak of the genre.


Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs
Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but understand exactly what you are buying., 7 Sept. 2014
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A very good book on how to act when a loved one appears to have joined a cult. The author clearly writes from experience, and equally writes with great sympathy for the people who we popularly regard as "victims". The author very accurately (as far as I know) empathises with the mind set of the "cult member" and how bizarre attempts to persuade them can appear to their world view.

Very practical and sympathetically written.

One word of caution though. I bought it because it was referenced in another book I had been reading about Scientology. I assumed it would be a slightly more general description of this topic. It actually seems to be written more of a "how to" manual, so it's of less interest to a general reader. If therefore you are a general reader it may be too specific for your interest (it was for me). If however you believe you know someone who you worry may be in a cult, it is a very sound and sympathetic book.


Extraordinary People: An Enzo Macleod Investigation (The Enzo Files Book 1)
Extraordinary People: An Enzo Macleod Investigation (The Enzo Files Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for the beach..., 30 Aug. 2014
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Average detective novel. Some of the twists are clever and some left me incredulous. I was also irritated by Mr May's fixation for showing us how colloquial his French is (some of us also speak French Peter, and we already know what an Enarque is ). That aside, it's a holiday type read, undemanding and fairly predictable.
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Dry Bones That Dream (Inspector Banks Book 7)
Dry Bones That Dream (Inspector Banks Book 7)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Workmanlike, if not the finest Banks novel., 30 Aug. 2014
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Not his finest Banks novel, but a workmanlike story. It lacks some of the complexity of the plots that have made some of his more recent Banks novel so satisfying, but it's an enjoyable stage in the evolution of Peter Robinson's detective. Banks fans will not be disappointed.


The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring
The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric fun, 29 Aug. 2014
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A lovely little book. A rather boring office worker goes on an odyssey and ends up in a town during Elvis impersonator week. I won't spoil the plot, but the book is heartwarming, occasionally laugh out loud funny, and nicely dotty in terms of plot. Great fun....


The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology
The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book which would have been excellent with better editing, 29 Aug. 2014
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An interesting book which would have been excellent with better editing. As the main critical review I read has already said, the author irritates by repeated use of certain phrases and reporting devices. The force of his argument is also diminished , as his dislike of the "Church" causes him to protest too much, diminishing his case in my eyes. I got fed up for example with his descriptions of meetings with ex members of the church. Pretty much every time he points out that the Scientologists damn the individual as mad and criminal, ending with a statement like "he / she seemed pretty normal to me".
Worth a read if you can get beyond the sloppy clichéd repetition.


So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore
So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore
by Wayne Jacobsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and thought provoking book on what is the point ..., 29 Aug. 2014
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Excellent and thought provoking book on what is the point of the church. I don't like some of the story, but it's very clever in pointing out some of the inconsistencies in hierarchical churches in a much less "preachy" way than e.g. Frank Viola's Organic Church.
Read it if you are fed up with church......


The Last Straw (DCI Warren Jones, Book 1)
The Last Straw (DCI Warren Jones, Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars and the plot is fairly intelligent with a few clever twists, 29 Aug. 2014
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Readable police novel. DCI Jones is a likeable character, and the plot is fairly intelligent with a few clever twists. Somehow I didn't feel the same connections as with a Morse, Rebus, Banks or Roy Grace novel (maybe an age thing!) but I'd read others by the same author.


Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace series Book 8)
Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace series Book 8)
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5.0 out of 5 stars As expected, 30 Nov. 2013
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If you like Peter James you'll know what to expect, and you'll get it. Well plotted story. I wonder what Lady Gaga made of it?


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