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SPANISH. An Easy Way to Learn
SPANISH. An Easy Way to Learn
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good grounding in Espanol, 20 Jan 2013
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I've been reading this book while taking night school classes in Spanish. It's been a very useful extra. The title is a little misleading, for an old guy like me learning a new language will never be easy, but the book explains a lot of basics which I can build on as I learn.


How To Write A Great Short Story
How To Write A Great Short Story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Religious propaganda, 20 Jan 2013
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This book doesn't teach much about short story writing. Yes you need a setting, yes you need at least one character and some sort of event, is that it?. There are plenty example passages given but each one is taken from the bible, and that really isn't a short story as far as I'm concerned. The purpose of the book appears to be to promote god worshiping rather than to teach creative writing.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Parody
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Parody
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun little read, 19 Jan 2013
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Short book, so short review. This is a nice little 15 minute read. It's a clever parody using characters that anyone who knows the original books will recognise. I enjoyed it.


The Beautiful Games - Scotland's Hidden Sports
The Beautiful Games - Scotland's Hidden Sports
by Henry Hepburn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broaden your sports outlook, 29 Nov 2012
There's an unhealthy culture in Scottish sport. It's overly dominated by football, specifically football played by men. This leaves other sports, and all women's sport, unfairly ignored by the media and starved of funding and talent. That's the basis of the book. Trying to redress the balance a bit, Henry Hepburn gives us in-depth stories from a variety of sports, with the level of detail usually reserved for football. We're taken from the well-known rugby and cricket through to the obscure roller derby and korfball. What's revealed? Other sports are as good as football, some are even better. Now that the Olympics are over football will no doubt fill the sports pages again, so it's a good time to read this book. It's just a pity that not many of the one tract mind football followers will.


No Justice a crime novel set in Glasgow
No Justice a crime novel set in Glasgow
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good crime story, 14 Aug 2012
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A great story, well written, which starts in the Glasgow crime world and then changes focus and stretches to international affairs with no loss of credibility. There was a twist or two which I just didn't see coming.
Didn't realise when I started reading that there's a Glaswegian language version. I'd have preferred that, but never mind.


Cookery of the British Isles, with Recipes
Cookery of the British Isles, with Recipes
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm not going to buy this, 26 Jun 2012
To quote the authors product description:
"For those that don't know; England is the island while British Isles is the group of islands"
If he can get that so completely wrong then how good will his research into the rest of the book have been?


The Bad People Stole My God
The Bad People Stole My God
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars these bad people aren't really bad...., 8 Jun 2012
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This is the story of the author's realisation that the religion he's been brought up in and faithfully followed is in fact "complete bull...". The book is very readable and full of humour. It also comprehensively explains the reasons and arguments which led to his conclusion. It doesn't take long to read, but could change lives. It deserves a wide readership.


Dead Air
Dead Air
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a dark comedy, 27 May 2012
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This review is from: Dead Air (Kindle Edition)
If a hitman has a target in his sights, but the target then commits suicide before the shot can be fired, how does the hitman react? The answer is `certainly not rationally' in this black comedy set in the streets and radio stations of Sydney.

I enjoyed the story, some of the funny lines miss the mark, but many are good. The book is more than worth the nothing I paid for it. All those irritating little errors in the text are crying out for a proper edit though....


The Baltic Tae Byzantium
The Baltic Tae Byzantium
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Brian mcneill, 10 Jan 2010
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One of my favourite albums of all time is Brian mcNeill's The Back O' The North Wind, a collection of songs subtitled Tales of the Scots in America. The Baltic Tae Byzantium is a follow up, 16 years later, with the theme of Tales of Scots in Europe.
While there aren't the songs about famous characters of the earlier album, Andrew Carnegie, John Muir, Flora MacDonald, mentions of almost mythical places like Danzig or Styria capture the imagination instead.
So is this follow up a worthy successor to my favourite? Right from putting on the first song, the title track, I knew it was. Great songs, great tunes, great playing.


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