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The Wolf Road
The Wolf Road
by Beth Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, unimpeachable style, perhaps too long a tale, 22 May 2016
This review is from: The Wolf Road (Hardcover)
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I would have liked to have given this book 5*: an enrapturing prologue heralding a journey back to where we started. The rest of the book was a first person narrative documenting that journey. The voice and the detailing was perfect, just a couple of times when one's credulity was stretched. The setting was an America after a nuclear war of some sort, in which the institutions of modern society had been swept away but some artefacts of that former life remained (as I type, think "Plant of the Apes" but with humans and in a good way). This is the "diary" of a feral young woman (Elka) trying to escape from someone, who while seemingly good to her, was a bit of a serial killer on his nights off. She is also trying to keep way from a female "I am the law" Wyatt Earp type. In effect the whole book takes place inside her head, each new character she meets is constructed from her experiences and received wisdom. That and her "real life" Bear Grylls experiences in the forests and towns were all very well done.

For me the problem that the author had set for herself was how to make the next page as good as the previous page and she had set the bar too high,. The book became too long as yet another incident occurred, but since we all know where things end up it, it all becomes detail. You'd have to be Homer (as in Odysseus, not Simpson) I think, to get away with keeping a story such as this going for so long. In the end this reader suffered from "good writing but get on with it" fatigue.

I certainly will look out for the author's next effort. (Unless it's Elka part 2...)


Pimsleur German Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs
Pimsleur German Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs
by Pimsleur
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £29.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but nothing special., 21 May 2016
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It suffers from being for a USA audience, I find this a distraction, you might not.. I've tried a few of these to kick start my learning and it is definitely less irritating than some of the competition. However it doesn't seem to have any magic sauce that's going to accelerate progress but it is an aid. Confusingly the titling of the CDs shows poor manufacturing quality control but luckily the content was correct.


Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced After Sun 200ml
Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced After Sun 200ml
Price: £6.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Good product - unclear if it stands out from the other options, 21 May 2016
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Soothing, rubs in well, disappears into skin quickly, nice smell, not sticky - what more can you ask?


Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF50+ Sensitive Advanced Protection Lotion for Face and Neck, 50 ml
Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF50+ Sensitive Advanced Protection Lotion for Face and Neck, 50 ml
Price: £3.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to apply, pleasant smell, 18 May 2016
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Reassuringly dense and not too sticky to apply. Practically disappears when worked in. Pleasant smell. As a bonus it fits into your hand luggage for taking onto an aeroplane. A feature often overlooked.


Midnight Sun (Blood on Snow 2)
Midnight Sun (Blood on Snow 2)
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but soppy, 15 May 2016
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A bit disappointing for a Jo Nesbo novel, as though he's gone soft or had a contractual commitment but not much of an idea. A not very tough enforcer, possibly with a "heart of gold" has to go on the run so heads to the top of the world where a woman who should know better saves him from his fate and then they run off together into the future. With her child. Of course. Well written but a bit "so what"


Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Spray SPF 20 200ml
Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Spray SPF 20 200ml
Price: £6.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice to use, seems to work as intended, 12 May 2016
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Certainly meets its claims for being non-sticky and invisible. It seems to work as a sunburn protection product (though as user without the requite test equipment this is a "it hasn't failed yet") Nice to use, but not essential if you do not want the specific product features


Sony h.ear EX750BT Bluetooth High Resolution In Ear Headphones - Black
Sony h.ear EX750BT Bluetooth High Resolution In Ear Headphones - Black
Price: £129.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wired: comfortable great headphones; bluetooth: make sure you have an essential use case, 12 May 2016
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The packaging reflects a premium positioned product, and there is no doubt these headphones are a nice to have. They come with all the accessories you will need. That they are cordless is a definite plus in my history of headphone usage. It makes them very easy to use, particularly on aeroplanes (however...). Charging and Bluetooth pairing was a doodle. My reference for headphones that work is an extraordinarily cheap pair of over the ear Panasonics, bass light, because they are over ear but clear and low distortion. These are ones to beat. (For real music you will never trump loudspeakers unless it's live...)

So what do they sound like? Well, it might be my devices but on Bluetooth (see "cordless") they were bass light and seemed to be distorting. They were so bad that I thought I was doing something wrong. Probably further investigation is called for. "Plugged in" things were much much better, clear, low distortion, "hi-fi" good stereo imaging, it was as though I was wearing a different product. Possibly the best headphones I have ever listenn to. Very nice but sort of defeats the USP. So it boils down to price and use case. Luckily for me I listen to a lot of speech recordings on aeroplanes.


Time Heals No Wounds (A Baltic Sea Crime Novel Book 1)
Time Heals No Wounds (A Baltic Sea Crime Novel Book 1)
Price: £3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars badly plotted, bad characterisation, badly written, 12 May 2016
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There arr so many ways in which this book is awful. The most convincing character was the dog. Trite dialogue either badly written or badly translated. "Write what you know about" is a double edged sword...

The IG Farben plot was a relatively good idea, but the kidnapped woman and the reason too obviously lifted from Mercy (Department Q) Its denouement depended too heavily on the one hand the aptly named "Merlin" providing key information like magic.and random unexplained discoveries on the internet by the hunky athletic probationary detective with the magic ability to get people to talk to him where others fail - meanwhile all the ("hot", natch) women queued up to garner his attention.


Rug Control Spray RCS 1 Rug Anti-Slip Spray
Rug Control Spray RCS 1 Rug Anti-Slip Spray
Offered by EDRUIDS
Price: £10.99

3.0 out of 5 stars product works but a bit expensive, 4 May 2016
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The gunge worked, but the sprayer was defective on arrival. Luckily I had a spare. Easy to apply, but I don't know if I over sprayed, as there was just enough for two rugs: about 3 sq m - and about £5/rug. Certainly stops them wandering around on the carpet but a bit expensive (subject to possible over application)


Kingavon - Water Kettle - Small Electric Cordless Travel Jug Kettle - White - 1l
Kingavon - Water Kettle - Small Electric Cordless Travel Jug Kettle - White - 1l
Offered by Megastore 247
Price: £10.49

3.0 out of 5 stars a bit large for a travel kettle, 4 May 2016
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A bit larger than I was expecting, I can't imagine anyone wanting to stick this in their luggage unless they are sharing the payload with a travel companion. Luckily, not the most expensive mistake I've ever made.


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